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The Starkville News
PUBLISHED WEEKLY. 6TARKVILLB, : : : MISSISSIPPI. I JAKE CRAWFORD’S I I CORPORATION I (Copyright, IMS, by Dally Story Pub. Cos ) JAKE CRAWFORD looked confi dently into the girl’s eyes. **Pap allers said if I held on to the lan* hit would fill my pockets some day, Cindy.” “ ’Tain’t so much the pockets bein’ filled as’t is we can live like fo’ks,” the girl answered, wistfully, her eyes con trolling his and seeming to sweep them both out into the great world beyond the mountains. ‘‘An’ Jake,” wistfully, “I’d like to be climbin’ alongside o’ you an’ he’pin’. Hit do seem like yon an’ me might git to what we aimed fur —only,” with a sudden trace of uncertainty in her voice, “that bo’der I heered talkin’ to the hotel whar I sol’ the huckleberries said as how fo’ks couldn’t live out among fo’ks on less’n a milyun dollars. Is hit much, Jake?” He smiled at her reassuringly. “Yes, I reckon hit’s a heap —more’n a thou san’, more’n two thousan’. But don’t ye feel to be skeered, Cindy; I’ll git bit fur ye.” They talked and planned for an hour, and then Jake went on toward the 50 or more rocky acres which his father had said would one day fill his pockets. Strangers had examined the land, and talked vaguely of minerals and corpo rations and big profits, and deplored the fact that transportation was so in adequate and so expensive, and then had gone away without proposing any thing definite. Only a few weeks be fore a man had come with plans for a corporation, in which Jake was to fig ure as a shareholder in return for his land; but no agreement had been made. It was a week before the man came again, and then he was vague and in definite. Evidently he was waiting for Jake to become impatient, and through his impatience, rash. “You see the transportation is likely to cost more than the whole plant would be worth,” the man said, defen sively. “If it wasn’t for that I would snap your land up at a big figure. The railroad is so far —” “Then why’d ye ccme?” interrupted Jake, bluntly; “you cert’n’y don’t want to go into a thing that won’t pay.” “Oh, I’m not saying that,” quickiy. “I think it will pay, with good manage ment. There’s the manganese land I’ve been telling you about, on the lower side. It would be worth a fortune near a railroad; and the coal land, too, might—” “Yes, the coal lan’s vallyble, thar ain’t no doubt ’bout that*” said Jake, his face flushing. Pap allers ’lowed hit would fill ray pockets some day. But I ain’t much notion o’ the manganese lan’. Pap never spoke o’ that. I ’low hit’s sort o’ triflin’.” “Really?” and a sudden light came into the man’s eyes. He did not think it necessary to say that he considered the manganese land far more valuable than the coal land, and indeed, that it was the only land of much value in the vicinity. “Sort of trifling. Well, your father ought to But what will you take for it, say cash?” “Well, I ain’t give hit a thought,”du biously. “Hit’s the coal lan’ I’ve been countin’ on. I reckon I’d rather sell both for straight out cash, though. That’s something shore. But s’poseye tell mo’ ’bout them corporations. Bow’d ye fix ’em, an’ do they pay as much?” “That depends. If a man hasn’t work ing capital, he can divide his business up into shares and sell as he finds nec essary. Now, if your coal land was to be worked, a company could issue, say, $50,000 worth of stock, 500 shares at a hundred dollars each. Enough could be sold to supply a working fund, and the profits divided according to the shares. If the plant proved valuable, stock would go up; and enough could be sold at any time to supply necessary funds. Do you follow me?” “Yes, I reckon so. Hit’s jes’ this way. If a man has prop’ty to sell he can fix his own price in stock, ’stead o’ havin’ to wait on somebody’s offer. Like a hundred-dollar mule, if a man can’t £et but S4O offers, he’d better make her a corperation.” “He might not be able to sell the stock,” hazarded the man. “S’pose he didn’t. S’pose he only sol* 50 sheers; he’d have half the mule left, an’ the SSO, wouldn’t he?” “Why, yes; butit isn’t always advisa ble to put out too much stock, or to fix the price too high. IPs apt to drag the sale.” “That so?” Jake looked at him curi ously for a momei.t, then went on re flectively: “When ye was up here pother day ye spoke of a big corpera tiou, an* ’lowed the mo’ sheers was sol’ the too’ money thar’d be, an* the mo* jnoßey thar’d be the mo* work could be done an’ the mo* profit* divided. Ain’t that how ye said? I*v© been thinkia* a heap o’ that corperation sense ye lef’.*’ “Why, yes—yes; I believe I did say something like that. But everything must have a limit.” “I s’pose so. But thar’s another p’int. If a man has prop’ty worth a thousan* dollars —or say a million or billion — an* puts hit into sheers, he*s wuth jes* that much, ain’t he, whether he sells or no?” “Yes, in a way—on paper.” “Jes’so, in stock. An* I’ve heered stock is safer nor straight money—not stole so easy. An* now ag*in, If that propt’y ain’t, put into stock, he’s wuth jes’ the prop’ty, without no special sum to name?” “Of course.” “Whereas,” continued Jake, sturdily, “if a man has prop’ty, an* wants to know how much *tis, or if he wants to be wuth a special set sum, he’d bes’ corperation his belongin’s into stock sheers. That’s all. An’ now,” briskly, “ ’bout the deal. What’ll ye give me, straight cash, for that coal lan’?” “Why, I —er —we haven’t arranged about the manganese land yet.” “No, we ain’t; that’s a fact. I’d plumb forgot, hit’s so triflin’. Wall, how much for the manganese, fust? I’m aimin’ to git the whole thing straightened up now.” “Will ten thousand suit you?” Jake stared. Ten thousand for that “THAT COAL LAN’S VALLBLE.” small patch of waste land that only showed a few faint streaks of man ganese? Why, it didn’t contain even •the color cf coal. But he only said: “Yes, I reckon that’s a fa’r price. I’ll take ten thousan.* ” “Very well,” eagerly. * “I will give you a check for it now and get the matter off our hands.” “Jes’ as you say. An’ now ’bout the coal lan’. I ’low if the price is right, hit’ll suit better to sell than to hoi’ fur somebody else.” The man laughed. “No one else will buy,” he declared. “Theland is too far from a railroad. I can afford to give more than any-one on account of its being so near the manganese land. I could work them more economically.” “That’s a fac’.” Jake waited expec- THE TELEGRAPH HABIT. One Who Had Contracted It Had a Menage Delivered to Him In Church. Many men have the telegraphing habit/as others have the telephoning habit. They send “a wire” with and without provocation. Even where time is not an object, and a letter would do much more good, they call for a blank and scratch off 20 or 40 words, says the New York Press. There is a young lawyer here whose career has been greatly accelerated by a judicious em ployment of the telegraph. In some way he always manages to receive two or three messages wherever he hap pens to be—in a hotel, theater, muse um. church, opera house or jail. When he crosses the ocean next month on a big liner he will have half a dozen niarconigraphs a day by wireless. He is confident of the su<*;ess of keeping himself in the public eye, no matter what the cost. One Sunday he re ceived a message in church, and, qui etly rising to his fullest stature to give the congregation opportunity to view him, he stalked out satisfied that he had made an indelible impression. The message consisted of five words— “ Read Reflections of a Barrister.” TRAINING OF A SALESLADY. Some Points That Are Essential to Her Popularity with Her Employer. The business education of shop girls is continually stimulated by means of lectures given by the buyer, who is the real boss, says Les lie’s Monthly. “Try,” he says, “to make your customer take the goods with her, to avoid deliveries; but don’t carry this out too strictly, for if your customer is the right sort it is well to accommodate her.” “Try to have as few C. O. D. sales as possible,” is a phrase frequently dinned into cur ears. “Try to sell hard selling goods,” is another fre quent remark of the buyer. Each department is under supervision of a buyer, who not only buys the goods, but also sees that the girls sell them. At the end o i the season, if iantly a moment, then went on: **l’d ruther sell fur straight out ca*h, on/ account o*—well, the fac* is,” redden ing, “I’m to be married, an* am a-need in’ a special set sum.” “Indeedl” the man beamed his con gratulations. “Well, then in that case, I’m willing to give you, say $5,000.” “But, look herel Man, alive I that coal lan’s vallyble.** “Well, I’ve an idea the manganese land is the more valuable of the two. At any rate, five thousand is all I care to offer for the coal land, and I’m not anxious to have it for that. But what do you consider it worth?” “One —millyun—dollars!” Thv words were very emphatic and distinct. “Not one cent less, not one cent mo*.” It was the man’s turn to laugh. “Why, that’s preposterous,” he de clared. “Then thar’s no use o’ you an’ me talkin’ any mo*,” Jake said, turning away abruptly. “My figgers- is straight one millyun, with no come down.” A few weeks later there wa 8 a sudden ripple of excitement along the moun tain side. A real frame house, evi dently to be very elaborate, built by one of their own number, was an event sufficiently startling to cause a gen eral suspension of labor on the slope, and a going back and forth of curious neighbors to watch and make com ments. The SIO,OOO did it all, and it purchased a horse and carriage, and set out an apple and peach orchard, and other wise improved the place. They had decided to “corperation” the coal land; and, against a lawyer’s advice, Jake insisted, that the shares be issued at SIO,OOO each. It would seem “mo’ rich,” he said, “to have a few big sheers than a lot of little ones;” and when assured they would not sell so easily, had answered that he did not care for them to sell; he and Cindy had everything they wanted, and stock was safer to keep than money. So the coal land became a corpora tion, with Jake as all its officers, and with a hundred shares at,slo,ooo each, preferably not for sale. But an un filled certificate was posted conspicu ously in the post office, so that folks could sec how the thing looked. The question of transportation was immaterial, for the coal was not to he rained. Jake purchased a safe, in which he carefully locked his stock, only taking it out from time to time to look at or show to friend®. And, knowing it to be there, he went to work contentedly and energetically among his fruit trees. But for all this, the “corporation” served its purpose. The fame of it went beyond the slope, even down into the valley, and on through its length and breadth. People Cindy had only heard of by reputation Called on her, and found in her something which made them call again, and she and Jake, through returning the callst, and through the hooks and music and pic tures which began to gather in their mountain home, gradually attained to that which they had longed for in a dim, groping way. any particular department is not a success, that department may be abolished, and the buyer will be out of a job. He is, therefore, very anx ious to get rid of the goods, par ticularly of the hard selling ones— more anxious, perhaps, than the firm itself. AT NOON. There’s a rapture In the woodland In the sighing of the trees; There is pleasure on the prairie In the fleldlark's litanies; But the glory of the country. And the wood-dove’s coaxing croon Isn’t in It with the city When the whistles blow for noon. Where the violets are hiding Is a lovely way to stray ■When the dew is on the orchard And the blossomed branches sway; But give me—give me the city, Where one’s heart throbs to a tune W r hen the rushing wheels are silent And the whistles blow' for noon. Bosky dells are where to wander With a sweetheart by your side, ■With your fingers intertwining, Treading softly, dreamy-eyed; They are lovely for the lovers ’Neath a soft benignant moon*. But I’m pining for the city When the whistles blow' for noon. —J. M. Lewis, in Houston Post. Brokers in Pedestrian Race. Every stock exchange man who thinks he can walk will soon have an opportunity. May 1 is the stock ex change holiday, and that day will see 107 stock exchange aspirants to pedes trian fame plodding their weary way on the Brighton road. At six o’clock in the morning they will leave the city. Anxious brokers in the forties, who have been testing on weighing machines were ruefully comparing the results with the figures of their athletic youth. Dinner has been arranged at Brighton for the survivors of the race. Venice for Winter Residence. In a certain coterie of English so ciety there has been considerable talk about Venice becoming a favorite win ter residence. Vanity Fair says a number of musical and artistic folk, among whom are Lady De Grey, Lady Leo Stuart, Baron and Baroness De Meyer, Lady Cole-Brook, Lord Ilches ter and one or two others have talked of buying palaces and establishing m little colony in tbe City of the Pages. PROFESSIONAL. JAMES T. CHILES, aA Attorney at Law at Starkville, Miss. THOS. J. WOOD, at Attorney at Law at Starkville, Miss. JOHN J. DENNIS, at Attorney at Law at Starkville, Miss. B. FRANK HELL, JR. . ODIE DANIEL. BELL & DANIEL, Lawyers. Will practice in all the courts. Col lections a specialty. Money to loan on real estate. Terms easy. Starkville, Miss. JAMES W. NORMENT, Lawyer, (Office next door to Halbert Hotel.) Starkville, Miss. Will practice in all the courts. Money loaned for private parties with out charge. WILEY N. NASH, Attorney and Counselor at Law and Solicitor in Chancery, Starkville, Oktibbeha County, Mias. Office east side of Courthouse Square. S. H. HARRINGTON, Attorney and Counselor at Law Maben, Miss. Will practice in all the courts of Oktibbeha and surrounding counties. Money to loan on improved farms at 8 per cent interest. J. W. ECKFORD, Physician and Surgeon Starkville, Miss. DR. A. A. WOFFORD, o£ Dental Surgeon a* Starkville, Miss. O.Tice in Opcrahouse building. NOT IN ANYTRUST Many newspapers have lately given currency to reporta by Irresponsible parties to the effect that THE NEW HOME SEWINQ MACHINE CO had entered a trust or combination; we wish to assure the public that there is no truth in such reports. We have been manufacturing sewing machines for over a quarter of a centu ry, and have established a reputation for oup* selves and our machines that is the envy of all others. Our “New Home” machine has never been rivaled as a family machine. —It stands at the head of all High Grade, sewing machines, and stands on its own merits. The “New Home” is the only really HIGH GRADE Sewing Machine on the market . It Is not necessary for us to enter into a trust to save our credit or pay any debts as we have no debts to pay. We have never entered into competition with manufacturers of low grade cheap machines that are made to sell regard less of any intrinsic merits. Do not be de ceived, when you want a sewing machine don’t send your money away from home; call on a “ New Home” Healer , he can sell you a better machine for less than you can purchase elsewhere. If there is no dealer near you, write direct to us. THE NEW HOME SEWINO MACHINE CO ORANGE, MASS. 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