ME MENA WEEKLY STAR
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V W. ST. JOHN, Editor.
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There is not a single moment in lilt
that we can afford to lose.—Goulburn.
Senator Tillman shouts: “My
mail is being held up.” Does he
refer to the typewriter he under
took to send by tnail at government
Foraker still finds fault with the
President in that Brownsville mat
ter. One thing is sure, the senator
is not thinking of making his homr
among the Brownsville people.
John W. Kern bore Ids cross very
patiently when defeated for vie*
president, but when the load was
doubled by his defeat for the senate,
be could not be blamed f r being «
Such terrible calamities as earth
quakes often are referred to as
“visitations of Providence.” Now
if one should shake up Pittsburg.
Pa., where all but six of the alder
men are bondlers, such theories
might have more force.
John W. Kern, the defeated
Democratic nominee for the vice
presidency, has just been turned
down in his aspirations to become s
United States senator from Indiana.
If is opponent won on his reputation
as a friend to the laboring man.
That sort of a reputation might
have secured more votes for Kern
t he other time.
Paul Stensland. who looted a
Chicago savings bank to the extent
of $(100,000 and was sent to prison
about a year ago is about to be par
doned This will not relieve thi
sufferings of the thousands of men,
women and children whose hard
savings wore stolen. A guarantee
of deposits would. Besides that, if
other bankers had bad to share the
D>s■!, the chances are that Stensland
would have lieen headed off on his
stealing long before he was, and
would lx. loss likely to gel a pardon
V-^when once caught and convicted.
l)H, Sl'CH A JUKE’
Most people who have “kept up’
have suspected for some time that
prohibition in Oklahoma was a good
deal of a joke,* but it was hardly
suspected how thoroughly that
opinion prevailed in the legislature
of that state. Here is a portion ol
a resolution that passed the house
this week and was sent to the senate
It i> the sense of the assembly that
it law l« unacted declaring the “water
wagon"’lo be n common carrier. Its
'■■His are to lw> made wider, with high
backs and side rails anti comfortably
cushioned, that passengers may trav
• i with some degree of comfort, with
n( danger of falling olT, and without
•■sense for voluntarily quitting tlu
. ide on account of inadequate accom
Regardless of whether the princi
ple of prohibition is right or wrong,
such levity is not to the credit of
Oklahoma nor its lawmakers. The
liquor problem is a serious one; it is
one that affects in one way or an
other every man, woman or child iti
the nation every home. It is a
problem that has not satisfactorily
been solved and its solution is yet
Rut Hie Star believes it can be
solved: that it can in a few years
by a more broad-minded courst
than prohibition, be placed among
the evils that have passed, and that
this can be clone by educating tlu
people to the wrongs that resuli
from "treating" -and then by inak
ing rules governing saloons thai
will make it an offense with a heavy
penalty for the saloonkeeper or hii
assistants to allow one man to pay
for another man's drink in his pi act
of business. To repeat a statemen
before made in these* columns—
Except in very rare cases, me)
— even confirmed aid drunkards—
will not go into a saloon and buy fo.
themselves enough to mane then
drunk, an i young men and boy
would > urely ever think of ddnkinj
at all with the treating custom un
popular and illegal.
That this belief is growing, is in
cheated by the following, apart of i
resolution adopted recently by i
great religious organization at i
Prohibition is vltiumuy, aud i
vain attempt lo solve the great prob
lem of cU*uukeunc>>. \\ e urge a)
member-, of this society to i-efraii
from treating and th<- acceptance o
treats in drinking, and the fouudiuj
of *lMtinattett*s«« tie-, as the lies
solution of tb«> drink problem. .
Stop treating and teach the youtif
th<? uselessness of drinking. Teacl
• them the foolishness of making
receptacles of their stomachs foi
something that is neither food noi
strength-giving drink. And urgt
such to ask themselves this question;
Have I s.iCh a surplus of brain
,. ■ ■
thut over what / need in every day
life that it in safe to weaken i’ by
n'n ng d ink ?
Such a plan as here outlined The
'Star believe; is the real solution of
i the drink problem. It hopes to see
it tried in Arkansas. But that be
lief and desire does not justify levity
among lawmakers at prohibition.
Such action does not stimulate
respect for law nor lawmakers.
Where prohibition IS the law, it is
the first duty to see that it. is re
spected and enforced to the letter -
and especially, let it be said, by the
government in the issuance of
licenses to sell liquor in a locality
where the people oppose such sale|
LUTIIIVCjTn thk light.
Ben (Pitchfork) Tillman bears the
distinguishing matk of being the
only public man who ever refused
to accept an invitation to the White
House from a President of the
United States, and then boasted of
it. By this act the fire-eating sena
tor stamped himself as a direct per
sonal enemy of Theodore Roosevelt,
the man, just what he desired to do.
It is not necessarily to the dis
credit of either of those men that
they should dislike one another.
That is not at all unusual to men of
such strong, incisive characters, in
addition these men are in opposing
For the.e reasons it was not sur
prising that Tillman should have
gladly joined with the enemies of
The opportunity was made doubly
alluring when these enemies were in
the rresjaMU s own party, mu, as
was to have been expected when
Tillman and Congress attacked
Roosevelt in connection with his use
of the secret service, through which
he has ferreted out many wrongs
against the people anti brought some
of the wrongdoers to face the
courts and punishment, he “started
something”, for Roosevelt is by
nature pre-eminently a lighter.
Rut it was a considerable shock
when the President connected the
South Carolina senator directly with
wrongdoing with seeking to use
his influence in connection with a
government land case to his own
gain in securing valuable land cheap,
and in using the privilege grunted
senators to use the mails free for
public business in handling his pri
vate business a privilege all too
often abused, and which helps create
the deficits in the postal department.
The senators some of them - and
don’t forget those who have fought
against every reform urged by
Roosevelt- 1 a u g h ed immoderately
when his message was read intimat
mg tnat c ongress reared ms use oi
the secret service because it might
expose crookedness among its mem
bership. The lower house didn’t
laugh—it just swelled up with in
dignation at such an "insult.”
Deplorable as it is, however, legis
lative bodies, from city councils and
state legislatures and even the
United States senate, have had
members exposed who were totally
and wholly corrupt, and now that
•he tight is on it is probable that
i before it is ended the people will
witness its Congress trying hard tc
let loose of a proposition so hot that
its retention is mighty painful.
In any event, the letting of the
| light of publicity on the matter will
i be beneficial to all honest persons
j and the people.
A REVERSAL AND WHY.
Missouri has now in office the
I first Republican governor in St
| years, and the reason the people ol
that state turned down the Demo
1 eratic nominee is both interesting
iand instructive. When Folk wai
elected governor it was strictly or
his record as a fearless fightei
against corruption in public affairs
and it was done dispite the lies’
efforts of the old ring politicians tc
defeat him. During his four year;
in office these old political trickster!
managed to get sufficient power tc
1 nominate one of their kind foi
' governor- and the people saw th«
lay of the land end proceeded tt
give their votes to a Republican wh<
had given his full power of persor
and position to the support of Folk's
policies and elected him. And that
is what such “smart” politician:
i may expect in these days of publicity
SQUARE DEAL NEEDED.
1’ulaski county, with a populatioi
about five times as greut as that ol
, Polk county, returns for taxatior
■ only 312 watches while our count!
1 pays taxes on 737. It is no*, difficul
1 to estimate which has the larges
1 percentage of perjures, and usin*
this as a basis, which comes neares
. to doing its share in supporting the
I government of the state. The legis
! lature will do well to take steps tc
r give honest people a little more of *
square deal enough at least to con
vince them that “honesty is the
best policy.” Otherwise that old
‘ adage will soon be in very bad reputt
THE WHirE MAN\p BURDEN.
Arkansas cannot afford to pass
the bill introduced ip the senate to
i throw the negroes on their own
resources in the matter of support
ing their own schools. The more j
ignorant ami more depraved will
be this race, and the more depraved i
the greater the menace to the white '
people and the country.
The burden upon the white people
of educating the blacks is heavy, but j
it is one that must be met. But
the ideas of Booker T. Washington,
the greatest negro of the age, should
be put in effect as much as possible j
—educate the negro in such manner j
as will make him most effective as a
worker in the world’s productive
industries. The education of the
negro must of necessity for many
I years Ik* “the white man’s burden”
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ACT IMJ GOVERNORS AND
Arkansas has another “acting;
governor,” an affliction far too com
mon in this state. And the present ;
incumbent,“Governor"Jess M. Mar-;
I tin, before he had been in power 24
hours, had put the pardoning power
i to work and liberated ten convicts.
And in this instance he showed the
Jeff Davis weakness for violators of
; the liquor laws.
It seems a little .strange that so
many of our men in public life
should have so many friends behind
the bars. If Arkansas would just
let this “acting governor” business
go around a little more it might be
relieved of the troublesome convict
lease question and other annoying
penitentiary features and expenses.
But perhaps it would be better to
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penae of the courts and let the law
breakers go free in the first place.
Taft and the South.
Mr. Taft will begin his adminis
tration with the heartiest admira
; tion, the greatest friendship and the
promise of the fullest co-operation
that the South has ever extended to
a Republican chief magistrate.
> Expiessions of this feeding toward
Mr. Taft have been spontaneous.
In a very large degree it is recipro
cal, for Mr. Taft has ’ ad precisely
the right attitude toward the South,
not the attitude of a partisan, but
l that of the great statesman, the
broad, warmhearted citizen. The
way has been prepared for him, it
is true, by the policies of President
McKinley and President Roosevelt;
but Mr. Taft is peculiarly fitted to
bring into closer relation the several
sections of the country. He has a
warm temperment, but a cool head.
—Kansas City Star.
Delight Had the Distinction of Feeling
Three Distinct Shocks Last
Memphis, Jan. it>—uorrooora
tion in part of the reports of
earthquake shocks felt at Delight,
A •!. 11' aliln n M ■ i* U t •% O /* •» r « I n
the Associated Press reports from
Little Rock, were made today in
several localities, members of the
Chickasaw Club and servants of
the club being among those who
felt three distinct shocks about
8 p. m.
Actors and others connected
with the Orpheum theater, in
the same building, aiso felt the
The clubmew dismissed the
incident, thinking that the vibru
tion was caused by applause in
the theater under the club rooms.
! TALKS OF SANITARIUM
Dr. Burnett of Quinton, La.. Investi
gating Mena With Vie* of Locat
ing Such lustitution.
Dr. J. Z. Burnett of Quinton,
La., who holds the position oi
1 surgeon on the southern division
of the Kansas City Southern rail
way, and who spent a couple of
days in Mena last week looking
over the city with the view of lo
, eating a sanitarium at this place,
reported that be expecua to re
turn to Mena soon for further
consideration regardiug the con
1 struction ot the building.
l)r. Burnett also stated that
there would be no bonus asked
of the citizens of Mena and that
the construction of the building
will be by himself and his
So far no definite selection ot
the site has yet been made.
21 YEARS FOR WIFE MURDER.
James Cartwright Escapes Gallows on
Plea of Insanity.
Conway. Jan. lb.—James Cart
| wrigbt, who killed bis wife with
a shot gun on the farm of J. A.
Bitson last August, was this
• afternoon found gnilty of mur
der in the second degree by a
jury m circuit court and sen
tenced to 21 years in the Arkan
sas penitentiary. Cartwright's
plea was insanity, and he was
practically exp essioaless when
the verdict of the jury was read,
lie waived time ot sentence, and
sentence was pronounced at once.
The court instructed the jury
that if it found that Cartwright’s
mind was impaired at the time
of the killing, so that he was
not able to premeditate the
murder, then it should return aj
verdict of murder in the second I
FIGHT ON TRAIN
NEAR FORT SMITH
In An Attempt to Murder His Brother’s
Captor Lee Quinn Shoots Bystand
er and Escapes Under
Fort Smith, Jan. H*. F.nteriug
n car 10 an Iron Mountain passen
ger train at Cherokee Junction,
six miles trom this city, in which
his brother, Grant Quinn, sat
handcuffed to Police Officer Bur
gess of this city, who was taking
him to Little Rock to turn him
over to the commandant at F'ori
Logan H. Roots, as a deserter,
Lee Quinn tonight, shout mid
nigh? opened a fusillane with a
pistol at Burgess. Burgess pull
ed.his pistol ami began firing at
Quinn, and passengers assisted
him, two of them tiring several
shots, and anoilier finally knock
ing Quinn’s gun upward, so that
one of the bullets went through
the roof of the car.
Burgess was not injured, but
Irwin Brasstield of Mulberry,
Ark., who was sitting just be
hind Burges< and his prisoner,
received what is believed a fata*
wound. He was >hot twice, one
bullet piercing his lung, and the
other entering his leg. Brass
field was brought to this city
and is be ing cared for at the Iron
Mountain emergency hospital.
Guinn, after emptying his pis
tol, leaped from tie train and
has not been captured, although
it is believed he was wounded.
lie boarded the train as it
slowed down at Cherokee Junc
tion, and on entering the smoke
ing car where Burgess and his
brother were, opened fire.
Grant Guinn, who was arres
ted bore today, will bo turned
over to the officers at F'ort R >ots
BRINGING IN CONVICTS
Contractors Soon Will Have to Operate
With Free Labor if
Little Rock, Jan. 16.—Ninety
nine additional prisoners, taken
irom the various camps operated
by the Arkansas Brick and Man
factoring Company, were brought
in today The convicts from the
camp at Conway will reach here
Monday morning at 7 o'clock. A
| special train bearing 250convicts,
including all negroes now held it
the penitentiary here, will leave
for the state farm in Lincolr
county at 10 o’clock Sunday
morqing unless plans miscarrv.
The state will remove the con
victs beyond the reach of mjuuc
lion, it is believed, until the sen
I ate can j >in the house Mondav it
ratification of the penitentiary
•board’s order withholding con
victs from the contractors. Id
i the meantime no little concern it
| manifested ns to the possible ac
tion ot the senate, although nc
members of the penitentiary
board indicate fear of being sent
, to jail for contempt.
AFTER YOUR TAXES
Sheriff Cunningham and Deputy
Bratcher Start on Annual Rounds
—Penalty for Delinquents.
Sheriff J. W. Cunningham and
Deputy John If. Bratcher left on
; the Traveler Monday morning for
Rich Mountain, where they will
i commence their rounds over the
I county collecting the taxes. All
of the outside townships will be
; visited,after February 1") they will
| he at the court house until April
10,and all who fail to pay taxes
up to that date will icceive a
penalty of 25 cents on the dollar.
The total valuation of real is
iu u: aim » owuai pi i i i i '
represented as being $3, 744,(>uu
and the amount of the taxes col
ected will be near $89,699.98,
TEXARKANA WANTS BOAT LINE.
Proposed to Navigate the Red and Sul
Texarkaua, Jan. Hi.—The prop
osition to secure water freight
rates tor Texarkana is again
about to be agitated and is al
ready being discussed by some
prominent local business men.
The project looks to the run
ning of a line of boats from
Shreveport up the Rtd and Sul
phur rivers to Fort Lynn, a sta
tion on the '1'exarkana, Shreve
port and Natchez, some 1 s or 20
miles south of here. It is thought
that weekly trips could easily be
The Shreveport Cottonwood
Company of Sbrtvep:rt is already
operating a line of this kind—tug
boats and barges—b e t w e e n
Shreveport and Garland City,
making weekly trips.
The river is now very low,
within two feet of low-water
mark, and these lacts taken to
gether, it is claimed, go to clear
ly demonstrate that the river may
be navigable by this class of
craft for at least 10 or 11 months
of the year. What is true of Red
iiver is equally true of Sulphur
I am heavily stocked on
several lines of goods,
mostly in Winter Clothing
for men and women. The
lateness of cold weather is
responsible for this—but
you know there will be
plenty of frosty days and
nights before spring ar
rives—so you’ll need the
clothes, and I need the
room. Spring stocks have
been ordered. They soon
will begin to arrive. I
must have a place to put
them. This is a plain
statement of facts, as your
reason will tell you.
Now it is up to me to
clear out the surplus—get
it off the shelves and ta
bles. I am going to do it,
too, and this is the way:
SATURDAY, JANUARY 23
and Continuing until Saturday, Jan. 30
I am going to make prices so low that you will think they are rff
culous. But they are real—as you will see when you come and
-—and this it will pay you to do. The sooner you come the be
you will fare, for the first comers will have a chance to get the
bargains, and there will be no limit as to the amount each custot
may have. You can buy all you want of anything as long as it la
Here are a few sample prices: j
Men’s Heavy California Suit, regularly
!$8.50, ^ 7C
Stock Reduction Price.
Men’s Heavy All Wool Suit, regularly
Stock Reduction Price.$7*50
Men’s Heavy All Wool California Pants,
| regular $2 50 " QO
Stock Reduction Price.
Men’s Heavy Pants, reg. $2 “5Q
Stock Reduction Price.
Men’s $1.00 Shirts, 7Qr
Reduction Sale Price.*
Men’s 50c Shirts,
Reduction Sale Price.
Men’s 75c Shirts, 4-Or
Reduction Sale Price.“^v
Men’s Heavy Underwear, Of
Reduction Sale Price.J
Men’s Heavy Jersey Overshirt, 0
Reduction Sale Price.'I
Boys’ Heavy Fleece Lined Union
Reduction Sale Price. ^
Children’s Heavy Fleeced Un
Reduction Sale Price.*j
Ladies’ $4.00 Cloaks, 52 inches |
Bed Comforts— good ones-that ai|
sell at $1.00, m
Reduction Sale Price.'I
1 Ann V A T> TfcQ of Teaseldown Outing Flannel—always worth 10c a
XVUv/ X iilvJL/O —some sell it for more and it will
go, as long as it lasts, in the
Big Reduction Sale at yard.^
p|g' W. W. TOWNSEND
General Merchandise, Hardware, Wagons and Plows
■ BAD NEWS CAME FAST.
Mrs. G. F. Crawford Called to Bedside
of Father and Word Comes of
Death of Another Relative.
Mrs. G. F. Crawlord left Sat
urday afternoon lor Slatington in
i response to a phone message an
nouncing the dangerous, illness
of her father. M. C Cox, whose
I life is despaired of.
Alter the hearing of this sad
news, another message was re
ceived by Mr. Crawford Mon
I day morniug announcing that
Mrs. Martha Rogers, of liig
I Fotk, a sister of Mr. Cox who
was attending his illness, took
sick suddenly about ten days ago,
death resulting Sunday morn
ini' at 4 o’clock. The remains of
Mrs Rogers were taken to her
i home where interment was had
Mr*. Rogers had reached the
advanced age of 72 years and
was the daughter of G. R. Cox.
who came to this country with
| his family 68 years ago from
! Georgia and locating at Slating
j ton, where he continuous’y lived
| until death.
It Will Stay There.
“In my family medicine chest no1
i remedy is permitted to remain unless
! it proves beyond a doubt the best to
| t*e obtained for its particular purpose.
For treating all manner of skin trou
bles. such as Eczema, Tetter, Ring
worm, etc., Hunt's Cure has field its
j place for many years. I have failed
j to ttnd a surer reined-'. It cures itch
ing instantly." 11. M. Swoiui,
1 Franklin, La.
MRS. BANNISTER AT SPRINGS
She Brings Witnesses to Establish an
Alibi for Her Husband.
!!ot Springs, Jan. lb.—Mrs.
Arthur Ifanuister, wife of the
man here charged with the mur
der of Mrs. Ada Reichers and
kidnapping of her littte girl, ar
rived in the city and brought
several witnesses, who will ap
pear in court next Wednesday in
an elTort to establish an aid
! Bannister. They will 1
that Baaniatcr was in OkU
at the time of the killing.
is or should l*e worried when c
tie ones have a coujjh or cold. 1
lead to croup or pleurisy or
moniu then to something ®a
■fous. Hallurd’s llorehouod !
will cure the trouble at once «
vent any complication. Sold o'1
son Drug Co.
Everyone knows when lie is constipated, and every I
one should know the risk he is running when lie fails I
to promptly correct it.
PRICKLY ASH BITTERS
Is a Bowel Tonic and Regulator.
It empties the bowels just as thoroughly as the harsh,
griping cathartic* and does it mildly, comfortably, pleas
antly. Moreover, it leaves a beneficial influence behind it
because the bowels remain healthy and regular thus there
is no return to constipated conditions.
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Sold >y Druggists. Eric* $1.00 per bottle. ^P
w c. VANDIVER, SPECIAL AGENT.
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