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RECOMING POPULAR Sentiment Shifts In Favor of Work, Says Highway Commissioner Owens. Little Rock, Oct. 31.—Sentiment in Arkansas is shifting back toward good roads, says W. B. Owen, state high way commissioner. Mr. Owen yester day said that while the movement is slow he expects to see a more rapid change within the next few months. Construction is now being done on Arkansas road: projects whose total value exceeds $4,000,000. Mr. Owen said, and there is every indication that the spring building season will see a resumption of work on roads tempor arily discontinued. The exact status of >\ e impetus to ward road construction is difficult to obtain, said Mr. Owen, because much of Hie information now before the department concerning the proposed resumption of work is unofficial. However, detailed reports have been received from some of the districts in which work had been stopped, to the effect that the commissioners have merely discontinued work temporarily and are now considering plans for re suming, Commissioners from a Bax ter county district were in consulta tion with Mr. Owen earlier in the week concerning federal and state Allot ments on the proposed highway there whieh had been stopped becouse popu lar feeling against the road was so great that the commissioners resigned and new members who opposed the project were appointed. According to i Mr. Owen, the new commissioners told j him that after investigating they be- j came convinced that the road should be built and now are making plans in that direction. The greatest check on Arkansas road construction, according to Mr. Owen, is the high price of materials. Added . to this is the fact that road building was a material issue in the recent political contests, with the odds in j favor of the antis. Practically no contracts are being awarded now, but with the opening of the new season in the spring, it is be-j lieved that substantial reductions will be made in the cost of road material, and that activities will increase rap idly. -a— CULTIVATE BATTLEFIELDS France Practically Remakes Land Torn Up During War. New York, Oct. 30.—Within twoj years after the armistice, France practically has remade the vast area of her agricultural soil, which was pitted and scarred almost beyond use fulness by the ravages of the war. Figures received by the French com mission in New York, show that out of 7,000,000 acres which were rendered unfit for cultivation by the effects or battle from 1914 to 1918, only 280,000 acres will not be in a condition to per mit of sowing next spring. DANGER OF ANTHRAX Health Officer Issuueg Warning Against Use of Horsehair Brushes. Little Rock, Oct. 31. — Warning against the use of shaving brushes made of horse hair to prevent anthrax infection, has been issued by Dr. C, W. Garrison, state health officer. A unus ual number of deaths from this disease have occurred in various points of the country. Dr. Garrison pointed out, al though only a few cases have been re ported in Arkansas. EVery effort to prevent a spread of the disease is be ing taken by health officers and boards of health throughout the United States.' Anthrax, Dr. Garrison said, is pri-, marily a disease of animals, but wheth-! er affecting animals or humans, is ra-1 pid in its action and generally fatal. The Infective organism, anthrax bacill,! produces a spore, or egg, which defies ordinary mdthods of sterilixation and sometimes lives for month under un favorable conditions, although the bacilli themselves have been destroy ed. The spores have been found cling*, ing to the bristles of many horsehair shaving brushes the health officer stat ed, and the situation is viewed with such concern that steps are being tak en to have legislation passed in the \ cyious states to prohibit the use of horsehair in making shaving bhushes. NEGRO YOUTH IS KILLED I — Second Story of Seed House Gives Way and Falls on Him. Center Point, Oct. 30.—The seven year-old son of iRuston Cravens, ne gro, three miles east of here, was in-1 stantly killed yesterday when the sec ond floor of a cotton seed house gave way, falling upon him. About 1,500 pounds of seed was stored on the sec ond floor. The boy's neck was brok en, -o CROPS ABOUT GATHERED . Pike County Fanners are Ahead of Little River in Gathering. Murfreesboro Oct. 30,—Farmers of this section have about finished gath ering the season’s crops. The recent rains have placed the ground in fine condition for fall plowing, and the sowing of grain crops. Pike county has produced abundant crops this season, despite the fact that the early spring rains and overflows damaged the lowlands considerably. -o- , Two Ball Games. Supt. Pittman states that two games of basket ball will be played on the school campus Friday afternoon, one with Foreman and one with Horatio. The games will be called at 2 ’30, and the school reports will be read in the auditorium at 1:30 instead of the regu lar hour. Coach Wilkerson has the locals in good shape and a good game is expected. Helpful Service During Cotton Season We want you | to feel at Home . , . „ • «.L* L L This bank is making every effort to in tni* Dan*. ^ especjaiiy helpful to farmers during the busy cotton season. Feel free to call upon us for any ser vice in connection with marketing your cotton. Whether you are now a custo mer of this bank or not, we await oppor tunity to be helpful to you at this time. Come in any time and let us demon strate the value of our hearty co-opera tion. You are always welcome here. ARKANSAS STATEBANK “No Red Tape-We Do or We Don’t” RECONSTRUCTION IS PROCEEDING APACE U. 8. Recovering From War-Time Con ditions, Reserve Board Says; In- j dustry Still Is Slack. — i Washington, Oct. 31.—Recovery from war and prewar conditions is “pro ceeding apace in the United States,” and the “national force? are in evi dence which make the stabilization SjSfi i carry assurance for the future,” the Federal Reserve Board said today in its monthly review of business con ditions, 1 Although the readjustment process has been marked by uncertaintly and some suspension of activity, the board described the economic and business situation as a whole as one showing "mueh inherent strength and an abil ity to attain a position of relative stability through an orderly transi tion.” It argued that the necessary! changes in the direction of normal: conditions will be accomplished with-! out great disturbances unless unfor seen factors enter into the process. “Price revision in textile lines and in other branches of wearing apparel, as well as in numerous staple com modities,” said the board, “have been the outstanding elements in the situation just as during the preceed-' ing month. Buyers Are Cautious “Caution in buying, due to a be-1 lief that price readjustment is not yet complete, has been a noteworthy j factor and in some quarters has tended to slow down the activity of retail trade, although more apparent in the wholeslae trade, Crop yields | have on the whole justified the ox-| prctation expressed at the opening of the month. Banking reserves have held their own during the month, and there has been a steady improvement in the liquidity of paper. “Labor is less fully employed. Not withstanding some sporadic cuts in wages is about as good as it has been So far as actual payments or rates of wages are concerned.” While the retail trade reported a “moderate increase,” in net sales as compared with last fall the usual fall activity in buying is said not to be in evidence. The board attributed some of this condition to unseason able weather, peports from almost, all sections indicate that the retailor is determined to await further devel opments before renewing -his 3tocks heavily. Outstanding orders are re ported small, and the general pur chasing activity of the retail mer chant is described as “very conserva tive.” Manufacturing Slumps. The manufacturer has felt the with holding of orders by retailers, and, according to reports, has not been able to operate on full time in many lines of trade because of lack of or ders. Cotton mills are mentioned spe cifically as having been hard hit by the slackening of retail orders, while new business in the iron and steel industry has actually decreased. In the shoe and leather industry the board found conditions similar to those in the cotton trade and other tex tiles, The leather interests are facing imminent shutdown in many places because of a heavy decline in buying. Conditions in the reserve districts as summarized by the reserve agents in clude: “Richmond—States that the price recession movement has broadened, and there has been some hesitation in business. "Atlanta— Reports active retail trade,- but a less favorable crop out look for certain products. Coal and iron are somewhat harassed by strike conditions. “St. Louis—Finds fundamental con ditions satisfactory, but in all lines there is hesitancy in purchasing goods for future requirements. Uncertainty as to future prices is the chief obstacle in the way of recovery. "Kansas City—ReportB that price re cessions and readjustments have been steady, but without serious disarrange ments, wwhile retail trade and con sumption are proceeding quietly and the 'labor outlook is favorable. “Dallas—Reports abundant confid ence in underlying conditions, and in the future of trade. Transportation is better, and the labor outlook is im proved.” -o COTTON MARKET. Short cotton was sold Tuesday for from 20 to 22 cents. Very little was being sold, hoWever. No New York market reportsi were received, the ex change being closed on account of the election. GUS PATTERSON DIED SATURDAY Former Ashdown Man Died at Little Rock; Brought Here for Burial. Gus Patterson, who only a few months ago moved to Little Rock, died Saturday morning at 8 o’clock at St. Vincents’ Hospital in the former city, after four weeks’ attack of typhoid fever. The body was brought here j Sunday morning and laid to rest in the ' local cemetery Sunday afternoon.! Those who were at Little Rock at the j time of the death and who accompani- j ed the body here wehe, the wife and lit- [ tie daughter, the mother, Mrs. Mattie i Patterson, the aunt, Miss Sarah Boyd,1 Lon T. Jones, Artie Patterson and Jas., R. Boyer. The deceased was a train 1 auditor on the Missouri Pacific, work- | ing out of Little Rock. He is survived j by his wife and small daughter, his mother, Mrs. Mattie Patterson of Rich mond, and three brothers, Artie Pat-, terson of this city, Homer and John Patterson, of Richmond, and four sis-1 ters, Mrs. Jim Finley and Mrs. Sam: Finley of this place and Misses Berdie and Mary Lou Patterson of Richmond.' The funeral was conducted, from the Methodist church in this city Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. S, K. Bur-, nett having charge of the service. A select choir sang "Abide With Me,” j “Asleep in Jesus,” and “We will Gath- j er at the River.” Members of the Sun- : day School class of which the deceased | had been a member, acted as pallbear- | ers, and were, J. H. Williams, Prank Lambright. Grover Cobb, Prank Locke, Book Phillips and Sid Phillips. The church was a veritable garden of beau tiful floral offerings contributed by loving hands. The service w-as most beautiful and impressive, and the ad dress an eloquent tribute to the mem ory of a life that reflected sunshine. Immediately after the service at the church the Masonic order took charge of the body and consigned it to its last resting place. Gus Patterson was born near Rich mond, November 29, 1891. He was married to Miss Clarette Jones of this city October 29„ 1917. To them were born one child, a daughter. He had lived here and in this vicinity all his life until a few months ago when he moved to Little Rock. He was a mem ber of the Methodist church and of the Masonic order. His was a happy, sun ny nature that endeared him to the hearts of all who knew him. No bet ter eulogy may be paid to his life than 'that hundreds followed him to his grave with streaming eyes, He was true to all life's obligations. ASHDOWN GIKL WEDS Miss Elizabeth Sanderson and Mr. Den nis Brandt Married Sunday. A message was received Monday that Miss Elizabeth Sanderson of this city and Mr. Dennis Brandt of Wallis. Texas, were married Sunday, October 31st at Austin, Texas, where Miss Elizabeth was a student in the Univer sity of Texas. This was quite a sur prise, as the wedding was planned to take place in Ashdown next summer. Nir. Brandt is associated with his father in the lumber business in WaJ iis- and due to a change In business plans, was forced to leave Austin, win re he was also attending school, and return to Wallis. For this rea son the wedding was decided upon at this time. The groom is not known here but bears a fine reputation in his Texas home. The bride Is the charm ing and accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Sanderson of this ci*y, and one of our most popular young ladies, -o HOPE GUARD RECRUITING Hope National Guard About Recruited to Fall Strength. Hope, Oct. 30.—Company A of the Arkansas National Guards, being re cruited here by Capt. Basil Newton, is rapidly nearing the minimum en listment and within a few days it is expected that applications will be made for recognition and Issuance of equipment, The Chamber of Com merce is circulating a petition among the business men guaranteeing tbat no enlisted men shall be let out of his position because of emergency calls made upon the company, also grant ing leave of absence from work to at tend the summer encampment. -o—— School at Peytonville. The school opened at Peytonville Monday morning with Miss Hettie Rob inson of Stephens, as teacher. Supt. L. F. Wheelis and some of the direc tors and patrons were present and some talks were made by the visitors. The outlook for a fine year is good. NEGROES CREATE TERROR IN ALABAMA Black Night Riders Fire Houses and Gins; Ambush Officers; Two Are Killed, Ten Held. Montgomery, Ala., Oct. 31,—The first outbreak of nightriding in the black belt farming district of Alabama oc curred last night, when without warn ing or provocation so far as can be learned, negroes burned the summer home of Dr. N. H. McCrummell, and the residence of G. B. Gibson, J. T. Davis’ cotton gin together with 10 bales of cotton and a quantity of cot ton seed, a grist mill, several barns, and negro tenant houses in Montgom ery county near the city. Sam Wadkins and Bim Lee were shot and killed by a sheriffs’ posse shortly after midnight, after they had fired upon and riddled with bul lets an automobile contining Sheriff J. L. Scoggin and three deputies. Ten negroes are in the Montgomery county jail charged with arson. Other arrests are expected. Whites Are Terrorized. The fires broke out simultaneously, and a reign of terror ensued among the families of the white farmers, who began telephoning the sheriff’s of fice for assistance, Responding prom ptly, Sheriff Scoggins with four de puties set out* for the scene in an au tomobile, which was fired upon from the roadside as it approached the lo cality. The sheriff s posse had narrow escape from death, and only saved themselves by jumping from the car on the opposite side of the road from whence the shots came and falling to their knees. Using the automobile as a shield ,ihey killed two of the negroes and effected the capture of 10 others. A hurried telephone call to the coun ty jail and the Police Department brought reinforcements, and a dragnet quickly was spread about the local! ty, but only two other suspects were ar rested during today. A strong guard of deputuies is patrolling the Beene tonight. The governor’s office has not yet been officially notified of the out break, and it is not expected that troops will be called out. The outbreak occurred on the farms of J. T. Davis and M. Sholton, white farmers, but the negroes killed and arrested all tenants and laborers for the most part on an adjoining farm. No motive is ascribed for the attacks. -o YOUTH INJURED BY AUTO Leg Broken, When Automobile Runs Over Him. Texarkana. Oct. 31—Ted Herring, 16-year-old son of Osie Herring, was badly hurt Friday afternoon when he | was run down by an automobile driven by County Clerk Alvin Jordan, of the Texas side. One of the boys legs was I broken below the knee, the knee frac j tured and one rib broken. The Jad had just alighted from another car I which W’as followed by the one Jordan was driving. He stepped in front of the Jordan car, which was so close that a collision is said to have been unavoidable. BRITISH MINERS SETTLE STRIKE Terms Said to be Acceptable In Most Mining Districts. London, Oct. 31.—Miners’ leaders in South Wales and Lancashire, where there is a preponderance of the radi cal labor element, at a meeting yes terday decided to recommend that the men reject the terms for a provisional coal strike settlement which the nat ional miners Executive Committee re commended be accepted. The Derbyshire council decided to make no formal recommendations to the men in that district, but ii be lieved a majority are in favor of set tlement there. The Yorkshire miners’ council de cided by an overwhelming majority to recommend acceptance, as did the Notts council. The Wales leaders declared the pro posed settlement was only the natural line proposal camouflaged. Despite this there is every indication that a great majority of the mining districts will accept the terms, thus assuring a large vote Tuesday in favor of a speedy termination of the strike. Prank Hodges, the miners’ secre tary, has declared that if the scheme Is carried out as agreed it will be recognized before many months as likely to bring more sound, practical, economic advantages to the workmen than all the political theorizing that has been indulged in during the last few years. -o 17 LIVES LOST OS SHIP • - Dentil List in Sinking of Concrete Steamer is Totalled. Providence, R. I.. Oct. 30.—A death list of 17 men was reported here to day by survivors of the concrete steamer Cape Fear, which went down in a deep part of Narragansett bay j after a collision off Newport last might with the Savanah liner City of Atlanta. This is two less than the probable number of dead previously reported^ water tenders Michael Hanley, and William Reynolds, both of New York, having been picked' up end brought here with other survivors on the City of Atlanta. -o MUCH COAL PRODUCED Output in October Far Above Average for the Month. Washington, Oct. 30.—Production of bituminous coal during October was greater probably than in any October on record, except that of the war year, 1918, and in October 1919, when unus ual efforts were put forth to pile up a surplus on the eve of the coal strike Figures of the geological survey lor the week ending October 3, show rhat for the third week in succession the outpt was above the 1,000,000-ton mark. The production during the week was estimated at 12^46,000 tons, an in crease of 45,000 tons over the revised figures for the preceding week. THE GOLDEN RULE A young fanner went to Us banker a short time ago and asked to borrow £?00.00. After con sulting the depositors* ledger and noting the con dition of this farmer’s account, the banker said: . *% ‘♦Alright sir, yon can have it.” “I observe that while your account is not large yet it has been gradually increasing, which, shows Utat you are succeeding. I also note that you are apparently doing all your business with us, which shows that you are our friend, and we always feel like helping our friends.” Was the banker’s conclusion logical! TUs bank preaches and practices the Golden Rule.