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.J : . ,ifr. fW- . ... -u..' ,- - - " m . . nn COLU n VOL. VII. NO. 35. COLUMBUS, MISS.. TUESDAY MORNING, JUNE 10, 1902. Sl.OO A YE All. WEEK HBUS COMMERCIAL. f U H - : -3 I i' COLLEGE CLOSES BRILLIANT YEAR. COMMENCEMENT EXER CISES WERE EXCEED INGLY INTERESING, And Were Greatly Enjoyed By a Large Number of Visitors. Meridian, overflow- THE COMMENCEMENT SERMON. Mississippians generally love the Industrial Institute and Col lege, but the feeling of affection for the grand institution, for its honored president, for the noble and conscientious men and wo men who constitute its faoulty, and for the brave and ambitious young ladies who are taking ad vantage of the opportunity which it affords to prepare them selves for strennuous and use ful lives is especially strong within the hearts of the people of Columbus, and commence ment Sunday is always an eventful day in the city. Last Sunday was an ideal commence ment day and the crowd that gathered in the chapel at eleven o'clock in the morning to hear the commencement sermon, which was delivered by Rev. Peter G. Sears, of filled the building to ing. The chapel was tastefully dec orated in white and old gold, the colors of the college, while the rostrum was flanked on all sides by waving palms, the whole pro ducing a most beautiful and ar tistic eiiect. The exercises were opened with an invocation by Rev. Dunbar H. Ogden, which was followed with a vocal solo The Choir Invisible, by Miss Mattie Lou Brown, whose melodious voice is always heard with rare pleasure whenever she consents to sine:. After the reading of a passage in the scriptures by Rev. T. W. Lewis, Mr. Sears was introduced bv President Kincannon, and selecting as his subject, "The Power of God in Everything," delivered what is conceded by all who heard it to be one of the most masterful ser mons ever listened to in Colum bus. Mr. Seare is not only a gifted orator, but a ripe scholar, and his sermon was forceful, logical and instructive. He was attentively listened to and im pressed his congregation most favorably indeed. At the con clusion of the sermon there was another solo, after which the congregation was dismissed with benediction by Rev. Robert M. Barnwell. MEETING OF V, W. C. A. On Sunday evening Mr. Sears again' spoke at the college, ad dressing on this occasion the Young Women's Christian Asso ciation. After the exercises had been formally opened with pray er, Miss Eugenia Dixon sang The Holy City." This song has been heard in Columbus on many occasions, but never was it more beautifully rendered than on last Sunday night. Miss Dixon's sweet and sympathetic voice his been heard quite fre quently at the college during the past two years. On each occa sion she has acquitted herself most creditably, and the truly artistic manner in which she sung Sunday night gained for her fresh laurels, and added largely to her already lengthy list of admirers. Mr. Sears' eermon on Sunday night was as eloquent and as erudite as the one which preceded it in the forenoon, and was listened to with much profit able pleasure by a large congre gation, who, at its close, were dismissed with benediction by Rev. Dunbar H. Ogden. GRADUATING EXERCISES. The graduating' exercises oc curred in the college chapel at 10:30 o'clock Monday morning, the exercises being opened by the singing of the college' song by a number of young ladies, ywno waitcea to tne rostrum Dear- ing on their shoulders a huge wreath of ferns and evergreens, A prayer was offered by Rev. Dr. Sears. Miss Eugenia Dixon sang a beautiful soprano solo, entitled "Poppies," in a most exquisite manner, after which Hon. E. F. Noel, the orator of the occasion, was introduced by Mr. Kincannon. In his intro duction Mr. Kincannon paid a glowing tribute to the state, and her rapid advancement in every line, and especially in the mod el laws which are on her statute books. He said that Mr. Noel was one of the most prominent men instrumental in making those laws and was therefore in a large degree respon sible for the present spendid method under which our great state is Governed. Mr. Noal took for his subject "The Use of Opportunities," and the theme of hi3 address tended to show that our success in life depends largely upon tne manner in which we take advantage of our opportunities and make the best use possible of whatever talents and whatever capabilities that we may chance to possess. The speaker's advice to every young man and woman starting out in life was that he or she se lect the profession or vocation for which nature had furnished the best equipment, and master that special branch thoroughly and completely, devoting their minds to the exclusive study of this one subject until it is suc cessfully mastered. He said that at the present time the wo men of Mississippi, had equal rights with the men, and if they took advantage of the opportun ity offered them that they started out in life thoroughly equipped, not only as bread winners, but fully competent to fill the high est and most exalted positions in almost every profession. In closing Mr. Noel paid a high tribute to the school and to the graduates which have been sent out therefrom, saying: that the only absolutely accurate and reliable stenographer whom he had ever seen was a graduate of this institution. He also com plimented President Kincannon upon his excellent management of the school, and upon its flour ishing and properous condition. At the conclusion of Mr Noel's address, Miss Mamie Weems played Gadard's "Bar carolle," after which President Kincannon delivered certificates of proficiency in the various in dustrial arts to the following young ladies: Normal Diplomas Misses Mary Chamberlin, Mary Conner, Marguerite Eckford, Mabel Hiscox, Margaret Hodges, Claude McQuiston Carl Mol loy, Ethel Poindexter, Bennie Will Gibson. Normal Drawing Misses Helen Brownlee, Mary Flynt, Blanche Foose, Caroline Hand, Bessie Welsh, Margie Westmoreland. Book Keeping Misses Emma Chap man, Maggie Ford, Annie S. Perkins, Bernie Snddoth, Beulah Fox. Phonography Misses Emma Ar mour, Odessa Banks, Fannie Beasley, Myrtie Brasher, Eunice Carr, Ethel Gaulden, Belle Giles, Mattie Goza, Mo- deska Kirksey, Virginia Maxey, Lollie Riley, Nell Saunders, Blanche Smith, Bertie Spinks, Mary Wilkins. Telegraphy Misses Hattie Leech, Meta Turnage. Dressmaking Misses " Lida Adams, Carita Brinker, Kate Butt, Carrie Chiles, Belle Giles, Maxey Hathorn, Edna Jones, Siddie Lawrence, Alice Whittington, Lallie McQuiston, Bessie Miller, Kate Miller, Ruby Mitchell, Al ma Phillips, Mary Potts, Bonnibel Team, Byrd Walker, Josephine White, Annie Wilson. Photography Misses Ruby Johnson, Civilla Pigford, Minnie M. Thrash, Mamie Weems, Annie Hand. Voice Miss Mary Johnson. After those certificates had been delivered, Miss Mary John son, who is the only student who has ever graduated in vocal mu sic from the institution, rendered a delightful solo, and diplomas were delivered to the following A. B. graduates: Misses Stella Bayles, Mary Alice Edwards, Bessie Houston, Mary John son, Claude McQuiston, Louise Melton, Mary Montgomery, EfSe Moore, Victo ria Perry, Mary Potts, Margaret Scott, Mamie Weems. 1 The audience was made glad by the announcement from Mr. Kincannon that Miss Mattie Lou Brown, by special request, had DROWNED WHILE IN BATHING. MR. FOUNTAINE COCKE MEETS SAD AND UN TIMELY FATE. His Death a Severe Shock To His Relatives and Friends. Just as the clocks in the towers (Continued on page 4.) at the college and the court house were announcing the hour of six on Tuesday afternoon, and the merchants and business men were preparing to cisse their doors after a day of tedious toil, the air of summer quiet and dullness which prevailed throughout the city was quickly dispelled by a runner who came up from the river with the start ling announcement that Mr. Fon taine Cocke, one of the most prominent young men of the city, had lost his life by drowning. Mr. Cocke, together with Messrs. John Hale, Will Cox, L. Goodrich, J. R. N. Boyd, and one or two other companions, was in swim ming in the wash hole just oppo site the old Boyd saw mill, a few rods up the river, when the acci dent which caused his death oc curred. Mr. Cocke and his companions naa oeen in tne water lor some time when, about half-past five o'clock, he started to swim across the river. He had almost com pleted the feat and was nearing the opposite bank when he was seized with cramp, or elss his strength gave completely out, and he called to his companions for assistance. Mr. Cox, who was cott3ge the surface by Ben Johnsou fisherman occupying a near the river bank. As soon as the body was recov ered efforts to restore life were commenced and were continued for more than an hour, and under the direction of Doctors McKin ley, Lipscomb and Crigler, evey device known to science for resus citating inanimate bodies was re- sorted to;-but all were without j Where avail. The body had beei uoder J- t 4 U 1 I water lur muro mail ail iioui- aiiu a half, and when it was finally recovered life was completely ex tinct. After all hope had beed aban doned the body was removed to the residence of Mrs. S. B. Hud son, aunt of the deceasea, and an effort was made to no notify his mother, Mrs. Rowena Cocke, who for the past two months has been visiting in St. Joseph, Mo., where she was the guest of her sister, Mrs. H. W. Manning:. Mrs. Cocke hid, however, left on Tue? day morning for San Francisco, and it was not untill vesterdav morning that the telegram an nouncing the sad intelligence of her son's death reached her, be ing handed her on the train at Colorado Springs, Col. Mrs. Cocke started immediately for Columbus, and is expected to reach here Sunday, on which date the funeral will probably oc cur. Mr. Cocke was well known and highly esteemed both in the busi ness and social circles of the city, and his untimely death is a se vere shock, not only to his moth er and other relatives, but to a large circle of sincere and de voted friends who loved him and who admired the many noble qualities which he possessed. HHON.A.J. RUSSELL even in time for a Us: niF5s ClinnPNI V I Hartwel! Cocke, a be rr. trethtfr oe i at V- who pa?: f deceased. f j sossion has btt?r. arteniir. the n F ATM rAUsr ucdv nwrv I University of YirvLr.iA "ii: Chur- "-"! it uni.it. v ti i uiiua' PECTEDLY AT STATE UNIVERSITY, lottesvil'e, reached here Weir.-? LIBRARY TO BE KEPT OPEN. A c r - t " --. ...!? S- - r 7 - ...... 4. - . j V TV V!-i;t" '. v '- day airerr.oca and vas at the funeral, as was al.-o Mr. rre-er.t THE BAPTIST PICNIC. The picnic which is to be giv- en by the Sunday school of the First Baptist cLurefrat theA. & M. College near Starkvilie next Thursday, bids fair to be one of most enjoyable of all the very cfib Hot Weather Is trvincr these Mays. You can quench thirst as well as cool your body by sitting under our electric fan and drinking- cold soda made pu.e fruits, or taking a cup of delicious sherbet. CURRY, LIPSCOMB & CAINE. ClX -PH.,, eg c& ctp -ft- era ccb (So He Had Delivered Address on Previous Evening. o c;.u At Philip S. Geore Corel. At th at Lau- e conclusion of the (Special to The Cclumbus Commercial.) Oxford, Miss., June 4th. Sor row and sadness prevail on the university campus this morning on account of the sudden and untimely death of Hon. A. J. Russell, speakerjof the . se of representatives, and candidate for governor of the state, who delivered the annual address, a magnificent one, here yesterday. At the time he was suffering ; greatly from sciatica, and al- j i though a physician was called j during the evening, nothing vices at the church the rerruur:. were interred in Frier. I?h:r ce:r.-1 eterv. the following srerttlemen John Hale, F. P. Phillips. S. U. Street, Jr., J. I. Harris. Charles Hale, Reese Frlerson. Charles' 4 v r a t ar. i Jure m: . ... v. t . v ... ihee hours the ::i a.:? r.J to the .raZei JUy : - !' - -i . T - 1 " - Larier J u . v ut July M. REMOVAL OF POSTOFFICE. The improvement in the jor. off.ce and the fact that it ruay I e removed from its present location in the Gilmer hotel tui! i. , it- ., - of talk ar.: our merchants ar. i f a urreat ueal . t 'atters: lt:h. M:5 Mayo Auur "ih. DEATH OF MRS. r. - A . : T: J. E. HOUSTON. t..e a-et business men week, ani in response to an ai v i s e m e n t w h i.'h i V s t o : : ". :e In?; e - se. tor Warren recently published in The death . .V. err nous was anticipated. When the physician left he was resting well j .v..v,, i n:ent, several atter.no: rr frequent visits to his room during j tions have been ma le to th tne Commercial mvit:!g t :us irom bull parties ue necessary ani the night. Each time they found him perfectly quiet and he was not disturbed. About five o'clock this morning they discovered that j he was dead, having passd peacefully away while asleep. His remains will be taken to his nome in .Meridian on a special train this evening, being accom panied by a committee composed or Messrs. Senter, Quinn, Baskin, was i em merit. Inspector Warren city yesterday, and a Commercial reporter - beyond reaching the con that it would I e entirely I: tieable to lotate the t iT.ce eighty rods of the two tiep.; nothing definite had been ed upon. He refused to gi names of the parties from he received pro: whom he hai been in i - t n. w :r.e cv:-; vx, va otrles C v . . e Ar: c e U JL: , x o: : sse- . e4 ... a . tvuty. A Southworth and Jones, from the j tion, but it is known that board of trustees, and other C. Chapman is anxi t riends. The regular commencement ex i ; to the government tt-e : building un Main str-.;. -to :s that ?.v.O s. k e the wr. . m wi:h .;.:a- :. II. I a- as u hi 'h . :r.'..r..:v sa x t v : r. o OFFICERS ELECTED. ejUi- : and matce all necessarv aiura- great extent omitted, the time be- ; atinns an (J irrrruVrrr.en:,. T:.e ing devoted to reading resolutions ; owners of the Gilmer lu-tel j r ; - of sympathy and regret passed ! erty are also anxious t. have th iV'V e, lt. r. within twenty feet of him at the time, started immediately toward him, but before he could reach his side he had sunk, and the cold waters closed over the -body which, alas, was to emerge only from their depths as an icy corpse, Mr. Cocke s companions waited a few seconds, hoping that he would rise to the surface once more, but when they realized that this hope was a vain one they be gan diving for the body. In the meantime a large number of young men from the city had arrived upon the scene and,quick- y casting aside their clothing, they, too, joined the searchers, and at one time there were more than fifty men diving within fifty feet of where the body sank from sight. The water at this imme diate spot, however, is more than twenty feet deep, and all efforts to locate-the body in this manner proved futile. So Mr. Cox final- y procured a long fishing pole and by sounding the water loca ted the body, which was raised to delightful affairs heretofore giv en by the Sunday school. The beautiful grounds surrounding the college form an ideal spot for a day's outing, and the freedom of the campus has been generous ly tendered Mr. Goree, the chair man of the picnic committee, by Prof. Hardy, the distinguished president of the insiitution, A special train will leave the city over the Mobile and Ohio railroad at eight o'clock Thurs day morning, and returning, will leave the college at 5 p. m. The fare for the round trip will be 50 cents, children under 14 years of age half price. Tickets are on sale at the stores of Mrs, A. M. Jobe, Messrs. Morgan, Walker & Co. and E. C. Chapman, and can also be pur chased from Misses Mattie Will Walker, Sadie Cheatham and Lucile Richardson. For Sale. Electric fan, less than cost. G. W. Sherman. 6-8-lt. i by the faculty. board of trustees and ! m their Like a Drowning Man. "Five years ago a disease the doctors called dyspepsia took such hold of me that I could scarcely go," writes Geo. S. Marsn, well-known attorney of Xoeona, Tex. "I took quantities of pepsin and other medicines but nothing helped me. As a drowning man grabs at a straw I grab bed at Kodol. I felt an improvement at once and after a few bottles am sound and well." Kodol is the only prepara tion which exactly reproduces the nat ural digestive juices and consequenily isthe only one which digests any good food and cures any form of stomach trouble. E. C. Chapman. ing, and with that end in view it is said, made a proposition ar.o;e- ar. iV T. A. a. j . ; V FUNERAL OF MR. F. A. COCKE. The funeral of Mr. Fontaine A. Cocke, who was drowned while bathing in the Tombigbee river last Tuesday, was held at St. Paul's Episcopal church at 5:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon, be ing conducted by Rev. Robert M. Barnwell, the rector. The church was completely filled with the friends of the young man, whose sterling character and generous nature had served to gain the admiration and esteem : all with whom he came in contact, mere was no youne: man in Columbhs who was , more highly respected or more uni versally esteemed than was Mr. Cocke. As a friend and in his social relations with hi3 fellow- men he was just and upright and in his commercial dealings with he buisness world he was hon est and straightforward, possess ing that inborn nobility of char acter and true sincerity of pur pose which is the birthright of all true southern gentleman. He was the scioft of a noble and dis- inguished race, and his sad and untimely death cut short ' in it3 infancy what gave promise of be ing a successful and useful career. It was indeed unfortunate that his mother was unable to pe present at the funeral, but she was in far off Colorado when the telegram announcing her son's death was receiyed, and it was impossible for her to reach here templating many ei provements. It is also rumored that the va cant lot at the southwest earner or Market and College :re-. which for some time past ha been owned bv the Columbus In surance and ianking C., ha been sold to parties wh .- purchas ed it with the view securing the posioiiiee for that ecti- n f the citv, and who stand ea Iv t erect a har.u- -me three-; brick structure if the g verr.: will contract for its lease, gentlemen who are suj pose be interested in thus deal ref, to either alarm or deny the mor of the sale, an j people declined to give information whatever ' ject, but from the best tion obtainable there seem? j little doubt of the fact that property has changed hands that its new owners b ought it the purpose mentioned above. r War r. a., a r cos. " : ry . e. . The 1 t ru b.tnk ary sub- ; r:r. i- CATHOLIC PRIESTS EXCHANGE PLACES. v - - - thrr J. A. ci . arge . f t ;0... . . I '. 1 ' I I . s : e the and f.:r ther Hi V ,4S OC v. t t -ra-i From what Inspe. at' v oe said yesterday it will pr some weeks before the iocati n is '--'re-made public, as his recommen da- be ru tion in the matter will have to i e considered by the postal author ities in Washington befcre any definite action is taken. t - T, " - - A. I ' - v r.e c:. .r.g- ...... k . PERFORMANCE TO BE REPEATED. Father v'ihl-t;:-us priest an i urcane ani t who. uurtng hi, ! . , . . . V ...... , and esteem . y - a a cer v f aii : The operetta. The Pixies , Triumph," which was unven by the school children last Thurs lav night wa3 such a success and so many pe-ople did net get to see it that they h3ve consented lo re-. produce it next Wednesday night j for the benefit cf the public li brary. The children who com pose the play will please meet at the opera house tomorrow after- I noon at 4 o'clock for rehearsals. ' The prices will be the same as those which prevailed Wednes :hT Hirpc.', h". known here. I: church as r rie- a several years tended a m ?: c ri.a! the citv. Dangerous if fleglected. day night. Tickets on sale at Mayo A eaver s drug storv at nine o'clock tomorrow morning. Ktri "' :'- I- ,." i Hai; j.:t- rir. "I t . rj:.r.:r; :re on rzx ic t.nr ;-. say 11. C. K , V- s - . r. t "Aftr u-.r-c r. i-. .-o-oi I i: rvwi-.i' w.ich ixz-: a ,r. 5 ii.VlS?-, Fresh ice creara daily, choice lir-nr c fruit flavors. Mayo and Weaver. 1 c -o.c rf- o.. K. XT. , ar i a: .v. .1 . r 1 1 A 1 A . o i J niiwi.::.