North Carolina Newspapers

    18, 1931 Published Monday, Wednseday and Friday Afternoons.
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Late News
THE MARKET
Cotton, spot R to 6t,c
Cotton Seed, per ton s>| -»
Rain And Colder.
Today's North Carolina Weather
II e port: Cloudy with occasional
showers tonight and Thursday.
Cooler In west tonight and in west
and north Thursday.
Rains To Help
A drizzle which began tailing in
the Shelby section early today is ex
pected to halt the few scattered
forest fires which started in this
section. Rain is promised tonight
and tomorrow for the entire western
section.
Asheville, Nov. IS.—Forest fires
continued to rage in Western North
Carolina Tuesday while anxious
citizens awaited fulfillment of rain
predictions which so far have fail
ed lo materialize to any appreciable
extent. Haywood and Jackson coun
ties. where several fires have been
in progress, did report slight driz
zles. In McDowell, the flames are
gradually eating their way toward
Marion, and were reported burning
slowly along a road some distance
from the town proper. Marion, af
the foot of the mountains, is locat
ed on a fairly level plain which is
not heavily wooded and little fear
was felt.
Elias A. Morgan,
Age 89, Buried
Here Yesterday
Retired Colton Manufacturer And '
Father Of Mr. Fred Morgan Dies
In Gaffney, S. C.
Elias A. Morgan, lather ol Fred j
Morgan, an official at the Eastside 1
Cotton mill of this place, died at |
the home of his daughter, Mrs, B.
B. Morgan, in Gaffney at 4 o’clock]
Monday afternoon and was buried!
in Shelby Tuesday afternoon in i
Sunset cemetery
Mr. Morgan was a retired cotton ]
manufacturer who operated the |
Double Shoals mili six. miles north!
of Shelby for many years He and j
Pink Jackson bought the mill from
a Mr, Homesley about 48 years ago1
and operated it successfully for
many years, later under the owner- ,
ship of Mr Morgan and his son \
Fred. Mr. Morgan retired from busi- j
ness in 1919 and has since been
making his home with his daughter 1
Mrs, Morgan in Gaf’tne”.
Mr. Morgan was born in Chero
kee county. S. C.. in 184,1 He serv- 1
cd throughout the Civil war in j
Company K from Spartanburg!
county and was* valiant soldier. In
1871 he was married to Miss Mahala i
Jackson 'who survives together with !
one son. Fred Morgen, of Shelby, j
one daughter, Mrs. B. B. Morgan, of
Gaffney, one brother. Frederick
Morgan of Noxapatcr, M:ss.. arfti;
*>ne sister. Mrs J. Frank Gaffney,
of Shelby.
Deceased was a kind hearted;
business man with, excellent. poise ;
and judgment, He lived a long and
useful life, contributing to the up
building of the county in many
ways. The funeral service was con
ducted at 2:30 o’clock Tuesday aft
ernoon at the Morgan home in
Gaffney by Dr. Zeno Wall, pastor
of the First Baptist church of Shel- j
by and Dr. L. P. McGee, pdstor of
'he Buford Street Methodist church.
Interment followed here in Sunset j
cemelery.
Rogers Employees
First Charity Donors
Employees of the Rogers Motors
made a cash donation this week to
lie Charity Fund, according to ac.
announcement by J. D. Lineberger.
chairman of the charity executive
committee. No canvass has been
started as yet, but the Rogers Mo
tor employees volunteered to donate
and contributions came from 100
percent of the men.
It Rents Homes,
It Catches Dogs,
It Finds Money
Users of Star want ads re
port this week that they have
rented rooms, caught stray
dogs and recovered lost
money. One young lady ot
Route .1 Ellenboro had her
purse containing S5 in cash
restored to her this morning
through a Star want adv.
Don't trot your legs off try
ing to find a buyer for mer
chandise. a tenant for your
farm, a renter for your room,
the finder of your lost article
A 25c want adv. may turn the
trick, while you go about
your other business.
Circulation and readers are
the life-blood of a newspaper.
Twenty thousand people read
The Star. That's why adver
•!=>r> get results. The paper
has a reader interest for
every member of the family.
t orest Jr ires Spring
Up In This Section
Wood* Near Hopper
Bridge Afire
Number Of Acres, Some Wllhin
Oity Limits, (turning. No Rain
In Months.
The forest fire menace, which
has been threatening many sec
tions of the two Carolina-. for
several weeks, struck this week
within the Shelby section, sev
eral minor forest fires being
reported over the county and
two near the Shelby city limits.
The first lorest blaze to attract
very much local attention started
late Monday and was still burning
late Tuesday.
In Hull Woods.
The blaze is in the Hey wood Hull
woods and pasture land north of
the city and within the city limits
just northeast of the Hopper bridge.
The flickering blaze attracted con
siderable attention in the uptown
section early in the evening and
more later In the night and early
Tuesday morning. Late yesterday
afternoon it was still burning in
scattered spots
Smoke Disturbs.
Between midnight and 3 o'clock
Tuesday morning scores of Shelby
people were frightened from their
beds1 by the smell of smoke. Many
men searched about their homes
looking for fire as the odor was
similar to that of a smoldering fire
in a closet. About 3 in the morning
the air seemed filled with smoke,
but the majority of the aroused
residents did not know' where the
fire was until Tuesday morning aft
er. of course, they assured them
selves that it was not in their hom
es.
A blaze swept over a tract of tim
ber and undergrowth in the city
water plant section several days
ago, but did not attract as much at
tention as the fire near Hopper
bridge
l-ack Of Rain
The two fires near the city and
several small ones reported in the
county resulted, as did the scattered
blazes all over the State, from the
long drought. Cigarette butts or
matches in many cases have been
dropped in the dry grass and parch
ed undergrojrth to start a blaze.
Urge Precaution.
Until this week Shelby's interest
in the forest fire headlines was that
of sympathy witii other sections,
the nearest serious fires being in
McDowell county, but now that sev
eral blazes have sprung up in this
section extra precaution is urged.
’Possum hunters, sportsmen and
others who may be in the woods are
asked to take every precaution not
to start a fire. Early in the week
Governor Gardner asked that all
hunters throughout the State give
up hunting until there is rain and
less danger of disastrous fires.
It has been more than three
months with one exception since
there has been a good rain in this
section and it has been several
years before this area has exper
ienced such an extr&ne dry spell.
Mr. Schiele To Show
Scout Camp Pictures
R M Schiele, scout executive ot
the Piedmont council, will be the
principal speaker at the Kiwanis
club weekly luncheon to be held this
Thursday night in the Woman's
club room of the Masonic temple
building. Mr. Schiele Will show pic
tures taken at the scout camp at
Lake Lanier and present the sum
mer’s activities. There will be no
Kiwanis meeting next week on ac
count of Thanksgiving
Only Inch Of
Rainfall Here
Just a tittle more than one
i inch of rain has fallen in Shel
by in two and one-half months,
according to the weather rec
ord maintained at the federal
building here.
In fact, the total rainfall ha.-,
been barely above an inch for a
period of practically three months.
There has not been any rain to
speak of since mid-August.
In August the rainfall here was
2.1 inches, the major portion of it
in the first part of the month Ir
September the rainfall was .35 or
an inch and in October .77 of an
inch. There has not been enough
rainfall in 18 days of November for
an entry to be made on the record.
Which means that since mid-Aug
ust the rainfall In Shelby and sec
tion totals only 1.12 inches.
: Since
Spread Of Forest
Fires Not Halted
By Rain Over N. C
Prfdklfi Rain Does Not Arrive
And Wood Blazes
Rage On.
j ClJtM'totte, N6v. 18 —Forest fortes
continued to rage through thous
ands of acres of timber lands in
eastern and western North Caro
lina last night while an anxious
populace awaited fulfillment of rain
predictions which so far had fail
ed to materialize.
Haywood and Jackson counties,
among the hardest hit in the moun
tain section, did report slight driz
zles which failed, in the main, to
check the blaze Reports from
Asheville and a number ol the
smaller fires had burned themselves
lout, but that others were continu
I ing their path of destruction
I through the vast timber lands, tin
der dry from weeks of drought.
Flames Near Marion
At Marion the flames were grad
ually eating their way toward the
town, and were reported burning
slowly along South Main street
some distance from the eity prop
er. Marion, at the foot of the west
ern North Carolina mountains and
surrounded by them, is located on
a fairly level plain whicly is not
heavily wooded and little fear was
felt. In the Linvilie section to the
north, however, the flames burned
unchecked.
' Graham county was added to the
fire list yesterday, a comparatively
small fire being reported between
Topton and Robbinsville. Serious
blazes were still burning in Madi
son county and near East Laporte
in Jackson county
Officials in Asheville voiced the
belief that many of the mountain
fires were started by unemployed
men who desired the 20 cents an
hour they would get for fire fight
ing, and bloodhounds were taken to
the scenes in an effort to trace some
of them, but no arrests were re
ported.
Give Play To Help
Build Burned Gym
A play will be given at the Lat
timore school auditorium Friday
evening of this wek by members of
the Lattimore school faculty, the
proceeds to be used in re-building
the gymnasium which was recently
burned. The title of the play is
“Daddy Longlegs.’’ The public Is in
vited.
Roosevelt Favorite Among Small
Business Men For 1932 President
| Strau*' Poll Show* Roosevelt Fav
ored By 805 Persons. And
Smith By 92.
—
New York, Nov. 18,—The fifth or
the series of presidential preference
polls conducted by Jesse L. Straus,
the results of which were made
public this week, shows Governor
Roosevelt to be the overwhelming
choice of the small business man
throughout the country for the
Democratic nomination in 1932.
Of a total of 1,156 replies recelv.
ed from *7 states, excluding New
fork. Governor Roosevelt was the!
choice of 806 persons, with his near
est competitor, former Governor5
Smith, having 92 William H Mur
ray. Governor of Oklahoma was
third with 82
Governor Roosevelt, • according to
Mr. Straus, was the only nominee
who was favored by persons in
every state in the Union, and hr
‘'carried" all but three of the states
—Maryland, where Governor Albert
C, Ritchie was the choice in the
majority of the replies received,
and Kansas and Oklahoma, wheic
Governor Murray was the choice
The poll was started. Mr Straus
explained, before he was appointed
chairman of the Emergency Unem
ployment Relief Administration by
the governor ft was taken among
business men with a capital of
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Second Woman Senator
Tke I/Att. Mrs Reseoca Fe wom $
The Late SematopCarai/a*
In Ihe loss of her husband. Senator Thaddeus H. Caraway, of Arkan
sas Mrs. Caraway has gained an honor never before experienced by
any American woman in the full sense (hat it is enjoyed by this come
i ly 54-year-old astute feminine politician of Jonesboro. Ark. Appointed
as temporary successor to her husband In the U. S. Senate, Mrs. Cara
way will take her scat when Congress convenes on December 7 and hold
the honor at least until January 12. On that date a special election will
be held In Arkansas to determine who will complete Senator Caraway's
unfinished term, which runs until March. 1933. With Governor Harvey
Parnell, of Arkansas, who appointed Mrs. Caraway to her temporary
post, enthusiastically supporting her for election, it is at least prob
able that this close adviser of her late husband will soon be a full
fledged. duly elected solon. Mrs. Caraway was preceded in the senate
by only one woman, the late Mrs. Re^tcca Latimer Felton, of Georgia,
who held her honorary $eat for only a few hours alter taking offire.
Thus. Mrs. Caraway actually will le the first woman to serve in the
| Senate, taking a vital part in its deliberations.
Patrol Head Probes Action Of
Lieut. Beck At Rutherfordton;
Officer Off Patrol For Present
Capt. Farmer Apologizes To Ruth
erford Officials For Conduct
Of Patrol.
Rutherfordton, Nov. 18 —-Inve. li
gation of the activities of Lieuten
ant R. H Beck and two state high
way patrolmen in a dispute here
Armistice day and the day after
ward was made last night by Cap
tain Charles D. Farmer of the high
way patrol.
Captain Farmer, who held a hear -
ing at the city hall that lasted two
hours, was accompanied by Lieu
tenant Fisher of the Charlotte dis
trict. a stenographer, State Senate
Bennett ol Bryson City, and Will
Neal, jr., of Marion.
As a, result of the incident Arm is
| ttoe day three warrants wer
; sworn out against Beck. who :r
that time was in command of divi
sion E, state highway patrol, em
bracing 22 western North Carol in'
cities, fie has since been removed
of his command.
One warrant charged hun with
cursing and usftig boisterous lan
guage on the streets here and war
signed by C. Lee Biggerstaff., fir
chief and secretary-treasurer ol
Rutherfordton, while two other war
rants charged the lieutenant with
parking within three feet of a fire
plug and assault on affiant, who
was acting as special policeman IF
is a firemen.
i rouble Marts.
The trouble started when Beck
parked his car near a fire plug and
Hodge asked him to move it. Beck
is alleged to have cursed Hodge
j Followed him up on the street and
| struck him.
Next morning Beck was quoted a
I telling Chief of Police S. E Wal
drop that he would lick the who!:
fire department. He is then al
leged to have gone to tife city had.
accompanied by two patrolmen and
engaged in a fight with Fire* Chief
Biggerstaff.
The town council met in special
session that afternoon and asked
that the state highway commission
and Governor Gardner make a ful
investigation.
Hearing of the case last night
was held in the presence of Mayor
R. R. Flack, the town council and
witnesses, who testified as to var
ions phases of llie incident
Reprimand Given.
Captain Farmer, in an interview
after the investigation, stated that
he hoped to attend the trial of
iCONTIA'L’££> OJW UAt;Ji. u:11.yj
Postpone Irick
Wreck Hearing
Lincoln! nil. Nov. 18.—The
preliminary hearing for Cor
nelius IHck, Shelby ftllin;
station operator, who is out
under bond of 5.1.500 charred
with manslaughter in the
death of Connie F.aker. Lin
coln county school teacher
last Thursday, was postponed
Monday until Monday, Nov
ember 3d!
Cotton Blooms Show
Up In November
There is a rush on the part ot
farmers around July 1st to see who
can produce the first cotton blooms
of the season. Q. J. Devenny of near
Hollis did not get in the scramble
to be first, but he plucked blooms
this week from his field which are
no doubt the last of the season. He
brought two blooms to Shelby yes
terday, one a pink and one a white.
The fall has been so late and sum
raerish, cotton has been thinking of
stealing a march on mother nature
and producing a second crop. It Is
lleaded that way but cold weather
is likely to upset plans.
Sister Of Shelby
Man Killed In Wreck
The funeral of Miss Lucy Simp
son, age 27, and formerly of Char
lotte. was held at Duncan Memor
ial Methodist church Charlotte this
morning at 10:30 o'clock. Miss
Simpson was killed In an automo
bile accident in Lynchbury, Va
early this week. She is a sister ol
R B. Simpson of Shelby. Six sis
ters and three other brothers, be
sides her mother, Mrs. N. E. Simp
son who lives in Charlotte, sur
vive.
Gasoline Advances
Half Cent Gallon
Gasoline was advanced here this
morning a half cent per gallon,
making ihe plain gas retail for 20,2
eeolA The advance was announced
yesterday by the Standard Oil Co.
of New .Jersey throughout its ter
ritory and was promptly met Dv all
other refiners
Million Dollar Offer For Electric
Plant Is Being Studied By Board
Cordell Trial
To Be Up Here
Next Tuesday
n»*r Definitely Set For 24tl>. Jury
Day, Not To Be Trans
ferred,
The charge* against Charlie Cor
dell.' former Shelby citiiien and now
a suspended member of the Char
lotto police force, will be aired
again in county court In Shelby
Cordell was given a hearing here
Friday night of last week on the
charge of operating an automobile
while under the influence of whis
key. The charge was preferr»d by
Kings Mountain officers where Cor
dell was arrested. The Jury did not
get the case until midnight and
when it failed to reach a verdict
at almost 2 o'clock in the morning
a mistrial was ordered.
It was stated Saturday that the
tentative date of Tuesday, Novem
ber 34, had been fixed for a sec
ond trial. Later a rumor had it
that the trial might be transferred
to Kings Mountain where the ar
rest, was made and where the re
corder holds court each week The
only jury day of the week with
t.he county court, however, 1s on
Tuesday In Shelby, and it was
stated today that the case wilt be
taken up again then.
The prosecution is reported U.
be strengthening its case against
the officer, while the defense is
working with the hope of clear!
htm. Cordell, who had been on the
Charlotte force for some time, was
suspended until the matter is clear
ed up He was well known when he
lived here and the first trial at
tracted a large crowd of court spec
tators as the second hearing will
likely do.
Debate At Boiling
Springs On Friday
Anniversary Debate Of Athenian
Society To Be Held Friday
Evening.
The Athenian literary' society of
Boiling Springs junior college will
celebrate the anniversary of its or
ganization Friday night with a de
bate program which begins at 7:30.
In addition to the debate feature
there will be a number by a quartet
and a reading.
Debate Cotton.
The debate topic is one oi gen
eral interest at this time in North
Carolina. It is: “Resolved that North
Carolina should adopt a cotton holi
day, providing states embracing
two-thirds of the cotton area adopt
a similar law.”
L. E. Snipes and L. R Pitts will
uphold the affirmative, and Brunery
Honeycutt and Jesse Cooley make
up the negative team
No Civil Service
For Star Routes
When bids are received on Jan
uary 19 for star mail routes in
Cleveland county they will not be
under civil service examination.
In Monday’s Star it was stated
that/ the star route contracts would
be under civil serlvce * examination
and procedure, but Postmaster J,
H. Quinn says this was an error.
The rural delivery route operate
under the civil service, but not the
star routes. Information as to the
list of the routes, bonds, etc. may
be secured from the Shelby post
master.
Family May Live For Weeks On 63
Cents, Specialist Tries To Prove
Making Every Use Of Wheat At
Low Price To Show Low
Living Cost.
Chicago, Nov 18.—The belief that
it is possible to feed an average
family for several weeks, perhaps s
month, with an expenditure of 63
cents, has been expressed by Dr.
Lloyd Arnold.
Dr. Arnold, who is professor of
bacteriology and preventive medi
cine at the University of Illinois
and bacteriologist for the State de
triment of public health, is experi
menting with wheat with the idea
of finding a cheap one-food balanc
ed diet for the unemployed Al
though he said that he was not yet
l-eadv to announce his complete
findings he expressed the opinion
that a bushel of wheat would keep
a family for several weeks. Whea
ls selling at 63 cents a bushel.
Mrs. Arnold, who is helping'him,
plans to invite friends to join her
in a wheat meal. There’ll be wheat
soup, wheat muffins, wheat croquet
tes wheat salad dressing, wheat p>e
and wheat pudding. And if the
guests stay for breakfast they will
have wheat porridge
Mrs. Arnold has been conducing
the experiment tn her own kitchen
to render unmilled wheat palatable
Only four pounds have been con
sumed in a week There are 56
pounds to a bushel
; Authorize Mayor To Study S. P. U. Rate* Ir
Other Cities Before Deciding Upon Sale
Election. Board Non-Commital. Opposi
tion To Sale Seems Strong Among Divided
Sentiment.
A definite proposition to buy the city's light plant for
the sum of one million, one hundred thousand dollars was
made to Mayor McMurry and Alderman Z. J. Thompson,
Maynard Washburn, John Schenck, jr.. and D. W. Royster
last night by the Southern Public Utilities Company of
Charlotte, a subsidiary of the Duke Power Company.
Queried in Deaths
j Mrs. Lola Pendleton Pickett, who is
j being hold in Lexington, N. fol
lowing autopsies on the bodies of
i her daughters. Elisabeth and Vir
ginia. Virginia died May ,1rd and
Elisabeth Sept. 16. Large quantities
of arsenic were found In the chil
dren's stomachs. Mrs. Pickett, al
though admitting she kept rat poi
son in her house, denied ac
knowledge of the cause of her chil
dren deaths.
!Two Magistrates
1 Indicted Before
Judge Moore
|a. . ...
[ Jurist Who W'arned Of Chatter Of
Misuse Of Offiee Meets Such
Charge.
Judge Walter E Moore, who
warned a grand jury in Shelby two
weeks ago of the danger of ^misuse
of the office of justice of peace.1
had a jury return true bills in such ■
indictments before him in court this!
week at Greensboro
In his charge to the grand Juryi
here Judge Moore made the remark1
that in some sections "sotne magis- i
trates are making more money tlianj
Superior court justices.” He then;
pointed out that the law required a j
Justice of the peace to report every!
case tried before him to Superior |
court, showing in the report the |
type of misdemeanor, the fine ari
j costs imposed, etc. He reminded
that in bygone days a mugistrate j
was a highly respected and esteem
ed personage in his community, but
because some men who hold the of
fice use it to make money the dig
nity and respect of the office de
creased. He told the jury that it
was its business and that of the
Superior court and its officials to
see that these reports are made and
made correctly.
His emphasis of the possible mis
use of public office in his talk here
caused numerous local citizens to
note the fact that a jury in Greens-;
boro, where he is now presiding, re
turned two bills against magistrates.
It brought the total number of in
dictments and charges agalnrt jus
tices in Guilford county to 15.
The proposition was made by h.
C. Marshall, president: R. L. Peter
man and J. Paul l.ucas. vice presi
dents. A number of interested dtt
sens crowded the city hall office »o
hear the proposition presented. Mr
Marshall acted as spokesman and
read ttjc proposition offering the
above mim for the plant and a sixty
year franchise, the proposition to
be ratified by a vote of the people
in a special election if the city of
ficials decide to submit the mat
ter
Will l>ellberatr.
Upon the retirement from the
meeting rtf the 8. P. U. official
the etty officials discussed the prop
osition but took no action other
than authorize the mayor to in
vestigate in other cities where the
S. P. U. company has purchased
light plants to determine whethe*
or not the citizens there are satis
fied with the change in service and
to determine what the plants 11
dthcr cities go- on the tax books fo
taxable purposes,
No Rair Comparisons
There was no attempt on the pair
of President Marshall to compaic
electric rates now charged by Shel
by under municipal ownership wttr
the rates charged by the Soulherr
Public Utility Co. A rate sheet w»
submitted, however, showing thf
established rates for the 8 P. U
company authorised by the stair
corporation commission and charg
ed in all of the ITS t.owftS’lflrt chief
in which the light plants are own
ed by the S. P. U. company. Refer
ence to any of these cities was given
by Mr. Marshall for Shelby to iind
out if the service in those cities is
satisfactory.
Of course, in the event of a sale
of the city's plant to th<* S. P U.
company, the city will have to bur
power from the new owners wlU
which to light the streets and oper
ate the pump station motors, Mr
Marshall pointed out that his com
pany has no "free” service fbr an'
individual, churches or schools
even the officials of his company
paying for their service.
Investigate Rond Retirement
In answer to the question of Al
derman John Schenck as to wheth
er the city's outstanding bond!
could be paid off before they ar*
due. Mr. Marshall said that was a
matter entirely up to the city and
the bond holders. He (would not
commit his company to assumin'
responsibility for the payment oi
the city's bonds when due, but said
he would be glad to discuss the
matter with the city officials if the
deal should reach that point. He
stated that the 8. P. U. proposition
to buy was for cash and that it is
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Two People Hurt
In Auto Collision
O. C. Newton, of Dover Village
Has Ribs Broken In. Tuesday
Crash.
Two people were painfully injur
ed and another bruised up in an
automobile collision shortly after 6
o'clock Tuesday evening at the In
tersection of highway 20 west ol
Shelby and the Dover Mill road.
The care colliding were those
driven by O. C. Newton, of the Dov
er village, who was coming into the.
highway from the Dover road, and
Yates Green who was going west
on the highway.
Mr. Newton had two ribs broken
ajid was still in the Shelby hospi
tal today Miss Essie Hipps, who
wali riding with Newton and hi*
wife, had her wrist lacerated, ami
Mrs. Newton was bruised.
Honor Shelby Bos.
Raleigh. Nov. 18—The N. C. State
college chapter of Kappa Phi Kap
pa, national honorary education
fraternity, has elected nine new
members who will be initiated to
night, November 18
New members are A. D. William
-on, Reidsville: H. C. Colvard, Red
ties River; Westiey Wallace, Ra
eizh; M C. Freeman. Hamlet; H
b. Smithwick. Apex; J. B. Wilson
Shelby, C H Drye, Oakboro; B
3 Crumpler, Fayetteville: R, J
.vday. Brevard
    

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