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. * 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.