North Carolina Newspapers

    VOL. XXXV, No. 152
SHELBY, N. C.
FRIDAY, DEC. 27, 1929.
10 PAGES
TODAY
Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons
By mall, pei year (in advance) 93.60
Carrier, ner rear (In advance) *3 00
LATE NEWS
THE MARKET.
Cotton, strict mid.. 16!ic
Cotton Seed, per hu._„_36c
Cloudy, Rain Likely.
Today’s North Carolina Weather
Report: Cloudy followed by rain
in extreme west portion. Slightly
warmer tonight except on the coast.
Saturday cloudy and warmer with
rain in north and west portions.
Three Die In Plane.
Alton Stewart, well knowr Ra
leigh aviator, and two compai.ions—
Worth Stephenson and Hugh Bla
lock, of Angler—were killed at Dunn
Christmas afternor- when their
plane fell 300 feet to the ground.
Stephenson, one of the passengers,
was handling the plane, it was s f d.
Craz:d Farmer
Slays Family,
And Kills Self
Ierrible Tragedy On Chrltmas Day
•In Stokes Connty. Kills Wife
Six C hildren.
Walnut Cove, Dec. 27.—A Stokes
county farmer's wife and six chil
dren are dead, ell the victims of a
husband and father who had been
Kind to them until Christmas day
when a violent fit of Insanity rob
bed him of his reason, caused him
to slay them and then shoot him
self to death with a shotgun.
The dead:
Charles D. Lawson, well-to-do
farmer, who lived near Walnut
Cove, his wife, 38, and six of their
children: Marie, 17, Clarie, 14; Mari
belle, 10; James, 7; Raymond, 5;
and Mary Lou, 5 months.
The bodies of the mother and
children, shot or beaten to death,
were found Wednesday afternoon in
the blood-stained Lawson l**Tne and
a tobacco barn on the piece. The
hands of everyone of them were
folded across their breasts, their
heads pillowed, and their eyes clos
ed. The father, after butchering
them, had carefully laid them out
for burial.
SUyer’e Body In Woods.
Lying by a pathway in a patch
of woods a half a mile away was
the body of the middle-aged farm
er. A single-barrelled shotgun was
nearby and in his pocket was a
crumbled piece of paper upon which
was scrawled:
"Blame nobdy but I."
A county coroner’s jury^ found
that Lawson slew his wife, "six chil
dren, and himself in a fit of in
sanity.
k Arthur Lawson, 19-year-old son, is
the only member of the immediate
family who remains alive. He was
visiting an uncle near aermrnton
when his deranged father wiped
out the rest of the family, The
youth was grief-stricken when he
returned to find his father, moth
er, brother and sisters dead. He
was at loss in attempting to give a
reason for his father’s deed. He
said his father had always been
kind to him and other members of
the family. ,
Brain Cells Degenerated.
Coroner C. J. Halseback, after a
post-mortem at Madison where the
bodies were taken to be prepared
far burial, said an examination re
vealed what appeared to be signs of
(Continued on page eight.)
Dr. Hicks’ Condition
Improved Very Much
Shelby Dentist, Hurt In Wreck, Now
Practically Out Of Danger,
Doctor Says.
Dr. R. C. Hicks, Shelby dentist
severely injured in an auto acci
dent last Sunday morning at Gas
tonia, was said today to be “prac
tically out of danger.”
This will be cheering news to
many of Dr. Hicks friendo and rela
tives in Shelby and the county as
at first it was feared that pneu
monia would set in. He has been a
patient at the City hospital in Gas
tonia since and Dr. McDowell, hos
pital surgeon, informed 'T’he Star
at noon that he was getting along
fine and that there was no indica
tion of pneumonia.
Dr. Hicks had both jaws and sev
eral ribs broken when his car
crashed Into a concrete traffic sign
in East Gastpnia.
Only Five Couples
Buy License Here
Only five couples secured mar
riage license here during the holi
days while two or three times that
many local couples were being
hitched in Gaffney and '"ork. Of
the five couples, securing license
from Register A. F. Newton from
December 20 until today, three were
colored.
Into New Home.
Mrs. Walter Fanning and family
moved just before Christmas into
the former Frank Hoey residence on
South Washington street, which was
recently purchased by Mrs. Fan
ning.
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Many Couples
From Section
Marry In S. C.
Cleveland Sends Large Number Of
Lovers To Gaffney’s
Gretna Green.
(Special to The Star.)
Gaffney, S. C., Dec. 26.—
Cleveland county couples fram
ed a big percentage of the 35
marriage ceremonies perform
ed at the Gaffney, S. C., Gretna
Green, Saturday and Sunday by
Judge Stroup.
As it was Judge Stroup was of
the opinion that inclement weather
and bad travelling conditions kept
away a score or so more couples.
The following couples from this
section were among those married
by him Saturday and Sunday:
Fred Houser and Lucy Brackett
of Bostir; Everett White and Ruth
Hunt of Casar and Lawndale; Tom
Ledford and Willie Fagans of Shel
by; James Allen Poster and Althee
Parton of Shelby: Fred Richie and
Ruby Kate Burns of Vale; Palmer
Gold and Nannie Sue Shytle of
Shelby, R-5; Grover Reel and
Odessa Dickson of Splndale; Wil
liam Burgin Wilson end Vivian
Jolly of Henrietta; Elbe Morrison
and Maude Wilson of Shelby;
Charlie Brady and Viola White
sides of Forest City; Ray Ward and
Hester Hemes of Shelby; Gordon
Wilson and Lillie Warren of Earl;
Odls Giles and Carrie Rollings of
Cherryville; Fletcher Ruppe and
Onie Carroll of Cliffside and Lat
timore; Grady Panther and Minnie
Bivins of Shelby; Sanford Mull and
Bessie Peagins of Shelby; Olin Moss
and Jettle Rayburn of Spindale;
Raleigh Guffey and Pearl Mauney
of Shelby; Howard Sain and Pearl
Carpenter of Toluca; Stephen Long
and Ruby Wells of Bessemer City
and Dallas; Summie Mode and Reba
Hinson of Forest City; John Henry
Simms and Victoria Moon oi
Shelby; Haden Lockhart and Delia
Johnson (col.) of Shelby; Elbert
Hopper end Bessie Watson (col.)
Boiling Springs; Noah Coleman
Harris and Alice Mae Crane of
Bostic and Spindale; Dewey Rol
lins and Essie Hunt of Shelby;
Charlie W. Coggins and Lillie Shu
ford of Shelby and Cherryville;
Grit Frady and Pearl Rhodes of
Shelby.
This does not include the many
couples during week-end from
South Carolina.
Gamble, Of Shelby,
Injured At Gastonia
Shelby Man's Car Struck By Hit
And-Ron Driver Who Cannot
Be Located.
Gastonia Gazette, Thursday.
Ted Gamble, of Shelby, was a
caller at the sheriff’s office tljis
morning. He was bareheaded, at
least what part of his head not
swather in bandages, was bare. He
was all wrapped around with tape
and gauze. He was looking for his
automobile, a Ford coupe.
"Somebody hit me last night near
the fair grounds about midnight
and the first thing I knew was
when I woke up at 7 o’clock this
morning, I went back out there and
my car was gone.”
"I was unconscious from the time
somebody ran Into my car until I
came out of a stupor at the hos
pital,” said young Gamble, who Is a
nephew of Mr. John S. Jenkins, of
Gastonia.
Somebody had sideswiped him at
the intersection of the Wilkinson
boulevard and New Hope road. He
was thrown from his car and sus
tained two or three bad cuts on his
head and face.
The •sheriff got busy and located
his Ford in Boyd’s garage in West
Gastonia. A taxi driver, Ross
Brackett, had brought young Gam
ble to the Gaston Sanatorium
where his wounds were dressed. No
clue had been found as to the driv
er who hit him, although Rural Of
ficer Porter Payne who was at the
scene or the wreck shortly after
wards is investigating possible trails.
Theatre To Change
Name Here; Prize
Offered For Name
The name of the Princess theatre,
which for some time has been op
erated by a Charlotte amusement
firm will be changed, It was an
nounced today by Mr. L. C. Slpe, lo
cal manager of the well known show
bouse.
A Prize of $10 in gold, he says, will
be given the person selecting the
name which is accepted by the
theatre owners. This contest, de
tailed in an advertisement today,
bejins Monday and runs until Jan
uary 7.
Aged 102, Doesift Care For Flappers
Mrs. Mary Brown of Charleston as she was about to cut her birthday
cake to celebrate her 102nd birthday. Work, play and shun liquor is her
secret for a long life. She doesn’t like short skirts and doesn’t cart
for the modern flapper.
International Nrwuraal
Charity Fund Sends
Santa Calling Here
Tour Little Girls
Have Real Christmas
Fatherless Youngsters Seeking A
Home Get One As Christmas
Gilt.
Pour pink cheeked, fatherless girls
perhaps received a bigger gift from
Santa Claus than anybody else in
Cleveland county.
Santa Claus, working in the in
terest of a world which is a pretty
good old world after all, gave them
a home for a Christmas present.
In the last issue of The Star last
week Welfare Officer J. B. Smith
informed The Star that he had four
fatherless girls, ages ranging from
two to nine years, who were in need
of a home, and a story of their
plight was published. Two days be
fore Christmas a county family
opened its heart and doors and
took the youngsters in so that they
might have a Christmas similar to
that enjoyed by children who have
homes and relatives.
Convicts Given
A Crosley Radio
Members of the No. 8 convict
force were overjoyed during the
holidays when they received a
Crosley radio, the gift of citizens
in Shelby. Mr. Elzie WeUmon con
ceived the idea of giving a radio
to these Unfortunates who are con
fined in chains and akked for small
contributions which he and others
personally solicited. The donations
were cheerful and the necessary
amount to buy a new Crosley was
secured on Christmas eve.
Bantist Pastor Is
Given A New Auto
Some friend drove Dr. Zeno Wall’s
old four year old car from his front
door on Christmas eve, but the
space was not vacant long. Shortly
a new Dodge sedan was standing in
place of the old car. Admirers from
his congregation at the First Bap
tist church felt that he should have
a new car and the necessary amount
to make the exchange was readily
subscribed.
Between 80 and 90 Families Helped
By Star's Empty Stocking
Charity Fund.
If there was a single Shelby
home at which Santa Claus failed
to call Christinas evening, the civic
welfare committee liandling The
Stir’s Christmas Stocking fund
hopes to find It and yet leave a bit
of belated Christmas cheer in mak
ing up for a possible slip or two by
the bearded old fellow who distil*
butes joy and good will once each
year.
A preliminary check-up by Wel
fare Officer J. B Smith and the
civic committee working with him
in handling The Star’s Christmas
fund shows that approximately 85 j
families have already been helped,
while the welfare' officer is con
tinuing to distribute necessities of
life among needy cases.
Near $1,700 Given.
An estimate today is that Shelby
gave approximately $1,700 through
several sources for welfare work
among the poor. Almost *700 was
contributed through The Star fund
by citizens and merchants, while
four Shelby churches took over
about 70 cases from the welfare
department and expended approxi
mately $1,000 in purchasing neces
jsary gifts. A total of 82 homes were
taken care of by the following
! churches—First Baptist, Central
Methodist, First Presbyterian, and
the Second Baptist. In some of
these homes the church committees
handled all the needs, while In
others coal and food was left by
The Star fund with the church and
Sunday school committees giving
necessary clothing and other gifts.
The need In many homes was
acute and those who Investigated
appeals and helped distribute the
necessities provided by charitable
citizens say that The Star’s fund
did more actual good this year
than ever before.
Many a little tot was made to
realize that ' there is a Santa,"
many an overburdened mother was
given a lift along life’s trail, many
sick fathers were cheered to see
their families aided, and numerous
sick beds had their outlook bright
enod by the helping hand from the
more fortunate.
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Hoey jr., of
Canton are spending Christmas
week with their parents here.
Methodists To
Install Their
Board Stewards
Official 'Joard Of Ontral Metho
dist To Be Installed,
Observe Sa-rament.
At the morning hour of II o'clock
the pastor of Central Methodist
church, Her. L. B. Hayes, will In
stall the official board of stewards
elected to serve for the coming
year. This brief and beautiful serv
ice lasting for only a few minutes
will be followed by the holy com
munion or Lord s st,pp;r.
The list of stewards follows: O. S.
Anthony, W. H, Arey, C. A. Burrus,
J. N. Dellinger. Thad C. Ford, R
M. Gidncy, J. H. Clrlgg, Clyde R.
Hoey. Chits. A. Hoey, Geo. A. Hoyle,
Dr. J. W. Harbison, W. C. Harris,
Earl D. Honeycutt. B. H. Kendall.
Wm. Lineberger, J. D. Lineberger.
Ji O. Lutz, E. O. McGowan, (lay
leader), J. R. McClurd, D. Z. New
ton. Jack Palmer, O. O. Palmer, J.
F. Roberts, Roy Sisk, Z. J. Thomp
son, Rush Thompson, C. 8. Young,
B. L. Smith Honorary—Mrs. B. C.
Houser. W. C. Wh tenant.
Every steward Is expected to be
present and the entire membership
including the Sunday school will
also be urged to attend the sacra
mental service. The Sunday school
will take a special fifth Sunday of
fering for the childrens home at
Winston-Salem during their regular
class periods.
At 7:30 the minister will speak on
the topic "Arresting the Reaper.”
This Is a New Years sermon design
ed to disharm Father Time by tak
ing the sythc out of his hand and
put a smile on his face. The hymns
and special music will be approp
riate to the season. Central church
has been experiencing a revival of
interest and attendance on the
night sendees.
Taxes And Autos
Take Much Money
Total County Taxes And Auto Li
censes Require Over
$600,000.
A business man was do ins some
figuring the other day and found
that the cost of auto license plates
and the county taxes require an
nually over $630,000.
A week ago the sheriff had col
lected $180,000 of the half million
dollars required annually for all
county purposes. This leaves to be
collected $32*000 and to this
should be added the cost of the auto
license plates for the motor vehicles
of the county. There are 8,660 reg
istered motor vehicles in Cleveland
and since the minimum cost per
car is $12.50 and the maximum on
a passenger car is $40.00, it is con
servative fo average each car li
cense plate at $15. This is in the
nature of the tax, the money of
course going to the state road fund.
It amounts to $129,900 annually and
grows year after year, so the cost of
auto license plates and the county
tax budget calls for an annual toll
of $630,000.
Heretofore, auto licenses had to
be renewed in July, but for the con
venience of the farmers it has been
changed to January 1. • At that it
hits the Christmas season, this busi
ness man remarked, when there
are many calls for other things, so it
is never “convenient” to pay.
Insurance Conroany
Branch For Shelby
Beginning the first of the year
the Colonial Life Insurance com
pany, of High Point, will main
tain a branch of the main office
here instead of a general agency.
Mr. Play Hoey who was head of the
agency will be in charge of the
branch office which will be located
at the present Hoey agency office
in the Royster building.
Young Shop Girl Wins Legion Carnival
Auto Tuesday; Other Christmas Prizes
Miss Jackson Gets Chevrolet. Boyce
Wakefield Wins Ring. J. D.
Moore Gets Radio.
It was a big Christmas tor one
young Shelby girl who has not a
father. Miss Elizabeth Jackson, shop
girl in a local store and daughter of
Mrs. Edna Kendrick Jackson, won
the Chevrolet coach given away
Tuesday by the local post of the
American Legion in r. before
Christmas trade carnival staged by
the ex-service men in cooperation
with local merchants.
Several hundred people packed
and jammed the southwest comer
of the court square at uoou Tues
day for the drawing supervised by
Legion officials Out of the big bar
rel full of trade coupon stubs a
youth, with a blindfold over his
eyes drew a stub with the number
“121124” Miss Jackson held thft.
ticket corresponding with the stub
and was awarded the “ar for which'
anxious hundreds all had a chance
prior to the drawing.
Other Winners.
Eoyce Wakefield, local llorist, was
the winner of the $55 diamond ring
offered by George Alexander, jew
eler, for guessing the name of a
doll in the jewelry store window.
The doll's name was “Trixie", In
the Charles L. Eskridge auto con
test, with which prizes were offered
for those krai wing more of the me
chanical makeup of the new Ford,
R. L. Nichols, of Shelby, won the
first prize of $50; Lloyg a. Stroup,
of CherryvtUe route 2, won second
prize of $37.50, and W. T. Sinclair,
of Shelby, won the third prize of
$13.50.
W. A. Pendleton, music dealer,
gave a radio to J. D. Moore, of the
Cleveland Cloth mill village, for
guessing the number of radios sold
during the motfths of November and
December. Each radio purchaser
was entitled to a guess and Mr.
Moore guessed 96, the correct num
ber.
Local Men Under
2 Serious Charges
In Mixup With Law
Sheriff Allen Charge* McSwain
With Attempting To Run Orer
Him With Automobile.
Doyle Groom**, local taxi man,
and Roy McSwain, also a local man,
were tried in Lincoln county early
in the week on a couple of charges
and will face charges, onj of them
serious, in county court here Mon
day, practically nil of the charges
resulting from mixups between the
two men and office*.* of Lincoln
and Cleveland.
At Llncolnton Groome was tried
and convicted of drawing a gun on
a Lincoln officer, the defendant tak
ing an appeal, while McSwain is
charged here with attempting to
run over Sheriff Irvin Allen with
an automobile late one night last
week when Sheriff Allen and other
officers were attempting to catch
him.
Got Away At Time.
The sheriff along with four other
officers found McSwain In his car.
they charge, at the taxi-stand near
the Southern station where
Groomc's headquarters are located.
The sheriff Jumped on the running
board but was jolted off and had to
scramble hurriedly'*, he says, to keep
the car from running over him, such
appearing tc be the Intention of the
driver, according to the sheriff.
McSawin made hts getaway at the
time although officers tried to shoot
down his tires. At that time Groome
was arrested and charged with be
ing Intoxicated.
Later Lincoln officers stopped a
car in which McSwain and Groome
were travelling in that county and
it was then that Groome W'as charg
ed with drawing hts gun. He was
given a 12 months sentence but
took an appeal to higher court and
was released under a $1,500 bond.
McSwain was tried on a leaser
charge and fined $50, it is said.
The latter is under bond of $1,000
here while he awaits trial on a
charge, aa technically written, of
"assault with deadly weapon, to wit
an automobile."
Mill Families
Are All Treated
Most Of Induitrial Plants Are Clos
ed This Week. Cleveland Cloth
Gives *5.00 Each.
Fruit and confections were dis
tributed to all of the families at all
of the local textile plants juBt be
fore Christmas and no worker or
child was left unremembered. The
treats were bountiful and In line
with a long established custom on
the part of the mill authorities.
At the Cleveland Cloth mill, a *5
gold piece was given to each of the
i420 employees. Since this institu
tion started running day and night,
the number of employees has been
doubled and In the Christmas re
membrance, the humblest worker
received just as much as the super
intendent. The amount distributed
to the mill employees amounted to
$2,100.
Most of the mills are closed all
this week to give their employees a
week for enjoyment. There is much
traveling about, visiting friends and
relatives during the Christmas sea
son.
At the Wayside Restaurant Mon
day night, the Eagle Roller mill em
ployees numbering aboiSt 18, enjoy
ed a feast of good things to eat.
This plant closed two and a half
days.
Mr*. Abernethy Now
Own* Wayside Alone
Announcement is made in the ad
vertising columns of The Star to
day of the change in proprietorship
of the Wayside Restaurant, located
on East Warren street. The Wayside
for some time past has been operat
ed jointly by Mrs. Tom Abernethy
and Mrs. Alice Boland. On Christ
mas eve Mrs. Abernethy took over
the sole management, having bought
i out Mrs. Boland's half Interest. The
latter, although new to the restau
rant business, is enthusiastic about
it, and is planning to make of the
Wayside a restaurant that will be
a credit to the town.
Choir Will Repeat
Cantata Sunday
At the urgent request of many,
the choir of the First Baptist church
will repeat the Christmas cantata
on Sunday night, if the weather
permits. This cantata was beauti
fully rendered Just before the holi
days and later broadcast over the
Charlotte radio station.
Dr. Wall's theme for the Sunday
morning service will be “Love Filled
LUfe."
i
Shelby Postoffice
May Not Hold Its
First Class Rating
Shelby Without
Accidents During
Christmas Period
Only Accident Patient At Hospital
Was Youth Who Became Too
Friendly With Fireworks.
Not a single accident of con
sequence took any of the Joy
out of Christmas holidays In
Shelby and this immediate see*
tlon, according to a check of
the register of patients at the
Shelby hospital.
It is the first year In many
years, according to files of The
Star in the past, In which there
was not a single automobile,
hunting, or fireworks accident
or mishap of some sort.
Only one accident victim was
taken to the hospital during
the holiday period and the in*
Jury of this youth, who decided
to look at a firecracker at close
range, was so slight that he re
mained at the hospital for only
a few minutes.
Numerous automobiles and
trucks did quite a bit of Christ
mas sledding on the river bend
hill west of Shelby due to a
stretch of highway which was
. frosen over with snow and ice,
one truck spilling a load of stov
es, but in all of the slides no
one was injured.
Chivous Byers
Dies, Age 58
frcmlnent Citizen And Son Of Ex
Sheriff Buried At Sulphur
Sprints Church.
Mr. Chivous Byers, age 58 years,
died Christinas day at his home
three miles below Shelby following
.on illness of a year or two. Mr.
I Byers was the son of ex-sheriff J.
C. Byers and was one of the lead
ing citiaens of his section.
The fdneral was conducted Thurs
day afternoon at 2 o’clock by Revs.
N. C. Williams and R. L. Forbis
and Interment was in the cemetery
at Sulphur Springs Methodist
church where he held his member
ship. A large crowd attended the
services.
Surviving are his wife, four
daughters and three sons: Mrs.
Laberne McMurry, Vashti, Annie
and Frances Byers, Chivous, Wil
burn and Crayton Byers. Also sur
viving are two sisters. Mrs. M. A.
Bowen and Mrs. John Hamrick.
Former Shelby Girl
Weds In Charlotte
In a ceremony characterized by
charming dignity and simplicity.
Miss Margaret Ross and Hewell
Roseberry, the latter of Baltimore,
were wedded during the holidays in
Charlotte at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Marion Ross, the 'former a
brother of the bride, at 4 Briarciiff
place. Dr. Luther Little pastor of the
First Baptist church, officiated.
The bride is the youngest daugh
ter of Landrum B. Ross and the
late Mrs. Ola Shuford Ross of Shel
by. After finishing school, she went
to Charlotte to make her home. She
is a handsome brunette with charm
ing personality, and is admired by a
host of friend throughout the state.
The bridegroom is the only son
of Mrs. Janie C. Roseberry and the
late John Hewell Roseberry of Mal
vern, Ark. He was graduated from
Davidson college in the class of *37,
and has received the degree of
bachelor of science and master of
arts. His graduate work was done at
the University of Virginia and the
University of Chicago. At present
he is professor of physics at the
University of Maryland.
Thirteen In Jail
Here For Christmas
1 If Kris Kringle with his gift pack
visited everyone in Cleveland coun
ty, then he, undoubtedly, had. to
clamber down the chimney at the
county jail, for 13 festive persona,
who imbided too much Chrlatmaa
spirits or celebrated in some other
unbecoming manner, wee Jailed from
the morning of December 24 until
this morning. It is the smallest
number of Christmas arrests here,
officers say. in several -ears, and
generally speeking the holiday per
iod Was not as boisterous as in time
past.
Some Dinner Of Losing Ranking
Despite A Record Handling Of
Christmas Mall.
Santa Claus did his best to en
able the local pcstofflce to hold ita
first-class ranking by providing a
record-breaking Christmas mall but
as yet the office is not assured that
it will be able to retain the first
class rating which came to ttMk of
fice by Increased postal receipts last
year.
This was information given out
today by Postmastr J. H. Quinn, who
said, in answer to a query, that
“we're a little scary yet about bold
ing our classification."
Enough Time Yet.
A postoffice must hae annual pos
tal receipts of $40,000 to enter the
highest postal classification, which
means increased salaries for postal
officials, and last year the Shelby
office pased the necessary $40,000
limit by a scant two hundred dol
lars or so. During the June quarter
this year, due, presumably, to a
general business depression, receipts
at the local office fell below the
mark set by the 6ame quarter last
year. Since that time increases
have been shown over similar per
iods of 1928 but so far the quarter
ly Increases have not been enough
to take care of the June quarter
decrease and assure that the total
receipts of the year will reach $40,
000,
New Year’s Mailing.
One big hope of those wishing the
office to retain its city classification
' s that a rush of New Year’s mall
will make the necessary total a cer
tainty. On the three days Immed
iately preceding the first of the
present year the local off ice handled
mall bringing in a total of $1,200 In
postal receipts.
New Christmas Record.
There is no definite method by
which a complete check yiay be
made of all mall handled through
the local office, but It Is known that
during the holiday period more let
ters and cards were handled than
ever before. Heretofore a one-day
record of letters and cards passing
through the cancelling machine was
below 13,000. this coming two days
before Christmas of last year. On
Friday of last week. 13.000 letters
and cards passed through the can
celling machine to establish a new
one-day reoord, then on Saturday
the record was broken again with
18.000 letters and cards, and then
Monday,.the big day, there were
17.000 letters and cards. Parcels and
packages handled showed a similar
increase over all previous holiday
periods.
Auto Licenses
Selling Faster '
Only four more daya remain for
owners of motor vehicles to buy
new license plates for the year
1930. New tags must be on all cars
on January 1, according to a ruling
by the state department of revenue.
At the Eskridge garage where the
sale of auto license platee Is ber
ried on under the direction of the
Carolina Motor club, SQM plates
had been sold up to noon Thursday.
There are 8,860 registered- motor
vehicles In Cleveland county, but
many owners buy direct from Ra
leigh by mall. Mr. Eskridge states
that he expects to sell 6,000 (dates
here, so If that is th* <«», 1.000
owners must be waited on each day
of the next four days. The local of
fice will be closed on New - Year’s
Day.
Two Fire Alarms
On Christmas Day
Firemen were disturbed from
their Christmas day of enjoyment
when two alarms were turned in,
calling the department to scenes of
fire. A dwelling occupied by Seri
Hicks in West Shelby had the roof
damaged by fire. An automobile
whose owner was never learned was
slightly damaged by fire on the
same day. It was parked in front of
the Morrison Transfer office on
West Graham street.
THE COLORED METHODIST
Sunday, Dee. 29, 1929. Sunday
school 10 a. m., Bliaon Cramer,
supt. Preaching by the pastor. Rev.
ino. A. Hunter, 11:15 a. m. Theme,
Vision and Service * T:20 p. in..
Theme. “The Station of the Occu
prnts of the Kingdom ” Tueeday
EPISCOPAL CHIIR^I
night, JVaUfc Meeting.
    

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