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HAYTI, MISSOURI, FRIDAY, MAY 26, 1922
Court House Case Appealed to United States Supreme Court
"Thrrp Ik no don In the liole world
o hide n rontiiM ooiiinilt n crime mid
the enrlh Ih inndp of ulnnM." Dmc-mon.
The stealing of the court house
bonding ele'ctlon by stulllng the bal
lot box with over -1500 illegal votes
in the two precincts of Caruthars
villo September 9, 1919, is yet a live
issue. The perpetrators of that deed
of blackness, after almost three
years of desperate effort, have not
yet, been ablq tp cover up the corpus
delicti. The stark body of their as
sassination of man's most priceless
heritage, his right to vote, is ytt
, uncofflned and unburied. Its grave
has been dug time and time again,
and the ever frie.idly county court
has as often ordered "the bonds
sold and the new court house built"
of the proceeds of that shameful
fraud, but somehow their victim
continues to come forth in its grave
clothes to haunt the sponsors of
that vile act.
Some of them have fallen. Others
are tottering on their throne. No
man who" stands for that sort of de
pravity and crime can expect to es
cape the sword of vengeance. Jus
tice, the nemesis of evil, is close on
From that assassination of jus
tice has come a frightful ghost.
It walks the earth with heavy,
clanking tread. It will not be en
tombed or forgotten. No, not in
Now, after long delay, after oods
and defeat, there comes at last, goo 1
news for the tax-payers of Pemiscn
county gqod news for those in the
large majority, whose votes were
smothered and made nil under an
avalanche of fake ballots.
The case, with its full transcript,
showing the names of the illegal vot
ers, now goes to the Unitod States
It has taken the direct route.
The Federal Court of Appeals has
been superceded. That court will
not function "co-ordinately" with
the higher court, as a Caruthersville
paper so recently and "wisely" in
formed its readers.
It is to go before the court of lai
May 18, Thurbday of last week,
Judge P. II. Dyer of the St. LouK
Federal Court granted an appeal of
the case to the United States Su
Though from the very nature of
things the Caruthersville papers
could not help but know of it, they
did not try to scoop The Missouri
Herald on this bit of news. Had
they, the representatives of the bal
lot box stuffers, -won another tech
nical dismissal, it would have been
different. They would have hopped
to it like a duck to a June bug. It
would have been "threshed out"
again. That is the only side they
publish. They ever and always made
the most of that, but maybe they
will not have that pleasure again.
Maybe the County Court is through
for a while making orders to "sell
the bonds and build the new court
A full transcript of the case,
showing the 1500 or more illegal
names, will be transferred to Wash
ington. For the first time in all it! rounds
of the courts, the case ha3 gone be
yond them. The shadow of the Ca
ruthersvillo voting machine, while
far-reaching, is not sufficiently
lengthy to fall across the dome of
the Department of Justice at "Wash
ington. It is now the tax-payers' inning,
and they are at the bat.
When a hearing can be had, ie a
question that none can answe.'
Evidently it cannot bo soon. It
can hardly be less than two yearn,
but more likely five years, according
to previous schedules of that court
for cases of this sort.
This is the second case to go up
I from Pemiscot county to the United
States Supreme Court. The first
was the case of the Frisco railroad
company, whereby that corporation
sought relief from running its
through trains by way of Caruthers
ville. It will be remembered the
railroad people appealed their case
from the Missouri Supreme Court,
which had handed them an adverae
decision, and argued urgency of the
matter to have their hearing ad
vanced on the docket of the higher
court, but without avail, and lor
three long years, at great expense
and delay, were forced to drag theli
through trains over the loop. When
the railroad people Anally got a
hearing they got relief, as has since
been very much in evidence.
It is very unfortunate that such a
long delay Is in prospect, but the
tax-payers will do all they can to
hasten a hearing, and as the de
fenders of the ballot box stuffers
have so far been clamoring for the
same thing, it is hoped there mav
be some chance of getting the case
advanced on the docket.
But, as stated, if the great rail
road company, with all its urgent in
volvements, wa3 unable to get a
quick hearing, it can hardly he o :
pected this case will be "threshel
out" under two years, and maybe
So, we will have the benediction,
whlle'the choir sings:
"Thut which seems to W. Is not:
That which Is, la not known;
Ill-got gains aro dearly bought;
Retribution soon will come."
FOR PRESIDING JUDGE.
BIG BANQUET LAST NIGHT.
The big banquet given by the Ar
kansas Grocer Company last night
to the business men of Hnyti wns
one of the most successful affairs of
the kind ever held in this city. The
supper, prepared and served by the
ladies of the Civic League, was lit
for a king. The Odd Fellow hall
was nearly filled, and everyone who
attended are complimentary in their
praise of the occasion. Several fine
short speeches were made by those
present and much mutual good
should come out of the meeting. The
expense was borne by the grocer
company, who spared nothing to
make the meeting a pleasant one
to their guests. This being Friday
morning, and our forms filled for
going to press, we are unable to give
a detailed report of this happy affair,
but hope to do so in a later issue.
Max Kelley, a prominent young
business man of Steele, and Miss
Carrie Sigler, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Frank Sigler of this city, were
quietly married at the Methodist
parsonage in Steele Thursday even
ing of last week, Rev. Mr. Gaines officiating.
Mr. Kelley is a son of John Kelley,
being known as one of this county's
and has been connected with the
Bank of Steele several years, long
coming business men, with hosts of
friends. Miss Sigler, who was clos
ing a term of school in that city, was
one of our most poular young ladies,
possessing many accomplishments,
and while Haytl regrets to lose her,
all will join in wishing her and her
life companion a happy and pros
TO HAVE RADIO STATION.
Born in a canebrakes57 years ago,
J. D. Huffman now wants to be Pre
siding Judge of the County Court
of Pemiscot county.
Sometimes a man's birthplace' has
much to do with his after life. From
such a beginning some great men
have come. For Instance, Jesus of,
Nazareth was born in a stable.
Having made these statements an
explanation is due. ,Mr. Huffman's
father and mother lived at Cotton
wood Point during the civil war.
From North Carolina to the wilder
ness west of the Mississippi river
they had journeyed to make their
home. Pioneers they were of Pem
iscot. Little else than canebrakes
were then on both sides of the
river. So it was little trouble to b5
born in a canebrake then. In fadt,
under certain then existing circum
stances, one was fortunate to have
even a canebrake to be born in. But
the subject of this sketch had no
choice on this score. Mr. Huffman
was born in 1864, the last year of
the civil war. Then was the worst
period of the conflict. There was
less law and more lawlessness, more
prowling bands and neither property
nor life were safe. The country be
ing wild and thinly settled made
this condition worse. After the
Huffman home at Cottonwood Point
had been molested and the lives of
the inmates threatened, the hardy
pioneers took refuge in a canebrake
on the Tennessee side of the river.
There David Huffman first saw the
light of dav.
So, by accident, Mr. Huffman was
born in Tennessee, though in the
opinion of the writer, Tennessee is a
mighty good State to be born in.
spe'aking from experience that rtatcvV
back to exactly the same year.
So much for Mr. Huffman's birth.
That has been some bit ago, and i'
considerable number of things have
happened to him since then. Ka
has spent 57 years in Pemiscot coun-,
ty, Missouri. He has, therefore,
seen the county develqp from a cane
brake to what it is today, a change
so great that only the dreams of the
pioneers could realize such possibili
ties. His has been an honorable, up
right career. His record is like an
open book, on whose pnges no blot
can be found. He has never stood
for but one thing the right thing
He is not for this today and that to
morrow. He does not have two faces
one to greet you with and one be
hind your back. Mr. Huffman's
whole life has been spent in doing
all the good and as little harm as ho
could, and with the heavy weight
balancing all upon the side of the
Mr. Huffman has had an experi
ence covering a wide range of busi
ness. He has farmed, been merchant
and banker, and county official. By
new-comers and the young' he will
be remembered mostly for his long
connection with the Bank of Caruth
ersville as cashier, from which he re
tired but a few years ago. Since
then he has lived with his daughter
on a farm four miles west of the city.
There was brought to a close last
week one of the most successful
terms of the Hayti schools.
The graduating exercises wero
held in the High School auditorium
last Friday evening, the buildim;
being filled to overflowing.
The annual address was dellvere
by Dr. Joseph Serena of Cape Girar
deau, and was one of the best dis
courses ever heard in Hayti. It was
replete with practical advice that
should live long in the minds of hts
hearers. As most of the people of
this community were present, w
shall not consume space to quote ex
tracts, as such sound advice is not
The entertainment was opened y
invocation by Rev. H. P. Culbertson
and the music was beautifully ren
dered by the girls' chorus.
John T. Buckley, member of the
board of education, delivered a
short address, to the graduates, in
which he( offered optimistic and help
ful suggestions for the future at the
close of which he presented diplomas
to the class of eight, namely:
Helen Guffy Dorris, Carmel Popham,
Grace Rowe, Gladys Chism, Oda Ful
vood, Farle Getting?, Allie Cameroi
Thus, along the road of life, an
other school year left behind; but
if the young people will continue
along the same way as they journey
hence, it will lead them to greater
and better things.
THE WAGES OF SIN.
The Hayti schools are to soon have
a radio station installed. The finan
cial end of the enterprise is already
being taken care of, and soon suffi
cient funds will be available to cover
the requirements. The pupils of tho
Eighth Grade have donated $25.00,
and if others will contribute in that
proportion the radio will soon bo. radiating.
Chas. Yates, who had been with
The Herald several months, accom
panied by Mrs. Yates and baby, left
last Saturday afternoon for Camp
bell. Mr. Yates probably will lo
cate in Stuttgart, Ark. Mr. and
Mrs. Yates made many friends here.
The Misses Volla and Ruth Ma
theny and Nell Waltrip, teacbera in
the Hayti schools the past term, left
last Saturday for their hornet In
Miss Audry Berry of, Capo Girar
deau visited friends hero this week.
Miss Berry formerly taught in tho
schools of tb.iB city, but filled a posi
tion in t,he Clqrkton school last term.
Genuine oak lawn swings, well
bolted and re-inforced; the kind that
will stand hard use. We put them
up for you. Lefler Hardware Co.,
Esq. Sam White of Braggadocio
was In Hayti a while Saturday after
noon, having been up on Wolf bayou
trying his luck with the fish, which
he said was no good.
Good Kitchen Cabinet for
Cheap. Apply at this office.
In 1903 Mr. Huffman became
County Court Clerk, succeeding W.
A. Joplin. Later he was Public Ad
ministrator, succeeding W. A. Green.
These are the high spots in the life
of David Huffman. In every respcr
by business experience, by qualifica
tion and by long residence, he is ab'.j
to fill with fidelity the office for
which he is asking. He knows the
needs of the county "and can be de
pended upon to stand for the right
against evil influences, which have
had so much to do with he misman
agement of our county affairs.
The fact is so well known that we
wero about to forget to say that Mr.
Huffman is a Democrat, but he Is
the sort of man who believes in serv
ing all concerned without political
bias or prejudice. The above aro
some of the reasoris why people
from all parts of the county have in
sisted and urged that Dave Huffman
become a candidate for Presiding
Judge of tho County Court.
'Th- nnern of nln In denth." Ho
inntm flt Sit.
"There is a way which seemeth
right unto a man, but the end there
of are the ways of death," says the
Proverbs of King Solomon, the
wisest man that ever lived. And the
Biblical truth about the wages oi
sin being death might be extendi,
to include the death of disillusion
ment and despair, for that is what
it is. The law of compensation for
both good and evil are so irrevoca
ble that it would seem to be self
justified in the minds of all. But
every day we run across cases where
It Is not, and where the heaviest
losers in crime are the criminals
themselves. This is just what hap
nens when a good man goes wrong
There are worse things than being
broke. There are worse things thai
being "down and out." A man can
be all that and have his honor. He
can have his friends. He can have
the respect of himself. But once lei
his foot slip into the wrong way
the way of sin, and the reward Is.
death death of friendship, of love
and hope. "A good name is more to
be chosen than great riches." "The
way of the transgressor is hard."
The thief robs himself more than
anyone else. When the thief takes
the purse of some one, he also takes
from himself the most priceless of
all possessions, happiness. And far
worse is the man who makes the
vile, illicit brew. He not only loses
his own respect, but causes the de
gradation of his fellowman, anrf
both tread together the downward
way that leads to ruin and death
You may think you have not had a
fair chance in the world. Maybn
you have not. But don't make mat
ters worse, If you have lost all but
your honor, cling to that as you
would life itself.
It is not pleasant to comment en
the delinquencies of humans, and we
do so in writing this editorial mere
ly to bring up the simple and unes
capable truth that sin must be paid
for with heavy interest, even in this
world, by the sinner.
"Be sure your sins will find you
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The Missouri Herald
Each year the State Fair at Se
dalia entertains free of charge, one
boy from each county In the State.
Tho boys are furnished with tents
and cots and a mess hall is main
tained for the entire crowd.
The mornings are spent in hear
ing lectures and addresses from a
number of the most prominent men
in the State and in inspections, un
der a supervisor, cf the exhibits of
live stock, farm crops, etc. The af
ternoons belong to tho.boys to use as
they please, so long as they do not
violate any of tho regulations of tho
George L. Cole, chief High School
inspector in the State superintend
ent's office, Is the director of tho
Boys' State Fair School, and is con
stantly with tho boys from tho time
that they are met at the station un
til they are placed on tho train for
home. It is a wonderful trip and n
liberal education for the boy who
All boys from thirteen to seven
teen years of ago, inclusive, are eli
gible, unless they have previously
represented their county at tho Fair.
The competitive examination to
determine tho boy who shall repre
sent Pemiscot county will bo given
at the new Grammar School build
ing at Caruthersville on Juno 3,
that being the, Bocond day of
the regular teachers' examination.
It does not cost anything to try. If
you do not win, you haven't lost
anything, but somo one Is going to
win. It might bo you.
IS THIS JACK BRADFORD
A dispatch from Blytheville, Ark.,
to the Commercial Appeal under a
recent dato says:
J. J. Wilson, 60, dead from a . shot
fired from ambush, 1b mute witness to
tho age-old proverb that December
and May cuiinut bo matched. 11 was
tho old triangle, with a 60-year-old
husband as the obtuse augle, and a 20-year-old
wife , the acute angle and a
45-year-old "outside man" as the hy
potonuse. Lee Sheek, IS, is In jail, held with
out ball, charged with the murder, and
his alleged dupe, John Bradford, 35,
also held on the same charge, like
wise without ball. It Is charged that
Sheek gave Bradford, a reputed half
wit, 65 to do the killing.
"Wilson was killed at a point be
tween Manilla and Leachyllle, while
sitting In his tent reading. Sheriff
Blackwood made an Investigation of
tho affair, and the arrest of Bradford
and Sheek followed.
Tho sheriff Is moving Sheek to the
Osceola jail in order that ho may bo
held Incommunicado at that place.
Is this Jack Bradgord? The cir
cumstances as told of the- killing of -J.
J. Wilson almost in every detail,
correspond with the killing of J. L.
Holt, May 5, 1S09, twenty-three
years ago, by Jack Bradford, a half
witted youth of perhaps, 21. Even
to the month and the time ot tho
month, the tragedies lie side by side,
ike grewsome twins.
Holt was about 60 years old. He
was a farmer and lived in" a thinly
settled neighborhood called "Dog
skin," west of Braggadocio. His
wife was young, not being morO'than
Jack Bradford and his brother,
"Will, about 45,. lived with the Holts.
Tho home was a small, two-room log
cabin. Will Bradford and Holt's
wife, Mattie, decided that they were
"soulmates." After that the aged
husband became more and more In
their way. So the two lovers de
vised numerous plans to remove the
obstacle. Once, rat poison was ex
perimented with. Of that Holt was
either fed too much or not enough.
He became a very sick man, but re
covered. So the plans of the con
spirators had to be revised. They
worked out a new scheme. It proved
effective. It consisted of a load ot
large shot fired into the back of
Holt's head. This was the work of .
Jack. He hid behind a tree, and as
Holt rode by on his horse, Jack,
from ambush, blew the top of the
victim's head off with a load of shot
from a single barrel gun.
Bill 'and Mattie were happy that
night. So was Jack. His reward
was a pint of whiskey and a Texas
pony worth about ?9.00.
Their happiness was short-lived.
The body of tho dead husband was
found the next morning. Sus
picion at once pointed to the Brad
fords and they wero arrested.
When the trial came up Bill plead
guilty, and escaped with a life sen
tence in tho penitentiary. The wife
got off with threo years.
Jack proved to have the keenest
wits of the three. He went dumb
crazy. Refused to talk. His caso
passed through several terms of tho
Circuit Court, finally resulting iu
him being declared insane. Howaa
carried to tho asylum at Farming
ton. Growing tired of his confine
ment, one day Jack walked out tho
door and away. Jack is somewhere
in tho world. And the killing of J.
J. Wilson, as tho dispatch from Ar
kansas states, bears upon it tho
bloody handiwork of Jack Bradford,
such as ho performed in tho slaying
of J. L. Holt In the gathering dusk
of a May evonlng in the long ago.
The only discrepancy is in the ago
of "John" Bradford, which la given
as 35. Jack would not bo under 43.
But maybe, freo from trouble, the
band of time has not borno heavily
'The Arkansas authorities should
investigate the strangely connecting
link between tho two tragedies,
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