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» J. H. GAMBRELL, ) R. D. GAMBRELL, j Editors.; OFFICIAL ORGAN —OF TIIK— PROHIHITIO.X U.XIO.X OF MISSISSIPPI. CLINTON, MISS. Saturday, April 25, 1885 Entered at the Post-office at Clinton, Miss., < Second-class Matter. BUSINESS MENTION. All coiuiuunications intended for publi cation, should be sent in Thursday morn ing, and should be written on only ong side of paper. Everything intended for publica tion should be written on separate pieces of paper from the business communications. The columns of the S\vori> and Shield will beopen to a limited number of reliable advertisers at reasonable rates, but frauds will not be advertised at any price. If, however, one does creep in, it will be promtly exposed when found out. Address all communications to SWORD AND SHIELD, # Clinton, Miss ABOUT ANNOUNCEMENTS. It may be well to state just here that the terms of the Sword and Shield for announcing will be : For State offices... For County offices For Beat offices_ The value of the Sword and Shield as a live, wide-awake, straight-forward journal should not be ignored. Let those who intend to run for office in our next elec tions, and wish to appeal to the votes ot the temperance people all over the State, send in their an nouncements. $10 00 . s oo 50 Publisher. Rooms of State Prohibition Ex- ) EouTiVE Committee, April 1st. j in view of the approaching meet ing of the Prohibition State Con vention, called to meet July 1st, in the city of Jackson, we urge an ini mediate and thorough organization ot our friends throughout the State. Please organize at once and report list of officers to the Secretary, at Brookhaven. Let the friends of Prohibition all over the State organize Prohibition clubs, and report the same to the Sword and Shield, with the names of officers, and other items of inter This Avili give union and effee est. tiveness to the movement. Chas. B. Galloway, Oh'n. B. T. IIobbs, Secy. J. H. GAMBRELL. Corresponding and Financial Secre tary of the State Prohibition Execu tive Committee, will speak at the following times and places, at 7 1 p. m. : Harpervilte. :. Forest. Morton. Brandon . 20,11 a m 27 28 20, 30 Prohibitionists will please make all necessary arrangements for these meetings in their respective places, and circulate the appointments as far as possible. Let every friend of the cause, ladies and gentlemen, at tend. Those unfriendly to the tem perance reform are cordially invited to attend, also. READ THIS! Counties and committees desiring to secure the services of a Prohibi tion speaker, can do so by applying at this office. We hope to hear from every county and community that Avishes the benefit of an ad«lress on Prphibition. We are also prepared to furnish on application a copy of the Constitu tion and By-laws, recommended by the State Executive Committee for the organization of Prohibition clubs. Send a two-cent stamp and get one immediately. We must or ganize Avithout delay. tf Mrs. M. L. Wells. Mrs; Wells having extended her time to the close of the month, ne cessitates the change, in, dates and some of the places, in order to take in others in the Western part of the State. There will be no other change and she will be at West Point. Okalona. Verona.... Tupelo.. Corinth. And address the people on Temper ance. She also wants a meeting arrang ed to meet the ladies during the day, to organize a Woman's Chris tian Temperance Union. 25 and 2t> 27 27 2 !» 30 SPECIMEN COPIES. We will take pleasure in sending specimen copies to any Avho Avould like to work for the paper. The friends of temperance and Prohibi tion could not do a better thing for the cause than to circulate the Sword and Shield. tf I !. the or by the the NEWS AND NOTES. Miss Ella McGee has returned to Clinton for a short visit. Eight stores were burned in Vicks burg on Tuesday night; all insured. Rev. Jas. R. Plummer, of the M. E, Church, South, died of heart dis ease recently in Nashville, Tenu. The father of Gladstone predicted that the latter would become Prime Minister, ruin his country, and die a lunatic.—Ex. Fourteen lives were reported lost in the fire at Vicksburg, one of them the Secretary of the Hook and Ladder Company. Miss Corinne Deupree, who has been visiting Mrs. Sproles, of Jack son, for a week past, has returned home. It is imported that the Russians nd Afghans have had another bat tle, this time on territory unques tionably belonging to Afghanistan. The Corinth Herald hoists the name of Jno. M. Stone for Governor, and Win. M. Inge for Lieutenant Governor, but the Meridian Mer cury still sticks to Walker. The jail of Cameron parish, La., wherein no liquor is sold, is used for a corn crib. Corn on the cob is great deal safer than going through the still. as a .. a if as of ly a A new Union in Yates City, Kan but a few days old, has secured sas, the commitment of two druggists for Its mission illegal liquor sales, will puzzle nobody. in The number of British troops in Afghanistan, including the Afghan and Indian forces is put at at 70,000. The number of Russians, on the bor derland ready to advance, is estimated at 95,000.—Ex. The war against gambling pro On Wednes presses in Shreveport, day five keepers of gambling saloons arrested and put under bonds were to appear at the criminal term of Dis trict Court.—Capitolian Advocate. The New York Evening Post, commenting upon liquor license system says; the most dangerous outgrowths is the appearance in politics ot the liquor interest as an organized force." It seems that neither Morrison (Dein.) or Logan (Rep.) will be elected to the United States Senate from Illinois. Who the two parties will next fall back on is not known, but there is some quiet talk of Gen. Black by the Democrats. The saloon keepers advertise free lunch. The courts ha\'e decided that if they advertise it is free that it is not necessary to purchase any of his poison to be entitled to the free lunch. Would it not be well for all the ragged and hungry children of drunkards to be taken there to partake of their hospitality. "There are two ways to quit drinking, knoAV. you don't drink any more ; the other and more popular way is to 'taper off,'and this is the Avay it is done: You get you a barrel of whisky and sit doAvn by it and drink, and Athen that is gone—why—well, get an other barrel and do the same. - The people of Stark ville are awak ening to the importance of the Pro hibition cause in their town. An enthusiastic meeting Avas held at the Court-house on the 15th inst., pre sided OA r erby Dr. J. L. Crigler, ex Senator from this Senatorial district. An executive committee of tAvo from each beat in the county was appoint ed.—Ex. the present One of U on says one Avho ought to "One is to quit short, and — up The bachelors of Rochester, N. Y ., no longer have an excuse for not The young ladies of the itt the ing he If of and that him ky marrying, place have prepared a document proving conclusively that families of from two to six can live Avell on §9 a week, and they assert that no woman is worth marrying who cannot dress stylishly and save money on §80 a year. Copies of this statement have been sent to every marriageable young man in the city. Speaking of the position a certain paper took on the liquor question, a young man, not remarkable for nis temperance proclivities, said to us : You need not be surprised at the stand it takes. The editor knoAvs u that the demand for his paper will go down with the liquor traffic, as the more whisky that is drank, the more demand for sensational litera It does seem as if these two ture. go together, and the question occurs to ug, Does this explain the attitude of some other journals on this ques tion. are The American system of checking .baggage has been inaugurated on the Midland Railway, in England, and the English newspapers have more or less to say on the subject, one of them expressing an opinion shared by others in the remark that while the innovation is a great relief to or dinary travelers, "to ladies and ner vous old gentlemen it is a positive boon.—Ex. One of the reforms instituted by the new Postmaster-General is to di rect that no outlandish names shall hereafter be acepted for postoffices. The books are said to be full of this species of Western humor. Such names as "Buzzard's Roost," "Yuba Dam," "Guage Ein," etc., will be changed to something more eupho nious.—Ex. ky I Rev. F. D. Baarsof Iieidleburg, in a private letter to the Publisher says: Prohibition is booming here and Jasper is solid. We expect that another attempt will be made by the whisky men to repeal the late decis ion but I have no idea that they rçjll succeed. .. And they won't succeed if everybody does their part as well as Fred will do his. Our old friend, Johnnie Anderson, of the Kosciusko Star, called in our office yesterday and shook our hand. Some of his subscribers had evident ly "paid up," for he sported a "stove pipe" that had evidently seen much and hard previous service, lie has the look of an editor whose subscri bers pay in the very fattest of chick ens. He says the Star is progress ing. 1 Gov. St. John, since his return from the South, confesses that the temperance work is further advanc ed in the South than in the North. Mississippi has 930 saloons ; Minne sota, with about the same popula tion, has over 3000 saloons ; Arkan has 1344 saloons, California, with about the same population, has 9369 saloons; Kentucky has saloons and Ohio 15,390. In pro portion to the population the North has twice as many saloons as the South. The time, 1 believe, is swiftly com ing when a religious character will be an essential qualification for the high and honored office of a Con gressman or a Senator, and infidel and free-thinking statesmen will give way to Christian statesmen, who in the fear and in the love of God, will make and enact the laws of a Christian people and a Christian nation.—B. should not Christian voters elect Christian officers? Is godliness un profitable? Weave not so taught. Godliness in the Nation's capital would be profitable to every inhabi tant and that there is so little of it manifested in the halls of Congress and in the Senate Chamber of these United States, the people groan, being burdened. sas 4461 Why Fletcher. L. The cost of li«iuor in tAvo years is enough to build seven lines of rail road across the continent, each 3000 miles long, at §20,000 per mile, put on tAvo million dollars worth of roll ing stock, build another railroad around the world, and put on one million dollars worth of roll iag stock, and then have five million dollars left with which to educate the poor and build ellemasynary institutions. — R. L, Fletcher. True enough, but the 500,000 doggery proprietors (and their crauky supporters) think they ought to have all this Avcalth Avithout giving in return a single ioto that will yield more wealth, and when those who have a "fellow feel and who desire the best tern in of all to to let or for to for it the mg, poral and eternal welfare of their neighbors and neighbors' children object, these doggery keepers hold up their blood-stained hands and cry lustily, "fanaticism." We notice that Gen, IL L. Burk itt has entered into the fight against the Prohibition cause with a zeal and energy that would be high com mendable if directed in a better channel. Gen. Burkitt has ever ex pressed himself desirous of represent ing the sentiments and wishes of his constituency, irrespective of his OAvn opinions, on any matter of public in terest. In the very ultra position he has taken on the Prohibition ques tion, Ave contend he is not doing so. If he Avili make the least effort to inform himself as to the sentiment of a majority of the people of Clay and this Senatorial District, on this question, he will soon be convinced that in his present position he repre sents the minority. We apprehend that the coming canvass will convince him thoroughly of this fact. You fighting in a bad cause, General, when you champion that of the whis ky ring.—Clay County Leader. Local Option by counties ! are A MISTAKEN IDEA. The Ilazlehurst Signal, of April 9th, contained an amusing article signed by Dr. W. G. Ford, of Wes son, some of whose utterances were recently criticised by this paper. The Doctor seems to have the idea that men must be applauded, not criticised, in the public prints, if any thing is said of them. On this point, we differ with hint as from pole to Dole. The sophistry of whis ky supporters that comes within the reach of this Sword will be pierced through. The doctor says he was joking when he stated, with any number of vile oaths, "Prohibition has killed Beauregard but I got all the whisky I wanted anyway, lie virtually says he expressed an honest sentiment, was, we are confident that no one who heard the doctor's remarks got the impression that he was joking. He did not explain how or where he got whisky, save in Beauregard, leaving the impression that he ob tained whisky clandestinely, despite the mandates of law. every one present got just that idea. We therefore suggested that Copiah's next Grand Jury interview the doc tor. Why did not Dr. Ford state then what he does in his article, to wit : Further on, 91 However this We think Since the operation of Prohibi tion at Beauregard, I have neither bought myself, or through any one else, a drop of liquor, nor have 1 known of its sale in any manner or form whatever. When I stated that 'I could get all the whisky I wanted,' 1 simply meant that I rarely went to Beauregard without being invited to join my friends in a social glass. These friends did not purchase it at Beauregard, but probably in New Orleans, and kept it at their homes for use in a social and medical way." If he had, this "cranky fanatic who happened to hear the conversa tion," would have written it down. Dr. Ford testifies that "Prohibition does prohibit" at Beauregard, real pleasure, we record the doctor's testimony now, and be it remember ed that his testimony corroborates that of Beauregard's leading citizens. A man who has, all his life, indulged his appetite for drink, ought to be a competent witness in this case. We submit, according to the doc tor's declaration, viz : "I never vio lated the civil law in my life," that we have very few citizens 60 years old like unto bin». That is an abso lutely superb showing, but it is not perfection, and we feel that we may be permitted to do an old pilgrim the humble service to point out to him the way to add a couple or three cubits to his stature, and here they aie : U a it With 1. Talk so as to be understood, even by a "cymlin-headed temper ance champion. Say what you mean. 2. Leave off that social glass, for science tells you, you are drinking poison. 3. Please don't swear before young men. ^ Their fathers and mothers have taught them, "Thou »halt not take the name of the Lord Hoav beautiful is the old is m vain. age that fears God and keeps his commandments still. The doctor closes his bill of com plaint in the following Avords : Noav, for a few plain facts, for the benefit of tnosc who do not knoAV me personally: With the exception of half of tAvo days (Saturdays) in every month I am on my plantation, Avhere I can always be found attend ing to my interests. I employ an active force ot tAventy-five hands, Avhite and colored, supervising them in person. My plantation produces about 100 bales of cotton and all the corn I require. I am able to pay cash for everything I buy at whole sale in New Orleans. I have stock and horses tor sale, and my credit is good for any amount 1 deürëw I have accumulated in real and per sonal estate more than §10,000 worth of property. A "lonesome swiggler" could hardly do this." What a splendid example to all engaged in agricultural pursuits: We must heartily commend the doc tor's close attention to business to all our farming friends. It is easy to understand how a man of such close business habits will accumulate property, but if any one is anxious to know the details that will ex plain the doctor's §10,000 possessions, let them Avrite to those who have been his neighbors for several years. Now, we Avish to assure the doctor that we would not knowingly do him or any one else an injustice. Most certainly we have no unkind feeling for him or any other Avhisky advo cates, but when he lays himself open to criticism he may expect to be kindly handled. We care naught for the epithets Dr. Ford deemed sweet or Avitty to apply to us. As it is not to our taste and as it is rep rehensible to refined people and knowing opprobrious language to be the only stock in trade with Avhisky &< men, we will not enter the doctor's pre-empted domain. We hope the doctor will make 100 bales of cotton this year and all the corn he requires. We are free to confess that we believe that Dr. F's plan, to stick close to business, is the only one that will result in an accumulation of property to the "lonesome swiggler. >> RIGHT LEGISLATION. Legislation ought to be directed as much as possible to the preven tion or evil and crime. "To make it as easy as possible for the people to do right and as difficult as possible for them to do wrong."—Gladstone. Says Douglass Jerrold: "When the full grown thief is hanged, do we not sometimes forget that he was the child of misery and vice, born for the gallows, and nursed for the hal ter? Did we legislate a little more for the cradle, might we not be spared some pains for the hulks?" Many of our laws are for the preser vation of life, and to brn.g to pun ishment those who even place life in jeopardy; but here is our license law which enables men to commit murder and it protects them in it. This, all sane people will admit, is ill-directed legislation. It tempts both the seller and the drinker to vicious and unscrupulous lives, and they become consumers and non producers of wealth—very vampires on society and State. Our govern ment has reversed the Gladstone idea entirely. We absolutely tempt citizens to do wrong and make itdil ficult for them to do right and for their failure to do right, despite the hedged up way, we cry lustily for their swift punishment. This State, under the license system, is a very hot-bed, in which vice and crime are germinated. By the work and influence of Mississippi doggeries, hundreds of cradled babes to day are being fitted for lives of debauchery, prostitution of the most unseemly character, crime, life imprisonment, the gallows and the drunkard's hell. Would it not be wise, therefore, to legislate a little for the cradle ? The hope of this State is to-day in the cradle being rocked by mothers' hands. DON'T BE DECEIVED. It Avili be a political dodge to have men run for the legislature that claim to be in favor of local option by counties. Suppose they were in favor of that laAv, in order to get into the legislative hall, they would be a snag in the way of all other re strictive legislation. Prohibitionists want the prh'ilege of counties voting on local option for the entire county Avhen no other election is before the people except "whisky" and license," leaving the present peti tion local option law just as it is, so if a county faiis to carry for "God and home and native land," incor porated towns and supervisors dis tricts can free themselves of the curse of the dramshop. We want scientific instruction in public schools concerning alcohol and its effects upon the human sys tem, a laAv prohibiting the liquor vendor from unprohibited districts going into prohibited districts and soliciting orders, making the offering for sale or barter a violation of the prohibitory law, and Avhere people are Avilling to legalize an evil and take a revenue at the expense of the morals of their community that all this evil work shall be done in the light of day, from sun to sun—this will save the hoys. Should the legislator not be in in sympathy with the Prohibition movement, he can claim to be and always objeot to the bill before the house as not suiting him, he can be sick when it comes up, &c. He should be willing to support the bills recommended by the Temper ance Committee. If there is one spark of Christianity, one desire for a higher standard of morals, one friendly feeling towards a mother's joy, a wife's devotion, raise your eyes to heaven, and say, God being my helper, nev r er again shall I cast my vote for any man that drinks, signs Avhisky petitions, treats others to obtain their votes, cr is in sympa thy with the whisky traffic. .. no P. The smallest effort is not lost— Each wavelet on the ocean tossed Adds in the ebb-tide or the flow ; Each raindrop makes some flowrst blow, Each struggle lassen s human woe. A REQUEST. We want some friend of Prohibi tion and temperance in every town and county in the State to write, in forming us of the condition of the cause in that county or town. We want to see where our strength is and where our work is needed. Publisher. MV FR1EXÜ. "He is my friend," I said,— "Be patient!" Overhead The skies were drear and dim And lo! the thought of him Smiled on my heart—and then The sun shone out again! " He is my friend ! ' ' the words Ilronght summer and the birds; And all my winter-time Thawed into running rhyme And rippled into song, Warm, tender, brave and strong. And bo it Bings to-day. So may it sing alway! Though waving grasses grow Between, and lilies blow Their trills of perfume: clear As laughter to the ear, Let each mute measure end With "Still he is thy friend!" — J. W. Riley. Things I Would Like to Know. 1. What is a man when he is neither a Prohibitionist or anti-Pro bibitionist? 2. When he is a member of the church and says he takes a drink whenever he feels like it and signs whisky petitions? 3. When he wishes the Prohibi tionists may succeed, but refuses to help ? 4. When he is willing to help it you will strike at the root of it and kill it all at once ? 5. When he thinks Prohibition is too sacred to enter politics? We had such a man in Shubuta on the 21st. He was from Aberdeen, as he expressed it "drawing people to him." W. H. Patton. ANSWERS. 1 and 2. "For I know tby works that thou art neither cold nor hot. I would that thou wert cold or hot." So then because thou art lukewarm I will spue thee out of my mouth." (Office)— Rev. 3:15,16. 3. "Whosoever is not tor me is against me !" 4. He does not want you to strike at the root, and hopes to keep you from lopping off the branches. 5. That man should adorn the home ; he is too modest and has too high an appreciation of the holy to be put where he can injure it by his authority. Shubuta, Miss. In looking over some old papers I find a piece written by Bro. J. H. G., about one year ago that is worthy of reproducing in the columns of your paper. Since then, several places have "gone dry," quite a num ber of temperance evangelists have been in our State, among them Luther Benson was in our State four months and about averaged a speech a day, and every one did good. He opened the way into towns that no one else could. Ex Gov. John P. St. John made a tour through the State and did untold good, and last but not least Mrs. M. L. Wells, President W. C. T. U., of Indiana, and National organizer, is meeting with unequalled success. Her speeches have received favora ble mention from papers that are unfriendly to the temperance cause. She has organized about fifteen local Unions and left them in fine work ing order, and when our women are made to see that they can help save their boys and homes they will raise such a racket that men will vote for "Sallie and the children, instead of the saloon man. Public sentiment is growing in favor ot total abstinence for the individual, Pro hibition of the commonwealth and the faithful enforcement of the laws on our statute. The colored people are much more developed than we give them credit for. The politic ians in many counties that formerly went to the saloon men lor support, now want to know "what you Pro We see that our u cause hibitionists want, religious leaders can't stand in the of this tidal wave, and that the way moral character of political aspirants has some weight in determining tbeir qualifications. If the Prohibition ists will only organize and attend the State Convention, July 1st, at tend the nominating conventions de manding that good, sober, moral shall be our law-makers and men execute them, victory is ours. W. H. Patton. Political Duties of Prohibitionists. Young Theodore Roosevelt, whose sterling and honest work in defeat ing "jobs" and unmasking "rings and deals in that cess-pool of politi cal corruption, the NeAV York As sembly, has Avon for him such a splendid reputation as a political re former, has contributed to the April Century Magazine a very able and (what is better) a practical article on Phases of State Legislation. This paper, Sfter denouncing the dishon esty that meets the reformer on all sides in political life and deploring the apathy of the better classes in matters so vital and important as making of laws under Avhich their persons and property are to be pro tected, contains the following re markable sentence, "But there seems to be a certain lack of virility, an unmanly absence of the robuster virtues, in our educated men which makes them shrink from the strug gle, from the inevitable contact with rude and unprincipled politicians which needs must accompany all participation in American political life." This sentence, I think, con tains the true reason our educated and moral men do not attend the ward meetings in our cities and the caucuses and conventions in our counties. It is because they afraid of having their sensibilities shocked by meeting, as they must meet, in such places coarse, brutal *1 I are men, who have no respect for age, character, or religion. The conse quence is, our best citizens shrink into their shells like snails, and leave the conventions to be managed by the political trickster, the dema gogue and the briber, and then sigh over the degeneracy of the times. Now, this conduct is not only un manly and cowardly, but criminal. It is the duty of every citizen, matter if it does wound and shock his sensibilities, to go these meetings and take and give blows. Since the days of Cam men have been insisting that they were not their brothers' keepers, and God has been replying they are by linking the good of the individual with the good of a community. No man can wear spotless linen and handle soot, neither can a man have a spotless character and be among those whose characters are tainted and spotted with blacknesses and infa mies of all kinds. If we would live must make our neighbors If these things are so in gen no pure, we pure. eral cases, if for general political re form men must come out and work in conventions, in voting, how much more so is it needful in the case of those who have most solemnly pledg ed themselves to a high and holy cause, and who must meet in the struggle there for an enemy as wary, intrepid and unprincipled ns the liquor traffic. "As long us the po litical slates are made out in the sa loon," says Mr. Galloway, "so long will whisky baffle us, mock us, chide Every man, then, who has put his name to a Prohibition pledge to himself, to his country and as. owes to his children to go to the political meeting and see that there are not sent to the nominating and platform making conventions men who will cringe to the whisky power and hearken the crash of the liquor traf fic's whip. It is in the caucuses and notât the ballot-box that legislatures elected and laws made. If we want local option by counties, let us lay aside all shrinking from contact with these unprincipled men and at tend these caucuses ; let us see that they send men of the right stamp to the nominating convention, or let us protest against the sending of unfit persons then and there. Does any suppose that if there had been at our last State Convention a single who had had the manhood and are one iii an moral courage to protest against it openly, that the Democratic party would have dared, as they did. to to force the people of Mississippi to the disagreeable necessity of choosing between electing to a high State office a regular, if not confirmed inebriate or a man identified with the negro and carpet bagger ? I think not. Let once the nomination be made and we are handicapped, for there are thousands and thousands of good honest men, remembering that it was the Democracy that led us out of the Egyptian bondage of negro and carpet-bag rule, will still sup port the Democratic nominees, even if they are the friends of the modern Moloch of drink. If one has a business to le attend ed to, one works at it himself, giving to it his time and money. - What would you think of a merchant who never went near his store but left his clerk to attend to it? How suc cessful would you expect a farmer to be who never once visited the fiel- 1 « but satisfied himself with staying the house and wishing that the crops would be good and that the Lord would send iruitfulseasons? What, then, shall we think of a i eople wh j hope and pray fora great moral re form and «lo not attend the caucus meetings and conventions? In po litical reforms, as elsewhere, God helps those who help themselves. Then, by the remembrance of the women's hearts that the saloon has broken, by the bitter agony of moth ers weeping and Availing over their boys whom the saloon has ruined forever, by the unutterable anguish of the little children whom drunken fathers have sent out in the bitter snow aud sleet in ragged clothes to beg or starve, by the thoughts of that last fearful wail that shall break from pallid lips of drunkards in the day of judgment, I appeal to the Prohibitionists to be true to their solemn pledge and fight this demon drink where he best may be Jfought, in the caucus and the convention. Thomas Dabney Marshall. The Atiigat r'*> 1'igcnulty. Ez I said afore, lhar was ninety-six of the 'gators, au' only one of the bull, so thar wasn't enough* of ther bull ter go 'rouml. though each of them 'gators was tollobly pur etvrin' like in tryin' to git his «nur. There was one tremen jous bull 'gator thar, an' he was a sharp one fur keeps. He c'u'd swim right smart faster nor the tuther ones, an' he gathered the deckiu's bull by ther hine «jtiarU-rs an' swum to a little narrer inlet he knowed of. When he got thar he backed inwuth hit an then' sorter winked, as if ter say; "This ar the creek I liv in, an' there's bitin' about." The ullior 'gators had followed him fas' ez they c'u'd, an' Avhen they got to that pint they c'n'dn't get no furder, kasc there wasn't room enuff ter pass. Howsomever they all crowded eround, but they had ter help themselves ter the horns an' neck, whilst the ole bull 'gator got his steak offen' the round. Don't tell me 'gators can't reason. I tell you they area heap sight -peartcr than some men 1 know of.— Florida Cracker's Story. do Someone asked Rev. Dr. Meredith how he Avould deal with Christians who refuse to join his church. His reply was characteristic, and in substance as follows: "I would talk with them, I would not tell them they could not go to heat'en unless they joined the church, but that they had better do so. 1 think I would talk to them in this Avay: If I were going to Europe I Avould go down to the Cunard wharf aud take passage with others on a large vessel made on purpose for such a voyage. But if I were a fool I would take an eighteen foot iloryA'—Congregationalist.