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Tte Polk Comity iwfaz(gfe LIBERTY AND JUSTICE TO ALL. ONE DOLLAR A YEAR. PUBLISH KD WEEKLY BENTON. POLK COUNTY. EASTITENNESSEE. THURSDAY JAN. 8, 1914 NUMBER 6 VOLUME 7 PERSONAL s-rs. Social Calendar. o Mid-week prayer meeting the Presbyterian, church at on Wednesday nights, invited to come. You are o Sundiy school at both the Presby terian and Baptist church es every Sunday morning. You are welcome and your presence will be appreciated at either place. o Go to Church Sunday. Start the Year 1914 Right Join the ''Go-to Church Cam paign." Become a regular at tendant at church, and also at the mid-week prayer services. Church members and church goers, unite your efforts in urg ing non-church goers and non church members to become regular attendants at divine services. -Subject morning discourse at Presbyterian church: "A Seven fold Characteristic of God's People." , ' Subject at night: "Sinning Away the Day of Grace. Miss Tyner will sing. o Christian Endeavor society meets at the Presbyterian cnnrch Sunday nights. Inter esting topics are discussed; and; you are requested iq 3 truth acletb. Ife. " HtmT- . ";jronr'iob pi"tnj :ioloit. - r I o3 'vv-d c - Dyke Higgins has recovered from the mumps. There will bo a box supper at Rahts Chapel Saturday. A big crowd is expected. , - Miss Mamie Lewis subscribed for the paper Tuesday. Who's next? Rev. T. M. Hicks has return ed from Ten Mile, where he assisted in conducting a revival meeting. Mrs. Susie Wimberly and chil dren, of Atlanta, visited Mr. and Mrs. B. F. McClary through the holidays. J. H. Love has purchased an interest in the Benton Mercantile Company. The business will hereafter be known as J.H.Love and Company. It. W. Clemmer former sole owner and manager was closing out the stocK, but since Mr. Love has talt en charge the store will be re-stocked and the business continue. Advertised Letters. Mrs Sarah Walker, Winston McLerd Marshal Smith, Prof. Thos. W. Lowerv. Miss Nora Howell Miss Hannah Godfrey, Mrs Lon Bailey, Miss Lane Payne. Char ie Brown. Cards M. Mallett. Walter M. Harrison, P. M. (Advertisement) Mrs. Daisy Steele and little son, Joe, of Jackson, Michigan are visiting Mrs. Steele's sisters Misses Mae and Jewel Love here. Mr. Steele accompanied them part of the way and went A J r Vi fx ho V) A.4 accepted a position as clerk i jgood now-a-days if you ve got a Xge store. Mrs Steele and slice of bread to go with it. Ronwillgoto Miami in a few! Some people are known by Lv8 where they will reside, habits, but th riding habit is Misses Mao and Jewel Love ex- Calculated to deceive. AND SOCIAL. sz-7- Z-. pect to accompany Miami, where they reside. them to also will Mrs. Minnie Hutchins is suf fering with mumps. One of our steady subscribers W. M. Morgan of Servilla, whs in town last week and while here handed us a dollar on his subscription. . Harry Hicks went to Mary villelast week, where he has accepted a position as carpenter on the aluminum pians mere. His wife went to Reliance where she will spend a few days with her mother, after which she will go to Maryville J. B. Taylor of Prendergast iav ui "l ' , was in town Monday and route 1 while here t)aid us a dollar in to advance on his subscription the paper Vital Statistics Law. The new Vital Statistics law, which went into effect January 1st, 1914, requires that each birth and death be registered immediately with the local reg ister in the district in which the birth or death occured. , Births are registered as fol lows: The doctor or midwife who attends a birth 'is f required to file a certificate of said birth With the local registrar of the listrict fn which the birth . oc-J It! - WiJ r .. -.1. .1 1... - .. i'.'i ii i- hi. i:i,iT doctor ivjr r:: i wife is in ttendatiee parents ararequired to file such certificate .' ' How deaths are registered: The undertaker, or person act ing as such, is required to file with the local registrar a death certificate, properly signed bv an informant and hy the physi cian last in attendance on the deceased. The physician will assign the cause of death. The law requires that this certificate be filed with the local registrar of a district and that a buria rermit be procured from him before disposing of a dead body. Chas. Harrison is the local reg istrar of the second district of Polk county. Spicy Spiels. B Brick Pomery. The chambers of your heart are one kind of love cell. More light on some usubjecls" is not necessary to enhance beauty. ' You can bet your sweet life to a girl in the dark but if you, find it's her ma, the bet's off see? Some people prefer a blind choice of cussedness to a single life of blessedness. The clash of tongues often de stroys mutual confidence. Most ideal men. when you find ttiera, have been worked over by the woman before you. A majority of the people with inventive minds aro called liars. Some unpardonable sins in the third office terms heretofore, seem now to be the only saving power. Even the smell of meat is Met Monday High School for Copperhill Justices from , New District Enjoined from Serving Other Important Business Transacted. County court met in session Monday with regular twcntv- four of the 'squires prusent. Prayer was offered by 'bquire Price. Jas. H. Williamson was elected Chm. for the 7th succes sive term. H. M. Bramlett was elected Chairman pro tem. Road commissiontrs were elected for ;fch disljrictq viz: 1st district .LovinKood, 2nd D. E. Hurch, ... w 1 3rd W. B. Prazier, 4tb VV. I. Da"is, 5th S. H. Oneal, Oth C. H. Woody, 7th John K'tosey, 8th Joel Sjmonds, 9thr Mike Boring. 10th John HydeVj 11th John Hampton. ' The county court ordered an issue of bonds in the sum of $24,500 to build a high school at Copperhill and to replenish vthe school fund. ' ,1 v . A resolution was intrdaced to appropriate $1200 perear for the employment of a teieher of agriculture in the Bentbf High Schools, but the resolition met onoositiJin from the Chairman. He said that such a acher arohld 4 In CaHfrfS l.f.m..J hiF!tlN HI Sr. jbiture; that if ai epidemic or smaupox Items By 0W Correspondents That May or May Not Interest Yoa. Benton R. F. D. The angel of death , eniered t.hft home of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Wiley on December 27, 1913 and claimed their infant son, nged 7 weeks. Let's, remember, dear bereaved ones, While we sadly weep and mourn That our baby has awakened In an everlasting dawn. May God's hand forever lead MS In the path that leads to rest; May we meet our little baby And forever more be blest. The school at Taylors is pro gressing nicely, f We are having some rainy weather at present. Blue Eyes. Kimsey's School. ! No, Mr. Editor, we have not turned ground-hog and denned up for the winter, but if you could see the white covering the earth has, and hear the wind as it comes whistling through the nigh cut, across thahili top, voa would th'nk we would be better off if we were. The snow began falling Fri day momlmg, but none of it lay until night, except on the high est mountain tops, Saturday morning the ground was covered tyCoiit or diptheria should exist, the county would appropriate money for vaccine or serum that an appropriation for a serum for laziness was preferable to an appropriation for an agricultural teacher. 'Squire Price said that his mind was not clear as to the best course, and voted No, with the suggestion thai the 'squires should get together and give the matter further or special con sideration for future action. The vote resulted in the defeat of the resolution by a vote of 11 to 9. 'Squire Simonds presented a resolution for the county court to employ able lawyers to de fend the county court's partisen action in creating a new district to repeal the Dorch law at Ducktown. The resolution pass ed by a strict party vote, every republican voting for It and every democrat voting against it. The.assage of this resolu tion proved the assertion"; that Hbe C'nty funds will be used by turn y.pi'J to ad vincajfir p.ar rtt''3 in "nterest &t any and all mes. i - i from two to four inches deep. The pines, cedars and hol'y, branches bending low, presen ting an extremely beautiful scene that will be long remembered by those who saw it. Christmas and new year have come and gone and not a drunk did we have, or even hear of. Everything quiet, and everybody jovial and happy. Another prop is gone from the liquor men, tor prohibition will prohibit some times, in some places, at least. Prof. J. U. Estep who has been teaching at Cooksons Creek spent the Christmas holidays with homefolks. He contem plates taking a business course at the Knoxviile Business Col lege. .Uncle John' Kimsey is very low at this writing. He is suf fering from acute indigestion and is not expected to livn. Leonard Brooks of Rome, Ga. spent the holidays with Mrs. Brooks' father, W. C. Boring and other relatives. They re turned home Saturday. , School has been progressing nicely, despite the bad weather. The teacher gives the following as those wb,o merited the honor roll last month: Cora Bryant, Emily Boring, Lerada Walker, Pauline Boring, Gladys Worley, Florence Worley and Ray Nich olson. Old Bachelor j B CLEMMER'S COLUMNS. E By J D . Clemmee pjiniiiiaiuiUiaiuiiiiaiaiiiiaiaiiiiaiaiiuiiiaiUiiiiaiuii John C. Williamson's Subscription Schools, The demoralized and devastat ed condition of the country was so great that neither the slate nor the county did anything to ward the starting of free public schools for, considerable time after the close of the war be tween the states. The people of Benton and vicinity were so much in earnest about making up lost time in the education of their children that under 4he leadership of their teacher, John C. William son, a subscription school was started January 26, 18153 and lasted without any summer in termission until just before Christmas, the following Decem ber, making 48 weeks in direct succession, or 12 school months in the year, 1866. The school was largely at tended, having an enrollment of considerably over a hundred. John C. Williamson was born April 4, 1833. He entered Ben ton academy under Milburn and while a student kept a diary which his son VV. H. Williamson now has. It is a mot interest ing account of events in his stuient life. In 1853 he was the Benton correspondent of a newspaper published at Duck town Walled the "Duckiown Xag'J& A fopy f that V piper today would no doubt be worth several times its subscription price. Extracts or facts taken from his diary Irom 1858 to 1860 will show his activities and prepar ation for his occupation of teach ing and profession of law. On October 8, 1858 he attend ed the funeral of James Smith, circuit court clerk, and that nieht wrote for the Ducktown Eagle. On Oct. 11 "Went to school, had Latin and geometrical les- sons" and next day commenced j rhetoric. j Oct. 14, the Ocoee Debating'; Society was organized, electing j Williamson its president for the j fourth time On the 8th of November they Compulsory School Law To County and City Sup'ts: Many inquiries have been re ceived at this office rejarding a strict construction of the Com pulsory School Law with refer ence to the school age. In order that we might have definite in formation on this point, I ad dressed a letter to the Attorney General of the State asking his opinion upon Section 1, Chapter 9 or the Acts of 1913. I give you below his statement of my in quiry and his reply thereto: "You say 'Suppose a child is 8 years old on January 1, 1908. He will therefore become 14 years old January 1, 1914 Does the law mean that he can be compelled to go to school ' after January 1, 1914? Some lawyers take the position that he cannot be compelled to go to school dur ing his fourteenth year, or after he is 18 years of age. I would like to have a ruting from you (Continued on last page) organized a 'Critical Society' and then Dec. 13. organized the 'Bachelor's Court.' "Hayes governor, Copeland secretary, Davidson sheriff, Harbison treasurer and Hammonds door keeper." Oct. 15, "Jacob L. Milburn told us we must write composi tions for N'onday.-' "From Sept. 1 to last of Oct. there was a large comet, across the west." Oct. 16 Geo. Rhea, Mrs. Mil burn's brother, came to Benton. 17th, heard Zachariah Rose preach at Baptist church. 21st, Mr. Milburn started to the Synod and returned on the 26th. 22nd, "Posted books for Has kins and Donaldson" D. C. and Jas C.) 23rd "Brother James William son came tov bacheloring at school." Nov. 1 to 5, made a trip to Sylco. Nov. 7 "A lot of sickness T. T. Biggs, Coon Denton, J. H. Dobson, Virgil Parks, Huckaby and Oneal." Nov 9 J. H. Dobsoti .died (James Dobson had died Oct .24 ) "I taught school and whipped Tom Montgomery." Nov. 10 "Saw a large light in the west; learned the vjext day that it was Green's mill fired by Wright's negro -, , Nov. 14 I was sick; G. W. Orr and A. D. Donaldson came to see me. Nov 22, School appointed a committee to get up a program fr Thanksgiving' day, and to confer with female academy Ben F. Harrison a classmate of mine aged 25 died and was bur ied by students. Rev. J. L. Milburn delivered the funeral. Also William Bible's wife was buried at the same time." 23rd Wm. Rollins died, and on the 24th the Coleman boys com menced bacheloring. Nov. 25, 1858 ThanKSffiving celebration 9 a. m. at academy in afternoon in church and even ing in the Society. Nov. 28, "Wrote article for the Ducktown Eagle on 'Thanks giving and the Two Academies" (I'd pay well for a copy wouldn't you?)" Dec. 2, Bill Li Hard came and chose a room. Dec 4, Jas. Edwards moving to Monroe county, Hannah in the post office and G. W. Orr clerking for Greenlee. Dec. 5 "Blackburn preached, then I went to Mayfield's officn. Dec. 13 Milburn desired Cope- land and 1 to hear the lessons he was sick from 8tti to 15th. Dec. 14 Jones Copeland went to McMinn county and I taught school by myself. t Dec. 15, 'Boarders and clerks of Benton' 6ent notice to the 'Bachelors' mat they would not visit them 'to save their char acter.' " The notice was written by Jim and Dan Donal lscn, G. W. Orr Fender and Hannah. The Bach elors were the boys who batch ed in the dormitories. The Clerks and Boarders afterward1 apologized for the insult, and peace reigned between them.