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epM« CbiKify Clerk ■ ' ~~g aiic (imnmmiiufalll;. DON'T BE A KNOCK HR: BE A BOOSTER. BE A BOOSTER. '■ VOL. VIII, NO. 15. GREENWOOD, MISSISSIPPI, SATURDAY MORNING, APRIL 16, 1904. *1.50 PER YEAR. * Rl/I RATTj pcilip WIvF Ur\ I I L LOI III DI AU/àl Tf\ ATAIIP III I IWN 111 All ULVMI1 11/ /i I l/ITIO One of the Big Guns on the Mis souri Exploded. TWENTY-NINE MEN ARE KILLED Capt. Cowles, Brother-In-Law to the President. Was Commander of the Ship. the battleship Missouri at Pensacola, Fla., yesterday have been received at the Navy Department. The official re port of Capt. Cowles confirms the re- [ port of last night, which was to the [ effect that 2,000 pounds of powder had 1 exploded, killing twenty-nine men and ' Washington, April 14.—Full particu lars of the terrible disaster on board injuring several others. It now seems that somebody is to blame for the disaster, which is the most serious since tho destruction of tho Maine in Havana harbor in 1898. Tho Missouri was on the practice range and had already fired twice. The big gun was ready for another discharge, when the charge ready to place in tho gun was discharged by gas. Sparks from that explosion dropped into the handling room below, exploding several other charges, and killing every man in the room. An official investigation of the explo sion lias been ordered to take place at once, it being thp opinion °*' experts that thp acpplpnt \yas caused by the grossest carelessness and the uttor dis regard of the rules. The cause to which the accident is attributed is considered absurd and impossible. But for the prompt action of Capt. Cowles and others of the crew, there would have been an oxplosion of tho magazine, and the ship would have been blown to pieces. rey of Important Notice. if you are contemplating a trip to the XVorld's Fair this summer it will pay you to write or call on the World's Fair Excursion Cp„ whp hi}vp «(lartcrnd ono pf top flpost packets on tho Mississippi fiver, to leave Greenwood on or about July 4th. Ratesand all particulars will bo gladly furnished by Capt, Gid Mont joy, President; or Ike Stein, Secretary, fjpecRWppft. OFFICERS INSTALLED. The local Lodge of Elks In a Flourishing Condition. of A. of is At a meeting of the Greenwood bodge B. P. O. E., held at their new club build ing last night, tho following officers were installed : XX\ M. Hamner, Exalted Ruler ; XV. H. X'ardarnan, Esteemed bead ing Knight ; C. XV. Crockett, Esteemed boyal Knight; G. B. Stewart, Secretary ; H. H. Barrett, Trustee; S. 8. Steele, filer. There is not a more enthusiastic body pt Ulks ip the Stato than Greenwood b pdgp No. 851,w|i|ch npw has ^member ship of nearly one hundred, fhp no«' (dub building will soon be entirely com pleted find will be a very handsome nnd well appointed home, you it cle will lias and are MISSISSIPPI BAPTISTS. Will Easily Meet All Assessments for Mis sion Work. Dr. A. X", Rowe, of XVinona, secretary of tho Mississippi Board of Missions of the Baptist Church, who was in the city this week, states that the Baptists of Mississippi will raiso their assess- j for. ness RUSSIAN SHIP GOES DOWN WITH NINE HUNDRED MEN ABOARD Sunk Either by Japanese Torpedo Boats or by Striking Russian Mine in Harbor. The war news contains an account of the first naval battle of the war, result ing in a Japanese victory. As a result of a battle fought Wednes day off Port Arthur between the Rus sian fleet, under Admiral Makaroff, and the Japanese fleet under Admiral Togo, the Russians lost the fleet Commander, Admiral Makaroff, who went down with tbe siiip, the Petropavlovsk, which was Don't Look So Tired. It's enough to make one tired Just to look at you. Don't look so tired. Yon must suffer terribly. X'ou know that Ayer's Sarsaparilla cures blood-poverty, nervous depression and general debility? And it hag been doing this for 00 years! Send us yor ordere for fruit jars. We have them at right prices. Henderson & Burd. mont of $18,000 for foreign missions bo' fore the meeting of the Bouthern Hap tiet Courention, which will be held at July. Dr. Rowe is now very busily engaged making the collec tions from the various denominations, and has $10,000 of the amount already in hand. The State mission assessment made by the general convention at its last session was 1*10.000 and this amount is in sight. $4,000 for home missions, and all obligations placed upon itj by the convention. The ehureh has also raised rill meet GREENWOOD SOCIETY. Misses Reiman's home was the scene of much merriment Thursday afternoon, April 7. Although there was a steady downpour of rain the whole afternoon, all accepted the lovely invitations of Misses Reiman to play cards. There wore ten tables of four-band progressive hearts, [ won by Miss Joe Willie Swift. The [ visitor' prize fell to Miss Arnold, which 1 was a pretty eut glass bon bon dish, Mrs. Kahn cut the consolation, a lovely ' picture. The booby foil to Mrs. Moun ger, as she won more hearts than any one present. The double parlors were decorated in crimson hearts and roses. They were lighted by many crimson candles. A two-course lunch was served, which was much enjoyed. The first prize, a beautiful point lace handkerchief, was Miss Daisy Dickson entertained with progressive cuclire Friday afternoon, April 8. The Gibson idea was beauti fully carried out in tho score cards as well the prizes. Uclioinus refresh ments were served, AioiiChamhllss. At 7 o'clock Tuesday evening Mr. Geo. XV. Chambliss and Miss Hattie Aron were united in marriage, Rev. XV. XV. Harrison officiating. The beautiful ceremony was solemnized at the resi dence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Aron. Mr. Chambliss is a deserving young business man of this city, while the bride is ono of Greenwood's fairest daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Chambliss were tho re cipients of many valuable presents frpm friends in this and adjoining States. Ingram-Barrcntine. At the residence of Mr. Robert Low rey in this city on last Sunday evening. Rev. J. R, Hughes performed tho sacred ritps which united jn marriage, Miss Ellie JngfiP« to Mr. J. H. Ilarrentine. Tho happy oouplo lias the best wishes of Tlie Commonwealth and tho congrat ulations of numerous friends who wish them a long and happy married life. MendrloK-HatcIt. On last Monday morning at the home of tho bride's parents, olevon milos south of Greenwood, Miss Alice May Hendrick was united in marriage to Mr. A. J. Hatch, Esquire R. XV. Hatch offici ating. Miss Hendrick is the daughter of Mr. J. H. Hendrick, a prominent cit izen of Carroll County, and the groom is a young man of good qualities and a Till! COM tlo in for. highly-respected citizen. MONWKALTH extends best wishes. QUALITY is the st+'oflg point at Raines' Drug Store. You know that you arc getting the best when you buy it at Raines,' If it is a drug store arti cle you want, you'll find it there, and it will cost no more than you have perhaps been paying for a cheaper grade. Mr. S. G. XVilson, the furniture man, lias just received a new line of Chinese and Japanese matting, ranging in price from 20 cents to 00 cents tho yard. All oriental productions have advanced ma terially since the beginning of the war between Russia and Japan and prices are still advancing. one it they for. For ten dollars we will sell you a har ness you have often paid a third more IIkn'düusox & Baird. sunk either by Japanese torpedo boats or by striking a Russian mine in re-en tering the harbor in retreat from the battle. The entire crow, probably nine hun drod men, went down with the ship. j though Hussian account* speak of the i rescue of four officers. : The Japanese ficet qftenyards snelled ; port Arthur and tho forts for some time. ror Sale Cheap. A line square piano, in perfect condi tion and tune. "Will sell for (75.00 on easy payments if bought at once. Call A. Weiler & Co. on For style, finish and durability, a Columbus buggy has no equal. None genuine but Columbus Buggy Company, Columbus, Ohio. HwdHSO* A Baud, Agents. bo' Hap- I at I now collec made t last \ is ) the ELECTION NEXT MONDAY WILL DECIDE PROPOSITION OE CITY OWNERSHIP SHALL GREENWOOD PURCHASE THE WATERWORKS, LIGHTS AND SEWERAGE?—IT'S UP TO THE VOTERS TO DECIDE. raised meet On next Monday, April 18, the voters of the city purchase of the system is that the franchise valua of Greenwood are called upon to vote proposi- j tion is too high. tion for municipal ownership of the waterworks, . TUAN NOW. electric lights and sewerage. The property has been j appraised at a valuation of 8122,585.90. "These IT WILL NEVER UK LOWER on a of The dish, any in A o No one disputes the fact that the granting of tho figures were reached by a Board of Appraisers ap- ( franchise to a private corporation was a serious mis pointed jointly by the City Council and the Green- take. We all now agree that it would have been wood Light & Water Company and the report of this 1 better for the city to have adopted city ownership in body, previously published in full in these columns, ; (he beginning. The only nay hi rectify the mistake is conclusive evidence of the "reasonableness" of j is to buy the plant. Wo could not steal it, if we ! desired to do so. a was the appraisement. The plant under private ownership last year made a net profit of nearly NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS. To vote against eity ownership now simply It was on the basis of the net earnings t means that the private corporation is to be allowed that the franchise value of the plants were fixed, and ; to get another grip on the city, and that whenever it is on this basis that the city must ultimately pur- j we again attempt to purchase the plant the franchise chase the property of the Greenwood Light & Water value will be increased several thousand dollars. Company. Quibbling over the profits of the water works company on the increased value of its fran chise is useless, as its valuation is compelled to .in crease with the growth of the city and tho increased use of water and lights. DO YOUR DUTY. The Commonwealth believes that city ownership i will win by a safe majority, yet it behooves those ! who are interested in the growth and progress of the ! Other private parties have already offered to pay city to do their duty. Go to the polls early and east the city *150,000 for the plants which it can now, your balloti See that your friends are out in force buy for *122,585.90. Should the voters of the city , Ild that the matter is presented to them clearly fail to avail themselves of the present opportunity to j and conc ; se ] y purchase these public utilities, the value of the plant and franchise would be increased to 8150,000 with ;■ as XV. re Point out to them the indisputable facts that the i private owners of these public utilities are making m the next year At the rate tho city is now grow- money out of the enterprise; that franchise values ing, the same property will be worth *250,000 with- ; are ahvavs based on net earning». Show them that in five years, and it will continue to increase until j lhe va luo of the franchise will increase as the plants the term of the franchise expires. ; become morc profitable ; that it is thus impossible The city cannot buy these plants without first. for the city to eve r secure control of the waterworks, fixing the value by a Board of Arbitration, as slipu- lights and sewerage for less money than now Any lated in the contract with the present private cor- reasonable man can see the logic of the situation and poration. no intelligent voter can afford to oppose the pur The plants are making money under private chase ownership while the franchise valuation is increased Remember above all else that the purchase of the enormously with each succeeding year. The rate waterworks, lights and sewerage is an investment charged for service is far in excess of that of other, not an expenditure. Bear in mind that there are towns and cities, and twice as high as in many „umbers of private citizens of Greenwood who would places where city ownership prevails. jump at an opportunity to purchase the plants at a price one-third higher than that, fixed by the Board The only argument adduced in opposition to the J of Appraisers. TWO CHILDREN BURNED IN ORPHAN S HOME a Horrible Accident at Water Valley Last Wednesday. A special from Water X'alley to the Memphis, Morning News gives the fol lowing account of the death of two lit tlo children at the Orphans' Home in that city last XVednesday : George Lee Green and Ruby Money, inmates of the Mississippi Orphan's Homo in this cliy, aged respectively three and two and a half years, acci dentally caught fire to-day and wore so badly burned that they botli died at 7 o'clock this evening. Tho manager of the home, Rev. XV. 8. Shipman and his wife «re greatly af fected over the sad event, but tho way in which it happened was most unlooked for. at it The little ones were playing in a room where there was a stove, when one of them put a rag in the stove, and as no one happened to be present, were taking it out while it wgs og fire, Their cloyiifig caught, and before they ppnlfi be peached the liâmes hail doge their work. Many people wonder what causes the electric light bulb to shine with such brilliancy. There is a force behind it at the power house, Now the reason the pupil* who go out from the Grenada Business Collego shine so is because there Is a power behind tliem in tho school in which they were educated. Why do you ride in a vehicle that rat tles and looks like a dray wagon whfcn j you cau get style and durability for a little more in a Columbus buggy? Sec j us before biiying. Henderson & Baird, j The best people in the city patronize Scates Bros.' ice cream parlor. All of the dclicipuq soda fountain beverages of tfie spason at Scates Bros,' Bay a Charter Oak steel range, will last a lifetime when otiier range« will not bake and will not heat your bath water. They never fail. Henderson & Baird. It A PLEASANT SURPRISE. We are going to have a pleasant surprise -for you next xveek in a price on reed and rattan rockers. A real bargain. Watch for it. Dickäon Furniture Co. HON. B. G. HUMPHREYS. Announces as a Candidate for Re-election to Congress from this District. Hon. fi. G. Humphreys announces in this issue of Tim Common WKAi.Tu that he will be a candidate for re-election to Congress. Though now serving his first term at the National Capital, Mr. Humphreys has already taken front rank with tho ablest members of Congress, splendid natural ability, high tional attainments and a happy, genial disposition, he commands a strong in fluence with the Republican as well as the Democratic members of Congress. He is at present a member of the Rivers Committee, and in this capacity is able to do a great deal of good work for the Delta. Two years ago, Mr. Humphreys was elected without opposition and it is doubtful if be lias opposition in hlspres Try a McClure cotton planter with Henderson & Baird. A man of educa ont race. If you wish to bo an expert mathema ticianquick and accurate in figures - send us $3.00 for fifteen leesons and wo will instruct you by mail. The fifteen lessons are the finest that have ever been produced. Everything is simpli fied so a child can understand it, Ad-1 dress, Grenada Business College, Ore nada, Miss. of sewing machines ot tiio Singer office in the Austin building, roller, Needles and accessories for all makes ***** WANTED 1 Options op prices on any farm or timber land for sale in the Delta. 1 , : MEMPHIS TRUST COMPANY, ' 42 Madison street. I Memphis, Texnekssee, INDIANOLA NEWS AND COMMENT Items of Interest from Sunflower's Growing Gapital. [Thursday's Pensen.] Charley Klinginan is putting meterial on tne ground to build a ten-room cot tage in Brooklyn. The present town administration has collected to date nearly $300 in fines, and not three months old. A. C. Cox will rnovo his family soon to reside in the A. H. Leach residence near his plantation, Mr. Leach moving to Byhalia. On Sunday Marshall Montgomery, Harper Heggie, Dr. Catchlngs Baird and Robert Hooker started for a fish and hunt frolic on the Bouguc. Rev. Wra. Irvine preached for Mr. Primrose in Greenville Sunday, and Rev. Mr. Werlein, Episcopal preacher, preached hero Sunday night to a largo audience at the Methodist Church. Judge Moody was on last Saturday night olocted Vice President of the Bank of Indianoia. Although this insti tution has ranked with others of its kind, this election will increase confi dence in its business workings. Tho town board met this week and elected the following new trustees for the town school, to servo three years: E. B. Pearce, J. D. Smith and C. C. Moody. The remainsng members are R. P. Miller and R. B. Sims, if these gentlemen are not capacitated to em ploy a competent corps of teachers to run the school, it is out of the question to find those who would. 1 Why do you buy cheap wagon* and pay repair billB? A Studcbaker wagon will do your work with never a repair Hkxdkrsox & Baird, bill. a OLE LOR ST. LOUIS. World's Fair Commissioners to Inspect the Mississippi Building. The Jackson Clarion-Ledger of Tlmrs day evening contains the following: Governor Vardanian, Chairman of tho Mississippi Exposition Bureau, with the otiier members of tho body, Messrs. O. B. Guinn, Frank Burkitt, I. C. Enochs and V. P. Still, together with Commis sioner R. H. Henry, left on the 2:30 o'clock afternoon train Thurday for St. Jxiuls, whore thoy will examine and for mally accept "Beauvoir," tho Missis sippi building, If it is found to be Cou ; structeu according to plans and .sped i fleations. S\ During the stay of the C« ^ISt. l*ouit the hotly will Is* t he gucM* «>f V the World's Fair in: j i quarters will he > Southern Hotel. I Mr. J-U„ F. Vardanian no'ompn.hrd , I tho party as far as Memphis, from j ; which point bo wont over tho Choctaw] road for his home at Deliver, Colorado. in lis* licad i9(teliM>nt. established at the \ Juicy Gobbler. ..loss Mr. W. 1. Cu Kerry early yesterday k i I Uni 4 fat, juicy gobble weighing nine toon iKJUiuis. Mr. Carr was a hundi and tou steps from tho turkey when firod tho shot with a Marlin rifle. Mr. j A. Hums, who accompanied him, j didn't get a shot. ont mit t< rr and lJ (!. SMALL TAIK. Stepping stoi i»h to matrimony at Wei er's Jewelry Palaeo, —t— Hammocks fro non*» furni tin 115« to 94.50 at Dick-j s e store. Full lino of Smith & XVchhoii .1 Colts pistols. llKNuiamoN ,v mum. The Y ague U s(ill rising, but no fear | is entertained of an overflow in this vl-' Unity. v You have tin* lx*st w Charter Oak cook stove. vhen you gut a 1 1 ... 01 0,1 . m " I rcHbyttirian , jj < burob building is progressing rapidly, j illt I lliixiiiiiinox ,x Haiku. -+. t ( lias just In- j j s jw bulletin board. Tho Cotton Exchange stalled a handsome -I I Tho most beautiful table linens over ;j | brought to Greenwood at I,a len Co.'s. At ir -* ami Vote ior tho city waterworks, lights ami Monday. «hip of tho «wenig«* next in • r pus Tho best values f«*r <Ii«y least in ladles' shirts and shirt Ijftinur Allen Co.'s. onoy valsts at age I and »•iII«* HUl you see those solid silver ehalelui vs telles Weiler sells for 811.50? sro porfoot timepieces ami retail in any | oily for (5.00. Imd They -q.-. When you have your Spring cle put a new matting add :» grout deal to looks and cost but 8. (1. Wilson. ling tho floor. 1. wil is littlo. The ladies of tho Kpiscopn! Church announce that they will give an taiument to tho children at the court house from 3 to 0 o'clock this evening. Admission 10 cents. can enter f Not how cheap, hut how good, lias been the motto of our reliable jewelers, A. Weiler & Co. This is what made Tho Palace famous and the leading jewelry house in Mississippi. new had tion ings the fers I ing than Hie be eity + A Royal lawn mower cuts so easy the head of the house will cut the lawn be fore breakfast for exorcise. Try one. costs bât littlo morc. llKNUKllSON & ItAIIll). Mr. Leon Stein lias opened store in the Stein blook and is ready to serve his friends, Mr. Stein is a clever : young gentleman and The Common wealth predicts' thot ho will do a good business. no) Several handsome now offices are be ing fitted up over Haines' Drug Store on [ Howard street. The stairway has been changed to the south side of the build ing and all of the r< north windows, which makes them very desirable. is now have nice The best jwing Hiiig«r office in tho Aim tin building. chi»»« oil at th« - Big line of screen doors and windows silk at lioudorson & Baird's. INTERURBAN ELECTRIC LINE NOW PRACTICALLY ASSURED The Company Organized and Officers Elected Last Friday Night. A meeting of the incorporators of the Grecnwood Electric. Railway Company , was hold in the directors' room of the Hank of Leflore last Friday night, when a temjmrary organization was eiieeted and the Subscription books closed. The officers elected were: Gen. Monroe McC'lurg, President; Samuel J. Stein, First Vice President, Richard T. Jones, Second Vice President ; Rowan Thayer, Secretary and Treasurer : H. O. Kitcli ell, Consulting Engineer. Directors : F. R. Austin, W. T. Johnson, J. L. Gilles pie, J. M. Estes. R. T. Jones, P. D. Mont joy, Samnel J. Stein, H. O. Kileliell, Rowan Thayer, Monroe MeClurg. An amount of the capital sufficient to pay for preliminary surveys, charter foe, etc., was paid in at this meeting, and this work will be given immediate attention. Two routes to Black Hawk will be surveyed, right of way se cured and the most practical one «>f , f urn j| urp | J( | 0| -y \\' aS j n (he Path j ' (if thC CyclOIlC. BAM V limvilll BY THE STORM in the ..loss IS QUITE A HEAVY ONE j j Hl$ Industry Will Be Idle for More Ilian a Week, Undergoing Necessary Repairs. i wood narrowly escaped dentruc a terrific* cyclone on last Tlium Tho <la y at'ternoo about 2:'10 o'clock. e up from the west and passed storm cm vithiii a hundred \ards of tin* buxine* s * 0 1 lot if the city on the north, crow» ing the river just this side of tho furni-. It assumed nil of tho pro portions of a full-grown cyclone, curry ing tleath and destruction in in it« Kortuimtoly, it missed the city •rateh, else (.hero is no estimating the «lamage that would have been | v relight. Ill«* heaviest Inn far roportort I« 1 1 lint of the Wool <-b«»ekwood Kuril! tu ro ill aggregate sotno Tho roof of tho big wan almost eutiroly tlemol ii I lit«' wall*of tho fourth »lory ■e severely damaged. A small «tore ... tho «auto vicinity was thrown from , jj s foundation und Uho windows smashed j illt „ Hlllil | l „ l ,, onN . wore blown prnntod and all sorts of liit-li I 'n '1*01 t hing like $2,00(1. ( building j j s |, ( .,| I vil, I reel ;j | n lullnwod in ilN wake. Tho Wool h -L ook <1 Furniture (.-oui ill l><* compelled to Hiinpmul opor «iok or t«'ii «lay« whilo <ho t o it m ImihliriK i.s Workman havo alrtmdy lioen «eciiroil ami tho work of runtoratiou will Im for n repaired. rapidly um poHsiblc. pus hi*« I a Hoport.s from tho country aro still uicagro, but it is feared that much dum age was done on tlm plantations. It had been raining all «lay, bat there wind worth speuking of, I and no one was prepared for tho tor »•iII«* gale that came without warning. | Imd boon A Stitch In rime. Cyclone insurance Ih inexpetmivo. tt is anotlit'i' vcrHion of (lie proverbial "stilHi in time." Huppe bo a eyelono should :;omo to-night. Would you bo prepared for it? Vnrdamun «Xt 8 to In nn t he safe si«!«. can put yi LEAGUE TEAM. NIT. f allure to Secure Grounds Put Greenwood Out of It. Greenwood is down and out of tho new Delta League. The necessary funds had boon raised and everything was thought to Ikî In ship shape when It sud denly dawned on the committee on ar rangements that it would ho the part of wisdom to secure a longer lease of op tion on tho grounds before going to the expense of erecting the necessary build ings and improvements. The owners of the grounds refused all reasonable of fers for a lease extending over more I ban one season, hence there was noth ing left for I lie Greenwood team to do than to notify tho rest of the teams on Hie new clreuItthatOreonwoodcouldn't come to tho bat. The local fans are sorry, Home of them Imve shed great eroekodile tears. All of them havu had sleepless nights. But it just couldn't be helped. That's all. Tho finest lino of candies in the eity at Beates Bros.' Hay, Mr. Turnipsced, what is tho best Mr. thing to raise in wet weather? Turnipseed Why, one of Weller's 92.50 silk umbrellas, of course. adopted. A route to Ufa Bona, Shep , pardtown und Ile!/.oui will also be Hur veyod and right of way secured. Two miles of the system will first )>o built in tin: eily of Greenwood and put in operation,after which the interurban lines will be constructed to such points in this and adjacent counties as tho stockholders may deem advisable. Secretary and Treasurer Thayer, cashier of tho Bank oi Leflore, was ap pointed a committee to visit different small towns in Illinois and other States and iuveatigato (street car «yntem« and interurban lines, after which order« will I«; placed for supplied and equipment for th« building of tho first two mile« of the road in Greenwood. The building of the proponed «yHtcin, which in now a foregone conclusion, means a groat deal for Greenwood, tho destined commercial metropolis of Mia* sisippi.