She Pcbelanii iaf VOL. XXXV11, Wo. 35 SHELBY, N. C. MONDAY. MAR. 23, 1931 Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons. 10 PAGES TODAY Hf Mull. Ml *«»f. (ID _ HXu Uarrlrr. op, f*w. (In *M»omi __ W.«i> LA TE NEW: THE MARKET Cotton, per lb. 10'i,c up; Cotton Seed, per bu __ 37!*c Fair And Warmer. Today’s North Carolina Weather Report: Fair tonight] tnd Tuesday. Probably light j frost to the coast tonight, i Warmer Tuesday. Seven Die In Fire Holderness. N. H., Mar. 23. j ►Seven children of Mr. and’ Mrs. Louis Avery were burn-; ed in the little parlor of their' back roads home early today in a fire which consumed the building in less than a quarter of an hour. The dead: Sperle.j 20; George, 14; Harry, 10; Alfred. 9; Milton, 5; Daisy, 3; and Joseph, 5 months. The j parents and six other children three of the latter seriously ! burned, escaped. Mr. Yelton Of Belmont Dies; Buried at Union Native of Cleveland County Suc cumbs To Bright’s Disease At Age of Forty. At Union Baptist church Sunday afternoon, Mr. Ambrose G. Yelton, merchant of Belmont, Gaston coun ty, was buried. He died in the Shel by hospital Friday night at ten o’clock following an illness with Bright’s disease. Mr. Yelton had been in declining health for some time and very sick for the past two months. He was 40 years of age and a native of Cleveland county, the .son of Mr. and Mrs. John Yeiton, deceased. Mr. Yelton was weU known in the j upper section of Cleveland county! where he was born and reared. Two years ago he entered the mercantile business in Belmont. He was single. Surviving are four brothers: Will, Charlie, Oliver and Horace Yelton and four sisters: Mrs. John Towefy, Mrs. Lee Eskridge, Mrs. Sain Esk ridge and Mrs. R. E. Campbell! Funeral services were conducted by Rev. D. G. Washburn and Dr. Zeno Wall. A large crowd attended the services. Baptist Revival Off To Good Start Throngs of People At Services. Number United With Church. Program For Week. Even though the predictions of Saturday's weather fan came true j yesterday, it did not effect the suc cess of the opening of the revival campaign services at the First Bap tist church yesterday morning. Throngs of people attended the initial services, both morning and evening. Yesterday morning at 11 o'clock, Dr. Zeno Wall spoke on, “They Did Nothing.” At the close of the service several came forward to unite with the church upon profes sions of faith in Christ. Last night the .subject was “Weep ing Over the City.” This message was predicated on the incident of Jesus when he stood just outside of’ the city of Jerusalem and wept be cause the people could not realize and accept the King and Saviour who had come to redeem the world. Dr. Wall gave an invitation at the close and some came forward and united with the church. Special features of the services yesterday were the splendid musical programs under the direction of Mr. Easom. At last night’s service two large chorus choirs were heard. The program for the week folows: Each day from morning until evening—Church auditorium open for anyone to enter and offer silent prayer for revival. Continuous pray er service. Each morning 10 to 10:45 o’clock: Service in the young peoples’ assem bly auditorium. Each evening, 7:15 o'clock—Four groups of personal workers. Men will meet in Mr. Newton’s class room; women will meet in Mrs. Roberts’ class room; intermediate young people and officers and teachers of intermediate depart ments will meet in Mr. Geo. Webb's class room; all juniors will meet in church auditorium. Each evening, 7:45 o’clock, the revival service will begin with a song service, led by Mr. Horace Easom and two large chorus choirs, followed by a gospel message by Dr. Zeno Wall. The public is invited to all services of the church. Sure, Spring Has Hit Town; Peewee Golf Course Open Another sign of spring. The Peter Pan miniature golf course, on South Washington street, is opening tonight for the season. The miniature course, owned by George Wray, has been leased and Is being operated by D. L. Willis, jr. Early next month the new operator plans to stage a big formal opening tournament. Five Million Dollar Trade Here Annually Shelby’s 132 Retail Firms Employ 355 Peo ple With Yearly Payroll of $397,422. In dependents Do 81 Percent Business. Gen eral Business. General Merchandise And Automotive Group Lead. The 132 retail stores of Shelby do an annual business totalling $5,434,268, according to statistics released today by the Census Bureau compiled from the 1930 census in the first complete business survey made in the city. With a popula tion of 10,789 this yearly retail trade ranks among the high est in the State in proportion to the city’s size. Thf bureau reports 132 retail stores with a total annual business of $5,434 268, a yearly pay roll of $337,422, and the full-time employ ment of 355 men and women. The reported number of employees does not include those working part time although the pay roll of part-time employees is included in salaries and wages. Merchandise in stock for sale at the end of 1929 shows a cost val ue of $806,670. Type of Business. The total of 132 stores includes 113 single-store independents, nine of sectional chains, and 6 units of national chains. Sales of these two types of chain organizations aggre gate $929,328, or 17 uper cent of the total retail business, while sales of the single - store independents amounts to $4,428 210, or 81 per cent. These figures are based upOn re ports received in 1930 covering the year 1929. : Class Rank. The general merchandise group takes the lead in this report, with the automotive group second and the food group third in order of sales. The general merchandise group, which includes 5 department stores, 2 dry-goods stores, 5 general stores,; dud 2 variety 5-and-10. and tora dollar stores, reports sales of $1, 444,601, or 26.5 per cent of the total retail business, employs the full time services of 115 men and wom en. and pa^-s $129,983 annually in salaries and wages. The 5 depart CCONTINtrED ON PAGE TEN ) South Shelby School Boy Dies, Pneumonia J. O. Bowen, Jr. Succumbs To Attack Of Influenza And Pneumonia. Age 8 Years. J. O. Bowen, jr. died Saturday afternoon at 6 o'clock following an attack of influenza which develop ed into pneumonia. The youngster was eight years of age and a pupil in the second grade of the South Shelby school. Four months ago his mother died. The funeral was conducted from the home of his father J. O, Bowen Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock by Rev. Mr. Jenkins, pastor of the La Fayette Street Methodist church, and interment was in the cemetery at Sulphur Springs Methodist church. Mrs. Hawkins Father Dies In Virginia Mrs. Dewey Hawkins was called to Cambia, Va., last week because of the death of her father, J. W. Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell died at two o'clock last Tuesday morning, hav ing been sick since the first of the year. Mr. Hawkins who went to Cam bria to attend the funeral returned home Friday, but Mrs. Hawkins will remain at her former home for three or four weeks. McSwain Fighting Sales Tax And Luxury Tax In General Assembly Either One Would lie Unjust, lie Says. Does Not Believe They Will Pass. "I can see no justice in either sales tax on merchants or a lux ury tax that would hit the little ■man more than anyone else,” Senator McSwain, home from Raleigh for the week-end. in formed The Star. He likewise predicted that neither measure would pass the senate. It is also known that Represen tative Henry B, Edwards, o? this county is opposed to those neasures. Unjust, Unfair. “I can se no ejustice in either tax,” Senator McSwain said. "The gross sales tax on merchants would put the little merchant out of b'tsi ness because lie would feel tt more than the big merchants. There is nothing fair about forcing the little business man to pay a tax even though he loses money during the year. “The luxury tax would be even worse on the little man—the mill worker and the farmer. When they refer to a luxury they are talking about cigarettes chewing tobacco, snuff, soda pop, and such as that. Think about it: Doesn’t the poor man have as much right to smoko and chew and drink an occasional bottle of soda pop as does . he rich man? Think how you would hit them by making them pay a tax on every package of cigarette, everj plug of chewing tobacco, every box of snuff, and every bottle of soda pop. Who can see anything border ing on fairness In making the aver age man pay a penalty tax on what few pleasures and habits le does have in life? Remember that a lux ury tax will be as much of a tax cn the poor consumer as the wealthy consumer. The Republicans ‘n the next campaign would have a fine campaign cry if this Democratic legislature would impose either of I iCONTIKUEP OS PAOE TEK-i Winter Plays A Final Prank H Old King Winter, a temper mental fellow, played one final prank on Miss Springtime before making his final exit some time last night. According to the official weather forecasters spring arrived officially at 9 o'clock Saturday morning. Yet Saturday was one of the bitterest winter days of the year here. Sleet and rain fell for several hours, a touch of snow was noticed once, and a heavy wind was raging prac tically all day and night. Throughout the section to the west and north of Shelby a regular snowstorm marked the first day of spring. From Asheville around to Blowing Rock, Bridgewater and Marion there was a general snow. At Marion a 13-inch blanket of snow fell but soon ' melted away, while Asheville reported four inches. Weather forecasts for today, how ever, assure that the weather of Saturday and Sunday was perhaps the last freak of winter as warmer weather is assured for tomorrow. Mrs. Weathers Hurt When Cars Collide ; lias Collar Bone Broken and Facial Injuries. Accident On West Warren Street. Mrs. A. P. Weathers is in the Shelby hospital with a broken collar bone, a deep cut on her nose and bruises about her face and body as a result of a car collision on West Warren street at the Standard serv ice station Sunday morning at 11 o'clock. Mr. and Mrs. Weathers were driving across highway No: 20 when the Weathers car got caught in traf fic going east and west. As the Weathers car hesitated to let a west bound car pass, the car driven by Dr. R. L. Bolton, here in charge of the drive for Boiling Springs junior college, going east, struck the rear of the Weathers car. Mrs. Weathers was on the rear seat and received the force of the impact. She bled profusely from the fresh wound in the face and is considerably jarred up. X-ray pictures will be taken to day to determine if there are any | other injuries. Dr. Bolton was unhurt, but both jcars were badly smashed. Mr. 'Weathers has bruises on his left chest and leg but is up and going. Senora Burchett Passes Suddenly i _. Senora Burchett, wife of Thomas Burchett and a respected colored woman of Freedmon. dropped dead Saturday morning at her home. Death resulted from a cerebral | hemorrhage. Signs of the Times "Just typical kids of the present day," is the explanation given by Miss Helen Crain (above) former Birmingham-Southern College co ed, concerning her friends who have been arrested at New Orleans, La., charged with several hold-ups. She is held as a material witness. Warlick Speeds Up Court Work; Start On Cases Charge To Jury Is Brief. I'rges That Prisoners Be Properly Protected. Judge Wilson Warlick, holding his first term of court in Shelby, start ed off the spring term here this morning with a speed similar to that employed by Judge E. Y. Webb In Federal court. By nobn the new jurist had clear ed away all the opening day for malities and was ready Just after the noon recess to get down to busi ness. His Charge to the grand Jury, of which Mr. Aust,ell Bettis is fore man, was brief and to the point The few good behavior cases on the docket were rapidly disposed of and before 12 o'clock the court was hearijjg, %uh£pJs.sion,c«^es, A jkotat, seldom ever reached here before the afternoon of the first day. Speaks Of Fire, The Newton Jurist’s charge was not a lengthy expounding of funda mental law, but rather a brief out line of the duties of the Jury. He ! placed especial emphasis upon the fact that the Jury should see that convicts on the No. 6 chain gang are properly protected against the dan gers of fire and other disasters. Nothing, he said, caused him to be lieve that necessary precaution was not exercises, but the recent Duplin county convict camp fire at which 13 prisoners were burned to death should suffice, he stated, to make all officials sec that other such disas ters are made impossible. Grand Jury Working. Not only was the court machinery ready for the steady grind by noon, but the grand Jury was already in action before noon, a true bill be ing returned before court adjourned for the noon recess against J. Y, Green, colored, of the Bothng Springs section, charging him with carnal knowledge-of a young color ed girl. Two submission cases were dis posed of before noon and Solicitor Spurgeon Spurling stated that he would like to fix Thursday as the date for trial of Paul Wilkinson, young South Carolina man, who is charged with driving an automobile which fatally injured Mr. Tom Wright, aged Mooresboro man, many months ago. The case has already been continued three times. Judge B. T. Falls, counsel for the defense, was not sure that he could oe ready for trial by Thursday. One Import ant witness for the defense, he con tended, was living In Washington and her street address could not be (CONTINUED ON PAGE TEN,) Kendall Registrar For City Election Frank Kendall has been appoint ed by the city board of aldermen as registrar for the city election to be held the first Monday in May at which time the citizens will vote on a mayor, board of aldermen and city school board. Those who have become of age since the last city election or have moved in one of the local voting precincts within the past two years, may register when, the books are open twenty days be fore the election the first Monday in May. Already S. A. McMurry and W. N. Dorsey have announced for mayor, Z. J. Thompson, Wythe Royster, John Schenck and R. M. Washburn have announced for membership on the board of aldermen. No candi-j dates have announced for the city school board. Shelby Firemen Fight Fire At KingsMountain Rush Week-End For Fire Laddies Three Alarms Here In Addition To Church Blaze Sunday At Kings Mountain. The week-end that ushered In the spring season brought Shelby fire men their most active two days of the year. Three alarms were an swered In the city Saturday and Sunday In addition to a call from Kings Mountain to fight a stubborn blaze at the First Baptist church. The first alarm came Saturday | afternoon from the J. L. Gaffney j battery station, South Washington street, where a blazing automobile was extinguished with little dam age. The second alarm came early In the evening from the residence of Mrs. D. E. Honeycutt, North Mor gan street, where a small fire start ed, it Is said, from an electric stove. House Burns. Tire worst fire of the week-end, j however, came during the driving wind and rain Sunday morning at 2 o'clock when a house on 8outh Morgan street extension, owned by Mr. W. H. Blanton and occupied by a colored family, was destroyed. The small building was a mass of flames when the fire truck arrived and the three occupants, two women and one man, barely managed to get out. None of them had time to clothe and all came out In the cold rain hi their bare feet. To Kings Mountain. Sunday at noon a request came from Kings Mountain that the local fire department send aid to battle a fire in the Sunday school annex of the First Baptist church there. The big pump truck. Chief J. R. Robinson and about 10 firemen an swered the call, making a rapid run to the eastern Cleveland town, 13 miles away. The holding of the blaze to the annex, preventing any damage to the main church auditorium, de spite a high wind was brought about by expert aid tendered Hie Kings Mountain firefighters by the Shelby and Bessemer city firemen. Visiting firemen were highly commended by Kings Mountain citizens for their aid. PLACE CHURCH DAMAGE THERE AROUND *6,000 (By E. R. Gamble.) Kings Mountain, March 23.—A blaze that originated In the Sunday school annex of the First Baptist church here yesterday did approxi hibtety five or six thousand dollars damage to the annex. The fire in the annex of the (CONTINUED on PAGE TEN.) Methodist Revival On, Elder Is Here Pastor Hayes Preaches On "Relig ion in the Home.” Presiding Eider Preaches Morning. t ' Religion in the Home" was the first sermon of a revival series be gun at the Central Methodist church yesterday morning by Rev. L. B. Hayes, pastor. “Christianity comes first from home training,” said Mr. Hayes. “It is unjust to children for them to have to depend almost entirely upon their public school teachers to learn to discriminate the right from the wrong. Mothers and fathers should realize their obligations as parents. They should strive to make the home cricle one of discipline and re ligious instruction, so that when the children are allowed to go out into the everyday things of the world, they will remember and re spect the teachings and wishes of their parents. We must thank the Lord for the many good school teachers we have, for on them now rests so much of the responsibility that should belong to parents. Chil dren are learning more and more to look upon their teachers for the sim pler truths that should really come to them from the right kind of home life. “In our anxiety to get rich quick, we seem to be forgetting that riches are not life,” Dr. Hayes continued. He pointed out that in Tulsa, Okla homa, one of the^ richest cities per capita in the United States, the number of divorces is alarming—be cause men are too much absorbed In their personal riches to give eve* a small portion of their time to their families. “Let us keep in closer touch with our children and our homes,” the pastor urged. “Let's cul tivate some of the old time religion that makes home an institution worthy.of our children.” Despite inclement weather, a large congregation attended the first of the two weeks’ services. Morning services are being held each day at 9 and each evening at 7 ; 30. New Round-the-World Fliers Pilot Clyde E. Pangborn (left) and Assistant Pilot Hugh Herndon, Jr., in front of the cabin monoplane in which they hope to take off early neat month on a round-the-world flight. They will seek to lower the present globe-circling record held by the Graf Zeppelin. General Assembly Tires Bat Has Major Measures On Hand Finance BUI Centering Around 'Fix! Proposition* Up Yet. Plan Sales Tax. (By M. B. DCNNAGANi (Star New* Bureau, Raleigh,Mar. 33.—The North Car olina general assembly la tired. One doctor member read the symptoms and declared most of the memoers are used up, spent, and need a rest. They have already broken all rec ords by staying In session two weeks over the normal time, with little prospects of getting away in another two weeks. ‘‘Easter" now is the most promising prediction. The assembly has reached its low ebb stage. Members are talkative, touaiuoua and-irritable. Ttoey have spent two and three hour sessions in passing one or two bills and prob ably tabling as many more. All want to talk and dissect every bill. They question each others motives con stantly, and sometimes Justly. There is a sort of back-wash over passing things that now seeks to kill them. During the next two weeks, predl? (CONTtNTJED ON PAGE TEN ! Washburn Oil Co. To Distribute Gas Fifty Thousand Gallon Storage Tanks to Contain Atlantic Refining Products. — Washburn OH Co., Geo. D. Wash bum, manager, has thken the dis tribution in Cleveland and Ruther ford counties of the petroleum pro ducts of the Atlantic Refining Co. Two mamomth storage tanks with a capacity of fifty thousand gallons of gasoline have been erected at the Seaboard depot near the Washburn Coal yard from which point the At lantic Refining Co., products will be distributed. This is a new gasoline for this territory, yet It Is well known as the ‘‘White Flash” through a recent extensive adver tising campaign. Attend Clinics. Drs. Ben Gold and Sam Schenck, Shelby physician and surgeon, are this week attending a series of clinics in Baltimore and Washing ton. The major portion of the week they will attend the 15th annual clinical session of the American Col lege of Physicians at Baltimore, then they will go to Washington for the Navy Medical Department, Army and Public Health, and children's hospital clinics. They are accom panied by Mrs. Gold and Mrs. Schenck and will return the first of next week. DO YOU LIVE ON A HIGHWAY? Chances are that you do live on one of the highways to be taken over by the State on April 1st. The legisla ture has just passed the new highway bill, whereby the* State takes over all county road systems and maintains them by an increased gasoline tax, thus lifting some of the tax on land. Get A County Hoad Map Free. There are 793 miles of roads in Cleveland county. A new road map has just been issued, showing these roads that will be taken over April 1st by the state. You can get one of these road maps by paying $1 or more on subscription to The Star. Either pay at The Star office or see one of our subscription agents, P. S. Gettys or Q. J. Devenny. Better get one of these maps before the supply ia exhausted. County Loses On Sales Tax Plan ; Would Pay Out More Under Mac Lcan Bill Than Would Be Re ceived For School#. (Special to The Star.) Raleigh, March 23 —About 15 of I the larger North Carolina counties! would get more money out Of the state for operation of the six months school term under the so-called MacLean plan than they would pay Into the treasury under the general sales tax plan which accompanies it, while the remaining 85 counties pay more under the sales tax than they get back If the state takes over and operates their schools for six months, school people have estimated. Under the MacLean plan, all of the counties participate In the state fund, but most of them pay back more, Indirectly, under the sales tax, some of them twice as much, as the difference between the amount the MacLean plan gives them und the amount the Folger plan gives them. The latter plan, embodied In a bill introduced by Senator John H. Fol ger, chairman, and other members of the senate education committee, provides a 510,000,000 school fund, $2,200,000 for the six months term and $1,800,000 for the extended term. Under this plan four of the larger Counties, Durham, Forsyth, Meck lenburg and New Hanover, do not participate in the equalizing fund. The MacLean plan contemplates a general sales tax which is estimated to produce $9,000,000 In revenue. With slightly more than 3,000,000 population in the state, that means about an average of $3 per person per year in this sales tax, collected indirectly. With a population of $133,010 at $3 each, Guilford would pay $399,030 of this tax. and re ceive $670,693 from the state; on the same basis, Mecklenburg would pay $393,913 In the tax and receive $595, 785 for her schools; Forsyth would pay $335,043 and get back $531,147; Durham would pay $201,588 and get $335,210; New Hanover would pay $120,030 and get $197,026. In This County. Cleveland county, under the Fol ger plan, would get $180,263 of the equalizing fund, and $282,274, or $102,011 more, under the MacLean plan. But Cleveland, with a popula tion of 51,914, paying $3 each, would pay $155,742 Into the school fund, or $53,731 more than the difference be lt ween the amounts received under 'the MacLean and the Folger plans. 62,792 Bales Cotton Ginned i In This County Cleveland Tops All N. C. Counties Robeson Second, 10,000 Bales Behind Cleveland. Below Last Tear. The final rotton finning r: • port for 1930, issued Friday, shows that Cleveland county again lead all other North Caro lina counties In cqtton produc tion with a total of 62792 bales. Although leading the state agalg production Cleveland county failed to equal the 1929 record crop of 64, bales This decline resulted from tht baleal Th.s decline resulted from thd unusual dry weather. Lead* Others. The state lead was clearly estab lished according to the final gtnnlnf figures. Robeson county with 62,304 bales ranked second, hut was mori than 10,000 bales behind. Johnstoi county In third place was more that 20,000 bales t* tine rear of Cleve land. I Cleveland's 62,792 nates was mor< than tlie combined or.tvon produc tion of three ne(yry>rtu& counties -- Rutherford, Geetor end Lincoln. Catawba county's 1930 ginnlnv was 16,648 bales compared to ’8.1J6 In 1929. Gaston ginned 13.870 In 1930 and 13,705 In 1929. Lincoln gin ned 19,361 In 1930 and 19,539 I4 1929. Rutherford ginned 21,142 14 1930 and 23,273 in 1929. Rufus Roberts Of Grover Is Buried Toduy Wealthy Textile Manufacturer Sue. eumbs At Age 81. Gave Liberally To Church. '"Special to The Star.) Kings Mountain, March Funeral services for Rufus P. Rob erts, 81, retired cotton mill owner! and one of the most prominent citi zens of Grover, who died at his home there Sunday morning at) 8:15 o'clock, will be conducted at the First Presbyterian church of Grover Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock, withi Rev. J. T. Dendy, the pastor offic iating. Burial will be In the Grove* cemetery. Mr. Roberts had been sic)* two weeks with pneumonia. Mr. Roberts was born and spent the early part of his life in Gcsto'* county. He later moved to Cheroke* Falls where he was, secretary and treasurer and one of the principal stockholders of the Cherokee cottoA mill. He held this position 40 year A When he retired from business h* moved to Grover where he has mad* his home for the last 10 years. H* was an elder in the Presbyterian church at Grover and was one of its most active and interested mem bers. He was the largest contribute* to the handsome new Shiloh Pres byterian church plant complete* three years ago at Grover. Col. Cal vin Plonk, his partner In the Chero kee mill give the radium now use* at Rutherford hospital. Mr. Roberts was married to Mis* Eliza Deal, who preceded him to th* grave six years ago. He -md rut children. One brother J. T. Robert* of Richmond, Va„ survives. Besides the brother there are a host of nieces and nephews in Asheville and Atlanta and Roswell, Ga.. and Anderson Alabama. Active pallbearers will be C F. Harry. H. A. Turney, T. L. Neel, B. O. Becknoll, J. B. Ellis and J. G. White all of Grover. Tire honorary pallbearers will fca Col. J. C. Plonk, Hickory: Nathan Littlejohn and Dr. W. C. Hambright of Gaffney, C. C. Blanton and R. L. Ryburn of Shelby, E. A. Smith, sr., C. E. Neisler. sr., and J. S. Mauney of Kings Mountain, George W, Green, D. J. Keeter and Dr. Georg* Oates of Grover. Local Waltons Get Good Catch In Snow When the fish are in a biting mood they bite regardless of th* weather. | Saturday three Shelby Isaak Wal tons— H. C. Long, Dean Duncan and Willis McMurry—made the best catch of the season at Lake James, Bridgewater, despite the fact that snow fell practically all day. Sbr bass were caught totalling 30 pounds in weight. The smallest catch weigh ed a pound and 10 ounces. Another Shelby fishing party there for the day had the misfor tune to overturn in a motor boat, when the boat struck a stump, and all were ducked In the icy water.

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