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'' ' ' ' ' 11 , , , ..- 1 .'liL.--.. . iii-L- , ; : ' . , . is xix. 'X SELMER. McNAlRY COUNTY. TENri, FRIDAY, DEC. 24. 1920 0 AT A BIG E HAVE a sorted stock AUTOM n If want you to take advantage of these prices which will remain in effect until January 1 , , 1 92 1 : PRICES ON GOODYEAR TIRES 30x3 Smooth - - - - $ 13.00 30x3 & Diamond Trean - - - 18.00 31x4 Diamond Tread - - - 25.00 32x34 Diamond Tread - ... 22.50 34x4 Diamond Tread - - - 32 50 34x4 Cord - - . - - - 47.50 We have standard brands of tires and tubes , and the prices on all are reduced Now is the time to buy your next year's tires and tubes JNO: R. GOOCH & SON II S E L M E R T E N N e s S E E 0tS0C ftWS (BOB SAND BOX Santa Claus is ready, to begin his work.jil.'.How many weddings the next week?...... Cotton now seems hard to sell... ..The de pot for Selmer will soon be com pleted and it is going to be a njce building Our merchants are having a fairly good trade. I...-. ....Horry Hodges will serve as Congressman-elect Lon A. Scott's 'private secretary, and there'll not be a better secretary in the Capitol than Horry, either.. .....We will spend next week in getting our office in shdpe to be gin the 1921 work of printing a paper which you, will like...... ....Haven't ve always heard -of this "hard times," and about all who talk it, are they not the old glooms wbQ see darkly through all the brightness of earth? . McNairians are always ready y to help worthy people in distress and the destitute family whom the people have helped are mpst worthy citizens. v..!.Memphis is still trying to get first place in the ranks of big towns where bad things happen Come in andrenew your subscription and get thS news another year '.. ...IThe roads are beginning to get "bad.i,......Not many folks coming back home for Xmas The Quarterly court for Mc- Nairy county will convene the .,. first Monday in January, and the wKtilrtrtrrm of the circuit pourt convenes the third Monday. '.Jl.. ....Beginning with the first is sue in 1921, the land transfers, marriage licenses and all "court house news' will be published. The Irish are still having: ex citement... .Rain, mud and OBILE REDUCTION large, well as of tires, and we wet feet pneumonia next ....The Tennessee legislature is to assemble the first Monday in January, after which time, news ought to be plentiful Cotton acreage reduced next season may get price higher than the Sellers are offered now......The time is drawing near for more good res olutionsdon't forget, them.... GRAY SAMARITANS RESCUING CHILDREN The Young Women' Christian Asso cln lions of the United States tire keenly Interested In the movement for the re lief of (lie 8,000,000 sturvlng children of Europe because a group of, their members, the I'olish Orsy Samaritans, have been In charge of distributing food to Children In Poland. They have been serving under the American Relief ad ministration and have conducted food kitchens and distributing stations In all parts f Polund outside Warsaw. In all, the relief work being done In Kurope, that of the Polish Grays has been unique because all the girls, though sout from America, were either bom In Polund or are of Polish paren tage. When the need for social serv ice In their country became-" acute many girls of Polish descent answered the call of the Young Women's Chris tian Association for overseas service and enlisted In the preliminary train ing course that was given Id several cities of the United States. From this group thirty girls were chosen and sent o Poland where, since 1018, Ihey have been caring for the children of " the country. The distribution of clothing has token them Into all parti of Poland. . '' ii- They are now spending' their' entire time In arranging for h feeding of children this winter. Groups of theru travel to strategic centers In outlying districts where they set up distributing stations, receive supplies, prepare meals, arrange for Impartial distribu tion and train helpers to continue the work when they are sent on to the next 'awn . Sound Travels Fast .Tlie velocity of sound varies ex reedlngly with the medium through which It travels. In dry air at a tem perature of S2 degrees Fahrenheit. It Is about 1,087 feet a second : In glass, 18.000 feet a second; In steel, 16.400; In water, 4.708 (at 8 degrees centi grade). Dursble Lumber. , Tellow. pine and oak are the best .woods to resist the action of steiuu with the least amount of warping, A Worthy Appeal Answered The appeal upon behalf of the unfortunate family of L. K. Par rish, published in last week's In dependent, has been answered in a most beautiful Way, and the voluntary contributions bespeak for those making them a true Christian and Christmas spirit To them from this obscure and wretched home, amid the chime of merry Xmas bells, comes their grateful acknowledgement, rec ognizing the philosophy of Jesus, enunciated two thousand years ago: "I was an hundred and ye gave me mear, I was thirsty and ye gave me drink, I was a stran ger and ye took me in, naked and ye clothed me. I was sick and ye visited me." The generous response 'will bring comfort and gladness to this family. The little girls will go to school with books and warm clothing. Mother will hae a new dress, little baby will get a doll, the father will have money to buy medicine, old Santa Claus will carry them lots of good things to eat and sacks full of candy and apples and oranges for the little ones. I received the following letters and they contain such beautiful sentiments that I think they should be read by the public. McNairy; Tenn. Mr. Terry Abernathy, Selmer, Tenn. Dear Sir: , I have just read your appeal for the unfortunate family of Mr. Parish. I enclose you my check for $2.00, and hope others will respond. Yours truly, J. E. Hodges. Moscow, Tenn., Dec. 17, 1920. Mr, -Terry Abernathy -Selmer, Tenn. Dear Sir and Friend: I have just read, in the Inde pendent, the letter from Mrs. McLain and your appeal for help for the destitute family of Mr. Parish. I "do not kuow either Mr. Parish or Mrs. McLain, but I know you would not endorse it if it was not a deserving case. I am enclosing my check for a small amount to help in this cause. I have one little girl seven years old, going to school, and of course being the only child she is the idol of our home, and this appeal touches my sympathy. Old McNairy ii still dear to me altho I have adopted Fayettei County for my home. Wishing you and yours a hap py Christmas I am, Your friend, Walter Carr. Ramer Tenn. Mr. Terry Abernathy, Co. Supt, Selmer, Tenn. Dear Mr. Abernathy: Just before we closed our Sun day school this morning, one of our members made a little talk to the school telling of reading your appeal in the County paper in be half of the Parrish family in an adjoining neighborhood, suggest ing that our Sunday school give our offering that had just been taken, for the relief of the Par rish family. So I am enclosing you ten dollars, the amount of our offering. This was ordered by unanimous vote of the school, 82 members and 3 visitors being present. Kindly use this little mite in the way it will do the most good. Wishing you much success in so worthy an under taking, Yours truly. A. B. Hamm, Supt Ramer Sunday School. The people of Bethel Springs responded nobly, as the following list shows the names of those who contributed cash, groceries and clothing: Hendrix & Deaton, Mrs. L. R. Lockman, John Roberson, R. P. Phillips, W. H.'McKinley, Charlie Lott, Virgil Gilchrist John Sur ratt J. P. Tull, J. C. Roberson, C. C. Plunk, J. R. Murray, John Motley, W. T. Pigott-C. B. Ra mer,' L. F. Ingle, Quinn Hurst, E. E. Maness, Bruce Mitchejl, A. Williams. J. H. Co'bb. Deaton & Etheridge, B. B. Denny?, the Union Store. Contributing clothes: Mesdames J. L. Henrix, Bruce Mitchetl. A. Williams C. Ti Pomn. i?-., I ? -" i , iJCOL M. Smith, R. N. Hester, R. D. Etheridge, W. T. PWott. Monroe Johnson, J. E. teuton, W. D. Hendrix. ' The following list shows the liberality and generosity of the Selmer people who contributed cash,, groceries and clothing. E. H. Prather, T. M. (lavvkins, A. B. Hawkins, Dr. R. JVT. Kendrick, J.. Powers, Bill 'Browder, D P. Nickles, Pat Baker, W. K. Abernathy. Terry 4bernath' H. P. Wood, Cornish Moore, Albert Gnlespie, H. Hamml J. D. Chesh- ier, C. B. Dillon, 1 R. Horner. M. E. Lee, W..H..$tone, U. S. Alexander, Thomas R. Barr, W. R. Carman, J. D. A Coleman, J. R. Swaim, j?W. Abernathy, S. W. Gooch, Terry MfcCullar, R. P. Melton, R. 0. Horher, Andrew Gooch, J. H. Bigger. D. G. Rob inson, T. M. Humphrey & Son. H. G. Abernathy, F. E. Eetes, J. B Gray J. M. Smith. Contributing clothes: Mesdames Laura Wooten, Melissa Shull, Frerlda Smith. Hattie Prather, Slater Robinson, - Terrv Aber nathy, O. S. Abernathv. The Independent has rendered its service in promoting this cause without charge ..for space used, for which thanks are ex tended. A list of .fall contribu tors has been kept.j The money will be spent in a wjiy Vvhich will do the family the most good. Thanking the mny unselfish et ntributors to this destitute family, and wishing for them the greatest, measure if happiness tl at can come frfm the Giver of every good and i pe -feet gift, I remain, Yours trujy ' Terry Abernathy. South Ramer, News Merry Christmas to1 all." i Ed Melton is on the sick list. A. J. Renick, who has been on a visit to his daughter, Mrs. B. R. Goolsby, has returned to his home at Blue Mountain, Miss. ; Mrs. Lillie King and daughter of Memphis are visiting, friends and relatives in this section. Born, unto Mr. and Mrs. John Shelton on the 14th inst, a girl. Homer Anderson and wi fe, who have bee spending a few days at home, have "returned to their hunting and trapping camp over on the rivef. We regret to learn that Robert Warren and family are going to leave this week, but we hope they will be happy in their new home. George Shea and wife of Jack son are visiting thelatter's moth er, Mrs. J. A. i?helton. Mrs. Mary Williams and chil dren spent Sunday with her sis ter. Mrs. R. H. Anderson. Miss Lois Goolsby spent Satur day afternoon with Miss Jewel Meeks. ' Cletus Capooth visited his un cle, Ed Shelton, Sunday. . Mrs. J.J. King visited Mrs. J. T. Meeks Sunday. " Miss fiavin Shelton was the Sunday guest of the Misses Gools by. ', R. H. Anderson spent Sunday with J. F. Meeks. - , Miss Gracie Williams visited Misses Emma King and Jewel Meeks Sunday. Little Misses Birdie and Beat rice Melton spent Sunday with their'grand-parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leatherwood. Average Duration of Life. Good authorities give tho average duration of human life as about thirty three years. One quarter of the peo ple on the earth die before the age of six. one-half before the age of six teen, and only about one person of each 100 born lives to the age of sixty five. The deaths are calculated nt sixty-seven a minute. 97.790 a day and 80.639,835 a year, llirths are calculat ed at about neventy a minute, 100.S00 a day and 80.792.000 a year. Expert Mice Catchers. The harn owl, when she has young, brings a mouse to her nest about ev ery 12 minutes. As she Is nctlvely employed at both evening and dawn, and as both male and female hunt, 40 mlep a day Is a low computation for the total capture. Rmoklyn Eagle. Jud Tunkins. Jnd Tunkins says everybody admits flint honesty Is the best poller, onlv a lot of foUs differ as to thp precise j delluIUoo of the word. WHEN CHRISTMAS WAS YOUNG To Understand Mysteries of the Yule, tide, It Is Necessary to Search ' Ancient History. wlN the midst of the rush and J, excitement of Christmas prepcratlons certain ques tions will Hash across the mind, ami we fiinl ourselves wondering why It Is Hint wo do the very same thiiifrs Christ) inns after Christmas. Why do we hung stock ings, light Christinas trees, trim our homes find luivi; plum pudding? To understand the origin of these ciistom.j we must wander fnr haek lino the forgotten past nges before Julius Cuesnr set foot on KritMi soil, or St. Augustine told the story of the Cross lo the men of Kent. Hundred of years ago long before' the year 1 tho ancients, as weVnll the people of those times, nil worshiped the sun, the great giver of Ibjht and life. In the month of March they built hlf Hies to it, asking It to shine upon the seeds Ihey hnd planted and warm them into life. In the autumn ihey held another festival, thanking the sun for the harvest, nml again, in ihe winter time. Ihey held the greatest festival oi till to celebrate the coming of i In- springtime. In ancient Kgypt, In Assyria. In Greece, on Roman soil and In the iiorthhmds these festivals were eele- tirtttiift V'iimi itl'l.il1 rune tii.it nlw.it'u nhout the same lime, the winter one being held about New Year's time. Wherever the Roman eagle was found, this feast was called the Snt iii'iinlia am! it was marked by univer sal license and gond, feeling. All at once Christianity appeared upon the scene. As the policy of the early church was to reconcile heathen converts to the new faith by adopting some of the heathen customs and fes tivals, the new" religion accepted and remitted many, and the result, as Is cosily seen, has been the strange medley of pagan and Christian rites which we use at Christmas time to day. ! After I'.rltnln was Christianized by the Romans, the Saxons anil norlhern tribes came, bringing thehr old north ern rites, and as Christianity at last replaced paganism the Christians kept the old pagan rites, merely changing their meaning. For many years no two Innds cele brated the same clay us the birthday of Christ. They did not know the exact day, nnd we do not know It; but this date has now become the most Important one In the world's history. The Old Age of Santa Claus. In Anna Farquhar's "Convictions" In The National Magazine, she says: "Santa Claus totters under his pack, wearing a long, old face these days. Probably In his youth he had no idea of growing old or departing this life; therefore when his enthusiasm and Joyousness hogun to wane unnccount ahly he must have opined that the world was tottering--not his own gen erous throne of life. Nowaday he creeps down the chimney stealthily as If somewhat ashamed of his mission, tllke a polar burglar, and his eight tiny reindeer make small clatter on the lawn, for many of their Joy bells have been lost. When Santa Inys a finger aside of his nose reflectively In our times, he exclaims, without a bit of Jolly shake below the waist: 'Degen erates! Degenerates! Has my world come to such a pass that people wish to'prfy me for my presents? Can It be that little children are so surfeited with toys that they stop to nsk how much they cost befire accepting them. There was little Willie, Inst year, who said to his mamma, when he first saw a beautiful woolly dog, .That's It got Inside? Candy or money? Don't want a dog 'nless it's got sotnethln' la side!"'" i Games of Heathen Origin 1 TVf ANT ' our ,nost am"" 5 JYl lar Christmas games bavo ? a heatheu orlglnli and some of V; their requirements once played a jg most Important pnrt In the Q heathen rites and mysteries. I'v- 6 e.rv one knows' how. when nlay- lw Ing the popular Christmas game fs of "snap dragon," all other lights ( In the room are extinguished while we try to snatch raisins & from blnslng brandy, but proh- j ably few are uwure thut tho S ancient British Druids were ac- j ffl customed to worship, In a tein- g pie otherwise dark, a flame nf p burning spirits Into which theyfoj cast and' out or wnicu uiey plucked certain sacred objects, and ihat they thus performed some of the most awful solem nities of their religion. The Christmas Season. Though Christmas seems to gain rather than lose In popular favor as the years roll by. yet it Is worthy of note that the Christmas season baa been much curtailed from what It originally was. For several centuries It begun with the eve of All Saints' day or "Hallow eve," October 31, and continued until (jnmuemas any. f eo rnnry 2. In England It Is now com puted only from Christmas eve to "Twelfth night." January 8, while In our own country It begin on ;hrlst. mas eve and practically ends ou brlsmms night. Yet even now It real !y begins on Peeetuber IK. marked In the church calendar, "O Sa.lentla." from tlje inline of au aa!!.ciu HU during Adveut. X SI I x THIS STORE oliday Gifts We invite you to bring jour most perplexing gift prob t lems to us for solution. We have hundreds of gift problems proposed lo usr it may be we have just the idea that will solve your most difficult one. Come in early. Decid.c before you buy. t a l X P CORIWTM I ? ,1 MISSISSIPPI . I Christmas Morning r MARY ORAHAM BONNER (Ooprright, 181V, f Wwttra Mwpsr Cnloa) ttjlr t ""'STMAS i comes but once a year, Christmas comes but ouce a yeot," shouted the chil dren as they hurried down stairs ou Christ mas morning. Their daddy and mother fi i lowed and they sat g too, "Christmas comes hut ouce a year!" From the stairs they could see the library with the fire Just started. There was a hlg tree all trimmed! And under and around It there were Just the things they all had been waiting for, and a lot of other things they had never expected. Oh, how beautiful it was. It looked to the children as if It couldn't be real nnd It seemed to them ns If they must be dreaming as If all this won derful room,' filled with presents and stockings and everything else that was fine, could not bo real after all. s But they had .thought this way on other Christmas days and they had not been dreaming on other Christ mas mornings. To be sure they dream ed of Christmas before Christmas came but they didn't dream of any thing nearly so wonderful as Christ mas always was. 'There were four children. I.ucy and Betty anif Robbie and Billy. There, In the center of the library, was the big tree. It was covered with candles and though It was daylight the candles were lighted and the shades pulled down so as to make the tree look Its very best. And too, It wasn't so very bright at thot hour, for they were always up very, very early on Christinas morning. ', They began to see the things on the tree they had asked Santa Claus for, and then they locked to see If he had taken the notes they hnd written for him wishing him a Merry Christ mas. '. , . ' Sure enough! He had taken them. They wondered If he had been pleased Christmas Comes But Once a Yearl" nd they hoped ?ery much that he had. ' All these thoughts ' went through their minds very quickly aud then they began to say. "An." and ' "Oh," and "Isn't It wonderful," and "Look!" ''Well." said their daddy, "let us alt dowo and look at all our presents." IB 1 -im- liw ABOUNDS IN They sat dowu on tne tioot. ,-uts each one took a slocking which had been bunging in front of the mantel piece. Every stocking was well filled. And each slocking stuck out queerly so that no one could guess what whs In It. What a guessing nmtch there was before they emptied .the. stockings Just to keep the surprise a little long , er, for they had an Idea that Santa Clans wanted them to be as surprised as possible. And when they did guess what was lit some of the stockings It was such fun! . After the stockings had been looked at and the oranges, and apples had rolled out of the toes, the presents were taken from the tree. "The candy canes and candy- aiilmnl and the decorations were kept on. for the candy would be eaten later on nnd the decorations would I kept through the Christmas season. There were many presents around the foot ot the tree. And now they; knew that they weren't Teally dream ing. They were really, really alive, nnd this was really, really Chrlstmss. Everything about it was real and their presents were real and they, were wide awake and beginning to feeK hungry, for they hadn't waited lo have breakfast first. They'ate San. tn's wonderful ornnges and mother said to daddy: "Dear me, I wish I Could find big ' Juicy oranges like Santa Ciaus does.4 He's a better shopper than I am I" . ' And their daddy laughed and said, ' , "He's a smart old fellow. It's hard to get ahead of him. And even If we , can't, find auch good ojfanges we get them- every, year through his good ness!" " 's, ' ' "He's the dearest soul In all tha world," said Lucy, "except the fam ily." - ,-..' . ,, V . ! "He's wonderful." said Betty, "and oh, my dollie Is so. adorable.. He gave me Just the kind I asked for." i '"He's n wonder," said Robbie and Billle together, and , then everyona : took his or her orange and paraded Into the dining-room, singing one more, "Christmas comes hut once a year P. , Persia Home" of NightlnoahJ. I'ersln is the natnral habitat for the nightingale and these songsters are very abundant there. For many centuries the Persian perfumes hava been considered among tbe best on the market. These are largely made from the Juice of rosa petals. The cultiva tion xt rosea for commercial purposes Is quite general there. Thought Mother Was Hasty. Twelve-year-old George and bis fa ther had an argument In which his fa ther, as usual, came out ahead, and George was .much peeved. After bla father had left the room George aald o ive very seriously: "Mother,' why nu marry daddy, anyway why didn't you shop around a little, first?" Exchange. ' Heroes. No man Is ever far from the herola who has learned to do things when ha feels least like doing them. To trample underfoot all moods and feel ings to get to our duty and our cross In spite of them to do that summer and winter till we die. Is the one road to tlie music and the crown. G. H. Morrison. ' . . .Offended. ; Miss Violet Chandler, who Is a can- didute for rounty school snperlnten-, dent has requested the Torchlight not to refer to her friends who sre help ing ber In her campaign as be "sup Lortcr," Arkansas TUomu Cat.