GUNMEN HOLD UP LAKE CITY COURT

AT PISTOL POINT

 

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RESEARCHED BY : TINA EASLEY

 

06/24/2008

tina@grnco.net

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

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WEDNESDAY , MAY 19 , 1920 - THE PARAGOULD SOLIPHONE

OPPONENTS OF ROAD DISTRICT DEMAND RESIGNATIONS OF COMMISSIONERS AND ATTORNEYS

ONE OF THE MOST DISGRACEFUS SCENES EVER ENACTED IN A COURTHOUSE IN STATE OF ARKANSAS OCCURRED AT LAKE CITY , COUNTY SEAT OF CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, ARKANSAS , YESTERDAY , WHEN A MOB OF ARMED MEN HEADED BY F.A. MCDONALD , TOOK CHARGE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AFFECTING A ROAD DISTRICT AND INSISTED THAT THE COMMISSIONERS AND ATTORNEYS OF DISTRICT HAND IN THEIR RESIGNATIONS.

THE DISTRICT IN QUESTION IS THAT KNOWN AS BLACK OAK AND HANCOCK ROAD DISTRICT , WHICH WAS CREATED BY ACT OF THE LAST LEGISLATURE. N. F. LAMB AND CHAS. D. FRIERSON ATTORNEYS OF JONESBORO , REPRESENTING CERTAIN REMONSTRANTS AGAINST THE DISTRICT , HAD APPEARED IN THE CIRCUIT COURT TWO DAYS BEFORE AND GOTTEN AN ORDER VACATING THE PROCEEDINGS UNDER WHICH THE DISTRICT WAS PERFECTED.

WHEN THE MATTER CAME ON FOR HEARING YESTERDAY MORNING IN A PROCEEDING BEFORE THE CHANCERY COURT . WHEN IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WERE NOT READY FOR TRIAL. THAT THE GENTLEMAN ASKED FOR FURTHER TIME IN WHICH TO PREPARE , THE CHANCERY COURT GAVE HIM UNTIL ONE O'CLOCK .

AT THE HOUR APPOINTED THE COURT CONVENED FOR BUSINESS WHEN OUTLAWS IN THE AUDIENCE IN TRUE WILD WEST STYLE , AROSE AND INSISTED ON THE RESIGNATION OF THE ATTORNEYS AND COMMISSIONERS . THEY ALL HANDED IN THEIR RESIGNATIONS WITH SINGULAR UNANIMITY.

CHANCELLOR WHEATLEY , WHO WAS HOLDING COURT AND WHO IS RATHER FRAIL IN APPEARANCE BUT BEYOND POWER OF INTIMIDATION BY ANY MOB THAT EVER DREW A GUN . TOOK CHARGE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND SOON RESTORED ORDER . MCDONALD, LEADER OF THE MOB WAS FINED FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS AND SIX MONTH IN JAIL .

THE REMAINING GENTLEMAN WHO ATTEMPTED TO ENFORCE THEIR IDEAS OF CIVILIZATION BY RESORT TO FORCE OF ARMS , WILL BE SENTENCED HEAVILY AS WELL.

ALEX MCDONALD , THE PARTY FINED AND JAILED UNDER ORDER OF THE CHANCERY COURT IS NO STRANGER TO THE CRIMINAL COURTS. A FEW YEARS AGO HE MADE A PERSONAL ATTACK ON THE DEPUTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY OF CRAIGHEAD COUNTY FOR CONVICTING HIS SON . FOR THAT OFFENSE MCDONALD WAS TRIED IN FRONT OF MED DONALDSON THEN SERVING AS JUSTICE OF THE PEACE ON BIG ISLAND IN CRAIGHEAD COUNTY. KNOWING MCDONALD'S DISRESPECT FOR THE COURTS, DONALDSON PROCEEDED TO HOLD COURT WITH A SHOT GUN AND IMPOSED A HEAVY FINE.

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