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ur rnwvi y K. M AYKKS, Proprietor. LOVE FOR OUK FKIEXDS; COURTESY FOR ALL; FEAR FOUNOXE. Tonus Two Dollars per Year in Advance. VOLUME".?. 8CUANTON, MISSISSIPPI, FIJI DAY, APKIIj 10,1807. NUMUEK 0. THE COURTS. THE REGULAR TERMS. Circuit Court 2nd Dist. SAMCKI. II. TKKKAL, JniK. WA 1.1 A wni'l'K. instinct Attdiixky. In n. . iniiitv "f Wume cm llio sernnil Monday i liimin ami .1 ! v awl continue six .lays. lillif"""" "'' v"1'1 U,v''r M''"'M" , r anil ( )i ti)x'l Blidciinliliuc six days. In thi" nit v "f Minimi, sci-iind district, Oil till) I Hi M.,ti.l:i .if taim nrv Mini -I ill v ami tiinin '! ,ii In tin' Hint district mi the Hint Monthly i ,'l.iuai v in"! Annus! mill nmlinnx nix days I , Hi,, i niiiitv i.r Clarke mi tin-Hi'i'iiml Mmiilay I , In ii.irv anil .V must mi J continue twel 'i liny. In iln-1 'nil' v "f .I)ht mi I In-Hint Monday of ,1 lr .,,,,1 Si-iiti inl'i r anil continue twelve iIhvk. , mi v nl' llli'i'tii' mi Ill'' ainaiuil Mnnilliy f m , , , I, ami S..nl.'inlii'1'iinil rnnlinili' six ilaya. lull,,, iniinlv nl lliinriH-k nil the fourth Miilltlay nf M.n anil Xiivi iiiIiit anil i tinni' nix thus. hi . i niinlv ill' Harrison nil tin' second Monday t Vu mnl N'livi'iniii'i-aiiil continue six thus. liiil,,. , miiiiIv ,'f .lark anil "ii llin limit h .Mnnilliy ol A)M il null IMiiInt, ami c.ilitiiiiletwclvu dJ's. . Chancery Court 2d Dist. N. .'. HIM.. CN.XrFl.l,OR. Inllin ounlviif Penrl HIvit mi the first, Hiiilay uf .liiiiuiiry mid July anil continue i if, vs. "in mnity nf Miirlnn first . il Unlet, nn II,,, s mil M.iniliiy nf .Inmiiiry anil .Inly inul r.inliniM' six ilavs. In tin' si'i'iinil tllsti'ii't. on Hi,, ililnl Mnmlay uf Juiiiinry unit July ami I'lint iiiim six days. Iinh. i nt v nf Huneock on Mm fourth Mmiihiy of Juiiuary mnl July und continue S'n ilit" I'niiiilv of llnrrlson on the first Muitti : v uf I'l'hrimry unil August mnl con tlmii'six .In. vs. hi Hit' county of .luclison on the soi'oiul Monday of Felirunry anil August und 1:011 tiiiu,. six days. In thf t'linnly of Wuyne on the sri'onil Mnmlay of dune ami December, mnl emit In uf i (lav s. In 1 in- i'iniiiiy nf .lones on thr llrst Mi mil 11 v nfMovli mid Scptomlicr anil continue six d:i vs. lii tin unty of .limes on Ilit1 first Monday nf March anil September anil continue six d.-ivs. In thf t'miiitv of Jasper on the second Miiti'i.iv of March mid September mill eoii lllllir six tlavs. ! 1 In- i-iiiiiitvof Perry held In Augusta, tltf 1 i r-1 District. 1111 the third Monday of M nvh a ',,1 S'iiIi'iiiIht and continue six (lays. In tlie town nf llattli'sdurir. the Second Dis trict., ,11 ihelir-t M lay of June mid lieccm- ti,.r and 11 1 1 1 1 i 11 114- six (lavs. In Hi ily of Smith on the fourth Mon- driv ,,f I;iri'h and Septeinlier, 1111(1 continue liit;iV-. Intl unity of (Iret'iie on Thursday after t)ii'MV.,h, .M, 111, lay of April and October and culm Uf I Ii ret' ita y- Inn, inly of ( ', 1 vi uirtoii on Hie fourth Mntulay in April and October and cunt inuc si (la Vs. In II inintv of Newton on the llrst Mon- d iv nf April ami Novo nilier and continue six d.i'v-. In the coiinly of l.aiulf rdalc on the llrsl M lay nf May ami Nuvenili'T and continue tivnii v - fiinr da vs. In tli 111 my of I MarUe on I h" third Mnli- d iv nf nril ami N o vein tier and etui t in ue six davs Secret Societies. Sl'ltANTIiN. ' 1 11 11 I1'. Si'rantou l.odire n. 4."i. inPftsev frv Tin -,l:iy I'veniiiL' at (I1I1I r'cllnvvs' Hall al I :iiio'cloci; T. I', liatti. N. J.; II. S, ItourUe. I, .,-.f t 1 1 y. S'Tanliin Km'ainiliii" lit No. ;t:J. inft'lsevery id 1M1I tth I'liiliiv t'VetliiiL' ill (Hid I'elloivs' Hall al ;:: 111 lock. .1. S. l'orlls. I'. P.; II. S. liniirl,,.. scribe. Kni.'liisuf I'vlliias. Mississippi l-odce No. fi' niffts vi-i v 'I'litii'sday I'vi-ninir at. Oiltl I't-llnivs' Hall al T::i(i u'clnck. K. I., hindinaer. I'.l'.: II I' HliHMie. M. nf I'" Si l. of It. - S V. A M . liulf l.oil'.'e No. 41!i. meets '.'ml Wi'ihicsilavs In each niniilh at Udd bellows' Hall. In is N' lsiin. W. M.: Win. (i. Piirker. I'Trlarv. W, mill, if n nf the World. Scrantnti Camp No. H I' H. lli'i lil. ('. ('.; .lolni . Morgan, A. I..; II 1'. Ilnmiu', Clerk. MDSS POINT. Tli,- fc.llmviin; ,irilf rs nifi't in Slt'wm t's new lull : M,'s. l'.,inl ,t.ji. Nn. 117. 1. (I. II. K.-Kvtrv Wini.lav ninlit. M M. Waikiiia, N (I. : A. II. Sniltli. V. i;.; .1 11 Chainlit'iliii, SiTii'tnri. Msh Point Kiii'.nnpini'nt Xn. is Kii-st ainl third Kiitlavniiilila M. M. WnlkliiH. I). l'.iN.M. full atiae. II. I'.; ,1. V. Slfwiill. mllhe. fast :i.,,itla ,o,o,. u A F A A. M. Hvi'll tliihl Satnlthiv llilit. Ii. W.O'Xiil, V. M.; II. II. Wood, St, 1,'tut y. fn'iiL'onla Siniite Nn. 4.fi Anrielit Esseliir 0i,1,..-Kvi.iv Ht-ciiitl itiiil fointli 'rnt-silavs in eacli mt'iitli . T. W. Aihinia, sfiiior Bfiiiilnr; J. J. Alcln Mi. S' l ivlary. W lim n of the Win M, Nn. r,.a. Sei'iiml ami f'llitll KriilnvH ill ca ll llllllttll, Tliott. Si.llt'i'l'. S,.rr,.t.iiv; II. C. Hi'i-linu, Cinislll I'liiiiiiiiiinh'r; M. M vvmi(liWi Advinci 1,'u'itti'iiiiiit; T. V. Ad ams, elern. . I'liaiiter Nn. Iiw. meets every seeoiiu Satur Ineiu'li 1 II,. II. L. lloivze, II. P.;C. II. "will. Seeri'liiry. inlf l,mli. No. 'J44. Knlnhts of Honor, meets si',-mnl and fottrili Saliirtlav nliht.s in 'u li innnili. v. I'red llerrln. Iilctatoi'. Kliinlitaiifl'vlllina, Moss Point, tntlgil No. 11". iii,',i. i-vrn lit st nml thirtl 'I'lieailar "l Stfiiit i Hall (il 7 :ill,,V, R. K. M. Jnlinni'ill, 0. C. '"'It K. It. s. nml J. K. W- I'liarles l,,lKe, A. !'. &. A. M.. No- IH" "'snlar I'niiiiiiiiiilciiiiuii llrst Wi'duesiliiv I'1-'!1 of cafh iniinih. Kor lecture third "'(liicMhy, st. .Inbn's days. Annual ruin inliiit'iillwo)h ,)( ,UIUM1M(1 Ttli of llei-i'in-nf eiii'li year. C. S. t'Ol.LAKl). W M. 1 Hli.l.. Secretary. KSCATA WPA. 'ai'k'f K. nf H. Nn. :ill.'i h iltlii roiiiitiir ineetiim" ..... ,.111, a,,,) i, mi) -s.,tlt.,i)VH in t.n,.ii miimii. ' ll"i;i'l, lliftator; Philip DuviH, Kepolter. Ol'KAN BPKISUS. Opcan Spnnjrs I.fultre Nn. 5B K. uf P. W. J- iliieleave, (. ('.; A. p. K-lllili, V. (.-. (). K'liinsr, I'.; Ii. I,. Tiiv.lv, M.nf M.i R. H. Wic .""", M. id A.j W. I.orei.jen, I. U.i C. W. Madman, (I. (1. ' VANCI.KAVE. tli,.'!?".'''"1'' N11. 4.11. meets Saturday before Mi J 11 h,'iiv 111 '' month "I Viincl.'iive. Mary . M. T. (.'. ltuhlf. Seu- IIMSV. laiYt..KlseX421, A. F. A. M., meela "- ,11 in-lorn- tinni Siimlay 111 each inoiilli. j " ""Wi W. M.i II, 0. Klurrv. Serrelnry. Morris Jacobs, Merchant Tailor, Kf'KANTON, MISS., Gents' Piimishinir Goods HATS. CAPS AND SHOES. Dyeing and Cleaning , I'KOPKKI.Y D0XK. SCRANTON PHARMACY m M. VRA Y0PS0, lrti Ut4r, IMC""" "'J' Hl-ij.m'HHI, 'iKreha Avenue SCIIIANTdS.'MIS, Me,llcln and Oh.mlcali, Funcy nd Phv. Article. Sundries. '."MniiVI',,.,,,,.,,,,,,, r;lri,rilv )ul A,,cm,lt,., mm mm Is nuw prcpiirrd to rt'ei-lve frt'lttlits 11 ml p:isN(ni;t'rs fur nil points un the PASCAGOULA RIVER bitWLHti Scran tun and Iilxon's mill, if water prnuItN. Hti'amt'r wilt li'.Lvu Scnintiiii (MHchnll's whurf. TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS. l'or riitis or further particulars, address MERCHANTS' TRASSPORTATIOS CO, SCRANTQN. MISS. Man li '.ii. 1KUT. 6-lv flDC VOI I IN NEED OF GOOD &JOB 4?i SPRINTING? I THE DEMOCRAT-STAR Jul) Print init (ifllfc is ? fully fiiuipptiil witli i& evi'iytliinu iiwi'ssiiry fur "tiirninif out the tfi best of work in Ihcij'f most uiudcrn stylo of lUL'illl.. f jJilUHlHlljKUlillj WIM. nntftrnn m 1 1 innntr Such as letter. notcT mil bill heads we tfiiaranH'e satisl'ac- .J, 45? Hon as to style ana tt siationciy. f MISCELLANEOUS. Wcddinsj and visiting 'i cards. ball invitat ions, book and post ur work, T price-lists, circulars, 4i tajrs, etc., etc. ML ORDERS .A. It Will ,.,.ivn n.irnflil ami proinpt nllcntion i? fur any work in our 44 line. .A V. SKXI) CS YOUIl Ol'.DEIlS. ji. '1. .fk it: . if. . .f if, if. .ti .4; - m v ?Jr tI? v v ? 1? ?r ?? v v t v IM BUSINESS III DIRECTORY. SCICANTOX STAT K ISANK, Capilal (in nl in .','."1.111111. Siiiilus $Ti,llO(l. O. KANDAI.I,. Piesiileul ; II. M. 1'l.fxlMKI!. C'llsliiel ALIiliXA SAl.OU.N (M. V. Ii. Ciiiey. I'roi.) Finn Wines I,iiiioi'.s, Cigais and Tolniccos. Ul.t.'i: SI OUK (K. V.illoii. i'lup'r), Di.v Gnoil.i, Nnlions, Slioes ami (.'loiliiii. SMI I'll'-S KA'I IXIJ IIOU.SK. (Mrs. Kli.a Siuilli), I ton id, Loiloino, thstcrs, and Meals at till llllills. SC'KANTON SHIP YAKU, ((ieu. l'lclit.. I'roiuiilor). Vessels llilill mill I.'i'iniil'Cil. MOIil! IS.l :Acdn.s," Mcti'lianl. 'laylor, Cleaning mid Dyciii);. Ii. 1). VALVKKDK. (Ueluiiis Avu.,) Grocer and lliikmy. W. Ii NIX. Groceries. Dry Goods, Shoes, Notions. Clll.'l.S NKI.SON, (l'liiiiitiiii',) Oldest Hit Gnotls and SIioh House. JOHN FOSI'KK & SOX, Gnlf Oysters. Kisli uuil Sliriiiip, 1" n o r ks 1 o . a 1.. S. B. WATTS. l!. II. KVtlUTT. yatts & Everitt, ATTOKNKYS AT LAW, Jlei'l.liun, IXIifd. Piarilrn in nil the eniiita nf Liunlenhde rntuity anil atl.iniiilin; ctiiinllea, ami in the Siiiri'int- mill L'lliti'tl' Slntt'H eollils. Ollit-i-.Ollniiliil Innlilili, iiiiriier Kntll ttl atiei't mill Twenty-Seenliil liveiiut-. 0 I H. Wood, ATTOUXKY AXU COnXSKI.OIt AT I. AW, IVtiiMM 1'iiinr, Mlaa. Practices all the courts of Jackson, Hun ison. Hancock. Perry mnl (.reene. Tuoa. 8. Kuril J. I. Komi. ford & Ford, ATTOKNKYS AND (JOPN'SKt.OIiS AT LAW. H.-rautnn, AliHH Will pnictlco In the coiiniies of .liicltson and Harrison. Olllce-Unu d lor eiist of t'mitv's store ATTOUXKY ANP COl'N'SKI.on AT LAW, Mlt.MiHt.ippi ( Hty. Minn. Practices In all Hit courts of the Second Judicial Histrlct. Qhns. S. Meriwether, ATTOUXKY A Nl C'OI'NSKI.OIt AT 1 AW Soratitmi. MIhw. Office III the Frederic hulIdliiK. near court house. It. 11t.01iMr11t1.il. geal & Bloomneld. ATTOHXKYS AND COrXSKKLOllS AT LAW, H.traiiroit. MiMn. Will practice In nil the court of the Sec ond Judicial District DR. GEO. L. IZARD, Ear, Eye, Nose & Th roa A HPRCIAI.TY. OIIU'C, X. W. Cur. St. Francis unit Conception titrcets. MOBILE, ALABAMA. March IX Slid, My Editorial and Otherwise. The dog laughs with its tail. 01' all ticea the very wurst isait-Tice. Dealli is the only specific for malaria. Insanity is on the increase in this cnuntrr. Khi'iimatisin is soiiK'tliiiii; of a joint affair. Snmelimes man really dues dye for a firl. Snme justices of Ihe peace are like necessity. An timiest dollar is the noblest work of man. A lockout is very rarely successful against ptirerty. The fices of others too nflcn apologize fi r our own. When Greek mecl Turk, then cornea the tun nf pnners. The Mississippi didn't hare to be tuld lo "pet a ninre on." Imitate the cat by keeping your aharp pninls well covered up. The more a man sees of women the more he likes little fills. Suicides nml murders are increasing in this country at a rapid rate. .Mental indigestinn is wurse than physical and much more common. Ruining the price of whisky dues not seem to lower the consumption of it any. Most women would have all llieir teeth pull ed out if it were only the fashion. In cultivating the Ipntato be careful not to throw ton much sand in its eves. Arizona must show a decided reformation be fure she is admitted as a Stale. (Hailstone's legs may be a little bit shaker, but his heart and brain are ull right. MiKinley is very fund of newspaper men. This proves that he has a great head. The Republicans lost several valuable nflices at Hit Chicago city election last week. The elephant is so afraid of rubbers that be a'nays carries his trunk around with him. The most successful ministers are those who ulnars notice when a woman isn't at church. Hei-aiise a Diikuti girl told a suitor she did not love him beset tin- In her parents' home. Filigree is no longer uiaini' uf Detroit, but Ihe ll.tviii- nl ihe potato still clings to the office. Two things Unit tuflii has 1111 power to con trol: "a woman's tongue" and "The Father of Will CI S." The duck is superior to man in one thing milium-. It never retinites an umbrella w hen it ruins. A bud in the hand is nut worth two in the bush il' it is a bn.z.ii il and the others are pur triiles. The warfare on the high theatre lint seems tn have ceased very abruptly. Hut Hie hat is still there. A enm cnb pipe factory, which will turn out 10,111111 pipes daily, will soon be in operation at Oprluusas, I, a. One of these days Ihe ocean will be crossed in lour days, and then travel will be Inure ciiiiiiiiuii than iiuw. Xn man ever thinks he is really unhappy un til he is in line, and 110 man ever is really h.iipy until he isn't. A balloon aparntus which is bullet-proof has been patented for the use of umpires in the ruining baseball seasou. In lliSl oysters are said tn have been a foot long. There must hare been some Brst-class fihermen in those days. Pierpont .Mnrgnti has a $1 ,000 dog. Hut it is doubtful if it could be worked up ititu more than $2 mirth of sausage. A Chicago man recently celebrated his 112th birthday. This is not tn be considered as a puff of Chicago drinking water. The arerage man doesn't suffer near so much when he lias the yellow jaundice as he does when his wife has a pink tea. A w idow is the only one who appreciates that what a man cats is just aa important tn him as w hat a woman neura is to her. Walnuts and butternuts arc being success fully cultivated in Wliatciiin cnunly, Washing tun. Tliey arc not uative lo that region. Senator Yandiver, of Ihe Missouri Legisla ture, has introduced a bill tu fine widows and maidens fur n jccling widowers and bachelors. There are about 1,300 submarine cables now in existence, covering a distance of 162,000 nautical miles. Their cost is estimated at $200,000,000. Itnses discovered in tnnibs containing Egyp tian mummies often have their ctilnrs perfect, even though some of those found must be over 3,000 years old. "Shut you'- eyes and breathe deeply nd slonlv" is a Russian savant's recipe against seasickness. He says il is infallible at any rate, it is inexpensive. Private Secretary Thurber bought Undo (irnvcr's favorite chair and took it tn his own house. He has an idea that the old man mar get there again sometime. Millions of men in India live, marry and rear apparently happy children upon an income which, even when the wife works, is rarely above half a crown a week. The bee works because he loves to and stings because he has to. Some men reverse this process; ther work becausu they have to and sling because they love to. The prohibition by the Archbishop of Paris against bicycle riding by priests refers only lo the garb, priests being allowed to ride in mufti, but not in the clerical cassock. A Kentucky legislator has introduced a bill providing that hereafter all convicts shall be branded upon each check, in order that they may bo always known as criminals and con victs. Whenever yon feel that nobody cares for you it would be well for you to impure, "What have I ever dons to make anybody care for me and love inc?" Remember that lore begets love. The world goes intnecstaciesnycr the sculp tor who makes imitations of men, but has lit tle tn say in praise uf mothers and teachers who make real men and women, lu heaven this process is entirely reversed, mx't lu.AhE run houlo. Don't blame the worl.t because the thorn are found aiming the roses; The day that breaks 111 storm may be nil sun shine w hen It closes. We cannot hope to nlwuys meet with for tune's fund caressing. And that which scetn.s must tutrd to bear may bring with It il blessing. That hurled seed must rot In earth ere It produce the flower. And the weak plant to fructify must htive both sun and shower; So mull, to gutn development, must struggle with life's crosses, And view with culm philosophy his trials and his losses. A deadly, pols'noiis weed may yield u salve of surest healing; The sweetest blossom umy pols'noiis be, al though its bane concealing. Things lire not always what they seem, but still 'twas lli livi 11 designed 1 111111. And we should duns thetii all us good and take tlieni us we find them. Little we know of this brief life, mid nothing of its settlel; Then let us take in humble trust all that may seem uni-guul. (iod's ways ure not our ways, and He should certainly be trusted; All that is wrong In His good time will surely he adjusted. THE GULF COAST COUNTRY. Kditnr Democrat-Star. 1 have received a letter from a dmibtiiii; Thomas of Cave Springs, Ala., sayitii;, ''if you have such a par adise, why is it that it has not been settled loiii ago?" lie seems to think that the blanket of veracity has been strained. The man who lives in a cave should never doubt there beine; a better country than the one lie lives in. While I will answer him in de tail, the purpose of ibis letter is to still fjrther describe the Uulf Const country. The liotne-scckcr may tlnd climate and soil to Ids taste und pur pose, lie can find corn lands, cotton and cane lands, fruit and vegetable lands. Iiut farmers who have been raising staple crops like wheat and cotton have learned that the ruling prices of these products are not sit r llciently remunerative, and this, with other causes, make people in that scc linti of country long fur brighter pros pects elsewhere. And they arc look ing fur it on the f I til f Coast of Missis sippi, where the prod ts in fruit and vegetables, rice and cane are so much more satisfactory. The conditions herein set forth are principally appli cable to Jackson county, and the rea son that this country lias not been settled is explained in the fact that until a few years ago the lands here were given over almost, wholly to vast herds of cattle. The abundatit growth of grass and plentiful rainfall, together with the mild climate, in sured better results to cattle men than could be obtained in the Northern and Western States. It was a free range and large herds roamed at will. The greatest portion of the land be longed to the public domain and was subject to homestead entry. The fruit-growers and truck-farmers soon saw the advantages of the climate anil commenced making encroach ments on the range, ana finally forced the cattle men to abandon stock raising. And the vast acres of pas turage are fast disappearing and giv ing place to orchards, truck-farms, cane and rice plat) tut ions. As in all new countries, lands arc cheap and there is yet some lands that can be pre-empted, and In this way a tine home can be had for a few dollars. .Strawberries exceed all other fruit in prollts, while it has for the new settler or beginner the additional ad vantage of bringing in a fair return t lie llrst season after planting. The following estimates taken from a re liable source is considered conserva tive, and is for one acre of wild land: One acre of land I0 00 Breaking the first time 3 00 Harrowing and rebreaking 3 00 Thirteen tlmusand strawberry plants . 2ii 00 Planting and fertilizing 10 11(1 Cultivation 7 00 Total $j0 00 This otic acre set out in October will, if properly cared for, net the owner the following spring 100 to $400; and the second year WOO to W00. Sugar cane is one of the most profitable, as well as the most reliable crops that can be grown anywhere. It yields a profit of T0 to $100 per acre one acre of land turning off twenty tons of cane where It Is well fertilized and cultivated. After plant ing the expense of cultivation is about the same as corn. The drawback to the extension and popularity of canc growiug heretofore lias been the large amount of capital required to erect and equip the necessary sugar-houses and plants for converting the cane Into sugar and syrups. Only the wealthy were able to engage In the business. Iiut with the inauguration of the central factory system, so well and successfully operated In Cuba nn i now being Introduced with equal success In Louisiana, by which the growing of cane and Its manufacture into sugar Is separated, the cultlva thin of sugar cane in this section is destined to become one of the most profitable and popular brandies of farming. For the past few years tho cultivation of rice has been success fully and profitably carried on in Jackson county. It yields aboit fif teen barrels pur acre. The market price is from $2.50 to l per barrel. This is a crop especially suited to the lands of Jackson county. After the first crop is harvested a second crop is grown without replanting that yields about ten barrels per acre. With these advatages the land must increase in value. This is the logical result of the universal demand for soil that will yield a profit to farm labor. The electrical effects here arc at times grand, and by it the air is purified and health and vigor is in haled with every breath. While all clouds are cyclonic in their formation, yet they rarely ever assume an ir resistible force here. TUE KSCiTAWl'A K1VKK. Ksealawpa, deep and narrow, In the sun's meridian glow, It sp ii tics like a silver arrow Shot from the warrim's bnwr. And over all the magnolia towers, lledecked in loliage a vernal green, Iutaid with voluptuous Sower:. To endear the peaceful scene. A paradise of beauty everywhere, Many birds in plumage gar, That tills the eve with visions fair AnddispeU the darkness nf Ihe day. The Eseatawpa river is a favorite stream for green trout. They arc the gamest fresh water lish that was ever landed with rod and line. The river is often encumbered by logs that are drifting to the mills below. The log man's lonely whoop and the llslt hawK's cry arc familiar sounds to all anglers in these waters; while the eagle, is equipoised in the air above, and whose ominous scream Is a warn ing to fish and fowl that danger is lurking near. The banks of this river is covered with vines and flow ers, and through their meshes the tangled sunshine dances in fantastic shapes on the calm surface of the wa ters and keeping time with the wav ing trees anil wooing nature to a gen tle rest, while behind the leafy scene gay maidens in eupid's care repeat their vows to the listning ears of love; and overall is a .scene of beauty that is not found this side of the Vale of Cashmere, if equaled anywhere in the world. On t be hays the fishing is Just as exciting, and the scene Just as ro mantic. The water is dotted over with pleasure and llshing boats, while the sail-laden bteeze is kissing every sail. We have a public school system and school houses are centrally located in every settlement, and high grade teachers are ever ready to store the infant mind with the wisdom of the world. I cannot close this letter without calling the people's attention to one of our greatest needs that is, the continuation of the Moss i'oint and I'ascagoula railroad to the city ol Jackson. The road would be of suf ficient length to attract the attention of progressive and speculative minds. Capital is always on the alert, and I! their attention was called to this splendid opening for investment the road would soon be completed. The country through which it would run is unsurpassed in the world for cli mate, fertility and natural resources. As a farming country it would be without a parallel on the globe. And the virgin pine forest through which it would pass Is not equaled by the same number of square miles on either hemisphere. If this road were com pleted we might truly say, that no State on the American Continent pos sessed such diversified rnsources. Il Is the natural field for the Investment of capital and the application of a well-directed energy. J. F. Hkhndon. Orange Grove, Miss.. April 3, 1897. A Kansas editor went to Mexico on tin editorial excursion recently, leav ing his daughter 17 years old, to get out the paper during his absence. The first Issue under the "new woman'' reg ime contained this notice at the head of the editorial column: "l'a is in Mexico. I received a letter from him this morning. He has got ma: with him and Is having a darn good time, 1 guess. I wish he was home, as it Is lonesome to be editor-in-chief all alone, l'a and ma went to church and a bull tight last .Sunday. Go well together, l'a and ma, church and bull light." A Itoston young woman broke a marriage engagement because her in tended wabbled while riding a wheel. She argued that u man who could not ride straight on a wheel would wabble while treading the matrimonial path, and she wasn't going to take any chances. A disgruntled Georgia Republican says: "Think of a man who voted six times for McKlnlcy being rewarded with a paltry postodlcc!" An Ohio paper says that President McKinlcy Is going to "reward all of his friends. JJo wonder lie risesat 6 a. ui. und sits up until after midnight. LETTER FROM SOUTH DAKOTA. It A II ClTV, SOI'TR DlSOTA.I April 3, ISW. ) Editor Democrat-Star. I know you will be surprised and I trust pleased to receive a communica tion from me, written from this great mining camp that nestles amongst the snow-capped peaks of the cele brated I'.luck Hills of .South Dakota. We left New Oilcans on the th of December and arrived here on the loth, after a very enjoyable trip of three days and nights. Here are located the great Home stake mines that produce about .",000, 000 a year of precious gold. Just over a range of mountains is the great city of Deadwood, the scene of early day romances and tragedies. Deadwood in the early days of '70 and '77 was the home of many wild and desperate characters; notably, Wild liill, Co manche Jim, Itioncho Joe and Calam ity Jane, the woman scout noted throughout the Northwest for her many brave deeds and acts of kind ness. The grave of Wild Hill is in Mount Moiiah cemetery, just above Deadwood near the White Uocks, and is visited almost daily through the su miner months by Eastern tourists Calamity Jane was no myth, but a real llesh-and-blood woman who mounted astride a broncho w ith buck skin breeches, with a bowie-knife and brace of revolvers in her belt, sent terror to the hearts of many of the stage robbers who infested the lonely roads leading into the Illack Hills during the gold excitement of 76 and '77. She visited Deadwood last sum uier, after an absence of many years, and was warmly welcomed by many of the old-timers w ho still survive. We were somewhat disappointed in II tiding the weather quite mild on our arrival, a walk with wraps being very pleasant in the middle of the day. We had expected that the change from our Southern hoinc to this Northern clime would have been so marked that we would be unable to go out doors at all. To-day about two feet of wet snow lies on the groutid, one of the heaviest falls we have had this winter Here in this busy mining camp the work continues day and night for seven days in the week, the mine and mill men being divided into two sets or shifts of men, and only know when Sunday conies by receiving an extra half hour of rest. These mines arc be ing winked to a depth of seven and eight hundred feet, and are practically inexhaustible. It is a strange sight to see the great army of men going and coming from their daily work as tlie whistles blow. We note the absence of the many negroes that one would meet on the streets of a Southern town, although there arc a great many here, some of whom came in the early days of 1870 with the first rush of gold-seekeis. There is one negro here from Mur freesboro, Tenn., who is almost one of the landmarks of the town. When asked how long he has been In the lilack Hills he invariably answers, "I help pack the mud to build these hills; when I came here these hills were only holes in the ground." A few years ago Lester, as he is gener ally known, was discoursing loquac iously to a Southern lady about the hills, and among other tilings men tioned the fact that he sometimes played cards for money. She said to him, "Lester, who on earth do you find to play cards with out here, there arc no negroes here, are there?" Les ter was busy polishing a stove, but at litis query looked up in open-eyed as tonishment, and with an airof amaze ment answered, "Why, Miss Ora, 1 plays wid the white folks out here.' Another story Is told of him, that on one occasion when playing with a crowd of white men one of them re marked, "Lester, if they had caught me playing cards with you before the war, they would have put me in Jail." Quick as a flash Lester replied, "Yes, sir, and if my ole marster had caught me playing cards wid yo po white trash, he would have tanned my back wid a black-snake." This country is still in Its infancy, and new mines arc being opened up every day. The people now arc In a feverish state of excitement over the discovery of immense deposits of rich gold-bearing ore in the limestone formation of Kaggcd Top Mountain Already three cities have been laid out, called Nerve City, lialmoral and Preston. Town lots have sold at al most fabulous prices, and the scene h one so tlear to the hearts of the old timers, and brings back to them the early day excitement of '70 and '77, Wo have not had the time and op portunlty to visit many of the sceucs of Interest In this strange land, but when we do 1 will write you further, if you desire, of what I see und hear. The prevailing idea that the people in this Western country are all rough and uncouth, with revolvers and knives strapped around their waists, has no foundation; id fact, we And the people to be kind, courteous aud rcflncd, and churches iand school houses that would be a credit to even the city of New Orleans. I suppose when you read this letter through, almost involuntarily you will exclaim, "Something has drapped." And so leaving you to wonder what will drap next, 1 will say gtxid-bye. Sincerely yours, K. U. H. A HARVEST OF GRAIt. St. I.,,Ol. Republic. Chairman Dingley estimates that the new tariff bill will increase the revenues the first year by from 170, 000,000 to 175,000.000. This is an over estimate, because many of the taxes levied in the bill are prohibitory and will greatly cut down the trade on which the estimate is based. Hut whatever the increase of reve nue, it will be gained at tremendous cost to the people, for as the Re public's Washington correspondent puts it, $10 will go into the pockets of the favored manufacturers for every II that goes into the treasury. Every II of revenue covers 110 of robbery. The Dingley bill differs from the McKinlcy law only in the fact that it adds fraud to oppression. There was no pretense of anything but high pro tection in the McKinlcy bill, but the Dingley bill, under a plea of revenue needs and a pretense of modifying the McKinley tariff, is a robbery measure in few respect's better and in many worse than the McKinley law. It takes all the necessaries of the poor to further enrich the millionaire backers of the Repuhlictn party. It Is only by a fortunate circumstance that the bill does not greatly increase the price of food, for it levies heavy taxes upon all foodstuffs and the seed that goes into the ground. If we imported them largely starvation would be increased by the enactment of this law. How fraud has been practiced in the framing uf the bill is shown by the agricultural schedule, where an at tempt is made to dupe the farmers by useless protection. How petty decep tion has been resorted to for the pur pose of hiding robbery is shown by the shifting of a whole class of low-taxed wools in the carpets and the clothing of the poor to a high-taxed class, without mention of the rates levied on them. More than a month ago, the Republic foreshadowed the com pleted bill by stating with remarkable accuracy the taxes agreed upon in a large number of important articles. It predicted that the revenue which the bill would raise would be chiefly private. The truth of the report and the prediction is found in the bill sub mitted to Congress. The fruit of the campaign of boodle is a harvest, of grab. TLANTINO TOMATOES, ETC. Geo. Graham, of Waco, Tex., de scribes his methods of growing toma toes in a communication to the Horti cultural Gleaner, as follows: Five hands have watered plentifully the bed from which plants arc to be taken and arc now busy drawing out the plants or lifting tliem out careful ly witli trowels as the case may be. The man with the plow horse goes for a barrel of water and the expert hand straddles the row, planting with a dibber, If on level, or with the hands if on back furrow, whilst his assistant hands the plants, one at a time, from a basket or bucket. The water hauler follows up and from a water-can pours water into the hole, which has only been partially closed, settling the soil evenly around the plants. Then la ter, with cither a hoe or rake, the loose soil is drawn into this hole and to the plant, and the operation is fin ished. Were there no cut-worms, 100 per cent of these plants would live. I follow the same method with cab bages, pepper, potato slips, etc. Cut worms do not like to gnaw wood very much, so the stronger and more woody the plant, the less they can work upon then). Again a layer of putrifled cow pen scrapings sprinkled around each plant forms a cordon they cannot pass, and so it is comparatively easy to pro tect the young plants. For earliest tomatoes I run rows three feet and set plants eighteen Inches apart. The later or main crop, four feet rows and two to four feet apart, according to conditions of soil. hgg plants, four feet each way. ana pepper three feet by eighteen Inches. The Oxford Eagle says: "All tho In dications go to show that the acreage in cotton will bo largely increased In Mississippi this year, and therefore becomes most essential that our far mers should raise a good corn crop, plenty of peas and potatoes." There are thirteen counties lu tbo State in which the sale of liquors are licensed: Adams, Hancock, Harrison, I Bsaquc.nu,Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Tallatchle, Tunica, Warren, Washington and Wilkinson. These eountics paid into the State treasury last year the s'lru of 11,000,200. Tho cities, towns and villages therein in which liquor was sold, paid about 60 per cent Jd addition as a local tax.