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The Macon Beacon.
D. C. FERRIS. Editor. Saturday, November, 2, 1907. Macon's Financial Condition. There is heard now-a-iays about the streets of Macon a very jrreat ileal of complaint ami criticism concerning the condition of municipal affairs and very evident disposition is manifested to cast the blame upon the present city admin istration. The Pkaoon is always ready to give publication to proper criticism of public officials and public matters whether it deems such criticism merited and just or not. And it does not hesi tate to express its own opinion, ad verse or favorable, in its editorial col umns. Tn this matter of Macon's municipal government the Beacon does not be lieve the present administration is de serving of any criticism. It is not per fect nor infallible, of course, To make mistakes is human and inevitable. Rut the present city government is and has been good and efficient and is handling n difficult situation about as well as possible. How much of the complaining and critici.ing done is (lone by non-taxpay-rs cannot be calcultaed, but it is a great deal. A long and severe arraign ment of the conduct of Macon's busi ness is very often concluded by the critic making a remark like this: "Well, it makes no difference to me because 1 don't pay any taxes anyhow." Another large class of critics is made up of cit izens who are themselves largely res ponsible for the condition they com plain of. It was brought about by their votes and petitions. The main object of attack is the in creased rate of taxation, which is ei fh teen mills. A few years ago it waf twjlvc and "those good old times" art compared to the present to the great disadvantage of the latter. On a com parison between then and now the pre sent administration have nothing to fear; all is in their favor. Then we had old and dilapidated school houses ; now we have two new school buildings, one of them an honor and ornament to the town, and a thoroughly organ ized High School. Then we had mud sidewalks and muddy crossings; now we liave fine concrete walks. Then we had street lamps that gave no light and no water; fires were put out, if any ever went out until they burned out, by the use of buckets. Now we have electric lights and water works, aplant'combin iiig'the two, and a fine' tank placed high enough to throw water easily over the highest building in town. Surely all the added advantages are well worth the six mills additional tax. They are not only worth the 'money ; they are absolutely necessary to Macon iit its present stage of progress, They are necessary, in the present age, to every town of Macon's importance. Without them, Macon would steadily decrease in size, business would go else where and property values shrink to half of what they are now. But commercially alone, they are good investments. They are steadily increasing in value. No industry of this sort pays a profit at the very be ginning, but the initial cost and the ex pense of extensions, etc., have to be borne hut'oncc while the income is con stant and will steadily increase. Every year more people will buy water and electricity and present users will use more. The saving in street lightning already amounts to something over fifty dollars n month, and the saving to indi viduals in reduced insurance rates will pay to the public the cost of the in erease of taxation caused by the water works plant. And who can say how much has been and will be saved to tax payers by the fire department of Jla coti? It seems beyond question that these improvements and the consequent increase in taxation were not only nec essary, but are an eminently wise and profitable investment, So much in justification of the present condition of affairs. Now see who is re sponsible for the situation the present administration or the people of Macon. One matter for which neither is to blame is a judgment for $2500 against the city which is in progress of being paid off. This debt was incurred sev eral years ago in the matter of the new school building. The gradual paying off this judgment is responsible for'part of the increased taxation. The increase of six mills is complained of, and of this amonnt the voters of Macon are responsible for till and even more. The six and a quarter mills tax for bonds and interest was voted by the citizens of Macon, and one and a quarter of the four and a quarter mills tax for schools was levied upon the petition of a major ity of the tax-payers of Macon. Under these circumstances who can justly at tribute the blame of increased taxation to the present administration. The Beacon contends that no blame attaches to any one on this account, but wher ever the blame lies it does not lie on their shoulders. Another ground of complaint is that the salary of the city clerk has been doubted. This is true and yet it is not true. The city clerk is actually paid now nearly twice as much as formerly but in addition to the duties of city clerk he now is city auditor, city tax assessor and also has the book-keeping and collecting of the water works and electric light plant to do, and for more than doubling his work they have less than doubled his pay. We doubt if there is a business of the size and im portance of the Macon Electric Light and Water Plant in the United States that gets its office work done for thirty five dollars a month. Few succeed in having it done for twice that amount. What Macon needs, now that she has these modern improvements and advan tages, is a public spirit among her citi zens that will bring them together to work together for the good of the town. It is not by knockers and grumblers, by captious criticism and complaint that towns and communities grow and pros per. Without reason and justice, and in many cases without the right to object even did objection lie, much of this crit icism is done. And it is at the expense of the good of Macon that this taste for criticism is (rrfltified. Optimism is better than pessimism, and boosting does much more for a bus iness or a town than criticism, Macon is well located in the midst, of a rich and fertile territory. The town should be twice its present size and will be w ien our people work together for the common good. And one thing nec essary to the succe-s of the town is for her people to patronize the waterworks and electric light plant. This industry, sj vitally important to the town, cannot prosper unless the town people pur chase its products. Chancery Court. Last week's Bkacon inadvertently omitted any reference to the Fall term of the Chanetry Court which convened on Monday, October 28th, Chancellor McCool with characteristi.- expedition finished up the business of the court in three days. The usual amount of guardianship matters was settled, and the shackles of matrimony were strick en from the usual number of negroes. Several motions and demurrers were heard. Most of the causes on the docket, not being ready for trial, were made vacation causes, to be augued and decided between now and the April term. While very patient in hearing testi mony and argument of counsel, the Chancellor has a remarkable faculty in expediting the business of his court. So far as his province is concerned, for the traditional "law's delay" he is in nowise responsible. , Vardaman and Roosevelt.' Our worthy governor can't get Presi dent Roosevelt off his mind. On two occasions during the past week he has turned loose self-written interviews in bitter and vituperative denunciation of the chief executive of the nation. The mere presence of Mr. Roosevelt in the south has the same effect on our gover nor as that produced by waving a red flag in the face of a bull, lie bellows most awfully, paws up the earth with fanatical furry, and it is inpeed fortu nate that he has not bitten himself while in one of these hydrophobiac moods, for the result woods, for the re sult would be certainly fatal. Of course, the governor is entitled to his opinions concerning Itooseveltian policies and principles, and, further more, he has the Codgiven right to ex press these opinions freely, but all that he has thus far said concerning the president is unquestionably inspired by personal enmity and green-eyed jeal ousy. The fact that the people of Mis sissippi, and the south generally are in clined to accept Mr. Roosevelt's amia ble remarks in a friendly spirit, and give him credit with honest intentions, in spite of his occasional idiosyncracies, is regarded by our governor as a per sonal affront. To his mind the presi dent is rotten to core, utterly without I nope ol redemption, either here or here-1 siier. in oriei ne is a punnc enemy, a veritable wild sailor of he sea dashing the ship of the state to wreck and ruin on the rocks of anarchy. This, of course, is an unreasonable view. It is to fanatical for serious con sideration. Only a mind filled with nalice could conjure up such a concep tion of Mr. Roosevelt. Few of us ad nire the president in all his parts, but that he has good points no sane person can truthfully deny. Deep down in his own heart Governor Vardaman knows ihat the president is not a bad fellow, and our governor, of all men in the .miverse.Ishould not attach somuch seri ousness to earlier utterances of public ncn. He has himself said many things that would have been better left unsaid, md which he cannot now endorse. iVorse still, he reduced those sayings o cold print, and the recoid will for :ver stand against him. There is an old adage to the effect that ''a wise man may change his mind -a fool, never.' Doubtless Mr. Roosevelt regrets the unkind words poken in earlier years concerning the outh and the southern people. In 1885, when Mr. Roosevelt wrote the nagazine article of which the gover lor so bitterly complains he had not eached that state of mental maturity f which he is now the accredited pos ;essor. It is hardly legitimate, and it s certainly uncharitable, to dig up an irticle written twenty-two jears ago md assert thai, it now represents the iews of the man who wrote it. Often vc do not think the same things today that we earnestly advocated on yestcr Jiy, or we may accept views on mat c -rs and morals that do not appeal to ur reason at this moment. "I find that his vindictiveness and ituperation extended all down the line, ven o the great conciliator, L. Q. C. amar," says the governor. The looseve'.tian sentence quoted' by the overnor in support of the allegation nrdly sustain the idea that the presi l.;nt cherished a personal grievance gainst Mr. Lamar, and even if such vas the case, that animosity was evi i;ntly forgotten when Mr. Roosevelt ippointed a son of L. Q. C. Lamar as egister of the land office in Jackson. Concerning the president's attitude cowards the south, the governor says that "he think it is popular to indulge in a little innocent flattery." Was it nnocent flattery when Mr. lloosevelt ippointed the widow of ex-Governor luhn M. Stone as postmistress at Iuka, a position which she needed and richly deserved? Was it innocent .flattery when he appointed Gen. W. T. Martin, a gallant Confederate soldier and long life democrat, as postmaster at Natchez? Was it innocent flattery when a similar honor was accorded to Col. Sam B. Thomas, one of the most beloved citi zens of Hinds county? Is there any (lattery in the fact that two-thirds of the postofficcs in the larger towns of Mississippi are occupied by men who main unwavering allegiance to the democratic party? Was the president trying to flatter the south, when he gave a summary discharge to the bat tallion of negro troops at Brownville? Did the president have in mind only a purpose to flatter the south when he t appointed a grandson of Stonewall Jackson to the military academy at West 1'oint? The sincerity of Mr. Roosevelt's de sire to win the friendship of the south ern people something he did not por sess during his first three years in the executive office, -cannot be questioned by any fair-minded man. It is his evident purpose as he has frequently stated, to be president of the entire nation, Although a northerner by birth, ill r ' UU11M) about the the "SECURITY BOND (Guaranteed) BOY'S SUIT" is its quality the smallest thing is its price-only $5.00. Our broad guarantee of Money Back or a new Suit is your insurance against defetfs. You'll find over a hundred smart patterns, a diversity of fabrics and every fitting size to select from. We have some pretty Patterns we can job at a very low price. Macon MerCo. Letter List Unclaimed letters remaining in Ma con Postotfice for week ending Novem ber, 4th, 11KI7. Barry, I! J Black, V Coleman, Walter Cotton, Mrs. Z Cruvens. Mrs I. Prish, II R A Chronic Growler. A Texan is out in a puhlic roast of Roosevelt for helping the New York banks tide over the crisis in their af fairs. Supposing the administration had obdurate and refused financial as sistance, and the panic of 181)3 should have been repeated, with all its disas trous consequences-strong men crying alound for bread what would our Texas brother have said then, poor things? This fellow is propably a chronic grewler, whose vision has been sadly warped by his own mistakes through life. The administration did a commendable thing in taking prompt action to avert a panic and all fair minded persons with a true knowledge of the situation will commend the course pursued. Columbus Commer cial. For Sale or TraiV One extra fine saddle mare, mahog any aay, about nine years old. Will sell or exchange for good mule of equal value, ("lay Runs., McLeod, Miss. Positions are Awaiting competent young men and women. The demand for good office help was never greater; are you prepared to accept a good position? If you are not prepared, attend the Queen City Husiness College, Meridian, Miss., for they are educating young men and women in a way that enables them to do the work the world wants done; they will be gldd to send you information and testimonials merely for the asking. See their advertise ment elsewhere in this paper. Dunn, Malissa lLlbrook Johnson, D " Sadie Kelly, F S Muse ley, Robert Reed, Joseph Kobbins, Greta Smith, Sadie Strode, Josaphine Taylor, W R Thompkins, 11 (i!) Triplett, Maiy White, Hunter Williams, Pincan liirliH Merc. Co i, 1'ather.:, ia Jo!::!f)ii, S J Jones, i It I.each, v' 15 I'ai'i.i, ' rs L F Ruvls, 1 A Roge.-s', 11 II Stewart, Wann Sul ton. 15 L Thomas, Isaac Tiller, Irner Trplett, J Williams, T L Vaiil.ook, Willie J. Sthvens, 1'. M. Attention NoxuKce Rifles. Jou have a chance to send tt your friends a pictmoof the finest looking and best drilled companies in all Mis sissippi, the Noxubee l!;fles on Post Cards. For tale at 0. I.. Heinrich's Yours for business, W. M. LAMBERSON. Agent for CASIIARTT'S OVERALLS. Tresspass Notices. The public are hereby notified that the Foote bored week place two miles south of Macon, is posted and the full penalty of the law will be enforced against all violators. T. W. IIkamk. Nov. 9-2mos. All hunters and other trespassers ar forbidden to hunt on' with gun or dog on the lands owned or controlled by the undersigned. J. A. IIiiuii.ek, J. L. IIinm.Klt, M. F. Windham, W. D. Windham. Notice tJ l'oi!riCtur. The State of Mississippi, Noxubee County. . The Board of Supervisors having here toforeordercd that the county convicts be worked under a convict contractor for the year l'.lOT as provided by Section K70 cif the Code 1!KU and the clerk hav. ing been instructed to advertise for serd e propsolals for same. I will receive bids at the ofllce of the clerk of chan cery court until 10 o'clock a. tn. Tues day tne :trd. day of December 1!III7 for the working of the conntv convicts under convict contractor from the date of letting of this contract until the 1st. Moudav of January WON. Prospective bidders will take notice that they will be required to entcd into contract for a full, fai'hful and efficient er!ormnnce of the duties of convict contractor as provided by law anc to furnish good and suflicent bond to be approved as provid ed by law for the faitful performance of said contract. By order of the Board, Dec. 1'Hh t Of XI Z. T. PoRRolt, Clerk, Rv I. L. Dohhoh, D. C. , Advtrtiltment or Sealed Prpouli. The State of Mississippi. Noxubee County. I will receive bids for the erection ol a bridge across Running Water Creek on the Macon and DeKalb Road at or ranr Po,.i1,ullc Mill nr-nrfliiirr tn nl.ins and specification" now on file in tins HI 1.... It 1 0.1 OIHCe, UIHll mumiitj- i t-i cinuci -u. i;m'i Bidders will take notice that the usual bond will be required, to-wit:- A lir rwl tn ho nnnrnvfd hv the? Hoard in a sum not less than the amount of the contract price of said work. Bids will be received until Monday, Dec. 2d, at 9 o'clock, for keeping Giles' ferry for the year UW. Bv order of the Board, this November Ulli Wt7. Z. T. DORROH. Chancery Clerk By I. L. DORROll, I). C. Subscribe to The Beacon. i Now 3C 3C 5 K mmmSS33& gSiBBSSBi I til a Tiiyio tn sin Ynni Tvtflsfifr mu a " tmuamxmkiT:lvmji KmmmKIHimmMjSu 9 You have an opportunity not only of securing the pick of our large and well i selected stock, but also the satisfaction in knowing you are getting the best. SHOES FOR MEN AND WOMEN. In our slice section are .'ill the new Fall styles, every last anil new shape, every tiling that means taste and comfort in shoes, will be found here for we mnke foor comfort a study. In the celebrated Ed. C. Burt Shoes for women, than which there is no better shoe made, there are many new styles added, making the lii! more complete than ever. Our line of Crawford Shoes for Men meet every requirment of modern f.isliins, they are stylish, easy-fitting and abso lutely shape-retaining, thus affording complete satisfaction in length of service and perfection of style. DRESS GOODS AND LACES. CJ In our Dress Goods Department we are showing the new est things in Broadcloth, Suiting Voils, V a n e y Plaids and Serges in popular colors with trimming to match Iu ihe (iinghams, Plaids and Percales for school dresses, we have what you want. Seo these goods before buying. J Our Lace and Embroidery department is complete jn every detail. Our prices are strictly right. Come to see us. J Millinery Whatever might be said bv way of description of our Millinery, would fall far short of giving an idea of the supreme superiority in style, cxclusiveness and beauty of the Trimmed Hats that r.re on display in our Millinery Section MACON MERCANTILE GO. zsmi&&! OTCTfiEi GfflasEEa ciasa cr irrr' rasssa mim $3m? and a republican by instinct and train ing, he feels a genuine pride in his southern ancestry, and he is. in many respects, the most domocartic president who has occupied the chair since the ;ivil war. When a man is trying to do the right thing he should be given every possible encouragement, and it is in this spirit ihat the thinking people of the south iccept the recent expressions of Mr. Roosevelt Jackson Evening News. Post Cards! Post Cards! i9 Local Views 19 We have the following views: 1. Hotel Macon 2. Simpson House. 3. Dillard House. 4. Catholic Church. 5. Baptist Church. 6. Methodist Church. 7. Presbyterian Church. 8. Old Episcopal Church. 9. Old Methodist Church. 10. Macon High School. 11. Court House with Monument. 12. Court House without Monument. 13. Jeffe son street looking south. 14. Jefferson street looking north. 15. Jefferson street looking from court house. 16. Lovers Leap. 17. Noxubee Uiver. 18 Noxubee Rifles. 19. Iron liridgo over Noxubee River, at C. L Hmnkich. I ORDINANCE NO. 11, 1907. Sec. 1. Be it ordained by the Mayor I and Board of Aldermen of the City of Macon, Miss., that for the year 1907 1 an advalorem tax of 18 mills on the dollar is hereby levied on all the prop erty assessed for taxes in the City of Macon, Miss., to be apportioned among the several funds as follows: For .general purposes, 4 mills on the dollar. For school purposes, 4 1-4 mills on the dollar. For light and water purposes, includ ing fire purposes, 2 mills on the dollar. For bond and interest purposes, 6 1-2 on the rlollai. For the payment of Bnrret & John son judgment, 1-4 mills on the dollar. For sinking fund of bond, 1 1-4 mills on the dollar. Sec. 2, lie it further ordained that the occasion being urgent this ordance to take effect and be in force from and after its passage. Approved, this the 5th day of No vember, 1906. D. F. Alloood, Attest: Mayor. R E. V. Yates, Clerk. The above and foregoing ordinance was duly and unanimously adopted by the board at the board at the regular November meeting, held on the 6th day of November. 1907, and duly recorded in minute book E, page 275. R. E. V. Yates, Clerk. I S L H0LF Cotton Yards & Warehouse Pennant HOUr Try a Barrel. Macon Mer. Co. Amongst other local views on Post Cards we now have the Episcopal church, which burned down the same day the Masonic Hall and the Dillard Aouse burned. For sale at C. JL. Heinrich's. To the Farmers of Noxubee and Adjoining Counties; I solicit your patronage for the com ing season. I have beeti weighing and caring for cotton of the farmers of Noxu bee and Winston, for more than forty years, and you know whether you have received honest and fair treatment at my hand. I hope to redeye your patronage for tho coming season as I have better fa cilities than in previous years for your cotton. JS. L. HOLT, MACON, MISS MAGNATE TROUSERS I A New Pair if they Rip Macon Mer. Co. CUMBERLAND TELEPHONE CtiCOKrOKAHID) Long distance lines and telophonos of this Company enable you to talk almost anywhere In Southern Indiana, Southern Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. We can put you In quick and satisfactory communication with the people of this great section of the country. We solicit your patronage. Rat03 reason able. Equipments and facilities unsur JAM IS E. CALDWELL, LCLAND HUME, H.n'y Asp't t"'"'! Mgr, T. D. WEBP, Sliorie j WOMANH & Vegetable Comj Court House, G Day and ; - i se! -i A Scholarship Given Away Commencing Monday, Nov. 1 1 n .. ..1 :n : 1 r i : .. . . . i. . 1 i'iii .iiiw win iit ui j;ciin.iu .wont liiy 11101 in u i ;iii en ick. l'.ves ing class, Monday at 7:MO. In order to demonstrate t. t lie people ot this vicinity the wonderful possibilities of the Ihnir MnipHEe Shorthand, as taught in the Byrne Business Colleges, which area- follows; Columbus Business College. Columbus, Miss.; Atliet t : rv.n . i .1 .. iv. 1 i, . 1 . minimis unej;i, .linens, ua., rieuciiiii mismess i. oiiec, Irwi ma, Kan,. Capital City Business College, (uthnc, Okla., amlTvl: ! 1 . 11 . t 1 . 11 . . , . oiiiinerciai woiicge, iyiei, lexas, ine system ttiat lias rev.ML lionized the art of rapid writing, and upon its merits lias oneinf almost every civilized nation on the globe, we will give a regular week's course absolutely free to all who may apply. The instrw tions will consist of two hours: Morning, afternoon and iveriiri: respectively. After One Week's Instructions the average student should understand thoroughly 'every iirindjiJ oi the system, and be able to write ordinary business letters fnr.l dictation at a moderate speed, and to read his notes aeeiiniU'v Tl... t. . ..1. .. 1 . - , - , ,1 , ' I iiiuse who uikc mis course can easily rinisn and become oodstrl nographers either by taking our home study course, or by spendnJ a lew wccks at one ot our colleges. Free Scholarship Given as a Prize. A $ 15 scholarship in any of the Byrne Business Colleges wi: tie given as a prize to the student who can write and read sliorl hand the most rapidly and accurately at the close of the wed'1 course, Here is a chance to get a business education free nl eliarctl Prof. W. V. Golden, one of the most rapid writers and iiinst.-uc evsiiii lejiui leis 01 uic country, win nave ciiarge ot the live course .V ,1 Miuiiiniim niuer aim reporter, i'roi. uotucn lias no superior l and perhaps not an equal. We have been teaching the Byrne Sire- plilied Miortliand lor a number of years. We formerly tauu'ltt thtl T!ii.. 1 ....... ' I 1 utiiian, wranam, ami light line systems. We can make a lirttcl stenographer in three months with the Byrne Simplified, titan wtl could in six months with the other systems. Enter next Mondavi for one weeks free trial and bo convinced. We hope to have at least 100 enter for this one week's free demonstration. Interesting Contest Friday Evening. At the close of the d monslration course I'rid.-v there- will be a tree public contest to determine the" Ho scholarship, and to show what can he s p. m., icr of tli' I-.. .mi ill' ' A in nnf I week with the wonderful Byrne Simplified. Bu.-ii'i.':-s colleges ot amy city teach u-g other systems will he challen-ed t.. contest mtv of their six weeks pupils against the one week iui"i!s of ti e Ilvrr.e Simplified, or any of their six months pupils a'jah:st the three months students of the Byrne. It is Imped that thev accept the challenge. We .also challenge any teacher or writer If any other system to demonstrate or write with our Mr. CioMen. The public ana especially the business men. are cordially invited to attend. Tlwr ivtll 1i n 1,..., l.w.t I. '...,1.1 ' . 1. 1 rl. ..iu ..V it nu uiiv hii ih;ok Kee 1 'in ! a t cue ciese, 1 ut " periority of the Byrne System over all other systems has been fully established, Thousands of pupils are now'hohliiiL' the very liest of positions with leading business firms all over the country, and in our United States (. averment work after only S lo Uwei' stuily. All those who enroll fort hiw ilmmiittri'iiiin iht!; id s absolutely free, and are under no obligations to continue. This is the time of your life to learn a thorough modern system of ste- noi'r.quhv Pnmn nml ,11 w,,,.- ('.;.,.,. 1.. I- " ... v I,,, mi Him 11 u in;? luewuie. This demonstration will well be worth your time and trouble in cuieiming. 1011 win he enahieil to take notes for vuur own sat isfaction at the clone of the week. We have hundreds of such en dorsements as the following: m r, . Fredonia, Kansas, Sept. VI, To W honi it May Concern I take pleasure in sayhiR that after only 18 hours study of the Byrna Simplified Shorthand, divided into five days. 1 took dictation at the rate of 55 words per minute of unfamiliar mat ter for three consecut ive minutes and transcribed same at a rapid rate of speed, and read my notes as though they were print. To anyone desiring to become a proficient stenographer I sincerely recommend the BYRNE SIMPLIFIED. GEORGE STIYEKS. EVERYBODY VELCOMn.: Columbus - Business - College. ."OKiTTFtCiStX: JNO. A. WISE SF-r?r Complete epiotation service furnished of New York and Kcw Orleans Cotton Maikels. Phone 81. Macon Miss. NOTICE! As I wish to olnp all nreounts not later than Nov. 1st, would ask those who owe eitker yearly, monthly or soda water accounts, to call and settle on or before that date. Accounts will be mailed the latter part of the month. Respectfully, ei'US'Sli ?!, M, MliKlH1Yf Wo have just received a lawe hi ment of Dorothy Dodd shoes fr'e No hnntinrr or trespatsinR on the Connor place near the Overhead bndg . If caught will he prosecuted to the iui ovtpnt of rim law. OUS MCUM