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THE UNION COUNTY PAPER EVER YEODt KEAIti JT
TUP I'VfSIV fflTTW.' ntlSCM r?rli,1 .wit . . . .
ie Monroe Journal
PUBLISHED TWICE EACH WEEK TUESDAY AND FRIDAY 1i
VOL. 27. No. 19.
MONROE, N. O, TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 1921.
$2.00 PER YEAR CASH
MISS BESSIE BAUCOM IS
COUNTY'S BEST SPELLERt,
l Ciwk Student IM lu't Ml.
WoH Doling Contest laist
iiig fiirTM'ty Minutes.
WI1.14AMS SKXTKXCFD TO
ukJthree injured in auto-
wreck SATURDAY NIGHT
From l'iiiiua(in'f!iitiil ConteM,
Crash lulii Midline.
i i:ki II1J.MS HOMK I 'ROM IOWA
H-fenlnnl Seenicl to IV More AUtt I-
l by lntiiilH NuJeriiig Than ty
John 8. Williams. accused of the
murder of 11 of his mgro tirm bands
Hh MKH IS1SKST DKCLAIMKU,10 hal' federal Investigation of pe-
onage, was found guilty of murder by
M.nrshville. Arril 11. The first In- JuO' I" Newton county superior
"sta'.lment or the couniv commiV court "l Covington. Ca.. Saturday
jnent v.hich was held In Marseille and sentenced to life imprisonment.
In Friday evening wa. a very inter- Mo'ion for a new trial was immedi
t sting, and for Marseille a very Joy- tely filed and hearing on the motion
pus occasion. The first feature of tr April 30. at Decatur. Ga..
the program was the declamation 'or JUe Joh B. Huiohesou. ho
ontest. there being eight contestant, Presided at the trial.
The v. Inner of this contest was Hal R. defendant, who had been
llarsh of Marshville, and he received cheerful before the-jury came in. re
ft ten dollar gold piece as a reward. jceived the verdict outwardly calm,
tho money being contributed by the but when his wife and daughter be
Citizens of Marshville. Messrs. Clark , t0 800 almost tnaudlbly he seem
f Wesley Chapel and W alter Lock- be making a desperate effort to
Lrt If f Xlnnrno Hpterven honor- hide emotion.
ftMe'mentlon in the congest. The win-1 Judge John B. Hutchison had the -he other car, the impact causing Miss
cr of the short ftorv contest was an- .ueienaant Biana up ana auer repeai
ounced next and Miss Bonnie Har-'lnS to him the verdict, added. "And
fell ot Marshville was awarded the e verdict of the Jury la the sentence
vi M si V rr In a P.r ffln alan nf . vuuii
DR. OLIN NESBIT STAR
WITNESS IN CASE TODAY
TO t IT (-OTTOX At RKAM!
FROM i'M To 4 VIM CKXT
Marslullle Young In:o. Returning, Charlotte ltiyslriaii iHrlarrs M.cgie
Marshville. Apiil 11. An tnTcrtu
nate accident which caused consider
able excitement and concern occurred
Saturday evening between Wineate.
and Monroe as the cars were return
ing from the county commencement
exercises at Waxhaw. A car driven
by Mr. Kommie Tierce and in which
were Misses Gladys and Johnsie Long
and Mr. Tierce's smaller brother
rounded a curve and ran upon a car
which was sitting in the road with
all lights out. Mr. Tierce came upon
the car so suddenly that before he
could stop his car he had crashed into
Hons t i ll.ue lleen Mentally
(:ii'M-teiit to Make Will
COW TKI.lji OF TIMDF.S WITH II
Dr. V. O. Nisbet of Charlotte, phy
cian to tlie late Misses .MagKio and'
Sallie Rt.ss, was the star witness for
Marshville was announced as the win
Vr of the essay contest on the sub
ject "How to Make Rural Life In
Onion County More Attractive." Fol
lowing the exercises an informal re
ception was tendered the contestants
aid visitors by the faculty and tenth
aid eleventh (trades of the Marshville
School. Musfc was furnished through
out the evening and quantities of
lely flowers had been used in dec
oc.ition. An ice course was served.
Cards tied with the school colors and
tearing the following Inscription wese
Johnsie Long who was on the fr6nt
seat to go through the wind shield
cutting her severely about the face
and hands. Miss Gladys Lone, on
The verdict of murder with reeom- g, back seat was thrown against the
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mendation for merry, which under
Georgia law automatically carries a
life sentence, was read exactly 18
hours after the case went to the Jury,
and was calmly received by Williams.
A moment later, as his wife and chil
dren began to sob almost inaudibly
he seemed to be struggling to restrain
his own emotions. Just after court
adjourned the man's two daughters
became hysterical and were led from
back of the front seat with sucti force
that she was badly bruised. A man
with the other car was caught under
Mr. Tierce's car and somewhat
bruised. The car which was stand
ing still was pushed down an em
bankment when the two cars crashed
together, but was not damaged. Mr.
Tierce's car w-as badly Injured. It
seems that the other car had had the
misfortune to find itself suddenly
without lights and had stopped Just
the room by friends,
Williams appeared more affected by beyond the curve to fix the liehts
oa each plate "Marshville High ! "am"? sunermg man ne nan (mey gaye no warning of their pres
chool. County Commencement, Dec-D'eu b' tlie verdict. He was on trial jence, probably thinking approaching
tarnation Contest." There were a cn"Bed specifically with the murder. cars would see them In time to avoid
oi one oi me negroes rouna orownea an accident. Mr. Pierce, who Is a
in Newton county. Clyde Manning, 'careful and conservative driver, was
negro farm boss for Williams, and not speeding but owing to the curve
Jointly indicted with" him, testified In the road did not see the car In
i. Other Winners.
Miss Bessie Baucom.' daughter ot
Aatlach school in Goose Creek town-
ukiH n .. . V. n u ' J . . Fin. nf Ik. Html
If. ' 1 1 1 1 1 IT I I 1 1 1 )M iifiu M I 1 1. . ... 1 -
uixiav afternoon in the school audi-
tnrfum onri tlaft Katherlno Kvlp
Kedfearn, t f 'Monroe, was accorded
, Miss Baucom did not miss a word
luring the contest lasting for thirty
ulnutes, but the honor was hotly con-
esiea tor oy miss Virginia uiaKeney,
'aughtrr of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Blake
ivy, ot Monroe, and Miss Grace liiv
n, of the Faulks school, the latter
wo missing but one word each. Miss
Alakeivey missed "symmetry, M leav
Stg out-an "m," while" Miss Btvens
U down on "meddle," thinking the
d waa mettle."
the final contestants for the spell
f honor were: Clayton Lathan.
. jppect; Roscoe Morgan, Morgan;
h Clark, Union (Sandy Ridge);
fie Baucom, Antioch; Eula Orr,
ar; Grace Blvens, Faulks; Fur-
Little, Marshville; and Virginia
The Recitation Content
"ilHs Katherine Kyle
thut on Williams' order he and an
other negro, afterwards killed, had
done the killing.
Williams had maintained a cheer
time to avoid the crash. Miss Long
was brought in another Marshville
car which came along from Waxhaw
shortly after the accident. Still an
ful attitude during the trial and bad other' Marshville car went back to
stoutly maintained his Innocence, at- Monroe to get a doctor for the man
though having admitted that he might ; who was caught under Mr. Pierce's
be technically guilty of peonage, as he
said he had paid Ones for negroe and
let them work out the debt.
( OTTOX (.ItOWKKS MI ST CUT
F.XI'F.XSE OF MAKIXd t'KOP test at Monroe on
Itepjii-tmeiit of Agriculture Nay Ope one
car. It was necessary to take six
stitches in Miss' Johnsie Long's nose
and lip. She was resting splendid
this morning, and hopes to beable
to take her part In the glee club con
test at Monroe on Wednesday eve-
Ining, her part being a very Important
Mr. Fred Helms who for several
years has been In Iowa at work waa
in town greeting his old friends this
week. He left Saturday night for
Athens, Georgia, where he will be
rating- K(ns Must be Cwelully
Cotton growers can meet the pres
ent price situation by "carefully con
sidering" operating expenses and re
ducing them whenever there Is a like- stationed for sometime.
lihood of obtaining a low yield per Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Griffin and
acre, the Department of Agriculture daughter, Virginia, spent the week
says in a report on the results of a ?nd In Statesville.
.survey on basic requirements andl Mr. Dewey Edwards has returned
'costs ot producing cotton. . 'from a Charlotte hospital where he
I By aparylng last year's men and nas beQ tor a number of months un
mule rates for labor and prlcea then .dergolng treatment.
jpald for seed and fertilizer to the
Redfrarn, basic requirements In an investlmatlon ' .-!..
uwi ui miu mil. .i. iu. ncu- i miivufii ruuniy, ui., me average
n, of Monroe, who was the win- operating expenses of cotton was fix
I of the recitation contest, rend- ed at approximately thirty-three cents
f "Dot Little Boy o' Mine." The a pound there.. ,
r contestants, with their subjects, ! Man and muie rates for labor in
fe: "Bud's Fairy Tale," Louise I his Investigation and seed and fer-
arkcr. Union school (Lanes Creek-; tillser co ts, the department savs.
Aft Interested Neighbor," Lucile constituted 81 of the total onerat-
I'aJkiip, Waxhaw; "The Little Bios-( lug expe'.ise, excltiBlve of land rent.
OF COXFKDEKACY TO (iKAVK
JumeN Jones, Jeff Davis' Body (iiianl,
Iie Without HevealliiK Where He
Taking w ith him to the grave the
secret of the lreabouts of the great
nm, Myrtle Tyson, College Hill; (Other expenses amounting to 16',r itetL 01 the Con.cderacy, which he hid
Tat; Roman Sentinel," Oliie Baucom, of thy to'al. Included auch Items ns'when Jefferson Davis was captured,
ri:in' " i nn stnrv tf i:nrp i.r " .1. v nn ni mimua Ann i ..... A . An m jnnttfl i tit nvirrn nni v.vii.i rn rii
, - fc....... v. i" ' . " n "ir.i iii'i'mim , villl'llirill, a.CB, . i c " " n . v.
1 Shannpn, Wesley Chapel; "Little, insurance and overhead. (Man labor the president of the Confederacy, died
etHlenien, ' Maigle 'Marsh, Marsh-1 was charged at the rate of thirty
iUe; and "An Old Maid's Trip to 'cents an hour, mule labor twentv
m- York, tiossie strawn, Hamii- cents, seed 81 a ton and fertilizer
it's Cross Rnarfg. lot tiR a Inn Prnm Hi. iniol n.i
The Judges were: "Mrs. W. R. of 156.16 an acreage seed credit of
eie, or waxhaw; mihs Mabel Belk. 11.90 was deducted making a totat
Monroe; and Mrs. F. W. Mitchell, net cost of $52.26.
KOTIIKU TlM)ltSi;i) .MAVOUKSS
ill wl is in mm m-nw run iiiiir
of the Southern lines Folk.
(From the Moore County News.
Mother Perkins Is a proposed can
late for mayor of Southern Pines.
'A A In t9 Pr. 1 1. . n . . . In .
M IUI VI IUIHI VWI III Ulll
Asserting that the rates for labor
and seed did not start to decline un
til after the 1920 crop had been pro
duced the report adds:
"With cotton around twelve to fif
teen cents per pound, the returns not
only allowed no Interest on capital,
but failed to pay operating expenses
at going rates for labor and prevail
ing nrieeii fnr Aprlpnltni'a wlfK rrtn,
y she Is the best man in Gollburg.jat fifteen, cents per pound 4t would
ie caucus for nom nations Is not require a yield of approximately 450
ry far ahead, but It Is far enough iinil. nf lint tn Mv.r .,.. i .
ey say so that she can do all that reuses "
necessary to establish herself for, .-Th'e application of the basio re
,'8 ! V l 0W" ' ,Bt hf ,,ackeJr .qulrfments of production In estrtuat
sist that her campaign U already )ng cn,e should be of vital interest
ade. )n vinirprf at ihlm tlmn 1. a
Mrs. Perkins Is one of the most ,i,!. -Tho hiBnrv nr m.n
ii i . . , , - wuwi v l v ;vni i ju
mi II k cnararit in .Muore couniv. n nn Ka rvniinn i, i-i .
.ng before the war came she had ,t wl be gafe to Bay that the ,
wed up Southern Pines, and noth- of tnls perIod w, bear f , ,.
g that influenced public sentiment i M
ilia i piieaieu iu cuiiiiuuniiy fuun i iiimkii i nemiire HI M. J iniotliv
i ..... 1 . . r. .
is unuer way long Deiore iuomer ruexi nunaay morning, April 17th,
rklns was Riving it a helpful boost, at 11 o'clock, the Bishop of the Dlo
e is the patron saint of the fire cese of North Carolina, the RLiht
partment, xt the railroad that has Reverend Joseph Blount Cheshire,
army of men runnim threueh the will make hla annual vioi tn c ti...
i Ihern Pines, and when troops township, near Olive Branch, nuiion
ihs were running north' and south, Cheshire will conduct morning service
that period when Kaiser Bill was and celebrate Holy communion, as-
- w I vi u Bv. KVtiri.
aWia. nA.blna ah . Ika I tl.l I . ana . . ...
adfast missionaries to the soldiers 'preach and administer the Apostolic
the whole world. 8he was there! rite of Confirmation, or the Laying
the trains with baskets of clga-jon of Hands, to any who may be p re
let, eatanies, magazines ana any seated to become communicants u
in Washington Frida..
Jones was a North Carolina negro
and his body was taken to Raleigh
for burial. The aged colored maf.
had been failing for some time, but
even as death approached he kept sil
ent about tlrg Confederate 6?al.
Throughout his long life with his
latter years spent Iu the government
service in Washington, James Jones
would never reveal what became of
the Confederate seal 'Marse Jeff"
had bidden that he never tell and
the propounded in the fauioii3 will
case here today. The Chailotte r.-an,
who receives 11.000 under the will,
icstifitd as fellows:
"I moved from this county to Char
lotte in 1300, but continued to ac as
the Mir-ses Kcfs' physiciau. In t!nt
same year Sallie was at my office,
and later, iu-1905. she was my pa
tient at the Presbyterian ho.-piial, a
!uQerer from kidney and bladder
trouble. The vear tirevioni I neateil
Maggie for catarrh of the stomach
and floating kidneys. ,
"A few months after the death of.
Sallie, the elder sister, I had a ron-
versatlon with Maggie in which she
told me about Sallie's death and
spoke. or Bob and Mittis Bell, the ne
groes to whom she beueathM 1400
acres of fine farming land, statiu,;
that Bob had been her house toy, a:ij
that she was going to see tut he w;n
taken care of.
"When Sallie was in th Presbyio
lian hospital Maggie and I had a talk
about the hospital, she making the re
mark that it was rather noisy about
the Institution. I suggested that she
give the hospital something. She re
plied: 'Well, maybe I will.' This was
On direct question of propounders.
Dr. Nesbit declared the mentality of
Maggie was good from the time he
became her physician up until the
year 190!), and that in his opinion she
understood the nature and extent of
her property and the nature and effect
of her will.
Coan Tells of Business Dealings
By J. I. Coan of the Marvin com
munity, the propounders undertook to
show that Maggie Ross was a- woman
ot good business Judgment. The wit
ness declared that he had known the
Ross women for forty years, and that
he rented land from Miss Maggie af
ter the death of her Bister. Speaking
of business deali Tgs he had with the
late Sandy Ridge spinster, Mr. Coan
said: ."On one occasion I sold Mag
gie a.'Hnle and a cow, she coming to
see m about the cow. She paid for
It herself and not her business agent.
At another time I sold her tto hogs,
making other 'trades with her all
along. I have also bought cotton and
seed corn from her. I was on a trade
for boiuo land before Sallie died, la
ter completing the transaction with
Maggie. She made the price at $30
an acre. I paid $435 in cash for it,
the balance being secured by notes.'
T. W. Secrest surveyed the land, com
ing to my house on the day of the
survey. I bought 24 acres. When
notes became due I paid, them oft to
Miss Maggie, she handing me the pa
pers." Caveators Rest.
In the opinion of 'Mr. Coan, Mag
gie's mental condition was good dur
ing the forty yeurs he had known her,
; and that she had the capacity to make
a will. Added strength was given to
Mr. Coan's testimony when he admit
ted that his wife was a second cousin
to the Ross women.
The last witnesses for the cavea
tors vere Mtssrs. J. C. Baker and J.
S. DeLaney, neighbors of Sallie and
Maggin Roi8, who declared Maggie
was not competent to make a will.
The caveators then announced that
they would rejt, but reseived the
right to Introduce a few character
The will of the late Jonathan Bur
leson, grandfather of the Robs wom
en, was Introduced .to show the source
of the property devised to the ne
groes, Bob Ross and Mittie Belle
Houston, by Misses Ross' will. Sev-
Xer Will 1'insiavt Faruirr Use Over
Three Hundred round- i.f Fertili
ser to the Acre.
MiiH'ial Springs. K. F. D. No. 1,
April 11. The coium acreage in this
tection will be reduced betwen 36
and 40 I er ceut, acrordinu to a score
or n.ore fa1 in. is interviewed by The
Journal correspondent. No farmer,
so far acan be ascei taiued, w ill ue
liiore than three hundred pounds of
fertilizer to the acre; and ninety per
cent wil lnot use anything like that
"This is the time," remarked a
well-known citizen of the Prospect
section, "to put in more acres In po
tatoes, and where it is possible to
arouse some community spirit to erect
potato curing houses so it n ill be pos
sible to save all of the crop instead
of a few bushels."
Aung with the "faith healer" is
the ".ir.ark" florlnrtt nr mifni moHi.
cine x.'iideis. when it comes to plain
old fraud. They as a class are more
tiuniirnii anil avfmiaiv.li- u H .-..- i u...4
and of vastly more harm. The other
day your correspondent saw a number
of citizens, walk up to one of these
venders and yay their hard-earned
money for a few ounces of thick black
fluid, which was of doubtful nature,
but which was claimed to have been
made ot Indian herbs from a pre
scription a century old. One thing
that is always noticeable about pur
chasers of patent medicine and that
is they usually slip out the back way
with their package.
A correction: It was Mr. Pink Lit
tle who recently died in the Steawrt
community instead of Mr. William
Little. a3 was first reported.
A number of people from this sec
tion tried their luck at fishing in the
upper pan of the county the other
day. They report a nice time.
Mr. C. C. Starens Is right sick, we
regret to learn.
Very little demage resulted to the
fruit from Sunday's cold spell.
GOOSE CREEK HAN MADE
QUARTER MILLION IN OIL
He K i:. W. Semi. n.ny Jude W.
I . I IllliUIIIlt mid I-' .tiu I'a.i.im
Count) Sthml leather.
THF. HK.U TIKS OF SAX AXTO.VIO
San Antonio. April 11. 1 had not
more tiiau naished writing my former
article and telling about things which
-made one feel at home, betoie other
thius happened rl;ht along tin- tame
lin-. One of these was that a fire
alarm was given in the city and that
whistle was "pint blank-' like that
lire alann sigual in Monroe, whose
screec h I never could get used to. The
other incident was the fact that some
out appeared ami asked for me, and
in walked a youui; man from Goose
Creek the same old Goose Creek
that we can never lose. It was R.
W. Scott, nn r.ld crony of Judge Bunk
Lemmoi.d, i-.iiU about the first thing
he want-u to kno- was about "His
Honor." Scott was a hustling young
school teacher in Union county a few
years ago. He went to the University
and studied law and came to Texas
nine years aro. He nude good with
law and then went into oil. A man
told me he was worth a ijuarter mill
lion. thOUL'h Seott didn't tell me what
he was worth, only doing well. He
lives in Fo.t Worth and is married
and hag two children.
F.SCATFD WITH HIS CARGO
Had a talk v Ith a:t oid-timer today.
As a boy he drove a freight team to
San Antonio during the civil war.
Then he was a cattle driver all over
this country in the days when they
grazea the herds right through to
Kansas and Nebraska. He told me
about being in the saddle 48 hours
at one time with a stampeding herd
of 3. 00. He said that folks quit
I wearing six shooters as regular orna
ments lr. this country about the year
isi. iveeps two good saddle horses
now but can't ride because It makes
his legs sore. He is inclined to think
that there are too many fences and
people in the country now a days.
i he never did. Veterans of the Union
and Confederate armies, newspaper eral deeds and agreements were also
writers, curiosity seekers, and curio j read from the record by caveators to
hunters from time to time urged show that the property had come by
Jones to-reveal where he burled the , Inheritance,
great seal. They argued that the
thine that she could ret that she
. . - ..141.. .I...IJ t. A
Recording Angel worked over-
le all day long putting down her
r Mother rem ins is a candidate
will be on a business platform,
she Is one of the most successful
k...ill.a IM. -
1 uuaiiiuit uiiBiiircta iniuwa iu
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Register and Vote.
It Is the duty of every man and wo
man in Monroe who Is qualified to
register next Saturday, April 16. and
vote. You ran register and vote the
same day and at the same time, ft
Register next Saturday and rote: It
also oe important
the platform of Abou Ben Adhem, It you have moved to a new ward,
o,was set st the head of the list you rote in your old ward until you
those who lore the Lord because have established your new citizenship
evlden;e showed that he loved! by four months in the new ward.
fellow men. . J Contributed.
Civil War was far in the past and
the. seal should be produced for the
inspection of the younger generation
of today and the generations that are
to follow in a re-united country. Al
ways James Jones shook his head and
to the end he maintained his silence.
' The negro body-guard was with
Jefferson Davis when his capture was
affected; in fact, he is said to have
warned his master of the approach
ing enemy, but President Davis df
uot escape in time. Jones accompa
nied President Davis to Fort 'Mon
roe, where he was placed in prison.
Jones was born In Warren countv.
North Carolina. After the war he
headed a negro Are department In
Raleigh and became a minor city of
ficial. He turned Republican in poli
tics, but always voted for Represen
tative William Ruffln Cox, of North
Carolina, who represented the state
In the house of the 48th and 49th
congresses. Later when Mr. Cox be
came secretary of the United States
senate he brought Jones to Washing
ton with him and gave hJm a mes
senger's Job In the senate. That wss
in 1893. Since thst time he has had
several Jobs about the capltol an'
was a messenger In the senate
stationery room until a saort time
before his death.
Depositions of Mrs. Tirzah Coan,
Mrs. C. C. Mcllwaine and S. D. Howie
were offered by propounders. Each
ot these deponents knew Maggie Ross
Ross and thought she was mentally
competent to make a will. J. E. Crane
and J. E. Yarborough testified that
they had rented land from Maggie
Ross and paid rent to her and that
he could rent and settlf ith them.
They thought she was competent to
understand the nature of her proper
ty and her will. ;
Tentlmony of Alienists
The testimony of Dr. J. K. Hall, of
Westbrook Sanatorium. Richmond,
Va., and Dr. Albert Anderson, super
intendent of the state hospital for the
Insane, at Raleigh, occupied neaTlyjill
of Friday In the Ross wilt trial. Both
of these physlctsns qualified and were
admitted as experts. They were ask
ed a hypothecs! question, which sum
marized all ea the contentions of the
caveators in the case.
Propounders objected to this ques
tion, but it was allowed by the court
Dr. Hall declared that the situa
tion hypothecated in the question. In
dicated that the person In question
(Maggie Ross) was feeble-minded alt
her life and In late yeafssuffered men
tal decay Incident to old age, and staU
ed that such .mental decay occurred
earlier la weak-minded persons than
. I S.,.. t . I I. ..win mlnJ.il n. tIMlNA.l AlA
j jmini uii ill! iiiviia uimucu vuc r. i . n. . o u . .
"When you get angry pause and not think such a woman as described
count ten," counseled a revivalist. 'In the question mer.tMly competent to
"Wot's the use?" grumbled a pu!- 'ke a '-i;i. On cross-examination
list who had wandered in by nilMak.-: v. itncu admitted reluctantly that he
"I Just hit the guy and let tho reieree i
do the countin' for me." - Continued on pege five.
Played Clever Ruse on Two Rural
Policeman und .Made a Get-a-Way,
KaWng Ills Honor.
(From the Charlotte News.) '
Carve another niche in the ball ot
fame for liquor dealers for here
comes a Charlotte man who Is said I
to. have bluffed two rural policemen,,
scared them up within an inch ofi
their lives, then escaped with his au
tomobile and cargo.
It wasn't many days ago, so the
Etory runs, when a Charlotte "tour
ist" was en route home through a
county to the northwest with about ;
forty gallons ot liquor stored away
In the neighborhood of the rear seat -ot
his automobile. He was riding
along, figuring on the clean-up he
would make when he began selling
the "corn' to customers along the
outskirts of his home town.
Wow! And there stood two sturdy
rural policemen to suggest that there
was a load of liquor in the auto
mobile and that the occupant had I
Just as well get out and consider his
liquor already "sold." There was
some haggling about what would be
done about the.automobile.
"Well, you fellows have caught
me; I had Just as well own up to it,"
the "tourist" said lifa self-surrendering
sort of tone. "If you will Just
get In the back seat of this car, we
will turn around and go back to
(Blokn town). I can make bond;
mere and we will get the thing
straightened out." '
The two rural policemen are un
derstood to have yielded to lhe sug
gestion and took the rear seat. The t
automobile aws turned arouhd. The
drive back was started. The "tourist"
began to express his regrets at being
caught and explained how It would
ruin him for the news to get out.
As the car sped on, the "tourist"
grew more melancholy and talked In
most despondent tones. Directly he
told the rural policemen, ns he lean
ed back and talked over his shoulder,
how he was the son of a widowed
mother. He knew the blow would
be more than she could bear, and he
Just simply couldn't have the heart
to face her again. Tears began to
till his eyes and trickle down his
cheeks as the big car chugged on out
a highway in a rather Isolated section.
"I know what I'm golns to do," j
the "tourist" shouted back over his
shoulder to the arresting officers. "I
am going to end this whole thing ,
kill myself and everybody In this can
by smashing Into that telephone pole .
. .1 . i . i
Aim uie nquur-aeaier arove nis au
tomobile madly toward a telephone
pole which stood on the edge of the
highway. But, as he sped, the be
wildered rural policemen also began
to get ready for some speeding ot
their own. Each grabbed a side-door
of the automobile and threw them
open. Out they went on the running
board, from which they Jumped,
much as a railway man swings from
a moving train. I
Just as the "tourist" approached
the telephone pole he swerved to one
side and shot on by the post and on
up the highway. Before the rural
officers could regain their composure,
the llnnor dealer, with hla fortr til.
una vi taiigv uiiuai iiicu, uau luiurui
Into a cross highway and was drlv-j
In like mad toward final escape.
The "tourist" lifted out a hand and
gave the rural police officers a fare-
curve and sped on his Journey to
well salute as he rounded another
Charlotte and his thirsty customers.
San Antonio is still the largest city
of Texas, according to the census of
1920, which gives the following fig
ures of the leading towns: San An
tonio, 161.370; Dallas. 158.970;.'
4S2; El Paso. 77.645. AU Uee if-
ures are great Increases over former
ones. San Antonio was founded two
hundred years ago by a band of Fran
clscan monks who found the spot In
habited by a band of Indians dwelling
among crystal springs which supplied
a beautiful stream which they called
Medicine Water, these waters are
still medicinal and health seekers
come to them in large numbers every
jear. The Monks built a number of
stone misslrfn houses in this section.
One of these was used as a fort by
David Crockett and his Immortal band
of Texans and soldiers of fortune and
became the famous Alamo. It still
stands In theiheart of the city; and
yesterday the body of young Berkley,
a San Antonio boy who was killed
two days before the Armistice was
signed, lay In state there. Berkely vol
unteered to swim the Meuse for In
portant Information. - Did so, got the
Information, but was killed while re
turning. He was awarded the Con
gressional Medal of Honor, and his re
mains have Just been burled here.
Gen. Funston Is the only other soldier
whose body has lain in state In the
Alamo. School histories have told
every American child the story of the
Alamo w here Crockett and Bowie and
Travis and the others of the little
band of 183 Americans gave up their
lives to an army of 4,000 Mexicans,
and from which came the battle cry
of the Texans In their war for Inde
pendence "Remember the Alamo."
The Alamo Is the first place I went to
see in San Antonio.
Each spring San Antonio give.
week to gaiety and celebration. The
tvent is called the "Fiesta de San Ja
CintO." and comes this war Anrli i
23. On the 21st is celebrated the
battle of San Jacinto in extravagant
street gaiety and rollicking in what is
known as the "Battle of Flowers." On
these occasions there are bands from
everywhere and nut-door music fills
tho air. Tarad'-a of every Und. from
the army camps, Fort Sam Houston,
Camp Travis, fraternal, business and
social organizations, are in full swing.
in tne Dattle oi the flowers groups of
People ou the streets Ann ii-i)rvwhiirii
pelt eru-h other w ith flower after the
manner or confetti throwing at
Christmas times. And there are plen
ty of flowers here", semi-tropical ones
growing in great piofuslon, both wild
and domesticated. Visitors pome from
all parts of the Stt '.e, especially from
the south and sotuawest, on down to
The parks of San Antonio are mar
velous, the largest one heina Rrarlr.
enrldgeYark, a 230-acre tract of nat
ural wooaiana, so cultivated and de
veloped as to be a place of the rarest
beauty. Art has stolen nothing- from
nature In the process but has served
only to bring out more clearly na
ture's beauty. Here is the municipal,
play grounds, embracing golf links,'
polo grounds, tennis courts, baseball
grounds, bathing beach, and through
mis para winds tne beautiful San An
tonio river, which also runs through
me city, in the park is a fine . a
Japanese tea rarden. and beautiful
free camping sites. San Pedro pat k;
Inside the city, contains forty acre
and was the site of the original In-
Contlnued on I'a.e Kljjht.