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VOL. XXXI. NO. 16.
COVINGTON, TENNESSEE. THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 1917.
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BUSINESS MEN'S CLUB HAS
AN EVENING OF PLEASURE
Banqret on Tuesday Night Well At
tended and Much Enjoyed Officers
Chosen for Ensuing Year.
The annual banquet of the Coving
ton Business Men's club, hold in the
dining room of the First Methodist
church Tuesday night, brought to
gether an enthusiastic gathering from
, the town with a representation from
various parts of the county. Among
those from outside the town were
Messrs. R. K. McBride, Sidney Tink
ler, John S. McBride, John Walker,
John H. Simonton,.A. M. Moose, R. S.
McDill, Edgar Quisenberry, W. M.
Bigham. Jr., R. II. Matthews, A. A
Kelley, R. L. Smith, E. A. Harrold
And L. K. Baird. The toastinaster,
Mr. R. B. Baptist, on account of ill
ness in his family, was unable to at
tend and Mr. L. E. Gwinn had to be
pressed into service at the last
minute. He proved to be the right
man in the right place and discharged
the duties of the position to the sat
isfaction of all.
Divine blessing was invoked by
Itev. R. A. Clark.
Secretary George A. Sanford made
a report of the work of the club for
last year and some suggestions as to
what it is hoped will be accomplished
in the coming year.
Toastmaster Gwinn announced the
officers and board of directors for the
ensuing year, namely, W. F. Bringle,
president; J. L. Garner, vice-president;
E. L. Worrell, vice-president;
Ivo McFadden, L. 0. Baltzer, L. C.
Moore, G. A. Girdner and C. B. Simon:
ton, directors. i
Theme for the evening: "Co-Operation
and Community Building".
Discussion opened by C. B. Mc
Clelland. - x
The Churches "The City Church",
Rev. R. P.' Walker i "The Country
. Church", Rev. T. R. Davis.
- 'The Schools "The Rural Schools",
H. H. Robison.
Good Roads "From the City Man's
"Viewpoint", A. B.Oobb. -
The Professional Man "The Law
yer", Hon. Wm. Simon ton.
The Citizen "Law Enforcement in
" the Town", W. V. Bringle.
The Business Man "The Banker",
Peter Fyfe; "The Merchant", E. II.
McFadden; "The Farmer", A. M.
Moose.
Several ot those wno were assigned
places ,on the program were unable
" to be present, namely, M"rC' R, 0.
Fuggan, "The City Schools"; Mr. J.
. Chis'lm, "Good Road from the
Country Man's Viewpoint"; Dr. L. A.
Yarbrough, "The Physician", and Mr.
S. H, Bajis," Law Enforcement in the
Rural Districts".
At the conclusion of the regular
prograim, Toastmaster Gwinn called
for speeches and the following re
sponded briefly: Messrs. E. A. liar
xoidJR. H. Matthews, W. M. Bigham,
Jr., k. A. Kelley, R. W. Sanford, J.W.
Darlay, C. B. Simonton and W. F.
Bringle. '
X'he banqueters to the ladies for the
u elegant supper served.
m i Mr. Bringle announced that the of-
ficers and Doard of directors would
l meet in the club rooms next Tuesday
night and organize and plan for the
,? year's work. He stated that It would
be the purpose to have monthly meet
j ings and that the effort would be to
I make these meetings interesting for
i the members. .
An effort will be made to make this
I one of the. best and most profitable
I years in the history of the organiza
I tion. Everyone left the banquet hop-
5ng and believing this could be done.
YEGGMEN DEMOLISH BUILDING
An excessive amount of nitroglyc
erine used by yeggmert who blew the
.safe of the Century Grain and Feed
Co., Aulon, Tenn., early Monday morn
ing almost demolished the building,
says the Memphis Scimitar of Janu
ary 22.
Every window in the office was
blown out, a brick chimney knocked
t over and a gaping hole in the ceiling
by the heavy steel door, which was
-( hurled across the room. A man resid
) ing across the street told the police
IJonday that he heard the explosion
i at 1 o'clock, but supposed it to be
thunder and went back to sleep.
An investigation made on Monday
morning revealed that the yeggmen
Tiad not obtained a cent for their ef
forts, despite the damage inflicted.
WTiile the big door, weighing several
hundred pounds, was blown almost
through the ceiling, the inner doors
to the cash vault hr,d held. The com
partment contained about $50.
When the manager arrived Monday
morning the office looked like it had
been visited by a cyclone. Bricks from
the fallen chimney littered the floor,
broken glass from the windows was
everywhere, the big door was on the
far sideof the room and in the ceiling
was a jagged hole which it had made
in rebounding.
He lost no time in communicating
with the police. By means of tracks
in the mud, they found the yeggs had
entered by dumbing over the roof of
a shed and forcing an upper window.
STABBING AT MT. CARMEL
Two boys, Ed Basey, aged 17, son of
jlr. A. B. Busey, and Jack Peterson,
zrM 15. 8n of Mr. Nelson Peterson,
of the Mt. Carmel vicinity, got into a
tussle at the store of HilL Moore &
Co., at Mt. Carmel, Saturday. Busey,
it is stated, tripped young Peterson
!:n, who lost control of himself and
stabbed him in the left breast, danger
ously near the heart, inflicting quite
a deep wound. The young man, we
jearn, lost quite a good deal of blood,
but his wound is steadily Improving
sini no fears are entertained by his
friends as to Ms ultimate recovery.
AMONG THE CHURCHES
First Presbyterian Church
The pastor, Rev. R. P. Walker, will
preach at 11 a. m. and 7 p. m. Morn
ing subject: "The Prayers of the
Saints". Evening subject: "Business
Methods". Special music at both
services.
The Sabbath school, Mr. J. J. Miller,
superintendent, begins at 9:30 a. m.
Rev. Dr. Kirkpatrick will arrive
Monday morning. Preaching 10:30 a.
ro. and 7:30 p. m. daily. Bro. Harper
will lend the singing. The members
of other churches and the public at
large are cordially invited to these
services. The members of other
choirs are especially asked to come to
the choir and assist with the singing.
First Methodist Church
Rev. Robt. A. Clark, Pastor
Sunday school promptly at 9:45 a.
m. Be on time.
Ladies' bible class, 10 a. m.
Men's bible class, 10 a. m. '
The pastor will preach both morn
ing and evening and will be gkid to
see as large atttendance of the mem
bership as possible. All are welcome.
Prayer meeting each Wednesday
evening at 1:60. We are having a
verv interesting study of our Lord's
"Sermon on the Mount" at the
Wednesday evening prayer service.
You come. A hearty welcome al
wavs awaits you at the Methodist
church.
First Baptist Church
Charles E. Wauford, Pastor
Sunday school at 9:30 a. m.
The pastor will preach at 11 a. m,
and 7 p. m.
The B. Y. P. U. will meet at 6 p. m.
A cordial invitation is extended to
everyone to worship with us.
DEATH OF D. A. SHERRILL
Mr. Dabney A. Sherrill died at his
home, at Brownsville, Monday morn
ing at 6 o'clock. Mr. Sherrill suffered
a stroke of apoplexy while in a bar
ber shop Saturday and never regained
consciousness aitcrwards. trior to
the attack, howeverhe had been in a
poor state of health for quite a long
while. Mr. Sherrill's remains were
buried at Tabernacle church, Haywood
'county, Tuesday morning.
Hie deceased was a son oi tne late
Hosea Sherrill, of the 8th district of
this county, and he was born and. the
greater part of his life was spent
there. He was 57 years of age at the
time of his death. His wife, who was
Miss Carrie May Taylor, of Browns
ville, together with two sons, survives
him. He is also survived by three sis
ters, Mas. Oscar Hall and Mrs. Mag
gie Wyhe, of this county, and Mrs.
Kate Kyle, of Trenton. .,
The deceased had been a member of
the Presbyterian church for many
years. He was a man of genial man
ners and had a great many friends in
this county, who will learn of his pass
ing away wjth feelings or the deepest
sorrow.
PRESBYTERIAN REVIVAL
In the First Presbyterian church a
series of revival services will, begin
next Sunday. January 28. , Beginning
Monday, Dr.' Kirkpatrick, of Memphis,
will preach at 10:30 a. m. and 7:30 p.
m. Dr. KlrkpatricK, pastor oi tne
brick church, is one of the most elo
quent and scholarly preachers of
Memphis. He is especially gifted in
holding revivals,. During simultane
ous meetings in the Presbyterian
i i r i!- r . Tr; 1
cnurcnes oi memprus, ur. luriipuk
rick did the preaching in the church of
which he is pastor and that church
had more conversions than any other
church in the campaign. During 1916,
Dr. Kirkpatrick has held two union
meetings at Saltillo, Tenn., and Sear
cy, Ark. Both of these meetings were
very successful. On account of his
duties as pastor, Dr. Kirkpatrick can
not accept all of the invitations ex
tended him. Covington is fortunate in
securing his . services. Make your
plans to hear him, beginning Monday,
the 29th.
BASKET BALL
Local basket ball fans are pleased
to hear the announcement that-final
arrangements have been made for
something interesting in the way of
a big double header on Friday night,
February 2, when the Lucy high
school comes with both boys' and girls'
teams for games with the local nigh
school. This will be the first game
since the holidays, and, although bad
weather has limited the practice, the
local athletes are working hard now
to make these games live and interest
ing. While both teams have been de
feated this year, they have played
fast ball and never surrendered until
the final whistle blew.
From all indications, the Lucy
teams are going to offer some good
competition, for the rivalry for ath
letic supremacy between the two
schools is strong. You can't afford Jo
miss these games if you want some
thing fast and snappy in the basket
ball line. , ,
NOTICE TO TEACHERS
To Tipton County Teachers and Pro
spective Teachers:
The, next examination for teachers
will be held March 30 and 31. As this
is the last examination for teachers
until the middle of July, it will be
necessary for all who expect to begin
teaching before September 1 to take
this examination.
- No teacher can legally receive pay
for teaching who has no contract with
the board of education, and no board
can contract with a teacher who has
no certificate.
All applicants must take the entire
examination, including the reading
circle books, in order to receive' a
certificate. H. H. ROBISON,
County Superintendent.
LOCAL NEWS
Mr. M. A. Sherrod has beeij on
the sick list for the past few days.
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Sullivan and
four children, of this vicinity, are all
confined to their home with grippe.
Beulah, little daughter Of Mr. J.
B. McDow, has been suffering from
pneumonia for the past several days.
Rev. A.'W. Russell has been con
fined to his bed for several days with
a severe attack of grippe.
Will, little son of Mr. Will Fyfe, is
suffering from an attack of pneu
monia. There was a meeting of the local
Masonic lodge on Friday night, at
which time the M. M. degree was con
ferred. L. E. Gwinn, Jr., little son of Hon.
L. E. Gwinn, who has been suffering
from an attack of pneumonia, is im
proving. Mr. R. W. Bishop is moving back
to the county from Savage, Miss., and
will make his home on the D. W. Ruf-
fin place near here.
Mr. L. P. Fleming and family
have moved here from Ripley and oc
cupy the Dearing place, on Haynie
street.
Mr. Noble Somervell, who has
lately been confined to his bed again
on account of rheumatism, is able to
sit up again.
Mr, Spurgeon Hadley and family,
who have been making their home
near Stanton, have moved to Garland
to reside.
Mr. G. T. Ward has sold his stock
of goods at Gilt Edge to Mr. G. L.
Sturdivant, who will continue the bus
iness at the same stand.
Mr. H. L. Hudson has been ou the
sick list at his home in Memphis for
the past several days, but is improv
ing and expects to return this week.
Mr, Arthur Webb is employed at
Dr. Ed Wall's horse-shoeing shop. Mr.
H, G. McMillen, who has been work
ing there, has moved to Memphis.
Mr. Jack Stitt, who was lately
operated on for appendicitis at the
home of his grandmother. Mrs. Mollie
Stitt, is still steadily improving.
v Mr. W. A. Menefee, who lately
underwent an operation, for removal
of the tonsils at the Good Samaritan
hospital, Memphis, was able to re
turn home Tuesday evening.
Mrs. Mabel McMurray, who has
been suffering from blood poisoning
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. V. L.
Murphy for several days, is steadily
improving. .
Etta, little daughter of Mrs. Etta
Sloan, of the Gilt Edge neighborhood,
who was seriouslyburned by accident
about three weeks ago, is reported to
be steadily improving. ' '
Sarah, daughter of Mr. E. A.
Mashburn, of the Mt. Lebanon neigh
borhood, died Saturday night at u
o'clock and was buried on the day fol
lowing at Mt, Lebanon graveyard.
The real estate firm of Sullivan &
Hopper has sold to Mr. J. E,, Dew for
Miss May Hill her house on Boyce
avenue for a consideration of $850.
Possession will be given February 1.
Mr. W. T. Watkins. of the Mt.
Carmel vicinity, sustained a fall at
his home Friday and his hip was badly
sprained, although he Is again able
to be up.
Mrs. W. j. Turner, of this vicin
ity, who was operated on for appendi
citis at the Huffman Hcftise Tuesday,
by Drs. Newman and Yarbrough, is
steadily improving.
Mr. E. W. Cothran, who lately re
turned from Humboldt, is preparing
to. go into the plumbing business here
aeam and win be located in the rear
of V. L. Ogilvie's place of .business.
Mrs. Albert Massey. ; who has
been on the sick list, is again able to
be at her post in the school room at
Phelan. Dr. R. F. Taylor, of that
place, who has been suffering from
pneumonia, is able to sit up.
Mr.s C. W. Kincaid, of Mattoon,
111., stopped over here Wednesday on
his return from Houston, Tex. Mr.
Kincaid and Mr. W. F. Bringle left
the same nieht for Grenada, Miss., to
look into an important land deal
Manager. J. R. Gill, of the tele
phone exchange, has moved his busi
ness offices to the office lately occu
pied by C. P. Noell. Dr. L. J. Lindsey
will later occupy the suite of rooms
of which Mr. Gill's late office is a part.
Mrs. R. B. Baptist was able Sun
day morning to return from Memphis,
where she Jately underwent an oper
ation in St. Joseph's hospital. Her
friends will be glad to know that her
improvement is steady.
Mr. A. Laxton, of Kerrville, came
up Wednesday morning and has taken
charge of Mr. J. C Sullivan's meat
market. Mr. Sullivan will now devote
his attention to the real estate busi-
ness.
I
Baker Lemmon Chapter, U. D. C,
will be entertained next Saturday
afternoon by Misses Ella Cummins
and Gracey Key Malone. The meet
ing will be called to order at the home
of Miss Malone, on College street, at
3 o'clock. i
Mr. Earl Bell and his mother,
Mrs. Bettie Bell, left Wednesday for
New Orleans, where the former will
attend the meeting of the Western
Fruit Jobbers' t association. From
there they will go to Biloxi, Miss.,
where Mrs. Bell will remain for some
time with relatives. Mr. Bell will go
from Biloxi through the Texas gulf
country.
' Cotton is selling at from 14 to
16 and seed at $40 per ton.
Miss Sue Jarroll, who has lately
been very sick, is some better today.
Mr. Virgil Grimsley, who has
been on the sick list for a week, is
able to be up.
Mrs. Elizabeth Forsyth, who has
lately been very sick with pneumonia,
is reported s,ome better. Mr. Dock
McLennan has been confined to his
bed with pneumonia for several days.
There will be a special meeting
of the county court Saturday morn
ing at 10 o'clock to consider some im
portant bills pending before the legis
lature. Dr. J. P. David, of Mack, who has
been suffering from blood poisoning
at the home of his father, Mr. W. J.
David, near Leigh s Chapel, is im
proving. Drs. Sale amputated the
thumb of his right hand about 10 days
ago.
Dr. Wm. Murray's horse ran
away with him on the square Wednes
day afternoon. The buggy struck a
wagon wheel, was overturned and
badly wrecked and Dr. Murray was
thrown out and sustained several
painful bruises.
Four produce dealers in Coving
ton, Messrs. Marks & Anderson, H. R.
Rose & Co., N. P. Garrett and N. J.
Joy, have done a land office business
in buying, selling and shipping rabbits
during the past two weeks, handling
in this way more than 1,300 hares.
The little four-year-old son of
Mr. J. I. Bell, the night operator at
the I. C. depot here, got a fall Monday
night and his leg was broken above
the knee. His father is attending his
bedside at his home at Henning and
his position is being filled by Mr. H.
B. Toombs, of Fulton, Ky.
Mr. Jack Byars died t his home
at Stanton Monday morning of pneu
monia, following an attack of measles,
and was buried at Charleston grave
yard the same afternoon at 1:30
o'clock. The deceased was a son of
Mr. W. D. Byars, and was born and
reared in the 15th district of this
county. He had, for some time, been
engaged in the blacksmith business
at Stanton and had many friends who
sincerely regret his untimely passing
away, lie is survived by his wife and
several children.
As an instance of the good results
of advertising, it may be noted that
the E. E. Stephenson Hardware Co.
run a half page ad in the last issue of
the Leader, telling of their closing out
of hardware, farming implements, etc.
The advertisement attracted a v great
rush to the store and in three days'
time the greater portion of the stock
had been disposed of. Mr. Stephenson
expressed himself as greatly pleased
with the results of his advertising
and said he thought he would have no
trouble in disposing of the remainder
of the stock.
THE PARLETTE LECTL RE
Tipton county, and more especially
the town of Covington, was indeed
fortunate in having Ralph Parlette
give one of his famous lecwres in
Covington on -last Thursday night
Comparatively few people came to
hear one of the greatest lectures that
was ever delivered in the town. Those
who missed this lecture have lost an
opportunity to better- prepare them
selves for every problem of life.
Mr Parlette is rightly called "lhe
Orator of Good Cheer", "The Philoso
pher of Joy", "The Helper to Happi
ness", "A Preacher in a Thousand
Pulpits", and "The Humorist Who
Helns Humanity". In having. Mr.
Parlette, on this return engagement,1
Covington joins with a thousand cities
and towns that have re-engaged him
from two to twenty times. And all
who have heard him on these two oc
casions are anxiously looking forward
to his coming again with the Chautau
qua in the summer.
All who heard Mr. rariette on last
Thursday night are continuous in
their praise of the message that gave
them such cheer and uplift. All join
with many preachers, professional
men, and men in the business world,
who tell of the inspiration to succeed
gotten from his lectures.
BOARD OF STEWARDS MEETS
A very delightful and enthusiastic
meeting of the board of stewards of
the First Methodist church was held
Monday night at 7:30 in the study of
the pastor, Rev. Robert A. Clark, at
the parsonage. This was the regular
monthly meeting and ,on invitation of
the pastor, was held in his home.
In addition to the regular business
of the board the pleasure of the occa
sion was added to by the presence ot
the former pastor, Rev. John T. Myers,
who spoke to the board or his present
charge, and also spoke of his pleasant
relations with the board here in other
days.
After the business oi the board was
over, chocolate and wafers were serv
ed, by Mrs. Clark, assisted by Mrs. J.
H. rlippin.
The members of the board pledged
themselves, as a whole, to stand back
of the pastor in any effort he may put
forth to advance the interests of the
church.
The following members of the board
were present: J. II. Flippin, H. R.
Rose, G. A. Girdner, G. B. Gillespie,
W. H. Bailey, W. L Shelton, A. B,
Cobb, I. R Currie, John Dearing, S. R.
Shelton, Jr., H. W. Sale, A. R. Hudson,
J. L. Richardson, Lucian Cockrill, John
Y. Peete, John Maley, Charles Elam.
The following were unable to attend:
Thomas Addison, J. S. Ruffin, W. A.
Barret, M. A. Sherrod, I. H, Lowen
haupt, C. N. Volz.
Nearly all actresses regard blue" as
their lucky color.
SOME INTERESTING FACTS
ABOUT COVINGTON SCHOOLS
Available Funds for School Improve
ments and How Expended What
Has Been Accomplished With It.
WTe give below the report of Super
intendent B. O. Duggan to the School
Officers' association, which recently
met in Nashville:
In May, 1916, Covington voted a
bond issue of $20,000 to build an addi
tion to the grammar school. The bonds
sold at a premium of $1.1,176 and,
in addition to this, we received $2,000
as our share of a $25,000 county
school bond issue, making the total of
$23,176 for school improvements.
Fifteen hundred dollars have been
spent in repairing the colored school
building, which now has eight class
rooms and a study hall, 40x60 feet.
The out buildings have been white
washed and a new fence put around
the grounds.
When I took charge of the schools
of Covington, in 1910, the grammar
and high schools were taught in the
same building. This buildiner was the
old Tipton Female Seminary a frame
structure, erected m 18i2. to which
had been added, in 1894, a brick front
of four class rooms and offices for the
superintendent and principal.
We have remodeled the old brick
front and added to it eight standard
class rooms and an auditorium, 60x
70 feet. The auditonum will be fur
nished with opera chairs, electric
lights and fans and a large stage.
The equipment throughout the
building will be the best new model
desks, maps, globes, blackboards,
electric lights and electric bells in
each room, steam heat, modern plumb
ing. The length of the building from
front to rear is 115 feet and the av
erage width 65 feet. A concrete base
ment is under the north two-thirds of
the entire building. A room in this
basement is being fitted for manual
training for boys. The girls will get
domestic science in the high school.
The unilateral system of lighting
was adopted, and this gives us four
rooms with east light, four with west,
two with sduth and two with north.
The total estimated value of school
property in 1910 was about $25,000.
The estimated valuation at present is
as follows: Buildings, equipment and
grounds, $23,500; grammar school,
$3,000; colored school, $5,000; gym
nasium and athletic field, $7,000; dem
onstration riot for agriculture classes.
$400; dormitory lot, $600; making a
total of &(i),500, an increase m valua
tion of school property of 166 per cent.
in less than seven years. -In
1910, there were four teachers
and 93 punils In the high school. Now
there ore five teachers and 130 pupils.
Last May, 32 pupils graduated from
the high school, 11 boys and 21 girls.
mis numDer, is are in normal
achool or college, five boys and 13
S'U'is. " 1 1910, there were seven teach
ers and less than 300 pupils in the
grammar school. This year, the en
rollment is 884 and there are nine
teachers.
In 1910, the colored school was a
makeshift dilapidated buildings, S20-a-month
teachers, four of them be
sides the principal, an enrollment less
than 200, attendance barely 50 per
cent. We were ashamed of it. Today,
the enrollment is 310 with eight teach
ers, five of whom have college or
normal school training and three high
school diolomas. The attendance will
average 85 per cent. One of the eight
teachers was sent to us by Supervisor
S. L. Smith and, besides teaching in
cur high school, she supervises indus
trial work for the county schools. The
interest in this industrial work among
the colored people was immediate and
intense. We are now proud of the
colored school.
Summary
1910 1917 '
Estimated value of '
school property $25,000 $66,500
Total number teachers 16 22
Total enrollment in all
schools ...i 572 824
Increase in value of
school property. .... 166 per cer.t.
Inc. in teaching force. . 37 percent.
Increase in enrollment. 44 percent.
Teachers' salaries have
increased more than. 30 percent.
The people of Covington ere most
responsive and the school spirit of
the community is excellent.
Very respectfully.
B. O. DUGGAN.
Supt. of Schools.
1ISS SIGMAN HONORED
' Mesdames A. G. Smith and B. O.
King gave a miscellaneous shower
at the home of the latter, Tuesday
afternoon, in honor of Miss Gussie
Sigman, who became the bride of Mr.
J. W. Trobaugh, of Munford, Wednes
day afternoon, January 17,
The guests were met at the door
by Mrs. Smith, who took them to the
serving table where hot chocolate and
sandwiches were served bv Misses
Bertha Wells and Gertrude Lyles.
When Miss Marguerite Fewett, of
Covington, softly played "Showers of
Blessing", the guests came into the
room and the cord that held the large
wedding bell was cut. The many
lovely and useful gifts were showered
down on the bride-to-be. . ; -'
Many contests were enioyed by all.
Miss Lee Sigman won the prize for
carrying the most beans on a knife
across the room, while Miss Pearl
King, of Memphis, carried off the
prize for the best toast.
Miss Hewett sang "My Love Is Like
a Red. Red Rose" and "The Perfect
Dav".
The evening was greatly enjoyed
by everyone and the very best wishes
for the bride- and groom-to-be were
expressed.
ALLEGED WHITE SLAVER IS
FOUND NEAR THIS PLACE
Arrested in This County Sunday oa a
Charge of Violating White Slave
Law Confesses and Asks Trial.
The News-Scimitar thus tells the
story: ,
Playing the part of a good Samari
tan in 1914 and later a devoted lover
to. Miss Ophelia Hancock, a pretty
brown-eyed, dark-haired girl vt-18,"
got 52-year-old John V Ferrell in
trouble with the government.
He is held on a warrant charging
him with violation of the white slave
laws, and, according to Chief Deputy
United States Marshal Tyree Taylor,
the man has confessed to his guilt and
asked United States District Attorney
Hubert F. Fisher to get him an early
hearing before Judge McCall, that he
may be sentenced and start serving
his term.
Ferrell was indicted by a federal
grand jury in 1914, but escaped arrest
until Sunday, when Deputy Taylor
went to the farm home of George
Fletcher, near Covington, where Fer
rell was living, and after a short chase
through the woods captured his man
and returned to Memphis with him.
"I love Ophelia Hancock", began
Ferrell. "She lived in Haynes, Ark.,
when I first met her. Her father
abused her, so I persuaded her to
leave home. She came to Memphis
with me. She attempted to get work. .
Being a plain country girl, I guess,
resulted in her failing to get enough
work to live on. I moved to Holly
wood, Miss. She followed and at
tempted to get work there, but she
failed again. My heart beat fondly
for her. I knew of her home hard
ships. I started giving her money to
pay her board. She returned my af
fections. We lived happily at Holly
wood until a sister of the young wo
man came from Indianapolis and
stole her away one day when I was
at work.
"Returning home I found a little .
note under the front door. It asked
me not to follow, 'because I would get
into trouble'. It was signed, 'Ophelia,
who loves you'."
"Do you still love her?" asked
United States Marshal Stanley Treze
vant. ,
"Yes. I do; because she was true,
honest, and one of the most deserving
women I ever knew", answered Fer
rell.
While the arrested man claimed he
had not been dodging federal officers
"very much", he managed to keep
hidden until one day last week, when
layw received information of his
whereabouts.
ROBBERY ENDS WITH MURDER
Hold-ups, robberies, etc., are so com
mon in Memphis that they scarcely
excite commment, but one so atrocious
occurred there Saturday night as to
put it out of the commonplace happen-
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ings oi tne cnyj Mr. waiter nooser
started out from his home with his
little daughter, about eight years old.
Wnen some 75 yards from his home,
they were overtaken by two negro
highwaymen and the unfortunate man
murdered in the presence of his little
daughter. '
They were walking along the street, :
the negroes following, and Ilooser
and his daughter stepped to one side
to permit them to pass. They walked
nearly past when they suddenly
wheeled around and one of them
flashed a pistol and a shot rang out
and Hooser was fatally shot, dying1
almost instantly, The two negroes
fled and the little girl gave the alarm.
The detectives and police began an
active search for the negroes and
landed two suspects in prison in the
early hours of Sunday morning, who
confessed that they had killed Hooser
The negroes gave their names as Clar
ence Merriam and Will Hudson, one 22
and the other 18 years old. Merriam
confessed that he fired the fatal shot,
but that it was accidental.' As he
flashed the pistol on his victim with
the intention of robbing him, the pis
tol went off.
It was a bold hold-up with a bloody
sequel, that should hang them both.
Under the Bowers law, the most that
can be done will be to send them to
the penitentiary for life. Authorities
are to be commended for the efficient
work in landing these bold highway
men in prison.
ROAD CONTRACTS LET
The county road commissioners, T.
H. Taylor and R. L. Faught, have let
the contracts for working the roads.
The districts contracted and the con
tractors are as follows:
No. 2, Garner Dickey; No. 3, Jeff
Maxwell; No. 4, Robert Pickard; No.
5, O. T. Meadors and Virge Pennell;
No. 6, Scott Bros.; No. 7, Barney Si
monton; No. 8, R. R. Jones; No. 9,
James Phillips; Nos, 10 and 15, Claud
Shoaf and W. F. Davis; No. 13, Dan
Vandergrift Districts No. 11, 12 and
14 are not contracted. District No. 1
is worked under separate district
commissioners. . .
We understand the average price
is about $12 per mile Many of the
districts are badly in debt and the
fund available for the year is small.
SUNDAY SCHOOL COUNCIL
The Sunday School Council of the
First Methodist chjrch, composed of
all the officers and teachers of the
First Methodist Sunday school, is
holding monthly meetings to confer
together about the general good of the
Sunday school. The first meeting, a
month ago, was held in the parlors of
the church. The meeting this month,
which will be held Thursday night of
this week, will be at the home of Mrs.
N. C. Brown, on Main street.

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