COLUMBIA, ADAIR COUNTY, KENTUCKY, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1915.
SHOT FROM AMBUSH.
Tom Melson, a Noted Character of
Southern Portion of Adair
County Killed by an
CORONER OF THE COUNTY HOLDS AN INQUEST.
Tom Melson, who was a noted char
acter of Adair county, was shot and
killed by an assassin, near the Sand
Lick Spring, last Wednesday night.
His body was found Thursday morn
ing and the Coroner, Dr. C. M. Rus
sell, andSheriff S. H. Mitchell noti
fied. They" went to the scene of the
killing in the afternoon. The Sheriff
summoned a jury and an inquest was
held. Upon examination it was found
that the bullet entered his back and
came out at his breast. Not sufficient
proof was gathered to lay the crime
upon a particular person, but opinions
were expressed, based upon previous
events. The jury rendered a verdict,
stating that Melson came to his death
from a gunshot wound fired by an un
Tom Melson had the reputation of
being a dangerous, quarrelsome man,
and the people of the neighborhood
where lie lived were generally afraid
lie was about fifty years old. About
thirty years ago he shot and killed a
man in his neighborhood named Tom
Smith, and immediately thereafter he
fled the country, going to Texas.
Five or six years ago he returned to
Adair county and after a long hunt
he was caught by the Sheriff, lodged
in jail, the charge against him being
murder. During the years that in
tervened between the time be killed
Smith and his trial, some of the im
portant witnesses had died and others
had left the county, and when his
trial came on thece was not proof
sufficient to convict him and fie went
Since the acquittal verdict he was a
great disturber in the community,
and there are no regrets on account of
his passing, but the manner in which
he was slain is condemned.
Come to the foot ball game next
Saturday at Lindsey-Wilson, Spring
field vs. L. W. T. S. Admission 25 cts.
for adults, 15 cts. for 12 years old and
under. The game will be called at
2:30 in the afternoon.
Mr. William Campbell, who had
been living in the Millto.wn section
lor two years, met with a stroke of
paralysis last Monday, and died on
Thursday. He was making prepara
tions to remove to Illinois, by wagon,
which was loaded with plunder, ready
to start, and just as he attempted to
get in the wagon, the stroke came,
with the result as above stated. He
was about forty years old and leaves a
wife and one child. The interment
was at Milltown Saturday morning at
10 o'clock. He had a great many
The people of Russell county are
looking forward to a greater volume
of business. The new road machinery
arrived last week, and in a very few
days the work of better highways will
start. Besides the Dixie Highway, a
first-class metal road is to be built
from Russell Springs to Jamestown.
The building of this road will stimu
late other communities, and e re long
Russell county will have a number of
good pikes. Good roads make busi
ness and Russell county is after them
in dead earnest.
There was some stock on the mark
et at Jamestown Monday, but only a
few head changed hands. Quite a
number of good saddle animals were
on exhibition. A few horses were
sojd at public outcry, bringing fair
The little child of Mr. and. Mrs.
Isaac Curry, who had an enormous
head, died last Wednesday night. It
ws about three years old, and its
:& had grown to be larger than a
Born, in Louisville, October 13, to
the wife of Arthur Bishop, a dwgh-
Woman's Club Meeting.
The Woman's Club met with Miss
Victoria Hughes on last Tuesday after
noon, Oct. 12th, and a very pleasant
afternoon was spent. Mrs. Chapin,
Second Vice-President, presiding. All
member of the Club are urged to at
tend the November meeting, which
will be held at the home of Mrs. Fred
Myers, on November 15th, at 2:30, p.
When scattered groups of women,
nearly 50 years ago, started out to pur
sue culture under the name of Wo
man's Club, nobody dreamed of the
splendidly organized band of more
than a million women enrolled under
the banner of Women's Clubs to day.
But the years have developed the
movement so that to-day whenever
there are clubs, and where aie they
not? the community looks to them for
assistance in every movement for the
good of the people.
It was Mrs. Decker, who said: "The
Club brings to the conservative woman
gradual wealth of mind, to the ration
al woman a knowledge of the indi
vidual point of view, to the lonely
woman, friends and fellowship, to the
rich woman it brings a knowledge of
her obligations, to all brings help.
If clubs of to-day mean anything, they
mean sisterhood of ideas, of effort, of
interest, of culture."
Doesn't this statement kindle a
warm glow in your heart and make
each member feel that she will attend
all meetings and do something for the
good of the community, as well as be
Don't fail to see the foot ball game
at Lindsey- Wilson next Saturday after
noon at 2:30.
Died Near Columbia.
Mrs. Addie McCaffree, who was the
wife of Mr. Eb McCaffree, died last
Friday afternoon in the residence
owned by Mr. S. H. Mitchell, on the
Glasgow road. She was about 30 years
old, and was a lady who had many
friends. She was a victim of consump
tion. The funeral services and burial
took place at Union Saturday after
noon. It was attended by quite a
number of relatives and friends.
Monday night. Oct. 25th, is regular
meeting night, and there will be work
in Conferring Degrees. All Woodmen
in good standing are requested to be.
present at !7 o'clock and take part
F. A.' Rosenbaum, Consul.
J. C Strange, Clerk.
As the period of the year has ar
rived for fires, property owners and
tenants should use every precaution.
The flues should be examined, the
stove pipes inspected and every means
used to prevent a blaze. This means
much to insurance companies as well
as the owners of property.
The Methodist parsonage
going some needed repairs,
a very convenient home
It will be
work is completed. A splendid stream
of water has just been found at a
depth of about fifty feet.
. All parties who have been promised
blackboards will please come foe them
next Friday and Saturday. Bring a
deep wagon and call at Page & Tay
lor's drug store. The boards may be
given to other schools if not called
for this week. -
Tobias Huffaker; Supt.
The Wayne and Clinton county Leg
islative district will be represented
by a Democrat. The Republican can
didate failed to file In time in - order
for his name to.be placed upon the
ballot. r '
Mrs. Lou W. Atkins and Mr. Guy
Nell and wifehayejemovjed from fche
Hancock rooming .houseo the for
mer's home, on top of hillBurkesville
Mr. C. G. Jeffries lost a fine young
jack Thursday night. He was valued
Wanted at .this office a copy of the
News dated SeptemJwsr 8.
Opossum are ripe and the boys are
United Brethren Conference.
The Kentucky Conference of the
United Brethren Church was held in
their new church building, this place,
beginning last Wednesday morning.
The Episcopal address was delivered
by Bishop G. M. Mathews, of Dayton,
Ohio, which was well received. At
the close of the address, reports were
heard and committees appointed.
Report on Christian Home, by J. C.
Meyers, and a paper "Events of
Christ's Ministry from Baptism to
Second Passover," by S. Barker was
At 7.30 Rev. W. E. Schell, D. D.,
Dayton, Ohio, favored a large congre
gation with a strong and forceful dis
course. There were twenty or thirty minis
ters in attendance, all having reports
of their work, showing that the con
ference was in a good, healthy condi
tion. L. O. Miller, another very able min
ister, delivered a number of talks
which were highly enjoyable.
The Conference wasell attended
throughout the session, and on Sun
day the church house, recently erect
ed at this placeu,was dedicated in a
logical discoursejby-Bishbp MathewB.
At the close oi theTservice dinner was
spread in the basement of the bjiilding
wnere an aounaance or gooa cnings
were enjoyed by a large number of
Those who are in a position to know
report that the gathering, the exer
cises closing last Sunday night, was
one of the best the conference has
held in the State, stimulating all the
ministers and laymen. The local min
isters will now endeavor to bulla a
large membership, and in this laud
able undertaking they will have the
approval of this entire community.
Don't forget to attend the Picture
Show at the Parlor Circle Thursday
and Saturday night, and see three big
reels for the small sum of 1Q cents.
A special show will be given 'this,
(Tuesday) night. Don't miss it!.
Circuit court drew a large crewd to
Jamestown Monday, all sections of the
county being represented. Judge Car
ter and Mr. Huddleston arrived in the
forenoon and in the afternoon, the
grand jury went to wprk. .There were
a number of candidates present and
several speeches were made. Judge
Carter rehearsed his record as the
Judge of the district and from ..ex
pressions heard by voters, lie will be
re-elected by a large majority., 'Mr.
Huddleston also presented his claims
for re-election to th& office of Com
monwealth's Attorney, and .will doubt
less get a largevote in' the county.
Buy your Magazines at home. We
can furnish you any Magazine pub
lished, or duplicate any clubbing of
fer you may find. See Geo. E. Wilson
or J. A. Williams. 50-2t
A dispatch from Clinton county says:
Lum Honeycutt struck Ben Butler
twice on the head with a club, break
isg his skull, which resulted in hie
death about four hours afterward.
The parties fell out over a cane patch
which Honeycutt had rented on But
ler's place about five miles from here.
Both men were married and neigh
bors Honeycutt surrendered to the
Sheriff and was lodged, in jail. His
examining trial is set for to-day.
Reed & Millerare seriously contem
plating the erection of a picture show
building on the Miller old homestead
lot, on water street. A large com
fortable show house is something the
town needs. A suitable building
would draw first-class troupes.
The U. B. Conference was well at
tended, and a very large crowd came
on Sunday to be present at the ded
ication of the new church. The ded
icatory sermon, a very able one, was
preached by Bishop Mathews.
Braxton Massie bought 12 or 14
young cattle last week, from different)
parties. He paid from 135.00 to $40
The farmers of Adair county, finished
sowing wheat last week. A very large
There were two games called at the
High School Gymnasium last Friday
evening, and several hundred people
gathered to witness the contests.
The first was the Graded School team
against the High School team. The
former was composed of very small
boys, but they did up their seniors
quicker than you could say, scat, the
score being 14 to nothing.
The second game was a team made
up of the larger High Schoolboys
against an aggregation from James
town. The playing showed that neither
team was in proper training, still the
contest was exciting from the start.
The game was smooth throughout
and terminated in favor of the visit
ing boys, the score standing 23 to IS.
This class of sport has just started
and some close and interesting games
may be expected during the remain
der of the fall and winter.
If jou want good service, safe driv
ers and fair prices, go to
W. H. Wilson's
Dr. W. E. Schell, of Dayton, Ohio,
delivered two or three very able dis
courses at the U. B. Church last week.
His sermon Wednesday evening was
one of the most helpful that has been
preachedin Columbia for many moons.
His subject might be called '-Ingrat-
itude to God and Man." It was han
dled pathetically, scholarly, inspiring
the entire audience. When about
half through the discourse the lights
went out, but he continued his sub
ject, the congregation sitting quietly,
drinking in every word to the end.
The preacher was delivering light,
and to hear him in a darkened build
ing did not disturb those who wanted
to be taught by the able divine.
For the next week, I will pay
cash or 24c. in the store for eggs.
D. M. Moore, Garlin, Ky
I will sell my personal property and
farm, known as the Joshua Hatcher
farm, at public outcry, on the premi
ses, Thursday, Oct. 28th. The farm
will be sold for one-fourth c2sh, the
remainder in cine, two and three years.
51-lt. Anna Hatcher.
Corn gathering will start' soon. It
Is said that some of the late corn has
been in jpred by frost.
Eld. J. Q. Montgomery,, who assist
ed Eld. Williams in a meeting at this
place, and who left Columbia, sick,
h'as about recovered. He is now in a
meeting at Liberty and is
sisted by Eld. Thad Tinsley,
Green county farm on Caney Fork,
one-half mile from Greensburg. This
farm consists of eighty acres, well
watered, good dwelling, all necessary
out buildings. Price reasonable. For
further information call en or address,
Mrs. Chas. Walls,
51- 3t - Columbia Ky.
The Rapid Transit Company has
purchased, of O. C. Collins, a half in
terest in the lot, in the north part of.
town) where a livery stable burned
some years ago, and will put up a
Eld. Z. T. Williams commeneed a
meeting at Esto last Thursday night.
He is preaching in the Methodist
ehurch, the Christian church having
For fresh groceries, .just opened, at
living prices, go to the new store of
Finis Rosenbaum. He will deliver in
side corporate limits. Phone 152.
Mr. Curt Yarberry bought last week
a mare mule colt, by Geo. Coffey's jack,
from Mr. John A. Breeding for $85.00.
Jfr. Yarberry has refused $110.00 for
Circuit court is new la session at
Jamestown, Judge -r-.Carterf on the
At His Old Stamping Ground.
Mr. B. F. Cravens, who left Adair
county for Iowa fifty-three years ago,
is back on a visit. He lives at Line
ville, his State, and is enjoying fine
health. He is a grandson of the first
sheriff of Adair county, Benjamin
Bowmar. When Mr. Cravens left
here the Civil war had not broke out,
and. Ben was one of the boys about Co
lumbia, though he lived ?. short dis
tance out of town. The boys all had
nick names and he was known as
"Turkey" Cravens. He is now eighty
three years old, stout and hearty. At
present he is with his sisters, Mrs.
Perry Hancock, Mrs. Wm. Hancock,
Mrs. Malinda Montgomery and Mrs.
Pierce, who live near Cane Valley.
He will visit Columbia before return
September 20th, 1915, the Columbia
Lighting Co. commenced its all night
service. Since then new electrical
machinery has been installed and it
is now in position to give continual
service from dawn until daylight.
Begenning October 20th a new flat
rate schedule will take effect based up
on the number of lights in each dwell
ing in use. Meters will be installed
upon the request of any of its patrons
who will sign the meter application.
Big Mule Day.
Harry Lazareth, one of the biggest
male dealers in Kentucky, was here
from Bowling Green, last Saturday.
His coming had been advertised in The
News, and early in the forenoon stock
commenced to arrive, and by the noon
hour there were something like two
hundred mules on the market Dur
ing the day he bought fifty head, pay
ing from 385.00 to $175.00 per head.
He also bought three horses, paying
good prices. He paid out during the
day, 38,000, a goodly sum, scattered
If you want to pass an hour of real
enjoyment attend the Picture Show at
the Parlor Circle on Thursday and
The Transylvania Presbytery of the
Presbyterian Church, U. S. A ., meets
at Lancaster, Ky., Oct., 2325, and
the Kentucky Synod at Ashland Oct.,
26 to 28. As the pastor expests to at
tend both of these meetings there will
be no preaching services at the Pres
byterian church next Sabbatb. ..On
Oct., 31st there vill be the regular
services in place of the 24th. An.
effort is being made to build up the
Sabbath Schooland Christian Endeav
or. Let every Presbyterian rally to
the standard and make these two or
ganizations a mighty power for God in
Columbia. A cordial invitation is
given to any who are not regular at
tendants at other such organizations
to meet with us and receive help as
well as give help.
R. V. Chapin.
It seems like you are afraid to join
the cash Union store. The dollar
bluffed you. If you don't want to
join come and trade with me and I
will save you money. I hate to give
prices but come on and get your sugar
at 6 cents. Now every thing in the
store is priced according to sugar and
if you are a member you get it less
than this price You are bound to
save money if you trade with the
Union. T. G. Rasner.
I have an extra good Jersey milch
cow, for sale, also a yearling heifer.
E. W. Reed.
FOB SALE. .
' Oh account, of old age and desiring
to retire from the Milling Trade, we
offer our First Class water power
Roller Flour Mill all complete and in
good ring order with good, substan
tial custom trade. For particulars
address, Kerns & Reece,
We, the owners of Judas he Per
cheon Stallion, will seU him the first
Monday in November, to the highest
bidder, about one o'clock, on public
All box stalls at ,W.
feed and livery stable.
Bom to the wife of W,
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