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A WEEKLY PAPER WORTH WHILE "THE LOVE OF COUNTRY GUIDES " THE ONLY LIVE PAPER IN THE COUNTY -:. ..■ .■ • -. ■ ■■ .. . ..«.. "" —. . VOLUME XXXIU WATER VALLEY, YALOBUSHA COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1921 NUMBER 40 LAMAR FONTAINE DEAD-AGE 92 YEARS Brave Confederate Soldier, Well Known Author, Civil Engineer And Raconteur— Was Nearing 92nd Milestone in Life When a Boy Was Captured by Indians and Held a Captive For Six Years CLARKSDALE, Miss., Oct. 1.— Major Lamar Fontaine, one of the most widely known men in Missis sippi died at his home at Lyon, near here early today after an illness of over a year. He was almost 92 years old. As a Confederate soldier, au thor, engineer and raconteur, Maj. Fontaine was well known throughout the Southern states and has been a favorite figure at every Confederate reunion since the war. Born in Texas in 1829, Fontaine, while a boy of ten was captured by the Indians and held by them for six years, when he was allowed to_ re turn to his parents. Trained as a civil engineer, he did surveying work in all parts of the world and was in charge of laying out the right of way for the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley railroad. Giving up his engineering work in Central America at the be ginning of the Civil war, Maj. Fon taine enlisted in the Confederate army, taking part in a number of the important battles of the war and be ing wounded a number of times and making several escapes from north ern prisons. H i s marksmanship, which was remarkable up to the time of his last illness, and his diminutive handwriting were two characteristics of which Major Fontaine was very proud, one of favorite feats being to> write the entire Lord's prayer in the r.pace covered by a silver dime. NO ACTION ON STRIKE BEFORE OCTOBER 10 Railroad Unions May Wait Even Later, Report CHICAGO, Oct. 3.—Railroad unions will take no action on the strike question before Oct 10, and possibly not for some time after that date. This announcement was made to day by B. M. Jewell, head of the rail way employes' department of the American Federation of Labor. RETAIL FOOD PRICES IN 10 CITIES SHOWED DECREASE SEPTEMBER WASHINGTON, Oct 3.—Retail food prices in ten cities showed a ten dency to decrease during September, according to a report made today by the labor department. In the cities where figures were obtained Sept. 15, only one, Richmond, Va., showed an increase over Augusts prices and this amounted to about 2 per cent In Chicago and Baltimore the depart ment reported the prices as 3 per cent below those of the previous months; in Manchester, N. H., 2 per cent; in New York, Butte, Bridgeport apd Providence, 1 per cent; while in Washington and Peoria, 111., the drop was nearly one-half of one per cent. Retail food prices are still much above those of 1913, however, the bureau stated, fixing those in Wash ington at 65 per cent, New York 67 per cent, and Chicago 55 per cent above the pre-war level. LARGE MAIL ORDER HOUSE READS ALL COUNTRY PAPERS. “We have a bureau whose duty is to read each week the country news papers from all over the country. There is not a paper of any conse quence in our trade territory that our bureau does not get. This bureau looks oyer these papers and when we iind a town where the merchants are not advertising in the local paper w?.,,mn5e^,a^®^y flood that territory with our literature. It always brings results far in excess of the same ef fort put forth in territory where the local merchants use their local pa pers,” said Herman Rosenfeld, adver tising manager for Sears, Roebuck & Co. DIPTHERIA IN YALOBUSHA COFFEEVILLE, Miss., Oct. 4.— Dr. O. G. Coleman, county health officer at Yalobusha County, in his report to the board of supervisors today stated that there had. been 11 cases of diptheria and four deaths from the disease reported in the county during the past month. A stringent quarantine is in effect. It is believed the disease is under control. THE CHIEF PROBLEM TO BE SETTLED NEXT NOVEMBER I\ cA c BOND ISSUE LOST BY FOUR TO ONE Voter# Refuse to Vote Money to Pay County Officials COFFEEVILLE, Miss., Oct. 4.— The election commissioners of Yalo busha County met here today to canvas the returns of the special county election Saturday to deter mine whether or not the board of supervisors would be allowed to bor row money to defray the expenses of the county for the current year. The election was overwhelmingly against the issuance of county loan warrants for that purpose. This puts the board of supervisors and county offi cials in rather an embarassing pre dicament. Very few of the county departments have any funds at all. County officials have received no pay since the July meeting of the board and there is very little prospect of their getting any before February or March, The road funds are exhaust ed in most cases. The law does not permit the issuance of county war rants unless there is money in the treasury to meet them and it looks as if the business of the county will have to be transacted on a credit for some months. This action on the part of the vot ers is the culmination of a movement by the tax payers to curtail expenses of the county. MRS. MARKHAM DEAD Wife of I. C. Railroad President Passes Away at Chicago. CHICAGO, Illinois.—F uneral services of Mrs. Anna Smith Mark ham, wife of Charles H. Markham, president of the Illinois Central Rail road, will be held tomorrow morning in the Oakwood cemetery chapel. Mrs. Markham died Sunday at her home at the Chicago Beach Hotel, after an illness of several weeks. She is sur vivd by her husband and son, Fred S. Markham. HUSBAND RESPONSIBLE IF WIFE RUNS A STILL LANSING, Mich., Oct 3.—The Michigan supreme court today laid down the rule that a husband is mas ter in his own home and is guilty of law violation if his wife with his knowledge transacts illegal business in the home. The decision was given in affirming a lower court verdict convicting John Sydisloo of violating the prohibition law. Testimony was introduced at the trial to show his wife purchased a still, installed it in the basement and sold the liquor. The supreme court, in ruling Sydis loo was properly held as a defendant in the case, declared the “husband is the head of the family and has the right at common law to regulate his household, its expenses and visitors and. to exercise the general control of the family management." MIRRORS IN THE HEN YARD. A man says he gets two eggs a day from a single hen. His plan might be worth tryng on a larger scale so we print it for the benefit of some of our suburban readers. He has ar ranged a mirror opposite Biddy’s nest sq that when she hops off and cack les she sees in the glass what she sup poses is another hen cackling. This arouses her jealousy and not to be outdone by a supposed rival she jumps back on the nest and lays another egg.—Boston Transcript EL DORADO PRODUC TION NOW 4,588 444 BARRELS New Ported Price of 90 Cents Barrel Encouraging. EL DORADO, Arkansas.—There were twenty companies in the El Do rado field the jfast week, «.:>e of which was a gas well with an excel lent output. The initial production for the week was 15,755 barrels, as compared with 14,365 barrels for the previous week, with 17 completions. Since March 24, the date of the first commercial shipment of crude oil from this field to a refinery at Shreveport, the field has produced ovr 4,588,444 barrels of oil, which, figured at 70 cents a barrel, which i* 20 cents under the present posted price, would amount to the neat sum of $3,190,910. The pipe line run from the 284 producing wells in the field was 60,000 barrels per day, tank car shipments 17,500 barrels and local refinery consumption 2,500, bar rels, or a total production of 10,000 barrels per day average for the 10 day period covered by the report. The most encouraging new3 of the past week was the posting of a new price of 90 cents per barrel for El Dorado crude of 34 gravity or better by the Sun Company, which means to many a price of $1, as the inde pendent buyers have been paying a premium of 10 cents per barrel above posted price for some time. Building continues brisk, and the raid by the prohibition enforcement officers has made many believe that El Dorado is on the road to better things right along, both in substan tial growth and along moral lines as well. Activity in section 33 is increasing daily, and it looks like before long that part of the field will be getting as much play as section 17 is at pres ent. Acreage n this part of the field is changing hands daily and the price continues to go up. SIMMONS WILL GO BEFORE COMMITTEE TALK OF K. K. K. ATLANTA, Oct. 3—W. J. Sim mons, imperial wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, today was re quested by Chairman Campbell, of the House rules committee, to come to Washington on October 11 for the hearing on the Klan, and will be there, it was announced late today by Mrs. Elizabeth Tyler, head of the order’s propaganda department. Col. Simmons was reported ill at his home, but Mrs. Tyler said he would appear before the committee “even if he has to be taken on a stretcher,” and that probably other officers of the Klan would accompany him. A HINT TO THE WATER VALLEY COUNCILMEN. NEW ALBANY Mississippi.—The New Albany City Council at its last regular meeting went back to its pre war prices on e'ectric lights and wa ter rates, and expects to operate the municipal water and light plant at the same rate and with the same efficient service it gave before the high prices occasioned by the war. This puts the minimum price on both water and light at $1. CARD OF THANKS We wish to express our thanks and appreciation to our friends of the Sardinia Community for their help and sympathy during the illness and death of our son and brother, Tom mie. May God’s richest blessings be yours. C. L. CARJTHERS And Family. JAPAN CLAIMS TO “SPECIAL CON SIDERATION” Mikado's Empire Boasts of Population Approximately That of the United States, Yet in 1903 She Had Less Than Half as Many. Here are the reasons for Japan’s convection that her representatives must be governed by special consid erations during the conference called by President Harding for the discus sion of limitations of armaments and far eastern questions: 1. Because expansion is absolqte !y ne -essary for the survival of a p£pui-tion of 78,000,000 Japanese hemmed within the borders of an is land territory only one-third larger than the state of Texas. 2. Because of her determination to hold on to the 750,000 miles of land area and to perpetuate her dom ination over more than a million miles of seas that she has acquired or seized since the Japanese-Russian war, 18 years ago. 3. Because she is determined to provide a larger field for her rapidly growing merchant marine, through which she hopes to dictate the trade conditions of the far east and the Pa cific. 4. Because she wi!l demand non interference with her programme for exploiting the natural and commercial resources of Northern China, Corea, Manchuria, Mongolia and Siberia, whose populations, aggregating nearly 30,000,000, are defenseless against her huge army and splendid navy. 5. Because of her ambition (to dominate through the application of imperialistic policies the political and economic fortunes of the countries she has coerced with her military ma chine and from which she must secure raw materials to gratify her ambition for world power. 6. Because she is determin ed to find homes and occupations, from which she will greatly profit, for the teeming millions who struggle for a livelihood in the overcrowded territory of the imperial is'and empire 7. Because of her confidence that, oy tne application of force, she wi 1 finally compel'the assimilation of the 30,000,000 of alien population of For mosa, Shantung, Mongolia, Saghallen and the islands of the Pacific man dated to her by the Versailles treaty and the League of Nations. 8. Because she will demand the fullest liberty in fortifying the is lands now administered by her as a means of defense against any at tempt to deprive her of the territory she has illegally seized or to curtail her dire need for exnansion 9. Because of her demand that other nations shall grant racial equal ity to Japanese subjects seeking homes and occupations outside of the imperial Japanese empire. 10. Because of her determination to resist any encroachment by the United States or any other power with which she has not consented to share the trade of Asia and the Pa cific- through the instrumentality of secret treaties negotiated for mutual advantage. WILL HAYS IS RIGHT “COME ON—LETS GO!” As we have often pointed out most of the blue-nosed pessimism todty is psychological. It is a siok state of mind wished on the public .* hoi rg eontinued depression. As Will Hays, our cheerful Post master General, puts it, there ought to be less “thou shalt not” talk and more “Come on—let’s go!” If every, citizen in the country would would take that attitude right off the reel, and stick to it, the country would be cured of its imaginary ill ness over night 6,000,000 SOLDIERS UNDER ARMS TODAY French Army the Largest— Only Germany is Lower on the Scale in Active Fighting Troops Than the United States—Britain Has 740,500 WASHINGTON, Oct. 2.—Active armies of the 14 most important na tions of the world today include ap proximately six million men, accord ing to figures obtained here and re garded as reasonably correct. With the inclusion of land armaments in the agenda of the forthcoming con ference on limitation of armaments these are the figures with which it is expected the assembled commission crs will have to deal. While China stands first among the nations in this summary of soldiers actually under arms, about Sept. 1, last, being credited with 1,370,000 active troops, France is far ahead among nations not distressed by civil strife in the number of men with the colors. The French army strength is placed at 1,034,000 men, the Brit ish empire standing next with 740, 500, and Germany last with 100,000. The United States stands thirteenth with 149,000 men in the regular army, exceeding only Germany, while Italy has 350,00 Oand Japan 300,000 active troops. Figures for other powers include: Russia, 538,000; Poland, 450,000; Greece, 255,000; Spain, 2} 3,000; Switzerland, 170,000; Turkey, 152, 000 and Czecho-Slovakia, 150,000. PROGRESS-ITEMIZER BOOZE CASE UP AGAIN Last Friday afternoon the Progress Itemizer Booze case came up for a hearing in Judge Young’s Court. This was the second trial of the case, and as in the previous case the jury could not agree upon a verdict and were discharged. It will be remembered that one day a couple of weeks ago a quart jar of “White Lightning” was found in an ink keg in the Progress-Itemizer offi ce. A young country boy named Albert Martin is charged with unlaw ful possession of the booze. The officers have tried unsuccessfully twice to convict young Martin on the charge of having the whisky in his possession. _ WILL SARTAIN HELD WITHOUT BAIL A preliminary hearing was held in the case State vs. Will Sartain before Judge C. L. Chadwick and associate, Wallace Young, in the court house last Saturday. Judges Chadwick and Young held that the defendant should be held without bail to await action of the grand jury. MISS KEARNEY GREETED BY LARGE AUDIENCE Miss Belle Kearney, candidate for the U. S. Senate, spoke in the County Court House in this city Tuesday night. The spacious auditorium was com fortably filled by a mixed audience of about half men and half ladies. The talented lady spoke for about an hour- and the excellent address was enjoyed by all. This was the first lady politician to address a Water Valley audience, and the novelty of it attracted the j large audience out to hear the lady !to satisfy curiosity perhaps more than to simply hear the political issues dis cussed. >■ ■ — , ■ DOC JONES WRITES HIS PRESCRIPTIONS IN LATIN BUT HIS BILL COMES IN ENGLISH. -/-S->) JUDGES JOIN IN WAR ON KU KLUX KLAN Austin Judge Scathingly Scores Organization and Declares More Than 50 Persons Have Been Mistreated in State in Six Months. o WASHINGTON, Oct. 4.— ® o Indorsement of the suggested o o congressional investigation of o o the Ku Klux Klan was given o o today by Attorney General o o Daugherty, who declared that o o such action ought to clear up o o the whole situation. The at- o o torney general said the depart- o o ment of justice would turn o o over to the investigating com- o o mittee, if one was created, all o o information it has gathered o o concerning the organization, o o The department will be repre- o o sent»d at the hearings if any o o are held, he added. o DALLAS, Tex., Oct. 4.—Six dis trict judges in Texas today were on record as having denounced the Ku K'ux Klan. Most of the judges in cluded all other kindred orders in Texas in their denunciation. The judges called upon grand juries to investigate activities of masked bands. Officials of two cities—San Antonio and Cameron—also gave no tice that parades of masked men would not be permitted. The most scathing criticism from the bench probably was by District Judge James R. Hamilton at Austin. Chapters of the Ku Klux Klan have been established throughout Texas, he said, and “bodies of masked men, dressed in white robes, draping the American flag with the sign of the cross, and flying banners giving warning and threats of violence to citizens who break the law, have marched in the night time up and down the streets of the cities, towns and villages of Texas.” Declaring that more than 50 per sons have been whipped or tarred and feathered in the state in the last six months and that numerous per sons had received warnings, Judge Hamilton read to the grand jury an article of the Texas penal code which he said applied to these activities. Rumors that preparations were be >ng made for a klan parade in San Antonio were met with statements by Chief of Police Mussey and Sheriff Tobin that “any necessary force” would be used to prevent it. Mayor Herrall of Cameron, in a proclamation ca’led upon citizens to act as special police to prevent “marching of any masked, disguised or hooded bands or clans.” At San Antonio District Judge S. G. Taylor charged the grand jury of the Forty-fifth District Court to make a complete investigation of the Ku Klux Klan to “determine whether its purposes and activities in this county are lawful.” He cited the laws on white-capping, assault, and riotingj instructing the jury to return in dictments if any violations were found. The city council of Smithville, Texas, today passed an ordinance af fixing a penalty against “any person who refuses to assist an afficer when duly sworn by that officer to help en force the antiparade law.” W. A. Keeling, assistant attorney general at Austin, said the attorney general’s department would not give an opinion as to whether a parade by the Ku Klux Klan in full regalia, or any other masked body of men, is a vio’ation of the laws of Texas unless such an opinion was sought through the proper channels. OIL SEEPAGE FOUND AT 800 FT. IN MADISON COUNTY OIL WELL Don’t be surprised if you awake some morning to learn that a gusher has been brought in at the Madison County’s Oil Field where the drillers state that the prospects look bright indeed for success. Work on the well is progressing rapidly and at a depth of about 800 feet unmistakable signs of oil were found there being a very noticeable oil seepage at that depth. Whether the pool is located at the point where the drilling is being done or whether it is a nile oc so eway remains to be seen, but it does seem that the prospects are more than fair and stockholders are freezing on to their holdings. Whether oil is found or not a good deal of “gas” has already escaped.— Madison County Herald. BOWLES-POLK Miss Mildred Polk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Polk of Charles ton, and Mr. Earl Bowles, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Bowles of Water Valley, were quietly married in Charleston on Saturday, Oct. 1, the Rev. Oakes officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Bowles will make their future home in Memphis, their present ad dress being 1317 Carr Avenue,