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The Tupelo Journal
Published Weekly.
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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
There are only four letters in love,
but there are thousands of love let
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Special Message the Re
sult of Chief Execu
tive’s Recent Visit
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
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
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
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
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
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
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;
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
* .
Aa Wide aa Two City Lota, aa Long aa
Two Blocks, and Will 8ail Twen
ty-One Knota an
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
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.
\ .
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
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.
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.
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
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
• • •
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.
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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
* * •
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
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.
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
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.

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