North Carolina Newspapers

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VOL, XXXV, No. 142
SHELBY, N. C. MONDAY, DEC. 2, 1929
Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons By mail, pet year <tn*dvanev
Carrier, per year fin advance* PIP
Cotton Seed, per bu. ......... 39c
Cotton, per lb._......... i6Vir.
More Cold Weather.
..Today’s North Carolina Weather
Report: Rain in east and snow flur
ries in west portion today and to
night. Colder tonight. Tuesday part
ly cloudy and cooler.
10 Die In Train Wreck.
Ten people, Are white and five
Mack, were killed and two score in
jured about noon yesterday at On
ley, Virginia, when an excursion
train, from Norfolk to New Turk,
Jumped the track. Eight coaches of
the Pennsylvania railway train
leaped the track in the disastrous
' 7 Coal Miners Killed.
Seven coal miners were killed In
an explosion in a mine early Sun
day morning near West Frankfort,
Illinois. Late yesterday six bodies
had been brought to the surface and
searching parties still sought the
other body.
Mull Not To
Give Up State
New Advisor To Governor Sees No
Conflict In Two Positions, He
Raleigh.—Odus M. Mull, appoint
cd as executive counsel by Governor
Gardner to succeed Judge N. A.
Townsend, resigned, intends to re
tain his post as chairman of the
State Democratic committee, it was
learned here Saturday.
Mr. Mull, a prominent Shelby
lawyer, life-long friend and close
political associate of the Governor,
Will succeed to the post of execu
tive counsel Dec. 15, when Judge
Townsend's resignation becomes ef
fective. He has been in Raleigh for
the past few days conferring with
the governor and Judge Townsend
as to his new duties.
Judge Townsend resigned, as he
announced he would do when ne
took over the position, to return to
his law practice.
No Conflict Seen.
A Raleigh newspaper this morn
ing declared it likely that he would
retain his chairmanship of the Dem
ooratic committee. Mr. Mull has
confirmed the report, adding that
he sees no conflict likely with his
duties as executive counsel.
The Raleigh newspaper also said
that it was believed Mr. Mull's re
tention would preclude his accept
ance of the post of commissioner of
revenue, should that position he
offered him in the event A. J. Max
well is appointed, to the Interstate
Commerce Commission. It is now
considered likely, however, that Mr.
Mull would be a candidate for that
position, even though he were fi*»e
to accept It.
New Auto Plates
♦ On Sale Dec. 16
Will Require Front And Rear Plat
es. Fifteen Days In Which
To Buy.
The new 1930 North Carolina au
tomobile license plates will not be
placed on sale until December 16.
although heretofore they have gone
on sale December 1, It was an
nounced at the office of the Caro
lina Motor club at the Eskridge
garage here.
Instructions have been issued by
the state department of revenue to
the various branches of the Caro
lina Motor club through which the
tags are sold, not to place them on
sale until that date, it was explain
ed, and the motor club officials in
the hope of preventing a frenzied
period of buying during the final
few days of the year are asking the
people to keep in mind that there
are only 15 days during whirh to
purchase the plates.
This year, It was also explained,
there will be two plates, front an:l
rear. The revenue department, said
motor club officials, has mads the
change from one plate to two 1:; die
hope that it will make easier tli»
task of checking up on those who
attempt to avoid payment of the
The plates were made this year
at the state prison and 40 branches
of the Carolina Motor club will is
sue them.
Choir Director At
Central Church Has
Been In Choir Abroad
Mr. Date Kalter. now choir direc
tor at the Central Methodist church
was a year or so back a member of
one of America’s most widely known
choirs and has appeared with that
choir abroad.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Mr.
Kalter was a member of he re
nowned Dayton Westminster choir
and while with that organization at
toured Europe, appearing In several
programs given by the choir on that
Building Crash Death Suits Settled For $13,000
Two Youths Yo-Yo Five Hours
In Contest Before Stur Ends
Endurance Match In Draw
Colbert McKnight And “Bed” Locat
Winners. Evans Logan Fan
ciest Yo-Yoer.
Shelby as yet, despite The Star's
contest Saturday afternoon and
evening, does not have an undisput
ed champion of .the yo-yo art, for
at the end of five long hours of yo
yoing with one hand without sit
ting down two youths, Colbert Tic
Knight and Morris (Red) Lucas,
were still going strong in their en
durance match when the paper de
cided to end the long-drawn out
contest rather than to further tdx
the nervous system of the two
boys who had dangled their yo-yo*
in the air for five hours and were
still anxious to pass midnight eo
that they might say they had yo
yoed from November to December.
At three minutes past seven
o'clock, five hours and one mmutc
after the contest got underway, the
match was ended and both boys
presented with first prize money. As
it was both boys had eclipsed other
North Carolina yo-yo contest . ec
ords by approximately one nour
and seemed determined to keep go
ing until one or the other fell down
utterly exhausted.
Many Enter.
More than a score of boys and
one girl entered the endurance
match and as a half dozen youths
had their toys still shooting up and
down after two hours the telephones
in The Star office kept jingling as
interested fathers and mothers be
gan calling to see who bad won. In
addition to the hundreds of tele
phone calls, between two and three
hundred people visited the editorial
(Continued on page ten.)
Rutherford’s Oldest
WomanPasse* Away
Mrs. Susan Melton Lett Four ChU
dred And One Hundred
Rutherfordton.—Mrs. Susan Mel
ton, Ruthertord county’s oldest
woman, died at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. R. P. Campbell, near
Hollis, Friday and was burled at
First Broad Baptist church. Had
she lived until January 11, 1930 she
would have been 97 years old. Che
had been a devoted member of the
Baptist church for 79 years and had
been In declining health for .he
past five years. She was a widow
the last 36 years of her life and
was the mother of 12 children, five
of whom are living, as follows: W.
J. Melton, age 77, Buffalo, 8. C.;
George Melton, age 76, Schoofield,
Va.; Mrs. Robt. P. Campbell, 67,
Hollis; Mrs. Eliza Bridges, 62,
Greenville, 8. C„ and Mrs. Etta Mc
Farland, 56, Hollis. She leaves 100
grandchildren and two great-great
grandchildren. She attributed her
longevity to plenty of exercises,
regular habits of eating and . leep
ing and temperance in all things.
She well remembered the Me dean
War, being born in 1833 and three
other wars that this country has
been engaged in. Twenty-five presi
dents of the U. S. were inaugurated
during her life time.
Hollis To Stage Big
Fiddlers Convention
Saturday night, December 7, the
Hollis school will put on what
promises to be the biggest fiddlers’
convention ever held in this sect'on
of the state. Cash prizes totalling
352.50 will go to the winners, and
all lovers of good string music hi
Cleveland and Rutherford counttes
are urged to attend.
Local Marriages
Less Than In 1928
Marriages This Year 29 Less Than
Last. First Year Of
Mew Law.
Doe to the state's new mar
riage regulations and also to the
fact that more and better roads
are being built between North
and Sooth Carolina, where mar
riages knots are more easily
tied, marriages in Cleveland
county this year fell Just 29 shy
of the total last year.
The business year of the
marriage record books ends on
December 1, and to December I,
this year, 109 couples had been
married in the county as com
pared with 138 couples married
to the same date last year.
Of the 109, 88 were white and
13 were colored. Of the 138 In
1928, 121 were white and 1
were colored, thus maintaining
abont the same ratio.
The biggest month of tne
present year by the records was
December of 1928 with 25 cou
ples securing license. November,
the month ending last Saturday,
was next with 12 licenses, and
March, April, June and Octo
ber ranked nest with 10 licenses
being issued in each of the
months. The smallest business of
the year with Register A F.
Newton was during September
when only three couples, two
white and one black, secured li
County Couples Wed •
During Thanksgiving
First Man Married In New Gaffney
Court House Was Cleveland
County Colored Man.
Two of the three couples married
in Gaffney, South Carolina, Thanks
giving day were from this county.
They were Russel Webb and
\asbtl Borders, of Shelby; and
Roosevelt Chambers, of Earl, and
Josephine Smith, of Blacksburg.
The first couple to be married in
the new Cherokee county court
house on last Wednesday was Alfred
Petty, 59-year-old, one-armed negro
of Mooresboro, Cleveland county,
and Annie Kings, of Gaffney route
The only other Cleveland couple
married there last week was Blaine
Whisonant and Aldem Lemmons, of
Boiling Springs.
Johnson Presiding
For Special Term
Civil Term Of Superior Court Be
gins Long Grind Here This
With Judge T. L. Johnson, of
Lumberton, presiding the special
term of superior court to dispose of
civil matters opened here this
morning to do what it may during
the term to alleviate the congested
There are enough actions on the
civil court books, it is said, to keep
the court grinding for several weeas,
but it is not certain whether the
term will last more than one week
The court this morning was de
voted to several minor suits, while
quite a number of divorce cases are
to be taken up later.
Deputy Gus Jolley is acting as
court officer.
Man Thought Burned To Death
Returns Home After 30 Years
Johnson City, Tenn.—Death hav
ing removed a threat against his
life, Ale Artrip was home again
this week, thirty years, he said aft
er he fled the nearby Cumberland
mountains of Virginia upon freeing
himself from a pile of burning logs
assembled for his funeral pyre
Recalling his flight the iged
mountaineers said Hunt Hail, who
is said to have confessed the slay
ing or Artrip on his death oed,
struck him with an axe, robbed him
and then left him unconscious in
the fire. But he revived in time to
escape the flames, according to liis
story, and left the county not to
return as long as Hall lived.
That was in the late nineties.
Several years later a human e*ele
ton was found and identified as
that of Artrip. Twenty years after
he had fled Hall made his confess*
Ion and died. Artrip did not hear of
Hall’s passing until ten years late:
meantime making his hoige In Ken*
tucky and West Virginia
The gray-haired and long forgot
ten man returned to his home on
Thanksgiving day saying news of
Hall's death had just reached him,
Christmas Fund
List Starts In
Star Wednesday
Wednesday’s issue of t’hn
Star will publish the find list
of contributors to The S*ar's
Christmas Stocking Fund to
give necessities of life to the
poor and unfortunate of Shel
by on Christmas ere.
Thereafter contributions will
be published each day until
the fund closes, provided new
contributions come in between
Will your name be in the
first list of givers Wednes
day? By giving early you may
cause others to contribute.
Politics Warms
Up Very Slowly
In This County
Uric Number Of Candidates In
Last Primary May Hare Taken
Prp Out Of Others.
The dozen or so candidates who
sought the Democratic nomination
for sheriff In the last primary to
gether with the several candidates
for other offices must have damp
ened the ardor of office-seekers In
this county. Anyway, despite the
fact that some of the political cir
cle are talking politics prospective
candidates axe not showing much
Of course the usual Cleveland
county fondness for political tus
sles may be more in evidence once
the holidays are over, but as It Is
those who enjoy getting the situa
tion warmed up are meeting with
little success.
Talk Judgeships.
Quite a bit of talk la going the
.noumia about, twu Judgeships, the
superior eoartrberth from VRK&
Judge James L. Webb will retire
next year, and the county court
judgeship which will be given up, it
Is rumored, by Recorder Horace
Kennedy at the end of his term. In
the general speculation it is taken
for granted that Attorney B. T
Palls, former county judge, legisla
tor and the author of the Palls Aus
tralian ballot, will place his name
before the voters of the district as
the nominee to succeed Judge Webb,
but so far Mr. Falls has not com
mitted himself. In the talk, too, one
hears the name of former County
Judge John P. Mull mentioned as a
prospect for both the superior court
judgeship and the recordershlp
which he has held heretofore.
Neither Is he going on record jo far
In advance. It is quite likely, x so
it seems, that two or three attor
neys may get In the battle for the
county judgeship, but for the pres
ent It seems as if the likely candi
dates are holding back to see if
Judge Kennedy will not run again
as has been rumored.
0 --
If ox Hunters Have
Friends Jo “Feed”
Brushy Creek Club Has Couple
Hundred Present For Friday
Night Barbecue.
A couple hundred Cleveland coun
ty people were Friday guests at one
ot the most enjoyable occasions
staged In this county in months
when the Brushy Creek Fox Hunt
ers Club entertained at a big oar
becue at the Bate Blanton place
above Shelby.
Visitors from Shelby and all sec
tions of the county, men and wom
en, were guests of the hunting clvb,
and such was the giant repast re
paired that there were 16 quarters
of mutton left over In addition tr
barbecued pork and chicken.
Wagner’s Condition
Is Critical Today
At the Shelby hospital today it
was stated that the condition of
Mr. Fred Wagner, local contractor,
who underwent an appendicitis op
eration there last week, • was -.till
considered critical today. He be
came worse after complications and
Dr. Scruggs, of Rutherfordton. and
others were wrought in for consul
tation yesterday with the nospital
staff. Two of his sisters and X.Irs.
Wagner’s father are here. They ere
Mrs. Martin Pulcher, of De'roit,
Michigan; Mrs. William Lanier, of
Atlanta, and Mr. C. C. Graham, of
Unadilla, Georgia.
County To Make
Almost Seventy
Thousand Bales
Stainey Says Only About 60,000 Will
Be Harvested Because Of
Bad Weather.
’Bass Sut He's prediction that
Cleveland county would this year
make 70,000 bales of cotton Is the
best estimate I have heard.” is the
opinion expressed by Mr. Tom
stamey, leading merchant and cit
izen of Fallston.
It Is Mr. Stanley's belief that at
least 70,000 bales of cotton bava
been produced In the county this
[ year, but he does not think the
I total ginning will ruu over 60,000
bales because all of the cotton was
not picked due to bad weatehr.
Some cotton, he says, was turned
because of continued rains wnich
kept the pickers out of the fields,
while other cotton was so badly
damaged by the weather that
farmers did not consider It wwth
the picking cost. Had the weatner
been suitable throughout the sea
son he says there Is no doubt but
what the final ginning report would
have reached near the 70,000 hale
imported Pickers.
In connection with the big cotton
crop Mr. Charlie 8. Young, whole
sale grocer who also la a good cot
ton farmer, says that he believes
that at least 2,000 colored people
must have been brought to this
county In the last couple of weeks
to aid in the cotton picking. The
cold snap Friday night and Satur
day was a hardship to many of the
Imported pickers who failed to bring
along blankets and are sleeping In
barns and outhouses while here.
Fortunately, however, the major tty
of the pickers brought along ample
clothing and blankets. The Impor
tation of the pickers Is the biggest
movement of labor to this ccninty
since it became a cotton leader. In
TflMiy instances the women nave
been employed over the county as
cooks while their husbands and
children are in the cotton fields.
Scouts Of District
In Court Of Honor
Scoot Leaders And Scoots Of Shelby
District To Attend. McDiar
mid In Charge.
The Court of Honor for the Shel
by district of the Piedmont conned
of the Boy Scouts of America, which
includes the various Shelby troops
and troops of Belwood, Falls.on,
Lattlmore, Earl and Grover, will be
held In the court room of tlie Cleve
land county court house on Mon
day night, December 2 %t 7:30
Rev. H. N. McDiarmld, judge of
the court, will preside and will be
assisted by various citizens of Shel
All Shelby scout leaders and scout
troops are beng urged to attend the
meeting. Following the regular court
of honor, a short meeting of ;hc
Shelby scout committee and the
scoutmasters of the district will be
held. R. M. Schiele, scout exo.’ullve
of the Piedmont councill. will he
present to assist in the work o' the
court of honor and to advise with
the committee and the scoutmas
First Baptist Men
Will Enjoy Banquet
The men of the First Baptist
church here will enjoy a fellowship
banquet Wednesday evening at 7
o'clock in the young peoples depart
ment of the assembly room at the
First Baptist church. Even man in
the church membership is invited to
attend this chicken dinner.
The people of the Flint Hill com
munity will hold a quilt sale and an
oyster supper at the Flint Hill
church on Friday evening, begin
ning at 6 o’clock. The public is or
dially invited, the proceeds to go to
the church.
Or. Lackey Same.
At the hospital today it was said
that the condition of Dr. F. H,
Lackey, paralyzed more than a
week ago at his Fallstou home, re
mains about the same.
Parent-Teachers Meeting.
The Washington street school
Parent-Teachers association will
meet tonight at 7:30 at the senool
All parents are urged to attend.
Well-Known Track Star
Shoots Friend in Drunken Craze
Bootleg liquor
which tempo
rarily de
ranged hit
mind mat
blamed by
Major Owen R.
Bird, national
ly known
tportman and
a former lead* i
mg track ttar
at Occidental
College, Lot ‘
KngeUt, for
an affray at
hit home in
which he thot
and wounded
Percival Ora
1am Walton.
Boy Trusty And Sheriff’s Son
Battle Down Jail Break Here
December Riderfri ~
On A Bitter Wave
Saturday Morning Coldest Novem
ber Weather Registered Here
In Tears. Sunday Colder.
December rode into S&elby W'd
I section Sunday morning aboard rn
Icy weve which brought the coldest
weather on record in many years
lor the season of the year. The cold
snap, which clung on today as ar
early morning rain froze almost a_>
last as it fell, comes approximately
12 year* alter the bitter cold weath
er ol 1917.
Saturday morning this section
awoke to face the coldest Novem
ber morning in the memory of many
with thermometers dropping as low
as 15. although the better thermo
meters did not get below 17 decree?
above. Scores and scores of cam
were frozen, waterworks and plumb
ing fixtures froze and bursted and
there yeas little let-up In the oltter
atmosphere throughout the day.
Sunday morning it was colder with
official thermometers falling to 15
degrees above, and for the second
day plumbers and service stations
were kept busy taking care of ‘he
freeze damage.
Yesterday afternoon and ivening
the temperature rose, but In the
wee hours of the morning it aegan
raining and this morning early ris
ers awoke to find thp rata freezing
on the trees and ground. Later in
the morning the icy blanket cover
ing the section began to melt as the
rain continued but at noon there
was still much Ice In evidence.
Wreck At Mooreaboro.
Early last night two cars crashed
together on the highway near
Mooresboro and a Forest City man
had one arm broken while his wife
was lacerated about the head and
face. The wreck was caused, accord
ing to reports here, by an intoxi
cated negro driver who is said to
have cut his car across the road In
front of the Forest City car. HI3 last
name is Logan and he was placed
under a $300 bond there to aw-ut
trial. The names of the Forest City
people were not learned.
■Trusty Injured Bat Ha Stops Dub
For Freedom And Catches
One Who Escaped.
Cobby Page, young white
(rusty at the Cleveland county
jail, played a heroic rote along
with Halwood Allen, 11-year-old
son or Sheriff Irvin Allen, ear
ly Saturday evening when they
stopped an attempted JaU break
at JaU here. Both youths were
considerably braised in the bat
tle but at the end not a stogie
prisoner had escaped.
▲long about dusk the young
trusty accompanied by the two sons
of the sheriff, the youngest, George
only 11 years old, started upstairs
to give the prisoners their evening
meal, thinking that Sheriff Allen
wu on the first floor. As they un
locked the door to the main floor
cells, two stories up, Page, the trus
ty, walked in toward the cages with
the 13-year-old son of the sheriff
remaining at the door with the
keys. Unexpectedly a prisoner,
James Mayhew, held here for steal
ing and also wanted In South Car
olina, who had perched himself just
above the door on the inside, Top
ped upon the head of the small
youth and crushed him to the floor
The boy flung himself clear and
made a dash to lock the door but
was floored for the second time by
a milk bottle In the hands of May
hew, a 200-pounder.
About this time Page, the trusty,
dashed back to the door and gave
chase to Mayhew who wu heading
down the stairs for freedom. The
second Allen boy secured the keys
from where Mayhew threw them
after he had knocked down the
sheriff's oldest son and secured
them, and then he locked the door
keeping the others in.
Fight In Basement.
Mayhew missed the door w> Iree
Jom in his dash downstairs and ran
Into the basement where he was gpr
nered by the lightweight trusty who
hesitated not a minute in grappling
with him. For several minutes Jiev
battled about the basement with
shovels and milk bottles. Twisting
free the trusty secured a shovel and
knocked the fleeing prisoner down,
(Continued on page ten.)
Convict Defendants In Marion
Riot Trial; Chain Gang Terms
Marion.—Alfred Hoffman, United
Textile Workers of American organ
izer, and Lawrence Hogan, Del Lew
is and Wes Fowler, strikers from lo
cal cotton mills Saturday were con
victed by a Jury in McDowell Super
ior court of rioting. They were ac
quitted of charges of resisting offic
ers. The verdict carried a recom
mendation for mercy.
Hoffman was fined $1,000 and
sentenced to one month in jail: and
Fowler, Hogan and Lewis were each
given six months on the chain gang
by Judge G. V. Cowper, presiding
The charges against Hoffman and
the three strikers grew of efforts
of strikers at the CltnchTield and
Marlon Manufacturing Company
Cotton mills here to prevent non*
union workers moving Into the
Clinch!ield mill village. The trouble
occurred on August 30.
Sheriff O. F. Adkins and Hirer
officers testified that the furniture
of a non-union worker had been
moved out of the house into which
he had moved when starting to
work at the mill and officers had
been prevented from returning it.
As a result of the demonstration
(Continued on page ten.)
$2,000Each Foi
6 Lives, $1,000
For Other Death
County’s Rlnrrst Series Of Diauft
Suite Definitely Settled la
Court Today.
Shelby biggest series of dun*
nge units, an aftermath of the
town's greatest disaster, the
building crash la Aagwt of
19(8 In which seven met death*
t ame to an end In superior oahrt
here this morning when a com
promise agreed npon waa off It
Hally signed hy Judge Thsmas
L. Johnson, of Lnmherton, Wh«i
opened a special tom of su
perior court here today. >
By the terms of the compromise
reached three defendants In ’ the
suits, which in original claims tapp
ed around a quarter of a million
dollars, will pay $3,000 to the $e
tatc of each of the she white people
killed in the crash and $1,000 to tn<;
estate of the colored laborer who
died weeks after from Injuries re
Others Settled.
The settlement of the seven suiU
today ended all le*al settem width
has developed so far. In the eases
of the several people Injured In the
tragic crash private settlements nave
been made out of court or are 4n
the process of being settled now, ac
cording to attorneys for those con
The court judgment
says that three dels
a Mrirnight, —am ■«**>
ing whlth collapsed: Older) Luts
and Tom Webb, contractors fjr ex
cavation work—must pay the fol
lowing claims: $2,000 to the’ estate
of Mias Ora Eskridge, bang em
ploye;; $3,000 to the estate of Alex
Hoyle, bank employe; $3,000 ta ttle
estate of Guy Green, bank em
ploye: $3jOOO^to^he^Jto^«r^Eri»
of Carl Blanton, son nf Zeb
Blanton; $3,000 to the estate Of
Clyde Carpenter, farmer of upper
Cleveland; and $1,000 to the estate
of J. C. Thomas, colored laborer
who died after the crash from In
The sums total $13,000, and the
judgment also adds that the de
fendants must alto pay the ' cuts in
the case, which will total several
thousand additional, it is under
City Omitted.
In the majority of the claims fil
ed the city of Shelby through the
city building inspector was *
party to the sulk but in the oocp
promise judgment the citywas
omitted, because, it Is said, that it
could not be held legally resnprisi
Just how the Judgment sums and
costa are to be divided among! the
three defendants Is not stated in
the judgment record, that portion,
according to attorneys, being left to
a prlvae agreement between the de
fendants cited.
General B«Hef.
Throughout Shelby and the coun
ty there is a feeling of rritef hat
the cases will not be fought out In
court. The disaster struck Shelby a
heavy blow from which the «nt!re
(Continued on page ten.)
McKnight Did Not
Change Property To
Avoid Suit Damages
Attorneys Declare Rumor |< False.
Wni Hutu To Borrow To Pay
Adjustment Amounts.
John S. McKnight, one of the
trio of main defendants In the big
building crash suits settled here to
day, did not deed over his property
or mortgage it to keep from paying
a court verdict had the suits not
been adjusted. This was made plain
here today by a statement issued
by McKnight and his attorneys In
refuting a rumor that he had done
“Mr. McKnight did nothin* of the
sort and the rumor probably origi
nated from a statement by Mr. Mc
Knight that he did not haw the
ready cash to make a settlement of
the suits and would haw to borrow
money and mortgage his property
to meet the settlement toms.** the
attorneys said. "He made nut a sin
gle move Of that type for be la no*
♦hat, manner of man, as en
tire section knows, awl he faces
the hardship he does in rnyfc,*r»g the
settlement agreed upon without
kicking. It is nothing but fair to
denounce the false rumor (hat b*
used such tactics.”

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