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The Cleveland Star
SHELBY, N. C.
MONDAY - WEDNESDAY - FRIDAY
By Mali, per year ...... sa.50
By Carrier, per year _____1_.. »3.uu
THE STAR PUBLISHING COMPANY. INC.
LEE a WEATHERS ......... President and , Editor
8. ERNEST. HOEV ..........._........ Secretary and Foreman
RENN DRUM________ News Editor
L. a DAIL .................................. Advertising Manager
Entered as second class matter Janizary 1, 1905, at tne postomce
at 8helby, North Carolina, under the Act of Congress, March a, 1879
We wish to call your attention to the fact that It is and has oeen
our custom to charge five cents per line for resolutions of respect,
cards of thanks and obituary notices, after one death notice has
been published. This will be strictly adhered to.
MONDAY, FEB. 23, 1931
World war veterans may now be wishing- that they were
Starving Belgian children. Mr. Hoover fed them.
March is only one week off and the gardeners are al
ready hard at work.
If there is any living human who can understand just
what the Wickersham report intended to say, then it must be
Einstein—that is, if he understands his own theory.
Some rich men right often learn t hat talk isn’t cheap
when fair young gold-diggers hail them into court with
More people are killed in auto accidents on Sunday than
on any other day of the week. What percentage of that num
ber do you suppose is en route to church when killed?
A new industry, a big textile mill dividend, new build
ings to go up soon, and new activity in realty circles in Shel
by seem to indicate that better times are about ready to
turn the corner—at last.
If Senator Morrison and others do kick Mr. Raskob out
of the Democratic chairmanship, he shouldn’t worry too
piuch; maybe he can get a job writing u column for the news
papers as did A1 Smith and Cal Coolidge,
The Robesonian, semi-weekly published at Lumberton,
entered its sixty-second year last week. The fact that the
paper has lived and prospered along with its section for over
three-score years ig ample proof that Editor J. A. Sharpe is
giving Robeson county a paper that has rightfully earned
it* place as a worthwhile institution.
RUNNING AROUND IN A CIRCLE
JUST TEN YEARS AGO, as will be noted in the “Ten Years
Ago’’ column of The Star in a few days, Cleveland farm
ers were worrying about the low price of cotton just as they
are now. There was considerable talk, too, of getting back
to the old food-and-feed crop basis. But along came another
high-price cotton year, and we’re back where we were once
THE LESPEDEZA WAY
CLEVELAND FARMERS, turning with determined atten
tion to improved methods of living at home, are becom
ing more and more interested in lespedeza, the soil-building
hay crop. A meeting of farmers was held here last week to
discuss lespedeza and it now appears as if lespedeza will play
an important role in the 1931 agricultural plans of this coun
ty. Farmers thinking of the crop will be interested in the
following comment in The Mecklenburg Times:
“Hundreds of the farmers in Mecklenburg county have
found that lespedeza is a success in this county. They have
found that it makes the best kind of hay, builds up the land
and makes a profitable crop of seed. There is a good demand
for the seed this year and in this county there were produced
last year about 50,000 pounds for sale. The demand has ex
ceeded the supply again.
If you are not one of the farmers to have some tespe
de&a get some seed nand sow it now. There should be lespe
deza on every farm in Mecklenburg county this year,"
Down in Union county lespedeza has been the talk of the
farming people for several years. Now the farmers there
are finding the demand for seed exceeding their supply, and
they’ve been ma)#ig more money out of it than out* of the
cotton crop, not to mention the improvement in soil.
MULL TALKS SOME SENSE
ODUS M. MULL, Shelby citizen and chairman of the Demo
cratic party in North Carolina, was a visitor in Wash
ington recently and while there he did some talking of the
sound-sense type he usually employs.
HiB talk was anent the prohibition controversy. In the
last presidential campaign the Republicans talked prosper
ity and the Democrats pushed each other into corners and
argued about prohibition. The Republicans, as we recall,
won. Prohibition is now as it was then; miserably enforced,
if the word enforced should be used, but still an ideal worthy
of attaining to sincere drys. And now as another campaign
period nears the Democrats are already riding each other
about prohibition. The Republicans are sitting on the side
lines grinning. If the Democrats get riled enough at each
other—and they’re started as if they’ll do just that—they
will- forget all about Hoover prosperity in 1932 and will de
Mr.* Mull was asked something about the prohibition
matter. The meat of his reply was that ’’just now there are
more important things to discuss. We have hungry and
poorly-clothed people in America. The farmer, the business
man, and the manufacturer are having one of the toughest
times ever. What we ought to do now is 1o see that every
body gets something to eat, and, then, there’ll he plenty ot
time to talk about drink.” It is needless to remind that
Chairman Mull is as dry as they make them, but he might
have tacked this question on to his statement: “And what
are we going to get out of this controversy anyway.”
Still the Democratic senators argue and fume, and all
the arguing and fuming will not change the prohibition
amendment one iota or increase the enforcement to any de
cree. It’s amusing. Here’s the way Tom Pridgen, Char
| lotte News columnist, takes a sarcastic slant at it :
“Senators Morrison and Tydings, it seems to us, are like
ly to talk themselves out of jobs. With their argument in
the Senate about how much liquor there is in North Carolina
and how little there is in Maryland, they are liable to start
an emigration of the wet citizens of Maryland to North Caro
lina. Tydings, quite wet, would lose his support, and Morri
son, quite dry, would be swamped by the new wet votes.”
THE ERADICATION of the overshadowing farm peril for
19151 is a matter for landowners and landlords.
Some time ago The Star carried a news story quoting
Welfare Officer Smith and leading farmers as saying that
the solution of the charity problem in Cleveland county lies
in the production of enough food and feed for home con
sumption. They added the opinion that landlords of the
county could do more to boost the “grow-your-own-food”
movement than any other class by seeing that all their ten
ants produce enough food and feed.
Down in the eastern section of the State, where they
“shoot the works” on tobacco and suffer just as we “shoot
the works” on cotton and suffer when the price is low, a sim
ilar view is taken.
A MESSAGE TO LANDLORDS
The following from The Tarboro Southerner should be
ready by every landowner in Cleveland county:
“It has always been the contention of The Southerner
that many of the troubles with agriculture in the South could
be cured by the landlord.
“The biggest expense on any farm is the eat bill that
is often from some time merchant who carries out his part
of the agreement faithfully and well. If the landlords of the
State would see to it each year that their tenants and crop
pres and wage hands had gardens oil the farm many dollars
would be saved not only to the landlords themselves but the
tenants as well, for in the great majority of cases it is the
land owner wrho has to become responsible for what his ten
ants get from the stores. A landlord has more influence on
his farm than anybody else and what he wants done in the
eating line can be accomplished if he sets his head to do it.
“Of course this can not be accomplished in any one year,
for the tenants as a general rule have gotten so much in the
habit of getting provisions and money in many cases 'tnat he
not only wants his garden but he does not want any decrease
in the cash l|p receives even though he has a garden with
which to supply his vegetables. But this error can be over
come in time.
“Any tenant with a hog or two and what bread he may
raise together with the vegetables from a small garden can
get through each year without very much money to be ad
vanced to him by his landlord.
“Nobody expects these farm tenants to take the lead in
this live-at-home matter, for the reason that he does not
know just how- to begin, but if the landlord will give as much
attention to home living as he does to making crops the prob
lem will be easily solved.*’*
Around Our TOWN
Hy UENN DRUM.
The frame of checkers as a sport for spectators has never been much
of a favorite In Shelby, but if these York, S, C., checker wizards make a
few more clenn-up trips to Shelby, the game will soon be on the up-and
Twice in succession the York players have taken tills county's best
checker players Into camp, and since in most any game Shelby Is fotul
of winning occasionally it is this colyums bet that the game will receive
more serious study about town now than ever before. These York fel
lows seem to have been born with a checker thinking system in their
heads just as every third child in Cleveland county is born with an In
clination to get in politics and go places. „
The tournament with the York^jfam here last week, once the news
of the tournament spread about the city, attracted quite a number of
spectators to the checker club, which is located Over Woolworths despite
the fact that the store slogan says nothing over 10 cents. To high-ten
sioned onlookers Who are fond ef action and plenty of it a checker tour
nament may appear, from the sidelines, to be slow entertainment. It is,
yet 16 players hard at it offer a fascinating scene as, lost in thought,
they drum their fingernails on the table, puff at unlighted pipes, and
utterly forget that there is anything in the world otUer than he board
IP front of them and the man on the opposite side.
The next tournament here, if given advance notice, should draw
quite a crowd. On the York team are a number of interesting characters.
One is Ernest Jackson, the newspaperman who covered the first King
trial for The Star. He Is an expert at the game and writes newspaper
articles of the various systems. As we remember It he once played a
! game with some man in a foreign country, the game taking a year or so
to play by mall. With him on the York team are thre three Shillinglaws.
The oldest, a one-armed man with a Muradic nonchalance In shoving
the buttons over the board, is probably the best of the York players. The
average checker player has about ns much chance of getting a king when
playing him as the United States does of having a monarch replace Herb
ert Hoover. ' *
Maybe If Sampson, the sign-painter, would return to town, Shelby
could give the South Carolinians a better m^tch. The way those fellows
play one wonders how they manage to take enough time from checkers
to discuss such things as Coley Bleasc, slot machines, Richards’ blue laws,
moder nmlnt juleps (Jake ginger'. and other topics of the day.
Woodrow W ilson got along famously with 13 as his lucky number,
perhaps The Star can do the same thing.
Late statistics show that Shelby is the 13th town in the state in news
paper circulation. Which is to say that Shelby isn't a seaport town nor
Ithe site of a weather observatory, yet her citizens go by The Star.
Reference to the Shelby school teachers Of other days caused Carl
Webb, the lhmiranee man. to rummage about In his boyhood-It lie- m.1
<:*8 up a rift. ph«*ogr ph hi the shelbr schools of 3? rears ago The
teacher was a Miss Christmas Who, according to her boy pupils, weigh
ed several hundred pounds and she could make sitting down terrific
punishment for unruly youngsters. With Carl in the group scene were
Pat McBrayer, Grover Hamrick, a boy named "Boots" who could fiddle
like nobody's business, and a group of girls who, for reasons of diplomacy,
will not be named. Anyone whose memory dates back to those days
should pass by the Webb agency and look the photo over. Carl remem
bers the period easily—one day about the time the photo was made Miss
Christmas licked him thrice. Prof. Curtis made it four and his daddy
tossed In a fifth for good measure. And in those days they whipped.
Shelby Shorts: This colyum has been Invited J,o take the role of a
baby, in a carriage, in a womanless wedding to be given this week. How’d
you take such a request? We don't know whether to pucker up and
bawl or pout for an all-day sucker .... Over In Lenoir there is a young
matron <no. adjective can say enough to go along with the young), the
daughter of a novelist, who Is s perfect double, plus, of Greta Garbo
as she appeared in her role In ‘'Inspiration'’.But, you boys, she's
married.A-hem! Frank Hoey and Harry Woodson have been sug
gested ns candidates for the honor of being Shelby’s best looking man.
And that's a blow to the girls; they're both married .... . On which
shoulder does the soldier on the Confederate monument have his gun?
Have your say before looking . . .... Real estate trading is picking up
hereabouts. The pien who are buying must realize that the property
they’re picking up now will be pointed out by others several years from
now as what they could have bought for about half the price that will
be asked for it then.
.Two farmers stood talking in the court house lobby here the other
day. A third man approached. He was apparently a farmer well along
in life, dressed in his Sunday suit. He stepped up to the two men.
“You all live here?” he asked.
"Yes.” was the reply.
“I hear your bank down here is pretty safe place to put your money.
I've been thinking,” he continued, “about putting mine in it. Think it’ll
be safe there?”
“If it'll be safe anywhere, it will there,” was the ready answer. With
out saying another word the stranger turned, walked out the door and
across the square to the bank. What sum he deposited there is not
known, but his appearance was that of a hard-working man who had
cut corners and saved from early manhood, and it's a pretty good guess
that the savings of a lifetime were deposited.
That's tribute of a type of a bank that no collection of !ugh-sounding
phrases could excel. •
There Isn’t a town of Shelby's size on the map that has a better run
of movies than Shelby. And if you've noticed the absence of jerky
films and discordant sounds, you’ve, realized, Surely, that the operators
know their business as well as the booking agents. (You’re welcome,
Messrs, Webb, Reynolds, Beam and you other fellows.)
| New Smartness In Plaid Ginghams i
'‘MNOHAM. to prove its own
fashion versatility, comes
orlh In the most naive of school -
"Irl costumes. and in sports or
von tailored town outfits that
tave a modern air of sophist ica^
ion. Couple this trend in ging
lam with the fashion interest In
(aids and we have a inode that
ives promise of wide popularity
:uring the' coming spring and sum
No schoolgirl of pre-war days
ould have chosen a. costume more
outhful and charming than the
lodel shown at the left which,
ith the complete approval of the
laid gingham la combined with
white pique to give a pleasing efr
feet- Peter Tan collar and cuffs are
given additional interest by means
of the scalloped edgings, as is also
the starched hat of white pique.
The new cotton mesh and tweed
like fabrics are particularly smart
in rich, dark colorings that hint
of the Algerian influence. In the
model shown it the right, dark
blue and red plaid gingham makes
a deep yoke in a lrock of cotton
| mesh fabric in c rich- blue tone
beamings effect slenderizing lines,
while a new variation of the shawl
collar and a braided belt of ging
ham strips are distinctive features
of this modern Interpretation of tht
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An Easy Way
Who knows when an emergency will
arise and demand immediate cash?
It may be difficult to get money at
the moment you need it—unless you
A Saving Account
No other investment you own is so
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SHELBY, N. C.
Now as business blazes a new
trail to prosperity, we jfre pleas
ed to serve as scouts and coun
.sellers in clearing the path from
doubts and dangers and provid
ing cooperation in ways and
means that will result in busi
“IN UNION THERE IS