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' ^__ H.A. LEI, Editor "PtTOUd to the lnt«r«M of the Editor, Exclu>leelT." *1.00 Teu VOLUME 23 WATER VALLEY, MISS., MARCH 1, 1917 NUMBER 16 Slang and its Virtues. j Slang is the slangiest thing in the world, and yet we find it in dulged in by nearly every variety of individual Some seem to think it good for near cuts to conclu sions, and it may be, but all proof is in favor of pure English. Some slang has a blunt, rugged sound that seems to readily carry con viction, but another route, though slow and tedious, to reach convic tion, would have the redeeming feature of beiiij worthy of an in corporation infj a literature that would be sought aud appreciated and thus preserved. Some slang is so utterly rotten and disgusting and low, that it would be a dis grace to the vilest wretch, yet we have heard its sound die away on the lips of the gentler sex. What they can promise themselves by supplanting good language with such abominable and villainous stuff, is a mystery to reflective p;opie. Some expressions we have heard used by good society are the offspring of such vulgar ideas and notions, that if the parties making use of them knew their origin, a burning blush would mantle their cheek. Young ladies, some one knows the origin and meaning of these expressions if you don’t, and wonder at your familiarity with them. Why a girl should take up the expressions of trashy young men, and use them when they know nothing of their meaning, is a greater mystery than many pare individuals are able to solve. This miserable slang opens up a way for a familiarity that can be secured in no other way. Some slang that is used in the presence of ladies deserves a elap from their fair hands. For this warning against an evil that wears the garb of innooenoy, we beg no pardon, for w;- are fighting for cleanness nd purity, aud we believe every decent young man in Water Valley >s on our side. Let us ship slang as much as possible from the presence of the pure and innooent, for we are reaching up—not down There is nothing that is suoh a powerful nerve restorer as relaxa tion from anxiety. We lose the bloom and fragranoe of every beautiful thought by nursing so licitude. Everybody has clever thoughts, some of them taking the shape of lovely sunshine, vitalizing the atmosphere of good feeling and stimulating hope, but do not we keep a shadow near to extinguish the blaze after the first impulse has subsided? This is true in many instances, and prostration of courage is the inevitable result. Let’s think beyond darkness. Juet aoross the dark valley of despond ency is the prominence of hope and flowers—hope with an inspi ration to good and flowers with a glow to love. There will be preaching at the Court House in Water Valley by Elder A. Y. Howell on next Sunday, March 4th, at 3 p. m. Text; 2nd Tim. 2:15. Subject: ‘Rightly Divining U Word of Truth.” Every body ot.dially in vited. “Come and let us reason together.” Mr. C. M Jones, representing Southern Profit Sharing Co., Inc., of Gulfport, was in the city last Saturday in the interest of “Green” coupons.- These ooupons are being given by our local mer chant, Mr. A. P. Jernberg. Mr. and Mrs. P. Ohlson returned home Thursday evening from at tending Mardi Gras in New Or leans Mrs. W. H Hartwell returned home Saturday from a two weeks’ visit to her daughter, Mrs. E. R Blackston, in Winona. Some Sarcastic ‘‘Don’ts.” Dofl’t take your home paper. It is the most active and powerful faotor iu building up your towD, and to support it would involve you in the work. Don’t pay for it if you take it. Newspapers are run on wind, and the editor would’t keep the money anyway. He’d most likely pay it on his bills. Don’t fail to tell the editor hoaa to run the paper. He has nothing to do but to listen and keep his temper sweet. Don’t put your name to what you want published, It’s the editor’s busi ness to expose unpopular causes and take your ohestnuts out of the fire. What hurts your business might also hurt his—but that’s different. Don’t notify the editor when you change your postoffioe address. He may 4ose track of you and you will esoape paying the last two or three years of your subscription. Don’t forget to write on both Bides of the paper. The printer might forget how to swear. Don’t write your com munication legibly, Deciphering them keeps the editor busy and he is able to make an occasional blunder, which promotes good feeling all around. Don’t imagine that the newspaper has anything to do. Newspapers run them selves and the ravens feed the printer.—Woodbury, Conn., Re porter Mrs. W V. Johnson and chil dren, of MoComh, returned home Saturday morning after a weeks’ stay with relatives and friends, having come upon the sad mission of bringing the remains of her i father, Capt Lee H. Hawkins, to j our city, their old home, for J burial. r LUST—Key Ring with about i 20 keys on it. Finder will receive i