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VOL. XXXV, No. 106
SHELBY, N. C. FRIDAY, SEPT. 6, 1929.
The Markets.
Cotton, per pound---19c
Coton Seed, per bn.-40V4
r Showers Saturday.
Today’s North Carolina Weathei
Report: Partly cloudy tonight and
Saturday. Showers In west and
north central portions Saturday,
and possibly In extreme west por
tion tonight. Little change in tem
Eastside And
Cloth Mill To
Play In Series
Two Teams Battle Saturday For
City Title. Lee With Cloth
The Cleveland Cloth mill baseball
team, winner of the county league
pennant, and the Eastside team,
runnerup for the county title, are
not as yet satisfied in their base
ball war. And now the decision is
that the two clubs, both strength
ened, will play a three game series
for the city championship.
The first game is on the cards for
3:30 tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon
at the city park here, and a game is
to be played each Saturday until
one of the two clubs wins two gam
Both Stronger.
Both outfits will be consiaeraDiy
stronger when they take the field
here tomorrow, particularly so the
eastslde team. '“Red” Ormond, for
mer International league star, will
be In the Eastside infield; while
other new players on the Eastside
club will include Van Pelt, well
known to baseball fans hereabouts,
and Pritchard, a big left-hander
with quite a reputation as a pitcher.
The cloth mill champions will
make only one change in their line
up, but that Ion? change is one that
will send Shelby and Cleveland
county fans out to the park—Cline
Owens Lee, who led the Shelby
High team to a state title and then
jumped into the Southeastern lea
gue and set it afire before being in
jured near the end of the season,
will play short for the cloth mill
outfit. That means that the cloth
mill Infield will be the champion
ship high school inner works—Har
relson on first, Bridges on second,
Lee on short, and Gold on third.
With Ormond, one of the niftiest
lnfielders produced in this section,
adding to the Eastside strength both
afield and at bat and with Van
Pelt’s big bat and Pritchard’s hurl
ing to aid Sherrill Hamrick the
Eastsiders believe they can have the
measure of the rayonites. On the
other band, the cloth mill tossers
figure they were good enough for
the opposition as they were, and
with Cline Owens Lee strutting
about shortstop they feel like they
know it now.
League Successful.
Last Saturday’s games ended the
county league, and taken from every
angle, considering it was the first
season of a county loop, the season
is considered a success by President
J. R. Robinson and the fans of the
city and county. At least the lit
tle loop attracted enough interest
to assure another circuit of some
type next summer. Talk now Is
that there may be two leagues—a
city league and a county league,
with the winner In each league
meeting each other at the end of
the season.
Snyder Speaker For
Big1 Rotary Banquet
Wofford College President Guest
Speaker For Ladies Night
Dr. Henry Nelson Snyder, presi
dent of Wofford College, Spartan
burg, was the principal speaker at
the semi-annual ladies night ban
quet staged at the Woman’s club
room yesterday evening by the
Shelby Rotary club. The meeting
was in charge of President Carl
Hiompson and was one of the most
enjoyable events ever staged by the
In addition to ths very Interest
ing talk of Dr. Snyder upon the es
sentials of a good community, there
was a fine musical program in
which Mrs. Ben Buttle, Mr. Horace
TSasom, and Dr. and Mrs. H. S.
Plaster participated, with Miss Ruth
Thompson giving a fancy dance.
Mrs. Dean Duncan was the win
ner of the ten dollar gold piece in
the-presentation of prizes, and Mrs.
Chas. Hubbard was the winner of
the five dollar gold piece. Gifts
were elso presented to those parti
cipating in the program^ and to Mrs.
Snyder, wife of the speaker.
Appendicitis Gets
Fashionable Again
An epidemic of appendicitis and
tonsilitis seems to be in full sway
about Shelby.
In the last three weeks th^re has
been 28 operations for the removal
of tonsils and nine appendicitis op
g erations at the Shelby hospital, the
majority of the appendicitis opera
tions coming within the period of a
week,/ • v
Rate King Still
Cheerful; Gains
Weight Waiting
Praises Treatment At Hands Of
Warden. Father Finds Senti
ment Changing.
“Rate is being treated fine by
the warden, and he has gained
In weight since he entered the
prison,” declared King’s father,
Mr. W. P. King, well known
Shelby citizen, after a trip to
the Sooth Carolina prison at
Columbia to visit his son.
When he was placed in the
penitentiary there, to await the
outcome of his appeal from the
death sentence given him at
Chester after being convicted
of killing his wife, Faye, King
weighed only 137 pounds, his
father says, and now he weighs
151 pounds—a gain of 14
“He does not seem to be worrying
so much and protests his innocence
as he hopes the supreme court will
grant him a new trial where it can
be fairly shown that he is not guilty
of the crime of which he was con
victed,” the father adds.
Appeal Next Month.
After his conviction King was
sentenced to death on September
20, but the supreme court appeal
filed by his attorneys automatically
stayed the death sentence until the
higher court passes upon the appeal
early next month.
The father also found his son be
ing treated well by the warden and
he Joins in with his son in praising
the prison warden for his kindness
and courtesy both to the son and his
“He will go out of his way to aid
you when requested, and no one
could ask more humane treatment,'
he said.
New Show To
“Play” Fair;
Fine Features
Fair Association Assures Entire
Change In Show, Fireworks
And Free Acte.
The entertainment features of
the Cleveland county fair this year.
Sept. 24-28, will be new from one
end of the big midway to the other,
fair officials say, and this goes for
the nightly fireworks program and
the free acts as well as the midway.
Secretary Dorton’s announcement
about the entertainment features
“We are presenting on our midway
this year for the first time the
Rubin and Cherry Shows, known
throughout the United States as
“The Aristocrats of the Tented
World,” a position to which they
are justly entitled. This show is
without doubt the most beautiful of
all the carnival companies in the
United States; presenting a midway
of splendor and refinement, replete
with shows of the world while var
iety and twelve of the most up-to
date rides to be found on any mid
“For two successive years the
Rubin and Cherry Shows have play
ed the Canadian Exposition, recog
nized as the largest exposition in
the world and we feel indeed for
tunate to be able to present this
show to our people because we know
that they will amuse and entertain
you without offending.
‘‘We, of course, will have our usual
(Continued on page ten.)
Arrest Negro For
Theft Of Automobile
Deputy Bob Kendrick yesterday
afternoon arrested Luther Barrow, a
colored man, in Shelby on the
charge of stealing an automobile
Wednesday night from R. M. Phil
lips, a colored man of the Boiling
Springs section. The stolen car was
found early yesterday morning
parked in the Hopper park section.
Barrow, who came here from Geor
gia and is not known to have a
regular job, according to officers,
will be given_ a hearing in county
Mrs. Sarah Warlick
Passes At Bel wood
Mrs. Sarah Warlick, a highly re
spected lady of th» community, more
than 80 years of age, died yesterday
at her home at Belwood after an
I illness of some time. She and her
sister, Mrs. Eliza Mull, had been
making their home there together.
Surviving are two sons—Plato, of
Kings Mountain, and McClure, of
Funeral services were held at 11
o’clock today at St. Peter’s church.
Defend Gastonia Strikers
John C. Carpenter (left), chief counsel for the State of North
Carolina, will prosecute the Gastonia strikers, alleged to have
killed the Chief of Police of that city during recent disorders
there, Arthur Garfield Hays, New York attorney (right), will
help to defend the accused millworkers.
New County Agent Says He
Wants To Meet The Farmers
Likes Cleveland And Desires To
Get Out And Mix With Folks.
Talks Fair.
R. W. Shoffner, the new farm
agent for Cleveland county, is new
to the county and Is not acquainted
with many of the farmers, but he
means to be within a few weeks.
In the following communication
to the people of the county, parti
cularly the farmers, he explains his
ambitions to do his part in aiding
the agricultural progress of the
"I am now in the county acting
as county agent. I am here for the
purpose of rendering any service
that I might to the people of this
county. I would like to meet all the
people of Cleveland county and
that is my aim as near as possible,
and to do this I want to visit your
places, and I want you to visit me
when you can. You know it will take
time for me to go over the county
as I am new here. I am very much
impressed with this county, to see
the many things that are going on
and to do. To help this work going
and to add to it, we all must make
the drive together.
There are in the county over
eighty, five-acre cotton demonstra
tions which I must visit Just as
early as I can get to them. These
people are keeping records as to the
expenses of these demonstrations so
as to show them the exact cost of
producing this cotton. I have in my
office at this time about half of
these record blanks filled out. I
would like to get the others as ear
ly as possible and to do this I must
visit your places and to help do
this, all that haven’t turned in their
reports please leave them filled in
when I come after them and if you
happen to have a chance, drop in at
the office and leavs them. If you
haven’t a blank just let me know
and I shall be glad to send you
“There are many other demon
strations being carried on in the
county of various kinds. If you
have any trouble with them Just
let me know, otherwise just carry
(Continued on page eight.)
Mrs. E. E. Holcombe
Buried At Trinity
One Of Shelby’s Best Loved Wom
en Died In Shelby Hospital.
Sunday School Teacher.
The funeral of Mrs. E. E. Hoi
combe, one of Shelby's most belov
ed women, was held Thursday aft
ernoon at Trinity Baptist church In
No. 2 township, the services being
conducted by her pastor, Dr. Zeno
Wall, assisted by Rev. Mr. Huntley.
Those who attended say a crowd
that would fill the church three
times was present to pay tribute of
respect to her memory and the flor
al offering was one of the prettiest
ever seen.
Mrs. Holcombe died Wednesday
afternoon at 5 o’clock in the Shel
by hospital following a protracted
illness during which time she visit
ed many hospitals with little help
or encouragement. She had been
advised that she could not live, but
remained cheerful and before the
end came, wrote the names of those
she wished to serve as pall bearers
and flower bearers. Before marriage
Mrs. Holcombe was Miss Mary Bos
tic, a daughter of Gordon Bostic of
No. 2 township. Her husband and
three children survive, James, Eliz
abeth and Margaret, one sister Etta
Bostic and five brothers, Claude,
Will, Clarence, Paul and Chlvous
Deceased was a teacher In the
First Baptist church Sunday school
and a popular member of the
Woman’s club. Serving as pall
bearers were Mai Spangler, • Rush
Hamrick, Wythe Royster, Herbert
Champion and Hubert Toms. Flow
er bearers were Mesdames T. W.
Hamrick, Rush Hamrick, Mrs. Ro
land Hamrick, Mrs. Earl Hamrick, |
Misses Laura and Nora Cornwell,'
Miss Oeland Washburn, Mesdames
Frank Newton, Bloom Costner, Rob
ert Doggett, Herbert Champion,
Boyd Elam, Wythe Royster, C. B.
Suttle and Grady Lovelace.
“Hoss Traders” To Have Big
Reunion At Cleveland Fair
When the Cleveland County Fair
opens two weeks from Tuesday old
■timers who come to town for the
event will have their memories car
ried back to the “court weeks” of
long ago when Shelby’s “boneyard,”
or Trade Alley was the biggest “hoss
swapping” center between Charlotte
and Asheville.
Fair Secretary J. S. Dorton has
set aside a plot of ground near the
eastern entrance of the fair tract
for the horse traders, his decision
to do so coming after numerous ap
peals from horse traders in three
states. The hundreds of farmers
who come into the fair, the horse
traders argued, will enjoy nothing
more than a big circle of horse
trading. "It will bring scores to
your fair,” they argued.
"All right, come along,” Secretary
Dorton answered. “You may have a
camping place near the main tract
where you will be close to water and
And the reports are that “hoss
swappers” from far and near will
begin arriving here in a week or so
with their long strings of “trades.”
■they’re coming from as far away as
Kentucky and Tennessee, and about
Shelby the older fellews, who have
pleasant reminiscences of the old
days, are anticipating a seat by the
camp-fire of the traders each even
ing where they will hear yarns more
entertaining than the modem
amusements can give
Sheriff Allen
Is Witness In
Strikers Trial
May Tell Today What Two De
fendants Told Him About
Aderholt Shooting;.
Sheriff Irvin M. Allen, of Shelby,
Is In Charlotte today as a witness
lor the state in the trial of 16
strikers for murdering Police Chief
Aderholt of Gastonia, and it may
turn out that the Cleveland county
sheriff will be one of the state's
otost Important witnesses.
His testimony. It Is understood,
(rill deal with what two of the de
fendants, Carter and McLaughlin,
told him after they were brought
here and placed In Jail for safe
keeping a few hours after they had
been arrested and while Gastonia
was in a fever heat over the slay
ing bf the city’s police chief.
Admits Shootlag.
One of the two men, McLaughlin.
It is understood by JThe Star, told
Bherlff Allen, in a conversation at
the Cleveland county Jail, that he
fired a shot in the direction of the
officers, although he contended that
his shot was not the one bringing
death to the police officer. His
story, as The Star gets it and >*a
Sheriff Allen will likely tell it on
the stand, was that he fired one
shot, which was the second shot of
the melee. The first shot was fired
by a defendant by the name of Mc
Ginnis, according to McLaughlin’3
story to the local sheriff.
"Carter,” Sheriff Allen says, "told
me that he did not fire a shot. His
story was that he was on guard
duty near the tents when the of
ficers approached. He told them to
stop, he said, and drew his gun
when they failed to do so. One of
the officers (Gilbert) grabbed his
gun and began scuffling with him.
About that time, as Carta’s story
goes, a volley of firing broke out
from the tent and he says he felt
Gilbert's grip loosen and realised
that he had been shot. Then, Car
ter says, he decided he had better
get away, but he returned later to
get another gun and it was then
that he was captured."
Neither of the two men, Sheriff
Allen says, ever said anything about
the officers firing a single time be
fore a volley was sent into them
from the tent.
Brought Down.
Carter told the sheriff here, the
latter says, that he came down to
Gastonia from Pennsylvania, hav
ing been “sent for.” He, along with
McLaughlin, who hails from South
Carolina, was placed on guard duty
and armed with shotguns.
The two men were kept In the
jail here for only a short time be
fore being rushed on to the jail at
Asheville. While here Sheriff Allen
talked with them at some length
endeavoring to aid Gaston officers
to get the straight of the tragedy
there. Due to that conversation
Sheriff Allen will be used as a wit
ness for the state, although until
today it was not generally known
that the local sheriff might play an
Important role in the hearing.
Chief Leaving
At Time Killed
Officer Tells How Aderbolt Was
Shot. McGinnis Fired First
Charlotte, Sept. 6.—A man who
had been “deputized” to accom
pany Police Chief O. F. Aderholt to
the tent colony of the Loray textile
mill strikers on the night of June
7, testified this afternoon in the
trial of 16 strikers and strike leaders
charged with murder, that the of
ficers were leaving the colony when
the shot that killed the police chief
was fired.
A. J. Roach, former Gastonia po
lice officer and requested to accom
pany the officers when they went
to investigate reports of trouble at
(Continued on page ten.)
Masons And Wives
Guests At Picnic
Masons of Shelby and their wives
were guests yesterday evening of
the local chapter of the Eastern
Star at a big picnic held on the
grounds of the Cleveland Springs
hotel, and those in attendance re
port an exceedingly big feed and a
very entertaining evening. A short
address of welcome was made for
the Eastern Star chapter by Capt.
J. Frank Roberts, Masonic leader,
with a response by Attorney J.
Clint Newton, representing the
Masonic Meeting.
A called communication of Cleve
land lodge 202 A. F. and A. M. will
be held at *:30 o'clock tonight.
More Than Two Thousand School
Children Back To Books Monday
A1 Smith May Succeed Copeland As
Senator For New York.
New York political gossip la that former Gpvcrnor Al Smith Is being
groomed to succeed Dr. Royal Copeland (above) as United States Senator
for New York. Dr. Copeland, former health commissioner who now syndi
cates health articles published each Issue by The Star,, may again be
come health commissioner for New York City.
Audit Shows School Deficit
Here Now Totals $76,990.66
Summer Teaching Expense Added To
Other Obligations. Tops
Bond Issue.
The George E. Dombhardt and
company, certified public ac
countants, of Charlotte, have
completed an audit covering
the years 1927-28 and 1928-29
of the Shelby school books. A
summary of the accounts Is be
ing published elsewhere In this
It will be seen from looking
at the statement that there are
obligations against the district
to the extent of $88,887.06 which
Is reduced by anticipated reve
nue, mostly In uncollected taxes,
to the extent of $9,696.40, leav
ing a net deficit in the amount
of $76,990j66. Any amount that
la uncollected will increase the
deficit by an equal amount.
And, of course, the amount real- m
Ised from the $58,000 bond Issue
will apply on reducing the defi
cit, says a statement from the
school board.
It should be said to the credit ol
Superintendent I. C. Griffin and
the old school board that there is
absolutely no Indication of misap
propriation of funds. The books
have been well kept by Mr. John
Shannonhouse. It 1; simply a case of
spending for legitimate purposes
more than there was available to
It should be explained further
that the amount In excess of the
amount asked for In the bond Issue,
was in the main caused by charging
against last year’s revenue the ob
ligation for teachers who were em
ployed last year. This Is to say that
the salaries paid last year’s teach
ers for July and August of 1929 have
been listed as outstanding obliga
tions of June 30, 1929. The old sys
tem has been placing this charge
against the new year, and have thus
always been two months behind the
fiscal year.
It is the plan of the new board
to have published from time to
time, financial statements showing
the conditions. The policy of liv
ing within their income will be
rigidly adhered to. They hope that
the city board will cooperate by
collecting all revenue so that the
rate may be held at a minimum.
Solon Gibson Dies
Suddenly At Ella
Rmptclrd Mill Employee Die* Fol
lowing A Stroke. Burial At
New Hope Today.
After working most of the day in
the Ella Mil). Mr. Solon Gibson
who stopped because he was feeling
bad, dropped dead Thursday after
noon at 6:30 o’clock as he was
walking through the yard of a
neigh oor, going to get some feed for
his cow. Mr. Gibson had been suf
fering with high blood pressure. He
was 52 years of age and came to
Shelby many years ago from the
Earl community. He was married to
a Miss Gamble who survives with
five children, three sisters and one
i brother.
While in young manhood he
joined the Baptist church at Earl
and at the time of his death was
a member of the Second Baptist
church. He was a respected and
highly esteemed citizen and his
death is a great shock to his mdny
The funeral was conducted this
afternoon by his pastor, Rev. itusn
Padgett at New Hope church and
interment was in the cemetery
Snyder Will Preach
At Waldrop Churches
Rev. Frank L. Snyder, of Besse
mer City, who is the week-end gueit
of Rev. H. E. Waldrop will preach
at the two Waldrop churches,
Elizabeth and Eastside Sunday. The
hours is 11 at Elizabeth and 7:30 at
Power Off Sunday
For 2 Hours Here
The electric current, lights
and power, will be off in Shel
by Sunday afternoon from 2 un
til 4, it Is announced by Mayor
McMurry. The Duke Power
company will be at work dur-‘
the two hours changing some
Governor Gardner Is Asked
For His Matrimonial Advice
Raleigh.—Governor Gardner, be
ginning to open the mail which had
accumulated during his absence
found many freak letters today
Apparently the people of North
Carolina did not know that the
governor was on his vacation, and
certainly some of them think thao
the governor can do anything.
Letters giving the governor free
advice are plentiful, but among the
most unusual are those asking his
advice on martial difficulties and
love affairs.
One young husband complains
that his wife is not strong enough to
teach school this fall, but ought to
stay at home and look after her
nine months old baby. ,
“Honorable Sir, wont you write me
a brie! short letter, and tell her she
should stay at home and look after
the baby,” this letter asks. “I work
regular and make from $11 to $12
a week, and she does'nt need to
One woman, thinking the gover
nor's duties included running a
matrimonial agency, wrote giving an
Intimate description of herself, and
asking him to help her find a hus
band. The governor did his best, by
turning the letter over to his pri
vate secretary, Tyre C. Taylor, who
is a bachelor. Taylor declines to say
how he answered the letter, or
whether he has received the pho
tograph which the lady offered. .
Another woman asks the gover
'Continued On Page Eight)
Teachers Meet
Here Saturday
Eight Grader* Get Schedule* To
by. Expect Over 2,900 Open
ing Enrollment.
The Shelby city achools, operat
ing under a new system for the first
time in 13 years, will open Monday,
and today it was predicted that be
tween 2,500 and 2,700 children would
enroll on the opening day. Within
two weeks It is expected that the
total enrollment will surpass the
3,150 of last year.
Suput. B. L. Smith, who succeeds
Supt. I. c. Griffin, and Principal
Abernethy, who succeeds Principal
Andrews, are this week supervising
final arrangements for the opening.
Cleaning and renovating is being
done at all the buildings.
First Year Students.
The first formal move of the I
school year came today when first.
year high school students, or eighth
graders, met at the high school this ^
morning for registration and ar
rangement of courses. |
Teachers Meeting. ]
Out-of-town teachers will arrival
today and tomorrow, and the first
teachers meeting is scheduled fog
Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at
the Central high building.
Colored teachers will meet at 10
o'clock Saturday meaning at the
negro school building.
Changes Made.
A statement regarding the open
ing as made by school officials fol
lows :
“The high school periods have
been lengthened to an hour. This
will cut out the necessity fear dou
bling the period for home econo
mics, science, etc., and thus increase
the number of pupils that can be
taken care of in those courses. Too,
It will afford time for assistance by
the teachers in the preparation of
the work. This supervised study
should prove beneficial.
‘‘It is a great day in-the life of
any community when a fourth at j
its population treks off to echoed. ||
The success of the undertaking in
training these beys and girls for j
good citizenship is so great that '.t t
ought to illicit the whole-hearted i
support of every good citizen and
every good institution.
“Superintendent Smith says thef
are the people's schools and the£
cannot be better than the people
appreciate and demand.
“He says further that *we are M
going to do our bee with the funds *
available to give to Shelby a good
school. Everyone should understand
that to cut the expenditures by a
third must force us to do without
something. However, what we can-*
not pay for, we shall do without till
the people provide the funds. X
have the confidence to believe that
the fine citizens of Shelby will pro
vide school facilities in keeping
with their ability and with the
needs. That is all that can be asked
of anybody.’”
James H. Hill Is
Paralysis Victim
Seventy-Two Tear Old Citizen Is
To Be Btried Here Saturday
At 2:20 o’clock this morning Mr,
James H. Hill, connected with
Shelby Sandwich Co. died at hla
home on Sumter street following a
stroke of paralysis which overcame
him Tuesday. He was 72 years of
age and well known in Cleveland
where he spent most of his life, al
though he spent a short period ia
Caroleen and Gastonia.
Mr. Hill was a highly respected
citizen of fine gentlemanly bearing
and a very faithful and regular at
tendant at Central Methodist
church where he was a member. His
wife and seven children survive and
all of the children reflect the
splendid atmosphere of excellent
family training. The children are
Mrs. D. L. Smith of Great Kails, 8. j
C., Mrs. Ola Hill Smith of Shelby, 1
Mrs. Julius L. Weathers of Fay
etteville, Mrs. James Gough, of
Norfolk. Va„ Mrs. U. D. Bright of
Roanoke. Va„ Mrs. W. K. Young, of
Erwin, Term., Virgil Hill of Char
lotte. One sister Mrs. W. N. & Rol- J
11ns of Caroleen and ten grand chil
dren also survive. **
The funeral will be held at 11
o’clock at Central Methodist church
Saturday morning, the services to
be conducted by Dr. Hugh K. Boyer,
assisted by Rev. Mr. Swofford of
Winston-Salem. Interjpent will be
in Sunset cemetery.

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