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Mississippi State News
Horses Are Wanted. Hon. H. Clay Sharkey, chairman of the central committee appointed to arrange for the entertainment of the Confederate veterans who will hold their State reunion in Jackson on the 1st, 2d and 3d of June, states that the committee will make an ef fort to arrange so as to have as many of the veterans who belonged to the cavalry as possible mounted during ^hc parade at the laying of the cor nerstone of the new State house, and to this end he appeals to the farm ers and planters of Hinds county to bring all available horses to Jack son on that date and loan them for the occasion, together with the nec essary saddles and bridles. There will be a strong demand for horses on the 3d of June, owing to the big military pageant. The reg imental officers of the national guard will all be mounted, and it is expect ed that the governors of several Southern States will be present with their military staffs. For this rea son the committee desires to secure the pledge of as many horses as pos sible in advance of the event. Horsewhipped Son-In-Law. The pedestrians along the central portion of Washington street in Vicksburg, last week, were treated to a highly sensational and rather exciting episode, in the matter 'of an energetic application of a cow hide over the shoulders of a recre ant son-in-law by the irate father in-law. The parties were Peter Harwood, a police officer, and W. M. Wilkinson, the latter having quite recently married the 16-year-old daughter of Harwood. Owing to al leged ill treatment the girl left her , husband at Natchez and returned to her parents in Vicksburg, telling such a tale of woe and mistreatment as to arouse the parental concern and ire. During the difficulty re volvers were drawn on both sides, but the police were near at hand and the men were disarmed and placed under arerst. Flue Still Captured. Last week Deputy United States Marshals K. J. Warren and Nat By num captured a fine still, cap and worm, with 600 gallons of beer, on the place of Enas Fowler, near East man, Itawamba county. They also captured Fowler, who was arraigned in Aberdeen before United States Commissioner B. C. Sims, pleaded guilty and was bound to the Federal grand jury'in $500. This still has been in operation several years and came near being captured by the same officers last summer on the place of Fowler's brother. Remarkable Liquidation Rate. The distribution of the liquidat ing funds of the Capital State Bank, now the Capital National Bank, took place at Jackson last week, 50 per cent, in liquidation being paid, which will bring the total amount realized in liquidation to 270 per cent., which is the most remarkable showing ever made by a banking in stitution in Mississippi. The Capi tal State Bank was in existence only fourteen years, and each year paid larger dividends than any other bank in the city. Factories Seek New Location*. Mayor Hemingway, of Jackson, has received a letter from A. K. Clark, of Augusta, Ga., stating that he is part owner of a cotton mill which desires to move its location, and asking what inducements Jack son can offer. He states that the mill has 5,000 spindles and 150 looms for the manufacture of col ored goods, and the present owners are willing to sell preferred stock in the concern. Free Mall Delivery. Postoffice Inspector Fitzgerald, after spending two days in Yazoo City laying off the delivery routes of the city, left for New Orleans. There will be three carriers' districts and thirty-three street letter boxes placed in the districts. Work of numbering the houses and other pre liminaries necessarv to the service will be complete in time to start the ♦vstem in abount sixty days. Lighting Went Pwlnt. West Point has perfected arrange ments for putting in the very latest and best street lighting service and expects in a few weeks to be the best lighted city in the State. to and ly ered in rai, the rai, read Accident Resulted Fatally. W. A. Glover, the young section foreman employed by the Yazoo & Mississsippi Valley ltoad, at Jack son, who accidentally shot himself a few days ago, is dead. Glover was superintending work near the V*m Winkle neighborhood, and, while stooping over, his pistol fell from his pocket and struck the>ail. The weapon was discharged and the bul let struck the young man in the chest, the ball lodging neal^ the spine. Daughters of Confederacy. The annual convention of the Mississippi Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will be held this year on June 3 at Water Valley. Mrs. Helen D. Bell, the State president, has recived reports which warrant the belief that the at tendance will be the largest in the history of the organization. Dur ing the past-year a large number of new local chapters have been organ ized in various parts of the State. Pharmaceutical Examiner*. The State Board of Pharmaceuti cal Examiners finished their work in Jackson last week, but did not an nounce the results of the examina tion held. The papers of the appli cants were taken home by the mem bers of the board and will be exam ined and graded and forwarded to Secretary S. L. Crane of Columbus, who will announce the results from that place later. Sugar Grower«' Convention. The governor has appointed about 300 delegates to the Sugar Growers' Convention, which is to be held in , Macon, Ga., on May 6, 7 and 8 next, The convention promises to be large ly atttnded by representative sugar growers of the Southern States. Knocked Off Trestle. F. M. Payne, a prominent citizen of Tupelo and an employe of the Tu pelo cotton mills, while on his way to Saltillo last week had the misfor tune to be knocked from a trestle and almost instantly killed by Mo bile & Ohio passenger train No. 1, southbound. He was about 60 years of age and leaves a wife and seven children. Corinth Special Tariffs. The railroad commission last week ordered the Southern railroad and the Mobile & Ohio Railroad Com pany each to furnish the manufac turers of Corinth with any special tariffs that they make from Corinth to points in Mississippi. Negro Kill* Chinaman, At Winterville, a little station near Greenville, last week, a China man called Walter was shot twice in the head by a negro named Will Kimbrough. The difficulty arose over 5 cents worth of cheese. The slayer escaped. Aged Negros* Dead. Annie Rutherford, colored, aged 121 years, died at Potts Camp last week. She had her faetulties of mind, sight and hearing. She had been a member of the Baptist Church for 100 years, and was re spected by both white and black. Taking a Religions Census. The Preachers' Association, com posed of the members of all the prot estant churches of Holly Springs, began a census of the white popula tion last week. This census will be used for the extension of Sunday school work in that place. Death Sentence Commuted. Gov. Longino has commuted the death sentence of Dave Logan to life imprisonment. Logan is a negro, and was to have been hanged at Hol ly Springs on April 10, for murder. Clay County Mall Service. With five new rural free delivery routes recently established in Clay county, the more thickly populated sections are now thoroughly cov ered by this service. Clay county probably has more free delivery routes than any county in the State. Memorial Meeting. The Clarke county bar held a me morial meeting at Quitman last week in honor of Justice Samuel H. Ter rai, and after several eulogies by prominent members of the liar on the life and character of Justice Ter rai, appropriate resolutions wero read and adopted. THE AMERICAN WOMAN, & a MU* Florence Hayward, World'* Fuir Commlmloner InEnglnnd, 1* Commanding Mach Attention. World's Fair Grounds, St. Louis April 14.—The journals and mag azines of largest circulation among the women of the Unit ed Kingdom, as well as the regu lar daily newspapers, have given much space to the mission of Miss Florence Hayward to London as a World's fair commissioner. Clippings forwarded to the World's fair headquarters show that more than forty interviews with her were published in London in ten days with many comments on her energy, adroitness and capacity for business. Black and White gave her a whole page adorned with her pic ture, and The Queen had a long "let ter" on her work for the World's fair treating it as "a remarkable instance of the growing powers and responsi bilities of women" and of the highe intellectual and commercial status en joyed by women in the United States than those in a similar rank of life i England." Black and White describes her as a "fluent talker who under stands the art of verbal condensa tion,\" and the London Morning Ad vertiser says she can talk for three hours without stopping, and be as epi grammatic as any of Miss Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler's characters the whole time." Many of the papers make approving comments on the fol lowing remarks attributed to her in Black and White: "A woman's department belongs to the kindergarten stage of woman's de velopment as industrial producers, There was one at Chicago, of course but women have progressed since then. When women's exhibits are confined to a special woman's depart ment it is really an acknowledgment of woman's industrial inferiority. The best compliment that can be paid women is to have their work dis played side by side with man's and judged on its merits without any al lowances on account of sex. And that will be done at St. Louis." Miss Hayward says in regard to some of the British newspaper men who have interviewed her: "Of course they put slang into my mouth ad nauseum, but that is their idea of meriting in the American style." In the same letter she says: "Spent yesterday at the conference of the Iron Trade association by in vitation from the head of the body, was asked to make an address of 20 minutes, but declined; it would have looked as if the World's fair could not find a man to do it, and would have belittled the situation here." THE PROBE GOES IN DEEP. Postmaster-General Payne Declares Post Office Investigation Will be Thorough. Washington, April 14.—Postmaster General Payne gives out a statement which he announces that the in vestigation of the affairs of the post office department .will be continued and that any parties found guilty of wroag doing will he dealjt with sum marily. ' The statement is as follows: During the month of January and February information and reports reached me which 1 deemed it for the public interest to investigate, and, I, personally, gathered such information and facts as would enable the proper officers of the department to under take a thorough investigation as to the truth or falsity of these reports I directed Fourth Assistant Postmas ter-General Bristow to take the prop er steps to institute the necessary in quiry, using for that purpose the post office inspector's division and such other methods as would thoroughly ascertain the truth or falsity of the charges or insinuations made, and he was instructed to proceed promptly and with vigor during my absence. The investigation will continue, and if any wrong doing is disclosed the parties guilty of such wrong doing will be summarily dealt with. It is proper for me to add that I laid be fore the president the information of the action proposed by me." Making Thorough Investigation. The whole administration of the post office department is made sub ject to the investigation under the postmaster general's direction and ev ery division will be probed thorough ly and the inquiry be made as thor ough as the department's most ex pert inspectors can make it. At the same time Mr. Payne's purpose is to give fair and just treatment to all concerned and not to act arbitrari ly and with undue haste. The office of the assistant attorney general for the post office department is among the bureaus included in the general inquiry and until the investigation of affairs generally is »completed it is probable that no successor to Assist ant Attorney-General Tyner will be named. Report* Will be Comprthen»lv*. It is learned that it will be several weeks before the post office inspec tors will be able to complete their work. When they have finished Fourth Assistant Postmaster-General Bristow will prepare a comprehensive report cn the whole subject. a it. the ing get Its clay ing tend in ing, all in BILL ARP'S LETTER Gives the Young People Pointers Concerning Correspondence. Bothered Again with the Chain-Let ter Dasloess-Helped Raise Fand* to Mark Confederate Grave* at Fredericksburg. Kind friends, please forbear. I know that the time for compositions and de bates and essays is near at hand, but I am sick and cannot help you this spring. I am .>eak and don't want to strain my mind. I haven't been out of the house but twice in three months. My wife and the doctor watch me and won't let me go. A few weeks ago I slipped off to my daughter's one pleasant evening and had to be hauled back in a buggy, for it is uphill to my house, and I was weaker than I thought. You see, I had a sunstroke last June and have never re covered from it. Every night, if the weather is bad, I have to get up about midnight and sit by the fire and cough for an hour or two. But I can answer letters, and have from a dozen to a score every day. It pleases me to an swer the letters of the young folks, for many of them need help. I know that I did when 1 was away off at school. My father was an old school teacher, and knew how to help me. He wrote near ly all of my junior orator's speech, and 1 got credit for it, though I only crossed the t's and dotted the i's and put my name to the end of it. But there are hundreds of boys and girls who have no help, and I am sorry for them, and so for many years past I have tried to help them. Some of them just want help a little, a few ideas, but others want the whole thing. In fact, one boy asked me to write him two, so that he could take choice. Most of them for get to enclose a stamp, and my postage account got to be such a burden that, as Kip Van Winkle said: "I swore off" and quit answering such letters. It is bad manners to write to a man on busi ness that does not concern him and ex pect him to pay the return postage. I receive many long manuscripts with request to read and criticise and return and tell where to have published and what the writer will probably get paid for them, i have two on hand, just re ceived 1 —no stamps enclosed'—one is a grammatical curiosity. Hardly a line that does not contain bad grammar or a misspelled word. It takes nearly half a line for the word "spectacles" and it has 14 letters in it. The word angel is spelled angle, and yet the writer ex pects to get paid for the story. The other manuscript is an inquiry into the race problem—no stamps—and it contains 17 questions for me to an swer. Another long letter on foolscap writes of the good' old 1 times, and says in conclusion that if I will answer it he will write me again and put his name to the next letter. There is no name to this. He is an Irishman, I reckon. One other request I wish to make about let ters. Please place your post office ad dress plainly at the top and your name plainly at the bottom. Many a time I have passed a letter all around the fam ily trying to decipher the signature. Sometimes I have cut the signature off and pasted it on the back of the reply, thinking that probably the postmaster at the writer's home would recognize it. If the post office address is omitted and the postmark on the envelope is blurred, as it frequently is, it is impos sible to know where a reply shoyld be sent, and if I guess at it and guess wrong it goes to the dead fetter office. Now, yod young people must not forget these little things, for they are im portant, especially the stamps. Some times we literary men are greatly per plexed to know what to do with some letters. One more request. Do not rite to me at Atlanta. I do not live there. My hoipe is in Cartersville, and thought that everybody knew it by FIRE HUNTING FOR DUCKS. One Method by Which Southern Pot Hunter* Kill the Fowl by Wholesale. Migration having thinned out the ducks pretty well along the gulf coast, the fire-hunters will put up their guns and wait for another season, but they had a good time at their peculiar sport hile it lasted and made money. This way of killing ducks is simplicity it elf, but owing to the conditions there entirely successful, says the New York Sun. The fire hunters first locate a roost, hich is an easy thing to do, by watch ing where the flocks pitch at sundown. Ducks if undisturbed will continue to roost on the »same piece of water all through the season. Having found the roost, the hunters get their boat, which is a large skiff having a wooden platform built across Its bows, a platform about a yard square. On this platform they put clay to the depth of three inches, mak ing of it an open fireplace. Then they take the oars and start a little before dark. Probably they have a row of five miles and are in no hurry. They in tend to reach the roost about 10 o'clock, when the ducks have become settled for the night. Three men are in the boat, two rowing and one steer ing, and when the time comes they will all use their gums. is is to is so is ing de I my wife let off was a re the a an for I My my no so to he is I a it is it I this time. I hare been living here over 20 years. And now let me ask the good char itable ladies who seek to do some thing for some good cause to send no more endless chain letters to me. They are a nuisance and have an noyed me greatly. I thought that when that common cheat and swin dler, Joel Smith, of Monticello, Fla., was broken up and arrested the endless chain business had stopped, but of late it has revived and I re ceived three last week. One of them started in Canada for a so-called mis sionary work and got all the way down to Louisiana and from there to me, wanting me to copy two let ters and send ten cents in Christ's name, and under no circumstances to break the chain. Well, I broke it and shall break every one that comes to me, and shall burn the letters, for they never contain any return postage. Some years ago the good ladies of Fredericksburg, Va., wrote to me, saying they wanted about $300 or $400 to place headstones to the graves of 260 Georgia soldiers who were buried there. I made an earn est appeal to our people and asked for a dollar from each good man or woman, and I raised $300 in three weeks. Adjt. Gen. Phil Byrd sent me two dollars all the way from New Bruns wick. I bought the marble, all let tered nicely, from the northern man who owns the w,orks at Marietta bought them at one dollar each, which was less than the cost, for the company said they helped to put our boys there and they ought to help mark their graves. The rail roads shipped them free. There was no endless chain in that business. Three thousand neglected confederate graves at Marietta! Our boys, our dead, buried on our soil, died in de fense of their homes, their state, their people. On the other side of the railroad are about as many who were trespassers on our soil — van dals who came as invaders with arms and torches, and their graves are adorned with gravel walks and flow ers and evergreens, and there is a grand entrance to their city of the dead, all done by the national gov ernment, and a keeper employed. ' And yet it is now settled we were right and they were wrong. Oh, lib erty and union! what crimes have been committed in thy name. But Secretary Root seems to be a good man and is going to help us make up the roster, the muster roll of our living and our dead. Maybe he will get a little closer to us and help the Marietta women to make their confederate graveyard just as elegant and ornamental as the one on the other side. Why not try him? Dead soldiers are not enemies to each other, and if theirs could speak may be they would say: "Give us your hand, brother." Is It not about time for our women to make an appeal to the government for aid in thia patriotic work? Not only for Mari etta, but wherever our soldiers are buried. Marietta has many north ern visitors who spend their winters there, and it seems to me if they brought along a heart and a soul with them, they would go to these ladies and say: "Here are $10. Please mark ten of those graves for me." But I reckon most of them just bring their bodies and leave their hearts at home. Why not do as our Mr. Granger did? Just as soon as our ladies started a move to build a monument to Gen. Young and our Bartow he roes, he was the first to ask the privi lege of subscribing $25 to the cause. . He has gotten it all back already in our good will and gratitude. He brought his heart with him when he moved down here and his wife brought her whole soul. She is al ways doing something for somebody. —Bill Arp, in Atlanta Constitution. When a roost is approached no speed is made. The men row softly until they come within shot. A final stroke is given and then they take up the guns. The ducks have all been awakened by the light, but they make no effort to fly, being loathe to take wing into the dark night. At 30 yards'distance the right barrels of three guns are fired and then they get up. The shot from the left barrels rip through them when they are ten feet above the wa ter in an almost solid mass. They dart away into the night, find ing shelter elsewhere and the men. kill the cripples and pick up the dead. The destruction from this kind of battery is terrific. Sometimes 150 to 200 ducks are killed by the three guns. Getting it is little trouble and the fire platform is a favorite device of southern pot hunters. They run the risk of being taken and thrown into jail, because fire-hunting wild fowl ia against the law, but there is a tremen dous stretch of coast and few officers, so the risk is not great. This hunting is done only on dark and moderately still nights. The.torch is not effective in moonlight and noth ing can be done if there is a storm, so altogether the fire hunter cannot go out oftener than five nights in a month. When a roost has beerf dis turbed by a toi«.h and guns a new pno must be found, as the ducks will nob often return to the old one.