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The Trails j That Crossed By HOWARD DEVINE k -J (Copyright, 1903, by Daily Story Pub. Co.) O OUT and see If there isn’t a story (j in these matrimonial agencies," said the Sunday Editor. “Join three or four of them; brush up against the game; meet the fillies they have instock —get some good experiences. Never mind the fake part of it. I don’t care to expose the frauds so much as to print some odd adventures and work up some interesting character sketches. Take your time and get a page, illus trated.” I was dead broke and unattached and the idea pleased me. “How far shall I go in my explora tions?" I asked, rolling a cigarette. “The limit,” he replied, laconically. "Clear to the altar. Get married. Do it up right.” Then we both laughed and he con tinued: “Of course you haven’t got a sou. Here's an order for $15. Come in and show progress and you can have more if you need it. But mind, no blowing money. This is not a news story. Do it right, but don’t buy any wires.” I took the assignment gratefully and went out on my quest. 1 will not weary you with the details of my experiences with the cheap, stout women and cheap, thin men who preside over the matri monial agencies, and the still cheaper females who are listed at these places. i posea as Hiram Auaras,aixuucui, wni* a limited income and great prospects, in search of a wife with some ready money that would help me get my start. I met attenuated school teachers, freckled stenographers and auburn haired spin sters residing at parental homes. 1 met stout widows and thin divorcees and sighing orphans of uncertain age. School teachers seemed to predominate. I made appointments to call, appoint ments to dine—all sorts of appoint ments, the expenses of which the Clar ion cheerfully paid as I related my story of progress. Really I accumulated quite a decent story, but in the meantime I became most heartily sick of the assign ment. The women were all so common place and their conversation so inane that it required something of a draft on my reportorial imagination, based on the experiences of a half dozen years, to make anything out of the material. I was about through and had about enough material whipped into shape, and was entirely tired of the game when I met Elsie Norman, registered at Baldy’s agency as an orphan and an heiress worth $100,000 in her own name, and looking for a husband through the agency because of eccentricity. When I stumbled into the little box labeled Parlor G I was totally unpre pared for the vision which confronted me. Listen, and I will try to de scribe it: A petite little person, with a wealth of light hair, not golden nor brown, nor yet tow color, but of that peculiar shade—well, you know what It is as well as I; a broad forehead; mis chievous blue-gray eyes; dainty hands and feet; features not regular nor beautiful, but interesting and attrac tive because of the' intelligence mani fested. She was gowned simply, but with exquisite taste, and in that pe culiar surroundings and in the light of my recent experiences, the effect was paralyzing. I confess that I stumbled over the frayed rug and comported myself al together more in keeping with my as sumed character than I had yet dofte. She smiled reassuringly and apolo gized for the rug. The conversation I do not remember very distinctly, but before I left a date had been made for a little supper the next evening at a cozy Italian restaurant in an ob scure street, known only to the elect. The queer thing about it was that I seemed to remember afterward that she made the suggestion as to place. Also she told me that I had been recom mended to her by Baldy as the best thing (for her) he had in sight. As I went out Baldy called me aside and confided to me that this girl surely was the real thing for me. “She’s rich, rich,” he said, pounding his old walnut desk, “and beautiful and clever—beautiful and clever, I say, as well. Go to it.” “But there’s von ting,” he continued, looking me in the eye with so piercing an expression that I quailed, old stager .4 1 4- T n.no- 4 4 A i ci LU i 4 a mere fee. I haf secured it for you. If you get it, ve must haf an under standing. I must haf von-kewauter of the fortune. All you needs, man, is enough to put you up in business. You are in luck to get such a girl anyway. Promise me a kewauter, and she is yours!” I shook him and fled. That night I slept net, because of my burning mem ories of the fair young heiress. It might have been my horrible experi ences of the past week, but she cer l tainly seemed to me to be the fairest lady of my dreams—and that is a whole lot for a calloused reporter to say. The following day threatened to be the longest I had ever spent. Finally, in despair, I resolved to go to the Metropolitan agency and see what was “doing." although all interest in my assignment had lapsed. “My deah boy. I’ve just what ye want," exclaimed Hobson, the man ager, as I entered. “Parlor B. and get theah quick. I 'ave been a-holdin’ it for ye all the mornin’.” Half pushed, half walking, wholly disgusted, I Btumbled in, and there, right in front of me, fresh, dainty and alluring as before, 6at Elsie Norman. “What does this mean?” I demand ed, sternly, tragically—melodramatic ally, I will now admit. "You make a date with me and then go galivant ing around these cheap agencies What does it mean?” “And as to you, sir?” she asked, de murely, in reply. “I am trying to pass the time,” I replied, sternly. “And I," she replied, smiling. As we emerged from the building, I called a cab and handed her in. Be fore I let it go, I said: “Come, now, no more agency busi ness until after the Supper — If you please.” “Agreed,” sh« replied, a merry smile lighting her face—and I thought I saw a bint of downcast eyes and a bint of responsive comradarie which well nigh sent me into a fit of vertigo. That supper wa3 a red-letter occa sion. I had never been much of a la dies’ man, but had met many women of all degrees, and never had I met one with the charm of this mystifying product of the matrimonial agencies. She was so evidently up-to-date, so well-informed, so wise to everything going on in the world, so thoroughly posted in affairs and so well able to discuss current topics, that I could not reconcile her actual self w'th her posi tion as a woman of fortune seeking a husband through the mountebank agencies. Why! without a cent, she was a prize for a prince. While we sat at the little table in the cozy corner, a party consisting ol newspaper fellows and an actor or twc came in for a bite. A3 I nodded care lessly to them, and they returned my salutation, a puzzled expression crossed Miss Norman’s face. “Who are those people?” she asked sharply. “Oh, Tom Bates, of the Universe; Jimmie Burns, of the Recorder; Louie Drake, of the Clarion, and Harold St Hubert, the actor,” I replied. “Do you know them?” she asked. Then I recovered my balance and re plied: “I—I met Bates, casually, the othei night, and he pointed the others out tc me.” Then I changed the subject. Later on we went to the theater, anc before leaving her 1 made an engage ment to take her riding on the follow ing afternoon. I lay in my room and smoked that night until far past dawn, buried it visions. The evening had strengthened and vivified every impression of my firsi meeting with the girl. There was nc question but she was a lady in everj sense of the word—and her alert intelli gence was not the least of her charms There was no dodging it, I was madly ir love with her. All my doubts based or finding her at a matrimonial agencj were cast aside. ‘‘I would marry her without a questior as to her object in being there,” I said. Then I groaned as I thought of th< barrier of her wealth and the cheap pari I was playing. For, of course, I musi be honest with her. Finally I made my resolve. I coulc not remain in so equivocal a position. ; would make a clean breast of it, anc hope for her friendship at least. Mon I dare not dream. Perhaps years would efface the mem ory of my duplicity, and when I shoulc have attained a high position in my pro fession. perhaps—who knows? The next afternoon, far out on a lone some drive. I pulled myself togethei and told her the whole wretched busi ness. “I owe you an apology as abject as £ man can make, Miss Norman,” I startec in, tragically. Then I hurried on: “i am compelled to confess to you that 1 am not what I have pretended to be My name is not Hiram Adams, bu Stewart Vincent. I am a newspaper re porter doing the matrimonial agencies getting material for a story for the Clarion. It was good enough fun be fore I met you, but I am heartilj ashamed of myself now. and I humblj beg your pardon. I desire your lionesi friendship too much to go on with the deceit longer.” I had kept my eyes resolutely on th« horse. I now turned to her, and was surprised to find her face suffused witl blushes and her eyes downcast. Then she uttered a merry little laugh and looked at me with a mischievous glance that nearly caused me to droi the reins and gather her in my arms. “It’s tit for tat,” she said. “I am or the same assignment for the Universe and—and I was just thinking how dread fully cheap I was. My name is Eleanoi Vance. I guess it’s a case of two fools.’ A great joy leaped through my veins “Not if we can be friends—no I don’i mean that,” I said—“if we can go or with this courtship. Miss Vance. Mj Sunday editor told me to follow this assignment clear to the altar—in fact to get married, if necessary to get £ good story. I consider it very necessary I haven’t a dollar in the world, but I car always hold a good job. Will you helj me follow out my orders?” “Mine were the same,” she replied softly, “and two salaries are twice a: much as one,”—this in a whisper. Then I dropped the reins and the hors; had its own way for a season. Two such stories never appeared as those in the next issues of the Sundaj Clarion and the Sunday Universe. Min< led to a permanent job, and the Uni verse lost Miss Vance shortly, greatly t( the gain of a cozy uptown flat. And I did not begrudge paying botl agencies liberal fees. RED LIGHT IN SMALLPOX. Reported to Be Helpful Jn Prevent. i«K Disfiguration and Death front Snppuratlou. Finsen states that it may be consid ered an irrefutable fact that daylight and especially the chemical rays, has i most injurious effect on the course o smallpox, as the suppuration of the ves icles is due to the effect of light, say the New York Medical Journal. Conse quently, it is possible to avoid the sup puration and its consequences by pro tecting the patients from the action o light. On the other hand, light seems ti have no action on the smallpox infectioi itself, and death caused by the latter can not be prevented by excluding the chem ical rays; but the avoidance of suppura tion is of the greatest importance, a the suppuration stage is most danger ous, and the greatest number of death are due to suppuration. Further, the numerous complication and sequelae due to suppuration may b avoided, as well as the disfiguring pit ting. Since smallpox is a disease i which the public health authorise oblige the patient to go into a particula hospital, he has a right to ask that h shall not there be unnecessarily expose to dangers that may be fatal, or are a least liable to disfigure him for life. 1 must be considered absolutely unwai rantable on the part of the public healt authorities to treat serious cases c smallpox in which suppuration might h expected, in hospitals where patient are exposed to daylight. As to the pri vate physician, it must be considere a gross shortcoming if, as soon as h diagnosticates smallpox, he does nc make preparations to prevent the pj tient from being exposed to dayligh It is everywhere possible to darken th windows by curtains, and a candle wi supply all the necessary light. •—■— ——^--o- -— • Mississippi State News •—-^ -• Conference Sunday School Institute. By far the most interesting and largest gathering of Sunday school workers yet held in North Missis sippi will be at Winona on Septem ber 30 and October 1-2. As never before the people of the State are feeling the need of competent in struction in the matter of Sunday school management and teaching. Those who know, or have come in touch with Dr. Hamill and his ex cellent wife in their institute work, gladly testify to the profoundness and wonderful practicability of their teaching, which is imparted to lis teners in a most impressive man ner. The pastor and entertainment committee at. Winona are sparing nothing to arrange for the comfort and pleasure of all who are fortu nate enough to be present. The pas tors, as a rule, are interested, and do their part, but cannot advance over the superintendents and teach ers, who need to get in touch with some other work beside that done by themselves in their own schools. It is not only expected, but an assured fact, that a splendid gathering of earnest workers “on helpful mis sions bent,” will be in attendance. Do you—does your school—need | any aid? If so, be present, or have a renresentative from vour church there, and you will see more need of better and more intelligent ser vice for “immortal souls.” Each school is entitled to two delegates. All the railroads in the State have authorized rates on the certificate plan (one and one-third fare). Ask your local agent for a certificate, showing that you have paid full fare going to Winona, and you will get one-third rate returning. Pastors will please not use their permits, but get certificates, which give same rate and helps make up the required number. Pension Rolls Incomplete. W. W. Simonton of the pension department of the auditors office, who has charge of the pension dis tribution, makes an announcement of the greatest importance to pen sioners who were on the roll last year. Mr. Simonton states that the clerks of the various counties, in making out their pension rolls for the neyt distribution, have, in many instances, sent in only the names of the new pension applicants and have failed to include in their lists the names of all pensioners who drew pensions last year and who are still living and eligible to draw for the (Miming year. The now pension roll will be made up on October 1, and the auditor’s clerk is compelled to make up the new, roll from the lists of pensioners sent in by the clerks. He'cannot add to the lists, and where the lists fail to show all the pensioners who drew last year, and who are still entiled to draw, those last year pensioners will be dropped from the roll. Mr. Simon ton therefore advises that the clerks who have failed to include the last year pensioners send in supplemen tal or additional lists, including all who drew last year and are still eli gible. There remains only a few more days in which these corrections can be made, and Mr. Simonton is very anxious to have on the next roll all the pensioners who are entitled to draw. 1 Oldest Twins in the World. The county of Holmes boasts, and ! no doubt with clear title, to the claim that within her borders live i the oldest twins in the United States, if not in the world. They i are Betsy and Delia Randall, col ored, who have recently celebrated ! their 103d birthday in fitting style. They live on a farm a few miles 1 north of the town of Lexington, and are both hale and hearty and able to --v_U il..__ uo mu' ll 'IU11V Ui3 uiv a» vxagc son of little more than half their years. They were brought to Mis sissippi about sixty years ago, and it is said that their descendants, who number in the hundreds, are scattered from one end of the State to the other. 1 Struck a Streak of Iron Ore. In boring an artesian well at Jackson last week the contractor struck, at a depth of nearly 1,000 feet, as fine a lignite and iron ore as was ever seen, the vein being sev c eral feet thick. > - i Safety of Cotton Crop. The farmers all over the State ‘ arc expressing apprehension for the 3 safety of the cotton crop. The . nights continue cool, but not enough 3 now to do further damage. The fear is not for the extent of damage s that has already been done. Some 3 farmers are fearful that when the crop is gathered it will not show up l above a half crop. Others do not r place the damage is high as this, and e confidently believe that a three i quarter crop Will be made. t -r t A. and M. Colisgs Opening. The Mississippi A. and M. Col J lege opened last week with the larg e est attendance in its history. Five si hundred and fifty students are pres - ent, and a great many more are ex a pected during the next few days. ® State Senator G.* A. McClain, of Wi npna, made an eloquent address to the pupils on the possibilities of the e youth of Mississippi and the grand :i work which the college is doing in training them along industrial lines. Mineral Deposits In Mississippi. Two or three counties in the northeastern portion of the State are beginning to attruct a great (leal or attention because of the discovery of deposits of minerals of most every kind, and the organization of a strong company to develop them. Representatives of the Itawamba Coal and Oil Development Company are showing samples of coal, iron, silver, copper and other minerals that have been/ taken from their properties, and there does not seem to be any room for doubt that there is a fortune in those everlasting old hills for somebody. Parties from outside the State recently purchased several thousand acres of these lands, and it is stated that they are backed by abundant capital to de velop them. Mississippians have never doubted that their State is rich in mineral deposits, but the} have never had the means of finding out for certain, or of pushing what they did know. University of Mississippi Opens. The University of Mississippi be gan its fiftv-fourth session last week It was the most auspicious opening the institution ever had, and the in creased attendance of more than 30t students indicates that the action of xl, . 1.-1 ~x* x_x_ :__x 1. :_ mu uumu ui u uoiu\i? ju uoiuuuoimi^ the new schools of medicine ant teachers’ training meets with the ap proval of the citizens of the State The new buildings add greatly tc the convenience and comfort of the students, and will enable the faculty to make this a banner year in uni versity work. Archives and History. The following notice has beer sent out by Director Howland to tlu trustees of the department of ar chives and history: “I am directed by Gen. Stepher D. Lee, president of the board oJ trustees of the department of ar chives and history, to inform yot that the annual meeting of the trus tees of said board will be held ir Jackson, Miss., October 9, 1903, a 3 o’clock p.m. The coming meeting is most important, and your pres ence is urgently requested.” Capt. Brown Dead. Capt. E. \Y. Brown, clerk of th< Supreme Court, and the Democrats nominee to succeed himself in tlu same office, died at his home ir Jackson last week, after an illnes: of more than two months, of cancer Capt. Brown was one of the nobles Romans of them all, a brave Confed erate soldier, and there was not j more popular or more generally be loved officer and man in the whoh State. His death will be deeply re gretted bv every man, woman ani child who had the honor to knov him. Bishop Bratton. Dr. Theodore Dubose Bratton, th< newly elected bishop of the dioeesi of Mississippi, succeeding Bisho] Hugh Miller Thompson, will be con sec-rated in the new St. Andrew' Church, in Jackson. The conseera tion ceremonies will take place oi September 27, and, according to thi present indications, will be one o the most impressive and imposing religious ceremonies that ever tool place in the State. It is though that twelve bishops will be in at tendance. Removal Rumor Denied. The report sent out last wee! through these columns that the Illi nois Central Railroad Compan; contemplated the removal of thei machine shops at an early date fron McComb City to Jackson seems t 1- i_ „ i* i ~ j rm. _ ir xxu l UCUX UUXUUUUtUi X 1XC iUU Comb City board of trade assert that it has substantial assurance that there is nothing in this rumor The report is believed to have ha< its origin in the fact that the com pany lias in contemplation the es tablishing at Jackson of such repai shops as will be necessary at a poin where three of its lines run to gethcr—aSitlie main line, the Yazo branch and the Natchez branch. Cotton Prospects Blighted. The fine cotton prospects of Yalo busha county two weeks ago liav deteriorated 20 to 40 per cent, ii the last few days, caused by blighl rust and hot, burning winds. A Wail From Port Gibson. Crop advices from Claiborne am adjoining counties are not of th best. Army worms are playin, havoc, and large shipments of pari green are being received daily. Th crops are deteriorating rapidly, an picking is being pushed. Fearim the consequence of the worm, farm ers are taking steps to stamp th dreadful destroyer out of existenc with the deadly poison. The move ment of cotton is backward som twenty-six days. Gov. Longino spent most of las week in the delta, looking after th State’s cotton. It is understood tha the governor is anxious to marko as much cotton as possible durin the present month.. Prices are goo and the treasury is getting lov while the heavy fall payments ar coming due for school purposes. A] of the State schools and college will open this month, and they wi immediately begin to draft on th treasury for runxxing funds. State Finances. The race between the money com ing into the State treasury and th< money going out is going to be close In the language of the day, is is go ing to be an “eyelash finish.” Treas uerer Lampton was asked last weel if he thought the State would lmvi to borrow any further sums o money, and he said that he did no think that it would. He is of tin opinion that the proceeds from th' sale of the cotton and cottonseed o the State will tide over the treasur; and enable this administration t pull through without having to bor row a cent. He said that if the of ficials could have their way abou when the revenues of the State wer to be paid into the treasury ther would be no question about the rc suit. The State’s cotton will begii to bring money into the treasur during the next few weeks, and ther is no very pressing demand on i right now, the largest being th $30,000 which the State owes th assessors, and $5,000 of this sun has been paid. From the time th season opened last year until De eember 31 the treasury received $1, 456,141.79 from the sale of cdttor cottonseed ad other products. Th crop is not as large this year as i was last, but the price is better an it is expected that the revnue wil be fully as great. The largest dis tribution in sight now is that of th pensioners. This will Ire $200,001 hut by the time the auditor is read to send out the warrants the sheriff will he paying their tax money int the treasury. The finish is going t be exciting, but Treasurer Lampto expects to win out. Rapid Action. At Centerville last week .Tame H. Germany, an employe of th Robinson Mercantile Company, wa killed by a negro named William: The negro had been enticing th labor of the company away, and wa approached on the matter by Mi Germany, when he pulled his pi; tol and fired three shots at Mr. Gei many at close range. The first she produced instant death. The negr was chased down the streets, bn owing to the crowd of people ai tracted by the shooting no one dare to use a gun. As soon as William ' left Main street a general melee be gan, Williams returning the fire c the crowd as he ran off. He wa overtaken before getting out of th town limits, and his body riddle with bullets. Williams showed poc marksmanship, or he would hav killed several persons. He emptie his pistol several times at the crow at close range while dodging behin trees and other objects. Everythin is quiet and no further trouble i anticipated. Mr. Germany leaves 1 wife and five children and a host c ' friends. County Fairs. 1 County fairs will be in full swin ' in Mississippi in a few days, an the prospect is that they are goin to be more attractive and receive larger patronage than ever befon ; because of the fact that the farmei “ are in better shape than for man * seasons, and the wave of prosperit ■ has rolled over every community i ’ the State. The Grenada Count ■ Fair begins on the 6th of Octok 1 and lasts a week; the East Missi: - sippi and West Alabama Fair k - gins at Columbus on the 13th c ! October and lasts three days, amon : the attractions being a game of foo - ball between the Agricultural an ■ Mechanical College of Mississipj and the University of Alabann The Leflore County Fair opens o the 14th of October and lasts tw L days. One of the features of th ' fair will be a grand flower an trades parade through the streets c ' flrnnn trnn/1 A l,n , ------ - 1 " “V 1 it a rule to take in some of these ’ fairs every year states that one oi ■ the most noticeable things in sucl: 3 communities is the great number oi ' fine horses, cows, chickens, hogs and • pet stock generally that may be seer * at these gatherings. A spirit oi generous rivalry seems to permeati the very atmosphere about count} r towns where fairs are held, and then t is not the slightest doubt of an iiv ■ creased thrift and prosperity on al } the farms for miles around. Gold Nuggets Fountl at Jackson. Scores of fine but small nugget: - of gold have been picked up in the s branches about Jackson, but no per i son has ever been able to find when , they came from, though a great dea of time has been sptmt in the search Mountain of Magnesia. 1 A mountain of magnesia near As 3 kew, under the bluff adjacent to tin l Ooldwater river, has been recently s discovered by Geologist Gearon. Ii 3 is said by the geologist that a strati 1 of this material is underlying th< l bluff from Beech Springs to a dis - tance of several miles south of As e kew, and is practically inexhausti ? ble. Its commercial value is indis - putable, and it is believed the fine s will prove a bonanza for this sec tion. t It is believed that the govemoi 3 will appoint George C. Myers t< t the position made vacant by th< t death of Capt. Brown. Mr. Myer y is from Holly Springs, and was i I candidate for the position agains , Mr. Brown at the late State pri e mary. The appointment will onb 1 hold good until January 18, whei 8 the present State officers go out. i 1 successor for the full term will bi e chosen by the people of the State a the November election. MISSISSIPPI EXHIBITS WHAT THE STATE IS ASKED TO SHOW AT THE WORLDS FAIR. : THE BEST OF EVERYTHING WANTED f Commissioner Henry Issues a Circular Naming the Various Products Desired From the State for the Big St. —1 Louis Show. _ Jackson, Miss., Sept. 15. — State ) Commissioner R. ri. Henry has issued . a circular to county commissioners and others naming a list of the prin ’ cipal products of this State desired t for the World’s Fair at St. Louis. } Products v/ill be assembled at central j points in the different counties and * shipped to Jackson, where they will be stored, assorted, classified and 1 sent to St. Louis during the winter. f The circular will be found in full 3 below. Read it, and make up your u mind to assist in gettting up the Mis sissippi exhibit: AGRICULTURE. 1 All kinds of agricultural products 5 are desired for the Mississippi ex - hibit at the World’s Fair, the best specimens of everything that grows in or is raised from the ground. ’ Cotton—Be3t varieties and finest 2 types—in uolls, in seed and in lint; t to be shown under glass cases 12x | 30 inches, when practical. , Cotton Products—Cotton seed hulls, 1 cotton seed meal, cotton seed cake, rnttnn snorl nil «tbnwn in all f»rarTps B Corn—All varieties o£ corn, shelled, i in ear or on stalk. ’ Cereals—Wheat, rice, rye, barley, V millet, maize, shown in sheaves or 9 in grain. i) Potatoes—Sweet and Irish potatoes— y all kinds. Melons—Watermelons, muskmelons, 1 canteloupes, etc. ■Pumpkins—The largest that can be procured. Sugar Producing Plants — Sorghum, , cane, beets, etc. Saccharine Products—Syrup, molas J ses, sugar. S Peas—Best varieties held and table peas. e Grasses — Johnson grass, meadow grass, lespedeza, clover, alfalfa, etc. 3 Hay—Loose and baled hay, best and most popular varieties. . Beans — Pole, butter, snap, bush, navy, mixed and other kinds of ' beans. t Wools—Best grade Merino, Cotswold, 0 Cashmere wools, etc., washed and t unwashed. Wines—Best and greatest variety . wines made from native grapes. * Cordials, Brandies, Etc.—Made from S fruit or grapes; brandied fruits. - Tobacco—Twist, plug leaf or made £ into cigars. Peanuts—Varied collection and best 3 varieties nuts. 0 Breads—With or without yeast, fancy J breads, cakes, etc. r Preserved Meats—Meats preserved by any process, salted or canned. 0 Condiments — Pepper, spices, mus 1 tards, sauces, relish js. i. Pickles — Every kind and variety j known. Fish—Preserved by any process— " dried, stuffed, or in solution of alco 9 hol or formaldehyde, a Salt Fish—Canned oyster, canned £ shrimps, canned crabs. Implements and Machinery. The agricltural department also solicits exhibits of agricultural im plements of all kinds—plows, sulkies, £ cotton and corn planters, rakes, roll ers, harrows, drillers, cultivators, har a vesters, etc., all to be made in the 3 State exhibiting them, a -- '> HORTICULTURE. 3 Under this head is solicited every y variety of fruits, vegetables and y flowers grown in this State, the fresh ‘ fruit and vegetables to be gathered 1 and shipped next spring; the canned .v and preserved articles to be secured r wherever possible and assembled this fall. Fresh Fruits—The finest varieties of , peaches, apples, pears, plums, cher I ries, grapes, strawberries, blackber ry ries, dewberries, raspberries, figs, apricots, pomegranites, nectarines,  etc., grown in the State; also nuts of all kinds, pecans, walnuts, hick II orynuts, chestnuts, chinquapins, etc. l- Preserved Fruits—Dried or preserved a in cans or jars, with or without 0 sugar; preserved in solution—for malin, boric acid, zinc, chloride or 5 other solution. As it is too late to preservo many varieties, we must j! largely depend upon friends to con- i: tribute, loan or sell us their collec- 11 tions. 1 Vegetables—Best selection and finest grades of tomatoes, radishes, beans, cabbage, turnips, okra, cauliflower, asparagus, egg plants, onions, po tatoes, celery, lettuce, cucumbers, etc. Preserved Vegetables-—Held in solu tion in glass jars as fruit is pre served. Nursey Stock—With methods of prop agating, grafting, growing and cul tivating. Plants, Flowers, Etc.—Under this head is solicited all kinds of plants, shrubs, seed, bulbs, flowers and vines culivated in floral gardens. FORESTRY. As Mississippi is noted for its fine timber, hard and soft woods, of which the State has some 250 varieties, we should make a showing in the Fores try Building the equal of any State in the Union. What is Wanted—Samples of all kinds of timber, specimens of all varieties of lumber—from the rough log to the finished product; all kinds of building wood; wood of every character for cabinet work; wood for wheelwright’s work; wood for construction purposes; timber tor spokes, staves and axe handles; wood for coopers’ use; kiln dry woods for manufacturing purposes; dye woods, tanning hark and fra grant substances; charcoal, gums, oils, turpentines and resins In all grades; plants, roots and leaves; fruits of forest trees, moss and mis tletoe; methods of manipulating and handling lumber; wagons for hauling logs to mill; saw mills, log ging plants, etc. Timber—We want samples of . every variety of tree, bush and vine grown in the forests of Mississippi— pine, oak, hickory, ash, gum, pop lar, cypress, maple, beech, locust, elm, walnut, cottonwood, bay, holly, magnolia, willow, cherry, cedar, sycamore, etc., shown in uniform lengths of six feet (when possible). Logs over three inches should be sawed or split into slabs, leaving bark on one side. One slab should be left rough on the face, showing natural grain, while the other should be dressed on the face, smoothed and polished, showing the best finish it will take. In case of very large logs, also show cross and transverse sections. Lumber — Every variety and style of lumber turned out by the mills of the State is wanted, both hard and soft wood in sizes and lengths as most convenient for the mills to furnish—the greater the width and breadth the better, as the larger pieces of lumber attract the most attention. ' We want both rough and finished lumber, of the best grade, in all the various sizes and dimensions. Under this head is also solicited sawed and riven shingles, pine and cypress. Big Trees—Some of the big trees of the State are desired for the timber display—the largest poplar, largest oak, largest pine, largest cypness, largest cottonwood, etc. This State exhibited at the New Orleans ex position a but cut of a yellow poplar tree grown in Panola county that measured 12 feet 3 inches through. This is larger than any tree of which the commissioner has heard in his canvass of the State, except a cypress growing in Lafayette county. He has been promised sev eral large trees, but nothing to equal the Panola poplar. As large trees always attract much attention at expositions, commissioners are urged to be on the lookout for them and report the result of their la bors, giving diameter and length. The tallest and largest tree in the State is wanted. What county will furnish it? Fancy Work—Specimens of neat bas ket work, grass work, woodenware, moss work, etc., are solicited. Collection of Seeds—Specimens of all kinds 01 forest seeds, indigenous and exotic; forest botany; edible wild fruits. Ornamental—Fine specimens of orna mental rorest trees are desired, to be preserved in boxes filled with earth. MINERALS. Samples of every ore and mineral found in the eartn in this State is wanted, and we have much more min eral in Mississippi than is generally supposed. We Want — Building stone, rough hewn, sawed or polished; ornament al stones, hard stones; lime or sand stones. Rocks which produce lime or cement; grinding stones, whet stones or natural abrazives; clays, kaolin, flint, sand, and other sub stances used in the manufacture of eartnenware, brick, terra ctta, glass, etc.; Gravel for ballasting railroad tracks, streets, etc.; nat ural mineral fertilizers — marls, phosphates, etc.; mineral fuels —peat, lignite, coal. Metallic ores of every kind and product—native metals. General and systematic collections in geology. Geological maps, charts or models of underground topography geol ogy; relief maps, etc. Sulphur, pyrites, natural minerai paints. Mineral waters, in carboys of five or ten gallons. All other miscellaneous minerals and products of the earth. Fossils of all kinds. FISH AND GAME. Collection of the wild animals, birds and fish of the State, mounted by taxidermists, wanted. Every variety possiDle to obtain, expense of preparing and gathering to be paid by the State commission. Fish may be stuffed, preserved in alcohol or otherwise. Canned fish, canned oysters and canned shrimp wanted. EDUCATION. All the latest and most approved methods in education will be shown in the Education Building, and schools and colleges are invited to contribute to this exhibit. Here will be shown tne work of the elementary grades, .-igh schools and academies, colleges and universities, art schools and in stitutes, agricultural colleges, indus trial and trade schools, cummer schools, etc. WOMAN’S WORK. While t. ere will be no distinctive Woman’s Building at the exposition, the Director of Exhibits informs the commisioner that the handiwork of woman will be taken care of. There fore every variety of woman’s work is solicited—needle work, art work, decorative work, etc. PATENTS, RELICS AND CURIOS. Patents, relics and curios are want ed—the older and odder the better. Almost every community has some thing of this kind. They will be care fully preserved and returned to the owners at end of exposition free of all cost. HISTORIC MATTERS. Matters of historic interest are also solicited for exhibition in the Missis sippi Building, which is to be a per fect representation of Beauvoir, the old home of Jefferson Davis. Espe cially do we desire oil paintings of our old and distinguished citizens. OTHER EXHIBITS. While there will be no State ex hibits in the buildings set apart for art, manufactures and machinery, the expostition company solicits in dividual exhibits for these buildings, and the commissioner will glad to assist any firm, factory, corporation or individual in securing space. All space is free both to States and in dividuals. For additional information, or fur tner instructions, address R. H. HENRY, State Commissioner, Jackson, Miss. The “Grass Widow.” "The origin of the term ‘grass widow,’ ” said a philologist, “is puz zling. Some say it came from the French—that it was originally ‘grace widow;’ that is, widow by grace, or courtesy. Others say it derives from the old English custom of a man’s hanging out a broom when his wife was away over night. To hang out the broom was a common phrase. When the thing was done the mean ing was that the house had been swept clear of the wife’s presence, and the husband’s friends were to visit him and do as they pleased. In time, in stead of hanging out a broom the hus band came to hang out only a buqch of grass. Thus he grew to be called a ‘grass widower,’ and his wife a ‘grass widow.’ ”—Philadelphia Record. “I reckon you don’t often have such a jolly little party as this to drive?” remarked one of a rather noisy com- / pany of young fellows during a day’s drive in the country. “Not now!” was the quiet response of the driver. “I ain't druv such a lot sin’ I left my last job!" “What was that?” "Coachman at a lunatic asylum!” came the cool reply.—London Tit Bits.