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BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, .MARCH 27, 1903.
SUBSCRIPTION: $1.00 Per Year
IRIVATE LEVEES GIVE WAY
Bil the Upper Line
ThounJs of Acres of Issaquena County's Fertile Lands Will Be
Faded by One Break Forces Concentrated at Malone's and
New Levee Will Probably Be Completed
Within 34 Hours.
Vitburg, Miss., March 22. The
privs levee protecting the Hamp
Davfelace in Issaquena "county gave
way Is afternoon, flooding thousands
of as of cultivated land. The
brcaig o tnis levee will affect se
rioui weakened levees extending
froiruvalls to Gholara, a distance of
fouriles, and news of a break in
thatie is momentarily expected.
Tlprivate levee at the Davis place
also.ve way tonight.
Don, Miss., March 22. With a
Bupeiman strength, the mighty riv
er h been held the last two days,
and night all levees from Friars
Foito this place are reported intact.
WitJwo more days of fair weather
andi absence of rain and wind the
lighs at the weak places say that
dan' will have passed and the strug
gle ve been won. At this place a
warsui shone and hardly a breeze
stir. The effect of the weather
was harden tiie thoroughly soaked
lev and to restore confidence to
theople. Today was a day of rest
andatching here. Haggard and un
ker. worn with the ceaselesss vigil
anoil of weeks past, the tired resi
dei rested their oars and contented
theelves with watching. No work
waerformed, but reserves were on
ha aid a close scrutiny was kept
ovthe weak place at Australia. The
fif convicts which nave been at
w at Australia for the past week
w returned to the convict farm,
twmiles east of here, for a day's
re Clean clothes will be supplied
th and they will be brought back
irie morning to continue work un
till danger has passed.
Prayers for the Levees.
. some of the churches near here
pers were said that success might
rard the unceasing toil of weeks,
i.heir picturesque way the negroes
e prayed and mumbled as they
tked along the streets. Some of
tn importuned the powers that the
k oj. the white man might prevail,
'he huge boil that yesterday threat
id to eat away the badly diseased
)?e near Australia showed an im
vement today. A barrel had been
lk over it and brush aid sacks
.ced on top in an effort to choke
3 overflow of earth and sand. A
rge stream is still oozing through
is work, but the ilow of earth has
Jen somewhat cheeked and the water
;ming through is clearer than on
; Dams have been built alongside of
he leveee and sipage water collected
n order that the pressure of this
tvater might stop the hundreds of oth
sr boils that are constantly appear
ing. Some success has followed this
work, but in many places streams are
still oozing through the surface of
the water and the danger cannot by
any means be said h.o have passed.
The river is still rising about
three-teaths in 24 hours, and this rise
is expected to continue several days
more. The workers say that only
six inches more of water will reach
Hard Work at Malone's.
At Ward Lake, near Sherrard, and
twenty miles above this place, no
work was performed today. The 250
convicts that have been at work there
for a week were given a rest and
this morning they will be sent to Ma
lone's landiag, to assist in the com
pletion of the new loop. At Ma
lone's landing no rest was taken by
the workers. During the whole of
last night work on the second pro
tection levee was pushed and this
morning a relief shift took up the
task of packing buckshot dirt oi the
interior of the new embankment. The
convicts from Ward Lake that will
arrive in the morning will assist the
day crew, and it is expected that the
new levee will be completed within
forty-eight hours. The first protec
tion levee is stin intact tonight and
it is possible that this bank of sand
may hold through the present critical
No chances are being taken by the
engineers, and the siphons are still
at work pumping the water between
the two embankments to minimize the
force of the water on the new loop
suould the river break through the
More Confident Air.
More confidence is expressed at
Hill House over the condition at Ma
lone's than has heretofore beei heard.
In the face of the increased force to
be employed in the morning, and the
rise which is still coming down, the
'engineers tonight assert that all dan
ger has passed and that the levee at
the weak spot near Malone's landing
will hold through the present flood
PRIVATE LEVEE BREAKS
Flooding the Section Around Bruns
wick Trouble Expected on
the Louisiana Side.
Vicksburg, Miss., March 22. The
only levee news of any serious mo
ment to hand here today was that
concerning the giving way of the pri
vate levee below Duval's, near Cho
tard and Brunswick, last night, this
levee being maintained by H. H. Da
Augusta, Ga., March 22. A special
dispatch from Charleston to the Her
ald says that Dr. Crum has received
official notification of his appointment
as collector of the port of Charleston,
and will furnish the required bond to
morrow aid assume charge at once.
When asked for a statement Dr Crum
said: "I will let my administration
speak for me." Stephen Barnwell,
the keeper of the bonding rooms at
the custom house, says that he will
not serve under Crum, and will resign
his position the moment Crum as
sumes charge on ADril 1.
Still Withstands the
vis and others. The giving way of
this levee floods the section around
Brunswick with overflow water ia
conjunction with back water from
Steele's bayou. This had been an
ticipated to some extent several days
ago, but it is reported that many head
of stock will be lost. It is evident
that some trouble is expected below
here on the Louisiana side, as there
is a rapid movement of stock from
behind the levees about Kellogg's
Landing. From Lake Providence,
Mayersville and other points above,
very favorable and hopeful reports
have been received, the fine dry
weather giving the levee defenders a
chance to get in effective work. The
Yazoo & Mississippi Valley track
above Yazoo bridge is reported ten
inches under water for a distance
of eight miles, and trains are oper
ated with great difficulty. While
the officlias are hopeful of keepiig
up communication, it looks very much
as if trouble similar to Lake View is
ahead of them at that point.
Officers of the steamer City of St.
Joseph, which reached here this af
ternoon from Greenville", report a crit
ical state of artairs along the Issa
quena county front. All along the
line the water is almost level with
the crown of the levees and at several
pouts it is slopping over. New work
is sloughing badly and at Fitlers a
great cave nas appeared in the old
levee.. Into this cavity 2,000 sacks
filled with sand have been dumped
without perceptible effect.
SCARCITY OF LABOf
Causing a Little Trouble at Hunting
but Other Levees About Hunt
ington Are Holding
Greenville, Miss., March 22. There
has been no change in the river sit
uation here in the last twenty-four
hours. The river tonight stands 48.4
on the gauge and by moraing will
possibly reach 48.5. Today has been
a beautiful Sunday, and thousands of
people have been out promenading up
and down the levee, taking in the en
tire situation. There has been no
change ii the situation at Leland,
Ark. The protection dike there still
remains and not a foot has been lost
since the revetment work of rock was
put in. This work has not been
stopped, but is continually being
strengthened by other revetment
Reached at New Orleans and an Ad
ditional Foot Rise Is Expected
New Orleans, La., March 22. The
river tonight reached the twenty-foot
stage, aad as the Memphis wave Is
on the way, twenty-oae feet will
be reached by Saturday if the levees
hold all along the Louisiana line. En
gineers and levee boards are confident
they will hold, and the week will see
moregreat defensive work. In the
Ponchartrain district from New Or
leans to Baton Rouge less than twenty
miles of levee was found slightly be
low the highest standard, and these
have been given false crowns two
feet high. The Louisiana break re
ported today was on Bayou La
Fourche in front of Collector of In
ternal Revenue W. E. Howell's Wa
verly plantation. It is about 150
WEAK AT REDLINE.
Quite a Large Force of Men and Im
plements Hurriedly Dispatched
v to the Scene.
Rosedale, Miss., March 22. A tel
ephone message has just been re
ceived from Riverton, three miles be
low here, stating that a very weak
place had just been discovered in the
levee near the Redline residence and
three and one-half miles below hero.
Quite a large force of men and imple
ments were quickly gotten together
by Mayor W. H. Fitzgerald aid hur
ried away on board the steamer Hel
ena to the place where the danger is
reported. So far no other danger
ous places have been reported except
at Huntington The river rose two
inches in the last twenty-four hours.
Tnere is no government water gauge
at Rosedale. but the water now stands
about five inches above the flood mark
of 1897. The weather is fair aid
cool, with a mild northwest wind.
RISING MORE RAPIDLY.
Thought at Friars Point That the St.
Francis Basin Water is Reach
Friars Point, Mis3., March 22. The
river shows a rise "f 0.3 foot for
twenty-four hours, and rising faster
than during the previous day. This
is supposed to be on account of the
appearance of the water coming down
through the St. Francis basin. Weath
er perfectly clear and everything looks
satisfactory. The Yazoo-Mississippi
levee board passed down on the
steamer Mars, and think the levees
so far inspected in good shape.
Sermon On a Bonnet.
Boston, March 22. Prof . D. L.
Sharp, of Boston University, as
preacher at the First Methodist church
"No woman who wears a sea gull or
a song bird In her hat can ever get to
heaven. If you need an Easter bonnet,
get it. Wear it to church, for it is a i
honor to God and a benediction to the
soul to have and see Easter bonnets.
Get the bonnets, however, without rob
bing and killing. Those who rob the
lives of the song bird and the birds
of beautiful plumage cannot hope for
FO RTY-S ECO N D DAY.
The senate was not in session, but
the house, with barely a quorum,
worked on the revenue bill in commit
tee of the whole. The only real dis
cussion of the day was over an amend
ment by Mr. Jetton increasing the tax
on retail liquor dealers in towns over
6,000 to fl.000 per annum. It was ar
gued, in opposition, that the object of
the bill was to raise revenue and that
moral questions should not enter into
its consideration. The amendment
would not drive out the saloon, but
would only create monopoly. The
amendment was finally rejected. An ef
fort to raise the tax on distilleries of
over ten barrels' capacity from $250 to
$300 also failed. The committee did
not conclude consideration of the bill.
Several bills of local nature were
ntroduced by different members, but
nothing of general interest transpired.
' FORTY-THIRD DAY.
The senate passed the house bill to
prohibit combinations in restraint of
trade. Mr. Ledgerwood explained that
there was already such a law on the
statute books copied after an Indiana
law. The law had been declared un
constitutional by the Supreme Court
of the United States because of a sec
tion exempting farmers from its opera
tions. The new bill ia a copy of the
old, but leaves out that feature.
Following new bills were offered:
By Mr. Peak To divide the coun
ties of the State into election pre
By Mr. Stewart To license barbers.
By Mr. Parsons To repeal the act
placing attorneys-general on a salary.
Bills on third reading:
To prevent adulteration of foods
(the Morton bill), baking powders,
etc.; rejected, but motion to reconsider
The resolution indorsing Brownlow's
$20,000,000 public roads bill was adopt
ed, although Mr. Norfleflet deprecated
further Taids upon the Federal treas
ury. To raise the standard of illuminat
ing oils; tabled to make way for a
In the House.
Mr. McDonald introduced a bill to
punish violation of the election laws
by both a fine and imprisonment of
$1,000 and five years, and Mr. McClure
one to provide for the inspection and
regulation of mines.
The revenue bil was then taken up
in committee of the whole. Mr. Col
lier offered an amendment, making the
tax, which had been fixed at $75 on
bookmakers, $100 in counties over
150,000 and $75 in others.
Mr. Laughlin opposed this a3 a dis
crimination against Memphis.
Mr. Collier urged the amendment,
saying he was endeavoring to save his
Mr. Abernathy asked the difference
between a race track In Nashville and
a race track in Memphis, and Mr. Col
lier said that the difference was that
Memphis gave twenty-one days of rac
ing and Nashville only seven. Fully
15,000 people went to see the derby
at Memphis and not that many people
attended the races in Nashville during
the whole meeting. In answering the
argument that Memphis paid over dou
ble the revenue that Nashville did, Mr.
Abernathy said it was because the
members of the legislature attended
the races in Memphis and contributed
a large portion of their per diem and
mileage to the bookmakers. Mr. Col
lier's amendment failea.
The item imposing a tax oi saw and
planing mills was retained after a hard
fight. . .
The tax on sleeping car companies
was raised to $5,000 on Mr. Collier's
The pension committee sat for three
hours at night and listened to speakers
on the Confederate pension bills.
There was a good deal of fire in some
of the speeches, but the committee is
still unable to reach. a decision.
There is more . or -less" commotion
among Republicans of the Second con
gressional district over a -well-defined
rumor that the Second congressional
district is to be gerrymandered. The
plan, it is stated, is to change -Blount
and Jefferson counties from the Sec
ond to the First, Monroe from the
Third to the Second, Scott from the
Second to the - Fourth, and Grainger
and one other county from the First
to the Second. These changes, with
the application of the election laws to
all the counties, would make the Sec
ond district doubtful in a fair show
down, and with the right sort of elec
tion officers the district would be safe
ly Democratic. . .
The house, in committee- of the
whole, finally completed the revenue
bill and then in open house passed it.
Through the efforts of Mr. Collier the
tax on telephone companies is in
creased in counties over 50,000 from
50 cents to 75 cents; 30,000 to 50,000,
from 35 cents to 50 cents, and for
counties of less than 30,000 from 20 to
30 cents on each. The bill fixed the
tax on premium receipts of life insur
ance companies .at per cent, but
after considerable debate an amend
meit putting it at 2 per cent was
adopted, with an additional provision
that where insurance is written in un
authorized companies the insured shall
pay the tax. Mr. Jetton offered an
amendment to tax notes and mortgages
secured by real estate, 15 cents on the
$100, the tax to be paid before the
mortgage is recorded. After some dis
cussion, in which it. was argued that
this was the only way to reach those
outside the State who loan money with
in the State, the amendment was
Section 10 was changed by the sub
committee that corporations which
hereafter consolidate or transfer or sell
their property the corporation or com
panies making such purchases shall
pay one-tenth of 1 per cent only oi
the capital stock of the property ac
quired, instead of on capital stock of
both companies, as required by the law
Nothing of general interests devel
oped in the further action of the house.
Anti-Jug Bill .Defeated.
The liquor and brewing interests in
Tennessee won a victory when the
State senate, by a vote of 20 to 9, re
jected McFarland's anti-jug bill, which
sought to prevent the shipment of in
toxicants in packages and barrels from
saloon cities and towns to town wher?
the saloons are barred. There waa a
long discussion, led by Adam ant Mc
Farland for the bill, and Peake. Nor
fleet, Bright and others aga'nst it. The
opposition insisted that the passage
of the bill would fringe the borders of
the State with saloons and also give
outside distillers, wholesalers and
brewers achance to ship in their goods
aa I vet escape taxation.
Several bills of a local nature were
introduced, and some passed third
reading, but no further acuoi of gen
eral interest was had.
The senate adopted Bell's resolution
declaring in favor of the State con
tributing annually $25,000 to the Pea
body Teachers' College, providing the
college is located at Nashville.
Bills were introduced by Mr. Baxter
making school districts co-extensive
with civil districts and authorizing
counties to Impose additional taxe3
where the levy does not provide
enough to run the schools for six
The senate rejected the bill to
amend the pistol carrying law so as to
take the matter of imprisonment out
of the discretion of judges and leave it
Memphis Bill Passed.
The house passed the bill taking the
appointmeit of police and fire depart
ment officials in Memphis out of the
hands of the mayor.
The special committee in the
Knowles-Lewis contest from White
county reported to the house recom
mending that Lewis retain his seat
and that a law be passed compelling
witnesses to respond to subpoenas
from committees of the general as
sembly. Among the new bills were the fol
lowing: By Mr. Cooper To make it good de
fense to prove the truth of published
statements alleged as libel; also to
make it sufficient to prove the truth of
By Mr. Harlin To require teachers
to file all reports required by the
State and county superintendents; al
so to hold up salaries of county super
intendents until their reports' are filed.
By Mr. Nolen To compel mining
companies to pay employes as often as
every fifteen days.
The bill to appropriate $25,000 to
purchase a governor's mansion was re
jected ayes 40, nays 50 and a mo
tion to reconsider was entered.
The bill making the operation of a
pool room a felony was called up on a
motion to reconsider. It was amended
so as to make it a misdemeanor pun
ishable by a fine of $50 to $500 and
sixty days to six months imprisonment,
and passed, 78 to 2.
Bills on third reading:
To regulate the buying and selling
of seed cotton; passed.
To make more stringent penalty for
selling liquors on Sunday; failed for
vant of a constitutional majority 44
ayes to 38 nays and motion to recon
To amend the oath required of sa
loon keepers by making it more strin
gent; passed 51 to 28 and motion to
To amend the law providing for ab
olition of charters of municipal corpor
ations so as to permit towns chartered
under special act to abolish their char
ters by majority vote, the Winchester
bill ; rejected.
To maintain a uniform system of
schools in Montgomery county;
The senate, after a spirited debate,
rejected the bill making an annual ap
propriation for a State fair. Messrs.
Norfleet, Baxter, Ledgerwood, Kim
brough and Bright spoke for the bill,
and Messrs. Cox, Rice, Garrett and
Cate of Cocke against it. The vote
was 19 to 12 and undoubtedly ends the
agitation for this session.
Among the new bills were these:
By Mr. Graham To regulate gifts or
legacies for the use of religious or
charitable institutions. .
By Mr. Parsons To repeal the act
providing for the redemption of notes
of the Bank of Tennessee; also to
amend the law in regard to uniform
rules of evidence in certain cases.
By Mr. Baxter To make adultery
a misdemeanor and to prevent di
vorced persons from remarrying under
By Mr. Garrett To provide for the
inspection of illuminating oils and flu
ids, committee bill.
; To enable charitable institutions to
acquire rights to obtain water sup
" To prohibit illegal sales of liquors.
It providesa fine of $50 to $100 and six
to eleven months' imprisonment and
forfeiture of license for two years.
The Mil was rejected by a vote of 13
to 12. Mr. Tharp entered a motion to
Mr. Garrett submitted the report of
the special committee appointed to in
vestigate the question of Illuminating
Doings in the House.
The house adopted a resolution con
firming the right of T. L. Lewis of
White county to his seat.
The more important new bills were
By Mr. Johnson To provide that no
two trustees of the Western Insane
Hospital shall come from the same
By Mr. Tyson of Madison To au
thorize circuit judges to grant appeals
from judgments overruling demurrers.
By Mr. Carter To make it a misde
meanor to employ any one under con
tract to another.
House bills on third reading:
To appropriate $5,000 to the Kings
Daughters for a home for blind girls at
,To amend the act to maintain a uni
form system of public schools so as to
make the permanent school fund, $5,
000,000; failed yeas 47, nays 2S..
To regulate the laying out and work
ing of public roads in counties of Va,
000 and under so as to require that
road taxes collected in one district
shall be applied to improving the roads
of that district; rejected.
The house has been having so much
difficulty in maintaining a quorum
during the last few days that Speaker
Tyson found it necessary to send after
members several times, and finally to
order the doorkeeper not to let the
members pass out of the chamber.
Among the new bills werethese:
By Mr. Osborne To declare that
non-residents who qualify as executors
shall be considered as citizens for the
purpose of being sued.
By Mr. Harlan To prevent the
fraudulent use of blank checks, drafts,
notes, bill heads, etc.
By Mr. Moore To make it unlawful
for any person from whom a divorce
has been obtained by a decree of court
to marry any person save the former
spouse until after five years from the
day of divorce.
By Mr. Sidwell To provide that no
person shall practice medicine with
out a diploma from some respectable
House bills on third reading:
To amend the act crreating the
State board of charities. Rejected.
To amend the election law. Reject
ed. To work petit larceny convicts on
public roads. Passed.
Peabody Bond Bill.
To authorize Nashville to issue
$200,000 in bonds to aid the Peabody
Teachers' College. Passed.
To prevent false weights in the sale
of flour, grits or cornmeal. Failed for
the want of a constitutional majority. ,
Mr. Hickman entered a motion to re
consider. To amend the uniform text book
law so as to fix the term of the text
book commission at five years. Passed.
Cox Bill Tabled.
The senate took up the Cox bill to
amend the sinking fund. Mr. Cox said
the object of the bill was to authorize
the funding board to call in certain
certificates of indebtedness held by ed
ucational institutions and which were
not drawing 6 per cent, interest. Mr.
Bell offered an amendment calling on
ly such certificates as bear 6 per cent.
The amendment was adopted and then
on motion of Mr. Cox the bill went to
Among the new bills were the fol
lowing: By Mr. Norfleet To amend charter
of Memphis. This is the bill aimed
to change the present form of gov
ernment. By Mr. Kimbrough To license
horse-shoers in cities and taxing dis
tricts having a population of 1,500 and
By Mr. Baxter To provide for reg
lation of railroads and force connect
ing lines to exchange freight, a now
bill in place of one formerly pending.
To require County Courts to make
out budgets of contemplated yearly ex
penditures at the July term of court.
To exempt charitable and education
al institutions from payment of inher
Girl Causes Hotel Panic.
One of the youngest women at
tached to a spectacular show at. a lo
cal theater was the cause of a panic
in the Raleigh Hotel some time since.
She wanted to ring for a drink, but
instead touched the button that con
trols the fire alarm circuit of the
house. Instantly twenty or more
great gongs were pealing a uiscord
Guests, roused from sleep, left their
beds in a hurry and jumped into the
halls, prepared to run for their lives.
Nobody took time to put on his
clothes. Senators and Representa
tives and their families and everybody
else who was under tne roof of the
Raleigh joined in the scramble for
safety. Representatives McAndrews
and Mahoney, of Chicago, were among
them. Mrs. Mahoney clung to her
Half an hour elapsed before the
cause of the false alarm was located
and then the hotel management re
assured the frightened guests. The
girl who touched the button was so
pleased with her performance that she
was willing to have her escapade
written up by the newspapers.
An Inexpensive Dinner.
Get a shank bone of beef with
plenty of meat on it, put over the fire
in enough water to cover it, and let
it simmer until tender. Take out
half the broth and meat and to the
remainder add any kind of vegetables
you like. When cooked, season- high
ly, cut the meat in small pieces,
thicken a little, and serve. Simmer
the meat and broth that are left until
the broth just covers- the meat, sea
son highly, turn out in a bowl, and
the next day slice down cold, and
eat with tomato catsup.
Another way is to stew th meat
like a pot-roast with a little water;
keep adding hot water, and let the
meat brown in the kettle until ten
der. Season, make a brown gravy,
and serve. The meat and gravy
that are left will make a nice pie
for the next day. I always add a
little oeef extract in warming over
beef; it gives a good flavor.
This Dog Buys Candy.
Mr. J. F. Hansboro, the express
agent, has a dog whose instinct bor
ders on reason. It performs many
intellectual acts worthy of mention
It will assume most any position whea
directed. It will close a door with
the success of a man. It is a candy
fiend, and the rattling of money will
throw it into convulsions of barking.
On presenting it with a coin it heads
its way without loss of time to the
confectionery, and on receiving the
candy it will return to its owner to
be fed upon it by piecemeal. It speaks
for the bonbons with a pleading aid
hungry yelp and will consume them
witn the avidity and relish of a child.
It3 capacity for sugar plums has no
limit, as it will tire eut the most
liberal giver and then yelp for morj
dainty morsels of this character.
Men born great do cot always die o.
llopes Xctn to See Another Man.
In the Circuit Court at Knoxville
last week Mrs. Ollie Blankenship
was granted a divorce from her hus
band, J. C. Blankenship, who is
identified with the Memphis Coal
Company This is the case the hear
ing of which was delayed because
of the fact that there was an officer
on hand to go into the star cham
ber session of the court, the plaintiff
averring that she stood in great fear
of the defendant, and the latter as
strongly denying that he had ever
intended to do her any bodily harm.
Mr. Blankenship was not present to
hear the decree, as he returned to
Memphis. Previous to the decision
Mrs Blankenship announced that if
she were granted a decree of divorce
she would take the veil and never
again raise her eA'CS to man.
Negroes Moving to Mexico.
There is a strong movement for
the emigration of negroes from
Chattanooga and East Tennessee to
Mexico. It is headed by J. P. Easley
and S. L. llutchins, the most prom
inent negro lawyers of the city, and
several hundred are taking advan
tage of the opportunit'. The ne
groes making inquiries concerning
the emigration are told that they
will receive $1.50 for common labor
and $3 for carpenters and other la
borers of like grade, so that dozens
are biting every day. They are given
a ticket for $50, the money to be
paid after they get to Mexico and
earn it. It is claimed that wealthy
Easterners are behind the move
ment. Mrs. Whiteside's Estate.
The schedule of the personalty of
the late Mrs. Harriet L. Whiteside
was filed in Frobate Court, of Ham
ilton countv last week. The per
sonal estate" is valued at $1,500,000,
and consists of United States bonds,
Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis
Railway Company bonds, stock in
various local banks and strong com
panies, as well as a considerable sum
in cash. This is to be given one
eighth to Miss Florence Whiteside,
one-eighth to Mrs. Helen Watkins,
and the remainder, three-fourths, to
be divided among her children. The
real property of the deceased was
portioned her children before her
death. There is now a" suit contest
ing her disposal of the personalty.
Gen. Jackson Failing.
Gen. W. H. Jackson, master of
Belle Meade, was stricken with ill
ness last week, and the gravest fears
are entertained for his recover.
For two years Gen. Jackson has been
in failing health from a compli
cation of diseases. He has made
several trips to watering places of
the East and North and has enlist
ed the best medical skill, but his
strength constantly diminished. The
last attack, which came unexpected
ly, is regarded more as a culmina
tion of the disorders from which he
has suffered than as an acute attack.
Gen. Jackson lies at Belle Meade,
surrounded bv the members of his
Wilson Comes South.
Secretary Wilson, immediately af
ter the departure of the President
on his Western trip, will start on a
tour of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast
States in the interest of the farmers.
He has promised Representative
Gaines of our State that lie would
visit his district about April 20, and
with two of his tobacco experts,
Messrs. Whitney and Ivnapp, ad
dress a meeting of tobacco farmers
of Tennessee and Kentucky at
Clarksville, if these farmers will get
up the meeting.
Big Land Tract Sold.
A big deal has just been closed
at .Ripley for a tract of 5,767 acres
in the Mississippi bottom. The
purchase was made hy the Mengel
Box Company. The consideration
paid was $50,000. The bottom
lands in Lauderdale county are be
coming more valuable everv vear
and are being rapidly bought np
by large concerns engaged in the
manufacture of lumber.
Want No More Land
It is said the visiting legislative
committee on agriculture will re
port adversely to the purchase of
additional land for the experiment
station, at the University of Ten
nessee. The University wanted
$10,000 appropriated for this pur
pose. GreeneTllle Specifications Approved. -
The specifications for the new
public building at Greeneville have
been approved and the bids for the
construction of. tfie same will be put
on the market shortly. Represen
tative Brownlow is looking after
this work, and other departmental
matters. He goes to New York
on the first of next month to attend
a meeting of the board of control
of the soldiers' home at Johnson
City. The board, after the meeting,
will visit Johnson City.
Demurrer to J as t Ices' Bills. -
County Attorney W. II. Cum-
mings of Hamilton county last
week filed a" demurrer to the bill
of the justices of the peace who are
trying to collect their costs which
were disallowed by the circuit judge
and attorneys-general on the ground
that they were frivolous. Ihe de
murrer sets up that the Chancery
Court has no jurisdiction in ' the
matter, and that there is no equity
in criminal cases; further that the
various defendants in the cases, the
costs for which were disallowed, are
not brought into the court, and the
action cannot be sustained.
Material for New Road.
Material is being carried to Jack
son by the Illinois Central Railroad
for the early commencement of the
new line to be built from Jackson
to Birmingham, Ala. This road
will pass through Henderson, the
national park at Shiloh and south
of the elbow of the Tennessee river
in West Tennessee and Northern
Alabama. It will tap the rich coal
and iron mines of the latter State,,
and will prove a splendid feeder
to the main system. Additional
shop room and other improvements
will be made in Jackson.
Caught By a Falling Tree. '
Boyd Johnson, a Robertson coun
ty farmer, was caught in a peculiar
manner by a falling tree and re
ceived terrible wounds, from which
he may lose one of his legs. The
tree, which he had just cut, leaped
backward from the stump at least
thirty feet, the butt of the" tree
passing clear over Mr. Johnson's
head. He attempted to dodge to
one side, but was caught by tho
falling tree and his left leg terribly,
crushed and broken.
Stock Law Upheld. j
Judge Maiden, sitting at Coving
ton last week, held what is common
ly known as the Tipton county stock
law to be constitutional in the case
of the State of Tennessee vs. Tom
Jackson, who was indicted for al
lowing his cow to run at large. Jack
son was fined $5 for that offense,
that being the minimum penalty.
To Celebrate Shiloh.
The John Ingram Bivouae, Coiv
federate soldiers, of Jackson, has
decided to celebrate the anniversary
of the battle of Shiloh April 6 and
7. The proceeds will go to help
defray the expenses of Confederate
soldiers who are unable to pay their
way to the Confederate reunion at
New Orleans. ,
Jersey Exhibit at St. Louts.
The Tennessee Jersey Cattle
Club held its annual meeting at
Nashville last week. Plans were
devised for a Tennessee exhibit of
Jersey cattle at the World's Fair.
The following officers were elected:
D. S. Williams, Nashville, presi
dent; James L. Cooper, Nashville,
rice-president; S. N. Warren,
Spring Hill, secretary-treasurer.
Will Mandamas the Judge.
The attorneys for W. A. Barfield,
who was convicted of murder at the
October term, -1902, in the Circuit
Court of Lauderdale county, and
sentenced to twenty years in tho
penitentiary, and whose case was
appealed to the Supreme Court,
have instituted mandamus pro
ceedings in the Supreme Court to
require Judge Maiden to sign tho
bill of exceptions as presented by
Increasing Its Earnings.
The Nashville, Chattanooga &'
St. Louis railway continues to in
crease its earnings. The second
week of March showed $136,771.46
over the corresponding week of
State Superintendent M3nders
announces that April 7 and 8 have
been decided upon as the dates for
an educational rally at Nashville.
Superintendent Mynders looks for
an attendance of 500 people from
all over the State.
. Killed His Fourth Man.
Esau Eldridge shot and instantly
killed John Roark in a saloon ct
Dayton last week. This is the
fourth man that Eldridge has killed.
No Road Bonds In Warren.
Warren county last weeek de
clined to issue $100,000 in road
bonds by a majority of over 400.
Robbed Employer's Safe.
Lee Harrington, who had been
employed only a few days at E. A.
Keilebers' baker shop at- Milan,
robbed the safe last night and made
an attempt to escape, but blood
hounds were set on his trail and
about 2 o'clock in the night found
him, seven miles from town, at an
old tank-house. He had $150, two
pistols and a pair of knucks, which,
he got from the safe. He was tried
and carried bs.ck to Trenton jai
by Sheriff Horton,