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Late News
Cotton, spot _. _...... 6 to 6*ic
Cotton Seed, per ton ..$15
Cloudy And Warmer.
Today * North Carolina Weather
Report: Mostly rloudv tonight and
Saturday. Probably occasional
showers In west and north portions.
Slightly warmer tonight.
Outlaw Alfonso.
Madrid. Nov. 20.—Former King
Alfonso of Spain, was outlawed by
the Spanish national assembly earlv
today. The vote was by acclamation
and it was understood that the
< ount of Romanones, lone mon
archist deputy in the assembly, who
had defended his king against a
i barge of treason, did not vote.
Salvation Army
Band Will Play
Here Tomorrow
Officials Of Organization Will Be
W'ith Band. Public Invited
The largest Salvation Army con
cert ever given in Shelby is sche
I duled for the court square tomor
row, Saturday, morning at 10
The 25-piece band which will
give the concert comes from At
lanta and will stop over here while
en route to Durham where it goes
to participate in the dedication cf
ihe new $30,000 Salvation Army
hospital there. The band is made up
of some of the best musicians in'
the South arid will be accompanied
bv some of the leading Salvation
Army officials in the Southern
area, according to Ensign W. H
Stanley, of Gastonia, who was here
vesterday making advance arrange
Among the officials will be Com
tmissioner Alexander M. Damson,
who is in charge of the work in the
Southern territory. He is expected
to make a brief talk. He has been
in the organization for 40 years,
'ince the age of 17, is an excellent
speaker, a veteran social worker,
and has been honored with the doc
tor of divinity degree.
Tlie band in the concert will be
directed by Ensign Albert E. Bald
win, who was born in the Salvation
Army and has been in the service
25 years. At the age of 18 he was
the director of Queen Victoria's
Seamen's Institute band in London,
and he served with the Canadian
forces during the World war.
The public is invited to attend
the concert and Mayor S. A. Me.
Murry will welcome the visiting of
ficials during their short stay here.
Junior Stunt Night
To Be Held Tonight
High School Students Put On Snap
py Take-offs, Skits, And Songs
This Evening.
The junior class of the Shelby
lugh school will sponsor their an
nual evening of fun at the high
school auditorium tonight at eight
The stunt night prograin was in
augurated in the high school last
year as an annual event and is al
ready' one of tho highlights of the
school year for parents and patrons
of the school a* well as for the
All classes and organizations are
cooperating with the' Juniors in
making this entertainment a suc
cess. There will be snappy songs and
dances, and clever skits and take
The program for the evening is
as follows:
1—Sophomores. Mass meeting of
the comic sheet.. 2—Juniors—Wed
ding of Augustus Peabean and Per
lina Eggplant. 3—Freshmen. The
Leg of Nations. 4—-Seniors. At the
broadcasting station. 5—Debaters.
An Alphabetical Romance. 6—Ath
letics. The clown minstrels. 7—Dra
matic club. Saved: or Love’s Dilem
ma. 8— Faculty. The Animated
Mrs. Black Dies;
Carried To Tenn.
Wife of W. K. Black of Waco Sec
tion Victim of Nephritis. Bur
ned in Tennessee.
a - S
The body of Mrs Hortense Fan
ning Black, wife of W. K. Black who
died in the Shelby hospital Wednes
day afternoon at 2:30 o'clock was
carried yesterday morning to hfer
former home in Morristown, Tenn.,
for interment today. Mrs. Black
had been sick since August, suffer
ing with chronic nephritis. She en
tered the hospital last Friday. She
was 45 years of age and was mar
ried to Mr. Black 14 years ago.
Surviving are her husband, six
,«|pp-children. her mother. Mrs
Elizabeth Fanning and a brother
Austin Fanning, the latter two liv
ing in Morristown where the body
will be burled today.
Bank Robbery A ttempt
Fails At Mooresboro
Yeggs Burn Way Into
Vault There
Daring Attempt Made To Crack
Union Trust Safe There Wed
nesday Night.
Rob Uncle Sam.
The big loser in the bank
robbery early Thursday morn
ing at Mooresboro was th<
postal department. The safe
crackers failed to get In the
main safe of the bank but
took approximately $315 in
stamps and silver from the
vault. The stamps belonged to
the Mooresboro post office,
which is near the bank, and
were kept there for safety.
Officers today had no new
clues to help them in their
search for the yeggs.
A daring attempt was made to
crack the safe and rob the Union
Trust Company’s branch bank at
Mooresboro, this county, some time
Thursday morning before day
break .
The yeggs burned their way into
the bank vault but were not able
to get into the safe before they were
frightened away or became afraid to
crack the safe due to the heat caus
ed by the acetylene torches used in
burning through the vault.
Shrewd Effort.
It is the belief of Sheriff Irvin
Allen and officers that the attempt
ed bank robbery was staged by pro
fessionals or directed by an expert
Entrance into the bank building
was made by the rear door. Afte^
entering the yeggs used a laree
acetylene tanl^ and torches to burr,
through the heavy vault to reach
the safe. An attempt was then
made to burn into the vault. This
failing it seems as if it was plan
ned to use nitroglycerine to blow
open the safe.
Was Too Hot.
Apparently the heat from the
acetylene torches was so intense
that it was dangerous to use the
nitroglycerine and also too hot in
the building to be comfortable. The
Mooresboro Creamery had been I
broken into and three cream cans
taken therefrom for the purpose at
carrying water to pour on the hot
vault and safe.
■When Sheriff Allen was called
there about 8 o'clock yesterday
morning the vault and safe were
still hot from the acetylene process
This indicated that the attempted
safe-cracking took place not long
before daylight.
In making their getaway the
yeggs left a big acetylene tank in
the building. A cap and other ar
ticles were also abandoned in the
hurried getaway, which was made
it is believed, when someone came
by and frightened the thieves.
The trip to and from the bank
had been made in an automobile,
but when officers were called the
tracks were not clear enough to
give any beneficial clue.
One presumption is that at least
one of the party must have known
something of “the lay of the land’
as shown by the stealing ot the
creamery cans for carrying wat»r
to cool off the heated safe.
More Than 2 People Killed Each
Day In North Carolina In October
I Almost 500 Were Injurrd During
Month Of Reckless, Splendid
i _
! Raleigh, Nov. 20—Speed, reckless
ness and carelessness killed 83 per
: sons and injured 496 more during
i October, according to the figures on
automobile accidents released by
L .S, Harris, chief of the theft and
license bureaus of the department
of revenue. So far, for the first ten
I months of 1931, a total of 599 per
jsons have been killed in battle in
j the entire Spanish-American war,
; in which 282 American soldiers we^e
! killed in action. In September 77
were killed and 519 injured. In Oct-’
i ober, 1930, only 70 were killed and
417 injured in automobile accidents.
Since July 1, 1927, a total of 3,089
| have been killed and 30.726 injured
j in automobile accidents in North
[Carolina. The law requiring the
\ automobile license division to keen
: statistics on automobile accidents
went into effect July 1, 1927. and
J .
accurate statistics go back only to
that date.
These statistics merely serve to
point out the need tor greater care
in driving automobiles and the need
for more conservative speeds.* said
Commissioner A. J. Maxwell, of the
department of revenue, “For the
records show that excessive speed,
carelessness and a disregard for the
laws of the road are responsible for
most of these accidents. Drivers of
automobiles are in too big a hurry
these days. They should remember
speed is always dangerous and that
it is better to get where they are
going than to not get there at all
or than to get there In a hearse."
An analysis of the 548 accidents
reported in October shows that 100
drivers were involved in fatal ae
cidents and 4.448 in non-fatal ac
cidents. Six of the drivers involv
ed in fatal aocldents were intoxi
cated while 31 intoxicated drivers
were involved in non-fatal acci
New Minister
f I ' .— • ....I ‘
Meet the new pastor of Centra)
Methodist church. Dr. E. K. Mc
Carty (above) former presiding eld
er of the Charlotte district, is ex
pected to move to Shelbv Thursday
of next week to assume his pastor
ate succeeding Rev. L. B. Hayes.
Dr. McLarty Will
Arrive In Shelby
Thanksgiving Day
Rev. Mr. Hayes Preaches Farewell
Sermon At Central Church
Rev. L. B. Haves, for two
years pastor of Central Meth
odist church, will preach his
farewell sermon Sunday morn
ing at 11 o’clock.
A large congregation is expected
to hear the popular minister in his
final appearance as pastor in the
Central church pulpit. There will
be no services Sunday evening.
To Waynesville
Rev. Mr. Hayes was sent to the
Waynesville district as presiding
elder by the recent Methodist con
ference- He and his family will
likely leave Shelby Wednesday for
their new home.
Dr. E. K. McLarty, formerly pre
siding elder of the Charlotte dis
trict, will move to Shelby, it is un
derstood, Thursday of next week
which is Thanksgiving day. Hi
first sermon here will likely be
preached a week from Sunday
The new Central pastor will be
accompanied by his wife. He has
two sons, one of whom is a minis
ter and the other is a student at
Oxford university.
Sec Gaffney Win
A number of Shelby people were
in Gaffney yesterday afternoon to
see the annual high school foot
ball classic of upper South Caro
lina between the Gaffney and Spar
tanburg high school elevens. Gaff
ney won by the score of 7 to 0 with
a crowd estimated at 3,000 people
looking on
Over Half Of
County People
Rural Dwellers
57% Population Is
On Farms
31 Percent Of 51.914 Population t
Lives In Towns And Cities.
Rural State.
More than half of the people in j
Cleveland county live on the farm.
Statistics assembled by the Uni*
verslty News Letter show that 57.10
percent of the 51,914 people in the
county are farm dwellers.
The urban residents are 31.83 j
percent of the total, a little more j
than one-third, the majority of
whom live in Shelby. There in an
other class in which 11.27 percent
of the total population are rural
dwellers but do not farm.
Lincoln is the only one of the
neighboring counties with ft larger
percentage farm population. Of
Lincoln's 22,872 people 64 49 percent
live on the farm, 16.45 percent in
the city, and 19.06 percent are ru
ral dwellers who tio not farm. In
Gaston it swings the other way
Only 19.70 percent of the total pop
ulation lives on the farm. 35.68 per
cent lives in town and cities, but
44.7f percent lives in the rural sec
j tion but does not farm. Tn Burke
44.45 percent of the 29.014 popula
tion lives on the farm. 20.40 percent
in town, and 35.14 in the rural sec
tion but without farming. In Ruth
erford 51.18 percent of the 40,452
people live on the farm, 17.63 in
the city, and 31.19 in the rural sec- j
tions without farming.
Over The State.
Discussing the ratio in the en
tire State, the University News Let
ter says:
North Carolina is dominantly and
predominantly rural. She always
has been one of America's most
• rural states, and remains so. She
is rural in the aggregate, and rural
on a ratio basis.
Only two states, Pennsylvania and!
Texas, have more rural people than i
North Carolina.
Only one state, Texas, has more ;
farm dwellers than North Carolina. I
Only six states have higher rural j
population ratios.
Urban, as used by the census bu- j
reau, refers to incorporated places1
with 2,500 inhabitants or more.
Rural refers to all others. Rural-!
farm refers to all people who live:
on farms. Rural-nonfarm refers to
those who live in incorporated or
unincorporated places below 2.500 !
inhabitants, and all others except
farm dwellers
North Carolina in 1930 had 3.170.-;
276 inhabitants. The urban dwellers I
numbered 809.847. or 25.5 percent j
Rural dwellers numbered 2.360,429. i
distributed as follows: rural-farm
j dwellers 1.597.220; rural-nonfarm
; dwellers 763.209. Also there were 2,
698 people living on farms inside
incorporated places, classes as ur
ban dwellers.
New Hanover. Caswell.
1 New Hanover county has the
| smallest farm population ratio in
: ^e state with 3.8 percent farm
dwellers At the other extreme is
Caswell with nearly ninety-two out
of every hundred living on farms ,
Durham county, however. is
slightly more urban than New Han- :
over which has a larger rural-non
farm ratio.
Dare is interesting in that near
ly ninety-five percent of her people
are rural-nonfarm dwellers. living
mainly off the water resources of
. the county.
Boy Scout Camp Life
Is Shown In Pictures
Scout Executive Shows How Scouts
Engage Themselves In Help
ful Pursuits.
Colored pictures were shown last i
night by R. M. Schiele, Piedmont
council scout executive before the
Kiwanis club in the Masonic Tem
ple funding, portraying the activi
ties of the boys who visit the scout
camp at Lake Lanier each Rummer.
Nothing has impressed the Ki
wanis club so favorably and forcibly ■
with the scout cause as the pictures
showing how the boys devote their j
time in character building and bet- i
ter citizenship. The pictures show
ed how the boys are taught to swim,
row. make baskets, learn wood
working, blacksmithing. archery,
study botany, animals birds, etc.
Mr Seidel® graphically described!
!each picture to the club members.,1
In many of tlfe pictures were boys'
from- the Shelby troops.
Royal Pair Seeking Divorce
I ormer Kin; ficorge of Greece and his queen, Ihr former Prinms
F.lirabeth of Rumania, sister of Kir.*: Carol, who, if is reported, have
taken steps to obtain a divorce. The cause of their separation is be
lieved to be the result of the Intense strife that has split the Hohemol
tern family.
Red Cross Roll
Call Monday And
Tuesday Coming
Mrs. E, V Webb Chairman Ari l
Has Twelve Team Captain* To
Wind lip Drive.
Monday and Tuesday of ne> i
week is annual Red Cross roll rail
days in Shelby and Mrs. E. Y Webb
has kindly consented to act as
chairman for the drive which wit,
be finished up in two days time.
Shelby's quota is 800 members anti
it is felt that with Mrs. Webb and
her fine organization of ladies con
ducting the campaign, that the full
quota will be reached in the drive
A smooth working organization i
being gotten together and the work
systematized so that, the drive can
Be tompieted within the least pas
sible time
This is the 50th anniversary of
the founding of the American Red
Cross in rendering service to hu-'
manity throughout the world. Mem
bership is from $1 up and practical
ly all of the money raised locally
remains here for use in extreme i
need. On $1 merberships, 50c is sent
to national headquarters and 50(
retained by the local Red Craw
chapter. On $25 memberships, 50r
goes to national headquarters and
$24.50 remains here.
Last year Shelby exceeded her
quota in a well conducted drive
and with this great organization
standing in such favor here, it is
felt that the people will again re
spond generously and freely when
called upon Monday and Tuesday
Blanton And Piggly
Continue to Operate
Under Receivership
Receivership Made Permanent At
Meeting Of Creditors On
Tlie temporary receivership was
made permanent yesterday for the
A. Blanton Grocery Oo. and the
Western N. C. Piggly Wiggly Co. at
a meeting of the creditors yesterday
at Rutherfordton. On October 30, a
temporary receivership was taken
with J. D. Blanton and R L Mor
ris appointed receivers and Nov. 19
was the date set for a meeting ol
the creditors to determine whether
the receivership would be made
permanent or the business of the
two firms should be liquidated.
It is understood the largest cred
itors of the two firms were present
and readily agreed that a tempor
ary receivership would be to the
best interests of all parties con
cerned, so J. D. Blanton and R. L.
Morris of Marion were made per
manent receivers. All of the Piggfy
Wiggly stores and the two whole
sale houses of A. Blanton Grocery
Co. will continue to operate under
receivership in the hope that they
might work out of their financial
Goode To Conduct
Revival At B. Spgs.j
Rev. W E. Goode, ’ol Scotland
Neck, will begin a series of revival
services at Boiling Springs Baptist
church Thanksgiving night. The
meeting will last one week. Mr
Goode is a native of Boiling
Springs section and » graduate of
Wake Forest college He has held
iome large pastorates and ts a
preacher of wonderful ability
Spring Again A*
June Bugs Show
Up In Section
Only a month and five days
V.ntll < hristmas vet it Is
joingtime hereabouts.
What better proof that cot
ton blooms and June bugs In
late November,
The extended warm wrath
or has attracted considerable
attention throughout the en
tire country, even sections in
the far north and northwest
reporting flowers abloom at
this season of the year for
ihe first time ever.
Earlier in the week Q l
Oevennev of the Hollis xr,
tion with fall cotton blooms.
Bat George Abernathy, for
mer radio technician in the
f. S. Navy, topped off the
November .springtime stories
yesterday when he found a
voung June bug flying about
while working in his father's
Patrol Officer
Off Duty Until
Trial On Tuesday
Beck Formally Suspended I'nlll
Assault Verdict Is
Raleigh, Nov! 20.—Lieutenant R
H Beck, in charge of the North
Carolina highway patrol in 2<>
western counties. was suspended ]
from active duty by the state high
way commission Wednesday until
his trial in Ruthcrfordton next
Tuesday on charges of assault, re
sisting arrest, and cursing
Captain Charles D. Parmer, di
rector of the patrol, went to Ruth
crfordton to investigate charges
preferred against Lieutenant Bees
and reported to the commission be
hind closed doors. Following the
meeting. Chairman E. B. Jeffress
announced the lieutenant had been
temporary relieved by active duty!
and indicated that no* further ac-j
tion would be taken by the com
mission until after the trial.
Jeffress was authorized to secure
additional sites for prison camps
and to begin the construction of
camps in Granville and Richmond
counties. Work is going forward on
the erection of 10 prison camps In
the state at present.
Roosevelt And Smith Meet, Eat
But Keep Their Conversation Mum
Public Left To Wonder If former
Democratic Leaders Patched
New York, Nov. 20—While re
porters waited outside on the side
walks of New York, two famous po
litical old cronies had lunch to
gether Wednesday, and smiling and
inscrutable went their separate
Said the guest, former Governor
Alfred E. Smith:
"We talked state finances Let's
see—that makes four words—doesn't
it? Well, that’s all.”
Said the host. Governor Franklin
D. Roosevelt:
"You newspapermen will have to
get out when At arrives. There
just isn't room in one house for
you and A! and me. Al’s voice is
fairly penetrating, you know, and
so is mine."
And said James A. Farley, demo
cratic state chairman:
"Aw. they're just getting together
to talk about the weather.”
They conducted their discussion
across a big mahogany table in the
dining room of Governor Roose
velt's town house at 49 East 63th
Through the reception room ad
joining and through the library and
living room on the floor above
moved crowds of strangers, attend
ing an exhibit and sale of hand
made furniture manufactured at
Hyde Park factory, of which Mrs.
Roosevelt is part owner
But heavy sliding doors shut off
the dining room from the rest of
the house, and the governor and
the former governor were alone
The luncheon lasted about two
hours and a half.
After the luncheon. GOvemor
Roosevelt sent out the following
"I'm busy on my Thanksgiving
proclamation, and, if you boys don't j
leave me alone, there won't be, arv!
No Early Decision On
Offer For Light Plant
Local Man Bids
Million And Half
For Light Plant
Bid Of Southern Public l til
it? And Say* lie 1« In
A local man last night raised the
bid for the city's electric light plant
to n million and a half dollars and
declared he was in earnest about
it He was talking to Alderman Z
J Thompson who is mayor pro-tern
at the time the offer of a million
and a half was made and called
witnesses to hts statement that he
would pay the city a million and a
half dollars for the plant if it desir
ed to sell.
The local man making the offer
is probably not able to finance a
deal of this magnitude on his own
account, but he Is one of the city’s
most successful business men with
associates and connections that make
It possible for him to handle, a
million and a half dollar proposi
tion. He says he w'oukl buy the
plant on the same terms offered by
the Southern Public Utility, that is
take over the plant as it stands
with a sixty year franchise and
charge t i»e rates for service as set
by the state corporation commission
The bid of the 8. P U. Co., sub
mitted on Tuesday night was $1,
100.000 cash for the plant.
Family May Save
Burke Man’s Life
Daughter* And Parent* Get Appeal
For Mull, Doomed To Death
In Nevada.
Rrno. Nci , Nov 20. - Funds sup
plied by the family he deserted
months ago may save Everett T.
Mull, alias John Hall, former Mor
gantoh contractor from death in
Nevada'* lethal gas chamber
Attorneys for Mull announced
here Thursday that an appeal has
been taken to the Nevada supreme
court and that Mull’s execution for
murder automatically will be de
layed from the week of December
The money for the appeal, the at
torneys said, came from Mull’s agee
parents and five daughters, all of
them tn North Carolina
Mull disappeared from Morgan
ton last May with a large sum of
money he had collected for a con
tracting job
None of liis five daughters, or
other relatives, heard from him un
til a few weeks ago when Mull wrote
a letter saying he was in a death
cell in the Nevada state penitenti
ary at Carson City, awaiting exe
cution for killing a man in a quar
rel over whiskey.
The letter said he had been using
the name John Hail since hi* dis
appearance from Morganton.
City Board To Meet
Next Week
Million Dollar Offer To Be Studied
From Every Angle By
The member* of the Shelby
city council are thia week ga
in* the aamc thing that the
majority of the city’* popula
tion I* doing—debating from
every angle the million dollar
offer of the Southern Public
I'tllitirs for the municipal light
The offer of *1.100.000 for the
’.tght plant was formally presented
to the city board and Mayor S. A.
Mr Murry at. a special meeting of
the council Tuesday night.
Meet Next Week.
At that time the board informed
the visiting officials of the power
firm that they would take the mat
ter under consideration and an
nounce their decision later. It Is up
to the board to say whether or not
the offer will be submitted to a
j vote of the people. Before the plant
| can be sold the sale must be en
dorsed by a majority of the votes
jin a special election.
It isn't likely, The Star learned
today, that any decision will be
reached berore some time next
week. Mayor S. A. McMurry said
this morning that another meeting
of the board will be held next week,
probably Tuesday night.
"The fact that wc may meet then
does not necessarily mean that we
will reach a definite decision,” the
mayor said, ’ but we will talk ovc.
the proposition, hear reports of an
expert we have studying the rates,
etc., and express our opinions. We
Intend going into the matter thor
oughly and I am sure the members
i of the board will consider the best
i interest of the city before reaching
I a decision ”
There is- r probability, however,
j 'hat the board may call an election
i ftt the meeting next week or turn
| thumbs down upon the offer.
The action taken will be of much
interest to the entire city, snd the
announcement of what the board
will do will perhaps be the biggest
news of the year to Shelby.
The offer of the S. P. U. has been
the chief topic of conversation here
since The Star published a news ar
ticle Monday Informing that it
would l>c made at the special meet
ing the following night.
A number of citizens, for and
against the sale, attended the meet
ing at which the power firm offic
ials made their offer. Since that
time the light plant controversy has
been "the talk of the town.” Every
where two or three people get to
gether the discussion comes up.
How do you feel about the light
plant sale?" one will ask and a de
bate is on. Nine times out of ten an
argument develops, for the city
seems pretty evenly divided on the
matter. If there is a predominating
sentiment it appears to be in oppo
sition to the sale, but the opponents
may be doing the most talking.
Anyway the matter may culminate
it is assured that Shelby will know
more about her lighting and power
system than ever before. Citizens
who heretofore never gave the mat
ter any thought are now talking
kilowatts, horsepower rates, possible
tax reduction, future indebtedness,
The aldermen are approaching
their decision in a similar serious
fashion. Decide what they may,
they seem determined not to go off
lmlf-cocked. They are hearing what
the people have to say, are study
ing light rates, tax rates and fin
ances of other cities. Cities where
the S. P. II, operates are being
queried as to rates and agreements.
When the board meeting is held
next week it is expected that all
i the cards will be put on the table
I and the proposal thoroughly taken
It would be impossible to present
the views and opinions of those who
favor or oppose the sale Those on
each side can cite from 10 to 100
reasons why the plant should be
sold or should not be sold. Some
talk with knowledge of actual fig
ure-s and others from a theoretical
Juniors In Deadlock.
Shelby's junior football eleven,
made tip of young boys, engaged In
its best contest of the year yester
day when It was held to * scoreless
tie by the Cherryvine midgets. The
youthful Shelby eleven has not lost
a game this year.

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