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A WEEKLY PAPER WORTH WHILE ,_ *TO LOVE OP COUNTRY GUIDES/ THE ONLY LIVE PAPER IN THE COUNTY VOLUME XXXIV WATER VALLEY, YALOBUSHA COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI. FRIDAY. DECEMBER 1, 1922 NUMBER 46 GIRL SUFFOO D BYTOYM OON Little Minnie Hickman Victim Of Unusual Accident—Died Before Medical Aid Could be Procured. Minnie Hickman, the little 9-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Hickman living in Water Valley, was the viotim of a most terrible accident Saturday evening which resulted in her death. The child was playing with a i ubbor collapsible toy balloon that hnd lo t the wooden stem. She placed the rubber balloon to her lips to inflate it, and when she drew her lungs full of air the balloon was sucked into her throat and encircled the opening of the windpipe, completely shutting off the possibility of receiving further air into the lungs until removed. Alarm was given immediately and Messrs. Robert Myers and Elmer Aven rushed to the phone and called in succession four Water Valley physicians, but the doctirs failed or refused to come. The gentlemen as sured the doctors that their “fee” was ready for them if they would only come and help the dying girl. Dr. Leo Brown was the fifth doctor called and as aoon as the message was delivered to him, he rushed in his car to the home, but the child was dead when he arrived. Dr. Brown did all he could to resuscitate her but to no avail. He stated tfiat had he been present a few minutes soon er he believed he could have saved the child’s life. This was one of the most heart rending and pathetic tragedies that has ever occurred in this community. The parents of the child are both dan gerously ill—the father has been confined to his bed for the past year and the mother for six months, both suffering with tuberculosis and no hope for their recovery. There were three children—girls, the eldest about fifteen years of age and Min nie nine years, being the youngest in the family. The second little girl is a permanent cripple, while little Minnie was suffering with a goiter. The family has been subject to charity ever since the affliction of the father about a year ago, and their suffering and privation has been al most beyond conception. When the accident occurred the kind neighbors rushed to the home and did what they could to relieve the child—but they couldn’t help, it required the skill of a doctor to re move the rubber capped over the windpipe. The neighbors says it was the most heart-rending sight they ever beheld. To see little Minnie snifering in terrible agony in the throes of a slowly suffocating death—her littlle life ebbing away each second of time, and they unable to render any assistance. To see that weak, emac iated, afflicted father who has been confined to his bed for a year, feebly attempt to rise from the bed to help his loved one—to see that poor sick mother get out of her bed and with superhuman strength pick up the little form of her dying child and frantically attempt to aid her, at the same time wildly calling for a doctor —a doctor—a doctor! Little Minnie lived about fifteen minutes after the accident. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Wayne Alliston at Bethel church and her little form laid to rst in the adjoining cemetery. PREP CHAMPS MEET DELAFIELD, Wis., Nov. 28.-—St. John’s Military Academy, last year’s middle west prep champions, and St. John’s Manlius, of Syracuse, N. Y., claimants of the eastern academ ic football championship, will meet here Thanksgiving Day in an inter sectional match. Both teams are undefeated in their class and have completed a schedule of matches with college and university freshmen elevens, each team having lost one game. (Editor's note—Cadet John Henry Wagner, son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Wagner, of this city, who is a student at St. John’s Military Acs demy, N. Y:, had the honor of being invited to attend this meeting. Out side of the members of the respective teams mentioned in the item above, Cadet Wagner was one of only six Invited guests at the meeting. WATER VALLEY EATS TURKEY THURSDAY O 0 O OOOOOOOO O O 0 O Definition of Thanksgiving o O - o o It is surprising, but never- o o theless true, that a great num- o o ber of people do not know o o what Thanksgiving Day really o o is for. The day is fixed by pro- o o clamation of the president and o o the governors of the various o o state.!. These proclamations o o make the holiday legal and the o o succeeding presidents have Is- o o sued the proclamation for the o o last T hursday in November ev- o o er si ace the time of George o o V’ashington. The celebration o o has t ken place in the United o o States from the time of the o o landing of the Pilgrim Fathers, o o In the New England states, o o Thanksgiving is an event more o o important as a family festival o o than Christmas. o o o o oooooooo o o o Water Valley churches held special Thanksgiving services and the day was generally celebrated by the citizens in general. The schools, banks, postofflce and numerous stores were closed. A foot ball game be tween Coldwater and Water Valley High Schools was played on the local grounds—Water Valley boys winning by a score of 13 to 0. Many men and boys went hunting and enjoyed the day in that form of pleasure. Turkeys were not as plentiful this year as in the past, but many were used together with geese, ducks and chickens, and many a feast wa3 in dulged in by the homes of the city. Many friends, relatives and loved ones from out of town spent the day here. _ FAIR TREATMENT OF' RAILROADS CHICAGO, Nov. 24.—Destructive policies of certain public men who seek to repeal or change some sec tions of the transportation act should be met by creating public sentiment for fair treatment of the railroads, Charles H. Markham, president of the I. C. Railroad Company, said in an address before the Western Society of Engineers. “If every road in the country would undertake to properly inform the people along its line of railroad there would not be much of a rail road problem today,” said Mr. Mark ham. Ignorance of the public concerning the rairoads and the appeal to the thinking people of destructive poli cies, uttered by some public men have resulted in much misunder standing, he added. With the country “in the first throes” of a business revival, he said, the railroads have ordered 125, 000 freight cars, 600 passenger cars and from eighteen hundred to two thousand locomotives this year to reduce the car shortage, the cause of which, he said was obvious and un avoidable on the part of the rail roads. Now, he said, certain persons of the roads are seeking to bring about reduction of rates regardless of the effect and to force the government to take over the roads. KU KLUX KLAN IS DENOUNCED BY JUDGE ROSS OF MEMPHIS MEMPHIS, Tenn., Nov. 27.—T h e Ku Klux Klan and similar organiza tions were denounced as enemies to society by J. W. Ross, United States judge for the west Tennessee d i s trict, in his charge to the grand jury here today. “There is no reason or excuse for any man or organization taking into its own hands the enforcement of the law or the thwarting of the execu tion of the law,” Judge Ross said. “When any body of men take this stand they are setting up a govern ment in opposition to organized so ciety. No matter how large the or ganization or who the parties, they should be indicted,” he continued. In concluding his charges, Judge Ross read the federal status relating to conspiracy, which he said, “practically prohibit the Ku Klux Klan and other similar organizations.” CITY BAKERY ADDS EQUIPMENT New Oven, Moulding Machine And Other Valuable Equip ment Added. Water Valley now boasts of the finest and best equipped modern bak ery in North Mississippi, and under the skillful direction of the expert bakers the City Bakery products rank first in quality of production. The City Bakery for a number of years has enjoyed a most enviable reputation for its products. Its high quality goods has so increased both the local and out-of-town trade such an extent that the plant had to be enlarged to care for its fast in creasing business. During the past few days the proprietors have spent $5000 to $0000 in substantial im provements and additions to the plant. A new modern coke oven has been installed, making two large modern ovens. A modern bread moulding machine and other modern equipment has also been added. The bakery department of the building has been enlarged, improved and the entire plant put in 100 per cent sanitary condition and arrangement. ELECTION RETURNS FINALLY COMPLETED Three Counties Fail to Report •—Total Vote Cast in State Was 70,722, Official returns from the recent election show a total state vote of 70,722, all counties having been heard fiom except Bolivar, Holmes and Pearl River. They are not ex pected tc report stated Secretary of State J. W. Power Saturday, as suf ficient time has elapsed since the election for returns to be complete. Vote on amendment to Section 135, to abolish the office of county treas urer, showed 45,614 for and 15,163 against, The majority for the amend ment was 10,158. A vote of 62,793 was registered for the amendment to Section 170, plac ing certain designated roads under control of the highway commission in order that the state might receive federal aid on highways. Only ten thousand votes were cast against the amendment, the majority for, being seventeen thousand. In the senatorial election, Hubert Stephens received 62,667 votes, Sum ner W. Rose 1,261 and J. H. Cook 3,846, UNABLE TO MAINTAIN PROPER STANDARD Railroad Clerks and Freight Handlers and Station Agents Ask Raise, CHICAGO, Nov. 24.— Railroad clerks, freight handlers and station employes are unable to maintain a proper standard of living, E. H. Fitz gerald, president of the Brotherhood of Railroad), Freight and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers and Station employes, told the Railroad Labor Board today in the hearing of the application of that organization against 41 railroads for increased pay. He based this assertion on the budget compiled in 1920 by the Unit ed States Department of Labor sta tistcs, which placed the minimum for a family of five at $1,956.88 a year. This, he said, establishes a minimum living wage. “The average yearly wages of the three classes of railway clerks is $1,397.76, or $559.12 a year less than the budget cost of living.” The increase of approximately 20 per cent granted in 192<0 virtually has been wiped out by the reductions of July 1921 and July 1922, Mr. Fitzgerald argued. In addition to this, figures were presented to show that wholesale food prices had in creased 4 per cent between October 12 and November 1st. of this year. The presentation of the union employes’ side which progressed throughout the day is expected to last all week. WATER VALLEY HI TRIUMPHS AGAIN In Strenuous Turkey Day Tilt, Touchdowns by Gean and Norris Give Victory To “The Plow”; Score 13-0. In one of the hardest fought games of the season, the local grid team overwhelmed the fast and ecrappy team from Coldwater on Thanksgiv ing Day by the score of 13-0. The contest was held on the local gridiron. The first quarter was hard fought and, neither team was able to score, hut in the second quarter a 40-yard run by Gean, of Water Valley, placed the pigskin in a scoring position, from which place Norris took the ball over the enemy’s goal for the first score of the game. Johnson then carried the ball across for the extra point. Shortly afterwards, Water Valley scored again, when Gean, on a well-executed end run, placed the ball across the goal line. Williamson’s try for the extra point failed, and the first half ended with the score 13 to 0 in favor of “The Plow.” The last half was marked by a desperate and noble attempt on the part of the Coldwater boys, to score, and they crowded our goal through out the rest of the game but lacked the punch to put the ball across. The splendid tackling and defen sive work of the entire team, and especially the speedy work of Lindsey, White and Harris, accounted for (the fact that Coldwater was bald scoreless. This game marked the close of the foot ball season this year for Water Valley High School. In all the games played this year, “The “Plow1' has effectually demonstrated that it is one of the fastest and scrap piest teams in ths section of the state and one of the best that Water Valley has ever turned out. This game al so marks the close of the high school gridiron career of Captain Lester Johnson, this year’s fullback, and “Sammy” Norris, quarter, both of whom will graduate at the end of the term. Johnson, especially, will be missed by next year’s grid team, as he is one of the greatest High School backs in North Mississippi} it is due largely to his brilliant playing that “The Plow” has been a winning combination. SAVE YOUR GLANDS, ARE WORTH MONEY Police Allege Aged Millionaire Paid $100,000 For Pair, CHICAGO, Nov, 24.—Police are closing in on an aged millionaire who is alleged to have paid one hundred thousand dollars for a pair of stolen glands on the eve of his marriage to a woman 2«0 years old—he being 68 and badly wasted as to health and vitality, The date tallies closely with the sorry experiences of Joseph Wozniak, a husky, virile young man who had just arrived in the city from the Wisconsin lumber camps. He was seised by four men as he was passing under a dark viaduct, chloroformed and carried away. Several hours later he was found near the spot where he had been seized, but his glands had been removed, evidently by some skillful surgeon as the wounds were scientifically sewed and treated to avoid infection. Chief of Detectives Hughes has been supplied with the name of the millionaire, his prospective bride and the surgeon who is alleged to have transplanted the stolen glands. The surgeon is not widely known but is admittedly a clever operator. It is said the millionaire put the case entirely in the hands of the surgeon, paying him one hundred thousand dollars flat for arranging to get the glands and transplant them. Accord ing to the police story, the surgeon employed the four ment to seize a man he designated and take him to a hospital in a north shore town, just over the line from Chicago. There he was kept under opiates until the operation was completed, when he was taken back in a fast automibile and dumped out near his home. QUELL KUKLUX, WALSH’S DEMAND Massachusetts Senator Suggests That Uncle Sam Follow The Same Procedure Against K. K. K. as Followed Against The I. W. W. WASHINGTON, Nov. 27—A de mand that the federal government take steps at ones to break up and prosecute the Ku Klux Klan was voiced by Senator Walsh, Mass., in a letter addressed to Attorney Gen. Daugherty. Senator Walsh suggested that the president issue a proclamation against the activities of the organization while the Department of Justice proceeded vigorously against it through the courts. “I sincerely hope that you or some governmental ageney under your di rection, will make a thorough inves tigation of the outlawry that is daily depicted in the press of the country,” Senator Walsh said in his letter to the attorney-general. “It is unbeliev able that such a condition could ex ist and if it be exaggerated or un founded some public authority should pro laim the fact; if it exists then this ir. naee to constitutional govern ment should be vigorously attacked through judicial channels. Unchecked, this thing will create a wave of hatred and intolerance which will destroy our moat precious and aacred American heritage. When groups organize to destroy our courts, revoke trial by jury, deny the right to citizens to worship God as they see fit, and suport a policy of accusing and punishing men and wom en without trial other than a secret meeting in some lonely pasture or highway, they are championing the very form of tyranny which ou> government is opposed to and under mining everything which we hold dear in our national life and infest ing the body politic with poison. ~Senator Walsh quoted extracts from letters he had received from former assistant district at torney in one of the western states and from a leading attorney in Tex as. One qf the letters declared that thq states were not able to cope ef fectively with the klan and urged that the federal government proceed a gains tthe organization along the lines followed in the prosecution of the J. W. W. The other letter declared that Tex as has had, within the last 18 months, five hundred tar and feather parties and whipping bees! SOLON ASKS INQUIRY OF KLAN ACTIVITIES Rainey Charges High Official Initiated in U. S. Capitol. WASHINGTON, Nov. 24.—Repre sentative Rainey (Illinois) today in troduced a resolution to create a joint congressional committee to investi gate charges that the Ku Klux Klan in full regalia, initiated a high offi cial of the federal government in the capitol building at midnight on Nov. 14. The resolution called attenton to a newspaper dispatch from Atlanta tell ing of initiation ceremonies staged by the klan not only in the capitol but in other federal buildings in Wash ington as well, including the war de partment. The preambe of the resolution de clares that “the best interests of the people of the United States demand a strict adherence and sole allegiance to the laws of the United States," and that “members of the Ku Klux Klan take an oath of allegiance to the in. visible empire which upon numerous occasions have taken the law into their own hands and without trial by court or jury inflicted punishment and outrages upon citizens of the United States." The proposed investigating com mittee would consist of three senators and four representatives. They would be directed to inquire fully into the charges and to make their report to both houses for whatever action deem ed necessary. Government officials denied today the charges and declar ed them to be preposterous. WITNESSES FOR BIRKHEAD-RUSSELL ARESUMMONED Case Is Called At Oxford On December 4. OXFORD, Miss., Nov. 26.—Wit nesses for both sides in the $100,000 suit filed by Miss Frances C. Birkhead against Gov. Lee M. Russell in the federal courts were summoned today to appear on Dec. 4th. in the court of the western divi sion of Northern Mississippi. The charges against Gov. Russell made by Miss Birkhead are the most sensational that have ever been filed in Mississippi. The charges allege se duction, breach of promise and con nivance at a criminal operation. All available hotel accomodations here are reserved by approximately -00 persons who are expected to at tend the session of the federal dis trict court, which opens Monday with a docket of 130 cases, includ ing the suit of Miss Frances Birkhead against Gov. Lee M. Russell Witnesses, attorneys and venire men will come from all parts of the Western division of the Northern federal district of Mississippi, and the little town of Oxford, with a population of 2,200, will be crowded. For the last two weeks reserva tions have been received by the two hotels, and it was announced last night that no more rooms are available. Beds and cots have been bororwed from the hospital and from the dormitories at the Uni versity of Mississippi, and every sleeping place has been ailed. Jury lists have been arranged and the jurors who will sit in the Birkhead-Russell hearing will be selected from 48 names that have been called. If the panel is not obtained from these additional pros pective jurymen will be summoned. ONE-SIXTH OF NATIONAL INCOME GOES IN TAXES United States Ranks Second In Burden on People. NEW YORK, Nov. 25.—One-sixth of the national income of the United States went into taxes in 1921, ac cording to a report issued today by the National Industrial Conference board. “The tax bill in the United States is fast making inroads on the surplus necessary for economic progress," the report declared,” and threatens mate rially to hamper our growth, especial ly in view of the uninterrupted rise in local government taxes.” According to the report, the United Kingdom stands first in the burden of taxes, with U. S. second and Ger many third. Regarding the growth of taxation the report said: “In the fiscal year 1913-1914 taxes paid to national, state and local gov ernments in the United States repre. sented 6.4 per cent of the national in come. By 1919-1920 the ratio had grown to 13 per cent, and by 1920 1921 to 14.3 per cent. In the calendar year 1921 one-sixth of the current na tional income was diverted into tax channels for the support of govern mental bodies in the United States.” Continuing on the situation in the United States, the report said: “Before the war state and local taxes had been growing faster than federal taxes and federal taxation constituted but three-tenths of total taxation. In 1919, however, federal taxation constituted over three-fifth s of total taxation and in 1921 federal taxes amounted to slightly more than one-half of the national total. State and local burdens began to share equal importance with federal taxa tion. “Per capita tax burdens in the U. S. in 1919 were highest in New York state, $148.36, followed by Massachusetts, $126.36; Delaware, $121.12; R. I., $116.26, and Michigan $106.71. The lowest per capita tax was in Alabama, being $26.47.”