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ri'BI.ISIIED WEEKLY. LEXINGTON. : : MISSISSIPPI. George Ade denies that he is en gaged to Miss Lucy Taggart. Pleads a previous engagement to the dramatia muse, doubtless. The Pennsylvania school board has forbidden its teachers to get married, and now, in all probability, they want to more than ever. A Berlin professor is starting a cru sade against the waiter's "utility" nap kin. Has the sleeping car blanket, then, been reformed? The usual variety of hot weather admonitions, says the Philadelphia Bulletin, will now be In order, re specting the wearing of light clothing, the avoidance of hurry and worry and the adoption of a seasonable and mod erate diet. They can all be boiled down into a single maxim that is ap plicable to every individual Use com mon sense. The figures for the fiscal year Just expired show that the New York post office is one of the great business es tablishments of the country. The re ceipts were $16,989,817, an increase of 9.71 per cent., and the expenditures were $5,623,744, leaving a profit of $11,466,073. That tidy balance will go a good way toward making up defi cits elsewhere. Now that congress has appropriated $40,000 for the purpose, the spot on which the Pilgrims landed In Province town, on Cape Cod, will be marked by a suitable monument. The amount ap propriated, together with that derived from other sources, will make available nearly $100,000. Although no designs have yet been approved, it is confident ly expected that the monument will ba worthy of the heroic men and women in honor of whose achievements it is to be raised. Humor or truth op allegory, as manu factured in Texas, asserts that a hun dred boys engaged In picking berries struck because their employer tried to muzzle them when they were at work. No American boy in the land of free speech can brook being muzzled. When he picks tfiat he is usually allowed to eat all he wants, and soon cloys his ap petite and becomes like the girl behind the candy counter, who cannot abide the taste of candy. Mr. Alfred Mosely came to America from England three years ago with 30 carefully selected men to study the schools of this country. His report showed a keen understanding of the merits and the faults of American education, That the merits out weighed the faults is shown by the announcement of his intention to send to the United States and Canada 500 teachers to learn the educational meth ods of this continent. Following the announcement of a handsome surplus for the government at the end of the fiscal year in place of the previous year's deficit is the statement showing that the national debt July 1, was $964,435,685, a de crease of $17,519,000 since June 1. Uncle Sam is spending a tidy sum of money nowadays, but he is on Easy street, and can afford it. And the peo ple, who get the benefit, are perfect ly willing. The French philosopher, M. Le Bon, commenting on the motto of the revo lution, "Liberty, equality and fraterni ty," declared that the real difference between the French and the British lay In the fact that the French were enamored of equality and cared little for liberty, while the British insisted on liberty and never gave a thought to equality. And when some one quoted this to Rudyard Kipling he instantly added his own comment to the effect that what the American really pre ferred was fraternity. "He is a good fellow himself and he expects you to be one." In Philadelphia, wtiich Is rightly called a city of homes, 6,375 new dwell ings have been contracted for in the first half of the present year, of which 5,571 are two-story houses. People in moderate circumstances are getting their share of prosperity. Timely and needed explanation, by the Philadelphia Press: "The negro whose heart was taken out and washed and the wound in it sewed up, and who lived for ten days after the opera tion, is dead, operation was a success, but the pa tient died." In other words the The Liberty Vindicator hasn't lost faith in humanity. It says: The man who says: "I don't pretend to be hon est, no man is," is doubtless himself honest in his declaration concerning WmselJ- «-L. -nothing else. But to say that no man Is honest Is a libel upon the human race. If men—the majority of men—were not honest, the world would not and could not be growing better, as it Is to-day. There is, of course, much hypocrisy, but there is, most of all, simple truth and honesty. John Holladay of Virginia, 111., has Just become the father of girl triplets. Every woman in our broad land will hope they may grow up and be willing to do general housework if It becomes necessary. One of the proudest treasures of King Alfonso's nurse Is a gold ring In which Is set the first tooth shed by her royal charge. It bears the in scription, "My tooth to my nurse. Al fonso XIII.'' In making thi3 presenta tion his majesty followed a custom which has prevailed In the Spanish royal family for centuries. WATER FROM THE ROCK SIXTH In Cloud and Pillar Series A STOIT or THE WHDE1RESS JOURNEY or THE HEBREW rEOELE Br the "Hickway and Byway" Knacker (Copyright. HK4, by the author, W. 8 Kdeon.) Bcripture Authority: —Exodus 17:1-7. 8ERMONETTE. ' • "That Rock was Chri»t."— *► 1 Cor. 10:4. '' We all come to Rephidim at " .. tome time or other. On the man- - " ward aide Rephidim stand* . for the place of dire need; of murmuring and unbelief; of the limitation of God's power; nay, more, of utter forgetfulness of all his past mercies and bless- • logs, and failure to turn to him for help. On the Godward side, it Is the place of the Rock—the Rock which Paul declared prefigured the character and office work of the blessed Christ. "That Rock .. was Christ;" that is, it typifies the Christ. 1. In the value of the bless ing which gushed forth from it. -• 2. In the method employed to " that blessing. The Rock -> smitten, even as the Christ " secure was was smitten. 3. In the unlikelihood of the '[ of help, for the babe in -• the manger, the son of the car- ., penter, the man or sorrows, the -> malefactor en the cross became the Saviour of the world, even the cold, hard, forbidding rock of the desert became under -• the touch of God a fountain of life-giving water to thirsty Is- ■■ rael. source as And more, that sparkling wa- § ter at Rephidim is typical of the .. f brightness of the Gospel, for X each drop reflects the glory of ., T Heaven. It is typical further of X the Gospel in its refreshment, ,, T in its abundance and in the ;; X perennial freshness of its flow. <• T Let us learn the lessons of " X Rephidim, and rejoice in the full < T revelation of the Christ, toward " X whom the rock of Rephidim - X pointed. -f-f 4-f-f-f-f-t-f> THE STORY. Quiet, almost to a death-like still ness, had settled down upon the camp. It was a startling contrast to the tur moil and strife of the afternoon, and Mose's as he stole out of the camp and sought the solitude alone marveled at the change. So rapidly had the events of the afternoon before developed, and 60 * intense had been the feeling mani fested both by the people as they clam ored for water, and the elders as they sought to restore order and quiet, that he had not had time or opportunity to realize the meaning of it all. But at he passed along through the camr sleeping so peacefully, the whole scene passed before his vision again. Could it be that it was only that afternoon that they had come to that place? Could it be that but a few hours be fore the people were crying loudly for water and threatening him because there was none to be had? "In their frenzy, they utterly forgoi that God was in their midst," Moses mused to himself as he walked along, "and now that their thirst has been Satisfied they care not for the won derful manifestation of God's power," and he sighed heavily as he thought how slow the people were to believe and to understand God's dealings with them. That morning they had gathered the manna as usual and been satisfied to the full, but when they had drunk the last of their water they began to fret, and to declare that they would surely die of thirst there in the wilderness, forgetting utterly that the God who had supplied food could also supply them with water. Then as the day had worn away and no water was found the murmuring became more and more open, until at last when the Cloud settled down and the tents were pitched and no water was in sight, the anger of the people broke forth as we have already stated. Sleep had long since come to the rest in the camp of Israel, even Aaron yielding to the bodily fatigue, but his own heart was so singularly stirred that he felt no inclination to seek his couch. For a long time he sat alone before his tent, watching the stars as they came forth one by one, and ever anon letting his eyes rest upon the glowing pillar which hung above the camp, but at last moved by some strange impulse he had arisen and passed out of the camp. wrapped in the Inner contempla tion was he that he was utterly un conscious whither his steps were trending, until of a sudden his foot splashed into a cool pool of water and he looked up with a start to find him self before the great rock where God that afternoon had opened- up a way of refreshing for his thirsty people. The dark outlines of the rugged stone stood out sharply against the deep blue of the starlit sky. Upward for a hundred feet or more it reared its head from the surrounding level of the sands which stretched away In every direction. It was the one strik ing and impressive object of the land scape. As they had passed It that afternoon on the way to the place a little farther on where the camp had been pitched, they had paused and for a brief mo ment while the people gazed curiously upon 4 the murmuring and complaint « had ceased. But as they had again taken up the march and were forced because of the spreading masses of rock at the base to make a wide detoui j fresh complaint burst forth. | Was It not enough that they had no I water to drink? Why should such ob : structions come across their pathway? j Of what use was that great pile of jagged stone, anyway? Such were some of the ill-natured questions which broke forth, and as Is always the case where one is in the fault-finding mood, they had no eyes to see anything but the disagreeable and discouraging features. Bo it was that they had found in the rock only another opportunity for complaining. And when Moses had striven to pacify them, recalling past blessings and the deliverances Cod had wrought, they cried out in tie bitterness and hard ness of their hearts that God had for gotten them, i nd that if he Moses would prove his right to leadership he must then and there satisfy their thirst. "Didst thou not sweeten the waters at Marah?" they cried. "Why then canst thou not give us water here? Where Is thy rod with which thou didst divide the waters of the Red sea? Show what thou canst do with that same rod here in the wilderness?" And when he rebuked them sharply, reminding them that it was God and not he who had done these wonders, they cried out the more vehemently, declaring that it was for this purpose that he had brought them into the wilderness that they might perish of thirst with their little ones and their cattle. It was useless for him to point to the Cloud and to remind them that God was in their midst. They would not listen and at last in despair he had gone apart by himself and cried unto God, saying: "O Lord, what shall I do unto this people? They be almost ready to stone me. They will not listen unto my voice. They will not remember all that thou hast done for them." And then out of the stillness which had followed when Moses had ceased speaking came the voice of God, say ing: "Go out before the people, and take witli thee of the elders of Israel; ajid thy rod wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand and go. Be hold! I will stand before thee upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may irink." And in the face of the derision and he angry complaining of the people, Moses had gathered the elders logether ind went forth with them to the rock. There it had stood rugged and forbid iing. How was it that the hard, dry, old rock could pour forth its flood of waters? But in the face of the op position and the doubt of those with him, Moses had gone bravely and bold ly forward and when they had come to lie rock he had bowed his head rever ently. Then was it that a strange hing happened, for the Cloud, which ip to this time had rested over the amp, came and stood upon the brow of the great rack, and as he lifted his eyes Moses knew that the Lord was here to show forth his marvelous ;race and power. Behind him was a people perishing for water. Shut in the wilderness there was no escape. No human hand could succor. They could not go back. To go forward meant death on the burning sands. But before him there m the rock was the glory of God's iresence. in that moment a new tnrill of gladness had stirred his heart, and vhile the elders gathered about him iad watched expectantly, he had •eached forth his hand and with the rod struck the rack, at the same time call ing upon God and reminding him of his promise to send forth a stream of refreshing water from the hard, flinty rock. Down from the overshadowing Cloud had flashed the flaming finger of God cleaving the mighty rock in twain, xnd forth had gushed the life-giving waters. Overcome by the majesty and glory rf the scene, the elders had fallen on their faces to the ground, but as the springing waters surged about their feet they had suddenly realized what God had wrought for them, and leap ing to their feet had bounded back to wards the camp, shouting as they ran: "Water at the rock! Water at the rock! Water at the rock!" And Moses as he stood there now re called the eager joy with which the people had streamed forth to that fountain which God had opened up for them. They had drank deep and long and then, rushing back to the camp, had returned with all the skin bottles and jars they could find to fill them, "lest," they said, "the water should fail." But there was the water now gush ing forth with undiminished flow. Never before had he seen so abundant a fountain. Out of the rift in the rock it poured as though the source of sup ply behind was inexhaustible, ready the waters had cut for them selves a channel in the yielding sands and were flowing on and on towards the camp. His eyes followed the stream and thence on he turned his gaze to the tents of the sleeping Israel ites. Above them hung the pillar of fire. Al "God in our midst, Indeed," Moses whispered softly to himself, "and God here, too," he exclaimed, turning to the rock and speaking as though it were a thing of life. "God here, too, for these waters speak of his unbound lng grace. The God who so abundant ly supplies the needs of the body will also provide for his people a refuge." And as the faint glimmer of light of God's abundant mercy stole into his heart he rejoiced, for the cleft rock In the wilderness had given him a new vision of God. ON THE "ROLLERS n SKATERS FURNISHED AMUSE MENT FOR THE ONLOOKERS. Men of Varying Degrees of Build Got Together on the Floor and Great Was the Fall Thereof. It was on the evening of the rein carnation of skating in New York, and there was a goodly crowd awaiting the coming of the first skater. The great, wide polished floor looked like Roman arena, and the stillness preced ing the arrival of the skaters suggest ed the days of the gladiators, when people waited for the wild beasts who were to do battle with their human antagonists. Suddenly a band broke forth with a ragtime air. In a moment a man appeared from the skate room In the south end of the building—just as the wild beast came forth In the stadium—feeling his way carefully along the floor and making little un certain circles, hops and skips, and finally making a dash straight across the shining floor to the middle of the arena. Once in the center of the room and finding that he could hold his bal ance, and still navigate as in the days of old when skates had their last inn ing, the individual struck out to see how many times he could encircle the track in a minute. He had the floor all to himself and was adding a figure eight to his itinerary now and then for the edification of the audience when second Individual with skates on shot into the ring. The first skater was wide about the girth, with short, fat legs and an iso " 1 * I) e i 0 C * \ if im (/ fl I tr> 3E It Was a Head-on Collision. lated spot with just a fringe of shrub bery around where his hat should rest. The second skater was long and thin, with legs like fence rails. His face was adorned with a tuft of whiskers that stuck straight out in front like cowcatcher. The little fat man was cpming down the hall on one foot with the other poised gracefully (at least he thought so) and gently swinging around for a wide turn at the end of the building. All would have been well had the gaunt one followed, or even partly pur sued, a straight course on his way. But some hidden devil In one of his skates seemed to drive him about in the course of the oncoming fat man. They met forcefully in the south end of the building. The crowd rose to Its feet and looked on in breathless awe. It was a head-on collision, and two goats in a butting match could not have more successfully jammed their countenances into shape for surgical aid. When the four legs, four arms, two faces and two wriggling bodies had ceased to gyrate and the wreck settled to the floor all was still for a moment. Then slowly and painfully there rose from the ruins a long, thin, be-skated leg, then another, and finally the thin man with the cowcatcher adornment on his countenance man aged to regain his knees and back away. His Van Dyke was bent up to a junction with his nose, which had been artistically bent down until it couldn't go any further without leav ing home. His optics might have flashed Are if they could have opened, but the fat man's bald pate had land ed first on one side and then on the other in the great smash, and thus shut out the light. But the long fel low scrambled along on his knees, feeling for the side wall, until he was picked up by the attendants and dragged into the first aid department. All the while the little fat man was lying peacefully on his back, uncon scious of the fact that he—one time proud champion skater of Clover Leaf county, Minn.—had met the enemy and was theirs. As the attendants lifted him to his feet and skated him out of the arena he came to and feebly waved good-by to the audience, who were now being entertained by a series of wrecks —little and big—which were occurring with greater frequency as the skaters increased in number. Poet Building His Own Tomb. Nearing his eightieth year, Frederic Mistral, the Provencal poet, is still young in mind, happily far removed yet from the sixth age of Shakespeare. Nevertheless he Is preparing his tomb. It will be put up in the cemetery at Malllane, near his house. It is to be a copy of the wejl-known "Pavil ion de la Reine Jeanne" at Baux. The care taken by the Provencal poet to make It beautiful will be remembered for generations among the neighbor ing peasantry. "It Is, after all, the tomb that is the house we live longest In; must have It beautiful," Mistral said the other day, when somebody twit ted him about his hobby. And he does the work himself with no mean n e CAT MADE MUCH TROUBLE. Chapter of Accident* Because Sport ive Canine Chased Pussy Into Cow Stable. An English Illustrated publication is authority for the following: Chased by a dog, the cat ran into a stable where a cow was being milked, and took refuge on the animal's back. prf • l u 1 - i. / <7 In w* I 5/iT This frightened the cow, who kicked the milkmaid off her stool. There upon the milkmaid sued Capt. Bangel, the owner of the cat; Herr Schmidt, the owner of the dog, and her employ er, Herr Kameler, the owner of the cow, for damages. The court award ed her $60, each defendant Having, to pay one-third. TOADS EMBEDDED IN ROCK Naturalist Declares He Found One That Must Have Been Buried for Many Years. Shropshire, England, seems to be fa vored with a substratum of buried toads. At a recent gathering of the Caradoc and Severn Valley Field club Mr. For est, a naturalist of repute, who has been engaged by Lady Warwick to de liver a course of nature study lec tures in Warwickshire, exhibited a lively toad of small size which had, he said, been found buriecT in solid clay six feet underground at Broseley. Its mouth was said to be quite closed through disuse, so that it could not now feed if It wanted to. Quite recently also another small and active toad was discovered at Broseley "Imbedded in solid rock," which excavators had split while ob taining material for one of Lady For ester's hospitals, now in course of erection. This also had its mouth closed; and for some time it was kept by a local chemist in a stoppered bot tle, passing thence into -possession of Dr. Gipp, the medical officer of health at Shrewsbury. Naturalists, of course, deny that such cases of burled toads in solid rock or clay can possibly occur. They allege that even a creature which pos sesses the remarkable vitality of a toad must soon die when deprived of oxygen. They also say that the most important evidence is always lacking —namely, the imprint of the animal in the stone or clay, where it was sup posed to have been Imbedded. CARVED WARNING ON TREE. i/Vi' fa,. .jVlfj c u m Jlf/fVTADO D L *- ^ADE-Pu f SBLCWteD£Wf i; A week before he threw the bomb Moral, the anarchist who tried to mur der King Alfonso and his bride, cut this warning into a tree in Retiro park at Madrid, but no attention was paid to the carving at the time, it be ing thought the work of some fool joker. Queer Fish. It has just been reported to the Yorkshire (England) Naturalists' so ciety that there is to be seen the re markable sight of frog3 swimming in the sea at Cayton bay, midway be tween Scarborough and Filey. In the bottom of a wooded gorge at this place is a stagnant fresh water pool, a few feet above the sands, tenanted by hun dreds of frogs. These are all more or less sluggish in movements, as are also some scores of others dotted about on the sands. The peculiarity of the latter Is that they allow, the incoming wavelets to lap over them and carry them out with the suck-back, when they swim to shore again. Boy's Adventure with a Bear. A black bear that had strayed from the Turtle Mountain reservation in vaded the farm of John Dunlop at Marysville. The neighbors were sum moned and among the party was Frank Munler, a 15-year-old boy, who was mounted and had a shotgun with which he shot the bear. He secured a rifle from one of the men and managed to inflict a mortal wound on the bear, which charged him. The pony got away and Munier had to run for his life, but the bear fell dead just before it reached * the boy.—Rolla Correspondence St Paul MISSISSIPPI MATTERS Seed and Soil Special. On the second coy of next October according to John C. Clair, indue .rial commissioner of the Illinois Central rail road, the railroad company will start s seed and soil special through Mississip pi. The special will be under the au spices of the A. and M. College of Stark vilie, the new agricultural department of the State of Mississippi, and the Southern Cotton Association. Practically every town in the State on the com pany'a lines will be visited. The ipecia) train will carry dining and sleeping ''are and some distinguished persons will be aboard. Secretary of Agriculture Wilson will be present a brief time, and hae agreed to deliver one speech. This will probably take place at Jackson. Prof. Hopkins, of the University of Illinois, one of the greatest soil specialists in the country, will accompany the special train, and besides instructive talks liter ature will be circulated. When New Code Becomes Law. According to State officials who art in a position to know, there seems to be some misapprehension or lack of infor mation among a large number of people county and city officials, business men and even lawyers, relative to the exact time at which the new code of 1906 goes into effect. With the exception of the privilege tax, municipalities, dram shop, health and quarantine, and parts of the chapters on Supreme Court, Circuit courts and supervision of common car riers, the balance of the code! will not become operative until October 1. With these exceptions the people of Mississippi are living under the oft-quoted and fa miliar annotated code of 189,2. Walthall's Brigade. The annual reunion of Walthall's bri gade will be held at Oxford, Miss., cn Thursday, the sixth day of September, 1906. I shall endeavo'r to secure special rates on all railroads for this occasion, and it is earnestly desired that every survivor of this famous Mississippi com mand will be present. An interesting program will be arranged, and the people of Oxford and Lafayette county will give us an enthusiastic reception, THOS. SPIGHT, Commander. No Fear of Boll Weevil. Prof. W. M. Bamberge, the government boll weevil expert, who has been on an inspection tour through the southwestern section of the State, reports that the weevil lias not yet crossed from the Louisiana shore. Prof. Bamberge coin cides with the view of Prof. Glenn W. Herrick, the State entomologist, that it would he impossible for the weevil to cause any great amount of damage to the crop of the present season, regardless of the rapidity of its spread after reaching the State, for the development of the crop is well advanced. Fanners' Institute. A farmers' institute was held at Fay ette, which was well attended. The farfuers were very much interested in the meeting, and quite a representative body of the county's most intelligent and progressive agriculturists were in at tendance, and seemed to feel that much good was accomplished. Admitted to Bail. Mrs. Vina Mizell, the mother of seven children, and her neighbor, Raford ITall, charged with killing the woman's bus band, Joseph Mizell, with poison, were admitted to bond at Waynesboro. .Mrs. Mizell was allowed her freedom on fur nishing $500 bond. Hall was admitted to $1,000 bond, which he also made. Both of the accused are to appear before the grand jury In January. Confederate Reunion. Gen. Robert Lowry has issued the ex pected general order to the Mississippi division, United Confederate Veterans, notifying them that the reunion will be held in Jackson in September, and urging on all the veterans who can possibly do so to attend on that occasion. Successful Normal. The summer normal at the Agricul tural and Mechanical College, after a month's most successful work, has closed. There were 102 applicants for State and seven for professional licenses. There were 450 teachers enrolled at this normal, the largest number ever enrolled at a normal in this State. Insurance Report. Commissioner Cole has completed the list of insurance companies of all classes authorized to do business in Mississippi at the end of the last fiscal year. The list includes 104 fire insurance compan ies, 28 indemnity, guaranty and casualty companies, 29 white fraternal organiza tions, 26 colored and 24 life insurance companies. Of the fire insurance com paniitfi forty-two are domiciled in New York City, ten in Philadelphia and the balance distributed over the map from Boston to Alan Francisco, with four in Mississippi, two of which are in Meri dian, one at Columbus and one at Vicks burg. _ Congressional Primary. The Democratic executive committee of the First congressional district met at Corinth and decided to hold a primary on Thursday, August 23, to select a nam inee. In case there is only one candidate primary will be held, and the coinmit will declare the nominee. no tt ■ Aberdeen's Telephone Plant. Aberdeen now rejoices in as complete a telephone system with as fine a plant as any city in the State. The coat of these improvements have reached the $20,000 mark. Not a wire or an extaraul fixture of the old outfit has been re tained.