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me TIMES-PROMOTE j* * ===== HERNANDO, MISSISSIPPI, DECEMBER 23, 1909 52 NUj VOLUME 13 Senator McLaurin Dies Suddenly. Jackson, Miss., Dec. 22—United States Senator A. J. McLaurin died suddenly at his home in Brandon at 6:35 o'clock this evening. Death was due to an attack of heart failure, and came without the slight est warning. Senator McLaurin was seated in a rocking chair in front of the fireplace in his library and toppled over dead. Life was extinct before any member of the family reached his side. It was a swift summons, and but a few mo ments previously the distinguished statesman had remarked that he was feeling better than at any time since his recent severe illness, resulting from an attack of ptomaine poison ing. Tfie announcement of the death of . Senator McLaurin caused a real sen sation here, where he had lived for four years as governor, where he was known to everybody and had a host of friends. His only son, A. J. Mc Laurin, Jr., and his brother, S. L. Mc Laurin, lawyer and banker of Bran don, were both m Jackson when the news of the death of the senator reached herejby telephone. They had left him at noon, in the best of health and spirits, and could hardly believe the report that was brought across the intervening fourteen miles. NOTES FROM DAYS That season of the year, which is naturally and rightly the most joyous of all, is upon us. There is a quick ening af the footstep an added sparkle to the eye, a something unusual and invigorating in the atmosphere. It is Charles Dickens, we believe, who speaks of the spirit of Christ mas, as though it were a veritable sentient essence which spreads abroad good cheer and touches mankiud with holier feelings and aspirations. It it a beautiful thing too, and one which quickens the poetic imagination. Christ's birthday! The day on which God gave us that good and perfect gift. Then let us weave our holly wreathes. Lot us crown the Christ with our garlands, let ub feast our souls on the fullness of God and on the riches of his gift to mankind, Christ Jesus. Let us drink deep of the soul of the Christmastide, while we enjoy its outer semblance, by remembering the little children whose homes are those of direst poverty, who have looked and hungered so long in vain for Santa Claus' visit that they have despaired and lost all faith in him. That Christ mas to them, will bring no cheer—uu less, you or I can be the good angel to bring it. Little Marguerite Welch who has been very sick, we are glad to learn is improving. Mrs. John Rollins is visiting rela tives in this vicinity. Miss Beulah Cooper is on the sick list this wetk. Miss Lena B. Flinn will visit home 5ft Soft 1 vvwctf •! p FOR ft m High-Class Groceries ft ft ft THE BEST—THE FRESHEST Call on us. ft ft We can satisfy you in Goods, prices, and delivery service. ft ft Mi [ft We fill 'phone orders promptly* Call 61 We are here to serve you :o: 4> ft 4. m !• m ft: u THE HERNANDO DRUG AND GROCRY STORE / •j folks at Kelly during the holidays. Mr. Oscar Thomas, of Clinton school, will be the guest of his parents Christ mas. Little Miss Beatrice Earnhert, of Eudora, has been visiting her grand mother, Mrs. C. E. Crumpler the past week. A merry Christmas and a prosper ous and happy New Year for the good Times-Promoter and every body this broad land over, is the wish of Old maid. at a POPLAR CORNER CORNER PICKUPS Hello boys, we are having a plenty of good old winter time. A plenty of snow, and some of my neighbors are out of wood, some of them are cutting and hauling wood. I am glad it is not me. Mrs. Collin and children, of Tupelo, Arkansas, left for home last Thurs day. Aught Hughey and wife, of Rosa, Ark., have gone home. J. R. Brewer, of Joyner, Ark., is a guest at the Corner. He reports every thing in good shape over there. C. Tulley has moved from the Cor ner to his new home in Tennessee. Our school teacher, Miss Minnie King and some other young folks took a walk around tne Hart section last Saturday evening in the snow. They made the trip 4 miles in good time, and wasn't satisfied and took another hike nearly to Walls station and back. I had rather it was them than myself. When they got back they complained of being hungry. Boys, I saw in The Times-Promoter where Alex Polk a negro who was convicted of murder, and was to have been hung on the 7th day of January 1910, escaped on the night of the 14th. Don't blame the negro, he only did what you or I would have done under the circumstances. The blame be longs some where else. Some of the girls had a nice time sleigh riding Sunday evening. Sunday school at the Corner was short last Sunday. Too cold for the kids to turn out in large squads. One more school week and the chil dron can begin hanging up their lit tle stockings. Old Santa Claus will soon start out. News at the Corner is frozen out. Christmas tree at the Corner on Thursday night after Christmas, Dec. 30th. Exercises will commedce at 7:30 o'clock sharp. Everybody in vited. Old Hughey. i» ►- Notice to Hunters. Hunting is positively forbidden on any of the lands owned or controlled by R. M. Banks, Geo. Banks or Banks & Co. Hunters violating this notice will be prosecuted. R. M. Banks, Administrator. 12-23-tf. Tallahatchie Drainage Plans. (Continued from last Issue.) Iif most localities where large drainage operations are undertaken it is necessary to construct enough outlet channels to carry the drainage water through the district, for in stance, iu the St. Prrncis drainage district in Arkansas, for which I have prepared plans and estimates, more than a thousaad miles of artificial channels will be necessary for drain ing an area approximately equal in size to the Tallahatchie drainage dis trict. In thatdistrict the lateral drain age channels will approximately equal in coBt the main drainage system. In the Tallahatchie district,' however, a very remarkable condition exists. The Mississippi River, in overflowing the delta, has formed a vast number of bayous and channels. It is esti mated that there are not less than 1500 or 2000 miles of these. A thor ough cleaning of them will be inex pensive as compared with the cost of excavating ditches, and will complete the surface drainage for a vary lar^e part of the area, leaving compara tively few new channels to be con structed. In fact, there are more miles of natural drainage channels in this district than there will be of both natural and artificial channels in St. Francis drainage district when that work is completed. ''The Tallahatchie drainage district is exceptionally well situated in that with the completion of the main drains and the clearing of the natural chan nels, the question of surface drainage to a large extent will be solved. In time the people of the delta will de mand tile drainage and this will re quire additional expenditure for tiling and in some cases for deepening out lets, as it has in ; all other localities where this final fbrm of drainage im provement has been undertaken. ''In the study of this situation there is one single fact which has impressed me as of more immediate import than all others. It is|hat while great care and mature consideration should be given to the choice of the method adopted for improving this area, it is very necessary for the welfare of the people of the Tallahatchie-Coldwater Valley that this problem be worked out as a single enterprise, and by a single, well prepared plan. This is a great engineering problem, and to be sucbe9sful it must be handled in a comprehensive and an able manner. To temporize with the situation by dismembering the district at the pres ent time, and by organizing in its place a number of shialler districts, will inevitably mean a much greater cost of drainaga, a continual conflict of plans and of interests, a failure ever to receive the full results of a comprehensive development, and *a loss of all collateual benefits such As the development of power and the im provement of navigation. ''If the people of the district ought earnestly too support the working out of this problem as a whole, the inhabitants of the counties below the district ought to be none the less in sistent that this course be taken; for by the plan proposed a large part of the flood waters of the district will be prevented ever reaching their ter ritory ; while a haphazard system of improvement must inevitably result in increasing the flood stages on the lower river." Mr. Morgan quotes Mr. Proutt's re port to the effect that the water which would be available for power pur poses (during the year of lowest rain fall since 1871,) would generate a con tinuous output Of 1600 horse power for 24 hours per day or 3200 for 12 hours per day, delivered to consumers in Memphis. With a conservative minimum price for this power, he thinks that a net revenue of $100,000 per year should result, after allowing all fixed, maintenance and operating charges for the power plant, the first cost of which, with accessories, is es timated at $540,000. As bearing upon the general solu tion of this problem and its effect upon navigation, General Ernst's report is, n part, as follows: "Prom the foregoing summary it may be inferred that the plan which promises the best results from the Irainage point of view is the thiro plan, the one in which the Coldwater is partially diverted northward. Its of past good this > . of are is a last was did be the lit on at in ft ft ft ft ft ft 1 cost is very much less than that of any of the other plans. It benefit* the country south of the Tallahatchie drainage district instead of injuring it, as the other plans do. It also fur nishes the means of improving the navigation of both the Coldwater and the Tallahatchie; the water stored in the hills may be released during the low water season and thus maintain the stages of the river at times when they would naturally be obstructed by low water. "In addition to giving these levees an unusually heavy cross section, guard gates are proposed at the en trance to Ho'fn Lake, by means of which Mississippi flood waters may be shut out of the floodway entirely. The result will bo that the integrity of the Mississippi levee system will be absolutely preserved. It may even be said that this will be the strongest part of it. A stranger coming to this work as I do, without preconceiyed notions, is Btruck both by its importance and by the necessity of progressive de velopment and of united action. The district has been protected from the ravages of the Mississippi River but a large part of it is not available for planting because of deficient drain age. The most prominent feature in the drainage problem is the control of a large river and of its navigable tributary. This cannot be accom plished by a small locality acting in dependently, but it can, be accom plished by united effort. No drainage district which'is not large enough to place these rivers under control can ever hope to solve successfully the drainage problems. The scheme is now in a formative state, but it would seem that it is only a question of time when it will be carried out. It is entirely feasible to, furnish a largo measure of relief by executing one pbrtion of the plan first, leaving it to the future decision of the taxpayers whether the more perfect drainage to be expected from the completed pla skall be^c.^riecf out or not." Each of the three consulting engi neers makes special comment upo the great volume of accurate data (< n n a a a a I Autumn Announcement © ft We are now ready for your fall needs in ev ery department, and wish to announce that we are showing at our % ® ft •n* w Ever Popular Prices all the New Fall Novelties -$ ft ft m ft in High-class Millinery, Ladies' Tailored Suits, Skirts and Waists, Fleece-Lined and Woolen Underwear, Corsets, Hosiery, Laces and Embroideries, Fine Dress Goods, Silks; Fine footwear for everybody; Hats and Cloth ing for Boys and Men; Ladies and Gentle mens' Furnishing Goods. ^ & j> YOUR PATRONAGE IS SOLICITED ft , % \ ft ft $ ft ft •V 1 LEVI & GREIFf 106-108 South Main, MEMPHIS 3* THE HERNANDO ANK GEO. BANKS, President. E. T. WILKINSON. Vice-President. R. P. OOOKE. Cashier. T. P. FLINN, Assistant Cashier. CAPITAL $25,000 Does a general banking, loan and col lection business. Acts as Trustee, Guardian and Administrator. Pays 3 per cent, on Time Deposits. M GIVE US YOUR BU8INE8S. DIRECTORS Geo. Banks E. T. Wilkinson B. P. Cooke B. L. Bedding. L. J. Farley. > J. L. Cooke. T. P. Flinn. W A. Williamson. A mission engi an*nged for use. Mr. Morgan says:""It may not be out of place to say that the data of this survey have been more in telligently collected and are better arranged than that of any drainage survey I have examined." General Ernst says: Drainage District have zeal and energy in the collection of the topographical and hydrological information required in the develop ment of the plans, and have shown excellent judgment in drawing con clusions as to former years from the measurements of the flow of all the principal streams in that year, and are able to make a close estimate of the forces to be dealt with in extreme cases. which the Drainage < neers have collected "The engineers of the n great Women Not Eligible. Attorney General Sterling has given Governor Noel two official opinions as to the legality if ladies holding office in this state. The first was not ex actly as to an office, but rather as to an employe of the lunatic asylum, and in that case he was certain there is no obstacle in the way of a lady being employed to fill any position frofn which the incumbent may be removed or discharged by the board of trustees, and ^hosc duties arc prescribed by contract and not by law. The other case is as to the right of ladies to serve on the Text Book Com mission, the governor rather favoring two or three of them, and would ap point them if they were eligible under the law. The attorney general is con vinced that "only male inhabitants of the state" are eligible to hold office, there being one exception to the rule, and that in the case of .the state librarian* "No woman can occupy any other office within the gift of t^e people of the state of Mississippi," says Gen. Stirling, and he is of the opinion that a Text Book Commissioner, appoint ed by'the governor, is an officer, and women are mot eligible.—GjaAon-Led ger ' w -> See us for job work—any kind.