Clipped From The Monroe News-Star
COTON PICKERS (Continued from First Page) them received cracked heads and arm and body injuries as they fell. All of the five physicians of Oak Grove were called to render emergency emergency treatment at the scene, which they described as one of the worst they had ever witnessed. One ne gro woman whose leg was broken sang and prayed, while a negro man who had suffered fractures of both I legs calmly smiled and smoked a i , * cigarette. B. F. Valentine, of Darnell, white man, and owner and driver of the truck, was uninjured. Other negroes in the group of 15 or 20 on the truck also were uninjured. The accident occurred near the northern limits of Oak Grove. Collins Collins was driving north, en route to i Lake Village to visit friends, and j Valentine was traveling south, returning returning to Darnell with the load of negro cotton pickers. Collins was taken into custody by Marshal John W. Bradley and Deputy Sheriff Q. C. Roberts, and was given treatmen for his injuries. No decision decision had been reached as to probable probable charges to be filed against him. j Valentine said he.drove almost into ! the ditch on his side of the road to j avoid the collision, and that Collins failed to turn to the right. Several : other witnesses confirmed this ver- ! sion, btjtt Collins denied he was at fault. In addition to Collins, those who received Injuries were Johnny Williams, Williams, 20; Josie Coleman. 21; Andrew Henderson. 15; Mary Coleman, 16; Willie Smith, 36; Mary Green, 26, and Rubin McGee. All lived in Darnell I community and had been picking cot- I ton near Chickasaw, about seven miles north of Oak Grove. After receiving emergency treatment, treatment, the negroes were taken to the charity hospital at Shreveport in an ambulance and a truck. Officers were quoted as saying they found a full half pint bottle of whisky and twt empty bottles in Collins i car and another bottle near the car. Some of the whisky was said to have been purchased in Oak Grove.