Newspaper Page Text
'•«?3 i ' - ^•-, - v y k ? >■ mw (Srppntuooö Sato I / I #5 r I •y ; — IP — I» J. L. & S. GILLESPIE, Editors and Publishers PUBLISHED EVERY AFTERNOON EXCEPT SUNDAY GREENWOOD, LEFLORE COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI, WEDNESDAY; AFTERNOON, APRIL 21, 1920 PRESS NEWS SERVICE VOLUME 4-NUMBER 201 •N: SINGLE COPY Kp PER MONTH 60c ^ PER YEAR $0.00 'CHAW COUPLE DREW BIG CROWD TUESDAY ! V 1 People Of County Have Been Greatly Inter ested In Case. A I McGRAW PLACED ON WITNESS STAND! Sam Mays, Negro, Said j Leonard Planned Rob Couple. One of the most interesting cases | . *ver tried in the Justice of Peace j ourt, was brought to a close yester- J lay afternoon when Mr. and Mrs. R. 1er of Leonard Golden, negro taxicab 1;driver at Itta Bena on last Thursday light. The case was scheduled to be i ! y'-'.. McGraw were acquitted of the mur X ailed at 2 o'clock and before this hour he crowd over-flowed the Board of Supervisors room and it was announ ced that the case would be held in the •ircuit court room on the second floor, n their eagerness to hear the testi nony, the platform of the court room vas crowded. Some stood in the seats n order to get a better view of the /'couple as they were brought into the / -ourt room. / Mrs. McGraw, who admitted she ired the bullet, which killed the ne ^ro, entered the court room with her îusband and was cool and self posses ;ed throughout the entire trial. She And her husband listened intently to he evidence produced and little con 'ersation took place between them. »1rs. McGraw was attired in dark eol cred skirt, with brown sweater trim ned with blue and tan plaid and wore large hat of brown maline. She is .runette, pretty and attractive. <x, / Sheriff Vardanian was first witness yo take the stand. He told of the inding of the dead body of the negro X the home of Dr. Crisler, described vhere the bullets entered the body ind the contents of the suit case which vas left in the car. Sam Mays, the negro who accom lanied Leonard Golden on the trip to jtta Bena was the next witness called. E he negro stated that he had been orking with Leonard, his partner, : for only ten days. He said they were hired to take Mr. and Mrs. McGraw to Itta Bena in order that "they might |get in a game." He told of the trip the Pelueia Bayou bridge and J ^stated after going past the Planters | Oil Mill they were forced to turn back, j When ones- ! ! «across | owing to the bad road, fltioned why they went across the Pel ' ucia Bayou if they were hired to go to 'Itta Bena, Sam stated he did not know ■ Leonard's reason for driving in taat direction. After close questioning Sam| ; »admitted they stopped the car, remov led the taxicab sign and the tag num I, er. The negro said this was done in ,order that they might not be arrested ..•for speeding. The negro also told of a conversation between himself and Leonard in which the latter had ex m pressed a desire "to get in hand reach ^of the McGraw's money. '^Leonard told him that McGraw had f some money and he was going to try Sam stated that he re He said M and rob him. remonstrated with Leonard and told him J|he would get into trouble if he attem Sam also admitted that Wpted this. * Leonard had told him he intended to to Greenville, sell his car and leave 1 f l#° for Oklahoma. Mr. Vardanian was recalled to the ■witness stand and he gave in detail HB the different conflicting stories which kl Sam Mays had told him, regarding the %[ affair. * Near the close of the trial, Mr. Mc ilGraw was placed on the stand. to Greenwood from Clarksdale I •j 1 s I ii came Thursday afternoon on the 4 o'clock train," he said. Sam Mays was at the depot that ev about 8:30 o'clock, when he ac The first time I saw v emng ■ •costed me and asked me for a match, fl I gave him one and he asked me if I a taxicab. I told wanted to hire iS him I did not unless he could take me j ^ to a place where I could "get into a I told him I was a stranger here and he asked me if I didn t know I told him I did not. He tt •j game. anyone. told me he knew of a place at Itta Bena where there was a game in prog day and night and said he would take me there. I asked him what he would charge and he said $7. I told him I would go get my wife. He en gaged in conversation with a another and when I returned with Mrs. TVSS negro McGraw the strange negro took the -wheel and we started on the tr *" McGraw told of the trip across the Bayou bridge. He said when they forced to turn around there> on of the mud that the negroes to ld them they would take them over road to Itta Bena, how their were suspicions were aroused by the re of the tag number, and taxi ^igii. McGraw declared that told À IRENE YATES OF GREENWOOD WAS KILLED TORNADO Mr. and Mrs. Max Yates Parents Of Child Are Injured. WERE VISITING AT DEEMER, MISS. j Mother, Sisters and Bro ther Of Mr. C. Beall Dead. | The cyclone which carried death and j destruction in its wake in Neshoba J county yesterday morning, included in R. its toll Irene Yates, three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Max Yates of Greenwood, who was instantly kill ed and her parents injured, be i Mr. and Mrs. Yates and little daughter were visiting at Deemer, Miss., a lumber camp, six miles from Philadelphia. Just how seriously Mrs. Yates was in jured could not be ascertained, but it is believed that Mr. Yates was only slightly hurt as he was able to talk over the telephone to his brother, Mr. W. C. Yates, here. of to is assistant postmaster Owing to the wires benig down in many parts of Neshoba county, Mr. Yates could not get his relatives there until late yesterday evening by tele phone. He left this morning for Dee mer. yesterday afternoon, stating that his j mother, brother and sisters wei'e kill ed in the storm. Mr. Beâll is employ ed in the Y. & M. V. office here. He Mr. Columbus Beall, a brother-in law of Max Yates, received a message left this morning for Deemer. According to Mr. W. C. Yates, the mother of Mrs. Max Yates, her sister and husband and three of their chi - dren were killed. A small baby is the only survivor of this family. Mrs. Yate's father was injured, both arms being broken. Twelve persons were killed at Dee mer and twenty five injured. The in jured have been carried to Philadel phia, where the Baptist Church has been turned into a hospital. to o Ambassador Johnson To Attend Conference J | j sador Johnson at Rome, was instruct ! ed today by the State Department to attend the Allied Conference at San ! Remo as an official observer for the* Associated Press WASHINGTON, April 21 Ambas to ■ Américain government. participate in discussions or delibera He will not tions * ° Fr61tch RclicVC TllC in Situation 111 Asia of CONSTANTINOPLE, April 21— French troops which entered Aintab, Asia Minor on April 14th, are reliev ing the situation there, according to a statement made public by the French Embassy here. Messages from Ain tab on April 12th, asked immediate aid for American workers there. re to the negroes to drive to the hotel in itta Bena, whei'e he wished to leave his wife and afterward he wanted them to take him to the crap game. He said when they drove through the town, he thought he was being taken to the Hotel. When the negro com menced to drive faster he declared the the that he and his wife both called him to halt without avail. He declared that Sam Mays turned and grabbed him by the hand. He said the negro held his pistol and that Mrs. McGraw fired while he was struggling in the grasp of the negro and only after she had repeatedly called to the driver to stop. I ii ev ac I Sam Mays rolled out of the car like a ball," said McGraw, "after the me j sbcds we re fired and escaped. a He T9 Mc Graw stated they were not familiar with negroes and said they escaped across the fields, fearing that they might be lynched by the blacks. He told how he had witnessed a lynching in Omaha, where a white man was dragged through the streets, and the mob was composed mostly of negroes. Prosecuting Attorney Means John son asked McGraw why he went to a negro cabin to spend the night, if he afraid of the black race. Me he told en the the on over was Graw replied that he thought he could handle oné or two of them but he did not want to mix up with a crowd. McGraw stated his wife was from Caney, Kan. and that he was from Omaha, Neb. He said they had been married eighteen months. Mrs. McGraw was not placed on the witness stand, and Judge Hicks pro nounced the verdict of not guilty on the testimopy of the Other witnesses. re taxi told 0 Another Presidential Possibility mm i YEP, HENRYK rtiA&oy = m/A 4 m b é I fi £ % <2 S s\\ ;v. wm V&A--&L VW. V % ' / 7c.. rÿj > - , & fy A tm] I Pouncing \ urn ftn/NPl poy J&sÀ % r'\ *} Yh h h fi a w rasa w//, ■ »■ w. Ü r 4 ^ m. ;w fr/j fiiii MX LL (Copyright) ************** * * 5 COTTON MARKETS * * * ************** NEW YORK COTTON MARKET Open High Low Close C!ose Prev. j May - - j 41.65 41.80 40.40 40.65j41.65 j July - - |39.70 39.75 38.25 38.52j39.60j Oct. - - j 36.55 36.63 34.92 35.10j 36.461 Closed 100 to 136 down. New York Spots 41.75—100 down. to of ed NEW ORLEANS COTTON MARKET Open High Low Close C ose Prev May - - J40.60|40.60 39.30 39.31 40.28 July - - 1.50 37.88 38.08 39.12 j36.28lS6.41 34.70 34.92 36.07 Oct. Closed 97 to 117 down. New Orleans Spots 41.50—25 down. -o Cotton Broke Five Dollars Per Bale Associated Press NEW YORK, April 21—Cotton broke more than five dollars a bale on the market here today, owing to the prospects of better weather and failure of bullish crop advices to sti mulate buying. a be to is o GRAIN MARKET CRASHES Associated Press CHICAGO, April 21—Prices crash ed heavily on the grain market dur ing the last few minutes of trading today. Corn fell as much as 8 3-4 cents per bushel. The liquidation was due to the weakness of the stock mar ket. The chief apparent reason that oats fell five cents was that pork dropped to $1.25 barrel in some cases. SPECULATIVE ISSUES DROP NEW YORK, April 21—Speculat ive issues subject to severe liquida tion on the market today, declining five to forty five points. -o NEW ORLEANS COTTON LETTER. (From Jno. F. Clark & Co. By Abe Silver.) NEW ORLEANS, La., April 21— Liverpool is comfortably situated for a few months in respect to supply, stock of American being, 1,115,000 bales. This and the threatening la bor troubles in spinning districts, tighter money and political news. The weekly report was worce than expected. The barometric depression which for several days was over the central belt causing high winds and murky weather moved rapidly North eastward causing destructive twisters in it's course. The outlook is for fair in the East ern half of the belt, increasing cloud iness in the Western States, probably unsettled and cooler and some rain over the Northwestern quarter of the belt. if " -o ************** * * ► THE WEATHER * ************** MISSISSIPPI—Fair Wednesday and probably Thursday. TEMPERATURE—Highest, 89 de grees; lowest, 70 degrees; precipita tion 0. 0.; river guage 33.5; rise in 24 hours 0.2... Local Observations. Miss Annie Long Stephen Local Observer ■o Let production be your slogan, and the high cost o t living will soon be a matter of history. h fiiii BUSINESS TALKS PROVE HELPFUL Series Of Addresses Given By Citizens At Quinn Drug Co. This Week— Mr. King Speaks. The fifteen minute talks which are being delivered each evening this week at the J. W. Quinn Dri^g Co., by the business men of the city, are proving to be thoroughly interesting çnd in structive. The business men are dis cussing live issues, w: leu are con fronting thé people tû'ieày. The first meeting of the week was held Monday and Mr. R. C. King de livered an able address on "The Value of A Dollar Saved." Mr. King stat ed that it was most proper that the business men shoud meet in their own community to discuss the fundamen tals upon which the personal, busi ness, social and eternal structures are based. "It is proper for us to consider those things that may stimulate us to adopt habits of thrift and saving with a view of using the saved dollar for the betterment of the individuals as well as for the public," said Mr. King. 'We can hardly think of saving without also thinking of spend ing. We cannot save successfully without dealing intensely with the problem of spending. With a given income, the more successful we are in sav'ing, the more successful we must be in regulating our. spending. So the two words, saving and spending must go together. The problem of every individual is how to save, how to accumulate a capital fund, without depriving himself of the enjoyments and convenience of life. Mr. King summed up the test of an individual in t)ie following statement: "The real test of personal capacity is shown by the ability of an indiv idual, who is capable of saving a work ing capital for the future and at the same time so provide for the home that he may bear a full part in the activities and the enjoyments of the J* present. Mr. King closed his address by giv ing three divisions of the human race; those who retrograde; those who re main stationary and those who prog No one wants to class with Per i.6 ress. those who retrograde," he said, haps no one wants to be in the class who remain stationary. No doubt ev ery one has a latent ambition. Our [chances for being in the class that progresses would be greatly enhanced if we begin today by providing for the 'rainy day.' that we will begin to save our Let us resolve here and now W dollars. " JUDGE HAMNER SPEAKS. Judge W. M. Hamner spoke yester day afternoon on, Preparing Your il self.' Mr. Hamner's address was replete with good thoughts, ably expressed. He spoke along the line of the proper preparation for a successful business and was heard with the closest career attention. This afternoon, Mr. J. S. Love will speak on the subject, "To Serve Oth ers. 99 The movement of getting the busi ness men together to discuss various problems was inaugurated bÿ J- W. Quinn of the Quinn Drug Co. ' Quinn arranged the series of talks niul meetings which are proving much to Hie business men of the city. Mr. so ■o Take the Daily Commonwealth *************** * WASHINGTON NEWS LETTER * * * * * * By The Washington Star Copyright 1920. ********* 'tS***** UNCLE SAM'S WORKSHOP * * * Biggest industry In The World, Is To Be Reorganized, Systemat ized And Coordinated. WASHINGTON, April 20—The big gest industry in the world, Uncle Sam's workshop, is going to be reor ganized, systematized and coordinated with inefficient duplication and over lapping of work chopped out, and re lated lines of federal activity group ed together. This will all take a long time to readjust. The' preliminary steps, however, are now being taken by Congress. For years the original federal de partments have been branching out with new bureaus which have ambit iously expanded into territory at least partially occupied by other bureaus. A number of commissions and other independent organizations have from time to time been created as the oc casion arose. Then came the war and again there was a multiplication of governmental activities and new boards and bureaus. Now that Congi'ess is planning the curtailment of war activities and has legislation in the works for abolish ing the war-time boards and commis sions, and when world conditions have changed as by an earthquake, the time seems appropriate for a complete overhauling of Uncle Sam's great plant, so that all departments and branches and bureaus may work in helpful harmony and not waste their efforts and funds on duplicated work, or in jealous squabbling over juris diction. Secretary Lane when quitting office as executive of the Department of the Interior, which did most of the be hind-the-scenes work of supplying materials to meet war demands, sur prised official life and Congress by plain speech on the need for govern mental reorganization to meet the new conditions. Congress had been think ing along the same line and has pret ty well made up its mind that the government's industrial organization has been growing too large, haphaz ard, and that it is hightime to get this great workshop systematized. Last June Senator Wesley L. Jones of Washington, chairman of the com merce committee, and Representative C. Frank Reavis of Nebraska, who is a member of the select committee for investigation of war expenditures, in troduced identical bills for the crea tion of a Department of Public Works by taking the present Interior Depart ment and transferring some of its activities to other departments where they are more closely related and tak ing over from other departments some of the activities that more properly come under engineering works come within the scope of 'Public works." Then, on February 18 of this year, Representative R. Walton Moore of Virginia, introduced a joint resolution to constitute a select joint committee on the orgaanization .activities and methods of business of the adminis trative branch of the government. The bill of Senator Jones went to the committee on public lands of the Senate, where hearings have been held upon it. Senator Jones has been re ceiving strong indorsements from the people upon this measure and several important business organizations have declared their strong support of it. a a is is RETURN UNDER w?. Agreement Is Reached With The Railroad Brotherhoods. * ' TO RESUME THEIR POSITIONS AT ONCE Chicago Strikers Refuse To Vote About Return* ing To Work. Associated Press WASHINGTON, April 21— Edward McHugh, spokesman for the strikers announced here today that an agree- j ment had been reached with the Rail- 1 road Brotherhoods, under which the striking railroad workers in the New York Metropolitan District, would turn to work immediately. re j CHICAGO, Apiril 21— Striking rail ; road men in the Chicago Distinct re- ' jfused to vote today on the question j j of returning to work. REFUSE TO VOTE. ualmeR in lead GEORGIA PRIMARY Three Cornered Race Was Held For State's Choice As Democ inee For President! ■Y c Nom Associated Press ! ATLANTA, Ga., April 21—Attor- j ney General Palmer continued to lead ! today in returns from yesterday's j three cornered race for the State's ! choice as a Democratic nominee for i president. Returns from 140 of the! 155 counties in the State, compiled by the Constitution, gave Gen. Palmer | 48 counties with 140 votes in Demo-, cratic State Convention; Thomas E. Watson, 50 counties with 120 votes; | Hoke Smith 42 counties with a hun (red votes. He intends to push it for passage, but does not expect to get it through in the present session. The bill of Representative Reavis in the House has been sent to the com mittee on expenditures in the Interior Department, which has not sufficient, jurisdiction to handle a proposition of this magnitude. Mr. Reavis now has the matter up with the Republican le gislative steering committee urging! upon it the desirability of appointing a special committee to handle all legis- ; lation designed to recognize the fed eral service. He expects later to ap pear before the House rules commit i tee on this question. Meanwhile the resolution of Rep resentative Moore has been sent to the rules committee, and it may prove ; a working basis for general reorgan-' ization of the federal service. One paragraph of Representative Moore's resolution provides for a Department of Public Works "to take over all ser- j vices having for their primary pur nose the construction and operation of works of an engineering and con struction character and to act as a contracting agency for the perfor mance of such works for other vices where called upon by such ser- j vices to do so. The proposed Department of Pub- : lie Works was first suggested by the Engineering Council, which has mem bership in the Chamber of Commerce of the United States. Now the Cham ber of Commerce of the United States is sending out a questionaire to its 1305 member organizations to get the j sentiment of the real business men of the country upon this matter which ; is so vital to the business of the gov arnment. In the Jones-Reavis bill for reor ganization of the Interior Department j it is proposed to unite the following | instrumentalities: The supervising ar-: ehitect's office, now in the Treasury Department; the construction division of the U. S. Army, River and Harbor, Improvements, the Mississippi River Commission, the California Debris Commission, now subordinate to the War Department; the Coast and Geo detic Survey and the Bureau of Stan dards, now subordinate to the Depast the Bureau of ment of Commerce; Standards, now subordinate to the De partment of Commerce; the Bureau o' Public Roads and the Forest Service, subordinate to the Department of now Agriculture. Redistribution of other activities under the Jones- Reavis bill would be: The Patent Office to the Department Commerce; the Bureau of Pensions lNY killed STORM WHICH STRUCK STATE Alabama and Tennessee Also Hit By The Tornado 166 LIVES LOST IN THE TORNADO Meridian Suffered The Heaviest With 24 Dead Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 21—A death list of 182, with scores injured, crop and property damage of sev j a 1 eral million dollars was the estimated toll today of the tornado which yes terday swept a score of towns in Eas tern Mississippi and Alabama and Southern Tennessee. Meridian, Miss, suffered the he: iest with a known death list of 24. Aberdeen reported sixteen dead there ' and in the surrounding country. Other j Mississippi., towns reporting fatalities are Ingomar, Egypt, Baker, and Bay Springs. Twelve were killed in a lum Northeastern iv ber camp near Philadelphia. Miss. In Alabama the rural districts ar ound Sheffield, Gurley, Little Cove and Waco, felt the full force of the storm. In Tennessee Williamson and Maury county were struck by a torna do. One was killed in Williamson county, two in Maury. Red cross re lief parties are en route to the strick en section aboard special trains this moaning. 14 DEAD MERIDIAN. , MERIDIAN, Miss., April 21—A re vised list of casualties in this section as a result of yesterday's storm, ! shows 14 dead and 65 injured. The is estimated at j ! j property damage i ! $300,000. i , ABERDEEN, Miss., April 21—The b eath of Earnest Brewer, who die,! | early today aboard the train en route to a hospi t a l at Memphis, increased jthe number of fatalities in Aberdeen | and vicin i ty , due yesterdav to the tor nado to 16j with 150 injured and a property damage estimated at half a 16 KILLED ABERDEEN. million. 7 KILLED AT BAY SPRINGS. VICKSBURG, April 21—Seven were killed and from sixty to seventy in jured in a tornado which struck Bay Springs, Jasper County yesterday. Five white persons and several ne groes were killed in the town of Tur nersville. ONE KILLED TENNESSEE, NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 20—On ly one person> Captain Thomas Mul ; loy ,was killed in the Tennessee storm which yesterday caused extensive pro perty damage in Williamson. Maury i and Lewis counties. REVISED FIGURES OF STORM, BIRMINGHAM, April 21—Revised ; figures today placed the number kill ed in the tornado which swept Alaba ma, Mississippi and Tennessee yest erday at 166. In Mississippi the storm took a toll of life and property dam j age in Lauderdale, Neshoba, Alcorn, Monroe, Jasper, Union, Chickasaw, Winston, Clay. Oktibbeha counties and in Alabama, Marion, Colbert, Madis on and Franklin counties and in Ten nessee, Williamson county. ser-- to the Treasury Department; the Bur eau of Education to the Department of Labor; the Bureau of Indian Af fairs and the Board of Indian Com missioners to the Department o'f La bor; Government Hospital for the insane and the Freedman's Hospital, both in Washington, to the Public Health Service, and the Columbian In stitution for the Deaf and Howard University, also of this city, to the Bureau of Education, Department of Labor. The Moore bill after describing a program of study by a reorganization commission suggests particularly the advisability of: (a) Removing from the War and Navy Departments all services and the performance of all activities which are not of a direct military or naval character; (b) the removal from the Treasury Depart ment of all services and activities not pertaining directly to the administra tion of the financial affairs of the country; (c) creation of a department of Public Works (as quoted above); (d) creation of a department or Bur eau of Education and Science to take over services now scattered among the several existing departments; (e) the creation of a department or bur eau of Public Health, to take over such related activities as the enforcement of the pure-food law and meat inspec tion; (f) creation of a department or bureau of Marine Affairs.