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THE STARKVILLE NEWS.
von JAIN V. Electric Kali way. To the People of the County— A few years ago the writer made an effort to encourage pub lie sentiment toward the con st ruetion of an electric* railway joining Slarkvilie and the Col lege; I? believed at that time that the construction of this line would he a wise financial ven ture; improvements since that lime have been rapidly made, and ] am now thoroughly con vinced that the people of the community can well afford 10 finance an enterprise so indicat ive of pro^es>ivein ss and com munity upbuilding. I believe that dividends will be satisfac tory from l lie beginning, am. such emei crises always im prove conditions; they are a public convenience in tlie same class wit U water woi ks, electric lights ami telephones, and do more in ad verlising and 1 adding up property values than either of these necessities. Tie Col lege and ts arkville con lur.ities are dependent on each ( her to a great extent. The C liege is dependent for trading facility, churches, sabbath school, pub lic schools and other pjblic utili ties; tlie College should be of use to the StarkviMe community by giving it an increased intel lectual standing, providing en tertainment, and high-class en vironment, as well tS its trade. The two communiti es are inter linked socially; neither could prosper so well without the other; they are component parts of me community and should be held together as such. The intervening distance be tween the two communities is too great for walking, and the College community is at great expense to maintain conveyance and the Starkville merchants' delivery facilities. The distance prevents easy communication and has been the cause of the fostering by the College of busi ness enterprises, such as book stores, student supply stores, shoe stores, cigar and confec tionary stands, and barber shop; these would not be necessary with easy communication and tive-cent fares. Unless some better means of communication is provided it will finally be necessary to foster a commissary for food supplies. This is not the business of college organiza tions. and progiessive people will always aid logical enter prise. People like to sec* what they purchase, and they also like to have the opportunity to purchase for cash; the incon venience of trading has led to to the ordering of shoes, cloth ing, furniture and hardware, which could have been handled by Starkville merchants with ea sy communication. The Coll esrelV a non-produc ing community of about 1000 in - habitants and its trade is a valu able asset; it must expend annu ally for merchandise about $150.00 per inhabitant or $150000.00 a year. Birmingham and other cities always reach out for municipalities of 300 in habitants, even if the distance is five miles or more, and when the community has its separate trad- ing facility. When our com munities are closer interlinked with this rai I way, 1 1 1 is mu s t be at some time, the College will find its theatrical. Lyceum and lecture courses more profitable and they will in consequence b * come of a better class and will occur oftenor, closer social inter course will be brought about, churches, Sabbath schools and public schools will become of mutual interest, a common means of recreation will exist, and we will become in all re spects one community. There has. been a notable tendency toward residence im provement in Slarkvilie recently and tins has been confined largely toward the College end of town; tin* unfortunate loca tion of the cemetery hinders development in this direction .£nd we need new avenues estab lished; this railway line can he run to open entirely new ave nues and by extension to the fab* ground or farther it will bring into use for residence pur poses all the western port ion of j Starkville and make it a.-* valna-1 hie as property in the east end. : Regarding comparative loca-j lions: —electric railways are be-| ing established in towns the size of Columbus and Yazoo City I # I which have no separate depend-, ent community, no parks which are attractive enough, to be con sidered in comparison with the College Campus, no terminal ■ . > > ( pbints except depots, and where the residence section grouped immediately about the business center and within an easy walk ing distance; the Columbus line is a paying investment and elec tric railway lines do not cease to j be operated after operation is once begun. Stark ville has g-ood travel, her depots are in the College direction as well as factory improvement and thel construction of about two ami a quarter miles of line will cover all desirable points; the de pendent community is at such a 1 distance that all travel would ride. The line is also short enough for one car to provide half-hour service. We have also at the College a, power plant which is in operation for from 18 to -1 hours a day, and perhaps s economical a plant as can be found in the state; the fact that the operating expenses to the College would actually become less by the addition of more day load on its machinery and employees as well as the at tendant educational advantages aid permanent benefit should cause the College authorities to furnish power to this line at cost; this would provide power without superintendance or other trouble and at a. cost of about half what it would be shoufd the road develope its own power; engineering ability is, available and free to this road. The cost of the installation is a fixed en gineering proposition and I have a detailed estimate, which is available to the public, and which provides for a good instal lation of 2 and 1-4'miles of track, the machinery of the railway company to be located in the College power house, and to hav& good road equipment at a KTARKVILLB, MISS., FRIDAY, JULY 20, 1900. , cost of not exceeding #24000,00. I have also an available estimate of operai ing expenses which does not exceed #OOO.OU a month. Tin* calculation of the income to such a road is not altogether an engineering problem, but I believe that a dividend of 10 to 15 per cent will ho earned at the beginning. It will be remem bered that the communities had one telephone line until a few venturesome individuals financed a local system and saw with surprise that its stock soon be came valuable; I believe that railway stock would become , equally as valuable. The fol lowing estimate is, in my opin ion, conservative, but* if it does not seem so to others, remember that both communities are rap idly growing and that I have omitted enough items mentioned at the end of the estimate to at least bring the total estimate conservative. The estimate is based partly on an expecied average student attendance next session of 800: Soo students 1 round tripea. a \vk. for b mo. 040,00 30(> people will attend church in Starkville, 0 mo. 1080.uo ISO fam. pop. on campus, 2 fl. T. ea. a wk. 11 mo. 1400.00 2o sch. child'll from campus, •J in os. 432.00 100 sufumer sell. att. 4 H. T. ea. a wk., 4 wks., 640.00 2on Farmers lust, attendance, 2 IF T. ea. for 1 wk., 40.00 Fair Week in Starkvilie, 3 ds. j at 910q.00 a day, 300.00 12 tea hers from Starkville to College b mo. 250.2 c 3o students from Starkville, 4 H. T. a wk., 0 mos. 45ti.00 lo mechanics and laborers to College 12 mos. 302.00 4o electric fans 0 mos. at S2.So. 000.00 12 ball games at College 200 K. T. each, 360.00 2o 11. T. a day to depots. 730.00 IS theatricals at Starkville, 100 R. T. each, ISo.oo 0 entertainments at College, 2o R. T. each, ISo.oo 3 ds. commencement at s3oo. and. boo.oo Residence travel in Staikville, ISoo.oo Total, 1236b.20 This estimate does not include cotton and oil mill service, op porlunity for package delivery from merchants to campus, the handling of certain freight and express from the depots lo the College, handling of College shipments over, I. C. railway, arrivals and departures at Col lege, handling of student trunks to depots, salesmen and other transient travel, social enter tainment religious and society services *at the college, the park, use of the campus and other smaller items not estimatable as well as the indirect benefit. SUM MAUV: Cost of construction, 524000.00 Operating expenses, 7200.00 Depreciation, 7 per c, 1080.00 8880. Income from all sources, 123G9.20 Profit in 12 mo. 3489.20 Percentage profit, 14.f>0 If this electric railway operated itself without paying direct dividends the benefits to the community would justify the expenditure necessary for its construction. T have a personal interest as head of the Klectrical department of the College in ad vocating the construction of this road, but I also wish the oppor tunity as a private individual to subscribe SIOOO.OO to its stock; lam influenced in the latter Good Things for The Home Of Course you want them good, and you want to pay the Lowest Possible Price. We meet both requirements, A New Departure for Starkville AND VICINITY. Stillmans Removal Sale For a limited time only—3o DAYS—JuIy 22 to August 22 we will reduce our stock preparatory to moxing, and will sacrifice for cash Furniture of all Kinds, INCLUDING SEWING MACHINES LAWN SWINGS BED-ROOM FURNITURE PARLOR SUITES HALL SUITES TABLES, CHAIRS CARPETS, RUGS, LAMPS, PICTURES. Come Before Stock Is Picked Over. Our prices are the LOWEST. We want you to see them. .Will take special interest in YOU. Furniture that will make your home coniiortable and beautiful. AT A VERY LOW FIGURE, MANY ARTICLE BEING MARKED AT AND BEOW COST. only by a linn belief in the suc cess of the enterprise, I wish the opinion and help of the community in establishing this electi ic railway. Very respectfully, C E Aud. WILLImOR mm opkice LIEUTENENT GOVERNOR SHIP OF MISSISSIPPI WILL NOT GO BEG GING. DR- KIGER OF WARREN OUT Ran Once Before and Gave Matrimonial Pledge, But Has Not Announced Present Platform. Mississippi Bureau. JACCSON, Miss., July 16. (Special.)—The office of Lieut- Governor is not to be allowed to go a’heggfng. As in all times when the State is imperiled, patriotic citizens have stepped to the front and offered themselves for the position. A few days ago it looked like Hon. Wiley N. Nash, of Stark* ville, former Attorney-General, would be the only person willing to serve in this highly honorable but rather unprofitable office. It has since developed, however, that Capt. S. B. Watts. member of Ihe lower house of the legisla ture from Lauderdale county, and a promident member of the Meri dian bar, is a ful 1-Hedge candi date, having definitly dscided to enter the field. A third canditate steps for ward in the person of Dr. W. G. Kiger, of Warren, former presi dent of the State board of health, former State senator from War ren, and who has been closely identified with the affairs of the State for several years. Dr. Kiger was an aspirant for the Lieut-Governorship four years ago, but before commenc ing his campaign he promised to get married before be w|| elect ed, and so much of his was occupied with courting that he was unable to make a through canvass. And he didn’t get mar ried, either. Whether or not Dr. Kiger will place a matrimonial pledge in his next pletform is not known, but the announce ment of that document is being awaited with a great deal of in terest. —Scimitar. We don’t presume that Gener al Nash or his friends anticipated that he would have the field to himself, but we are of the opin ion that General Nash is to well and favorably known throughout the Staee, not only for his popu larity, but a man of ability and high attainments as a leading lawyer and progressive farmer, to be defeated in his lauable as piration anp ambition to become Lieutenant Governor. NUMBER 19,