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VOL. XXXIX-NO. 9.
BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1903.
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15e BOUNTIFUL GOD
Every Cood and Perfect Gift Is
Thanksgiving Zmy Sermon by the "Highway and
I Ctolcago. Sunday, Nov. 22, 1903.
Text "Every good and perfect gift is
from above, and cometh down from the Fa
ther of Lights, with Whom Is no variable
ness, neither shadow of turning." James
USTOM has estab
lished in this coun
try an annual
and the nation has
again been called
to recognize in a
special and fitting
manner on that
day the blessings
and mercies of God
to us as individ
uals, as well as a
-S3"V nation. There has
been a tendency,
since the day became fixed as a na
tional holiday, and was regularly des
ignated each year as such, to subordi
nate the true spirit and purpose of the
day to the sports and festivities which
have crowded into its observance. It
is the day of the great football con
tests, it is the day of feasting, and par
ties and marry making and pleasure
seeking, but it is no longer the day which
fills the churches with their devout con
gregations whose hearts rise to God
In thankful recognition of His goodness
and mercies. In old New England, where
the day as observed in this country had
Its origin, Harriet Beecher Stowe tells
us that, "great as the preparations were
for the dinner and the festivities of the
day, everything was so contrived that
not a soul in the house should be kept
from the morning service of Thanksgiv
ing in the church." But to-day it is not
so. Church attendance is the excep
tion rather than the rule. In most places
the union service of half a dozen differ
ent churches has hard work mustering a
respectable audience. Instead of every
church being filled with its thank-offering,
praise-giving people, the large ma
jority of them stand mute and empty,
while the families which should be
there are busy with the pleasures and
festivities of the day. This Is dishonor
ing to God, a violation of the purpose of
the day, and disrespectful indifference
to the request of the president, that the
people of the land shall gather in their
respective houses of worship and there
render unto God thanksgiving for the
blessings which He has bestowed during
the past year.
THUS is lost to the individual and,
through the individual, to the na
tion the real power and blessing of
Thanksgiving day. Our text reminds us
that God is the giver of all good. The
tremendous crops of grains and fruits
and vegetables of which this nation
boast and of which abundance thou
sands of ton3 of food stuffs are sent to
feed other nations, all come from God.
The coal and iron and gold which man
takes out of the bowels of the earth
and by which he is warmed and -his in
dustries created and run were first
hidden in the ground by God. The fish
of the rivers and lake3 and seas, the
fowls of the air, the cattle and sheop
and horses on the thousand hiMs and
the plains are the gift of God for the
blessing of man. The very life which
throbs in man's veins and makes him
different from the rocks which lie cold
and motionless at his feet comes froa.
God. The sunshine and the rain are
tent by God. All, all comes from God,
for "every good and perfect gift Is
from above and cometh down from the
Father of Lights." And because this
is true we call our Heavenly Father the
Bountiful God, and at Thanksgiving
time His bountifulness should receive
special recognition. Devout md hum
ble thanksgiving should rise from
every heart to God Who gives all good
end perfect gifts. Our Thanksgiving
message is of the Bountiful God, and
we want to take away the indefinite
and meaningless thought of God and
engraft in its place a deep conscious
ness of the personal relations of God
the Creator and Giver to man the crea
ture and the recipient. The farmer
needs to lift his gaze above the tassel
ing corn tops and the crowded barns
p.nd granaries; the man in commercial
life must look above the gold which
jingles over his counter as he buys and
pells; the clerk at his desk or behind
the counter and the workman at his
bench should s?e beyond and above the
task and the pay envelope which the
employer passes out; the professor's
books should lift higher than the hu
man; the scientist's telescope should
reach beyond the stars. There should
be a consciousness of God in the heart
of all that He is the Bountiful God,
the Giver of all good. This is not
merely sentiment; it is a definite con
ception of God based upon fact.
GOD as the Giver of all good must
be the source of all good. Con
Eider this proposition carefully. It
suggests God as the proprietor of the
vast supply house of the universe. As
Creator, God has filled this supply
house with every good and perfect gift
for man. As Ruler of the universe,
He has maintained the supply through
out the ages of man's existence upon
earth. And as Giver He has bestowed
these inexhaustible gifts upon man.
Let us consider first, then, God as
Creator. Evolution cannot eliminate
God as the primary factor fiom His
universe- The theory of evolution may
explain the orderly-metnods by which
God's infinite power has called into
being every created thing, but it does
not explain God away, neither does It
disprove the story of creation as re
corded in th$ inspired Word of God.
Bestowed by His Loving Hand.
by J. M. Edson.)
God has planted the earth with the
myriad forms of plant life that man
might be supplied with food, and rai
ment, and shelter. He has swung the
great sun in the blue vault of the
heavens that it might give light and
warmth and perpetuate the various
forms of life which had been placed
upon the earth. He sends the rain and
the dew to refresh the earth and make
it bring forth abundantly. He stored
within the bosom of old Mother Earth
every conceivable treasure the coal,
the gas, the oil, the gold, the silver,
the baser metals, the precious stones
everything which man has discovered
and utilized for comfort, for utility, for
adornment, was first molded into form
by the touch of God and placed where
man could find it. And the fact that
the devil, the original squatter and
claim Jumper of the world, has per
verted to his uses the created things of
God, and has spread himself over the
earth as sole proprietor and owner,
does not give man his warrant for a like
attitude. The evil heart of man has
fallen Into the devil's way of thinking
and acting, and God is forgotten as the
Creator. Man gathers and enjoys the
wealth and bounty of the earth, and
lifts never a thought toward God as the
Creator of all that the earth contains.
GOD as Ruler of the universe main
tains that which He has created.
God at all times sustains an intimate
relationship to His " created world.
Man usually Is not conscious of it. The
tendency to materialism blinds the
heart to the thought of God as an ac
tive agent in every manifestation of na
ture. The farmer sows his seed, and
cultivates his field and gathers his
crop and says: "I sowed the seed, I
tended the growing grain, I reaped
and gathered into the barns. My
fields produced so much. It is all
mine." And God's part in the whole
transaction is forgotten. As the
farmer sowed the seed he forgot
that each tiny grain had within its
heart the germ of life which God and
God only could place there. While he
waited for the seed to push its tender
sprout up through the yielding soil, he
Sailed to consider the mighty forces of
nature at work to transform that seed
into a growing, productive plant. But
sun and rain and nourishing soil were
busy with that mysterious something
called life, which man knows exists iu
its myriad forms, but which he cannot
understand or explain. As the farmer
cultivated the growing grain he forgot
that it was not he who was making it
grow. He could help it grow, but" it
was not his effort nor power" which
transformed sunshine and rain and
black soil into green stalk and tasse
ing ear. As he reaped the grain and
the noisy thresher sent forth its gold
en stream of ripened seed, Jie only saw
so much flour and so much seed corn
for sowing in the springtime. He did
not think of God's power which had
packed each little kernel full of nour
ishing food and creative life, but it was
what God put there which made the
grain worth cultivating and gathering.
Man forgets, until sometimes the
drought dries up the grain and makes
him turn to God and pray for the
needed rain. or the excessive rains
drown out the crops and force the ear
nest supplication for the blessed sun
shine. But to-day even God's control
over the weather Is lightly spoken of
and the weather forecasters of the '
country are credited with making the
rain anu uie sunsnine, ine storm and
the calm. It is not done seriously, we
know, but the jest oft repeated becomes
the prevailing thought. What is the
weather man going to give us to-day?
is the way the question is asked. What
the weather man gave is the way it Is
talked about. And he is praised or
scolded, according to the quality of the
weather experienced and the kind
wanted. This criticism may seem triv
ial, but" when you consider how the
thought of God's rule and control is
being crowded out of every condition
and circumstance of life. I believe you
will admit that in this jesting there is
THE Psalmist exclaims of the Bounti
ful God: "Thou crownest the year
with Thy goodness; and Thy paths
drop fatness." God is the Giver of
the good which He has created and
which His power maintains. And here
arises a difficulty which troubles a
great many people. If God is the giver
of all good, why does He seemingly dis
tribute so unevenly? To explain this
fully and satisfactorily we should have
to be as wise as God and see the end
troru the beginning. Probably the in
equalities of the lot of Lazarus and the
rich man created discussion and was
one of the enigmas of life which puz
zled the world then as it does to-day,
but in the light of eternity, as Jesus'
draws the curtain and reveals the mys
teries of Heaven, no one finds it hard
to choose between the good thing
which the rich man enjoyed and lost
and the good things which Lazarus was
denied in this life and which were
found awaiting him in the realms of
eternity. This parable suggests a par
tial explanation at least why the ma
terial bounties cf this world are be
stowed so unevenly. God withheld
from Lazarus the good things of this
world that He might give to him the
treasures of Heaven. If Lazavas had
bad tie wealth of the rich mm he
might have been as selfish and blind
spiritually as was the rich man, and
mi&Qt Lav bartered his soul for t
ease and pleasure of this world. TW,
as we have said, may suggest a partial
explanation of the difficulty, and fur
ther light may be found by remember
ing that while God is the giver of every
good thing in the world, man to a very
great extent determines how much of
that good he will be possessed of. It
has been declared that any person can
become rich who makes that the life's
ambition and who subordinates every
other thing in life to that one con
suming desire. Man lays violent hands
upon the material good which God has
created and bestowed upon the human
race and perverts It to his own sel'flsh i
use. And on the other hand man may
be intrusted by God with great riches
and minister them under this direction
to the blessing of his fellow men. But
whether man has much or little, God
is primarily the giver of it. And how
much He is giving to man year by year!
Surely, God does crown the year with
goodness and His paths do drop fat
ness. "Oh, that men would praise the
Lord for His goodness, and for His won
derful works to the children of men."
THE gifts of God to men are of two
kinds temporal and spiritual.
And if God is a Bountiful God in His
provision for the temporal needs of the
world, what must we say for what God
has bestowed upon man in the way of
spiritual gifts? The latter far out
weigh the former In value and Im
portance. It is a low order of life
which can feel gratitude to God only
when the stomach Is full and the body
rests In ease and comfort. Burns' lines,
"Some hae meat and canna eat.
And some would eat tfcat want it;
But we'hae meat, and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thanklt."
is about as far as a great many people '
get in the realization of the bounties of
God and their gratitude to Him for His
gifts. Others are thankful for what !
circumstances have made them, as was !
Thales, one of the seven wise men of
Greece, who used to express thanks for
three things: That he was born a rea
sonable creature, and not a beast; a
man, and not a woman; a Greek, and
not a barbarian. But God's richest
bounties are found in a realm above
that which involves the material life
and the conditions and needs of the
body. Man may well thank God that ha
has been born a reasonable creature,
and not a beast, but that he has been en
dowed with an undying soul and thnt
God's inexhaustible riches of grace ate
offered full and free to his soul are
worthy of eternal thanksgiving. We
who are born in this country may well
be glad that a heathen land was not our
home, but the refined and cultured soul
in the civilized land without Christ is
as miserably lost as the most benighted
heathen, and with a greater Weight of
responsibility resting upon it. A great
er thing to be thankful for is for spirit
ual birth into the kingdom of Jesus
Christ by faith in Him, and that birth
in a civilized land with all its enlighten
ment and privileges has called you and
equipped you for service to the heathen
world in its greatest need, which is
Christ. The "good and the - perfect
gifts" which God has bestowed upon
the world are not chiefly temporal, but
are spiritual. - The Bountiful God has
looked beyond the span of the nafural
life and made provision for the eternal
welfare and needs of the soul. Christ ,
and salvation, the indwelling Spirit and
the fruits of His presence of "love, Joy,
peace, long-suffering, gentleness, good
ness, faith, meekness, temperance,"
these are the greater gifts which the
Bountiful God has bestowed upon man
kind. Surely man ought to render unto
God thanks because God's supreme
thought through the ages has been the
salvation and sanc'.lflcation of mankind.
VVHAT, then," says the Psalmist,
vv "shall I render unto the Lord
for all His benefits toward me?"
Thanksgiving, which shall find Its ex
pression in thanksliving. A thankful
heart is not dependent upon the abun
dance of the possessions of this world.
Henry Dorsey Gough, a wealthy Mary
land planter of the slavery days, and a
Godly man, tells this incident: While
riding one day to one of his planta
tions, he heard the voice of prayer and
praise In a cabfh, and, listening, dis
covered that a negro from a neighbor
ing estate was leading the devotions of
his own slaves, and offering fervent
thanksgiving for the blessings of .his
depressed lot. His heart was deeply
touched and with emotion he ex
claimed: "Alas, O Lord! I have my
thousands, and tens of thousands, and
yet, ungrateful wretch tjb&t I am. I
never thank Thee, as this poor slave
does, who has scarcely clothes to put
on, or food to satisfy his hunger!"
He never forgot the lesson. He real
ized then as never before that the
riches of the presence cf Christ In the
heart brought greater joy and blessing
than could all the material comforts
and possessions of the world. We
must remember all of God's benefits,
but above all the spiritual blessings.
And the thanksliving is a true gauge
to the depth and genuineness of the
thanksgiving. Thanksgiving which Is i
no longer than the church service and j
no deeper than the stomach Is a brand
which may be popular in the world, but
it is not acceptable to God. Thanks
giving should find expression In the at
titude, of the recipient towards the
benefactor. and in the use which Is
made of the gift If it Is true as Scrip
ture declares that "every good and
perfect gift Is from above and cometh
down from the Father of Lights." then
the recipient should be in close sym
pathy and fellowship with God and
loyal to His demands upon him. In
the use of the gifts and blessings, be
they what they may, the thought of
their source should sanctify their use.
In the bestowment of His gifts God
"knows no variableness, neither
shadow of turning," and in our thanks
giving and thanksliving we In turn
should be steadfast and faithful.
A man's happiness may depend upon
the load h is capable of carrying.
Summary of the Findings in Fourth
Assistant Postmaster General
MOST ASTOUNDING RASCALITY
IS SHOWN TO HAVE EXISTED.
An Ornanlreil Band of Graftera Sys
tematically I'lunderrd the Public
Troaiurj-Tlie President Kx
lircNNCH His Indignation and
lrse Iroint I'nnlshinent.
Washington, Nov. 30. Following is a
summary' cf the findings presented in
the report of Fourth Assistant Post
master General Bristow with reference
to the post office scandals:
"More than forty inspectors have
been employed upon this work, some ol
them continuously every day since the
investigation began. The records of 1,
000 post offices have been examined,
and the files of many divisions of the
department, covering a period of from
six to ten years, scrutinized.
'The system of organized corruption
that has been disclosed began in 1893
and continued until stopped by this in
vestigation. The amount of money se
cured by the corrupt officials and their
confederates is small as compared to
th2 total loss to the government. To
illustrate: There is no evidence that
Louis received any compensation from
Ault & Wiborg, yet during the first
year of his administration the expendi
tures for canceling ink increased over
"It does not appear that Kempner re
ceived money from the manifold com
pany, yet the cost of manifold supplies
Increased more than $40,000 a year.
"Barrett received but $C,000 from Ar
nold, yet that company defrauded the
people out of over $3,000,000.
"Machen probably did not receive
more than $26,000 from the Groff fast
ener, yet the government has paid ap
proximately $130,000 for that device,
which represents a net loss, since the
department continued, by the terms of
the contract for letter boxes, to pay for
the original fasteners.
"Beavers and his associates received
less than $20,000 from the automatic
cashier, yet the department expended
$74,275 for this wholly unnecessary ma
chine. "The total amount that the perpe
trators of these frauds themselves re
ceievd can 'not be definitely learned,
but it will aggregate between $300,000
and $400,000, while the loss to the gov
ernment, considering the unnecessary
supplies that have been purchased and
the inferior quality of those furnished
by fraudulent contractors, can not be
estimated with any degree of accuracy.
"As the gross abuses have been
brought to light they have been
promptly corrected by the proper de
partment officers. Contracts where
fraud has been discovered have been
"As a result of the investigation four
officers and employes of the department
have resigned and thirteen have been
removed. Forty-four indictments have
been found. Involving thirty-one per
sons, ten of whom have been connected
with the postal service."
In a memorandum accompanying the
report the president expresses his in
dignation that such a state of affairs
should exist, and urges the prompt
trial and punishment of the offenders.
FRANCIS M. DRAKE'S WILL.
The Missing; Document Fonnil In the
Office of the Scottish Rite Con
sistory at De Moines, la.
Des Moines, In. .Nov. 30. The missing
will of the late Francis M. Drake was
found Sunday night among some pa
pers in the office of the Des Moines
consistory, Scottish Rite masons, of
which order Gov. Drake was a member.
It was forwarded at once by registered
letter, to Centerville for probate. By its
terms the six children, including Mil
lie D. Shonts, Jennie Sawyers, Eva D.
Goss, F. E. Drake, John A. Drake and
Mary Lord Sturdevant "share equally
and $50,000 goes to Drake university.
. The instrument was drawn January
26, 1897, and was given to Grand Re
corder Coleman for safe keeping. The
latter thought a later will had been
made, and gave the instrument no
thought during the fruitless search for
it at Centerville.
AIIeKcd Safe Blower Arrested.
Salida, Col., Nov. 30. Sherman Ber
lin, said to be wanted at McCook, Neb.,
on the charge of blowing open a safe
in the McCook branch office of the Fi
delity & Casualty association, of New
York city, last June, has been arrest
ed at Whitehorn, a mining camp in
Kiit ire Family Wiped It at.
Moline, 111., Nov. 30. David Owens,
father of little Wilfred Owens, who was
burned to death, last Monday night,
died of Injuries received while endeav
oring to rescue his child. He was
burned, Sunday, with his wife, who
ChlruKU .Man Dropped Dead.
St. Louis, Nov. 30. John Kummer,
aged 60. a lumber dealer of Chicago,
fell dead while Raiting for a car at the
northwest corner of Third street and
"Washington avenue, Sunday evening.
St. Louis, Nov. 30. John Ramming,
an iron manufacturer, was overcome
by weakness in a cafe conducted by
Charles Weltz, at 16:55 Sunday night,
and did five minutes later,
Oil THE FOOTBALL FIELD
Nineteen Lives Lost On the Football
' Field In the Season of 1903.
Tli i a Itecord Is Supplemented With
One Boy Driven Inns, lie and
Some Disabled for Life.
Chicago, Nov. 30. The Tribune of
Monday morning says:
Nineteen lives were lost on the foot
ball field during the season of 1903.
One boy was driven insane from in
juries. Thirteen players were severely
injured, some of them being disabled
for life. The number of minor but
painful accidents goes into the hun
dreds, and the list of the severely in
jured necessarily also is also incom
plete. The feature of the year's tabulation
is thatTlt shows the serious casualties
practically were confined to untrained
players. No member of any first class
elevens was killed or permanently dis
abled. One Yale player and one Har
vard player suffered a broken leg.
No player in any of the teams of the
"big nine" in the west was the vic
tim of any hurt worse than a
wrenched shoulder, a bruised head, a
sprained knee or a turned ankle.
In consequence of the injuries sus
tained by their players several of the
minor schools have forbidden the game
of foot ball. Two towns Columbus
Junction, Pa., and Greenfield, O. have
stopped the sport as the result of pe
titions circulated by parents.
NEW MEXICO A COAL CENTER.
Her Output is Only Limited By the
Aumber of Miners and Trans
Washington, Nov. 30. J. E. Sheridan,
United States mining inspector for New
Mexico, in his annual report says the
demand for coal in the -territory has
excelled the supply, notwithstanding
the substitution of oil for fuel on 2,
000 miles t-f railroad. Great strides
have been made in the territory's coal
industry ani the report says:
"Given, artple transportation facili
ties aal a sufficient number of miners,
the Nev Mexico coal mines are to-day
develone I and equipped to quadruple
the output, or produce 5.000,01)0 tons
per aniium, which can be easily in
creased to J.-..00O.0O0 rr 20,000,000 tons,
or ten times that amount with further
increase of development and equip
ment. THERE WAS NO LOSS OF LIFE.
Two Accidents in Paris Similar to
the Great Catastrophe of.
AuifUKt lO Last.
Paris, Nov. 30. There were two acci
dents on the Metropolitan Electric un
derground railroad Monday, somewhat
similar to the great catastrophe of Au
gust 10, but there was no loss of life. In ;
each case a car was burned between j
stations, causing the passengers to j
seek for escape along the tracks. As j
the accidents occurred in open stretcnes
of track, the dense smoke escaped and
the dangers of suffocating were avert
ed. Ths first reports had it that an
other catastrophe had occurred, which
caused some excitement throughout the
MINERS RESUMING WORK.
Nearly Two-Thirds of the Coal Min
ers In the Northern Colorado
Kield Resume Work.
Denver, Col., Nov. 30. Nearly two
thirds of the 2,000 miners of the north
ern Colorado coal fields resumed work
Monday and it is expected that within
a week or two the full force will be at
The announcement of the settlement
of the strike in the northern district
was the cause of general rejoicing in
all business circles, for it means an
end to the coal shortage.
HOpes are entertained that the con
ference of union officials to be held at
Trinidad on Wednesday will lead to a
settlement of the strike in the southern
AGAINST DAKOTA DIVORCES.
An Iowa Judge Holds That Inder
Certain Conditions Dakota Di
vorees are Null and Void.
Des Moines,Ia,Nov. 30. Judge James
E. Howe, of the district court, holds
that a decree granted under the Da
kota divorce statutes, if it is proven
tne non-resident litigant resides there
merely for "the purpose of securing a'
divorce, is null and void. The decision
was rendered in the Fagen case, where
in a widow sued to recover her dower
rights and was resisted on the ground
that her husband had divorced her
prior to his death. The court holds the
Dakota decree to be invalid.
llecnuke He Ilefnsed to tnit.
Denver, Col., Nov. 30. An attempt
was made Sunday to blow up the home
of Robert A. Vallat, at Globeville, a
machinist at the Globe smelter who re
fused to quit work when ordered by the
union. Considerable damage was done
but no one was hurt.
The Battle of Franklin.
St. Louis, Nov. 30. The annivesary
of the battle of Franklin, a conflict of
the civil war, which is claimed by con
federate historians to have been a vic
tory for the iost Cause, was celebrat
ed, Monday, by Missouri veterans who
Killed While Cleaning Shotgun.
Centralis, 111., Nov. 30. George Ut
treback, a farmer near Centralia, was
accidentally shot nad killed while
cleaning a shotgun Sunday. The entire
load took effect in his stomach, and
be died instantly,
Stature Reduced Two Inches.
Daniel J. Blackwell, a Nashville
fireman who sustained broken legs
in an accident July 30, will soon
leave tie city hospital, reduced in
stature two inches. As a compensa
tion he will have saved both his
legs. Both of Blackwell's legs were
broken above the knee, and when
taken to the hospital they were
placed in splints and then in plaster.
An investigation of one leg later
showed that it had not properly
healed. In order to save the leg a
portion of the bone was removed
and the parts were bandaged to
gether. A similar operation was
necessary as to the other leg, the
bone being fastened together with
a silver clasp, holes being bored
through the bones in the operation.
In each operation the bone was re
duced in length about two inches.
The injured man is recovering the
use of the leg first operated upon,
and the other is healing rapidly.
Sensation at Halls.
A surprise was sprung on the
people of ITalls last week when the
fact became known that Mrs. Sue
Parker, wife of J. B. Parker, resid
ing in Crockett county, five miles
east of town, had instituted suit in
the Circuit Court against Mrs.
Sarali Farmer, of that place, for
$10,000 damages. Mrs. Parker al
leges that the defendant had won,
or was seeking to win, the affections
of her husband, with whom she had
riot been living income time. Both
Attorney Parker and Mrs. Farmer
are in excellent financial circum
stances, and all parties concerned are
highly respected. Never before in
the history of the town has a case
attracted so much attention and it
is estimated that one-fourth of the
population of the place will be wit
nesses. Mrs. Farmer has been a
widow alout twelve years and is past
the middle age of life.
New Street Railroad for Memphis, i
After a fight extending over
months St. Louis capitalists were
granted a franchise for a street rail
road in Memphis last week. The con
cern will be known as the City
Street Railroad Company, and Cor
win II. Spencer, vice president of
the World's Fair Association; J. G.
McGannon and T. G. McXair arc
the wealthiest backers. The com
pany is given until January. 1 to ac
cept the terms and deposit the $50,
000 guarantee. Investigation shows
the promoters of the new enterprise
to be amply able to carry out their
part of the project.
Three in One Day.
There were three convictions in
murder cases in the Circuit Court of
Roane county in one day last week.
Bob Sharks was convicted of mur
der in the first degree and will be
sentenced to pay the death penalty.
Sam Sharks was convicted of mur
der in the second degree and sen
tenced to twenty years. James Cox,
aged 70, was conviced of murder in
the second degree and sentenced to
ten years. Cox killed a man named
Watkins last January. The Sharks
brothers engaged in a fight on a train
in May last with Matt Swiftgood and
stabbed him to death.
Mrs. Bracken Cremated.
Mrs. Silas Bracken was burned to
death in Murfreesburo last week.
The family was occupying an out
building while their residence was
being remodeled and the structure
was destroyed. It is supposed that
she was suffocated in an attempt to
suppress her clothing, that caught
fire from the stove. Mrs. liracken
was Miss Mai Belle Gregory before
her marriage, and several years ago
was acknowledged the most beautiful
woman in America in a contest con
ducted by a New York newspaper.
Snuff Plant Bought.
The American Snuff Company has
purchased the plant and business
of the Meriwether Snuff and Tobac
co Company at Clarksville, but the
local management denies the rumor
that tbe American people have
bought out the Standard bnult Com
pany of Nashville, as recently re
Camden Breaking Records.
Camden is experiencing unprece
dented prosperty, the leading mer
chants selling at least a third more
oroods than in anv preceding year.
O - M j. - j t
Produce of all kinds demands good
prices and finds a ready market.
Fund for Caleb Powers.
J. II. Moore, of Barboursville,
Ky.. called and held a meeting of
prominent Republicans in Knoxville
last Meek for the purpose of arousing
interest in the Caleb Powers case,
Moore made a hot speech in which
he attacked the court, lawyers and
witnesses who convicted Powers, and
then asked for contributions. Sev
eral were made and a subscription
list was started, which will be ex
tensively circulated in that section
of the State in behalf of Powers.
State News j
To Build Electric Line.
The McMinville, Woodbury and
Nashville Electric Railway has been
reorganized by the election of the
following officers: President, C. M.
Henley, Columbus, O.; vice-presi-.
dent, W. B. Bells, Indianapolis,
lnd. ; secretary and general manager,
II. M. Zrcgler, Columbus, 0. The
construction of the road will begin
at once, the Ellis Construction Com
pany of Chicago, having the con
tract. Mr. Ziegler will movo to
Nashville and take charge of affairs.
Isadore Newman's Donation.
It was announced at a meeting of
the Nashville Y. M. C. A. last week
that Isadore Newman of New Or
leans had made the association a do
nation of $1,000. .His son, J. K.
Newman, recently subscribed $500
toward the reproduction of the Her
mitage at St. Louis. The Newman3
are largely interested in street rail
way property at Nashville and else
Will Pay All Charges.
Secretary Enloe of the Tennessee
World's Fair Commission, announceg
that the commission will pay freight
charges both ways on all manufact
urer's exhibits sent to the World'3
Fair and will also do what it can to
have the exhibits properly installed.
Manufacturers must make applica
tion for space and when it is as
signed them the State commission
willl send the goods.
A meeting in the interest of the
movement to reproduce the Hermit
age at the World s Fair was held in
Chattanooga last week. The va
rious committees were appointed and
the work outlined. Addresses were
made by Maj. E. B. Stahlman of
Nashville, and Col. B. A. Enloe,-secretary
of the State commission, and
Col. E. Watkins. The work is now
well under way.
Ejecting Their Miners.
The Coal Creek Coal Company
got out nine writs of possession last
week ajrainst the miners living m tno
company's houses, who refused to
jrive up the property after the itidg-
ment had been rendered against
them. These are miners who did not
join in the certiorari proceedings
issued after the trials to stop tne
company from getting possession of
its houses. No trouble is antici
pated, as other houses will be pro
vided for them by the miners union.
Walter Scott Drowned.
Walter Scott was drowned Jast
week, while attempting to cross the
Tennessee river in a dugout near
Pittsburg Landing. His body has
not been found. Mr. Scott was
born and lived near Shiloh battle
grounds and was an expert oarsman.
The Supreme Court last week held
the acts of the last legislature re
disricting five East Tennessee coun
ties, and thus reducing the number
of justices of the peace one-half, as
constitutional. The chief ground
taken by the court was that the act3
did not interfere with the right of
The Arkansas Association at the
Peabody Normal at Nashville, have
decided to give a banquet during
the Christmas holidays. Arkansas
students who are attending the other
schools of the city will be invited.
Dragged to Death.
Andrew Bond was filled last week
about eight miles from Covington.
He was hauling fuel when the pole
broke, throwing him under the
wheels. When picked up, after hav
ing been dragged a considerable dis
tance, he was dead.
Gen. Boynton Honored.
The Chattanooga park commis
mission last week officially named
the new pleasure ground owned by
the citv and located on Cameron
Hill, "Boynton Tark," in honor of
Gen. II. V. Boynton, chairman of
the Chickamauga national park, and
one . of Chattanooga's strongest
friends. Gen. Boynton accepted the
Cremated His Wife.
Green Weaver, whose wife was
burned to death and his house de
stroyed several days since at Tulla
homa, was arrested last week on a
warrant charging him with setting
his wife afire and causing her death.
Weaver is thought to be insane.
Twenty-eight Years a Fugitive.
Will Brake, who escaped from the
Tennessee prison twenty-eight years
ago, was returned to prison last
week, having been captured on a
farm in Cumberland cotinty, Ken
tucky, near Marrowbone, where he
had "lived for eleven years past.
Brake had only served six months of
a fifteen-year sentence for rape when
he escaped- He was recaptured in
Clay count-, this State, in 1893, but
escaped from his captors by getting
one of them drunk at Nashville.