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BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, ARRIL 29, 1904.
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Wht Jesus Has Domt to Prove His Right
to Be Known as Such
Sermon Uy the '
Chicago. Sunday, April 21, 1904.
Text: "And it came to pass, as He sat at
rneat In the house, behold, many publicans
nJ sinners ram and sat down with Jesus
and His disciples." Matt. 5:10.
llh one accusation
of the scribes and
Jesus seemed wil
ling to let go un
challenged w a 3
that , He was the
f nend and asso
ciate of the sin
ner. When th-e
carping critics of
His day charged
Him with trying
to destroy the law
and the prophets
He replied that He
came not to destroy bat. to fulfill.
When they condemned Him as a Sab
bath breaker He vigorously replie.1
that the Sabbath was made for man
and not man for the Sabbath, and
that He was Lord even of the Sabbath
day. When they saw Him casting out
demons they declared that He was able
to do such mighty works because He
was in league with the Devil, but He
quickly showed them how ridiculous
their charge was and declared to them
that He was the Son of God and re
ceived His power from above. Every
accusation which they brought against
Him He denied and clearly refuted,
save this one that He was the declared
Friend and the willing associate of
publican and sinner. This charge H?
admitted by some of the most beauti
ful and tender parables and by His
loving, compassionate and helpful at
titude always manifested toward the
outcast and despised sinner. He told
the proud, seif-righteous Pharisees
bluntly and plainly that He had come
not to call the righteous (and how I
should like to have heard the inflec
tion and emphasis with which he pro
nounced that word righteous), but sin
ners to repentance; that "the Son of
Man came to seek and to save that,
which was lost;" that they who were
whole needed not a physician, but th?
HEN the woman who was a sin-
Jesus' feet asHesatatmeatinthePhari
r,ee's house, and washed His feet with
her tears and wiped them with the
hairs of her head and poured fragrant
ointment upon them. He graciously
and tenderly received the devotion of
the heart that longed for a better and
purer life, and rebuked the proud
rharisee. who was shocked that Jesus
should- allow this sinful woman to
touch Him. When Jesus passed
ihrough Jericho on one occasion He
went out of His way to invite Himself
1o dine with Zaccheus, the tax gather
er, the notorious bad man of the town.
Repeatedly Scripture declares that the
sinners and publicans flocked to Jesus,
and He welcomed them always. And
when the Pharisees murmured He told
them the beautiful and touching sto
ries of the lost sheep, the lost coin
and the lost boy, and by them gave
Heaven's standards of values and
showed how much a soul was worth in
the estimation of God. And even iti
death Jesus found joy and fellowship
with the sinner as the dying thief
turned to Him for comfort and He re
plied: "This day shalt thou be with
Me in paradise." Jesus was the Friend
of sinners. He was willing to iv
known as such. He welcomed them as
they came. He helped them as they
tarried. He sent them forth to purer
and better lives.
ONE of Jesus' disciples. Matthew,
was taken from the despised cla3?
of publicans, or tax gatherers. And
this served further to identify Jesus
with the despised lower classes. To i
the punctilious and sanctimonious
Pharisees there was no greater con
demnation which they could pro
nounce against Jesus than to say that
He associated with and ate in the com
pany of publicans and sinners. The
scribes and Pharisees obsrved such
rigid rules in regard to outward con
duct and associations, were so faith
ful to avoid all manner of defilement.
that they stood aghast and filled with j
horror at the conduct and associations
of Jesus. He. claiming to be a Teacher
sent from God; yea, more, claiming to
be the Son of God, the promised Mes
siah, eating with publicans and sin
ners! He, receiving their attentions!
He. graciously ministering unto them,
and fellowshiping with them and even
choosing from among their number
those who should be His disciples!
What a violation of all that they had
held sacred! No wondar as they saw
these things that they murmured. No
wonder they cast slurs upon Him. No
wonder their unrepentant hearts were
hardened before the gracious work of
mercy of the Divine Lord. But Hi
was pleased to be known as the "Friend
of sinners, and to this day He is
known as such. Through all the cen
turies which have unfolded since then
He has continued as the Friend of the
sinner. And. blessed be God! it -is
true. How He has gathered the needy
multitudes about Him, how He has
succored and blessed them. Th
Friend of Sinners!
HE was known as such because of
his personality, because He was
the Son of God. Instinctively, people
were drawn to Him. Little children
felt the charm and sweetness and
'Highway and Byway" Preacher.
by J. TI. Edson.)
purity of His presence and trustfully and
gladly sought His side and were taken
in His arms and received His blessing.
The Devil-posssessed were conscious
they were in the presence of the Di
vine Lord and Master when they came
in corifact with Him, and in fear cried
out: "What have we to do with Thee?"
and besought Him not to torment
them. The poor and the needy, the
sick and diseased came to Him in
their distress, confident that they
would be graciously received. And the
publicans and sinners, those who had
yielded their lives to extortion and
lust, and yet who bad an undefined
yearning for a' better, purer life, were
drawn to Jesus like the steel is drawn
to the magnet, for they instinctively
felt that here was One Who could un
derstand. One Who would have com
passion on them, On Who would help
THAT cannot be, for Jesus' last mes
sage to His disciples; was: "Lo. I
am with you always." And He told them
plainly: "And I, if I be lifted up, will
draw all men unto Me." No, Jesus is
present in the world to-day through His
Holy Spirit more fully and completely
than ever before. He is everywhere, and
the influence of His Presence is felt. He
is known to-day, as rever before, as the
Friend of sinners. Our text gives us the
picture of Jesus dining in the home of
a publican at Capernaum. Imagine
President Roosevelt or some other dis
tinguished personage coming to jour
town and becoming the willing guest of
the most despised man in town. Jesus,
the guest of honor at the house of Mat
thew, the publican! How the news must
have spread. Jesus eating at the table
of a despised tax gatherer! But there
He was. and, praise God! there He is
to-day. in myriads of homes where He
is needed to cleanse and save. Jesus was
in the few homes then, but now in every
land and among every people there are
the multitudes of homes where Jesus
is still the honored guest. Homes of
the despised, of the wayward and the
sinful, who turn to Him and invite Him
to come. Jesus was at Matthew's house
because he had been invited.
nrHE story of this publican's conver
sion is interesting and helpful. He
was busy gathering taxes at the time,
following the business that in that day
was dishonoring, and almost without ex
ception dishonest. The Roman govern
ment levied the tax, deciding just how
much each province and city and village
should pour into the coffers of the Caes
ars. The privilege of gathering these
taxes was rented out to certain individ
uals. The Roman government cared
nothing as to how much was collected
or in what manner the work was done,
just so long as the tax collector turned
over the stipulated sum. The tax gath
erer could have as his own profit all that
was collected above the amount the Ro
mans demanded. It can be readily seen
what corruption would prevail, and how
great temptation would come to the tax
collector to make all he could. Matthew
was one of these tax gatherers, called
publicans. The probabilities are that
he was more honest than the rest, but
however that may be he was a publican,
and identified with that despised class.
But he met Jesus, and it wrought a rev
olution in his life. It always chanees a
man to meet Jesus in heart to heart con
fact. From the first meeting with Jesus
until he was called from his tax receipts
and money drawer forever, he realized
that Jesus was his Friend. It made him
long for a better life. Tt made him want
to be near the Friend who had spoken
kindly and helpfully to him. And during
those days in which he continued to serve
as tax collector. I am sure he handled
the business on a higher and more hon
est basis. I am satisfied that he was
anxious to show how fairly such distaste
ful work could be administerpri irH
fter.a11 U is not generally the business
but the man behind the business that is
dishonest. The vast majority of the
commercial enterprises and businesses
of the world are honorable and neces
sary. But the men behind the business
determine whether honest or dishonest
methods shall be followed. Before meet
ing Jesus. I imagine Matthew fouad it an
easy thing to follow the "tricks of the
trade." and got all the fav ha t,
others did it. why should not he? But
v nen ne met the r nend of publicans and
sinners and his conscience was awak
ened, he felt differently about it. Day
auri ua as ne sar tcere at his post, the
muuence ot that new Friend drew him in
inougtu and purpose. He wanted to be
wun mm. and when the call came
"Follow Me,", he was ready to respond
VVTHAT a friendship that was! Jesus
VY fellowshiping with Matthew!
Sinner, think of it! Jesus your friend!
Jesus willing to be in your company. 10
be guest at your home, or your ccj -panion
upon the sfeet! Jesus so'.
asnamed or you because you are a f in
ner perhaps the wcr:t man in tewn
but Jesus loving you and eager to put
his arm around you and longing to help
you! He is not your Friend because of
what He selfishly hopes to receive from
you. but He is your Friend because of
what He longs to do for you. One of Chi
cago's aldermen seeks to be known as
the friend cf the workingman. He re
sorts to almost every device and sub
terfuge to appear in that light. But is
it the workingman i nd his interests
which he has at heart? No; he is the
workingman's frie id for what he can
t out of him. He cares no more for
him than the dirt .which he kicks from
his shoes. His poor dupes are welcomed
Into his "Wo.rklngman's Exchange," tM
long as they have a nickel in their pock
ets to spend for U6 vile beer he dis
penses, or the prospect of getting the
nickel, but when a fellow is squeezed
dry and there is no more profit in him,
and no need of his vote, out he goes and
the "friend" of the worklngman is ready
to greedily grasp the hand of another
foolish victim. And there is a good
deal of that kind of friendship in the
world. Friendship that is based upon
selfishness. But Jesus' is not such a
friend. Jesus died that He might prove
His friendship. He tells us: "Greater
love hath no man than this, that he
lay down his life for his friend."
LUKE tells us that after Matthew had
been called as Jesus' disciple he
made a feast for Him and then invited
all the publicans and sinners he could
reach to come and take dinner with
him. One sinner won to Jesus seeking
to bring others to Him. For Jesus to go
to that house where so many of ques
tionable reputation were gathered was
to bring down upon Him the denuncia
tion of the Pharisees and scribes, but
Jesus did not go there to become one of
them, but to make them one with Him.
That is. His association with them was
not that He might have a good time in
their companj', but It was that
He might lift them to the high
er fellowship with Himself. Mat
thew invited his erstwhile friends
to meet the One who had done so much
for him. And if there was more of that
kind of feasting and sociability to-day
instead of the social functions and din
ner parties given for selfish gratifica-
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of God and the saving of souls. Mat
thew wanted to present his Lord as the
Friend of sinners, and so he made a
feast and got all the worst sinners he
could together. When you make a feast
who is it you invite? The most polished
and cultured you can find. You invite
those who "will be able to make a din
ner party in return some time and invite
you to attend. But it was not so with
Matthew. If it had been do you suppose
Jesus would have been able to attend?
No. He would have had business at the
other end of town saving the soul of
some poor wretch who was. eager to
know Him as the Friend of sinners. No,
Matthew filled his house with publicans
and sinners, and Jesus was there. He
made sure of Jesus' presence first and
then invited the crowd to meet Him.
Oh, that there were more devoted souls
like Matthew to make Jesus the hon
ored guest in the home, and then in
vite, the sinners all about to come and
receive blessing at His hands!
HAVE you ever wondered what that
odd assortment of humanity talked
about that day? Well. I have. I should
like to have been a member of that
company. I should like to have looked
into those faces. I believe there was
many a sob there that day, that there
was many a tear-stained face turned to
ward the Saviour as He talked to them
of sin and deliverance from sin. and of
the better life. Sin is an awful thing,
and some of the guests of Matthew
must have realized it as they came into
the presence of the sinless One and
became conscious of the fact that He
was there not to condemn them, but to
save them. Who would think of call
ing one his friend who had nothing
but condemnation and denunciation for
him because he had done wrong? Who
would feel drawn towards the man
who would pick all the flaws he could
and never in sympatny and love try to
draw from those sins and faults to a
better and purer life? And we would
not feel that Jesus was our Friend if
all He held before us was our sins and
all we heard was condemnation be
cause we were sinners, inio, jesus does
not declare His friendship in that way.
He shows that He is the sinner's Friend
by pointing the way of deliverance.
PARTY of settlers was seeking to
escape the bands of hostile Indians
which were lurking on every hand, but
not knowing the country, they were
completely at a loss as to which way
to turn. Darkness came on while-this
dilemma confronted them, and with
the darkness came deliverance. There
suddenly rose from the grass in their
midst an unarmed Indian. He pro
fessed friendship. He said he had crept
in unbeknown to the other Indians,
who were plotting their destruction,
so as to show them how they might
escape. How could he prove mat ne
was a friend? Not by telling them of
all the hostile Indians that lurked
without the camp, but by showing
them the way of deliverance. Some
were afraid to trust him, but braver
hearts said: "It is our hope." They
followed the Indian through a trail
they never could have found for them
selves and escaped the threatened dan
ger. They knew then that he Indian
who had come" to them that night was
a real friend. He h.d proved it by
pointing the way of deliverance. And
Jesus in a fuller, higher sense proves
His friendship by pointing the sinner
to the way of escape from sin and its
consequences. And Jesus' talk that
day in Matthew's house was of deliv
erance from sin. Ah, how the thought
cf that Friend grew upon that company
of men! Oh. there is nothing that so
appeals to the sinsick heart as the lov
ing, earnest words of the Everlasting
Friend, "the Friend that sticketh closer
than a brother." Oh. sinner, whoever
you are. and however deep you are in
the mire of sin. Jesus is your Friend
He longs to prove His friendship by
lifting you up and leading you out into
the light and joy and liberty of a new
life, a life of fellowship with Ifim.
Will you not let him?
A Muscle Pestroyer.
I find that alcoholic drinks give no
strength. No. On the contrary, drink
builds up no muscle, but destroys it3
power nd makes it less active fcr
work. fcir Benjamin Ward Kicharu-eon.
LAUNCH BLOWN UP.
Russians Meet Another Disaster in
the Usual Way. -
While Laying Mine at Port Arthur Prob
ably to Block the Harbor Bntrance a
Lieutenant and Twenty Men
St. Petersburg, April 23. The czar
has received the following telegram
from Viceroy Alexieff, bearing yester
day's date: "I respectfully; report to
your majesty that to-day, during the
placing of mines by some steam
launches, Lieut. Pell and 20 men were
killed through a mine exploding
prematurely under the stern of one of
the launches." This announcement
has added to the gloom which has pre
vailed since the disaster to the Petro
pavlovsk. "We are paying the price
of carelessness," said a member of the
admiralty, ''and previous disasters
seem to teach nothing."
The war commission suppressed part
of the viceroy's dispatch which showed
where the mines were laying. It is be
lieved that as launches were employed
they were mining the entrance to the
harbor in order to prevent the Japa
nese from forcing an entrance and at
tempting to destroy the remaining
It is evident from the closing of the
entrance that Viceroy Alexieft has no
intention of letting his ships go to sea
again even against an inferior force,
though this may not be the policy of
Vice Admiral Skrydloff, who will de
termine on a plan of operation when
he assumes command.
More Floating: Mines Found.
T?n Tsin. April 23- Floating mine3
have been seen off the Shan Tung
promontory in the much-used Fair
way followed by vessels bound to arid
from Shanghai and Chefoo and Tien
Tsin and other northern port3. This
is extremely dangerous to shipping and
probably will cause an increase in ma
Two More Jap Spies Arrested.
Archangel, Russia. April 23. Two
suspected Japanese have been arrested
on the railroad near Vologla, in north
eastern Russia, 302 miles from Moscow,
with plans in their possession of Arch
angel and the famous monasteiy oh
the island of Solovetskiy, in the White
ltossla Seeks Loan ot 91 50,000.000.
Paris, April 23. The European Econ
omist says under reserve that Russia
is negotiating with the principal
French banks Tor a loan of $150,000,000
on five per cent, four-year treasury
bonds to be placed at 98.
PANAMA CANAL IS OURS.
In Paris the Contract Was Properly Signed,
Sealed and Delivered to the
Paris, April 23. The Associated
press is authorized Ho announce that
the contract by which the ownership
of the Panama canal passes to the
United States is signed, sealed, deliv
ered and completed. The title to the
canal route is now vested in the gov
ernment of the United States. Th5
document by which this transaction is
consummated bears the signatures of
President Bo and Director Richman,
of the Panama Canal company, who
signed for the company as its responsi
ble officers. The transfer is complete
and without reservation and the United
States secures a perfect title. When
the meeting of stockholders takes place
to-day President Bo will announce
that the sale has been completed and
it will only remain to ratify the con
tract of sale which the officers of the
company have already formally com
pleted. The United States get an un
IUI1 About Kiowa Land Killed.
Washington, April 23. Upon the rec
ommendation of Secretary Hitchcock
the bill opening to settlement more
than 500.000 acres of grazing and wood
lands in the Kiowa country has been
killed by the senate committee on In
dian affairs. Delegate McGuire got this
bill through the house some time ago
and, in view of Oklahoma's chances for
statehood, he has been anxious that it
become a law at this session.
Three Ilancred from Same Scaffold.
Chicago, April 23. Atheist to the
last, bat seemingly unnerved complete
ly, Peter Neidermeier, leader of the
car barn bandits, was hanged yester
day from a chair, contrasting with his
companions in crime, Gustav Marx and
Harvey Van Dine, who, standing erect,
kissed an image of Christ and died
without a tremor. The three execu
tions were separate, 20 minutes apart,
the same scaffold being used for all.
Pension Hill Carrie $137,000,000.
Washington, April 23. The pension
appropriation bill, carrying over $137,-
000,000, and the emergency river and
harbor appropriation bill, which car
ries $3,000,000, were passed yesterday
by the senate, leaving only the general
deficiency and the military academy
bills of the entire list of supply meas
ures still to be considered by the sen
ate. Australia's Cabinet Units. O
Melbourne, "April 23. The federal
ministry has resigned. The resignation
was due to its defeat in the house of
representatives on a labor party
amendment making the bill for the
arbitration of labor disputes appli
cable to state employes.
Ran Closed Hobart Bank.
Hobart, Ok., April 23. The Farmers'
and Merchants' national bank closed
its doors Friday. President Bradford
says the depositors will be paid in full.
The failure was the result of a run.
$25,000 havine been withdrawn.
IN THE P0WER F packers.
Poii tire Declaration That Prices
Lire Stock at Chicago Are "Fixed"
Chicago, April 23. James R. Gar
field, chief counsel for the department
of commerco and labor, has completed
his personal investigation of the al
leged beef trust in Chicago, and re
turned to Washington, where the in
quiry will be continued.
Despite all statements to the con
trary, prices of cattle in this market
are thoroughly in the hands of the
packers. They meet every morning
and fix the maximum price that will
be paid. Then the buyers, beginning
below that figure, do the best they can
with the shipper. Thus there is ap
parent competition, but in reality no
competition, whatever, ince none of
the buyers can go above the figure
fixed for the day. The shipper wiio
holds out the longest gets the best
price, providing, always, the packers
have not succeeded in getting their
quota at. lower figures. Railroad
charges, feeding charges and rentals
are not calculated to induce the shipper
to hold his stock an hour longer than
necessary to find a buyer.
HEARST ATTACKS KNOX.
!iw York Kclitor Declares the Attorney
General Is Afraid to Proceed Against
Anthracite Coal Roads.
Washington, April 22. "The attor
ney general has been brooding over
that evidence like an old hen on a
doorknob for 18 months. He has not
acted in any way and won't let any
body take it away from him." Rep
resentative William Randolph Hearst
made this statement before the house
committee on judiciary in arguing for
a favorable report on his resolution
calling on the attorney general for
the evidence against the anthracite
coal-carrying railroads which includes
the report of the United States district
attorney for the Southern district of
New York. Mr. Hearst reviewed in
detail the proceedings instituted by
himself against the railroads and de
manded that action should be taken
either by the attorney general or that
the house should appoint a committee
of seven of its members to compile
anew the evidence in the possession
of the attorney general with a view
to securiug action against these roads
under tne Sherman anti-trust act.
A MURDERER SHOT TO DEATH.
Frank Kose Paid the Penalty of Ills Crimes
Yesterday at Salt Lake City Ills
Salt Lake City, April 23. Frank P.
Rose, who was legally shot here yes
terday for the murder of his wife last
Christmas day, confessed to other mur
ders, said to number no less than ten.
Rose declared he had spent the last
14 years in committing successive
crimes, varying from robbery to mur
der. He said that in 1892 he was a
member of the Dalton gang in Okla
homa for a time and took part in the
robbery and murder of a number of
"boomers." After leaving the Daltons
he continued his opeiations as a mem
ber of the Starr gang.
HAZING BY GIRLS.
Miss Menzies Given Ron eh Treatment at
the Wlseonsiu University by Ten
Madison, Wis., April 23. Dragged
from a sick bed, tossed in a blanket
and suspended a prisoner for several
hours to the beams of the dormitory
attic in Chadbourne hall, Miss Isabel
M. Menzies, of Janesville, Wis., is now
dangerously ill. Ten athletic young
co-eds of the University of Wisconsin,
her assailants, are under investigation
by the faculty and are in danger of ex
pulsion. The hazing resulted from Miss Men
zies' betrayal of a number of the girls
who played a prank on Miss Jessie
Martha Meyer, mistress of the hall.
A PRAYER IN COURT.
Illinois Preacher Grows Demonstrative
Upon the Acquittal of His Son. Tried
for Stealing: Jewelry.
Edwardsville, III.. April 23. In the
circuit court room here Rev. J. C. Sef
ton, pastor of the Presbyterian church
at Troy, 111., publicly offered a prayer
of thanks when his son was acquitted
of a charge of grand larceny. Then
the minister embraced each member of
the jury that had returned the verdict
and with streaming eyes embraced his
son and led him from the court room.
The son, Frank Sefton, had been ac
cused of stealing jewelry from a jew
elry store in Troy. His defense was an
absolute denial of the charge.
Hospital to Cost f20.000.000.
New York, April 23. The plans for
the new Bellevue hospital were made
public yesterday. They provide for the
largest hospital in the world. It will
extend from Twenty-sixth to Twenty
ninth streets and from First avenue to
East river. It will take ten years to
finish the structure, which will cost
$12,000,000. It is to be constructed of
brick and stone, will be fireproof and
will accommodate 2,500 patients. The
largest hospital in the world now is 'at
Hamburg, which houses 1,700 patients.
Jobes Made BIc Profit.
Washington, April 23. C. S. Jobes,
president of the American national
bank at Kansas City, who sold the $3,
000,000 Issue of Philippine bonds to
Blair & Co., of New York, is said to
have made a profit of $30,000 on the
deal, besides reserving $100,000 of the
issue for Jhis own bank.
Nephew of China's Emperor Here.
Omaha, Neb., April 23. The nephew
of the emperor of China, Prince Pulun,
and suite of 25 left Omaha for Chicago
last night in a special car en route
to Washington on diplomatic business.
Ducktown Plant Shut Down.
As a sequel of the dismissal by
the United States Supreme Court o
the Ducktown Smoke suits brought
in the name of the State of Georgia
the plant of the Tennessee Copper
Uompany nas shut down tor six
months, thereby throwing 350 men
at Ducktown out of work. The com
pany intends to make a great change
m its methods of handling ore,
Heretofore the company has roasted
its ore on piles of wood to eliminate
thesulphur fume?. By the new pro
cess the ores will be roasted in
furnace and the deadly fumes, which
have been so disastrous to vegeta
tion and caused -so manv damajre
suits, will be removed. It was this
assurance which led the
lawyers to withdraw their suits.
Prison for Violators.
In the United States Court at
Xashville last week Judge C. D.
Clark announced that hereafter of
fenders against the internal reve
nue law would be severely dealt with
on first offense. In making this an
nouncement Judge Clark stated that
there was no excuse whatever for
violations of the internal revenue
laws bv whiskv sellers, that every
man and woman, however ignorant,
knew that the selling of whiskv
without a government license was a
violation of the law and he had de
termined to deal witli them as se
verely for the first offense as for the
last. Adherence to this declaration
means a pen l tent lary sentence for
Will Not Take the Memphis Run.
Obection to the assignment of
Thomas Cooper, a negro railway
mail clerk to the Southern Railwav
run between Memphis and Chatta-
ooga has been a matter of much
interest to the officers of the service
in this division. At the Memphis
office of the railwav mail service it
was learned that Cooper has not vet
been employed on the Memphis-
Chattanooga run, and that the trans
fer recently made will probably
never co into effect. Xot onlv have
patrons of the service obected to the
transfer of Cooper, but Cooper him
self has requested the department to
allow him to remain on his present
run in East Tennessee, preferring
to remain there than to enter the
strict where the race feeling is
Better Pay for Preachers.
The Knoxville presbvlery of the
Southern General Assembly decided
last week that in future no minister
shall be paid less than $600 an
nuallv. Where ministers are mar
ried thev are also to have free house
rent. Where churches cant stand
the expense named the presbytery
will make up the difference.
Pillow Critically III.
Hon. Ernest l'illow, ex-s-peaker of
the senate, is critically ill at the
home of his father-in-law, in Xash
ville. with a complication of dis-
eases irom wmcn ne nas neen so
m i 1 i
weakened that there is slight hope
of his recovery. He has been in a
partly comatose condition for sev
Thompson Will Not Run.
Lillard Thompson, who entered
the race for the Democratic nomina
tion for congress in the Fourth dis
trict a few davs ago, has withdrawn
from the contest. He gives no rea
son for this action.
New College Building.
Emory and Henry College, at
Knoxville, is to have a new $60,000
building. Bids will be asked for
soon. The money for same will
come from the Twentieth Century
Educational Fund of the Methodist
The wheat crop throughout Obion
county never looked better at this
time of the year than it does now,
and unusually large yields are ex
pected. Fair Fruit Crops In Obion.
The prospects are good for a fair
fruit crop in Obion count', despite
the miserable weather and frosts of
the past week.
Federal Court in Session.
The Federal Court is in session
at Jackson. There is a large docket,
and the court will probably be in
6ession for two weeks.
Lightning Destroys Toone.
The little village of Toone, in
Hardeman county, was almost wiped
off the face of the etarth last week,
as the result of a stroke of lightning.
Duxing a storm the storehouse of A.
S. Anderson was struck "by lightning
and set on fire. The flames soon
spread from the Anderson store to
other buildings and thereby caused
a loss uf nearly $25,000. Very few
buildings are now left in the place,
as the- iown also experienced a dis
astrous lire last week.
State ISf ewsj
The State Guard.
The annual report of the adjutant-general
to the war department
for the year 1903, just completed,
shows the State Guard to be com
posed as follows: First regiment,
50 officers and 659 men ; Second, 66
officers and 373 men; Third, 51 offi
cers and 661 men; one infantry com
pany unattached, 3 officers and 84
men; Troop A, cavalrj-, 3 officers
and 53 men ; Troop B, 4 officers and
56 men. Total officers and men,
2,035. Since January 1 a number
of new companies have been mus
tered in which are not included.
Tomato Crop Damaged. '
Col. J. W. Rosamon, of Alamo,
said last week that he did not be
lieve any damage would result either
to vegetables or fruits from the late
cold spell. In West Tennessee, Col.
Rosamon said the recent frosts had
done no very great damage. The
tomato crop of West Tennessee wa3
damaged about 25 per cent and the
loss of strawberries will not exceed
10 per cent. Peaches were not hurt.
The cherry crop has been cut 75 per
cent and "there will be a heavy loss
Prison Management Complimented.
In transmitting the report of his
inspection for the State prison to the
department of labor at Washing
ton, Special Agent Robert W. Dur
ham pays a high compliment to the
Tennessee prison management.
Among other things he says: "I
have never visited a penal institu
tion that impressed me more than
this one. It is up to date in every
particular. I went through it in all
its branches and found it clean and
Caught in tha Shafting.
Jones Allen, a oung man of
about 18 years of age, employed at
the Dalinke-Walker Milling Com
pany's mill, at Union City, met with
a serious accident last week. While
reaching over a belt his clothing was
caught, and he was thrown, several
times around the shafting, his right
leg being broken in three places and
one of his arms was badly hurt.
Farmers Organize a Union.
The Farmers' Educational and
Co-operative Union was organized at
Jackson last week, and that place is
to be made the State headquarters
of the organization. It is said that
seven States have been organized,
with a membership of 100,000. The
idea is to aid in buying and selling,
and to discourage the mortgage and
National Guard Encampment. '
The place for the next encamp
ment of Tennessee national guard
troops is now the principal topic of
conversation m military circles
throughout the State. A movement
is on foot to canr the troops to the
vicinity of Memphis this summer.
and it is more than likely that tho
encampment will be held somewhere
in West Tennessee.
Negroes Leaving Huntingdon.
A colonv of necroes will leave
Huntingdon this week for Illinois,
where they will be employed in tha
onstruction of a new railroad tnat
s beino- built in that State. It is
a noticeable fact that the negroes are
fast disappearing Irom Huntingdon
and their places are being filled with
Dr. Dudley Declines.
Dr. W. L. Dudley, dean of the
medical faculty of Vanderbilt Uni
versity, to whom the presidency of
the University of Tennessee waa
tendered a few daAS since, has de
clined the offer, and the trustees will
make another effort to elect a presi
dent in July.
Small Crop of Tobacco.
The planting of tobacco has been
commenced by the farmers in Mont
gomery county. A small crop, com
pared "with that of 1903, will be
raised this vear as a result of the
ow prices prevailing for the 1903
Bank at Southside.
Enterprising citizens of the hust
ing little town of Southside, in
Montgomery county have organized
a bank with $8,000 capitaL Officers
will be elected at once, and the ba.'k
will be made ready for business .is
soon as possible.
Child Burned to Death.
Little Vivian Jewel, the daughter
of the Methodist minister stationed
at Trenton, was burned to death last
week. Ihe little girl was lighting
ticks from the library stove, when
her clothing caught fire and she was
fatally burned before assistance
could reach her. Mrs. Jewel was
also painfully burned in attempting
o extinguish the flames enveloping
ler little girl. The family has the
sympathy of the entire community
in their misfortune.