North Carolina Newspapers

    The Kings Mountain Herald
Established 1889
A weekly newspaper devoted to the promotion of the general welfare and published
for the enlightenment, entertainment and benefit of the citizens of Kings Mountain
and its vicinity, published every Friday by the Herald Publishing House.
Entered as second class matter at the postoffice at Kings MountainfN. C., under Act
of Congress of March 3, 1873
Martin Harmon Editor-Publisher
Charles T. Carpenter, Jr . . Sports, Circulation, News
Mrs. P. D. Herndon Society
Dorothy McCarter Advertising, News
Eugene Matthews Horace Walker Ronald Moore Ivan Weaver*
Paul Jackson Charles Odems
(? ? Member of Armed Forces)
' Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep
now: for ye shall laugh. St. Luke 6:21.
The Wright Matter
The Herald presumes that the Wright
sewage line Installation matter and the
feelings of the Mayor regarding dis
missal of some of the city's key employ
ees will be on the agenda at Monday
night's regular meeting of the city
In 1950, one of the owners of the prop
erty asked for a sewer line installation
on Watterson street, in order that the
houses in the Davidson Heights devel
opment might be connected with the
sewage disposal system, in lieu of de
pendence on septic tanks. The request
was granted. In 1951, the houses haa not
been tapped in, the septic tanks were
over-flowing, and the Davidson Heights
owners demanded aid from the city. The
1951 demand did not jibe properly with
the 1950 statement in which one of the
owners said, "That's all we want." .
On the other hand, some citizens con
tend that the owners had a right to ask
also for main lines on the three east
west streets on which their houses are
located, with the arrangement whereby
two lines were installed over rights-of
way behind the property insulting in one
Jess line serving the same purpose.
The Herald suspects that, as usual,
there are two sides to the question and
is anxious to hear the contentions of the
several persons involved.
The Herald would suggest to the
Mayor that his propinquity for dismiss
ing employees is somewhat disturbing
to the average citizen, who does not take
head-chopping lightly. The Herald ad
mits that the variance in mathematics
between the original figuring of the
Wright installation costs and the state
ment tendered calls for some explaining,
which, we trust, will be forthcoming.
Wayne L. Ware, member of the coun
ty school board, commended the Herald
recently for its editorial urging the cur
tailment of the split term. He said he
was in full agreement. And the Shelby.
Daily Star has also spoken out strongly
against continued use of the split term.
The Star notes that Cleveland is one of#
the few counties still practicing this
system. Could 1951-52 be the last school
year unblessed by the split terms in the
county system? It would be a noble
Last week's Herald survey on the
city's textile operations, currently run
ning on shorter-than-full schedules, re
minded that in slump periods unemploy
ment compensation payments come in
mighty handy and that these are the
strains the program was designed to al
leviate. In periods of prosperity, few in
dustries object to paying the unemploy
ment compensation payroll tax. and, in
fact, help their employees to file their
clams in short-schedule periods. The
program has been well-administered in
this state, according to its design and its
intent, if not in some others.
While the actions of the Texas house
wives, who are refusing to pay social se
curity taxes to Uncle Sam, are not to be
recommended, iuch actions were to be
expected when the federal government
invaded the domicile for broadening of
its social security program. It appeared
cheaper all along for the Congress to
vote participation in the program to do
.mestic help, without cost to the house
wives and maids, and much more plea
It can be truly s^id that the Piedmont
area is quite excited about the forth
coming production of 4he historical
drama "Then Conqaer We Must" at
Kings Mountain National Military Park.
The Herald wonders if the show of inter
est in the form of the production might
not have had some weight in the deci
sion to assign a full-time historian to
the Park. At any rate, plans for the pro
duction are moving forward swiftly and
fall attendance at the Park will surely
break all records.
The Honor System
Added to the continuing and recent
exposures of bribery of college basket
ball stars comes the army's report of
dismissing 90 cadets from the military
academy for violation of the long-in
vogue honor code.
It made sports news because many of
the 90 were football players, some out
standing ones.
There immediately followed a hue and
cry concerning the matter, but, if the
Herald knows the way of the services,
there will be no change in the decision.
The ousted cadets are out, period, with
only some free schooling and bitter les
sons to show for their time at West
The continuing developments are
shocking the sports world and may do
more to de-emphasize collegiate sports
than all the codes could ever do. The
scandals, for that is what they are, show
again that the desire to win sometimes
results in dishonest methods.
Some of the news reports indicate
that some people are inclined to make
light of the West Point "incident," that
others are inclined to think that the
West Point honor code is exceptionally
hard and unreal and in vogue only at the
That is not correct, for the University
of North Carolina, the University of
Virginia, and many other non-service
schools have honor codes just as strict.
Actually, honor codes should be in vo
gue at all schools and should be rigidly
If a young man fails to learn for him
self a strict code of honor and honesty
he will never learn it and will be of
questionable value to his business and
social acquaintances and to himself.
The Shelby Legion Juniors have
shocked their most ardent admirers this
year by advancing to the state finals of
the wonderful, never-a-dull-moment
sport, Legion Junior Baseball. Their ar
rival in the promised land came a year
before it was anticipated, and resulted
principally from a fortunate four victo
ries over Kings Mountain's team in the
first round, three of which were "lost"
until the late innings, when Pop Sim
mons' team snatched victory from de
feat. Had Kings Mountain won two of
the games,. it is possible that Shelby's
eastern neighbors would have been in
the same position. Our purpose, of
course, is not to commiserate over the
late-inning losses, not to condemn the
umpires, but to congratulate Shelby on
its fine showing. Coach Simmons, as did
Coach Bradshaw here, brought his team
along fast after a dismal exhibition sea
son and early-season elimination play.
Both he and his team deseWe the plau-,
dits they are now receiving.
The disquieting report of the army
briefing officer who offered the opinion
that the United States is faced in Korean
peace negotiations with another River
Elbe deal, n\ay or may not be true. The
army may be taking that means of face
saving in the event it is true, hardly nec
essary since just about everyone knows
it is virtually impossible to do business
with a scoundrel. On the other hand, if
the Korean peace feeler turns out to be
a blind for another build-up, there will
be strong public pressure to adopt the
MacArthur suggestions for all-out
smashing of the enemy regardless of the
The Red Cross emergency apj^pal for
disaster relief funds may well be suc
cessfully completed by the time this
note appears in print. If the fund has not
been over-subscribed, all citizens would
do well to pen a check to L. E. Abbott,
chairman of the fund, or to Mrs. J. N.
Gamble, secretary of the Red Cross. Giv
ing a little money for such a purpose is
an easy way to be a modern Good Sa
YEARS AGO Item8 ot news about Kings Mountain area people and mnti
THIS WEEK taken from the 1941 files of the King* Mountain Herald.
Mrs. L. C. Parsons was hostess
to members of the Social Club
and Invited guests on last Thurs
day evening at her home on East
King street.
Mrs. Myron Rhyne entertained
members of the1 Home Arts Club
< and invited guests on last Wed
nesday afternoon. The rooms
were arranged with colorful flow|
Fireman Palmer Fulton* Floyd
Thornburg, and Clarence Smith
of the Kings Mountain Fire de
partment are attending the N. C.
State Fireman's Cortventlon In
Paul Patrick, Jr., son of Rev.
and Mrs. P. D. Patrick, has com
pleted a special six weeks course
In the Chemical Explosive School
at Duke University in Durham
and has been appointed Govern
ment Inspector under civil aer
vice at the Hercules Power Plant
at Radford, Va.
. ? Jack Parsons, medical student
at New York University, has been
visiting his parents, Mr. snd
Mrs. L. C. Parsons.
By Martin Harmon
Ingredients: bits of news,
wisdom, humor, and comment.
Direction Tal ge weekly, if
possible, but avoid
Visiting Papers
Everyone has heard of visit
ing firemen, and, in a way,
other newspaper.! which find
their way Into the Herald of
fice, compare to visiting fire
Thus the medicinal depart
ment is indebted this week to
Loy Costner, who used to sell
men's wear at Plonk's and
hardware at Bridges', for a
copy of the Mound City News
Independent, where Loy has
been working in a store for the
past year.
Loy, Incidentally, sent more
than his new hometown's ga
zette, also enclosing the custo
mary annual fee for the Her-,
ald, with the remark that his
subscription doesn't expire un
til the last of August, but that
he didn't want to miss a copy.
Loy needn't have worried too
much, for the Herald's policy
isn't quite as sharp as the one
the big dailies follow. With
most of the dailies, it is expira
tion date and out. The Herald
tries to follow a more liberal
policy, aproximatlng the insur
ance folks' 30day grace period.
Loy also had a special re
quest that required some dig
ging in the files. He had mis
placed his June 29 issue which
noted that Pfc. Ray Cunning
ham, of Kings Mountain, had
been assigned to an Air Force
school squadron at Northwest
Missouri State college at Mary
ville, Mo. Maryville is only 34
miles away from Mound City,
and Loy means to look him up.
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According to the flaghead
information the Mound City
News - Independent is quit.:
an old paper. The issue I receiv
ed was Vol. 71, No. 45, which
indicator that the paper was
established or is the successor
to one established in 1880,
which would make it nine
years senior to the Herald.
The issue we received is a sev
en-column, eight-page paper,
well-filled with local news, re
porting an up-coming horse
show, a Nazarene church tent
meeting, and the birth of a
baby. Loy pays the following
tribute to the paper's report
ing, "They usually give every
item a write-up. If you drive
around the block on Sunday
they get it In the paper. If
you'll notice on the front page,
of this Issue, a lady was stung
by a hornet and a boy had cut ?
his foot . . .
Our guess is the Mound City
paper is pretty well read. Peo
ple like to know what their
neighbors are doing, of their
successes and their misfortun
es, and the reporting of small,
seemingly minor incidents in
life are the lifeblood ' of the
weekly press. Just about every
body can get the big stuff, but
it's the little stuff that builds
readership interest. ?
Another visiting paper, which
has been "visiting" on the
medicinal desk for several
weeks, was supplied by J. W.
Webster, whoMound it as the
"stuffing" behind some old
pictures. It is a copy of the
Boston Traveler under date
of Christmas Eve 1898.
Thb Traveler of that date
was not very similar to today** I
Boston Traveler, but it was w j
most interesting one. The !c?d
story started off as- follows:
"Editor Torrey E. Wardner of
Ths Boot at* Traveler spent
the night in Dedham Jail." Ed
itor Wardner, the story contin
ued, had had the nerve to
state an opinion on a case in
court, and the Judge had clap
ped him in the jug. The story '
went on to say that Editor
Wardner was going to find out
whether the right of freedom
of speech could be abridged. I
wish we had the following is
sues to find out for sure, bat
our guess is that the editor won
out. He had been Jailed for con
tempt of court.
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People were stealing votes in
elections in those days, too, or
at least charged with it. One
headline related: "Fraud in
Prec. 1, Ward 19." There's noth
ing new about family fights
either. Another headline read:
"Had His Wife Arrested. Free
man Found Her With George
Franklin. Held in So. Boston
Court." Other items of interest
included a notice by the Amer
ican Bell Telephone Company
that it was paying a dividend
of $3 per share, plus an extra
dividend of $1.90 per share,
and a4 story Indicating that
Russia was saying "no" then
as she has been in recent
years. In th^ 1896 instance,
however, Russia was saying
"no" to the representative of a
group of financiers to a prof
fered loan to the Russian gov
'?P y
' I never fail to ? impressed,
when looking over an old pa
per, with the fact that people
never change. Their material
well being does, and their phy
sical^ facilities, but never the -
Viewpoints of Other Editors
I ? Out at Print (ibbrtv )
1 ? CitUcns of on* of th*
British Isles
7 ? On* of th* continents
(abbrev )
1 ? Rm known a* "Th?
Crossroad* of th?
1 1? Land of the "midnight
I J ? To revere '
IS ? Nam* often applied to
poe of Europe's moat
famous cities
1 7 ? First name of famous
Persian poet
II? Royal Military
Academy (abbrev L
,20? Mild eaclamations of
22 ? More rational
14 ? Orating
15 ? Ancient Egyptian
3ft ? Mexican monetary unit
2 7 ? Exclamation* of
30 ? Equality
32 ? Famoui district of
34 ? To obstruct
36 ? Man's nickname
Thb World of Our t
37 ? Continental nam*
?to- -Location v
41? To Incite
44 ? Virtuous
45-rTh* modern Hlspanla
41 ? Chemical symbol for
49 ? European city long
known for its cheese
50? Thoroughfare
(abbrev. )
t ? Exclamation of pain
2 ? Famous man-mad*
1? "Yea" in Spain
4 ? Juice of ? fruit
5 ? Well-known Florldian
6? South Latitude
(abbrev )
7 ? Type of trap-shooting
(poaa )
??American Anthology
10 ? Island group of the
North Atlantitc
I J? The great blood artery
(pl )
14 ? Pertaining to a Scan
din? ; in country
16? Wo.Iu "battleground"
IT ? Norwegian capital
1 9 ? Parental nickname
21 ? Land bordering water
23 ? Shortened name of
popular South Amer
ican city ' ?' '
24 ? Possessive pronoun
2$ ? Japan's main Island
29 ? At a distance
II ? Greek city i
33r-Cer*al grains
34? To enist
JS ? Smallest itate of the
U S. (abbrev )
36 ? South American
rubber center
J?? To giv* out
39 ? Small container*
41? U. S, "Cot State" '
(abbrev >
43 ? Name popularly
applied to American
44? Chemical symbol foe
45? Man's nickname
46 ? Chemical symbol for
47 ? Oodly person
8m The Want Ad Section Fot This Week's Completed Puzzle
By A. C. Gordon
Stanlhy Naws and Prrss
The low point to which Re
publican leadership in Congress
has fallen was revealed last
week when an effort was made
to oust Secretary of State Dean
Acheson from office by cutting
off his salary. In most cases, an
excellent way to remove a man
from a position is to stop his
salary, for few people care to
work without remuneration. Of
course, Mr. Acheson, a wealthy
man, is not so. concerned about
the pay which he receives for
being Secretary of State.
The move by the Republicans
was defeated by a vote of 171 to
81, with many Republicans vo
ting against the propsal. They
said that Acheson should go,
but they did not aprove of this
method of driving him from of
fice. ' ??'
In the Republican party in the
House as well as in the Senate
are some very able leaders, but
they have not been able to ob
tain popular support. Therefore,
they can wield no influence in
places where It is sorely needed.
Here In the South, most Repub
licans are favorable to Taft, and
yet it has been demonstrated
time and again that he is not
the sort of leader who can cap
ture the large Independent vote
in this country. For this reason,
support of the Ohio senator by
Southern Democrats simply
means that they are . giving
whatever . strength they possess
to a leadership that is already
Senator Lodge, Senator Salton
stall, and Senator Duff are men
who should wield more influence
in high Republican circles, and
ihey will When the rank and file
of Republicans wake up to the
fact that their only hope for a
national resurgence, or come
back, lies In such leadership.;
Belmont Banner
Every good citizen should be
willing to serve on a jury, and
we are satisfied that most of
them would, were it not for the
fact that the courts aire unusu
ally very much unconcerned
about other responsibilities
which may rest upon a citizen.
For some years, we have been
urging a re-organization of the
court system which would per
mit a man to serve on a Jury for
people themselves. It remains
,the one real tragedy of life
that people can use their
brians to master almost every
thing material, yet not to mas
ter the base impulses of the
spirit, the emotions and the
heart. '? Ml
We Fill Of Doctor*' Pre
NllplioU promptly awl
accurately flit reasonable
prices with the confidence
of your phystctaBL
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Kings Mountain
wug uompauy
Phonw 41?81
We Call For and Deliver
perhaps only a few hours during
the court term and at a time that
is convenient to him.
A man who is called for jury
duty often finds himself losing
many hours and perhaps days.
The courts sometimes drag out
over several days, and Jurors are
often not active except for a
few hours.
It is our thought that suffi
cient number of Jurors should
be called in order to allow a
man to serve not over a few
hours or a day, except in thej
case of long trials. Jurors should^
also be allowed to express their
wishes as to the days when they
will serve.
> As a rule, Judges are under
worked about as much as any
state officials, and with some
consideration for the feelings
and responsibilities of citizens
called for Jury service, they can
have better qualified juries and
more interest in the cause of
A cow owned by Ed Sims of
near Waynesville has broken the
North Carolina milk production
record for Holsteins. The ani
mal's H. I. R. record for 365 days
shows production' of 21,521
pounds of milk and 679.8 pounds
of butterfat.
Reason totters
at the
Of our htro
Willi ?
Prompt Efficient
Cash A Carry Service
Phone 257
Paint If as
spilled all
* o'*f the
You eon not
see poor
While spreading
paint upon
the wall.
Willie had.
a faiU
But it really
isn't tragic
Cause paint it
cleaned away
like magic
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Our Venetian Blinds
?v .
axe all - metal, with sol
id ladder - woven tape
or plastic tape. Choice
of colors in tapes and
Bay Direct from the
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manufacturer and Savel
Novelite Venetian Blind Mfg. Co.
York Road OUverFfcOh Proprietor
Novelite Prices are ALWAYS Competitive
You *11 save yourself time, these busy days, by keeping a fist of the
numbers of die out-of-town telephones you frequently Call.
When you c*U by number , the Long Distance operator doesn't have to
consult Information and your call goes through faster. ? ?
That means better service foe you ? and better service for all America,
right now when telephone lines are carrying urgent industrial and
military calk. , , / ? ^
T. S.U you'd ^ like a handy book! at for recording (I}om out-of
town nuipber*, just call or write die Business Office. The-, list 'am
leaf yon forget 'em I
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