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The City itemizer. (Water Valley, Miss.) 1894-1918, August 27, 1914, Image 2

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The City Itemizer
Established 1894.
Office Phone. 256,
Residence Phone, 183.
Water Valley,
Yalobusha County, Miss.
What He Said in a Speech in
1844 is Applicable Now.
In this day when the time server
and' the demagogue is going up
and down the oountry trying to
keep the people stirred up to divide
them into classes according to em
ployment and the property owned,
it might be well to study what that
great apostle of honest government,
a. S. Prentiss, said in a campaign
speech in 1844 The State of Mis
sissippi nbver bad one greater than
Prentiss. He came to the State
from far away Maine poor, and
carved out for himself a name and
a fame worthy of the emulation
and the ambition of every youth
of the land. His voice almost
speaks back to us on the matter of
the “demagogue” as from “across
the river.” Listen:
“There are demagogues among
us who tell the poor man, in the
very spirit of the arch-fiend that
the ‘rich man is your enemy,’ and
yet hoW often do we see the em
ployer of today become the laborer
of tomorrow, and the laborer
changed into the employer. This
is the legitimate result of our free
institutions, and how, in the face
of such facts, dare any man to in
flame the bad passions of the dif
ferent classes of society by teach
ing that there is a natural hostility
between them? The sons of the
poor man have actually the better
chance in the raoe for wealth. As
a general thing, they first reach
the golden eminence. [Stephen
Girard began life a poor boy, and
so did John Jacob Astor. They
were the architects of their own
fortunes. They acquired their
wealth by their superior enter
prise. The son of the poor man is
more likely to prosper, because
honest industry, perseverence, and
hope are most likely to be his por
tion, and these are the mainsprings
of success in life,
“There are those who in public
speeches refer to the ‘toiling mas
ses,’ as the cant phrase is, just as
if poverty in this country were
their destiny, a Bort of fate from
whose decree there is no escape.
But poverty is in this country no
such Procustean bed nor is labor
here subjeet to any such hard
necessity. Our institutions are
illustrated in the race-course,
where every horse is put upon his
mettle. The slowest cannot win
the prize; it belongs to the fleetest.
We train our sons like young
eagles, to soar aloft, not to flutter
about like owls. I say to every
man who earns his bread by the
sweat of his brow, you have the
same chance before you that Ben
jamin Franklin had. The path of
success is as free to you as it ever
was to the thousands and tens of
thousands whose industry and en
terprise have raised them to af
fluence, independence, stations,
and honor in the community.
“I never hear these infamous
appeals to popular envy and preju
dice without being reminded ol
Satan tempting our mother Eve.
Ab the arch-fiend.
‘Squat like a toad at the ear of Eve,
Assaying by his devilish art to
The organa of her fancy,’
so do the demagogues approach
the laboring man, inspiring venom’
and rising ‘distempered, discon
tented thought, vain hopes, vain
aims, inordinate desires’ Nor
can I ever witness these attempts
of passion and Satanic cunning
without wishing that I possessed
the spear of Ithurial, that I might
touch and unmask the monster.”
Were Prentiss living today is
there anybody in Mississippi to
v/hom he would apply “the spear
of Ithurial?” How long—how
much longer—will our people lean
their ears to the voice of the man
who talks of “classes” in good old
Mississippi?—Grenada Sentinel.
MisB Celia Byers is over from
Eupora for a three weeks’ visit to
homefolk. 1
Mrs. B. F. Tatum left last Fr -
day morning for Memphis to be
with her sister, Miss Mints Mitch
ell, of Wynne, Ark., who is there
in the Baptist hospital for Medical
Miss Lillie Hartwell left last
Friday morning to attend the
Girls’ Missionary Conference in
Vaiden, which will be in session
there three days.
Mrs. J. K. Dunn was up from
McOomb for a few days’ visit to
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Dunn last
Miss Florence Smith left last
Thursday for a ten days’ visit to
friends in Greenwood and Green
One Hour of Pleas
ure in the Open Air
Good Music

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