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(-~-- A Greater Mississippi Devoted to the Industrial, Commercial and Agricultural Development of the State’s In comparable Resources Items of Interest Picked Up Here and There a* By H. E. BLAKESLEE, Jackson. ) V-——--S , ..- ■ n , ■ ■ , - —J Mississippi State News j 1-. - ^-— Jackson county was awarded the grand prize at the Corn and Cotton Carnival for the best and most com plete county exhibit, and well was the honor deserved. The old secretary oi State's office was transformed into c veritable dream of semi-tropical fruits and products. The various articles were artistically displayed and the ef feet was most pleasing throughout No doul.t a great many citizens of thal county would have been surprised al the excellent showing made and won dered if it could all have come froir home. Mr. Frank H. Lewis and lion M. lb. Dees, of the Pascagoula Com mercial Club, were the active spirits in the exhibit, and they did them selves proud. In the exhibit of cant and cane syrup they produced a fine variety, some of the stalks being sev en or eight feet in height, and the syrup was clear and delicious. This crop is fast becoming a leading factoi in that section and canneries are be ing built to keep the syrup sweet anil good during hot weather. The larg est turnips at the Carnival were it this exhibit the last two days, not be ing awarded the prize because the large ones were not there when the judges investigated. There were a number that one would make a meal for a good sized family. New rad ishes were shown in profusion and the statement made that shipments were going forward to Northern markets every day. As good corn as could be _ 1.1 i 4.1,Cbotoc 11’OC shown, grown on sandy land with a little commercial fertilizer and with a yield highly satisfactory. Rice was another part of this exhibit that at traeted attention, and of the best quality. The principal part of the ex hiblt, however, was in the line of fruits, such as oranges, grape fruit, lemons, grapes, figs, pecans, cumquats, persimmons and others too numerous to mention. There were tine native oranges and a quantity of the cele brated Satsuma oranges that are hardy and not damaged by the cold weather. This variety is being grown extensively and is proving highly sat isfactory. Many large groves are coming into bearing and thousands ol trees being planted every year. It is undoubtedly the orange for successful growth in South Mississippi. Grape fruit is another fruit that is being largely grown and with much success, It very much resembles a large orange and is closely akin to that family. Figs are important in the crops grown and those displayed were exceedingly fine. Fig orchards pay well and the demand is unlimited. Japanese per simmons are beginning to play an im portant part in the commerce of that section. They are many times larger than the wild variety and possess a distinctive flavor that is very pleas ant. The eumquat is a small orange or lemon being a cross between these two fruits. It very much resembles an orange on the surface, but the meat is more like a lemon. They are eaten without taking off the rind, hav ing a splendid flavor. This is the home of the paper shell pecan, and those shown were immense in size and quality. The pecan orchards are be ing extended from year to year and ere long this will be one of the very best producers of pecans in the world. The trees are hardy and of fairly quick growth, beginning to bear at five years old and coming into full producing season at about ten or twelve. The display of native timber, polished to show the grain, was a dis tinctive feature of the Jackson county exhibit and was the means of at tracting a great deal of attention and favorable comment. Much care had been shown in preparing this exhibit and it made a grand showing for that county. Fresh snap beans were an at tractive feature also, and went to show that the garden could be made to produce twelve months in the year in that favored section. A large num ber of small bottles of matchless cane syrup were uisuiuuieu amuug iuc thousands of visitors who saw the ex hibit. The people of Jackson county are to be given great credit for the enterprise shown in making this mag nificent display of w'hat could be ac complished on their soil, and there will no doubt he a handsome return for the time and money' expended. All who saw' it were loud in their praise, and it should be the means of adding many good people to those already there. * * * Capt. J. J. White, president of the Greater Mississippi Association, and one of the foremost citizens ef the State, has organized the J. J. White Lumber Company, at McComb City, with one million dollars capital. It will be the largest lumber concern in the State. Capt. White is one of Mis sissippi’s pioneer lumbermen, and no man has done more for the industrial, agricultural and commercial upbuild ing of the State than he has. The Liberty-White railroad is his recent work, and many other acts could be enumerated to show that his heart is with Mississippi. With the immense amount of capital behind him he has been able to show' much in the way of actual accomplishments. Long may he live and prosper. * * * Laurel has set its figures at ten thousand inhabitants, to be secured by the end of this year. It is a com munity of hustlers and will pretty nearly accomplish what it goes after. * • * Indianola is boring for artesian water and has struck a fair supply at a depth of 1,100 feet, but will not be satisfied until it is secured in larger quantities and the work of drilling continues. The citizens of that progressive town are persistent in their efforts to get the best of ev erything that is going, and they gen erally get it. * * * Robt. F. Caffey, of Winona, killed an eleven-months-old pig that weighed 540 pounds. J. N. Smith, of (Roster, killed one not fourteen months old that weighed GOO pounds. Hogs are good property and they can be raised in Mississippi as well as anywhere under the sun. » * * A gentleman calls the attention of the writer to the fact that the life in surance company which he represents is investing its capital in Mississippi, and it has since transpired that some of the others are in possession of Mississippi bonds. All well and good. Let us hope that some one of them will see fit to build a good office structure or two in the State. They are doing this in the larger cities of the North and East and we w'ould like to see the money we pay in invested here closer to home, especially so when the rate of interest is so much more here than in the big financial centers. After an investigation of the comparative amounts invested in Mis sissippi by the insurance companies with the two and a half million dol lars paid them each year, something more will be said on this subject. * • * The Jackson House, at West Point, sets the pace in supplanting negro waiters with German girls brought down from the cities up East. The innovation is apparently working well, as the help is much more de sirable and reliable than negro wait ers. A number of families in West Point have white help and are pleased with the new regime. * * * The address or uapi. \v. n. nmuy, of Hattiesburg, at the Corn and Cot ton Carnival, on “South Mississippi,” was hugely enjoyed by his hearers, and it was unanimously voted one of the best expositions of the wonderful resources and great future of that favored section ever heard. The G. & S. I. railroad could not get better mat ter to advertise the country contig uous to its route, and it would un doubtedly be a good idea to have it printed in pamphlet form for general distribution. * * * The weather during Christmas was balmy and pleasant, quite a contrast to the brand being served to our friends in the North and West. Pity ’tis that large numbers of them could not have been with us in its enjoy ment. * * * Ripley is contemplating the build ing of a canning factory. The coun try adjacent to that town would make a fine trucking community and with the railroad facilities which it will soon have there seems to be every rea son why such an enterprise would be a success. Ship truck North while the market is good and have the can ning factory to work the surplus and take care of the crop in the event the market went to pieces. We expect to see quite a number of canneries lo catd in the State this year. * * + Armour & Company, the Chicago packers, will locate a big branch house at Greenwood as soon as the two story building for their use can be constructed. It will be made the dis tributing point for a large territory of rich country and will be worth a great deal to Greenwood. * * * A gentleman who has been in Mis sissippi only two years, and who came from the cold regions mentioned above, has this to say in behalf of our climate: “For several weeks the North has been the scene of snow, ice and win ter desolation. The inhabitants of every State north of the Ohio river liavp bp^un the four to five months’ fight against inclement weather, which comes annually with the cer tainty of taxes. Here in Mississippi no snow has fallen, no ice has formed and no wintry winds have tormented those whose calling necessitates ex posure to the weather. The North has already had this year much more of severe weather than the people of .Jones county will see all winter. The difference in comfort between a resi dence in this favored section and one in the icy North is so great that it must be experienced to be realized. * * * Mississippi should place in their hands the truth about this State’s incomparable climate and the opportunities offered newcomers in every line of industry.” The advantages of Mississsippi should be properly exploited before the world, as the gentleman says, and the benefits would be great. • • * Magnolia is awakening to the im portance of municipal improvements, and is at present engaged in building a complete system of water works. The city is already supplied with elec tric lights, and soon will be clamor ing for sewerage and other improve ments. • • • A number of mining concerns from the West have representatives in Mis sissippi soliciting stock in their or ganizations. Would it not be better to invest your spare money in Missis sippi mines, there being a great num ber of them producing gold and silver in prodigious quantities, although possibly not in the crude shape of the Western mines. Investments here should prove much more satis factory than thousands of miles from home and in something you know pos itively nothing about. You may get your money's worth, but it Is very much like playing a hundred to one shot at a horse race—a long chance. | • * * ! Last year Mrs. Bettle Price, a Scott county lady 58 years old, with the aid of a son and daughter, made and gathered seventeen bales of cotton, 400 bushels of corn. 160 gallons of mo lasses and over fifty bushels of sweet 1 potatoes. She only employed hired i help for two days during the year. No State in the Union can beat that. * * * Yazoo City sustained a severe loss in the fire there last May, as all are aware, but one of the losses that will be hard to replace was the splendid shade trees that lined the thorough fares of that excellent city. The cit izens are arranging to replant these trees systematically, and in a few years the new Yazoo will be some thing akin to the old in the way of shade trees and foliage. The citizens have taken a sensible view of the matter and are acting on it. When the new trees grow up they will be of uniform size and, if anything, much handsomer than before the great fire. * * * A. W. Armor, of Landon, Harrison county, opened up a truck farm two years since. This year from one acre and nine square feet of land he sold $195 worth of cane and syrup and seed cane for two and a half acres besides. Twenty-two hills of cucumbers made forty gallons of pickling size. He has sold over $700 worth of products from his little farm during the season. You Mississippians who are running off to Texas, Oklahoma and the Indian Territory seeking an Eldorado, do you think that any of those sections could onnnl tn nnfhijitr of heatinsr the i above record? * * • The New Albany Vidette issued a creditable special edition the week before Christmas and made a splendid showing for that town. One of the especially good features of this edi tion was special correspondence from different sections of the county giving facts concerning the lands, etc., kind of soil, water, church and school fa cilities and other pertinent facts. When a man begins to consider re moving to a new country he wants to know all about that country, and the Vidette's edition should prove of great benefit to Union county in the way of furnishing the kind of information wanted. Other papers might follow the lead of the Vidette in getting out comprehensive special editions. • * * Wm, R. Vancleave, of North Pasca goula. has fifty bearing Satsuma or ange trees on his home place, and a large number of seedlings. He also has a number of Celeste fig trees, Japan persimmons and a variety o) grapes. His success with this fruit has been phenomenal. » * * A. G. Leggett, of Laurel, on one acre of land made 630 gallons of syrup and saved 3,000 stalks for planting next year. On a two-horse farm he sold $2,000 worth of products. If this can be done in Mississippi, why should any family desire to go West hunting a home? Stay right here and get what is due every one who will go after it properly. * * * George W. Holditch, of Ecru, Ponto toc county, killed an eighteen-months old hog that dressed 580 pounds. The hilly country in that section of the State produces yearly a fine lot of meat, and the growing of pork for market is attracting more attention at the hands of the farmers every year. The farmers up there do not have their pork slaughtered in Chi cago. Not Such a Long-Winded Family. At a banquet in Raleigh, N. C., re cently, .1. R. Young, State insurance commissioner, told this story, which an agent had given him, of his ex perience with a cotton planter who had decided to insure his life, and was filling in the usual printed list of questions. “When he came to the stereotyped queries, ‘Age of father, if living,’ and ‘Age of mother, if living,’ he thought a little while, and then put down his father’s age at 117 years and his mother’s at 119. “ ‘By Jove,’ said the agent, ‘you come of a long-lived family, don’t you?’ “ ‘Why, no, not particular,’ tho planter replied. “ ‘But your father and mother—’ “ ‘Oh, they're dead.’ the planter in terrupted. They died young. But the paper asks for their age “if liv ing,” so that is what 1 put down. Subtle Plot. “How wonderfully well your daugh ter’s getting on with her music, Mrs. Softly,” said old Shroodun, over tho garden wall. “Oh, do you really think so, Mr. Shroodun?” gushed the lady; “how kind of you to say it. We do think she’s improved of late.” “Improved!” exclaimed her neigh bor; “improved isn’t the word for it. I wonder now,” he continued smil ingly, “whether she’d mind playing a little this afternoon from about three until half-past, say. I’m expecting a friend, and I should so much like him to hear her.” “Oh, I’m sure she’ll only be too de lighted,” chirped the proud mother. Punctually at three in the after noon the piano at the Softly’s began to emit sounds which suggested that some one was pounding it with a pair of Indian clubs, and, by a curious co incidence, old Shroodun and old Shroodun’s landlord happened to be seated just on the other side of the dividing wall. “There,” exclaimed the former, "now you hear it for yourself! What d’ye think of it? I tell you candidly, my good sir, that you’ll have to knock a good ten pounds off the rent. If I’ve got to listen to that infernal row all day I must be compensated for it.” And the landlord sympathetically agreed.—Exchange. — Cornwallis was instructing his offi cers. “When we rout the Americans,” ha was saying, “bring the first corps to the hotel and we’ll celebrate.” “My lord,” said an aide-de-camp, “there ain’t goin’ to be no corps. This is the origin of the expression. Longfellow had just written “Excel sior.” “If I want to wait,” he mused, “I might get a big price for it as break fast food poetry.” Heaving a sigh, he sent the proofs to the printer. . - THE WORLD BUILDER. OUR. SERMON STORY by the "Highway and Byway” Preacher (A Vision B'tween the Lines of Cod's Inspired Word.) (Copyright. 1VM, by J. M. MMb) Scripture Authority"In the beginning God created the I.(-averts and the earth.” — Gen, 1:1. "God . . . created all tilings by Jestis Christ.”—Eph 3:H. "All things were made by Him: and without Him was not anything made that was made.”—John 1:3. WAS m the be ginning. Within the Realm of tha Eternal and Al mighty One there was great stir and activity. Father, Son and Holy Ghost, ass-mbled in the Palace of the Secret Pres ence, li a d con i’ e r r e d together uver the vast proj ect of the uni verse. The Fa ther, with His eternal purposes well laid, and with plans and spa ideations for the worlds and all that in them is, carefully drawn through the iufiuite wisdom and faithfulness of the God head, had counseled leng and earnest ly with the Son and the Holy Spirit as to their execution. The angelic hosts, as they went i hither and thither in obedience to the j Divine will which operated :u perfect harmony throughout all the Reaim, were conscious that some mighty en terprise was under contemplation. They wondered even as they worked, and their expectant eyes were turned toward the Palace of the Secret Pres cnee, waiting for the revelation or me Triune God. At last in the fullness of time, the Palace doors swung open and the shin ing presence of the Son came forth. Within one hand He carried the scroll of plans which God had given Him, and upon the other rested the almighty power of the Father; while at His side there walked His inseparable Com panion and Helper, the Holy Spirit. At sight of these two glorious ones, the angels bowed in reverent love and worship, and thus remained until the gentle but authoritative voice of the Son bade them rise. He then thus addressed them: “It is fitting that you, as inhabitants of the Realm of the Eternal and Al mighty One, should be enlightened as to some of the purposes and plans of My Father, and your Lord and God Ue it known unto you, therefore, that it hath been decreed in the counsel of His will that the limitless regions beyond this Realm, within which you have hitherto served, shall be molded and organized into the universe, where you will find enlarged and glorious service. Ail that concerns this uni verse through time and eternity is locked within the knowledge and will of the Father, but into My hands He has placed the plans for the creation of this universe, and He has bid Me go forth with His blessing and power to the execution thereof. The Holy Spirit, who is with Me at all times, has been specially commissioned of the Father to aid Me in this vast enterprise.” Having finished speaking, the angels again bowed low, and then, being gra ciously dismissed by the Son, they passed swiftly away, each upon the du ty which the Divine will indicated. As the rustle of the garments of the white-robbed hosts died away in the distance, the Son turned to the Holy Ghost and, unrolling the specifications and plans which the Father had given Him, they both considered them care fully and earnestly, in order that not one shadow of deviation might be made in the will and purposes of the Father. Then they both looked out and saw that all was waste and void, and that impenetrable darkness was upon the face of the deep. This was the material which the Father had given into the hands of the Son to be molded and shaped according to the plans before them. “How shall we proceed?” asked the Son of the Holy Spirit, in sweet defer ence and loving confidence. “Thou shalt remain here, oh mighty and glorious Son, and I will go forth in willing obedience to the Father’s, will, and move upon the face of the waters. Then shalt Thou speak as the Father has bade Thee, and through Thy faith and Thy power it shall come to pass even as God hath decreed.” So saying me Iiuiy oimu t>yeu 1UHU II1JUU His mission, while the Son prepared to say the word that would give expres sion to God’s will. "Let there be light!” The words, like the living messengers which they were, pierced the thick darkness and reached the uttermost borders of the chaotic mass. The Holy Spirit in quick obedience to the Divine command moved upon the face of the waters and there was light. . And the Father, beholding from the Palace windows, saw that it was good, and the Son, seeing as with the eyes of the Father, was satisfied. But the first process was not yet complete, and the Son proceeded to separate the light from the darkness, and the light he called day and the darkness night. Then came the Holy Spirit, returning from His great mission, and they two, the Son and the Holy Spirit, retraced their steps to the Palace of the Secret Presence, and the first period of the creation was passed. And without the Palace walls there gathered the angel choirs to sing the praises of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost. They had beheld the marvelous creative work and it gave them a new theme and awoke a new note of gladness in their song. Again the doors of the Palace swing wide on their golden hinges and, as be fore, the Son and the Holy Spirit come forth with glory, and majesty and power. Again the angels prostrate themselves before them and wait for the Son to speak. Again He bids them rise and sends them forth with His blessing upon their ministry of service. And again the Son and the Holy Spirit turn to the task before them. The Holy Spirit becomes the active agent of God’s will, and, permeating the uni verse, waits for the command of the Son, to be given in obedience to the Father’s will "Let there be a firmament in the midst cf the waters, and let It divide Ihe waters from the waters ” When God speaks the elements listen and hasten to obey, but not so with man, [or he, oh too often, is indifferent to His voice. The voice of the Son speeds forth to,the uttermost bounds of space, and the moving Spirit of God operates mightily upon the waters and separates one body from another. And this firmament the Son called Heaven, and the return of the Holy Spirit, and the bursting song of the angels marked the close of the second of the creation days. The third day brought the dry land, the springing grass and herbs, and the spreading, fruit-laden trees. The fourth day added its wonders of starry heav ens and the sun and moon; the fifth days its living creature-s in the air above the earth and in the waters upon the earth, and the sixth day was marked by the cattle arid the creeping things and the beasts of the earth is suing forth from the creative hands of the Son. Each day brought new glory and honor to the Father Who had planned, and the Son and the Holy Ghost Who had wrought out the Divine will. Each day brought new wonder to the angels as they beheld ail the mighty works of the Triune God, and each day gave them inspiration for a newer and better song of praise. And on this sixth day, with the earth radiant in its verdant beauty and teem ing with life, with the glorious heav ens stretching their encircling splendor about the earth, and the new-born sun shedding its light and warmth over a!!, it seemed to the angels as they beheld all these marvelous creations that i here remained nothing more to make them complete. But they were not within the circle of the Father’s coun seis; LIIUJ U1U IlUl ItfttlWiW iuai an Lilio was but preparatory and preliminary to the last great act of creation. The Son and the Holy Spirit had withdrawn to the Palace. A mysterious silence fell upon the angelic hosts as they waited and the Son tarried within. A spirit of expectancy took possession of all. Surely some great event was pending, some marvelous climax was approaching. Suddenly the Palace flung wide its doors and forth stepped the Son and His inseparable companion. On the threshold stood the Father and He whispered to the Son as He released Him from His loving embrace: “Be sure that Thou make it according to the pattern shown Thee.” The prostrate angels wondered wka: it could be, but ere they had time to question, the Son called them to arise and to go forth with Him. Forth from the Realm of the Eternal and Almighty One proceeded the glorious hosts and journeyed until they came to the new born earth. They looked and saw that everything that had been created was good. Amidst the charming beauty of fresh, young nature they all came to rest, and the Son spoke as follows: "It is but fitting-, oh, ye angels, that you should know the purpose of our visit hither. The crowning glory of creation is yet to be realized. God hath purposed within the counsels of His own will to make man in His own image, and place him here upon earth that he may have dominion over it and rule it in righteousness, even as the Realm of the Eternal and Almighty One is governed. It is His purpose that His Spirit shall be in man, even as it is in you, and sends you hither and thither in fulfillment of His will. But there is to be one great essential dif ference between you and this new crea tion. man. He is to be given the power of choice. He must choose whether God's Spirit shall rule his life, or whether man’s spirit shall usurp the place of God, while you are pure and holy through the limitations which God has placed upon you as inhabitants of the Realm of the Eternal and Al mighty One. All that this crowning act of the Father’s creative power means it will take the events of the ages to unfold.” As the Son finished speaking the an gels again bowed low before Him in loving reverence, and they heard Him say: “Thou shale tarry here while We go yonder to perform the Father’s will.” Long it seemed to them they waited, but at last were heard the footsteps of four walking in the garden and Ihe voice of the Son speaking His blessing upon the man and his helpmeet which had been formed from the dust of the ground. “Be fruitful and multiply, and replen ish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living ining tnai movem upon the earth. Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and ev ery tree in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food, and to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the heavens, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for food.” And having again blessed them, the Son and the Holy Ghost rejoined the wait ing angels and returned to the pres ence of the Father, where the Son was heard to speak of the man made in the likeness of God in purity and holi ness of character, and the Father re plied: “Yea, I have created him for My glory.” And the angels as they went about performing the will of the Father wondered at the first revela tion of the mystery which was to take the ages to unfold. The Know-It-All Man. Who of us has not known that type of man which is never content to like that best which by a general consensus of opinion is so labeled, but must ever seek out the unknown, and place it on a pedestal that o’ertops all others as the Sphinx o’ertops a plaster cast of it! . . . Drop into his rooms some sunny after noon, feeling that you are progressive and ever young in your own enthu siasms, and in five minutes' time, de clares the Atlantic Monthly, he will cover you with cobwebs, and make you feel that you are a superannuated moss back. By way of opening the conversa tion make some chance reference to Shakespeare and the delight that you have lately had from seeing “Twelfth Night” adequately played. His lip will curl, and he will say: “My dear fellow, Shakespeare is all very well for the ordinary mind; indeed, I'll go so far as to say that some very cultivated peo ple find much to admire in him, but when L want to hear the lalt word in drama I go to the unpublished works of Ivan Stepnovitch Organization of Teachers. State Superintendent of Educa tion Henry It. Whitfield has ad dressed a communication to the county superintendents on the ques tion of the organization of the teachers into county organizations, along the lines suggested at tin meeting of December 10. The com munication is in part as follows: To those who have been actively en gaged for the last several years in the agitation for better schools, it is evi dent that nothing has so hampered the movement as the lack of propel organization of the teachers of the State. The teachers are the ones set aside and devoted to the work of dis geminating school information. The farmer is giving his mind to farming; the physician is practicing medicine; the lawyer is practicing law. It if absurd to even think that a system ol schools can be developed beyond those whose business it is to mold public sentiment along school lines and tc practically organize the schools. The schools of Mississippi cannot he anj better than the teachers of the State are qualified to make them. A cam paign of education may be made ir the State, and the people of the State may unanimously be willing to vote every cent needed to sustain a splen did system of schools, yet if the teach ers of the State are not prepared tc organize this enthusiasm and mean; into a system of practical work, or fai to tin go then the rpsulfs of the1 cam paign are lost. There is a work tha' can be done by the teachers only, am if this work is not done, we cannoi hope to have schools. This work in general consists ol two things, (1), education of pul)li< sentiment on school questions, and (2), the work of practical organization To do this work successfully it ii necessary that there he an organiza tion of the teachers of the State. Our; is a State system, and our organiza tion must be State wide. To accom plish our purposes it is necessary tha we be able to throw the force of oui weight at the same time to the ac complishment of definite ends. When the teachers of the State art informed 'on all practical and profes sional questions of school, and art properly organized for work, the fighi for better schools in Mississippi wil be won. No class of people ever hat a greater responsibility on them thar the teachers of the State at this time Never was public sentiment so read} to be molded. I but voice the unani mous sentiment of every representa tive teacher in the State when I saj that our weakest link in the chain o our educational system today is th( teacher. Never before has there beer such a demand for better teachers From almost every county in the State during the last summer and fall have come requests for more competent teachers. Shall we meet this respon sibility? Now is our great opportunity Shall we take advantage of it? Notice to Teachers. The following notice has been is sued from the office of the State su perintendent of education: To Those Who Aspire to Work in In stiture and Summer Normals: I desire to announce that for th< spring course of study for 1905 but two books will be required—James Talks on Psychology and Life’s Ideals and McMurray’s General Methods. Questions of the first will appeal in March, and on the second in May Fifteen days will be allowed after the publication of the questions with in which answers are to reach the dean of the department of education at the University of Mississippi. A1 who are behind are urged to catch uf as speedily as possible, so that the list of eligibles may be determined he fore May 20. H. L. WHITFIELD Changes in the Treasurer’s Office. State Treasurer Miller announces that his son, h’obert Miller, will suc ceed Miss Kinchloe as cashier in the State treasury, and Miss Helen Wa ters will succeed W. W. Simonton as bookkeeper. Mr. Simonton and Miss Kinchloe have resigned. Mr. Miller also states that he is prepar ing a financial statement showing what the treasury has on hand, what it may expect in the way of receipts during the present year and what it will have to pay out on appropria tions. me statement win ue pub lished in a few days. It is thought the treasury may get through tine year without the $300,000 which Gov. Vardanian is authorized tc borrow. Northern Laborers. W. IT. Little, of Chicago, passed through Vicksburg last week with about twenty young men from the North whom he lias contracted to furnish to the mills and other in dustrial plants thereabouts. Sixteen of these young homesteaders wore brought out to go to work for one saw mill and timber firm near Vicksburg. They profess to like the country and will remain. Title Deeds Received. Gov. Vardanian has received the title deeds from Washington county conveying to the State 200 acres of land in that county to be used for the establishment of an agricultural experiment station. Of course the gift is conditioned on the establish ment of the station in that county, but this is believed to be a foregone conclusion. The governor has re ferred the matter to the attorney general to pass upon the title. Illinois Memorials. Col. J. S. Culver, head of the firm which has the contract with the State of Illinois to erect the system of park memorials for that State, has arrived in Vicksburg with his family and part of his outfit. He will build the $175,000 memorial dome, the constituent materials to be bronze, granite and marble, and as that part of the contract alone will consume two years, at the least, he will get to work at once. January Weather for Seventeen Years. The following data covering a period of seventeen years, have been compiled from the weather bureau r('cords at fifty-four observation sta tions in Mississippi. They arc is sued to show the conditions that have prevailed in the State during the month in question, for the above period of years, but must not be con strued as a forecast of the weather conditions for the coming month. Mean or normal temperature, 46 de grees. The warmest month was that of 1890. with an average of 58 degrees. The coldest month was that of 1892, with an average of 41 degrees. Some of the highest temperatures recorded were as follow’s: Eighty four degrees at Pontotoc, in 1898, and , eighty-two degrees at Brookhaven, Kosciusko and Port Gibson, in 1890. Some of the lowest temperatures recorded were as follow's: Three de grees below zero at Batesville, in 1893, and two degrees below zero at Water Valley, in 1897. Average precipitation for the month, 5.21 inches. Average number of days with 0.01 ! inch of rain or more, eight. The greatest average monthly pre cipitation was 7.77 inches, in 1899. The least average monthly precipi 1 tation was 2.75 incehs, in 1893. Some of the greatest monthly amounts of precipitation recorded were as follows: 13.58 inches at Aus tin, in 1898, and 13.25 inches at Cap tation was 2.75 inches, in 1893. ouiue ui nit; iucisi iniiuuuy auiuuiua , of precipitation recorded were as fol lows: 0.93 inch at Leakesville, in 1894, and at Bay St. Louis, in* 1902, and 0.80 inch at Kosciusko, in 1893. The average snowfall ranges from 1 about two inches in the extreme north ern counties to a trace in the Gulf ; counties. In January, 1904, snow fell to a depth ranging from nine to twelve inches in Copiah, Hinds, Rankin, Scott and Leake counties. Average number of clear days, 14; partly cloudy days, 6: cloudy days, 11. The prevailing winds have been 1 from the north. IV. S. BELDEN* Section Director. Issued at Vicksburg, Miss. Increasing Its Equipment. Last week Secretary of State Power received an equipment mort gage agreement made between the Liberty-White Railroad Company ' and the Georgia Car Company, of Atlanta, Ga., covering the condi tional sale of ten boy cars to the railroad company. The road has only been in operation about one year, and this early demand for ad ditional rolling stock is taken as in dicating a prosperous condition and an increasing business. The cars are to be of a capacity of 50,000 pounds and equipped with auto matic air brakes and couplers. The total cost of the cars is $0,100. The Liberty-White road is in operation from Mc(‘omb City to Liberty, Amite county, a distance of about twenty-three miles. It is owned by Hon. J. «L White, of McComb. As the business increases it is the in tention of the projectors to extend the line westward to some point on the Mississippi river. Stockholders’ Meetings in Order. Meetings of the stockholders of a majority of the banks of the State will be held during the first half of this month to elect oflirers, to wind up the business of the past year, to declare the dividends earned and make preparations for the coming year’s business. Notices of these meetings have been given by the presidents of the different banks to the stockholders. The banks in Mis sissippi, according to the reports made to Auditor Henry, have had a very prosperous season during the past year, and the statements made will show them all to be in prosper ous condition. A Step in the Right Direction. Natchez is to organize an associa tion for the purpose of promoting the industrial advancement of the city, and placing its merits as a manufacturing center before the people of the North. The associa tion is to be organized at once. Pike County Negro Pardoned. Edmund Drake, a negro from Pike county, serving a sentence of two years in the penitentiary for manslaughter, was pardoned last week by Gov. Vardanian. New Bank for Tunica. The Irwin Bank of Tunica is soon to open business in the town of Tu nica. Tt will have a capital stock of $20,000. _ Town Survey Completed. Surveyor Beal has finished the survey of Waltonville, a new town just located on the Mobile, Jackson & Kansas City railroad, twelve miles south of Philadelphia. This little place is situated in one of the richest and best developed sections of Neshoba county, With Walton ville there are four towns on the railroad in Neshoba county—Phil adelphia, Burnside, Maple and Wal tonville. Will Be Missing. The adjutant general of the State has received an invitation from the head of the military feature for the inaugural parade, inviting the State troops to be present and participate in the parade, which is to be one of the features of the inauguration. The troops are invited to pay their own expenses. It can be stated as a fact that there will be no Mississippi troops at the inauguration of Pres ident Roosevelt.