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MOTTO The Missouri Her
ald believing those at the
TOP well able to take care
of themselves, has taken its
stand in the barricades of
its fight will be made for
tire BETTERMENT of those
.at the BOTTOM.
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The lyENBNrH
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WANTED Correewti.J
It shall Be the purpoen6f
The Missouri Herald to print
the news from all parts of
the county, and correspond
dents are wanted from, every,
neighborhood. Good writ
ers are furnished material
postage and copy of 'paper
VOL. 14
NO. 18,
Claims, Through His Petition, That He Did Not Get a Fair Trial, and was
Forced Into Court Before Ready. In Meantime, Goes to Penitentiary.
"All 1 want is a new trial, pro
vided another judge can be secured."
Those arc the words spoken by
Shcrrlll .Hmmcrson as he stood in
the circuit court room of the Now
Madrid county court house last
Friday morning at !) o'clock, after
the jury which had tried him for
the murder of Dr. L. H. Brannon
had returned a verdict against him,
sentencing him to life in the peni
tentiary, and when the judge
asked him if he had anything to say.
"I was-forced into trial before I
was ready."
That was his explanation.
Judge Slate then proceeded to
pronounce sentence upon the pris
oner, remanding him back to the
keeping of Sheriff Kerr. The sheriff
left last Saturday with his prisoner
for the Missouri penitentiary, and
he is doubtless now behind the
stone walls that mean his tomb
while upon this earth unless, his
case having been appealed, shall bo
reversed by the Supreme Court. In
the meantime The Missouri Herald
is not advised whether Jimmerson
will, or will not, try to .secure hi?
freedom on bond.
It is siid the convicted man was
the most composeed person in the
court room when the verdict of the
jury was lead, and when asked by
the court if he had anything to say,
he arose and spoke the above words
in a clear voice.
From iirst to last the case proved
to be a great legal battle. Both the
prosecution and defense took every
inch the law would allow fhem tc
take, and friends on both interested
sides went their full length. In
lluencc and "expense" money played
no insignificant part, and how much
of the real truth was suppressed, and
how much revealed, how much er
ror admitted, and how much
failed perhiipe neither the court nor
the jury knew, or ever will know.
Only what took place in the bar
bershop on tho fatal morning of
September 14, last, was permitted
to be told in the jury's hearing.
Jimmerson walked into the barber
shop, drew his gun and shot Dr.
Brannon as he lay in the front
chair getting shaved. To this
tiierc were live eye-witnesses. All
told substantially the same thing.
Dr. Brannon, in his dving statement
made in a Memphis hospital, told
titat Jimmerson shot him because he
had refused to pay him $500 de
manded as blackmail.
That is the evidence the jury got.
A clone, rase of premeditated, cold
blooded murder.
Jimmerson, through his atiorncyii
tit tempted to prove that Dr. Brannon
had been intimate with his wife, had
broken up his home, and when lie
had- remonstrated with him, the
doctor had threatened to take hid
life, and that at the time he went
into the barbershop he thought
tho alleged destroyer of his home
attempted, to make a move for hip
gun, whereupon he shot in self
defense. Tito jury had only Jim
merson's word for this, and the word
of himself, wife and daughter as to
the improper visits of tho accused
doctor to his home. But it was
proven that at the time of the
shooting Dr. Brannon was armed,
having a few days before been made
special olilcer, with the right to car
ry dreams, and that this step was
taken mainly because of alleged
threats Jimmerson had made ugainst
him. One of tho "balls froni Jlm
morson's gun struck tho scabbard in
which Dr. Brannon carried the of
liclul revolvor, which, perhaps,
saved him from inttant death.
Dr. Brannon, In his dying decla
ration, admitted by tho court, stated
he did not know that Jimmer
son was in town on tho morning of
the shooting, hut tho doctor's friends
did know it, for tlioy had been
watching him, oxpocting troublo,
knowing tho doctor carried tho of
ficial gun tlioy had placed upon him,
Immediately after tho shooting
Jimmerson was arrested and placed
in jail at Caruthersvllle. He
tried to gain 'his liberty on hubeus
corpus, but was refuseed- tho right
to muke bond. He asked for a
change of venue to New Madrid
county. He again tried the habeas
corpus route for bond there. Same
result. He then asked that Judge
McCarty be disqualified on tho
grounds of prejudice from hearing
his case when it came up the ffrst
time, in February. This was done.
Enters Judge J. G. Slate of Jefferson
City. Judge Slate presided over the
first trial, held the llrst of Feb
ruary, resulting In a hung jury as
has been told, seven for conviction
and six for acquittal. This verdict
was brought in after the jury hail
been out 24 hours.
Judge Slate set the date of the
next trial for February 27, the re
sults bqing told above. The jury
In the last trial were out 18 hours,
but on what grounds and divisions
if any, that caused their delay, has
not been made public.
The words of the defendant quot
ed above reverts to the action of his
attorneys before the last trial and
conviction. On Friday before his
trial began on Monday his attorneys,
vent to Jjflerson City and filed a
notion to disqualify Judge Slate
Croln presiding over the second
trial, and also renewed the same pe
tition at New Madrid when the same
came up there, last week, .but the
Judge overruled the motion on the
ground that it would be "setting -i
precedent, which might lead to
hindrance and delay in future crim
inal prosecutions."
The attorneys for the defendant,
in preparing their petition to the
Supreme Court, allege that the re
cords of the trial court show great
nunibc,rs of reversible errors, and
are confident the case will be re
manded for a new trial.
Poinsett County, Arkansas, Will Let
Contract Soon.
That is what Ed tells the people
f the county he wants to be
judge of the probate court. To
Dffect his announcement will Be
found in another column of today's
Ed is first.
While others were talking and
scheming, with listening ear to the
keyhole of Pemiscot county politics,
Ed lunged in and broke the ice.
He, therefore, makes a big splauii
in the political pond, its placidity
heretofore being undisturbed by
even the ripple of minnow or alligator-gar.
The writer has known Ed Uotch
er for twenty-seven years or long
er, during which time he has almost
continuously seryed tho public in
some capacity, always acquitting
himself with credit and honor. He
has for a number of times, under dif
ferent sheriffs, filled the ofilce of
deputy, and in a race for the nonf
inatlon for the ofilce only missed
election by a few votes. He has
ulso been constable, city inarshal
and serving the public as surveyor
and other minor capacities.
Few men In the county are bet
ter and more favoYably known than
Ed Goteher. He is just plain, honest
Ed to all, everywhere and all the
time, and a man in whose hands the
estates of orphans would find safe
and sympathetic keeping.
Ed announces his candidacy for
the consideration of the Democrat
ic voters In the coming primary
election, promising, if nominated
and elected in tho goneral election,
to fill tho ofuca to the best of his
ability, which means that nothing
more could bo desired to comply
with the requirements of this, one
of the most important otllces in
tho county.
The Commissioners of the Ozark
Trail Road Improvement District of
Poinsett county, Arkansas, willytake
bids on Tuesday, April 4, at Mnrked
r"ree for surfacing tho Ozark, .Trail
from Marked Tree southeast to the
Crittenden county lino with con
crete. The length of the road to
be surfaceed Is about 10 miles and
the work will cost about $300,000.
The Ozark Trail district lies in
the southeast corner of PoliiBCtt
county, east of the St. Francis river.
The main road, which is the one
which will be surfaced with con
crete, begins at the St. Francis fiver
bridge in Marked Tree and follows
the south side of the Kansas City
branch of the Frisco railroad, to
the north line of Crittenden cou.ity.
At the county line the road' j Mis
the new road recently .btlilt by
Crittenden County Road Imprbvo
ment District No. 7, Awhlch is jin a
direct line to Memphis. The Oinrk
Trail road Is1 all completed except
ing -ther concrete surfacing. By
letting contracts in April it will be
possible to complete this road this
summer, which will make a hard
surfaced through highway availa
ble for trucking and heavy hauling
between Memphis and Marked
The concrete surfacing on Oie
Ozark Trail will bo 18 feet wide and
eight inches thick, and will be ie
inforced by steel embedded in the
wearing surface. This is the same
type of construction used on the
Memphis-Marion highway, which
has been pronounced by government
and other prominent engineer to
be anions the best concrete roads !u
the United States. Tho M6rgoV
Engineering Company has made
the plans for the Ozark Trail Road
and will have charge of the con
struction work.
The Ozark Trail has been classi
fied by the State highway depart
ment of Arkansas as one of the
primary roads of the State and a
substantial sum will be contributed
by the federal government to help
pay for the cost of the concrete
The commissioners of the Ozark
Trail District are: Louis Rittcr,
Marked Tree; John Emrick and D
D. White of Tyronza. T. C. Brig
ance of Marked Tree is secretary.
Spring is hero! Jesse Gwin is
warming up for tho baseball sea
fion, which will soon bo here. Noxt
Saturday tho umps will yell "Play
Hall," when Milwaukee of tho Amer
ican Association plays St. Joseph of
the Western Association at Caruth-ersvlllo,
Boost your best for Haytl.
Fifty-fifty will be about the propor
tions of the corn and cotton crop
planted in this territory according
to a number of planters we have In
terviewed. Some will plant more
cotton than corn, while others will
plant more corn than cotton, but the
average seems about half and half
While apparently tho price of cotton
will be better this year than last
it is to be hoped the people of Pemis
cot county have learned their lesson
that cotton is an expensive crop to
make and gather, and that it pays?
better to raise corn, hogs and cattle
Renew your Herald subscription
IJour -Women Leaders Announce for
""City; Aldermen.
In the four wards of the city of
Caruthersvllle women have enter-,
ed tho aldermanlc race in the com
ing city election,, their names be
ing: Mrs. Albert Blgham, first
ward; Mrs. C. O Gill, second ward;
Mrs. Anna Lacey, third ward; Mrs.
Frank Dillman, fourth ward.
For some time we have' read of
the ladles taking over the politics
of the municipalities, but always it
was way off yonder, Now the inno
vation comes to tho doors of our
neighbors, and in due time we shall
see what we shall see.
As to the ladles named above,
their capabilities and Alness is un
questioned, and should they be
elected, as undubtedly they will
be, the interest and betterment
of the town wl have their earnest
attention. Their election should at
least bring a purifying qlement to
Caruthersvllle's municipal govern
ment It has never had before. That
is the mission, in this world of all
good women, and since they have
had devolved upon them the duty
to vote, no one can deny that they
should not also have the right to
hold ofilce.
This should bring the matter of
town betterment home to the ladles
of Haytl. They also have a duty to
perform, and since having had add
ed to their limitless other preroga
tives the right to vote, that right
carries with It the duty to vote.
What are the ladies of Hayti In
tending to do about it?
Nrnv TtnnQtpr flliih flnmnncpH nf Man ovirf TDTimnn XTn.,4. -i tt;1. o1.-.l "'.
Thursday evening of last wcel
vhfle arranging the supper table
Miss Algatha Raybuck accidentally
'lierced her hand with a needle.
Miss Raybuck had been sewing in
the dining room during the after
noon and had stuck a needle in the
table cloth, which was forgotten.
When, in preparatino for the even
ing meal, she was brushing the table
with her hand.she struck the needle,
same penetrating to the bone ot the
thumb joint and breaking, over
half of it being left In the flesh. Local
physicians advised her to go to
Cape Girardeau to a hospital and
have an X-ray made of the hand,
and accompanied by her uncle. Ora
McCain. Mr. and Mrs, W. H. Finch
and Mrs. Elmer Hosca, she left on
the night train for that city. Fri
day morning Dr. Walker of the St
Francis hospital, after locating the
needle, which was stuck in the
bone, removed' It, several stitches be-
iiiK necessary to close the wound
The party returned home Friday
afternoon. Miss Raybuck still suf
aers considerably, but is somewhat
Charles Dorroh of the Caruthers
ville Hardware Company, en route
from Memphis, changed cars hero
Tuesday for his home town.
Little Juanlta Kirby is now im
proving, after having besn ill for the
past ten days with pneumonia.
Wanted: Correspondents
The Missouri Herald wants to cover the
news of PemiScot county in each of its edi
tions. We want to print the news and
facts that will be interesting to all our read
er. We 'want the NEWS from each neigh
borhood., We want to set aside a regular
county correspondent's page, and we in
vite the "live wires," old and young, to as
sist us to make such a page a "big go."
We will furnish you paper, postage and a
copy of paper weekly. While this will
help us it will also help your neighborhood.
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The Booster Club mot at the High
School Auditorium Wednesday ove
ning and spent a couple of hours in
boostic verbosity. No use to look
in your dictionary for "boostic." It
is not there. If the book of words
set the limit for newspaper expres
sion it would be difficult for these
panders of publicity to always con
vey their thoughts and ideas to the
reader in full comprehenslbllity.
It Is easy to find "boost" in the
book of English words. It Is just
above tho word "bootlegger," with
which we are all more or less fami
liar. But to save the trouble of a
search, here Is Webster's definition:
BOOST: (Of uncertain origin) To
lift or push from behind; to push or
raise up; to raise; hence, to assist
as, to BOOST a candidate; to BOOST
So even this word does not cover,
fully, the purpose of the Boosters, as
we infer their present purpose to be.
Its meaning fits our case exactly, as
closely as the glove fits the hand,
when it means "TO ASSIST OVER
when it stands for "BOOSTING PRI
CES," good night! And if it also
means "TO BOOST TAXES," let's
legislate it out of our vocabulary. If
the people should find that to be the
meaning and purpose of the word
the next meeting of the Booster Club
would be composed of vacant seats
and vocal void would take the place
of euphony. So, when we extract
from this word Jts meaning. "TO AS
VANCE," let us put down a period
(.) or a post, or something, that will
tether it to the radius of our desper
ate needs.
The attendance was small, as if
numbers of those mostly interested
desired to have .their neighbors gc
out and "assist over obstacles and ad
vance." That has always been the
trouble with Hayti wanting much
for little action, leaving the work
for "George" to do. Talk about
hooks and crooks! ' The spirit of
lag on the part of those who grum
ble of graft, high taxes, and evils
without number, hits the town a
harder lick than all the social and
political parasites combined, for these
on account of limited number, would
be powerless to do harm were the
better class to array against them
Perhaps, though, the number pre
sent on this occasion, was as many
as could be expected, considering the
weather and tho publicity given.
L. L. Lcfler, president, acted a?
chairman, explained the object of
the meeting to devise ways and
means to make Hayti a better town
to live in.
The meeting was opened by pray
er by Rev. W. C. Scott, after which
according to programme, brief and
impromptu talks were made by sev
eral on subjects assigned them.
Prof. O. K. Hooker, superintendent
of the schools, made u very ublo and
Interesting talk on school needs and
management, being followed on o
kindred subject by K. V. Propst of
the grammar school, which also cov
ered interesting points, as well aF
being delivered in an interesting way
Nee.t came John T. Buckley of the
school board, and laid down a bar
rage of elucidation upon tho busi
ness management of the schools that
would place educational institutlouf
in a class second to none, the pridr
and tho glory of Haytl. Rev. A. B
Culbertson was next on the program
his subject being. "What is here to
attract non-residents to come and
sottlo among us." This, In the
opinion ot Tho Missouri Herald, wae
the most Important subject of the
evening, and while the able minis
ter used but a few words, his shot
went straight through the center
spot at every lire. As a tax-paying
cltizon ho spoke from experience, not
theory. O. B. Davis spoke next on
co-operation of tho peoplo with local
government. His remarks were
well to the point, impressing tho citi
zenry that thoy, too, wore responsi
ble, by their action or Inaction, for
the good or bad government we some
iimea have. P. S, Ruvousteln made
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a talk on taxes, wliich. he seeraed.bj- f
his remarks, to think analogous with
death, and for that reason impossible
to avoid, or to escape, no matter "who !
held the strings of tho public purse. P
C. S. Reynolds closed the remarks of K
the evening with a short talk on gen- &.
eral topics germane with tho general v
idea of boosterlsm, which were very '
fitting for the time and place.
The theme that ran through all f
the talks was the needfulness of bet- A
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progressive interest of the town rind f
community, but very little was said,
except by innuendo, as to ways and -
means to bring abaout such accomjj
. . '.YI
pllshments. lif4
The sentiment was practically un
animous that a reduction of taxa-M
tion was needful, and could and Itgl
should be accomplished.
All expect to pay taxes. No
visions on that, no more -than thereij
is that all must some time Or otherT
settle the claim of death One is
as inevitable as the other. But thel-Al
very unavoidablllty of escape fr'otaj?iij
death only 13 the more reason that l
we should guard with more care the
slnnrtnr. hrlHIo thrpnrt. Tim Rnme
rt-lnnr1o nnnllou tn tnvntlnn Wft' 1
must pay and pay heavily, at the TCry jt
least. It is, therefore, our supreme-
amy 10 mane iuc uurutii us ugui no
possible. And any man wh says it mat l
ters not who carries the key to our,
public chest, our taxations will be
nn Ipsa, will not. in the least, bv1 sol
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saying discourage the people Irotu ,
trying for alleviation that?is,'Tnakfyi1J
this a community of paupers. Wheii $1
it costs men more to own property
than it does to rent, tax levying has
ilready added the last straw that
has broken the back of the "beast
of burden." He balks. He kicks
Paws the air. Nothing but relief
can return him to "normalcy."
The March term of the Pemiscot
County Circuit Court will convene
Murch 20, and there being an un
usually heavy docket, will carry on t
until April 27, but there will be a
recess from March 31 to April It),
allowing 10 days for jurors and wit
nesses to attend their private affairs.
It is said the docket contains a
total of 367 cases, S2 of which are
criminal actions. There were filed
2S divorce suits, and there are a
large number of actions to collect
taxes. There are also a large num
ber of cases Involving bootlegging
and wildcat distilling, which go
hand in hand.
With Circuit Court running, to
the last of April, those who have to
attend as litigants, jurors and wit
nesses, will be hindered greatly
right at the most important season
of agricultural requirements which
again demonstrates the fact that
courts are costly and bothersome,
not only to those who seek justice
or injustice, as the case may bo,
but to those who must turn the
crank that rolls the millstones that
grind tho grist.
If only thoso who wanted courts
and need the attention of tho courts
wore so bothored, It wouldn't mat
ter if thero woro nover any recesses
or vacations, but It "ain't that
A barn belonging to John Austin
near Canudy was burned to the
ground last Friday night. A little
feedstuff was saved, but the ilro was
discovered too late for tho flames
to bo extinguished. We havo ben
informed (hat the loss was a great
one. It seems as if some enemy of
Mr. Austin was bent on doing him
some harm, for several weeks ago
a fire was discovered iu another
barn of Mr. Austin's, but was ex
tinguished before any material dam
ago was done. This time MrH Aus
tin put u bloodhouud on the cul
prit's truil, which wus followed us,
fur as Braggudoclo and lost, t
-Tiny uBpwragus tips, Del Moiite '4
spinach and fruits at Buckley'.

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