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S1.BO per Annua._“BE JXJST ASP FEAR NOT.” Sl.SO per VOL. XXXV_TUPELO, MISSISSIPPI. FRIDAY. OCTOBER 4, 1907 “ NUMBER 28 GINNING REPORT NOT COMPLETE Crop Conditions arc Given at 67.7 and an Average for the Past Ten Years of 67.8 CROP CONDITION IMPROVING Ninety - Five Counties out of Seven Hundred not Heard From on Ginning—Two Reports Is sued in One Day. Washington, Oct. 2.—Census bureau reports 1,430,265 bales (counting round and half bales) ginned from the growth of 1907 up to Sept. 25. This is in com parison with 2,057,283 bales for the same period last year. Of the 700 counties, 95 were not heard from. The unreported counties had 2,177 active ginneries and ginned 199,426 bales to Sept. 25, 1906. Total quantity, 2,057,283 bales ginned last year to Sept. 25, and 2,356,716 in 1905. Number active ginneries re ported this year, 16,307. Total operated to Sept 25 last year, 20, • 416, and 21,389 for 1905. CONDITION REPORT Washington, Oct. 2.—Agricul tural department reports cotton condition to Sept. 25 as 67.7, against 72.7 on Aug. 25, 1907; 71.6 on Sept. 25, 1906; 71.2 on Sept. 25, 1905, and a ten year average of 67,8. ' Defense of an Ancient Custom. (Published by request of Mr. E. M. Witherspoon.) One of those fair but intellec tual young women who answer questions on cannon law, pedia trics and plain sewing for the readers of ladies’ magazines, ri ses to pronounce her high ban and anathema upon the ancient custom of employing edged wea pons in conveying food to the mouth “Eating with the knife,” she says, “is confined only the ig norant and vulgar. Knives are used for cutting food and not for lifting it from the plate. All meats and vegetables should be eaten with the fork.” It sounds just and virtuous, this laying down of the law, and a great many persons, no doubt, will concur in it, but at the risk of being rash we beg to enter a demurrer. We admit freely that eating with the knife is forbid den by social usage, and that those who break the rule are of ten low, coarse fellows, but we must insist, without reservation, that there is nothing in the rule itself nothing that commands, or even deserves, repect. It is, in deed, utterly absurd and fatuous, and it invades, in a peculiarly gross and outrageous manner, the rights guaranteed to all good citizens by Magna Charta and the Constitution of the United States. * Given the impulse to do so, and a feeling of pleasure in the act, why shouldn’t any man eat with his knife? Is it in any re mote sense disorderly, criminal or indecent? Does it endanger the life and limb of the public? Does it strike a blow at free in stitutions? Does it interfere with any one’s right of peace ful assemblage,domicilary refuge or religious worship? Does it make existence hazardous or pol A Different _ Drug Store | Some people have an idea that drug stores are all pretty | much alike. It is not so, however. Our store differs from the ordinary one in a great many respects. You will notice a difference in the way customers are met—you’ll receive prompt attention the minute you step into the store. You will notice a difference in the way goods are wrapped— your packages will be neat. Our service throughout is % marked by care. Then there are other differences that are | of even greater moment that you’ll not think so much I about at first, but you’ll realize their value if you trade here awhile. The most important is the pains we take to guard our customers’ interests. We will appreciate a \ chance to prove to you that there's a difference in drug stores. Pound, Kincannon & Elkin LEADING DRUGGISTS lute the sanctity of the ballot or give aid and comfort to the pub lic enemies? Certainly not! It is, in fact, an operation or sport as entirely harmless as lawn tennis or pen ochle. It is less destructive of the public wellfare than the act of playing the piano, and infi nitely less than that of wearing infiamable celluloid collars. The man who eats with his knife is ordinarially a man of sane and Eeaceful instincts, who enjoys is meals and likes to lay back afterward and smoke his pipe. He is commonly an honest man— a man of large heart and surpas sing honesty—a man devoid of cant, sham and pretense—a man so utterly masculine and elemen tal that to call him vulgar is to make the term a title of honor. Eating with the knife requires skill and courage. The blade is smooth, slippery and without rails, scuppers or life-nets. The slightest tremor—and a mouth full of peas may go bounding over the table, lap and floor. The slightest ineptness—and there may be carnage. The eater takes his life in his hands. At any moment time he may cut off ' his tongue, mutilate his lips or slit his face from ear to ear. This very danger is at the bot tom of one of the chief argu ments against eating with the knife. It is urged that the con stant conscionsness of impen ding disaster exercises a disturb ing effect upon all other persons who may happen to be present, and through agitation of their higher nervous centers, inter feres with their digestion, clogs their pores and makes them bald. But the point is not well taken. In all normal human beings the __ -1 ~ Sf ~ A.J. 2— ! vvitobauv vm^av ui o ouwn, xo not a depressant but a stimulant. The act of facing the threat, in a word, becomes a sport, and so, like all other healthy and manly sports, it does good instead of harm. It invigorates the stom ach and increases the supply of gastric juices. It prods up the liver, lungs, kidneys and brains. It conduces to valiant effort and high thinking—to money-making and poetry. Therefore, the objection van ishes in a cloud of futility and imbecility. Eating with the knife harms no one. It gives the eater courage, a steady hand and a quick eye. It gives the spectator a gentle and salubrious thrill. Only the social purist is outraged—and the social purist has no rights worth discussing. In defiance of all logic and com mon sense he calls it indecent to wear a dress suit before 6 o’clock or to wear tan shoes at one’s wedding, or to combine a crush hat with a red waistcoat. Of similar arbitrariness and lunacy are all of his commandments. He is a loose and despotic thinker— a bigot and an undesirable. The mere fact that he denounces eat ing with the knife is sufficient to make the custom one to be dearly loved, cherished and de fended.—N. 0. Picayune. We have handled Mercutol for three years and our demand for it increases which is evidence of the remedies merits. Stewarts Drug Store, Amite, La. Trice-Raymond Hardware Co. WHOLESALE AND RETAIL DEALERS IN Everything in Hardware, Buggies, Carriages, Harness, Saddlery, Etc. I I We Carry in Stock: IDEAL STEAM COOKERS, Gasoline and Blue Flame nil Stoves, “White Mountain’’ and 20iii Century Self Freezing Ice-Cream Freezers. Refriger- I ators, and all the I Hot Weather Home | Comforts, Electric Fans, Telephones, and Electric Supplies. We invite you to call and let us show you. I I | Trice & Raynond Hdw. Co. BOLL WEEVIL IN MISSISSIPPI DELTA “No Way to Destroy Terrible Ene my of South’s Money Crop,” Says Government Expert. ADVISE CULTURAL METHODS Rotate the Crop*, Follow Cotton With Oat* and Oat* With Late Corn, Reduce the Acreage in Colton and Produce More to Acre. Prof. W. M. Bamberge, Uncle Sam’s boll weevil expert and special agent of the government department of agriculture, re turning to Jackson from Adams county, where he has been doing special Work, said to an Associ ated Press representative that the presence of the genuine Mex ican boll weevil in the delta counties is an assured fact, and gives the farmers of * Mississippi the benefit of his long study and vast experience with the much dreaded pest in the following: “It is an assured fact that the cotton boll weevil hgs invaded the state of Mississippi. The present known point of infection is in Adams county and it is more than likely the weevil will be found in Wilkinson, Jefferson and Claiborne counties before the frost stops the cotton’s (VYAUrfVl “The infestation was found on the Mississippi river below Natchez but was not found a few miles farther west. This indi cates a very recent infection. How far east the e^emy will reach this season depends entire ly upon climatic influences. It is more than likely • tV* infesta tion will spread more rapidly along the river bottom lands than towards the hills because of the more luxuriant growth of the weed in the bottom lands. “Of course the cotton boll wee vil will do the present cotton crop no damage. It will simply get settled down and go into hib ernation ready to depredate ud the crop af 1908.” About tha Weevil. Replying to questions, Mr. Bamberge said: “The boll weevil does not eat the cotton up; on the contrary the quantity consumed by the weevil would not seriously dam age the crop. The damage is done by the female depositing an egg in the square; the egg hatch es and the larva consume the contents of the square and pass ing through the metamorphosis emerges from the dried shell of the square a perfect weevil. This process is completed in from 11 to 18 days, depending on the season. As one weevil can lay 200 eggs, and only lays one egg in a square, it is only a mathe matical calculation to show the number of sauares Dossible for one weevil - (not counting the male) to destroy in a growing season. “Some authorities say one lady weevil with her descendats, in a full cotton growing season and with favorable conditions, will number 40,000,000. Divide 80 into this and you find the num ber of pounds of seed cotton de stroyed to produce that large family. “There is no way to destroy this terrible enemy of the South’s sole money crop. Every energy of the United States department of agriculture has been and is being directed toward that end. Every entomologist in the South is working in that direction and while much has been learned and considerable good done yet they are far from attaining their hopes. Cultural Method*. “Cultural methods, as it has been called, are so far the best and only known method by which a crop can be made in the face of the cotton boll weevil. Brief ly stated, they are as follows: “Flat-break the land from 4 to 6 inches deep in November—Oc tober would be better—and run a sub-soiler behind the turning blow. “Plant in the Sbring as soon as the ground begins to warm, on shallow beds 4 feet abart, oi at a distance equal to the height cotton grows in your field. Bai off as soon as characteristic leaves show and commence shal low cultivation. Continue the cultivation until the bolls begin /* to open and at intervals, to keep the surface of the soil loose. The nearer dust you can get it the better. When bolls commence opening, simply quit plowing. Don’t lay by with a turning plow. ‘ ‘Top the cotton when hip-nigh. Any cotton planter will know the conditions under which cot ton should be topped. “Use early maturing seed, such as King, Little Brandon, Alredpet, Pink Bloom, Peterkin, Walker, Green seed, etc. Any of these cottons under good care, should bloom in 45 days from planting, and picking should commence in from 60 to 75 days thereafter. “Fertilizing goes without say ing and intelligent fertilizing is absolutely essential. “For planting, select the best seed and step drop at 3 to 3J feet in the drill. With selected seed one bushel should plant from 6 to 8 acres. % “Rotate your crops. Follow cotton with oates and oates with late corn, and you can make three crops in two years on the same land. Plant cow peas in the corn and turn under the vines stalks and your land will build up. Besides, rotation of crops is made necessary by the root rot, die-back and other diseases which attacks land planted year after year in cotton. ‘Reduce the acreage in cotton and produce more to the acre. It costs the same to cultivate an acre yielding one-quarter of a bale as it does to cultivate an acre which yeilds one full bale. Many of my demonstrators have grown over a bale to the acre this year in the face of every adverse conditions.” The Soul Winners Band (By Ool. W. L. Clayton) Yes, they expect me to write up the proceedings of the Band whether I am present or not. Last Friday evening I was not present, and “how can you there fore write it up,” you will say. Well, I reply, just like most of history is written, we have men now writing the ; history of the Revolutionary war, who have been home since I served in the war of 1861. So, looking to one of the sources of information for history writing, that of informa tion from an eye witness, I shall proceed to let you know what was done Friday night at the meeting of the Soul Winners Band. But some inquisitive soul will be saying “why were you not there, you seem interested in the objects for which the meet ing was held?” Well, a business trip to Shannon that day held me off till ti late. As I passed in my buggy in hearing of the church where the meeting was held I heard the singing, and that was a few minutes before eight o’clock. Thinking I mignt be able to returnlin time for the meeting, I decided to go in my buggy with the concurence of my genial and companiable friend, Claude Clayton, who was to accompany me, and who, out of the kindness of his heart, drove for me on the trip down; but his wife being at Nettleton, and having a feminine weak ness, he deflected to that place, and left me to drive home alone. As we went I was charmed by the conversation of my companion, who is an enthusiastic lover of nature, and the trip was through the primeval forest part of the way; and as I returned I myself thought of and admired the won derful works of God, as shown forth in the beautiful sunset, and the many tinted leaves, and the golden rods waving in the braze. So thus coming in late and weary my absence at the Friday night meeting of the Band is account ed for. The meeting was conducted by Mrs. John M. Allen in that quiet, but charming w‘ay so natural to her, and her theme was, “Jesus as a Friend.” She herself gave an interesting and helpful talk on the worth of the human soul. We pass among the poor and needy, and our sympathies are enlisted, and we releive their temporal wants, but cast not a thought often of the greater want of the soul, whidh is the real man or woman, which is tc live forever, in bliss or woe, while the body, which we pay so much heed to, is to moulder to its mother dust. The soul cries out for help, and we see not nor heed its wailing cry. Oh! if we could but lift the vail and see the wailings and nashing of teeth of a lost soul, and realize the joys which such soul might have had through Jesus as a Friend, what ought we to do in our personal work to help others to take this Friend as their. Friend. Then Scripture readings were had, giving the soul’s cry and 1 God’s answer. When the Phil ippian jailer cried to Paul and Silas from the depths of his soul, “What must I do to be saved?” God, through his faithful ser vants, flashed back the answer, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” And when the Psalmist cried out in deep distress and anguish of soul, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” the Mind that never sleeps and al ways takes note even of a fallen sparrow, sends back the reply, ‘ J. will never leave thee nor forsake.” “A mother may for get her child but I will not for get thee.” "When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. ” And when the poor lost and ruined thief on the cross, properly con demned, but near to Jesus, cried out with a last and almost hope less wail, “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy king dom,” with the quickness of the lightning’s flash, there came a voice, even mellowed by the ag onies of the cross, saving, “Ver ily, I say unto thee, today thou shalt be with me in Paradise.” And when the soul has been touched by the kiss of Divine Love, and lifts up its cry for peace and joy, and help and strength, the thought comes from the Book of God, ‘'The an gel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them. ” And when the Christian man drops by the wayside, as David did, and from the great deep of a penitent soul says, “Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniq uities,” the Father of Light and Love comes with the healing balm. “The Lord is nich unto them that are of a broken heart, and saveth such as be of a con trite spirit.” Oh, is Jesus a friend? Yea, a friend “that stickSth closer than a brother. ’ ’ After this came the chain of prayers by the young ladies, who are devoting their lives to ser vice—the service of God and Hu* manity. The services were in terspersed with music. After devotional services wereeonelud ed, Mr. Read the President, took the chair and made some appro priate remarks, and a committee was appointed to lay out the work, so to sbeak, for the Band. It seems from the reports which have come in, that there are many yet in our little city who are not Christians, and for whose salvation the Band is to work. Let the Association have the thought ever in mind [that when they have helped others to know this Friend as their personal Friend, He thus comes dearer to them. “ ’Tis not all of life to live, Nor all of death to die;” But, 1 ‘There is a land of pure delight, Where saints immortal reign, Infinite day excludes the night And pleasures banish pain.” -— • -. Verona Mrs. Treadway of Ramsey, Ala., has been a guest in the home of Mrs. T. J. Seawright for two weeks—Miss Bell of Minter City, Ala., is winning golden opinions from a large music class by the effective work she is doing among th«m. Miss Bell has had excellent ad vantages in the music world. The pa trons of the public school are to be con gratulated upon securing her services. —The graded school opened early in September with the expected “largest enrollment in its history ” The local patronage is greater than usual, owing to the fact that a number of families have moved to town for the purpose of entering their children in the school. The number of boarders in attendance is already in excess of the number en rolled last year. The citizens ar-> work ing with the teachers to maintain the high standard set for the institution in the past. While Verona is accommoda ting pupils who want a high school edu cation, she is furnishing to other insti tutions students who are striving for a college education, as is shown by the number attending the various colleges in the state: Messrs Eugene Grissom, Sidney Spencer and Victor Johnson, entered the State University. Karl Coggins is to study at Millsaps College ana Misses Erin Bunch, Olga Sinton and Nora Gregory will attend the I. I. & C., while Shelby Spencer will return to the medical college at Mobile, Ala.— Miss Udie Parmer of Hickman, Ky., is making the millinery department of Clark’s store attractive and popular Several years experience and natural talent have made her a skilled milliner —Miss Frankie Jones, a winsome young girl of Corinth, was the guest of Miss Adele Clark recently. She left on Thursday to re-enter the I, I. & C. at Columbus.—Miss Myrtle Coleman, of Macon, visited Verona last week. Her friends are legion. The children look forward eagerly to her return the first of November, at which time she will resume her duties as teacher in the graded school.—The patrons of the ly ceum course, which was so deservedly popular last season have a rare oppor tunity for pleasure and culture during the season 1907-09. The management has been fortunate in securing a large number of talented attractions for tne course. The first number will be Oct 15th when the Castle Rhine Company will appear with their ,combined talent of reader and musicians. This attrac tion will soon be followed by the ap jpearance of Hon. Luther Man'ship, the next Lieutenent Governer of Mississip pi. Other numbers will be announced later. A liberal patronage is expect ed for this excellent course. a DANDY RAKEOFF i FOR COMPRESS I . . Cotton Merchants Notified of ai Additional Raise of 15 cents on Bale for Storage. THERE IS NO LEGAL REMEDY Fifty-Two Thousand Bales Handled Last Year and Should a Like Num ber be Handled this Season, the Increase Cost will be $13,000 The first of October the Gulf Compress Co., notified the han dlers of cotton here that there would be an additional raise of fifteen cents per bale for storage and handling of cotton at the compress at this place. This is the second raise in the cost of handling cotton at the compress since the Gulf people bought the local plant, and there is no guar antee that each season will not see an additional cost piled up. This extra cost is taxed against the cotton men on the plea that it costs a great deal more than formerly to handle the cotton. While the local plant was in the hands of the citizens of this place there was no cost for storage; me stocknoiders being satisfied with the dividends resulting from the compress fees. These dividends were among the best paid by any local business, and far in excess of the profits aris ing from the working of our other industries. Upon assuming charge of the business the new people fixed a fee of ten cents for storage and handling of each bale. While it was understood by our mer chants and cotton men that there would be no extra cost in the handling of their cotton by the new people when the sale ar.d transfer was mhde to them, there was nu kick made against the additional fee of ten centa. At the beginning of this season the notice of an additional cost of fifteen cents would be made, came as quite a surprise and cot ton circles have been excited over the stand taken by the present owners. Upon investigation of the law it is found that there is no remedy from that source to prevent the compress people from increasing their schedule of rates at their own pleasure and for the present, and as long as there is no competition, the rates will be increased at the pleasure and op tion of the owners. This addi tional cost oi twenty-five cents a bale will very greatly add to the cost of handling our cotton, and, of itself, will be a very nice rake on ior tne compress. Jiore tnan 52,000 bales of cotton went through the plant last season. Should a like number of bales be handled this season the increased cost to the farmers of this sec tion for handling their cotton would be $13,000. Verona Mrs. Jas. Givhan of Lyons is visiting her sister Mrs. Garrett.—Miss Jo Bell our popular music teacher made a visit to her sister, Mrs Charlie Roberts of Nettleton. .Friday afternoon returning Sunday.—We are glad to know that Miss Lelia Gregory nas so far recovered from a severe spell of typhoid fever as to be able to be up again.—The nice walk built on Church street adds very greatly to the comfort of pedestrians and the appearance of the town.—The commodious residence of Mr. Steve Sparks in the north part of town is nearing completion.—Mr. J. B. Gregory has sold his residence on Raymond street and will immediately begin the erection of a new home on the lot ad journing Maj. Wharton.-The Twen tieth Century Book club will meet with the President, Mrs. W. C. Spencer, Saturday Oct 5th, 1907.—Miss Vera Johnson returned to Blue Mountain last Wednesday where she will resume her studies for another year.—Drs. W, C. Spencer and C. E. Spencer have moved into their handsome brick office on South street.—Miss Zola Linton left Wednesday for New Albany, Miss., where she attended the marriage of our friend and former music teacher, Mrs. M. M. Stowe to Mr. B. Brady of Pontotoc, You are espe dally requested to in spect our stock of Pickard Hand Paint ed china. Quality unequalled. Pound, Kincannon & Elkin. I