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NOW 2,216.
Over the top with flying colors!
Lee county again covers herself
with glory.
The state committee in charge of
the Red Cross Christmas member
ship drive asked the Red Cross
workers in Lee county to secure 987
new members. To boost the cam
paign the Red Cross special, headed
by Harry Myers, Gen. Davis, Col.
Van Schalck, Lieut. Reeves, of the
United States Army; Capt. Rawcliffe
of the British Army, and Lieut. J.
DuSault of the French Army, made
a stop in Marianna and received a
touch of genuine Americanism and
18-karat patriotism from the imperial
citizenship here. The workers start
ed the intensive drive immediately
following the great meeting at the
Elks Home on which occasion the
army officers delivered Inspiring ad
Within forty-eight hours the full
^ quota of 987 members had been se
i cured. The solicitors then decided
Ito double the quota and within less
than four days this goal was attained.
Whites and blacks alike responded
in large numbers. Red Cross service
flags with the accompanying stars
are on displav in practically every
home in Marianna and surrounding
country. The committees at other
I points in tne • ounty nave been do
ing splendid work, a full report of
which appears in the regular Red
Cross department written by Mrs. J.
I. Morris.
Miss Emma H. Clark, in charge of
tfce sale of the Red Cross Seals for
tie prevention and cure of tuber
culosis. reports that an aggregate of
iSOO worth of the seals were dis
posed of in Lee county,
t Harrv H. M'ers was so delighted
4vith the great reeption given the
Red Cross Special in Marianna that
after returning to Little Rock he
wrote Senator W. L. Ward the fol
lowing letter:
I “A1 wish to thank you and through
[you. the good people of Marianna,
how sincerely pleased all were at
tthe wonderful manifestation of loyal
ly, patriotism and genuine American
ism your people displayed, and the
■nagnificient meeting you gave them
It was simply immense and was, I i
■uust -say, unsurpassed. The trip |
Irip from start to finish was great ^
beyond belief and nothing experienc
ed will linger longer, and always be
regarded as a most happy and de-;
lightful time in our memories than
wour perfectly splendid reception and i
successful meeting. All from Gen. R. >
P. Davis.- Col. Van. Schaick, Lieut.
Reeves, Copt. Rawcliff of the British
army, and Lieut. DuSault of the |
French army down to your humble j
admirer want to thank you and the|
good people of your grand city for
all you did for them.”
0—-—o-o-o-o-o-o-o |
| I
o—»—o-o-o-o-o-0-o j
(By Mrs. J. I. Morris)
The Red Cross, our national sym
bol of love patriotism and service.
The Red Cross is the body through
which the spirit of patriotism and
sympathy flow, and its best and fin
est work is in carrying that spirit
through to the soldiers and sailors
bv pesonal touch.
So. my friends, let’s everyone ot
Ui?l k'eep this thought in our minds.
HCyerything that 1 do, every ban
• dagA and garment that 1 make, every
in his last lonely hour. Yes. we are
Koing to win this war, and we must
win or perish as a free nation. We
k .it. .
have got to fight our way through
and win this war, if we are to retain
our ancient privileges and our liber
ties. War is the time for every man
and every woman to do everything
they can. and we ought to go to
i the depths of our hearts and ask
ourselves the question, are we doing
: everything we can?
The following donations received:
Mrs. W. T. Yarbrough cash $10.00.
Miss Belle Panieti cash $2.50.
Mrs. W. P. Fitzhugh. $5.00.
Mrs. F. K. Dupuy, $2.00.
Miss Eve' Vrrington, proceeds
from enterta it, $15.00.
We hope to have everything in
readiness to resume work on next
Monday in our new location in the
McClintock building, and will double
our efforts in all branches of our
work, as we are very desirous of
making a large shipment of base
hospital supplies and knitted gar
* * * *
In next week’s issue I will give
the names of the various committees
and the number of memberships ob
tained in each community. 1 will
then be able to make a correct re
port for Lee county.
To the Ladies or the Red Cross,
dear friends:
I can never find words to express
to you my great appreciation for the
most beautiful remembrance and I
can assure you it will always remain
one of my most treasured possessions.
I do not feel that I have done any
thing deserving of such a beautiful
token. I have only done my duty,
and I am so thankful that God has
helped me to do the work I have
J_ f__ ».i .
'w* muiuui rxi» ucip we can
do nothing.
I am so glad that I can do some
thing for our boys, and suffering hu
manity, and if the time comes, I am
ready and willing to go right along
with our boys and take my place
right back of the firing line to pick
them up as they fa.i, and nurse them
back to health and strength.
God bless each one of you, dear
friends, and I pray that never a care .
or a sorrow will shadow your brow.!
With my best wishes to all for a 1
most happy New Year. I am
Sincerely yours,
Mrs. Jacob 1. Morris.
* * * *
The lad' s and gentlemen of Ron
do rendered a most beautiful program
on Christmas Eve at the Methodist
church. The church was beautifully
decorated in the national colors and;
holly, and the decosating was done
by the following committee:
Miss Ida Howard, chairman; Miss
Ada Sutton, Miss Ella Marchbanks,
Mrs. T. W. Gilliam, Mrs. W. O. Hop
kins. Mrs. W. N. Brown, Mrs. W. N.
Halley, Mrs. W. F. Kirby.
The following program was ren
dered: Promptly at seven o’clock
the candles were hi behind the Red
Cross service flags in the church
windows, the church bells ihimed
the hour.
Opening, the Star Spangled Banner.
‘Our Boys Are Marching On.”
“The Little Soldier Boy and the
Red Cross.”
“Maid”—Zora Gilliam and Teddy
Beautiful and interesting talks on
the Red Cross were made by Prof.
Lambert, Dr. White, Mrs. Gilliam,
Miss Howard and Miss Machbanks.
“Luther’s Cradle Song.”
Quartette—“Joy to the World.”
Mrs. Jones, Misses Mildred Martin,
Lucille and Margaret Howard.
Trio—‘ Star of the East.” Mrs.
Jones, Misses Lucille and Morgaret
Closing prayer, Mrs. Gilliah.
Prof. Lambert, principal of the
school at Rondo and chairman of the
Red Cross Chapter at that place,
i-pnortQ Itirhlnrwl tmvnshin turn
ed in 220 new members as a result of
the Christinas drive. Other points in
Lee county have responded nobly to
the call. The local officers expect to
have full reports published next week
showing the work done in every lo
cality in the county.
On Saturday of last week the
supreme court reversed and dismiss
ed the case of F. H. Whitney vs.
Hugh Mixon, involving a commission
of $1,250 for the sale- of a piece of
land belonging to Whitney. The case
was tried in circuit court here and
Mixon was given a verdict for the
amount. Whitney appealed, and the
supreme court reversed and dismiss
ed the ease on the ground that the
contract originally existing between
Whitney and Mixon, under the terms
of which Mixon was to receive a
commission for disposing of the land,
was abrogated by a later one in
favor of G. S. Brickey, who claimed
to represent Mixon which claim was
confirmed by Mixon to Whitney.
■-o— -
Members of the Civic Improvement
League are requested to make note
of the fact that a very important
meeting of the League will be held
at the Elks Home on next Tuesday
morning at ten o’clock.
The British and Foreign Bible So
ciety has published the scriptures in
500 different languages and dialects.
Mrs. Woodrow Wilson has accept
ed the honorary presidency of the
Girl Scouts of America.
Paragould. Dec. 26.—John Wise,
aged 50, constable of this township,
was shot and almost instantly killed
in room No. 9 in the Main cafe last
night about 6:30 o’clock Tom Gib
son, aged 45, who operat"'l the place,
was charged with his killing by the
coroner’s jury, following an inquest
late this afternoon.
According to the testimony at the
inquest the officer hail joined a
poker game, which had been in pro
gress in the room the greater part
of the afternoon. Gibson, Wise and
Croft Morris, it is said, were the
men in the game. All three were
drinking, according to the testimony,
and Gibson was considerably under
the influence of liquor and had grown
Morris’ version as told a reporter
is as follows:
“Wise, Gibson and myself were
playing poker. Gibson became abu
sive and had more than once taken
his pistol from his pocket to make
a demonstration. T had won $6 from
Gibson which he refused to pay.
I went home for my pistol, returned
and collected the debt. Wise had
also asked Gibson to' pay me. Gib
son. used a vile name, pointed his
pistol at Wise and began shooting.
Wise made an effort to drtw' his
own gun, but failed, and as the shots
were rapiniy puniDen into ms noay
he sank to the floor. At the first!
shot Wise told Gibson not to shoot
any more, saying that he was dying.
Gibson paid no attention to Wise and
continued shooting until his gun
wras empty.”
Gibson’s stories of the shooting are
very conflicting. At first he said
Morris did the shooting. He then
shifted his storv and said he did j
not know the details Later he ex-;
nlained that he had heard loud talk-'
ing in room No. 9 and went there ]
to ston a difficulty between Morris;
and Wise, using a chair as a peace-j
maker. He said he did not know
who fired the shots, although ad- i
mitting that he was In the room. ]
Again he said that four men were
in the poker game, but that he did '
not know the other two. When press-,
ed for further information on the,
identity of the other two men. he \
said that the register would show |
who thev were. However the regis-1
ter showed that no one had been
assigned to room No. 9.
According to Morris’ storv. Gibson, i
after satisfying himself that Wise j
was dead, turned fo him Mofrrist I
broke down the revolver and gave I
him the emntv shells. He said the j
pistol was taken to Gibson’s room
and concealed under a mattress.
Morris was ordered released this
afternoon by the coroner’s Jury.
Frederick B. Gifford, linotype op
erator for the Courier-Index, and
Mrs. Estelle Irvin, stenographer for
Daggett & Daggett, were married in
Forrest City on Septemner 21. The]
wedding was kept a secret by the j
contracting parties until Saturday}
of last week whenr they let it become i
known they were married. Mr. and :
Mrs. Gifford left Saturday afternoon I
for Mr. Gifford’s former home at!
Conway, where they spent several i
days visiting friends and relatives. |
returning to Marianna yesterday ;
morning. Temporarily thev are room
ing at the residence of Mr. and Mrs.
P. C. Moore on East Main street.
Mr. Gifford came to Marianna ten i
months ago from Conway and accent
ed a position with R. K. Idles on the
old Marianna Index. When the new
management acquired the two papers
here and consolidated them Mr.
Oit'ford was induced to remain. Sev
eral months ago he took charge of,
the linotvpe machines in the Courier-!
Index plant and has made good in'
this as in other departments of the
His bride came here from Hot
Springs last summer to accept a
position as stenographer in the law
offices of Daggett & Daggett. She
is regarded by her employers as an
exceptionally efficient and valuable
stenographer Doth parties have a
wide circle of friends here who
wish for them much happiness.
At the meeting of the Marianna
Masonic Lodge last night new offi
cers were elected and Installed as
follows: J. A. Plummer, Worshipful
Master, re-elected: Bruce Mulkev,
Senior Warden, re-elected: P. D.'
I McCulloch. Jr., Junior Warden: J B. j
drove. Treasurer, re-elected: L. W. i
Vernon, Secretary: Arthur Martin,!
Senior Deacon: J W. Jones, Junior,
Deacon: Arthur Cotter, Senior Stew
ard: J. F. Dowdy, Junior Steward:
i J. S. Motes, Tiler, re-elected: Rev.
C. C. Burke. Chaplain. Hon. P D.
McCulloch, Past Master, acted as the
installing officer, hollowing a very
interesting meeting, which was par
ticipated in by a large number of
Masons, a turkey sandwich luncheon
was served.
A curious perquisite of a Danish
member of parliamest is the right to
a free Turkish bath anywhere in the
!n a communication received by
this pape , Collector of Internal Rev
enue Jack Walker, announces that
a federal income tax officer will be
sent to this county on February 1
and will be here until February 28.
He will have his office in tho court
house in Marianna, and will be there
every day ready and willing to help
persons subject to the income tax
make out their returns without any
cost to them for his services.
How many income tax payers will
there be in Lee county? If you can
guess how many married persons
living with wife or husband will
have net incomes of $2,000 or more
and how many unmarried persons
will have net incomes of $1,000 or
over this year, then you know. The
cjllector of internal revenue esti
mates that there will be 802 tax
payers in this county.
Returns of income for the year
1917 must be made on forms provid
ed for the purpose before March 1,
1918. Because a good many people
don’t understand the law and won’t
know how to make out their returns,
the government is sending in this
expert to do it for them. But the
duty is on the taxpayer to make
himself known to the government.
If he doesn't make returns as re
quired before March 1, he may have
to pay a penalty ranging from $20 j
to $1,000. pay a fine or go to jail. |
So if you don’t want to take chanc-1
es on going to Jail, you better call I
on the income tax man. If you are
not sure about being subject to the
tax, better ask him and make sure.
Whether you see the income tax
man or not. you nnist make your
return if subject to tax.
Of course, persons resident in
other counties, may. if they want to,
come and see the income tax man
who will be at Marianna.
The collector suggests that every
body start figuring up his income
and expenses now so as to be ready
with the figures when the expert
arrives. Expenses, however don’t
mean family expenses, inoriey used
to pay off the principal of a debt,
new machinery, buildings, or any
thing like that. They mean what
you spend in making your money—
interest, taxjes paid, hired help,
amount paid for goods sold, seed,
stock bought for feeding, rent, (ex
cept for your dwelling) etc. Income
includes about every dollar you get.
Peters, Ark.. Dec. 22, 1917.
Editor Courier-Index:
Why not call to the attention of
the people of Marianna the fact that
they are in need of a permanent
highway from their city to Soudan
Station, and from there east on the
township line between Two and
Three, to Peters Landing, It eeein«
to me that it would be will to
make some arrangement to offset
the delays and advancements to be
made in rail freight. By building
this roadway you w’lll connect your
city with this section of the county,
as well as put Marianna on the
Mississippi river, a thing greatly
needed and would be of inestimable
monetary value.
I had this matter up while at
Little Rock, but found such little
support on it that I hesitatingly gave
it up. My plan was to revive It
again upon returning home, but
things have been in such a turmoil,
tmcmine'lv that it anneared to me
the best to leave it be for the pres
ent. However, since there is a spirit
afloat to build some permanent roads
it may be well to mention it at this
1 consulted a road engineer while
at Little Hock, and he furnished
me with the information that it
would cost fifty-five hundred dollars
per mile to build this road or ap
proximately ninety thousand dollars,
there being about sixteen miles of
the proposed mute. Sixteen miles
would be a very reasonable distance
to truck freight, and at the same
time your merchants could make de
liveries coming this way from Ma
rianna, and make the business pay
both wavs. I feel safe in saying
the land owners alone this route
would gladly co-operate with the
people of Marianna in pushing this
road through. As we all begin to real
ize that we must build roads that
are permanent, other counties are
building them, and we must keep
pace with them. If our present reve
nues are not adequate we should
make other assessments on our prop
erties. All improvements of this na
ture are assets to the county to
which we can point with pride. We
will not onlv receive the benefit of
travel over them, but there will be a
decided enhancement In our property
values. The latter alone will prob
ablv more than recompense for the
additional taxation that may be
necessary for the project.
Should there be anything that T
can do for this «nd. please command
me. Yours verv truly.
Among the new locks to prevent
theft of automobiles is one that se
cures the steering wheel after it has
been turned slightly, enabling a car
to be moved only in a circle. -
('apt. J. [). Mitchell, aged 80 yearn,
father of J. VV. Mitchell of this city,
died Saturday morning at the home
of his son, T J. Mitchell, in Helena.
In an editorial tribute to Capt. Mitch
ell, the Helena World in its issue of
Sunday, said:
' Again the World is called upon to
chronicle the death of an old citizen
and a good citizen. Capt. J. D.
Mitchell, known to everybody as a
good, kindly gentleman, full of gen
erous impulses anti me embodiment
of courtesy, answered the final sum
mons early Saturday morning, and
there is deep regret in the hearts of
most of us. That the Captain's pass
ing from these scenes to the great
Beyond was peaceful and amid sur
roundings which he loved is comfort
ing. but it detracts in no degree from
the genuine sorrow which is felt
here and elsewhere where he was
known. His was a gentle spirit, and
to know him was a pleasure. The
writer first met h*m back in the
early spring of 1907, and a high re
gard engendered at the moment in
creased as the years slipped by. Not
a month back the Captain, enfeebled
by years and suffering silently, per
haps, from his infirmities, sat in this
office and discussed the news of the
day for half an hour. His was a
fragile frame, but out of his eyes
there came a beam of good humor
and kindliness which told of the
gentle spirit withm He talked of
the war in which we are engaged
and expressed regret that he was a
little above the age for enlistment.
He talked of the coming holiday sea
son and of other things, but not a
word about his declining health. This
was his affair - his personal business
if you please—and he proposed to see
it through just as he had seen many
another affair through to the end
during his long life. So he chatted
And nnmmpntpd and rfallvorori
ment out of the profundity of his
experience until he departed, leaving
a genial glow behind him. Within a
week news of his illness was spread
abroad, and soon his friends, old and
young, began to fear that he would
not recover. It was so: he continued
to deeline until Saturday morning,
when hp essayed to thp Great Un
known surrounded by those whom he
loved best and facing the future with
out a complaint. A *ood man and
a kindlv man. May he find the ulti
mate of his desires in the hereafter.”
Probably no person in Lee county
was made happier this Christmas
than was Lee Shaul when his mother,
Mrs. L. Shaul, presented him with
a title to one-half interest in her
general mercantile business, which
is one of the largest and most pros
perous in Marianna. Lee has been
a most valuable assistant in the store
for many years. Unlike many young
men, he has never been lured to the
larger cities by the attractions that
call such a large per centage of the
boys from their home towns. He re
mained here in the score, mastering
all the details of the business. His
faithfulness and efficiency have been
splendidly rewarded in the handsome
gift of a half interest in the business.
Negro schools at Hope, Camden,
Fordyce, Thornton and Marianna,
were put on the Smith-Hughes roll
for federal aid Friday afternoon at
the conference held in the office of
J. L. Bond, state superintendent of
public instruction, and G. H. Lane
and H. O. Sargent of Washington,
representing the United States de
partment of education. All of these
with thp rvrAntinn nf Thorn
ton. maintain teachers’ courses.
In order to secure the aid from
the government under the Smith
Hughes act, the schools agree to put
up half of the money necessary to
pey the salary of a teacher in an
agricultural course, which course will
be taught as vocational work in the
five schools. Arkansas Democrat.
Wilsie Wooten of Rondo died at
(’amp Beauregard, December 20, of
pneumonia. Tills brave young sol
dier, with his cousin. Cleveland G.
Wooten, were the first young men
to volunteer and enlist in the nation
al army from Rondo, early in June,
and he was the first Lee county boy
to give up his life for Ills country.
Two weeks ago he came home on a
furlough to attend the funeral of
Ilia aged father and had returned to
('amp Beauregard, when lie was
stricken with pneumonia, death re
sulting in a few days.
Little Margaret was in the habit oi
j being very mean to her pet ca>. Her
I mother had tried whipping and scold
i ing to no avail. At last she tried tc
I punk-th her in the same way.
Little Margaret slapped the cat
and her mother slapped her. sho bit
the cat and her mother bit her.
After a while she put the ca!
down on the floor and stepped on its
Then she said, ‘Mama now whal
are you going to do.”
The German force^ ince the com
mencement of the wa, 'have usually
been divided between t\Vtwo front;
in the proportion of two'men on th>
western front to one on the pasters
Fort Smith, Dec. 25.—Captain Ed
ward Eberle, who was yesterday
named rear admiral by President
Wilson, is a Fort nmith boy and ft
brother of Doctor J. O. Eberle of Ft.
Smith. While attending school hft
entered a competitive examination
for entrance into the Naval Acad
emy and by appointment from thft
late Congressman Jordan Cravens of
Clarksville he marife a brilliant stud
ent and advanced rapidly in the linft
of service.
Captain Kberle’s most notablft
achievement is his invention of thft
famous smoke screen to concftftl
battleships. He was in command Of
the forward turrett on the famous
battleship Oregon during the Spaniah
Amerlcan war. He was in command
of the cruiser Washington that madft
an enviable gun record when thft
American fleet occupied Vera Cruft
during the late Mexican trouble.
For years he has been in command
of an American torpedo flotilla ftftd
about two years ago he was placftd
in charge of the /Naval Academy.
Captain Eberle took charge of thftt
institution at a time when there was
great criticism of the institution and
It is believed that th** executive
ability he displayed in rehabilitating
1 the cabinet won the president’s roe
i ognitlon in the form of his appoint
ment as rear admiral.
Just this side of Slumberland, thft
highway leading down
winds through drowsy town—
A place of mist and memories, wher#
here and there we see
Quaint, half-forgotten little scene#
from days that used to be;
Queer pictures from long vanished
dreams that swiftly fade away.
Dissolving in the misty streets like
stars at dawn of day.
And though to catch and hold them
we may stretch a wistful hand,
; We may not stop along the road
that leads to Slumberland.
We are not waking or asleep a#
eagerly we gaze
Upon these fragments of old dream#
amid the twilight haze.
Time pulls his velvet curtain hack
and we can see once more
The bear cave In the limestone bluR
above the river shore;
Or we can hear, like music drifting
down a shady lane.
A voice that we had never hoped to
hear again.
And though we fain would tarry
there our journey leads us on.
And when we look around again, lol
Drowsytown is gone.
We pass again through Drowsytowm
when darkness drifts away.
And we return from Slumberland to
find another day.
Again we glimpse the changing sc«B<
es and watch the ebb and flow
Of tides and currents from the time#
we lived long years ago.
All blurred and indistinct they ar#,
and though we always try
To bring them close enough to so#,
they tremble and pass by.
i For, though the reason you and I will
never understand.
One may not pause along the road
that leads from Slumberland.
—James J. Montagu#.
-n — . ——
An Irishman and an Englishman
met one day and they had a very
heated discussion. Pat. who had
only one eye, attracted the English
man’s attention when he said:
' Those are grand eyes you have.**
"How much grander are those you
have?” said the Englishman in ra
”1 thought.” replied Pat, ‘ye En*
1 gllshmen wore good grammarians,
i I have hut one eye and ye should
not say those.’ ’’. Then Pat, who
was anxious to outdo the Englishman
from a point of wit and humor, said:
"I bet you twenty shillings to your
one that I can see more with my
one eye than you can sec with your
, two.”
•Itone,” said the Englishman. “It's
a bet.”
And Pat. in his truly witty manner,
"Arrah. shure. 1 with my one eye
can see your two, whereas you with
your two can only see my one.”
The Englishman collapsed.—Ex.
i Me,
| The first soldier that entered Bel
The sailor who torpedoed the Lusi
The gunner who fired the first shot
at a cathedral,
i The first airman to drop bombs on a
I The wise man who first expounded
The genius who originated the Idea
of poisoning wells,
i The inventor who perfected liquid
'I fire,
The first trooper to release poison
Gott. —Life.
i Goins placed inside of a new toy
» bauk disappear inside of Jt whe«. a
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