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THE MENA WEEKLY STAR,
WEDNESDAY. SEPT. IS ,1697. i.W.H.JORS. V.W.W.JOHR, It.R.ST.JOHN. f?. W. ST. jown & SONS, Editors and Proprietors. • __ yAJ.JJq.ir.!.-'. 4-1- > ; •- ■' '-JLJU-.L UUJtAtf I SEPTEMBER—1897. £ ---p—l 7 Sun, f'on. Tub. Wtl Thitr.1 fit Sat. 3--- » :j. 1_2 3 41 7 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 t |T2 13 14 >5 16 17 18 | 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 | 3 26 27 28 29 30 .E Entered at the postoffice at Mena, Ark., an second class matter. SUBSCRIPTION RATES. Thret- months.. Six Months....... One year .. . .1 -i"1 Advertising rates given on application. Port K c - p & ° Tlfr>E Arthur table Route. _ THROUGH RXPRESS-PaUy. Southbound. Northbound. pm,..,. K vv^ts ( n Y.u :iiii am 11:00 pm. Pittsburg.4 :80 am 12:01 pm.Joplin.U :80 am 2:f>o am.....Sllouta Springs.12:80 am it :50 am..I’oteau.. S:2‘> pm ar 0:25 a in. MENA. nr 5:85 pm 0:45 am Iv.MENA.. 5:55 pm 1 10:87 am.lanssen.. 1:80 pm 2:10 pm.Ti xarOnnn. 12:00 m 5:80 pm.ShrevojKirt.0:20 am C. M. BOSWELL. Agent. LOCAL FREIGHT—Pally Except Sunday. 1 *05 pm.I’oteau.11:30 am 7:00 pm .Mena... 0:00 am CHURCH SERVICES. M. E. CHURCH SOUTH—Preaching each Sunday at 41 a.ui.and 7:80 p. m: Sunday school at ion.m. Kpworth League 700 p. m.fl’rayor meeting Wednesday evening. J. Y. Christmas, Pastor. BAPTIST CHURCH.—Services every Sunday at 11 a m. andS p. m, Sunday school at 10 a. m. Prayer meeting every Thursday evening. \V. L. CoMl’EKE, Pastor. “ When fortune smiles on thee, take the advantage/’ Enforce the city ordinances. Muscadines are coming into market. To keep our city healthy we mast keep it clean. Several now brick buildings are being talked of and will soon be under way here. The official who does his duty and enforces the law will be re spected by all respectable people. Now is the time to subscribe for the Star and procure plenty of good reading for the fall and win ter months. Mena is a healthy town hut to keep it so people must be made to cleanse their closets and abolish filthy stenches. The nice showers of rain that fell last Friday ami Monday will help out the fail crops and cause the farmers to smile. The finding of so much gold in various places will materially strengthen the prosperity wave now rolling over the country. Yellow fever in the past ha* reulh been little more than a pen alty imposed by natures upon those communities and localities which fail to keep themselves clean, iv. C. Star. The city otlieais should see that the health ordinances are enforced. It is a shame and a disgrace to see how some closets are left and to smell the stench from them. These are matters that need at tending to now. We see the statement made that rats and mosquitos were unknown in Southwest Missouri prior to the advent of railroads. Mosqui tos do not always wait for rail roads to be built before immigrat ing to a country even if rats do. The fact ‘hat over ninety per cent, of the people of this country live on incomes of less than 61. (KX) explains why the income tax is so unpopular with the ten per cent, minority who rule an<l who have over §L,000 annual income Petitions, as prepared by the Chicago Record, arc being circulat ed for signatures asking congress to establish a postal savings bank system in the United States. It is only a question of time when we will see this much needed re ! form established. =*=====*== Little River county lias had an election to get the sense of the voters on the question of remov ing the county seat and the propo sition carried by a majority of about fifty. At the next election the real question will be at issue between Ashdown and Wilton. Scientists may investigate and write learnedly about the world's supply of fuel, but one thing they can rest assured, Western Arkan sas has a good supply and the res idents of the plains of Iowa, Kan sas and Nebraska should bear this fact in mind when seeking new homes. The recent enumeration of school children in this district shows that there are 605, being an increase of 138 since last May, when there were but 467, This shows that Mena is steadily grow ing and proves beyond doubt that we have over 3,000 inhabitants in our little city. Ar, a developer of the unusual Kansas is always in the fore ground. As a result of the extra ordinary crops and resulting pros perity a banker of that common wealth has written the state bank examiner to know if banks are compelled to accept deposits be yond what they wish to handle. Some bank officials could find an other way out of this difficulty but that is a different story. According to estimates made by the American Agriculturalist the Tinted States has this year a surplus of ooO.oi'mi.oou bushels of grain. Making this doubly inter eating to the American producer is the further fact that, as shown by carefully compiled statistics, every bushel of this food stuff will bo required to feed the European countries, where unusual crop shortage is the rule. This is bound to result in high prices, and the farmer who can hold his crop is sure to reap an increased profit. Last Saturday at 3 p. m. guns and anvils were fired and bells were rung at all the principal sta tions along the line of the Kansas City, Pittsburg & Gulf railroad announcing the completion of the road from Kansas City through to Port Arthur. This has been and is a great enterprise—one that its projectors are justly proud of and the driving of the last spike connecting the iron rails on this great road running south from Kansas City to the sea was hailed with joy by all its friends in America as well as hundreds in Europe. The convicts in the Arkansas state prison should ho used to build wagon roads. Probably there is no state in the west that needs to have work done on the roads any worse than this state | does and on the other hand there is no state that has better material ! for the construction of good roads. A little judicious legislation along this line would be a good thing for all concerned. It is hard to estimate the losses that accrue to all classes from bad roads and the use of convict labor in making toads will prvent that labor from coming in competition with free labor. ARKANSAS PEACHES. Carthage (Mo.) Press: Rogers, Ark.,is right in the push this year on Elbcrta peaches, about forty eight ear loads having been ship ped from that point. One man estimates an average of from §350 to £500 per acre from that crop. A USEFUL HINT. Madrid.—The Spanish government, is formulating a plan to briDg about ♦.lie banishment of all anarchists found in Spain It is announced here that anarchists will no longer be allowed to land in England, and that, there fore, the government of Spain must “deport them to some American re public or to a distant Spanish posses sion.”—K. C. Journal. It is safe to say that the United States is one “American republic” that lias no need for this “export” of Spain. Br«id • we might spare a few of that stripe. ' CURRENT EVENTS IN BRIEF. A famine is threatened in Ireland owing to an almost total destruction of the potato crop by too much rain. At Fargo, N, 1)., the city marshal, after a hard tight, locked up three tramps. They set fire to the jail with hopes of escaping and were burned to death. A terrific explosion of nitro-glyeer ine occurred at Cygnet, O., on Septem ber 7, killing many persons. Not a whole pane of glass was left in the villrge. .Tames Longs treet. major general in the Confederate army, was married in Atlanta, Ga», on September 8, to Miss Ellen ITortsch, assistant ltbrarian of Georgia. An immense balloon is to be con structed for the Paris exposition in 1900 which is to carry 100 people, in eluding a brass band, to the heigth of 2,000 feet. The weather is very dry in Missouri and corn has been seriously injured, pastures dried up and water for stock is very scarce in many sections. The heat has been excessive. A white man who assaulted a young girl near Friend’s Mission, Va., last week and followed it up by most fiend ishly murdering her, was promptly i taken from officials and lynched. I _ _ - j The British Trades union congress ' has inaugurated an eight-hour raove J ment for all trades. A bill has been ; prepared for passage by parliament making eight hours a legal work day. A remarkable gold discovery7 is re ported from Santa Fe county, N. M. Gold was found at a depth of 350 feet in a ledge of white quartz, and nug gets of free gmld the size of wheat grains were brought to the surface. Preparations are being made by hundreds of Swedes in Minnesota and ! Illinois to establish a Swedish colony i in Alabama where they have purchas I ed a large body of cotton lands. It j eon tains 15,000 acres of land and lies | ten miles east of Mobile bay7, in Bald win county. The price of lead has advanced 02 per cent since last fall, or from $2,50 to $4.10 per hundred, It is confident ly predicted by competent authorities that the price will reach $4.50 before the close of the year. As a result there is great activity in the lead mines and a large output is expected. The worst wreck in the history of Colorado railroading occurred at New castle, Col., September 10, on the track used jointly by the Denver & Rio Grande and the Colorado Midland railways. It was a head-end collision, each train going at a speed of between • thirty and forty miles an hour. The wreck caught fire aod many were ! burned. It is estimated that there are thirty dead and 185 injured. **na norses nave become so much of a nuisance in Northern Arizona that Attorney General Frasier has been ask ed if they may not legally be slaugh tered. That vicinity has been over run by several large herds, hundreds in number, unbranued and unclaimed bv anyone. They have rapidly in creased in number and have become wilder than deer and vicious as well. The matter has been referred to the live stock board. A story comes from Denver. Colo., that George VV. Adams, of Cripple Creek, has just returned from near Georgetown, South America, after passing through a terrible experience. Fourteen months ago, accompanied by eight companions, he went to the South American gold fields in search of fortune. He remained to see the last of his associates die in terrible agony of a fatal fever, when he be came terror stricken and fled the country. By a vote of 495 to 317 the interstate convention of miners, held at Colum bus. <).. on September 11, declared the great coal miners’ strike at an end. This strike was declared on July 4, and was wide spread, extending over Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia and Illinois. Great ef forts were made to include the Mis souri and Kansas miners but while no strike was declared in these districts the agitation has been of great value to the miners in this section, they hav ing gained many valuable consessions from the operators. The strike has resulted in a marked victory for the strikers, a big advance having been granted by the operators. The strike has been unusually free from outlawry j and violence, the one terriable excep tion being the difficulty between 1<>5 ignorant and totally unarmed foreign miners and 102 fully armed deputy sheriffs at Hazleton, Pa. Uuon a re fusal of the miners to disperse at com mand of the sheriff, followed by a show of resistance, the latter official ordered his deputies to fire, the result of which is twenty-one dead and a large number badly wounded strikers. Public opinion declares this as an un called for official murder. On September 8 two fast mail and passenger trains, one with two engines attached and both going a full speed, met in head-end collision on the main line of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad near Emporia, Ivs. Both were wrecked aud set on fire. Will iam ,T. Bryan was in the rear coach of one of the trains and escaped injury, and was one of the foremost among the rescuers. Thirteen persons met death in the wreck, the bodies of five being terribly burned. A large num ber were injured. Manager I. S. Ilurst. of the Kansas City branch of Theil’s detective agency, has been making some inves tigations among the anarchists of the TT„!l . .1 4_ .._1 _lv.4A.nSAm 1 IlllCU UlU UVj.7, ULIVI 1 Li ” * V. cently states that there are at the present time over 200,000 armed “reds” in this country, who are preparing Mr. Iiurst says, for a great revolution. He says they are all armed with the latest improved rifles and about 500 I rounds of ammunition each. The claim is made that in Colorado alone there are 25,000 anarchists, all armed. Mr. Hurst further states that unless this government promptly takes active measures to suppress this organization that within four years we will have an insurrection which will lead to a civil war. To demonstrate the endurance of western range horsos and thus create a demand for them in foreign coun tries for cavalry purposes, an unusual test was made by the department of agriculture. Two animals that had never been saddled or bridled were taken from the range at Sheridan, Wyo., mounted by two cowboys and started east on June 5 The horses were not shod and orders were given that no grain was to be given them while grazing could be found enroute. Ninety days from the start they were at Galena. III., having covered a dis tance of 2,400 miles and were in as good condition as at the start, with the exception of having become foot sore traveling over jagged rocks and through deep mud along the Mississip pi river. This is considered an un equalled performance and it is expect ed to create a very favorable impress ion with foreign horse buyers. FROM STATE EXCHANGES. The increase in railroad mileage during the past year in this state is 137 miles, while the increase in the railroad assessment is more than a million dollars.—Mb Ida Herald. * * * mi - f n . . 1 r I XilC dQQCnOUiUUb Ui tile L Utli l/OUQ U1 | the state for this year is $22,182,259, an increase oyer 1890 of $1,069,881. A million dollar gain in one year is a j pretty good showing. — Ashdown j News. * * li lt seems that Fnde Sara is getting after the moonshiners in the mount ains of Pope and Searcy counties in 1 earnest. Many stills have been brok en up, and many men captured and run out of the country. — England Courier. * * * Ex-General Manager W. A. Williams of the Texarkana it Ft. Smith rail- : way, which office was made vacant, j departed for Kansas City yesterday to I permanently reside as superintendent of the northern division of the Kansas ■ City, Pittsburg & Gulf railway.—Tex arkana Call # * # State Auditor Sloan has issued 1,529 pension warrants for indigent Confed- j erate veterans and their widows. The | total amount of claims allowed is $55.- ■ 194.50, and the amount available $53,- j 885.60, a deficiency of $1,309.90. be cause of this each pensioner will only 1 receive a warrant for 97 per cent, of his or their allowance.—Mt, Ida Her ald. Weather Report. Following is the weather report for week ending Sept 12, reported by D. H. Hopkins, of Dallas: _ „ Amt. Character bate H't'st C’ld'st rain fall of weather Sept. 6 02 #2 clear “ 7 02 *10 8 03 li« " K 8<; .10 fair i in 83 a; .83 cloudy t 11 00 or, clear i “ 12 01 i >4 EDUCATIONAL INTERESTS \ This column is devoted to the inter- I ests or the teachers and public schools I of I’wlk county, Arkansas. VV. n. PIPKIN, Editor. The Township System. The following article from Mr. II. R, j Frisby sets forth clearly and concisely 1 the advantages of the “township sys- ] tern” but probably needs a short pre. j face explaining the nature of the sys- ] tem: The “township system" is sim- j ply a system by which several schools I are graded together in some district f of territory, under one directory. “One board of directors would give j better officers, the most efficient teach- ! ers be retained, their salaries be fixed j according to grade, and they be given j schools accordingly. Pupils could attend the school most convenient, length of school term I would be uniform, and schools be I equally distributed over the township. There would be no more contentions I over school sites, district boundries, \ and transfers; all the schools in the township would be uniformly classi- I fled and graded and funds would not have to be expended unnecessarily od i r__ _M . a ic u jjupua. The boy or girl on the farm could secure as many weeks of schooling as the village child, and the non-taxpayer would no longer have greater school privilegs than some heavy taxpayer. Fellow teachers, these are only a few of the advantages of the Town ship System. It has been a success wherever tried, and all slate superin tendents, and leading educators of the country fayor it. Let us investigate the subject, and if we find it the best, all advocate it, and bring about the reform us soou as possible. (See bien nial Report of Supt. Jordon, years 1895 —9tj, page 165.) With one central nine-months school in each township, admitting all pupils from the fifth grades and over in each township, the principal of which being the superintendent of the other schools in the township, there would be an incentive to both pupils and teachers, the pupils to enter the high school, and the teachers to strive for higher positions. With some need-; ed financial legislation every child in the state could be given equal edu cational advantages by this system. Fellow-teachers, is this not worth striving for? All educational reforms depend upon the educators. H. B. Fkisby. We should be pleased to have a full and free discussion of the ‘ township system” from all the teachers. Write to the editor of this column a brief article expressing your opinions as to its merits or disadvantages. Compare it with the district system dow in vogue. Notice to Subscribers. Those knowing themselves indebted to the Star for subscriptions are re spectfully requested to call, or send, and settle the same. Those who have promised or desire to pay in farm pro ducts are informed that eggs, chick ens, corn, oats or silver are as irood us gold or greenbacks at this office. NO NATIONAL, AID. The United State* Government Powerless to Help Klondike SufTeror*. Washington, Sept. 15.—The condi tion of affairs in the Klondike and danger to persons who have started for the gold fields without an adequate supply of provisions arc matters about which the members of the administra tion have a great deal of anxiety, and there will be a discussion of the possi bility of affording some relief to those persons. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Vanderslip says that he and the secretary had given it much con sideration, but ho was at a loss to see what could be dong at this time. The administration has no money at its disposal that could be legally expend ed on a relief expedition and the phys ical conditions of the country in Alaska are such that it would be im possible to do anything if there was plenty of money to draw on. Shortage of Teachers In Kansa*. Lahnek, Kan., Sept. 15.—As a result of the extraordinary examination questions submitted by Superintendent Stryker, 75 per cent, of the district school-teachers in western Kansas have failed to secure certificates, and at least 25 per cent, of the schools in the western half of the state are with out teachers. In this county there is a shortage of about 20 teachers and the same condition prevails in all adjoin ing counties. Telegraph Mileage of the World. Washington, Sept. 15.— The total length of the world’3 telegraph system lias now reached 4,000.'.'21 miles, ex clusive of 180,440 miles of submarine cables. Of this Europe has 1,704,790 miles, Asia 810,085 miles, Africa 90,410 miles. Australia 217,470 miles and America 2,516,546 miles.