VOL. XXXV, No. 78
SHELBY, N. C. MONDAY, JULY 1, 1929 Published Monday, Wednesday. and Friday Afternoons By mall, per year <ln advance) *2.80
Carrier, per year (InacWance) S3.00
Cotton, per pound .._ ISc
Coton Seed, per bu. ...__ 40’j
Today’s North Carolina A Vest her
Report: Tartly cloudy tonight atid
Tuesday. Showers Tuesday and in
extreme west portion tonight.
Bobby Wins Again.
Bobby Jones, of Atlanta, his third
open golf title again yesterday at
Mamaroneek, N. Y., by defeating Al
Espinosa tn the 36-hole play-off
after tiring Saturday. In the 36
holes Jones defeated his op
ponent by a margin of 23 strokes
for the most one-sided golf victory
ever staged in the national open.
Not Come Back
Walter Abemethy Is Elected Prin
cipal To Succeed Mr. Andrews
At High School.
Prof. Columbus Andrews who
served last year as principal of the
Shelby high school and was te
elected for another year, has decid
ed to accept a position to do re
search work for the University of
North Carolina and consequently
will not return to Shelby in the
Pall. This decision on the part of
Mr. Andrews was leatned by the
school board last week and on Fri
day afternoon a called meeting was
held at which time Prof. Walter
Abemethy who has been principal of
the Hickory High school was elect
ed to take the place as principal
here, made vacant by Mr. Andrews.
Capl. Smith Moving.
Capt. B. L. Smith of Rutherford
county who was elected and nas
accepted to succeed Supt. Griffin
is moving his family to Shelby to
day. They will occupy the ChaiUe
Roberts home on West Marion
street, Mr. Roberts having moved
his family a few months ago to Red
Springs where he is connected with
st. textile plant owned by Mr. Rob
erts and other local associated
Seventeen Ladles In Auxiliary Grorp
Here. To Tate Part In
At. a recent meeting: the Junius
T. Gardner Camp No. 5 of the
Spanish-American war auxiliary
was formed here as a companion
organization to the local camp of
The auxiliary with 17 charter
members, made up of wives ar.c
other relatives of Spanish-Ame .i
can veterans, will take an active
part in entertaining the state en
campment here July 8-9. The
charter members are: Mrs. Julia
Brice Jenkins, Mrs. Esther Camp
bell. Mrs. Bessie Roberts, Mrs.
Beulah McSwain. Mrs. Loula L.
Logan, Mrs. Corinne Ledford, Mrs.
Maif J. Sperling, Mrs. Dona B.
Lutz, Mrs. Aggie Metcalf, Miss Nora
Bell Alexander. Mrs. Julia Hoff
man, Mrs. Callie T. Short, Mrj
Texie Gardner, Mrs. Polly T. G.h
son, Mrs. Sallie Wray Wells, ’ frs
Bonnie S. Roberts, and Miss Mary
Gardner Unable To
Speak For Veterans
Hoey May Take His Place On
The Program. Other
Capt. J. Frank Jenkins has in
formed The Star since Friday's
issue, in which, it Was said that
.Governor Gardner would be one of
the speakers here for the reunion
of the Spanish-American war vet
erans, that Governor Gardner, due
to the fact, that he is dated else
where, dfll be unable to attend the
During the Spanish-Amencan wr.r
Governor Gardner was a teamster
In an Illinois regiment and the vet
erans hoped to have him here for
their big get-together.
It is stated that if Attorney Clyde
R. Hoey is not engaged in a con t
trial at the time that he will take
the Governor’s place on the pro
Two Games On Here
For July Fourth
A portion of the July Fourth en
tertainment in Shelby will consist
of two baseball games at the city
ball park, it is announced, with the
fast Cleveland Cloth mtll team, one
of the best amateur organizations
in the state, playing Cramerton at
10:00 o'clock In the morning.
The local colored team will play
Charlotte in the afternoon.
The proposed game between thp
Rotarians and Kiwanians for the
morning of the Fourth will likely be
played on Tuesday, July 9, while the
Spanish-American war veterans are
City Audit Shows Receipts
Of $1,100 Each Work Day;
Big Jump In Light Receipts
$29,449.13 Dor In Taxes. Bond Issue
During Past Two Years $190,
000. Labor Costs Increase.
A financial statement of the city
of Shelby is being published in this
issue of The Star as required by
law, from the audit recently made
by J. L. Hoyle, certified public ac
countant of Charlotte. the same
showing that the total receipts fr.n
all sources for the past two years
were $678.22657. For the fiscal v«ar
June 1, 1928 the receipts were $320,
386.61, while for the following fis
cal year ending May 31. 1929, tire
receipts mounted to $357.84006, an
average daily receipt of over $1,106
for each day the city office is open.
The magnitude of the city's business
is reflected in this sum.
Bills payable at the end of May
31. 1929 amounted to $71,000, or
$45,000 for the last fiscal year and
$26,000 for the fiscal year just clos
ed at the time the audit was made.
Bonds And Interest Paid.
Receipts from privilege taxes lor
1927-28 amounted to $8,117.75 which
jumped to $11,468.84 for the fiscal
year 1928.-29. making a total for
the two years of $19,586.59. During
the two years $56,333.31 in bonds
were retired, while $99,111.67 was
paid on bond interest, making prac
tically one fourth of the city’s total
receipts going for this one item
Uncollected taxes due the city
for the past five years amount :o
$29,449.13. of which amount $22.
069.45 is due from 1928 taxes.
The cost of labor for the light de
partment jumped from $6,517.50 for
the fiscal year ending May 31st
1928 to $8,764.72 for the fiscal year
ending May 31st 1929
The cost of labor for the water
department for the fiscal year end
ing May 31st 1928 was $5.918 79
while for the fiscal year ending
May 31st this year was $5,958.82.
The cost of labor for the street
department for the fiscal year end
ing May 31st 1928 was $8,480.26
which jumped to $12,444.83 for the
fiscal year ending May 31st 1929.
Heavy Extension Made
During the past two years $21,014
48 W’as spent for light department
extensions out of the general fund.
$15,213.91 for water extensions out
of the general fund, $15,750.68 for
sewer extensions out of the general
fund. which largely accounts.for
the decrease in the city's deficit
over the past two years of approxi
mately $90,000.00. But during the
past two years two bond issues
were sold, one issue of $70,000 to
provide for sewer extension and one
issue of $30,000, making a total o!
$100,000 issued during the past two
years as compared with $36,333.31
retired during the past two years.
The total banded indebtedness of
• Continued On Page Eight'
Court House Will
Be Closed On Fourth
The county offices in the co'tri
house here, it is understood, will
be closed on Thursday, July 4,
giving the county officials and em
ployes a chance to get out and en
joy the day with other vacationists.
American Legion Meeting.
There will be a meeting of the
American Legion Tuesday evening
at 8 o'clock in the courthouse. Re
freshments will be served. All mem
bers are urged to be present and
allex-service men are. invited.
June Brides Not
So Youthful Here
Say Record Books
Only Nine Couple* Secured Mar
riage License In County During
The Bridal Month.
Cleveland county's bride list, for
the bridal month of June stands at
nine on the official license books
at the county court house here
Which is to say that only ntnc
Cleveland couples married at home
during the honeymoon month. Near
a score, however, were married
during the month in Gaffney and
An unusual feature of the mar
riage record for the month is th«t
the average age of the contrac'ing
parties indicated that they have
passed up several Junes in bygone
Three of the contracting par'ics
gave their ages as 40 or more, while
five couples out of the nine were
listed as being more than 25 ye 's
The total of nine marriages for
the month is said to be the least
number of marriages, with licen-e
issued here, in many years during
the favorite marrying month of the
By Shelby Mason*
Roberts floes Back In As Worship
ful Master Of Cleveland
At a ceremony staged Friday night
In the Masonic temple the newly
elected officers of the Cleveland
Lodge 202 A. F. & A. M. were in
The elective officers instated
were J. F Roberts. worshipful
master; W. V. Metcalf, senior war
den; J. C. Weathers, junior war
den; Russell Laughridge, secretary,
and Henry Master, treasurer. Ap
pointive officers installed were Mike
Austell, senior deacon: John A.
Liles, junior deacon; B. A. Leflcr
and Evans Shull, stewards: E A.
Thompson Goes In
As Rotary Leader
Taken lip Duties As Club President
This Week. Dewitt Quinn Is
Mr. Carl Thompsion will take of
fice Friday as the new president of
the Shelby Rotary club, succeeding
Mr. Elmer E. Scott, whose term
ended with last week’s meeting.
Mr. Dewitt Quinn is the new vice
president; Mr. Rush Thompson is
sergeant-at-arms; and Messrs. Pat
McBrayer and Roy Sisk continue
respectively as secretary and treas
urer of the club.
Finds Stalk Of Oats
Growing 43 Heads
A stalk of volunteer oats was
found by Mr. J. A. Yarboro of No.
5 township in his field a few days
ago. the stalk growing 43 well d
veloped heads. One of the heRds
bore 143 grains. The stalk w'as such
a prolific grower, Mr. Yarboro is
saving the seed for planting. It is a
White Crip variety and the stalk
stood out in the field alone withov.
fertilizer or cultivation.
Three Sudden Deaths In Kings
Mountain Over The Week-End
^ Anderson Boy Hurt By Mule And Killed.
. Anderson Boy Drug By Mule And Kiued.
Negro Falls Dead.
(Special 10 The Star *
Kings Mountain, July 1—Two
people were killed and another died
suddenly here Saturday,
Earl Roberts. 14-year-old son of
Harvey Roberts, Kings Mountain
barber, died at 5 o'clock Sunday
morning In a Gastonia hospital from
Injuries received In a car wreck
here Saturday evening late. Young
Roberts was riding in a car with
Bob Barrett on the Bessemer road
in Kings Mountain when a tire
blew out and the car turned over
fatally injuring him.
Saturday afternoon Carl Ander
son, 14-year-old farm t- • who lived
on the Beverly Patterson place on
the Battleground road, was drag
ged to death by the mule he was
riding. Young Anderson had started
to the house presumably riding the
mule when he was thrown off and
became entangled in the lines. The
frightened mule dragged him all *he
way to the house where the dying
youth was extricated by his father.
He breathed only once or twice
after he was freed from the en
The third death was that of Otis
Youngblood, colored employee of
the town of Kings .Mountain.
Youngblood had worked Saturday
and had gone to the edge of town
to the home of his wife. While pre
paring to retire he fell dead with a
Scotland Yard Helps
At the request ol Peggy !
O’Neill, American actress, de- I
tectivcs from Scotland S'ard
are exerting the power of their
famous organization in efforts
to locate about $10,000 worth j
of jewels which are missing
from the actress’s London
apartment. The theory ad
vanced now is that it was an
inside job. Quite obvious, my
Webb Brothers And Laxton Broth
ers Clash Here Next
Scores of golf fans throughout
this section who gathered at the
Cleveland Springs golf club hor.se
Saturday afternoon were disap
pointed when the Webb-Laxton
match scheduled for the afternoon
was called off.
The Laxton brothers, of Cha»
lotte, and the Webb brothers cl
Shelby, three of whom are or have
been champions on the links, were
scheduled to battle each other in
the first 18 holes of a 38-hole
match, but due to the sickness of
one the Laxton boys the Charlotte
youths did not come.
A late announcement has it that
the match will be played here tne
coming Saturday afternoon a.
Banks To Close Here
On Thursday Fourth
The three Shelby bankng insti
tutions will be closed here on
Thursday July 4, and it is under
stood that a number of stores will
also close, but the closing will net
be unanimous among the mercan
tile establishments. There is no ce.e
bration planned here, but mar.v
Shelby people will go to other
places for outings.
Meeting Is Sailed
About Forming A
X. meeting will be held tn
The Star office Thursdav
night of this week at 8 o'clock
at which time plans and de
tails will he discussed fur
forming a city textile basebjll
league or a county league for
one game each week.
Representatives of the Dov
er-Ora mill, the Eastside mill,
the Shelby cotton mill, 'he
Cleveland Cloth mill, and of
the Lawndale and Union
baseball clubs have ben invit
ed and are urged to atteid
logether with any others who
might be interested.
Rev. R. M. Hoyle
Mrtnhec of Western Methodist Con
ference Since 1870 To Be Burled
At King* Mountain.
Re\ Robert M Hoyle, a patriarch
ot Methodism and one of the most
beloved men in Western North Car
olina. died here midnight at the
heme of Is son, Caleb Hoyle, with
whom he had made his home since
March of this year. He was 7ft years
of age and had been an active min
ister In the conference for 59 years,
starting out as a young minister at
the age of 20. Although handicap
ped because of the lack of advanc
ed school facilities, Mr. Hoyle was
a deep student and thinker and pre
pared himself largely for the won
derful work he was undertaking.
He was born in Cleveland county
above Casar and after receiving a
high school education, attended
Rutherford college. Later he served
as trustee of that institution for
many years and was a trustee at
the time of his death.
l<on( Presiding Elder.
Mr Hoyle was one of the most
powerful preachers in the confer
ence and was regarded as a leader
of men. He served many small
churches In his early life and later
some of the strongest churches in
the conference, including Central
Methodist at Shelby for eight years,
Monroe Central, Broad Street at
Statesville, Concord, Belmont, New
ton and Kings Mountain churches.
For many years he served as
presiding elder, serving the Shelby
district for six years, the Mount
Airy district for four years, the Mor.
ganton district for an equal length
of time, the Waynesville and Mar
ion districts, and wherever he went,
Mr. Hoyle impressed his hearers for
his strength of faith, Ills deep con
secration, his strong mentality, his
devotion to the old principles of
righteousness and right living.
Superannuated In 1926.
Mr. Hoyle was married to Miss
Rebecca Wilson who was a most
worthy companion and still surviv
es at the age of 82. m 1926 he was
superannuated by the conference
and made his home at Kings Moun
tain until March of this year when
his health completely failed him ind
he came to Shelby to receive the
care and attention of his son, Caleb
Mr. Hoyle is survived 'oy his wile
and two children, Caleb Hoyle of
Shelby and Mrs. J. Marvin Wells of
Middlesburg. Ky. Joe Hoyle died in
1915 and Alex Hoyle died in infan
cy. Alex Hoyle, a grand-son was
killed in the building collapse when
three employees of the First Na
tional bank lost their lives here last
summer. The following brothers
and sisters also survive, J. M. Hoyle
of Cornelius, David Hoyle of Lin
coln county, Jos. Hoyle, and Mrs.
Landrum Brackett, of Cleveland,
Mrs. Newton, of Henrietta. Two
sisters. Mrs. Jno. Morris and Mrs
Mag Mauney, and two brothers.
Thos. Hoyle and Henry Hoyle of
this county preceded him to fie
The funeral and interment will
take place at Kings Mountain Tues.
day morning at 10 o’clock. Arrange
ments had not been completed this
morning, but some of the high of
ficials of the conference will be
present to conduct the services.
Drv Cleaning Firm
News About Shelby
Roller Mill Closes Fourth. Barber
shop To Reopen. Firm
Shelby is to have another dry
cleaning plant. Announcement was
made today that the Service C-y
Cleaning company will be removed
from Kings Mountain to Shelby,
and be established in the Wilson
building on Graham street.
Formerly Worth and Herbert
Branton operated this establish
ment in Kings Mountain. As a Shel
by concern it will be operated by
Herbert Branton solely. An op<*,-.
ing is planned for early next weec.
The Eagle Roller mill asked The
Star Monday to announce they
would be closed on the Fourth of
July. According to present plans of
the Shelby business fraternity t lis
makes the Fourth closing issue vir
The Willis brothers barber shop
re-opened for business today at the
new location, near the South-rn
railway station. Several weeks "so
this shop, then located on South
LaFavftte street, was burned out
and following the fire the new lega
tion was decided upoa.
Jury For King Trial Picked In
Short Time; Evidence To Start
Court House At Chester Made Ready To
Accommodate Big Crowds For King Trial
Chester Courthouse Put In Or
der; Can Accommodate
Only 2i0 Spectator*.
Cheater. July 1.—Chesters cour„
housj. spick and span alter rcmodd
ing and additions that cost $100,
000, has been given its final polish
ing for the most, sensational trial
South Carolina has had in years,
which opens here today, as Rafe
B King. 37. goes on trial Monday
for the murder of his wife. Faye
Wilson King. 24-year-old French
Tne arrangements to accommo
date the large array of lawyers in
the ca.se and the battery of newspa
per men had been completed: seat
ing arrangements had been made
and word had been given out that
Judge J. K. Henry, who will offi
ciate, will allow no more spectators
than can be comfortably seated. The
court room has accommodations for
only 250 spectators
The rase has widespread interest.
The body of the woman was found
on the night of January 25 In an out
house at their lioifie In 8haron, S. C.
a gash on her forehead, bruises on
her throat, abrasions cn her knees
(Continued on page eight.)
King, Before Leaving Shelby,
Expresses Hope For Fair Trial
Lawyers To Argue
In Highway Affair
Two and possibly more Shel
by attorney* will participate
in the highway hearing here be
fore Highway Chairman A. A
Houghton and three district
commissioner* Tuesday in the
matter of routing Highway 18
from Shelby to the South Caro
lina line, it was learned today.
Capt. Peyton McSwain will
do the talking for the folks in
the No. I township section, re
ferred to in the highway mat
ter as the "Cost Province,”
while Attorney J. Clint Newton
wil offer the apeal for Earl
section. Judge B. T. Tali*. It is
undersood was to have appear
ed in the hearing but will * e
in Chester for the King trial.
The commissioners arrive here
about 10:341 in the morning and
will drive over the routes prior
to bearing appeals.
Invited To Hearing
By S. A. Ellis Shelby
Gaffney, June 29— S A Ellis',
Shelby, business man. was a visitor
here yesterday calling on various
Gaffney people In the Interest of the
proposed new road from Shelby to
Mr. Ellis said that Gaffney and
Cherokee county people who are
interested In the matter are In
vited to attend a meeting of the
North Carolina highway commis
sion at Shelby next Tuesday morn
ing at 10 o'clock.
Mr. T. W. Hamrick. Shelby jeweler
and former alderman, is improv
ing, nicely, according to reports
reaching Shelby, at Savannah, Mis
souri, following an operation. A mes
sage last week stated that he was
up and able to walk.
A son of Mr. Hamrick. Roland
Hamrick, underwent an operation
for appendicitis at the hospital hpre
last Thursday and Is recovering
BLANTON STREET NEWS
OF PERSONAL ITEMS
• Special to The Star.'
Mr. Joe Brown has moved his
family into their new home on
Mrs. R. D. Hunt has been spend
ing some time with Mrs. Andy Ca
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Brown had as
their guests Sunday, Mr. Harry ar.a
Howard Brown, of Charlotte.
S»rs Cirnfril Public In South Caro
lina Prejudiced Against Him.
HI* Side Not Known.
Rafe B King, Shelby citizen
known by hundreds of people
throughout the county, left here
early today for Chester, South Caro
lina. where he will be tried in con
nection with the mysterious death
of his wife last January at their
Sharon. S C., heme
“I am hoping that I get a fair
trial, one that, will give the people
my side of the case, something they
haven't heard much about yet,"
King stated to a member of The
Star staff before leaving.
His statement did not mean that
he thought he would be given an un
fair trial, but expressed his view
that so far the general public In
South Carolina, particularly in the
York section, i* prejudiced agamet
him because his side has never been
given much publicity.
Neither King nor his attorneys,
however, had much to say in re
gards to the case before leaving,
the attorneys maintaining the
silence they have held since being
employed in the case. Not long
after the preliminary hearing the
defense counsel stated that "weTe
not putting our cards on the table
now, for there is no use in giving
away our case just to have it tried
in the newspapers." And so far
they have kept their case and the
manner it will be handled pretty
well to themselves with the public
an! the prosecution wondering Just
what is to take place this week
when the defense gets into acticn
in the actual trial at Chester.
Unofficially reports have it that
the defense will introduce several
witnesses who have not been openly
connected with any of the previous
hearings and that the testimony of
these witnesses may aid considerably
in supporting the repeated conten
tion of the defendant that he does
not know how his wife met her
death. In other words the expec
tation is that the defense counsel
will spring a surprise in the court
room some time this week. That ex
pectation. however, is based upon
nothing other than reports and
Among citizens here it is general
ly conceded that the defense posi
tion was bettered by events of the
last week, particularly the reluct
ance of the prosecuting counsel
iContinued On Page Eight)
(Details of the King case being tried
in Chester, S. C., will be covered
completely in this paper every Is
Robinson Named Head Of Fire
Department; Board Approves
Eskridfr Assistant Chief. Mrs.
Washburn Assistant Clerk
At a recent meeting of the volun
teer fire department Mr. J. R.
(Lefty) Robinson was elected chief
of the fire department, to have su
pervision of all the city’s firefight
ing forces succeeding the former
chief, Ted Gordon, who is now fu!'
time electrician. The choice of the
firemen was approved by aldermen
and Mayor S. A. McMurry.
At the next meeting the iiremen
will elect one of the paid firemen
at the City Hall as captain to have]
charge of the trucks and equipment.
Mr. L. E. Ligon took charge of
the city office today succeeding Mi.
Fred P. Culbreth and his assistant
is Mrs. Raymond Washburn, who
takes the place of Miss Bessie Rein
hart, who resigned. Mr. Ernest
Spangler also took charge of the
street departments today and Mr.
Marshall Moore began his duties as
a member of the city police fort e.
Mr. C. Herman Eskridge was
named assistant chief of the vohui
te. • firemen at the meeting at
which Mr. Robinson was narm-J
Relatives Of Defend*
ant There. Pick Jur
ors This After
noon. Sisters Of
Courtroom, Chester, S. €,.
July 1 (1:30 p. m.)—Rule King,
charged with murder, was plac
ed In the prisoners dock and the
Indictment read to him by Soli
citor Hines, at 12:15 this after
noon and an hour later at 1:1S
a jury of 12 men had been sec
ured to try the case.
Testimony At 3.
The hearing of testimony will
begin immediately after the
convening of court at 2 o’clock.
Before King was placed in the
prisoner dock, John N. Hemp
hill. of defense counsel, made a
motion to quash the Indict
ment on the ground that it
charged a multiplicity of ways
In which King is alleged to hare
killed his wife, and that it
should be narrowed to one.
The motion was overruled by
The jury was obtained with*
nut the expected drawing of
a i extra venire and in a sur
prising short space of time. The
state excused four, the defense
nine and four were excused by
the court for having expressed
an opinion about the case and
lBy ERNEST JACKSON.)
Court Room. Chester, S. C, July
1. (12:34 P. M.l—The ease of Raff
King of Shelby, charged with thf
murder of his wife, was called is
general sessions court here at 14.41
this morning and both the stete
and the defense announced their
readiness for trial, but up to 12
o’clock, doe to various matters of
routine incident to the convening of
court, the actual trial had not be
gun. At this hour there was a de
lay for the arrival from the jail and
arraignment of a negro prisoner
charged with murder, with the out
look that the beginning of the work
of selecting a jury for the King
trial would not begin until after
the recess for dinner at 1:34 p. m.
Rush For Beats.
As early as 8 O’clock a big crowd
gathered before the court houw
doors, where officers were on duty
to prevent any one from epteylna
until 9:30, at that boar the doofs
swung wide open and there was i
rush for seats.
No favoritism was shown in seat
ing the spectators. Those who en
tered first found places and-when
all these were taken up no one Was
allowed to enter. By order of Judge
Henry, no standing in the aisles or
doorways wap permitted.. All per
sons in the court room were whites.
At exactly 10 o’clock Judge 3. H.
Henry, wearing the customary black
robe of the South CaroTffik judici
ary, entered the courtroom and
promptly gave orders for the open
ing of court.
A minute later Rafe ITing, in
company with several of his at
torneys, entered and took a seat on
the edge of a table, with his back
to the audience. He maintained this
position for about ten minutes.
(Continued on page eight.)
Find Nurse Wanted
For King Hearing
Asheville, June 30.—Efforts on the
part of York, S. C., officers to lo
cate Mrs. Margaret Oartman, reg. >
istered nurse, wanted as a witness
In the King Murder case at Ches
ter ended here this afternoon when
she was discovered serving as house
keeper for Mrs. Lucille Webb, on
The Asheville resident nursed the
defendant King for several weeks
just after his wife’s death, the of
ficers explained, and her testimony
is considered vital for the prosecu
Forty People Here
To Be Witnewet
Officers here Saturday subpoen- •
aed 40 Shelby and Cleveland ccun- .i
ty people to report at Chester, S, C
today to be witnesses in the Hate
King trial. The majority of thoaji ;
subpoenaed, it is understood, will be' j
used by the defense as eharacf«*J
witnesses and for other evidence, fag