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The Log Cabin Democrat.
Thb ONLY DEMOCRATIC NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED IN FAULKNER COUNTY T-*e loo Cabin, est'd 1879 , comoho«tid T-<C OCMOCBAT, EST'O 1888 I StPT 3,1001 CONWAY, ARKANSAS. THURSDAY, OCTOBER n, iyo6 VOL. XXVIII. NO. 7 BLOODY RAGE WAR IN ARGENTA One White Man and Two Negroes Killed. Turbulent Scenes Follow Killing oi Wiley Shelby in a Saloon Fight Last Month. Argenta, Ark., Oct. 7.—Asa se quel to the killing of John Lindsay and wounding of his son, Police man Milton Lindsay, here last ninht, presumably by Garrett and Ctias. Colum, negroes, H. Black burn, a negro, was lynched tonight at 10 o’clock at the corner of Sixth and Main streets. The trouble originated on Sept. 12, when a white man named R. H McDonald killed a negro mu sician named Wiley Shelby. Next day at the inquest held at the Col mns' undertaking rooms a difficul ty arose in which Robert Colum was killed ana Deputy Constable Ed Lindsay and Garrett Colum se verely wounded, the latter emerg ing from the hospital only yester day. Policeman Milton Lindsay, a brother of Ed Lindsay, was also hurt at that time. Last night roliceman Milton Lindsay and his father were walk ing past the Colum store when they were fired on from ambush. John Lindsay was killed on the spot. His son was severely wounded but managed to crawl out of range. When the Police and citizens attempted to enter the store they were fired on. It is sup posed C. C. and Garrett Colum did the shooting. Later in the night, thinking that the Colum brothers were still locked in the rear rooms of the store, the place was dyna nnied, but the negroes had escap ed unseen in the darkness in the early part of the trouble. They are still at large. Shot in the Back. At 1:30 o’clock this morning Will Harding, a painter, was halt ed on the street by unknown par ties, whether black or white he could not tell in the darkness. He was asked if he was black or white and on replying that he was white he was told to go back, and while leaving he was shot in the back. At 2 o’clock James Mahoney, a contractor, and A. L Belding, a reporter of the Little Rock Gazette, while going to see Harding, dis covered that a house was on fire. Mahoney fired his pistol in the air to give the alarm and immediately the two men were fired on from four different quarters with shot guns. Mahoney was painfully shot in the hand. Belding’s clothes were peppered with bird shot, but none entered his body. That ended developments for the night, and it was hoped and he lieved no further outbreak would occur. At noon today H Blackburn, 37 years old, a negro who conducts a confectionary store in Argenta, was arrested on suspicion of being the man who fired on Mahoney and Belding. No trouble was antic - pated, the town being quiet all day, but as a precaution Mayor Faucette and Sheriff Kavanaugh swore in 15 extra policemen, and the sheriff sent several extra deputies to assist 1 the police. Quiet and Orderly. The lynching was quietly put Ithrough in a business like way. Shortly before 10 o’clock four [masked men entered the police [station from the rear, and one cov jered the turnkey with a pistol Iwhile the others got his keys, juickly unlocked Blackburn’s cell ind took him out the back way. Not a shot was fired and there was no loud talking, so that Policeman Pratt, Sheriff Kavanaugh and two leputies, who were standing on the fctreet a few blocks away, knew pothing of what was going on un they heard several shots fired )n Main and Sixth streets. Run nng there they found Blackburn ilready dead, hung to a telegraph bole, while the crowd around were Apparently merely onlookers. J'hnse who had already unmasked lad mingled with the crowd, so (hat identification was impossible. Is Blackburn was being taken om the jail he kept exclaiming Oh L,ordy,” and he uttered no [her word at any time. He kept a repeating the words as he was arched down the strtet and while e rope was being adjusted and lain he was drawn up. He was rangling to death slowly when he is put out of his misery by sever STANDING OF CONTESTANTS Votes Cast Up to Tuesday Night in Our Popularity Contest. The standing of the contestants np to Tuesday night was as follows: Conway Young Ladies. Miss Dorsey Morgan.1680 Miss Evie Shaw.1420 Miss Blanche Apple.1200 Miss Gertie Douglass.1145 Miss Verdie Maddox.1100 Miss Delia Fence.1000 Miss Minnie Livingston. 600 Miss Frances Markham. 210 Miss Neile Hicks. 200 Out-of-Conway Young Ladies. Miss Jewel Snow, Vilonia. ... 1480 Miss Nora Hilliard, R. F. D. No. 4. Conway. .1230 Miss Clyda Shaw, R. F. D. No. 4, Conway. 1200 Miss Mattie Robinson .Green brier. 77° Miss Georgia Oliver, R. F. D. No 1, Conway. 100 al pistol bullets fired from the crowd. Lynched Negro Probably Innocent. If H. Blackburn, the negro lynched in Argenta Sunday night because he was believed to have fired at Milton Lindsay during the fusillade in front of the Colum un dertaking establishment in Argen ta Saturday night in which John B Lindsay was killed and Milton Lindsay was injured, took part in this shooting he made record time in getting across the river from the Valley station at the foot of Rock street, says the Little Rock Gazette of Tuesday. It was learned yester day from several sources that the negro’s statement that he reached Little Rock on the Valley train from Lake Village, which arrived after 8 o’clock, is true. According to the Argenta po lice, and others who noted the time of the call to the Colum es tablishment, the shooting of the Lindsays took place not later than 8:30 or 8:45 o'clock. Anothei Negro Killed Tuesday. Little Rock, Oct. 10.—Alex Champion, a negro bartender and a member of several fraternal orders, was shot and killed in the Bridge saloon at the foot of the free bridge in Argenta at 11 o’clock yesterday morning. Luther Lindsay, son of John B. Lindsay, who was killed by negroes alleged to be C. C. and Garret Colum and Louis Styles, in the fusillade in front of the Colum undertaking establishment at 505 Washington avenue, Argenta, Sat urday night, is held under $3,000 bond, charged with the shooting. Lindsay gave himself up to Chief of Police Pratt of Argenta at 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon. Through Chief Pratt he announced last evening that he had nothing to say in the matter. Chief Pratt says that he does not deny the shooting. Sunday School Worker to be Here. Mrs. Minnie Allen, secretary of the primary work in the employ ot the State Sunday School Associa tion, will be in Conway next Sun day, and will visit on that day, so far as possible, all the Sunday schools. All primary teachers and Sunday school workers and the children in the primary depart ments of the various Sunday schools are requested to meet with her at the Methodist church, Sun day afternoon at 3 o’clock. Mrs. Allen is well up in her department and comes highly recommended by Rev. W. Fred Long, State Secre tary General Rally Day On Sunday, October 21. .1 gen eral rally day service will be ob served at the Methodist Sunday school in this city. At the 11 s’clock hour a special program will be rendered, instead ot the regular preaching. All persons interested 111 Sunday school work are espe cially invited to be present on tin* occasion. Frost Here Yesterday Morning. * The first irost ot the season made its appearance in the city yester day morning, the thermometers registering about 40 degrees. Capt. J. M. Jenkins reports a tempera ture of 30 and thin ice at Quitman yesterday. Sabbath School Day Sabbath School Day will be ob served by the Presbyterian Sabbath school next Sunday morning. A special programme will be used and will be found especially interesting and instructive. FORTY PER CENT IS THE BASIS Of Assessments of Real Property in This County, Petition Setting Forth This Claim is Granted by County Court and Assess ment Lowered Accordingly. That forty per cent of its actual value is fair assessment of real ! property in this county was appar ently conceded by County Judge W. B. Wilson in a session of the county court held Monday. A pe tition, setting up that a piece of property was worth $3000. that it : was assessed at $1900 and that it i ought to have been assessed at $1200, was presented to the court, and the court ordered that the pe tition be granted. The property in question was lots 11 and 12 of block 26, Robin-! son’s plan of Conway, on which is situated the new concrete residence until recently owned by D L Young. The vacant lots were as sessed in 1905 at $400, and Asses sor W. F. Whiddon this year added $1300 to the valuation to cover the new building on the lots, making a total assessment of $ I QOO. A deed under date of August 21, j 1906, is recorded in a deed record book of Faulkner county, in which lots 11 and 12 of block 26, Robin son’s plan of Conway, were sold by D. L. Young and wife to Bessie L. Randell for a consideration of $3250. Tne petition referred to is as fol lows: “In the Faulkner county court, Miss Bessie L. Randell, Ex Parte, Petition for Reduction of Assessment: “Comes Miss Bessie L- Randell, by her attorney, J. G. Lile, and states that she is the owner of the following lands in Faulkner coun ty, Arkansas, to-wit: Lots 11 and 12 of block 26 of Robinson’s plan of Conway, Arkansas. She states that the assessor of this county, in making assessments for the year 1906, placed said lots on the tax books at a valuation of £1900. Sh^ says that the real value of these lots is $3000, and that the assess ments of the real estate of this county are based upon an estimate of forty per cent of the real value of said real estate. Wherefore, she prays that the assessment of the value of the above mentioned lots be reduced to $1200. “J. G. Lilk. “Attorney for Petitioner.” On the reverse of the petition is endorsed: “Examined and prayer granted, Oct. 8, 1906. W. B. Wil son, Judge.’’ Other Proceedings. School districts 51 and 101 were consolidated by order of the coun ty court last week, and the district is now designated as No. 51. The resignation of W. R. Mc Henry as overseer of road district No. 0 was accepted and S. A. Mc Henry was appointed to fill the va cancy. W. R. McHenry was sworn in as county road commissioner, the position to which he was elect ed by the quorum court last week. Prof. T. F. Forrest was re appointed county examiner for two years, ending Oct. 31, 1908. In habeas corpus proceedings before the court Monday the cus tody of Shannon Jamison, a minor, was given to W H. Suggs, his guardian. The child’s grand mother, Laura Thompson, sought to obtain possession of him All the parties are colored. TREASURER MAKING BOND. Sixty-Five Thousand Dollars the Amount Required on J R. Giddens’ Bond County Treasurer-elect J. R. ! Giddens of Mt. Vernon was in 1 Conway Tuesday arranging to i make his bond, so that he will be ready to assume the duties of his office on October 31, when the term of County Treasurer A. J. j Witt will expire. The total amount of the bond required of the treasurer of Faulk ; ner county is $65,000, or double j the amount of the funds that will ! come into his hands. Mr. Giddens | is having no trouble in securing j signers to his bond. Transfers Mail Contract. Louis P. Grisham ha sold his contract for carrying the mail from this city to Holland to J. C. Peters of this city. Mr. Grisham has gone to Little Rock, where he has a position as street car conductor. KILLED AT PLUMERVILLE. Brake-man F. L Allen Loses Life by Fall ing Under Train. F. L. Allen, a freight hrakeman in the employ of the Fort Smith road, fell under a train Tuesday morning at 2 o’clock at Plutner ville and had his legs severed from his body He was taken to Mor rilio , where he ditd at the Speer hotel at 10 o’clock. Mr. Allen was a resident of Ar genta, having moved there from Clarksville about four months ago. He resided with his young wife at 608 Maple street. The body will be taken to Clarksville for inter ment. A Correction. In last week’s Log Cabin Dem ocrat it was stated that the consid eration in the sale of E. W. Jen kins’ residence to Mrs. Jennie Shaw was $1000. We were mis informed as to the amount, which was $1200. RAILROAD CO. FINES $500.00 For Failure to Supply Drinking Water at Station. Fine Assessed in Five Cases Against St.L. I. M. & S. Ry. Co., by Uca) Magistrates. On last Monday the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Rail way Company was fined $100 in each case in five cases in our local Justice of the Peace court, on a charge of failing to keep the wait ing-rooms at their depot at Conway supplied with drinking water. The information in these cases was filed about two weeks ago by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Robins, and three of the eases were tried before K-q. J. P\ Campbell and two be fore Esq. W. A. Ray. The lailroad company, being a corporation, was served with sum mons to appear on the day of trial, but did not put in its appearance, and when the cases were called, a plea of “Not Guilty” was entered in each case and a trial had. Af ter hearing the evidence a fine of $100 in each case was imposed by the magistrates. The offense was alleged to have been committed on the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th of September, and several witness es testified that no water was kept in the wait .g-rooms during that time, and that no bucket or other receptacle was even kept there dur ing that time. Under the law, each day that the railroad company fails to comply with the law con stitutes a separate offence, and the officers state that they have inform ation upon which to base a large number of similar cases, should the railroad company make any further resistance to the cases already brought. Immediately after the summons was served on the agent of the railroad company here about two weeks ago, a bucket was pro vided for each waiting-room and water has been kept for theaccom modation of passengers since that tune. The laws of Arkansas pro vide that waiting rooms shall be kept open for the use of passengers of day and night, that wholesome drinking water shall be provided, and that the waiting-rooms shall at all times be comfortably heated. The fine for a violation of this law is not less than >100 and not more than S500 for each day, and in ad dition to this the agent may be fined not less than $10 nor more than $25, but so far no proceedings have been brought against the agent of the lailroad company here for violation of the law in this re gard. __ DIED WHILE ON A VISIT J S .Guthries Expires Suddenly while Visiting near Linder While on a few days’ visit to the family of John Lindsey, near Linder, J. S. Guthrie died sudden ly Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock. He had been in bad health lor some time, but his death was en tirely unexpected. Mr. Guthrie was brother of Mrs. J. H. Bailey of^this city, at wnose n >1112 he h is been staying for several weeks prior tu his visit to Linder. His home was in Chattanooga, Tenn., where his wife lives, and his re mains were shipped to that place from Conway Tuesday. — J. N. Simpson of Vilonia was in the city yesterday in the interest of the Vilonia Holiness College. SIDEWALK OISTRICT FORMED In Southern Part of City by Council. Laying ol Walks Now Up to Property Owners in District Other Business of City Council. At the regular meeting of the city council Tues.ay night an or dinance, prepared by the judiciary committee, was introduced, read the second and third times and I passed, organizing certain territory ! m the southwestern part of the city into a sidewalk improvement dis trict, for the purpose of laying con crete or flagging walks. The dis trict is composed of a row of eight blocks between Scott street and College avenue, bounded on the east by Locust avenue and on the west by Watkins street, and also includes parts of the blocks lying south of Col eg. avenue, with the exception of the Central College campus. UIJUCI U1C 1 c» VV , rt pruuun I by a majority in value of the prop erty owners in the district must be presented to the council within three months after the publication of the ordinance referred to, before any active sieps toward the laying of walks can be taken. If such a petition is presented, it then be comes the duty of the council to ap point an improvement board to car ry out the work petitioned tor. The quarterly reports of the city officers were filed at the council meeting. The marshal’s report showed fines and licenses collected duri g the quarter amounting to $57-5°> street work collections amounting to $182 00 and 75 days 111 tree labor worked on the streets. The treasurer’s report showed re ceipts for the quarter amounting to $3069 44, warrants redeemed amounting to $1309 42, and a bal ance in the treasmy of $3004.68. The recorder reported $73 collected on dog taxes during the quarter. The council appropriated $234 07 to pay the salaries ot the various of ficers and several other accounts presented. NEW LODGE ORGANIZED. Council of Royal Arcanum Instituted In This City Tuesday Night. A council of Royal Arcanum was instituted in this city Tuesday night by Deputy Supreme Regent J. Kellogg of Little Rock, with thirty charter members. “Con way” was the named chosen for the new council. The officers elected are as follows: Regent, G. D. Dickerson; vice regent, O. O. Florence; past regent, S. S. Waters; orator, G. H. Burr; secretary. J. A. Pence; collector, |J. W. James; treasurer, G. W. A. Wilson; chaplain, Rtv. F. S. H. Johnston; guide, W. T. Wilson; warden, Robert Witt; sentry, W. L. Cathey; trustees, J. R. Donnell, ! W E. Hogan and W. B Stark. — WEEKLY COTTON STATEMENT. Up to Tuesday night Conway merchants have bought cotton as follows: 1906 1905 Frauenthal & Schwarz. 993 709 S. G. Smith. 554 454 J. F. Weinmann. 171 62 W. M. Harrell &Co... 294 209 Martin & Ilarton. 168 120 J. S. Moore & Son. ... 99 179 Total.2279 1733 Price of middling yesterday; 10.40c; same date last year, Number of bales received during week ending Tuesday, 1301. Number received same week last year, 795 Total number of bales shipped since Sept. 1, 1760; number to same date last year, 1539. Price of cotton seed yesterday, $11.00 per ton. WANTS TO KNOW THEIR VIEWS Representative Bullion Seeks Opinion of People. On Questions of Compulsory Education and the Calling of a State Constitu tional Convention. Two important questions will be brought up in the next session of the Arkansas legislature, according to Representative-elect T. J. Bul lion, and he is anxious to acertain the sentiment of the people of his county in regard to them. There are, first, compulsory education and, second a constitutional, con vention. A movement is now on foot, and a law will doubtless be proposed in the legislature, making attend ance in the public schools of the state compulsory upon children of school age. Several states have already enacted such laws, and sentiment in their favor is said to be growing. i^onsiaeraDie agitation is also oe ing made to have the legislature call a constitutional convention for the purpose of drafting a new constitution for the state, on the ground that the present constitu tion, adopted thirty years ago, is antiquated and unsuited to the present needs of Arkansas. Prof. Bullion is willing to waive his individual preferences on these two questions, and desires to know how the people of the county stand on them. To this end he suggests a discussion through the county papers, and The Bog Cabin Democrat offers its columns to anyone who wishes to express himself ou these matters. Prof. Bullion’s position on the road question, he says, was out lined in the county campaign. He is a firm believer in good roads, but states that he would vote for a law making the tax effective only in such political townships as vote for it, should such a law be propos ed. Graham Flour The good old-fashioned kind, ground on a country corn mill, from the very best Missouri soft wheat. It’s good—like everything else we keep. iVeiv Grils and Hominy just received, made from new corn. It has that fresh, neiu taste that good goods only can have. When you want some thing good, come to our store. GOLE & GO. PHOXES 9 and IUU