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JOHN C. PICKENS, County Treasurer.
\ Mr. Pickens was born February ll>. 184?, two miles west of where the tow n of West is now located. He married Miss Carrie Wilson Feb \ runry 18, 18(i?. For a number of years lie did a large mercantile busi m.> at West, since which time he has filled the responsible position of cashier of the Hank of Holme* County. The beginning of this year he announced himself a candidate for County Treasurer and was nominated \ iter*:-; -Vt i V. & ■y : / over four popular competitors at the first primary election. He was ed ucated first in our public schools, then at the University of Mississippi, and graduated at Doibear's Commercial College, in New Orleans. He will take possession of the otfice of County Treasurer the first Monday in January, 1P0L SENATOR HERBERT H. ELMORE. Senator Elmore was elected over two popular competitors, men of political experience, in this, his first political venture. He is 28 years old, was reared in the Aeona neighborhood, graduated from Starkville, and afterwards with first honor in the law class of Vanderbilt University. His father, Mr. I'. M. Elmore, is mayor of Durant. Senator Elmore has bam practicing law about four years. He is a member of the law firm of Noel, Pepper & Elmore. He is of exemplary habits, clear and acute ntind, and tireless industry and he will eotne to the very front in the senate and in the legal profession. Our county will .* HI ml - tJ / f \ be ably represented, and his influence, as he becomes more widely known, \iill constantly extend. He takes the place vacated by his senior partner, Hon. K. F. Xoel. HUMAN ILLS DUE TO SOAP. Writer in London Times Starts an Interesting Discussion. A short letter printed in the London Times this week stands out among such all-absorbing topics as the possi bilities of war in the near or far East, the fiscal question and other matters of grave Interest. The writer of this letter refers to the announcement that a royal commission is about to be ap pointed to investigate the physical de terioration of the English people. He proceeds to declare the convic tton that this deterioration is due to tbe excessive use of soap, which re moves the natural oil given by the Al mighty to protect the body, and thus exposes it to rheumatism, chills, dis ease and dirt. The writer boasts that he has not used soap for thirty years, while ail the time he was doing the hardest kind of work at sea, and yet he never had a twinge of rheumatism or any other ailment. The appearance of this letter was / the signal for a general press inves tigation Into the philosophy of soap. Physicians, dermatologists, complex ion specialists and even recruiting 1/ sergeants have been interviewed on P . the subject, with the result that soap comes forth victorious and is declared | to be an absolute necessity of life un der modern conditions. The lancet admits that soap is not calculated to make the skin supple, because it re moves the natural oil, bqt cold cream is a remedy for this. "Nevertheless." says the Lancet, "not a few people manage to maintain personal cleanliness without the use of soap at all." Lo, the Rich Indian. According to E. M. Sweet, in The World Today, the richest people in the world are the Osage Indians of Oklahoma. Every member of the tribe has a balance of $4,644, deposited in the saf est place on earth, in the vaults of Uncle Sam's big bank at Washington, drawing 5 per cent, interest. In ad dition to this they have each 857 acres of land, about one-fifth of which is in a good state of cultivation and is worth from $10 to $30 an acre. Of the total remainder 886,000 acres is leased for pusturage, mostly to Texas cattlemen, at an average rental that gives the land a value of $5 an acre to the Indian. But averaging up the whole at the low valuation of $8 an acre, and this does not take into con sideration the oil, natural gas and coal to be found throughout that re gion, nor the leap In values that must follow the several lines of railway now being constructed through the reservation, the land holdings of each Osage are easily worth $6,856. That is to say, a very conservative state ment of the wealth of these people must place it at not less than $11,500 for every man, woman and child of the tribe. 1 LOST IN AN OLD WORKING. Missouri Miner Nearly Meets Death in an Abandoned Mine—Is a Maniac W hen Found. For five days recently Tom Morrow, a miner of Joplin. Mo., was lost in some disused chambers of an abandoned mine. He was crazy when he found his way out and bis black bair bad turned gray. Morrow is a miner with eccentricities, and a month ago be told his wife he be lieved he could go under the city of Jop lin by following the drifts of abandoned shafts. She thought it a wild dream of his and paid no attention, but when he disappeared with the family lantern she knew that he was carrying out the idea suggested some time before. When he had been absent a day or two she be came alarmed and his friends were in formed of his disappearance. They were not anxious to enter the nndergroud path themselves and took no steps to find him. but awaited for his return. Though a maniac when found, Mor row's reason is returning, and he has some recollectioon of what occurred. It seems that during the early part of his Journey he suddenly came upon a body of men working. They did not see him and he beat a retreat. At another time he came to a shaft that descended from the drift in which he was walking. Al though he was already many feet be neath the surface of the earth he de scended still further Into the ground. It was after going down into these deep drifts that he completely lost his bearings. In vain he searched for the shaft through which he had entered the deep passageways. He failed to find an outlet to any of the drifts. Ail of them ended abruptly in walls of dirt and stone. How he ever escaped from this under-' ground tomb he does not remember. It was while in these passageways that his lantern failed him. For four days he told time by striking matches and hold ing them near the face of his watch. Then the matches gave out and he lost all reckoning of time. It baffles his wife and friends to know how he effected his escape from the un derground prison. They think that per haps after he had became deranged an in stinct came to him which directed him in the right course. Morrow thinks that he covered a dis tance of many miles. He came out of the cave a mile from the opening through which he entered. GOES TO HEAVEN IN TRANCE. Mich f aan (ilrl Talked Declare* She Han ilth Departed Spirits I 11 Paradise. Mary A. Kidder, of Kalamazoo, Mich., has been going into trances for some time recently. She professes to have visited Heaven and to have conversed with departed spirits. She has told per sons with whom she is not acquainted about seeing dead relatives whom she did not know and some who have never been in Kalamazoo. Mary described Heaven graphically. 'The trance just strikes me suddenly," she says. "I lose control of my body and seem to be carried up, up, up, to an almost unimaginable height. The air seems soft and fans my face. 1 liy through clouds and then suddenly know 1 am in Heaven. About me stretches a great country, but there are no houses or streets. Beautiful white-robed an gels are singing and talking and sailing through the air. 1 am flashed through two immense white pearly gates, and then the beauty of the whole place is before me. "Colors of every description are seen and the most beautiful music is heard on every side. I, seem to know all the people there and they come to me and talk. ''A spirit told me that when I died I would be free to move just as they do. I cannot understand how angels go through air. They have no wings, neither do they walk." TELEPHONE WITHOUT WIRES. California Boy Electrician Si In $en<llnK >1 cnmhk<'m h DiMtunce ir Mile*. creeds of Ft Francis J. McCarthy, a 15-year-old electrician of San Francisco, Cal., has invented a wireless telephone by which he has already transmitted messages a distance of four miles. McCarthy erected a mast 30 feet high on the roof of his home and ran a wire 10 a receiving station he had established on the porch. Out at Twin peaks, a dis tance of four miles from his residence, he erected a transmitting station sim ilar to the receiving station. When all was in readiness young McCarthy left his father and broiher Ignatius with full instructions as to the code in charge of transmission of the message. McCarthy. Sr., was waiting at the trans mitter on Twin peaks when his younger son slipped and nearly fell on the steep hillside. "Ignatius, look out. you'll fall!" cried the father. An answer came as if from nowhere* "Why, father what is the matter with Ignatius?" It was a wire less message from Francis. The in vention has continued to work perfectly. Mnxlinlte for 4'ooklniz. Hudson Maxim, the inventor of the high explosive, maximitc, can cook eggs or broil a steak, says Science Sift ings, over the flame of his burning ex plosive, an equal quantity of which would wreck a battleship, scribed how Mr. Maxim, by way of illus tration, dropped some lumps of maxlm lte into a frying pan, and while it was burning, with a bright green flame, fried eggs in another pan over the heat generated by it. It is de Hlaalnir Should Be Barred. in the beauty contest at New York women are to judge of the physical charms of the male contestants says the Chicago Record-Herald. Let 11 s hope that hissing of the judges may be barred. "Would you still want me to be your wife if my father was a poor man?" asked the beautiful heiress. "Yes," the duke replied, after a little pause; "in that case I would be enough of a curiosity to get rich ex hibiting myself."—Chicago Record Herald. The Reason. De Style—Why didn't she believe him when he told her he loved her? Qusbusta—Why, he used to write the predictions for a weather bureau. —New York Sun. * R. C McBEE, Mayor. Mr. It. ('. Mr Bee, Mayor of Lex ington, was born in Holmes County and educated in her public school until ho entered Sewanec, where lv: remained one year, and then en tered the Law School at the I'nr versitv of Mississippi. and graduated at law. He has served as chairman of the Democratic County Execu tive Committee and is a memlier of *F .4 m Y -T'" 5 ' : "• A the Executive Committee of the Fifth Judicial District, and was elected Mayor over two popular competitors, December 12, 1003. He is a son of Mr. Jno. II. McKee, the most popular man that ever held the office of Circuit Clerk in this conn tv. H. S. HOOKER, JR. Mr. II. S. Hooker, Jr., elected to the Legislature at the November election, was born in Lexington, December 23, 18?S. He was edu cated in our public schools, and at the University of Mississippi he graduated in law. Mayor, April, 1902, and was a mcm of tlie Congressional Executive Committee. He is a son of Col. II. S. Hooker, who has represented this county in the Senate and Legisla ture, and has been for years a lead ing attorney in the. State, married to Miss Willie Baldwin of Canton December Hi, 1903. lie was elected her e was H. E. BUCK, Supervisor. Mr. Buck was elected Supervisor to fill out the unexpired term of ('apt. H. 11. Wynne in April of 1902. Was re-elected Supervisor at the recent primary. Mr. Buck is * one of Holmes county's most prom inent citizens. He is a large land owner in Beat No. 5. He is named as the probable president of the new bonrd. T. G. STEPHENSON, Supervisor. Thomas (!. Stephenson, the sub of this sketch, was horn in Pickens county, Alabama, in 1860, where he lived until I8?4, when hi: people moved to Attala county, this State, lie came into this county in 188?, soon afterwards married, and I V V * 1 V lias lived here continuously since. Mr. Stephenson was elected a mem ber of the Board of Supervisors from the Lexington district, and lie will make a conscientious and efficient' working member of that important body. . W. a RED I Is a naive of t]iis county. He is descended from an old, prominent Southern family of South Carolina, who moved into this county with its early settlers. His people were Democrats from time immemorial, and were influential in that party's councils. Mr. Red has held the of fice of County Assessor, one term of four years, and was re-elected to a second term, upon which he will en ter next Monday, January 4. 1904. Having made a good officer during his first term, reinforced by experi ence of four years' duty in office, he will make a better one. MAY BE OIL IN NEBRASKA. A (Jeolonteal Diirotrry Which !<rrai to Indicate That the Product >1m> llr Found There. Nebraska may enter tbe list of oil and gas producing Btates. This possi bility was d.scussed recently in a re port of tbe investigations made by N. ri. Darlon, a government geologist, who has been at worn in tbe state lor six years. Mr. Darton has discovered a wrinkle in the earth extending from Kdgemont, S. D., across western Nebras-.a to Nor ton, Kan. This wrinkle, technically known as an anticline, consists of an uplitt or arch In the geological struc ture of the plains, and almost invar iably indicates the presence, at soma depth, of oil and gas. He is of opinion that the find will prove of great economic importance. The incline is 250 miles long and from two to six miles wide. Its cause is ascribed to a shrinkage of the earth's crust. The oil, being light, is known to rise and if the pocket in the earth is rightly formed it will catch and hold All that is necessary Is to tap the The arch, however, it. crust and get it. may exist without there being oil. Local capitalists have engaged E. H. Barbour, geologist at the State university, make practical tests at points to be chosen by him, if he believes, after an examination, that there is a possibility of finding either. The country in which (he anticline has been found is thinly populated, being for l he most part given over to stick grazing. The surface waters are in adequate and uncertain and the home steaders have fought shy of it. A great part of the plains region is known to he underlain with water bearing gravels at no very great depths, and by utilizing the cheap fuel which the gas would fur nish, vast areas of this region could he reclaimed by irrigating from pumping. A detailed report is promised in a few weeks. 10 FOR COUNTRY SCHOOLS. Proposed FiikHmIi Scheme for Fduca* tlon of ('It)* Children— VIoald Key olutioniiee I'rciteiit S> hi Quite a revolution in the educational system of England is proposed by a scheme which, it is stated, will, on the suggestion of the earl of Meath, be sub mitted to the London educational au thority. The scheme is that the system in vogue among the upper classes should be made general, and that all children at present educated in *he large towns should migrate to the country for ten months of the year, returning for their holiday to their homes amid the smoke of industry. It is said that the scheme would have a beneficial effect upon the health, physique and morals of town children, and it is stated that the duke of Devon shire has expressed his hope that it will succeed, although he does not think it is practicable at present. I'nder the new proposal it is suggest ed that parents would only be called upon to pay for the cost of their chil dren's food, the rest of the expenditure being provided for by the sale of school property now occupying valuable sites in large towns and by utilizing the labor of the children In the laundry and in light farming and gardening operations, as Is done at the industrial schools. At the Red House school, Marston Moor. Yorkshire—a school meant for the children of well-to-do parents— farming has been started with great success, a cow, three pigs, four ducks and 47 fowls having been purchased, with the idea of giving the pupils healthy occupation. In addition to the daily routine of feeding, milking, and cleaning, the draining, whitewashing, painting and fitting up of jhe sheds has been partly done by the boys, who take a great pride in their tasks, WOMEN MUSTN'T BLUSH. Conrae nt nn DnulUU School of Art to Re Only Dare Mi.viicnn—S aid t< a Form of ('< celt. Shyness is not generally regarded as a prominent characteristic of the modern woman, but the distressing malady is, apparently, sufficiently prevalent, for It is to be seriously taken in hand at the Jopling School of Art at Earl's Court, England. There, during the coming season, bashful women are Invited to come and be cured by Miss Elsa Desterre. One meeting has already been held, and the roseate blushes which suf fused the cheeks of bashful blondes and brunettes rivaled nature's finest efforts in the shape of a tropical sunset. Never, it is said, has a murky afternoon of Ixm don in the autumn been relieved by such a. warm, glowing piece of color. The lecturer at this meeting did not spare her quailing hearers as she told them that shyness was merely a form of conceit, the result of believing them selves greater than they really are. The cure is to b? effected by means of a series of debates, in the course of which the lisease will be considered in all its aspects. The shyest women will take the chair in turn. Papers will be read by the shyest and will be replied to by the next in order of shyness. After a course of this treatment under Miss Desterre's unblushing guardianship it is ■onfidently expected that a blush will never again be seen in a London draw ing-room save on a masculine cheek. Agrltntlon fnr Smoklnfc Car*. Smoking cars on the metropolitan underground in Paris is the heated question, and the opposition party, which Is strong, is making itself heard. Oefpite the fact that Prefect Lepine fa vors smoking cars, the Conseil i'Hygiene de la Seine has declared itself ipposed to the Innovation and asked the arefect of the Seine to prevent its adop ion. DOINGS OF TWO ROMANS. One Refuted a Farm, the Other Want ed His Worked. Manius, the conqueror of Pyrrhus, refused the thirty acres of laud of fered him by the people in gratitude for his great services, deeming such liberality unnecessary and excessive. Regulus, while in command of the army In Africa, wrote to the senate asking for his recall, on the ground that the manager of his five-acre farm was dead; that the hired man had run away, carrying the farming tools with him, aud that unless his farm was cul tivated he would be unable to support his wife and children. HON. S. M. SAMPLE, Representative. Mr. Sample, as one of our eountv Representatives, was easily elected He is a native of Holmes county and to the aeeond office he ever sought, a son of Dr. Sample, who had a large estate five miles south of Lex ington, where the childhood of this subject was spent. In his early years Mr. Sample was a clerk in (ioodnmn. About twenty years ago, in con nection with Dr. S. S. Carter, Mr. Sample commenced merchandising in Being eminently practical and of fine executive ability, all Kbenezer. 1 n r f i I 1 } 1 / x of his business undertakings proved successful. Cypress, the finest and best improved hiN plantation in the eountv, is one of his belongings, mercantile a fid planting interests are extensive and prosperous. Correct, honorable, public spirited and loyal to his friends, Hon. B. X. Sample is a model citizen. Hi.* I'runt 1891 to the close of 1895, Mr. Sample was a member of the Board of Supervisors front his district. During that time our courthouse was tleslrnyed by fire, and the records, while not destroyed, were so badly injured that they had to he copied. The building and furnishing of the new i eurthou.se and cost of copying the records amounted lo over $30,000, and it was largely due to his fine management that during thy'? years no extm tax burden was imposed on our people. The tax during the re building of the courthouse, its furnishing and copying of records, never 101/4 mills. Mr. Sample will make one of the most practical and exec business members of the incoming Legislature. W. H. SMITH, Superintendent of Education, deeted County Superintendent of Education and will enter on the duties of the office next Monday, January 4, 1904. Mr. Smith has lieen engaged in teaching at Durant for a number of years, and is recognized W m L/' : 1 $ - * M® % - : *•< • 1 -. nwEi^' iriailMi LZlil .. $ j "-I V MSI " & i ** Vi m '.V' / 9\i \ \ He is a gentleman of ability and leading educator in Mississippi, of a line moral character and will till the office with credit to himself and as a satisfaction to the people. A Curious Anecdote of a Famous New York Lawyer. The following anecdote was sent to the World's Sunday Magazine by a correspondent at Lyon's, N. Y.: A young and afterwards distin guished attorney, from an up-country district in the State of New York, was arguing some years ago his first ap peal in the old general term of the Supreme Court. He had been in many legal scrimmages in the justices' court, at home, but had never before stood in the awesome presence of five sedate and learned judges of the Su preme Court, in general term assem bled. His embarrassment was great. He repeated himself so often and stam mered so painfully that it was quite evident he must Boon be routed by his own confusion unless something should occur to break the spell. Fi nally, just as he was floundering the deepest in a chaotic jumble of lan guage and ideas, the presiding judge interrupted with the following sugges tion: "Mr. Smithers, I believe it will be a great relief to yourself and also to the court if you will address us in the same 'free and informal way that you doubtless use in addressing your local justice of the peace." "Very well, your honor," replied Smithers, "I will say then that while I am busy alleviating your honor's dense ignorance of the law, I wish you would keep your derned mouth Bhut!" Presence of Mind. Senator Dubois, of Idaho, when practicing law in Boise City, was sternly reprimanded by a local judge because of alleged contempt of court, and was fined $50. The next day, according to a cus tom followed in the Idaho courts, the judge called upon Mr. Dubois to occu py the bench for him during the trans action of some comparatively unim portant business. After the judge's departure from the court room Mr. Dubois exhibited an Instance of that remarkable presence of mind for which he has ever been noted. The future senator said to the clerk of the court: "Turning to the record of this court for yesterday, Mr. Clerk, you will ob serve recorded a fine of $50 against one Frederick T. Dubois. You will kindly make a note to the effect that such fine has been remitted by order of the court."—Saturday Evening Post. Still Make Rods of Snake*. In a recent volume on the snakes of Egypt, Hlppolyte Boussac states that the trick referrred to in the Scriptures of changing a snake into a rod is still practiced by the snake charmers. They touch the snake at a certain place in the neck, when it falls into a cataleptic condition and becomes straight and stiff. It is then restored to its former condition by taking its tail between the hands and firmly rolling. 1