North Carolina Newspapers

    NEWS HAPPENINGS
jGf Kings Mountain
MRS. W. K. CROOK, Reorter.
Items Of Krws Will Be Appreciated—Phone 177—
(Special to The Star.V
The Commercial Bank and Trust
Co., along with five other Commer
cial banks being located In Llncoln
ton. Mount Holly and Chcrryville
with the home office bank in Gas
tonia, Was closed Friday.
The closing of the banks were
caused hy rumors that the Gastonia
bank was weak, which resulted In
heavy withdrawals on the local
bank. -
However it is expected that, the
bank will be opened again within a
lew davs.
[' VA, womanless wedding" will be
Iffvcn In the general school auditor
[lum next Thursday evening at 8.00
(o'clock by fllteeen men of the cen
r tral Methodist church. The play is
(being directed by Miss Jones of the
(eebtral School faculty and Mrs. it.
. R. Church.
i . Clyde Mortis will act the part of
the blushing bride, while Mr. Prank
Love Is to be the lucky groom.
The senior class is planning io
present three one-act plays within
;the nex.t ten days.
The plays selected arc: ‘Neigh
bors,’' by Zona Gale; "The Florist.
Shop,” by Wtnnifred Hawkins and
• The Boor” by Tchekor.
The vest ibul singers, a local col
lored choir with Rev. B. P. Falls as
lender will broadcast again over
WBT next Wednesday afternoon
‘from 4:30 until 5;00 o'clock. The
iiflrst program broadcast was on
■March 18.
! J. D. Benton who has been con
'itiected with Griffin Drtig co., and
who recently accepted work with
the Southern BeH Telephone co., in
Joreer, S. C.. has resigned his po
sition and Is now employed at No.
'One "M” system store on Moun
tain st. Messrs Raymond Cline and
Harry Falls are the proprietors of
the local “M” system stores.
The Woman's college of Due West
|8. jQ.. presented Miss Ruth Eltza
Ifoe'th Hord, pupil of Elizabeth Ntch
ies, in an expression recital on Tues
day evening, April 2, in the memor
ial hall of the college. Miss Hord is
the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. G.
Hord of this place. Miss Hord was
[assisted by Miss Rebecca McElroy
iKerr of Spartanburg, S. C„ soprano,
with Leslie Lee Lacey, accompanist.
Miss Kerr is well known here, hav
ing lived here several years during
the pastorate of her father, Rev. G.
L. Kerr, at Boyce Memorial A. R.
Presbyterian church. Among those
attending the recital were Dr. and
Mrs. J, G. Hord. James Edwin Hord
Miss Mary Frances Hord, Dr. and
Mrs, J. M. Garrison and John Mc
Gill of this place. Mrs. S. E. Spen
cer, Mrs L. L. Anthony jr„ Miss
Rachel Spencer and Dr McGill of
Gastonia and Miss Lena Ware who
Is teaching at Tucapau. 8. C.
Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Smith most
delightfully entertained their bridge
club last Thursday evening at eight
o'clock at their home, E. Knight St.
Tfye home was attractively arrang
ed with numerous lovely bowls and
^vases of spring flowers. After the
games the hostess served a tempt
ing salad course. Those present were
Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Dtlllng.
Mr. and Mrs. Hayne Blackmer, Mr
and Mrs. Percy Dilling. Mr and
Mf». Paul Manget. Mr. and Mrs. Ed
Smith, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Booth Gil
lespie, Mr. and Mrs. McLary. Mr.
anfi Mrs. M. A. Ware. Mr. and Mrs.
T.l F. Boozer, Mrs. Annie Dilling,
Messrs. Kenneth Kirby, Bus Lentz
and E. S. Christenbury.
The local chapter of the U. D. C.
piet at the home of Mrs. J. G. Hord
an last Friday afternoon with the
following ladies ns hostesses, Mrs.
I>. F. Ormond, Mrs. j'. C. Patrick
gnd Mrs. Hord. The home was ar
tistically decorated with potted
{flints and spring flowers.
The meeting was opened by the
Chaplain, Mrs. J. R. Davis. Mrs.
Harry Falls presided over the busi
ness session. Mrs. B. F. Ormond
Jjad charge of the following pro
gram, Reading “Fort Fisher, scene
Of the world's greatest bombard
ment.” Mrs. L. F. Neal: song “Caro
lina." Reading, “The Minuet,” by
Sara Hambrlght. Reading by Mrs.
Lester Hoke The program was con
cluded with a talk by Mrs. A. H.
Patterson.
A delicious congealed salad with
accessories was served.
Compliments Star
And Baptists Here
Mdrganton News Herald.
Congratulations are in order to
Shelby Baptists for the completion
and dedication of one of the hand
somest church plants in this sec
tion of the state. The opening and
dedication servioes were very ap
propriately held on Easter Sunday.
In recognition of the event the
Shelby Star issued last Friday a
splendid special edition giving pic
tures and sketches of the church
and those connected with its pres
ent and past. The Star is always
"on the Job” for Shelby and Cleve
land county.
Ella GriaUn. 17, of Chicago ms
fiped (50 for locking out her ein
Ste srpctern- i&Jte *>use.
Pe.»ny Column
l»AY Y O l' It COUNTY
Taxes during April. IPs the
last month. Irvin M. Allen,
Sheriff. 2t-8c
LOST: ON SATURDAY, APRIL
(3. in Shelby or between town and
river, one bag of cane seed. Finder
please notify W. If. Humphries,
Shelby, N. C\, U-4. It 8p
WE GUARANTEE
each; Flour $3.40;
Breakfast Bacon 22c
lb.; Fat Back 12|c lb.
C. H. Reinhardt South
Shelby. 2t-8c
DAHLIAS AND GLADIOLUS
bulbs and chrysanthemum plants
for sale. Mrs. W. A. Pendleton.
2t 8c
FOR SALE-REG
ISTERED Jersey cow
—Cash or on time. A.
C. Miller. lt-8c
REINHARDT’S —
7 O’Clock Breakfast
Coffee, fresh ground
35c lb. lt-8c
FOR RENT: THREE-ROOM UN
furnlshed apartment. Desirable lo
cation. Close In. Phone 275. Mrs.
W. L. Packard. tf 8c
FOR SALE. FRESH MILK COW.
H. C. Allen, Shelby, R-6. 6t 8p
WK SPECIALIZE O N
Magneto Work. Turner &
Williams Garage. lt-8c
LOST SATURDAY LEFT AUTO
at Ideal Service Station, German
police dog, female. Wearing collar
with owner’s name. Reward. Ray
McKee. R-l, Lattlmore. 3t lip
FOR SALE—GOOD ESSEX
Four. A Bargain. Turner &
Williams Garage. lt-8c
WANTED TO DO
Floor Sanding. Satis
factory work guaran
teed. C. A. Morrison
& Son. 12t-8c
FORRENT^FIVE
room house on S. De
Kalb. See Coy Morri
son or call 124-Jj at
once. lt-8p
FOR RENT-FIVE
room house on S. De
Kalb. See Coy Morri
son or call 124-J, at
once. lt-8p
THIS IS THE LAST
month in which to pay coun
ty taxes. Please attend to this
at once. Irving M. Allen,
Cleveland County Sheriff. 2t8
FIVE ROOM HOUSE WITH
water, sewerage, lights and garden
for rent on W. Warren St. See W.
A. Broadway, or call 13-R, It 8c
NOTICE OF SALE OF LAND
Under and by virtue of the au
thority conferred by deed of trust
by H. C. Ponder and wife, Kath
leen Ponder, to the First National
Bank of Durham, N. C„ Trustee,
dated April 1st, 1928, and recorded
in Book No. 150, page 181, Cleve
land county registry, the First Na
tional Bank of Durham, North
Carolina, will on
April 20th, 1929. At 12:00 O'clock M.
at the Court House in Cleveland
county, sell at public auction for
cash to the highest bidder the fol
lowing described property:
Beginning on a stake on the East
side of Second street. Northwest
corner of Lot No. 84, and runs
North 84 1-2 East 150 feet to a stake
in Beam's line; thence with his
line North 5 1-2 West 100 feet to a
stake; thence South 84 1-2 West
150 feet to a stake on East side of
Second street; thence South 5 1-2
East 100 feet to the beginning.
Being Lots Nos. 90, 91. 92 and 93.
shown by plat recorded in Book of
Pltfts No. 1 at page 62 in the of
fice of Register of Deeds of Cleve
land county, North Carolina, ref
erence to which plats is hereby
made for further identification and
description of said lots.
This sale is made on account of
default in the payment of the in
debtedness secured by the said
deed of trust.
This 6th day of March, 1929.
FIRST NATIONAL BANK
OF DURHAM. North Caro
j lina, Trustee.
W. S. Lockhart, Attornev.
LUUlOWPv -N. C* -<NK!(Nk.
Dog May Cheat Death Decree
As Trial Records Disappear
| Kaiser Bill Of Kentuck Awaits Ap
peal After Sentence On Charge
Of Sheep Killing.
I Lexington. Ky.—The record in the
i case of Kaiser Bill, the German po
1 lice dog under sentence of deatli
, for more than a year, has been lost
! or misplaced and the dog may never
I have to pay forfeit witlT his life.
The animal was sentenced in Mont*
I'gomery county court at Mount Ster
j ling, Ky., on a charge of sheep ktll
ing. If a new record is supplied the
■ state court of appeals will have to
decide if a dumb brute may be tried
for its life as may a human being
It would doubtless be a relief to
officials generally if the record is
lost for good because a new one
can never be supplied. The case lias
been a thorn in the side of the
Court officials for a long time and
has created much comment. The
entire state lias been awaiting the
ruling of the court of appeals on a
Jury's right to pass on the life or
death of an animal.
It was revealed the record had
been lost when County Attorney
George W. Vaughn of this city an
nounced he would submit a similar
one to the appellate court. Vaughn
will'take an appeal from the deci
sion of Special Circuit Court Judge
J. K. Dalngerfield who held that
the statute under which the trial
courts proceeded against dogs had
been repealed by a subsequent en
actment by the legislature. The
question arose when counsel ques
tioned the Jurisdiction of a magis
trate's court In the case of Jack, an
Airdale dog owned by Mr. and Mrs.
George Kergasner. The dog was ac
cused of killing sheep and County
Attorney Vaughn sought to invoke
the old statute under which the
noted dog trials In Kentucky have
been conducted.
State officials say they will insti
tute a search for the Kaiser Bill case
records. Cleric W. B. O’Connell of
t he court of appeals said the papers
went to the attorney general’s of
fice. Assistant Attorney General
Clifford Smith said he gave the
record to his colleague, G. H. Mitch
ell, to brief the case for the com
monwealth. The latter said he re
turned the paper to the clerk’s of
fice. but the clerk says he did not
receive it.
Meahwhtle Jack and Kaiser Bill,
both under sentence of death but
not seeming to mind it much, are
enjoying life and as much liberty
as ever they had. Kaiser BUI Is at
the home of his owner. He plays
in the long grass with the five
year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Gay. the dog having been the baby’s
playmate since both were very
small.
Apparently nothing can be done
to the dogs pending the high court's
ruling, although County Attorney
Vaughn has obtained an indictment
against the Kergasner’s for not ob
taining a license for Jack Jan. 1.
Evening Skies.
(By Lloyd Mauney.l
The Sun Gods kiss the evening
skies
Blending their colors there,
Gently touching the rosy beds
Planted und blushing so fair;'
They paint their golden chains of
light
Across the glistening way.
Hurriedly changing the tinted walls
At the passing of the day.
The sky is kissed and dressed with
gold
That makes a monarch proud.
With trailing strings of blueish
gems
Like a cloak or like a shroud;
A hory mist of colorful beams
Crosses the Sun God’s face
Casting there a fleeting shadow^,
Across its shining grace.
A chain of light forged with gold
Reaches from earth to sky,
Ending tyliere we cannot say
Nor ask the question why,
Across the skies fantastic way
Without a blemish or a frown.
We find a picture painted and dried
Reaching from sky to ground.
We seek the heavens for a scene
To suit our mind and thought.
We find a picture painted there
As if by magic it was wrought;
The shades of night come apace
And chase our,visions away.
Starting anew the trend of life
And the visions of another day.
Rejoices At Changed
Status Of Prohibition
Charlotte.—Repoicing over the
changed status ot prohibition In
North Carolina was expresesd by
Mrs. W. B. Lindsey, of this city,
president of the North Carolina
Woman's Christian Temperance
union, in an official communica
tion to members of the union, it
was learned. The Jones-Stalker law
is the reason for the enthusiasm.
“Don't you like the change in
the headlines of our papers since
the new administration has come
in. particularly since the passage of
the Jones-Stalker law?" Mrs. Lind
sey asked. She revealed that a rep
resentative of the national W. C. T.
U. will come to North Carolina soon
to enroll young people. This enroll
ment will continue for four years
and then the names of those en
rolled will be presented to the
presides; ot the United States,
Four More Straws.
N. Y. World.
Let us tabulate, in their proper
order, various developments in con
nection with the enforcement of
prohibition during the last week:
(It The schooner I'm Alone, un
der Canadian registry, was sunk by
the United States Coast Guard, and
one member of her crew was
drowned, under circumstances that
promise to embroil us in a diplo
matic situation.
(2i Mrs. Lillian De King was
shot and killed by state prohibition
officers in the course of a raid on
her home in Aurora, 111.
(3> Representative William M.
Morgan of Ohio, who voted for the
Jones law, is accused by customs
officers of bringing four bottles of
liquor into this country when he
landed in New York Monday from
the steamship Cristobal.
(4) Representative M. A. Michael
son of Illinois, who also voted for
the Jones law, is revealed as under
indictment for trying to bring li
quor into the country and a United
States deputy marshal is sitting on
his doorstep in Chicago trying to
serve a warrant that will take him
to Florida for trial.
Now the important aspect of these
things is that they are not acciden
tal results of prohibition, but typi
cal results; each one of them, in its
way, represent a chicken that the
drys have insisted In loosing and
that now comes home to roost. The
sinking of the I'm Alone. If it can
be defended at all, must be defend
ed under a treaty which was advo
cated by drys and bitterly assailed
by wets as impairing a maritime
principle that the United States
had fought for since its founding.
The killing of Mrs. De King was
the result of such enforcement
methods as drys have defended for
ten years in spite of the pleadings
of wets that such brutal tactics be
abandoned. .The case of the two
representatives is squarely up to the
Anti-Saloon League. For years that
organization, in selecting the legis
lators whom it would support, has
asked one question, -and one ques
tion only, and that Is whether they
would vote dry. When two of them
are now accused it can have no
complaint that It has been betray
ed. This is the kind of thing It has
deliberately countenanced in the
past, so it merely reaps what it has
sown.
The situation, then, Is cracking
in many different places at once. It
is not surprising that in three Mid
dle Western states—Illinois, Wis
consin and Michigan—there is a
scramble on the part of legislators
to do something about the enforce
ment laws. For legislators are respon
sive to public opinion, and that
public opinion has been aroused by
these recent occurrences must be
manifest to anybody who has ears
to hear what people are saying. An
aroused public opinion can well
force the coming congress to come
to grips with the problem in earn
est and extend the scope of its ac
tivities much further than the en
forcement investigation contemplat
ed by Mr. Hoover.
Lawsuit Over Title
To 97 Wreck Ballad
Danville Man Sues Victor Company
For Royalties On Famous
Sons.
Danville, Va.—The spectre of
Danville’s greatest railway tragedy,
the wreck of No. 97, was raised here
when two New York attorneys, R.
L. Nase and L. B. Ledue, began
taking depositions in a copyright
suit which has been filed in the
federal courts of New Jersey against
the Victor Talking Machine com
pany by D. O. George.
Georve claims to have written the
words of the frequently heard bal
lard depicting the Southern mail
train’s ride to death on September
27, 1903, and insists that no re
producing company had the right
to make wax records of the song
without the payment of royalties.
The recording company is under
stood to claim that the original song
was not copyrighted and that there
was no infringement of rights in
so doing.
Depositions are being takea at a
local hotel because it is claimed that
there are many men in the employ
of the Southern here who may be
Western Carolina’s
Late Farm Problems
Asheville Citizen.
The paragraph from The Clay
County News quoted by George W.
McCoy in his Monday morning col
umn in The Citizen of yesterday is
indicative of the keen interest which
Western North Carolina county
newspapers are taking in the prob
lem of building a prosperous farm
population in the mountain country.
That this can be accomplished is
now evident but the fact that some
of the mountain counties have
made very much greater progress
than others is proof that sound,
aggressive, persistent leadership is
still the prime need in this situa
tion.
In Clay county The News puts the
poultry industry first, Just as the
Farmers’ Federation is doing when
ever its activities have reached; and
the results which have been achiev
ed in the past year or two would
seem to indicate clearly that eggs
and poultry offer the quickest and
most profitable return to the small
mountain farmer who is willing to
s;ivc Intelligent attention to their
production. But along with poultry
there are other opportunities hard
ly less inviting. If this section can
oe made one of the poultry centers
of the country, and the effors of
the past two years give assurance
in this direction, it should be only
a matter of a short time until the
Income of the average small farm
er throughout the mountains is at
least doubled.
The farm problem in Western
North Carolina is very different
from the farm problem generally.
Here we have the opportunity to do
something which in many sections
now seems almost hopeless in spite
of the fact that Its desirability is
beyond question—that is to say,
there is a better chance in the
mountains to bring prosperity to
the individual small farmer than
there is almost anywhere else. This
is because of the extraordinary va
riety of agricultural products which
can be produced profitably in this
region under the right kind of pro
gram. At the very time when the
small land owner in many parts of
the country has seen his chances
of making a living lessened year by
year the very opposite has been
happening in the mountain country.
The most notable change that has
been effected by the coming of
good roads to the mountains *S the
opportunity which these roads have
brought to the mountain farmer,
and what has been accomplished
already is only an index of what we
may expect. Five years from now
when the small farmers of West
ern North Carolina have really got
ten on their feet and have escaped
the poverty which has been the lot
of so many of them in the past
this is going to be a finer region
for all of us. Ten years from now
the mountain cabins will probably
be extinct but where these cabins
stood there will be attractive farm
homes, thousands of them, as good
to look at as they will be comfort
able to live in.
Already this prospect is captur
ing the imagination of many. It
should not be long now before the
program has behind it the united
endeavor which is all that is needed
to bring it to speedy success.
April Events.
Charlotte Observer.
Historically April is a month of
war and tragedy. A forgetful peo
ple might be reminded that it was
on April 6. 1917, that the United
States declared war with German,
and that it was on the 26th of
April, the same year that “ the first
shot" was fired in the war between
our country and Germany. It was
on April 25, 1898 that the United
States declared war against Spain.
April 8, 1865, developed fateful Ap
pomattox, and April 9 the surren
der of Gen. Lee, and event follow
ed five days later with assasina
tion of President Lincoln. Verily,
April is a month of tragic memories.
able to shed light on the author
ship.
George claimed to have seen the
runaway train on its last ride ap
proaching a wayside station between
Danville and Catham, and that its
speed was so great that it was ac
companied by a cloud of dust. Real
izing that a dlstaster Was impending
George says he came to Danville,
saw the wreckage below the curving
trestle and was moved to reduce it
to poetry. He fitted the words, he
said to “Sh1|k that Never Come
Back.”
Seeks Sister Stolen As Baby
Fifty Years Ago By Avenger
Atlantic City.—Newsapers and po
lice of South New Jersey have been
asked by Mrs. Louise Ackley, of
Bridgeton to help her in the search
for her younger sister, Barbara,
who was kidnapped fifty years ago
in Mergentheim, Germany.
At first glace the tasks seems
hopeless, bttt Mrs. Ackley thinks
otherwise. Twenty years ago she
received information that her miss
ing sister had been married to an
Atlantic City man, and it is her be
lief that she may still be found.
Barbara was kidnapped under
strange circumstances when she
was seven months old. According
to Mr. Ackley, an enemy of her
father's threw the Mlant into a
trance so deep that the child's par
ents. Mr. and Mrs. Otto Schnauf
ter, were convinced she was dead
and prepared to bury her. Before'
that could take place the “enemy ’
exchanged a dead child for the
Schnauffer baby.
Years later, Mrs. Ackley declares,
the enemy admitted his hoax and
taunted the parents. They believe
Barbara had been brought to
America and consequently came to
this country.
The trail led to Philadelphia and
ultimately to this part of New Jer
sey. Mrs, Ackley has been a resid
ent of Bridgeton for forty years
and lives at No. 71 Magnolia Ave
nue. . „
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By QUIN HALL
Miller uuggins, mite
manager of the New York
Yankees, is going to the
wars this year with just about the
same gang that won him the pen
itent and the world series last year.
Like Connie Mack of the A’s,
Miller is almost standing pat—but
not quite.
During the workouts and the ex
hibition games at St Petersburg,
Lyn I Ary, expensive shortstop from
the Pacific Coast, has shown
enough to cinch him a place on
what has come to be known as
“the third league” or the best club
'in baseball — statistics seem to
grove it. And to fill the hole left
y the passing of Joe Dugan, Hug
gins has shoved Mark Koenig over
from short to the hot comer.
While Lary’s fielding in some
of the early exhibition tussles has
not been so hot, he is sure to
steady up plenty before the sea
son opens. Between two seasoned
performers like Tony Lazzeri and
Koenig, he’s a safe bet to strike
his stride once the season gets
under way.
Huggins has brought his gang
along slowly so far. Instead of
circusing his performers, which
was the rule rather than the ex
ception down in Florida, the vest
pocket sized pilot was content to
do most of the team’s exercising
Shoots Girl, Then Self
Mary Yates, 18-year-old school
girl, was shot dead by Edwin
J. Melhuish, 49, father of her
school chum, following crash
of automobile in which they
were driviftg. It is alleged
that Mary was fighting off ad
vances of Melhuish, when he
lost control of wheel and car
plunged off road, following
which he shot Mary, then self,
UattraaUoiuU SkuhI)
'in St Petersburg. While others
clubs were doing much of their
Spring training in busses which
carried them from camp to camp,
Huggins let the other fellows bring
1 their coal to Newcastle.
The Braves also did their con
ditioning in the Sunshine (and
Windy) City. The two clubs put
on quite a series right at home.
| Most of the other clubs who de
' sired to cross bats with the Yanks
came to St. Pete to do their cross
ing. As a result the World Champs
should be much fresher when the
barrier lifts than some of the
other Florida-trained athletes who
were worn out even two or three
weeks ago with incessant bus
I travel.
I There were other reasons why
i Huggins brought his tribe along
, slowly. He wasn’t so sure of some
jof his stars. Herb Pennock, his
ace southpaw, was out at the close
of last season with neuritis, but
; now the fox raiser looks as good
I as ever and is sure to be just as
! efficient on the mound,
i Tony Lazzeri was also suffering
from the same ailment when the
Yanks folded up last Fall and it
was feared for a time that the
pitcher might be called on to rush
over between first and second and
relay Tony’s toss to Gehrig this
year if Push-’Em-Up remained in
the line-up! However, it has been
discovered that Tony can still rifle
’em around the infield as of old
and that’s another weight off Mil
ler’s shoulders.
Then there was the question
about Ruth’s legs. After a few
weeks in St Pete it was discov
ered that the Babe’s underpinning
was still sufficiently strong to get
him out to right field and up to
the plate without the aid of
crutches. In some of the exhibi
tion games the Babe’s heaves to
the plate were as wild as the waves
out on the Gulf, but the fans need
have no fear that thi3 will be per
manent.
Wiley Moore, who proved such
a great bet as a relief pitcher in
1927 only to go bad in 1928, looks
ready to again take his place as a
finisher this year, and Hug has a
few new pitchers, the best seeming
to be a fellow named “Dusty”
Rhodes, from Hollywood. “Dusty”
is a handsome youngster, and the
camp mystery at St. Pete was cen
tered about how he ever kept out
of the pictures. He used to pitch
for the University of Utah.
In addition to all of these cheery
items Jake Ruppert was still sport
ing that trick fedora of his at the
Waterfront Park and around the
lobbies of St Pete’s leading hostel
ries, which indicates that he thinks
the Babe is going to have another
great season and is saving up for
the added money Ruth will want
in 1930!!!
And, with all these thing*, Hug
gins is very happy.
~Don’t Want To Live~
He walked into the of lice swing
ing a slender cane and whistling a \
tune, writes John Sorrels, editor!
The Forth Worth (Texas) Press, i
"I am out working my territory,” I
he said, ‘‘and thought I’d drop in
to see you.”
‘‘I don’t want to buy anything,” I
replied shortly.
"And I’m not selling anything,”
he returned pleasantly.
“What is your business, then?” I
asked.
“My business is living,” he re
plied.
I started to say something, but he
interrupted quickly.
"I’m not nutty,” he said.
“I’m the most sensible man in this
part of the country.”
Every now and then, he said, he
shuts up shop, puts on his hat and
coat and walks away. He may be
gone a day or a week or longer. He
goes wherever it suits his fancy . . .
stops when he gets tired of moving.
He goes by bus, by train, by inter
urban and occasionally does a little
hitch-hiking.
He is a substantial man of af
fairs in his home town. At heart he
is a tramp and a poet . . . which is
one and the same.
He will swing onto a bus and
ride unti he comes to a town that
strikes him as interesting. Then he
will swing off .... walk around. If
he sees something—or some one—
that strikes his fancy he may spend
the night there, or a week. He will
sit on a box in the general store
and loaf through the long after
noon, talking and whittling.
He will find out what the people
are doing, what they are thinking,
what their problems are, what their
dreams and hopes and aims are.
He'll get a line on the best fish
ing places . . . and more than like
ly promote an invitation to stick
around and do a little fishing.
“How are you able to get away
from your business and play the
vagabond?” I asked.
“It’s the simplest thing in the
world,’ he laughed. “I simply lock
the door and walk off.”
“You'll lose out that way," I said.
“What of it?” he asked. “I'm 58
years old. I’ve managed to keep
well fed and well clothed and well
housed all those years honestly..”
He picked up his cane and start
ed away.
Then he came back. "Don’t ever
let your job or your business make
a slave out of you,” he advised
confidentially. "My job is my ser
vant. I use it—It doesn't use me.”
Then, whistling the same tune
that was on his lips -'hen he came
in, he wheeled and ma rched, swing
ing his cane.
He was gone . . . and with him
some of the sunlight seemed to go,
too.
* • *
You can write your own moral to
all that, but mine is this: I'm go
ing to make my job my servant, not
my master. I'm going to get into
the business of living.
That is, I’m going to do that
when my affairs have reached such
a point that I can turn loose.
Which, of course, will be too late.
ADVERTISE IN THE STAR — IT PAYS.
    

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