VOL. XXXV11, No. 104 SHELBY, N. C, MONDAY, AUG. 31, ■ 8 PAGES TODAY *. 1931 Published Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons. "» *•»" »« »«r. •<> MJI, __„«.^^^—„——^___ ____________ *c»rnrr1 «rr jtw, no •tftanm ___ jxw » Late News Showers In West Today’s North Carolina Weather, Report: Fair tonight. Tuesday partly cloudy, probably local show ers In extreme west portion. Not much change In temperature. Governor Leaves. 1 Governor O. Max Gardner month's vacation with his home folks came ■o an end today and the governor is leaving this afternoon for Raleigh and expects to he hack at his desk : tomorrow. On Friday Governor ] Gardner spoke at a Smoky Moun- j 'a in national nortr Kananal in ain national park banquet in kshevtlle and on Saturday at the ■ Boone highway celebration. The major portion of his vacation wasj •pent In Shelby or on short trips to A''-stern North Carolina. Teacher Freed ' Of Assault In Whipping Case Ledford “Not Guilty” Jury Say* Verdict Returned In little Over Half Hour. Court House Racked For Trial. A court case that drew the j largest court audience to Shelby t in four or five years ended just before 6 o'clock Friday after- ! noon when a jury in county ! court returned a verdict of "not guilty” in the trial of Prof. C. A. Ledford on an assault charge. The case grew out of a -chipping i given by the Bel wood consolidated ] principal to Hubert Huffman,! IQ-year-old student, on August 13. Much Interest. The prosecution, represented by Capt. Peyton McSvain, contended that "more force than was neces sary” was used in administering the punishment, introducing evidence to show that there were stripes*on the ] youth's body several days after the’ whipping. The defense, represented by Judge B. T. Fails, contended that the conduct of the pupil was enough to justify the whipping and that it was not an unmerciful beating. The boy was whipped, according to evi dence, when Prof. Ledford was call ed to one room of the school by a feminine teacher who had been troubled by the boy who it was charged kept opening his coat jack et and exposing his body. He had given trouble before, it was said, and had been warned that if he did not obey the rules the next infraction would bring on a whipping. The Bel wood community was very much interested In the case and people from that section filled the ■court house for the trial which last ed all day Friday. Chicken Thieves Get Active Again j Chicken thieves are again furnish ing considerable activity for local officers and courts. Three colosed men were sentenced in county court Saturday for chicken stealing and another was arrested early today. In county court Saturday Judge M. R. Weathers gave Dick, Jolly, Dick Bear and James Hoskins four months each on the charge of steal ing chickens from a roost in the northeast section of the city last week. Will Shippev, colored, was ar rested early today when he appear ed at a local poultry house with even domineckers believed to have been stolen. Police Chief McBride Poston has the chickens at his of fice for identification by the own er. Shipped Just finished serving a chain gang sentence for chicken stealing Tuesday of last week. Other Cases. County court held forth almost all day Saturday after an all-day ses sion Friday. "Black Boy1' Esau, colored, was given 60 days for at tempted robbery of the Carolina colored cafe last week. A year or more ago he was given a sentence for stealing 24 cents from a house in the Lattimore section. "Bubbles'’ Walker, colored, of Asheville and South Carolina, was bound over to superior court, under a $500 bond, on the charge of being connected with the robbery of the Wright-Baker department store and the D. H. Cline garage here in June. Mark Washburn, colored, and Grace Payne, negress, are already being held in jail here in connection with thd same robberies. They were brought back from Cincinnati while Walker was arrested later in Ashe ville Mr. Dellinger Opens Corn And Flour Mill Mr. J. N. Dellinger has started Shelby’s newest industrial plant, a corn and flour mill in a building one block west of the Southern railway, just off highway No. 20 and to the rear of Mr. Dellinger’s old home The mill manufactures flour, corn meal and feedstuffs, and also does custom grinding. Boyce and Ever ett Dellinger and Grady Blantor are In charge of the operation ol the plant. Prepare for Opening City Schools Sept 7 rwo Teacher* Resign; Cancel Debt <o Definite Guarantee Yet For j Music Instructor. Operating Funds Cut Down. The city schools will open the 1931-32 session Monday, September 1. The buildings are being placed in jrder, the teachers’ meetings plan ned, materials secured, and prepar itions for the opening made. The Dudley Plumbing company Is Installing new boilers in the higt) school and Washington school, The aoilers are Kewtr.ee made and should give desired results. Old Debt Cancelled The citizens of Shelby will be jlad to know that the last vestige 3f the old floating debt upon the Shelby public schools has now been (viped out. A twenty-six thousand lollar bond issue which was au thorized by the local government' rommisslon of the state of North' Carolina has enabled the school Board to pay off the note at the First National bank in the amount af $25,473, and an item of past due Interest In the amount of $29.73. Four hundred and twenty-live dol lars was paid McDaniel Lewis of Greensboro for services in connec tion with the issue, including bond, attorney fees, printing of bond;, ad vertising, etc. Seventy-five dollars was paid D. Z. Newton, school at torney, for services in connection with the transaction. The premium of fifty-eight dollars and accrued Interest from the date of issue were applied on the Interest upon lit note for a similar period. The school board is very happy to have got this matter placed in regular clian nels and removed from the haphaz ard way of handling it in which it has been handled. They are also glad that the rate of interest seem ed is less,than what has been being paid on the note which will mean a considerable saving to the com munity. Teachers Kesijm. Recently Miss Bernice Jones and Mr. H. M. Randolph have resigned from the faculty. Miss Jones will teach at her home and Mr Ran dolph win teach in Sampson coun ty. Their places are not being fill • Continued on page fire.) |tart Football Work Tuesday Football practice for the Shelby high school eleven will begin Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, it was announced today by Coach Casey Morris. The Shelby athletic mentor returned last week from Chapel Hill where he served as instructor at the university coaching school. All members of last year’s squad and new candidates for the team are urged to report tomorrow and the remaining afternoons of the week to get in shape by the opening of school next week. (Other Sport News on Page 7) Junior College Opens Tomorrow Boiling Spring* junior col lege, this county, will open Its 1931-32 session Tuesday aft noon at 1:30 o'clock with a mass meeting in the college auditorium. Registration hours will be from 2 until 6 in the afternoon. The first chapel program will be held Wednesday morning at 10:30 with Dr. Zeno Wall, college president in chanre. All friends and alumni of the institution are incited to attend the first rhapel Book List For Shelby Schools; No Change Made School Officials Give Out Us» Of Required Works For Vm Here. The boo* list by grades anti sub jeers for the Shelby public schools is being given below. There is no j change from last year and the year, before. Any pupils who is definitely ; classified will be safe in buying i books either second-hand or at the book store Musk Books. fjupils should consult their teach - ! era before buying music books. Some of the schools have had them do nated to the school in which ease the pupils will not need to buy any. If all parents would send their sec ond-baud music books to the school their children attend, it will prob ably be unnecessary for any of them to buy music texts. Dictionaries If your child owns a .standard Webster’s. Funk and WagnalFs, erj Winston’s dictionary, he need not buy an additional one. Please do not buy a non-standard dictionary. Xhey are not acceptable to the1 state inspector of schools, nor arc they serviceable to your child. High School Books Parents who have children m| | high tchool will not buy all the books listed for a grade, but only those for courses your child will ex pect to pursue. Fifty Cent Fee - To pass a grade of work in the elementary’ or high school, a pupil1 is expected to read from three to six books a year to supplement his reading or English course. In the | elementary school certain materials are necessary in connection with a child's writing, drawing, and read-' ing course. They are paste, primary pencils, crayons, pen and ink, scis sors, drawing paper, writing pap^r, construction paper, cardboard, ta" j board, seatwork materials, etc. By | buying In quantity, duplicating the j use, obviating all loss and waste, jthe school has been able to supply | these materials for a nominal sum !and thus save the parents much trouble in getting together all these -CONTINUED ON RAOP SIX " Jule’s Watermelon Sorghum Not New Thing To State But New In His County Hickory Man Remembers Water melon Syrup Made 30 Years Apo. Other Reports. Hickory, Aug, 31.—Watermelon sorghum may be new to Cleveland county residents but to W. S. Wheel er ol Hickory, it is an old favorite sweet. According to Mr. Wheeler around 30 or 35 years ago nis broth er-in-law, Rev. C, A. Stiles, of Richland county, S. C., made syrup from watermelon Juice. “He never made any for the mar ket however," Mr. Wheeler said. "He had a cane syrup mill at his home in Richland county, five miles from the town of Eastover. Mr .Stiles was at that time, and for years before and alter, pastor of the old Con garee Baptist church which was only a few hundred yards from his home and where he is buried. "I can testify to watermelon sy rup being good, having eaten it at the Stiles home” Mr. Wheeler de clared. Mr. Wheeler's story of watermel on syrup followed the publication of (a story from Cleveland county which ■spoke of “Watermelon sorgnum, or , molasses made of watermelon." The | Shelby story state that watermelon I syrup was so far as known, a new Cleveland county discoverey. It said that J. F. Brackett was the origi nator thereof, and that he had been in Shelby exhibiting some of the syrup he had made from watermel on Juice much in the same manner molasses is made from cane Juice, The Hickory man, however, can go Mr. Brackett one better by be tween 30 and 35 years, as he tasted the watermelon delicacy at least that long ago. As a matter of fact Jule did not claim that he was the first man in history to make syrup of watermelon Juice. He merely said that it was something new for this section, and it is. However, The Charlotte Ob server Joints in with the others to remind, as follows .that it has been made elsewhere before: “The Cleve land county farmer who came to town with a sample of watermelon syrup, enjoyed distinction as "origin ator" for a brief period, only, for through The Rockingham Post-Dis patch comes word that the Cleve land county syrup-maker is just 15 years behind the times. It was that long ago that Mrs. W. B, Covington won first premium at the Richmond county fair with a dozen jars of watermelon syrup, and credit for ploneership in that line goes to her.” Getting Together In Cleveland Farmers Inspect Soy Beans At the Bob Wilson farm between Fallston and B«Koyd last Thursday, 150 farmers inspected the demonstration | patches of cotton and soy beans. Mr. Wilson has eleven va rieties of soy beans under test and this picture shows the rows in the foreground. One of the prettiest sights to behold in the way of farming is to stand where these farmers are standing and see the soy beans, the shoulder-high cotton and the dark green field of com in the background, com that is so high it looks like a young forest. Children Eat Watermelon Here are several hundred children Shelby and suburbs who enjoyed the free watermelon feast given by County Coroner Roscoe Luts last Thursday. They assembled here in the city and *w ere carried in trucks to the Albert Dedmon pasture just north of Shelby. . Did they get enough? Yum, yum. ask the kiddies and niey’U tell you they got their tummies full. Com Exhibit A t Fair This Fall Will Be Boosted By Big Corn Crop Cleveland Makes Largest Crop tnj Vears. Exhibit Adrlfe Given. One of tire largest com crop; ' made In Cleveland county in year ! Is expected, to increase the Interest In the com exhibits at the Cleveland county fair, which opera Tuesday, Sept. 29, and also increase the num ber of entries. The feature exhibit of the own; department is the 200-ear exhibit and County Agent R. W. Sheffno: is anxious to have as many entries In this exhibit as possible. There are several smaller exhibits in the com department ranging from sin gle ears to 25-ear exhibits. Exhibit Advice Advice about preparing the ex hibits is given as follows by the farm agent: "Don't make the mistake that many people make in preparing com for the fair or any other show In fact, the time to start preparing and collecting your com far a fair would be at the time of planting: that would be to plant good seed. At this time, the forn is practically made. I would recommend not pull ing fodder or cutting the tops of the com that you will exhibit, or let the ear get thoroughly ripe be fore doing so. The best method would be letting the ear ripen and select the com in the field and cut off the stalk. Put this com away some place where rats or any de structive enemy will not get it " I Oil Mill Installs 500 H. P. Boiler A 500 Corliss engine has been in i stalled at the Southern Cotton Oil ! company’s Shelby plant here and is now ready for operation when new cotton seed come on the market Capt. J. Frank Jenkins, manager oi the plant says he has discarded elec tric power, except for lighting pur poses, and resorted to steam which he declares will affect a great sav ing in the cost of operation, accord ing to the experience of other seed mills in the cotton belt. A Babcock tube boiler has been installed to generate steam for the twin Corliss engine. The boiler will consume about 150 tons of coal a week when ' the full plant is in operation. To provide for the new generation plant, an engine and boiler room have been built at the local riant To VUit Coker Farm Saturday The annual tour of Cleve land county farmers to the fa mous Coker seed farms and Hartavllle, S, C., Is planned for Friday of this week. R. W. Shoffner, farm agent, stated today that the tour would be made Friday if as many as 15 or more farmers desire to go. It is one of the most educational farm tours to be made and fanners who ran go are asked to notify the farm agent before Friday so that he may know if enough farmers can go to make it worthwhile. The party will leave the court house about fi o’clock in the morning. Mrs. Gantt Enjoys Her 97th Birthday Two Hundred Attend Anniversary Of Widow Of Confederate Veteran. Around 200 people, the majority ot them relatives, attended the celebration Sunday of Mrs. Mary Gantt’s 92tli birthday at her home in west Shelby. Among those pres ent were the seven of her 10 chil dren who are still living. Mrs. Gantt, one of the oldest resi dents of the county, is an unusual lady and has a wide acquaintance. She is unusually alert physically and mentally for her age. Behind her Is a remarkable career. Her husband, a Confederate veteran, died 18 years ago and since- that time Mrs Gantt has made her own way and reared her children by operating a little store, very popular In that section of the city, which she still operates. Bridges Infant Dies; Buried At Union The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Bridges died Saturday at noon and was burled Sunday after noon at 3 o’clock at Union Baptist church, the funeral services being conducted by Rev, Zeno Wall. -Mr. ; Bridges works at the Piedmont (cafe. Before marriage, Mrs Bridges I was Miss Evelyn Moss State Patrolman Breaks His Leg; Is Second Wreck Jo* Slnfkton, Shelby Boy, Badly Injured On Motorcycle Fri day Evening. Gilmore (Joe) Singleton, state • highway patrolman and a Shel by boy, waa Injured for the aee ond time In 2# days when hb motorcycle turned over With him j Friday evening on a curve at j Minneapolis, about !* miles from Boone The young patrolman, en route to the Boone highway celebration from Asheville, suffered a broken right leg In the crash. Jinx Follows Him. A Jinx seems to be pursuing Sin gleton, who was added to the pa trol force this summer. On August 8, while en route from Shelby to Marlon on hla motorcycle to report for duty, his motorcycle skjdded and crashed Into a bridge near Marlon.' He received bad lacerations and bruises in the crash and has beer. I recuperating at his home here Cycle Trouble Friday he and another patrolman j left Asheville for Boone to help handle the traffic at the highway gathering there where Governor Gardner was on the program. At Minneapolis. some distance from Boone, the patrolmen started around a curve. Singleton, it Is sold \ attempted to cut off his gas but In I some manner the gas feed hung up! and the speed of ths motorcycle was | not checked before It hit the curve! and flipped over. The patrolman1 with his right leg badly fractured1 was placed In a truck and rushed! to the hospital at Banner Elk. He; suffered so en route to the hospital j that he had numerous chills and| was for a time In serious condition j | He was visited yesterday by bis I mother, Mrs. L S. Friday, and Mrj Friday and his sister, Mlas Olive J Singleton. They found him to be! recovering somewhat from the shock! of the Injury and the anaesthetic! administered thereafter. He will! have to remain In the hospital, however, for at least she weeks. Due to hla well muscled Bmbs it was found necessary to pull the over lapping fractured bones sg>art with weights and hold them In that posi tion so that the bone might knit to gether Three Injured As Elevator Plunges Down Three Floors Two Whit* Men And One Colored Hurt At Dover Mill On Saturday. Two white men and one col ored man were Injured early Saturday morning when a freight elevator at the Dover mill, west of Shelby, fell three floors or about 35 feet. The injured were Fred Bhytle, broken rib*; Colin Page, toe mash ed and other bruises; and Broad us Thompson, colored, broken right leg. The elevator fell, It Is said, Just at the gate opening on the third floor of the plant. Given Treatment. Shytle was In a semi-conscious condition for some time after being taken to the hospital but was said to be conscious and considerably improved today. Page's Injuries did not necessitate his entering the hospital, and the colored man was taken to his home after having his fractured leg set. The fracture was just below the right knee. Two New Lawyers. A son of a Cleveland county man and the son of a well known Ruth erfordton lawyer, a native of the county, were among those licensed last week to practice law In the State. They were O. B. Carpenter, Jr., of Kings Mountain, and Fred D. Hamrick, Jr., of Rutherfordton. Clyde Hoey Announces He Will Not Seek Senate Seat; Desires No Public Office, He Declares Does Not Choose For the mond time within a year Clyde 1. Hoey (abovet ha* declined the opportunity to become United State* senator. The popular Shelby orator announced Saturday that he would not be a candidate for the Democratic nomination In 1932. Slayer Of Chief Convicted. Given 7 1 Term Of 30 Years Fred Smart Gets Prison Term For Killing Forest City Poller Chief. RuUierfordton, Aug 31f—The jury in the Fred Smart murder ease brought In a verdict of gtrtlty of murder in the second degree at [t:30 o'clock Saturday evening after being out four hours. Judge Camer I on T. McRae Immediately sentenced Smart, who killed Chief of Police Price of Forest City to 30 years in ; the state's prison. This is the maxi mum sentence for second degree murder. Judge McRae declared the pris oner should feel relieved to escape first degree verdict, though he add ed that he was not. criticising the Jury Attorneys for Smart insisted that the sentence be from 30 to 30 years, but this was refused. Solicitor J. Will Pless. Jr . closed the arguments at noon and Judge McRae charged the jury until 1 o'clock. After 30 minutes for lunch, the Jury took the case. Smart remained calm and showed! no signs of emotion when sentence i was passed upon him, though his children burst into tears. Attorneys for Smart moved to set aside the verdict, but. were over ruled. They gave notice of appeal and bond was fixed at $13,000. They admitted, however, that they had little intention of appealing the case, Chief Price was killed the night of June 6, when he attempted to arrest Smart, who drew a knife and stabbed the officer, and then shot him Belmont Mill Move Offices Near Mill The Belmont Cotton mill has mov ed its offices from the Courtview Hotel building to new offices erected near the mill on S. LaRiyette street The new office building Is built of brick and contains several rooms. It was recently erected by Cicero tuts, contractor. THRIFT SUGGESTIONS Sow a turnip patch now while the season is in the ground. Both tops and turnips make good food. The turnips can be hilled for winter use. The surplus makes good hog feed. Save all surplus vegetables and fruits. Dried peaches and apples will come in useful this winter and it costs nothing but a little effort to dry them. All surplus vegetables should be canned. Let’s talk and practice thrift in Cleveland county. The harvest has been abundant and if you have saved enough for your own use, encourage your neighbor who might not have been as thrifty as you to save the sur plus. Give your neighbors some if you have too much for your own use. Add your influence to the campaign for thrift and economy in Cleveland in order that there might be no hungry mouths this winter. Shelby Man Clears Political Air HU* Derision Disappointing To Mint Supporters. Will Stick By Party. Hon. Clyde R. Hoey. Shelbt statesman and widely known orator jontinues to offer his services li relping the Democratic party t< detory but desires no personal rer ignition In those victories. In a statement given to The Bta Saturday he declared that he woulr aot be a candidate for the Demo cratic nomination to the Uniter Stater, senate In 1932. His announce ment, which was of vital Import ance In the political realm, wa' made unsotentatlOusly and modest - iy Hts Statement He said. "I will not be a eandt late for the United States senat* nest year. I had not Intended tc rcac!* a decision as to this question until about the first of January, but since the campaign seems to havs definitely opened now, I feel that in justice to my friends over the state who have so generously tendered me their support, that I should make this announcement without further delay Victory In 1932 T am entirely sincere in saying thRt 1 am not ambitious to nold public office. My greatest concern In a public way is that the Demo cratic party shall continue victorious in the state, and that It may be come ao militant and united in the nation that a great victory will be wdn In 1932 T cover the high privilege of serving my party and state in the waited position of a private citizen and shall give freely of mv time in aggressively defending the Demo cratic record in North Carolina, In cluding the outstanding achieve ments of the present state admin istratlon, and the constructive work of the last legislature, as well m vigorously championing the cau« of Democracy In this nation " Many Supporters The Hoey decision was disap pointing to thousands of his sup porters over North Carolina and to his dose friends in hto home coun ty who for years have longed for the opportunity to support him for public office. In his statement he does not give any specific reasons for not desiring public office, but the hundreds who would have voted for him realize that it was some thing for him to decide for himself and they rejoice in the fact, al though it was expected, that he re (COWTIHUXD OM PAG* PTVX ( Capt. Smith Heads Thrift Committee Clubs Will Be Co-Ordinated la Work To Save Food And Pro mote Employment. Capt. B. L Smith, superintendent of the city schools was* nameC chairman of a committee of five men who will serve as a steering committee to encourage thrift and economy, promote employment-, com bat communism and co-ordinate the work of the various civic, religious and educational organizations of the county. R. T. LeGrand, J. D. Lineberger. J. Rone Davis and R. W. Shoffner, are the other members of the cen tral steering committee named Sat urday morning by representatives of the city and county governments, the civic clubs and the several de nominations of the city. The ap pointment of this committee fol lowed a suggestion made Thursday night by Lee B. Weathers before the Kiwanis club which organization endorsed the idea of having a com mittee of sound thinking business men to consider community prob lems and direct work for the coun ty’s betterment. The first effort on the part of the committee will be to get a thrift campaign going in the county. School children will be asked to carry the message to their parents In the hope that all will save enough food and feedstuffs to carry them through the winter. Means will be used to keep up the morale of the people and later on the citizens will be asked to give preference in their charity to people who live among us rather than to strangers who come in from elsewhere. Should there be any outcropping of communism, this committee will consider ways and means to combat it and promote employment as much as possible.