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    1 Late News
Generally Fair.
Today's North Carolina Weather
Report: Generally fair tonight and
Tuesday except for local thunder
showers Tuesday afternoon In south
west portion.
Depend On Prayer.
Newport, Tenn., July 27—Prayer,
appeared to be winning a victory,
last night for C'lrophus Clevenger,!
9-year-old son of James Clevenger, j
of near Newport, bitten last Wed-,
nesday by a copperhead snake, j
Members of the Clevenger family, j
who belong to a religious sect, have 1
steadfastly spurned medical treat -1
ment. While scores of persons have:
been praying for the lad's recovery i
physicians, acquainted with the dc-j
tails of the case, said he had tittle
chance to survive. The boy was not
expected to live through the night.!
Members of his family said he was
much improved and that the swel
ling In the leg where the boy was
bitten was much reduced. The boy
was bitten while picking blackberries
His father refused to allow him to
he given medical treatment from
the start. Residents of Newport, in
dignant over the case, sought to
invoke the law and have the boy
taken to a hospital. The child is
reported to have suffered horribly. I
S. A. L. Agent
Stroup Dies;
Funeral Today
Seaboard Agent Passes Suddenly
With Heart Trouble—-leaves
Wife and Four Children.
C M. Stroup, popular agent for j
'he Seaboard Air Line Railway at;
this place, died Saturday night at
10 o'clock at his home on N. La-!
fayette street after an illness of
about 48 hours. Mr. Stroup had been
suffering with angina pectoris but
had been about his work until
Saturday when he had a turn 'for j
the worse.
Mr. Stroup was 39 years old and
came to Shelby 14 months ago from
Hamlet to become station agent
here. He was a quiet, business-like
man, loved by his associates and by
the business men who had deal
ings in his office. He was calm in his
manner, punctual and business-like
For 19 years he had been in the
employ of the Seaboard and was
highly esteemed by his superiors.
Mr. Stroup was married to Miss
Stricklad of Moncure who survives
with four children, Bill age 18, Carl
age 16, Nellie Jane age II, and Dora
Margaret age 9. His parents, Mr
and Mrs. Gus Stroup live at Stanley
Creek and his body was taken there
this morning for interment at 10
o'clock, services to be conducted oy
Rev. Mr, Rimmer.
Active pall bearers were S. H.
Adams trainmaster, L. P. King, as
sistant division freight agent, A. J
Brown section foreman, W. W. G.
Smart former Seaboard agent, G.
W. Rowe agent at Stanley Creek,
J CL Mauney, J. F, Hildruth and
Elisha McBrayer all of the Stanley
Lackey Elected
G. 0. P. Head
?>ucce«d» H. Clay Cox A* County
Leader. Brittain Is
Or. W. J. Lackey, of Fallston,
Is the new chairman of the Re
publican party in Cleveland
county, according to informa
tion given The Star today.
He was elected, it was reported, at,
a special meeting of the county ex
ecutive committee held Friday night.
He succeeds H. Clay Cox who has
moved to Mars Hill.
The resignation of H. Camnitz as
secretary of the committee was ac
cepted after mucji debate. A resolu
tion was adopted expressing the ap
preciation of the party for his ef
ficient work as secretary. C. A. Brit
tain, of Casar, was then elected sec
J. B. Horn was elected committee
man for No. 7 township to succeed
Spurgeon Walker. R. A. Lackey was
made committeeman for No. 9 to
succeed Dr. W. J. Lackey, and J. R.
Price was named No. 11 committee
man to take the place of C. A. Brit
County Court To
Operate At Night
Will Hold Sessions In Evenings
While Superior Court
Is On.
Shelby is to have a novelty in
court sessions this week.
The county recorder's court will
hold forth each night at 7:30 o'clock
instead of in the morning due to the
fact that the Superior court is in
session in the mam >'ourt room dur
•sg the day.
Several cases in which there is
considerable public interest are sche
duled to be aired at the night ses
sions during the week.
8,000 Children
Back To School
Today In County
Long Term School*
Begin Year
Start Early To Close For Cotton
ricking. .12 Colored Schools
Also Open.
The vacation season was over
today for more than 8,000 Cleve
- land county children as they
packed up their books and head
ed back to school.
Thirteen long-term schools, three
or four short term schools and the
32 colored schools opened their doors
this morning and resumed work, ac
cording to County Superintendent J.
H Grigg.
Enrollment Gains.
Mr. Grigg said just before noon
that an enrollment increase in all
sections of the county is already in
dicated. The number of new students
will complicate matters to a certain
extent, for a time at least, as the
schools opening today lost seven or
eight teachers from last year's force
because of the legislative enactment
increasing the teacher load. Which
is to say that last year’s enrollment
plus the gain in students this year
will of necessity be taught by at
least seven less teachers.
It was estimated this morning that
of the 8,000 children returning
to school today were white a little
more than 3,000 were colored.
The schools, following a custom of
the county for the aid of agricul
tural sections, open in the summer
and operate for some time so that
they may close at cotton-picking
time thus permitting the children to
aid in harvesting the cotton
Long-term schools opening ioday
were Grover, Boiling Springs, Waco,
No. 3; Lattimore, Mooresboro, No. 8,.
Piedmont, Fallston, Bellwood, Casar.
Moriah and Dover.
Revival Service*
On SK*% Circuit
Rev. R. I- Forbis To Begin Three
Revivals. Randall Reunion At
Pine Grove.
Beginning at El Bethel this even
ing, July 27, at eight o'clock, and
each day this week services will be
held atTO a. m. and 8 p. m., Rev, E.
E. Snow will do the preaching.
Services will begin at Surphur
Springs next Sunday evening at 8
o’clock. Services at 10 a. m. and 8
p. m. each day. Preaching by the
A revival will begin at Sharon the
second Sunday night in August and
each day following 1 a. m. and 8 p.
m. Preaching by the pastor.
The Randall reunion will be held
at Pine Grove church next Sunday.
There will be preaching at eleven,
dinner on the grounds. Singing in
the afternoon by a quartet from
Spartanburg and other singers.
Revival services at Pine Grove will
begin on Wednesday evening at 8
p. m. following the third Sunday in
August. We extend the public a cor
dial invitation to all the above ser
Dr. Bobo Scruggs
Dies Here; Buried
At Rutherfordton
| Prominent Young Physician Suc
cumbs After Ixing Illness. First
Death In Family.
At Rutherfordton tills afternoon
at 4:30 o'clock Dr. Bobo Scruggs,
well known young Shelby physician
will be burled, services to be held
at the First Baptist church of that
place. Dr. Scruggs, 38 years of age
| died in the Shelby hospital Satur
| day night at 11:3ft o'clock follow
I ing a decline in nealth extending
! over a period of two years Dr.
Scruggs had improved some and was
able to be on the streets two days
before the end came. He suffered a
paralytic stroke Saturday afternoon
at 3 o'clock. *
He came to Shelby two and a half
years ago to practice medicine, com
ing from Cliffside, where he had
practiced successfully for rune years.
Dr. Scruggs was a member of the
Baptist church and a Shriner. He
j received his education at Wake
Forest college. University of North
I Carolina and the Jefferson Medical
; college in Philadelphia.
Dr. Scruggs was one of 13 child
ren and his death was the first in
the family. Early Sunday morning
his remains were taken to the home
of his parents at Rutherfordton.
Mrs. Scruggs, his wife, who was
Miss Kate HUlard of Little Rock,
Ark., before their marriage in Jan
uary, 1929, received a message Fri
day notifying her of the death of
her step-mother in Little Rock.
Surviving are five brothers: Dr.
W. Marvin Scruggs, Dr. W. N.
Scruggs and Dr. C. J. Scruggs of
Charlotte, V. P. Scruggs, Robert
Scruggs, of Rutherfordton; and sev
en sisters, Mrs. W. M. Moore, of
Cowpens, S. C.; Mrs. Robert Har
ston, Mrs. Mai Wilson, Miss Rosalie
Scruggs, Miss Gwendolyn Scruggs
and Miss Frances Scruggs of Ruth
erfordton, and Mrs. T. W. Proffitt
of Richmond.
Jno. G. Blanton
Buried On Sunday
Well Known Farmer Of Flint Hill
Section Succumbs. Buried At
Sharon Sunday.
Mr. John G. Blanton, well known
farmer of the Flint Hill commun
ity, died Saturday morning at 6
o’clock and was buried Sunday
morning at 11 o'clock at Sharon
Methodist church, the funeral ser
vice being conducted by the pastor.
Rev. R. L. Forbis. Mr. Blanton was
68 years of age and was twice mar
ried. His first wife preceded him to
the grave about 35 years ago.
Mr. Blanton was highly esteemed
by all who knew him. Surviving are
his wife and four children, one little
boy whom he took to rear, 17 grand
children and a number of relatives
and friends. Mr. Blanton was con
verted when 17 years of age and
joined Sharon Methodist church. He
expressed himself as ready to go.
A large crowd attended the funer
al services and many pretty flowers
attested the esteem in which he was
held .
Bob Reynolds Seeking Senate
Nomination As ‘Wet’Candidate
Asheville Lawyer Announces As Ri
val For Morrison And
"Our Bob" Reynolds, Widely
known Asheville lawyer, has an
nounced his candidacy for the
Democratic nomination for the
United States Senate on a wet
The announcement was made late
Saturday. With Reynolds in the
race there are now three announced
candidates-: Senator Cameron Mor
rison, appointed to the office by
Governor Gardner; and Frank Grist,
now commissioner of labor. Predic
tion is that Tam C. Bowie will also
run and Clyde R. Hoey, of Shelby,!
is being widely talked.
In announcing Mr. Reynolds, who
once polled a good vote in opposing
the late Senator Overman, express
es outright opposition to the prohi
bition law.
"I favor a modification of the na
tional prohibition laws, and if elect
ed to the United States senate, I
shall use the power and influence of
that great office to effect a change
in this unfortunate enartement," de
clared Mr. Reynolds in his formal
statement. l believe the ends of
real temperance and sobriety have
been defeated by the attempt to en
force artificial restraint upon a peo
ple who were reared in liberty and
“I never believed in second pri
maries,” he said. "They are always
of considerable expense to the peo
ple of the state. They take money
and they take the time of the citi
zens. I believe the high man in the
first primary should be given the
honor of representing his party in
the election.
"I will make this proposition: I
am perfectly willing to leave it to
the high man in the first primary
if the other candidates will agree to
it. I hope the others will agree.”
"Political Hypocrisy.”
Continuing his definition of the
platform he has chosen to run up
on, Mr. Reynolds- declared that “1
am not half so strongly in favor of
a revision of our prohibition laws as
I am opposed to the evils they have
brought into existence. My appeal,
therefore ,is not to the liquor inter
ests or to the moral degenerates, but
rather to straight thinking citizens
who are sick and weary from our
calamitous dose of political hypoc
risy which has been handed to us
for 13 years from a tarnished spoon
of morality.”
Lesser planks in his platform are
advocation of federal operation of
interstate highways of the nation;
a general reduction in the tariff;
stricter immigration laws; and “con
scientious! prosecution" of violators
of the Sherman anti-trust laws.
Lindberghs Ready for Hop to Orient
Weeks of preparation have brought Colonel Charles
E. Lindbergh and Mrs. Lindbergh to the point where
they think they will hop off on their flight to the
Orient very soon. Their ambitious aerial adven
ture will take them from New Tork to Tokyo over
a route whieh does not necessitate apy dangerous
water jumps. Their first stop out of New Tork
will be Ottawa, Canada, thence to Moose Factorv,
«-—--—--. I
on to Aklavik at the mouth of the Mackencie River
and then to Nome. The neat hop will take them
across the Bering Sea and down the coast of Kam
chatka. From there they wHI follow the string of
small islands south to Nemuro on the northern
coast of Yeao. Japan, and then on to Tokyo. The
proposed route Is outlined above, with a photo of
Colonel and Mrs. Lindbergh at left and their speedv
Lockheed Sirius monoplane at right.
Judge Moore Holds
i Superior Court Here
Taxi Liability
Row Undecided
Shelby taxi drivers who have
1 not purchased accident liabil
ity insurance will not have to
| • do so for n week or so yet—
i and perhaps not then.
Dispatches from Raleigh in
form that the protest injunc -
tion against the enforcement ;!
of the taxi liability insurance
is now being considered by
Judge W. C. Harris. The last
legislature required that all |
automobiles have financial
ability established to meet
possible accident costs. It is j
argued that the law does nol j
cover for-hlre cars.
The insurance, according to
local taxi men, would be a
heavy burden for them and
would likely drive a number of
drivers here out of business as
it will elsewhere. -
Judge Harris took the mat
ter under consideration Satur
day. He announced that hr
would grant a temporary in
junction restraining enforce
ment for 10 days.
To Celebrate
Road Opening
Salisbury WiJI Ask Shelby And Oth
er Towns To Participate In
Great Event.
Salisbury is planning to celebrate
the opening of highway No. 150 the
later part of September and has
written The Star in Shelby to know
if the local citizens will be interest
ed in entering floats and otherwise
participating in the event.
No. 150 is the new road extending
from Shelby through Lincolnton
and Mooresvilie to Salisbury, where
it connects with No. 10, the "main:
street" of North Carolina extending
from the mountains to the sea. No.
150 is paved from Shelby to Lincoln
ton, but construction work is now
under way to pave a link from Lin
colnton to the Cabarrus county
line in the direction of Mooresvilie.
When this link is completed. No. 150
will be paved from Shelby to Salis
bury, thus affording a shorter dis
tance to Greensboro and points
The construction^ No. 150 en
ables travel going * to Salisbury,
Greensboro, Durham and Raleigh to
avoid the congested traffic at Gas
tonia. Charlotte, Concord, etc It
will shorten the distance between
Shelby and Salisbury by about 15
miles and greatly reduce the travel
ing time because of less traffic and
large cities.
Mr and Mrs. Will Lineberger and
i fam!y spent yesterday in Ashevill*
W. *. Crook Foremen Of Brand
J*n- Ooart Running Smooth
ly Now.
The summer term of Superior
court convened in Shelby today with
Judge Waiter Moore presiding. Good
behavior cases and other matters
of that type were rapidly disposed
of this morning and by noon the
court was down to business
Solicitor Spurgeon Spurllng, ol
Lenoir, is prosecuting and Mr. W.
K. Crook, of Kings Mountain, is
foreman of the grand jury which
began its deliberations early today.
Deputy Jerry Runyan is again serv
ing as court official.
Brief Charge.
Judge. Moore, who operates his
court in a very efficient manner
and has little if any lost motion on
court procedure, delivered a very
brief charge to the grand Jury. What
he did say. however, was to the
Htuly in the grind today Judge
Moore let it be known that court
orders and sentences are something
to be carried out. Defendents at
the last term who were given the
alternative of paying fines and costs
or taking road sentenoes were given
little heed today when they came
in and reported that they had not
paid up and asked for additional
time. They were ordered in custody
of officers to take their alternative
No cases of major importance had
been reached early this afternoon.
Three killing cases are on the
docket. In one a negro woman
charged with stabbing her husband
to death with an ice pick. She
is Ruth Brackett of the Kings Mtn.
section. In another Woodward Glenn
is charged with killing a man who
was with “his woman.” The third
case is that of Paul Wilkinson,
young South Carolina man, in which
the charge against him is in con
Widow Of Former
County Sheriff Dies
Mrs. Jennie Logan. Widow Of Ex
Sheriff B. F. Logan Dies In
Rock Hill, S. C.
Mrs. Jennie Logan, widow t>f ex
Sheriff B F. Logan, of Cleveland
county, died Friday evening kt 6:30
o’clock at the home of her son, Ben
F. Logan In Rock Hill. S. C. She
was 83 years of age last January.
Mrs. Logan's husband died 41
years ago. She Is survived by three
daughters, Mrs. W. Josh Roberts,
Mrs. T. C. Hardin, both of this
county, Mrs. D. S. Ramseur of
Blacksburg, S. C., one son Ben F.
Logan. Three sons, John, Gordon
and B. J. Logan, preceded her to
the grave
The funeral was conducted Sat
urday afternoon at 4 o’clock and in
terment was in the cemetery at.
Patterson Springs
A number of relatives survive in
Cleveland county and a large crowd !
attended the funeral services.
y L,
Excursions To
Run In August
Baptist Etttnion To ThonMTillt
And Mtihedbl Excursion To
Two Sunday school excursions will
operate ki August to the Baptist
orphanage 'Mills Homo at Thom
as fills and the Methodist Orphan
age 'Children's Home) at Winston
Salem over the Southern railway
lines, according to an announce
ment made today by R H. Graham,
district passenger agent.
Both excursions will operate from
Grover in Cleveland county, Stop
ping at Kings Mountain where oth-|
er Cleveand county passengers will
be taken on.
The Methodist excursion will op
erate on Saturday August 8th, leav
ing Grover at 7 a. m and Kings
Mountain at 7:15, arriving at Win
ston-Salem at 11:10. Returning,
this train will leave Winston-Salem
at 4 30. The round trip fare from
Grover or Kings Mountain is $1.50.
The Baptist excursion will leave
Grover at 7 a m. on Thursday Aug
ust 20th and Kings Mountain at
7:15, arriving at Thomasville at
10:25. This special train will leave
Thomasville on return at 4:16.
Special baggage cars will be pro
vided on both excursions for re
freshments and picnic baskets and
at Thomasville and Winston-Salem,
ample time will be allowed for vis
its to the orphanages
Jury Fails To Fix
Blame In Death Of
Phillips A t Kings Mt
Inquest Jury Says Shot Was Fired By Un
known Hand. Solicitor May Take Steps
Now If Testimony Justifies.
Solicitor Spurgeon Spurting of Superior court told !
The Star at 2 o’clock this afternoon that he hop<ed to get
to Kings Mountain late in the afternoon today to inves- |
tigute certain details in connection with the fatal j
shooting there last Monday evening of T. J. Phillips. Le- i
noir automobile dealer. A coroner’s jury declared that
Phillips came to his death at unknown hands and the
matter has since rested there. The solicitor says he will
first go through the evidence of the inquest and th,o cor
oner’s verdict and then examine several witnesses. If
the Superior court session here today holds until latn
afternoon his investigation of the muchly discussed
death will likely be made some other afternoon during •
the week.
Failing to accept the death of Thomas J. Phillips as
suicide, the coroner’s jury which reviewed the testimony at.
Kings Mountain Friday afternoon, says Phillips came to his
death from a pistol shot fired by an "unknown hand."
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Lightning Strikes
At Pleasant Grove
Lightning struck Pleasant Grove
Baptist church at Beams Mill short
ly after the congregation hart been
dismissed on Sunday, split the
steeple and did considerable damage
to the building. It was reported In
Shelby this morning. The building
was so damaged, the evening hour of
warship was held at Mulls Chapel
Sunday night. Had the storm broke
30 minutes earlier, it would have
found the congregation worshipping,
but fortunately no one was hurt by
the bolt.
Just before the noou hour yester
day lightning struck the mammoth
oak free at the side of Mrs. Jessie
Ramseur's home on West Warren
street. The tree was dealt a death
blow, It Is thought. This was one of
the largest oaaks In Shelby, uniform
ly shaped and with a broad spread
making it one of the most beautiful
trees in Shelby
Denham Children
Are Given Home*
The nine Denham children, or
phaned recently by a double shoot
ing tragedy in the Oro mill village,
just west of Shelby, are facing a
brighter future than they were just
after the tragedy in which their
mother and father died. The oldest
boy and girl will make their own
way and are employed. Six of the
others were given homes by Cleve
land county people and the other
will be entered in an institution.
The oldest, a girl. Is IT ’ and the
youngest Is 15 months of age. All
are intelligent and healthy and were
fortunate enough to be placed in
good homes, according to Welfare
Officer J. B. Smith.
61 Killed, 411 Hart In Auto
Crashes In State During June
Speed, Recklessness and Bootleg
Liquors Principal Cases of
Raleigh. July 27 — Recklessness,
speed and a refusal to consider the
safety of the "other fellow," with
a dash of "prohibition liquor,” killed
61 persons in automobile accidents
in North Carolina in June and seri
ously injured 411 others, according
to figures released by Major Spra
gue Silver, chief of the automobile
license division of the department
of revenue. There were 268 acci
dents, 58 of them in which fatali
ties occured. A total of 405 drivers
were involved in these accidents,
with 75 drivers figuring in fatal
More Than Last June.
In June, 1930. only 57 were killed
and 408 injured, although there
were 40,000 more automobiles reg
istered and on the highways of the
state a year ago than there are now.
For the six months ending June 30,
9131, a total of 305 persons were
killed and 2 132 injured, as com
pared with 338 killed and 1.985 in
jured during the first six months
of 1930. This Indicates that 33 more
persons were killed the first six
months of 1930 than the first six
months of 1931, though many more
were mjured this year. But this
apparent decrease in deaths is act
ually an increase of about 20 oet
cent., when the decrease in the,
number of cars on the road is taken
into consideration, Major Silver
points out.
Five fatal accidents were caused
by Intoxicated drivers, while 26 non
fatal accidents were attributed to
drunken drivers. Six non-fatal ac
cidents were caused by drivers go
ing asleep at the wheel.
27 From Speeding.
Twenty-seven fatal accidents were
attributed to reckless driving and
excessive speed, while 55 non-fatal
accidents were attributed to these
same causes. Two persons were
killed by hit-and-run drivers while
14 were injured by hit-and-run cars.
Three fatal accidents were caused
by drivers on the wrong side of
the road, with 18 non-fatal acci
dents from this same cause. Five
persons were killed and 22 injured
when drivers lost control of cars.
Pedestrians as usual provided
much fodder for the reckless mo
torists, with 18 pedestrians killed
and 39 injured during June. Two
children were killed and 13 injured
while playing in streets or road
As usual, collisions took the
heaviest toll, with *3 killed and 351
Injured in collision with other cars j
while one person was killed and
eight injured in collisions with
trains at railroad crossings. Two,
ivere killed and 20 injured in coi-!
Two Say Salcido.
Phillips, married and the father
of two children was fatally wound
ed near Kings Mountain. Monday
evening of last week and died four
hours later in the Shelby hospital
without regaining consciousness. His
traveling companion In the car at
the time the shot was firtd was Mrs
Charlotte Yount, 31 year old widow
of Newton, who for the past two
months has been living with her
father E A. Smith, prominent cot
ton mill head of Kings Mountain,
Mrs. Yount and the six-year-old
Niesler child both testified that
Phillips .shot himself as he sat in
front of the Niesler home in his Car
while Mrs. Yount was standing on
the ground where she had been di
rected to go and see if a "tire was
down.” but the Jury refused to ac
cept the suicide theory and report
ed that he came to his death from
a "gun-shot wound inflicted by a
person or persons unknown."
Solicitor May Investigate.
After Jesse M Williams, jury fore
mail had announced the verdict,
county Solicitor Speight Beam who
conducted the investigation with
Coroner Roscoe Lutz, said he would
notify District Attorney Spurgeon
Spurlin of the result. Solicitor Spur
lin who was engaged last week in
court at Lincolnton, said he would
study the testimony and make a
more thorough investigation. If the
evidence warrants, he said he would
make a presentment to the Cleve
land county grand jury this week.
A large crowd gathered in the
city hail at Kings Mountain Friday
afternoon for the inquest. Many
spectators from Newton, Lenoir and
Shelby and it was near the close of
the testimony that Mrs. Yount, wtd
Hold Bridgeman
For Auto Theft;
Heims To Road
Learn That Car Was Stolen From
Bridgeman’* Brother In High
Gus Helms is doing a three months
"stretch" on the chain gang for at
attempted robbery of the C. H. Rein
Bridgeman, hie companion in tin
atempted robbery of the C. H. Rein
hardt store in South Shelby, ha;
been taken to High Point to face ar
auto larceny charge.
Helms and Bridgeman were ar
rested here early Friday morning b;
Policeman Marshall Moore whei
they were starting, it is claimed, tf
break in the Reinhardt store. Near
by officers found a Chevrolet coupi
in which the two were thought t<
have been travelling and officer;
reached the conclusion that it wa;
a stolen car.
Stolen From Brother?
Later it was learned that the car
had been stolen from Bridgeman;
brother, John, in High Point and
had been reported as stolen. As a re
sult of this information the car and
Bridgeman were turned over to High
Point officers and he will be tried
there. In county court Saturday
morning Helms was given three
months on the State road forces
Bftdgeman. who has quite a cnm
inal record, once lived In Shelby. He
and Helms had served together on
the Gaston chain gang and Bridge
man also has a penitentiary
stretch" in his past record,

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