October 4, 1905
Complaints have reached us that the Cherry Ridge mail from this office has not reached that point in the last two weeks, and while it is alleged as a cause that this mail is sent around by El Dorado. Postmaster Gilbert informs us that this is the only practical routing for this mail. However, we know it has left this office promptly each week.
Court adjourned last week after a two weeks session at his place.
HEWITT CAPTURED. John Hewitt, of the Hico community, charged with criminal intimacy with the young daughter of a Mr. McAdams, and who although wounded in the leg, has his pursuers a long and fruitless chase of several days, was captured at Hodge, Jackson Parish, one day last week his leg so swollen that he could not proceed. He was hastened to the Ruston jail where he is now behind the bars awaiting trial. He is in a bad fix, blood poison having set up in the wound in his leg. While Hewitt is charged with criminal intentions he says he merely was assisting the girl away from her home, it having become distasteful to her. However, circumstances were against him and a lynching was anticipated during his pursuit, Sheriff Taylor and his deputies turning out to prevent such a proceeding while the pursuit touching this parish. Editor Warren of Progressive Age, who visited the accused in jail, says he appears to be insane.
Persimmons are abundant this season and the usual possum crop should be good.
The new residence of Dr. C. H. Jameson is fast approaching completion and will be on of the most attractive edifices in town.
Mr. F. E. Mayo returned last Saturday from Monroe, where he had been laying in a stock of groceries.
Mr.. Oscar Baughman after attending the Selig Robinson nuptials at Ruston last Monday went from that point to Monroe on business. Rev. Elliott returning home with the bride and groom.
The question of a road tax is now being agitated and will ere long a brought before the police jury for action. This includes a per capital and a vehicle tax.
“The melancholy days” are fast approaching, “the sadest of the year,” when “wailing wind and naked woods and meadows brown and bear.
The quarantine on the Ouachita river during the late yellow fever scare, consequent to the report of yellow fever at Mer Rouge, cost the parish twenty-five dollars.
Miss Evans, teacher in the High School, delayed last week on account of the quarantine against Morehouse Parish, has arrived and has taken her place as teacher in the primary department.
The feather men who have been operating in this vicinity for the last six weeks have renovated 1000 feather beds in this time.
The town clock which had become the standard of time for the town, has been indulging in some gymnastics of late, which has demoralized some of the infallible watches of the town.
Rents have gone up in this place on an average of $2.50 per month, houses formerly renting for $10 and $12, now held at $12.50 and $15.00 per month. There is to reason for this aside from the active demand for homes.
Mr. Duke Selig, of Farmerville, and Miss Ethel Robinson, late of Galveston, Texas, were married in Ruston last Monday. Mr. Selig accompanied to that point to meet his bride, by Mr. Oscar Baughman and Rev. J. W. E(?), Baptist minister at this place, the latter officiating at the marriage ceremony. The wedding was solemnized at the residence of Dr. R. L. Brooks in Ruston, a few special friends in that city attending the nuptials, and in the evening the happy train journey to Farmerville where they will make their future home, the bride engaged to teach the music class at the High School.
The bride is the accomplished daughter of Prof. J. B. Robinson, deceased, of Shiloh, and is a niece of Mr. Edw. Everett, clerk of court, and a young lady of many accomplishments and admirable traits of character and has a large circle of admirers in this section where she was chiefly raised. The groom is the well known manager of the Selig & Baughman livery stable at this place and aside from being one of our most successful business men is a gentleman of affability and character and a large circle of friends at home and abroad will join the Gazette in wishing for them a future replete with sunshine and connubial happiness. The wedding was fixed for an earlier date but the quarantine preventing Mr. Selig from making the trip to Texas, it was considered expedient for the bride to come to Ruston for the ceremony.
Bloody Row At Bernice
A deplorable and perhaps fatal difficulty occurred at Bernice yesterday, in which Dr. Garland and Will Thaxton engaged and probably received fatal injuries. It appears that they had some trouble over the repair of a buggy, Thaxton, who is a blacksmith, bringing suit for the same, and yesterday Thaxton went to Garland’s office up stairs in the bank building, and hot words ensued, in which the “damned lie” was hurled at Thaxton, who resented it by attempting to strike Garland, who clinched him and both standing at the office door, they staggered backward and fell from the stair landing to the concrete pavement beneath, Garland falling underneath, his head badly cut and it is though he sustained internal injuries as he vomited blood freely after the fall. About the time of the fall a pistol was fired, the ball striking Thaxton ranging up through his shoulder and entering the back of the head, inflicted a dangerous wound. Mr. J. K. Albert, a horse dealer and a friend of Garland, was in the office at the time and he was charged with firing the shot and afterwards dropping the pistol after the combatants, it having been picked up near where they fell. Albert was arrested and brought to this place yesterday morning and committed to jail. However, he says he fried to quiet the men and when Thaxton struck at Garland he had something like a pistol in his hand and that the shot was fired when they struck the ground, evidently in Thaxton’s hand, and as a proof of this points to the fact that Thaxton’s clothing was set on fire by discharge, which could not have been the case if it had been fired by him (Albert). This is substantiated by other who were present, who claim the pistol was found under Thaxton when he was picked up. Albert, who hails from Claiborne Parish, looks like a respectable man and if innocent he has become involved in a bad fix under the circumstances. Both men are reported to be badly hurt and it is feared fatal results will follow.
A rumor passed here last Saturday evening that a member of the Wilhite family, who had been at work near Tallulah, had returned to Wilhite this parish, with a case of yellow fever, but on investigation disclosed the fact that the young man had been sick for several days with ordinary fever, but had recovered and returned to his work near Monroe last Wednesday.
Last Saturday was “Rosh Ha Shons,” the Jewish New Year (5666) and was observed by all orthodox Jews in the world.
There has been no little objection urged here by our people of (?) relative to the ripping over the streets and disturbance raised by boisterous colored horse traders. Horses speeded up and and down the streets to the danger of passing ladies and children, while loud and boisterous talk indulged at times has become very objectionable to those living adjacent to the business part of town and on the streets (?) for a horse track. While no one objects to the colored brother engaging in horse trading or any other legitimate avocation, still circumspection should be observed and some other place besides the public street need for their trading and horse breaking.
Last Saturday being the Jewish New Year, the business houses of our Jewish citizens remained closed during the day.
Mr. Ed. Archer, who has been engaged as engineer on the government boat employed in contracting the locks and dams above Monroe is at home for a time on account of low water.
Mr. J. A. Watson, late of the Gazette, has accepted a position with the Wrought Iron Range people and is now engaged in selling ranges, and the Gazette, while missing his master hand in the office, wishes for him unlimited success in his new business. Watson can tell them all about it.
Judge R.B. Dawkins left home last Sunday for Ruston, where he is holding a term of district court this week. Due to the fact that he had some trouble with the health authorities last month, he provided himself with a health cerificate.
Capt. Wilson began work on the Mattie this week preparatory for early navigation and will add a larger wheel and extensive improvements on the cabin with the view of accommodating passenger traffic next season.
Dr. A. C. Hammons, dentist, came over from Strong, Ark., last week for a few days visit to this place and removed his dentist outfit to Strong where he will locate for a time.
Sheriff Taylor will move into his new residence next Tuesday, the inside work has been completed.
TO MY FRIENDS. I have severed my connection with the Monroe Grocery Co. Ltd., and have accepted a position with C. L. Gunby, of West Monroe, La., where I will be glad to serve any of my friends that may call on me. Come to see me. Robt. J. Rassbury.
NOTICE OF PARDON. I hereby give notice that I will apply for a pardon for my son, Joe Rodgers. J. D. Rodgers.
Stancil Bros., want your cotton and will save you the trouble of hauling it to distant markets by paying you to prices in cash for all you bring to Farmerville. It is not good policy to waste two days going to some other market when Stancil Bros. will give you equally as good prices at home.
Rev. Carter, of Arcadia, presiding elder for this district, arrived last Monday to attend quarterly conference here yesterday and preached at the Methodist church last Monday night. He was accompanied by his brother, Rev. Cater.