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BIRMINGHAM STATE HERALD
Entered at the postofflce at Birmingham,
Ala, as eecond-classmatter ^
Eastern Business Office, «8 Tribune Bu 11 d -
tng New York; Western Business Office, 609
••The Rookery,” Chicago. S. C. Beckwith,
Bole Agent Foreign Advertising.
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time expires.
The State Herald will appreciate news
from any community. If at a small Place
where it has no regular correspondent,
news reports of neighborhood happenings
from any friend will be gratefully received.
All communications, of whatever charac
ter or length, should be written on only one
side of tile sheot.____
TELEPHONE CALLS.
Business Office.
Editorial Rooms.••••••• “*
All calls after 9 o’clock p. m. should be
sent to th© Editorial Rooms.
Every good citizen should be found at
church today.__
Our Iron men believe that Birmingham
Is on the eve of the best period In all its
history._____
A number of prominent society ladles
are practicing on the bicycle on the South
Highlands. __
The Democrats of Indianapolis won the
first victory this fall and set a good ex
ample for harmony.__
The last three Governors of Alabama
are all gold standard men and all from
the black belt or below.
Captain Kolb is uniting with some of
our lehding Democrats in promoting im
migration to the State._
The report of the Agricultural Depart
ment Indicates that the cotton crop will
not exceed 6,500,000 hales.
There has been some decline in iron,
but our furnaces have contracts that will
carry them well into next year.
Quite aTumber of the State press are
taking ground against the denunciation
of Democrats for opinions' sake.
The State Herald desires to help every
worthy enterprise in the State and will
neglect no opportunity to do this.
One of tho questions to be considered
in selecting a candidate for Governor is
whether he can get the most votes.
A prominent and successful merchant
of Anderson, S. C.. is looking over Bir
mingham and Is well pleased with the
city. __
There is now more demand for mechan
ics and brick masons than in some years,
but many are scarcely able to make ends
meet.___
The Slate Herald hopes'that the bime
tallic papers will leave abuse and misrep
resentation entirely to papers on the oth
er side._
It is quite likedy that we shall need the
vote of every Democrat next year, how
ever they may differ on the currency
question._■_
The demand for brown hematite ore
increases. It is said that a small per
centage of this ore makes the furnaces
run better. _
The retail merchants had a picnic yes
terday. Great crowds came to the cir
cus. and thousands of dollars wore in
vested in fall goods.__
It requires now about S3,000 bushels of
wheat to pay the salary of the Presi
dent. "When the salary was fixed at $50,
000 it required about 40,000.
The State Herald will be glad to give
voice to all shades of Democratle opinion,
and gentlemen who desire to air their
views will be given an opportunity.
There are still a few Democratic papers
in the State that enjoy abusing Demo
crats, but there are few sensible and
thoughtful men who agree with them.
Hon. Henry C. Tompkins of Montgom
ery is a native of Virginia, and has
winged his way to the front rank of his
profession by hard labor and native tal
ent. _
Some one said the other day that the
ladies seemed to have a partiality for bow
legged men. Probably tills accounts for
tlie popularity of one or two bank men in
the city.__
The joint debate between Mr. Bankhead
and Mr. Clarke has been postponed. Mr.
Bankhead was here on his way to Mont
gomery when he received notice of the
postponement.
Ex-Gov. R. W. Cobb was in the city
yesterday looking young and vigorous.
Governor Cobb takes great pleasure in
deer hunting, and it is said rarely fails
to “make a bag."
Whilst the great majority of tho Dem
ocratic party never agreed with Mr. Ran
dall's tariff views, all delighted to honor
him for his ability and steadfastness to
the cause of Democracy.
Mr. Holmes Is making the Cuba Banner
one- of the most entortnlning papers In
the Stntc. It Is n credit to the county of
Stunter. nnd the Sate Herald wishes It
the success 1t richly deserves.
The Secretary of State, the State Treas
urer and the State Superintendent of Ed
ucation were each In Birmingham this
week. Each have many friends here,
who are always glad to seo them.
Hon. Henry C. Jones of Florence, who
has been In the city several days. Is a
splendid representative of the Tennessee
valley. Hl3 ability and integrity have
been Inherited by more than one son.
The Fairchild contingent In New York
have united with the Republicans to de
feat the regular Democratic ticket. Mr.
Cleveland ought to repudiate this and set
an example to be followed everywhere.
If Mr Thurman Is taking any steps to
prevent the election of a Democrat to the
1'nlted States Senate in Ohio he is not
following in the footsteps of his illus
trious father arid Is not a worthy son of
that. sire.
The Henry family of Huntersville comes
of distinguished stock. The "eagle ora
tor" of Tennessee was one of them, and
In every generation they have furnished
to the South men of brains and the high
est character.
BISHOP WILMEB.
Rt. Rev. Richard H. Wllmer, Protestant
Episcopal bishop for the diocese of Ala
bama, was an interesting feature of the
recent triennial assembly at Minneapolis.
He bears his years well, retaining the
vivacity and eloquence which have dis
tlnquislied him as a pulpit orator for
mq|^ than fifty years. Some of the
Northern papers, alluding to his striking
personality, have mentioned the connec
tion with his history an event which cre
ated some stir just at the close of the
civil war. when these States were held as
military satrapies and bad a bare sem
blance of civil law. This event has been
for the most part misrepresented, and
hence we reproduce from the venerable
bishop's reminiscences, entitled "The Re
cent Past," a true accJunt of what ac
tuafly occurred and the reasons for his
action. It is Interesting to know that
these reminiscences are addressed to his
grandchildren, the children of Mr. and
Mrs. Harvey E. Jones. They are replete
with interest and are written in that ele
gant and varied style for which the ser
mons of the bishop are noted. The bish
op’s account of the interference with his
church by the military power is as fol
lows:
"Just after the civil war, which reduced
the State of Alabama to the condition
of a military province, your grandfather
became the object of a military order
which closed the churches of his diocese
and subjected him to a notoriety which
he neither desired nor anticipated. It
is a long story, with which I will not bur
den these pages.
"You will find In the journals of my dio
cese a very full statement of the whole
matter. You will also find a brief synopi
cal view in the ‘Centennial History of the
Church of America.' Let it suffice for me
to say that even at this hour, as 1 stand(
upon the border of time, there Is not a
word put down in the history of those
events which I regret or would recall. 1
have in this matter the answer of a good
conscience towards God and man. I give
you here the briefest outline. When the
war ended I found the civil government
of the State subverted, her constitution
abrogated, her Governor deposed and
held under duress, her whole civil power
annihilated, the drumhead the only tri
bunal of justice.
The first practical question that press'd
upon me for decision was that relating to
the use of the prayer for all those in civil
authority, as formulated in the book of
common prayer. I looked around and
found no vestige of any such authority.
I was under no ecclesiastical obligation
to use the prayer as it stood in the prayer
book, for when I was consecrated a bish
op I had made a ‘declaration of conform
ity’ to the constitution of the Confeder
ate States.
Some of the generals of the federal
army were kind enough to stei> forward
and attempt to solve all my doubts upon
the question, but they did not succeed in
settling my difficulty. . Prayer ought to
be a very real and sincere thing, and I
could not find It in my heart to send up
a prayer to heaven for a blessing on what
had no existence, nor could I make up
my mind to pray under dictation. But I
was bound by a higher obligation than
any which man can Impose, to pray for
our rulers of whatever sort- The fact that
they were holding us In slavish subjec
tion did not release us from that obliga
tion. Nor did we desire any such release.
The fact that they had abrogated all the
sanctions of our former legislative, judi
cial and executive government, only in
creased the necessity for more earnest |
prayers unto God that He would give
grace to "these soldiers who held us under
the bayonet to “execute justice and
maintain truth.” But when it came to
ask the Almighty to give “health, pros
perity and long life to the commar.der
in-chicf of this body of men. who had
settled down upon our whole country,
and when officers with sword at their
sides came to demand It. I, for one, had
no doubt or misgiving as to what course
I should pursue. I wish that some of
my brethren who will not consent to
Catholicize cur prayers—the prayer for
the president is the one uneathollc spot
In our regular liturgy—could have seen
the necessity as I then saw it. The word
ing of this prayer will have to be
changed. The troubles in tills country
have not ended. We will have to go
through all the diseases incident to a
nation's childhood. We will have—we
have already nearly had—rival presi
dents-eleet. It may be we shall have a
president of Knights of Labor, with men
of brawn and muscle to make good their
pretensions. Then will come the strain;
then timid people will palter with the
Almighty in a double sense; then feeble
brethren, at the nod of a soldier, will
wing heavenward their extorted little
prayers (which are insults to heaven),
with prptesls attached to them. I have
known that to be done, and it may hap
pen again.
lie studies history to little purpose who
does not now provide for all the contin
gencies likely to arise in the course of
events. What endless trouble came upon
the people of England during the usurpa
tion of Cromwell. The loyal men of the
realm felt bound In conscience to pray
for tile king; and the powers that were
forbade it, and sent the offenders to pris
on or Into exile.
A stale of things may exist in this
country when a rude soldier shall step up
to the ofllclatlng minister and demand to
know which president of the United
States he refers to in his prayer; and it
may even happen that one clergyman
may be praying in one church for one
president and another in a neighboring
church muy be invoking long life and
prosperity upon another claimant to the
oflich. lie lias read history very suptr
iicially who does not recognize the possi
bility of all I have supposed.
Situated as I was after the war of the
States, with no existing civil authority
over me. 1 was virtually ordered to "pray
for the dead.” with but slight hope of any
present resurrection. They who mean
nothing by their prayers can easily pray
tor anything or noiliing. “Why do you
curse so?” said an acquaintance; "you
offend (me by your profanity.” "Ah,
well.” was the reply, "you pray a good
deal and 1 curse u good , deal, but the
I.ord knows neither of us means any
thing by It.”
But this is aside. In the state of things
above described, I issued a pastoral let
ter to my clergy, and told them that
"the prayer for all those in civil author
ity” was out of place and utterly Incon
gruous under the present state of affairs;
that, whilst bound ever to pray for our
rulers, there was a manifest Incongruity
in the prayer-book form of prayer for
rulers which made it inapplicable to our
people In their '.hen condition; that it was
not a question of loyalty, but of ccngru
Ity, and a question to be settled by none
but an ecclesiastical authority. The
clergy fell Into line to a man.
Fearing that there were troubles brew-.
Ing In Mobile—I had refugeed in Oreens-i
borough—I went there at once. I had
been in the city but a few hours, when a
servant came to my room and told me
that an officer had called to See me.
Upon going to the parlor, a general of
the Federal army introduced himself to
me as an officer on the staff of the gen
eral commanding, and said that he had
called by direction of said officer to know
when I meant to use the prayer for the
President of the United States. I told
him that that was a question the gen
eral had no right to ask, and that I an
swered no such questions if put in a tone
of authority; that the church had her
sphere of action, and could not permit
any intrusion.
The officer was thrown a-back, talked
a good deal about the absoluteness of
military power, and intimated, not ob
scurely, that I would have to succumb.
I told him that he would see for himself
the issue. After a considerable talk on
his part—I preserving entire silence—he
proposed that we should talk the matter
over as "between man and man." I told
him that I had no sentiment that was not
open to the world, but none that could
be extorted.
He then in a very familiar way put
the question anew under the programme
of as "between man and man.”
“When do you think you will use the
prayer-book prayer for the President?”
I answered: "When you all get away
from here." This particular prayer was
for a government of the people's choice
and affection—the loyal prayer of the
Church of England. rather servilely con
tinued in our liturgy. "The fact is, sir,
that the government, as it is over us now,
and impersonated in the President, Is
a government for which I desire the
least ‘length of life’ and the 'least pros
perity' that is consistent with the per
missive will of God;" that we did ardently
pray that He who held these reins of
absolute power might have “grace" to
execute judgment jind to maintain truth,
etc., and hoped that our prayers would
be answered. •
X then said to the officer, "Suppose our
positions reversed; suppose we had con
quered you, and. amid all your desola
tion and sadness and humiliation, com
manded you to fall down on your knees
and ask God to grant long life, health
and prosperity to our commanding offi
cer—would you do it?” I cannot quote
his reply, for his excitement threw him
off his balance, and he intimated in
strong but profane terms that he would
be —something very dreadful—if he
would.
“Well," I said, “I am not disposed to
use your phraseology; but if I do that
thing that you come to order me to do
addressing the Almighty with my lips
when my heart is not in my prayer—I
run great danger of meeting the doom
that you have hypothetically invoked
upon your own head." He then left.
In the course of a few days there came
out "general orders,” shutting up all our
churches and "suspending" me from all
my functions. There orders were, on
the part of the general commanding the
military district, accompanied with a
shower of bad language that could only
fall with its foul savor on the head of
him who gave vent to it.
Meanwhile the churches were nearly
all closed and soldiers stationed at the
doors to prevent entrance. Yet it is a
great mercy that even military rule can
not entirely close our communications
with Heaven.
We worshipped in private houses, and
I confirmed in churches which were not
guarded by soldiers, issued pastorals,
etc., much to the indignation of the gen
eral who had suspended me from my
functions.
After awhile the council of the church
in the Confederate States held its regu
lar triennial session at Augusta, Ga.
There the whole question of "the prayer
for those in authority” ^as settled by
the adoption of the old form in the
Prayer Book. Coupled with this action,
however, was a "resolution” that each
bishop should exercise his own discre
tion as to the time for Its introduction.
Upon this modification I had absolutely
insisted. By this action of the council
it was competent for me at once to or
der the use of the prayer, but as the mil
itary intrusion still existed I delayed the
matter until the order should be with
drawn. It Went hard with the general to
do it, but he was compelled by a higher
power and poured out Ills wrath in lan
guage that could only defile the lips from
which it Issued.
If I cannot say with ths apostle, "I
have, after the manner- of men, fought
with the beasts at Ephesus,” I can truly
say that there was poured upon my head
a very flood of abuse and obloquy. I re
ceived it in all complacency. I do not
know whether I most enjoyed the plaud
its of my friends or the abuBe of my un
friends. It is grateful "laudarl a laudato
viro.” The abuse of some men is a crown
of glory.
Now I have made a long story very
short. The whole narrative might prove
wearisome.
When Governor firown’s first term ns
Senator from Georgia was about to ex
pire many gentlemen who desired to suc
ceed him were anxious to know whether
he would again become a candidate. He
was very non-committal. Finally they
persuaded a lady to Interview Mrs.
Brown, nnd after some Ingenious press
ing Mrs. Brown finally said, I rather
think Joe allows to keep the place him
self. That settled It.
Mr. Herbert corrected through the col
umns of our evening contemporary Fri
day evening his statement of the per cap
ita, saying he bad used the statistics of
July, 1894. These statements are Issued
monthly by the treasury department and
Mr Carlisle ought certainly to place cop
ies with the cabinet officers.
As cold weather comes on the women
seem to grow more and more attractive.
Fall medicine is as important and ben
eficial as spring medicine. Take Hood’s
Sarsaparilla now.
Grand Army of the Republic.
The regular meetings of George A. Cus
ter Post No. 1, Department of Alabama,
are held tl/e second and fourth Tuesdays
of each month at 8 o'clock p. m., in the
rooms of the Young Men's Hebrew’ asso
ciation on Nineteenth street, between
Second and Third avenues.
Visiting comrades are especially invit
ed to come and make the acquaintance of
resident members ami recount experi
ences of "Auld Dang Syne.”
A. P. STONK,
Post Commander.
K. D. BACON, Adjutant.
jul28-3mo-sun
No Political Changes Save an In
crease in the Silver Craze.
A BANKER COMES OVER
Afraid to Criticise Cuba Grey—Simply Makes a
Few Suggestions—Let Up on the War
and Go Gunning for Goldbugs.
Trickem. Oct. 8.—I must congratulate
you on your absorption of the Age
Herald, for she was wandering far away
from the democratic fold. But now that
she has been snatched as a brand from
the burning let us not remember hej re
cent fallings, but think of her as she
formerly appeared before the world, a
true exponent of unterrifiud, unfaltering
democracy. In commingling with that
lusty younger, the State, she regains
much of her former glory, and to that
part of her that died, let us say “rest In
peace."
Since writing you last there has been
no political changes, save an Increase In
the silver craze. Many people thought
that Capt. Burke Johnston was on the
fence, but he has removed all doubt as
to his position by coming out squarely
for free silver. I have often and often
talked to him like a father, and prayed
with him that he would not worship the
golden calf or any other false god, and
iny prayers availed and tfniontown can
boast of a banker who Is not a gold-bug.
We have been worrying over one vex
ing problem in Trickem in the person of
Capt. Frank Cooke. He is almost as
tough as the nigger problem. He had
played the solitaire game of gold-bug in
Trickem until patience ceased to be a
virtue with the people, and a committee
armed with a plow-line, waited on him
to find out how long he intended to sin
against light and knowledge and violate
the fair fame of the community.
Captain Cooke was at the time a can
didate for superintendent of education
for Perry, and he begged for time, and
the committee, swayed by the sparkling
eloquence of Col. Bob Craig, granted him
time en<*)gh to hear from Governor
Oates. Frank, being a gold bug, of
course, could not be trusted, so I was
requested by the committee to write to
Governor Oates to find out if he was
going to appoint Frank Cooke. I did
write, and was informed by Major Vai
den that Trickem was too late, Mr. Cross
had been appointed.
Now, we don't propose to waste any
more ammunition in the way of argu
ment on Frank Cooke. He has three
alternatives left him viz.: Advocate
free silver, skip out by the light of the
moon or be strung up for pollticalhercsy.
“Who killed Cock Robin?" was once
asked, and a game little sparrow spoke
up, acknowledged the com. and said,
“what are you going to do about it?”
The question agitating Trickem and
TTnlontown Just now is, who knocked out
George White for superintendent of edu
cation in the last state convention? The
little blue-eyed boy that people down
here accuse says it was some other fel
low, and not he that killed the canebrakc
cock robin.
Say, Bob Loveless, you were in Mont
gomery at the time of the tragedy, tell
us who killed cock robin? ,
Col. Billy Lisdale has spent some time
this fall on his estate near Trickem. His
lovely and charming wife was with him.
I believe Colonel Tisdale will yet make
Trickem his permanent home,.for there
are but few places that are possessed of
more varied charms than Trickem.
The gold bugs, although few in num
ber, are up to snuff on bluffing, rs proven
by my friend and comrade. Maj. Joe Sel
den, telling me. in the strictest confi
dence. that the silver craze will be dead
as a herring before the campaign opens
next year. The major's solemn predic
tion has troubled me considerably, be
cause being a blue blood Virginian after
the order of G. Washington 1 know he
would roast in hades before he would
tell a lie. But when I think of the unful
filled prophesies made to the Uniontown
and Demopolls Jews I become skepti
cal as to the inspiration of my friend,
Major Selden. and I still have hopes for
the silver craze.
Trickem is for Genernl Pcttus for the
senate. We have nothing against Sena
tor Pugh, but it’s no use talking to us
about anybody else if old Edmund Iron
sides, <the black prince of democracy,
runs. He has been true and loyal to the
democratic party, and the people of Ala
bama, and he has never asked for any
thing. Let him say he will run and Perry
will nail his flag to her masthead. No one
more richly deserves the office, and it
will be the crowning glory of a noble life.
The old veterans will rally to the old
hero in a solid column.
Several weeks ago I was fearfully
tempted to let in on Cuba Gray for the
gross injustice and almost slander she
heaped upon the devoted head of my
dear old friend and schoolmate. Bob
Moseley. But since I have seen the way
she rode that donkey. Ben Adhem, like
a Jack-o'-lantern hog hunting I am proud
that I let her alone.
I have thought all along from the forci
ble, bulldozing, knock-down-and-drag
out style of Cuba Grey that she was a
rip-roaring, cantankerous, fire-eating
fellow, who had waded knee-deep in
blood during the bte unpleasantness,
and who was after seceding again in or
der to get another gorge of gore.
Who would have thought that Cuba
Grey was a woman? And, by Jlngs, she
ain’t any ordinary woman, for the way
she strikes out for herself shows con
siderable signs of the new woman, and
Irish to boot.
By the way, we ail ought to be proud to
be Irish, for they are the most unique
people on the earth. They have gallantly
opened up the war with England, and
routed her, foot, horse and dragoons, the
other day In Chicago.
Victoria’s throne is tottering, and
when the next battle is fought in New
YifflTthe British empire will be wiped off
the maj>. I am part Irish myself, and
1 am proud to be of kin to a brave and
wonderful people, who can conquer their
enemies on neutral ground without the
loss of a single dollar or a drop of blood
on either side.
The Chicago campaign cost nothing but
a little gas. and was conducted by ge
nial Barley-corn, and under the same
gallant leader another signal victory will
be won most anywhere.
Now, Cuba Crey, after complimenting
my friend. Bob Moseley, as a sunny, ge
nial, clever fellow, spoils it all by inti
‘ mating that Bob is a dad-blamed hypo
crite when he plays the republican dodge.
She says Bob ain't honest In his polit
ical profession, and there is wheie the
slander comes in.
The last time I saw Bob I sounded him
thoroughly on that subject by asking
lilm If he was Just “making belieye" for
office or had he really evoluted into a
black republican.
I heard him talk to the coons In Union
town and he convinced me that he had
the courage of his convictions, and they
were of the blue gum sort. Bob may
have been fooling at first, but a man who
keeps on telling a lie gets to believing 't
himself after awhile, and that's Just
what makes Bob honest In the promulga
tion of his free nigger heresies.
Yes, Miss Cuba, Bob Moseley honestly'
believes himself to be the peer of pny
blue gum nigger in Alabama, and I al»'t
Highest of* all in Leavening Power.—Latest U. S. Gov’t Report
ABSOLUTELY PURE
the man to question Bob's faith, and I
don't think you ought to do It, either.
Jiob is a pure Albino, and all he needs
to be the peer of republicanism Is a hide
as black as his politics: Of course Bob
is genial and clever, and he is bound to
be.efor if his manners wertj as vile and
vicious as his politics he would be perse
cuted from the face of the earth, even
as the poor skunk is.
We appreciate Cuba Grey very highly,
because she is so loyal to the south and
writes so splendidly In defense of her
people; hut we are after licking the re
publicans, and ventilating war memories
is just what suits them, so I ask Cuba
Grey to let up on the war and let us go
gunning for gold bugs and make them
confess to free silver or get out in the
cold.
Cuba Grey need pay no attention to
that weak salutation of a critic, Ben Ad
hem, for he would rather be caught in
a yarn than not to be noticed at all. She
didn’t Bay anything wrong about Tal
mage and that scribbler, Ben Adhem,
must have had his ears pulled constantly
at school, for they appear quite promi
nent in his silly strictures on Cuba Grey.
Talmage and Sam Jones both belong
(to the circus part of the church—Sam be
ing the clown and Talmage the fellow
that sails through the balloons. They
are both smart fellows, but In different
ways. Sam grovels and Talmage soars.
Sam calls plain folks fools, liars and
skunks, while Talmage pictures to the
gold-bugs what lovely angels they will
be. Both "get there Ell” on the spot
cash basts. Both have many friends»gnd
many critics, and both may do some
good among people who can believe that
such transparent, though brilliant
mountebanks are "called of God.”
Ben Adhem Is no match for Cuba. Grey.
She out-ciasses him. and knocked him
out in the first round. He forgot about
the new woman, and while Cuba Grey
may not ride in bloomers on a bicycle,
yet her pen has the verility of developed
manhood, and such a feather-weight as
Ben Adhem is no more to her than a
nine pin is to a cannon ball.
You wouldn’t catch me criticising her
if she had burnt Talmage up in his
tabernacle, and I pity the little fibber
Ben Adhem, who had the gall to affront
such a queen of the quill as Cuba Grey.
I guess Ben is a little jack-leg lawyer,
if he ain't he ought to be, for he has all
the Impudence that characterizes that
pestiferous class of human varmints.
There is no use ini calling or* Ben to lay
aside his disguise, for In tackling Cuba
Grey he has exhibited his ears. We can
easily diagnose the rest of him.
BARTEMUS.
ASHVILBE.
The Ladies’ Aid Society Hnd Knights of Py
thias Gave Entertainments.
Ashville, Oct. 11.—(Special Correspond
ence.)—Circuit court convened here on
last Monday, with Hon. George E. Brewer
presiding, and Solicitor B. F. Wilson at
his usual post of duty, and besides there
are many prominent people here from
other places. In addition to having all
these people among us, we have had sev
eral entertainments during the week,
which afforded much pleasure for‘those
so fortunate as to attend, and did full
credit to the participants.
The ladles of the Cumberland Presby
terian church gave an oyster supper on
Tuesday night at the Fulghum house.
Though not so largely attended as was
expected, the ocoasion was highly en
joyable and In every respgpt a success.
On Wednesday flight the ladies of
the Ladies’ Aid society of the Baptist
church gave a concert at the new acad
emy hall. They were favored with a
large audience. The programme wras well
arranged and splendidly executed, and
in a financial way it far exceeded their
most sanguine expectations.
The people of Ashville, and especially
St. Clair lodge No. 112, Knights of Pyth
ias, enjoyed a great honor on the night
of the 10th. The lodge was visited by
Grand Inner Guard Jesse B. Wadsworth
and Ex-Supreme Representative Rivers
Carter, both of Birmingham. Extensive
preparations had been made by St. Clair
lodge to entertain these visiting breth
ren and their friends. The lodge held a
secret session in their castle hall from 7
to 8 p. m., after which the members re
paired to the court house, where a large
audience was in waiting, and there they
listened to a speech from J. B. Wads
worth. Pythianism has a proud and gal
lant champion in the person of Mr. Wads
worth. His Influence extends through
out the grand jurisdiction of the state
of Alabama, and much good is reasona
bly to be expected from his visit. After
listening to a most eloquent speech for
something likenn hour, the audience ad
journed to the Grant iron row, where a
fine oyster supper had been prepared
at the expense of St. Clair lodge. Fully
200 people were present, and no means
were spared by the members to make this
the most pleasant feature of the exer
cises. The exercises at the banquet were
presided over by Chancellor Commander
Yates, and after they had been formally
opened Brother Rivers Carter was called
upon to respond to the toast, “The Grand
Lodge of the State of Alabama," which
duty he performed Iq the most satisfac
tory manner. As a member of Lhe su
preme lodge of the world and ex-grand
chancellor of the state of Alabama,
Brother Carter stands high in Pythian
ism. and his eloquent words had a most
pleasing effect upon his attentlye hear
ers.
St. Clair lodge feels highly compli
mented by the presence of two such
prominent Pythians as Brothers Carter
and Wadsworth, and wllL'heartlly wel
come them should they ever honor It
with another visit.
TALLADEGA.
Newsy Notes nnd Mutters of Personal In
terest-.
Talladega, Oot. 11.—(Special Corre
spondence.)—Miss Mollle and Annie Jor
dan of Birmingham are guests ol Talla
dega friends this week.
Miss Irwin closed her visit with rela
tives here ai^d returned to her home in
Selma Monday.
Messrs. E. H. Dryer, J. C. Williams and
T. S. McAlaney were among Talladega's
visitors to Birmingham this week.
lire, E. R. Deane, alter spending sev
eral years among relatives at the north,
has come back to Talladega to make this
her home.
Mrs. E. E. Castleberry is visiting Ox
ford and Anniston relatives'Tor a few
days.
Mrs. Florence Ingersol of Grand Junc
tion, Col., is visiting her mother, Mrs. L.
\V. Henderson, in North End.
Rev. Lynn R. Walker and bride came
in today and are comfortably quartered
at the manse.
Mr. El wood Ruff, one of our most
promising young business men, lies crit
ically ill at the home of Mr. R. Mines
Jemlson.
The farmers of this county are in good
spirits over the prospects of returning
good times. The crop was planted,
grown and gathered on a "> cent basis,
so that there Is more money among the
country people and more hog and hom
iny than there has been since the war.
Talladega county is in (list-class shape
for another year. Political discussions
and calamity howling is at a great dis
count in these parts.
OUR SOCIAL WORLD
(Continued From Ninth Page.) ■'
Percy Terry formed one congenial parly.
Mr. a. Jacobs and Miss Terrell, Mr. Ar
thur Crowder and Miss ArnoM and Mr.
L. A. Shipman and Miss Pearson consti
tuted another group. Previous to attend
ing the circus they lunched at the Morrla
hotel.
• « •
The opening german- of the Phllhedon
ian club on Friday evening was very
largely attended and greatly enjoyed.
The perfect temperature contributed to
the success and pleasure of the evening.
The handsome Commercial club rooms
were profusely decorated with palms
and foliage plants and brilliantly Illumi
nated wtth hundreds of electric lights.
During the evening an elaborate colla
tion was served In several courses, air.
John Patton and Miss Clyde Berry of j
Memphis led the cotillion. The chaper- ,
ones were Mr. and Mrs. It. F. Johnston. 4
Mr. and Mrs. B. M. Starks and Mr. and
Mrs. R. M. Bates. The following young
people were present and enjoyed to the c
utmost an unusually charming cotillion:
Miss Pearson and Mr. Walter Prescott.
Miss Cleary and Mr. A. C. Gibson, Misa
Mary G. Linn and Mr. E. Redd, Miss
Kathleen Hooper and Mr. J. K. Warren,
Miss Margaret Smith and Mr. Walter
Foylkes. Miss Elolse Johnston and Mr.
Dick Going. Miss Ada Johnston and Mr.
T. Koenig, Miss Florrle Roden and Mr.
C. Davis, Miss Katie Bell and Mr., C.
Schoolar, Miss Anna Morrow and Mr. C.
DeBardeleben, Miss Kate Morrow and
Mr Ed Wilcox. Miss M. V. Graves and
Mr. George Brown, Miss Margie Hooner
and Mr. P. T. Bradford. Miss Laura Ha
good and Dr. Stewart. Miss Lucy Hagood
and Mr. Tilzhman, Miss Fannie Arnold
and Mr. E. Ware, Miss Bossie O'Brien
and Mr. Sam Cowan, Miss E. Brooks and
Mr. L. Farley. Miss Addle Evans and
Mr. Jim Johns, Miss Fannie M. Bergamy
and Mr. S. Stollenwerok. Miss Fannie
Barker and M. F. Lynch. Miss Louise
Patton and Mr. Bob Howard. Miss
Strother and Mr. J. A. Klrtley. Miss Au
gusta Sharpe and Mr. Redln, Miss Pessie
White and Mr. Lovelace, Miss Florrie
Lister and Mr. John Gentman. Miss
Hutcheson and Mr. B. V Evans. Miss
Clyde Berry and Mr. John Patton. Stags
—Messrs. J. C. Thompson, W Crawford,
J. Evans. Thomas Sims and Mr. Chall
foux of Lowell, Mass.
Miss Merrill Frank and Miss .Agnes
Harvey were the beautiful little flower
girls at the marriage of Mr. Beall and
Miss Kyle on Thursday evening. Miss
Merrill B'rank Is a cousin of the bride.
HERODIAS.
The queen had felt the sting of John’s con
tempt,
And In her heart didst glow a burning hate,
Hike a live coal, which feeds upon itself.
Against the prophet of the wilderness.
Herodias, aware John’s scorn had been ex
pressed
Unto the king, in no uncertain terms.
For wedding her, his brother Philip's wife,
Was angry, for his ruthless words
Had marred her hour of triumph,
And she hated John.
Upon the king’s birthday he gave a feast,
And being In a merry mood when Siioine
danced,
(Who was the daughter of his wife, the
queen),
Was greatly pleased, and he did then and
there.
Swear whatso’er the maiden asked of him.
Though it should be unto his kingdom’s
half,
Would granted he.
Herodias was glad.
Now was the time to wreak her vengeance
dire;
To gratify at last deep-rooted hate;
To trample underfoot and spit upon the
face
Of that brave one who dared to spurn a
queen.
A word to Silome and the deed was done.
The maiden spake as prompted by the
dame:
“O king, if I indeed find favor in thy sight,
And thou in truth dost trifle not with me.
Then I do crave of thee no more not less,
Than John the Baptist’s head,
lie of the desert, who hath put
The people-in an uproar.”
The king was grieved,
Yet for the sake of his rash oath,
And for -the sake of those around the board.
He stifled conscience and his fear of John,
And for the execution order, gave
Unto the guard.
Thus John was murdered, and a damsel
brought
His head upon a charger to the queen.
There was no pity in ner cruel eyes,
And tn her heart no sorrow for the deed;
She gazed upon the prophet’s calm,’dead
face,
Upon the eyes that caused the king to
cringe,
The lips which uttered words of striking
truth,
And as she looked mayhap she spake to
him:
"Why was thou not content, John Baptist,
to remain
In thy seclusion in the wilderness,
Whefe thou could’st wear thy dress of
camel hair,
in freedom wander up and down and eat
Thy locusts and wild honey there in peace?
Mv conduct thou wast bold to criticize
None other would have dared to be so rash.
Thou spakest words which I cannot forget.
And threw the bitter in ambition’s cun
When it was sweet; therefore, I could not
rest
Until thine end had been encompassed and
mine eyes
Had gazed in triumph on thy severed head.
From which thy life-blood slowly drippeth
down.
Herod is mine, I say; yes, he is mine*!
Thou art not able now to rouse his fears,
And I am queen.” •
John s mortal pars heard not the woman’s
words,
To his reward the prophet great hud gone.
11 is work had been performed, his soul waa
free.
FRANK M. PITTMAN.
Cold Weather Gone.
Ward’s coal yard can furnish coal and
wood on short notice. They have the
best coal for summer use in the market.
Buy from them and you will not com
plain. Will also put coal In for winter.
Telephone 487. 7-19-tf
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