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VOL. XLIL_FORREST CITY. AItK. FRIDAY AFTKKNOON. SKPT 2". 1912_ — NO. 3. IH OBNETgeneral 6IVES HIS VIEWS —■ ■ — ■■ Advised Secretary Hodges on Submission of Constitu tional Amendments. HIS RESPONSIBILITY ENDED Believes Two Amendments Passed by Voters in Recent Election Are Unconstitutional. _ I Niwnvflprr t'nlon New* S#rTiK«. Hittle Rock.—Attorney General II. U Norwood declared that in his opin ion a majority of th electors voting j In the < lection must vote in favor of an amendment for it to become a part of the constitution. He also said that only three amendments could legally have lie< n submitted at the last gen eral el'-ction. If be is upheld in these two opinions. Amendment No. 13, which limits the legislature to a 50 day session, probably will be the only nmendnieiit to be adopted. However, Mayor «'harles K. Taylor, who is in (crested in the bond amendment, says, he has consulted eminent counsel, ana that he is not afraid this amendment will be knocked out in the courts. The attorney general declared it was his opinion that Article 1b, Section 22 of tin' constitution would govern in the mailer. This section provides that if n majority of the electors voting in such election adopt such amend ment the same shall become a part of the (oust itutioti. He said that there wan nothing in Amendment No. 10 to the constitution in conflict with this provision. That it must be admitted that the rule laid down in Section 22 of Article lb applied to an amendment submittfd by the general assembly, and certainly there would not be one rule as to measures submitted by the legislature anil another rule for those Initiated by the people. He said that in construing the amendment that we should keep in view the constitution as it was at the time the amendment was made, and that the words with reference to every other part so as to preserve harmony in the whole In stant. If the attorney general is correct in his opinion, it appears that Amend ment No. 13 is the only act or amend ment voted upon by the people that was adopted. _ .it__• 4i. __ in nirtiK'r discussing the matter no Raid that lie did not think that Amend monis Nos. 14 and 15 could have been declared adopted if they had received a majority of all the votes cast at the election, because they were im proper] \ submitted; that Article 19, Section of the constitution provides •hat only three amendments shall he submitted at the same time, and that Amendments No- 11 and 12 were sub mitted by the general assembly, and that Ami ndment No. 12 was initiated before Amendments Nos. 14 and 15. The attorney genera] was asked if he would bring any kind of proceed ings to prevent the amendments from being declared adopted that were im properly submitted or did not have the necessary number of votes. Ho •aid that he would not do so; that he discharged his duty when he advised the secretary of state to refuse to certify to the Election Commissioners Amendments Nos. 14 and 15, and that hn was not going to assume that the •Peaker of the house of representa tives would declaro amendments adopted in violation of the constitu tion, but that if they were declared adopted, tlie Question would not bo 1 'Osi'd arid could be raised at any time in the courts. Annual Session Closed. Harrison.—The Ross Ruble camp °f the I'ltited Confederate Veterans «oseri Its annual session Saturday. ^arKe crowds attended. The reunion 'as opened with music by the military band of Harrison. This was followed > the enrollment and payment of •ues. The vistors were then assign p to their lodging places. In the af ®rnoon the addregB of welcome was ojade hy the mayor of Harrison. The a dress of welcome for the baughters ® the i onfederary was made by Mrs. . d- \ance. Responses were made *7 pr- A. I.. Routh for the United P°bfpderate Veterans, and Marvin a hcoat for the Sons of Veterans. ^ Refuses to Honor Suits. t „°rt ^n'****‘—Judge Hon lias refused In t]0nor ***** suits in the circuit court no courthouse row. The suits were j edn!c<i for Inst week, but Juds° I Pn declared that they had been pre ^ouslv heard and ruled upon and that r*fc?nd ,!ParinR was useless. It is •etna'1* ”ia*- *he 8,1*,s will not be <*d upon unyi County Judge Haii> ^'r*8 from office. WATERWAYS CONVENTION ! HEED IN EITTEE ROCK Arkansas Lntertains Many Mon of Promi nence—Former President Is Honored by Citizens of Little Rock. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION HOLDS THREE DAY MEETING Wpst»rn K'wTpapeT Union N'ewi SpttIo*. Little Hock.—Arkansas and Little Hock entertained this week one of the most notable and important meetings that any Southern state has ever en tertained before. Thh was the occasion of the Deep Waterways Convention in the capito) oily. Many thousand delegates and visitors were in att •ndanoo the crowd ocrvcd as a reminder of the Confcri rate Heunion when Arkansas enter •a.tied so many visitors. The purpose of the deep Waterways Association is to keep alive and pro mote the project of deepening the THEODORE ROOSEVELT. Chief Guest of the Occasion of the Convention—Many Thousand Came to Greet Former President. channel of the Mississippi river and its tributaries. The importance of the protect f’n he pf»n from a clipping out of the Saturday Evening Post, which is as follows: “The Mississippi Valley sy gem com prises lti.OuO miles of navigable rivers, from Pittsburg, Chicago and Omaha to St. Louis and New Orleans. The Harriman system comprises 18,000 miles ot rail, from Portland. San Fran cisco and lxis Angeles to Omaha and New Orleans. The Investment In the Harriman system, comprising face value of securities outstanding in the hands of the public, considerably ex ceeds one billion dollars, while mar ket valfie Is much in excess of face value. In population and wealth tho territory it serves is, of course, much less than the Mississippi valley. “If 13,000 miles of rail lying wes: of the Missouri river are worth rough ly, say, a billion and a half, what might 10,000 miles of improved water way in the valley be worth? The question is pertinent because such figures as fifty or one hundred mil lion dollars for waterway improve ment frightens many people. AS TOF lilViffOlliifiu T-quiisujviii., modern oeean freighter rosta about $70 for each ton of carrying capacity: a lake boat about $40 a ton; a river steamer and borgra only $12 a ton. "The railroads have completely cap tured the country's inland carrying trade and have it highly organized in their own interest. Something more than merely digging channels will be necessary to get trade for the rivers. St. ijonis rail borne, traffic exceeds FO.OOO.OOO tons, while her river-borne traffic has fallen below 200,000 tons. No doubt freight rates on the fifty odd million tons have been affected, beneficially, to St. Louis, by water competition." This deep wafer project is oi me greatest importance to the people of Arkansas as the state is situatod in the Mississippi Valley and the Missis sippi river forms the eastern boundary of the state In addition to this 1*< the fait Art *»• ”o-e roili'8 t Navigable stream^ than any .other state in the Union. The navigation of these waters would be of immense value to Arkansas as present freight rates would be greatly reduced and the people of Arkansas would profit thereby. Not only would Arkansas benefit in this way but in the manner of pro tection from floods, such as the one suffered last spring when the Mis sissippi overflow*d and did an untold i amount of damage and giving the state some unwelcome advertising. One of t'.ie feature events of the ir.eetirg was the reception and ad dress of ex-President Roosevelt. This occasion was not a political one, but was an honor tendered to a man who had once been the highest officer in the United States. When Col. RoBevelt arrived In the city lie was met at the depot by a reception committee composed of the leading citizens of Little Rock. After being welcomed by the committee a parade of automobiles and marchers was formed. Many women participated In this event and here and there in the pa rade could be seen a uniform of Grav and Blue. The parade was led by a platoon of police and two bands. After marching through the business section of the city the parade dis banded and an informal reception was held by Colonel Roosevelt. me delegates and viators were wel comed to Arkansas by Gov. Donaghey and Mayor Taylor of Little Rock. Tho address of both were received with cheering and applause. Replies were made to the welcomes in which Ark ansas and tile capitol city were laud ed for their jirogressiveness and their hospitality to the vistors. The convention was called to order Tuesday morning, at 10 o'clock, by Vice President K. S. Conway, of Chi cago, who occupied the chair in plac; of President Kavanaugh of St. Louis Mr. Kavanaugh was unable to ac tively participate in the proceedings on account of a recent operation. The conveni ien was in session three days d”ring which time it listened to presi dential candidates, congressmen, gov < rnors, presidents of great railway systems and leaders in the business world. Prominent on the program of the convention were the names of many Arkansans among whom were: Gov. George \V. Donaghey, Gov-Elect Joe T. Robinson, Mayor Taylor of Little Rock, James P. Clark and several other statesmen and business men. Some of the prominent men in at tendance and many of whom address ed the convention were: | Col. Theodore Roosevelt, ex-presf dent, Champ Clark speaker of the house of representatives. Gov. Hadley of Missouri, ex-Gov. Folk of Missouri, Senator R. L. Owens of Oklahoma, former Congressman James E. Watson of Indiana, who was Taft's right-hand man at the recent Republican national convention, Congressman Sulzer of New York, chairman of the house Committee on Foreign Affairs. Con gressman W. A. Rodenborg of Illinois, John L. Vance of Columbus, O., presi dent of the Ohio River Improvement Association; Lyman Cooley of Chica go, consulting engineer of the Deep Waterways Association; E. C. Ellis of ffansas City, vice president of the Missouri Waterways Asssocatlon; former Gov. M. E. Patterson of Ten nessee, Gen. J. B. Castleman of Ixwis ville, Ky.. W. L. Bark of Chicago, vice president of the Illinois Central rail road ; Benj, F. Bush of St. Louis, presi dent of the Missouri Pacific-Iron Moun tain system; T. C. Powell of Cincin nati, vice president of the Southern railway; William Stil, a banker oi Omaha, Neb.; Gen. Luke E. Wright of Memphis, former secretary of war; H. F. Autcn of Little Rock, who will speak on the "The Arkansas River;" Philip Werlein of New Orleans, N. H Levi, president of the Broadway Board of Trade, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Mayor H. W. Howell of Wilmington, Del.; Gov Chas Deepen rf I1M—>is - -d Gov. Q P rcleuitt of *1> van * REBELS SURRENDER TO 0. SJFFICERS No Resistance Made When Mar shal Surprises Leaders. Campa Hard Pushed. IS WEARY OF LONG FIGHT _ Seeks Protection From Capture by Federal Troops by Crossing Border. Western Xevrrpajvcr Union News Service. Tucson, Aria.—After a chase throuttb northern Sonora by Mexican federal troops, after his raid on raining camps and lines of the Southern Pacific rail way, Gen. Emilio P. Carapa, a rebel leader, and his staff crossed the American line south of Tucson and now.- are prisoners of the United States. After positive identification by Dr. Huffo. a friend, Carapa admitted his identity and said lie was tired of fight ing. Dr. Huffo w-as surgeon general for Madero in the previous revolution. Campa was captured by United States Marshal C. A. Overlook, Sheriff Nel son and a deputy, without resistance. He had sent (wo men into Tucson to procure automobiles, but they were ar rested, ami after questioning, told of the location of the remainder of their party of 10. The rebel leader declared he wa* surprised by the unexepeoted opposi tion lie met at the hands of the fed erals under General Girone, who. gave him a seven-hour battle at Altar. Hard pushed by the pursuing federal*, and practically without ammunition, be decided to seek safety in the United States, with a faint hope that he might be able to get ammunition at Casas Grandes or Gila Bend, west of Tuc son. STOLEN MONEY RETURNED Bank Find Packages Stolen From Car Lying on Doorstep. fTr'Str.rn N'r^rpan'r Union N»wa SerTlp*. Pensacola, Fla.—As a result of the mysterious return to the First Na tional bank, some time during the night, of 000 stolen while being delivered to the Ixjuisville and Nash ville nay car at Flomaton, Ala., sev eral days ago, a conference was held between officials of the bank and pri vate detectives and special agents in vestigating the robbery. The package containing the money was in the original wrapping, as made up by the bank employes, it is said, and was enclosed in a newspaper. It was found lying against the grating of the back door of the bank by the negro janitor. This indica'es, according to the of ficials that someone witli previous knowledge had prepared in advance the dummy package, con'alning maga zine pages, which was found in place of the money when the shipment was opened in the Louisville and Nash ville pay car. , Washington.—President Taft has Is sued an executive order placing a!! fourth-class postmasters in the classi fied service. This order, relieving 36.03S postmasters from the uncer tainty of political appointment, will be one of the most comprehensive and lar-reaching, as affecting the civil service, ever Issued. Good Crops Throughout the World. Washington.—Crops generally gen erally throughout the world this year are bumper. This is shown by fig ures in a cablegram received by the department of agriculture at Home, j giving the preliminary estimates of I the acreage production of wheat, rys. | barley, oats and corn. — Wood on Inspection Tour. Washington.—Mai. Ben. I/»onard Wood, chief of staff of the army, has left here on his annual inspection of the national defenses. He is expected to be gone a month, and during that time will visit practically every army post in the Southwest and West. Belgium Expect* Big Strike. Brussels.—A area' genera! strike Is projected by Socialists of Belgium in support of a universal suffrage i amendment to the constitution. Hos i tilitles again' the government, which I has resolutely set its face against the desired legislation, will begin In No vember. Half a million workers. It Is calculated, will be involved In the strike, which. It is purposed, shall last six weeks, at a cost to their fuuda os ttmated ai JlO.OOtkOOO. BRASsFiElD IS AUQUITlEU. Man Accused of Murder of Babe It Released on Petition of Attorney. WV»trrn N**w<p»prr Union Now* Kfrilrf, Little ltock.—The trial of Sam Brass field, charged with the murder ot l‘au Edward (’oulter, the nlnc-months-old bal>e of Mr. and Mrs. D. l\ Coulter, at 50!) Rock street, early on Sunday morning, May 10, was brought to a dramatic close in the First Division of the circuit court when Prosecuting Attorney Robert L Rogers asked tho court to instruct tlje jury to render a verdict of acquittal, which was done. Brassfield, accompanied by bis wife and little daughter, left the court house, absolved from the charge. The principal witness for the state were Mrs. 1). P. Coulter and Miss Marion Smith, who occupied the room entered by tho man who shot and kill ed the Coulter babe. The testimony of neither of the witnesses wns suf ficient to Identify Brassfield as the one who committed the crime. In his statement to the court, ask ing that tho jury be instructed to re turn a, verdict of not guilty, Prosecut ing Attorney Rogers said that tho identification of Brassfield was Insuf ficient to support the charge against the defendant and that lie would not stultify himself to ask the jury to pun ish him even for a day. The crime, he said, was one of the worst that ever had been committed in Little Rock, but the evidence was of such doubtful character, he declared, as to he impossible to fix the guilt upon Brassfield. He commended tho city authorities for calling upon outside assistance to aid them in running down the murderer, and expressed the hope that some day there might be more harmony among the peace of ficers of Little Rock, in which case he believed more criminals would be apprehended and brought to justice. The theory, he said, that James B. Brown, known as “Jack the Shooter," had committed all the serious crimes in Little Rock during the last few months was all wrong and nothing short, of the simplest bosh. WILSON'S MAN WINS Early Return# Indicate Hughes Wins Over Smith in New Jersey. Writprn Ncwsrpaper Unton K<vi Sorrlo#. Newark, N. J.—Early indications were that Gov. Woodrow Wilson had won his fight in the New Jersey pri maries to prevent the nomination of former United Suites Senator James Smith Jr. as the Democratic candi date for United States senator. Re turns from 258 of the 1,799 districts in the state gave Representative William P- Hughes, the Wilson candidate, 8, 118 votes to 0,713 for Smith. The Newark Morning Star, owned by Mr. Smith, announces that indica tions are that Hughes has been nomi nated by a safe plurality. Estimates on Hughes’ plurality range from 12, 000 to 15,000. More than ordinary interest was manifested in the primaries, owing to the active opposition of Governor Wil son to the candidacy of Mr. Smith. Roth from the stump and In state ments, the governor has voiced his disapproval of the former senator. Owing to the active part taken by tho presidential candidate, his hold upon his party in New Jersey was consid ered to be the real test of the voting. Bank Clerk Confesses to Robbery. Pensacola, Fla.—William H. Bell, a 20 year-old bank clerk, confessed that he robbed the local First National hank recently of a package contain ing $55,000 for the pay roll of tho Louisville and Nashville railroad, and substituted a bogus package in its place. Fear that the officers would suspect his brother caused Bell to confess. The young bank clerk had been in the employe of the local bank for two years. In his confession, he declared that he had planned to ob tain the money a week before the pay roll was made up. He made a bogus package, similar In shape and size to the pay roll package of money, filled with magazine slips. When the Louis ville and Nashville pay roll was being fixed for shipment, he slipped the package containing the $55,000 into his locker and substituted the packago o? paper in its place. Minister Marries "Hobo” Girl. T.lttle Hock, Ark.—El'en Casbe of Bald Knot), a 17-year-old girl, who was attired In hoy's clothing when arrested on a charge of passing bogus chocks, was married to 'he Hev. A. J. Millard, 1410 Gaines street, a retired minister, who is more than 80 years old. At tracted hv the difficulty into which the young girl had become involved by giving wort!-less checks in Mem nhi . Tenn nd Jndsonia, Ark., the Hev. Mr. Millard offered to furnish the money w *h which to obtain her releasc if she would marry him. The girl accepted and. despite the objec tions of re'atlvos of the bridegroom. ;h« wedding was performed. d-mmi 15 IHEJHHE Theodore Roosevelt Stops in Arkansas' Capital to Ad dress Convention. PARADE GIVEN IN HONOR No Ent: usiastlc Cheering by Big Crowds as on Former Visit When president. W«l»rn Newspaper Union !t«*a Service. Utile Rock.—An enthusiastic recep tion was accorded Col. Theodora Roosevelt upon his arrival lu 1-ittle Rock as a guoBt of the I-akes-to-the Gulf Deep Waterways Association. From the time of his arrival until ha left for Memphis his time was taken up in delivering speeches and shaking hands with hundreds of admirers. Tho reception of the famous “Rough Rider,” hunter,' former president, naturalist, writer and founder of tho Ananias Club probably nover has been equaled by the ovation to any dis tinguished visitor to tho "CUy of Roses,” unless it was upon his termer visit as chief executive. Though ho was not enthusiastically cheered, there was a large gathering to see him, and Democrats, Republicans and “Bull Moose” joined hands in a nonparti san reception. in his speech at the Auditorium Colonel Roosevelt expressed his un qualified approval of the plan of deep ening the river channels of the Mis sissippi basin by uso of the Panama canal machinery and experts now en gaged in the completion of the great waterway across the isthmus. He re counted the events that led to tho Panama canal project, and paid a high tribute to Senator James P. Clarke of Arkansas for his activity In congress in behalf of the great under taking. A long line of motor cars decorat ed with flags, I he First Regiment band, the Municipal band, two aotnpa nics or soldiers from Fort Upa H. Roots and a great concourse of people were waiting at the station when Col. Roosevelt arrived with his delegation in (wo special coaches and they ac companied him to bis hotel. GRANDSON OF POLK LOST Bulldog Causes Decendent of Presi dent to Board Special Train. W#«trrn X>wm>»Drr Unlun N»i Marrtea. Kittle Hock, Ark. The growling of a ferocious bulldog, always the fear of the small boy, was responsible for a grandnephew or President Junes Knox Polk bPing lost In Kittle Hook, after a two days’ trip from Johnson City, Tenn., where the lad boarded a special train. Col. Kufns J. Folk wan notified and he took the child home with him. Then it was that the facts were brought out. James Knox Polk, Kh years old, had strolled away from hta home in Johnson City. Behind him came the bulldog bearing down oa the lad with apparently dangerous-looking eyes. In front stood a special train bound for Kittle Hock and the Kalccs* to-the-tlulf Deep Waterways conven tion. The lad became scared and no; then the dog quickened hhi pace. Young Polk, fearing the danger h»rk ing in the animal's eyes, hopped onto the special. And then, before ho could alight, (he train had left tho dej>ot. Friendless and alone, he spent tha two days of the trip to Utfle Rock, timidly refraining from mixing with the passengers, having a more or ir*» fear of what was to become of him. Then ho reached Kittle Itork and his plight became known He had nos. eaten fer two days, am) when taken paid its monthly installments oa th» ly famished. winoni candidate Carries State. Newark, N. J.—William Hughes, whose candidacy for nomination by the Democrats for Umini Sta'co sen ator was favored by Governor WMsen. won over James Smith Jr, wbo was strongly opposed by Hi. gtwvrnor, br about 1(1,000 votes, .?•■» ordiug to the latest returns. Figures indicate that I'.sscx, Mr. Smith s lioin.* county, was the only one of 21 count ice ju tY» state which went age: e: trie govern or's choice. Minneapolis.--Show again fell in the Northwest, according t - reports from, the Dakotas and Minn -sntn . (ling of heavy fails in various district*!. Dis patches from Fargo N I? saM D» snow flattened corn , u>) that thous unds of harvest and thivehing hands i have left the state, unwiiPug to hw I lieve the weather will •uinovo.