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Praises East Mississippi.
Prominent Dairymen Thinks Thi Section Preicnti Greatest Ad
vanities tnd Fewer Disadvantages of any He has Visited.
Mr. H M. Barton, head of the
General Electric Company of Chi
cago, and who U also one of the
most prominent dairymen in the
West, raited Noxubee county
something over a year ago and was
shown over the county by Messrs.
Yates & Clay. He expressed him
self at the time as being most favor
ably impressed with this section,
and as be had traveled and made a
close inspection of a good portion
of the West and Southwest was in
a position of making comparisons.
Mr. Yates recently had the follow
ing letter from him. Printed be
low is also a letter to Mr. B. H.
Strong of West Point:
Maeon. If ImIuIbbL
Dear ttir: I received yours of
January 19th, and a few days later
the report of the soil survey of
Noxubee county came in, for which
I am mucn obliged.
I have talked with a good many
people aooul tne prospect ror agri
cultural development in eastern
Mississippi. If I were looking for
a place to start In, 1 think I should
look in your neighborhood first
and last I shall undoubtedly
have 'the opportunity to use this
copy of the soil' survey, and mean
time I remain
i Yours very truly,
f B M. BiBioar. .
JDear Sir: I have jusji returned
from spending some days ia the
Salt KJver Valley in the irrigated
district of Arizona, where there
are 200,000 acres of land under the
-Boosevelt dam. As I traveled
around there aud saw the advan
tages of farming under favorable
irrigation conditions and favorable
climate, and noted the live-stock
fattening on pasture iu December,
-nf uind tattftd ft'-iftt&f &ntoj
itita a strong prefcuehce for itri
gation by rain as" compared1 with
irrigation by ditches.
I Lave often thought that if I
wcrjeiio pick out a locality present
ing the greatest advantages and
the fewest disadvantages for agri
cultural development, I could not
find one in this country or any
other, that would suit me so well
as the prairie region of Northeast
ern Mississippi. The first oonsid
eration is tne cumate. in your
region you can raise a number o
winter crops on the same land.
You have an abnndant rainfall.
There is a summer season long
enough to mature cotton and corn
You do not need to pick out a va
riety of corn that matures early.
as the season is long enough for
any and every variety.
The second consideration is the
soil, which is absolutely unsur
passer. It lies sufficiently undu
lating for natural drainage and
sufficiently level for economical
cultivation by the'best machinery,
It produces naturally the most
profitable crops known to general
agriculture -alfalfa, cotton, corn
clovers everything.
The third k consideration is its
favorable location with reference
to markets. All the most profita
ble crops that grow find the high
est market in the country near at
hand. ,
. The fourth consideration is the
favorable labor Situation. It re
quires only some common sense
and fairness in dealing to secure
contented laborers in abundance.
The sixth consideration is the
character of the population.
The situation with reference to
growing live stock of all kinds is
the most favorable possible, the
only exception being that you are
not auite safe as vet from the cat
tie tick. All other animals can be
raised economicrily and profitably
now and find a ready market. As
soon as you are free from cattle
tick, which I believe will be
matter of a few months only, you
are in the most favorable position
Cor dairying. , '
What I sav about Your retion
covers' the prairie region of East
ern Mississippi and Western Ala
bama. You do not nave to irri
gate: you do not have to wait for
jtamuYlk rot j ytsH? do hoi Shiva to
wajcior tne country , to mi up to
give you a market: building ma
terjals are cheap and near at hand.
I cannot find anything to seriously
detract from the desirableness of
your country, and in that country
I do not think of any better loca
tion than that near to the city of
West Point.
Yours very truly,
of Old Noxubee.
To Th Bacon: J
The war time teachers of shuqualak
were, respectively: Capt. Darracutt,
who made his home with Mr. James
Shelton; Capt. Ulrich. Col. John Greer
and Miss Carrie Bledsoe, a sister of
deputy-sheriff and constable of Shuqua
lak district, he having, after the war,
married Miss Eliza Boyle, of Macon, a
sister of Col. Carr Boyle, who became
famous as editor of the "Macon Bee,"
published by Col. R. W. Phillips, arf ex
tensive merchant of your city.
Speaking of school teachers reminds
me that the first school I ever attended
was taught by Prof. Thomas H. Woods,
in a little log hut about 16 x 16, which
was situated one mile north of Shuqua
lak, (Shuqualak haying no school house
then) on the Macon road, on the khgr
hand side coming south, the spot being
still marked by the solid flint rock curb
ing that surrounded the woll which fur
nished tho water for the school during
the time, the old hut having long since
gone to decay.
The building was a five-cornered af
fair, the fifth end or corner being the
fireplace, with1 a width sufficient to
accommodate a fence ra'l, and I remem
ber of having often sit on the end of
the fire logs and getting my lesson,
warming at the same time.
This was the beginning period in life
of our teacher, but none of the pupils
ever dreamed that it was a future state
supreme court Judge that was teaching
them, he having, after the war, at
tained to that exalted position.
I remember that during the teaching
of this school, (1858), he was bitten on
the neck by a spider, and that for a
month or more he had to abandon the
school, and for several days during the
time tie doctors' were doubtful as to
whether hi would ever recover.
Aftara1n: months term, he gave op
thji iKOOiJaM ffil ' law school at
i .eamm. tm,i ffhjfi Ii9 imwm sn
army where he arose to the rank of
colonel, after the war settling in Kern
per county where he practiced law un
til appointed supreme judge, then re
moving to Meridian, in which city he
died but a few years ago, having reached
the ripe and honorable ago of 80 years.
Speaking of Col. Carr Boyle in the
first portion of this narrative reminds
me that the third contingent of troops
leaving Shuqualak in a body was con
Jack Blndsoe, who was the war timeJ signed to a cavalry company made up
by Capt. Sterling Harper, of Macon,
and to which company Carr Boyle,
Dolph Cline and Jeff Edwards, of Ma
con, (I remember), belonged, also one
or two of the Doss boys, of Wet Water.
The Shuqualak members of the com
pant were Bill and Maricn Shields,
(the latter being the war time county
surveyor of Noxubee); Sam McNeese,
f father of James McNeese, now living
at Shuqualak; Stepney Martin, father
of Henry Martin, now' in the trucking
and dairy business near Macon; A. L.
Haynie, brother of the writer; Dave
Lagrone and Crit Calloway.
This company became a part of the
6th Mississippi Cavalry, with Iaham
Harrison, of Columbus, colonel and the
first winter the regiment camped at
West Point, Miss., and latefwas promt
nent in the disastrous battle of Harris-
burg, six miles west of Tupelo, where
upwards of 100 of the regiment's men
were killed, afterwards being assigned
to duty along the Big Black river.
The wagoi. makers and wood work
men at Shuqualak during the war were
Nathan and Marshall McNeese, (slaves),
owned by Mr. Sam McNeese; and the
blacksmith, a slave, owned by the Wid
ow Beasley, was Pete Boasly.
Before the war Sam Jackson was en
gaged in the wagon-making business
there, .but when the tocsin of war was
sounded he closed up his shop and re
sponded to the call, never returning un
til peace was declared,1 then returning
rid taking up his i occupation.
" tri recounting instances of so long ago
I must ieiuurily ' wri
for wjjigh f hone tbj re& wEI excuse
pie.'. 7 .? J, -VHjlTNlS.
From tit Agrkmftnnl Coamisriostr.
It seems that it is time the farm
ers of the county were making
some united effort to stamp out
the plague of hog cholera that is
spreading over every community.
As long as this matter is treated
as carelessly as they are now do
ing, just that long your hogs are
going to die. A law or public sen
timent is needed to be aroused
that will force every hog that dies
from sickness to be buried at once.
It is impossible to stamp out this
devastating plague as long as the
buzzards and dogs are given every
carcass. Let us all begin a fight
on this disease and drive it out of
the county. You are very nnjust
to your neighbor to expose his
herd of hogs by leaving dead hogs
where hungry dogs and every
body's buzzards can get to them,
I feel that this is not a question
for me to say much about either
way, but I have been asked so of
ten for my opinion about the coun
ty farm that I shall say just a few
words about it. The success of
such a farm depends on several
Carefulness in selecting the
right sort of land Is needed.
Land with a good foundation and
sufficient surface drainage is al
ways good property.
A farm of this kind should at
least save the county the board
bill of its convicts, paupers and
mules. ' This alone would in a Jew
years pay for the farm and its im
The success or failure rests, too.
to a large extent on the manager
who has charge. Things like this
seldom fail from a lack of intrinsic
merit, but because of poor manage
ment of the labor.
The object of a farm of this kind
is not to make money for the coun
ty, but to make a support for Its
inmates. This burden should not
rest on the people, but should be
borne by triia&bpr.
farmers' corn club.
I want to try to make plain
about this appropriation the Board
of Supervisors made at the Janu
ary session. One. hundred farm
ers petitioned the Board for an ap
propriation of $175 to be used as
prizes offered in a corn growing
contest. These men who petitioned
for this money are contestants for
the prizes. Any one, though, is
eligible to enter now any of the
Corn Club boys who want to culti
vate three acres.
The first prize is $100 cash for
the largest yield on three acres.
The second, 950 cash for the
second largest yield on three acres.
The third, $25 cash for the third
largest yield on three acres.
Rules governing this contest
will be given out at the February
meeting of the Board of Supervis
Don't wait for me to go to see
you. Enter witn us in this effort
to put Noxubee county in the lead
as a corn producing county of Mis
sissippi. I have faith in the man
who desires to excel
-"What I aspired to b.
And wm not. comfort! me."
tr i i.
we deliver
tjurchdses c
ninuj. II
tJurchdses oiv&e if I in H
I have had letters from but two
of the teachers about the club
work for the boys and girls. I
am vert anxious to push this
work, but I feel that I am handi
capped without the help of the
teachers. This is part of the
school work as I see it. The deci
mal system is worth no more to
your boys than the knowledge of
growing corn, a few truths about
our soils and the love of dd
ing something better than some
one else, xour girls would enjoy
growing a few flowers and learning
the pretty life history of their
short lives.
The Superintendent of Educa
tion of this county has an oppor
tunity few officers in his work
nave, i never saw a county so
eager for big things. Will some
body arouse him from his lethargy!
We need his help in this work
the people want it.
Send me the names of your boys
and girls, teachers and parents!
J. W. Haddon,
. Com, Agri. Noxubee Cg,
! invite you to visit their store at 11
j your earliest opportunity, to in- H
Netkt, Ceatmtori.
Sealed bids are invited on Tuesday,
Feb'y 4, 1913, St 2:00 oclock, p. m . for
the erection of a bridge on Shuqualak
and Wahalak road south of corporation
line of Shuqualak, according to plans
and specifications now on file in chan
cery clerk's office, successful bidder to
give bond in penalty of bid. The Board
reserves the right to reject any or all
By order of Board Supervisors, this
January 9th, 1913.
Jno. A. Tyson, Clerk.
By W. O. Barnes. Jr. D. C.
All land owners, and other citizens of
District 3 have been notified of the re
quirements of the law in reference to
the report of births and deaths to the
local registrar. No burial or removal
permits will be iiaued unless a properly
filled out death certificate is presented.
If this is not done and a corpse is dis
posed of or a birth not reported within
ten days the parties guilty will be
prosecuted. The state law prescribed
this method of procedure and it must
be complied with.
J. M. Stanley, Local Reg.
Vital Statistics Dist. No. 3.
n ,r.
Surveying Dm m Shettl
I am now prepareotttf do' of
surveying and civil engineering tot short
notice. The making of naps of farms,
towns or towa DrotterU 'tofefarifir.
also leveling for tile idniw,'fefc.done
promptly. a, u. iHOMAa.
FertOfeer.' , i-.i v
I will be located at the depot, where
I will have for sale all kinds of fertiliz
ers in any quantity, from one sack to a
car lot. Will make special DriceS in
car lots-credit or cash.
For Sale er Rent,
The residence now occunied bv lira.
fl. A. Hunter is for sale o? rent,
Corn. Oats, Meal,
Bran. Chops and Shorts
We have just closed trade with our grain people for
75,000 bushels of grain to be delivered from January, to,
August. We feel that we have bought right and all
we ask is opportunity to prove to you that we can'
save you money on your grain purchases. Our facili7
ties for handling this commodity as well as many others
is unequaled, as our warehouses are located on our oWii'
private spur track.
- Rosemu and Robbins.
Itls a matter of much regret to many
people here that Messrs. Roseman &
Robbins. who for several years have
conducted a dry-goods business in Ma
con, have given up their business and
moved away. Both gentlemen were
much liked here. They did not fail, but
simply turned their nusiness over to
their creditors. They made an inven
tory, and later Messrs. Finis Carleton
and Wm. Dent inventoried the goods.
There wu only a few dollars difierence
in the two inventories.
LOST A gold bar pin, plain, some
where en Main Street. Finder will
pleaae leave it at the Beacon office.
5 or 6 doses 666 will break
any case of Chill & Jeyer and if
takjn then &a a tonig the f eypr
WlWfffiri!: Wl.'
Seed Potatoes1 !'
. .
Irish Gobbler,
2nd Crop Tennessee Triumph,
Early Ohio.
Early Rose.
onion $pr anp aARbpij:Ebs;
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