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Road improvement is
Sentiment Shifts In Favor of Work,
Says Highway Commissioner
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
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.
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
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.

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
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.
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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.
“No Red Tape-We Do or We Don’t”
U. 8. Recovering From War-Time Con
ditions, Reserve Board Says; In- j
dustry Still Is Slack.

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
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
“Richmond—States that the price
recession movement has broadened,
and there has been some hesitation in
"Atlanta— Reports active retail
trade,- but a less favorable crop out
look for certain products. Coal and
iron are somewhat harassed by strike
“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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
• -
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
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.
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.
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

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