VOL. XXXVI, No. 7
SHELBY. N. C.
WEDNESD’Y, JAN. 15, 1930
Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons.
By mall, per ye?r (In advance) WJ0
Carrier, per year (In advance) ta.OO
Cotton, per pound --—• 16c
Cotton Seed, per bu. ----36c
Rain And Cooler.
Today’s North Carolina Weather
Report: Rain and cooler tonight.
Thursday cloudy and much colder
with rain on the coast,., and rain,
probably changing to snow in in
Heads Cotton Group.
Allen Northlngton, of Montgom
ery, Alabama, who has been a real
dirt farmer, was last night named
head of the American Cotton Co
Operative association, the world’s
greatest agricultural organization,
which is to handle the marketing
of the cotton crop under the Fcd
• eral Farm Board.
Dr. Hord Dies,
Prominent Kings Mountain Phy
sician Dies At Charlotte Hos
' pital; 7 Children Left.
Kings Mountan, Jan. 15.—Dr
J. G. Van Buren Hord, 66, promi
nent and wealthy physician of this
place, died at a Charlotte hospital
Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock fol
lowing critical illness of 10 days.
* The hour for the funeral had not
been definitely set last night but is
to be held sometime Thursday. Serv
ices will be conducted at the Boyce
Memorial A. R. P. church in King3
Mountain. Services will be in charge
of Dr. J. M. Garrison, pastor of
the deceased, with other ministers
Dr. Hord was born in the Waco
section of Cleveland county on Oc
tober 2, 1862, the son of the late
Jesse and Elizabeth Conner Hord.
He received his primary education
at a country school and later worked
his way through medical school by
teaching while not attending classes
Upon graduating from medical
school in 1891 he began the prac
tice of medicine in Kings Mountain
and continued in that capacity until
his recent illness.
Dr. Hord was a lifelong member
of the A. R. P. church, serving for
many years as deacon and at tne
time of his death was an elder in the
Boyce Memorial church of Kings
Mountain. He was generous in con
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Not Located Here
All Local Lawyers Seem Adverse To
Talking Up Campaign For
Whether or not Labor Commis
sioner Prank Grist, visiting here
this week, located a campaign man
ager in the county for Senator Sim
mons is not known. Grist may not
have sought one, but political opin
ion hereabouts was that his trip to
this section had seme connection
with the approaching primary bat
However, it is known that no lo
cal lawyer has accepted the man
agership of either the Bailey or the
Simmons campaign. Several of the
local attorneys, judging by enthus
iasm shown, would not be reluctant
* to take up the Bailey campaign, as
would several out of the legal pro
fession. But at the recent gatiiet
ing of county lawyers for their an
nual banquet every one questioned
readily replied that he would not at
tempt to take charge of the Sim
And now the foremost political
question hereabouts is: who will
head the veteran senator’s cam
Fifty Gallons Wine
And Whisky Poured
Out Today By Allen
One Five-Gallon Kef Of Aged-ln
Wood “Pure Cawn” Gets Court
Sheriff Irvin Allen assisted by
several of his deputies poured out
enough captured whiskey and wine
at the court house this morning
just before noon to create sufficient
whoopee for another Christmas
An exact count of the beverages
poured into the court house sewer
was not kept but between 45 and 50
gallons of wine and whiskey were
poured out from containers ranging
from short pints to 15-gallon char
One particular keg, filled the five
gallons of “pure cawn” and not
“sugar head” according to those
a ho profess to know, caused much
sorrow about the court house cor
ridors as the aroma therefrom came
from the brown stream as it trickled
away. "Mighty good medicine going
to waste,” said one middle-aged man
to another, and then the eyes of
both took on one of those appeal
ing looks as their minds flitted
back to the "Good old days” of long
The beverages poured out had
been held as evidence for the recent
superior court term.
Who Will Buy Hotel
Property When Sold
At A uction Saturday?
Report Says Nine Heavy Endorsers
May Take Over Property. An
other Says Bank Will,
Saturday evening of this
week what is left of the once
famous Cleveland Springs ho
tel and the big hotel property
will belong to new owners. Just
who the new owner, or owners,
will be is a guessing matter
about Shelby this week, but
Saturday at noon the hotel
property, for many years one
of Shelby’s greatest assets, will
go on the auction block.
One report heard on the streets
and it may be nothing more thar
a guess, is that nine leading Shclb;,
citizens who endorsed the expan
sion program some years back i:
which a goodly sum was involved
and for which the endorsers stand
may bid in the property, pay of
the indebtedness and hold the val
uable springs and property for fu
ture speculation or development.
May Be Cut Up.
Another report, and one seems as
good as another, is that the bark
through which loans have been
made to the hotel company, may
bid in the property to protect the
interests of the bank. Just how ht
property would be disposed of if
sold that way is not known, al
though one suggestion is that the
many acres of the property might
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All Local Lawyers
Not Opposed, Said,
Several Shelby Attorneys Not Lin
ed Up To Fight For Repeal.
All the lawyst^ot SheJJjy we.not
planning a fight for the repeal, at
the next legislature, of the work
men’s compensation act, according
to recent Information here, which
should be brought to light as a re
cent article in The Star stated that
local attorneys were opposed to the
Just how many of the Cleveland
county lawyers are for or against
the law passed in 1929 is not known,
but It is apparent that there Is a
division In opinion, and, further
more, interests out of the profess
ion seem, for he most part, to be
content with the 1929 law, It is said.
A Raleigh correspondent, writing
for the State dailies, gives the fol
lowing view, differing with that of
local lawyers as presented some
time back in The Star:
"Virtually the only opposition to
the law now is coming from the
same element that fought it tooth
and nail in the 1929 general as
sembly—the dr.mage suit lawyers.
Who have been deprived of a fat
source of income as a result of the
compensation law, according to the
commissioners. Many of the law
yers are also unfriendly to the
industrial commission because of
the fact that they must submit
their bills to the commission for ap
proval before sending them to the
clients for whom they have appear
ed before the commission, and be
cause many of these bills are ma
terially slashed before being ap
Attorney Robt. L Rybnm, dean
of the Shelby Jbar, is the newly elect
ed head of the Clevland Comity Bar
Mrs. Houser Is
Mother Of Charles H. Shall, Mrs.
J. F. Whlsnant And Mrs. B. C.
Houser Of Shelby.
Mrs. Joseph Houser of Black*
bum, Catawba county, died Mon
day afternoon, January 13 of
She had been * great sufferer of
rheumatism for fifteen yean and
was only confined to her room for
the last four months.
Mrs. Houser, was the daughter of
Lawson H. Hill and Elisabeth Hoyle
Hill of Lincoln county, and was
married to Joseph D. Shull of Lin
coln county, Feb. 3, 1858. He was
wounded in battle near Richmond,
Va., and died May 36th, 1863.
Bom to this union were two
children: Mrs. Jennie Shull Beam,
deceased, and Chas. H. Shull of
On September 35, 1865, she was
married to Joeeph Houser of Lin
coln county, who preceded her to
the grave 18 months ago.
To this union were bora the fol
lowing children: Mrs. J. F. Whls
nant, and Bert C. Houser of 8helby,
Mrs. D. A. Seagle, R. A. Houser,
and Mrs. H. E. Crowell, deceased of
Ltncolnton, Lester A. Houser of
Charlotte, Mrs. J. F. Ramsaur of
Wilmington and E. A. Houser, with
whom she made her home.
Mrs. Houser joined the Methodist
church when a young girl, and had
lived a consistent member until her
Her remains were laid to rest in
Grace church cemetery ^hesady In
the presence of her children, grand
children and great grandchildren,
friends and neighbors, amices be
ing conducted by her pastor, Rev.
W. J. Miller.
Shelby Library Report Shows
1,428 Volumes—660 Patrons
Many Children Skate Into And
Damage Shrubbery. Should Take
Care Of Beaty Spot.
In a statement issued to The
Star today A. E. Cline, chairman of
the county commissioners, urged
that parents of Shelby cooperate
with the county officials in halting
skating on the court square, be
cause as a result of the skating fad
the court square shrubbery is be
ing damaged. Mr. Cline's request
"We would at this time respect
fully call our people’s attention to
a matter that is already proving de
structive and in no small measure,
to the good appearance of our court
square Including lawn and shrub
"We are sure most of you ap
preciate the fact that there has
been no small amount of money
and work spent on the court square
in planting out shrubbery and im
proving the grass sod, and we are
at this time contemplating further
Improvements with a view of mak
ing it more beautiful, but unlees we
receive the cooperation of our pan
pie both young and old in taking
care of the shrubbery and grass
there is but little use putting it out.
“We have all heard from time to
time one comment after another
that our court square in Shelby is
the most beautiful spot of its kind
you can find anywhere. We feel
sure no one would purposely mar Its
beauty, and yet we see numbers of
children and others using skates
and running into and tearing up
not only the grass but also break
ing down and destroying the shrub
“We hope, however, all that Is
necessary to stop this deSHRDLUN
Is to call this to the attention of our;
people, and the parents and others
in control will, we feel confident,
see to it that the skating about the
court house and grounds win stop.
"Thanking each of you in ad
vance for your cooperation in pre
serving the beauty of our much!
prized court square.’’
Will Not Enter
'lakes Definite Statement To Star
That He WUl Retire From Bench
At Term’s End.
Judge Horace Kennedy, North
Carolina'* youngest Jurist, to
day confirmed the report that
he would not be a candidate for
the Democratic nomination in
June and would not aak re
election to the office in which
he is now serving his first term.
Recorder Kennedy explained his
'efinite statement tin he would
lot run again by saying that he is
till a young man with his fortunes
head of him and he believes that
or the present there will be more
emuneration in the private prac
ice of law than as recorder. In
‘iscussing his retirement ha did say
.hat in his opinion, due to the In
creasing number of cases to be dis
posed of, making the court almost
\ daily affair, that the remuner
tion for the Judge should be more,
r a clerk added to handle the
lerical details. As it is now the of
ice of recorder requires almost full
Field Is Open.
Since the report got out that Re
order Kennedy would not enter
he June primary two or three law
yers in the county have had their;
eyes on the Judgeship and have
been talking and being talked
None of them, however, has made
a definite entry in the race, but an
nouncements are expected soon
now that Kennedy has cofinned
the report, the belief being that
prospective announcements were
being held back by likely candidat
es who were not overly anxious of
going up against the present re
corder should he decide to seek the
J. W, Atkins, editor of the Gas
tonia Gazette was elected president
of the Piedmont Council Boy Scouts
of America at the annual meeting
held Monday evening at the Arm
ington hotel at Oaetonia at which
300 business and professional men
interested in scouting were present.
Mr. Atkins served last year and
the number of scouts in the coun
cil territory composed of Cleveland,
Gastonia, Rutherford and Polk
counties increased to over 1,400.
Capt B. To. Smith of the city
schools of Shelby was elected vice
president for Cleveland, succeeding
Dee B. Weathers whose term of of
fice expired. In the report of Mr.
Weathers It was revealed that there
are 1M scouts In Cleveland in eleven
troops and the county’s quota of
$1,800 was raised with the excep
tion of about $92. Cleveland county
was commended for having lour
rural troops that are working well.
This is the only county in the
council that has rural troops.
A dozen men Interested in scout
ing attended from Shelby, four from
Bari, eight from Kings Mountain,
making a representative delegation
from Cleveland at the annual meet
Henry Ft. Dwire of the public re
lations department of Duke univer
sity was the principal speaker.
Mrs. James Hamrick
Buried At Sharon
rranbMni dncliai County Wom
an Dies A* Hone Of Her
Daughter At Cliff side.
Mrs. James Hamrick who died
Saturday at the homo of her daugh
ter, Mrs. Robert West at OUffside,
was buried on Sunday afternoon at
3 o'clock at Shaaon church, the
funeral services being conducted by
Rev. I. D. Harrtll. a large crowd
of friends and relatives attended to
pay tribute to this beloved woman.
Mrs. Hamrick was n years of age.
Mrs. Hamrick was the daughter
of the late Capfc O. O. Holland or
Boiling Springs. She was twice
married, the that time to Leroy
Morebeod who died about twenty
VfWLfK &SO. NfiXfc kHr WttA ITIfl.lTfflff i fl
My. Jamas Hamrick who preceded
her to the grave about cn* year
ago. Surviving are the fottowing
children. Grady Morehead of Gas
tonia, Mm- Robert West of Cliff
side, Sdcar Morehead of Shelby.
The following sisters and brothers
also survive, Mrs. M. N. Hamrick
of Shelby. Mrs. T. O. Lee and Mr.
Tom Holland, Mrs. John Moore of
Boiling Springs. Mrs. Samuel Ham>;s
of Cfffafctt. ‘ (
He Starts Political Ball Rolling
Thert may, or may not, be 10 candidates seeking the Democratic nom
ination for sheriff in the next primary, as was the case in the 105Mf pri
mary, but, anyway, one candidate has already announced. He is Pink
F. Lackey pictured above.— iStar Photo)
Pink Lackey, Former Candidate,
fn Race Again For Sheriff, He Says
Gaffney Man Says
Not Fault Of His
Gaffney, Jan. 15.—Paul water
son, well-known Gaffney man, has
been placed under *500 bond at
Shelby in connection with an auto
mobile accident last Friday after
noon that caused the death Satur
day In the hospital at Shelby of
Tom Wright, 74-year-old Moores
boro man. An Investigation of the
accident U scheduled to be con
conducted at Shelby Friday. Mr.
Wllterson is an employee of T. J.
Cagle, local plumber, who signed
According to Mr. Wilkerson and
other witnesses, Mr. Wilkerson was
driving behind another car that
turned suddenly to the left to enter
a side road coming into the main
highway through Mooresboro by
the si(te of a filling station. Mr.
Wilkerson was forced to veer his
car sharply, but despite his best ef
forts a collision resulted, and Mr.
Wright, who had started walking
across the road, was unavoidably
run over by Mr. Wilkerson's oar.
Mr. Wllterson stopped, placed the
injured man in his automobile and
rushed him to the hospital at
Shelby he said. The identity of the
driver of the other car, who is said
to have failed to offer any assist
ance, has not been established so
far as known here. Reports publish
ed In the daily newspapers saying
neither of the cars involved in the
accident stopped were wrong. Mr.
Wilkerson said. Both stopped, but
the other man made no offer to
help until he was requested to do
so the Gaffney man said.
, Mr. Osgte went to Mooresboro
Sunday and conducted an unoffic
ial investigation, which, be said
yesterday, verified Mr, Wilkerson’s
report of the accident. Mr. Cagle
said he talked with a 14-year-old
boy who witnessed the occurrence
and that the boy substantiated Mr.
WOterson in all important details.
By Telegraph Show
Big Gam In Shelby
Shelby shattered all previous
records in volume of Merry Christ
mas and Happy New Vear tele
grams, indicating that the city en
joyed the greatest celebration in its
history and that a state jot local
prosperity exists which tends to be
lie rumors of restricted spending.
Ho only were previous high rec
ords equalled but citlsens of Bbelby
and their friends piled up an im
pressive total In addition. This to
tal shows an increase of 85 per cent
over the record established by the
Christmas and holiday season of
1928. it was revealed today by R. E.
Blackwelder, manager of the local
western Union Office,
South Shelby Man Will Reek Nom
ination Unless He Changes
(By Renn Dnua.)
The first hobble in the Cleve
land county political hot. which
peered on the surface today lit
the announcement from Mr.
Pink E. Lackey, well known citl
aen of Sooth Shelby, that he
would be u candidate for the
Democratic nomination for sher
iff In the Jane primary.
In a conversation with The
Star this morning Mr. Lackey
said: "You may let the people
know that I'm In the race for
sheriff In Jane, and I will be in
the finish, unless I change my
mind, which I do not think I
Ran In 1928.
Mr. Lackey is not without pol
itical experience and is well
known throughout the county
as he was one of the 10 can
didates who sought the Demo
cratic nomination for sheriff in
the June primary of 1928 in
which the present sheriff,
Irvin M. Allen, emerged the
winner after a run-off race with
Mr. Prank L. Hoyle.
Other than making the bare
announcement, Mr. Lackey had
nothing to say for the present,
but indicated that he might out
line his hopes and ambitions
This is the first indication
that the berths of any of the
present county officers will ue
contested, political opinion about
agreeing lately that county con
tests would be few in the ap
Only One Delinquent
Tax Judgment In The
County In Three Years
What Would It Be
As One Candidate?
The Democratic primary next
June will have an old-time atmos
phere insofar as the congressional
race is concerned.
Dr. J. A, Dimmette, ot Gaston
county, who, perhaps, has sought
the Democratic nomination for
Congress more than any one man in
the district, will be a candidate
again, he has announced. In years
gone by printers, when printing
district ballots, got the habit of en
tering Dimmette's name by he side
of other candidates who announced.
Shot To Death
Coroner'* Jury Say* Maynard Smith
Accidentally Killed. Bank In
Gaffney, Jan. 14.—A coroner's
Jury last night decided that May
nard Smyth, president of the First
'ational bank and vice president of
Gaffney Manufacturing com
nv, came to his death here yes
rday from a gunshot wound ac
' '.entally inflicted.
Mr. Smyth was found dead short
ly before noon with a bullet through
his chest. The body waa lying on
the ground by the side of his auto
mobile in the garage at the home
of his brother. W. D. Smyth, with
whom he resided. A pistol belong
ing to the bank ,waa nearby. MU
failure to arrive at the bank this
A report submitted - by ft W.
Hames, cashier, to the annual stock
holders meeting. held yesterday,
showed' the bank to be in excellent
After funeral services here today
the body will be taken to Anniston.
Ala., Mr. Smyth's former home, for
Interment. He is survived by Ids
mother, Mrs. Mattie Smyth, and a
sister, Mrs. French Bell of Annis
ton, and two brothers, W. D. Smyth
of Gaffney and Sid Smyth of Ari
Mr. Smyth came to Gaffney, 30
years ago from Anniston. He nad
been connected with the First Na
tional bank a quarter of a century,
having been promoted from cashier
to president 10 years ago. He served
a number of years, as treasurer of
the First Baptist church and was
identified with many of the business
developments of the city.
Shelby people who visited Gaffney
yesterday afternoon state that it
appeared as If Mr. Smyth had a
pistol In his Inner overcoat pocket
and that as he stooped to get in
the car It caught on something
about the automobile and discharg
ed. The bullet entered the left side
of the chest and came out under
the right shoulder Made, imbedding
itself In the upholstery of the car.
Mr. Wade Hoey Is In Washington
on a trip.
Mr. Lee B. Weathers left today
for Chapel Hill to attend the semi
Ash Parents To Stop Skating Of
Children On Court Square Here
Miss Murchison Gives Detailed Re
port Of Yew With Treasurer's
• Report By Mrs. Mauncy,
According to the annual report Of
the Shelby Public Library, made by
Miss Stella Murchison, there are 1,
428 volumes in the shelves and dur
ing the year 660 people -vere pa -
trons. The library has constantly
grown, both in size and In its use
by the public, the following report
showing the number of volumes
used month by month:
Report For Feb.
Total number of books taken out
734, magazines 23: total number of
books returned 711, magazines 30.
Dues collected $9.90 for fines. Do
nations 43 books and seven mag
Report For March.
Total number of books taken out
760, magazines 23; total number of
books returned 760, magazines 33;
dues collected $14.58. Donations one
Report For April.
Total numbqt Of boofcs taken oul
565. magazines 20; total number of
books returned 563, magazines 20.
Dues collected $8.57 less 10c for spe
cial delivery, total $8.47. Collected
eight books for fines, four books
Report For May.
Total number of books taken out
582. magazines 20. Total number of
books returned 525, magazines 20.
Dues collected $9.21, less $1.00 ex
Report For June.
Total number of books taken out
874. magazines 11. Total number of
books returned 781, magazines 8.
Dues collected $11.21. less expense
$1.10—$10.11. Collected one book for
Report For July.
Total number of books taken out,
720, magazines 25. Total number of
books returned 754, magazines 23.
Dues collected $12.86. Collected five
books for fines.
Report For Aug.
Total number of books taken out
(Continued on page eight.).
Commissioners Meed To Take
Final Judgment For Taxes In One
Instance. Shows Prosperity,
Cleveland comity cHJsens have
never felt the pinch of hard
times to the extent they could
.not pay their taxes. As proof
hereof R. L. Ryburn, connty
attorney, cites the fact that
over a three-year ' period the
county commissioners were
forced to secure only one Anal
Judgment for non-payment of
And in this one ease the land
owner is now preparing to a
belated settlement, and a Judg
ment might not have been neces
sary for him had he been a mi
dent of the county so that be oouhl
not have been located prior to the
legal date set
150 Saits Originally.
According to a law of 1827 coun
ty commissioners, who usually buy
In land sold for taxes whan It Is
not otherwise adjusted, were order
rd to me the necessary suits in Su
perior court for final judgment to
December 1, 1928 for delinquent
taxes of 1975, 1926 and 1M7. As
the date approached County At
torney Ryburn with assistants be
gan preparing papers necemary for
the judgment suits. He found that
for the three years there were
something like 150 delinquent tax
payers. Realising that the f<u»>g of
150 suits and attendant costs would
run up a considerable xgAa in
many instances more than the un
paid tax taken over by the county,
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Annual Meeting Of FInt National
And Cleveland Bank Bold
At the annual meetings of the
shareholders of the First National
bank and the Cleveland Bank and
Trust company, all officials and di
rectors were reelected snd commend
ed for splendid statements made
in the face of an unfavorable year.
Plans for the new year wen
and an effort will be made to dis
pell pessimism and enoourace thrift,
industry and economy.
C. C. Blanton continues as presi
dent of the First Nstionsl, John
F. Schenck and Quo. Blanton vice
presidents, Forrest Eskridge cashier,
R. R. Sisk and C. 8. Mull assist
ant cashiers, C. C. Blanton, John
P. Schenck, A. C. Miller. Jas. L.
Webb, L. A. Oettys. Clyde R. Hoey.
o. M. Gardner, J. F. Roberts, 'fat!
Webb. Oeo. Blanton and Forrest
Eskridge directors. 4
Wm. Llneberger was re-elected
president of Cleveland Bank and
rrust company, R. E. Campbell vice
president, J. J. Lattimore secretary -
treasurer, J. L. Buttle manager ir
surance department, Wm. Ltneber
ger, R. E. Campbell, J. j. Lattimore,
J. L. Buttle, C. Rush Hamrick, A. P.
Weathers, J. A. Suftle, H. F. Young
and Z. J. Thompson as directors.
Former Deputy In
Upper County Dies
Mr. N. A. Smith, who for a num
ber of years was a deputy sheriff in
upper Cleveland, died Saturday
night, Dec. 28th at the age of 67
years and five months old. Mr.
Smith wks married to Miss Sara
Cook in 1893 and she survives with
nine children: Mrs. A. G. Mode,
Mrs. C. G. Downs, Carl Smith, Mrs.
Cbyide Canipe, Lester, Dixon,
Charlie. Vertie and Manley Smith.
Three sisters and two brothers also
The funeral was conducted at St.
Paul Baptist church where he was
a member for 35 years, the services
being conducted by Rev, E. L Mc
Daniel, his pastor. A large crowd
attended the funeral services. Mr.
Smith had many friends and will
be greatly missed In the commun
Cash Market Moves
To Jackson’s Store
The Cash Market, of which Mr,
Ernest Johnson is the proprietor,
Is now located in the Ah
Cash Grocery on South
street, the move being
terday. Heretofore the
seen operated in the Major
rrocery on North LoFayette