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Entered at the Tupelo Post Office as second
class mail matter.
Official Organ of the City and
Friday, October 1, 1915
Through a habeas corpus pro
ceeding before Judge Venable,
of the circuit court at Meridian,
Charles R. Smith has been re
leased from the East Mississippi
insane hospital.
Mr. Smith shot and killed E.
A. Laurent at the Mobile and
Ohio depot at Artesia about six
years aero and after a most sen
sational trial was convicted and
sentenced for life to the peniten
tiary. On the trial there was a
plea of insanity and strong evi
dence was introduced to show
that Mr. Smith was a paraonoic.
The jury, however, failed to take
this view of the case and brought
in a verdict of guilty on the
charge of murder.
After following the testimony
closely, we reached the conclu
sion that the defendant was in
sane: that there was no real
cause for the killing of Laurent
and that the defendant was suf
fering from some hallucination
that impelled him to do the rash
deed. After Smith's confine
ment a move was made to have
him transferred to the asylum,
which was successful. Some
time ago Governor Brewer grant
ed a pardon on condition that
Smith be kept in the insane hos
pital. Recently a full pardon
was granted him by Governor
Brewer and the action of the
circuit court in dismissing him
from the hospital makes him a
free man. The testimony of
•many witnesses went to show
that Mr. Smith is now a sane
From the last proceedings in
the case we are of the opinion
that Governor Brewer made a
mistake in granting a full par
don in this case. Criminally in
sane persons are too frequently
brought back to criminal intent
on the least provocation and the
safety of the public should'be
first consideration in dealing
with them.
Entirely too many murders are
being committed in this state.
Instead of decreasing, they seem
to be on the increase, and this
increase will continue until those
inclined to spill human blood are
convinced that swift and sure
punishment will follow the com
mission of crime.
Mississippi cannot expect to
prosper as she should until she
proves to the world that human
life is as safe here as in any spot
in the world.—Jackson Clarion
Within the past ten days there
nas oeen an unusuany large
number of killings in the state.
The reports of these killings de
tract from the good name of the
state and we are too frequently
referred to as a lawless state.
Nine out of ten killings occur
because concealed weapons are
carried. They are easily bought
and the habit of having them is
not regarded in a proper sense by
the people. The man who goes
armed habitually should be
boked upon as a common law
breaker and an enemy to society.
As it is we tolerate the practice
and only occasionally does a pis
tol toter run up against the law.
Until the practice of carrying
concealed weapons has been
abated, as a common evil, so
long will the daily reports of the
•papers be filled with killings.
Hon. Thomas B. Carroll, of
Starkville, now presiding over
the Sixteenth Circuit Court Dis
trict, is being Drominently men
tioned as a candidate for one of
the Justices of the Supreme
Court when the court is increased
to six members. Judge Carroll
occupies a leading place among
the lawyers of North Mississippi.
The convention held at Nash
ville to form a permanent organ
ization for the purpose of building
a national highway over the old
military route of Andrew Jack
son in 1815, when he fought the
battle of New Orleans, elected
permanent officers and the path
finding committee and adjourned.
The fight seems to have nar
rowed down between the advo
cates of the Central Alabama
route, passing through Decatur,
Birmingham, Montgomery and
Mobile and along the Mississippi
gulf coast and the faction that
I advocate the route that Jackson
ί traversed, which lay through
! North Alabama, Columbus, Me
! ridian and points south.
The duty of the pathfinding
: committee, it would seem, should
I be made easy by examining the
records of the war office of the
government at Washington. This
; information can doubtless be
furnished by one of the bureaus
of that department. Command
ers of armies are supposed to
report daily their progress and
these reports are preserved as
The time that has elapsed since
Jackson's march is too short for
any doubt to arise in the location
of his route. One hundred years
in history, especially with the
view of preserving historical
events is too short to permit of a
controversy where the facts were
so well established as in this
case. We can find no ground to
controvert the contention that
Jackson passed through what is
nn-n? Pnlnmiina nn his fnmnn«?
march and in our opinion, when
the pathfinders report, this route
will be named.
WILL GET $500,000,000
The efforts of the commission
sent by the British and French
governments to secure a loan of
a billion dollars in this country
can be said to have been half
successful, as the bankers have
agreed that five hundred million
will be furnished the foreigners.
The loan will net the investors
five and one-half per cent, which
is considered a good thing by
the eastern money lenders.
^There has been considerable
newspaper controversy as to
whether or not this loan should
be made, and some real financiers
have been found on both sides of
the proposition.· The condition
of the finances of the two coun
tries is such that there can be
no question of the value of the
bonds should the allies win.
England owes no foreign debt
and France is indebted to this
country but a small amount. The
man who buys the bonds of the
two countries, however, gambles
on the success of the allies.
Should they fail the German
government would determine the
value of the bonds.
The one objection raised by
those of pro-German sentiment
is that the money obtained
through the loan would bf ι ed
tn hnv munitions of war. it
is claimed that only five per nt.
will be spent this way. The
vast sum will be used to buy
foodstuffs, cotton and other nec
essary commodities to furnish
the armies of the allies.
Not a dollar of the funds will
be sent out of this country.
As is usually the case, dur
ing the few months of a re
tiring governor's term, Governor
Brewer is being besieged with
pardons by inmates of the peni
tentiary. The unfortunates and
their friends feel that the time
' is opportune to get them out of
prison when the Governor is soon
to quit his office. Among the
petitions now before the Gov
ernor is that of Will Sorsby, who
six years ago murdered Postoffice
Inspector Fitzgerald at Clinton,
when Sorsby was found short in
his accounts in the postoffice.
Fitzgerald had committed no
overt act, but in the discharge of
his (Juty as inspector had checked
up Sorsby and found him short.
Fitzgerald was murdered and
Sorsby pleaded insanity in de
fense of his rash act, but the
jury gave him a life sentence.
He has served only six years and
is yet a young man. The Gov
ernor should not turn him loose
upon the world with so many
chances of his again getting into
trouble. The public is entitled
to protection against such char
acters and Sorsby should be kept
The phenomenal advance in
the cotton market has relieved
the depressed condition of the
country and there are strong in
dications that the conditions that
have existed for the past twelve
months are safely passed. Tues
day cotton was sell freely on the
streets around 12A cents, the
1 highest price, 12-60 being paid
Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday
I saw a decline of 92 points on
spots, but futures are selling at
the advanced prices for the
I months of next year. The de
cline is not considered perma
nent by cotton men, and a sharp
; advance is looked for in the near
future. The tropical storm rag
înja: overtne soum win aouotiess
bring the price back to its most
advanced ooint.
John M. Parker, the only
prominent Bull Mooser of the
south, has announced his candi
dacy for Governor of Louisiana
on the progressive ticket. The
declaration of Victor Murdock
that the progressive party will
next year have a national ticket
in the field, in connection with
Mr. Parker's candidacy, indicates
that there are members who be
! lieve that the party is still alive.
Mr. Parker is one of Louisiana's
wealthiest and most influential
citizens. He is a protectionist,
favors local option and woman's
suffrage, and will draw some of
the democratic strength to him
on account of his personal popu
larity. The regular dçi/' v~'~
nominee, whoever he<
will be the next GovV ^
Louisiana It is good toi β,
however, that the progreaffive
organization will be kept intact
and once more aid in electing Mr.
Wilson, President.
Baptist Sunday School
Every Baptist in Tupelo is
urged to attend Sunday school
next Sunday. It is the beginning
of a new Sunday school year and
also is the regular annual s£ate
mission day. The lesson and all
exercises will bear upon state
missions and the special program
will be both interesting and in
structive. The school will open
promptly at 9:45.
W. C. Bessonett, a veteran of the
civil war, yesterday celebrated his 78th
birth anniversary. He is in good
health.— Winona (Minn.,) Independent.
The friends of Mr. Bessonett in his old
home in Mississippi extend congratula
tions upon his seventy-eighth anniver
sary and wish for him continued good
health in his far-away home.
stationery as a
means of getting and
holding desirable busi
ness has been amply
demonstrated. Consult
us before going
Public Schools to Open Nov. 1
Notice is hereby given that the
county public schools will open the
session of 1915-16 on Monday, Novem
ber the first.
The colored schools will open one
week later, or on Mbnday, Nov. 8tb.
T. M. Milam, Supt. of Education.
of well-printed
They Testify That Right Living andi
8ound Thinking Infuse New Life
Constantly Into Every Part
ι of the Body.
Old age used to be regarded as an
Incurable disease; a time to be looked
forward to with horror; a period of
useless cumbering of the earth.
That bogy Is scared away by the
testimony of some of the living cele
brities who have left the Biblical
"three-score-and-ten" landmark far be
hind them.
Says John Burroughs, the great
naturalist, at seventy-seven:
"I am in better health and more able
to do my work at seventy-seven than
I was at forty-seven or at fifty-seven.
I have produced more manuscripts
during the last three years than dur
ing any other three years of my life,
and of a kind that has made unusual
intellectual demands upon me.
"Old Age is not such a bugaboo after
j all. He is, in many ways, better to
live with than Youth, because he
leaves you more at your ease; you are
in the calmer waters; the fret and
fever of life have greatly abated. Old
1 Age brings the philosophical mind; he
! brings a deeoer. wider outlook UDon
life; he brings more tolerance and
charity and good will. I did not squan
der my youth in excesses, and hence
I am not bankrupt in my old age."
A novelist, who is six years older
than Burroughs and who writes six
hoïirs a day, gives this recipe for stay
ing young in the eighties:
"I have constantly given my mind
plenty of new thoughts, and this men
tal diet has kept me young. It is rou
tine that ages. Even in my sleep I
am often mentally busy. I think I
know consciously that when I rest I
darken. I have constantly proved
that intellectual activity infuses life
into every part of the body. As far as
possible I avoid anger or worry, for
one hour of such debilitating mental
exercise destroys all personal mag
netism; and what passes between
them and the soul I do not care to say.
"I keep my health because I keep
my illusions. I will not believe that
everyone is false. I will not believe
that hope tells a nattering tale, or that
friendship is only a name, or that
true love has fled from earth and that
the fear of God has vanished. And,
above all other reasons for my good
health, I place the vivifying power of
love. Love is life."
Cardinal Gibbons, eighty years old
and in the prime of his powers, says:
"I believe firmly that ftie critical
'th&e of life for the making or mar- 1
rfiîg of a sound constitution Is the
period of youth. The seeds of weak
ness are sown in the system then; by
irregularity of life, particularly in the
j hours allotted for sleep and rest; by
I excess in eating and drinking; by
grosser excesses and by lack of proper
"The rules of health from which I
have never swerved from my youth
are: Regularity of life, moderation in
eating and drinking, exercise proper to
my age and profession, avoidance of
worry and an ever-abiding trust in
God's providence. I have always been
avaricious in the matter of sleep.
; 'Early to bed' is the wisest of all saws
for him who has work to do and am
bition to do it well."—Los Angeles Ex
Might Need Them.
"After de sarmint, t'mor' night,
Brudder Simmons," said old Deacon
Whang, "we'all is gwine to have a
rousin' hazanner meetin', and burn up
yo' paragraphs, bless de Lawd!"
"Burn up which, sah?" returned
Goat Simmons, the recently convert
ed gambling man, in considerable as
"Yo' gamblin' paragraphs, sah.
When a spo'tin' man gits converted
and washed whiter dan snow dey al
ing burns up his kyahds and dice and
sich scan'lous stuff as dat 'midst loud
shouts o' praise. De Lawd is wid 'em,
J J _ U1J-I 1 3 ι —x e - »ί1
U11U Uû guuiuiui K>I UUUC1 OLt/^O LVJ lu
and flings his paragraphs on de flah
and stands with bowed heads whilst—"
"Not me, sah! I ain't gwine to do
no sich-uh thing!"
"But, muh goodness,, brudder, yo am
converted, isn't you, and—"
"Yassahr! I's sho' converted, but
dat don't make me a blame' fool! I
mought backslide an' need dat
stuff!"—Kansas City Star.
Use Zinc as Nuggets.
A shoveler in one of the Joplin zinc
mines who had seen in the movies how ;
the gold miners bought what they
needed with gold nuggets, recently
laid a small chunk of zinc ere on a !
bar counter and called for a beer.
The bartender served the drink to j
him and laid down 20 cents in change,
and of course the crowd laughed and
Such is the spirit of the Joplin zinc
boom, with crude zinc ore now worth
seven cents a pound, which is about
50 per cent higher than the refined
product spelter tias averaged for many
years.—Wall Street Journal.
A Philosopher's Nightcap.
Many years ago I was in a northern
country house in which Herbert Spen
cer was staying. At that time he suf- j
fered from sleeplessness, and one night ι
on going to bed he said to me: "1 am
about to drink some hot brandy and |
water in order to restore the perio- !
dicity of my somniferous functions."—
London Spectfctor.
Cut Finger Caused Him to Find a Way
of Handling Nitroglycerin
With Safety.
When that very dangerous explosive
nitroglycerin, was first Invented ex
traordinary precautions had to be tak
en to prevent accidents while the sub
stance was being handled, but, not
withstanding this, so many disasters
occurred that there seemed to be
strong probabilities that its manufac
ture and use would have to be pro
hiblted, says an English paper.
After several governments had actu-Β
ally Interdicted Its use, however, I
means were discovered by which this f
powerful explosive could be used with j
a minimum of danger to those who* I
handled it.
j One of the methods employed was tog
convert the nitroglycerin into dyna- j
iplte by its absorption in the infusorial \
earth known as kieselguhr. This ]
process, however, involved a reduction '|
of the explosive power of the nitro- /
glycerin and explosives chemists per- 1
elsted in their researches to find some I
substance which, when added to nitro· f
glycerin, would render it safe for han- g .
dling without diminishing its explosive g
One of these chemists was Nobel. J
Τ * 1„ * U ,. . JAn 1, π « \Τλ
bel was at work in his laboratory he
cut his finger, and in order to stop i
the bleeding he painted some collodion ]
(a liquid preparation akin to guncot
ton) over the cut to form a protective
artificial skin.
Having done this, he poured some oi
the collodion, by way of an experiment..
into a vessel containing nitroglycerin,
when he noticed that the two sub- j
stances mixed and formed a jellylike 1
He at once set to work to investi'
gate this substance, and the outcomc 1
of these experiments was blasting gel
atin, a mixture containing 90 per cent
of nitroglycerin and 10 per cent ol t
soluble guncotton. Thus, as a result
of a very trivial occurrence, that vio- ft
lent explosive, blasting gelatin, was 1
Malayan Rubber Industry.
Since 1897 developments in the rub· ·
ber industry in Malay have been enor- a
mous. In 1897 about 350 acres were J
planted to rubber. Year after year £
more jungle was cleared and the acre- &
age increased rapidly. A tremendous ?
development was felt in 1906. De- t
mand for rubber the world over taxed
the supply and speculators rushed ta
put land under cultivation. It is stated %
that in that year alone 150,000 acres
were alienated for rubber cultivation.
In 1912 there were 621,621 acres under .
rubber, and at the end of 1912 there
were 1,055 rubber estates of over 100 ;
acres in extent, the average yield per
acre being 260 pounds.
Ihere is no store so well prepared to serve your interests right as
a Real Cash Store.
You always buy at cash prices at a Real Cash Store.
We have too much respect for your intelligence to offer you any
article at any price except the lowest possible.
We know that buying and selling for cash enables us to give you
better values.
Our goods are all marked in plain figures and we invite compari
You don't have to find the "Boss" here to get the right price.
We knew that the demand for goods this Fall would be large.
We prepared for it.
Come in Today and See Our Offerings in
Men and Boys Suite. Ladies' and Children's Coats, Suits
and Dresses. Hamilton Brown Shoes, the kind that wear
and give service.
You may look until you are tired, can price and get their very
special, confidential, and never to be mentioned price on any article,
then come to the Real Cash Store and you will find the very thing ycu
wanted, marked in plain figures, and at less price than you have had
offered you.
There is no dodging the fact people that it pays to pay cash.

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