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THE STARKVILLE NEWS.
VOL. X. ;n kingdom of cotton. * The Situation. I Mean old market; won’t go down. On March Ist, 1905, we had ] ust 525,000 bales less cotton to mpply the world’s needs than low. The human race has grown 14£ per cent since that time. The crop of Egypt and India are both short this year; they vere not in 1905. , The automobile tires will con 'ume more cotton in 1912 than raised in the state of Ten essee in 1911. After March Ist, 1905, we mar. reted, or rather, the spinners ook 2.500,000 bales of the tail nd of the big crop of 1904. Eyen nd not the world require nearly wenty-five per cent more cotton han in 1905, not counting the ndustnal needs, and we only ake 3,000,000 bales more of cot on before the new crop comes □, we would enter the next crop laore barren of stock than ever 4efore in the history of cotton. I The dry goods shelves of the fyorld are barren, because mer < hants have been on a hand to piouth policy for three years, pvlerchants from Texas and Okla homa, recent buyers in Dallas, nought more heayily than for years, claiming depleted stocks iis the cause. | If we are to regard the spin ners’ takings as at all indicative Jof the world’s needs we arrive at l&he inevitable conclusion, after reading the masterly analysis of the situation by Messrs. 8. H. P. ■Pell & Cos., of New York, pub lished below, that we shall see a rravenous demand for cotton at Imuch higher prices long before Ijuly. Mike Thomas, the well-known and successful cotton man of Dallas thinks cotton will go to 12c before summer. It is intensely interesting to read the far-fetched conclusions of all the bear dope writers in New York and New Orleans, and there are ten bears in New Or leans to one in New York. All the Southern men with few ex ceptions who have gone to New York are bearish, seeming to fol low the inclination so prevalent in the South, thinking it wise to tight the product of one’s own Some of these writers are ludicrous in their efforts to show that the market is bound to decline after it reaches 11 cents, because the men behind this “manipulated” market are bears at heart. Let’s see about this. Strange if cotton goes up it is “manipulated,” but if it goes down it was natural because it had to do it. We are much impressed with the contention of Mr. Hugh F. McElroy, published elsewhere, that we haye a tremendous short interest in spots. # This short in terest, too, is the actual cotton short, to spinners. This writei knows personally that there are a great mr\ny spot men on the brink of ruin at this time because they went short the actual cotton unhedged, lulled into false sense of security by the Southern bears that there would be no end of cotton at any old price. We are STAIJKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI, FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 1912. very thankful that the efforts of this publication, to secure some of the value of cotton for the producers has resulted in a hold ing movement that has kept enough cotton off the market to materially advance prices. We think when the buyers who are short the market gets busy to fill their March commitments we will see them bid the market up on themselves to a point where it will mean ruin to many of them. This we regard as righte ous retribution. Of course this paper is* unpop ular with this element of cotton men, as it is with the spinners and all other enemies of high priced cotton. All right, boys, we are bullish on the situation because we think cotton at 11 cents per pound the cheapest thing in the world, today, com pared with all other things, and the onlv disaster we think could happen to the market at this time would he for or a similar bill to pass Congress. Eyen the ,rankest bear will admit that the preparations for anew crop are not all reassur ing. while the sales of fertilizer to the individual comsumer are almost nil, as compared with former years—last year espe cially. No matter what price cotton may reach ac planting time, the Southern planter will not forget the sting of the price he received when he had to sell last October and November. Neither will he ,soon forget the price he is now paying for corn, meat and mules—that is, when ever he buys mules, very few being sold as compared with last year. This writer has just returned from the Atlantic states and knows whereof he speaks when he says that the reduction of acreage will be larger in that section than anywhere else. Don’t be alarmed at heavy port receipts; this cotton is all sold, and is a heavy movement on its way out of sight and into consumption. We repeat our advice. Freeze to your spots and buy July now- It is good for 11 cants, and that in the next two weeks. Don’t make the mistake of selling your spot cotton and buying futures against it. If you have the cot ton hold to it. If not, do the next best thing and buy July. It will be like getting money from home with the express charges paid. Nuf Sed. —The Cotton and Cotton Oil News, Dallas, Texas. Many Vets go to Reunion. f . Mississippi will send a large delegation of Confederate veter ans to the annual reunion to be held at Macon Ga., from May 7th to 9th, inclusive. Elaborate preparations for the journey to the George city are being made, and the plans are more business-like than hereto fore formulated for annual gath ering. Maj. Gen. Patrick Henry, commander of the state division, and Adj.-Gen. John A. Webb haye arranged for train seryice, and every possible provision will be made for the comfort of the veterans who make the journey. In a general order issued Iron* the state headquarters, General Henry announces the appoint ment of Miss Elma Jones, of Crystal Springs, as sponsor. Miss Rosalie Farish, of Mayersville as maid of honor, and Mrs. Sebe Easterling, of Meridian as cha perone for the state division. The various local camps and brigade commanders will also announce sponsors, maids of honor and chaperones within the next few days. Bible Class For Adults. Written for The State by George Arm strong Wauchope, Professor of Eng lish at University of South Carolina. Last October Rev. Dr. R. G. Pearson, professor of English Bible in Columbia Theological Seminary, was invited by the session of the First Presbyterian church to organize and teach a Bible class for the men and wo men of the congregation. We had neyer had a live and success ful Bible class for adults, and the small one meeting in connection with the Sabbath school had languished for many years with frequent change of teachers. Dr. Pearson undertook the work with his accustomed skill, energy and enthusiasm. The result has been one of the most notable Bible study classes in the country. It has been meeting in the auditorium of the church at 10 o’clock eyery Sabbath morning with an average attend ance of about 100 under the most adverse weather conditions knoivn here for 25 years. Among the members are professors and students of the Columbia Theo logical Seminary, the University and the College for Women, many Christian workers from our own and other churches and bus iness as well as professional men from the city. Prom the first the interest and enthusiasm of the members has been marked, and the influence of the class upon the city has been noteworthy. It has, in fact, been far the most stimulat ing. profitable and successful Bible class I have ever known. Dr. Pearson in the handling of the class and in the teaching of his subject, the Pentateuch, has shown himself a singularly skill ful leader and profound Biblical scholar. His remarkable success is due, I believe, chiefly to 1. His analytical method of treating his subject (using a blackboard with topical outlines, subdivisions, keywords, charts, etc.) 2. His constant harmonizing of the Old and the New Testa ments. 3. His strikingly original ap plications, now humorous, now eloquent, of the great Bible truths to the practical questions of the day. 4. His power of stimulating a fresh interest in first-hand, per sonal Bible study. 5. Above all, the evangelical and devotional spirit which ener gizes his teaching to a remarka ble degree. Dr. Pearson is endowed with rare and brilliant gifts as .a teacher, is a man of wide intel lectual range, of warm human sympathies, and a long and va ried experience. He is fearlessly outspoken and has the noble courage of his conyiclions. He avails himself of the most mod ern methods of teaching such as we are accustomed to hear in the universities in the treatment of literary and historical subjects. His teaching in a word is schol arly, practical, stimulating, de votional and evangelical. It should be added that the class is well organized with offi cers, reading of minutes, a week ly collection which makes it self supporting, and is opened with a hymn and prayer. This (Oktibbeha), county is proud of Dr. Pearson, and glad to know that he is really appre ciated. He is a man of the very highest order of intellect and of superior attainments. He is a giant among men whereyer he is. His friends here in his native county will always be glad to know of his good health, happi ness and prosperity. Any com munity is very much enriched by having him in its midst. His reputation is not only of slate and national but international as one of the greatest divines. NEW HOPE SAYINGS. BY NORA HEFLIN. Messrs. Thos. and Geo. Taylor and Mr. Ernest Rooerson made a flying trip to Starkville Satur day. Mrs. Meatie Hufman returned home Sunday after a long stay with relatives near Longview. Mrs. Clemmie Taylor and fam ily spent Sunday with her daugh ter, Mrs. Viola Robertson. Miss Annie Mae Roberts spent Sunday with the Misses Heflin. Willie Hefln visited his sister, Mrs. Mary Kendrick, at Long view last week. Little Birtha Lee Yeatman spent last week with her grand mother, Mrs. M. E. Hufman. • Mr. Jim Heflin and family, ac companied by his mother, spent Sunday at Longview with rela tives. Mr. Clarence Hulman spent Saturday night with his sister, Mrs. Annie Yeatman. Mr. John Williams happened to the misfortune of losing a fine milch cow last week. Miss Addie Scoggins is spend ing a few weeks with her broth er, Mr. L. G. Scoggins. Mrs. Sue Roberson spent a few days with her nephew, Mr. J. L, Thompson. Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Thompson are the proud parents of a fine boy, which arrived Saturday. Misses Fannie and Nora Heflin entertained quite a number of young people Sunday afternoon. Mrs. A. C. Kendrick, of Long view, is the fair guest of her daughter, Mrs. Addie Heflin, this week. Mr. Thomas Taylor made a business trip to Longview Mon day. Mr. Scoggins, of Longview, spent Sunday with his son, L. G. Mr. and Mrs, Elzie Kendrick visited their brother’s family, C. F. Kendrick, at Longview, Sat urday, , We should bear with one an other’s fretfulness; we seldom know their unspoken troubles. The reason why some husbands are said to “lead a dog’s life’’ Is because they wait to be fed. Every man and woman has a right to judge one individual only; and that is his or herself. “Tender husbands” are often the result of having been kept in ‘•hot water.” There is only one real failure in life possible; and that is, not to be true to the best one knows. Prefer diligence to idleness, unless you esteem rust above brightness. The “nimble dollar” requires diligence; therefore, there can be no rust, ■ ——— When you have a box of cigars, and no matches, take out one from the box; that makes the box a cigar lighter, STURGIS LOCALS. BY MISS SALLIE BEVIL. Miss Ilah Woodson entertained with a musicale Saturday even ing. All had an enjoyable time. Messrs. Lonnie Hammill, Olan Thompson and Rat Nason were visitors in town Saturday and Sunday. Supt, Green spent a day or two here this week. Mr. Arthur Livingston had a fall from a horse Saturday night. The animal tripped in some vines and became unmanageable. Af ter unseating his rider he ran away and was not found until late Sunday evening. Dr. Murphy has two lame' horses. One from a wire-cut, the other from a snagged foot. Rain and mud have just about stopped travel in this section. Mrs. Ada Hannah has been quite sick for ten days. Rev. N. Q. Adams, Mr. Joe Collier, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Berry were called to the bedside of Mrs. Hamp Collier last week. Mrs. Collier is now convalescing. Mr, Vesta Frazier is suffering from a severely sprained foot and ankle. His horse threw him Thursday. Mrs. Koonce has been quite sick for a week. Dr. Murphey was called to am putate a leg for a negro last Fri day. The operation was suc cessful tho it was feared that the patient would not survive the operation. ■ Hl’ W I— w r I Sunday At The Baptist Church. Preaching by the pastor W. A. Jor dan. Morning Theme: “As The Rada.” Sunday evening: ‘Sanctification An Accomplished Fact.” 7:30 Evening hour. All are cordially invited. W. A, Jordan. J> Double Your Crops by draining your land with Drain Tile. Write West Point Brick & Tile Cos., West Point, Miss., for free book on Drainage, and price list of Tile. They pay the freight. _ ‘ • Mr. Jno. A. Cummins, of Bradley, was.a.business visitor yesterday and remembered us substantially. Thanks. Today is sunshine and a little cool; i| is cheering and reassuring. NO. 51