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VOLUME 24-NUMBER 74. BROOKHAVEN, MISSISSIPPI, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1905. SUBSCRIPTION $2 A YEAR.
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; j Anchor Surries and Continental Buggies j I
11 The celebrated “Jewel Stoves & Ranges” I
♦ I Blue Grass Cane Mills li:
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Standard Rotary Sewing Machines j ii
Breech Loading and Automatic Guns I i;
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j; | Tailor and Custom Made Clothing j jj
\\ | Ladies’ Ready to Wear Garments 11
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X I Ladies’ Hack & Trimmed Hats I \\
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|| j HARNESS & SADDLERY j |:
IW FEED STUFF & FERTILIZERS II
Barb Wire. | j
We have lots of it. Will sell you
a quarter of a mile for $2.50,
made of the best Galvanized Steel
and fully guaranteed.
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Brookhaven <&, Pearl River Railway Co.
TIME TABLE. imTrvn
WH8T BOUND ___ EAST BOUND
m m DAILY EXCEPT SUNDAY_ioi_ _ios_
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A»*ao A7*!22 --:-Brookhaven-—-1-—— jj jj® j j®
9:25 7:17 __-.-Pearlhaven----—— 6 25 185
!>;22 7:14 ____M. B. & N. Crossing... -•— 6 28 138
<1:19 7:11 ....M. B.& N. Junction—. 6 84 1 46
a. to 7.nr, .Friendship-..-_ 6 38 152
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7:45 6:10 .....U>randa JuncttOD- e 1 '3 in
Tho American Express Company operates the exnress business over the Brookhaven
fc Pearl ltiver Hallway. H. O. MILLS, City Passenger Aaent,
*r.wRirn MKAll. Hen’l Pass. Act.. Pearlhaven. Miss. Brookhaven, Miss.
In The Leader’s report of Cir-1
cuit Court proceedings on Dec. 6,
mention was made of the case of
the State vs. Willie Kees, tried
for assault and battery with intent
to kill. Some of our readers have
very erroneously confounded this
Willie Kees, who was a negro,
with Mr. Will W. Kees, formerly
of Fair fiiver, and now a valued
and respected citizen of this city,
and the eldest of the well known
family of Kees brothers. It is
worthy of remark in this connec
tion to say that there are eight of
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these Kees brotheis, the youngest
now just about grown, and if ail
of Lincoln county’s population
were composed of such upright,
orderly, law-loving citizens as
they, criminal courts and jails
might well be abolished for all
time. We have never known a
whole family of brothers who
were more exemplary and praise
worthy in their life and general
deportment than these young
men, and the heart of their aged
mother may well take pride find
rejoice in such a cluster of fam
ily jewels.
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THREATENED INVASION
BY LABOR AGENTS.
CITIZENS’ MASS MEETING HELD YES
TERDAY TO CONSIDER SIT
UATION.
The Agents are Warned to Give Lin
coln County a Wide Berth in ’
the Future.
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Acting on information that la
bor agents from the Delta and
othor sections were about to in
vade Lincoln county with the
same disturbing and disastrous
results which followed in their
wake two years ago, a meeting of
citizens was held at the court
house at 10 o’clock yesterday to
consider the situation.
On motion B. F. Goza was call
ed to the chair and B. T. Hobbs
requested to act as secretary.
Sheriff R. C. Applewhite, who
had taken an active part in calling
the meeting together, stated what
he had learned concerning the
movements of persons who had
already come into the county for
the purpose of enticing away
labor, and urged the importance
of prompt and concerted action on
the part of business men and far
mers to put a stop to their opera
tions. -
On motion a committee of three
consisting of Sheriff Applewhite,
John E. Seavey and J. M. Wood
was appointed uy me cnair to at
once wait upon certain Jabor
agents reported to be in town,
acquaint them with the labor sit
uation in this county, the state of
public sentiment on the subject of
labor agents, and admonish them
to shake the dust of Lincoln coun
ty from their feet.
On further motion W. H. Sea
vey, F. F. Becker, L. H. Bowen
ana M. McCullough were appoint
ed a committee on resolutions,
with instructions to report at this
meeting.
After retiring for conference,
the committee returned and sub
mitted the following report:
Whereas, a number of labor
agents are in active operation in i
Lincoln county, encouraging la
borers to leave their employment
and the county; and* whereas
there is now, in our opinion, al- 1
ready a scarcity of labor among
us; and, whereas, certain troubles
that existed in our county twelve
months ago were largely the re- |
suit of labor agents; now, there- j
fore, be it ,
Resolved, That it is the senti- ,
ment of the business men of ]
Brookhaven and community that ,
the work of these labor agents is ,
a menace to the peace and busi- ]
ness prosperity of our farmers,
merchants and all other business (
interests; and that the best inter- ,
ests of our people will be best ,
subserved if these agents cease ,
operating immediately in this |
county, and it is hereby requested |
that all such agents comply with <
the sentiments of these resolu- ,
tions. •
Be it further resolved, That (
all farmers and other employers ^
of labor are hereby requested to [
report to Sheriff R. C. Apple- (
white, or other county officers all ,
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visita ui muui tu lugji ic- r
spective communities so that the ,
law protecting our interests may (
be strictly and speedily enforced. ,
Be it further resolved, That we s
hereby pledge our hearty and ac- (
tive support to the county officers
in enforcing the law against the j
work of all labor agents.
Be it further resolved, That a ,
copy of these resolutions be fur- |
nished each of the county papers ,
with request to publish. ,
F. F. BECKER,
W. H. SEAVEY, (
L. H. BOWEN,
m. McCullough, ,
Committee.
The report was unanimously
adopted.
The meeting then adjourned,
subject to the call of the chairman.
It is said that the Board of
Control will not rest with an ap
peal of Sandy Bayou from Chan
cellor Mayes’ decision—a pew
contract will be made with Broth
er Jehu for a straight out land
lease. This would only prove
that some people never • know
when they have got enough. As
to the appeal, the Supreme Court
will take care of that: at least un
til the legislature can adopt a bill |
abolishing the board and provid
ing for direct State superintend
ence. If another contract is made ,
no one can doubt that Governor (
Vardanian will enjoin it like he |
did the other. Not another stroke (
of work should the State permit j
on a leased plantation. The issue j
has been joined and it should be j
so fought out. A shower of tele- ,
grams from all over the State have {
poured in on Governor Varda- ,
man, endorsing his fight against j
the hoard, and congratulating him (
on the victory won before Chan- ^
cellorMayes.—'Vicksburg Herald. ,
Wells, McCall and Bestor were
asphyxiated in New Orleans in a t
lodging house at 117 St. Charles 1
St. The bodies of the first two t
were claimed by friends and rela- i
tiyes at Laurel. I
THE LABOR AGENT MENACE.
As will be seen by the proceed
ings of a citizens’ meeting held
yesterday at the court bouse, this
county is again menaced by an in
vasion of labor agents from the
Delta and elsewhere. Prompt
and united action on the part of
the farming and business interests
of the county is demanded to put
a quietus on the operations of this
pestiferous class of interlopers
and nip the movement in its in
cipiency. To those who investi
gated the labor disturbances in
this county two years ago, it is
well known that labor agents se
cretly resorted to whitecap meth
ods to run negroes off of certain
places at that time. In fact, be
tween some of these agents and
the worst clas3 of white caps
there subsisted the most perfect
fellowship and mutual co-opera
tion. Some of these sneaky agents,
with headquarters in Brookhaven,
actually “farmed on white cap
capital”—that is, they made their
headquarters here, and they and
their strikers would send out no
tices through the mails or have
them posted, warning negroes to
leave their homes. In some in
stances, night parties were formed
to visit and shoot into negro
houses, and let the white caps get
the credit. Meanwhile, the labor
igents had their bags all carefully
set in Brookhaven to catch all the
black snipe turned this way, and,
unlike the proverbial snipe-hunter
who holds the bag, they usually
?ot the game.
For the people of the county to
;olerate - another visitation from
these agents is to invite a repeti
tion of the same old white cap
:actics, with attendant consc
iences. Labor will be disturbed,
lemoraiized and driven off, the
people of Lincoln county will
suffer the odium and cost of such
lawlessness, and the wily labor
igents will quietly -depart with
;he game, chuckling in their
deeves.
Let’s have no more such rank
njustice and imposition on the
iounty.
Hoyt is Back.
Mr. A. J. Hoyt, the ex-Pinker
on, who has been frequently em
>Ioyed by the governor as special
letective and who unearthed the
vhite capper organizations in
liincoln and Franklin counties,
irrivcd in the city last night, and
vas closeted with the governor
or a short while this morning.
Mr. Hoyt stated that his visit to
lackson was without especial sig
lificance, and that he has no busi
less of public interest to transact
vith the chief executive. He was
msily engaged with a stenogra
>her today getting up a statement
if some sort, the nature of which
vas not revealed.
To the folks who believe that
letectives know everything, the
governor’s young Sleuth is a rude
iisillusionment. A News report
r discovered Mr. Hoyt this
oorning gazing very mournfully
t the ruins of the Norvelle, and
vhen asked concerning the cause
if his sadness stated that he bad a
lice suit of clothes, a typewriter,
, scrap book and a fewr 'other
bings destroyed in the building.
Mr H ntrf harl hparrl nhmit
nsurance investigation in New
fork, he knew that Miss Roose
■elt is engaged to wed, and had
leard something about the peace
inference between Russia and
Fapan, but until ^his arrival in
Fackson had not learned of the
lestruction of the Norvelle, all ot
vhich proves that detectives are
lot infallible.—Jackson Evening
'Jews, 28tb.
The transcript of the chancery
ecord of the famous Sandy Bayou
njunction case which has been
liscussed so much lately has been
iled with the clerk of the Su
)reme Court, and the case is now
■eady for argument. The civil
locket for the northern district
vill be called in the Supreme
)ourt Monday afternoon, and im
nediately after this docket is dis
josed of for the afternoon the
irguments of (he Sandy Bayou
:ase will be commenced. It is
ixpected that the arguments will
)e concIuded^Tuesday evening.
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The Attorney General has an
lounced that in the future no
matters or new corporations win
>e approped at Ins office unless
bev are accompanied by the orig
nal draft of the instrument,
tinted copies of the charter at
ached to the proof of publication
vill not be sufficient to secure
.pproval, the point having beco
aised that a charter sent in this
orra and filed with the secretary
if State after being approved by
he governor is not a valid in
trument.
WORK MAPPED OUT
FOR LEGISLATURE.
SYNOPSIS OF MEASURES PROPOSED
FOR LAWMAKERS AT COMING
SESSION.
Annotated Code Commission and its
Proposed Revision Will Be Subject
of Much Discussion.
With the passage of the Christ
mas holidays public interest will
be centered in the biennial session
of the Mississippi Legislature
which convenes on the 2nd of
January for a period that will un
doubtedly be the longest in many
years;
The session also promises to be
the most important since the mem
orable; gathering in 1892 when the
present code was adopted, closely
following the enactment of the
new constitution.
More new laws have been map
ped out, and more radical changes
suggested, than ever before in the
history of the State. Governor
Vardaman will not attempt to sum
up all of the proposed measures
in his biennial message, but will
confica his discussion chiefly to
those matters that have been
brought directly before him.
The convening of the session is
only a few days off, and a
general summing up of the more
important matters slated for pub
lic discussion is apropos at this
time. The following is a summary
of the more notable matters slated
for consideration:
Constitutional prohibition, pre
ceded by a statutory measure for
bidding the sale of liquor in any
part of the State.
Increase of the Supreme Court
bench to five members.
Formation of several new coun
ties from present .sub-divisions
and separation of othei counties
in two chancery and circuit court
uisuicis.
Formation of at least one new
circuit court district, and proba
bty a new chancery court district.
Change in the system of peni
tentiary management, placing the
convicts under direct personal
control of a superintendent of
pris^;»ar.J abolishing the board
of control. Other notable penal
changes are also proposed.
Appropriation of $200,000 for
improvements on the insane hos
pitals in Jackson and Meridian.
Establishment of a blind insti
tute for negro children.
Appropriation of $100,000 for
monument; to the Mississippi
troops who fell during the seige
of Vicksburg.
Increased pay for circuit judges
and chancellors.
Appropriation of $100,000 for
the establishment of a State nor
mal and training school for teach
ers.
Floating of a State bond issue
of not less than one million dollars
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and meet prospective indebted
ness.
Creation of a system of State
bank inspection, placing same un
der jurisdiction of the insurance
department.
Uniform quarantine law as pro
posed by the State board of
health, based on the experience of
the recent yellow fever infection.
Increased appropriation for the
State educational institutions at
Columbus, Starkville and Oxford,
amounting to fully $250;000.
Increased appropriation for
Mississippi National Guard, the
adjutant general having requested
an allowance of $18,000 per year.
Creation of a State insane com
mission to make regular inspec
tions of the insane hospitals of
the State.
Establishment of a new depart
ment of State government to be
known as the department of agri
culture and immigration.
Creation of a department of ar
chives and history.
Creation of* system of county
courts to handle civil and criminal
litigation, with specific jurisdic
tion.
Esablishment of a reformatory
prison for boys.
Exemption of all money from
taxation loaned at a rate of inter
est less than six per ceDt.
Change in system of jury in
struction, requiring the circuit
judge to compile a summary of
the law bearing on the case.
Establishment of county depos
itories.
Enlarged compensation for
county assessors.
Increased appropriation for the
support aud enlargement of the
soldier’s home at Beauvoir.
Establishment of a State chari
ty hospital at Jackson or some
other central point in the State.
Change in age limit of the law
of consent to at least sixteen
fears.
Enlarged poweis for boards of
supervisors.
Numerous changes proposed
by code commission relative to
power of municipalities.
Annual land assessments
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I' ' f poison, to be la
Amendment of the game laws,
providing more rigid restric
tions.
Amendment of the law relative
to iiens of mechanics and material
furnished.
New building for the colored
deaf and dumb.
Change in charter system, al
lowing no State bank to be organ
ized on a capital stock of less
than $50,000, with capital fully
paid in.
Changes in laws relative to
county site removals.
Amendment to statutes relative
to corporations, as- proposed ’ by
the code commission.
Amendments in the statutes
pertaining to oyster fisheries, as
proposed by the Mississippi oys
ter commission.
A State depository law.
Changes in school laws as
recommended by the State super
intendent.
Abolition of Confederate boards
of supervisors.
Numerous radical changes in
the primary election laws, drafted
by code commission.
Limitation of powers of State
v.uug agcuvi
New system of charter fees
proposed by the secretary of
State.
Direct appeals from the decis
ions of the railroad commission to
the supreme court, and enlarged
powers for the commission.
Amendments to statutes rela
tive to trusts and combines.
While this is a fairly complete
summary of the changes in exist
ing statutes and new laws propos
ed, it by no means includes all of
the subjects that are likely to be
brought before the legislature for
consideration.—Jackson News.
COMING COTTON CONVENTION.
Mississippi Will be Prominently Repre
sented on Program.
State Meeting to be Held at Jackson
Next Tuesday.
The program for the annual ses
sion of the Southern Cotton Asso
ciation at New Orleans from Jan- ,
uary 11 to 13, inclusive, has been
received at the headquarters of
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tion in Jackson. The following
members of the State Association
are on the piogram to deliver ad
dresses:
“Foreign Labor in the Cotton
Fields,” by Hon. Charles Scott,
of Rosedale.
“Organization,” by Hon. Wal
ter Clark, of Clarksdale, president
of the Mississippi Cotton Asso
ciation.
“Aims of the Southern Cotton
Association,” by Hon. J. McC.
Martin, of Port Gibson, member
of the executive committee.
“Capitalization,” by Hon. S.
A. Witherspoon, of Meridian,
member of the executive commit
tee.
“Concert of Action,” by Hon.
W. A. Dickson, of Centerville.
Secretary Woods has received a
large number of letters from other
State associations in the South,
commending the plan of reorgani
zation proposed in the resolutions
adopted at the recent conference
of the executive officers and the
advisory committee in this city,
and these resolutions will be gen
etally discussed during the con
vention.
Jackson will have more than
200 delegates at the annual State u
convention to be held there next '
Tuesday.
Judges Tired of Their Jobs.
The unexpected resignations of
Judge (Patchings, of the Vicks
burg District, and Judge McDon
ald, of the Seashore District,
together with the threatened res
ignation of Judge Cochran, is
only one of the many proofs that a
Circuit Judgeship in Mississippi
is not a flowery bed of ease, with
an ample salary attached. Num- i
erous resignations of this charac- [
ter during the latter part of Gov.
Longino’s term, furnished no
little material for adverse criti
cism to Major Vardaman’s parti
sans, who were ready at that time ,
to ascribe everything of the kind
to political intrigue and trading,
and an attempt on the part of the
then Governor to stock the bench
with his own partisans in advance
of Vardaman’s term of office.
Gov. Vardanian now finds himself
confronted by the same situation
with which Gov. Longino had to
deal, and it is said to cause him
considerable trouble and annoy
ance. The charges made by Var
daman’s partisans over two years
ago against Gov. Longino were
altogether unfair and unwarranted
by the real facts, and would be
equally unwarranted and unjust if
made against Gov. Vardaman at
this time. The real trouble is,
that the talent, work and respon
sibility attached to a Circuit
Judgeship at the present time are
altogether out of proportion to
the pay.
A calculation from Secretary
Hester’s report shows that the
mills are taking about 250,000
bales of cotton per week. If this
continues the present visible sup
ply will last twenty weeks and
aver 4,000,000 bales will be need
ed for the remaining seventeen
weeks of the cotton year.
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THE STORE CLOSES NEW YEAR’S DAY. o
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Opens Daily 7 a. m. Closes 6:30 p. m.
Closes Saturday 9:30 p. m. "
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McGrath’s January Bargains ::
Cannot fail to interest the buying public. Beginning i >
JANUARY 3rd
The Big department Store will offer some splendid bargains <►
in clothing, overcoats and suits, which will bo found on dis- < ►
play in the big clothing department. Ask for the <►
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Bargain Clothing Counter "
which will show a good assortment of clothing at reduced °
prices. Remember too there will be something doing in °
sacrifice prices in the hustling dry goods department. Be
ginning on JANUARY 3d reduced prices will be made on 0
many items in Dress Goods, Silks, Trimmings, Skirts, Waists 0
ana ■
MILLINERY r
There will also be a handsome assortment of remnants, <►
all kinds, all sizes and you cannot afford to let this money °
making opportunity slip past you. Make it a point to see 4 ’
the choice display of goods on °
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Bargain Center Counter "
(Dry Goods) , >
Also the many items offered at sacrifice prices in Millinery 4 *
Department. 4 *
McGrath’s Fall trade was enormous and stocks were °
greatly reduced in size but the big department store is al
ways well equipped with handsome stocks and you will find a
number of rattling bargains that will attract you. i >
McGrath’s stock of Xmas goods sold well and only a 0
limited lot remains unsold. To clean up this stock will o
make <,
Sacrifice Prices on holiday Goods <►
And this includes many items of a staple character. < ►
Watch McGrath’s “ads” and make frequent visits to <►
the One Price Store. Always something of interest at the <►
hustling store of < *
JNG. McGRATH & SONS
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BROOKHAVEN, MISS.
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We Wish You a Happy
and Prosperous
New Year
We thank you for the liberal patronage ex
ended us in the past and hope to be favored
vith a continuance of the same for all tuture time
Your friends,
Z. E. Grafton Drug Co.
BROOKHAVEN, MISS.
WHY SHOULD I INSURE <\
MY PROPERTY AOAINST f
FIRE AND WINDSTORM *
1st. BECAUSE there are thousands of ways in which my property
might catch fire.
2nd. BECAUSE it is impossible for me to watoh day and night.
3rd. BECAUSE a long exemption from loss is not assurance that one
will not occur tomorrow.
4th. BECAUSE the wisest and shrewdest business men in America
keep their property continually insured, having found
it the best policy.
5th. BECAUSE ‘‘It is better to be sure than sorry,” and the loss of
hundreds of dollars may be saved by the expenditure
of a few.
6th. BECAUSE THE UNDERWRITERS AGENCY, (FERD
V. BECKER, Mgr.) of Brookhaven, Miss., is a
thoroughly reliable institution, does the largest busi
ness of any agency in South Mississippi, and by years
of enterprise and integrity commands the confidence
of the public.
7th. BECAUSE ‘‘Delays are dangerous,” I ought to Insure AT ONCE .'

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