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VOL. 28 COLUMBIA, LOUISIANA, FRIDAy, APRIL 7, 1914 NO 17 TRANSCONTINENTAL HIGHWAY IS ASSURED MODEL ROAD TO BE FROM ATLANTA TO THE PACIFIC COAST Its Construction Will Be the Biggest Boost ."Good Roads" Has Received in the South-Will Prove So Beneficial Hundreds of Interesting Model Roads Will Be Built. The all-Southern Highway Con vention met in Lake Charles last week, the opening session being held Tuesday night with Govern or Hall presiding and about 150 delegates in attendance. Five hundred were in the convention hall to listen to the opening ad dress by the governor. He spoke briefly, heartily in dorsing the highway movement and pledging his support as an individual. He emphasized the opinion that the inauguration of the highway movement in Lou isiana is the dawn of a new era that will mean greater develop ment to the state and bring many here. W. E. Atkinson,state highway engineer, spoke at the Wednes day morning session. He stated that the state highways depart ment has on file from parishes applications for aid in construc tion of about 250 miles of high ways, and that at least 200 miles will be undertaken in 1914,show ing that Louisiana is awake to the need of good roads. His address explained the workings of the highway depart ment, organized Feb. 1, 1911, under an act of the Legislature of 1910. Louisiana, he said, has 457 miles of good roads costing approximately $950,000. At the coming session of the Legislature he said, bills will be vote a state motor tax, licensing vehicles and chauffers. "If these measures are taken, the department will not only be able to construct more highways but set aside a substantial sum t maintain the highway al ready constructed," Mr. Atkin son added. "Interest in general highway improvement has become a real live issue. Nearly every parish has voted a special tax,but it re mained for Calcasieu Parish to vote the largest bond issue in the history of the state (one million dollars)." The project for an All-South ern Transcontipp tal highway was given a b~j and commit tees appointed to set the ball rolling properly. This under taking is to build a model road from Atlanta, Ga., to the Paci fic coast. The route has already been tentatively laid out by Pathfinder Ferguson. He has made the entire trip.in an auto mobile and reports that the sev eral roads that would be used are already passable and with but comparatively little expense can be made into model ones. The funds for the construe tion of this highway will be furnished by the federal govern ment, the several states through which it passes and by the par ishes most directly interested. Gov. Hall stated at the conven tion that at this time the state would be unable to give much aid, but if the parishes especial ly interested would appropriate such moneys as they could, the state would in good time appro priate an equal amount. The federal government will require to be "shown", but because of Sthe resultant benefits to the pos tal service, for possible military movements and for other advan ctages it undoubtedly would make a generous appropriation. The road will be built in as di rect a line from Atlanta to the Pacific as is practical, making,of course, such minor deviations as would enable it to strike the principal cities near a straight line. The construction of this highway, according to the dele gates who attended the conven tion, will act as a great stimulus to model road building along its entire stretch, hundreds of main tap lines being built to intersect it, and these in turn causing the building of a veritable network of better roads to intersect these contribuary lines. Winter Weather Again The cold snap that swept the entire southern states last week established new low records for this time of the year. Frosts extended as far South as North ern Florida. Temperatures rang ed from 25 to 40 degree§. It is thought that the peach crop in the Ozark mountains was killed, involving a loss of about $250, 000. Many places in Northern Texas had sleet and snow storms. Much fruit was killed in Florida and the truck farmers were Leavy losers. Not guilty was the verdict in the case of E. W. Floyd, charg ed with killing Arthur Williams at Vicksbuig. Floyd's wife tes tified that Williams hugged and kissed her. Floyd -and . Wil jamns `ad been intimate reiedsi Early Monday morning the fa mous case of the murder of Gambler Rosenthal received its final touches when four convict ed men met death in the electric chair in the state prison at Os sining, N. Y. The real names of the men who have been known as "Gyp the Blood," "Lefty Louie," "Dago Frank," and "Whitey Lewis" were Har ry Korowitz, Louis Rosenberg, Frank Cirofici and Frank Seid enshue. The youngest, Lefty Louie, was 21, the oldest, Dago Frank, 27. All were Jews ex cept Dago Frank. As the nick name implies, he was an Italian. New Freight Engines The Iron Mountain railroad has just received 253 new freight locomotives. They are the Mi kado type and are among the largest and most powerful of that class in service on any rail road in the country. Each weighs 400,000 pounds when equipped for service, and imeas 78 feet 4 12 inches in length and 15 feet 5 1-2 inches in height. They are equipped with electric headlights, electric cab lights and Schmidt superheaters. Another effort will be made at the coming session of the Legis lature to secure for certain Lou isiana towns and parishes a com pulsory school attendance law. On the Other Foot Wife-What would you do, George, if you were left a wid ower? Husband-Oh, I suppose the same as if you were left a widow. * Wife-You horrid wretch! And you told me you could never care for anybody else. Shreveport is waging a lively war on the gamblers. No matter what Salome may have done, she never danced the tango. AGED COUPLE MIRDERED IN WINN FARISH Calvin, La., and vicinity are much stirred up over the tibitoni killing of Sam Chandler and his wife, aged respectively 75 and 70 years. They were killed with some blunt instrumentheheb having been struck on the left side of the head, indicating that their assailant had approached from behind. Chandler had been killed instantly, as is aid' tion to his head being ctUs d by the blow his neck was bro . Mrs. Chandler had died i 4ie slowly, as a trail of blood shtm ed she had dragged herself : short distance from where, she fell. The bodies were discovered `y Baxter E. Wilson, a son-in4 He first found the body of Chandler lying face down in the hallway of her home.. notified W. M. Tyler and ii 1him and a party of neighbor' turned to the home. TylerfM Chandler's body lying face do ward under a shed by . the barn. Only the mark of blow was found on him, but NO SIGNS OFt jSBACKISM HERE The Terrebonne police jury provided an appropriation $750 to assist the Terrebo Parish Fair in October. Natchitoches parish is gressive. Four school *ist are petitioning for an election a special school tax. Ward few days ago voted as school tax, and citizens Ward 9, which oasI heldon levying a ta mw mills for twenty years to p vide funds for a gravel road long the main thoroughfare f the ward. St. Landry parish police j has closed a contract for 30, yards of gravel to be used in e MASKED BANDITS TRY TO HOLD UP TRAIN Two masked bandits boarded a fast New Orleans-St. Louis trai" on the Illinois Central at Fluker Saturday morning, shot Ison Al len, a negro porter, who grappled with them, and escaped without having secured any money' by leaping from the flying train. Lude Anderson, a negro pas senger, who worked for the tiil road, became so frightened when confronted by the masked figures with their cocked revolvers, that he jumped from the train and was ground to death beneath the wheels. ' Allen was struck by a bullet in the stomach. At last reports he was said to be dying. The train left New Orleans at 6:30 o'clock for St. Louis. Fluke ers is about 75 miles from the Crescent City, and it was shortly after 9 o'clock when two men with only their eyes showing be. neath their pulled-do'wn hat brims and the red bandana hand kerchiefs that covered the lower part of their faces, appeared in the door of the negro coach. Af ter shooting the porter, the ban dits gave up their attempt and jumped to the ground while the flyer was speeding 40 miles an hour. From the manner in which the attempt was made it is thought that the hold-up was the work of novices. Posses were qqickly formed in neighboring tows and began scouring the woods for the bandits on information furished by telegrams. The bandits are said ,be a negro and a white man as .are C4 Chandler showed evidences of having been struck several times. Robbery is believed to have been the motive for the crime as it was known that the Chand lers kept a considerable amount of ready money in the house. It is thought that the murderers secured about $400, 1iit they over looked more than that which had been secreted in different places about the house. A coroner's jury failed to fix the responsibility for the mur der. Five negroes have been arrested on suspicion. They were arrested at a logging camp about a mile from Chandler home. A large force of negroes is employed there, and they have been in the habit of purchasing eggs, potatoes and milk from the Chandlers. The five ne groes arrested did not return to camp the night of the murder, and seem unable to give an ac count of their whereabouts. The funeral of the Chandlers, who were well thought of by their neighbors, was held Satur day, and was largely attended. construction of good roads. Concordia parish police jury as ordered an election on a 10 11, 8 year tax in School Dis ct No. 1. The police jury of Livingston ish issued ia call for a special tion for a parish-wide spec school tax of five mills for years. The proceeds of tx o 1e rYschool 90of good roads in te Th >Ward, comprising the sec out good roads district of East Beton Rouge, was practically unhnimously carried. AAake up good people of Cald ell, and let's get on the band yagon. said to have been seen about five miles from tangipahoa about noon. Bloodhounds were secured from Crystal Springs but heavy i rains within a few hours of the holdup obliterated all trails. No arrests have yet been made. Some self-made men evidently did the job in the dark. Do not be afraid to learn through experience. 1 "Keep her rolling, boys; keep her rolling." "How do you feel this morn ing?" asked Barnwell, meeting a well-known Kentucky colonel. "Rotten, sah. How would yo' expect a gentleman to feel in the mornin', sah?" was the reply, Tudie Arnold of Blytheville, Ark., accused of having sixteen waves, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on 'a technical charge of violating the Mann white slave act. Seven of his al leged wives testified against him at his trial at Fort Worth. Fifteen million dollars alone will be necessary for a survey of the Mississippi valley preliminary to complying to the provisions of the Newlands flood control bill, according to'an interdepartment al cabinet committee report made to Secretary of War Garrison. It is rumored that a part of the committee, probably a majority, has estimated that it will cost the government $1,000,000,000 to construct reservoirs as provided in the bill. FIGHTING FOR LIFE ON KIDNAPING CARLGE W. C. WALTERS ON TRIAL IN OPELOUSAS IN CLLECRATED CASE Bobby Dunbar in Role Similar to One in Case Solomon'Decided. Is Bobby Bobby or Bruce?--Two Women Claim Boy to Be Her Own--Man's Life Probably Hangs on Decision A problem in psychology, a parallel one with that recorded in the bible which Solomon cut the knot of by ordering the child to be cut in two, is now being tried in the District court at Ope lousas. It is that of the State vs. W. C. Walters, charged with hav ing kidnaped little Bobbie Dun bar. All readers of The Watch man are familiar with the news paper reports of this case, but we give a brief resume and shall endeavor to give our readers the latest particulars of the trial un til a verdict is reached. This is probably the most fa mous case that has ever been in a Louisiana court, and but few in other states can equal it in the apparently impenetrableness of its mystery and of the intensity of interest manifested in its out come. The history of the case, in brief, is: Bobbie Dunbar disappeared on Aug. 23, 1912. He had left the camping party of his parents, C. P. Dunbar and wife, in company with a negro boy of his own age. Bobby was then nearly 5 years old. When he was missed a' search traced him to the banks of Lake Swayze, not far from the Dunbar home. At first it was feared that he.had been drowned but the lake failed to give up the body and the little boy's hat waa ed and the a r oer ward of $1,000, the.town of Ope lousas adding one of $5,000. In the next eight months doz ens of clues were followed, but to no result. April 13, 1913, a suspect was arrested near Colum bia, Miss., and a group of women Sin the case telegraphed Mr. Dun bar that W. C. Walters, a travel ing tinker, was there with a child who, from newspaper photo graphs, they believed to be Bob bie. The father went there with out delay, saw the boy and par tially identified him. To make sure, he telegraphed for his wife. She saw the lad and partially identified him. The 'next day, examining him, she made the identification positive. April 22 the boy was brought to New Or leans, where he was identified by relatives and a little girl play mate. The homecoming the following day was an event in the history of Opelousas. The Dunbars were met at the station by a brass band and almost the entire population. In the meantime Walters, in jail at Columbia, developed his side of the case. He said the child is the illegitimate son of his I brother and Julia Anderson of Barnesville, N. C., and that he had carried the child about with him for months, long prior to the kidnaping. He said he had left 'the child at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jeptha Bilbo in Poplarville, Miss., some weeks before the kidnaping. The statements of Walters were investigated. The Bilbos came forward and identified the boy as the child they' kept for Walters prior to the Dunbar boy's disappearance. Other witnesses were developed substantiating Walters' claims of having been elsewhere at the time of the dis appearance of Bobbie. Julia Anderson was brought to New Orleans and then taken to Opelousas. When lirst shown the child she said: " ')eed. folks, I can't swear it." But the next day she said, 'In my heart I know it's Bruce." Walters was indicted at Ope lousas and formal application for requisition was made. In doubt. in the face of conflicting testimo ny, Gov. Brewer, before grant ing the requisition, asked John M. Parker of New Orleans to hear the witnesses and decide the issue. The test took place and he decided the boy is Bobbie Dunbar. Brewer then granted the requisition. Walters' attorneys .succeeded in keeping Walters in Mississip pi more than six months. He was taken to Opelousas Feb. 2. Since then attorneys for both sides have been actively scouring two states for evidence. Both sides claim to have developed much new and convincing evi dence. From all indications it seems probable that two com plete and, in themselves, con vincing cases will be presented, each absolutely contradictory of the other. Every indication is that the state will adduce evidence to prove 1. That W. C. Walters, itiner ant tinker, was in Opelousas at the time of the disappearance of Bobbie. 2. That Walters had no child with him when he came to Ope.. louses, but baea lidl yeaa bie. The father, mother, a dos en or more relatives, the family physician and possibly a score or more of other witnesses will swear to this identification. On the other hand, the testi mony of the defense will be to exactly the contrary, about as follows: 1. That Walters was not in Opelousas 'at the time of Bobbie's disappearance, but many miles away. 2. That the little boy recovered by the Dunbars and identified as their child is Bruce Anderson, il legitimate son of Julia Anderson and a brother of Walters. 3. That this boy was given to Walters by Julia Anderson long before the disappearance of Bob bie and was carried around by him in his wanderings. 4. Thjat, by Bertillon experts, the defense will attempt to prove that dissimilarities between the photographs of Bobbie Dunbar and the little boy of mystery, now claimed to be Bobbie, are such as to preclude the possibility of the child found with Walters being the Dunbar baby. The array of witnesses promis es to be bewildering. Men and women of good repute, with ex cellent reputations for veracity, will take the stand and testify to absolutely contradictory evidence if the statements made by them at previous hearings can be taken as a guide. Not less than twenty witnesses for each side is the ad vance estimate. The Trial The courtroom was crowded Monday morning when the case was called for trial, but they went away disappointed as the 5 judge set the case over until Tuesday to allow the array of - lawyers on both sides to confer over the case. SContinued on page four.