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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27. 1901. NUMBER 23
DO HONOR TO THE DEAD. Memorial Services at the Methodist Church.—Beautiful Program Ren dered.—Many Tributes to the Illustrious Dead, Friend of the Southland. Thursday was a day of mourning throughout the country. From every town and city of the land, services were offered as a memorial to the de parted president. Political and relig ious differences were lost sight, of in *he admiration of the people for the statesman and their love for the man, William McKinley. The North and South are one in their grief over the loss of the most popu lar of presidents since Washington. “Dixie Land,” opposing the policies of the party responsible for McKin ley’s election, as she has since the Civ it War, is as sincere in her grief and as fervent in her eulogies of the martyr ed president as the people of his Ohio home. In testimonial of this high regard for the distinguished deceased and loyalty to the national govern ment at which Anarchy aimed with the assassin’s bullet, the people of Newport assembled in union services Thursday morning at the Methodist church. The church was tastily decorated with bunting of the national colors in terspersed with crepe. In front of the pulpit was hung a picture of the dead president, draped in black with flags from the corners. With potted plants and cut flowers the rostrum was pret ty indeed. The program of exerci es in red, white and blue was printed up on the black board, making a flag de sign. The memorial services were opened with voluntary, “One Sweetly Solem 1 Thought ” by Misses Hester Phillips and Lucile Bandy, C. E. Crook and . Rev. J. W. Smith. The quartette were * •* aien good voice and the rendition of the piece was beautiful. Rev. H. E. Gabby invoked the bless ing of God upon the meeting, the na tion in its loss of the chief executive and asked that we be reconciled to ti e death of this beloved one, in that it was the working out of the destiny of the world by the Almighty. “Nearer My God to Thee,” a solo by Mrs. Maude Marshall followed. Sweet as is the song and beautifully as it was sung, the remembrance that these were among the last words at one of the most pathetic death bed scenes ever recorded in history, hummed by a martyr, who found comfort in this . hope, made the song deeply affecting. The scripture reading was by Rev. L. H. Richardson and told of the suf ferings of the Son of Man, that we through him might live. “America” was next sung by the choir, followed by tne lirst speaker, Judge O. W. Scarborough, whose tri bute to the dead president was grand. Rich in historical references, beautiful in its English and figures of speech, the eloquence and pathos of its thought brought tears to the eyes. The speaker found comfort in the verse of the poet, in the rea soning of the philosopher and in the teaching of the bible that no such thing as death existed. He classed McKinley as one of “the no blest types of eloquent manhood” the world had ever produced. He had done more than any other president to make us a united people and died alike for the rich and poor, for North and South. His words at Atlanta, had made the South feel close to him and her people loved him. As president in a crucial period of our national his tory, his statemanship had met the responsibility of the hour and no one could tell the ultimate prosperity and glory of our country under the guid ance of such a patriot. A Christian gentlemen, his character would bear comparison with that of other great men and stand head and shoulders above them all. Should this country ever be numbered among other na tions of the past, the departed presi dent will have erected a monument more enduring than the pyramids. 'Jhekpeaker closed in a touching verse, bidding the object of this memorial to sleep upon the attainments of a life so well spent. Misses Phillips and Bandy rendered a pleasing vocal selection entitled * “Through the Gates of Gold.” Dr. Henry Owen referred to the sad news flashed over the country at the time the attempt of Czolgosz was made, the reports that brought hope and then the swift decline. Through all this he had found com fort in the thought that the President had enjoyed the best of medical and surgical skill. Never was the sorrow of a people so general, because of the pure character of the man. Anarchy must be suppressed, the youth of our land must be educated to respect the law. The spirit of the President must be inculcated of “fairness to an ene my and submission to God’s will. Prof. A. V. Hamilton took for his subject, the words of his teacher at the time of the Garfield assassination, when the country was bowed in simi lar memorial, “Of what sort was he?” He thought the pre-eminent qualities of McKinley were pureness of heart, unselfishness, magnanimity, warmness of heart, generosity, love of morality and right. The devotion of the late president for his wife was compared with that of Garfield for his mother. In closing, he brought out the fact that character and not reputation abideth and though within an hour from that time, the body of the presi dent would be laid in its lasting place, tne innuence or nis exemplary lire would live on forever. The choir then sang another of the president’s favorite hymns, “Lead Kindly Light.” Rev. J. W. Smith, the last speaker upon the program, made his remarks brief owing to the lateness of the hour. Though a Southerner, he was able to appreciate the greatness of this man. Referring to our easy im migration laws, he brought out upon the other hand, that many of our best people were of foreign birth. No country offered such freedom of thought and religion, but Christian truth gave greatest liberty. Like King Alfred of England, who was never appreciated for centuries, Mc Kinley had been much criticized du ring his life, but such opinion would not live. The President was likened to Napoleon; the former trusted his advisers, the latter his generals. Though dead, his influence in soc:ety and politics would be greater than eve. before and men in coming centuries would rise up and call him blessed. After singing the doxology, the ser vices were concluded by an earnest prayer from Rev. James H. Brooks. A YOUTHFUL TRAVELER. Few children enjoy the novel ex perience of traveling alone hundreds of miles at the tender age of three years, but such was the lot of the lit tle three year old son of Mrs. Nora Abbott of Newark. The little fellow’s name would be given here, but the fact is he could hardly talk and would not tell. More than that, he was as hard to pump as one of these modern non-committal politicians, who strad dle every public question they can, and when they can’t, crawl into their shells and refuse to be interviewed. Krv U -A- „ J ..i_„ * a v 1A VJUl '-'AAA IllkVliUOll 1<U UOtl UV. i from the manly little fellow’s refusal to take strangers into his confidence. He was right, young as was his judg ment, and the boys and girls and old er people too, who after a trip on the road know more people than they could ever make affidavits for intro duction to, are all wrong. But we will lose sight of the little boy unless we return to our subject. He was shipped from Rogersville, Missouri by his father, so he said, and consigned to his mother at Newark, billed via Hoxie. Don’t think he came in a box car, because he traveled like a piece of freight, for he rode in the chair car and was the recipient of much conglomerated sympathy and curiosity at the hands of his fellow passengers. Attached to his collar was the regu lation check, just as if he were a trunk or any other old piece of baggage. Then too, there was Ms shipping tag giving point of destination and parties and pinned securely to this self same collar was a half rate ticket. He was entitled to a fourth the charges made for many a portly drummer’s form. Agerft W. M. Gregg took the way farer under his wing at this point and saw that he caught his train out. Sc the prospects are the lad got home this afternoon and gladdened an anx ious mother’s heart. LYNN-PETTET. Beautiful Church Wedding of Mr. Frank Lynn to Miss Henrietta Pettet Wednesday Evening. Both Parties Prominent in Newport Society. Mr. Frank Walter Lynn and Miss Henrietta Pettett were on Wednesday evening at the Methodist church, pro nounced man and wife, by the bride’s pastor, Rev. J. W. Smith. The church was handsomely decor ated in potted plants, with cut flowers about the altar that made the green ery and whiteness of the blossoms productive of an effect, from which an artist’s eye could draw inspiration. The large auditorium was filled with people, friends of the contracting par ties. Promptly at 8:30, to the sweet strains of Mendlessohn,' played by Miss Lucile Bandy, the wedding party entered the church. Down the centre aisle, came first the four ushers, Mes srs. Ed. Mann and Jas. L. Jones, Wil liam Pettet and Lab Gilliam, who parted at the altar, arranging them selves upon either side. j-ijv.' nuu vv/moumu^ liuam Campbell, entered the church by the left side door, meeting at the altar the fair bride upon the arm of her sister Mrs. H. E. L. McCollum, who advanc ed by the centre aisle. As the music ceased, with bride and groom before the officiating minister and attendants to right and left, Rev. Mr. Smith in good voice entered upon the marriage ceremony, a very sweet one in which the ring was placed upon the linger of the bride. The wedding party made their exit by the centre aisle to a continuation of Mendles sohirs march. The bride, a fair blonde of pretty expression and attractive features was resplendent in the bridal veil of snowy whiteness and wore a beauti ful white organdie trimmed in lace ribbon and ruffles. She carried a lit tle white bible. Mrs. McCollum wore a very becoming organdie with tram and carried a bouquet of La France roses. The groom and his attendants were dressed in the conventional black. He is a young man of this city, whom it delights to call her own. Of gentle manly bearing and sociable disposi tion, with steadfast character and high moral sense, the whole people are his good wishers. The bride and groom were the re cipients of many handsome, useful and costly presents. They expect to begin house-keeping at once in their newly furnished cottage on Laurel street. The Independent congratulates him upon the winning of so charming a bride and wishes the newly bonded twain the best gifts of life. JACKSON-NUGENT. Mr. Stell N. Jackson and Miss Luella Nugent were married at the home of the bride on Elm street Wednesday evening, September 25, at 7:30 o’clock. Only a few intimate friends and rel atives of the contracting parties were present at this pretty home wedding, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. Mr. Hodges, Miss Claire John son playing the wedding march. The bride was very becomingly dressed in a white organdie, with rib bon and lace waist and carried a love ly bouquet of roses. The groom wore a Tuxedo and appeared to great ad vantage in black. Many beautiful presents were re ceived by the bride and groom, who took the 9:25 p. m. train for Pocahon tas, where they will visit the latter’s parents for ten days before returning to this city, which they will make their home. The bride is a sweet and winsome young lady, whose graces of charac ter and disposition have made for her a friend in every member of her ac quaintanceship. The groom is deserv ing of congratulations in winning so rich a prize for life. He was former ly located here and well thought of and remembered. The Independent wishes to be in cluded among the friends who wish the newly wedded, the happiness of a home, in which love is ever a bond of union and source of contentment and joy. THE ALRIGHT MR. WRIGHT. A good house witnessed an excel lent rendition of George H. Broad hurst’s farcial comedy “The Wrong Mr. Wright” at the opera house Wed nesday night. From start to finish, this production is filled with laughable scenes and the troupe of which Harry Beresford is the star was capable of bringing them out in a natural way that took the house by storm. Like all other farces, the clouds of mystery and amusing complications were all cleared away in the finale and left the hearer to marvel at the clever plot and intricate conceptions with so many misunderstandings, that made people do and say such funny things. Harry Beresford as Seymour Sites, the owner of hard earned millions, ef fects a transition from miser to dandy that is superb. LTnder the intoxi cating influence of love, he becomes “a wonder.” He spends his money like a thoroughbred and the female detective sent ' to dog his footsteps falls a victim to his wooing and loves to such distraction as to become re pentant for her part in hounding Mr. Wright, who proves to be the wrong one, having assumed the name. There are several side issues, which prove congenial matches. Joseph Fynney as Lord Brazy, an English lord with nerve to burn, happens to oe at uici Jr'oint uomtort, tne scene of the play, on the lookout for an American heiress, but in this little world of assumed names and disguis ed people, makes love to the maid of the girl with coin and being game, keeps his word after the discovery. All the characters were good and the female members were all “peach es,” even if there was but one Miss Clingstone. Miss Hubbard as Henrietta Oliver and Miss Gautier Pottery as Sites’ niece were very original, clever and graceful actors and did much to sus tain Mr. Beresford in this good pro duction. Mr. J. E. Doherty, manager of the Newport opera house deserves great.' credit for bringing so good an attrac tion to our town and the thanks of an appreciative audience, who more than realized their money’s worth in “The Wrong Mr. Wright.” SOLE PRISONER ESCAPES. The city and county bastile is va cant. There was but one prisoner confined therein Tuesday, and about dusk after making the necessary pre parations for his egress, he proceeded to “fly his kite.” When Driver Baird took the prisoner his supper about >JV » V1J viv « VI 1 W W * I IVU 11V X v> VI | ' V_/ ilU V to his calls and upon investigation, a hole was found in the flooring leading to one in the north wall, by which the inmate undoubtedly made his escape. The wall was three bricks in thick ness and had been removed by some kind of a tool, but this the prisoner must have taken with him, as no evi dences of his manner of escape re , mained except the removed flooring and bricks. Sheriff Bandy was not in the city Tuesday and during the sickness of his son Lockard, a close watch of the jail has not been maintained, there being but one prisoner. His name was John Hutchinson, having been brought here after a trial in the justice’s court at Swifton and bound over to await the action of the next grand jury. He was charged with having stolen a gun and 820 in cash. Though rather a young man, he has a hard face, with short chin whiskers and very dark complection. Points on the railroad near here have been furnished a description of the jail breaker and as he was a very crude crook, the officers hope to again have him in the toils. He was seen by Mr. Baird at the jail window' at four o’clock in the afternoon and as to what route he took upon his escape no clues have been found. Joe Hinkle, the horse thief wrho has been in custody here, was removed to Batesville Monday to stand trial for his offense. FOR SALE. Four heating stoves, cook stove, household goods—safe, office desk, table and chair. Wagon jack and tools. Apply at 415 Pine street. 129t6 Mrs. R. P. Hitchcock. ORG ANIZ ATI ON EFFECTED. Newport Ladies Enroll Themselves in Local Chapter of United Daugh ters of Confederacy. At the call meeting held Wednesday afternoon at the residence of Mrs. Josie Brandenburg, eighteen ladies of this city were present to take part in the organization of a local chapter of the United Daughters of Confederacy and eight others sent their regrets up on not being able to attend, asking that their names be enrolled. Mrs. Charles Wilmans was chosen temporary chairman of the meeting, which proceeded to a discussion of tiie objects of the order, the constitution and by-laws of the national organiza tion being read. The permanent officers elected are as follows: President, Mrs. R. M. Laird; vice-president, Miss Lou Min or; second vice-president, Mrs. T. J. Gregg; secretary, Mrs. Charles Wil mans; treasurer, Mrs. Ii. T. Robert son; historian, Mrs. O. D. Watson. Mrs. urnc imnni mously elected delegate to the next state convention of the Arkansas di vision, which meets in Little Rock this fall. The organization of a Newport chap ter was undertaken in response to the request of Mrs. Keller, state organi zer, and the interest taken in the ini tial meeting is very gratifying to those whose hearts are in the work. CRUSHED TO DEATH Sad Fate Of John Burns, A Young Man Of Newark, While En gaged At Work In A Well. A fearful death happened to John Burns, a young man of twenty-two years, while engaged at work in a well at Newark Wednesday. A well to supply the railroad water tank at that station was being dug and Burns was at the bottom of the same, when the men above were handing down some heavy timber and the sides be gan caving. Before anything could be done, Burns was buried beneath the mass, all except his head. The body of the unfortunate man was badly crushed though he remained conscious during the terrible suffering which ensued, before over 1200 pounds of earth could be removed. Though life was not ex tinct when rescued, he died while be ing removed to his home upon a cot. The burial was held Thursday at Blue Springs, two miles from Newark. Tank Inspector Willis had just as cended from the well when the caving began and by a few minutes, missed a similar death. SHOT BY REJECTED SUITOR. Miss Mollie Powell, of Rolla, Missou ri, the sister of Mrs. Weigel whose hus band is a civil engineer and draughts man for the Morning Star, was shot in cold blood at her home Monday night by a rejected suitor, J. S. Crosswell, an instructor in the Missouri School of Mines at Rolla. A birthday party, given by the young lady, had just broken up, when a pistol shot was heard which ended the life of Miss Powell. A bottle of chloroform was found upon the floor, showing that she had been drugged before shot. Crosswell escaped to the street, but the town was soon in arms, the whole country being scoured for traces of bis whereabouts. He was finally surrounded by a posse at 11 o’clock, Tuesday night, but shot himself be fore he could be taken. STATE NEWS NOTES. Cotton Belt engineer, John 0. Mc Dermott, aged 35 years, died Monday as the result of injuries sustained in falling from his engine. Gov. Davis has offered a reward of $750, for the capture of the murder ers of Henry Newell and wife, who were shot in cold blood Sunday, near Prilgrim’s Rest, twenty-five miles from Pine Bluff. The examining commissioners, of Pulaski County, after looking into the records and accounts of the public of ficers, have reported everything in satisfactory shape.