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Fair And Cold.
Today’s North Carolina Weather
Report: Fair and continued cold to
night. Thursday fair with slowly
rising temperature.
Gaston Kicks On BilL
At the meeting of Gaston coun
ty commissioners in Gastonia *his
week there was criticism of the bill
sent to Gaston by Mecklenburg in
connection with the Aderholt trial
moved to Charlotte from Gastonia.
One Item criticised was the feeding
of the jurors at the Selwyn hotel
when Mecklenburg does not keep
her own jurors there on ordinary
Civic Clubs To
Have Big Meets
Here This Week
Rotary To Have Ladles Night, And
Kiwanis To Nominate New Of
ficers. Good Programs,
Two of the Shelby civic clubs will
put on very interostlnc programs
this week- with the Kiwanis club
nominating 1930 officers at its meet
ing Thursday night and the Rotary
club staging Its semi-annual "Ladies
Night” banquet.
The Kiwanis club, it is announc
ed by Secretary Chas. A. Burrus,
will meet at the Wayside restaurant
on East Warren street at 7:30 in
the evening. The business meeting
will be devoted to the nominating
of two lists of officers for 1930
while the election of officers for the
year will be held at the meeting
next week. »
Judge To Speak.
In addition to the business pro
gram Judge T. L. Johnson, of Lum
berton, who is holding a special
term of court here, will be the -'hlef
speaker for the regular fellowship
program in charge of Kiwanian Will
C. Harris.
Steckel Entertains.
The Rotary “Ladies Night” on
Friday evening at 7:30 will oe he'd
in the main dining room of the Ho
tel Charles. The program enter
tainment will be directed by -Tof.
Edwin M. Steckel, director of music
in the city schools of Gastonia and
a musician well known to radio fans
of this section.
Cleveland Has 22
Girls At N. C. W.
Twelve Are From Shelby, Three
. From Kings Mountain And Casar.
Lawndale Has Two.
Greensboro, Dec. 4.—Twenty-two
representatives or Cleveland county
are on the roll at North Carolina
college this year, according to rec
ords in the office of Miss Laura
Colt, college secretary. Shelby" is the
residence of 12 students, Kinsrs
Mountain of three, Casar of three,
Lawndale of two, Fallston of one
student and Lattimore of one.
Shelby residents at the college are
Misses Sarah Best, Mary Frances
Carpenter, Louise Cottle, Burton
Bryce Gettys, Dorothy King, Char
lie Mae Laughridge, Elizabeth Mor
rison, Lily Louise Morrison, Sadie
Mull, Evangeline Peeler, Lalage
Shull and Helen Whltener.
The other students and their
home residences are given in the
following: Kings Mountain: Misses
Dorothy Kiser, Maude Lorena Will
iams and Mitchell Ellen Williams;
Casar: Miss Doshia Richards, Dar
las Wortman and Lounette Wort
man; Lawndale: Misses Eloise Griea
* and Mildred Boyles; Fallston: Miss
< Elva Baker; Lattimore: Miss Mart
Elizabeth Willis.
santa will
Fill the majority of his
Christmas packs for this sec
tion In
shelby stores.
—Shelby merchants have al
ready opened their Toy.ands
and Gift Paradises. In each
Issue of The Star, in the “ads”
they’re telling about them.
Bead now and buy, for there's
18 more
for Christmas
Each Cleveland County Citizen
Should Be Worth $942 Judging
By Total Tax Valuation Figures
Total Property Valuation This Vear
Shows $200,000 Gain Over
1928. Gains Since 1926.
If the wealth of Cleveland
county, as it Is valued on the
tax books, were evenly propor
tioned between all citizens, each
and every citizen would ne
worth $942 according to the
1929 tax books.
At the completion of compil
ing tax figures for the county
tax collecting now going on it
was found that the total prop
erty valuation for 1929 was $38,
613,894 and this sum divided
among an estimated poulation
of 41,000 people would give each
one approximately $942.
$ain Is Shown.
The total valuation for 1929 shows
a gain of $210,829 over the property
valuation in the county in -928.
which was $38,403,065. The 1928
valuation showed a gain of $336,751
over 1927, and the 1927 gain over
1926 was $816,952, a total gain of
$1,364,532 since 1926.
Personal Property Off.
As has been customary for years
the personal property valuation in
the county this year is less than
would ordinarily be estimated. The
figures for 1929 show $6,511,000 list
ed as personal property, or some
thing like one-sixth of the total
valuation whereas experts usually
consider personal property as rating
about one-fourth of total wealth.
The total property valuation rf
more than 38 and one-half millions
includes stocks as well as reel es
Earl Organizes
Boy Scout Troop
Davis Is Scoutmaster With Kills As
Assistant. Pick Cotton lror
Troop No. 1, Boy Scouts of Amer
ica, at Earl has just completed its
organization and application for
charter has been made to the Na
tional Council of the Boy Scouts of
America through the Piedmont
Council under whose jurisdiction
this section is allocated.
Mr. J. W. Davis principal of the
Earl school, is serving as cout
master of the troop and Mr. Jesno
C. \Ellis is serving as the assistant
scoutmaster. The troop is being
fostered by a community committee
composed of A. A. Battis, Roy Lav
ender and Bob Turner.
Seventeen boys for the charter
membership of the troop and in
clude the following: Jospeh Austell,
Jack Borders, Wilbur Davis, Chas
Ellis, Hazel Jones. Sam E. Randa'l,
Wilson Randall, Morris Runyan,
Jackson Sepaugh. Wra. Sepaugh,
Ben Turner. Clarence Turner, Wm.
Turner, C. O. Lavender, Raford
Davis, Fred Nichols and Howard
Members of the troop have been
at work during the past few months
picking cotton to earn funds for
the purchase of scout uniforms and
other scout equipment!
An oyster and chicken supper will
be held at the LaFayette Street
Methodist church Saturday after
noon and evening, hours 5 until s
This supper Is sponsored by <he
Doers and Busy Bee classes of the
church and the proceeds win be for
church causes. The public is urged
to attend.
Thief Stuck Up
• In Syrup Thought
To Be Motor Oil
From out Waco way romp' a
peculiarly Interesting story of a
thief who swiped Karo syrup,
which later turned Into "lassie
randy,” thinking It to be motor
oil and very nearly ruined one
of those much talked new mod
el cars made in Detroit.
The story, without names for sev
eral justifiable reasons, was related
here this week by a well knjwn
citizen who had reason U> know
what he was talking about.
Plans His Trap.
Near Waco, In the eastern sec
tion of Cleveland county, there was
a citizen who had been mi dug
motor oil from his car shed, ft was
his custom to buy five gallons of
oil at a time for his car, but the
oil kept disappearing faster than
his car burned it. He had several
suspicions, and then one day re
cently a brilliant Idea came to h‘s
mind. He had just been to Shelby
and purchased five gallons of oil
When he came home, as the story
Is told, one of the persons lw sus
pected of knowing where Ills oil
was going, was there. He placed the
oil in the car shed as if he had
never noticed any disappearing.
The suspect remarked to him that
somebody might find It easy to steal
the oil.
"Oh, no,” the man replied. ‘I'm
not worrying about that.”
But after the visitor departed tho
man became active. He journeyed
to the car shed, secured the five
gallon can of oil, poured the oil
into another can, and then prac
tical filled the oil can with Karo
syrup, over which he poured a small
amount of the oil for deceptive pur
In The Sugary Trap.
Then all the stock being fed, the
chores being done, and dark swo p
ing down over the cotton fields, the
(Continued on page twelve.)
Baptist Men Meet
In Banquet Tonight
On last Sunday afternoon at 1
o’clock, twenty-three lay niemt :rs
of the First Baptist church met
and agreed to get in touch with
three hundred men in the church
membership and invite all to a fel
lowship banquet, to be held in the
young peoples' department assem
bly room oi the church, this even
ing at 7 o'clock.
1 The latest reports from the com
[ mittee show that this will be a ec
ord breaking meeting of men. Per
haps the largest number of lay
members of the First Baptist church
who have ever sat down together to
dine at one time will be present this
The meeting will be one of fel
lowship. k review of the work dur
ing the year will be given and some
of the committees will make recom
mendations for the coming year
This will be done in order that all
the men In the membership will,
know Just what the church is doing
and see how the various lines A ac
tivities are progressing. Every man
in the membership is invited.
At Elliabeth Church.
There will be preaching at, Eliza
beth church Saturday morning at il
o'clock, it is announced.
Woman Dies In N. C. Prison As
She Gives Birth To Twin Girls
Raleigh.—Mrs. Ida Dills, sewing
five to seven years in state’s prison
for manslaughter, died in the oris
on hospital Sunday afternoon after
having given birth to twins, one of
whom died a short time before Its
mother. The other baby lived and
was doing fine, prison officials said
Allen Dills, husband of the dead
woman is also serving a sentence i.»r
manslaughter in the prison. Dills
drew a 17 to 20-year sentence and
his wife, who was convicted along
with him, got the shorter tenn of
five to seven years. They were sen
tenced in Macon county superior
er of the dead woman, was notified
court in April, 1929.
Mrs. Hattie Sliope of Otto, moth
er of the dead woman, was notified
of her daughter's death and prison
officials said they expected her mi
claim the body and living aiiid.
The case of the child, however, may
be Investigated by Mrs. Kate Burr
Johnson, state commissioner oi yjb
lic welfare, in order to learn if the
family of the dead woman is able
to give the Infant proper care and
supply its needs. Vance Oiils of
Franklin, father-in-law of the vOm
an was also notified.
Mrs. Dills’ husband was stationed
at Caledonia prison farm at the
time of his wife’s death, Warden H.
H. Honeycutt said, and Captain N.
E. Hanes, in charge at Caledonia,
was instructed to allow Dills to
come to Raleigh this afternoon un
der guard to see his dead wife and
child and also the living baby.
Both of the babies were gins
Sunday was the first time in sev
eral years that a woman prisoner
had given birth to a child while at
state’s prison, Mr. Honeycutt said.
Byrd's Ex-Aide
Alive in Oinuliu
Dramatically revealed as alive and
well long after he had been reported
a suicide, Richard G. Brophy,
former executive of the Byrd Expe
dition, is speeding from Omaha
to New York to straighten out his
affairs and start all over. He has
been working on the editorial staff
of a Nebraska newspaper for some
Pal Of Byrd,
Thought Dead,
Located Now
Working On Newspaper. Believed A
Suicide, Is Recognized By
Omaha.—The Omaha Bee-News,
in a copyrighted story tills week
says Richard Gale Brophy. former
ly seSond in command of Command
er Richard E. Byrd’s Antarctic; ex
pedition, who disappeared in Npw
York last August after leaving a
suicide note, has been found in
The former business manager for
the famous Arctic explorer has been
working as a copy reader for the
Omaha Morning Bee under the
name of C. Manning Mitchell, the
paper says, and adds:
"Identity of Brophy was revealed
by a startling coincidence almost at
the instant that the news
flashed of Byrd's flight over the
South Pole.
"Brophy severed connection-, with
the Byrcf expedition in New Zeal
and last March, and returned u>
New York. Then he disappeared
leaving the following note;
"I am going to Coney Island. I
am going to walk into the waves
(Continued on page twelve.)
Civil Court Moves
Along With Actions
Very Few I,arge Cases Tried Vet.
Damage Suits, Ejectment
Claims And Such.
The special term or civil court
here this week,., with Judge T. L.
Johnson, of Lumberton, pr-vding
has not as yet disposed of any
major civil actions and for the
most part has been devoted to near
ing of minor damage suits, claims
and other civil litigation.
Practically one whole day was de
voted to the suit of A. C. Canipe vs.
M. P. Coley while the jury did not
return its verdict until up In the
morning of the second day. In this
action Canipe desired reimburse
ment to the extent of $1,700 from
Coley, alleging that the defendant
had sold him a house which was
mortgaged before the sale. Tlit
jury award gave Canipe $850, oj
one-half of the damages sought.
Fred Wagner Grows
Weaker, Said Today
A report from the Shelby hos
pital shortly after 1 o’clock his
afternoon stated that Mr. Fred
Wagner, who has been in a
critical condition since an ap
pendicitis operation a week ago,
appeared to be gradually grow
ing weaker.
For the last day or so anil to
day he has been delirious at in
tervals, and it is felt that his
chances of recovery ar»- di
Webb Tosses A
Monkey Wrench
In Bench Race
Veteran Jurist May Not Retire As
Others Plan Race For IHstrlol
Holding court over at Win
ston-Salem this week and. with
cold wrathrr here, feeling rhir
pier than he has In months.
Judge James I<- Webb tossed a
monkey wrench Into the poli
tical machinery of this section
which may send any number of
political castles tumbling Just
a* their foundations were being
And the veteran Jurist, known
and loved here In his home Wwu as
"Ju<Vje Jim,” did nothing i.ioie
than intimate that. If his 1 ealtli
kept Improving as it had recently,
he might not retire from the bench
next year after all.
But that Intimation was enough
to cause serious thought upon the
part of from three to six barristers
in this Judicial district who have
been grooming themselves to don
the Judicial cloak of dignity ever
since Judge Webb announced months
back that he would not likely seek
reelect ion again as his family In
sisted that he should retire since he
has already served longer than the
tale or Ncrth Carolina requires u
judge to serve before going out of
office on a pension.
Getting Lined lip.
Newton already liad one candi
date in the field to ask the nomina
tion of the Democratic party rs
successor to the Jurist woo lias
served in North Carolina courts as
Judge or solicitor for a half cen
tury; Llncolnton had endorsed one
of her lawyers for the nomination.
Hickory and Lenoir were working up
prospects, and Shelby had one or
two men whose friends, as such
things go in politics, were talking
them for the prospective vacancy
Just as everything was shaping up
good for a contest which likely would
have filled the district’s political
stadium along came the news from
Winston that Judge Webb is quite
husky as yet, if you please, has field
more courts than any Jurist in
North Carolina and may hold some
The short item from Winston
Salem yesterday read as follows:
“Judge James L. Webb, of
the North Carolina superior court,
may not leave the bench at the end
of his present term, as he had in
“Judge Webb, 76 years old, open
ed court here Monday. Ill health
had decided him to retire. Out ns
intimated that if his physical con
dition continues to improve, hr
may retain his robes.
“At the opening session of court
here, he appeared in good physical
trim. His recent announcement of
intention to retire precipitated a
snowstorm of hats into the ring for
his position.”
Shelby High Girls
Not Superstitious;
Basketball Starts
Play First Game On Friday The
13th. Morrismen Gagers Also
Begin Court Training.
With the basketball training per
iod opening this week for Caisev
Morris' Shelby high quint, the Soil
ing Springs college squad, and the
Shelby high girls, sextet it develops
that the lassies who will play in
Shelby high colors and their coach
are not a bit superstitious. They
will play their first game on Friday
night of next week, and that is tiie
13th. The co-ed sextet of Boiling
Springs college will furnish the op
position and the game will be play
ed at the college.
Just how strong the Shelby high
and Boiling Springs quintets wJl be
this year cannot be determined as
yet as initial practice got underway
at both schools the first of the
week, but both Casey Morris and
Blainey Rackley are optimistic. Mor
ris has several of his veterans back
from last year’s cage team and a
big number of new candidates ?nd
1928 scrubs, and all the boys are
determined to get revenge on the
courts winter for some of their
gridiron drubbings this fail.
At Boiling Springs Rackley has
three or four letter men back for
practice and several promising new
candidates. ,
Schedules of both quints will be
announced soon.
Legion Meeting
A meeting of the Warren Aoyie
Post of the American Legion wi.l be
held at the court house here Friday
evening at 7:30, according to . an
announcement by Tom Atynneay,
post mtunauder, __ s ,.i
A I*
Defendant in $100,000 Suit
Accused by
Paul Weigand,
Ohio football
star, of
wife's affections
Mrs. G. A.
Reutscbler, Jr.
Joan Sawyer,
is seamed
defendant in
$ tOO,000 suit.
First Purse Strings Drawn
To Fill Empty Stockings
First contributions to The Star's Christmas Stoeki g
Fond for the needy of Shelby follow:
Star Publishing Company-$20
D. Z. Newton_——.— f5
Rev. L. B. Hayes----—-$5
Just last week a widow In Lenoir county killed herself because she
cid not have the funds with which to feed and clothe her children ant
herself. Many people In the county, no doubt, would have gladly come
to her aid had they known about it, or had there been any systematic
method of locating people in such distress There may be such cases
ar.d there are such cases about Shelby, although the unfortunate oner
may not be considering suicide as the way out. The Star’s Christmas
Stocking Fund for the poor hopes to alleviate Just such distress about un
fortunate homes during the holidays. Read The Raleigh News and Ob
server's editorial on the Lenoir woman's suicide, and then follow the dic
tates of your heart and mall your check to the fund:
(News and Observer.)
Every reader of tills paper must i
have been saddened to read the pltl- j
ful and helpless notewritten by t> |
Lenoir county widow just Delon '
committing suicide. She wrote an- ' j
sealed her hopelessness with her j
life:. .
"I can't stay here in this world ;
and keep my little children from
starring. I have nobody to look to j
for anything. I hope my children i
can be cared for in an orphanage, j
"I'd rather go and be with Sam." j
(Sam was her husband.)
"I started to write this letter six ;
months ago, but was interrupted.
Tonight I must finish it. And, oh
God, it’s hard to write. Don't think
less of me for doing this. I feel that!
it will be better than to go on rmi i
lose my mind. I haven’t been to bed 1
and it is now 5 o'clock.’*
There are many no doubt in her
county who would have given aid it
they had known of her. - extremity;.
Some neighbors will say “O, If we
had known.” And now it is too late !
It is a reflection upon our civiliza
tion that conditions could exist ihat
(Continued on page twelve.)
The committee which this
year will investigate appeals
and distribute The Star’s
Christmas Stocking Fund
among the poor of Shelby rill
meet Thursday afternoon at I
o'clock In the office of J. B.
Smith, county welfare officer,
at the court house.
Preliminary plans will be
cone over for raising and
handling the necessary fund
Those urged to attend as
I members of the committee are
the presidents or representa
tives of the three civic clubs
—Kiwanls, Lions, and Rotary;
the hrad or a representative
of the Woman’s club and ■\ux
iliary organizations; the mln
I inters of the uptown and
5 South and West Shelby
churches, and CapL U. L.
smith, superintendent of
schools. Club heads unable to
attend the conference snould
see that their clubs are rep
Simmons Will Be Fought By
Labor, Textile Organizer Says
High Point.—A million and a hail
dollars, recently voted by the Am
erican Federation of Labor at its
convention in Toronto, Canada, rood
will be available to fight labor's bat -
ties in North Carolina, according tc
labor leaders here. Following a con
ference with Alfred Hoffman, or
ganizer for the United Textile
Workers of America and chief fig
ure in the Marion trial, the local
tycoons announced that labor will
begin serious operation In the near
future and that Its operations will
center in the middle part of the
With the million and a hart dol
lar appropriation In hand, accord
ing to the local leaders, they will
apply themselves to a twofold cask.
One is to organize labor In the
state. The other is to defeat S*ma
[ tor F. M. Simmons if he otters him
; self lor election next year.
They quote Hollman as stating
; that Simmons is not a friend to u
| bor and must be kept out of the
j United States senate. A large part of
tin American Federation appr >p»ia
1 ticsi will be used for the election of
| men favorable to labor, it is de
; dared.
Every candidate for the state
legislature next year will be asked
by labor leaders to express his views
in regard to the various measures
which labor hopes to get on the
statute books in North Carolina. If
necessary candidates will be put in
the race by labor, irrespective of
political faith, it is Indicated.
While in this city recently Mr.
Hoffman is quoted as saying that
Senator Lee S. Overman is an ene
my of labor, but it is thought that
(Continued oft jjase tweije.t
i a
School Budget
Endorsed Here
By Ruling Board
The S-36H.2fl4.8fl Expense «t Operat
ing AH County Schools For
Six Months, Approved.
One of the main features of the
two county board session here this
week was the approval of the Nov
ember, or six months school budget
by the county board of education- 1
This budget, as submitted by -T.
H. Orlgg, county superintendent, *
calls for the expenditure Of £M0,
304.86 to operate all Cleveland coun
ty schools for the six months peri
od. This not only Includes the
schools which operate for only six
months of the year but covers the
operating expense of the eipht
months schools for six months and
the salaries of teachers and a per
capita expense tendered the city
schools of Shelby and Kings Moun
tain for six months of the school
year. '
Of this total amount sm.lWJi
come* from sources other than tax
ation, being derived from the state
equalisation fund, fines and for
feitures from county court, 'rom
dog tax and money from district*
applied on state loans. This memos
that of the total expense cttlxehs
pay by taxation only $189 095.55 to
operate all the schools of the ooun
ty for six months, In which *ppr?oc
lmately 15,000 children are being
The majority of the school board
session was devoted to routine
No Bridge Requests.
The county commissioners had a
very quiet session with only cus
tomary bills and monthly problems
to take up. An unusual feature' of
the session, according to the min
utes of the meeting, was that for
the first time in longer than the
commissioners remember not a sin
gle request was made for a new
bridge in the county or bridge re
pairs. Ordinarily, year in and out, ,
one of the major problems of coun
ty commissioner* fc-the lmlldinu and
upkeep of bridges la-all Sections of'
the cotinty.
Soldier Wed» Girl
Hurt Gaffney Crash
Cherryvllle Girl Marries Army Matt
At Hospital in Gaffney After
Auto Crash.
Gaffney—Reviving from a period
of unconsciousness following at)
automobile wreck on Cherokee ave
nue here Sunday afternoon, Mlstt
Lillie Mae Grigg, of Cberryville,
was married to Sergeant Stanley
Wolose of Fort Bragg, while lying
In bed at the City hospital hara
Sunday night. The ceremony was
performed by Probate Judge (lake
W. Stroup in the presence of the
hospital nurses, and Jim McSwakt.
of the First National Bank, who
happened to be visiting at the In
stitution. The groom sat on the bed
by the side of the bride during the
ceremony. - ^ • 1
The bride and goam were able M
leave the hospital Monday and left
for Cherryvllle to visit the bride's
Sergeant Woloee and his fiance
were accompanied by Henry Heath,
of Fort Bragg, and Miss Pearl
Qrigg, slater of Mias Mae, when the
automobile in which they were rid
ing crashed Into a tree on Cherokee
avenue about 9 o’clock Sunday aft
ernoon. Miss Mae Grigg was knock
ed unconscious and the others were l
badly jarred and shaken up.
Melvin Peeler Plays
Last Game Saturday
Durham, Dec. 4.—Melvin Peeler,
former two-letter star at Shelby
High, will be playing his last foot
ball game In Duke university tog si
Saturday when Duke battles the
strong Carolina eleven In tha sea
son's finale in the handsome new
stadium at Durham.
During his three years the former
Shelby boy has been one of tnv
most consistent and hardest light
ing ends on the squad ana has n& ‘ •
tiripated in practically every Duke
game during the three years -
pearing with him for the last <Sme
in the Duke lineup will be ■ 'apt.
Kiatler, Nick Warren, Bob Thorne.
Ock Godfrey and Sam Bide.
Masonic Notice.
Cleveland lodge 203 A- F. & A, M,
will meet Friday night at 1:10 tot
work in the first degree. All local
Masons and visitors are urged t» |
attend. '. *
Mrs. M. 3. Cline returned today t<*
her home at Lawndale after Vs
veek’s stgy at the home of Mr. D<
II, Cline. , MM

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