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1 1 Ml i ! ' Ant 1 I I? ' 4 44 d 44 44 4 i4'. V VOL. 1, NO. 36. COLUMBUS, MISSISSIPPI, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1895. TBI-WEEKLT. $1 A TEAR ADDRESS OF MR. JOHN L. JOHNSON. Delivered at the Lurline Supper on WednesJay Evenlne, December 4. Mr. Pretldent and Gentlemen: 1 appear before you this evening with a double share of gratitude. First, be cause you have aeeu tit to honor me with an Invitation to our annual ban quet, and then in that you have select ed me to welcome those who are equally fortunate with myself In partaking of your hospitality. I would that you had chosen one whose efforts would cast no shadow upon your Judgment; one from whose silver tongue the gold en flowers of rhetoric would flow as the sparkling waters from the rippling fountain. But I love this dear old city of Columbus; X love the turbid river that washes against its stately bluffs; I love the balmy breezes that kiss it and the blue skies that bend so tenderly over it; I love its people, for I was a stranger and they took me not in; 1 love its girls, for nowhere have they brighter eyes, sweeter faces and more beguiling ways. And In the Lurline Fire company,especially,I have friends whose friendship has been weighed in the balances and has not been found wanting. 80, while there are many who could far surpass any public at tempt at oratory I might make, there is no one who has a deeper and more gin cere interest in your welfare than my self. Ge-itlemen, yon occupy a most impor tant position in the city of Columbus. Of what avail were it to build these solid business bloi'ks, to elect these inagniticent houses of worship, to dot this city with beautiful home, did you not stand between them and the ever threatening flames? There is not a cit izen of Columbus to-night who does not rest easier becusehe knows you will watch oyer and protect his property; there is not a child w ho does not lay his head npon his pillow in perfect con fidence and trust in you. And where could you find a more fitting and appro priate place to celebrate your anniver sary than this very building, which "Old Sydney" and the Lurline Fire Company saved from the flames a dozen years ago. Those charred and black ened rafters are silent buteloqueut wit nesses of your courage and efficiency. The fireman's life is fraught with dan ger and efficiency. Perchance 'tis night, and as he sleeps bright visions of loveliness glkie by in his dreams. Xliit hark! far off thrnas-h the ntcht mw the sound of frantic bells; the breeze swells with the cry of fire! fire! fire! nntil the very trees take voice and Join the delirious chorus. That beautiful home, the pride of Itsowner, is wrapt in thn hungry embrace of the fire-tiend, and far above it the glowing flames leap heavenward like banners of some mighty host waving in glorious victory. But that victory is not yet won, for ere the alarm has died away the gallant firemen are there, here, everywhere that danger threatens and duty calls they may be fouud. But though they perform countless deeds of daring, it is too late the house is doomed. Are all saved? The shrinking mother draws her little ones around her, and, behold! the youngest girl Is missing! And see, in that topmost window a baby face is pressed against the glass! Can she be saved? The whole of thatside is ablaze; to reach that window is certain death, but does a fireman hesitate? No, not one. In a moment two of the longest ladders are spliced together; they are placed against she window, and then, amidst a death-like silence, broken only by the shrieks of the agonized mother, a young fireman mounts the ladder and disappears ia the smoke and flames. Now he has reached the win dow, and when he leans in and takes the little child lu his arms, a mighty shout rends the air. lie clasps her in one arm and begins the perilous down ward Journey. At every step the dan ger increases, for the breath of the flames has touched the ladder and it quivers as the slender aspen in the summer breeze. Farther down he comes, and farther and farther. If he can pass that gauntlet of fire they are safe. But lookl the ladder trembles, wavers, totters, and goes down to a fiery grave, carrying its precious burden of man and child. They lift up the little child safe and unhurt- scarcely an eyebrow scorched but the brave heart of the fireman is stilled forever. Lift him up gently ; straighten with rever ence the bruised and mangled limbs; fold the arms gently npon his breast, and lay upon his brow the wreath of priceless immortelles that dead heroes wear, for ueyer hero died more heroic death. But the story of a fireman's life is not all tragedy. There are times when the humorous predominates. A while ago I took passage from Savannah to New York in one of those floating oceau pal aces. On such a steamer all trades are represented, and among them is a com plete fire department. Jtis customary to give false fire alarms at Intervals to exercise the department, and at such times all the passengers are notified. One day, when the thermometer regis tered HO 3 in the shade, I went to my cabin in search of a cool spot, and, tak ing off my clothes, I put on a long white garment, and soon was dreaming peace fully. But ic my dreams I heard the cry of fire and awoke with a start. Could it be real? Yes, for over my head was the quick rush of feet and the mufliiug of the engines as they came into play. Just then a burly sailor burst in the door, flung a lile preserver on the floor and exclsimed: "To the deck for your life; the boat is on fire-" Itwasbntthe work of a second to leap from the bed and buckle that life preserver aronnd ma, a'nd then, with watch in one hand and pocket book in the other, I made a bee-line for the deck. Down the long deck I sped, my airy draperlea floating gracefully about me, when I observed that I was the center of attraction. The ladies gazed on me in astonishment; young ladies, to some of whom I had been playing the devoted, were in perpetual giggle, while some young fools of my own sex rolled over and o.er in paroxyimsof laughter. Then, too late, the fatal truth dawned on me that It was a false alarm, and they had omitted to notify me. The deck would not open to swallow me, as I hoped, and once more I shot like a white meteor to the seclusion of my cabin, and when I emerged several hours later the treats were on me for several rounds. Gentlemen of the yarious fire compa nies, the Lurlines throw open their doors acd their hearts to you to-night And they ask you that Inasmuch as they have seen yout bravery and cour age when the clanging of the Are bells broke into the peaceful silence of the night, toexbitlt that same courage and staying power in the attack upon the good cheer they lay before you. To the Mayor and Council no formal words of welcome are necessary, for under their fostering care and protection the fire department has grown and prospered, and the Lurlinesare proud tootfer them this small token of respect and grati tu.le. To each one of the guests 1 ex tend a sincere and heartfelt welcome. The South has hitherto been "pared the Invasions which, during the last quarter of a century, have cauHfld some nurts of the West to be overrun with hordes from foreign shoree scarcely loss Inl'nical to prosperity and civilization than were the Huns and Vandals who overrun ti e Roman empire, and the South wants none of these people now. There is not in the Houth any of the intolleriint spirit of know nothlngisin ; the foreigner, as a for eigner, is as welcome as the man from Ohio or Kansas, and none could be more heartily welcomed thin he: hut t.hr U no idea mor universally, more firmly fixed in the Southern mind, ttian that of de termined opposition to the immigra tion of the ignorant and vicious Let the anarchist, thn sociullst and the enemy of law and order remain away; the South does not propose to repeat the experiences of Pitts burg, Chicago and other sections whicn have been cursed by the mis chievous activities of this pestlfer ious crew. To the industrious, law abiding. God-fearing man, be he foreign born, naturalized or naliv, the South extends a hearty invita tion to come and share In the cer tain prosperity which is before her; to come where lands are cheap, na ture kind and the rewards of labor sure and generous; and to the im migration agent, who is striving to show to the people of other states how greatly they Improve their condition in life by taking up their homes in the South, we acknowledge a great debt of gratitude on behalf of the South. The South wants and expects to receive a heavy Immi gration within the next few years; but it must be of the right sort; and she will be found heartily seconding any efforts which may be made to place governmental restriction on the character of foreign immigrants who seek a foothold on American shores. Southern Staren, If the next legislature, in dealing with the publio school question, shall In some way release the state from the payment of any sum what ever to support the schools, it will do well. Let a term of eay six to eight months be made compulsory in eve y district in the state, and then let each county, or each dis trict, levy a sufficient tax to provide funds to carry on the school The News mentioned this matter some months ago, and still believes that it is the most practical solution of the question that is agitating so many minds. Let the legislature make a general school law, applicable alike to all the counties In the state, and then leave the taxing power to the various counties or districts. If It is necessary to change the constitu tion to do this, then let the question be submitted as soon as possible. Brandon News. Brown's Christmas goods have begun' to arrive. Look out for the fluwat display you ever saw. Prices are cheap as the cheapest where quality is considered. I i.ave exclusive control of Haw thorn'sFancyCandy. Call and seeit. A. C. Myers. Caledonia Department. J. TURNER HOOD, Editor. LOCAL HAPI'KMMIS We are Just back from presbytefy, West Point, which the"better three fourths" and myself enjoyed very much. We were entertained at the palatial home of Banker T. M. Mose ley, who is well schooled in South -ern hospitality by a most excellent wife. We shall long remember the kindnesses shown us. W. D. Stephenson, Jr., of Caledo nia, Capt. W. A. Harris and A. P. Presley, of Woodlawn, were present from this side. Rev. J. C. Arnette, pastor of fhe West Point church, and the oldest minister 01 his denomination In the state, is now very low, having Just passed thiough several severe re lapses and complications of malari al fever. Rev. T. B. Wood's successor has not been named yet. It is conceded by every one that his place cannot be filled as nobly and self-sacriflc-Ingly as he filled it. Uncle William Stephenson has returned from a very pleasant visit to his daughter in-law in Lee coun ty. It will be remembered that his son Whit was brought home and buried last spring. The widow and children are doing nicely. He brought a grand-daughter back with him, wh Is now in school at Oak Ridce. It is needless to say that she is in good hands and will receive more than a paent's care. Prof. . T Lawrence has returned from the exposition, and reports a pleasant and profitable trip. The wedding bells are a-tuning. Listen neighbors! Miss Birdie Molloy was in attend ance at the exposition last week. Miss Annie Lawrence and Mies Leonard Molloy. our two represen tatives at the 1. I. &C-, spent Thanks giving at home, the delight of fctiMir many frlonUaVtid admirers. Mr. Ira Gaston,: and Rob Kgger, entered school Tuesday, making a fine addition to our young ine.i. Messrs. Perry Verner, R. M. Nick les, John Nicklns and myself were royally entertained on Monday night by our big-hearted friend and brother, Dr. Hutchinson. The doc tor's genial dtiunteuance and open heart is easily explained by a visit to his equally pleasant and euter tiiining family. Mr. Verner and myself were ini tialed Into the mysteries of the I. O. O- F., which, to say the last, is a grand institution for preserving and Inculcating the principles of frater nity as set forth in the 'Holy Writ." We are somewhat bruised in spots owing to Bro. McQuown's anxiety to show a fraternal feeling for us while in the toils of "goatiem." Our brevity this week is due in Dart to the eclesiastical and frater nal world as circumscribed , by tlie Presbytery and I. O. O. F. Judob Campbll argues that the law in regard tc concealed weapons should be abolished. Would It not be better to try a more rigid enforce ment first? Let every fellow goto Jail who is proven guilty. When a person does not give in his pistol to the assessor, let him go to jail also. This law does not prevent a person from owning a pistol at all. Keep a pistol if yo want to; carry it when you travel where you do cot feel safe; have one in your house for the protection of your family; and re port it to the assessor like an hon est man. Lumberton Day- Book. A Simpbonite who was in town today with about 60 turkeys and other country produce, and accom panied by his better half, says his turkeys, like his cotton, were a sur plus crop. His wife raised the tur keys, while he made the cotton and corn and other stuff, and he is more like a free man today thaii ever in his life. Out of a hatch of 64 tur keys they raised 59, a remarkably ! good showing, and as he has put 50 of the birds on the market for $14, I spot cash, and his three cales of cot I ton for $126, haying meat in the pen : and an abundance ot corn, potatoes, jrice and molasses, and owing no man a dollar, he Is as independent ' of Wall street and the money : changers as any man need want to be. And he's no Populite calamity howler either. Jackson Cliriou Ledger, 6th. Concord Grapes, 35 cents a basket, at Mrs, Terry's. A PROTECTIVE UNION G,'4anlzel ty the Members of the Farmers' Alliance. Winona, Miss.. Dec. 5. The Htute Farmers' Alliance, wh;ch met at this place Tuesday, adjourned last evening. Capt J, II. Jamison, of Noxubee county presided. About tun counties were represented. The most important business transacted was the organization of a "Protective Union," the purpose of which is strictly business. The new organization, If successful, will prac tically absorb the alliance It states explicitly is Its constitution that it is Neither political nor partisan, and that any member found guilty of trying to use the order to further political or partisan purposes, will be expelled from the union. All members of the alliance will be members of the union, but" it is not restricted to alliance members, country merchants (retailers) being eligible to membership. The purposes of the union y ill he to t ike measures to purchase goods and supplies from manufacturers, to promote and encourage immigra tion, and to look aftur the general financial interests of its members as well as the material welfare and development of the 81ate. The fol lowing officers were elected: J. H. Jamison, president; J. A. Kinney, vice-president ; B. G. West, general manager; Oscar Hutler, secretary; A. S. Kyle, treasurer. An executive board was also selected. Fully half of the officers of the uniou are true Democrats, while the others are Pop ulists, but political matters can not be discussed. A Sure Sign. The Clarion Ledger very aptly says that the south is exciting the envy of the rest of the country, and that this is a sign of its prosperity. The United States is too big a coun try and its Interests are too diverse not to clash occasionally. Where all the people of a nation are inter ested in the same products, indus trltiaud :;U!iuf:H'tcire the interest of ot.'e portion Is (lie interest of all, but it is not so nh us. There are many agricultural products and mechanical industries for which the south Is better fitted than any other section of the Union. There are al.-o many such industries which can be conducted in the south alone; so that this section not only pssesses its peculiar productions and manu factures, but offer superior advan tages for those which have been re garded as the especial province of other paits ot the common com. try. Social and political conditions In a measure have been responsible for the backwardness of the south in taking her proper place as the iead ingfectiuu of the Union in manu factures and agriculture, and this drawback has oeen magnified and perpetuated by a system of unscru pulous and persistent misrepresen tation. "You can fool some of the people all the time, and all the peo ple soma of the time; but you can't fool nil the people all the time." Some ol the people have been awake to the fact that they have been fool ed tor a good while; and all the peo ple are waking up very fast. It is an utigenerous spirit that will felici tate itself upon fortune gained at the expense of others; but the wealth and prosperity of other sec tions of this country have so long been maintained at the expense of the south that it Is human nature to rejMC and triumph mildly at the turning of the tide. Greenville Times. The Chicago Inter Ocean men tions Spain's recognition of the Southern Confed'acy as a reason why the United States should rec ognize the Cuban insurgents. The cases are not parallel. The South ern Confedracy was organized. It held possession of a large part of the country. It had an established gov ernment, complete in every depart ment. It hud an army and a navy; it fought and won pitched battles. (The Cuban insurgents are simply keeping up a guerrilla, bushwhack ing war, have no navy, no impor tant t.iwii, no government, uo civil authorities, no law. Commercial Appeal. It you are writing a letter to a loved one, use paper thht will be a pleasant reminder of you; if to a stranger, use a paper that will cred itably introduce you. Your sta tionery is your cant, your creden tials, as it w ere, ana we urge you to get a box trom us at trilling cost, anil do yourself no discredit. Mayo & Weaver. You Can't Hush It Up! That our Groceries are the nicest line of this class of goods ever brought to this town. STREET DUST can not be washed out of food. It is worth something to have everything FRESH, CLEAN and PURE. It Don't Cost You Anything To have it that way in our store. Our Teas and Coffees are sure to be relished. Prices are no higher than other stores ; Wc are told they are lower. Most people are a little bit choice about their eating ; we are prepared to meet this de mand. Come and see us. It Is the Town Talk That we are selling more Goods, of better quality, and giving better satisfaction than ever before. It might PAY YOU to investigate and receive the same proofs that others have. J. H. STEVENS and SON, The Main Street Grocers. WATCH OUT! And when yon want a STOVE with Gran ate Iron Trimmings, HARDWARE new and fresh, Granate Iron Ware cheaper than ever before, call at W. L. KEMP'S NEW STORE. He keeps a fall and complete line and all NEW. FRANKLIN & CO'S Old Stand, Market Street, GEORGE HICKEY, THE PRACTICAL PLUMBER, Steam and Das Fitter, AND DEAL Kit IN Plumbers and Machinery Supplies, Gas Fixtures and Globes, Engine and Boiler Fixtures, Ilns opened at Uenrg.) Sanders' old stand, in the Odd Fellows' Building, on Main street, and is now prepnied to do all kinds of Sanitary Plumbing at bottom prices. Give hm a cni! be font leaving your orders elsewhere. PEAOHER BROTHERS, PROPRIETORS m Lifer? Si aua M StaUe. First-Class Stock and Finest Turnouts. Best Livery Accommodations in the City. Mules and Horses Always for Sale and Exchange. Sell and buy Horses and Mules. Stock bought and sold on con., mission. First class in every respect. TLXnin Qtroot, Columbus - - - Miss., PRACTICAL BLACKSMITH & WOOD WORKMAN Horse-Shoeing and General Repair Work a Specialty. Employs none but First-class Workmen, and Everything is Guaranteed to Give Satisfaction. RKAD The Columbus Commercial.