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SEQUACHEE, TENN., THURSDAY, JULY 9, 1896. NO. 1. THE GLORIOUS 4th. Sequachee Celebrates it in Good Style A Short Account of the Proceed ings of a Day Made Glorious in the Annala of Sequachee. The 120th anniversary of the De claration of Independence has come and gone and we are safe in saying that for a sensible and enjoyable oc casion no place in the country was ahead of Sequachej. The welcome rain of the day previous had brignt ened and cheered the country from the effects of the drought and the morning was bright and pleasant. , The News was in earnest in hav , ing n goodly number of visitors and they came and enjoyed the beauties of our charming town. During the morning hours the point of attraction was the Blowing spring, Columbus Park, and a more ideal: place for quiet enjoyment could hardly be Conceives. - Poft 53 held a meeting at which 23 comrades were present . and a number of sons of veterans interested in the formation of a camp were on hand, but as it was found that on ac count of previous engagements, a ter could not be present, it was vo ted to defer the organization of the Camp of the Sous of Veterans, U. S. A , until Saturday, July 18th at 10 o'clock a.m., whepit will be insti tuted, nearly fifty having applied for a charter At noon all wended their way to the Spring and for an hour the contents of the baskets and other packages were discussed with a good relish in an'informal and em joyable manner. Comrades Watley and and others wielded their knives in carving and it was a jolly, merry crowd. A few slight showers aboat one o' clock caused the people to hurry to Owen Church all good naturedly taking a little spripkling in perfect 1 l...rrif At O n m U'lion tn ' urogram was begun the church was - iinliil nnd the orovfi snrronnrl- inr was well filled. The teachers.ot the Sunday School had lemonade, ice cream', etc.. for sale and from that time until all was sold they were very busy. , ' Major Hill presided at the exercis es and the program as published in . flip. Nkws was carried , out. Misses L. II. Hill, Myrtle Rogers and Emma Gabel recited prettily. Miss Carrie "Lasater scored a success. The Mus ical Society did well especially in the Anvil Chorus, and M'ss Matilda Gus'- "'tafson sang the solos of Hail Colum bia very effectively. Mr. Wm. Ow en pounded out the Declaration of Independence; W. B. Stewart and t. a Pnborson. of Jasner. made Dat- - fiotic and practical addresses and the ' whole program was well received. W. C.Hillpresi4ed at the organ. But the culminating interest of the s - - . i e lj .. day for .the poopie 01 oiMju.ium-u was Jn the evening when the drama in - 4 acts, "Better that Gold'' was pre 'pented at 8:00 p. in. The Musical Society a a prelude sang the popi lar son"', "1 arauise -uuivy iiuu uiu au dience was hehl in rapt attention un til the closing Chorus "We don't Care" at 10:30 . In spite, of many untoward cir cumstances, the participeiits acquitt ed themselves grandly. Mrs. C. II. Pearson, on account of the sickness ci Mi KoWrsoa assumed the role of Mrs. Garfield and played it well. Tom Payson played by W. C. Hill, was a hummer and his escapades will be the talk of the town for many days. Mrs. Graham as Annie Gar field, Miss Carrie Lasater as Jennie Joy and Miss Gustafson as Belle Gcrdon all scored successes. Mr. Tom Richards as Perchant was good and W. S. Pryor as Dick, and Char les Curtis as Gilbert and James Thornton as Asa, played their parts intelligently and well. We congrat ulate them all and want to see them again. The introduction between the 2nd and 3rd acts of the ballad "Over the Summer Sea'' was beauti fully rendered by Miss Gustafson and was charming. We are glad to know the receipts and profits of the day reached about sau.uv, anotner nesi egg ior me organ tuna, ana shows what can be done by making a good effort. There was no accident of any kind or any disorder in town during the day and evening, and we trust all were pleased with the day. But the News will claim' to credit of h el pine the matter greatly and f 1 e i & j for any good purpose we are ready ana willing, 11 we see people reaay to help, to stand by them and assist and encourage. Two nines composed of players from Jasper, Sequachee and the Ridge, under the names of Jasper and Sequachee, contested in the hot sun S?turday for several hours; resulting in favor of the Sequachee team by a score of 17 to 11. They played very poorly judging from the looks of the error column. We add to our subscription list three, names from Kelley's Ferry this week. Now if some one would only send us some .notes from that place all would be well. The folks there appreciate the liveliest and cheapest paper in the Valley. It is only fair to notice the great assistance Miss Lydia bustatson rendered in the preparation of the play. She was always ready to help, to road, prompt, or do anything. She was a help indeed. rj wf 1 At Owen Church Sunday last Rev. Jacob llputs conducted a special ser vice as.a memorial to Mrs. Moore, recently deceased. The question in the minds of the people here is, will the road up the mouutain be built and who is re sponsible for the delay? W. S. Pryor will teach the school that J. M. Curnutt had last year tver in the Havron Settlement. He will open it in about three weeds. The Teachers' Institute at South Pittsburg closed Friday. There was an attendance of about fifty and all voted it an excellent Institnte. We regret to hear that Mrs. Mil lard Francis had the misfortune to fall recently,' receiving severe injury from which she has not recovered. Miss Jennie Watley of the Levan Settlement was quite sick the first of the week bat is improving. . We appreciate the remembrance of the News by Mis? Dixon on the 4th. It was a good cake. IIuckleberr.es are ripe and lots them. of LOCAL. After the 4th what? Mark Brown was in town Sunday. Mr. D, Vinzant was in town Mon day. G. Sherman went to Chattanooga Jbriday. B. E. Tatum, of Jasper was here Saturday. L. W. Gabel went to Chattanooga Wednesday. John Slatton, of Whitwell, was town Saturday. Will Price, of Whitwell, was Sequachee Tuesday. in in M. Burnett is fretting out boards. it e , shingles in Dixon Cove. C. II. Davidson went to Victoria yesterday, on horse-trading bent. Whitwell, Victoria and Jasper was well represented at the Celebra tion. T1 . , , . to, b. ., the prospect for a good crop in much better Mr. John Sexton of Kelley's Fer ry, candidate for Sheriff was in town Tuesday. Mr. J. W. Graham got out of his house for the first time to see 'Better tian q0i jt R. J. Brown left Monday for Alta mont as a witness in the Bnrnes vs. Rogers case. The late rains have set everybody to work again and planting peas is all the rage. Mrs. P. M. Pryor who has been quite sick for the past month is slow ly improving. Miss Sallie Robertson at the last accounts is on the mend, but she has been very sick. Miss Bertha Alder and Miss Oilio Vinzant were visiting the Misses Haynes Sunday. Miss Kate Lewis, of Victoria, and her brother Albert took in the play Saturday night. Richard Parkes, Joseph Green and Abe Kilgore, Jr., were among those from Victoria, Saturday. 3Ir Sherman has been attending Chancery Court at Altamout this week in the Burnes case. John Alder was in town Sunday returning from Battle Creek, where he had been to attend the picnic. Miss Ellen Gott, of Oak Grove, and Misses Lillie and Lula Fergus on, of Jasper, were visiting relatives here S aturday. v The Spring is the place Sundays, both for young ladies and their beaux and those who ought to be so favor ed but are not. Evejyone who was in town Satur day spite of the rain were the veriest philosophers and took everything calmly and quietly. We did not hear of any serious breaches of good manners, although two or threo people were maud lin and almost inanimate. It is said that the production of the Brownsville poet published in the News some weeks ago is taking card up that way. The boys have adapted it to almost every tune, and can't sing it too much. TENNESSEE APPLES. Allison or Jones' Seedling. Ungin Williamson county, in Tenn, Received from Win. II, Smith of Leiper's Fork William son county in whose catalogue it has beyn described lor several years. Frnit largo and" roundish oblate inclining to conical sometimes an gular; surface moderately smooth yellow with shades and stripes of pa'e red; cavity irregular bioad and deep wMi heavy russet markings; stem short and stout: basin wide. irregular medium depth; calyx op en and large. Skin thin; core large; seeds few; flesh medium fine, yellowish ten -der and juicy; flavor rich and pleasant spicy subacid, quality very good. A valuable winter ap ple. Mr. Smith reports that the tree resembles the Red Limbertwig and that it is thought to be a cross be tween the Red Limbertwig and the lVarmain. The tree is a good bearer and blooms late. It requires a good grade of lim stone soil and will not (succeed on high poor free stone lands. Ben Davis. Many readers of this bulletin will doubtless be surprised to find the Ben Davis apples placed with those of Tennessee origin. There is a difl'erence in opinion as to its history. A prominent Tennessee Kansas fruit grower claims that it was firct found in Virginia the cions were taken to Kentucky and there propagated. Downing states that its origin is unknown but that old trees are found growing in a Kentucky orchard. A ' promin- ent Tennessee Iruit grower gives a very concise account of its origin in this State and the conveying of scions to Kentucky. The accounts are at least very interesting and it is to be hoped that the publication oi the following notes will result in additional facts from others who n.nv w, nmMhin nnnpomi n P tue nistory ot the apple in ques tion. Mr. Howsley of Kansas said the Ben Davis was one of their most profitable apples; he handed the Secretary his knowledge of its his tory as follows: "In the year 1791) Wm. Davis and John I). Hill emi' grated to Kentucky and settled in that part ot Logan county now called Butler county. They loca ted near Capt. Ben Davis tha brother of Wm. Davis and the hrother-in-law of Hill. A few years afterwards Hill returned to Virginia on business; and when he returned to Kentucky, he brought sone apple grafts with him. Hill and Davis raised fruit from these grafts. Capt. Ben. Davis, finding the apple a desirable one, grafted the same for himself, as well aa raised a youne: nursery of it. These trees were sold throughout the country: and, for want of know ing any other name, the people called it the Ben Davis apple. The Davis family, however, call it Virginia Pipin. From Downing's Fruit and Fruit Trees of America! "The origin of this apple i3 unknown. J. S. Downer of Kentucky writes that old trees are there found from which suckers arc taken in the way of propagating." A personal letter to the writer from J. C Hodges of M'rristovn Hamblen county Tenntsste who is Vice-President of the E-ist Ten 1 1 esse e Horticultural Society and well known as a prominent and thoroughly reliable Iruit grower contains the following account: "During most of the first half of the present century and up to 1SG0 or thereabout there lived on Nolis chucky river within this county a wealthy farmer who name was Ben Davis. ' His son R.. A, Davis now resides at White Pine Jefferson county Tennessee On the farm owned by Ben Davis originated the tipple in question From the or iginal troe others were propagated anc for many years before the death of Ben Davis he raised and harvested large quantities of these apples. The house of Ben Davis was on the great stock route from Kentucky to the Carolinas. Many dr ivers made it a point to stop with him in going and returning the South. It was his custom to supply their saddle bags with this apple especially on their return trips- There was no name for the apple known to them so they call ed it the Ben Davis Grafts or scions were uiken to Kentucky and the'appi.- propagated and dissem inated there before it was in Tenn' essee. I have obtained these facts on personal inquiry from the son of Bjn Davis above mentioned. And besides these facts are well known in the neighborhood amo;ig the older people.'' We will leave the reader to judge for himself as to the most probable origin of the Ben Davis, It is to be hoped that -additional fact may' be obtained which will afhnu the account of Mr. Hodges: This variety is extensively grown throughout the State- In reports from correspondents it is i . f i r ii . i menil"neu mo,re "equenuy man : any other apple Most farmers are i familiar with the characteristics of botn tree and frult- ?l 13 a M vigorous grower begins to fruit ' .lllld brs beavy cr0P8- j frult 18 not' t class in quality; its symmetrical form and bright color ! when crown under favorable conn dilio'is secure for it however a ready sale. Agricultural ExperU meut Station Bulletin. Invitaticn Accepted Accepting the hospitable invitation of Mr. and Mrs. C. Wagner, we vis ited them last Sunday. After en joying a good dinner wo inspected I his gardens and found a good grovy i ing crop of every kind. The onions 1 I . Ti-. jits uus uiuvuMc-u uiu very nne. vis iting his grapes we found them look ing finely and all with the exception of one variety were fully laden with fruit. We had some grapes and are promised more next week when they ripen fully. Notico S. of V. There will be a meeting of those wishing to form a Camp of Sons of Veterans at this place, Sequachee Tenn., Saturday, July IS at 10 a. m! All those desirous of being mustered j in are asked to be present. Per Order. Thomas II. Hill Mustering Officer. Mrs. P. M. Pryor and family have removed to the " Pevey house on Maine Avenue All the bouses fao. ing on chalybeate park are now ox cupied. Subscribe for the News.