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    Around Our TOWN
OR
Shelby SIDELIGHTS
By RENN DRUM.
i UUKTING NOW ANT) THEN;
"SPARKING" AND "PETTING"
An elderly man about town 'you wouldn't know it u> look at him and
hear him express his views.' has a tip to offer Shelby girls.
If Dorothy Dix will pardon the Intrusions upon her live-learn-and -
love philosophy, we'll let the old timer ruminate a bit:
"The reason,” he says, “that the modern girl has a harder time of
Retting her man than did the girls of 30 veers ago is that she permits
the boy friend to see too much of her. Understand, however, that I do
not mean that due to modem styles she permits him to see too much of
her loveliness and charm. What I mean is that she permits him to see
het- too often.
You might term my argument a debate upon the merits of 'Spark
ing vs. Petting.’ If you'll go talk to such fellows as Bet (R. A.) Washburn,
Audio Rudasin and C. H. Shull, and they'll open up, you'll get my idea.
“In the old days we boys (Washburn, Rudasill, Shull, et al) went on
our dates at 7 in the evening and left for home promptly at 9. Nowadays
they go at 9 and leave at 2 in the morning. What’s more we went only
once a week, Sunday evening, and perhaps once through the week when
there was some Special occasion or event, but nowadays they go every
rught and take a ride nearly every afternoon. As a result the boys see too
much of them, they run out of anything to talk about and in a short
time get bored and seek new dates. If the girls do not believe it, let them
try It. Permit the boy friend to come around only one night each week
and he’ll find the girl far more Interesting. Continuous association grad
ually bums out the charm, perhaps that’s why romance becomes a bit
drab after marriage. (Whod a’thought an old timer about Shelby could
philosophise like that*)
wny, a xiss oooesn t mean anything like as much these days as It
aid In my sparking days. We were lucky in those days to get one kiss a
?ear, along about Christmas time, and, boy, did that kiss mean some
thing! After waiting a year for it and then being permitted an oppor
tunity at those shy lips—well. I’ll tell you, I’ve driven home in a buggy
after one of those onee-a-year busses and felt more like riding in the
rlouds than any of these aviators. It Just meant so much to us fellows
that right often we decided that we couldn't wait until neat Christmas
for another one and as a result we just went back next time and popped
rhe question. Chances are that if she permitted the kissinf, frequently1
we wouldn’t have decided that a wedding was the only way we could get
them often. Do you get me? Wen, these modem girls—and they’re a
aood looking bunch—may not kiss and pet as much as the gossips say,
but if they wouldn't have a date with THE boy friend every night and
would make him really value that kiss when he did get it, instead of tak
ing it as a matter of course, I believe they'd get somewhere, down 'that
long, long trail’ to the altar, in a hurry.
Just go ask some of these older fellows. For weeks and weeks after j
that ance-s-year buss we just couldn’t eat or anything else And, let me
fell you, when one of the sweet things gets her man hanging over Use,
ropes In that manner, it won’t be long now "
So, there's your prescription, girls. Take it or leave it as you will, or j
shaking before using or guasle it straight. It’s your business, but maybe j
-otne of the boys of today will look at it in a different light. Maybe, after j
all, it would be best to ask Dorothy Dix about it, but the old timer who
nfters the advice is regarded as a pretty wise student of human nature
and he wasn't any "slow poke ’ among the women in his days. Nosrirree.
not from what some of his pals say!
* YOUNG FBL.LOW SHOWS
HIS MANHOOD
From Dr. C. H H comes a letter stating that the young Shelby man
referred to may not appreciate the publicity but deserved rhe commenda
tion nevertheless. Says the communication:
The modern boy may be considered .selfish and overbearing, but I
saw an incident recently that proves to the contrary and the honors for
unselfish thinking go to Ralph Gardner, the governor's son. A poor, un
lortunate colored boy, enjoying the freedom of a parole from prison
standing on a crowded street eomer in the eity recently, accidentally
stepped on a white boy s foot. The white youth and his companion re
sented the act and immediately tried to force the colored boy to a back
alley for a licking. Ralph saw the happening and recognized the colored
boy, and he realiaed that any trouble would send the black boy back to
prison for a long time. He attempted to make peace and failing to do so
he hurried the colored boy to a nearby building. After another talk with
rhe white boys he finally persuaded them that the act was not inten
tional upon the part of the black boy What an invaluable service he
thus rendered to an unfortunate victim of circumstances. If more of us
would do things of this type to give the fallen a helping hand and at'
least a decent break, what a better world it would be.”
Shelby Shares. George Washburn has worn a mustaehio longer than
any of the other younger men about Shelby . Elmer Scott, former
Penney manager in Shelby for a short visit, is as effervescent and ener
getic as ever . Col. C. E. McBrayer, the army physician, resembles
Dave Clark, textile magazine publisher ... Afternoons this week it may
be hard to find quite a number of Shelby men at their places of busi
r.ess. Football practice starts ... Why are the fountains on the court
square not operating? What did they cost when installed? When were
they Installed? And since they are there why not use them? ... Pete
Webb, the young golf pro, set a new course record on the Gastonia links
last week .... A checker game is going on nearly all the time in the joint
office of the Blanton electric firm and that of A. B. C. DePnest, the
magistrate .... Buck Coble, former football star, has lost weight since
becoming a member of the city fire department where he keeps hanging
a round waiting for the siren . . . Wm. Uneberger has a little joke that
would Indicate that awning cloth manufacturers would be mopping up
because of the street pajama fad ... . How many overlooked it? Friday
was the third anniversary of Shelby's worst disaster .... That “busted
up” bridge club remark had a boomerang—and how! .... A little colored
boy sitting on the floor at the rear of a Shelby drug 3tore, rocking in
silent agony, tears coursing down his cheeks. Afflicted unknowingly with
the worst form of social disease . . no place to sleep , . no money to pur
chase medicine and none for doctor's bills . . yet a lot of us walking about
whining of the bad breaks in life . . . Hal Kemp, who is being sued for
*40 000 for a kiss it is alleged he “took” from a New York girl two years
pgo. kissed a Shelby girl, we hear, back in the days when he was just a
Carolina boy and not an internationally known orchestra leader. It’s
cioubtful, the story being true, if the Shelby girl considered worth quite
that much then . . . ‘If,’’ chimes in a cynical reader, “all young Shelby
women knew as much about home cooking as about contract bridge all
of us men would die with indigestion.” . . . Wow!
TAKE A LOOK. ZIEGFELD:
TAKE A LOOK
Nominations have been pouring in for the prettiest working girl con
test. Stenographers, hello girls, clerks, office assistants, etc., aU, according,
to their supporters with enough beauty to make mere man turn his head;
and look again. Here are some of the entrants among the good looking '
Shelby girls ‘making their own”: Louise Tedder, Helen Francis, Margaret
Moss, Mamie Mayhue, Clara Hord, Blanche DePriest, Mary Reeves For
r.ey, Della Wall, Aileen Walker, Melissa Kerr, Ruth Whlsonant, May El
more, Ruth Hopper, Flossie Grice, and Mildred Boyles.
There must be a prise winner in that collection, but the lists remain
open
THE STAR EVERY BTHER DAY 52.50 PER YEIR |
Gigantic Agricultural Enterprises
Are Being Planned Bv Chain Store
Farming on a gigantic scale is
now being planned by the big chain
store* as a means to delivering
cheaper and better food to their
customers, according to Prof. Wal
ter B. Pitkin of Columbia univer
sity, who has been consulted as to
the economic soundness of the
scheme. He asserts that one chain
store is now sending one of the
shrewdest farm managers ah
around the country, with funds to
buy or lease thousands of rich
acres.
•The idea,' says Prof. Putin in
an article published by Country
Home, a national farm magazine, "is
to supply chain stores with food
from chain farms. The experiment
will first be tested on a small scale
If It works, there will be available
millions of dollars for the acquisi
tion of a veritable empire
"Will it succeed? Who knows? But
we must admit that the present
state of business, finance and agri
culture favors it as never before.
We enter an eia of falling prices
and declling returns on capital.
That means failure for him who
cannot slash production costs. Tj
spells the doom of all those who
having paid $300 an acre for grain
land compete against others who
hold equally good soil at $50 an
acre. A decade of golden oppor
tunities will fall into the lap., of
only two kinds of citizens; those
blessed with superior technical ski”
in management and those who have
much capital with which to ac
quire farms at the bargain prices
of tomorrow.”
Richard Whitney, president of
the New York Stock Exchange, pre
dicts that within a few years multl
million-dollar farming corporations
will be coming to Wall Street for
large-scale financing.
One grocery chain cotlid easily
inanago a roui.,1 million acres. Ten
chains could swing ten times that
area And, because the cost of pro
ducing and distributing products cl
these Helds would range far below
that reached by any small farmer or
cooperative, the chain . tores would
set market prices for all growers. It
is always the lowest offer that de
termines the day's level. The typi
cal farmer spends between $1 10 and
$1.25. net, to raise a bushel of wheat,
A chain store farm manager could
readily grow the same for 45 cents,
says Prof. Pitkin, who adds that
Collins in Iowa, Bird in Kansa
Wilson in Montana and Price In
Texas are doing that very thing
now. with acreage and capital fet
smaller than the chain store's
Bootblack To the Professor
A professor was once accosted b\
a dirty little bootblack “Shine your
shoes, sir?" The professor was dis
gusted by the dirt on the lad's face
' I don't want a shine, my lad," he
said, “but if you will go and wasn
your face I'll give you six-pence '
"Righto, guv-nor,’’ replied the boy,
as he may hl3 way to a neighboring j
fountain. Soon he returned, looking]
much cleaner, "Well, my boy,” said
tlie professor, “you have earned
your six-pence; here it is,” “I don't ]
want your six-pence, guv-nor,” re-j
jilied the boy. ' You hang on to it.,
and get your hair cut."
Gusty Ous—Lady, by giving me j
this dollar you have saved me from j
doing a very distasteful thing.
Kind Lady—And what is that? ]
Dusty Gus—Work!
(ioing Strong
“ c?
Just to prove that her seventy
eight year* do not handicap her,
Mr'. M, l„ Chase (above), of Atlan
ta. joined a party of eleven In an
attempt to climb Stone Mountain,
Georgia s great boulder. Five fin
ished the arduous journey, and youj
can bet Mrs. Chase was Included.
Night Hawks!
Wifw Paul, the neighbors are
complaining about you running the
lawn mower at six o'clock in the
morning.
Hubby Which neighbored
Wifie- -Those that play the radio
till two a, m
Two Year’s Supply of
Wheat Already Made
If Whf»l Crop t« fill In Half. Trier
May Advance To $1.00 Per
Bu »irl.
All American farmers are urgeu
to cut their wheal acreage exactly
in half by Thomas Cathcart, agri
cultural editor and statistic*) inter
preter He estimates that there is a
total available supply of wheat in
the United States for the 1931-32
season of 1,169,000 000 bushels, or
somewhat less than two year;' nor
mal requirements.
Should farmers rut their acreage
of winter wheat for 1933 by SO pc,
cent or more, the price might go up
to a dollar a bushel," he writes in
The Country Home. But, human
nature being as it is, we cannot
hope that there will be any suen
drastic reduction, The course for
the cautious farmer seems clear
He had better not grow wheat all if
he can find anything more profit
able to fit Into his rotation. And
those to whom wheat is normally
an important cash crop might do
well to ask themselves these two
questions; 'Can I afford to grow
wheat which may not be worth
more than fifty cents a bushel next
year?' and ‘Can I profitably grow
wheat as a feed for livestock at
present price levels?'
"If a farmer cannot answer eith
er of these two questions in the
sffirmative he would do well to
look around for some other crop.
To disregard again the lesson of
1931 would be nothing short of
;anibling against great, odds."
t’nlHerarj.
Oswald—But, dear, a kiss speaks
.’olumea" ,
Matilda -Well, 1 ro not fond' of
rooks.
Follies Girl
in Jam Again
•lust becausr she happens to know Tough Willie" McCabe irighti th
rude New Vork police arrested and questioned Hilda Ferguson ileft), (or
mer featured Follies girl. Hilda nays »hr doesn't know a thing about thi
! fight In a (iotham speakeasy during which McCabe, notorious gamblei
was stabbed several times, but the rude police think differently. An even
ruder Judge held Hilda in $5,0(V0 bail as a material witness.
5,000 HOMES RECEIVE T H E ST AR
Every Other Day. That Means 20,000 intense
Readers. If you have something to sell, tell
|these 20,P00 People about it in these columns.
Aboard Airliner
Eastern Air Transport
Smoking compartment; Washington-New York plans. Hostess offer
ing CheslerfieULs. I'holos by courtesy Eastern Air Transport, Inc.
I’m almost too ev cited to wnte,
and there's so mack to see> both inside the plane and out. We've left
Washington behind now, and I’ve just had a Chesterfield in the smoking
compartment—they serve them on every ship.
' Among the eighteen passengers there’s a senator and a foreign diplo
mat; and I’m surprised at the number of women. The trip is two hun
dred miles and the meter in the cabin reads two miles a minute; think
of that
’Tor me, the Chesterfields were the nicest touch of all. I was just dying
for a smoke, and when the hostess passed them (and my favorite ciga
rette at that) everyone else seemed as tickled as 1 was. And my-they
did taste good I
h
Chesterfields are served in the smoking
compartments of all these planes—the
largest and most luxurious in the East. \
With the fast growth of air travel, Ches
terfield makes many new friends each day,
here as in city streets and country homes
—wherever good taste counts.
A mild cigarette—delightfully mild and
smooth—with a tobacco fragrance all its
own.
Whether you’re air-minded or not,you’ll
always find Chesterfield on the air-lino
to taste—the quickest way to get there.
They Satisfy l
    

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