North Carolina Newspapers

    The Cleveland Star
By Mail, per year ... $2.50
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LEE B. WEATHERS_ President and Editor
S. ERNEST HOET______ Secretary and Foreman
RENN DRUM .. New* Editor
L. E. DAIL ..................._...... Advertising Manager
Entered as seeond class matter January 1, 1905, at the post
office at Shelby, North Carolina, under the Act of Congress.
March 3. 1879.
We wish to call your attention to the fact that It Is and has
been our custom to charge five cents per Use tor resolutions of
respect, cards of thanks and obituary notices, after one death
notice ha* been published. This will be strictly adhered to.
WEDNESD’Y, DEC. 16, 1931
In a little over a week there will be plenty of shopping
days until Christmas, if you get us.
Have you signed your pledge card in the drive for Shel
by’s ''$10,000 charity fund? Your bit and yours will help
put ft over.
If the remainder of the month holds up the record of
the first portion, December will likely have more rainfall
than all the other months of 1931 combined.
This evening the Central Methodist church will have a
welcome-to-our-city program for their new pastor, Dr. Me*
Larty,' and his wife, and, unless we miss a guess, it will be
an enjoyable, worthwhile evening with the newcomers real
izing that they are now a part, of a hospitable community.
THE YOUTHfUL EDITORS of the magazine Contempo,
published at Chapel Hill, should express their apprecia
tion to th# South Carolina editor who attracted such wide
attention to the somewhat radical and liberal periodical. He
put Contempo on the map, to use a street phrase, and gave
it more free advertising than could have been purchased
with five thousand dollars. No great number of people
knew there was a magazine of that type being published in
'North Carolina until the South Carolina editor wrote Gov
ernor Gardner that he should do something about it. Im
mediately everyone began to ask things about Contempo
and along came more statements, denials, etc. Within a
week the magazine had broken into the news columns of pa
pers all over f&e country. The argument continues and will
likely do so for some time; and it is our guess that the young
editors, who have attempted to go Mencken on their own,
are sitting about laughing at the very excellent favor done
them by their enemies.
ONE OF THE FEW avenues which hold forth hope for the
cottoa farmer te that of producing a better grade of
There is no cheering prospect ahead for the farmer who
sticks to the average or common grades of cotton. In South
Carolina, so the Columbia State informs, more than 60 per
cent of all the cotton produced is 15-16th of an inch or long
sr. SaT* The Statf:
This evidence furnished by the United State Bu
reau of Agricultural Economics shows that a greater
percentage of our cotton farmers have produced cotton
of greater value. North Carolina is a close second, but
South Carolina's percentage of better grades is almost
three times higher than Georgia’s and nearly four tim
es higher than Alabama’s. And the encouraging fea
ture to South Carolina cottonseed breeders, Doctor Long
of Clemson College and those who have given financial
support to the contests in this state designed to en
courage the production of “quality” cotton is that only
a few years ago the percentage of longer staple grown
in this state was the same as Alabama’s this year. We
have steadily advanced from 15 per cent to 60 per cent.
This section cannot compete with the Southwest in
the production of common grades of cotton, but it can
compete with quality cotton—and no other should be
It is not news to the thinking larmer of this section of
the South that he cannot compete with the more fertile sec
tions in producing the average run of cotton. The produc
tion cost is so much less in those sections. But in Cleveland
»unty in recent years a number of farmers have seen the
wisdom of growing a longer staple. In this year of poor
prices several Cleveland farmers are profiting by the fore
sight used in growing a better grade. There will not be as
much cotton planted in North Carolina’s largest cotton
growing county next year, but a big percentage of that
planted", it is believed and hoped, will be of a better grade—
and the farmer with a better grade of cotton is assured of
more than the run-of-the-market prices when he goes to sell.
IT HAS BEEN many years since the Democratic party lias
furnished a Speaker of the House, but chances are that
the new Speaker, Jack Garner, of Texas, will be heard from
often while he holds that high office.
To start out with, the public knew' that the fiery, hard
working Texan was a direct contrast to the last Speaker, the
late Nicholas Longworth. The latter, an able man despite
over-privileged handicaps, was born, as the saying goes,
with a ailver spoon in his mouth. He was an immaculate
dresser, a society man, polished and suave. Garner is of the
opposite type; a "self-made man from the great open spaces
of Texas where a man says his say and talks little. Expens
ive trappings and costly show are not, because of. life-long
‘raining, a part of his theory of living.
Speaker Garner has always opposed needless and un
expense by office-holder*. It I* bis idea that the
! Seek Mail Schedule
Change To Shelby
Rutherfordton Want-. Morning Mail
To Main Tine of
Rutherfordton—C. K. Honeycutt,
of Greensboro, chief railway mall
clerk, has been here looking Into
the advisability of changing the
star route from here to Shelby,
which now leaves at 3 o’clock In the
| afternoon, so that It will leave
|around 8:30 o'clock In the morning
i and go direct to Kings Mountain.
At the latter place, It would, under
[the proposa lconnect with South
fern railway train No. 46, which
passes there at 11:17 o'clock in the
morning. All offices between here
atjd Kings Mountain would be serv
ed as they now are.
This would give Rutherfordton
and Rutherford county an early out
going east bound morning mall,
which It has needed for some time.
Sit would place the mail in Char
lotte by noon and would connect at
Gastonia with the Cresent limited
south and at Charlotte with the
Piedmont limited north.
Mr. Hunneycutt thinks the new
arrangement will go Into effect
Effort To Re-Open
Marion Hospital
Marion.—Efforts which have
been made since last February to
reopen the Marlon general hospit
al are on the verge of yielding re
sults. In fact, C. F. James chair
man of the board of trustees, has
stated that the board expects to
have it open again by January, if
not sooner.
The hospital closed last February
due to financial and other difficul
ties. Since that time repeated ef
forts have been made to get It open
again, with first one obstacle and
then another coming up to hinder
the work.
man who lives on the money of the tax-payer should not
live in any more ritzy manner than he would if not holding
public office. It is not surprising, then, to note that Speaker
Garner has refused to use the costly limousine and liveried
chauffeur that the government usually provides for Speak
ers of the House. In doing so Gamer merely practices what
he has been preaching for years, and his action, it goes with
out saying, will meet with the approval of the average citi
zen who is just now learning to do without some of the
i things he has been accustomed to. Some will say, of course,
' that. Garner in refusing to use the limousine was playing
politics, or playing to the grandstand. But the Garner rec
ord shows he is not of that type. He has been accustomed,
before being elected speaker, to walking a part of the way
between his home and the uapitol. He can continue to do so,
he says, or when the case' demands he can use public trans
portation to and fro. Certainly he is to be commended. The
government doesn’t furnish a conveyance for the little fellow
who pays the bill; and he, when he needs to go anywhere,
must ride a street car or a cab. What reason, therefore, for
the office-holder to fare better? Some of Garner’s friends
argue that he should use the car to maintain the dignity of
his high office. Bosh! A man with the simple ruggedness,
honesty and dependability of Garner needs no costly car and
uniformed driver to maintain the dignity of his position and
hold the respect of the people.
What the country needs is a few more public leaders
who, like Garner, are not only willing but glad to practice
what they preach.
SHOULD NOT THE FARMER of America be shown the
same consideration by his government that is extended
foreign countries?
The outlook of the average farmer in 1932 is gloomy
unless he is given a break—the same break that his country
has given other countries.
What the farmer needs, and should have, is a morator
Mr. Hoover arranged a year’s moratorium for foreign
nations which are in debt to this country. It was realized
they could not pay now withopt endangering their future,
perhaps causing their governmental and financial systems
to collapse.
The American farmer is in t15e same leaking boat. Un
less his government can give him a helping hand, he, too,
may sink.
Last week 14 Southern Senators met in Washington
and urged that the national administration provide some re
lief for delinquent borrowers from Federal land banks. This
group of Senators is headed by Senator Smith, of South
Carolina, and everyone w ho .realizes the grave situation of
the farmer hopes that the plea will be heeded.
“This is an unprecedented situation,” said Senator
Smith, “brought about by failure of the cash crops to meet
< he cost o{ production. This condition can’t exist indefinite
ly, but dispossession now of the farmers will leave them un
able. to help themselves when the depression is over.”
senator smun is rignt. were in Cleveland county, and
all over North Carolina and America, a big percentage of the
farmers are indebted to the land banks. It would be sur
prising to know what proportion of the farms are plastered
with land bank mortgages. With six-cent cotton prevailing
there is no hope for the farmer to meet these obligations.
What is worse, he has no money with which to face the
future and put out his 1932 crops. Who will benefit, as
Senator Smith asks, by dispossessing these honest, hard
working men who are willing to pay and will pay when they
can? They will not always be down, but just now they need
relief. What better relief than that of the land banks ex
tending their credit until they can come back?
It is a pity that a land bank moratorium of a year or
so could not have been declared before November. It was
then that the payments fell due and that many could not
pay. Another payment comes due in May, just at the sea
son when the farmer is raking and scraping to get enough
money anfl credit together to put out a new crop. If he is
closed down upon then by the Federal land banks, what will
1932 bring? But if the May payment can be postponed and
what little money he has be put into a new crop, then lie
will have at least a fighting chance to come out. He de
serves that chance surely if a similar chance has been given
to foreign nations who owe this country. The administra
tion can bring about that relief through Federal land banks
if in no other department. Hasn’t the man who pays taxes
and sends his sons when his country calls at least an equal
right and apportrir.ity with those countries who borrowed
from him, as a taxpayer of his government, to wage war?
It is to be hoped that the group of Senators, including Sen
ator Morrison, of North Carolina, working in behalf of the
struggling, harassed and perplexed farmer can show the ad
ministration just how much such liberal treatment of the
farmer i,* needed at this crucial period.
State Democrats !
Harmonious: Will'
Support Roosevelt
Daniels Considered Too Old to Ran
For Governor,
Host Says.
iTom Bost in Greensboro News.) i
Raleigh — “Peace and victory j
Democratic talisman, has almost
hushed the strident anti-adminis
tration voices In North Carolina. I
Lieutenant Governor Richard T. j
Fountain issues dally more dulcet j
sounds than have been coming from j
him since the adjournment of the I
general assembly, and Editor Jose-!
phus Daniels has found a Republl- j
can mess to his liking. Henceforth,
If that distinguished gentleman
does not let up on his legislature of
1931 and with the ancient organ of j
the Democracy grind out the sweet |
old tunes, all the dope of half the j
century has been spilled. For, when |
the Republicans give Mr Daniels a !
suitable text he can set the Rham
katt rooster on them and peck them
to pieces.
neaucuon neascs.
Such a situation lias arrived for!
the Democracy. The financial con
dition of the state appears to be
robust by comparison with any of
its neighbors; The tax reduction and
the tax imposition makes a party
appeal that is ideal whatever it.
may lack in political effectiveness.
The rich people have been soaked
and the poor hav4 been relieved.
The $12,000,000 reduction of taxes on
property and the increased rates on
successful corporations make the
perfect ad hominem argument. On
top of that comes the ancient and
vulnerable attack on the Republi
can campaign methods. The demo
cracy. bifurcated for three years,
has had a harmony shuffle. The
Jeffersonians, keen for national
patronage, are ready to present the
solidarity in state and nation that
is needed to win the victory.
Roosevelt the Choice.
It is now believed that Governor
Roosevelt is the popular choice of
North Carolina democracy. Although
from New York he does not carry
anything like the objections that
were found with Smith. He seems
to understand the South and its
problems. He is the type of candi
date that appeals to North Carol
inians. He comes from a long line
of distinguished ancestry, thorough
‘V educated, a man of culture and
Aeep sympathy for the masses. He
has never been identified with
Tammany hall. Hts first, distinction
in New York politics came by fight
ing the Tammany organization and
it is not believed that the Tam
many brand of politics win ever
rule Franklin Roosevelt His dispo
sition not- to paramount the liquor
question is also, well received in
this state.
Man Daniels Can Stand Him.
It Is believed that there will' be
no difficulty Tor Johcphus Daniels
and the leaders to agree in the
support of Roosevelt and this fact
is having a healing effect in the
party organization. It was thought
at one time that Mr. Daniels- would
run for the Democratic nomination
for governor, but this impression is
not so general at the present time.
It Is known that the family of Mr.
Daniels do not want him to run, al
though he undoubtedly would have
strong support. In the first place Mr
Daniels, if he should run and be el
ected. would be nearly 71 years of
age when inaugurated. He has al
ways been a man of vigorous health
and well preserved, but his best
friends realize that he would prob
ably have to make three races in
1932 before he could possibly be
successful. There would be two Dcm
ocratic primaries and the general
election and the wear and tear of
the contest would constitute a
heavy drain upon a younger man
even than Mr. Daniels.
Would Keep Young
Couples Here For
Wedding Ceremony
(Stanley News and Press.)
The Stanley county register ofi
deeds has been losing some of his!
business to South Carolina officials I
because this state requires a health j
examination before marriage licen- ]
ses are issued. North Carolina also
requires couples to file notice of
their Intention to marry a few days
before the license is issued. Both
requirements should be incorpor
ated in the Federal statutes, thus
making the same in every slate. We
feel that it would eliminate many
marriages which are destined in
the beginning to be dissolved inj
the divorce courts.
At the same time it would keep
the register's. magistrate’s and I
preacher's fees at home.
Stunt Night Friday
At Waco School
The students of the Waco school
will give a stunt night in the High
School auditorium on Friday night
December 18. The patrons and
friends of the school are cordially
i invited to attend. An interesting
! program i* being planned.
Gifts For Darling
Bootees, all wool knee
and ankle lengths_
Baby Dresses, all Hand Embroidered, made of
Hatiste and 69c°$1.69
Baby Blankets, all
sizes and kinds _ - ^
10c10 $1.49
Baby Shoes in all colors, Reds, White, Black and
Ed:::.. 49ct0 $1.49
Ladies’ Fitted Week End and Hat Bags made of
all leather and <t* *1
DuPont Fabrics «P 1 *%/0 *P lOtt/J
Ladies’ Box Handkerchiefs in
es and
pure Linens, Swiss
5c10 25c
Bed Spreads, Luncheon Sets and Towel and Wash
Rag Sets at Great Values.
Fancy Pillows
Ladies’ Pure Thread Silk Hose,
value, packed in Christmas Boxes,
2 pairs for _____
regular $1.00
Our Regular $1.00 Hose in all the
Chiffon and Service
Weight, pair___
new colors,
Give Him Something
Men’s Griffon, Michaels-Stern and Monroe
Clothing', made of high grade all wool ma
terial, well tailored, all new >• .74
materials and models ______
Other Suits d* *7.<>5 to d* “| q.93
priced from ______ ip I ip X *J
Beautiful range of Men’s Top Coats, Tan and
Oxford Grey Camel Hairs, Blue and Grey
Cheviots & Genu- $ 1 A .95 to d» 0/1.75
ine Harris Tweeds <5 1 1
Other Overcoats anti Top Coats that arc
Priced d» /V87 to “| -| ,9"i
from __ • <pO ip 1 1
Men’* Hats
Men’s new Fall Hats
in all the new shapes
and colors made by
the Knox Hat Co.
$2.98 to $6.95
Other Hats
$1.98 & $2.98
Men’* Neckwear
Men’s Neckwear made
by Cheney and Met
calf. all new patterns
designed for Christ
mas season, in stripes,
solids and small de
49c to $2.98
Men’s Two-Piece un
derwear for Christ
mas i n Cellophane
packages, per suit
Men’s Gloves
Men’s Dress Gloves
made of Undressed
and Dressed Kids,
Capeskins' and Pig
skins. Fleeced or fur
95c to $3.50
Men’s Pajamas
Two big shipments of
Christmas Pajamas
just arrived, in all the
new flashy patterns
98c to $3.95
Men’s Sox
Men’s Interwoven Sox.
Plain and fancy col
35c to $1.00
Dress Scarfs
Men's Silk Dress
Scarfs in Plaids and
solid colors
49c to $3.95
Men’s Box Handker
chiefs with or with
out Initial, made of
pure Ins’n Linen and
other fine materials.
Boys’ Leather Boots with durable
toms. Pocket
Knife with each pair_
Composition Bot
... $2.98
boys .
.ace i.eK rants
blue and khaki
Boys’ Sport Sweater;,, all wool, in %
I,, $1.491 $1.98 I
A. V. Wray 6c 6 Sons

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