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1931 Published Monday, Wednesday and Priday Afternoons.
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Late News
Showers Saturday.
Today’s North Carolina Heather
Report; Local thunder showers to
nifht and Saturday.
G'onrtcts Riot.
Marquette, Mich, Aug. 28.—Four
long-term prisoners, frustrated in an
attempt to escape from the Mar
quette branch prison, yesterday shot
and killed the acting prison physi
cian. wounded a guard and two trus
ties and then ended their own lives
when they were cornered. Warden
James P. Corgan prevented a gener
al prison riot, ordering all the con
victs to their cells after three of the
four who planned the escape bar
ricaded themselves In the industrial
building shortly after 8 a. m, carry-|
•ng two guards as hostages, and de
manded they be allowed to go free.
The physician, slain at the outset
•*1 the escape attempt, was Dr. A. W.
flornbogen, consulting surgeon and
acting prison doctor in the absence
af Dr. L. L. Toungquist. The four
■prisoners who shot themselves were
Andiw (Tony) Germano, Toledo, O,
sentenced to 35 to 50 years for
wounding a Birmingham, Mich, pa
trolman; Leo Dover, Detroit, serving
a life term for armed robbery, Frank
Hohfer, Detroit, serving 30 to 50
years for kidnaping, and Charles
Rosebnrg, Detroit, serving 20 to 40
years for armed robbery.
Smart Says He
Cannot Recall
Killing Chief
Give* Drunkenness
As Defense
H*v* All Evidence In Today In
Slaying Of Forest City
Rutherfordton, Aug. 28<-Fred
Smart, charged with shooting Police
CJiief Austin Price of Forest City,
to death after the officer had ar
rested him on a charge of drunk
enness, testified in his trial for
murder here yesterday that he had
no recollection of anything that
took place the night of the killing.
Smart testified he had no knowl
edge that Chief Price arrested him
or that anybody spoke to him from
8 p. m. June 6, the date of the kill
ing, until the next morning. He de
nied telling officers anything about
the slaying while he was being tak
en to jail after Price had been kill
ed and disclaimed any knowledge
of anything that took place the
night of the killing.
Smart was questioned 30 minutes
by Fred D. Hamrick, his own chief
counsel, and was cross-examined 45
minutes by Clyde R. Hoey, of Shel
by, of the prosecution.
“Drunk" Testimony.
The defense put up 22 witnesses,
including Smart, during the day.
Eleven of them gave the defend
ant a good character and 10 stated
that he was “drunk” the night of
the killing.
Practically all of the state's 18
witnesses testified Smart was "un
der the influence of whiskey” the
night of the killing “but was not
Dr. W. C B06tic, sr., Forest City
physician, the first witness in the
trial, who reached the officer eight
minutes after three shots had pierc
ed his body, testified that any of
the wounds was sufficient to have
caused death. Under questioning
Solicitor J. Will Pless, jr., of Mar
ion, Dr. Bostic testified he exam
ined the body in an undertaking
establishment and found severe
knife wounds in the back that also
would have caused death. He said
he smelled the odor of whiskey on
Smart's breath, but that he did not
consider the man intoxicated.
, 1,000 At Trial.
More- than 1,000 spectators util
ised every space in the court room
Solicitor Beam
Improved Today
In Coma For Day And Night And
Condition Seemed Serious At
The condition of County So
licitor W. Speight Beam, who
has been a patient at the Shelby
hospital since Wednesday after
noon was said to be considerably
improved today.
His physician. Dr. E. B. Lattimore,
mid at noon that Solicitor Beam
was rallying from a coma which he
had been in for a day and a night,
aild was seemingly on the road to
recovery. For a number of hours
after the attack Wednesday morn
ing he was unable to talk and was
helpless physically but this condi
tion is gradually improving, First
reports Wednesday evening had if
that the recorder's court prosecutor
had suffered a stroke, but it was
«aid today that he had not. the
roma following a physical collapse.
Attorney Pat McBrayer served as
prosecutor for Solicitor Beam in
county court today.
Half Million Dollar
Suit In Bank Closing
Mismanagement I*
Charge Brought
Centers About Commercial Bank
Which Had Kings Mountain
Gastonia, Aug. 28.—Suit for the
recovery of $500,000 damages for
“negligence and mismanagement”
has been started in this county
against 24 former directors of the
defunct Commercial Bank and
Trust company by State Banking
Commissioner Guerney P. Hood, on
behalf of the bank.
The 24 directors named as defen
dants in the action are W. T, Love,
J. White Ware, W. H. Wray, Rob
ert Goldberg, J, O. Plonk, J. A,
I Costner, Dr. L. A. Crowell, Dr. C. H.
! Hoover, Wade S. Buice, A. S. Kar
esh, W. W. Glenn, M. E. Herndon,
O. G. Palls (deceased), C. M. Rob
inson, C. D. Stroupe, W. J. T, Styers,
V. E. Long, R. O. Cherry, A. H
Guion, J. A. Aberenthy, E. H. Byars,
jr„ and E. E. Groves.
Summons against all the defen
dant directors have been issued and
the complaint will be filed early in
September by O. F. Mason, jr., at>
torney for Commissioner Hood. Mr
Mason has been granted a brief ex
tension of time for filing the com
Commissioner Hood, through Mr.
Mason, has also started individual
suit against two directors for re
covery of sums of money secured
"by Unlawful preference obtained by
withdrawal of accounts on the day
on which the banks were closed.”
The commissioner alleged L. A.
Crowell of Lincdlnton withdrew
$1,000 from the Commercial bank
on the day on which it closed, and
that E. H. Byars, jr., did likewise.
Two suits are being brought against
Byars, in one of which his wife is
included, asking recovery of $7,472
allegedly withdrawn from the bank
on the day it closed.
The Commercial Bank and Trust
company, with its main branch in
Gastonia and other branches in
Kings Mountain, Lincolnton, Mount
Holly ad Cherryville, closed in Ap
ril, 1929
City Financial
Statement Issue
Light Department Shows Gross
Profit of $60,000. Taxes Next
Largest Revenue.
In today's issue of The Star ap
pears the official statement of re
ceipts and disbursements for the
city of Shelby for the thirteen
month period ending June 30th.
The audit includes a thirteen month
period because the legislature early
this year changed the fiscal year
of all cities in order to make them
During the year the city received
from all sources $376,752.99. The
largest single item of revenue was
the light department which brought
in $137,223.41 which this depart
ment cost to maintain $76,297.30,
leaving a gross profit of over $60,
000. The next largest source of rev
enue was from taxes on real and
personal property which amounted
to $114,203.22. The third largest
source of revenue was from the
water department, this amounting
to $41,213.41 for the thirteen month
period. Operation of the water de
partment cost $16,875.21, leaving a
qet gross profit to the city.
The audit was made by the firm
of Geo. E. Scott and Company, cer
tified public accountants of Char
Ex-Gov. McLean Would Tax Cotton
To Reduce Crop Along Plan Of Sarratt
Would Permit So Man; Acres Tax
Tree And Impose Tax On
fextra Acres.
The cotton reduction plan of W.
C. Sarratt, Cleveland county farm
er, whereby a tax would curb sur
plus production, has attracted much
favorable comment in North Caro
lina and other cotton-growing
Former Governor A. W. McLean
proposes a somewhat similar method
as is shown by the following dis
patch from Lumberton
“Cut cotton acreage on half in
1932 and let the cotton-growing
states agree on a tax plan by which
each cotton farmer would be allow
ed so many acres tax free and im
pose a privilege tax of $5 an acre
in excess of the amount allotted,”
said former Governor A. W. Mc
Lean, of Lumberton. when asked
what he would suggest in lieu of the
plan adopted by the New Orleans
cotton conference to prohibit the
planting of any cotton in 1932.
Mr. McLean said that he does not
think it practical to cut out all cot
ton next year, as proposed by Gov
ernor Long of Louisiana. There are
too many section, he said, where
they can't grow any other money
crop, and too many people are de
pendent on raising some cotton.
He thinks it would be impossible to
prohibit the planting of cotton.
"You can't pass such a law,” he
said, "unless it is put upon some
such ground as necessary to kill out
the boll weevil.”
Whether such a law as he pro
poses, to cut cotton acreage one
half and put a privilege tax of $5
per acre on every planter who ex
ceeded the amount allotted to him
according to the proportion of his
1931 acreage, would be constitu
tional, Governor McLean would not
say, but he thinks that a privilege
tax has a putty wide range.
Proposes Steering
Committee To Aid
In Charity Work
Editor Suggests Food Conservation
And Thrift Stop Outsiders
To help tide over the depression
which confront us locally, Lee B.
Weathers proposed last night the
appointment of a steering or ad
visory committee composed of five
of the soundest thinking men of the
county whose duties will be to co
ordinate the work of the civic and
social dubs, the churches, schools
and farm and home agents.
Mr. Weathers contended that the
government and lass could not be
counted on to bring about good
times. “The public treasuries must
be safeguarded or they will be In
the same condition England and
Germany are in. We cannot expect
the government to buy more wheat
and cotton when it is already hold
ing the bag. If it buys more, disas
ter will follow. We cannot enforce
no cotton’ laws; that would cause
rebellion. We should not plow out
every third row or destroy the sur
pluses; that woul show a lack of
appreciation of God's bountiful
blessings. We need not expect Santa
Claus to surprise us with a sudden
reversal of present conditions," said
the editor.
Campaign Of Thrift.
“We can and should do some
thing locally and I suggest that five
sober-thinking, sound visioned men
be appointed to ait in conference
and direct the co-ordination or or
ganized bodies we already have.
First and foremost, a campaign of
thrift and economy should be taught
in the schools and preached in the.
pulpits, emphasizing the Import
ance of conserving our abundant
food supply. There are many un
fortunate people who do not pro
vide for the future and It Is the
duty of others to help and advl6e
with them.
•T would suggest that this steer
ing committee ask club members to
go as speakers to the various
schools of the county and make
talks on thrift and economy to the
children in order that there may be
no hungry this winter because of
indifference and indolence. Minis
ters should be asked to preach ser
mons on thrift and food conserva
tion from their pulpits. The county
agents should have the assistance
of members of the Woman’s clubs
of the town and county in impress
ing this lesson on folks who need it.
Stop Outsiders Begging
“Public begging by people who
live outside of Cleveland county
should be stopped. Our alms should
Tbad Ford’* Brother
Sick In Hospital
Ntriton Crocker, of Cherryvllle, a
brother of Thad C. Ford of Shelby,
Is in a critical condition in the U. S.
Veterans Hospital, diagnosing de-j
partment, Washington, D. C.. suffer
ing with what is thought to be a
tumor of the brain. Mr. Crocker was
removed to Washington Tuesday
from Gaston county. He has been
unconscious for four days and his
condition is reported to be very ser
ious. He is a veteran of the World
Housewife Plans Flight
• PlANS £bR Hop To *
Housewives are usually associated with the surroundings which their
titles indicate, but Mrs. Geraldine Gray laiffredo, matron of Buffalo, N.
Y., likes to be different. She has be en set apart from most of her sea in
the modern game of aviation, at least, for her career has taken her up
in the air at numerous timet since 1914 when she began parachute
Jumping from hot air balloons. In 1917, Mrs. Loffredo made her first
leap from a plane and In 1925 she w as licensed as a pilot—the sixth wo
man flier in the country. Her next feat in the world far above the
ground is a projected flight from America to Italy as a good-will ges
ture between the two nations. She doesn't believe a woman capable of
flying the distance all alone, so a skilled Italian flier will accompany
her as navigator. Her plane Is the “Liberty," in which Otto Hllllg, the
“Hying Photographer," flew from New York to Copenhagen with Holger
Admission To Biggest Fair Yet
Is Cut To Half Price; Track Meet
For High Schools Is New Feature
Dor ton Says Program Will Be Above
Average But Will Cost
An announcement that will be
of much interest to the thous
ands of people who attend the
big Cleveland County Fair each
year was made today by Secre
tary J. S. Dorton when he let
it be known that general admis
sion to the fair this fall will be
25 cents for all both day and
Heretofore the general admission
for adults during the day has been
50 cents and 25 cents for children
and admission at night 25 cents to
Better Program.
•'We have decided that considering I
the times we should reduce the ad-j
mission to 25 cents." Dr, Dorton |
said. "The fair is an educational
event and has already become one
of the outstanding annual affairs in
this section of the State and we do
not want the admission charge to
be high enough to keep anyone
“In making the reduction we de
sire to emphasise the fact that the
displays, the shows, the exhibits and
the attractions will not be cheap
ened one bit because of -the reduc
tion for admission. Instead we have
booked for this fall the biggest
show that has ever played a fair in
this section of the South. Our free j
acts and stunts are the best to be
found, and those who have been
thrilled by the nightly fireworks
program heretofore may expect a
more sensational pyrotechnical dis
play than ever.
"We’re merely cutting the admis
sion charge so that everyone may
attend. And we know that nowhere
can anyone find more entertain
ment and amusement for 25 cents.
It is not the aim of the fair asso
ciation to profit in times like exist
now and any person can take in the
entire day s event for 25 cents for
the free attractions cost nothing,
the races may be seen from the rail
as can the fireworks, and, as is
known, there is not any charge to
see all the fine agricultural exhibi
tions and displays in the big exhibit
"The grandstand admission charge
will remain as heretofore, but as for
the other part we plan to give the
people of this section the most com
plete day’s entertainment they have
Lattimore Store
Entered, Robbed
Thieve* Make Big: Haul At Hunt
And Hewitt Store. Break
Door Glass.
The Hunt and Hewitt general
store at Lattimore was entered and
robbed of several hundred dollars
worth of merchandise some time
Wednesday night. So far officers
have not been able to get a definite
clue to the robbery and no arrests
have been made.
The lott included seven or eight
thousand cigarettes, 300 cigars,
men's hose, ladies hosiery, shirts,
ties, combs. shoes, knives and
Entrance was made by breaking
the front door glass, reaching Inside
and turning the lock.
Tire thieves, officers say, appar
ently bundled up more loot than
could be carried away in the car as
a sack of sugar had been filled and
left outside along with some soft
drinks and candy. In making the
haul merchandise was scattered all
over the store and outside. It is be
lieved that a passing car frightened
away the thieves.
School Will Open
At Kings Mountain
Wednesday, Sept. 2
Kings Mountain, Aug. 28.—The
1931-32 session of the Kings Moun
tain public schools will open Wed
nesday, Sept. 2. Monday, August 31,
will be devoted to the registration
of high school pupils. Every one who
expects to enroll in the high school
is urged to report Monday at nine
o’clock for registration.
Books for pupils in the grades are
already in stock at Plonk Bros,
store and may be purchased at any
time. However, it is advised that no
one who is in doubt as to the grade
to which he will be assigned buy
books at this time. Book lists will
be given out on the opening day.
Mrs. Hine Dead
Mrs. John Hine, a sister of Mrs.
John Hudson and a native of Bre
vard, died suddenly Wednesday in
New Orleans, according to a mes
sage received here by the Hudson
family. Funeral services were held
today at the Episcopal church in
Brevard. Mrs. Hine was the eldest
daughter of Mr and Mrs W E.
Farmers Back
Cotton Bagging
Movement Here
Farmers And Ginnert
Attend Meet
Pm* Resolution To Um Cotton R>|
glng On Caintj Cotton And
Other Product*.
A Urge gathering of Cleveland
county farmers and near dozen
cotton ginnera met In the court
house here yesterday afternoon to
discuss the use of cotton bagging
In the county tills tall.
The discussion lasted for several
hours and finally ended with the
adoption of a resolution stating that
oounty farmers would Insist that
their cotton bales this fall be wrap
ped In cotton and urged that all
other products sold to the farmers
be sacked In cotton bags.
Strang Support.
A daasen or more farmers made
short talks and it was evident that
sentiment was strongly In favor of
the use of cotton bagging. Several
pointed out, however, that it would
be useless unless glnners cooperated
and all farmers stuck together In
the matter. One or two ginnem
made brief talks In which they ex
pressed their willingness to coop
erate, They would put cotton bag
ging on all cotton where farmers
desired It they said but would also
keep Jute for farmers who wanted
that used. The glnners also remind
ed that the cotton bagging would
cost a little more than Jute bagging
but stated that It would make no
differences to them as long as the
farmer was willing to pay the addi
tional cost.
Representatives of cotton bagging
manufacturers and Jute manufac
turers were present and talked to
the meeting. The cotton bagging
representatives Informed about how
much it would cost per bale for cot
ton bagging and gave other Infor
mation regarding the movement.
The Jute representative reminded
that a percentage of Jute bagging is
made el cotton and stressed the
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bounty Financial
Statement Published
Show* Debt af Various Divisions,
Debt Reduction* During Tear
And Special Rates.
In today's Star will be found an
official Aatement of the financial
condition of Cleveland county, pub
lished as is required by law once a
year. The statement shows the item
ised debt of the county, townships
and school districts which amounts
in the aggregate to $1,001,062.60 and
is less than the total bonded in
debtedness of the city of Shelby.
There was a reduction in the coun
ty's debt during the year closing
June 30th of $35,587.50.
This official statement shows the
tax rates for the county, township
roads and school districts for the
year 1931-32 as compared with the
previous year, the maintenance and
sinking funds of the road districts,
together with the deficits and sur
pluses In the school district funds.
Kenneth Bridges
Is Seriously 111
Kenneth Bridges, 11-year-old son
of O, L. Bridges, who lives near the
fairgrounds, is in a serious condi
tion at the Shelby hospital. The
youth was brought there Wednes
day night in a coma, resulting, it is
said, from diabetes. V
G. 0. P. Aided Cannon In Anti-Smith
Fight; Charge Personal Use Funds
Chans Of Bank Accounts Trace
Money To Other Than Poli
tical Destinations.
Washington, Aug. 38.—Edwin C
Jameson, New York capitalist, who
contributed $65,300 to Bishop Can
non's antl-Smlth fund in 1928,
read a statement to the senate
campaign funds committee yester
day saying that he made the con
tributions at the solicitation “and
in collaboration with the Republican
campaign committee.’’
The name of Bascom aiemp was
brought into the testimony as
working on an “independent organ
isation,” and Mr. Jameson ampli
fied his statement by saying that, if
the charts shown by Basil Manly,
the committee's expert, were correct
In indicating that some of the
funds were diverted to other than
political purposes, and If he had
known such diversion was intend
ed, Bishop Cannon “would not have
got the monei."
Although admitting that he made
the contributions at the solicitation
of the Republican committee or its
members, Jameson Insisted that the
Republican party as such did not
finance the anti-Smith campaign.
The committee room was throng
ed with intensely interested spec
tators as Manly testified. The rec
ords showed Bishop Cannon open
ed six new banking accounts dur
ing the campaign and from one of
these in which he put more than
(68,000 in • politicarfunds” he with
drew on his own checks $28,278.
Traces Money.
Manly said that of this $28,278 the
checks were traced to show that
$17,450 was put in the bishop‘s per
sonal account In the American Na
tional bank of Richmond. He said
$528 was used to curtail a note on a
bank at Blackstone, Virginia; $5,
000 was spent for a certificate of
Speaks Here
Dr. Kitchen, president of Wtkr
Forest Collet* will nil the pulpit
here st the First Baptist church
Sunday mornint at 11 o’clock. Dr.
Kitchen la a brother of the late
Oovernor W. W. Kitchen and Ei
Contreaaman Claude Kitchen. He Is
a native of Scotland Neck and for
many years was dean of the Medi
cal department at Wake Forest
eollece before being elected presi
dent last year, succeeding Dr. Fran
cis F. Gaines who resigned to ac
cept the presidency of a university
In Virginia.
Nab Third Man
In Theft Case
In City June 18
''Bubbles^ Walker Denies Aiding In
Store And Garage Robbery
In Shelby.
"Subbies” Walker, colored, was
brought here from Asheville Wed
nesday night by Police Chief Mc
Bride Poston and Policeman Rufus
Sparks and jailed on the charge of
being with Mark Washburn, colored,
and his girl friend. Grace Payne,
when the Wrlght-Baker depart
ment store and the D. H. Cline ga
rage were robbed on the night of
June 18
On August 12 Washburn and the
negress were arrested In Cincinnati
aftd brought back here. At that time
Washburn claimed that another ne
gro helped him in the series of rob
beries and that the other stole the
new automobile from the Gllne ga
rage. The woman denied any part
in the robbery except that she was
picked up by the two at Henrietta
after the robbery. The new automo
bile was later abandoned at Marion
and Washburn and the woman
travelled by train to Cincinnati.
Some of the clothing stolen from
the department store was recovered
In Cincinnati and Asheville
Officers did not give out Walker s
name until they nabbed him Wed
nesday at Asheville. Walker denied
being implicated In the robberies,
saying that he was not near Shelby
that night. Washburn and the wom
an, however, both say he was a part
ner in It and stole the car
Farmers On Visit
To Cabarrus County
A party of a dozen or more Cleve
land county farmers, accompanied
by R. W. Shoffner, farm agent, left
Shelby early this morning for Con
cord where they will make a tour
of Cabarrus county. The purpose of
the visit Is to Inspect the lespedeza
being grown there, the production
and harvesting methods used.
Principal Faces
Assault Charges
A bout Whipping
Record Crowd Here
For Trial
frof. C. A. Ledford, Belwood Princi
pal. Alleged To Have Whipped
Voting Boy.
The largest orowd lo attend a
oonrt hearing In Shelby sine*
the sensations! French-Phil*
beolt case several year* ago «h
here today for the hearing in
county court of assault chart*
«* preferred against Prof. C. A.
I.edford. principal of the (tel.
wood high school.
Prof. Ledford Is charged with
"using more force than was neces
sary" In administering a whipping
to Hubert. Huffman, 10-year-old
student and son of J E. Huffman,
at the school on Thursdav. August
Pack Aisles.
The case was first booked for trial
last 8aturd«y but was continued un
til today. When the county court
opened this morning every scat In
the large court room was filled and
the aisles and every other available
space were packed with people. Two
thirds of the entire Belwood com
; muntty appeared to be in attend
ance. and unusual Interest in the
case was manifested by the record
The hearing was still underway
this afternoon, not all of the State-*
witnesses having completed their
evidence prior to the noon recess.
It Is likely that all the evidence will
not be in before late afternoon. At
torney Peyton McSwain is attorney
fop the youth’s father and Judge B.
T. Falls 1s counsel for Prof. Led
ford. Both attorneys are putting up
a strong fight.
Evidence In.
Witnesses Introduced this morning
included the boy’s father. Dr. F. D.
Edwards. Yates Carpenter, Grady
Newton and Edward White
These witnesses testified that on
the morning of August 13 Prof. Led*
ford was called to Miss Elliott's
room of the school and the 10-year
old boy turned over to him Ac
cording to these witnesses, two of
whom were students.. Prof. Ledford
administered a whipping with a
switch about, as large as the thumb
and three or^our feet long. Around
25 blows were administered, It was
said. There was some comment
about the aphool room, one witness
testified, about it being a hard
whipping.” Five days alter the
whipping one witness said he saw
the boy and he had blue stripes on
his body and back. Dr. Edwards,
who was called in. testified that
there were stripes on the youngster
similar to those made by an ordin
ary switching, but said oAly one or
two indicated unusually hard blows
The prosecution attempted to show
by the witnesses that the youth was
not exactly normal physically and
mentally while the defense under
took to show that he was an un
ruly student. Dr. Edwards testified
that the boy suffered from heart
leakage and[.was of a nervous tem
perament. r The father of the boy
said the youth was much upget
when he came home that day and
could not sleep.
Although the prosecution had not
rested at noon and the defense had
not entered upon its case it was
understood that the defense would
attempt to show that the conduct
of the boy was such as to make a
whipping necessary and that the
whipping was not carried to the ex
The affair is the major topic of
j conversation in the Belwood section
! and the scores of people in Shelby
| today for the trial were outspoken
in taking one or the other side in
the matter.
Store, Cafe Robbed
In City Last Night
The Banks Suttle grocery store on
N. Washington street and the Caro
lina colored cafe on Trade alley
were robbed last night, police offic
ers announced today.
“Black Boy” Esau was arrested
and charged with the attempted
robbery at the cafe.
At the Suttle store 300 pennies,
sardines, crackers, cigarettes and
cigars were taken. No arrests have
been made as yet in this robbery
Died In Hospital.
tn formation was received here
yesterday that Walter Howell, ex
service man of Kings Mountain, died
Thursday in the hospital at Mor
ganton. No details were given in the
message to county officials

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