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    The Cleveland Star
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By Carrier, per year----—---....... W.uu
t.Ttt B WEATHERS _..._President and Editor
a ERNES! BOEY.......__ Secretary and Foreman I
RENN DRUM ___ News Kditor
U E DA1L....... Advertising Manager i
Entered as second class matter January 1. 1905. at the postoilice
at Shelby, North Carolina, under the Act of Congress. March 3. 1870.
We wish to call your attention to the fact that It la and has oeen
our custom to charge five cents per tine for resolutions of respect,
cards of thanks and obituary notices, after one death notice has
been published. This will be strictly adhered to.
FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 1931
Two candidatse for mayor, three candidates for alder*
men. Just as the buds begin to burst the political pot starts
This pert paragraph from The Greensboro News: “For
mer Governor Smith has been invited to address the North
Carolina general assembly, and the Charlotte Observer sec
onded the motion. First thing you know Senator Simmons
will be hying Raleigh-ward to introduce him.”
Senator Coley Blease locked up his office and left Wash
ington for Columbia before Congress adjourned. Maybe he
got peeved because Senators Tydings and Morrison talked so
much about prohibition that he didn’t have time to get his
usual word in edgewise or otherwise
Those who have heard him say that Dr. R. G. McLees,
the blind minister who begins a series of evangelistic ser
vices at the Shelby Presbyterian church Sunday, is a very
forceful preacher, and a man with an unusual personality
and spiritual power. Make your plans to hear him during
the week’s services.
Shelby is in a fair way to land a new industry. Good!
Just a few moves of that type early in the year and Old Man
Business Depression will have to pack his kit and start hitch
hiking out of this section. One payroll can speed up all ac
tivity in a city the size of Shelby, and local citizens and niu
nicipal officials are to be commended for making every jus
tifiable effort to bring in another industrial payroll.
FIGURES COMPILED by seven Cleveland county farmers,
,vrho go at things in a systematic manner, show that on
their farms last year each hen in their poultry flocks brought
in a profit of $2.47 each. Not such a bad income for one hen
once you think it over. There are two points to the story:
first, it shows that there is money in the poultry industry,
if it is economically and properly operated : second, the value
of keeping a minute record of the poultry flock is clear. No
business man who purchases and sells goods would dare do
so without keeping a record of the cost of the goods, the over
head expense of disposing of them, and the sale price, so
that at the end of the year he might know just how he came
out. There is no plausible reason why a farmer should not
do likewise. A man may be very careful about watching
the nickels after lie gets them into his pockets, but isn't it
possible that he could gain even more by giving the same
attention to the nickels that he might.plaee in his pocket V
THE STAR IS FREQUENTLY asked to leave certain things
out of the paper. Similar requests are made of all news
papers. The high arid mighty, when they get into trouble
or get tangled up in something of news value, cannot under
stand why the papers should not overlook the incident. Yet
how many of them, do you suppose think of the “one gallus
guy ’’ when he gets in bad ? Who pleads his cause ?
A newspaper does not get any one in trouble ; and a
newspaper ruins no man's reputation. The man has ruined
it himself when he slips into something he should not. A
newspaper is merely a mirror of the events and life of a
community and its citizens. What that community does the
mirror reflects. If it did not, it would not be a mirror—or
Many requests to overlook news stories are based on a
plea not to hurt some dear old mother’s feelings. Newspa
permen have mothers, too. and as much respect for mothers
as do other people. But when a plea to keep something out
is shielded behind a loving mother’s skirts. The Star is re
minded of a curt reply made by a well known Superior court
•"judge of this State when he was asked to think of the poor
defendant’s mother and be merciful. As the defense lawyer
made his plea the defendant could not publicly restrain his
grief at the thought of his mother and how it would break
her heart to see him punished. But the plea failed to shake
the sound reasoning of the jurist. “Why,” he asked, “didn’t!
•your client think of his mother when he got in trouble?'
Then he could have saved her what he asks me to save now.
I can’t do it. What of the mothers of the boys he ruined’’”
There it is in a nutshell.
This reference to an oft discussed topic was brought
about by a letter written recently to the “Backtrack” column j
of The Spartanburg Herald, in which the writer of the letter,
asked about the newspaper tactics ejnployed in a movie
theme, “Scandal Sheet.” Here is the columnist’s reply:
This and any other conservative newspaper, Mould not send Its re
porters in back windows to steal photographs, neither would it put glar
ing headline over leva nest raids and that sort of thing—hut If any of
t* editors became involved in scandal the story- would be printed and
that editor would to •& probability write U.
$ oppress nows and yen Mast the foundation Suppress news snd the
chapter of the newspaper Is destroyed. A msn-killing creed and one
that eeentaaiiy robs the real newspaperman of all save only his slrong
»«* Hot one that mwl he followed to the letter If rIntruder K to
Newspapermen nee It every tlay anti every night—requests that stories
or names be "left out.” There’s not one follower of the news end of the
profession that wouldn’t divide with any man his last half-dollar, but
when you talk to him as "newspaperman” and not "comrade”—you are
wasting: your time, if there's any news In anything that’s happened to
He had probably rather hurt himself than you, but it Is his creed.;
You may be a salesman, and you sell things—you may be a banker and
you direct the affairs of your institution—you may be a lawyer and you
save defendants from prison*. You are attending to your business.
He is the newspaperman, and he Is attending to his business.
That is the principle.
The methods of the conservative newspaper are quiet, courteous and |
gentlemanly. The methods of the glaring big city dallies are at times a!
bit rough-and-tumble. That same spirit embodies itself into the hand
ling of news: they want the sensational. The big pink, green and black
streamers and striking pictures attract the subway throngs. They eat it
The conservative daily is read by the fireside or at the breakfast j
table when man doesn’t seem to care so much for the loud, the sensa-)
tional, the sickening. Bedroom slippers and tliree-mlnute eggs don’t go !
with bichloride and bath-tub gin.
NEARLY EVERY ONE, particularly fathers and mothers,
has a dread of war that is almost a horror. War is
everything that Sherman claimed for it and then some, but
did you know that something worse than war stalks through
the United States? If not, you might give the following
paragraphs some thought before Sunday. We specify Sun
day, because that is the day when this increasing monster
may claim your life.
Worse than war, you say, what can it be?
Only 50,510 members of the American army were kill
ed in action or died of wounds during eighteen months of
the World war, yet remember how terrible that seemed at
the time? But take this in: 50,900 persons were killed in
automobile accidents in this country in the past eighteen
months. What of that? Something worse than war in our
midst every day.
The above figures were compiled by the Travelers’ In
surance Company of Hartford in the most thorough study of
automobile accidents ever assembled to our knowledg.
If you go driving, there is less chance of being killed or
injured on Tuesday than on any other day of the week. Sun
day, as mentioned above, is the most dangerous day of the
week. Of 835,250 automobile accidents in this country last
year, 162,851 took place on Sunday. Saturday ranked next
with 140,322 accidents. Monday and Friday were listed as
the next worst.
Here is one feature of the automobile accident statistics
that is somewhat puzzling: 31,531 of the 36,806 cars involv
ed in fatal wrecks were driven by people with more than a
year’s experience in driving. Contrary to the usual pre
sumption, a majority of the accidents occurred with road
conditions ideal and weather conditions did not contribute to
a great percentage of the accidents. One-fifth of the acci
dents were caused by too-fast driving. Two other offenses
which caused a big portion of the accidents were driving on
the wrong side of the road and failing to grant right of way
to other cars. Remember those three things. They are
costing America-more lives than did the artillery of the
German army.
Of the people killed in auto accidents during the year
15,000 were pedestrians. Seven thousand of these, says the
insurance company figures, met death primarily through
their own fault or negligence. Automobile drivers were to
blame for the death of 2,300 pedestrians, and the blame lor
the death of 5,000 other pedestrians was equally placed be
tween driver and pedestrian.
Worse than war? Yes. And although gasoline con
sumption and automobile mileage were less in 1930 than in
1929 more people were killed last year in auto accidents than
in 1929.
Those are figures deserving of careful study. Some
thing should be done about it. Just what that something
should be we cannot say. Yet it is apalling; automobiles are
killing more Americans per month thpn did the world’s
bloodiest conflict. We spend thousands and thousands of
dollars in peace conferences, but what are we doing to end a
slaughter that is greater than that of the war we would
abolish from the face of the earth?
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Around Our TOWN
From a reader: "Did jou know, when you published tile item about
M. W. beinft the most beautiful girl in Shelby, that there are at least
four young ladles in town with those Initials who are everything from
good-looking on up to those breath-taking adjectives you use when you
write about Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich?''
Isn't that nice? Now we know that at least four hearts fluttered
over that item, and no telling how many chests swelled up with pridu
over having their girls picked out as Miss Shelby. That's one reason for
the profuse use in this tangle o' type of so many initials; you can reach
cut blindly and touch so many people.
And speaking of initials—there's a lawyer in Shelby, a fellow who
can make a political dictionary stagger with high-sounding adjectives
when he starts talking about anything to eat, whose initials are the
same as that well known Atlanta radio station.
Things you may never have known:
Horace Grigg, the county superintendent of schools, once worked on
Miller's 101 ranch out In Oklahoma, the same ranch where the hard
riding Tom Mix got his start.
The conductor of this colyum works in a chair that has four glass
insulators on the legs because of an inborn, heckofa dread of lightning.
John Schenek, sr., has a son who goes at things so different from
anybody else that he says it the son ever gets drowned, he'll look for his1
body upstream instead of down, for he'd nevtr drOwn like other people.
Shelby Shorts: A photo cf a comely young lady in last Sundays
rotogravure section cl The^Ne .t York 'Times was an exhet likeness of a
young Shelby woman. M. t‘ . A letter Was promptly uelheiVu to J
Smith of South pv msi, .vi*h an address -In which the ’T’sr were a)l pic.
,ures of an eye clipped from an optometrist’s advertisement, and It was
iddressed care of "Sea H. Rine (picture of a heart) ..... “Your name,"
:omes the Up from a reader, "has never been spelled correctly In the
elephrtiie directory.” (That sentence, sir, almost rhymes—had you no
iced it) But why tell us that? Tell Sam Gault . . . . . There are three
family names in Shelby generally pronounced alike but all spelled dif
ferently: Bolin, Boland, and Bowling.
For parents only: If you have a gangly, mischievous boy around
r'cur house who has already celebrated his 17th birthday and has
■cached the point where he Is greasing his hair and toesing romantic
ooks at the Juliets, why not send him to the Citizen Military Training
Vamp at Port Bragg this summer? It wil Ido him Worlds of good—and
since the government foots the entire bill, just think how much a youth
>f that age cun eat during the good old summer time.
How long does it take to boil a hard-boiled egg? A group of Shelby
soys visited every eating house in town recently testing it out. Can it
je done in less than five minutes?
h. D. Smith ran the Grand theatre in Shelby?
The Lineberger boys sold Spach wagons?
The Cleveland Commercial club was disbanded and the Shelby club
jrganized with W. J. Arey as president and Chas. H. Wells as secretary?
The hookworm scarce was sweeping Cleveland county and the coun
ty-wide examinations revealed that 1,115 Cleveland citizens were so af
John Birmingham was an operator at the Western Union here?
A number of Shelby boys, back in 1912, climbed the city water tank
with field glasses to see Thomwell Andrews, the aviator, fly his plane at
Beck's fountain was the gathering place of the local philosophers?
Shelby teat Hickory Grove in football 13 to 6 due to a forward pass
thrown by Boyce Dellinger?
So far not a single contributor has ventured to say just who is
Shelby’s best looking man.
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and safe for the whole family. Sing
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Set tie’s and all ctlier good drug
stores. Cad7.)
Around The
(With Apologies To
Good afternoon everybody! .
No doubt you have heard pi
the Gang Buster. Inc. Well,
you will be taken for a ride—
a joy ride of mirth—when you
see and hear happy Jack
Oakic in the “GANG BUST
ER.” He's a great wise crack
er and he puts you on the
spot for laughs. And by the
way, it’s only one of the two
features we re showing, today
and tomorrow, the seeond be
ing Bob Custer in the greatest
adventure picture Bob has
ever made. Ircidently, it s
his first talkie, and the critics
say it's great.
Of course, no Carolina pro
gram is complete without a
Our Manager returned from
Charlotte last night and says
he dated Clara Bow’s latest
“NO LIMIT,” and Jim says
this Is the best thing Clara
has done to date. Better
watch for it, as it won't be
long now.
Our Cashier, Mrs. Bridges,
was out yesterday with a se
vere cold.
Do you know that:—
Ruth Chatterton, featured ir I
Paramount's “THE RIGHT
TO LOVE,” entered her thea
trical career at the age ol
fourteen, on a dare?
It's the first picture pro
duced by the marvelous new
system of noiseless recording.
It does away with all surface
noises, scratching, humming,
sputtering, etc. See it and tell
us what you think of the new
(Signed) DOORBOY.
With the talkies in full
charge, English accents have
become precious in Hollywood
One producer needed an
English Ingneue. They proved
scarce. Agents submitted their
artists. The last agent had
but one candidate to offer.
Re Kid Iter picture on the
producer'# de*k. ‘Titer# the
is,” he seisj. "8he't e UttJt
airy—but ehet English.'
Submitted by p. F.
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the account grow.
Trust Co.
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to give you its best service.
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