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HAYTI, MISSOURI, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1922
TWO NEGRO BRUTES ATTEMPT
RAPE ON TWO WHITE GIRLS
Attack Made Upon-Daughters of Judge S. P. Williams of Near Town.
Negroes Enter Girls' Bedroom. Frightened Away by Screams of
Victims. Both Brutes Arrested and Jailed. No Violence Attempted.
The Jong expected has happened
It was Inevitable.
That It did not happen sooner Is
litttle less than miraculous.
Wherever there is a gathering
together of strange, stray negroes
from every quarter, attracted by the
freedom and equality they have
been shown in Pemiscot county, the
only question is: Who will the
victim be, and when?
Rape upon white women is just
as peculiarly a negro crime as canni
balism was their religious feast be
fore specimens of the race were cap
tured wild in the jungles of Africa
by the white man and their civili
The voluptious passions of rape
can no more be civilized out of the
negro than can the overpowering
love for blood from the slain lamb
be trained out of the Bengal tiger.
And it is far more safe for the
white man to leave the female mem
bers of his family unprotcted in the
midst of the savagery of the wild
est frontier than to leave them un
guarded where the black beast
prowls day and night in Pemiscot
county, as he now does in unmolest
ed and unrestrained freedom. Thi3
is said both because it is a warning
and is true.
These are the savages that have
been brought among us in droves
nd herds in recent years; the sav
ages for whom at the white man's
expense churches and school houses!
have been built, and for which we
are taxed to pay. On top of all
this, they are the same beasts that
go to the polls on election day and
with their multitude of ignorant
votes rape the ballot box, thereby
disfranchising the white majority,
from whom, like vampires, they have
drawn their sustenance and free
dom. WaB a white man's fate, in a sup
posedly white man's country, ever
more cruel and unjust?
After this, we think, not entirely
out of place prelude, let the two ne
gro brutes tell their own story.
"' Here is their statement, signed by
themselves and witnesses:
We, Johnnie Clayton and Pearl
Lasley, colored, make the following
statement of our own free will and
On the 29th night of August,
1922, we stayed together at the
home of Pearl lasley .A. about
eleven o'clock of said night we went
to the home of S. P. Williams, a
white man, in Hayti township, Pem
iscot county, Missouri, and took the
nails out of a-screen which was on
the window, then took the screen
out of the window, and we both
crawled through the window into
the house and into the room occu
pied by Edna Erwin and Helen Wil
liams, two unmarried white ladies,
18 and 19 years old respectively.
While in the house and room of the
aforesaid Edna Erwin and Helen
Williams we attempted to get the
bed covering off of the aforesaid
Edna Erwin and Helen Williams for
the purpose of attacking the afore
said' ladies, otfr objective being
(language used omitted) against
the will or without the knowledge
of the aforesaid Edna Erwin and
The young ladies were awakened
by the movement of the covers and
immediately cried out for their
father.S. P. William8,who was sleep
ing in an adjoining room. Upon
their outcry we, Johnnie Clayton
and Pearl Lasley, ran from the house
and from there to the home of Pearl
Lasley, where we spent the remain
der of the night.
This statement is made f our own
.free will and accord, and without
the promise of leniency, or without
the use of coercion, from the ones
to whom this statement is made and
in whose presence the same is sign
ed. This the 30th day of August
Witnesses: J. E. DUNCAN
S. P. OATES
J. M. ARGO
B. P. ALLEN,
Justice of Peace.
Little else is left to tell, except
minor details. In their statement
the negroes confess their guilt, and
did so without showing the least
fear or regret.
The only reason their attempt
was not made complete was be
cause the girls screamed wh'en
iwakened, and their father came to
their rescue, frightening the black
- S. P. Williams is a pioneer citizen
of Pemiscot county, and at one
time, years ago, was presiding judge
of tha county court. His first wife,
long since dead, was a daughter of
Dr. Granville M. Hayes, founder of
Helen, one of the girls, is Judge
Williams' daughter by a former
marriage, and Edna Erwin a daugh
ter of his present wife, by a former
marriage. Both are highly respect
able young ladies.
Judge Williams, after being a
non-resident of the county for sev
eral years, removed here again last
fall. At present he lives on the
road just across the drainage ditch,
almost in the edge of town.
One of the negroes lives on the
Parks place, the other on the Tayloi
farm. The girls knew the negroes,
and when they were arrested and
brought before them, readily iden
Constable Sid Oates made the ar
rests Wednesday about noon , the
crime having been committed the
night before. The blacks did not
resist, and made no effort to escape,
evidently regarding lightly the
heinous crime they had attempted
or, in the full letter of the law, had
actually committed. The prisoner:
were brought before Esq. B. P. Al
len, who advised that the proper
and safest place for the accused
would be the county jail, to which
the officers carried them without
The outcome of the case will be
watched with considerable interest
If these two fiends are hot given the
maximum punishment the law pro
vides, it will stand out as an in
centive for an outraged community
to handle such criminals differently
in the future, for black devils can
not lay hands on white women's
throats, as was done in this case,
and escape their dues.
The negroes were not in the leaaM
frightened. They looked and talked
impudent, as if to say, "When we
get out of this, we will see you
Last week w.e printed cut of Hayti High School, g&jng the names of those com
posing the faculty. This 7eek we show a picture of our Grade School, the following
being the faculty :
C. O. Raine, Principal1 departmental ; Mrs. Emma Reinhard, departmental; Mrs.
Atha Hooker, departmental; Miss Nettie Gaither, fifth grade; Miss Nell Waltrip,
fourth grade ; Misu Edith Davis, third grade ; Miss Algene Ross, second grade ; -Mrs.
Leanora Condit, primary; Miss Erma Pickens, primary.
HAYTI BOY KILLED
IN FRISCO WRECK
Several From Caruthersville and Steele Reported Injured.
Train 805 Plunges Through Trestle 100 Miles South
St. Louis Friday Morning.
YOUTH MURDERED IN
HOLDUP; ARREST TWO
Louis Reynolds Victim of Paragould
Paragould, Ark., Aug. 27. Louis
Reynolds, 23, employed at the Ideal
Ico Cream Company, was shot and
killed last midnight in a holdup
hero, a short distance from the busi
ness district of the city The young
man was en routo to his home and
was within a block of his residence
when two boys stepped from behind
A gun was pressed against Rey
nolds' body and the weapon, it is bo
lioved, was unintentionally dis
charged. A brother and a compan
ion .were with the murdered youth.
Not a word was spoken prior to the
tragedy, and tho murderers immedi
ately made their escape.
Roy Ilooone and Walter Harrison,
each about 20 years old, wore arrest
ed upon suspicion, as they loft the
city on a freight train at C o'clock
this morning, and are being held for
examination. They wore taken to
Jonesboro for safekeeping.
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Shamel Yearta, a Hayti boy, is reported killed in the
Frisco passenger train 805 wreck which occurred Friday
morning at 4 o'clock, three hours late, as several of the passen
ger coaches plunged through a trestle weakened by a washout
at Star Landing, between Wittenberg and Station Seventy-Six,
100 miles south of St. Louis.
It seems that young Yearta was not killed outright, but
later died in a St. Loliis hospital, where he was carried along
with about 35 other seriously injured passengers. Among the
injured there is said to be several from Caruthersville, but at
the time of going t'o ,press, Saturday morning, this cannot be
Shamel Yearta was about 19 years old and lived with his
father and grandmother, Mrs. Shouse, in this city . He was
one of the Hayti High School boys and had for several years
been assistant operator at the Empress Theater. To make
matters more sad, Shamel was returning from a visit to his
mother, who is in a hospital at Farmington.
Sam Lippard was engineer on the wrecked train, but
neither he nor his fireman were seriously injured.
The trestle spanned a small creek and the scene of the
wreck was near the Mississippi river. The locomotive and first
baggage car had passed over the trestle when the second bag
gage car went through into the creek about ten feet below.
The second baggage car pulled the third coach, a combi
nation mail car and smoker, after it, and the combination car
car went on top of the second baggage car at one end.
The locomotive turned over, on the side toward the Mis-
sissipi, and the first baggage car, which was pulled back by
the second, turned over on the side toward the bluffs.
The second baggage car, on which the combination car
was piled, was reported to be lying in several inches of water.
The rear of the combination car .was still on the sunken
framework of the trestle.
None of the passengers in the steel coaches were injured
in any way.
The train consisted of the three forward cars named, a
chair car, a club car, with restaurant and parlor space and
Capt. C. O. Rame oi Hayti was on the wrecked train. He,
assisted in caring for the dead and injured, and came on to his
homo here, but returned to his company, which is encamperj
at Moberly, on this (Saturday) morning's train.
Capt. Raine did not recognize Yearta, which gave rise to
hope that the report of his death might be erroneous. But
later reports seem to confirm the truth, and Bill Yearta, the
boy's father, left this morning for St, Louis.
The Missouri Herald being a day late is publishing this
report as.a last minute extra.
The Sunday school hour is 10:00
a. m. Sunday morning the classes
will be readjusted and re-formed..
There will be three new classes and
four new teachers, Mesdames Dunk
lin, Helm, Reinhard and Reeves. The
young business men's class will he
formed at this hour. A large class
is pledged to be present and start
as charter members.
The new ward leaders are to be
Sunday begins the special Sep
tember rally at this church.
Mr. Culbertson will have for his
theme at the morning worship hour
"When They Prayed," and in the
evening a special sermon for the
oung business mon of Hayti,
The choir is rehearsing this weer
and will lead in the devotional sine
ing at both worship hours.
The Epworth League.Miss Erma
Pickens, president, will meet at
G:45 p. m., to start their fall and
winter devotions. Let all the young
people be present at the opening
Our motto for the fall and winter
will be: "Something worth while
doing all the time at this church "
We stand for good citizenship, a
clean, live town, and everybody
active, useful and happy. We in
Tom Lewis of Braggaoocio, after
his recent trip around the world, as
reported in these columns from Cali
fornia last week, passed through
this city Saturday en route to Wolf
Bayou on a fishing outing. Tom
says jthere are more fish in Missouri
waters than in any waters he saw,
according to square acreage, not ex
cepting the sea, where Parson Jonah
got mixed up with tho whale, or
rather, inside the whale, as the
story is told.
Blair Buckley and wife returned
Sunday evening from Lamnr, Ark.,
after spending several days with
relatives there. They also visited
Hot Springs for a couple of days,
returning by way of Memphis and
spending a day and night there.
Mrs. J. T. Buckley, their mother,
who accompanied them on tho trip,
which they mado by auto, remained
over at Lamar, where she will spond
somo time with her mother, who re
sides at that place.
Mr-, J. E. McFall was called to
Plggott, Ark., last Saturday on ac
count of the, death of hor mother,
Mrs. Finis Varner, which occurred
nt about S:30 a. m. Funoral Bor-
vlces woro held in Kouuott Monday
at 11:30, interment taking place"
thore. Mr. MoFall attended the
funoral and roturued with his wife
TWO KILLED AUTO SPEED
ING IN OSCEOLA CAR
Joe Silverfield, Osceola Man, Plunges
Car Into Concrete Bridge He and
His Aunt are Killed.
Blythevllle Courier: Friday Joe
Silverfield of Osceola was killed and
his aunt, Mrs. Carrie Strauss of
Monroe, La., sustained injuries from
which she died,as a"result of an auto
accident Friday night of last week
near Marion, on the new pike, when
Silverfield plunged his machine in
to a concrete bridge with great force
Other members of the party were
Miss Ethel Wienberg of Blytheville,
sister of Mrs. Walter Rosenthal, who
was the most fortunate of the party,
though she was badly bruised and
lacerated. She received an ugly
gash requiring three stitches on her
lower lip, most of her teeth loosened
fend she was bruised about the body
Jack and Clifford Strauss were
badly bruised and for a time thought
to be seriously Injured, as waa Jessie
Silverfield. Both Silverfield and
Mrs. Strauss were caught under the
car when it turned over. Silverfield
died en route to a Memphis hospital
and Mrs. Strauss died Saturday.
Silverfield was a young business
man of Osceola and recently pur
chased a car which he delighted to
drive at a dangerous speed. He was
driving this ill-fated car when he
met his death. It is said a danger
signal is near the bridge, but he evi
dently failed to see it in his speed
ing. . i
After hearing the evidence and
the argument in the case of William
Bud) Killian, charged with killing
a tenant on one of his farms last
bpring, it took the trial Jury less
than one hour to bring in a verdict
The case was one of change of
venue from ,rNewMMrJd to JLhtH
county, and set for hearing at thi
present term of circuit court at Ca-
-ruthersville. Monday morning of
this week it was taken up, the jury
secured, and by Tuesday morning all
the evidence was in and the argu
Mr. Killian plead self-defense,
which pleading was strongly sus
tained by the testimony. Those win
heard the whole of the evidence
predicted that the jury could do
nothing but what it did do ren
der a verdict in Mr. Killlan's behalf.
Every inch of the ground was
fought to the last ditch on both
Attorney Massengill of New Mad
rid county represented the State,
being assisted by B. A. McKay of
Caruthersville, E. F. Sharp of Mars
ton and J. F. Fulbright of Doni
phan. Mr. Killian was represented
by Ward & Reeves of Caruthersville
f.nd Gallivan & Finch of New Mad
rid. The trial jury was composed of:
Bob Wall, J. W. McAllister, George
Garrett, Henry Morgan, B. B. San
ders, Fred Franklin, Huoy Michle,
E. C. Speer, R. L. Simmons, C. L.
Kyle, W. W. Corhett Jr.. and J. M.
FARM BUREAU SPEAKING.
Miss Lois Drown, teacher in the
Concord school, visited homofolks in
this city last Saturday,
Tho Farm Bureau speaking and
picture show at the High School
auditorium last night was an oc
casion of both pleasure and profit
for all who attended.
The meeting held here last night
was one of a series which have been
hold in various parts of the county
during tho past week, the object be
ing to Improve tho organization,
which, we understand has met with
Mr. J. II. Miller of the College of
Agriculture made a very Interest
ing address. Mr. Miller Ts very on
thuslastlc as to tho porterttlallties
of the Farm Bureau, believing it
tho best organization the farmers
have ever attompled. Ho constdors
it already a proven success, and ad
vises all farmors to join and recelvo
Mr. Miller is also an old news
paper man aiul at present owns u
paper at Lees Summit.
Being unablo to have a represent
ative present lait night, and aa no
ono Interested has seen fit to furnish
particulars, wo are unable to make
this report more Interesting or
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