I*-- ^ 8 PAGES TODAY »- - -* By mall, per year <in advance) $2.50 Carrier, per year (In advance) $3.00 THE CLEVELAND STAR SHELBY, N. C. MONDAY, APRIL 29, 1929. Published Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Afternoons LATE NEWS The Markets. 'Jotton, spot _.......-20c Cotton Seed, per bu. ........ 55!ic Fair Tuesday. Today's North Caroltna Weather Report: Mostly fair tonight and Tuesday. Slightly colder tonight In northeast and north central por tions. 21 Week-End Deaths. The death toll in the United States oyer the week-end reached 11 in four accidents. Nine members of one family were killed in a grade crossing crash in New York; three men were killed in an airplane | crash at Eos Angeles; five persons. ] four of one family, were killed in an auto-bus collision at Elkhart, Indlania. Four were killed when a train struck a car at Marysville, Indiana. Another Tornado. A negro woman was killed and fifteen white people Injured Sunday afternoon when a tornado struck the West Wateree section near Camden, S. C. Democrats Done College Leader Revolt In Party With New View Of Republican Party May Mean End. Washington.—"Existence of wide spread revolt in the Democratic party, and the steady growth in the south of a new attitude towards the Republican party, threaten Democratic supremacy,” Prof. J. C. De Rouhac Hamilton, University of North Carolina, told the National League of Women voters in an ad dress here. The solid south is "cracked,” ■‘split,” "liquified,” and ‘‘demolish ed,” Prof, told his audience. "The future of the Democratic party in the south” was the subject of his address and he presented a master ly picture of conditions in Dixie, al ready known to political leaders here. The speaker said in part "It is readR^ apparent that there is a wide spread cleavage between the north ern and the southern wings of the national Democratic party. They are far apart in sentiment no longer do they reverence the same Gods, their shibboleths are very different. And what the ultimate outcome will be no man knows. But all of us know the result and of the 1924 and 1928 the first Republican votes thousand will not return to their original party allegiance. Every one of our great party re volts has seen a similar shifting of allegiance. In all of them can be found the same type of dissatisfied groups Which caused in part at least the party split. But there are sev eral elements in the present situa tion which deserves special men tion. Religion Plays Part. The largest and most Important element Is made up of those whose refusal to support the party was based on grounds of religion or mor als. What they will do In the future speculation: Will they Join the Re publican party? Will they overturn the present Democratic organization or will they return quietly to the party fold? If the declaration of their most influential leader Bishop James Cannon that the condition of his realignment with the Democratic party Is that its leaders frankly and publicly admit their mistakes” and confess their lack of ability to understand and appreciate the mor al Issues involved in the election which determined the attitude and votes of the anti-Smith Democrats be accepted by the rank and file of the Insurgents if the regulars to quote another prominent anti Smith Democratic must come on bend knee to the bolters it is safe to say that the split in the party will not soon be mended. And it may well be remembered that in a number of southern states this (Continued On Page Eight > In Mail Will Leave Here By Bu« Now It is announced at the Shelby postoffice that beginning last Sat urday first-class mail will leave Shelby by bus for Gastonia at 4:50 each afternoon. Mall intended for this trip must be at the postoffice by 4:20. The mail by bus plan came about in order that outgoing Shel by mall could catch No. 38 north at Gastonia. A change in connection has caused the down Charlotte mail to miss this train recently, but now Shelby mail will reach No. 38 and arrive In Greensboro in time to catch the air mail. On Magazine Staff. A dispatch from Davidson college states that Mr. Louis C. Roberts, ron of Vpt. and Mrs. J. P. Jenkins, has been named assistant business! manager of the Quips and Cranks, ♦he college annual Eskridge Gives History Of Banking In Shelby First Bank Organized In 1869 In Wooden Building Next To Courtview Hotel. First National Bank In 1903. Shelby Has Never Known A Bank Failure. Cache Of Pennies Under Hotel Charles. Who remembers when Shelby's first bank was organized, and where it was located? Did you know that the present home of Mr C. C. Blanton, First National president, was built by the town's first banker and has been occupied by leading bankers since? Did you know that no Cleveland county bank has ever failed? And did you know that years ago all the pennies in Shelby were burled in a jar under the present Ho tel Charles to get them out of circulation? That was the day when the bank in Shelby, formed by Jesse Jenkins, was the only bank between Charlotte and Asheville. .___— All the above information and other historical facts about Shelby were given recently to the Rotary club here by Mr. Forrest Eskridge. First National cashier, in a survey of Shelby banking. Mr. Eskridge’s talk contained val uable historic information in re gard to early Shelby, and the very interesting story related by him is reproduced below by The Star just as delivered to the Rotary club: The first bank organized in Cleve land county was organized by Jesse Jenkins and H. D. Lee about the first of the year 1869 and opened for business in the wooden building adjoining the present Courtview ho tel, which was owned by Crawford Durham. One of the outstanding men of wealth and influence in Shelby at that time. The name of the banking firm was called J. Jen kins & company, private bankers, the members of the firm being Jesse Jenkins and H. D. Lee. For years Jesse Jenkins was clerk of the court for Cleveland county, and uncle by marriage of Dr. E. B. fcat tltnore, Mr. J. J. Lattimore, Mr. Nelson Lattimore and others of the family now living in Shelby and a close kinsman of Mr. J. J. Mc Murry. In fact Mr. Jenkins and Mr. McMurry were both named for the same person, another Jesse Jenkins from whom they were descended. Mr. Jenkins had amassed consider able wealth for that day and time but had the misfortune to lose It all in a business venture in Shelby. He later went to Texas and recouped his fortune becoming fairly well off. He died in Texas many years ago, but his body was returned to his native soil and rests in Sunset ceme tery. His monument is the tallest spire in the cemetery. Lee Was Partner. His partner in the first banking firm was a young lawyer. Mr. Har vard D. Lee, who had come to Shel by from South Carolina to practice his profession, marrying Miss Dameron, a member of a prominent family in Cleveland county. When Major Jenkins lost his fortune and moved to Texas, Mr. Lee induced Mr. Burwell Blanton, the father of Mr. C. C. Blanton, George Blanton and my mother, to become intere ested with him, also taking in the firm the late Samuel J. Green, the firm name being H. D. Lee & com pany, private bankers. Later busi ness interests and investments caused Mr. H. D. Lee to move to Knoxville, Tenn., to live and where he died many years ago. When he left Shelby his interest in the bank ing firm was sold to his partners namely H. D. Lee & company, for several years, Mr. Samuel J. Green being in actual charge of the ad ministration of the bank affairs. Mr. Jenkins who headed the first (Continued on page eight.) Final Tax Paying Period This Week Sheriff Allen Now Preparing List To Advertise Delinqnent Taxpayers. Only a few more days of grace remain for the late taxpayers in Cleveland county. The first day of May Wednes day, Is technically the last day 1928 taxes may be paid, but Sheriff Irvin Allen is now pre paring a list of unpaid taxes to be advertised in The Star of Friday, May 3, and taxpay ers who settle with him prior to that time will not be on the list. Fallston Finals May 3rd To 7th Rev. E. B. Jenkins To Preach Sermon And Dr. J. B. Davis To Deliver Sermon. Fallston school finals begin May 2, and continue through May 7 with the following program. Thursday evening. May 2.—Ele mnetary grades in diversified pro gram of drills, songs and playlets. Saturday evening, May 4—Senior play, ‘‘Much Ado Aobut Betty.” Sunday afternoon. May 5—Bac calaureate sermon by Rev. E. B. Jenkins of Rutherfordton. Tuesday evening, May 7—Gradu ation exercises; address by Dr. J. B. Davis, president of Boiling Springs Junior college. The following is a list of gradu ates: Boys—Franklin Bumgardner, Sherman Beam Costner, Robert Wason Falls, Talmadge Hoyle Lee (Valedictorian), Clarence Poe Mor ris, Charles Dixon Stroup, Paris Franklin Wilson, Furman Alexan der Wright. Girls—Ola Bryte Boggs, Bryte Co6tner, Maude Alice Gantt (Salu (Contlnued On Page Eight) John Champion Is Buried At Union Mr. John Champion, age 77 years who died Saturday afternoon at the home of a relative, Cad Spake on Gidney street was buried this afternoon at Union Baptist church in the community where he formerly lived. Funeral services were conducted at the Palmer fu neral home. He is survived by sev eral sisters and a daughter, Mrs. Hunt who lives at Mooresville. Mr. Champion lived in the county many years and has many friends who regret to learn of his death. Shelby Highs Beat Cliffside For First Win In Bid For 3rd N. C. Baseball Championship Goode, Visiting Third-Saeker, And Capt Lee Slam Out Homers. Hamrick Pitches Well. Casey Morris' Shelby highs got a flying start in the race for their third North Carolina baseball title here Friday afternoon by piling up a 14 to 4 score on the strong Cliff - side team in the first game of the state title series. Some of the flashiest high school baseball ever seen here along with some of the sorriest was exhibited during the afternoon. J. Goode, who started the game at third and wound up pitching, for “Pop'’ Simmon's team, was easily the star of the day, securing two of the five hits made off Sher rill Hamrick, one a homer with a runner on, and contributing two flashy infield stops. Rivalling Goode for honors was Capt. Owens Lee, • Continued on page eight ) Shelby In Title Contest Tuesday The Shelby highs will play their second championship game here Tuesday afternoon with Henrietta-Caroleen fur nishing the opposition. The visiting team is unusually strong and the local outfit will have to play jam-up base ball to remain in the fight for the school's third State cham pionship. Admission will be 25 and 35 cents. "I.efty” Moore may do the hurling for Shelby as Queen Is still out with an injury and Hamrick pitched Friday’s vic tory. If Shelby wins, Morris’ boys w’il play Lincolnton in the third title game here Fri day. Wednesday Shelby plays a return game with Cliffside. Historic Talk T/ ('ashler Forrest Eskridge, of the First National bank. In a talk re cently before the Shelby Rotary club gave the history of banking In Cleveland county which is published in The Star today. Son Of Governor Sees Negro Die In State Death Chair Negro First Person To Die Vnder First Governor To Oppose Chair Sentences. (Special to The Star.) Raleigh, April 29—When Lee Mc Murry, young negro man. died Fri day morning in the electric chair at Raleigh for the murder of J. N. Dixon. Gaston county farmer, it was the first execution carried out under Governor O. Max Gardner, who Is North Carolina's first Gover nor to declare against capital pun ishment. As a matter of record the big black died in the presence of Governor Gardner’s eldest son. James Webb Gardner, popularly known among his Shelby friends as "Decker.” Young Gardner stood near the dy namo. but did not go into the octagonal death room. "Let me make a little prayer,” McMurry said s« he stumbled over the solemn litany intoned by a quartet of negro preachers leading him to the electric chair but War den Honeycutt did not hear the re quest and McCurry mumbled “Lord have mercy on me” until four min utes of fire struck him. Child’s Brain. McCurry, a powerful black, de scribed as having the brain of a nine-year-old, hardly lived up to his intellectual reputation. Two equally stupid men may have died there, out none Who surpassed him In sheer senselessness. McCurry took the current two minutes and 52 seconds, then Rotar lan Doctor Wall, of Winston-Sa lem, dropped a portion of his sethoscope. Laid against the huge chest of McCurry, Dr. Wall said, "better give him a little more.” The “little more” was a minute and ten seconds. Many Attend Funeral Of W. R. Tesseneer A large crowd attended the fu neral of Mr. W. R. Tessener at Zion last Wednesday, he having died the previous day with pneumonia. Mr. Tessener who was 65 years of age was married to Anne Short who survives with eight children: Griftin Dave, Zadie, Everett, Clarence, James, Artie and Malie Ina. Serving as pall bearers were R. L. Jones, Webb Mauney, Will Lane, Albert Bridges, D. W. Curtis, and Everett Curtis. Flowers girls were Pearl Towery, Cora Tessener, Oris Jones, Virginia Biggerstaff, Ona Carroll, Johnnie Carroll, Agnes Green, Rosa Lee Curtis. Executive Board Of Scouts To Meet Here On Tuesday night May 7, the exe cutive board of the Piedmont Council Boy Scouts of America will hold a meeting at the Hotel Charles, Shelby, according to an announce ment mads by J. W. Atkins, editor of the Gastonia Gazette and presi dent of this council. Thus Ls to be a very important meeting when council business will come up and Mrs. Charles Miller, assistant na tional field director of the national headquarters with Mr. F. D. Chad wick of the regional headquarters will be present and address the meeting. Paul Putnam, a nephew of Mrs. J. D. Eskridge, and a veteran of the World war. remains critically ill in the national sanitorium at Johnson City, Tenn. Election Is Week Off, City Quiet I nusual Quietude Prevails In City With Flection Right Around Corner. Shelby's biennial battle of ballots will lake place a week from today and political interest Is at such a low heat that it is no easy matter to start a conversation on city pol ities, much less stir up an argu ment. Which, without doubt, is very unusual for Shelby, a town that takes its city politics almost as seriously as the Mexican do their national elections except for the shooting. Even the oldest political observer in town cannot remember anything to equal It. Ordinarily “the fur is flying" a fortnight before the elec tion. and issue after issue has been raised, but with only six more days before hundreds of fvhelby voters start marching to the polls to pick a mayor, four aldermen and five school board members, not a single issue worthy of rote has bern raised, and about the worst thing any of the candidates, or their friends, have said about the other candidates, whichever he may be, is that “he's a good fellow." Now, Two Years Ago. It certainly is a contrast with the campaign of two years ago when Shelby awoke in the morning talk ing politics, the candidates and their Issues, and a good hefty fist fight could be started in a min ute's notice on the court square. This time of year in 1927 circu lars, newspaper advertisements, and mouth-to-mouth campaigning had quite a bit to say about "cleaning house,” treating rich man and poor man alike, cutting taxes, operating city government on economic busi ness principles, etc., and Shelby was split in five or six hostile was just around the corner. Now it is altogether the reverse Fact is, not a single candidate for mayor, or either of the two boards, has publicly expressed his certainty to win. And if that isn't a political freak, what is? The Silent Vote. No matter how heated a campaign gets in Shelby the political observ ers in their complacent, philosophic pose about the soda fountain or court square benches, always ten der the warning that "the silent, vote" will decide the outcome. If the silent vote decides the election today week, then there is no living man who knows as much about how it will go as Jiggs does about the whereabouts of Whoopee McGurk and Dinty Moore. Which is to say that mighty few Shelby voters are even saying who they are going to vote for, much less do any predict ing. Perhaps the belated fireworks will begin popping this week, but it doesn’t seem so now, and that part of Shelby not versed in poli tics is in a daze as to the reason for the silence—a silence typical of that preceding a storm, but the storm has been anticipated for two weeks and it hasn't arrived, and may not. The Candidates. When this was written there were three candidates for mayor: W, IJ. Dorsey, the present mayor; Enos L. Beam, theatre owner: and S. A. McMurry, cotton broker. There are two announced candidates for aldermen in Ward One—J. F. Led ford and P. M. Washburn; two in Ward Two—Ab Jackson and J. F. Jenkins; two in Ward Three—John F. Schenek, jr., and W. A. Broad way; and one in Ward Four—Z. J. Thompson. Candidates for the city school board are: Thad Ford, can didate-at-large; Roger Laughridge for Ward One, and H. Clay Cox for Ward Three. No candidates have announced for Wards Two and Four. Write your own ticket; then vote it today week. Nolan Willing For Name On Ticket Mr. J. B. Nolan, local real estate dealer, stated today that he would consent for his name to go on the school board ticket in the city elec tion a week from today. Mr. Nolan lives in Ward Four. Injured In Crash, Improving Today Forrest Barrett, who was taken to the Shelby hospital yesterday evening suffering from an head in jury received in an auto wreck, was reported to be improving today. Messrs. Sam and Hobson Austell spent Sunday with Mrs. John Byers in Charlotte, r----_ Preaches Sermon Rev, 11. MrDiurmid, above, will prea< h the baccalaureate sermon of the Shelby High school Ibis year at the First Baptist church. 127 Residences Erected Here In Period 9 Months Almost Half A Million Dollars In vested In Shelby Homes Since June, Shelby has almost a half Mil lion dollars more Invested in residences than just nine months ago, according to a summary made by Mr. E. A. Itudasili, city building inspector. 127 New Ones. From June <i, 1928 up to April 25, 1929, Mr. Kuda-sill says that 127 new residences have been erected within the Shelby rity limits at an estimated building cost, as listed with him, of ?482. 770. During I he same period resi dential repairs cost $71,009, baptists Raise $24,483 To Date Half Of Goa] Aarhed On S50.000 Additional Needed For Build ing Project. At a meeting of the captains of nine teams who made a canvas of the congregation of the First Bap tist church from Wednesday until Sunday, it was found that $24,485 had been subscribed. Half of the j objective of $50,000 needed to meet j the building program is therefore. in sight and the remaining half is expected to be pledged this week. In erecting the educational plant and remodelling the church audi torium, the work on which has been completed, it was found that the cost was $142,000. Something over $100,000 was pledged last year before construction work was start ed. After the work was underway, improvements were agreed upon that were not contemplated at first and these increased the cost of the building project, so a second cam paign to raise $50,000 was decided upon. Half of the amount is now pledged and the captains of the nine teams are continuing with their canvas this week in the hope that the entire amount will be in sight by next Sunday. Rev. Wade Bostic and sister Miss Attie Bostic, landed in San Francisco Friday last where they will visit the Bostic relatives before coming to Memphis, Term . where i they will attend the Southern Bap- | tisfc convention. Governor Will Speak For Shelby Finals; McDiarmid Preaches To Charlotte Mr. IV. E. Jr., dan. above, former auto dealer here has organized the new firm of .lordan-MlIls in Char lottl". Motor Dealer Here In Charlotte Firm W. .Iordan, Of Shelby, Meads Jordan-Mills Finn With Pon tiac Agency. Charlotte. April 29.—The Jordan Mtlls cofhpany, Inc , has taken over the Oakland-Pontiac franchise in Charlotte and will hatndle the busi ness formerly carried on by the Perraut Motor company, it was an nounced here. W. E. Jordan, formerly Chevro let dealer In Shelby. Is president ol the new' company and will move to Charlotte within the near future, it was stated. Mr. Jordan has had considerable experience in the au tomobile business, it was stated, having been connected with the Ford Motor company in an execu tive capacity before starting his Chevrolet business in Shelby. W. P. T. Mills of Charlotte is vice president and sales manager of the company. He has been asso ciated with the Oakland-Pontiac company ns field representative in the Charlotte district for several years and resigned from this posi tion to form the new company. The business will be operated at the same location, 520 South Tryon street, that the Perraut company maintained, Mr. Mills said. Brother Of Shelby Woman Wins Game One Arm; One Leg Dick Norment, Brother Mrs. Logan Pitches Victory For I.umber ton Team. I.umberton, April 27.—Minus his right arm and his left leg, Dirk Norment, I.umberton high school baseball player, pitched nine innings against the Clark ton high school team at Clark ton yesterday and allowed only two hits. His team won, 2 to 1. Norment lost his arm and leg when seven years old. Young Norment is a brother of Mrs. Randolph G. Logan of Shelby and is well known to many young Shelby people, hav ing visited his sister here sev eral times. Over 200 Graduates In High Schools Of County this Month Commencement Season Over Cleveland In Full Sway This Week. Approximately 230 Cleveland county boys and girls, with the girls in the majority, will graduate this month from the high schools of Cleveland county. This, generally speaking, is "com mencent week" for at least six county high schools and for scores and scores of children and parents. Schools holding closing exercises this week include Lattimore, Fall stom, Polkville, Belwood. Moores boro, and Casar. with the majority of the program beginning Thurs day night and running through Fri day and Saturday. The closing exercises at Grover will be con cluded today, while the Piedmont commencement is not until next week-end. and the Waco commence ment is the last of the county high schools, coming on the week-end of May 17. The Shelby city schools close the last of the month as to the Kings Mountain schools, Several of the six-month schools closed last week. A close estimate has it that 230 students will graduate from the nine county high schools and the high schools of Shelby and Kings Moun tain this month. Gardner To Address Senior Claal Of Which Son Is President. Closing Plans. In view of the fact that thi Shelby city schools may operate fot the full term, plans are now under* way for the school finals, which be* Kin Wednesday night, May 29, and it. is announced by Supt. I. O, Grif fin that Governor O, Max Gard ner will make the commencement address unless some duty at the capital prevents him from visiting Shelby for the week-end. An incident worthy of note, If Governor Gardner does make the commencement address. Is that his son. Ralph Oardner, will sit on the platform with him as president of the graduating class. Srrmon At First Baptist. Following the usual custom of al tern a ting the commencement ser mon between the three uptown min isters, Supt. Griffin states that the annual sermon will be preached by Rev. Hector N. McDlarmld, pastor of the Presbyterian church and the services will likely be held In the new First Baptist structure to ac commodate the crowds. Unless the present plans are ehanged the annual sermon will be preached Wednesday night, May 29. The annual Klwanle banquet for the graduating class Is sche duled to be held on Thursday night at Cleveland Springs, with the class finals, awards, certificates, di plomas, and Governor Gardner's address coming on Friday night, May 31. 65 To Graduate. Although the number of gradu ates depend upon the outcome of the final examinations it Is esti mated that there will be between 65 and 70 graduates participating in the final exercises. Which Route Will Shelby To Gaffney Highway Be Routed? Meeting Held By Representative* Of Two States At Gaffney. Scores Interested. Gaffney—Representatives of tha North Carolina highway depart ment and Cherokee county met here Thursday morning to consid er building a direct road between Gaffney and Shelby. A conference was held In the office of Maynard Smith, president of the First Na tional bank. After thorough discus sion of the situation, the represen tatives of the two state departments looked over the territory concerned. No decision was reached, it was stated after the meeting, but the matter is expected to be taken up later. Three possible routes were con sidered, either one of two of which would necessitate a Broad river bridge in Cleveland county, North Carolina. while the third would place the river' crossing in Chero kee county. The latter appeared to be favored by the North Carolinians it was said. The conference here was held at the request of the North Carolina road authorities. it was stated. Cherokee county representatives present Included Senator W. C. Hamrick, Supervisor E. J. Clary, and County Commissioner J. N. Lipscomb. Engineers from both the North and South Carolina depart ments were on hand. The North Carolina authorities have been planning for some time to build an improved road south from Shelby to the Cherokee coun ty line, and they want South Caro lina or Cherokee county to connect with this proposed route. The claim is made that the distance be tween Gaffney and Shelby can be shortened by one and one-half miles or more. Several of the bordering Cleve land county towns, Including Pat terson Springs and Earl, are deep ly interested in the new road, which it is understood, may not touch these communities. Philbeck Child or Polkville It Dead The Death Ansel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Philbeck at Polkville on Wednesday, April 34th and claimed for its victim their lit tle son Hubert Lee, who was three years, ten months and 27 days old. His little body was buried In the Polkville cemetery on Thursday, April 24th, the funeral service be ing conducted by Rev. V. B. Jones of Lattimore. The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Philbeck sympathise with them in their hours of bereave ment and sorrow.