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PUBLISHED WEDNESDAYS AND SATURDAYS. B. T. HOBBS, Editor and Prop. v SUBSCRIPTION PRICE: (la Advauce) ONE YEAK.$2 00 SIX MONTHS .... 1 00 ONCE A WEEK 1 YEAK - 1 60 LONG DISTANCE PHONE NO. 91. •— . . —. —- - - • u ——a— —r Saturday, Dec. 16, 1905. MORE JUDGES AND BETTER SALA RIES DEMANDED. At the coming session of the Legislature, if that body is fully alive to the demands of the situa tion, there will be an increase in the number of Judges and Chan cellors in the State, a recasting of some of the judicial districts and the creation of additional ones. As the State is developing rapidly and the population and business interests increase and grow, there is proportionately a much larger volume of both criminal and civil cases in the courts than a few years back, and in a number of the Judicial districts, this one among them, the time appointed for the holding of the court terms is altogether insufficient in most, of the counties to properly dis pose of the business on the calen dars. As a result, both civil and criminal cases are often put off from term to term, simply be cause the court does not have the time to try them within the pre scribed limit. This seriously hinders a prompt and healthy administration of the criminal laws, and in civil cases, is continually working an unjust expense and hardship to litigants and the members of the bar charg ed with conducting such cases. Once a man gets a case in court his lawyer nor any other man is prophet enough to tell when it will be decided. At this time the civil dockets in this and the Jackson district are congested in nearly every county, almost be yond the hope of catching up within any reasonable time. By the time the courts get through with the most urgent criminal cases, which are properly given the preference, little or no time remains for disposing of civil business, and often large as well as small interests in litigation are postponed from term to term to the loss and annoyance to all parties concerned. It occurs to The Leader that to reduce the size of some of the dis tricts, and provide for the judges holding separate terms for the trial of criminal and civil cases, as is now done in Warren county, would be one of the best ways to solve the difficulty, having a care at the same time to prescribe no more work for the judge of any district than he could reasonably perform. This brings us to observe that in our opinion most of our Judges and Chancellors are now over worked and underpaid. In view of the high order of character and talent needful for members of the bench, the labor to be performed and other facts and circumstances pertaining to this exalted station, our Circuit Judges and Chancel lors should be paid at least $3,000 a year and their traveling ex _ __ .1 __ ~e i.i,rv auu uiio u Supreme Court $4,000 or $4,500. Though Mississippi has been for tunate, as a general rule, in secur ing the best material for jugdes, it is an uncontrovertible fact that in proportion to the amount of labor and responsibility involved, a lawyer of real high character and recognized ability, makes a greater sacrifice of his personal convenience and financial interests to fill a position on the bench now than at any time since carpet-bag days. Few first class lawyers, unless they have acquired a com petency, feel inclined to sacrifice a lucrative practice at the bar to accept a judicial position; and even those who have acquired a competency and are not depend ent on their practice, may well hesitate at the mental drudgery and official responsibility attach ing at present to a Supreme Judgeship and to some of - the Chancery and Circuit benches. The number of Supreme Judges should really be increased from three to five. The work of that tribunal has increased until it is too much to impose on three men, no matter bow able, and it is lit tle wonder that when our Su preme Judges have pulled through a whole term in a labored edort to clear the docket, they ate physically and mentally “fagged out” and look like farm horses at the end of a wet and grassy sea son’s plowing. i __ < The Brookhaven Christmas Trade. The past week has been an ill- i omened one for Christmas shop ping. Rain and mud and cold and general disagreeableness as to weather have conspired together , to discourage the Christmas spir it. But behind the clouds the sun has shone on, and behind the counters the clerks are at home. Holiday goods, bright and beauti- , ful, have been selling all the while; and, judging from th6 freight being daily drayed in at some of our popular stores, there has been regard shown for the late shopper as well as the early. In fact, some purchasers are wishing they bad waited; as the last things seem best, and the latest array of multitudes of novelties, as well as useful articles, is tempting be yond description. It is not necessary to here men tion the names of the stores;—we need only to refer you to the ad vertising columns of Ther Leader. Our regular advertisers that treat you right the year round, are the ones that will stand by you and your interests during the holidays or any other time. When you come to town, you will know at once where to shop, after reading The Leader’s ads. Bring your paper with you; and, our word for it, our merchants will do what they say they will in The Leader. Christmas is on and is rot go ing to put on brakes on account of the weather, or “the rheu-ma tickers.” All that is necessary is for you to come to Brookhaven and partake of the cheer that comes but once a year. Hurrah for Christmas 1 THE STATE COTTON ASSOCIATION. Dr. Will H. Woods, secretary of the Mississippi Cotton Associa tion, is now receiving from local organizations reports giving the lists of county officers at the elec tions held last Saturday, and the names of the delegates appointed to the big convention to be held in Jackson on January 3. The indications are that over 400 of the most prominent farmers and business men of Mississippi will attend the January conven tion, and arrangements for the big gathering are being perfected at the headquarters in that city. The sessions will probably be held at the Century theater, as the hall of the house of represen tatives will be occupied by the legislature at that time. Reduced rates will be secured for the gathering, the rate proba bly being one and one-third fares for the round trip on the certifi cate plan. The following in reference to the general convention of the Southern Cotton Association, has been issued from headquarters: “By order of President Harvie Jordan this convention will meet in New Orleans on January 11, 12 and 13, 1906. In pursuance of this order I call upon the people in the various counties of Missis sippi to meet in their respective court houses on December 23 for the purpose of electing delegates to the convention; also in coun ties where the county conventions have not been held I would be very glad if you would meet and perfect your organization and name your delegates to the State convention as well. “The State convention meets in Tonl/cnn Mica .Tannartr 3 Wfi are very anxious to have every county represented at the State convention as well as at. the New Orleans convention. There is no limit to the number of delegates to be elected to the New Orleans convention. i “The delegates will meet in the Washington Artillery hall at 1 o’clock p. m. on January 11. They will then and there seize all the arms and accoutrements of war, and march in a body to the cotton exchange and immediately slaughter any and all brokers who refuse immediately to advance the price of cotton to fifteen cents. A grand old time is expected.” Formal announcement has been made by President and Mrs. Roosevelt of the engagement of their daughter, Alice Lee Roose velt, to Nicholas Longworth, Represenative in Congress from the First District of Ohio, one of the Cincinnati districts. Coupled with the announcement of the en gagement is the additional an nouncement that the wedding will take place about the middle of next February. While arrange ments for the wedding have not been made, it is expected that it will occur at the White House. The bride-groom is bald headed, which gives him more than an even start with the average bene dict. Christmas things are going and carloads coming on. MRS. CHAS. E. HOOKER. A Distinguished Mississippi Lady. ' Mrs. Chas. E. Hooker died at ler home in Jackson, after months )f suffering, surrounded by hus jand, sons and sorrowing friends. Of this distinguished woman, ihe Clarion-Ledger says: “Mrs. Hooker was born in Vicksburg during the terrible :holera epidemic of 1833, when jer father and mother, Benjamin ind Cecelia Jennison, who had re jently moved there from Pennsyl vania, died of the plague. After ;heir death, Judge W. L. Sharkey rdopted the little girl, and brought her to his home in Jack son, having her name changed to Fannie Sharkey by the Mississip pi legislature. She proved a laughter, indeed, to Judge Shar key and wife, and was given the best educational advantages, be ing educated at the Archer Semi nary in Baltimore. Soon after ber graduation, she married Hon. L’has. E. Hooker, at the Poindex ter mansion in VVest Jackson, in 1851, and was his loyal and true helpmeet for fifty-four years, his best friend and safest adviser. In early life Mrs. Hooker joinr 2d the Episcopal church, and for many years was the leader of the shoir at St. Andrew’s, being an iccomplished musician and splen lid vocalist. She remained faith ful to that faith, and a true work er in her Master’s vineyard, till the last. She was also a fine lin guist and spoke French quite fluently. Many of the young ladies of Jackson are indebted to ber for lessons in French, and for the correct pronunciation of that beautiful court language. “Mrs. Hooker generally accom panied her distinguished husband to Washington during the sittings of Congress, and being a lady of the ripest culture, and endowed with the finest intellect, she took high rank in social circles, and was always a leader at society functions. She was fond of the beautiful, the pure and the true—fine flow ers, classic music, good literature, rare works of art, and loyal friends, and could, not abide com monplace things or rude people. Tracing her lineage back to the best blood of France, to Hugenot stock, to the Le Bretons, Mrs. Hooker was naturally an aristo crat by birth and education. She was* a most lovable lady—gentle, genial and kind, and numbered her friends by the score, all of whom loved and honored her.” Mississippi Appointments. President Roosevelt has again shown his political liberality by appointing to prominent offices in Mississippi three well known Democrats. Gen. W. T. Martin’s name will go to the Senate tomor row as postmaster at Natchez; Robert C. Lee, who held the office under Cleveland, has been select ed as United States attorney for the Southern district of the State, and L. Q. C. Lamar, son of the late Senator, has been selected as register of the United States land office. The selection of these Democrats is an indication that the President is determined to se cure good material for Federal offices, even though he has to go outside of his party to get it. It is unfortunately true that there is very little timber for the construction of suitable office holders in the Republican party of Mississippi, and Mr. Roosevelt has been prompt to see if he is to have the Federal government properly represented in that State he must levy on the Democrats. That he has done so is to his infi nite credit, and another evidence that he has the best of feeling for the South. No exception what ever can be taken in this section of the country by any recent action of the President’s. He is the accepted champion of many of the policies for which this sec tion stands almost solidly, and tne people of the South have come to look upon him politically as one of themselves. His demand for the placing of some curb upon the tyrannies of the railroad and oth er corporations, his attitude to ward the trusts, and his endeavor to secure a purification of the public service, all strike a respon sive chord in this section, and he is daily stiengthening the threads which knit him to the affections of the Southern people.—Times Democrat. Profanity in Conversation. Suppose some seemingly sancti fied person should go around the streets uttering audible prayers in the hearing of other people and mixing them up with his conver sation. People would call him crazy and would look for an ex cuse for sending him to an asylum. The general opinion would be that he was daffy. And yet there are fellows by the dozen who in fiublic and in private mix sense ess oaths and causeless profanity with their conversation. Why should the man whose seeming devotion to divinity exceeds good sense and propriety be graded as a lunatic while the numerous fel low who is given to • cussing be regarded as >11| t, only a little rough ip' — Douglass, Kan., Tribut See The Leader about your Job Printing. An Attractive Ad. A man in London wanted a job, and so he published the fallowing advertisement: “A hopelessly incompetent fool with no qualifications, social or intellectual, totally devoid of knowledge on any conceivable subject, thoroughly indolent and unworthy, is desirous of obtain ing a remunerative post in any capacity. Address I. B., Maclise road, West Kensington.” The singularity of it attracted a great deal of attention, and sever al people set out to look the indi vidual up. When they found him, they discovered he was a man of twenty-seven years, *alert, intelli gent, with an ordinary public school education. The result is that he has secured a good posi tion with a responsible firm and he bids fair to rise in the world, all the result of advertising and of writing an ad so that it would at tract attention because it was different from any other applica tion for work that was ever writ ten. The moral, therefore, of this tale, is that if you would suc ceed by advertising, write so that the notice would attract you if you were in search of help.— Clarion-Ledger. Boyd, the Wife Murderer, Goes Free. Hazlehurst, Dec. 11.—Convict ed twice and the jury failing to agree on the third trial, Y. B. Boyd was at last given his liberty this morning in Circuit Court, after having been imprisoned over four years on the charge of poisoning his wife in Crystal Springs in December, 1901. Be fore dismissing the case against the prisoner, Judge Miller stated the State at present did not have sufficient evidence to convict the prisoner, a number of State wit nesses being beyond the jurisdic tion of the court, having left the State. The court also referred to the prisoner being twice convict ed of che crime. The jury in the case of Robert Young,the young man charged with killing the negro prisoner, Frank Collins, failed to agree up on a verdict and was discharged. The jury stood ten for acquittal and two for conviction. Will Hogg, indicted for being accesso ry before the fact, will be put on trial Thursday. Hon. Clarence Greaves, of Madison county, a member of the Legislature for the last quarter of a century—more or less—spent the day in Jackson. Mr. Greaves declares that he is going to run the blind tigers out of Mississippi after this year, or put saloons in every county, by making the un lawful sale of whisky a peniten tiary offense. Another law he has in course of preparation is one to force all foreign corpora tions doing business in Mississip pi to pay taxes on their business and on the money they have in vested in their business in this State. Mr. Greaves states that he is tired of seeing the little one horse farmer pay all the taxes.— Picayune Jackson Bureau. Superintendent Dobyns, of the State Institute for the Deaf and Dumb, has announced that he will report to the next Legislature that his new building is full to overflowing, and will ask that $50,000 be appropriated for addi tions. The Superintendent states that when the recently completed institution opened, Dec. 7, 112 white children applied for admis sion and were taken in, his pledge having been given that none should be turned bacK. However, the superintendent has applica tions from fifty more, and cannot accommodate them. He believes there are 100 more deaf children in the State who would attend if accommodation was provided. Dr. W. T. Lowrev, president of Mississippi College, who is raising money to improve the buildings of that institution, pre sented the matter to the communi ty of Clinton, at which place the college is located, last Sabbath, and met with response to the amount of $12,000. It was Shakespeare who, true to nature, said: “At Christmas I no more desire a rose Than wish a snow in May’s new fangled mirth; But like of each thing that in sea son grows.” Representative Calvin Wells, of Hihds county, will introduce a bill at the coming session of tho Legislature to provide an insti tute for the colored blind children of the State. He proposes to lo cate it near the white institute, so that the same superintendent can manage both. Dr. Julius E. Beall, a promi nent negro physician of Jackson, was arrested on a charge of man slaughter. He had performed a criminal operation upon Ruby Smith, a negress, of Brookbaven. El Paso, Texas, is snow-balling for the first time in its history be fore Christmas. Snow fell all day Sunday. -«» Some people are not only dull themselvqs; but are the cause of dullness in others. _I“OLD BUCK'S ” Christmas Hints I || ^pACH PASSING DAY brings Christmas a day nearer, and the thoughts of what you If T ir are going to give brother, sister, father or mother must soon be decided. “Old ^ A Buck” suggests that you select something from his stock***something that will m % be a daily reminder to the friend or kinsman to whom you make the gift. His stock at fthis time is “worth while”—everything in the store new, seasonable, fresh goods, pur* W chased since the late Masonic Temple fire. Suitable gifts can be found here in the fol* w lowing and many other lines IK I Mufflers, Neckwear and Umbrellas, I 1 Suspenders, Dress Suit Cases, f A ==[ We have built our reputation on our . ...-^ H CHACC Shoes. All sizes, all grades, all prices. ^ tollUto Socks in fancy colors and solid blacks. oUwiVO m --n-n-- 1m, SUIT CASES In a variety of styles and sizes. Nothing makes a more useful present. UMBRELLAS And Parasols. A line line in plain and fancy handles. Some extras in line silk. W. P. HUBERT } Holiday Goods at ! New York Racket Store g OUR LINE OF CHRISTMAS GOODS IS NOW ON DISPLAY READY FOR EARLY BUYERS Q? i§* 77TE have an elegant line of Handkerchiefs, Mufflers Cravats, Suspenders and House Nick Nacks that are GS* nice for Christmas Presents. Our line of ^ 31 BOYS’ WAGONS, DOLL BUGGIES, CHAIRS DOLLS, MANICURE Zs TOILET SETS, CUPS & SAUCERS, NUT, CAKE SALAD PLATES CHILD’S TEA SETS & # j* # and other Santa Claus Goods can’t be beat. We have not eg* ^ the space to enumerate all. Ladies, don’t forget the Men; Men, don’t forget the ^ *fj§ Ladies during this siege. ^ Yours respectfully, % R. H. HAMILTON A Model. In this way one of the best and most successful enterprises of the city and the South was built up, until today it commands respect everywhere, and is earning rich business in the adjoining States. It’s owners, managers and em ployes are of us and for us. They spend their money where it is earned, and their investments are made here; where they aid in building up our part of the coun try. It makes prompt settle ments, does a large business, avoids law suits, and is growing stronger every year. In this way the Mississippi Home Insurance Company has worked fully up to its most valuable charter rights, until it is a model for our young business men.—Vicksburg Herald. Mr. Ferd V. Becker is agent for this excellent company. A. Monroe Craft died at Sartins ville Friday night. He suffered a paralytic stroke a month pre vious to his demise. He was 42 and a Woodman and Mason. ■.-■■■• -<► • — On account of the illness of Bis hop Smith, Bishop Cbas. B. Gal loway is presiding over the con ference of Methodists at Gloster. President Roosevelt has decided to make a tour of the world at the end of his term as President of the United States. *■ > * OOOOOCKMSOOOCKSOOOOOOOOOOCJOOCXSOOCXXXXXXXXXSOOOOOOOOOOCX) I Horses at Auction! j |i| We will sell Horses at auction at our jji j|j barn at 11 o’clock every Saturday dur= | i|| ing December. We have horses of all j jj; classes and you get them at your own jjj j|| price. Pick out your horse and bid up, l|| jjl gentlemen. I Henderson & Turnboughj OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCXbOOOOOOOOOOOOOO