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J. L. & S. GILLESPIE, Editors and Publishers
Jury Out Only Three Minutes—Ver
diet Rendered Sunday Morning—
Aldridge Indictment Quashed.
C .A. Ferris, charged with crimin
al assault, who was on trial all the lat-j
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ter part of last week in Circuit court
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here, is today a free man. A jury of
nis peers after hearing the evidence
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introduced by the state and that of-'
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fered by the defense saw fit to release
him. That there was no question in
the minds of any of the twelve men as
to his innocence was proven by fact
that three minutes after case had been
turned over to them they returned to
the court room with their verdict of
not guilty.
The case against M. Y. Aldridge,
charged with the same offense, who
was j'ointly indicted with Ferris, was
nol prossed immediately after the ver
diet in the Ferris case on motion of
the District Attorney. The evidence in
the case was such that it became nec
essary for the jury to decide between
two sets of witnesses. The lines were
probably drawn more distinctly in this
case than in any other tried in Miss
issippi. The testimony of the four -de
state witnesses was as far fAm that
offered by the four defense witnesses
as daylight is from darkness, although
each group of witnesses held well to
the theme of their side, of the case,
.With two exceptions the state and de
fense evidence did not touch in any re
spect. These two were that Ferris, Al
dridge and Miss Wallace rode to
gether in an antomobile from Read's
store to Lewis Aldridge's liouse, that
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they were together in the house and'
that they returned to Greenwood.
Where the girl said that she was
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willingly, m fact almost suggesting
such procedure. She said that the trip
to Lewis Aldridge's was made with-1
out any incident that might lead her
to expect an attack from the boys,
They showed that she put her arms
around both of them immediately after
entering the car and that she sub- j
mitted without objection to advances '
made by Ferris on the way to the |
house, returning kiss for kiss and hug
for hug. She declared and stuck to it
forced to enter the car at Read's store
the defense showed that she did so
on cross-examination, that ^ she was
forced from rthe Car and forced into
the house. The defense showed that
she left the car and entered the house
willingly. Miss Wallace declared that
she was forcibly ravished by Ferris
while alone in a room in the house,
against her will and that she fought
to the extent of her power to protect
herself. To refute this the defense
showed that Ferris suggested going
the limit following tne exchange of a
few kisses but that she refused, one
refusal being sufficient for Ferris, who
from that time on became her protec
tor against unseemingly remarks from
the other young men in the house.
It developed into a matter for the
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jury to decide i t e rue case was
being given by the witnesses for the
state or defense.
had but two principal witnesses and
they were the little girl, Thelma Wal
lace, and her aunt, Mrs. Mullen whom
she was visiting.
state fitness, proved of more bene
fit to the defense than to the state.
His evidence showed nothing conclu
sive. He stated that he could not pos
itively question the virginity of the
young lady. The other state witness
Sheriff Tom Garrott who testi
fied briefly to the fact that Ferris left
the state soon after the incident hap
In fact the State
Dr. Dickins,
The four defense witnesses were all
Ferris himself was the last to
.take the state. The others were
ter Aldridge, David Humphreys and
C. J. Stratton, all of whom were at
the Aldridge home. The evidence of
fered by these witnesses was in direct
contrast to that by the two women
for the state and the matter was put
up to the jury to decide.
Witnesses for the state on cross
examination made several conflicting
statements also, which cast the first
shadow of doubt across the case.
Expecting the defense to attack the
character of Miss Wallace a good deal
of surprise was occasioned by the
fact that instead it was built up and
-it was shown that the young girl left
the Aldridge home on the afternoon
of the alleged assault a virgin despite
her statements to the contrary.
During the trial every person en
tering the court room was searched
for arms.
being taken and the arguments made
all spectators were barred from the
court room. The jury was secured at
one dclock Saturday afternoon. Tak
ing of evidence was begun about three
The ar
While the testimony was
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was concluded at seven.
took up practically five
The case went to the jury at
at two
Who Guided The Destinies Of Lady
Astor's Campaign For First Wom
an Commoner Of England.

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. PLYMOUTH, Eng., Dec. 1—It
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an up-to-date "Man on the Box" who
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guided the destinies of Lady Astor s
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campaign to determine whether she
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1 would be the first woman Commoner
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Associated Press
More than a score of newspaper
correspondents ,who trailed Lady As
j tor during her electioneering and jun
keting about Plymouth, had difficulty
for some time in learning in advance
where she intended to make her next ;
appeal for votes. The reason devel
oped when it was learned that it was
neither Lady Astor nor Lord Astor
who was guilding her meanderings,
but the ruddy faced, bulky old coach
man—Churchwood who had been ser
ving the Astor family through three j
political battles. He acknowledged j
that he had been made director-gen- j
eral of Lady Astor's campaign,
Silk-hatted and officious executives
of the Unionist party held council
daily and drafted the candidate's
strategic moves, but it was Church
; wood—also silk-hatted though less
officious—who really determined
whether these plans should be execu
ted or vetoed.
Lady Astor would enter her car
riage in the morning, Churchwood
j would whip up the elegant pair of
sorrels and the candidate would roll
; away .unmindful of whither she was
boun(| , f churchwood (rom his van .
j saw a 3treet . corncr ath _
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ermg or a lowly abode where Lady
! Astor might get a hearing, he would
r ein in the horses without asking
, eaye and )ct her do the rest
When the speech and the ensuing
cross-fire of questions had ended, or
when Churchwood sensed a waning in
the interest of the auditors, he would
jerk a peremptory thumb in the direc
j tion of the back seat, saying: "Get
' in. ' Whereupon Lady Astor would
| resume her place in the carriage and
it would proceed to the next halt,
When Lord Astor ended the pre
v j ous campaign, Churchwood deliver
e( j felicitations and went back to
jjjg re g U i ar occupation as stableman,
w jf^ one G f Plymouth coach ser
v j ces>
fj 0 us, as he confided
S p 0n( } en f G f The Associated Press, to
j ourney t 0 London with Lady Astor,
should she be successful ,and there
was no p ers0 n in Plymouth, not ex
ce pfj n g Lady Astor herself, who was
more certain of the outcome of the
ejection than Churchwood.
But this time he was ambi
to the corre
He was hopeful that m a few mon
ths he would be driving her from her
residence to the House of Commons
and waiting for her to finish harang
uing the House, but was a bit fear
^ j eg ^ g j ie sbou ] d e i ec £ a motor for
her London needs. In that event
Churchwood intended to reserve his
curry-comb and hoof-hook and go
back to his livery stable to await the
next' Astor campaign.
Naturally, Churchwood is elated ov
; er the election of Lady Astor as the
first woman member of Parliament.
Minter Aldridge, court adjourned.
This case whs one of the hardest
; fought that has been waged in this
I county in many years. The attorneys
for both sides were able men and made
their fight on high ground. Notwith
, standing the fact that they were deal
; j ng w ;t b matters of a morbid nature
! ^ bey a u stood well away from any
• sensationalism,
The argument was opened by Hon.
g jjill who spoke forcefully for
j an bour j n be h a lf of the girl and her
; f amdy> having been employed to
sist the state. He was followed by
Hon. W. M. Whittington for the de
fense who preceded Hon. A. F. Gard
ner ,Sr., also for the defense. The ar
gument was concluded by District At
torney Forman. Hon. Fred .Witty
read the charges for the state and
Hon. S. I. Orbom those for the de
The Daily Commonwealth unite3
with the people of the city, county
and state, in congratulating the
young men implicated in thè terrible
charge preferred against them, upon
their complete exoneration at the
hands of a jury composed of first
class citizens—men who were actuat
ed solely upon the exalted principle
of rendering justice in strict accord
ance with evidence in the case, and
which they did without fear or favor
within the brief period of three min
utes after retiring to make up their
verdict of acquittal. The thought
that these young men could be guilty
of such a heinous crime was fclmost
inconceivable, aud it is especially grat
ifying to their friends sad Acquaint
ances to know that they have been
exonerated pY » representative jury
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In Finding Suitable Employment For i
Alii Returned Fighting Men—Fig- j
ures From Seven Cities.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1—(Special)
—Central states still face a consider
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nlovmen°t bl f^
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f-nmnl^d W Department has just
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Harn G. Haan, heal o"f the ServkeTidt
Information Branch, nas been made
public today.
Sample figures from seven cities
for a period of four weeks show that
while 9,454 ex-service men have ap
plied for positions, but 7,337 have
been put in jobs.
Detroit placed 1,409 men out ofl,767
seekin employment. This is con
sidered a remarkable record because
nearly all demobilized soldiers look
ing for work in Detroit are non-resi
dents. In Cincinnati, O.' the outlook
is unusually good. For a period of
four weeks the local bureau for return
ing soldiers and sailors placed practi
cally all service men who registered,
but registrations continue at such a
rate as to warrant the continuation
o^fche bureau. Louisville,Ky., reports
the soldier employment situation to be
only fairly satisfactory. In four weeks
126 men secured jobs put of 200 ap-j
plying. The support of the welfare or-, j
ganizations has been withdrawn, but
the American Legion has taken over
the task with promising results. Of
3,131 men registering in St. Louis,
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Minn., shows 358 jobs found for 588
applicants. Of 529 men applying for
work at Milwaukee, Wis M 416 were
placed .
Denver, Col., reports a considerable
number of ex-service merrvdrifting in
from the east and inasmuch as this
is not an industrial center no little
difficulty has been experienced in
placing them. Advices from Akron.O.,
indicate that there is a surplus of lab
or there, while in Columbus, O., the
outlook is good with the American
Legion and Welfare organizations co
operating. Ft. Wayne, Ind.^ reports
many firms in need of menr*mostly
laborers, and the general situation
as good. At present there are pract
ically no soldiers out work in Spring
field, 111., but with the coming of wint
er it is anticipated that men now en
gaged on road work will have to -be
placed in permariemt jobs.
In commenting on the general sit
uation throughout the central states
Lieut. Colonel John B. Reynolds, stat
ioned at Indianapolis, Ind., in charge
of War Department employment act
ivities for the district, says:
"There is great nefed of continuing
our work in large centers. From many
cities come suggestions that the work
is over add the disbanding of agencies
therefore, not inopportune. This is a
unwarranted conclusion. The
great numbers of men who have been
employed on farms and on other strict
ly summet work will need help, and'
the men who do not work while the
weather is pleasant will also be in
need of assistance. So many of them
have dreadetj Die confinement of
gular week after months and yean
of outdoor living that I "feel raze we
^ find this typo of uneupleyed
men will run into large nmnbers."


i Of Sufficient Calibre To Prevent /It
From Being Engulfed By The
German BolsKevists.
Associated Press
BERLIN, Dec. 1—The death of
Hug ° Haase .' P resident «* the Inde
P endent Socialist pgrty, leaves that
party apparently without a leader of
suflScient calibre to prevent it from ;
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rece i ve <i October^
from woundc he
when he Was shot,
nhree times by an Austrian as he was
entering the Reichstag building.
Recer.t events have indicated that
Haase had been unable to h^lt the
stampede of the followers to the ex
treme left radicalism. The authov
ity he once wielded in the Independ
ent party had been undermined by:
radicals, such as Daeumig, Ledebour,
Richard Mueller, Eichhorn, Geyer of;
Saxony and Henke of Bremenn, all
desperate opponents to the parlia
mentary government without, which :
Haase finally came to believe govern
ment in Germany would be impossible..
It is expected that Haase's death
will hasten a split in the Independ- ;
ent Socialist party and a union of its
more moderate elements with the
Majority Socialists, headed by Philip
Scheidemann. Indications are seen of
a complete radicalization of the ma
j or portion of the Independent party .
after the Russian pattern. The Inde
pendent pârty after the Russian pat
tern. The Independents now are do-1
minated by a dozen men who are re
garded as expert manipulators of the
revolutionary proletariat and these
m en are expected to control the par
ty's councils,
Their ascendency marks the elimi- j
nation from Independent councils of
Karl Kautsky and other moderating
influences which once were led by
Herr Haase. Political observers say
that "saner" elements of the~"Inde-!
pendent party must find a domicile
in the camp of the Majority Social
ists because the "Red*' elements of
the Independents already virtually
have gone over, bag and baggage, to
the Communists.
Circuit Court Term
Adjourned Sunday
Circuit Court was adjourned Sun
da ymorning at 2:1&
in session in Greenwood for the past
week and Judge * H. H. Elmore and
Attorney J. M. Forman left this mom
ing for Greenville to open court there.
Many criminal cases which were
set. for this term were continued, ow
ing to the fact that Judge Elmore
could not have held court here this!
week without calling a special session, j
The next term of Circuit Court will
be held in Greenwood on the third
Monday in January. This will be a
four week term. One week will be
allowed fqr holding of the civil term {
and three weeks for hearing of the
criminal docket.
after being
Mr.. Hubert Gray returned home
Saturday night from Thayer, Mo.,
the death of
where he was
a nephew.
to the War
to çontiniie
& the work.
have ma
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Sixty Sixth Session
Is Expected To
! Continue Until Presidential Elec
tion Next Fall.
Associated Press
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1—The Sixty
Sixth Congress met today in their
first regular session which is expect
ed to continue until just before the
; Presidential election next fall. In
cordance with the agreement, the Rep
ublican and Democratic leaders the
usual formality! of appointing a com
mittee to notify the President that
Congress was in session was dispens
ed with because of his illness. Instead
a formal communication of notifiea
tion was dispatched,
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The appointment of ministers were .
announced by the bishop on Monday I
: evening at the conference, which has
been in progress in Aberdeen for the
p as ^ several days, and which adjourn-;
e( j Tuesday,
; Rev. O. L. Savage, who for the past j
four years has had charge of the i
Webb circuit, comprising the church
es of Webb , Sumner, Glendora and
Swan Lake, will have charge of the;
gchlater c i rc uit for another year.
. During the tenure of Brother Sav
E g e ' s pastorate at Webb he has done !
a Kreat work . H e is one of the most
energet i c ministers in the whole con
f erence and is never idle.
pastorate was built
cburc h building at Webb and when
the church
Under his
a handsome
Strathmore burned :
about two years ago, he immediately
j solicited funds and under his super
vision the church was again ready;
for services within a comparatively
short time. Bro. Savage has always
been popular among his people and
it is regreted by them that he can-[has
not remain longer than four years,
The people of the Schlater District
will find that he is a man worthy in
every respect of their confidence and ;
a minister after God's own heart.—
Webb Messenger.
Baptists Subscribe
$71,049 Here Sunday!
Yesterday was a day of great re
joicing among the Baptists of Green
wood and Leflore County for $71,049
was raised here in the seventy five
million dollar campaign.
c h urc h had a quota of $75,000 and on
the ope ning day of the campaign this
magnificent sum was raised. Nearly
a u G f this amount was volunteered.
esterday morning.
j T be c hurch now has a little less j
than four thousand dollars to sub
scribe and t he members feel confident
a kat this amount will be raised in the
Mxt d ayg .
{ only one other church in the State!will
j^j so i arge a quota as the Baptist
Church of Green wo<*i. |
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In Session Today
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The Leflore' Board of Supervisors
convened thh morning at the court
house. Todayis session was taken up
with the
The local
Board Supervisors
of accounts.
a* i <tstic Orders To:
Conserve Coal Supply—Fuel Com- |
vaUViîl ilii.oKi idauvo
mittees Take Control.
Associated Press
CHICAGO, Dec. 1—Stringent regu
lations fo rthe conservation of fuel
supply, made necessary by the strike
of the bituminous coal miÿérs, are
in effect today ov* virtually the en
tire country, while the Regional Fuel
' Committees took control of the coal;
j stocks in a number of states. Reports !
I from large bituminous fields in Illi-j
: nois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania
; gave no assurance that the union m.n-j
lets intended to accept the fourteen
per cent increase in wages neither
. are there any inu,cations that local
settlements will be affected. j
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! The first effort to mine coal with,
volunteer workers took place in Kan-1
sas this morning, when crews werej
! S ent into the mines under the protec-;
tion of Federal troops. |
Much Activity Is
Prevailing In Fiume
Associated Press
BELGRADE, Dec. 1—Great activ
i ity prevails at Fiume. A destroyer
left there Saturday presumably for
J Zara. The vessel was followed with
j thousands of shock troops, according
to a Serbian Press Bureau reports
! from Fiume ,which stated that Admir
al Rizzo, commander of the Dannun
izo fleet, had gone aboard the de
destroyer an dproposed the occupa
tion of Zenibeco.
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Open High Low Close C ose
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d4.00 ! 34.40! 33.68 j34.28!34.10i
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Closed 18 to 28 up.
New York Spots 39.75—25 up.
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. May - - 32.25;32.85;32.10!32.75|32.42i
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MISSISSIPPI—Fair Monday; slig- ;
htly warmer in the interior; Tuesday;
fair and warmer, gentle to moderate;
! northeast to southeast winds.
TEMPERATURE—Highest, 59 de- '
[gauge 26; rise in 24 hours 0.6.
Closed 27 to 33 up.
New Orleans Spots 39.25—25 up.
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grees; lowest, 33 degrees; at 7 a. m.
33 degrees; precipitation 0.0; river
New Chief Clerk In
arrived in Greenwood and has ac-j
cepted the position of chief clerk at;
[the Y. & M. V. freight office. Mr.:
Grove has held the position as cash-;
; ier at Helena for the past two years,
.where he rendered efficient service.
[He succeeds Mr. M. J. Brady, who re
cently moved to Memphis, where he
has a position in the Y. & M. V. Sup
erintendent's office.
Freight Office Arrives
Mr. D. C. Grove of Helena, Ark.,
All Ready For The
Topperwein Shooting
"Ad" Topperwein, of San
Texas, tomorrow,
He has made a tour through the
Southern States .shooting in 29 cities
and will conclude his trip here. Mr.:
j Topperwein is aided in giving this
exhibition, which is free to everyone, j
by Boyd Duncan, who last year at the
age of 20, won the trapshooting [
championship of Tennessee. Duncan ;
do a little shooting with a shot
gun. *
| Tbpperwein will shoot with the 44 ,
j caliber revolver, the 22 automatic, [
the«22 repeating rifle, the old style!
! lever action rifle, the 351 high power
rifle, several styles of shot guns, the
trench gun and the light Browning
Machine gun.
Topperwein is the best shot in the
world. Everyone who witnesses the
Everything is in readiness for the
shooting exhibition to be given by
Antonio, j
exhibition will always remember it
American Government Charges Mexi
| co With Attempt Ensnare Jenkias
Into Legal Proceedings.
Associated Press
WASHINGTON, DEC. 1 -Renew ing
request fqh the immediate release of
Consular Agent Jenkins, imprisoned
at Puebla, the latest American note to
Mexico today .arraigned the Mexican
government's conduct in severe terms
and characterised it as an attempt to
! ensnare. Jenkins in intricacies of le
gal proceedings.
No ultim „ tum ha8 ^ Mryed >nd
n0 indications arc jven as to what
the Kovemmonts courso wi „ ^ „
Uenklns js not immediatel -, nTTd
x, le United . note staWd
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■ declined to be drawr into judicial dis :
cussion of irreve i ant and unimportan J
matters and dec , ared the United stat .
ea did not admlt it was nece to
keep Jcnkins , n jai , whi , e the
| was being investigated.
An unverified report was current
today that Consular Agent Jenkins
had been released.
Protest Against The
Food Organization
Associated Press
BRUNSWICK, Germany, Dec. 1—
The hotels, restaurants and cafes here
have notified the employes that they
will close their establishments indef
initely from December 1st as a pro
test against the local government
food organization.
The owners claim that not only is
the system of distribution faulty but
they are constantly harrassed by es
pionage and house searching for illi
citly procured goods.
High Cost of Living
Creating Irritation
Associated Press
liigh cost of living is creating irrita
tion here.
Butter and sugar are be
coming absolute^ luxuries while farm
ers are making fortunes out of wool
and skins.
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| or production curtaded as a result of
; the storm -
Urge U. S. Delegates
rp Irt^loxr Tlonorturo
AU lrtep<iriure
Hurricane Sweeps
Southern Michigan
Associated Press
DETROIT, Mich., Dec. 1—Six per
sons are known to have been killed
and much property damage reported
\ as a result of a hurricane which swept
; Southern Michigan late Saturday.
! Scores of industrial plants are closed
Associated Press
PARIS, Dec. 1—French representa
tives of the peace conference are urg
ing the American Delegates to delay
their departure home until the proto
col is signed, putting into effect the
treaty with Germany. »
Tr6clty With HlUliTciry
Attempt Make Peace
Associated Press
PARIS, Dec. 1—An attempt to
make peace treaty with Hungary,
through the new Hungary govern
ment, was decided upon by the Sup
reme Council today.
KANSAS CITY, Dec. 1—The strike
[ of the railway switchmen here, which
; began Saturday, was called off early
today. The action of calling off the
strike was taken at a meeting of the
, strikers last night. The reason for
[ this action is not forth-coming, but
under today's announcement will be
made public by Y. M. Anderson, vice
j Vice President Brotherhood Railway
Trainmen Said Strike Was Unauth
orized And Benefits Withheld.
Xssociated Press
president of the Brotherhood of Rail
way Trainmen, who said the strike
was unauthorized and that the strike
benefits had been withheld. This had
much to do with the final order being

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