North Carolina Newspapers

    Old Reporter Tells Why He Refused.
To Write Story Of Underworld Crime
(The Stroller in The Rutherford
He was a human piece of drift
wood; with white hair, a face that
once had been handsome but now
showing the effects of -dissolution;
eyes once blue, keen and penetrat
ing. now' plainly exhibiting the ef
fects of constant and hard drink
ing. a tremulous mouth; a kindly
face unshaved and none too clean;
clothes that had seen long ago far
better days; shoes that were de
crepit, he seemed to be down and
out, but there was something about
him that showed he did not con
sider himself so and there was ev
ery indication he had retained his
self-respect That the prematurely
old man needed food and a drink
was clearly apparent There was no
air of mendicancy about him. and
though without money, he did not
ask for any. After a short conver
sation a small "loan” was made to
him, for he was a newspaper man
At one time. There was no expec
tancy of seeing him again and no
hope of the ' loan*' ever being re
turned. But he did return and after
some months had elapsed (lie two
dollars was sent in an envelope,
postmarked—well, it does not mat
ter where.
It was late In the evening when
the man, owe. back; the food and
drink—somSlow he toadmanaged to
! obtain otf»ritfw»gjv'the town is sup
posed to be bone dry—had steadied
him and sitting down he asknd
i some questions about the county.
He wras, he said, on his way South;
frankly he stated he had been ho
boing to a city where he thought he
would be able to find a job at his
»un iraae—reporting. me man had
*wked on many large dallies; his
weakness, drink, almost invariably
leading to his discharge, though on
one or two occasions his leaving the
paper wae due to his refusal to write
Jup a story he had been sent to re
' P°rt- It Was about one of these he
jtold and the incident, recalling it to
(his memory was due to the distant
sounds of a woman crying.
*‘A woman crying—how well t
remember the bitter weeping of—.
well, not a good woman, and how it
cost me my job. Yet, somehow, I
have never regretted thc decision 1
made then. It must have been fully
twenty odd years ago and the place
tvas Philadelphia. Never mind the
paper I was working for—that does
not matter.” Somewhere the old re
porter had found iPpint of -moon
shine” and aftfr politely offering a
drink, which, needless to say, was
refused, he took one himself and
then was quiet for a few minutes. He
seemed to be looking at the rising
moon but doubtless h* w-as lost in
thought. After a long sigh he re
sumed his narrative.
"It was bcfora ths real, days of
dang warfare, bttf, ,there‘had been a
shooting and two men had been
killed, a police officer and a woman
badly hurt and it was a first class
front page story. Somehow or other
our city editor got a hot tip thal
there was a woman in the tender
loin that could tell a whole lot a
bout the affair, and to turn her
name over to the police meant that
she would be grabbed by them at
once and not allowed to talk. There
was someone going to the gallows—
it was before the days of the elec
tric chair in Pennsylvania— the po
lice said if the sergeant died. What
he was doing on lower Race street
when his precinct was in West
Philadelphia was glossed over by
the authegfclos But from what I
knew of fleer he was there for
no good purpose. .
"It- was not much trouble to pick
up the woman's trail; it was only
to be expected that she would leave
her old haunts and go somewhere
else. I tried to reason as she would,
nut few women really reason out
anything, they play their intuitions.
So I tried one. ^ looked until I
found some one who cotrid and
would tell me where the jane's mo
ther lived. It was way out in East
Kensington. At last I managed to
get to the house and found it clos
ed up. The neighbors told me that
the old woman had taken her grand
cnua over to St. Christopher’s Hos
pital for Chiloren—Fifth and Hunt
ington streets Of course I followed
t*» the clue and at the hospital I
found the kid—a pretty two year
old girl dying of pneumonia—and
her grandmother and mother_the
woman I was after, she was sitting
in the hall crying Crying softly
like that woman we heard. She told
me her story. •;
W‘I don't cere if you re a copper
or not,' she began, 'I’m going to tell
you the trath. And It don’t matter
to me If you believe it or not. it’s
too late nowt My baby is dying and
my mother won't live long, she
thinks I’m hgood girl. Of course I
ain’t and you know it. I was work
ing in a store down town when
Jimmy—that’s the man I tried to
kill apd I hope he dies— met me
Widow Loses Fortune
Mrs. Bula Crokcr, widow of
Richard Crokcr, former Tam- j
many leader, will lose a fortune
of live million dollars if a de
cision made in Florida by Cir
cuit Judge C. I£. Chillingsworth
is sustained by the higher
courts. The suit involves prop
erty in West Palm Beach and
Palm Beach and the dccisioi\
will be appealed by Mr6«
Unttrutloul N«w«r*«4>
and finally it, came out just as he
wanted It. 1 didn't know he was
married, I didn't even know he was
a policeman. He was handsome and
I fell hard for him. So hard r didn’t
think it queer he couldn't marry"me
at once. He said he would when he
had more money And then my
baby was born and when I not well
he told the truth for once In his
dirty life. He said T'd have to go
out an’ make my own livin’. He'd
been promoted to be a sergeant. An’
if I didn't do as he told me he'd
make it hot for me. So t had to go
on the streets, my mother had only
a few dollars a month to live on—
her man was dead an’ I was her
only child, at least, the only one to
grow up, all the others died when
they wore babies—air’ she couldn't
support my little baby But my man
—curse him—used to come ’round to
my room whenever he felt like It
an' I had to give him a percentage
of all the money I made—God, how
loathed it all.
“ The night I shot him I had Just
heard my girl was dying an' I went
'round to my room to get the money
I'd been savin’ up in case somethin'
should happen There I found Bee—
she is my friend and we used to
walk the streets together—and two
men. They were drunk and it wasn't
long before they were fighting. '’Bee'
got hold of one of the guns and
threw it on the floor. I picked it up
and as t he other man came at me I
shot him. He dropped and I knew I
had killed him. Then the other fel
low and Bee were having an awful
time; he had her by the throat and
was chokin' her to death. So I shot
again and again at him. At least
four times before he let go. Then I
saw I had killed him and hurt Beef.
I acted quick and frisked both the
men. leaving a little cash in their
pockets. 1 gave half to Bee, at least
I put it in her stocking. Then Jim
my came in and saw me leaving. He
was lit, up and wanted money. And
I shot him in his fat paunch—
where it would hurt him most, for
I didn't want to kill him. for after
all he’s the father of my baby.*
"Just then a white capped nurse
came out of a room and said it was
all over, the child was dead. I took
the girl to one side and told her to
beat it, to go to some small town
where the dicks would not be likely
to look for her. That dirty ser
geant would be sure to give a good
description of her. But she wouldn't,
she wanted to see her baby buried
and it was after leaving the ceme
tery she was nabbed.
'When i got back to the office I
was pretty average drunk and told
the city editor there was nothing to
the story and he knew I was lying
and fired me. The sergeant died in
hospital just about the very hour
his little daughter did—of course he
had a fine funeral and everyone said
how good a man he had been. What
became of the jane? Of course she
was tried; on the stand she got up
and told her story, but said nothing
about the sergeant. She took all the
blame for the killings and laid it to
‘coke'—cocaine. She swore she had
a shot or two of it that night. Na
turally she was found guilty but her
sentence was commuted to life im
I know, said the old newspaper
reporter, “that I betrayed my paper
by not turning in the story. But if
I had it to do again I would. I
can't seem to forget hearing that
woman cry. By the way X saw in a
Philadelphia paper yesterday that
she had been turned loose—pardon
ed. She was a good-looker then and
now X suppose she has the appear
ance of—well. I don't know what.
Some girls have it easy and some
get the tough breaks “
Type, Color, Health, Cleanliness
And Symmetry Count In
Judging Birds,
Raleigh.—It is expected that all
poultry men of the state will exhibit
their best birds at the fall fairs and
especially at the State fair now
that there have been added the
utility classes in Barred Plymouth
Rock. S. C.. Rhode Island Reds.
White Wyandottrs and S. C. White
Leghorns, says Dr. B. K. Kauprt,
head of the poultry department at
State college.
One of the points that count Is
"type." by which we mean standard
shape as required for the breed by
the American Standard of Perfec
tion. Color is another important
point. These two count fully ha f
in the placing of the birds. Health,
cleanliness, and symmetry are oth' r
lactors determining whether or not
the birds are prize-winners. About.
40 disqualifications are listed in the
Standard for the different breeds
To get the birds in best, condi
fiaa, pne nuMjt ,bqginv several weeks
ke(ord theyfare it) be-Shown whether
at a county fiir or at a State fair.
Select about twice as many birds
as you think you want to show
Feed them extra mash with an oil
meal and proper mineral supple
Clipped wings, spin wings, oe
formity of the beak or back, twisted
feathers,' abnormal tombs, and ab
normal weight as well as stubs on
the, shanks of clean shanked birds
faccording to the standard* are
among some of the more common
disqualifications to be avoided.
Would Discourage
“Free Lot” Sales
Real Kstate Board Frowns On Mis
leading Real Estate Propositions
To Public.
The North Carolina Real Estate,
Commission is continuously receiv
ing enquiries from various sources
in the state in regard to veal estate
operations of companies employing
what is popularly referred to as the
“Free Lot” method of securing pros
pects in selling sub-divisions. This
method consists of sending out let
ters to individuals advising them
that they have been selected to re
ceive a “free lot” in a given sub
division, and telling them that they
can receive this lot by calling at the
office of the company in person and
presenting the letjter. The Jetter fur
IWeHadviStt lift* a nbmJrralsum will
be required to care for the expenses
of surveying, mapping and record
ing the deed, and that the offer
holds good for a limited time.
The North Carolina real estate
commission has found that this
method of advertising is mis-lcad
Ing in that it is simply a means of
gettng the prospects in the office of
the company, for the purpose of try
irtg to sell them an additional lot, or
lots. In all investigations it has been
found that the “free lot” which is
offered the prospect when he calls
ts undesirable and its worth is prob
ably not as much as the nominal
sum which is asked and claimed to
be the cost of the mapping and re
cording of the deed. Real estate com
missions in other states have re
fused licenses to parties using this
method, and the North Carolina
real estate commission has found
that it is contrary to the purposes of
I the license law, and. therefore, the
commission is refusing to license any
parties using this method of selling.
However, individuals and compan
ies owning and selling their own
property are not required to make
application for' license, and, there
fore, the commission has no power
to supervise the selling methods of
such individuals and companies. It
has come to the attention of the
North Carolina real estate commis
sion that there are companies in
the state handling this method, and
the investigation of the commission
discloses that these companies arc
handling and selling their own prop
the real estate commission of
North Caroltna. as a state agency,
created for the purpose of protect
ing the public in real estate trans
actions. desired to call the atten
tion of the public to the fact that
chapter No. 210 of the public laws
of North Carolina enacted by the
1927 legislature, requires all develop
ers of building lots, in a new sub
division. to post a bond with the
clerk of court in the county in
which the sub-division is located,
guaranteeing the completion of any
improvements, such as side-walks,
water, sewerage, or lights. A pur
chaser of a sub-division lot on which
improvements are promised should
take advantage of this protection
under Chapter No. 210, public laws
of 1927 and demand that the bond
be posted with the clerk of court.
Star Advertising Pays
Suicide’s Widow
Mrs. Elsie Hamilton (above)
of New York‘while vacation
ing in Europe, learned of the
tragic death of her husband.
Gail Hamilton, who committed
suicide with a former secre
tary after an all night drinking
party in a love nest near
Poughkeepsie, N. Y.
(International Nawarael)
In The Motor
Business World
Electric Bulb Is
Half Century Old
It Is rarely that a happening of
fifty years ago lia,v«o great a. beai>
ipg on present-day life everywhere,
as the event that occurred half a
century ago this year in a laboratory
in East Orange, N. J,
It was Just fifty years ago this
year that Thomas A. Edison in
vented the first incandescent light.
The results of that event are bi
coming greater caclvatw*
Just thirteen yeamN^SSManw#
inventor. C. F. Kettering, pul the
finishing touches on another ap
pliance that—linked with the in
candescent bulb—has carried elec
tricity to hundreds of thousands of
farm homes. The incandescent bulb
came into being in 1879, and the in
dividual electric plant was develop*
ed in 1916. They hare brought., a
new era of better living in couttU
less farm homes.
Champion Guernsey
To Be Shown South
May Royal’s Sheik, the Guernsey
bull which won fourteen junior
championships including the na
tional. last year. wfll -b£ included
in the herd which will be exhibited
at the leading southern state fairs
this year by J. C. Penney, according
to word just received from the Pen
ney breeding division at Emmadine
May Royal's Sheik was bred at
Emmadine farm and is an out
standing example of what scien
tific breeding will do for dairy ani
mals according to such well known
authorities as Prof. Kildee of Iowa
university. Prof. Fitch of the - Uni
versity of Kansas and others who
watched his progress last year.
.in iiiarvuik, up uic tin u vmuvii a
to be sent through the southern cir
cuit, It was decided to show the
leading members of the herd and
those which would mast clearly em
phasize the importance of carefvl
It is certain that the Penney*
herd will be shown at Birmingham,
Alabama; Atlatna, Ga., Columbia,
S. C.; and negotiations are now be
ing carried on at Knoxville, Tenn .
and Nashville, Tenn., for special ex
hibits there.
Mr. J. c. Penney is well known
i throughout the South for his acti
vities as chairman of the board of
Foremost Dairy Products. Inc., his
interests in Florida United Growers',
and his operation of the 120,00 acre
farm project of Penney Farms.
One Million Cars
Of New Chevrolet
Detroit. — One million six cy
linder ChevTolets have been plac
ed on the road since the first of the
This sensational announcement.
indicating as it does the great pop*
ular appeal of the new six cylinder
;ar, was made at the central offices
of the company here today as as
sembly plants in various parts of the
country were operating on the big
gest summer production schedule In
the history of Chevrolet.
Never in the history of the In
dustry has any other manufacturer
equalled the achievement of placing
a million six cylinder cars on the
road in less than eight months. In
fact, according to observer, this Is
more than three times as many six
cylinder cars as were ever produced
by a manufacturer during a like
The record-making model, prob
ably the most famous of all Chevro
let record cars, rolled off the assem
bly line at the huge Flint, Mich,
plant on August 5. It happened to be
a sedan—the new Imperial sedan,
Introduced a few weeks ago. The
glistening record-breaker was wel
comed at the end of the assembly
line by W. S. Knudsen, president,
and other high Chevrolet officials.
Without any ceremony the car
left the plant for Detroit where it
will be presented as one of the in
teresting exhibits that arc to be a
part of the mammoth Chevrolet
sales convention in Detroit, during
Frigidaire Offer*
$25,000 In Contest
Local essayists now putting in a
supply of ink or typewriter ribbons
in anticipation of the $25,000 contest
in connection with the National
Food Preservation compaign, have
been invited by Arey Refiigerating
company, local Frigidalre represen
tative, to visit his display rooms for
helpful information.
In issuing this invitation, the local
representatives pointed out that he
has numerous charts and pamplets
that will enable essay writers to dis
course with authority on "Why 50
Degrees is the Danger Point,” the
[subject of the essay contest,
‘‘For instance,” he pointed out,
!“we have micro-photographs of var
ious foods, taken at temperatures
both below and above the 50 degree
limit of safe refrigeration. Photo
grahps taken under warm tempera
tures show the great prevalence of
destructive molds, yeast and bac
teria, the active causes of all food
spoilage. On the other hand, pho
tographs taken of food kept at a
temperature below the danger point
reveal that bacteria and other
microorganisms present are much
fewer in number and are dormant.
"Excerpts from bulletins of vari
ous public health organizations and
the U. S. department of agriculture
show how this 50 degree mark has
been recognized by authorities a3
the absolute maximum of refrigera
Uqu temperature. Another feature
depicting the history of food pre
servation. These charts show the
successive stages in mankind’s strug
gle with the problem of food pre
servation, and will be of aid to the
essay writer in furnishing the back
ground necessary for writing on
food preservation and refrigera
Cleveland Develops 1
Health Program
In Public Schools
Cleveland, Ohio, has one of the
most extensive health programs if!
its public schools of any city in the
United Stales. It is described by
Men# 8 Curtis In the September
issue of Hygeia, which is the annual
school number of the magazine.
Dental service is one of the most
important features of the Cleveland
program. Nineteen full-time dentists,
seventeen dental hygienists and
twenty assistants examine the teeth
of the elementary school children
every year, point out the defects and
give dental instruction, but do not
fill er’extract teeth. That is left for
the family dentist to do.
There are twenty-one sight con
servation classes in the Cleveland
schools. The children use books
which 24 point type (about a third
of an inch high>, large crayons
about I inch in diameter and pen
cils with large black leads. Periods
of study are short and most of the
instruction is given orally. It is in
teresting to learn that these children
often go back to their regular classes
to recite. •
Lip-reading classes are in the
process of formation for the chil
dren who are hard of hearing. The
author calls attention to the fact
that surprisingly few children in
Cleveland have defective hearing.
The authorities believe that this is
due- to the attention that the chil
dren's ears have received from their
first contact with the schools, par
ticularly to the removal of diseased
tonsils and adenoids, which are or
dinarily responsible for many car
Cleveland has 200 classes for chil
dren with speech defects and a
waiting list of 200 children most of
the time. These classes are taught
by specially trained teachers and
meet only one a week.
Exciting Enough.
•‘You mean to tell me he just sat
here all evening with his arms fold
"Yeah—but I was in them.”
He Ain't.
Kind Old Gentleman: “What is
you little brother’s name?"
Buddy: “His name would be Jack
if he was my brother, but he ain't,
and her name is Ruth.”
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give new driving thrill
"THROUGH the development of a new Multi-Range Gear Shift ^
*■ and other sweeping advancements, Chrysler has left the in*
dustry far behind.
First created for the magnificent Chrysler Imperial—and now
carrying out the Chrysler ideals of Standardized Quality, also
incorporated in the new "77" and "70"—the Multi-Range Gear
Shift completely revolutionizes range and quality of motor car
performance. The results are entirely without counterpart in
automobile experience.
There is nothing new to learn in driving. You shift gears as before
—:but with what a difference in results and what a difference in
the joys of driving!
Not until you actually drive a Chrysler Imperiol, "77" or *70" will *
you realize finally]and fully how for ahead the new Multi-Range
Gear Shift has carried the standards of motoring.
» * •*
Nor do you want to miss seeing and driving the remarkable new
Chrysler "66“—lower in price than any six that ever before bore
the name of Chrysler—a new creation already proclaimed far and
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West Warren St. — Shelby. N. C.
Star Job Printing At Cost

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