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The Offerings of Cain and Abel
Wliat They Teach
Sermon toy the "Highway
Text: "And tne iora said unto Cain,
Why art thou wroth? and why Is thy
ceuntenance fallen? If thou doest well.
halt thou not be accepted? and if thou
3oest not well, sin lieth at the door." Gen.
4:6 and 7.
EKE are twobroth
e r s recognizing
to 1 lie Lord Je
hovah, and bring
ing t hf ir offer
ings. One is ac
cepted of God, the
other is not. "And
Cain was very
wroth, and his
Then it is that the Lord confronts him
and asks him three questions, which
lay bare his wickedness of heart, his
rebellion toward God, and the reason
his offering was not acceptable to God.
The Lord then proceeds directly to
the root of the matter (He always does
when dealing w ith a soul), and la3's the
charge of sin against fain. There is
no intimation in Scripture that Cain
attempted to reply to the Lord's ques
tions or His charge against him. Like
the man w ithout the wedding garment
on in the presence of the Lord, he was
speechless. Cain could not answer the
Lord or offer any defense to the indict
ment against him, but a good many
people since Cain's time have dared to
reopen the case, ask God questions,
nd adjudicate the case by the aid of
human wisdom and according to hu
man standards. Man rushes blindly
and heedlessly, sometimes, into places
where angels dare not tread. "Michael,
the archangel." ,7ude tells us. "durst
not bring against him (the Devil) a
railing accusation," but man dares
sometimes not only to pass judg
ment upon the Devil, but to bring
God to the judgment bar and
charge Ilim with partiality and
injustice. God's piercing glance
searches beneath the surface of
human reason and human conduct,
and lays bare the hidden recesses of
the heart, and we must let God's in
dictment against Cain stand without
question. Cain had no defense to make.
Dare anyone attempt to make it for
him? There is no appeal from the
judgment bar of God. The case can
never be reopened, but thousands of
years after, the Lord, by His Holy
Spirit, speaking through the Apostle
Paul, gives this final and clear explana
tion of the incident: "By faith Abel
offered unto God a more excellent sac
rifice than Cain, by which he obtained
witness that he was righteous, God
testifying of his gifts: and by it, he, be
ing dead, yet speaketh."
AND in view of Cain's silence be
fore the Lord how striking is
it when Scripture goes on to declare
in the next sentence that Cain talked
with his brother Abel. He dare not
try to justify himself before the
Lord, but when the Lord has with
drawn, and he is alone with his
brother, his tongue is loosened. I
have often thought that I would like
to have been a listener to that con
versation, and yet I am inclined to
think that it differed little from dis
cussions which have continued to
take place to this day between those
whose offerings have been accepted
of God because given in faith, and
those whose offerings have not been
pleasing to God, becatise, as Jude
puts it. "they (the offerers) have
gone in the way of Cain." There
stand the brothers. Nature fresh
from the hand of God unfolds its
verdure and beauty all about. The
birds rest'ng in the trees overhead
are busy picking out new and melodi
ous notes to add to the sweet song
which God a- few years before had
taught them. There is a busy hum
in the air as the insects, flashing in
the glad sunlight, speed hither and
thither. Fleecy white clouds float
ing through the blue of the heav
ens build themselves into a stately
city with buildings and streets and
busy inhabitants, until it would al
most seem as though the unseen
hands of the angels were shaping a
model of the eternal city to inspire
in the hearts of these brothers a
higher hope of a better destiny than
that which it was possible to real
ize upon earth. There they stand,
these two brothers. They have been
boys together. They have played to
gether. And now that they have
grown to manhood, thej' have both
entered upon their business careers.
Cain chooses farming, and Abel be
comes a keeper of sheep. Until this
day of crucial testing before the Lord
we have no reason to suppose that
any difference had ever risen be
tween them. But there stand these
two brothers now, one with anger
filling his heart and the other with
the sweet presence of God's love fill
ing his. f3nehas a black and for
bidding frown upon his face as he
talks; the other has his face lifted
heavenward, and it is lit up by the
peace which rules within. One who
has been mute, before God is now
pouring forth bitter words of com
plaint and criticism; the other with
earnest words and pleading tones
is trying to point out the error and
reveal the pathway of faith which
leads to acceptance with God.
THIS was no quarrel. It must not
be so intimated in telling the
story to the children. The soul that
is in rebellion against God quarrels
with itself in the presence of right
eousness, but righteousness never
Us of the Way of
and Byway" Preacher.
by J. U. Edsoo.)
enters into unholy strife with evil,
and righteous Abel did not provoke
his brother that day. No angry word
of rebuke or condemnation passed
his lips. If there had, Cain would
not have felt so bitter and trans
ferred his quarrel with God to the
person of his brother. But God hadJ
laid the charge of sin at his door
and he was not willing to recognize
it. He wanted to talk about the ex
cellent qualities of the fruit he had
brought. He wanted to talk of his
abilities as a farmer, and his faith
fulness and steadfast habits. And
there has been a long line of the de
scendants of Cain, which reaches to
the present day; people who recog
nize their obligation to God and who
bring their offerings, but who fail
to realize the way of approach to
God and the secret of acceptance
with Him. They love to dwell on the
excellencies of that which they have
given; they compare their outward
lives with the lives of those who have
been accepted of God through the
sacrifice of the Lamb, Christ Jesus,
but they fail to answer the direct
question of God or reply to the
charge which He brings against
them. "If thou doest well, shalt thou
not be accepted?" and thou hast not
done well, because "sin- lieth at the
door." Let us consider this question
and this charge of the Lord against
IN the first place the question which
God asked of Cain is one which
He has been asking of man ever since.
"If thou doest well, shalt thou not
be accepted?" The human heart
yields ready assent to this question,
if it is granted the privilege of
judging its own motives and con
duct, but to this the Lord of all
the heaven and the earth will not
and cannot consent. He who search
eth the heart and knoweth the hid
den thoughts (and, by the way, did
it ever occur to yon that that term
"hidden thoughts" doe.s not imply
alone those conscious thoughts which
you withhold from others and cher
ish in your inmost heart, but in
clude many thoughts of which the
heart is not really conscious. God
tells us that "the heart is deceitful
above all things, and desperately
wicked. Who can know it?" and no
man knows the lurking enemies
which invade the natural heart);
and He Who searcheth the heart
and knoweth the hidden thoughts
is the One Who must decide. To Cain
and his offering God had not respect.
It was a great surprise to Cain. It
came as a terrible shock to the hith
erto complacent view which he had
taken of himself and of bus attitude
towards God. (Sod's question should
have set Cain to thinking. Instead
of rebelling against God's estimate
of his offering, and arguing with "his
brother to prove its -worth and ac
ceptability, he should have sought
to discover wherein the offering of
Abel was acceptable to God while his
WHAT are the terms of accept
ance with God? Surely it is
not a fluctuating condition which
God places upon man, by which the
Abels are accepted and the Cains re
jected. In the question which God
asks He reveals the terms upon which
lie is able and willing to accept man
and his offering. Well doing is what
(Sod demands. Absolute perfection
(for that is what "well doing" means
when tested and estimated by (Sod),
absolute perfection is what God re
quires before man can be accepted
by Him. (Sod has but one stand
ard, and if man cannot measure up
to that standard he -cannot hope to
see God or be accepted of Him. God's
solemn command is: "Be ye holy,
for I am holy." Did Abel measure up
to thi.s standard, and Cain fall short
of it? Scripture does not say or
imply that up to the time of this in
cident Abel was any better boy than
was Cain. They were undoubtedly,
both model young men. They both
observed their outward religious ob
ligations, as is attested by their of
ferings to the Lord. But the time of
testing came when they brought
their offerings. There was an ele
ment in Abel's offering which made
it acceptable to God, because it mei
God's requirement. "By faith, Abel
offered unto God a more excellent
sacrifice than Cain." It was faith
which transformed the offering. It
was faith which bore it aloft to
the very presence of God. Cain's of
fering was not made in faith, but
was the natural expression of the
natural man. It is the plain declara
tion of God's Word that "whatsoever
is not of faith is siu," and because
faith was lacking in Cain's offering
God declares that sin lay at his
door. And again God's Word says:
"Without faith it is impossible to
LET us now consider these two
facts in their relation one to
the other and see how beautifully
they fit together. There is God's re
quirement of perfect righteousness
before man can be accepted of Him,
and then there is faith which bridges
the chasm which separates the nat
ural man from God and which claims
as its own the righteousness which
is in Christ Jesus. That which it is
impossible for man to gain by his
own merit, he mav obtain through
the medium of faith. Cain, trusting j
in himself, with an offering which,
did not reach beyond the hands which
had plucked the fruit, was rejected
with his offering by God, because all
of his good qualities, all his "right
eousnesses were as filthy rags."
Abel, with the vision of his soul
quickened by the faith which reached
up after God, obtained recognition
not only for himself but acceptance
for his offering. His offering not
only testified of his own unworthi
ness in the sight of God, but was
prophetic of the way of salvation
which God was to work out in the
world through the person of His only
begotten Son, Christ Jesus. It was
not the offering of itself which God
desired, but the man behind the of
fering which God wanted.
THE Psalmist David, in the experi
ences which gave birth to the
Fifty-first Psalm, learned this and
declares: "Thou desirest not sacri
fice, else would I give it: Thou de
lightest.not in btirnt offering. The
sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and a contrite heart, O God,
Thou wilt not despise." During those
long months which intervened be
tween David's awful sin and his con
viction and repentance under the
bold, fearless ministry of the
Prophet Nathan, there is no possi
bility of doubt that David sought to
whitewash the foul scandal which -he
had committed in Israel by special
faithfulness to his religious obliga
tions. His devotions in the taber
nacle were marked; his sacrifice
were regularly brought and offered,
but when the arrow of conviction of
sin had pierced his hart he realized
that what God wanted was not of
ferings, but the heart and the life,
of which the' offering was but the
expression. And the mistake which
David made is one which Christians
are constantly making. There is no
service which man can render to
God which will blot out the stain
of sin. The devotion of a lifetime
cannot cover up the failure which
lies behind. Only the blood and mer
its of Jesus Christ can cleanse from
sin and give the soul access to God.
WEIGHED commercially, there is
no doubt that Cain's offering
equaled or even exceeded in value and
in excellence that of his brother.
Weighed by God, Who looked behind
the offering to discover the attitude of
the heart towards Him, we find that He
could not have respect unto the offer
ing of Cain, but that Abel's offering
was worthy of acceptance because
faith prompted it. faith suggested the
kind of offering, faith showed the way
to lnake the offering. Abel by faith
knew more of the way of approach to
God and acceptance with Him, in that
primeval day when yet the way of sal
vation was veiled in mj-stery, than does
many a churchman tc-da3' who rejoices
in the greater light and revelation of
this Christian age, and to whom God
has given the perfect revelation of His
will in His written Word. Abel did not
have the theology of the nineteenth
century to help him ' out, but God
testifies of him that he had faith, and
that faith taught him two things which
Cain was not willing to recognize.
First, it revealed to Him the absolute
righteousness of God, and, secondly,
it showed himself a sinner, separated
from God. Faith then made it plain
to his heart that his offering must
meet these conditions, that his offering
must satisfy God'B righteousness and
testify of man's need. It was not a
mere matter of offering. It must
needs be a fitting offering. And so we
find xbel taking a lamb without spot
or blemish. We s-ee him shed its inno
cent blood. We behold him place it
upon the glowing coals and watch the
fire and smoke rising as a sweet smell
ing savor before the Lord. Why the
lamb, instead of the golden fruits of
the field? Why the shed blood instead
of the ripened grains and full rounded
and luscious product of vine and tree?
Why the smoking altar instead of the
heaps of glorious gifts from field and
orchard? Ah! need we ask such ques
tions in this day of the full revelation
of God? Need we enter into full ex
planation of what the lamb, the shed
blood, the smoking offering tjpified?
Abel's faith pointed towards the cross
on Calvary, and the salvation which
God was to accomplish for the lost
human race. Our faith looks back to
the cross and sees accomplished that
which Abel's faith taught him was
sometime, somehow, to be realized.
And so, "by faith Abel offered unto
God a more excellent sacrifice than
Cain, by which he obtained witness
that he was righteous." Righteous, not
by deed, but righteous by faith, or as
God's Word puts it, "the righteousness
which is by faith."
BUT, you ask, how- came Abel to know
that sacrifice . was needed? How
came he to take the lamb? Go with me
back into the garden of Eden. The
guilty pair stand before God with their
clothing of foliage which they have
woven together for themselves. But
God does not suffer it thus, but ma'kes
them coats of skin. God must provide
the covering for guilty men. And so
in the garden there sacrifice is made
as a testimony against sin and to point
the way of cleansing from sin. God. has
just said that the consequence of siu
shall be death, and here is death wit
nessed by the slain animal from which
is taken the skin to cover their naked
ness. As they wore those dresses of
skin how- they must have been a per
petual testimony- to them of what
death was and suggested that God
would provide a way of redemption for
them. And since the plan of God
was wrought out on Calvary, the way
of approach to and acceptance with
Him is still b3' way of the sacrifice
made once for all for sin in Christ
Jesus. -Abel, though dead, yet he
speaketh. Let the lesson of his offer
ing teach you, O soul! the way of ap
proach unto God, and the way of ac
ceptance with Him.
Springfield, 111., Will Extend a Wel
come to President Roosevelt
on June 4.
LATTER WILL DEDICATE NEW ARMORY.
The Xew BmtldlnK, Recently Com
pleted, in Which the Exerclnea
M ill be Held, a Model of Archi
tectural Reanty and Adaptability
for the Purpose Designed.
Springfield. -III., May 25. Spring
field, th capital ciiy of the state and
the home of the martyred Lincoln,
will extend a welcome to President
Roosevelt, upon the occasion of his
visit here, June 4, incidental to which
will occur the dedication of the new
state arsenal ami armory,
Gov. Yates will preside over the
dedicatory ceremonies at the new. ar
senal and armory, and will deliver the
formal address of welcome to Presi
dent Roosevelt, who will be presented
by Senator Cullom. It is expected that
the building, which has a seating ca
pacity of 10,000, will be filled. The
hall will be elaborately beatitificd
with deeoration-s, and special atten
tion will be paid to the speakers'
rostrum, where many of the state's
best-known' citizens will be gath
ered. "Will Lunch "With Vates.
Following the dedicatory exercises,
the president and other guests will
be driven to the executive mansion,
where they will take luncheon with
Gov. and Mrs. Yates. The president,
later, will be escorted: through the
principal .streets to the railroad sta
tion, and will leave the city at two
The arsenal and armory, which will
be dedicated by President Roosevelt,
is a model of architectural beaut3',
and will be a source of pride to the
citizens of the state. The finishing
touches have been added to the struc
ture, the unsightly fence placed
around it while the building was in
course of constriiiction has- been re
moved, and the edifice stands forth
with the grandeur of a castle of the
mediaeval period. It is situated north
of the state capitol grounds, and ex
tends north and south along Second
street from Monroe to Adams. The
main front is on Monroe, facing the
Armory's Great Andltorinm.
The armory is one great hall, with
four large circular company and de
tachment rooms. The hall is sup
ported b3' open steel trusses, and is
lighted by large roof windows, be
sides the windows about the walls. A
gallery extends around the room on
the east, south andi west sides, while
at the north end, above the large
arch doorway, is the orchestra gal
ler3", which will accommodate fifty
The interior of the building is fin
ished in hard-varnished natural wood.
The structure, which is built of stone,
is 160 feet wide and 320 feet long,
its dimensions being large enough to
serve the needs of the bridage and
regimental headquarters of the cen
tral part of the state, besides several
local companies and detachments.
The arsenal is located on the west
side of the corridor, main floor, with
a, private room for the officer in
charge. In the third stor3" on the
east of the corridor and. along the
south front is a series of rooms to be
used as military headquarters, bri
gade, regimental and company, with
private rooms for the chief officers.
A large lecture room, in which in
structions in military studies will be
given, and a library and - reading
room are attractive features. Ample
space is provided! for tents and other
militia equipment, and in the base
ment is the rifle range, where the na
tional guard organizations through
out central Illinois' wil practice.
BRIBERY BY -WHOLESALE.
Seven Prominent 31nssaehusett
Legislators Involved in a, Scheme
of "Wholesale Bribery.
Boston, May 25. J. B. Moran, a
lawyer, announces that he has in his
possession a written confession of a
wholesale bribery scheme mapped out
by Massachusetts men, which involved
seven prominent legislators who are
in the combine. The confession was
made by a Boston merchant, a mem
ber of the legislature of 1901, who dis
appeared after placing the confession
m Mr. Morau & hands.
Mr. Moran will at once lay his evi
dence before the grand jury.
I JVt' & , --Wi' k '4-ry
"MAMMY BATES" IS DEAD.
Born m Slave, in 171!, She Served the
Kanilllen, Later, of President
John Adams and Janien Monroe.
New York, May 25. "Mammy
Bates," formerlj' slave and servant in
the families of President John Adams
and. James Monroe, wa buried, Sun
day, from the Lincoln hospital in this
city. She would have been 104 years
old September 1.
On Friday afternoon, aftering sew
ing, she went to the dormitory for a
nap. "I'll take- a-little sleep," she
said 1o one of the inmates. "Be sure
ami wake me ur when the supper bell
When the bell sounded an attempt
was made to arouse her, but she was
Her full name was Eva Bates. She
was- born in Flushing, Long Island,
in 1799, as a slave of slave parents.
When a 3-oung woman she went into
the employ of the famil3' of John
Adams, and after he died she was a
servant with the farudy of Jiuics
OKLAHOMA FLOOD RECEDING.
The Homeless are Belntr Cared For
and No Really Serious Suffer
ing 1" Anticipated.
Oklahoma City, Okla., May 23. The
waters that covered the southern end
of Oklahoma City and a portion of
Enid from the cloudburst near here,
Saturday midnig-ht, are receding, and
no further damage is expected. The
homeless are being cared for, and it is
believed that no serious suffering will
The rnoific Cahle.
Manila, May 25. The cableship An
glia, which is engaged in laying the
Pacific cable, departed, for the island
of Guam Mondaj-. It is estimated that
the trip will occupy eight days. The
end of the cable has been- successfully
landed at Malate.
Smoldering Volcano Discovered.
El Paso, Tex., May 23. A party of
well-known citizens having just re
turned from Cases Grande, in the
heart of the Sierra Madre mountains,
report the discover of a smoldering
volcano hitherto unknown except to
a few of the natives.
ARTIFICIAL COAL OIL.
A French Chemist Says lie Can Pro
duce Artificial Petroleum for
- One Cent r Gallon.
New York, May 23. Charles Fitz De
Gorgenstern came to this country- two
weeks ago with a- box of chemicals, b3'
means of which, he sa3's, he can make
many barrels of artificial petroleum
at a cent a gallon.
"The new fluid," sa3s Mr. Morgen
stern, "will "burn with five times the
ligiit of ordinary kerosene, and it will
not explode under an3' circumstances.
It has no flash test, because it will
not flash at an3 temperature. It is
not adapted for use in motor cars, be
cause it gives forth no explosive va
por, but at the same time for heat
ing and lighting it is all that could be
"Once the world knows the value of
my invention," he said, "the petrole
um business- will be revolutionized."
IN THE ELECTRIC 'CHAIrT
Antonio Triola, Who Killed Mamie
Circele, in New York, Electro- .
cnted at Sing Singr.
Ossining, K. Y., May 25. Antonio
Triola was put to death in the elec
tric chair at Sing Sing prison Mon
day. Five shocks were necessary to
cause death. State Electrician Davis
said it was harder to kill a thin, wirj
man like Triola by the electric cur
rent than a stout man, as in the case
of a thin man there are not enongh
tissues to convey the current quickly
to a vital part. Mr. Davis also said
that Triola had thick greasr hair,
which resisted the current. Triola re
ceived the first fehock at 8:02 a. m.
After four more shocks had been giv
en at brief intervals he was pro
Antonio Triola shot and killed Ma
mie Cireli, a young Italian girl, who
was a theatrical performer in a small
theater on the east side, New Y'ork.
The girl had refused to marry Triola.
Killed by a Live Wire.
Joplin, Mo.. May 25. Alva Utt, fore
man of the Southwest Missouri elec
'tric light works, was instantly killed
here Sunda3 b- coming in contact
with a live wire during a severe elec
MkWletown, N. Y., Ma3' 25.- Charles
Adams, awaiting trial in the Goshen
jail for the attempted murder of his
wife last Januar-, has committed sui
cide by drowning in a bath tub.
Crop Conditions In Tennessee.
The United States Weather Bu
reau and Crop Bulletin for Tennes
see for last week says: Good rains
fell over the middle and western
portions, which were greatly bene
ficial in putting the soil in fine coru-
dition, and thus facilitating germi
nation and the growth of crops.
Corn is mostly planted and growing
well, some of the early plantings re
ceiving the second working. Cotton
is coming up slowly with generally
bad stands, especially in the early
plantings. Wheat is improving, hut
many fields are seriously injured by
rust and insects; much of it is head
ing low. Oats, potatoes and mead
ow grasses are growing well where
rains have fallen. Much tobacco
has been set out. In the eastern di
vision very little rain fell, and the
dry conditions are seriously hinder
ing farm work and growth of vegeta
tion. MIDDLE SECTION.
Cannon Favorable for work; corn
nearly all planted and coming up well ;
light showers 13th.
Cheatham Week favorable ; fine
rain 13th and 14th; corn coming up
nicel3r; tobacco growing rapidly.
DeKalb Weather fine, but "rain
needed; gardens, wheat and oats doing
well; about one-half apple crop.
Dickson Fine rain; corn coming up
well; wheat and oats doing well;
crops doing nicely. -
Franklin Nights cool; crops grow
ing slowly; wheat looks well; corn
planting done; strawberries short.
Hickman Good rain 12th and 13th,
then warrer; wheat and oats im
proved; Irish potatoes doing well.
Houston Showery and warm, fine
growing weather; corn coming up;
wheat improved; pctatoes good.
Humphreys Week favorable; crops
very late, however, on account of cold;
cut worms doing damage.
Lawrence Good rain, very benefi
cial; wheat improve. 1; general condi
tions much more favorable.
Lincoln Rains put ground in much
better condition; wheat improved;
corn coming up nicely.
Marshall Good rain; corn all plant
ed; some millet sown and good stands;
wheat poor;- gardens fine.
Maury Fine rain loth; poor stand
corn; wheat and oats much improved,
but some rust.
Montgomery Much needed rain on
13th and 14th; tobacco setting in full
progress; corn coming up.
Moore Good rain 14th; corn com
ing up nicely; some ground jret to
Overton Corn planting in full prog
ress; gardens not all planted; scarcely
Putnam Corn planting finished;
wheat improved; oats, gardens and
pastures looking well.
Robertson Good rain 13th; more
than half tobacco set out; some com
plaint of cut worms; crops look well.
Rutherford First of week fine, last
part rain stopped corn planting; gar
dons look well; apples scarce.
Smith Fine rain; corn planting fin
ished; setting tobacco slips and cab
bage plants; corn coming up.
Stewart Fine rain 13th; about one
third tobacco crop set; all crops much
benefited; wheat improved.
Sumner Crops growing slowly, but
will be greatly benefited by rain on
13th; much corn planted over.
Warren Light showers, fine grow
ing weather; work being pushed; gar
dens and potatoes fine.
Williamson Rains improved all
crops; wheat headed and looks well;
corn and millet nearly all planted.
Carroll Good rains put new life
Into crops; corn and cotton coming
up; wheat not good.
Chester Good season, will insure
good stand of cotton; early corn dam
aged by cut worms.
Crockett Plenty of rain; cotton and
corn rather poor stands; peaches
scarce; apples fair.
Decatur Rains put ground in fine
fix; peanut planting in progress; corn
doing finely; gardens good.
Dyer Rains caused great improve
ment in all crops; wheat much im
proved past ten days.
Fayette Fine showers fell during
the week and crops vastly improved.
Gibson Good rain, ground works
well; all crops growing nicely; cotton
and corn coming up well.
Hardin Good rain 14th; cotton com
ing up well; corn planting well ad
vanced and some coming up; oats late
but good; wheat damaged oy cold.
Haywood Too wet to plow latter
part of week; cotton coming up slow
ly; corn looking better.
Henderson armer. with good
rains; cotton coming up; corn mak
ing slow growth, bad stands.
Henry Very ueneficial rains; some
tobacco set, but most plants too small
yet; early wheat poo.
McNairy Rains bringing up corn
and cotton; stands or corn good, cot
ton poor; gardens fine.
Madison .bine rains, very helpful;
cotton will probably all be up in a few
Obion Week very favorable; cotton
and corn coming up nicely; ground in
good condition to work.
Shelby Excessive rains first of
week, then clear and warm; all crops
Tipton Showery, heavy rain 13th;
early planted cotton causing uneasi
ness, late germinating finely.
Million Dollar Plant.
John Hetterman, a tobacconist of
Louisville, hastaken an option on
thirty acres of land in West Xash
ville for stock yards and packing
house purposes. It is said a million
dollar plant will be erected. -Hetterman
is to be president of the com
pany, W. K. Phillip?, of Nashville,
vice-president; E. C. Gosham, of
Cincinnati, of the Xational White
Lead Trust, and two Pittsburg capi
talists are to be the directory.
State News j
Just a Family Affair.
The Crocker family had a re
union at their home on the Fitzhugh
farm about five miles south of Dyers
burg one night last week. The fam
ily were in Dyersburg all day and
on leaving carried home a lot of
whisky for the night dance. They
were all in a weaving way when the
fiddler began to play at 8 o'clock.
Bill Crocker was jealous of the at
tention his brother paid his wife and
threatened to kill him. Boo was on
the floor cutting the pigeon wing
when Bill made "Wu'ni with a knife.
The mother-in-law of Bill pushed
Bob out of the door to keep him
from his brothers knife, and Bob,
not -stopping at the door, made for
tall timber and escaped uninjured,
but his other brother, Jim Crocker,
resented the attack on Bob and cut
up Bill in thin slices and knocked
down Bill's father-in-law, Mr.
Payne, who came to his rescue. Bill
was unable to place his knife on
Jim, but in his attempt to get him,
left a terrible gash on Jim's wife,
who had also joined in. The crowd
became exhausted in about an hour
?.2.d quit. Bill Crocker is seriously
Building New Roller Mill.
The Farmers' and Merchants'
Milling Company, of Ripley, has
leased from the Illinois Central rail
road the old depot site on the main
track and will commence grading
in a few days preparatory to the
erection of a $15,000 roller milt
thereon. The mill will be equipped
with the latest machinery obtainable
for the manufacture of high grade
flour and will be completed in timo
for this season's crop. The stock
holders embrace the most progressive
citizens of Bipley and Lauderdale
county and the success of the new.
enterprise is already assured.
Child Fatally Burned.
Little Theluga, the 2-year-old
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Montgomer1, who reside a few miles
from Newborn, was so badly burned
that she died last week. The child
was left alone in a room for a short
time, while the mother was attend
ing to her household duties, and in
some way she got hold of the match
box. She was a " remarkably,
bright child for her years, and al
though her sufferings were intense,
she told all about how she got hold
of the match box and was striking
matches when her clothing caught
lire. Mrs. Montgomery was atracted
bv the little one's screams and quick
ly smothered the flames by wrapping
her in a quilt, but her baby was al
ready fatallv burned.
Gen. George L. Gillespie, chief of
the department of engineers, has
been invited to come to Chattanooga
with Secretary of War Elihu Boot,
Adjutant-General Corbin and Quartermaster-General
June 10, when these officials will be
the guests of the city for three days.
Information has been received that
he will accept. These officials will
be entertained on a most elaborato
scale, it being the first time all have
visited any city in the country to
gether. They will be given an im
mense banquet, a reception and trips
to various points of interest.
Assassinated By Hie Son-ln-Law.
The coroner's jury investigating
the death of 'Squire Oscar Harwell,
a prominent merchant of Good
Springs,, in Giles county, who was
assassinated last week, returned a
verdict of murder in the first de
gree against Henry Foster. The ac
cused married a daughter of Har
well against the latter's wishes, and
ill feeling has existed between them
since. In an ante-mortem state
ment the wounded man accused Fos
ter. Foster was lodged in jail. II
denies any connection with the mur
der. When arrested he was extreme
ly nervous and weak.
Death From Honey Bee Bite.
Willie Hankins, the 3-year-old son
of N. J. Hankins, a farmer residing
in Knox county, met an unusual
death last week as a result of a bite
from a honey bee. Cases on record
of deaths from the stinging of bees
are quite numerous, but a death from
a single bite is extremely unusual. .
The strawberry growers around
Humboldt are experiencing a new
trouble just now. The crop has been
larger this season than for several
years past and the big box factory of
B. C. Jarrell & Co. has run out of
boxes. This is a very unusual thing
and was caused by the strike on the
Mobile & Ohio railroad, up and
down which line the company gets
the most of its timber. Every effort
is being made by the company to get
timber and it is thought that they
will be able to supply the demand.