10 PAGES TODAY Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons. "» MkIL D*f ini, (In Mtumi _ MUM UarrMr, on rnt, (la adtansni _ m Late News Cloudy Saturday. Today’s North Carolina Weathei Report: Partly cloudy tonight ant Saturday. Drowns At Lanier. Spartanburg, S. C, June 12.—raul Simpson, well known young busi ness man of Spartanburg,~‘wH drowned In Lake Lanier late Thurs day afternoon when, wading into the lake, he stepped suddenly Into a deep basin. The accident occurred shortly before 4:30 o’clock and the body was recovered within 20 min utes. Members of the Piedmont Council Camp of Boy Scouts, located on the lake, tried for more than two hours to revive him but their ef forts were unavailing. There was no pulmotor in Tryon, it was said. Negro To Chair For Attack On Girl At Grover Was Baptized At Columbia Yester day To "Be Ready For Gawd." Columbia. 8. C„ June 12.—Witn a quavering cry, "I wanna be ready tor Gawd.” J. P. Moore, 22-year-old Gaffney negro who waa to be elec trocuted at the state penitentiary here at 10 o’clock today for criminal assault on a white woman of Chero kee county, was baptized yesterday afternoon. The girl who was attacked lives Just a short distance from Grover, Cleveland county, but across the line In South Carolina, Rev. T. H. Broedus, negro assist ant chaplain of the penitentiary baptized Moore in an improvised wooden vat in the penitentiary yard a few hours after Governor Black wood announced at the capitol that he would not halt the electrocution because alienists declare Moore sane and mentally responsible. Examination Made. Dr. E. L. Horger of the state hos pital examined Moore at the request of Solicitor 8. R. Watt of Spartan burg, who prosecuted him. A group of negro preachers also urged the governor to do "anything concern ing clemency.” - —. Dr. Horger stated in his report that “no evidence of insanity was found. The negro’s mental develop ment is that of a normal person be tween the ages of 9 and 10.” The mental age ascertained is that of a large group of normal negroes, the doctor stated. Moore was the first person to go to the electric chair this year with out an appeal to the state supreme Court or formal petition to the gov ernor. All seven negroes who pre ceded him secured such procedure in vain. Moore wrote President Hoover to ask him to intervene, but was informed that the president could not suspend a state sentence v Protests Innocence. aloore continued to protest his in nocence yesterday afternoon before being\ed back to the death cell for his lastSiight on earth. No relatives of the woman Moore attacked will be among the limited group of spec tators. Moore was well known to officers In this county and was in jail here several months ago. Rutherford County Cuts Teachers Pay Ten Per Cent Reduction Approved By Rutherford School Officials. Rutherfordton, June 12.—Every teacher and school official will have his salary reduced ten per cent in Rutherford county, next school year, It was learned here this week. The school board of the Rutherfordton Ruth-Splndale consolidated schools has inaugurated a ten per cent cut, Even bus drivers will be cut ten per cent next term. Three teachers will be dropped from the system, including the teacher of public school music. The reduction will mean a saving of around $5,000 per year to this dis trict alone. The board has made every cut possible. Supt. L. E. Spikes has been re elected, as have his four principals as follows: F. W. Jarvis, Central high school; W. R. Hill, principal, Rutherfordton elementary school; P. H. Huss, Ruth elementary school and R. L. Leary, Spindale, elemen tary school. Only three teachers re signed and three were not re-elect ed. Sams Tells Method Of Handling Bees At two meetings held In this county Wednesday Prof. C. L. Saras, State bee specialist, gave demonstra tions as to the proper method of handling bees. One demonstration was held at the Luther McSwain home and was attended by about 15 farmers. Another was held at the J. C. Bowen home and around 20 iczzen.i who hx.YC bccu cXUaded. No Observance HereOnFoarth Is Planned Now Community Picnic Is Being Talked Fourth Comes On Saturday And Merchants Will Not Close. May Picnic Monday. Shelby will have no formal pro gram In observance of July Fourth. The Fourth this year falls on Saturday and local merchants will I not close for the day, or any part thereof, The Star is Informed. It has been a number of years since Shelby has staged a formal observance of Independence Day which Is one of the outstanding annual events In many sections of America. Discuss Picnic. Shelby merchants, who consider It unwise to close on Saturday, are talking, however, about observing the Fourth two days later, on Mon day, July 6, with some form of community picnic. “Each year,” one business man says, “several of the local business houses close for an afternoon or a day and give their employes a pic nic. I think it would be a good Idea this year for all the local business houses to close all day on Monday after the Fourth, or a part of the day and Join together In a com munity picnic and outing. Such an occasion should do much to adavnce community cooperation and good will in addition the pleasure of the outing.” Whether such an affair will be held is not known now in that Monday is two days after the Fourth but several business men who give their employes an outing each year are discusing the matter. For several years Shelby people have celebrated the Fourth by clos ing shop and motoring off on a fish ing or pleasure trip. Since the Fourth is on Saturday this year this custom will not be followed. Shelby Singers To National Festival Portion Of Central Methodist Choir To Enter Westminster Music Festival. Eight representatives of the choir of the Central Methodist church are leaving over the week-end for Ithaca, N. Y., to participate in the annual Westminster national musi cal festival. Those going are Mr. Dale Kalter, choir director, and Mrs. Kalter, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Brown, Mrs. Reid Young, Mr. Charles Wall, Mrs. S. M Gault and Mrs. Louise Gault, the latter of Union, S. C. The Kalters and Mrs. Young leave Saturday and will go by Dayton, Ohio, for a brief visit with Mr. Kalter’s relatives. Tha others leave Sunday morning. Approximately 10,000 voices will participate in the big event. Mr. and Mrs. Kalter are graduates of the Westminster school and were mem bers of the Westminster choir on an international tour. The local group participates in the event at the in vitation of the Westminster school. Shelby Boys Among Graduates At Duke Three Shelby boys were members of the large graduating class at Duke university this week. They were Messrs. Alex George, Milton Loy and Troy McKinney. To Arrest Motorists Who Follow Fire Trucks And Delay Firemen Unless Shelby motorists stop chasing- after fire tracks when they respond to alarms they will be balled into court and fined. Fire Chief J. R. Robinson said today. "Recently,” the flge chief stat ed, "so many automobile* got in behind the tracks, and some times ahead of them, that we are delayed getting to a fire not to mention the danger ypf such tactics. I have asked Police Chief Poston to help us stop this prac tice. Traffic gets so congested with spectators going to a fire that the volunteer firemen can make no time getting there. The stopping of this practice will assure better fire protection to the property owner and less chance of physical hurt to the spectators who crowd In.” Some time ago motorists were ordered by the police depart ment to pull to the curb when the fire trucks are called out and never pet any closer than one block to the trucks and cars carrying volunteer firemen. Firemen were authorised to take the number of motorists who violated those regulations and for a time they were observed. Fire department officials plan to have the firemen deputised In that manner again so that they may get the numbers of mot orists who Interfere with fire men or endanger their own lives and those of the firemen by getting In the way of the trucks and ears. Insane Man Here On Hunger Strike; — No Food In 3 Days Fred Ledford, of No. Two township, who is being held in the county Jail here because of insanity, has been on a hunger strike for three days. Sheriff Irvin M. Alien says that regulkr attempts are made each day to get Ledford to eat but he refuses to touch the food served him. Fishing Season On Again Now Local Waltons Seek Favorite Fish ing Grounds As Season Re-Opens. Shelby and Cleveland county fish ermen yesterday started trekking back to their favorite fishing streams as the open fishing season came in again. A number took advantage of the first day of the open season and Journeyed to Lake James, Lake Lure. South Carolina and other points. Many more are expected to seek their favorite holes over the week end. No County License. County Game Warden H. C. Long reminds that no license is required for fishing in this county, but to fish elsewhere it is necessary to have a State license. With changes made the fishing license law is now be ing strictly enforced and local citi zens are warned against attempting to get by without license. A number of North Carolinians have been nab bed. it is said, for fishing in South Carolina without license. Lake James at Bridgewater Is the favorite fishing rendezvous for this section and it is likely that the cab ins there will be filled with Shelby Isaac Waltons Saturday. Several lo cal people have motor boats there. Curb Market Move* Location Saturday The curb market, which is oper ated in Shelby each Tuesday and Friday under the auspices of the home demonstration clubs of the county, will on Saturday be located on North Washington street adjoin ing the Ideal Service station. It was operated last week on North Morgan street. Officials of the market are expecting their biggest day tomorrow with a wider variety of products to be offered. Mr. and Mrs. Major Hopper and family spent the week-end at the boy scout camp at Lake Lanier. Polkville Girl Wins First Honors In District Essay Contest Thursday Vera Arwood To Represent District In State Contest. Winner Once Before. Miss Vera Arwood, Polkvllle high .school girl, yesterday won district honors in the state-wide essay con test on cooperative marketing held in Charlotte. As the result of win ning honors in the district, which embraces six counties, Miss Arwood will go to Raleigh to represent the district in the finals. The winner of the state contest will be given $50 and a free trip to Washington.. Year before last Miss Arwood won district honors and was second in the final state contest in Raleigh. The following Charlotte dispatch tells of yesterday’s contest: “The future of the southern cot ton farmer—if he is to have any fu ture—depends upo nhls ability to co-operate with his fellows hi pro ducing and marketing his cotton, it was emphasized yesterday at a luncheon at which six girls and a boy, all winners of county elimina tion contests in essay writing, de livered their essays in the final contest in the western district. "Vera Arwood, of Polkville school, in Cleveland county, was named firts prize winner and will repres ent this district in the finals In July at Raleigh. Eileen Rader, New ton, Catawba county, was second. Other winners in the order of their selection were: Cordelia Pass, Mocksvllle, Davie county, third; Wilburn Brown, 13-year-old Berry hill high school student, Mecklen burg county, fourth; Elizabeth Pop lin, Rockingham, Richmond county, fifth; Mildred Saunders, Mount Gil ead, Montgomery county, sixth; and Pat Harris, Troy, Montgomery coun WWM*.wJ Kjti V -VJ j ( George McSwaiit Of Lattimore Is Buried Thursday One of That Community’s >Iott Esteemed Citizens. Successful Farmer. (Special to The Star.) Lattimore, June 12.—Our little village and community are deeply grieved and saddened on accqunt of the death of one of our most high ly esteemed and best loved citizens, Mr. George Griffin McSwain, which occurred at 5 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at his home near this place on June 2. He suffered a se vere paralytic stroke since which time the end had been daily ex pected. In his passing the community has suffered an irreparable loss. He was noted especially for his charitable disposition. He was one of our most successful farmers, being both econ omic and progressive. Being of a cheerful and jovial disposition and having a kind word for everyone, his friends are numbered by the hun dred. Was 55 Years of Age. “Uncle George,” by which name he is familiarly known, was born, reared and spent the greater por tion of his life in and near Latti more. His age was 55 years, six months and 24 days. He Joined the Baptist church in early manhood and was ever a faithful and devoted Christian. Besides his widow, who before marriage, was Miss Matilda Webb, daughter of tfae late Willis Webb, he is survived by nine children, five sons and four daughters, as follows: Mrs. Otis Hembree, of Maysville, Ga., route 2, Otis McSwain, of Shel by, R-4; Mrs. Novella Smart and Mrs. Alda Patterson, of Shelby, Frank McSwain, of Lattimore, and Miss Bufie, Arlon, Lawrence and Henderson McSwain. His aged mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Short, of Shelby, who on her next birthday, December 20, will have passed her 92nd mile post, still survives. He also leaves one full sister, Mrs. S. B. Cooper, of Shelby; one half brother, Charlie McSwain, of Shelby, and three half sisters, Mrs. Hanna Ken nedy, Mrs. Rebecca Scruggs and Mrs. Mary Tate of Clifside. He is also survived by four grandchildren. The funeral services were conduct ed by Rev. I. D. Harrill from the ed by Rev. I. D. Harril from the Lattimore Baptist church Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock, after which interment was made at the ceme tery by the Junior Order, of which he was a charter member. Pall bearers were Prof. Lawton Blanton, Dr. R. L. Hunt, Messrs. R. R. Hew itt, J. M. Blanton, Thurman Blan ton and A. L. Calton. The hundreds in attendance and the numerous floral offerings attested the esteem in which he was held by his host of friends All the family have the sympathy of their many friends in their great bereavement. Forest City Wheat 64 Inches In Height Forest City, June 12.—Joe P. Har din, who resides on Harmon street in this city, has perhaps some of the finest wheat in Rutherford county. He has one and one-half acres of purple straw wheat, which is grow ing on land that was not fertilized. The wheat was planted on land on which com grew last year. Part of the wheat is 64 Inches high, and all of it is well headed and will produce a big yield. Mr. Hardin has entered the wheat contest which is being sponsored in this county. Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Hamricfc and little daughter, Betty Jean, from Charlotte, has been visiting Mrs Ccxc. strict of qpr*-^ ! State Working Oat Method Of Running Schools Districts May Add To Their Levy Combination of Baa Lines And Smaller Schools Expected To Effect Saving. Raleigh, June 12—The first step In the taking over the six-months school term by the state has been taken with the sending out of the preliminary organization sheets to every county superintendent by the state board of equalization. On these sheets, which were dialled out Tuesday night, the county superin tendents must list each school, white and colored, elementary and high school, and give the enrollment and average dally attendance for each for the six months term In 1929-30 and 1930-31. They must also give the number of teachers they were allowed for each school and for the entire county under the Hancock act, also the number of additional teachers employed. If any, and the fund from which they were paid. In addition to these facts, the board of equalization Is also ask ing that a road map of the county be attached and that all the pres ent school bus routes be Indicated on these maps. Under the new school law in which the board of equaliza tion Is virtually charged with the supervision of the public schools of the state for the duration of the six months terms, it Is given the power to reroute school bus lines, to con solidate schools and take many other steps If by so doing the cost of operation can be reduced without Injuring the efficiency of the schools. One of the most important pro visions in the new school law, ac cording to several members of the board of equalization, Is the section which provides that bus transporta tion shall not be provided for chil dren who live within a mile and a half of a school. It la estimated that this will eliminate approximately 50,000 miles of school bus travel daily and save about $750 a day In the operation of school busses. The cost records show that it costs ap proximately fifteen cents a mile to operate a school bus. If 50,000 aUet of unnecessary travel can be elimin ated dally at a result of the new law and by rerouting school bus lines, the saving will be $750 a day and perhaps more. Overlapping Seen. “We have already come across numerous cases of overlapping of school bus routes and the unneces sary maintenance of small schools," said LeRoy Martin, executive sec retary of the board of equalization. "One county superintendent wrote me this week telling of maintaining two small high schools, one with four teachers and 80 pupils and one with three teachers and 35 pupils, within four miles of each other, which he has been trying to combine for several years, but because of lo cal community feeling he had not been able to combine them, since the smaller community would not con sent to it. Under t)je new law, of course, they will be combined Into one school, and the smaller three teacher high school eliminated at a material saving. “Another superintendent has writ ten me that under the new law he will be able to discontinue two small high schools In his county without adding any additional teachers In any of the other county high schools and without Increasing his trans portation expense a single dollar. Heretofore, because of local politics (CONTINUED ON PAOE TKN.» — Limestone Teacher » Talks To Kiwanians Dr. W. Y. Massey, teacher of so ciology in Limestone college, Gaff ney, S. C., was the speaker last night b.fore the Kiwanis club In Its weekly luncheon. After a few sug gestions on mental hygiene, Dr. Massey spoke on "Our Belongings,” In which he pointed out that every citizen belongs to his ancestors, be longs to his family, belongs to his community, belongs to the organiza tions with which he has identified himself, belongs to the future. It was a scholarly deliverance and presented a line of thought which had never before been presented at the Kiwanis club. Ladles night will be held on the evening of July 9th. Go Down In Tourney, Whitelaw Kendall and Joe Single ton. Shelby tennis players, were eliminated in the doubles play of the Mid-Dixie tournament this week at Spartanburg. The local team won the first set but were trounced in the sect tvi* i Cupid Wins in Baby Wrangle Mr. and MrB. William Watkins, of Chicago, are shown here as they were remarried by Judge Francis Borrelli (center). Mrs. Wafkina is Charles, one of the innocent storm centers in the famous ehUH^nU'.^'^rfer b“b,T J"i*LUp ‘P Chicago last Summer. ThS ft™""-*birth’ wetT itched by mistake in a hospital and ensuing charges and counter-charges caused rifts in the mantal bliss of both _ families. Shelby Negro Convict Shot While Trying To Escape At Prison Farm Odell Eskridge, Sent Up For Rob bery, Badly Wounded In Head. Raleigh, June 12.—Two convicts are In the hospital at State’s prison here seriously wounded as a result of an attempt to escape from the quarry In which they were being worked at Stokesdale, Guilford coun ty, late Tuesday. Odell Eskridge, Cleveland county negro, was In a critical condition with gunshot wounds In his head and Sylvester Williams, Wake coun ty negro, was suffering from wounds In the arms, legs and thighs. Prison officials said the two men tried to break from the quarry pit In which they were working and were stopped by a volley of shot fir ed by several guards. Eskridge entered prison In Octob er 1929, to serve 3 3-4 to S years for breaking and entering. Williams en tered in October, 1928, to serve 7 to 10 years for highway robbery, Eskridge had quite a criminal rec ord In Shelby and was sent to pri son, according to Police Chief Pos ton, on charges in collection with the robbery of Quinn’s drug store, Pender's, and the Ingram-Llles store. Putnam New Pastor Big Springs Church Rev, D. P. Putnam has accepted the pastorate of Big Springs Bap tist church Just over the Cleveland county line from No. 8 township in Rutherford county. This church was constituted in 1812 and is one of the oldest churches in this entire sec tion. Rev. A. C. Irvin and Rev. D. G. Washburn have been pastors of this church for the past quarter of a century. Zion Baptist church, six miles north of Shelby is the oldest Baptist church in the Kings Moun tain Baptist association, but Big Springs in the Sandy Run associa tion is older. Shelby Mafi’s Back Broken In Wreck Bright Webb In Hospital There. Was Driving A Stolen Auto. Fayetteville, June 12.—O. B. "Webb, Shelby textile worker, was brought to the Fayetteville hospital Tuesday night suffer* tng from a broken back as the result of an automobile acci dent near Raeford. Officers said Webb was driving an automobile stolen from E. W, Felton of Fayetteville and sideswiped the automobile of Charles L. Taylor, Wilmington banker. The car Webb was in overturned. Shelby police officers say Webb, who lived in the east Shelby section, was known here as “Bright.” He has been away from Shelby for some time. His mother once operat ed a boarding house in a local mill village but now lives with a son at Kings Mountain, Latest reports re ceived here had it that Webb had only a slim chance to recover. Washington Girls Cycle To Brevard Florence Churchill and Helen Story, two pretty young ladles from Washington, D. C., arrived In Shel by last night on bicycles en route to Brevard where they will attend for ten days the American Red Cross and First Aid Institute. The young ladies left Washington last Satur day morning and made the trip without a “'lift” from many who offered to help them. They came to Shelby Thursday from Monroe, dis tance of 68 miles and after a restful night at the Hotel Charles, left this morning for Brevard. Last General Assembly Was Costly; Expenses Will Pass Quarter Million Clerks, Pages And Other Employes Drew Pay For Each Day Assem bly Was In Session. Raleigh, June 12.—The 1931 gen eral assembly will probably go down as the most expensive in the history of the state, since its total cost Is expected to exceed $250,000 or some $50,000 more than was appropriated for it. The cost of salaries and mileage alone already amounts to $215,272, according to figures obtained today from the office of State Auditor Baxter Durham. When the cost of printing and various other expenses are added to this amount, the total will probably exceed $250,000. The cost of printing the various bills, the senate and house Journal and the Public Laws of 1929 amounted to approximately $20,000. Since the ■w« i*s**Mt. mid. -vr t-I. ;_vo months instead of two months, it is expected that the printing costs will be materially larger, probably near er $35,000 than $20,000. This does not include the thousands of dol lars spent in printing reports of various sorts in anticipation of the meeting of the general assembly, which can be easily estimated at $50,000 or more. The total cost of the senate tn salaries and mileage was $76,622.50, while the total cost of salaries and mileagp in the house was $138,650. In both houses, clerks making $6 a day received more for their services than did the members of the house and senate, who received $10 a day for 60 days pnly, or a total of $600 each for the entire session. The olerks received their pay on the basis of $6 or $4 a day, seven days a week, for the entire time the gen Wvi—t *^' Cleveland -Goes In Division “E" Of N. C. Roads Headquarters To Be At Asheville J. C. Walker Heads Highway Work In District Betts Is His Aide. Cleveland county has been placed In Division E of the five administra tive divisions of the reorganised North Carolina Highway system. Headquarters of Division E will be In Asheville and at a meeting of the State commissioners In Raleigh yes terday J. C. Walker of Asheville waa named head of the division with T. T. Betts as his assistant. Other Counties. Other counties In this division are Rutherford, Polk, Henderson Transylvania, Jackson, Macon, Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Swain, Haywood, Madison, Buncombe, Yancey, Mc Dowell, Mitchell, Avery, Burke, Cald well. Watauga, and Ashe. Other counties adjoining Cleveland are In Division D as follows: Mont gomery, Richmond, Anson, Union, Stanly, Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Gas ton, Lincoln, Catawba, Alexander, Wilkes, Alleghany, Surry, Yadkin, Iredell, Davie, Rowan. H. E. Noell, of Marlon, has been named to head Division D. The se lection of the headquarters will prcb ably be announced within a short time. F. S. Klutz has been selected as the assistant to Mr. Noell. A resolution setting forth that the commission intended to abide by the spirit of the 1931 road law In that It represented the state at large and that no Individual member repre sented any particular section was adopted. Grover Citizen Buried Today Mr. John M. Beam Lays Down For A Nap and Enters Sleep Eter nal. Funeral Today. Laying down for a nap at hla home at Grover, John M. Beam, Prominent farmer of that section entered sleep eternal Thursday morning at 9 o’clock. Mr. Beam had suffered an attack of acute Indiges tion the night before and feeling bad next morning, he lay down for sleep from which he never waked. Mr. Beam was 73 years of age and one of the leading citizens of the Grover section where he had spent all of his life. He was a member of the Grover | Baptist church, but In the absence of his own church pastor, the fu neral was conducted this afternoon by Rev. Mr. Dendy, pastor of the Presbyterian church. He Is survived by his wife and the following chil dren, Carroll, Vester, Grady, Mrs. Chas. Bookout, Mrs. Craven Crump, ten grandchildren, two brothers and seven slaters. Interment will be in the cemetery at Bethlehem Baptist church this afternoon at 2 o’clock. Hoey To Prosecute Slayer Of Officer Smart To Be Given Hearing At Kutherfordton On Saturday. ttutneriordton, June 12.—Pred Smart, who is charged with Wiling Chief Austin A. Price o>f Forest City last Saturday night, will be given a preliminary hearing here Saturday at 2 p. m., in the court house be fore County Recorder Fred Mc Brayer. A warrant has been sworn out here charging Smart with murder in the first degree. C. O. Ridirigs of Forest City will be chief counsel In the prosecution. He will be assisted by Judge J. L. Murphy of Hickory, Clyde R. Hoey of Shelby and R. R. Glanton of Forest City. Friends of the dead of ficer around Stony Point have em ployed Judge Murphy while the town of Forest City has employed Hoey. Smart will be represented by Hamrick and Hi-fis of this place. It was discovered here yesterday from court records that Smart was convicted before Recorder McBrayer May 30 on a charge of driving an automobile under the influence of whiskey. Chief Price asked that Judgment be continued for 30 days, which was done at his request Smart was in court here about a year ago on similar charge. Mrs. O. G. Lovelace has Just re :urned from Fayetteville where she las been visiting her nephew, Mr. -Lia-Vii -i.