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The News Gazette wishes ail; of its Readers a Merry .Christmas and a Happy New Year'
J te PUBLISHED WEEKLY LIBERTY AISD JUSTICE TO ALL, ONE DOLLAR A YEAR. VOLUME 7 BGNTON. FOLK COUNTY, EAST TENNESSEE, THURSDAY DEC. 25 1013 ' S , NUMBER 4 PERSONAL Social Calendar. o Mid-week prayer meeting at the Presbyterian church on Wednesday nights. You are invited to come. Sundiy school at both the Presbyterian and Baptist church es every Sunday morning. You are welcome and your presence will be appreciaied at either place. o Rev. A. M. Tomlinson will till his regular appointment here next Sunday. o Enieavor society meets at the Presbyterian cmu-ch Sunday nights. Inter esting topics are discussed; and you are requested to come Don't send your job printing . oft we can do it. Luke Fetzer of Conasauga , spent last Sunday here. f New chimney flues are being built to the Masonic hall this ,' . Week. ' , .. fft ,;v...V:A.-'''V;:' ' " " Rev, Ryuer filled his appoint mentsat the Baptist church Sat . urday and Sunday. Born to Mr. and Mrs. D. Jenkins of Servilla, December 20, a fine girl. Most of the high school teach ers and students are spending the Christmas holidays with their homefolks. . J. E. Quintrell of Carson Newman College at Jefferson City, is 'spending the holidays with homefolks on route 1. Jesse Rymer and family, of Archville, spent a few days recently with his parents at this place. Lon Godfrey is having some improvements made on his property west of town, purchas ed from Hon. J.S. Shamblin and known as the James Smith property. There was a box supper at Oak Grove last Saturday night proceeds amounted to about $28 and were used for the Christmas tree which was given there on WedneKday night. Frank Bacon, of Jefferson City, a student of Carson-Newman College, spent the holidays with relatives at his home near Charleston. Lake Russell came in from Atlanta a few days before Xmas a and expects to attend the high school here during the next term. An election was held in the new 12th district of Polk county on Dec. 22, and two justices of the peace were elected for the new twelfth district. There were six candidates in the field, three democrats and three re publicans. The successful can didates were A. Nolde and J. V. Stewart, both republicans. An election was held in the 11th district on the same date, in which a man named Williams (brother to Esq Zack Williams) was elected J. P. to fill a vacan cy eaused by the resignation of J. M. Hampton. AND SOCIAL. John Wilson of Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, is spending the holidays with home folks on route 1. Jake Day left Tuesday for Hayesville, N. C, where he will spend a few days with his bro ther, Geo. Day. Mr. Day has resided in this section for sev eral years. He contemplates residing in North Carolina. His friends would regret for him to settle elsewhere, but hope that be will meet with success. The vesper service given by the high school at the auditori um on Thursday December 18th from 6 to 7 p. m., was a success. A large and appreciative audi- ence was present. Christmas Why ,s Uhnstmasj ". ,t or.ginate? Why and how should it be celebrated? We say it is the birth of Christ. Then if it is the birthday of Christ, it must have originated more than . u j j - , nineteen hundred years ago, i , ' . . . . r ,u when Christ was born in Betb - tn u- XJ v,Q. awakened and a greftt light shone around; when an angel .w ' ,., .... , . ",! passes the swith frota Isabella appeared o them and told tnem ; fao . ,,- " ! tn fnnnorhi .nd to the main the joyous news that a savior was born into the world. Christmas has not been cele brated through all the ages, yet it has been ceieorateo ror many years Then we should celebrate Christmas because it is the birtbday of the greateit leadear that has ever been born into the world. Then the quesrion of how we should celebrate so great and j important an event as the birth of Christ, is small concern a matter of nojand inmates; surviving "blue We think it nice coats" who love to tell of the to give presents, especially to the needy. We understand and realize there has not been a greater gift to the world than Christ the Lord. Christmas should be a day of rejoicing, especially among christians. We are pursuaded, 1 a however, that many people do'Normai campus. Polk county not celebrate Christmas as they should. It seems that some of them care only for the things of the world; and, alas! many tar ry long at the wine cup, seem- ngly forgetting that 'Wine is a mocker and strong drink is raging." May we appeal to the chu rob e's to study and take up some plan to celebrate Christmas in more holy and upright way. Cotton Statistics. Cleveland, Tenn., Dec. 21, 1913 The News-Gazette Benton, Tenn , Gentlemen: . v t Polk county, up to December 13th, 1913, had ginned 1282 bales of cotton as compared with 1150 bales ginned prior to December 13, 1912. ( Bradley . county ginned 1094 bales from the crop of 1913 up to Decemoer 13, 1913, us com pared with 770 bales' ginned prior to December 18, 1912. Yours truly, C, A. MEB. SUIT FOR $50,000 AGAINST THE L. & N. RAILROAD Brougfjt by Mrs. Carter of Ducktown--Case : Goes to Supreme Court. There was aa interesting case in the circuit : court at Athens this week involving a suit again st the L. & 2& Railroad Co., for damages in the sum of $50,000 brought by Mrs." Mamie Carter widow of George Carter, and T. H. Stokes," guardian; George Carter had been in the employ ment of the -Picktown Sulphur Copper & Iron Company at Duck- town for a number of years as brakesman and flagman on one of its trains and was killed in a wreck of his trajc September 10 1912. Carter was rated as a very reliable and competent em ployee and left a young wife and one child. v ' On the line over which the Copper . Company operated its P .V , h . - , , ,'rr" 7" switch u,ci by trains l Tl T u iN., through which t rains reach a """"fo" " , a, coal chute-over was oiled "r t-uu"' -j f ', . ..v v 1 In court the vie? cf the Y. '- """. '; ' :' , Schools of Today Con trasted with War Time Schools. ; V Johnson City, Tenn., December lp, 1913. Mr. Editor:, One-half mile northward from the State Normal School is to be een tbe Soldiers' Home. There thous- js sajd to be more than a days ofGatewood's raid. Eastward from the SoMiers' Home is the city of the desd where sometimes as many as eleven prepared craves patient ly await their tenants. A section of the Bristol-to- Memphis highway lies along the has some roads as good as this Automobiles are frequently pass ing, and seem to be racing with the trains to and from Jonesboro Most students seem unconscious of the trains passing, provided the students have well-prepared lessons. Such would not have been the case fifty years ago. In spite of their better chances a lot of young people of today are not as good readers and writers as most older people. Children now carry three books where their parents did well if they could carry one. Some of the books, however, are not worth carrying. Examinations have begun and the following are some typical questions and problems: Name two classes of insects and give a poison for each. Name tbe leading futictions of lime. Describe cultivation of corn. How should a pasture be man aged? Merry Christmas and happy New Year, Ben Harrison. line of the L. & N., use the east leg of the Y by tacit agreement and to do so the switch mast be closed to the west leg of the Y and when not so closed trains to and from Isabella are endanger ed! The L. & N. Company was ably represented by Attorneys Clem J. Jones, James Wright and N. Q. Allen, and the plain tiff by Mr E. E. Ivens. It was contended by the plain tiff that inasmuch as the switch at the Y was in the absolute control and ownership of toe L. & N. fiilroad, it was the dutv of that road to keep it clear from the trains of the Copper Company and to main tain at the switch the usual switch stand or target' to indi- 'cate by th colors, yellow or red opposition of the switch. It f contended by the pla was contended by the plaintiff uiaoiMi lue uuuaaiuu ui iua nicv.iv the colors of the switch stand had grown so faded that . as a signal it was unreliable, - -On the other hand the defense rrrfirst-ii-:' tt- --f V "t" T"t ,,r !. should ' have been ob-served. time to avoid' danger. -,, . Athenian. " ? -" . in Spicy Spiels. By Brick Pomery. PUNCTUATION. If an exclamation point Denotes strong emotion A giggle after what you sy Must mean self -devotion. If a question mark should be Placed upon jour head And the people ahswered it. What think you would be said? I think you'd be like a phrase From out its order bent With a comma to separate And show which way you lent You would'be just an after tho't Displayed to fill in space- To change the sense of anything No semblence you could trace. The brackets should come next Enclosed ends, base and lop; The period should follow then And bring a sudden stop. Value of Publicity A merchant in a small town who saw a farmer receive goods at a railroad station from a mail order house told him he could have sold the same goods for less money and saved the freight besides. The farmer asked , why he didn't let tbe people now. Though he had taken the home paper regularly for ten years, he never saw a line in It that such goods were to be had. The mail order house came after the trade and got it. Merchants and manufacturers who fail to advertise what they have should not expect to compete with those who do. The very best articles at the lowest prices will be passed by when people are un aware of their existence. Prob ably if the merchant had adver tised and the farmer had bought from him, he wouldn't have known that his advertisement ! fi F?jvi;viFfRi cm .1 jvuv54 ch. numbf J- B Y iuawu Jiuuiiuuniium iuniiu in iUMJumjujuiujujujuR Scraps and Corrections Blount Armstrong was a cous in of Baker Armstrong, and it was Baker's brother Yance who killed the man suspected of hav ing killed Baker. The Arm strong brothers who were the fathers of these young men were oDDOsed to each other in the civil war struggle. o The old man who denied that his son had killed Raper and who shook his fist iu the face of Raper's brother 'and his armed men, was John F. Hannah, who owned the farm just below Parksville (but never owned the mill.) His house stood on the right of the Island ford road in going from Fergusons spring toward the river. Instead of it being Bill Kim hennoh u?hr man n nwinc near j popjar Grove school house, it was , m Harbison, a son ol val entine Harbison. . O- The miller's bouse at'1 ParK mill ws the only 'house, nea only 'house, nea'Y j tL.ii. i. uo nr .' uia.9w uci,fu. builder and "tlmndur of the firsN power plant at this stragetic point was Banner Shields. Tbifc1iellite man." -Wfv place should have been caiea Shieldsville, and it be Shields hydro-electric" power dam and Shields Lake todav. ' ... ' In Gtorge Barnes' article the tvnewtiter who kindly put Mr. Ramps' writinn into form mis-1 4 f placed a period, causing it to state that Gatewtod's gang killed Johnson, and Wilkey. A period should have followed the first name, and then the state ment follow, "And Sam Wilkey and Sam Denton buried him." Gatewood and most of his men went west after, the war and ; settled close together in a certain ! county in .Texas and there at ; last account Gatewood himself was still living. At the Little Rock Confederate reunion a man giving his name as near where Wes Rymer was standing was told by Mr. Rymer that there was a Gatewood con nected with a raid in Polk coun ty, Tenn. The man at once turned his head, and said as he walked rapidly away "Yes, I've heard of him, but I'm not the man." Mr. Rymer never saw him any more, and the inference is that he was the veritable Gatewood, leader of the gueril las who so atrociously murdered robbed and plundered citizens in various raids, and especially in had brought the business, any way, and so wouldn't have giv en it credit. Publicity often reaches much further than is outwardly perceptible. Ex. Thb News-Gazette is not complyinj with the usual custom of suspending the paper during the Christmas holidays. We missed a week net long ago, and are "makiog up. The News-Gazette Is ODly $1 a year take it. :1, k "V Olemmeb in soon , the memorable one through Polk county on November 29 and 80, 1864. o ", l ooking back over the differ ent accounts of parts of Gate-1 wood's raid through Polk county we find 18 men . to have been killed by them: Two Federal colftiwr at. Olrl P7irl?.T. R. . strong ana Kaper r; ;,, Moore's mill (Kile's j thia spe, ly Ocoee post off01? and J r . iade its near Jabe Parks'i,mber8 in here in Benton; laree prtncip" Halfway Housfdefn . ... u ii r of Columbia, at Mitchell farj;e8 nave BUffei (a boy,) Elijaiaf pests, it is ar' Lovell and tte a - feeds naturally i9 Jasper Parteii 0Den in thet v yeiirs from hiitdently beencarVJ and a quarter x sreenaoMsy the mouth of 'a a gro,-, f Johnson at the SlaVsre-winfrs tttii vin.ve x way's (now Geor14 This was six in tb and twelve up.", among tbeternifvS ly Wourr- eagea y ones ok' .- Mrs E(b. m W 'it v A. - I . i snowed ror m-rayjrs ys rocii wnere ne lay. . j i Polo Purr s was shot 3 or v times and crawled to the top b the mountain to James Rymer's house. He was away from home and his wife was scared so J I f ft '0 bay she took the - children and left.T) Parris crawled into the hous and stayed there all night in hs terrible condition, alone. Eli Rvmer, to whose home Mrs Jas. Rymer went, and some neighbors went to his relief next morning. He was cared for there 4 weeks, then my father, Faui far as, Parris' father, Eli Rymer father 0f y-es Kvmer, and James Ry- mer gewed a sheet tQ polea an ;carried him halfa railedowu tlfe ,.utr,ed mountain side to the Ocoee river road and laid him in an ox cart. I drove he cart with him in it to Cleveland, my father and his going , aionj? to care for him. We stayed all night at Arnold Warin's, now VV I Ilium ly O I'l wtucn, umiuuii a company of Col. Boyd's home guard, or 'Hogback solJiers'unt us and went to Cleveland with, us. Johnson lay four or five days where killed at the Slate bluff, then he was buried by my father, my brother George, two older sisters, Silas Goforth and Ellon jGoforth, now Mrs. Wiley Price, and a sister now r Mrs. Peter Hall. We dug a grave cn , the upper side of the road in the mountain side. He had ou a boot and a shoe, and a boot and a shoe were lying by him. He wore blue clothes and had a pone of corn bread in his coat pocket. ' We had no coma, no lumber and no way to get any, so we laid bis boot legs over his face and covered him with slate stones, Aa soon as his people could, they moved him totheirjiome in Fannin county, Ua. '. IT-. f .i .. . M ' a 7 - "'