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SEVADA COUNTY PICAYUNE
32nd Year. Prescott, Ark., Thursday, February 18, 1909. Number 3 JNDREDS ARE BURNED TO DEATH jople Who Had Gathered to Honor Gov. Flores are Roasted Alive — Rescue Work was Impossible. Mexico City, Feb. 15.~Between ) and 300 people were burned death and many injured in a e which destroyed the Flores »ater in the city of Acapulco "t night. The news of the laster reached this capital this ening, telegraphic communi ;ions with Acapulco having en destroyed last night and to v. owing to the fact that the egraph office adjoining the ;ater was destroyed and all res were put out of commission. The Flores theater was a mod istructure, and last night over 00 people crowded into it to tness a special performance, ren in honor of Gov. Damian >res of the state of Guerrero, io was visitiing the port at the le. )ne of the numbers of the >gram consisted of a series of ving pictures. While the oper r was exhibiting these a film ight fire and a blaze was quick communicated to some bunting ich had been used for decora e purposes. In an incredibly >rt time the flames spread to parts of the structure. There re but three narrow exits, 1 the panic-stricken audience ihed to these, many falling 1 being crushed, thus choking s way to escape with bodies. b screams of those imprisoned re terrifying and heart-rend • )wing to the rapidity with ich the fire spread and to its ense heat, it was impossible attempt rescue work, and se imprisoned were literally sted alive, as the fire burned h little smoke and few were ocated. The efiorts of the e Department were confined ittemptingto save adjoining Idings, and they succeeded, that the property loss was all. ’he telegraph office, postoffice 1 custom house were damaged : all the government records 1 registered mail was saved, 'oday pitiful scenes of grief being enacted on the streets the little west coast port, n, women and children are ndering from place to place MORE COMPANIES TO MINE DIAMONDS Murfreesboro, Feb, 12.— It is reported here that at least two, and possibly more, new compa nies are to be formed in the near future to buy diamond mines in this vicinity. There are now four mammoth companies in the field nad they are pushing opera tions as fast as practicable and getting many diamonds daily. There are representatives of two proposed compauies en route here now from Mexico and from Cali fornia, each representing large capital, it is said. The four companies now in the field are: The Arkansas Diamond Mining Company of Little Rock, the original company capitalized at $1,000,000; the Ozark Diamond Mines Corporation, capitalized at $1,500,000; the American Dia mond Mining Company, organiz ed January 26, capitalized at $1, 000,000. Chicago capitalists are operating another diamond mine. The Arkansas diamonds, experts say, are of better luster that those of South Africa. hunting relatives or friends. Many of the dead are from the first families of the state, the affair at the theater being a social event of considerable im portance, and calling out the wealthiest and oldest tamilies for miles around. In some in stances entire families were wiped out of existence. The municipal authorities to day caused large trenches to be dug, and into these the remains of the dead were laid. Accord ing to the telegrams received from there, recognition of any of the dead has been an impossibility owing to the fact that the bodies were burned in most cases to a crisp, so hot was the fire. Telegrams sent to the Ameri can consul at Acapulco by the Associated Press asking for the names of the Americau dead have as yet not been replied to. Acapulco, on the west coast of the state of Guerrero, is one of the three important ports ot the Pacific coast of Mexico. Nearly all of the steamer lines make it a port of call, and the harbor is accounted the best in Mexico. HAMLF.T had melancholy, probably caused by an inactive liver. A bud livor makes one cross and irritable, causes mental and physical depression and may result disastrously. . , , ,_, . Ballard’s Herbine is acknowledged to be the perfect liver regulator. It you are blue ane out of sorts, get a out tie todav. A positive cure for bilious head ache. Constipation' Chills and Fever and all liver complaints. For sale at Baker’s Drug Store. For The Lands Of course we refer to Virginia-Carolina Fertilizer. We have just received a car of this celebrated brand and recommend the following: ROYAL GOTTON BOLL for cotton SCOTT STALK STANDARD for corn TRUCK GROWERS for gardens W. B. WALLER i LINCOLN HONORED BY A TIMEPIECE Oklahoma Legislature Awe Struck When They See Clock Stopped at Moment of Lincoln’s Birth. Guthrie, Okla., Feb. 12.—One hundred and nine members of the lower house of the legislature are willing to make affidavit that the spirit of Abraham Lincoln rebuked that body by stopping the house clock at exactly 11 o’clook today while the house was busily working with legisla tive matters, notwithstanding Gov. Haskell’s proclamation des ignating this, the one hundredth anniversery of Lincoln’s birth, a legal holiday. Several days ago the legislature adopted reso lutions to adjourn over today, but late yesterday these resolutions were reconsidered and defeated. Today the members went to work as usnal. It was just fif teen minutes until noon when representative “Grist Mill” Jones, Republican, of Oklahoma City, floor leader of the minority got recognition of Speaker Wil son and said: “I consider a most remarkable incident has j ust occured. One hundred years ago today there was born a man whom I consider was the greatest ever born, and I call the attention ot the mem bers to the fact that the house clock stopped at 11 o’clock, the minute President Lincoln was born one hundred years ago. In thus stopping work, the clock has shown a greater reverence for that man than does this body in persisting working on his cen tenary.” Instantly there was alarm on the faces of every member. Awe struck, and seemingly powerless to move, the members stared at the clock, realizing slowly the truth of Jones’ words. Then Jones continued: ‘‘I move the house adjourn un til 10 o’clock tomorrow morning, out of respect to the memory of Abraham Lincoln.” Instantly Representative Bert Tillotson of Nowata, the Demo cratic floor leader, seconded the motion. And within 10 minutes after Jones got recognation from Speaker Wilson there was not a person left in the legislative hall. Jones later explained that Lincoln was born in Kentucky at 10 o’clock, corresponding to 11 o’clock here. An investigation of the clock was made by Manager Orr of the Western Union telegraph station here, the clock being of that company’s local circuit. He found it securely locked, and was unable to start it. Both hands pointed exactly to 11 o’clock. Manager Orr explained that the Senate clock on the same circuit was still running, sufficient evi dence that the circuit had not been tampered with. Learning what had happened in the house, the senators also acjourned at noon until tomorrow. Many of j them attended the Lincoln day banquet tonight at Oklahoma City. --- ■' — John Lee, at one time a citizen of this county, died at his home in DeQueen last Saturday morn ing. He was sick only a few hours, having retired Friday night in his usual good health. | He was the father or our fellow townsman Joe Lee. The Pic ayune sympathizes with the j bereaved. GUILTY OF MURDER IN FIRST DEGREE Colnmbus, Miss., Feb. 12—Life! imprisonment in the state peni tentiary was pronounced as sen tence on Charles R. Smith, , wealthy planter and member of one of the best known families of this state, convicted of murder in connection witn the killing of Eugene A. Laurent, a traveling salesman of Nashville, Tenn., ; late this afternoon by Judge John L. Buckley, after a motion for a new trial had been overruled. “We, the jury, find the de fendent guilty as charged, but recommend him to the mercy of the court.” This was the verdict of the jury empaneled to try the case. An earlier verdict was returned in which the jury stated that they found the defendent guilty, but were unable to agree as to punishment. Judge Buckley in structed the jury as to the char acter of the verdict to be formu lated. The jury after a few minutes’ consultation returned to the court room with the above verdict. Judge Buckley has not yet passed sentence on the de fendent, but under the terms of the verdict will be compelled to send Smith to the penitentiary for life. Miss Estelle Smith, who has been a conspicious figure during the trial, sobbed piteously when she heard the verdict. Lawyers for the defense gave notice that they will file a motion for a new trial and this motion was argued before Judge Buckley this after noon. ’ STAINTON—HUGGINS What is there in the vale of life Half so delightful as a wife: When frindship. love, and peace combine To stamp the marrijre—bond divine? At the home of the brides parents in Sherman Texas on last Wednesday February the 10th. J. H. Stainton of this city was married to Miss Louis Huggins. Jay as he is familiarly called by all who knew him is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Stainton and is a young man with many good traits of character and is possessed with the ability to make his mark in the world. His wife, is lovable and charming young lady and will grace the home in which she shall reign as I queen. This young couple was ' sweethearts in childhood and that I simple child love has ever held ! them in fond embrace until it | culminated in the happy climax above stated. They will make ! their home in St. Louis where Jay has a splendid position with an | electrical company. Below we | J give what the Sherman paper ! had to say about The pretty j home wedding: Une oi tne prettiest weddings of the season took place Wed nesday evening at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. iW. A. Huggins, when their daughter. Miss Louis, was united in marriage with Mr J.H.Stainton Rev. B. Wrenn Webb officiating. The wedding was quite unexpect ed even to the parents of the bride; in fact,was a surprise to all, though in fact, they had been Bweethards since childhood. Only relatives and a|few[special friends were present. The bride and groom left at 7; 53 Thursday morning for Prescott ; Ark., to spend a few days witn the groom’s parents, and will go from there to St., Louis, their future home. Miss Huggins has been reared principally in Sherman and has won many warm and true friends. She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Huggins, who are! 1 well known in this city, having resided here a great many years. The groom was reared at Pres to make Delicious Hot Biscuit—tempting, appe tizing, light, wholesome. Makes the best food to work on — the best food to sleep after. No alum; no fear of indigestion. cott, Ark., where his father has considerable financial interests. Mr. Stainton is an electrical engineer by profession and in the future will be connected in that capacity with a large elec tric concern in St. Louis, of which his uncle is general manager. 60NE WHERE FOOD IS CHEAPER Texarkana, Feb. 12. —Mr. and Mrs. William Dill with their 22 children, passed through Tex arkana yesterday afternoon en route from St Louis to Brown wood, Texas. The oldest child is 20. The father is a painter and paper hanger, but was un able to get work and could not buy food and fuel for his nn usualy large family. A sub scription was taken in St. Louis to pay his expenses to South Texas, where it will not cost much for fuel. He stated that he knew nothing about farming but thought that he could learn. WILL STUDyIoLL WEEVFL Washington, Feb. 11.—The ap propriation for the bureau of entomology was increased today by the house in order to enable the department of agriculture to establish an entomological labo ratory somewhere in the delta of Mississippi or Louisiana It is the opinion of the chief of that bureau that the climatic condit ions in those sections being so different from any under which the boll weevel has heretofore existed may develop new life and habits and that a close study of these may be helpful in the efforts now being made to discover some means for his de struction. Dr. Howard, chief of the bureau, believes he has already discovered a parasite which will work havoc among the weevel, and as they continue there pro gress across the cotton states it is his opinion that the new para sites will continue to attack them. It is, therefore, necessary to be watchful in order to discover these exterminating parasites when they appear. It is extended to locate the new laboratory at Vidalia, La., and after the weevil has overrun the Mississippi delta it will be moved to Greenville, Miss. If you want a real yam potato, see Jim Duke. He has the genuine yam seed potatoes.