FRIDAY, MAK. 27, 1931 Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons. " *" ■"> 12 PAGES TODAY .■. * VOL. XXXV11, No. 37 SHELBY, N. H X»u. oei eear no advance* nriir art rear, tin advance) *X»u I LA IE new: TIIE MARKET Cotton, per lb. Cotton Seed, per bu More Rain Today’s North Carolina Weather Report: Rain tonight and Saturday, (.'older Satur day in west portion. Colder Saturday night and Sunday. Charlotte Crash. Charlotte, March 27.—The crash of a passenger train in to a crowded street car here early today, injuring 43 per sons at a crossing equipped with safety gates, set in mo tion thre separate investiga tion three separate investiga blame. Authorities of th,e Sou thern Railway Company, the local street car company and public officials sought to de termine why the crossing gat es were raised w hile the car, loaded with early risers on their way to work, rolled di rectly into the path of the lo comotive as the latter crossed West Trade street into the yard of the Southern passen ger station. Twenty-six of the injured w,ere reported “rest ing well” by the hospitals to which they were taken. The other 17 suffered injuries not requiring hospital attention. None are expected to die. Of the victims, 3<> are negroes, _ Gus Branton Buried Today At Ross Grove Died suddenly At His Home On Fallston Road. Had Been In Good Health. Gus Branton, prominent central- j tor and builder, died yesterday j morning at his home on the Falls ton I road just north of Shelby, follow-j ing an illness of a few hours with' angina pectoris. Mr. Branton had j gotten up and planned to go to his work in which he was engaged. | building a nice home lor Mrs. Clay- j ence Mull opposite the Shelby hos pital when he became sick and | called In the family physician, Dr.; E. B. Lattimore. He died 15 minutes; after the physician arrived. | Mr. Branton was 55 years of age j and was born a few miles north of! Shelby. He was a carpenter and con-! tractor by trade and a very con- j sclentious and capable man, build-! mg a number of the better buildings! in Shelby. He was a fine Christian gentleman and held the respect of all who knew him.His death was a Shock to the family and his great host of friends. Mr. Branton was married to Miss Arcie Costner who survives, together with three children, Mrs. Tom Dixon of Shelby, Mrs. Ollie Lowery, of Seneca, S. C., and Ray Branton of Shelby. Three brothers, Jasper, Julius and Charlie Branton and three sisters, Mrs. Zeb Weathers, Mrs. Clarence Costner and Mrs. Bob Kendrick also survive. Funeral services were conducted this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Ross Grove Baptist church by Dr. Zeno Wall and Rev, H. E. Waldrop. Default Move In Hicks Suit City of Gastonia Fails To File An swer In Required Legal Time. Gastonia, March 27. In Cleveland county superior court next Wednes day arguments will be heard as to the vacating of a default judgment entered before Clerk of Court A. M Hamrick in Shelby in the case of Dr. R. C. Hicks, suing the city of Gastonia for $20,000 personal dam ages. A. E. White, attorney for the city of Gastonia, failed to file answer to the original complaint in due time and the default judgment followed. In the event the Cleveland court issues a vacating order, Attorney Woltz will seek to have the case re moved to Gaston county. Dr. Hicks, a Shelby dentist, was injured December 21, 1929, when his car crashed into a concrete traffic light standing east of this city on the Wilkinson boulevard. In tl>e complaint it is alleged the Injuries were due to negligence on the part of the city of Gastonia in placing the standard at a stret intersec tion. Dr. Hicks gave notice shortly after his recovery, that he would sue, Masonic Meeting A regular meeting of Cleveland lodge 202 A. F. and A. M. will be held tonight at the temple at 7:30 o’clock All member.- are urged to be uresent. Hope Not Given Up For New Hosiery Plant Here; Offer Still Under Consideration Would Bring Large Payroll Here High Point Manufacturers Have Not Vet Made Reply To Shelby Bid. There is still some hope that a new hosiery mill will be es tablished in Shelby during the year, it was learned here today. Some months ago High Point men became interested in establishing a new hosiery plant in Shelby. Local leaders heard of (he plans and made the High Point men an at tractive offer to locate the plant here in the building formerly occu pied by the Janet hosiery mill. The offer was to hold good if the new plant would assure annual payroll of $75,000. which would add consid erably to business activity of the city. At that time it was expected that : the High Point men would give! their answer in approximately 10] days, but so far no definite answer has been given. It was learned this week, however, that the proposition is still being considered, and in Shel- i by it is hoped that the proposed plan for a new industry will go through. -1 Grover School Girl Dies In Hospital Nine Year Old Hilda llrrndon .Suc cumbs After Long Illness. Buried Today. Hilda Herndon, nine year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Lester Herndon of Grover, died Thursday morning at 6 o'clock at the Shelby hospital, following ah illness since last December. Since she was taken sick with a heart trouble, she had been a patient three times In che hospital and every medical atten tion was given her, but nothing could save her life. Hilda was in the third grade at school, a patient loving child with a beautiful character. She had just passed her 9th birthday on Tues day of this week. , Funeral services are being held this afternoon at the Grover home of the parents at 2 o'clock, the serv ice being conducted by the pastor of the First Baptist church. Sur viving are her parents and the fol lowing brothers and sisters, Marie, who is a student in a Greensboro college, Graham, Harold, Jack, Ed win Gerald, Her Grandmother Hern don on her father's side and grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Bookout on her mother's side also survive. Little Miss Herndon is a niece of Mrs. Beulah Parker and Mrs. Hugh Logan of Shelby. Baseball On Today And Saturday Here Ilighs Play Kings Mountain Today And Boiling Springs College Tomorrow. The Shelby highs are playing at home this afternoon and again to morrow, Saturday, afternoon, Today at the city park the rebuilt 1930 champions are playing Kings Mountain, an old rival. Saturday the Boiling Springs junior college nine comes here for a game. With a week’s practice together since the opening game last Friday the Morrismen arc showing im provement and in practice sessions are working together more smooth ly. A decided improvement shown indicates that the highs should at least break even in the two contests this week. Second Round Puts Shelby Golfer Out Of Pinehurst Play Pete Webb, young Shelby golfer, failed to get in the final day’s play today in the North and South open tournament at Pinehurst because of I off-play in his second round Thurs day. In the first round the young I Shelby golfer turned in a good 77 for 18 holes, but he faltered in the second 18 holes and made an 65 which eliminated him from the first sixty, including a score of America’s best known golfers such as Hagen, Sarazen and others. With his total score of 162. however, the Shelby youngster tied Bill Goebel, Charlotte pro, and led some of the best known golfers in the two Carolines Woodman Dance. l There will be a round and square dance at the Woodman hull Sat urday night; Patterson Case To Jury; Hearing Tak^s Much Time Former Klla Official Charged With j False Pretense In Cotton Sale. After a day and a half had been given over to hearing the evidence and addresses of the counsel the Lein Patterson case was given to the jury hr superior court here today at noon. A verdict is anticipated this afternoon. Patterson was charged with re ceiving money under false pretense in an alleged cotton sale at the Ella mill where he was employed as an official until this trouble developed. The chief witness for the state was Griff Borders, well known farmer, who testified that he had taken two bales of cotton, presumably belong ing to Patterson and had sold them to the Ella mill through Patterson After getting the check Borders tes tified that lie gave the money to Patterson with the exception of half the profit between the alleged purchase price and the sale price. mill.Later, he stated, he returned the money to the mill. The state's im plication was that there were no two such bales of cotton and that Patterson had manipulated the tags to represent two bales that were not In existence. The defense did not offer any evidence, contending that the state had not shown that the cotton fea turing the transaction was not'the cotton of Patterson, Judge B. T. Palls aided Solicitor Spurgeon Syurl ing in the prosecution and Patter son was represented Attorney D, Z. Newton and W. S. Beam. The hearing drew the largest crowd of any trial at this session of the court, and scores of people are about the court house this afternoon awaiting the verdict. Opinion of] spectators as to the verdict of the jury is pretty evenly divided Other Counts. In addition to the case now In the j hands of the jury the solicitor, It Is! understood, has six other counts of j a similar nature against Patterson.1 These other charges will not likely j be reached this term. It is evident now that the trial of criminal cases will continue well into next week before the couut can clear away enough of the criminal docket to reach the civil calendar. Continue Trial. ■The automobile homicide charge against Paul Wilkinson, young South Carolina man, was continued until Wednesday of the first week of the next term of superior court here in July. Wilkinson is charged with driving the car which fatally injur ed Mr, Tom Wright, aged Moores boro citizen, on the highway there a number of months ago. It is the fourth time the case has been con tinued. Penney Assistant Goes To Reidsville Gerald McBrayer, assistant mana ger of the J C. Penney Co., leaves; Sunday for Reidsville where he be- i conies manager of the Penney Co. store at that place. Mr. McBrayer has been with the Penney Co. here since the store was opened nearly six years ago and proved so cap-] able and efficient, he was advanced to assistant manager. He now steps out as manager of a store establish ed some years ago at Reidsville. Mr. McBrayer is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lander F. McBrayer. County Quartette On Radio Sunday The senior B. Y. P. U. male quar tet of Beaver Dam church will broadcast from station WSPA, Spartanburg, S. C. Sunday morning, March 29, from 10:30 to 11 o'clock. The quartet is composed of the following: Messrs. Albert McGinis, second tenor, Gilbert McGinnis, first tenor, Ralph Callahan, baritone, Truman Bridges, bass. Turners Open New Produce Business Messrs. D. Q. and R. G. Turner have just opened a wholesale pro duce house In Shelby to be known as the Cleveland Produce company. The firm is located Just off South LaFayette street behind the Choco late Shop. A general trade will be handled In chieke.ns, eggs, produce and feed To Open Revival A» Eastside Rev. I.. L, Jessup, pastor of '.hr Second Itaplist church will do tite preaching at a revival which begins at the Kastside Baptist church of w hich Kev. II. E. Waldron is pa . or. Services begin Sunday morning at 11 o'clock and during the week one preaching service will he held »aeh evening beginning at ■;:!0 o'clock. College Drive Continues Gain Fund Now Exceeds $7,000. Over $300 Added During The Past Week. To date the Boiling Springs junior college fund amounts to $7,208.15* according to Dr. R. L. Bolton, here in the interest of the drive for funds for the school. This weke. $339:55 was added to the fund, as follows. Previously reported ......I $0,368.80 First Baptist church, Shelby 50.00 Sandy Run Ass*_.._. 41.00 R. E. Wilson and family 35.00 V O. Cline - .......25,00 J. F. Lutz . ___26.00 J. W, Irvin Race- Path Church - _i $13.38 Bolling Springs church .. .... 410.00 Elizabeth church . ........... 9.35 O. Z. Morgan ....._...... 10.0') J. D. Alien __............. 10.09 W. E. Cornwell . .............. 7 50 Tom Cornwell . ......_... iO.Ou Frank Corn well_............. 5.00 C. O. Hamrick. Shelby ........ 5 09 Mrs. C. C. Hamrick, Shelby .... 3.00 Donation. Shelby 0 ____ 10.00 Cdhen Bros., Shelby - 20.00 Andrew Collins, Shelby .... . 5.to Irvin M. Spake . .... 5.00 G, H. Roberts, Shelby - 5 00 East Side church, Shelby .... 4.00 Reuben McBrayer, Forest City 5.00 Total to date . .. $7,208.15 Home Burned On Owner’s Birthday V. j. Hill, farmer, living a mile and a half from Fallston had his home destroyed fey fire on his birthday, March llth Tiie entire residence was destroyed and nothing saved of the contents but an organ three beds and two wash stands. His smoke house and meat was also de stroyed. Sales Tax Plan By House With j.Narrow Margin Edwards Votes To Remove Tax General Sales Tax Wins By Four Votes. May Be Defeated Vet. Raleigh. March 27.—The North Carolina house of representatives, sitting us a committee of the whole, last night by a vote of 55 to 81 ap proved tlte Day general sales tax provision of the house revenue bill. The vote was taken on the pro posed amendment of Representative Erwin, of Burke, to strike out the general sales tax section. To Raise $9,000,000. Fifty-five representatives voted against this amendment and 51 for it. The Day plan, a 1 per cent tax on gross sales of all retail mer chants in the state, is estimated by its sponsors to raise approximately *9.000,000 annually to help support the six month’s school term and car ry out the mandate of the Maclean law. Holmes advocated a cut In state i salaries of 25 per cent, an equalizing fund of $12,000,000 for schools and no sales tax. He asserted teacher?, i state officials and other public em ployes would draw more salary with ! a 20 or 25 percent cut than they made in 1918 and the reduced pay i would buy more than the top salary ! did three years ago. I Representative Henry B. Edwards, of Cleveland county, voted for the Ervin substitute which would strike out the sales tax section of the Day bill. Not l ei Passed. Kalelgh, March 27.—Although the house sitting as a committee of the whole last night voted down an amendment to eliminate the general sales tax from tire revenue bill by a vote of 55 to 51, possibly of a shift Of the, votes necessary to kill the gbtteraUnalee tax provision when It comes to the floor of the house Is (predicted by some of those follow ing the progress of the provision. Probably a dozen shifts have jbeen made, practically all of them I to the opposition side, within the I last 24 hours, and at this rate the | measure could meet death. However, If it passes the house, | the predictions are that it will meet defeat in the senate. Supporters of the geheral sales tax In the house, who previously had supported the so-called luxury tax plan, expressed hope that the senate would substi tute the luxury fax when the bill reaches the senate, and then hopes to muster strength enough when it returned to the bouse for concur rence to carry it over. Senate May Kill Both. But, if present Indications in the senate are to be relied upon, that body will not only kill the general sales tax, but also the luxury sales tax. Moreover, It is freely predicted that the increased equalizing fund, probably to $10,00,000, will be pro posed by the .senate. That body, ac cording to general belief, will not support a sales tax, general or hix Increasing Interest Here In Baptist-Methodist Revivals Special. Music At Baptist Church Hundreds Attending. Large Numbers | Being Saved. Meetings Tonight. The revival which has been going on for several days at the First Baptist church, is gaining in inter est, inspiration and attendance as the days pass. On Wednesday evening Dr. Wall spoke on “The Tragic Burial." He gave a graphic description of the man who buried the talent which was entrusted to him as steward and closed the message with the result of such a tragedy. “How Shall We Escape If We Neglect So Great a Salvation?" was last night’s theme. The consequences of neglect was brought vividly to the large audi ence present. The morning services have been inspiring. Wednesday morning the subject was, "Praying For Our Ene mies.” He predicated the message on Christ’s prayer on the cross for His enemies. “Wilt Thou Not Revive Us Again. That Thy People May Re joice in Thee,” was the subject Thursday morning. The pastor urged all to continue to pray for the revival now going on until the holy spirit gains entrance into every lost rovTi::: -ei> on renm*-, > Rev. Church Cornea Next Week Only One Service Daily At Central Methodist Church Beginning Monday. Increasing interest is being shown in the revival underway at the Cen tral Methodist church where Dr. R. M. Courtney, presiding elder ot this district is preaching each morning in a short service lasting from 9 to 9:45 and the pastor. Rev. L. B. Hayes, is conducting the services each evening at 7:30 o'clock. Special music has been arranged by Mr. Dale Kalter, music director for the Sunday services and the choir is in practice for the Easter service when the revival will reach its climax and close. One Service Daily Next Week. The presiding elder and Pastor Hayes have been preaching strong sermons all during the week and a great spiritual revival is in evidence, many have signifide their desire to unite with the church before the meeting comes to a close. Morning services will be dispensed with on week-days next week and the pastor. Mr Hayes will not preach except on Sundays. Rev. L. B. church, Kings Mountain Meth odist pastor comes Monday to con duct the preaching services each evening nr 7‘30 o'clock. World’s Youngest Officer Br virtue of his commission promulgated by the Governor of Idaho who repose* “special confidence in his inefrity, diligence and discrel tion,;> Paul Lambert Priest (above) four months old, of fironxviile N. i., i* a lieutenant-colonel, entitled to carry a sword and rutin- 1 salute from majors down to the lowliest buck private in kitchen policy This District Remains Same, Number Changed; Unite Colleges Senate Paws Rrdis trie tint Hill This Now Tenth. Consolidate Now. Raleigh, March 27.—Making slight changes, the senate Wednesday night passed without a record vote a committee substitute bill to re district North Carolina to take care of the eleventh congressman which the state gained by the 1930 census re-apportionment. The changes made by the senate would remove Chatham and Ran dolph from the sixth district, as set up In the committee’s bill, and with Vance from the fifth district places them In the fourth. The fourth district would be com prised of: Franklin, Johns ton, Nash, Vwwe, Oatham, Randolph and Wake! counties. Caswell. Forsyth. Granville, Per son, Rockingham, Stokes and Surry counties would comprise the fifth district. In the sixth would be Alamance, I Durham, Orange and Guilford coun ties. Earlier in the week Senator John son of Duplin Introduced a resolu fcotmrnnro on paoe twelve > Five Men Flee In Rutherford However Four Are Retaken In 30 Minutes, And Capture Of Fifth Is Expected. Rutherfordton, March 27.—Five prisoners, all young white men, broke out of jail here Wednesday about nine o’clock, four of whom were captured within thirty minutes after their escape but the fifth, Geo. Brady, is still at large. Officers are on his trail and hope to appre hend him soon. Those escaping were Llnnie and Lonnie Flynn, charged with chicken theft, Riley Hensley, Geo. Brady and Hop Valentine, charged with store breaking. W. L. Walker, Jailer, unlocked the door to the inside cell to place a tub of water. Five prisoners outside the cell rushed him, also several In the cell. They took his keys and billy, unlocked the door and the five got out. The keys were gotten back! later. Walker outwitted fifteen men, Ikept them from locking him hi the cell and ran out and shot at two of the fleeting prisoners and gave the alarm. Shelby Boy Picked Blarney Stone As First “Saint Pat” Raleigh, March 27,—When the 1931 “Grand Brawl" of the Engineers fair at North Carolina State college Is concluded on April 4, nearly 325 senior engineering students will have kissed the “blarney stone” since It was first brought to the Institution in 1927. This stone, which was selected by the first “Saint Pat,” John Anthony, Jr., a nephew of Governor O. Max Gardner, is carefully preserved and guarded between the annual initia tions. Geologically it is of the pre-Cam brian age. which means that it was part of the original earth's crust, being formed ages before any life appeared on the planet, so the State college engineer's tradition goes. The whereabouts of the famous old stone Is at present known to two inien mi the campus. Town Talk “More woodland has been cleared up In Cleveland county and sur rounding section In the last six mouths than In any similar period of time in 30 years," several citizens declared during a conversation yes terday at the court house, “The farmers ore not only cutting timber but are cleaning out tracts where there Is nothing but firewood. A trio about the county will show more land cleared or being cleared and bigger piles of wood thin has been seen In a long time. Two things are responsible: First, this work txaa given employment to many hands during the unemployed period, and, second, after a low-price cotton year farmers have picked up quite a bit of extra money selling timber and firewood." Oliver Anthony, real estate dealer: "On a recent automobile trip to Sanford my companions and myself counted the automobiles we saw on the highway, particularly between Charlotte and Shelby, anti there are fewer cars travelling than in years.” An observant citizen: "I was in terested in the proposal la legisla ture to lower the price of automo bile tags. They should be lowered even If It means an additional gas tax. As it is now the fanner who drives Ills car to town only once or twice per week has to pay as much for his license tags as does the man who drives many miles each day, That isn't right. The tax should be in proportion to the amount the car is used—-and that means the gas tax, for then the man who drives the most pays the most to build and maintain the highways. In other words every auto owner would pay in proportion to his use of the high ways. It Is the same principle as owning a home; the man who owns the big home pays more tax, as he should, than the man who owns a small home.” .* « * j • Victor Wray, of the A. V. Wray and Six Sons firm: "Say the bon as checks to the vets haven’t helped if you want to, but they have. In the last few days we've sold suits and other clothing to nine veterans. They’re using their heads about spending their money." • • • * Charlie Woodson: “Sherrill Ham rick, the Shelby high school pitcher last year, should be with some of the Piedmont league clubs this year since they must use four rookies on each club. He is as good or better than any of the pitchers Ray Ken nedy, the Asheville manager, used at Spartanburg yesterday." Native Of County Die* In Oklahoma News has been received here of the death in Wynnewood, Okla., of Mrs. H. L. Kimsey who died Monday, Mar. 16, at her home there. She was one of Wynnewood’s outstanding women and a native of Cleveland county, having been born near Toluca Before marriage she was Miss Mit tle Ida Self, and was a first cousin of J. M. Vaughn and Carlo Sell of Shelby. Scores of other relatives sur vive in Cleveland county, Mrs. Kim sey was 46 years of age Messrs DeWitt Quinn, Charlie J. Woodson, Hudson B. Ellis and Renn Drum were visitors in Spartanburg, S. C.. yesterday, witnessing the Ashe ville-Jersey. City baseball game. Makes His Own Auto Tags;Has Phoney Money Does Good Job Of Making Tag Counterfeit Nickels Found On County Man. Mold Found At Home. Trouble heaped up about Cary Dyer, Cleveland county farmer yesterday. While he was en route to jail yesterday on a charge of making his own automobile license tags, he was searched by Police Chief Poston who found in hi? pocket a half dozen counter feit nickels. For some time fake nickels have been reported to the Shelby chief by local merchants nnd after finding some In the pockets of Dyer, the chief arid Automobile Inspector Wil kins made a visit to the Dyer home. There they found a nickel mould where It Is presumed the nickels were made., a number of other fake five-cent pieces, and an uncompleted mould for making false sliver dol lars. 'Die nickels found In Dyer’s pocket and at his home so res*m bled real money that a close Inspec tion Is necessary to determine the difference. Dyer was still In jail this morn ing, not having paid his fine for making his own auto tags, and of ficers .stated that he would also be held for federal authorities on the counterfeit charge A miniature automobile license tag factory wound up in county court here yesterday when Carl Oyer, of the Mcltrayer Springs nectloj, was fined 950 and the costs or a three months sen* tencc. for making his own li cense plates. Dyer was apprehended and ar rested this week by Automobile in spector D. D, Wilkins. Hi* new 1931 tag* were almost perfect, but not quite perfect enough to escape the eagle eye of the law. Dyer apparently had taken his 19129 blue and black tags, pair.ted the background black and the fig ures yellow to correspond with the color scheme of the 1931 tags. In the middle of the figures was inserted with yellow paint the small figure that is on all the 1931 Ford tags. The Words "Worth Carolina” are on the same place on the 1931 tag as they were on the 1929 tag and it was only necessary to paint them. On the lower right-hand cor ner it was necessary, however, to place the figure "'31”. Dyer did this, but failed to raise the figures. Thie slip resulted in his arrest. Rode To Arrest, When Inspector Wilkins went to the Dyer home after him he was | informed that Dyer had started walking to Shelby. Mr. Wilkins turn ed his auto about and started for Shelby. En route he came upon Dyer and invited him to ride. Dyer crawled in and then the officer no tified him that he was under ar rest. Inspector Wilkins plans to send the revamped tag to the Raleigh de partment to show its clever artistry. County Man Gets Damages For Hurt Received In 1929 j. I ' P. Blanton Given Over $809 And Expenses For Medical Treatment. ; In u decision handed down this I week, by a full meeting of the N. C. Industrial commission J. P. Blanton, of the Earl section of Cleveland county, was awarded over $800 and medical expenses In a suit against the Hobbs-Peabody Construction company. Blanton Injured a leg on Septem ber 14, 1929, while working on high way 18 south of Shelby. The Injury later developed into an ulcer. The award by the commission states that Blanton Is to receive $7 74 per wee* since the date of injury plus rea sonable costs for medical and hos pital treatment. At $7.74 per week he will receive around $835 in addi tion to medical expenses incurred. The award also stated that his at torney. Maurice R. Weathers, should receive $100 for his fees. Tillman Takes Over Service Station Here C. O. Tillman has purchased the Wray service station at the corner of LaFayette and Sumter street [and will operate the same as a Firestone one stop service station This location is next to the JCester Oroome Furniture Co Mr Tillman has had considerable experience the service station business.