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OurAjm: To Tell the Truth, Obey the Law, and Make Money. Our Motto: Talk for Home, Work for Home, and Fight for Home.
VOL. 30. OKOLONA, MISS., WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 1902. NO. 23."
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HE so-called Aberdeen Group as
sociation case filed before the I utcr
State Commerce Commission
against the M. & O. Railroad, was
given an opportunity to air itself
fully at Colnmbus, this Btate, last
week, where one of the Commis
sioners, Hon. John C. Clemens, opened his court to
take the evidence. Thursday and Friday was con
sumed in the hearing of, principally, John Allen,
of Tupelo, who was fortunate enough to get himself
hired as attorney by the group to bring the case
named, as their attorney.
Our readers are already aware of the issues in
volved in this controversy, which in our judgement,
can only result in Mr. John Allen securing a big at
torney's fee without returning to his clients any
thing more than a sore disappointment for their
trouble and money expended.
If will be remembered that a couple of years ago,
the towns of Tupelo, West Point, Aberbeen, and
Columbus obtained a concession from the railroad
for a special rate on some kinds of freight, under
the plea that they were competing points, that is
had other railroads, and because their merchants
desired to do a jobbing business. This rate operat
ed seriously to the detriment of other towns of
equal importance, of which Okolona was numbered,
and the railroad officials at once found themselves
against a serious proposition from the other towns.
Qkolona, Macon, Booneville and other points which
had only the one line of road, complained that to
give these towns lower rates and withhold the same
concessions from them was an injustice to towns
which were giving the M. & O. all their business
while the others were naturally dividing their busi
ness with other lines touching them. The matter
was taken up for re adjustment by the railroad offi
cials, and as they could not afford to lower all the
other points to the same basis given to the first
towns named, the rates were equalized by putting all
on the same basis, at a higher rate than had been
charged the complainant in the controversy now be
fore the Commission.
The raise in rates, or in other words, the placing
of Tupelo, WeBt Point and Aberdeen, especially on
the Bame rates with Okolona, caused these towns to
have a etiious attack of that which is known as howl.
John Allen saw an opportunity to secure a good law
fee and he at once counselled the dissatisfied town
and was employed to bring a case before the Inter
state Commerce Commission. This was not brought
however, until after Mr. J. C. Klncannon, a mem
ber of the Mississippi railroad commission, who re
sides at Tupelo, had sought to frighten the railroad
people by making a motion before the state board of
which he was a member to insist upon the attorney
general bringing suit to annul the sale of the M. &
O. railroad to the Southern. Tne first proceeding
met the fate, of course, that might be expected, as
Mr. Kincannon was unable to get his colleagues to
see their way clear in interfering just to please the
whims of a few schemers at Tupelo, West Point and
Colnmbus. (The facts are that very few people at
Aberdeen have taken any noticeable interest or
stock in the position taken by the group bearing
the name of their town.)
Silted to a plain a, b, c basis, and purged of all
the grand stand plays of John Allen, there is sim
ply this in the issue: With the low rates enjoyed
for a time, the towns of Tupelo, Aberdeen and
West Point were able to draw a little trade from
territory that has been supplied for many years by
Okolona, provided the Okolona merchants were
compelled to pay a higher rate of freight, as they
were for a time. This was an injustice to Okolona
which the M. & O. officials soon discovered when
their attention was directed to it, and as this town
had been paying their road more direct freight than
either of the other points named, it was naturally
soon remedied. Okolona asked only for an equita
ble adjustment of freight rates and this was only
afforded. Some of our neighbors who have organ
ized themselves into an aisociation known as the
Aberdeen group were seemingly cot satisfied with
such an adjustment, and hence must stand branded
as asking for the best of the bargain with their
neighbors. Because of this position, the hearing of
last week was finally brought on.
We have from time to time called attention to the
progress or rather the efforts made by this Aber
deen group. The farther it is advanced, the more
every honest minded individual most be convinced
of the selfishness and unfairness of those who are
pushing the issue. Much stress is placed upon an
attempt made by Mr. John Allen to play upon the
differences between the freight schedules made for
(he interior points along the railroad and such
points as Mobile, St. Louis and Cairo. This, in
short was the point upon which John Allen treated
the conrt with a harangue lasting two days last
week at Columbus. Officers of the railroad were of
course summoned as winesses, and were placed on
the stand, bnt instead of being content with asking
them questions and leaving them to answer them,
Mr. Allen distorted his questions, and endeavored
to suggest his own answers in whatever manner he
divined would make the best showing for his com
plaint. About all the testifying in fact, was done
by John, and whether he wins bis case or not, it is
probable, from the showing he made, that his em
ployers will be willing to pay him his fee even
though be may never have had a ghost of a show of
making anything out of the case more than
a grand stand play.
The declaration of peace between the British and
Boers is indeed a source of gratification to the civi
lized world. No matter at what cost to either par
ty to such a controversy, it is better that an end be
found to the slaughter and waste that has been go
ing on for more than two years in one of the finest
sections of country the sun shines on in its daily
course. The terms of the negotiations are not of
course all that the patriotic Boers could desire, yet
they retain their identity far enough to gratify the
soul of even as brave a people as they have proven
themselves to be, for in summing up the controversy,
with the unmeasured o lds that have been against
them, they are in a much more congratulatory atti
tude than are their foes, who can scarcely take
refuge behind any claim of humane concessions
made in the adjustment. The world knows that
England never concedes a point if it is possible to
crush a foe, hence it will understand that whatever
rights in the premises the Boers have been able to
secure have come from their unquestioned courage,
their tact and bravery, all of which have combined
to demonstrate to the powerful foe. they have con
fronted that even little powers in the right must
sometimes be respected.
There are few people who reach their mxjority but
down deep in their heart actually believe they
could do any given piece of work they observe in
the hands of another better than he who is handling
it does the work. Especially is this true of the
view people generally take of the newspaper. Al
most anyone not in the business could give the edi
tor pointers how to run the paper. The Messenger
realizing that there may be more truth than is gen
erally believed in this position, is always willing to
make a test. For this and other reasons, the editor
of The Messenger has offered to permit the three
resident ministers of Okolona to edit the paper for
the four issues in June, writing whatever they
desire to print, the only restriction placed on them
being that each sign his name to his own articles,
and that if the start is made that they continue the
work for the full four weeks. Whether the offer
will be accepted, we feel that there are three minis
ters in this state who cannot in future contend
that the secular press is unfair with them.
The Republicans of Kansas, in state convention
the other day, nominated a man for state treasurer
who had been branded as a thief by the commis
sioners of his own county, by the Republican paper
of his own county and by the records of the office of
the county clerk, which office he held for years be
fore pushing himself forward for the state nomina
tion. 'Since the fusion in Kansas has practically
destroyed all formidable opposition to the Republi
can party, the managers have again become daring
and propose to reward their workers, no matter what
sort of records they must confront. It is this kind
of abuse by political parties which must ultimately
cause the people to take matters of state into their
own hands and cease to blindly follow partisan
It really eeems strange that the Democrats in an
hour like the present, when their opponents in con
gress are sadly plunging in the dark, have not the
genius and statesmanship to come forward with
some logical solution of soma of the knotty ques
tions involved and scor a victory for the honor c!
their time serving party organization. But the
Democrat of today ia not a deep planner, except to
hold his job and his salary, just like a Republican
plans and figures to held ca to what he hss secured
in the Bame line.
IIURCH and etate have been inter
ested in all ages in the educational
institutions of the day. Since the
discovery of a system by which in
formation conld be made manifest
through the upe of characters or
letters the masses haye been enthu
siastic for the highest possible
methods of obtaining the advantages of education.
In former years the education of the man, without
much attention being given to the woman, was the
principal thought, but since the rapid growth of the
idea that women are not merely daughters of
men, the importance of their higher knowledge of
letters as well as of affairs has inspired the growth
of institutions fit and especially adapted to their
It remained, however, for Mississippi, a state
making perhaps the least pretensions of any one
of the sisterhood, to step forward with the leading
institution of the day for the reception, care and ed
ucation of the young women of the land. The In
dustrial Institute and College, located in the hand
some little city of Columbia, on the banks of the
Tombigbee River, stands today the peer if not the
superior of any educational institution for young
ladies, in this or any other country.
While the improvements for the accommodation
of the pupils in this great institution are still wholly
inequal to the demands made upon them, the seven
teen years of successful work of the institution has
demonstrated that, in good bands, the institution is
one which must inspire the heart of every Miss
isslppian, and command the respect and most cor
dial support of the legislature and the state gener
ally. When the Industrial Institute and College was
established, the city of Columbus presented the
State with buildings and grounds worth a greater
aggregate sum than the state has Bince expended in
the enlargement of the great college, yet the rapidi
ty with which the institution is growing in popular
favor, the effeciency of its broad educational courses,
and the constantly increasing demands made upon
it by the best people of the state, without regard to
location, is sufficient to brush aside any prejudice
that may have existed in the past and assure the
managers of the great school that in future years
there will be no occasion for complaint at the
meagreness of the appropriation for its maintain
ance. Pig herded politicians, even, who have im
agined in the past that they might score a point
with the taxpayers by opposing liberal appropria
tions for this and other institutions, will not dare
in future to resort to any such cheap work. The
people are for the institution, because of the good
work it performs, and tofurther stand in the way of
its growth is the most suicidal piece of political
jugglery to be imagined.
In this great school there have been enrolled the
past year in round numbers 500 young ladies. There
they are cared for and guarded as carefully, if not
more carefully, than in most of their homes. The
course of study offered them is so thorough, so ably
adjusted and in the hands of such competent in
structors as to warrant each and every one who
will give the requisite application to the work, an
education fitting them absolutely for any position
in educational life.
It was a pleasure unquestionable to be permitted
to personally inspect the Industrial Institute and
College, one day last week, in company with Mr.
H. L. Morrison, president of the Okolona Commer
cial Club, Hon. Frank B. Evans, editor of the Me
ridian Press, and Hon. J. T. Senter, editor of the
Columbus Commercial. The party was escorted
through the institution by one of the charming lady
members of the faculty, Miss
and the various departments were made plain
through her careful descriptions.
The facilities provided for the living of the at
tendants as well as the courses of study are all of
the most modern and advanced selection. The sys
tematic manner in which so many are housed, fed
and cared for in health or in sickness ia a guarantee
te every parent whose daughter is entrusted to the
insUlation. In addition to the faculty in the edu
cational departments, composed of the best educa
tors that can be secured, a most elegantly appointed
hospital stands near the main buildicg, to which
papi'sare taken and cared for when indisposed, and
this, too, is in the most capable hands.
Over the entire institution, Prof. A. A. Kincan
non, m superintendent, has demonstrated his sa
preme fitness for the place, aud won a standing, by
his good work, in the hearts of the peoj.le of the
state generally, as well as the parents of the young
ladies there, especially, second to none other occu
pying a similar position in the United States.
There is no well founded plan to ascertain just
how many times Governor Davis, of Arkansas, has
been drunk aud disorderly, nor how much he has
squandered in gambling of late, but it is a certainty
that-the church of which he was a member, has fired
him bodily and in such a manner as to practically
say to all other churches that he is not eligible to
nieinbersnip in any of them. For hi sins he lias
been turned out of the church, and so far as was
in the power of the Baptist organization to which
he belonged, he has been besmeared acd branded as
a sinner of ripe disfavor. Of course, it is impossible
for an ordinary plodder on the outside of church
affiliation to assume to be accurate in any conclu
sion in a matter of this kind, but as we read in our
own awkward way and as diverse ministers have
often declared, if we properly canght their asser
tions, the church is an organization calculated to
persuade sinners to discard their bad habits and
wend their way toward Christ. We have often been
in sympathy with many church organization because
of the persistence of prominent members of their
congregations doing tb very things for which dov-
ernor Davis has lately been fired out ef the church,
but in our ignorance the convictioa could not be
suppressed that such tolerence was in keeping with
the divine idea that while the light should hold out
to burn the vilest sinner might return. It has al
way been our idea thai the cbnrch should be toler
ant, but in this day, when it is more political than
religious, perhaps toleration depends largely upon
the political views and surroundings of the ac
cursed, when charges for sinning are lodged. But,
we make one prediction: this unwarranted position
taken by the Baptist church of Arkansas will have
more influence to make Jeff Davis his own successor
as Governor of that state than any other power that
could have been bought to bear, and everybody that
knows anything at all about Arkansas politics un
derstands that all this firing out of the church busi
ness has been prompted with more of a political
motive than in any desire to save a sinking soul
for Christ.
The money question is always a live one.' While
this paper has never changed its viewa on the con
tention that the best thing for the prosperity of all
the people in this country 'would be the adoption cf
a stable aud flexible currency printed on paper
alone and based upon the credit of all the people of
the land, yet it seems that any hope of soon reach
ing such a solution of the problem is far from view
at the present moment. The fellows who manipu
late the policies of goverment continue to find some
thing tJ engage the minds of the people so as to
indefinitely postpone any serious consideration cf a
question more important to them than all others
combined. For a time it was the tariff, later tariff
reform, then the burning silver question, and now it
seems to be the Philippine and Cuban question-''
Next perhaps we will have a re-submission o'fYe
fifteenth amendment of the Constitution, aakiif c r
its repeal, and then the Lord only knows what will
come next. The money question goes over of cour
under the rules, and yet every hour in the C jf
every day in the week and every week in the jt , r
all of us are dragged from all other callings cf to
wrestle againot a gigantic fraud of the basic i y
money principle, to try and find euau'io ; y
bills and keep the cart rolling. "7 V
Has any. one ever intimated to you that a t u
back dollar carrying the stamp of the United : t 3
government upon it would not purchase an ; jy
pounds of meat or as many bananas or as :
flour or meal in the Philippines, as will a ; f
gold with the same government stamp upon i . :
on your life. The cry is all against the silv
lar made in Mexico and caryicg tha stamp t '
solvent country on its face. Wherever Um : s
money floats, whether it be on gold or c
it is recognized as good for 100 cents o i tL
mark printed on it. How carefully all t 5 s
money sharks strive to keep this fu t
public, but even now, when the money .
fathoms deep under public consideration.' :
as well to remember this phrase of the v
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The Government Agricultural Burea-' :
iegton sent out its monthly report on cot:
day at noon, which shows a decrease of C
per cest over the sarua mcsth last yeari ?
of growing crop 9j.1 as against SI 5 lat '

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