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THE TUPELO JOURNAL PUBLISHED WEEKLY. ’ TUPELO, : rr MISSISSIPPI. Football In the Lend. Football season score: Killed, 14; maimed and hurt, 90. Deer-shooting season score: Fourteen hunters killed, 11 hurt. This leaves football still considerable of a lead. One Per Cent. Chrintinns. It is estimated that one in every 100 of the inhabitants of India pro fesses the Chrisian religion. The re ligious census of India shows a total Christian population of 2,932,348. Too Much Eierdse. The United States civil service commission win eimeavor 10 com nice the letter carriers that they get enough exercise l>y carrying letters and a-, e not benefited by pernicious political activity. Windows of Oyster Shells. In Manila most of the houses and offices have tiny window panes made of translucent oyster shell instead of glass. An average window six feet high by four feet wide contains 260 shell panes, which temper the heat and light of the sun and pre vent blindness. Preference for Paper Money. The United States treasury now holds $610,190,092 in gold, the largest amount of gold ever held by any na tion at any one time. The explana tion of it is that gold coin will not circulate in the United States where1 the people have become accustomed to the more convenient paper. Most Dreaded of Enemies. The news from Manila of tlie death of 16 United States soldiers from cholera is more discouraging than would be the announcement of fresh revolt. Our generals know how to deal with enemies afield, but the pestilence that walketh in davkness they cannot hope to cope with. Live in a Volcano Crater. In the inferior of the extinct crater Aso San, about 30 miles from the city of Kumairtoto, in Japan, 20,000 people live and prosper. The vertical wall of the crater is 800 feet high. The inhabitants rarely make a jour-i ney into the outer world, but form almost a little nation by themselves. Benevolence nnd Good Sense. The granting of a ten per cent, ad vance in wages by the Pennsylvania railroad 1o its 100,000 employes is something which deserves the plaud its of the American people. The ad vance was purely voluntary, it seems to have surprised the recipients al most as much as it has gratified them. It is a great achivement in practical benevolence and good sense. Not Enjier to Support Mother. Canada does not take kindly to the propostition to establish a navy from which Great Britain could recruit its own. Somehow or other, the col onies are beginning to grow restive under the complimentary insinuation that the children of the empire are too dutiful to let their old mother work, and that the latter will fondly allow them to assume as much of her burden as she can get them to accept. More lMfticult to Enter. The new entrances to the white house will not make it any easier for one to get into it as president of the United States. In fact, it is consid erably harder to be chosen for that honor from among 80,000,000 people than from a population one-fifth as large. The real door to the white house will grow gradually more diffi cult to reach as the generations pass, no matter how many entrances may be added for the casual visitor. Only a at C'linreh. A test was made of the religious faith of the people of Chicago on Sunday, October 30, by the census ( staff of the Record-Herald of that city. Of the 666 churches and chapels agents made an actual count of heads in 233. The churches visited repre sented the largest places of worship of the various denominations. The attendance was found to be: Total attending five Catholis churches, 52, 660. Total attending 179 Protestant churches, 49,666. Enid Hum No Cemetery. • Enid, Ok., is the only city of its size in the United States that has no cemetery. The town is eight years old, and has a population of nearly 9,000, but has never had a regular burying ground of any description. There has not been a natural death in several months. Most of the in habitants are persons who moved in from other states, and when, after some misunderstanding, one of them is killed, it is the custom of the rela tives to send the body to the home state for burial. The Smallest Visible Things. Few persons would guess that the smallest things visible to the eye are the stars. Yet Dr. Edward Divers was, no doubt correct in declaring such to be the case in his address be fore the chemical section of the Brit ish association at Belfast. Great as many of the stars are in actual mag nitude, their distance is so immense that their angular diameter becomes insensible, and they approach the condition of geometrical points. The minute disks that they appear to have are an effect of irradiation. _ Ex-Speaker Reed, who was stricken in Washington recently with acute catarrhal trouble, is re ported out of immediate danger. Capt. E. K. Holton, a retired capitalist, committed suicide at his home in St. Louis. He had been in bad health for several months. One of the first acts of the lower house of congress was the passage of a bill appropriating $50,000 to de fray expenses of the coal strike com mission. The war department has issued an order providing for the exchange of fifteen regimental organizations now in the Philippines with the same number of troops now in this county. The first of the home troop will sail from San Francisco about January 1. The senate committee on terri tories has reported a bill for the admission of Oklahoma and Indian Territory as a single state under the name of Oklahoma. The commit tee reported adversely to the ad mission of Arizona and New Mexi co. The snowfall of the 4 th inst., which was general over Arkan sas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louis iana, Texas and the Territories, was the heaviest since 1890, though preceding rains left the ground in such condition it incite*! in most sections as fast as it fell. From the Guatemalan coast the Pacific mail steamer City of Sydney brings the news that the deaths re sulting from the recent eruption of Santa Maria volcano number about 3,000. This estimate is based upon the latest information that has been received at San Jose, Guate mala, previous to the Sydney’s de parture. The anthracite coal companies and their employes, having failed to come to an agreement during the Thanksgiving reccess of the strike commission, the hearing of the mi ners’ side of the case was resumed on the 3d inst., and unless some thing is done by the lawyers on both sides to curtail matters, its proceeding will surely run into next year. British and German warships have been dispatched to Venezuela for the purpose of forcing the pay ment of claims against the latter government. Failure on the part of President Castro to settle with Germany and England has greatly encouraged the revolutionists, who propose to continue the struggle, trusting that the Venezuela custom houses will eventually be seized by Germany. Orders have been issued at Wash ington directing that Major Glenn, of the Fifth cavalry, be tried a sec ond time for alleged cruelty com mitted during the Samar campaign. Major Glenn was tried by court martial at Manila last May for ad ministering the “water cure” to na tives during the Samar campaign, and was found guilty and sentenced to one month’s suspension of duty and a fine of $500. President Roosevelt approved the findings of the court. Maj. Glenn returned to duty in September. j unus iconics, me millionaire brewer of St. Louis, accused of bribery in the now celebrated su burban street car franchise before the St. Louis house of delegates, was acquitted after all the evidence was submitted by order of Judge Ryan, before whom the case was heard. The prosecution alleged that Nico laus signed a check for $135,000, which sum was deposited in a safety deposit vault, to be distributed among certain members of the house of delegates when the suburban franchise bill became a law. The defense set up the plea that,' though the plaintiff did sign a check for the sum mentioned, there was no evi dence that it was to be used for the purpose of bribery. The steamer Charles Hebard was driven on the rocky shore of Lake Michigan and dashed to pieces. Her 2ntire crew of fourteen persons were lost. Edward F. Croker, chief of the New York city fire department, aas been dismissed from service, laving been adjudged guilty of the icarge of converting public prop ;rty to private use. He is a neprew )f Richard Croker, the Tammany eader. Gen. Lew Wallace, the soldier luthor, is in feeble health and friends and family are alarmed at lis condition. Mrs. Anna Fitzhugh Polk, wife if the late Col. Allan Polk, of Hel ;na, a descendant of President Polk, died in Memphis last week. Her remains were interred at Hele na. Mrs. Polk was a member of ;he Carroll family of Revolutionary fame in Maryland, and the Lee family and Fitzhughs of Virginia. * A sack of mail, containing $9,000 in currency and $14,000 in draft* and checks was stolon while being transferred from Danville, Ky., tc Cincinnati. Chas. \V. Tucker and Erncsl Damns, rivals for the affections of a young lady, fought a pistol duel a few miles from Kansas City. Damns receiving a mortal wound. In his message to congress Presi dent Roosevelt recommends nation al laws to control and regulate so called trusts. He also asks for an appropriation for the better enforce ment of the present anti-trust laws. Rules and regulations for a pen sion system, which will go into ef fect January 1, 1903, have been completed by officials of the Union Pacific Railroad, by which its old employes will be retired on pen sions. Fifteen men were instantly kill ed and others badly injured by an explosion on the steamer Progresso. under repairs at San Francisco. The workmen were engaged in changing the vessel from a coal to an oil burn er, when one of the oil tanks caught fire and exploded. The vessel wa* almost totally destroyed, and mer working quite a distance on shore were injured by flying glass and timber. The coal situation in Washington city will be made the subject of an inquiry under the supervision of the commissioners of the District of Columbia. These officials appoint ed a committee to take up the sub ject and make a thorough investi gation. The city is now practically suffering from a fuel famine, and the finding of this committee will be embodied in a memorial to con gress with the object of obtaining legilation to prevent a recurrence of such conditions. General Manager Harding, of the Missouri Pacific, has issued an or der to the effect that heads of de partments shall not practice nepo tism in making appointments. No official announcement has been is sued to the effect that many radical changes will be made, but it is ex pected that the first of the year will see a thorough readjustment among the employes. This means that changes are contemplated. Relatives of the head of a department will be transferred to other departments; there must be no relatives in the same department. The final report of the statisti cian of the department of agricul ture shows the actual growth of cotton in the United States in the year 1901-02 to have been 9,966,478 commercial bales, of which 115,550 bales were marketed before Septem ber 1, 1901, and 9,696,336 bales be tween September 1, 1901, and Aug ust 31, 1902, 154,592 bales being carried forward to the year 1902-03. The commercial crop of the year amounted to 10,663,224 bales, thus exceeding the amount actually grown by 696,740 bales. This ex cess was due in the main to the very extensive marketing of cotton held over from previous years. Secretary Moody’s annual report on the navy shows that there were on June 30 last 21,433 enlisted men in the service. Many of these came f*om the middle western states, and at the time of their enlistment were unacquainted‘with the new life upon which they had entered. Their progress has been eminently satisfactory. All men now enlisted flrp rcmiirpil tip pitlipr pi + ivone nr to have declared their intention to become such. Eighty-nine per cent of the enlisted force are now citizens and 7(j per cent are native born. Ninety-three and three tenths per cent of the landsmen are training and 94 per cent of the ap prentices are native born. Secretary Moody recommends a continuance of the increase of ships and the es tablishment of a naval station in the Philippines, and one in West In dian islands or the Caribbean. A boiler in the Swift factory plant in Chicago exploded, killing thirteen workmen. Sheets of flame sprang from the ruins and the spec tators realized that it would be im possible to save the lives of those who were caught in the wreck. The explosion was of such force that adjoining buildings were -wrecked, torn and twisted. Men, women and boys at work in adjoining depart ments were hurled through windows to the ground below. Gen. Luke E. Wright appeared before the house committee on in sular affairs in advocacy of a bill es tablishing the gold standard in the Philippines. Members of labor unions of New Orleans will enter municipal poli tics next spring though an inde pendent organization. The various unions represented by a central body are forcing members to pay their poll tax as a prerequisite of voting under the new constitution. MISSISSIPPI METHODISTS Close the Session of Their Conference for the Northern District at Tupelo Tupelo, Miss., Dec. 8.—The North Mississippi Conference of the Method ist Episcopal Church closed its session here today. The statistical secretary reported 43,816 members for the Conference. Adults baptized, 1,770; Sunday school members, 22,792; raised for missions, $8,000; domestic missions, $2,365,000; church extension, $2,473,000; Ameri can Bible Society, $810; raised for sup port of the ministry, $85,000. There are 518 churches, valued at $575,435, and 124 parsonages, valued at $132, 875. The following appointments wer# announced by Bishop Key: Sardis district, W. T. Sullivan, pre siding elder; Sardis, W. C. Harris; Como, J. D. Cameron; Senatobia, L. M. Lipscomb; Arkabutla, C. P. Moss; Cold water and Love's, S. M. Thomas; Tyro, W. L. Groves. Sardis circuit— Batesville and West Burgess, Miss., D. \v. Bobb; Courtland, A. O. L. Savage. Pope circuit--Longtown, R. A. Ellis; Hernando and Himes, H. T. Gaines; Pleasant Hill, T. H. Porter; Coekrum, R. P. Goor; Wall Hill, R. M. Evans; Eureka, J. A. Good; conference secre tary, Mrs. J. H. Suumaker. Grenada district, J. W. Bell, presid ing elder; Grenada, Theodore Cope land; Grenada circuit, E. H. Rook; Wood street. Water Valley, J. M. Brad ley; Main street, Water Valley, J. H. Boss; Water Valley circuit. J. M. Hug gin; Coffeeville, D. M. Geddie; Oxford, John R. Cometiss; Paris, R. T. Nolen; Sunday school secretary, R. P. Neb lett; Toccopola, R. I. Allen; Slate Springs, A. A. Martin; Minter City and Strathmore, W. S. Sleepman; Cas olllo II7 Tl„;i-- T T 1 Rodgers, Ellzy, J. N. Fynn; Charles ton, J. W. Roper; president Grenada College, J. M. Wyatt. Winona district, J. H. Mitchell, pre siding elder; Winona, W. W. Wool lard; Winona circuit, J. Ritchie; Cai rollton and McEnnery, W. E. Brogan; Carrollton circuit, T. .1. Wilson; Vai den, E. P. Craddock; West, B. B. Sul livan; Blackhawk, J. A. Leech; Green wood, J. E. Thomas; Itta Bena, W. L. Durm; McNutt, W. D. McCullough; Webb, J. T. Lewis; Morehead, W. M. Cempbell; Indianola, H. C. Moore head; Mar’s Hill, W. M. Johnson; con ference collector, G. W. Bockman; rfuleville circuit, J. J. Garner. Durant district, W. S. Lagrone, pre siding elder; Durant, R. G. Porter; Kosciusko. E. S. Lewis; Sallis, R. E. Duke; Ackerman. J. H. Smith; Rural Hill, S. B. Sharp; Lexington and Tehula. T. C. Weir; Sturgis,W.F.Rou gers; Ebenezer, W. G. Burks; Louis ville, J. A. Hall; Eudora and Mayben, G. W. Gordon; Bellefontaine mission, J. T. Lockhart; Chester, H. M. Young; Poplar Creek, E. C. Sullivan; Belzona, J. T. McWhorter; Inverness, J. T. Mc Cafferty; Pickens, A. H. Williams; McCool, V. C. Curtis; president Mill saps College, W. B. Murvale. Columbus district, J. W. Dorman, presiding elder; Columbus station, T. W. Lewis; Second Church, J. B. Raudolph; Columbus circuit, J. A. Poe; West Point, R. A. Meek; Stark ville station, H. S. Spragins; Stark ville circuit, W. A. Clark; Crawford circuit, Q. A. Oats; Brooksville cir cuit, R. O. Brown; Macon, W. W. Mitchell; Hebron circuit, E. E. Lang ford; Shuqualak, W. A. Brenlier; Tib bee circuit, E. M. Jones; Cedar Bluff circuit, L. D. Worsham; Cumberland, John W. Cummings; chaplain United States army, J. A. Randolph. Aberdeen district, J. C. Park, pre siding elder; Aberdeen, J. E. Cunning ham; Aberdeen circuit, J. R. Wilson; Okolona, M. D. Fly; Okolona circuit, D. C. Faust; Verona, S. A. Brown; Montpelier, R. A. Tucker: Shannon, J. W. Ramsey; Nettleton circuit, W. G. Mosier; Amory and Nettleton, S. L. Pope; Fulton circuit, J. H. Ingram; Houston and Wesley, W. C. Lester; Buena Vista, W. W. Williams; Atlanta, J. A. Brownlee; Tupelo, J. A. Brown; Prairie. K. A. Jones. Corinth district, W. M. Young, pre siding elder; Corinth, J. H. Felts; Booneville, B. P. Joco; luka, P. E. Dun can; Ripley and New Albany, J. W. Anderson; Corinth circuit, H. P. Ed mondson; Booneville circuit, W. C. Car lisle; Guntown and Baldwyn, W. L. Anderson; New Albany circuit. J. M. Davenport; Blue Springs, L. T. Sar gent; Mantachie, I. W. Brooks; Mari etta, J. D. Simpson; Belmont, T. J. Hopper; Burnt Mills, R. W. Evans; luka circuit, J. D. Boggs; Kossuth, L. W. Cain; Jonesboro, W. R. Gonde lock; Ripley circuit, B. P. Fulbilove. Holly Springs district, Eugene John son, presiding elder; Holly Springs, R T-T R niaHtiPv T-Tnllv Snrinp’c r»ir cuit, J. H. Holder; Abbeville, G. W. Strickland; Waterford, G. S. Sanders; Olive Branch, A. W. Lang ley; Byhalia. J. C. Lowe; Redbanks, J. R. Robinson; Sewanee, J. G. King; Ashland, R. S. Lawson; Bethel, O. P. Armor; Potts Camp, Jas. Porter; Cor nersville, W. R. Williams; Pontotoc, R. A. Clark; Randolph, D. M. Floyd; Mt. Pleasant, H. W. Whitenell; editor New Orleans Christian Advocate, J. W. Boswell. Greenville district, T. 'W. Dye, pre siding elder; Greenville, N. G. Augus tus; Jonestown. D. C. Cogdell; Areola and Hollendale, T. H. Dorsey; Shaw and Leland, J. T. Murrah; Boyle, J. W. Pinson; Glen Allen and Benoit, L. O. McKeown; Cleveland, J. W. Price; Tunica, J. R. D. King; Shelby and Marigold, W. T. Browning; Friars Point. H. P. Crowe; Clarkedale, R. M. Sandifer; Duncan, W. W. Jones; Lula and Lyon, J. J. Brooks; Hillhouse and Deason, L. W. Feldor; Gunnison, W. G. Harbin; Rosedale, C. H. Pittman, chaplain to United States army, J. M. Moose; chaplain State penitentiary, J. W. McGhee; transferred, S. B. My ers. CORNER ON TURKEYS. Kansas City Firm Corrals the Market and Will Rnn the Prlcps Skyward. Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 8.—A corner in Christmas turkeys may result from the action of a Kansas City firm, which claims to have bought up almost the entire visible supply in Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. This firm has contracted for 500,000 pounds of tilt fowls and is already dictating prices to buyers*. The effect of the operation is seen in a considerable advance in prices. Prairie Creek Deal. Fort Smith, Ark., Dec. 8.—Today the Prairie Creek mines, at Huntington, embracing five shafts, 3,200 acres of first class coal land, only 125 of which have been worked out, were sold to a syndicate of New York capitalists for $400,000 cash, possession to be giv en the 15th of February. The prop erty is owned by T. W. M. Boone, Har ry Sails, Col. Wm. Blair, president of the American National Bank, and H. F. Rogers of this city. The pur chase does not embrace Ouita and Spadra anthracite mines nor the mer chandise belonging to the company. >- ^ . .TV---O Mississippi State News 1'flnnlou IJUtrlbutlon. The auditor’s office has practically completed the pension distribution and. warrants have been issued and sent out to all the counties except thirteen, vouchers from which have not yet been returned, but are ex pected at any moment. The allowances by counties are as follows: Adams $1,253.30, Alcorn $4,390.20, Amite $1,145.45, Attala $4,296.95, Benton $1,854.95, Boli var $271.90, Calhoun $4,239.65, Carroll $3,817.20, Chickasaw $2, 500.05, Choctaw, $4,647.50, Clai borne $794.90, Clarke $4,390.90, Clay $1,110.05, Coahoma $221.30, Copiah $381.80, Covington $2,049. 30, DeSoto $1,589.25, Franklin $2, 256.05, Greene $974.10, Grenada $1,883.00, Hancock $487.05, Harri son $594.35, .Hinds $2,506.60, Holmes $1,832.50, Issaquena $157. 30, Itawamba $4,740.75, Jackson $1,117.35, Jefferson $1,597.10, Jones $2,915, Kemper $3,230.35, Lafay ette $5,555.90, Lauderdale $5,913. 40 Tjiwrpnpo & 1 1 15 T.palro $4. 439.65, Lee $5,371.05, Leflore $608, 40, Lincoln $2,284.15, Lowndes $1, 661.15, Madison $1,310.60, Marion $1,482.50, Marshall $2,362.80, Mon roe $7,665.75, Montgomery $2,556. 05, Neshoba $5,048.60, Newton $3,895.85, Noxubee $1,653.85, Ok tibbeha $3,014.45, Panola $3,121.75, Pearl River $501.10, Perry $1,947. 65, Tike $2,184.15, Pontotoc $4, 740.75, Prentiss $4,805.35, Quitman $257.85, Rankin $2,649.85, Scott $3,988.55, Sharkey $200.55, Simp son $2,613.35, Smith $7,174.35, Sunflower $587.05, Tallahatchie $3, 516.10, Tate $1,976.30, Tippah $5, 141.30, Tishomingo $3,523.95, Tuni ca $214.60, Union $4,375.60, War ren $1,925.75, Washington $508.40, Wayne $1,811.70, Webster $5,248, 60, Wilkinson $3,314.45, Winston $5,248.60, Yalobusha $3,314.45, Yazoo $1,990.90. Warrants have been sent out to all of the foregoing except Amite, Benton, Calhoun, Claiborne, DeSo to, Franklin, Greene, Hancock, Hinds, Holmes, Lauderdale, New ton and Quitman. Monroe county draws the largest proportion of the fund with a war rant for $7,665.75, and Issaquena draws the smallest with a warrant for $157.30. Surrender Tliftr Charters. Stcretary of State Power has re ceived certificates of surrender from two oil mills doing business in this State. The companies surrender their charters to the State of Missis sippi, declare themselves dissolved and order the stock of the companies to be sold. The two concerns are the Columbus Cotton Oil Company cf Columbus, Miss., which was char tered on March 22, 1900, and the planters’ Cotton Seed and Crushing Association, domiciled at Greenville, end which was charteaed September 3, 1886. These are the first char tered concerns that have ever sur rendered their charters in this State, and no reason is known for the sur render. The certificates state that the stockholders did not consider a further continuance of the corpora tions advisable nor desirable and therefore they have decided to go out of business. Neither concern owes any debts and both have to all ap pearances been prospering during the past. It is more than proba ble that the properties of the two corporations have been bought up by some other companies and that the mills will continue in operation. This, however, remains to be seen. Public Lund Sales. Land Commissioner Nall paid in to the State treasury for the month of November the sum of $8,155.20 on account of sales of the public lands. The demand for the State’s lands is unabated, and the sales of lands continue to make up a neat revenue for the State. Pressing Question. The capitol commission met last week in Jackson in regular monthly session. The building is now very far advanced, being within about five months of completion, and the ouestion of furnishing it is becom ing an important and pressing one and may be taken up at this meet ing. During the past month rapid progress has been made on the build ing, but much interior work still re mains to be done. New Cotton Factory. E. H. Easterling, of the Moreton & Helms Lumber Company, one of the most substantial institutions in the State, announces that he and Felix May, his partner in business, are organizing a cotton factory, to be capitalized at $250,000, to be lo cated at Cold Springs, in Lincoln county. The gentlemen seem to be in earnest, and certainly have the fi nancial ability to Vput the enterprise r Anti-Whipping Order. The Supreme Court recently de cided that the convicts in the State penitentiary could not be whipped in any sense of the word, and the court held that the statute which provides that the board of control may provide for “coporeal” punish ment does not mean that the board may authorize a convict to be whipped with the lash or strap. The court says that the lash cannot be laid upon a citizen, and that the cor poreal punishment designed by the statute is solitary confinement and the like. This decision of the court will call for a revision of the pres ent rules governing prison disci pline, and in view of the disastrous consequences in the case of the negro Oliver the board will doubtless take the matter up at once and revise the rule which has hitherto allowed the sergeants to apply the lash to refrac tory convicts. Against the Girls* Hchool. The Supreme Court last week af firmed the case of the trustees of the Industrial Institute and College against Auditor Cole. The trustees appealed irom tne decision ot tne lower court. This is the case in which the auditor refused to issue a warrant for the college interest fund, for which the legislature failed to make an appropriation. The court holds that the auditor cannot draw a warrant except where the legislature makes an appropriation. The Vacant Bishopric. Much interest is being manifest ed throughout the State over the va cancy in the Episcopacy of Missis sippi caused by the death of Bishop Hugh Miller Thompson. The coun cil of the diocese will be convened in January to elect a successor to Bishop Thompson, and the parish ioners of the State, now that the sharpness of their grief for the dead bishop has become somewhat soft ened, are anxiously easting about tor a worthy successor to that great and good man, who reflected by his splendid intellect so much lustre on the church in Mississippi. Choctaw Indian* Moving. About fifty Choctaw Indians left Meridian last week for Ardmore, I. T. They go to take possession of lands allotted by the Dawes commis sion to the civilized tribes during the recent sitting of the commission in that city. The Indians come from the interior of counties around Meridian. The largest number come from Neshoba county. Back to the Penitentiary. Last week Tom Garner, the noto rious Pike county murderer, who es caped from the Rankin farm several weeks ago, was returned to the peni tentiary. Garner made his way back to Pike and was captured by Sheriff Leggett and his deputies. Garner was brought to Jackson on the train. Married in the Rain. There was a Gretna Green mar riage at Newton last week, the con tracting parties being W. H. Coop er and Miss Ludie Thomas. The ceremony was performed by Justice C. H. Doolittle while the runaway couple sat in their buggy in the rain. Asking for Commutation. A petition asking a commutation of the death sentence of Thomas Glenn, who is to be hanged at Natchez, December 30, was filed with Gov. Longino last week. Glenn was convicted for the murder of a man named Carpenter. Five New Routes. Five new rural free delivery mail routes have been approved for Clay county and the service will be put into effect at an early date. Two of these routes will be from West Point, two from Cedar Bluff and one from Abbot. Died In «fai!. Sam Keys, who was bound over to the grand jury on a charge of as sault and battery with intent to mur der Henry Canon, died in jail at New Albany last week. The rumor has been that Canon was hauled from his deathbed and placed in a pond by four other negroes, but' the body was never found. On the pre liminary hearing counsel for de fendant produced a letter purport ing to be from Canon at Duck Hill. Pet Show at Aberdeen. A majority of directors of | the Mississippi Poultry and Pet Stock Association held a meet ing at Aberdeen last week and de cided to hold a score-card show at Aberdeen instead of at West Point, as heretofore announced, and to change the date from January 5-11 to January 14-17, 1903. This show promises to be the largest exhibition in the South this season. THE SUNDAY SCHOOL. Lenaon In the International Series for December 14, 11)03—The Hoy Sam a el. THE LESSON TEXT (1 Sam. 2:8-14.) 6. An? the Lord called yet ugalr , aimuel. And Samuel arose and went to Ell, and said, Here am 1; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; l.e down again 7. Now Samuel did r.ot yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed' unto him. 8. And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Ell, and said. Here am 1, for thou didst call me. And Ell perceived that the Lordi had called the child. 8. Therefore Ell »ald unto Samuel, Go, lie down; and It shall be, If He call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, Lord; for Thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down In his place. 10. And the Lord came, ar.d stood, and cailedi as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; lor thy servant heareth. 11. And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth It shall tingle. 12. In that day 1 will perform agalr.sl Eli all things which I have spoken con cerning his house; when 1 begin, 1 will alto make an end. 12. For 1 have told him that I will Juage his house forever for tne in.quity which he knoweth; because his sons made them selves vile, and he restrained thtm not. 14. Ar.d therefore 1 have sworn unto the house of Eld, that the Iniquity ot Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrilice nor offer ing for ever. GOLDEN TEXT.—Speak, Lord* fi' Thy servant heareth.—1 Sam. till). OUTLINE OF SCRIPTURE SECTION. Hannah's prayer.1 Sam. 1. Hannah’s song.1 Sam. 2:1-11. Samuel in the tabernacle....1 Sam. 2:12-2G. Eli’s warning.1 Sam. 2:27-10. The call of Samuel.1 Sam. 2:1-21. TIME—B. C. 1171 andi 1165. PLACE—Shiloh and Ramah. NOTES AND COMMENTS. The Lord’s call came to Samuel _1-_ i. ... uc was rt iiicic mu, Utrt'clUfce lie wished to use him then and still more fully when he should become a man. Unquestionably Samuel did a much larger work because of his early consecration to God. He is one of the great men of history. Eli did something towards bringing about the unity of the tribes; Sam uel thoroughly completed it. He de livered Israel from the Philistines; brought it back to the worship of Jehovah; judged the nation worthily; prepared the way for the monarchy; instituted a school for prophets, etc. His whole life shows the value of a right beginning. The circumstances attending the birth and early life of the world's great and good men are always of interest and value. We study the child in order to know the man. So we treasure the facts about the childhood of Joseph, Moses, Samuel, David, and more than all, of Jesus the Christ. Chapter 1 tells of the grief of Hannah, because God had given her no children. Her husband's other wife—for in those days men often bad several wives—had children, and she taunted Hannah in a very un kind way because she was not so blessed. This was especially hard to .bear at the time of the yearly visit of the family to Shiloh, to worship at the tabernacle. Shiloh was at this time the religious capital of Israel. On one of these visits, though her husband Elkanah tried to comfort her, she was too sad to eat, and. after the sacrificial feast was over, she remained behind “in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto Jehovah, and wept sore.” And she promised in her heart that if Jehovah should answer her prayer she would bring the child up as a Nazarite and dedi cate him wholly to Jehovah's serv ice. Though at first Eli. who was high priest, thought from her strange actions that she was drunk, he soon saw his mistake and said to her: “Go in peace and the God of Israel grant thy petition.” The next year when the family went up to Shiloh, Hannah remained at home to take care of the child that had been born not long before, and whom she had named Samuel, which means “Asked of God.” The song which follows seems to be only remotely connected with the foregoing. “Its theme is the humili ation of the lofty and the exaltation of the lowly, which is developed with no special reference to Hannah’s cir cumstances.”—Driver. The reference to Jehovah’s king leads many to think that it was composed during the kingdom which had not been established in Hannah’s time. Now that the tabernacle was lo cated permanently at Shiloh, addi tions of wood were built on around it for the use of priests. It was here that Eli and Samuel lived. “The word of .Jehovah was pre cious:” Better, was rare. “No fre quent vision:” The prophets, as a large class, had not yet arisen. “The lamp . . . not yet gone out:” The light burned in the sanctuary till dawn. “Jehovah said to Samuel:” Remember that Samuel was a very little boy, and vet the truth of God came to him directly as it did not come to the venerable high priest himself. “His sons . . . and he restrained them not:” The whole story illustrates the dreadful results that follow a parent’s moral weak ness in the bringing up of head strong children. PRACTICAI SUGGESTIONS. If there were more mothers like Hannah there would be more boys like Samuel. The child that is dedicated to God even before his birth will be likely to serve God early in life. The child that is given to the Lord will not be likely ever to be an afflic tion to his parents. The child that is upright and obedi ent will grow in favor both with God *nd man. The joy of the Lord belongs to those who have done the work of the Lord. THE CAMERA FIEND. Until a few days ago Hamilton McK. Tworubly’s beautiful estate near Mor ristown, N. J., was open to the pub lic. On a recent morning Mrs. Twom bly was stepping into her carriage when two strangers drove up. One of them spoke to her by name and as she turned to face him his companion pressed the button of a camera pointed ^ in her direction. Then they drove away rapidly. Mr. Twombly on hear ing of this insolent behavior was so incensed that he gave orders to ex clude all strangers in future.