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FOREMAN FOLKS BELIEVE WELL WILL OE PRODUCER Operations Cease Jo (let Real; tor ' Test—Mflyfer Calls Citizens In Mass Meeting. There is^a general feeling at Fore-, man that the Sullivan well at that place will prove to be a producer as soon as the test is made. A represen tative of the company left early this week to semupe "tt line of casing and other mateCTlls for the test. It is said that the materials for the test will cost about $3,000, which indicates how the operators feel. Mayor Calls Meeting. The mayor of Foreman caused to be published a circular Thursday on which was a proclamation calling a mass meeting of the citizens ^for 3 o’clock that afternoon.- The proclama tion recited that the object of the meeting was to make arrangements to take care of the great crowds that would be arriving in the city within a - few days. That just about expresses the feeling in regard to the well. Most any man from that place will tell you that he is sure they have a well out there all ready to be brought in. In the meantime all operations have ceased pending the arrival of the cas ing. Aftef"the casing is set and the cement plug in it usually takes about ten days for the concrete to set. Then the plug is drilled out and the bailer started. After sufficient of water and mud has been bailed out your little old oil well is due to come in. If it still refuses they have other means Of v persuasion. JJU J 11 MU" 1111m The drillers or operators are not giving ont any inside information, if any they have other than that they are in the oil sand, some 2100 feet down and below a cap rock. If so, the News has not been able to get next. Many spectators were at the well Sunday when the sand was encountered and watched the operations that followed. It was said that drilling at that time was proceeding with great caution, and that frequently the drill would be stopped and the pumps run ror Hours at a time. The water flowing into the - Blush pits showed a black oil in in creasing quantities and many bubbles with many rainbows spreading over the surface of the water. The sand was of a dark color, and that and the bubbles were being intensely examined by the drillers. The spectators did not know whether it was crude oil, or oil from the machinery, and no one volunteered the information. While we wait for the tesi and its verdict the folks up at Foreman are , going right ahead getting ready for a lot of visitors, whom they expect to be arriving soon. Leases Sell High., Leases are said to be selling high _ at Foreman, however, many refuse to sell at any price. In one particular case, one man refused $600 for a 6 acre tract of land in close to the well. Very few leases are changing hands at the present. ! Boys’ Older Conference Will Be Held April i; 2, 3 The Little River County Y. M. C. A. Older Boys Conference will/be held in I the Methodist church, Ashdown, April j 1, 2 and 3. Delegates from the different com munities of the county will be in at tendance, and every effort is being made to make this confrence the best ever held in this part of the state. Leaders who have already promised to be present and take part in the con ference are Mr. John L. Hunter, State Y. M. C. A. secretary, Mr. G. G. Cross, County Work Secretary, Mr. W. W. i Jackson, Boys’ Work Secretary, and Rev. H. C. Elema, International Educa tional Secretary. The Hi Y Club of Ashdown will have charge of making arrangements for the entertainment of delegates from out side of Ashdown, and they are asking that the homes of Ashdown be thrown open to the boys whp attend the conference. The banquet will be held In the Jjasement of the Methodist church, Saturday nigl^t and will be free to all delegates as the registration fee of 75 cents pays for the supper. Sunday morning the visiting dele gates will visit the different churches of the city with the people at whose home they are entertained. Sunday night will be an open meeting and the general public is invited to be pre sent and meet the young men from over the county. The leaders in this conference are men who have had years of experience in work with boys besides making it a ' study, and their presence will go far in making this meeting one of great bene fit to all who have the opportunity to attend. The program for the conference will be published >s soon as we are able to hear definitely from those who have been asked to take part. For further information address J. C. Mitchelmore, County Secretary, or Joe Preddy, Ashdown. i yj One Negro Held in the Assault Case at Nashville The News received a telephone mes sage from Nashville Wednesday after noon that_a negro had assaulted a 16 year old white girl near that city that morning. Later news was received that a'"negro Will Scott, aged 26, had been arrested and was held pending investigation. The girl was attacked from behind in a room at her father’s house. No other members of the fam ily were at home. The black caught hold of the girl's hair, flashing a big jackknife, threatened to cut her hair off if she scheamed. He carried out off is rhe screamed. He carried out Then the girl fainted and the negro ran out of the house and escaped. She could only give a meager description of her assailant. - ' c ^ i * This HBank Has i ^ -*"■ * ' ?j No Fears for the Future % * • n We know that our country is sound, our hanks are strong, our fields and valleys • are green and fertile, and the indomitable spirit of the American people — which knows not of defeat—fills us and-thrills and with a new determination to work and to serve—hand in hand with you—your interest our interest—your problems our’s —until we have at last regained for our community and state and nation a lasting | prosperity. ; . With your co-operation who knows what may be accomplished—with heights we may attain? • — • . * ARKANSAS STATE BANK NO RED TAPE-WE DO OR WE DON’T , » / :■ ~ \ 'v ' .. v ' . •••*•** ■. i, . • ’«* - . • ' ■' ’j»- ) 0 -. . * / GOVERNOR TO EASE THE TAXATION BORDENS Will Remove Penalties for Failure to Pay Within Prescribed Time. T# Issue Proclamation. Little Rock, March 17.—A proclama tion removing penalties for failure to | pay county, city and state taxes at the regular tax paying period, which ends | April 10, will be issued before the time limit expires, Governor McRae said last night. The extension limit ( will be placed at late in May as possi-' ble without making property liable to forfeiture under state laws, he said. The governor said that the procla mation will not be an extension of the tax paying per iodbut a-measure of relief }n cases where persons are unable to pay their taxes by April 10. The governor said he was anxious that all who could do so would meet their obligations as usual, and that the re mission of the penalty would be at tached only to county, city and state taxes. Road Improvement taxes and taxes] on bond issues are governed by laws over which the governor has no con trol, he said, and would not be affect ed by any proclamation h£ might is sue. The proposed extension of time for tax paying was suggested to Gover nor McRae some time ago by a com mittee from Crittenden county, who' asked the governor delay the time] for payment of taxes and relieve payment of penalties on the ground that they, as landowners, were un able to pay taxes at the usual tim§.* Many Petitions Received. Strong petitions have also been pre-; stinted by farmers of Mississippi and Arkansas counties and a petition sign ed by 230 Scott county farmers was | sent to-the governor yesterday with' the assurance that 1,000 signers could be obtained. This is the first petition1 from Western Arkansas, as most of the requests have come from the cot-! ton and rice districts. m Whether the relief following the virtual extension of the tax paying period would he offset by reaction on the state and local credit is a qucs . tion that is being seriously consider I ed by persous in touch with state, county and local finances. Although without' doubt the city of Little Rock would weather through even an extended tax-paying period, according to Mayor Brickhouse, delay I in getting funds would seriously ln i convenience many departments of the city government. In accordance with its usual cus tom, the city has made application to , Sheriff Taylor for a $25,000 advance out of the funds to be collected in , April, the mayor said, a.nd it would tend to tie up city finances should the ; taxes come in slowly. j . y --o ROBBERS GET MILLIONS I - Express Company Loses 98,000.000 by Theft in Six Months. Macon, Ga., March 15.—During a six months' period of government control the American Railway Express Company lout $8,000,00 through thefts and robberies, WrA. Benson, assistant I vice president of the company, with headquarters in California, eeclared In federal court here today at the trial of 54 and 64 men indicted by a federal grand jury on .charges of conspiracy to rob the company of more thaij $1,000, 000 worth of goods. -—o FUGITIVE SURRENDERS Henry Pruitt, Charged With Bank i Bobber, Gives up at Texarkaija. ' 7 I Texarkana, March 15.—Henry Pruitt, under indictment by the Bowie county grand jury as one of the two men who held up and robbed the Exchange bank at Nash, five miles west of here, Janu- J ary 26, and who escaped from the county jail at Boston March 4, with | two other prisoners, came to his home ' here last night and at once called the | sheriff’s office and surrendered. He was taken to Boston this morning, j Frank Brown, indicted oa a charge of steaUng an automobile, and, who es caped with Pruitt, also returned and surrendered. Pruitt claims that he j is under 17 years old, b*t officers say i he locks at least 31. --—o-*—• : 1 wish to thank the good people of Ashdown for their ktssl thoughtfulness during* the ii'lness of my wife, and to me after her death. Ibe thought shall ever be a comfort to tae.—ft. H. Brock. N., 3. t G. MAY GET LOAN FOR OPERATION OF ROAD Interstate Chamber of Commerce Re port Will be Made This week. Prospects Look Uood. Nashville, March 16.—Dr. W. H. To land, Martin \^alsh, receiver, and W. E. Collins, auditor, of the Memphis, Dallas and Gulf railway, returned Sunday from Washington, where they have been the past two weeks in an effort to secure a loan from the Inter state > Commerce Commission for the1 rehabilitation of the road and for the financing of operations while the road is getting on its feet. These gentlemen were all optimis-, tic over the final decision of the commission, which they expect the lat ter part of this week. Dr. Toland, in an interview Mon day, stated: “We carried the application for the j loan through all tha departments of the Interstate Commerce Commission, we think creditably. The Commission after hearing our application, admit ted road to be an absolute neces-: sity i© the people along me line, and realized the necessity of a loan for re habilitation before tlie road could be operated successfully. “The application was made for a loan sufficient for the rehabilitation and operation of the entire road from Hot Springs to Ashdown, and the Com mission made propositions of a loan to the road which were prohibitive. After the propositions of the Commis-, sion were refused, it was suggested by the Commission that a loan on the South end of the line, from Murfrees-j boro to Ashdown, a distance of 411 miles, would be much easier, but we1 also refused this proposition, as we considered the operation of the entire j road necessary to the best interests of this section of the state, and we in- j sisted that a loan for the rehabilita tion of the entire road was necessary. The Commission promised us a .de finite reply by the latter part of the present week as to whether the loan would be granted, and requested us to remain in Washington for the reply, but business interests demanded our return to Nashville. “I would like to suggest that the people along the road do all in their power to help us in this-jnatter, as the road is of such great importance to all. The future prosperity and de velopment of this section of the state depends largely on the success of the Memphis, Dallas and Gulf railway, and all those people who are inter ested in the country should do all they can to help this big factor in its success. “I feel that the Interstate Commerce Commission will take action on the loan this week, and I also feel that all the information necessary has been given them and that the procedure has been in accordance with the laws gov erning the loans.” The operation of trains over the road from Glenwood to Hot Springs was recently suspended on order of the court, because of the business on that division not being sufficient to pay expenses, the road having been diverted to other lines. The operation of the road between Mur freesboro and .Glenwpod has been sus pended for some time, because of the high cost of operation over that div ision tinder the old plans. It is thought that, with the entire Toad in operation and with the traffic diverted back to the road, it ‘will be able to operate with profit. --o—— * - BANKHEAD HIGHWAY Committees Will Gather in North Caro line City In April. Little Rock, March 18.—(Special)— Arkansans Interested in the promotion of the National Bankhead Highway have been called to attend the fifth annual convention of the Bankhead National association at Greensboro, North Carolirfb, April 21-22. There are three routes in Arkansas and one of these will be designated as the main line and the other as branches. The routes have been recommended by the pathfinders, confirmed by the boar^ of directors and annua; meetings of tho association and also official design ated by the legislature or State High way Commissions in the various states. -o Storm at Wlnthrop. Winthrop, March 17.— (Special) — Quite a storm visited our town Sun day and a few houses were unroofed, and cithers were damaged by being blown from the blocks. Several Club Meetings Were Held in West End of County Miss Gladys Norwood, the county home demonstration agent, returned Friday morning from the north and west end of the county, and reports several very interesting club meetings with the boys and girls. At Allene the club met Tuesday, the 15th, and had a very interesting meet- j ing, and after the program the girls; started handkerchiefs. They will have! these judged, and enter the best at the fair in the fall. The Jones club had a meeting Wed nesday, the 16th, and several of the club members were absent on account of “chicken pox.” The girls finished the handkerchiefs that were started last meeting. At Winthrop the club celebrated St. Patrick’s birthday with a fine pro gram. After the program the girls served ice cream and cake. This was an exceptionally enjoyable as well as educational program, and every one greatly enjoyed the evening. There is much enthusiasm in the club work at Winthrop, and all are interested in the developments further along this line. PREDICT 25 FOOT STAGE Weather Burean Announces Rising Wrater in Red River. According to the weather bureau reports on the river situation a stage of 25 feet is predicted in Red River at Fulton this week. The waters in this Stream are said to be slowly rising, and if there are no further rains it is not considered likely that the flood stage of 27 feet will be reached at either Index or Fulton. Little River is also ver y high and has spread over the bottoms^in many places in this county. -n Ashdown to Mills Ferry ' Road Case in Supreme Court Washington, March 17.—Arguments were heard yesterday and today by the United States Supreme Court on the validity of the assessment of ben efits on the property of the Kansas City Southern railroad in Road Im provement district fto. 6 in Little River county, Arkansas. The railroad is contesting the right of the county to assess its property in the improve ment district at $67,000. After the Supreme Court of Arkan sas held in favor of the improvement district, the railroad took the case on a writ of error to the JJnited States Supreme court. At it is considered a test case in many respects, the decis ion is'waited with interest. The im provement district was represented hy J. J. DuLancy of Ashdown, while J. B. McDonough of Port Smith and S. W. Moore of New ork appeared for the railroad. « OTHER OIL TESTS WILL . BE MADE IN THE COUNTY l*lans Being Perfected for WeTl North west of Ashdown and Others Are in Prospect. According to V. L. Yeager, oil invest ment man from Kansas City, who was in Ashdown this week in consultation with H. L. Toland and W. L. Brook shire, the Allene oil man, plans are practically perfected for a test to be drilled somewhere between Arden and Allene. Mr. Yeager has purchased a large interest with Mr. Toland and others in the Tootle tract of land con sisting of several thousand acres. There are a few more leases to he se cured before a definite announcement can be made, but if all goes as expected there will be also another well con tracted for soon in addition to the one above mentioned. There are also neg otiations^ pending wltn regard to the completion of? the Brookshire well at Allene, which may mean the resump tion of operations at that place soon. In a statement yesterday, Mr. Brook shire said: “If a dozen dry holes are found in the county, my faith will not be shaken. I know.” Drilling at Arden. Work on the Herman Grote well at Arden was resumed this week with a full crew. Some delay has been had there while waiting for a driller fami liar with cable tools. It is thought that work will be pushed from now on. -o MANGANESE ORE FOUND Probably the Largest Body of Mang ense Found in Polk County. Mena, March 15.—What is believed to be the largest body of manganese ore ever found in western Arkansas, has been uncovered near Hatton by the Cora Mining company.' A vein of free ore, ranging in thickness from 5 to 15 feet and 400 feet in depth, was found on the company’s property. The company is building a switch track to connect its mine with the K. G. S. railroad near Hatton. ■; •- i i -n— - FISH COMMISSION BETTER SHAPE Legislature Failed to “Kill” the Com-, mission but Amended It. Little Rock, March 18.—(Special)— j After all the oppoistlon to the Game and Fish Commission, it came out of the 43rd General Assembly in better ; shape than it was last year. The ! Commission is supported entirely by I license and fees paid by hunters and 1 unless the revenue is sufficient to meet | the appropriation, it must necessarily ; be cut short, however, the revenue has. always exceeded the expenses and last ■ year there was a surplus of $26,000 I in the game and fish run«s. The ap j propriation for 1919-20 was $50,000 | and this has been increased for the j next>biennial period to $80,000, which | will enable the commission ta do a ! great deal of propagation work which j has proved so profitable heretofore. *--- - '«» 1 • ■ . J.I 1 J I" I1 WHAT THE BAKE WAT BO TO SERVE TOO Hi, 1*—Provide sefety for money. 2.—Collect your cheeks and drafts. 8.—Provide a system for money hand ling. 4. —Connell yon regarding Investments. 5. —Transfer money for yon. - 6.—Render an accurate account for your every money transaction. 7. —Aid yon in securing capital. 8. —Advise as to trade conditions. ».—Discuss with yon your problems of business. 10. Encourage and help yon to success.