TRANSCRIBED BY : TINA EASLEY

tina@grnco.net

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

FROM THE WEEKLY SOLIPHONE

MAY 28, 1902

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FOLLOWING STORY TAKEN FROM THE NEWPORT INDEPENDENT :

SHERIFF JOHN A. HINKLE OF INDEPENDENCE COUNTY , WAS IN NEWPORT TUESDAY MORNING WITH A PRISONER IN CHARGE , WHO NINE YEARS AGO WAS PASTOR OF THE SOUTHERN METHODIST CHURCH AT BATESVILLE. HIS NAME AS WILL BE REMEMBERED BY ALL THOSE LIVING HERE AT THAT TIME WAS R.S. DEENER.

HE ENJOYED THE CONFIDENCE OF A LARGE PORTION OF HIS CHURCH MEMBERSHIP UNTIL IT SUDDENLY BECAME DISCLOSED THAT HE HAD VIOLATED THE LAWS WHOSE PENALTY WAS A PEITENTIARY SENTENCE. HE WAS INDICTED ON FIVE DIFFERENT COUNTS, TWO OF THEM BEING FOR FORGERY AND OBTAINING MONEY UNDER FALSE PRETENSES . UPON BEING ARRESTED HE GAVE BOND, WHICH WAS MADE UP BY RELATIVES OF HIS WIFE $500 BEING REQUIRED ON EACH ACCOUNT OR $2,500 IN THE AGGREGATE.

WHEN HE THUS SECURED LIBERTY HE WAS NOT LONG IN TAKING HIS DEPARTURE PRESUMABLY FOR MEXICO , WHERE HE COULD NOT BE SECURED AS THIS COUNTRY HAD NO EXTRADITION TREATY WITH MEXICO COVERING SUCH AN OFFENSE . THE BOND GIVEN BY HIS RELATIVES WAS REGARDED AS THE PURCHASE OF HIS LIBERTY AND HIS FLIGHT TO MEXICO WAS LOOKED UPON AS PROOF OF HIS GUILT.

BUT DEENER IT SEEMS BECAME VENTURSOME AS THE YEARS ROLLED BY AND CAME BACK TO ARKANSAS ON A VISIT TO HIS WIFE'S RELATIVES AT HUNTINGTON ; WHERE HE WAS ARRESTED BY SHERIFF HINKLE . HE MUST NOW STAND TRIAL FOR THESE CHARGES AT BATESVILLE.