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BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1904.
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Love as a Factor
IT IS THE INDISPENSABLE EQUIPMENT OF THE
Cinnon toy the "Highway
Chicago. Sunday, Jan. 31, 1904,
Text: "'Hereby know we love, because
He laid down His life for us; and we ought
to lay down our lives for the brethren.
But whoso hath the world's goods and
btholdeth his brother in neef, and shut
teth tip his compassion from him, how doth
the love of God abide In him? My little
children, let us not love In word, neither
with the tongue; but in deed and truth."
1 John 3:16-18.
HE supreme fact in
the world to-day is
that Jesus Christ
laid down His life
for the sins of the
world, and the su
upon the followers
of Christ is that of
telling others of
the One Who is
miehty to save.
With the new relation of the believer to
God through the cleansing power of
Jesus' blood comes a new relation to
the world lost in sin. The one saved, by
the very nature of the new power which
has become operative in his life, must
himself become a soul-winner. The
man brought from the sinking ship to
the shore in the breeches-buoy becomes
one more man at the end of the life line
to draw others from the brink of death
to safety on shore. As Christ reaches
out and saves it is that the one saved
may become another channel through
which redeeming grace may reach those
still in peril. Far out in the surging
waves of sin the precious human souls
are going down to death. Christ throws
out link bv link the human chain to
reach the sinking ones and draw them to
Him. He is mighty to save. His arm is
strong, and from it flows to His follow
ers a never-failing current of power.
But suppose the human chain is too
short to reach that perishing soul far,
far out in the grasp of the dashing
THINK of the life-savers on the shore
I battling with the waves and, with
that heroism which braves death itself,
seeking to save the precious lives of
those struggling in the dark waters.
With strong hand clasped In strong
hand the men stretch the human life
line far out into the raging sea. The
waves break in mad fury about them as
though filled with angry fear of losing
their human prey. The wind howls in
cruel glee and lashes the foaming
waters until they seem possessed with
a fury and power born of hell. But the
brave men hear not the shrieking wind
nor do they hesitate before the awful
breakers, for just before them going
down to death is a human life. The
white face has turned towards them in
mute appeal, the bands are thrust out
in desperation. The human life line
si retches every muscle and nerve. Al
most they have reached the drowning
man. Another wave may bring him with
in reach of their strong hands. But no!
Oh, God! just when salvation seemed
rear, another wave came and swept him
out of reach. The line is too short!
"Out a little farther!" is the cry which
goes up. And the man on the shore
shouts back: "Another man is needed.
My God! for another man." One of
the rescued ones springs up from the
cands where he has been resting after
his awful battle with the waves and be
comes part of that life line. It reaches
farther out into the surf, now. The
drowning man is reached just as he is
sinking out of sight forever. A shout of
joy goes up which sounds above the rag
ing of the storm, and the precious life
is brought safe upon the shore. As the
men crowd round, chafing the hands and
applying restoratives to the nearly
dead man, a glad cry of recognition
bursts from the lips of the last man to
join that life line the man who was
reeded to effect the rescue and he ex
claims: "My brother! my brother!'
Ah. what joy surged through his heart
as he realized what it had mean t for him
to become part of that life line.
AND Christ saves you, oh Christian,
that you may become part of the life
line reaching out into the world and
rescuing the precious souls going down
to eternal death in the black waters of
sin. Your failure to respond vhgn the
cry goes up: "Another man needed?
The line is too short!" may prevent th3
rescue of one far out in the waves. And
it may be -your own brother or sister,
your father or mother. A great many
prayers are requested for loved ones,
and there is much anxious thought and
even prayer for them, but, do you know,
I do not believe it will avail much in
rescuing the perishing ones unless the
one wishing to have the rescue effected
joins the life line and helps in drawing
to the glad shores of salvation. I may
ring my hands on the shore and cry In
agony to God for my dear ones still out
on the perilous waters of sin, but, unless
I become one of the life line, unless I
put one hand in the strong hand of my
Saviour and reach the other one out in
eager effort to draw the perishing one
to Jesus, my loved one may be lost for
ever light before my very eyes.
TH this truth clearly seen and
sincerely accepted comes the de
sire to know how to become a soul win
ner. Question of qualification and
equipment is at once raised. As we hear
our Lord say to us: "Go tell," we turn
to Him and, in fear and weakness, plead,
as Moses did of old: "Oh, Lord, I am
Blow of speech." And if it is not a stam
mering tongue it is something else
which we feel utterly unfits us for the
doing of that which the Lord has com
manded us to do. We feel that because
in Soul Winning
and Byway" Preacher.
by J. M. Edson.)
we have not the sturdy faith of a Peter,
or the power of argument of a Paul, or
the eloquence of an Apollos, we are not
able to become a soul winner. In false
modesty and humility we shrink back
from the post of duty and the life line
falls short. We think that if we could
speak as that other Christian speaks, or
if we knew our Bible as some other
one does, or it we had the consecration
and faith which are possessed by some
other brother or sister we would be glad
and eager to join the ranks of the soul
winners. But we have not, and so we
hesitate and go not at our Lord's com
mand. How much Bible knowledge does it
take to become a soul winner? Ask that
ignorant, humble laborer into whose
heart the Christ had gained entrance
and who went out among his fellow
workmen and repeated the one verse of
Scripture which he knew: "For God so
loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
upon Him should not perish, but have
How much wisdom and learning and
skill in argument does it take to become
a soul winner? Ask that little boy
whose infidel father sought to sow the
seeds of infidelity in his little heart and
so printed a sign, "God is Nowhere,"
and placed it on the walls of his home
and asked his son to read it. The little
fellow had been to Sunday school and
had learned of God and Jesus, the Sa
viour, and he promptly spelled out the
words and said: "God is Now Here."
And God was there, for the unexpected
reply sent the arrow of conviction
straight to the father's heart. The mass
of infidelity and unbelief was swept,
away as no argument could ever have
done, and a litte child it was who led the
father to Jesus.
Hyw much eloquence does it take to
become a soul winner? Ask that con
vert of the Water street mission, Billy
Kelly, who before his conversion was
barkeeper and sport. After he came to
Jesus he went to work at rough, hard
labor. He was surrounded by wicked,
drinking men. He longed to bring them
to Christ. He could not be eloquent in
pleading his Saviour's cause. He could
not even speak without stumbling and
faltering in his message. But he could
say: "I've been down to the mission,
and you better come, too." And they
did come at the simple invitation, and
found salvation, and Billy Kelly became
an important link in the life line reach
ing out for lost men. And so ignorance,
and weakness, and lack of Scriptural
knowledge are not a bar to entering the
ranks of the soul winners. There are Pe
ters to-day, there are Pauls and Apol
loses, and they are used mightily by
God, but, thank God! Jesus calls the one
talented and the half-talented and the
quarter-talented disciples into His ser
vice, and He blesses their efforts in the
saving of men. Learning, eloquence.
ileep understanding of the Bible enlarge
one's possibilities of service for the Mas
ter, but a qualification which is more im
portant than all these, and which all may
possess from the lowest to the highest,
from the weakest to the strongest, from
the unlettered artisan to the intellectual
giant, and which all must possess if they
would be in the ranks of the soul win
ners, is love simple, sweet, powerful
love. Love is an essential element in
soul winning. Whatever else may be
needed or not needed, this is certain, the
soul winner must have love.
N THAT Inimitable classic, the thir
teenth chapter of I Corinthians, Paul
tells us about love, the greatest thing
in the world. In words of marvelous
grace and simplicity, he shows that ell
knowledge, all power, all charity and
good works are absolutely a negative
quantity, in God's estimation, without
love. Faith yes, because "without
faith it is impossible to please God."
Hope yes, because "hope maketh not
ashamed," and because "hope as an an
chor to the soul is sure and steadfast."
But above all else love, for it is the
crowning glory of all else. As F. B.
Meyer beautifully puts it: "Faith is
the root, hope is the stem, and love is
the perfect flower." "God is love," and
hence is the source of love. "God so
loved that He gave." Herein is the
depth of God's love revealed. "God
commendeth His love towards us in
that while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us," here is conquering love.
"Hereby know we love, because He laid
down His life for us" here is love the
begetter of love. God's love not only
conquering, but God's love filling. Love
giving birth to love. We have then
God's love the true love revealed
through Christ; love conquering
through Christ, and love begetting love
through Christ. This is the love which
is a factor in soul winning. But it is
not the love which always rules in the
heart and life of Christ's followers.
Faith may be present in saving power;
the Christian graces and virtues may
be a possession of the heart and an ex
pression of the life; Christian service
may be faithfully and freely rendered.
but love may be lacking that love
which bleeds and suffers and dies that
souls may be saved.
PAUL, who loves to reach his climaxes
on the sublime pinnacle of love,
pleads with the Christian in the third
chapter of Colossians, to "above all
these things, put on love." And as we
glance back over the verses which pre
cede we discover that the apostle has
set r. high standard and placed a rare
value upon love. He says: "Put on
as God's elect, holy and beloved, i
heart of compassion, kindness, lowli
nes, meekness, long-suffering, for
bearing one another and forgiving one
another; even as the Lord forgave you,
so also do ye." But while that tower
ing peak of love is still ahead, Paul is
not satisfied, and he goes on to urge
that "above all these things put en
love." It is like climbing the Alps
While the loftiest peak is still ahead
and unsealed the mountaineer is unsat
isfied. He must press on until from the
summit he may view all the lesser
peaks. So the Christian is urged by
Paul to mount up and still up. Put
on compassion, but do not be content
to rest at that altitude. Put on kind
ness, but do not delude your heart into
the thought that kindness is the full
expression of the Christian life. Lift
up the eyes and behold the heights still
beyond. Attain meekness and long
suffering, and forbearance and forgive
ness, and still love, the "summum bo-
num," remains towering above all else.
Paul calls it the "bond of perfectness,"
as though love were the essential ele
ment needed to unite and make of the
others one harmonious whole.
I T IS as though one wishing to make a
1 garment should secure all the ma
terials, the cloth, the lining, the buttons,
the trimmings, etc., and should lay one
material after the other upon the person
and expect them to make one complete
whole. The cloth might be all that
could be desired, the lining good, the
trimmings and buttons just what were
needed, but if they were not securely
and properly joined the one to the other
in its proper place there would be no
garment at all. So it would be with the
character which had compassion here
and kindness there, meekness, longsuf
fering, forbearance, forgiveness, if love
were not present to make them one com
plete, and beautiful, and harmonious
whole. Compassion without love is It
possible? Yes! Kindness without love?
Yes! Long suffering, forbearance, for
giveness, without love? Yes! Foreom
passion is not love. Kindness, meekness,
etc., are not love. And so the Christian
life may be rich towards God in many
ways, but the essential element of love
may be lacking, and the greatest factor
in soul winning be missed.
Another phase of this question of love
as a factor in soul winning is suggested
by Paul's admonition In the twelfth of
Romans to "let love be without hypoc
risy." How the devil loves to counter
feit. He tries to pass the mintage of
hell as the genuine coins of the kingdom.
How much it behooves the Christian to
test for the true ring; to make sure that
he is not aiding in circulating a bogus
article instead of the real thing. "Let
love be without hypocrisy." Let it not
be a false and superficial love which is
devoid of inward inspiration and power.
That kind of love Is not soul winning
love. How we ought to subject ourselves
to the Searcher of all hearts to let Him
probe deep and discover if that which
we have supposed was love is only a
BUT may all be possessed of this true,
soul-winning love? Yea. verily, for
God gave that love might be expressed
and Christ gave Himself that love might
be possessed. Love is the one thing all
His followers may have in unstinted
measure. "Hereby know we love, be
cause He laid down His life for us." In
exact ratio as the sense of what God
has done for the soul through Christ
love becomes the possession of the soul.
As Jesus said: "To whom much is for
given, the same loveth much." The pos
session of love is great in degree as the
work of Christ is manifest to the heart.
The more I get of Christ and His saving
grace, the more capacity I have for love.
The love of Christ can fill my heart only
as the Christ is there to draw that love.
And with possession comes expres
sion. Love within means power in serv
ice without. Consciousness of Christ's
sacrifice stirs to self-sacrifice the lay
ing down of Christ's life gives to the
Christian a willingness likewise to suf
fer. Not sentimental expression of lip
and tongue, but real genuine expression
of love in deed and truth. Loving souls
into the Kingdom, instead of trying to
talk them into the Kingdom. Christ laid
down His life that we might know love.
We must lay down our lives that others
may become conscious of that love.
CONVERTED Catholic with deep
feeling told me once that the only
thing that ever brought her out into the
light and blessing of the Gospel was the
unfailing and all-conquering love of one
who sought her conversion. Where
arguments and talking and pleading had
failed love won its way and was tri
umphant. She pleaded with Christians
that If they were to win souls for Christ
they must love them with a love which
counted no sacrifice too great, a love
which could endure all things, a love
which was constant and tender. How
can a love that will not sacrifice reveal
a Christ who died? How can a love that
will not get way down alongside the
unsaved soul, even if it is in the gutter,
reveal the Christ who came all the way
from Heaven to earth to save? How can
a love which is not persistent reveal a
Christ who stands patiently waiting
to be gracious? How can a love which
will not break with its longing to see
souls saved reveal the Christ whose
heart burst with anguish for the lost
world? Paul became a Jew that he might
gain the Jews; "to them that are un
der the law, as under the law, that I
might gain them that are under the law;
to them that are without law, that I
might gain them that are without law;
to the weak became I as weak, that I
might gain the weak; I am made all
things to all men, that I might by all
means save some." And Paul was able
to do all this because of love the mar
velous love of Christ was operative In
his life. And if you would be a soul win
nerand you must be unless you stop
your ears to your Lord's commands,
and Ehut your eyes to your supreme
obligation as a Christian you must
have love! Love!! Love! 1 1
Admiral Alexieff Has Been Unwell,
But Is Again About
ARE GOING TO VLADIVOSTOK.
Orders For the Mollbizatlon of All
the Ruaslan Rvnervr In the Fur
En at Expected Japanese Are
Leaving: Territory Traversed by
Enitern Chine Railroad.
St. Petersburg, Feb. 1. Vague ru
mors in circulation here that Viceroy
Alexieff had died of poison brought out
a semi-official note as follows: "Tele
grahplc inquiry at Port Arthur shows
the reports circulated here that Ad
miral Alexieff died from the effects of
poison are untrue. The admiral has
been unwell, but he again held his
customary receptions yesterday."
Dispatches from Vladivostock an
nounce that 50,000 men are expected
there this month, to strengthen the
garrison, while orders for the mobillza
tion of the reserves in all the terri
tories of the far east are shortly ex
Preparations are making for the
mobilization of all the horses liabe to
The Japanese, in alarm, are leaving
the territory traversed by the eastern
According to the Port Arthur Novyk
pan, the Japanese are intriguing to
create disturbances in Corea, so as to
have an excuse for intervention. The
Japanese reports of the intention of
the Seoul garrison to mutiny were, It
is added, circulated with the object of
inducing the emperor of Corea to seek
refuge in Russian legation. The only
result, however, was to determine the
emperor to place himself under the
protection of the United States lega
tion in case of necessity.
PICKINGS FROM PEKIX.
The Corea 11 3lliilnter Reealled
DlaiiuietinK Xmth Received.
Pekin, Feb. 1. The Corean minister
here has been recalled, and will leave
Pekin in a few days.
The Corean legation continues to re
ceive disquieting news regarding the
conditions in Corea.
The Japdffese in Pekin discredit the
reports, intimating that a peaceful set
tlement will be arrived at, especially
in view of Russia's immediate warlike
Thirty Dead In the Deaert.
Los Vegas, Nev., Feb. 1. Thirty
dead bodies of men who have perished
on the Nevada desert from thirst and
hunger have been found by a party
of surveyors who are . in advance of
the new San Pedro. Los Vegas to the
Aitrd Mnn Kille1.
St. Louis, Feb. 1. Peter Greely,
aged 72 years, for several years the
janitor of Holy Innocents' Catholic
church, at Brannon avenue and Reber
place, was struck and instantly killed
by an east-bound Tower Grove car at
Brannon avenue and Arsenal street.
laj. Henry 31. Dairy 111 pie.
New York, Feb. 1. Maj. Henry M.
Dalrymple, of Morristown, N. J., one
of the engineers who laid out the
eastern end of the Delaware, Lacka
wanna & Western railroad, is dead,
from blood poisoning. He served
through the civil war.
Iteclntie I-'o and Dead.
St. Louis, Feb. 1. Miss Emma Von
Haaren, 50 years old, who had lived as
a recluse for more than fifteen years
in her large house at No. 426 South
Fifteenth street, was found dead in
her room Sunday. She had evidently
been dead for two weeks.
Struck by Car and Killed.
St. Louis, Feb. t. Cornelius N. Dor
rian, a city salesman for the Friedman
Bros. Shoe Co., was struck by an Olive
street car at Fifteen street, Sunday
night, and died fivo minutes later from
a fractured skull.
Wreck on Mlssonri Pacific.
Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 1. The Colo
rado flyer on the Missouri Pacific r.ail
way, which left Denver Saturday after
noon for Kansas City, was derailed
near Miller, Has., Sunday. One man
was killed and 13 persons injured.
Married Slvfy-Seven Tears.
Burlington, la., Feb. 1. Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Burns, living north of Burling
ton, celebrated their sixty-seventh wed
ding anniversary Sunday. Mr. Burns
is a lineal descendant of Robert Burns,
the Scotch poet.
Missouri BulldlnK Finished.
St- Louis, Feb. 1. On Wednesday, ac
cording to Architect Isaac S. Taylor,
the Missouri state building will be
turned over to the Missouri commis
sion, completed. This strutcure is the
largest that has been erected on the
World's fair grounds by any state.
Iroprnayan Troops Defeated.
Buenos Ayres, Argentina, Feb. 1.
Advices received here from Monte
video, Uruguay, say it is officially ad
mitted that 1,500 government troops
operating against the insurgents have
met with a reverse at San Ramon.
American Ceramic Society.
Cincinnati, Feb. 1. The sixth con
vention of the American Ceramic so
ciety met Monday with a general rep
resentation of the potteries. The ses
sions will last three days.
INAUGURATED AT MANILA
Gov. Luke E. Wright and Vice-Gov.
Henry C. Ide Sworn In.
The Ceremony Accompanied By a a
Imposing; Civil and Military Dem
onstration In Manila.
Manila, Feb. 1. Gov. Luke E.
Wright and Vice-Gov. Henry C. Ide,
were inaugurated Monday. There was
an imposing demonstration, including
a brilliant military pageant, about
3,000 troops being in line.
After taking the oath of office, Gov.
Wright delivered his inaugural ad
dress. " It was a straightforward
speech, dealing with the most impor
tant interests of the islands.
Gov. Wright invited attention to the
improvements that had been made in
the Philippines under American rule,
and declared his intention of adhering
to the principles of the Taft adminis
tration. He urged Americans to estab
lish cordial personal and business re
lations with the Filipinos, who must
constitute their chief customers.
In conclusion Gov. Wright asked
for the sympathetic co-operation of all
classes to whom, he said, were assured
equal opportunities for advancement.
EXPLAINED BY FRANCIS.
President Francis of the Louisiana
Purchase Exposition Explains
the Proposed Loan.
Washington, Feb. 1. An extended
explanation of the proposed loan of
$4,500,000 by the government to the
Louisiana Purchase Exposition Co.,
was made, Monday, by David R. Fran
cis, president of the company, to the
house committee on industrial arts
and expositions. Mr. Francis was ac
companied by a number of officers of
the company. Preliminary to his
statement Chairman Tawney an
nounced that the senate committee
had the matter under consideration
as an amendment to the urgent defi
ciency appropriation bill. It was pro
posed to have this amendment intro
duced in the house in the form of a
bill. The hearing was, he said, to per
mit members to be informed as to
just what the proposition was in the
event that favorable action is taken In
the senate. The amendment under
consideration in the senate committee
had been, he said, drawn with great
care. It provided for a loan of $4,500,
000 to the exposition company.
Mr. Francis reviewed every feature
of the enterprise at length. In acre
age, he said, it equalled the Chicago,
Buffalo and Paris expositions com
bined. Foreign governments had ap
propriated a total of $7,500,000 foi
their buildings and exhibts. The states
and territories have appropriated au
aggregate of $7,000,000. He said the
estimate of $15,000,000 as th"e cost of
the exhibition had been found to be de
cidedly too low. Chicago had expended
$22,000,000 before opening the gates.
With the loan now asked the exposi
tion would, he said, represent an ex
penditure of $19,60,000.
The increased cost of labor as com
pared with this item of expenses at the
Chicago exposition, he said, amounted
to at least 25 per cent. Labor was 50
per tent, of the cost of the exposition
and this increase alone amounted to at
Thirty-Years Sentence For the
Murder of Mrs. Lanrn Balley
Xcar East Alton. III.
St. Louis, Feb. 1. The jury in th
case of Frank Greathouse, on trial foi
the murder of Mrs. Laura Bailey, ol
near East Alton, and for a murderous
assault upon her 18-year-old daughter,
Eliza, and her five-year7old son, Ever
ett, returned a verdict in Edwardsville.
111., Sunday afternon, of murder, fixing
the punishment at 30 years in the pen
itentiary. The jury had been out since
five o'clock Saturday evening. The
trial was started Thursday morning:
and a special session was held Satur
day. TWO DETECTIVES FOILED.
They Failed to Solve the Pyromanlc
Puzzle of the Grand Palace
Chicago, Feb. 1- Two detectives,
present for a week in the guise of
guests at the Grand Palance hotel
North Clark and Indiana streets, have
failed to solve the puzzling circum
stances surrounding four fires that
have occurred in the building in a fort
night. The latest fire occurred within
12 hours after the detectives were tak
en away for other work. The police
have reached the conclusion that a
pyromaniac Is a quest at the hotel.
Found Frozen to Death.
Bloomington, HI., Feb. 1. A cold
wave that came unexpectedly to cen
tral Illinois, Sunday night, lowered
the temperature 30 degrees and creat
ed much suffering. One fatality was
reported, Robert Hines, a farmer of
Petersburg, being found frozen to
death in a snowdrift near his home.
Will Oppose Papal Decree.
New York, Feb. 1. Archbishop Far
ley, who will sail for Rome on Thurs
day, will, it is reported, oppose at the
Vatican an extension to the United
States of the papal decree reviving
the Gregorian music and the excluding
Jefferson City, Mo.. Feb. 1. The su
preme court, division No. 2, declared
the law unconstitutional which pro
hibits the working of miners under
ground more than eight hours in any
one day. The case came from Madison
Gov. Yates, of Illinois, spent a
day ast week in hearing the appli
cation on the requisition of the gov
ernor of Tennessee for the return
to Jackson of P. S. Brink, who ia
charged with obtaining money on
April 17, 1903, under false pretense,
of W. J. Murphy and J. li. Smith,
of that city. It is alleged that Brink
represented that he owned a one-half
interest in a span of bay horses and
that he obtained $250 of Messrs.
Murphy and Smith on this represen
tation, giving them a mortgage on
the horses, when, in fact, he had no
interest in the animals, which were
owned by Bobert Carmel, then of
Bolivar, now of Jackson. Brink is
in Chicago. He was represented by
an attorney who held that the infor
mation drawn by Justice T. D. Dun
can, of Jackson, was improperly
drawn. Gov. Yates submitted the
question to the attorney general for
his decision. The attorney general
decided the information was not
properly drawn, and Gov. Yates re
fused to honor the requisition.
Meets Next in Memphis.
The Bed Men's great council of
Tennessee adjourned in Clarksville
last week to meet next year in Mem
phis. The following important
changes in the constition were
adopted: Per capita tax increased
from 40 to CO cents; mileage placed
at 3 cents; general relief boards
were ordered in towns where there
are more than one tribe; blocks of
five systems continued from great
sun; prices of supplies were raised
and the following appointive officers
named: Great sannap, J. H. Bow
man, .Nashville; great misiunema,
D. A. Hubbard, Memphis; jreat
guard of wigwam, X. G. Brockman,
Chattanooga; great guard of forest,
C. If. Collins, Jackson.
Want More Land.
At the session of the Masonic
grand lodge of Tennessee last week
the home committee submitted a re
port as to the advisability and prac
ticability of purchasing 500 to 1,000
additional ac-vo-oi lanu 101 w. -uec
of the widows' and orphans' home
located near Xashville. The com
mittee was instructed to secure op
tions on lands and report at the an
nual session in 1905. It may be nec
essan', in order to secure the neces
sary land, to change the location
and rebuild the home. The number
of inmates demand larger quarters.
Gaines' New Bill.
Representative Gaines contem
plates introducing a bill in congress
providing for the appointment of a
court of pensions similar to the court
of claims, to pass on pension mat
ter that are continually flooding con
gress. He contends that the pension
commissioner is merely a figurehead,
and many of the cases are passed
on after a hasty examination by
clerks in the oiliee. With such a
court he thinks congress would save
time in the consideration of these
bills, besides having before it the in
vestigation and statements of facts
from the court.
The sentence of William Smith, a
negro murderer, who was to hang
February 1, at Clinton, has been
commuted to life imprisonment.
Smith killed his bunk mate, James
Harris, in a dispute over one cent.
In his commutation Gov. Frazier
says : "Intoxication is no excuse for
murder, but facts and circumstances
should have some influence."
Measles at Henry.
The measles are very prevalent in
and around Henry at present. Xear
ly all the children and many of the
grown-up people have had the meas
less. J. W. Hamlin has nine cases
in his family of fourteen children.
An Empty Jail.
Benton county is in luck, having
no lawbreakers in the county jail
and none in the Camden calaboose,
and there are not a half doz
en inmates in the poor house. The
county is out of debt and has money
in her treasury and all warrants are
paid on presentation.
Luther Fountain and Beecher
Gorman, two footpads who helped
make things particularly lively in
Knoxville a few weeks ago, wcrt
sentenced to fifteen years in the pen
itentiary last week.
It is stated by parties in interest
that Meikleham, Dunsmore & Acker
man, of Xew Yfrk, and Bingham
ton have agreed to take $2,000,000
in stock and bonds for the Great
Falls Power Company and that Avork
on the plant will begin at an early
day. The new plans call for a min
imum of 20,000 horse power. The
company will develop the ' Caney
Fork falls and hope to supply power
and light to Middle Tennessee towns.
Bars Whisky Employes.
The jurisprudence committee of
the Tennesse grand lodge of Masons,
in session last week, sustained tho
grand masters ruling on edict 61,
the whisky edict. The grand mas
ter's ruling excluded from Masonry
not only wholesale liquor dealers,
but their clerks and office employes.
The ruling was sustained by a vote
of 20 to 1.
National Guard Inspection.
Adjt. Gen. Hannah announced
last week that the annual inspection
of the Xational Guard by an officer
of the regular army would com
mence some time during the latter
part of March. Upon this report
depends the appropriation "and as
sistance to be derived by the guard
under the provisions of the new mil
itia law for the year 1904.
Gaines Bill Favored. 1
The Clarksville Tobacco Board of
Trade has adopted a resolution fa
voring the Gaines tobacco bill now
pending before congress, seeking to
remove the war tax from tobacco,
and the Hon. C. P. Warfield, of that
city, was selected to go to Washing
ton to appear before the committee,
February 4, to represent the tobac
co market in urging the passage of
World's Fair Meeting.
President Stahlman, of the Ten
nessee World's Fair Association, has
called the association to meet at an
carlv date to consider a number of
subjects connected with the increas
ing of the Hermitage building fund
and the maintenance of the build
ing. The vice presidents from each
of the congressional districts have
been invited to attend.
Crawled Into the Fire.
Last week nt Humboldt a little
negro child, being left alone by its
mother, crawled into the fire and
was burned to death. Some white
men nassimr bv heard the crv of the
child, and in an effort to save tne
life of the child received severe burns
on their hands.
Measles and Mumps.
The town of Humboldt is in the
midst of" the greatest affliction of
measles, .mumps, - whooping cough
and chickenpox ever known in the
history of the place. The schools
are running with about a half at
tendance. There are over 200 case
Plans For Installation.
Capt. J. C. Ivendrick, of Clarks
ville, representing the St. Louis
World's Fair commission, left last
week for St. Louis to submit plans
for the installation of exhibits at
the World's Fair. Already about
150 packages have reached Xashville
and others are coming in daily. A
shipment to St. Louis will be mado
just as soon as space in the different
buildings is prepared for them.
Beaten Up By Negroes.
L. T. Thompson, of Camden, who
was attending the Masonic grand
lodge in Xashville last week, was
beaten up and robbed while en route
to the home of a friend in the west
ern portion of the city. The deed
was committed by two negroes, who
secured onlv a small amount of cash.
Banquet to H. Clay Evans.
The chamber of commerce at
Chattanooga gave a -banquet last
week in honor of Hon. II. Clay Ev
ans, consul general to London.
About 150 guests were present, in
cluding some of the, highest officials
of the Southern, and M. J. O'Brien,
president of the Southern Express
Company and several arm)' officers.
Home From Norway.
E. S. Cunningham, United States
consul at Burgen, Xorway, spent a
few hours in Knoxville last week, en
route to his home at Maryville, to
enjoy a leave of absence. Mr. Cun
ningham said that not much Amer
ican news reached Xorway, except
through the London papers. Mr.
Cunningham served as consul at
Aden, Arabia, previous to his trans
fer to Xorway.
Good Roads Bill Urged.
The Sullivan County Good Roads
Association has adopted resolutions
favoring the passage of the Brown
low good roads bill and is calling
upon Tennessee senators and repre
sentatives to vote for the measure.
Ten Years For a Hold-Up.
Dan Xoel, a negro hold-up, who
threw a sack over the head of his
victim and robbed him, was sentenc
ed ten years in the penitentiary in
the Criminal Court at Anowule
Walker McPherson, aged 19, a
switchman in the employ of the
Xashville Terminals, was killed last
week by an engine backing upon