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PBuy a Liberty Bond?
One of the hardest working boys in Marianna came into our Bank and said he wanted to deposit $5.00 toward the payment for a $50.00 LIBERTY BOND. 1 Fi __ l j ■■ Iasi. Because ne warned 10 SAVE HIS MONEY. 2nd. Because he wanted to BACK UP THE BOYS IN THE ARMY. This young man gave all the good reasons. — 'T—■ 1 » 1 ■! "" ■! ■ ■ ■■!■«»— Ill ■■■■ — SAFETY AND SERVICE LEE COUNTY NATIONAL BANK CHAS. McKEE, President S. GOLDSTEIN,(Cashier HAS CAMP PIK7 A NEQRO QUESTION? YES AND NO. Little Rock, Oct. 1G.—Twenty thousand young men who show a preference f<> mess call three times a (lav, agree mat it has. but if you question each man regarding his personal feelings, and he would sig nify a willingness to continue with a olack fringe at the extreme south ern oorder of the ramp. In other words, the negro just simply belongs. ‘Come on, let's go see the negroes drill,” shouted a ruddy faced rookie Tuesday, as he darted from a com pany barracks. By the time he reached the black belt there were dozens who were following his lead. Arriving there they found hundreds had preceederl them. Within the hollow square formed by the spec tators. dozens of grinning specimens of Africa in the pure, and Ethiopia ■ in the yellow took official cognizance j if the fact that they were performing I and no one ever saw a negro who I did not revel in a sh( w. War, or the prospect of war, and the many hours a da/ drill has no effect on the negro, so long as he has an audience, and if the 5,000 or more negroes at Camp Pike are any different from other negroes, they fail to carry the signs. The white boys he, e been raised , with the negro. They know him, appreciate him, and if the truth be I told, absolut ly love him. This af-1 ! fection is mutual, tho gh not display ed in terms of endearment, nor by outward sign, i ut you cannot keep a southern hoy away from the negro, nor the negro away from the white boy. The negro knows his place, and the white hoy of the south knows how to keep him in it. This is why southern training camps are ideal lor the task of transforming a. good field hand into a strutting bit of ebony in a uniform. The negroes arrive at Camp Pike by the ' hundreds. Most of them come to Little Rock on special trains and when one of them reaches the camp, it is the cynosure of all eyes. There are all shapes, sizes and colors, from the light khaki to the moonless night. Their apparel is everything from the tatters of the farm negro to the red tie, the sporty hard boiled hat, and other apparel in keeping that is worn by the town negro. Immediately after being registered the negro is given his first shower, accompaned by a free application of a soap that is warranted 99 per cent pure. Then, unlike the white boy. 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The white men are permitted to go through the ten day quarentine in loose fitting garments, but Uncle Sam, or Major general Sturgis, or someone here displays a knowledge of the psychology of the negro. He knows that the best way to put a negro through his paces is to dress hint up. and all dressed up like a Thanksgiving turkey is Mr. Negro Man when he comes from the supply depot. An army uniform is a new toy to the negro when he first receives it and he has so many thumbs that he fails to get wholly inside when the command tomes to march to his barracks. A queer parade it is, They file out of the building two and two like the animals from the Ark. Each carries the clothing he wore to the camp under his arm. Three out of every four has his army hat beneath the cap or hat for which e now has no use. Only one out of ten has his leggings on, leav ing a two inch gap of army hose between bottom of trousers and army shoe. Along goes tne dusky recruit, studying the roots of th« buildings, like a child in Wonderland, his shoe laces clicking along behind, and every small obstacle in the path a stumbling block. He has not yet learned to pick up those feet, but he will. In fours the negroes are taken in hand, non-commissioned officers from the regular army being assigned this task. It is the first day of drill that brings the white boys to see the fun. Feet are the things the negro has not bothered with before, but feet is the big item in drilling a soldier. Many drafted negroes have taxed the supply depot to unearth a pair of shoes large enough to fit them, but when even the small footed negro gets out for first drill his feet are number 17’s. Within two or three days the negro is able to swing to right or left, in columns of four or eight with the best of them, and by the end of a week he is ready for drill with a ruie. i ney are Dy no means more adept at learning than the.whites, but they having only the one idea, display, the officers are making the most of this. For this very reason it would be surprising if training grounds “over yonder” do not soon report the arrival of the first con tingent of negro troops. Camp Pike lias no negro officers. One arrived in the drafted army, holding a commission as lieutenant in the medical c» rps. Ho was im mediately permitted to go his way to a place where there are others of the same standing. There are thousands of youths at Camp Pike who can be safely classed under that familiar southern title of ‘‘hot heads." If dire venegeanee was contemplated, with the negro as the victim, it might rightfully be expect ed to come from these. Instead, these men show a disposition to grant the negro the right of being a soldier. And the privilege of tak ing part in the world's war for Democracy. At the time hundreds of young officers now holding som missions at Camp Pike were gradu ated from the officers’ training corps at Ft. Logan H. Roots, s6me joker threw a scare into some with the insinuation they were to officer negro companies. Finally one who was more familiar with military life than the rest, remarked: “That won't bother me; I would be king of my company. Regular army oificers who have had negro troops prefer them to others.” And now there are doaens of young officers, from prominent southern amilies, who are hoping the negro companies do not run out before their assignment is reached. "What would you do if you met a negro commissioned officer?” a youthful decendent of a follower of Lee and Jackson asked another, as they sat in the shade of a peach tree,, for that portion of Camp Pike was at one time a well kept orchard. I’d salute the very best I know ’iow\” promptly came the reply. “I wouldn’t be saluting the nigger, I’d salute that uniform no matter what had it on.” And strange as it may appear, that is the disposition on the part of twenty odd thousand men and offi cers at Camp Pike. They are for the flag, the uniform, and the country—not right or wrong, but the right, as they krow it will ever be. The negro question, it must be admitted, has caused no end of worry to high army officials, bu if southern people had been consulted , hov U’/Mtlil hn tra tlin m»ii. out of headquarter foreheads quite early in the garde. They want the negro trained in the south where he will be t 'i"l humanely and right, by people vv T.'mow how to get the best there is in him, out in the most useful way. “Littl « Rock has never protested against Mi' training of the negroes from Alabama, Arkansas. Louisiana ' and Mississippi at Camp Pike,” de clared Mayor (’has. E. Taylor “To the contrary, we have always expect ed him. and we have maue prepara tions for his coming. We do not an ticipate any trouble with the negro soldier. He understands what he must do when he comes to town, for the uniform does not permit him to take liberties, but he knows it. The negro is as proud of his uniform as any race could lie, and he takes pains to exploit it as the garb of a law abiding citizen.” Few' changes in civic life were made or even contemplated by city authorities, because of the influx of negro troopers. The War Service Board took charge of this when the first intimation was give that Camp Pike was to receive its full quota of negroes. Several of the wealthy and respected colored citizens.' led by Sciplo A. Jones, an attorney; Chester Bush, officer of a nation wide negro fraternal order; Bishop J. M. Conner and others were called into confer ence. It was explained to them that race riots were usually caused by •negro establishments being upon streets which were much used thor oughfares. These establishments draw- also a low class of whites, and the business houses adjoining which are patronized by this character of white people, and the Jostling of one or the other started fights which re sulted in riots. These prominent negroes agreed with the members I DO NOT HESITATE I to ask our advice on any business problem that confronts you. It is our business to help you if we can, and every facil ity of this bank is always at your disposal. The NcClintock Banking Co. (Not Incorporated) Marianna, Arkansas | W. S. McCLINTOCK R. L. MIXON D. S. CLARK of the committee that it was best to aosolutely segregate the negroes from the whites by closing the negro places in the white district and giv ing them a district all to themselves. The wealthy negroes further agreed that if the negro soldiers were denied admission to the white theatres and picture shows, and there were a sufficient number of negroes at the camp, they would erect theatres and provide such entertainment for them in the negro section of Little Rock. The committee agreed to such a program, and it now remains to be seen if Uncle Sam is going to bring enough negroes to Camp Pike to make the business venture remun erative. Negro soldiers will be permitted in Little Rock's shopping section only to make purchases, but the negro stoce keepers declare that they will make this unnecessary. So Little Rock does not anticipate trouble with the negroes. The officers at Camp Pike expect their stay here to be pleasant for all concerned, t^e white soldiers expect to receive much entertainment from the negro and his antics, and if instruments are used, oh, Lordy, what a band there’ll be. The matter of who shall be drum major is rightfully a matter of arbi tration. -o— DR. WINTERS HURT Widener, Ark., Oct. 10, 1917.-—Dr. W. A. Winters of this place and his father, J. H. Winters of Moro, Ark., were hurt in an auto wreck near Tupelo, .Miss, last Saturd^. While rapidly rounding a curve he was un able to turn the car in time and ran over a twenty foot embankment. The doctor was cut about the face and his lather was painfully hurt, but not seriously. The car was badly dam aged.—Forrest City Herald. -o LATEST IN TORPEDOES A torpedo with a corkscrew course has been observed. If It misses the port side it turns and strikes the starboard: sometimes on missing there it even turns again, striking the port side. The ship’s officer un accountably omitted to add that after the explosion the fragments reunited and returned to the submar ine as a complete missile ready to be fired anew,—New York Sun. I REFINED j “Got a chap yet, Liz?” “Yes; and he's a regular tiff. He's manager at—” * You don’t say so. Why, they tell se he’s real refined.’’ “Rather! Why, he took me to a restaurant last week, and when we had coffee, he poured it into a saucer to cool it, but he didn’s blow it like common people would—he fanned it wdth his hat!”—Lindon Tit-Bits. ---o QUITE DANGEROUS Yes, sir,” said the station master, “Safety First has spread all over the country. And nobody that comes to Beaver Hill will ever git no acci dents for want o’ warnin’ signs about. Jest look at that now.” The stranger-gazed appreciatively at the sign nailed on a nearby telegraph post. 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