HUE jMflKBEffi AKJED
l v-f- M
gqrailKKH i- a romantic flavor
i fihoiit t!.t- word barler that be
j., Iojis to no othtT of t!i? names
t.f an! mala found in Britain. I
s-upi'is(; it in because this is
t'ii ir o:;ly larfr" carnivorous, genuine
i ;!iiffniil; th-- fox, I bo only other
vi"d heat! of any is in many,
j'( :i,.ips 1 iMszht to say most, districts
:iici"uliy fsfrtl that it owes
it ',: ! i ;, c to man, instead of, like
tli" l.udcrr, c-xlHtiu In spite of man.
T) ?u. too, "the brock" is hardly ever
Bet n alive ami fre bnt comes and
ro--s Ti-ystc! loudly in the dead of night,
bavins but few traces behind it un
somebody notices u larpe dog
lik. track in the mud. or where a
m ji -i n sf hau been dug out. for it
reels in the dainty meal of wasp
grubs. Many a time have I tracked
(u)-' from the scene of it 3 nighfs
work through muddy gateways and
dovn damp woodland rides, noting
ho'.v the heavy creature had slipped
and tdid, and the spots where it had
turned aside to scratch and root
among the moss and dead leaves, then
on to the streamside the badgers al
ways ford the little brook I am speak
ing of at the same place and through
Ledges and across fields, once more to
plunge into big woodlands, in the heart
which is the great earth wherein
lllMLy gen era f ions have been bred. In
thse particular boles the badgers are
fairly safe. The tunnels are bored in
a layer of tand lying between strata
of clay and rock, and run in every di
rection for hundreds of feet. There
art- only two visible entrances, which
are inconspicuous holes, without even
n heap of foil to distinguish them
from surrounding rabbit burrows; for
being situated at the top of one of
the sides of a very steep and deep val
ley, or dingle, as they are locally
failed, the soil all rolls down to the
Ft ream below, where it is washed
nw.iy. In fact, the sole intimations of
badgers are the pathways formed by
tluir always taking the same road in
their nightly wanderings, and which
lead up to the two entrances. Some
two or throe years ago, a fox. hard
pr ssed by hounds, took refuge In this
earth, and the master and whip, not
knowing the place, sent for spades
and terriers and commenced opera
tions to get him out.
To cut a long story short, they dug
till late at night, and finally hounds
were taken home; but orders ad
been left with men of the district to
tin'sh the job next day. These men
dug steadily for three days; they re
moved many tons of soil, but the
further they got into the cliff the more
tunnels there were. In some holes
they found neat beds of grass and
fern. It had to be given up, for the
work was Herculean; it would have
required weeks to reach the extremi
ties of the various holes. A short
time ago I visited the place, and ap
parently the badgers are still there,
for it shows all the signs of being
In the part of Shropshire hunted by
the Wheatland hounds badgers are
really quite plentiful, though perhaps
not so much so as in bygone times;
that is to say, if the tales one hears
are to be trusted. Perhaps a better
indication is that there are places
named Brock holes and similar names
where no badgers are found today.
Yellow or sable badgers with pink
eyes have occurred in this part, and
some years ago an old female thus
colored, together with her two babies,
carae into my possession. The young
ones were the ordinary gray and
white, but charming little creatures,
utterly unlike their savage mother,
who sulkily resented captivity. As
soon as they were weaned they were
"I notice." remarked the observant
boarder, taking his seat at the table,
"that the conversation stopped as soon
as I came in. I hope nobody was say
ing anything to my discredit."
Then they all hastened to assur
him that they had been talking about
the weather. .
(t Didn't Look Right.
"I understand Brindle and his wtf
bare quarreled. What was the cause?"
"Why, Brindle lost bis wife In the
U , v v,t
given bread and milk to eat; occasion
ally bits of dog biscuit and other
scraps were added. In the end we
parted with them, as the "higher au
thorities" thought they were not 6afe
pets. They may not have been; but I
tried their temper in every way, ta
king the two for walks dragged along
by a coilar and chain, and carried
them about, one under each arm, that
is to say, until they got too big and
heavy, but they never seemed to mind.
Another pet badger was half grown
when I acquired it; the poor thing
had been caught in a trap, and its leg
was rather badly hurt. A keeper
brought it to me, knowing that I was
always willing to give a home to any
stray animal; so I took it, feci it well
1 have never had any animal that
could eat so much and did the best I
could for it. Grumbles, for so it was
christened, had to pose before the
camera; but many hours were spent
and many plates wasted before I ob
tained any characteristic pictures, for
the badger took no interest in the art
of photography. It was not like my
tame owl. Old Hooter, who, at the
sight of the camera, will fly to it and
dance a jig on the bellows. In the
end the badger was released, I let It
go one evening in the woods. It trot
ted off in a deliberate way, and I
thought I should never ee him again;
but about three months later some
neighbors complained of the mysteri
ous way their bulbs planted in the
turf were being scratched up and eat
en. It appeared they were planting
a large number of crocuses in their
garden, which was done by removing,
with a patent instrument, a sod of
grass in shape like a cork, dropping
in a bulb and replacing the "stopper."
The next morning every cork had
been "drawn" and all the bulbs had
disappeared. A badger was eventual
ly blamed and the culprit located in
a dry drain. It was dug out. put in a
sack and sent off to me. I gladly gave
it a home and had it turned into a
kennel. Two days later the owner
of the crocuses came up to see the
badger. A man went into the place
and brought "brock" out by his tail
this is the only part Af its body you
can bold a badger by then I saw the
bad leg, healed now, that my poor
Grumbles had suffered from. It was
Grumbles home again! I shall have
to keep him now. My hope is that by
and by I shall be able to obtain a
mate for him.
One of the most mysterious and
alarming sounds I know is the cry of
a badger heard in the stillness of the
night. I have only heard it once, and
then I am sure it was a mother and
cubs, for it instantly recalled the
cries of the two captive ones, whose
ordinary noises were of the grunting
description, but who could. or.rocca
sion, cry like a baby. As I said be
fore, the batVgers of my acquaintance
confined their "conversation" mainly
to a sort of grumbling grunt, which
sometime?, when annoyed, they turned
into a loud snort of anger.
Best-.Known Fiction Character.
We wonder how many of our read
ers have paused to think that despite
certain undeniable literary shortcom
ings, the present age has produced
the most widely known character In
all fiction. It is now a little over twenty
years since the name of Sherlock
Holmes was first introduced through
the medium of "The Study in Scar
let," and today it is a byword to mil
lions who have never read any of
Conan Doyle's books and who havo
not the slightest interest in the
science of deduction. "Robinson Cru
soe." "Sam Weller," "Mr. Pickwick."
"Uncle Tom." the "Count of Monte
Cristo." the "Swiss Family Robinson."
"Don Quixote." "Aladdin of the Won
der Lamp," "Ali Baba," "Old Mother
Hubbard" all these are strangers
compared to the English detective.
This is not an expression of opinion,
but a statement of fact. If you- doubt
it. try an experiment, as we have done
with half a dozen urchins in the street
and see if you can find one to whom
the name of Sherlock Holmes does
not bring an expression of instant
recognition. The Bookman.
A club is a place where a man gets
his "private" mall.
crowd and went about peeking under
all the peach basket hats that looked
like hers and she saw him and got
- Both Wronged.
"You have deceived me." she com
plained. "You gave me to understand
that you were rich.
"Well, you deceived me. too," b re
plied. "You caused me to believe that
you would be brave and cheerful If It
ever became necessary for us to got
along on a amall incoma.''jQIzo.
PdEPAHE TO COQST
WOULD TURN TIDE OF IMMIGRA
TION TO SOUTH.
Natural Advantages Below Mason and
Oixon Line Discussed Sym
posium of South.
Atlanta, Ga. If forecasts mad? here
Wednesday tome true, the nxt great
movement of sealers will not be to
ward tae West or Northwest, whio'a
heretolore have be:n the Mecca of
persons seeking new homes, but to
the old South. Tais sentiment was
expressed at the firs: session of th?
Southern Commercial Congress thro
day meeting. This organization,
formed a little jnore than three years
a?o, stands sponsor for that expectei
tide of immigration by advertising thi
advantages of t?ie country south of
the Mason and Dixon line and correct
ing false impressions prospective in
vestors may have formed.
Wednesday's session was devoted to
speech-making by well-known men of
the country and individual delegates
from the various rt.lh'.4i states.
Each pointed to the increased pros
perity in store and the multitude of
natural advantages which are hardly
begun to be utilized.
John M. Parker of New Orleans,
president of the congress, in a general
statement, explained the aims of the
organization and its conventions.
Speeches by Gov. Joseph M. Brown of
Georgia Gen. Julian S. Carr of North
Carolina and United States Senator
Duncan Fletcher of Florida and Secre
tary Edwin L. Quarles of tha Southern
Commercial Congress were followed
by a series of addresses on the gen
eral topic, "External Views of the
South," by men of national promi
nence and professiocal world.
These speakers include -las. Wilson,
secretary of agriculture; Geo. V. Ped
kins, formerly with J. P. Morgan &
Co., and Arthur Kavanagh, cashier
of the National City Bank of New
The night session was given over
to a "symposium of the South," a
delegate from each state represented
making a short talk on the opportuni
ties in his particular section and
what had bene done toward a business
Col. Theodore Roosevelt will deliver
the principal address at the night ses
sion Thursday on the subject, "The
South's Obligation in Statesmanship
and Business Endeavors."
REVEAL NIGHTRIDER SECRETS
Mitlon Oliver Chief Witness
Ilopkinsville. Ky. Alleged secrets
of the night rider organization which
operated in the "Black Patch" of
Western Kentucky during the tobacco
war of 1&07 were laid bare in the
testimony of Milton Oliver.
Oliver, a confessed night rider, was
the star witness for the common
wealth in the trial of Dr. David Amos,
prominent physician and alleged "gen
eral" of the night rider army, which
stormed Hopkinsville in XJ07 and de
stroyed a half million dollars worth
of property. - - ' -- - - -
He said Amos led the band to Hop
kinsville after the night. riders -had
mobilized at Walltfnia, and detailed
the burning of the warehouses and
intimidation of citizens on the night
of the raid.
WILL CLEAN WASHINGTON
Social Leaders Will MTke Effort ta
Washington. Washington is to be
a "spotless town," if the society
women who belong to the IIouse
hold Alliance have anything to say
about it. "Clean up day," early in
April, will find the social leaders
armed with shovels, brooms and rakes
out fighting the enemy, dirt, in a
grand army of cleanliness. Mrs.
Richard Wainwright, formerly Miss
Alice Bloch, Miss Taft's social secre
tary, will lead the army personally.
She will be ably seconded by Mrs.
Robert La Follette, wife of the sena
tor from Wisconsin.
NEGRO KILLS WHITE MAN
If Captured, Summary Justice Seems
Poplar Bluff, Mo. An altercation
occurred between Henry Owens,
white, and J. Lynch, negro, ten miles
south of here, resulting in the death
of the white man. In the fight Owens
hit the negro with a scale weight,
and the negro picked up an axle
which was lying near the spot and -hit
Owens on the head, resulting in the
white man's death.
Immediately after hitting Owens,
the negro realized what he had dou
and made good his escaie. A posse Is
after the negro, and if he is captured
it is expected he will be lynched, as
feeling is at white -heat.
PRESIDENT ASSURES DIAZ
Military Maneuvers Have No Reason
to Worry Mexico.
Mexico City, Mexico. Effectually
setting at rest all rumors that the
United States is preparing for inter
vention in Mexico, President Taft sent
to President Diaz a telegram in which
he says the military maneuvers being
conducted along the frontier in Texas
have no significance which should
cause concern to Mexico. The mes
sage was transmitted to the depart
ment of foreign relations
Washingotn. Of the male popula
tion of Arkansas 21 years old and
over, 71.86 per cent., or 2S4.29S, are
white; 23.13 per cent., or 111.732 are
negro, and 153 are Chinese, Japanese
Limrt Cold Storage.
Albany, N. Y. The bill limiting to
six months the time in which food
products may be kept in cold storage
passed the assembly. The state super
intendent of health is given power to
exterd storage time to one year.
British Ship Ashore.
Norfolk, Va. Their vessel bare
as-hore. lashed by a forty-two mile
gale and swept by furious seas, which
continue io drive her farther on the
hcach, thirty-five men on the British
steamer Manchuria today are in im
i Sues for $26300.
St. Louis, Mo. Fifty-three viola
tioos of the federal sixteea-bour law
are alleged in a suit filed against the
Wabash railroad. Th government
asks for penalties amounting tw
FROM THE CABINET
RESIGNATION DATED JANUARY 19
ACCEPTED BY TAFT.
Will Prosecute "Arch Conspirators,"
Who Have Been Following Him
With Assassin's Knife.
Washington. The resignation of Rich
ard A. Ballinger of Seattle as secretary
of the interior Tuesday was accepted
by President Taft, and Walter L. Fisher
of Chicago was appointed as his suc
cessor. It appears in the correspondence be
tween ilr. Ballinger and the president,
which was given out in full by the
White House that the secretary's resig
nation has been in the president's hands
since January 19; that it was held in
suspense at the urgent request of the
president and that the latter at last ac
cepted it only at the urgent request of
In giving his consent to the secre
tary's retirement Mr. Taft emphasizes
his faith in the integrity, the motives
and the official standards of Mr. Ballin
ger and his indignation at the methods
of those who assailed him, saying that
he has been "the subject of one of the
most unscrupulous conspiracies for the
defamation of character that history can
The secretary, in a written statement
given out at the interior department,
expressed the intention to return forth
with to .Seattle and after a rest resume
the practice of law. He says that It is
defense has cot him not less than
25,000, and that he is now a joor man.
At the same time he declares it his pur
pose "to prosecute the arch conspirators
who have been following me with the
PREPARATIONS FOR WAR?
20,000 United States Soldiers on the
"Wy tn Mftxirn. J
Washington. The most 2f;'ve
movement of troops and jf9
ever executed in this countrvja-mes of
peace is now under way, by order of the
president, the objective being the coun
try north of the Mexican boundary
Twenty-thousand soldiers of all arms
of the service, are moving toward the
Mexican border; four armored cruisers
have been ordered from northern waters
to the naval station at tiuantanaruo,
Cuba, and most of the Pacific fleet is on
its way to assemble at San Pedro and
San Diego, Cal., and 2,0(M) marines are
preparing to make the Ouantauaino
station their tetnjNjrary headquarters.
A report is current here that the
Pearson s"j-iilieate heavily interested In
enterprises in Northern Mexico, had ap
pealed to the British government for ade
quate protection of themselves and other
foreign interest in preparation for the
chaotic conditions which would almost
certainly follow the collapse of the Diaz
government. It was said that the British
ambassador had taken up the question
with the state department here, with a
suggestion that unless the United States
took immediate steps to exhibit its
ability to protect foreign governments
(ireat Britain and Germany would be
compelled to do so.
S500 A NIGHT TURNED DOWN
Too Busy, Says Ex-Speaker, Offered
Washington. "Five hundred dollars a
night for one hundred nights" was an
order telegraphed from a Western
Iyceum bureau to Bepresentative Cannon
of Illinois, the retiring speaker of the
"Too busy" was in substance the reply
telegraphed back by Mr. Cannon. The
offer prescribed that Mr. Cannon could
name his own speaking dates on the
OBJECT TO NEGRO CARRIER
Farmers Refuse to Receive Mail From
Baynesville, Ks. Half the farmers
living "ong the rural free delivery lines
of mail out of this town have pulled
down their boxes and refused to accept
their mail from a negro carrier. Many
of tbe farmers applied at the postoftice
here for their mail and announced their
intentions of continuing to do so until a
white man should be made carrier.
Admiral Fremont Drops Dead.
Boston. Rear Admiral John Charles
Fremont, commandant of the Charles
town Mvy yard, for forty years active
in the service of the United States
navy, fell dead of heart disease in his
Louie at the navy yard.
Praises Our Beef.
London. Richard Burdon Haldane, sec
retary of state for war, iu the house of
commons deseritwd the supply of Ameri
can beef furnished for the British army
as "excellent and wholesome food.
Damp-Pro of Shoes.
When one ts sentlve'to dampness,
ret dislikes to wear rubbers, tbe only
alternative to moat women teems to
be rubber soles. Tbe cMet objection
to such soles Is that they are heavy for
tb house and necessitate tbe chang
ing of shoes. A bettor war to keep
out dampness Is to rub tbe solas of
shoes with boiled otL Dip a soft rag
tn the oil and rub"llgbtly over tbo bot
tom and edges of tbo solos, tbea tan
tbo shoes upsldo down to dry tbor-
r. Bat omly doss this
1 ,n .
IN NEW YORK BANK
ED MAN VICTIM OF CROOKS ON
Broker Deposited Envelope Which
Contained Nothing But Old
New York. What appears to have
ben one of the boldest, safest and
successful robberies in the history of
toe finacial district was developed
Tuesday when Aaron Bancroft, the
eldest active broker in New York,
rade the discovery that he had been
fricked out of nearly $100,00 worth
Lf securities last Thursday afternoon
is the basement vaults of the Produce
According to the excited statement
c: old Mr. Bancroft he has passed his
84th birthday and Is physically feeble
a young .man knocked him down,
seemingly by accident, in a narrow
hallway as he was on his way to the
safety deposit box of his firm, Ban
croft & Co., to lock up a paper wallet
Last Thursday Mr. Bancroft, as has
been his habit for twenty-five years,
placed securities worth about $100,
000 in a large envelope bearing the
firm's name in the corner. Alone, he
walked the 2f0 feet from his office to
the Produce Exchange, thence down
a flight of steps from the street level
entrance to the vaults.
Just as Mr. Bancroft was about to
turn the corner at the end of the
corridor into the vaults a tall man
came running around the corner and
collided with him. The shock threw
Mr. Bancroft off his feet, and in fall
ing he dropped the envelope.
That was the cue for an under
sized young man, who had been lean
ing against the corridor wall. He
stepped up to Mr. Bancroft, assisted
j,s to his feet and was solicitous to
i Or under his arm an envelope. Mr.
Bancroft j of course, thought it was th e
envelope that fell. He went on to de
posit it in his box as usual, i
Tuesday, when George Bancroft, his
son, unlocked the box, he found that
the only envelope there - contained
three old newspapers. A clever sub
stitution had been effected when the
elder Bancroft was upset in the vault
GOLDEN WEDDING UNIQUE
Mr. and Mrs. Adolphus Busch Central
v Pasadena, Cal. Probably the most
elaborate golden wedding anniversary
ever .celebrated in the world took place
here with Mr. and Mrs. Adolphus Busch
as the central figures. The most beauti
ful and costly of presents was the
diadem presented to Mrs. Bueh by her
husband. It is a crown of gold, studded
with diamonds and pearls, and valued
at 200,000. At the wedding feast Mr.
Busch will be crowned and given a seat
beside her husband on a miniature
The presents received by the couple
are valued at half a million dollars.
SHOW $10,863,465 INCREASE
Operating Revenues Reach High
Philadelphia. The annual report of
the Pennsylvania Railroad Company
shows that the total operating reve
nues were $160,457,298 for the past
year, an increase of $10,803,465 over
the previous year. The operating ex
penses were $114,812,628, an increase
of $12,621,194. Outside operations
show a deficit of $1,309,388. making
the toal net revenue $44,335,281. De
ducting fixed charges, the net income
amounts to $37,775,4S4.
Wireless to Aeroplane.
West Palm Beach. Fla. For the
first time in the history of aviation
wireless teelgraph messages were re
ceived by a passenger on an aero
plane here when Percy C. V. Norris,
operator at the Palm Beach station,
ascended with Aviator J. A. D. Mc
Curdy and reported distinctly hearing
signals exchanged between the Key
West and Havana stations. He also
picked up a message sent by a fruit
steamer to the Key West wireless
Red Cross Fund Complete.
Washington. Washington's share
of the $2,000,000 endowment fund of
tb American National Red Cross So
ciety, for which an appeal was made
by President Taft. the society's presi
dent, in December, 1909, has been
fully raised. It was announced today
that more than $34,050 had been con
tributed, this amount being $1,000 In
excess 6f Washington's share. Efforts
will be made to make Washington's
total contribution to the fund as iquco
greater as possible.
.keep out dampness, but if repeated
fence a week heo tbe shoes are new
will make thteai last mucb longer and
Pvent cracking. Aa oil is iaflam
ble. It should be bought already
led from an oil shop. This Is much
ter ban attempting to prepare It
bom, especially as the boiling op
erations are attended with torn
There are almost aura to bo thorns
a tbo Christmas packages wboa we
ret our owa boons. oa
MEMORIAL SERVICES HELD
Clinton College Joins in Honoring
Memory of Confederate Women.
Clinton. At the Mlaaissipppl Col
lege chapel a beautiful and appro
priate programme was rendered by
the students of the public school,
Hillnian College and Mississippi Col
lege in joint exercises In memory of
the women of the Confederacy.
Ir. P. I. Lipsey. pastor of the Bap
tist Church, conducted th devotional
Prof. H.' V. Sproles, gunner in
Wofford's battery, paid a magnificent
tribute to the women of the Confed
eracy, noted with much pathos her
bravery and endurance ia the home,
sometimes on the field guiding the
generals in unfamiliar country, her
work in the hospital, and the great
work she performed after the war in
rebuilding a devastated country and
in rearing her orphan children.
President Lowery mas then intro
duced, who spoke feelingly of the
noble impulse waioh is prompting
the schools of Mississippi to place a
woman's monument in front of the
new capitoL My father's picture
hangs in tbe hall of fame, and it ought
to hang there, but where is my
mother's picture? She was as brave
and heroic as was her heroic hus
band, but she moved in a silent and
obscure field. I say let us raise this
shaft, and raise ft high."
A collection was then taken which
was most generously responded to.
PARTED 17 YEARS, REUNITE.
Affecting Scene Enacted When Es
tranged Wife Returns to Mucband.
Starkville. Seventeen years aso
Samuel Waldrup, living near Henry
school house, became estranged from
his wife. They had been married over
sixty years, and were blessed with
It seems the couple fell out about
some trivial matter, he going to a son
near here, while hia wife remained
with another son at Palmetto, Oa. Last
week Mrs. Waldrup, who is in bad
health, longed to see her husband
once more before 6he died.
Her son furnished her with the
necessary transportation, and she ar
rived here three days ago. Sh went
at once to -her deslnation. Nobody
was expecting her.
When she walked into the house
her husband was sitting near the
hearth. She didn't recognize him for
some time. When she did there was
a scene. Both embraced and cried
like children, to the astonishment of
their son and grandchildren.
"We'll not separate any more," she
said, as the tears coursed down her
furrowed cheeks. "No more parting
until we are called to rest." The old
man gave his solemn promise that
they would live together the balance
of their lives. He is in his Srtth year,
while his wife is 82.
The children are rejoiced at the re
union. DR. LEATHERS PLEASED.
Field Agetns of Board of Health Get
ting Magnificent Results.
Dr. W. S. leathers, director of the
Mississippi Board of Health campaign,
Aha ai in.JjfchQP Tuesday, reports
the work progressing satisfactorily in
South Mississippi. He is especially
gratified with reports coming from
physicians and citizens of tbe various
counties where the work is being con
ducted, and feels that much good has
already ben accomplished, with more
yet to be done.
The field agents of the State Board
of Health are better equipped lor the
work at this time than formerly, be
cause of their experience of the pagf.
Sveral counties will soon be worked
over, when the agents will move Into
others. Several additional counties
have already asked for the work, and
Dr. Leathers and his assistants will
put in a busy year In 1911. '
HELP FOR VETERANS.
Swan Lake Chapter, U. D. C, Working
for Beauvoir Inmates.
Swan Lake. The .stonewall Jaeknon
Chapter No. y?5 of thU place 1ih under
taken the work of raiding sufficient fund.'
to send the soldier from the hiuu at
Beauvoir, Mi., to tbe reunion at Little
Rock in May.
The matron of the home hn written
that between fifty and seventy men want
to go if all expense are paid.
Sunday School Convention,
Jackson. A meeting of the pro
gramme coniniitte of the Mississippi
Sunday School Association was held
here Wednesday to prepare pro
gramme for the annual meeting to be
held at Columbus from March 21 to
23, inclusive. Plans are being formed
to have not less than 2.'f0 visitors
and delegates in attendance. The
Sunday school workers of the state
are now niori thoroughly organized
than ever before, and local organiza
tions exist in" more than two-thirds
of the counties.
Mistrial for McLendon.
Magnolia. The tase of Jim M--Lendon
for the murder of Frank New
man, at Ulading, in December, 190S.
resulted In a mistrial. This In Mc
Lendon's second trial. The first time
he was convicted and sentenced to
life imprisonment, but secured a re
versal by the supreme court. The kill
ing of Newman was the result of an
altercation between him and his
brother. Price Newman, on one side,
and Jim, Ben and Tynt McLendon oa
Boys' Corn Club.
Magnolia. A meeting of all those
belonging to the Pike County Boys'
Corn Club, those wishing to become
members of If, and all others inter
ested, has been called by Prof. J. D.
Wallace, county superintendent of ed
ucation. Tvery boy who expects to
compete for a prize this year is
urgently requested to attend. Prof. W.
H. Smith, supervisor of rural schools,
who is known as the "Father of the
Boys Corn Club." In Mississippi, will
be present and address the meeting.
Land Office Business.
Jackson. According to Commissioner
of Lands Gillespie, there was paid into
the department during Febiuary the sum
of $3,407.79 for land sales, to which
was added $62.50 for patent fees, the
whole amounting to $3,497.39. In addi
tion to tbe sales account there was paid
in during the same month $726.45 a
land redemptions, with county tax added,
or a total for tbe month of $4,213.41.
Tbe payments of land redemption wet
almost double that received during Feb
ruary, 1910, w hick ,wa $410.19.
STATE MEWS NOTES
Weekly Budget of News Items Gathered by Our
Special Correspondent at Jackson.
STATE NORMAL BUILDING.
To Be One of the Handsomest and
Most Modern in the Union.
Jackson. The building committee
of the State Normal College met here
Saturday. As soon as the plan and
specifications are made and accepted
the committee will ak for bids for
erecting the buildings and improving
the grounds, which probably mill be
within the next thirty days.
According to present plans, the
buildings will cost $2G00 or $22.
(KM), but it ig not known jut how
many buildings will be erected. It
has been decided to erect an ad
ministration building and to dormi
tories, one for the male and one for
the female students of the college,
with six or eight cottages to be used
at homes by the Instructors.
The trustees of the state normal
have in bank at this time, subject to
check, $2.S,ooo, contributed by tbe
city of Hattiesburg and Forrect Coun
ty, which will be ample for the work
to be contracted for when the plans
have been adopted.
It is estimated that It will take ut
leat a year to complete the buildings
and make other needed Improvements
to the land donated to the state for
the normal, and the building commit
tee desires to punh the work an rap
idly as possible. It Ik said the money
to be spent on the buildings will give
Mississippi one of the handsomest and
most complete normal colleges in the
STRINGENT HEALTH LAWS.
Needed to Make Work of State Board
Jackson. That there will b some
rather strong legislation recommend
ed by Ihe State Board of Health at the
next session of the legislature i prac
tically settled, but just what new laws
will be asked for is uot known at thin
There is a poxuibili! y of an act be
ing introduced, at bast, giving the
health board the same powers the
Railroad Commission has to enforce
Its orders. That such a law would
mean a great deal to the state i the
opinion of those who have studied the
situation. It would mean, for one
thing, the disappearance of the public
drinking cup from the trains and other
It would also mean better sanitary
conditions throughout the state. If
the needed laws are enacted and en
forced, in two tr three yearn Missis
sippi thould. if is contended, be one
of the healthiest states in the Tnion.
NOT OVER THREE CENTS.
Conductors Cannot Collect More From
Passengers on Train.
Jacksori. I'nder an order Issued by
the railroad commission In 1!M)7, rail
roads In this state cannot charge more
than three cents a mile, except the
(Julf & Ship Island and one or two
other roads that are operating under
a special chatter, when a passenger
gets on the train without a ticket.
This does not seem to be generally
known, as one or two letters have re
cently been received from patrons of
roads inquiring whether the road can
charge four cents a mile when the
ticket office is open thirty minutes be
fore train time and the patron h;i
cot purchased a ticket.
SOIL EXPERT TnSTATE.
To Look Over Work Being Done in
Connection With State Geologist.
Jackson. C. F. Mai bent of the wil
bureau of the I'nited State Depart
ment of Agriculture is in the city,
coming to this state to look over the.
work beii g done Jn the work of soil
survey. Mr. Marbent Is one of the
experts of his department, and ! visit
ing the different sections of the state
in which the ni n of his bureau have,
been co-operating with those of the
etate under Dr. K. N. Lowe, state trc
This is a new work for Mishlst-ippi,
one that has been undertaken only
in recent jrs. but. It is proving of
vast benefit. By it the nature of the
soils of the state are ascertained and
their adaptability to the rai.n of
Greer Shortage Made Up.
.Iackn. According to official rejioito
to the governor, all the money due the
state of Misissiipi ami the county of
Lincoln by the dejtowed and decamped
former sheriff, J. F. Hrwr, h-ii tamed
and certified to him by Special Account
ant Moore, have Iweii paid over to Acting
Mieritr Kstlis '. mith by the suiety
company which lmled the late slunl!,
less the amount allowed by statute on nil
collection Mild di-bil!-emeiit by the
sheriff, damages and other incidentals.
Wants a Pardon.
Jackson. Governor Noel has been
petitioned to grant a pardon to Kv r
ett Iee, an ignorant nejro boy, sen
tenced from Neoshoba County to nerve
thirty days in the county jH and pay
fines aggregating $150 for stealing a
watch. The petitioners allege that It
wag a very cheap watch stolen b'
lA-e; that he Is very ignorant and un
learned and did not realize the maKni
tude of b offemse, and that the pun
ishment inflicted was very much out
of proportion to the crime.
Will Ask Charter.
Jackson. Charter is being prepared
for tbe Central Immigration Company,
the headquarters of which are in ihls
city. The capital titock of the com
pany will be $51,000, all paid in.
Among those Interested are A. C.
Jones and W. W. Simonton. of this
city, and J. A. Trautman, of Kansas
City. The company has been in exis
tence about six months and has found
a strong demand for MUbUrlppI
lands, wild as well as cultivated, ea
pecially from the West.
Want a Monument.
Gulfport. A determined effort is to
be made In the near future by the la
dies of the United Daughters of the
Confederacy of Gulfport and the coast
to raise money for the erection of a
Confederate monument In the jard
of the county court house. At the last
meeting of the board of supervisors
that body offered to donate $1,000 to
ward the erection of such a monu
ment, but tbe donation is contingent
npon the raising of $1,000 or more by
the ladles of the U. D. C.
STATE HAS 1,841 CONVICTS.
Sisty-Five Receive and F.My -dgi.t
Jat kon. The prison i! it io, of
Mississippi has n a !' d 1.MI, the In
gest ever record' d. which S- art In
crease of seven over JaMur,
of sixty-five conviet w ,(, u . . ;i . I ,,'
the several farms du. ing '.'' inott'!.
while a to'al of .s was dt - har!,. -i.
pardoned, died and .-( .ipr!
The total niiin'cr f umkt- o.;
hand January 21 wai l.v.ll; new pi i
iwers. received, captm.d, :'. ti.tn
lug a total cf .:.. There ..,-.. ,1s--charged,
alter completing an.,
died, t:; pit (.) d, 17 , ,.M',i-.e,. I
making a total of e. 1 - n n; ; n.e i.m
cf convicts on hand ' : r.u ", !M1
There were J I while luen ;mm)..'
the conviuts ici'civcd tluiiii.; ti.
month. Va.ne. Vc!tr, I i a: k
and Clarke sent one each, whit- I. in
coin, 4'oingwm. Yaloltush.i. l.efbv, e
and Prentiss sent up two cm It
NAME PLACE FOR MEETING.
Oratorical Contest and OtMctic Meet
ing Arouses Much Interest.
Ja kson. Tint end-uthe -uutuit -day
Several of the pliiu ip.il b i of
the stale, notably Gulfpoit, llaMi"
burg. Greenwood am! (it ctu i M . li.ee
announced their Intention tn -iibniit
Offer to the two C( III! Ill it t ei n . ,
lively s ramble tor the hior of en,.
taitiing tli two thousand or huh. t .-.i-b
giaiis who will am ml is . I
The four ionipctin--? inni it ii i i ..
I'liivitsit y of Mihishippl, A. K M
College, Mbsi-,..pp College an.! Mill
saps Col )). e. have alicnh m-Ici f. d
their orators, and the yniH iifnl ('e tioi
arc getting iu rcailirteaj tn tuin loo. '
their verbiage in competition for lb
handsome j;old tuednl.
VICTORY FOR CUMBERLAND,
Suits Involving More Tean One Million
Dollara Knocked Out.
Ja Usoti. - The M j.,sK -ippi niiiUni i
law ban no appliciUnn In the ia'c
charged by tbe Cumberland b .-iai-h
and Telephone Com jia li , aicnidnu:
a decision rendered b t!.- nipieme
court in the celebrated I'leniiH- imni
t' rime, in whbli complainant sn.i..'.:,i
10 collect, tn the name l the h i! .
statutory penal i io hv i; i ir, at in .'. .ibmi'
one and one half millinu I 1 ! , 1 1 .
Five Individual milts, iii.tti' u'cd l
the same tllbtinal asking !r penatn.-,
aggregating 1 1 oimhiii, were ni-n di-e
intMU'd, and the Ciimbei land wini a
nW'-epiug victory, the auplitn- oil I
holding that it Is a enniiimn earner
subject to s'lpei V i.-iou by tbe railroad
( inn mission, and that the ,mMMi:i
law doe lint apply to oin Ida i n t of
Illjefly stated, it wa alleged that
tlio Cmnb' rland Telegraph and Tele
phone Company had been dlrfcrlinlnat
ing In rates in favor of the town o
JJoonevnic, mid ii;:niihl other l'ci
The Ciimb i land replied with de
murrer that the nntfeiH loinplauied
of were within 1 Ji- j in -dici Ion of th
railroad onimitoiloii, and the anti
trust statute had no a pplb at Inn
thereto.. This demurrer in MiFlnlt.cd
by tin- supreme court, tin' ) cislon
overruling the ruling of Chanceilo;
Kobins, and a dlstn; . al ti'ce,;saril'
GIRLS' WORKING CLUBS.
Mits Powell Forms Org.miat ions nv
Lincoln and Copiah.
.Jack.Mill. - M i;'S Mli-ie I'owell j ; 11.1k
ing good progress in in gaii i.i n j; (1 r! '
Wot king clubs in the public k !n,n!, or
the slate, islie ha- eompl (e,J e- i ,
Of thl'M III gailia' ioll.-. leeffilli, -i lid
departed Weilm-sday nh.utoon f.,r
lirookhavi-li, w In le t.be will I'm in an
other club, goinn from then to l(,i
huif. Mi- I'owell wiil confer t , ii,"
lounty miporiiiieiiili tit of cduei.t inn ,,'
Lincoln (Hid t'ojdall, the ten lie..,
patrons of tbe sihool-', tlliii evjdii i
tier plans to the 1m iiif, . rn;:i!ii.i
Hons of the county teat fu-.t i. i, v, i'Ii a
view to interesting the lm m. n,
in t liU s- pedal oil..
The ii I, bib idea is 14 in;- hot i
011 the public K' ljOnU of tbe . 'ale, an I
Miss I'owell ii;n enough ni-.o. ce n'
ah'-ad o In i i her bn for tie (e
Itiainder of the sehonl teini. She -.' I !
aim di.-cu '4 I his hiiiiteei with it,
school imp) nv 1 m tit wotk'i to
with other worl. in f'iM .i,e, ,
Oil fill.- ttSJe
Not t be r nets Buy Farm..
Macon.- Il.nr v I., ,nlc ol Ii,..mi -t ' s
bought of ( lay A nt.s 1 1... !i,..',t
Meado V i,i I in, eon - i - t i ;' f . t .,;,- ,e i e - i I
the lllil-t JU.HIIC land i i'-bt in.ii e,.,l
(it 1 1 1 1 . 1, r ill'-.
Laymen's Meeting Date.
Jin kMiu. -- Tiie n,ini.-'.--r of t l.e i pr
have named March II ,f,d I", !,.
dajs lni the Lav men''. .M , - io,'... ,
meet Itlif.H ill this i-n, H' v, In. l
Smith wa-i r.Htm d i hli man of i ,,.
gcni-ial a rra ijgetin i, i , comum ,
which Is io work out tie detail- of ,
meeting. Dr. Smith and the onn-..'
tee of t he mini-fi I n will piepan-a pin
gram for the rm 'ttii.v, v l,iei w if; i -a
relisiou gathi-rlni', and while i A;
be local in it t.atnie, .imi,,.'
prominent churchmen from rdi o---r
Saving of 2 Cent.
Jackson. Secretary f State I'ou- r
was Tuesday engaged iu tr. f tint- up
the figure for ;t i ompai i ,.n of the
state's posUige r o.-t for thu eai h of
1 :!'. and I'M". After to'aling m. i, .,n,
he found th! tiie mu'" w ;m in in
down petih' s in that lire, bnt no' u
Ihe extent he epetid, for tlnie w
Just 3 cents differ'tn . The n,t of
poHtag-c for the d!fT rei ,f di-pn 1 1 n,. - ...
of the stat governtiienl for the , e , r
lfof a fl'.'eiM!. vddlrt for the viae
1910 wa t':,CiW. h'vrv liifb- bit
Inceporate New School.
Greenville, -An application !ne
been filed by Hdniond Tador, II ui
Van 11. Hod 11 and Jtev. 1'inlip Hid.!
son for a charter iijeorporat th"
Delta College and l'repai a'ory School
This Institution has beui conducted
by Miss Ulli lxewenst in, Ph. I).,
who will continue at the hejd of th
school. It 1-4 estimated that between
$15,000 and $2000 leaves Gifetiv Ills
vry year tb'oujt'i oung ImI'-s at
tendlne school to other plates.
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