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The Markets.
Cotton, pe rpound ___18c
Cotton Seed, per bn._ 48c
Showers Tuesday.
Today's North Carolina Weather
Report: Showers tonight and Tues
day. Colder Tuesday and in extreme
west portion tonight.
To Oppose Simmons?
Washington dispatches today
state that Federal Judge I. M.
Mrnrkins is considered now as the
likely Republican opponent for
Senator F. M. Simmons in the next
election, provided Senator Simmons
g^iins the Democratic nomination.
Seekirg Persons
Who Send In
False Alarms
Two False Alarms Late Last Week.
Freedman Colored People
Still Worried.
Several lalse alarms have been
telephoned Into the Shelby fire de
partment recently and a move Is
now on foot to apprehend the per
son or persons behind the false
alarms with the idea of enforcing
the state law against such.
One of the alarms, which came
In Saturday morning, stated that a
house in Freedman, colored resi
dential .was on fire but a visit
there by the fire trucks, failed to
locate a blaze. Nevertheless the
alarm has again cast fear Into the
hearts of the colored people of the
section where there have been nu
merous mysterious blazes of recent
weeks. Earlier in the week two at
tempts were made it is said to fire
Freedman homes, and now there is
some curiosity as to whether there
may be any connection between the
the supposedly incendiary work
there and the turning in of false
How To Report File.
"It has been in the paper sev
eral times, but I wish it could be
stated again how a fire should be
reported to us,'* said Fire Chief Ted
Gordon, "We could locate a blaze
a lot easier and quicker if the per
son telephoning in would give us
the street, the name of the people
living in the house, and then go
to the Street curb where we might
see him or her when we reach that
street with the trucks. Many of
the fires are inside of homes and
cannot be see nfrom the street. If
those living in the house would
come to the street curb and let us
know definitely we could get the
fire out with less damaged by the
time saved.”
The false alarm Friday night
merely stated that the Martin home
in South Shelby was on fire. The
trucks after a long search failed
to locate any fire Just as happened
Saturday morning when a woman’s
voice cailed the fire department and
said that "Rippy’s house in Freed
man is on fire.’’ At the Rippy home
nothing had been heard of a fire
until the trucks arrived.
Want Investigation,
The fear that the firebug may
eventually drive them all out still
has many of the residents of Freed
man worried. Some of the colored
citizens there have asked a grand
jury investigation of the fires, but
just what continued investigation
will be made by officers has not
been made public so as not to in
terfere with plans.
Shelby Boys Hitch
Hike Arizona Trip
Here’s a story about hitch-hiking,
or bumming, that probably estab
lishes a record. Two weeks ago
Louis Richbourg, nephew of Mr.
and Mrs. H. E. Richbourg, with a
young friend named Mackenize, left
Shelby for Flagstaff, Arizona, the
home of Mr. and Mrs. George Rich
burg who, as a bride and groom
went west about a year ago.
The young travellers made the
trip in ten days, and it is some trip.
They averaged about three hundred
miles a day.
They left Shelby on Monday, got
to Memphis, Tenn., on Tuesday,
and when Sunday came around
were in Dallas, Texas, 1050 miles
from home. They reached Flag
staff Thursday afternoon.
Miller Block Being
Repainted, Repaired
The Miller block at the comer of
Warren and LaFayette streets is
beinfl repaired and repainted. The
store room on the comer is being
made available for a tenant and
Ebeltoft’s store front is having new
plate glass windows. The property
Is owned by the First National
bank which in the course of time
will erect thereon a bank and office
building. The new building has been
postponed, however, for the time
Mrs. Jeremiah Goff and Miss
Ellen Brice, of Charlotte spent
Saturday as the guests of Mrs.
Madge Webb Riley. '
Dorton Has Not
Accepted Berth
With New Fair
Gave Promises To Conisder Man
agershlp Of Intra-State Fair
For Charlotte,
| Dr. J. Sibley Dorton, secretary or
the Cleveland county fair, who Is
credited with having built up one
of the outstanding agricultural fairs
of the south, has not accepted the
position of manager of the newly
organized Intra-State fair at Char- J
lotte, he informs The Star.
Some time back Dr. Dorton was ,
called to Charlotte to help arrange |
details of the organization of the |
new fair there, his advice being
sought due to his experience and
reputation as a fair manager, and
his presence in Charlotte at the or
ganization meeting gave leeway for
the report that the Cleveland sec
retary would be the secretary and
manager of the new fair there.
“Nothing to my having accepted
the position," Dr. Dorton says.
“They merely asked me If I would
consider an offer as manager of the
fair when details for the first fair
are complete, and I told them that
so far in life I had made It a habit
to consider anything once. Wheth
er or not they will tender me the
position when the proper time ar
rives I do not know, neither do I
know whether their proposltin ■will
interest me. I Just told them that
X would consider it.”
Secretary Dorton was given con
siderable consideration recently
when the manager of the North
Carolina state fair was employed,
but refused to make a bid for the
position as Governor Gardner, a
fellow townsman, was placed in the
position of making the rocom
mendation to the fair board.
State To Oppose
King Bond; But
Opinion Differs
'Prediction At York Is That Shelby
Man Will Be Given Bond
York, S. C.—Appeal for bond for
Rafe King, alleged strangler of his
wife, Faye Wilson King at Sharon,
January 25 last, will be strenuously
opposed by the state when King’s
attorneys make application for bond
before Chief Justice Richard Can
non Watts at Laurens Tuesday.
John A. Marion, of the firm of
Marlon and Finley, of York, retain
ed to assist in the prosecution of
of King, this morning said that the
state would resist the motion for
bond for King on the ground that
evidence discovered since he was
originally released on $3,000 secur
ity February 8, by Judge Watts,
points directly to guilt.
In Jail At Chester.
The accused man has been in
Chester jail since April 15. He was
granted change of venue from York
to Chester county by Judge J.
Henry Johnson April 17 and the
presumption is that he will be tried
in Chester in July before Judge J.
K. Henry.
Solicitor Glenn last night was
sefved by defense counsel with no
tice of application for bond to be
made before Judge Watts Tues
Attorney Marion left for Ches
ter this morning to consult with
the solicitor relative to resistance
of the application for bond.
It was freely predicted by some of
these more or less familiar with the
Sharon tragedy of January 25
when the pretty teacher of French
in Sharon high was found dead that
the accused husband would be at
liberty on bond after next Tuesday.
Martie Turner Is
Buried On Sunday
Young Man Succumbs To Tuber
culosis. Buried At Fallston
Mr. Martie Turner, 23 year old
son of Mr. B. F. Turner who
lives a few miles north of Shelby
just off the Fallston road, died at
midnight Friday night following a
protracted illness with tuberculosis.
He was 23 years of age and had
worked in Shelby as clerk in Palm
er’s Grocery store where he was
known for his courteous manner
and fine traits of character.
He is survived by his father, and
two brothers, Burley and Ed Tur
ner. His mother preceded him to
the grave. The funeral was con
ducted Sunday and interment was
the Friendship Methodist Protest
ant church, Fallston where he was
a member.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Burgess
spent the week-end with their par
ents at Raleigh.
‘Tad,” Famous Cartoonist, Is Dead
Thomas A. Dorgan, affectionately known as “Tad,” has passed
away after an illness of many years’ duration. Tad, beloved by
members of the newspaper and sporting fraternities, was a
sports illustrator and writer of international fame, and orig
mated a picturesque style of slang which was unique.
UnUrnallonal js#w»r#«l)
Shelby Plays Smart Baseball To
Win Group Title In Game Friday;
Will Play Again This Week
Morris' Boys Display Smartest School Base*
ball Ever Seen Here To Defeat Lincolnton
15 To 0. Fielding Of Lee, Hitting Of Gold,
Hurling Of Hamrick, And Baserunning Of
1 earn r eatures.
The Shelby highs will likely
pUy Iheir next game in the
state title race Friday of this
week. Since his team won the
group seven title Coach Casey
Morris expects to attend a meet
ing of the eight winning teams of
the west in Salisbury Tuesday
night at which time the sched
ule for the remaining games
will be worked out If Shelby
can win three more games in
succession it will mean that the
locals win the western title and
will play in Chapel Hill for the
state title.
The Shelby highs unleashed every
trick In the baseball bag, from heavy
hitting and superb hurling down to
the smartest headwork known to
defeat Lin coin ton here Friday for
the group seven title in the state
race by a score of 15 to 0, making
a total of 40 runs the Shelby team
has scored in three games, or 13 1-3
runs per game.
From the standpoitn of the spec
tators the game was far more in
teresting than the one-sided score
would indicate for during the aft
ernoon the local outfit staged
heads-up baseball of the type never
heretofore exhibited by school boys
in Shelby, and that includes the
town’s two state championship
They Do ’Em.
A week or two back one loyal fan
told Coach Casey Morris: “Your
team hits and fields pretty well,
but they haven't shown any trick
baseball as yet. They’ll need that,
too, to win a state title.”
"Maybe they won't win a state
title," Morris answered, “but give
(Continued on page eight.)
Two Schools Here
Locked In Spelling
Contest For Emblem
Washington And Jefferson Schools
To Spell Off Tie For Star
Cup This Week.
Spelling contests along with ath
letics in both elementary and high
schools have been the special topics
of Interest since the state-wide con
tests in music, debates, and aca
demic subjects closed last week.
In the elementary schools the
goal sought by each school was the
winning of the Cleveland Star lov
ing cup offered annually to the
school winning the largest number
of grade contests. Each school sel
ects a team of three spellers to rep
resent each grade, 2 to 7, inclusive.
Last week 108 of the best spellers
from the elementary schools met
in the Marion building for the
contests. The rules were few but
strict. No erasures or retracing of
letters permitted. The words were
selected by the committee from the
words assigned each grade for study
during the year. The following are
the scores made by the representa
tives of each school:
First Contest—Spelling, Friday
April 28, 1929.
School Grade
Washington . _ 2
Jefferson . __ 2
Marion _ __ 2
LaFayette __ 2
So. Shelby __ 2
Graham .. 2
Washington . .. 3
Jefferson __ 3
Marion .. 3
98 2-3
90 2-3
94 2-3
77 1-2
(Continued on page eight.)
Maybe The Moon Stopped Town
Clock Here; It’s Stopped Anyway
Where Is the "Gallows Oak,” and
why was It so named? Older citi
zens of the county, especially those
living in upper Cleveland, may
readily answer the question, but it
may not be so easy for the younger
The "Gallows Oak,” until it was
cut down some years back stood
near New House, and the road lead
ing from New House to Ellenboro
is still known as the “Gallows Oak”
road. The history of the tree is a
bit of the valuable information be
ing assembled by Prof. W. E. White,
of Lattimore, in preparing a his
tory of Cleveland county. Just aft
er the battle of Kings mountain,
at which nearly all the Tories not
killed were captured, the American
troops, led by Cleveland, 8helby
and others, marched back by way
of New House. And it was at the
large tree known for years as the
Gallows Oak” that a number, his
tory does not record the exact
number, of Tories were hung by
the soldiers, many of them secur
ing what they considered personal j
revenge for property and homes de
stroyed by the English red-coats.
In his research work Prof. White
is uncovering quite a bit of in
formation about early Cleveland
not generally known heretofore,
and prior to the publication of his
history he will write several articles
on important historical items for
The Star. It Is his hope and that
of the county historical body that
enough county citizens will join
the county association at 25 cents
each to defray the expense of plac
ing a marker at all the historical
spots iu the county, <
strikers Stopped
From Begging
On City Streets
Mayor And roller Srnd Gastonia
Girls And Hoys Out, Enforcing
Charity Ordinance.
Four young girls and two boys,
all a part of the .striking group
at tile Loray textile mill in Gas
tonia. came to Shelby Saturday be
fore they were rounded up bv Po
lice Chief Poston and his officers,
and taken to the City Hall where
they were informed by Mayor W.
N Dorsey that a city law here
prohibits soliciting charity funds
on die streets unless sixmsored
by local charity organizations.
“We have a law here against, beg
ging on the streets and we enforce
It on everyone, but. tf you boys and
girls want, to leave town and go
back to Gastonia, do so at once
and you will not be sent to Jail
for violating the ordinance," they
were told at the City Hall.
“Yes: ir, well go back and go
right now. If you say so,” one of the
young girls answered.
Meantime one of the girls had
become parted from the others and
a search was made for her so that
she might leave with them
The four girls carried a sub
scription list, written on the sta
tionary of the National Textile
Workers Union, on which they had
recorded a half a dozen or more
names of Shelby people who had
contributed Others had contribut
ed and the amount was listed with
out names. The average contribu
tion listed, prior to the interference
by officers, was 25 cents per person.
The sextet came to town in a Fort
touring car and left in the same
car a short time after being asked
to clear out.
Up And Robbed In
Charlotte Saturday
Charlotte, May 5 —Three hold
ups were reported to have taken
! place on West Third and West
First streets early last night in
rapid succession. Each of the three
victims were held up in the vicinity
of the P. and N. freight depot.
R. A. Graham, of Mount Holly,
was robbed of $23, and Rowland
Barrett, of Shelby, was robbed of
$25, each at the points of guns said
to have been in the hands of ne
groes, according to reports that
were made at police headquarters.
Harvey Jones, the third victim, is
in the Charlotte santtorium with
seven wounds on his body that
were seemingly inflicted with
knives. He was not able to give a
clear explanation of what took
place, according to the officers who
investigated the matter.
Barrett, who works with the Un
ion News company but whose family
lives here, told The Star today that
he had two teeth knocked out and
received a severe bruise on the fore
head from the blows in the holdup.
The holdup, he says, was staged by
two negroes, one of whom hit him
with knucks or a blackjack.
Sandy Run To Have
Memorial On May
Memorial services will be held at
Sandy Run Baptist church, Moores
boro on Saturday May 11 and the
following program lias been ar
ranged by the committee composed
of M. M. Greene, C. Y. Harris, Mrs.
L. W. Greene. The graves will be
decorated at 10 o’clock which will
be followed by an old time song
service and short talks. The Mem
orial sermon will be preached at
11:30 by Rev. J. L. Hamrick, the
railroad evangelist. Prof. Carl
Jordan and H. H. Greene will have
charge of the music. Dinner will
be spread on the ground at 12:30
and beginning at 2 o’clock there
will be a song service by different
churches. All church choirs and the
public are invited.
Mrs. Wm. Roberts Is
Striken; Family Here
Mrs. Wm. Roberts, mother of Mr.
Tom G. Roberts was stricken last
Wednesday with paralysis at her
home Just east of Shelby and mem
bers of her family were summoned
to her bedside. Mr. and Mrs. Tom
G. Roberts motored through from
Weirsdale, Fla., and accompany
ing them were four children of
Alderman J. F. Ledford who had
been on a visit with Mr. and Mrs.
Roberts: A. B. and Sara Bess Led
ford (twins), Mary Grace and Flay
Miss Sara Wray, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. A. V. Wray, w'ho is a stu
dent at Fassifern college spent the
week-end at home.
Reveals Wife’s Amours
How Dorothy Pencox, slain
wife of Earle Peacox, sought
excitement in a wild whirl of
pleasure, is revealed in her let
ters to Eugene Hussey, above,
young; Johns Hopkins student,
who ia ip New York to aid
Peacox, his life-long friend.
The romance between the mur
dered woman and Bussey now
looms as an important factor
in the case.
Umtaraatlontl M«wsr««l)
Cleveland Farmers
Buying More Mules
Than Ever This Year
This should be a big year out
on the farms of Cleveland
county judging by the large
number or farm mules and
equipment purchased by Cleve
land farmers during the first
four months of the year.
A check-up reveals that more
than 500 mules have been ship
ped into the county and bought
by county farmers slnre the
first of the year, and this is
thought to be a record num
ber for four months. Hardware
dealers of Shelby also say that
more harness and gears have
been sold by them this year
than in many years. due in
part, It is thought, to the hig
cotton crop and the fairly good
price last year which brought
in a large sum of cash to coun
ty farmers.
McDiarmid Preaches
To Hospital Staff
Nurses, Medical Staff And Trustees
Hear Kev. Mr. McDiarmid
In Sermon.
The Presbyterian church was fill
ed to the overflowing yesterday at
the morning hour when Rev. H. N.
McDiarmid, pastor, preached the
baccalaureate sermon to the grad
uates from the school of nursing.
Members of the hospital staff and
tne trustees of the hospital attend
ed in a body.
Accompanying the graduates.
Misses Charlotte Beverly, Janette
Rust, Ophelia Harries, Ruth Lee,
Marie England and Muriel Wright
<vcr%: Miss McNichols, superintend
ent of hospital; Miss Beverly, head
nurse; Miss Brake, instructor; Miss
Newman, operating supervisor, all
the doctors and the hospital staff.
Preceding the sermon by the
pastor, Rev. H. N. McDiarmid, spe
cial music had been arranged. An
them. ‘‘May Jesus Christ Be Prais
ed,'’ Wildemere. Professor Sinclair
accompanying with violin, after
'which Mrs. Louis Lattimore sang,
"The Voice in the Wilderness,"
The graduating exercises will be
held at the Central school auditor
ium Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock,
followed by a dance at Cleveland
Shelby Voters At Polls
Today; 1,600 Votes
To Be Cast, Is Estimate
Star Will Give
Returns In City
Election Today
.In'll as mmiii as tlic votes
are i minted in Shelby's mini election this evening
tlir rrliiriis may he securcd
at Tin- Slar office.
Hue to the fact that only
three tickets an- being voted,
it is not thought that tile
count will take very much
time, and whin it is com
pleted the results will he me
nnuuceil from the front of
The Star building. After that
time, for perhaps an hour or
so. telephone calls to The
Star office, Nos. II anil 4-J,
will get the returns. Also the
vote will he posted on the
bulletin hoard Just at the
front entrance of the office
and cltliens who call after
Star employees have left for
home may come by the office
and read the vote as placed
on the bulletin.
Train Load Of
Cleveland Seed
Shipped Away
Forty-Three Carloads Of Cleve
land County Cotton Seed
To CS&. And S. C.
Due to cold weather and floods
cotton seed produced in Cleveland
county, the south's leading per
acre cotton county, are in a wide
demand over the southern cotton
producing area.
Practically a trainload of Cleve
land county seed was shipped from
Shelby this week to South Caro
lina and Georgia cotton planters
for replanting purposes, according
to Capt. J. Frank Jenkins, man
ager of the Southern Oil company
Approximately 43 carloads have
been purchased in this county and
shipped tn recent days.
Postal Receipts
Here Take Flop
Below Last Year
Business Not Up To Normal. It
•Seems. Decrease Of Near
SI,000 In Month.
That the business of Shelby for
the month of April just closed was
far below normal is fully and clear
ly proven by the material drop in
postal receipts at the Shelby post
office as compared with the month
of April. 1928, as shown by the fol
lowing tabulation:
Receipts For April 1928.
Received front sale stamps and
stump stock - - - - - $3,170.34
Collected on mailings under per
mits without stamps --102.63
On box rent - - 383.15
Total received - $3,656.12
Receipts Few April 1920.
Received from sale stamps and
stamp stock . - - $2,189.33
Collected on mailings under per
mits without stamps --- 6 33
Miscellaneous - -- .25
Box rent, rates increased 502.75
Total received -. $2,698.66
Total decrease in April receipts
This is the greatest drop in re
ceipts at this office that lias occur
red since Mr. J. If. Quinn became
postmaster. In fact, very few
months have ever shown a decrease.
As a rule the office shows a gain
each month.
‘Gallows Oak \Important Spot In
History Of County. To Be Marked
Perhaps a change of the moon
caused Shelby's town clock atop
the court house structure to stop
some weeks back.
Anyway the big town clock has
not been running for some time
and will not likely be in regular
operation for days yet to come due
to the fact that one of the heavy
weights tore loose from its cable
and took a terrifying plunge down
into the court building
But. to get back to the story, the
moon will stop a town clock, or so
says the following news item from
"The moon-struck clock in the
court-house tower here is working
fine just now. But next time the
moon changes it is apt to register
11 p. m. at 9 in the morning.
"Firemen at the Queen street
station, opposite the court house,
vouched for its eccentricity. For
years the ancient clock has “gone
wrong” when the moon changed,
they declare. They bet on its con
duct. They keep almanacs to post
themselves on the moons phases.” j
Eight Hundred Had Voted By 1:30
This Afternoon. Outcome
Doubtful Now.
Home 1.600 Shelby voters are
marching to the polls here today to
elect a mayor, four aldermen, and
Inc members of the city school
board In the city's biennial election.
At 1:30 this afternoon 800 voters.
Of a registration of more than 2,600
had voted, and estimates about the
voting booth at the court house were
that not more than 1,600 or 1,700
votes would be cast at the most. A
heavy downpour of rain held up
voting for a time about noon, while
threatening showers may prevent
many of the feminine voters, most
of whom vote In the afternoon, from
coming out later In the day.
Voters Are “Mam."
The same mysterious silence
which held sway during the cam
paign prevails again today and the
voters for the most part are keep
ing ‘mum" as to how they are cast
ing their tickets, the result being
that predictions as to the outcome
were few even early in the after
Thcer are three candidates f%r
mayor, W. N. Dorsey, S. A. Mc
Murry and Enos L. Beam, and the
majority of the predictions has it
that none will receive a majority
vote in today's balloting thus nec
essitating a run-off.
There is a contest for the city
board in all four wards. In ward
one there are three candidates—J.
F. Ledford, P. M. Washburn, and
Boyce Dellinger. In ward two there
are two candidates—Ab Jackson
and J. F. Jenkins. In ward three are
two—J. F. Schenck, jr„ and W. A.
Brondway. while in ward four the
candidates are Z. J. Thompson and
Tom P. Eskridge.
The only contest for the school'
board Is in ward four where J. B.
Nolan and L. P. Holland are can
didates. Roger Laughridge in No.
1, is unopposed, as is Dr. Tom Oold
in ward two, H. Clay Cox in ward
three, and Thad Ford as member
T. W. Ebeltoft failed to hold up
his record of being tile first person
to vote this morning, this honor go
ing to Mr. Ceph Blanton, who was
In line at the polls when the offi
cials arrived. The bookstore sage,
however, visited the court house
shortly after sunup but arrived be
fore the election officials who did
not open the polls until seven
Program For
Nurses’ Final
School Of Nursing Of Shelby Hos
pital To Hold Finals Tuesday
At High School.
A large crowd will no doubt at
tend the finals for the school of
nursing of the Shelby haepltal
which wll be held Tuesday evening,
beginning at 8 o'clock at the Shelby
high school auditorium. Diplomas
will be awarded to the six gradu
ates: Alice Marie England, Leah
Janette Rust. Charlotte Josephine
Beverly, Ruth Lee, Ophelia Hames,
Edna Muriel Wright.
The following program will be
carded out:
Selected—High school orchestra;
March—Overture; Invocation—Dr.
Zeno Wall;. Solo. Miss Nina Holt
White, “Where My Caravan Has
Rested), Mr. W. 8. Buchanan; In
troduction of Speaker—Mr. Clyde R,
Hoey; Address—Mr. D. Z. Newton;
Clarinet Solo—Pegram Holland (In
the Lovely Month of May); Pre
sentation of diplomas—Dr. E. A.
Houser; Presentation of pins—Miss
Ella H. MacNichols; Presentation of
medal—Miss Mary Brake: orchestra
—selected; valedictory—Alice Marie
England; orchestra^—selected; pre
sentation of flowers; announce
ments—Mr. Clyde R. Hoey; Bene
diction-Dr. H. K. Boyer.
Tire public is invited to an in
formal reception and square dance
at Cleveland Springs hotel immedi
ately following the exercises.
AH Banks To Be
Closed On May 10
It is announced that all banks in
the city will be closed on Friday,
May 10, to observance of memorial
Mrs. W. B. Fa veil has returned
from a week’s visit to her sister,
Mrs. C. M. Sapenfield, of Columbia,
S. C. She was accompanied home by
Mrs. Sappenfield's daughter, Mia*

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