Hatcher Hughes, Noted Playwright
And His Boyhood Days In Cleveland
(Written for The Star hy M. 1
White, his teacher.)
As is known and admitted by tb
continental reading public of Noit!
America, Cleveland county N. C
surpasses every other region li
Christendom in its accumulation o
freak* and celebrities. As for tb
freak, he is generally of the specie
the profane call a da nphool; bu
desires to shine as a very resplen
dent celebrity. Celebrities beconv
such by one-tenth inspii ation am
nine-tenth* perspiration. They arc
generally, not so egotistic as an hop
est-to-grandma celebrity. The free!
rides hobbies, claims to know every
thing; and laughs boisterously at hi
own imaginary wit. His talk is most
ly about himself and his relations
and he badly overworks the capita
I, If he tries to perpetrate a jnke
it is of a quality that any man of re
tenement and discernment recognize
as an egregious insult. Some mei
are bom freaks, others acquire ttv
condition; while others have tjy
calamity thrust upon them. The
largely compose the ranks of th
untutored and unwashed that clain
to be self-made. This is accepted m
a fact by men ot knowledge an;
POR OVER 7*
lata than of hifh
MIlUONSOr POUNDS USED
BV O U M COVIIINMINT
ROUND TRIP EXCURS
ION FARES FOR
FRIDAY. APRIL 24. 1931
ROUND TRIP FARES
FROM SHELBY, N. C.
Washington. D. C. _ $13.00
Round trip tickets on
sale for all regular trains
(Except Crescent Limited)
April 24th, final limit re
turning April 29th, 1931.
Tickets good in Pullman
sleeping and Parlor cars
upon payment of Pullman
Ask Ticket Agents:
R. H. GRAHAM,
Dhision Passenger Agent,
Charlotte, N. C.
*W«w I was lust a girl
at boms," writes Mrs.
B. F. Rlggan, of Baird,
Texas, 1 took Cardui for
cramping sod pains in
my aids and bade, and it
halped ms at that time.
"After X was married, I
found myself in a weak,
run-down condition. I suf
fered a great deal with
a>y back, which was so
weak it hurt me to get up
or whan I would stand
on my fast I tell off in
"A friend of mine, saw
lag bow bad X felt, ad
vised me to take Cardui,
which I did. By the tima
I bad taken two bottles, I
telt stronger and batter
than X bad in a long tima.”
i' IUm *h*dfort>« Bl»ds-I>m»*ht'
I(U 0*»»tp*tt*w, In<Ji*»»UoB,
probity and relieves the Lord of a
great responsibility. This county is
infested by a numerous tribe of
freaks; but they all regard them
selves as celebrities except the way
ward mortal whose cut decorates
the beglning of this communication
Further than this indication of one
of the species, no personalities shall
be used to point out this teeming
When It comes to celebrities, Clyde
Hoey and Max Gardner are two of
the recognized specimens. Clyde
Hoey is largely self-made; but Is
not always infliettng the Informa
tion upon some bored listener.
But the most vercatlle and dis
tinguished celebrity of Cleveland
county Is Tom Dixon. He is a match
less orator, a very distinguished au
thor and playwright. As to ability,
his fame ts continental. The son of
a popular Baptist minister of the
gospel on paternal side and of a
gifted Highland Scotch mother,
much was expected of him by rea
son of hertdlty and endowments
but he surpassed expectations even
of his most sanguine friends and
relatives. He had two supreme broth
ers and two sisters; that would have
dazzled any region on this planet
except Cleveland county N. C.
The next ranking celebrity is
Hatcher Hughes. I suppose he has
a string ol colege and university
degrees like the tail of a comet; but
he was bom in a loghouse near
PolkviUe, and was subjected to the
stigma and disgrace of being my
pupil in winter of 1882 at a lanked
up university at Elliott church; but
I orn happy to say he survived the
handicap. He had several brothers
and sisters likewise under my in
struction and most of them were
bright, persevering and industrious
Hatcher Hughes was a quiet, good
natured and studious boy, who was
gifted with the saving sense of hu
mor.' Parenthetically, let me drop
the observation that one without an
appreciation of humor has very lit
tle sense of any kind. Rank stupid
ity regards anything of a really en
tertaining nature as frivolous; but
even mediocre talent regards humor
and fiction as the best products of
our language. 'The parents of this
true, gifted celebrity were Andrew
Jackson Hughes who exemplified
the courage and patriotism of his il
lustrious namesake; and Martha
Gold, a relatives of several distin
guished cittsens; among who may be
mentioned Hon. Thomas Qold, of
High Point and son of the late O.
P. Gold (Min), as he was generally
known; also, hla brother Dr. Chas
Gold of Ellenboro, Drs. Thomas,
Tom and Ben Qold and their father
the late Griffin Odd; all of whom
made a record as doctors and sur
As for “Jack" Hughes, as he was
known, in 1881 the call of his coun
try became the voice of God: and
he enlisted in the company of the
late Intrepid Sheriff Ben Logan.
This company was called the Clev
eland guards; and was a force of
gianta. Their average height was six
feet and avoirdupolse was 175 pounds
Jack Hughes went in at six feet lr.
altitude, with a weight of 180. He
owned neither land nor negroes; but
resented the invasion of Dixie; and
bore several serious wounds to
'Tames eternal camping ground,
whore Glory guards with sole m i
round xne Divouac ox me aeaa
He wee shot up until with most
of men the skin would have been
so lreckled with federal bullets the
skin would not have held his prin
ciple. He set, his family the example
of industry, Christian character and
sobriety, for he was a defender of
the faith In the MJrrlonary Baptist
church and Sunday school: and was
an evangel of prohibition embody
ing the zeal of Peter the Hermit. He
could deliver a good and earnest
public address for an old farmer de
prived of early educational advan
l tages; and was never a toady, a
trimmer nor a time-server. He was
as true to the Baptist church, the
Democratic party and the cause of
temperance as a knight of the days
when chivalry was in flower to his
vows of knightly allegiance. The
encomium applied by Napoeonl the
Great to Marshall Ney applied to
Jack Hughes on the firing line and
! in ordinary walks of life and bis at
I tltude toward social customs was de
served by Jack Hughes “the bravest
of the brava“ as well as the aphor
Ism "an honest man is the noblest
work of Oort."
As all well-informed know, Hatch
er Hughe# finished the public and
high school course; after which he
graduated from Wake forest college
near Raleigh. Then he stormed Jhe
works at Chapel Hill university, at
tained a high degree and held a
chair quite a while in that eminent
institution. But his motto was up
ward and onward; and he matricu
lated in Columbia university, N. Y,
where he is a distinguished teacher
He wrote the brilliant novel “Hell
bent for Heaven." for which he was
awarded the thousand dollar Pulit
zer prize for that year. He has dram
atized this superior work of fiction
and it has adorned the fflma. So, he
can divide honors with the gifted
Tom Dixon as a playright.
The parents of Hatcher Hughes
have been called to their reward,
old and full of days. Mention was
made of the energy and Industry of
the late Jack Hughes, he was pro
fessor of a cane mill and could bint
the man who killed himself mak
ing a superior quality of sorghum;
and I tasted the vintage as a pay
for tuition of the genius with the
alliterative name, Hatcher Hughes
Motorists Go More
Miles On A Dollar
Surrey of Gasoline Price* Conduct
ed Throughout The
The average' American motorist
can drive nine miles farther on a
dollar’s worth of gasoline today
than he could a year ago. it was
indicated recently by a survey of
gasoline prices conducted by the Un
ited Press, national news associa
The average price or straight gas
oline was reported as 17.2 cents a
gallon, compared with 16.3 last year.
The United Press estimates that
this means a total saving or more
than $2,500,000 to American motor
car drivers every hundred miles they
travel. Every time a motorist drives
1,000 miles he saves enough over his
last year’s fuel bill to buy gasoline
for the next 200 mile*.
The highest gasoline rate* are be
ing charged in Pennsylvania and
Wyoming, the survey indicated.
Straight gasoline is usually 19 esnts
in these states. Tire greatest reduc
tions were in Indiana, where the
level dropped $ cent* to 16.3 cents a
By virtu* of an order of male ia spe
cial proceeding entitled. 'Bauna O. Phll
bsck, Adx., at >1. vs. W. T. Oraan. at ai."
I will sail to th* highest bidder at the
court hous* door in Shelby, N. C., on
Monday. April *1, 16S1, at It a'elaak M.
th* foliovlnc described real aetata, to
That as acre tract fully described In th*
petition as th* W. T. Oraan land, and be
ing part of the T. <1. Oraan estate, plat
and lull description of same will b* ex
hibited at the sale.
Term* of wle: One-third cash, balance
in ons and two years. Th* bidding will
begin at *1378.00, th* amount of th* raised
B. T TALUS, Commissioner.
3t Apr 13c
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Around Our TOWN
By KENN DBUM.
Occasionally readers of this corner get a break. Today is one of those
days. With the flu—wonder If Job had any ailment to equal It?—run
ning up one line and down the other the colyum will be filled today by
First of alt, this anonymous note: “Shelby’s best looking girl drives
three Buicks and her name Is Charlie."
Figure It out far yourself while we douse another capsule.
This from J. B. P,: “The first circular saw I remember in Shelby
stood about the site of the Cleveland Cloth mill in 1876 and 1877. It was
owned by Ab Green and Rev. Milt Webb, I think. I cut logs for them
In August, and I can remember that all right.”
Our Information is that the town's first circular saw was operated
by the late B. B. Babington in 1873 near the old foundry site.
Remember those perplexing questions the No. 3 school students tossed'
at us t’other day? Here comes some answers from E. Y. W., Jr., of At-;
lanta, a fellow who can Juggle figures and mathematical problems about
with the same skill that any well-brought-up colored boy can handle a
pair of dice. Says he:
“I enjoyed your capers in the last issue Of The Star. I enjoyed, par
ticularly, the one a month or so ago in which the first grade honor roll
of 1812 was published. I found that I had at least started off right. Let’s
have some more memories from the old days. I am submitting some
answers to some of the questions asked by the No. 3 pupils.
Question: If a man were to die and will his three sons seventeen
holies; the oldest son to receive one-half the horses, the next one-third
of the horses, and the third son wanted one-ninth of the horses, how
many would each receive?
Answer: Assume I am the deceased one's executor: I add my horse
to the 17 disking 18; the oldest son gets 1-2 equals 9; the second son gets
1-3 equals 6; the third son gets 1-9 equal 2—Total 17. Then I ride off
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Question: If a man were to give you one hundred dollars and tell you
to buy one hundred head of animals, consisting of hogs, cows and sheep,
and you gave 50 cents each for the sheep, $3 each for the hogs, and $10
each for the oowa, how many of each would you get for the $100?
• Answer: Let X equal number of cows; let Y equal number of hogs;
let Z equal number of sheep. Then X plus Y plus Z equals 100; and 10X
plus 3Y plus VjZ equals 100; also 100 minus NX over 5 must be in integer
(whole number). Solving these 3 equations simultaneously gives: X equals
5—number of cows—$50; Y equals 1—number of hogs—$3.00; Z equal 94—
number of sheep—$47.00; Total 100 head and $100. He bought 5 cows, 1
hog and 94 sheep.
Question: If a man had $100 to spend for a horse, saddle, and bridle
and paid half as much for the saddle as for the horse, and half as much
for the bridle as for the saddle, how much does he pay for each one?
I Answer; (1) H equals 2S, that is horse cost twice the saddle; (2) S
equals 2B, that is saddle cast twice the bridle; (3) H plus S plus B equals
1100, that Is the 3 cost $100 Adding (1) and (3) gives H equals 4B. Adding
! <!> end (2) and (3) gives 4B plus 2B plus B equals 100 or B equals $100
over 7. From (2) S equal 2B equals 200 over 7. From (1) H equals 2S
equals 400 over 7. The horse cost $400 over 7 or $57.1438; the bridle cost
$100 over 7 or $14,3857; the saddle cost $200 over 7 or $28.5714; total equals
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Question: If Mr. Whiteside married Mr. Blackburn’s sister and Mr.
Blackburn married Mr. Whiteside's daught: , what relation would Mr,
Whiteside’s children be to Mr. Blackburn’s children?
Answer: The children would be not only first cousins but would be
uncles and aunts (that is, Mr. Whiteside’s children would be uncles and
aunts to Mr. B’s. and vice versa). There are a few other minor entangle
ments such as half-uncles, but my advice is to avoid such a combina
In a later issue of the colyum E. Y. W., Jr., will shoot some prob
lems back at the No. 3 boys and girls and others who may be tuned in
on this wave length at that, time.
Important now* concerning yourself or family,
or perhaps o birthday or wadding anniversary.
Maybe a boy or girl away at school has passed
examinations with honors or a baby is born to
some relative or friend.
The quickest, easiest and most pleasing way to
sand your greetings and good wishes ivby tele
phone. The sound of your voice adds that per
sonal touch of sincerity which means so much.
The cost is small. Only fifty cents for a 150
mile talk when you use Night Station-to-Sta
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In Shelby and suburbs you can get THb
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Has 28 Additions
There were 28 additions to the
Eastside Baptist church as a result
of the revival which continued for
two weeks with Rev. L. L. Jessup as
sisting the pastor. Rev. H. E. Wal
drop. Last Sunday there were 425
In the Sunday school, showing a con
tirfued and growing Interest in the
church. ReV. Summerlin filled the
pulpit yesterday for Rev. Mr. Wal
drop, the pastor, who Is conducting
a two weeks revival at McAdens
They are making rubber from
western sage-brush. Now we know .
what makes the plains stretch so 1
far in every direction.—New York
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KENDRICK BRICK & TILE CO.
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LAST MONTH IN* WHICH TO PAY
Every piece of property on which county taxes are
not paid by May 1st will be advertised for sale the first
week in June.
1 am compelled under the law to collect all county
taxes by May 1st or sell the property and I hare no
other discretion in the matter
I. M. ALLEN, Sheriff Cleveland
HE STAR EVERY OTHER DAY $2.50 PER YEAR
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