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HE CAUCASIAN. V0.OLUME XXIV SHREVEPORT. LA.. TUESDAY. JULY 29. 1913 NUMBER I2 We Have It THE FINEST ASSORTMENT OF SEED CORN EVER BROUGHT TO NORTH LOUISIANA. SEED POTATOES all varieties, Orange and Amber Cane Seed, Onion Setts, Garden and Field Peas, High Grade Alfalfa Seed. In fact we carry the largest assortment of Field and Garden Seed of any Seed House in the State of Louisiana. Tusten Seed & Produce Co. Ltd. B. B. HICKS, President. YALE HICKS, Vice President. W. F. CHASE, Secretary-Treasurer. DIRECTORS: TALE HICKS. S. 1. HICKS. F. H. GOSMAN. W. F. CHASE. T. H. SCOVELL. R. E. COMEGYS." the Hicks Co. (LIMITED) :iWholesale Grocers and Cotton' Factors Office; 406-410 Commerce St., Warehouse: Corner Spring, Travis and Commerce Sts. SHREVEPORT. LA. We do not. charge for Embalming or for services. We Guarantee OB : Our Prices To Be the Lowest. Lady Undertaker FOR LADIES AND CHILDREN PECIAL ATTENTION PAID `TO OUT OF TOW ORDERS. WELLMAN UN DERTAKING CO. UNDERTAKERS D and Night Phones 187 618: Texas Strer et SHREVEPORT, LOTISIANA s DEALER IN I Ses, Wool, Tallow, ,Bee, , Furs COMMERCE STREET, Ntext to V. S. & P. RAILWAY. SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA. I guarantee to sellers the best prices -obtained in St. Louis Nw Orleans, Vicksburg, Galveston. and .oust-n markets PROMPT RETURNS. . New ern rnip Old Phone 44 ~ New 52 Sheveport, La. rnades Glass, Picture. F~r ca ~I 41 ,fir Millgan's Paint tot anal Bank; whih\ Isan .rth SuerisiitoA the'tai t tesGvrment 1,NaioalBuk COTON MAKET ~Office, of The Caucasiafl. Sb~tevepo4t, La., July 2%9 110 ShievjIbýtakLt Elie:mar osd quiet. 7jo ;A8 Lo-middling _----1 -. Middling dhi ------ 101,5-16 Good midling - .___----- It 5.1 Recevedthi : da `-- . Recd pr viou l;-_140,9'3 140,97 Sh~ipmentsL to date -----138,3 Saeda lst- year ConºOaati Stent ~~hi ftteia 0 - Sice yeseray. 0 ~far ths eek Lo f eeept Sao dp 0 ' A HOMB0 CIDE. N. B. Leopard Shot and Killed by His Wife--Self-Defense the Plea, Monday afternoon about 15 min utes to 6 o'clock N. B. Leopard was shot and killed by his wife. The tragedy occurred at her home, 1856 Laurel street. An inquiry into the homicide revealed that Mr. and Mrs. 1 Leopard had not been living har moniously and had separated re cently. Mrs. Leopard's version is in substance that she had suffered months of mistreatment from her husband and had left him after he had attempted to cut her throat; she admitted that she was afraid of him and was always apprehensive of trouble. She stated that on Mon day afternoon ,he came up the steps of her residence. She told him not to come inside, bhut he persisted and they got to quarrelin. She says she thought he was coming in' to get the shotgun which her mother had hidden and 'that he would kill her. She :ot the gun and held it for her defense. She declares that her hus band had' -held, a knife in his hand and that she backed all the way around the house from him to the steps where she shot him. It would seem that the mistreat ment had rendered her callous and she had lost all respect for him. As an evidence of her. indifference, when she passed the body she re marked: "Well, you won't trouble me any more." Leopard was aged about 30 years, while Mrs. Leopard is 27 and the mother of four children, the young est being about 3 years. Leopard was employed at the Kansas City Southern shops. His body was, con veyed-to Wellman's and frdm there to the residence of his brother. There is another version to this homicide. Eye witnesses declare that when Leopard was landing on the steps of the residence of his wife he- held in one hand a steak, partly wrapped in paper, and in the other hand: a igarette: Possibly his wife who, :as related, had been cruelly treated and was fearful of her life, imagined ,that he held ai knife instead of the cigarette.t .At any rate this is ,only a surmise. When viewed, the body lay out stretched -across, the steps with .: gaping wound in the face where the, nose had been shot off- There was' no knife near them body; only the steak and the cigarette. When the: report of the shot was heard, Deputy Sheriff Tanner was near the Leopard home. He imme ;4tely ran to the: house and found lrs. Leopard a ke telephone, l4ing the.gn in~it e hand and the r i6er - in ,the other. He placed her under arrest and had her con vyeyed to jail. I Tihere are several conflicting re ports of this. hqmicide, the truth of which may be ~nade .plain'when the trial is held. Connected with this homnicide are details which are irrelevant and to repeat which would take more space than is pdtically necessary. It may be sta that Mrs. Leop :ard has= demo- ated no emotion, but views her d.d ias : matter; of fact which she *4nsidel s to have - been justifiable, an act of self defense. It may: also be l that it seems. | Leopard was, without cause or rea Sso, Jealous of an acquaintance- of Mro. Leopard, which probably pro voked and intensifled the quarrels between-her and her husband. Ft may also be saidThtat ladies en a gaged : in charitable, work who know SMrs. Leopard declare that she was' a g good and industrious woman. She had secured employment at a store on Texas street andi was rejoicing in t+his fast. wh.an t. r ra#aedva blfsted ~her entiietiotiQa - oe :Ostta Laud Companay rhere was serve~d on Monday oil ;Cl R G. Ple~aant. Attorney G' i?~AU ,-of 4bi '3tate~ of Lcuisiana, a roles or ~order 'lIFkdtIf riji the, Fedi ra' Court, Jav Al l'.v .I, I ,;haw cause win'th bsui agul ainst Ohe, ensas flefra Land ~Company should` "not be dismissed. Colonel Pleasant,: who~ was ini ShrVeveport, w~ill mfake, anwrin conifoirmity with this or deir at the next~ session of the ~Fed er Cunrt which convenes, in Mio roe.; 'hnis one proeeeding that i1 ýa very distznbint elemient, a plaguing would be in *presiblb delighted; if it were~ possible. to suppress what i , Wathe Frecs AN ICE CO MBINE. an Inquiry Suggested by John It Land to the Grand Jury. Is there an ice combine, and if there is, can it be unraveled by the Grand Jury? It has been intimated that the new company known as the Independent has been aljsorbed by the old com pany. If this be true, then 'there can be no inquiry as to a combine, and whatever was the opposition in effect until yesterday it is no more today. It is not possible to obtain the in formation desired, nor would it avail, since the price of ice fixed at 40c per 100 pounds instead of 20 per 100. Competition is the life of trade, and when it existed was beneficial to the people, especially the classes of limited means, blut it has been suggested that the Independent failed to receive the support ex pected from the people clamoring for ice at low price, and therefore through the very force of necessity conditions have developec the situ ation of today. The advance in the price of ice from 20c to 40c per 100 pounds was shocking to consumers, who, not knowing what had happened, de clined emphatically to take ice from the first wagon reaching their homes. "Why forty cents? No sir, I'll wait for the next wagon," was the remonstrance of heads of fami lies. Undismayed, the drivers re torted: "All right, wait for the next wagon, it's all the same price today, forty cents a, hundred." This ice situation is somewhat on the order of the banana peddler at a time when there was a scarcity of bananas and he had practically a monopoly of the- fruit in the town in which he peddled: "Madam, you not, lika the banan, you no taka." There is being agitated a munici pal ice plant, but if it were possible such 'a plant would not be operative until next summer. What is going to be done about it? Who is going to bell the cati rIts forty cents a hundred for :ice and -there yodu are. '. Municipal lee Plant. The Carpenters Union at their meeting he'd last night dis 'ussAed freely the advance iii the' price o' ice and adopted resolutions reading as follows: Whereas, The price of ice was raised in Shreveport on Monday; July 28, 20c per 100 pounds, making it cost us 40c per 400, this raise coming on us- without any notice from the ice companies and without their taising the wages of their era .ployes one cent. Be-It Hesolved, That Carp'entcrs Union No. 764igo on record as favor ii.v, an it e plant 'to eoe owned and operaui:stbiy the City of Shr ,-iportL c/(: t;:.he furnished to thi r nror:: ofl Sht ev po' lt at cost and 'arrjage: and Be It Fuirther Resoive-i, I hat a c:i..'cf th,'se resol'u: ,'s be sent t, .the Mayor and City Cdmmissioners of- the City of Shreveport, and that their text be published in the' press of the City. (Signed) JOHN E. MORRIS, trec.: Sec. Carpenters Union No. .76 . Williamson Convicted. :In the District Court Monday, Judge John R. Land, Bob William son was tried and convicted in two cases of having violated the prohi bition law. Bond was fixed at $1,000 in each case. Williamson' is to be sentenced Friday. There will ke an appeal to the Supreme Court. Child Killed in. New Orleans. Times-Democrat: "Alice Courtney, a beautiful child of it years, daughl ter of Benjamin Courtney, a mem ber of the police force living- at2822 .Gravier street, was' run over and killed :by a Dryades street car in Canal street near Tehoupitoulas, on Suiiday afternoon at 6 o'clock. Her little, sister Enda was with her and isaw the accident. The children, with little playmates about their age, alighted from a Tulane belt car and started across the tracks to catch a St. Charles belt car when.the Dry ades car bore down upon them. Lit tle Edna was :leadi.g, and saw, the car just in time to escape the fate of her sister, who was caught and dragged udder the whets. The ilder girl was killed instantly, 'and about the only merciful feature of the ac cident, according to witnesses, was that the child was not mutilated." The death of this child could hve been i avoided if the Dryades e arh- checked its speed and PRISONERS SENTENCED. Andrew Bunch Given Fifteen Years. W. C. Lanning Seven Years--A Crowd in Court--Judge Land's Remarks. Monday was sentence day, as had been announced, and there was a crowd in the court room anticipat ing the sentencing of Andrew Bunch, who murdered his wife, and W. C. Laning for embezzlement. The first prisoner called to the bar of justice was Henry Clay, a ne gro, shooting with intent to kill, was assigned to three years servitude in the pen. Clay's intended victim is Nick Vaccaro, an Italian, who bare ly escaped with his life. Clem Lovely, a white man, for stealing a motor boat valued at $500, one year in the pen for larceny and 30 days on the Parish Farm after having served his term in the pen. Lovely is from Michigan. Henry Thomas, negro, two counts for burglary and larceny, two for larceny; aggregated penalties eight years in the pen, and at the end of the penitentiary term, if alive, he will have to go to the Parish Farm for thirty days. Shim Bulton, negro, ten years in the pen for lying in wait and shoot ing at a white man; intent was rob bery. Was recommended to the mercy of the court.by the trial jury. The court announced that it could not understand why the jury had suggested mercy. It was a mystery which the judge could not solve. Andrew Bunch, convicted of man slaughter, had been indicted :or murder. In addressing the prisoner Judge Land remarked: "You have been convicted by a jury of the crime of manslaughter; in the opin ion of the court you are guilty of murder. It is also the opinion of the court that when you married the wvoman for whose death you were tried, you knew all about her char acter: The newspapers have been commenting upon the failure of ju :ries to do -their duty in such cases- human life is entirely too cheap in Caddo Parish. Only the eloquence of your attorne ,'aved °you from - a verdmit of guilty of murder as charged-he swept them off their feet:" Sentence was then passed, Bunch being fined $1 and ordered to be imprisoned at hard labor in the State penitentiary for the full term of fifteen years. to date from in carceration therein. The last prisoner upon whom sentence was passed was W. C. Lan ing. As he stood facing the judge the spectators were all attention. When asked if he had anything to say his reply was a moving of his head meaning no. Then Judge Land addressing the prisoner said: "Mr. Laning, you have been convicted of the crime of embezzlement; there was absolutely no question as to your guilt. You were the head of the Pelican Fire Insurance Company, and had associated with you some of the best people in this section. In the case in which the jury found yýou guilty you got $500 from a woman, a widow with two little children to support-practically all the money she had. You deposited that money in bank to your own personal credit and- drew it out for your own use. The 'testimony shows that:not a dollar of that money was ever received by the fire insurance company, to which it belonged. The testimony also shows, in this case, that you not only defrauded the in surance company, but that you also defrauded the widow from whom the money was received and that) 'you cheated your partner, Shugart, in,-the fiscal agency of the concern you were, promoting. It is consid ered by the court that you serve the fuil term of seven years in the State penitentiary at Baton -Rouge, to date from the day of your incarcer ation therein." Apparently Laning was unmoved. He resumed his seat beside his wife, who had been at his side through out his trial. Mrs. Laning was vis ibly affected to tears which she re pressed, as she spoke encouragingly to her husband. It has been intimated that a num ber of citizens, among whom were several ladieg sympathizing with Mrs. Laning, had requested Judgc Land to leniency and a number oi parties had also approached Judge Land for clemency in behalf o1 °Bunch, but Judge Land was not de terred in his duty. It is unnecessary to review how Bunch murdered his wife. He is fortunate in having es. caped the death penalty and impris onment for life. There is one plea which may be urged in extenuatioi of his erinme. HIe was boozed. Hac he been sober, he would not have 'I;Lnig' as te ealy s e rs. HE workmen are now busily engaged fashioning -A our new modern store. " We desire to apologize d's for any present inconvenience to which this may put you, and at the same time assure you that when ad finished ours will be the most modern and complete dry a goods store in North Louisiana. Lt Closing Out of o411 Odd Lots, Remnants, Etc. Will Continue While This `emodeling he is in Plrogress. * Bargains for c/Il as in Hearne Dry Goods Company 'or 00, nd sponsive to the crime. He should consider himself fortunate in hav ing been convicted on only one count instead of three. Possibly he would have escaped if the evidence of his embezzling $500 from Mrs. Whitman had been less direct and. positive. There was wasted on Lan ing some maudlin sentiment which is unseeming, but there are always those who misdirect their efforts and their expression. Why should sympathy be wasted on Laning? The penalty of seven years must have some effect on in dividuals inclined to embezzle striving to get rich quick. It must operate as a deterrent and a check on the criminally inclined. When a term of seven years in the pen confronts a would-be embezzler or a swindler he must hesitate. A milder penalty would be an incen 'ive to crime. A man plots deliber ately in a swindling scheme through which he expects to reap ten, twen ty or more thousands of dollars. He assumes that if apprehended he will escape 'through the tender sympa7 thies of the jury, but should he be accidentally cpi victed he will be penalized, to one, two, or at the ex ireme, three years in the pen, with the possibility of a pardon. In the meantime hiis. swindlngs are safe, and when he is liberated he can be come a gentleman wearing good clothes and feasting with the best to be had with money. We should bear in mind that the criminal or the criminally inclined is persuaded only through the ter rors of the law. It is very true that Judge Land has 'meted out penalties which may seem to be extreme, but it were a waste of time and a discredit of law and a mockery of justice to tempor ize with criminals, who have been deliberate and unsentimental in their crimes. For his firmness and for his fear less stand in favor of law and jus tice, Judge John IL Land deserves the commendation of every law abiding citizen in Shreveport, Caddo Parish and the State of Louisiana. River Stage. Denison 1.9, a fall of 0.5; Arthur City 7.4, rise of 0.6; White Cliffs 2.1, rise of 0.8; Fulton 4.6, fall of 0.6; Ringo Crossing 3.8, fall of 2.8; Finley 5.0, fall of 1.0; Spring Bank 3.2, rise of 0.4; Jefferson 1.4, fall of 0.1; Shreveport -1.2. A House Entirely in a Class by Itself. We Lead Where Others Would LiKe to Follow Convince yourself of this fact by calling on us for STEAM, GAS and GASOLINE ENGINES, SAW MILL and OIL WELL MACHINERY, also SUP PLIES OF EVERY DESCRIPTION which we carry in large quantitfes. Our factory is thoroughly : equipped and we can give you the best of service. Our reference: Any Bank in the State and thous ands of eustomers everywhere. The W. K. K enderson Iron Works & Supplyp Co. Caddo Street, from Spring to Commnerce. : Shrevelxrt. La. p-- --z,-* z 2 - - 2 . 2 2 . - 2 2 - .. 2 = .. ----. --.-, 4--4------ _ _.~~~.- . Henderson's Garage Largest Distributor of Automobiles Complete Stock of Accessories i tIe to Stay--We Want Your1Business PAY LARGE SUM FOR BIG FARM. Louisiana Land and Immigration Company Buys McDade Plantation in Bossier for $42,000. 4There was put on record Friday in Bossier Parish deeds k"ansferring the Skannels Bluff plantation, con taining some 1,800 acres, from W. E. and J. G. McD)ade to the Louisiana Land and Immigration Company, of Shreveport, the consideration being $42,000. This is one of the most fertile and notes plantations in this section and iies~-about six miles southeast of Shreveport. The price paid is ap proximately $28 per acre for the river land and $5 per acre for the improved uplands. This is the tyrd plantation this compan.y has recently purchased contiguous to Shreveport, and it is understood to be their intention to cut them up into 80 and 160-acre farms for their Northern and West ern custoniers. This company is owned and con trolled by local men in Louisiana, East Texas and South Arkansas, and with their by rking arrangements with the Texa & Pacific, St. Louis Southwestern and Kansas City Sou-. thern they believe they will be able to- bring a great many families into this section this fall. When interviewed, Mr. W. A. Jones, general manager of the com-' pany, stated that they had no trou ble in finding good substantial farm ers who would move into this sec tion, but that the great difficulty was in finding suitable small tracts, improved and ready for them, and that his company hd found it necessary to make preparations in advance and that the only way this could be done was to buy the larger tracts outright. That this undertaking will be tre mendously profitable to the stock holders goes without saying; but to see a local concern actually doing. that which every one recognized as a necessity and which development means so much to this sectioh is in deed gratifying. Sunday Law Violator. Henry Spencer, a negro, was con victed today of violating the Sun d.' law. He was fined by Judge. Land to pay $25 and spend 30 days' at the Parish Farm.