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SEMI-WEEKLY ASHDOWN, LITTLE RIVER COUNTY, ARKANSAS. SAT CRD AY. SEI’TEM BEK *>:>. 1920. NUMBER7fi, Commonwealth Company Would Shut Down Light Plant LIGHT COMPANY ASKS PER MISSION TO CLOSE PLANT Petition to Federal Court to Discon-1 tinue Serviee at Ashdown and He Queen to lie Heard Tuesday. Ashdown Would Be Without Water, Light and Power According to a letter from W. L, Curtis, receiver of the Commonwealth i Public Service Company, to J. E- Locke mayor of this city, Mr. Curtis states that he will ask Federal Judge Frank A. Youmans, at Fort Smith, next Tues day, September 28th for authority to j close down the plant at Ashdown and | discontinue the furnishing of electrical | services to the citizens and patrons of the town until there can be some ad justment (Of the rates, whereby ser vice might be furnished without loss to the company. He cites the action of tlie Arkansas Corporation Commis sion in refusing to grant them an in- 1 crease. It is learned here that a simi lar move has been made on the part of the receiver to close the plant at De Queen, which is also owned by the Commonwealth. The letter follows: § “You are hereby notified that on account of the increased cost of labor f and fuel and other expenses incidental to the operation of the electric light plant in your' city, and of the furnish ing of electrical energy for domestic and industrial purposes in your town and territory, and on account of the failure of the Arkansas Corporation Commission to act upon our applica tion for an increase in rates, filed by the Commonwealth Public Service Ci>. in April, 1920 and hearing on the fur ther application of the receiver before the Arkansas orporation Commission on June 8th and 9th, 1920, W'e will be forced to make application to the Hon-, orable Frank A. Youmans, Judge of the United States District courut for the Western District of .Arkansas, at Fort Smith, Arkansas, on Tuesday, September 28. 1920, at eight o'clock a. m„ or as soon thereafter as the matter may be presented, for author ity to close down the plant and dis continue the furnishing of electrical servicA to the citizens and patrons of your town and community until there can be some adjustment reached on the question of rates whereby said service may be furnished without loss to the company. “Dated this the 22nd day of Sep tember, 1920, •'AY. L.‘Curtis, Receiver.” Meeting Called Here. A meeting, of the Ashdown city of ficials and citizens is scheduled to be held Friday afternoon to dissuss the matter to try to arrive at a plan of action. Since the city is dependent upon the operation of this plant for its lights and water as well as to furnish power for numerous small industries, it will be seen at once that discontinu #VVW /VSA/WV/VWWWVS/V Fabric Prices Reduced By The Eastern Mills Manchester, N. H, Sept. 22.—A re duction of 33 1-3 per cent in the price of manufactured cotton goods was an nounced today by the Amoskeag Man ufacturing Company of this city. The present weekly production of the com pany, which employes 10,000 opera tives in its cotton department, is 4,000,000 yards. Fear that the cotton market, al ready unsettled because of heavy can cellation orders, might reach a condi tion similar to that which has forced the closing of the company's woolen department is given as the reason. -o WANT CHEAPER CLOTHING Retailers Say Prices Are Too High and Must Come Down, Chicago, Sept. 22.—Clothing prices are too high and must come down, ac cording to members of the Retail Clothiers’ Association at a meeting here today. In the same breath they warn the public that the reduction will be slow and gradual, but that in time, at least 20 per "cent must be scaled off present prices Relief may begin to show in the spring, but not now, as merchants and tailors are loaded with high-priced stuff. Merchants say they are not giving much thought to styles, as they are engrossed with the problem of how to meet the insistent demand of thet public for better and cheaper garments. anc:e of service will leave the town in a critical situation. The action of the court cannot be predicted. It is hoped that the local people may arrive at some solution that will temporarily at least take care of the situatior pend ing any probable shut down. During the period of the company's operation here the service has never been what it should have been in all respects, al large sums of money have been spent on the system, due most believe, to a lack of sufficient and reliable power, and largely to a very evident lack of efficiency and judgment right on up the line to headquarters. What seems to ail the Commonwealth cannot be cured with an increase in rates. It would seem that before any expert could de termine whether an increase in rates wrere needed the plant must first be adequate, thin, ’efficiently operated and properly administered from a business standpoint, The ice plant has un doubtedly been a dead loss for the sim ple reason that it lies not been possible to operate it but a- mall part of the time. Recently the power has not been sufficient to pump end furnish the town lights at the same lime. The town lias the proposition facing it of obtaining relief immediately from whatever source it can. Wfc you to fee. - home in thi bank. (S^WWWWW Do!Jo?it Your Crop Money Promptly V a hot Crop money should hot only be de posited promptly but shotold be invested in order to earn interest Vom the first day. jnt Interest at 4 per cent ner annum on Cert ificates of Deposit for dll even months from date. We are here to serve yoi\ at all times —promptly, carefully, courteously. i 1 ARKANSAS STATEBANK “No Red Tape==We Do or We Don’t” l/WWWWVSA/WWWS/WNA/V WILL SHIP COTTON BY THE TRAINLOAD New System Will (let tlie Staple to Tlie Mills Much Faster Tlian The Old Way. Little Rock, Sept. 22. — “Through ■ train-load service” will he a new feat- j ure in handling Arkansas cotton this j season, according to an agreement j made by the Missouri Pacific and Cot ton Belt railroads with tlie Arkansas Cotton Trade Association. When 20 more cars of cotton are ready for ship ment the railroads will consolidate. I them into a train, which will be rushed I through to the markets without delay.! I On the average it has required 60 days to ship cotton from Arkansas to eastern markets. Under the new sys tem, the movement of Arkansas cotton will not require more than 10 days or two weeks. Trainload movement of cotton was tried out several times last year hv the roads when embargoes field up the shipment of cotton, but this is the first time such service has been of fered to the roads as a regular system. It is believed Little Rock will be able to forward a trainload of cotton every day during the period of harvest ship ment., according to W. S. Turner, sec retary of the Arkansas Cotton Trade Association. From the entire Arkansas territory the shipments should run. during the busy season, two solid trains a day, Mr. Turner estimates, Among advantages of the new sys tem the principal one is the time saved in shipment. Mr, Turner said. Where the cptton man formerly had his money tied up for GO days, he will now be enabled to turn his cotton motley in two weeks. Ml ST ATTKN0 SC HOOL Employers Who Hire Child mi of School Age to in> Prosecuted. | Little Kock, Sept. 22.—All children found working in violation of the laws of the Bureau of Labor and of the school attendance laws will be report ed to the Bureau of Labor and employ ers will be prosecuted, Commissioner |of Labor T. A. Wilson said yesterday, j at the close of a conference with Miss Leda*- Aubrey, attendance officer, and Lawrence May, negro officer in charge : of truancy. The co-operation of the Bureau of I Labor with the school authorities in ! 191!* was effective in reducing tru | ancy, Mr. Wilson said, and it is ex i pected that the per cent of non-at | tendance will be further lowered dur j ing the coming year. Governor Cox and Party in Wreck in Arizona Phoenix, Ariz., Sept. 22.—Governor Cox's special train, on the way to Pres cott. Ariz., from Phoenix, over the Santa Pe, was wrecked one mile north of Peoria, 16 miles from Phoenix about 4 o'clock this afternoon. Neither Gov. Cox nor any member of his personal party was injured, although all were j badly shaken up. One engineman is reported badlyi hurt and several passengers sustained slight injuries. the accident is supposed to have been causued by a broken rail. The three forward cars were overturned and went into the ditch, as did the second engine and tender of the first engine, -o FARMLRS’ UNION VET New Members Added lo the Farmers’ Union at Oak Grove. Winthrop, Sept, 23.— (Special)—The Farmers’ Union of Oak Grove District met at the school house .Monday night, September 20, with the county organi zer, Jay Hoffman. The union was or ganized with 23 charter members, and several more will join next, meeting night. The Farm Bureau was not a success in this district, only two mem bers joining. They also joined the Farmers Union. -o B. Y. P. V. FIKK. JUM, Subject, “Mssionary Meeting—in all State Missons.” Leader, Edith Col lins; Introduction and paragraph 1, by leader; Paragraph 2, Beulah Dowden; Paragraph 3, Mrs. Ataway; piano solo, Mrs. Homer Coggin; Paragraph 4, lay Beth Cowling; Paragraph 5, Izora Bus ter; Special song, Miss Gladys Nor wood; Paragraph C by Agnes Cowl ing. Song, Is in the Market or for a Million Arkansas Hogs Little Rock; Sept. 22.—Texas farm ers can use a million hogs from. Arkan-, sas, according to C. C. French of Fort Worth, who was here yesterday seek ing to buy porkers from this state. Mr. French is connected with both the Texas Agricultural Extension Division and with the Fort Worth stockyards, His present mission here is in connec tion with the interests of Texas farm ers. Mr. French says that Texas has the greatest crops of corn and grain, sor ghum in its history. It is impossible to secure cars to move the crops, how ever, and the farmers wili have to feed this stuff to their hogs or let it rot. The state has not sufficient hogs to which to feed its enormous crops and hence it will be necessary to buy them in other states and to skip them. Mr, French is stopping at tile Hotel Marion and says that he will be glad to see anyone who wishes to make him a proposition. He says that he wishes hogs weighing from 80 to Hill pounds that are thin, healthy and thrifty. He will be here until Wednes day. -o (i.OTiiiNR imt: to drop Milii lfiis Nerve fo Say Thai Clothing Due to Dntp One-Third. Chicago, Sept, 21.—Elen's clothing are Elated for a drop of 33 1-3 per cent in price, according to Fred Yio land. of Topeka, Kansas, national dir ector of publicity of the Retail Cloth iers Association of America in session here. In some instances, he says, the slashing of woolen prices will be even greater. “This is bound to bn a decided reduc tion in prices by spring if the Ameri can public continues to refuse to buy the higher priced woolens. These are not being bought now and they are ac cumulating in the warehouses. When this surplus reaches a certain figure prices are bound to drop. “The spring styles will be 100 per cent logical, Suits that are now cost ing $65 may be had then for $40. Those that bring $75 will be sold lor $50 and the $12o suit of today can he bought for $75.” -o ('KOI’ HOLDS ITS OWN Hotli Cnltnn anti Corn Reported fo Re Maturing Rapidly. Little Rock. Sept. 23.—(Special) — No rainfall of consequent in the State during the past week and the average temperature for the week was about 6 degrees above normal, the daily mean being above normal every day in the week. There was an abundance of sunshine^ tlie mean being nearly On per cent, and the humidity was low all week. The conditions were very favorable for cotton and the crop made very good to excellent progress, Weevil ac tivities were decidedly checked, also, boll rot and shedding, except at some places in the lowlands. Bolls opened rapidly in central and southern por tions and opened to some extent in northern portions. Picking has begun in some extreme northern portions and picking and ginning are progressing well in central and southern portions. The condition is poor in the south por tion, fairly good to very good in cen tral and northern portions, being bet ter in west central, central and north ern counties than elsewhere. Early corn is being gathered and late corn is maturing rapidly. The greater portion of the late crop will be out of the way of frost in a very short time. -o-‘ ATTACKS DEPUTY SHERIFF Mail Who Disturbed Religious Wor ship Fined. Mena, Sept. 23.—Jim Thomason, charged with disturbing a religious meeting at Grannie, attacked Deputy Sheriff Will Reves, one of the wit nesses against him and severely in jured the officer. The affray took place at Grannis after Thomason had pleaded guilty in a Mena justice court and received a fine of $20 and coEts. Cotton Market. Gotten seed, $30 per ton. Short cotton prices range from 28 to 31 cents on the local markets. Only j the best of short cotton is bringing 34 | cents. -o Mineral Springs Market. Mineral Springs, Sept. 23.—Cotton was selling in Mineral Springs market this week at 30 to 60 cents, sixteenths, ths bringing 33 cents, PRISE OF FORDS IS CUT THIRTY-ONE PER CEMT Milker Hopes fo l end in Move to Eml The War Prices on All Merchandise. Detroit, Mich., Sept. 21.—Tie-estab lishment of prewar prices on all prod ducts of the Ford Motor Company, ef fective immediately was announced bp Henry Ford today. The price re ductions range from approximately 14 per cent’ on motor trucks to 2. per cent on small automobiles. In an nouncing the decision of the company. Mr. Ford in a formal statement said: “Now is the time to call a halt on war methods, war prices, war profi teering and war greed, It may be necessary for everybody to stand a little sacrifice, but it will be most profitable after all, because the sooner we get busines sof the country hack to a prewar condition, progress, prosper ity and contentment will occupy the attention of the people.” The announcement said the price reductons were made despite unfilled orders for 14G.056 vehicles. There will be no reduction in wages at any of the Ford plants, it was an nounced. i r.e statement says: “There is no tense or wisdom in trying tr> maintain an artificial stan dard of values. For the best interests of all. it is time that a “ea! practical effort was made to bring the business of the 'Country and the life of1 the country down to normal. “Inflated prices, always retard pro gress. We had to stand it during the war, although it was not right, so the Ford Motor Company will make the prices of its products the same as they were before the war. “This in face of the fact that we have unfilled orders for immediate de liveries of 156.065 cars and tractors. “Manufacturing plants are beins shut down all over the country. La bor is being thrown out of employ ment. Yet the cost of living has seer ! very little reduction. ! “Our country is rich beyond meas 'lire in natural resources: rich In al the material things that go to make a nation great and yet its progress is ! being held practically at n standstill because of the greed of profiteers.” The old and new prices follow: Stripped chassis from $525 to $360; runabout from $550 to $305. with a starter from $625 to $465; touring caT from $575 to $440. with starter from $650 to $510; truck chassis from $64C to $545, including demountable rims and pneumatic tires; coupe from $85C to $475. including starting system and | demountable rims; Fordson tractoi | from $850 to $790. NEW STATION AT WEN*A >1 Stsilion C<»1 Kansas City South ern #30,000. Mena, Sept. 23.—Trains on the Kansas City Southern are now run ning into the new passenger station at Mena. The new station is not ready for occupancy, but trains are stopping there on account of the increased plat form room. The building cost $30,000. Lone Negro Candidate Held the California Convention Sacramento. Calf . Sept. 22.—John W. Fowler, of Oakland negro Progressive i candidate for assemblyman from the 39th district, held a stale Progressive convention all by himself here yester day as the only person who qualified as Progressive party delegate at the August primary His platform endorsed “Harding. C'oolidge and Short ridge on the ground that it appeared to the Progressive party of the state of California that it is to the best interest of the people.” and further endorsed the candidacy of John W. Fowler, After calling tin- convention to order tiie lone delegate proceeded to ap point the committees. The keynote speech urged more free dom in Ireland, praised the conduct of Terrence MacSwinney ana "condemned the Democratic party.” The perpetuate the parry organiza tion the chairman then appointed John W, Fowler as the state central com mittee, and adjourned. mj.ko si:mor*i,\ miot iSays Two \\ liiie Mon Fired Tpon Him at Texarkana. Texarkana, Sept. 20.—Howard Aus tin, a well known local negro was shot and perhps fatally wounded by white highwaymen as he was on his way home from work last night, according to his story to the police. He said two white men ordered him to hold up his hands as he was passing through the railway yards, and when he told them he had no money one of them shot him through the body. Both men then ran, disappearing among some freight cars. -o FOIND DEAD IN ( HAIR Wealthy Retired Business Man of Mena Dies Suddenly, Mena, Sept. 2n.—John Pfinning. aged 63, wealthy retired business man of Mena, was found dead in a chair at his home yesterday morning H« came to this country from Germany while a young man. His wife and adopted daughter survive. Presbyterian Revival Is Well Attended this Week The revival at the Presbyterian ichurch began Thursday night, with a good congregation present. The ser vices are iebng held by Dr. W. Moore Scott, and he is assisted by a singer, Mr. Harper. Mr. Harper os a good choir director and has a large choir at his servi, . which i rendering good music. The churches oC the town have a general invitation to attend the meet ings, which are being held twice each day. -o Two l’reeincts in Jackson. The election commissioners have established two voting precincts in Jackson township. One box will be in the city hall in Foreman, and the other at the Davis ice house north of the tracks. Get Acquainted I he first National Bank has always endeavored, with more than ordinary interest, to fully acquaint itself with the business entrusted to it by its many depositors and friends, having always regarded this as leing the only bais for creating a genuine spirit of mutual confidence and co-operation. This institution offers a modern banking organi zation that is thoroughly equipped and systema tized to render a prompt and intelligent service along every line of financial business. Whatever your requirements in banking may be out officers who give their personal and undivided attention to every account, will be glad to go into details with you regarding your business pro blems and financial needs.