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VOL. XXXVII, No. 61
SHELBY, N. C.
. FRIDAY, MAY 22,
12 PAGES
TODAY
1931 Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons.
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Late News
Showers, Cooler.
Today's North Carolina Weather
Report: Showers tonight and pos
sibly In east Saturday morning.
Somewhat cooler in southwest to
night and In west Saturday.
Parson To Roads.
Winston-Salem, May 22.—Plead
ing guilty to a charge of violating
the prohibition law. Rev. Thomas
"Thunderbolt Tom” Tardue was sen
tenced to serve eight months on the
roads by Judge Wilson Warlick in
Forsyth county superior court here
yesterday. Pardue was arrested sev
eral weeks ago after Winston-Salem
officers found nine gallons of liquor
under a two-story apartment house
in which he lived, and several empty J
pint bottles in his automobile. Par
due gained prominence in 1928 when
he testified at the trial of Alma
Petty Gatlin, Reidsvillc woman, who
was acquitted of the murder of her
father. The evangelist claimed the
woman confessed to him while he
was conducting an evangelistic
meeting at Reidsville that she kill
ed her father and buried his body
in the basement of the home.
Thieves Enter,
Rob Two Stores
A. Blanton Grocery Here Robbed
Last Night. Lowery Brothers
Also Robbed.
A new robbery wave broke forth
in Cleveland county this week, a
Patterson Springs store being rob
bed Wednesday night and the A.
Blanton wholesale grocery iri* Shel
by being entered last night.
At the Lowery Brothers store at
Patterson Springs the thieves made
their entrance by smashing the
plate glass window front. The haul
taken from the store included shoes,
shirts, hats, caps, pants, cigarettes
and cigars. A few dollars in money
was taken from the post office safe,
which is in the store, and two or
three dollars in cash from the store
safe. Officers are still working on
the case but have no worthwhile
clu/s fta far.
Some time last night thieves
cracked a small hole in a window
of the A. Blanton wholesale grocery
on West Marion street here and
entered the store. A check-up this
morning revealed that eight cases
of cigarettes had been stolen. By
making a hole in the wire-meshed
glass the thives managed to un
fasten the latch bolts of the window
and enter from the south alley side
of the bunding. The thieves were
travelling In an automobile and in
dications this morning were that the
car became stuck in the alley after
the heavy rain and had to be shov
elled out.
Burgess Given
2-Year Sentence
Rutherford Jury Returns Verdict
Of Simple Assault On Young
Girt.
Rutherford ton, May 22.—The jury
late Wednesday afternoon returned
a verdict of guilty of simple assault
on a female in the trial of Paul Bur
gess. Judge Stack sentenced Bur
gess to two years on the county
roads at hard labor. Fred D. Ham
rick, attorney for Burgess, served
notice in open court of appeals.
The Jury was out seven hours.
Judge Stack charged them Wed
nesday morning that they could
find Burgess guilty of rape, which
carries a death penalty, assault with
intent to rape, which carries about
15 years in the state prison, or sim
ple assault by a man over 18. They
found him guilty in the latter.
Burgess is 25 years of age while
the girl i^ 17. Large crowds linger
ed around the court house all day
awaiting the verdict of the jury. The
jury took the case at 10 o’clock and
rendered a verdict at five.
Negro Youth Hurt
By Car, Goes Home
George Turner, 12-year-old step
son of Berry Mints of the Earl sec
tion, was dismissed from the hos
pital this week where he received
treatment for three weeks for a
skull injury received at the fair
ground on Highway No. 20 when
two cars crashed together. Young
Turner was tinconscious for over
two weeks but has regained con
sciousness now and his head injury
seems to have completely healed.
His grandmother Dora Dogwood and
aunt, Fuscia Dogwood, with whom
he was riding when the accident oc
curred, died as a result of their in
juries.
Honor Roll Monday.
The eighth month honor roll for
the Shelby High school and public
schools will be published in Moil
day’s Star.
Colored Finals.
The negro schools of Shelby yes
terday staged their commencement
program and May Day festival. th<
event being one of the best ape
most colorful in the school's history
Revenue Bill Passes Second Reading In House
Mull Orders Ballot
Boxes Brought In j
Election Board Head Tells Registrars To
Bring Bailey-Pritchard Boxes To Court
House. Order Sent Him By Judge Biggs.
Judge John P. Mull, chairman of the Cleveland County
Board of Elections, yesterday wrote letters to the 26 regis
trars in Cleveland county ordering them to bring the ballot
boxes in the Bailey-Pritchard senatorial race last fall to the
officer of the clerk of Superior court here.
Judge Mull’s order was In com
pliance with an order received by
him Wednesday afternoon from
Judge J. Crawford Biggs, of Ra
leigh, chairman of the state elec
tion board.
No Expenses?
“The order from Raleigh said
nothing about the expenses that
might be Incurred In assembling the
ballotoboxes for the Investigation be
ing made by the United States sen
ate because of the contest filed by
George Pritchard, G. O. P. candi
date, who was defeated by Senator
J. W. Bailey," Judge Mull said. “For
that reason I am not ordering the
registrars to bring the boxes in on
any given day but have asked them
to bring the boxes the next time
they come to Shelby.”
Mr. Pritchard filed his contest of
the Bailey victory some weeks ago.
Later Republican leaders appeared
before three federal Judges in North
Carolina and asked that an order
be issued to federal marshals to im
pound and assemble the ballot
boxes. This, order was g-anted but
later vacated when a bill was pass
cu ut uiic ^cuci tti tuooeiuuiy, utmg
introduced by Representative Ed
wards of Cleveland county, ordering
the state election board to assem
ble the boxes for the investigation.
Whether or not any of the ballots
may have been destroyed since the
election six months ago Judge Mull
does not know. “I have,” he said,
“made no investigation and am
merely carrying out the orders of
the state election board chairman.
Just what course will be followed
after the ballot boxes are brought
to Shelby and placed in the clerk’s
office I cannot say.”
It was reported a week or so ago
that the investigating committee
would probe only 14 counties in
which Republicans allege voting
discrepancies. Whether this is true
is not known here.
Democratic leaders are of the
opinion that the investigation is a
farce. Senator Bailey was elected by
the record majority of 113,000 votes
and it has been termed “the height
of folly” to attempt to find any
thing wrong with such an over
whelming majority.
“It is purely a political propa
ganda move,” one Democrat de
clares, “and will in the end rebound
against the Republicans.”
Bible Class Named
In Newton’s Memory
The Young Men's Bible class at
the Pirst*^aptist church which was
taught for many years by Attorney
J. Clint Newton, county solicitor,
who died a few weeks ago, has been
named in his memory and is to be
known hereafter as the Newton
Bible class. A picture, of Mr. New
ton will also be placed on the wall
of the class room. Mr. Newton was
a gifted speaker and several literary
societies in schools of the county
are named for him.
Teaches 50 Years
Mrs. G. P. Hamrick of Shelby who
next week rounds oat fifty years of
teaching in the public schools. She
is still at tier Job and keeps quali
fied.
Mrs. Hamrick Rounds
Out Half Century As
A S c h o o 1 Teacher
Attends Sommer School, Active In
Woman’s Club And Religions
Work.
Mrs. G. P. Hamrick of the Jeff
erson street school, Shelby, will next
week, complete her fiftieth year In
teaching. At an early age she sMw
ed a great determination for an
education, and to be an educator—
both of which she accomplished.
Mrs. Hamrick began teaching at
the age of sixteen. During these
fifty years of teaching, she has at
tended teachers’ meetings or sum
mer school in her own state, or in
other states. Her educational ad
vantages have been good, and she
made use of every opportunity to!
prepare herself for better and mere
effective teaching.
She takes interest in the Wom
an’s club, is a member of the D. A.
R. and U. D. C., is a member of
every organization of her church
and attends services regularly. She
is a member of every teacher's or
ganization in town, county, state
and is a member of several na
tional organizations.
Mrs. Hamrick has as much inter
est in life, and as broad an outlook
upon it today as when she was six
teen years old, and just as deter
mined to succeed in her work as
when she was younger.
Benefit Supper.
An ice cream supper will be held
at El Bethel church on Saturday
night, May 23. The proceeds will go
for the benefit of the new Sunday
school room. 1116 public is cordially
invited to attend.'
Auxiliary Will Conduct Poppy Sale
In Shelby Tomorrow To Aid Vets
Hope For Sale To Be Largest Yet.
No Set Price Asked For
Flowers.
Millions of Americans will pay
honor to the country's World war
dead tomorrow by wearing the lit
tle red peppy of Flanders Fields.
Early tomorrow morning an army
of women, estimated to be 100,000
strong, mobilized for the work by
the American Legion auxiliary, will
take the ■ streets throughout the
country with baskets of the memor
ial flowers. By night fall it is ex
pected that poppies will be placed
On approximately 10,000.000 coats and
more than $1,000,000 received for
the welfare of disabled veterans and
their families..
The women of Shelby unit of the
auxiliary, aided by women of other
j local organization, will: provide the
| people of Shelby with their poppa*
Reparations for the sale have been
worked out in such detail that no
one in the . city will be without op
portunity to buy and wear a poppy,
according to Mrs. Reid Misenheim
er, general chairman of the activ
ity. A larger sale of poppies is ex
pected in the city than ever before.
The poppies which the local unit
of the auxiliary will offer were
made by disabled veterans at Oteen.
They are exact replicas of the wild
poppy of Prance and Belgium which
grew on the World war.battlefields.
No set price will be asked for the
flowers, each purchaser being al
lowed to contribute any amount he
desires for his poppy.
The bulk of the money which the
citizens of Shelby will pay for their
popples will remain here In the city
and will be used for the relief of
disabled veterans and needy families
of veterans during the coming year.
Stacey Gamble
Shot To Death,
Burial Saturday
Killed In Charlotte
Last Night
Son Of Shelby Woman Shot by
Luke McCall Who Claimed Self
Defense.
W\ Stacey Gamble. 38-year
old native of Cleveland county
and a son of Mrs. Gene Gamble, I
well known Shelby woman, was
shot to death In Charlotte last
night by Luke McCall at whose
home Gamble once boarded.
McCall claims self-defense, con- j
tending that the Cleveland man j
advanced on him with a knife. j
Funeral services will be held Sat
urday morning at 10 o’clock at the
old John Lattimore graveyard.
Surviving the deceased are his
16-year-old daughter, Pauline, of
Danville; his mother, Mrs. Gene
Gamble, of Shelby; and three broth
ers, Tom, Miler and Bill Gamble.
In McCall Home.
According to information from
Charlotte, Gamble was killed in
McCall’s home, 826 East 35th street,
North Charlotte, about 10:30 last
night.
Rural officers were called to the
McCall home by Mrs. McCall and
when they arrived they found. It is
said, Gamble's body sitting upright
in a chair with an open knife
clenched In his hand. McCall, Char
lotte dispatches stated, declared, as
he was taken to Jail, that Gamble
was advancing upon him with a
knife when he shot him in the body
in self-defense with a single-barrel
shotgun. His story was that he was
trying to get Gamble to go to bed.
the latter refused, and the argument
developed which resulted in the fa
tality.
Relatives here of Gamble were in
clined to be dubious of McCall’s
version of the killing, declaring that
Gamble was not accustomed to
drawing or using a knife.
A tragic feature of the untimely
death was that Gamble’s 16-year-old
daughter, Pauline, had written him
asking that he attend her gradua
tion exercises at the Virginia school
on Saturday, the day he will * be
buried.
Dr. McKee Talks On
“Indian Crusader’*
Speaker Who Had Lived In India
For 15 “Years Describes Mr.
Gandhi.
An instructive lecture on Gandhi,
the crusader of India, and the prin
ciples on which he is winning free
dom and liberty foe his countrymen
and attracting world-wide attention,
was delivered last night by Dr. W. J.
McKee before the Kiwanis club. Dr.
McKee, of the faculty of the Uni-;
versfty of North Carolina, had spent
fifteen years in India and made a
close study of the little 105 pound
crusader who has brought Great
Britain to her knees and recognition
to his country.
Gandhi is the leader of 325 mil
lions of people and odc of the best
known men in the world who has
enunciated new doctrines based
somewhat on the Sermon on the
Mount. Dr. McKee noted some of
the principles of the little Indian
leader such as the one that religion
and morals are more powerful in tho
last analysis than brute force, his
principle of non-cooperation and
non-violence which have caused the
British parliament to recognize his
pbwer as a leader.
Stuttering Negro
Not Wanted Here
Wilkesboro Man Heard That $5,000
Reward Was Offered For
Negro Here,
In Wilkes county, this state, is a
man who is no nearer to $5,000 than
he was a week kgo or a year ago.
This week a letter came to The
Star from a Wilkesboro man stat
ing that he understood an adver
tisement had appeared in the paper
here offering a $5,000 reward for the
capture of a real black negro who
stutters. According to the report the
Wilkesboro man. heard the negro
lived between Statesville and Tay
lorsville two years ago. No such ad
vertisement appeared in The Star,
and Sheriff Allen stated today that
insofar as he knew no such negro
was sought by the law here.
It must have been another conn
* tv or two other men.
Staff Of Shelby High Annual
The girl and live
boy# In thi# photo su
pervised end handled
the work of getting
out the 1930-31 m
nual, "HI-Life," of
the Sliclby High
school which was Is
sued from The Star
press today. The an
nual Is one of the
most attractive
school records ever
assembled and car
ries photos and fac*a
concerning all school
activities of the year.
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Bootleg Prices
Take A Tumble
Bootleg whiskey is selling at
the lowest price it has in years.
In county court here recently a
defendant informed his law*
yer that liquor can now be pur
chased in the South Mountain
section for $1.75 per gallon.
Two years ago the prevailing
price was $10 per gallon. Then it
dropped to $8 and took another drop
to $6 and then to $4. The $1.75
rate, however, is the lowest to be re
ported here in many years. The in
former made it clear that the $1.75
whiskey was a low grade ‘sugar
head.”
The genera! business depression
and a tf-cline in demand for boot
leg is thought to be responsible fdr
the falling prices.
“There is far less liquor being
sold and consumed in Cleveland
county than there was Just six
months ago,” Sheriff Irvin Allen
states. Vj_
Still Made Out Of
Washtub Captured
By Officers Here
Odd Liquor Plant Brought To Shel
by Thursday From No .3
Township.
County officers yesterday brought
in to the court house here a cap
tured still which was made of a
10-gallon tin washtub.
The still was located in No. 3
township Wednesday by Sheriff Ir
vin M. Allen and Deputy Ben Coop
er. Deputy Bob Kendrick was with
them when it was brought in yes
terday. Sixty or 75 gallons of beer
were also captured.
The head and the cap of the
washtub still were both made of
wood and the only piece of copper
about it was the small worm.
Vera Arwood Gets
First Essay Honor
Hazel Wilson, Of Fallston, Takes
Second Place In Contest
Here.
Miss Vera Arwood ,of the Polk
ville high school, won first prize in
the county-wide essay contest on co
operative marketing held here yes
terday. The contest was conducted
by the N. C, Cotton Growers As
sociation and Miss Arwood will rep
resent Cleveland county in the dis
trict contest at Charlotte.
Last year Miss Arwood won coun
ty and district honors and two years
ago she was second In the entire
State.
In the county contest Miss Hazel
Wilson, of the Fallston school, won
second honors; Miss Beth Randall,
of Grover, was third, and Aston
Adams, of Lattlmore, fourth. All
won prizes for placing in the coun
ty contest.
Oil Mill To Close
For Season May 23
On Saturday, May 23, the-Shelby
Oil mill will close lor the season A'
that time seed crushing will be sus
pended until another harvest. Dur
ing the summer the machinery will
be overhauled. Closing prices are as
! follows: Wagon Seed. 34 1-2 eeiv.
1 per bushel, exchange 1800, car seed
“Hi-Life,” School Annual Of
Shelby High, Issued Here Today
Shelby High Annual Dedicated To
Veteran Teacher In City And
County.
“Ill-Life," a handsome 66-page
annual of the Shelby high school,
was released from The Cleveland
Star presses today and turned over
to the sen lor class of the school as
their farewell gift to the Institution.
The annual bound In suede, the
latest and’ best binding for books,
is neatly arranged, contains valu
able Information of the school year
and general activities, and is con
sldered one of the most complete
ever Issued by the school.
Honors Veteran.
A striking feature of the annual
is that it is dedicated to Mr. John
Yancey Irvin, who has been engaged
in educational work in Cleveland
county for almost a quarter of a
century. In 1907 Mr. Irvin became
principal of the Shelby high school.
Later ha became city superintend
ent, and then for a period of 10
years he was superintendent of the
schools of all Cleveland county. He
then became superintendent of the
Kings Mountain schools, but return
ed to Shelby high in 1929 as head
of the mathematics department. In
dedicating the annual to Prof. Irvin
the seniors say “He not only taught
members of our class, but. In many
cases, our fathers and mothers."
Felix Gee is editor-in-chief of the
annual with Matilda Jenks and
Oliver Harris as associate editors.
Ray Brown is athletic editor, James
Shepard wit editor and Ed Nolan
business manager.
The annual has a department de
voted to each of the four high
school classes with photos of the
classes and the high school faculty.
Othfcr departments ^tre devoted to
the state championship high school
band, the state championship base
ball team, the boys and girls bas
ketball teams and the football ele
ven.
Misses Thomas and Jeters were
the faculty advisors to the annual
staff."
MASONS TO ELECT THEIR
OFFICERS HERE TONIGHT
Officers for Cleveland Lodge No.
202 will be elected at the regular
meeting tonight in the Masonic
Temple building. All members are
urged to attend this regular meet
ing.
Hail And Wind
Storm Damages
No. 2 And No. 3 Township Farmers
Hard Tilt By Worst Storm
In Tears.
A heavy haU and wind storm
about » o’clock last night did
considerable damage to crop*
and buildings in No. 2 and No.
3 townships. According to older
citizens the storm in the section
between Sharon and Bolling
Springs was the worst to hit
there in many years. . .
In that area it was said today
that the cotton crop, Just up, was
badly riddled. In the No. 3 section
about Earl and the county line the
hail and wind did quite a bit of
damage but not as much, it is said,
as was done in the No. 2 section.
Roofs Torn Off.
A number of buildings were un
roofed, trees uprooted, and at least
one building blown down in the
Boiling Sprlngs-Sharon section. A
tenant house on the John Hamrick
place was blown over, and the roofs,
were torn off the homes of Dovey
Moore and Clint Hamrick. Other
homes and outbuildings in the com
munity were also damaged. In de
scribing the damage done by the
hail Jarvis Hamrick said here today
that in a 60-acre field the cotton
was so riddled and beat down by
the hail and wind that he would not
give 10 cents for the 60 acres of cot
ton.
Hail fell in and about Shelby lat
er in the night, about U o’clock.
Tax Listing Rush
On In County Now
The tax lister’s office at the court
house here has been crowded all this
week with taxpayers listing their
personal property for this year.
Over the county the tax-listing work
is pretty well completed, but in No.
6 township many taxpayers have
not yet listed. They are reminded
that all listing should be done be
fore the end of this month.
Opinions Vary As To Size Of County
Cotton Crop This Year; Acreage Cut
I
Cleveland county's cotton crop
this year will be 10,000 bales
shy of the 63,000-bale crop of
last year and maybe more.
Estimates being made now on
the crop range from 35,500 bales
to 50,000 bales.
Observers differ in their views
as to how much the cotton acre
age has been reduced and, also,
in tbe reduction of fertilizer.
The prevailing opinion is that
the cotton acreage has been cut
10 percent. Many others say, [
however, that the acreage has
not been reduced more than five i
percent.
Leas Fertilizer.
The total crop this year uili
be considerably below that oi
last year more because of lack
of fertiliser than because of a
cut in acreage, it is generally
believed. At least 20 percent less
fertilizer was used in planting
the crop this year than was
used last year, farmers say, and
the grade of the fertilizer Is low
er than that used last year, mak
ing a total fertilizer reduction
from the production standpoint
of approximately 30 percent. Due
to dry weather last year It is 1
believed that this year’s crop
will benefit considerably from
the fertiliser still in the ground
from last year.
The estimates range from 35
to 50 thousand bales, but the
majority say the crop will be
close to 45,000 bales.
MacLean Group
Loses Votes In
SecondReading
Calls For 15-Cosil
Tax On Land
House* , Puses Conference Com
promise After Senate Approves.
Clarkson Shifts.
(Special to The Star.)
Raielfh, May 22, (2 P. M.).—.
The house of representatives
this morning passed on its sec
ond reading the conference re
port on the revenue MU by a
vote of 61 to 50, including pairs.
After adopting the report and
passing It on first reading last
night, 51 to 45. The house ad
journed today to meet at 12:05
A- M. Saturday morning to pass
the bill on its third reading, in
order that the members might
go home without having to stay
for a later Saturday session.
The senate, which adopted the re
port yesterday 26 to 24 by the
change of the vote of Senator T. o.
Clarkson, of Mecklenburg, will get
the bill Monday. A motion to re
consider the vote by which the re
port was adopted yesterday will hot
be made. Senator Rivers Johnson,
of Duplin, said although he chang
ed his vote yesterday In order that
he might move to reconsider today.
If the senate adopts the report,
as Is expected, the general assem
bly can adjourn Wednesday, unless
trouble develops In the appropria
tion bill sufficient to hold up its
passage.
The house today tables the bill
whloh would have placed a tax of
one half of one mill on each kilo
watt hour of electric power produc
ed.
Raleigh, May 32.—The conference
report on the biennial revenue bill
was approved last night by the
house within live hours after It had
been adopted by the senate.
The house adopted the report M
to 53, including pains, and the sen
ate acted on It favorably 25 to 21.
Opponents of the report in each
house. Senator Johnson of Dublin
and Representative Gay of North
ampton. changed their votes before
the result was announced in order
to be able to move to reconsider to
day If a chance Is seen to defeat
the measure.
The adoption in the house waa
equivalent to first reading, but un
der-the constitution it must pan
two more readings there and threa
In the senate on separate days.
Believe Deadlock Broken.
By virtue of the margin of vic
tory in each house, however, it waa
generally believed that the revenue
Impasse has been broken and that
the assembly will adjourn sine die
the middle of next week.
In the senate the adoption did
not constitute first reading as the
measure is revenue producing and
must be passed on separate days
In each house. Though the senate
voted first, the measure was ruled
to be before the house, and tha
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Hospitals Protected
In State-Wide Law
Patients Who Intended To Defraud
Or Obtain Credit Fraudulently
Violate Law.
A new law designed to protect
public hospitals and sanitoriums
has been enacted by the general
assembly of North Carolina. It
makes one guilty of a misdemeanor
and subject to a fine or imprison
ment for intention to defraud by the
use of false pretense In obtaining
credit or accommodations at a pub
lic hospital. It is a bill similar in
intents and purposes to that which
safeguards a hotel or boarding
house, making one guilty of a mis
demeanor for “jumping’* a board
bill.
It reads: “Section one: Any per
son who obtains accommodation at
any public or private hospital or
sanatorium without paying there
for, with Intent to defraud, the saig
hospital or sanitorium or who ob
tains credit at such hospital or sani
torium by the use of any false pre
tense, or who, after obtaining credit
or accommodation at a hospital or
sanitorium, absconds and surrep
ticiouely removes his baggage there
from without paying for the ac
commodation or credit, shall be
guilty of a misdemeanor and shall
upon Conviction, be fined or impri
soned a« the discretion of the court.'
    

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