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VOLUME XXXIV WATER VALLEY, YALOBUSHA COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI. FRIDAY MAY 19, 1922 NUMBER 18
MILTON DRURY PLEADS GUILTY TO 1 MURDER OF HIS MOTHER WHEN ASKED BY COURT, HE CALMLY REPLIED THAT HE HAD NO STATEMENT TO MAKE. _ _ Hazlehurst, Miss., Friday.— Milton Drury, 24-year-old, placed on trial here today on a charge of having killed his mother, Mrs. Ada Drury Con verse, whose charred body was found on a lonely road near here last February pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life imprisonment. The plea of guilty was made after an agreement was reach ed between Drury’s counsel and the district attorney and came just as the jury was com pleted. it fell like a thunder bolt on the crowded court room as Drury heretofore has de clared his innocence. Less than a week ago he entered a plea of not guilty when arraign ed. His step-father, Thomas P. Con verse, husband of the slain woman and a half hundred witnesses from Georgia, Converse’s home, Texas, the former home of Mrs. Converse, and other points were here to testify. The entire day was devoted to se lection of the jury which task had been completed when the unexpected move on the part of the accused man wag made. At 5:30 o’clock Judge D. M. Miller called the case to begin the taking of testimony. E. G. Wilhan s, coun sel for Drury, and Hugh Miller, dis trict attorney, filed into the court room with the accused man and agreed to allow Drury to plead guil ty and take a life sentence in the penitentiary. Judge Miller then passed the plea on to the jury and in ten minutes the jury returned with a verdict finding Drury guilty as charged and placing his punishment at life imprisonment at hard labor. Judge Miller then passed sentence. He first asked the defendant if he had any statement to make to which Drury calmly answered: “I have no statement to make now.” Druiy was arrested in Alabama shortly after the discovery of the crime and brought here and placed in jail. The body of Mrs. Converse was found in a ravine close to a road leading into Hazlehurst. She had been shot and her body saturated with oil and partly burned and cov ered up with brush. It was believed by officers that she had been dead a month when found. Walter Drury, another son of the slain woman, identified the body as that of his mother. An attempt was made by press representatives to see Drury and se cure a statement from him after the sentence had been passed. He was on the verge of making a confession when his lawyer interposed an ob . jection and Drury refused to talk. Throughout the reading of the charge Drury maintained an iron nerve controlling himself from any outward sign of nervousness, or in. dication that he was more than indi rectly concerned w'th what was tak ing place. When his sentence was pronounced, he relaxed in his seat and evidently was relieved. The finding of the dead body of a white woman, charred and mangled in a ravine near Dentville in the western part of this county on Feb ruary 14 was the outstanding sensa tion of the month throughout the state. The subsequent pursuits of various clues throughout a half doz en southern states and the final cap ture of young Drury in Columbus kept the police of many cities busy. The events preceding the commis sion of the crime had largely been unraveled by Sheriff Ramsey, who left no clues undeveloped. Taking only fragments of the charred body a shoe heel, a ring of keys, and a name found on the trademark of an overcoat, the sheriff established positive identity of the woman be yond all doubt and built up a string of evidence which it is believed would have convicted her own son of the horrible crime. Ada Drury Converse is supposed to have been returning from visiting her mother in Alabama and was re turning home when she met up with her son in Winona the early part of February. It is claimed that Mil ton persuaded his mother to return to Texas, her home, with him in an auto. They were traced to Jackson and identified there by several citi zens. They were later traced to Ha zlehurst and afterwards were sup posed to have been pulled out of a mud hole by a citizen of this coun ty. On the night when the murder is supposed to have been committed, ne Goes living close by are claimed to ve heard several pistol shots in the direction of the murder , and claim to have seen a fire built on the •pet where the charred frgamenta were later found. Later, Milton is supposed to have been in a res taurant in Hazlehurst with the dia mond ring on his finger which is suppposed to have been taken from the dead woman. He was traced to Jackson where he is alleged to have had his car repaired. He was next arrested in Columbus by Alabama au thorities on a charge of having stol en the auto. Young Drury was read ily released by the Alabama author ities on a requisition from the gover nor of Mississippi to face the more I serious charges in this county. This is one of the most unique cases ever tried in this state. The theory of the state was to have been that in the heat of passion; or for the purpose of robbery, or perhaps actuated by both motives, the young man killed his own mother, attempt ed to elude identity by cutting up and burning her body, and made away with the valuables on her perso i. VVh< n apprehended in Alabama he | had the diamond rings and the money supposed to have been in the pos session of his mother at the time of the killing. TEN MEN OR LESS MAY SOON CONTROL FINANCE OF WORLD British Economist Declares 'Hundred Individuals Now Manage all Wealth. London, England—Fewer than ten have been named.. No government can men will control the world’s finances within a few years, according to Major C. H. Douglas, a British eco nomist who is conducting a campaign here for the socialization of credit. Under present conditions, he says, less than 100 men manipulate the wealth of the world. Asked to name the world’s money magnates, Major Douglas said: “First, there is the house of Mor gan with its associated institutions. They dominate wealth not only on the American continent but in most parts of the world. “In France there is Louis Louch eur, who has very important hold ings in the big banks and steel cor porations. “Sir Basil Zaharotf, the Greek, practically controls the armanment groups and is also a tremendous power in the banking world. “There are probably fewer than 100 men acting as principals and lieuten tral Europe. “ In Great Britain, Lord Inchcape exerts a strong influence today on the banking and shipping world. “There are probably fewer han 100 men acting as principals and lienten ants for the men and institutions I augurate any financial policy with any hope of success without first secur ing the approval of at least some of them. “It is not so much a question of the wealth these men individually or collectively own, but of the strategic position they hold or manage to hold. “They control credit in their re spective areas and can either supply or withhold it in such a way as to re tard or faciliate the production and distribution of commodities. “This power is gradually being con centrated into a smaller number of hands, with the result that all the energies of industrialized nations can be diverted almost at will to any end which may seem desirable to those holding this supreme power. “Very often government* are mere ly administrators of policy. The pow er of originating it lies with the fi nancial interests. “No goverment can remain in of fice for any considerable time if fac ed by a serious unemployment prob lem, and the financial powers can at any moment create an unemployment problem by withholding credit “The present world wide slump is undoubtedly due in part to credit re strictions decided upon by financiers who want to bring laber to heel.” Professor Soddy, the eminent Ox ford University scientist, supports the views of Major Douglas. LAMB-FISH COMPANY IN HANDS OF RECEIVER Clarksdale, Miss., May 15.—The Lamb-Fish Lumber Company, one of tbe largest in the south, was placed in the hands of a receiver today i>y order of Judge Edswin R. Holmes, of the United States district court, the company, according to the bills filed, is solvent, but inability to realize on available assets, caused the ap plication for the receivership. The Lamb-Fish Lumber Company, a New Jersey corporation, is capital ized at $5,000,000 and owns mills at Charleston, Miss., and other points, together with large areas of both yellow pine and hardwood timber lands in several parts of Mississippi. Solis’ Marimba Band at Redpath Chautauqua An unusual musical feature announced for the coming It- dr>«th Chautauqua Ip Solis’ Marimba Bard of six Central America musicians f«.Hiring ch* marimba, a huge In Tum.-nt of Aztec origin, with bass viol accompan'roSt The marimba is cupaide of a great variety of orch< iai ..-ffects The flute, violin cornet nin„ < ■ *' ZZSST** ‘K a“ Ihc «-* ‘*uic «*> poflr o^'estiTaV.na WATER VALLEY HIGH CLOSING EXERCISES Twenty-four to Graduate This Year—Commencement Ex ercises Begin Friday Night, May 19, and Close Wednes day Night, May 24th. Friday, May 19th., 8 p. m , Recital by pupils of Miss Totten. Saturday, May 20th., 8 p. m., Re cital by pupils of Mrs. Watkins, Sunday, May 21st., 11 a. m., Com mencement Sermon by Rev. L. P. Wasson, at the Methodist Church. Monday, May 22nd, 8 p. m., Class Night. Tuesday, May 23rd., 8 p. m., Reci tation and Declamation contests by pupils of Grammar and high school. Wednesday. May 24th.. 8 P.L m ., Graduating Night. Address to the class by Dr. J. L. Johnson, President of Mississippi Woman College, Hut tieslurg, Mis«. The graduates this year are: Fred Kendrick Marjorie Jackson Edward Hartwell Pauline Parks Royce Porter Leo Sizemore Ernest Shelton Lora Walker Aubrey Trusty Kathryn Mauldin Cecil Addington Velmi West Tansey Coker Buna Johnson Louise Cahill Frances Spooner Kendrick Reynolds Ona Williams Hudson Turner Mabel Lamhvth Frances Moore Frances Williamson Mary Willie Carr Fannie May Wood SAURE KRAUT MAKERS GET BIG SELLING ARGUMENT Chicago, 111.—It is said sauerkraut is coining back with a delectable punch. The tip was passed around at the annual meeting of the National Kraut Packers' Assocation, held here today, and if what they say bears up under test, Mr. Volstead will have to work up a new law. “You can make for yourself a con coction with a sting in it,” the tip went “If you have a Darrel or keg of saure kraut in the house, just take the juice in a shaker with some ice and you have a cocktail with a de lightful kick. It looks like a Bronx and tastes like a spiked lemonade.” But this is not all. The packer maintain that daily consumption of sauer kraut will make women beau tiful. They say it is vastly more beneficial than yeast for clearing tht complexion. It will make skinny peo ple plump and will reduce grossly fat people to trim proportions. Spinach has been alluded to as “a broom for the stomach,” but the fab ricators of sauer kraut claim their produce is a vacum cleanser for the the lobster-a-la-Newburg of the poor, entire human system. [tacie -Johns Jbsfo] TROUBLES NEVER COMB SINGLY, Oft ANYWAY NOT SO MUCH AS MARRIEDLY SOUTHERN BAPTISTS AS MONEY RAISERS Have Collected $35,000,000 and Pledge Themselves to Make it $75,000,000. Jacksonville, Fla., May 17.—The Southern Baptist Convention has raised more than $35,000,000 of it’s $/ 5,000,000 fund for enlarging it’s work, and it’s members pledged themselves here late today to push forward to completion of the fund in 1924. More than $12,000,002 in cash was collected in the twelve months since the last convention, which it was pointed out, had been accomplished despite the general business depres [ ftmlsterial relief and annuity fund has passed the million dollar mark and it’s goal was set at ten million through adoption of the com mittee report. The convention received an invita tion to meet next year at Hot Springs, Arkansas. Tonight the annual convention sermon was delivered by the Rev. Dr. S. J. Porter of Oklahoma City, who pleaded for a return to normalcy in religion. The first session of the Woman’s Missionary Union, an auxiliary of the convention, also was held tonight with reports of its officers showing increased growth. Much other businesss was trans acted during the first day of the 66th annual session, which was marked by the refusals of the mem bers to consider a proposal for tri ennial meetings with an enlarged executive committee meeting an nually. It referred to committee proposals to extend the closing of the $76,000,000 fund until Novem ber 1, 1924, from May 1, 1924, and to act in co-operation with the North ern Baptist Convention in drawing up a statement of Baptist principle and in synchronizing certain church campaigns. The $75,000,000 five year cam paign is for the furthering of the work now done in foreign missions, Christain Education, hospitals, or phanges and ministerial relief, and the report of the convention com mittee in charge of it was adopted and the commission ordered contin ued another year. DRILLING FOR OIL Minyard Well Company Working Under Home Supervision. There may or may not be oil under the surface of Union County land, but—. There can be no wrong in trying to find it, whether it is here or not Let us not be excited ,for— We must remember that there are far more dry holes than oil well* sunk in the search for oil But why shouldn’t we find oil in Union County? We have some external evidences that oil may be beneath 1 A great deal of land in Union C' nnty has been leased for oil ex ploration, and our first active effort is now being exercised in that direc tion. The Minyard Well Company, back ed by a number of our well-to-do and conservative citizens are undertak ing Union County. Well No. 1, the location of which is about one mile south-west of Wallerville and six miles out from New Albany, on the farm of Hon. C. S. Cullens, our ex chancery clerk, and— „ They’re going down until they find it—or know the reason why! If it’s a dry hole, the Gazette will be mighty sorry, but if it’s a gusher, won’t we all be glad and happy! Boom! But let's everybody keep our heads —and our hearts! —New Albany Gazette. I CONNER ANNOUNCES FOR GOVERNSH1P House Speaker Comes Out Def initely for Chief Executive Office, Hattiesburg, Miss., May 17.—Mis sissippi politics will take on add ed interest with the author ized announcement of the candidacy of Hon. Sennett Conner, of Seminary, Covington County, for governor of the state of Mississippi, which he now authorizes to be made. It has been known that many people have urged him to make the race, and though not fully promising to do so, he did promise to take the matter •inner consideration. People who knew him to be a talented, honor able Christian gentleman and who have been demanding a man will, a good record, both in private and public life, have been so solicitous about him entering the contest that he has now reached a conclpsion «uu iccis mai ne snouia mase known his intentions. Mr. Conner states that he will not be a faction al candidate, that he will not wear the collar of any man or set of men, but will do his best to serve the whole people faithfully. Speaker Sennett Conner, the youngest man ever elected Speaker of the Mississippi House of Repre sentatives, the first man to be ele vated to that position on the first day of his legislative career, hung up another record by presiding over the House through five strenuous legislative sessions without a single appeal fron. the hundreds of rulings he was called upon to make daily. Those sessions were torn by bitter factionalism, but Conner was elect ed as an independent, not declaring allegiance to either faction, and his tecord was made possible because ho held the balances fairly and evenly between all factions. Mr. Conner is thoroughly ac quainted with affairs of state and conditions in Mississippi, having served as chairman of various legis ative committees appointed to study taxation and economic prcb terns, and having served for the past three years as a member of the State Bond Improvement Commis sion, in which capacity he has visit ed all state institutions many times. In the Legislature, he has intro duced bills requiring counties and municipalities to be operated on a cash basis, providing that all bond issues should be submitted to a vote of the people, providing how the people may, by petition, fix the amount of tax levies, establishing a Bureau of Markets for Agricu’tural products, abolishing technicalities and delays in court procedure, pro viding for the recall of public of ficers, and many other constructive measures, several of which were enacted into law, and every one of which overwhelmingly passed the House of Representative. WILLIAM WAGNER WEARS GOLD “EAGLE” BADGE William Wagner, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Wagner of this city, is a student at the famous Georgia Military Academy of near Atlanta, Georgia. This is one of the best schools for boys in the south, and ranks with the best in the United States. Last month William distinguished himself by securing a position on the honor roll of the school for attaining high percentage marks in his studies —an honor highly cherished by .the boys and only attained by a few from the entire student body of over 300. The few winning this honor are called “Eagle” class, and each mem ber wears a gold eagle emblem while holding said honor. William is justly proud of his “Eagle”, and his many friends here share equal pride in the honor achiev ed. by the Water Valley boy in his school work. MEMPHIS BROKER HED FOR MURDER Mile* Buckinghm, Wealthy In surance Agent Held in Can ton—Claims Shooting of His Wife Was Accidental. I Canton, Miss., May 17.—Miles G. Buckingham, wealthy Memphis busi ness man, today pleaded not guilty m circuit court here to a charge of murder in connection with the death of his wife, Mrs. Lorraine Harris t uclungham, who was shot and mor tally wounded while on an automo me tour through Mississippi with her husband last week, sought and obtained postponement of trial until next January and tonight is in the custody of the sheriff pending the outcome of habeas corpus proceed ings. H. C. Smith, ccunty sheriff, announced that he would hold Buck ingham in the county jail until the hearing next Thursday in the wri; of habeas corpus, asked for by coun sel for the accused man in an effort to obtain his release on bail which, according to Mississippi procedure., is discretionary with the trial judge. Continuance until the January term of court was granted by Judge Wiley H Potter, before whom Buck ingham was arraigned, over the pro test of attorney for the state who sought a tr al at the present court term. Counsel for Buckingham pleaded for postponement to afford time to prepare their defense and as sure the presence of witnesses now in other states. Immediately after the trial, date was set for application for a writ of habeas corpus was granted and made returnable before Judge Potter May 26, Buckingham came to Canton early today with members of his counsel and several relatives, including Ben Harris, of Memphis, a brother of the woman he is charged with having slain and whose fatal wounding Buckingham contends was due to an accident—the unavoidable discharge of a pistol as he was stepping from an automobile in which he and his wife were returning to Memphis, from Biloxi. Miss., a fashionable sumnTeir resort, on the Mississippi gulf coast. MISSISSIPPI OIL WELL NEWS THE OXFORD WELL— It is reported on reliable authority that drilling is suspended awaiting the arrival of proper tools and casing. Last report was to the effect that the hole was down 502 feet, and when drilling was shut down the plant was in fine walking condition. As suer as necessary casing ind tools arrive, drilling is to be resumed with vigor. THE TEASDALE WELL— Nothing new to report this week. The progress of the well has been hin dered on account of lack of necessary equipment to be used in the test of the well. The hole is down 556 feet and drilling was suspended a couple of weeks ago to await the arrival of casing. When drilling operation was suspended the manager, O. R. B. Pace, gave out the information that there was a showing of oil and further operation would cease until a test of the well could be made. It is re ported that all the necessary equip ment has now arrived at Pope, and that the test will be made either Sat urday or Monday. THE HOUSTON WELI_ The Houston oil well No. 2 is now down approximately 1200 feet and drilling operations are proceeding satisfactory. It will be remembered that at 1850 feet in their well No. 1, the driller had an accident in which he lost the drill with about 1100 feet of drill stem attached. Mr. Danner claimed to have struck a good show ing of oil when the accident occurred which prevented a test being made of the find. Well N. 2 is located within 20 feet of the Well No. 1 and when the new hole gets down to the 1850 foot level, the operators are expecting to find something worth while. P.-T. HOLDS AN INTERESTING MEETING The Parent-Teacher Association met on the 2nd. Wednesday of May at the North Main Street School. After the business was disposed of, the chief features of the meeting were the reading of a full report of the state meeting at Jackson., the awarding of the banners to the grades having the most mothers present at the meeting. In the North Main St school, Miss Addington’s grade won over Miss Erickson’s, and at Central School, Mias Tarver’s over Miss Biles. The meeting closed with an intereat ing talk by Prof. Dean on the “Im portance of Visual Education,” as the school is planning the purchase of a moving picture machine before the opening of the next term. —CORRESPONDENT.