The Cleveland Star SHELBY, N. C. MONDAY — WEDNESDAY — FRIDAY SUBSCRIPTION PKICE By Mall. per year ___——--- f-’.bo By Carrier, per year-----.-............... g3.ou THE STAR PUBLISHING COMPANY, INC. LEE B WEATHERS_...___President and Bditoi 8. ERNEST HOEY___Secretary and Foreman RENN DRUM ___ Newt Editor L. E. DAIL .. Advertising Manager Entered as second class matter January I, 1905, at the poetottice at Shelby. North Carolina, under the Act ot Congress. March I, UJ7U We wish to cal) your attention to the fact that It is and has been our custom to charge five cents per line for resolutions of respect, cards ot thanfa and obituary notices, after one death notice has been published This will be strictly adhered to. MONDAY, APRIL 20, 1931 TVVINKI.ES Legislators are elected for two years, and this time the Tar Heel lawmakers came very near serving the full sen tence. With pee wee golf already on the decline few people even remember that just a few years ago we were all hot and bothered about put-and-take and yo-yo. Add to springtime similes: As fond as The Greensboro News is of the lieutenant governor; or, as fond as the Ra leigh News and Observer is of the Duke Power Company, Reynolds Tobacco Company, and Privilege. KingsMountain does not know the names of her town candidates until election day, but at that there couldn’t be any less interest there than prevails in Shelby. And when a political race doesn’t even simmer in Shelby, we say it’s news—BIG NEWS. A^ain we say the North Carolina general assembly re mained in session a record length of time because it placed the cart before horse by deciding to do something before it decided where the money was coming from. The one consol ing thought is that the next legislature may profit thereby and figure out where to get the money before working out a method of spending it. NORTH CAROLINA’S ANTI-DRY WOMEN DID YOU KNOW THAT there is an organization of women in North Carolina opposed to the Eighteenth Amend ment and the Volstead Act, or, in other words, opposed to prohibition? Well, there is. Last week the Women’s Organization For National Pro hibition Reform held a conference in Washington, and among other things the “wet women,” as some, of the metropolitan papers termed them, called upon President Hoover. H. E. C. (Red Buck) Bryant, Washington correspondent1, named some of the North Carolina delegates. They were Mrs. W. N. Harriss, of Wilmington, whose husband is a county officer; Mrs. John H, Small, wife of former Congress man Small; and Mrs. Augustine Healey, of Southern Pines. One of the North Carolina delegates was quoted as saying: * “Our State organization is growing rapidly. We have twice as many as we had six months ago. But the newspapers of the State do not give us any publicity.” KENT LOOKS AT 1932 FEW OBSERVERS KNOW more about the inside workings of American politics than Frank R. Kent, The Baltimore Sun political writer. It was just a short time ago that Kent made a scathing indictment against John J. Raskob, charg ing him with paying the Democratic party out of debt, clamp ing a first mortgage on it and attempting to direct the party to suit his own personal tastes. Kent now says that in 1932 no man can be nominated as the Democratic standard bearer who is unfavorable to Alfred E. Smith. Those two observa tions, remembering that Smith made Raskob chairman of the party, clearly show that Kent says just what he thinks without personal favoritism to any faction of the Democratic party and without partisan prejudice. The Asheville Citizen, commenting upon the Kent state ment, says that Kent is to a certain extent right, distasteful as the outlook may be to many Democrats. In that light it is recalled that William Jennings Bryan dominated the party for 20 years despite the fact that thousands and tens of thousands of Democrats resented his controlling influence. Mr. Kent is wrong, however, says The Citizen, if he believes the Smith influence to be as powerful as was the Bryan in fluence. As it is The Citizen admits that the Democrats have a fair chance of winning in 1932 but can only win with Smith’s influence behind the candidate whether or not he is the original Smith candidate. That appears to be a reason able and logical view. And boiled down it means that the .hope of those who do not wholly agree with Smith yet hope to win rests entirely upon the possibility that a suitable dry will be named and that Smith will then, not being able to secure the nomination of his favorite, support the nominee and influence his strong following to do likewise. Therein enters another question mark. DANCING AT DAVIDSON AN INTERESTING controversy is now underway at sessions of Presbyterian church officials in North Carolina re garding the question of dancing on or off the Davidson col lege campus by students of the well known Presbyterian col lege. The controversy is of interest not because of any privi lege or intention of butting in on a matter that is for the of ficials of the church and school to decide, but because of curiosity as to how it will eventually culminate. That cur iosity, of course, centers about what course " ill be taken in shaping regulations of other days to fit as best possible the new ideas and policies of later generations. Dancing with official endorsement of church or school has always been taboo at Davidson. Nevertheless it is gen erally gnown that for a number of years Davidson students, those who so desired, have attended dances at Charlotte, | MooresviMe and elsewhere. Each year one of the dances atj Charlotte is known as the Davidson dance. It is not so desig- j nated by approval of the school, but it is so named, and, pre sumably, is each year attended by a considerable number of Davidson students. Recently a petition came up asking the trustees of the school and the presbyteries of the churches supporting the school to permit supervised dancing on the campus. Since that time several presbyteries have been in session and at ( all sessions the dancing question has bobbed up. To date casual observation has it that the old regulation of no danc ing elsewhere has received major support. There are, how ever, it appears two schools of thought among the church leaders. One group of ministers and elders express themselves as unqualifiedly opposed to dancing either on campus or off. The other group feels that a certain number of students are going to engage in the terpsichorean art regardless and it would therefore be fitting for the powers that be to see that the dances are held on the campus under proper supervision. The reply of the first group to that view is that dancing off the campus should be ended. It is, admittedly, a question which will be difficult to solve with mutual satisfaction, particularly so when it is re membered the high reputation Davidson has in collegiate circles and when it is recalled, at the same time, that the col lege w-as one of the first to successfully place the matter of conduct and associate regulations in the hands of the stu dents themselves. Without definite statistics at hand it is presumed that among the Davidson students, as among other student bodies, a fair percentage of the number dance. In view of that circumstance the stand of the group saying that since they are going to dance anyway the dancing should be an the campus where it can be properly supervised seems reasonable. On the other hand it is not known how many of the'parents of students who do dance really approve danc ing. Then, too, it should not be forgotten that Davidson is a church school and, as a consequence, will, as it should, be governed by the church. The dance question is merely one of a series of questions in which the past and present must adjust themselves to the best interest of all those concerned. IS “SNOOPING” BENEFICIAL? THOSE WHO HAVE ATTENDED Federal courts here in re cent years or have read of Federal sessions elsewhere know that a major portion of the cases tried are worked up by undercover men, known by some as “snoopers.” These undercover men employed as Federal agents purchase whis key, or employ similar tactics, to get the goods on an offend er before he is hailed into court. For some time that method of capturing violators has been a topic of controversy, and likely will continue as such. Recently, while presiding over district court at Char lotte, Federal Judge E. Y. Webb, of Shelby, was asked his opinion of the Federal undercover work. The Shelby jurist replied by endorsing it as the only successful way to catch violators of the prohibition law. Here, there and everywhere opinions differ on that point. Many ardent prohibitionists say that they do not ad mire and cannot respect snooping methods because they low er the general respect for all law. Those who uphold under cover work point out that fire must be fought with fire; that there is so much money and shrewdness in the illicit bootleg traffic that cunning and trickery must be employed on the other side if the traffic is to be curbed. On which side is the stronger sentiment it would be hard to say, except.that it is a natural human inclination to look down upon snooping in any form. In a statement made re cently, George W. Wickersham, head of the now famous Law Enforcement Commission which made the equally famous dog-fall report, declared the existing crime wave is largely due to a tolerant public attitude towards criminals. To this view he added that law enforcement officers stoop "to attain their ends by means as illegal as the acts they seek to punish or suppress.” Such procedure, it was intimated, results in the general public being more tolerant toward crime than it would be were the methods of suppression and punishment more praiseworthy. An incident coming out in the evidence at a recent court session here is typical of the methods Wickersham refers to. An undercover agent, presumably posinj? as an imbider, vis ited a mountain home in an adjoining county and purchased a quart of whiskey from a young white man. Some time later he returned to find the man away. His wife, however, was at home and after the undercover agent reminded her that he had purchased whiskey from her husband she sold him more whiskey. In her simplicity she took him to be an other drinking man whose supply was exhausted. Both were hailed into court. Back among the spectators sat an elderly man, a known dry, listening at the evidence. “If I were on that jury,” he said, "I would not convict either one of them. Not that I don’t believe them guilty, but because I do not ap prove that way of catching them.” Yet those who know the cunning methods employed in the liquor traffic will readily admit that the law would be near helpless in combatting the traffic without the use of undercover men. The one unanswerable criticism, however, that might be laid to the door of the snoopers is that nine times out of ten the man they get is a little fellow—one who has sold a pint, a quart, or perhaps a gallon. Seldom ever is the big dealer caught, perhaps because he lets the little fellow hold the bag. Here it should be said the Judge Webb never misses an opportunity to get at the big man behind the scene when he has the little bootlegger in court. Always, or nearly always, he offers the pint peddler another chance if he will tell the name of the big dealer or manufacturer. Usually, however, the little fellow is too loyal. Perhaps it is because he is so loyal and unsuspecting himself that the it tle fellow always sooner or later slips up and sells a pint to the wrong man. 5,000 Homes Receive The Star Every Other Day—Mr. Merchant Get Your Message To The Home Through The Star—You Will Get That Will Satisfv. Nobody’s Business GEE McGEE— Hymn-Book Scribblers. If you want to find some real poetry, blank verse, prose and Idioms, just pick up a hymn-book in most any old church, and read thou. Almost every square Inch ol the inside covers and the fly-leaves are smeared with enlightening writ ings—and art is setforth in many flggers and drawings. I looked through a copy of "Gos pel Hymns” not long ago. On the first page I found the following in teresting stuff. "Our preacher is long-winded, but short-sighted." "Turn to'page 66.” I turned, and this what I found: "You are a fool for turning." So I started all over again. The second fly-leaf was chock full of love, affection and admira tion. as follows: "I love Sallie, Sallle loves me. When we get older, We are go-nej- mar-ree." “Marry is my sweetheart, I love her every mirmet. But when I want to kis-ser, She's always a-gin-it." I began to look In other places. AU through the book were endear ing statements following the title of near every song, for Instance:-: "I love to tell the story—to ma.” "I shall be whiter than snow—after 1 bathe.” “Meet me there—If possi ble.’’ And on and on. On page D9, I found this written under an ugly dame; drawn by- the author: “Our organist wiggles pow erful when she plays.” On page 123, this met my gaze: “Wonder, what Deacon Brown is crying about: reckon he swallowed his cud?” Page 145 said—"Look at old Mrs. Smith’s hat—ain’t it a scream for 98 cents?” But page 177 sounded a little bit better: “Keep quiet—you are dis turbing the preacher,” However, -page 188 blated right out: "John Brown's hair has departed this life.” But listen at page 201: "Is Simple Smith singing or crying or both?” “Ans: Both, and gargling her throat to boot.” Page 288 wound Around The Carolina Theatre WITH APOLOGIES TO RENN DRUM. Well, we are showing the old B BOSS himself today. Will Rogers, in "A CONNECTI COT YANKEE,” and it’s a sereani. They were laughing themselves double on the first show, and what a picture! It did $7,500 in Charlotte, in three days. See it and enjoy many good laughs Had another round with my side kick, but this time I knew better than to talk so much, so he bested me on the last two holes. But you just wait! We are getting stronger and stronger ea^h day and we will soon take him for another ride, (we'll make sure the old mashie is in his bag.r then we’ll give him the Works. Watch this column for our spring and summer announce ment. It won’t be long now. We see that EL BRENDEL and Fin DORSAY, that fun ny Swede and the little French girl have made a pic ture, “MR. LEMON OF OR ANGE," and it will be here soon. We understand that you will be in for another laugh, as you can always dc* j pend on El and Fifl for plen ty of these. You will remem ber the Swede ill "JUST IM AOINE," who always wanted "THE GOOD OLD DAYS.’ and you will remember Fifr as the vamp in Will Rogers "THEY HAD TO SEE PAR IS.” This is a comedy of the ; gangster type. Be good and we will see you Wednesday. P. S. Don't forget to cal] 446 for one of our programs. WE THANK YOU up with—"Gosh, Mamie—I'm sit ting on a quid of chewing gum." (When I came to, the preacher was pronouncing the benediction.) News Item No. 1 The net earnings of the tobacco manufacturers of the United States for 1930 were $89,500,000.00, being an excess of $42,567,888.00 over 1929. These immense profits came about by reason of the fact that the manu facturers paid only about half as much for their raw tobacco in 1930 as they paid in 1929, yet they were jalbe to maintain 1929 prices through ! 1930—and are still doing so. News Item No. 2. The net losses of the tobacco j growers of the United States for 11930 were $42,567,888.00, the said ; losses having been brought about by j reason of the fact that their raw tobacco sold on the market at about 50 percent less tha nit sold at in 1929, yet the cost of producing- it was slightly more than the cost ol‘ producing the 1929 crop. (Puzzle. Who meat the farmers out of $42, 567,888.00?) Poetry. He tooted his horn, And stepped on the gas, And so did the fool in front: He was making 85, But he coulddent pass, So each got killed by the stunt. I More Poetry. There was a girl in the drug store, Who had a pair of lips that were sore, She kissed the soda jerker, Who was a hard worker. And now he is at home in bed, With a very sore head—with a nurse. Cotton Letter. New York. April 120.—Liverpool came in as due, but eased off to a new low for the month when Wm.1 Wrigglcy swapped 75,000 boxes cl Juicy Fruit for 84 bales of middling - tinges, and gave 2,000 boxes ol Spearmint to boot. It looked so much rain in Texas last night in’ sympathy with the farm board— who don't know what in the hell to, do either. Brokers are advising De- i cember straddlers to go long or.; spots and borrow .call money at 1 percent from the federal reserve,1 but the weather seems too chilly lor j that, therefore we advise southern selling. Information. April has gone thus far In a ver> satisfactory manner to "the Hoover- j. followers, who are peeping aroynd, the corner at where prosperity i said to be. The tariff makers are . still willing to admit that they are ; Republicans. Well, they might as well admit it—they certainly can’* get into our Democratic party. Bread j lines are getting shorter at one end i and longer at the other. Times will be hard until after the 19 and Si j election, and then we will straighten things .out. At present, I still think ; Hoover is a first-class—engineer, i Then there's the Scotchman who sued the Athletics for damages, be cause during the World series he fell from a tree. j ed May Queen Mi's Ann Elizabeth Melting (above 1, pro tty brunette co-ed al Pennsylvania State College, has been chosen as Queen of the May, During her college years she had many honors, including the hon orary lieut.-eolonelcy of the college What wall treatment is most sanitary and charming in nurseries? 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