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, , . . ... f 3: ., ' J x " . - ' ' III " f- 1 ' - ' ' l" ; 1 " " 1 ' " I ' V . SHI . : . ' - 1111 . 4mi e j-i -n j Si 1 ana ii TAILORS THE WEST XS I SAW IT. A Wit three months ago T tried lo' 'Jng about three weeks, taking - :. ' I ':".Vi " 3 . . - : i -. ; i i -r-rrr 9 . " '': ;:' : : : ' ! T. '. l! M'jft of my meaiM m town. , bo i ue- led to tiike a trip West to Now Mex h;c3, also to visit my brother-in-law, Mr. J'. D. Baklridge, at Webb City,' Mo., . I where my wife andehildren were. I ,' went over the M."& 0. to St. Louis, ar- i" Fiving there just after dark, Cairo, Mur- physboro and Waterloo being the prin cipal towns with a few coal mines, ana a little good faimfng land, but most of it was between Union City and Moscow. Of course : there is some good land in Illinois en route. I had been over this part of my trip several times, so it was without interest. - The St. Louis Union Station is a I" sight. - Just think of thirty railroads ' coining and leaving one station, from four to eignt trains on each road. So spending the night there I was ready for the early train for Webb City, Mo., over the Frisco 326 miles southwest of St. Louis, Springfield, ' Monett: and Carthage being the principal towns. ' Springfield is on the Ozark plateau 1,400 . feet altitude; the largest town, a ; fine healthy town. Monet t is a railroad center. ... Carthage, with 15,000 inhab itants, a . 1150,000 'courthouse, is the -'county site.. of Jasper County, and a beautiful city, so many buildings of the ' noted Carthage stone. Most of the country is broken,' with small shrubky timber, a few small rivers and narrow valleys, not much farm land, lots of 1 , orchards, but knotty apples this year. I arrived at Webb City just after dark and was met by Mr.-J. D. Baldridge. I spent a few days with Zula, Musa and J. L. Baldridge juniors and Janet and Julia May H Of course the. older children were there, the ones about my age. Mr. Baldridge has a nice home and good location, two blocks from car lino and one from school; A new M. E. Church, South, is being built at a cost of $50,000. ; ...' Webb City is a very wealthy towrrof 16,000 inhabitants, being 8 miles east ' .of Joplinand 12miles west of Carthage, ' connected by Frisco K. R. and Inter urban, ten cents ' to Joplin and fifteen cents to Carthage over street car. The old rate was 25 and 40 cents. . Lead and zinc are mined here, and, being in the center of the mining belt, the largest mines are here. The sales of the Webb City district (being about the size of our civil district No. 13 of Obion Oounty) for the week I was there were $91,781. The price of ore is very ' low $38 for- zinc and $50 for lead per ton. It is shipped -to St. Louis and other cities to smelters. . Webb City has no smoke or soot, as they burn nat ural gas for heating and cooking pur- poses, getting same from the oil fields of Kansas, 100 miles away. The mining belt is about 25 miles in length and 10 miles wide with 2,000 A few mulfc! 1 UIluat oui ua, uvercoara, Children' Sui"ts an(i Children's Shoes mber these are a 8d goods, good sizes and styles, uch a chance is seldom offered to get ridod the best valus a,: cord ii o CLOTH I mines, each one 'costing largo sums of money, aa it requires fine machinery. I left on an V?arly morning train for Hutchinson, Kilns., over the Frisco 252 miles northwest, a day's journey in Kansas over rolling prairies with Wal nut Falls and Arkansas rivers. Out of the mining belt was very good farming land. Then at Neodasha I saw my first oil and gas wells, the Standard pit Company having a refinery here. There is a glass works here also. But the most interesting sight was the oil tanks, being about 20 feet high and 25 feet in diameter with a cannon very near to shoot holes in them in case lightning should set them on fire, this being done to save the tank and also part of the oil, as it goes back into the ground. Passing through the oil field we were soon in good farming country sheep, cattle, corn, some wheat, lots of hay, and land at $30 to $50 per acre. Joplin," Mo., and Wichita, Kansas, were the '. largest towns. r Both have about 40,000 inhabitants. Joplin has the finest hotel in the State, "The Con ner," which, cost one million dollars. It is in the mining belt and a very fine town in dollars, but in morals not so good. ":: Wichita is a. wholesale town for that part 'of Kansas and the nearest large town to Western Kansas aud a railroad center. The country is Very fine. It is on Arkansas River.. "The land is black, $75 to $100 per acre, and about 200 miles west of Kansas City and 27 miles south of Newton. .; I reached Medora Junction alxHit dark. The Frisco and Rock Island roads cross here, and as it is a smaller town than our 'Gibbs I did not want to stay there. We were lucky,, as thJ ac comodation picked us up in a few min utes for Hutchison, ; being 8 or 10 miles. Hutchison is 'a business town of 16,000 inhabitants, street railway and the Santa Fe E. R. crosses the Rock Is land. It has several large flouring mills, three, salt plants, one the largest in the world, capacity 1,500 barrels daily. The Arkansas River passes here and it is a sight--nothing. but -sand. Most all the western rivers are dry bed of sand in summer, except in rainy Seasons, then Very treacherous. It has very low banks. The State Fair was on hand and a very large crowd in town. Leaving there on an early fast tram for : Tucmncari, New Mex. , I reached there at 8 p. m. This was a fine ride for me, as a large part of the way was so level that it . seemed like up hill in everv direction. It was a southwest course, beginning with altitude of 2,000 : . .. i i ii j :i a nn feet grauuauy mgner au uuy iuimv" feet at Tucumcari and it in a valley. From Hutchison I ' passed through the wheat belt of Kansas, stock raising, land of Oklahoma strip, Texas Panhan dle and in New Mexico -50 or 60 miles. Pratt, Burklin and . Liberal were 'h best towns of Kansas. Texlmnia in Oklahoma and Dalhart in Ti-xa ac small towm of from 2.000 to 4,00i in IERS habitants. Windmills are as plentiful as houses in the towns as well as in the country and a few by themselves on the plains. '? Just imagine a town of 2,000 inhabitants with 500, windmills; and by the ay they have the propelling power. A word about the wheat belt: They use headers to harvest and stack in stacks and ricks, thresh when they please,-as I noticed some had threshed in August. I saw lots of green wheat, plows and drills running, threshers standing by ricks or stacks. ; We hold our wheat in sacks; they' hold theirs in stacks and elevators and do not use sacks, but ' wagon bodies to carry to elevators. ' Dorrel Harris. . The Meanest Man in Town ;is the one who always wears a frown, is 'cross and disagreeable, and is short and sharp in his answers. Nine -cases out 'of ten it's not the poor fellow's fault, 'it s. his liver and digestion that makes him feel so miserable, he can't help be ing disagreeable. Are you in danger of getting into that conditiorl? Then start at once' taking Ballard's Herbine for your liver the safe, sure aud reliable vegetable: regulator. Sold by-Nailling 'Drug Company. Rooms for Rent . Furnished and unfurnished. Board at $3.50 to $4.00 per week. A tine line Cigars, Smoking Tobacco and a Fine Line of POST CARDS always on hand at the . ?. BR.ACKIN HOVSE J. W. COLE, Proprietor. Non-Resident Notice. S. T. Sherroll and W. R. Powell vs. J. W. Roax. Before S. M. Fields, Jus tice of the Peace for Obion County. In this cause it appears, by affidavit, that the defendant, J.-'W. Roax, is just ly indebted to the plaintiffs and is a non resident of the State of Tennessee, so that the ordinary process of law cannot be served on him and an original at tachment having been levied on his property and returned to me, it is there fore ordered that publication be" made in The Commercial, a newspaper pub lished in Union City, Obion County, Tenn., for four consecutive weeks com manding the said J. W. Roax to appear before me at my office in Hornbeak on the 26th day of February, 1903, and make defense to said suit or it will be proceeded with ex parte. This December 24, 1908. S. M. FIELDS, J. P. LOW - breaking minimum prices. HABERDASHERS In Memory. Perry M.Freuett was born in Sumner County, Tenn., June 4, 1832, and died Jan. 1, 1909, aged 76 years. His was indeed a tragic ending for one who had lived to old age, who had gone through the dangers attending"a long life. It would be - impossible to tell of the sorrow and distress that was in that home when the news came that husband and father had been taken away, and the shock to that dear aged wife was' almost more than she could could bear. We can only pray God to give her strength to bear up under this cross, heavy though it bo. Oh, dear ones, take comfort in the thought that perhaps God in His infinite mercy has spared him many days pf suffering in permitting him to be thus taken. . . "Uncle Perry," as every one called him,, had many good and noble traits of character, and in the day of judg ment many will rise up and call him blessed, for his heart gave ready re sponse to the cry of the needy and it was always a pleasure to him to relieve those who were in 'distress. Several years" ago he united with the Christian Church and lived what he conceived to be his Christian duty, and so that most pityingly merciful of all angels, Death, extinguishes life with one hand and with the other smooths scars of charac (1. els unlovely angles, lifts shadows of sin and gives to memory that magic mantle whose halo never fades. We believe he has gone to rest. ' We know he has gone to that bar of final trial wherein his Maker's infinite mercy on ly He who fashions and reads human hearts and see entirely around the circle of circumstances can justly judge. We would ; speak , a word of com fort to those dear bereaved ones, but what are mere human words in the presence of death!' .We can only com mend you to Him who doeth all things well, Him who can heal the wounded heart when earth's ties are broken. He leaves a wife and six children to mourn his .. death. Peter . Preuett, Blythesville, Ark.; Mrs. Malissa Tins ley, Benham, La.; Mrs. Lillie Andrews and Will Preuett, Hickman, Ky.', and Jack and Dick Preuett, who resided with him at the time of his death. , ' His remains were laid to rest in Sa lem burial ground, the funeral pervices being conducted by Rev. C. C. Newbill, pastor of Salem Church. May the God of the living and of the dead comfort you all, is the prayer of A Friend. COST SON ONE PRICE STORE Trom Aunt Ann. To my friends and the children that are far away from Aunt Ann McAlister Cloar, I will write a few thoughts which present themselves to mo this Saturday evening, Jan. 16, 1909. Well, first, I want to tell the little children that Old Santa , was very nice to everybody that lives near to me. I live one mile from the courthouse, northeastern border of Union City. Some of my little friends don't know just where we live since moving from Crystal. I was afraid Old Kris Kringle would forget me, but to my great surprise he didn't. Early Christmas morning before the frost was melted away he Overtook Uncle Jerry with a great big basket full of nice things. He just 'said, "Halloo, there, Uncle Jerry; here is a basket for your folks. I wish you would take it to Aunt Ann and let her divide it out. as have to go to several places yet. The little fellows will be up and see me if I don't hurry up. So, goodbye," and away he went to see the rest. So I opened the basket, and sure enough he had remembered us all. Each present was labeled. So, after while, with a tiny little note attached, was a bundle for Aunt Ann and Uncle Jerry, a beautiful set of China cups and saucers, pink with gold bands, my favorite color. Now, wasn't that nice and kind of him. Uncle Jerry and Aunt Ann got several other nice presents which they were real proud of. The editors having so much to tell in their paper, I will go on with my story. Suffice it to say that the presents were all well selected, pretty and appropriate. We had several of our friends and kinsmen to visit us during the holidays ftnd were proud to see them. They all, seemed to be in high spirits. . We were not away from home but little. Mr. Cloar couldn't leave conveniently, and I hated to go without him. He has always gone with mo, and I dislike to start going one at a time. We had a special invitation to dine with Mr. Caleb Carman. He lost a brother, Mr. San- j ders Carman, last October. . Deceased was 82 years of age. The surviving brother is 87. If I am not mistaken, Mr Carman has a niece and nephew living with him Sir. and Mrs. Stal cup who superintend the. home affairs for him. ' They look after and care for him in the best possible manner." Mrs. Staleup served a most excellent dinner, everything appetiziug, and all in such a hospitable way that we felt doubly wel come. Mr. Carman has a fister, Mrs. Jones, of Memphis, Visiting him. Mrs. Jones is the mother of Dr. Jones, a former resident of Union City. Mrs. Join's is 90 years of age, erect and in reasonably good health. Her hearing is defective, but she has wonderfully good use of herself. Her mind is bright And she is interesting in conversation. She told me of being in Texas three or four years ago and meeting with Mr. Forrest, a brother of the late Gen. N. B. Forrest, the one the old soldiers loved. I enjoyed her company very much. She told mo a number of personal reminiscenses which were of great in terest, as I have always been and al ways will be a lover of old people. They can always give us profitable in formation. There were two young ladies visiting the home that day. One of them was the daughter of one of my old-time friends, Mrs. Dona Callicott Miss Dora Callicott and her friend, Miss Lelia Thorn. We all .spent a very pleasant day indeed. Mr. and Mrs. Staleup have two nice bright children and they have such nice manners. The good old man has a clear mind, talks intelligently on every subject you choose to discuss. He seems to have a fine memorycan recall most anything he wants to refer to. He and his brother had always lived together or near each other. Only during the late Civil War were they separated. One being favored by fortune more than the other, a helping hand was always ex- tended, let the necessity be what it might, and so it was in life, and later on when the end seemed near the good brother expressed a desire to be laid away in a vault. A promise was given to have one built. The promise was fulfilled and the lone brother seems proud that he did. Now, I will bring my little collection of thoughts to a close by wishing those good old people many blessings and a quiet,. peaceful hour to depart from this life(Jwhen the silver cord is loosed and they are called upon to embark for tho Golden Shore. . Ann McAlister Cloar. Thirty damage suits growing out of the Iroquois Theater fire in Chicago have been settled, bv one of tho con- truetion ' companies, which agreed to pay $750 for each person lost. 7 Vs.'