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THE MADISON JOURNAL.
IOU TREE BROS., Publishers TALLULAH, MADISON PARISH, LOUISIANA, SATURDAY, 1ARC('l 7, 1914 NEW HlHIE--1). .1.
ENTION
HOT DESIRABLE
PESIlDENT WILSON REALIZ.
-*mTHAT GOVERNMENT MAY
; pUOIED TO ADOPT IT.
GROWING GRAVE
First to Exhaust Every
oI Means for Peace in the
SWaMlRidden Republic.
sguer vales n ervw entee.
-President Wilson re
f those who discussed Mexi
gils with him that he realizes
y of the situation growing
-l killing of William 8. Benton,
subject, the reported murder
Bauch and Clemente Var
American citizens, and General
's denial of the right of the
States to look after the inter
of foreigners in Mexico.
president spoke deploringly of
intervention, but at the same
be r(efrred to the size and power
asentry like the United States as
suffiElent warrant for a calm
luesat course while compliance
American dmands is being
Callers came away impressed
se Idea that the president is
to try every peaceful
at his disposal to solve the
problem, but that be realises
dmstl course may become no.
with a firmness that show
determination not to be stamp.
ie aetion by radical speeches
but with a hint that when
arises the American gov.
may be expected to move do
sad effectively.
S TOLL EXEMPTION
Thernton of Louisiana Won
Over by President Wilson.
uwrw ain Rles 3m esenre.
-Aanoncdng his sup
SPresident Wilson's policy to re
es provisions of the Panama can
memptiag American coastwise
free tolls, Senator Thornton,
of Louisiana, said the presi.
bad informed him that in his
the repeal of the exemption
is necessary for the continuance
present friendly relations with
powers and the success of of our
Thrnton is a member of the
Canal Committee, which
isI exemption and is one of ser
meeraat members of that com
who have told the president
winl rwease their positlon. He
Mt he formerly favored exemp
l-Jvlnd that the United States
Ie slw and moral right under
tuacerafote treaty to enact
tee now just as firmly as be.
aued the senator, "that Jhe
I-els of the Panama canal
let a violation of our treaty ob.
but I recognise now as I al
the stubtantial difference be
r right of exemption and our
oft that right.
the canal tolls exemp
I Previously enacted to be a
of polley and not of principle
the great responsiblity
fa the president for the asuc
menduct of our foreglp rein-I
SaoIm adelieay of the present I
I fel It my public duty to
S.prMident in carrlnl a out
in this matter." 1
* Along the Border.
'tS.-feellng over the dib
ad mspposed execution of r
ergara more bitter than I
m since the ranchman erss. 1
rnmde and was arrested by
sldoalo Rodrigues and five I
kiers from the Hidalgo gu r
:.,D~tla tion is outspoken.
Prpeeed Alaskan Road.
--Col. George W. aoce
_Lrud with Secretary Lane
bIelMnn of the government I
_ Alukau The availibilty of
of the Panama Canal i
Corps and the machinery
A railroad was considered. I
- t Univereity Salaries.
Unttversity, Cal.--Salary In
esseting to $68.000 annually, d
distrlbuted among 225 mem- r
i taeching force of Ieland I
Jr. University, and most of I
to te men upon whom the <
lisge work falls. The ad. I
Ide, President John Casper i
uin order that thoe men I
ives my maintaJn alt it.
of living. President
M former state geologist
Upholds Blue Sky Law.
ian--The constitutional
Easas Blue Sky law was a
b deesion by Judge W. A. C
) the distret court, in the -
C. Lwls of Masotah, Kan., I
gest of Don A. Mounday *
Wa., was charsed with '
he law throush and sales
n *2Moe. Lws' attorney Iv
lM the nladietment on the I a
the law was um ta. I
was the frt t gives '
AL J. JENNINGS
Al J. Jenmngeq, former train robber,
bandit and convict, who "came back"
and established himself as a reputable
r lawyer, seeks the Democratic nomina
tlon for the governorship of Oklanoma.
ANOTHER MEXICAN
BORDER OUTRAGE
AMERICAN CITIZEN SLAIN BY FED
ERAL8 NEAR HIDALGO,
MEXICO.
W*M.ta Newpepepr Unlo, News ,errct.
Laredo, Tex.--,Assurances that the
rten guilty of the death of Clemente
. eraga, an American citizen, hanged
by Mexican Federals near Hidalgo,
Mex, will be punished have been given
United States Consul Garrett it Neuvo
Laredo, b; Colonel Alvarez, command
ing the N. uvo Laredo garrison.
What steps are being taken to ef
fect this were not made public. Col
onel Alvarez is a cousin of General
Alrvaer, commander of Pledras Ne
gras, whose order that Vegara should
be released, came after the hanging.
At that time General Alvarez was igno
rant of the execution, it is said. Gen
eral Alvarez also had ordered the ar
resting officer to report to Piedras
Negras to explain Veraga's detention,
and the alleged assault on the Ameri
can.
Veraga leaves a widow and three
children, the oldest a young man of
S'2. :Jis friends here are greatly
aroused, sud citizens are preparing to
make repisentations to Washington.
Veraga was a citizen of Webb coun
ty, Texas, where be engaged in the
rannching business. He used an island
in the Rio Grande opposite his ranch
at Palafox, Tex., as pasture for his
horses.
Veraga complained that Mexican
Federals were stealing his horses, and
a srmall detachment of Texas rangers
was sent tc his ranch. Thirteen Mexi
cans appeared on the Island and called
to Veraga to come over, stating they
would pay him for the stolen animals.
The rangers advised against compli
ance with the request, but the ranch
man decided to go.
NEW RATES OF PARCEL POST
Result in a Delay of the Postal Ap
propriation in U. S. Senate.
Weahtr Newspaper Uioa News lecr.ie.
Wuashlngton.-Crltlcisms of Postmua
tar General Burleson's action in aboel
ishing the 50-mile parcel post zone and
extending the service's low rates to
territory within the 150-mile zones,
blocked passage of the postoffice ap
propriation bill in the Senate.
Senators Brvyst and Bristow led the
rttack, the latter questioning other
senators one by one as to whether they
regarded the dates uas fair to the places
having the short hault
"The Amerlan people have been
benefited from the postmuaster gener
al's charge," replied Senator Varda
man, "and no system is perfect."
Senator Williams disagreed with
Vardaman and declared that express
eompnpanles would not be permitted to
discriminatQ against the short haul as
the government is doing.
'Oh, the express companies soaked
them on both the short and long hauls
nben they had a chance," interrupted
Senator Lane.
Receiver for Cotton Corporatlon.
Dallas, TeL.--S. W. King Jr., presi
dent of the Dallas Cotton Exchange
was appointed receiver of the Southern
States Cotton Corporation by Judge
E. RI. Meek in Federal Court. The re
censr was decided upon by Judge
Meek at the close of a hearing on a
tnioluntary bankruptcy proceeding
brought by four creditors who alleged
unpaid claims aggregating $20,000.
Judge Meek said it was useless to pro
'eed further uas the examination seem
ed to indicate the company insolvent.
Appointed to Succgad Bacon.
Atlanta, Ga--W. 8..West, a lawyer
of Valdosta, GLa, was appointed by
Governor 81slton uas United States sen
ator to succeed the late Senator AL O.
Bacon. Mr. West will serve until
next November, when a state election
will be held. Mr. West was a dele
gate at large to the Democratic coam
vention at Denver in 108. FProm 182
until that yar he srved In both
homeS of stat legislature, and
was preldent ot the stats Seate la
14 , He is UO eas.
FULL AMOUNTS TO
SMALL DEPOSITORS
ARRANGEMENTS MADE TO SET
TLE CLAIMS AGAINST INSOL
VENT MEMPHIS BANK.
75 PER CENT TO OTHERS
Directors Have Offered to Contribute
$300,000 Toward the Proposed
Fund.
Western Newspaper (aos News Servire.
Memphis.-Payment in full to de
positors whose Individual accounts are
less than $1,000 and the refunding
of 75 per cent of their deposits to
those whose claims are in excess of
that amount is proposed in a plan
formulated by directors of the sus
pended Mercantile bank of this city.
who have offered to contrai'te $300.
000 to a fund to be added to the assets
of the bank.
The plan has been approved by the
state superintendent of banks. J. L.
Hutton, and if a majority of the
larger depositors agree the scheme
will be submitted to the Chancery
Court for approval.
Audit of the bank's books showed a
shortage of approximately $1,000,000,
which it is alleged C. Hunter Raine.
president of the institution, lost in
unfortunate cotton market transac
tions. Raine is in jail awaiting trial
on a charge of embezzlement. To
make up this amount, $300,000 in capi
tal and surplus is available and the
personal estate of the acccused bank
er, which has been turned over to Mr.
Hutton as receiver, will approximate
a like amount, it is stated. A contri
bution of $300,000 by the directors
which has been agreed to by them
would make up a sufficient sum to
settle with the smaller depositors in
full and liquidate three-fourths of the
large deposits.
The bank, which closed its doors
February 9, held about 4,000 savings
and 2,000 commercial accounts.
Chancellor Fentress dismissed a pe
ttion filed by one of the depositors
who sought to have the receivership,
granted on the application of the di- i
rectors, set aside. Mrs. Julia T. Clark,
who filed the petition, protested es
pecially against the employment of a
local attorney by Mr. Hutton, can
tending that such duties should be
performed by the prosecuting attorney
of the county.
CONTROL COTTON EXCHANGES
Senate Committee on Agriculture Re
ports Favorably on Smith Bill. 4
weterm Newmspper rnoam News servce.
Wasbington.-The Senate Commi.
ttee on Agriculture and Forestry sub
mitted a favorable report on the bill
Introduced last spring by Senator
Smith of South Carolina to regulate
the selling of cotton. The bill, design
ed to reform the rules and regula
tions of the New York and New Or
leans cotton exchanges, would require I
any person or corporation in making
an offer for future delivery of cotton
to specify the grade or grades con- 1
tracted for in each contract, such
grades to be in accordance with Unit
ed States government standardization. I
The secretary of agriculture would i
be required to standardize the grades I
of "uplands" and "gulf" cotton sepa.
rately; 'gulf' cotton not to Include I
anything below the grade of "good or- 1
dinary" or above "middling fair." 1
The bill would require that in deal- I
Ingk with long staple cotton the length
of the staple shall be designated, and
deliveries must be made according to
contract.
Any dealings in violation of this C
system would be punishable by a fine t
not to exceed $5,000 or imprisonment
for not more than a year, or both.
The bill also would forbid the use
of the malls, telegraph, telephone, ex- I
press or other methods of interstate
communication for trnsmisslion of In
formation regarding any cotton future
sale not in accordance with the pro
posed regulationa. Violation of this i
provision would be punishable by a
fine of from $500 to $1,000 for each i
offense. t
Mexico to Avenge Vergara's Death.
Mexico City.-Jose Lopez Portillo y
RoJas, minister of foreign affairs, re
plying to Nelson O'Shaughnessy, t
American charge d'affairs, regarding
the killing of Clemente Vergara by
Federals near Hidalgo, said severe and
swift punishment will be administered
if the guilt of any person or persons b
Was established. He said the govern.
ment knows nothing of the affair ex
cept that an investigation had beent
ordered.
Washlngton.-Attaeked as an inva
sion of state's rights, the Lever bill
to authorize the commissioner of edu.
cation to co-operate with state, educe- d
tional associations or individuals In
plans for the elimination of adult il
literacy in the United States met over
whelming defeat In the house. Reprt- y
sentative Fitzgerald, chairman of the w
Appropriation Committee, produeed-"
letters from college presidents aer
e,:ucatioal workers urgliang that that's
lureased appogrlatios asked by t
men dD hemtim be alloweld.
MME. EDMOND ROSTAND
e
f
This study of Mme. Rostand was
made recently at the Paris home of
her husband, the most famous of IIv
Ing French playwrights. In collabo.
ration with her son, Maurice, she has
Sjust completed a play called "The
Match Peddler."
BELIEVE SHERMAN LAW
0. K. AS 11' NOW STANDS
1 GROWING OPPOSITION EXPRESS.
ED TO THE GOVERNMENTS
ANTI TRUST PROGRAM.
Westr Newspapepr Valoa New. Service.
Washington.-Oppositon Is growing
in Congress to tentative bills proposed
for inclusion in the administration's
anti-trust program designed to sup
plement the Sherman law. Many lead
ers in both houses feel that the Sher
man law as it stands, leaves little, if
any "debatable area" and that to tam
per with it might result in judicial
confusion endangering the effective
ness of the act. This view was e.
pressed in a hearing on the proposed
trust legislation before the Senate In.
terstate Commerce Committee by Sen
I ator Newlands, the chairman.
"Though these measures are known
as administration bills," said Senator
Newlands, "they never have been for
mally introduced in either house and
I the committees must decide what
should be done with them. For one
and there are others who share this
view-I believe that the Sherman law
is ample to regulate unlawful monopo
ly and unfair or unjust competition.
With an interstate trade commission
and a law to regulate the Issuance of
railroad securities to add to the force
of the Sherman law, I believe the
country would be amply protected
against business evils."
- BLAMES RACIAL PREJUDICE
I Condemned Man's Wife Issues Bitter
Statement Against His Conviction.
SWestern Newspaper Onlo News Service.
Atlanta, Ga.-Prejudice against the
Jewish race is blamed for the convic
tion of her husband, Leo M. Frank, un
der death sentence for the murder
of Mary Phagan, in a statement issued
" by Mrs. Frank. She cites the recent
"ritual murder" trial of the Russian
- Jew, Beiliss, as a parellel. The state.
ment concludes with the prediction
I that "a vile conspiracy will ultimately
Slay itself bare to condemn and do.
stroy those responsible." Mrs. Frank
has taken an active part in her hus
band's defense since his arrest 10
months ago. She sat with him during
his trial, and slnoe his conviction has
visited him daily.
Working in Frank's Defense.
Atlanta, GCa-Interest in the case
of ILeo M. Prank, the factory superin-la.
tendent sentenced to death for the
murder of Mary Phagan, a 14-year-old
employe, here last April, was sagment
ed by the disclosure of an affldarit
in which it is charged that the local
police attempted to manufacture evi
dence against the accused man.
Trenton, N. J.-The Supreme Court
has decided that Angelo Cicerello can
collect $$00 insurance on the life of
his wife, although he is under sen
tence of death for murdering her.
Is There a Rupture Between Leaders?
Juares, Mex.-It is spoken in whis
pers here that an alleged breach be
tween Carranza and General Villa with
difficulty is kept from becoming open
rupture. In Villa's public documents
prepared by subordinates Carranza Is
referred to as the "supreme chief,"
but it is said Villa considers that mere
ly a title. Hereafter Carranza is to
be the sole mouthpiece of the Constitu
tlonalists in foreign matters and where
foreigners are concerned.
Intervention Opposeed by Taft.
Washington.-What American intee
vention in Mexico would mean was
discussed by former President Taft
in an address before the National Geo
graphic Society with a word of solemn
- .. to those who advocated such
S D. c-i-'*U! who lightly look
a ed by Mayveflention either do so
as correction of the loss of life
'r ary of $7,500'Ire of immense treas
"doctor's d egreeo not now what
j by this gosesm
It ma." mM Taf~L
1
GINNERS REPORT
MOST IMPORTANT
GENERALLY ASSUMED THERE IS
A LARGE SHORT INTEREST
IN MARCH.
EXPECTED ABOUT MARCH 20
Bulls Do Not Expect Figures to In
dicate More than 14,500
Bales.
Western Newspaper Colon News Servle..
New Orleans.-Cotton traders this
week will be more or less interested
in the final ginning report of the sea
son but the main interest probably will
be in the March position. It is gen.
erally assumed that there is a large
short Interest in March both in spots
and futures and bulls claim that shorts
will have a difficult time in covering.
particularly those shorts who have
been contracted for the delivery of bet
ter grades.
Very little is coming from the bear
side regarding the March situation. As
a rule bears have contented them
selves with denying that any unusal
or unweildy interest exists in either
the spot or the futures department. The
large amount of cotton on shipboard
-48,638 bales in this port Friday
night, against only 22,860 a year ago.
is taken by many to mean that shorts
have been anticipating their wants.
Bulls, however, believe that many
shorts will hold off until the latest
possible moment in March before cov
ering and on this theory they predict I
a good demand during the month to 1
.come.
The pending ginning report will car
ry the crop down to the end of Feb-.
ruary but will not be issued until 1
March 20. 1
It is not at all unlikely that pre
liminary estimates of the number of 4
bales to be returned by the census I
bureau will be put out in the near
future. This Is one of the most im
portant reports of the season and will
go a long way toward clinching or dis
proving estimates of the commercial
crop, as it practically will count the 1
crop grown this year, being subject I
only to slight corrections. As the sit
nation now stands the bulls do not ex- 1
pect the figures to point to a com-.
mercial crop In excess of 14,500,000 1
bales but the bears quite generally
think it will indicate a crop of 15,
000,000 bales.
LOST CHILD FOUND IN SWAMP 1
Joyous Family Reunion Followed a
Search of Six Hours.
Wester Newspaper aUnlo News revlee.
Montgomery, La.-After a six-hour 1
search the two-year-old girl of Mr. and 4
Mrs. Joseph Murphy, who wandered
from home Sunday morning, a large
number of citizens came upon the miss- I
lag child submerged to her neck in I
a swamp. The child was exhausted a
from crying and exposure. The family (
held a reunion of rejoicing and praise
service, with a multiture of people of I
town and nearby sections participat
ing.
Y. & M. V. MUST BE BLOCKED
Orders of the Railroad Commission
Are to Be Carried Out.
west~ Newmnemer UmCon New, sutes.
Baton Rouge.~-The Yazoo and Mis- c
sissippi Valley road is expected to go c
gin construction soon on the placing
of the block signals ordered for a dis- 1
tance of 82 miles, from Kenner June- t
tion to Baton Rouge. The Yazoo and a
Mississippi Valley is known to be I
anxious to begin the work. The rep- t
rosentatives of the Illinois Central sys
tem telephoned the news of the adop- f
tion of the ordinance when it was i
signed, in order that the orders for t
the materials for blocking the road a
could be gotten out at once. The road a
must be blocked during 1914. The '1
plans had already been worked out by t
the railroad, so that uas soon as the
material is received the work is to
begin. This blocking will cover the
line used jointly by the trains of the
Frl.sco and the Yazoo and Mississippi
Valley, and with what has already been
!one, will give blocks from Baton
Rouge to New Orleons.
Corpse Had Bullets in Head.
Olean, N. Y.-\When Coroner Smith
opened the casket containing the body E
of William Lobarger, of Bolivar, N. Y.,
who died at Mansfield, La., it was
found that the dead man had sixteen
bullet holes in his head. Nothing was 1
known here by the authorities or rela- .
tives of the manner in which he met I
death. The bullet holes appear to have
been made by a 22-calibre revolver
fired at short rmage. The police start
ed an inquiry.
Merryville Vetes Railroad Bnads.
Iake Charles, La.-Merryville, by an
overwhelming majority, voted a bond
issue of $15,000 in favor of the Orange
and Northwestern railroad. Ed Ken
nedy, president of the railroad, states
that bonds totaling $500,00 have al
already been voted for his line. d
White Castle, Lar-The White Cuastle d
Courier, a weekly newspaper, made its
first appearance here last week. Mar.
all Borely, mrerly t New Tbera 3
bI edt r.
DR. KATHERINE B. DAVIS
Dr. Katherine Bennett Davis was
appointed commissioner of corrections
of New York city by Mayor Mitchel.
Formerly she was superintendent of
the Bedford Hills Reformatory for
girls.
BOODLE APPEARS
IN OKLAHOMA
PROGRESSIVE LEADER AND AR.
CHITECT CHARGED WITH AT.
TEMPTED BRIBERY.
Western Newspaper Ualon News Serview.
Oklahoma ('ity.-Charged with hav
Ing attempted to bribe P. J. Goulding,
member of the commission appointed
by Governor Lee Cruce to let the con
tract for the $1,500,000 state capitol
building in Oklahoma City, "Dynan
mite" Ed Perry, Oklahoma Progres
sive party leader, and P. H. Weath
ers, a local architect, were arrested
on Information filed by County At
torney D. K. Pope. Perry and Weath
ers were released on bonds of $2,000
each for appearance at a preliminary
hearing March 6.
Information filed by the county at
torney in securing warrants for the ar
rest of Perry and Weathers charged
that Perry had offered to pay $15,000
to Goulding should the architect plans
submitted by the contracting firm of
which Weathers is head, be accepted
by the capitol commission.
Goulding issued a statement in
which he declares that in conversation
with him February 21 Perry said
"something about getting $15,000 for
landing the contract."
"A few days later," the statement
continues, "the other members of the
commission and I received an anony
mous letter which we construed clear
ly as an attempt at blackmail. The
letter made threats of what the writ
er would do if a certain architect se
cured the contract."
Goulding's statement then relates
plans, which, he said, were made to
trap the letter writers and tells of an
alleged meeting between Perry and
Goulding in a local hotel.
LUCK STILL WITH BEACHEY
Fell 1,300 Feet in Aeoroplane and EsA
caped With Slight Injuries.
Western Newspaper Union News er2c0te.
eanta Barbara, Cal.-While "loop
ing the loop" here Lincoln Beachy, the
aviator, lost control of his biplane and
fell 1,300 feet from the ground and es
caped with slight ainjuries. The ma
chine crashed into a tree.
Beachy was at a height of 2,000 feet
when he made his loop. His biplane
then pointed its nose toward the earth
and made a spiral dip. Beachy had
lost control. Turning and twisting,
the fall continued until the craft was
within 800 feet of the ground. For 100
feet or more the biplane fell side
ways, completing a circle in that posi
tlon, then foundered, dipped upward
and came down slanting with the en
gne working perfectly all the time.
The blplane was a new machine, just
being tried out.
French Coal Strike Called NOff.
Paris.-The National Council of Min
ers' Union decided to call of the strike
of the coal miners begun in the South
ern coal fields February 24.
Saloon IIcssens Surrendered.
Memphis.--Of 700 revenue licenses
held in lemphis, 576 were surrenader
ed to County Attorney General Z. N.
Estes Monday when the "nuisance"
act passed at the last session of the
state legislature became operative,
ending the day of the open saloon in
Tennessee. A number of the saloons,
'epnsferred into "soft drink" estab
lishments, reopened to serve non-al.
coholle and other beverages coming
within the state prohibition laws-r
less than a per cent alcohol.
George Entirely Too Parental.
Ithaca, N. Y.-Judges appointed by a
committee of the National Association
oft Junior Republics to investigate
charges that William I George was
guilty of improper conduct toward
girl citizens tof the George Junior Re
public at Freeville, N. Y., have ren
dered a decision acqnuitting him but
disapproving the parental attitude he
has assunmed as head of the instita
ties. The judges are Joseph H.
Chaste, J.stice Camuol Seabuiry of
Mernw Toark m is F lanr Wal2 d
DR0. OWLING IN
EAST THIS WEEK
WILL CONFER WITH SURGEON
GEN. BLUE ABOUT HEALTH
CONFERENCE.
Wstpers Newspmper t'nlon .ws .ervlce.
New Orleans.- Dr. Dowling has gone
to Chicago. Washington and New York.
In ('hicago he attended a meeting of
the trustees of the American Medical
Association and also a committee of
the organization which will arrange for
a celebration of the completion of the
Panama Canal, and especially the sani
tary and hygienic methods employed.
The medical experts regard what has
been done in Panama from a sanitary i
standpoint almost as great an achieve
ment as the physical construction of
the canal. Dr. Dowling is a member '
of the committee to perfect arrange
ments for the celebration as stated,
the time and place to be announced
later.
While in Washington Dr. Dowling
will confer with Surgeon (General Blue
in reference to the conference to be
held here April '4, to be known as the
Southern States lHealth Conference.
He will make a request for the attend
ance of experts employed by the na
tional government and to deliver 11
lustrated addresses. Dr. Dowling will
also endeavor to secure special low
rates on all the railroads and the local
hotels for the delegates.
The first convention will be held on
April 20, when all the medical inspec
tors of the State Board of Ilealth will
confer and plan a program for the
Louisiana Medical Association, which
meets April 21 to and including the
2d 3d. The first das, of the association
' convention will be given over to the
State Board of Health. Dr. Dowling
has some business matters in New'
York and will also attend a meeting.
LITTLES ACQUITTED OF
VAN CLEAVE MURDER
CITIZENS IMMEDIATELY TOOK
STEPS TO HOLD A PUBLIC
MEETING OF PROTEST.
d Westmr NewMpper union New. Sav~ce.
Shreveport, La.-A verdict of Mat
guilty was returned here in the case
of Hervey S. Little and his wife, Anna
n Bond IAttle, the former charged with
murdering J. J. Van ('leave, and Mrs.
r Little as accessory before and after
the fact.
Within a few hours after the jury
gave its decision a mass meeting of
protest was called. Soon after the call
was issued, the presiding judge, John
e R. Land, issued a statement upholding
the action of the court and thp district
attorney at the trial. The feman of
the jury, J. G. Hester, also issued a
statement saying the state had not
proved its case. As the time for hold
ing the mass meeting drew near it was
announced that it had been postpomed
until Monday night.
Van Cleave was killed by Little last
fall as he came from a building in
which his real estate office was lo
eated. It was charged Mrs. Little told
her husband that "if he did not kill
him her father would," because of an
alleged insult Van Cleave is said to
have offered her. IAttle pleaded self.
P defense, saying Van Cleave attempted
Sto draw a weapon just as he fired.
,Mrs. Little denied she urged he
husband to attack Van Ceave. Van
(leave and IAttle formerly were bua
ness partners.
STATE CONVICTS BAPTIZEB
While Guards Stood by With Gunas t
Prevent Attempts at Escape.
Klotz Springs, IA.-An unusual
I scene was enacted here Sunday whe -
Captain May's state convict camp, on
the Atchafalaya river, was visated by
t Rev. L. Madison, of English Turn post.
office, Plaquemines parish, La., for the
purpose of baptizing convieta,
The guards, with loaded guns on
their shoulders, prepared to baptiae
in a different way any convict that
tried to swim the river or take to the
woods, led the procession to the rive
bank, where the baptizing took plaee.
After singing a few hymns and soin ~
good advice from the preacher, be led
them Into the Atchafalaya one at a
time and ducked them under the water,
and held them until thoroughly Im.
mersed.
Judge Calhoun Unoepposed.
St. Joseph, La-A special elatleOn
was held to elect a judge for the
Tenth Judicial District to fill the va.
cancy caused by the resignation of
John Dale, who has resumed law pra
ttce. N. M. Calhoun, of the Vidalla
bar, was the only candidate.
New Priest In Charge at Houma,
Houma, La.-Rev. Father VanderbQlt
has taken charge of St. Franels d ,r
Sales Catholic church. Rev. Fath 1.
SPaquet having resigned on account of t'n
his health. Father Paquet will remove
to New Orleans.
aThree Years for Wielding Knife.
Alexandria, La.-Foster Nash wna
convicted in the Distrlet Court on the
charge of cutting with latent to
and entenced to three years a thei
state pttenltiary. .

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