The Cleveland Star
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Entered as second class matter January l, 1905, at the postotnce
•t Shelby. North Carolina, unddr the Act ol Congress. Match a. 1H7U.
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WEDNESD’Y, MAY 27, 1931
Lying. ’ said Judge E. Yates Webb in Federal court, “is
worse than making liquor,” and then he sentenced a colored
woman to prison. Presumably, she did both-:
If yon are not booked up in advance for tonight, do not
tniss the opportunity of hearing Attorney General Dennis G.
Brummitt in his address to the graduating class at Central
The comics have a way of irritating now and then. For
Instance: Henrietta—the Widow Zander—cleaning up $500,
000 on the Tom Carr stock just at a time when many of us
are inclined to believe there isn't that much money in the
LENDING A NEEDED HAND
FARMERS AND OTHERS "who have given aid to the farm
ers in Cleveland county communities who were sorely
stricken by storm damage last week are to be commended as
*re others who will continue to give aid this week and ne\t.
It is typical of the Cleveland county spirit, typical of the big
beaterness shown in one Cleveland community a year or so
ago when neighbors came in and rebuilt in a day the ba«ji of
a farmer which had been badly damaged by fire. It is the
neighborly, helpful spirit evident every time disaster and
misfortune come along.
If you haven’t extended a hand, it isn’t too late.
A ROTTEN AMERICAN SYSTEM
STRICT REGULATIONS w'hich are strictly enforced pre
vent incapable and irresponsible pilots from the controls
of airplanes. Only recently one well known pilot was
“grounded” for life for an infraction of the rules. Motor
travel is considerably more advanced than aviation, but from
the standpoint of safety aviation appears to be far ahead of
the automobile age. Day after day automobile crashes claim
scores of human lives. In North Carolina the daily death
toll stood for'a time at two per day. Yet, for some careless
ness and unintentional suicide reason, or no reason, we are
not as strict about automobile drivers and safety on the high
ways. Often people declare they will not take a chance on
an airplane ride, but every day they motor out on a highway
where death stalks at every turn. The modern automobile is
as safe as a rocking chair on the front porch, if safety regu
lations are strict—and enforced. It isn't the automobile that
kills them; it’s the driving and the recklessness.
PROUD OF SUCH FARMERS
THE FARMER WHO LIVES at home and boards at the same
place these days is a mater of community and county
pride. Recently The Star told of the farm activities of But
ler Dixon, who is just such a farmer, and the story caused
The Monroe Journal to begin looking for farmers of the
Dixon type in Union county. Says The Journal;
The Shelby Star tells of a farmer in Cleveland coun
ty who is a model of the live-at-home and be prosperous
idea, Mr. Butler Dixon of No, 4 Township. He has a peg
to hang everything on. We would like for som^ one to
write to The Journal and tell about some Union county
farmer of this type. We will give a year’s subscription
for the best true story about such a man.
Cleveland county has other farmers who follow the same
general policies as does Mr. Dixon and in encouraging the
live-at-home movement, the best plan of salvation now for
the farmer, The Star would appreciate details about the ac
tivities of other Cleveland men who grow their own hog and
NEED CURB MARKET HERE
TIME AND AGAIN The Star has stressed the need of a curb
market in Shelby for farm products. Frequently infor
mation comes along to show the value of such markets to
Mrs. W. R. Neville, marketing leader for Halifax coun
ty, states that curb markets, operated under home demon
stration supervision in 29 of the largest towns in North Car
olina, give the farm women a greater incentive to work.
“It isn’t half as hard to milk a cow twice every day if
you know you can dispose of the surplus milk and butter,”
Mrs. Neville says. “It used to be when we needed a few
extra dollars we would take a few chickens, some butter and
eggs to town.
“After trying the stores, hotels and some private homes
and hearing the same old story of ‘I’m sorry, I’ve just
bought,’ or ‘I don’t need any today,’ we would go back home
tired out, the gas all gone, put the butter back on the pantry
shelf and turn the chickens loose in the same old yard.
“The picture is now changing. The curb market gets
the buyer and seller together as nothing else does.”
Mrs. Neville said that the Rosemary-Roanoke Rapids'
curb market, at which she sells, has paid the producers near- j
ly $3,000 in 12 weeks of operation.
The first Saturday 25 women sold $104.13. This was!
doubled the next Saturday with sales amounting to $208.94.
The high point of sales was made March 16 when $260.57
worthy of surplus produce from farms was disposed of. There
TOPNOTCHERS by Km
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marked aptitude rod.
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BANTAM INTO The.
RECORD of’ 121
LOCKOUTS TO DATE
are now 92 farm’men and women suuiig on the market.
One farmer has sold $282 worth of fresh meat; a farm
woman sold $60.5 < worth of flowers and poultry ; another
selling mainly cakes, has received $46.80 for her produce,
and, a third, selling odds and ends of surplus things from
home has realized $53.85 from the market.
Mrs. Neville said this money goes usually to meet obli
gations long past due, provides conveniences in the home,
helps supply the family table with necessities which cannot
be grown at home, or helps to keep the boys and girls in
Except lor the curb market, the leader continued, the
money which comes in so well would not have passed through
the hands of the farmers and their wives. '
HOW THE NEW TAX PLAN WORKS
THE NEWS THAT THE now-tax measure, which was finally
adopted by the legislature this week after a compromise
last week, would lop off two-thirds of the present school tax
on land in Cleveland county was, naturally, received with in
terest. The slashing of faxes is always good news to tax
payers and practically all of us are in that class.
Many, however, have not as yet fully understood the
working of the compromise revenue bill. In its details it
will not be thoroughly understood until the various county
boards assemble and begin readjusting their policies to pre
pare their new* budgets by a re-arranged system. The origi
nal MacLean movement had as its goal the abolishing of all
land tax for schools. At the outset wise leaders realized,
however, that it would be a difficult task to arrange a reve
nue bill without any land, or ad valorem *tax, as after all,
property is the ‘basic structure of the best known taxation
system. It could have been done by shifting the burdeh en
tirely to industry or upon the backs of the average people in
the form of a special tax on so-called luxuries used by the
masses. The compromise leaves 15 cents, or only one-third
of the present Cleveland county levy, on land and shifts the
remainder to corporations and business men. As a result
corporations will pay the highest tax in the history of the
State in franchises, licenses and incomes. They will benefit,
however, from the land tax reduction in that the slash in ad
valorem taxes will lessen their visible property tax load just
as it will lessen that of the farmer and landowner. Merchants
of the State, due to the compromise measure, escaped the one
percent, general sales tax and the average consumer w’ill not
be bothered with a “nuisance’’ tax on tobaccos and such as
that, but the new bill does hit the merchant in that he will
pay a license tax of one-tenth of one percent of their gross
All new systems must be given a trial before their merits
can be classified, but the conference revenue measure bears
the earmarks of wise adjustment. The farmer and landown
er with the land tax for schools whittled down to 15 cents
are considerably better off, as a little figuring will show in
each individual instance, than they were with the entire
school load on land. Corporations and business will shoulder
the remainder of the load and The Star believes the fair
minded farmer will readily reach the conclusion that the
shift was a real relief and that it would have been asking too
much to wish the entire load off on business and industry as
the MacLeanites attempted. In fact, news from Raleigh has
it that Mr. MacLean is pretty well satisfied. Perhaps, after
all, he asked for the whole works to get what he did get just
as a lawyer files suit for $100,000 many times with the
knowledge that he would be content to get $20,000 for his
client. When the smoke from all the wrangling clears away
it is believed that the people will realize that Governor Gard
ner’s legislative policies have meant much to the people as a
whole. The new highway plan will remove a big slice of road
taxes from land, the central purchasing agency will save ad
ditional money, and school tax on land is cut to 15 cents.
Rabid bitter-enders of the MacLean faction harassed and
criticised the Governor for not supporting their scheme to
take all school tax off land, declaring that he was not inter
ested in the welfare of the little man. All of which is tommy
rot. The general assembly this year under Governor Gard
ner—and everyone wall realize it in the sane, fair contempla
tion when the fuss dies down—has brought greater relief to
the average taxpayer than has any assembly in the history
of the State.
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SHELBY’S OLDEST, LARGEST AND BEST FURNITURE STORE.