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G. H Turner, K. K. 2. Oxford, Misv EdITOK GaZK 111 : We wish to encroach upon your space and try your patience long enough to have a few words to say in answer to K. 1*. Wright, in the August 15th issue of your valuable journal. Though Mr. Wright's article was headed “Catalog Houses." the “milk in the cocoanut" in that gentleman's arti le was a plea b>r home merchants. Now. we are not going to advo cate the cause of the catalog houses, neither that of the home merchant, to#nv great cx tcnt.no. not bv a whole jugful. Both are working for them selves and their own interest ex elusive*}*, and not in the interest of the farmer. Mr. W. says: “As long as the farmers plant cotton and get their money once a year, they should spend their money at home w;th their home merchant.** Why it is that the farmer should be dictated to like a little boy and be told how*, when and where, he should spend his money is beyond our comprehension. Wc are under the impression that the farmer's right to sell in the highest market and buy in the lowest is as j>olitic and businesslike as in the c is*- «if the merchant: and wc know that the merchant d<K*s this, and lon’t blame him for it. Were we in his place, wc would "At suppose do some what like he dot s. Mr \V, cvj dently considers himself ag grieved; in fact, an it jured parly Why/ If vans * some of his neighbor* have dared t<> purchase where they cc uld pur chase cheapest; and this possi bly* after jure hasing goods from him on credi*. at 2<*> pel ectn advance over cash prices. Credit, may be an accommoda tion (we regard it in the light of a curse* at times, but hasn’t the poor devil of a debtor Can celed the obligation when he settles his account at the end of the year/ or does he belong, body and soul, to the supply merchant, for evermore, simply because he purchased goods on credit from him at an advance above ruling cash prices of from 25 per cent, to 2‘JO per cent or more Since Mr. \V. swopped over from farmer to merchant, that gentleman admits himself that “a change has come o’er the spirit of his dream” in re gard to selling for 10 per cent, profit, and we don’t doubt it no, not in the least. Hut if ’dr. i ... \V. thinks he isn’t getting his share of the cash trade, why | don’t he copy from those all fired catalog houses, and offer his neighbors sufficient induce* ments to purchase from him' Our word for it. that, if he can make it worth their while for them to make their purchases at or near home and will publish llie fact so that they will certain* 1 v hear of it. they will willingly, g’adly, ohccrfully do so. Of this we arc assured. Mr. W. makes out the supply merchant to be quite an accom* modaling customer: and claims that there is no kind or variety of farm produce that he will not take »n exchange for his goods and in the way of liquidation of debt. As a last resort he may. but as a general rule. no. Like Shvlock of old, he wants his pound of flesh, he makes ad vanecs on nothing t»nt cotton, and it is cotton, or the hard. I cold, unfeeling * ash he requires as payment for same. What ever else he may elect to take i» taken at a sacrifice, and the *.iv rificc is, in every single in stance, at the expense of the P<n r devil of a debtor. Where, thm, is the obligation to patron oe the supply merchants exclu sively wh*n purchasing for ea*bv 1 he wav our friend W. states his case, u won d be really piti ful, were it not so intensely, ludicrously droll; he savs his neighbors are making a scape g<>at of him and dumping their “surplus tiac< n, corn, peas, po tatoes, chickens, eggs, beeswax, tallow leathers, yearlings, cows, etc , < if on him, seeming to think that I will not take the money; and they continue to send it off to mail order houses.*' If the gts»d people of Carthage, Miss., are so unenlightened and benighted as not to know that this great and glorious country ■ in which they live is a free coun try; and if they still insist - after seeing and reading these lines in forcing Mr. \V. to take tin- various products of the farm above enumerated against Ins will and in spite of his earnest, vigorous protest, we think it a case of such transcendent im portance as to fully justify both -- I - Write Me for JERSEYS °rHr: I AH I offer will be of high individuality and choice breeding. J. H. WRMIIIT. M KIDIAN, MISS. i * ; i _____ - I Fruit Trees Fruit Trees ’cars, I Vcans now t’t wait for some Ajjcnt to come along to sell you, but write in for our Wholesale price to Y< H Our trees are all budded from the best tvpc of A M. tree, and will therefore not only be true to name, but up to the best «f that variety. Wc breed no scrubs. Be sure to write for prices tjuick. Howerton Bros- Orchard Company.