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VOL. 39-NO. 12
$1.50 THE YEAR
A Remarkable Old Couple Sweet Six.
teen Soon to Be Seventy Years
Satartia, Miss., Dec. 10, 1915. Edi
tor Sentinel: Not many more letters
to be written for the Sentinel this
year, but, my mama! when I think of
the fifty-two weeks in next year with
no little material from which to write
an interesting or even a passable let
ter, it makes me sick at the pencil tip.
To think, if I fail to come to the
scratch my name will be eliminated
from the pay roll.
At this season, when everybody is
busily engaged preparing for the com.
ing holidays, let us hope that they are
revolving in their minds some plan
- that will give cheer and happiness,
not only to their own families, but to
those who are dependent upon charity;
those whose hearts can be made glad
by so little; who -have no ties, no home
except such as is given to them by the
public. The only real true happiness
consists in making others happy. One .
who lives for himself alone, and has
no regard for the feelings of others,
is beyond doubt the most miserable
creature on earth. His punishment is
meted out to him daily, his conscience
condemns him, and there is no peace
for him on earth. If we can give no
more than a kind word of pleasant
greeting, it is much better than notu-
r.y.V )! i 4a-4t !i at itfaf-caiK
dition of things twelve months ago
and the present, is there not much fo
which to be thankful? Our country
is in a prosperous condition, and the
outlook for the future is brighter be
cause the people believe better time3
are coming. They have grasped the
eituation and see the bright rays on
h Wi,.on risin higher and higher,
until eventually they will realize that he returned home last week conscious
for which they have so long sought. j that the end was near.
Thoughts of this kind are natural at j iHe was formerly in the mercantile
any time, more especially at this sea- i business, a member of the firm of
son when everyone, from the palace , Warren & Montgomery Bros., but re
4 the. hovel, is lookinsr forward for; tired from active upiness several
something to cheer and gladden their
hearts. '
News items are so scarce that even
fine tooth comb won't bring them to i
light. Everybody knows about the j
weather; that is was a cold, drear,
miserable day yesterday, when it
should have been a fine day, so all the
folks could have attended services at
the Baptist church, where Rev. D. R.
Granthr.m interested his congrega
tions, morning and night, by expound
ing gospel truths which made a last
ing impression on his hearers. As
you know, Mr. Grantham is principal
of the consolidated school at Phoenix.
In conversation with him, he informed
me that there were enrolled 103 boys
and 99 girls, with 19b" in attendance.
He is very highly elated over the suc
cess of the school, and feels thankful
to those who assisted him in thig work
of progress.
In a former letter, I wrote about a
party of hunters from Tinsley going
over into the Lake George country to
liave a good time. They returned at
Tuesday well pleased with .their tn
and success. As promised, on their
bjiu ... . i-n4
way over, they reported having killed
one buck, havinir eight points, and two j
; ., ,-, ,. v;i,
with spikes; that is hey dn t kill
them with spikes, but the oeer na-i ;
two spikes; forty "squirrels and ten (
ducks, gave them the sirt they went
On last Thursday I wc pleased to ,
me t Mr. Thos. A. Fletcher and wife,;
from Indianapolis, Ind. They came up (
from Harworth, in the lower end of
this county, where Mr. Fletcher has (
large land inten-. Last summer I .
had an interview with Mr. Erown. who
is manapw of thi.i tract of lami, con
sisting of over ten thousand acres to
hkh Mr. Fletcher has added quite a
Int-p t"rt:on cf the hzi.t L';; p.ar.ti
i'.on bv'o-pins to Mr. Gilruth. M
FVfrhcr t s not tpt to reaia'..-.
'- i
ie p atf.
but tu.S ivrrA tea w;r.:rr ;
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cash with him, paying for all the land
i he buys. He believes in the future j
' r-t , 1 'a nv u-iiiiU nnt mfilrinfr.
'such heavy investments. It is but
natural for a person to be surprised
j wnen miormea inai .ur. rieicner is
seventy-nme years young, has no chil
dren, and is still faking this invest
ment so far away from his home.
They are a fine old couple, she being
ten years his junior. She informed me
they will celebrate their golden w -d-.
ding next year. Beyond doubt, these
investments will bring otliers besides
labor from that section.
iFor the past fifteen years I hae
been writing for the Sentinel. No
doubt I have pleased some, while oth
ers may be disgusted. While I am
still Sweet Sixteen (sometimes not
so still) I wish to state to your many
readers that on the 8th of January
I will celebrate the 70th anniversary
of my birth. Hope I am not asking
too much, but am desirous for those
who have enjoyed my letters in the
past to mail to nie a postal card for
my birthday. To those who feel like
I do, that there is nothing in my let
ters worth reading, I desire them to
send to me a fifty-cent ' U. S. stamp
book, of course to contain the proper
amount of stamps.
Here's wishing for one and all a
very merry and happy Christmas, with
good health and prosperity for the
Your Humble Come-Tumble,
S. S.
One of Yazoo City's Most Highly Es
teemed Citizens Passes Peace
fully Away.
..Mj N.. EI "..Warren one of Yazoo
City's' best known and most highly
esteemed citizens, died at his home in
this city at 1 o'clock Monday morning.
He had been in failing health for sev.
eral months, but was able' to go, about
his daily duties, until within the last
two weeks. He went to New Orleans
to consult a spec'alist, where he learn-
jed that his malady was incurable, and
'years ego, except to look after some J
planting interests and investments.
j-ew men gtooj higher in the esteem
an(l confidence of the public than N, E.
vyarren, A man of splendid business
ability, he applied this diligently, and
accumulated a competence. His word
was his bond, and he builded for him
self in his everyday affairs of life a
character that will stand as an ex
ample for the emulation of those of
the younger generation. He Was a
genMeman of unfailing courtesy, kind
liness of heart and gentleness of
spirit, and he will .be missed by the
people of Ya2oo City who have been
accustomed to hear his cheery greet
ing, and who knew him for
his real
The funeral services were held at
the Presbyterian church, of which he
was a member, Tuesday morning at 10
o'clock, and was largely attended by
friends who came to pay the last sad
tribute to his memory.
Mr. Warren leaves, of his immediate
,w an(J tw0 8:ster3, Mrs. w. A.
'Montgomery' of Hart own, and Mrs.
' . . " .'iv,.. mi. to make any need
ana oiner reiauves, ine enunei n-
To the Tublic. ;
1 desire to express my thanks aid
appreciation, first to the voters of
Yazoo City, for their hearty and en-
tkusiastic support which culminated'
in my election at the polls lat Wed j
nesday; second, I wish to express my 1
hearty appreciation to those tit wy ,
friends both in the city s-i out, who 1
.; rot having a v themstlvj s
exerted their iriflu? nee in rry hfha'f. 1
wi.-h to-say that I have no ill wiil to-
-;artu a"v
ee cnw.rg cut n 1
f-'rct,."n, s
to Mrve t,i
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T. H. rv
Halcher Bros. Buy "Rot Hill." and
Will Devote It to Live Stock,
Grain, Etc.
Another plantation deal of consid
erable magniture was cosed last
Thursday here by which Hatcher Bros.,
of Fayetteville, Tenn., become the
owners of "Rose Hill," one of the fin
est plantations in Yazoo County, form.
erly owned by Mr. T. K. Gilruth, and
located about a mile from Bentonia, on
the Y. & M. V. railroad, eighteen miles
south of Yazoo City.
The deal was handled by Hon. Peter
Stubblefield. Primarily, however, th?
credit of the deal is due to the Ysaoo
Commercial Club, whose Secretary,
Mr. R. H. Douthat, induced the Messrs.
Hatchek to come to Yayoo to look over
j some of the splendid farm lands on
ithe market here. The Messrs. Hatcher
j and Mr. Pitts came here last fall, and
jail were highly pleased with what they
saw, and expressed their determination
to invest here, and this deal is the re
suit of the careful investigation of
i shrewd capitalists of good judgment,
-aim ssiiuwn wuai men ui nub tauuir
think of Yazoo County, not only as a
field for investment, but as a place of
residence, as members of their family
will come here to live and improve
the property. rr..-B, ,
The deal is. said to. represent an
amount between $25,000 and $30,000.
The "plantation is what is known ,ns
table, land, and 'is Ideal1 for a stock
farm. Mr. Gilruth had succeeded in
building up quite a reputation as a
stock farmer, and had a splendid herd
of Hereford cattle and Berkshire hogs.
He, hag 'leased the place for the com
ing year, and will continue to operate
it until Jan. 1, 1917, when it is un
derstood he will purchase a smaller
place-where he cart better concentrate
his efforts. ' -
The Messrs. Hatcher are men of
large means and splendid ability. One
of them is a bachelor while the other
has three young sons now completing
their education in a leading agricul-
tural college, and it is the purpose of
the purchasers to put the young men
in active charge of the place when
they finish school. In the meantime, a
brother-in-law of the purchasers, a
college professor, will move here and
take charge of the plate as soon as
Mr. Gilruth's lease expires. The char-
. acter and standing of these people may
be understood when it is stated that
this gentleman's wife, who is a sis
ter of the Messrs. Hatcher, graduated
at Randolph-Macon College, and was
the valedictorian of her class.
This is the class of citizens that Ya
zoo will welcome with open arms, and
I ..... m i 1
it is believed that the Messrs. natcner
will induce others of their Tennessee
friends to lorate here
The "Rose Hill" plantation consisU j
of 1,400 acres, 1,300 of which is in !
cultivation. It has a silo, a fine $2,000 1
barn, a splendid residence with water- j
works, and is an ideal place for li
stock, and for all-purpose farming. It
is understood that the new owners will
Ko into live sioc preuy ....mv.,.,
and w.ll grow corn, u.. . ,,
etc., making coiwn -
-- -
ed improvements, and will no doub.
make a hi? success of their en.er
1 Now i.? the time to have your old,
i -i.il.. v.erht renaircd he
rl;cml. Call J S. Prun?on,
mn Cumb. phone 461.
- .
CbriMmas Sermon at Trinity CTmreb-
Cm Cri'tir.as eve, children Christ-
mas tree at 6 o'clock.
Christmas day, Early Celebralioa
Holy Comxr.ur.i'm at 7 a. m.
rtt-rr.irg Prsyr and Ite Cel-5ra-
I a. m.
Chilt?-nas rrsfi
V AMIii) To er irore pliir.'y
i fii !-,-h4 rm for Ii Vt houtle.:p-
re S-'? L
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Poar, But Ambitious Girl Will No
! Get the Education That She
( Earnestly SourM.
Reared in humble circumstances, by
resptvtable parents, but with a lauda.
hie ambition to ruse in the world and
secure an education that she recog
nize is essential to life's success,
Nannie Chisohm, a fifteen-year-olil
school girl of Free Run, in this coun
ty, is about to have her dream come
true through the death of a near rela
tive in Georgia who has just' died,
leaving millions to ,a few near rela-"
tives, one of whom is the young lady
The story reads like a work of fic
tion, and seems almost too good to be
true, but from the information now
at hand, there seems to be no doubt
of the facts that have thus far been
brought to public notice.
James Smith was a wealthy bache
lor, of Smithonia. Ga. He iied on
i)tv. 10, of this year, leaving an es
tnte valued at several million oouars.
In fact, it is said that he owned every
foot of ir round in his home county,
including the courthouse and the en-
tire town, except one farm, and be
sides his broad acres, he owned rail
road stocks, government bonds, and
other vaiuable securities, besides cash
and other property." When his per
sonal effects were examined after his
dt-Iilt, not. ill could be found, and in
the. absence of the. will, his next. of kin
will of couiife inherit his vast estate.
The muresknown relatives reside in
Yazoo and lolmes Counties, and the
Holmes County heirs have employed
ex-Gov. Noel and Hon. George A.
Wilson, both of Lexington, to look af
ter their interests in the matter. The
heirs ,in this county are Mrs. John
Chisholm, of Free Run, and Mrs. J. T.
Day : ,of the same postoffice. Gov.
Noel came to the homes of these, two
ladies late last Saturday, to see about
the matter and they went to Lexing
ton Monday, and made arrangements
with Gov. Noel to represent them, and
he is now in Georgia looking after
the matter. Among other heirs are
some citizens of Lexington.
There is a human interest story
running through the case that at once
arouses the sympathy of all who read
it. Mrs. Chisohm is a grand-niece of
the dead Georgia millionaire. She and
her husband with a large family of j
children, resides on a email place near
Free Run. Both the parents are in
poor health, and unable to provide a
bounteous support for the growing
family. Among the children ia a girl
of 15 fired with the ambition to suc
ceed in life, as evidenced by a letter
which she recently wrote to one of the
professors of the Agricultural High
School at Benton, in this county, in
wn;ch he offers to work to pay her
expenses through school. She writes
to him:
..Kin1 sir. j ftm poor girl and
want, to .enter your school for another
Jear j havtnt any money but want
an etIufataj jf i can possibly get it.
ma,(, j ou.d gH ,nt0
,1. i am 15 years old and
in the seven! n or eignm (roue,
be in the full eighth this term. I will
be willing to come and work all I
can to apply on my schooling next
"I have a sinter working hr way
through school at Moorlwad- I guess
you know her, Carrie Mae Chisohm.
My father and mother's health is bad,
and we have six others to go to school,
.. I.. .:it
'and Professor, if a girl hasn't an
K ,.- fd thij day and tim the
j a a Da(j f x. So if you can posiby
I take me, it will be more than I can
thank you, and I will appreciate your
k.'ndrefs. I will start In mli'a the in-
j u.r, jon 0f getting an education. I
J i'! do ir y work perfect, and pleac
you in any- way shout the work that
4m p i p me to Go, l 10 Kfiot'i
to Mr. With tull tar two years ia t
-r City, bt he is F-p?rir;-,'nJTt
I".'."iti' tOT,
1' f
I ran tr.U r yoiir 9
lot me know so I can prepare for the
This letter breathes the proper
spirit, nd ,girl with this ambition
land determination will be ure to get
the education she longs for. Her case
is now under consideration by the
Commercial Club and -Farm Demon
strator Jiitch, and plans are under
way to see that she has an opportunity
to go to school.
But now the information that cames
from Gorgia seem to open the way
for the realisation of her cherished
dream, and if the fortune which U
waiting the claimants is distributed
among the Yazoo heirs, it will no
doubt furnish ample means to give
her the best education obtainable.
' A Card.
The vote in the election for Mayor,
held Dec. 15th, was 258 to 233, a ma
jority of 25 against me.
I desire to publicly thank those vht
voted for me, for I feel sure that they
were prompted solely by their friend
ship for me, and tfvir firm conviction
that I would make Yazoo City a good
executive officer. I don't think any
thing else entered into their giving
me their votes and influence, and this
makes me appreciate their confidence
and loyalty all the more.
Yazoo City, Miss., Dec. 20, 1915.
List of Thowe Who Have Subscribed,
and Others Urged to Come in
Following the instructions given him
at the last meeting of the directors of
the Commercial Club, in conjunction
with the merchants of the town, Sec
retary Douthat has been busy this
week signing up on the subscription
list for the nectssary funds for the
second Dollar Day to be held in Yazoo
City on Saturday, Feb. 8. While many
of the merchants have been too busy
to be seen, several have already signed
the subscription list for thri? pro rata
part of the expense, und those who
have been too busy to do so are urged
to see Mr. Douthat as soon as possi
ble, in order to get their names in the
I list that will be published in the Senti
nel from week to week. This is free
advertising that costs the merchant
nothing, and is given freely by the
Sentinel in a spirit of co-operation
with the movement to make it a big
1 success.
Follow in if in a libt of tho mer
chants who have so far signed the list:
Crane-llamel Hardware Co.,
A. H. Courts, ,
J. Ii Ellis,
Hoffman's 5 and 10 Store,
K. E. Kennington,
Miller & Sallis,
It. P. Miller,
J. J. North,
N. Dtrov,
P. R PowelL
H. Summerfifld,
Yazoo Hardware Co.,
Yazoo Furniture Co.,
Yazoo Grocery Co.,
CitizenH llank & Trout Co.,
Dr. John Harrington.
C A. Price.
A- L. Bradley,
liarnwell &. Barbour,
M. C.
.Brirkell Furniture Store,
Brown's Drag Store,
R. M. Quliemeyer.
W. Ik Johnston,
Itham & Williams,
Exchange Irug Stor.
J. M Weber,
Mis Mary Swayze,
IS. Goldstein & Co
Bank of Yazoo City,
J. J. Beaird.
"Disease i not the punishment fot
sin: it is the evidence cf it."
Bive l.ore mule, about 8 year oM,
weigh about l,BO pounds, atrayed
from Duck Pond plantation ah'Ott Dee.
17. Reward for pturn ia It. 3.
EH, Yizoo City, er M. C. rril-iTZn,
ValV y. Mlr. 12
And Nothing Will Be Left Undone to
Apprehend the Authors of Threat
ening Letter.
When the Federal Government geU
the machinery of iU perfect organisa
tion to work, it is certain that the
ugly form of anarchy which has rear
ed its head in Yazoo County in the
shape of attempted whitecapism will
be bound in legal fetters which will
subdue it for all time.
The bold attempt to frighten relia
ble labor away from their peaceful
pursuits, even under threat of death,
was brought to public attention yes
terday by Mr. J. T. Day, a prominent
planter of Free Run, and Mr. 1. S.
Reed, a prominent cotfon man of Ya
zoo City, and President of the Public
Service Commission of this city, wh
also owns a plantation adjoining that
of Mr. Day. Mr. Day came to the city
yesterday morning with a letter which
had been received by a negro tenant
on Mr. Reed's place, and which had
been turned over by Ire negro to Mr.
W. J. Spell, manager of Mr. Reed's
place. The letter is very threatening
In character, and has been sent by ,
Messrs. Reed to Hon. -J. W. George,
U. S. District Attorney, of Jackson,
and the sleuths of the Government
will be put on the trail In the hope of
ferreting out the authors of the let
ter, as it was placed in the box on the
rni.nl ft.in4t n i at iVta li.un U'hii'U
make it a Federal .offense.
The letter was addressed tA "Tom
Homea, Eden, Mix,,R. No. 1," and wm
written with an inik'iible. p)ncil ami
enclosed in a plain envelope. On the
inside the letter was printed, rather
than written, in an evident purpo.ie
of disguising the handwriting. Fol
lowing is a copy of the letter, showing
many errors, und is given as written. .
Certain farts surrounding the ca.e
make it almost certain that the auJ
thora are known, and this clue will be
followed up by the authorities. Oa
the back of one of the pages was
drawn the picture of a coffin, in which
a corpse was lying. Here is the let
ter: "To Tom Homes: We the white
people have decided that you negroe
n the Pd place leave at once from
both sides of the creak.
"Now old negrow get up at once.
Dont let you boss fool you in truble
Christmas is here and we will tiave
some fun. Ike shore and bee gone hj
the first of Jan or your house will he
shot full of buckshot. Be shore and
give thig to John Jefforson, we mean
the same for him. (Jefferson i the
head negro on Mr. Day's place Ed.)
And also no negroes must not work
the rouds, so warn your people to aUy
ofT after the first of Jan.
"We por people rant get homes If
they would work some whites and
some blacks we could stand it. We go
and ask for homes and are turned
away. We have the poor people and
the one hor.e farmer with us, so you
had better move. It will be better
for you Not to show this to your I'oi
Be shore to warn all that is on thf .
place and all that is f.xin to move on
the place."-
So name is signed to the letter, bat
on the back of one of the three fchects
of small note paper upon which it ia
written, is drawn a picture of two .
coffins, one of which shows the form of
a corpse lying inside.
This is the first time this spirit ha
manifested itself in Yazoo County,
and a determined effort will be mad
by Messrs. Reed and Day to appre
hend the authors of the letters. TaiJ
spirit of anarchy manifested itself it
South Mississippi during Gov. Varda
tnan's administration and pt I '
iler.tly and extensively as to involve
the leading c.T.crrs of maty eoun-ies.
No better citlzer.a live in Ys.ro
y, or t.e .
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r!;,4e, f r tiat flatter,
'i s"d Day, at 1 p".;'."..
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