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A WEEKLY PAPER WORTH WHILE "THE LOVE OF COUNTRY GUIDES.” THE ONLY LIVE PAPER IN THE COUNTY VOLUME XXXI WATER VALLEY, YALOBUSHA COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1SU9. NUMBER 38 0. K. HALEY CONVICTED—GIVEN 10 YEARS IN THE PEN DEFENSE PLEADS TEMPORARY INSANITY -WIFE CONFESSES HER SHAME TO SAVE HUSBAND FROM THE GALLOWS Haley Given 10 Year Sentence In Penitentiary — Made Ap peal Bond of $3,500 and Released From Custody.—Ver dict Was Surprise to Many. “We, the jury, find the de fendant guilty of manslaugh ter.” Monday morning the case State vs. 0. K. Haley, indicted for murder, charged with the killing of Lewi-i Mel vin, was called and proceeded to trial. A special venire of 100 men had been summoned and from this num _ her the following trial jury was se lected, viz: N. J. Tomlin, farmer—1st district. B. B. Jones, farmer—1st district. L. B. Brazzeal, farmer, 2nd dis trict. J. H. Spier, farmer—1st district. W. B. Scurr, farmer—1st district. J. H. Gray, farmer—1st district. W. V. Patton, farmer—2nd dis trict. C. E. Tatum, farmer—1st district. T. P. Hill, mechanic, 2nd district. R. S. Tillman, farmer—1st district. H. L. Harrison, farmer—1st dis trict. Henry Rounsaville, farmer. 1st district. Brief Sketch of the Caie. On April 30th, this year, just about time for the north bound afternoon passenger train to arrive, waiting passengers at the depot and citizens on Main street were startled by the sound of a rifle shot at the depot, following quickly by a second shot then a third. Investigation disclosed that Mr. O. K. Haley had shot Lewis Melvin and mortally wounded him, and who died a couple of days later at the Charity Hospital at Jackson, Miss., where he had beer, taken for treatment and care. Both the men were citizens of Cm houn county, Melvin having been liv ing at Mr. Haley’s home near Banner. Melvin was a single man, while Haley had a wife and several children. Statements made by both Haley and Melvin at time of the shooting indi cated that family trouble was the cause of the shooting. Hon. H. H. Creekmore was em ployed as chief counsel by the de fense, while Attorney R. F. Kimmons was secured to assist District Attor ney Denman with the prosecution. Trial of Casa. The trial jury having been com pleted and selected by 3 o’clock Monday afternoon, the state immedi ately began the introduction of their evidence. Following is the order of the wit nesses as introduced in the case by the state, and in substance the testi mony as given the jury: MRS. MARVIN HEMPHILL. (Direct Examination by District At torney. ) I live in Water Valley—lived here in April, 1919—my husband is princi pal of City Schools. Was at depot in April waiting for train to go to Ox ford—was just a few minutes before the 2 o’clock train—my two babies and nurse were with me—had been at depot about 5 minutes and had bought a ticket—saw Mr. Melvin buy a ticket just before I purchased my ticket. Melvin was on east side of waiting room—first saw man who did the shooting, put the gun in the door —he was standing with one foot on doorstep—two shots were fired in the room—when first shot was fired Mel vin got across the room next the par tition on west side of room—second shot fired—Melvin then was shouting and was standing near the stove. Mel vin didn’t have anything in his hand —he didn’t do anythng nor attempt to do anything. Men went out of the room and I went outside with my babies and remained outside near the door until my train came. Cross-Examination — (By Attorney Creekmore.) Didn't know either one of the men —first saw Mr. Haley point gun at man who was sitting on seat—he had one foot on door silK—didn’t hear anyone say anything—only heard the man shouting after second shot had been fired. Went out of room after shooting—got on train and continued my journey. Don’t know cause of the shotting. DR. S. L. COX. (Direct Examination by District At torney.) Live in- Water Valley—am grad uate of school of medicine-nave practiced medicine for years—prac tice surgery. Know O. K. Haley, not intimately acquanted with him. Saw a person who said name was Melvin. Shooting occurred April 30, this year, at the depot—in second court dis trict, Yalobusha county, State of Mis sissippi. I think shooting occurred about 2:10—recall that train was about 10 minutes late, and shooting occurred about the time train was due. Was standing in front of Trus ty’s Drug Store just before the shoot ing took place—was looking in that direction (east) and saw man on horseback, then saw man walking along with something in his hand like | a stick—party on the horse stopped i at northeast corner of depot—the man with the thing in his hand stopped at depot door. Heard shot ' fired—man stood with one foot on door step, and when gun fired he stepped back—was pointing at some I thing in the room. After shot fired saw a man grapple with him, just few seconds after shot fired—recognized I Mr. Hamilton as man who grappled | with him—heard and saw the third shot fired while Hamilton had hold of him. Saw and heard the second and third shots fired—heard first shot fired, but did not see it fired. Did not notice again man on horse or mule until few seconds after shooting. Hamilton was scuffling with the man (Haley) on railroad rightofway near depot, east of door—a third party came up from the east—immediately after shooting he came up—he (Haley) then gave up the gun. Then man who was shot came out of depot —came out shoutng and talking— came to my office—was shot one time. Saw examination of man for weapons. Examined the wound— was shot top of right arm at shoulder —small hole where bullet entered arm—front of arm completely blown | away—large hole—small hole on back of arm where bullet entered— would say it was small caliber from size of hole at entrance. I rendered first aid—stopped tfie hemorrhage— sent him to Charity Hospital at Jack son. Did not dress wound because I realized shoulder amputation nec i essary—a very dangerous operation —sent nun to Jackson. Shooting hap jpened before 2 o'clock train arriv ed—sent him to Jackson on 10 o’clock train that night. Shoulder joint am putation precarious operation—would say mortality of such opreations are 75 per cent—considered this case un favorable circumstance. Estimate his (Melvin) age to be between 38 and 40 years. Cross Examination—(By Attorney Creekmore.) Was standing just outside Trusty’s Drug Store—about 60 yards from difficulty. Saw party ride from east, saw party walking about 15 feet be hind with something in his hand, looked like a stick or something like that. First shot attracted my atten tion to man at door at second shot, looked like he stepped back from door —didn’t know who was uoing the shooting or what it was about. Third shot fired during scuffle while Hamil ton had hold of him—he (Haley) didn’t have control of gun, they were scuffling. First two shots close to gether—a few seconds apart, just (Continued on page two) PROCEEDINGS OF CO. SUPERVISORS Regular September Session Held at Coffeeville.—Trans act Large Amount of Busi ness. Be it remembered that the Honor able Board of Supervisors of Yalo busha county, Mississippi, met on this the 1st day and First Monday of September, A. D. 1919, in the of fice of the Chancery Clerk, in the county court house, at Coffeeville, Mississippi, with the following offi cers ana members present, H. P. Pate, President, from Beat 1; J. J. Copeland, member from Beat 3; G, T. Lyon, member from Beat 4, and W. G. Vickery, member from Beat 5, and L. T. Wisdom, Clerk, and Dave Patterson, Sheriff by deputy. The meeting having been opened in due form of law by the Sheriff, the following proceedings were had, and business transacted and orders entered. i It is ordered by the Board that there is hereby levied an annual tax of one dollar upon each and every male dog over six months old, and the sum of three dollars upon every female dog over six months old, in Yalobusha county, to be collected from the owner, keeper or harborer of any and all such dogs, and the tax assessor shall assess such and every dog over six months old to the owner thereof if said owner to be found, otherwise to the keeper or harborer of such dogs or dog, and this assessment shall be made at the same time and in the same manner : as other property as assessed, i When such taxes are collected from above levy it shall be set apart and known as the school house im provement fund to be used to repair and improve the public school houses of the county, and shall be distributed as the supernitendent of hte county (Continued on page five) RAIL LABORERS MAY DECIDE TO STRIKE Their Walkout Would Tie Up 500 Railroads—Three Thou sand Delegates Represent 600000 Maintenance of Way and Shop Laborers in Con vention Which Will Last Two Weeks — Hines May Talk. Detroit, Mich., Sept. 8.—Definite action by the end of this week on the threatened strike is expected of the convention of the United Brother hood of Maintenance of Way Em ployes and Railway Shop Laborers, which opened its sessions here today with more than 2,000 delgeates from the United States, Canada and Pan ama Canal Zone present. The membership has already voted power to the executive committee to call a continent-wide strike of the 600,000 men in these crafts unless wage demands and working agree ments asked of the railroad adminis tration of the United States and the Canadian government are granted. On Friday the convention, after hear ing the report of the national com mittee which presented the demands of the brotherhood to Director Gener al of Railroads Hines, will discuss the wage question from every angle, in cluding its relationship to living costs and probably will take decisive action on the proposed strike. Sentiment of the convention is over whelmingly in favor of a walkout un less the demands are granted. An swer from the railroad administration to the demands presented is expected by Friday. In fact, the delegates an ticipated today that Mr. Hines, who will address the convention Wednes day, will then state the administra tion’s stand. The men are firm in. tfye delennination, brotherhood officers state, not to compromise. The men are asking a daily wage increase of $1 per man and a new j worknig agreement. Canvass Strike Vote. The brotherhood also makes a new working agreement which, with the wage demands, has been laid before the director general. Officials of the organization have expressed the view that an agreement satisfactory to the men may be reached. It is claimed 25 per cent of the maintenance of way and shop work ers represented receive less than $2.50 a day. An increase in wages of *1 per day, per man, is demanded. The convention will sit at least two weeks and, among other matters, will consider a provident plan, with death benefits; creation of an educa tional system, providing technical school scholarships and promoting ef ficiency, and the organization of a woman’s auxiliary. With from 2,000 to 3,000 dele gates, representing, it is stated, 600, 000 maintenance of way and shop workers, attending the convention, is ready to consider action on the strike vote canvassed last week which stood 326,000 for and 6,000 against the proposed strike, should wage demands of the brotherhoods be denied. Di rector General Hines is expected to address the men during the conven tion. HYMENEAL WEAVER-CARR. A wedding of unusual interest was solemnized on Friday evening at 8 o’clock, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. V. Carr, when their charming and accomplished daughter, Miss Margaret Hazel Carr, became the. bride of Mr. Hugh E. Weaver, Rev. J. E. Hobson officiating. The home was beautifully decorated in ferns and cut flowers. The bride wore a gown of white Georgette over satin. Mr. Howard Nolen was best man, and Miss Anne Belle Anderson of this town, being bride’s maid. The ceremony was beautiful and impressive, followed by a ring cere mony. As they marched in the wed ding march was played on a Grafa nola. There were about 60 guests present to witness the ceremony, and the bride and groom were the recip ents of many beautiful presents of cut glass and silverware. The bride is a beautiful and attrac tive young lady, and is loved by all who know her. The groom is a very popular young man, and held in high esteem by his many friends and is the son of one of the best families in the county, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Weaver. After the ceremony the guests were highly entertained and delightful refreshments were served. JONES-HYLANDER. Mr. Herbert Jones, of Chicago, who recently returned from overseas serv ice in the army, and Miss Minnie Mae Hylander, daughter of Mrs. Minnie, Hylander of this city, were married last week in Chicago, where both young people had been making their home, and where they will contnue to reside. NEW YORK ACCLAIMS GENERALPERSHING Multitudes Cheer Him—After Two Years Abroad in Com mand of America's Greatest Army "Black Jack” Returns to America—Storms of Ap plause From Packed Broad way. New York, Sept. 8.—Gen. Per shing. after two years in command of the greatest army America has ever = uent to battle, returned today to the United States. As he stepped ashore from the huge liner Leviathan he v/as handed a commission as a full general, a rank previously he’d by only three Americans—Grant, Sheri dan and Sherman. ■ The stern-faced soldier was not proof against the tribute of praise and gratitude which was roared from hundreds of thousands of the throats of his fellow citizens. His voice trembled with emotion as he responded to the greetings ex tended by Secretary of War Baker in his own behalf and that of the presi dent, as well as the welcoming ad dresses of representatives of the Sen ate and House, the state and city. Broadway la Jammed. As his car passed slowly through the cheering multitudes which jammed Broadway from the Battery to the city hall Gen. Pershing at tempted in vain to maintain his com-1 posure. At first he replied to the cheers with the stiff salute which military etiquette demands, but he' Was soon carried away by the storm of applause which swept in great gusts about him. Rising to his feet ] h . waved his cap about his head with a boyish gesture which told how deep 1 he was stirred while the grim lines\ < f#Sis brorr.ed face broke into a smile j which was as infectous as it was rare, j New York did not exhaust its wel come today. Wednesday he will ride down Fifth Avenue at the head of the First Division of the regular army, the first to go and the last to leave, victors in the first battle ever fought on European soil by American sol diers. Surrounded by comrades, humbler in station, but who had offered their all just as freely in the cause of lib his native land when the Leviathan, once the pride of defeated Germany, nosed her way through the mists off the Jersey coast. The general stood upon her deck with the famou.Vcom posite regiment," 3,000 picked Am erican soldiers, known as “Pershing’s Own." The stalwart soldiers were his guard of honor when Paris and Lon don paid tribute to the American commander, and they will be his guard of honor when his own coun try’s metropolis pays its full meed of praise Wednesday. WAGNER S OPENING GRANDSUCCESS Wagner’s Fall Opening of Milli nery and Ready-to-Wear Garments held Tuesday night was a great suc cess, decidedly the greatest event of the kind ever given in North Missis sippi. , The opening or reception was held in the Ladies’ Department of the big store. The spacious room was beau-; tifully decorated with colored stream ers (Autumn colors predominating) covering ceiling and sides, while love ly potted plants, flowers and ferns! completed the decorations. The glass doors of the wall cabinets were open and hundreds of the most lovely j gowns, coats, suits, wraps and ex- ■ quisite hats exposed to view and in spection of the vast throng of inter ested and delighted ladies present to enjoy the occasion. From 8 until 10:80 p. m., Mrs. Clark, Mrs. Dooley and Miss Blister received and welcomed the many hun dreds of lady visitors present from Water Valley and vicinity and all surrounding towns. From the time i the doors were opened at- 8 until | closed at 10:30, the room was Utterly jammed the entire time. The hun- i dreds of lovely ladies, the beautiful display of gowns and millinery and tastily arranged decorations made a beautiful scene long to be remember ed by all, while the sweet strains of, Southern melodies, rendered by the1 orchestra, added pleasure to the scene. Wagner & Co. deserve the highest compliment and commendation for their enterprise and public spirited ness. Their opening entertainment and display equalled any of the kind favoring the public in the large cities. I Water Valley has just cause to feel proud of this enterprising firm, and the ladies of this section of the state not only are thankful for, but they! appreciated the opportunity given them by Wagner & Co. to be able to purchase here in Water Valley milli nery, gowns, suits, coats and wraps from an assortment equal in require ment of fashion’s latest designs pos sible to find in any city. NEGRO WILL MEEKS CONVICTED OF MURDER GIVEN LIFE SENTENCE Special Term of Circuit Court Adjourned Thursday Night After a Very Busy Session. Following is Report of Clos ing Week of the Term. Friday, Sept. 5—Proceedings Court convened at 8:30 a. m. and the case, State vs. Will Meeks, was called. Both sides announced ready and the case proceeded to trial. A brief history of the case is as fol lows: Will Meeks conducted a colored barber shop in the Hirsch block next the railroad on the south side of Martin street at Blocks Crossing. On the forenoon of July 21, 1919, Meeks and another negro named Jesse Aven, got into an altercation and difriculty in Meeks’ shop, which finally resulted in Meeks ordering Aven out of the shop. Later, a little after the noon hour, Meeks went outside on the walk in front of his shop, and Aven came up to him and they again renewed the quarrel and after quarreling a few minutes Meeks pulled his pistol and shot Aven in the breast. Aven turned and started to run across the street north, when Meeks continued to shoot, hitting him in the back and in the right hand. Quite a large crowd had assembled during the shooting, and some of the men went to the assistance of Aven, who was mortally wounded, while Meeks vol untarily went to the sheriff’s office and surrendered to Deputy Sheriff Givhan and also turned his pistol over to the officer. Aven died the same night after the shooting. A few days later Meeks was given a preliminary hearing before Judge C. L. Chadwick and was held without bail to await action of the grand jury. A few weeks later his attorney began habeas corpus proceedings be fore Chancellor McGowen, who also remanded Meeks to jail without bail. Monday when the grand jury m »t they took up the case at once and found a true bill against Masks, charging him with murder in the first degree for thfe killing of Aven. District Attorney Denman, assisted by Attorney R. F. Kimmons, prose cuted the case, while Hon. H. H. Creekmore was chief counsel for the defense. Out of a special venire of 60 men the following trial jury was selected, It required the entire day's dme in the selection of the jury, and when the last man was accepted and ju.y sworn, court then adjourned until 8:30 o’clock Saturday morning viz: W. A. Coker J. H. Davis A. T. Moorman Hardy Watson J. E. Rutledge Will Sartain W. T. Brazzsal A. F. I'attm J. M. Wolfe R. L. Wil'cms H. B. Pate J. C. Cost Saturday, Sept. 6—Proceed ings. Saturday promptly at 8:30 o^clock court re-convened and immediately began the introduction of testimony in the Meeks' case, the testimony closing a little after 6 o’clock that evening. Court recessed for supper and at 8:30 the attorneys began the argument before the jury, each side having one and a half hours each. | The jury retired about 11 o’clock that night and in about an hour agreed upon their verdict, which was “We, the jury, find the defendant guilty as charged, but are unable to agree on a penalty.” On the following Tuesday, Judge E. D. Dinkns passed sentence on Meeks, giving him a life sentence in the state penitentiary. Monday, Sept. 8—Proceedings Monday morning promptly at 9 o'clock court reconvened for the sec ond week of the special term. Fol lowing are the names of the regular trial jurors selected: R. E. L. G. C. L. W. T J. G. W. R. No. 1. W. R. White S. Bickley R. P. Alexander W. P. Taylor J. M. Coker J. A. Hunter No. 2. P. A. Glover J. C. McMinn J. W. Hsyles N L. Dow Arnold O'Bryan Charles Harris The Haley Case. As soon as the regular trial jurors had been empaneled and sworn in, the court called the Haley case for trial. Both the state and defense announced “ready” and the trial of the case be gan. Jury Byers Sartain Berry „ Pass Bennett Edwards Jury W\ H. Simmons W. C. Kendricks J. N. Wright J. B. Walker E. A. Sigman Edgar Lovejoy Tuesday, Sept. 9—Proceedings Tuesday morning court convened at 9 o’clock, and on account of ill ness of Juror Mr. W. R. Scut, a re cess was taken until 1 p. m. Mr W. B. Scurr is one of tho trial jurors in the Haley murder case, and early in the morning became ill, so ill that Dr. Jackson was summoned and administered to the sick man. In hopes that Mr. Scurr would recover sufficiently in a few hours so that the case could continue, the court I took a recess as stated above until 1 o’clock. Court convened at 1 o'clock, but owing to the continued illness of Juror Scurr, the Haley case was con tinued until the following morning. The court then took up other busi ness on the docket and proceeded as follows: Grand jury makes final report and is discharged for the term. The re port is published in another column in this issue. The case State vs. Charlie Burnett was called, both sides announced ready and proceeded to trial. This was a case in which Burnett, colored, was indicted for grand larceny, charged with stealing $28 from an other negro named Oscar Williams. The jury found Burnett not guilty. Robert Mitchell and Will Meeks were brought before the court and sentenced to a life term in the peni tentiary. Court then adjourned until the fol lowing morning. Wednesday, Sept. 10 — Pro ceedings. Court convened at 8:30 and re sumed trial of the Haley murder case, which closed and jury retired at 9:30 that night. Court recessed until the following morning at 8:30 o’clock. Thursday, Sept. 11—Proceed ings. Court convened promptly at 8:30 a. m. The fotlownig cases were continued n.itH next term of court, to-wit: State vs. Malinda Byers. State vs. Jim Bowman. State vs. Ed. Wilburn. State vs. Robert Nash. State vs. Fannie Kirkman. The case State vs. Mose Harston, charged with the larceny of a cow, was called, and Mose plead guilty. The court assessed a fine of $50 and all the costs against Mose. Next case called was State vs. John Smith—indicted for perjury. John Smith was charged with hav ing testified falsely in the Meeks mur der case which was tried Saturday. The jury returned a verdict of “not guilty” and John was released. Thursday night court adjourned for the term. PRESIDENT APPEALS TO WORKING MEN Asks Steel Men and Washing ton Commissioner to Post pone Action Until After In dustrial Conference. On board President Wilson’s spe cialcial train, Sept. 10.—President Wilson today, through Secretary Tu multy, sent a telegram to Samuel Gompers urging the steel men to open their threatened action after the forthcoming industrial conference is held at Washington. At the same time ha telegraphed Louis Brown Low, president of the board of commissioners of the Dis trict of Columbia, asking him to post pone action against the police of Washington who recently joined a union affiliation by today under pain of dismissal until after the industrial conference. The two telegrams follow: “Hon. Samuel Gompers, president of the American Federation of La bor, Washington, D. C. “In view of the difficulty of ar ranging any satisfactory mediation with regard to the steel situation, the president desires to arge upon he steel men through the wisd >m f nd de sirability of postponing -ction of any kind until after the forthcoming in dustrial conference at Washington. ‘Signed: “J. P. TUMULTY.’ “Hon. Louis Brownlow, Commission er of District of Columbia, Washington, D. C.: “The president suggests the great advisability of postponing any issue regarding the police situation until after the forthcoming industrial con ference at Washington and hopes that the postponement can be effected. “Signed: “J. P. TUMULTY.” ROAD BOND ISSUE CARRIED. Thursday, Sept. 11, Beat Three voted on the proposition of bonding the beat for the full limit, or up to 10 per cent of the assessed valuation. Full returns are not accessible as we go to press, however, we think there is no doubt but that the bond issue carried. Leggo hasn’t reported—while Wa ter Valley box stood 196 for, and only 9 against.