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RVADA COUNTY PICAYUNE
t w i c i: - a - w j : k 29th Year. Prescott, Arkansas, Saturc' r y May 12, 1906. Number 22 must decide typeOFCANAL Chairman Shonts Says This Is Most Important and Press ing Question may mean a serious delay Machinery. Which Will Be Needed Can not Be Contracted For. Washington May 8—In a spe cial report to the secretary of war, made public today, T. P. Shout', chairman of the Isthmian Cana Commission, makes u statement s to the present con ditions c n the isthmus, which he finds to be satisfactory in almost ever1' detail. 1 he work of pre paration and organization, which he holds must be thoroughly done before excavating is begun on a large scale, is still under way. While Mr. Shonts round health conditions good, ample food and quarters for employes, a gratifying advance in the work of preparing terminal, yard and track facilities and in preparing the Culebra cut against damage during the coming rainy season, he found much work which might be done now was delayed because no decision has been reached as to the type of the canal which will be constructed. Summing up his investigations on the isthmus, Mr. Shonts re ports as follows: "The results already obtained justify the policy decided upon during my first trip to the isth mus, and briefly outlined in my report to the president under date of August 12, 1905. In that report I called attention to the fact that the serious mistake which had been made up to that time vas in attempting ‘to make the dirt fly’ in advance of a thorough preparation, and in formed the president that in structions had been issued to close down the work of excava tion except in so far as was nec cesar; r<> put-the cuts in proper shape for 'he installation of the maximum number of steam shovels for economical service. "The work of canal construc tion divides itself properly into two parts, one of which must precede the other. ‘First, through preparation. This includes the creation of an effective organization; the sani tation of the isthmus; providing suitable quarters and food for employes; constructing proper terminal, yard and railway track facilities and intermediate yards for the handling of the vast Quantities of supplies and materi als; the installation of a system of tracks through the cuts; work mg out of all engineering pro blems, and the formulation of a comprehensive plan for carrying forward the work in each de partment Second, the actual construction °f a given type of canal. The work of preparation is at once the more important and the UKire difficult of these two tasks. If it be not done thoroughly, in telligently and well in every part the second task — that of actual construction—will be handicapp ed from the start. The launch |ug 01 every great enterprise, he creating of an organization Vrb '•vnich to carry on the work, 18 always the most difficult part of it.” kam°n s Liver Pill removes the bile. CaLiIi n,c Pellet tones up the system. oibinetl form a Perfect Treatment. 25c. LASETER NOT DEAD L uther Laseter Seriously Wound ed by Negro In Hemp stead County HAD BIG GASH CUT IN BACK Cu»ter Taylor, a Worthies* Negro,Struck Him With An Axe In our last issue we gave a re port of the death of Mr. Laseter at Stroud’s mill in Hempstead county. Later reports show that Mr. Laseter'.> wound will not prove fatal. Below we give an account of the matter which we clip from the Star of Hope: “Luther Laseter, a well-to-do farmer living about rive miles southeast of Hope, near Shover Springs, was struck with an axe by Custer Taylor, a worthless negro, Tuesday morning at Stroud’s mill, between Shover Springs and Centerville, and painfully if not seriously in jured. "Mr. Laseter had given the negro a home on his farm during the past winter upon the expec tation that he would make a crop there this year, but when the time came for farm work to be gin the negro skipped. “Mr. Laseter learned Monday that he was employed at Stroud’s mill and went there Tuesday morning to try and induce him to rrturn to the farm. After be ginning a conversation with the n^gro, Laseter’s attention was attracted in another direction and while his back was turned the negro seized an axe and struck him a heavy downward blow at the base of the neck, the force of which made a fear ful gash between his spinal col umn an<l shoulder blade. The blow staggered Laseter and as he was falling and attempting to get beyond the negro's reach, the brute swung the axe at him twice more but missed him both times and ran for the woods. "The first report which reach ed this city \\ as that Laseter was dead, but after visiting the scene Dr. Martindale reported that al though the was large it was one which could be easily treated and unless complications set up it need not be necessarily fatal. "A number of men hunted for the negro with hounds Tuesday afternoon and night, but failed to locate the negro. “Mr. Laseter is 23 or 30 years of age and has a wife and three children. REPUBLICAN TOWN SHIP MEETING Held At The Court House In This City Thursday. Elected Delegates To County Convention The Republicans met in town ship meeting at the court house Thursday and elected the follow ing persons as delegates to the County Convention which will meet on the 17th of this month: Jack Grayson, B. R. Oastler, Alex Vaughan a: A Ira Gee. The program now is to nomi nate a few candidates only for county office. In all probability E. DeLaugh ter will be nominated for State Senator from this district. PUBLIC SCHOOL CLOSES Commencement Exerceses held At Opera Thursday Ev ening Well Attended A NEW BUILDING DISCUSSED Movement To Erect Building In City Park Favored Thursday night at the opera house was an incident that will long be remembered by the Tom Allen High School pupils. The teachers and pupils had been busy for several weeks pre paring for the close ef the school. Each student did well their part and showed the keen training they had been given by their teachers. The exercises were opened by Rev. Mahan in prayer and then the interesting program began. Allen Stubblefield was the first to lead off in a splendid ad dress “My Fayorite Hero In History,” then Miss Beuford in an excellent essay, “Night Brings Out the Stars.” Miss Berta Pittman delivered the salutatory and Respess Wil son was valedictorian for the High School. Prof. W. J. Stone delivered the literary address and his sub ject was “Payne and Home Sweet Home.’’ Col. C. C. Hamby, president of the School Board, presented the diplomas to the graduates in a very approprate manner. His remarks were timely and to the point. This ended the regular pro gram. but did not end all the good things said as Cols. G. R. Haynie. T. C. McRae and C. C. Hamby each made a speech up on the necessity of more school room and better schools for Prescott. It was suggested that a building be erected in the city nark for the primary department The question was put to to the audience as to what they thought of the project and th**y were al most a unit on utilizing a por tion of the park as a place for such a building. WILL NOT BE HUNG Sevier County Man Sentenced to Be Hanged Given Life Sentence. THURSDAY ANNIVERSITY OF Crime. Was Within Two Day* Of Exe cution Twice Before D. T. Goddard, of Sevier County, convicted of the murder of Edward ward at Gillham, May 10 1905, and who later killed James Meth, one of the mem bers of a posse which tried to capture him, will not die on the gallows at De Queen tomorrow. Acting Governor John P. Lee yesterday commuted the death sentence to imprisonment in the state penitentiary for life. The commutation came just a few hours before Goddard was to have been taken to De Queen to die. I he scaffold on which he was to have been hanged is still standing. It will be torn down as soon as Sheriff J. G. Thomas returns, and it will be the second time a scaffold erect ed for the purpose of putting Godvard to death has been torn down. In both instances the commutation came 2 days before the execution. In each case the sheriff was in Little Rock ready to take Goddard to De Queen when the official order was issu ed. On the former occasion the relief from death on the gallows came in the form of an appeal to the Supreme Court. At that time the date of the execution was but two days off. and the gallows had been erected in the jail yard at De Queen. It was torn down, and -this week was again erected for the execution. Sheriff Thomas will order it torn down on his return to De Queen, and that city will still have the record of being a county seat in in which there has never been a legal execution. ■£VMr.X'.}WV*P!Tt'> You Can Depend On Us for a buggy, which in every way will be com mensurate with the price you pay. \V e havn t any great big bargains in buggies, just good honest value for your good honest dollars. We have been in the business for a long time, and we believe we have solved the buggy problem tor ourselves and for you too. VV e will handle three buggies which will repre sent our three grades. Each make is put up by large manufacturers of these respective grades. They are THE STUDEBAKER THE JOHN DEERE THE BANNER Our second car of buggies this Spring will be here with in a few days. In the meantime we have a few fobs on which we will make a special price in order to move to give us plenty of room for this coming car We Sell Buggies Under the Broad Guarantse, t»hat Every Transaction Must Be Satisfactory PRESCOTT HAROWARE (IN THE BIG BUILDING.) CO. HAPPENINGS OVER NEVADA News Gathered By Special Cor respondents Throughout The County. CUT WORMS DAMAGING CROPS !n Many Localities Complaint of Worms Are Made Weather Warmer EMMET. Mesdames Porter and Carruth ers, of Louisiana, were visiting Mrs. Weaver early in the week. Dr. W. H. Dickinson is attend ing the State Medical Associa tion at Hot Springs. Mrs. Dick inson accompanied him. Mrs. -J. S. Haltom, of Buena Vista, is visiting here. Grandmother Daily is still very feeble. Miss Dosie Allen, of Hope, is visiting Mrs. Sarah Allen. Miss Effie Crossland, of Pres cott, is in this vicinity soliciting book subscriptions. Master Douglas McSwain en tertained some of his friends Saturday afternoon. There are some parties here putting in a heading mill. They will get power from the gin plant. Our postmaster received three new routing desks for the rural mail carriers. We have a nice office and the carriers are getting along nicely. Thursday evening quite a crowd went up to Prescott to the school entertainment. They were Misses Neta Barton. Alice Marshall. Dell McGough, Fannie Hood. Bula Thompson, and Messrs. J. E. Snell, Dr. C. C. Purtle, -Joe Eaves, Joe Youmans, Lemar Chamness and J. M. Garland. May 10. — o— FRIENDSHIP. Plenty of rain and the cool weather is bad on corn and cot ton. Health around these diggings good. The farmers are in the grass. We need two or three weeks of hot sunshine. Tom-, Hicks was replanting corn Monday. We are glad to state that our grave yard is in nice shape again. The work done by Higginbotham and Tomlin is all right. The committee request all who have loved ones buried here to come and mark the graves. The school election will be held next Saturday week. Let all the voters please come out. This is a duty you owe not only yourself but to your children. Miss Lee Almand is home for a month’s vacation. She will re sume her duties again in the te lephone office the first of June. Henry Edwards and Joe Clark were around a few days ago sell ing a book of the San Francisco disaster. Mr. Overton and family visit ed here Friday night. Rich Young, of Willisville, was a pleasant caller here this week. Mr. Hicks has Tom Hollaman helping him serve his search warrant for his corn this week. May 10. DAMON'S Relief C r <i Sick fie. iraigia Cramps,Cholera Morbus Ijia.irht.-a, kc. 25 cents for large bottle. I OFFICERS ELECTED By Grand Lodge Knights and Ladtes of Honor. Adjourn ed Last Wednesday. MEETS IN LITTLE ROCK IN 1908 Stale Capitol Selected on First Ballot As Next Plrce of Meeting. The Grand Lodge. Knights and Ladies of Honor, concluded its two days’ meeting at Pythian hall late Wednesday. The day was spent in discussing and dis posing of the various features of the reports of grand offficers; the officers for the ensuing year were elected; committees were appointed, and Little Rock was selected as the place of meeting for the next biennial session of the grand lodge in 1908. There were two sessions of the grand lodge Wednesday, at both of which Grand Protector W. S. McCullough presided. The greater portion of the time of the two sessisns was consumed in the discussion of the reports ot officers, nearly all ot the re commendations contained in which were disposed of. In his biennial report Grand Protector McCullough recom mended that when the member ship of a subordinate lodge falls below 10, delegates from such lodges shall not be entitled to mileage and per diem from the grand lodge. He also recom mended that the secretary of each subordinate lodge he requir ed to make a report of the num ber of members of in his lodge in good standing on April 30 pre ceding the meeting of the next grand lodge. The action of the grand lodge on these two questions was not made public, the officers deeming it inexpedient to announce the result to any but members of the lodges throughout the state. The following grand officers were .elected :"or the ensuing two years: Grand Protector W. S. Mc Cullough of Brinkley. Vice Grand Protector- W. K. Baker of Wynne. Grand Secretary T. J. Oliphint of Little Rock. Grand Treasurer W. P. Weld of Marianna. Grand Chaplain Miss Alice Thatcher of Jonesboro. Grand Guide- Mrs. J. D. Hol man of Mena. Grand Guardian Miss Mattie Sanders of Forrest City. Grand Sentinel J. G. Sain of Nashville. Supreme Representative—J. M. Richardson of De Vail’s Bluff. Alternate, W. H. Dunblazer of Fort Smith. Grand Trustees—A. C. Moore. Little Rock; Mrs. Lucy Binley, Helena; Mrs. Ida M. Earl, Mor rilton. The Propagating Committee selected was composed of the following knights: W. S. Mc Cullough of Brinkley, L. C. Hall of Dardanelle, Sigmond Bacha rach of Clarendon. J. 0. A. Bush of Prescott and Rev. J. A. Sage of Hamburg. The question of selecting the next place of meeting of the grand lodge provoked some dis cussion. which resulted in favor of Little Rock. Hot Springs, Fort Smith and Jonesboro con tested for the honor, the latter withdrawing before a vote was taken. Little Rock was chosen as the meeting place on the first ballot to be held the second Tues day in May, 1908.