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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
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
* * *
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
* * *
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
* # *
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
* * *
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
• * *
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."
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
“And if you ain’t mighty careful
you're going to lose some on ’em?”
“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
“It’s interesting, and the exercise is
“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
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©
! 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
After the lapsing of sunless days.
The grim gray veil seemed to melt auo
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
Sincff f have followed Thee!"
—Clinton Scollard, in S. S. Times.
Wliat This Relationship^ Involves—
Paul’s Attitude and
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.
Wisdom increases itself by enriching
Tiie mercy of God is the greatest oi
all mercies.
How would a prayer-party co for a
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.
Why the Christian Should Speak Out
the Message of the
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.
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
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
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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
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.

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