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1, 1931 Published Monday, VVednseday and Friday Afternoons.
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Late News
THE MARKET
Cotton, spots -..... So and up
Cotton Seed, ton ...... *11,00
Cloudy And Colder.
Today's North Carolina Weather
Report: Rain this afternoon ami
tonight. Colder tonight. Saturday
partly cloudy and cold.
Many Remedies?
Charlotte, Dee. 4.—Earl Lanford,
Charlotte man who has to swallow
a steel ball every day, pull it Into
his stomaeh and bark again to
keep his esophagus open. Is being
beseiged with “remedy” mail since
a story of his predirament was pub
licis'd last week. “It would take a
doren men to figure out the sug
gestion," lanford said this week.
He must swallow the ball to keep his
throat open and thus is prevented
from starving to death. Lanford
said he had received letters from
states in the far comers of the
United States but he doesn’t like
all the suggestions. “One woman
suggested a diet of pop corn and
castor oil,” Lanford said.
Robinson View.
St. Louis, Dec. 4.—United States
Senator Joseph T. Robinson of Ark
ansas, in an interview yesterday
said he did not believe the present
congress will take vote either upon
the submission of an amendment
to repeal the 18th amendment or to
modify the Volstead aet.
Shelby Woman’s
Sister Is Burned
To Death Li Ga.
Mrs, Eugene Lewis And Voung Son
Die In Flames. Save
Little Girl.
Rutherfordton. Dec. 4.—Mrs.
Eugene Lewis, formerly of Un
ion Mills, Rutherford county,
was burned to death and her
husband and two oldest chil
dren narrowly escaped death
when their home was destroyed
by fire at Appling, Ga., early
Thursday morning, relatives
here were Informed yesterday.
Eugene Lewis, Jr., the baby son
of Mr, and Mrs. Lewis, also perish
ed in the flames. He was two years
and six months old.
Rescue Two Daughters.
Mr. Lewis was aroused by the
flames and smoke at 2:30 o'clock.
He managed to carry the two old
est children, Dorothy, 10. and Eloi.se.
4, from the building, barely in time
to save them. Meanwhile the flames
had enveloped the bedroom where
Mrs. Lewis and the baby were sleep
ing. Mr. Lewis returned to the house
vn an effort to rescue his wife and
son, but was driven back by the
flames.
Mrs. Lewis was the daughter of
I he A. F. Cobb, of Rutherford
county. She is survived by five
brothers and a sister: F. F. Cobb
of Fort Pierce, Fla.; L. C. Coti, of
Charlotte; Ernest and Charles
Cobb, of near Union Mills; Arthur
Cobb, of near Appling, Ga., and
Mrs. Gertrude Goforth, of Shelby.
Lived In Rutherford.
Mr. Lewis is a native of Ruther
ford county. Mrs. Lewis was 35
years old and aa active church
member.
Mrs. Lewis’ body was' found in
the burned buidilng, but the body
of the baby was entirely consumed
by the flames and could not be
found, relatives were Informed,
Locating Highway
No. 150 to Polkville
Surveyors Finish Route To Polk
rilie, Now Working On Mar
ion End.
Locating engineers have made
.surveys locating highway No. 150
from Shelby to Polkville and are
iow working on the stretch between
PolkviUe^ffid the Rutherford coun
ty line, it was learned this morn
ing from the Chief of the Surveyi
ng Staff. Mr. Stephenson. It is ex
pected that the portion of the roSd
,n Cleveland county will be finish
'd by Christmas.
After the first of the year the
surveying group will devote its at
tention to locating that part of the
■oad from the Rutherford county
,ine to Marion. Just when the grad
ng will be started, has not been
mnounced.
It is thought the two grade cross
ngs in the vicinity of the city
-tump station will be eliminated
fvhen the new road is definitely lo
cated. A survey leaves the old
-oad (Lee street extension) near
lie old Hendrick place and keeps
lorth of the Southern track until it
jrosses the river.
Light Court Docket
The usual lull that precedes a
•lore active holiday season held
'orth again today in county record
er’s court. Only two cases were
oooked for trial when the court
•onvened this morning and one ol
she two was postponed "But just
ratt,” say court officials, "another
*eek or so and the.-Christnias spirit
olufallzed will give us plenty of
tork.”
Drought Broken
By Heavy Rains
Thursday, Today
| More Rain Here Than
In Three Month* .
{ Rainfall In 24 Hours Equal To All
Rain In Three Months.
2.61 Inrhes.
A rainfall of 2.61 Inches from
6 o'clock Thursday morning un
til 8 o’clock this morning ter
minated a record drought of
three months' standing in this .
section.
Yesterday’s rain, in fact, was
the heaviest one-day rain In
Shelby in more than si* months,
i according to the official rain
fall report at the postoffice.
The downpour ended a long dry
, spell that has made it hard on
j farmers, hunters, and others ard
: makes the outlook much brighter
; for the coming crops.
Last In July.
The last rain of any consequence
| was In July and then only 2.10
inches fell during the entire month,
i August was unusually dry as was
September, but October and Nov
ember had no rainfall to speak of.
During the entire month of Novem
ber the rainfall here was only .30
I of an inch, and the rainfall In the
last 24-hour period was almost
equal to the total rainfall of the
quarter covering September, Octo
ber and November.
It was still raining intermittent
ly today and by the hour of th“
weather reading this evening the
rainfall of the two days may pass
three inches.
Duke Alumni To
Meet Week From
Tonight In City
Rutherford Alumni May Gather
Here With Cleveland Group
For Annual Session.
Alumni of Duke university and
old Trinity in Cleveland and Ruth
! erford counties will meet in Shelby
tonight week, Friday night, Dec. 11.
Prof. J. H. Grigg, president of the
Cleveland alumni association for
Duke grads, says that the meeting
place has not been definitely select
ed but that the gathering will In all
probability be at the Hotel Charles.
Webb To Speak.
The chief speaker for the meet
ing here will be Prof. Albert Webb
of the Duke faculty. Duke alumni
all over the state and nation will
hold their meetings on the same
night.
Attorney J. R. Davis, of Kings
Mountain, is vice president of the
Ceveland chapter, and Miss Iscbel
Hoey, of Shelby is secretary.
Anthonys District
Insurance Agents
John Anthony Joins Brother Her.’
In Insurance and Real Estate
Agency.
The Anthony & Anthony real es
tate agency here announces today
that' hereafter the firm will deal
in life insurance with John A. An
thony, jr., in charge of that depart
ment. The firm will act as district
agents for the Lincoln National
Life Insurance company. John A.
Anthony, Jr., recently became as
sociated with his brother. Oliver S.
Anthony, who has conducted a real
ty office here for years.
Clerk “Speaker”
Will Open Congress
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When Congress opens on December 7 the unique experience of being “kin* for a day” will be enjoyed by
Clerk William T. Page, whose gavel will eall the House to order pending the election of a Speaker to fill
the position left vacant by the death of Nicholas Longworth. Vice-President Charles Curtis will preside In
the Senate. The first business of the House will be to determine whether the Republican candidate. Ber
trand H. Snell, or the Democrat. John H. Garner, will be the next Speaker. The present Democratic
strength of the House, however, indicates the almost certain election of Garner.
Bailey Takes Senate Seat Monday
No Contest Now, Perhaps Later.
Jonas Appointment Hanging
Fire.
Washing Lon, Dec. 4- Senator Jos
iah W. Bailey of North Carolina
atTived in Washington yesterday
preparatory to taking up his duties
in the upper chamber when con
gress convenes Monday.
The junior North Carolina sena
tor, who was preceded by his col
league Senator Cameron Morrison
of Charlotte, expects to take his
seat without challenge, despit< the
contest brought by former Repres
entative George M. Pritchard o’
Asheville, his Republican opponent
in the November, 1930, elections.
Already assurances have come from
Republican leaders that no effort
would be made to prevent him
from taking the oath of office but
that a resolution asking a full in
vestigation of his case Will be pre
sented later.
Shortly after his arrival at the
capital Senator Bailey conferred
briefly with Senator Morrison and
Senator James F. Byrnes of South
Carolina in the former's office.
Neither Senator Morrison nor
Senator Bailey had anything to say
on the fight that looms over the
confirmation of former Represen
tative Charles A. Jonas of Lincolh
ton as United States district at
torney for the western district of
the state. Senator Morrison is or
record as opposing the nomination
The Lincolnton man’s appoint
ment was sent to the senate near
the close of the last session but
failed to final consideration after
Senator Morrison raised objections
He was given a recess appointment
by President Hoover after the ses
sion adjourned.
Members of the North Carolina
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Key Club To Elect
Officers On Monday
The Key club, Shelby social or
ganization for young men, will elect
new officers at a regular meeeting
of club members to be held Monday
night.
Earl Hamrick is the present
chaiijnan of the board of governors
and Chas. Woodson is secretary.
Forest City Girl Winning Fame
On Poems; Attending College Now I
Merle Price, *0, Has Poems Publish
ed In Leading Magazines.
Good Student.
Gaffney, S. C., Dec. 4.—Although
only 20 years old. Miss Merle Price
of Forest City, N. C., is a poetess'
of recognized merit.
Still in school—she is a sepior’ at
Limestone college here—she has al
ready published a volume of verse
and contributed t<? several well
known magazines of verse.
Several of her poems are includ
ed in the Anthology of American
College Verse now in process of
publication; she has contributed to
Poetry World, one of the leading
poetry magazines in the United
| States; and is a member of the
Rebel Poets, international poets
and poetess’ society. She also is a
member of the Verse Writers Guild
of America.
Miss Price was graduated from
Cool Springs high school, Forest
City, in 1928, winning the scholar
ship award given at each com
mencement to the pupil making the
highest grade during the four years
in the school.
During her junior year here, she,
was the student assistant- in the
English department and this year
she is student assistant of the
French department.
Last year she was one of five
students who averaged 95 on all
subjects. The mark was the high
est in'the college.
In addition to holding many
elective and honorary offices and
memberships on the campus. Miss
Price is state vice president of the
Student Volunteer union of South j
Carolina.
Mrs. Putnam Again Heads County
Federation Demonstration Clubs
In Washington
Senator Josiah W. Bailey, of Ra
leigh, will take the oath of office in
Washington Monday and his seat
ing will not be contested. The vote
of the election in which he defeated
George Pritchard. Republican, may
later be contested.
Holiday Season To
Assist Dan Cupid;
Two Couples Marry
License Issued For Two Marriage,
On First Day Of Month.
Four In November.
Santa Claus promises to he tuci
to Dan Cupid in Cleveland county
this year—and Dan, Incidentally. Is
In dire need of new business in xiis
section.
In October only four couples se
cured marriage license at the
Cleveland county court house, and
when the November sheet was fill
ed out there this week it was found
that just four couples secured li
cense in November.
But December, the holiday
month, seems to have started off
with a bang. Two couples secured
license the first day of the Yule
month. They were. *
Chas. Oliiv Greene and Eliza
Leary Brooks, both of this county.
Parris^ Weathers and Mattie Lou
Johnson, both of the county
Officers Capture 60 “
Gallon Gaston Still
(By E. R. GAMBLE.!
Kings Mountain, Dec. 3.—A sixtv
gallon capacity steam operated
still, in full blast was captured
Wednesday morning by Gaston
county officers and local deputies.
Two men A. A. Lockridge and Zoo
Bennett, wpp were at wprk at the
still were arrested and taken tt>
Gaston county. The still was found
just across the lihe in Gaston about
two miles from Kings Mountain
About sixty gallons of mash and
beer was poured out and about five
gallons of whiskey ana the copper
outfit was taken as evidence
Annual Achievement Day Program
Yesterday well Attended
Despite Rain,
The anuual gala event m
Achievement Day, of the home dem
onstration elute of Cleveland coun
ty was held yesterday at the South
Shelby school and was attended to;
9d women despite the Inclement
weather.
The president and secretary, Mrs
iPoy Putnam and Mrs. Boyd Har
i relaon, presided at the session
Re-Elected,
The feature of the business por
tion of the program was the re
election of Mrs. Putnam and Mrs
Harrelson as chief federation offi
cers. Mrs. Huff Hamrick, of Boil
ing Springs, was elected vice presi
dent; Mrs. J. D Elliott, of Shelby,
treasurer, and Mrs. Hunter Ware,
of Kings Mountain, reporter.
The devotional opening the day’s
program was led by Rev. L. L. Jes
sup, pastor of the Second Baptist
church. Miss Selma Webb, princi
pal of the South Shelby school, de
livered the message of welcome, and
the appreciative response was by
Mrs. C. C. Stamey, of Fallston.
Miss Annia C. Broughton brought
a message from the Gaston county
federation, and Mrs. Irma Wallace
made the response to this.
Mrs. J. A. Rudasill was the speak
er of the occasion, and in her
speech gave a beautiful idea of
home and how it should be man
aged. This was peculiarly applica
ble as the club women are just
closing a year in home manage
ment work. 1
Mrs. Huff Hamrick, accompanied
at the piano by Miss Zulia Walker,
had charge of the song period,
which is growing more and more
popular with the club women.
Lunch was in charge of Mrs, B.
O. Randall and the presidents of
the other clubs. The main course
was served on plates but the des
sert course was served cafeteria
style. Miss Viole* Goforth had
charge of the coflfee which was
served with sugar and cream from
a table in the center of the large
home economics room.
The afternoon session was open
ed with a vocal solo by Mrs. Grady
Lovelace accompanied by Mrs. Earl
Hamrick.
Next came the treat of the day, a
play “When Pern Returns" put on
tby El Bethel club under the leader
ship of Mrs. Boyd Harrelson, who
was chairman of the program com
mittee. This play had for its main
theme home management. All of
the characters were well portrayed
Mrs. Ben Goforth as Pern, Mrs.
Harmon and Miss Dessie McSwa'.n
the two school girls, M*s. Boyd Har
reison, the mother, Mrs. Frank Go
forth the father and Miss Jessie
Black the small boy.
The prizes were awarded to the
following clubs: Patterson Grove,
first; Polkville. second, and F!
Bethel, third. Special' commenda
tion was given ten other clubs. In
fact there was only a shade of dif
ference between the ten considered
for first plsre.
Eskridge Named
Kiwanis Leader
Here Last Night
Henry Edwards Elected Vicr-Prcsi
dent of Club, Hamrick Treas
urer Again
Forrest Eskridge, cusinei ol
the First National bank and
the I’nlon Trust company, is
the president-elect of the Shel
by Kiwanis elnb, succeeding
Paul Webb, sr.
He was elected as head of the
city's Oldest civic , organization at
the regular meeting of the club
held last night at the Hotel Char
les. The club followed Its usual pro
cedure In elevating its new presi
dent from the vice-presidency.
Other Officers..
Henry B Edwards, attorney and
Cleveland county representative to
the legislature, was elected vice
president to succeed Mr. Eskridge
C. Rush Hamrick was re-elected
treasurer, and Paul Webb, the re
tiring president, was elected district
trustee to succeed Dr. J 8. Dorton
Directors named were: 3, S. Dor
ton. Earl Hamrtck, Clyde R. Hoev
R. T. LeGrand, J. D. Llneberger, B
F. Parker and B. L. Smith.
The club secretary is to be an*
potnted at the first meeting of tin
directorate, which will be hCW some
time this month. Chas. A. Bums
attorney and federal probation of
ficer, has served as secretary since
the organization of the club
Sell License Tags
On A Weight Basis
At Shelby Bureau
New Taft. Go On Sale 16th Of This
Month. Approximate Cost
Given.
Automobile owners ot the Shelby
section will find that the new 1931
license plates Will vary In price
from what they did last year. This
year the plates will be sold on the
basis of the weight of the cars.
The new plates will go on sale at
the Eskridge garage, with Charles
Eskridge as manager, on North
i Washington street, on Wednesday,
| December 16. Mr. Eskridge wJV at
tend a conference of district man
agers at Morganton on the 15th, nt
which time he will secure final In
structions for handling the plates.
Selling the tags on a weight
basis, instead of the former motor
horsepower basis, will revise the
scale somewhat, the Carolina MotoT
club informs. In many Instances cn:
owners will be required to pay
more than heretofore. while In
other cases the tax will be less
The Coil Now.
A minimum cost of $12.50 is fix
ed for automobiles and $15 for
trucks. These figures range upward
at the rate of approximately 50
cents per hundred pounds when ap
plied to cars, the weights figured
on the basis ol the factory figures
A different scale obtains for trucks.
Thus, a 2,200-pound car tag will
cost $12.50, a 3,2000-pound car $17.
60, a 4,200-pound automobile $23,10,
a 5,200-pounder $28.50 and so on.
An other words, a tag for a two
door 1930 Ford sedan, weighing ap
proximately 2,395 pounds, will cost
$13.20; a tag for the same type and
model Chevrolet $13.75; a Pontiac
of the same type and model $14.30,
and so on up according to the
weight.
Tags for Dodges will cost from
$14.50 to $16.50, Buicks from $14.50
to $25.30, the average Chrysler tag
will cost around $21.45. while the 16
cylinder Cadillac, one of the heav
iest cars on the market, will cost
from $31.90 to $33. The Plymouth
and Essex are in the Chevrolet and
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Average Farm In This
County Only 46 Acres
Lead Kiwanis
I : •
Eorresl Eskridge (lop), Shelby
banker, wat last night elected
president of the Kiwanls club, and
Henry H. Edwards (below), attor
ney, was named vice president.
(Star Photos)
Plato Richards
Out Of Hospital
Lincoln Man Alleged To Have Been
Cut By Brother la
Better.
A message from Linoolnton today
stated that Plato Richards, of that
county, who was severely cut fn S
brawl at the home of his brother.
Ed, west of Belwood, in Cleveland
county, last Saturday night was
better and had left the hospital
there ftfr his home.
A rumor was aoout She’by early
today that Richards had died from
a knife wound in his stomach, but
the later report showed that the
rumor was without foundation of
fact, *
Richards was stabbed, or cut. In
the stomach, officers were inform
ed, when he and his brother, Ed,
mixed over some affair connected
with the settlement of their moth
er’s estate. Ed Richards, his wife
and two sons are under bond In the
matter.
Japan Objects To Two Features
Of Peace Plan; Counter Proposal
Paris, Dec, 4 .-—Prospects for early
settlement of the Sino-Japanese
conflict receded further last night
when it was learned that Japan
was steadfastly objecting to two
features of the League of Nations
proposal for an international com
mission of Inquiry.
Tokyo's note had not been offi
cially communicated to league au
thorities but the Japanese delega
tion let it be known that Japan can
not accept one provision of the set
tlement resolution and one stipu
lation of the declaration by Aristide
Briand, council chairman which
will accompany it.,,
The commission of inquiry, Tok
yo insists, should not be empow'
ered to report to the league council
any alleged failure of the Japanese
tCOVTTNVFP ON PAOK TW» •
Brother-In-Law Mr#.
Hoey Died Thursday
J. B. Boyd, a brother-in-law M
Mrs. Frank Hoey, died yesterday at
his home in Thomson, Oeorgla, ac
cording to a message sent Mrs
Hoey here. He had been ill for sev
eral years and is survived by a
widow and five children. Funeral
services were held there tills after
noon.
i POLK VILLE LADIES
CLUB MEET* TUESDAY
The Polkville ladies club will
meet Tuesday, Dec. 6A with Mrs
Tommie Willis. The meeting will I
start at 2 o’clock in the afternoon f
Cleveland Farm* Have. Demand
16 Acres In Slur In Ten
Year Period.
The average farm in Cleve
land. North Carolina’s largesl
cotton-crowing countr. ronaUt*
of only 46 acres.
A survey or North Carolina farms
by the University News Letter re-,
veals (hat only five other counties
in the state have smaller average
farms
Show Decrease.
hi 1920, the department of Rm
ul-8oclal Economics found. tl’*
average size of the farms In Cleve
land county was 62.9 acres, or 16.9
acres larger than in 1930. Taking
thr state as a whole the average
farm consists of 64.5 acres or 10
acres less than the average farm
til 1920
The average size of Catawba
county farms is 66 acres, of Gaston
farms 63 acre*, of Rutherford farms
62.5 acres, and'in Lincoln 68.6 acres
Moore county has the largest
farms, averaging 105 acres, and
Wilson the smallest, averaging 38.3
acres. Robeson. Pitt. Nash Greene
and Wilson are the five of the 100
rfuntles having smaller farms than
Cleveland.
iveep Mimnktng
Commenting on the survey, tiie
News Letter says:
"North Carolina Is one of the few
states whore farms persist In grow
ing smaller. During the last ten
years our farms have shrunk in
stae by ten acres, dropping Iron
74,2 acres per farm to 64.5 acre’
per farm. Ever since the Civil war
farms In North Carolina have
steadily declined in sine, from 335
acres per farm in 1860 to 64.6 acres
per farm in 1930, and from 97 cul
tivated acres per farm to 91-2 ac
tivated acres per farm.
"On the other hand farms in the
United States generally are growing
larger. During the last ten years tha
overage farm in the United States
has increased in sise by nine acre'
There has been a large increase in
the large farms for the United
States, while there are few large
farms to be found In North Caro
lina. We have a few large holdings,
but not many large farms. A farm
is all the land farmed by one per
son with the assistance of members
of his family or with hired labor
■'Of the one hundred counties tn
the state, eighty-eight experienced
a decline In the average siae of
farms during the last decade
Fjuvns Too Small.
"It is obvious that farms In North
Carolina are too small. , We rank,
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Have Not Set Date
To Open At Night
Merchants May Start Remaining
Open. Evenings About 15th
Of Month.
Shelby merchants have not as yet
scf a date when they will begin
keeping their stores open in the
evenings to accommodate the holi
day trade.
Each year it is a custom of the
local merchants to keep their stores
open for several hours each evfenlng
for a week or two before Christmas
In order to gtvc people who work
during the day hours an opportun
ity to do their gift shopping. Today
it was said that the evening sche
dule might start around the 15th.
10 days before Christmas. and
about the same time the city will
put up the string of Yule lights
around the court square.
Mrs. Webb Ninety
Year* Old Today
Mrs. David Webb. West Marion
street is four score years and ten
today. She was receiving the felici
tations of her many friend3 on her
ninetieth birthday at her home and
feeling fairly well for one of her
years. Mrs. Webb is the widow ol
David Webb, prominent mercliant
here in the early days of the city.
She is the mother of eleven child
ren.
Players Make Plans
For February Show
The Shelby Community Players
met last night to discuss plans for
their next public play production.
Two one-act plays were selected by
the group for inside workshop pro
ductions and several popular three
act plays were put before the read
ing committee for an appropriate
selection for the next public presen
tation, which, according to present
plans of the club, will be given in
late February
    

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