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IN HENRY COUNTY THAN ANY OTHER NEWSPAPER BEST ADVERTISING MEDIUM FOR THE LOCAL ' BUSINESS CONCERNS nam TOE PAPER WITH A CIRCULATION AT HOME VOLUME XX PARIS, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 1915 NUMBER 8 .1 he BIG DAMAGE BY 1 AT HAZEL Town Almost Totally Destroyed Monday. One Man Receives Serious Burns. About 4 o'lock Monday after noon, haying spent its fury, the conflagration which threatened . to reduce Hazel to ashes, gradu ally died down and the bucket brigade which put up a valiant fight, won out, but only after almost a dozen buildings, among them the best business houses in Hazel, had been destroyed. The damage is estimated at $90,000 to $100,000, with proba- ly $50,000 insurance. Mayer Brothers, who own two of the principal buildings on the city's main street, were the heav iest losers. Both of their houses and stock were totally destroyed at a loss which will run between $20,000 and $25,000. They had about $15,000 insurance. The next heaviest losers were the W. F. White & Son. A gen eral store belonging to them and, with the atock, valued at $8,000 or $10,000, was totally destroyed while a warehouse valued at $5, 000 was also eaten up by the "flames. There was $7,600 in surance on all of the White prop erty. The Hazel bank building, val ued at ,$3,000 was a complete wreck.,. There was $1,500 insur ance on it. '"' The Turnbow and Lamb drug store was destroyed at a loss ol $2,000, while the Tom Lamb warehouse on the west side of the street was burned at a loss of about $3,000. The fire stopped just before reaching the Hazel Mercantile company, which wa3 reported to have been destroyed yesterday. The N. C. & St. L. depot was also saved. Three or four frame houses on the same side of the street as the old Miller drug store, in which the fire started, were consumed. The condition of Frank White senior member of the firm of White & Son, who was injured when he attempted to carry some goods from the burning building, is improving. Meeting B. M. C. Monday Night Every member and every good citizen is requested and urged to be present next Monday night at the B. M. C. headquaters by 8 p. m. at the latest. Business of importance is on hand Di rectors will be elected. Prepa rations for f ome visitors will be planned and other food things will be before the' citizens. Don't let anything interfere with your attendence at this meeting. The meeting will last from 8 to 9 P. M. just one hour, and you arc needed. ; It is important that every member be present. If you are not a member, come up and join. You should be a member whether you are or not. W. O. W. Notice Maple Camp No. 45 Woodmen of the World, will hold Unveiling service in Maplewood Cemetery, at the grave of their deceased Sovereign J. J. Matthewson, at j two o'clock p. m. Sunday May , 9th. 1915. All Woodmen and1 friends are cordially invited to attend this service. Would Aid Veterans. The following statement has been issued by State Comptroller Thomason: "Knowing the great anxiety of the Confederate soldiers of Tennessee to attend the Rich mond reunion June 1-3, 1915, probable the last one they may be able to ever attend, I have made a special effort for the pensioners to get their June pay ment before the end of the quar ter, thinking that this action might add to the pleasure of the trip. However, in the future the checks will only be sent out at the ends of the quarters, as heretofore. For this time I will try to have all checks mailed on May 25. "The legislative amendment increasing the pensions of Con federate veterans from $25 to $30 per quarter becomes effective June 1. 1915, and the first pay ment under the law will be made on Sept. 1, 1915. A Fool And His Money, A Fool and His Money Com pany which will appear at the Dixie Saturday evening comes to our city with a long line of suc cesses behind them. The play is by George Broadhurst, Ameri ca s foremost playwright, and enjoyed a run of two solid years at the Garden Theatre New York Guy Caufman who is featured in the production has a long list of successful years as an actor, and the management of the Dixie Theatre hesitates not, in advising chat this is one of the best shows that has appeared in Paris in a very long time, futhermore we are making bargain prices, of 25, 35. and cents, and. it is a safe prediction that a large au dience will be in attendence on the evening of the show, Satur day May 1st. PURYEAR, ROUTE 1. Corn that is up in this section is looking fine since the rain. Mr. Smith Vandyck went to Conyersville Saturday. J. E. Eastwood, daughter and son, were in raris last bunday. Messrs. George and Frank Mc- Swain attended services at Shady Grove last Sunday. Miss Goldie Crank visited Mrs. Mattie Jackson near Puryear last week. Will Calloway and family, of Whitlock, spent Sunday with the family of J. C. Sykes. J. C. Sykes and wife visited Mr. and Mrs. J. H Lafever last Sunday. W. T. Owen and son motored to Mouth Sandy Sunday. Grover Willoughby attended services at Salmon Sunday. BUCHANAN, ROUTE 3. Printos Bradford visited Jas. Bradford Saturday. ' He was ac companied home by his cousin, Mrs. Shellie Gibrel, and little daughter, Inez. Gaylon Winsdor, of near Hazel has been the guest of relatives nere. Grady, the little son of Eimus Lax, has typhoid fever. Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Swor and grandson, Dave Bradford, spent Saturday with Joe Swor, at Haz el. " John Ward, of Paris Landing, motored to Buchanan Saturday. Several of the young people here are expecting to take the examination at Paris Saturday, IN OF MYSTERY Four Persons Heard From Claim to Be Sisters of F. W. Myers. Who Since the recent death of F. W. Myers, the man who was burned when his house and con tents were destroyed by fire near Hollow Rock, this county, four women have laid claim to being sisters of the dead man. Short ly before the death of Mr. Myers he gave a postcard, bearing the name of Mrs. Annie DeFord of Manitowoc, Wis., to some neigh bor children, and since the death of Mr. Myers J. K. Fresson, an attorney, has written Mrs. De Ford, and Mrs. DeFord and her 12-year-old son have arrived at Hollow Rock. She says' that she is the sister of Myers, and has in her possession a photo of the dead man also a letter written her from Mr Myers only a few days before his death, bearing the postmark of Hollow Rock. Mrs. DeFord says that there is only one other sister, and her name is Mrs. Mollie Matthews, who lives at Tampa, Fla. Mrs. DeFord said in the last letter she received from her brother, which was written only a short time be fore his death, that he did not mention any trouble of any kind, and wrote of how he was getting along with his crop, etc. The county authorities are in possession of letters from two others women in different parts of the country claiming to be sisters of Mr. Myers. One writes from Jonesboro, Ark., and the other from Centralia, 111. Mr. Myers left a farm and some mon ey and other property. Mr. Myers lived alone on a small farm near Hollow Rock and did not associate with his neighbors. Just before his home was burned he went to an attor ney at Hollow Rock and stated to him that he had committed a crime and asked to be locked up to keep him from harming some one else. The attorney turned him away with the promise that he would investigate the case, and that night Mr. Myers' house was burned and the charred bones, supposed to be that of the mysterious man, were found in the ashes. Also tne metal parts of a gun and some pistols and some coins were found near the bons. Boden-Jones. Wednesday afternoon at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Boden, at Manly- ville, Mr. Sam H. Jones of this city and Miss Beulah Boden were united in marriage, Rev. B. B. Lavender saying the ceremony. The bride is a beautiful and highly accomplished young lady and is one of Henry county's most popular teachers. Th a groom is a member of the firm of Jones Bros, and is a worthy young gentleman. Mr. and Mrs. Jones are at home to their friends on Aden street. Episcopal Service. At Grace Church Sunday May 2nd, at 11 a. m. Mr. John Howe Peyton, president of the Nash ville Chattanooga & St. L. Ry., will conduct the service. A cor dial invitation is extended to the public, especially railroad people without church connection. G In Event Sims Should Decide Try For Senate fie Will Be Urged to Run. to A Washington dispatch which indicates that T. W.Sims, mem ber of congress from the Eighth congressional district for twenty years, is on the verge of an open declaration of his candiacy for the United States senate in op position to Senator Lea, has re suited in numerous , applications from all over " the ' district for Dudley Porter to make the race for congress if Mr. Sims decides not to enter. It is generally understood that Senator Lea is endeavorsing to secure congressional candidates in all districts in the state friend ly to him, but Mr. Porter does not come within that category He is strongly anti-Lea and many Democrats of - the Eighth district would be glad to make Senator Lea an issue in the pri mary. Nashville Boosters Coming The Nashville Boosters, 100 strong on a private train of Pull man cars will arrive in Paris Friday, May 14th, at'.10;20 and remain one hour. Arrangements will b'elraade Monday flight at the B. M. C. meeting for receiv ing the boosters. Come out to Monday nights meeting and learn all about it. Let's show Nash ville that Paris can "go them one better" when it comes to boost ing home and Tennessee. The special train will come over the N. C. & St. L. R'y via Paducah and will stop at the N. C. & St. L. depot, in'the heart of the city for one hour. The re ception committee will be named Monday night, and a'l arrange ments perfected. Lightning Kills a Famous Cow, During the rain and thunder storm which visited Jackson sec tion Thursday "Violet," the fa mous Holsten cow at the experi ment. farm, near that city, was killed by lightning. It is believ ed Violet was the greatest milk producing cow in the state. Her record for the thirty days pre ceding her tragic death was 2,1 43 pounds of milk, from which 101 pounds of fine butter was taken. While the average for the thirty days was a little more than seventy-one pounds a day, the record for last Sunday was eighty-four pounds. The butter product alone of this cow was more than $30 per month, and the farm sustains a great loss from the lighting's work. The bolt hit a tree and, following a plank which was loosely attached to the tree, went to the cow, producing instant death. A. Porter Freeman Friday at the family residence 1 in the Palestine vicinity A. Porter Freeman, 33 years old, died after a lingering illness of lung trouble. He was a devout Christian and a member of the Methodist Church at Palestine, The funeral ser- vices were conducted by his pas- tor the Rev E. W Crump, at Palestine. Remains were inter- red in the Palestine burying I ground. . . I THE MERCHANT AND THE COMMUNITY The Small Town Merchant Is Necessity .The Community Needs His Wares. The small town merchant is a necessity, and that which is a necessity should be protected. The community needs his wares as much as he needs the commu nity cash. But not every small town mer chant is alive to his opportuni' ties and his obligations. Many of them fall by the way side because of their ignorance of or indifference to the rights of the public. Fifty years ago the town mer chant sat in his store and waited for business to come to him. loday the successful merchant is a hunter he must go out gun ning for customers-and his am munition is his stock in trade his gun the local newspaper. Country people of tfbday are as intelligent and up to date as their city cousins, and they gauge the merchant by his own actions., If he is a hustler if he keeps his store clean, his goods neatly displayed, his advertisement running regularly in the local paper-he attracts the public eye, and the public follows its eye. But a clean store, neatly dis played goods and newspapers ad vertising are not the only, requi sites to a .successful mercantile career. The country merchant should not bank to much on the fact that he is a necessity. tie should be progressive constantly bidding for trade de vising means of bettering the condition of the consumers, and acquainting them of the fact. He should consider their welfare, as well as his own. The merchant should have one iron creed, and that creed should never be broken. He should treat all customers alike, never misrepresent his goods, and keep his shelves well stocked with truth. He should be considerate of other business men in the com munity, for their rights are as great as his own. They do not own the town, and neither does he. He should join wholeheartedly in movements for building up and expanding the business in terests of the community, for success is only found on the top most rounds of the ladder. The merchant who has built up a reputation as a public spirit ed man, as one who labors for lie well being of the whole com munity, never lacks Tor custo mers at hi3 store. They migrate toward his door as naturally as the birds fly south in winter. Such merchants gain the con- idence of the people, for the people know that the same intel- igence and 'fair mindedness which he exerts in behalf of the community win ue extenueu w his customers in commercial ?l ;i1 1 j. J J a i:f. Most country towns have a few merchant3 in their midst, and the community is the better off for their presence. You invariably f ind their ad. vertisements in the local papers, tdling of the merits of the wareg they havfl tQ an(J giying the nonni that, infm-matinn tn whiVh they are clearly entitled. Such business men are suc cessful, because their methods of business and their very atti tudes breathe success. They have many customers, because the people admire a hust ler. This town is located in a splen did community, and it should have a bright future ahead of it. But it depends upon us alone We have some good business men in this town. .They are well supplied with brains, and those brains are capable of accomplishing great results. Indiviually they can do much, but collectively they can revo lutionize trading conditions of this community. The money that is being daily sent away for goods might just as well be spent at our loca stores -and would be. if the merchants arose to the oppor tunities before them. It is the easiest thing in the world to keep the money at home, for consumers are not fools. Just keep the goods the people want, and of the quality they want. Sell those goods at a fair mar gin of profit, thereby competing in quality and price with the outsider. Then advertise persistently keep the home goods constantly in the mind of the consumer- awaken him to the fact that it is as much to his interest a3 to yours to keep his money in cir culation at home. wnen you convince the con sumer that you have the goods that he Wants, and that they can be pi&'chased here jast as cheap ly as elsewhere, he will keep his money at" home by trading at home. 1 The people want a live commu nity, and are willing to support live business men. ' Who i3 in the live class? Speak up, gentlemen speak up! PARIS, ROUTE 7. Hugh Bomar and wife visited in Henry Sunday. Susie Craig is visiting Mrs. H. H. Crowder on route 1. J. S. Jackson and family visit ed on Route 1 Friday and Satur day. Leslie Perkins and wife have returned from Memphis. Irvin and Ray Bomar attended the singing at Cottage Grove. Mrs. Hettie VanCleave and children, of Springville, visited Mrs. John'Steele Sunday. Dave Steele left Saturday for Memphis. . Mrs. Banetta Frazier, who has been visiting Mrs. Hull, returned to Murray Saturday. J. S. Jackson is having fine luck fishing. He caught 11 pounds Friday night. ANTIOCH. Miss Mary Medlock, of Spring ville, route 2, spent the week end with Mrs. John Vaughan. Mrs. James Pulliam, of Frank fort, Ky., is visiting her daugh ter, Mrs. E. L. Parish. A good crowd heard Rev. Chan dler's sermon at Pleasant Grove Sunday. A crowd of young people from Springville went to Sulphur Well Sunday. Excursion to Memphis. An excursion will be run from Clarksville to Memphis Sunday May 16, returning Monday, May 17. Round trip fare from Paris, $2.00.- -'SUIT THROWN OUT OF FEDERAL COURT J. J. and C. R. Nelson and W. Porter Sued For Hundred Thousand Dollars. T. The suit against J. J. and C. R. Nelson and W. T. Porter, brought by relatives of two young men by name of Earl Rice and Will Doyle, who lost their lives last December when the restau rant on the east side of the square was burned, was brought up in Federal court at Jackson today (Thursday) and was thrown out of court. The young men had rooms for the night over Nelsons restau rant and were suffocated "when the building burned early in De cember. Relatives of the men brought suit in the sum of $50, 000 each, claiming negligence and violations of the law by not pro viding fire escapes as i3 required ' by law of the hotels of the state. BIG SANDY Mrs. V. F. Morris has returned from Paris. Miss Mary McCullough of Mansfield is visiting Mr. and Mrs. Leon Caraway. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Davis of Camden were here Monday. Miss Annie Wheatly has return ed to Danville after a two-weeki visit to Mr. and Mrs. Tharpe Taylor. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Baker and Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Lindsey mo tored to Paris Sunday. Mr. Victor Robin3 has return ed from a western trip. Miss Willie Lowry and Leo Lindsey were in Paris last Satur day. Leon Caraway, Jr., has returned from a twemonths' visit at Mansfield. Mrs. Will Cantrell and little daughter, Kaul, of Paris are here. Mrs. D. G. Curd and children are visiting relatives in Clarks- ville. Mrs. J. W. Hastings is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Blakey in Nashville. Mrs. Jas. Winfield of Paris was the guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. V. F. Morris. Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Stockdale of Jackaon are visiting relatives in the county. Mr: and Mrs. D. J. Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. Travis Barnes mo tored to Rushings' creek Sun day. TURNPIKE TIPS. Miss Willie Wiggins, who has been teaching at Pleasant Grove, has returned to her home in Cot tage Grove. Mrs. H. A. Williams attended singing at Cottage Grove Sun day. Dawson Smith was in Cottage Grove Friday. David Doty and wife, of Man lyville, visited Mrs. Campbell Saturday. E. E. Hall and wife, of near Paris, are visitors here. L. H. French was in Paris Saturday.