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VOLUME IV. NEWPORT, ARKANSAS. FRIDAY. MAY 27. 1904. NUMBER 27.
REPORT OF PRIMARY GRADES OF SCHOOL Submitted by Committee Named for That Purpose—Find Ex Icellent Work Has Been Done By School. The committee appointed to visit the primary department of r!fche public school during the last ^ week of the session met Wednes day evening to prepare their re port. The members were unanimous in appreciation of the excellent work done by teachers and pupils. They thought the spirit manifes ted throughout the school was most admirable. The enthusiasm of the little ones in Mrs. Whittaker’s room and their devotion to their teacher spoke volumes for her in fluence. The writing and number work seemed especially good for be ginners and we were especially glad to see that they had taken up drawing in these grades. The exercises in the third and fourth grades were very inter esting, the papers giving spell ing from dictations and the re productions of short stories were excellent, and it was evident that all the lessons were not ^gl^ajied from the text-books. Although beyond the limit of Eour appointed task, the commit tee cannot withhold a word of praise for the fifth grade. The 4 work of the year had evidently P been so thorough that it was a delight to see how the children t*. responded to the examinations. In all the grades there was evi dence of real talent among the \ specimens of drawing and the souvenirs presented in the differ t ■ cut 1UU1UO VY V KsJL J I We cannot close this report without making some suggestions that occurred to us: First, that the parents i strengthen the hands of the Iteachers by more frequent visits ■to the school. A clear under standing on the part of the pa rents of the purposes and plans ■f the teachers and a hearty co Jroeration would be a wonderful jKNext, we would urge that more iBjcient janitor service be re f®ired by the board; that the M»ms, halls and stairways be I jwre frequently and more thor 1 pwhly cleaned and that the gLnds, walks and outpremises Kept in better repair. We would ask that some place IlSprovided for the hats and ■Urs ^tle c^i^ren> as ■■Keel it must be injurious to ■ vH' them, especially in damp PlKiier, in the room where the Iphildren sit. T We would also suggest that |he janitor be instructed to re tort to the proper authorities any Ijnall repairs that may from |nie to time be needed. It lesn’t seem right that the prin Ipal should be burdened with lese matters. For [instance, tl-> latch of the door in ol of the rooms had been blken for some time, and one of tM pupils had to leave his seat to op»i the door every time one erlred or left the room. ■e hope some steps will be tallp towards keeping the grcihds or improving them dur 1 ingmie summer, and that both \ buifi|ng and grounds will present la nifcre attractive appearance ■vhoLj school opens in the fall. B Ajjpn expressing our apprecia Kon off the efforts made by the jBorthgt- principal, Professor Hop Ins, ™>r his efforts to establish and thanking him and all the teachers for the privilege ac corded us and the courtesy ex tended, Respectfully, Mrs. Robt. Dorsey, Ch’m. Mrs. I. Goldman, Mrs. A. G. Anderson, Miss Pearl Martin, Mrs. A. T. Cummins, Committee. ARKANSAS MILITIA IN BAD CONDITION. So Says the War Department at Washington — To Modify Regulations for Their Benefit. Washington, May 26. —The con dition of the militia in Arkansas and in Alabama is giving the of ficials of the war department no small amount of uneasiness. Re ports from these states indicate that the militia is in anything but a fit condition to go into camp, and that the rules and reg ulations which recently went into effect in connection with the militia in the various states will have to be either temporarily suspended or modified in order to harmonize with the condition in both of these states. In the matter of clothing and equip ments it is said that the militia of the states mentioned is far behind those of other southern and northern states. A reporter of the war depart ment is now in Arkansas investi gating conditions there among the various militia regiments. The officials of the war depart ment are unwilling to discuss the matter, but they do not hesitate to state that certain of the new regulations will have to be either modified or dispensed with this year in order to enable the militia of both states to take the field at coming maneuvers. CHIEF JUSTICE BUNN DANGEROUSLY ILL. Little Rock, May 27.—Judge Henry Gaston Bunn, chief jus tice of the supreme court of Ar kansas, is dangerously ill at his home in this city. The Arkan sas Bar Association yesterday decided on account of Judge Bunn’s illness to cancel the an nual banquet set for last night. Judge Bunn has been ill for six weeks and for two weeks has been in a serious condition, and at times delirious, though only at short intervals. He is suffer ing from a complication of afflictions. He was attacked by diabetes and a nervous collapse followed. BAD MAN KILLED. Natchez, Miss., May 26. —R. W. Johnson, a section foreman on the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley railroad, was shot and killed at Harriston, twenty - five miles northeast of this place, today at 5 o’clock by J. Shively, proprietor of a lunch counter at that place. The men had some words over a trivial matter when Johnson drew a revolver. His weapon failed to work, when Shively opened fire, firing three shots. Two took effect and Johnson fell to the floor dead. Johnson is reported as having killed a man near Memphis about three years ago and one in Ar kansas ten days ago. ATTENTION, K. P’S. There will be a meeting of K. P. Lodge No. 26 tonight. Busi ness of special importance. Every member is requested to be pres ent. J. M. Hobgood, C. C. JUNE 25 IS THE DAY SET. Judge Grace at Pine Bluff Sen tences Rapist and Deals Out Some Scathing Remarks to Black Race. Pine Bluff, May 26.—Elisha Davis, a negro, will be publicly hanged near the court house in this city Saturday, June 25,1904, for criminally assaulting little Katie Ross, aged 14, at Kearney, this county, May 10. He was convicted in the Jefferson circuit court Monday, and sentence passed today by Judge Grace, who fixed the date as stated. The hanging will be public, under a special act of the legislature of 1901, and the hour will be fixed later by Sheriff Gould. In passing sentence upon Davis, Judge Grace said: I ‘ ‘I do not suppose there is any thing I could say that would be of any effect on you, for the crime you have committed shows that you are lost to all sense of honor and decency. “I wish it were possible to reach all of the members of your ; race and teach them the lesson I that has been taught you that such crimes are to be punished | by swift, sure death. There is no nation under the sun, be it civilized or savage, that does not punish such crimes with death. There never has been a nation so base and savage that it did not so punish such crimes. It is looked upon with horror any where. “It is you, and brutes like you, who do more damage in the United States than any others. You keep down your people, for, while the crime cannot be charged to your race, the feeling against the race must exist in the breasts of all white men until the crimes cease. “The character of a few ne groes like you causes the feeling between the races in the South and causes the sectional feeling that exists between North and South. I am glad to say that there are only a few of your race who would do such a thing, but this few affects the whole mate rial prosperity of the negro race. “I think the people of Jeffer son county have given an exhibi tion of strength of character in dealing with your case which is truly commendable. It is not always that a rapist is allowed to go to trial, and your living to be tried is because you have been in the care of men of the highest type of manhood and Christian character.” -^^ REMAINS ARE LAID TO REST. Batesville May 26.—The re mains of Rev. J. M. Hawley were brought here from Pine Bluff to day and interred in Oaklawn cemetery at 3 o’clock this after noon. Rev. Mr. Hawley was pastor of the First Methodist church here from 1892 to 1894, and was well beloved by his con gregation and the entire com munity. While here he was mar ried to Miss Grace Maxfield, daughter of Theo Maxfield, of this city. His brother, Frank Hawley, lives in this city. $2,000 FIRE NEAR ENGLAND. England, May 26. — Yesterday a new barn on the plantation of i Joe Coleman, about one mile west of Keo, was destroyed by fire. A great deal of grain, which was stored in the barn, was destroyed, and seven mules were burned to death. The entire loss amounts to nearly $2,000. i I ft wsBsaaaamwmmBnmmm Mammoth 1 SACRIFICE SALE of MEN'S SUITS I One of the Greatest Money-Saving Events Ever Known, B Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28, I TWO DAYS ONLY. ,1. 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Her entire body had been singed, and her last hours were filled with untold agony. Since the first report of her : burning there has been ugly sus picion afloat as to her taking off, ; some hinting that there was foul play at the bottom of the catas I trophe. The Simpson woman had not been here a great while. Six months ago she was brought here from Jonesboro, Ark., by Jeff j Ross, whose “girl” she was. She I and Ross soon tired of each oth er’s company and agreed to disa gree, she taking up with other rivals. She was prominently iden i tified with the Whiteside^ shoot ; ing scrape here some w’eeks ago. INSPECTING THE RURAL ROUTES. Texarkana, May 26. —Fourth Assistant Postmaster General J. L. Bristow spent yesterday here, the guest of Postmaster Bickley. He is en route home from a short visit at his home at Ottawa, Kan., and stopped over here to look over certain matters connected with the local rural free delivery, of which branch of the postoffice department he is the head. 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