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VOL. XXXV, No. 42
SHELBY, N. C. MONDAY APRIL 8, 1929 Published Monday, Wednesday, and Eriday Afternoons
The Markets.
Cotton, spot . 20c
Cotton Seed, per bu.___58!aC
Showers Tuesday,
Today's North Carolina Weather
Report: Fair tonight. Tuesday partly
cloudy, showers in extreme west
portion. Not much change in tem
Loray Mill Strike
Near Fizzle Now
Small Number Of Workers Failed
To Report For Work At
(Special to The C'tar.)
Gastonia, April 8 iNoon)—The
strike situation at the Loray plant
her© today was very quiet with
more employees going back to work
this morning that have been at
work for a wek or more.
It Is estimated that more than 75
percent of the 2,200 employees arc
now back on the job with no trou
ble having developed since last week
when a demonstration was staged
in front of the mill.
Speculation here has it that the
national gnard companies may be
sent home within a day or two as
the situation now seems well in
At Charlotte.
Threatened strikes in other near
by sections failed to materialize
with the exception of a report from
Charlotte that a small number of
workers at one unit of the Chad
wick- Hoskins plant at Charlotte
failed to report for work today. The
report that the High Shoals plant
did not open this morning proved
to be erroneous.
Mother Sends
Deputies After
Child At Earl
T'oung Wife Secures Baby From
Husband By Habeas Corpus
Proceedings Here.
Due to the inability of her young
parents to "get along together" the
long arm of the law reached out
early today and took Gloria Elena
Nichols, 22-month-old girl, from
her father, A. L. Nichols, and hand
ed her to her mother, Mrs. Lucy B.
Just which parent the youngster
will eventually live with will prob
ably be decided before Judge Henry
A. Grady at Goldsboro on April 12.
But the approach of the legal
wrangle which will be waged over
her did not in any way perturb
Gloria this morning as she cooed
from her mother's arms at her
father who stood nearby in the
court house lobby.
Took Baby.
Young Mrs. Nichols in company
with her mother arrived in Shelby
early today from Wallace, in east
ern Carolina, armed with a habeas
corpus signed by Judge Grady au
thorizing the officers of this coun
ty to take her young daughter
from her husband at his parents'
home at Earl and turn the child
over to her. Taking the paper with
Deputies Ed Dixon and Buren Ded
mon drove to the home of young
Nichols’ parents where they secured
the child and returned to Shelby,
placing her in her mother’s arms
while the young father looked on.
According to the habeas corpus
complaint the young couple, who
had been living at Wilmington un
til recent months, failed to get
along and the young mother with
her child moved to the home of
her parents at Wallace. A month
or so ago, according to the com
plaint, the mother having to sup
port herself left the baby with her
parents at Wallace and secured a
position as stenographer at Hope
well, Va. On April 2, it was furth
er alleged, the father came to the
home of his wife's parents and sec
ured the baby from them, telling
his mother-in-law that he intend
ed to take the little girl to town
and purchase her some clothes.
From that time until today, when
the baby was handed to her and
her mother by the deputies, Mrs.
Nichols had not seen the child and
was not positive as to her where
abouts, as it was alleged that the
young father had sent word back
that he had taken the baby and
left for parts unknown.
Young Nichols is a native of
Earl, this county, while his wife is
a native of Wallace, in Duplin
county. Both appear to be in their
early twenties and were nicely
dressed and refined looking when
they were together in the court
house this morning as the law
transferred their child from one to
the other.
The young husband told officers
that ‘‘we have just lived too fast
and spent our money," while in the
complaint the young wife declared
that she had been abused and ac
cused by her husband.
Mr. Evan' Hartgrove of Char
lotte spent the wek-end at hor*-e.
Dorsey Did Not
Tarn Back On
Mill Vote, Says
Denies Keport About Textile Work
ers, Bootleggers, And Taxi
“I have never made the state
ment that I did not want the votes
of the cotton mill people, the boot
leggers and the taxi drivers," Mayor
W. N. Dorsey declared today in re
futing afloat about Shelby recently
as the mayoralty campaign warms1
With the city's biennial ballot
battle less than a month of politi
cal activity is on the increase and
political rumors are many regard
ing the candidates and likely is
sues which will project themselves
into the situation soon
Never Thought Of It.
"The rumor that I did not want
the vote of the mill people, the
bootleggers and the taxi drivers has
been afloat for some time now,”
Mr. Dorsey said, "and I think it is
now time to get it straightened
"I can't understand how such a
thing got started. 1 do not think
there is any comparison whatever
as to the classes named, and I have
never thought of making such a
statement. Furthermore, I have
never said I did not want the vote
of anyone. As for the cotton mill
people, I have often said, before
and after taking office, that I think
as good people work for the mills
as we have In this or any other
city, and I have a high regard for
a number of cotton mill employees
I know personally. I certainly have
no criticism of them as a class.
They rank as high to me as do
bankers or any other class.
"As to the taxi drivers—I have
had very little to do with them
other than making some of them
comply with the law against their
wishes, which docs not mean that I
class them all as law violators.
The Bootleggers.
"As for the bootleggers. I have
never had any direct dealing with
them, but indirectly I have given
them all the trouble I could, and
have no apologies to make for it.
"There are three things I have
tried to make a specialty of in my
attempt to enforce the law since
becoming mayor. First, to remove
all the trash possible with our
trucks. The two others, which might
come under the same classification,
are the whiskey dealers and im
moral women. All three of which I
class as trash, and that which I
cannot move with the trash trucks,
I want moved otherwise, thereby
making our city a cleaner and bet
ter place in which to live, which I
believe was stated in my platform
when I announced two years ago.
In my opinion there are enough
people of the better class to elect
any worthy man to office, and that
class insofar as I am concerned in
cludes cotton mill people among
which there are many fine folks.
“It is not my intention to solicit
votes. I didn't before, and I do not
intend to now. I feel that what I
have done will speak for itself, and
If given enough votes for reelection
I will get them without going from
person to person soliciting them. I
shall leave the matter entirely with
my friends, but some time prior to
the election I intend to make a fi
nancial statement showing that the
city Is indebted less than it was two
years ago. When I have done this
the matter will rest with the peo
Merchants Called
To Meet Tuesday
To Discuss "Dollar Day” And For
mation Of A Merchant's
The Star, in a half page adver
se«timent in today's issue of the
paper, is inviting the merchants of
Shelby and the county to meet in
this office tomorrow (Tuesday)
morning at ten o’clock to consider
the two-fold idea of the organiza
tion of g Merchants Association,
and putting on a local dollar day.
In other words, this newspaper is
asking the merchants to Assemble
here, with the idea of killing two
birds with one stone. The need of a
local Merchants Association has
long been felt, and it has been sug
gested time and again that an ef
fort be made ’ to start one. And
many of the merchants are agreed
that the time is ripe to put on a
wide-spread dollar day, one that
will be very extensive ni scope, to
take in a large section of the ad
jacent trading territory.
It is in the interest of these two
ideas that this meeting is called,
and it is hoped that as many mer
chants will attend as possibly can
do so. ,
The time is tomorrow (Tuesday)
morning at ten o'clock at the Star
Isaac Shelby Is
New Hotel Name
Geo. Johnson Moved Into New 17
Koom Curtis Building And
Opens Hotel.
Geo. Johnson, former • proprietor
of the Hotel Victor, moved hi.s fur
niture and hotel equipment Friday
across the street into the Ben Cur
tis building where he will operate
a hotel. The name is the Isaac
Shelby hotel honoring a hero of
the Battle oi Kings Mountain for
whom the city of Shelby was nam
Mr. Johnson has been buying new
equipment for the kitchen and lob
by and will have seventeen guest
rooms in the new location. The
building was recently completed
and is a two story semi-fire proof
structure, with ample kitchen and
lobby space Each room is heated
by steam and has a private bath or
Musicians Of
Shelby School
High In Meet.
Local Youngsters Take Seven First
Places Out Of Seventeen At
The young musicians of the Shel
by high school ranked unusually
high in the district music contest
held at Gastonia Saturday morn
ing by taking seven first places and
five second places out of the seven
teen contests they entered along
with representatives of 10 other
schools in the several counties of
this section.
The contest was held as a pre
liminary to select district repres
entatives lor the state-wide music
contest to be held in Greensboro
on April 19. There were fourteen
districts contests held Saturday in
the state, representing 111 high
schools with 4000 high school stud
ents in the contests. In the contest
at Gastonia, eleven schools were
represented with 334 pupils in the
contest. In the fourteen districts
there were fifty-two contests In
piano solos: sixteen in violin, six in
orchestra, three in band, fifty in
mixed choruses, fifty-one in girls
glee clubs, forty-five in boys glee
clubs and 133 in vocal solos.
Shelby Winners.
The seventeen events included
133 representatives from Shelby.
The seven contests Shelby won first
place in were mixed choruses, or
chestra, band, violin, trumpet, trom
bone, and clarinet.
Shelby won second place in the
following events: girls glee club,
boys quartet, boys' unchanged
voices, girls’ quartet and brass quar
The soloists winning first place
for Shelby: trumpet, John Best,
jr„ trombone, Edwin Smith; clario
net, Pegram Holland. The violin
solo was won by Shelby without
Winners for Shelby in second
places: brass quartet, George Blan
ton, jr., Ruth Thompson, Edwin
Smith and John Best, jr.; girls
quartet, Lillian Crow, Ann Elmore,
Frances Graham and Helen Whit
ner. Boys’ unchanged voices: George
Blanton, jr.
Schoolmasters Will
Hear College Man
Prof. Boshart. of State college and
an official of the State vocational
department, will be the principal
speaker before the Schoolmasters’
club at the Hotel Charles this eve
The Schoolmasters’ club is made
up of the superintendents and prin
cipals of the high schools of Cleve
land county and tonight the heads
of each school will bring along
their committeemen who will be
guests of the club along with the
members of the county board of
Fifth Annual Debate
At Lattimore 10th
Will Debate The Question of Coun
ty Wide School rian
The Edgaronean literary society
of the Lattimore high school will
hold its fifth annual debate at 8
o’clock Wednesday evening April
The following is the program:
Declamation. Boyd Blanton, piano
duet, Selma Davis and Cleopatra
Latham; reading, Esther Bailey.
Debate. query; Resolved that
Cleveland county should adopt the
county-wide school plan. Afirma
tive: Margaret Stockton, Lowell
McSwain. Negative: Gerthel Bailey,
Lyman Martin.
Essay, Ernest- Bailey; chorus
1 wo
More School Girls Missing
Gertrude Schmidt, aged 18, and Haze! Mallett, aged 17. both
of hew York, have been added to the already long list of
missing school girls. These girls, fast friends, have been gone
only a short time and hope is felt that they will return shortly,
but a desperate search is being made for them.
(Internmtluunj JNewjt««) Pb^toi
Hamrick Thinks Two Hundred \
Light Patrons Should Not Bear
Entire Burden; Aid Little Man
Think Minimum For Small I'ser
Should Also Be Reduced. Talks
Light Kates.
The two hundred largest con
sumers of lights and power in
Shelby should not have to bear
the burden on the increased cost
of power in Shelby through the
new method of figuring the light
bills, in the opinion of T. W. Ham
rick, former alderman, in a com
munication today to The Star.
Meantime Mr. Hamrick writes
that, he also believes the minimum
charge for small consumers of light
and power should be reduced.
His Communication.
The Hamrick letter follows:
“As a member of the light com
mittee. that appeared before the
city council recently in an appeal
for re-adjustment of the present
schedule of light, and power rates,
the statement was made that the
changes were increased from 10
to 20 percent, and to prove that
statement we quote a lew rates
from the light schedule:
300 K W. old rate $2100, new
rate $22.20, Increase $1 20 or 5 pel
750 K W. old rate $43.00. new
rate 49.20. increase $4 20 or 10:
per cent.
1500 K W old rate $75.00, new !
rate $86.70, increase $11.70 or 15,
per cent.
Power Rates.
300 K. W. old rate $12.00. new
rate $15.00, increase $3.00 or 25 per
750 K. W. old rate $26 00. new
rate $30.75, increase $4.50 or 17 per
1000 K W. old rate $30.00, new
rate $38.25, Increase $8.25 or 28 per
2500 K. W. old rate $68.73. new
rate $79.50, increase $10.75 or 17
per cent.
3500 K. W old rate $87.50, new
rate $105.50, increase $1800 or 21
per cent.
“It is true, as the city clerk
stated, that no increase was made
to the small user. However, the
committee appealed to the board
to give the small user a little more
current for his minimum money, in
order to be in line with what other
towns in this section are doing.
The city council has the matter
under consideration and the com
mittee feels that they will adjust
the matter to the satisfaction of
those concerned.
“The city council said." "That the
mayor said," “that the city clerk
said" that the “Southern Power co.
said." our rates were calculated
wrong. What has the Southern
Power Co. got to do with our light
plant anyway? Our old schedule has
been satisfactory as well as ex
ceptiuaially profitable for the past
twenty years or more The Invest
ment in our light plant is probab
ly less than $250,000, yet, it is
paying a profit of 6 per cent or
more than a million dollars. “Very
satisfactory I'd say, and if. as the
city clerk says, the increase in rates
effects only two hundred patrons,
.tust why should those two hundred
be taxed a possible average of $10.00
each. $2000.00 per month or $24,000
a year. Is there any possible reason
or excuse for such an increase in
rates? If so tell us about it. I
personally feel that the city coun
cil adopted the suggestion of the
(Continued on page ten >
Debating Teams
Of County Will
Get In Finals
Shelby And Fallston Debaters Win ,
Trip To Chapel liill In
The debating teams of two
Cleveland county high schools,
Shelby and Fallston, will be in the
semi-finals of the state-wide tri
angular debate at Chapel Hill on
April 19 due to victories in the pre
liminary round last Friday night.
The two Fallston teamst affir
mative ana negative, were victori
ous over the two Belwood teams in
the contest, Grover, the third mem
ber of the triangle, failing to en
ter. Other county schools in the de
bate did not win with both teams
Lattimore in a triangle with Hen
rietta-Caroleen and Cliffside won
with one team and lost with the
other, while Kings Mountain in a
double contest with Hutherfordton
won one end lost one.
Good Record Here.
The subject was “Resolved, that
the United States should enter the
world's court."
Mae Ellen McBrayer and Alice
Saunders representing the affirma
tive side of the question for Shelby
defeated Gastonia's negative team
in Shelby. At the same hour Edith
Reed Ramsaur and Mildred Mc
Kinney representing the negative
side defeated Lincolnton's team In
Lincolnton. By winning both de
bates Shelby is entitled to send her
debaters to the University of North
Carolina on April 19, to enter the
annual contest for tire Aycock cup
offered by the two literary societies
of the university. With two or three
exceptions Shelby has won this de
bate for about ten years in succes
Boll Weevil Damage May Be
More Than Ever This Year
Raleigh—A strong probability
that boll weevil infestation in North
Carolina's cotton crop will be heav
ier than ever before this season was j
seen by B. W. Leiby, entomologist!
of the state departnemt of agri- j
Mr. Leiby based his opinion on
observations of boll weevil emer
gence made at Aberdeen, where last!
Fall a large number of weevils were J
placed in cages. Ten per cent of j
the number tre reported to have |
left.their Winter quarters already,
an emergence three times as great
as ever recorded before at a date
this early.
Although Mr. Leiby foresees a
record-breaking infestation, he as- j
sured cotton planters that this does 1
not necessarily mean that the crop
will suffer more heavily than here- '
tofore because Summer weather
conditions are such an important
factor in the development of weevil
School Board
To Quit Soon,
Members State
Advises ('Miens To Ilf looking
About l or Trustor* To Carry
On—Not Prrvril
Declaring they are' not peeved
and are are willing to co-operate tti
every way with their successors, the
five members of* the present city
school board in a signed notice
sent to The Star, announce that
they will not stand tor re-election
mi May 6 They advise the patron,
of the school that it is high time
for them to ire considering men for
tills board as the duty will devolve
upon these successors of selecting
the superintendent, faculty and
teachers for next year soon after
their election.
The notice addressed "to the
voters of Shelby” is signed by John
R. McClurd. R. '1' LcGrand, John
R. Mcknight and D \V Royster
and reads as follows:
"Mr. R H. Kendall has already
announced that he will not remain
on the Shelby school board longer
than the present term We, the un
dersigned other members ot said
school board, having hi*licito de
cided that neither of u> would be
willing to hnve his name consider
ed by the voters for the next term,
feel that we should make a definite
public statement to that effect,
to the end that the voters of the
Shelby graded school district may
at once begin the active considera
tion of their choice for our success
"Our successors me to be elected
at the same time that the Mayor
of Shelby is elected, which is on
May 6, and it is high time that the
voters should begin to consider the
composition of the new board of
school trustees, for upon this new
board will devolve the duty of select
ing the superintendent, faculty and
teachers for next year. We wish to
say that we arc not in any way
peeved and that we wilt gladly co
operate with the new board in
every way In our power, but we feel
that, for the purpose of securing
harmony, we should retire and an
nounce our intention so to do, so
that serious consideration may be
given to the selection of our suc
■ -■■■•■-- ; i
Fallston Man Is
Buried Saturday
Mr. Samuel J. Bingham, Age 15
Passes. Burled At Friendship
Mr. Samuel J, Bingham, age 73
years, five months and two days
died Thursday and was buried Sat
urday at Friendship church Falls
ton, the services being conducted
by his pastor, Rev, J. M Morgan
assisted by Rpv. J D. Morris, amid
a large crowd of friends and rela
Mr Brigham was happily united j
in marriage to Drusiiln Wright |
about the year 1880. To this union j
was born eleven children: seven
boys 'and four girls. Four of tin
children, Loco. Asa Lona and i
Clarence preceded him to the Great ;
Beyond. The living are Mrs. Rob
ert Leonhardt. of Fallston, Joseph
Bingham of Morganton. Rev. Elphus
Bingham of Denton, Gettys Bing- j
ham of Fallston, Mrs. John Eaker |
of Cherryville, Mrs. Lawrence Mc
Swain of Harmony, and Rev. Ptylla
Bingham of Westminister Theolog
ical Seminary. Westminister, Md.
Uncle Sam as he was known by
many, was a good neighbor. He was
honest in all his dealings with oth
ers and never tried to deceive or j
take advantage of others in a
trade. He was a man of good hab
its, that aided greatly in making
him one of the strongest men of his
day. Possibly the greatest good he
was able to do, was. in the rearing
and training of his children. By pre
cept and example he taught his
children to do right and to build
a Christ-Uke character.
He professed faith in Christ at
18 years of age and joined Friend
ship M. P. church. He was one of
the most loyal members for 55
years. For many years he was a
class leader. It was his great pleas
ure to go with the children to Sun
day school and preaching.
He leaves to mourn their loss, a
faithful and loyal wife. 7 children
30 grandchildren, 4 great grand
children 2 sisters. Mrs. Mahala
Wright and Mrs. J J. Hayes and
a host of neighbors and friends.
Hamrick Now With
Stephenson Store
Mr. Res Hamrick, for years con- j
nceted with the Paul Webb drug!
store, lias accepted a potation with
the Stepheson drug company, it was
announced by Mr. B. O. Stephen
son today Mr. Hamrick begun work
at Uia ocw position this morning
[ Mass Meeting Called
For Thursday Night
About City Schools
To Let Hubby Alone
Mrs. Marion Rcvell. divorced
wife of Fleming II. Rcvell,
was warned by the court, be
fore which she was sentenced
to thirty days on charges of
beating her husband, to leave
him, her father-in-law and
daughter entirely alone.
< Imern/Mion»l N«»si»»h>
Forest City
Plays Highs
Here Tuesday
. i'' Boys Koinp On Gastonia.
Farris Is Hitting Star
Of Day.
The Shelby highs, now play
ing a speedy brand of baseball,
are Hilled to play the strong
Forest City nine here at the city
park Tuesday afternoon.
Defeating Gastonia here Friday
li to 2 Casey Morris’ heavyhittlng
ioeals won their third game in three
Errors And Hits,
Shelby, however, earned only
about four runs despite the even
dozen hits the locals smacked out
on the visiting hurlers, Moore and
Poston, as nine errors by the Gas
tonia supporting cast assisted ma
terially in running up the score.
While Shelby was running up a
good score "Lefty" Moore, the stem
winder, was holding the Gaston lads
to six scattered hits, and the ma
jority of those who did get on by
hitting were promptly caught nap
ping off first base a la Lefty Rob
inson of other days.
New Hitlers.
Farris, the rookie catcher of last
iCominued on page tend
Marries Children
Of Couples Married
By Him Years Ago
Many young men and women
are often married by the min
ister who married fheir par
ents, but it isn't often that the
bride and groom are married
by the same minister who mar
ked the parents of both of
Sucli happened in Shelby
Wednesday of last week when
Itev. I). Frank Putnam married
Mr. Alltel f'abaniss and Miss
Surbanna Morrow at his resi
dence. Many years ago. Ret.
Mr. Putnam married the par
ents of the groom in Shelby,
then some years later while in
Chert, vi!le he married the par
ents of the bride of Wednesday, j
I.awyers I .rad Movement To Work
Out Solution To Keep Schools
Here Open.
l awyers of Shelby met Sat
urday afternoon at the call of
Attorney Clyde K. Hoey in Mr.
Iloey's office and decided to
call a mass meeting for Thurs
day night of this week at 8
o'clock In the court house, at
which time a plan will be sub
mitted to the citizens to pro
long the school term to nine
months as originally intended.
Itelieve Hardships.
All plans yet devised seem to
have 1 ailed, or if carried out would
work a hardship on many patrons
who are unable to pay $10 for each
child in school to prolong the term.
While the offer of the teachers in
tlie South Shelby school to teach
two weeks without pay provided the
patrons would subscribe enough for
an additional two weeks is regard
ed as a most magnanimous act, this
would bo burdensome to many of
the teachers who need their full
monthly pay check to meet neces
sary expenses.
Interest In Children.
Purely out of interest in the wel
fare of the nearly 3,000 school Chil
dren in Shelby and the reputation
of the city in meeting its obligations
to the teachers who are under con
tract for nine months, the lawyers
decided to take a hand and suggest
a plan at a mass meeting of the
citizens, in the hope that this plan
will be adopted and that the pres
ent emergency may be met.
Plan Brin* Worked Out.
Just what plan they will submit,
has not been divulged but it will
be submitted Thursday night and
riiscussed pro and con In the hope
that a settlement of this perplexing
| problem may be reached within the
| next week or ten days. The avail
[ able money will be exhausted and
the schools will close on May 4 as
announced unless something is
Plan For Present Only.
It is understood that the plan
which the lawyers will submit on
Thursday night will only provide
for the present situation and have
no bearing whatever on next year.
The present board, it is understood,
will not stand for re-ejection, so on
May 6 when the voters select their
city officials, they will also select
a new school board and the length
of next year's term, the personnel
cn the teaching force and the de
partments at school will be in the
hands of the new board.
Next Year's Alternate.
Next year. Shelby will share in
ihe state school. eqauUjptlon fund
so that an increase in me tax levy
will hardly be necessary. One at
torney ventured the opinion that
the city could reduce to state salary
schedule and operate for nine
months, carrying on athletics, music
and domestic science, or eleminate
these three courses of training, re
duce the term to eight months and
maintain the present salary sche
dule. All of this will be left in the
hands of the new school board
which will be selected by the peo
ple at the polls on May 6.
Present Plan Burdensome.
The lawyers felt that to ask for
subscriptions from the patrons to
give the school children the ninth
month and at the same time fulfil
a binding contract which the teach
ers have, would be burdensome to
many parents who have a number
of children in school. Not to have a
nine months term and not to carry
out the contract with the teachers
would also reflect on the good name
of Shelby, so the Shelby, lawyers,
all of whom held a council Satur
day afternoon, put their heads to
gether on a plan which is being
worked out on a basis of equality
and justice.
This plan will have been for
mulated by the Thursday niglu
mass meeting and they urge every
patron, both fathers and mothers to
attend this meeting and hear the
plan presented and go into frank,
full and free discussion.
Gardner Used To
Calls For Guards
Raleigh —When Go\emor Gard
ner called out the National Guard
to preserve order at the textile
'-'.like at Gastonia it was the sec
ond time he had taken such action.
In 1919 while he was lieuten
ant-governor he called out the
guard during the textile strike at
Charlotte. Governor Thomas W.
Bickett being out of the state.

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