North Carolina Newspapers

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VOL. XXXV. No. 153
SHELBY, N. C. MONDAY, DEC. 30, 1929.
Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons
By mall, pet yoar (In
Cotton, strict mid__16*,isc
Cotton Seed, per bu, .......... 36c
Fair Weather.
Today’s North Carolina Weather
Report: Fair tonight and Tuesday.
Not much change in temperatme.
Population Gain.
The population of the Untied
States increased more than 14 mil
lion people in the 10-year period
ending July 1, 1928, and is now 119,
306,000, according to a report made
hy the national bureau of economic
Football Star
Cats His Nzch
In Local Jail
Max Connor, Once Gridiron Hero,
Held For Forgery, Inflict!.
Slight Wound.
Max Connor, a few years
hack considered one of the best
football backs In the state while
playing at Shelby high, inflicted
a slight wound on his neck with
a razor blade In the county jail
Saturday afternoon where he is
being held until superior court
to face a charge of forgery.
Officers are net positive whether
the act was a definite attempt at
suicide or a measure employed to
win sympathy and get his bond
signed so that he might be released
The latter conclusion is reached by
some because the former grid star
did not use the safety razor on the
front of his throat, but, instead,
slashed the rear on his neck and
did not inflict a very severe cut.
Prisoners Call Aid.
Other prisoners in the Jail, It is
said, witnessed the act, or saw the
blood soon thereafter and notified
Mrs. Allen, wife of the sheriff, who
in turn sent fer her husband, who
removed all razor blades and dan
gerous articles of any type from
where they could be secured by Con
Asked why he cut himself young
Connor replied by saying “I Just
want to get out of here.”
The halfback, whose name a few
years ago was cne of the best known
in scholastic circles in North Caro
lina, was arrested Friday on a war
rant charging him with forging the
namfi. oT Herbert Blanton to a $10
check which was cashed by A. B C
DePriest Friday afternoon Police
Chief Poston brought him up town
In an effort to find some one to
sign bis bond but failed to do so.
In county court Saturday morning
Judge Kennedy bound him over on
the charge to superior court under
a betid of $500, and again an effort
to secure bond failed.
While In school he was a hero
among the pupils and popular
throughout the town and section,
but since leaving school he gained
the reputation of being somewhat
erratic in financial affairs, this, of
ficers say, making it hard for nim
to secure bond when arrested Fri
Negro Caught With
Forged Check Here
Several Other Checks In
Pocket When Nabbed By Tellers
. At First National.
Otis Harbison, a negro trying to
pass as James Hood, was placed in
jail here Saturday afternoon charg
ed with forgery after a couple of
tellers at the First National bank
had caught him and turned him
over to officers.
Friday, it is alleged, that Harbi
son visited the bank, posing as
James Hood, who had money in the
bank, and had a $4 check cashed.
Saturday he came back with a $3
check and was immediately pounc
ed upon j>y the bank tellers.
When searched after being ar
rested other checks were found up
on his person, one for $4.50, and
said to be a forgery, signed by Mike
Borders, Other checks were filled
out but had not been signed.
To Subscribers
Changing Address
At this season 01 the year
many subscribers to The Star are
changing their mall address. In
order to get your paper Changed,
It Is necessary rot only to give
your name, but both the postol
flce or route to which your paper
has been going and the address
to which you wish it changed.
Without this, information it is
impossible to readily find your
name among the thousands of
names on our mailing list.
Subscribers who are served in
Shelby and suburbs by The Star’s
17 wrier roys. wll pl' noti
fy us at Telephone I’o. XI of any
change in address hr failure on
the part of the carrier boy to
properly deliver the paper.
Departing Year One Of Steady Progress Here
No. 6 Road Heads To
Abandon Chain Gang
Work On July First
'cad Commissioners Feel That
Gang Too Expensive For Sin
gle Township To Carry.
After July 1, of the new year,
Cleveland county may not have
a chain gang to which prisoners
and convicts may be sent, and
the problem of what to do With
county criminals promises to be
one of the hardest propositions
for county officials to face in
1930. •
On July 1, it was definitely learn
ed today from the No. 6 township
road commissioners, the operation
of the chain gang, which has bern
used to work prisoners of the en
tire county, will be abandoned by
the township.
Planned Earlier.
It became known seme weeks ago
that the No. 3 commissioners—Mike
L. Borders, Marvin Blanton and
Tom Cornwell—had decided that
the chain gang operation was too
expensive fer a single township and
that they would abandon operation.
At that time the road commission
ers were intent upon abolishing the
No. 6 gang on January 1, but after
conferences with A. E. Cline, coun
ty business manager, the road com
missioners realized that no arrange
ment for taking care of the prison
ers which would be let out by the
gang before the next county budget
is made up at the end of the coun
ty fiscal year on July 1. Mr. Cline
explained to them that such an
emergency had not been anticipated
in preparing this year’s budget and
that the county would not have the
money to handle the prisoners.
Realizing what a situation the
abolishing of the convict force would
be for the county prior to the be
ginning of a r ew business year the
No. 6 road commissioners agreed to
maintain the gang until July 1,
byt announce definitely that they
Will give it up at that time.
Too Much Expense.
The gang as now operated to take
care of prisoners sentenced in lov-al
courts is proving too much of a fi
nancial burden to No. 6 township,
the road commissioners say.
Discussing the situation one of
the commissioners said "That we
believe—in fact, we know—that we
can get more for the amount of
road money we spend now by hiring
our labor. The operation of the
chain gang in upkeep of roads is
not profitable iinancially.
Diseased Convicts.
"One major reason is that a big
percentage of the convicts sent to
the gang are diseased and cost more
than they are worth. We always
have quite a number of young feL
lows on the gang who aae diseased,
some of them suffering with veue
eal diseases, and paying their med
ical bills proves very expensive With
hired labor, not diseased, and not
requiring complete upkeep we can
get far more cut of the money we
spend for roads."
Leaves Big Problem.
For months there has been talk
of the fact that the chain gang was
providing more of a liability than
an asset to the township. Some
mcnths back a movement was start
ed with the aim of making the
chaing gang a county-wide affair
as prisoners from all townships go
to the No. 6 gang. Whether or not
(Continued on page two.)
’Cing Sends Gift
To Girl Who Drew
Jury For His Case
Shelby Man In S. C. PrUon Re
members Little Girl With Curls
When Christmas Comes.
Chester.—That Rate King, who
was convicted at the court of gen
eral sessions at Chester last July of
slaying his wife, Faye Wilson King,
last winter at their home at Sharon,
8, C., is fond of children, is evid
enced by the beautiful necklace of
exquisite beads which he sent Mar
garet HatchaW, the lovely little g*rl
that drew the jury for the famous
Recently from 1515 Gist street,
Columbia,' 8. C„ where the peniten
tiary is located, came a letter want
ing to know the name of this beau
tiful little girl, which was forward
ed to him, to her Joyful surprise
came this wonderful necklace of
beads, which is one of the most
magnificent sets of beads ever seen
here of this type. Accompanying the
necklace was this little note:
"Dear Little Margaret,
“Heee’s to my little girl, with the
pretty little curls, that came to me
with a sweet little smile, last July
during my trial.
“Wishing you a merry Christmas
and a happy New Year.
11 County Couples
Marry In Gaffney
During Christmas
Rush Of Cleveland Lovers To South
Carolina Gfetna Green Contin
ues Through Holidays.
' The Yuletlde rush of Cleveland
county lovers to the Gaffney, South
Carolina, Gretna Green, for dips in
the sea of matrimony continues
without abatement.
Eleven couples from this county,
as given below, secured license from
Judge Lake W. Stroup, at Gaffney,
since the list published In Friday’s
Carl Wilson and Daisy Vassey, of
Lattimore; Mike Talent and John
nie Moore, of Mooresboro; Marady
Chambers and Sylva Hullender, of
Kings Mountain; Joe C. Hamrick
and Josephine Camp, of Shelby;
Arthur Hamrick, of Earl, and Lucy
Weaver, of Shelby Route 2; Carl
Hollingsworth and Moselle Ledford,
of Shelby; Eugene Spangler and
Edith Beam, cf Shelby; Paul Weaver
of Earl, and Canney Arrowood, of
Shelby; Lee Lail and Eliza Ledford,
of Mooresboro; Edward Williamson
and Jessie Mae Corry, of Shelby.
i .
No Serious Crashes
In Shelby Section
« ■■■ —
Although there were several fatal
automobile accidents throughout
North Carolina over the week-end
not a single serious accident took
place in this section, according to
information obtainable today.
A few smash-ups, including a col
lision near the Southern tracks
Sunday night in which no one was
injured, were reported, but at the
Shelby hospital today not a single
accident case was reported.
Rate King Writes From Prison
To Thank Friends For Greetings
Cheers Him Greatly, He Says, To
Be Remembered By His Many
Shelby Friends.
Rafe King, well known Shelby
man, who spent Christmas in the
South Carolina state prison, where
he awaits the outcome of his ap
peal for a new trial from a convic
tion and death sentence for the
murder of his wife, was greatly
cheered during .the holidays by
greetings and cards sent him by
Shelby friends.
In a letter to Buck Hardin, of
rt e E‘ar, Knfe a*':s that The Star
express his sincere thanks to the
many friends who did not forget
him at Christmas and who sent him
gifts and greetings of the season,
IT am still feeling good,” he wrote.
“am blessed with good health and I
weigh more than I ever did in my
life—but still I’m a bird in a cage.
Christmas wasn’t so blue after all
as we had a fine turkey dinner nere
and I received many Christmas
“It Is certainly gratifying and
rills my heart with joy to know that
I am still remembered by such a
hcst of friends. I hope they all had
a big Christmas, and I wish for
them a joyous New Year and many
more to come.”
The appeal for a new trial for
'Ing has already been filed by his
attorneys and may be taken up in
January or early in February by the
South Carolina supreme court. His
attorneys here are hopeful that a
new hearing will be granted i}un:
Sues for Alienation of Affection
Miss Antoi
nette Cogno
Dicesare, 18,
bride o i two
weeks, and
wife of Albert
Dicesare, of
Malden, is
suing her par•
ents-in-law for
120.000, charg- ,
ing alienation 1
o f affections.
The couple
were wed in
Conn., after
they bad
eloped to be
marred. The
groom’s p a r
ents make theit
home i ■ j
,Quincy, Mass.
Cotton Crop Virtually Completed
Organization For Marketing Big
Cleveland Gains
In Cotton Ginning
Over Next County
This County 12,496 Bales Ahead Of
Robeson In Second Place,
Johnston Third.
Cleveland county, this year grow
ing a record cotton crop, is 12,496
bales ahead of the second largest
cotton county in the state, Robeson,
and not quite 20,Q00 bales ahead of
Johnston county, which is third.
Cleveland and Robeson are the ojuy
two counties among the five large
cotton counties in North Carolina
showing an increase over the 1928
A complete ginning report of all
counties to December 13 shows that
Cleveland lacks only about 5,000
bales of having ginned as much to
that date as the four adjoining
counties. Catawba had to December
1 ginned 13,004 bales, Gaston 11,
389. Lincoln 17,002, and Rutherford
Mecklenburg county shows a good
gain over last year with a total
ginning of 20,121 bales to December
JL3, while Union county, to the
Piedmont area moves into sixth
place with 26,778 bales to be the
only Piedmont or Western county
that near the top with the excep
tion of Cleveland.
The five leaders and jthelr gln
nlngs to Dec. 13 In botl^ears fol
County 1929 1928
Cleveland. 52,670 48.503
Robeson - -_- 40,174 38,030
Johnston . .......... 36,236 39,398
Harnett __ 29,681 32 462
Halifax __ 27,069 37,836
Dr. Lackey Handles
Practice Of Brother
Moves From CherryviUe Back To
Fallston Home Since Sickness
Of Dr. F. H. Lackey.
Dr. W. J. Lackey, a native of the
Fallston section, has moved back to
Fallston from Cherryville to prac
tice medicine. This change, accord
ing to the Cherryville Eagle, which
speaks highly of the young physi
cian, was made because Dr. Lackey's
brother. Dr. F. H. Lackey, recently
suffered a stroke of paralysis and
will be unable to keep up his prac
tice there.
Shelby Girl Suffers
With Blood Poison
Little Miss Carolyn Bowman, live
yeax old daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Nat Bowman, is a patient at the
children's clinic, at Charlotte, suf
fering from a more or less serious
case of blood poisoning. The child
was removed to the hospital last
Friday, her mother remaining with
her, A cut finger, infected it is be
lieved, by powder from firecrackers.
Is believed to be the cause of the
Chapter Masons.
There will be a convocation of La
Fayette chapter Royal Arch Masons
Tuesday night, December 31. All
companions are urged to attend.
Proposal Made For Outright Pur
chase Of Crop, Bigger Cash
Washington,—Development of an
airtight legal structure for the $30,
000,000 cotton corporation was the
chief task of the federal farm
board and ootton representatives as
they go forward with the final draft
of a charter and by-laws.
Prank Burford, of Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma, counsel for the national
organization committee, was direct
ed to confer with Stanley Reed,
general counsel of the board, on a
program that would comply with
provisions of the Capper-Volstead
act and report to the sub-commit
tee and report to the sub-eommU
s&ld the board was substantially In
accord on the alms of the corpora
tion but that a number of highly
technical questions of organization
and operations were yet to be set
A summary of the mqjre Intricate
features was outlined by Carl Wil
liams, board member representing
Outright Buying Proposed.
Heretofore, he said, co-operatives
have been authorized to pay their
members only a certain per cent of
the value of their crop when de
livered. the remainder being paid
when the commodity moved Into
market channels. Now, It has been
proposed that a national marketing
agency be set up to buy the prod
uct outright if so desired.
Such procedure was'authorized by
the agricultural marketing act and
It now has become important to
work out a program that will not
conflict with state laws.
Another question, he said, Is
whether the national agency 1« to
be a sales corporation and a stabi
lization corporation In one, or
whether they are to be separate en
tities. Little mention has been made
of a stabilization corporation. It is
that body, financed entirely by the
government, which would take ever
whatever part of a commodity the
market branch could not sell. The
sales corporation, for which the
government would guarantee® a
capital of $30,000,000, would be fin
anced by member co-operatives
through purchases of stock. The
agricultural marketing act pre
scribed that the stabilization cor
poration be kept In the background
and inactive unless its assistance
was necessitated by an emergency.
Stock Subscription Plan.
It has been proposed, Williams
said, that all cotton co-operatives
(Continued on page two)
Arrest Negro About
Robbery Of Station
Caught By Officers After Selling
Gun Which Was Taken From
Filling Station.
Police officers Saturday afternoon
arrested Henry Lathers, colored,
charging him with breaking in and
robbing the Eads service station cn
South Washington street about a
month ago.
The arrest followed information
given officers that the negro ha;
scld a gun taken from the service
station to a white youth. Lathers
denied that ne was the fellow who
entered the .station and stole the
gun, cigarettes and cigars, declaring
that he got the gun from Will Mc
Dowell. - V •
Office Seekers
Likely To Get
Lined Up Soon
Prospective ( annulate* Feeling Out
Sentiment Undercover. No
There is little. If any, political
activity in evidence about Shelby !
and the county now insofar as the
casual observer Is concerned: but to
those accustomed to know the
movements of prospective office
holders, who build their basic fences
silently before announcing; publicly,
everything is not exactly quiet on
the local front.
In another week or two, unless,
indications now are misleading,
several office-seekers will be prtvate
ly informing their close friends that
they are in one race or another.
Building Fences.
At the present time at least four
or five likely candidates are quietly
moving from the office of one pol
itical leader to another to deter
mine ir this and that leader will
support their candidacies, while
friends are feeling out sentiment
among the voters on the street and
in the county. If these feelers arc
encouraging—and prospective can
didates, all of them, are generally
told that they are sure winners
several announcements of a semi
public nature will not be delayed
very long after the new calendars
go on the wall.
Little can be heard about pros
pects for county offices other than
that a prospective vacancy on the
county recorder’s court bench is
causing some discussion. When it
first became known that Re colder
Horace Kennedy would likely retire
from office and return to the pri
vate practice of law several succes
sors were mentioned. Since, how
ever, there does not seem to be an
overabundance of interest In that
the majority of the lawyers, eligible
for the county Judgeship, are of the
opinion that they can make more
money practising their profession
than by winning the judgeship. The
salary of the recorder is only $2,000
per year, a sum which he pays back the county treasury several
times each year from qpurt fines.
Years back when the court was
created very few cases came up
each week, but with Shelby growing
and the dry law bringing on more
arrests the county court is' now
practically a daily affair and a full
time Job for anyone. If a warm
race develops for the office it will
be because the applicants want to
use it as a stepping stone to future
political ambitions, although a pol
itician makes no great number of
new friends when he is a judge, and
not primarily because of the $2,000
salary which hardly reimburses a
Judge for the increasing duties of
court. i
With the county’s representative
In the legislature, O. M. Mull, now
executive counsellor to Governor
Gardner a new representative will
have to be selected by tlje voters
of the county; and it Is, also, Cleve
land's year to elect a state senator.
There is some talk of prospective
candidates for these offices, neither
very remunerative, but Cleveland is
always slow and careful In picking
her lawmakers.
Anyway, several candidates are
getting their behind-the-scenes
fences in shape and open activity in
political circles is not far distant.
No Major Events In
Section During 1929
Shelby Pint-less
After Yule Rush
And Raids Of Law
Breaking lTp Of Alleged Bootleg
t enter Among Severn! Taxi
Men Brings Shortage.
The customary Yule rush of
imbibing Christmas spirits and
recent activities of county and
city officers gave Shelhyitcs
seeking eye-opener relief from
Christmas hangovers a tough
week-end, according to reports
trickling in from here and
there about the city today.
Officers say that the break
ing up of bootleg activity among
several taxi operators and the
stopping of the hooch flow .it
several sources Is responsible,
while others contend that the
demand for Christmas egg-nog
exhausted the supply. Anyway,
it Is general news about town
that there were more stylish
long skirts in the church par
ades Sunday than there were
pints. long or short, to be
found within the city limit. And
long skirts were not In the ma
* Jority.
^-roome Fails To
Show Up For His
Court Trial Here
HU *500 Fine Paid In Lincoln But
Does Not Appear Here
Doyle Groorae. local taxi man,
who became entangled with the
law In this county and Lincoln
county last .week, failed to show up
In county court this morning on a
charge of being drunk and disor
derly and his 025 cash bond was
| forfeited.
Last week in Lincoln Groome was
fined $500 or given the alternative
of taking a 12 months sentence for
drawing a gun on an officer there,
the trouble following shortly after
his trouble here. This fine, officers
here say they have learned, was
paid Friday or Saturday, and local
officers who had additional war
rants for v Groome say that they
have not seen him since, the sup
position being that he has sought
more comfortable territory for a
time. The additional warrants
drawn up but not served charge
him with operating a bawdy house
and other violations of the law.
At present. Police Chief McBride
Poston says, that two of Groorae’s
taxi cars—a Hudson and a Nash—
are in the possession of the law on
liquor charges to be confiscated
and sold.
Dr. Matthews Returns
To Shelby Practice
Dr. B. B. Matthews, who has been
taking special courses in urology at
the Minnesota medical school, has
returned to Shelby and opened of
fices in the Lineberger building.
Dr. Matthews practised medicine
here for a short time before going
to Minnesota for additional study.
Great Building Boom Seen For
America In 1930; Hoover’s Data
Washington.—Proposed construc
tion of public works to the amount
of $825,000,000 in 28 states of the
nation during 1930—a figure expect
ed to be doubled for the country at
large—was reported from the White
The total was compiled from re
ports President Hoover received
from governors of the states as a
result of the program of public con
struction he urged after conferences
with business leaders.
A report on Christmas business
throughout the country, showing
that the level this year hah been
fully as high as that of last year,
was received with gratification at
the White House from the com
merce department. It was said that
the mercantile communities had ex
pected a falling off in business of
about 15 percent because of the
break In the stock market.
The reports from the governor
were made in response to reddest • j
sent J>y Mr. Hoover to have survey*
made of public works programs
which would be undertaken during
the year. Some of the reports re
ceived were not complete summaries
of all the work to be done.
The president expects to have a
complete list of the public Improve
ments to be made In the various
states tabulated by the first of the
Some sections of the country, it
was said, suffered a falling off In
Christmas business but other sec
tions showed Increased buying. The
sections which declined were not
named, but It was regarded as nor
mal that there would be low spots.
The surveys are being made as a
result of conferences held by Mr
He over with the various bustness in
terests of the country shortly after
the break In stock prices In Novem
ber. At that time he urged that a
program of public improvement bo
undertaken wherever possible to as
sure a minimum of unemployment
and act as a stimulant to business.
Tear Without DLwten A* Marked
1928. Business Change*, And
The year 1929 which will be an
other to add to those of the past at
Tuesday midnight was not marked
by any major event in Shelby and
Cleveland county. A review oC the
files of The Star for the departing
year reveals a steady and sound
growth In both the town and coun
ty with no disasters such as visited
Shelby and section during 1928.
During the year the county reach
ed a record cotton production and
lend the state In total bales. There
were numerous business changes,
new structures, professional, and
political changes, and on the
eleventh day of the- year O. lax
Gardner was Shelby's first cltiacn
to be inaugurated governor of North
(Summary or rev.
* A summary of the outstanding
events In the county during 1939 fol
lows: . t '
Jan. 3—Tom S. Elliott, beloved
Confederate veteran dies.
Jan. 11—0. Max Gardner inaug
urated governor of North Carolina
with 200 home folks present to see
the county's first governor take of
Jan. 14—Mayor W. V. Dorsey an
nounces that he will seek re-elect
Jan. 18—County court officials
and officers round up intoxicating
extract sellers.
Jan. 19—Major Prank Hull. Shel
by's oldest citizen, dies in Lincoln
ton hospital.
Jan. 28—E. B. Roach resigns as
chief of the Shelby fire department
and is succeeded by Ted Gordon,
city electrician, ,
Jan. 35—Mrs. T*.y King found
dead in outhouse at home near
Sharon, South Carolina. Bed laved to
be a suicide.
Jan. 30—"Under cover" agent, em
ployed by Mayor Dorsey, rounds up
a doaen ‘pint peddlers" ih drjr dflve
Feb. 5—Rafe King, husband of
Mrs. Fay King, held by officials
after inquest following finding of
Mrs. King’s body. King’s lawyers
scout foul play rumors.
Feb. 21—Georgs Smyroios, popu
lar naturalized Greek merchant of
Shelby, dies and hundreds vhoJov
ed the widely known George line
streets and fill church for funeral
Feb. 23—Hoey oratorical medal
won by J. L. Hord, of Waco,
Police Chief Resign*.
27—A. L. Richards, Shelby
police chief resigns. Officer Mc
Bride Poston named acting chief.
March 1—Handsome new Hotel
Charles opens doors.
March 1—Sara Hambright of
Kings Mountain, wins Selma Webb
recitation medal, and William Baker
of Piedmont wins essay medal.
March 8—New Shelby directory
gives city a population Of 10,683.
Family name of Smith leads til
I others.
March 20—3. A. McMurry apct
Enos Beam file as candidates fw
mayor of Shelby.
March 20— Cleveland county pro
duced 53,834 bales of cotton la
1928-29 crop to lead state and set
new production record.
March 25—J. W. Harrelson, native
of Cleveland, named head of depart
ment of censervatlon by Governor
March 31—Clyde Beasdn killed at
Cliffside cafe by George Conner.
April 3—Local militia oompany
ordered to Loray strike at Gastonia
by Governor Gardner.
April 4—J. H Grlgg again named
superintendent; of the Cleveland
ccunty schools
April 5—Census department fig
ures show six marriages for each
divorce in county in 1926-27.
April 9—Henry A. Mills natpad
head of newly formed Shelby Mer-.
chants association.
April Id—Strike circulars distrib
uted here as Gastonia textile labor
troubles spread
April 17—Blainey Rac*!y, former
Wake Forest, named
athletic director at Boiling Springs
April 26-1. C. Griffin, for 18 years
head of the Shelby sohoota, resigns
to Join the faculty ot the state, ffi
: versitv.
McMurry Elected
May 6—S. A. McMurry elected
mayor of Shitby over Mayor W. It,
* Continued cat

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