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A Communication. Mu Editor: Can any one suppose it possi ble that the business men of any town have any idea what the last three month of bad weather and the terrible>bad conditions our country roads, have cost them? I desire to say there is not a business man in town but who has lost more in trade than it would have cost them to have built one mile of good road that would have lasted the county for twenty years. I suppose thatl the merchants of .Starkville think conditions the same as twenty years ago in this county, at least it looks that W ry from their actions; that is the farmer has just so much money to spend and he will spend it with them any way, that he will spend all he has and accept of all the credit that they are willing to allow or advance them and that they owe him just as much, so just let him pbw through the mud the best he can and keep on with the good work of advancing and furnishing them with a good living. lam happy to say that I see a change .coming over the down troden farmer and see the time near at hand when he will own the merchant and the merchant will not be asking him how much trade will you take or how much money can you lend me? The farmer had to do this it seemed to keep on his business. Our county has at last got in a living condition, but though hard lessons and the most i idgid economy, and the time has now' come when we all as citizens owe it to ourselves to see that our county is improved, and there is no other improvement that will benefit us all as much as to make good roads, so that wre can keep doing business all the year round. It is very unpleasant to wear the same old clot lies for three mouths because you can’t get to town to spend the money you have with which to buy new ones w ith, as w'ell as to have vour poor liens have to wait, also three months before you let her lay for fear of loosing her eggs. The farmer has not only to keep his money and do withont things that he W'ould have used, but lost thousands of dollars in being stopped from work and hastening off his produce to the market. Now r some people will go so far as to sav we can’t make good roads here as our soil will not pack and will get mudy. I wish to say that such a one is wrong which can be easily seen by visiting the A. & M. College and inspecting the road that has been built there for the past few’ years. They have stood this winter without a break and there has never been a time that tw’o mules could not pull fifteen hun dred pounds or three bales of cotton ovor them at any time during last winter. All that we need is good ir t dligent w'ork. Whose businesss is it to see this work done? I say it is the busi ness of the Board of Supervisors or have it seen to. Certainly the whole responsibility rests with them as the servants of the peo ple to see that the people get their rights and those subject to do the work are made to do it. To make the road overseer do his duty. Have we one man that dots that? I say no, if we had, we would have good roads the year round. Let the Supervisors take time to inspect his road, for the district he represents, and show the overser what must be done, see that he has tools to work with, go back and see the work per formed and see that it is done right. Do you think then that we would have good roads? 1 know that we would. The time is now at hand that the work ought to be done. It is almost disagreeable to start away from home for fear of meeting some of our citizens who are willing to give up all their personal business to serve the dear people. And there are others who would like to be placed upon the pension roll. I have never heard any of them say what they expected to do to better the condition of things. I have about concluded that all can. and do feel that they can better conditions while running. All is lost here. These fellows are not the men that I am look ing for. I wish to cast my vote for themiost competent man for the position. It will be a pleasure to vote for a man who will make real im provement in the way of building up the county with good roads. I will say to our present mem ber of the Board, from District No. 5, that he will do himself more good in re-electing himself if he wants it, by putting the road in good condition, and no time need be killed in election eering with the dear people— courting them. I wish to say for the benefit of all the candidates that it is very important to me to have my rote solicited and it will be more pleas ant to them, and to save them selves trouble I shall be glad to hear from some of the other farmers, if my views meet the approval and gives satisfaction give your views to the public through the couuty papers. Let us be alive to our interest and build up our old county and in so doing make our lives worth living. (18) mm * m Hen. John L. Smith. In the announcement column of this paper will be found the name of Jno. L. Smith, present ing his name for State Senator from 28rd District, composed of Oktibbeha and Choctaw counties. Mr. Smith is too well and fav orably known in this County to need any words of commendation from our hands. He is a native Mississippiau and his every in teiest is identified with the peo ple of this Senatorial District and of the Stata. He was reared upon the farm and knows the needs of farmers. He is a Christian gentleman and of course a model citizen. For a number years he was the efficient principal of the Ma ben High School, which position he held until failing health re quired him to resign the posi tion. Mr Smith is a thorough scholar, refined and recognized as one oi the formost educators of the State and has demonstrated that rep utation as principal of the Pub lic School aforesaid. We can all rest assured, that if Mr. Smith is elected, we will have an able representative, competent and honest, and every interest will be guarded and pro tected. Hon. Frank Townsend, the in tellectual giant of the Ackerman Rdcord, dropped in upon us to day like a kindly spirit. We are always glad to see Frank* A. & M. College. The News acknowledges re ceipt of the following invitation from President Hardy of the A. & M. College: A* & M. College, March HI. In behalf of the board of trus tees and faculty of the Mississ ippi Agricultural and Mechanical College. 1 desire to extend you a formal invitation to attend the laying of the corner-stone and the formal dedication of our new science hall here on the morning of April 17th, 1903. The laying of the corner stone will be under the direction of Hon. Emmet N. Thomas, Grand Master, and Ike dedicatory addresses will be de livered by Hon. James Wilson, secretary of agriculture, Wash ington D, C. and by Hon. D. A. Tompkins, Charlotte N. C* We are extremely anxious to have a large attendance of the newspaper men of the state as well as the members of the last legislature, who appropriated the money for this building. We want them to see the needs of the institution as well as the efforts that are being made here to give the state a first-class in dustrial school that, with the proper support, can be develop* ed into a great school of technol ogy which the commonwealth so much needs. An opart-unity will be given during the day to inspect the Tex tile school and shops in full op eration. Many Masonic lodges will come in a body, and we hope to have the I. I. A C. girls and University boys with us all. Mus ic will be furnished by the Co lumbus band, and a pleasant time is promised to all I?ho may at tend. All railroads will sell tickets at o:!o fare plus 25 cents for round trip. I will appreciate it very much if you will, in my name, extend an invitation through your val uable paper to your patrons. Hop ing to see you at that time. I am Respectfully, J. C, Hardy. PresideuL - ■ - m* mm Dead. It is with paimand great sorrow that we record the death of Mrs. Nannie Ervin Eddington, which occurred at her late home in Clay county. About a month ago Mrs. Eddington paid friends and relatives here a visit. She died witli pneumonia. It is with unfeigned sorrow and sympathy that we offer to the members of her dear family and relatives and weep with them. It is hard to realize that she is with us no We have known the deceased intimately from our first recollections most lovingly. “She is not dead but sleepeth None never die who live in hearts behind. 1 ■—-—•— Notice to Voters. According to a recent decision of the Attorney General, all voters must be registered four months before the primary. Hence the 10th of April is the last day in which to register. In view of this fact. I will meet all those qualified to vote, who wish to register, at the follow ing times and places: Bell's School House, Saturday April 4th. Agency; Monday, April 6th. Ennis’ Store. Tuesday, April 7th. Longview, Wednesday, April Bth. Maben, Thursday, April 9th. Double Springs and Self Creek Friday April 10th. H* H. Sikes, Registrar. I Stern & Goodman A RK NOW SHOWING SPRING AND SUMMER GOODS Iff Largo (Jaantitics, and the ('roam of this | Season's ,XoreUos- i He sure and price our Goods before buying elsewhere. We have got the Goods which will please you and our PRICES can not be beaten elsewhere. In our Dress Goods Department we are showing Novelties such as Batiste-Raya, Bengaline, Oenadines, Voile. Silk Paratine, Mohair, TafMtas, both black a ml colored. and none Prettier to be found Compare Goods & Prices and we are sure to get your trade See oar man ff Nor id ties iff white, and col ored -FA nHi US. SJ\ 7 // TL \ ‘OS, L / CES aml EMEUOJ D ERIKS. Ladies' an and Ch ildrev's e. \'t ra Ji n e (J aa / itjj It OS E- Thompson’s cmvE-mriNc wets. and many other High Grade Goods not to be found elsewhere. We can fill your bill to perfection and save you money all around. Give us a call. Respectfully, I ST MR N iSc (JO() I ).\ IA N. | LOW RATE EXCURSION via Frisco System TO MEMPHIS, TENN., TUGSdau, April 7.1903 On account of DERBY DAY. % 1 if * j € * J. N. CORNATZAR, D. P. A., Memphis, Term. I CHOCTAW, OKLAHOMA & GULF R. R. I Combines the Advantages of Eastern Service With the Opportunities of a Western Country ... DIRECT LINE ... Memphis to Little Rock, Hot Springs, Indian and Oklahoma Territories, Texas, Col’ orado, New Mexico, Arizona, Old Mexico and the Pacific Coast WIDE VESTIBULED TRAINS PULLMAN DRAWING ROOM SLEEPING CARS |]/Kn|Vp]iT|g PULLMAM TOURIST SLEEPING CARS FREE RECLINING CHAIR CARS dWJiiuQylA JOHN J. GOODRICH, 01st. Piss. Agt., 6EO. H. LEE, 8. P. kI. A., Memphis, Tenn. Little Rock, Arkansas, j I l ’ * " ' ■ Half Hates to New Orleans. On Account of National Manu facturers Association Meeting at New Orleans, April 15—17, and American Association Meeting at New Orleans. May 5-8. Mobile & Ohio R. R. Agents will sell tick ets at rate of one fare for the round trip. Ask your home agent or write Juo. M. Beall, A. G. P. A., St. Louis, for particu lars. $30,000 California $30,000 . One way second class colonist tickets will be sold daily during’ : Feb. March and Apail at above rate from all main line coupon points on the Mobile and Ohio R. R., St. Louis to Meridian, in clusive: Ask your home agent or write Jno.' M. Beall, a. g. p. a. St. Louis, for. full inform**- lion.