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From North Carolina.
Bastic, Jan.. 12, 1913.
'.Editor News:
Since I wrote anything for
.your columns, the year of 1912
has been committed to the past;
and the young year of 1913 has
been enrolled on the calendar.
The new period found me in
the school room, where my
danghter, Pearl, and I have
charge of 83 pupils.
The going out of the old and
ringing in of the new, always
remind me of the poem dedicated
to the old year by the gifted
Doet-journalist, Geo. D. Prentice,
Those familiar with his jour
nalistic phillippics would hardly
have expected such sublime poet
ic creations as came from his
pen, for his was truly a dual
nature. He, in very sublime
imagery, speaks of midnight's
holy hours as a time for memory
and tears. On the ushering in
of the New Year, I heard the
bells and steam whistles of Bas
tic and Foust City heralding the
-advent of another year, and I
felt that "remorseless time,
fierce spirit of the glass and
scythe," could not be stayed in
Iris onward march nor his
iron heart be melted to pity.
My mind reverts to the words
of Prentice, and thronging mem
ories of "The Old Kentucky
Home" entered my inner being.
I thought of my elastic and
hopeful youth, of my friends of
former days, and the spirit of
Auld Lang Syne was upon me.
I thought of my happy school
days at Tabor and Columbia, and
Remembered R. M., L. B., Mat
tie, Cora and Rollin Hurt, Kate,
.Bascom and Addie Garnett;
Washie, Jim, Tom and Fannie
"Taylor; Sid, Belle, Corinna and
lioren Snow; Joe Nat, Ben and
John Conover; Allen, Ben and
Billie Pyle and scores of others.
I knew part of these had crossed
the dark valley of the shadow;
but one of my best friends had
received the fearful summons
but a few days previous. I re
fer to Mrs. Ella Garnett Beau
champ, whose death was chron
icled in your columns of recent
date. I remember her, pleas
antly, as a class mate at Tabor
and M. & F. High School, and as
a voice of song sweet as that of
the Sweedish Nightingale.
Of course my fancy always
.pictured her as a golden haired,
-dark-eyed, merry maiden; but as j
she was but two years younger j
than I, of course time had placed j
its imprint on her features. ;
Her father was one of the
brightest, most versatile men I
ever knew, and her mother one
of the purest, most pious women
of my acquaintance.
I also remember Mr. Billy and
Judge James Garnett as men of !
remarkable endowment, and true
friends of a wayward boy who
now indites this article; but no
longer a boy. It is no longer
"silver threads among the gold;"
4)dt the almond tree is in full
m People who read my contribu
dons are doubtless surprised to
find me moralizing; My usual
.style is trenchant enough to
cause politicians to threaten me
with libel suits, and hill billies to
yearn to use rifle, revolver or
dagger. Some preachers hold
.me up as a horrid example, and
.all political corruptionists regard
.me as a locust from the bottom
.less pit. Still, I attend church,
Aelp pay preachers, attend Sun-
day School, help feed, clothe
and Christianize the heathen;
but do not .wear a face long
enough to eat oats out of -a
churn. .
A man who ever laughs, di
rectly or indirectly causes others
to show unseemly levity, plays
"Red Wing" on a fiddle. Or
does not swear the world is
not getting worse all the time, is
regarded as a degenerate in some
parts of the moral vineyard.
Then I don't believe in "the
almanac" as a weather guide,
no plant crops, cut wood, nor
kill hogs in the moon. This is,
likewise, unadulterated heresy.
I don't carry a buckeye or an
Irish potato for rheumatism, and
don't believe oats turn to cheat.
I don't believe that a howling
dog presages a death in family
except the dog is one of the fam
ily. Then, if I have a good gun
and he is in range, the sign holds
good. But I am too poor to own
a dog and don't believe in killing
birds. In McGuffey's readers I
was taught to be a zealous de
fender of bird's nests; and now
I try to protect the birds.
North Carolina prefers dogs
and ignorance to sheep and ed
ucation. Let birds alone to de
stroy insects, and kill all the
mangy dogs, is my slogan.
M. L. White.
Fads of WJlI-MaKers.
What must surely be one of
the most extraordinary wills on
record is that mentioned in "The
Romance of Wills and Testa
ments," by Edgar Vine Hall
(Fisher Unwin.) It was made
by a New York citizen, who in
structed his executors to have
made out of his bones circuiar
buttons of dimensions from one
half inch to one inch in diamet
er, to have the skin of his body
tanned and made into pouches,
and to have vilion strings made
out of such parts as might be
suitable, adding: "I hereby
give unto my beloved friend,
James Hayes, the buttons, violin
strings, and tanned skin made
out of my body as aforesaid, the
same to be by him distributed
according to his discretion to my
intimate friends."
In the will of Florence Night
ingale is this peculiar clause: "I
give my body for dissection or
post-mortem examination for the
purpose of medical science, pray
ing that my body may be carried
to the nearest convenient burial-
ground, accompanied
more than two persons,
by not
trappings, and that a simple
cross, with only my initials, date
of birth
and death, mark the
Lizard Aiive In Throat.
The coughing of a live lizard !
from his throat is curing Evan
Jones, of Lafayette, N. J., of a
cougn that made nis lite miser-
able for nearly two years. Last
week he was seized by a violent
j fit of coughing while on the road
and reached into his throat to
get relief. He caught some
wriggling thing by the tail and
pulled it out. It proved to be a
lizard nearly three inches long
and appeared to be as glad as
Jones to dissolve partnership.
Jones' theory that he swalied
1 a lizard egg while drinking from
a spring, that the grateful
warmth of his throat hatched
the egg and caused the wriggler
to grow. Its efforts to free its
elf are believed to have causod
Jones to cough almost con
stantly. . Xr;
Trip to Florida.
I took the steamer Foun
tain city from the famous
landing, Greasy creek, on
the Cumberland riverl5 miles
from lock 21 Dec. 5, 1912. I ar
rived at Somerset among friends
who were extra nice in entertain
ing me and after a sumptous re
past with friends I went to the
C. N. 0. & T. P. depot and took
the fast train to Jacksonville
Fla., from Jacksonville to Date
city, which is quite a nice little
city of that state, from that place
to Braidentown, which is a city
of more importance, has 5
churches, 1 15 automobiles,
bycycles and motorcycles too
numerous to mention. 1 cigar
manufacture, 15 packing houses,
which packs oranges and grape
Then I went on automobile to
Manite which is a nice little
Florida town. From there to
Sanisoda, which is much nicer
town. Then I came back to the
small city of Pelmetor, a city of
almost 3,000 souls, I spent the
Sunday afternoon there, and had
a lovely time; from there I came
back to Braidentown to my old
friend, Volney Garr, who was
raised in the mountains of Kent
ucky, but who long since has
taken up his abode in the good
state of Florida. He married a
beautiful and cultured lady of
Florida, and has accumalated
quite a fortune since going there.
Thence I took the double
ocean steamer to the noted Kent
ucky place in Florida, St Peters
burg. I spent the day at St.
Petersburg, and met people
irom different parts of Kentucky
they were all kind to me and
seemed anxious to show all the
sights of the south. The south
ern people are the most hospit
able, accomodating people I ever
met. At 8 o'clock I took the
train for Jacksonville on my way
back to Kentucky. I spent the
day at Jacksonville. At 9:45 I
took the train for Dattonovga,
spent the day there and must
say it is a nice city. Then I
came back to Somerset where I
run back into the snow. I had
saw no snow until I reached
While in the good town of
Braidentown I met Mr. Sam
white, who was formerly a eiti
zeu of Columbia and he took all
pains to show me the place and
inviced me home with him. He
was extra nice to me as all Kent
uckians were.
I want to write a line to the
Kentucky people who want to
visit Florida but have never been
there. I would not advise any
one to go there unless they have
enough money to keep themselve
i and family for a year. For you
need not expect to receive much
for your labor. I paid $2 per
day for board the cheapest I
! could get. I bodrded with a
friend of mine, Mr. Garr. While
the income is great when you
get a start the- outgo is great
while you are getting the start.
I must say that my friend Mr.
Garr was extra nice to rue. He
did all he could to make my visit
enjoyable to me he took me out
the country and extended
every hospitality a Kentuckian
could. White and Garr both
treated me beautifully.
Yours very truly,
C. Dunbar.
Simple State Functions.
A Washington dispatch says
the President-elect would like to
walk to the Capitol Inauguration
day, if it were not that the
crowds of curiosity seekers
would prevent it.
And Gov. Sulzer, of the great
est State of the Union, wearing
his old grey suit with a plain
derby hat, w alked to the Capitol
to take the oath of office.
Many people will call Gover
nor Sulzer's induction into office
tame and uninteresting, and will
feel that the greater the post,
the more impressive should be
the dignity that surrounds it
As far as wearing your old
clothes on such an occasion goes,
one would advise the new President-elect
not to follow the New
York man's example. The choice
of clothes subtly registers the
importance you place on any oc
casion. If you invite your friends to
your home for a party, and don
your working togs for that affair
they would logically assume that
you did uot care whether you
pleased them or not. Gov. Sulzer
did not mean to convey that
idea, but his old clothes gave the
impression that he regarded the
assumption of one of the highest
offices in the United States as of
no more importance than an ex
cursion for the purpose of jolly
ing the voters at a cattle show.
But as respects frills, fur and
feathers, there is much-to be
said in favor of simplicity. Let
the public servant convince the
public of his greatness, by the
unselfish devotion with which he
fights for efficient government
and for the welfare of the
Prancing horses and marching
hosts are a poor substitutes for
economy in using government
money and systematic efforts to
better the condition of the com
mon man.
Then too, gilt lace and mater
ial display costs money that
someone has to pay. And that
someone is not the President
nor the Governor. The moment
you begin to throw money away
for some purpose not directly
necessary for efficient govern
ment, that moment you help
spread the impression that the
public treasurry is on tap for all
Did You Ever Think-
That a kind word put out at
interest brings back an enormous
percentage of love and apprecia
tion? That though a loving thought
may not seem to be appreciated,
it has made you better and brav
er because of it?
That the little acts of kind
ness and thoughtfuipess day by
day, are really greater than one
immense act of goodness shown
once a year?
That to be always polite to the
people at home is only more lady
like, but more refined, than hav
ing company manners?
That to judge anybody by his
personal appearance stamps you
as not only ignorant, but vul
gar? That to talk and talk and talk
about yourself and vour belong
ings is very tiresome to the peo
ple who listen?
That to be witty (?) at the ex
pense of somebody else is posi
tive cruelty many times?
That personalities are not al
ways interesting, and that they
very often are offensive?
That if the girls, all over the
land were to form societies of
one, each being her own presi
dent, and house committee, and
entertaining committee, and
secretary, and treasurer, and
make kind word3 the currency,
considerate actions the social
functions, and love the great
aim, the whole world would be
sweeter and purer for it? Just
from one society where you are,
and see what a great success it
will be. Ladies' Home Journal.
What Limestone Has Done in
Dr. Cyril G. Hopkins thus epi
tomizes in tne Country Gentle
man what the use of ground
limestone has done for half worn
out soils in Illinois. It is an in
teresting story.
"Our experiment in Southern
Illinois have proved to us that
fhis is the order in which the
soil treatments should be carried
out: First, apply two to five
tons per acre of ground lime
stone. Second, grow clover or
cowpeas. Third, apply 1000 to
2000 pounds per acre, of very
finely ground natural rock phos
phatic to be plowed under with
the clover or cowpeas either di
rectly or in the form of farm
manure. In Central and North
ern Illinois the same materials
are needed but there the lime
stone may take the third place
while it is of the first importance
in this part of the state.
"On the Vienna Experiment
Field in Johnson county ten years
ago, about nine tons per acre of
ground limestone were applied
at a cost of $1.25 a ton. This
would amount to $11.25 and re
turns from this investment have
thus far amounted to 90.3 bush
els of corn pr acre, or 42.2
bushels of weeat, or 31-3 tons of
clover. Any one of these has
paid for the limestone three
times over. In addition two
thirds of the legume, crops have
been plowed under as green
manure and at the end of nine
years with no futher application
the lime land is producing five
bushels more per acre of wheat,
9.3 bushels more of corn and 1.4
tons more of clover hay per acre
than land not so treated. "Our
A man may use a wart on the
back of his neck for a collar but
ton; ride on the back coach of a
train to save interest on his mon
ey until the condnctor comes
around; stop his-watch at night
to save the wear and tear; leave
his i's and t's without a dot or a
cross to save ink; pasture his
mother's grave to save corn, but
a man of this kind is a gentle
man and a scholar comDared to
thafother "fellow" who will
take a newspaper and when ask
ea to pay tor it, puts it oacK m i
the postoffice and has it marked
"refused." Bill Nye.
Best Cough Medicine for Children.
"I am very glad to say a few words
in praise of Chamberlain's Cough
Remedy" writes Mrs. Lida Dewey,
Milwaukee, "Wisconsin. "I have used
it for years both for my children and
for myself and it never fails to relieve
and cure a cough or cold. No family
with children should be without it as
it gives almost immediate relief in
cases of croup." Chamberlain's Cough
Remedy is pleasant add safe to take,
which is of great importance when a
medicine must be gived to young chil
dren. For sale by Paull Drug Co.
iHnw Drnhihitinn Hae Holnori Ifan.
11UII 1 IUIIIUJHUM IUJ MfclfJbU iiuii-
Some people argue that there
is no virtue in prohibition, but
census figures show that the
consumption of liquor in Kansas
is only 48 cents per capita, while
in the entire United States it is
between $20 and $24. Almost
one-third of the entire popula
tion of Kansas is enrolled in
schools and colleges, and illiter
acy has dropped from 49 per
cent to less than 2 per c e n t.
Eighty-seven of the 105 counties
have no insane, fifty-four have
no feebleminded and ninety-six
have no inebriates. Thirty- eight
poor farms have no inmates and
there is only one pauper to ev
ery 3,000 population. Over half
of the county jails have no pris
oners and in a dozen others the
iron doors stand open nearly all
the year round. Grand juries
are almost unknown and crime
has been reduced to the mini
mum. This is what prohibition
has done for Kansas, and what
it would do for places that will
enforce it.
Special Offer.
During the month of January and
February we will furnish the daily
Courier-Journal one year 33.00 the re
gular price is 36.00. Six months,31.75:
three months, S1.0O. Remember that
this holds good only during the
months of January and February.
Office Seeking.
A man who seeks office at the
hands of his friends and neigbors
should never be criticized for
trying to gratify a laudable am
bition for office, says the May
field Messenger.
This is a great government in
which the people rule and select
i their rulers, and whenever a
man comes before them asking
for an office, it should be well
understood that he believes he
is honorable and capable of fill
ing the position which he seeks.
Frequently you hear people
harshly criticize this man or that
for asking to be elected to office.
This is wrong. Let every man
run for office who feels that he
is qualified and is morally popu
lar enough among the people to
fill that position.
The voters of this country
should study more about elect
ing people to office than they
have ever done in the past.
Since we have a general primary
election iaw we believe that the
people, both young and old will
pay more attention o the fitness
and qualifications of men who
are asking to fill public offices.
In days gone by, when nomi-
jmees were selected by corrupt
and disgraceful conventions,
there was very little encourage
ment to the average voter to
carefully examine the candidates
and see for themselves who were
! the best ah'ned to
fill public
The day has come when every
voter begins to feel his power
and influence and his now be
ginning to look into the life,
character and ability of each
candidate and sees if he is able
to transact the business of our
public offices. We believe that
these conditions will give to the
people of this county better and
more faithful officers, because
every voter in the county can
exercise his sentiments and pre
ferences for the best men in
public places. E. Town News.

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