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Marion Herald, June 23, 1887

FROM SHOTTSVILLE - Shottsville, Ala., June 13th, 1887 - Editor Herald: I am a little boy just out of the teens, I live on Bull Mountain Creek three miles north of Shottsville very near the center of the coal region a very mountainous portion of country it certainly is. Crops in this section of country are promising at present, people are in the grass some on account of so much wet weather. It is reported that MR. LOYD has found near his residence a bed of coal eight feet thick. There is great excitement in this part of the county about railroads at present. The Sheffield and Aberdeen survey is being made about five or six miles north of this place on Hurricane Creek. It is rumored that Mr. THOMAS YOUNG will announce himself as a candidate for Representative next term. A word to the school teacher. I favor a uniformity of textbooks and would recommend the following named branches as the standard. McGuffey's readers, Webster's Dictionary, Harvey's English grammar, Ray's mathematics, Kearl's Composition and Rhetoric, Murray's Geography, Steele's fourteen weeks in Natural physiology, and any good work on Hygiene or Physiology. I am in favor of retaining the old Webster spelling book. Therefore I can not indorse the theory of Mers. ARNOLD and FARRIS that it ought to be excluded. I will close for this time. J. W. HARRIS.


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