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M. XVIII St. Francisville, West Felilcana Parish La., Saturday, October 23, 1909. No. 38 AN ATROCIOUS CRIME UNEARTHED ISING6 RICE IN THE FELICIANAS. I.E.E McGehee's Experience With Up. bad Rice-Can Be Grown Profitably Here. Inour last issue, considerable was devoted to the account thbe successful raising of rice Thompson's Creek, on the fest Feliciana side, making a which must have been both resting and encouraging to y readers. From quite a different quarter the parish, viz, near the Mis ' ippi line, Pinckneyville post on his plantation, Shirley, . Edward E. McGehee has a crop, of which the cor ndence which follows is il -lative. The first letter is one to Mr. bee from the president of National Rice Milling Co reads thus: NEW ORLEANS, LA., Sept. 27, 1909. E. E. MCGEHEE, Pinckneyville, Miss. Der Sir-We are in receipt of letter of Sept. 24, and we also in receipt of your sam *and I must say that it is the sample of upland rice I have seen, they raise upland rice the Carolinas, but it is not so good as this sample you sent us. lie like sample that you sent is worth on to-day's market per barrel (162 pounds of rice to a barrel), or $1.11 a 1(45 pounds to the bushel) red in this city. It is ex ly fine seed rice, but the e price is for Iilling pur Respectfully, HENRY KAHN, President. Mr. J. R. Matthews, cashier of Bank of West Feliciana, also samples of this rice to 's Son Co. and Mr. S. e Breaux, rice factor, both w Orleans, and from them .Matthews has received en ngletters herewith repro Bloom's Son Co. says: NEW ORLEANS, LA., Oct. 14, 1909. J, R. MATTHEWS, hier Bk. West Feliciana, St. Francisville, La. r Sir-Your letter of the ilso sample, which repre a Very fair saml)le of rice, Which can be sold on the et at $3.25 to $3.40. Of this sample sent us is small, and possibly does o the rice justice We advise you, if you have ntantity of this rico, to send samples, and would advise of your friends desire to "8 their few bags of rice, We would be verS pleased to tareof them, and give them market price. 1 like to see some of this ihippedto this market for 8s We can determine the , etc., of the rice grown r Pariah. We think with obt that you1 country is - rice just as much as country, whose peo With great success this on Ist page.) __q;L E. K. Judson, Inmate of Asylum at Jackson, Horribly Murdered--Dr. E. C. McKowen Arrested and Charged With the Crime. Humdrum existence in the Felicianas was broken into by a startling occurrence that came to public knowledge, last Mon day morning, and which has been the chief topic of conversa tion ever since. At an early hour on that day, 'a negro laborer at Wakefield, going to his work dis covered the figure of a man lying against the embankment in front of Wakefield post-office and about 50 yards away from that build ing. He called to Mr. Louis G. Stirling, son of Hon. W. L. Stir ling, who was preparing to leave for his duties in town, and who went up to the figure and soon discovered it to be the body of a dead man, clad in dark blue checked trousers, with his hat pulled down over his face no shirt, coat or shoes, only his socks on, which were perfectly clean. The body was in a half stooping, half-reclining position, the tongue was protruding from the mouth, and the eyes had the distended appearance caused by strangulation or suffocation. In addition, the upper part of the body had been burned by some highly inflammable substance like alcohol or gasoline, part of the undershirt being destroyed. The man was five feet, 1 inch in height and of delicate build, weighing only 96 lbs. He had re markably small hands and feet. It was evident that the crime had not been committed in that locality, as there were .no signs whatsoever of any struggle. Near the body were tracks of a jumper, which were of peculiar appearance owing to some break in one of the wheels. Dr. W. H. Taylor, parish coro ner, was immediately notified, and went to Wakefield to hold an inquest. He impaneled a jury, composed of the following gen tlemen: W. L. Stirling, R. H. Stirling, W. R. B. Turner, Depu ty Sheriff Fred Wilcox and Town Marshal G. S. Davidson of St. Francisville. After a session, the inquisition was adjourned without announcing a verdict. Meanwhile Dr. Taylor instructed Messrs. R. H. Stirling and F. C. Wilcox to follow the tracks and bring in the man who had last driven the vehicle. 'The tracks came from and returned to the Upper Jackson road, which leaves the Woodville road at this point, going east. Following the tracks was an easy matte r, owing to a spoke being loose in the wheel and its hitting the griound at each revolu tion. Farther on spokes were dropped by the wayside, and the local detectives went on easily with such guidance towards Jackson. Near Thom pson' s Creek, the wheel gave out entire ly and the vehicle dr-agged into that town on one wheel. The track of the vehicle led di rectly to the blacksmith shop of Ike Lewis, colored, in Jackson. T'he blacksmith claimed to have found the rig at his door when he opened his shop that morning, but identified it as being the property of Dr. E. C. McKowen. The deputies went at once to Dr. McKowen's residence and placed him under arrest. Dr. McKow en showed a willingness to talk but was advised not to do so by the officers, who showed him every consideration )possible in the circumstances. They ac corded him an interview with his family and friends and then brought him to St. Francisville, arriving about 7 o'clock. He was first taken to the Royal Hotel where he partook of supper and was then lodged in jail. A new iron bed was procured for him and other articles for his com fort. A delegation of Masons from Feliciana Lodge made him a brief visit, as he is a member of that fraternity. The corpse was brought to town and placed in the court house where it remained until. after the coroner's inquest and until late Tuesday evening when it was taken to the public grave yard, three miles out of town, and buried. Two officers, ac companied by several gentlemen and the necessary laborers at tended the funeral and Rev. R. R. Claiborne of Grace Episcopal Church read the burial services of the church over the poor mutilated body. By this time it was known that the dead man was E. K. Judson, an inmate of the State Insane Asylum at Jackson. Different persons had recognized him and the marks on his clothing had confirmed the fact. Coincidehtally, Mon day afternoon, a letter to the local officers, was received from Dr. Clarence Pierson, superin tendent of the asylum, giving notice of the escape of a patient, the description of whom tallied with that of the dead man. E. K. Judson was sent to the Asylum from Orleans i)arish, Nov. 13, 1906 and was a man of considerable brilliancy being a fluent speaker, and was always chosen by the inmates to make addresses on occasions when im portant delegations of visitors came to the institution. He was a native of New Orleans and was aged 43 years. At one time he was a government contractor, and later a tement walk contrac for. Hlis conduct was however always marked by eccentricities, to which no attention was paid, until, says the Times-Democrat, lie conceived the idea "that a certain woman of New Orleans was being defrauded of a large sum of money. Absorbed in that idea, lie wrote a series of letters to hler which at length he came so annoying that she I)re ferred charges which were brought to tihe attention of the Post Office Department. "Mr. Judson was arraigned be fore the late United States Com missionir Craig, on a charge of sendirg improper letters through the mails. Thecommis sioner pIromptly dismissed the case and turned the accused over to the then coroner, who adjudged him insane, and he was taken to Jackson, where he remained up to the time of his death." The Asylum authorities re garded him as harmless and al lowed him certain liberties and privileges. Sunday he was giv en permission to visit Jackson, and when last seen was in com pany with Dr. McKowen, with whom he had been intimate for some time. Tuesday morning, at ten o'clock the coroner's inquest was again held and its deliberations were behind closed doors, and adjournment was only made for dinner, the afternoonsessionlast ing froip 1:30 to about 3:30, when the verdict of the jury was form ally announced, as follows: "State of Louisiana, parish of West Peliciana, Oct. 18, 1909. "An inquisition taken upon the body of E. K. Judson, there dead. "The jurors of this inquest, having been sworn to inquire on behalf of the State of Louisiana how and by what means said de ceased came to his death, do say that E. K. Judson carne to his death from strangulation or suf focation. We have arrived at this finding by the condition we found his body in. We find that his tongue was protruding and clenched between his teeth. Face, head and neck in ecchy mosed condition, or extravasa ted blood, showing that pres sure had been made on his neck, while the circulation of blood was going on, and by the sud den stopping of the heart-action it remained there. This condi tion we found nowhere else oh the body at the time. We also found that some inflammable substance had been poured over the front of his clothing, burning it off, and his body, from the chin to the waistband, to a charred condition. We have gotten evi dence from sworn w'itnesses, who say that he was last seen with Dr. E. C. McKowen on Sun day evening, in Jackson, La., and Monday, the 18th, his mur dered body was found at Wake field, in West Feliciana parish, about twelve miles from Jackson, his home. We also find that Mc Kowen admitted to witnesses that he was at Waketield on Sun day night. We also find that a certain Frazier roadcart was tracked from where the body was found, back to the town of Jackson, La. We also found that the cart was left at Ike Lewin' repairing shop, between Sunday night and Mgnday morning. We also find that the cart was the property of Dr. McKowen. We also found that the body had been brought there in a vehicle and deposited on the ground where it was found. And, judg ing from the evidence, we think that E. K. Judson came to his death at the hands of Dr. Mc Kowen on the night of the 17th or the morning of the 1nth of October, 1909. "In testimony whereof, the coroner and jurors of this in quest have subscrilbed their names, the day and year above stated. And, from evidence, we find that E. K. Judson was killed either in East or West Feliciana parish. "W. H. TAYLOR, Coroner. "R. H. STIRLING. "F. C. Wwlcox. "G. S. DAVISON. "W. R. B. TURNER. "W. L STIRIaNG." The witnesses examined at this inquisition were Dr. Clar ence Pierson, superintendent of the State Insane Asylum at Jackson; Dr. J. F. Griffin, an as sistant physician and H. E. Mc Queen, an employee at the asy lum, who positively identified the dead man as E. K. Judson. Other witnesses from Jackson were S. E. Slocum and D. M. Pipes and two colored men, Ike Lewis, a blacksmith at Jackson, and Dr. McKowen's hostler, John Dalton. D. M. Pipes testified that the accused admitted to him in the course of a conversation shortly after his arrest, that he had been in the neighborhood of Wakefield Sunday night. Tom Dalton, Dr. McKowen's hostler, stated that Monday he missed the "jumper," from the stables, whence it had not been removed for several months. Dalton says that he went to bed at 10 o'clock Sunday night, and that Dr. McKowen was not in at that time. Ike Lewis, blacksmith, told of finding the cart with the broken wheel before the door of his shop Monday morning. He was posi tive the cart was not there Sun day night at 11 o'clock, and he is certain It is Dr. McKowen's cart. R. H. Stirling and F. C. Wil cox, the deputy sheriffs who worked up the case, described the tracing of the cart tracks from the spot where the body was found to the blacksmith shop. Judge Geo. Woodside, presid ing judge of this distrlct, arrived from Clinton, Tuesday morning. He recused himnself in this case, being a connectiom by marriage of the accused. Mrs. Woodside is the daughter of T. C. McKowen of Lindsey, who is first ~ousin to Dr. McKowen. JudgeWoodside appointed Hon. II. F. Brunot, judge of the 17th Judicial Dis trict, Judge ad hoc. Judge 8. McC. Law rason has been retained as counsel for Dr. McKowen. Hon. Jos. L. Golsan is the Dis trict Attorney, and will prose cute the case. Dr. McKowen's relatives, T. C'. McKowen of Lindsay and D. M. (('ontinut-d on ~sa-ond pI,#'.) RAIL-BOAT ROUTE TO 0ONVENTION. Liisiaa RaIilway sid Navigatie. Co. Wil have Bat aid Barge. with P.llm.. Sleepers, i iver Parade. The Lakes-to-the Gulf I) e, e, Waterway Convention will be held in New Orleans, Octotber 30, and November 1 and 2, lik!.. President Taft, ·ongressional party, Governors from thirty two States, as well ,a three thousand delegates will Iw wpres ent. The Louisiana Railway and Navigation Company will, (on October 29, operate a special train, consisting of Pullman cars only, which will leave Shrevej, rt at 1 a. m., Friday, October 20., Montgomery 5:05, Aloha 5:3t, Colfax at 5:50 a. m., Alexandria, at 9 a. m., Friday October 29, and arrive at New Orleans at 8 a. m. Saturday, October 30. The special train will run all rail from Shreveport to Naples, thence via river from Naples to New Orleans. Pullman cars will be transferred to new steel barge "Naples" at Naples, in tow by magnificent steel transfer steamer, "Sarah Edenborn," re cently built for.paussengar ser vice. The pullman cars will re main on barge until arrival at New Orleans. Passengers will occupy cars while on river. The trip from Naples will 1e through the mouth of Red River, through source of Atchafalaya river, through Old River into the Missipsippi river. Will arrive at mouth of Old River about 2 p. nl. Friday. In the Mississippi river at the mouth of Old River, will join and become part of the Presidential river parade. The Presidential party will ar rive at Baton Rouge at 8 p. in., Friday, October 29, and will leave at 10 p. m. If the movement of fleet will permit, it is the pur pose to land and discharge pas sengers at Baton Rouge to hear President Taft's address. The fleet will arrive at New Or leans at 8. a. m. Saturday, Octo ber 30. Seven warships will be at New Orleans. Five thousand soldiers and sailors will parade the street. of New Orleans, Hat urday, October 30. The pageant will be the most remarkable ever seen on any river in the South. Other cities such as Cincinnatti, lauinville, Cairo, Natche., Vicksburg, Hel ena and Arkansas City, have giv en notice that they will put boats in the parade. A Populr Fallhcy. New Oreins .tstm: There in a popular fallacy alsmut a drowning man sinking for thle third time. The number of times a man sinks has nothing to do with his drowning. lie may sink butonce, and he may go is neath the water any number of times. It all depends ulen the person who is drowning, his physical condition and how quick ly his lungs till with water. That cycle of three is carried along by those who insist that a itr'm dies in his third congestive chill. But that is not true. The name rule holds good in congiestive, chills as in the case of the drown ing man. A person may die in thefirst, or lie may have half a duen and still live. The rule or three does not obtain there either.