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NEWPORT, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY MAY 16, 1902. NUMBER22
Newport Builders' r Supply and Hard r y ware Company mm 6RAJEBoons OF EVERY DESCRIPTION, Quality ©ur First (Consideration -PRICES ALWAYS REASONABLE.. —. ...it_____ \ | If You Intend to Take a Trip to | A1 CHICAGO 1 E equipment of “The Alton” is matchless in every ^ gE respect, its superb appointments having earned for ^ gE it the title of E^s | ’’THE ONLY WAY.” | J. BOWES, i sst. G. P. A., St. Louis, flo. ^ ASSESSOR’S NOTICE. NOTICE is hereby given that' the under-1 signed, as assessor of JacksotA county, Arkansas, will meet the people of the different townships at the following times and places, for the purpose of listing the Personal Property and Per Capita Tax for the year 1902: Barren township, McDougal’s residence, Mon day and Tuesday, June 2, and S. Glaize township, Grand Glaize, Wednesday . * and Thursday June 4 and 6. f Breckinridge township, Auvergne, Friday * •* , June 6. tkinridge township, Weldon, Saturday "IP ■ Breckinridge township, Tupelo, Monday June 9. Cow Eake township, Nance’s Store Tuesday and Wednesday, June 10 and 11. Kichwoods township, Martin’s Old Residence, Thursday and Friday, June 12 and 13. Cache township, Burton’s Store, Saturday June 14. Cache township, Martin’s School House, Mon day and Tuesday June 16, and 17. Grubbs township, Robinson’s Chapel, Wednes day and Thursday June 18 and 19. Village township, Barnes’ Mill, Friday June 20. Jefferson township, Jacksonport, Monday and Tuesday, June 23 and 24. Bird township, Elgin, Wednesday June 26. Bird township, Centerville, Thursday, June 26. Bird township, Tuckerman, Friday and Sat urday, June 27 and 28. Glass township, Swifon, Monday June 30 Tuesday and Wednesday, July 1 and 2. Union township, Court House, Newport, from July 7 to August 20. Please bring along your deeds or last t c receipts. Given under my hand this 6th day of May 1902. B. F. SIMMONS Assessor of Jackson County. First published May 6 Daily Indepeudant 6t. The NEWPORT LAUNDRY COMPANY. Has the Largest Plant in Arkansas. Equipped with Latest Improved Machinery. Uses Filtered and Condensed Water and Positively Guar antees all work. Give Us A Trial. We Will Please You. Prompt Service and Special Work Everyday. Out of Town agents wanted. NEWPORT LAUNDRY CO. A. T. Hubly, S. & T. u SELF DEFENSE PLEA ADVANCED Hearing of Rufus Johnson Before Judge Fulkerson Proceeds—An other Eye Witness Bobs Up Whose Story Substantiates Self Defense Theory. The preliminary examination of Rufus Johnson, charged with the murder of James Cole upon May 10, tvas begun before Judge F. D. Ful kerson Friday morning. Upon this :eviewal of the case will depend whether or not the defendant is ad mitted to bail, for should the facts srought forth in this examination prove reasonable grounds for holding :he defendant guilty of murder in the irst degree, the offense becomes not jailable and the defendant must iwait the action of the next grand ury in the custody of the sheriff. The examination of witnesses for ;he defense occupied the morning session of court, and of this time, the lefendant Rufus Johnson occupied ibout half an hour in telling his story. He claims that he did not wait in am jush for James Cole, but had his gun md was going out to his farm when le saw Cole with Constable Ball, leav ng Ben Thomas’ gate. He said he jtepped into the brush to let them pass, when Cole saw him and made m effort to get his gun from Ball, rhen he (Johnson) shot in self de :ense with the well known result, Dole’s death. To corroborate this testimony of the iefendant, another eye-witness to the tragedy was put forward by the de fense, Floyd Thomas, who claims to aave seen Cole make an attempt to ^et his gun, just before he was shot io\yn by Johnson. This evidence in support of the self defense theory, aontradicts directly with that of witnesses for the state as brought out in both examinations. Floyd Thomas is the party, whom Ball testified that Johnson said had told him (Johnson) that Jim Cole’s wife was at Ben Thomas’ and that that would be the place to find him (Cole). The defendant listened attentively bo the evidence of witnesses on both sides, but gave no indication by rest lessness that he was the most inter ested party of all. He wore a blue working shirt in court, is rather tall, perhaps 6 feet in stature, but rather Blender and has keen, piercing eyes. His attorneys are Gustave Jones and Stayton & Stayton, while the pros ecuting attorney, S. D. Campbell, is assisted by Judge M. M. Stuckey. Later—Judge Fulkerson after hearing the case, refused the defend ant Rufus Johnson, bail, and he will remain in the custody of the Bheriff to await the action of the grand jury for the July term of court. WILLIAMS HELD AT VAN BUREN. Van Buren, May 15.—John Wil liams, the negro burglar who stabbed P. R. Davis, a wholesale merchant at Fort Smith, was captured here last night and is being held for safe keep ing. It is believed he would be mobbed if taken to Fort Smith before the excitement subsides. The pris oner is 58 years old and a professional gambler. He admits the burglary but says he did not stab Davis. He claims he has run gambling houses in Mem phis and Little Rock. MASONIC BANQUET AT BRINKLEY. Brinkley, May 15.—The Masonic banquet given here tonight was at tended by a large crowd. Prominent Masons from all over the district are in attendance, and the meeting will adjourn Friday evening. Several prominent Masons are here from Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Newport, Forrest City, Clarendon and other points. They are being royally en tertained by the Masons and citizens of Brinkley. TO ATTEND INAUDURATION. Washington, May 15.—Senator Mon ey and his secretary, Senator Mason. Senator Jones of Arkansas, ex-Sena tor Thurston and Representative Dt Armond left here yesterday for Hav ana to attend the inauguration ol President-elect Estrada Palma. CHILDREN’S DAY EXERCISES. The Children’s Day Exercises at the Presbyterian church will be held Sun day morning at eleven o’clock instead of at night on account of the Bac calaureate sermon at the Methodist church. The following program has been ar ranged and the young people drilled for the exercises in which they have parts: Opening Prayer. Hymn—Scatter Sunshine. Responsive Reading. I Hymn—Stand Up For Jesus. Responsive Reading. II Recitation, Gifts For the King— Lawrence Bailey, Roy Dutton, Elwood Neal, Woodruff Richardson. Children’s Exercise—By Twenty Children. Recitation—Rina Wallace. Hymn—Count Your Blessings. Responsive Reading. Ill Recitation, Is It Nothing To You— Ida Parish, Rina Price, Annie Dutton Hymn—Rescue The Perishing. Address—By the Pastor. Collection. Prayer. Hymn—Joy To The World. Benediction. HELENA SEWER SYSTEM. Little Rock, Ark., May 15.—Col. Theodore Hartman of this city, has been employed by the Sewer Com mission of Helena, to superintend the rebuilding of the sewers in that city. Mr. Hartman is now at home here, and will return to Helena in the course of the next week or so. He says tnat me enure system must De uncovered and a large part of it re built, as it is defective in many re spects. It was built by Guild & Co. of Chattanooga the contract price being §51,000, and a bond being given for §103,000 to insure the character of the work. There are 13 miles of sewers, rang ing from 8 to 20-inch pipes, and an examination made by Mr. Hartman, he states, has shown that in many in stances, the pipes are found half filled with mud. One of the principal de fects, it is said, is the excessive ground leakage, there being some thing like half a million gallons daily whereas the contract calls for a max imum of only 65,000. The people of Helena are very much wrought up over the matter, and there is a promise of long and complicated litigation. NEWPORT CLUB FUNCTION. The members of the Newport Club, who have by past successes, estab lished a most enviable reputation as entertainers, threw open the club rooms Thursday evening to their wives and young lady friends. Dancing and card playing were the features of the entertainment, both being very heartily enjoyed. The music furnished by the negro quar tette contributed to the pleasure of nil Refreshments of ice cream and cake, strawberries and whipped cream, coffee and almonds, proved a very dainty repast and was nicely served. Those present were Messrs, and Mesdames F. Price, Gus Martin, C. R. Hite, J. L. Sells, T. D. Kinman, Jr., S. E. Phillips, W. M. Gregg; Mrs. W. A. Billingsley; Misses Lou Minor, Mary Laird, Gertie Billingsley, Marille Dil lard, Mary Bailey, Noreene Kinman, Della Bernstein; Messrs. E. L. Boyce, F. P. Skipwith, Alcorn Ferguson, 0. J. Saenger and Win, Parrish. REVIVAL AT THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. The discourse on “The Two Laws of Pardon” last night at the Christian church was one of the clearest and most convincing of the very able series being delivered by Mr. Cline. It is simply unanswerable. Men listened to this sermon, who no doubt never knew before that the Lord has one law of pardon for one who is in cove nant relation to Him, and another law for one not in covenant relation. Mr. Cline’s method is simply to pre sent Bible truth, and urge it upon men to accept that truth. His ser mon tonight, no doubt will be heard by a large number of truth lovers. DIRECTORS VS CONTRACTORS. J. M. Malang Confers With Directors Of Newport Oil Prospecting Co., Relative to Proceeding With Work—If Drill Cannot Be Extracted Work Will Cease. ———— J. M. Malang of the firm of Malang & Cowan, who hold the contract with the Newport Oil Prospecting Com pany for boring the well in Chas tain’s Addition, conferred with the directors of that company Thursday afternoon, relative to proceeding with the work. Much dissatisfaction has been ex pressed over the dilatory manner in which the boring has been done for several months past and this feeling found expression at this meeting in some very plain language. According to the contract, this work was to be pushed along as rapidly as possible, and this could not be done in the opinion of the directors, by the men employed by the contractors and sent down here to do the work. Malang and Cowan had reached a depth of 1010 feet, for which digging they had been paid in full by the New port Oil Prospecting Company, when the rope broke and left the drill fastened in the hole. Mr. Malang stated that while a former effort to remove this drill had been unsuccessful, he intended to make another attempt and should he be successful, the work of boring the two thousand feet would be complet ed. On the other hand, should he be unable to remove the drill, he held i i i i i *t p i n n t i • i. _/• il _ tuai uu udu iumncu uia pan ui tuo contract, as it would be an impossi bility to proceed further. Many of the directors on the other hand hold that this would not fulfill his obliga tion under the contract, for this con dition has come about through his own negligence in employing incapa ble workmen and that another hole should be drilled. However, no action was taken upon this point, as such a necessity may be removed in the event the drill is ex tracted from the hole and work pro ceeds. Should the contractors fail to dislodge the drill, work will cease and it will then be up to the company to consider action in the court, compell ing the contractors to continue the work. RAILROAD RUMBLINGS. ; The Monte Ne Railway Company was Thursday granted a charter by the state board of railway incorpo rators, and filed its articles of incor poration with the secretary of state. The capital stock is #25,000, all of which has been subscribed. The cor porators are: W. H. (“Coin”) Har vey, Carl A. Starck, John E. Felker, Joseph W. Kimmons, F. F. Freeman, Robert H. Harvey and Thos. W. Har vey, directors; B. F. Davidson, A. L. Williams, J. H. Mellroy. It proposes to build a line of railway from Monte Ne to Lowell, on the ’Frisco, a distance of four miles. * ik ik The fight between the Cape Girar deau and Thebes Bridge Terminal Railroad Company and the Southern Illinois and Missouri Bridge Company for the approach and terminals on the Missouri side of the Thebes bridge has broken out again with more vigor than evqr, since the Illinois company presented its application to the pro bate judge at Cape Girardeau for a temporary injunction against the Cape Girardeau Company. * ♦ * Ed L. Westbrooke will start to Bos ton, in a tew days to complete the arrangements for the money to build the Jonesboro and Newport railroad with which he is identified. Mr. Westbrooke says the road will cer tainly be built.—Jonesboro Times. The steamer Liberty, is to be re sold, the court having granted such a decree, though the date has net yet been set. The stockholders of the Memphis Newport Packet Company asked for such a decree on the grounds that the boat did not bring its value at the sale under the ham mer.