North Carolina Newspapers

VOL. XXXVH, No. 82
FRIDAY, JULY 10, 1931 Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons."1 *““• “■
Late News
Fair Saturday.
Today * North Carolina Weather
Report: Generally lair tonight and
Saturday except probable showers on
i fhe coast.
Abandon Flight.
Solomon, Alaska. July 10.—Two
j Texans, Reg Robbins and H. S.
•tones, seeking $25,000 for the first
non-stop Seattle-to-Tokyo flight,
were forced by unfavorable weath
er to abandon their attempt yester
day. The aviators ended their flight
here, just 30 miles from Nome ol
gold rush fame, after bumpy weath
er balked attempts to take on enough
' gasoline to complete their journey
to Tokyo. The monoplane Forth
W'orth and its refueling ship had
made five contacts over Alaska
when the flight was ended before
the halfway mark was reached.
Since leaving Seattle at 6:57 a. m.
(Eastern Standard Time I. Wednes
day, the Fort Worth had covered
2,100 miles. It landed here after 26
hours and 53 minutes in the air. The
. flier* were still 3,000 miles from
j Tokyo, which they had expected to
reach in 55 hours.
Notables Speak
At Educational
Meet;Smith On
' 1932 Candidates On Program. Shelby
School Head To Make
— Supt. B L. Smith of the Shelby
schools Is on the program Friday
.afternoon. July 17, or the State
’Educational at Chapel
Hill. His topic Is •'Education Makes
.an Environment, Favorable to Busi
Raleigh, July 10.—A sort of Who's
Who In North Carolina" list of
speakers will appear on the program
of the seventh annual North Caro
lina Conference on Elementary
Education at Chapel Hill July 16-17,
as announced by M. C. S. Noble. Jr.,
of the State Department of Educa
While talks are limited to 10 min
mtas, the speakers are both nume
rous and prominent in many fields.
For instance, the opening session
Thursday night representatives of
many groups, including agriculture,
Dr. Clarence Poe. editor of the Pro
gressive Farmer, and Charles F.
Cates, president of the State Par
tners Alliance; labor, R. R. Law
rence, president of the State Fede
ration. and George Marshall, repre
senting the machinits; banking.
■Hebert M. Hanes, president of the
N, C. Bankers Association: business,
A, A. Schiffman, president N. C.
Merchants Association; professions.
Charles O. Rose, president N. C.
Bar Association, and Dr. John B.
^Wright, president-elect of N. C.
Medical Society, all summarized by
Associate Justice George W. Connor,
of N, C. Supreme Court. Guy B.
Phillips, superintendent Greensboro
schools, will preside, and N. W. Wal
ker, dean of the University school
of education, will welcome the visi
Jumping to the closing night, it
looks like a sort of reenactment of
the recent General Assembly ses
sion, with a few politicians and
statesmen, if any, thrown in. Repre
sentative J. Walter Lambeth, Jr.,
Seventh N. C. district, will preside,
while in the list of speakers are
Attorney General Dennis G. Brum
mitt, Lieutenent Governor R. T.
Fountain, General Albert Cox and
J: C. B. Ehringhaus, all prospective
candidates for Governor; Senator
Victim Of Trap-Gun
At Bostic Is Tried
Three Young Men Given Hearing
On Charge Of Attempted
l Bobbery.
Rutherfordton, July 10.—Three
young white men, Willis Johnson,
Givens and George Harris, were be
fore the county recorder, Fred Mc
Brayer this week on charges of at
tempting to enter the store of
Thompson-Blggerstaff of Bostic.
They waived preliminary hearing
and were bound over to superior
court under a $400 bond each. Giv
ens made bail while Harris and
Johnson are In jail here.
Harris, who attempted to enter
the store was shot by a trap-gun
which was concealed inside the
store. His wounds were not serious.
Healthiest Girl
And Boy At Meet
Are Competing In District Contest
At Charlotte Today. 4-H.
Club Meet.
The healthiest 4-H club boy and
girl in Cleveland county are today
entered in the district contest at
They are Charles Palmer, son of
Mr Am Palmer, of Folkvtlle, and
Miss Elizabeth Wallace, daughter
of Mrs. Irma Wallace. The latter
accompanied the youngsters to the
district contest. i
City Used Less
Water In June
Than Last Year
Over Half Million
Gallons Daily
Water Consumption Below That Of
June, 1930, Despite Heat
The record June heat wave, in
.which there was a ‘solid week
with the mercury above 90, did
not result in any extra con
sumption ofVater, according to
the monthly report of Mr. R, V.
Toms, city water superintendent.
A total of 176,567,000 gallons of
water wras consumed, a check at the
water station reveals. This was al
most a million gallons less than the
17,667,000 gallons used by the city in
I1 June, 1930.
Above Average
The June water consumption, how
j ever, was above that of the average
month, the figures given above
showing that Shelby used a little
over a half million gallons of water
per day during the month.
Biggest Month
The biggest water consumption of
any month in the history of the city
was August of last year when over
18 million gallons were consumed.
Arrest Negro Charged
With Attempt Assault
! Kings Mountain, July .9 — Deputy
! Sheriff Charlie Shepherd and H, C.
Hicks of Grover arrested George
Thomasson, 24-year old negro in a
patch of woods near here Wednes
day afternoon on a charge of at
tempted criminal assault on a white
woman at Blacksburg about ten days
ago. The negro made good his es
cape at the time of the alleged crime
and had been hiding in the woods
near Archdale three miles south of
here until he was arrested yesterday.
Officers stated that he was taken to
Blacksburg and was identified by
the woman, and water later taken
to the county Jail at Gaffney,
Hear Compensation
Cases Here Today
Three conpensation cases are to
be heard in Shelby today befort
Industrial Commissioner J. Dewey
Dorsett. They are as follows:
Shelby, July 10, 3 P.M.: Roy San
ders vs. Dover Mill Co.: C. w.
Brown vs. Dover Mill Co; Forest
Davis vs: Cleveland Mill Power Co
Johnson Memorial
To Begin Revival
Beginning next Sunday und con
tinuing throughout the week John
son Memorial Methodist church will
hold revival service each evening at
7:45. Services to be held in the
school building at Eastside. The pas
tor, Rev. W. R. Jenkins will be as
sisted by Rev. J. w Groce from
As U. S. Finance Met French
Secretary of the Treasury Andrew W. Mellon 1* shown at left with
Pierre Etienne Flandin, French Minister of Finance, when the two
representatives of their governments met for the first time in Paris
to discuss the one-year war debt holiday proposed by President Hoo
ver. Latest dispatches indicate that an accord has been reached be
tween the United States and France through negotiations carried on
' *■' • by Secretary Mellon. .
Nearly A Thousand Books Read
Monthly At Public Library
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While Finances Ktm Low—Patron
age and Interest in Library
Continues High,
Between 800 and 1,000 books are
read by patrons each month at the
Shelby Public Library according to
the semi-annual report just issued
by Miss Stella Murchison, librarian.
While finances are running low,
patronage and interest, are growing
in the library and the month by
month report indicates that It is
serving a great clientele in the com
The library has a total of 1.745
volumes with 42 periodicals com
Sng in regularly. A committee ol
ladies interested in the library con
tinuing its good work in the com
munity, appeared Tuesday night
before the city council and asked
that the appropriation be increased
Action was deferred by the counci
until the budget and appropriations
are made later on in the month,
Report for January.
Total number of books returned
1027: total number of magazines
43; total number of books taker
out 1181; total number of magazines
taken out 44.
Total number of books returrtec
Daniels And Ehringhaus Appear
Main Rivials Fo r Governorship
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Royster Again On
Board Of Railroad
Shelby Man a Director. Mrs Blckelt
President Of N. C.
At the annual meeting of the
stockholders of the North Carolina
railroad held yesterday at Greens
boro Mr. D. W. Royster, of Shelby,
was reelected as a director. Mrs. T.
W. Bickett, wife of the late gover
norf, was re-elected president of the
road by the private stockholders and
the state-controlled shares. Mr. D.
F. Giles, of Marion, was re-elected
Mr. Royster was accompanied to
Greensboro by Renn Drum, who
represented Governor Gardner as
proxy in casting the vote for the
stateowned shares.
Counties And Cities Have Authority
To Cut Salaries, Wages 10 Percent
Legislature Left Powers of Wage
Cutting To Governing
' Special to The Star )
Raleigh, July 10.—Governing
bodies of cities and counties have
full authority, under the 1931 general
assembly act, to reduce salaries or
wages of all city or county employes
10 per cent, except salaries of
teachers or other public school offi
cials, Charles M. Johnson, director
of local government, says in a state
ment issued in reply to numerous
Director Johnson quotes section
21, chapter 429, Public Laws of
1931, which is the appropriation
act, as follows:
‘'That whenever the salary of
any officer or employes of any
county, city, town, or other muni
cipality has been fixed by the leg
islative enactment, the governing
body of such county, city, town or
other municipality may reduce such
salary by an amount not to ex
ceed ten per cent of the salary so
fixed; provided, this section shall
not apply to salaries of teachers or
other officers of the public schools.”
The governing bodies, Director
Johnson points out, already had
the authority to reduce salaries v not
fixed by legislative enactment. Sal
aries of school officials and teach
ers are eliminated from this provi-j
sion, because another set passed
providing that, salaries of school of
ficials and teachers shall not be
cut in excess of 10 per cent, and
not that much if funds are avail
able. Officials are of the belief
now that salaries of such school
people will be cut the 10 per cent
permitted at first, and if, after, it
is found that funds will be avail
able to pay them more the
amount of excess available will be
Raleigh peop> are disturbed be
cause the budget bureau and per
sonnel division have cut wages of
employes of the board of public
buildings and grounds, including
janitors, messengers, custodians*
elevator operators and other such
work for all departments, 20 per
cent, rather than 10 per cent, and
even question the authority.
The joint appropriations commit
tees of house and senate, in the
meeting of February 12, has this in
its minutes: “(1) Building and
grounds—Motion made and carried
that wages be reduced 20 percent
instead of 10 per cent, which
makes a reduction of $4,200 each
year "
Since the appropriation went
through that way, there is the au
thority, the requirement, in fact,
regardless of its justice of the pro
vision. i
Gubernatorial Contest in StaU
Brings Daniels and Ehring
haus to Front.
Raleigh. July 10—The contest for
the Democratic nomination for gov
ernor In the primary next spring
will be between J. C. B Ehringhaus
of Elizabeth City and Josephus
Daniels of Raleigh, or the candidate
to whom he decides to give his sup
port, according to some of the ablest
and best informed political students
There is no doubt but Mr. Daniels
would like to become governor of
North Carolina, especially since he
demonstrated his power over the
1931 general assembly and was
largely responsible for keeping it
here five months instead of 60 days,
although he was defeated in his
effort to compel the imposition of
a luxury sales tax. There is also
no denying the fact that in many
sections of eastern north Carolina,
especially in those counties in which
his morning newspaper circulates,
Mr. Daniels is the hero of the hour
and at the present time could be
elected to almost any office. For
his vltrolic attacks upon the power
companies, the tobacco companies
and big corporations and his ad
vocacy of the movement to t.ake
taxes off of property and put them
on the corporations and to com
pel corporate business to pay the
tax burden of the state, have proved
popular in most sections of eastern
North Carolina, with the exception
of the north eastern comer, where
Ehringhaus comes from.
Hit* At Western Section
Mr. Daniels is fully aware of his
strength in the eastern part of the
state He is also aware of his un
popularity in the Piedmont coun
Paper Say* He Will
Not Run for Governor
Raleigh. July 9—the News and
Observer says the possibility of A.
J. Maxwell, commissioner of revenue
being a candidate for governor in
1932 "is being discounted by a group
which ordinarily might be expected
to be the first to know about it
and the first to give support.”
The paper referred to the reputy
tax collectors working under Mr.
Maxwell in the state. It says that
at a meeting they held here this
week, the probability of Mr. Max
well becoming a candidate was not
discussed. It adds that the deputies
"would be the first to discuss it.”
Crops Helped
Much By Rain;
Wheat Is Good
j Replanted Sections
Show Up Well
j Good Stands In Replanted Fields,
Very Little Behind. Wheat
j Oops In Cleveland county are
are looklnt better after the re
rent rains and the reneral
showers of Tharsday than they
{ hare at any time this year, ac
cording to farmers who hare
visited the office of R. W.
Shoffner, county agent, this
The hot weather followed by
rains at the opportune time made
; June and early July an Ideal sea
jaon and all crops, particularly corn
and cotton, are growing rapidly.
“’It's the biggest corn crop I’ve
seen in Cleveland county in many
years,” one farmer said, "but the
i best thing about it is that the com
! took* so fine. To look at the corn
* in this county now one would think
! f » champion com county instead
of a champion cotton county."
All over the county crops are now
In excellent condition, but in the
section between Lawndale and
Casar It. is said that crops have
never been better.
Some Wheat.
Another indication of the suc
cessful manner in which Cleveland
county farmers have turned tc
wheat and grain crops this year Is
shown in the record yield of Otho
Cline, one of the county's best
farmers On 9 3-4 acres Mr. Cline
made 360 bushels of wheat. Had
some of the wheat not been blown
down It is believed the tract would
have easily produced 400 bushels.
Making Come-Back.
Two sections of the county hard
hit by the hail and wind storm t
month or more ago are staging a
real come-back, according to the
county agent. Neighbors assisted
stricken farmers in replanting corn
and cotton and the replanted crop
are said to be coming along re
markably well. They appear to be
[very little behind the crops planted
in the regular season.
Officers Back
From Long Car
Iff • Iff Iff
Inp lo lexas
Sheriff Allen And Chief Poston
Bring Prisoners Back From
The saying that crime doesn't pay
; was emphasized again this week for
Ralph Foust and Harley Fainter,
; young white men, who are now in
I the county jail here awaiting trial
for automobile larceny. They were
brought back here from Houston,
Texas, late Wednesday night by
Sheriff Irvin M. Allen and Police
Chief McBride Poston.
Foust and Painter are charged
with stealing a new automobile from
the Eskridge garage here last May.
They were later caught in Texas and
local' officers notified. They will
likely be given a preliminary hearing
in county court Tuesday of next
week. It is possible that store-break
ing charges may also be filed
against them.
Fast Travelling.
Sheriff Allen and Chief Poston
left Shelby Friday of last week and
covered the hundreds of miles by
auto and were back home by 11:30
Wednesday night. On their last day
of driving, Wednesday, they cover
ed 697 mile6.
The two officers thoroughly en
joyed their trip and praised the
courtesy and hospitality shown
them by officers and citizens in
Texas and the Southwest.
Only at a point in Arkansas and
other states did they see cotton that
excels the local crop or is ahead of
it, although the crop in those sec
tions is usually a couple weeks
ahead of the crop here.
New Night Policeman
To Succeed Mr. Hicks
Kings Mountain. July 9.—R. D.
Goforth, a former resident of Kings
Mountain, who has been living in
North Dakota for the past year, has
been elected night policeman for the
town of Kings Mountain, succeed
ing H. C. Hicks who left the force
July 1. This action was taken by the
city council at their regular meeting
this week. Goforth will take up his
duties here within ten days. He
served on the police force here about
three months before he went west a
year ago.
i '
h’U. S. Is Greatest’’
! "The greatest nation now existing
on the face o£ the earth.” That
wu the high compliment paid the
United State* by Prime Minister
Ramsay MacDonald (above), of
Great Britain. The Premier, in
speaking before the Independence
Day dinner of the American So
ciety in London, not only accorded
the V. S. first honors, out highly
praised President Hoover for hi*
* - debt holiday plan.
Farm Girls To
\ Gather Tuesday
! 4-H Club Encampment At Bolling:
Springs. Good Enrollment
Next week is the big week for
young Cleveland county farmers and
farm girls with the four-day sum
mer training encampment of the
4-H clubs at Bolling Springs college
The young farmers will be given
1 practical instruction m general
farm work and the handling of live
stock, and the 4-H girls wiii receive
instructions in general household
work, canning, and other work about
j the farm home.
County Agent R W Shoifner and
Home Agent Mrs Irma Wallace will
| b* assisted in handling the classes
by Misses Evelyn Huggin and Sara
Lee Hamrick.
The encampment opens Tuesday.
;July 14, and continues through Fri
I An enrollment of near 100 « hoped
Sharon Boys Seek
Baseball Contest
The junior baseball team of the
Sharon section is seeking baseball
contests for next week' The Shar
on youngsters are anxious to take
on any junior team hereabouts on
any open date. Other teams are
asked to get In touch with Sammy
Hamrick. Shelby R-3.
Mr Kim Williams of the Beam’s
Mill community hatched a four
legged chicken about four weeks
ago and the chick is still living
and thriving. It is unable to use
two of its legs, located Just to the
rear of its natural extremeties. It
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County To Miss Gas
Tax Levy This Year
County Not To
Pay For Burial
Of Paupers Now
Will Furnish Coffins Instrut Will
Bi> Made By County
Hereafter the county of Cleve
land will not make appropria
tions for the buriaJ of paupers
as has been the custom in the
county for many, many years.
At the last meeting of the board
of commissioners-—A, E. Cline, Oeo.
Lattimore and R. L. Weathers
announced that the custom of al
lowing $10 for expenses In each
pauper funeral will d« discontinued.
Another Plan.
This does not mean that the
county will not take care of bury
ing paupers. Hereafter, however,
the county will furnish the coffin in
cases where it Is deemed necessary,
or. In other words, In cases where
heretofore a $10 appropriation will
be made.
The change is expected to prove
a saving to the county In that un
Irter the new plan the coffins will
i be made by county convlcf* work
j mg at the county home. Under
1 the new road system the 8tale road
forces will not work convicts whe
have terms shorter than 60 day*
and these short-term convicts will
be employed by the county in mak
! ing coffins or in carrying on other
| work at the several county rnsU
i tutions.
i County Court Has
Jury Trials Today
Court Room Filled With Spectator*
This Morn. He Big
"Jury day' In the Cleveland coun
ty recorder s court drew a large
crowd of spectators to the court
room here today. The rain yester
day and general Interest tn cases
booked today attracted one of the
largest crowds ever to attend the
lower court when no case of major
importance was docketed.
A big portion of the morning ses
sion was given over to the trial of
Boyd Bostic, of No. 2 township, on
a forcible trespass charge, a large
number of No. 2 citizens being pres
ent for the hearing
Among the cases booked for the
afternoon is vagrancy charge against
"Kitten" Alley, white girl.
Eight jury cases m all are sched
uled to be disposed of during the
Believe It Or Not,
A Rock That Bends
Believe it or not, James Kendrick,
young son of Ous Kendrick, tn
Shelby has a rock that bends. The
rock was given to him by a travel
ing salesman who says he got it
at some town over west of Winston
Salem. It measures about 18 inches
in length. Hold it on the ends and
it will bend fully an inch or more
and is rather limber to handle.
James is showing tt to his friends
and proves that it will bend in anv
one's hand
Counties To Save Money On Tires
Through New N. C. PurchasingPlan
I Saving win Be On Tire* For
School Trucks. And For
'Special to The Star *
Raleigh^ July i —Counties will
be saved from 30 to 50 per cent of
the amount they have been spend
ing for automobile tires through the
operation of the division of pur
chase and contract, even at the
price,'j that have been paid by the
state highway department, accord
ing to \V. Z. Betts, iOr several years
purchasing agent for that depart
ment, and still in charge under Di
rector A. S. Brower.
Mr. Bette made Jie statement in
connection with his announce
ment that the division will receive
bids until 10 o’clock July 17 for 9,
980 pneumatic tires. 10,430 pneuma
tic tubes and 200 solid tires, the
largest order for automobile tires
ever made in North Carolina.
These tires are for county trucks
and busses, county and state high
way equipment and for all of the]
28 state institutions and the var
ious departments using trucks and
buses. The order will be for a
year’s supply and will be divided up
into several sizes to fit the vehicles.
Heretofore counties and smaller
units have received from 10 to 25
percent reductions from list prices
on tires, while the state highway
commission, because of the volume,
has received a 5 per cent reduction
from list prices. The savings to the
counties for this equipment will
range from 30 to 50 per cent, even if
it does work a hardship on local
dealers who have heretofore sup
plied the tires.
Mr. Betts' stated that he could
name four items of purchase on
whlh the state will save the $400,-i
000 promised by Governor Gardner
that would be saved each year by
the inauguration of this division.
Others ’*'111 carry the total saving
far above the promised figure In
savings to the taxpayers of the
state, even though it often hurts
the local merchants and dealers, hi
Was Used For Bonds,
Bridge Work
Unable To Prediet Tax ten Until
Property Valued An
Duo (n the f*rt that the total
property value In Cleveland
roimty hai not been determin
ed aa yet county official* today
were unable to make a definite
prediction about the county
wide tax levy.
Tax listers are still at work on
assessments and have not completed
the task of summing up all property
values. This work cannot be com
pleted until after Monday when
elf Irens are entitled to seek a re
viaal on values where shown to be
too high.
Much Depends.
The total county levy for the
year depends to a considerable ex
tent upon the revisal on valuation.
A shrinkage in value Is expected
and If this shrinkage Is very large
It will mean that the rate in cer
tain items will of necessity be in
Miaeing Itfm
One Item of income will be great
ly missed when the commissioners
adopt their budget and fix the lew
for the year This action will likely
be taken early In August after th#
tax officials complete their valua
tion and listing work. The Item
that will knock a hole in funds for
operating expenses will be one-cent
gas tax which heretofore came to
the county, with the State taking
over all roads this fraction of the
gas tax no longer goes to the coun
ty. It totalled something like $35,
000 per year, a sum equivalent to. a
tax levy of around six cents. Last
year this money was used for two
purposes, taking care of bond pay
ments and interest, and bridge con
struction and repair. The latter
Item will not be in th* county bud
get. of expense this year with the
State taking over that work, but
the bond payments and interest re
main to be taken care of. Increas
ed charity work and the upkeep of
the county home will in all probabi
lity take as much as has been re
quired for the bridge item. If this
is the case it may be necessary, tt
is pointed out, to have a generally
levy for the purpose of taking care
of the, bonds and the charity and
county home work, items hereto
fore provided for by the $35,000 gas
Around 50 Cents.
A preliminary survey of the tax
situation, taking into consideration
the missing gas tax, decreased pro
perty valuation and a limited school
levy. Indicates that the total county
levy, which, of course does not in
clude special district school tax.
may be in the neighborhood of 50
cents. This means a sizeable re
duction in the general levy, nr
about, 20 cents or more on the $100
valuation in the general levy sec
Mr A. E. Cline, commission chair
man, has his year's budget pretty
well outlined, but he must await
property value figures before the
budget can be definitely completed
to the point that the commissioners
may fix the levy.
Large Crowd Attends
Lattimore Funeral
Eight Hundred People Attend Fu
neral of Tom Lattimore, Prom
inent S. C. Man.
A crowd estimated at 800 attend
ed the funeral Thursday of Tom
Lattimore. only son of Mr. and Mrs.
Sam C. Lattimore of the Polkville
community who died in Shelby un
der an anaesthetic on Tuesday of
this week. Mr. Lattimore, 30 year old
graduate of State college, Raleigh,
and superintendent of a cotton mill
at Kershaw, S. C„ was a native of
Cleveland and loved by all who knew
him here and In South Carolina.
He was a teacher of a men’s Bible
class in a Baptist Sunday school in
Kershaw and a number of his
friends came up for the funeral. The
funeral was conducted by three min
isters from Kershaw, assisted by
Rev. D. F. Putnam and all paid high
and deserving tributes to his splen
did life of usefulness In the com
munity where he lived.
•His body was burled at the Latti
more burying ground under a mound
of beautiful flowers sent In by
friends from the two Carolines.
Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Hamrick and
two children, of Asheville returned
to their home yesterday after a
visit of a few days here with Mrs.
Hamrick’s mother, Mrs. A. R. Put

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