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IN BILBO TBIAL STATE HAS TWO AND DEFENSE ONE PEREMPTORY AT TACK LEFT. ELEVEN TALESMEN IN BOX Judge Teat Denies Application of Bil bo's Counsel to Question Talesmen as to Their Feelings Toward Lieutenant-Governor. —Jackson. After a tedious and tiresome day in the Hinds county circuit court, which was devoted entirely to the task of securing a jury of twelve competent men to pass on the facts and evidence in the case of T. G. Bilbo, lieutenant governor, charged with bribery, the situation at adjournment time was practically the same as twenty-four hours before. That is, there were just eleven men in the jury box, with quite a number of waiting talesmen to be drawn upon in order to fill out. There was this difference, however, and that was, that whereas the defense had exercised no peremptory chal lenges, but had succeeded in getting two men challenged for cause, now the list of peremptory challenges is reduced to one, while the state has two left. Up to the time of adjournment, six ty-six veniremen had been examined, and the jury box twice filled to the satisfaction of the state, and twice ten dered to the defendant. Several of those seated, after considerable ques tioning by Attorneys Henry and Cas sidy, were challenged for cause. The trial was characterized by sev eral tilts between court and counsel. Counsel for the defense fought every inch of ground and took advantage of every resource at law favorable to their client. This was demonstrated when a strong effort was made to secure the challenge from the bench of five jur ors who had passed the court, the prosecution, and the still further acid test of questions of the defendant's counsel, put through the court, to show whether or not their minds are free of absolute and fixed bias. Judge Teat denied an application from Judge Henry of counsel for Mr. Bilbo, to be allowed to question these talesmen directly, as to their feeling towards his client. The court stated that a similar request had been made by the state to determine the extent of bias against the prosecution, which had been disallowed. The court was determined to play fair all 'round and would permit no suyh direct political questions. "I want counsel to understand that it is the purpose to try this case on the law and evidence, and not from its political phases, and no such ques tions will be allowed," declared the Judge. Ultimately the defense was com pelled to use five challenges, at one swoop, and the vacant seats had not been filled when adjournment time was reached. » Oral Pleas End. In order to expedite their work dur ing the next fifteen days of the pres ent term, the judges of the supreme court have decided to hear no more oral arguments In any cases now pnd lng. The court has instructed the clerk to issue notice to the bar to this effect, but that a limited number of cases from the pending docket, that of the Southern district, will be received on brief, if counsel representing the litigants desire to submit their cases in that way. Clerk Myers has pre pared a list of forty cases, accompa nied by a letter of directions, indicat ing that the attorneys connected may take steps to submit briefs in them, ÎÏ they may so elect. The court also announced that the tribunal will take final adjournment on Monday, July 13, until the second Monday in October. There is considerable speculation in regard to the appeal in the case of W. A. Montgomery vs. the state, involv infl the trial, conviction and sentence, of the penitentiary trustee a year ago at the term corresponding to the pres ent Hinds county criminal term. This case was argued and submitted to the court, but no one except the judges themselves know just when it may be expected. There Is a propability that the de cision of the supreme court, sustaining the new Mississippi liquor shipping law may be carried to the supreme court of the United States on a writ of error. Drainage Contract Let. The Senatobia Creek drainage com mission has succeeded in placing the contract to dig the two main ditches with A. C. Miller of Walnut Ridge, Ark. The contract was let at $12.75 per cubic foot. Don't Want Money. No effort will be made by Meridian banks to secure any portion of the crop fund of $500,000,000 offered by the government to move the crops dur ing the harvest season. Morse Resigns. At a meeting of the executive com mittee of the Mississippi Anti-Sploon league, Rev. J. M. Morse resigned as assistant superintendent of the organ ization, and has no further connection therewith. Get School Money. Chancery Clerk W. R. Pistole of Me- j ridian has received Lauderdale eoun ty's portion of the state distribution school fund. The warrant amounts to $11,575.25 and will be placed in the 1 county treasury M mt ■ Antl-Liquor Law Wins. By a unanimous opinion, the Missis sippi supreme court sustained the act of the legislature of 1914, known as. the May-Mott-Lewis acn. for the régula* tion of liquor shipments into the state, by reversing the lower court in three test cases which originated in the chancery court of Warren county. The opinion in the case was presented by Chief Justice Smith, which set forth the facts and law involved. There were three cases, in two of which the American Express company was the appellant« and one case involving the Southerh Express company. These carriers had refused to accept for ship ment certain packages containing liquors or beer for transportation from points in Louisiana to pointB in Mis sissippi, on the ground that the ship pers had not complied with the pro visions of the act requiring certificate that such liquors were intended for private consumption to be attached to the package. There were other excep tions to the act, which were fully set out in the bill of injunction which was gotten out to compel the express com panies to accept and forward the ship ■ These were sustained by ments. Chancellor Thomas, and from that de cree the appeal to the higher court was taken. Stated briefly, the supreme court holds that under the Webb-Kenyon act of congress certain lattitude is given the states in the matter of enacting laws for regulating such featuYes of interstate traffic as may fall within their jurisdiction, which traffic is deemed to be against the public morals and welfare. The court had made a careful study of all features brought into the case and of the decisions of otjier states, notably Kentucky, Ten nessee and South Carolina, and the conclusion was that the law is valid; is not in conflict with federal law, nor with interstate commerce, and that the lower court should be reversed and the bill dismissed. The case has been before the court for several weeks and has given the court occasion fqr much study and re search, and now that the act is sus tained, it is believed that shippers and others will be guided by the decree. Witnesses Absent. The opening skirmish preliminary to the trial of Lieut.-Gov. Theo. G. Bilbo, charged with complicity in an alleged bribery deal during 1912 with State Senator G. A. Hobbs of Lincoln county and Steve Castleman of Bel zoni, the latter alleged to have been the man with the cash, was fought in the Hinds county court house. Judge James A. Teat of Kosciusko, who is holding the court, again as sumed the reins and indicated it was his intention to handle the case firm ly, but impartially. There were few tilts between counsel or between court and counsel. Most of the time after the prelim inary rounds was consumed in sound ing the witness docket, there being more than 500 tor the defense. Not more than one-third of these witnesses responded to their names. The witness list included upwards of a hundred members of the legislature. The first name on the list of defense witnesses, State Senator A. W. Bond of Harrison county, failed to respond, as did Dr. J. D. Donald of Hattiesburg, senator from the Second district. After calling these and other names of those upon whom service had been acknowledged, the court directed that fines of $25 each be imposed, declar ing the defendant was entitled to their attendance if found and it was their business to be here. After / an Inquiry of defendant's counsel as to whether their missing witnesses are material to the issue, and upon being answered in the af firmative, Judge Teat said: "Very well, gentlemen, I will di rect compulsory process to issue for their appearances. You are entitled to have these witnesses on hand and the court will do all that it «an to get them here." Survey of Tombigbee. Col. C. A. Keller, of the United States army board of engineers, with headquarters in Mobile, Ala., is at present en route to Columbus making an inspection of the Tombigbee river in the snag boat Vienna. It is the purpose of the trip to make an inspection of the work of two en gineering parties now making a sur vey of the river with a view of ascer taining the cost of installing locks and dams between Columbus and Demopo lis, Ala., that will make the river per manently navigable. One of the engineering parties nowi making h. survey of the lower river is in charge of M. L. Craighill, and it is understood he will accompany Colonel Keller to Columbus and will remain in the city superintending the work of constructing two house boats to be used by government men on the river. The hulls of the two boats were built in Mobile, but the work of construct ing the upper decks will be completed here. Face Water Famine. Lyman is threatened with a water famine, large numbers of the drove wells there having gone dry. Even the ponds, where green logs were kept for the mill of the Ingram-Day Lumber company, are now lower than they have been in the history of that plant Carter Speaks. Representative EL Bunyan Carter of Amite county, who is a candidate for lieutenant-governor, made a speech at Abbeville. The Mississippi Dental association convention adjourned at Vicksburg aft er election of officers and selected Jackson, Miss.,* as the next place for meeting. Rev. Simon Smith, charged with de serting his wife and five children and eloping with his sister-in-law, was al lowed bail at Purvis In the sum of j $500. Orders were issued at police head quarters in Meridian to all officers to enforce the traffic law and to arrest and put charges against every person 1 violating the speed laws of the city ' ■ *' " '*».•** - LUIS CABRERA !Sr- : v fS - *■ i mm K tlPpl fHÉl ip m 8enor Luis Cabrera, one of the Cat* rsnza junta In Washington, Is consid ered one of the brainiest men con nected with the constitutionalist cause He was made a member of Carranza'« provisional cabinet. COLONEL DEFENDS PERKINS Will Not Let Harvester Man Be Read Out of Party—Would Go Out • With Him. New Yorlç. — Theodore Roosevelt, who returned to America on the Im perator, vigorously defended Geo. W. Perkins, chairman of the progressive national executive committee, whose resignation as chairman was demand ed receitly by Amos Pinchot. Mr. Pin chot had declared Mr. Perkins' affilia tion with certain big business inter ests made him unfit to hold his posi tion. "When they read Perkins out," said Col. Roosevelt, "they will have to read me out, too." The colonel reiterated that he would not be a candidate for the governor ship of New York this fall. He said his health was all right now and that he would speak-at Pittsburgh June 30. "I shall not be able to speak in the open ai^ or made continuous speaking trips," the colonel said. "However, I shall be able to deliver a certain num ber of speeches indoors. Mr. Perkins," declared the colonel in his reference to the national execu tive • chairman, "has been, on the whole, the most useful member of the progressive party. He has striven in absolutely good faith for the princi ples of the party, both as regards cor porations and business generally, and as regards the group of questions dealing with the welfare of the wage earner and his economic and social advance. As for reading him out of the party, when that is done they will have to read me out, too. ■ »* FEAR.MORE RIOTS AT BUTTE Mayor Duncan Fears Miners' Factions May .Make Reprisals—Will Not Ask For Troops. Butte, Mont.—Butte was quiet after a night of rioting caused by internal strife In the Western Federation of Miners, which cost the life of one man, injuries to four others and a heavy property loss. Mayor Duncan, however, would not commit himself as to turmoil being at an end. He fears reprisals between the factions, but said he would not ask for troops, as he believes the sheriff should make that request. The sher iff, however, has taken no action to ward tîiat end. Citizens looked to Gov. Stewart 'at Helena for a solution of the trouble. Charles H. Moyer, president of the federation, and others who were driv en from the miners' hall under fire, appealed to the governor at Helena for state control at Butte. The miners worked as usual, and so far the operating companies have not been brought into the controversy. It was officially announced the mine owners have taken no part in the fac tional fight. Fifty Children Injured. Atlanta, Ga,—Fifty children were injured here when a pavilion at a lo cal amusement park collapsed during a picnic given for the inmates of the local Hebrew orphans' home. None of the injuries was fatal. Tornado at Watertown. Watertown, S. D.—A tornado tore a path through the city, four blocks wide and eighteen blocks long. No fatalities are reported, but scores were injured. many thousands of dollars. The property damage is Gen. Whistler Dies. Pensacola, Fla.—Gen. «Garland N. Whistler, aged 66, U. S. A., retired, died suddenly at his summer home here from apoplexy or indigestion, be fore medical aid could reach him. Baron Suicides. Dundee, Scotland.—Horace Cotut nay Gammell-Forbea, nineteenth Baron Forbes, 85, representative peer for Scotland, cut his throat in a hotel here. Cabinet Announced. Lisbon, Portugal.—The Portuguese cabinet has been reconstructed as fol lows: Premier, minister of interior and minister of foreign affairs, Bernar dine Machado; justice, Manoel Mon teiro; finance, Santos Lucas; war, Gen. Antonio Pereira d'Eca; marine, Peres Rodriguez; public works, Al meida Lima; colonies, Couceiro Costa. Washington.—The senate passed a bill to allow federal and confederate veterans of the Civil war to take the fourth-class postoffiee examination re gardiess of age. à JAPAN'S NEW PLAN RECIPROCITY IN LAND OWNER ERSHIP IS PLAN »PROPOSED BY JAPAN TO U. S. NEW TREATY IS ABANDONED Secretary Bryan Says Japanese Note of June 10 Reopening Controversy and the American Reply Will Be Published. Washington.—The protest of Japan against the California alien land law, brought conspicuously before the pub lic again by publication of correspond ence between the Washington and To kyo governments, was discussed with interest here in official and diplomatic circles. Secretary Brÿan said the Jap j anese note of June 10 last, which re opened the subject, would be made public with the American reply within j a few days. It is known that Japan, abandoning tho idea of negotiating a new treaty to guarantee the property rights of its citizens, has asked for a reply to t note of August 26 last, in which United States was pressed to stop obnoxious discriminations suiting from the California legislation. There is but one remedy, note said, "and the imperial govern ment is unable to escape the conclu sion that the duty of applying that remedy devolves solely on the gov ernment of the United States." One phase of the negotiations dis closed in the correspondence which at tracted particular interest was said to suggest the possibility of an issue en tirely new in the history of thé United States. In italics in connection with the promise by the Japanese govern ment to grand land ownership to Americans appeared the words serving for the future, however, the right of maintaining the condition of reciprocity with respect to the sepa rate states." This, it was pointed out, appeared to be a distinct reservation by the Japanese government of the right to retaliate directly on the Californians by singling them out among American citizens for exclusion from the right to possess real property in Japan. the re this > I « re MANY ARE KILLED BY QUAKE Sumatra Earthquake Destroys Much Valuable Property—Big Steamer Missing—Buildings Collapse. Batavia, Java.—Many were killed or injured in an earthquake which caused widespread damage in Southern Su matra. Many buildings collapsed at Benkoe len, the capital, and telegraph and ca ble communication was > interrupted. The British steamer Kintuck of the China Mutual Steam Navigatlbn com pany, crowded with emigrants, was re ported ten hours overdue, and it was feared she had met with an accident in connection with the earthquake. A steamer has been sent from here to search for her. Sumatra is the largest island of the Malay archipelago, except Borneo. It has a number of volcanoes, some ac tive and some believed extinct. The population is estimated at 3,500,000, among whom are about 5,000 whites. BRYAN'S REQUEST DENIED House Refuses to Provide Him With a Special Secretary at a Sal ary of $4,500. Washington.—Secretary Bryan was refused by the house a special assist ant secretary at a salary of $4,500 a year to help out in the work of the sec retary's immediate office. Speaker Clark put himself on record in oppo sition to the proposed new official. The speaker opposed a similar move made several years ago by P. C. Knox, then secretary of state, who recom mended the creation of the office of under-secretary of state. Refuse Conley New Trial. Atlanta, Ga.—James Conley, the ne gro factory sweeper, sentenced to serve one year In prison as an acces sory after the fact to the murder of Mary Phagan, for which crime Leo M. Frank, now is under sentence of death, was refused a new trial by Judge Ben H. Hill. Fireman Is Killed. Akron, Ohio.—Henry Luettervelt, 23, married six weoks, a fireman, was killed and Fire Chief John Mertz bad ly injured at a fire here. Sets Record. Independence, Cal.| ferson, aviator, In a biplane, flew over the peak of Mount Whitney, 14,898 feet high. He attained an altitude es timated at more than 16,000 feet, and established, It Is contended, a new American altitude record. Sarah Bernhardt Injured. Lorient, France—Sarah Bernhardt was suffering from a severely twisted knee when she arrived here, and was carried in a chair from her private Silas Christof-' Two Are Killed. Ft. Wayne, Ind.—William L. New port, 36, and his son, Lawrence, 6, were drowned here when run down by a Pennsylvania passenger train and hurled from *a bridge. Mrs. Newport and her daughter, Hazel, 8, leaped from the bridge and were fatally in jured. I. •»mate ng w to di».*.: MISS HELEN HEYL mm ■ ' m ; I mm w. mm . 1 •y; . c. H. Heyl, U. 8. A., and one of the prettiest girls In the army set at Washington, will become the bride of j Lieut. Milo P. Fox of the engineer* just been announced, Mis* Helen Heyl,, daughter of CoL early in the fall. The engagement has $20,000,000 FIRE IN SALEM Over 1,000 Buildings Are Burned and 10,000 People Made Homeless. Historic Places Spared. Salem, Mass.—Nearly half of the old witch city" of Salem, rich in his toric buildings and tradition, was de vastated by a fire that caused an es timated loss of $20,000,000, destroyed 1,000 buildings, including a score of manufacturing establishments, and made 10,000 of the 45,000 residents homeless. The fire originated in the Korn Leather factory on the west side of the city and swept through the shoe and leather manufacturing district, ruining every building . in a curving path two miles long and more than a half mile wide. Burning embers, carried by a strong northwest wind, started fires in two other sections, the fashionable resi dential district adjacent to Lafayette street, and a manufacturing and ten ement house district on the peninsula bounded by Palmer's cove, South river and the water front. Late in the evening brands kindled a fourth fire in the plant of the Salem Oil company in Mason street. The oil tanks blew up with a terrific report, and showers of sparks fell threaten ingly on a part of the town that be fore had not been in imminent dan ger. This fire, however, was checked after it had destroyed the oil com pany's plant and thirteen houses. When the flames were believed to be under control, all the historic and literary landmarks had escaped de struction. These included the Peabody Museum, old custom house, where Nathaniel Hawthorne did much of his literary work and "The House of Sev en Gables" made famous by the nov elist. The fire was burning on Derby street, not far from the Peabody Mu seum, but it was thought the build ing and its valuable collection of cu rios would be saveyj. "The House of Seven Gables" also was in the danger zone. Several buildings were dynamited. No fatalities had been reported, but in the confufsion it was impossible to determine the casualties. Some fifty injured persons were re ceived at hospitals. Thousands of homeless were camped on Salem Common, and the city was policed by militiamen. The great destruction was due to poor water pressure. The burned buildings include the plants of a score of manufacturing companies, among them the big factory of the Naumkeag Cotton Mills, twice as many business places, St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, recently erected at a cost of $260,000, the orphan asylum and more than 200 residences and tene ment buildings. Among the residences were colonial houses which artists have declared to be the finest types of that architecture in the country. > * Claflin Scores Bankrupt. New York.—The biggest mercan tile failure in the history of the United States was precipitated when receiv ers were appointed for H. B. Claflin Company cf this city. The company, it is estimated, owes more than $30, 000,000, which at the present time it Is unable to pay. Its assets are said to be $44,000,000. Washington.—President WilBon has approved the sentence of dismissal im posed on Maj. Benjamin M. Koehler of the coast artillery corps by a court martial. Resume Activities. London.—Activities of militant suf fragettes, which have been in sus pense since Premier Asquith agree to receive a deputation of East End working women, were resumed in at tacks on city pillar boxes and an or ganized raid rn West End theaters. Miss Lockwood Hurt. Washington.—Miss Belva A. Lock wood, 84, the only woman who ever ran for the presidency, fell in her of fice here and suffered a broken arm and shoulder. Sheriff Posse Kills Two. San Antonio, Tex.—Two men were killed by a sheriffs posse, another in jured, and a sheriff and four deputies slashed with knives in McMullen county, near here, when Sherifff W. T. Holi tried to arrest E. A. Maurieio who was wanted on a minor charge. Patsy Bryant Dead. Montgomery, Ala.—Patsy Bryant, aged negress, a servant at the old "White House of the Confederacy," the 4 *om 0 of Jefferson Davis, was found dead in her home. ■ .w; -'.-.i m S; AT TOP OF POLE W. R. COCHRAN ELECTROCUTED AS WORK IS FINISHED—TRAG EDY AT MERIDIAN. BODY DANGLES IN THE AIR Suspended by Belt, Hangs Until Spec tators Get Him Down—Pulmotor Used in Vain Effort to Restore Life to Dead Workman. Meridian.—W. R. Cochran, a line man in the employ of the Meridian Light and Railway company, met a horriile death here, being electrocut ed at the top of a pole in West End, where he was just finishing some work and was preparing to come down to go to his dinner. In some way, it is said, he touched a live wire that burned his hand, and this threw him back against a wire with heavy volt age. He was killed instantly, and his body being held by a safety belt to the post, he was suspended in midair until spectators got him down. Phy sicians were at once summoned and the big pulmotor of the company was rushed to the scene and a heroic ef fort was made to revive him, but without avail. His family were sit ting in a porch swing on the front porch, awaiting his arrival to dinner, when notified of his death. The de ceased was 28 years old, and is sur vived by his wife and two children, besides other relatives. BROOKHAVEN BANK REPORT. Chancellor Make* Changes in Those Settling Institution's, Affairs. Brookhaven.—After calling the as signees and their attorneys into court as well as a depositors' committee ap pointed to represent them in the af fairs of the defunct Commercial Bank & Trust company, Chancellor P. Z. Jones gave an order making an im portant change in the present person nel of those entrusted with its adjudi cation. An order was also made over ruling a motion of the assignees' at torneys whereby they refused to pay a commission appointed by the court to investigate into the condition of the bank. The commission, composed of W. P. Wildberger of Clarksdale, accountant; Geo. W. Covington of Hazlehurst, a banker, and Allen Thompson of Jack son, made a report only a few days ago, recommending varied changes, among which were the institution of suits against directors, Individuals and corporations amounting to over $100, 000. The court called in Thos. Brady and A. A. Cohn, who were appointed to bring these and other suits upon an agreement with the court that they were to receive $1,000 in cash from the estate for their services and 25 per cent of all amounts thus collected. The assignees, Louis Cohn and L. H. Baggett, and their attorneys, H. Cas sedy and J. W. Cassedy, being de clared as Incompetent on account of some of the suits being against them selves and their former previous business connections and relationship. Several other recommendations by the commissioners were taken under ad visement by Judge* Jones. The depos itors' committee, composed of F. S. Waem, Paul M. Hobbs, A. W. Smith, P. M. Mason and E. Nations, also filed papers urging the chancellor to put into effect all of the recommenda tions offered by the bank commission ers. CORN GROWERS ORGANIZE. Formation of Association During Round-Up Is Planned. Agricultural College.—An organiza tion termed the Corn Growers' associa tion will be organized during the round-up this summer. Letters have been sent out to those seedmen hand ling seed corn, and another communi cation will be forwarded in a short time to seed growers. Letters from leading seed houses are coâiing in daily indicating a willingness fo join in such a movement and expressing a belief .that such an organization can accomplish great good. Practically every other state in the union has a corn growers' association, and since Mississippi is so-rapidly be coming one of the great corn growing states she should certainly have a well organized association. At pres ent $20,000,000 is sent out of the state for corn. This should not be. The yield at present per acre of corn is twenty bushels. It should be much larger. A corn growers' association will rapidly bring the yield up and help keep the money, at home that is now going out of the state. It is believed that several hundred will be present at the first meeting ready to join in a state wide move ment for more and better corn. Talbert Protests. Jackson.—There will be no pardon granted yet awhile for Marvin McDan iel, an Amite county white man who is serving a life sentence for the mur der of Thomas H. Talbert, if the op position and protest entered by the fa ther of the murdered man can stop it. Fire at Prentiss. Prentiss.—The residence of Dolph Burrows was destroyed by fire, loss being total. The flames spread so rapidly that it was impossible to save any of, the contents. Vicksburg.—Peter Ericksen, Grand Island, Neb., who masqueraded here under the assumed name of S. L. Johnson, was convicted for the second time of murder in the first degree at Port Gibson and sentenced to be hanged. JL Enterprise—The ashes of Mrs. Lina Lawton, a former resident of this place, who died on February 7 of this year, in Detroit, Mich., and whose body was cremated, was brought here and buried in the Odd Fellows' ceme tery. MISSISSIPPI INDIANS. Choctaws Clinch Their Victory by Act of Congress. Jackson.—-The Mississippi Choc taws clinched their victory when the senate amended the Indian appropria tion bill by inserting a proviso to the item appropriating $100 for each of the Choctaws to the effect that the distribution of the money should not take place until the status of the Mis sissippi Choctaws had been deter mined by congress. The senate by a vote of 33 to 27 refused to rescind the action taken when it adopted the Wil liams amendment, which makes it nec essary if the Oklahoma Choctaws want to get any of their tribal money to consent to a settlement, by con gress, of the status of their Mississippi brethren living in Mississippi and Louisiana and a few in Alabama. The Mississippi and Louisiana con gressmen who have made a three or four-year fight for the Mississippi Choctaws are unwilling to have the Indian bureau settle their status. The Indian bureau once made up rolls of the tribe, which were pigeon-holed for seven or eight years and then were disapproved by the secretary of the interior, Ethan Allen Hitchcock, be cause, as John Sharp Williams assert ed, the ds-Mississippi Indian could not prove who was his great-grandfa ther's grandfather, Hitchcock was un der the impressio* that every Indian should be able to trace his genealogy as easy as he cou£d hie, his ancestor being Ethan Allen of Triconderoge fame. t PLAINTIFF WINS SUIT. Jury Awards Mrs. McClanahan $15,000 for Death of Brother. Clarksdale.—One of the biggest dam age suits on record in this part of Mississippi came to an end when the jury in the case of Mrs. N. K. McClan ahan against the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad company returned a verdict awarding the plaintiff dam ages in the sum of $15,000: The suit was for $50,000, which amount was asked of the eourts by Mrs. McClanh han for the death of her brother, who was run .over and killed by a train of the defendant company. Mr. Kille brew, the man killed, was put off of a Y. & M. V. train, the railroad as serting that he not only did not have a ticket, but that he was in an intoxi cated conditiqn and was guilty of bois terous conduct. The plaintiff intro duced evidence to show that Mr. Kille brew did have a ticket and asserted that his death was directly due to the fact that he was ejected from the train on which he was a passenger. In his drunken condition, it was charged, he wandered down the track after the ejection and fell asleep on the rails. The case was an unusually hard fought one by attorneys on both sides, the railroad company being represent ed by Scott & Yerger of Clarksdale and the plaintiff by Cutrer & Johnston of Clarksdale and Frank Boatner of Sumner. v MOTOR SERVICE SOUGHT. Movement to Operate Them Between , Towns in Mississippi. Anguilla.—There is a movement on foot here to create a traction company to operate motor trucks from the up per end of Sharkey county to Mayers ville, Miss., a Mississippi river town, in Issaquena county, for the purpose of hauling cotton and other products for shipment to points north and south on the Mississippi river, and to haul merchandise and other freight from this point for distribution along the proposed line as far north.as Percy, Miss. There is a great deal of interest be ing manifested by both planters and merchants along tho proposed route, as they then can receive shipments by river at a great deal less cost than by rail, and *ill be a great saving in cotton shipments alone. There is also another movement on foot to get the Southern railway to extend its line from Richey, Miss., down the west bank of Sunflower river to Landing, Miss., thence into Anguilla. This ter ritory being without a railroad, the property owners and others will make some very attractive offers for this extension. A meeting will be called in a few days to appoint committees to look after the success of these movements. STAIGER GETS LIFE SENTENCE. New Motion for Trial Is Overruled by The Judge. Hattiesburg. — Judge Arnold sen tenced Joseph Staiger, convicted of the murder of A. P. Miller, to life im prisonment, overruling all motions made by counsel for the defense for a new trial. The defense sought a new trial on grounds affecting part of the testimony of J. M. Rogers, the first man to talk to Staiger after the shoot ing, also on the ground that J. R. Tal ly and R. S. Hall, the prosecuting at torneys, in their speeches, made state ments concerning the defendant that caused the jury to become biased. Counsel for the defense will prob ably take the case to the supreme court. Staiger is in jail awaiting the outcome of his attorneys' moves. Quiet at Scene of Assault. Meridian. — A telephone message from Rio, twenty-five miles north of Meridian, on the Kjemper county line, where James Bates is alleged to have committed a criminal assault on the three-year-old daughter of Albert Mott Friday, reports all quiet. High School Conference. University of Mississippi.—The high school conference, which has just closed at the university, has been one of the most interesting and instructive meets for high school principals and teachers ever held in the state. Meridian.—News reached Meridian from Rio, in Kemper county, that John Ward had been shot and dangerously wounded by his 12-year-old son. Grenada.—During the hottest day of the year, the thermometer registered 103 in the shade short shojlly after noon. Clinton.—John Basye, a well-know» and respected citizen of this commun ity, who died at the charity hospital in Jackson, where he had been oper buried here from tha ated res: 1 PS .