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U JJ W u VOL. XII NO. 331 COLUMBUS, MISS., THURSDAY 'MOmSING, MAY 26, 1910. PiUCE $2.00 Per Year THE TRUTH ABOUT THE Samuel A. Hobson, the Real Discoverer of the An Interesting Statement Mr. Herbert Stanley received a communication from his friend, Mr. Samuel A. Hobson, which gives the history of the Fayette gas field and as Columbus people are largely interested in this matter we take pleasure in print ing it in full. Mr. Hobson says: "About two years ago I com menced taking options in Fayette county. I had already been at work yearly trying to get some one to put up the funds to get up these options. I finally succeed ed in interesting Mr. Brennan and he agreed to drill three diamond drill holes for a certain interest in a certain acreage, provided I would get up these options. Armed with this agree ment I succeeded in interesting Mr. Crockard and Dr. Crowe enough to induce them to put up the funds for a certain acreage. With said funds I secured a much larger acreage than I had hoped to get up. Mr. Brennan drilled one hole and decided to retire. Upon his urgent request we re leased him from his contract to drill the other two holes. His cores, however, indicated to me that we were either on the edge, or in the very midst of a real oil and gas field. Dr. Crowe had jrreat confidence in my judgment on such matters and induced Mr. Crockard to continue with him and myself in the securing of a still larger acreage. The strug gle I went through in this work can be learned from my agents. Mr. Crockard, Dr. Crowe and I let the Providence Oil and Gas Co. have a lease on 500 acres. I had no connection at that time with this company except as a stockholder. They sank a dry hole and went-broke. (Since then the Providence Co. has been re-organized and its stock is now very valuable.) I still urged that the field was here; Dr. Crowe accepted my judgment; Mr. Crockard remained with us; the Eureka Co. was organized; I J located a hole COO yards from the Providence hole; it came in like a hurricane on December 20th last and you know the rest Since then we have brought in several other wells and have thus proven the field. After the field became proven beyond all question a thing happened which always happens when a new field is opened a crowd rushed in trying to take advantage of the situation and coin money out of our victory shouting; "Isn't this a fine bear we killed." They have a perfect legal right over here. This is a free coun try. The only question is, will the people listen to their smooth talk; will the people have the wool pulled over their eyes; will the people give these eleventh hour gentlemen preference over those who bore the brunt of the fight, the heat and burden of the m. . -tii BAKED fcUUU, " R fresh, good, wholesome, y 0 l2o aiusn l2o Lima k ()c FAYETTE GAS FIELD day, the scoffs doubting Thomas. and gibes of Will the good people of Fayette county do this? Many months ago I "took out my papers," so to speak, and be came a citizen of Fayette county. In the course of my work among the people of Fayette county I took a fancy to them, they suited me to a T, and I decided to live among them the rest of my life. I trust they will have equal confidence in me and equal friendship for me. I think I have the right to say that I have given the formation of this field ten times the amount of study that any other member of my profession has. Whether I do or not. I certainly ought to know a great deal more about it than anybody else. As to my qualifications in this respect I re spectfully refer you to our great state geologist, Dr. E. A Smith. Don't you think, my friends, at any rate, that it would be bet ter for one who has given the field the aforesaid study, who lo2ated the well that opened it up, and who has had the actual business experience of ; handling the logs of all nine of these wells that have been drilled don't you think it would be bet ter to have him locate wells on your place than for a stranger to do so? Bear in mind, it was this in- j rush of outsiders, all sousing ; down holes regardlessly,- that has j ruined many a field. They don't know the formation. From in- J experience or indifference they let in salt water that destroys thej productive sanas; tney iec rne gas out ; they let the oil waste or else over-produce it and drive the price down to nothing. (At Beaumont the price of oil on this account went to less than 5 cents per barrel). To conclude, I dug up this field. I first put in operation the forces that developed it. I lo cated the first well. This put Fayette county on the map of the world in box car letters. This doubled the value of real es tate, and will redouble it again, and again. I have never in any way deceived any citizen of the county, and always instructed my agents never to do so. I have been a quiet, respectful citizen. I have done my work modestly and submitted while others took or got the credit. I don't propose any longer to let cuckoos crowd me out of the nest that I built with so much time, labor, study care and suf fering. I appeal to you to give me the preference in optioning, leasing or selling your lands. Let me know what they offer you and give me the refusal. The re sources I had at my disposal when I entered the field were not a drop in the bucket com ) 1 pared to those I now have. Just give me the refusal, gen tlemenme personally. Don't give it to anybody claiming to be in the. same crowd. Give it to me. If I can't meet all comers I can step aside gracefully. It won't be much trouble for you to find out whether I can meet them or not. When they make a proposition let me know what it is and see whether I can meet it or not." DEATH OF MR. J. M. !.lcQU0Vn After a long illness borne with fortitude, Mr. J. M. McQuown, age 79, passed away at his home, 723 South 7th street, at 8:25 o'clock yesterday morning. Mr. McQuown for many years was prominently associated with the business interest of Colum bus. He was once proprietor of a large establishment on College street where buggies and car riages were sold, and. repairing was done.. He was a consistent member of the First Presbyte rian church, and was - always ready to help in r "thing that was for the upbuLdh.g , of the cause of Christ. He was also a member of the Independent Or der of Odd Fellows and this fra ternity will officiate at his funer al. Mr. McQuown might have been called an optimist He was at all times cheerful and had words of encouragement for everyone. The deceased have a heart broken wife, and a devoted daughter, Mrs. J. J. Smith, be sides a large circle of friends to mourn for him. The funeral will be held from the family residence this morn ing at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. W. V. Frierson. Interment willtake place at Friendship cemetery. THE 613 HIBE-CEI1T. SU1p. and fiIId. a.ch Much interest has been mani fested in the sale that is on at Carter & Chapman's this week. Especially has the offer of a fine pattern hat for a dollar and nine ty nine cents attracted the ladies of the city. Early every morn ing the store is packed with shoppers, and one of these un heard of bargains is given the lucky person. Go and learn now to get tne nat. wo tncK in it. After you are once at this store you will be convinced of the many bargains there. Meeting Closes Tonight. The protracted meeting that began at the Christian church about three weeks ago, conducted by Evangelist Maple of Galesburg, 111., will come to a close tonht. The meeting has been one oi in terest throughout, and while there has been no great sensation, there has been much serious thought by all church members . and others who have heard Mrv Maple ex pound the scriptures. ' He is a man of scholarly attainments and this, with a great love and desire to save souk, makes him a power for Christ. He has the Scriptures at his finger tips and in his ser mons always backs up what he says by reading from God's word. It can truly be said that his visit to Columbus has been helpful to hundreds of people, and the Christ ian church will be stronger in Grace and members. Are you looking for graduation gifts? Then go to Rombach's. Vaudevillo Attraction. The feature attraction in Colum bus this week is the free vaude ville every night at Lake Park. Al Bartee in pianologue, comedian, dancing and sieging, and Miss Elizabeth Herald, contortionist and water color artist, are . splendid in their lines and large crowds go every evening to enjoy the per formances. Rombach repairs broken spec tacles. - . " That 'PuxbackM umbrella al Carter & Chapman's is best one ot the bij bargains. Read their ad. THE IV. I. SCT'SIlOVi (Laurel, Miss. -'Ledger. May 18.) The W. I. Swain Show Co... that is about as weU known and its coming expected with as much ! pleasure as the best and biggest of circuses that visit the cities each year, is in Laurel again this week. Mr. W. I. Swain has. been com ing to Laurel semi-annually for the past several seasons and his big tent is always filled. In return, he always furnishes to the amusement loving people a first-class, neat, clean, moral, refined show. Pre senting bis city shows in a tent arranged in a circus manner, so as to work independently'of the Dra matic Syndicate or Theatrical trust. Opera houses are ho longer a paying proposition arid Mr. Swain operates independent of them. ' This season he has" added one new 70-foot car to his train, and a quantity of scenery' and st'gc mechanism to his stage parapher nalia to apply to the merits of his productions. , ' : "Faust" is a new addition to his j repertoire, with a full equipment of scenery, etc., to perfect that great play. This will be the last season Mr. Swain will present the bills he is using this year, as they will be shelved for a new repertoire next season. Monday night a big audience thoroughly enjoyed a splendid pro duction of "Nick Carter.'.' The cast has been changed some what Miss Lewis is the new star and Mr. Armstrong is a new lead ing man; Mr. O'Keefe, the favor ite comedian "O My Golly," is still dishing up the laughs. Miss Lee and Mr. Tolbert are also from last season's cast. Mr. Symons is , a new villain, also Fred and Rose Dampier, two noted singers, and Miss Pool, an actress, are additions to the Swain Company. Several new faces are connected with the band. Mr. Swain has a big, good nignr. This well known and- popular show will open in Columbus for a week's run Monday night, May 30. Senior Class Play. The senior class of the I. I. & C. , will present the- famous Shakesperean play, "Twelfth Night." or "What You Will," on the college . campus tomorrow evening. Fine training is being given those who will take part in this attraction and na doubt it will be one of the Best that has been presented at the college the past season. For Rent. A nice 5-room cottage, newly painted and papered, on car line, one block from Barrow Memo rial school. Apply to J. R. Richards. For Sale. Second-hand surrey. In good condition. Cost $75,- will sell for $35. ! tf , G, W. SHERMAN. 1,250 ACRES Some Improvements. 400 acres in cultivation, bal ance timber land. All bottom land." Five miles from the. city;' $12.50 an ..Acre. ADAMS: REAUTPCQ- Ground Floor First State B&nk Building ? COLUMBUS, MISS. ATTACK MADE ON SOUTHERN CHIEFTAIN BY A. R. MAHH OF ILLINOIS HE THINKS ROBERT E. LEE STATUE NOT ENTITLED TO PLACE OF HONOR IN HALL OF FAME The Northerners are much dis turbed over placing the statue of Robert E. Lee, in the Hall of Fame. The following attack by A. R. Man of Illinois, is disgust ing to the Southern people. "So long as treason isconsider- ed a crime against constitutional law, the statue of Robert E.r Lee can have no abiding place in that pantheon dedicated to the heroes of the revolution and to those whose achievements have con tributed to the triumphs of this republic. 1 The main portion of the ad dress was in support of the con tention that General Lee was not convinced of the justice of the cause for which he drew his sword and that he therefore should have no claim to the name of patriot; The speaker based his argument on a letter from Gen. Lee to his son, Curtis Lee, the text of which he obtained from a publication of a southern history. Speaking of the impending war, the letter as published, said Mr. Darling, read: "The f ramers of our constitution never could have exhausted so much labor, wisdom and forbearance on its formation and surrounded it with so many guards and sup ports if it was intended to be broken by any member of the confederacy at will. It is intended for a perpetual union, so expressed in the pre amble, .and for . the - establish ment of a government, not a compact, which can be dissolved only by a revolution or the con sent of all the people in conven tion assembled. It is idle to talk of secession; anarchy would otherwise have been established, and not a gov ernment by Washington, Hamil ton, Jefferson, Madison and all the other patriots of the revolu tion. . ' - - The words of that message and his subsequent acts cannot be reconciled, said the speaker. If ,i his conscience dictated that letter, then what accursed in fluence caused him to embrace anarchy just 90 days later an archy as he himself had pictured it. What does all this mean? It means that a solid south, the daughters and sons, propose to make Washington a Westminis ter Abbey for the rebel uniform; and so not only vindicate, but glorify the rebel's sword. Then what? Simply another bill pensioning all Confederate soldiers. And long before this century reaches its meridian British bondholders will knock at liberty's treasury door and say, 'Redeem.'" Fined for Selling Whiskey. Will Swanson, a negro residing in the northeastern part of the city, was arrested Monday morn ing for unlawful retailing. He was brought before Mayor Don nell and found guilty. A fine of 90 days and costs was given him. Small Blaze. . The fire department was called to the residence of Mr. C. H. Jones, corner of 9th street and 6th ave., at 8:30 o'clock yesterday morning. The roof of the house was slightly damaged. The fire is supposed to have started from a defective flue. Capt. W. S. Mullins, Lieut. Swanzy and Lieut. Halberv are attending officers' - -school in Yic&sburg. Capt Mullins stop ped" over in Jackson a short while on business. Boys' suits at " Loeb's prices right, too. PUPILS PRESENT BEAUTIFUL OPERETTA A PLAY OF THREE ACTS UNDER DIRECTION OF MISSES ANDER SON, NEILSON AND IRION. PLAY WAS A DECIDED SUCCESS "'The Columbus Theatre was packed to its seating capacity and there was hardly standing room on Tuesday evening, when the operetta "Toy Shop" was presented under the direction of Miss Sarah Anderson, Miss An nie Neilson and Miss Grey Irion. The characters were well chosen and the entertainment was pleasing in every detail. The play which consisted of three acts, represented a night in December in a toyman's shop, and the characters were unique and very true to life, and the various specialties introduced gave additional charm to the play. Miss Anderson is gL'ted in di recting and staging altairs of this kind, and her work in Co lumbus has been of the highest order. Misses Neilson and Irion. who had charge of the music have made fine progress as teach ers in the public schools, as was evidenced by the success of their pupils who took part Tuesday evening. The following was the leading cast of characters who did their part so admirably. Gluepott, the toyman- Winston Caine Kafy, the toyman's daughter . Mamie Liss Savage Marie, a French doll ..... Katherine McKinley Angelica, a rag doll ... Lillian Lawly Topsy, a black doll- - -.1. Halbert Savage Prince Caramel, a gentleman doll- Sam Kaye Captain Tillerope, a sailor doll Henry Kechtin Sergeant Bonbon, a soldier doll Preston Fant Sylvania, a retired fairy -Willie Sharp Askew Miss Pudding Head, a doll's - head Ruth Mullins Sandman- William Hurris Man-in-the Moon Oscar Burris Crying Doll -Juanita Vaughn Monkey - -Battle Bell Bo-Peep -Jamie Grace Frog - Joe Street Owl -Marsden Waddell Cat Harris Cook Pig- Jim Richard Kidwell A Doll Louise Morgan . Doll heads, paper dollies, jump ing jacks, letter blocks, Japanese dolls, fairies, Maypole dancers and flower girls. Specials See Loeb's specials this week. Let Rombach do your repair work. They will do it right. 300 SUITS To be sold at HALF PRICE as long as they last. These suits were carried over from last spring and summer and are just as good as any merchant can show you, made by the best concerns in New York. There is a slight difference in style for this season, is why we sacrifice them at these prices. These suits run from $5.00 to $20.00 Our Sell ing Spot Ca.h Price $2.50 to $10.00. We make a Specialty of Clothing, and carry a very large stock. We make cheap suits out of carried-over stock, and never buy shoddy or trash. If you want the best ready-to-wear and latest styles, we have them at reasonable prices, and never allow any competitor to offer you better things than we do. We have it if it is stylish if it is stylish we have it. GEO. H. EZELL RECITAL GIVEN BY NORMAL DEPARTMENT DIRECTED BY MISS GROSS THE IDEAS OF MISS WEENONAH FOIN DEXTER BEAUTIFULLY CARRIED OUT. NINETEEN TOOK PART Several years ago Miss Poin- dexter, director of music at the Industrial Institute and College had dreams of a real practical pianoforte normal where the students and teachers could come in contact with the child mind and learn the best methods for presenting the fundamental principles of music. In this way the child has the rare privilege of his life work along conservatory lines. Our people at first looked upon this as something beyond attainment but the recital on Monday even ing by the pupils of the normal department clearly demonstrates the fulfillment of her plans. Each year many applicants are turned away, and there is always on file a long waiting list. The program Monday evening marked the close of the first year of Miss Ariel Fredrica Gross' successful supervision of the department. Nineteen young people took part and each num ber was carefully rendered with a cnarm tnat reiiecteu mucn credit upon teacher and pupil. Besides the playing the work in ear training deserves special mention. The children were able to name witjh accuracy away from the key-board, single tones and skips within the compass of two octaves. As superintendent, Miss Gross has been quite successful and her earnest and painstaking ef forts were emphasized in this beautiful recital. Those who took part on Monday evening were: Misses Lucile Hollis, Ruby Nash, Mary Hackleman, Dorothy Leigh, Leon Gunter, OUie Mae Kline, Inez Kgger, Carson, Jamie Lock, Virginia Leigh, Mamie Dell Ellis. Ruth Senter, Nina Bell, Thankful Howell, Gladys Gunter, Marie Cady and Master George " Sher man. Attention, Veterans of Isham Harrison Camp 27, U. C. V. You will assemble at the City Hall today, May 2Cth, at 9 o'clock a. m., for the purpose of attending the burial of our deceased com rade, J. M. McQuown. By order W. C. Richards, T. A. Stinson, Commander. Adjutant. May 25, 1910. Thijpresentation of the silver service to Miss Orr, of the college faculty, by the Alumnae associa tion, will take place at the college chapel Saturday afternoon at f o'clock. The public is cordially invited to be present. CL for Spot CASH (bLuMBUS, Miss. HENRY BEARD