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The Official Journal
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The Echo herewith prints and endorses
the report of the committee sent to
Jackson during the week in quest of re
stricted communication witn New Or
leans for Bay St. Louis and Waveland.
The gentlemen composing the commit
tee, whose names appear at the end of
the report, were headed ’by N. H.
Mooday, who acted as spokesman.
Mr. Moody’s address to the Governor
and Secretary Hunter of the State
Board of Health was not only scholarly
in its form of presentation, but the
logic of the address for such a conces
sion sought was so self-appealing to
the gentlemen who had granted the
committee an audience that we are told
the Governor acknowledged that the ar
gument was unanswerable.
The delegation represented the Com
mercial Club and a mass meeting of the
citizens of Bay St. Louis and Wave
land. The Commercial Club left noth
ing undone for restricted communication
with the City of New Orleans, and its
executive committee is to be compli
mented upon taking the initiative in the
The report of the committee follows:
Bay St. Louis, Miss,, July 27, 1905.
To the citizens of Bay St. Louis and
We, your committee appointed in
mass meeting on the 23rd inst. for the
purpose of interviewing the Governor,
and the Secretary of the State Board of
Health, with the view of having re
moved the stringent quarantine re
strictions placed on the coast, beg leave
to report as follows:
The committee left Bay St. Louis
Monday morning, arriving in Jackson
the same night. On Tuesday morning
at 11 o’clock we had a joint conference
with the Governor and Dr, John F.
Hunter, in the parlor cf the Norvelle
Hotel. Your committee explained to
these gentlemen the peculiar relation
ship between New Orleans and the twin
cities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland,
showing them that the working people
were dependent largely on the summer
visitors, and in turn the New Orleans
residents were accustomed to have their
families in these respective villas, and
to go to New Orleans each day and to
come out each evening.
The committee also stated that in
their opinion the said residents did not
yisit the infected portion of the city,
and asked that they would bo allowed to
go and come under the most stringent
regulations of the local board of health,
namely, of having a doctor’s certificate
that they had not been exposed each
day to the infected parts of the city.
After hearing the statements of your
committee, Gov. Vardaman replied that
he had made up his mind to enforce the
most stringent quarantine regulations
against New Orleans, for the time being
He also stated that if yellow fever
should visit Bay St. Louis and Wave
land, even then he would have a rigid
quarantine against New Orleans, and
further added that it every man, woman
or child should ask it, he would not al
low a single person to come out of New
Orleans until the quarantine was raised.
Ho further remarked that, leaving out
the loss of life occasioned by an epi
demic along our coast, it would cost the
State of Mississippi $200,000,000 in de
preciation of values in real estate.
Tic said that it would be better for the
citizens of these towns, for a short time,
to be bottled in by a cordon of quaran
tine officers, and eat mullet and crabs,
and escape the yellow fever than to get
all the revenue they could out of the
refugees and have one ease of yellow
When asked how soon the quarantine
would be raised, the Governor replied
that he expected to send a medical ex
pert immediately to New Orleans to ex
amine the fever situation, there and to
keep him informed daily as to its spread
or cessation, and just as soon as the
Marine Hospital Corps, who have things
in charge, now publish to the world that
the danger of infection is past, and the
Mississippi authorities are cognizant of
the fact he will give the relief de
It might be pertinent to remark that
our delegations from Vicksburg,
Natchez and Pass Christian, to all of
which he gave the same reply as to us.
The Governor was very emphatic in
his decision, and stated that no amount
of argument could move him from his
position. He also denounced vehe
mently the practice in vogue in the
medical profession in concealing cases
of yellow fever, saying that a doctor
who would do such a thing should be
hanged or put in the penitentiary for
After our conference was finished a
telegram was received by Dr. Hunter,
signed by the following gentlemen: A.
R. Hart, editor Progress; A. S. Weston,
M. D.; W. W Stockstill, county super
intendent; S. C. AV hitfield, M B. S.;
g. J. McArthur, M. B. S.; E. Hoffman,
county clerk; J. E. Saucier, sheriff;
and A. Griffith, attorney. Asking that
action on petition of Board of Health,
gpd Commercial Club, be deferred until
letter could reach them.
Your committee was treated in the
most courteous manner by the Governor
the State Board of Health, all
thinking the better of the other for the
I conference, the Governor promising to
! be our guest in the immediate future
Prior to the adjournment of the con
ference your committee assured the
Governor and Dr. Hunter that we would
abide by their decision and personally
assist a strict enforcement of the quar
antine regulations, and asked him to
feel at liberty to call on any member of
the committee to assist him in the en
forcement of said quarantine.
It was moved and carried by the com
mittee that a copy of our report be sent
to the Governor and Dr. Hunter.
Respectfully submitted,
N. H. Moody, Chairman.
B. F. Market.
O. M. Bourgeois.
Mayor of Waveland.
E. E. O’Brien,
Mayor Bay St. Louis.
T. L. Trawjck, Secretary.
The latest advices received from New
Orleans up to to-day (Saturday) indi
cate that the mosquito fever there is
well under control, and an epidemic has
been averted by the timely action of
the authorities and the- application of
the modern methods which science has
proven to be efficacious in stamping out
the fever before it became general. Dr.
Wasdin, of the Federal Department,
who was in Bay St. Louis Thursday
afternoon, said in The Echo Building he
felt confident that it was possible to
stamo out the fever within three weeks,
and quarantine measures would be re
laxed considerably.
In regard to the probable continuance
of the quarantine at the coast towns by
the State of Mississippi the following
correspondence between the New Or
leans Progressive Union and Governor
Vardanian will explain itself:
“New Orleans, July 24, 190<i.
“Governor Jas. K. Vardaman, Jackson,
“Dear Governor Vardaman —I bog to
thank you sincerely for your telegram
of the 22d in reply to my message rela
tive to communication with coast towns.
I beg to again trespass upon your time
in order to ask if it would not be possi
ble to arrange for restricted communi
cation with the towns of Waveland, Bay
St. Louis and Pass Christian, on the
basis of immunity to yellow fever of the
“As you undoubtedly are aware, the
majority of New Orleans citizens who
make their homes at these three delight
ful little resorts, have been at one time
or another afflicted with yellow fever.
Under the new theory, generally sub
scribed to by the medical fraternity, of
the transmittal of infection through the
medium alone of the mosquito, it would
seem impossible for a true immune to
carry infection. Hundreds of the best
people of this city who for years have
been summering at the coast towns,
have their families at the points in
question and naturally would not be
party to anything which might carry
danger to their loved ones.
“It is because of these conditions that
I respectfully ask your consideration,
and that also of Dr. Hunter, your State
healrh officer, in a proposition which
would permit the Louisville and Nash
ville railroad to carry to and from the
coast towns mentioned such individuals
who can produce proper and authorita
tive certificates of immunity.
“Your consideration and courtesy in
this matter would be heartily appre
ciated by a large number of our busi
ness citizens, who would thus be ena
bled to occasionally, at least, visit their
“It might further be advisable, should
the proposition meet with your favor, to
stipulate that individuals should not re
main over night in the city of New Or
“I deeply regret that conditions exist
ing here should necessitate an appeal of
this character, but I feel positive that
your known fairness and your desire to
accord us every possible facility com
patible with the safety of the people of
your State, will give this communica
tion the thought I trust it merits.
“Thanking you in advance for your
courtesy and hoping yourself and Dr.
Hunter may evolve some plan of action
whereby our inconvenience and discom
fort may be somewhat mitigated, I have
the honor to subscribe myself, very
faithfully yours, H. M. MAYO,
“Executive Departement”
“Jackson, Miss., July 25, 1905.
“Mr. H. M. Mayor, Secretary New Or
leans Progressive Union, New Or
leans, La.
“My dear Sir—Youa esteemed favor
! of the 21th inst. has been received. I
regret very much that my sense of pub
lic duty forces me to decline to grant
your request, but I do not think that it
would be prudent to grant your request,
and therefore must not do so. Dr. Hun
ter and I have discussed this matter
thoroughly, and the quarantine on the
coast must remain absolute and binding
until the people of New Orleans get the
situation better in hand. Cordially and
sincerely, JAS. K. VARDAMAN.”
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Hancock County, ,
City of Bay St. Louis. j
Pursuant to call a special meeting of
the board of mayor and aldermen of the
city of Bay St. Louis was held at the
city hall on Wednesday, July 2f.th, at 7
o’clock p. m. There were present Hon.
E. E. O’Brien, mayor; L. H. Von Goh
ren, Jos. L. Favre, R. C. Engman and
R. F. O’Brien, aldermen; Rich’d Men
des, secretary and acting marshal.
The object of the meeting was stated
by the mayor to be to consider the
quarantine situation.
The following resolution was offered
by Alderman Favre, seconded bv Alder
man Engman, and unanimously adopted:
Be it resolved that the action'of the
Mississippi State Board of Health in
quarantining the City of New Orleans
and State of Louisiana be and the same
is hereby endorsed and our full support
guaranteed to aid in maintaining the
Be it further resolved that, in order to
assist in maintaining said quarantine,
guards shall be immediately appointed
by the mayor, whose duty it shall be to
patrol the avenues of approach to this
city and generally aid and co-operate
with the State quarantine officers in
maintaining the quarantine declared by
the State Board of Health and to pre
vent the introduction of all persons from
the quarantined district.
Moved by Alderman Engman and
seconded by Alderman O’Brien, that
the compensation of the quarantine
guards be fixed at the rate of forty-five
($45.00) per month. Carried.
There being no further business ap
pearing, the board adjourned to meeting
in course.
The New York World of Thursday
contained this editorial on the fever
situation in New Orleans and expresses
a sentiment that is correct and to the
point. Yellow fever has for years been
degenerating, until now in reality it
has become no more virulent and preva
lent than typhoid or any other conta
gious fevers. The World says:
“New Orleans is annoyed rather than
disturbed by the presence in the city of
a handful of yellow fever cases. The
disease is confined to a limited area.
Precautionary quarantine rules have
been adopted by Alabama, Mississippi
and Texas, but business in the Crescent
City goes on as usual.
“Twenty years ago, or even a few
years less than twenty, the presence of
yellow fever anywhere along the old
lines in the South would have been the
signal for a stampede. The remem
brance of the terrible epidemic of I*7B,
with its death list of 5000 in New Or
leans and Memphis alone, was then
fresh in mind. Medical research and
sanitary progress had afforded no prac
tical guarantee against a repetition of
that frightful reign of the plague. The
public attitude toward the present out
break in the Louisiana metropolis is
eloquent of the change that has come.
“New Orleans had a yellow fever visi
tation in 1897, when the disease invaded
also Mississippi and Alabama. The
fatalities were light in comparison with
the numbers in earlier years. Bruns
wick, Ga., suffered in 1893. Jackson
ville, Fla., was scourged in 1888. Con
stantly the fever has grown weaker in
attack, while the defense has gained
“A curious feature of present pro
ceedings is the declaration of a quaran
tine by Havana against New Orleans.
Of old the Cuban city was an annual
hotbed of fever. Its present healthful
ness and assurance are the results of
the efficient work in sanitation promoted
in the half dozen years since the Ame
rican occupation.”
& iv.’
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Through to — Chicago,
New York, Cincinnati,
Philadelphia, Louisville,
Baltimore, St. louis,
Atlanta, Jacksonville.
Elegant Lighted Dining Cars
(Service “ala carte - ’.)
Elegant Keclining Chair Cars
(Seats free.)
Larpe Airy Drawing Room
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Sleepen? and Ladies Day
Trains leave Canal Street Sta
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and 8:15 p. m.
Citv Ticket Office, 201 St.
Charles Street, New Orleans.
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A. E. Ladner, City Ticket Agt.
| E, C. Rente, City Pas*. Agt.
J. K. Row: ely, Div. Pa>s, Agt,
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C. L. Stone, Gen. Pass. Agt.
. Louisville, Ky,
Jackson Clarion Ledger:
Work was begun yesterday on the
S 100,000 worth of improvements to be
made on the Norvelle hotel. It will be
pushed with all possible haste, says Mr.
Alexander, the proprietor, and it is con
fidently expected that at least the two
additional stories will be completed and
in use by the time the Exposition opens
in November and 50,()00 people pass
through our gates in the ten days
It is pleasant to contemplate just what
Jackson is doing in ths hotel line at
this time. No city in the South can
produce such an excellent record. Over
300 rooms for the strangers within our
gates are being added to our hotel facil
ities. The Edwards is buildmg a large
addition, four stories in height and with
an office that will not be excelled in this
section. This is alrready one of the
largest hotels in the State, and when, the
improvements are completed it will be
the largest. The Noryelle will more
than double its capacity, having con
siderably over 200 guest rooms when
completed. A nice brick hotel with 40
or more rooms and several business
houses underneath is being erected on
Capitol street just west of the A. & V.
railroad. This will be more completed
and occupied in a few more weeks.
Plans have been made and work will
soon commence on another in West
Jackson that is to have 00 or more guests
rooms together with a roomy office, din
ing room and other conveniences. So it
seems that Jackson has at last deter
mined to arrange for the proper care of
the multiplied thousands who enter our
gates during each year, and a volume
that increases fast each succeeding year.
More than half a million dollars worth
of magnificent buildings are in course
of construction or under construction in
Capitol street between the old Capitol
and depot alone, to say nothing of sev
eral hundred thousand being expended
along the street further West. The Mer
chants Bank building, which in solidity
of construction and beauty of architec
ture and finish is without an equal in the
State and possible -several adjoining
States, is nearing completion and at- j
tracts the attention and admiration of
every visitor.
The Jones Kcnnington building, a
drawing of which can be seen in their |
show windows on State street, will soon
begin to rear its head above the sur
rounding property and for a mercantile
establishment will be the tallest and I
handsomest in the State. Work on this
building will be pushed harder than ever
in a few days when the rubbish of the
old church has been removed.
Just across the S. J. Johnson is re
moving the old buildings from the site
where will soon be built the largest mer
cantile establishment in the State. With
in a short time several dozen workmen
will be employed upon this work also.
Next door to the Jones-Kennington
building will be another new building
for use as a mercantile establishment to
occupy the site now covered by the
small frame residence recently occu
pied as a tailoring establishment, vacat
ed yesterday to allow its being torn
down to make room for the more pre
tentious establishment. It is not defi
nitely just' how tall this building will
be, rumor making it anywhere from two
to six stories in height. At any rate,
on the three coreers mentioned, fully
$250,000 will be spent on buildings with
in the next few months.
Further down the (street a handsome
block of six buildings ranging from three
to five stories in height are going up
and that is a very fine business section
also. The Capital National Bank will
have one of the best appointed banking
ing houses in the South. This, as well
as several other of the buildings in this
new block are beginning to assume pro
portions and it bids fair to be one of the
handsomest in our growing city, and
that is saying a great deal.
In strict keeping with the activity
further up the street, just across from
the depot can be seen two fine four
story structures going up as fast as men
and money can do the work. The Mar
tin & Gaddis building, with its beautiful
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white front, is almost completed, and
will soon be ready for occupancy. The
four-story Edwards House addition and
intervening office space is up to the sec
ond story and going higher day by day.
The activity on this street is not an ex
-1 ception to the rule in Jackson, but only
reflects just what is being done all over
the city. While those in other sections
may not be so large and expensive, they
are in strict accord with the spirit of
progress that has invaded the whole
i city.
j Other improvements of great magni
' tude have been contracted for and will
: be under way shortly. The Street and
| Railway people will, just as soon as the
steel arnves, which has been bought and
; is now en route, begin the work of ex-
I tending their lines to several sections of
the city not covered at present. These
extensions together with the building
and [complete installation of a second
power house will represent the expendi
ture of more than $150,000. After the
completion of this work Jackson will
have nearly twice the mileage of street
railways of any city in Mississippi,
which will give an idea of our increas
ing importance.
The new Deaf and Dumb Institute is
about completed at a cost of SI,OOO and
is quite an ornament to the Western
suburbs as well as a convenient and com
modious home for those unfortunate
ones who are to be educated by the State
within its walls.
The Baptist Orphanage is being im
proved by the addition of a splendid
$20,000 brick annex; a §40,000 Methodist
orphanage is being built in the North
ern suburbs and many other buildings
of less importance, are going up.
A rumor gained some circulation a
few days ago that one wealthy citizen
would eclipse anything in the way of an
office building at present in the State by
building one on a prominent West Jack -
son corner. While this may only have
been a rumor and without foundation,
tnere is plenty doing in Jackson in the
state of reality to encourage our citizens
to renewed efforts and the future and a
determination to make the coming fall
and winter the best from every stand
point in the history of the city.
While the city is unusually free from
filth and dirt, there is still room for im
provement, and why not make it the ver
itable “spotless town” for Mississippi?
Thousands of visitors will be with us
between now and the holidays. On Au
gust 25th and 2(jth the Confederate re
union will bring several thousand peo
ple, on September 19th and 20th the [in
dustrial rally and meeting of thej,Great
er Mississippi Business League will
bring a large number; November Bth to
will likely see 50,000 people from out of
town in the city, and several other par
ties of more or less size to say nothing
of our normal string of visitors. Would
it not be a good idea for every man, wo
man and child to cooperate with the
health authorities in making everything
as bright as a pin and distributing a
thousand barrels of lime and several
barrels of coal oil where it would do the
most good. It might be worth the price
for the city to supply these things if
the property owners could not be in
duced to do so. At any rate make Jack
son the cleanest and brightest as well
as the most progressive in the State.
The prospects for the largest business
in the history of the city this fall are
excellent and with the work now in pro
gress and to be begun within the next
few weeks, Jackson will experience the
most prosperous period in her history.
Due to the nonsensical rigid quaran
tine maintained by Mississippi, the
Pass Christian Searchlight announces
in its issue of today that it will tempo
rarily suspend publication. The Search
light fails to see Jonesism and Gulf &
Ship Island R. R. earmarks in this en
tire proceeding resulting in this quar
antine embargo. It will be remembered
that immediately after it was announced
by the “powers that be” at Jackson
that the State of Mississippi had quar
antined against Louisiana, the city of
Gulfport was the first to announce that
its doors were wide open, would remain
so, and that all who would might come
within its borders. But lo and behold!
Gulfport had been reckoning without
its owner, J. T. Jones, whose railrord
rnns only through Mississippi, and to
prevent the balance of the State from
quarantining against Gulfport and the
Gulf & Ship Island Railroad as well
from running, Jones and his henchmen
at Gulfport set themselves in telegraphic
communication with Jackson, inter
cepted the mission of the various dele
gations from the coast who were on their
way to the capital in quest of the day
light open door pommunication with
New Orleans, and made the citizens ol
Gulfport say, “We takq it all hack!”
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Steam heat, Electric Lights, Water
works, Hot and Cold Baths.
Fourteenth session begins September
5, 1905. W, I. THAMES,
Poplarville, Mississippi.
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