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There arc two impor tant. questions about pos sessions. They are: Win do you want them? Mow do you get them? Wt are always being exhort ed to seek something great. “Aim high; if you shoot low.” “Hitch you wagon to a star,” are samples of the proverbs urged upon us from our boyhood. Our very at mosphere in this land tends to foster ambition, desire to do and get something great. It is well that it does. Next to selfishness laziness is probably the most universal vice. Yet there is a danger in pushing too far this ten dnecy to seek something great. There are two questions we should always keep in mind in seeking any good thing. They are: Why dc you want it? And how do you seek it? The worth of any possession is largely determined by our answers to them. A man once asked for the finest and freest gift in the world, the gift of the Holy Spirit. And the apostle answered: “Thv money perish with thee.” Why was such a request rejected with such scorn? Look ing into the story in the eighth chapter of Acts we see that it w'as because of why he wanted it and how he tried to get it. His purpose and method were unworthy, lie wanted it for selfish ends; he sought it in a law way. There are many applications of this principle. Obviously it applies . .c _ui. a f _ _„ __ a__ UJ 111V. piu Ollll V/A HVUUI1. J UUOJJIV ..’J OllWV-OU U i l IWUi) ought to seek it. But let him remember that the value of it will be large ly determined by those two questions: Why does he want it? And how does he get it? Among the wealthy men and women in this country are some unhappy and mean specimens. For all their wealth we would not be like them. It is just because of their motive. There are fortunes in this country smirched and stained tiil they are a shame, not an honor,, by the answer to the queston: How do they get them ? So it is with knowledge and power. The greatest contrast in his-, tory is that between the hero of France and the hero of America. Both sought power and influence. Washington wanted to be made com mander-in-chief, and came to the session of congress in uniform as an intimation that he expected the appointment. Napoleon also wanted position and influence. See what carhe to the two men from that search. Sec what is made of their respective nations. Jesus sought power and influence that he might serve and save men, and he refused to worship the evil one as the price of success. Which will you follow? -- Millions or IN EX-11 KAYOS AS AN “EMPLOYIIENT AGENT.’* Clever Work by Campaign Secretary —Politics a Business Which Deals in Public Jobs and Contracts—Po litical Feudalism — City Hall as Asylum for Incompetents. BY AN EX-MAYOR OF ONE OF THE LARGEST AMERICAN CITIES. BEFORE I nad been the chief execu tive of my city half a dozen weeks 1 was strongly tempted to rub out the sign "Office of the Mayor,” which glit tered in gold letters on my door, and substitute for it "Employment Agency." Apparently all the expended money, time and energy, all the bitterness of a fierce political tight, all of the excite ment, worry and fatigue caused by a mayoralty campaign, and all of the skill, cunning and craftiness incident to an election had betn so many factors in the proposition, not to make me a mayor, but to enable me to distribute city jobs to several hundred partisans. The day after 1 was nominated my modest mail suddenly expanded to fearsome proportions. Letters literally flowed into home and office. They were heaped in mounds and hillocks, and these swelled to mountains the day after my election. With rare exceptions every letter . ... . _- „ A 1 utjgau »uu a. tttumuuu -- with an application for a public posi tion. Most of them were reinforced by indorsements, recommendations from men of whose existence 1 was densely iguorant. In the beginning I made some futile attempts to classify and group the let ters. but a few days demonstrated my inability to keep the head of system above the deluge of applications, so 1 called on my campaign manager for help. He promptly said I needed a “campaign secretary,” and in a few hours had installed a brisk young man with a corps of typewriters, and I saw no more applications. But when that energetic campaign secretary took hold he started the major part of the troubles which beset me after I became mayor. Every letter represented a possible vote and a probably enthusiastic parti san. My campaign secretary wrote a reply to each application, so cleverly worded that while it did not contain the definite statement that I would, if elected, give the applicant a city hall position, it was “warm” enough to jus tify thousands of the petitioners in the belief that they certainly would be “taken care of.” The answers dictated by my cam paign secretary were said to be vote getters. They were regarded as ex ceedingly fetching campaign literature. As a matter of fact, they were so many petty swindles designed to obtain goods under false pretenses. I «iid not see these trouble-breeders until I became mayor. Then they fell on me from all sides at once. Their bearers filled the halls and corridors of the city hail. They mobbed my home every morning and stormed my office every hour. I could not repudiate the implied prom ises. for each bore my rubber stamped signature. I simply was compelled to listen to every man who came with one of those typewritten curses, and wrote down his name, address and “job want ed” for future consideration. Valuable hours, which should have been used in the conduct of the city’s business, were given up entirely to this employment agency work. And I mar veled at the eager desire for public po sitions displayed by men who wasted weeks seeking “city hall jobs.” Some of them held good positions which paid them higher salaries than they ever could hope to get from the city. Yet they were willing and anxious to give up substantial situations in honorable business houses for insecure, small salaried clerkships in the public j service. While I was struggling against this j Invasion of job hunters I was told by j my political friends that in dividing; the plums I must constantly keep in mind, not the good of our party, but the welfare of our organization. I have told how the peculiar political condi tions which obtained at that time led Trip tr> nrmnize what mv nnnonents were pleased to call my “personal ma chine.” I supposed that in building up an organization to strengthen my ad ministration I ought to be doing my party good at the same time. But soon learned that successful politicians place organization first and party sec ond. It was a friendly alderman who laid down this rule of conduct for me: “Give your fellows the jobs and they’ll make the party keep you in your job.” He had called to get one of his “fel lows” on the payroll. “He isn’t much on figures, but he’s a hustler at the primaries, and I need him. He’s one of the best canvassers I’ve got, and I want you to take care of him. There’s a good job in the health office which doesn’t take up more than one day a week, and the rest of the time I can use him. He’s a pretty wise lad. I could get the street car company to take him, but he’d have to work there.” The chat which followed led me to the conclusion that in the game of practical politics the successful man is he who proves to be the best job get ter. “You can’t stay in politics unless you can put your constituents on some pay roll,” said the alderman. “Most of my time is spent in getting work for my people, and this is true of every alder man in the city. I don’t know how many men I have got into the street car company, the gas company and the other companies which have come to us for favors. Just now my best hold is the railroad which cuts though the west end of my ward. The railroad people want to run a long switch down a street and it comes in mighty handy to me just now, for the other crowd has got the breweries and the lumber yards, and I’m going to have a hard fight on my hands. I sent 40 men over to the railroad yesterday, and they are all working to-day.” The city hall seems to be regarded by many citizens as an asylum for their drunken, incompetent, worthless rela lives. I recall one instance. A success ful and worthy business man came t< me with the request that I place hi: brother in one of tiie departments. Hi mentioned a position which paid a fail salary. I knew the man’s brother to hi a worthless drunkard, and with somi heat I said: “In your big store you've got almos as many men as are employed in thi: city hall. Why can’t you find a placi for your brother there?” “Well, Mr. Mayor.” he replied, “he’: not very strong and you know there’: a wide difference between private busi ness and the public service. You don’ demand so much of a man in the citj hall as we do in our shop.” Now this man, but a short time be fore, had strenuously objected to th amount of personal tax assessec against his establishment, and in hi argument had injected the statemen that if the public service were managec more economically there would he nr need for such large taxes. I did noi give his brother the wanted position and that business man became my per sonal and political enemy. His wras a typical case; one of man) such. Had I acceded to ail of like re quests made during my term of office the city payroll would have read like the columns of those directories which contain only the names of the fashion ables. Men representing the nicest and best people of my city begged me daily to find some place in some department where the family cast-off could be “em ployed.” I soon discovered that the salary had nothing to do with the ease: the family wanted to be able to refei tr» thr» lip'pr-fln-u’pll aq a “nnhlir rtflR cial” or as one of the “mayor’s friends’1 —and the public service was so elastic It never seemed to have occurred tc them that a mayor might have some personal pride in his administration Their selfish thoughtlessness blinded their civic patriotism, and so they trooped to the mayor’s office, exhibited their family skeletons and brazenly attempted to place their black sheer as charges upon the public. There was a marked difference be tween such men and those presented by the politicians. The latter were invet erate petitioners, but the majority of the men they wanted to “line up” in front of the public crib were wide-awake, active, brainy fellows. They had in them many qualities which characterize men of success. Most of them were young and ambitious and looked upon a public job not only as a reward foi services rendered their political supe riors but as a means tc advance them in politics and the world in general. To be sure they regarded a desk in the city hall or the foremanship of a streei gang as a sinecure, and this idea ol public service grew out of their politi cal creed, which was that the chief end of a “ward worker” is to keep himsell and his friends in power. These men were by nature not lazy or given to shirking their duties, al though their city hall lives might in dicate they were. They were ceaseless workers for the man whom they recog nized as their chief and sponsor. The time and energy they consumed in his service would rapidly advance them tc responsible high-salaried positions should they put as much vigor and en thusiasm in a private business. Some of them were fanatically loyal to theii ward bosses, and all of them were ready to fight at the drop of a hat foi their political masters. Thi3 condition of what I might call political feudalism was one of the mosl embarrassing problems which I was called upon to solve. It seemed to me that if I gave a public position to a young man he ought to be my “fellow,’ my partisan. But I soon learned thal after all I was only the employmenl agent—the principals were the local leaders, who took care of their follow ers through me. This humiliating truth was driver home to me several times, and as often was I on the point of asserting mysell by summarily discharging scores ol employes who had been put on the pay roll at the request of their ward lead ers. But I could not afford to lose the political influence of men who ir their own communities were strongei than I, nor could I hope to upset a deep-rooted condition, which, after all, was entirely in harmony with our rep resentative form of government So 1 swallowed my pride and did just whal all mayors, governors and presidents i do—consulted the leaders, and thus en i larged their importance in the eyes of ■ their immediate followers. One must ■ use the tools lie finds at hand if lie 1 cannot secure better. 1 According to the dictionary a politi cal party -is a “number of persons united in opinion and design in cpposi i tion to others in the community.” But 1 one has only to be a mayor a few weeks to almost believe that a political party i is a large number of persons who are made to think they are the real party by a small number of persons who call themselves "the organization” and who claim all the spoils of office as a reward for their unselfish devotion to the party. One of the stock phrases used i by politicians who brought applicants for positions to me was “he did good ; work for the party.” What they should have said was: “He did good work for the organization—the machine.” With out patronage it would he exceedingly difficult to maintain a political ma chine, and that is the real reason why political organizations are opposed to civil service reform. I am not putting forth this statement as possessing the claim of novelty, for the fact is known ! of all men. But it will serve to call i attention to the hypocritical devotion ! to party and fraudulent loyalty to party i principles loudly voiced by the bosses ; of political machines. Such men are i ever trumpeting their disinterested ; party loyalty and devotion, and their incessant claims in time lead many to believe them. This devotion does not go outside their little circle; their loy alty is confined to the small group | which is the machine, and this machine i stops running when the oil of patron age gives out. ! It may seem strange that I did not know of my own knowledge what an important part hypocrisy played in politics until after I became mayor, but up to my nomination I had been like hundreds of thousands of others, in terested in politics only during cam paigns and then but slightly. I was not a leader; not even a prominent party man. I got in the habit of voting the ticket made up in caucus by the “organization” and nominated in con vention by the delegates elected by the organization. Thus I knew nothing of the inside workings of political organ | izations. But when the machine lead ers had to come to me for the patron ' age on which they thrived my eyes we-'e opened, and I saw politics was a business which dealt in public jobs and contracts, and that the heads and beneficiaries of the concern were the few persons who were leaders of the great political parties. (Copyright, 1901, by Joseph B. Bowies.) Temperature of the 3ath. Opinions differ as to the relative merits of a cold or a hot bath. The individual constitution must be con sulted. Medical authority maintains that children and elderly persons ought never to bathe in water below 70 de grees P. Where cleanliness is the main object the water should be from 72 degrees to 98 degrees. Where the bath is to serve as a powerful stimu lant, as in cases of illness, it should be from 98 degrees to 115 degrees.— Washington Star. Made a Serious Mistake. She—They say that a little learning is a dangerous thing. He—Yes, I guess it is. I found it so once. I stopped investigating when I found out how much property my first wife’s father was supposed to have without going ahead and making in quiries as to his debts. But I’ll never get taken in that way again.—N. Y. Press. Adhering to the Standard. Uppyn de Ayer—Do you—aw—think it makes any difference to a girl who really loves a man whether the engage ment ring is gold or silver? Carrie A. Blgstick—I do. I consider the gold standard irrevocably estab lished.—Chicago Tribune. Then Trouble Began. “Young man,” said the irate father to the suitor, “my daughter Is not the kind of a girl to live with a pinhead.” “I agree with you, sir,” replied the suitor. l"That's the reason I want to take her away from you.”—Kansas City Times. 44444444444444444444444404 % The RAINBOW f | COVENANT | % OUR SERMON STORY by the 4 ♦ ** Highway and Byway'’ Preacher ♦ 4 ( A Vision Between the Lir.es Of 4 4 Gcd s Inspired Word.; 4 (Copyright, ItfOo, by J. 11. Ltlroll ) Scripture Authority"And God spake unto Noah and to his sons with him, say big, And l. behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your seed after you. This Is the token of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living crea ture that is with you, for perpetual genera tions: 1 do set My bow in the cloud, and It shall be for a token of a covenant between Me and the earth."—Gen. 9:8, 9, 12. 13. AD God forgotten? As the weeks lengthened into the months, and two months, t hree months, four months had passed, this question with increasing frequen cy kept rising to the lips of the dwellers in the ark. There was no way in which they could keep track of the days as they passed, but Noah and his sous knew that it must be months since they had en tered the ark, for the great store of provisions was nearly half gone. Each day as they fed the beasts and birds and creeping things with them in the ark. and provided for their own sim ple wants, they saw the food supplies grow less, and found themselves ask ing the question: "Has God forgot ten?” Need we wonder at the doubts which kept rising in iheir hearts when we to-day under less trying experi ences ask the same question? But Noah's faiih failed not, and on the last day of the fifth month since entering the ark in reply to the anxious queries of the women, he said: I he ark will lind a resting place in God's own good liine. We need to—” But the sentence was not finished, for at that moment the three sons who had been busy below burst into the room, excitedly exclaiming: “We’re grating on the rocks! We’re grating on the rocks!" Noah hastened below, and as he reached the hold of the ship the sound of crunching and grinding was plain ly audible, as though the great heavy bulk of the ark was slowly settling down upon some firm foundation. But instead of alarm, a look of triumphant joy illuminated his face, and turning to his "sons lie said, with a voice shak ing with suppressed emotion: “My sons, you have an answer to your question: ‘Has God forgotten?’ God has brought, our ark to rest. The waters are receding.” There was great rejoicing in the ark that night, and for many days after, but as the weary weeks continued to drag out and still nothing but water could be seen on every hand, doubts and misgivings again filled the hearts of all but Noah. One day something over two months after the grounding of the ark.Noah was keeping lookout at the lit tie win dow. As he swept his eyes over the great expanse of waters his attention was at tracted by a dark object in the distance. His sharp outcry as he realized that it was some mountain toil, quickly brought the other members of the family to his j side, and dispelled their gloom. Ah. how good that mountain top looked! How it j revived their drooping spirits! How it renewed their faith! Ail through the aft ernoon they feasted their eyes on that precious speck, and as the evening shadows crept over the face of the wa ters and shut it out from view they re luctantly lay down to rest, and eagerly waited for the coming of the morning’s light. The first gray streaks of dawn found eight pairs of wistful eyes straining for the first glimpse of the mountain top. The sharp vision of Mrs. Shorn was the first to see it, and her ex clamation was quickly followed by the voices of the others as they, too. sight ed it. “And there is another,” Mrs. Shern cried as she pointed to a speck at some distance beyond the first object seen. • “Aqd another.” exclaimed Japheth’s wife. And so it went all day and the days which followed. The moments which were not taken up with the cares of the ark were spent searching out new mountain tops, and watching f V* r\c? n olnnoilt.' in vintr crrnnr laen-rtr *-» larger. Thus the days now quickly sped. The water was far below them, while the mountains all around stood out black and grim. One day Noah said: “It is now 40 days since we first saw the mountain top appear. I re member that it was 40 days that the flood was descending upon the earth, and may it not be that in these 40 days since first the land appeared the waters may have left the earth. I am minded to send forth a raven and a dove to see what report they may bring us.” The plan met the instant approval of the rest. Soon the birds were w-ing ing their w'ay towards the distant mountains, and wrere soon lost to view. Anxiously they wraited for the return of the birds, and as the twilight was deepening into the evening darkness the dove came wearily fluttering in at the window, but the raven returned not. “This.” said Noah, “would indicate that on the upper reaches of the moun tains whither the people fled to escape the flood the raven hath found resting place and food, but the dove seeking seed and leafy bower hath found neither and returns for shelter in the ark. The waters still cover the fruit ful valleys.” Another seven days and Noah sent out vne dove again. This time she returned with an olive branch, indi cating that vegetation had sprung into life. Yet seven days more and the dove went forth and did not return, for she had found a home for herself and mate in the fruitful trees. Still Noah waited, and over a month passed. The rest of the family were impatient to leave the ark, but Noah insisted that they must wait for the command of God. But to appease them somewhat, he removed the cover ing of the ark, and went forth to view the land, and behold, the face of th« ground was dry. "Let us leave the ark at once,” ex cdaimed the three sons, when the fx ther brought bark his report, and tlx approving nods of the women showed how eager they were to begin life again on the dry land. ‘‘Nay, my sons,” Noah firmly replied, “we must wait until God bids us leave. We entered the ark at His bidding, and surely He will call us forth when the earth is ready to re ceive us. ' But Ham. whose later conduct re vealed tiis true character, was obdu rate, and would have openly rebelled against his father’s judgment, had not his brothers restrained him. And the weeks dragged wearily on, and they waited, but no sign or word earn* from God. Nearly two mouths thus passed, and only the firm faith ot Noah, and his unwavering obedienct to God. kept the impatient, rebellious spirit of Ham from stirring uf trouble. As the days dragged on. the deter mination to leave the ark with 01 without his father’s consent took pos ' session of Ham. For the last few days he had been secretly preparing to go. and had told his wife his plans and won her reluctant consent to gc with him. The morrow was the time he set for action. He was astir early, foi he planned to get away before ths others were up. As he crept by his father’s room hs heard voices, and paused to listen. 1< was a strange voice speaking, and ht heard the words: “Go forth of th<> ark, thou and thy wife and thy sons, and thy sons wives with thee.” He waited to hear no more, but hastened to find his wife and tell hei what he had heard. “It must have been God speaking tc your lather,” said Mrs. Ham. “Let us wrait and see w'hat your father will say to-day.” Thus it came to pass that Ham was saved from his wicked folly, and his frit hor unrl tlio roct <\f tho fa tbi 1 u tipfpt knetfr what lie had planned to do Presently lie heard his father’s voice calling, and when he and his wife reached the place where Noah was standing they found the others there before them listening to the glad mes sage. "The Lord hath spoken, children.’ Noah triumphantly and joyfully said “and has bid us go forth this day, with all that are in the ark. Let us pro ceed at once.” The creatures in the ark were no less eager to be free from their narrow quarters than were Noah and his fam ily. and the work of disembarkation was speedily accomplished. But ere they moved down the mountain side into the valley below. Noah took of the stines 1/iug about and buiideu an altar unto t he Lord He then took of every clean beast and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the al tar. Thus at the very beginning ol the new life on the earth was there the confession of man’s sinfulness be fore God. and the need of (deansing through the shedding of blood. And the Lord smelled a sweet sa vor: and the Lord said in His heart: “I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; though the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will 1 again smite any more everything living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and har vest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, shall not cease.” While Noah stood thus ministering at the altar, and the others were bowed in silent worship about him, there came a cloud and overshadowed them, and a voice spoke out of the cloud, and Ham instantly recognized it as the same which he had heard speaking with his father early that morning. And God said, as He blessed them: "Be fruitful, and multiply, and re plenish the earth.” Long and earn estly God communed with them, and spake of the laws which should govern the new life on the earth. The voice ceased, but the cloud still overshadowed them, and as they gazed upon it a rainbow of the most dazzling brightness spanned its white folds. “How beautiful.” they ail ex claimed, as they feasted their wonder ing eyes on the splendor of the scene. “in the long, years of my life,” said Noah, “I have seen many rainbows, but none which could compare with this one. God has some message for our hearts in this glorious display.” While they stood beholding and talking together, the voice of God again came out of the cloud, saying: “And I. behold. I establish My cov enant with you, and with your seed after you. And this is the token of the covenant which 1 make between Me and you. and every living creature that is with you. for perpetual genera tions: I do set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a cov enant between Me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when 1 bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: and I will remember My covenant, which is be tween Me and you. and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to de stroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlast ing covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.” The voice ceased, and the cloud van ished from their sight. Noah and his sons and their wives and every living creature with them then moved down the mountain side to the valley be low. where they took up life anew upon the earth which God had re stored to man. but the memory and the record of that day has continued to the present time, and the testimony and the token of God’s covenant still brings cheer and hope to the hearts of men as they see the bow in the heavens and know that God rules His world and cares for His children. To Make Alcohol Undrinkable. The czar of Russia has recently of fered a prize of $25,000 to any one who will invent a process for making alco hol undrinkable. He might well wish to make undrinkabll the output of the eight vodka distilleries in Harbin, the probable winter headquarters of his great Manchurian army. Mississippi Industry, a new Indus-, trial publication with the home office at Meridian, is a neatly printed and well edited sheet. Its field of useful ness is only limited by the lines of the State, and the writer expects great good to be accomplished. Under the caption, “Greater Mississippi,” the fol lowing splendid article appears on the first page of the last issue: “Mississippi is today at the apex of her achievement and consequent prosperity; the development of her chief sources of wealth has not been parital cr one-sided, but whole, well rounded, complete; the past three years have marked a general uplift, embracing every interest, business and calling, and every class has shared in the beneiicient bestowment of a common prosperity. The farmer has made money; the merchant has en joyed a brisk trade and made good collections; the banker is satisfied with his dividends, while the manu facturer in every line has booked all the orders that he 'could fill at satis factory prices. These healthy ma terial conditions have been reflected in a happier social condition, evi denced in more comfortable homes, bigger and better churches, longer school terms, better schoolhouses equipped with better furnishings and better teaching. "This happy and prosperous condi tion is not due to any fortuitous cir cumstances or discovery of any new I source of wealth; there is in it all, j not the remotest suggestion of thej Western boom; but it is, on the other hand the loeical result of rmrmelline • causes that had been silently gather ing strength through years of adver sity; it is the embodied triumph of the courage and faith and fortitude of a brave and loyal people who clung to their birthright, meager as it seemed to be, and transformed it into the precious possession that is theirs to day. “Some Southern communities have, at intervals, during the past quarter of a century, blazed forth in a daz zling glare of prosperity that but deepened the shadows of adversity in which our people were pajnfulfy working their way toward the light; and now and again we wrould hear a voice from these luminous heights chiding us for our lack of enterprise, our unprogreshiveness, our inaptitude in seizing and improving present op portunities; we did not yield up our inheritance for the glamor of the hour. The Mississippian believed in the capabilities of his soil, his forests, his pastures and his streams to furnish forth a resplendent estate when their resources were developed; and while he offered every legitimate inducement to outside capital, enterprise and in dustry to come and help and hasten this development, he did not. proffer his estate in fee simple for the price of an evanescent splendor, nor did he yield to the stranger to be ex ploited for his own enrichment. He had faith in the ultimate realization j of his abundant wealth, and with patience, perseverance and hopeful ness labored constantly toward that j day, which, happily, now, has dawned. | and he has a right to rejoice in the ] rich reward that has come to him. “On every hand are seen the tangi ble results of this patient labor and steadfast purpose. The frame farm house occupies the site of the ancient cabin of logs; the smokehouse is full of home-grown meat; the cribs are full of corn, and sleek cattle browse on every hillside; there is music in the parlor and books upon the shelves; the children are at school and my lady goes visiting in her own buggy. “In the cities and towns of the State the signs of a like prosperity are even more manifest; electric lights and waterworks, undreamed of luxuries in the past, are now regarded as necessary equipments for every town out of the village class; a popula tion of a thousand justifies the estab lishment of a bank, and there is not a town anywhere that is not reaching for a larger manufacturing equipment; the graded school system, rounded out with a high school, is the common educational provision, w'hile every am bitious village not on a railroad has one chartered to its gates and is firmly resolved to build it. “In the lumber region, land once only valued for stumpage, is now be ing sold at good prices for agricultural and horticultural purposes; truck farms and orchards yielding rich re turns are multiplying around every saw mill center where the timber has been cut, and the metamorphosis is noted of lands doubling in value after the removal of the timber that form erly alone gave them any market value at all. . “The canneries along the gulf coast have more than doubled their output of fish, oysters and shrimp during the past five years, giving employment larger army of people and contributing generously to the prosperity of that section of the State. “These are a few of the conspicuous manifestations of Mississippi’s present day wealth and prosperity; but they are. as it were, but the pledge of a still brighter day; of a still greater Mississippi that is being rapidly and substantially built upon the firm foundations that her people have wisely and carefully laid.” • * * One of the best writers in the State, and a gentleman who can see some of the good things in store for us in the future, has the following to say of Mississippi, all of which is heartily endorsed: “The increase of land values in Mississippi, especially during the last year or two, is signifleent of the fact that we have before us an era of de velopment in our agricultural re sources, such as we have never seen before. “There is no State that has. the ad vantages of Mississippi as an agri cultural State. “The entire State lies in the most favored part of the richest and most productive valley in the world. “The climatic conditions for the production of all kinds of crops are unsupassed by any country in the world. “The long drouths, the excessive floods, the destructive cyclones, the great blizzards of the West and North west are unknown here. "We have an even temperature with plenty of moisture, and most favor able weather for growing and harvest ing crops. "The great hot waves, as well as the dreaded cold waves of the North and Northwest, are unknown here. Wa have pleasant summers with a tem perature scarcely going over 90 de grees, and never reaching 100 degrees except on the rarest of occasions. Our winters are so mild that the flowers always bloom and the days are bright and sunny. “Live stock finds pasturage all the winter, and do not have to be housed and fed most of the year as In tha North. Therefore stockraising has proven very profitable. “As a hay-producing State Missis sippi exceeds in natural advantages any State in the North. She is equal to any of them as a producer of any kind of grass, and can produce a greater hay crop than any of them in her cow peas, which at the same tima enriches the soil. “She had bigger ears of corn at tho great St. Louis fair than the renowned corn State of Missouri. “She is more peculiarly adapted to the raising of vegetables and small fruits than almost any other State, and she has the advantages of being able to put them on the earliest mark ets and get the best prices. “She is fast becoming the rival of Georgia in her peaches, and her ap ples are of the best quality and can be grown in great abundance. “in cotton she outranks any other State. “it is then no wonder that her lands _ :_ . ..1,,^ C? V, ~ wouM have long ago been the richest an l most prosperous agricultural State had it been generally known that her re sources and advantages are so much superior to those of the West. “Great is Mississippi. “Greater she is to he in the fub.re.” * * * Alfalfa hay is attracting more at tention as its splendid qualities be come b'etter known. The fact of Mississippi having received a gold medal on the few hales of this hay which was on exhibition at St. I.ouis. has opened the eyes of a great number of our people to the possibilities in its culture. The prairie regions in tho Eastern portion of thev State are espe cially adapted to alfalfa and much more will be planted this year than last. B. H. Strong, of AVest Point, is the largest producer at present, and the excellent success attending his efforts will encourage others to follow his example. There seems to he suf ficient reason that Mississippi should at least produce tho hay consumed in the State, and gratification is found in the fact that its growing is attracting increased attention at the hands of farmers who are in a position to give it a thorough trial. if * ¥ Thousands of good people would come to Mississippi if they only knew of the many advantages offered by the State. * * « W. F. Smith, of AA’aynesboro, last year planted eight acres in Irish pota toes and pocketed tho handsome sun. of $612.04 from the crop. Other farmers in the neighborhood will plant potatoes and try to reap some of the rich harvest, also. Wayne county Is especially adapted to the successful growing of crops of that nature, and the acreage is being steadily increased from year to year. * * * The $250,000 plant at Hattiesburg to distill wood alcohol and other by products from pine saw dust and slabs, has been completed and is now in operation. It will prove a great heip to that enterprising city in furnishing employment for labor and getting something valuable from a refuse that has, always been burned or otherwise thrown away. These are the kind of industries that are benefactors to the people, as well as profitable to the owners. The man who can- get some thing with a market value out of the refuse generally considered of no value at all, is doing a great deal for his country. Enough valuable material has been destroyed already in Missis sippi to make hundreds of millionaires if it had only been utilized. It is gratifying to realize that this state of affairs is fast passing, and that in a few more years our people will awaken to the great possibilities that are in store for them. * * * Have you done anything for Missis sippi today? If not. do it before ge ing to bed. Help yourself as well at others. * * * Speak that good word for Missis sippi right now, for fear you forget. If every citizen would do something every week, the result would far sur pass the expectations of the most san guine. - * * * Again has Aberdeen voted to issue bonds for the purpose of installing a splendid waterworks and sewerage system. All Mississippi towns are 'ailing into line on these improve ments, and in a short time the town if 1.000 people without them will be m exception instead of a rule. They ire latter-day utilities and necessities hat it is hard to do without after once having had access to them. * » * Meridian has organized a company, with half a million dollars capital, to huild the largest and most complete lotton mill in the State. Meridian has had several years' experience in potton manufacturing and certainly inds it profitable, or such a large company could not be organized to put in another mill. It is undoubtedly the Yankee town of the State, and al ways goes after the good things that ire to be had. * * * New Albany again announces the on ganization of another industry to be idded to the long list now in opera tion. A $25,000 brick and tile plant has been arranged for and will be built at an early date. • * * Jackson announces that nearly a million dollars worth of manufacturing plants will be built during the present pear, several of them having already been arranged for. The Capital City is doing things these days, and the people of the State are becoming proud of it.