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State Capital Notes
Weekly Budget of State News Items Gathered by Our Special
Correspondent at 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,
“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
The State’s new attorney general does
not think they have any right or author
ity of law for doing anything of the
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
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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
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
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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,
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
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
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,
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.’ ”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Charged With Murder and Convicted of
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.
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.
Steinheil Murder Leads to Startling
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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
“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
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.”
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.
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
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
The Character of Action.
It is circumstance and proper mea
sure that give an action its character,
and make it either good or bad.—*
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
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.

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