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- THE MEIN A STAR
A. W. ST. JOHN. V.W. ST.JOHN. R.R. ST.JOHN fl. W. ST. down & SONS Editors and Proprietors. TELEPHONE NO. 19. SUBSCRIPTION RATES, Three months..... 80. Six Months.60< One year .l.(X Advertising rates given on application. Entered at the postofflee at Mena, Ark., ai second class matter. “The surest path to universal es teem is to be just.” THE CAUSE OF DELAY. Since the removal of the county seat from Dallas to Mena so many brick buildings have been pro jected here that our brick yards arc unable to supply the demand and several buildings must wait until brick arc made. This is the case with the college building and explains the delay in its con struction. Those who desired to bid on its construction found on inquiring that they would be com pelled to ship brick here and thus increase the cost beyond what the projectors desired to pay. Besides this it was desired by the building committee that this enterprise should bo a Mena en terprise—the brick going into it, as well as all other material and labor, as far as possible, should be from Mena. As soon as arrangements can be completed for the making of a sufficient quantity of good brick for this building the work will be commenced and pushed to com pletion at the earliest possible date. THE PRODUCT DISPLAY. As one attractive feature of Mena’s second anniversary cele bration the display of Polk coun ty’s products promises to be first class. This might properly he called a business mens’ fair as the business men of Mena are insur ing its success by the premiums they offer for the best or the va rious products grown in this county. Thus far they have responded to the committee’s solicitations readily and freely all entering into the spirit of the movement with a desire to encourage the farmers to bring the best specimens of their products for exhibition that day. The farmers are having good crops this season and we believe they will make a display such as / was never witnessed in Western Arkansas before and it is among the possibilities that this may re sult in the organization of a Polk county fair. “MOSSBACK” DEMOCRATS. The Arkansas Gazette very Jjointedly calls attention to the act that there has been democratic senators in the past who opposed forward movements along the line of acquisition of more territory, as well as at present, as follows: There were United States senators who ODposed the Lousiana purchase by President .Jefferson a little less than 100 years ago. There were democratic & O n o t O n* b a Artn^co/1 t hn » . • %• —- -i r- ----- chase under President Monroe. There were democratic senators who opposed the annexation of Texas, the war with Mexico and the acquisition of New Mexico and California to the domain cl tilt* United States. But they lived to sec and recognize the fact that they were wrong, just as the Arkansas con gressional delegation—senators and representatives—will live to see that they are in error in opposing a great er America. LIBERTY. Paley: To do what we will is natural liberty; to do what we will consistently with the interests of the community to which we be long is civil liberty; that is to say, the only liberty to be desired in a state of civil society. It is safe to say that every dol lar of gold brought from the Klondike region has cost the country at least $2 to say nothing of the suffering and loss of life caused by the mad rush to those much over rated gold fields. Nearly every enterprising busi ness man and firm in Mena is in the list of premiums offered for the display August 18 and 19, but if there are others who want to offer premiums the list is open to them. Melons are plentiful in the mar ket this year. There are few who realize how . extensive our market at Mena is becoming for country products, especially eggs, chickens and but 1 ter. Some of our grocery men, among them Littlejohn & Co. are ■ shipping large orders to Port Arthur and the chickens sent from here are on the Hotel Sabiue bill of faro as “Rich Mountain chick ens.” Large quantities are ship ped to the hotel at Mt. Mena and 1 the dining cars take eaeh day quantities of these products. Alongside the words of the gallant Captain Philip of the bat tleship Texas, who, when the fight was won said to his men, “Don’t cheer, the poor devils are dying,” should be quoted the pretty senti ment expressed by the captain of the Iowa, Fighting Bob Evans, in speaking of his men. He said: “So long as the enemy showed his flag, they fought like Ameri can seamen, but when the flag came down they were as tender as American women.” Unquestionably there is a good opening in Mena for some brick man with machinery to make good brick to open a brick yard. All the brick in the yards now being operated are engaged by private parties and none can be had for the college or court house until they are made to say nothing of the other new buildings that par ties desire to erect here this fall and winter. Where is the man who will strike while the iron is hot and establish a good business? some months ago the otar took occasion to urge upon brick mak ers the necessity of preparing for the demand sure to come this sea son. Unless the contractors pur chase the brick from other places, the construction of the college must be delayed until brick can be made, and we desire to see this industry encouraged here. The first man to get brick machinery here and make good brick will make money. The Star office received last week a nice large fire and burglar proof safe from the Alpine Safe Co. of Cincinnati, ().. weighing 1000 lbs. Delinquent Subscribers need not hesitate about paying up as we have a safe place to keep all the money they pay us, as well as our books etc. Mena's natal day, August 19, will be celebrated in great style this year and hosts of people will come to seethe two-year-old town. ORCHARD AND GARDEN. Allow grapes to ripen on the vine. Do not let manure toueh the tree roots. Worthless and decaying trees in the orchard are only harboring places for vermin. New wood always bears the best fruit. Remember this in pruning. Plum trees will not do well in sod Good cultivation from the start is necessary. When a peach tree ceases to bear, . ! tbrt oil f 1 rwr < ifV tlin nbl nr/t/vr) nrl II i give it new life and vigor. Watering with tobacco water is one of the best remedies for worms in flower pots. A lack of potash in the soil is often ' | the cause of the fruit dropping from I the trees prematurely. Applying wood | ashes is a good remedy. Go over the trees and examine care- | fully for borers. Their presence may ! be detected by the sawdust, l’robe in i with a wire and destroy them. Scatter air-slaked lime liberally on ! I the ground under the grapevines. This I i is recommended as a good preventative I of mildew. It should be done now as 1 soon as possible. -♦ Mow’s This? We offer One Hundred Dollars Re ward for any ease of catarrh that can ! not be cured by Hall’s Catarrh Cure. P. J. Chenev & Co. .Props.,Toledo, O. i We the undersigned, having known P. J Cheney for the last 15 years, and believe him perfectly honorable in all business transactions and financially able to carry out obligations made by their firm.—West & Tritax, Wholesale i Druggists, Toledo, Ohio. W ai,i>ino, 1 Kinnan A Marvin, Wholesale Drug- 1 gists, Toledo. Ohio. Hall’s Catarrh Cure is taken intern ally, acting directly upon the blood and mucous surfaces of the system. Price, 75c. per bottle. Sold by all drug gist". Testimonials free. Hall's Patnily Pills are the best. j THE BEAUTIFUL BAY OF MANILA. Black Eyed Young Ladles Who Be witch the Soldier Boys. An old United States naval officer, telling of some of the charms of Ma nila iu the New York Sun, says: “Many a time lately I have been en vying the young chaps in the navy and army who are probably hereafter to be stationed for long periods over there. In my journeyings over the globe nothing has ever roused my sense of beauty as the scene on eutering Manila bay. Why, the bay of Capri is not to be compared with it. The heavens were the deepest of cerulean blue, with not a cloud anywhere. The wa ter was smooth as a floor and wonder fully clear. The shore of the immense bay was a mass of living colors. Whole hills were an exquisite royal purple Away back the great serrated volcanic mountains of deep black lifted them selves athwart the blue sky. Away off to the left a huge volcano was iu ac tion. Gaunt palms by the tens of thou sands and cocoanut trees stood up amid the flaming shrubbery. Banana groves ran close down to the water’s edge. The air was pungently fragrant with spices and the song of myriads of birds floated across the water to our ears. “We had heard for months of the sights to be seen at the Luneta in Ma nila. So one evening a half an hour after the sun went down, when the beauty and fashion of the ancient city was out on dress parade, a midshipman and I went there. The Luneta is an elliptical park, where hundreds of prisoners were formerly shot to death. rv lin • • xiuuuicMs ul uamn^rci were ^uiuk in the same direction, and in nearly every one were two or three ladies in even ing dress without cloaks or hats. There were a great many prettj' black eyed senioritas, who glanced at us from under their long lashes in such a bewitching way. “The drive is along the shore of the beautiful bay, and the scene one of life, beauty and enchantment. There are some unique social institutions over there. On reaching the end of the drive all of the carriages haul off into an open space and stop, and the people gaze at each other and nod in recognition; nude little Philippine peasants dance around and offer you a light; the sun goes down in a blaze of green a ad gold across the bay: the moon beams forth, silence reigns and you sit gazing at the people. Gradually the carriages start off and drive up and down for an hour, then the band begins to play,and all stop at the paseo or promenade, a broad wall, with trees on either side and lamps which make it very light, even when there is no moon, and the moonlight and lamp light in the foliage form a pretty com bination. Here all alight and slowly promenade back and forth; you watch the graceful, undulating step of the Spanish girls, listen to the music and take your only exercise for the day. “I heard the older officers, who had been in Manila years before, talking among themselves about the Mestizo young ladies and their charming com panionship. The Mestizos are the rt f t h n PVi i 11 rt n! n no ^P h m< U n m ^ Spanish, Malay and native blood in their veins. In many the Spanish blood predominates, and then the Mestizos is a most attractive h'nman specimen. Some Mestizos are very rich and they go in the best society. The Mestizos girls are uncommonly beautiful. -« HOW HAMILTON FISH DIED. A Personal Story of the First Fight Before Santiago. From the New York Journal, The Mauser bullet that killed Ser geant Fish, the first American offi cer to die on Cuban soil, passed clear through his body. Fish at the time was lying at full length on the narrow trail. Beside the aristocratic New Yorker lay his chum and comrade, Private Edward Culver, a Cherokee half breed, from the Indian Territory. Culver’s body received the bullet that passed to him from Fish. Culver is now a patient at the Staten Island United States Marine hospital, and the Mauser projectile is lodged, perhaps for all time, in the soldier’s back near the spiue. Of the great fight in the pass .*f La tjuasina he says: “There was no time lost in the fight. VVe got the order to lie down when the first shots bagan to spout from the ambush, and I was on my stomach on the extreme left. Fish was some dis tance from me. Pretty soon I heard his voice ring out: ‘Where’s Culver?’ ‘Down the line a bit,’ answered some one, and before I knew it Fish crawled ! in on my left and threw a cartridge I into his gun. ‘It’s a fine place, Cul ver,’ he said to me, and the next in slant we were peppering away. There was a perfect hail of steel and the dust was flying up in front of our faces like sprays of gravel. Kish had fired three shots, when all of a sudden his head fell forward, and clutching his side he said slowly; ‘Culver, I am badly wounded. I can’t live.’ “At the same instant I felt some thing sting me in the lower ribs and the blood began to flow through my shirt. ‘I’m killed, too, sergeant,’ I said to Fish. He made a sign for water and I passed him ray canteen. He pressed it to his lips and wet them. ‘I’m done for, old man. Don't mind me. Thank you for the driuk. You'll live. Culver. You’ll live—.’ The sen tence died with him. His great shoul ders shook violently and with his gun stock grasped tightly in his hand, he expired. 1 began to feel faint and, after I had emptied my magazine four times, the blood started to flow from my nose and mouth aDd ears. I could feel my penetrated lung rattle with every breath. The stock of my gun was smeared with blood where I rested my cheek to take aim. Once or twice I tried to revive Fish by rubbing tiis arms. Hut he was dead beyond all aid. My eyes felt heavy and 1 heard a dull roaring sound in my ears. Up and down the line the whole column was peppering away and not a man was flinching. I could feel my heart beat slower and slower. It became difficult then for me to handle my gun. Presently a Mauser ball came singing along and knocked the rear elevation sight from my gun. The shock was too much for me. I tried to fire back. My throat throbbed and the noise in my ears sounded like cannonading. I fainted. I cannot tell how long I lay unconscious. Hut after awhile I came to. The line was still unbroken. Puff after puff of smoke burst from the ambush on all sides and the bullets seemed to come faster. For a few moments a little strength came back to me and I put every shot where it counted. The barrel of my gun got hot and the forearm began to shrink away from the barrel. Every time I turned to fill my magazine I caught sight of Fish with his face staring up into the hot sky. I fought as long as 1 could, but nature gave out and I collapsed. The bullet that came to me after it had done killed Fish is still in my body and I propose to let it remain there. I am going back, as are the rest of the boys who are able, just as toon as possible, and I sincerely hope to heaven that I shall find a chance to kill the Spaniard who fired the Mauser bullet at Hamilton Fish, which I have the honor to carry to-day near my i spine. ” -* “I Do Not Want All.” [We are permitted to publish the following neat httie poem, written by a lady to her friend iu this city. A note accompanying say-s it was sug gested by a dear sister’s “faith and courage in her great trial”—slowly J dying of a cancer.] I do not want nil the flowers God gives to gladden our way; I do not want all the sunshine He sends to brighten the day. Just give me a bloom now and then. Just a word of praise that is meant, The fragrance will make my life sweeter, The kind word make me content. Junii (t vtn iujL unnu'um|f ui ll irilUAliip, When dark clouds gather and breaks, And my soul longs for compassion, To soften a bitter heartache. Just a tender strain of music, When life seems all out of tune, A wave of harmony sweet to hear Through discord that comes all too soon. And. at last, when this life is over, When my trembling soul takes its flight, Out into the wonderful mystery, Out Into the darkness of night— May God, In His infinite mercy. My name on the “Great Book" trace. And give me a taste of Paradise, One glimpse of the dear Master's face. State of Ohio, City of Toledo. / Lucas County. f Hs‘ Frank J. Cheney makes oath that he is the senior partner of the firm of F. J. Cheney & Co., doing business in the city of Toledo, county anti state afore said. and that said firm will pay the sum of One Hundred Dollars for each and every case of catarrh that cannot he cured by the use of Hall’s Catarrh Cure. Frank J. Cheney. Sworn to before me and subscribed in my presence, this oth day of De cember, A. D, 1886. [l. s. ] A. W. Olka son, Notary Public. Hall’s Catarrh Cure is taken inter nally and acts directly on the blood and mucuous surfaces of the system. Send for testimonials, free. F. J. Cheney & Co., Toledo. O. Sold by all druggists. 75c. Hall’s Family Pills are the best [30-4 Drink pineapple juice for indigestion at Jackson’s soda fountain. STATE EXCHANGES. A family of Russians are in De Q this week, looking over the Burro^? ing country with a view to locating and engaging in farming. if Jr* family locates here it will be followed by forty or fifty more families wh wish to establish a Russian farmi ° colony.—De Queen Bee. * Our farmers should sow largely 0f wheat this fall. Messrs. Gus Bin an<j Jim Wallace, of Centre Point, Howard county, sowed a2 bushels last fall an)j reaped 600 bushels this summer. This beats dc cotton. What can be done i Howard county, can be done in Little River county. The farmer who raises oread and meat at home is the one who can be independent and self-sustain. ing. — Little River News. -♦ Reunion of Blue and Gray Veterans The committee of arrangements met in the Carder building and organized by selecting T. M. Carder chairman The following programme was adopted; J. Veteran soldiers of both blue and gray wiil meet at Janssen park on the 18th of August and go into camp. 2. Reorganization; supper around the eampfiire; old time war jokes and songs. 3. Form into raks; roll call; proces sion to join the celebration of the 2nd anniversary of Mena, August 39th. 5. Song—“When Shall We Meet a_: _ m 5. Roll call and break ranks. Camp ground selected in Janssen park. Come prepared to camp on the ground all night, August 18th. Com missary will have beef and hard tack. All veterans of both blue and gray are invited, especially those of the war with Mexico. The object of this reunion is to have a good time generally. T. M. Carder, T. C. Barnet, W. J. Danis, j Committee. -♦ — A Violation of Law. Every law provides a penalty for those who disregard it, Sickness is the penalty that nature iuflicts on those who violate her laws, Indiscre tions of the appetite, neglect of the bowels, worry, overwork, these are violations of law and the penalty is disordered digestion, torpid liver and biliousness, When such ailments make their appearance they should be quickly removed, otherwise more ser ious troubles are sure to develop. A reliable system tonic is the remedy to use, and where can you find a better than Prickly Ash Bitters. It strength ens the kidneys, cleanses and regulates the liver, tones up the stomach and digestion, and purities the bowels, thus restoring activity in all the vital organs and vigorous bodily health For sale by F. C. Savage and Jackson Drug Co. Sunday School Convention. The following program will be car ried out at the M. E. cbureh in this city ou Friday, August 12: 9:30 Song Service. 9:45 Devotional exercises, Rev. VV. L, Compere. 10:00 Address of welcome, J. 11 Legate. 10;lo Response, J. VV'. Feds. 10:20 Song. 10:30 Object of convention, Chair man. 10:45 How can the work of the Sunday School be made more effective, Rev. li. It. Schermerhorn. 11:15 The qualification of the suc cessful Sunday school teacher, .lames Massey. 11:45 The ideal superintendant, paper, Miss Nora Daggs. NOON. 1:30 Song service and devotional exercises. 1:40 With our present Sunday school helps is there not danger of ignoring the bible in Sunday school work. Rev. C. J. Green and Rev. F. P. Young. 2:30 What relation does the Sunday school sustain to the church, Rev. VV. L. Compere and Wm. Flemings. 2:00 How can the weekly review be made a success, Dr. H. M. Dagg 3.30 Sunday school music, what ought it to be and how much time should oe devoted to it, J. (». Fair. Miscellaneous business. , H. R. SCHKMERHOKN, C. J. Green. Committee. -• The Lloyd hardware store, on Queen street, has secured the services of Mr. VV. A. Mlaekburn. of Texarkana, who is a tinner and hardware mn." ° many years’ experience. Those of ou readers wanting anything in the* lines can rest assured that they will • promptly and properly served, an their work well executed under tn skillful workmanship of Mr. Hhiekbi-rn.