May 29, 1901
Monday morning it was discovered that an iron safe belonging to Hon. J. M. Smith, register of the state land office, had been broken open by a burglar. When Mr. Smith moved to Baton Rouge last year, he leased his residence in our town to Mr. C. T. Simmons, and the safe was permitted to remain there. Mr. Simmons and his family left Saturday to visit relatives in Marion, and the burglary occurred during their absence. The discovery was made by Mr. Howard Stewart, a relative of Mrs. Simmons, who slept at the house. He saw a lamp on the floor and papers scattered about, and upon investigation found the safe door ajar. The burglar prized it open with an iron instrument. Mr. Smith is absent and hence it is not known what the robber secured, if anything. Evidently it was money he was after, as some gold jewelry was left in a conspicuous place in the safe.