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THE MISSOURI HERALD, HAYTI, MISSOURI
1 898-Back in Harness. 1 922
It is n long, long road between these two dates 1898 and
1922. Twenty-four years. For the matured man it carries him
far toward the end of his journey.
Roads of man thread the world. They thunder with a life
Hood. They are vibrant with the pulse of affairs. Life's road
link yesterday, today, tomorrow. But the road back to 1898 is
the road that leads to forgotten yesterdays. Its sign posts,
those that are left, are falling into decay. Mounds of earth,
some grass-grown and sunken, some freshly made these are
the links in the measuring chain that marks the course of life's
highway backward through a dead land.
On the road as he journeyed, the month of March, 1898.
led the writer back to begin the publication of a newspaper in
the newly formed town of .Hayti. The fates of the road of life
are strange. Its crooks and turns arc many; we never know
what awaits us around the bend just out of sight. Since we
first began our newspaper career in Hayti for twenty-four years
the road has lengthened. It has led over level grounds, over
mountain peaks, down into the depths of valleys, through sun
shine and shadow, but always on and on. Men, women and
children, and landscapes have passed, and been replaced.
Memories have faded and failed.
There is but one building on the Public Square of Hayti
that was here twenty-four years ago. It was new then, with
its fresh paint. It is a pile of decaying wood now. ' Soon it
will pass, and with it will go the last landmark of Hayti's be
ginning. JNol a single business man wno was in ousmess nere
j.hen is in business here now. All is new. Then the Frisco rail
road was undreamed of. There were no telephones, no electric
lights, no automobiles, no moving pictures. The slender rails
of the Houck road have given place to the ponderous steel of
the great Frisco system, and the little yellow depot has been
moved and made the office of an oil company. In another part
of town a fine, new depot takes its place, a credit to a growing
Twenty-four years ago there was not one drainage ditch
in the county. Not a shovel of earth had been lifted from
Pemiscot's water-sogged soil. Forests and swamps stretched
far ami wide. The neighborhoods of the county were divided
by great belts of towering virgin timber. The county roads
were men' trails, growing dimmer, and disappeared as they led
into the thickening of timbered growths. Lakes and bayous
were numerous and fish and game were too plentiful to attract
attention of the pioneers.
Twenty-four years ago Steele and Holland were un
t bought of as towns. Caruthersville was no larger than
Hragg City. Deering, Micola and many other nourishing vil
lages have come into name since then. But the largest town in
the county then has disappeared forever from the face of the
earth. Not a single landmark is left to mark its passing. That
town was Gayoso, then the county seat of Pemiscot county.
The depths of fifty feet of the turbid Mississippi rolls over the
site of the town where once its lawns were green with grass
and fragrant with ilower. The large graveyard below Gayoso
also gave up its sleeping dead to the greed of the yellow Hood
that ever swept its way onward to a summer sea.
Twenty-four years ago there were not as many live peo
ple in the town of Hayti as there are now dead ones out in
Woodlawn cemetery, then unthought of and unmapped. With
its numerous slabs of marble and many mounds it marks well
the road of life now.
Twenty-four years ago the entire population of Pemiscot
county was but 5,575. Now Caruthersville has nearly so
Twenty-four years ago there were no, a dozen negro fami
lies in the county. Not a single one resided in Hayti. But
now can you see what a change time has wrought in the color
of our population?
'Twenty-four years ago William McKinley was the Presi
dent of the United States. The Maine had not gone to its
treacherous death in Havana harbor. The Spanish-American
war had not been fought. Roosevelt was a cowboy on the
plains of Montana. Brann published the Iconoclast in Waco,
Texas, and the high tarrifT interest and Wall Street had the
world by the tail with a down hill pull.
Twenty-four years ago Lon V. Stephens was Governor of
Missouri, and W. D. Vandiver was Congressman of this district.
Twenty-four years ago there were but two banks in the
county the Pemiscot County Bank at Caruthersville and the
Merchants & Farmers Bank of Hayti.
Twenty-four years ago John II. Marshall was State senator:
H. C. Riley, circuit judge; John T.Averill, representative; John
W. Pierce, sheriff; J. II. McFarland, collector; C. B. Faris,
prosecuting attorney; J. F. Gordon, circuit court clerk and reJ
corder; W. A.Joplin, county court clerk; W. A. Long, assessor;
John W. Bader, treasurer; Hal Wiggs, surveyor; II. C. Garrett,
Tim Dorris and J. M. Ballard, county court judges; J. N. De
lashmutt, probate judge, and Harvey E. Averill, school commis-
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aioner. Some of these yet tread the well-worn road of life,
but many have come to its end and have passed on out of sight.
Twenty-four years ago S. P. Williams was mayor of Hayti;
D. J. Heard, marshal ; and F. M. Gwin and E. Clark, councilmen.
Twenty-four years ago there were three newspapers in
the county the Democrat and Press at Caruthersville, and
the Argus, that made its appearance at Hayti, at that time as
stated in the beginning.
In the personnel of Southeast Missouri newspaperdom, the
changes are as vast as the gulf of fading years. Where are
the familiar pens of Ben Adams, W. W. Waters, Guy Cooksey,
Dell Longgrear, Cap Edwards and all the others that memory
on the instant fails to recall ? Ed Caruthers, Roussan, W. H.
Lawhorn, and many, many more, answer no more the roll call.
Thus runs the road of life, ever on, into mysterious lands,
traveled by new people, who dee little of the footprints of those
who have gone before.
The road of yesterday took its toll by score and double
score. But the events of those years so trivial and unaccounted,
were in reality the threads of one pattern then being woven to
gther upon the Great Invisible Loom which everybody names
and nobody comprehends. It has brought this writer back to
the beginning, but not back to the things that were. New
times and new peoples rule the clay. In coming back the writer
don't wish to be understood that he ceased his literary work
here twenty-four years ago. That was the beginning of it.
He continued to serve the people here, off and on, until the fall
of 1906, and later served the people of the county from Caruth
rsville in the publication of the papers there. But there were
bypaths in the road that led counter to the main highway.
Some of these Jed to California and back, and nearer localities,
always coverging at Hayti. So here I am again. I am glad
to be back and feel the familiar touch of the "journalistic har
ness." Somewhere, sometime, we shall all reach the end of the
road. It may be where tropical palms wave their feathery
fronds in summer lands, or it may be where the world is white
and cold with arctic winter. Far or near, it matters little
whether it is clouds or sunshine, but we should never forget the
"Somewhere the sun is shining,
Somewhere the sons birds dwell;
Hush then thy bat! repining.
God lives, and all is well."
Time and altered conditions forme the infallible tests of
the sincerity of those who are given to protestations of their
high mindedness and unselfishness in all the affairs of life.
This is especially true in political matters, whore he who protests
too much does so usually to cover purposes altogether foreign
to his protestations. We have been brought face to face with
this truth frequently in the last few months in connection
with the attitude of certain Republican leaders toward present
international affairs as compared with their views of the same
matters when a Democratic president was at the head of the
In this connection two items in the day's budget of news
are most interesting and illuminating. One of these is the ac
tion of President Harding in naming four Republicans and not
a single Democrat upon the allied debt funding commission.
His selections, of course, are within his rights and powers ex
cept it be that the two members of the Congress named might
not be legally eligible for such appointment. But the naming
of a purely Republican commission is unfair to the whole
country and reveals the depths of political partisanship to
which the present administration has descended. There is
nothing in the whole record of former President Wilson, in
cluding his much misunderstood appeal to the country in 191S
to elect a Democratic Congress and his appointment of a ma
jority of Democrats on the peace delegation to Paris, th at can
in any way be compared with this bland act by President
Harding of one party omnipotence.
It is well to recall the bitter Republican attack's upon for
mer President Wilson based on the fact that the majority in the
Paris delegation were Democrats. If we mistake not Presi
dent Harding himself was one of the most outspoken of such
critics. How these Republicans can now reconcile such criti
cism with the action of the president in giving the Democrats
no representation whatsoever upon an international commiss
ion passes ordinary understanding. Evidently they have for
gotten the fact Chat Democrats as well as Republicans sub
scribed to the war loans upon which the credits extended to
the allied nations were based. Evidently also they overlook
the other important fact that the whole country, including
Democrats as well as Republicans is interested and should have
some say in the matter of how these debts are to be collected.
We heard much during the Paris peace negotiations, but hear
nothing now about politics stopping at the water's edge.
Strange, is it not?
And it ought to be even more illuminating to the country
to know that Senator.? Lodge, Kellogg et al are right now en
gaged in an effort to prevent reservations which would deny
any obligation by this country save through congressional au
thorization under the Washington conference. Has it not a
familiar sound to hear these senators contend that such reser
vations will "cut the heart out of the treaty?" , As we remem
ber the bitterly partisan fight they made for reservations to the
treaty of Versailles must not these words come back like ghosts
to haunt them and to expose their hypocrisy?
By contrast with no less than by the imitation of his suc
cessors is the administration of former President Wilson
being vindicated before this nation and before the world. It is
becoming evident to thinking Americans that they have ex
changed a statesman with a world vision for a politician
with nothing but party eyes. Commercial Appeal.
The Republican leaders are preparing to sidetrack or ditch
much of the legislation promised in the last two campaigns.
They fear "constructive legislation" such as tariff, reorganiza
tion of government departments and the bureaus, soldier bonus,
more than they do inaction. Within the last ten days the ma-
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jority of the administration pilots in the House launched a hurry-up
campaign for an early getaway from the ills of Washing
ton. With fear and trembling the G. O. P. wise men are
bending every energy toward holding down the legislative
The Dunklin pemocrat, with its issue of February 24, ai
rives at the age of 34, so announces its editor, Will A. Jones.
The Dunklin Democrat has long set the standard of correct lo
cal journalism, which has been to give all the news fair and im
partially. That its course has been recognized and appreciat
ed is attested by its long continued financial success. It is now
entering upon its age of prime usefullness and is keeping fully
abreast of the modernity of the times. Long may it continue
to shine as the beacon light of those whom it serves.
The only way to get around your tax, county, state and
Federal, is to lay down and die, and even that won't save you,
for your coffin and angel clothes are also taxed.
AFTERWARDS: A space of time in which something
has happened after something else has happened, as life, death ;
love, disillusions; riches, gout; wine, headache; unselfishness'
regret. ' '
Dogs with ambition to get mixed up in the steering-gear of
an auto take their chances. So does the "shoaf."
FIRE TRUCK NEEDED
The two small lires this week have
demonstrated that a new lire truck
is needed and must be had. The
one now in use is not at all adapted
to the work it is required to perform.
It is too small and too light. It
hasn't room to carry the hose and its
engine hasn't the power to drive it
with any speed over such streets as
Hayti has. In making the runs to
the llres this week, it stalled, and
caused delay. So, unless better
equipment is obtained the water
works will not serva the purpose In
tended. A suitable truck will have
to be procured, and the sooner the
better, since delay may cause a big
lire loss. It may be yours; it may be
ours. Delay is dangerous.
A list is being made up by popu
lar subscription to purchase a bet
ter and larger hose truck, and any
member of the board will be glad to
take whatever subscription you care
to make. Something like $300 have
already been raised. That much
more is needed.
Get in yours TODAY.
The following are announced as
candidates for oflice, at the City
Election to be held on Tuesday,
April 4, 1922:
For Alderman. Ward No. 1
W. H. (Bill) FINCH
For Alderman. Ward No. 2
Mrs. M. J. Hearn, who has been
spending the past few months with
her son near Portageville. has re
turned here and is visiting her
granddaughter, Miss Mayme Hearn
and other relatives and friends.
Bear in mind that Buckleys have
seed potatoes, onion sets and garden
Several of our High School sen
iors are taking teachers examina
tion at Caruthersville today and
- Now that you have taken stock,
let me talk with you in regard to
your insurance needs. L. J. Banner,
telephone ."0, Hayti, Mo.
Fire came near destroying Lamar
Thompson's pressing shop Monday
morning, having caused considerable
loss before it could be extinguished.
It was caused from an attempt by
Mr. Notgrass, an employee, In at
tempting to adjust a generator
about the pressing machine. The
lire company responded, but soon the
danger was over.
For poultry and rabbit wire,
Graham crackers, fig bars, vanil
la wafers, chocolate cakes and fresh
crackors, at Buckleys.
Miss Hazel Walker of Point
Pleasant came down a few days ago
for a visit to the family of hor
brother, Jlintnie Walker.
Oil, per Gal. 15u, ut Colbert's,
-Mr. and Mis. W. J. Williams were
down from their farm near Dry
Bayou Saturday, attending to busi
ness and visiting relatives,
L. C. AVERILL
NEW ERA LODGE, 1. O. O. F.
Meets every Tuesday night. Visiting
memberti cordially invited to attend.
D. D. HAR.BEKT, N G.
P. S RAVENSTEl.N, Secretary.
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