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SEMI-WEEKLY VOLUME XXIII. ASHDOWN, LITTLE RIVER COUNTY, ARKANSAS. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 1921. NUMBER 58. TWO SUITS ARE FILED AGAINST HERMAN L. GROTE Land Owners Would Have Leases An nulled and Other Parties Sued Amount of Leases. Herman L. Grote, the promoter of the Arden test well, had two suits fil ed against him last week. One is a suit in Chancery brought by D. K. Lewis as agent for land owners to set aside leases held by Mr. Grote. The other is a suit by F. K. Hardy and L. S. Lakin, Jr., brought in (Circuit (Court for large damages on account of alleged failure of Grote to comply with any part of the contract with them, said contract being a part of the records in thercase. The two suits have been brought by Johnson & Shaver, attorneys for plaintiff, and are on record. The complaint in the law case of F. K. Hardy and L. S. Lakin Jr. quotes from the contract under date of September 2, 1920, between the plaintiffs and Grote ns defendants as follows: “The parties of the firsi part |Grote) is to select 320 acres in oil and gas leaess in township 12 and 13, range o0 and 31 west, Little River county, Ark ansas, now in or to be put in escro\. with O. Kolb, Ashdown, Ark., and sub ject to contract agreement by and be tween H. L. Grote and D. K. Lewis. The parties of the second part have assigned to them one 320 acre offset to drilling well when leases are delivered to said first party by Mr. Kolb. The party of the first part to assign an undivided one-half interest in all re maining leases taken under contract executed by and between H. L. Grote and D. K. Lewis at the time same are delivered to him.” Tht plaintiffs allege that they have performed their part of the contract and that the defendant has refused to perform any part of his. That he re fused to turn over to them 320 acres as agreed and later half of the other 8,000 acres, which Grote received from Mr. Kolb; that he has sold part of the leases to third parties without their knowledge or consent. They ask what they consider a reasonable mar ket value for the leases as damages. Under the contract of the plaintiffs with Grote they were to as sist him in blocking the acreage, after which Hardy was to remain on the ground and superintend the drilling of the well. Lakin was to remain in New York an<! place the leases during the drilling. They claim that Grote is now unable to assign any leases to them for the above reasons and be cause suit has been filed against him to declare the leases void. Property Owners Sue. The other suit is styled D. K. Lewis et al against Herman L. Grote. Mr. Lewis represents all the land owners who gave the leases. This complaint declares, and their contract with Grote, sets forth that Grote was to spud in December 1st, 1920, and was to drill 1500 feet. He was to receive part of the leases when the derrick was erected and the remainder when PRESBYTERIANS GAIN IN STATE Church Increases Membership 48 Per Cent In Last Ten Years. Little Rock, Aug. 8.—The report of the General Assembly o£ the South ern Presbyterian church shows thvt there are more than 12,000 members of the church in Arkansas, a gain of 4,106 or 18 per cent in 10 years. The Sunday school enrollment is 10,025, or about 79 to every 100 church members. The largest number ever reported was in 1916 when the enrollment reached 10,407. According to the report, the mem bers of the Southern Presbyterian church in Arkansas gave $128,664 last year to benevolent census and a total of $391,558 to all church causes. This is an average of $30.91 for each mem ber. The report shows that in the fifteen states comprising the Southern Pres byterian church the total membership is now 397,058, the increase being 20, 541 for the year. The total amount given to benevolent causes amounted to $4,938,550, or about $12.43 per cap ita. The total gifts to all causes amounted to $12,124,891, which is lar ger than previous year. There were 13,008 members who reported that that they gave at least one-tenth of their income to the church. It is believed that his represents about one-fourth of the total number. -o YOUTH FATALLY HURT Is Run Over by Heavily Loaded Wagon Near Texarkana. Texarkana, Aug. 5.—David Miller, 14-year-old sen of J. H. Miller of Magnolia, was fatally hurt when the wheels of a heavily loaded wagon passed over his body, three miles east of the city, late yesterday afternoon. He was rushed to a local sanitarium following the accident, but his condi tion was found to be hopeless. He died on the operating table. The lad was here visiting his grand father, F. L. Peck, who lives east of town on the Genoa road. His father is said to be working in the oil field he spudded in. He erected the derrick and spudded in, got all his leases and has done nothing since. May Smooth Out Tangle. In publishing an open record of pending litigation it is understood that the News does not do so with any idea of embarassing the question. It is also understood that plaintiff’s con tention as set out represent only one side. It is learned unofficially that Mr. Grote has never had any intention of abandoning the work, but has re cently made tests with small drill to ascertain the best way to pass through the 95 feet of quicksand that has given him so much trouble. He is said to have determined upon a method and has aranged to put it into effect as soon as the material arrives. It is also understood that lie has spent a great deal of money so far, and it is indicated that possibly all differences will be smoothed out. He has recent ly rfeceived a car of new casing at the well. It is fully expected that everything will soon be cleared up and that the work will be resumed and drilling continued. Bettor Breeds for Better Boys. The above is from a photograph of Harry Haddock, Rhodes, Iowa, with his champion baby beef—"Quaker Lad.” Aberdeen-Angus prize-winning calf of 1920 Iowa State Pair. Harry’s success as a breeder of pure-bred stock is just one ex ample of what the farm boys of America are doing for the Live Stock Industry. Come in boys—*e’ll be glad to talk it over and help you if we can. ARKANSAS STATE BANK NO RED TAPE-WE DO OR WE DON’T A. E. WATERS, President. J. L. MARTIN, Cashier. C. M. SUTTON, Assistant Cashier. Italy Formally Annexes Trieste V5+. ^ I Hundreds of thousands of Italians from all parts of the “redeemed” ter ritories crowded Trieste to attend the ceremonies in connection with the formal annexation of the former Austrian port to Italy. The photograph shows barges loaded with members of Italian patriotic societies, in the har bor of Trieste, at the ceremonies aboard the Italian dreadnought Victor Em manuel. WANTS U, S. TO BACK A BANK OF NATIONS Senator Hitchcock Has Hai s to Stab ill/-; Internationa,] Exchange, to Finance Commerce. — Washington. Aug. 7.—International exchange problems probably will be given consideration by Congress as a result of the active interest taken in the problem by Comptroller of the Currency Crissenger and by Senator Hitchcock of Nebraska, who has asked the Senate Banking and Currency Committee to hold hearings on his bill, which proposes the creation of a bank of nations. Mr. Crissenger and Senator Hitch cock are working along somewhat different lines, but both have in mind the creation of an agency which will help to stabilize international exchange. The Hitchcock bill establishes a bank of nations, with a capital of $2, 4(10,000.000; it provides that the secre tary of the Treasury shall subscribe to $1,300,000,000 to that capital for the United States, paying one-third of it in gold and two-thirds in bonds, which he lias under liis control. These bonds or French bonds or any other bonds of solvent nations. The bill provides that $200,000,000 of the stock of the bank shall lie sold to the American people, principally to bankers, ex porters and importers interested in international commerce. The remain ing $000,000,000 of the capital womkl be offered to the other nations of the world with the privilege of pay ing one-third in gold and two-thirds in acceptable bonds. The bill permits the other nations by treaty made by the ; president cf the United States to • establish their rights as stockholders j in the bank. Oppose Drawing on irensury. Criticism is directed against the Hitchcock bill on the ground that it provides for governmental participa tion in the banking business. Senator McLean of Connecticut, who is chair man of the Committee on Banking and currency, before which the bill is pending bel.ieves that if a bank of this kind is established the capi tal should come from private persons and not be taken out of the Treasury of the United States. Leading bank- j ers of the country held the same j view. Senator Hitchcock, in answer ing these arguments, contends that such a bank to be successful must have the power of the government be hind it and that furthermore it must have the backing not only of the gov ernmen of the United States, but of a union of governments. Senator Hitchcock believes that a bank of nations of this kind could greatly aid in stabilizing financial conditions of the world. The pro posed bank would have authority to issue currency to be known as the in ternational dollar. To Finance Commerce. “I would dedicate the bank of na tions to the financing of international commerce,” said Senator Hitchcock in discussing his scheme. It would authorize it to buy and sell exchange, to lend money to importers, to export ers and to banks engaged in financing exporting and importing. I would au thorize it to issue currency against a gold reserve, that currency to fce the international dollar. "At the present time in the United States we have one-half of all the gold in the world. We have as much gold here now as all of the other na tions combined. We are not using it, GAS SHOWING AT STEELE TEST SOUTH OF TOWN Rain Interfered With Operations at Roth Wells; Satisfactory Progress at Hale Test Well. The heavy rain Tuesday has sus pended operations at both the Steele No. 1 and Hale No. 1 tests near this city. At the Steele well drilling had been suspended while the hole was being reamed for the purpose of set ting a second line of casing below a water sand which had been struck at S30 feet. The water is salt and is flowing from the top of the well. Gas lntbles are constantly rising from the well, which when touched with a match become ignited and flash a blue flame. It is thought that the gas is coming from a formation beneath the water sand. The operators are offer ing no comment, but are busy with the work of getting the hole ready to set the casing, after which drilling will be resumed. A new car of casing has arrived. Not much drilling has been done at Hale No. 1 since last report, the crew being kept busy a part of the time with some other work on the well and rig. When rain interrupted drill ing they were down past 850 feet, had just passed through a hard rock and were on another. -x DR. SHI RE Y RESIGN S Texas Legion Department Head Quits As State Commander. Austin, Aug. S.—Dr. Guy A. Shir ty yesterday regisned as commander of the Texas American Legion. Dr. Shirey repudiated the state ment alleged to have been made by him that ten thousand dollars was spent by the legion for legislative pur poses and placed the amount at $1, 829.71. -n MORE KUKLUX ACTIVITY Texarkana Hotels Warned to Dispense With Negro Employes. Texarkana, Aug. 5.—All the lead ing hotels of the city have received Kuklux Klan notices warning them to do away with negro help and em ploy white help. As a result most of the negroes employed a the various hostolries have voluntarily “resigned.” The hotels are said to be greatly in convenienced, not being able to get satisfactory white help. or rather we are only using it par tially. We do net require it for our domestic uses. Some people are actual ly advising we should export it. But it is still coming to this country at an enormous rate. It has come here to the extent of $500,000,000 wihin the last 18 months. It is coming here now in great sums and we are not using it, and the rest of the world is being deprived of it. Why can we not use that gold as the basis for ah international currency? Why can we not have an international dollar which can finance international op erations? And wlfy cannot this bank, with this enormous power, become a great clearing house through which all the exporting and importing of this country and all other countries could be done. A clearing house in which somebody would be able to tell what the exchange would at least 24 hours in advance?” WAR BOARD MAY HAVE BRANCH New Duties May Necessitate Connec tions in Farming Districts. Washington, Aug. 7. — Establish ment of War Finances Corporation machinery in all parts of the country may be necessary in the event Con gress extends the duties of that organ ization, officials said tonight. Admin istration of agricultural credit relief, especially in the West and South, of ficials say, would make essential the extension of the corporations facilities tor handling business into the farming centers. Legislation pending, it was explain ed, would authorize the corporation to deal with some 31,000 banks in the interest of farm export loans as well as trust companies and Individuals. More than $1,000,000,000 may become involved in the various export trans actions dealing with cotton, grain and cattle, officials say. The enabling legislation now proposed would end these activities at the end of June next. To handle what may be an enormous business in less than a year it is be lieved an emergency organization may quickly be built along the lines of the government’s war-time staffs. Elowever, officials say with the enab ling legislation still pending and the possibility of considerable change in the bill before final action by Con gress, no definite plans have been worked out for conducting the new business, although a tentative pro gram is under consideration. -o PAYROLLS DECREASING Statistics Show That Payrolls Have Decreases in Last Month. Little Rock. Aug. 9.— (Special)—Ac cording to statistics compiled and made public by the Bureau of Labor for the 60 day period ending July 15, there was a slight deduction in pay rolls and number of employes. There were 316 firms reporting, including 32 industries. The payroll for the month ending July 15 was $961,358.70 for 13, 291 employes, as compared with a payroll of $S7S,940, and 13,054 employ es for the month ending July 15. Dur ing the two months the 32 industries reporting lost an aggregate of 4,198 days. The report shows that the coal miles are working less than one-half the time and that the saw and plan ing mills lost about one-third of the time as compared with the preceding periods. The report show that wages fro common labor reange from 12i to 30 cents an hour, the average being 17 cents, which is a considerable de duction. Notwithstanding these few decreases, general conditions of trade and industry reflect no material change in the report being compiled by the commissioner. -o HELD FOR VI TO THEFT Well Known Young: Texarkana Men Are Arrested. Texarkana, Aug. 6.—Joe Dunn and Jack Rachell, well known young men about the city, were arrested last night by the Texas side sheriff's de partment. charged with stealing Dr. J. T. Robinson’s automobile at the LINER FOUNDERS; NEARLY FIFTY LOST AT SEA Ship Strikes lieef on California Coast; IS Are Missing; Crashes in a Dense Fog. Eureka, Cal., Aug. 7.—Twelve bodies have been brought here out of a list of 36 passengers and 12 of the crew missing from the wreck of the cast wide steamer Alaska, which struck a rock in Iilunt’s reef 40 mles south of here, and sank last night. Ninety-six passengers and 70 of the crew were brought here late today by the steamer Anyox, which arrived at the scene of the wreck today in time to pick up these survivors fi£*i drifting lifeboats and from among the wreckage. The Alaska was hound from Port land, Ore., to San Francisco. Capt. Harry Hobbey. skipper of the wrecked vessel missing, and is believed to have gone down with his ship. A dense fog concealed the treach eous rocks of the Blunt’s reef, which nrojeets far into the ocean, when the Alaska crashed at 9:40 o’clock last night. Within 20 minutes the crippled steamer listed, turned and sank to within four feet of the tips of the masts. The passengers were placed in lifeboats, but one overturned as it was lowered into the water. uapiairi nuuuty aiiu iwu iwaacufecia '.vere the last on the ship. The cap tain is missing. He was without a life preserver. One of the two passengers, George Glenn of Nebraska, was sav ed. The Anyox, with the known 166 survivors, arrived here late today. According to the stories of the sur vivors three lifeboats were launched. The last was but a few yards from the old wreck when the Alaska, which had listed to starboard, suddenly righted, end then plunged, bow first. George Glenn, who with another pas senger and the captain were the last men cn the ship, came to the surface a short time afterward, and finally found an empty life boat. Others were struggling in the water. The Anyox, towing a barge to Vancouver, was 12 miles distant when the first S. 0. S. signals of the Alaska flashed out. Within an hour the Anyox arrived at the wreck, and with order that won high praise from the survivors the crew of the Anyox speedily picked up those who were drifting in life preservers or in life boats Through th& night other ships join ed in the rescue work. The Alaska, of the San Francisco and Portland steamship company, left Portland Friday with 131 passengers, of whom 123 were in the cabin and j eight in the steerage. Most of the passengers were summer tourists. The ; .Alaska hailed from the home port of ■ Port Towsent, Wash. Its net tonoge [ was 1,379, and its length 327 feet. Her normal crew numbered 45. She was built at Chester, Pa., in 1889. Michael Meager hospital Thursday night. The car was found yesterday near Spring Lake park, three miles north of town, completely stripped. Everything but the engine and body of the car had been carried away. 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