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SHELBY, N. C. WEDNESD’Y, JULY 31,1929 Published Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Afternoons
By mall, per year On advance) *2.50
Carrier, per year (In advance) $3.00
I'he Markets.
Cotton, per pound .1-l'Jc
Coton Seed, per bu. _401 i
One-Man Riot
Serious difficulty is said to have
been narrowly averted last night at |
Lawndale cotton mill, 12 miles from
this city, when it is alleged that
Glenn (anipr, a Tfl-yrar-old youth
is charged with having attacked
John Sehemk, president of the mill,
with a knife. It appears that on the
previous evening, ( anipr visited the
mill and made threats against one
Jim Ashley, and learning of this oc
currence, Mr. Sehemk is said to
havr told the boy to stay out of I
the mill. Itrports here have il that !
Canipe lay in waiting until Mr.
Schenek left the mill last night and
then advanced upon him with a
drawn knife. The mill owner suc
ceeded in holding the youth off. al
though suffering several blows in
the face in the meanwhile, until i
help arrived. Sheriff I. M. Allen
and Deputy Slirriff Bob Kendrick
at once went to the scene but < a
nipe had fled and thus far iiis
whereabouts Is unknown.
New Record Set
By The Juniors
In Taking In 656
Largest Number Of Candidates
Came From Shelby Rut Other
Counties Represented.
Regarded front a standpoint of
numbers as the biggest. fraternal
event Shelby has seen in a long
time, Shelby Council No. 436, Jun
ior Order United American Mechan
ics, put on a monster initiation in
the Masonic temple here Monday
night, at which time 650 candidates
were initiated into the mysteries of
the order The spacious Masonic
temple was packed to suffocation
for the event, and It is believed that
Shelby probably set a record for all
time in taking in this large number
of new members at, one session.
The outstanding feature of the
evening was the presence of D. W.
Sorrell, of Durham, state, councillor
and highest ranking officer. Mr
Sorrell made a brief hut splendid
address in which he discussed the i
cardinal principals of the order,
these including the Bible, the home,
the immigration law.
Of the candidates taking the dr- j
gree Monday night, 533 were Shelby !
men while the remainder came from
Lincoln and Rutherford counties, j
Much was added to the pleasure !
of the everting by the presence of j
Dilworth Council No. 32 degree
team from Charlotte Attired in
their natty sailor uniforms, they
made quite an impression.
Governor O. Max Gardner is a i
member of the Shelby council and
had been expected to attend and !
speak but, was unable to reach here i
from Roarin Gap in time for the!
Aged Resident Of
The City Is Dead
•James Osborne Poston, 72 years
of ago. died at his home just east
of C!e\eland county chib at 9:4“)
o'clock this morning following an
illness of several years. Mr. Poston
suffered a stroke of paralysis about
five years ago, since which time he
has been in failing health but his
condition did not become critical
until about three weeks ago. since
w hich time he has been confined *c
his bed
Mr. Poston was married on Octo
ber 1. 1884 to Miss Ellen Kerr and
his widow survives him, as do 10
children, six girls, and four boys.
Funeral .services are to be con
ducted at the late residence tomor
row afternon at. 3 o'clock and in
terment will take place at Elizabeth
Baptist church, of which the dc
•pased was a life-long member.
Fire an I Death Sweep Auburn Prison
'he photograph above shows the exterior of
Auburn Prison at Auburn, N. Y.f built 121
years ago. An armed revolt raged for six hours
within these walls while 1,700 convicts sought
to shoot their way to liberty. Every building
was set afire and all communications cut off.
Massed attacks on the gates were repelled by
the guards with the aid of the State troopers.
national guard, police and fire departments.
This second outbreak was a repetition of the
attempted revolt at Dannemora, but the lead
ers had learned their lesson from the defeat of
that uprising and they came closer to victory.
Thirteen guards were shot, two convicts were
killed and four escaped.
(JnUrnatloDftl K'«wnr«*i'
Making Fair Ground
Ready For Big Show
Swinp Building Bring Erected.
Poulin- Hall Bring Enlarged
As Writ As Grandstand.
To make ready for the big Cleve
land County fair which begins Sept.
24 and runs to Sept 28. Dr. J. S.
Dorton. the enterprising secretary
has carpenters employed enlarging
the poultry hall and connecting the
present, exhibit building with the
manufacturers hall.
It was found hecessarv to enlarge
the poultry department to care for
the bird-, brought here annually for
this feature at the fair. Heretofore,
many exhibit birds have been turn
ed away because of the lack of
The building for swine Is some
thing new. This department of the
fair has gradually grown and the
officials have decided to provide a
separate building for this depart
The space between the two ex
hibit halls is being covered, making
one continuous building 250 feet or
more long
The front row seats in. the grand
hand is being lowered so that the
people in the rear can see the
tract close to the stand, and an
additional tier of box seats are be
ing provided with separate entrance.
The outlook for the largest fair
Cleveland county has ever held Js
‘ ery bright, says the secretary.
Editor To Speak At
Antioch Home-Come
Home coming will be held at An
tioch Baptist church near Grover
>n Sunday and Editor Lee B. Wea
thers of The Star will deliver an
iddress at 11 o'clock. The Rev W.
E Lowe is pastor of the church. An
ill day service will be held with
dinner served in picnic style.
Work will be done in the second
degree at the Masonic Hall Friday
night of this week. There are three
candidates to be initiated.
Lightning Strikes Shelby
Woman But Will Recover
Mrs. Preston L, Glascoe, about.
30 years of age, who resides on
West Warren street, had a nar
row escape from being killed
about 9 o'clock, last night when
sh“ was struck by a bolt of
lightning during the electrical
storm which descended upon
Shelby and vicinity Mrs. Glascoe
remained, unconscious from the
time of the happening until
about 10 o'clock this morning,
at which time she recalled what
had happened but was still not
able to leave her bea.
No one else in the house at
the time was injured, although
Mr. Glascoe, who wras standing
in the front door, was severely
shocked, although not sufficient
ly so to cause him any great in
convenience. The children in
the house at the tune suffered j
no ill-effects nor did the resi
Mr Glascoe says he is not sure
whether his wife was in the
kitchen at the time or in the
bed room. He heard the crash
and immediately thereafter his
wile called out. H? rushed to
thj bed room and found.her ly
ing actors the bed in an un
conscious condition Sr remain
ed in a coma throughout the
night and for a time it was
feared, that, -she might not re
A local physician reached the
scene in a few minutes and ap
plied first-aid methods as best
lie could, but was unable to
rouse the patient until this
H is now believed that Mrs.
Glascoe will recover within a
few days alter rest and quid.
City Tax Rate Boosted
25 Cents To Clear Up
Large Inherited Debt
Notes And Accounts Payable Amount To
$87,760. Budget For Ensuing Year Cut
$64,328. Tax Rate Will Be Raised From
$1.25 To $1.50 Per $1001irSfe<4by,
Shelby’s (ax rate will be boosted twenty-five cents on
the $100 property valuation from $1.25 last year to $1.50
this year, according to Mayor S. A. McMurry, in an an
nouncement made this morning. This increase in rate was
made necessary, says Mr. McMurry, by an inherited in
debtedness from former administrations of $87,760.63. Of
this amount due in accounts and notes $47,637.50 must be
paid before the end of the fiscal year. May 31, 1930.
Local Concerns
Are Unaware Of
Law Provisions
AH Must Comply With Workmen’s
Compensation Art By First Of
Shelby people as a whole are not
very thoroughly acquainted with
the provisions of the Workmen's
Compensation Act, which became a
law in North Carolina July 1. but
30 days of grace are allowed to com
ply with the provisions therewith,
and accordingly local merchants
and business houses do not have to
perfect their final arrangements in
this connection until August 1.
The law provides that those dis
regarding the law are subject to a
penalty of from $10 to $50 per day
for each and every day that the law
is violated.
The firms who are affected by
this act do not have to take out
the insurance, but have several
courses open to them, namely:
1. Notify the commission in writ
ing that they reject the act, tor)
Insure their risk in a casual
ty insurance company or become a
self-insurer by depositing with the
commission either government or
state bonds, or cash.
Every merchant in the county
should meet with these require
ments before August 1st.
Friends of Mrs. W. J. Roberts will
be pleased to learn that she was
brought home from the Charlotte
Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat hospital
yesterday, steadily improving, fol
lowing a treatment and operation
for sinus trouble.
Rain was general throughout the
county Tuesday night, with much
thunder and lightning in most ev
ery section. The rain was not only
general, but heavy- Mr. Dargan
Grigg. reporting a rainfall of three
and a half inches at his home three
miles east of Shelby.
The mayor and board say the
raise in the tax rate is made very
reluctantly, but necessarily. They
have cut down the budget for the
current year $64,328.66 and after
this is done it will require $296 -
298 to meet appropriations for ex
penses and extensions for the cur
rent year. In the formal statement
made by Mayor McMurry, he says,
"It is our aim during this adminis
tration to wipe out. all outstanding
debts, leaving the city owning only
bonds that have been made.”
Mayor McMurry's official state
ment^ is as follows:
“On assuming charge as mayor
of the City of Shelby, we find that
we have inherited a current in
debtedness of $87,760.63 from prior
administrations. This amount con
sists of notes $60,921.95 and accounts
$26,838.68. The accounts are now
due and notes amounting to $47.
637.50 come due in the fiscal year
ending May 31, 1930.
‘ Our prepared appropriations for
expenses and extensions for the
year amounts to $296,298 00, which
is $64,328.66 less than was expended
during the past year. These ap
propriations represent the lowest es
timated figures with which the City
of Shelby can be operated under
the most favorable circumstances,
and we will be fortunate if we can
keep expenditures down to the ap
“In addition to this amount of
$296,298.00 as stated above, we will
have to pay $74,476.18 for notes
and accounts which will make our
total expenditures $370,174.18.
"Our estimated receipts w’ill
amount to $311,326.75, which is
$58,847.43 less than Our proposed
budget and the notes and accounts
which we have inherited and will
be forced to pay.
“In order to do this we will be
compelled to raise the general fund
tax levy from 42c to 67c, which will
raise the total tax levy from $1.25
to $1 50.
“While the mayor and board re
gret to do this, we find that -it is
absolutely Impassible to run the
city and meet our present obliga
tions without raising taxes.
“It is our aim during this ad
ministration to wipe out all out
standing debts, leaving the city
owing only bonds that have been
made. We feel as a purely business
proposition this is the only thing
we tan do
S. A. McMURRY, Mayor.
Bond Election
For Schools Is
Carried Easily
Srvrml Hundred More Than Re
quired (lave Their Appfnral
To luur At Polls
Marked* by unusually heavy bal
loting, (ar more so than had been
anticipated bv the general jubltr.
the citizens of Shelby went to the
polls yesterday and bv an over
whelming majority approved the is
suance ot $58,000 in sehool bonds in
pay off a past Indebtedness of
school district No. 33 and to repav
the loan made In order to condurt
the schools for full nine months last
year instead of eight as one time
appeared might be the case
The remarkable thing about the
election is that of the 1,103 voters
registered to participate. 314 failed
to go to the polls at. all and ac
cordingly their votes had to be car!
against, the measure
There was only one voting pre
cinct and this was located in the
court house, and the Australian bal
lot system, which became law in
North Carolina duly 1, was some
thing a little strange to local peo
ple. there was some slight con
fusion, but the entire election ap
pears to have been conducted in ac
cordance with law.
For tne nrst. ump in uir niswny
of Shelby, the Australian ballot
was invoked here Tuesday. The
question at Issue was whether or
not school district No. 33, which
embraces the city of Shelby, would
issuq bonds in the sum of $58,000
to retire a deficit which has ac
cumulated over a per,od of years
In addition, at the end of eight
months term last season school
trustees found themselves without
funds to continue nine months. The
election was carried easily.
A total of 150 citizens signed a
petition last spring under the terms
of which they agreed to repay the
expenses of the ninth month.
Tuesday's election was to deter
mine whether the deficit would be
retired and the additional ninth
month would be paid for.
The vote stood: 708 in favor of
the proposition; 81 against and 3H
of those registered did not. vote
The total registration was 1.103.
therefore. 552 votes was necessary
for the bond Issue to prevail
Rufus Roberts
Awarded Cup
Former Shelby Man, Now Editor Of
The Virginia Star Is Awarded
A Trophy.
‘"lhe Virginia Star” has been
awarded a silver loving cup for be
ing the best weekly newspaper in
the Old Dominion, The award was
made last week at the annual meet
ing of the Virginia State Press as
sociation held at Danville, Va. The
Star is edited and owned by Rufus
G. Roberts, son of Mrs. Eliza Rob
erts of Shelby. He worked many
years ago for The Cleveland Star,
later going to Culpepper, Va.. where
he has since been editing the Vir
ginia Star.
The silver loving cup is a highly
coveted prize, given annually by Mr.
Fred Gruman of the Mergenthaler
Linotype company. It is a similar
prize to that offered in North Caro
lina and won this year by the Al
bemarle Press of Albemarle.
The Virginia Star is a weekly
newspaper in Orange county.
Foreign War Vets,
Organized Here
There was a meeting of veterans
of all wars having had foreign serv
ice, held in the court room Tues
day night. Comrade John G. Lewis
member of the national council of
administration, gave a good talk
and endeavored to explain the Con
stitution and working order of the
veterans of foreign wars of the
United States. Tills meeting was
held for the purpose of organiza
tion of a veterans foreign wai
post in the City of Shelby.
The work of organization of the
post was immediately gone into
Comrade Lewis acting as tempor
ary chairman called the meeting to
order. Comrade Charles Woodson
w as unanimously elected commander
Comrade George A. Johnson was
elected quartermaster; Comrade
James C. Alexander was appointed
adjutant. There was an agreement
that these officers have the privi
ledge of appointing the remaining
officers. Comrade Lewis immediate
ly gave the obligations of the or
der. and then installed the officers.
After which this post became No.
1706 Veterans of Foreign Wars of
the United States. The meeting
then adjourned to meet again on
August 8. at the Isaac Shelby hotel. t
Mr*. Houser Will
Be 98 August 9th
How does t( feel to hr 98
year* of age and to have livrd
and witnevsrd thr change in
the time* during nearly a full
century? M r a. KlUabclh
Houser Is perhaps the oldest
resident of Cleveland county.
She will reach her 98th mile
stone along the road of life
on August 9th and her birth
day will he observed on that
time. All friends and relatives
are asked to attend with
baskets of dinner at the home
of her grand-son. Mr. Herbert
Borders near the county
Judge Barnhill Issues Ruling After He Hears
Witnesses Swear That Accused Could Not
Get A Fair Trial In Gaston Capital. Some
Evidence Of Intimidation.
Gastonia, July 30.—Solicitor John G. Carpenter tonijrhf.
said the trial of 233 members of the National Textile Work*
era union for the slaving of (). F. Aderholt, Gastonia chief
of police, would probably he at the regular term of Mecklen
burg Superior court August 20. The cases were adjourned
from Gaston to Mecklenburg Superior court today.
Gastonia July 31 -Sixteen members and officials of the National
Textile Workers union and affiliated organization, amused of the mur
der of Chief O D Aderholt. late today were granted a change of venue
to Mecklenburg county,
The case, hearing on which started nt a special lerm of Gastonia
Superior court yesterday, will be resumed in Charlotte at a date to be
set by Governor O. Max Gardner.
A challenge to the golf players, not only of North anil
South Carolina but of the United States, has been issued
here by Pete and “Snooks” Webb, generally regarded locally
as being marvels and acclaimed to the skies everywhere they
have played. Whether the challenge will be accepted, re
mains to be seen, since the young golfers in Charlotte and
other nearby towns appear perfectly willing to let the Shel
by boys retain all the laurels they possess.
“Pete'’ on the left in the picture
above, and Fred or “Snooks" as he
is fat^better known, on the right,
have put Shelby on the map so far
as golf is concerned and if they
did not wish to retain their amateur
standing, it is generally believed
that either of them could get a
place as club professional anywhere
in this part of the country.
In issuing their challenge. the
Shelby boys say that they would
naturally prefer to play over the
Cleveland Springs golf course, but,
if other golfers are not willing to
come here, then they are willing to
go anywhere in the United States
for their bare expenses and they feel
pretty confident of bringing home
the bacon if they can arrange some
The remarkable thing about the
playing of "Pete" and “Snooks" is
their youthfulness. “Pete" in only
16 years old, while “Snooks' has
just barely turned 14, and there
fore they should have a good many
years of fine golf ahead of them
Last year when the North Caro
lina Amateur tournament was stag
ed, “Pete" was the champion, com
ing home ahead of the field by a
wide margin, and he was figured to
repeat this year, but instead of that
happening, when the tournament
took place at Sedgefield County
club. Greensboro, the title was
copped by Fred but since the title
(Continued On Page Eight)
I nr ruling of Judge M V. Barn
hill. of Rocky Mount, named by
Governor Gardner to preside at the
special term here, came at the end
of a day of reading of affidavits
and tearing of a number of witness
es The defense alleged intimida
tion of witnesses and attorneys while
the prosecution sought to prevent
the case being taken out of the
Judge Barnhill ordered Amy Sche
chtC-\ Workers International Relief
worker; Sophie Melvin, organizer for
the young pioneers of America, and
Vera Buch, National Textile Work
ers union organizer released on $5,
000 bail each. Solicitor Carpenter
had announced that the first de
gree murder charge against them
would be amended to second degree
He ordered Fred Erwin Beat,
southern organizer for the union:
Joseph Harrison, union organizer:
George Carter, K. O. Byers, W. M.
McGinnis, *J. C. Hefner, Robert
Allen, Russell Knight. N. F. Gib
son, K. Y. Hendricks, Delmar Hamp
ton, Clarence Miller and Louis Mc
Laughlin confined in the Gaston
county jail until the first day of
the session of Mecklenburg Super
ior court called for resumption of
the hearings.
When the trial is resumed in
Charlotte all questions holding off
selection of a jury and a heari'g
of evidence will have been com
pleted. The prisoners were arraign
ed here yesterday and all prelimi
nary motions disposed or.
Affidavits alleging intimidation of
witnesses and attorneys for the de
fense were introduced today by the
state by cross examining the mak
ers of the affidavits and presenting
of counter-affidavits to break down
the charge that a fair trial could
not be given in Gaston county, even
with a jury from another county.
Attorneys Tom P. Jim Ison, of Char
lotte. and John Randolph Neal, of
Knoxville. Tenn., appearing for the
defendants, made affidavits th*S
they had been threatened last Sat
urday night in a local restaurant.
State Denies Charge.
This was denied by the state. This
afternoon Solicitor Carpenter pre
sented an affidavit made by L. J.
Hammill, of Gstonia, stating that he
had cursed Jlmison. but that he
had not threatened either Jimison
or Neal.
Halus G. Moore Of This
County New Farm Agent
Halus G Moore, a native or Boil
ing Springs and a graduate of
North Carolina college, at Raleigh,
was appointed farm agent for
Cleveland county yesterday at a
special meeting of the county com
missioners, to succeed Alvin Hardin,
recently resigned, E. L Millsaps,
district agent was here from States
ville, and recommended an outside
man. it being the policy of the state
which supplements the salary of the
(arm agents, to insist on agents
who are not natives of the counties
in which they work, but in this par
ticular case the county commission
ers expressed a preference for Mr.
Moore and so endorsed him. His
appointment must be approved, how
ever, by the state which pays half
or more of the salary and iff the
event the state extension depart
ment does not approve, the matter
will be given further consideration
by the county officials.
Mr. Moore is the son of M. D.
Moore and his ability to handle the
work was not questioned, but if the
extension department insists on its
policy of not approving citizens ofj
the county for work within their
own county, the state and county
officials will try to get together
again on a suitable man.
Gard Hamrick Enters
Upon Federal Job
Boiling Springs Citizen Is Made
United States Deputy
Gard Hamrick of Boiling Springs,
one of the most influential Repub
licans in Cleveland county and one
who has never held a political job
before, has been appointed United
States Deputy Marshal, succeeding
A. P. Willis of Lincoln county who
resigned the position in order to
become prohibition agent. His ajp*
pointmeut was made by Marshal
Brownlow Jackson.
Mr. Hamrick entered upon hie
duties this week, although he has
been in the office for the past ten
days getting acquainted with af
fairs. His headquarters will be in
Charlotte in the Federal Court

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