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TOLL GATE

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All items transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney unless otherwise noted.

1887 - April 12 - Marion Herald                                  1887 - April 26 - Marion Herald

1887 - May 5 - Marion Herald                                     1887 - May 12 - Marion Herald

Marion Herald, April 12, 1887 - pg 4

April showers are now in order.

Capt. HAMILTON killed a fine buck on last Friday.

Well it is for Marion County that she now has good and true men for Commissioners.

A good many people were in town on yesterday and our merchants serenely gathered the Shekels in.

The Grand Jury was empanelled yesterday evening and are holding the present session in the jail building.

Our lively old friend I. C. ELLIS, of Pearce's Mills, called in and gave us a little pleasant chin music on yesterday morning.

Prayer meeting is now held every Thursday night at the school house. Judging from the small number out on last Thursday night, one would suppose that this fact is not generally known.

The cows have began lying out at nights and the voice of the whippoorwill is heard in the land, both sure signs that spring has come gentle Annie, even though over coats are still comfortable at times.

The County commissioners need the assistance and good will of everybody in the county for they have a Herculean task before. They will have our hearty support on any measure they may adopt, consistent with the public welfare, for extricating the county from it s present difficulty.

Mr. WM. DOUGLASS, of Patterson, New Jersey, Ex-Sheriff of Passale Co., that state is now at this place looking after real-estate which has been sold for taxes. Mr. DOUGLASS is like a great many other men, he fails to look closely enough after his property and consequently sometimes has to pay costs for his negligence.

Any one can see now that it would have better, yes every much better for the county to have purchased safes in which to have kept the records, and if such a dreadful calamity as the burning of the Court House could have been foreseen, of course it would have been done. As for that matter the building could have been saved could it have been foreseen that it would be burned. But then, foresight is rarely ever as good as hindsight, you know.

Last week the roads over the county were put in condition for the Grand Jury to travel to Court over. That is the way the road business is managed in this county, and perhaps all over the state. Just so the overseers save themselves from being indicted is all they seem to care for, and but very little work is required to save them. They let the roads remain almost impassable the greater part of the year, and then get very industrious a few days before Court and go over the roads and throw a few shovelfuls of dirt here and there. And the Grand Jury - well that august body is easily satisfied.

The time draweth on apace when the ubiquitous small boy can hide himself away from his allotted task and divest himself of his apparel, give himself a thorough ablution in the limpid and placid waters of the gently flowing rils far into the innermost recesses of the shady glens, where sweet singing birds pour fourth their strains of delicious melody, and where every passing breeze is laden with the delicate and subtle perfume of the luxuriant wild flowers, and where an ant bed is always convenient upon which to hung his raiment. In other words, the weather will soon be sufficiently warm for the said small boy to slip off from his work and go in washing. "O would I were a boy again."

It seems that Spring with its beautiful flowers and blithesome feathered songsters has arrived.

MAT HALEY is now "riding the mail" on the route from this place to Haleys. MAT is a very good mail boy.

From what we can learn the farmers of this county are unusually far advanced in their preparations for another crop.

The Commissioners of roads and revenues are in session this week, and it is hoped they will seriously consider the very important question to be met at this term of their court.

Spring goods in great variety have been received by our merchants in the past few weeks. You will find but few country towns where goods can be bought cheaper than in Hamilton.

The county officers and lawyers are now snugly ensconced in the different stores and offices around town, and the Court House seems to be missed by none of them as much as it is by the pigeons, which were wont to have a high old time upon the roof paying base and things. they can be seen occasionally circling in the air above where the Court House once was, but they find no rest of the sole of their foot.

This has been an unusually favorable spring for farm work, and, from what we can learn, the farmers are far ahead of what they usually are at this season with their work. On our sandy uplands the crops are generally ruined by the drouth unless planted early so as to get their growth before the dry season set in. We are glad to note that, as a general thing, cotton will not be raised so extensively this year as formerly, while more attention is being paid to the raising of corn and small grain corps. This is a reform in the right direction, and indicates that our people are getting nearer to a true realization of the situation. While we have no advice to offer the farmer and consider that he does nor should understand his business better than us, yet it is our opinion that it will be only by pursing such a course that the farmer of North Alabama will ever be able to get his foot on solid financial ground. The outlook for the future will ever appear dark for the farmer that depends altogether on cotton, as it is and will ever be impossible to rise cotton or anything else that costs from 9 to 11 cents to produce and will bring only but 7 or 8 cents in market. That is a truism, and the man that continues pursuing such a course will inevitably "come out at the little end of the horn."

Marion Herald, April 26, 1887 - pg 4

The railroad surveyors when last heard from were coming in the direction of Buttahatchie.

Dr. ABBOT of Fayette C. H. has been in town for several days past.

The Mason's held their regular meeting last week in the store house of Mr. A. J. HAMILTON.

The constant ring of the black smith's hammer is a sure sign that the farmers are doing their duty.

A heavy rain storm passed through this section on last Friday, but so far as we have learned, no material damage was done.

Check boards are in constant use and the boys seem to enjoy the game splendidly.

The Probate Judge has just received a new blank cabinet which adds greatly to the convenience of his office.

Mr. JAMES M. GAST left the city this morning for Isbell, where he will probably remain for several weeks.

Yes! We suppose DR. KEY would have taken refuge in the storm house last week if he could have overtaken his hat in time.

The authorities from Walker Co. came over into this county to escort JAMES HANEY from the Hotel de WEATHERLY back to Walker, but learning that that party was no longer a boarder at that hospitable Inn, they returned alone.

Rev. G. M. G. DUNCAN preached an interesting sermon at this place on last Sunday, it also being the day for Church Conference meeting. Mr. W. R. WHITE, the Sunday School Superintendent reported the school as being in a prosperous condition, and said the only drawback to the school was the parents not taking an interest.

Our deputy sheriff and highly esteemed from Mr. WEATHERLY informs us that he is now engaged in the business of farming, he says, they needn't think they will starve him out by burning of the court house. Guess CAL is hitting it hard.

After a pretty hard struggle for some time in which the patience of young spring were well nigh exhausted, she at last succeeded in knocking out old dreary winter, and with such terrible force that it is now to be hoped that the latter will not be able to stand up when time is called for the next round.

Marion Herald, May 5, 1887

Let's go fishing

Farmers are generally up with their work.

One of the latest serenade songs is "O tell me love is the dog tied up."

They boys are now having a jolly old time fishing and getting mosquito bites. Smart boys, they like to scratch for a living.

Mr. L. J. CLARK returned home on last Saturday from a trip to the Memphis & Birmingham R. R. He says there's something like a boom at Guin's but its not dangerous as it is closely watched.

Miss DIXIE KEY and Miss ELLA HAMILTON, two of Marion County's handsome and accomplished young ladies gave us a pleasant call one day last week. We assure the young ladies that their visit was highly appreciated, and hope they will call again.

Didn't some one say we would have a picnic? We think they did. Picnic's are so nice too. Have roast beef, mutton, pork, chickens- Of course we must have chickens and plenty of them too. Seems that the latter end of May or the front side of June would be a good time for the "pic" - Don't you think it would?

Dr. THOMPSON left on a business trip for Milville on Monday last.

The boom's coming sure, and Mers. W. R. H. LODEN, W. H. KEY, Esq., J. P. FORD, Dr. GUYTON and W. P. GAST were all aware of the fact. So not caring to meet the terrible monster they fled to Aberdeen this week, thinking perhaps he would be under control before they returned.

The way he moved wasn't slow - a young man not living a great distance from this place came to town one day last week, and was passing the time at Mr. WEAVER'S shop. Mr. LODEN the county sheriff chanced to be passing up that way, the young gentleman thinking he had some particular business with him concluded that he had remained in town long enough. So he lit and that every sudden, and the way he moved when once fairly out and well coupled up, would have put M and S. to shame the best day she ever saw. He hasn't been seen about town since, and it is thought by some that he may be running yet.

The railroad surveyors were on Yellow Creek last week, and who knows but that Hamilton will yet have a railroad. We can boast of coal and iron ore that can't be surpassed by any other county in the state. Our mountains contain vast treasures and only awaits the incoming of capital and live energetic men to develop them. Only a few years ago mineral land in this county was selling for fifty cents per acre, a great deal of which cannot now be bout for $3.00 an acre. So you may begin looking out for the boom for she is coming, it may be a little slow as considerable by some, but she will reach us "bye and bye."

Columbus Miss voted on the 27th inst $100,000 to aid in the building of the Tombigbee R. R. The law required that two-thirds of the registered voters should vote for the donation in order to secure it, and Columbus took so much interest in the measure that only six votes was polled against it

Marion Herald, May 12, 1887 - pg 4

The Commissioner's Court met on last Monday.

Some one asks how to make a girls room attractive? By putting the girl in it of course.

The Bible Class wasn't very well represented on last Sunday. What's the matter with the old folks?

Our friend W. F. GREEN informs us that he intends leaving town for the country, where he will engage in the business of farming.

Four of Hamilton's young men took a pleasant tramp to Lovejoy on last Sunday. The boys say they had glorious time and all are in favor of going again.

Mr. HIB HULSEY, a gentleman living in this city accompanied DAVE GLEN, a deputy Marshall on a trip to Fayette C. H. last week. The charge against him is"dealing in Wild Cat."

From cats that fight from the attack of a dog with hydrophobia, from the nauseating stench of a decaying carcass, and from an offensive revenue office, good Lord deliver us.

The matter is settled at last, and the picnic we are going to have on Saturday 21st day of May. All are invited to come, and as many as can conveniently do so are requested to bring a well filled basket with them.

The time is now at hand for the small boy to assume the much dreaded occupation of cultivating the garden. If there's anything in the wide world that a boy has a greater distaste for than anything else it is hoeing the garden. He will contrive a thousand and more schemes to avoid one half day's work. But, he can run ten hours trying to corner a loose horse for a ride, and never complain feeling tired, and will almost faint if his sister wants him to drive the calves home. Or he can dig up an acre lot looking for angle worms to go fishing and wish for the voiceless tomb when the garden demands his attention.

A new US deputy marshal in the person of Mr. BAILUS MORTON, who we learned was from Tuscumbia, Ala. paid the county a visit the first of the week, and, in company with Mr. DAVE GLEN, carried two of our good citizens to Huntsville, before Commissioner BONE, charged with violations of the U.S. laws. While here, the gay and festive BAILUS took occasion to give some of the citizens gratis advice from this Solon head as to how they should set in regard to parties charged with violations of the revenue, and took particular pains to air an idea of his that "good citizens" in this county are like angels visits, few and far between. Without saying a word in defense of our citizens the people who compose the bulk of the inhabitants of the county of Marion need no defense - We would pay our respects to Sir BAILUS, and inform him that we don't'need any of this chin music, so far as dictating to our people is concerned, and we hope that Marion will never be improved by the immigration of such "would be terrors" as little BAILUS

In short any person who goes into a strange place and tells the people to their faces that there are few good citizens in their county, only take a circuitous route to show them he is a fool, is lavish of incivility, and economical of all that is required to constitute a gentleman.


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