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TTi - ASHDOWN, LITTLE RIVER COUNTY, ARKANSAS. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1919. NUMBER 96.
YUlilJjlJb AAI« MINE OPERATORS BREAK NEGOTIATIONS THURSDAY Union Heads Now Discuss What Policy is Most Advisable. Can’t Agree on Scale. Washington, Nov. 27.—All negotia tions looking toward the settlement of the nation-wide coal strike were bro ken off late today, and wage scale committees of miners and mine opera tors adjourned sine die. Miners re presenting all districts in the United States went into executive session im mediately afterward to decide the un ion policy toward the strike. In the course of a live-hour debate proceeding the break, the operators offered to accept the government pro posal made by Fuel Administrator Garfield last night for a 14-per cent increase in wages and no increase in the price of coal. This the miners rejected, presenting afterward a proposal for an increase of 31 per cent, as suggested several days ago, by Secretary of Labor Wil son. Thereafter John L. Lewis, president of the United Mine Workers moved a final adjournment which was inter rupted by al proposal from the opera tors suggesting that the question be , referred to arbitration. This the mine workers would not accept and the Lewis motion to adjourn was put and the conference dissolved. T. W. Guthrie, of Pittsburgh, acting chairman of the operators' committee, said that no attempt would be made by the operators to reassemble ’‘the conference and that the operators were going home. President Lewis of the j mine workers sent out a call for a con ferense of all miners' representatives in the city. Those representing the outlying districts did not participate in the proceedings and would not dis cuss the future action of the miners in advance of the conference. -o A Good Program. The expression department of the Ashdown High School presented a fine program at the auditorium Thanks giving night. The theme of the whole program was based on Thanksgiving. There were some new features intro duced. The corn pageant by the little folks was fine and novel in its cos tuming and decorations. The Pil grims, by girls in costume was pretty. The readings and other numbers were good, and was attended and appreciat ed. MEXICO GIVES CABINET WORRY OVER JENKINS Mexican Affair Is Still Looking Very Serious; Carra 11*11 ltefuses to Answer Note. Washington, Nov. 26).—The new flare up over the Mexican problem growing out of the Jenkins case, was given ser ious consideration today at a meeting of the president’s cabinet. There was no intimation as to what this government might do in event President Carranza refused to answer the note from the state department de manding immediate release of William O. Jenkins, consular agent at Puebla, lield on a charge of conniving with bandits who kidnapped and held him tor a $150,000 ransom. Situation Is Serious. No attempt was made to conceal the feeling that the situation was serious and that relations between the United States and Mexico were strained. Offi cials said the three departments, state, war and navy, were ready to deal with any situation arising out of a more de fiant attitude by the Carranza admin istration toward the United States. I11 the absence of advices from the embassy at Mexico City, officials were not included to put much faith in re ports coming by way of Laredo. Texas, that the release of Jenkins “was mom entarily expected." Meanwhile the government has check ed up on the official and private record of Jenkins and has gven him a high class of rating. The latest reports from the Ameri can embassy showed that Jenkins was still in the penitentiary and ill and that hail had been refused him. In looking into the various features of the consular agent's predicament officials pointed out today that under the Mexican examination state courts had no jurisdiction over cases involv ing diplomatic or consular officers, such jurisdiction being lodged specifi cally in the federal court / -o Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving wag observed in Ash down in the usual way. The business houses were closed and the day made a holiday. Many people spent the day in hunting with varying luck. Many parties went after ducks, others birds and squirrel. The usual dinner was enjoyed in hundreds of homes. The day was cludy but not raining ^j IT IS BAD BUSINESS to borrow money to buy diamonds, automobiles, speculative stocks and many other non-essentials that neither pay dividends nor in crease your earning capacity. That policy will put your name in the “society column"—also in the Sheriffs foreeclosure column—of the newspapers. It Is Good Business * to borrow money to pay off a vendor's lien or other incumbrance bearing a high rate of interest- to clear land, stock the farm. im prove th- home and increase the productiveness and desirability of your holdings, or to make investments that are#sound and profitable. A mortgage for sucli purposes is neither dangerous nor dishonorable The biggest part of the world's business is done on the credit. If you want to put some money to work for you, see, TOLAND First National Itank Itldg. Ashdown, Ark. With Perfect Safety Paying for Things Y ou Don’t Get. We pay for the basic necessities of life whether we have them or not. Communities which do not introduce sanitary facilities pay for them in doctors’ bills. Citizens who do not pave streets pay for the paving in wear and tear of vehicl es, loss of trade and population. The man who will not build a home pays for a home in rent while living in the house of another. Why should not communities and in dividuals have all these things so long as they must pay for them? ARKANSAS STATE BANK ASHDOWN, ARKANSAS THINK MEXICO HAS PLAN ' To ANTAGONIZE THE U. S. Washington Officials Thus Construe Delay in Reply to Note—Jenkins s Still Held. Washington, Nov. 27.—Some officials expressed belief today that thb Mex ican government’s delay in replying to the American rtote, sent more than a week ago, demanding release of Wm. O. Jenkins, consular agent at Puebla, is part of a deliberate plan to still fur ther antagonize the United States. This' belief was based largely on official ’information from Mexico City, ikat officials there were endeavoring ic pro ul the report that this count!’1' was on the verge' of a revolution and that by holding up the reply Mexicans would offer substantial aid to the "re volutionists.” Mexican agents in the United States (lie advices said, had been sending home highly colored and widely ex aggerated' reports cncerning domestic conditions. The steel and coal strikes are cited as glaring evidence of indus trial unrest. There was no report from the em bassy at the Mexican capital to add anything to those received heretofore, all of which showed that Jenkins’ was still held in the penitentiary on charg es of having been implicated with the bandits who took $150,000 from him af ter he had been kidnapped One dis patch from Mexico City said the Mexi can Senate had decided to ask Presi dent Carranza for full information on ihe Jenkins case, and this was taken to mean that no reply might be expected until the Senate had given it some con sideration. The principal effect here of Mexico's feil,ne to answer promptly the Ameri can demands haK been to make the al ready strained relations a little more strained. Seek t« Discredit Jenkim. Reports are being circulated through oflieiai channels regarding efforts to discredit Jenkins. Today advices tell of the refusal of the court at Puebla to hear witnesses who volunteered to refute the report that Jenkins had been seen conferring with members of the rebel band, on which, it is said, was based the charge that he was in collu sion with them. Additional informa tion regarding the pressure brought to bear on peons to secure testimony against Jenkins is contained in an art icle in El Universal, a Mexico City Newspaper, a copy of which has just reached the State Department. Under a Puebla date this paper says that the Jenkins case is becoming more complicated daily and that public sen timent in Puebla is divided. The com plications in tlie case, the paper says, have been increased' by the "silence of the judicial authorities.” All information given out by the court for publication is alleged to be contradictory to that presented by Jen kins in court under oath. The paper tells of the arrest by the secret police of Jose de Jesus Garge, Florentine Anayah, and Julio Gomez peons on Jenkins' hacienda, where they ap peared for their pay checks and of the "rupture" on the following day of five more poens, all of whom were lodged in jail until they gave their testimony. -o Baptists Begin Eight-Day Drive Sunday With a Sunrise Prayer-Meeting The Baptist Seventy-five million campaign will open next Sunday with a sunrise prayer meeting. Hev. C. S. Wales of the Ashdown Baptist church, gives tiie following program for this city: "Sunday November 30. beginning of eight day drive for seventy-five million campaign. "Fra.gra.rn: "Sunrise prayermeeting at sunrise at the church. All members are urged to be there. “11 a. m. securing of pledges. "Two p. liv, captains and teams meet at church to go out to see those not attending. * "Seven p. m. report of day's work. "There will be short discourses at both 11 a. m. and 7 p.m. ' “All Baptists not on teams and who have not already made their pledges are requested to remain at home from 2 to ti p. m. and give their pledge and subscriptions to the team workers." -o Former Ashdown Man Weds. DeQueen, Nov. 27.—Di\ A. W. Rice and Miss Pauline Collins were mar ried at the home of the bride's moth er, Mrs. Francis E. Collins Friday, November 21. Miller Johnson of Little Rock spent Thanksgiving at home. FARMERS ARE AGAINST _ THE NEW LABOR PARTY Only One Organization, and That l ltra Radical, Will Affiliate With (he Labor Party. Washington, Nov. 25.—Agricultural organizations maintaining headquar tets at the national capital with a sin gle exception will not join the move ment for a Labor party as lauunched yesterday at Chicago. 'I hi; exception is the Farmers’ Na tional Council with which is affiliated the Nonpartisan League of the Dako ta!, . ml other northwestern states, and which is known as the most radical of tile agricultural organizations. Keprosefilatives of the Farmers Na tion;,] Council are reported to have pat. icipated in the Chicago labor meet big. 1’he more conservative, agricultural organizations, the National Grange and the group which have joined forces in the National Hoard of Farming Organi zations have rejected overtures made bv organized labor tor an alliance. The Farmers' National Council has courted an alliance with labor and in issuing the call for the Chicago con ference of the past few weeks, said that it was intended to take action which could be reported to a confer ference of all the chiefs of organized labor set for next month in Washing ton. Not in Good Standing. That the Farmers’ National Council is not in good standing with the ad ministration is indicated by the fact that it was ignored by President Wil son, who. in selecting representatives of agriculture for the recent confer ence. recognized the National Grange, the National Board of Faarm Organi zations and the American Society of Equity. Government ownership is the cause which Farmers' National Council and organized labor advocate in common. The Farmers' National Council is for government ownership of railroads and of the merchant marine. It's chief an tipathy is Wall street The other agricultural organizations are opposed to government ownership. Benjamin C. Marsh, secretary and di rector of legislation of the Farmers' National Council, has been practical ly the only spokesman of agriculture to appear before Congressional com mittee in advance of either govern ment ownership of railroads or mer chant marine. His appearance invar iaply has enraged members of Con gress, who have challenged his right to speak for the farmers of the coun try. The printed hearings of merchant marine legislation before the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, which have just been pub lished, show that Representative Ed monds of Pennsylvalia told Mr. Marsh that his actions in New York “did not sneak anything but I. W. W.'ism,” re ferring to an occasion early in the war when Mr. Marsh was accused of obstructing conscription. “What happened in New York?' asked Mr. Edmonds. "You are not a ft inner; you are a New Yorker. Want happened in New York during the war with you? There was some episode in connection with q soap box. Ted us about that." “Oh, I see,” replied Mr Marsh “So you have ressurrected Wall street :ies and they are absolutely lies. When I come hoie to try to prevent WaiJ pireet *'rom gambling the merchant marine in behalf of the farmers diet’ the (;vt'stion is raised that I an. not a farmer ' •-o A CTO OVERTURNS Mrs. W. 11. Whitney injured When Car Overturns Tuesday. Mrs. \V. H. Whitney of this city suf fered three broken ribs Tuesday after noon when an automobile in whicli she and her husband were driving was overturned on the road near Little River. The ear toppled off an em bankment which had caved. -o NEGRO ATTACKS WOMAN Makes Attempt to Rob Texarkana Sal vation Army Worker. Texarkana, Nov. 27.—Mr?( Mollie Stover of the local Salvation Army corps was attacked Iasi night at Ma ple and Tenth streets by an ui iden tified1 negro, who seized her by the On oat and choked her to her knees Two children who were close by screamed and the negro released the woman and bed. tt is believed the purpose of the negro was robbery. -o The gravel ar.d some lumber is now on the ground for the construction of the now Baptist church. RAILWAY UNION THREATEN A GENERAL STRIKE NOW Locals Demand Nation-Wide Walkout December 1 is Report; Big Tie-l'p Is Favored. Chicago, Nov. 25.—National leaders of the four great railway brotherhoods held a secret session today, at which the insistence of many local unions that a general strike of all railwav workers in the United States be called by December 1 to enforce demands for a general increase in pay was g;vt n serious consideration. One union of ficial said that many of the delegates who are now in Cleveland went there r. ith the purpose of forcing the gen eral committee to call the nation-wide strike. Expect Tie-Up Soon. The union officials in Chicago, from whom the information was obtained, said that so far as they were aware ti e secret comcrence in Cleveland hod ii i* yet reached *he point where reso lutions or mj'ions for the strike had1 been presented, but that the discus sion concerning it today was favora;>l-2 to tlie project and that the tie-up could be expected within three days. A similar announcement was made late today at the convention of the rev ly organized Labor party here. Buffalo. Detroit, Pittsburgh and St Louis were declared to have been among the cities whose locals are in sisting that a strike be called in view | of recent governmental statements to : the effect that general advances in the i pay of railway workers could no* bo considered at this time. The 14 locals' of the Chicago railwaymen. it was said, voted unanimously in favor of the | strike, and that a resolution asking for a strike decision had been sent to W. G. Lee, president of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen. In some union quarters it was said tonight tiiat the real reason why the national officers now in Cleveland hesitated to announce the strike or to be placed in the position of directing the proposed strike call, is their fear of strike injunctions, and that it is their purpose to await the crisis which is ' expected from the action of the rank and file of railway men i -o Brotherhoods Do Not Take Vote on Strike it is Said Cleveland. 0., Nov. 27 —The 500 gen eral chairman of the four railroad brotherhoods, called to consider an overtime off or by Director General of Railroads Mines, ended their tour-day conference late today. A committee was named to confer with the g( acral director next week lor further information as to the effect ihe elimination of all arbitraries and allowances, as requested by Hines, would have on the offer of time and one-half for overtime in slow freight service. Xo strike v tn "'e*- ^iken M Timffi_—~ , Monan*. tw THE SHORTAGE OF COAL GROWS MORE ACUTE Allotment for Domestic and Industrial I'ses to He Curtailed; Miners Still Out Washinton, Nov. 25.—With less than 10 per cent of the normal output of bi tuminous coal being produced, the nation is facing its most serious per iod since the strike of soft coal miners was ordered, according to( reports re ceived today by the Railroad Adminis tration. In scores of cities the num ber of industries in operation is rapid ly falling while the nation's coal bin continues to diminish. Officials held out not only a ray of hope for increased production. While last week’s production showed an in crease over the previous week, and in dications were for a production of about 50 per cent of normal this week, officials said they could not expect suf ficient production to check the drain on the national supply until all differ ences between the miners and opera tors are ironed out by the conference here. Meanwhile, temperatures in the nor thern hall of the nation have dropped, and the cry for coal for homes grows lodder. So far, the supplies have been dealt out rather liberally to meet this demand, hut further releases of coal must be limited if the nation is not to face a serious tie-up of industry as well as transportation before normal production is again reached. U III4TS l-illll UI1U • Ranks of the soft coal miners, while showing some losses in men returning to work, still hold firm, reports show ed. In some districts, it was said men have gone back to their jobs in large numbers, but many mining areas the mines remained closed. The railroad Administration report ed that 22,000,000 tons were held under its distributing system November 2, the second day of the walkout. Since then these stcks, tgether with current pro duction, have been drawn on to supply fuel for the railroads, ships, public ut ilities, essential industries and public welfare institutions as well as for household uses. The Railroad Administration's Cen tral Coal Committee still is holding thousands of cars of export coal as sembled at Atlantic tidewater ports. Officials say that conditions are normal at the ports where this reserve supply of coal is held and that no car con gestion is being permitted. -o MENA MAN FOUND DEAD Mena, Nov. 2".—John Lanahan, a former business man of Mena, was found dead in his room at the Savoy hotel here Owing to a, mistake in the count 13 men sat in the cororner's jury called to investigate the case. The jury decided that he came to his death through na ture' causes. 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