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% ' *■ " ' ’ ' * " * ■ K ' " : <• .7-..-.., ~ .. . - _ ■ ■ ..■ >_ ___ _ A WEEKLY PAPER WORTH WHILE ; _ N_ "THE LOVE OF COUNTRY GUlDLS." ~ THE ONLY UVE PAPER »~THE COUNI) VOLUME XXXIII WATER VALLEY, YALOBUSHA COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI, FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 1921 NUMBER 3 TIME TO OUT EXTRAW NCE Hon. T. C. Bradford, Prominent Citizen of Oakland, Gives Some Sound Advice to Coun ty Supervisors. —— ■ ■ 11 ■ Oakland, Miss., Jan. 16th., 1921. Dear Barber:— I want to thank you for the ar ticle in last week’s paper. If there was ever a time in theTiistory of the coun try when it was neccssory to curtail some of the useless expenditure of the country, that time is now. In the face of all this it seems there is a determined effort on the part of the parties in authority to spend mon ey for everything possible. In Yal obusha county the condition is bad and getting worse every day. A cer tain element is insisting that we pay a big salary for officers to go over the county and inspect the school children. These officers find out what is wrong, but please tell me where the parent will get the funds to treat the child. We have a Demonstration Agent who ships cattle and hogs, buys fer tilizer, seeds, etc., for the farmers. You understand that in practically every case the farmer must pay cash or give bankable paper. It this farm er or any s.t of them would go to any of the supply houses in Water Valley, Coffeeville, Oakland, or any other town in this county and offer to pay cash for a car load of fertilizer 1 reasonably sure that supply house would be willing to sell as cheaply as the Agent now buys. my ureai uranamotner picnea oer ries and canned them before there was a Home Economic Agent. Gen erations to come will do the same thing years after the myth of the Home Economics Agent has passed. Of course it is figured that it costs us only a few cents to maintain these a gents yet this counts towards extrav agance. The Demonstration agent ships cattle, yet the local buyed near ly always pays more for the same stuff at home. As an illustration an effort was made to ship chickens and eggs on the co-operative plan here. This plan was abandoned because the local buyers paid more for produce cash, than the shipping agent could realize. It seems to me that these agents could see the condition and be willing to get out and work for a living one year. This would cut the expense of the county about one mill. The road situation is deplorable. Men who in private life are honest and honorable seem to think nothing of presenting bills and demanding pay from the county on road work when they know that this work was never half done. And yet in our little town and in the county we find bills after bills piled up when in instance after instance thes^ men who present the bills would not be willing to make an affidavit that they had done an hon est days work. Privately they would not be willing to pay an individual to tvork for them and do the work that they do for the county. The county officers are drawing a better salary than they could make at anything else in the world, yet one will dabble in real estate, another dab ble with a farm, and another do something else while a- deputy does all the work. Of course this deputy is paid by the people, not by the offi cer. I f the Water Valley Bank would employ as many deputies and officers as we do in this county in proportion to the work done, the bank would go broke paying salaries. ^ We are constantly hearing about the underpaid teacher, yet I have long since reached the conclusion that the teacher gets excellent pay for what he does. Can you imagine the Bank of Water Valley or the Bank of^Oak land paying a salary of $2400.00 for a clerk spending most of his time walking up and down'the streets leav ing the work to be done by others? Could you imagine the I. C. R. R. pay ing a clerk a salary of $1500.00 for four years and yet that clerk study ing medicine out of the county? Yet1 Yalobusha County has done this in the name of the school. We are tax ed to maintain an Agricultural High School. This School will get about $11,000.00 from all sources this year. The school will not average over 100 in attendance for the 8 months of school. This means an average of over $110.00 per pupil or nearly $15.00 per month for the sohool year. How long can we stand up under this? This $110.00 would pay the tuition at a good many of the private schools of the state. We had better send these few pupils to some other county, pay their tui tion of say $20.00 per session, and give the balance to pay on their board. If there is any way in the world to stop a waste of funds, a campaign of economy or a campaign of business administration, for the pity of the people, start this. Understand, I am for everything that looks to the uplift of the county, and to the business administration of all things. Now in conclusion let me state that I believe in the following:— A County Agent who is willing to give 10 hours work, six days in the week to his job. Who realizes that he is getting a bigger salary than most of the presidents of the average banks in Mississippi. An Agent who can therefore find things worth while and each month honestly say that he has jearned his salary by working ’•ather than making out reports. I believe in a Home Economics Agent, provided she can get out a mong the people, be one of them and find things to do that are worth while. The time for berry camps, yells songs making aprons, and the instruction in innocence of the country girl is a thing of the past. The Ford car has done more to educate her than all the H. E. A. in Mississippi. The present innocent country girl of a few years ago can give her mother all four aces Kings, Queens, Jacks and half the trumps, and then beat her at most any game. Glory to her, but for God’s sake teach her something more ele cting and useful than a few stale stereotyped yells and songs. As a suggestion, organize the country girls and their city cousin into students of citizenship. Teach them to distin guish between a dollar made by hard work and intelligence as compared with a dollar from the public trough. I believe in a County A. H. S. On account of the immense cost in this school and on account further of the fact that every teacher in it is well paid, board at cost being considered, l believe that every teacher should stick to'the school. All expenditures except the salaries of the teachers should be stopped. If the school farm cannot take care of its expenses, then turn it into a pasture and pay a few dollars to keep the weeds cut. Put in a course of study that is worth while. With the cost attached if this school cannot give a course, of study equal to the course at Water Valley, Grenada, or Charleston, then we are not getting our children edu cated, merely passed' to higher grades. I would like very much to see the bud get the course of study and the pay of teachers of all these schools com pared, especially the course of study and the requirments of a pupil. We could well afford to pay the principal of this school and each of his teach ers at least 50 per cent more than they are getting, provided they gave to the children of this county an ed ucation equal to the best of the state. I believe in a County Health Unit. But let this unit give something in re turn for its pay besides reports. I believe in Yalobusha County be cause I live in it, my home is here, I pay tax here, and expect to be buried here. I am not after a single office in this county. I fed at the public trough myself for five years. At present I am making a better salary than the A. H. S., the H. E. A., or the C. D. A. I am not after the jobs of any of these people nor would I have the places if tendered me on a silver plate. I am working hard, bringing $100.00 into Yalobusha County for every dollar that I take out. All that I want is that every body go to work, cut down useless ex pense, have a business administration in all things, let no man or woman de mand unreasonable pay, put in every hour possible in the upbuilding of Yalobusha County. Now go to it. Make a plain state ment each week of the useless ex penses of the county. Publish this if you want to do, but do something. Here’s HOPING. , ‘ T. C. BRADFORD PAPER FROM FAT PINE There has been a paper mill in oper ation at Bogalusa, La., for some time where many grades of pap«-r have made from fat pine wood and the suc cess attending the experiment hns been sufficient to warrant the oper ators to make extensions. Four new mills will be erected at once, each as large as the present plant, and the manufacture of paper will be enRajyed in on an extensive scale. The four new mills represent a cost of $8,000, 000. MISSISSIPPI MAY BE NEXT GREAT OIL PRODUCING STATE Fifteen Test Wells Now Being Drilled in Various Sections. (From The Oil World.) COLUMBUS, Miss., Jan. 14.—Is Mississippi to be an oil state? This question undoubtedly will be answer ed within the next few months. There are, in all, 15 test wells now under way in this state, and a few of them are making favorable reports. The well at "Winona” is down at 3400 feet and is closely under guard. Rumor has it that oil has been struck, but confirmation is lacking. "Meri dian” reports a good flow of gas at 2600 feet and tests at Charleston, Canton and Fayette look very encour aging. The general consensus of o pinion is that all previous tests in the middle and western parts of Mississip pi never were drilled to the required depth, which is estimated at 3800 to 4000 feet. Some geologists claim that the gushers in Louisiana will be duplicated and even surpassed in Mis sissippi whenever the right formation has been struck. This of course means expensive drilling, which under preseent conditions of “|ight money” and the wide range of newly opened “shallop” fields, does not look very attractive to the average wildcat operator. Mississippi people, however, are hopeful of increased activity this year and especially in the northeastern parts of the state. Most geologists agree that the Pennsylvania forma tion continues in a direct line through Mississippi, entering the state through Monroe and Lowndes counties, and continuing in a southwesterly direc tion down to Natchez and into Louis iana. Furthermore, it is claimed thart the distribution of the Pennsylvania rock in Alabama is such as would war rant the belief that these beds may be encountered beneath the Greta ceous and above the Mississippian, even though the latter are the young est consolidated rocks at the surface in the state. A more recent and de tailed survey of Lowndes county hms shown that at least one sand-stone in Mississippi is highly impregnated wit# petroleum. This being correct, it would mean that a shallow field exists in this part of the state. It is estimated that it will be found between the depths of 1800 to 1900 feet. What strengthens this belief <and makes „it look more reasonable is that the general forma tion in Lowdnes county is identical with the Corsicana oil and gas field in Texas. Two test wells have been contract ed for in Lowdenes county near Co lumbus. The first one is no v drilling between 600 and 600 feet. From the geological veiwpoint this is the most interesting test in Mississippi, as it will prove once more how much oil geology has profited by experience in the last decade. The people, of course, are interested in the materia! side of the question. “Oil in Missis sippi” would be tthe salvation of the Magnolia state in view of the collapse of the cotton market. Oil at a medi um shallowd epth would mean a boom equal to the Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas onrush. Therefore, it is only natural that Columbus and vicin ity is in high expectation and that old and new “seepages” in water well? and puddles are recalled and debated every day. The'report from Okolona about 80 miles north of Columbus, that over 200 barrels of high grade oil have been pumped from an old water well at 600 feet, has added fuel to the flame, and many are convin ced that Columbus, Miss., will be the next oil field. — $500,000 PLANT TO DISTILL LIGNITE Concern Buy* 1,000 Acre* Near Texarkana—Will Work Out By-products. TEXARKANA, Ark., Jan. 17.— Some months ago it was announced that a company composed S>f New York capitalists had purchased about 1,000 acres in the Carbondale lignite coal district in Bowie County, about 30 miles southwest of here. Now comes the further announcement, and from a reliable source, that the com pany proposes within a short time to erect a plant on the property for the purpose of distilling oil from the lig nite, making bricks from the lignite after the oil has been distilled from it. Tar, phosphates, dyestuffs and other by-products also probably will be manufactured. It is estimated that the proposed plant will cost about $500,000. The lignite in this field is so near to the surface that no under ground' mining will be necessary, but steam shovels will be used. The thickness of the lignite beds is said to range from seven to nine feet, which exists in practically inexhaustible quantities, it is said. It is understood that the work of constructing the plant will be started within the next sixty days. It is said the new industry will have a monthly pay roll of about $25,000. MEDICAL ASSOCIATE HELD BIG MEETING Six-County Association Met in Water Valley Wednesday— Excellent Program Rendered The Six-County Medical Associa tion, composed of Yalobusha, Mar fhall, Lafayette, Benton, Tippah and Jnion Counties, held one of the best meeting Wednesday in the history of the association. The meeting convened at 1:30 P. M. in the Elks Hall and the session last ed until night. Besides the members of the associ ation the following distinguished phy sicians were present: Dr. W. S. Leathers, Pres. State Board of Health, Dr. Pape of Grenada, Dr. C. M. Shipp State Sanitary Inspector, Dr. .T. J. Cullings and Dr. Willis C. Campbell of Memphis, and others. At the business session the follow ing officers were elected: Dr. S. E. Cooper, president, Water Valley; Dr. H. N. Mayes, vice president, New Albany; Dr. B. E. Guyton, Secty Treas., of Oxford. At the conclusion of the business session the following program was rendered. PROGRAM Invocation_Rev. C. D. Frown. Report of a case of Duodenal Ul cer-Dr. H. N. Mayes, New Al bany. Discussions opened by Drs. E. S. Bramlett, S. E. Cooper, Leo Brown. Some abnormal forms of Tetanus with a report of a case_Dr. L. A. Barnett, Holly Springs. Discussions opened by Drs. J. F. England, I. B. Seale, C. M. Murray. Gall Stones. Report of three cas es-Dr. C. M. Speck, New Alirany. Discussions opened by Drs. Marsh, Geo. Brown, N. G. Gholson. Improvements in the treatment of Typhoid during the past three dec ades-Dr. F. B. Boatner. Potts Camp. Discussions opened by Drs. S E. Eason, G. W. Sisler, H. E. Griffin. Report of a case of Partial Obstruc tion of Intestine-Dr. R. G. Grant, Pctts Camp. Discussions opened by Drs. W. W. Phillips, S. L. Cox, J. S. Donaldson. Intestinal Bacteriology and its i p plication to Clinfral Medicine-_J_Dr. Paul R. Cannon, University. Miss. Discussions opened by Drs. H. R. Carr, Whitman Rowland, M. W. Jack son. Acido3is._^_Dr. N. C. Womack, Jackson, Mississippi. Discussions opened by Drs. P. W. Rowland, Sr, E. S. Wesson, R. M. A.dams. Fractures in and about the Neck of the Femur_Dr. Willis C. Campbell, Memphis. (Lantern Slide Demonstrations.) Discussions opened by Drs. O. G. Coleman, J. C. Culley. Luther New ton. Discussions of present knowledge of Tuberculosis-Dr. Henry Bos well, Sanatorium. Discussions opened by Drs. W. S. Leathers, C. M. Shipp, A. D. Tisdale. (Papers are limited to 20 minutes, and discussions to 5 minutes.) At the conclusion of the program a fine banquet was enjoyed at the New Herring Hotel, Mrs. Weatherly the proprietress being assisted by Mrs. S. E. Cooper, Mrs. G. W. Sisler, Mrs. S. L. Cox, Mrs. H. R. Carr, Mrs. Ida Jones Hervey, Mrs. Russell Byers and Miss Minnie Frederick, all well known society leaders of the city. OXFORD MUNICIPAL AFFAIRSARE AIRED Ouster Is Again Instituted Against Mayor and Commis sioners. OXFORD, Miss., Jan. 16.—The municipal affairs of Oxford are n gain to be aired in the courts. 0. B. Boofie et al. have again instituted an ouster suit against Commissioners Louis Stephens and T. J. Metts and Mayor E. E. Temple. These proceed ings were filed before Judge Long of the Corinth district on the statement that Judge Roane of this district was out of the state and Judge Long has set Friday, Jan. 21, as the date of the hearing in Corinth. Mayes & Potter are attorneys for complainants and Andrews & Bryan of Oxford'will again defend the suit for Mayor and commissioners. In the meantime a special election for a mayor to succeed E. E. Temple, resigned, has been called by the com missioners, and this election is to be held next Friday. Mr. Boone was appointed mayor on the demoting proclamation of Gov. Russell in the fall, and this is his sec ond appointment as mayor by Gov. Russell. _ CARD OF THANKS We take this means to thank all our dear friends and neighbors for all the services, kind acts and loving thoughts, during our troubles through sickness during the past few months; also for remembering our dear little children through the holidays. We pray to God to shower the same blessings on one and all. MR. AND MRS. C. R. ROBINSON AND CHILDREN i HON. MOODY PRICE, MERIDIAN ATTY., MURDERED Hacked to Pieces As He Lay in Bed Asleep by the Side of His Wife by Two Unkndira Assassins; Wife Also Receiv ed Terrific Blow MERIDIAN, Miss., Jan. 14.—At 1:30 p’clock this morning Moody Price, prominent lawyer and up to a few j weeks ago United States Land Com-; rcissioner was foully murdered as he slept at his home in this city. Mrs. Price, who was sleeping with Per husband, was awakened by a flashlight thrown in her face and ris ing to a half reclining position she saw two men in the room. She screamed and was dealt a blow over the head but not before she had seen an axe de scend upon her husband’s head. Her husband had raised himself as his wife screamed aTid was hardly awakened when struck. Upstairs, Robert Yarbrough and wife, son-in-law and daughter of the couple, slept, and as the screams rang out Mr. Yarbrough rushed down stairs to find the bloody axe leaing against the wall of the sleeping chamber. Judge Price mortally wounded on the bed Mrs. Price prone and unconcious in the hall and the slayers gone. Phone Wires Cut Efforts to communicate with police officials, physicians and hospital over the telephone proved unavailing, the son-in-law and daughter being unable to raise central. Accordingly alarm was given in other manner and a squad of officers rushed to the scene accompanied by physicians and a few friends and citizens who happened to be out late at night. As daylight came investigation proved that before entering the home the miscreants had cleverly cut the telephone wires so that there could' be no alarm given in that manner. Robbery Not Motive That robbery was not the motive was made evident by police discover ies of a pair of trousers of Judge Price, a filled purse and two revolv ers and the further fact that so far as invesetigation revealed nothing had been stolen from the house. Search is Commenced Immediately after the report of the tragedy spread, little knots of citizens and officers commenced to gather at the Price home and the sherriff im mediately phoned for Gant’s blood hounds to take up the trail. The hounds came as soon as rail and steam could bring them and when they were brought to the house were surrounded by a crowd, which at the curt commands of serious officers stood back while the keen nosed ca nines that have solved so many mys teries sniffed the ground. With a bay they were off on one trail and followed it over a circuit ous route until it was lost on the pub lic highway. Here, reasoned officers and others, is where an automobile was waiting. To make safety doubly sure the hounds were returned to the home where they took up another trail end followed it to the Southern railroad, it is believed bp many that one of the murderers after leaving the Price home went to the Southern tracks while the other went to the waitipg automobile. • The bloodhounds are still held in Meridian, though it is hardly proba ble that they will be used again. A coroner’s jury was empanelled late this afternoon to make an inves tigation of the tragedy and heard some testimony, but tonight recessed until tomorrow morning. Mr*. Price Coherent All day today Mr®. Price, after passing through her terrible ordeal when her husband’s head was literally hacked to pieces, was incoherent, but tonight rallied and was able to maj^e a coherent statement in which she re lated waking when the light was thrown in her face, screaming as she saw the intruders and seeing Judge Price sit up in bed. She did not see the faces of the men but saw outlines of two forms. , After the discovery of the tragedy and the flight of the murderers, Tudge Price lived two hours but never regained consciousness, his head hav ing been hacked in a dozen places. Any one of the blows would have proven fatal. Wa* Prominent Man Judge Price was a prominent man. had practiced law in this city, and for some time was clerk of the Fed eral Court and United States Commis sioner. He resigned these posts some lays ago and Peter Stubblefield of Fazoo City was named in his stead. While Judge Price was not without anemies, no one here can conceive of »ny one having sufficient grudge igainst him to desire to perpetrate such a crime, pronounced by police, easily the worst in Meridian’s history. Tonight while serious, yet excited nen are discussing the affair the the >ry has bpen more than once advanc jd that it Is possible some moonshin srs he had held to the Federal grand ury were still smarting and took this neans of disposing of the man they •egarded as at least partially respon sible for their troubles. on WELL NEWS FROM MISSISSIPPI I--—-=r—* — su WINONA WELL It is reported that the Preston Oil Company have struck oil in their well at Winona. The Preston people have the well closely guarded and are not giving out any information whatever. However, the company has unloaded a large lot of steel cab’e and on Wed nesday a car load of cable tools ar rived and Thursday the company was busy transporting the new machinery and a car load of casing to the drilling site. Oil men say this is significant. The*Winona Times savs the well is down about 3800, that the bit stopped on a rock and that above this rock an oil showing was had. That it is the intention of the company to test out this showing as sObn as necessary equipment arrives, and if it doesn’t prove to be of commercial quantity, the drilling will proceed through the rock. The next ten days should tell whether this well will fce a producer or not. HOUSTON WELL The Harley Development no. have ordered a rig and derrick timbers to be shipped to Thelma, 9 mile3 north of Hcuston, where they intend to put down a well. The drill-site location is in the S. E. 1-4 of Sec. 8, Twp. 13, I R- 3, E. on the Will Flaherty !ands. Contract let for a 3000 test, will be gin the erection of the derrick about Feb. 1st. Several Geologists of note have passed on this especial part of Chickasaw County.^ The drill she is on an arrow line, 14 miles southwest of the College Well at Okolona, that has a showing of high grade oil. at 520 feet. Mr. G. W. Murray, a noted geolo gist, states that he has spent several months making a survey of Mississip pi and south Alabama, and that be found the evidence of both oil and gases at this point more satisfactory than in any other district he inspect ed. Mr. Murray has a national ,*epuNa tion as a petroleum geologist, was the first to discover oil in Illinois «nd Ok 'ahoma, Midway fields in California, Crichton, Red River Pool, La., I,a trobe, S. A., Winchester, Ky., Des demonia, and North Buvkhurnett, Texas. In speaking of oil in North Mississippi Mr. Murray says: “To say that Mississippi has oil would only be speaking the divine laws of nature; if Chickasaw county has no petro’eum sands of commercial value then the divine laws of nature are not to he reckoned with. We have faith enough that we are going to give it a trial.” WAS CHARLESTON WELL A FAIR TEST? Interested parties keep isking the question, “ Do you believe the oil well (Newton No. 1) at Paynes near Charleston was a fair test?” So many asked us the question that we began to seek information from among well-informed oil men, and the majority of them are inclined to be lieve the test good as far as they went with the drill. The Charleston Oil & Gas Company gave out the statement that drilling stopped at 3200 feet be cause of lack of funds. The well was filled with heavy mud and plug?ed at the top. It is reported that the Com pany is making an endeavor to get the farmers to waive rentals due on the leased lands and if successful then an effort will be made to drill the ho’e deeper. Geologists claim that the Tuscaloosa sands should be en countered at a depth of about 4000 feet—This is the sands which oil men are banking on to supply oil in this part of Mississippi. —" » ■■ WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT WATER VALLEY REAL SOON LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Jan. 17.— Fof the past two or three days Little Rock hotels have been crowded with oil prospectors from Texas, Louisi ana, Oklahoma, and other states on their way to the El Dorado oil fields. The Rock Island and Iron Mountain trains, leaving Little Rock at mid night, are crowded to capacity diily. Parties returning from El Dorado state that it is almost impossible to secure sleeping quarters, but the cit izens pf the town are doing every thing in their power to make viaitois as comfortable as possible. 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