Genealogy and History
- February 6, 1880
Transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney
Microfilm Ref Call #373
The Alabama Department of Archives and
THE VERNON CLIPPER
LAMAR CO., ALABAMA
FEBRUARY 6, 1880 NUMBER
WHAT IS IT - (poem)
STORIES AND SKETCHES
A HEART OF STONE
The old clock in the wall
rang out five melodious chimes, as Cora Smith softly closed the
kitchen door, and ran to the little bedroom for her blue
"Five o'clock," she said, as the last stroke died
away. "He is wondering why I don't come and I must
haste. Madge, little Madge, are you coming with me
tonight? I am all ready."
Little Madge, the
twelve-year-old sister came flying through the
"Auntie says you have forgotten to get the potatoes
for breakfast, and we must prepare them before you go. Never
mind if he does have to wait a little for you. You've waited
for him many a time. Come quickly and I will help
So sweet-tempered Cora Smith untied the blue scarf,
and tripped away to the forgotten task as merrily as her little
sister, albeit her heart beat like an imprisoned bird's at the
The West was all aflame with the autumn sunset ere
the sisters closed the cottage door behind them, and ran down the
garden path toward the stile, where he was waiting - in other words,
where hazel-eyed, sweet-faced Cora Smith's city lover was waiting
for his lady love, as she had many a night waited for
Almost every evening they met there at the stile -
their "trysting place" he said, just half-way between her home and
his boardinghouse. He had proposed it, and she was nothing
loath to accede- it was so pretty and romantic.
Auntie Smith was not at all pleased with this dark-eyed young
stranger, and though she had not forbidden him the house, both
lovers knew she preferred "his room to his company." And so,
always with dear little Madge at her side, she daily tripped down
the path through the leafy woods to the halfway trysting place where
she met her handsome, dark-eyed lover, Neil Rowan. How her
heart fluttered tonight as she thought of him! And the warm
love-light deepened and darkened the soft brown
"Neil, Neil" she said, almost unconsciously, aloud;
and little Madge clasped her sister's hand closer, and looked up in
'Do you love him so very much sister
A swift, hot color came into the girl's cheeks, and
then she paused suddenly, holding the hands of little Madge in a
"Love him! Love Him! Madge?
Better than all the world - Better than my youth, my life - aye,
sometimes better than my hope of heaven! And I want to be his
wife, little Madge, this good man'' wife, when the beautiful Spring
comes. I shall leave you, and Auntie and Uncle to be
his. But this is out secret, little sister, and only you can
And then her hands relaxed their hold, and
drawing the light scarf over her shoulder, the pair tripped slightly
on. They were almost there 0 nearing the edge of the wood, and
the stile was but a step away. Another step forward, and then
Madge held her sister back.
"Wait!" she whispered; "I can
see two men on the seat, Cora. We do not want to see strangers
"No," she said drawing back in the wood. "It
is Neil's friend, Willis Dean. We will wait until he goes for
I do not like to meet him."
Even as she spoke the figure
arose, and the sound of the voice came on the twilight air, distinct
"And what of this love affair, friend,
Neil? When is it to end, and how? Are you really in
earnest, and do you mean to marry the girl?"
hand closed upon the arm of Madge till she shrank in pain while they
waited for the answer. Neil Rowan laughed
"Marry her!" he repeated. "She is just the
subject for a grand flirtation, and I assure you I have don't the
thing well. But for anything further - bah! I am going
back to town tomorrow, and this is our last meeting; so be off old
fellow, for I expect her every moment."
Just for one moment
Madge Smith's heart stood still in awful fear, for she thought that
Cora was dying. That white, ghastly face there in the
twilight, that motionless figure, those tightly-locked hands, it
surely was not the fair sweet maiden of a moment before. But
the spasm passed off, and without a word, she arose, and glided
noiselessly away, and Madge followed her in silence.
Rowan waited until the light had all died out in the West, and the
dew lay like summer rain on the grass at his feet. His cigar
was smoked down to ashes, and his lazy reverie was broken by the cry
of the whip-poor-will.
"She isn't coming tonight" he said
mentally. "That is certain. The scheming auntie up yonder
managed to prevent it this time. Oh, well, it saves a
scene. I will drop a loving farewell note, and so it ends - a
summer's amusement. Ha! Hum!" and Neil Rowan strolled
homeward, singing half unconsciously "I won't have her, I know - I
won't have her, I know - I don't care a straw who has her, I
The farewell note came to Cora Smith the following
night, but the fever-bright eyes never rested on the creamy page,
for, ere the insane light gave place to reason again, death sealed
the white lids. To such natures as this girl's love is life;
and the rude blow that woke her from the one bright dream of her
youth, snapped the tender cord that bound her frail spirit to earth,
and out of the depths of her awful grief, the kindly hand of death
Day by day, week by week, months, so sped the time
until eight years were counted. Eight times the grass had
grown over the little grave in the lonely country graveyard, and
again the October winds rustled the scarlet leaves over the narrow
Wonderful changes had the eight years brought.
Side by side with this grave were two others, and the headstones
bore the names of good Auntie and Uncle Smith. They had rested
there six years; and every summer beautiful Madge Smith came down
from her city mansion, and lingered in the old home a week, trimming
the grasses and planing bright flowers on the mounds. Bright,
beautiful Madge Smith, the heiress of all Uncle Smith's hidden
wealth, the wealth he guarded so well during that toil-worn weary
Three years before, Madge Smith left school, to reign
queen of society. Beautiful, strangely beautiful, with that
cold, white, high-bred face, those wide, fathomless, glittering
amber eyes, a figure matchless in summetry and grace, accomplished,
polished, and the heiress of great wealth, no wonder that lovers old
and young, knelt at Madge Smith's shrine. A strange wonder the
world said, that all were scorned - not gently and with words of
pity and apology, but spurned from her very feet with scornful lips
and blazing eyes.
Aye, Madge Smith was an enigma and
mystery to all who knew her. No warmer friend, no brighter
companion did those of her own sex seek for. But never were
those lips seen to smile, or those wonderful eyes to soften, in
response to any lover's; no glacier more frigid than she to all
men. All, did I say? Nay, Dame Rumor had plenty of
gossip just now. Only a few weeks since a new rival appeared
on the scene of action. Neil Rowan, merchant and millionaire,
entered the list of Madge Smith's adorers - not for wealth, surely
Madame Grundy acknowledged graciously. He had enough of his
own. It was genuine love that this blasé man of society felt
for beautiful Madge. And a wonderful change had come over the
fair lady since his appearance. Bright before, she was
brilliant now - sparkling witty, bewildering; and the world looked
on in amazement to see the flush stain her cheek, and the bright
smile that lighted her eyes at his approach.
And did he not
recognize her, you are wondering? Nay, how should he?
Sweet Cora Smith and the summer in the country were forgotten things
with this man. He had broken half a dozen silly hearts since
then, and left them all with time, the great healer. He had
flirted with society's queens, and village maidens, innumerable, and
left the past all behind him. And now he came and laid the
first pure, real love of his lifetime at this woman's feet. So
he told her, one autumn night, in the grand parlor of her stately
How her hands trembled and her eyes shone as she
"Wait," she said, "I will give you my answer
tomorrow night. It is my birthnight, and I shall give an
entertainment. You will come. I will answer you
then. Be in the library at ten, and you shall hear my
And the night came and he was there waiting.
He paced the room impatiently. Would she come, this girl that
was dearer to him than life? Aye, she was life to him.
The world had seemed old, stale, favorless, until he met her, the
woman who, alone of all her sex, had ever stirred the slumbering
passions of his heart. How bright the future seemed! He
was so sure of her answer; had not she given it in so many
"My beautiful, my queen!" he said, softly. And
just then he heard the light ripple of a woman's laugh in the
adjoining room. Her laugh; he knew it among a thousand; and
her voice; she was speaking loud and clear.
Guardie; you must let me go now. Mr. Rowan is waiting for me
in the library. You know I am to give him his answer
And the guardian's voice, speaking tenderly,
"And this answer, I can guess it, little Madge.
You are going to marry this man, and leave us all."
"Marry him? No, indeed, sir? He
is just the subject for a grand flirtation and I assure you I have
acted my part well; but for anything further - bah! But he is
expecting me, so by-by till I come again," and she tripped lightly
though the half-open door, ere the amazed guardian could utter a
A white, ghastly, shivering figure stood by the
"For God's sake, Madge Smith, tell me you were but
jesting!" he cried, as brilliantly, glowingly, beautiful, she glided
into the room.
"Not so, my friend," she answered,
lightly. "I spoke the truth. If you overheard my words,
I need not repeat them. It is my answer."
gave me hope; you led me on; you have given me reason to think you
loved me" he cried, passionately. "It is the one love of my
life! I have centered every hope and thought in you, Madge
Smith, and, for my sake, for God's sake, do not wreck my
She was pale now, and her eyes were black and
"Neil Rowan," she said slowly, "I have prayed
for this hour for eight years; but never in my wildest dreams did I
think my prayer would be so fully answered. When I saw the hue
of death, the white agony on my only sister's cheek - when I saw he
writhe in speechless agony at the words she heard eight years ago
tonight, I vowed to avenge her. Again, when I heard the thud
of the earth upon her coffin, I vowed that vow. It has been
brought about, even sooner, more complete, than I had thought.
If I have given you one hour of such agony as she suffered, I am
content. If you could live and suffer it for countless ages, I
should be better contented. My work is ended.
Two hours afterward, the sharp ring of a pistol
rang with startling distinctness through the crowded drawing
room. All sprang to their feet, save Madge Smith.
Perhaps her cheek pales a little - I cannot tell; but the light of
her eye never changed, her smiling lips never relaxed, as she gazed
upon the blood-stained corpse in the library. Neil Rowan had
taken his own life, and Cora Smith was avenged.
THE GREAT BRIDGE - [Boston Transcript]
on the great East River Bridge, New York is continued vigorously,
about nine hundred men being employed at the present time. The
work upon the superstructure will be continued through the winter,
except in the most severe weather. One thousand tons of steel
are to be delivered this winter. The first suspenders for the
support of the roadway were placed in position last week. All
those for the Brooklyn side will be in position within a week, and
after that hose on the New York side will be placed. There
will be thirteen suspenders on each of the four cables on each side
of both towers, making 204, all of which will be put up during the
winter. The longest measure 128 feet. These suspenders
are of steel wire rope, 1 ¾ inches in diameter, with a socket at
each end. The upper socket is fastened by means of a bolt 1
7/8 inches in diameter to a band of wrought iron five inches wide
and five-eighths of an inch thick, which is bolted to the
cable. At the lower end of the suspenders are two bolts 1 ½
inches in diameter, through cast-iron sockets, by which to attach
the beams to the suspenders. After the beams are in place the
trusses will be erected. The thirteen suspenders to be placed
this winter will extend nearly one hundred feet from the
piers. The cables are to be swayed thirteen feet nearer
together than they are now, the outer ones being brought six and
one-half nearer the center. A strain of twenty-two tons will
be required to draw them together. They will then be connected
at intervals with wire rope stays. This will secure strong
lateral bracing for the whole structure, and add immensely to its
ability to resist the winds. Sixty or seventy men will be
employed during the winter. If all the work that is now laid
out is accomplished, about one hundred feet of the superstructure on
each side of both piers will be completed by spring, except the
flooring plank. Four thousand tons of steel will be used next
summer, in addition to the thousand tons to be used this
A CONDUCTOR'S ROMANCE
Daily News publishes an interesting little romance in the prosaic
life of a Chicago street car conductor. John O'Brien, a handsome
young conductor on the Ogden Avenue line, had among his daily
passengers Miss Fannie Farlin, the adopted daughter of L. P. Chase,
a beautiful and accomplished young lady of twenty-two years, heir to
a considerable property in Minneapolis, attending Scammons High
School. He fell in love with her, and to the most casual
observer it was apparent his affections were reciprocated. His
suit was opposed by the Chase family, whose social position is more
exalted than O'Brien's. He visited her clandestinely.
She always waited for his car would ride out of her way with him,
and when his run for the day was ended they would have a little
promenaded together in spite of Mr. Chase's
Chase went to Superintendent Lake of the West
Side Railway Company and had O'Brien suspended by reporting that he
was passing Miss Farlin and other girls free on his car.
O'Brien told Lake that he had passed no one free, but paid Miss
Farlin's fare and meant to marry her. Mr. Lake, encouraged
him, and said if he succeeded he should have his car again.
The Chases being in the country on Monday evening, O'Brien took Miss
Farlin to Father Cashman's church and they were married. Now
he has his car again, and all his brother conductors are
congratulating him. It is believed that the Chases will
gracefully accept the situation when they return to the city.
A GRANDSON OF DOM PEDRO is to marry a daughter of Dr.
Ayer, the pill man (see advertisement of Ayer's pills.) They
young woman is worth $5,000,000, part of which is paid to us
quarterly for the aforesaid advertisement. - [Peek's Sun]
LADIES BESIEGING THE PRUSSIAN HEADSMAN
Kleine Journal, a daily newspaper recently started in Berlin buy the
Prussian railway king, Dr. Strousberg, is published an interview
recently granted to the writer by Brauts, the state executioner, who
beheaded Hoedel last summer. While "Monsieur de Berlin"
was chatting pleasantly with his visitor about the decapitation of
the would-be regicide - Krauts' first performance as a headsman - a
knock was heard at the door and a footman in splendid livery entered
the room with the request that the Scharfrichter would be pleased to
speak with him for a moment in the passage. Krauts went out
with the lackey, and after a brief interchange of sentences in an
undertone, was heard to say aloud:
"Tell her Excellency the
lady Countess that I am very sorry; but I cannot, dare not, do
Interrogated upon his return by his visitor with
respect to the mission of the mysterious man-servant, he replied
with a smile:
"Oh, it was only a request from one of my
'sympathizers' such as reach me several times a week. You may
often see the handsomest equipages in Berlin standing at the corner
of Mulack-Strausse. They bring me lady visitors, young
and old, pretty and ugly. Yes, yes; many ladies of our highest
aristocracy have called upon me and insisted upon seeing my wife
when I was not at home."
"And what did these ladies
"The merest rubbish. Hair cuttings of
criminals, for instance - a blood-stained pocket-handkerchief, a
morsel of bread from the headsman's breakfast table, or one of my
Krauts himself is a fine young fellow, decorated
with the Iron Cross for valor in the field. Like most
subordinate functionaries in Prussia he was a noncommissioned
officer in the army, and received his present appointment upon his
discharge as a reward for faithful and gallant service. He is
married and the proud father of a fine little boy, the heir-apparent
to his important office.
With a touch of quaint piety he
introduced this lad to his visitor's notice as "his successor,
please God?" and observed that though he had passed an uneasy
night before the morning fixed for Hoedel's execution, when he
looked into his "client's "impudent, sneering face he "thanked God
for making his business so easy to him!"
THINGS HARD TO UNDERSTAND
Why an endless
procession of drinkers from a public dipper will, without exception,
drink close to the handle.
Why half the human race was not
born without hearing and the other half without speech. Then
the talkers might talk on in uninterrupted flow, and the hearers
exercise their especial gift without their present prurience to
Why people will go into society to get bored, when
they can get bored just as well at home.
Why the young lady
who will eagerly chew boarding house mince pie will carefully eschew
boarding house mince-meat.
Why a man's stomach will be so
everlastingly squeamish at home, and at the eating house display a
faith like a grain of mustard seed.
Why a woman will make
excuses for her bread when she knows it is the best she ever made,
and knows her "company" knows it.
Why a "young gentleman"
swears so much louder and more copiously when stranger ladies are
within ear-shot; or in other words,
Why the desire to make
a fool of one's self springs eternal in the human
Why we are so much angrier against him who shows us
our error than him who leads us therein.
Why everybody is
so prompt to answer "How do you do?" when you ask that inevitable
Why you seem to be perfectly satisfied
with the information contained in this echo.
piety strengthens as his health weakens.
Why people will
get married when courtship is so sweet.
Why a man who
claims to have found marrying a delusion will again embrace that
delusion upon the first convenient opportunity.
weather comes during the season when it is least
Why it is so much easier to be polite to people
whom we shall probably never see again than to those whose good
opinion we have reason to cultivate.
CALLS HIMSELF A CHRISTIAN - [New Lisbon
There is a very pious man in town who rents a
miserable old log house and a small lot to a very poor man with a
large family for the modest sum of $5 per month, or $60 per
annum. The house and lot are reasonably worth $100, and no
more. This may be charity from which we want to keep
aloof. This same man prays every night and morning, and
directs the Lord how he should manage this great universe. If
you should ask him about his prospects for heaven, he would tell you
he just awaits the coming of the Lord to be gathered to his fathers.
HE WAS WEARY ON THE DAY OF GRANT'S reception -
completely tired out. He crawled out from a box in the
rear of a San Francisco saloon, and, seeing the flags flying in
every direction, looked upon the scene with horror and
exclaimed: "My God! What have I come to. Here is
the 4th of July - nine months drunk! I am going to Bodie to
brace up." He arrived this morning and immediately sent a
postal card back to his friends dated the 8th of July, 1880. -
[Bodie (Nev.) Standard]
A FLOWER THAT LURES THE ALPINE TOURISTS TO DESTRUCTION
- [Swiss Continent]
Every traveler in Switzerland is
familiar with the tender star-shaped flowers of this curios plant,
whose sage-green blossoms are stuck into the hat of every guide, and
are collected with rare ingenuity by the importunate little rascals
who race the carriages on the road, or start out like rabbits from
the bushes as the pedestrian begins his solitary climb. The plant is
scarce and very partial. It is found in the ------.' seldom in
the Bernese Oberland, and has particular corners and mountains that
it loves to effect. This scarcity and partiality gave to the
Edelweiss a somewhat unhealthy notoriety. The rarer it became
the more ambitious were the excursionists to obtain a spring.
Some years ago every cockney hat was adorned with the curious bloom,
feathered, as its botanical name implies, like an old man's beard,
and it was no longer a sign of patience and endurance to wear this
pretty badge that hitherto had denoted a long climb and patient
search. When tourists began to brand the alpenstocks down in
the valley with the name of a mountain whose base they touched, but
whose tops they never attempted to reach, then was Edelweiss sold by
the handful at Interlaken, Chamouni, and Grindelwald, and the
guides, porters and boys were tempted to rifle the mountains of
their peerless flowers. When the rage for art greens came upon
us in full force, aesthetic young ladies flattered themselves that a
wreath of the soft petals would look becoming in the hair, and some
went so far as to appear at fancy balls in the character of The Alps
smothered in Edelweiss. As for the flower itself, it was not
so courteous and graceful as the Indian plant of beauty that raises
up its head and opens at the approach of a woman. On the
contrary, it refused to be in any way gracious at the touch of the
female botanist, and sternly declined to be transplanted. The
more obstinate was the Edelweiss, the more determined became the
ladies, and they purchased it by the root, carefully tended it
during the journey home, nursed it across the sea, watched it at
every railway station, and handed it to the family gardener, in
order to hear in a few days that the plant, sickening and sighing
for its mountain home, had refused to exist in England with the aid
of any artificial process.
There have been only one or two
very rare and exceptional cases where the Edelweiss was induced to
live and give forth flowers in England, and then the result was only
obtained by a system of nursing that would have worn out the
majority of botanists. At last the Swiss Government determined
to put down by law the wholesale destruction of this popular
flower. It was rapidly disappearing altogether from the
country, when an enactment made it penal to take a plant up by the
roots. The dignity and importance of legislation gave a new
impetus to the interest that was attached to the plant, and going in
search of the Edelweiss become as attractive a source of danger as
any to be found in Switzerland. Unaccompanied by guides and
straying from the beaten tracks, more than one tourist has risked
his life, and several have been already killed, in the quest.
AN ENGLISH BETTING MAN - [London Truth]
story has often been told of the late Mr. Davies which, unluckily,
would not apply to any book-maker of the present day. At the
close of a Derby race while settling an item of 500 pounds on the
losing side of his book a bet remained unclaimed. On making
inquiry he found that this particular creditor had
"What am I to do with the money then?" he asked of
the person who gave him the news.
"Keep it, to be
"Has he no relatives?"
"Yes he has left a
widow and children."
"You must be a blockhead to suggest
such a thing," he answered, and he did not rest until he had paid
the widow the money.
It would be well for the turf if we
heard nowadays of such sentiments and such actions. There was
no pettifogging about Davies. He at once offered a fair price
when approached by a backer, and neither haggled himself nor
permitted it in others. No one ver before laid such bets, and
most certainly no one ever will again. He laid D'Orsay Clark
100,000 pounds to 1,000 pounds against Vandermulin for the Derby,
the horse stating at six to one. He was always ready to meet
his liabilities at the earliest moment, and at the same time
expected and insisted upon prompt and full payment from his
debtors. He never permitted the disgraceful compromises which
now take place almost weekly, and, better still, he suffered no man
to bet in the ring who owed him money. It would be well if
this excellent rule were revived and enforced in these day s of
plunging, lying, and thieving.
THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT M. VICTOR MEYER, of Zurich, had
decomposed chlorine, must be received with some caution, as he
himself does not appear to be altogether convinced, and the
discovery has not yet been confirmed. It is certain, however,
that when chlorine heated to 1,200 deg. C. and more, undergoes some
change implying that it is a compound body.
THERE NEVER WAS such a prospect for a terribly hard
winter. The goose bone is black clear through; the corn husks
are thick enough for shingles; New Zealand is asking for more
missionaries, and boarding houses are cutting their pies in nine
A BACHELOR'S GROWL - [Somerville Journal]
you say to me, sir? What! Me marry!
Become a Benedict, sir
me? - and may be
In future be obliged at night to carry
an icy floor a squalling baby
Or be roused up from sleep by son
With, "Paps, please, I want a drink of water!"
Or, what is worse than that, some winter morning
awakened from my sleep - O fate most dire!
When frosted trees the
windows are adorning
With, "John, get up at once and make the
And learn - Oh, no, I don't think I'll begin
To dodge a
flat iron or rolling pin!
Get married! When I know that ever y
Will have the last word, be she old or young
obliged, whene'er a storm is coming
To leave the house, or sit
and hold my tongue?
Or be obliged, whenever I provoke her,
dodge the wood-ax or the kitchen poker?
Let those who love such exercises marry;
But I in
single life still mean to tarry.
The fashionable society wedding is described as being
stiffer than a printing office towel.
If merchants would employ girls for collectors there
would be fewer unpaid bills in the land - [Modern Arao.]
Take care of your minutes; ours will take care of
themselves - [Puck] Who seconds this? [Boston Post] That
strikes one as pretty good. Time.
Children taught to believe that God will give them
anything they ask for, with a hand-sled waiting to answer their
prayer for a sled, will grow up to think lightly of God - [Golden
"Whenever I see a real hansum woman engaged in the
woman's rights bizziness, I am going to take off mi hat and jine the
processhun." - [Josh Billings]
The new governess - "Now, I suppose you know that
there are three times as much water as land upon the surface of the
earth? Tommy - "I should think so, indeed! Look at the
puddles!" - [Punch]
If Jacob's ladder was now to be placed against the
entrance of Heaven you couldn't induce anybody to ascend it.
An opposition elevator would get all the passenger traffic -
He that giveth good advice builds with one hand; he
that gives good counsel and example builds the other; but he that
gives good admonition and bad example builds with one hand and pulls
down with the other.
You can train the eye to see all the bright places in
your life, and so lip over the hard ones with surprising ease.
You can also train the eye to rest on the gloomy spots, in utter
forgetfulness of all that is bright and beautiful.
The study of literature nourishes youth, entertains
old age, adorns prosperity, solaces adversity, is delightful at
home, unobtrusive abroad, deserts us not by day nor by night, in
journeying nor in refinement.
We do not like to find fault with Father Noah.
We believe he did the very best he could under the
circumstances. But his posterity would have been just as wells
satisfied had he pushed off and left a pair of rats on the wharf. -
By a virtuous emulation, the spirit of a man is
exalted within him. He formeth good designs, and rejoiceth in
the execution thereof. But the heart of the envious man is
gall and bitterness. His tongue spitteth venom. The
success of his neighbor breaketh his rest.
The Sandwich Island alphabet has 12 letters; the
Burmese 21, the Hebrew, Syriac, Chaldee and the Samaritan 22 each;
the French 23, the Greek 23, the Latin 25, the German, Dutch, and
English 26 each, the Spanish 27, the Arabic 28, the Persian 32, the
Russian 41, the Sanscrit 50, the Ethiopic 202.
The British ship City of Bristol, belonging to the
Inman Line, went through the jetties at New Orleans on the 21st of
October, drawing twenty-four feet seven inches of water. The
tide was four inches below the average. Since that date the
largest cargo of cotton ever shipped at New Orleans safely passed
Accounts from Australia announce the appearance of the
phylloxera among the vines. The Beedigo journals advise the
government to purchase the vineyards of Geelong and have then
destroyed. The New South Wales and South Australian
Governments have been asked to join in this movement. The sum
estimated for the purpose is about 30,000 lbs.
A bold bad burglar recently broke into the house of an
editor in the watches of the night. The editor awakened and
questioned the intruder: "What do you here? What look
you for?" Said the burglar gruffly, "Money: "Hold on a minute"
quoth the editor, "and I will help you. I've been looking
myself for it ten years, but perhaps the two of us may have better
luck." Then was the burglar disgusted, but the editor called
it a joke and insisted that the burglar ought to set'em up.
Why is a handsome woman like a locomotive? No-
you're wrong. It is not because she sometimes draws a long
train; it is not because she indulges in "sparks"; it is not because
she has something to do with a switch; it is not because she
transports the males; it is not because she may have a head light;
it - in fact, a handsome woman is not like a locomotive - not even
when she is a little "fast" and blows up her husband. - [Norristown
THE VERNON CLIPPER
ALEXANDER COBB, Editor &
ALEX. A. WALL, Publisher
$1.50 per annum
FEBRUARY 6, 1880
The only vow that a young lady in Marion County, Fla.,
made on the opening of the new year that before the year ended she
would get married, by jingo.
W. S. TOMAS, who resides near Elizabethtown, Tenn.,
has two sons, one thirteen years old and weighing 351 pounds, the
other seven years old and weighing 173 pounds.
Two young men out riding were passing a far house
where a farmer was trying to harness a mule - "Won't he draw?" asked
one of the horsemen. "Of course he will" said the
farmer. "He draws the attention of every fool that passes this
way." The young men drove on.
J. R. HOLLOWAY, of Marion County, Tenn., grew 1,500
bushels of peanuts last year, and considered it a very profitable
crop. Everything about the peanut can be utilized. The
vines and leaves make a most excellent fodder, and are eaten by all
kinds of cattle with evident relish.
The steamer Charmer, plying between New Orleans and
Shreveport, was destroyed by fire last Sunday. She had a large
cargo, consisting of 2,105 bales of cotton, 60 bushels of molasses,
and sundry soil or articles, all of which were destroyed. She
had on board 104 passengers, all of whom were saved. Seven of
the boat hands were lost. The cargo was valued at $120,000.
Here is another piece of ancient weather wisdom
applicable to the present year. It is from the "Husbandman's
Practice or Prognostications for Ever as teacheth Albert, Alkind,
Haly and Ptolemy" a rare old book published in 1865. This
particular prognostication is from the day of the week on which
If it falls on Thursday the winter shall
be very good with rain; and Lent windy; a very good summer, and a
misty harvest with rain and cold; and there shall be much corn,
fruit, and all things shall abound on earth, and wine with oil, and
tallow shall be plenty, but yet very little honey.
allusion to wine and oil suggest a Continental or Eastern origin for
this saw; but whenever it came from the mild and rainy weather has
made a good start toward its fulfillment.
THE CASE OF THE STATE against Dr. PALMER, charged with
the murder of Col. SALISBURY, which was tried in Russell Circuit
Court last week was submitted to the jury at 10 ½ o'clock Saturday
night and a verdict of "not guilty" was returned into the Court at
10 o'clock Sunday morning. There were material contradictions
in the testimony for the State, and the issues were so confused that
there was but little expectation that the defendant would be
convicted. The killing of Col. SALISBURY constitutes a dark
record in the criminal annals of the State and we trust we may not
again be called upon to chronicle so deplorable an occurrence -
The Demopolis News says: A negro named LEWIS
GREEN, secreted himself in the store of MESSRS. J. MARX & Co.,
last Tuesday night, and carried off a lot of goods through the back
door which he opened from the inside. Marshal Monnier found
the goods the nest morning at the house of FRANCIS MARKHAM,
colored. There are too many about this place who depend upon
making a living without work, and these idlers are bound to come to
grief. LEWIS will probably get a term in the penitentiary, and
others in his line of business should take warning.
THE USES OF THE POTATO
In France the farina
is largely used for culinary purposes. The famous gravies,
sauces, and soups of France are largely indebted for their
excellence to that source, and the bread and pastry equally so,
while a great deal of the so-called cognac, imported into England
from France, is distilled from the potato. Throughout Germany
the same uses are common. In Poland the manufacture of spirits
from the potato is a most excellent trade. "Setting brandy,"
well known in commerce, is largely imported into England, and is
sent from thence to many of our foreign possessions as the produce
of the grape, and is placed on many a table of England as the same;
while the fair ladies of our country perfume themselves with the
spirit of potato under the designation of "eau de Cologne."
But there are other uses which this esculent is turned to
abroad. After extracting the farina, the pulp is manufactured
into ornamental articles, such a s picture frames, snuff boxes, and
several descriptions of toys, and water that runs from it in the
process of manufacture is a most valuable scourer.
perfectly cleansing woolens and such like articles, it is the
housewife's panacia; and if the washerwoman happens to have
chilblains she becomes cured by the operation.
are aware of the great demand for potato flour, and of the almost
unlimited extent of the market that can be found for this product,
which is simply the dry evaporated pulp of the ordinary potato - the
whiter and more free from black specks the better. It is used
for sizing and other manufacturing purposes, and by
precipitation and with the aid of acid is turned into starch.
In Europe it meets with large and increasing demand in its primitive
state, as potato flour, and in Lancanshire alone 20,000 tons ware
sold annually, and as many more would be taken if put on the
market. When calcines it is used largely for silk dressing and
other purposes. At present the quotation for potato flour in
Liverpool is nearly double that of wheat flour. Consignments
to Liverpool are solicited by the brokers there, who promise to take
all that can be furnished.
During the Franco-German war the
French Government purchased all the farina it could secure and mixed
it with wheaten flour in "potato cakes" for the army. farina
at that time rose to 40 pounds a ton, and even the supply fell far
short of the demand. Since then an increased amount of farina
has been regularly consumed. In France, and farina mils
have correspondingly multiplied in that country. The
manufacture of potato flour is so simple, and the results so
methodical, that it requires very little experience to reach a
satisfactory issue. The potatoes are steeped in water from six
to twelve hours to soften the dirt and other matter adhering after
which they are thoroughly washed by mechanical means with the aid of
either steam or water power. They are then reduced to a pulp
by a rasping or grinding process in a properly constructed
mill. A small stream of water is caused to flow on the upper
surface of the rasp or grinder, to keep it clean of accumulation of
pulp. From the grinder the pulp falls into a washing machine,
through which the farina is forced by revolving brushes, the coarser
pulp being thrown out at lateral openings. The granules of
farina pass into a trough, and are conducted to vats, where the
farina is permitted to deposit. After the proper number of
filtrations, and depositions have occurred, until the last
deposit, which is pure white farina, the latter becomes of
sufficient consistency to cut into lumps, and place, either
unsupported or in conical wire cases to dry. The drying
process can be accomplished in a building supplied with shelves, and
capable of being heated from 60 degrees, at which the farina begins
to dry, up to 212 degrees, which is as high a temperature as it will
require. The heating apparatus may be such as is most
convenient. In Europe the farina is packed in 200 to 212 pound
fine sacks, but flour barrels are said to be preferable, as the wood
protects it from damage, and allows it to get transported safely to
the most distant regions. - [The Journal of Applied Science]
It is not probable that any of the public land in this
section will find a purchaser at the land sales, which commence at
Huntsville, on the 17th of February. It cannot be sold for
less than $1.25 per acre, and nobody will give so much for it.
For the information of those who purpose entering land, we will
state that no applications for entry under the Homestead law will be
received during the continuance of the sales, which will last two
weeks. After that time entries will be resumed as heretofore.
The Pikeville saloon men have reduces the price of
whisky to five cents a glass, and still many of our people are not
ELISHA VICKERY, our accommodating and efficient County
Superintendent of Education, has been reappointed to that office by
the State Superintendent. MR. BOX has put the right man in the
Pikeville will soon have a daily mail from Aberdeen.
RILEY S. BOTTOMS, Esq., has been appointed a Notary
Public and ex-officio Justice of the Peace in the Hackelburg
Beat. MR. BOTTOMS will make a good officer.
MR. ALEXANDER HUEY, a very worthy citizen who lived in
the neighborhood of the Toll Gate in this county, died suddenly on
the 25th of January. He was in the woods with some neighbors
chopping, and after hauling, sat on a log for awhile to rest, he
complained of being thirsty, and rose from his seat, when he fell on
his face and expired instantly. Deceased was a brother of MR.
WM. HUEY, of Lamar County.
DON'T CUT THE STRING
Said one of the most
successful merchants of Cleveland, Ohio, a day or two since, to a
lad who was opening a parcel: "Young man, untie those strings
- don't cut them."
It was the first remark he had made to a
new employee. It was the first lesson the lad had to learn,
and it involved the principles of success or failure in a business
career. Pointing to a well-dressed man behind the counter, he
"There is a man who always whips out his scissors and
cuts the strings off the package in three or four places. He
is a good salesman, but will never be anything more. I presume
he lives from hand to mouth, and presume is more or less in
debt. The trouble with him is that he was never taught to
save. I told the boy just now to untie the string not so much
for the value of the string as to teach him that everything is to be
saved and nothing wasted. If the idea can be firmly impressed
upon the mind of a beginning in life that nothing was made to be
wasted, you have laid the foundation of success.
of this little incident is self-evident. A young man well
brought up with a fair education, seeks employment in a business
house. The habit of waste in little things is noticeable, and
becomes a drawback on his value and usefulness to his
employer. The disregard of saving strings and paper develops
into a careless ness that runs through all his habits. He does
not get on in the world because he is wasteful. Small sums of
money slip through his fingers almost unconsciously because they are
small. He wastes time by the minute, without a thought of the
old adage, "Take care of the minutes and those hours will take care
Sitting in the counting room of one of
Cleveland's oldest and most successful merchants the other day, we
noticed that he cut off the blank sheet of the letters he was
engaged in filling. The name of this man is synonym of charity
and benevolence and his liberality in all good works is almost
unbounded. His attention being called to what seemed an
unusual proceeding, he said:
"Yes, it may strike you as
singular to save these half-sheets of paper, but I began life a poor
boy in a country store and this was one of the first lessons in
saving little things that was taught me by my employer. He has
been nearly half a century under the sod, but I never do this
without thinking of the good old man. I believe it was the
secret of my success in life."
This saving of little things
does not imply stinginess or meanness. It is simply the habit
of saving instead of wasting. It is embodied in the motto,
"Waste not, want not." Therefore we say, don't cut the
Detroit Male and Female School in fine headway under
the control of our much esteemed PROF. J. F. WHITE. Many young
men and ladies in attendance from a distance.
J. F. WHITE & CO., are doing fine mercantile
business, are now receiving new goods and have many more on the way.
DAVIDSON & CO., have ordered a large stock of
goods, will soon as received have a general assortment.
CANTRELL & NORTHINGTON, a new firm just opened
have a well selected stock of groceries and dry goods. Both
business young men and will add much to our town.
Our doctors say it is distressingly healthy now, which
we hope will be no disadvantage.
Our farmers are wide awake, gone to work clearing up
and making ready for the planting of another crop.
We had a very heavy wind on Thursday night, the 22d
inst., no damage except unroofed the barn and stables of JOHN H.
HAMILTON in this place.
A FOLDED LEAF
A folded page, old, stained and
I found within your book last night,
I did not read
the dim dark word
I saw in the slow-waning light
So put it
back, and left it there,
As if, in truth, I did not care.
Ah, We all have a folded leaf
That in Times' book
of long ago
We leave; a half-relief
Falls on us when we hide
We fold it down, then turn away,
And who may read that
Not you, my child. nor you, my wife,
Who sit beside
my study chair
For all have something in their life
and they alone, may bear
A trifling lie, a deadly sin,
something bought they did not win.
My folded leaf! How blue eyes gleam,
dark-brown eyes I see
And golden curls at evening beam
the black locks at my knee
Ah me! That leaf is folded
And aye for me the locks are brown.
And yet I love them who sit by,
By best and dearest
- dearest now,
They many not know for what I sigh,
the shadow at my brow.
Ghosts at the best, so let them be,
come between my life and me!
They only rise at twilight hour
So light the lamp
and close the blind
Small perfume lingers in the flower
sleeps that folded page behind
So let it ever folded
"Twill be unfolded when I die!
Many persons know it, but some do not, that a pretty
and easily grown window plant may be obtained by soaking a round
piece of coarse sponge in warm water until it is thoroughly
expanded. After squeezing it about half dry, place in the
openings millet, red clover, and barley grass seeds, rice, and
oats. Hang the sponge in a window where the sun shines a part
of the day, and sprinkle it lightly with water every morning for a
week. Soon tender leaves will shoot out, and growing rapidly,
will form a drooping mass of living green. If regularly
sprinkled, it will later be dotted with the blossoms of the clover
BURRIS & BRO. No. 49 Main Street Columbus,
Miss. We have now in store a full stock of general merchandise
which we offer for sale very low, for the cash. Thankful for
the liberal patronage heretofore extended to us, we hope by selling
our goods much lower than in the past to be able to add largely to
our already numerous list of patrons. Call and see our mammoth
SHELL & BURDINE, Wholesale and retail
druggist's, Aberdeen, Mississippi. Are daily receiving at
their Drug Store a very large stock of fresh goods of all kinds
usually kept in a first class drug house, and will sell at bottom
prices, for cash. All we ask is to give us a trial and we
guarantee you will not go away dissatisfied for we are determined to
sell goods so low that it will astonish you.
JOHN D. MORGAN. Wholesale and retail dealer in
dry goods, staple and fancy groceries, hardware, wooden ware, willow
ware, crockery ware, and tin ware. Boots and shoes, hats and
caps. Plantation supplies, etc. would announce to his friends
and patrons of Lamar and Fayette Counties, that he has in store, and
is daily receiving one of the largest and best selected stocks of
goods in the city, and invites everybody to call before buying
elsewhere and examine his immense stock. It is no trouble to
show goods, and when you look, you will be sure to buy for he keeps
none but first class goods, and will not be under sold by any home
in the city. Columbus, Miss. July 11th, 1879. J.
S. ROBERTSON is with the above house, and would be pleased to serve
his many friends at anytime.
DR. J. D. RUSH, with ERVIN AND BILLUPS, successors to
M. W. HATCH; dealers in drugs, medicines, whiskey, tobacco, cigars,
&c. Corner Main and Market Street. Columbus,
NATHAN BROTHERS dealers in whiskies, brandies, wines,
cigars, tobaccos and pipes. Our Motto: Quick Sales and
Small Profits. Columbus, Mississippi.
(engraving of possibly Santa Claus with huge ELGIN
BUDER BROTHERS, watch makers, and manufacturing jewelers,
and dealers in diamonds, fine watches, jewelry and silverware.
Repairing done neatly and warranted. Under Gilmer Hotel, No.
43 Main ST, Columbus, Miss.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1880
For Rent or sale. Good farm of two hundred and
ten acres, about seventy acres cleared; good dwellings, stables,
well and spring. Good fences with little improving, in two
miles of Vernon. A bargain will be given. For terms
apply to the editor of this paper.
Married. At the residence of the bride's father
in Monroe County, Miss., Jan. 29th, by Rev. J. J. CROW, MR. CHARLES
A. BOOKER to MISS SAVANNAH SPRINGFIELD.
PROF. RICHARDSON'S school is still prospering, several
students from abroad have swelled the ranks of pupils to fifty.
We were pleased to see our handsome friend, JOHN RAY
of Millville in town Monday last.
Winter ahs at last put in an appearance, and for three
mornings we have seen his frosty mantle over-spreading the face of
CAPT. S. J. SHIELDS will speak at Brock's store on
Saturday the 14th inst.
We regret to learn that DR. W. A. BROWN is quite sick,
hope he soon recover.
As an evidence of returning prosperity to our town it
is a significant fact that every dwelling house will soon be
Saturday last was a lively day for the "B'ys' and a
lucrative one for the city treasury.
MR. JAMES GRANT, a wealthy, childless citizen of Iowa,
has brought up in his house, educated, and set up in business
fifteen orphan boys.
A man named SEAY, in Montague County, Texas, after
killing NEWTON LADD, and MR. TUBBS, killed himself.
MISS LIZZIE HAMMOND, a pretty white girl of eighteen
years has been sentenced to the Virginia Penitentiary for horse
Sixty-seven convicts were discharged from the Kentucky
Penitentiary on Friday, on account of ill-health and the bad
sanitary conditions of that institution.
For the celebrated Jamaica Cotton Seed, call on COL.
K. T. BROWN, at DR. W. A. BROWN'S office. Prince in pint
packages 50 cents.
The remains of HON. JOHNTHAN BLISS, who died up North
last Summer, were carried through Eutaw last week en route for
MR. JAS. MACE has moved into the Gillum House.
A good boot and shoemaker is needed in town.
NEW EDITION. Webster's Unabridged. 1328
pages, 3000 engravings. four pages colored plates. New
added, a supplement of over 4600 new words and meaning, including
such as have come into use during the past fifteen years - many of
which have never before found a place in any English
dictionary. Also added, a new Biographical Dictionary of over
9700 names of noted persons, ancient and modern, including many now
living, giving name, pronunciation, nationality, profession and date
of each. Get the latest. New edition contains a
supplement of over 4600 new words and meaning. Each new word
in supplement has been selected and defined with great care.
With Biographical Dictionary, now added of over 9700 names of noted
persons. Get the best. Edition of the best dictionary of
the English Language ever published. Definitions have always
been conceded to be better than in any other dictionary.
Illustrations. 3,000, about three times as many of in any other
dictionary. The dict'y recommended by State Sup'ts of 35
states, and 50 College Pres'ts. In schools - about 32,000 have
been placed in public schools in the U. S. Only English Dictionary
containing a biographical dictionary - this gives the name with
pronunciation and date of over 9700 persons. Published by G.
& C. Merriam, Springfield, Mo. Also Webster's National Pictorial
Dictionary. 1040 pages Octave, 600 Engravings.
The citizens of Huntsville and Madison County propose
to publish a pamphlet of about 25 or 30 pages describing the lands,
minerals, water power manufacturing facilities, markets, climate and
social advantages, and everything pertaining to the interests of
Senator-elect MAHONE, of Virginia, was famous for his
daring as a Confederate leader. He never wore a sword while in
command, always forgot his pistol, and went into action with nothing
in his hands or in his pockets, wearing generally a loose blouse of
gray flannel which his soldiers called his "fighting jacket."
Dadesville Democrat: There is a lady in Eufaula
Beat whose name is DUPRIEST, the mother of F. M. SMITH, who is a
well known gentleman. She is now 97 years old, and is yet able
to do her house affairs. She can cook a meal's victuals, or
walk two or three miles to see a neighbor.
lived in Virginia at the time of the Revolutionary War. She
was a grown young woman, engaged to be married, at that time.
She died at 120 years old, since the last war, about 1868. She
could remember well all about the Revolutionary War, and tell many
of its scenes and trials, and was perfect healthy until her death,
and even when she died, was not at all sick, made no complaint, but
was found dead in her bed.
The State of Alabama, Lamar
In Chancery. At Vernon, Alabama
Western Chancery Division
ANNA WALKER, by next friend, ELIJAH
GREEN WALKER, Defendant
cause, it is made to appear to the Register by the affidavit of D.
J. MCCLUSKY, Solicitor for complainant that the defendant GREEN
WALKER is a non resident of this State, and post office is unknown
to complainant or her solicitor, and further, that, in the belief of
said affiant, the defendant is over the age of twenty-one
It is therefore ordered, by the Register, that
publication be made in the Vernon Clipper a newspaper published in
the county of Lamar once a week for four consecutive weeks,
requiring him the said GREEN WALKER to plead, answer or demur to the
bill of complaint in this cause by the 4th day of March A. D. 1880
or, in thirty days thereafter, a decree pro confesso may be taken
against him. Done at office, in vacation this 4th day of
JAS. M. MORTON, Register
We are authorized to announce D. V. LAWRENCE a
candidate for re-election to the office of County Treasurer, at the
August election in 1880.
Under the following considerations I declare myself a
candidate for Sheriff, &c. of Lamar County at the ensuing
election. 1st. I was born and raised a freeman in this
county. 2nd. By standing in defense of my country I was
mangled by the enemies missiles. 3rd. I was incarcerated
in prison under false charges preferred against and finally
ruined. 4th. I am willing to submit my claims to a
Convention of the Democratic Party. Respectfully.
J. A. DARR
We are authorized to announce B. H. WILKERSON a
candidate for the office of Sheriff and Tax Collector of Lamar
County at the ensuing August election, subject to the action of the
Hotel. The undersigned is prepared to
accommodate boarders, either by day or the month at very reasonable
rates. Strict attention given to transient customers. L.
M. WIMBERLEY, Proprietor, Vernon, Ala.
PIANOS & ORGANS. From Factory to Purchaser,
every man his own agent. Ludder & Bates Grand
Introduction….(Too small to read)
Pictures made in cloudy and rainy as well as clear
weather at ECHARD'S Photograph Headquarters at his gallery,
Columbus, Miss. 8 Card Ferrotypes, for $1.00. 1 doz.
Card Photographs for $2.50. Special attention given to Family
Groups and copying Old pictures to any size.
By virtue of an order of the
Probate Court of Lamar County, Alabama made on the 7th day of
January 1880, I as the administrator of WILLIAM WALKER deceased will
sell at the late residence of said WILLIAM WALKER the following
tract of land to wit: 20 acres on north end of NE ¼ of SE ¼
and NE ¼ and NW ¼ of SE ½, Sec. 35 and SW ¼ of NW ¼, Sec. 26 T 17,
R16. Sale will be on the 7th day of February next, and will be
sold on a credit of twelve months from the day of sale, and will be
subject to the widows dower. Parties purchasing will be
required to give note and good security for the purchase money, and
lien will be retained on the land until the purchase money is
paid. This 9th day of January, 1880.
Cuban Chill Tonic is the great Chill King. It
cures Chills and Fever of every type, from the shaking Agues of the
North to the burning Fevers of the Torrid Zone. It is the
great standard. It cures Billiousness and liver Complaint and
roots out diseases. Try it - if you suffer it will cure you
and give you health. Sold by your druggists. W. L.
MORTON & BRO.
MALE AND FEMALE SCHOOL - Detroit, Lamar County, Ala.,
will commence, Jan. 19th 1880 and continue eight months.
Tuition per month of 20 days, $1.50, $2.00, $2.50, $3.00.
Board can be obtained with private families at $7 per month.
For particulars, address J. F. WHITE, Principal.
Remember when you visit Aberdeen, to go to the house
of Louis Roy and examine his stock. That popular house has a
great name for integrity and honesty, and never uses humbug.
Every article of dry goods shoes and boots, clothing, hats, and
fancy goods is fresh, and warranted to give satisfaction.
PARENTS READ THIS. Nine-tenths of the sickness
of childhood is caused by worms. Thousands of children die
yearly from worms in the stomach that could have been saved by the
timely use of Parker's Santonine Worm Lozenges. They save
thousands of children. They drive out the worms without
pain. They cleanse the stomach, and make the little ones bloom
and blossom as the rose. The are the finest and best medicine
ever made. Thousands of parents all over the land use nothing
but Parker's Lozenges. Buy nothing but Parker's. Give no
other Worm Medicine to children but Parker's Lozenges. They
are the cheapest, best, and safest. Sold by your druggists, W.
L. Morton & Bro.
$5 to $20 per day at home. Sample worth $5
free. Address Stinson & Co., Portland, Maine.
State of Alabama, Lamar
Probate Court, Special Term, January 13, 1880
matter of the guardianship of PELINA E. WILLIAMS, this day came
THOMAS MOLLOY and filed his account and vouchers in final settlement
of his guardianship of said minor's estate, whereupon it is ordered
by the court that the 6th day of February next be a day set for
making said settlement, when and where all parties interested can
contest the same if they think proper.
COBB, Judge of Probate
State of Alabama, Lamar
Probate Court, ----20th, 1880
In the matter of the
estate of SAMUEL J. MORDICAI, deceased, this day came MARTHA L.
MORDICAI, administratrix of said estate and filed her account and
vouchers in annual settlement of her administration when the 3rd day
of February next was set for passing upon said account, when and
where all parties interested can contest the same is they think
ALEXANDER COBB, Judge of Probate
J. L. RANSOM, of North Alabama with Settle &
Kainnaird, manufacturers of and wholesale dealers in boots and
shoes, Nashville, Tenn. Orders solicited and carefully filled.
GEO. W. RUSH with N. GROSS & CO., Columbus,
Miss. Wholesale and retail dealers in fancy dress, and staple
dry goods & ready made clothing, boots, shoes, hats, notions,
etc. Will be glad to see his old friends and all new ones who
may be pleased to call upon him. No trouble to show goods, on
the contrary, it will be a pleasure, whether you buy or not.
Satisfaction guaranteed, as to articles bought and prices.
BILL HAMILTON with ROY & BRO., wholesale and
retail dealer in dry goods, notions, clothing, boots, shoes, hats,
&c. Aberdeen, Miss. Highest price paid for cotton.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE OF U. S. MAILS
Mail by way of Caledonia arrives Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays at
11 o'clock a.m. Leave same days at 1 p.m.
Arrived on Wednesday and Saturday at 12 p.m. and leaves same
days at 1 p.m.
MOUNT CALM MAIL
Leaves Wednesday at 7 a.m.
arrives Thursday at 2 p.m.
Arrives Fridays at 6
p.m., leaves Saturdays at 6 a.m.
SCHEDULE OF MOBILE & OHIO R.
Train leaves 6:30 am
arrives 9:30 am
Train leaves 3:20
Train arrives 6:30 pm
Train goes through to
Starkville on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
going South at 4 o'clock p.m., returns at 8 p.m.
going North at 7 o'clock a.m., return at 11 o'clock a.m.
MCQUISTON & HEISEN, Cotton Factors and Commission
Merchants 96 & 98 Commerce St., Aberdeen, Miss. Farmers
will make money by letting MCQUISSTON & HEISEN sell their cotton
when they come to the city.
R. A. HONEA & SON, Wholesale and retail dealers in
staple and fancy groceries, Aberdeen, Miss. We would
respectfully inform our friends, and the public generally, that we
are at our old Stand next door to J. W. ECKFORD & Bro. (Old
Presbyterian Block) and have in store and will keep constantly on
hand a large and well selected stock of staple and fancy
groceries. Bagging and ties, corn, oats, wheat bran, &c.,
which we will sell at rock bottom figures for cash. R. F. RAY,
of Detroit, Ala. is salesman.
M. W. MORTON. W. L. MORTON. DR.
W. L. MORTON & BRO., Physicians & Surgeons. Vernon,
Lamar Co, Ala. Tender their professional services to the
citizens of Lamar and adjacent country. Thankful for patronage
heretofore extended, we hope to merit a respectable share in the
future. Drug Store.
DR. G. C. BURNS, Vernon, Ala. Offers his professional
services to the citizens of Vernon and vicinity.
Masonic: Vernon, Lodge No. 389, meets on the 1st
Saturday of each month, at 7 p.m.
FRANCIS JUSTICE, Attorney at
Law and Solicitor in Chancery, Pikeville, Marion Co., Alabama Will
practice in all the Courts of the 3rd Judicial District.
SAMUEL J. SHIELDS, Attorney at Law and Solicitor in
Chancery, Vernon, Ala., Will practice in the counties of Lamar,
Fayette, Marion, and the Courts of the 3rd Judicial District.
JNO. D. MCCLUSKY, Attorney at Law and Solicitor in
Chancery, Vernon, Ala. Will practice in the counties of Lamar,
Fayette, Marion, and the Courts of the 3rd Judicial Circuit.
Special attention given to the collection of claims, and matters of
EARNEST & EARNEST. W. S.
EARNEST GEO. S. EARNEST. Attorneys at Law
and Solicitors in Chancery, Birmingham & Vernon, Ala. Will
practice in the Counties of this Judicial Circuit.
NESMITH & SANFORD. T. B. NESMITH, Vernon,
Ala. JOHN B. SANFORD, Fayette C. H. Attorneys at
Law. Partners in the Civil practice in the counties of Fayette
and Lamar. Will practice separately in the adjoining
counties. THOS. B. NESMITH. Solicitor for the 3rd
Judicial Circuit. Vernon, Lamar Co., Ala.
ALEXANDER COBB & SON, Dealers in ready made
clothing, dress goods, jeans, domestics, calicoes, silks, satins,
millinery, embroidery, notice, &c. Hats, caps, boots,
shoes, saddles, bridles, leather, &c. Tin, wooden, Hard
and glass wares, crockery, &c. Salt, flour, meal, bacon,
lard, soda, coffee, molasses, &c.
County Court - Meets on the 1st
Monday in each month.
Probate Court - Meets on 2nd Monday
in each month.
Commissioner's Court - Meets on the 2nd Monday in
February, April, July, and November.
W. A. MUSGROVE and I. H. SANDERS
ALEXANDER COBB - Judge of
D. J. LACY, Sheriff and Tax Collector
W. G. MIDDLETON,
JAMES M. MORTON, Register in Chancery
J. E. PENNINGTON, Tax Assessor
W. G. RICHARDS W. M.
J. J. BRANYAN J. A. COLLINS
TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION
One copy one
One copy six months $1.00
One inch, one insertion $1.00
each subsequent insertion .50
twelve months 10.00
One inch, six
One inch, three
Two inches, twelve
Two inches, six
Two inches, three
Quarter Column 12
Half Column 12
One Column, 12
One Column, 3
One Column, 6
Professional Cards $10.00
advertisements in local columns will be charged double rates.
Advertisements collectable after first insertion. Local
notices 10 cents per line. Obituaries, tributes of respect,
etc. making over ten lines, charged advertising rates.
$72 a week, $12 a day at home easily made.
Costly outfit free. Address True & Co., Augusta, Maine.
Bring your job printing to the CLIPPER. We print
all kinds of blanks, deeds, mortgages, law briefs, cards, tags,
circulars, bill heads, letter heads, note heads, statements, poster
work. We propose to do all kinds of job printing as neat and
as cheap as any city, either North or South, and our work is equal
to any. When you want any kind of job printing done, please
don't fail to examine our specimens before going elsewhere.
Blank Waive Notes for sale at this Office.
The Light Running New Home (picture of sewing
machine). A model of simplicity, Strength and Beauty, Never
gets out of order. A pattern of perfection. Makes no
noise. Does not fatigue the operator. Latest.
Improved. Best. Agents wanted. Johnson, Clarke,
& o., 30 Union Square, New York City. Orange, Mass.
THE SOUTHERN FARMER
TOPICS FOR THE FARM
Give the potato ashes, lime, superphosphat, bone,
flour or plaster.
See to it that your sheep are properly cared for, lest
you have cold wether on your farms.
A new kind of sweet potato is cultivated in Kern
County, Cal, picked specimens of which weight from fifteen to
eighteen and twenty-two pounds.
For the first crop it is often supposed that soluble
phosphate (i.e. super-phosphate or bone or mineral phosphate
dissolved in sulphuric acid) is nearly twice the value to a crop
that insoluble phosphate it. During the past three years this
question has been the subject of a very thorough investigation in
Aberdeenshire, as we learn from the London Gazette, and the results
are by no means in accordance with the above supposition. On
comparing the dissolved without the undissolved phosphates, the
superiority of the former has been found to be "only slight" and not
maintained at all the stations where this series of experiments has
been carried on. The importance of a fine state of division is
strikingly illustrated by the differences shown in the crops grown
by bone powder and bone flour. The first crop form the flour
is heavier by about a fourth than that grown by the powder, though
the first contained the same quantity of phosphates as and rather
less nitrogen that the later. It would appear from these
experiments that the costly process of dissolving is for some soils,
at least, altogether unnecessary. It is very hard to get at
the "true inwardness" of the action of concentrated fertilizers. -
[Rural New Yorker]
LIME AS MANURE. - In answer whether lime can be used
as a manure, a writer on the subject says: No. Lime
cannot be compared with barnyard manure. It fills the same
place in regard to manure as condiment does to food. It
supplies, to some extent, a needed element in the soil, although it
is very rarely that soils are deficient in lime, but its greatest
effect is to help the soil to digest the manure, so to speak.
It is, in short, a stimulant which requires solid food to be taken
with it to prevent injurious reaction. The two cannot,
therefore, be compared in the way suggested in the inquiry.
Lime is a very useful and effective application to the soil when
judiciously used, and its effects are more apparent upon manured
than upon worn soils. Because it must have something to work
upon to produce its effect. It is used in a good system of
farming, once in five years, at the rate of 40 or 50 bushels per
acre, at the same time with the manure and generally for wheat or
rye seeded to grass and clover. When used on a summer fallow
and without manure, it can only act injuriously by decomposing and
making immediately available whatever vegetable matter exists in the
soil, and by liberating part of whatever potash may remain in it
undeveloped. In this case it acts as a stimulant altogether
and really helps to impoverish the soil more quickly than would
otherwise be done. If the land is foul with weeds and needs
some vigorous treatment to improve it, and then it might be
advisable to summer-fallow it and apply from 20 to 450 bushels of
lime per acre, in proportion to its present condition of poverty or
goodness. But unless barnyard manure is applied very soon
after the benefit will only be temporary.
A farmer writes: Weeds eat up the farmer's
substance. The truth of this ought to be apparent to every one
who would figure up the cost of eradicating them from the
crops. And yet it is not an enemy who hath done this.
The farmer himself the one to blame. Just now the fields are
white with daisies and white-weed. The stubbles are green with
rag-wed. The roadsides are clothed with golden rods, thistles
or creeping briers. The door yards and nooks and corners of
the farm bear their burdens, and these nurseries of weeds are
neglected with the greatest care. Timothy cut for seed is
gathered with the daisies. Clover is collected with rag-weed
or thistle down, and the seeds are sent abroad for sale, thus
polluted with foul weeds which are spread far and wide. The
thought of this fact recently came home to me in a leading seed
store as I examined a bag of Hungarian grass seed, of which
one-fourth, at least, consisted of seeds of weeds. The truth
is, we rarely sow seeds of plants desired for crops without sowing
with them many kinds of weeds. And if we should ask
ourselves: "Whence came these weeds?" we should, in truth,
reply, "Sown by our own hands!" The ground is more than
sufficiently stocked t o give us work enough to keep down weeds for
the term of our natural lives, but that we should negligently sow
fresh seeds or permit weeds to ripen their seeds, is a monstrous
mistake. There is time now to avoid this the present season,
in great part. Numerous pestiferous weeds are constantly
maturing. These could be gathered and burned, and we could
easily remedy the other mistake by ordering only clean seed, and
refusing to accept any other. If this were always done, the
seedsmen would be chary of purchasing foul seeds, and would avoid
supplying them to their customers.
TOPICS FOR THE HOUSEHOLD
TO WHITEN IVORY - Boil in lime water.
TO CLEAN ZINC - Rub on fresh lard with a cloth and
A MIXTURE OF oil and ink is good to clean kid
boots with; the first softens and the latter blackens them.
TO GIVE STOVES A GOOD POLISH - Rub them with a piece
of Brussels carpet after blackening them.
OLD POTATOES may be freshened up by plunging them into
cold water before cooking them.
NEVER put a pudding that is to be steamed in anything
else than a dry mould.
PAINT splashes upon window glass can be easily removed
by a strong solution of soda.
The water used in mixing bread must be tepid. If
it is too hot the loaves will be full of holes.
Two ounces of permanganate of potash thrown into a
cistern will render the foulest water sweet and pure.
A Flannel cloth dipped in warm soap suds, then into
whiting, and applied to paint, will instantly remove all grease.
TO CLEAN RAISINS - Wipe them with a dry towel.
Never wash them, for it will make cakes or puddings heavy.
To boil potatoes so they will be dry and mealy, when
the skins break, pour off the water and let them finish cooking in
their own steam.
In making a crust of any kind do not melt the
shortening. Let it be as cold as possible and knead it through
the flour. Melting it injures the crust.
TO BROWN SUGAR FOR PUDDIGNS - Put the sugar in a
perfectly dry pan. If the pan is the least wet, the sugar will
burn and spoil both it and the pan.
TO MAKE A CLOTHES LINE PLIABLE - Boil it an hour or
two before using it. Let it dry in a warm room and do not
allow it to "kink"
NEW linen may be embroidered more easily by rubbing it
over with fine white soap. It prevents the threads from
TO REMOVE GREASE FROM WALL PAPER - Lay several folds
of blotting paper on the spot, and hold a hot iron near it until the
grease is absorbed.
TO TAKE INK SPOTS OUT OF LINEN - Dip the ink spot in
pure melted tallow, then wash out the tallow and the ink will come
out with it. This is said to be unfailing.
TO CLEAN BRASS - Immerse or wash it several times in
sour milk or whey. This will brighten it without
scouring. It may then be scoured with a woolen cloth dipped in
TI CRYSTALIZE GRASSSES - One pound best alum,
powdered; half gallon of soft water; boil until dissolved. Dip
the grass in the solution, and allow it to remain six or seven
hours. Remove and dry in the sun. This is a reliable
OIL CLOTH can be kept like new if washed once a month
in skim milk and water, equal quantities of each. Rub them
once in three months with linseed oil. Put on very little, rub
it in well, and polish with an old silk cloth, and they will keep
ECTRAVAGANCE OF AMERCIAN HOUSEKEEPERS. - Mr.
Delmonico, talking about entrees, says that Americans ought to copy
"the French method of utilizing small bits of raw meats and fowls,
and of recooking all kinds of cold joints and pieces of cooked meat
which remain dry be day from every dinner in almost every
family. The success of such dishes depends mainly on the
sauce, which is best made from broth. The following is his
recipe for sauce: Take an ounce of ham or bacon, cut it up in
small pieces and fry in hot fat. Add an onion and carrot, cut
up, thicken with flour, then add a pint or quart of broth, according
to quantity desired. Season with pepper and salt and any spice
or herb that is relished (better though without the spice) and let
simmer for an hour, skim carefully and strain. A wine glass of
any wine may be added if liked. Cold roast or boiled beef or
mutton may be cut into small squares, fried brown in butter, and
then gently stewed in the sauce above described. M. Delmonico
describes croquettes as the attractive French substitute for
American has, and tells how to make them: "Veal, mutton, lamb,
sweetbreads, almost any of the lighter meats, besides cold chicken
and turkey, can be most deliciously turned into croquettes.
Chop the meat very fine. Chop up an onion, fry it in an ounce
of butter, add a tablespoonful of flour. Stir well and then
add the chopped meat and a little broth, salt, pepper, little
nutmeg. Stir for two or three minutes, then add the yolks of
two eggs, and turn the whole mixture into a dish to cool. When
cold mix well together again, divide up into parts for the
croquettes. Roll into the desired shape in bread crumbs, dip in
beaten egg, then into bread crumbs again, and fry crisp, a bright
golden color. Any of these croquettes may be served plain, or
with tomato sauce or garniture of vegetables.
SAVE THE RAGS!
"A penny saved is a penny got," is
an axiom as true as it is old. And there is many a neglected
opportunity in almost every household by which pennies that are
otherwise allowed to go to waste might be saved to the family.
Take the one item of rags. How few housewives think of saving
the little scraps of calico, of linen, and the old, worn-out
clothes, and selling them to the paper manufacturer? Thousands
upon thousands of dollars are thus wasted every year that ought to
go into the family coffers. If housewives and their children
and helpmates would carefully save all the rags through the year,
and lay aside the receipts from the sales, they would be astonished
when the holidays came around, at the size of the fund accumulated
from this source. The recent rapid advance in the price of
rags renders it doubly important that the matter should be attended
to. Rags are now selling in the Chicago market at 3 ½ cents a
pound, and before spring will probably go a good deal higher.
If the "gude wife" don't feel like bothering her head and hands with
the matter, then let her encourage the children in the work.
It will pay to save the rags. Don't neglect it.
MISTOOK THE ANIMAL'S AGE
E. T. HAPPERSATT, a farmer
residing near Plain City, Ohio, who is near sighted, went into his
barnyard and seeing what he presumed to be a favorite yearling pet
bull, approached and took it by the horns. Mr. Happersatt was
mistaken two years in the age of the animal he approached, and was
badly gored in the hip and cut about the face before a farm hand
came and corrected his error by dragging him out of the yard.
THE "CAT" IN THE BRITISH ARMY
Archibald Forbes, the
famous war correspondent, declares that he was saved by the "cat"
which it is now proposed to abolish from the British Army.
Twenty years ago he enlisted in a cavalry regiment. Young,
full of spirits, and not destitute of money, he was scandalously
often in trouble. At length an escapade got him placed for a
month in the Sheffield Provost. He was not cured
however. Again, brought before his commanding officer, he was
asked if he knew he was a second class man. No, he knew
nothing about it. "Well," said he, "you are, as such, liable
to be flogged, and the next time you come before me I'll flog
you." Mr. Forbes never again came before him, and is now so
full of love for the "cat" that he pleads for its retention.
The PILOT reports that its editor, John Boyle O'Reilly, had an
almost similar experience. At eighteen years of age, he
enlisted in a huzzar regiment, and in the strength and wildness of
youth, began a reckless course. One day a friendly old
Sergeant said to him, as he was marched to the guard room:
"You'll destroy yourself, youngster, if you don't stop. The
next time the Colonel's in bad humor he'll court-marital you, and
you'll be flogged." The word clung to O'Reilly's mind and
appalled him into steadiness. But, unlike the English brother
in literature, he regards the "cat" with horror, and considers its
use more degrading and demoralizing on soldiers who witness it than
would be the death of the defaulter.
LOOK TO YOUR MOUTH. (NOTE: ARTICLE
HAS BEEN PARTIALLY CUT OUT)
The mouth is the frankest ----of the
face. It can the lest con-----feeligns. we can neither
hid----per with it nor good. We ---- sect what we please, but
the ---tion will not help uys. In a wrong-----it will only
make our observer---the endeavor to impose upon the ---- mouth
should be of good natural----sions, as well as plump in ------When
the ancients, among their----ties, made mention of small ---and
lips, they meant only small only -----posed to an excess the other
way.----sayings in favor of a small-------which have been the ruin
of ----pretty looks, are very absurd.----must be an excess eith
way,----better be the liberal one. ---pursed up mouth is fit
for nothing----to be left to it complacency.----mouths are oftener
found in ---with generous dispositions than---small ones.
Beauty should have----but a reasonable look of openness and
A VALUABLE INVESTMENT
When JAMES BUCHANAN was
United States Minister to England he came very near buying the
London DAILY TELEGRAPH. COL. SLEIGH was then editor, but
it was doing poorly in a business way, and Buchanan's attention was
attracted by one or two able editorials on American politics.
He and his friends thought it would be nice to have a Democratic
organ in London, and they offered Sleigh $20,000 for it.
Sleigh wanted $24,000 and soon afterward wrote an article ridiculing
the class of American Ministers delegated to the European
Courts. Buchanan withdrew his proposal, and the present owners
brought the TELEGRAPH for about $8,000. The proprietor,
Lawson, who recently died, left $4,5000,000, principally derived
from the profits of his $8,000 purchase.
A FEMALE SOLDIER - [Roman Correspondence London
A soldier named Marioti of the Eleventh Battalion of the
Italian Bersaflieri, though long confined to the room by illness,
refused to be carried to the hospital. Ultimately, on being
forcibly removed thither, the soldier was discovered to be a
woman. She joined the army during the war of 1866, to enable
her brother to remain with his wife and six children. She had
previously, being very strong worked in the mines. At Custozza
she won a medal for bravery. The King has now conferred on her
a decoration and sent her home with a pension of 300 lire.
There is not time to be lost when a cough attack one,
in adopting means of prevention against consumption and
bronchitis. A cough may, with perfect truth, be termed the
incipient stage of those destructive maladies, and it is the height
of folly to disregard it. If neglected, it will assuredly
culminate in some dangerous pulmonary infection, but it Dr. Wm.
Hall's Balsam for the lungs be use, the complaints speedily
vanquished and all danger averted. There is no pulmonic
comparable to this great specific. Sold by druggist.
Neglected coughs and colds - Few are aware of the
importance of checking a cough or common cold in its first stage;
that which in the beginning would yield to "Brown's Bronchial
Troches" if neglected often works upon the lungs.
Everyone who thinks of having an organ should read a
circular headed "Useful Information for Purchasers of Parlor or
Cabinet Organs." A postal card addressed to the Mason &
Hamlin Organ Co. will bring one free.
Tell your neighbor if he uses Lyon's Patent Metallic
Heel Stiffener he will keep his boots straight. Sold by shoe
and hardware dealers.
Paper Next Paper
All Rights Reserved with Full Rights Reserved
for Original Contributor