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State Capital Notes Weekly Budget of State News Items Gathered by Our Special Correspondent at Jackson. - Jackson. A Pension Payment Deferred. As a matter of information, State Treasurer Edwards has given out a copy of the following to the press: “To the Sheriff and Tax Collector: “My Dear Sir—Owing to the failure of the Legislature to make arrangements for a sufficient amount of revenue to meet all of the appropriations, it will not be possible to pay all of the Confed erate pension warrants issued by the auditor of public accounts, I fear, until some time in January, unless some plan is devised by which these warrants may be converted into money. “I am personally more anxious to see the Confederate pensions paid than I am to see any other obligation of the State discharged. “The men who marched with Lee, Jackson and the Johnstons in the trying times of 1861 to 1»65, most of whom, from old age, ‘lean heavily upon their stall's,’ should find a better recognition from a great State, which shares with them in the immortal renown that clus ters and crystallizes around the name of a Confederate soldier. As it is, the pit tance which these old veterans receive is meager enough, and it should be paid promptly and without delay. To many of them it will serve to stay awhile the ravages of grim want. The approaching cnnstmastme, accompanied by a Happy retrospection of life, bringing with it wants ami desires to these grizzled old heroes, should be a burden upon tne heart of a grateful State, which should bend its every energy to discharge promptly this debt of love. “In order to facilitate the payment of the pension money, I will accept as money from all sheriffs, in their settle ment with me, the warrants of the audi tor of public accounts. This pension money must be paid, and I certainly hope that you will do all within your power to bring it about. With best wishes, I am, cordially and sincerely, “GEORGE R. EDWARDS, JR., “State Treasurer.” Good Price for Seed. The best sale of cotton seed made in the State of Mississippi, so far as known this season, is reported by Secre tary Lawrence Yerger of the penitentiary board of trustees. Mr. Yerger declines for obvious reasons to give the name of the purchasing mill, but says that he has sold 200 tons of the State’s seed for $18.10 per ton, which is the best price he has heard of this season, and is three or four dollars above the market price. No doubt there is reason for this heavy advance in the price of cotton seed. The cotton crop of the United States may not be very short, but it is short in this section of Mississippi. The boll weevil has had a great deal more to do with it than is generally known. The insect has been right here in Hinds county all summer, and was never sus pected of being anywhere near Jackson till less than one month ago. It is now discovered that he has been here three or four months. Farmers from Madison county, ten miles north of Jackson, de clare their crops have been cut off one third by the boll weevils, and that they have just discovered he was there. They a.re now wondering what they are going to do another year, and some of them, at least, have been down to Jackson to buy window' glass, so that they may repair their old cold frames and hotbeds and prepare to embark once more in the tomato business, which they abandoned two or three years ago for the slower process of getting rich raising cotton. Collecting Delinquent Taxes. Replying to an inquiry from John T. Jordan, tax collector of Iuka, Attorney General Stirling has laid down the law' to sheriffs and tax collectors generally that will no doubt prove \ery much of a surprise to most of them. Mr. Jordan wanted to know' what about collecting damages from such per sons as do not pay their taxes on or be fore the date they are due, December 15, and after which time a great many tax collectors have giving printed notice they will assess 10 per cent, damages on all delinquents. The State’s new attorney general does not think they have any right or author ity of law for doing anything of the kind. To sum up, the only way the tax col lector can legally collect the 10 per cent, damages allowed by law is by distress and sale of the property that is liable for taxes. Municipal taxes that are delinq^nt after the middle of December are to be advertised and sold just as county taxes n ro oiilloot.xl /Inlln.... . A. _ i - --— -- UUU sheriffs are not authorized to advertise and sell property for taxes till after the middle of January. Root Seeks Information. Gov. Noel received a letter from Secre tary of State Root, Washington, in which he asks for information as to what ex tent, if at all, the prohibition laws are being evaded in this State by placing liquois in canties, cocoanuts and other things offered for sale. The governor re plied that, so far as he knew, there was nothing of the kind being done in this State; that there were evasions through the medium of social clubs with “locker systems,” “blind tigers,” etc., but that they had not yet been reduced to the extremity mentioned. Farmers Meet at Jackson. The State meeting of the Farmers’ Educational and Co-Operative Union will be held in Jackson on Monday, January 11, and will last three days. This date ■was agreed upon by the State executive board at its meeting here during the first ■week of October, but the place was not decided upon until Wednesday, when State Secretary Russell and State Busi ness Agent Collins considered the appli cations of Jackson, Starkville and Brook haven, and decided that, all things con sidered, Jackson is the best place for the meeting. Scramble for State’s Cash. There was a lively scramble among the banks of Jackson when John T. Wells, the manager of the cotton depart ment for the State penitentiary, reached the capital and turned over a matter of $36,244.22 as the receipts from the sale of 795 bales of cotton recently disposed of at Clarksdale. Practically all the banks in the city sold State warrants, which have rot heretofore been paid for lack of funds, and this $36,000 was a mere drop in the bucket toward paying them. In fact, the penitentiary warrants, whien were the first to be be taken up, consumed most of the money, and the pension and other warrants" had to take their chance in the scramble for the balance, small as it U'114 This latest sale of cotton was made in two lots, 586 hales bringing 9.64c and 209 being sold for 8.75c. How to Fight the Weevil. That the battle against the boll weevil has been fought and won by the Texas farmers, acting under the direction of the experts from the Federal department of agriculture and reinforced by State and county departments of agricu’ture, was explained in full by W. W. Proctor of the Lone Star State in his aduress before the Louisiana-Mississippi Farm ers’ Institute, held at Natchez. After giving a detailed statement of how the battle was fought, he declared that the farmers of Louisiana and Mis sissippi will win their battle against the old enemy. All that will be necessary will be for the farmers to profit by the experience of their brothers in Texas, viz.: Plant an early maturing cotton, de stroy' the stalk, grass and weeds imme diately after picking the crop and go in for diversification. Saloonists Still Scheming. That some of the liquor dealers in Mis sissippi do not intend to abandon busi ness on December 1, when the new statu tory prohibition law becomes effective, is made evident by maneuvers now in progress The saloonists will not, it is said, at tempt to do business within the borders of the State, but have arranged to get just over the border and supply the jug trade in a manner exactly similar to that in vogue at present. For instance, it is stated, down at Natchez, several liquor dealers have ar ranged to open establishments just across the river at Vidnlia, La., and have organ ized an express and telegraph company, the sole purpose of which, it is alleged, will be for the transmission and delivery of orders for liquor. A similar plan is in course of forma tion at Vicksburg, and it is understood that liquor dealers at Greenville will also arrange to carry on an interstate business that will be in reality an intra state traffic, since it will originate right at the border of the State. Revenue Agent Causes Sensation. State Revenue Agent Wirt Adams cre ated a sensation in Meridian a few days ago by serving notices on the city and county tax collector of back tax assess ments for the past five years, that will aggregate more than twenty millions of dollars. Those affected were six banks, two oil mills, two general merchandise establishments and the street railway company. Other additional assessments figured on the same basis are expected within the next few days. Commissions on the revenue to be collected will amount to more than sixty thousands of dollars. Game Wardens Quit. The impossibility of securing an en forcement of the game laws in Mississip pi has led to the farmers and land own ers taking the law in their own hands to some extent, by posting of their farms. This tendency is undoubtedly more gen eral this year than ever before, and fore shadows the suppression of the pot hunt er as no other method could. In addition to the usual posted notices almost all the county newspapers have long lists of notices warning hunters not to hunt on the lands of the advertisers, and threatening the fullest prosecution in cases of violations. It has been so clearly proven that the present game laws cannot De emorceu under the system which provides for a division of the fines collected with the informer, that recently there has been no appreciable effort made anywhere in the State to enforce it, the officials hav ing practically abandoned all hope of accomplishing anything along that line, and most of the few game wardens ap pointed having either resigned or simply quit their jobs without notice or with out feeling called upon to resign. Silver Service Fund. Mrs. Eunice Lockwood, State solicitor for the battleship “Mississippi” presen tation fund, who is now in the upper part of the State, is meeting with such encouragement as to justify the belief that the amount will be made up by the list of the year. Meanwhile, those who have not yet contributed and who feel as if they would like to be represented in the battleship service, may do so with out difficulty, as all donations sent Mrs. Lockwood, care of the First National Bank here, will be duly credited and ac counted for. Accept Rates Under Protest. The Mobile & Ohio Railroad Company has followed the action of the Illinois Central and Yazoo & Mississippi Valley railroads in adopting the competitive rates on cotton, cotton seed and their by-products from all Mississippi points into Gulfport, on a basis eqUal with the lowest rites to New Orleans and Mobile. As in the cases of the other railroads, the rates are adopted under protest, and w'ill be effective until the legality of the order of the railroad commission, upon which they are based, is passed upon by the Supreme Court of the United States, ROCKEFELLER’S APHORISMS Best Philanthropy la Giving Men Work to Do. New York.—Aside from pointing out the importance of getting at the cause) of Bocial, moral and financial ills before attempting to deal with their effect, John D. Rockefeller, in his December article in the World’s Work, comes out flatly in favor of the vivisection of animals. He defends the plan of experimenting on animals, on the ground of the broader good that can be done for humanity. Among the most striking of Mr. Rockefeller’s observations in his article are these: “The novelty of being able to pur chase anything one wants soon passes, because what people most seek cannot be bought with money. These rich men we hear about cannot gratify the pleas ures of the palate beyond very moderate bounds, since they cannot purchase a good digestion, und they cannot lavish very much money on line raiment for themselves or their families without suf fering from public ridicule. “The best philanthropy—the help that does the most good and the least harm —is not what usually is called charity. It is the investment of efforts or time or money carefully considered that the re lation of the power of tmploying people at remunerative wages, to expand and develop resources at. nanu anu to give opportunity for progress and healthful labor where it did not exist before. “Probably the most generous people in the world are the very poor, who as sume each other’s burdens in the crises which come so often to the hard pressed. The mother in the tenement falls ill, and the neighbor in the next room as sumes her burden. The father loses his work and neighbors supply food for his children from their own scanty store. “If I were to give advice to a young man starting out in life, I would say to him: ‘If you aim for a large, broad gauged success, do not begin your busi ness career, whether you sell your labor or are an independent producer, with the idea of getting from the world by hook or crook all you can.’ ” REVOLT AGAINST CANNON. Friends of the Speaker See the Dan ger Cloud. Washington.—Members of Congress, returning from their constituencies, are raising the tlag of revolt against Speaker Cannon and the system by which busi ness is transacted in the house of rep resentatives. Insurrectionary talk of the most rabid character was indulged in here today, and echoes of the fight that has been started on the speaker were heard coming from all points of the com pass. So many members are in a rebel lious mood that it begins to look as if either the speaker or the system will have to go. Speaker Cannon does not underesti mate the seriousness of the crisis which he is facing. Neither do his friends. “Save Uncle Joe and let the system go to smash,” some of the latter are say ing. It really begins to look as if the time-honored system may have to be sacrificed to save the speakership toga for Mr. Cannon. CONVICTS BRUTALLY TREATED Almost Drowned in Coffins—Swung Up by Their Wrists. Fort Worth, Tex.—Gov. Haskell, of Oklahoma, is searching for Miss Kate Barnard, who diseappeared from the home of Mrs. W. G. Burton. Gov. Haskell is seeking her, it is reported, to obtain a copy of her official report as Oklahoma’s eharties and corrections com missioner, concerning alleged appalling conditions in which she found Oklaho ma’s convicts confined in the Kansas penitentiary at Lansing. It is claimed Oklahoma’s convicts are fastened in coffins and water turned on them until the coffin is filled; that pris oners are racked in cribs more brutally than in the Middle Ages; swung from the floor by their wrists and left hang ing from sprockets for hours; confined in loathsome dungeons, given the poorest rations and beaten with gunstocks when they refuse to eat. She alleges that Kansas convicts are shown preference in the allotment of work. It is said she fled to prevent blue penciling her report. TOOK 23 IN ROOM 23. Paul McDonald Commits Suicide in Hot Springs, Ga. Hot Springs, Ga.—Paul A. McDonald, business solicitor for the Daily News in this city, entered the Navarre hotel at 9 o’clock Friday night and requested that he be assigned to room 23. Twenty-three minutes later heavy breathing from the room attracted other guests. An investi gation revealed tnat ne nau taaen tmrty grains of morphine. He died three hours later. McDonald came here from Tex arkana. Texarkana Has Natural Gas. Texarkana, Tex.—Texarkana is rejoic ing over the fact that she is now num bered among the list of cities of the Southwest which can boast of the ad vantages of natural gas. The line be tween the gas fields at Oil City, forty seven miles south of here, has been com pleted and natural gas turned into the mains for lighting and fuel purposes, taking the place of the manufactured gas. The rate for the natural gas is 27% cents for domestic purposes and 10 cents per thousand for public utilities and manufacturing plants. Duscussion Shut Off. Washington.—That there shall be no further public discussion by naval offi cers concerning the Newport conference without permission of the president is the purport of an order issued by Sec retary Metcalf. On October 30 the de partment issued an order permitting offi cers to discuss the work of this confer ence, except so far as it applied to changes to be made on ships. The presi dent has now concluded that public dis cussion of alleged defects of battleships will not serve any good purpose. _OPEN SEASON FOR HIM MARRIAGES AND DIVORCES Figures Show Nearly One Million Marital Failures. Washington.—The bureau of census has just completed a compilation of the statistics of marriage and divorce cov ering a period of twenty years from 1887 to 1906, inclusive. The total number of marriages re corded during the twenty years from 1887 to 1906, inclusive, was 12,832,044. The marriage rate in the United States in the year 1900 was 93 per 1, 000 population. Based upon the adult unmarried (single, widowed or divorced) population, the rate becomes 321 per 10,000, indicating that in each year something over 3 per cent of the un married adult population marry. The marriuge rate based on the total popu lation is higher in the United States than in any other country for which re liable statistics are available. The total number of divorces report ed for the twenty years, 1887 to 1906, inclusive, was 945,625. For the earlier investigation, covering the twenty years, 1867 to 1886, inclusive, the number re ported was 328,716, or hardly more than one-third of the number recorded in the second twenty years. Two-thirds of the total number of di vorces granted in the twenty-year pe riod covered by this investigation were granted to the wife. NO DIVORCEES NEED APPLY Grass Widows Barred From Becom ing School Teachers. Memphis, Tenn.—The attractive and insinuating grass widow need not at tempt her wiles upon any of the mem bers o'f the City Board of Education hereafter. It wouldn’t be much use, anyway, for they are all staid married men; but just to make sure that no young person with a past shall be per mitted to hold a bad moral example? be fore the students of the city schools, the Board of Education passed an ironclad resolution barring all divorced persons from employment as teachers in the schools of Memphis. The new rule does not apply to teachers now employed, even though they may happen to have been divorced, but will be strictly en forced in future. MOTHER DIES; SON TO HANG Farewell Letter of Condemned Man Causes Mother’s Death. Chicago, 111.—Mrs. Barbara Billek, mother of Herman Billek, condemned to be hanged, died in her home in Cleve land, O., literally killed by the awful fate impending over her son. The news, brought from Cleveland in dispatches, was taken to Billek, who collapsed with grief in his cell at the county jail. Mrs. Billek has been in failing health for some time, and fell in a dead faint when she received a pathetic letter of farewell from her doomed son, in which he said that he had given up all hope and must die on the gallows. She was put to bed and given the best of medi cal attendance, but weakened steadily till her death came. RAY LAMPHERE GUILTY. Charged With Murder and Convicted of Arson. LaPorte, Ind.—Ray Lamphere, who is charged with the murder of Mrs. Belle Gunness and her three children by set ting fire to the Gunness house, was Thursday found guilty of arson by the jury. Within five minutes after the verdict was reported Judge Richter had sentenced the defendant to the State penitentiary at Michigan City for an indeterminate term of from two to twenty-one years. ARRESTED AFTER 18 YEARS. Man Wanted in Alabama for Alleged Murder Caught. Ardmore, Okla.—Deputy Sheriff Fred Williams arrested William Slayton at Tyler charged with murder committed eighteen years ago in Alabama. Slay ton has refused to make any statement. It is said he was placed under arrest in Alabama following the crime, but broke jail and fled to Indian Territory, where he has since lived peaceably, until one of his kinsmen became angry with him and gave Slayton’s secret to the officers. Pool Rooms Will Help. New Orleans.—The Louisiana Driving Racing Association, it has been learned, plans to derive between $600 and $1,000 a day revenue from information fur nished the Western Union to be parceled out to pool rooms throughout the coun try. The scheme which is declared by attorneys who represented the Locke bill interests, to be within the pale of the law, is to furnish information of the races to the Western Union, which will furnish the results to a string of 60 or 100 pool rooms at $30 a day. PARIS RIOTS OVER SCANDAL Steinheil Murder Leads to Startling Disclosures. Paris.—The arrest of Madame Stein heil Thursday night, following her eon-* fession, that for months since the mur der of her painter husband and Mme. Japy, who were found strangled in the home of the artist on the morning of May 31, her attempt to find the assas sins and the innumerable fantastic clews furnished the police and the newspapers were only a desperate farce to conceal the real author of the crime, whom she knew, affords Paris the biggest sensa tion it has had for years. The excitement produced from time to time by the Humbert, Dreyfus and Syve ton affairs pales into insignificance by comparison, and the revelations which crowded thick and fast during the day, pointing to the possible exposure of a national scandal, promise to attract world-wide attention. rniINT BAKU UAG AM IAIUIMA iii iinw mi i n in ivw Character of His Former Wife Com promised in Suit. Paris.—Count Boni de Castellane had his innings Wednesday in the palace of justice when his suit asking that the custody of his children be given their grandmother, the Marquise de Castel lane, came up in the first chamber. Maitre Bonnet gave an interesting ac count of the premarital relations of Anna and De Sagan and introduced evidence to prove that they traveled together in Italy and France in September of 1907 and then lived at the Chateau du Maris during October. In June, 1908, they went to a hotel at Versailles, but would not live in the same part of the hotel as the children. The scandal of their behavior was so great that the guests would not permit their children to associate with the De Castellane children. They then aban doned the children, leaving no directions for their care or education. SHIP BUNRS; 123 ARE DEAD Passengers Become Panic-Stricken and Jump Into the Sea. Valetta, Island of Malta.—The British passenger steamer Sardinia, of the Eller nian Line, was destroyed by fire outside this port Wednesday and a total of 123 persons were either drowned or burned to death. Seventy persons were rescued. The flames spread rapidly and were fed by streams of naphtha from the fore hold. There was a condition of uncon trollable panic on l>oard and the passen gers who did not jump into the sea were roasted to death. The crew behaved with admirable courage. When the pumps became use less, Capt. Charles Littler, commander of the Sardinia, took the helm and di rected his ship towards the shore, so long as it could be navigated. He per ished at his post. Capt. Littler’s body, which was ter ribly mutilated, was landed in the after noon in the presence of great crowds, who stood uncovered. The other bodies were also mutilated and burned. Rabbit Rides—Dog Drops Dead. Caldwell, N. J.—A rabbit rode in an automobile and a dog pursuing it dropped dead. These strange incidents sound like a tale from Munchausen, but they actu ally occurred near here Friday. Chased by a yelping hound, the rabbit jumped on a stone wall and for a while ran parallel w'ith an automobile. Suddenly the little animal leaped from the wall and landed in the car. The hound con tinued to pursue the automobile until it dropped dead, either from exhaustion or from the effects of gasoline fumes, lhe rabbit was captured and taken home by the driver. ROCKEFELLER EVADES WRIT. Clerk Frustrates Deputy’s Purpose and Hustles Magnate Away. New York.—There was a lively scene as Mr. Rockefeller was leaving the court house at the conclusion of his testimony. A process server tried to thrust a sub poena into the hands of the Standard head, but a clerk accompanying Mr. Rockefeller saw his purpose and before the subpoena could be served, he pushed Mr. Rockefeller into an elevator. The elevator shot downward, carrying Mr. Rockefeller out of the man’s reach. Important Kentucky Decision. Louisville, Ky.—The Kentucky rail road commission handed dow_ a decision of importance to the shippers of the State, when it granted railroads permis sion to waive the “long and short haul” clause of the constitution and change rates in accordance with the lowest com bination quoted and used by all inter state railroads. This action was taken at the request of Louisville shippays, who said they were at a disadvantage with shippers of Cincinnati, St. Loi is, Nashville and other cities. BRYAN TO SPEAK IN TEXAS Southern Programme Includes Two Weeks in Lone Star State. Galveston, Tex.—Advices from Colonel William Jennings Bryan, who is in Mon terey, Mexico, announce his plans to in clude a two-weeks’ speechmaking tour in South Texas, interspersed with hunt ing and social receptions in which he says he has something of importance to 3ay to his friends in Texas and he counts all of them his friends, but he does not say whether this information is political, religious or advice to the farmers. His friends say he has Borne valuable information to impart to the new settlers in the Rio Grande valley which is now settling up and where the “Commoner” holds an option on two large tracts of undeveloped land. ALL AUTO RECORDS BROKEN Winner Drives His Car at the Bate of 65.1 Miles an Hour. Savannah, Ga.—All American automo bile records were smashed Thursday, when Louis Wagner, in an Italian Fiat car, won the $5,000 gold cup offered by the Automobile Club of America and incidentally captured the grand prize race representing the international cham pionship of the automobile. The winner covered the 402-mile course in 370 minutes 31 seconds, or at the astonishing rate of 65.1 miles an hour, or nearly a mile an hour faster than the 64.3 mile record made by Geo. nuuci inuu in tx jiwumumut iai 111 me Vanderbilt cup race this year. Victor Hemery, in a German Benz car, was see ond, 56 seconds behind the winner, cov ering the course in 371 minutes 27 sec onds, or at the rate of 64.9 miles per hour. NO CHILDREN IN 150 YEARS Cornell Professor Says Race Suicide Is on Increase. Ithaca, N. Y.—Pointing out that in the last fifty years there has been a de crease in the proportion of children born to every 1,000 women of child-bearing age of 152 to a thousand, or about 30 a year, Dr. Walter F. Willcox, head of the department of statistics at Cornell Uni versity, told a class of Cornell students today: “These figures indicate that if changes like these in progress in this country during the past half century were to continue unchecked for a century and a half more, there would be no children left.” Rejecting as unsound and not proved the Spencerian theory that the advance of civilization means a decrease in the birth rate, and also the conception of some specialists that the spread of alco holism in civilized countries causes a de cline, Prof. Willcox said very plainly: “The real reason for the decline is that in modern times, and particularly in the last half century, the control of births and the birth rate has come under hu man control in a sense and to a degree never before true.” DEMAND TARIFF ON COTTON Egyptian Growers Can Undersell Their American Competitors. Lake City, Fla.—The Sea Island Cot ton Growers’ Association of Georgia and Florida, in convention here adopted reso lutions calling for a tariff of 10 cents per pound on Egyptian sea island cotton, which, it is declared, on account of the lower cost of production, forces the American growers of this staple to sell their product below the cost of produc tion. The convention appointed a com mittee to appear before the Ways and Means Committee at Washington on De cember 1 and present argument for the proposed 10 per cent duty on Egyptian sea island cotton. Letters and telegrams were read from cotton mill operators and other promi nent men in the South indorsing the pro posed tariff on sea island cotton. HE COULD A TALE UNFOLD British Subject Residing in Korea Says Japanese Are Awful. Los Angeles, Cal.—W. S. Holloway, of London, who for five years had charge of the British concessions in Korea and is returning after a short absence, is now in this city. Mr. Holloway said that if privileged to speak he could tell a tale of cruelty on the part of the Japanese In their treatment of the Koreans which would make every mem the Mikado’s people. “I am returning to Korea and not leaving,” said Mr. Holloway, “or I would talk. It would be one of the most start ling stories ever published if a compe tent newspaper man was sent to Korea and the real condition of Japanese op pression told to the world. It would make every white man revolt and turn against the Japanese.” Tale of Tornado’s Tail. St. Louis.—The tail end of a tornado brought about reconciliation between Thompson Boyle, an aged farmer of St. Clair county, Illinois, and his wife. Boyle and his wife have been separated for a long time, living in separate houses on the farm. Thursday's tornado reached down and blew the old man’s house away. Forget ting her troubles with her husband, she went to his assistance and with the aid of her two sons dragged him out of the debria. Embassy a Sacred Spot. The ground oh which an embassy stands Is in theory as well as in practice the territory of the nation to which Its principal occupant be longs. Even If a criminal were har bored in an embassy the police could not enter the premises without per mission. The Character of Action. It is circumstance and proper mea sure that give an action its character, and make it either good or bad.—* Plutarch. As a result of a war between Colum bus ginneries, the price of ginning cot ton has been reduced to 50 cents per bala. The price heretofore has always been $2. The real motive behind the movement is a desire on the part of the mills to secure cottonseed. There are three cottonseed oil mills at Columbus, and the demand for seed Is far in ex cess of the supply. The price of 50 cents holds good only when the seed are sold to the mill which does the ginning; otherwise the owner of the cotton is compelled to pay $1 per bale, which, however, is only one-half the regular price. Organization of the Vicksburg-Bruns wick levee board has been perfected. There is at present a gap in the line of levees between Vicksburg and Bruns wick. It is estimated that the needed line will cost about $1,250,000 and would save from inundation about 400,000 acres of the most fertile soil in the delta. An effort will be made to have the Mississippi river commission provide for the building of She levee; otherwise congress will be asked to pass a special appropriation for the work. Secretary G. \V. Russell, of the Mis sissippi division of the Farmers’ Union, is sending out formal notices to local and county unions that regular elec tions for officers must be held during the month of December, and at the same meetings delegates will be chosen to the state convention, to be held on Jan. 11. The place for the state gath ering has not been named, but it is more than likely that it will be held In Jackson. _ While the people of Columbus have decided to discontinue their East Mis sissippi and West Alabama fair enter prise, and dispose of their real estate and improvements, it Is of interest tc note that Natchez, Holly Springs, Hat tiesburg, Corinth and some other towns are agitating the question of establish ing such enterprises. The Dixie Lyceum bureau of Colum bus announce that they have secured a contract with William Jennings Bryan for a lecture tour of the South. The Dixie people also announce having se cured contracts with ex-Gov. James K. Vardaman and Senator-elect John Sharp Williams for Lecture tours through the South. A large boll weevil and diversifica tion meeting was held at Port Gibson, composed of white and negro farmers, and was addressed by G. H. Alford, W. F. Proctor, government expert of Tex as, and B. L. Moss, government expert of this state. After the speaking th« farmers organized the Claiborne County Agricultural Association for co-opera tive purposes. _ Gov. Noel appointed Judge J. A. P. Campbell, former justice of the su preme court, as special judge in three cases in which Judge Fletcher is dis qualified: They are all important cases in which Judge Fletcher took part while attorney-general. The quarterly report of the Kansas City, Memphis and Birmingham rail road shows total operating revenue in Mississippi of $295,529.95, a decrease from the corresponding quarter last year of $137,766.00. The operating ex penses are given at $231,943.33, a de crease of $173,870.71. Gov. Noel has been petitioned to pardon Susie Perkins, one of the two white women now serving terms in the Mississippi penitentiary, and who was sent up from Pike county in 1905 to serve a ten-year term for miscegena tion. _ The Protestant ministers of Colum bus held union Thanksgiving services. The inmates of the Palmer orphanage were given their usual Thanksgiving dinner and the United Charities asso ciation distributed turk^s and other edibles among the poor. Acting upon the request of the com mittee, Gov. Noel has appointed a lobg list of representative business men as delegates to the Southern Commercial Congress, which is to meet at Wash ington Dec. 7 and 8. Former Governor Vardaman has a number of lecture engagements in Louisiana and Texas, which are dis tributed along through the month of December. ,_ Charles Abby, a boilermaker, while on a spree at Jackson, fought a police man and the jailer to a standstill, and set fire to the jail, all in the space of half an hour. _ The trustees of the state peniten At V _ 1_aJ AA 1_t * blot j uotq auuub vuv uaico UU hand, which they are not hurrying to ■ell on a declining market. The controversy over the erection of a new courthouse at Decatur, county ■eat of Newton county, has reached the litigation stage, Chancellor McCaskill having issued a temporary injunction restraining the sheriff from collecting the special levy ordered by the board of supervisors. _ Deputy State Revenue Agent Chiles has dug up a large sum of delinquen cies in Copiah county. It has been several years since the books of that county were given an official investi gation. _ Gov. Noel has appointed Capt. J. L. Collins, of Coffeeville, and J. M. Avan, of Shannon, as appraisers to assist Su perintendent Neyland in the prepara tion of the annual inventory of the state penitentiary property to be pre pared and filed on the first of January. The railroad commission has received the annual report of the Mississippi Eastern railroad, showing operating revenue for the year of 851,205.60, ope rating expenses of 851,491.36, and a net leficit of 8933.18, making a total lose >f 81.218.94.