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63d YEAR
MACON, MISSISSIPPI, FRIDAY, MARCH 22. 1912.
NUMBEI! 22
LETTER FROM BIQ BUD
Eiitor of the Bmod:
Well Mr. Editor the curtain has heen
run down tans has been sounded the
legislature has adjourned, and its acta
f and doings has passed into history, we
ave nassed some eood laws and killed a
Iot of bad bills, and on the whole it has
seen a very good body, only extreme
- when it came to a political question or
. Dknnf tha rnlWpa. ThV Seemed to
have it in for the A. & M. especially,
..A and was determined that the prepara-
'i!f department of this and the 1. 1. &
i B J S
n ekft.iM ka ttKnliahMl at once and the
Sf OUVVUU m -
ficuse passed an act to this effect but it
ot "balled up - in the senate ana was
ft out and the colleges were leu as
' f nrora A ft? Hardv's resignation
t handed in therflf JM' &r 80
r foelincr aorninst the A. & M., 88
1' V'.'Hightower was said to be slated
'for the pisidency of this 'nstitution,
and that sof cened the legislature down
: a little. They took away the control 01
!. rkamixat rlonartmnnt from the col-
miv va.n. -----
lege and placed it under Mr. Blakeslee.
1 k nr. 1 ot avamntincr R nCT
; cent money from taxation and reducing
the contract rate of interest to 8 per
-cent and exempting Building and Loan
A "Associations fronfthe provisions of this
'. act. I have long wanted this to become
1 a law, and am glad that the B. and L.
J" are exempt for this one thing that Nat
'Harrison says can be figured out to show
hf that the lender and borrower both make
msney. It certainly helps a poor man
Sr ito get a home.
f We passed a bill authorizing the re
jrtention of not more than one third of
( . the fines collected in the prosecution of
$ blind tigers to be used in employing de
jyltectives to ferret out aiul convict other
violators of the liquor law. Mr. Brame
took the floor and claimed that this act
was clearly unconstitutional and would
fvoid if passed. I then spoke and urged
ithe members to pass it, and let us try
i f it, stating th had passed a bill last
night by h large majority, that a num
ber of good lawyers claimed was uncon
stitutional, but the authors asked them
to try it, and they did, and I am glad to
say that we passed this last-mentioned
bill by a good majority. We also passed
an act making the owner or lessee of a
building liable for a fine of $500 if liquor
1s Vrmitted to be sold there. Thechan
eery cothrt has been given jurisdiction
equal to that held by circuit courts on
nuisances and may act upon them in
vacation, using power of injunction to
abate same. So upon the whole, when
we have in addition to the above an act
making it a felony after the secondcon
vietion, I believe we can almost -put
the blind tiger out of business,
A state bureau of vital statistics has
'i been established and I believe will re-
h bound in great good to the state.
We gave the sheriff 20 days longer to
make final settlement. This was needed
as they could hardly make final settle
ment in the five days allowed under the
old law. -
Our ways and and means '"committee
v brought in a bill raising the tax levy
from six mills to six and one half mills.
Our chairman of the appropiation com
mittee said it would take a levy ot ly
mills for 1912 and 6 mills for 1913 to
make us easy. But the boys could not
see the raise and said it would not do
for this legislature to raise the tax levy,
So we compromised by keeping the, levy
at 6 mills and authorizing the governor
to borrow $500,000 in October. 1912 and
the same amount in 1913. This legis
lature had to provide for the $336,000
canceled bonds of the issue of 1910 and
for $100,000 expenses of the extraor
dinary session of 1911, and about $100,
nnn pvnense incurred in maintaining the
national guard at McC!omb and Water
Valley. The legislature found just as
Senator Price, Mr. O' Byrne and myself
told them in our canvass lust summer,
that the needs of the state had grown
so much that no legislature could re
duce the appreciations very , much and
'iough the colleges were cut all they
'cold stand and no more buildings were
provided for. still we appropiated about
$135,000 more than we did in 1910. But
while we built no new buildings, we had
to provide for the charity hospital at
ckson and the normal school at Hat
tilsburg. The appropiations-were about
$7,855,000-
Our pension committee recommended
that no more buildings be erected at
Beauyoir as we could take care of about
200 there now and each inmate costs
about $240 a year and constitutes a
, ilege class as they are almost to a
(recruited from the. fourth class
X hiy get about $35 each. This re
Vwas adopted by the appropiation
jnittee and by the house but was
H down in the senate and two new
l?es at a cost of $4,000 were pro
. ( for and of course an additional ap-
i Ution for the proposed increase of
, amounting to some 514,000. A
nee cwnraiUee composed of three
members from the senate and three
members from the house and when we
met I found all of the members but my
self, were in favor of standing by the
senate Dill. I refused to concur believ
ing the house was not in favor of the
increased appropiation and when the re
port was called up in the house. I moved
to not concur in the report and made a
speech on this motion. After consider
able discussion pro and ccn the vote
was taken and we found the bill had re
ceived a majority of the members but
had failed to get . a constitutional ma
jority. All apporpiations have to re
ceive a majority of all members elected,
69, and therefore failed to pass. The
next morning I got the old Vets together
and told them as the majority of the
legislature had voted ta favor of the bill
that as democrats we ought to abide by
the will of the majority, re-consider the
vote and give the constitutional major
ity and pass tne bill and this was
agreed to and the senate bill wasDassed
and two cottages will be built and the
sum of $98,000 for two years has been
appropriated for the maintenance of
the Beauvoir home. This makes the
total appropiation for the veterans
about one million dollars, for the two
years and these inmates get one-tenth
of the entire appropiation. This cer
tainly constitutes these a privileged
clsss. -
The bill known as the "tick eradica
tion bill" passed last night It gives us
$25,000 for the year 1912 and 1913, for
tick eradication and $10,000 for the
manufacture of hog cholera serum and a
provision that the governor may bor-
did was to pass an act Increasing the
trustees of the penitentiary by adding
Ross Collins anf Blakeslee to the board
then giving Smith virtually absolute
control of this institution and putting
Tavlorand Montgomery out of business.
Gov. Brewer did not approve of this
pernicious measure and it went dead.
Brewer said he knew that the Vardaman
men would ix mad about this, but he
could see no good reason to make a
change in the management of the
penitentiary that had been so recently
endorsed by the people bv the election
of Col Montgomery and Taylor.
Dunbar Rowland was out in the cold.
The bill providing for the maintenance
of his department, after being cut
about one half, was held up in tha sen
ate on a motion to re-consider and was
overlooked I heard of this late Satur
day'eyening, and went at once to see
about it. Called up Rowland, and the
bill finally found and a motion made to
table the motion to re-cons:der the vote
by which the bill waa passad, but one of
Bilbo's friends raised the question of
"no quorum" and the bill was dead. 1
called to see the governor this morning
and suggested 'hri ha write each mem
ber of the legislature and gejeonsent to
borrow the money to sustain this de
partment for the two years, and I think
this will be done. Some had it in for
Rowland because the trustees allowed
him $600 for some extra work, and they
said this ought not to have been done.
I am glad to say that Burkitt had noth
ing to do with this. Some had accused
him of fighting Dr. Rowland on account
Of the difficulty shey had two years ago.
I was very sorry indeed that senate
; bill providing for an appropriation of
$600 to restore the rous or tne comea
erate regiment was killed by our appro
priation committee , We will have to
get our U. D, hold of this.
Well, I will have to close this weekly
letter; this winds up my weekly mes
sages for awhile at least. I have ful
filled my promise to my constituents by
epidemic of hog cholera to manufacture
this serum. This is $5,000 less than we
had last term and Blekosleesays he can
give Noxubee county only one inspector
after this. I would have taken the floor
against this bill for I did not think it
we 8 enough and the bill to provide pen
alties for not dipping cattle had not
passed, but was told that the committee
had recommended that it should pass.
Henry Minor made a decided hit this
morning. He had gotten the floor to
take issue with Speaker Quinn on his
ruling that the Percy letter could be
placed on the journal and had prepared
himself with all kinds of proof from the
record of congress expunging the vote
of cersure en President Jkckfipji-'down
to the present, but ufnn said at the
time he was out of order and this morn
ing two days after Quinn had made this
ruling he and Quinn had gotten together
and Hen-y made a fine speech, saying
that in the interest of haimony and
peace he would not bring up the ques
tion but let it stand, as it was, and
Quinn thanked him and on motion of
Carothers of Lee, the house did the
same by rising vote. I append a copy
of Henry's remarks which I endorse
fully as Quinn had been uuiformly kind
to the entire Noxubee delegation and I
was desirous of putting down all politi
cal questions that tended to stir up strife
and do no good. . I voted against all of
thes' resolutions and Said that I was
glad I hailed from a county where the
war" had been over since that fateful
day Augustlst, when the"White Chief"
was triumphantly elected! Here is the
speech:
Immediately after roll call, Mr. Min-
m m.w I i 11
or ot JNoxubee, rose to a priviieagea
question and said:
Mr. SpeaKer:
Several days ago I made a motion,
which is now pending, to correct the
House Journal of March 7th so as to
make it correspond with the facts and
show the actual proceedings of that
day.
I now desire to with-draw that motion.
Not that I do hot still believe that the
Journal should be so corrected, for I
have the highest authorities in my favor
on this very point, but because I believe
no good will be accomplished by press
ing the motion, and it would only tend
to, increase fraction in the legislature
in these, the closing days of the
session. Mor would action oi mis son
promote harmony in the Democratic
party in Mississippi.
I do this, though I think my course
in this matter entirely out of line with
the course pursued by the majority
here. I think this ligislature has been
cruelly unjust to Senator Percy, who is
a man after my own heart, clean, hon
orable and brave. A gentleman who,
by his stainless charact r and great
abilities, is an honor to Mississippi and
the South. My own slight personal con
tact with him, however, bred in my
heart not partizan rancer and hate, but
a desire to be a better Mississippian.
Therefore, Mr. Speaker, with the per
mission of the house I withdraw my
motion in Ihe interest of party harmony
and good feeling among the members
of this body
I have not the space to tell of all the
acts passed but will try to do so later
on. Bilbo got oh bill, putting a lax of
20cts., an acre on all timbered lands
over 1000 acres held by any individual
or corporation through, but I hear that
this is unconstitutional. Gov. Brewer
said they expected to put him in a hole
by having him veto it, but he said he
surprised them by approving it with an
explanation of this. Bilbo also had a bill
introduced taxing each turpentine box.
He certainly had it in for the corpora
tion. The worst thing that the legislature
- .
. -.H-U HtAMir anH m in hit tha nn
row $10,000 more if there should HH S' o7 tto ktf .Mm as I saw it. X
was very ousy mrougnuia me cooio..
attending to my business strictly (as
did my colleagues) only going to the
city two or three times. I wrote the
letters amid the (turmoil of the house
and can only claim they were the fact
as I saw them. Perfect harmony pre
uoiiod in the Noxubee delegation al
though we seldom voted together. Each
one voted his own convictions, and I
think the Beacon could have have in
cluded the entire delegation (and this
includes our worthy senator) when it
aaiH thA voters of Noxubee made no
mistake in electing Hon, Henry Minor.
Although Bilbo put Walter on no lm-nnrfont-
rnmmittee. Walter said he
made a fair and impartial speaker and
rapnorni ,A him at all times when he
wanted the floor. n
Walter t old JoeCook that if he want
tA hi hill to co through the house he
rhaorbetter have uiroo go over anu umne
a speech for it. So sure enougn a mo
tion was made to invite the Lieut. Gov
ernor over to address us on this subject.
I wanted the Normal College to get a
decent appropriation, as I regard Hat
tiesburg as a daughter of Macon, I
found myself voting aye as loue as the
most rabid Bilbo man, and when I told
Walter this he said "I had him sent
over to speak to you, and all I said was
"had I known this, sir, I would have
voted no," but Bilbo spoke and got the
appropriation, ,..
it was DilDO wno Kiueu me ubiirihk
hill. The senate conference committee
had agreed to give up all they had con
tended for except the 'election of exam
iner and would have done this had BP bo
agreed to it. After consulting him
they rvfu ed to concur in this and our
member of the conference committee
held out for this and the bill was killed,
lahom V.vanK said he would rather have
the bill killed than hot to elect the ex
aminers and he had great mnnence wun
our committee. 1 was in iavor oi tne
election of the examiners myseu. as i
favor electing all officers from presi
dent down by a direct vote of the peo
ple. Of course proper restrictions were
thrown around the examiners as to
their qualifications, etc.
We had with us to dinner Sunday
Spivey Douglass and Bovce Hunter.
Spivey will soon finish his business
course and we have high hopes of his
success. Boyce is attending the blind
institute and is making fine progreaf.
He is one contented student-say he
fares well, that he gets oysters every
week here. He is learning to write
real well on the type-writer and writes
so often to his'folks at home that they
have written him that stamps cost
monev. I told him to Jgo ahead and 1
would get after the old ioiks wnen j
went out to Mashulaville. A certain
young lady over there ought to answer
his letter. He was afraid to give her
name for tear it might get in the Bea
con. He can make his way all over
town and will get an education yet.
He walked over here this evening to
get the Beacon, and says he must see
it every week: so send it to him Mr.
Editor. , , , , .
My good wife, who has stood by me
so loyally all the session, has made me
promise, as the roads are so bad, to go
by Birmingham with her and see our
children there before coming home, so
so we will go there Wednesday and the
next week stop at Columbus and see
my children there and be at home by
the first 1 have such a good manager
in Mrs. Morries that I have no need to
hurry home.
So I will bid you and your readers an
affectionate adieu for this time.
Big Bud.
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at 6 per cent on terms of five years or
more, by local party. No red; tape or
long delay. Addrass "Investor" care
of Merchants & Farmers Bank, Macon.
Mils. .
Strawberry PlanU.
Seven hundred Klondike Strawberry
plants at zOc per hundred if taken at
once, Mrs- w- M' K-OGER,
BrookBville, Miss,
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