Last of Elaine Cases on Trial

1920

RESEARCHED BY : TINA EASLEY

tina@grnco.net

http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ar/county/greene/

 

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PARAGOULD SOLIPHONE - NEWSPAPER - FRONTPAGE

VOL.XXIX

WEDNESDAY , MAY 12, 1920

 

HELENA , MAY 11- THE TRIAL OF ED WARE , CHARGED WITH THE MURDER OF W.A. ADKINS AT HOOP SPUR ON THE NIGHT OF SEPTEMBER 20, 1919 OCCUPIED THE COURT YESTERDAY AND WAS CONTINUED THIS MORNING. THERE WAS NO NIGHT SESSION , BOTH THE STATE AND DEFENSE RESTING LATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

THE STATE IS RELYING ON THE TESTIMONY OF KID COLLINS , NEGRO TRUSTY WHO WAS IN THE AUTOMOBILE WITH ADKINS AND CHARLES PRATT, WHEN THE PARTY WAS FIRED ON FROM THE DARKNESS AND THAT OF SUGGS, BODEMAN , WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE ELAINE LODGE OF THE PROGRESSIVE FARMERS AND HOUSEHOLD UNION OF AMERICA . BODEMAN REPEATED HIS TESTIMONY AT THE FIRST TRIAL OF WARE.

HE SAID THAT WARE VISITED THE ELAINE LODGE AND INSTRUCTED THE MEMBERS IN MATTERS PERTAINING TO THE POSTING AND INSTRUCTION OF ARMED GUARDS AT THE LODGE MEETINGS AND IN THE PROJECTED WARFARE AGAINST THE WHITES. WARE TOLD THE ELAINE LODGE , BODEMAN SAID THAT GUARDS WERE TOLD TO BE POSTED ACROSS THE ROAD AT TWO POINTS , AND IF ANY WHITE MEN ATTEMPTED TO GET THROUGH THE LINES THEY WERE TO BE ALLOWED TO PASS THE FIRST LINE AND WHEN BETWEEN THE LINES WERE TO BE SHOT FROM FRONT AND REAR , BUT CARE WAS TO BE TAKEN IN ORDER TO "KEEP FROM SHOOTING EACH OTHER ."

BODEMAN ALSO TESTIFIED THAT ED WARE WAS PRESENT IN THE ELAINE LODGE ROOM WHEN THE FAMOUS " DEATH LIST " WAS DISCUSSED BY THE NEGROES. A LIST OF NAMES OF WHITE MEN TO BE KILLED WAS DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING, THE WITNESS SAID , AND WARE SUGGESTED THAT AS THERE WERE SEVERAL " WHITE-FACED SNITCHERS" PRESENT IT WOULD BE SAFER TO WRITE THE NAMES OF WHITE MEN MARKED FOR SLAUGHTER ON SLIPS OF PAPER AND HAND THEM IN. THIS WAS DONE. A NAME WOULD BE WRITTEN DOWN ON A SLIP AND HANDED AROUND AMONG THE MEMBERS OF THE "BOARD" AND THERE WOULD BE COMMENTS SUCH AS "HE'LL DO ", " HE WON'T DO". SOME OF THE BEST KNOWN PLANTERS AND BUSINESS MEN IN THE COUNTY WERE ON THE "DEATH LIST ".

WARE , WAS THE SECRETARY OF THE HOOP SPUR LODGE , ESCAPED FROM THE COUNTY AND WENT TO NEW ORLEANS , WHERE HE WORKED UNDER AN ASSUMED NAME . HE WAS ARRESTED AT ALGIERS , ACROSS THE RIVER FROM NEW ORLEANS , HAVING GONE THERE TO DELIVER SOME ICE CREAM. WHEN HE ESCAPED FROM PHILLIPS COUNTY HE IS SAID TO HAVE CARRIED IN A SUITCASE SOME VERY IMPORTANT DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE. THE SUITCASE AND CONTENTS HAVE NEVER BEEN FOUND.

THE TRIAL OF WARE WILL COMPLETE THE SIX CASES REVERSED AND REMANDED BY THE SUPREME COURT . THE VERDICTS IN THE FIVE CASES ALREADY TRIED FOR THE SECOND TIME HAVE BEEN "GUILTY AS CHARGED IN THE INDICTMENT" , THE DEATH PENALTY ACRUING AUTOMATICALLY. WARE IS SAID TO HAVE BEEN THE "BRAINS" OF THE HOOP SPUR LODGE.

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