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THE KEMPER HERALD. VOL. XXXIII SCOOBA. MISS.. THURSDAY, APRIL 9. ISO#._NO. 33 FIRST ACT VOID OF THE RECENT LEGISLATIVE SESSION. ATTORNEYGENERAL In His Opinion Says Lawmakers Ex ceeded Authority in Authorizing Trustees to Sell Land to Parsonage. The first act of the recent session of the legislature to be declared un constitutional by the attorney-gener al is that authorizing and directing the board of trustees of the State In sane hospital in Jackson to sell 30 acres of land lying along the Illinois Central railroad to the Methodist or phanage, said lands to be sold at a reasonable price, but at not less than $100 per acre. In liis opinion, issued at the request of Mr. O. B. Taylor, a member of the board of trustees, and of the special committee appointed "by the governor to carry out the provisions of the law, /Ton VwiMc tint tlip lflW •unconstitutional, quoting several sec tions of the constitution as well as other authorities. Section 90 of the constitution says that 'The legislature shall not pass local, private or special laws * * * granting lands under control of the state to any person or corporation.” The concluding paragraph of the opin ion reads as follows: ''I am tof the opinion that the act seeking to com pel the board of trustees to transfer this property is a private and special law; that is effect is to grant land under the control of the state to a person or corporation, and is there fore unconstitutional and void.” Vitrified Brick. At the regular meeting of the city •council of Gulfport, the specifications fnrr the street paving -:>u the advertis ing for bids will take place, an l the date set for receiving same ar.d letting of the contract work will be submitted by the city engineer, M. F. Sullivan. In the specifications three kinds of standard pavement are men tioned. It will be optional wii,h the mayor and board to select any form of pavement they desire. While noth ing definite has been given out, it is generally assumed that vitrified brick pavement will be put in in. Pontotoc Depot Case. Negotiations for a compromise of ttlie celebrated depot case were declar ed off at Pontotoc, and the case wilt 'not take its way through the Supreme Uourt of the United States, where it is pending.' A meeting of the officials of the Mobile, Jackson and Kansas City Railroad and the citizens of Pontotoc was held and an attempt made to reconcile difference, but in vain. May Consolidate Churches. At a meeting of the several Bap tist pastors in Meridian steps were taken looking toward a consolidation of the West End, Immanuel and High land Baptist churches. The proposal is to purchase a lot at the corner of Tenth street and Thirty-eighth av enue and build a handsome church of sufficient seating capacity to meet all requirements and to place the consol idated church upon a financial foot ing which will easily mtece it one of the strongest in Meridian. Work Up Interest in Normals. Prof. T. P. Scott, director of the Rmnl/liavAn finmmop Mnrmnl. hflft llP gun an active campaign in the inter est of the work. State Superintendent Powers is assigning to this Normal some of the strongest educators, who will work in the Mississippi summer schools, and the corps of instructors in primary work,' manuel training, school improvement, agriculture and school music will be especially strong. To Retire Bonds. It is the purpose of the Municipal Water Works Commission to retire $15,000 of th $130,000 water work's bonds in the course of the next few weeks. The Commission will be suc cessful if the city makes reinburse ment.of an expenditure of $0,339.24 for installing street sprinkling and maintenance of same. The request for reimbursement was referred to the Aldermanic Finance Committee. ^ • To Resume Business. The Harmon Drug Company, of Me ridian, which failed to weather the financial storm in November, has ar ranged with creditors and is one of the concerns to resume business. It has a capital stoek of $10,000. Pipe Contracts Let. The water commission of Meridian have let pipe contracts to the amount of $25,000. The awards went to Dom iek Pipe Foundry company, Birming ham, 992 tons pipe and 3,000 pounds lead for $21,338; Ahrens & Ott. New Orleans, 3,000 pounds yarn $100; Fairbanks & Co., New Orleans, hy drants and valves, $2,702. $50,000 is to be expended on the Meridian water system during the year. I 1 Immigration Bureau. The formation of a large immigra tion bureau with headquarters at Hattiesburg has been undertaken by the Commercial club of that city. The purpose is to secure desirable native immigrants to settle on and cultivate the cutover lands of the yellow pine sountry. It is proposed to enlist the co-operation of all the railroads of that territory and also of the big lum ber companies which have large hold ings of cutover lands that they would place on the market. The Cumberland Again. Tlia Progressive Business league of Long Beach, has again moved up in line of battle, and this time it is against the Cumberland Telephone & Telegraph Company. Numerous com plaints have been made against the company. People living in houses where there have been telephones and wires are yet in place cannot per suade the company to put in the boxes and make the connection. In no case would it take more than a hour’s time to do the work. A. & M. Elects President. The organization meeting of the Board of Trustees was held at the Mississippi Agricultural and Mechan ical College at which Governor E. F. Noel presided, this being 4iis first of ficial visit to the College. The board was organized under the new admin istration bv the unanimous election of Hon. T. L. Wain wright, of Stone wall, as President pro tem. 0 • Just a Lark. E. M. Clarke, railroad conductor was found not guilty in the circuit court at Vicksburg, after a trial for robbery. It is alleged Clarke robbed a negro of $2.50. Testimony show ed that Clarke was drinking and was on a dark. He had a pistol and way fined $100 in the circuit court for carrying a concealed weapon. Thrown Under Wheels. While Y. & M. V. passenger train No. 332 was pulling out from Le flore, Charles Leing, of Langsburg, Germany, attempted to catch the blind baggage and was thrown under the wheels. His right leg was cut off the knee. Hie was removed to a hos pital at Greenwood, where physician. give ' out very little hopes of his re covery. Blind Tigers Get Limit. Harrison Williams and Lizie New ell, negroes, were convicted in the mayor's court at Woodvillc of run ning a blind tiger, and were each fin ed $500 and three months in .fail. The evidence against the woman impli cated a white man, A. P. Smith, who asked that he he allowed to leave at once and for good. Ills request wai granted. To Inspect Guard. Major H. J. Goldman of the United States army, assigned to the work oi making an inspection of the Missis sippi National Guard, has commenced his labors by inspecting the equip ment at general headquarters. Thurs day night he will inspect the Jack son company, and then start on a tour of the state. Mother at Age of Nine Years. A fi-year-old negro girl of Cedar etta, has become a mother, this beins in the opinion of laeal physiciafis, the only case of the kind bn record in the United States .Dr. V. S. Pitts, a prom inent physician of Webster county vouches for the facts in the ease. 1 he baby weighs seven pounds. Special Election Called. The board of mayor and aldermer of Oxford have ordered a special elec tion to be held in Ward No. 1, Thnrs. i— \ l ifi oloot on nlilormnn succeed the late 1). T. Carter. As yel only t\y> candidates have been men tioned, and the fight promises to be a warm cne. Paper’s New Owner. A transfer of the stock of the Dis patch Publishing company, publisher; of the Morning Dispatch, of Meridian to Messrs. Pope and Ogden has taker place, the new owners assuming con trol of the paper. It is announce! that E. H. Dial will remain as editoi and P. D. MeRoy as city editor. Delegates Elected. The H. D. Money, Chapter U. D C., of Carrollton, elected Mrs. S. A Eggleston, Miss Katie Lou MeCaii and Mrs. V. R. Price as (delegates t( the convention of the Mississippi Di vision, U. D. (’.. which meets at Ya zoo City May 5. Bitten By Mule. John Jones, a farmer, living neai Bay Springs, was seriously injured b> being bitten on the shoulder by £ vicious mule. Bank Makes Assignment. The Pike County Bank and Trusi Company posted a notice on the dooi stating that it had made an assign raent for the benefit of depositor; and creditors and T. D. Lampton o! Magnolia and George F. Bauer ol Jackson were named as the assignees The assets of the bank are amply suf ficient to pay off all depositors dol lar for dollar, and also to protect the stockholders and creditors. KILLED FRIEND PERCY M. HOUSTON SHOT TO DEATH AT TUNICA. WAS RESULT OF JOKE Dead Man Was Secretary of Yazoo Levee Board.—Petition for New Trial in the Famous Baum Case at Meridian. Memphis, Tenn.—Percy M. Hous ton, recently elected secretary and treasurer of the Yazoo-Mississippi Levee Board, was shot and almost in stantly killed on the main street of Tunica, Miss., by J. T. Lowe, a prom inent attorney. Only one shot was fired, the ball struck Houston in the temple, and entering his brain, caus ed death within fifteen minutes. Two theories of the shooting are ad vanced. One is that the killing was the outgrowth of a quarrel growing out of the election of Mr. Houston as secretary and treasurer of the levee board and the investigation into that election ordered by Gov. Noel, while t'he other is that the killing was the __Ti o _i__:_:. :~ 1COUU \J i- uvj,imuiig *»* “ J which ruffled the feelings of both men and led to the firing of the fa tal shot. The killing occurred on the main street, between the Allen and Owens stores. There were a number of eye witnesses. About a half hour pre ceding the tragedy some words had passed between the two men growing out of the meeting of the Tallahatch ie Drainage District Commission, but they separated. jjoth men were armed. Conflicting stories were made as to whether or not Houston drew his weapon. Lowe asked him if he had applied a foul name to him, and demanded that he retract the words. This demand, some | of the witnesses state, was repeated three times before the shot was fired which ended Houston's life. Houston's body will be taken to Vaiden, Miss., Tuesday and interred there. Following the tragedy Lowe was taken into custody by the sheriff. Petition For New Trial. Witherspoon & Witherspoon, attor neys for Mrs. Sidonia Baum, who was adjudged insane by the jury that had been listening to the evidence for the past weeks at Meridian filed a peti tion in the chancery court asking that the verdict be set aside, and that their client be granted another trial. Chancery Clerk Pistols will hear ar guments ou the petition. Twenty-rea sons are given in the petition why a new trial should be granted, among the number being that the trial was ar unfair one, and that not a parti ole of evidence was introduced to show that Mrs. Baum is now insane. Is Shipping Some Lumber. There were seventy-six ears of lum but- put aboard ships on the. pier at Gulfport. The steamships in port at present number seventeen, with sev eral square-rigged and a number of schooners. The English steamship Weirdale cleared, drawing 21 feet, with, with a cargo for Alexandria, Egypt. The Italian steamship Fenice arrived with 500 tons of Rio gock. Drops Dead in Pulpit. Rev. J. H. Holly, Pastor of the ne gro Baptist Church at Pelahatichie, died suddenly in his pulpit while de livering his sermon. He had been preaching about fifteen minutes when he stopped and sat down, but tell to the (loor and died without a word or struggle. Rev. Holly lived in Jack son, and had been pastor of the church about a year. Church Dedicated The church of Our Lady of Good Counsel at Biloxi was dedicated with impressive ceremonies by the resident priest, Father Alphonse Ketels, as sisted by a special choir. The Biloxi Council, Knights of Columbus, the Queen’s Daughters, and the Children of Mary a’ttended in a body. Fully 2.000 persons witnessed the dedica tion. Pat Henry Withdraws. Ex-Congressman Pat Henry, of Vicksburg, announces his withdrawal from the race for congress from this, the Eighth District, because he says is uncle, Pat Henry of Brandon, lias decided to enter the race. This leave's two candidate here, James D Thames and J. W. Collier, from Warren coun ty, and there ore others in the dis trict. Cotton For Memphis. The -farmers of the Ashland sec tion sent thirty bales of cotton to the Union warehouse at Memphis, and there is still more to go. All Connected Now. The telephone line that has just been completed to Salem from Ash land was the last one needed to con nect Asljnnd with all the railroad points. Ite-Elcctad College Praddent. The Board of Trustees of Edward McGuire College for Girls at Wood passed strong resolutions commend ing the administration of Miss Geor gia Swanson as president, and re elected her. She accepted the posi tion, and entered into a contract for five years. The present session com pletes Miss Swanson’s eleventh year with the college. Conforms to Requirements. The arction of the board of trustees of the Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical college at Starkville, in conforming to the requirements of the appropriation bill enacted at the re cent legislative session, doubtless means that similar action will be taken by the board's of trustees of the Industrial Institute and College and tiie University of Mississippi. Large Mercantile Eouse Burns. The large mercantile establishment of I). V. Edwards & Co., of Summer land, was totally destroyed by fire. The estimated worth of the estab lishment is $18,000 or $20,000 partial ly covered by insurance. Mr. Edwards stated that all his creditors would be paid in full, and that ground would be broken for a brick building as soon as the ashes get cold. Chemical Plant Burned. The olant of the Columbia Chemical Company of Moss Point formerly known as the Moss Point Chemical Company, was consumed by fire. The fire was started by gas becoming ig nited from a lantern. This plant was used to manufacture turpentine char coal and tar, and was just recently put in operation. Page Is Acquitted. The preliminary trial of Elbert Page for the killing of lliomas \\ hit son was finished at Water \ alley. Jus tice Simms and Davis sitting together. After spending the entire day in ex amining witnesses the defendant was discharged. Both magistrate's con cur in the opinion of justifiable hom icide. -— Wants Son to Come Home. Mrs. Charles McLendon of Tilla toba, says that if her son. Norman McLendon, who left homo last De cember 1. or thereabouts, only real ized the depth's of a mother s love he would write or come home at once. Mrs. McLendon would like to get some information of t.ie whereabouts of her son. Carr Secretary Levee Board. Dr. W. II. Crenshaw, of Crenshaw, Miss., was elected president of the Tallahatchie drainage district by a vote of 6 to 5, the election being held at Tunica, the defeated candidate be ing Capt. J. W. Henderson, of Tuni ca. Oscar Carr of Clarksdale, was chosen secretary over a number of oth or applicants. Beloved Boy Dies. Edward Fitzgerald Maynard, son of .Mr. and Mrs, George E. Maynard, died of pneumonia after a week’s ill ness at Clarksdale. He was one of the most beloved boys in the town, and was a favorite with everybody. Burial was at Friar’s Point. Mayor Twenty-eight Years. The city of Okolona is entering up on what promises to be one of the warmest municipal elections that it has had for many years. Mayor II. L. Morrison will he opposed by ex Mayor W. A. Bodenharner, who held the mayor’s office for twenty-eight years. To Answer Serious Charges. B. T. Brotty. a young man hailing from Tuscaloosa. Ala., lias been held in $.300 bond to answer before the cir cuit court at Hattiesburg, a charge of forgery. He will be taken tram here to Laurel and then to Gulfport, at each of which places similar charg es arc pending against him. Quarantine Effective April 6. Acting Marine Hospital Surgeon, Dr. B. F. Duke, of the Port of Pas cagoula, received the following tele gram from Surgeon General Wyman, at Washington: “Imposition of close quarantine against ( nban ports deferred until Monday, April G.” To Rebuild Negro Church. The trustees of the Rose Hi:l Bap tist Negro church met and decide 1 to rebuild their house of worship, which was destroyed by fire March 1. They will erect a substantial brick struc ture at a cost of not less than $10,000. Fire at Brookhaven. T. C. Ratcliff last his residence at Brookhaven by fire. The blaze is be lieved to have caught fr.m a stove in the kitchen. The loss is about $3000. with some iururanco. Wild to Desert Child. A handsome young woman, giving her name as Mrs. Roberts, evidently assumed, whose residence is said to be Birminghnm, is on a cot at the po lice station at Meridian nursing a two-weeks-old laby, which she made a desperate attempt to desert on the doorsteps of a negro woman. A blithe heart makes a blooming visage.—Irish. MUST GO HOME PREACHER IS WARNED TO SKIDDOO QUICK. i revTm F. HAM -.+, , Conducting a Revival in New Or leans, Received Anonymous Let ter. Southern Flags to Be Returned. New Orleans,—A threatening letter created excitement here at the recent ly erected tabernacle of Rev. F. Ham, a Kentucky evangelists, who has been preaching on “The Sins of Race track Gambling and the Liquor Traf fic.” The letter declared the evangelist will be killed unless he left town with in forty-eight hours. It was elabor ately embellished with drawings of skulls and cross bone's, and ended by saying: “Remember that you will never see sunset again in old Kentucky un less you leave immediately. (Signed) “FREE THINKERS’ SOCIETY OF TEXAS.” Mr. Ham took the matter seriously but the police say that the letter was sent as a joke. Only One Negro. Decatur, Ala.—A census of Cull man, Alabama, which has just been completed, shows that there is only one negro in the town and that there are 2.070 white people. This lone negro is said to be an old man of the ante-bellum type, and it is said that this is the only reason that he is allowed to remain within the town. On the railroad water tank at Cullman is a sign which reads: “Nigger, don’t let the sun go down on you here.’ It is said that the ne groes are never guilty of violating this warning. Cullman is the only strictly white town in North Alabama, if not in the entire state. Famous Scout A Suicide. El Remo, Okla.—Jesse Morrison, better known as Jimmy Morrison, who at an early age was employed as a government scout in the Southwest serving under Sheridan and Miles, committed suicide at Ilia home here by shooting. Although at one time wealthy, little remained of his wealth when he died. On Maiden Voyage. New York.—The Ancona, a new 9, 400-ton steamer has sailed from Na ples on her maiden voyage to this port. She will come direct to New York and then go to Philadelphia to open up a new service from there to Naples and Genoa. She is fitted with accommodations for sixty first-class passengers and 2.500 emigrants. 4 ' _—o~ Return of Confederae Flags. Trenton, N. J.—The House passed the senate joint resolution for the re turn of Southern flags taken during the civil war! The flags are to be given back to organizations from which they were captured, the return to be made under the direction of the governor. Relic of Aaron Burr Found. New York.—Workmen engaged in excavation work at Canal and Cen ter streets found a section of a wood en water pipe that was laid down 86 years ago by the Manhattan com pany, whose counsel, Aaron Burr, had laid a few years earlier the founda tion or tne Manuatian company s banking business. _ Bank Probes Theft. Salt Lake City Utah.—The Trib une says: When it is impaneled, April 13, the United States grand jury will be asked by by the directors of the Utah National bank to investigate the theft in January of $105,250 from the reserve chest of that institution. This statement was made by W. S. McCor mick. president of the bank. St. Louis Brewery Strike Ends. St. Louis.—In accordance with the terms of the settlement of the Brew ery Workers’ strike, agreed upon the brewers began reinstating their 3500 striking workmen. The boycott against | St. Louis beer, instituted by the strik. ers, lias been removed. King’s Sister Injured. Dresden.—Princess Mathilda, of Saxony, sister of King Frederick Au gustus, met with a serious accident while riding in the meadows outside the city. Her right collar bone wa3 broken and her shoulder severely bruised. In J. P. Morgan’s Honor. Home.—The. American ambassadot, Lloyd C. Griseom, gave a reception in honor of J. Pierpont Morgan and his daughter, Mrs. H. L. Sattcrlee. Many of the Cabinet Ministers and ambassa dors and a number of prominent Americans were among the guests. One of the most enjoyable features of the evening was the singing of lime. Emma Nevada. The Duke Mercantile Comp’y DEALERS IN Dry Goods, Groceries, Furniture, Boots, Shoes and Hats. Shelf and Heavy Hardware, Tinware, Crock eryware and Glassware. \l/ Agent Si/ for the Celebrated Studebaker Wagons. A fine assortment of Cof fins, Caskets and Under taker’s Supplies cons tantly in stock. Importance qf American History. By Henry Cabot Lodge. ITH the coming of a true national consciousness came the Inter est In the past and in history. It wa3 apparent that the United States was one of the mos, considerable facts of the age when its consolidation had once been effected and all peril of dis solution had departed with the crushing out of the powers whieh aimed at separation. Anything which helped to explain this great fact became, therefore, of intense Interest. As the years passed on the act grew larger. In due time a not very serious war revealed the fact to the world, and it appeared that the fact of the United States had, and was destined to have, a strong and increasing Influence upon all the other facts known as the nations of the earth. Thus did it become more than ever obvious that 'the explanation of the United States to be found in the history of the past four ceuturies was worthy of the best efforts of the historian. The pridfe on what the country is spurs men on to pride in all who shared in making the nation. From the abortive attempts of the earliest adventurers, from the feeble settlements clinging to the Atlantic seaboard, on through the confused and seemingly petty history of the colonies and of the scattered people and small States struggling out of revolution and dis sension to a larger national life, to those who saved the Union from dis integration, and still on to those who have carried her power forward to the Pacific and made a great nation where there was none before, aill alike have coftie 'to have deep meaning and importance. Hence the rise of Ameri can history, and, what is more important, of the general interest in that history, which may be trusted to separate the wheat from the chaff and give us not only knowledge, but also something worthy to take a place in literature by the manner in which the knowledge is communicated to men.—From the Reader Magazine. _ ADVERTISE. H. W. RENCHER. Physician & Surgson. Scooba, Miss. 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The committee on coinage, weights and measures In congress, has favora bly reported the bill to provide for an assay office at Gainesville, Ga. BLACK BILLY COHYICTKO AGAIN. Notorious Crook Had Only Bscoutly Been Belaasod from Atlanta Pen. James Lang, alias Black Billy, noto rious crook and safe blower, was con victed at Mocksville, N. C., Friday of looting the bank of Davie In 1903 and sentenced to five years. His three confederates, who assit ed In this Job, were tried and convicted a year ago. Lang and his gang operat ed extensively in North Carolina and he has only recently been released from Atlanta federal prison.