The Cleveland Star
SHELBY, N. <J.
MONDAY - WEDNESDAY - FRIDAY
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THE STAR PUBLISHING COMPANY. INC.
tf| u WEATHERS ......._____ President and Editor
R ERNEST HOEV_Secretary and foreman j
‘ RJENM DRUM_«...___..... News Editor J
L. E. DAIL ............................ Advertising Manager
Entered as second class matter January 1, 100ft. at the postotnce
at Shelby. North Carolina, under the Act of Congress. March 3. IB7U.
We wish to call your attention to the fact that It is and nas oeen
our custom to charge five cents per line for resolutions of respect,
cards of thanks and obituary notices, after one death notlco nas
been published. Tills will be strictly adhered to.
MONDAY, MAR. 23, 1931
Business is better and continues to improve.
With eggs selling as they are now, egg hunts should be
numerous this Easter.
A real hick would be the man who, when on a trip to
New York, would go to the zoo to see the Wall Street bulls
and bears and the Tammany tiger.
Bishop Cannon has not been quoted as yet in the North
Carolina general assembly in the controversy about prescrip
tion whiskey in the drug stores of this State. But since he
was cited in the Buncombe racing bill controversy it seems
as if he should be in this one as bis State, Virginia, permits
her physicians to dose out bottled-in-bond.
Remembering that Louisiana sent Governor Huey Long
to the United States Senate, we would not be surprised to
see New York send Mayor Jimmy Walker to the same body
if he is kicked out as mayor. And if he is not kicked out, it’s
just that much valuable campaign publicity to run for the
NO FARMERS CRYING
THERE MAY BE FARMERS who feel sorry for the poor
. legislators down at Raleigh who are now working a few
days extra without pay. But if there be such, it is our opin
ion that they have not heard that each legislator drew $600
for the 60 regular days of the session. The average farmer,
no doubt, times being as they are, would not niind “throwing
in” an extra week or so for that sum.
And the average business man might not object to a
similar job during the dull season.
A CRUSADER NEWSPAPER AND A GOVERNOR
WHO IS WILLING TO FIGHT
THE OBSERVERS and seers have been casting about for
several weeks now attempting to point out just how the
present North Carolina general assembly and its affiliated
controversies and measures differ from other assemblies of
Numerous oddities and unusual angles have been set
forth, but insofar as The Star is concerned the major oddity,
an affiliated angle, has been overlooked. Development of
measures advanced by Governor Gardner and supported loy
ally by The Greensboro News, North Carolina’s New York
World, indicate that he is the most daring, unselfish states
man to step to the forefront in the State in years, or The
Greensboro News has lost some of its crusading ardor and
some of its zeal for advocating wholesome, economical and
just government despite political parasites and leeches. And,
at the outset, get it clear that we refuse to believe that the
Daily News has lots any of the tolerant fighting spirit that
has placed the paper among the leading outspoken journals
of the South.
For years the Greensboro paper has entered the jousting
lists at every opportunity to battle for a system of govern
ment that would rid itself, as much as possible, of those
leeches and parasites who hang over nearly every cog of the
governmental machinery. Never has the paper failed to
chide every indication of political chicanery and humbug.
Many leaders, and many other would-be leaders, have felt the
sting of the papers darts. Party affiliation and friendship
with those involved have never prevented the News from
speaking out when it sniffed an Ethiopian in fhe political
woodpile; and, incidentally, the best ’possum hound in the
State has no better nose for the grinning marsupial than does
the News for political trickery, buffoonery, hypocrisy and
deceit. Cast back over the years and note that decades have
passed since the Greensboro paper has failed to find numer
ous holes in the armor of all State leaders.
But put it down, from the beginning of the Gardner ad
minstration up until the present date the Governor has re
ceived no more loyal suport than from The Greensboro News.
In the majority of his measures the Governor has been forc
ed to go over the heads of the legislators and defending bands
of office-holders to place his cause before the public. That
he has met with more success than failure can be attributed
to the justness of his program, his willingness to go to the
mat and fight it out for the people, and to the fact that he
has been awarded consistent and brilliant cooperation in get
ting the people behind him.
For years the News has preached and reiterated that all
departments of North Carolina government were not what
they should be, and that a better government for all the peo
ple would result from a general shake-up and house-cleaning.
But until this year North Carolina seemed Content to amble
along with the. same antiquated methods and the same army
of office-holders, a group with a great political power in it
self. For,quite a number of years the News, as We recall it,
has advocated several of the revolutionary measures and
changes being made by Governor Gardner, but until he came
along the News-seemed unable to inspire anyone to lead the
attack. In many instances the News may not differ with the
Gardner program, but the basic idea seems to be that which
the News has battled for and sought for many years. No
wonder then at the cooperation and loyalty shown. To Gov
ernor Gardner that support must be a cheering compliment
for lie knows that the support does not emanate froih a fav
oritism, obligations, or pull, but comes only from an inde
pendent leader in thought that believes his measures, when
weighed with calm impartiality, are just and progressive.!
In view of the fact that the^ News has established itself as
independent in expression of any party and any class except
unswerving loyalty to justice for all, Governor Gardner by
| receiving its support has been marked in the independent
mind as a leader with the courage of his convictions who will
class among the greatest the State has produced.
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One of the best legislative puns of the year is related by Senator
Peyton McSwain, who came home for the week-end to assure his family
that he thought the session would end in time for him to get back again
The bill which would permit North Carolina doctors to write whiskey
prescriptions and make it lawful for the drug stores to fill the scrips was
being debated in the assembly.
One legislator was on his feet. "I'm opposed to our drug stores sell
ing whiskey,” he roared.
Up in the gallery a bone dry newspaperman cheered that unflinch
ing statement. The legislator looked in the gallery and continued:
•'Yesslr, I am opposed to it, and I‘il tell you why: It seems to me
that the filling stations are doing a pretty good Job of it, and I do not
think it would be fair to take the business away from them and give it
to the drug stores."
Not one ripple of applause came from the newspaperman in the
gallery. Us said.
OCR WEATHER CHAT
It is almost as hard to figure out what the weatherman i,s going to;
do as it is to interpret the Wickersham report or to ascertain whether a
Republican statesman is wet or dry. |
February, if you recall, was a far better March month than March
has been. The calendar makers ought to switch them about. Officially
speaking winter took a curtain call and spring marched on the stage at
9 o’clock Saturday morning. Yet more overcoats and wraps and more
shivvering silhouette-dressed girls were in evidence Saturday afternoon
than in weeks.
We still stick to Blum’s which denotes the period from the 20th to the
25th as "the Line storm period" characterized by sudden changes of the
weather which arc so productive of dangerous body ailments.
<Wc write a lot of tommyrot of that type frequently, yet we’ve never
cared enougli about what tomorrow’s weather would be like to read a
single forecast. It's the Ktmet philosophy of life: What is to be, will bo.)
Runuln' ’round: Names are well adapted at times. Rev. John Church
of Kings Mountain is an evangelist . . .\ And there is a moonshiner who
does not live 50 miles from Shelby who. e middle name is Christian . . .
If you desire to give each of the two revivals going on in the city this
week a fair break, go to the* First Baptist morning service today and the
Central Methodist service tonight .... then reverse the program tomor
row . . ... Another auto crashed Into the concrete bridge at Cleveland
Springs. If the state isn't hankering to erect a new bridge, rubber bumpers
should be put on what is left of the one there now ..... The colyum’s
only dislike of the beauty contest is that too many readers desire to
know who nominated so-and-so .... While the beauty subject Is up—
the scenery in Shelby Is wonderful on the Saturdays the county teachers
efrne to town Several of them could give Miss Shelby, when she's finally
picked, a nip-and-tuck race on looks .... The plump women who went to
see Marie Dressier in "Reducing" didn't get very many valuable tips on
taking off weight. Marie, bless her heart, was Just as fat in the final
scene as in the first one. And the average woman would be surprised how
many men really like pleasingly plump forms.
Since you’ve found out which shoulder the soldier on the Confederate
monument carries his gun, see if you recall just where the hands on the
town clock are.
And we're offering two-to-one and calling all comers that no one in
the audience can tell just how many months, weeks and days since the
old clock tick-tocked last.
It has been at least five grand juries—and four of them said some
thing about it.
Who built the first house In Shelby?
Somebody passed along that Information, and, i.; p,-. i».;.il often,
It slipped out the other ear.
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Some time ago this colyum wondered how the Dirty Ankle moun
tain section got its name and who named it. Thanks to J. Cullen Mull
the Information Is ready to be broadcast over this lino-mike.
In 1890. forty years ago If you're not good at figgers, John Costner,
who now lives In South Shelby, and Wesley Gales dubbed that five-mile
section at three county corners and the name has weathered the years.
In those days the feminine sex was as particular about hiding their
limbs as many of them are about showing them in these days—and they
didn't wear stockings. Think of that! The modern patooties would come
nearer going out without any other apparel than without their sheer silk
limb coverings. And Ai those days, too, the women of the mountain
section wove the cloth for tlfeir dresses. In, order to save material-and
labor the dresses were made just long enough to reach the shoe top. The
soil around the Dirty Ankle community Is black and it is generally
known how dust will settle around the shoe tops when stockings are not
worn. Any plowboy can tell you that. Well, one Sunday Costner and
Gales, a couple of wise-cracking young: bucks, attended church in that
section. The ladies at church crossed their legs and the homemade
dresses barely cleared their shoe tops. In those days an ankle was much
more of a sight than is a modern bathing beauty. And that day Costner
and Gales dubbed it the Dirty Ankle section.
A good many interesting stories are related of the escapades of those
two fellows. Everyone who has lived in a mountain section recalls how
nearly every year a ferocious varmnit is heard to send out his weird cry
and howl over the mountainsides and echoing down in the valleys and
coves. tWe know. In our childhood back In the Brushy mountains we
'dassent ' go out at night without a lantern or pine-knot torch for fear
[a "painter” wou>J grab us.) Costner and Gales made them two noise
making contraptions with two planed boards with strings attached. They
were called "board whizzers.” At night the young bucks, Costner admits
[now, would get on top of Carpenters knob and whiz their tvhizzers, and
[what an unearthly noise they would make! One night seven or eight
| residents of the section got enough of the queer noises front the inoun
; tain top and they journeyed out with their guns to kill the wild varmint
I that was terrorizing the section. Costner and his pal are living today
| because they .managed to get behind a tree and dodge the buckshot until
they could make themselves known. A varmint with a whizzing, shriekish
method of howling has not Jjetsn known to wail out across Carpenters
Knob since that night.
If as many people attend the revival services here this week as ex
jpect to get in tire Easter parade on April 5th, then the colyum would
(advise that several extra ushers be added to the force.
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With A Bang
Just As We Expected
Quality And Prices Did It
OUR 9 DAY CLEAN SWEEP, REMOVAL, OUT OF BUSI
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ture and Home Furnishings at the Lowest Prices Ever Offered In Cleve
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ALL WINDOW CURTAINS AND
39 MASCOT MAID RANGES
AT $29.50 EACH
(Used to Sell ’Em for $60.00)
100 SPLIT BOTTOM CHAIRS
$1.50 values at ..95c each
50 FIFTY LETMATTRESSES
$10.00 values at ... .. . .. $3.95 Each
All Pictures, Mirrors, Clocks,
Lamps, Novelties, Less Than
All BLANKETS 1-2 PRICE
Big Lot Iron Beds, Springs, And
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$3.50 PORCH ROCKERS
AT $1.98 EACH
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200 Items, values up to $4.50
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OFFERED IN SHELBY.
ALL FLOOR AND TABLE
LAMPS 1-2 AND LESS
Most Beautiful Line of Clocks Ever
25 Woven and Hand Made
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50 MORE 9x12 Congoleum Rugs
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OUR PRICES ARE LOW DOWN PRICES—
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offering and start up a business the next day and make a profit.
WE ARE MOVING APRIL 1ST. COME THIS WEEK — YOU CAN’T
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