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Christmas Membership Drive.
The motto of this Christmas Membership Campaign is, "A dollar, and a heart.” Bv giving a dollar you become a member of of the Araerioan Red Cross and by beooraing a member you are help ing a great and noble cause. Are you patriotic? If so prove it, and do your bit to help win this war. Join the Red Cross NOW! Miss Mary Hobson and her cous in, Miss Mildred Heard, were up from Shelby for the Thanksgiving holidays with her parents, Rev and Mrs J. E. Hobson. Mrs. Florence Tyler, of St. Lou is, arrived in the city Monday to spend the wiuter with her friend, Mrs. Frank Holloway. Musical Program. The Young Woman’s Mission ary Sooiety of the First Methodist Church will render a Musioal Pro gram Sunday night, December 9th at the oburoh A collection will be taken for the purpose of secur ing funds on their pledge. All invited to attend. Lieut. Edwin W, Romberger Bnd bride, formely Miss Airuee Hunnioutt, who were married in Atlanta Saturday, Deo. 1st, 1917, arrived in our oity Sunday for a few days’ visit to the groom’s par ents Mr, and Mrs, Charles E. Romberger Any one wishing to make a do nation for the United Charitir9 will pleas6 leave same with Mr. L A Thorne at the Peoples Bank. Many oalls are coming in for as sistance as the cold weather ad vances. Any one having second hand clothing to dounte may send same to Mrs. Eugene MoLarty fer distribution among the ueedy. Chanoery Court, with Judge J. G. MoGowen presiding, has been in session In our oity this week. notice! All persons are hereby notified that my land, 10 miles west of Water Valley, on Yooona, is posted against unlawful trespassing such as fishing, hunting and such like offenses, but especially against the fire fiend. All persons so tres pasaiug will be visited with the full penalty of the law. WILL AUSTIN. A Deplorable Tragedy Sometimes sorrow, like h night of gloom, settles down upon our, homes, sad our hearts are riven and torn with anguish at tha sharp dispensations of Providence. It is hard to recognize a beneficent j hand in our troubles, and we sometimes turn from sympathy as chaff, it is so far from reaohing the deep current of grief, yet looking through the shade, we yearn for a healing balm to bind the broken heart, Never was sor row more deep or gloom more in tense than on the night of Dec. ii, 1917, when news of the tragedy which had occurred in the yards of the I. C, Shops was bourne over our city. Two homes were thrown in deepest gloom at what had transpired that night Hearts of wive torn and bleeding at the la mentable affair. Mr, Gaston W. Mitchell, night foreman of the 1. C. yard was shot and instautly killed by Mr. George Goodwin, switchman in the yard. After the usual preliminaries, the body of Mr. Mitchell was taken in oharge by the undertaker, while offioers of the law took Mr. Good win into their oustody Mr. Mitchell leases a wife and two little sons, an aged father and severel sis ers to mourn his tragic death. His remains were carried to Grenada, his old heme, Wednes day morning for interment. Both men had a host of friends and the sad tragedy is deeply deplored. Last Sunday afternoon the mem bers of Water Valley Lodge, No. 459, B, P. O. E , held their Annual Memorial Service in their Club Rooms, Mr. J. E. Myers was the orator for the occasion, and his address was listened to w-ith grat ifying interest aud pleasive, It is a beautiful idea this me morial to the absent brothers, which is held in every city in the world where there is a lodge of Elks, and this ocoasion was sweetly sacred and tender, though only for members, it was indicative of the fact that the lives of those gone on were tenderly kept in the minds of the living. The National Red Cross wili secure 10,000,000 new members before Christmas, The Campaign will begin December 17th and run to^Christmas JSvS. A Red Cross sermon will be preached in almost every pulpit ih the United States by patriotic clergymen who see in the Red Cross the great un denominationationl agency for international relief, Iu Alabama, Louisiana and Mis sissippi 500,000 new members must be secured and each of the 1100 Chapters in the Division has been called on to name a special Campaign Manager, who with bis committees will conduct this drive, the greatest drive for new membere that has ever beeu undertaken in the United StateB. The Headquarters of the Com mittee in charge of.tlie movement is at New Orleans. Alabama is represented by Mr. Robert Jem ison, Jr., a prominent real estate agent at Birmingham and by Judge Jyler Goodwyn, the well-known attorney at Montgomery, Louis iana is represented by Judge E. H. Randolph, one of the most prom inent attorneys of North Louisiana and by John Legier, Jr,, President of the City Bank and Trust Com pany at New Orleans. Mississippi is represented by Mr, T. F. Davis, President of the Federal Land Bank, formerly a resident, of Yazoo City and by Mr. Thad B. Lampton, the well—known banker of Jackson, Mississippi. The Ex eoutive Secretary in charge of the woik is Mr. YV. J. Leppert, director of the Bureau of Development in the Gulf Division. Red Cross buttons, literature, posters and other supplie are goine forward to each community and will be in ihe hands of the Campaign Manag r in time for them to make of the drive a sno. oess. The South owes it to itself to stand prominent to the front of the Red Cross map and the Commit tee of each Chapter in the Division is resolved to put the 500,000 new member “over the fop,” The Red Cross now has a mem bership of 6,000,000 and by Christ nas time, the National organizatian hopes to have a hard-working and devoted army of volunteers work ing in thifi country for our soldiers and sailors heae and across the water. Lieut, Brooks Boyd, of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Mrs. J, W, Bell, of Oxford, Mrs, Cy M. Ship, of Cleveland, and Miss Mary Boyd, of Memphis, visited relatives and friends in the city the tirst of the week the week the guests in the home of their father, Mr. C, C, Boyd.