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VOL. XXXVII, No. 3
. SHE LBV. N. C.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 7, 1931 Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons.
LA TE NEW:
Cotton, per lb._... 9 to S-'ic
Cotton Seed, per bu. ..._*_28 ‘iC
Fair And Warmer.
Today's North Carolina Weather
Report: Fair and not quite so cold
tonight. Thursday cloudy with slow
ly rising temperature followed by
rain in west and central portions.
Raleigh, Jan. ".—Enforcement of
the law requiring motorists to have
new license plates on their automo
biles by January 1 Is being lefl part
ly to local authorities Sprague Sil
ver, head of the state motor vehicle
bureau, said yesterday. Yesterday
marked the sirth day the law has
been enforeihle this year and only
about half the motorists in the state
have purchased their new tags. Tin
sales this afternoon totalled 201.915,
as compared with 238,373 last year.
State highway patrolmen, Mr. Sil
ver said, are stopping ears with the
1930 plates and giving the motorists
tags. In Winston-Salem and Wil
mington. he said, local authorities
are stringently enforcing the license
As 1931 Boost
Farmers of Cleveland Cook Upon
Poultry As Money Maker
The idea emanating from a recant
meeting of Cleveland county pcul
rryinen held in Shelby is that
farmers of this section are going to
count considerably upon poultry
profits to make 1931 a better busi
The session was presided over by
Mr. George V,'o!fe. president of the
Cleveland pouitrymen. and numer
ous poultry leaders participated in
the general discussion. Among these
were Mr, B. Austell, president of the
district poultry association; Mr. C
TV Parrish, State poultry specialist;
Rev. John W Buttle, veteran poui
tryman, and others.
Plans were discussed for handling
and shipping poultry from this ’ac
tion during the year. It was also
pointed out. that, cooperation be
tween poultry breeders was the sur
est method of showing successful
Robbers Break In
'>.000 Packages of Cigarettes Taken
From A. Blanton Grocery
Thieves entered the A. Blanton
wholesale grocery house here some
time Monday night and made away
with 10 cases, or 5,000 packages of
Entrance, Police Chief Poston
raid, was made by cutting a screen
wife, breaking a window glass and
turning the latch.
The robbers left no clues which
would aid officers In apprehending
In Goode Store.
Thieves, it is understood, also en
tered the Basil Goode grocery ana
made away with several small ar
ticles. The safe, which contained a
sum of money, was said to have
been completely overlooked.
Of Casar Passes
Glenard Davis, 19 Years Old And
Student at Sylvia Buried At
St. Paul Church.
(Special to The Star.)
Casar, Jan. 7.—Mr. G'enard
Davis. 19 year old ministerial stu
dent of Sylvia Collegiate ins it lute
died Sunday at the home of his
grandfather, Mr. John Davis, of the
St. Paul section.
Glenard was an industrious young
man of great poseibilities and was
working his way through school. In
the fall he underwent ah operation,
complications followed and for sev
eral weeks he had been seriously ill.
On Tuesday, December 30, he was
carried home as the hospital staff
said they did all that medical
His funeral was conducted Mon
day afternoon at 2 p. m. at Saint
Paul Baptist church.
The young Mr. Davis is survived
by his father, Mr. Rab Davis. His
mother, Monta f>‘ad, died when he
was an infant. His grandparenV Mr.
and John Davis and Mr. Bud Neal
and a host of other relatives and
friends also survive.
Has Receipt For
Sale Made In 1827
Cotton is selling for practically
the same price now as it was in
1827, or almost 164 years ago.
Mr. D. B. Hughes, Who lives south
of Shelby, has a cotton sale receipt
issued to his great grandfather.
Ben Hughes, at Columbia in 1827.
Tlie receipt shows that Mr. Hughes
received ei~ht and a quarter cents
per pound for a 291-pound bale, or
a total of $24,
Casi To York
Unable To Finance
: Motion To Move Trial From York
Is Opposed By Attorneys For
S. C. State.
Chester, S. C., Jan. 7.—After Hs
j truing to the arguments and the
[ reading of affidavits from state and
. defen e counsel relative to grant
' ing a change of venue to Raft F.
| King, who was indicted by a Ches
j ter county Jury in July, 1929, for
| laying hi:; wife. Fave Wilson King.
Judge M. L. Bom.am announced
here yesterd v that he would care
fully -consider the matter, and make
known his decision In a few days.
Much interest centered in the
hearing. Thomas F. McDod of York,
j chief counsel for the defense, and
Raymond B. Hilderbrand of York,
also of the defense, appeared for
that side, and Solicitor Harry Hines
of Lancaster, Solicitor-elect W, Gist
Finley of York and Gaston Hamil
i ton and Gaston and Angus H. Mac
i Aulay of Chester for the state.
The highlight ol the hour and
I half hearing was the arguments
and affidavits telling of the poor
! financial condition of Rafe King
l and his father, W. P. King, which
, would make it impossible for them
j to employ local counsel, without
i which “it would be fatal to his in
Uerests to go to trial again in Ches
ter," the delense declared.
The syne counsel, through Col.
Arthur L. Gaston and W. Gist Fin
ley, vigorously resisted a change of
venue, and argued that the case
should remain here.
I Rafe F. King, In his petition
“prays to the court to remand his
case for trial to the county of York,
and if this does not meet with the
approval of the Court then to the
county of Lancaster or Fairfield.
The defense asked for a change of
venue on the following grounds:
<A> that the defendant cannot ob
tain a fair, and impartial trial In
Chester county. <B> Because of de
fendant's inability to employ local
counrel, and for the further reason
(that the defendant would be at a
great disadvantage by reason of the
association with the solicitor of lo
cal counsel of Chester of wide ex
perience, ability and powerful in
fluence. (C) For the convenience of
counsel engaged for the defense and
jon account of his inability to pay
| the expenses of witnesses and es
| pecially of expert witnesses and
j counsel. (D) Because the case has
[once been tried in Chester, excited
• a great deal of interest and feeling.
| and because an impartial and un
| prejudiced jury would be practical
ly impossible to secure, on account
of the universal comments of the
evidence in this case at the former !
In return of the state on petition
for change of venue, it was stated
that “King can and will obtain a
fair and impartial trial in Chester
county and there is no such feeling
of bias or prejudice or animosity
against the defendant in this coun
ty such as would prevent him from
receiving a fair and impartial trial,
and which would entitle him to a
j change of venue.
' "With reference to the defend
ant’s allegation that he is unable to
employ local counsel in Chester,
this respondent would re-pectfullv
show that the defendant, Rafe F
King, is represent by the Hon,
Clyde R. Hoey and Judge B. T.
Falls, two of the mast outstanding
and able criminal lawyers practic
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Junior Boy and Girl Champs
Jean McNally, Jean Smith and
Pctronilla Rollins, with the many
trophies won by young boy and
girl skippers during the annual
Christmas regatta staged on
Newport Bay, Calif., recently.
The youngsters* in their fragile
craft, provided more thrills for
spectators than did the adults
in their larger and more sea
worthy schooners, jbwIs and
Masonic Drive Aid To Charity
Clothing Depot; 2,206 Garments
Given To Poor Of This Section
Geo. J. Luckadoo,
Age 82, Passes Away
"Best Friend And Neighbor” Is
Buried At Pleasant Ridge
Mr. Geo, J. Luckadoo, declared to
be one of the “best friends and
neighbors I ever knew.” by Rev. I.
D. Harrill, was buried Monday aft
ernoon at 3 o’clock at Pleasant
Ridge Baptist church where he was
a faithful member. Mr. Luckadoo
died Monday at the age of 82 years
and 18 days old. He leaves a wife
and two children. Mr. Luckadoo was
a Christian gentlemen and respect
ed and honored by his host, of
He was first- married to Lucy
Gardner. Four children were born,
one of whom, Miss Janie Luckadoo,
survives. His second marriage was to
Mary Bridges wo survives with one
son George, together with one grand
A large crowd attended the fu
neral conducted by Rev. D. G.
Camp, assisted by Rev. I. D. Har
John W. Mull Is
Dead At York, S. C.
York, Jan. 7.—John William Mull,
84, highly esteemed citizen of the
Beersheba section, died Monday of
cerebral hemorrhage. The inter
ment too place at Beersheba Pres
byterian church, services being con
ducted by the Rev. Carl McCuily.
He was a native of North Caro
lina, but had lived in York county
about 25 years. Surviving are his
wife and several children, among
whom is a son, W. E. Mull, with
whom he made his home.
Governor Has A Framed Letter
His Father Wrote To His Mother
Raleigh, Jan. 7.—"The most
appreciated gift I received
Christmas Was a framed letter
written by my father from Ra
leigh, while a member of the
North Carolina legislature, to
my mother, in 1858—twenty
four years before 1 was born, t
being the youngest of twelve
children,” observed Governor
“The gift came from my sis
ter, Mrs. Clyde R. Hoey. My
father was a strong Whig and
was bitter against secession and
the Democratic party. When
was was declared, however, he
immediately organized a mili
tary company, as captain, in
whiel. five of his brothers were
members, and became an In
tense Democrat and secession
"In this treasured letter he tells
my mother many interesting
things about Raleigh and its in
stitutions, but he especially em
ohasizes that the bread was the
meanest he ever ate and that
the chickens and turkeys seem
ed to have been starved before
they were served.
“In one respect he was a
modern legislator. He refers to
the attractive women in Ka
leigh, but he assured my mother
whom he addressed as 'Dear
est Maggie,’ that ‘there is noth
ing else beside thee that is worth
loving. My whole affections are
lavished on thee and I know full
well thou dost return my love
with that filial affection that
none can possess but by kind
and affectionate wife.’ And he
concludes saying, ‘Maggie, do
not think of crying any more,
but think that you have a hus
band that loves you with all his
“I guess that the letter to my
mother Is not a bad standard
for members oif the general as
sembly to follow in writing to
their wives. I am satisfied that
my mother believed everything
my father said,” said the gov
Rosf'i Store (Jives $300 Worth Of
Toys And Games. Response
| Since the Masonic lodge held a
meeting to arouse the attention of
housewives and merchants on the
necessity of contributing old cloth
ing, money, etc., through the Char
ity depot of the Welfare Depart
ment. the response has been more
generous, say." Miss Frances Hen
drick in charge of the clothing de
pot in the basement os the Weath
2,206 Garments Given.
Many bundles of useful wearing
apparel have been sent to the old
clothes depot and these are being
distributed rapidly to the needy on
orders issued by the county welfare
department And the ministers of
Up to January 3rd, Miss Hendrick
reports that 2.206 garments have
been given away, 38 toys, 15 blan
kets, one bolt of outing, two pillow
cases, two bed sheets and groceries
to eleven families. The groceries
were contributed by the "Pou»d a
Week Club" recently organized
among the ’adies of Shelby, Each
member of *‘:is club contributes a
pound of eatables, making a sacri
fice froiti their tables for the poor
Manager Price of Rose’s store
S contributed $300 worth of toys and
| children’s games to the clothing de
pot yesterday. These were left
overs from the holidays and will be
issued without order to children in
families receiving help.
Many other local merchants are
making up contributions from their
stocks after taking inventory.
Phone 255 between 10 and 12 a. m
and 2 and 5 n m. if you have any
thing to contribute and your pack
j age will be sent, for.
Mrs. Jsmes Goes To
Mrs. A. D. James. West- Warren
| street received a telegram yesterday
! announcing the death of her aged
| father John Burke in New York
city She left last night to attend
the funeral and will be gone sev
[ erai days. Mr. Burke was 82 yea.r%
of age and retired from active busi
ness life a number of year ago.
Lawndale Has Mail
Service On Sunday
The town of Lawndale now has a
seven-day week mail service. the
new system being inaugurated last
Heretofore the special star route
has served the upper Cleveland
town only six days per week, but
hereafter the star route will make
one round trip between Shelby and
Lawndale on Sunday morning
Miss Ethel Bost, of Cornelius,'
gilest of Dr. and Mrs. J. W. Harbi
sou,, will talk tonight at prayer
meeting hour, 7:30, at Central Meth
odist church. Mirs Bost has been n
missionary in China for five years.
Begin Case Of
Stamey Store Theft
Onf Urlrndaiit Plead* Guilty In
Polkviilr Robbery. Jury
The J. J. Lattlmore case, cen
tering around several false en~
try and embezzlement fharfeji.
got underway In superior court
here this afternoon. The conrt
adjourned for the noon recrs*
at 1:30 with the Lattlmore trial
docketed for the first case of
All morning tlie court grind was
devoted to the trial of three men
charged with breaking, entering and
robbing the Stamey store at Polk
ville several weeks ago. The evidence
waa completed arid the case given
to the jury at 1:20 this afternoon.
The three defendants were Henry
and Nelson Stanley and Sid Rector.
Qne of the Stanleys pled guilty,
while the other and Rector pled not
guilty. A quantity of the stolen
goods was found, officers said, in
or near the Stamey-Reetor home.
Two Court* On.
Tills has been a busy court week
for Shelby, county court operating
every day downstairs while superior
court operates upstairs.
In the county court tills morning
six young white men were found
guilty of malicious damage to prop
cry in celebrating New' Year's in
South Shelby. Property damaged
included a broken window at the
Charlie Reinhardt store and the
tearing down of the sub postoffice
sign. The defendants were ordered
to repair the damages and to pay
the costs of the case.
Gaffney Man Diet,
Funeral On Tuesday
Cieut.-Gov. Butler, Brother-In-Law
Shelby Residents, Passed Away
Union, S. C., Jan. 7.—Lieutenant
Governor Thomas Rcithwell Butler
of South Carolina died at a hospital
here at 1:15 o'clock Monday after
noon. He had been brought here
about two hours earlier from the
home of his brother, William W.
Butler, near Carlisle, where he whs
■ taken very 111 Sunday night.
Mr. Butler married a sister of
Mrs. George Blanton and Mr. Dra
iier Wood of Shelby.
Governor Butler was under'treat
ment at the hospital for several
months last fall but left December
13 to pay visits to his brothers, Je
ter Butler of Lockhart, and W M.
Butler of Carlisle. The cause of his
death according to Dr. P. K, Switz
er, who had been his physician
since his coming to the hospital
here, was acute uremia. All efforts
to treat the disease successfully
having been futile.
Prominent In state.
For many years Lieut. Governor
Butler has been prominent in the
civic life of Gaffney, where he was
mayor for several years. He had
held other positions throughout
South Carolina, being for 22 years
a member of the democratic state
executive committee. He served in
the senate from 1903-06 and from
1918-26 and for one term in the
house of representatives, 1912-14.
He was elected lieutenant governor
In 1926, the first four-year term,
end by virtue of his office was pre
siding officer of the senate.
The funeral services were held
Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock at
the home of his daughter, Mrs. F.
H. Garner, Jr,, and will be con
ducted bv Rev. S. Thorne Spark
man, rector of the Episcopal church
of which Mrs. Garner is a member
Immediately after the services the
body was taken to Gaffney for In
terment at 5 o'clock, beside that of
his wife, who passed away April 19
To Hold Meeting
The men of the Shelby Presby
terian church will hold their month
ly meeting Wednesday evening at
7 o’clock in the dining room of the
Sunday school budding. Special ef
fort is being made to have all the
men of the church present for this
first meeting of the new year. Sup
per will be .served for all who come.
The program tonight will be in
charge of Prof. M. H. Randolph,
president of the local organization,
and Dr W. F. Mitchell, chairman
of the department of foreign mis
At the meeting this week of the )
county commissioners D. L. Downs
was sworn in as road commi sioner
in No. 11 towhship and R. L. White
sides was sworn in in No, 8 town
Three Store Robbers Given Total
8 Years After Stewart Confesses
Runs His Court
Clears Bar of Spectators
To Maintain Orderly v
Judge J. It. Clement* holding
hi* first Irmt of nuprrlur court
ha* let It be known, quietly but
firmly, that he la the presiding
For years spectators have mad'
gradual inroads in the space about
the bar, which is ordinarily reserv
ed for attorneys, defendants, pris
oners, and court officials. Of recent
years seats within the bar have
been difficult to find even for n -
torneys and others connected with
court activities. Tuesday morning
Judge Clements looked down from
the bertch, noted the confusion and
crowded conditions and lmniediat*ly
began re-arranglng things.
First of all, he cleared out enough
spectator* to give attorneys ampe
room, then he made additional
room for Jurors awaiting the noxi
case, and finally had the clerk’s des.:
changed about so as to provide ad
His methods of handling a case
are to the point, with little time
wasted in byplay, and his expedite
manner has reminded many specta
tors of the speed and precision with
which Federal Judge E. Yates Webb
handles his United States Court.
Added to Clements’ reputation
made during his first days of court
here is the whispered comment
along the aisles that "he sticks ’em
when they’re guilty."
Mrs. Miller Hears
Of Brother’s Death
Mr. John Graham DIm at Hist?.
Shelby Relatives Attend
Death has again claimed a eljs*
relative of Mrs. A. C. Miller, whose
husband, a prominent and pioneer
business man of Shelby, died recen*
Mrs. Miller'? brother, Mr. John
Graham, died Tuesday morning
about 5 o'clock at his home at Ha.'y
In Eastern North Carolina,
Mr. and Mrs Hugh Miller jr.. and
Rev. A. C. Miller attended the lu
neral services held there this morn
Heads Conference Of Men In North
Rev. H. N McDiarmid. pastor .of!
the Shelby Presbyterian church, will
preside over the conference of men
of the church of the North Caro
Una Synod at, the First Presbyterian j
church In Greensboro, January 22- j
Some of North Carolina’s most j
oromtnent Presbyterian church i
leaders are on the two-day program.!
among them being President Walter j
tingle, of Davidson college, former
Governor A, W McLean, and others j
Stewart And Dale G<
While Bolick Draw
bery Of Penney Ant
Krnest Stewart and Even
sentences each end Jack Bolick
J. II. Clement in Superior tour
took the stand and confessed ii
some months agn of the J; C. !
Going 1 o Cuba
John I*. ,Mr Knight, son of !>lr. and
Mrs, John S, McKnight, will leave
the 15th of this month for Havana.
Cuba, to work with the Associated
Press bureau there. The Shelby boy.
a Davidson graduate, has been with
the AP bureau in Charlotte since
resigning as state editor of The
Charlotte News some time ago.
Mr. McKnight began his newspa
per experience on The Star.
Term On Gang
Held With Another Youth O
Check Charge Several Senten
Among the defendants senten
ced to the county chain gang or
Jail In Superior here yesterday
was a tali, black-haired young
man, XV. T. Potter, who claimed
to have been an aviator in Ala
Potter was charged with aiding
and abetting another young man,
Louis Miller, alias Lester Hyde, in
forging a check given Sam Morrison
Miller attempted to take the blame
but evidence Involved Potter and
both were given four months each.
Gets V ear’s Term
Will Greeii charged with receiv
ing stolen goods In connect ion with
a No, 2 township robber ycharge
was given 1't months.
Tom Huffstetler drew three 12
months on a prohibition charge.
Mall Wagon Struck,
Moses Taub, who still uses a!
horse-drawn vehicle for his heavy;
mall deliveries about Shelby, has
two new rear wheels on his mall:
wagon. Recently while Taub was on
the inside of a building his horse
walked off with the wagon and
started home. At a crossing south of
town the horse barely got .across
the rack of a Southern train wljlch
plowed into the rear end of the
Smith Named Speaker, Johnson Is
Senate Leader A t Raleigh Session;
Dellinger Lcs?sAs Reading Clerk
Cherryvllle Man Nominated b,v Sen
ator MrSw»ln Loses To Raleigh
Raleigh. Jan. 7.—Democrats of
the North Carolina general assem
bly last night nominated Willis
Smith of Wake county as speaker
of the house of representatives and
Rivers D. Johnson of Duplin for
president pro-tern of the senate.
Meeting in separate caucuses, the
democrats of the upper and lover
houses moved rapidly in their or
Only one ballot was required to
choose Smith O. B. Moss of Nash,
a third candidate for the speaker
ship. withdrew from the race and
Smith won ever Fred I. Sutton of
Lenoir 71 to 39. to win the house
Wins Over Blount.
In the senate Johnson defeated
M. K. Blount of Pitt. 31 to 17, on
the first ballot for the nomination
as president pro tern of the senate
and democratic leader of that
The nominations of all officers
was tantamount to election. Then*
are only two republicans In the sen
ate and five in the house.
The senate caucus took less than
an hour while the house meeting
lasted much longer.
Johnson was nominated by Sena
tor W. E Lynch, of Rowland. The
name of Blount was first placed in I
nomination by Senator L. S. Grave
ly. of Rocky Mourn. There were
only two candidates.
Marlin Is Unopposed.
Leroy Martin, principal clerk 01
the senate, was unopposed and un
animously chosen. V
Fritz Smith of Raleigh, was nom
inated for principal reading clerk
of the senate over D. P. Dellinger
of Gastonia, by a vote of 28 to 18
out of 48. Smith was nominated by
W. P Horton, of Pittsboro. and
Dellinger bv Pevton McSw&in, of
it Three Years Each
b Two Years In Rob
I Lily Mill Stores Here.
>tt Date wort' given three year
was given two years by Judge
t here yesterday al ter Stewart:
i detail to the big robbery here
Vnnev and-Lily mill stores.
■ Charlie' Kuylor. of Catawba coun
ty, held In connection with die
tune charges was given 80 days
while a receiving stolen goods
charge against Marion Absher,
Stewarts father-In-law. was no!
pressed, George Holland, the fourth
man alleged to have participated mi
•the robbery. is serving time iM
Upon entering court yesterday
Stewart pled gtillty of bv. nk.uig and
entering while Kaylor pled guilty
of receiving stolen goods. Dale en
tered a plea of not guilty in con
nection with the Penney store rob
bery, but his attorney, W, 8. Beam,
amended It to a plea of aiding an.
abetting after Stewart made hi
confession on the stand.
Stewart, a dapper young man and
•one of the beat witnesses to take the
court room stand here in a long
.me, related in detail the Penney
robbery. He find Holland, the lat
ter of the Hickory section, picked up.
Gale, who lives in a Shelby mill
village. After riding around for
some time they parked their car, lit;
said, a block away from the Penney
store, left Dula with tile car, enter
ed tire store and carried the loot to
the automobile. They then drove
into Catawba county to hide tin
stolen goods in a potato house. It
was there that Kaylor, who lived
nearby, ran upon them. A gun was
shown Kaylor and he later ac
cepted a suit and other articles from
the loot to prevent his squealing.
The Stewart story was straightfor
ward and he declared that all the
stolen goods lie had taken as his
share had been recovered. About the
time Stewart and Dale were arrest
ed Holland was carried back to
3outh Carolina where be was want
Officer,here managed to recover
a big portion of the loot several
weeks ago when they intercepted a
note from Stewart to his wife. Some
of the goods were lound at the home
of Absher, father of Mrs. Stewart.
Other goods were found at the homo
at the home of some of Stewart's
relatives in Ashevile.
On the Penney charge Stewart
and Dale were given two years each.
The Other Robbery.
Both plead guilty In the Lily mill
sotre robbery which was staged sev
eral nights later. Bolick. the third
man, plead not guilty, declaring he
had joined them after they left
Shelby. He was found guilty, how
ever, and given a sentence of two
The trial, in that the Penney rob
bery was one of the biggest store
hauls here in several years, drew a
large crowd and the court room was
packed throughout the day.
In his confession Stewart ad
mitted having • served.' several years
in the penitentiary but. was not re
luctant about answering questions
except when questioned about his
wife, whom he seemed not to wish
held to blame in any manner.
Hoey Being Talked
For Congress Berth
Discussed For CongresMUHU-At
Large. Ncwland, Bowie, Others
Hickory. Jan. 7.—Former Lieuten
ant Governor W. C. Newland, oi
Lenoir, is being prominently men
tioned as a candidate for North
Carolina's new congressman-at
large, office expected to be created
by Gov, O. Max- Gardner or the
state legislature to fill the number
of congressmen given the state by
the 1930 census. The state now
may have 11 instead of ten.
Political talk through the state
and in Hickory is in the speculative
stage at: present, but it is expected
that a congressman-at-large will be
Homed for probably two years until
there districting of the state la
made by the next legislature.
The names of Clyde Hoey, of
Shelby, Tam C. Bowie, of West
Jeffer.on, and Walter ‘Pete” Mur
phy, of Salisbury, also are being
mentioned as possible candidates. F,
Marlon Redd, ot Charlotte, already
has announced that he will run for
Some think that a special election
will be called and that voting will
be carried through as in a regu
lar election, although the republi
cans would advance no candidate'.