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    Late News
Showers Tuesday.
Today's North Carolina Weather
Report: Probably local showers to
night and Tuesday.
500 People Drown.
St. Naialre, France. June 15.—
Nearly 500 excursionists are believed
, to have lost their lives when the ex
cursion steamer, St. Fhilbeck sank
yesterday afternoon between -St.
Hildas Point and Pornic. about five
miles from here. Only eight surviv
ors had been picked up by rescue
boats last night. It was believed that,
except for these, all the passengers
and crew on the boat were lost. The
excursion steamer was carrying large
holiday crowds on its run between
Tantes and the Island of Noirmou
tier. It left Nantes yesterday morn
ing. The eight who were rescued
from the water by boats which put
out for the scene shortly after the
catastrophe were men. There were a
number of women and children
aboard the boat. A squall struck the
boat, the survivors said, and knocked
the small steamer over on her beam
ends. The crowd, becoming panicky,
rushed to the opposite of the deck,
causing the boat to rapsize and spill
its passengers into the sea.
Mrs. Farthing,
Shelby Native,
Dies In Canada
Sister Of Mrs. Clyde R. Hoev of
Shelby And Governor O. Max
Gardner Passes.
News was received here Saturday
of the-death in Alberta, Canada, of
Mis. R. M. Farthing, nee Addle
Gardner, only surviving sister of
Mrs. Clyde R. Hoey of Shelby and
Governor O. Max Gardner. Mns
Farthing’s death was a great shoe*
to her family and friends in Shelby.
It was known that she had been i;i
poor health but her trouble was not
thought to be serious.
Brilliant Teacher.
Mr*. Farthing was better known
here as Miss Addie Gardner as most
of her married life she had lived in
Canada. She was a daughter of the
late Dr. and Mrs. O. P. Gardner and
taugh for many years in the public
schools of Shelby. She possessed a
brilliant mind and was a teacher of
marked ability. Her pupils who axe
now grown axe numbered by the
hundreds and she was respected and
honored as one of the outstanding
teachers in educational circles in
Shelby. A few years ago she made a
return visit and a number of her
former pupils honored her with a
most delightful banquet.
Mrs. Farthing is the fifth death
in the Gardner family of children
in a little over five years. Col. J. T
Gardner, for many years mayor of
the city, was the first to die. Then
followed Mrs. J. J. McMurry, Mrs.
Cleo Robinson, and' Mrs. J. A. An
thony .Surviving are her husband
and three children, one sister,, Mrs.
Clyde R. Hoey of Shelby,, three
brothers. Governor O. Max Gardner
of Raleigh, ,Mr. Bate Gardner of
Gastonia and Mr. Will Gardner of
Seaside, Oregon.
Her remains were buried in Al
berta, Canada, yesterday.
What) White Man
Gets Negro’s Chicks
Tables Turned As White Man Is
Convicted For Robbing A
A famous editor, erroneously said
to be Charles Dana, once said that
"It Isn’t news when a dog bites a
man, but it is news when a man
bites • dog.”
This, then, should be news, for it
reverses the customary trend of
In county court here last week a
white man was convicted of stealing
chickens from a colored man.
Ed Fredell, of No. 9 township, was
given three months suspended sen
tence by Judge Maurice Weathers
for stealing chickens from Sam Rud
dy, colored. Sam had only five
chickens in his roost, three were
taken, and having such a small num
ber, he could readily identify them.
On an automobile license charge
Predel was given another sentence.
Try 40 Cases.
Last week was a busy week in the
county court, sessions being held
daily. Approximately 40 cases were
disposed of by the tribunal during
the week, according to Deputy Clerk
Charlie Woodson.
Revival Gegins At
Tabernacle Tonight
Evangelist C. P. Wright will run
a revival at the Tabernacle on South
Washington street each night be
ginning at 7:45 p. m, The services
begin tonight, June 15th, and run
for several days. He is a good
preacher and will preach at any
church on Invitation. Arrange to
hear him during these services. All
•re cordially Invited to attend.
Finish First
Paving Project
! In 3-Mile Loop
j Horseshoe Bend Road
Is Surfaced
New Surface Down On Road From
I East Graham Street To Highway
20 At Fair Ground.
The surfacing of a little more
than three miles of roadway,
the first of 10 surfaring projects
being carried on by the No. G
road commission, was completed
Saturday by noon. The con
struction forces moved this
week to three other projects in
the north Shelby sector.
Tlie three and three-tenths miles
of roadway on which the oll-and
gravel surfacing was* finished Sat
| urdny is what is known as the old
Kings Mountain road. The newly
surfaced strip of roadway leaves
Shelby at the end of East Graham
street, at the bridge there, and fol
lows the old Kings Mountain road,
by Horseshoe Ben, at Hickory creek,
to the Post Road and out the Post
Road to Highway 20 at the fair
Route Taken.
The route of the road, as it leav
es the city going east, is by way of
the Clayton Peeler place, owned by
the O. E. Ford company, at Horse
shoe Bend, then on around the loop
by the Clarence Cabaniss home and
the Elzie Borders place into the
Post Road, just north of the Post
Road «tn. and along the Post Road
by the County Home to Highway 20
at the west entrance of the fair
grounds. An automobile speedo
meter registers the distance as
three and three-tenths miles. Com
ing back into the highway a loop
of around six miles is formed south
east of the city by the newly sur-!
faced road and highway 20.
To Other Jobs.
Completing the surfacing of the!
loop road Saturday the construe-!
tion forces moved to the surfacing
projects outlined on Sumter street,
the Shelby hospital drive, and the
North LaFayette street extension, j
Sumter street will be surfaced from
North Washington to where it runs
into Buttle street. The crescent
driveway at the hospital will be sur
faced. add North LaFayette street
will be surfaced from the end of the
present pavement down by the
Washington school to the Hoppe.
park bridge.
In the loop completed Saturday
the city pays its portion of the con
struction cost from the East Gra- j
nam street pavement end at the
bridge to the bridge at the city,
limits at Horseshoe Bend. The re-:
maining portion of the stretch is
beyond the city limits and is to be
paid by the township.
When the three stretches are
completed in north Shelby this
week the construction forces will
move to the south and west sec
tions of the city for six other pro
jects there.
When the construction bid was let,
for $10,332 it was stated that the
total mileage in the 10 projects
would be six miles. The work is be
ing done by the Biltmore Concrete
company. j
Lincoln Tomb Transformed
The tomb of Abraham Lincoln, at Springfield, capital of Illinois, which
ha* been completejy transformed and remodeled, i* ready for formal
dedication by President Hoover on June 17. This exterior view shows
the imposing design of the monument which rises over the tomb of
the martyred Civil War President.
Bottlers Agree To Pay Their Tax
Despite Error Relieving Them;
School Savings Are Figured
Cleveland County Has Small Schools
That Must Be Consolidated
In New Plan.
Star News Bureau.
Raleigh, June 15.—'The most glar
ing and most expensive error made,
as a result ot the discoveries follow
ing the recent hectic general as
sembly session, involving about
$100,000, although glaring, will not
be expensive at all, unless some
technicality prevents the North
Carolina bottlers from making a
gift of about that much money to
the state of North Carolina during
the next two years.
The tax on bottlers, about $100.
000 for the biennium soon to end.
was to be doubled for the next two
years. Then the luxury tax measure
entered and its 10 per cent caused
the tax on production machinery of
the bottlers to be cut back to the
figure of the past two years. When
the luxury- tax failed, the tax was
again doubled by the conferees, but
this revisal failed to get in the re
venue act as ratified. The revenue
department discovered the omission.
But the bottlers had agreed to a
doubling of their tax, reluctantly, to
be sure, but preferred that to the
10 per cent tax. So. J. Elmer long,
former lieutenant governor and at
torney for the bottlers, comes to Ra
leigh to announce that the bottlers
had agreed to the doubling, they did
it in good faith, they intended to
€ight Cleveland County Laws Turned
Out By Legislature; Group Is Listed
These In Addition To General
Public Laws. Changes In
County Courts.
(Special to The Star.)
Raleigh, June 15.—Cleveland
county had a total of eight laws en
acted by the 1931 general assembly
which relate to the county or its
activities or the communities in the
county, designated as public-local or
private laws, the records of the sec
retary of state show.
These, of course, are in addition
to the numerous other public laws
which relate to the state as a whole
or to some large part of it, such as
the school, the road, the local gov
ernment and other enactments
which reach every county, and the
numerous laws which touch each
county in a general way only.
The local government act, which,
in many respects is equal in import
ance to the school and road acts, is
already showing its value in bring
ing about a readjustment and stab
alizing the financial affairs of
1 counties, cities, towns and other
units, some of which needed the
aid tile law gives.
Some of its value is to be mini
fied, especially for this year, and in
particular by those units which take
advantage of the law enacted which
permits county commissioners to
postpone the collection of 1931
taxes, or foreclosures for refusal to
pay such taxes, until November 1,
1931. In case a county postpones
such foreclosures, it will find it
hard to market bonds or notes this
year, according to Charles M. John,
son, director of local government.
Bond buyers, he states, are afraid
of such postponement.
The local acts of this county are
as follows:
; Amend Ch. 91, public-local lead.
; extra session of 1921, relating to
public hospital of No. 6 township,
I Cleveland county.
Amend. Sec, 1443, consolidated
j statutes, providing for an extra
: term of court, and a supplemental
act to this.
I Amend. Ch. 243, public-local laws
| of 19H. relating to the procedure
jand jurisdiction of the recorder’s
court of Cleveland county.
Creating in Cleveland county the
office of county auditor, and assign
to that office the duties now per
formed by the county accountant,
the tax auditor, and the county
supervisor of taxation.
To place the office of county so-,
licitor upon a salary basis, and to
provide for a clerk of the recorder's
court of Cleveland county:
Authorize the mayor and com
missioners of Kings Mountain to
sell or donate a vacant lot to the
Woman's club.
Amend. Sec. 10, Ch. 225, private
•laws of 1913, relating to Kings
I Mountain graded school distrw„
Prize Winner
Miss Vera Arwood. of Polkville, who
last week won first place in the
Western district contest at Char
lotte, will go to Raleish early next
month to compete with three other
district winners for the state cham
pionship and the grand prise of |SC
and a free trip to Washington, D. C
Injured Shelby
Man Dead; Hurt
In Auto Wreck
G. B. Webb Buried At Kings Moun
tain. Back Broken In Raeford
Fayetteville. June 15.—G. B. Webb,
of Shelby, who suffered a broken
back in an automobile accident near
Raeford Tuesday night, died in the
Highsmith hospital here at 3 o’cidtk
Friday morning. At the time of the
accident Webb was riding in a car
which had been stolen in this city
while its owner, W. E. Felton, local
merchant, was in a theater.
Webb told officers that he was
given a ride in the car by another
man who disappeared after the
The young man’s mother, Mrs
Frank Webb, of Kings Mountain,
and his brother and sister were with
him when he died. The body was
taken by train for burial in Kings
Webb, known as Bright, formerly
lived in Shelby and was a textile
worker. His mother once operated
a boarding house fli Shelby
Masonic Notice.
Cleveland lodge No. 202 A. F. and
A. M. will confer the master Mason
degree Tuesday night. Members are
urged to attend, visiting brethren
are cordially invited. Lodge opens
oromoUv at 7:30 p. ui
Paved Highway
To Marion Hope
Of This Section
Golden Valley Road
Is Needed
Shelby May Be District Headquar
ters In New System Of
Highway Commissioner Will Neal
of Marlon, will be urged by citizens
of Cleveland, Rutherford and Mc
Dowell to do what possible to build
a paved or oil-surfaced highway
from Shelby to Marlon through the
' fertile Golden Valley section.
For years citizens of this section
i have urged the creation of this
, road, which would open up one of
! the best areas In Piedmont and
j Western North Carolina. Ef fords so
far have been unsuccessful but as
; Mr Neal, highway commissioner
under the recent reorganization ot
j the State system, lives In Marlon
and knows first-hand the value of
I such an Important highway link It
j is hoped here that favorable action
j may be secured.
Boosted Here.
Attorney Henry B. Edwards, Clev
eland county representative In the
last general assembly. Is taking a
leading part In asking Shelby civic
organizations and business men to
get In behind the movement, W’ith
; in the next week or so a meeting of
representatives of the Kiwanis,
j Lion and Rotary clubs of Shelby
may be held to organize the move
ment in which other sections which
will be touched will be asked to co
As the two county seats are con
j nected along the hoped-for route
I now by separate highway links It Is
pointed out that the improvement
of the route as one link would not
be so expensive and would be of
great tyorth to citizens of three or
four counties.
When the new highway orgamza
! tiop was mapped out last week by
the highway commissioners five
main divisions were crea'ed Cleve
land county was placed In District
| * E ’ with 21 othsr Western Carolina
j counties. Asheville is headquarters
j for this division. The five divisions
i were then divided into 25 highway
districts, each district having ap
| proximately 2.000 miles of highway.
S there is a possibility, according to
j reports here today, that Shelby
may be made district headquarters
j for one of the five districts In this
division. Each district, it IS under
stood, will have a district prison
j camp for convicts and road workers.
| The No. 6 road commissioners have
j already offered the State the use of
, the No. 6 convict camp which* will
not be needed by the countyseat
I township any more after the State
takes over road work and convicts
| the first of July.
Three Local Nurses
Pass State Board
Have Finished Their Training And
Will Be Graduated Here Next
Three graduate nurses from the
: Shelby hospital school for nurses
I have been certified as passing the
' state board examination and are
I now licensed to practise. They are
Misses Margaret Allen, Laura Eliza
j beth Shepard, Novella White, who
: have completed the coure of train
ing, although graduation exercises
have not been held.
Mtss Efla MacNlchols. superin
tendent of the Shelby Hospital says
| the graduating exercises will be
held in the fall. By that time two
| or three other nurses in training
| will have completed their training
j and will be graduated at the same
Misses Allen and White are fr^m
i Cleveland county while Miss Shep
pardd is from Wadesboro.
County Couples
Help Cherokee
Wedding Total
Thanks to scores of Cleve
land county couples who
Journeyed to Gaffney in
1930 to be married, Cherokee
county was one of the few
Couth Carolina counties to
have more marriages In 193C
than in 1929.
Cherokee had 1,157 mar
riages in 1930 or 53 more than
the 1.104 in 1929. York mar
riages dropped from 3,050 to
High priced marriage li
censes and costly marriage
regulations combined with tb*
business depression sent more
C leveland couples across the
line in 1930 than ever before.
Cleveland Cited As Model County
In Finances For Entire State
Finest Wheat Ever In County;
Heads Six Inches Long, Filled
It is wheat-rutting time out
in rural Cleveland county and
even those farmers who are pes
simistic In their statements
readily admit that It is the fin
est wheat crop the rounty has
known In years.
Just one Indication as to the
type of wheat this champion
cotton county Is producing: I. s
Sosebee. who farms on Sam Kills
plantation, was in Shelby Satur
day exhibiting wheat heads
averaging six Inches in length
and every head perfectly filled.
The stalks In Mr. Sosebee s
wheat average 60 inches in
height and in some spots are
even higher. Practically, all of
his wheat was ready to be cut
this week.
The attention the live-at-home
movement In Cleveland county
is attracting is shown by the
following comment of Editor B.
Arp Eowrance in The Merkten
burg Times:
"There is no question about
plenty to eat. It is everwhere
and can be seen from the roads
as you drive from place to place.
The gardens all look fine and
growing. As I passed through
Cleveland county the most no
ticeable thing was the wheat
fields. Never before have E seen
so much wheat In Cleveland
county. There appeared from
the highway to be almost as
much grain as cotton in that
county. I am sure that Cleve
land county is going to try for
some other record than cotton.
And It will then be a better
Smart Is Held
Without Bond
' : ' : . i
SUjrfr of Forest City Chief Given
Hearing. To Seek Special
Rutherford ton, June 15.—The pre
liminary hearing Saturday after
noon In the courthouse for Fred
Smart, charged with killing Chief
Austin A. Price of Forest City drew
more than 1,000 people.
The courtroom was packed to
overflowing, and many stood out
side. County Recorder Fred Mc
! Brayer heard the testimony of seven
witnesses and then made the fol
lowing order:
"The court finds probable cause
jot the guilt of the defendant, of the
charge of murder in the first de
gree and commits him to jail with
out bond to await trial at next
criminal term of superior court of
; Rutherford county.”
Attorney Fred Hamrick, N. C.
Harris, and J. S, Dockery repres
ented 8mart, They offered no tes
timony and did not ask for- bail.
Judge J. L. Murphy, of Hickory
County Solicitor O. J. Mooneyham.
C. O. Ridings and R. R. Blanton
prosecuted. The prosecution decided
after the hearing to ask Governor
Gardner for a special term of court
In July.
Traffic OfTicer Garrett Edwards
said he removed Smart to join in
Rutherfordton soon after the kill
ing. On the way Smart asked Ed
wards if he cut Price and when told
| he did Smart replied, "X cut him
and shot him and do not care if they
! lynch me, X am in so much trou
It developed today that about 9(1
percent of Forest City people want
Charles R. Price of Charlotte, broth
er of the dead man. as an officer
again. He was chief five years in
Forest City.
Grows Wheat Five
And Half Feet Tall
Oiant wheat stalks averaging
around 66 Inches In height were
brought to The Star office today by
Mr. J. C. Blanton, who lives below
Patterson Springs.
Mr. Blanton has two acres of
wheat which averages close to five
and one-half feet In height and a
five-acre tract almost as large. The
heads of the giant stalks are about
five Inches in length and have 24
mash to the head and three grains
to the mash. Mr. Blanton used no
fertiliser and only 25 pounds of soda
per acre in his best two-acre tract"
73 Inch Wheat And
Four Grains To Mash
Meredith White of Bolling Springs
was in town this morning with a
quantity of wheat stalks measuring
73 inches. The heads are well filled
and compare favorably with the
height of the stalks. He has three
and a half acres bought for the Red
Rust Proof variety which reveals a
purple hue near the top of the
stalk. Mr. White says the wind storm
a few- weeks ago blew his wheat
down badly, but he expects a good
yield at that.
J. Frank Dedmon of the Buffalo
section east of Shelby ha$ a beau
tiful lot of wheat, untouched by the
hall and wind. His variety has four
heavy grains to the mash and indi
cations axe that he will get & yield
of 25 bushels or more to the acre.
Chicken House Fire
The lire department answered an
alarm Saturday from the residence
of Mr. Roscoe Lutz, North Morgan
street, where a blaze had started in
a chicken house. The fire was ex
tinguished after some damage had
been done to the building.
Nearly 100 Square Miles Of Land In
York Nearing Sale For Taxes There
Figures Show Large Amount of
Property Under Execution By
Land to the amount of 62.596
acres, nearly 100 square miles, is un
der execution in the hands of Sher
iff Fred E. Quinn to sell for taxes,
besides 841 town lots and including
1,168 buildings, in York county, says
the Yorkville Enquirer.
Continuing the Enquirer says:
This real estate subject to sale for
taxes this year has a taxable value
of $651,521, and in addition the
sheriff is ordered by the law to sell
for taxes personal property with a
taxable value of $454,829. This is a
total of $1,106,350 worth of property
subject to sale this year for unpaid
taxes on it, appraised at only what
was its value on the tax returns—of
course its actual value is several
times the taxable value of all prop
erty everywhere.
For $65,177 anybody can buy at
sheriff's sale for delinquent taxes a’l
that property assessed at over a mil
lion dollars and worth some indefin
ite amount above that. For $66,177
is the taxes and penalties on it rjl
Nearly 4.000 Persons.
There are 3.987 different execu
tions and about that number of
persons and corporations involved.
•UsUNTUtw'iU QH i’AUfc Six, ,
$1,500 Diamond
Ring Is Stolen
From Mrs. Riley
It was learned today that a
diamond ring, valued at $1,
500, has been stolen from
Mrs. Madge Webb Riley,
daughter of Mrs. J. L. Webb
and the late Judge Webb and
a sister of Mrs. O. Max Gard
ner, wife of the governor.
The ring was taken from a
jewelry box In the Webb
Gardner residence, S. Wash
ington street, about three
weeks ago when Mrs. Riley
and Mrs. Webb returned from
Raleigh to open the residence
here. It was missed about the
time the residence was being
renovated and cleaned up. So
far there have been no clues
to the theft.
Hour Changed
Beginning today the local West
i ern Union telegraph office, on W
i Marion street, will close each even
i ing at 8 o'clock. Heretofore the of
fice hours were 7:45 in the morn-i
j lr>g until 9 at night. The closing1
j an hour earlier is temporary. Man
ager R. E. Blackwelder .slates, due
i to general business conditions.
Near Perfect System,
Official Says
County Officials Cut Down
Indebtedness Bv $112,000
In Just 22 Months,
(Special to The Star.)
Raleigh. June 15.—Cleve
land county, just about near
perfect in handling its finan
cial and business matters as
any county in North Carolina,
is held up as a model for oth
'r counties in the State to aim
at by ('has. M. Johnson, direc
tor of local cr mem merit
Mr, Johnson points out that the
assessed valuation of real and per
sona) property for the year 1929-30
was $38,500,000, Cleveland has a
county-wide bonded Indebtedness of
only *188,000 and bonded debt of
$568,500 for to was hip roads, and
$240,375 In special school district In
debtedness. The total bonded in
debtedness of the county, township*
and school districts is $997,875,
against which sinking funds have
been set up amounting to $100,703,
From these figures, it will be seen
that the county and all of its town
ship and districts have a net total
indebtedness of $897,172.
Reducing Debt.
Moreover, Cleveland county- is re
ducing each year its bonded indebt
edness. In 1929-30, the indebtedness
was reduced $73,750 and In ten
months of 1930-31, was reduced $38,
County Home Work.
In addition to these reductions,
Cleveland county built a new jail al
a cost of $80,000 and Improved tha
county home at a cost of *18,000, all
of which came out of current re
venues. .
Director Johnson points to Cleve
land as one of the most progres
sive In handling Its financial and
business affairs of any county in
the state.
Over $11,000 In
Pensions Here For
Confederate Vets
32 Soldiers, 79 Widows And One
Colored Laborer Who Followed
Men In Gray.
Pension checks to the amount of
*11,390 have been received from the
State treasury by A. M. Hamrick,
clerk of the superior court, and ara
ready for distribution among the
i Confederate pensioners or Cleveland
| county. On the list are 32 Confeder
ate veterans, 79 class A and Class B
widows and one colored laborer,
"Buck" Cabanias who received $100.
The pension checks are for the six
month period ending July 1st. The
32 veterans received $182 50 each, 64
class A Widows received $50 and 15
class B Widows received $150 each.
Mr .Hamrick says the checks are
now ready for distribution among
the pensioners and chocks made out
to pensioners who have died since
the last payment, must be returned
to the state treasurer.
Mr*. Eskridge Made
Executrix Of Estate
Mrs. Leila Porter Eskridge, wife
of the late Chas. L. Eskridge has
been made executrix of the Eskridge
! estate under a will written March 8
1926. The will was written by Mr.
Eskridge himself over five years age
on a single letter head and is con
cise and complete, leaving every
thing to his wife and designating
an equal division of his estate
among the children upon her death
It was his will that all be given a
good education, especially along the
lines of business.
The Pord agency here will con
tinue under the management of his
son. Chas. R. Eskridge and his
brother, Herman Eskridge, both of
whom have been associated with
Mr, Eskridge for a number of years.
American Legion To
Elect New Officers
On Wednesday Night
On Wednesday night at 8 o’clock
at the court house in Shelby the
Warren Hoyle poet of the American
Legion will elect new po6t offi
cers. This announcement was made
today by Solicitor W. S. Beam, pres
ent. commander of the post, who
urges that all members attend the
meeting Wednesday evening.
In addition to the election of of
ficers the poet will also elect dele
gates to the North Carolina Amer
ican Legion convention which begin*
at Morehead City oa July 26,

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