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TO S3MYI0T HIM John Vr. Owens, ruder Death Sentence for Murder of Hugh it. rock morion. Insists IIe Is Innocent. Prom Arkansas Gazette, Jan. 23: “My wife, David) Taylor and Harry Love well and several others, including a deputy sheriff, testified falsely and are responsible tor my conviction, said John W. Owen:, aged 50, last night. Owens was convicted in the Little Riv er county Circuit Court last week of the murder of Hugh Throckmorton, of Wilton, and was sentenced to die in the electric chair, on March 16. “I have no statement to make now," said the gray haired man as he peered through the bars of the stockade at the penitentiary. “I want to make a statement later in which I intend: to tell everything abcut the trial and other things. “I don’t know one thing about the murder,” continued Owens. "I am not guilty and 1 don’t know who is. I’m convicted of it, but wrongly so.” Owens was brought to the peniten tiary Monday night with 11 other pris oners. The latter were all short term men with the exception ol Taylor and Love well, who had sentence cf IS years each. Taylor and Lovewell were indicted ; jointly with Owens and it was largely j their testimony that convicted him. They turned state's evidence. Both adrTiUed having assisted Owens in carrying Throckmorton’s body to Little River where it was thrown in. j They testiiied that Owens threatened! to kill them if they did not assi t him or if they told of the crime. Taylor and Lovewell with the other prisoners, were removed to Tucker farm yesterday morning. They told penitentiary officials that the murder was as brutal a one as ever was com mitted and that there was no doubt of Owens’ guilt. Operated SO-Gnllon Still. Owens said lie was born in Alabama ! and had lived in Little River county for the last five years. He said lie ob tained employment at a .-awmill, but he could net earn a decent living for himself and wife. This, he sa d, caus ed him to quit wort and start a still. “I made good money then and' lived well.” he said with a faint smile. “I’ve never been arrested before in my life and never have had any othei trouble. I knew many people in Little River county and was well respected by all,” lie said. Five years ago he married a Nash ville, Ark., girl, who then was only 15. She deserted him in his trouble, he says, and has refused to aid him in any way. It was her testimony, Owens said, that assisted the state in convict ing him. “The truth will be known sooner or later,” Owens said, “and I believe it will come out before the date of my ' execution arrives.” Owens is gray-haired, his face lined and wrinkled. He had eight years of education in grammar school. Sheriff Feared Vlob Violence. He told of his arrest and of being spirited out of Ashdown on two occas ions, the sheriff saying that he was Hubie Davis Killed Was Crushed by Log Hubie Davis, aged about 31, was killed Thursday at the Frisco switch between Ashdown and Arden while loading logs. Ho was crushed by a .og rolling on him and injured so seri ously that he died at 8:30 Thursday night. The deceased is survived by a wife and children. He lived in the Oak Hill settlement and was one of our highly esteemed citizens. -—o 1VANTN BODY MOVED Legislature Asked (o Bring Remains of Thomas ,T. Drew From Texas. Hardy, Jan. 24.—Judge J. \V. Meeks, ex-circuit judge, will ask the legisla ture to appropriate funds for the re moval of the body of former Gov. Thos. J. Drew, which lies in the cemetery at Lapan, Hood county, Texas, to the Po cahontas cemetery, where the body of his wife rests. Governor Drew was at one time a resident of Pocahontas and Arkansas’ third governor. He was in strumental in getting the county site of Randolph county changed from its former location to Pocahontas. W. S. Hooks Hurled Wednesday. W. S. Hooks, who died at his home i at Pine Prairie Tuesday, was buried, j at Richmond Wednesday afternoon. The funeral was conducted at the home by Rev. J. M. Hamilton of this city. Warren Scott Hooks was born Feb. 2nd, 1S57, in Bowie county, Texas. He was married to Sarah Roberta Nol an Sept. 12th, 1S88, who died Feb. 14tli, 1914. To this union were born three children: William N. Hooks, Donald R. Hooks and Mary E. Hooks, all sur viving. He was married to Mrs. Otela Hutchison of Nebraska Sept. 29tli, 1917, who also survives him. Barnett C. Hutchison, a step-son, also survives. BEN LO.UO^I) KLAN Had Barbecue and Naturalization at Trench frock. Mineral Springs, Jan. 25.—The Ben Lomond Ku Klux Klan had a barbecue and naturalization at Trench Creek church on last Friday night, at which time nine candidates were taken into the organization. The attendance was estimated at one hundred, and would probably have been much larger but for the rain. I 1 M'S BANKKITTl’Y PETITION Texarkana, Jan. 23.—Julius Winters of Nashville tiled a voluntary petition in bankruptcy before Judge G. G. Pope referee tor the western district of Ar kans-T, ,tlii; morning. His schedule as filed shows liabilities of $8,000 with assets of $200, all claimed as exompt. afraid of a mob. He said Taylor and Lovewell told him that members of the Ku Klux Klan approached them and asked them to say “old man Owens” was guilty so they could get him and lynch him. “I believed him, but I was not a fraid of the klan, as I did not think they would harm anyone,” Owens said. BANK BY MAIL A. When chores are many or roads ary bad, you can e time and trips to town if you will banlr by-raall. At the Arkansas State Bank you 1.. vv by sure tbit your written request will be carefully and pi .npfly carriul out as carefully : d promptly as .f you delivered it in person. Farmers through out Little River County are using our banlc-by uiail service every day. You, too, will find it helpful! bett* A the fit Mr. Mr. ) kana^ ^ htfnt _ Mr Arkansas State Bank 'fo 'jQod rJapo —*%} do or nte dorit A. E. Waters. President J. L. Martin. Cashier C. M. Sutton. Assistant Cashier. <r^fhis 93an6 is Under / STATE SUPERVISION TELLS OF BENEFITS OF SO-OPERATIVES Marketing' Organizations Will Help Farmer, Says Mr. Henry os’ Conway. Conway, Jan. 24.—Agriculture in Arkansas as an induotry which has about recovered frmo the severe slump which followed 1919 and1 which now must be managed carefully to retain what has been gained, was presented to a large audience of farmers and bus iness men ‘his afternoon at the court house by former Governor George W. Donaghey of Little Rock, Charles G. Henry of Newport and Dean Bradford Knapp of Fayetteville, speakers who have been assigned the Fort Smith road in the campaign for sensible and safe farming County Agent T. M. Wil liams presided. Mr. Henry, who is president of the Arkansas Cotton Growers’ Co-opera tive Association, said that raising cot ton is a business and should be run as such. He complimented Arkansas as the state which now ranks as the South’s best agricultural section. St. Louis financial authorities in a recent statement, Mr. Henry said, ranked banks in Arkansas as in better condi tion than any others coming under their observation. The big grain sec tions in the Middle West are now in about the same condition as the South when cotton prices crashed. For Ar kansas to hold its place and continue to improve, its farmers must go about their business sensibly. “i want to talk to you about mar keting,” Mr. Henyr said “A farm is really a factory which produces some thing for sale. However, the farmer cannot regulate the cost of his product and has nothing to dc with the fixing of the price at which it is sold. The farmer gets 37 cents out of every dol lar spent by the consumer. ThL is too little. It means that 63 cents out J of that dollar goes to the middleme ’ The remedy is co-operative marketing which is proposed by the Arkansas! Cotton Growers Co-operative Af-:.j ciation.” The final speech was made by Doan ■ Knapp who discussed the sensible cro > [system for Arkansas farmers this se. son. -o MAY BUY M ATE K PLA> i Texarkana Council Proposes Purchase to Safeguard the City. Texarkana, Jan. 24—The Arkansas side City Council last night adopted a resolution authorizing Mayor McLain to appoint a committee of three busi ness men to investigate the water situ ation and the advisability of having the city purchase the plant of the Texar kana Water Corporation and operate it. This action was taken immediate ly following the reading of a letter from the water corporation withdraw ing its proposition made several weeks ago to make extensions of its mains for the purpose of securing an addi tional water supply. MAY GAS i TIE WEEVIL A.my (; Conduct Experiments, Under a Senate Bill. Washington, Jan. 24.—An effort .will be made, it developed today, to include ,in the army appropriation bill, now be | ug considered by a Senate appropria tions subcommittee, a provision under which the chemical warfare division would be authorized to conduct experi ments ami develop a gas to destroy the cotton boll weevil. Senator Harris, Democrat,of Georgia a member of the subcommittee, today said be was insistent upon the worn being taken up by the chemical war fare division, declaring that in his opin'cn all efforts by ether branches of the government to control and ex terminate the pest have failed. < <»>! >i! ;; !0> FIJS 01 STUB Polk County Judge Fires Them When They Award Hoad Contract. Mena, J, !i. 24.—County Judge Wear has ordered the commissioners of Road District No. 2 removed from office, bui has not appointed successors. The da posed commissioners are J. F. Averitt of Mena, John Riales of Hoard Camp and John Cotton of Opal. They recent ly awarded a contract for building a 19-mile highway from Mena to Big Fork. The project is opposed hy Judge Wear and his friends. A bill is before the legislature seeking to abolish the district. CONSERVATION OF SOIL IS ESSENTIAL Biggest Problem Confronting Arkansas Farmer, Says governor MeHae— Boll Weet il Menace. Little Rock, Jan. 24.—“The basis ol prosperity of Arkansas i» it&< soil and its conservation is the biggest problem confronting Arkansas farmers,” was the statement of Governor McRae in his address to the members of the “Soil Improvement and Safe Farming Cam paign’ at the county courthouse yester day afternoon. Beside Governor McRae several ag riculturist experts of the state and Clarence Ousley, former assistant sec retary of agriculture, of Dallas, Tex , addressed the meeting. Those includ ed' in the program were Dr. Bradford Knapp dean of the College of Agricul ture of the University of Arkansas; Charles G. Henry, president of the Arkansas! Cotton Growers’ Association and M. T. Payne, director of the exten sion service of the University of Ar kansas. The campaign is being conducted this week throughout Arkansas by the Agricultural Extension Division of the University of Arkansas in co-operation with the Arkansas Bankers’ Associa tion, the Arkansas Cotton Growers' Co-operative Association, the Southern Soil Improvement Committee, the agri cultural departments, of railroads tra versing the. state; and many busine. s organizations. Governor McRae said that if Arkansas farmers allow their soil to deteriorate, their prosperity would deteriorate accordingly. Hc stressed the necessity of agricultural education in the state. Governor Mc Rae told a brief story in connection with agricultural education. He said that when Secretary of Agriculture James Wilton during the early history of agricultural extension work sent demonstration agents over the country two agents visited his office at Pres cott. Governor McRae said he refer red the agents to two tenants, one of whom gladly accepted the co-operation of the agents, but the other tenant refused their assistance. He said that the tenant who worked with the agent; materially increased ail crops he planted and finally purchased an 80 acra farm as u result of hi.- better farming teaching. The other produc ed about 12 bushels of corn to the suc ■tc&oiiuT tenant's 20 bushels. Proper .llarktimg Essential. Charles G. Henry of Newport pres, dent of the Arkansas Catton Grow. Co-operative Association, said that the object of the meeting was to encoun . safe farming and to put the industry on a businesslike basis. He said that one of the most necessary features of businesslike farming is to sell cotton properly. Marketing, he said, is half of agriculture. “All efforts o£ agricultural depart ments, fertilizer experts and pure seed advocates have been confined to in creasing production.” said Mr. Henry. “1 util recently there has been no con certed effort to properly market what is raised, there is no use in increas ing production without a correspond ing increase in price. The consumer has been getting the benefit of increas ed production, not the producer.” The only remedy, Mr. Henry declar ed, is co-operative marketing. The fundamental of co-operative marketing he enumreated as follows: Accurate grading by experts. Proper care of products. Sale of products by experts An income that comes in the year around instead of a "feast and1 famine” proposition, as at present. Operating the busines in a busi nesslike way. I>r. Knapp Discusses Boll Weevil. Dean Knapp discussed the boll weev il situation in Arkansas. He said that the yield af the crop did not depend so much on the boll weevil as- it did on weather conditions. He isaid if weaili ■ r conditions were unfavorable for the weevil, and if farmers would give close attention to cultural methods, that ’arge yields of cotton could he grown von under boll weevil conditions, but where the weather was very favorable to; boll weevil infestation that, regard tees of the activities iff the farmers, they would destroy a large per cent of he crop. He gave to the audience of farmers specific instructions as to pre paration of the soil, intensive cultiva tion, necessity of planting early matur ’ng varieties of feed and the destruc tion of hibernating places of the weev il during the early fall and winter. -o-» Tux Collecting to Begin. Sheriff A T. Collins will start his round collecting taxes Tuesday of next week. Ogden will be the first place visited. The other dates are published In another part of the News. Rev. J. E, Merrell Accepts Baptist Cal! The Baptist chruch of this city has recently called Rev. J. E. Merrell, pas tor of the church at Derinott. to the pastorate here. Rev. Merrell has ac cepted the cal] and will move his fam l ily here next week and begin his work with the local church on February 1st. Ho preached here several weeks age and at that, time impressed the church membership as the man for the place. He comes with glowing recommenda tions from i..s home town. The News is in receipt of a letter from Rev. Marion A. Boggs, pastor of the Pres byterian church at Dermott, in which he introduces and highly indorses Rev. Merrell to us. His letter follows: “January 23, 1923. “The Editor, Little River News, Ashdown, Arkansas. “My Dear Sir: “Enclosed herewith I am sending you a copy of the note that is appear ing in the Dermott News of this week in reference to Rev. J. E. Merrell’;; work here in Dermott, “Mr. Merrell lias accepted the call of the Baptist Church there in Ash down. as you know, and will come .here next week to take up hi;; work. On (Iris account l felt that you would like to have a little note of introduc tion. Brother Morrell is deserving of any courtesy that you may show him as he takes charge of a church in your town. “With sincerest good wishes to you, I am, “Yours very truly, “Marion A. Boggs.” The item from the News follows: "On Sunday, January 28th, Rev. J. E. Merreil will complete a year of ser vice as pastor of the Dermott Baptist church. The services on this date will also bring to a close his official minis-' try in cur town. Having been called to the pastorate of the Ashdown Bap ! list church, he is leaving next week to ; take up his labors there. “Brother Merrell’s ministry in Der- I mott, after coming to us from Pine Bluff, has been short, but we feel that! the impressions of his personality and preaching win Last many year.-. Fro:.: the very beginning of his pastorate in j this place he has won the friendship and esteem of the whole community by his Christian consideration and broth erly attitude toward the members o'1 other denominations than his own. ..“His preaching has had th0 true ring of ifiy > :aaeelical faith. The truths of the Bible have been presented with a feal-k ness and sincerity worthy or ja true ambassador cf God. “Speaking the truth in love" has been his aim, and his message has been “Christ and Him Crucified.” And what we admire most' of all is that hi® life is in full accord with his preaching. “Brother Merreil and his family have made many friends during their stay among us, and they leave us with the unqualified good wishes of the whole community. We regret very much to see then\ leave us, but we believe that Dennett's loss is Ashdown’s gain. “We bid Brother Merreil, Mrs. Mer : rell and each member of his household “God speed,” reminding them that the. ______ LEGISLATOR DIES ON HOUSE FLOOR William Lerow Lee el’ Ilardunelle Is Victim of Stroke of Apoplexy— Stricken While Speaking. Little Rock, Jan. 25.—“When I die it will be my last wish that I shall be buried in the sacred soil of the 3tate 1 love so well.” Less than five minutes after William Leroy Lee, Yell county representative in the Arkansas House of Represent atives, uttered those words during an address on the floor yesterday after ! noon, he was dead. Apoplexy was pro nounced the cause. Mr. Lee’s address, which terminat ed in his sudden, dramatic death, was delivered in support of the bill provid ing for removal of tlie State College of Agriculture from Fayetteville to Rus sellville. He was floor leader in charge of the bill and his address sig nalized the opening of debate on the measure. He insisted cn going ahead with his plans for making the opening address in behalf of the bill although he had I complained of feeling bad when he I returned to the Capitol yesterday aft ! ernoon. Friends of the dead solon ! declared that he was a martyr to his I devotion to what he believed to be his duty to the youth of Arkansas. Weakness is Apparent. Mr. Lee had spoken for about 20 ' minutes and it was observed that he ‘ appeared to be growing weak, that his voice faltered and that lia appeared to be having difficulty in standing erect. He had just expressed his desire to he buried in the soil of his adopted state when he said in a weakened voice: “Mr. Speaker, I am not lialf through, but I a-m growing weak. I must sit down.” Those were his final words and as lie uttered them he collapsed and fell to the floor. Ilis colleagues rushed to his side and cvj ried him out of the chamber and into the hall. Two of the memb ers, Dr. Hardy of Faulkner county and Dr. Hay of Mississippi county, hasten ed to the stricken solon and adminis tered restoratives, but Mr. Lee never regained consciousness and five min utes later was pronounced dead. Mr. Bollinger of Pulaski reported his death to the House, which immed iately adjourned until 9:30 a. m. today, after appointing a committee consist ing of Messrs. Claude Walker, Bohling-' er, Stevens and Hill to render any as sistance passible, and another comm.it t-'Lf. to notify the Senate, which immed iately adjtrtlTmi out of respect. -— Two More Radios. . Ashdown can now boast of three radio plants. Since the installation of the one by Allen Park, Geo. Briant, Jr., has installed a set at his home, and Clyde Briant, Jr., has recently in stalled one at his home. Both these are working successfully. Radios will j soon become as numerous at phono j graphs. all have a hearty welcome in th^* ! hearts and home; of Dermott vegf>]e whenever they are in this., <!eetiqri I again.” Just Plain Folks There is no cause for any of us to become stiff necked and hauty. \\’e are all just plain, common folks traveling along together, animated by the same hopes, desires and ambitions. The grocer isn’t necessarily fat simply because he has so many good things to eat on sale, he may owe lor the stock he is selling. The butcher may set along on soup-bones in order to sell the far steaks to the other-fellow. The banker isn't ne cessarily rich because it is bis business to handle money—mostly other people's..money. AVe are all doing the best we can. The small depositor is treated ns fairly ns the big financier at our Bank Kindness, courtesy, sympathy, service, these arc, the things that count among sensible people every where.