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j 1 j < < 1 j j -^ Mississippi State News #---—----• In many points the Southern Rail way excelled in an exhibit at the Corn and Cotton Carnival. A much wider field in Mississippi was covered, to say nothing of the splendid display of general Southern products. The grand prize was awarded on this feature of the exhibit and there was not a person to say that it was not merited. Messrs. Hayes. Green and Henderson were in charge and cheerfully lent ev ery effort to make the occasion a suc cess. The old library and adjoining rooms were used, and words fail to de scribe the beauty and symmetry of the display. Mr. Green, who was the ar chitect of the decorations and arrange ments. is an expert ip that line, as the success of his efforts proved. Not one of the many Northern visitors failed to put in a great deal of time in these rooms, and many were the exclama tions of delight and wonder at the re sourcefulness of our beloved South land. It was a revelation even to our own people, and the great system re sponsil le for it was overwhelmed with congratulations and words of appre ciation. The crowning feature of this exhib it was a display of woods common to Mississippi, polished to show the beau ty of grain and arranged so as to be wilder the spectator with its magnifi cence and variety. There was a piece of every merchantable wood grown in ■the State, and only those well ac quainted with our timbers appreciated the large number of varieties to be had. Minerals were not lacking, and it was shown that Mississippi, while not so rich in minerals as some of the Southern States, was not entirely without something of value. Iron ore of rich proportions was shown, clays dint uai/un nun v nil uv ivu»u deposits, mineral waters of value in many ailments, and a number of other interesting features. In the way of fruits the display was especially com prehensive. I). Street, of Corinth, furnished a specimen of apples lhat could not he beaten anywhere. They were not large, but for delicious fla vor an.l keeping qualities, could not he excelled. Mr. Street has 250 bush els of these apples in his cellar at home and keens them for use all win ter. He has a number of bearing trees and finds them profitable. D. F. Downey and R. P. Washington, of Ah erdeen. furnished corn that could not be excelled in the great corn States of the Northwest. The ears were large and well formed, the grain long and cob small. It was displayed profusely and created much favorable comment. J. H. Allen, of Winona, exhibited pears that were not beaten. Off of one and one-quarter acres he gathered 250 bushels that brought 75 cents per bushel, netting him the handsome sum of SI87.50. He is putting out other kinds of fruit now and reasona bly expects success to follow the at tempt. Extraordinarily large pump kins. weighing about 75 pounds each, were furnished by E. P. Chapman, of Clarke county, and parties at Boon viile, in Prentiss county, and Waha lak. Mr. Chapman also exhibited splendid oats that were hard to beat. They were tall and possessed a very heavy head. J. T. Buckley had on exhibition sweet potatoes which were raised on ground from which had been gathered a crop of Irish pota toes. They were planted on the 18th of July and were large and symmet rically formed. B. F. Holmes, of Montgomery county, displayed corn which had been grown on land from which one crop of corn had already been gathered. His corn attracted a great deal of attention, from the fact of its being a second crop, and proved one of the most interesting features of the exhibit. A beautiful feature was a magnificent boquet of cut chrysan themums furnished by Mrs. M. E. Folk, of Crystal Springs. They were large and delicately tinted, being much admired and commented upon. Space is inadequate to fully de scribe the complete exhibit made by the Southern and Mobile & Ohio roads. Suffice it to say that it was undoubtedly the feature of the Carni val and reflected great credit upon the management of those excellent sys tems. Assurance is given ^hat next /fall their efforts of the past will be :>nH thn«P a r*n nfli tprl with the gentlemen in charge do not at all doubt thpir ability to do so if it is at all possible. The systems have great ly enlarged their host of admirers in the State of Mississippi. * * * A distinguished statesman has said that ‘'the greatness of a nation does not depend alone upon the wealth measured from a dollars and cents standpoint, but also upon the quality of its 'citizenship.” Mississippi is wonderfully blessed with that quality of citizenship that means wealth in untold volumes, but at the same time there are those who do not recognize as they should the restraining influ ence of the law. For the benefit of all good citizens more than for the pun ishment of the few who are not in that class, the law should be strictly enforced without fear or favor. In periods of great prosperity the people are more apt to become negligent along this line, and pass without no tice infractions that otherwise would ,be taken hold of and handled as they should be. Officers and citizens alike, look well to the enforcement of ail 3aws upon our statute books. It means a perpetuation of the high •standard of citizenship set by the peo ple of our fair State in the past. Those high in power are bending ev ery energy in that direction, and it is •encumbent upon the magistrates of the remotest rural districts to do their part as well. The fair name of Mis sissippi demands that every man do bis part fearlessly and well. Let our •Tecord as law-abiding and God-fear ing people he not tarnish§d in these flatter days. * * * The Tennessee Horticultural So ciety and other organizations of a like nature are memorializing the leg islature to appropriate $20,000 for the purpose of holding a State fair. Also [to make the Tennessee exhibit at the <St. Louis fair the nucleus around ,which to build a permanent display of rthe State's products. A bill has been prepared and there is a strong proba bility that the project will be carried to a successful termination. Mis Vsissippi might do the same thing with profit, selecting some point accessible to the people of the State, and secur ing permanent fair grounds. The writer sincerely believes that no in vestment of a small amount of money would bring greater returns to the people of the .whole State. * * * No town in North Mississippi is better supplied with factories than Corinth, and her people are not satis fied yet. The new chair factory just put in operation is not the least of her splendid list of industries. The Corinth Engine and Boiler Works, the new machinery manufacturing plant, is increasing its capital stock from $50,000 to $100,000. Two spoke fac tories. two heading and stave facto ries. ice, compress, oil mill and nu merous other industries, capped by | the mammoth engine, boiler and saw mill works of W. T. Adams, makes it. l the best manufacturing town in that | section. So much public work fur | nishes a good home market fox farm j and garden products and brings money j to town the year round. What Cor ! inth has done and is doing can be ac complished by almost every town in I the State. All that is necessary is to j hustle and exercise a liberal spirit 1 toward those who are trying to Jo something. * * * A great many new- brooms are sweeping clean since the holidays. All municipalities have new or re I elected officers and. of course, they ! must make a record of some kind. May each and every one be a good one. * * * President Robinson of the- Mobile, Jackson & Kansas City railroad, in his report to the stockholders in their regular meeting at Mobile during the holidays, gives some interesting in formation concerning the road. It will be one of the best constructed and equipped roads in the State, and will open up a section of counti'y that offers unexcelled openings in many lines of business. Of course, the first industries to be located will work up the available timber, but other things will come later to make it one of the richest sections of Mississippi. * * * I lie i diuw v u y iMiDiiicos uraguc has employed Mr. R. H. Cole as secre tary and will get. down to business right now. Mr. C'ole comes to them highly recommended and will doubt less prove a good man to look after the interests of that splendid town. The selection was made only after some time spent in searching for a suitable man. very few with the nec ersary qualifications being found. 'I'llis suggests the idea that competent industrial men are very scarce, and there is a demand for them that should provide schools where the nec essary training could he had. Where there is one industrial man today there will he a dozen needed in a few years. Our country is just, beginning to realize the value of such men and the demand will he far greater in the next few years. * * * Indianola was again reminded of the necessity of water works and a fire department a few days since. A conflagration destroyed a number of good business buildings. The news papers are making a game fight for protection and it seems that they will eventually win out. No town of any j consequence can afford to be without these conveniences. * * * At the beginning of the new’ year the newspapers of the State took 1 stock, as it were, noting the improve ments made in .their communities | during the year past. These reports were all of a roseate hue and spoke volumes for the progress of Mississip pi. It has no doubt been the most prosperous year since the civil war. While the slump in cotton throws something of a damper over the in i coming year, there is very little rea ! son why it should not prove equally as good. The trucking points will not 1 be depressed by low prices for cotton, and if our people will plant this year ; for everything for use at home, and | then the balance in cotton, times will j continue just as good as in the past two years. Since the advent of the M., J. & K. C. railroad, Pontotoc has taken on new life and is prospering as never before. Several manufacturing plants have been built and contracted for, and others are in sight. It is in a good section of country and is des ! tined to be one of the best and most prosperous towns in North Mississip pi. * # * As has been noted before, the de cline in cotton does not seem to af fect the flood of charters that are i pouring into the office of the secretary of State. Since Christmas the num j her seems to be largely on the in i crease, and if the present clip is kept up the year will be a record breaking one. There is no need for our people to sit down and sulk. Keep hustling. There is still plenty to eat and wear, i and a large number of those with cot ! ton on hand are able to hold for a bet j ter price, or sell for what they can get now. It is only a lesson well taught, that all your eggs should not be kept in the same basket. * * * An effort is being made by the fac ulty and students of the A. and M. College to construct a Y. M. C. A. building, which, with the equipment, is to cost something like $30,000. Good progress is reported and the scheme should be brought to a suc cessful termination by all means. * » * Winston county a few days since let the contract for building a turnpike | across a broad swamp, at an expense j of $3,500. The board announces that j this is only a beginning of what they ! expect to do for the roads during the | next few years. They are to be con j gratulated iipon the progressive spirit evidenced, and we expect to hear of many good things for Winston in the future. There, is no better investment than that of good roads. Mississippi is sadly behind along this line. » * * The Independent Venture, a bright and thoroughly unique venture in journalism, at Woodville, has suspend ed publication for a time, and the / ! editor. Will H. Woods, announces that at some time in the sweet by and by it may be resumed. The Venture was an industrial publication and was do ing a splendid work for the historic town it called home. The bright say ings of Editor Woods will be missed by the press of the State, and all join in the hope that at an early date the Venture will venture forth again un der brighter skies. The worth of such a paper to a community is very great, and Woodville should see that the proper encouragement for its con tinuance is forthcoming. At a depth of 305 feet a considera ble quantity of oil has been found in the well being drilled near Laurel. Arrangements are being made to bale the well and ascertain if the oil is to he had in paying quantities. Who knows but that in a short, time we may see a repetition of the scenes around Beaumont right here in Mis sissippi? * * * Two newspapers in the State were destroyed by fire during the holidays. The Pensee. at lndianola. and the Courier, at Coffeeville. Both were in sured for a part of their value. While the sympathy of the press goes out to its unfortunate brethren, they will likely come again with a new dress, brighter than ever. * * * It is refreshing to note that no Mis sissippians have as vet gone crazy enough to make, a bluff at burning cotton to get rid of the surplus. In stead of burning it. present to the mills and have it made into cloth, which can easily be stored and held until the price comes back to some thing like normal. The mills must be paid for working it, you may say. Well have it worked on the shares, or any old way. rather than make a spec tacle of yourself in the burning bluff. * * * \ concihlc* cnirpTctifin ic Iho fnllrtw. ing: “As long as Mississippi fann ers raise their home supplies they will prosper with cotton at a low price. But if they fail to do this, even high priced cotton will not save them from poverty." • * * The splendid record for additional railroad mileage made by the State last year. 229 miles, will likely be doubled during the present one, from indications now on the surface. Great activity is being shown by several of the big systems to get into our pro ductive territory. A dozen surveying parties are now at work in different parts of the State, and something sub stantial will come of it. * * * The Aberdeen Clothing Company has been in operation just a year, de clared a handsome dividend, and is in creasing the capital stock from $50, 000 to $75,000. While the plant only manufactures pants, the sales wei*1 up to capacity from the beginning, and the increase in capital will enable the factory to turn out twice the amount of goods during the present year. Ev ery clothing factory in the State is doing nicely. '* * * One of the most carefully edited pa pers of the S.ate reports the killing of a fourteen-months-old steer by a butcher that weighed 1.400 pounds. The weight applies to the steer. * * * The progress of Jackson is of in terest to the whole people, being their capital city. Hon. Wm. Hemingway, mayor of Jackson at that time, had the following to say at the opening of the Corn and Cotton Carnival on Decem ber 12: “You are the first visitors to Greater Jackson. Our population lias just been increased several thousand i by the extension of the corporate' lim | its. and from the fourth place among the cities of Mississippi we are now first or second. Twenty-eight passen ger trains put 500 passengers through our union depot every twenty-four hours. The drummers from our job bing houses reach out through the country in seven directions and rep resent a business of over $7,000,000 per annum. Thirty-seven manufac \ tilling plants have hundreds of em ployes. with a pay roll of over $1,000,000. In 1902 the bank deposits were $1,250,000; now they are over $2,250,00. Four years ago there were only two buildings as high as three stories, and now few are constructed under four stories. The annual out put from our four cotton seed oil mills is over $1,000,000. Our building growth and the establishment of new enterprises is largely the work of home capital." Sport. He was an old farmer on a visit to town, and lie saw two young fellows playing chess. The game was long, and he ven tured at length to interrupt it. “Excuse me,” said he. “but the ob ject of both of you is to git them wood en objects from where they are over to where they ain’t?” “That partly expresses it.” replied one of the players. "And you have to be continually on the lookout for surprises and difficul ties?” "Constantly.” “And if you ain’t mighty careful you're going to lose some on ’em?” “Yes. “An’ there’s that other game that. I see some of you dress up odd for, and play with long sticks an' a lit lie ball?” “You mean golf?’’ “That’s what 1 mean. Is that game amusin'?” “It’s interesting, and the exercise is beneficial.” “Well, 1 reckon it's a mighty good ' joke.” “To what do you refer?” “The way I've been havin’ fun with dut knowing anything about it. II you young gentlemen want to really enjoy yourselves you come over to my farm, an’ git me to let you drive pigs. You’ll get all the walkin’ you want, an’ the way you have to watch for surprises, an’ slip about, so’s not tc lose ’em, would tickle you nearly tc death.”—Exchange. Was “Freckle Minded.” John G, Carlisle has discovered down in the fastnesses of Setauket, L. I., a man with a new attribute. Mr. Carlisle spends his summers there and takes a more or less active interest in the farming operations. “No,” said the head farm hand to Mr. Carlisle in dfscussing the hiring of a new man. “I wouldn’t bother tc take on Frank. He wouldn’t suit.” “Why not?” ^ “Well, because you couldn’t place no dependence on his stickin’ to the job. He’s such a freckle-minded cuss he never stays at anything.”—New York Herald. The man who tries to do all things all the time never gets anything don© THE PRECEPTOR. ! set my eyes on the fare of Duty; ' Master.'' I said, "iet he! let lie! i Life will lose all its golden hcuuty If 1 must follow Thee!*’ Ah. but the ways that we trod were weary! Ah. but the paths that we followed long! Dreary tlie span of the sky, and eerie The sound of every song. And! yet. as though through some chriamlt wonder. After the lapsing of sunless days. The grim gray veil seemed to melt auo sunder Like the rifted morning haze. Then 1 set my eyes on the face of Duty; "Master," j said, "at last I see That life lias gained a mote hallowed beauty Sincff f have followed Thee!" —Clinton Scollard, in S. S. Times. SERVANTS OF CHRIST. Wliat This Relationship^ Involves— Paul’s Attitude and Example. Paul delights to speak of himself as the servant of Christ. lie also thus speaks ol himself in' his salutations. Ht is an apostle, but also a servant. A serv ant is one under authority. He does noi lose his own sense of individuality., but there is to him the recognition of a su perior will and ol his obligation to b obedient to it. The safne thought is pre sented when it said: "Ye are not youi own; ye are bought with a price.” "One is your master, even Christ." This relation to Christ covers tb. whole me. There is no section to oe re served. for there cannot be a division oi personality. We are ourselves always and in accepting Christ we give om whole selves to Him. There cannot be two masters; one to lie served in some things and the other in ways that differ There cannot be tyvo ownerships in the human soul. Paul said without reserve: “Whose 1 am and whom 1 serve.” He be longed to God in his whole person, and he served Him with :s whole Hie. Ii i: of the first importance that we recognize the completeness of the Lordship oi Christ over us. His own prayer become: the model of our lives. “Not My will, but Thine, be done." We sustain many re lations in life, and we speak of our sec ular affairs and relations, as if they were w idely separated from tile spiritual o' religious, but they are inseparable, to: tlie reason that we ar^ ourselves always and in all tilings the servants of Chris’ We may not divest ourselves of this thought in any part of our living “Christ's in ail thing.- and at all times.’ This is our normal relation to God, Sin is separation; it is abnormal; it is destructive. Without Ciod there is only death. The life that cannot die is in Christ. All the outgoings of that lift are from Him. All the developments ol that life are in the reception of Hit Spirit, anil the obedience of the heart to Him. The Lordship of Christ is the Lordship of life, and in that life we find our true place, both here and hereafter, There is no violation of any law of out nature in becoming obedient to Christ; there is no lowering of our position in becoming a servant; there is no limita tion of our freedom of will, but rathe: the perfection of our nature in being rr related to Him in w hom w e live, that His will becomes ours. There is no hardship in this service, Jesus said; “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” We are bidden to nr unpleasant duty, for al Ithe ways of Got! are pleasantness and all His paths at" peace. The obedience to Him is the obe dience of a loving heart, whose highest joy is in doing His will. There is nc service in love which is a burden and a hardship, for love delights’to serve Seif-surrender is the highest normal de velopment of manhood, and therefore in it there is the very perfection of nature and the highest possible enjoyment oi life. The service may require exertion; it may involve the ehany of our plant and (lie acceptance of many things which at one time were repulsive to us. but it does not require anything that militates against our well-being, or our happi ness. for the reason that in it we are nearest to God. and God is ail to us. RAMS HORN BLASTS. Wisdom increases itself by enriching others. Tiie mercy of God is the greatest oi all mercies. How would a prayer-party co for a change? A mighty little man can undo a large man's work. Stars of hope are always born in th<: night of trouble. Walking in faith is walking in the liivVit LJ i .• i’n /iQ He who is willing to guide a child i> preparing to lead a nation. -.- i The Right Sort of Rest. It is rest first, and after that all el3f that He holds for us. Our rest should be like our Sabbath, a beginning of the days. Under the law tlie order was work at the first, and day after day un til ike seventh, when labor shall end in rest. But. when Christ' rose from the dead, that first day of the week be came the hallowed one, consecrated tc life and rest and joy. And from that living, joyful rest in Him. the whole being energized and fitted for its task, the soul t an go on tc serve Him to the end. It has found its rest because it has ceased from working in its own strength, ceased from its own will, and now God worketh in it to will and tc do of His own good pleasure. Practi cally. it manes the widest possible dif ference whether we work Tip to rest or from it.—Sarah F. Smiley. Patience and Trust. . You want to be true, and you are try ing to be. Learn these two things— never to be discouraged because good things get on slowly here, and never tc fail daily to do that good which lie-s next to your hand. Do not be in a hurry, but be diligent. Enter into that sublime patience of the Lord. Be char itable in view of it. God can afford tc wait; why cannot we, since we have Him to fall back upon? Let patience have her perfect work, and bring forth her celestial fruits. Trust to God to weave your thread into the great web, though the pattern shows it not yet.— George MacDonald. THE RIGHT TO SPEAK. Why the Christian Should Speak Out the Message of the Christ. Sir John Lubbock, the < minent Eng lish naturalist, has spent a lifetime in tlie study of the habits of ants and other in sects. lie lias made tome very wonder ful discoveries, some of which are con trary to the com (non ideas of the ways of these insects; but w hen Sir John Lub bock publishes anything about ants the world reads it and accepts it as authori tative. for by his long, patient and ac curate researches the naturalist has earned the right to speak niton that sub ject. For the same reason the world eagerly listens to anything that Thomas A. Edison may have to say about phono graphs or any other topic connected with the development of electrical pow er. or to anything that Mr. Ernest Thompson-Seton may have to say about the habits of wild animals. These men have created for themselves the right to speak on these subjects, but when Joshua says: "Come hither, and hear tlie words of the Lord your God,” his right to speak rests upon a different foundation, and the distinction between them is not always kept so clear as it ought to be. Joshua's right to speak does not rest, upon his own investigations into the realm o^' spiritual truth, but upon the fact that he lias received a mes sage from the final authority in such ! things. That message he has a right to | speak with confidence. It is the same right to speak which ! Joshua had that belongs to every Sun day school teacher, to every minister, to every disciple of our Lord, says J. | Mervin Hull, in Christian Work. All in I vestigarions of every kind, natural. ! sci an t i fti- nhilnufmtiii-nl rlhieat nrplini ited by the vastness of the field. No man can ever say that he has covered ail th-’ ground so as to come to an absolutely sure conclusion. Hut the humblest disci ple can teach love to God and man an<i be absolutely sure that he is right. He has tiie authority of the Lord Himself for it. It is a pity that we realize so imperfectly the nature of this right to speak the truths of God's word. It would be an excellent idea for every teacher and every Christian in any walk of life to make a study of the attitude that Paul had toward the message that, he received from his Lord. It filled bin; with joy. He just bubbled over with enthusiasm for it. He never made tiie mistake of delivering it as if it were his message, but he simply gave out that it was the message of the Lord, and never made any pretense of bolstering it up by any other authority. That view of our right to speak enables us to speak with helpful ness to every 1<ind of human need. Hu man hearts are yearning for certainty in spiritual tilings, it is tiie privilegeof the disciples of the Master to speak the i things which lie has revealed with a note i of authority which shall comfort those who are in sorrow, guide those who are wandering and encourage those who are j fighting tiie battle of life. Tf the world | is asking in despair. Is life worth living? i those who know that to live is Christ have for it the message of life more j abundantly. ON AND OFF GUARD. A False Condition of Mind and Heart Which Is Destructive of the True Man. A t rue man is never on his guard. He is never watching himself lest he say unwise words or do ungentlemaniy things. He has neither home manners, nor street manners, nor company man ners. He has no pulpit tone, social tone, nor business tone. When a man feels | that he must be on his guard, in view of the company in which lie happens to be. I it is an indication ofshypocrisy. all the worse if it is unconscious. The true I gentleman is a gentleman all the time asleep or awake. Some time ago a prom inent lecturer was telling of a dream he had. in tlie course of which came a test ! as to whether he would be true to his i word, even though it was at great cost i to himself. “I made a right decision.’’ i lie said, "and on waking I was so glad ! to discover that. I did not play the dog i in my dream.’’ He was unconsciously right'—through and through. The man who can trust himself in his dreams is likely to be trusted in his waking hours. It is in the natural, unguarded act ions of life that we reveal our true selves. "I have a good story I want to tell you.” said a prominent railroad official to an other. not very long ago. "Is it one that I can repeat when I get home?" was the hurried response of his friend. There was a moment’s awkward pause, a deep blush, and one man reached over the desk to another and said: “I want to thank you for your rebuke: it is just; I shall never tell such stories anywhere.” In conversation with a lrienci recently, the writer was saying that he was sorry a certain man talked as he did. “That isn’t it.” said the other; “he wouldn’t tall; that way if he did not think that way; he should not think that way. then lie would never have trouble with his , speech.” Ail of which is true; it is the unconscious Christian that is likely to he the best Christian; when one must take pairs to express his character it is an indication that there is something wanting tinder the surface.—Service. Lights br No Lights. If we will not disseminate our reli gion. how can we he religious? If light will not shine, how can it ho light? There is no such thing as a a unshining light. We may have candles and elec tric wires and gas fixtures, hut if there is no light in them they are of no use to the world. We’ cannot illunu the world with candle-sticks. We do not be come the light of the world by joining the church and paying cur dues; but by reflecting the beauty of Jesus Christ in our lives; by letting our light so shine that others seeing our good works may glorify our Father which is in Heaven.— United Presbyterion. Sinners and Thistles. A man was once walking with a farmer through a beautiful field, when he happened to see a tall thistle on the other side of the fence. In a second, over the fence he jumped, anti cut it - off close to the ground, “is that your field?” asked his companion. “Oh. no!” said the farmer, “bad weeds do not 1 care much for fences, and if I should leave that, thistle to blossom in my neighbor’s field. 1 should soon have plenty in my own.” It may make some of us feel queer to see our ballots at the judgment. Brisk Business in Charters. The new year has started off in a bij'slc manner as far as charters arc concerned, and the office .of the* sec retary of State* is fairly overrun with them. These charters are for corporations organized in all parts of the Stale and of every descrip tion. During the last few days the secretary of State has received a number of letters and telegrams from parties in New York, asking him to rush at once certified copies of railroad charters which have been granted during the last few weeks. This would scent to indicate that the railroad charters which have been taken out in the past few months arc not going to lapse like a good many have in the past, but are to be utilized by those persons to whom they have been granted. The rail road outlook in the State was never brighter, and it is believed that this will he one of the best years in the history of the State for railroad construction. Superincendent Whitfield’s Letter. The following letter was sent out last week 1>\ Superintendent of Ed ucation Whitfield: To the County Superintendent: I wirte to again call your attention to the meetings of the uniform county associations nxeu tor me z»ui. i no full program, as prepared by the cen Iral committee, may be found in the January number of the Mississippi School Journal. A copy of the Jour nal has been sent to each county su perintendent, but if you failed to re ceive one, another will be sent on ap plication. I hope to have the full co operation of the superintendent in this movement. In our opinion, our greatest immediate work is the or ganization and training of teachers. Cannot you arrange to have the meet ing public in your county^ Espe cially should the members of the leg islature of your county be urged to attend and participate in the discus sion of the Teachers’ Training School. I hope that each county superintend ent will lie able to report that a large and enthusiastic meeting was held. insurance Companies Reporting. Insurance Commissioner Cole is daily receiving many reports of in surance companies showing their condition on December Jl. I mler the new law the fire. lift', plate glass and fraternal insurance companies are compelled to make a report to the insurance commissioner each yea r. Coming Historical Paper. The next publication of the State historical papers will contain an ar ticle from the pen of Capt. Frank Johnston oil the Hampton Roads Conference, ('apt. Johnston has given the matter a great deal of thought and study, and will present a very interesting paper. Megfe Collage Burned. Tlie Central Mississippi College, a colored institution of learning, was burned at Kosciusko last week. Tib fire originated from a flue in the third story. The loss on build ing was about $.">.000. insurance $1,000. About lo pupils lost all their personal belongings. A libra ry raided at $>">00 besides all the furniture and appliances was a total loss. _ Much Money Coming In. A considerable sum of money is now being received at the oHice of the treasurer from the sheriffs of the various counties, who are making their settlements for the taxes col lected during the month of Decem ber. The amount to he received at the treasurer s ofliee this month will be quite large. Died From Whisky Drinking. Joe Calvary. 12 years old. of the northern part of Tippah comity, is dead from the excessive drinking of ... . i 11 Will SKY. It is sum Si Mill- MUXS inm either given him the liquor or left it where he could get it. and on ac count of his vouth he did not real ize the danger of it. He was soon thrown into convulsions and lived onlv a few hours. Crenada's Handsome Church. Grenada will soon have one of the prettii st houses of worship in the State after the Presbyterian Church is completed, which will he only a short while. The church is built ot sand-lime brick and is being erected at a cost of $1(1,000. It will he by far the handsomest building in the city. Only Seven Counties Uninspected. Revenue Agent Wirt Adams finds that the new year leaves him with only about seven counties which have not been examined as to solv ent credits. Deputies have been as signed to these counties, and it will not take long to wind them up. The past year lias been a good one with the revenue agent for collect ing taxes on solvent credits that have heretofore escaped tin1 assessor, have heretofore escaped the assessor, and much money has been realized. Urging Teachers to Attend. State Superintendent of Educa tion Whitfield is sending out a large number of personal letters to the teachers and county superintend ents, urging them to attend the meetings of the county teachers’ as sociations which are scheduled to meet in every county in the State on January 2S. Mr. Whitfield stated that lie believed that in every coun tv there would he a fine attendance of teachers on these meetings. A Remarkable Couple. One of the most remarkable fami lies in the State of Mississippi, and, doubtless, in the country, lives in Jones county, a few miles out from the thriving, little city of Laurel. Mr. John Lowe and his wife, Mrs. Emily Lowe, are splendid testimo nials to the health and the longevity of the citizens of that section of Mississippi, lie having reached the ripe old age of 'Jo years, and site having gone him one better and cel ebrated her 90th birthday. I his wonderfully preserved old couple were married more than sexenty-six years ago, and settled in Jones coun ty, where they have lived more than three-quarters of a century. Thir teen children came to bless their union, ra,ee suicide being unknown to them. They have 03 grandchil dren. 123 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren, mak ing five generations now living. One of the most remarkable features of the case is that these old people can see and hear just about as well as they ever could. Mr. Lowe can shoot a rifle with great accuracy, and has never worn a pair of spec tacles in his life. The immediate family now living numbers 207 men and women, all of whom are highly respected, and most of them well-to do, so far as this world’s goods are r.Art aa rn a<1 Contract System Adopted. Tlpo Board of Supervisors of Mon roe county lias lor the contracts for working the county roads. Under these contracts the roads are to In* put into iirst-cla*- condition accord ing to specifications and kept so for two years hv the contractor,, who is under bond for the faithful per formance of his duties to the amount of the cost of his contract. Thev have let out about TOO miles of roads in the county on these con tracts. and the price ranges from $32 to $08 per mile. To people who can't see the conservation of energy in it, it seems an enormous expenditure, but where it has been tried people are highly satisfied. Grenada’s New Jail. The Board of Supervisors of Gre nada county met in special session last week to accent the new county jail, which has just hecn completed at a cost of $10,000. It is one of the safest as well as most modern jails in the State. Census Shows 665 Population. The official census of Magee, _ which has just been completed and placed ou tile, shows a population of 550 whites and 115 negroes, a total of t>(»5. The census was confined to the corporate limits. Wili Form a Eig Concern. Pennsylvania capitalists have paid $20,000 for pine timber land and a saw mill plant near Lake, and will form one of the largest companies in that section for the manufacture of lumber. Soil Survey of Copiah County. Representatives of the United States department of agriculture are in Copiah county, to make a soil survey. Storing State Cotton. Warden Henry lias directed that the 135 hales of cotton raised on the Rankin place be carried to Jackson and stored in the compress. It will he well insured and kept until such time ^s the price of cotton is more favorable. Cotton Ginners to Meet. A call has been issued for a meet ing of the cotton ginners of Missis sippi to meet in Jdekson on Febru ary 3. All ginners in the State are expected to be present at the nicet i ng. Triplets at Sherard. Triplets were born a tew days ago to M-r. and A1 is. Cam Merrill near Sherard. The combined weight of the three lioys is nineteen pounds. The Merrills came from Giles coun ty, Tenn. • Will increase Its Capital. The Aberdeen Clothing Company, which was started some year- ago on a capital of $50,00(1, and which ,lias been so successful, lias given no Ace that the same is to be increased to $ 100,000. , '■ Slow Month at the Penitentiary. Tin's will be an exceedingly slow month with the penitentiary as far as new prisoners are concerned. Very few notices have been received frolic the counties of prisoners in the ^jails awaiting transportation to the penitentiary, and the few that will be received.will come from the Supreme Court on aflinnation of sentence. There are very few Cir cuit Courts in session this month, and nb'convicts are expected. Donation to Palmer Orphanage. The Palmer Orphanage, at Co lumbus. was fortunate a few days ago to receive as a donation a check for $1,000, which comes from a wealthy and modest gentleman in a Louisian*! city who does not care for his name to he mad«' public. The check is sent to be used in erecting a separate residence for the superin tendent of the institution, and work on this building will he commenced very soon.