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MONDAY, JAN. 19. 1931
Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons.
<*r Malt wt teat On UnaMi tttn
t'artter net rear, on advanmi .. SS.M
Cotton, per lb._...__ 9 to 10c
Cotton Seed, per bu. ...._30c
Fair And Colder.
Today's North Carolina Weather
Report: Fair tonight and Tuesday
Colder tonight and in extreme west
portion Tuesday. Colder Tuesday
Teach Dry Agents.
Charlotte, Jan. 19.—Federal pro- *
htbition agents in North Carolina
are going to have an opportunity to
brush up on the fine points of trap
ping bootleggers and ferreting out
and wrecking stills. A school for the
dry enforcement officers In the
western, central and eastern dis
tricts of the state opened here to
day. It will continue until ail the
agents have received two weeks' In
structions under two expert en
forcement officers from the Rich
mond district enforcement head
Funeral Of Mrs.
Hamrick Held
Mrs. D. A. F. Hahirick Had Outliv- j
ed Every Member Of Her Family,
Including Children.
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary j
Susanna Hamrick, aged 86 years, j
who had outlived every member of j
her immediate family, were conduct - !
ed at the Lattlmore Baptist church
Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock
The services were in charge of Hey .
W. C. Lynch, the pastor, and Rev
D. G. Washburn.
Mrs, Hamrick died Friday, death I
resulting from the infirmities of eld !
At the age of 20 she was married j
to D. A. F. Hamrick, who died 29
years ago. To this union were born
three daughters—Mrs. J. P. D.;
Withrow, Mrs. C. T. Heafner, and j
Mrs. W. T. Caltonall of whom pre- i
ceded their mother to the grave
Not only did Mrs. Hamrick’s bro
i hers, sisters, husband and children
die before her but her sons-ln-law .
also preceded her to the grave. L*v- j
ing survivors include 12 grandchild* j
ten and nine great grandchildren.
Mrs. Hamrick joined Sandy Run
Baptist church at the age of 15. She
retained her membership there until
the Lattimore church was organized I
and she became a charter member I
and was a loyal church worker and !
a woman widely loved until her
death. For years she had made Jv.t
home with her daughtr, Mrs. W. T.
Calon, until the latter’s death. Since
then she had been living with her
grandson, Aubrey Calton.
Predicts Quake
For This Week
Shock Expected Between Today And
Wednesday. Has Called Ele
ven Quakes.
Budapest, Hungary, Jan. 19—The
world's next great earthquake, pre
dicts Professor Martin Hanko, will!
occur between Monday and Wed
nesday, somewhere In the western I
half of the Pacific ocean or in Ja
pan itself.
Professor Hanko, a member of the
faculty of Pecs university in south
Hungary and whose predictions re
garding earthquakes have caused
worldwide Interest,' discussed his
forecasting system with the Asso
ciated Press yesterday.
"For many years," he said, “I
have been studying earthquakes and j
have found there is a uniform and;
natural sequence to such convul- j
; ions. My system is based upon the
t implest principles of prediction, ap- !
plied with a highly elaborated1
scheme of mathematics.
Fixed Eleven Dates.
"Since October I have fixed the
dates of approximately 11 earth
quakes, all of which developed. X
prefer not to enter the details of my
theory, but I have proved it not
only with regard to future earth
quakes, but also in connection with
those of the past, verifying the ex
r.ct time of the most important such
disasters known to history.”
Professor Hanko said he even had
verified the time of the destruction
of Pompeii.
‘‘Last month,” he continued, “I
predicted that between December 13
and December 14 an earthquake
would occur probably in Chile, and
it developed December 15 in both
Argentina and Mexico.
Not Too Far Ahead.
“Theoretically it would be possi
ble to fix the date of earthquakes
many years ahead, but much more
precise details are obtainable in con
sidering only the immediate future,
say for a fortnight or a month
ahead. .
“I hope to give a perfectly new
direction to the science of seismolo
gy, and by developing my system be
able to put an end once for all to
the wholcra’e destruction of human
life which usually accompanies these
outbreaks, by a timely warning of
their nature and strength”
King’s Counszl
May Altar Plan
At Second Trial
To Improve Strategy
This Time
Lawyers Continue To Prepare Case
As They Await Decision As
To Place.
York. S. C., Jan. 19.—Judge B. T.
Palls, associate counsel for Rafe
King, came through York last week
and lie and Lawyer Thomas P. Mc
Dow, chief counsel for the Sharon
and Shelby man, drove to Colum
bia, presumably lor a conference i
with King in the penitentiary.
Pending the decision of Judge^
Bonham as to where the second
trial of King shall be held, both
sides of the case are not being held
up any in their preparation for it,
wherever it may be staged. Appar
ently the state has less to consider
than the defense, for its facts are 1
the came as those produced in the
first trial, and the issue is the same.
But the defense is fighting a big
tattle over again, and its tactics
and strategy may be improved by
changes made in the light of what
happened in the first trial. Some
things In that trial at Chester sur
prised the defense, and if it made
any mistakes of tactics then, it
knows them as well as anybody else
now, and can avoid them in the sec
ond trial. Hence the lawyers are not
marking time by any means while
the judge is considering at which of
four county seats the second trial
". cl! be held.
Which courthouse will be chosen
is as much unknown to all lawyers
on bon sides as to any newspaper
reader, Different attorneys in the
case express confidentially different
personal opinions about what loca
tion the judge will choose for the
venue. The only thing all agree on
is, that Judge Bonham is very high
minded and conscientious, and his
decision about the place of trial will
be entirely uninfluenced by any
thing outside .the arguments filed
with him, and made to him, on the
motion for a change of venue. That
the arguments on both sides have
a certain cogency makes it possible
for any of four decisions to be made
as most conducive to exact justice.
So the answer to the present ques
tion is anybody's guess, until the
court speaks. When that will be is
equally uncertain;
Sm^ll Ca*e Blaze
Here Early Today
Hole Burned Ir. Central Cafe Floor,
Fire Saturday At
Corn Mill
A fire at 6:20 this morning burned
a hole in the kitchen floor of the
Central Cafe on West Warren street,
This morning when Everette Del
linger, the proprietor, opened up be
found the building full of smoke and
sent in an alarm for the trucks.
After the blaze was extinguished
it was found, it is said, that ashes
taken from the stove last night caus
ed the fire.
The trucks v. ere called out early
Saturday afternoon to the South
Shelby corn mill where a blaze did]
slight damage to the roof.
inspects New Town House
The United States Navy's ding- <
ible “Los Angeles” nosing near
the top of the Empire State
Building, New York City, as if
in inspection of the mooring
mast atop the structure. The
mast was built specially (or the
use of the Los Angeles. The
huge bag made the first of a
series of training flights before
her departure for naral maneu
vers off Panama.
Hoover Names Group
For Drought Relief
Ask Red Cross
Aid Here
The quota of Shelby and
Cleveland county for Red Cross
relief work In States badly
sticken by the drought is $1,400
it was announced here this
morning by Henry B. Edwards.
Red Cross campaign chairman.
In twenty-one States of America
people are suffering very much and
the national Red Cross states thct
a campaign for relief is Imperative.
Want Contributions.
"We will not organize a formal
drive to secure our quota,” the loial
chairman said, "but we cannot fail
to do what we can in this nobie
work. I hope that all genorbm
hearted citizens able to do so will
contribute to this worthy relief
fund. Since I will be in Raleigh I
will ask that contributions be left
at The Star office and reports of the
contributions published. The main
idea is to give what we are going
to give now. The need is urgent and:
is not a thing to be put off.”
Conditions Terrible.
In a telegram to the Red Cro-is
officials here, John Barton Payne,
national chairman, says: "Increas
ed demands have made imperative
Thinks Cut Of Fees In Public
Offices Would Help Tax-Payers
More Than A Slash In Salaries
Man Who Needs It More Would
Benefit By Lo ”er Fees On
Would not a reduction of fees
charged for various purposes In pub
lic offices do more to make govern
mental cost cheaper for citizens who
really need the benefit of economy
than a reduction in salaries of pub
lic officials?
That's a query advanced by a
Cleveland county citizen, well ac
quainted with public affairs. In dis
cussing proposed economy in the
“The way I figure it,’ he says,
“the reduction of 10 percent in the
salary of the average county offic
ial would, when brought down to
the final analysis, mean ■* saving to
him, the tax-payer, in taxes, of Just
sixty-eight onerthousandth of one
cent on the $100 property valuation.
That wouldn’t be much of a burden
lifter in my opinion.
"On the othe' hand, is i‘ generally
realized what a reduction in public
fees would mefn? It is my infor
mation that the fees taken in for
various purposes by the clerk of
court and register of deeds here, or
in any other well-governed countv
In the course of a year more than
pay the salaries of those two offlc- j
ials with a surplus profit going into
the county treasury. Is it just right
for the county to make a profit for
all taxpayers upon the work done
for only a percentrge of the tax
payers. When a deed is recorded
all the fees total $1. When a deed of
trust is probated and recorded, or
whatever process it goes through
with, the charge is *2. Hr d you ever
thought that that Charge hits rath
er heavily the man less able to bear
it? The man who pays $2 for re
cording a deed of trust or mortgage
is often one who ha3 been forced to
mo' tgage something to secure mon
ey. It is only right that those fees
should be suffic'e it to cover the
cost, but why should the entire
county, including we--thy tax-pay
ers, make a profit from the man
who goes in to record a deed of trust
or a deed?
“A reduction of 50 cents or so in
these fees, in my opinion,” the
speaker said, "would mean more to
the man having papers recorded n
only one instance tarn he could
save in taxes with one entire coun
ty official’s salary abolished for a
People In Drought Stricken Areas
Badly In Need Of Red
Cross Aid.
Washington. Jan. 19,~Presld<*nt
Hoover announced yesterday the
appointment of a nation-wide com
mittee of 57 members headed by
former President Coolidge, as hon
orary chairman, with former Gov
ernor Alfred E. Smith, John W.
Davis and General Pershing among
the vice chairmen, to aid the Red
Cross in raising its $10,000,000 fund
for the relief of sufferers in the
drought stricken areas.
In requesting them to serve, Nir.
Hooter injected the Dole issu<\ on
which he stands to be defeated in
the senate today, by declaring:
"'It is essential that we should
maintain the sound American tra
dition and .spirit of voluntary aid in
such emergency and should not un
dermine thu‘ spirit which has made
our Red Cross the outstanding
guardian of our people in time of
Rejects Republican Fleas
Having rejected pleas of Republi
can leaders to compromise with con
gress by acceding to a treasury
“loan” rather than "Dole” to the
Red Cross, Mr. Hoover hopes by the
quick raising of money from pub'ic
subscription to head off the drive In
congress, now slated to succeed in
both senate and house, for the Roo -
inson CD. Ark.) amendment to the
interior department appropriation
bill. The amendment gives the Red
Cross $25,000,000 to buy and distrib
ute food, m"dieine and other sup
plies not only in the drought dis
tricts but wherever else needed.
Mr. Hoover conferred again to
day with Senator Reed 'R Pa),
who at his request will try to stave
off the Robinson amendment unHl
February 9, to let the Red Cross firs;
appeal for public funds. After the
conference, the president made pub
lic a copy of this request to emi
nent men and women through the
country to serve on the
to help the Red Cross drive.
Dr. Toms Dies In
Calera, Oklahoma
Brother of Mm. J. R. Dover And Mr.
H. L. Toms of Shelby. Went
West 35 Years Ago.
Dr. R. A. Toms, native of Ruth
erford county and brother of Mrs.
John R. Dover and Mr. H. L. Toms
of Shelby died suddenly last Wed
nesday at his home in Calera, Ok
lahoma. Dr. Toms was a native of
Rutherford county and went west 35
years ago. He was a licensed physi
cian, but gave up Ills practice some
years ago and his since been de
voting his time to the mercantile
Dr. Toms was 65 years of age, but
has many friends among the older
people of Cleveland and Rutherford
counties who remember him very
pit asanHy,
“Lite At Home9'
\Drive To Open
jIn County 22nd
Extension Workers
Boost Program
I'rje Farmer* To Produce Food For
Livestock A* Well A* Food
For Family
The slogan 'Farm To Mako A
Living In IMF* will be Introduced in j
Cleveland couty Thursday, January ’
22, when two extension workers from j
the agricultural department, farms
wives, merchants, bankers and busi
ness men. •*•
The salvation this year for North
Carolina farmers lies In their ability
to produce their own food and leed
or live at home, in the opinion of
agricultural leaders.
Last Year Governor Gardner’s
“Llve-at-hamc” program brought on
additional food and feed crops ui J
the State worth 19 million dollats.!
Had this program not been lnnu- \
gurated real "hard times" would be j
existing now In the State. With no
bright prospects of a good price for
cash crops this year the live-at
home Idea b being stressed more
than ever.
Have Statistics
E. W. Gaither and Miss Ruth Cur
rent, who will attend meeting here,
will have with them statistics
showing the best food and feed
crops for this section. They also have
data Just what crops this section
has been short in. They will outline
the necessity of raising feed for
livestock as well as food for the
Another big cotton crop will prove
disastrous to cotton sections unless
fawners In these sections take the
precaution, agricultural observers
say, of producing enough food and
feed to take care of themselves.
Not only fanners but all citizens
interested In the welfare of the
county are asked to attend the
I meeting. Similar meetings are be
I ing held In every county In the
I state.
Fullenweider Died
Of Heart Trouble
Shelby War Veteran Given Military
Funeral By Camp In
Mr. Harry Fullenwlder, actor
traveller and Spanlsh-Amerloan war
veteran, died of heart trouble In a
Key West, Florida, hospital yester
day a week ago. News of his death
has already been published but It
was not until the week-end that a
letter came to former Sheriff Hugh
A. Logan, commander of Spanish
American war veterans here, telling!
of the details.
He had Just dressed In the hospi
tal and had been given a glass of
milk by a nurse. When the nurse
returned to the room a few minutes j
later she found him dead. The let-1
ter, from the camp of veterans
there, stated that he was given a
regular military funeral and burled j
by the side of other Spanish-Amer- i
lean wTar veterans. He became 111
while eu route to Havana and was
taken to the hospital there by vet
erans. The local camp paid expenses
Incurred in getting him to the hos- j
pital as his two last pension checks |
had not been located.
Abolish Bounties
For Rum Arrests
—— -—
Hereafter Lincoln County Officers
Will Not Get Bonus For
Raleigh. Jan. 19.—'There will be
no more $10 bounties for Lincoln
county officers making arrests for
prohibition law violations If the
house views the bill of Representa
tive Sigmon of Lincoln in the same
light as house Judiciary committee
No. 1 did at its first meeting. Tire
committee voted unanimously to
make a favorable report on the bill,
which would repeal the 1929 statute
authorizing the bonus.
Auto Tag Bureau
Here Still Open
The automobile license bureau at
the Eskridge garage here remains
open all year and was not closed
.Saturday. Several citizens notictr.g
that bureaus in other towns and
cities closed Saturday made inquir
ies as to the bureau here. The local
license plate office is one of the
twelve In the State which remadrs
open the entire year. Those which
closed Saturday are only part time
bureaus which help alleviate the
first rush in tag sales
Ritchie Inaugural
Viewed as 1932 Hid
Inducted into office a* Governor of
Maryland for his fourth term,
breaking all precedent* of service
In the State, Albert C. Ritchie de
voted hi* Inaugural to a dincuaeion
ef national issue* and, in the gen
eral opinion, sounded the keynote
of hi* candidacy for the Demo
cratic Presidential nomination in
Mrs. J. N. Gantt Dies,
Is Buried At Trinity
Large Crowd Attends Funeral 0)
Beloved Woman Of No. t
Mr*. Rosley Gantt, wife of James
N. Gantt died Monday morning
January 12 at 1:30 o’clock follow
ing an illness of three weeks with
heart and kidney trouble. She was
68 years of age and was married to
Mr. Gantt In 1863. To this union
three children were born, one of
whom survives, Clarence Gantt who
lives at home with his father.
Mrs. Gantt was highly respected
and esteemed In the community and
a large crowd attended the funeral
services conducted by Rev. M. M.
Huntley at 2 o’clock Tuesday of last
week. Interment was in the ceme
tery at Trinity church where she
held her membership. Many beau
tiful flowers attested the esteem In
which she was held.
No New Legislation
Planned By Edwards
Representative Believe* C ounty Af
fairs To Be In Pretty Good
Representative Henry B. Edwards,
home from Raleigh for the week
end. is planning no new legislation
for this county, he stated.
“I am working on several tilings
of a state-wide nature," he said,
“but as far as county affairs are
concerned I think we are in pretty
good shape. I have no plans now'
for any direct county legislation al
though I cannot determine yet fust
what might develop, I am, however,
working on several things, more oi
less of State-wide scope, which I
will introduce during the session.”
Ford Price* Cut
Ford has taken a substantial price
cut and new low prices on Ford
cars and trucks are effective today
Charles L. Eskridge, authorized
Shelby dealer, said the reductions
on all Ford units would range from
$5 to $45.
j Thos. Vaughn Burned
To Death In Residence
Banished Man
To Come Back
l’aul Bostic Permitted To
Return To County By
Governor Gardner.
Pant Bostic, young' Cleveland
county man, who was banished
from thr State for two years.
wa» last week given permission
by Governor to return to this
county so that he may start
crops on nls farm.
Bostic, who was convicted here c
breaking and entering in March,
1929, and sentenced to a fine, and
to stay out of the state two years,
would complete his period of exile
In March, the statement said, but
would be harmed by not being abb
to get. his crops started.
Seven other paroles were granted
at the same time by the Governor.
Mistakes Governor
For A Hotel Clerk
Unannounced Visitor Walks Into
Mansion And Asks If Hr Is
Raleigh. Jan. 19,-Governor O
Max Gardner was entertaining sev
eral friends In the library at the
executive mansion one night last
week when a well-dressed, middle
aged gentleman of genial and be
nign nppearanee came strolling
through the front hall and smiled
pleasantly at the group.
The Governor ro, to Iris feet and
looked inquiringly at the visitor.
‘Are you the clerk?” politely ask
ed the stranger.
■'Huh?” gasped His Excellency.:
The man glanced about him rath
er uncertainly. He took In the gen
eral appearance at his surroundings,
and then his eyes again focused up
on the Governor.
“Is this the office?" he inquired.
“What office?” countered the
“Why-er—a—THE office."
"This Is the Governor’s mansion,”
said Mr. Gardner, in rather austere
The visitor's face showed emotions
of horror, mixed with terrible em
'T beg your pardon,” he said in
a most humble tone of voice. "I
thought this was the Mansion Park
He retreated rather hurriedly, and
the front door slammed behind him.
"Yes," commented the Governor
aggrlevedly, "and you thought I
looked like a clerk In the hotel." He
eyed his gubernatorial raiment
rattier dolefully, and then resumed
his seat and the subject of conver- j
satlon which had been so strangely i
On Debating Squad.
W. W Washburn, of Shelby, wasl
one of the 16 students at Wake For- j
est college picked in the first round I
of a debating tournament there to!
select the first year Intercollegiate I
team. j
Jonas Has His Wires Crossed
Somewhere; Is Battle Against
Political Rigor Mortis For Him
Newspaper Comment Notes Con
flicting Statements. Desolate
Fight of Defeat.
The charges of Congressman
Chas. A. Jonas, of this district, re
garding alleged election frauds in
the district and state are drawing
considerable newspaper comment.
An editorial in The Hickory Rec
ord, entitled ‘ Wires Crossed Some
where,” says:
"Just recently The Record pub
lished a news dispatch from Char
lotte which quoted Congressman
Charles A. Jonas, of Lincolnton, as
saying that he had been asked to
assist in a further Investigation of
alleged election frauds in this, the
ninth congressional district. Mr.
Jonas was further quoted as saying
that someone connected with the
Nye senatorial committee had in
formed him that election fraud con
ditions in North, Carolina were as
bad as they are in Pennsylvania—
or words to that effect
“Now somebody has evidently
crossed some wires somewhere, for
Congressman Jonas, has been quot
ed this week in a Washington, D.
C., dispatch as saying:
“ *1 have never believed that
Senator Nye intends seriously to in
vestigate the North Carolina case
.it he can help it.’ The representa
tive, the dispatch continues, calls
it a plain case of attempt to white
wash and said if the Democrats did
not pay Nye to come into the state,
and without serious effort to obtain
evidence to give out a statement
that the situation in the state is
‘refreshing,’ then they at least owe
him a debt of gratitude,
"In connection with his latest
statement, Mr. Jonas says I have
never met or spoken to Senator Nye
or any other member of the com
mittee in my life.’
"Certainly, these two statements
will have to be explained by Mr.
Jonas. If he never has met nor
spoken to Senator Nye nor any other
member of his committee, and if he
things the North Dakotan is in lea
gue with North Carolina Democrats,
what was the basis for giving out
his statement In Charlotte Just a
few weeks ago?
"There is something wrbn* some
where, in the two Jonae Interviews.
Only Mr, Jonas oan say what it is.”
Concerning the same discussion.
Ran Back In Blazing
Well Known Clllwn Dies As Root
Collapses On Him. Funeral
Mr. Thomas C. Vaughn, ft,
well known rlttaen who lived
Dvr miles norih of Shelby in the
Pleasant Grove section, was
burned to death about 9:30 Fri
day night when his home was
destroyed by fire.
Mr. and Mrs, Vaughn, their non,
Spurgeon Vaughn, and his wife were
all In la d asleep when some mem
ber of the family awoke to discover
that the house was a burning in
All Got Oat.
They all rushed outside to entity,
but just after getting out the elder
Mr. Vuughn recalled that he had
some important paper* In a book
row- in the house. He started to en
tca the blitzing house to get them
and his son attempted to stop him.
He dashed in the hall door, however,
and had Just started In a door from
the hall when the horror-stricken
members of the family noticed a
wall of flame leap out and envelop
him. They saw him fall to the floor
and Just an Instant later the burn
ing roof crashed down upon him.
Every effort was made to get to
him but a bucket brigade could not
cope with the blaze which had al
ready practically destroyed the
home, and it was not until some
time later that the others managed
to reach what was left of his body.
The limbs were burned off and it
was evident that he could not have
lived very long after he was seen to
fail Just after entering the house.
At Pleasant Grove,
Funeral services, conducted by
Rev, D. Q. Washburn, were held at
Pleasant Grove church Saturday
afternoon at 4 o'clock.
The deceased was a well known
resident of the county and highly
respected by ail who knew him. He
joined New Prospect church early
in life but moved his membership to
Pleasant Grove about 25 years ago.
He was a Mason belonging to the
Fallston lodge.
He Is survived by his widow, who
before marriage was Miss Julia
Weathers, and by five children as
follows: Spurgeon and J. M. Vau
ghn. the latter of Shelby; Mrs. W.
H. Bridges. Mrs. Zeb Costner and
Mrs. Toy Grayson. One brother and
five sisters also survive. They are:
C. P. Vaughn, Mrs. Ansell Gladden,
Mrs. William Hoyle. and Misses
Eliza, Dovie and Mollie Vaughn.
Thirteen grandchildren alro sin -
Mr. And Mrs. Mull
Are III With “Flu”
Mr, Odus M. Mull* state Demo
cratic chairman anti executive
counsellor to Governor Gardner,
and Mrs. Mull are both ill with in
fluenza at the Sir Walter hotel in
Raleigh, where Mr. Mull makes his
headquarters. Mrs. Mull and daugh
ter. Miss Montrose, recently went to
Raleigh to spend some time with
Mr. Mull.
Cox Thinks Jonas
Will Get Position
Congressman Chas. A. Jonaj is
almost certain to be appointed dis
trict attorney of Federal court to
succeed Thomas J. Harkins, who
recently resigned, the resignation to
take effect in March. That’S the
belief of H. Clay Cox, Cleveland
county Republican chairman and
manager of the Jonas campaign last
| fall. Mr. Cox has been In touch
with Republican leaders all over the
State and says that the majority cf
them are endorsing the Llncoln
ton man for the attorneyship.
Shoffner Improves
Slowly In Florida
Mr. R. W. shoffner. former Cleve
land county farm agent, who has
been ill for some time and is now
recuperating at Miami, Florida, is
improving very slowly. This infor
mation was contained in a message
received by friends over the week
end. Mr. Shoffner some months ago
underwent a tonsil operation and
later had influenza. Falling to re
cover as rapidly as hoped for, he
went to Florida to recuperate. His
improvement has been slow but

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