VOL. XXXVII, No. n
SHELBY, N. 0.
MONDAY. APRIL G, 1981
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Report: Cloudy with rain hi i< i'*t
east and north central portion-. an#
SNOW in extreme west tonight.
Tuesday generally fair and -r,
particularly on the coast.
Dies In Fire.
Marion, N. C„ April 6—While a
horror-stricken crowd looked on.
helpless to avert the tr tgedy, Chari -:
m E. Ivey, 60, lost his life early yes-1
terday in an effort to rescue the
picture of his invalid wife rom
flames which destroyed his humble
home in the Clinclifield textile com
munity. Horrified onlookers watch
ed Ivey as he lay writhing and
groaning on the floor until death
from the flames ended his agonies.
When the fire was extinguished, the
unfortunate man’s body was found
face downward. Beneath it, clutch
ed to his breast, was the pictu-'c of
the wife who was in a hospital a(
Close; Add 187
At First Baptist
Communion Held At
Two Weeks Revival Comes To A
Close- Most Successful In His
tory Of Church.
The most successful revival meet
ing ever conducted at the First!
Baptist church came to a nose :
Sunday night after 187 new men:
hers had been added to the church
membership. A number of others
have asked that their church let
ters be written for and when they
are received the number of addi
tions Is expected to reach 200 as a
direct result of this revival con
ducted by the pastor Dr. Zeno Wall,
and assisted by Mr. Horace Easom
director of music and young people's
At both services Sunday the mam
moth auditorium was filled to ca
pacity despite the unfavorable
weather and 17 additions were had
to the church. The auditorium v.v.
beautifully decorated with flower::
palms, etc- and special music was
The ordinance of Baptism will b -
administered to the women ai:ci
arls on next Sunday evening, and
Sunday night week has beer att
aside for the ordinance to be ad
ministered to the men and boys.
The number of additions to the
church exceeded the Dr. Scarbor
ough meeting held about three
years ago when 117 new members
joined. Dr. Wall's reputation as an
evangelist is recognized throughout
While the revival meeting at Cen -
tral Methodist church closed on
Friday evening when Rev. J. It.
Church preached his last sermon}
here, there was a carry-over into
the Easter services Sunday when 16
new members were added to the
church membership and the pastor.
Rev. L. B. Hayes states that between
>5 and 30 new members are expect
ed to be added next Sunday.
Altogether it has been a remark
able meeting, which culminated in
a deeply spiritual communion serv
ice Sunday evening. There was an
iverflow crowd which extended into
he Sunday school room and at the
night service there was a perfectly
rendered program of appropriate
Easter music.by the choir, directed
t>y Mr. Dale Kalter.
Good Friday Service.
Perhaps the outstanding service
during the closing week of the meet
ing was the Good Friday service
held in thirty minute periods from
12:30 to 2:30 o’clock when the Sav-j
lour is supposed to have been on the
Cross. Ministers of other denomina
tions had a part in the program and
the services were very spiritual and
For tne uooa Friaay ana taster
services, a large cross was provided
in the grill of the mammoth organ.
This was lighted from the rear and
represented the Cross on which the
Saviour was crucified. Revival meet
ings have been under way in the
Gastonia district during the two
week period before Easter and re
ports from the other churches indi
cate a marvelous spiritual revival
wherever they have been held.
Big Eggs Laid By
Hen On Wednesdays
Mr. W. M. Ross, South LaFayette
street, has a young Rhode Island
he.n that does double duty Wednes
day of each week.
Other days in the week the hen
lays eggs of an ordinary size, but on
Wednesdays she lays eggs that
weigh around a quarter of a pound
each and have two yokes. Two of
her eggs placed on the scales Satur
lya weighed exactly one-half pound.
Tornado Strikes Section West Of
Shelby Saturday; Barns And
Buildings Down; Much Damage
Wind Drives Board
Queens Section Gets Smack From
Black Twister That Swoops
A roaring, twisting, black
funneled tornado dipped down
Into the Queens section *ust
west of Shelby shortly after
noon Saturday and did con
The twister remained close to the
ground, travelling east, for almost
two miles, covering a swath of 100
yards, before It suddenly lifted
again to disappear.
Tears Barn Down.
On the Alonzo Hamrick place the
tornado practically demolished .the
barn at Bill Queen's house and also
blew down a smoke house and wood
house. Timber and wreckage were
carried a considerable dlstanc"
Stock in the barn was not injured
insofar as lias been determined yet
In the Queen house a piece of
timber, said to be a 2 by 8 was nurl
ed through the wealherboardmg
and ceiling by the force of the w i,d.
the timber narrowly missing a girl
in the house.
At the Bill Moore place nearby a
blacksmith shop and a chicken
house were blown down. A part cf
the roof at the Thurman Hamrick
home was sucked off, and there was
considerable damage of a minor na
ture in that particular section.
Debris is still scattered along the
roadside and in fields.
When first noticed the twister
was near the. ground, resembled a
funnel and was somewhat similar to
very black smoke, appearing to be
practically as large as the county
court house. It seemed to disappear
lifting from the ground, in the Dov
er mill section.
Whether the twister hit anywhere
else in this territory was not learn
Mrs. Jane McSwain
Dies At Midnight’
Wife of Geo. D. McSwain Succumbs!
To Attack of Influenza. To Be
Mrs. Jane McSwain. wife of Geo,
D. McSwain, died at midnight Sat
urday night at her home on Jeffer
son street following an Illness of a
month with influenza. Mrs. Mc
Swain before marriage was Miss
Jane Blanton. She was born in the
FIitit Hill section below Boiling
Springs and joined the Flint Hill
Baptist church in girlhood. She re
mained a conscientious Christian all
her life and was a devoted wife
Mrs. McSwain was 56 years, one
month and 23 days old. At the time
of her death she was a member of
the Eastside Baptist church. Rev.
H. E. Waldrop will conduct the fu
neral services Tuesday morning at
11 o’clock and interment will be at
Ross Grove church cemetery.
Surviving are her husband and
six children; P. E. McSwaiii, city
mail carrier. Jas. O. McSwain, sol
dier in the army and stationed at
Columbus, Ohio, D. H. McSwain, of
Rocky Mount, Va., Miss Vera, Irvin
and Caleb McSwain, of Shelby.
Raskob Will Support Democratic
Nominees Dry Or Wet, He Declares
Party Chairman To Stick By Nomi
nees. Answers Query Of
Centreville, Md., April 6.—John J.
Raskob, chairman of the Democra
tic national committee, today assur
ed southern Democrats favoring pro
hibition of his. support of the party’s
nominees in 1932 regardless of the
stand taken on prohibition in the
Mr. Raskob, before leaving New
York for a week-end at his home,
replied to a telegram received from
the Prattsvilie (Ala.) Progress. The
“Will you support the next Demo
cratic national nominees if they are
for prohibition and the national
platform is for prohibition? Thous
ands of loyal prohibition Democrats
wish to know this.”
Mr. Raskob answered:
“Certainly I will support our nom
inees but I strongly feel we should all
insist that our platform clearly and
! honestly define party position on
prohibition and resist any dodging
I of the issue through silence or
through adopting any innocuous
plank such as law enforcement.
“The people whose suffrage we are
soliciting should not be deceived and
are entitled to know the party posi
tion. Of course, as you know. X
strongly urge and advocate that our
national platform support the view
that after 12 years of practical ex
periment ever undertaken by the
civilized world this question should
“Not by representatives, but by the
people themselves and the simplest
manner of giving the people this op
portunity is for congress to vote fav
orably on a resolution proposing a
constitutional amendment to be sub
mitted to the respective states for
approval or rejection not by the leg
islatures but by the people them
selves in each respective state in
constitutional conventions especial
ly called for that purpose.
‘■‘The home rule plan fully respects
this honest conviction of both the
wet and dry elements in our party
and country and should receive most
careful, thorough and conscientious
consideration hy all'’
Weather Is Bad
[Good Audiences Here. 10,000 At
Colorful Services In
Churches of Shelby and sec
tion were filled yesterday for the
Easter occasion. Although a j
drizzling rain brought on a dull,
dreary day, the congregations at
tending the various services were
up to normal and in some in
stances larger. The weather,
however, cut down the usual
Easter parade and the wearing
of the customary new finery
that usually marks the season.
Winston-Salem, April 6.—Across
1 the greensward of an historic
| ground, 10,000 persons filed on Eas
| ter mom to listen in the rain while j
Moravians of this section reiterated
-their faith in the risen Lord. I
For more than 150 years Morav-;
ians of Salem congregation have
conducted this annual service at
Old Home church, founded In 1766.
Its unusualness and beauty have at
tracted each year thousands of visi
tors to Winston-Salem.
Yesterday for the first time in
helf a century, a new leader intoned
the ritualistic Easter sunrise service
and lead the quarter-mile march to
God's Acre, Moravian burying
Pfohl Leads Service.
He was the Rev. J. Kenneth Pfohl, I
D. D., who succeeded the late Bishop
Edward Rondthaler as pastor of
Salem congregation. Bishop Rond
thaler died January 31. 1931. Dr.
Plohl has been pastor of Home
church for 22 years. Within its walls i
he was baptised, confirmed and. or
When the ancient bell in the
church tower tolled out tire hour
of 5 a. m.. Dr. Pfohl appeared in
the hooded doorway of Home
church, mounted a small dais and
proclaimed in ringing tones:
"The Lord is risen.”
Back from the massed throng
tumbled the answer:
‘‘The Lord is risen, indeed.”
Three hundred musicians, grouped
in eight bands, interspersed the
brief service at the church doorway
! with ancient chorals.
Jerusalem. April 6.—Machine
guns bristled at strategic points in
this city of peace yesterday and ar
mored cars patrolled the streets as
the pilgrims of three great faiths
gathered to celebrate their holy day.
Trouble had been expected during
the procession of 2,000 Moslems from
'CONTINUED ON PAGE FOUR i
Brother Of Dr. H. D.
Wilson Passes Away
John Teet Wilson, brother of Dr.
H. D. Wilson died Saturday at his
home near Ellenbcro and was bur
ied Sunday. He was a prominent
farmer of Rutherford county and
highly esteemed by his host of
friends. Dr. Wilson and family and
a number of other friends and rela
tives attended the funeral services.
Beauty and Brains j
Here its a collegiate queen who ■
lays claim to bruins as well as
beauty. She is Miss Evelyn Car
ter, of Parsons. Kansas. Selected
by the student body of Baker Uni
versity, Baldwin City, Kansas, as
the mostetalented, the most pop
ular and the most beautiful, on
Lose In Contest
Kings Mountain Teams Split. Casar
Mooresboro Divide. No. 3 Mins
• _ One.
Only one Cleveland county nigh
school team. Shelby, remains in the
State-wide triangular debating con
test. Teams representing other
county schools either lost or split in
the first round of the'-annual con
test last Friday night.
Tonight the Shelby affirmative
team meats the Gastonia negative
team here. Shelby’s negative goes
to Lincoln ton. and Lincolnian'S ne*
rtive goes to Gastonia.
One Kings Mountain team, the
negative,won from Forest City af
Forest City Friday niglu. but he
Kings Mountain affirmative lost at
home to the Rutherloidton-Spindcle
team. Both Rutherfordton teams
won and remain in the contest, go
ing to Chapel Hill.
The Casar and Mooresboro teams
were In a group to themselves, both
affirmative teams winning, thus
eliminating the two schools.
The No. 3 affirmative, composed
of Sue Borders and Mamie Kendrick
won from the Belwood neeaive
team, composed of Edith Ledford
and Dixon Willis. The No. 3 nega
tive team, composed of Mary Hazel
Ellis and Marie Davis, lost to the
Harris debaters at Belwood tne af
firmative team, May Ledford and
John. War lick, jr.,Won from Hark*.
Both Lattimore teams lost to Hie
Henrietta-Caroleen and CUtfsid';
teams. The Henrietta - Caroieen
teams, it is understood won from
Cliffside as well as Lattimore aud
will go to Chapel Hill.
Boiling Springs ^
Wins Two Decisions
The two debating teams ot Boiling
Springs college won both decision in
the first try-outs ot the triangular
debates now being conducted over
the state: Frank Hamrick and Carl
Latham defeated Rutherford college
at Boiling Springs Friday night, and
Zon Robinson and Thos. Long de
feated the other team at Rutherford
college. The college is not only tim
ing out winning athletes, but skilled
debaters as well.
T. P. A. Names New
Officers Of Group
B. II. Kendall Succeeded By IV. G.
Arey As Head of Travel
Mr. W. G. Arey is the new presi
dent of the local Travellers’ Protec
tive association, succeeding Mr. B. H.
Mr. Felix O. Gee was re-elected
secretary and treasurer.
Mr. Clyde Short was named first
vice president and Mr. James Grice
was elected second vice president.
Messrs. Arey and Short were nam
ed delegates to the state convention
in Durham with Mr. Grice as al
Playing at Lowell Friday, Shelby
defeated Lowell by the one-sided
score 24 to 1 ,
City Finances; \
From Overdraft To
Current Indebtedness Reduced M2,*
000, Overdraft* Converted Into
High praise for the efficient man
agement of city finances waa passed
out Saturday by Mr. Richards, an
auditor of Scott and Co., certified
public accountants of Charlotte who
is here to make tin* annual audit, of
the city's books In order to have
th» audit completed at the end of
the fiscal year. Mr. Richards is
auditing the books for the past
nine months and has the following
statement to make, the mast signi
ficant points being that the current
indebtedness has been reduced over
$82,000.00 since the present adminis
tration took charge and that a cash
overdraft of over $500 at the begin
ning of the administration was con
verted into a cash balance of over
The statement of the audit firm is
'"The present city administration
headed by S, A. McMurry, mayor,
expects to be able to present the
taxpayers at the end of the present
term, May 31, 1931, a most unusual
favorable account of its steward
'"The reduction of the current in
debtedness by the present adminis
tration since June 1, 1929 to March
31. 1931 amounts to $82,037.47.
"In'addition to this reduction of!
the indebtedness, the city has, after
paying all operating expenses, ad
vanced to special funds $25,572.59.
Also reduced the rate of taxes from
i$l,49 1-2 to $1.25 per hundred.
“At the beginning of the present
1 administration there was a cash
I overdraft in the general fund ac
count of $539.54. At tile end of
March, this year, the cash balance
amounted to $10,257.57 which was
more than enough to pay the entire
current indebtedness of the city at
I . .
Hicks Judgment Is
Set Aside; Appeal
To Supreme Court
Mas Default Matter Centering About
Shelby Man’s Suit Against
In a decision handed down 'Sat
urday by Judge Wilson Warlick the
judgment by default and Inquiry of
Dr. R. C. Hicks, Shelby dentist,
against the city of Gastonia was set
aside. A notice of appeal to Supreme
Court was filed by the plaintiff
The default hearing developed aft
er Dr. Hicks filed a $20,000 damage
suit against the city of Gastonia as
o result of an automobile crash
there. The city of Gastonia, or the
defendant, did not file an answer
to the complaint within the requir
ed legal time, and Attorney D. Z
Newton, representing Hicks, tiled
Ills default judgment. Had this been
granted the city of Gastonia could
have made no legal defense
against the damage suit, the tak
ing of evidence being to decide how
much he should receive instead of
whether or not he should have
damages, in setting aside the df>
lault Judge Warlick noted that the
Gastonia city attorney, A. E. Wolf...
about that time had been engaged
in work for the State Equalization
board, and it was ruled, too, that
the city should not be held at fault
because the attorney due to his ab
sence failed to file within the re
When an appeal was filed the cus
tomary number of days were grant
ed for the preparation of appeal pa
pers and answers.
Wedding Comedy At
7:30 Tuesday Night
The "Womanless Wedding” being
presented In the court house Tues
day night by the American Legion
end Auxiliary will be held at 7:30
instead of 8 o'clock. Music by two
quartets and a stringed quintet wi'l
be additional features.
Crime Wave Show*
A Decrease Here
The merry month of March
was not so merry in crime cir
cles in Cleveland county.
A total of the month’s work
in county recorder's court shows
that less cases were tried •*
March than in February. Ap
proximately 175 cases were dis
posed by the court in March, ac
cording to Judge Mauriec Wea
thers. The monthly total has
been around 300.
Sees Mother for First Time
Ear! Musselman born blind twenty-two years ago, is. after an opera
tion at Philadelphia, now learning to use his eyes for the first time to ;
eeo the wonders of the world. The greatest thrill In his new life of
light was when be saw his mother for the first time (both above).
Deadlock May Result In General
Assembly Tax Row; Name New
Commission To Direct Banking
Legislative Activities of Week Re
viewed Bv Observer In
B v M. R. DUNN AO AN
Star News Bureau.
Raleigh, April 6,—The scene of the ,
struggle with the bill to raise reve-;
nue for the operation of state actlvi- j
ties for the next two years was shift*j
ed during the past week from the
house of representatives to the sen
ate, which body has been sweating
over- the controversial revenue bill
since Friday, when it dissolved into
the committee of the whole. It has
been engaged in taking it up. sec- j
tlon by section, and tearing at Its
Take Another Whack.
.The house, after having its. week, j
passing it and being prevented from j
making changes by a filibuster
shoved it over to the senate as if it'
were a hot brick, but many of th< j
members voting for it. reserved the
right to have another say, if oppor
tunity arose, to take a whack at the
general sales tax provision which it
contained.. Numbers Of members
voting for the bill at it was f inally j
worked out, expressed the hope that!
the sales fax could be eradicated by
The senate, pulling off its coat,
figuratively speaking, waded into the
bill Friday, clearing the lobbies of all j
visitors, in order to keep its mind j
(CONTINUED ON PAUE POUR.)
Lackey Will Run
For School Board
Members of Present Board May
Seek Office Again. No Formal ,
. No formal announcements . have
been made for the Shelby school;
board, but It was learned today that
Mr. J. Lawrence Lackey will likely,
be a candidate for the board.
Present members of the board are
Messrs. Roger LaughridgC. Thad
Ford, L. P. Holland, H. Clay Ccx,
and Dr. Tom Gold, chairman. Al
though none of the present members
have made a statement it is believed
that the majority oi them will be
candidates for reelection.
Former Colored Man Of Shelby Hits
Oil In West, Is Now Worth Millions
Forrest Anderson Said To Have 5fi
Oit Wells In Oklahoma.
Forrest Anderson, former eitysenj
of Shelby, is said to have 56 oil
wells on his plantation In Okla
homa. Forrest is a colored man who
went west about 25 years ago, bought
some land in the oil district of Ok
lahoma which proved to be rich in
oil. Wells were sunk and they are
producing heavily'. Forrest is reput
ed to be worth millions and the re
port is verified by a Mr. Cline,
brother of County Accountant A. E.
Cline who lives at Shawnee, Okla..
and who knows Forrest intimately.
Forrest lived in Shelby and east
of the city for many years and fre
quently comes buck on a visit. He
was in Shelby tor a few days last
week, but returned to his Oklahoma
home on Saturday. He makes no dis
play of his wealth but dresses plain
ly and lives simply. Forrest was a
highly respected negro when he liv
ed here and always goes around to
greet his white friends when toe
comes on a visit.
It is also reported that Rev. Burt
Harbison, another colored citizen
who went to Oklahoma about the
time Forrest left, bought laud, now
has producing oil wells which are
bringing In a handsome income.
Another Term Of
Court For County
(Special to The Star.)
Ralctgh, April fi.—Reprrsen
talivc Edwards’ bill providing
for an extra term of court fit
Cleveland county, already pass
ed by the house, passed its
third reading In the senate last
week and was ordered enrolled
lor ratification. It will probably
be ratified Monday or Tuesday.
Will Be Heard Here
Industrial Commission Hears Cases
Here On April
(Star News Bureau.*
Raleigh. April 6.—Industrial Com
missioner. J. Dewey Dorsett has a
calendar of nearly 60 workmen’s
compensation cases set for the next
two weeks In piedmont and western
North Carolina. Beginning Wednes
day, Commissioner Dorsett has four
cases at Reidsvillc. six at Winston
Salem, one at Taylorsville, two at
Lenoir, five at Morganton, two at
Marlon, four at Burnsville, five at
BaltersvUle. six at Asheville, three - t
Waynesville, four at Bryson City,
four at Robblnsville, three at Frans -
1m, two at Brevard, two at Shelby
and three at Albemarle.
The two Shelby cases will be heard
| Friday afternoon, April 17, begin
ning at 3 o'clock, at the office of the
cleric of superior court. They are
Mcmn C. Hardin vs. Minette Mills
and James Peak vs. Pack Yarn Mills
Gets 60 Days For
Breaking Cut Glass
In coupty court this morning Clay
Williams was given a 60-day sen
tence on the charge of breaking oul
the door glass in a house near the
hospital section occupied by Rena
Cobb, formerly of Kings Mountain
I The Incident, officers say, took place
[about 1:30 Sunday morning.
Cut Today When
New Term Opens
Only Deputies Named For Coun
ty. Board I'rrrs End Of
When sheriff Irvin M. Allen
was sworn in for hi* second
term of office this morning by
Clerk of Court A. M. Hamrick
at tlie meeting of the county
( c ommissioners his force of depu
ties, named lor the term, was
Soon after the hoard met Com
missioner George R. Lattimore in
troduced n motion to that effect
and it was passed by the board. A
further provision urged deputies tn
discourage arrests in frivolous cases,
The recommendation of the board
meeting, attended by Chairman A,
E. Cline, R. L Weathers and Mr,
"We recommend to the sher
iff that he appoint a sufficient
number of deputies but not make
any appointments not really
needed. We further recommend
that all officer* be discouraged
and discourage the bringing Into
court of little frivolous eases that
should not come in. The above
recommendation is made with
saving unnecessary expense to
Four Left Off.
When the list of new deputies to
serve this term was announced by
Sheriff Allen, so that they might be
sworn in before the clerk of court,
It was revealed that the force had
been diminished by four or five offi
cers. Some time ago Sheriff Allen
had already cut down the force.
The new list of deputies named
No 1 township—L. I. Scruggs, Kes
ter Hamrick; No, 2—Gus Jolly,
Henry McKinney and Bunyan
Jones; No. 3—Jery Runyan, Yates
Kendrick; No. 4—C. H. Shepard,Har
vey Harrelson; No. 5—John Hard;
No. 8—E. W Dixon, Bob Kendrick,
S. B. Cooper, Buren Dedihon; No. 7
—Arbuth Hamrick and whoever la
appointed constable by county
board; No. 8—Coren Powell: No. 8
—Tom Sweezy, Harvey Gulon: No.
10— Plato Ledford, Andy Mead; No.
11— John B. Newton.
Cleveland County Court May Wow
Handle Larger Suits. Prosecu
to May Pay.
The bill recently passed In tha
State senate by Senator Peyton Mt
Swaln does not apply to Jury itea
but increases the jurisdiction of the
court, according to a complete copy
of the bill received by The Star.
The first change is to Increase fho
jurisdiction of the court in civ;l
matters, or suits over contracts, to
*1.000 where it has been $500. An
| ether change increases the court's
i jurisdiction in damage suits fnm
! 5200 to *500.
j The returning of a summons vs
| changed from the first Monday ar -
! er to 10 days.
Hit Spite Cases.
An important change is rati
which will hit those who bring
criminal changes against someone
else lor malicious motives. If in *nv
criminal case where the defendant
is acquited or the case dismissed,
person responsible for the warrant
! may be taxed with the costs in the
discretion of the court. If the sourt
j finds that prosecution was frivolous
1 oi malicious, then the one bringing
! the charge may be imprisoned for
j failure to pay the costs.
Visits In Shelby
Mr. Chas. W. Gold, of Greensboro,
president of the Pilot Life Insur
ance company, and Mr. T. D. Blair,
agency manager, were visitors lit
Shelby Friday. Both officials talked
to a gathering of 20 agents vert
ing under the Carl R Webb agency
here, and the agents pledged them-'
selves to sell two million dollars
worth of business during the remain
der of the year.
Still Captured By
Officers On Friday
A 20-gallon distilery was captured
Friday night on little Hickory creek
near Shelby by Deputies Ben Coop
er, Bob Kendrick and Bitten Ded
mon. No one was at the plant and
indications were that a run had been
completed in recent davs.