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A HOME PAPER PRINTED FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.
VOLUME 13
Benton. Tennessee. Thursday, Dc. 8. 1921
NO. 38
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Ireland To B
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Free
State
(By The Associated Press. )
London, Dec J. The centuries
old quarrel between Kngland and
Ireland was ended, as had been
fervently hoped, in the small
hours of Tuesday morning bv the
signature in the prime minister's
cabinet room of "a treaty between
Great Britin and Ireland," con
sisting of eighteen articles, giving
Ireland the title of the Irish free
state and the same constitutional
status as Canada, Australia and
other overseas dominions.
The question of allegiance,
which up to the last moment
threatened to wreck the negotia-'
tionswas surmounted by permitt
ing the members of the Irish par
liament to swear allegiance to the
constitution of the Irish free state
and "be faithful to "his majesty
the king."
The treaty has yet to rim the
gauntlet of the Ulster government
and of the imperial parliament.
The imperial parliament has been
summoned to meet on December
14, and will be opened in state by
the king, who has taken the close
st personal interest in the Irish
nation which he practically in
stigated when he opened the
Ulste r parliament.
Parents Plead
With Governor
Nashville. Dec. 7.'-rThe moth-
e"T and lather of Maurice Mays
the Knoxville negro j condemned
to die ht the electric hair at the
penitentiary ou the . morning of
December 15, pleaded, in person
for executive cleineucy before Gov
t'aytor yesterday. Thev also pre
sen ted a petition signed by Knox
county citizens asking that the
death sentence be commuted to
ife imprisonment.
the right side of the face
lolesale jail
To The School Children
Of Polk
County
Last year 'and the' year before j with your Sunday School, with
we seiit letters ro your teachers,
asking that they . tejl -.you; about
the little homeless orphan ...boys
f t'rr-and girls at the Tennessee ChiKJ-
ren s-tiome in ianvuie, mm uw
much we ik-eded vour help in
raising money to provide them
with fond, wholesome food for
r
which many of them al.uost staT
ved before they were sent to us,
and warm winter clothing which
many of them never had before,
and to help find them each a-good
home and a good mother anc
father to love and cherish them as
vour mothers and fathers love and
cherish ydu.
The response to this appeal wa
wonderful and, through the help
from the school children and other
friends we have been ablf, during
the last year, to actually find
homes .'or two hundred and tlurtv
little homeless boys and girlsand
to help many others in various
ways.
This year we are going to make
our Christmas appeal to you thin
the newspaper because we fee!
that in this wav a still larger num
ber of people will hear of our
needs and will help us to meet
them, but we want each of you to
feel that this appeal is to ' you
p rrsonally and we want von to
take this up with our classm ites,
your fathers and mothers and all
your friends and to raise all the
money vou can and sen cL it to, the
Tennessee Children's Home So
ciety, 901 Acklen Avenue, Nash
ville, lennessee.
We want you also' to help us
find good homes for ten little boys
and twelve little girls from two to
nine years of age, and for the
seventeen little babies from one
to ten mouths of age now in the
Receiving Home.
As you, in vour own comfort
able homes with your own good
moihers and fathers plan for the
coming of Christmas and Santa
Clans, will yoM not think of these
little children who have none of
these blessings and help find
homes and mothers and fathers
for' them? And will you not
raise all the money 4011 can to
help us care for and find homes
for all the other homeless boys
and girls who " will come to us
during all next year.
We are depending upon you and
we know you will help all you
can, for we are sure you have
read that "It is not the will of
vour Father that one of these lit
tle ones should perish."
Your friend,
Mrs. C. D. Sullivan.
Superintendent-
Thirty Negroes
Dash
For
Make
Liberty
Thirty negro prisoners, confined
in the cells on the first floor 01 the
Knox county jail, made- a futile
attempt to stampede and escape
Sunday morning at 11 o'clock,
whVn jailer Karl Hall opened the
main door to the apaitment in
which the prisoners spend -much
of, their time, when out of their
ceils.
Jailer Hall had just opened the
door to commit a new prisoner,
when Bill Chaney, who, jail officals
say, was placed in jail Saturday
night, sprang from cell No. ?or 3
and rushed toward the door. "As
Jailer Hall looked up to see what
was about to happen Chaney is al
leged to have dealt him a blow ou
Realizing that a w
delivery had been planned, jailer
Hall called to deputies in the of
fice of the jail. Before assistance
could reach the corridors of the
negro apartment, 30 negroes were
preparing to make a dash for liber.
However, Jailer Hall and ond of
the negroes grappled in the door
way ana this prevented other
prisoners from making tl eir exit.
The negro believed to be the
ringleader of the gang fought des-
peratejy, but .Hall succeeded in
sinking him dowm No attempt
was made by Jailer Hal! to use his
revolver. . .
One of thcnegro"ertvlropped to
the floor and pretended to be
seriously hurt. A physician was
summoned to the jail and examin
ation revealed that he was only
pretending.
Alonzo Clark, one of the negroes
in the party, has been convicted
of first degree murder and is under
sentence to die iifcthe electric chair
at the state penitentiary.
When Jailer Hall walked clown
the flight of steps yerterday to
place a prisoner in the cell-, the
usual Sunday morning quiet per
vaded the atmosphere of the jail
Officials of the jaif believe the men
had planned to make a daring get
away and all appeared to be ready
to dash through the steel -lined
corridors and reach the street.
Sitting in the office of the jail
were Deputies E. F, King, Austin
Cate and Mumpower, and when
Jailer Hall cried for help the dep
uties, armed with revolvers, rushed
down the steps and reached the
place in time to quiet the mutinous
prisoners.
Officals at the iail were unable
to say last night who planned the
attempt to get awav. Jailer Hall
said that a investigation would be
made this morning and the prison
ers who made the plans ind those
who tried to excute them will be
watched more closely.
Chaney, who struck Jailer Hall,
has already been transferred to
solitary confinement in the dung
eon as a means of punishment (or
his attack upon thh officer.
On previous occasions prisoners
have attetnped to escape after
stampeding the officers in the cor
ridors, but all attempts have been
foiled.
Inspections of cells have resulted
in the discovery of bolts 'of iron,
small scraps of chains and other
substance being found tied up in
peices of blankets or handkerchiefs,
making weapons similar to 'black-
upreme Court Affirms
Case
Asbury
1 1 1
Fields
To Be Electrocuted Jan. 19 Hood
New Trial
Hicks Granted A
Among the decitdons handed was to be tested by
down by the supreme court at
N';shvilie. last Saturday were the
following
The supieme court affirmed the
conviction of Asbury Fields, of
Bradley county, for the murder of
J. R. Pierce, in July, 1921, and
sentenced Fields to be electrocut
ed on January 19, 1922.
ineproot on which .Fields was
convicted showed that, having re
cently been released from the
enitcntiJUry at Nashv ille, where
ie had served a sentence for for
gery, fields came to madley
ountv, and, after some negotia
tions, convinced Pierce that he
had about 200 gallons of corn
whiskey concealed in the woods
which Pierce agreed to buy; and,
for the purpose of completing the
sale, Pierce was lured to the woods
in the night time, where he was
assaulted by Fields ard killed by
blows over his head with a ham
mer. lhe motive ot the crime
was robbery, since Fields had in
his possession after the- murder, a
little over 51,000 of Pierce's mon
ey. Fields claimed that he had sold
the whiskey to Pierce and deliver
ed it and received the money from
Pierce in the trade, and that,
thereafter, Pierce was murdered
bv one of his associates in a dis
pute about the whiskey.
The court fdund his claim to be
wholly disproven, even to the
point that it. was shown that Fields
had no whiskey at all.
Hood Hicks vs. State. Polk
:riminal docket. Conviction for
murder i.i the first degree. Re
versed and remanded for a new
trial. This case was reversed for
the error of the trial judge in in
structing the jury that the credi-
the jury as
witnesses ap-
the credibility of
pearing before the jury was to be
tested, discharge containing no.
instruction cautioning the jury
with regard to such evidence s
required by the opinion of the
supreme court in Dickason vs.
State, 139 Tenn., 601.
State ex rel. Frank M. Thomp
son, attorney general vs. Jomi
Holt, sheriff'. Cocke equity dock
et. Decree of chancellor reversed
and suit dismissed. , K
This was a suit filed on the re
lation of the attorney general to
remove Holt from the office of
Sheriff of Cocke county under the
provisions of the Custer law of
1915. The grounds on which the
ouster was sought werethat Holt
was a defaulter in the office of the
county court clerk at the time he
was elected sheriff; that he was
derelict in enforcing the laws
against the sale of intoxicating
liquors; and that he was. grossly-,
negligent m executing uproce'ss.-,
placed in handjUof c-li
held that defalcation in a previous
and different office does iot con- .
stitute grounds for removal from
a subsequent office, under the pro-.--"'
visions of the ouster law; and that
the proof did not sustain the other
two grounds on which Holt's re
moval was sought. '
Abe Mikle vs. State. Pradlev
criminal docket. Conviction for
receiving and concealing stolen
property with sentence to the
workhouse for 11 months and 29
days. Affirmed, Mikle is a junk
dealer in Cleveland, Tenn., and
was convicted in this case for
buying four automobile tires fiom
a boy 13 years of age, who had
bility of a dying declaration intro-.stolen the tires from a local gar-
duced in cidence by the state
age.
jacks or sanbags.
Editor's Chair
' No Rose Bed
(liy the Office Hoy.)
Buleve me. i ho a lotta thines
id rutherbe than an edutor. The
other day i seen a man with a
stove pipe hat ballin out the boss
and whut he sed to him wuz a
plenty.
This bird with the stove pipe
hat sez "sure running a partysan
hipocritikle paper and i wunt you
to no that so fur as me and my
amily is koucerned we will sub
scribe tp Montgoremrys Vindi
kator frum now on -so help me
I sham."
And my boss tries to butt in
but its no use.
"An furthermore sez this bird
with the stove pipe lid the nex
time we have an icecream soshul
at our church we wont even tell
yur darned old paper about it.' '
Attatks His
Own Grandfather
Charlie Carter (colored) was ar-
v
rested this morning (Thursday)
charged, with fellohias assault on
his grandfather, Jim Carter.
Charlie iias been urjjn the court
on various charges IrO'etbfore, but
has always managed to come
vlear.
lust what the trouble between
Charlie and his grandfather was
about has notbeen learned.
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