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Little Minnie Hickman Victim
Of Unusual Accident—Died
Before Medical Aid Could be
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
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.
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
(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.
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
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. _
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
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
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.
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.”
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
“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!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
“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
“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.”

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