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THE STARK VTLLE NEWS.
VOL' XIII. Letter To Governor Brewer. Hon Earl Brewer, Governor of Mississippi. Dear Governor:- We take our pen in hand to write you these few lines to let you know “we are well and hope you are the same.” It may also interest you to know that those ol us whom you pardoned from the penitentary are well—also the sleek, good natured attorneys who got the fees, that our dead still lie quietly in our cemeteries, with ample room near them for others, and that our widows and orphans continue to mourn. Your correspondent has been a well wisher of your administra tion and has endeavored to en courage you in all right doing, Governor. There is one point, however, on which your Excel lency and your humble servant very much differ, viz: your dis position to turn our criminals out of the penitentiary faster than our Leflore county courts can convict them; not that we blame the fellows for wan* mi? to get out or the attorneys for seek mg to earn their fees, all of which is but natural. Yet we expected a firmer stand by you in support of the law-abiding people who are seeking to redeem the bad reputation of former years and check crime by punishing the guilty. It seems, however, like other great men, we very iniuch differ, particularly on this .point. Yet perhaps, we may select a common, middle ground upon which we can agree, if you cannot accept our old fogy .idea, that murder of men is a serious crime and governors*have mo business to prevent the pun .ishment of those convicted of such crime by fair and impartial • courts and juries, may be we can • compromise upon a medium • course. Suppose you let it be known. J for instance, that in future you will in the issue of pardons re gard the killing of men as subject sto the regulations of our game daws. Let us show you how ad imirably this might work to pro. Hong and make more agreeable ;the noble pastime of killing men. iFor instance the law prohibits :any sportsman from bagging iraore than three deer in one sea r son. Suppose you announce •that, in pardoning, you will :adopt a similar rule; you will re. rgard it as unsportsmanlike and inexcusable to kill more than rthree men in a year. You can 'explain to your friends seeking pardon that men ought in Miss issippi to be as well protected as •other game. This ought to square you with them. Also you might add that, by putting a limit on this splendid pastime, the sport would last longer, in •other words conservation of the man hunt might be classed along with the conservation of other #ame, as well as of our water power, timber and the like. Having adopted the above rule, then suppose we add this one, which, as every body knows is adhered to by all good sports, men: that, when the human game is stalked or “set” or located, it must first be “flushed”, before "ihot. la other words, no good sportsman will sneak upon a of birds or upon a lonely barbs? ven anf * shoot the quarry without first giving the creature chance for its life. Suppose STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI, FRIDAY, APRIL. 2 1915. similarly, when a man has found Ins human game and made sure all inconvenient elements of dan ger are removed, according to the rules of sportsmen, it were reqaired, before being pardoned, that he did not shoot the game without first giving him a warn, ing and a chance to run. How much more sportsmanlike it would he to have our man hunt, ers shOv t then men on the wing than is common practice now. Again we might appeal to the rules in the prize ring, where it is foul to hit a man below the belt. You might assert that, in the issuing of pardons, you would regard ' certain parts of men’s anatomy as prohibited to the gamester’s bullet or knife blade. Even a good pot hunter disdains to shoot a- squirrel ex cept in the head. Imagine how much human game would he conserved to us and our children, if it were considered unsports i an 1 y to kill with a shot or stab below the hep, or if this deject able, manly sport were limited to the head as with our nimble squirrels? Another suggestion, is that man hunting might he limited strictly to certain seasons of the year, thus in a cerium degree curtailing the destruction of this excellent species of game. For instance, the killing of farmers might be forbidden during crop season, of lawyers during ihc sessions of the courts, ot gover nors during file sittings of the legislature, of editors while in debt, of bankers on legal hob. days, and soon, and greatly re duce the amount of game bag ged. Then, too, the aid of the Rocke feller and Sage funds might b‘ invoked to set otf a few square miles of the state as a man fire serve, where the killing of bu i . man game would be prohibited entirely and no pardons granted in this region. Here ihe peace* able might take refuge. And above all things, our sportsmen engaged in this ex hilarating sport of man-hunting should each he required to pub lish his sporting rules. Say let each wear a card bearing inscrip tions like this in “boxcar let ters:” •‘l’ll kill you if you say I’m an other” or “I’ll kill you if you say rats,” or “I’ll kill you if you say scat” or “I’ll kill vou if you kick my dog,” or “Til kill you if you touch me” or “I’ll kill you if you make me mad,” and so on. We submit that since you have withdrawn all other pro lection by your general amnesty to our man hunting sportsmen, some such notices as these to t he public by those engaged in this sport, and some restrictions as to time and place, and other rules, such as are commonly ob served by sportsmen, could be made very effective in conserv mg our human game, even should toe idea of criminality and other conscientious scruples be dismissed. Incidentally, such a course might allow the average peaceable man a better oppor tunity of proceeding with his pursuits for the support of his family and adding to the common welfare of the community. Kindly tighten up a little on your game laws, Governor, un lit crops are la'.d by and cotton becomes a bettet price. —Frpm Itta Bena Times. Mississippi A. & M. College Extension Department “One million acres increase,” in the area planted to corn in Mississippi is the slogan of the Mississippi A. & M. College Ex tension Department and its work ers. It will take this much in crease for tne state to produce the estimated home consumption for food: meal, chops, and mixed feeds. Tins increased acreage in our slate over last season would give us twenty million bushels more, which is an ap proximation of our states needs. To distribute this from point to point where needed and also through the season means that some preparation must be made. A campaign is being made by tliln. Department for more home shelters and shelters attached to gins and mills, and for ware houses to handle the surplus out of business centers. The cities of Jackson, Hattiesburg, Green ville, and Greenwood announce that they will have , elevators to put this product in a merchant able shape and have it prepared especially for wholesale trade. And the farmers must, on their part, ho able to carry part of the product themselves for dis tribution in their locality. The idea that our home grown corn is not as good a product as that ot the corn sections of the north is a fallacy. Analyses made by the State Chemist a* the A. & VI College gives no ap preciable difference* either in corn from different sections or in different, varieties. The south ern product is entirely dried be cause of a longer season to make and mature, and it must be dried out either before or after shell ing to carry it safely in sacks or in hulk, shelled. A great num ber of cars have gone from the lull sections of our state to the Delta and elsewhere this winter on the cob. At Hrst the trade rather preferred the heavier eared corn from the north, but tnevare t now using the home grown articles and rind that it goes as far pound for pound in bulk weight as the heavier ears. The Mississippi type is largely of the small to medium ear, pro lific, does not show so well in bulk as the ear is smaller, hut it often turns out aOlarger percent, age of shell corn than the larger ear varieties. There is no indication that prices will be materially less than those at present current and farmers should not hesitate in making a decision as to what to do with at least a good part of the area that is not going to be used for cotton. It might be advisable for those win) like to grow the larger one eared native types or especially the red cob, to plant these old solid types as they are not as subject to weevil Is and a certain kind of custom desires this char acter of ebrn. It would also be well for some yellow corn to be grown w lie re seed could be ob tained from southern sources, as there is some trade that espec tally wants the yellow varieties and will take no other when yel low can be obtained; in fact a premium has been paid in the state of about 5 cents per bushel for good native yellow corn. . Mr. Wes Me Minn Was in town Monday. DELEGATES TO “GROWN IN MISSISSIPPI” ASSO CIATION. Meet in Jackson, Mississippi, June 10th and 11th 1915 The following delegates were appointed by Mayor P. G. Sudduth and it is expected that each appointee will attend on that most important and interest ing occasion. There will be a very large delegation as every Mayor of the cities have or will appoint a full delegation. Hon. T. J. Wood Pres. G. R. Hightower A. W. Reynolds P. L. Hogan F. L, Wier Hon. R. P. Washington W. W. Miller Prof. E. R. Lloyd W. H. Sudduth." For Rent. 420 acres of good pasture land, well watered. For further information phone 77 or address P. O. box lb. & * Special Reduced Rates | 8 Will Be in Effect b S VIA ; 8 x Illinois Central Railroad. 9 k For the/Foliowing Occasions n s s k Memphis Tenn. S Q American Cotton Manufacturers Association April i0 13.14 th. Tickets on sale April 10. 11 and 12th. fJ Return limit April 24th. O Chattanooga Tenn. . u Southern Conference for Education and Industry, w April 27-30th. Tickets on sale April 25, 26 and 13 lO 27th. Return limit May Bth. fj Houston Texas. S Southern Baptist Convention, May 12-19th. O Q Southern Sociological Congress, May 8-.llth. O Q Tickets on sale May 6th to 11th inclusive. Return O O limit May 3lst. O k Washington D. C. k H Daughters of the American Revolution. 24th Con- u o t mental Congress, April 17.25 th, Tickets on sale Q O April 15516-17th. Return limit May 31st. Q b For further particular* apply to our local Ticket S | Aent 8 B. Y. P. U. Entertains Eas ter Morning. Baptist Church 11 O’clock. H. B Howerton Presiding. Song Choir Scripture Reading. W. A. Jordan Prayer M. B. Durham Song Choir The New Patriotism. 1. Purposes ot the B. Y, P. U.— Miss Marguerite Miller, 2. A merican Patriotism—H.B How erton. 3. Quartette —M iss e s Anita Crumpton, Adelade Valen tine, Alle Pate, Mary Olive Jen nings. 4. Quotations of Scrip ture —Misses Mamie Jordan, Dorthy Maxwell, Nannie Sikes, Mildred Valentine, Margaret Jordan, Mary Addie Maxwell, Kathryn Ware. 6. Song, Amer- B. Y. P. U. Elects Officers For Ensuing Year. Palm Sunday being a beauti ful spring aay a good attendance was present at the last>.meeting ot the B. Y. P. U, This being the regular time for the election of officers the regular program was soon dispensed with. So much good executive rna terial being present, many nomi nations and much balloting was necessary to gel the majorities choice. M. B. Durham President. Mss Dotsy Carpenter Vice Pres* Miss Jetta Dennis Secretary Miss Mairnie Butts.... Treasurer. J. D. Howerton Cor Secy, Miss Annie Barr Maxwell Chor ister. Miss Kathryn Balfour, Librar ian. Under the guidance of the above the Union hopes to grow to an “A-l” Union by the time for the next State Convention. At the present, only one. of such stanning is in the State. J. D. Howerton, Cor. Sec. ica Choir 7. A clean citizenship—R. P. Ellzey. 8. Readme—Bessie Mae Miller. 9. Star Spangled Ban ner: a. History.... Miss Jetta Dennis b. Reading Miss Kathryn Balfour c. Singing Mrs. Keene 10. Christian Citizenship—J. D. Howerton. 11. The U S. among the World Powers —Miss Dotsie Carpenter 12. Has Patroltism Developed ---Miss Janie Mae Maxwell. 12. Offortory. Benediction. Card of Thanks. We wish to express our heart felt thanks to the good people in* and around Sturgis for their many acts of kindness shown us during our recent sorrow. Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Smith and family; NTO. *4B