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The Tupelo Journal
Published Weekly. , ■■ i ■ —■- ■ t TUPELO, : : i : : MISSISSIPPL Peary did not find any ice trusts on his travels. Football is not even as exciting for the doctors as it was. Austria has a pottery trust. That would be a good one to smash. When a lawyer merely charges a nominal fee, it is really phenomenal. Artificial diamonds are going up so fast that It will soon pay to wear real ones. There are only four letters in love, but there are thousands of love let ters. The Kaiser has talked into a phono graph. Every German may now hear his master’s voice. “Castro is better,’7 says a” Venezuela cable. There are persons who do not believe he could be worse. The old-schoolboys of Boston say that the three R's are being neglect ed in the public school. Right they are. Yale university has raised the sal aries of its professors. Some of them make almost as much now as a foot ball player. London reports the sale of an odontoglossum crispium pittanum for $5,750. They’ve gone up since we bought ours. Prof. George P. Moore says that we owne much to Babylon. The claim, however, seems to have been out lawed some years ago. Pretty hard on Count Boni being cut off from all those millions, with the cost of living higher than it has been for 20 years. J. F. Comma and wife celebrated the seventy-fifth anniversary of their marriage the other day. A pretty long sentence for two Commas. German police arrested a man ana had him fined three marks for sneez ing in public. It must fee expensive to have hay fever in Germany. Tho startling suggestions about matrimony that, are constantly being made, says the Washington Star, never make any difference in the busi ness done by the marriage license clerk. Ontario is now producing radium, gold, silver and diamonds. With a little more training it would seem to be a very simple matter for a fertile' soil like that to yield up bank notes and government bonds. A Pittsburg woman has been driven to matrimony as a protection against burglars. Some other women, unfor tunately, says the New York Ameri can, wouldn’t mind a burglar as a protection against their husbands. At Dresden, Germany, a public bathing house for dogs has been opened. If Dresden is one of the places where dogs are utilized in the sausage business it is no more than right that they should be kept as clean as possible. If that Wiener Maenergesangverein knew what a Nord Amerikanische Saengebund was like, and an Indiana polischer colosseum into the bargain, says the Indianapolis News, it would jump right down the throat of an in vitation to get there. The patient hen has a rival. A Brit ish government analyst reports to the fisheries committee of the Cornwall county council that the eggs of dog fish when boiled are similar to hard boiled hens’ eggs, and that they are wholesome and highly nutritious. “There are,” says the Indianapolis star, “thousands of happy homes for which the trial marriage possesses no charm. Turn the husband and wife loose, and they would marry twice as quick as before.” Still, it would per haps be best not to take any needless risk by turning them loose while groceries are so high. We seem to have landed In the Congo all right in the matter of the acquisition of rubber, mining and rail way concessions. Possibly this may lead to our taking a hand in the suppression of the atrocities that are alleged to be flourishing so extensively there, says the Boston Herald. Hu manity should keep pace with trade. Seattle now wants a “world's fair" and the chances are that she will get it, although the appellation bestowed on the enterprise is apt to be a mis nomer. This is an era of “exposi tions” and the public funds at Wash ington, says the Philadelphia Bulle tin, can usually be relied upon to fur nish a goodly share of the cash needed. A scientist has discovered that women do not stutter. If women are going to have impediments, they are not going to have thenq in their speech. We wonder if Miss Krupp assured ter husband’s papa that she would be able to keep the young man in the luxury to which he had been accus tomed. Many a man who thought he was getting in on the ground floor has dis covered to his sorrow that there was a basement. Two Warsaw anarchists recently threw bombs at an actress., If her ad vance agent isn’t making the most of the incident she ought to Are him and employ a good, live American. One reason why the railways in creased wages may be that food has become so expensive that it takes more mone^ to keep a man in condi tion to work. ^ The Bingh%jnt°n minister who has solved the riddle of the sphinx is somewhat of a sphinx himself. He re fuses to talk. PRESIDENT TELLS OF CONDITIONS IN PORTO RICO Special Message the Re sult of Chief Execu tive’s Recent Visit MUCH GOOD WORK DONE Progress Made Under American Ad ministration Is Pointed to with Pride—Last Year the Most Pros perous the Island Has Ever Known —Congress Urged to Confer Full American Citizenship Upon the Porto Ricans—.Vould Have All In sular Governments Placed in One Bureau. Washington.—President Roosevelt's message, describing conditions in Por to Rico, and making recommendations for legislation he believes necessary, was read to the congress. It is as fol lows : To the Senate and House of Represen tatives: On November 21 I visited the island of Porto Rico, landing at Ponce,* ross lng by the old Spanish road by Cayey to San Juan, and returning next morn ing over the new American road from Arecibo to Ponce; the scenery was wonderfully beautiful, especially among the mountains of the interior, which constitute a veritable tropic Switzerland. I could not embark at San Juan because the harbor has not been dredged out and can not receive an American battleship. I do not think this fact creditable to us as a nation, and I earnestly hope that im mediate provision will be made for dredging San Juan harbor. I doubt whether our people as a whole realize the beauty and.fertility of Porto Rico, and the progress that has been made under its admirable government. We have just cause for pride in the character of our represen tatives who have administered the tropic islands which came under our flag as a result of the war with Spain; and of no one of them is this more true than of Porto Rico. It would be impossible to wish a more faithful, a more efficient and a more disinter ested public service than that now be ing rendered in the island of Porto Rico by those in control of the insular government. I stopped at a dozen towns all told, and one of the notable features in every town was the gathering of the school children. The work that has been done in Porto Rico for education has been noteworthy. The main em phasis, as is eminently wise and prop er, has been put upon primary educa tion; but in addition to this there is a normal school, and agricultural school, three industrial and three high schools. Every effort is being made to secure not only the benefits of ele meniarr eaucauon 10 au me i'orto Ricans" of the next generation, but also as far as means will permit to train them so that the industrial, agri cultural and commercial opportunities of the island can be utilized to the best possible advantage. It was evi dent at a glance that the teachers, both Americans and native Porto Ricans, .were devoted to their work, took the greatest pride in it, and were endeavoring to train their pupils, not only in mind, but in what counts for far more than mind in citizenship, that is, in character. I was very much struck by the ex cellent character both of the insular police and of the Porto Rican regi ment. They are both of them bodies that reflect credit upon the American administration of the island. The in sular police are under the local Porto Rican government. The Porto Rican regiment of troops must be appro priated for by the congress. I earn estly hope that thi3 body will be kepi permanent. There should certainly be troops in the island, and it is wise that these troops should be themselves native Porto Ricans. It wou'd be from every standpoint a mistake not to perpetuate this regiment. In traversing the island even the most cursory survey leaves the be holder struck with the evident rapid growth In the culture both of the su gar cane and tobacco. The fruit in dustry is also growing. Last year was the most prosperous year that the island has ever known before or since the American occupation. The total of exports and imports of the island was $45,000,000, as against $18,000,000 in lid. This is the largest in the island’s history. Prior to the Ameri can occupation the greatest trade for any one year wai that of 1896, when U reached nearly $23,000,000. Last year, therefore, there was double tha trade that there was In the most prosper ous year under the Spanish regime. There were 210,273 tons of sugar ex ported last year, of the value of $14, 186,319; $3,665,163 of tobacco, and 28,290,322 pounds of coffee of the value of $3,481,102. Unfortunately, what used to be Porto Rico’s prime,crop— coffee—has not shared this prosper ity. It has never recovered from the disaster of the hurricane, and, more over, the benefit of throwing open our market to it hgs not compensated for the loss inflicted by the closing of the markets to it abroad. I call your attention to the accompanying memo rial on this supject of the board of trade of San Juan, and I earnestly hope that some measure will be taken for the benefit of the excellent and high grade Porto Rican coffee. There is a matter to which I wish to call your especial attention, and that is the desirability of conferring full American citizenship upon the people of Porto Rico. I most earnest ly hope that this will be done. I can not see how any barm can possibly re sult from it, and it seems to me a mat ter of right and Justice to the people of Porto Rico. They are loyal, they are glad to be under our flag* they are making rapid progress along the path of orderly liberty. Surely we should show our appreciation of them, our pride in what they have done, and our pleasure in extending recognition for what has thus been done, by grant ing them full American citizenship. Under the wise administration of the present governor and council, marked progress has been made in the difficult matter of granting to the people of the island the largest measure of self-gov ernment that can with safety be given at the present time. It would have been a very serious mistake to have gone any faster than we have already gone in this direction. The Porto Ricans have complete and absolute autonomy in all their municipal gov ernments, the only power over them possessed by the insular government being that of removing corrupt or in competent municipal officials. This power has never been exercised save on the clearest proof of corruption or of incompetence—such as to jeopar dize the interests of the people of the island; and under such circumstances ft has been fearlessly used to the im mense benefit of the people. It Is not a power with which it would be safe, for the sake of the island itself, to dis pense at present. The lower house is absolutely elective, while the upper nouse is appointive, inis scueuw «= working well; no injustice of any kind results from it, and great benefit to the island, and it should certainly not be changed at this time. The machin ery of the elections is administered en tirely by the Porto Rican people them selves, the governor and council keep ing only such supervision as is neces sary in order to insure an orderly elec tion. Any protest as to electoral frauds is settled in the courts. Here again it would not be safe to make any change in the present system. The elections this year were absolutely orderly, un accompanied by any disturbance; and no protest has been made against the management of the elections, although three contests are threatened where the majorities were very small and error was claimed; the contests, of course, to be settled in the courts. In short, the governor and council are co operating with all of the most enlight ened and most patriotic of the people of Porto Rico in educating the citizens of the island in the principles of order ly liberty. They are providing a gov ernment based upon each citizen’s self respect, and the mutual respect of all citizens; that is, based upon a rigid observance of the principles of justice and honesty. It has not been easy to instill into the minds of people unac customed to the exercise of freedom the two basic principles of our Ameri can system; the principle that the ma jority must rule, and the principle that the minority has rights which must not be disregarded or trampled upon. Yet real progress has been made in having these principles accepted as elementary, as the foundations of suc cessful self-government. I transmit herewith the report of the governor of Porto Rico, sent to the president through the secretary of state. All the insular governments should be placed in one bureau, either in the department of war or the department of state. It is a mistake not so to ar range our handling of these islands at Washington as to be able to take ad vantage of the experience gained in one, when dealing with the problems that from time to time arise in an other. In conclusion let me express my ad miration for the work done by the con gress when it enacted the law under which the island is now being admin istered. After seeing the island per sonally, and after five years’ experi ence in connection with its adminis tration, it is but fair to those who de vised this law to say that it would be well-nigh impossible to have devised any other which in the actual working would have accomplished better re sults. THEODORE ROOSEVELT. The White House, Dec. 11, 1906. - Spanish Custom in Decay. Formerly the dowry of every peas ant girl in Spain included a set of linen sheets. On account of the in creased cost of linen, this branch of trade has dwindled down to an insig nificant figure. -- Behind on Rent. “They say poor Shifter is ten years ahead of his time.” “Well, it’s not true. I’m bis land lord, and I know he’s Just six months; behind.”—Tit-Bits. Italy’s King a Coin Collector. The king of Italy’s hobby is the col lection of coins. In his collection are more than 60,000 specimens. Strange ly enough, he is not musical, much to the regret of his musical subjects, of whom there are so many in that land of sunshine and song. Wooden Spoons in Brittany. The making of wooden spoons is a' handicraft in Brittany, and one of considerable importance, for wooden spoons are employed almost univer sally there for table use. Executioner Saved Watch. Joseph Lang, the public executioner of Vienna, wears a heavy gold watch chain and a massive watch, which is held securely in his pocket by a thief proof hook. Both the chain and the hook withstood the attack of a pick pocket who endeavored to relieve the han.'iman of his treasure in a crowded street of the Austrian capital recently. The thief was captured, and the watch, on which the grewsome record of its owner’s official activity is en graved, was saved, f Important Discovery In Silk. An article in the Strassburger Post mentions a discovery said to have been made by a chemist and engi neer of St. Etienne, by which the color may be taken out of silk, and it may be recolored in any desired tint, withotft in any way injuring its tex ture. The- article goes on to state that in case the inventor can do what he promises it will almost revo lutionize the silk industry, and entire ly do away with the danger of in juring silks through coloring bj means of too strong chemicals * . BIG FIGHTER PLAN8 8ENT TO CONGRES8 FOR THE GREATEST BATTLESHIP IN THE WORLD. Aa Wide aa Two City Lota, aa Long aa Two Blocks, and Will 8ail Twen ty-One Knota an Hour. Washington—Congress has received from the secretary of the navy the plans which the department has had drawn up for the big battleship pro vided for the last session. Four plans were submitted by the bureau of con struction and Bix by private firms and individuals. The plan recommended provides for a ship in many respects superior to any other built or build ing. It was prepared by the construc tion bureau. Greater Than Any Other Battles‘hlp. According to the specifications, the broadside fire will be greater than that of any other battleship, the elevation of the guns will be greater, with con sequent increase of range; the de fensive qualities improved over pres ent standards, and the total weight of the hull and armor will exceed by oveT 3,000 tons any other similar vessel. The ship is to be 510 feet long, 85 feet 2%-inch beam, 27-foot draft, 20, 000 tons displacement, 2,300 tons coal capacity and 21-knot speed. Offensive and Defensive. The offensive armor will consist of ten 12-inch guns, fourteen 5-inch rapid fire guns and some machine guns to repel torpedo boat attacks. The co3t is limited to $C,000,000. The protection of the ship consists rf a belt of waterline armor eight in width and 11 Inches maximum thickness throughout, protecting the boilers, machinery and the magazines, and tending besides to maintain the stability of the ship. Above the wa terline the sides of the ship are pro tected by armor 10 inches wide, only slightly less than the armor in the main belt. Above this again, amid ships, there will be 5 inches of armor shielding the smoke pipfcs, most of the secondary battery and the hull struc ture. There is also a diagonal .and athwart bulkheads and a protective deck. WILL SPELL LIKE CONGRESS. President Will Withdraw His “Simpli fied” Order to Public Printer. Washington—President Roosevelt will withdraw his simplified spelling order to the public printer, and here after all documents from the executive departments will again be printed in the old-fashioned style. Representative Landis, of the joint committee on spelling, had a confer ence with the president, when the president said he did not wish to have the spelling overshadow other matters of greater importance, and expressed a willingness to revoke his order for the new spelling in case the house of representatives should go on record as opposed to the system. According ly, Mr. Landis introduced the follow ing resolution in ihe house: “Resolved, That it is the sense of the house of representatives that here after in presenting reports, documents or other publications1 authorized by law, or ordered by congress, or either branch thereof, or emanating from the executive departments, their bureaus or branches, and independent officers of the government, the government printing office should observe and ad here to the standard of orthography prescribed in generally accepted dic tionaries of the English language.” The measure was passed without a dissenting vote. In the Congo Country. Washington—Sir Henry Mortimer Durand, British ambassador, called at the state department, and discussed with Secretary Root reported atroci ties in the Congo Country, and par ticularly the Lodge resolution pledg ing the support of the senate in any steps'Ihe president may take toward ameliorating conditions in the Free State. Ambassador Durand said that the agitation in England was similar to that in this country, and it was not improbable that England had about reached the point for action. Fighting the Colorado River. Imperial, Cal.—Representatives of the Southern Pacific Railroad Co. were In conference with a large assemblage of the people of the Imperial valley, and submitted a proposition to the ef fect that the interests of the valley subscribe a $1,000,000 contingent upon the successful controlling of the Colo rado river, the railroad company agreeing to carry on the work at an estimate of $2,500,000. The proposi tion was received enthusiastically by the people, and with little doubt will be consummated. German Reichstag Dissolved. Berlin—The existence of the reich stag was terminated suddenly amid scenes of excitement, upon the defeat of the government’s bill for a supple mentary appropriation to support the troops in German Southwest Africa. This action, although foreshadowed several days ago, took the house by surprise, as dissolution means a direct, attack upon the clerical party, which has grown Into such intimate relations with the government that it frequently has been characterised as the govern ing party. Negro Hooe In Penitentiary. Pittsburg—Clifford Hooe, the negro coachman convicted for perjury in connection with a deposition made by him before the Hartje divorce trial, has been taken to the penitentiary to serve six years. Oklahoma Bank Loses $4,000. Asher, Okla.—Crocking the safe with two charges of nitro-glycerine, a band of five robbers, at 2 a. m., robbed the State bank of this place and made away with $4,000. Officers are on the robbsrs’ trail. \ . SWARMS Of MIKADO’S MEN TWO REGIMENTS OF JAPANESE REPORTED IN HONOLULU. Secretary Taft and Aaaistat# Secretary of State Baoon Deny Govern ment Hae Been Informed. Honolulu—It is stated here, and has been reported to the United States gov ernment at Washington, that two reg iments of Japanese, completely offi cered, are in Honolulu, disguised as laborers. Whether they are armed is not known. Denied at Washington.' Washington—The Honolulu report that it was stated there that Japanese troops, fully officered, were in that city disguised as laborers, and that the fact had been reported to this government, met with an emphatic de nial here. Acting Secretary of State Bacon said he had heard nothing of such a report. Secretary Taft stated that no such report had ever been made to this government. The Japanese legation promptly de nied the story. Japs Pouring in Via Mexico. El Paso, Tex.—The number of Jap anese applying for admission to the United States through this port has noticeably Increased within the last ten days. They are, according to the immigration officers, pouring into the United States from Mexico through the ports of Eagle Pass and Laredo, claim ing to have come to Mexico as labor ers, but become dissatisfied with the conditions and their treatment there. CABINET MEMBERS CONFIRMED. Moody, Bonaparte, Metcalf and Strauss Go Through by Senate. Washington—The senate has con firmed the nominations of William H. Moody, of Massachusetts, to be an associate justice of the supreme court of the United States; Charles J. Bona parte, of Maryland, to be attorney gen eral; Victor H. Metcalf, of California, to be secretary of the navy, and Oscar S. Strauss, of New York, to be secre tary of commerce. The opposition to Messrs. Moody and Bonaparte, which had been raised in the senate by a number of demo cratic senators, was not strongly pressed, and no roll call was asked for. On the viva voce vote for Mr. Bonaparte, however, there were a number of negative votes on the mi nority side, estimated at about 15. Senators Culberson and Carmack led the discussion against both Mr. Moody and Mr. Bonaparte. There was no opposition to either Mr. Metcalf or Mr. Strauss. THE ALGECIRAS CONFERENCE. It Is Ratified by the Senate^ with a Rider Attached. Washington—The senate in execu tive session, ratified the general act by the delegates of the powers repre sented at the conference, which met at Algeciras, Spain, in April last, to draft a treaty concerning Moroccan affairs. Opposition by the democrats compelled the adoption of a resolu tion disclaiming responsibility for the participation of the United States in the programme arranged by the con ference as to the future of Morocco. Over this resolution there was an extended argument, which was start ed by a suggestlca from Chairman Cullom of the foreign relations com mittee that the disclaimer be divorced from the resolution of ratification. Democratic senators declared this would weaken its effect, and in a measure defeat the purpose of the res olution, but ultimately this action was taken. DOUBLE STANDARD SPELLING. Costs Money for President and Con gress to Spell Differently. Washington—The great confusion resulting from the government’s dou ble standard of spelling has made it necessary for the joint committee on printing to take immediate action, and Senator Platt and Representative Landis of the committee are at work on a resolution designed to straighten the tangle at once. Reports from the executive departments are printed now In reformed spelling. When con gress desires to include portions of them In Its proceedings it is neces sary to make new platee, and much additional expense is entailed. Claims a Slice of Chicago. Chicago—In the federal circuit court Sidney Smithy of Cambridge, Mass., has filed 14 suits for writs of eject ment on land here worth millions. The city of Chicago and 4,660 others are named in the suits. The land i« almost the entire territory south of Thirty fifth street to Thirty-ninth street, be tween Grand boulevard and Lake Michigan. Acoording to Smith, the original grant of the land never ap peared on record, the men obtaining the grant having died before the in strument was registered. Country Banks Have the Money. New York—There are reports that interior banks are inclined to refuse the proffered aid of the treasury. This la taken to indicate that the stringency is practically confined to New York. There seems to be plenty of currency In the country banks. One peculiar feature is attracting attention. The country banks that have accounts in New York banks are placing heavy loans here. These loans Involve a displacement of loans of New York banks, as the outside bank draws on its deposits here. Rejected All Amendments. London—The hostility between the house of lords and the house of com mons has now reached an open stage. The lower house has rejected all of the amendments of the house of lords to the educational bill by a vote of 416 to 107, the Irish members voting with the government On a motion by Au gustine Birrell, president of the board of education, a committee was appoint-; ed to draw up the reasons for the rejection of the amendments. Th« final scene in the house was one of in tense excitement. Greater Mississippi 13Y H. E. BLAKES7.ee. A recent visit to Beauvoir, the home for veterans that fought in the Con fed crate army, impressed the writer more than ever of the good work being done by our State for those unfortunates who, having arrived at a decrepit old age and without family and friends, find them selves without the means of support. The home is splendidly situated, well funiished and admirably managed. The capacity is not just what it ought to be, but at the present time additional build ings are being erected and in a short while many more can be cared for. There were those who contended that it would be impossible to get the veterans to go to this home, but that contention has been exploded long ago. Provisions are made to care for aged couples, and sev eral who have trod the path of life to gether for years are there to pass pleas antly the remaining weeks or days, as the case may be. It is an institution that appeals to all and one that will be maintained by our live and progressive people. • • • The newspaper men are taking advan tage of the good times and a number have issued attractive editions for Christmas. The Greenville Times get! out a 90-page paper with several hun dred illustrations of industrial and agri cultural scenes in Washington county that is one of the handsomest ever issued in the South. It will lie worth thou sands of dollars to Greenville mid the surrounding section of country. The Kupora Progress issues an excellent trade edition, witli colored cover, that reflects credit upon the editor as well as the town it represents. The Greenwood En terprise, Marks Review, Yazoo Sentinel and others sent out big editions filled with good advertising and reading mat ter for holiday shoppers. The newspa pers of the State arc reflecting the pros perous times being experienced and well they should, for there is no more im portant factor for good times than hon est and conscientious work by a live and w ide - a w a k e newspaper. Some weeks since the writer called through the daily press lor information concerning peat bogs in the State, the same being asked for by a -Massachusetts concern for some purpose unknown. Up to the present time more than a dozen such bogs have lieen reported, varying in size from a few acres up to two hundred. The greater number are in tho. eastern central part of the State, but. some are reported from both the northern and southern counties. A rec ord of this information has been re corded in a book kept for that and sim ilar purposes, and will no doubt hr found of value in the future, if not right now. Peat is valuable for certain inn - poses mid Mississippi is well supplied with it. • * » Two hundred and ten thousand pounds of beef lias been contracted for by the trustees of the insane hospital at Jack son for the ensuing year. This enormous contract amounts to 550 pounds per day. Armour & Company land the prize, as they did last year. It is to be re gretted that it was not possible to get this’meat in the State and thereby en courage our home people to raise more stock. Even if it were necessary to pay a little more per pound, the difference would have been made up in having the money left at home. When such indus tries are properly encouraged by our own officials there will be a greater interest taken by those who are inclined to raise stock. * * • WT. B. Finney, of Madison county, for merly » citizen of Valparaiso, lnd., and who ‘moved to Mississippi four years ago, has made an excellent record for rais ing cotton the present year. He sold a bale in Canton a few days ago that weighed 655 pounds at -0 cents pel pound and was raised on one and a (juar ter acres of land. It was a good long staple, and the seed readily brought 50 cents per bushel. The bale of cotton and seed netted Mr. Finney $160.00. He has a model farm, and a whole lot more good citizens like him would be highly acceptable. The hnsdest proposition a man in public life runs up against is to do light when he is reasonably sure that the public will not understand and censure him for the action. In selecting men to fill the various offices next year select those that you believe will do what they believe to be right, regardless of what public opinion will say. We need men of that character to maintain our past excellent record for honesty in handling affairs of both county and State. Elect only good and true men. ‘* * * Our friends Brown of the Guntown Hot Times, Anderson of the Ripley Sentinel. Newman of the Baldwyn Home Journal and Boone of the Booneville Plaindealer are still hunting unceasingly for products with which to eclipse each other. Pity but what we could get more rows lffe this. . . . Harry Bailey of West Point added ad ditional laurels to his poultry farm at the Birmingham poultry show, captur ing three o*t of a possib e four first premiums. This is a highly creditable record for Mississippi chickens and em phasises the fact that there is an open ing for .good money to be made in a poultry business here if intelligently handled. # * # Mississippi has twenty million acres of land that needs labor to make it produce something of value. We need good white people from the densely populated States near us, and need them badly. # # * Next week will be treated as a great holiday all over our State and it is to be hoped that our people will observe it as they should. The Christmas time is when we should endeavor to make everybody happy and remember friends and relatives with presents and words ot good cheer. It is certainly to be re gretted that so very many people make of it a period of license and intemper ance We have experienced a prosperous year, and the land is flowing with plen ty. Our prospects for the future are equally bright. Celebrate the birth of Christ as it should be and as your con science dictates and there will be no cause I or complaint^ The Aberdeen Sand Lime Brick Com pany has finished a year’s business and checks up 20 per cent, to the good. .This is a good showing for an industry that is practically a new one in this section, ana should encourage other communities to make the attempt. The sand lime brick is a beautiful one as well as dura ble, and any, color or shape desired can be had for the making. For face brick they are undoubtedly supe.ior to the pressed brick of common use. Missis sippi has an abundance of sand suitable for their manufacture and there are a number of openings for plants for their manufacture. There is money in it for the right man. ^MISSISSIPPI NEWS]) Unusual Pardon Petition. A rather unusual pardon petition has been received at the governor’s office in behalf of Buster Thompson, a convict sent up from Winston county to serve a ten-year term for manslaughter. The killing for which Thompson was con victed occurred in 1902, and he was in jail two years prior to his trial. After conviction Thompson sought to have his case appealed to the supreme court, but, according to the pardon petition, the court stenographer failed to tran scribe the evidence, and afterwards left the State, thus depriving him of the right of appeal. Thompson was only sixteen years of age at the time of the killing, and claims that he was made drunk at a Christmas festival by older men, and did not realize what he was doing. _ Mississippi’s Vegetable Crop. In the light of Mississippi’1- great financial and industrial development, there is no on& feature more distinctly remarkable than are those newly dis covered agricultural and horticultural resources of the southern counties, which are not even excelled by those of California and are unequaled by those of any other State. It is not generally known that the winter shipments from Long Beach, Harrison county, alone will amount to something like 200 car loads of lettuce, radishes and beets during the season of twelve weeks from Feb. 15 to May 15, and that the early produce from that section is of such recognized superiority that it is eager ly sought and commands a better price in the Northern market than that grown elsewhere. To Raise College Funds. Ulshop Bratton of the Episcopal dio cese of Mississippi, is making a tour of the State, accompanied by the members of the committee on education, the purpose of the trip being to raise funds for the projKised diocesan college. It is expected to raise a fund of about $100,000 to be used in the establishment i of a diocesan college for young ladies, ’and about $',0,000 has been pledged. Immediately after the college for girls is launched the movement for a boys’ college will be taken up. Still at His Old Tricks. “I expect to sell liquor in Winona as long as 1 live.” Seme twenty-odd years ago, just after Montgomery county had voted “dry,” J. Frank Caldwell, be lieved to be Mississippi’s most notorious blind tiger operator, is alleged to have used the above expression, and it is the general opinion of the people of the community that he has lived up to it to the very best of his ability. Caldwell is now in jail at Winona on the charge of running a blind tiger, of which he was recently convicted. Woodville Loop. It is reported that President Hara hanof the Illinois Central is again se riously considering the Woodville loop preposition, and surveys will be made for the construction of a line from Natchez to Woodville, thus opening up a fine agricultural country, and adding about thirty-eight miles to the mileage of the Y. and M. V. road. Serious Situation. Lumbermen in Mississippi are wor ried over the car shortage, and the sit uation is seemingly growing worse. Not a half dozen mills in the State are taking orders for immediate shipment, and when orders of this character are booked a heavy percentage is added for the risk, as no manufacturer feels posi tively assured that he will get freight cars when needed. Decides Against the Railroad. Judge Niles of the Federal court has decided against the railroad in the case of the Aberdeen group as affected by the Mobile and Ohio railroad’s refusal to obey the interstate railroad commis sion regarding shipments of corn, flour, wheat, oats and cornmeal from East St. Louis, 111., to destinations in the Aber deen group. * Monroe Darmers meet. The Farmers’ Union of Monroe coun ty met at Aberdeen, delegates from all parts of the county being present. The meeting was addressed by Hon. H. L. Whitfield, who spoke on the demand for an educated and trained citizenship to develop the wonderful resources of our State. A bountiful basket dinner was provided by the ladies. County Seat Contest Settled. The Laurel and Ellisville factions have reached au agreement on the much litigated two court districts mat ter, whereby Jones county is to have two court districts, with a *60,000 court house at each place. Naval Recruits. The naval recruiting officers at Jack son received sixteen applicants for en listment, of whom five were accepted. Killed by a Street Car. Elsie Brondum, aged 7, was almost instantly killed by an electric car pass ing in front of the school building. While the little girl was crossing the tracks she stumbled and fell across the rail, and before the oar could be check ed the wheels had passed over the child between the waist and shoulders. Parchman’s Product. The estimated crop from the State’s convict farm at Parchman, as stated by Secretary Wells, is 3,500 bales, 3,100 bales having already been sold. Telephone Tolls. Quo warranto proceedings have been instituted at Laurel against the Cum berland Telephone Company based on the failure of the company to obey the instructions of the State railroad com mission in regard to rates to be charged by said telephone company. _, Cotton Brings 21 Cents. Lee Harris of Beulah sold five bales of improved long staple cotton at 21 cents a pound, the five bales bringing him *590.