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BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, JULY 3 1903.
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The Heavenly Calling and
the Earthly Walk
They Combine to Create the Best Christian Citizenship
FOURTH OF JULY SERMON BT THE
Chicago, Sunday 1903.
Text "Be ye therefore followers of God.
Walk as children of light." Eph. 5:1 and 8.
II) you ever watch
a farmer plow a
his eye fi xed
steadily upon a
point at the oth
er end of the
field he patiently
the plow, guiding
its blade with
steady hand to
turn a straight
furrow. lie must keep his eye on
the fixed point ahead, and he must
walk faithfully in the direction to
which that point led. The sturdy
farmer furnishes us w.ith an illustra
tion which illuminates the meaning:
of our text. The world as an un
plowed field lies before us. If we
would turn a straight furrow, we
must fix our eye upon God, and walk
in the direction which the light which
proceeds from Him would indicate.
"Followers of God!" Walkers in the
light! A Heavenly vision to guide!
An earthly experience to test! The
Heavenly calling must not so enrap
ture the soul as to make it forget
the earthly walk. The earthly walk
must not so occupy the time and at
tention as to obscure the "high call
ing of God in Christ Jesus." There is
danger in both directions. Scripture
w.hich unfolds and emphasizes one
aspect of life is too often sought out
and dwelt upon to the exclusion of
those portions of God's Word which
develop and enforce the equally im
portant relation of life in the other
direction. The Christian should never
Fit in "Heavenly places in Christ
Jesus," while his feet are withdrawn
from contact with the world. Nei
ther should he be a worldly-minded
Christian, loving the world and the
things of the world, with never a
vision of his high calling and des
tiny. BOTH these types of Christians are
stumbling blocks to the unre
generate scul. The world points its
finger of contempt and reproach at
the Christian who is all imined in
the earthly M-alk, whose life belies
his profession. It turns with disgust
and impatience from the Christian
who has grown so pious and Heaven
ly as to be out of all practical touch
with the world and the world's needs,
and who has lost all sense of per
sonal responsibility towards the
state and nation. It says of one: "A
pretty Christian, surely! He is no
better than or different from the peo
ple who make no profession." It says
of the other: "When a person get3
eo much religion as to be too good
for the world, he ought to get out.
This religion which sets one in a lit
tle I-am-holier-than-thou sphere and
severs all obligations of citizenship and
responsibility towards the govern
ment of state and nation is too ex
clusive and sanctimonious to be sen
sible or practical." And these two
Christian extremists become stumb
ling blocks and hindrances to the
progress of the Gospel in the world.
WJTa have been led to select this
VV topic and text for our Inde
pendence day sermon, because the
tendency on every hand seems to be
a distinct separation in thought and
practice of Christianity from public
affairs and politics in its broadest
sense. The world in its progress, and
civilization and political evolutions, is
moving at a tremendous pace. Life is
indeed strenuous. These are condi
tions which the citizen must face. He
cannot frown or argue them down.
He must accept the situation and ad
just himself tr the swift movements
of the onrushing world. It will not
do to take the governor off the en
gine. If you do the engine will race
to its ruin. It will not do to check
it down and lock the steam in the
boiler, for the increased pressxire
which fincLs no vent will burst the
boiler and tear the engine to pieces.
It is so in regard to the affairs )f
men. If the governing hand of God
is removed the engine of political,
commercial and industrial life will go
racing on to certain ruin. If it were
possible to check the present tremen
dous developments in the world the
pent-up power would work its own
destruction, lloth extremes must be
avoided if the nations and peoples of
the world are to steer a safe course.
The greatest peril which this nation
has to fear is the indifference or
willful neglect of its Christian citizens-
We believe there is a tendency
in this direction. The nation as a
whole is losing its sense of God at
a governing and controlling factor
in the national life. This modern
day materialism is having its narrow
ing and blighting influence upon the
Christian and bringing him to believe
that outside of the pale of religion
man is able to walk, and think, and
BUT neither nations nor individuals
can get away from God. Any at
tempt to do so, any failure to recog
nize His leading and guiding hand, is
attended with disaster. Not only
does the eternal word of God declare
that, "blessed is the nation whose
God is the Lord," and that "righteous
ness exalteth a nation," but its plain
command is that prayers should be
offered for kings and all who are in
HIGHWAY A WD BYWAY ' ' PEBACHBR
by J. M. Edson.)
authority, because "there is no power
but of God: the powers that be are
ordained of God." Our fundamental
proposition then is the inseparable
connection which God always has
with the affairs of nations, and the
medium through which He operates
Is that of human instrumentalities.
This being true, the worship and
service of God cannot be confined "to
the meeting-house or the closet, but
must extend to political affiliation,
the administration of public affairs,
and every relation which the citizen
is called upon to sustain to the com
munit3 city, state or nation. The
Christian must be and ought to be
the most loyal, faithful and obedient
citizen. His religion must not weak
en his hand in its grasp of public af
fairs. It should not lessen his sense
of responsibility to help carry the
burdens of state. It is a false note
in religion which makes a man feel
out of tune and out of place at the
political gathering and at the polls.
The Christian, ?f he follows God and
walks as a disciple of the light, is
not led away from active and earnest
participation in public affairs and
the solving of political questions,
but is inevitably placed in close con
tact with them, and filled with God
given zeal and enthusiasm in the
working out of the problems which
confront him. That preacher in In
diana who recently gave up his pulpit
in order that he might fill the posi
tion of town policeman and main
tain the order of Ihe community, a
thing which no one else seemed will
ing or able to do, was actuated by a
Divine impulse, and had a clear con
ception of the relation which the
Christian sustains to the state. The
Christian who is willing to enjoy the
security, and prosperity, and liberty
which his nation affords him, and
yet. escape the duties and responsi
bilities of citizenship, is dishonoring
God, putting reproach upon the re
ligion which he professes and living
a narrow and mean existence.
T ?s DEPENDENCE Day or Fourth of
1 July which this nation celebrates
every year in memory of the signing of
the declaration of independence and
the proclaiming of liberty to the peo
ple of the thirteen colonies, is not a re
ligious anniversary day, and has not,
therefore, on that grounds any claim
upon the Christian for its observation.
But upon the Christian citizens-it im
poses its solemn obligations which in
their place and relationship to prac
tical daily life are as important as
Christmas or Easter. To think of the
Fourth of July in a careless and light
vein, to deplore its celebration be
cause it brings with it so much of
noise and merry making, is to selfishly
disregard the responsibilities and op
portunities of the day and to overlook
or forget the real purpose of the daj
and the reason for its appointment.
Young America wants to make a
noise, of course, and he should be af
forded ample and safe opportunity for
so doing. But it should not be noise
just for the bare sake of noise. It
should not be merry making just be
cause you delight in a jolly time. Fire
cracker and torpedo, cannon and shot
gun, skyrocket. Roman candle and pin
wheel ought to be made to sound forth
their message of liberty, and the God
fearing patriotism which moved in the
hearts of the revolutionary fathers
and steeled them to act for God and
home and native land. It is unfortun
ate that so little of the true patriotic
spirit which marked the celebration
of the day years ago prevails to-day;
vea, it is even alarming. It should be,
it must be revived. Here is where the
Christian citizen has his obligation
and his opportunity. He should be
come a missionary for that truer, bet
ter patriotism which is essential to
the perpetuation and strength of the
nation. If every Christian who recog
nizes the command of our text would
give thoughtful and prayerful consid
eration to all that is implied in the
following of God and walking as chil
dren of light we believe they would
come to see that their pathway led
through a better celebration of the
Fourth of July and not around or over
it. And they would know that the day
need not and ought not to pass array
without the impress of their lives be
ing placed upon it. Here then is lhe
patriotic aspect of the Heavenly call
ing and the earthly walk.
THE truest patriot which the Jewish
nation ever had was Daniel serv
ing faithfully and loyally in the court
of the Babylonian king. Following God
and walking as a child of light did not
lead him to develop such a religious
bias as to put him r ut of touch with
the world about him. Rather did it
make him a deep student of the polit
ical situation whifh surrounded him.
And his masterful grasp of the affairs
of state in time gave him the oppor
tunity to preach the true God and true
religion not only to the king, but the
nation as well. One man following God
was able to put the impress of his
personality tipon the kingdom and rise
from slave boj- in the heathen court to
be prime minister over all that vast
realm. Daniel is a most striking type'
of exalted citizenship. His life is a
practical illustration of our text in
its reasonable application to the every
day affairs of the community, the state
and the nation. I cannot imagine a
more difficult place for a young man
to have been placed in than that into
which Daniel fQund himself drawn.
when carried away into captivity. I
cannot imagine circumstances which
would have afforded Better excuse for
refusal to recognize the claims of the
nation upon him. It would have been
most natural and human for Daniel to
have reasoned himself into the belief
that disloyalty to the heathen king
would be loyalty to his God and his own
unfortunate nation. But there were
three elements in Daniel's character
which enabled him to adjust himself
most equably and righteously with
the conditions surrounding him. As a
follower of God he recognized God's
absolute sovereignty in both temporal
as well as spiritual affairs; he kept his
e3-e steadfastly fixed upon God, and he
concentrated his purposes in God. And
as a direct result of this threefold re
lationship to God, his walk among men
was marked by a practical contact with
them, and consistent and persistent ef
fort in the duties and responsibilities
which lay before him.
THE Christian citizen, if he would be
a true and loyal patriot, must first
of all recognize the sovereignty of God.
God's eternal purposes are to 9b work
ed out in the world through nations,
and individuals in their relations to
nations. The religion which leads its
followers to withdraw from vital con
tact with the nation under the mis
conception that God has abandoned it
in its mad rush to ruin might do for
angels who move in the higher spiritual
realm, but it will not do for man in the
world under the present dispensation.
It is a mighty uplift to the Christinn
to realize that the hand of God rests
upon the temporal affairs of men and
of nations. Daniel might well have
reasoned in the face of the continued
triumph of the mighty heathen king
and the destruction of the Jewish na
tion that God's hand was not in it all.
He might have hung his harp on the
weeping willow' trees and sat down by
the rivers of Babylon and refused to he
comforted. But with the recognition
of the absolute sovereignty of God he
knew that -even in the darkest hour of
evil's triumph God was moving on, and
he determined that he would be one cf
the channels through which God might
work. To-daj- realization of the sov
ereignty of God is as necessar- as in
the days of Daniel.
THIS conception of God and His re
lations to nations and individuals
is the first step in following God. How
could one follow God if he were no
looking for Him in the places where He
is to be found and where He is operat
ing? And the second and third steps
naturally follow that of the first. Hav
ing gained a true vision of God, the
Christian citizen must keep his eye
fixed upon Him, and must concentrate
his purposes so that he will follow in
the direction in which the ej-es are
turned. In my boyhood days a favorite
pastime with us lads was playing fol
low the leader, and the boy who kept
his eye fixed the most steadfastly upon
the leader, and keenly followed his ev
ery move, was the one who most near
ly imitated every action of the leader.
When the Christian is commanded to
follow God, he must keep his eyes upon
Him and concentrate his will so as to
bring his actions into harmony with
that which his heart reveals to him &
the right thing to do. I recall that
many times some of tis boys would fail
in following our leader. Sometimes be
cause we took our eyes off him and
did not know what he had done, but
more often perhaps it was because we
aid not do that which our eyes told us
should be done. We did not concen
trate our purposes so as to bring the
actions of the body into unison wiTh
the vision of the eye. Here is where
the majority of Christians fail, I be
lfeve, as followers of God. They see
clearlj- but thej- do not act. The vision
is good but concentration of purpose
BUT practical contact with the
affairs of the world must be
marked hy consistent and persistent
effort. Consistency is declared to be a
jewel, and it shines nowhere so bright
as in the life of the Christian citizen.
He who walks in the light may not
step into the bypaths of questionable
conduct to-day and maintain his .in
fluence in the pathway of right to
morrow. It is never a question of
policy and the least of two evils, but
the consistent walking in the path
way which God points out. The vas
cillating Christian is the one who
gets nowhere in this life, and who at
the end barely gets into Heaven. But
the one who walks as a child of the
light travels the pathway of consis
tency which places his life above re
proach. When the enemies of Dan
iel sought occasion against him and
wished to ruin him they wjere not
able to detect the least departure
from rectitude or failure to discharge
the responsibilities of his important
office. Their only hope of entang
ling him was along the line of his
consistent Christian living. And so
it ought to be with every Christian.
I remember during the world's
fair when those great searchlights
sent their intense shafts of bright
light skimming over the fair grounds
and surrounding country watching
with startled interest the sudden re
vealing of objects and people where
there had been nothing but black
darkness but an instant before. How
sharply everything stood out. The
light made conspicuous that Avhich
would have been unnoticed before.
Think of what our text implies when
it tells the Christian to walk as a
child of light. In the darkness of the
world about him he will shine as a
lamp in a dark place. He will be
conspicuous, but it will be a consplcu
ousness which will exalt Christian
citizenship and glorify God. "Let us
therefore be followers of God, and
walk as children of light."
When ignorance keeps peace in the
family, it's follj to tell all you know.
I am SERVICE
Appointments Made by President
Roosevelt Before Leaving Wash
SOME WELL-KNOWN NAMES ON THE LIST.
Lonla H. Ay me, Who Distinguished
Himself at the Time of the Mar
tlniqne Disaster, Promoted From
- Conanl at Gnndeloope to the Poat
at Para, Bra7.il.
Washington, June- 29-The follow
ing consular appointments, arranged
by the president before his departure
on Saturday, have been announced by
Acting Secretary of State Loomis:
Albion W. Tourgee, of New York,
now consul at Bordeaux, France, pro
moted to be consul-general at Halifax,
N. S. Mr. Tourgee is the well-know
tourist and novelist.
Aurban J. Ledoux, of Maine, now
consul at Three llivers, Can., promot
ed to be consul at Bordeaux. Mr. Le
doux has made a good record in the
consular service, and is notable for
his knowledge of the French language
and literature in addition to practical
William Harrison Bradley, of Illi
nois, now consul at Tunstall, England,
promoted to be consul at Manchester,
England. Mr. Bradley, who has been
many years in the consular service, is
a nephew of the late Justice Bradley
of the supreme court.
William P. Smyth of Missouri, now
consul at Hull, England, promoted to
be consul at Tunstall. Mr. Smyth was
a former St. Louis newspaper man,
and has been ten years in the con
Louis H. Ayme, now consul at Gua
deloupe, W. 1., promoted to be consul
at Tara, Brazil. Mr. Ayme distin
guished himself by his efficient, intel
ligent and tireless labor for the relief
of the distressed at the time of the
LeO Bergholz, of New York, now
consul at Erzeroum, Turkey, promot
ed to be consul at Three Kivers, Cana
da. George B. Anderson, of the District
of Columbia, now consul at DurangO,
Mex., transferred to Guadeloupe.
Walter C. Hamm, of Pennsylvania,
appointed consul at Hull, England.
Mr. Hamm is a well known literary
man and editorial writer in Philadel
phia. James A. Leroy, of Michigan, ap
pointed consul at Durango, Mex. Mr.
Leroy has been in the Philippines for
several years and was. recommended
by Gov. Taft and others, as well as by
Senators Burrows and. Alger.
A SATISFACTORY EFFECT.
Visit of the HDMlnn War Minister
to Japan Said to Have Had
a Satisfactory Effect.
St. Petersburg, June 29. The visit
of the Ilussian war minister, Gen.
Kuropatkin, to Japan, has, according
to the Japanese newspapers, had a
very satisfactory effect, on the rela
tions between llussia and Japa.i and
has paved the way for a rapproche
ment. The newspapers of Japan 11
expressing satisfaction at this state
of affairs, allude to Gen. Kuropatkin
as the harbinger of peace and. point
out that he has been- the mikado's
guests at the Shiba palace, where no
foreigner, except princes of the royal
blood had ever before resided.
GROWS WORSE AND WORSE.
The Loss of Life hy the Overturn
ing: of a. Train in Spain
May Reach 170.
Madrid, June 29. By midnight 100
bodies had been extricated from the
wreck of the Bilbao train, from a
overturned, Saturday night, from a
bridge into the Nejervilla river, and
it is estimated that 70 corpses remain
in the wreckage. The bodies are
horribly mutilated. 'Differences be
tween the civil and military authori
ties rendered the work of rescue
more difficult. That many prosper
ous persons are among the victims is
testified to by the great quantity of
money and jewelry collected by the
FIRE IN CANDLE FACTORY.
It Cansed n. General Alarm to he
Sent In at St. I. on Is Mon
St. Louis, June 29. A destructive
fire broke out in the Shaeffer Bros.
v. Powell soap and candle factory at
Sixth and Bart let t streets at one
o'clock Monday afternoon.
The factory was quickly destroyed
and a general alarm was turned in to
save the other plants in the manufac
Near the Shaeffer Bros.' plant is
the American Car & Foundry works,
the Helmbacher forge and rolling
mills and other factories.
A general fire was feared.
For Killing; Her Husband.
Mount Holly, N. J.J, June 29. Mrs.
Anna Pheters, aged 30, who has been,
a prisoner in the county jail since
MaTch, has been placed on trial,
charged with causing the death by
poison of Arthur A. Theters, her hus
band. Additional Indictments.
Washington, June 30. Additional
indictments were reported at - 1:30
against Machen and the Groffs. At the
suggestion of Justice Pritchard. pre
siding over criminal court No. 1, the
defendants will be arraigned this
AMERICANS TAKE TWO RACES.
The Chicago's Sailing; Cntter and the
San Francisco's Sailing; Launch
Winners at Kiel.
Kiel, June 29. The United States
cruiser Chicago's sailing cutter, en
tered by . 'Midshipman Stephen C.
Rowan, won Princess Henry's prize
for warships' cutters in a competition
with the cutters of the German ships
Freya, Hohenzollern, Frauenlob,
Ariadne, Glitz and Hagen.
The sailing launch of the United
States cruiser San Francisco, entered
by Ensign Geo. W. Steele, Jr., won
the prize in the race for warships
launches. The launch of the German
turret ship Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse
was second and. that of the United
States flagship Kearsarge, entered by
Lieut. Henry C. Mustin, was third.
There were 14 German entries.
Lieut. Mustin's boat would have
won if an outsider, the Hodrit, had
not fouled her when she was in the
lead and near the finish. The course
was twice around a 7V3 mile triangle.
The officers of the United States
squadron Monday afternoon received
about 1,000 guests on board the flag
ship Kearsarge, principally German
naval officers and visiting Americans.
There was a smoker on fhe Kear
sarge at night.
Mr. Meyer, the United States am
bassador to Italy, lunched with Em
peror William on the Hohenzollern.
UNITED CHRISTIAN PARTY.
Call Issued For a National Conven
tion of the Vnlted Christian
Party in St. Lonli in 1004.
Davenport, la., June 30. Wm. II.
Benkert, chairman of the national ex
ecutive committee of the United
Christian party,- has issued a call for
a national convention of that party
for May 1 to 4, 1904, at the World's
fair in St. Louis. The call states that
the convention will be held for the
purpose of "economic discussion and
peace on earth in the name and spirit
of Jesus Christ, and to further accom
plish this great purpose by recom
mending or nominating candidates for
president and vice-president of the
United States, on a world-wide plat
form on which all Christians and
patriots can stand and finally unite,
pledged to stand for the union in His
name." The call suggests a woman
AN UNMANAGEABLE CAR.
Terrinc Collision Between Two Cars
on a. Down Grade, Resulting in
Injury to Two Men.
Cleveland, O., June 29. A street car
heavily loaded with passengers, be
came unmanageable while descending
a hill on Wilson avenue early Monday
morning, and collided with another
car at the foot of the incline with ter
rific force, resulting in the serious
injury of two men, while several oth
er passengers were badly bruised and
cut. Wm. II. Fuller and Henry Zinf
merman, both of this city, were
caught between the two cars and
crushed. Fuller may die.
C0WEING THE LAWLESS DOWN.
Gen. Murray's Iron-Handed Policy Is
Havlns? Its Effect at
Jackson, Ky., Jirne 29. As an evi
dence that Gen. Murray's iron-handed
policy in backing up Police Judge
Cardwell is working well here, Tom
Tharprt, arrested Saturday night for
shooting in the town limits, was
fined $20 and costs. Sandy O'Connor
and Joe Palmer, who broke up a re
ligious worship two miles from town,
were fined $15 and costs each. This is
unusual in Jackson. Murray's orders
btive cowed the lawless, and not a
shot was fired on Sunday.
LIGHTNING'S QUEER FREAK.
A. H. Alexander Killed and Others
Prostrated In the Preshyterlan
Church at ev Concord, O.
Chicago, June 29. A dispatch to the
Chronicle from Zansville, O., says:
Lightning struck the Presbyterian
church at New Concord, Sunday night,
and killed A. H. Alexander, prostrated
his j-oung daughter in the same seat
beside him, and also Miss Hose Paden.
the organist. Clovis Allison, seated
near by, had one trousers leg ripned
from the hip downward and his shoe
torn completely off. A panic en
sued, in which several children were
Wreck Xear Local, O.
Pittsburg, Pa., June 29. The New
York and Chicago limited west-bound,
on the Pennsylvania, was wrecked near
Lucas, O., early Monday morning, but
no one was injured. The accident
was caused by a Toledo passenger
train crushing into the observation
"car on the rear of the limited. One
lady, name not known, was slightly
cut. The other passengers escaped
with a shaking up.
VISITED JETT AND WHITE.
The Jailer at Lexington, Ky, Is
Careful to Know What Is
Lexington, Ky., June 29. B. F.
French, attorney for Jett and White,
and Attorney By rd of the prosecu
tion in the Marcuri case arrived here
Mondaj-. Mr. French called on the
prisoners, but Jailer Wallace stood at
his side during the half-hour. French
says he will prove that another per
son shot Marcum.
Castellanes Election Validated.
Paris, June 29. The chamber of
deputies to-day adopted the report of
the committee valididating the elec
tion of Count Boni De Castellane.
First TennM Artillery.
The Vicksburg National Fark
Commission is endeavoring to get
information that will assist in locat
ing the positions of the First Ten
nessee Heavy Artillery engaged in
the defense of Vicksburg in the
summer of 18G3. The names of
the officers of that organization were
Capt. William H. Dismukes, Ney
land, Norman, Capt. Parks, Capts.
J. B. Caruthers, T. X. Johnston and
J. P. Lynch. It was one of these
companies or batteries that served
the guns which were the cause of
the sinking of the gunboat Cincin
nati of Porter's y fleet, and it is
thought probable that there are sur
vivors of those commands in Ten
nessee now who could give the de
sired information. As a means to
attain this end, it -is thought that
the newspapers would be a direct
medium, and therefore Chairman
Bigby has sought the aid of the
press of the State.
State Superintendent of Public
Instruction Mynders has given no
tice that on-July 16 and 17 exam
inations for one year scholarships in
the Peabody Teachers' College will
be held in nearly all the senatorial
districts. The following districts
are included :
Twenty-fourth Henry ami Car
roll. Twenty-sixth Hardeman, Mc-Nain-,
Hardin, Decatur and Ben
ton. Twenty-seventh Gibson.
Twenty-eighth Lake, Obion and
Twentv-ninth Dver, Lauderdale
Thirtieth Tipton and Bradley.
The examinations will be under
the supervision of the county super
intendents. Killed Both Attackers.
A dual killing occurred at Grassy
Springs, Hancock county, last week.
It may terminate in three deaths,
as the third party to the affair now
lies in a precarious condition.
George Mabe and his son, Lon
Mabe, it is said, attacked Charles
Maxey, who married George Mabe's
datighter. It is claimed that the
father and son precipitated the trou
ble with Maxej' because of the lat
ter's domestic affairs. When Max
ey was attacked he was shot twice,
and, it is claimed, he retaliated at
once by killing George Mabe and
then he took Mabe's pistol from the
dead body and with it shot and
killed Lon Mabe. Maxey is gener
ally credited with having acted in
self-defense. Maxey will die. His
wfTunds are very serious and are be
lieved to be fatal.
It is estimated that there will be
about an average tobacco crop in
the section around Clarksville this
year, and the weed now in the field
is doing as well as could be expected,
the cool weather considered. On
the breaks the market opened well
this week, leaf and lugs bringing
good prices. The medium grades
are not selling so well. The market
is full of orders.
Open for Business.
The Hardeman County Savings
Bank, which was organized some
time ago at Bolivar, has fixed up
quarters in the Kahn block and is
now doing a full banking business.
The fixtures are of the latest pat
tern, the safe is burglar proof and of
the newest design. The stock
holders of the institution are among
the most prominent citizens of the
A Generous Uncle.
C. C. Davidson, of Knoxville, has
been advertising for several days,
trying, to find an uncle, Michael
Davidson. He received a letter last
week from Sheriff Beverly of Collin
county, Texas, telling him that his
uncle was dead, but had left him
thousands of acres of land lying in
Collin, Anderson, Boyer and Gray
Hurt In Runaway.
Tom Adams, living near Gleason,
was seriously hurt last week in a
runaway, throwing him against the
fence, tearing his leg and seriously
injuring him. Roy Brasfield was
with him, but escaped injury. Ad
ams will recover.
a Evidence of Prosperity.
As evidence of he prosperity the
people of Lauderdale county are en
joying the published delinquent tax
list on real estate just issued by
Trustee J. B. Mitchell gives some
interesting figures. In said list the
total number of delinquents are only
29 and the aggregate amount due
the nominal sum of $243.18 for the
year 1902. This is a fine showing,
and possibly no county in the State
can make a better one.
Broke Limb at Ankle.
Miss Dallie Greene, daughter of
J. H. Greene of Vale, who was at
tending the Peabody State Institute
at Huntingdon, fell down the steps
at the Young boarding house last
week and broke one of her limbs at
the ankle. The injury caused the
young lady great suffering and it is
thought that she will be permanent
Telephone Franchise Wanted. '
There are rumors afloat in Nash'
ville that the Tennessee Telephone
Company, backed by Harvey Mejers
of Covington, Ky., will present a
bill in the city council asking for ai
franchise for a telephone company.
This project is believed to be con
nected with the "hot air" conduit
franchise recently voted. ;
Peculiar Bankruptcy Case.
A peculiar petition in bankruptcy
was filed in Knoxville last week
when Walter Patrick, a brickmason,
asked to be adjudged a bankrupt,
with liabilities of $52. It cost him
$37 to take the bankruptcy law and'
$10 attorney's fee. Creditors would
no doubt have been glad to settle on
Looking: for a Bigamist.
A warrant is out at Chattanooga
for the arrest of a man giving hi
name as Newell Lexington Black-'
burn, claiming to be a relative of
United States Senator Blackburn,
on the charge of bigamy. A woman,
whose former name was Blessings
claims that Blackburn induced her,
to marry him, and that she after
ward found that he married another
woman who lives at Eochelle, Ga. :
Resented a Blow.
W. J. Stegall, one of the largest
and wealthiest residents of Fayette
ville, was killed last week by being
struck on the head with some wea
pon in the hands of a half crazed
negress, Mag Nix. The woman
claims Stegall wanted her to do
some work and upon her refusing,
he struck her with his stick. Then
she killed him. Stegall was 74
years of age.
Improving; the Roads.
Several large forces of hands with
the latest road machinery are at
work on the various highways of
Montgomery county, arid the au
thorities are prosecuting a systemat
ic plan of improving the road3
throughout that county. Large
sums of money are being spent on
this road work and it is proposed to
have the best roads in the State in.
Twelve Years for Murder.
At Ashland City, last week, Clay
Mathews was given twelve years for
the murder last October of his fath
er, Henry Mathews. The crime is
said to have been one of the most
brutal ever committed in this sec-,
tion of the State.
Jumped Board and Train.
Frank Arwood, wanted in Sevier
county for jumping his board and
on a charge of larceny, was arrested
at Lafollette last week. While be
ing carried to Knoxville he jumped
from a train handcuffed and ran to
Quits Law for Literature.
Prof. John William Farr, whose
actions have attracted the attention
of the press of the State, has sold
his Nashville college of law to J. J.
Wright, of Washington, and has
signed a contract to have nothing to )
do with any school in the State ia
any capacity for a period of twenty
five years. Farr announces that he
has quit law for literature.
Strang to a Tree.
Charles Jones, the negro accused
of criminal assault on 12-year-old
Margaret Bruce, at Elk Valley last
week, was caught during the night
and imemdiatelv taken before his
little victim, who identified him.
Jones broke down then and con
fessed. He was promptly strung
up to a tree at daylight and his body
riddled with bullets.
Eyes to the East.
It i6 anonunced bv an official of
the Tennessee Central that this road
will build to Knoxville in the next
three months. An Eastern outlet
from Harriman is asked and de
sired, and for this reason the road
has been endeavoring to enter Har
riman, and then will seek an outlet
from that place.
Wheat Estimate Very Low.
The State commissioner of agri
culture's crop report from over the
State shows that wheat everywhere
is estimated very low, a full crop
not being reported anywhere. All
the reports have not been received,
but the outlook is decidedly unfa
vorable. Drowned While Seining:.
D. C. Blessing, a farmer who lived
near Shelbyville, was drowned in
Duck river last week, while seining