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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
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
We wish all of our countv, for
the year 1912, good health, hap
piness and prosperity, and great
(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
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
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.
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.
. 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,
At Longview.
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. .
Saturday and Sunday was re
markable weather.
Our public roads are yet almost
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
Don’t judge a boy by his
clothes. You can’t tell how far
a frog can jump by looking at
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
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
Today is the time for making hearts
Bringing ‘ sunshlney days” to the weary
and sad.
Now, Mister Spring, come out of that
For Mister North Wind is blowing so
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

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