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PRESCOTT, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1916. PRICE FIVE CENTS. jfEEhLY REVIEW OF the cotton market •rices Worked Into Lowest Ground Since Last Fall—Big Stocks of Cotton Have Accum ulated in Warehouses. New York. Feb. 18.—The cotton larket was extremely unsettled dur ^ the past week and prices worked ito the lowest pround reached since ,arly ]a.st autumn, as the result of £avy near-month liquidation. March ontraets sold as low as 11.32 on the ,reak of Thursday, or $6.65 per bale mder the hiph level of last month md more than $10 a bale under the iiph records of the season. Renewed nervousness over interna icnal politics, the continued scarcity ,f ocean tonnape, apprehensions of ncreased acreape and the usual vague umors of increased spot offerings lave doubtless contributed to the pos jibility of heavy March notices next Thursday. Large stocks of cotton lave accumulated in the local ware houses. Southern spot advices have hecn conflicting, but ;• numbe r of reports were received Mere today that only hedged cotton was offering at the decline and the market was less act ive at the clos. cl the week. Further floods have been reported in the Mis sissippi valley, hut the talk around the ring reflected little or no change of opinion with reference to new crop or acreage prospects. TAX COMMISSION WILL TEST RIGHT OF COURT Little Rock, Feb. I'd—The Tax Com mission will tiring a suit at once in Garland chancery court to test the right of the county court to make a reduction of several thousand dollars in the assessments of Hot Springs public utility corporations. ARE PLACING RIG COFFERDAM TO REPAIR MIDDLE SPAN BRIDGE Camden, Ark., Feb. 18.—A coffer dam is being traced around the pier under the middle section of the Mar tin Free Bridge here, preparatory to removing the old pier and building a new one. The old one is leaning many inches upstream. County Judge E. B. McCall has held up the last payment until the cost of repairing is ascertained. This sum will not cover the cost by any means, and it is likely that the county will file suit to recover from the original builders. BUNCH PROFESSIONAL POLITICIAMS UNEASY Hogan Oliver, Candidate State Auditor, After Dr. Dickinson —Records Show Stoddard is “Fully Equipped.” . Little Rock, Feb. 19.—There is a j very uneasy bunch of professional politicians in Little Rock. William Stoddard, Deputy State Auditor, and manipulator, given full credit for the | disappearance of returned poll tax receipts, and manager of the cam paign of l)r. F. Dickinson for nomi nation as State Auditor, is one of the most anxious of the bunch. Hogan Oliver, candidate for State Auditor, and possessing the nerve to go before the people without the un just claim of being a candidate for “re-election,” is right after Dr. Dick inson for his extreme loyalty to Stod dard. Like the well advertised ccr eal slogan, There s a reason. Dr. Dickinson would hardly continue Stod dard in office unless he approved of his actions, and the records of Craig head county show that D. Stoddard is fully equipped for anythin^ in the political line that is desired. The records show indictments against Stoddard for burglary and grand lar ceny, embezzlement, murder, trespass and countless charges of “bootleg ging.” With this record behind him. Stoddard came to Little Rock and en tered state politics. He is nowT as busy as a bee trying to find flaws in [the life of Hogan Oliver, but there I being none, he has endeavored to [manufacture them, and signally fail, ed. I Sheriff Tom Edwards of Sevier county says Stoddard offered him the left over poll tax receipts from that county, but he refused them. Stod dard endeavors to lay on a clerk in the office the blame for the disappear ance of the tax receipts, but Rev. E. !.T. A. McKinney, of the Baptist Ad ' vanee, and W. D. Crawford, for years Supreme Court reporter, who wit nessed the actions of Stoddard in try ing to prevent the opening of the desk in which the tax receipts were kept, do not agree with him in his claims. They say that Stoddard's actions speak much louder than his denials. Where there is so much smoke there must be fire. Less than five months after Dr. Dickinson was ap pointed to office the legislative inves tigating committee failed to find any thing to compliment in his office, cen suring him instead, and now the new charges are fanning public opinion to flame. This means the election of Oliver by a tremendous majority. it SAY "I WILL" You have ambition. What you need NOW is the grit-your-teeth determination to say, "I will.” 1 WILL get out of the rut; I WILL be independent.” Man. when you make up your mind to be WELL-OFF. to be a SUCCESS, no thing on earth can hold you hack. All you need is a hank account. Clench you fists, throw out your chest, and Prove your mettle by starting your account with one dollar, here, todav, and then add steadily to it. We pay 4 per cent Interest. BANK OF FRESC0T1 Capita] . $75,000,011 Surplus . $75,000.00 Prescott, : s- Arkansas HANS SCHMIDT DIES IN ELECTRIC CHAIR Former Priest, Convicted of Murdering Anna Aumuller, Meets Fate Calmly Yesterday at Sing Sing Prison. Ossining, N. Y., Feb. 18.— Hans Schmidt was electrocuted at Sing Sing prison today for the murder of Annri Aumuller, September 2, 1D13. Schmidt went quietly to the death ' chamber, accompanied by the princi pal keeper and the Rev. Father Ca shin, the prison chaplain. Leacing the death cell, he said good-bye to I those who remained. When he entered the chamber, the guards attempted to direct him toward the chair, but Schmidt gently shook them off and insisted upon ad dressing the 17 witnesses. The guards desisted from their efforts, and with Father Cashin standing at one side and the keeper at the other, Schmidt said: “Gentlemen, I ask forgiveness of all those I have injured or scandal ized. I forgive all who have injured me. My last wish is to say good-bye to my dear old mother,” Schmidt then seated himself in the electric chair, and the current was ap plied three times. Within a minute he was dead. He had spent the night up to midnight in praying and talking with Father Cashin and slept from midnight to 5 o’clock, when he was awakened for breakfast. He would take only a cup of coffee. Story of the Crime. When the torso of Anna Aumuller’s body was washed up on the New Jer sey shore of the Hudson river, there 'started a search which has had but few parallels in the annals of New I York crime. There was but one faint iclue, a pillow slip on which was em broidered the letter “A,” but it was just such a pillow slip as might be fqund in hundreds of homes or stores. There was not ever, a laundry mark to aid the police. With this slender clue, Inspector , Faurot took personal charge of the case, and on September 14, 1913—12 days after the murder—Hans Schmidt an assistant priest at an uptown church, was arrested and charged with the crime. An hour before the arrest, the inspector had broken into a flat and found a long-bladed but cher’s knife and other evidence that the murder had been committed there. Schmidt confessed, and his sole de ! fense was that it was a “blood sacri ■ fice" murder. The body had been dismembered and presumably after ward it was thrown into the river, al though the head was never found. | Schmidt was twice placed on trial, the first jury ir> December, 1913, fail ing to reach a verdict. In February 1915, he was found guilty. Besides the sordid story of Anna Aumuller’s infatuation for Schmidt the trials revealed that his was a career of crime. He was engaged in a counterfeiting scheme at the time the murder was committed, it. devel oped, and “Dr.” A. Muret, who posed as a dentist, was sent to prison for seven years as Schmidt’s accomplice in the latter’s scheme. It was found that Schmidt also had posed as a physician, that he had committed for gery on numerous occasions and that he had been guilfv of various other [acts of fraud. His attornevs pleaded their client was insane. The slayer, however, al ways contended that he was sane. He took no active part in his own de ' I'erse. When he was sentenced he : thanked the court and expressed a | desire to be executed at once. He maintained the same stolid composure [through i’ll the various stages of his case. _ Begin that campaign of advertis ing right now. When people begin ?o make their Spring purchases it is too late to tell them what you have to offer. We print an afternoon Da per every day but Sunday and a week ly paper every Thursday. An ad in l oth of these will reach every home in Prescott and Nevada eountv. Why j.lon’t you try one in The Prescott i y News and The Nevada News LAST NOTE OF GER MANY DENOUNCED American Diplomatic and Consu lar Officials Notified Entente Allies Are Within Rights in Arming of Merchant Ships. Washington, Feb. 18.—Germany’s announced intention ctf destroying without warning armed merchant ships of her enemies was scathingly denounced in the senate today by Republican senators, who declared that for the United States to ac quiesce in such practice would be hu miliating and a step toward war. Senator Lodge, reviewed interna tional law relating to the arming of merchantmen for defense and de clared it was inconceivable that the United States at this time would abandon a principle for which it has always stood. Senator Sterling followed with a speech assailing Germany and charg ing that the American government in its recent memorandum to the en tente suggesting that the disarming of merchantmen had put forward a dangerous principle and had encour aged, if not invited, the action of Germany. Senator Thomas read into the rec ords today’s news dispatches an nouncing the state department re garding* Germany’s notice regarding armed ships as inconsistent with pre vious assurances as to the conduct of submarine warfare and would accept nothing short of a full and complete agreement to the high principle for which the American government has contended. Senator Stone, gave notice later that he would discuss the submarine situation next week and would take occasion to criticize a written speech by Elihu Root on the administra tion’s foreign policy. Are Within Rights. Washington, Feb. IS.—All Ameri can diplomatic and consular officials have been notified that the disposi tion of the United States is that mer chant ships have a right to carry de fensive armament. This move, it be icame known today, is the first formal I announcement that the United States does not accept as legal the announc ed intention to sink armed merchant ships without warning or as coming within international law. PLAIN BILL SIMPSON. Akron, Ohio, Feb. 19.—When Wil liam F. Simpson enlisted in the Unit ed States Marine Corps he named as his next of kin, Plain Bill Simpson, father, of Salisbury, Md. “Plain” is | the father’s first name young Simp Ison explained, and everyone in Salis bury calls him just "Jlain Bill Simp I son.” | MARKET RALLIES TO A SLIGHT ADVANCE After Early Loss Prices Start Hack Up—('lose 1-4 Points (iain—Showed Continued Ner vousness. New York, Feb. 18.—The cotton market showed continued nervousness today, hut the selling was much less active than yesterday, and after an early decline to 11.64c for May con tracts the market rallied, with that delivery closing at 11.77< The gen eral list closed steady at a net ad vance of 1 to 4 points. Liverpool was better than due, but there appeared to be a good many overnight selling orders around the ring here and after opening barely steady, at a decline of 3 to 8 points, active months sold 7 to 11 points un der last night’s closing figures. Houses with Liverpool connections were large buyers, particularly of July, on a scale down, while local spot houses seemed to be willing hovers of March at 25 points under May, and there was a further scattering de mand from recent local sellers, as well as considerable buying that was supposed to bo against price fixing by spinners. The market steadied consequently and trading later was less active. Closing prices were at practically the best point of the day. The Liverpool buying here was sup posed to reflect a further reduction of the straddle short interest in old crop deliveries and IJverpool also bought October, but was a moderate 1 seller of later months. Cotton closed steady. SPECIAL DEPUTY PUOH FILES REPORT Little Rock Feb. 19.-R. E. Pugh, ! special deputy Bank Commissioner, has filed his report for the Bank of Pine Bluff, from July S, 1914, when he took possession, to Feb. 17, 1916. It is a most complete and comprehen sive report, showing every transac tion in detail. The total amount of tin assets tak en over by Mr. Pugh was $967,804.43. He has collected and disbursed a total of $624,399.23. A total of $642,065.85 of the assets was sold to C. H. Trip lett at about 50 cents on the dollar, and he has paid on the purchase a total of $46,711.18. The assets still remaining are the balance unpaid on the Triplett rotes, amounting to about $300,IKK). The special commis sioner has paid hills payable amount ing to $113,913.87, and dividends amounting to 823!’,823.90. He has collected $72,482.80 on Ihe 100 per cent assessment and suits are pend ing on the balance of about $28,000. In addition to tho original assets of the institution there has come into his possession from other sources a total of $97,867.22. WOMEN’S UNDERMUSLINS We have in our line of Ladies Muslin Under wear for Spring. Come in and let us show you the line. See window display Ozan Mercantile Co., Phone 130 Prescott, Ark.