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GREENVILLE, SATURDAY; APRIL 20. 1907.
PROhTS GET TOGETHER A PERMANENT ORGANIZA TION IS EFFECTED Will Be Known as the Anti-Saloon League of Washington County Petition to be Presented to Super visors at May Meeting Last Wednesday at n o'clock at the Methodist church in this city, another, meeting of the advocates of county prohibition was held to hear a report from the committees who were securing signers throughout the county, to the petitions for an elec tion, and to. decide on the showing made, whether to "defer the fight until next January or present the petition to the county board of supervisors at ii next meeting and let them or der ;m election at once. When President Holmes called the meeting to order, the Sunday school room of the church in which the meeting was held was well filled with both ladies and gentlemen who were interested in the work of circulating the petitions and organizing th fight. The secretary was then ordered to call the roll of the chairmen in the different "voting precincts in the county for reports on names of quali fied voters on their petitions, and most all .were received with applause The total received in the past week throughout the county was 539, and many were reported as being unable to see all the voters. This was true of the Greenville committee. The splendid showing made by the various committees gave much enthusiasm to the meeting and for the next hour plans for the formation of a perma nent organization were discussed. A motion was then made that the petition, asking for the election, be presented to the board at its May meeting. The motion was carried. Rev. Diehl asked Mr. Campbell .what effect would a counter petition if presented to the board, have in the matter of ordeing the election. Judge Campbell replied that it would have none, that the order was im perative on the board and if a' peti tion was presented to them, signed by one-third of the qualified voters of the county asking for an election, there was but one thing for them to do if they obeyed the law, and he felt confident that they would do their duty. On motion a committee of twelve members was ordered to present the petition to the board. " On motion of Rev. Countiss, which was afterwards amended by Mr. Campbell, an executive committee composed of seven men and a resi dent of each voting precinct in the county, who were the chairmen of the Anti-Saloon League committee of the district was agreed upon to attend to all matters in the coming fight. Mr. Meek received the amen from the meeting when he said the tem porary organization should be made a permanent one, for, after the fight is won, the illegal sale of liquor will have to be suppressed in the county, and he moved that the temporary or ganization be made permanent, and known as the Anti-Saloon League of Washington county. : Jtseiore i'resiaeni xioimes pui motion, he started to address the meeting in regards to himself as president, stating that he felt that they could select a man who could fill the place more acceptably for the good of the cause; but before he could say more, he was cut off by a call for the motion which was before the meeting, which motion carried and he was chosen president of the permanent organization, and Mr. W. P. Kretschmar, secretary. Speeches were then called for and several responded, each confident of victory from the successful work al ready started. Some Notes on Pronibition Contest Some of the pro-saloonists of Greenville are loudly affirming that to stop the sale of : whiskey would prove disastrous to the financial and business interests of the city. The facts, however, are all against them. -The two best towns m the state ar Meridian and Jackson, and neither of 1 hem has had a barroom for many Tti nnnnlsiinn rt til., latfpr has increased nearly 30b per cent "within; the past six years, while that of Greenville has ; scarcely increased 56 per cent. The banking capital of Greenwood is nearly double ours, though the town is not more-than half as large. So far from biing a help, the liquor business has ben Ukt a jnilUstone about the neck of our town. ; Despite the fact that we have the best location of almost any city in - the "state, -many of them are far outstripping us in the ra-cc foir ma terial -.prosperity. We know - pvomt- nent planters in Washington county today who are keeping their families in the hills because they do not wish to bring their boys into a town that has saloons. The dram-shop is not a financial .blessing, but a financial curse. Those who desire to promote the material prosperity of Greenville can "not do a wiser thing than to aid in strikng down the liquor traffic. . The Greenville Democrat lately ob served that some very fine young men have been reared in Greenville within, recent years. This we readily admit, but the saloons had no part in their rearing. They came from homes where watchful parents taught them to shun the dram-shop as a place of danger and! death, and most of them are today active and ardent prohibitionists. We are proud of the attitude of our young men in the pending local option contest. A gentleman said5 to the writer the other day, if we close the saloons tii people will order whiskey from Memphis and Vicksburg, and the money will be taken out of the coun ty; but if we keep the saloons, the money will be kept at home. That is queer reasoning. Doesn't the gen tleman see that when the money is paid to the bar-keeper he has to send it to the wholesale dealer to pay for the whiskey he has to retail? The only difference is that in one case the consumer buys direct and the money to pay for it is sent away in small quantities; while in the other case he buys from the local man who sends the money away (minus his profit) in large quantities. The ar gument of the gentleman was a fal lacy pure and simple. The question before the people of Washington county today is not one of choosing between the saloon and blind tiger, as those who fa'vor the dlram-shop would have them believt. If our whiskey friends who seem so much opposed to blind tigers would only be consistent enough to con tinue their opposition to them after the county has gone dry, it would' be well nigh impossible for them to ex ist. If they only help us to suppress the blind tigers, which they say are so pernicious, we will not have any But after all, as we see it, the blind tiger is vastly preferable to the sa loon. The old toper may find his way into it, but it will not stand up on the most prominent comer, with brilliant lights and free lunches, to lure our young men to destruction). It will have to hide in the remote alley and) dark cellar. It can wear nb air of respectability. The stamp of public disapprobation will be upon it. It will be out-lawed and utterly dis credited. It may deal out its poison ous draughts for a few votaries who stagger uneasily into its dingy lair, but it will not be able to ship whis key on the trains, or demoralize the labor of this favored section by mak ing nearjy every depot a distributing point for its deadly beverages. AH the glare' and) glitter will be gon-, and its very repulsiveness will tend to destroy it. Ah! yes; we will take the blind tiger every time in prefer ence to the saloon. R. A. MEEK. SALOONS AND TAXES Pat Sharkey Draws Conclusions from Comparison Mr. Editor: Are taxes higher in prohibition towns than in towns where there are licensed saloons? I answer that they at least are not in Yazoo City. The Mississippi , Cotton Oil Co. owns a plant in . Yazoo City, a prohibition town, with a capacity for crushing 125 tons of seed per day, and in con nection with it an eight-stand gin out fit. Their municipal taxes for 1906 amounted to $1,130.50. This sam company owns and operates a plant in Greenville, Miss., with a capacity for crushing 90 tons per day, in con nection with which they operate a six-stand gin outfit on which they paid municipal taxes amounting to $1,1465.60, which does not include the special tax they paid for sidewalk in front of their property. The plant at Yazoo City does a volume of busi ness from 25 per cent, to 35 per cent, more than- the Greenville plant. . My in formation is that Yazoo City is a smaller town in population than Greenville-and has everything jn the way of municipal improvements that Greenville has, With "the. exception that their sidewalks are possibly , not quite so good as those Greenville pro perty owners are paying for by spe cial taxation. . - Do not be deceived When you arc told that the tax rate is higher in one town than another; the tax rate has no significance whatever unless tak en in connection with , the . method persned ' for assessing the valuation of property. PAT SHARKEY. SOLVING SOUTHERN IMMIGRATION PROBLEM Mr. LeRoy Percy Advances Ideas In Regard to a Most Important Question "Share Crop" Plan LeRo' Percy, of Greenville, Mss., has perhaps relieved the immigration situation so far as the Southern states are concerned, and atthe same time revived interest in the old-time "share crop," which was once the rule instead of the exception on Southern plantations. Mr. Percy calls it "share partners," and asks federal authorities the pertinent ques tion whether a planter might not solicit and contract for partnership relations with foreign agriculturists in planting, making and gathering a year's crop. The answer, according , to news items, is in the affirmative; therefore all that remains to be done to stock the South with thrifty agricultural immigrants is the establishment of bureaus capable of conveying the full meaning of the share partnership re lations to this class of immigration. There is hardly and doubt that a "share crop" will prove acceptable to the immigrant, for it means, so far as he is concerned, that he is snugly provided for throughout the entire crop-making period. He is given a house to live in, land to work, implements and team to work it with, food to eat, clothes, to wear and every other essential of a frugal farm life. For his part he is called on for honest labor, that's all, and upon the sale of the crop he shares thet proceeds with the planter, of course paying for his personal ex penses contracted during the year, but not for land nor for use of house, implements and team. The negro could never prosper un der the "share" system nor, for vtfiat der any other because he lacks thrift and frugality, but is is one of the fairest and most equitable method's, putting capital and labor upon a just and equal basis in the divison of earnings. , In the. South .however," the system has never been regarded in the strict sense of a partnership, and if all the legal right involved in such relations . ' . are to attach tnemseives in tins permission to solicit and induce im migration the Southern planter will hardly be found taking advantage of it. If, for instance, the well known law that the act of one partner binds every party in the partnership is to prevail in the "share-partner" rela tions, then the government has again handed the South a lemon, for no planter would) be willing to enter the contract upon such menacing terms. Perhaps, however, this question has been decided in federal courts as well as in state tribunals and that the planter runs no risk of being bound by the act" of the "share-partner." If so Mr. Percy's suggestion will prove most valuable to the South ; if not, then, ere the South can profit by the suggestion, there must be a decision upon this point. Mr. Percy's suggestion, however, reminds us' of the fact that there is another relation between the planter and the laborer one under which two-thirds of the cotton of the South is raised, and one just as alluring to the immigrant as the relationship comprised! in the "share-partner" sys tem. We refer to that of landlord, and tenant. We are not advised whether the restrictions of immigra tion laws forbids a planter from so liciting foreign agriculturists as ten ants for his plantation. It may be that he has legal right to rent his lands to immigrants prior to their departure from their home country. If so, then indeed is the immigration question solved for the South, for in the relation of landlord and tenant there'are no perplexities whatever. -Commercial Appeal. . Knights of Pythias Lodge Notes Old Stonewall Jackson Lodge, No. 7, K. of P., is still forging to the front conferring ranks every meeting The gatherings are increasing in num bers all, the time and we are always glad to note the presence: of visiting brothers . at our meetings. We regret to" note the continued illness of our worthy- brother, M.. Gensberger who is still confined to his bed at his home on Washington avenue. rRemember brothers, a visit brvcall " will be appreciated by him. Hatticsburg, Miss. is making big preparations for the Grand Lodge K. of P. meeting in :that city May 14th, The gallant knights of that flourish ing and prosperous city arc all "brave men' and "will receive the . brethren with a spirit filled? with gcnnlne'heart felt welcome. Pushmattaha Tribe Number 7, Im- proved Order of Red lien, beli a ; rousiss 'rscetms tt their, wiwara" Thursday ni-ht, last. Turn out aain .boys, like that and there will be only ! standing room. ng room The 1st Monday, tlie 6th oi 3fcy, the Noble Order of Bailiffs will hold their - first love feast,uat the Cotton Exchange Cafe. The pass word will entitle you to admittance at the ban quet. It's up to you. We have had a grudge "agi'n" Bro. This year can be justly termed elec H. L. Wells and Judge H. H. O'Ban- tion year for Greenville, for, besides non for a long timeand if they ever join the Noble Order of Bailiffs, we'll sure get even with them. Free! Free! Free! Did you-say that you were looking for trouble? If so, jo;fl the Noble Order of Bailiffs: It's a cyclone of laughter, a whirl wind of fun. "Laugh, and the world laughs with you, weep, and you weep alone." It's enjoyed as much by the candidates as the members. It is . a sure cure for the blues, and good dope for the stay-at-homes. If you can't laugh, don't join. Get in the band wagon and apply at once to the bureau of information. For Pythians only. - C. E. COUTY, Sec. WOMAN'S CIVIC LEAGUE Mrs. Lucy G. Yerger's Contribution to the News-Scimitar Woman's latest work fn Greenville is in the interest of uplifting the twon in a moral sense. In, the fullness of their hearts they" met to co-operat with our city officials in a joint ef fort towards the general betterment of city affairs. Surely woman could not better em ploy her talents than by a full reali zation of joint trusteeship for the protection and expansion of (that good condition, so devoutly hoped for, which carries in its development the hope of Juture peace and welfare; also thet realization of those higher ideals which go to making of our sons, our husbands and our friends sons and husbands, God-loving and law-abiding citizens, alike an honor to their God, "in whose image they are made, and a glory to the town in whose domain they make their home. To win these much prayed for re sults, these true women, ' mothers, wives, sisters and friends of the men they, love and pray for. are wise in their method in the effort of turning public sentiment in this broad and safe channel. We hear it always said, '"Vox po puli, vox Dei!" Alas, how often the voice of the people is not the voice of God. If "the voice of the people" is ever "the voice of God" it is be cause some prophet has labored with the people with a Christian zeal, which even the hardest-hearted, most ignorant and most greedy of gain could not withstand. Let us hope then thatthe prophetic voice which is to be heard in this labor with the people shall come from within this band of women great and true, and that their hearts efforts may triumph signally over the hardest obstacles. May their organi zation be a permanent one "for every year the governmental waters are liable to become troubled, then let the right man step down and after first becoming healed of his own in firmities, and getting the beam out of his own eye he can see clearly to cast out the mote from his brother's eye. Then let him say to this band cf earnest workers, who. know a spirit of unrest and discontent is abroad in the land, that though "the time is out of Joint," the city fathers with necesary and proper backing by . the public, stand ready armed "cap a pie," "to set aright," say also to them to avoid "blind guides, who strain at a gnat and swallow a camel." And again, "Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, t and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts." This order of women 'civic leag ues" will be less hampered and hand icapped in their noble work if they could persuade all prominent and in fluential men and women to cease ill-advised criticism, and speak with knowledge of all things pertaining to their town and its government. With my whole heart, I say "God speed these noble women who work together in The Woman's Civic League" of Greenville, Miss. Levee Commissioner Xlcetlu; arm i The Board of . Levee: Commission ers will meet next "Tuesday to receive bids on construction work; the Dn vail levee. . The ork call for 160, 000 cubic yards of dirt and it is ex pected that a large numberjof bidders will be on hand at the meeting. For' Sent House of six rooms and bath, on block from the"-business, tart" of, the city. House has. been ntwly.uplas- tered, papcreJ an3 printed. Apply to Emery Rezlty Col, Times Building. BUSINESS : MEN'S LEAGUE NOMINATES OFFICERS On Red and Blue Ticket Good Men on Both Sides of the Controversy Election to be Held at Early Date the regular election for the state-and county officers,, there will also be an election in December for city officers and from reports, in June an election for prohibition. But this is not all, there will he still another election and from the interest so early mani fested it will eclipse all the rest and prove, a battle royal between the op posing sides. This election, which has been already set for the 14th of May is a fight between two opposing tickets of officers for the Business Mens' League, known as the Red and Blue tickets. The names of the gen- tlmen .which appear on each ticket i were selected by two nominating com mittees appointed by theprcsent pres i ident of the League, Mr. T. C. Holmes of which, Mr, L. Pink Smith was. made Chairman of the Bine ticket' and II. T. Crosby of the Red ticket, the other members etc . . ..-..add .. j Great care was exercised in the se- lection of the officers by the commit- teemen of the Red ticket as can be seen from a glance at the list, and all are men, who, if elected, which no doubt they will be, will bring to the city wealth enterprises and popula-I tion. It has been suggested that at an early date the formal acceptance ' of these nominees on both tickets will be received at a public meeting, held at'the Central School Auditor ium. The Times hopes to see all the members of the league rally to the 1 support of the Red ticket nominees. Next week The Times will give a short biographical sketch of the men who are expected to plan and build future Greenville. Below we publish the two tickets: Red Ticket Will Isenberg, president. E. L. Sharkey, first vice president. R. Taylor Harbison, second vice president. " t Wm. Ray Toombs, secretary!" Frank N. Robertshaw, treasurer. Directors v Chas Hafter. . N. L. Riteman. Henry W. Starling. 4 E. E. Klingman. J. Albert Lake. Eugene G, Ham. , Maurice A. Bergman. J. A. Hunt. . T. P. Reynolds. . Blue Ticket M. A. Robertshaw, president. J. M. Anderson, first vice president. ' Charles Hafter, second vice pres dent. Wm.. Ray Toombs, secretary. Frank N. Robertshaw, treasurer. Directors T. C. Holmes. J. B. Harbison. H. N. Alexander. . Henry Crittenden. Saul Klein. " R. M. Hamblen. Jack Wyche. W. H. Negus. . LeRoy Percy. A Calm Discussion Many good people ; may consider the liquor business ' perfectly legiti mate, safe and honorable, but that question is not an open one in the state of Mississippi. It has been de cided in the negative. This is proven by . the burdensome restriction and severe penalties imposed upon that business, thereby separating and dif fenentiating it from all other form of business. Y , - Such being the attitude of the state toward the saloon business, the sa loonkeeper is driven into politics in self-defense. The saloonkeeper must have his petition signed by a majority of - voters. 1 To secure signatures he pays poll taxes for numbers of voters. Having paid the poll taxes, the sa loon man expects to control the vot ers. . The next step is that the liquor in terests in self-protection, seek to in fluence and control such official boards as have jurisdiction over that business. On the other hand, such, boards not in self-interest, but'look ing to questions of revenue, will be in sympathy with the man who pays a large sum into the treasury' and will wink' at violation of law. ' Suppose a saloonkeeper dies before his license expire, it seems a hard ship to his family or to his creditors to close up his business. So. .through kind motives, the saloon is permitted to go on, though it be a violation of law. " Now to what conclusion does this lead? ; It is a sound proposition that any business which must and does go into ptiics for its own selfish pur poses is a menace to good govern- I ment. The liquor business is every where in politics, therefore it is a menace to good government. Not many weeks ago the daily pa pers had a headline, "Take off your hat to a beer wgaon." There follow ed an account of a political conven tion in St. Louis which was captured by liquor men. In the course of the proceeding a motion was made that every man take off his hat whenever a beer wagon passed. Whether in jest earnest, it indicates the political methods of the liquor business. Lawlessness in the form of mobs is recognized and condemned. Law lessness in other forms is not so quickly seen and condemned, but all forms of lawlessness are treason to a free country. Liberty even in a free country is not license. No man may do just as he pleases without re- gard to his fellowmen. The common good is above indivdual gain. Any form of lawlessness, openly permit- ted, strikes a blow at the very foun - dations of our government. Without indulg'ng in wholesale condemnation, it is yet beyond all question that some saloons nthis community have been permitted to openly violate the law. Such a thing, must of necessity be a source of moral degradation to any community in which it exists. The London Globe, commenting on the Thaw trial, calls attention to the effect on millions of citizens who will believe those characters to be true representatives of the wealthy. The Globe says: "A similar belief, found ed perhaps on no surer basis, was the chief cause of the French revolu tion, which deluged the land in blood." Class distinctions, favoritism before the law, letting the rich law-breaker go free while the poor one is punish ed, all of these are contrary to the principles of our government. If long continued, they .will produce discontent, hatred and finally open violence. The attitude of the state towarH the saloon being such as it is, that business can not fail to be a source of lawlessness, of corrupt politics and of moral degradation upon the voters The logical conclusion of the matter is prohibition and the laws seem to have that " end in view. ' . v A MOTHER. H. H.-Davis:. to Make a Change The Times is sorry to learn that Mr. H. H. Davis, the competent and accommodating freight agent of the Y. & M. V. railroad, of this city, has tendered his resignation to accept his former position as agent of the road at Rosedale. If it" is true that Mr. Davis' resig nation is on account of salary, the road will, in our opinion, make a mis take if they do not raise it and holt him here, for he is the best agent the road has had here since our locating here seven years ago. Early Morning Fire About 3:15 this morning fire was discovered in the home of Henry El liott, colored, on the corner of Pecan and DeLesseps streets, the origin of which is not known. The house was totally destroyed besides several ne gro cabins in the rear. Elliott is a hard! working, industrious negro, and his . loss is hard for. him to bear. FOR OR Evidence In itself convincing, becomes absolutely con clusive only when it is corroborated. The , backs up every word its friends say about it with the proof which is in it. , It commands immediate attention, and has won the verdict of approval from the public. Every Stetson Bear the Stetson Name Wt carry the Stetson in all styles Soft and Derby. Come to us and we'll set you riph EXCLUSIVE SALE OF Stetson Straw aa"d Panama liatr Nobby Suite and Trousers Just Receive ZSTAbo Hanan'; s --11 PROMINENT R. R. OFFICIALS TRAVELING ON SPECIAL CAES LOADED ON TRANSPORT; Reached Greenville Yesterday en Trip From Chicago to New Orleans- Made a Short Stop Here Only A party of railroad officials asm capitalists from Chicago, who are on a trip to New Orleans, arrived in this city yesterday afternoon aboard thr transport T. H. Davis. The part j left Chicago Sunday morning gom as far as Joppa, 111., by rail, wherr they boarded the transport. Tw special cars and three large touring cars are carried. The special coache? ( are used to live in on the trip and thr J automobiles are used in sightseeing ! in the different cities along the route, j Fishing and hunting is enjoyed by the members of the party, and today a stop was made at Sunnysidc, Ark., for a few hours' fishing on Lake Chi cot. Messrs. O. B. Crittenden & Cox. lessees of the Sunnysidc plantation, extended the invitation to the party to visit this place and spend a few hours sightseeing and fishing. In the party are Henry I. Miller, president of the Chicago and Eastern Illinois railroad, and Mrs. Miller; W. K. Kavanaugh, of Chicago, president of the Lakes to Gulf Deep Water ways Association, and Mrs. Kava naugh; II. D. Miller, of Chicago, fox many years an official of the Penn sylvania railroad; Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Jackson, of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Hammond of Chicago; Mr. an Mrs. J. K. Dering, of Chicago, and Miss Middleton, of Louisville, Ky. Messrs. Hammond and Dering axe connected with the Dering Coal Com pany. The trip is being made in the inter est of the deep water channel from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mex ico. Mr. Miller, as president of the Deep Waterways Association, is deeply interested in the project. SOME FINE BERRIES The Equal of Any Raised on Deltz Land We were presented with a box of fine strawberries last Tuesday by Mr W. N. Day, who is truck farming or Dr. J. D. Smythe's plantation near this city. The berries were largi ao' of fine flavor and equal to those grown in any state. Mr. Day, whi asked about growing berries in th. Delta, said the Delta lands producet' the finest of berries and as early a most tnuck sections farther south He said! it was a paying crop and Iv expected to set out several acres next year. Mr. Day came here from Crysta' Springs, and is a good gardener. 11' had tomatoes on the vines the six of a dime when the cold' spell canv. and cabbage starting to head up, bu? like everything else, the cold snat set them back several days. Greenville could locate hundreds te rr?r-1iirc nrniitl-1 tVi citv if thev wil i .--' . . ..... - j come and like Mr. Day, go into th 1 . ... . business tor the money there is i it. AGAINST? HE STORE OF OUALl On the Avenue