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The Progress-Adv ertiser
J. V. GRIST, Editor.
Chicago i* glad that Bowie is wall
ing up Zion # Clty, and holies she can
slip up some*night and put a padlock
on the outside of the gale.
A negro criminal has been sentenced
to 1,000 years in the Texas penitentiary;
hut by good conduct he may reduce
ihe punishment to 900 years.
We have a nice little winter war on
our hands on the isthmus. If we must
fight in midwinter months we prefer
It among the palms and banana trees.
Butler. Pa., has 1,490 oases of typhoid
fever. This looks like stupidity some
where. Typhoid fever epidemics in
crease slowly, giving plenty of time
to "boil the water."
Germany's crown prince has been
disciplined by his mother, just as other
mischievous boys are, but unlike the
others he doesn't have to go to school
text morning and bo snickered at.
The Cincinnati Commercial Tribune
asks Mr. Roosevelt to withdraw from
the ra
and be the Warwick of his
It is quite possible that Mr.
Roosevelt may neglect to comply with
this amiable request.
Senator Smoot may or may not have
taken unto himself more than the law
ful number of wives, but his present
policy of letting others do the talking
shows that he is not entirely without
experience in the married state.
With a $100,000,000 canal across the
state of New York, with ihe stu
pendous waterway over the isthmus
of Panama, with the prodigious ex
penditures upon inland channels in
other parts of America, in Europe. Asia
and Africa, may this be not considered
the canal century above ever} other?
Jtryant Barber, a wealthy resident of
Polo, 111., is urging the people of the
town to return Andrew Carnegie's gift
of 910,000 for a public library building
and to permit him to build one that
shall cost twice as much as Mr. Carne
gie's offer. Under the latter the
ground has already been bought and
the foundation partly laid.
Secretary of Agriculture Wilson re
ports that in seven years the produc
tion of beet sugar in the United States
lias increased from 29.000 tons to
260,000 tons, and that the industry is
now wel! established. It ought to be
as successful ir. this country as in Ger
many and France, which grow more
beet sugar than is needed in the home
YV. H. James, of Council Bluffs, la.,
has sent the Santa Fe railway $2.85 to
pay it for a ride which he stole on the
blind baggage from Galesburg, 111., to
Revere, Mo., several years ago. "I am
preparing for K3aven," he writes, "so
I must pay up and clean up for God.
Glory be to God! Prepare to meet thy
God. for 1 do not intend to spend eter
nity in hell! Yours bound for Heaven,
W. H. James."
Five years ago, while on a visit to
Mexico, Enri Desi, a graduate of the
University of Pennsylvania, was bitten
on the thumb by an insect. His mind
became affected owing to the poison
by which he was inoculated and he
has grown worse constantly ever since
until he has now become imbecile. A
singular feature of his case is the fact
that his physical powers have not suf
fered the slightest impairment.
A notable result of the recent Daily
News' census of church attendance in
London is the discovery that prayer
meetings, which were once regarded
as a vital breath of the life of the
church, have almost ceased to exist.
In the populous borough of Chelsea
only 30 persons were found to be in at
tendance at prayer meetings. Thirty
persons out of 70,000. Week night
services have also fallen into disuse.
In Germany they are beginning to cut
down tres by electricity. A platinum
wore is heated to a white heat by an
electric current and used like a saw.
The tree is then cut down much more
quickly than in the old way, taking
only one-eighth of the time. The pro
cess makes no sawdust, and shows
other advantages, its economy, how
ever, being its chief recommendation,
and giving assurance that it will be
widely adopted.
Uncle Sam disposed in the last year
of about 23,600,000 acres of the public
domain, but he still has over 863,000,
000 acres to dispose of. There are ten
states and territories each of which has
30,000.000 acres or more of public lands.
There are 2,000,000 acres of unappro
priated land in Kansas, one-half of
which, however, is reserved, the other
half being subject to entry. Altogether
Uncle Sam has disposed of 777,000,000
acres of land in his time, making him
the king of real estate agents.
A boy who was killed in the Bronx
(N. Y.) last summer by lightning had
Ihe likeness of a fern imprinted on
his body by the shock. A similar inci
dent is reported from Europe. During
a shooting competition at Pont, in the
Canton Vaud, the grandstand was
struck by lightning and 25 persons re
ceived shocks. One most singular ef
fect remained. Every person who had
felt the electric shock had photograph
ically stamped upon ihe back, face or
arms the reflection of the pine trees be
hind the firing line. They sustained
but little physical Injury.
The scarcity of silver dollars of the
1804 mintage is explained by an acci
dent at sea. The largest part of the
silver dollars of that year were struck
off to pay United States soldiers and
sailors doing duty in Tripoli. North
Africa, and were shipped to that place.
The vessel that carried them away was
never heard from again, so the entire
cargo Is supposed to rest somewhere
upon the floor of the Atlantic ocean.
Just seven copies of the dollar of that
year are in existence, two lying in the
mint at Philadelphia and the others be
ing in private collections.
Mississippi State Mews
Ten Mississippi Postoffices.
The report of t lie auditor of the
postoffice department, just pub-1
lished, gives Jackson the second
place in the rank of Mississippi
cities. Vicksburg leads the list in
the amount of gross postal receipts,
with the handsome showing of $40,-'
045.70). Jackson comes next, with
Meridian a close third, and Natchez
way below in the fourth position.
All of the leading towns show
marked increase in receipts and
Jackson shows the largest of all.
Jackson and Meridian have reversed
positions since the last report, as
have Corinth and Biloxi also.
The figures showing the gross re
cepits of the ten largest towns in
Mississippi for the past two years
are as follows:
.930,588.84 940,045.76
. .32,562.26
. .30,999.05
. 18,065.50
. 22,658.51
. 13,188.36
. 10,611.45
. 10,611.45
. 8,490.40
. 8,468.74
Jackson showed the largest gain
for the Year, as the following table,
shewing the increase in each city,
will show:
Jackson ..
Meridian .
Vlcksburg .
Meridian ..
Jackson ...
Greenville .
Natchez ...
Columbus .
Yazoo City
Corinth ...
Biloxi .
. 4,596.17
. 3,706.92
. 3,209.19
. 2,395.22
. 1,879.56
. 1,874.90
. 1,571.61
Natchez ...
Columbus .
Greenville .
Corinth .. .
Yazoo City
A Million for Levees.
At a meeting of the Board of
Mississippi Levee Commissioners,
senators and representatives to the
legislature from the counties that
compose the district and a number
of prominent citizens and taxpayers,
held in Greenville last week, it was
decided by the unanimous vote of
the entire body that it was the sense
of the meeting that the representa
tives of the district secure through
the legislature the passage of the
Stone bill, recently published in the
local papers, authorizing the levee
board to float $1,000,000 in bonds
for the building of new levees in
the place of those that now threaten
the life and property of the district.
Government aid will also be asked in
the work. At the meeting of the
board, the contract to construct a
levee u.t Ship-land, a point opposite
Lake Providence, was awarded to
John -Scott & Sons, and Shipper &
Outzon at 27 cents per yard, the
work to be completed by March 1.
The contractors informed the board
that if they desired they could place
as many as 500 teams on the work.
Big Deal at Ellisville.
Tlon. Hugh McManus has trans
ferred to the Ellisville Home Im
provement Company a tract of
fprty-t-wo acres of desirable land in
South Ellisville, several thousand
dollars changing hands on the deal.
The new owners will at once pro
ceed to develop the holding and open
the necessary streets through it. It
is understood that a certain portion
of the land fronting the railroad has
been reserved for factory sites, and
it is reported that a cotton mill is
one of the possibilities of the com
ing year for Ellisville. A company
is now being organized for the man
ufacture of log wagons and other
siimlar products, and the site has
already been fixed upon.
Great Interest Being Aroused.
Great interest all over the State
is being aroused in the Mississippi
exhibit at the World's Fair. The
various county commissioners arc
taking hold of the matter with a
vim and each county is vying with
the other in regard to its exhibit.
All sorts of curious and interesting
things are being collected from va
rious parts of the State. The State
commissioner has been advised that
tbe Franklin county commissioners
have learned of a tree in that county
winch is thirty-seven feet in circum
ference and very tall. It is a pine
tree and will become a part of the
exhibit of Franklin county.
Cotton Burned en Route.
While 100 bales of cotton were
en route to Macon last week from
Brooksville to he compressed, sparks
from the engine communicated fire
to the shipment and the entire con
signment wag destroyed.
May Have to Issue Bonds.
Treasurer tvampton thinks that
he will be able to take care of the
legislature and provide for (he other
expenses of the State during the
month of January. Mr. Hampton
estimates that there will come in
during the month of January some
thing like $750,000, while the ex
penses of the legislature will amount
to about $05,000. The conviction
is growing among the knowing ones
that there will have to be a bond
issue. ■ •
Robbed Sheriff's Office.
Burglars entered the sheriff's of
fice in Webster County, last week,
and by means of a lijgh explosive
blew the outer door of the safe off,
but got only $75 in money. Sher
iff Delashmnt has been very careful
to keep but little money in his office
at night, hence the small profits of
this raid. There is absolutely no
clew or suspicions as to who the
guilty parties may be, and the sher
iff and his officers are working in the
dark in the matter.
Will Be Finished April 1.
Contractor Barnes, of the Misais
sippi World's Fair Building, says
that he expects to turn over the
building to the Mississippi Bureau
about April ]. Mr. Barnes says
that while the contract price for the
building was $15,000. the lumber
men of Mississippi had contributed
of Mississippi for deciding to repro
duce the home of Jefferson Davi* as
its building,
most of the lumber. Mr. Barnes
states that the building will be heat
ed by gas and lighted by electricity.
Mr. Barnes says that a great deal of
curiosity is being manifested by the
Northern visitors who come to look
at the building. He says that he
has never heard a word of criticism
Cadetship Examination.
Congressman John Sharp Wil
liam announces that a competitive
examination will he held in Jackson
Dece mber 28 and 29 for a cadetship
at Annapolis Naval Academy,
first day's examination will be for
physical qualifications and appli
cants failing in that will bo de
barred from the second day's exam
ination, which will be on educa
tional requirements. Applicants
must be between the ages of 15 and
21. The applicant standing the
best examination will be appointed.
Judge Whitfield Accepts.
Chief Justice Whitfield has ac
cepted an invitation to address the
Mississippi Society of St.. Louis at
their annual banquet in January
the society has tendered the judge,
and he says he will accept and de
liver the address.
This is the third invitation
New Bank at Hickory.
E. F. Ballard, president of the
Bank of Wiggins, and also president
of the Bank of Waynesboro, was at
Hickory last week and succeeded in
gettting capital amounting to $30,
000 subscribed for the establishment
of a bank at Hickory. A new
banking building will be erected and
the citizens of the place are all eager
to own stock in it
Six Men Drowned.
The 110-ton tub boat Mattie M.,
owned by the Dixie Transportation
Company, of New Orleans, engaged
in towing cottton seed for the Stand
ard Cotton Oil Company, of New
Orleans, sank in twenty feet of wa
ter last week on the old bed of Lake
Concordia. The white fireman and
five negroes were drowned.
Preparing the Rosters.
The roll call for both tlic house
and senate is being made up by the
secretary of State. Only twenty
five of the roll calls for the house
to be printed, so as to provide
fof taking out the speaker on the
rolls to be printed after his elec
tion. In the house there are quite
a number of members bearing the
same name.
Stricken With Paralysis.
J. S. Stamper, a prominent mer
chant and planter of the Stamper
Postoffice community, in Newton
county, was stricken with paralysis
a few days since, and the attending
physician reports his condition as
He is a wealthy
being hopeless,
and good citizen.
Minister Charged With Bigamy.
A Baptist minister named Malone
was arrested at Leakesville last week,
charged with bigamy. Malone went
to Leakesville two years ago and
the Mormons for some time, and
that he has a wife living in Ala
Malone denies he is guilty.
It is said that he followed
Electrifying Railroad Track.
In order to make more yard room
for the increasing freight business,
the Pascagoula Street Railway Com
pany is electrifying part of the old
Moss Point railroad track, which
from Scranton to Moss
The work will bo completed
in about one week.
Licensed to Do Business.
The Reliance Life Insurance Com
pany of Pittsburg, l'a., lias boon li
censed to do a life insurance busi
ness in the State by the insurance
lias the Virginia
Fire and Marine Insurance Com
of Richmond. The Stale
commissioner, as
agents for these companies have not
been named as yet.
Liberty-White Railroad.
Substantial progress is being
made on the "Liberty-White rail
road," now building front McComb
City, Pike county, on the main line
of tbe Illinois Central, to Liberty,
in Amite county. The railroad is
about twenty-five miles in length
and will put the productive county
of Amite direetlv in touch with the
commercial world. This road was
organized early in the presnt year
and capitalized at half a million dol
Apathy Over the Exhibit.
Complainf is mWle of tbe apathy
in Mississippi over the matter of
making proper exhibits at the St,
tions of the State, there is much
difference manifested in certain sec
tions of the State, tlierei s much
zeal and activity apparent in other
sections. Counties that are not rep
resented in the St. Louis Exposition
will pay for the omission hereafter
in regrets. Each county in the
State should endeavor to make the
Mississippi's Adaotabillty to the Diver
•ification of Crops, and the
Great Lack of Same.
(Continued from Last Week.)
The ■growing of tune for sugar
prixiuctnm is a manufacturing rath
er titan an agricultural problem,
hence, of little interest to the aver
age Mississippi farmer, but because
of the great ami growing demand
for healthful, palatable syrup, such
as can be produced from tropical su
gar eane on most Mississippi farms
any by any Mississippi farmer, there
is no reason why the production of a
high priced syrup may not become
an important industry in this State.
One supposed obstacle in this busi
ness is based ou the impression that
Lite portion of the crop which must
be reserved for seed is so large as to
seriously diminish the possibilities
of satisfactory financial returns.
A large part of the commercial
crop of Louisiana and of the sugar
cane crop of Florida and Georgia is
produced from the green tips or tops
which the Mississippi farmers
riably throw away. The best seed
in the entire plant is found in these
tips, in preserving the tips for
seed, carefully cut them from the
portion intended for syrup and bed
them for winter preservation exact
ly as ordinary seed cane is preserved,
the only precaution being that the
ground where the seed bed is made
should be thoroughly pulverized and
the butts of the tops carefully thrust
into the mellow soil to the depth of
about two inches, and then covered
with litter or pine straw and then
with sufficient soil to keep out the
frost, exactly as in the ease of ordi
nary cane.
Another obstacle which has de
terred many from the cultivation of
cane for syrup making has been the
difficulty of preserving the syrup, as
well as its tendency to deteriorate
by sugaring. Fermentation is the
cause of the first difficulty, the nat
ural crystallization of the sugar
present the second. Fermentation,
whether occurring in syrup or in
any other fluid, is the result of the
development of living germs. The
process is,rendered impossible by the
destruction of these germs,
effectively accomplishes this,
germs of fermentation, however, ex
ist at all times in the air, so effective
preservation necessitates the
sion of the air. This is easily ac
complished by sealing the recepta
cles containing the syrup while the
latter is hot. -Bottles and jugs may
be used for this purpose when the
product is intended for home con
sumption, but for market purposes,
the tin can is the only practicable
syrup package and should be insisted
upon as absolutely indispensable to
securing high prices, which may be
expected from a superior product.
The character bf. the product will
depend chiefly upon its purity.
Cane juice, like all vegetable juices,
contains coloring matter and other
impurities which must be removed
if first-class syrup is expected,
best means of accomplishing this re
moval is the straining of the syrup
as it. conics from the mill through a
filter made of common Spanish
moss. The simplest device for this,
now practiced by cane growers all
over the South, is the mere straining
of the juice through a common cro
cus sack. The moss filter is as sim
ple, however, as the sack, and the
"moss not only removes coloring mat
ter and the impurities, but to some
extent the causes of fermentation,
so that syrup made in this way is
not only better in quality, but keeps
longer than that produced by any
other simple and practical methods.
The filter consists simply of a square
box made of plank and as long as is
possible, allowing the box to be set
under the spout of the mill. The
box is packed full of the moss which,
by natural or artificial means, has
shed its outer gray covering and is
in a condition known commercially
as upholstery or mattress moss. The
box is packed as solidly as possible.
The juice flows from the mill into
the top of the filter, percolates
through the moss and flows out at
the bottom through a pipe that leads
to the kettle or the evaporator. Suf
ficient moss should he 'prepared to
fill the box twice. At the end of
the first day's run, the moss should
be removed, thoroughly washed and
sunned for a day, during which time
the second filling of moss should be
in use. Moss sufficient to fill the
filter twice is enough for the making
up of two acres of cane and the pro
duct thus obtained is superior to
and brings better prices in the mar
ket Ilian that resulting from any
other practical method. The crys
tallizing, or sugaring, of the syrup
with time, is easily prevented by the
addition lo the finished syrup while
hot of from four to eight drops of
concentrated sulphuric aeid for each
gallon of syrup, the result being in
version of the sugar or its conver
sion into non-crystallizable form, so
that, the formation of crystals in the
receptacles is utterly impossible.
The quantity of acid used in no way
affects the character or quality of
the syrup.
Another New Bank.
Si ill another new bank has been
organized in Mississippi. The lat
est enterprise is to be known as the
Bank of Minter City, domiciled at
Minter City, Leflore county. Its
capital stock is fixed at $100,000
with privilege of increasing the same
by vote of the stockholders. The
charter will soon rench the governor
for approval and the new bank will
contribute $250 to the State treas
ury as a recording fee. The incor
porators are not named.
Lowest Prices
Pure Drugs
Best Shill . ..
On this Basis we ask Your Prescriptions.
We keep only one Grade of Drugs . •
. The Best
• •
fOMPT FTP of toilet articles, perfumery, writing tablets and tancy
j - stationery, schoolbooks, cutlery, paints, oils, varnishes,
LINE .... cigars, high-grade chewing and smoking tobaccos.
Swinney & Stigler.
Fresh Drugs
Everything that we carry in stock Is now
and Fresh; no shelf worn Goods. We carry
a complete line of everything found in a first
class Drug Store. Gall to see us.
In the C. A.
Pitchford Bldg.
East Side of
Public Square.
Lexington Drug Store
> 000 ) 0 <
A full line of new goods consisting of Fancy
Cut Glass, Plaques, Cups and Saucers, Chodate
Sets, Plates, Glassware Tea Pots, Besques Fig
ures, Celery Dishes, handsome Buggy Robes,
Fancy Buggy Harness, Saddles, Bridles, and,
Bugg ys, Toilet Sets, Lamps, Dinner Sets, Crock- v
ery, Jardners Flowers Pots. In fact everything
kept in a first class Hardware store.
Of All
Kinds «•
Up-to-date Stoves Heating and Cooking.
Prices are right. Gall and see us ■ ■ ■
D. W. Beall.
You Can Do without
A Good
Mann Stores
But you can't do without a good Hardware Store.
To a housekeeper it is as essential as the house
itself. The stock is made up of many things In
dispensablo to the home, farm and the workshop
such as ... ... . .
t ••
Stove, Ranges, Grate, Heavy Hardware, Pumps, Piping, Belting and
Engine Repair Parts, Guns, Loaded Shells, Cartridges, Shot, Powder, Caps,
Bridles, Collars, Buggies, Harness, Saddles, Blankets, Wagon Gear, Wagon
and Buggy Spokes and Rims, Thimble Skeins, Buggy Shaft and Poles, Cart
Shatis, Wooden Churns, Stone Churns, Jars aod Crocks, Pocket and Table
Cutlery and Bhelf Hardware, Home-made Tinware guaranteed better than
any yon can buy elsewhere. Tin Kooflng and Guttering done to order
Is a necessity in any community.
Don't break down your hard
ware store by buying fjom other
anything kept in my inc beforo
getting my prices. The needs of
the 1 Hell on and dining room met
to the advantage of the pocket
book ,
Don't oi'de' off after
■ 1869
An Unbroken
Record of 33
Yean Selling
Reliable Drugs
1902 j
>• mf:
Iheie's Standard
Quality Here
3* L.
Demember This when you are in need o! . . . .
Drugs, School Books, Stationery,
Points, Oils, Window Glass
[ , i, or anythin!* Kept in a first-class drug store.
Is the repu
tation we
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