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The Cleveland Star
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MONDAY — WEDNESDAY — FRIDAY
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THE STAR PUBLISHING COMPANY. INC.
U a WEATHERS_____ President and Editor
a ERNES’! HOEY____Secretary and Foreman
KENN DRUM ... News Editor
L. E DAIL .......____ Advertising Manager
Entered as second class matter January 1. 1905, at the postotttce
at Shelby. North Carolina, under the Act of Congress, March 3. 1819
We wish to call your attention to the fact that It Is and nas oecn
our custom to charge five cents per line for resolutions of respect,
cards of thanks and obituary notices, after one death notice nas
been published. This will be strictly adhered to.
MONDAY, MAR. 30. 1931
If Cleveland county farmers will carry through the live
at-home program they are planning, watch general business
and activity pick up this fall.
February weather was more like what March weather
Is supposed to be, and the continued rains during March
seem to be stealing a march on the April showers.
The present legislature went to Raleigh with the idea
of reducing taxes, and the result is one of shifting instead
of reducing. Taking it from Feter and giving it to Paul as
Five consecutive rainy Saturdays have not been overly
cheering to Shelby ^merchants, but wit'll only a week to go
before the Easter trading here this week should and likely
will take on the briskness of the winter holiday period.
A measure passed by the general assembly says that
trucks and busses operating on North Carolina highways
shall be just so long, just so wide and just so heavily loaded.
Any number of flivver driver will be wishing that the legis
lature had added that the aforesaid trucks and busses should
also use just so much of the driving space.
NOT ALL FARMING HERE
OVER NORTH CAROLINA Cleveland county is generally
regarded as an agricultural county and as one of the
most progressive agrarian areas in the State. That impres
sion is not erroneous, but Cleveland cannot be dropped en
tirely under the designation of an agricultural county.
Only one county in the area known as Western North
Carolina exceeds Cleveland county in industry. That coun
ty is Catawba. West of Gaston county Catawba is the only
county of 22 with an industrial payroll and output greater
than Cleveland. •
Statistics showing the county’s manufacturing rank are
published in today’s Star. The 45 industrial plants of the
county employ 4,604 people, the annual payroll is $3,514,150,
and the value of th«r annual manufactured products is $18,
885,572. Catawba with 106 industrial plants has an annual
payroll less than a million dollars larger than Cleveland's,
and an annual output less than three million dollars larger
than the manufactured output of this county.
These figures, compiled by the Census Bureau, explain
why Shelby retail merchants do an annual business of near
five and one-half million dollars. Which is to say that few
counties in the State offer a better trading area than does
Cleveland county with an industrial payroll of three and one
half million dollars added to the income derived from the
farms of one of the State’s premier farming counties.
TELLING MR. DANIELS
THE CHIEF CRY of the Raleigh News and Observer in sup
porting the MacLe&n school bill is that it will relieve
the hard-pressed landowner by shifting some of the tax bur
den to the big tobacco and power interests. Prejudice against
any other type of revenue legislation is stirred and stirred
again by the Raleigh paper by reiterated references and
cracks at the Reynolds Tobacco company, the Duke Power
Company, and the Carolina Light and Power Company. Yet
the Josephus Daniels paper takes uncalled for flings at Gov
ernor Gardner and every other opponent of a luxury tax or
sales tax. It is an attitude hard to comprehend. A luxury
tax or a sales tax will not harm Daniels’ arch foes, the to
bacco and power companies, but, instead, will inflict another
burden upon the poor man—the fellow v^'ho chew’s and smok
es. How can two such conflicting attitudes be reconciled—
at least to the extent of calling for the frothing being done
by the News and Observer.
Some of the representatives of the people, however, are
letting it be known that they will not readily agree to hav
ing Mr. Daniels cram his opinions down their throats in his
assumed dictatorial manner. Among that number is Repre
sentative Sam Ervin, of Burke county. In opposing the sales
tax Mr. Ervin said:
“While I may be an ass, I don’t think it democratic
or fair to take the tax off the mansion Josephus Dan
iels lives in and put it on the snuff of his cook.”
Others will join Sam Ervin if they will hesitate long
enough to realize that the Daniels paper is not the only news
paper in North Carolina willing to speak the mind of the
people. Eleven out of every 12 newspapers in Western and
Piedmont North Carolina agree with the attitude of Gover
nor Gardner regarding “a tax on poverty.” These newspa
pers know that Mr. Daniels takes in too much territory when
he says 99 percent of the people are howling to have any
auch tax imposed upon the articles used by the poor as well
as the rich.
If Mr. Daniek is going to attempt to dictate every legis
lative action for this State, why not do away with a general
assembly that costs $2,600 per day and name tfie former sec
retary of the navy as Mussolini of North Carolina. But re
presentatives should bear this in mind: Very few legisla
tures have convened in the State in recent years which have
not been told what to do and what not to do by Mr. Daniels.
In many instances the legislation advocated by him, we say
in all fairness, has been of a worthwhile, beneficial nature.
Everything he has advocated, however, has not been done.j
and as yet the State has never collapsed entirely as he usual-1
ly intimates it will if his advice is not followed. We have
always admired his willingness to fight the cause of the peo
| pie; we still do, but we say without the least hesitancy that
' he is going too far when he would leave the impression that
the entire State feels about a sales tax just as his section
feels. There is considerably more to North Carolina than
Raleigh and the territory in which the News and Observer
circulates. North Carolina legislators can readily find that
out if they will read a few newspapers other than the News
and Observer and will h/irken to the opinion of the thousands
of citizens who, perhaps unfortunately, do not live in the
immediate circulation territory of the Raleigh paper.
COTTON APPEAL GROWING
THE INAUGURATION of the wear-more-cotton movement1
at Gastonia is attracting wide interest and subsequent
ly should prove of value to the cotton farmer, the manufac
turer and a major portion of the South’s citizenship. With
Shelby manufacturers and merchants boosting the wearing
of cotton materials and with cotton farmers of Cleveland
lending their support to the movement which means so much
to them, the following comment by The Arkansas Gazette,
of Little Rock, should be of general interest to Star read
To increase the popularity of cotton fabrics is to
improve the situation of both the cotton manufacturer
and the cotton grower. Therefore the whole cotton
growing South has an interest in the success of the
“Wear Cotton’’ campaign which was started in Gastonia
N. C., several months ago, and reached its climax in the
cotton festival and style show arranged in that city by
the Gastonia Woman’s Club, with the co-operation of
the Cotton Textile Institute and a large number of
North Carolina merchants. Gaston county, with its
more than 100 cotton mills, is a natural starting point
for a movement that is described as the first South-wide
campaign to impress the public with the uses and beau
ties of cotton fabrics. Thousands of letters have been
sent throughout the South by Gastonia business organi
zations explaining the idea and asking for co-operation.
The Gastonia Woman’s Club has sent letters to the pres
idents of all women’s organizations in the 12 cotton
growing States, and The Gastonia Gazette is devoting
itself to the campaign, which has for its slogan, “We
grow cotton—we manufacture cotton—let’s wear cot
Cotton’s appeal has never had a more substantial
basis. Style experts tell us that cotton fabrics have
never been more beautiful, or obtainable in greater va
riety, and reports from Paris and other fashion-origi
nating centers remark their growing popularity.
Our British cousins, for whom the restored prosper
ity of their great cotton manufacturing industry is of
a warehouse full of furniture which
we have moved on our display floors.
To be sold at Give-away prices—
Was to close Tuesday night but we
can’t close it—as we have too much
furniture to move.
We will continue the sale through
Furniture and furnishings for every
home, good and bad, cheap and oth
erwise—so come and buy this week
—we can fill your order.
LEADERS FOR 15 YEARS
first importance, have this winter been doing’ much the
same thing as the people of Gastonia. A great cotton
show was held in February at the White City in London.
Halls a mile long were roofed and walled, hung and heap
ed with fabrics which a correspondent of The New York
Times called “undreamed of in the nineteenth century.’'
They ranged from delicate dress materials and stout
cretonnes for chairs through curtain materials to velve
teens which kings and queens might wear.” American
buyers were seen there giving spot orders for golf cos
tumes, quilts, bolts, of voile and georgette qualified to
“hurdle even the American tariff wall.” Since this ex
position was held, reports have come of improved pros
pects for the Lancashire mills.
The cotton growers of Arkansas in its sisters States,
have a direct interest in organized efforts to widen the
use of the great staple of the South. The cotton grower
is helped by anything that increases the demand for the
fabrics produced by the cotton manufacturers.
DO YOU WANT TO BUY OR SELL?
Use Classified Advertising In The Star.
20,000 Readers and the Minimum Charge
for a Want Adv. is Only 25c. Phone 11.
THE OPENING OF
JUST OFF LaFAYETTE STREET — BACK OF
THE CHOCOLATE SHOP
WHOLESALE DEALERS IN
CHICKENS, EGGS, PRODUCE
AND LARRO FEEDS
We Also Buy Chickens
D. C. Turner
R. G. Turner
WE HAVE DISCOVERED WORLDS OF FINE FURNITURE AND
OTHER THINGS IN OUR WAREHOUSE, MORE THAN WE
THOUGHT OF — SO WE MUST RUN OUR SALE ON FOR A FEW
MORE DAYS—AS WE DO NOT HAVE ROOM ENOUGH IN OUR
BARGAIN PLACE TO RECEIVE ALL OF OUR STOCK.
SMILE - SMILE - SMILE <
The Paragon’s sale will
run on through this week
Come this week. You
can’t afford to cheat
your home out of these
Lowest Prices ever off
ered in Shelby by us or
any one else.
So Come And Help Yourselves
Sale Will Run This Week, But Lookout
We May Stop It Any Day
The Paragon Furniture Co.
SHELBY, N. C,
- LEADERS FOR 15 YEARS