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THE STARK VILLE NEWS.
VOL. XI. Eleventh Anniversary. Who would haye thought it ? It seems that but yesterday that the News was in its swaddling clothes. Just to think that it has passed its tenth and now in its eleventh year. The next will be Volume XI. No. 1. That’s the way it appears this week. We have now passed the 10th and are now in the 11th grade. We may never be able to go fur ther than to attend the High School of the Art Preservative, but along the line of self culture we shall be encouraged to prose cute our studies. We are conscious of the fact that we have not attained the degree of excellence that many wou’d desire, nor what we our selves, but we excuse ourselves that we have done our best with the opportunities set before us. We desire to make the News bet ter, but it takes two parties to a contract. Kind readers, have you done anything to encourage and promote the growth and betterment of the News? You. only you, can answer the ques tion. A town or community without a newspaper would be a dark nook. We had rather haye a caudle than to grope in the dark. The News may be like unto a lamp and yet may be come an electric light. The community can make it what it pleases. We thank all who have aided us and sincerely appreciate all kindnesses, and to those, if any, who haye opposed us from any cause, whatever, we hold no un kind feelings, and forgive them from the very depths of our heart. It is not our nature to bear hatred or malice; there is no good sense in it, and were we, we are the injured person; no good to self or the community in which we live. Let. us remem ber “that words are more vivify ing than the showers of Spring, sharper than the sword of de struction ;the point of a lance may be drawn from the body, but a cruel word can never be extracted from the heart which it has once wounded.” We must help one another, not to pull down but build up, for we are dependent upon each other as one system is upon another. We hope to make the News a better county paper in every re spect, and hope to make it a wel come weekly visitor in every home in the county. We solicit the aid and support of eyery one of our good citizens of town and county, to do what each mav deem correct and proper. We wish all of our countv, for the year 1912, good health, hap piness and prosperity, and great success. (The above should have appear last week. — mm—mm The majority of country mer chants and business men, per haps, feel doubtful as to the value of advertising. They ad vertise more or less —and are more or less satisfied with the results. Meanwhile the big mer- the cities has no doubt in his mind whatever. He knows. Because he knows he worlds upon the postoffice department and MLSSISSIPPI, FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 1012. secures an order making it pos sible to send mail to all persona along free delivery routes by number. Then the big city mer chant begins to send out his ad vertising matter. He spends thousands of dollars advertising his wares througn the big city newspapers which reach every farmer along every rural free delivery route; he also spends hundreds of dollars for cata logues', circulars, letters, postage and other ways of advertising. What is the result? The coun try business man who is doubtful about the results of advertising finds competition with his city brother grow keener and keener If it does not pay the country merchant to advertise to his pat rons why does it pay the city merchant to advertise to those same patrons? The answer is plain. One knows that it pays and keeps everlastingly at it, while the other doubts if it pays and only advertises when he feels compelled to. Double, treble, quadruple your advertis ing appropriation and never let up letting the people know that you have something just as good and just as cheap as the city merchant, and you will find that his competition is not so much to be dreaded after all. “He who at his trade would rise, must either bust or advertise.” —Lex- ington Advertiser. There is great truth in what the Advertiser says, but some people will say that the paper is an interested party and is look ing for its interest. You will find people that feel that every body is seeking some advantan tage, and it is well enough to think before entering into any proposition, but time and expe rience teach that advertising is essential for full information. There may be and are humbugs, but that does not prove the prin ciple of advertising incorrect. The law requires the sheriff to advertise property of all kinds, executors, administrators, trus tees, commissioners and others where values are included. The reasons are too numerous to men tion, but all lead to one and the same conclusion, that it be that by “all men” that there is some thing of value to be sold and that all have an equal chance to pur chase a bargain and that the thing to be sold must bring value. You will hear and see it adver tised for people to patronize home merchants and home indus tries, but the inconsistencies are far from what they indicate in their saying and preachments. Many of them can’t get printing good enough at home on which to make out accounts upon against their customers. Their sta tionery must be embossed or en graved and will pay three to four times more for it and not upon as good material, at any rate no better. Go to the court houses throughout the state; all the offi cials have letter heads embossed or engraved that will cost from two and one-half to three times as much as they could be printed at home. Why not keep the money at home with the people and that, too, the peoples’ money? Perhaps the very same officers neyer sav* any thing more than a five cent tablet before they went into office. It the Board of Supervisors would require all officers to make a bill of all printing in bulk, we are of the opinion that it could be printed at home, at least three-fourths of it or more. The home printer could do as well, if not better, with the concern that prints the big books. The home printing offices are entitled to the county printing, if they can do it. The old custom of officers giving it out to friends should cease. Let the people’s money be spent at home. Anything wrong about this? If so, will someone rise and explain? We haye two home offices ana one at Maben. It is discouraging to a print shop to read the proceed ings of many of the counties of the boards of supervisors. We will have something to say at another time if occasion should arise. STUKOIS LOCALS. BY MISS SALLIE BEVIL. Colonel Wood of the News staff was a visitor here Saturday. Mr. Prancher Adams left tor Memphis Wednesday where he went for treatment for his eyes. Mr. R. E. Hannah and five of his Club girls, Mr. H. M. Bnzzell and Miss Salhe Bevill, attended the teachers’ Meeting in Stark ville last week. Through the efforts of Prof. Brizzell and Miss Bevill, Miss Susie V. Powell was secured for a lecture Saturday evening. Miss Powell addressed an apprecia tive audience and we hope the seed sown “upon good ground” and will bear fruit in the form of a better school for Sturgis. Mr. Herman Makamson north of town lost his baby Thursday. We sympathize with the parents in their sad hours of breavement. “Sand Creek” and “Green” Schools had a rally Mar. 15th. A short program by the students of both schools was rendered in the fornoon. After a most sumptu ous repast provided by the pa. trons the pupils of the two schools met in a Spelling Con test. Thirteen pages were spell, ed, thirteen pupils on each side. Sand Creek won 5 to oso thir teen is not an unlucky number tor Sand Creek. A prize of three dollars was put up by the teach ers and the winners donated it to their library. Mr. Ed McMinn returned Wed nesday from Idaho. He has been out there prospecting and will make it his home in future. He and two children left Saturday. Mrs. McMinn and two children are already there. Mr. Syl Cobb, Melan. Tenn. is visiting his kinsman, Mr. J. H. McKinzie. . Mr. Bolin was here last week in behalf of the Sunset Maga zine., He secured twenty-one sub cribers. He entertained Monday night. Nine dollars was collect ed as admission fees which he donated to the school. Rev. Johnson a Sunday School, missionary preached at the Pres byterian Church Sunday, March, 17th. At Longview. j We spent between trains at Longview Saturday evening. The people there seem to be waiting only for the weather to break and begin work on the Agricultural High School. The timbers have been cleared off of the land where the buildings are to be located and material on hand for the building of the pil lars. Things look good there and it puts life in the people. There is a much larger trade done there than we thought for. The two mills there, the timber interests and other industries make a considerable pay-roll weekly. The village can boast of nine business houses and a first class barber shop. There are two blacksmith shops. What they can’t make one can purchase from the hardware store. The village was tilled with traders and many people who c'.ould not get here on account of bad roads, no doubt, traded there during the winter. . DOUBLE SPRINGS ITEMS. Saturday and Sunday was re markable weather. Our public roads are yet almost impassable. Please excuse us if we are a little insipid. We are suffering with rheumatism. Sickness is wide spread in our community. “Gripp” and colds are stopping many children from school. Don’t judge a boy by his clothes. You can’t tell how far a frog can jump by looking at him. What great man was it who said “on the point of the pem hangs the destiny of nations?” Supt. A. E. Green visited our school at Double Springs a few days ago and found the school doing good work. As we can not hope for our great W. J. Bryan to be Presi dent of the United States, we now hope for Woodrow Wilson. The little twelve month’s old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Reed died Thursday and was in terred Friday in Baptist ceme tery. Mr. J. E. Betts went to Maben Friday. When Mr. Betts’ mules can’t pull the mud to Maben you can “take out and go fishing.” You can call us “Red Necks, Hill Billies, or Wool Hats,” but we are still opposed to any for eign immigration. We don’t need it. About three weeks ago two Italians haying a huge black bear passed through Double Swings. We said to ourselves this must be the initiative step to immigration. You may talk about “manifest destiny and railroad track,” and you may talk about the Ameri can £irl made up of “fluffs and plumes,” but we will always stand up lor old Mississippi, No state in the JJnipn has more pure Americanism m her people than; does the Stats of Mississippi. Mr. A. J. Sikes wm be fwtepflay. A Longin’ for Spring. Hurry ! Spring weather, come back to this clime, With your glittering raiment and pretty sunshine! Today is the time for making hearts glad, Bringing ‘ sunshlney days” to the weary and sad. f Now, Mister Spring, come out of that hole. For Mister North Wind is blowing so cold, Yo Ho! Mister Spring, you’re getting here late. So the troublesome problem is “what is our fate?” Listen here! Mister Spring, you’re get t!n ’ too bad, Your weather iw fearful, the worst we have had. Hasten on! Mister Spring, with your green coat — Sure! we'll give you three cheers and also a ’toat. State Penitentiary. It is now stated that the state penitentiary is being a source of great expense instead of being a revenue of great value to the state. We have always been an advocate of the planting system, but have come to the conclusion that the state has been about as in the planting business as it should go. If the boll weavil is liKely to mulch the state for thousands, it would be better to put the convicts where they are more needed and can be more profitable to the state. Let them be put'to building the public roads. It is possible that good roads can be built and maintained with the convicts. Sell the large plantations in forty acre blocks to immigrants and any body who wants a farm and that will go upon it and farm. It will sell for good prices, for it is said to be the best of land in the delta and well drained. With such a disposition the state is free from debt. The people are tax-ridden and will not stand it much longer if they in any way help them selves. We know that with some it is unpopular to talk plain but it is better that we have plain talk than to appear to be some thing that we are not. The people must get together in pub lic gatherings like of old, talk over matters and know each other better. We need good high ways more than for the state to be a large plante, making positions for good fat offices. The farmers do not want con victs labor in opposition to their calling, the noblest on earth, any more so than the labor unions of trade and all callings. Let the people think between this and the next session of the state legislature and instruct their representatives. It is with universal sorrow that U. S. Senator Bob Taylor has passed to the great beyond. He was ' a great and good man who in life made many merry hearts and sent joy to many a home. He sympathized with and loved his fellow*man. It would be a fitting honor and a beautiful tribute to his memory for the Governor of Tennessee to appoint his ; brother All Taylor to fill out his unexpired term. Rev. N.G Augustus, presiding elder’ of Durant, spent Wednes day night in the city enroufce home from a visit to Noxubee Couuty lus old home, NO. 3