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I News of the World Every state republican convention held so far has indorsed President Roosevelt for the nomination. Hon. Joe Cannon, speaker of the house, is being urged by his friends as the logical candidate for vice president as Roosevelt's running mate. The department of agriculture is preparing for an active war during the year for the eradication of the cotton boll weevil, and have great hopes of success. Despite the fact that there has been alleged concentrated effort to discourage trade unionism, the New York state department of la bor reports a great increase in membership and in unions estab lished. John M. Glover an ex-congress man from Missouri, was shot and wounded by a posse of militiamen at Cripple Creek, Col. The com mander of the militia ordered all citizens to surrender arms kept at their homes and places of business, and Glover refused to comply. Ife barricaded himself in his office and defied the officer with a Winches* ter until he was wounded. After being crazed by strmy. drink during his Christmas spree, William «Shepherd, a Kentucky mountainer, shot arid killed Riley Webb, aged 28, a teamster. Then, turning upon his own wife, Mary Shepherd, who was carrying her 10-months-old baby for protection, shot them both fatally. The mur derer was captured in the moun tains after a desperate battle and lodged in jail at Whitesburg. Details of eleven months' com merce of the United States of the year 11)03 have been made public by the department of commerce and labor through its bureau of statis tics. They show an increase in practically all of the great groups into which the bureau of statistics divides the exports and in all of the groups into which it divides the im ports. Agricultural products, as a whole, show an increase of $74, 000,000; products of the forests, $10,000,000; products of the mines, $8,000,000; manufactures, $5,000, 000, and miscellaneous articles, $.2,000,000. In the single group, fisheries, is shown a slight decrease of a little more than $1,000,000. Frank Rose, a barber, formerly of St. Louis, deliberately murdered his wife at their rooming quarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, as the wo man lay on her bed, holding in her arms their 2-year-old babe, and pleading for her life. After com mitting the awful crime Rose wan dered around for several hours and then went to the police station, re lating the manner in which the crime was committed. When offi cers entered the room the child was sitting in the bed, half froze, his nightgown saturated with his moth er's blood. The scene was so piti ful the police, used to vice and crime as they neeesasrily are, burst into tears. Jealousy was the only reason the cold-blooded murderer gave for the crime. The News, in its annual edition, says: Galveston has broken all rec ords as a port and a city during the year 1603. There have been expend ed for private and municipal im provements in the city, $872,000; for rebuilding fortifications and jet ties. $430,000, and contracted for continuance of this work, $1,059, 000 : spent in the construction of the sea wall, $805,000, leaving a balance of $695,000 for completion of the work and filling behind the sea pro tection, all of which has been con tracted for with the wall two-thirds completed. The port has made a remarkable record, as the following figures will slum: Tho total value of freight passing over the Galveston wharves for the past year was $528, 602,561, compared with a value of $347,993,163 for the total amount of business passing over the wharves during 1903. What might have been a serious catastrophe, with a heavy loss of life, was averted by tho bravery and coolness of mind of • Engineer Greenbough of Crookston, Minn. He discovered a bridge on fire, and, securing a light engine, without a thought of his own life, succeeded in crossing the burning structure a few minutes before the timbers gave wav and flagged down an ap proaching fast passenger train. Owing to the epidemic of train wrecks, the majority of which may lie attributed to excessive speed, the managements of Chicago lines are seeking to enforce the rule in their operating hooks which declares that speed must at all times l>e sacrificed to safety. A large number of business men of Florida and Mississippi have petitioned the senators from those states to vote for the ratification of the Panama ranal treaty. is is al of Lieut. Gen. Nelson A. Miles, in a recent interview, expressed the opinion that all Europe will be come involved in the Russian and Japanese trouble. Gen. James Longstreet, soldier, statesman and diplomat, and the last lieutenant-general of the Con federate army, with the exception of Gen. Gordon, died in Gainesville, Ga., on the 2nd inst., from an at tack of acute pneumonia. Gen. Longstreet was born in Edgefield district. South Carolina'. January 8, 1821. His family removed to Ala bama in 1831, and from that state he was appointed to the military academy at West Point, where he graduated in 1842. Early in his career he served in the Mexican war, participating in eight important but tles. For gallant conduct in that service he was breveted captain and major successively. He was severe ly wounded at tin» storming of Che pultepec in 1847. lie joined the Confederate army in 1861, and was immediately made brigadier general, and won distinction at the battle of is to The Iroquois theater disaster in Chicago was vastly more destruct ive to human life than any other play house fire in the history of the world. The fire next to it in point of lives lost occurred December 5, 1876, in Conway's Brooklyn thea ter, Brooklyn, X. Y. the audience perished in fierce The day after Christmas in 1811, while the play The Bleed ing Nun, was being performed in a theater at Richmond, Ya.. a fin started that burned seventy per sons to death, among them the governor of th«' state, George Smith. The old world supplies no instance of fires in theaters that may be classed with the three men tioned. The most recent theater fire in Chicago before this was the one that destroyed the Columbia theater in Monroe street four years ago and which did its work in practically twenty minutes, fire occurred during a Rogers brothers rehearsal and the players on the stage were protected by the (ire curtain. While there was no loss of life, more property damage was done than will probably result from the Iroquois fire, and the re sults if the house had been filled, as the Iroquois was, can only be imagined. Occasionally pan ics have occurred from time to time in Chicago theaters, started by false alarms in the theater by fires near by, but they have caused no loss of life. In the great Chica go fire of 1871, the largest conflag ration of modern times, in which 2,124 acres were devastated, but 200 lives were lost, so far as the most reliable information showed. Among the historical fires in which there has been heavy loss of life the following are the most important: 1210, London destroyed by tire and thousands-burned; 1666, London again destroyed with similar loss of life: 1729, conflagration in Con stantinople burned 7,000 persons ; 1825, forest fires in New Bruns wick killed 160 persons; 1838, scores burned at Charleston, S. C. : 184.2, fire burned 100 people at Hamburg, Germany; 1845, forty five killed by fire in business part of New York; 1845, fire destroyed seventy in Quebec; 1850, thirty lives lost in Philadelphia; 1851, twenty-five hundred buildings burned at San Francisco with scores of people killed; 1862, Troy, X. X',, destroyed with large loss of life; 1863, two thousand persons perished by fire at Santia go, South America; 1866, Port land, Me., partly destroyed with scores burned; 1871. forest fires in Wisconsin and Michigan killed 1,000; 1882, Newhall house fire in Milwaukee, 140 killed: 1900, Wind sor hotel fire in New York burned eighty persons: 1900, fire at Hobo ken, N. J„ killed 300 persons. The monthly coinage statement issued by the director of the mint shows that the coinage executed at the mints-of the t'nited States dur ing December, 1903, amounted to $12,561.494, exclusive of 1,740,895 pieces executed for the Philippine government and 30,000 pieces exe cuted for the Costa Rican govern ment. Coinage for the United States is given as follows: Gold, $10,043. 060; silver, $1,567,434; minor coins. $451.000. Senator Hale, chairman of the committee on naval affairs, says it is the intention of congress to make liberal appropriations for addition al warships, and that when those already provided for are completed our navy will lie second only to that of Great Britain. Secretary of State Hay, who has been suffering for some time from bronchitis, will come south for a short stay with the hope of getting relief. lb re 295 of flames. \Y. This is to ) A valuable (in mine lias been di* covered in Alaska. A declaration of war lietwi «en U'.s sia ami Jujum is daily expected. Jerome Sykes the well known comedian, died in Chicago last week. Two American warships are now in San Domingo waters to protect American interests, Russia has contracted with American packers for 1,000,000 pounds of beef for her army. Japan officials have recently made large purchases of provisions for her army in this country. J. A. Me Beth, his wife and five children, lost, their lives in a hurtl ing building at Ballinger, Texas. In fire which destroyed the stock yards sheds at Buffalo. V. V., 7,000 head of sheep were cremated. Treasury department expert ac countants are making an investiga tion of the accounts of the interstate commerce commission. The department of agriculture values the com crop of 1803 at $052,868.801. It is estimated ?, 214.176,025 bushels wore grown on 80,001,003 acres. In a prize fight in ban 1- raneiseo between Ed Hanlon and Young . ,, .1 ,• • i ;r ( orbett. the formers life was saved by the referee stopping the fight in tiie sixteenth round. The United States geological building at Washington, D. ('.. was recently damaged to the extent of $5,000 by lire that at one time threatened to be more disastrous. John Walker, who died at Omaha a few days ago, and who, it was thought, was a pauper, had sewed in the lining of bis ragged garments the sum of $20,000 in Dills. William Kenny, a X'ew York city policeman, narrowly escaped lynch ing by a mob for wilfully and cru elly beating two innocent men with his club. The officer was rescued from the mob by fellow-policemen after a fierce battle. After a thorough investigation ol the fire at the Iroquois theater, Chi cago, panic and gas explosion, in which about 576 people lost their lives, was due principally to the fact that the asbestos curtain could not be low ered because it was not in proper condition. Before Justice J. E. Jackson, a colored justice of the peace, of Cai ro. 111., Janies Rains, C. C. Bailey, James Lieut. J. F. Parker, citizens of Thebes, charged with being parties to the lynching of William John son, colored, last spring, were dis charged. J. L. Garrett, the town wi man of West Point, Va., was held men armed with re volvers, who hound and gagged him, marched him to the postoffice, broke in the door, blew open the safe, and robbed it of considerable monev and a package containing $2,100 in bonds. Garrett was com pelled to witness the whole per formance. In anticipation of complications that may soon arise on the isthmus of Panama the United States army is prepared to go to war at a mo ment's notice. Orders have been issued secretly by the war depart ment to all branches of the service stationed at convenient points upon both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to hold themselves in readiness to move instantlv. il has been found that the Davis and Buster. Brant up by three The president has approved the proceedings, findings and sentence of the court martial in the case of Second Lieutenant Paul B. Maelane, Thirteenth cavalry. Lieut. Machine was tried at Manila on the charge of embezzling about $100 of sub sistence funds while serving as com missary on the Maraquina river ex pedition. He was convicted and sen tenced to be dismissed and to be imprisoned for a period of one year. As a government it is understood the United States will favor neither Russia nor Japan in the far East ern trouble, but the sympathy of the people in this country is overwhelm ingly in favor of Japan. Dr. Herran, diplomatic repre sentative of Colombia at Washing ton, is preparing to close the lega tion and depart for Bogota. Min ister Baupre, American representa tive to Colombia, has returned to this country. Congress convened on the 4th af ter a holiday recess of two weeks. It is the general opinion that the Pan ama eanai treaty will be ratified, though the debate may be continued for several months. Gen. John C. Black of Illinois, recentlv appointed a member of the civil service commission, is to lie president of (he commission. He succeeds the late John C. Proctor, who was chairman, and also a dem ocrat. An officer of St. Louis has gone to Mexico and will return with Chas. Kratch, the fugitive munici pal hoodler, the Mexican authori ties having agreed to his extradi tion. Mississippi State News Steamers a! Gulfport. As many Mississippians are doubtless iuterestod in the export ing of dilTerent articles of freight through the Gulf of Mexico, and particularly as many of these are concerned in tho advantages of fered by f i u If port as to shipping facilities, we append below a list of vessels which were receiving car goes at the terminals of the tlulf & Ship Island railroad in <iu!fport on January 1. They were twenty seven in number, and of net reg istered tons as follows: Steamer Herman steamship Kydonia. 1,042 British steamship Olympia... British steamship Portland.. Norwegian steamship Edda. . British steamship Norman... German steamship Bylgia German steamship Alpha.... Dutch steamship Heta. 1,260 Norwegian schooner Hiawatha.. 1,490 Italian schooner Ortrild. 1,546 Italian schooner Warrior. 1,611 Italian Dark Duo C'ugiii.. 1,258 British bark Persia. Norwegian bark Margret!)« . .. Swedish bark Atlantic. Norwegian bark Duncrag. |Norwegian bark Vanedis. Russian bark Gazelle. British bark Hornet. Norwegla „ lmrk Elraa . British bark Osberga. Norwegian bark Hildur. Norwegian bark Mataura. British schooner Bartholdi. American schooner Metherbos sec. British schooner Advent. British schooner Sirocco. Tons 1.399 1,799 «99 1,194 1.294 1.019 1,123 87 724 999 407 742 1.116 1,108 1.1.83 299 318 256 298 ...27,100 Total. The above list Includes eight steamships, three ships, twelve barks and four schooners, and but serves to emphasize the growth and development of Gulf port. ns a port, and of ils import ance in this respect to the South ern portion of the United States. ni] m Their Security is Worthless. Publication is made that many of the mortgage, companies doing busi ness in this State, together with some of tho banks, have refused to lend rnonoy to farmers in the white cap counties of South Mississippi— Franklin, Lincoln and Amite, ground on which these moneyed in stitutions have refused to lend mon ey in these counties is that the whitocapping outrages have made the security tendered for these loans very undesirable. Most of the se curity is fanning land, and they figure it out that farming land wiili out, labor is worthless. It remains to be seen what effect this will have on the lawless element. T t is generally conceded that the lawless element only forms a very small per cent of tho population. The people have united with the. officials of the counties in trying to stamp out lawlessness and have made a most excellent start. Miller Make» His Bend. State Treasurer W. J. Miller has made his bond, as required by law, with a surety company. The bond is for $250,000, and it costs the State $750 a year to provide iVY bond, the rate the surety company charges for being responsible for that sum of money. There is a great probability that the coming legislature will make some change in the law relating to the treasurer's bond. None of the surety compan ies care io make ihe treasurer's bond, for the reason that all of the State's moneys are kept in one vault, and not in depositories, which makes it easier to lose large sum«. The Boundary Dispute Case. Louisiana, through its law of ficers, according to the information received at the office of the attorney general of this State, lias answered the bill of Mississippi in the boun dary dispute case, now before the United States Supreme Court, by a cross-bill. It is expected that early this month the court w i 11 ap point a commissioner, before whom will he taken depositions in the case. The attorney general of the State is not advised ns to when this com missioner will be appointed, hut it is presumed that he will be ap pointed at an early date. Steampipe Bursts in Church. John Wooten, a negro sexton at the Baptist church, was fatally burned last week at, Corinth by the bursting of a steampipe at the church. The in ed A Big Hog. A bog, weaghing pound» dressed, was on exhibition in Yazoo City last week. The hog was raised by J. C. Hollingsworth, near that city, and was less than two years old. nearly 500 Prohibitionists Meet. The Prohibition leaders of the State held a meeting in Jackson a few days since and discussed plans for the battle for cinstitutional prohibition. Relie of the Revolution. D. W. Outlaw, of SessumS, Ok tibbeha county, has in his posses sion a unique relic of the Revolu tionär/ w r ar in the shape of a pow der gourd. It was used by one of his ancestors during the straggle for America's independence. This article is engraved in a most ar tistic manner, showing figures of a continental sotlier, animals, birds, etc., and also contains the year's date, 1783, in promiasnt figui«. About the Panama Treaty. Th«' State papers are discussing with considerable interest the wis dom of the legislature instructing the United Siales senators from tins State how to vole on the Panama canal treaty. Some of them point to the instructions given to United Stales Senator l.amnr ninny years ago on the silver question as show ing the unwisdom of instructing United Stab's senators. It seems to be generally conceded that there will be an attempt made to instruct the senators from this State how to vote on the question, ami it is generally conceded that tho instruc tions would bo obeyed. Most Wonderful Story of tho Age. R. L. Bennett, president of the First National Bank of Y a su City, and one of the leading citizens of the Delta, has contributed to the Manufacturers' Record an interest ing article ori the prosperity of the South. Mr. Bennett says that tho progress of Ihe South has been the most wonderful story of the age. He tikes the posiiion that the mainten ance of the levees ill this great val ley is a great national question winch is not connected with party polities. He says that its removal from parly polities should guarantee that, the government will take charge it the levees within a year. Keeping Step With King Cotton. Just a few days before Christmas Mr. E. 11. Thompson, a farmer of llomoehitlo neighborhood, drove into Wesson with a wagon load ot' turkeys which he disposed of for nearly $100, some of the birds bringing as high as $2.50 each. That was perhaps the most valuable load of turkeys ever disposed of in the State of Mississippi, and gin's to show that the price of all kinds of farm produce is keeping step with King Cotton. Chickens and eggs are "out of sight;" sweet potatoes, a common, but delightful article of food in the South, have heretofore been a drug on the market, but this season they bring $1.00 per bushel arid hard to got at that. the Sued for Half a Million. The city of Meridian, has entered suit in thi' Circuit Court for $500. 000 damages against the Meridian Waterworks Company. It. will be remembered that. Chancellor Doa vours recently rendered a decree an nulling the. contract between the waterworks company and the city. The allegations in declaration nre substantially the same n« in the chancery ease, the principal ones be ing that for years the water com pany failed to supply pure aid wholesome water to consumers and to maintain sufficient pre fire service. sure for Historio Church Burned. Fire last week destroyed the old Beooba church building, one of the landmarks of that section, building was erected something over sixty-five years ago, when old Beooba was a substantial town. When the, town was moved to its present site the old church was abandoned, though when burned it was still in excellent condition, ex cept for the window lights having been broken out by vandals. It is supposed negro gamblers slarted the fire. The Won't Ask Teddy. Hon. J. A. Richardson, editor of the Sunflower Tocsin, states Hint the people of fndianola are getting along nicely with their independent postoffice, and there is not, a citizen of the town who is willing to ask President Roosevelt to re-establish 'Of course, the government office, many of our citizens would he glad to get the office back again, Mr. Richardson, "but we are not go ing to ask the president to take this step, ami if it is done it will be on his own initiative." sa vs Claim» $16,000,000 Taxe». Stale Revenue Agent Adams sent out last week to the ten counties in terested the additional assessments against the packing and oil com panies operating independent ears in Mississippi. The total is $180, 000,000, making a grand total of $339,000,000, on which taxes are claimed aggregating about $10, 000 , 000 . Pyburn Cut to Death. A few days since at McLaurin, J. P. Pyburn and W. Robinson, farm ers living in that neighborhood, be came involved in a dispute arising from the alleged non-payment of a debt, which resulted in Pyburn be ing cut t/i death by Robinson. Tho sheriff and a deputy were in Mc Laurin at the time, having gone there to quell a disturbance report ed to be in progress, and to them Robinson surren derd. A Fir»t-Cla»o Office. The increase in the jiostoffice re ceipts of Jackson during the part few months has prompted Postmas ter Edwards to make the prediction that the office will he elevated to the first-class rank next July. In order to entitle the offico to this rank the receipts must amount to $40,000 for the annual period. Dur ing the past eight months the stamp pales alone show an aggregate of nearly $28,000. THE LEGISLATURE SHOULD ACT.! - Miasiscippi the Dumping Grounc* For All Sorts of Infected Animals. In an article before the Stahe I Fanm rs' Instante, held at I lie Mis *iOpi Agricultural and Mechani- : ■ , ... .. li bolhgti August 2.-70, 1002, , , , , I Dr. J. C. uuUert, prof« .-sor ol vet-, erinary science in that institution,. in discussing "Some ) f Farm Animals, and llovv to Treat Them" first called attention to the rn [ of S at v terin try sanitary legislation. He said: "The twelfth iviisus of the! United Suites gives the total value Diseases I i of live slock in Mississippi as above $42,006,000—over 25 per cent of ihe total value of our farm prop «rtv. There is not a single statu tory provision for «heir protection . * ., . , against proven ta be contagious dis- , ° « ' , , eases, save one concerning g uniters. ,, , , , i Many of tho States lmvc laws con - , , I corning the prevention and suniiiTs r , 1 -, , 1 1 , ston oI diseases ot domes te anima s, and have in this way protects! and encouraged their live slock industry. Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Toimesse«« and Texa*, among the Southern States, have strict laws on this subject, with State veterinarians and funds to en foree them, while Mississippi is a dumping ground for dire infectious maladies against which other Stall's quarantine. The quarter of a mil lion dollars lost l«y our Slale several summers ago from one disease - an thrax— would be sufficient to pay all expense* of a live Stuck »unitary board for more than twenty years. As far as possible, the college, through the professor of veterinary science, has assisted in suppressing reported outbreaks of contagious dis eases among farm animals in tho Slate. This method of work, how ever, cannot possibly give (he best results, sillel and are without cillier legislation or funds to enforce suitable sani we lune no assistant. tarv measures. Aa a preliminary to the consider ation of a few of ihe many diseases lo which the dome-die animal* lire subject, the doctor said: "The animal body may be com pared to a piece of delicate ma chinery, consisting of eight different parts, 'niese parts, if in normal condition and properly adjusted to each other, eonslilute a health) body. The integrity of the whole depends upon tile state, of health or disease of its parts. A feed of rot ten corn may result in violent spasms of the small intestines (spas modic colic), und throw not only the digestive system, but. the entire body into a. state of nervous excite ment; in like manner a ringbone or a bone spavin may render the horse practically useless for eerinin classes of work, knowledge of the laws of health and obeyed them. disease would be un known. We can never hope for such an accurate knowledge of hygienic laws, but 1 do claim 1 hut. by paying careful attention to (lie »election, care and management of our domes tic animals, we can ward off many diseases, and thus add materially to the profits of the farm." In view of the almost universal absence of a knowledge of what to do in cases of animal diseases, and ns any of our readers may at any time have a valuable horse or other animal become affected with some disease mentioned herein, we give below some of Dr. Robert's reme dies for different diseases, which bave been repeatedly tested and found to lie cures of merit: (.'ramp Colin in Honan and Muirs. (Remedy) Various drugs are re commended. A common and ef ficient drench is made of an ounce each of chloroform, laudanum and ether, added to a pint of warm water. Instead of this, an ounce of chloral hydrate and one-half grain of sulphate atropift may lie given, added to half pint of water. If Ihe case is a very severe one. we may give by means of a hypodermic noodle from two to four grains of morphine. If we suspect the cause is from irritating food, the above, remedies should be given in a pint of raw linseed oil instead of in water. 'Hie flanks and abdomen should be rubbed with a strong lini ment. Blankets mnv be wrung out in hot water and held against the abdomen during intervals of ease be tween the pains. The drenches inny be repeated in three-quarter* of an hour, if necessary. ITo lie continued.) I f we had a. perfect a It 4, Liquor Men in Conference. It is stated that the liquor deal ers from several of the. principal cities located in the counties that have saloon- under the local option law, or what is known as the "wet counties,' held a conference at Vicksburg last. week. Some of the delegates at the meeting attributed much of the prohibition sentiment and agitation- now so noticeable throughout the Slate to the viola tion of the Sunday law in the open bar rooms in Vicksburg. Delta Experiment Station. A bill providing for the estab lishment of a branch agricultural experiment station in the delta will be introduced at the January ses sion by State Senator A. M. Ilicks, of Yazoo county. 1110 members of both houses from that section of the State are heartily in favor of the measure and will work energetically to secure its passage. The delta soil is far-famed for its fertility and a course of scientific experiments is sw to be of value to the planters. Growth Has Been Phenomer.sl. The testimony ol' those who are pos«.-,| oil ihe affaire ul the Stale «ays that Mississippi ue I greater prospu ily than it l a* dur "'3 *h«- -ar v.hi.-h has jo-i : tl ' •' !u »lf''il gi-'WWi "I t • Mati I a mu mg . . I wonderful. More new enterprises , UMt , p . j url „g | as , t w< I enjoyed « I ratr it ■li churl ereil in Mmsissippi unifia than in any twelve months Indore. Thu outlook 1er the i i< >\ year was uowr hrigliter. The farmers and the po m,,trv " ,1! lu,v Ive familiar I with eomlitions sa vs that ihe banks \ gentleman i of tlie XortInvest are borrowing money from I lie banks in dii<k»«m and other cities in Hie State. stall's tlml the bank* throughout the State hold approved collateral fr«nn of »lw "«stern banks for ' iwln ^ ,» >."« \"' m ,h " [h \ n * for banl * m i Ins sei i ion to redis , v v i mu ... count, in Now v ork. I lie cotton • , crop in ibis and other Slates has , , . , , I been moved mostly with home ,. ,• ,, ,. . . money tin- vior, and the rail on the ,. , , , , ■.astern centers lias not boon near as heavy us in oilier veurs. Hi Division of the School Funds. divide (ho een tho races in t ■ propos 1 1 111 school fund bit the taxi's paid by each proportion t nur, which was the burning issue in the Stale campaign last summer, will probably never gel any further along with tho coming legislature (ban the paper on which il mended in the governor's message. There is not even a reinolc likeli hood that the legislature will enact is rccotn such a law, although bills looking ml, will, of course, be in Evcn those who favored to Ibis e t induced. it, and who are now enabled to view the question in a cold and dispas sionate light, wholly freed of ils po litical embellishments, are willing to admit that such a doctrine is un constitutional, and would not stand At. the same time it has served to re-emphasize Ihe unal terable determination that, the po liii.nl, industrial and social destiny of Mississippi rmts willi the white people of the State. a legal test. The Lumber Industry. A large number of new lumber mn mi fact it ring industries launched in the pinoy woods of South Mississippi next month. Concerns capitalized at many thou sands of dollars are now awaiting the delivery of machinery iu order lo enable them lo commence work, and the lumber industry will ho given quiie an impetUR when they are placed in operation. I he busi ness has been highly prosperous during the year just closed, and it is a I most impossible to form a correct estimate of tlm value of the pine timber that Inis been converted into lumber within Ihe annual fiorind, hut it will fool, u p many millions. The present scale of prices will ha maintained, and no advance is con templated for the new year. Want to Add Vocal Music. The proposal of State Superin tendent of Education Whitfield to add vocal music to the public school curriculum seems to be mooting with much approval, and favorable action is expected thereon when the legislature meets. The old singing schools, for which Mississippi was famous in days gone by, have passed out of existence, and vocal music is becoming almost a lost art in some communities, except among the dar kie*, whose musical tastes are pro verbial. A few years ago, when Rev. Sum Jones was conducting a revival service at Heidelberg, ho complimented his choir hv telling them that they sang more like ne groes than any white folks he ever saw. The choir became offended, however, and refused to sing any more. «il! III! Natchez Favor» Panama. At a meeting of the Natchez Cot ton and Merchants' Exchange held Inst week, a resolution urging United State's Senators McLauriu and Money to vote for the ratifi cation of the Panama treaty n> a business measure and to insure con struction of an isthmian canal was adopted. Prisoner's Reward. Ed Keeton, colored, placed in the Meridian jail last week for a mis demeanor, discovered a fellow' pris oner. food/ Fisher, digging through the brick wall with a knife and quickly reported to the jailer, thu» preventing a jail deliver«. He was released immediately. Bank fpr Meadville. The town of Meadville, county seat, of Franklin county, is to have a banking institution, the first in lu*r history, capitalized at $50,900. Capt. J. J. White of McComb City, the lumber king of South Missis sippi, is promoting the organization. It is believed that when tho figures for 1903 are compiled at the end of the year, they will show that more hank» have beon launched in Mis issippi (luring the annual period than in any other Southern State. Invite« Confederate Correipondence. The Vicksburg National Military Park Commission desire- to corre spond with veterans of all Confed erate luitterii's engaged in the de fense of that city, May 18 to July 4, 1863. The park commission de sires to secure from those yclejun* accurate information a? to the num ber. kind and calibre of the guns of their respective batteries and to the position of these guns on tho line of defense. Information should be sent Capt. W. T. Rigby, at Vicksburg.