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The Markets.
Cotton, per pound -- 19e
Coton Seed, per bu. .......... 40ij
Fair Thursday.
Today's North Carolina Weather
Report: Fair tonight. Thursday
partly cloudy with little change in
it Heads Legion.
|' CoL George K. Freeman, of Golds
boro. was yesterday elected com
I mender of the North Carolina de
I partmenfr of the American Legion
•t the state convention in Raleigh.
Mrs. R. S. McGeachy, of Kinston,
was named president of the Legion
Talkies Take
* Away Sole Fun
Of Deaf People
Shelby Deaf Say Talking Pictures
Deprive Them Of One Lone
1Show Pleasure.
; Occasionally progress has heart
aches attached thereto.
While the big percentage of
American movie fans, includ ng
those of Shelby, are heralding the
latest successful invention the talk
ing movies, better known as the
“talkies,” there is a class which Is
deprived of one of its greatest
amusements thereby.
Think what the talkies mean to
the deaf?
Talking, on paper, to The Star
yesterday Tommy Hamrick, well
educated young son of Mr. T. W.
Hamrick, and Robert C. Miller,
former instructor for the deaf at
the State school in Morgan ton, both
of whom are deaf, declared that
the advent of the talkies had taken
away from the deaf one of their
greatest pleasures, expressing the
hope that the silent pictures would
remain, in one form or another,
for a long time.
Miss Stillies.
“The deaf certainly miss the
silent pictures,” young Hamrick
wrote. "Those of us so situated as
to make it possible attended the
movies every other day when the
silent pictures were being shown.
Now since the talkies have arrived
we get very little benefit from the
theatre, except when we pick out
days the ailent pictures are being
shown! Occasionally we attend the
theatres on days when talkies are
being shown, but we go only-to see
the comedies and the news r«.ls;
we get nothing out of the talkies,”
The average movie fan likely has
never considered the plight in which
the talkies have left the deaf peo
ple. Unable to get anything trom
stage shows because they cannot
hear the spoken. voice, and unable
to participate in the average amuse
ments of those not deaf, the deaf
people for years have found j’-eaf
pleasure and entertainment in the
movie houses. There, when the
silent pictures were the go, '.hey
could read the titles and sub-titles,
keep the drift-of the plot and en
joy the show as much as others not
so handicapped—in fact, enjoy it
more beoause with other pleasures
denied them the movies meant far
more to the deaf than to hearing
people. Now the talkies have to a
degree removed that pleasure in
which they could participate equal
ly with others.
When the Vitaphone Is not wont
ing properly and there is little co
ordination between the sounds and
the actions upon the screen a talkie
is as much of a puzzle to the theatre
goer as the Chinese alphabet. Think
how much could be secured from a
picture without titles, if the talk
ing could not be heard?
"It is impossible for us to read
the lips of the players,” young
Hamrick writes, and movie fans who
haVe tried to do so when the talk
ing was not plain will readily realize
how impossible it is. "Sometimes,”
he continued, “we catch the drift of
the story as all people must do in
the movies, but it is hard to figure
it all out to the extent that one
will enjoy it. We miss the silent
pictures terribly. They meant so
much to us, but I guess they will
stay awhile yet for a certain class.
We have that to thankful for.”
Campbell Open* New
Cotton Office Here
Mr. John Campbell. for some
years cotton buyer for the McMurry
firm and prior to that time an in
dependent, buyer here, has resigned
from the McMurry firm and openec.
a new cotton office of his own in
the Lineberger building just over
the Western Union.
Mr. Campbell at his new office
will represent the Lowery Brothers,
of Columbia, S. C., one of the larg
est cotton buying firms in the south
and he feels as if the location here
of the big Columbia firm will have
a tendency to enlarge the Shelby
cotton market.
Miss Louise Hardin returned yes
terday from Norfolk, Va., where
she has been visiting with a party
from Kings Mountain.
VOL. XXXV, No. 102
SHELBY. N. C. WEDNESDAY, AUt!. 28, 1020
Published Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Afternoons
Pick Jury Today In
Trial Of Gastonia
Strikers For Murder
Testimony May Be Restricted To
What Happened At Tent
Charlotte, Aug. 27.—A brief court I
session this morning to conclude
hearing of defense motions, and ex
amination of state’s witnesses in
private by defense attorneys ‘.his
afternoon, were the outstanding ac
tivities in superior court proceedings
involving charges of murder aga*nsf
16 Gastonia cotton mill strikers and
leaders. The 16 are accused of be
ing responsible through a conspir
acy for the death of O. F. Aderholt,
chief of police of Gastotnia, who
died June 8 of wounds received in a
fight at a tent colony maintained
for strikers by the National Textile
Workers union and International
Workers Relief.
Court officials today hoped to get
under way tomorrow with the final
phase of the case, the selection of
a jury and actual hearing of evi
dence. Deputy sheriffs tonight had
summoned all who could be found
of the 200 veniremen chosen for
possible duty on the jury.
At mis mornings court session
Judge M. V. Barnhill, of Rocky
Mount, assigned by Gov. O. Max
Gardner to conduct a special term
of court, overruled a motion of the
defense for an amended bill of par
ticulars. But in turning down this
move he indicated that he would
confine the evidence to occurrences
on or about the tent colony and
would not permit incidents that oc
curred between April 2 when a strike
was called at the Loray mill of the
Manvile-Jenckes company, and the
time of the shooting, to be brought
into the case.
“I will intimate,” said the judge,
“that it is the purpose of this court
to limit it /evidence) to conspiracy
about the grounds where the shoot
ing occurred.”
Approximately 85 state witnesses
appeared at the court house today
for the defense examination. They
had originally been summoned for a
special term of Gaston superio*
court a month ago but a change of
venue took the trial to Charlotte.
The defense attorneys conducted
their examination in private but In
the presence of prosecution attor
neys. In North Carolina this ques
tioning of prosecution witnesses
prior to the trial is permitted in
capital cases when the defense re
quests it. The defense excused 37
of the state's witnesses without
New Jewelry Opens
Here This Saturday
Former Mooresville Business Man
And Son In Charge. Praises
Shelby Activity.
Abernethy’s. the new jewelry siore
in the Blanton block (the former
Cinderella Bootery stand', is an
nouncing the opening of the new es
tablishment for this coming Satur
Mr. R. M. Abernethy is head of
the new enterprise, assisted by his
son, Mr. D. S. Abernethy. They are
coming to Shelby from Mooresville,
this state. The new store is very
attractively arranged, and tastefully
stocked with the latest in jewelry
and the allied lines. The newcomers
are being made welcome here, and
congratulated upon the selection of
Shelby, the “best of the smaller
cities of the state” for business.
County League
Honors Up To
Saturday Game
Battle Between Cloth Mil! And
Eastside To End League
If it doesn't rain, which it did
last Saturday, the Cleveland coun
ty league curtain will drop Saturday
and either the Cleveland Cloth mill
club or the Eastside team will bp
the pennant winner.
Due to a re-arrangement of the
two final games of the schedu'e
these two strong teams, both unde
feated this year, will lock horns, or
cross bats, with each other in the
first game of the last double-head
er Saturday at the city park.
Rain Checks Good.
Last Saturday tne two trims
were scheduled to meet in the frame
which would have decided the
championship, but it rained. The
second game rained out here Satur
day was between the Lily mill "lub
and Dover Ora. The coming Satur
day’s schedule had the four Shelby
teams playing at home but lacing
different opposition. Due to the fact
that the Cloth Mill-Eastside game
will really decide the series it was
decided by the clubs involved that
the rained-out schedule of last Sat
urday be played this Saturday as
the final game of the season in
stead of the schedule arranged for
Saturday. This means that the
Cloth mill club and Eastside will
start their game at 2 o’clock, with
last Saturday's rain checks holding
good for admission this Saturday.
Dover-Ora and Eastside will play it:
the second game of the double bill.
The Lawndale and Union g»m?
was played last Saturday, but the
Boiling Springs-Knob Creek game
was not. Whether- these teams will
follow the regular schedule Sctur
day is not known, although Presi
dent Robinson has been advised that
Knob Creek and Boiling Springs are
ready to draw the season to an end.
Pitcher’s Battle.
With another week’s rest the
strong Eastside and Cloth mill
teams are at fever heat to get at
each other on the diamond. 'Both
camps predict victory. The East
siders cannot see how Sherrill Ham
rick can be licked, and the Ray-m
ites do not believe the opposition
can stick a bat to Curly Smith's
hooks. The two premier high school
stars are in fine condition for the
tilt and if Saturday’s game isn’t a
nip-and-tuck baseball affair the
cause will likely be found elsewhere
than on the mound.
wim anoiner wees ior nt ians
supporting the two teams to get a
bit more excited about the big game
it is anticipated that the contest
will draw the largest crowd of the
A representative is in Shelby try
ing to organize a Lions club, a social
and civic organization similar in
character to the Kiwanis and Ro
tary clubs. Members are being
sought and a number have been
No Front Side To Court
House Here, Many Argue
Cleveland county’s court house
in the center of Shelby, either has
no front side, or it has four front
sides, according to prevailing opin
ion about Shelby since the question
was brought up in the "Around Our
Town” column of The tar.
Many citizens of the city vho
have seen the court structure for
years had never for a moment
thought about which side was the
front side until the question was
asked here recently by a photo
grapher, but now it is one of the
big arguments in Shelby.
“The court square when Shelby
was surveyed was the center of the
town and the court house, the pres
ent one, was erected in the exact
center of the square.” is the pre
vailing argument, "therefore each
of the four sides is the front s'de
as it was not built to face any spe
cial direction but to face in all four
directions, the building being erect*
ed exactly along north and south
lines. In the lobby of the court
house, in the exact center of the
building, there is a small hole in
concrete floor which is the center of
the square and of the town as orig
inally surveyed. This spot centers
the corridor no matter which door
you enter the court house, and since
the building was so erected the idea
was that all four sides were to be
considered fronts.”
Another view upholding the north
side as the front side is an archi
tectural technicality. The corner
stone of a building is usually placed
on one of the front corners, as Is
evidenced by the postoffice and the
Masonic temple, and the cornerstone
of the court house is on the right
corner of the north side as you
emerge from the building.
Perhaps, since all debating the
question would be pleased, it is best
to answer the controversy by saying
that each side is the front, side.
Eckener Conquers Pacific in Record Time
Piloted by Commander tckener over stormy
teas and against strong winds the giant Graf
Zeppelin is seen here as she arrived over San
Francisco after her memorable flight from
Tokio. The arrival over the city of the Golden
Gate marks the first crossing of the Pacific by
an airship and after refueling is completed at
Los Angeles the “Queen ol the Air” will leave
on the last leg of its world cruise for Lake
» ral«photo>lnt«rnaUonal N«war««l >
Vale Farmer Has
Six - Legged P i g
Over at Vale, just across
th« Cleveland line in Lincoln
county, is a freak of the
Kinston variety—a sli-Iegged '
The pic, which is the prop
erty of Mr. Joe Friddle, 1*
more of a freak because in
moving about ft uses all six
legs just as it would the cus
tomary four legs.
Mr. Friddle, according to
the Lincoln County News, has
had several offers for his
freak pig but has refused
them alL
Get Man Drunk In
Court And Two On
County Court Square
Fellow’s Who Took On A Couple To i
Enjoy Court Trials Are
Shelby hasn't a real honest-to
goodness speakesy Insofar as the
officers know, but the court house
and the court square are about to
become the favorite drinkir g places
about town, while, the country court
grind has come to be a strong rival
of the theatres in entertaining the
fellows with a nip or two in them
and out to see the sights.
Tuesday County Judge Kennedy
tried three men who had been ar
rested Oh Monday for drunkencss,
one being nabbed while sitting in
the court room while the two others
were arrested on the court square.
All admitted having taken on sev
eral shots before coming to court to
look on as the week-end imbibers
were tried. Ten dollars and the costs
was the penalty Imposed upon each
for offending the dignity of the
court by becoming pickled in or
near the court rcom.
Two Youth* Believe
In Star Advertising
Newspaper Locates A Home For
The Overnight. One Yet
To Place.
Two young boys who did not
have a home when the sun set Mon
day night were in comfortable
homes and well-fixed last night,
thanks, they say, along with J. B
Smith, county welfare officer, to
Star advertising.
The Star Monday afternoon car
ried a news article about three
young boys who were homeless due
to unfortunate conditions in their
home, an appeal being made in the
item to aid the welfare officer in
securing good homes for the boys.
Tuesday morning when Mr. Smith
reached his office several people
were on hand ready to take the
boys. One of the youths has not
been definitely placed yet, but the
welfare officer think that he tan
be located in a good home befora
the end of the week.
New City Team To
Play Union Thursday
The newly organised city base
ball club in Shelby plays the strong
Union team at the city park here
tomorrow, Thursday, afternoon.
"Lefty” Moore, Shelby high hurler,
is scheduled to do the hurling for
the Shelby team, which is compos
ed largely of high school and college i
Webb Brothers To Play Big
Match With Gobel On Monday
Noted Charlotte Pro Offer* To Ploy
Best Ball Of Young
Shelby'* golfing sensation*,
the Webb brothers, no4 being
sought for exhibition matches
all over the two Carolina*, will
perforin in the biggest contest
of their youthful careers here
next Monday afternoon on the
Cleveland Spring* course when
they play Bill Goebel, Char
lotte County club professional
who is one of the South's out
standing golfer*.
Mr. poebel, who ha* played In
nearly ali or the big matches In
golfdom, Issued a challange saying
that he would play the best ball of
the two Shelby boys In an 18-hole
match here and another match in
Charlotte. The challenge was im
mediately accepted by the Cleveland
Springs golf club and the Webb
boys, Pete and Fred, for hereabouts
it is believed that Bobby Jones him
self could not lick the Webb boys’
best ball on the Shelby course.
Big Features.
In addition to the match play,
which should draw more golfing
fans than any event in this section
in years, doebel will give an exhi
bition of trick shots after the match
together with a lecture on the game.
In trick shots the Charlotte pro is
a close second to Joe Kirkwood, the
internationally known trick player,
and his tricks with the driver and
other clubs will be a big treat for
the golf fans who gather here Mon
Big Drawing Cards.
The remarkable performances re
cently of the two slender Webb boys,
one only 15 and the other 16, have
come to be the talk of golfers in
tw'o states, and it appears as if golf
clubs throughout the Carolines are
anxious for the Shelby wizards to
help them make their towns golf
Wires and telegrams are coming
in frem golf clubs over the two
states asking the youngsters to give
exhibition matches, which, they as
sure, will be followed by large gal
leries “as you boys have everybody
who knows anything about golf
talking about you.’’
Yesterday the Webbs, who are
(Continued on page ©ine.)
Breaks Neck In Fall
Downstairs, Is Dead
Mr. Charlie Stamey, son of Mr
John P. Stamey, of the Vale section,
fell down the stairs at his home
Aug, }7, and broke his ncck„re
aulting in his death.
Mr. Stamey leaves his wife and
several children to woum their loss.
The funeral was conducted at
Wilkes Qrove, Monday.
Episcopalian Pastor
Takes Over Charge
Rev. A. R. Gulgnard. Of Lincolnton
Who FUled Pulpit Here,
Makes Change.
Lincoln—Rev. S. R GuiRttard.
rector of St. Luke's Episcopal
church, leaves Lincolnton thisw^k
for Columbia, S. C.. where he has
accepted a pastorate there a'ter
serving the Lincolnton church for
eight years.
A farewell service was held for
him last Friday night In the Parish
House, at which various men, repre- i
senting the different fraternal and j
civic lodges and clubs, spoke in j
complimentary terms of the records
and achievements of the divine. He
preached his farewell sermon here
yesterday and he and his family will
leave for Columbia Wednesday
He has two children. Sanders, Jr.,
of South Carolina and one daugh
ter, Miss Clara, who was graduated
at N. C. C. W. last commencement
with honors and who won the Weil
Fellowship which gives her a year’s
study at the University of Chicago
next year in Sociology. Mrs. Gulg
nard was presented a gift from „he
Sorosis club of Lincolnton, by Mrs.
George Rhyne at the farewell oarty
for them.
Rev. Mr. Guignard has been fill
ing the pulpit of the Shelby Epis
copalian church for a number of
months and has made many friends
heye who will regret to hear of the
Miss Sadie Beverly who has heen
in the office of Dr. E. A. Ho.tser
for some time. has resigned and
will devote her attention to private
nursing. Miss Beverly was graduated
from the Shelby hospital and has
become a registered nurse.
Yellow And White Races To
Enter War Next Year, Says
Winston-Salem—One of the
greatest master-minds of the negro
race was heard here Monday night
when C. P. Checizzli, noted min
isterial educator of Abyssinia, for
mer ecclesiastical envoy of tha*
country and now president of the
Internationa! Researchers of Truth,
preached on "Wliat Is the Newest
Democracy of Jesus?"
The educator is 69 years old and
terms himself "100 per cent black
man, whose ideal is to see black,
think black and walk black."
"The time has come when ne
groes must begin to think and act
for themselves thoughts and actions
that become daily factors,” said Dr.
Checizzli, ‘‘for while the ethically
minded white man may be ready to
help in the dcvc'opmcnt of the ne
gro he cannot be expected to take
bread from the mouth of his race
and feed the negro, as race preser
vation is the first law of nature
The time has come when cwery race
must try to preserve its own inter
est. This interest after 1930 shall
be real, for armies of the whites
and yellows shall be in deadly strug
gle. But the blacks, who shall be
neutral, shall be able to see the des
tiny of having art empire of his own
after 1932 in Africa.”
In 1912 he spoke at the Grace
Presbyterian church in this city and
predicted the World war. He is a
graduate of Oxford, Paris and Cam
bridge universities and. it is said
speaks 15 languages. He is the only
negro to have preached in Christ
Episcopal church, Alexandria. Va..
where Georrje Washington worship
County Man Cannot
Be Farm Agent Here
Says Extension Head
No Large Yield
Of Cotton Seen
For This State
Shedding Squarr* Have Caused
Most Damage So Far.
7*7,000 Bales.
Wliile the appearance of the cot
ton crop ts good and has Improved
within the last few weeks, prospects
for a large yield are still poor. Be
cause of the conditions, according
to the ;.tate department of agricul
ture say Raleigh dispatches. It is
considered as a possibility that the
August forecast of 787,000 bales for
North Carolina will probably stand
and that susequent government re
ports may bring the figure still
It Is still to early, how;ver,
to give any accurate estimate on
the crop except that it will prob
ably not exceed 787.000 bales, as
there is still too much tim* In
which conditions may change, ac
cording to the Crop Reporting fi»r
vice. But. even a yield of this
amount is unusually small for North
Carolina, and considering the acre
age this year, will be the smallest
yield per acre in many years.
Cotton Shedding.
While the boll weevil has eon-1
tlnued to prosper and increase in
numbers, It has not done as exten
sive damage so far as had been
feared, according to state entomol
ogists. However, recent reports are
that cotton has been shedding badly,
and this is causing concern. For
every square that is shed means
one less potential boll of cotton.
Frank Parker, chief of the TJ.
8. State Crop Reporting Service,
is spending all of this week on a
tour through some twenty eastern
North Carolina counties, studying
the condition of cotton in partic
ular and other crops in geenral
Mr. Parker said before leaving that
he hoped he would find conditions
better than reports indicate.
| Youth Consciou* But
Cannot Recall What
Inflicted Hi* Hurt
Felt Like Lightning, Hudson Blanton
Says. Other Injured Are
Hudson Blanton, 15-year-old
sweeper In the Dover mill, who was
found in an unconscious condition
on the mill floor a couple of weeks
back, has regained consciousness
and is improving to the extent that
he will be able to leave the Shelby
hospital In a few days, but he can
not remember how he was hurt
The manner in which the youth
suffered the severe fracture of the
skull over the left eye remains a
mystery. It hardly seemed possible
that he could have been caught in
any of the machinery. It is said, be
cause his clothes were not torn and
there were no bruises other than the
fracture. Asked when he came out
of the semi-conscious stupor. In
which state he remained for a week
or more, as to what hit him. the
youth is said to have replied that
he did not know. ‘‘Something hit
me,’ ’he is quoted as saying. “Some
thing like lightning, and I felt mv
self going through the air. That’s
all I know."
Boyce Meeks, negro gardener, who
was found slugged and robbed in his
shack near the railroad Sunday
a week ago, is recovering at she
Shelby hospital, but full details as
to who hit him over the back of the
bead with the wood ax, inflicting
what was first thought to be a f=*tal
wound, have not teen cleared up as
Stough Wray seism, iz-year-oid
son of Gaither Seism, who live* on
Shelby route 6. is recovering at the
Shelby hospital from a head Injury
received last Sunday when it is
said he was struck by an automo
Kiwani* Club Goe*
To Lake Thur»day
The Kiwanis meeting this Thurs
day will be in the nature of a Farm
ers Picnic to be held at Pineview
Lcke near Union church where a
picnic supper will be served by the
County Woman's Club, under the
direction of Mi's. Irma Wallace.
George Blanton will be in charge of
the program and the guests are ask
cd to assemble at 6:30 in order that
the program and meal might be
j earned through before dark. ■
Revived Movement To TUce County
Native In Farm Agent Office
Turned Down.
If Cleveland county does have an
other farm agent, and the much de
bated question remains in doubt, it
is now a certainty that he will not
be a home man.
This information has been handed
down once and for all by I. O,
Schaub. head of the North Caro
lina extension service, it was learn
ed by The Star here today.
An Effort Made.
In the last week or two several
citteens in the county, it is under
stood. have written Mr. Schaub ad
vocating that he reverse his ruling
about not permitting an agent to
serve in his own county, the ap
peals setting forth the qualifications
of Mr. Haylus Moore for the lob.
No reply was received for some
time. then. The Star learns, came
the letter from the extension direc
tor saying that his former decision,
a ruling followed over the entire
state, would stand. First of all, it
tr, understood Director Schaub point
ed out that he had investigated Mr.
Moore's qualifications and believed
that the Boiling Springs man did
not have sufficient experience in ex
tension work to become agent for
a county of Cleveland’s sire at the
present time. He further pointed
out, as he did in his previous mes
sages. that the extension depart
ment had learned by experience
that an agent could not get along
successfully In hto home county m
he could not secure the same co
operation as would be ordinarily
expected if working in anotner
Just what the next move In the
(arm agent matter will be The Stir
does not know and cannot prophesy.
There Is still a considerably demand
that the county should fill the of
fice left vacant by the resignation
of the last agent, Alvin Hardin, who
left the office on the 15th of this
month. Unofficial supposition upon
the part of some is that the coun
ty commissioners have delayed ac
tion in the matter to await the sec
ond appeal to the extesion director
for a home man, and it is now an
ticipated that some action will like
ly be taken by the commiasionrs at
their next regular session Monday.
Three Wive* Charged
To Him, He Fails To
Appear For Hearing
James Wray. Facing Doable Bigamy
Charge. Not Present For 3
Trial Here.
On occasions it is hard to explain
to one wife, and it must be quite a
task to explain allegations of hav
ing three wives. Anyway. James
Franklin Wray, 31-year-old white
man of the No. 3 township; failed
to show up in county court here to
day to face a bigamy charge.
Last week In connection with a
case dealing with illicit relations
among members of his own family
it came out that Wray might have
more wives than the law permits
and he was ordered to appear her#
today to be tried for bigamy, bql
when the case was called Wray fail
ed to answer.
The charges of the court are that
Wray has a wife living in Bessemer
City, another in Cowpens, and the
third with whom he lives in No. 3.
The allegations remained to be prov
ed but they are that he married
Wife No. One, who lives In Besse
mer. in 1918: Wife No., Two, who
lives in Cowpens, in 1933. and Wife
No. Three in 1936, not having ec
ured a single divorce.
Whether either of the three al
leged wives of Wray knows that he
j is supposed to have other wiv;s is
not known.
Younar Minister Goes
To Texas Seminary
Rev. Lawrence Roberts, sen of
Mr. Lester Roberts who lives three
miles east of Shelby leaves today for
Forth Worth. Texas, where he will
enter the Southern Theological
Seminary, headed by Dr L. R. Scar
borough. one of the ablest Baptist
leaders in the south. Mr. Roberta
will spend two years there in study.
He recently finished at Furman
University. Greenville, & C., and has
been holding the pastorate of two
churches at Greenville and Greer,
S. c. For the past three weeks he
has been engaged in revival meet
ings. Mr. Roberts Is a young minister
of line promise and goes out from
the Elisabeth Baptist church. He is
being accompanied to Fort Worth?
by hio wife and three children. •.

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