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]v ; PERCY H. VAN DYKE, Publisher end Editor.
Lord Kimberly, the British lib
eral leader, is dead.
Congress has voted a annual
pension of $5,000 to the widow of
the late President McKinley. '
President Roosevelt and family
were the guests of South Carolina on
the 8th and 9th inst., at the Charles
ton exposition.
Gen. Delarney has reported to
Former President Kruger numerous
cases of ^anton murder of defense
less women and aged Boers by Brit
ish troops. The accusations are sup
ported by affidavits, and specific
eases are mentioned, with dates of
IH^L The largest, quarterly receipts in
P|e history of tlm po-ial dcp.i ri ment
HEMHc re ported for the ilircc m<mf 1h
HHAiing Janpary, ligurcs for s\ hi• h
nave just been completed. The re
W ceipts were $32,005,(521; expendi
r tures, $30,947,131; excess of receipts
over expenditures, $1,058,490.
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JLUU X.VJ.HJ1. V/A UU' ijVvlvl' 1.I
cian of the department of agricul
ture shows the average condition of
winter wheat on April 1 to have
been 78.7, against 91.7 on April 1,
1901, 82.1 at the corresponding date
in 1900 and 82.4 the mean of the
April averages for the last ten
An appeal has been issued by
Boer sympathizers of Illinois for five
million donations of $1 each, to be
forwarded for the relief of Boer
men and women in concentration
camps in South Africa.
It is reported the Louisville &
Nashville railroad has passed to the
Southern railway. Indications soetti
to point to the fact that the L. & N.
will be turned over to the Rock Is
land, and the Southern and Rock
Island systems will affect some kind
of community of interest deal,
j^' Rev. T. DeWitt Talmage, the
noted Presbyterian minister, died
at his bone, in ^Washington. on the
12th. Dr. Tahndge was born Jan
uary 7, 1832, in Somerset county,
New Jersey. After graduating he
studied law, but a few' years later
entered the ministry of the Presby
terian church.
Miss Carrie M. Jennett, a school
teacher, was brutally murdered at
Detroit, Mich., by Prof. Joseph Mil
ler, who beat the girl’s head into an
unrecognizable mass with a hatchet.
Miller had wronged the girl, and
when she asked him to leave his
family and go with her lie planned
the murder. He was convicted in
less than seventy-two hours after the
crime, was committed and given a
life sentence in prison.
An Illinois Central passenger train
collided with a switch engine at
Memphis. The passenger engine,
two baggage cars, the mail cat and
a second class coach were derailed.
Fireman Win Goodloe, colored, was
killed. Engineer Clias. J. Barnett,
badly injured about the body. Ex
press Messenger Win. E. Fink of
Cairo, 111., sustained a fracture of
the skull and severe bruises, and an
unknown man, supposed to be a
tramp, lost a hand and one of his
Gen. Wade Hampton, of South
Carolina, died on the 11th inst.
Gen. Hampton had just passed his
81th birthday. He was the most
distinguished citizen of South Car
olina. To the dead statesman and
soldier, Gen. Fitzhugh Lee paid the
following tribute: “Gun. Hampton
was one of the most magnificent men
in many respects 1 have ever known;
a man of great ability, fascinating
manners, true and loyal to his
friends and an officer of great mer
it and a citizen without peer and
without reproach. He was a mag
nificent specimen of the southern
gentleman and his death will not
only be greatly deplored over the
country, but more especially by
those Confederate soldiers who were
accustomed to follow him on so many
fields of battle.”
Fire at Columbus, Ga.. destroyed
property valued at $250,000.
Minister Conger is to return from
his present mission to the Chinese
The Kansas City, Mo., democratic
municipal ticket, vvas elected bv a
plurality of 2,000 votes.
Miss Helen Stone, the missionary
who was captured by brigands in
Bulgaria, arrived in this country on
the 10th inst.
Maj. Gen. W. R. Shatter, retired,
has agreed to accept the republican
nomination for governor of Calif or
nia should it be tendered him.
Three millionaires—X. B. Scott.
Henry Schmulbaek and James Cald
well—are opposing candidates for
United States senator from West
Henry Flutcher, colored was
hanged at St. Louis for the murder
of Louis Roth, aged 10 years. A
few minutes after the trap was
sprung the sheriff received a tele
gram from the governor granting
a respite of fifteen days to the con
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UA. .MlllCU. Ill till.
Eugene F. Ware, of Kansas, has
been named as the successor of Pen
sion Commisisoner Evans. Mr.
Ware is a veteran of the civil and
Indian wars; was a member of the
Kansas senate and twice delegate to
the republican national convention.
He is the author of many sketches,
pamphlets and legal essays, and un
der the nom de plume of “Iron
Quill” has written a number of
A desperate negro named Rey
nolds shot and killed Sheriff Gassa
way, P. A. Prout, Jesse Davis and
another officer at Tuseombia, Ala.
The officers went to arrest the negro
when he opened fire with a Win
chester. Reynolds, was himself kill
ed in battle. Following the tragedy,
an order was issued ^forbidding the
assembling of negroes, for fear that
a clash between the races would oc
cur. At Florence a negro who ex
pressed gratification over Reynolds’
fiendish success as a murderer was
killed by a butcher, who cut his
body almost half in two with a meat
Plans have boon completed by the
navy department for important
changes in the existing system of
training enlisted men for the ser
vice, and a policy adopted which, if
carried out, will give the navy an
aggregated force of 50,000 seamen
in the next nine years. It is pro
posed to add 3,000 men annually
to tlie navy, beginning this year and
extending until 1910. There are
now nearly 23,000 men in the ser
vice, including apprentices, and with
the increase that is expected to be
authorized this season, the navy
nnisf mnlrp nrnvisirm bpfwppn now
and July 1, 1903, for 6,798 men.
Almost the entire population of
Zapota county, Tex., is in a deplora
ble condition and many persons are
on the verge of starvation. There has
been no rainfall there for two years,
and former fertile acres are now
nothing but ghastly, glistening sand
dumps. The bones of thousands of
animals strew the plains, and death
and desolation are to be seen on ev
ery hand. Citizens of Texas have
contributed to the sufferers, and
the governor has done all in his pow
er for their relief, but outside aid
0 badly needed. Many of the people
will remove to other parts if assist
ed to. do so.
Wheat was cultivated on 209,
•160 farms, covering 807,136 acres
and producing 11.237,005 bushel*
of a farm value of $5,748,371. Corn
was cultivated on 4,697,799 farms,
producing 2,666,436,279 bushels on
97,9.16,866 acres of a farm value of
$830,257,726. On 2,114,559 farms
oats was cultivated over 29,539,
597 acres, producing therefrom 942,
387,375 bushels, of a farm value of
$217,098,584. Rye was cultivated
on 295,108 farms, covering 2,054,
269 acres, producing therefrom 25,
570,330 bushels, of a farm value of
$12,291,258. On 2,053,912 farms
wheat was cultivated, on 53,588,574
acres, producing therefrom 658,534,
252 acres, of a farm value of $369,
Crop Outlooks
A summary of the uWkly crop
bulletin of the Arkansas weather
bureau, for the week enfling April
9. shows that unfavorable weather
conditions have retarded farming
operations and work is generally two
weeks behind in almost all sections
of the state; wherever the weather
permitted, work has been pushed
rapidly. The weather has not been
favorable for the proper germina
tion of seed and the growth of vege-'
tat,ion. Some corn has been planted
in all sections, and in some localities
is almost completed, but the bulk
of the crop remains to be planted.
Some preparations are being made
for cotton planting, but none has
been planted. Wheat and oats, as a
rule, do not present very flattering
prospects, although in many locali
ties the change has been for the bet
ter, oats especially has improved and
the stand is fair to good. Some po
tatoes have been planted, and are
coming up in some sections, while
in. others they are not doing well
and are rotting in the ground. Fruit
trees are budding and have received
no injury from the late frost.
Fraternal Insurance.
The annual statement by - State
Auditor T. C. Monroe shows the
following members and amount o:
insurance in force in the various
fraternal societies operating in Ar
kansas last year:
Ancient Order of United Work
men. Bentonville; 3,725 members,
Catholic Knights of America, St.
Louis, Mo.; 23,772 members, $35,
Eastern Star Benefit Association,
Helena; 2,340 members, $234,000.
Knights of Honor, St. Louis,
Mo.; 55,773 members, $96,852,500.
Knights and Ladies of Honor, In -
dianapolis, Ind.; 51,808 members,
Knights of Pythias, Chicago, 111.;
57,075 members. $101,265,500. .
Knights of Maccabees, Port Hu
ron, Mich. ; 240,299 members, $326,
Masonic Benefit Association, Pres
cott; 4,159 members.
Odd Fellows’ Benefit Association,
Fort Smith; 2,896 members.
Woodmen Circle, Omaha, Neb ;
11,848 members, $12,688,800.
Woodmen of the World, Omaha,
Neb., 153,017 members, $248,871,
Roelc Fraternal Union, Little
Rock ; 600 member*.
United Moderns, Denver, Col.;
6,942 members, $10,169,250.
Value of Vegetables.
The United States census report
for Arkansas has the following: The
total value of all vegetables grown
in the state in 1899, including pota
toes, sweet potatoes and onions, was
$3,365,343, of which 23.5 per cent
represents the value of potatoes;
14.7 per cent, that of sweet potatoes;
1.4 per cent, that of onions; and
60.4 per cent, that of miscellaneous
vegetables. In the growing of mis
cellaneous vegetables, 44,937 acres
were used. Of this area the prod
ucts of 34,991 acres were not re
ported in detail. Of the remaining
9,946 acres, 5,162 were devoted to
watermelons; 2,388 acres, to musk
and other melons; 948 acres, to cab
bages; 850 acres, to tomatoes; 220
acres to sweet corn; 205 acres to
cucumbers; and 175 acres, to other
Mayor Belding Accepts.
Mayor George R. Belding, of Hot
Springs, has accepted the appoint
ment as a member of the Arkansas
World's Fair directory. He says, in
a letter to Gov. Davis:
“I am glad to accept the appoint
ment, and desire to say to the peo
ple of Arkansas that with their
hearty co-operation Arkansas will
have an exhibit at St(. Ixmis of which
we will all be proud. We have a
wealth of undeveloped resources and
another better opportunity to dis
play them will not be available in
.perhaps a century. With a unity
of action we will ceomplish the de
aired end.”
u. Clayton Vindicated.
Advi from Washington state
that H Powqll Clayton, ambassa
dor to JVVxieo. Vvill be retained at
his presell post.V Gen. Clayton is
said to haw met tpe charges prefer
red againstlhim toe the entire satis
faction of he administration. A
part of the charges which wore given
publicity and which it was believed
were under consideration at the de
partment were‘never in fact referred
to1 Gen. Clayton. These related to
his alleged neglect of the interest of
Americans in the Mexican courts.
It develops that Gen. Clayton in all
he did in this connection carried out
the explicit instructions of the de
partment at Washington and every
detail of the proceedings was made
familiar to the Washington officials
as soon as developed. The other
charge and the only one the general
had to meet, was that he had acquir
ed an interest in mining property in j
Mexico in which Mexican official j
were interested. This he disposed
of to the satisfaction of both the
president and Mr. Hay.
Medical Graduates.
The annual commencement exer
cises of the medical department of
the state university were held at Lit
tle Rock on the 7th inst. There
were eleven graduates presented
with diplomas, as follows: N. E.
Armstrong, Logan county ; J. A.
Bogart, St. Francis county;*A. J.
Clingan, Sevier county ; J. D. Eddy,
Conway county; D. H. Edwards,
White county; E. Kreugar, Pulaski
county ; G. W. Lewis, Pulaski coun
ty; M. D. McClain, Saline county;
James Parker, Prairie county; B. S
Stokes, Pike county; W. W. Ward,
Union county. The gold medal of
fered by the State Medical Society
of Arkansas to the graduate passing
the best animation in all branches
was,awarded to Dr. M. D. McClain;
honorable mention, Drs. J. A. Bo
gart and E. Kreugar.
The Universalists.
The conference of the Universal
ists of Arkansas closed at Little
Rock on the 12th after electing the
following officers for the ensuing
year: Judge J. W. Pittman, of
Prescott, president; Judge J. W.
Howell, of Hot Springs, vice presi
dent; E. B. Maust, of Little Rock,
secretary; Mrs. U. Kolin, of Little
Rock, treasurer. The committee on
finance and recommendations sub
mitted a lengthy report, which was
adopted. The committee on resolu
tions also made a report in which the
following was embodied:
“Resolved, that we stand stead
fast in the belief of the universal
fatherhood of God in spiritual au
thority and leadership of his son,
Jesus Christ, the trustworthiness of
the bible as containing a revelation
from God, the certainty of just retri
bution for sin, the final harmony of
all souls with God. We extend our
heartfelt thanks to our national
young people’s Christian union for
placing a misisonary in our field
and contributing so liberally to his
An Inventor Missing.
The police of Memphis are anx
ious to learn the whereabouts of
Arthur S. Winston, who disappeared
from the above city several days ago,
atfer causing the arrest of a man
named Watson on the charge of rob
bing him of valuable drawings and
plans of a patent. Winston’s home
is at Danville, this state. He was
known to have in his posses,don at
Memphis the papers alleged to have
been stolen, but after making com
plaint lie failed to show up to pros
ecute the aeccused. On the 14th
he had failed to show up at Dan
ville, and it is feared he met with
foul play.
Wiley Sessions, a young white
man, was electrocuted at Little Rock
by touching a live wire. With some
friends lie was crossing the street at
a point where there was a mud hole.
To keep out of the slush he .took hold
of a telephone pole. The live wire
was hanging to the pole and his
hands came in contact with it, death
being instantaneous.
r 1
Dr. Hooper Heports.
The following is the official re
port submitted by Superintendent
P. 0. Hooper, of the Arkansas State
Lunatic Asylum, to the board of
trustees, for the month of March:
Patients on Hand, February 28—
(males) 272, white (females) 262,
colored (males) 38, colored (fe
males) 66 ; total, 638. g
Admitted During Month of March
—White (males) 7, white (females) f
6: total, 12.
D i sch a rged, Recove red—Wh ite
(females) 1. f
Disc h urged U n i nip ro ved—Whita
(males) 2. *
Died—White (males) 2, white
(females) 1, colored (males) 1; to
tal, 4.
Remaining on Hand March 31 —
White (males) 274, .rhite (females)
265, colored (males) 37, colored
(females) 66; total, 642.
Causes of Death—Consumption 1,
apoplexy 1, tabes mesunteria 1, ex
haustion 1.
HuS Sentenced.
John Dugan, alias Ed Huff, a
white man, arrested in Little Rock
on the charge of counterfeiting,
pleaded guilty to the charge of hav
ing in possession counterfeit coin
and attempting to pass the same,
and was fined $100 and sentenced to
two years at hard labor in the At
lanta penitentiary.
Will ISpend Quarter Million.
The officers and directors of the
St. Francis levee board expect to be
in a position to soon authorize the
expenditure of over a quarter of a
million dollars for extensive im
provements anc repairs to the al
\ready/splendid system of levees over
tvhich they exerche control.
\ . brief mention.
$3,000 college building is to
be \erected at Heber by the Bap
TlVe Arkansas associyjon 0f Sev
enth \)ay Adventis^Skbasbeen incor- Ipi
porated under the laVs o\ the state.
The directors of tl Alton Belt
have decided to locate tree generah
offices of the board at Texarkana. 1|
Dora Sims was shot and fatally
wounded at Pine Bluff by Mary Me- f
McEanlly. Both women colored.
The Southwestern Telephone com
pany will expend $1,000,000 for im
provements in Arkansas and Texas.
Ike Jones, colored, serving a 21
year sentence in the penitentiary, es
caped from the convict camp at Der
The T. E. Jackson handle fac
tory at Black Rock was destroyed
by fire April 9, loss $3,200, insur
ance $2,000. ^1
Douglas Fears, colored, was kill
ed at Camden by a crazy negress
named Frazer who snlit liis hond
open with an ax.
Prof. J unius J ordan will shortly
resign as one of the faculty of the
state university to accept the super
intendency of the public schools of
Pine Bluff.
Jim Young, Ben Matthews and
Poster Blade, young negro boys, are
under arrest at Pine Bluff, charged
with a series of burglaries of busi
ness houses. • 1
Hon. Clay Sloan, of Black Rock,
has resigned as member of the stale 4
board of charitable institutions, and
r . Jesse R. Bush,
Tom Shields, a young white man, .. . ,
was shot and killed at Hamburg bv
a man namd Lochia. The tragedy
was the result of a quarrel over a
game of cards.
A. B. C. Duren was arrested, at
Fort Smith charged with complic
ity in the hold-up of the Kansas
City Southern train near Spiro, I.
T., last January.
Congress voted the-turn of $5,000
to the widow of the late Judge Par
ker, for extraordinary service ren- ,
dered the government by him in the
western district of Arkansas. \
Gov. Davis has displaced Hon. J.
J. Whittaker as president of the St.
Louis state world’s fair board and
appointed Hon. Geo. Belding, of
Hot. Springs, as his successor.

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