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SHELBY, N. C. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 1929 Published Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Afternoons
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The Markets.
Cotton, spot.. ‘~0c
Cotton Seed, per bu. ....... 58'-;C
Saturday Fair.
Today's North Carolina Weather
Report; Generally fair tonight and
Saturday. Not much change in
Court To Close.
The superior court grind on the
civil calendar this week will adjourn
after a short session Saturday
morning, Judge James I.. Webb
practically completing the listed
calendar for trial today.
Strike Scenes
Quiet Now At
Loray Plant
Rumor Of Employees Of Other
Mills Striking. Shelby Com
pany Still On Guard.
(Special to The Star.'
Gastonia, April 5.—The Loray
mill strike continued here today
without new developments or moves
upon the part of the strikers or
organizers, and meantime inside
the big mill approximately 15 per
cent of all employees are back at
work, the mill management an
nounced. Everything Is quiet in the
section of the mill which is patroll
ed by five companies of national
guard troops although it is said
that meetings are still being held
by the strike organizers.
Rumor Other Strikes.
A general rumor about Gastonia
today had it that the strike organ
izers, who fostered the Loray strike,
have been quietly working among
employees of other Gaston mills
with the aim of bringing an a gen
eral strike in the county's textile
industry. According to the rumor
circulars were issued eariy today
from strike headquarters calling for
the general strike, but at one this
afternoon the other mills through
out the section were operating and
there was no public indication of
the strike spreading.
The situation at the Loray has
been without incident since late
Wednesday afternoon when three
Military troop6, from Gastonia,
Shelby and Lincolnton, used fixed
bayonets to drive an assembled
mass of demonstrative strikers from
about the mill entrance. After be
ing scattered along the several
streets the striking group, now only
about 25 per cent of the 2,000 em
ployed by the big plant, have made
no public demonstrations such as
were made early Monday.
More Shelby Soldiers.
The military companies are en
camped about the Loray mill
grounds, the tents of company K.
Shelby company, being pitched in
the Loray park between the mill
and Franklin avenue.
Members of the Shelby outfit
who could not be reached when the
company was hurriedly mobolized
Wednesday afternoon were order
ed to and did report to the company
here today. The officers of the
Shelby outfit are Capt. Peyton Mc
Swain, First Lieut. Mike H. Austell
and Second Lieut. H. C. Long.
Non-commissioned officers of the
company are: Claud Connor, first
sergeant; Clarence Leonard, Mar
ion Baker, Arlo McFarland, Dwella
Grant, Loy Hufman, Lawrence
Runyan, Fred Noblltt, sergeants.
The photo In today’s Charlotte
Observer of the field kitchen at the
military headquarters was that of
the Shelby company of which Mar
ion Eaker Is mess sergeant with
Corporal Andrew Eaker and Cook
William Huffman in charge of the
Leaders, Addressing1 Mass Meeting
Of Strikers, Caution Against
Gastonia, April 4.—'There was no
change in the situation at the Lo
ray textile mills of the Manville
Jenckes company here tonight as
about 200 North Carolina national
guardsmen continued their patrol
and vigil at the mill and in the vil
Representatives of the several
hundred strikers, who walked out in
protest against the discharge of
several members of the local union,
said there was nothing new from
their side and mill officials declar
ed they were waiting.
Adjutant General J. Van B. Meets j
of the North Carolina national
guard, today met with Fred Erwin
Beal and George Pershing, avowed
strike organizers, and told them the
military guards placed around the
plant were there to protect life
and property and maintain law and
order both for the safety of the
strikers and those who continue to
Crowds Stay Away.
There were no disorders today fol
lowing the near riot of yesterday
(Continued on page nine.)
Of Schools In
County Again
W. A. Ridcnhour Reelected Chair
man Of Cleveland Board Of
At a meeting of the Cleveland
county board of education this
week Prof. J. H Grig? was re
elected county superintendent oi
school by the board. Mr. Grigg has
served as superintendent for sev
eral years, since the resignation of
Mr. J. C. Newton, and his services
is generally considered efficient
and he is popular with school offi
cials and patrons.
Ridenhour Chairman.
The same board going back into
office also reelected Mr. W A
Ridcnhour, of Kings Mountain, as
chairman for the ensuing term.
Name Committeemen.
At the same meeting one mem
ber of each school committee in the
ocounty was appointed, as each
year the term of one committeeman
in each district board expires. The
list of the many new' committee
men will be published in an early
issue of The Star.
Another item of importance
transacted by the board was the
purchase of a site for the purpose
new school structure in East Kings
Crowders Plan
Big Market Here
Robert And B'm. Crowder To Erect
Two Story Market And
Cold Storage.
Robert Crowder and Wm. Crow
der, brothers, are planning the
erection of a two-story market
house and cold storage plant on
their lot on S. Washington street
adjoining the Harry Woodson
building, just completed. The build
ing will be of fireproof construc
tion with a retail meat market on
the ground floor, while on the sec
ond floor there will be a cold stor
age plant for meats of all kinds, a
sausage and weiner manufacturing
department, together with a dress
ed poultry department. An egg
storage may be added. They will
start in a small way and add to the
variety of meats they handle as
their business grows.
Meats of all kinds will be handled
at retail and wholesale throughout
this territory. Mr. Wm. Crowder
will be in charge as he is an ex
perienced meat dealer, already op
erating a retail and wholesale
market in the Arcade building on
W. Marion street.
It is estimated that the cost of
the building and cold storage equip
ment will cost approximately $20,
000. No contract has been let but
plans are now being drawn for the
Morrison Sentence
Is Changed To Fine
The six months road sentence
given Coy Morrison during the
criminal docket of superior court
last week on liquor charges was
changed this week to a fine.
According to the new' sentence
Morrison must pay a fine of $250
and the court costs and a suspend
ed sentence of 12 months on the
roads was placed over him if he is
not out of Cleveland county by
April 15, or returns to the county
within two years.
Decision By Board
On Light Rate Is
Postponed As Yet
Reply Of Aldermen To Citizens’
Committee Deferred By
Schenck's Absence.
The Shelby city aldermen at
their regular meeting this week
did not make a reply to the ap
peal of a group of citizens for
lower light and power rates in
the city due to the absence of
Alderman John F. Schcnck. jr.,
who is in New York on busi
Some time hark a special
committee appeared before the
city fathers and asked a re
duction or change in the light
and power scale. The aldermen
heard the appeal and took the
matter up for consideration with
the hope of making answer this
week, but were unavoidably pre
vented from doing so. Just
when another meeting of the
board will be held is not known
as yet, no call being issued so
far by the committee for a
special meeting.
Six Marriages In
Cleveland For Each
Divorce In 1926-1927
Frazer Speaker
At Club Meet
Kiwanians Have l.adies As Their
Guests. Queens’ President And
Girls Here.
Dr. W. H. Frazier, president of
Queens college and a bevy of pret
ty and talented girls from the
student body, entertained the Ki
wanlans and their wives at the
semi-annual "ladies night" pro
gram held last night at Cleveland
Springs hotel, when plates were set
for 136 guests present.
The program was interspersed
with musical numbers, both vocal
and instrumental by the Queens
college girls, one of the outstand
ing numbers being the accordian
solo by Miss Margaret Johansen.
Recitations and other entertain
ment made the evening a most en
joyable one and at the close of the
program a grand prize in the na
ture of a basket of handsome roses
was presented to one of the college
Dr. Frazer stepped from his us
ual humor in speech making and
drew a lesson of civic club ideals
for community betterment from the
story of King Saul, who pressed
hard by his enemies longed for a
drink of water from the old well
back home. His soldiers braved dan
ger to bring him water, but upon
reflecting on the danger, sacrifice
and hazard they had undergone,
felt that the water represented the
blood of his men. This he poured
out as a sacrifice. From this he ob
served that it is all right to enjoy
the fellowship and material things
a civic club brings, but the things
that are bought by sacrifice and
service are the most worthwhile.
Thompson New Head
Of Rotarians Here
Carl S. Thompson, local lumber
man, is the new president of the
Shelby Rotary club, being elected
by the club at its meeting today as
a successor to Elmer E, Scott.
F. D. Quinn was elected vice
president. and Pat McBrayer and
Roy Sisk were reelected secretary
and treasurer.
Only Five Countin'. In Slate Hank
I.ower In Marriage*. For
Faeh Divorce.
During the Iwo years lfllG-1927.
there were only marriages in
Cleveland county for eaeli dlvnree.
according to statistics assembled by
The Cnivrrslty News l.etter.
The increasing number of di
vorces in this county and the de
creasing number of marriages is
explained by the News Fetter by
saying that Cleveland is one of the
counties bordering on South Caro
lina, a state where divorces are not
granted, but where it is consider
ably easier to get married than in
this state
The live counties having less
marriage", per divorce than Cleve
land are Buncombe. Avery. Rich
mond. Gaston and Scotland, there
there being only a little over three
marriages for each divorce in the
last named county.
1 wo Borders.
Oddly enough the News Letter
points out that North Carolina
counties bordering on the Virginia
line have a better marriage ratio
per divorce than does the average
county of the state, which means
that more Virginia couples come to
North Carolina to be married than
North Carolina couples go to Vir
ginia. On the other hand far more
North Carolina couples go to South
Carolina to be married than South
Carolina couples conte here. Mean
time many South Carolina couples
comes to this state and live for a
time so that they may secure di
There were two counties in
North Carolina which in the two
year period had no divorces, these
counties being Jones ana r'enaer
In that period Jones had 127 mar- |
riages and Pender 178. At the
other extreme are three counties
which had a divorce for approxi
mately every three marriages.
Marriage* And Divorces.
During the year 1927 there were
22.204 marriages performed In North
Carolina, as compared with 22.691
in 1926. There were 1.642 divorces
granted in the state in 1927 and
1.591 in 1926. Taking the two-year
period there was one divorce for
each 13.87 marriages. In 1916 there
was one divorce for each 31.95 mar
riages. Thus it appears that di
vorces are more than twice as num
erous im proportion to the number
of marriages as ten years ago.
The table which appears else
where in this issue ranks the coun
ties of the state in this particular.
It will be observed that at one ex
treme are two counties—Jones and
Pender—with no divorces at all, and j
at the other extreme is Scotland
with one divorce for each 3.2 mar
riages. Altogether there are sixteen
counties with less than ten mar
riages for each divorce. Thirteen
of these sixteen counties are bor
der counties, one bordering on
Georgia, three on Tenessee, and
nine on South Carolina. The ex
planation of the low ratio of mar
riages to divorces in the counties
bordering on South Carolina lies,
j of course, in the fact that South
! Carolina does not legalize divorces
i on any ground. The fact that
'North Carolina requires a health
certificate before granting a mar
1 riage license, and South Carolina
; does not. causes many North Caro
! lina couples to go into South Caro
| Una to be married. Thus the bor
der counties, record a relatively
small number of marriages. On
the other hand, it is probable that
j (Continued on page nine.)
Can A Rabid Cat Be Termed
A Mad Dog? Query Up Here
Is Worry To Cleveland Board
Can a rabid cat, or a cat suffer
ing with hydrophobia, be legally
termed mad dog?
That knotty question bobbed up
before the Cleveland county com
missioners in session this week, and
has now been turned over to Mr.
rt. L Ryburn. rounty attorney.
Can a cat ever be termed a dog? ■
And this is how it happened: j
Some weeks back a cat in the Zion \
community became infected with 1
rabie3 and bit five children in ad- j
dition to several animals The law'
says that the county commission
ers are authorized to make good all
losses caused "by a mad dog.” The
children have since been taking the
rabies treatment, a treatment that
costs $2a or more per person. At the 1
meeting of the board this week the
bill for the expense caused by the
mad cat was presented. The com
missioners turned to the law. and
the law says *'mad dog’ with no
mention of mad cats. Seemingly
the spirit of the law, although the
Iaw: does not. say so, would cover
the cat. But those omissions in the
law books often offer loop holes in
court actions. And now County
Attorney Ryburn lias a ticklish
problem to decide
Incidentally the bills laid before
the commissioners due to the re
cent mad dog scare in the county
ran to a big sum. Two mules, two
cows, and a half dozen people were
infected either by dogs or cats suf
fering with hydrophobia during the
month of March.
Shelby School
Musicians Off
To Big Contest
Sinclair lakes 130 Young Musicians
To District Contests In
W T Sinclair will head a dele
gation oi 120 high school pupils
Saturday on a trip to Gastonia
where they will compete in twenty
contest tor musical honors.
Shclb" i; in dtstncl No, 12 which
he eleven -cl'cels entered In the
various contests. In the orchestra
contest, no ether school in the class
o. Shelby in competing so this dis
trict honor comes to the local
musicians by default. The band,
however, with <8 pieces is expected
to make a good showing ns well as
many of the other contestants. Mr.
Sinclair does not hope to win in nil
of the contests, but will enter all
for the experience it gives the
musicians and the trhining they
will encounter for future contests
of this kind
I.attimorr Enters.
It is hoped that as many parents]
'will go our with the musicians as
possibly can The program will
take place in the high acliool build
ing. beginning at 9 o'clock a. m. with
Miss Grace Vandyke Moore of
Greensboro as judge The Latti
more high school is the only other
institution in Cleveland county to
enter the contests:
Various Contests.
Mixed chorus—Shelby, LinccUn
ton. Mt. Holly, Lattimore and
. .Girls glee club—Shelby Lincoln
ton. Forest City City, Mt. Holly
and Lowell.
Boys’ glee club—Mt. Holly and
Band—Shelby, Catawba county
Mixed quartet—Shelbv, Lowell,
Mt Holly and Lattimore.
Boys unchanged voice—Shelby,
Lowell and Forest City.
Girls' quartet—Lowell, Lincolnton,
Mt. Holly. Lattimore and Shelby.
Soprano solo—Shelby. Lowell,
Forest City, Mt. Holly and Lattl
Contralto solo—Lowell
Tenor solo—Shelby, Forest City,
and Mt. Holly.
Baritone solo—Lincolnton and
Bass solo—Lowell and Lincolnton.
Piano—Shelby, Lowell. Lincoln
ton Balls Creek. Forest City, Kings
Mountain and Cherryvllle.
Brass quartet—Shelby and Gas
Violin solo—Shelby.
Trumpet solo—Shelby and Gas
Trombone solo—Shelby and Gas
Baritone solo—Shelby and Gas
Flute solo—Gastonia.
Clarinet solo—Newton Gastonia,
and Shelby.
Officer* Capture
More Whiskey In
Raid Last Night
Gallon Found At Beatty Home
Brought There By Groom,
Officers Told.
Shelby and Cleveland county of
ficers continued their dry drive
with another haul in Shelby last
night when Police Chief McBride
Poston, Sheriff Irvin Allen and
Deputy Bob Kendrick found, they
say, one gallon of whiskey in the
home of Lee Beatty.
Beatty's wife, according to Chief
Poston, informed officers that the
whiskey had been brought there by
Doyle Groom, local taxi driver and
a member of a local transfer firm
Beatty, it is understood is an em
ployee of Groom in the transfer
The two men were placed under
a $500 bond each until a trial is
given before Recorder Kennedy.
Shelby B. And L.
In Charles Hotel
The Shelby Building and Loan
association will occupy quarters
shortly in the Hotel Charles
building. using a large room
near the hotel entrance on West
Warren street, according to an
announcement made today by Capt.
|.t, Frank Roberts, secretary-treas
Since the hotel block burned a
little oyer a year ago, the Shelby B,
and L has been temporarily in the
Union Trust Company. About
April 15th the Shelby B. and L.
and the Insurance Department of
the Union Trust will have new
quarters, amply large and conven
ient on West Warren stret. The room
is now being fitted up for the tran
sfer about the middle of the month
Kings Mountain Bank, Member
Chain, Fails To Open Up Today
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First Pictures of Lindy’s Sister
It was only recently revealed by the reticent Lindbergh family
that the Flying Colonel had a sister. Mrs. Eva Lindbergh
Christie shown above with her children, is Lindy’s half-sister
and is living in comparative obscurity at Red Lake Falls, Minn
She is a child by the flyer’s father’s first marriage.
(lntuntUoul Stmini)
Star Thanked For
Service Rendered
Boiling Springs
(To Editor of The Star from T. B.
Davis, president of Boiling Springs
junior college.)
Due largely to the publicity
given through the columns of
your paper, and to the spirit of
loyalty generated by your
whole-hearted cooperation, our
recent library campaign has
been pronounced a "monumen
tal success"—as we have receiv
ed, to date, approximately 1,800
volumes, multiplying our num
ber by more than 100 percent,
giving us a variety and quality
of books that establishes Boil
ing Springs college library in
the foremost rank of library as
sets in this gTcat section "the
world's Garden of Eden.”
Therefore, this opportunity
and method will be granted me
to express to you, and through
your columns to every donor,
personally and officialy. sub
jectively and objectively, mtr
warmest appreciations for the
climaxing service rendered by
your paper, thus, furthering its
mission of constructive contri
butions to community progress
—yours is hereby declared to be
an “oVtstanding. epochal service
to a worthy community asset,"
Summey Gets
Contract On Cement
3. S Summey. local contractor
in concrete has landed a contract
in Charlotte for pouring the concrete
[on a large ten story office building
I to be erected by J. A Gardner,
contractor who has just finished
the First Baptist Church plant here
Mr. Summey is moving his cpuip
ment and force of men ro Charlotte
this week to begin work.
Highs Continue
Heavy Batting
To Win Again
Defeat Ctierryvllle Herr Second
Time II T# 2. Play Gas
tonia Here Today.
Defeating Cherryville here yes- j
terday by a score of 11 to 2 for
their second .straight victory over
the Gaston crew, the Shelby highs
are this afternoon clashing with the
strong Gastonia team in the city
Gastonia easily defeated Char
lotte and "Casey'' Morris' heavy
hitting youngsters are in for their
first real test tody.
Lee Going Strong.
Cline Owens Lee, local shortstop,
seems headed for another .500 per
centage at bat. In Tuesday's game
he slammed out a homer, two dou
bles and a single, while in Thurs
dy's game here he led the Shelby
onslaught with two hits, lour runs,
and thrre stolen bases out of just
three accredited trips to the plate.
Hullck and Bumgardner also se
cured two safeties each while the
remainder of Shelby's 10 hits were
divided among Bridges, Gold and
Smith. Carpenter, second sacker,
led the Chcrryville hitting with
two singles.
Hamrick, who is making a bid
for chief hurling duties of the Shel
by staff. hurled seven of the nine
frames but was relieved in the
eighth by Sam Dayberry, young
left-hander, who was in action for
the first time, The youngster held
Chcrryville to one lone hit in the
two frames Both Shelby hurlers
worked well although Hamrick be
came upset a time or two with run-'
: ners on. Sellers started the game
| on the mound for the visitors but
jthe consistent hitting of the locals
! drove him from the mound to be
j replaced by Vandyke
A stolen base may mean an ex
tra run in most any baseball game
i Continued on page nine.)
County Goverment Here Still
Recommended For Others
Cleveland county's business man
ager form of government is still be
ing recommended to oilier counties
of North Carolina as a node! form
of county governmen'
Recently The Hendersonville
Times-News earned m editorial
suggesting that Henderson county
adopt the Cleveland county busi
ness manager form stating that
"Cleveland county's government is
pointed to as a model lor other
North Carolina counties, and that
efficiency has been obtained by
having the chairman of the county
commissioners fill llie position of
account ant.”
Shortly after reacting the sugges
tion Charles M. Johnson, executive
secretary of the state advisory com
mission wrote The Titnes-News as
follows, according to a copy of the
letter forwarded to Shelby: “You
arc right when you say that Cleve
land county’s government is pointed
to as a model for other North Caro
lina counties, and where you have
a man on the board of commis
sioners who has the necessary train
ing to be county accountant, it is a
good plan. He can also be purchas
ing agent and tax supervisior and
save the county money as well as
giving more efficient service.”
Five Banks With
Head In Gastonia
Are Closed Toda>
Scrcral Small Runs On Banks
Yesterday. Hope To Pay 100
Cent* On Dollar.
The first hank closing in the his
tory of Cleveland county took place
this morning when the doors of the
Commercial Bank and Trust com
pany, a member of a banking chain
with Gastonia headquarters, failed
to open and a notice was posted on
the door stating that the bank’s
business had been placed in the
hands of the State Corporation
Three other branch banks In the
chain and the head bank at Gas
tonia also failed to opep ,*nd the
same notice, signed by the board of
directors, were posted on all doors'
Was Once Local.
The Kings Mountain branch, of
which Elmer Herndon was vice
president under the chain bank or
ganization, was formerly the Peo
ples Loan and Trust company but
about two years ago the chain
bank was formed, the Kings Moun
tain bank being merged into the,
chain, which was made up of banks
at that place, Cherryville, Llncoln
ton, Mt Holly and the head bank
at Gastonia.
OtTlcers of the Kings Mountain
branch were Elmer Herndon, vice
president; Hunter Patterson, cash
ier; Bright Ratteree, assistant CMl}:
icr. ,;
Rons Yesterday.
At Kmgs Mountain this morning
unofficial information hod it that
a day or two back reports began to
spread there, as in the three other
towns where branches of the chain
were located, of some likely trou
ble at the head bank in Gastonia.
The result was, it was said, that a
the day Thursday on -Kings
Mountain institution, numerous ac
counts being checked out. A simi
lar situation, it is understood, pre
vailed in the other towns, while a
scattered run during the day saw
something like $20,000 to $30,000
checked out of the Gastonia bank.
However all five banks in the
chain remained open until tb* close
of the business day yesterday. This
morning the following notice eras
posted on the closed doors by the
directors: “This bank is closed and
has been turned over to the State
Corporation commission by a reso-'
lution of the board of directors.”
No Losses Likely.
Unofficial Information given The
Star this morning from Omstonia
indicated that depositors will likely
receive 100 cents on the dollar.
The chain had a capital Of $500 -
000 and deposits totalling around
two and one-half million dollars.
Officers at the main headquarters
in Gastonia were: W. T. Love, pres
ident; G. N. Hension, cashier; V. E.
Long and J. White Ware, vice
presidents, with the heads of tht
various branch banks also ranking
as vice-presidents in the organiza
“Frozen Assets."
No reason was given on the post
ed notice or from other official
sources as to the cause of the fail
ure but the concensus of opinion
in Gastonia today laid the blame
to ‘frozen assets." General report at
Kings Mountain and at the other
towns where branches were located
that business at the branch Institu
tions had been reasonably good,
and Kings Mountain depositors
added that they knew that the af
fairs of the branch there had noth
ing to do with the closed doors to
No Strike Connection.
The closing of the main bank at
Gastonia along with the brand)
banks had no connection whatso
ever with the Loray textile strike
at Gastonia, it was definitely an
nounced there today.
Other reports from Gastonia have
it that there is no fear at all of a
financial crisis there as the textile
city Iras two other strong financial
institutions, the First National
and the Citizens National.
Triangular Debate
Is On Here Tonight
The two Shelby debate teams id
the state-wide triangular debate get
into action tonight.. The Shelby
affirmative, composed of Alfce
Sanders and May Ellen McBrajrtH",
will meet the Gastonia negative
here this evening in the Central
school auditorium, while the Shel
by, negative, composed of Mildred
McKinney and Edith Reid Rmmseur
will debate the Lincolnton affirma
tive in Lincolnton.

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