RESEARCHED AND TRANSCRIBED BY : TINA EASLEY

OCTOBER 12, 1920

tina@grnco.net

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

 

COTTON PRICE TUMBLE CAUSES SOUTH RIOTING


SEVERAL PERSONS KILLED AND NUMBER OF COTTON GINS BURNED -- NIGHT RIDERS ACTIVE


 

ATLANTA , GA. OCT 12 , THE SHOOTING DEATH YESTERDAY OF A NEGRO GUARD AT A COTTON GIN IN ARKANSAS , NUMEROUS FIRES OF UNDERMINED ORGIN IN WHICH COTTON HAS BEEN DESTROYED AND WIDESPREAD THREATS OF NIGHT RIDERS TO BURN GINS WHOSE OWNERS IGNORE WARNINGS TO DISCONTINUE OPERATIONS UNTIL THE STAPLE REACHES THE PRICE OF FORTY CENTS N POUND , HAVE RESULTED IN THE ISSUANCE OF A PROCLAMATION BY GOVERNORS BROUGH OF ARKANSAS , AND KILBY OF ALABAMA AND STATEMENTS OF THEIR POSITION BY GOVERNORS DORSEY OF GEORGIA AND COOPER OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

GOVERNOR TAKES HAND

GOVERNOR BROUGH UPON BEING ADVISED LAST NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING OF NORA CANADA , IN LONOKE COUNTY , ISSUED A PROCLAMATION CITING THE KILLING AND LAWLESSNESS IN SOME OF OUR COUNTIES GROWING OUT OF THE PREVAILING LOW PRICE OF COTTON.

THE GOVERNOR CALLED UPON THE STATE ADJUTANT GENERAL AND SHERIFFS OF COUNTIES "WHERE THERE ARE LIKELY TO BE DISTURBANCES ," TO USE ALL POWER AT THEIR COMMAND TO " SUPRESS THESE NIGHT RIDING OUTRAGES ' POSTS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION ALSO WERE URGED TO COOPERATE WITH THE AUTHORITIES.

THE KILLING OF CANADA UNTIL LATE LAST NIGHT HAD BEEN REGARDED BY THE AUTHORITES AS A POSSIBLE OUT GROWTH OF NIGHT RIDING ACTIVITIES , AS THE OWNER OF THE GIN AT WHICH THE NEGRO WAS KILLED , IS SAID TO HAVE RECEIVED A WARNING TO CLOSE IT . TWO NEGROES HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH THE KILLING , HOWEVER AND ONE OF THEM IS SAID TO CONFESSED THAT THE MOTIVE WAS ROBBERY , RESULTING THE THEORY THAT THE SHOOTING WAS AN ACT OF NIGHT RIDERS.

OFFER SMALL REWARD

IN A PROCLAMATION CITING THE BURNING OF GINS AND GIN HOUSES IN ALABAMA , GOVERNOR KILBY HAS OFFERED A REWARD OF $250 FOR THE ARRES AND CONVICTION OF ANY PERSON GUILTY OF THE DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY. "THIS CHARACTER OF LAWLESSNESS DELIBERATELY VIOLATES ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL PURPOSES FOR WHICH GOVERMENT IS ESTABLISHED AND THREATENS TO SUBSTITUTE FOR ORDERLY GOVERMENT A REIGN OF TERROR AND VIOLENCE " THE GOVERNOR DECLARED .

GOVERNOR COOPER , IN A COMMUNICATION TO I.W. HARRIS , SOLICITOR OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF SOUTH CAROLINA . DEPLORED THE ACTS OF ' FANATICS ' AND GAVE ASSURANCE THAT SHOULD ANY SITUATION DEVELOP WHICH WOULD REQUIRE EXTRA EFFORT ON THE PART OF THE STATE HE WOULD NOT HESITATE TO ORDER IT.