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Today's North Carolina Weather
Report: Generally fair tonight and
Tuesday. Some cooler tonight but
Bad Norfolk Fire.
Norfolk. Va., June 8.—A fire
which was expected to cost nearly
*10.000,000 destroyed a portion of the
river-front and down-town business
section here late yesterday. Ten
city blocks between East Malic
street and the waterfront of Elisa
beth River were loot completely by
• p. m. Firemen said the flames
could not be controlled for several
hours yet. Explolsion of an oil
soaked dock owned by the Buxton
steamship company at 4:30 p. m.
started the flames which were borne
by winds approximating gale force
directly against the city’s business
At Forest City
Shot To Death
Cut and Then Sot With Own Gan
By Fred Smart, Native Of EUen
Forest City. June 8.—Funeral ser
vices for Austin A. Price, Forest
City's chief of police who was killed
by Fred Smart about 11:30 Satur
day night after he had been arrest
ed by Price on a charge of drunk
enness, will be hel dtoday from the
First Methodist church of Forest
City and the First Methodist church
of Stony Point.
The body lay in state at the funer
al parlor of Padgett and King here
throughout the entire day Sunday
where about eight thousand people
came to pay their last respects to
one of the bravest, most courteous!
and most honored police official'’
this city has ever had and one whn!
fell in the line oKdjity.
Following the killing of Chief\
Price excitement ran riot, and as
the crowd grew bigger*around the
city hall the feeling against Smart
mounted until it was finally decided
to move him to the county jail at
Had Befriended Smart.
The killing took place after Chief
Price had told Smart to go home,
that he was drunk and had no busi
ness in town. Meeting Smart on the
street later, Chief Price arrested rnn
and started toward the city jail with
him. For over a year Chief Price and
Smart had lived next door to each
other, dnd since Smart's wife died,
several months ago. Mrs. Price had
been making clothes for his little
children, and in other ways she and
Mr. Price both had helped him. Chief
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Are Improving Now
New Commission Finds Condition
Better In State Than
Raleigh, June 8.—“We found the
condition of state banks much bet
ter than we anticipated," reported
Gurney P. Hood, state commissioner
of banks, Saturday following the
first meeting of the new state bank
commission at which the survey of
banks now being undertaken was
Commissioner Hood’s statement
was based upon statistics gathered
up the last call date. The complete
survey, now being conducted by
three examiners, four Junior exam
iners, and four office assistants, in
connection with their other duties,
may take a year, Commissioner Hood
All the members of the new com
mission were present except A. M.
Bahnson, of Winston-Salem, who is
traveling abroad. CoL John F. Bru
ton, Wilson, and Word H. Hood,
Charlotte, took the oath of office.
Ex-off Ida members, State Treasurer
Nathan O’Berry and Attorney Gen
eral Dennis G. Brummitt, were
The commission tentatively adopt
ed a new plan for trust company i
regulation, which will Involve the!
services of an examiner for these
departments. Trust department ex
aminations in the past have been
Hours A t Library
Changed For Sum met
Open hours at the Shelby public
library have been changed for the
summer months, it is announced.
Heretofore the library has been
open from 2 to 5 in the afternoon.
Hereafter it will be open on Tues
day, Thursday and Saturday after
noons from 4 until 3:30.
Best Move# Store
Across The Street
Mr- John B. Best, veteran Shelby
furniture dealer, has moved his store
across South LaFayette street from
his former stand to the building or
storeroom adjoining Efird's. Mr. Best
has been In the furniture business
here for almost a score of years.
School Heads Facing
Problem In budgets
Cannot Tell How Many Teachers Can Be
Employed Until State Board Adjusts En
tire System To New School Plan. County
To Lose Seven Teachers, Shelby Five.
J. H. Grigg, Cleveland county superintendent of schools
and B. L. Smith, Shelby city superintendent, are faced with
a puzzle they can do very little about until the State equali
zation board, which now governs all North Carolina schools,
can adjust the school machinery of the State to the new
school plan adopted by the recent legislature.
It will take a month or more for,
the school machinery of the state
to be reorganized under the new j
plan and that means that the long |
term rural schools of Cleveland j
county, which'open July 27. will
open before it Is known exactly Just
how many teachers they may have.
Supt. Grigg, just back from ,Ra-1
leigh where he attended a confer-.
ence of school officials, says that I
he can prepare the budget for;
Cleveland county within short time I
but this budget cannot be accepted;
by the state until it is seen if the
budget of this and 99 other coun- j
ties cone within the sixteen and j
one half million dollar school ap- j
propriation. School officials all over
the state will send their applica
tion budgets in based upon the ten
percent sales cut for teachers and
the increased taxheading load. The
equalizing board will then total the
entire amount and if it exceeds
the total appropriation, which it
will likely do, the board will point:
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be made and send the budget baclc
for revlsal downward. It la not like
ly that the revised budget will be
completed long before September,
or until after the long term rural
school open In this county.
To Lose Seven
"I will work out my preliminary
budget on the basis of seven lens
teachers in the county schools than
we had last year,” Supt. Qrigg says.
"But if the total budgets for all
counties exceed the appropriations it
may be that this county will lose
10 more teachers. It Is not like that
the total State budget for six
months schools will hold within 19
millions for the school cost for the
State V»st year was 20 millions and
the 10 percent cut in salaries will
not reduce the 20 million total to
Hit High School
Supt B. L. Smith, of the city
schools, figures that four elementary
teachers will have to be dropped
here and one or possibly two high
The heaviest blow in this cut is
that all the elementary schools oft
the ctoy will likely lose their places on!
the accredited list and the high i
school will lose Its, membership In j
the Southern Association of High;
Heretofore the elementary schools
have been allowed four teachers for
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Mrs. Benton Freed
In Husband’s Death
Morganton, June 8.—Mrs. Flnr
ence Benton, young Burke county, j
widow Saturday stood acquitted of I
a charge that last year she killed j
her husband. John Benton.
The woman entered a plea of no',
guilty and met the state's testimony
with the contention that her hus
band committed suicide.
Conflicting testimony which con-;
firmed both versions was introduced j
during the trial.
The Jury rendered its verdict aft
er only a few hours of deliberation, i
Attorney D. Z. Newton has
b«n re-elected city attorney
of Shelby, it Is announced by
Mayor S. A. McMurry. The
re-election of Mr. Newton an
Item In the first formal busi
ness transacted by the new
board when It entered office.
A mayor pro tern from the
board of aldermen has not
been named yet, but will llkcr
ly be announced after the nest
session of the board.
No other change in city em- •
ployes has been made.
N. C. Credit Group
Credit Corporation Declared Insol
Tent Upon Request Of Cleveland
At a special hearing held In Mor
ganton Friday Judge J. H. Clement
declared the N. ■ C. Agricultural
Credit Corporation to be insolvent
and placed the corporation in the
hands of permanent receivers.
The hearing was held at the re
quest of a group of Cleveland coun
ty farmers, organised as the Fair
view credit group.' Tire Cleveland
farmers were represented by Attor
ney Peyton McSwain. The credit
corporation, which has headquarters
in Raleigh, was represented by At
torneys Burgess ana Baker of Ra
Mr. McSwain and C. H. Rehberg.
of Raleigh, were named receivers
and ordered to liquidate the inter
ests of the corporation. ■
The action was brought by the
Cleveland farmers for the purpose
of recovering a sum of money plac
ed with the corporation in anticipa
tion of certain loans.
Mother Of Shelby
Woman Is Dead
News has beeiTreceived here of the
death of Mrs. Annie Claxon, mother
of Mrs. Howard Camnitz, at ner
home in Louisville, Ky., on Satur
day. She was burled in Louisville
yesterday. Mrs. Claxon had been in
ill health for some time but became
worse last week and Mrs. Camnitz
was called to her bedside on Thurs
day. Mrs, Camnitz will return to
Shelby this week.
Forrest Ellis, the photographer,
was today exhibiting large cucum
bers taken from his garden this year.
He had cucumbers large enough to
eat last week. Mr. Ellis is one. of
the city's earliest gardeners and al
ready has tomatoes as large as ten- j
“Bottled-In-Bond” Plant Captured
Near Gaffney; Three Men Are Held
Reported To Be Headquarters *'or
Whiskey Distribution In This
Gaffney, June 8.—Sheriff Zeb V.
Wlielchel and his men captured
three men, a $1,800 automobile and
a complete outfit for making “bot
tled in bond" liquors with grain al
cohol last week. The seizure includ
ed 17 gallons of alcohol, quantities
of flavoring and coloring extracts,
labels, caps and bottles.
The three men, whose names were
not announced by the sheriff, were
being held in Jail. Two of them sent
messages to relatives or friends in
other places asking for help in get
ting their freedom, it was said.
The capture was made in the
woods at a point shout 10 miles
south of Gaffney on the old Union
road near the Brick House place
The trio was alleged to have been
engaged In converting the alcohol
into whlskev when the officers ap
peared. The three men ran, leaving
the automobile. The officers gave
chase afoot through dense under
brush, and in a short time had the
three men rounded up.
The automobile, wliich had been
driven slightly more than 9.500 mil
es, had whai appeared tr be a bul
let hole through the rear of the
top. The car displayed a South Car
olina license plate. North Carolina
and Virginia license tags were
found in the automobile.
Sheriff Whelct el said it was be
lieved there are at least two more i
men connected with the business^
and officers have been attempting j
to locate the suspects. He gave this]
as the reason for preferr'ng not to1
; disclose the identities of the three j
The trio had been operating here j
about three weeks, acyrding to the|
sheriff, who said he understood!
largq quantities cf their product1
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Both prominently mentioned for the AVhite House, Governor
Franklin D. Roosevelt, of New York. Democrat (left), and
Governor Gifford Pinchot, of Pennsylvania. Republican
(right), are shown at the annual Governors’ convention held
at French Lick. Ind., as they chatted about issues of the day.
The two executive have been widely heralded as possible
standard bearers for their parties in 1932 presidential race.
Best Way To Get Killed Is By Car
Sunday On Straight, Rural Road
Raleigh. June 8.—The beat !
place to get killed or Injured In
an automobile accident is on a
straight, paved state highway
I when it Is perfectly dry and
driving conditions are ideal.
The best time to get killed or
injured In an automobile acci
• dent ia In broad daylight be
tween the hours of 3 and 4 p.
The best day Is Sunday.
The best way is in a collision
of two automobiles.
The accident is more likely to
happen in the country than in
The moat likely cause of death
/rom a motor crush is a frac
Believe them or not, these
facts are based on statistics com
piled by the state automobile bu
reau from accident reports for
the month of April when 46 per
sons were killed in traffic acci
dents and 373 were Injured.
The first four months of this
year saw a total of 190 persons
killed and 1,545 injured.
“Bad” Neal Died Suddenly Friday.
Funeral Held Sunday At
Mr. R. J. i Bud) Neal, one of
Cleveland county's best known citi
zens, died suddenly late Friday aft
ernoon at his home near Patterson
Mr. Neal had gone to the field
where his sons were and had start
ed back. His body was found a
short time later and it was thought
that he died suddenly of a heart at
tack while returning to the house.
Funeral services were held Sun
day afternoon at 4 o'clock at Sul
phur Springs Methodist church. The
sendees were conducted by Rev. Mr.
Williamson, of Charlotte, Rev. R. L.
Porbis, and Rev. Mr. Davis.
Mr. Neal, who was 74 years of age,
was a large landowner, an upstand
ing citizen and one of the most sub
stantial, upright citizens of the
iounty. He was a member of the
Sulphur Springs church and inter
ested in community activities and
the general progress of the county.
His sudden death was a shock to
the community in which he lived
and to his many friends all over the
He is survived by three sons and
two daughters as follows: Messrs.
Hugh, Jesse J., and Lee Neal and
Mrs. John Biggers and Mrs. L. M.
Shelby Boxer Has
Arm Broken On Head
Of Champ In A Bout
A champion's head was too tough
for a lightweight’s arm and as a re
sult Babe Carr, Shelby lightweight,
will not appear in the boxing pro
gram at Charlotte tonight
Babe was sparring last week in
Charlotte with Add Warren, heavy
weight champion, to help Warren
build up his speed fDr his bout to
night with Jack Renault. Carr slip
ped in and socked the big fellow on
the back of the head. The blow
broke a small b<>ne in his left elbow;
end tore loose a ligament.
Go-To-Church Day In South And
West Shelby Brought Out
- 1.600 People.
Yesterday was “Go-To-Church
Sunday” in south and west Shelby
and record congregations attended
the four services at the Second Bap
tist church and the LaPayette St.
church which cooperated in the
It was said this morning that ap
proximately 1,600 people attended
the various services of the day at
the two churches. Among those at
tending were many visitors and
others from the textile villages of
the city who were not regular at
Both pastors. Rev. W. R. Jenkins
and Rev. L. L. Jessup, think that the
day will bring very beneficial re
sults to the two churches.
On Visit In Shelby
Capt. Don McDonald, widely
known prison evangelist, spent Sun
day and a portion of the day today
in Shelby. He preached at the Pres
byterian church last night and will
speak at 8 tonight at the Roberts
(colored* tabernacle. While here ha
visited the prisoners at the jail and
chain gang as is Ills custom. He
spoke highly of the reception given
him in the city and the interest
shown in prisoners.
His object is to seek crime preven
tion, co-operation of the prisoner
with the officials, thereby leading to
constructive prison reform, the mor
al and physical uplift of the prison
er; the restoration of the offender
to good citizenship.
To Attend Eastern
Star State Meeting
Mrs. Irma Wallace, district dep
uty grand matron, and Mrs. B.. C.
Houser, worthy matron of the local
Erstern Star chapter, left Shelby
vesterday to attend a session of the
•grand chapter at Elizabeth City.
They were accompanied by Mrs.
Mrs. Wallace ana Mrs. Houser
plan to invite the grand chapter to
meet in Shelby next year
Curb Market A
Day In Shelby
Tuesday Is Another
Could Hare Sold Four Time* a*
Much *n Was Brought In J>y
Shelby'* first curb market trial
Saturday proved a success and even
more. At noon Saturday Mrs. Irma
Wallace, demonstration agent, stated 1
that at least four times as much j
could have been sold had It been
The market, operated on North
Morgan street, was rushed with
Shelby shoppers early Saturday
morning and was practically sold
out within a few hours. It being the
first trial, of course, there wer
some articles which sold rapidly \
while others did not.
The biggest demand of the day bv'
Shelby housewives was for frying j
size chickens. The season for fryers
Is a bit early yet and by another
week or so the sale of fryers should
lead all other items on the market
Again On Tuesday.
As a result of the success Satur
day the demonstration club mem
bers of the county decided to have
two market days each week—Tues
day and Saturday. The market will
be open two hours Tuesday morning
from 8 until 10 o'clock and for the
same hours again Saturday.
It was learned that the market
opened t-oo early Saturday and that
| the main rush Is between 8 and 10.
j During those two hours Saturday
; there were more buyers than sellers
at the market.
| Ranking next to fryers in sales
were home-made cakes, home-made
i salt-rising bread, strawberries and
green beans. All strawberries and
i beans brought in were sold and the
j demand for cakes and bread was
Wltlj more interest being shown
In the market by Shelby housewives
j than by farm women who are pros
pective sellers it Is expected that
the market will be more than twice
as large Tuesday morning and even
The women in charge of the mar
ket kept a list of names of all buy
ers and were surprised at the dis
tance some of them came. One sale
of farm products was made to a
The first event of the day brought
a good luck tooken to the new mar
ket test In that It was assured of
future buyers because the first buy
■ er of the day, and one of the larg
est. was a Byers—B. B.
. “I think the market will continue
to be a success," Mrs. Wallace said
in speaking for the home demon
stration clubs which are sponsoring
! the market. "Of course on the first
1 day we could not tell Just what
i things would be hi demand, but now
we have a pretty good Idea what
will sell and what will not. More
vegetables and fruits will be coming
In later and we expect sales to in
crease. As it is now a major per
centage of the customers were look
ing for dressed chickens, but it is
surprising how many different
things were called for during the
day. Some of them we did not have.
This week we will have more and as
we gradually get the supply ad
justed to the demand the market
promises to fill a long-felt need in
Miss Alma Belle, R. N.. of Win
ston-Salem, is spending the month
of June with her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. J. 8. Belle.
Eskridge Rites At
Home Tuesday Mom
Funeral wrvicf* for Charles l»
Eskridge (above l, who was one of
Cleveland county's most prominent
and most popular citizens, will be
conducted here tomorrow morning.
Mr. Eskridge was found dead in hb
office shortly after noon Sunday.
Talked In Shelby
For Summer Period
Will Shelby merchants and busi
ness houses close on Thursday aft
ernoons during the summer months?
This query Is being generally de
bated about the city now among
business men. For several years the
local stores observed the Thursday
afternoon closing so that employes
and employers might have a hall
day vacation each week. Just what
will be done this year is not known
yet, but talk today indicated that a
closing petition might be circulated
among business men during the
B. Y. P. U. Gathering
Is Held On Sunday
A meeting of the B. Y. P. U. or
ganizations of the Kings Mountain
association was held Sunday at
Sandy Plains church. Twenty odd
churches were represented at the
meeting which was also attended by
Rev. Mr. Ivey." of Raleigh. State sec
retary. Rev. Mr. Ivey preached last
night at the Shelby First Baptist
church. An Interesting pageant was
given by the Beaver Dam B. Y. P.
Mr. Doggett Out
Again After Shock
Mr. Coleman Doggett, who was
severely shocked last week when he
came In contact with a high voltage
wire at the Southern Cotton Oil
plant, is up and able to be out his
many friends will be pleased to
hear. He will not run to work for
several days, however. Mr. Doggett
was found lying on the floor In a
rflom of the plant In a stupor after
having come in contact with the
wire which carried 2,300 volts. He
later regained consciousness but can
remember very little about how he
More Industrial Cases Come Up In
West; Cleveland Has Had 32 Trials
Commission Would Save Money By
Moving To Piedmont In
Raleigh. June 8.—Anent the re
cent discussion of the possibility of
moving the offices of the N. C. In
dustrial commission from Raleigh or
at least establishing a branch office
in the industrial area of the pied
mont it is interesting to note that
of the 1725 compensation cases
heard by the commission since it
began operation nearly two years
ago and up to this week, only 461
of them were in 45 eastern counties
In 1264 were in the 55 counties of
| the west.
For a proper division. Wake coun
ty is classed in the east, with its
large number of cases, many'of them
of slates employees, and the line
runs southward, but bearing toward
the west, so that Harnett, Cumber
land, Hoke and Robeson counties,
although we.'t oi Raleigh, are in
eluded In the eastern area—and
those five counties. Wake, Cumber
land, Hoke and Robeson, furnished
142 cases, or almost one-third of
those given the eastern area.
The peldmont area of 21 counties,
several of them small and Included
for boundary purposes, provided 788
cases In which hearings were held,
or more than 46 per cent of the
total hearings in the State. Even
the mountain area of 25 counties
furnished 413 cases, or almost one
fourth of the total number In the
State and more than 40 counties
east of Raleigh.
Discussion of the movement of the
commission or establishing a branch
in the peidmont section, nearer the
center of the commission’s activi
ties. was precipetated by the amend
ment to the act by the last General
Assembly which would permit such
moving or branch. Charlotte has
been most prominently mentioned,
but still other cities. High Point,
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Found Dead Sunday
Shelbr Shock'd By Death of U»d>
In* Cltlaen. Had Been In
Funeral servl-es for Mr. Char
les L. Eskridge, prominent 48
rear-old ritlcen who wan found
shot to death in hh office hero
yesterday, will be held tomor
row, Tuesday, morning at 10:30
o’clock at the residence on West
Marlon street. Dr. Zeno Wall,
First Baptist pastor, will be In
charge of the service and Inter
ment will be at Sunset ceme
The unexpected death of Mr. Esfc*
ridge. one of this section’s mast pop*
ular leaders, came as a shock to th#
city and the stunning news was thd
sole topic of conversation for thd
remainder of the day.
Dead An Hour.
It Is believed that he had been
dead around an hour when found
by his wife and eldest son. Char leu
no naa D«?n m ill health fog.
months and returned only a short
time ago from Hot Springs where
t be had been receiving apparently
! beneficial treatment for a partial
: physical and nervous breakdown.
His declining health, brought about
by a life of strenuous activity la
which he developed into one of the
leading business men of the section,
together with worry over a series of
misfortunes which has visited his
family were presumed to be the
cause for his action. Only last sum
mer his youngest son, Gene, was
drowned at a lake near the city, and
the youngster's death was a heavy
blow to his father.
Shortly after nine o'clock Sunday
morning Mr. Eskridge came uptown.
He was not in the best of spirits but
was planning to make a trip to
Charlotte In the afternoon with sev
eral of his elose friends, including
Messrs. R. T. LeOrsnd and 2. J.
Thompson. Mr, LeOrand called the
residence near noon to make ar
rangements about the trip and
termed that Mr. Eskridge has not
returned from uptown. A few min
utes later Mrs. Eskridge and her
son came uptown to look for him
and found his body. Physicians said
he had been dead for some time and
he was last seen at a local drug
store shortly before 11 o'clock.
He is survived by his widow, who
before marriage was Miss Lela Por
ter, of Blacksburg, and four children
as follows: Chas. K„ Martha, Alfred,
and James. Surviving also are four
brothers, Ladd Eskridge, of New
Derry, S. C.; Lecter Eskridge, of
New York; Guy W. Eskridge, of
Ridgeway, New Jersey, and Herman
Eskridge, of Shelby, who was en
gaged In business- with his brother.
The brothers who live elsewhere ar
rived here today.
Of Pioneer Family.
Mr. Eskridge was the son of the
late Webb Eskridge, one of this sec
tion’s pioneer citizens, and the late
Mrs. Eskridge who made her home
with him for years. He was endowed
with a natural genius for mechanics
and even later in life after he was
a business leader found much pleas
ure In working on mechanical prob
lems. Progressive in his ideas he was
nearly always first to introduce
modern conveniences in 8helby. He
owned the city's first automobile
and of recent years was deeply in
terested in aviation. In addition to
the Ford automobile agency, which
he operated for years with hb
brother, C. Herman, he was con
nected with numerous other Shelby
enterprises and was one of the city’3
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Here This Week
Will Give Two Demonstrations
Wednesday At Me Swain's And
Mr. C. L. Sams, state extension
bee specialist of Raleigh, will be In
Cleveland county Wednesday of this
week for the purpose of giving dem
onstrations as to the^je of bees
it was announced today by5 Farm
Agent R. W. Shoffner.
At 10 o'clock Wednesday morn
ing Mr. Sams will give a demon
stration at the Luther R. McSwain
home near Bethware school Mr.
McSwain has more than 20 hives of
At 2:30 In the afternoon Mr. Sams
will give a demonstration at the
home of J. C. Bowen, between Shel
by and Patterson Springs. Mr. Bow
man has 40 odd hives of bees and
grows sweet clover for them.
Farmers of the county an Invit
ed to attend the demonstrations.