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VOLUME XXIII. ' ASHDOWN, LITTLE RIVEB COUNTY, ARKANSAS. SATURDAY, JANUARY ,8, 192L NUMBER 1.
- COURT FACES HUGE | 'Criminal docket Ont of195 Indictments to Thursday Mglg; 28 Vnp Fellonles; 13 for Selling anffllnking Whiskey. Up to Thursday night the grand jury, which began its sittings Monday after noon, had returned 35 indictments. Of these indictments 28 were for felonies, leaving only seven indictments for misdemeanors. Of the 28 felony in dictments 13 wer,e for making or sell ing whiskey. It was thought possible, though not at all sure that the 'grand Jury would complete its work by Fri day night. It was said to be certain that a number of additional Indict ments, some of which wouldi be for felonies, would be returned during the fey, I ' There are three murder cases to be tried;at this term. The most serious Is a first degree murder charge against Fred Gholston, colored, of Foreman. He is charged with having killed Lav ester Haywood, colored. • Charlotte Owens, a negro woman of near Foreman, is charged with second degree murder for the killing of her husband, John Owens. Emma Rose, a negro woman of near Richmond, will be tried on a second degree murder charge for killing Ben ne Davis. Civil Cases. The court has been engaged in try ing civil cases all the week and still has lots of work before it. Friday was taken up with Frisco cases. Some of the cases disposed of follow: C. W. Wright vs. H. L. Duncan, dis missed at cost of defendant. W, D. Waldrop vs. C. C. Needham, dismissed at defendant’s cost. J.' O. Livesay vs. Glabe Gholston, a judgment by default except as to John for $150 ' Mrs.. A. G. Brown vs. K. C. S., judg ment by consent for $125. Sam Bowman vs. K, C. S., verdict for defendant. Atchley Bros. vs. Wm. Dodson, judg ment by consent for $859.25. D. A. AmoS vs. L. E. Halloway ,et al, judgment by default agklnst Halloway for $1,000. Ashdown Grocery Co., vs, A- A. Don ham, judgment by default for $350. H. H. Orton vs. K. C. S.P verdict Tor plaintiff for $1125.45. J. E. Locke vs. K. C, S., non suit taken at cost of plaintiff. Lee Eubank vs. W. O. W., dismissed at cost of-plaintiff. J. S. Dyer vs. K. C, S. verdict for »100. W. H. Adams vs.'R. D. Goff, Judg ments default. v John Stinson vs. Mrs. Allie Rhyrte, settled at plalnffTs cost, Rep. Pryor vs. D. R. Nuffer estate, judgment at consent for $75. E. C. Stephens vs. K. C. S., judgment by consent for $110. G. W, Brooks vs. A.' J. Overfleld, a judgment for $300, damages $37.50. Why Not Send Youf Child* ren to School Somewhere? The enumeration reports show- that we have 6,593 children in Little River county of school age. The teachers’ reports show only 3*044 in school since July 1, 1921. ■Where are the other children? If we are to pay taxes, build school houses and employ teachers, why not send thd-children to school and get the benefit of it. The county superintendent »s fur nishing a printed form of notice to be sent to parents or guardians of all children who are not sending their children to school as they should. It is the desire of the County Board of Education, the directors of the several Bchool districts, the county superin tendent and the prosecuting attorney, that you take this word of warning, put your children in school, so there will be no necessity for a legal en forcement of the compulsory attend ance law. Let us start right,. keep right and we will end right in this Plew Year of 1921. ---O-!- ' OUTRUNS PASSENGER TRAIN _ ® • LeQueen Man Misses Train but Over, takes it at Horatio. ' De Queen, Jan. 5.—R. E. Mkrtln of irsQueen- broke the speed record on the Wilson highway yesterday when he outran a Kansas City Southern passenger train. Mr, Martin expect ed to catch the early morning train, which is scheduled to leave here at 5:50 a. m., but overslept, and as he started* to leave his house he saw the train pulling out from the station. He hurried to his garage, got>his auto mobile and overtook -the train at Ho ratio, nine miles south of here. —;—«) SERIOUS CRIMES CHARGED Mena Man Is Held on Complaint of Two i Children. Mena, Jan. 6.—W. L. Hogan, an Oklahoma man, who recently came to Mena and started a small store on the South side, is in jail to await ac tion by the next grand jury. He is accused of crime against two child ren. Hogan is said to have enticed the children into the store through presents of candy and other goodies. -o BURGLARY AT TEXARKANA Thieves Enter Lumberman’s Residence and Get Loot Worth $2,000. Texarkana, Jan. 5.—Burglars enter ed the residence of Milton Wlnham, a wealthy lumberman, on Pecan streejt last night and stole jewelry and money of an aggregate value of about < $2,000, including a diamond ring and other jewerly, Entrance was obtained to the house by breaking a lock on a rear window. The thieves left no clew. This Bank is.Founded on Service— Dedicated to the progress and up-building of this com munity— Oprated by men who have at heart the best interest of every customer— A bank of Safety—Service— Satisfaction— ARKANSAS STATEBANK “No Red Tape-We Do or We Don’t” -v LABOR IS PLENTIFUL IN ARKANSAS NOW .-*— \ Many Industries Close Down, Giving Vacations to Many Laborers; Farm Labor Plentiful. * _ (By Clio Harper) Little Rocft, Jan. 8.—(Special)—The, labor condition® in Arkansas are not nearly so favorable as .they should be, due to the cessation of Industry in many lines, particularly in the lumber industry and the great sluinp in the price of cotton, our staple prop. From reports just compiled by the Labor Bureau covering 842 industrial plants. It appears that there were 35,488 men employed on October 15, 1920. , During \ the ensuing month a total of 10,935 men were discharged, and only 7 in dustries reported an increase in the number employed, this being only 556. The total number of men employed >n November 13 was 26,109. During/ jhe month 119 establishments reduced the wages of their employes affecting a total of 9,258. During the same time 107 reduced the hours of labor affecting 5,261 employes. T. A. Wilson, State Labor Commis sioner, concluded that much better business conditions are to be expected after January. He believes* that prices will reach a lower level, possible a pre war basis and that this will bring about a resumption of industrial activity, Indicative of, the general, condition of labor in Arkansas, the Commission er makes the following statements in his renort: “While there have been a number of Bmall strikes, the number affected, as compared with the whole, is negligible. Industry has not been seriously af fected nor retarded. There has been plenty of wOrk, and with few excep tions sufficient labor to meet the de mand of employers. Wages have been good' and, while the cost of living has been high, the condition of the average wage earner in this state will compare with any other section of the country. The . people are living better, de manding better living conditions, ant) are paying for it. “The construction of improved high* ways in this state has demanded a large amount of labor; the lumber mills have. been operating a greater part of the time; railroad construction work, in the way of improvements, have taken a large number. Shortage In Skilled Trades. “In the skilled, trades, the dem&nd for labor has absorbed the available supply. A shortage in the skilled trades has prevailed but demand and supply have became more evenly bal anced. “Efficiency of labor is increasing and production per man power as a result' has been greater. As a whole, em ployer and employe are coming to a butter harmonious “While It is to be expected mat mere will baa slackened up in industry, ahd as a result many men thrown out of employment, no serious consequences 4s to be anticipated. “As a whole, the condition of the laborer in this state Is good, with pros* pects for continued improvement. “The department found it impossible, with the means at its disposal, to col* loot any reliable statistics of date with reference to farm or agricultural labor. In the’absence of a better method, the commission was compelled to rely for information touching this subject on the newspaper and whatever knowl edge could b'e acquired and absorbed in brief trips and travels about the state and by correspondence. “During the planting and*harvesting periods, particularly In the cotton and rice sections, there appeared to be a scarcity of available farm help in the agricultural districts, Although many sections reported a sufficiency of la bor to meet all requirements. This is found to be the prevailing condition with each recurring season, with per haps a strongly pronounced tendency during the past year. . Farm Labor Plentiful* “As a rule, ordinary farm labor is shunned by the average laborer when other employment can be found. With plenty of other work available, farm help, especially by the month, has been difficult to secure. This condi tion is partially due to the Ipng hours and hard work required on "the farms and-the poor accommodations provided In almost all cases. There is a lack of companionship and amusement which Is keenly felt, particularly by the younger man. As a result the laborer seeks other- employment where hours ire shorter and where companions ind variety of entertainment can bp obtained. t “Wages by the day average from fl.50 to $3.60, depending* upon the; Another Enters Race for Speakership Little Rock, Jan. 6,—Petsistent, but unconfirmed, rumor of a dark horse ‘ in the race for speakership of the House were prevalent yesterday at the capitol and in hotel lobbies, but the slow arrival of members of the House prevented a centering on any particu lar representative. At present Repres entative Tom Hill of Pine Bluff and Joe Joiner of Magnolia' are the only announced candidates for tfie speak ership. Rumor has it that the dark horse will announce • either today or tomorrow, but politicians who have heard the rumor are at a loss to know wiho the third candidate may be, •or whether there will be a third candi date. Both Mr. HiH’B and Mr. Joiner’s headquarters last night reported no further developments, but announced that they were standing pat on their original statements. Less than a dozen representatives had arrived in Little Rock last night, but heavy delegations are expected tonight. . Senator Lee Cazort last night said that he has 23 signed pledges advo cating his candidacy for president of the Senate on file in his room at the Hotel Marion. Neither Mr. Cazort nor Senator J. F. McFarlin yesterday had opened headquarters. Senator McFar lin is the latest announced candidate for presidency of the .upper house. Senator S. M, Bone and J. >R. Wood also are announced candidates. --o— POLK HAS NEW AGENT New Farm Agents Takes Office at Mena. Mena, Jan. 4,—Mrs. M. E. Austin, of Winslow, who has been named home demonstration agent for Polk county, has begun her new duties. She was .located in Randolph county last year.. Mrs. Austin succeeded Mis Anna Woods, who resigned in Novem ber to marry, Prank Bell, a young Polk county ranchman. ; - WANT CREAM STATION Hope Making Plans to Ship Cream , From That City. Hope, Jan. 5,—That they will stop selling so much butter an&eell cream instead is a decision reached by a number of farmers in the vicinity of Hope. Efforts is now belnp made to form connections with a good cream ery in order that a cream station mdy be established here. This, they be lieve will lead ultimately to the establishment of a creamery. -o DESCRIBES CONTENTION Hempstead County Man Is a Mission* «ry In, Korea. \ * :'! •/ < <• • Hope, Jan. 4.—A letter received here by members of his family from Dr.' Marion Wileon, medical mis sionary to Korea, gives an, interesting description of tbe world Sunday school convention held In Toklo, Japan. Dr. Wilson left Hope a few weeks ago and sailed across the Pa cific ocean on the empress Russia, which carried about 2.5(H) people, 100 of whom Were missionkries. Just as his train pulled into Toklo .fire de stroyed the mammoth convention- hall not more than three hours before the crowd was to have assembled there. The convention then Was assembled in Tokio’s largest theater building. -o WAS GRANTED BOND Constable In Bowie County Released on $3,000 Bond. Texarkana, Jan. 5.—Constable John Ing of Maud, who was denied bail after a hearing before Justice Hill man Saturday on a charge of killing Mack iRussell at Maud on Christmas Day,, sued put a writ of habeas corpus before Judge P. A. Turner of the pis trict Court at Boston and was granted bail of $3, <^00 yesterday afternoon. He furnished! sureties and was released. The grand Jury convened at Boston yesterday, and it is expected it will Investigate lug's case this week. Ing Is 62 years old and has been an offi cer at Maud for about 30 years. This is said to be tjie first trouble he was ever involved in. _ season, the locality and scarcity of help.' Mohthfy farm wages in all lo calities of. the sta(te have advanced g the past few to $40 is the pre rm wage, board in considerably du years. From $3 vailing monthly eluded.” ’■v REQUESTS TAX-PAYING BE POSTPONED Slass Meeting at Courthouse Pass Resolutions that Taxpaying be Postponed to Dec. 1. At a mass meeting Thursday after noon at .the court house a resolution [ was offered and adopted to request the legislature when It meets to pass a special act authorizing that the time of payment of taxes In kittle River coun ty be extended until December 1st. The resolution was offered by Seth C. Reynolds and was passed without dissent. The court, which was in ses sion, gave a recess while the meeting was in progress, which did not require but a few minutes. The following committee was appointed to draft the resolution in proper foi'm and sign it: P, S. Kinsworthy, Wilton; E. A. Vil via, Ogden, and S. C. Reynolds and N. C, McCrary, Ashdown. O. T. Graves was named as secretary for the pur-! pore of reporting the proceeding of the meeting and the committee. The committee was authorized to see that the matter was properly brought be fore the legislature. It is said that a great many people will find it impos sible to pay taxes.before next harvest, and if the time not be extended the result would be the dlinqqcncey of land and personal property. --o-: FARMERS POOL SYRUP Hempstead County Farmers Will Pool Their Molasses. Hope, Jan. 5. — Syrup makers in Hempstead icounty are arranging to pool their products and dispose of the crop in bulk. Samples of the syrup have been sent out by the Chamber of Commerce and the county agent of fering it in car lots at reasonable prices, yet at a figure that would be entirely satisfactory to the growers. It is expected that the first car will be shipped during the present month. The syrup is being assembled and will be labeled and carefully crated. The label calls for “pure Honey Drip Cane Syrup.” It will be sold under a guarantee, —:-o-7 IS HELD WITHOUT BOND Negro Woman Is Charged With Kill ing Husband at TexarkanaT Texarkana, Jan. 5.—Francis Smith, negro woman, was held tor the Miller county grarui jury without bond, on a charge of murder in connection with the death of her husband, following a hearing in the Arkansas side Munici pal court today. The huSbahd, Louis Smith, was shot on December 17 and died December 29. It Is said she shot him because of continued disagree ments. s •-—o--— Decorating New Store. G. C. Harris is having his new store on Main street decorated, and is plac ing new fixtures in the place. He is also moving his goods to that place, and will very soon be opened for busi ness in. the new establishment. Choctaw Beer Joint Raided by Officers The sheriff’s forces raided a negro house near the oil mill Friday morn ing and captured some choctaw beer and the manufacturing ' equipment. Henry Sledge and Jack Williams were named as the proprietors of the Joint. It is expected that arrests will fol low grand jury action. --o PUBLIC DEBT LOWERED Decrease of $193,000,000 Is Made Dur. lag December. Washington,' Jan. 4.—A decrease of $192,932,075 in the public debt dur ing the last month of 1920 was an nounced today by the treasury, On December 31 the total gross debt was $23,982,224,168, as compar ed with $24,175,156^244 November 30, The decrease during the last quarter of the year amounted to $105,131,196 from the September 30 total of $24, 087,856,128. The gross debt was $26, 596,701,648. August 3l, 1919, when the war /’ebt was at its peak. DISCONTINUES, FARM AGENTS Miller County Will Net Have Farm Agents This Year. Texarkana, Jan. 5.—County Judge C, W. Nolan has notified C. W. Broy les, Miss LSna Owens and Miss Bessie Cornell that they will not be retained by Miller county this year as agricul tural and home demonstration agents. The judge gives the lack of funds as the reason for his action. Miss Allene Warren, county health iiurf e, also has been notified that she will not be re tained. It is claimed they had been employed during the administration of County Judge J. S. Brooks, who was succeeded by Judge Nolan January 1. The County Quorum cort at its annual meeting also made appropriations to pay their salaries. -:—o- , ' MANY HAWKS KILLED Four-Bit Bounty on Their Heads is Said to/ Have Been Cause, Mena, Jan. S.-t-The “four-bit” bounty that Polk county pays for deceased^ hawks and crows is proving to be an I avenue to easy money for many youth ful hunters in this section. .The last , quorum court fixed the ounty for these feathered pests at 50 cents each and . to date claims totalling more than $500 I have been allowed in the county court. . -o BURGLARS AT COLUMBUS Burglars Even Steal Lock Off Door in Hempstead County. Columbus, Jan. 5. — Bolding BroB.’ grocery store at this place was broken into by burglars last night, who stole a lot of snuff, cigars, tobacco, cheese •and crackers, amounting V> approxi mately $10 in value. The lock was broken off the door and evidently car ried away, as it could not be found ! this morning. * ,. _ OPPORTUNITY Opportunity’s knock may be only a gentle tap. Don’t .wait, expecting Op portunity to swat you on the head with a club and then drag you to success. j Be ready, that’s the main thing. When the Supreme moment comes an Oppor tunity taps at your door, it is then that a bank account is doubly valuable. Op portunity can’t do much for you'if you are not in a position to help a little. We invite you to open an account at our bank. I Then we may be in a position to give Opportunity a tip to call around at your place. Otherwise it would be tim$ wast ed.