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THE MARKET
• otton, spots -.... 8c and up
Cotton Seed, ton .. .$11.00
Cloudy Tuesday.
Today’s North Carolina Weather
Report: Partly cloudy and slightly
colder In east portion tonight. In
creasing cloudiness Tuesday, pos
sibly followed by rain in afternoon.
IM Chinese Killed.
Mukden. Manchuria, Dec. 7.—
Reuters News agency reported yes
terday that 500 Chinese had been
killed In a bombardment from Jap
anese airplanes in the vicinity of
Kungtaipu, southwest of Mukden.
The Japanese army’s bombing at
tack, which also struck at Tienping
tal, near llsininintun. the dispatch
said, marked a revival of Us opera
tions against Chinese batidits in
areas adjacent to the south Man
churia railway zone. Another fray
was reported to have occurred at
Changtu, north of Mukden.
fckjo, Dec. 7.—A Sino-Japane.se
clash on a much larger scale than
in the past appeared inevitable to
Informed circle yesterday unless
Marshall Chang Hsueh-Liang dis
regards the Chinese government's
rejection of the neutral zone pro
posal and withdraws his troops
from Manchwia. The Japanese
army is determined that all sem
blance of Marshal Chang’s author
ity in the ChimTiow area must be
eradicated.
Saturday Sees
Holiday Buying
Rush Open Here
Street Filled With
Shopping Crowds
City Police Force Has Difficult Time
Keeping Heavy Traffic On
Move.
One of the largest shopping
crowds Shelby has seen since las',
winter swarmed the city Saturday
m the first really noticeable holi
day buying rush got underway.
With only two more shopping
Saturdays before Christmas, the I
city was filled Saturday afternoon;
and evening with shoppers who were <
buying and with scores of others!
who were “looking about” making j
out their Christmas gift lists.
Uptown Traffic.
Such was the jam of motor traf
fic in the uptown busfeess section
late in the afternoon and early In
the evening that the city police
force had a consistent job of keep
ing the traffic on the go and eli
minating. as much as possible dou
ble-parking on the four main busi
ness street*. The sidewalks, toe,
were filled with actual shoppers
and window-shoppers.
Practically all of the Shelby busi
ness houses have already arranged
their Christmas displays and deco
rations and those who have not
will do so this week. Already the
business section at night reflects
'he cheery Christmas coloring with
red and green lighting effects, toys,
gift displays, etc.
This week, merchants think, will
bring the first Yuletide shopping
jam as the early gift-buyers make
their selections and Saturday will
in all likelihood bring the biggest
one-day shopping crowd of 1931.
Fourteen Arrests
In County Sunday;
Kings Mtn. Leads j
fight Of It Jailed Came From
Neighboring Town. Majority
Are Drunks.
The Yuletide whoopee broke loose
In Cleveland county Sunday
Fourteen person were arrested
and placed in the county jail here
yesterday, and a number of others
were arrested and released under
bond.
* Kings Mountain furnished the
majority of the prisoners, eight be-.
^ ing arrested by officers there.
Drunks and drunken drivers top
ped the list of charges, with steal
ing and assaults ranking second
and third. A fight between some
colored people came very near
Droving serious as one colored man
reached for his gun when officers
Interfered, but was nabbed before
he could use it.
SHOPPING
DAYS TIL
CHRISTAS
State Patting
Layer On Roads
| In No. 6 Area
; Another Coat Goes
j On Gravel Roads
Another Treatment On I >over Road
And County Home Coop. CHy
Work Undecided.
State highway forces are now
potting another coat of surfac*
ing on the tar-and-gravrl roads
built fh No. 6 township just be
fore the highway organisation
in the township was supplanted
by the reorganized State de
partment.
The main loads, out of the city
limits, surfaced by the No.' 6 com
missioners and now being given an
other treatment, are the Dover mill
road, linking Highway 20 and the
Polkville highway as they , lead out
of the city west, and the County
Home link, which follows the old
Kings Mountain road, goes by the
County Home and back into High
way 20 at the fairgrounds.
Near Complete.
The treatment of one of the links,
the County Home Loop, was prac
tically completed last week, It was
said.
There is some talk about another
treatment for the short stretches of
roadway in the city, surfaced at the
same time as the others, the wovk
to be done by the State force, but
nothing definite has been decided
about the matter, city officials state. ]
Young Negro Robs
Keeter’s Store At
Kings Mtn., Jailed
Pal Friday With Record Of 20 Ar
rests In Gastonia Is In
Shelby Jail.
<By E. R. GAMBLE)
Kings Mountain. Dec 7—Pfcl Fri
day. twenty-five-year-old Gastonia
negro, was brought to Kings Moun
tain Saturday afternoon after being
arreglfed in Gastonia at the request
of local officers. Friday, who has a
police record in Gastonia, having
been arrested twenty times in the
last five years, entered Keeters de
partment here Saturday afternoon
and snitched several pairs pf men’s
hose. He was caught in the theft
but made his escape through the
back door.
He was taken to Shelby and lodg
ed in the county jail in default of
a one hundred and fifty dollar
bond.
Aged Ex-Sheriff
Of ftancombe Visit*
Ex-Sheriff Billy Lee of Buncombe
county Is spending awhile with Dr.
W. T. Grigg of Lawndale and visit
ing other relatives in Cleveland.
Mr. Lee is 81 years of age but is as
spry as the average man at sixty.
He is a native of the Sharon sec
tion of this county but has liyed
for years in Buncombe where he
has been influential in politics for
many years, holding several import
ant offices.
Dry Cleaning Plants Here Open
Another Price-Cutting War Today
Price For Suits Tumbles From SMH
And 65 Cents To 50 And
35 Cents.
The dry rle»ning plants and
pressing dubs of Shelby Inaug
urated a new price-cutting war
today.
Only a lew weeks ago a truce
was declared in a price-slashing
drive which was opened by a cash
and-carry plant and all the firms
agreed upon a scale of cash-nnd
carry and delivery prices.
Opens Again.
Saturday night the word got out
that one of the local cash- and-car
ry plant would this morning cut
the cash-and-carry price for dry
cleaning and pressing suits and
dresses from 65 cents to 50 cents.
By Sunday the other plants, de
livery and cash-and-carry, had tak
en up the challenge and pressing
club trucks were already decorated
Sunday with glaring signs inform
ing that suits this week would be
cleaned and pressed for 50 cents,
called for and delivered.
One of the plants announced o
two-way cut. Suits, this firm an
nounces in The Star today, will be
called fort cleaned and pressed and
delivered for 50 cents, or will be
cleaned and pressed on the cash
and-carry basis for 35 cents.
Just how long the battle will con
tinue cannot be forecast, but it is
expected that scores and scores of
Shelby citizens will take advantage
of the price-slashing, to prepare
their supply of clothing for the
holiday season.
Sheriff Will Help
Needy With ’Lasses
Sheriff Irvin M. Allen, who farms
oa the side and is as successful as
a Jarmer as an officer of the law, is
going to do his part to help feed
the hungry and unemployed this
winter.
This year the sheriff went in for
the live-at-home program and one
of his main items was molasses
Now he has plenty of molafcses and
on-the week before Christmas, he
announced today, he will give away
50 gallons of molasses to needy fam
ilies. “I'll have to know they are
really in need,” he said, ‘ and that’s
all it will take to get the roolasse.
I will have down at the jail."
Miss Funder burke
Passes State Board
Miss Madge Alice Funderburke
was successful in her examination
before the state board of examiners
and has become a registered nurae.
Miss Funderburke who is a native
of Anson county, was recently
graduated from the Shelby hospital
school of nursing. The examination
was held October 27 when 310
nurses went up before the board
Of this number 241 were licensed.
War Auxliariy To
Name Offices Here
Mrs. H. L. Toms, president of the
Spanish-American war auxiliary
calls a meeting i>t the members to
night at the home of Mrs. H. A
Logan to elect officers for the en
suing year. The meting will con- j
vene at 7:30 o’clock and it is urged j
that all members be present.
Final Preparation Made To Open
Congress Today; Name Party Heads
Democrats Nominate Gardner For
Speakership And Rainey As
Floor Leader.
Washington, Dec. 7—With an eye
on a fast start, party groups "and
blocs in congress over the week-end
speeded final preparations for to
day’s opening of a momentous ses
i sion.
The house Democrats, confident
of seizing the control held hy Re
publicans since 1918, gathered to
nominate John N. Garner, of Tex
as, for speaker and Henry T. Rainey
of Illinois, for floor leader, and tc
formulate party procedure on the
issues which leadership has thrust
upon them.
Prepare Program.
They began preparing also with
their senate colleagues a broad leg
islative program, which they hope
to mpke a pre-convention platform
laying before the people of the
country the party’s ideas for eco
nomic betterment. A more imme
diate purpose was to head off. it
possible, a disorganized chase after
legislation which cannot pass.
The senate Republicans. organ
ized without aid of their independ
ent element, were confident rtf' con
trolling their chamber by virtue ot
majority, despite internal friction
over the President pro tem, George
Moses of New Hampshire.
The prohibition vote advoctftcr-:
threw their weight behind the gen
erally loosening of house rules, while
the group of independents, Repub
lican and Democratic contingent by
barring John H. Bankhead of Ala
bama, whose seat is contested. Two
other southerners will not be at the
first session Monday so in any case
the G. O. P. is nearly sure of con
trolling organization.
Nominations First.
Gathering in the house chamber
where early in the week the Re
publicans chose their leaders, the
Democrats set the unopposed nomi
nation of their leaders first on the
caucus program. Rules were next
for attention with an almost cer
tain approval of a liberal progrom.
Rainey, the leader candidate, al
though a dry wanted it pcesible to
get a prohibition vote out of
way; the Tammany delegation of
23, sought the same object to con
tinue a fight against the eighteenth
amendment. South and north, wet
and dry, the greater number sought
a slackening of control by part.'
heeds
Mrs. Bow Bell Now
Secretly married to Res Bell, movie
cowboy, at Las Vegas. Nevada, Clara
Bow. famous red-head “It Girl” of
the screen. Is shown above in an
affectionate pose with the man who
is now her hnsband. Photo was
made while the "It Girl” was re
cuperating at Bell's raneb from the
nervous breakdown which followed
the De Voe trial.
Property Feels
Tax Relief But,
Business Loaded
Governor Gardner Stars landowners
Now Realize INI Relief.
Franchise Tales.
Star News Bureau
Raleigh, Dec. 7.—"Property own
ers in North Carolina are Just now
beginning to realise to what ex
tent the INI General ibs.semb!5- re
lieves thereof their tax payment*,
although they have not yet discov
ered to what extent the tax bur
dens have been shifted to those
most able to pay,” Governor O.
Max Gardner said, referring to his
recent statement on State tax col
lections.
governor uaraner pointed out in
; that statement that while taxes
1 have been cut *12,000,000 on land
and property, taxes on Incomes and
franchises of corporations and
business were increased an average
of 40 to 50 per cent and represent
the biggest Increase and the high
est rates ever levied in this State.
Franchise rates on power compan
ies were increased 150 per cent, on
railroads 87 1-2 per cent, on tele
phone companies 43 per cent, on
ordinary business corporations 25
per ctnt and income rates on cor
porations 22 per cent, through ac- ;
tion of the 1931 General Assembly,
he points out.
“The most important function of
the office of Governor in these
times is that of serving as general
manager of the great corporation of
the State of North Carolina whose
stockholders are the* three millions
of citizens of this State,” Governor
Gardner said. Taken with his for
mer observations that the next
Governor will have to be prepared
to “take punishment” from the time
he is sworn in until he vacates the
Blount street mansion, Governor
Gardner ^ evidently of the belief
that not just any man will be able
to keep the ship of state to an even
keel during the next few years.
“One of the most pressing and
delicate problems facing the ad
ministration every day of every
month in this trying period—and
one which because of its nature
does not readily lend itself to ex
planation or general understanding
—is the fiscal control problem, the
problem of trying to keep the scal
es balanced so that outgo and in
come may not get too far put of
line with one another,” Governor
Gardner Minted odt
More Cotton Bolls,
J. M. Wiley, colored farmer of
the county, was in The Star office
Saturday, Dec 5. exhibiting bloom’
and bolls of the year% second cotton j
crop. ,
Daniels Backing
MacLean, Said;
News Of Raleigh
Jeffres* Is Behind
Road Program
larges Bank* Not To P«) Dividend*.
Pay Of Tear hers And Public
Officials.
By M. R. Dl'NNAGAN
Star News Bnrraa
Raleigh. Dec. 7.—Politicians art!
somewhat mystified at the Infor
mation going the rounds that many
letters are being written to people
over the State purporting to seek
support for Angus Dhu MacLean,
Beaufort county legislator, as can
didate for Governor. Mr. MacLean,
some weeks ago, disclaimed inter
est In the race and friends assert
ed that It would not be probable he
could be forced into such a con
test. "However, since he issued his
nine-point program a month ago.
letters are said to have poured In
to him urging him to run, and lie
may not be able to continue to
thrust the honor from him, even
thought, unlike Caesar, he may net
be so ambitious.
Some profess to see in this lat
est activity the fine hand of Jo
seph us Daniels, who, they say. i*
not likely, can hardly afford. to
become a candidate himself, but
who is not Rt all satisfied with the
present lineup. Mr. MacLean Is
probably nearer the Daniels mould
than any prominent Democrat who
would have *.fighting chance at the
Governorship, since the decision of
Attorney General D, G. Brummitt
not to enter the race, even though
Mr. MacLean was an opponent of
the special session, for which Mr.
Daniels fit, blew and cried.
However, many -till cttnend
Mr. MacLean nor Mr. Daniels will
run and that voters will have to se
lect from those now In the field,
Richard t. Fountain. Allen J.
Maxwell or J. C. B. Eliringhaus
Read Controversy,
L A "hill of particular” te being
asked for by Chairman E. B. Jef
j fress, of the State Highway Com
; mission, in response to the report
ed charges of Lieutenant-Gov. R. T.
Fountain that the county highway
systems in the 100 counties. or
many of them, are going down
and are not being kept up since
they have been taken over by ti e
State, as well as under county
building and maintenance. The
charges, if made, are presumably to
discredit the new system, proposed
and fought through the general
assembly by Governor Gardner.
Chairman Jefffess makes the as
sertion tiiat the county systems arc
in much better shape now tlian
they have ever been and will be In
excellent condition for the winter
rains and snows. especially on
school bus and rural mall routes.
No complaint about road conditions
rests more than 24 hours, being
sent at once to the district tnen for
necessary action, sometimes by
telephone, Mr. Jeffress stated, say
ing Mr. Fountain’s complaints will
have attention at once
Should Not Pay.
North Carolina State hanks
should not pay dividends this year.
Commissioner of Banks Gurney P.
Hood suggests, advising that the us
ual dividends be held as cash re
serve for reducing investments from
inflated to their real values, thus
continiAtj on page eight, i
Rabbit In Bucket.
Deputy Corin Powel had a rabbit
story to relate today that excels the
catching of three rabbits by Sher
iff Allen last week in a 40-foot
well. Deputy Powell's uncle, Ben
Powell, last week found a rabbit
hiding in a gallon bucket near his
home in No.. 8 township.
Chicken Roost Of
Judge Raided Last
Night; 9 Hens Gone
Daring Thieves Rob Recorder
Weathers, Enter Chicken Hous>
Behind Home.
County Judge Maurice R.
Weathers never has had very
much use for chicken thieves,
and today he has even less than
he had last week.
Some time last night daring
thieves entered the recorder’s
chicken house. Just a few steps
behind IMs home on highwav
’8, east of the Cleveland Springs
golf club, and made e thor
ough clean up, taking every one
of the Judge’s nine hens.
Chicken ttlieves unfortunate
enough to be caught In the next
few wek* may learn ju<l hon he
feels abnnt H. ,
Doesn't Fib—Believe-] l-Or-Not
We»rv of bo inf challenged >■ the world's modern Ananias, Robert L.
Ripley, famed for his remarkable "Believe It Or .Not" series of strange
facta, la shown undergoing a teat before the He detector machine at
Long Island I niversity, N. A, Hr. William Marston Is conducting the
fateful experiment, In which students took a keen interest. P. S. —
Belleve-It-Or-Not Rip's veracity stood the strain.
Get A North Carolina Gift List
And Give Articles Made In State
(Special to The Stan
Raleigh, Dec. 7.—Holiday gift!
(lists of North Carolina-made goods,
j as suggestions, are being dtstribut
I ed by the Department of Conserva
(tlon and Development to mer
, chants of the State as part of the
program to encourage the* distribu
tion of State products, Brvan W.
Si lie. statistician, said in a radio
j talk today.
j The list includes a variety of ar
ticles, many of which are not fa
miliar to the public as being made j
in North Carolina. Mr. Sipe point-j
ed out, naming among other things, i
wearing apparel and accessories,
things for the home, toys, books
and other articles.
A statement accompanying the;
ihst points out that Christmas shop
| pprs are going to buy useful things
this year and that ‘North Carolina- i
made goods.' being large of this
type, will make a strong appeal to
the buyers,” Mr. Sipc said. "All the
home-made goods bought by our
home merchants will give manu
facturing plants additional working
time, create more wages and more
buying power, nils wilt give every
body a more cheerful outlook and
serve to loosen up the purse strings
all the more.
“North Carolinians should make
it a point to buy as many of these
home-made things as possible,
both for the use of themselves and
family and for gifts to friends with
in the State, and X believe our peo
ple will take a pride in doing this
if goods are called to their atten
tion.
“Money spent for things in North
Carolina keeps factory wheels turn
ing, It pays more wages and there
by creates more purchasing power.
This keeps retail activity brisk. In
fact, It helps all business, manufac
turing. wholesale and retail. More
over. neither the retailer nor the
customer sacrifices quality, style or
anything else in buying things made
here In the State. Our f urniture,
hosiery, silk, cotton, rayon, gar
ment and other factories make as
good or better products than do the
factories of other states, and cer
tainly the money we send out of
the State doesn't stimulate any
more business here at home." Mr.
Sipe said.
Christmas Mail
Rush Beginning
At Office Here
The annual Christmas mail
ing rush was beginning to
make itself evident today at
Ihe Shelby post office, it ,was
announced by Postmaster J.
H. Quinn.
"Up until this week,” be
said, "we have handled very
little Christmas mail. But the
gift packages and greetings
will begin to pour In upon as
Mils week. Our big rash, how
ever, always comes in the
ast week or 10 days before
Christmas.”
The postmaster urges that
ill who can do start getting
their Christmas mail off this
week to assure delivery before
hristmas by going through
lie office here and reaching
ts destination before the fln
' il rush week.
Frank Grist Confident He Will Win
Senate Race From Morrison, Others
Efforts Made To Get Him Out Of
Race Taken As Good Omen
By Candidate.
Raleigh, Dec. 7.—Frank D Grift
Commissioner of Labor and candi
date for the Democratic nomination
for the primary in June, is more
than ever confident that he is go
ing to win the nomination, largely
because of the efforts being made
to get him out of the race, he said
here. There are three other candi
dates for the nomination. Senator
Cameron Morrison, at present serv
ing ifnder appointment until the
next regular election in November,
1932; Robert R. Reynolds of Ashe
ville, running on a prohibition mod
ification ticket, and former Judge
Tam C. Bowie of West Jefferson.
Ashe county
If mv opponents ha-r.hot been
taking my candidacy seriously m
the past, 1 know they are beginning
to know and that they are going to
take it seriously from now on,"'
Grist said. “Within the past few
days a.man, whose name I shall not
give at this time, came to me and
assured me that It 1 would withdraw
from fhe present campaign he would
assure me that I might have almost
any appointment I desired if the
next administration is Democratic—
as seems likely.
“While this man gave me no rea
son to believe that he came as an
emissary from any of the other can
didates, I told him that he need not
come to me offering me "pie ’ and
to go back to those who sent him—
if any did— that, a year from now f
was going to be standing behind
the “pie counter" dishing up the pie
rather thap receiving it."
Grist left early this morning for
a number of speaking engagements
He spoke Friday night at an open
meeting of the American Legion in
North Wilkesboro. Saturday night
at Mount Pleasant high school i.r
Wilkes county, Monday night at
[Honda high school in Wilkes coun
ty. Wednesday night he will speak
to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in
Winston-Salem.
"The people may not know that!
am running for the senatorial nom
ination yet. but they will before
next June, Grist declared.
Seaboard Road
Pays Cleveland
$13,300 Taxes
Commissioners Take
Offer Made
Waive Penalty Which Court Said
Could Not Be Collected*
Nearly All In.
The blfiett unpaid Item on the
the Cleveland county tax list
for 1830 was marked off the
books at the court house here
.Saturday when a 313,000 check
was received from receiver* of
the Seaboard Air Line.
Some time ago the Seaboard re
ceivers informed the commissioners
of Cleveland, as well as commis
sioners of eight other North Caro
lina counties, that they would pay
the railroad’s 1830 taxes If the pen
[ *lty for late payment and Interest
were waived. Commissioners tiers,
as In other counties, were not In
clined to accept the offer as penal
ties ou individual tax-payers tor
late payments had not been waived
Attorneys, however. Informed that
federal courts had already ruled
one time that a receivership oouid
hot be held responsible for belated
payment.
with little, if any, chance of ever
collecting the penalty and with a
continued fight likely to keep the
Seaboard tax cheek dot of the
county treasury for another year or
so it was decided to accept the
proposition so that the comity
might use the money and the 1830
tax books be straightened out.
little Left,
The payment of the 813,000
brought the 1830 unpaid taxes, down
to approximately $30,881, Which to
practically the same amount of the
$480,000 levy which to regarded
every year as uncollectable. The
fact that close to twenty-four twen
ty-fifths of the total levy for 1930
has been collected with conditions
as they are to considered an unus
ually good ieb. Very fgw couaUea
of municipdlltlea in the slate have
collected a larger portion of .heir
1930 taxes.
* raying On 1831.
Net only has the major portion
of the 1930 taxes been collected, but
payments have been good this fall,
with times somewhat hard, on the
1931 taxes. At Sheriff Allens - of
fice this morning It was stated that
close to $100,008 of the 1831 levy, or
between a fourth and a fifth had
already been,collected.
Charity Appeals.
The county commissioners—O. 34,
Lattimore, R. L. Weathers, and A.
E. CUne—were holding the regular
monthly session today at the court
house. No major Items oV> business
were transacted before noon, the
morning being given over to rou
tine work such as a check over
county bills and expenses and the
hearing of many charity appeal*
from the unemployed and needy
1 , ji T.rj. r ‘ J. ..TO
Four Inches Of
Run Fell Here
From 1st To 5th
| First Week Of December Brins*
Most Rainfall In Four
Months.
There was more rainfall in
; Shelby and section last week—
the first week in December—
than in any one month In more
than fonr months.
The breaking of the drought last
week brdhgbt the heaviest rainfall
in one week than in over six
months.
Records at the U. S. post oftico
show that the rainfall last week
totalled 4.02 inches. The first rain
came on the first day, Tuesday,
totalling .04 of an inch. The next
rain was on Thursday, the third, the
rainfall up to 6 o'clock In the aft
ernoon, tire regular reading hou»
being 1.32 of an inch. The easiest •
downpour, however, came Thursday
night, and the reatSn* for Friday
covering the period from 8 Thurs
day evening until 6 Friday evening,
was 2.70 inches. •
No Accidents Here.
Another week-end passed in Shel
ls and Cleveland county without
any .serious accident or mishaps. At
Shelby hospital today it was
stated that not a single accident
patient had been entered for treat
ment Saturday or Sunday. Highway
accidents hhve decreased over the
week-ends In this section in the
last two months than In «»ver*i
years. S
    

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