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Twenty-Ninth Year.
Whole Nurrrer J 471
ST THE AGE Of 115 YEflflS
Has Long: Been the Custom of the
Kiowa and Comanche Tribes
to Abandon Old People.
Willitn t lie last few days, Oklahoma
. dispatches have brought the intelli
gence that, deserted and an outcast
from her tribesmen, Melissa Houston,
a full blooded Kiowa, once the hand
some J udlan wife of Gen. Sam Hous
ton, first president of the Republic of
Texas, has been left aione to die of
hunger and negleot in her weather
beaten tepee' three miles from Ana
darko. According to the best authority Mrs.
Houston is 115 years old. She is tooth
less, blind and a pitiful sight as she
siU i it her lonesome tepee.
It has long been a custom of the
Kiowa und Comanche Indians to
abandon their old men and woman
a'tiil allow them to die by degrees.
Melissa Houston has not escaped the
common fat p.
- No civilized mind can contemplate
such a burbarian custom without be
ing shocked and revolted.
This item brings to mind the fact
th3t in April of last year a greatcrowd
of people from all parts of Texas gath
ered at the villas?" of Huntsville, in
that state, the occasion being the un
veiling of the $10,000 monument au
thonzed by the legislature in honor of
Sam Houston.
Upon that historic occasion, Col,
William Jennings llryan made the
dedicatory uddress and paid fitting
tribute to n fellow warrior who had
smelt powder and brought blood, a fel
low orator who could draw a bigger
crowd than a circus, a fellow fctates-
inau who never escaped when an office
camped on hist rail. This tardy me
morial by the general assembly of Tex
as consists of a low granite shaft bear
ing a bas-relief figure of General Hous
ton, mounted upon his favorite charg
er, with his hat in one hand, waving bridges and then
His courage was of that commanding
kind which men instinctively recog
ni.e and naturally love to follow. He
faced death a thousand times and
never flashed the white feather.
Horn in Virgiuia in the latter decade
of the eighteenth cjntury, his parents
were early pioneer emigrants to Ten
nessee. He had no schooling, compar
ed with the advantages vouchsafed the
boys nowadays, btcause there were no
such schools, in the first place, and be
cause he had no taste for such institu
tions for instruction as "there w))-e.
Clerking a store was too prosaic 'for
one of his nature, so he ran away and
made his home for some time with the
Cherokee Indians.
About the next thing of consequence
in his career wai when a well grown
lad, he attracted the ultention of Jack
son in the batt'eof the Horse Shoe, a
fight with the Indians in lbl2.
Some seventeen years later he occu
pied the Tennessee governor's chair.
His career in this sphere was brief, be
being voluntarily terminated by hint
on account or wexpucauie domestic
affairs. He had married a Miss Allen
of Sumner county, und she left him
and returned home shortly after the
wedding. No adequate explanation
of this domestic dissolution was ever
given the public by either of the part
ies, and to this day it is a mystery un-
fathomed, though variously speculated
u pon then and ever since.
Houston immediately resigned the
governorship, the only man whoever
did such a thing, and plunged into the
wilderness of Arkansas, being wel
comed by the old Indian chief who
was the friend of his boyhood. Here
he took to wife an Indian maiden, by
whom he had n family. His life here
for three years was one of degradation
and bestiality, for he was known and
derided by the Indians as "iiig
Drunk." Jiowever dissolute his per
sonal course may have been, he could
not tolerate the dishonest practices of
the Indian ngents toward the red men,
arid he set out for Washington and
laid the matter before President Jack
son. This trip must have had a sober
ing effect upon him, for he shortly af
terwards went to Texas and became a
pre-eminent figure in that empire Un
til the day of his death.
When Tevas joined issue with Mex
ico, fighting for independence, Houston-was
made commander-in-chief of
the military forces of the nascent re
public. The heroic tragedy of the Ala
mo occurred in December 18,'io. Re
ceiving their request for assistance,
Houston almost single-handed started
to the relief of Trover, P.owie, Crock
elt nnd their compatriots. Their blood
cried from the ground, and they were
soon to be avenged. Rallying a force
of 700 or 800 men, Houston some fou
! months later engaged at San Jacinto
the o(H)0 soldiers under Santa Anna in
one of the most memortal conflicts
that ever occurred upon this continent,
Men were sent to the rear to cut the
were instructed to
his troops onward in their attack upon
the forces of Santa Anna in the battle
of San Jacinto. Upon the two sides
of the main shaft are allegorical figures
representing war and peucc. Upon
the reverse fide of the shaft appears
the Masonic emblem.
This man Houston was one of t1 e
strong, remarkable and unique char
acters that figured in the early historv'
of this country. He belongs as much
to Tennessee as to Tcmis. His career
proves that any man may come frc ni
the backwoods to the gubernatorial
Ciair ina very few years, and that
from this proud position of distinction
he ma.y in a day plunge into seclusion.
Bnd savagery; that he may come back
and win in life's literal limits great, f
and hewer honors, only to have them
temporarily Mialchtd from his posses
sion, and yet be fully vindicated by
limes avenging verdict.
Houston was an honest man, as hon
est as any watchdog's bark that ever
bayed deep-mouthed welcome as his
master drew near home. He was a
courageous man a splendid savage.
'bear their axes aloft aud inform the
heroic band what hnd been done,
With an impassable stream behind
them and an implacable foe outnum
bering them Mx to one ia front, tie
battle for life and liberty began. With
the Texans it was "Remember the
Alamo!" "Remember Goliad!" The
Mexieans are fighters, but I hey were
no mutch for the demons in human
form they that day encountered. The
battle resulted in a slaughter and a
rout for the Mexicans. Santa Anna
barely escaped with his life. Houston
became president of the republic and
would have been made dictator for life
If he had not peremptorily refused.
When Texas was admitted into the
union, in 1845, Houston was one of the
first United States senators. He was
governor of the slate when the war
C'oud lowered. His heart and judg'
ment were with the union and he
campaigned the state in opposition to
the srecession movement. Though
Houston was the idol of his people,
the hot heads were in the saddle and
the old man's council was rejected. He
lAre We Justified?!
Perhaps we ought to be satis
fied withpresent achievement.
But, you know "the more a man
gets the more he wants." This
being true, we are then justified
in soliciting new business; and
especially so, since we are so
well equipped to handle it.
told them that the North was rich,
that the North was in earnest, that
war would be disastrous to the South,
that poverty and sorrow would be our
portion if disunion was persisted in.
His words read today like veritable
prophecy in view of the Iliad of ca
lamities that subsequently occurred.
The legislature deposed him from the
governorship, and when he came to
his oftiee one morning he found the
speaker of the senate occupying his
chair. On that occasion the "recall
was invoked before it was invented
Being invited to review the first regi
ment of Texans that started to the
front, he wore his old San Jacinto uni
form when he appeared upon the pa
rade ground nnd addressed the troops,
He asked them, "where is so-and-so
and so anrf-so and so-arid so?" Elo,
quent men were they who had can
vassed the state in favor of secession
They had sought softer berths and
more congenial climes in preference to
the stern realities of war. He asked
"where are the Messrs. So-and-so's
sons?" and the crowd laughingly re.
plied 'inParis' or some other out-of-the
way-p'ace. "Where t old Sam Hons
ton?" thundered he, his gigantic figure
swelling to still more heroic propor
tions. "Here" they answered. "Where"
is j'oung Sam Houston?" he interrc
gated, his eldest son wearing the gray
in their ranks. "Here he is," thty
shouted, cntching the spirit of the old
man's humor and the fun he was prk-
ng at his quondam adversaries.
It should be remarked that Houston
sent to Arkansas for his Indian wife
shortly after he settled in Texas, but
she preferred to remain with her peo
ple. Talahina was a superior woman,
and, accoiding to brief records, a good
woman. She was a niece of Chief John
Jolly, from whom the island in Ten
nessee river near Dayton took its form
er name. Talahina had the natural
btauty of her race, and, besides her
natural intelligence, was educated to
a degree. Socially she was agreeable
and was welcomed wherever her dis
tinguished husband was received. Af
ter she elected to remain with her own
people, Houston married an excellent
woman from Alabama who exercised
a salutary influence upon him. . She
made him a happy home. Notwith
standing his own infirmity, Houston
would never allow Jiqnor sold to the
Indians whenever it was within his
power to prevent it. He was convert
ed some ten years before his death and
joined the church a brand snatched
from the burning, a sinner saved by
Soon after the beginning of the war
Houston's health failed and In 1863
the old man died. He lived long
enough to be restored to the affections
of his people, for by that time they
had realized with sadness and bitter
the truth, the awful truth, of their old
commander's prophetic counsel and
conservative caution.-Nashville Dem
A significant feature of the over
whelming success in New York of the
new musical production "Madame
Sherry," is the lavish praise the pro
duction elicited from the town's thea
trical reviewers, excerpts from which
Herald "Welcomed with laughter and
applause. It rivals 'The Merry Widow'
and is one of the bett musical shows
in New York in Oh! ever so long!"
World "Easily the brightest and
most diverting musical production
New York has seen in many a day, or
is likely to tee in as many more. At
at a musical show that's novel."
American "A new 'Merry Widow'."
Sun "A udienee applauded every mus
ical number and laughed at every
thing the comedians playingly labelled
as a merry jest." Tribune "All the
restaurants will be playing the score
In a week." Telegraph "Registered a
r?al success." Times "A gay French
vaudeville. Another very Important
thing about it is that although it has
stars, a great many other people have
a great deal to do." Post "Audience
could not help humming ttie score and
it was heard in the car and subways
long after the curtain fell." Telegram
"The funniest musical play that has
ome to town for a long time." Jour
nal "Nobody can get enough of it."
Globe "Twenty-two numbers make
up a feature list of a dazzling, dashy
nature." Evening World "A young
er sister of 'The Merry Widow.' Like
ly to stay the season out in New York.
Hugh audience fairly yelled its ap
proval." Mail " 'Madame Sherry's'
music will go to your toes." Evening
Sun" 'Madame Sherry' is the talk of
the town. 'Every Little Movement
Has a Meaning All IU O wn' is bound
to lie as great an epidemic as 'The
Merry i Widow Waltz.' " Town Topics-
'Coming from Paris 'Madame Sherry'
arrived at the New Amsterdam theatre
on Tuesday evening in a blaze of glory.
Not since the Widow of Lehar have
we been entertained by any such per
son as the dainty, bewitching convent
girl, Yvonne Sherry, nnd the reception
that was given her foretold, a long so
journ in our midst."
"Madame Sherry" will be played
here by the New York New Amster
dam Theatre Co., on Friday, Sept 13,
matinee and evening performances.
Prices 7."c to 12.00. Tickets on sale
Thursday, Sept. 12, 1912.
exhibition is now on its twentieth an
nual tour and the assertion is made by
the Sun management that the show is
richer and newer in all departments.
Each succeeding season a new com
pany of artists are engaged for the big
top performance. This season all pre
vious efforts are eclipsed. In fact they
out-shine them all. The zoologic an
wild display is a mammoth one and
serves to introduce the greatest an
most select collection seen here in a
No fakirs, gamblers or purple at
tractions are ever countenanced about
this show. It is essentially the purest
and cleanest conducted show ever or
ganixed.Two performances take place
daily, in rainy or fair weather. Post
tively no curtailment.
Many Driven From Home
Every year, in many parti of the country
icouaanas are driven rrom their homes by
coughs and lung diaeasei. Friendi and
busmen art left behind for other climatei,
out this is coitly and not always lure, A
oetter way the way or multitude! ia to
me Dr. King'i New Discovery and cure
yourself at home. Stay right there, with
your friends, and take this safe medicine
Throat and lung troubles find quick relief
and health returns. Its help in coughs,
coias, grip, croup, whoop-cough ami sore
lungs make it a positive blessing. 50c and
$1.00. T rial bottle free. Guaranteed by II,
U. Miller,
Elizabethton, Sept. C Work has
begun on the monument which is
being erected in Elizabethton as a
memorial to the federal and confed
erate dead of Carter county. The base
is twenty feet square, and the height
will be sixty-five feet. This monu
ment is located in the public square.
The structure is being built of cement
and river rock, and the estimated cost
is $3,500.
Dr. D. R. Wilcox is chairman of the
memorial association. The building
of this monument is emblematic of the
spirit of the people of this county,
which is known as "Loyal Carter."
After the river rock structure is built,
the shaft will be cemented, and made
to resemble solid marble, or granite.
The Noonday of Life.
The Men Who Succeed
Johnson City People Must Rec
ognize and Heed it.
Kidney ills coino mysteriously.
But nature always warns you.
Nolico the kidney secretions.
See If the color ia unhealthy
Tf there are settlings and sediment,
Passages frequent, scanty, painful.
It's time to use Doan' Kidney Pills,
To ward off serious diseases.
Poan's have done great work In John
son City.
Mrs. Sarah Koran, 400 W. Poplar St.,
Johnson City, says:
'My back ached constantly and there
wore pains through 111 y loins and kid
neys. I also had trouble from the kid
ney secretions. When 1 heard how ef
fective Doan's Kidney Pills were In such
cases, I got a supply from tlm Wlilte-
ho!iso Drug Co, and began their" use
They soon niiido me feel better and I con
tinued taking them until I was well," 17
For sulo by all dealers. Price 50 cents.
Foster-Mllhurn Co., Buffalo, N. V., sole
agents for the United States. .
Remember the name Doan's and
take no other.
as heads of large enterprises are men of
gteat energy. Success, toddy, demands
health. To ail is to fail It's utter folly
for a man to endure a weak, run-down half
alive condition when electric bitters will
put him right on his feet in short order.
Four bottles did me more real good than
any other medicine I ever took," writes
Chas. B. Allen, Sylvania, Ga., "After
years of suffering with rheumatism, liver
trouble, stomach trouble and deranged kid
nevs, I am again, thanks to Electric Bitters,
sound and well." 'Fry them. Only fo cents
at H. C. Miller's.
Married people should learn what to do for
one anothe-i's little ills, and for the ills of
children that may come. They are sure
sooner or later to have occasion to treat con
stipation or indigestion. When the oppor
tunity comes remember that the quickest
way to obtain relief, and finally permanent
cure, is with Dr. Caldwell s Syrup Pepsin,
the great herb laxative compound. A bottle
should always be in the house.
It is absolutely guaranteed to do what is
claimed, and if you want to try it before
buying, send your address for a free sample
bottle to Pepsin Syrup Co., 119 Caldwell
Bldg., Monticello, III. It is sold by all
druggists at 50c and $1 a bottle.
that will be offered. Rccause the hun
dred or more men, women and children
performers, are masters in their varied
feats and accomplishments and bring
refinement and diversion to their work.
Desides the human superiority of this
of this season's exhibition, there is n
unique aud wonderful trained animal
display. The Sun troupe of acting and
musical elephants, educated monkeys
and dogs; cleverly trained ponies, 11
coterie of blue ribboned cake walking
horses; these are all classy features of
the hugh progarm.
In the wild beast and zoologic de
partment are many cages and dens
containing a rare and valuable col
lection of wild animals. Everything
of worth in this field will be seen and
All tents are of modern build and at
night lime they are brilliantly illunii
nated. The show comes highly recom
mended for its absolute cleanliness and
and entire freedom from fakirs, gam
blers and ticket scalpers. In faot the
only way yon eun spend your money
around the show is through legitimate
channels. From the looks of thintrs
September 16 will be one of the biggest
show days in the history of Johnson
The seventeenth annual reunion of
the thirteenth Tennessee cavalry" will
be held at Neva, Johnson county.
Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 25
and 2(3. A lengthy program has
All He Asfcs li a Fair HeAtiag Be
fore the People and That the
Contest be Decided by Them
Watch babies bowels till the frosts come
Dr. Fahrney's Teething Svnio. 2t cts
ample free.
"Rush" Campbell, Macey Kite and
Zolbie Guinn had a hearing before
udge W. C. Pierce Thursday on the
charge of breaking into the Buck-Snod
grass grocery store and taking money
and goods. Their bonds were fixed at
$1,000 each, in default of which they
were taken to the Jonesboro jail.
Leaves are falling. Babies don't fall
away while taking Dr. Fahrney's Teething
Syrup. It makes sap blood.
Nashville,Sept. 5. Gov. Hooper to
day appointed Howard North coal oil
inspector at Hartranft, Claiborne
county, to fill the vacancy caused by
the death of his predecessor.
Judge Rfixter Taylor, of Atoka, Okla
homa, passed through Knoxville
Thursday, en route to Happy Valley,
where he goes to visit his father, Gen.
James P. Taylor.
Baxter Taylor was horn and reared
in Happy v alley. He is a nephew of
the late Senator Robert Love Taylor.
Judge Taylor, as a mere boy, entered
the political arena in the first con
gressional district. He preached the
demosratic doctrin in the mountaius
of East Tennessee. When the new
state of Oklahoma was formed he
remembered the advice of Horace
Greeley, "Young mnn go west," and
located in Atoka. Hom he was nomi
nated by the democratic puny for
county jude, nnd was elected. lie
was renominated by acclamation and
expects to be re elected.
Judge Taylor brings news to his
East Tennessee home that all Okla
homa is for Wilson'. After spending
afewdajs in Happy Vally with his
father, Judge Taylor will return to his
home. He will stop over in Knoxville
and i-il his brother, Robert D. Tay
lor. Knoxville Sentinel.
The farmers' exchange picnic at In
dian Ridge, near Oak Hill schoolhouse,
yesterday was a decided success, and
was attended by from 800 to 1,000 farm
ers, farmers' wives, daughters and
sweethearts. The grove in which the
picnic was held was a suitable place
for the ocasion and furnished splendid
shade and an abundance of spring
W.R. Reeves introduced the speakers.
Capt, A. R. Johnson delivered the first
address, which was an eloquent appeal
to the farmers to impiovc their meth
ods of Agriculture, conserve their re
sources, provide the necessary conven
iences and equipment for both farm
and the home, laying especial emphasis
on the need of home equipment and
Thk Texas Wo.ntikh curks kidney
am) blaudkrtroi ulks, removing grav
el, cures diabetes, weak and latno back,
rheumatism an.d all Irregularities of the
kidneys and bladder in both men and
women. Regulates bladder troubles in
children. If not sold by your druggist,
will be sent by mall on receipt of $1. One
sirih.ll brtttln is two months' treatment,
and seldom fails to perfect a cure. Send
for testimonials from Texas and other
states. Dr. 10. W. Hall, 2020 Oliver St.,
St Louis, Mo. Sold by druggists. ('81-
Nahvilb, Tom!., Sipt. 5. Ex-Gov.
M. R. Patterson, caivlidata for the
democratic nomination for United
States senator, announced tonight that
he wouU open his campaign with a
speech at the Vendome theater in
Nashville on the night of Sept. 20.
Gov. Patterson said in making the
"I am leaving for Memphis tonight
and wiil op?n my campaign in Nash
ville Sept. 20, at tne Auditorium.
"All that I ask is a fair hearing be
fore the people, and that the contest be
decided by their will.
"Party harmony consists in respect
ing the will of the majoity, and party
discord comes when it is not jespected.
If I am the choice of the people they
have a right to my services in the
United States senate, and if I am not,
defeat will be borne witbuutcomplaint.
My competitors are worthy men and
my personal friends, and if either re
ceives the nomination I shall want the
legislature to carry out the popular
"The talk so industriously circulated
that my candidacy will affect any
other candidate or in any way injure
the democratic party is done soiely to
discredit me, and is both childish and
"No man can run me out of the dem
ocratic pary or make me false to its
nominees, and any man who says he
will not be ademocrat because I hap
pen to be a candidate confesses himself
a weakling, either mentally or politic-.
"Hits subterfuge will deceive-noone
who does not want to be deceived.
This is a contest for a great oflice, and
me people want H decided not by ac
cusation or false statements, made for
an unworthy purpose, but intheoi)en.
and by methods which are fair and
Stats or Ohio. Citt or Tomdo, i sg
Lucas Count v. f
Frank J. Cheney makes oath that he Ik senior
partner of the tlrm of K. J. Cheny & Co.. doing
business in the City of Toledo, vounly and mute
aforesaid, and thut said tlrm will pav the Hum
of ONE HUNERU DOLLAKS foroaish and eve
ry cuse of Catarrah that cannot be eurnd by
the use of Hall's Catarrh Cure. FRANK j
Sworn to before mennd subscribed In my prts
ence, this Bth day of December, A. D. IKxtl.
Hall's Catarrh Cure Is taken Internally, and
actR directly on the blood and mucous surface
of the system. Send for testimonials free.
The Safest Latch is the Yale
Cylinder Latch. No other key will fit it but
its own.
When you shut a door with a Yale Cylinder
Latch on it, that door is SECURE.
And there's a heap of comfort in knowing it.
We carry all kinds of Yale Night Latches in
stock, and other Yale Products too.
Mbuntcastle-Plilegar Hwd. Co.
You Will be Surprised to See
How Quickly it Disappears ;
No more dirty coats from dandruff heada. '
Zcmo stops dandruff. Apply it any time
with tips of fingera. No imell, no smear.
Zemo sinks into the pores, makes the scalp
healthy, makes the hair fine and glossy.
For any skin afflictions, itch, dandruff, ec
zema, pimples, blotches, try Zemo at our
risk. Zcmo is prepared by E. W. Rose
Medicine Co., St. Louis. Mo,, and, is sold
in Johnson City by the City Drug Store. (4
rrolongiHg Life.
While no way has yet been found to make
life perpetual, it is a fart that life can be
prolonged. Man) people die before their
time because the organs become cloeced and
can not do their woik. To keep their body
open, active and free from impurities there
must be no constipation, dyspepsia, flatu
lency, liver troubles, etc. If old or young
people suffer from these complaints they can
find a ready cure with Dr. Caldwell's Syrup
Pep;iri. - .
It is absolutely guaranteed to do what Is
claimed, and if you want to try it before
buying, send your address for a tree sample
bottle to Pepsin Syrup Co., 119 Caldwell
Bldg., Monticello, HI. It is sold hy all
dealers at 50c and $1 a bottle.
The bluest da;; of pmn!. ierM i
the hiMory r-f Johnson City uillt l.
place on Mi i.ilay, (lU tiiU-r U 'P i
will 'e the tccioti u the 14 f;v
famous Hun Brothers' Win Id' I'r.
greshive-Sliows. , Tbis jKijiulur lei.lul
Heptember 16 will be show day- iit
Johnson City, the day which makes
the world , young and kin. Every
household will be alive arly on ac
count of it, and the country cousin ar
rayed in his best will come in on the
highways and byways with refreshing
glory and abundance.
The fine big special train of Sun
Brothers is dife here before dawn on
Heptember 10 and the usual army of
curious will no doubt lie at the rail
road yards to greet them. As tented
showmen are known as hustlers, it
on't lake them long to utiloud the
(.'Mi nimus equipment, faortses elephant
inl iinirnals and asscyiiMe 1 iu'in nt the
'iH.u yrt-unds at Johns m (,'ii y. IVr-
r -ii-ofs will begive. t-i t!:e ttfter
ui Jt o'clock and i iv!ii. at S
cVivk. There are no conventional
numbers in this big imperial program
I ....
with $1.00 or more. Make a deposit each
week and watch it grow. This is the plain
road to being independent. We pay liberal
City National Bank

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