November 1, 1905
Judge Barksdale left yesterday for his home at Ruston.
The hardest rain of the season fell here last Wednesday night.
Karl Pleasant made a prospecting trip to Collinston last week.
Mr. Jord Lee left Sunday for Baton Rouge to enter the State University.
Will Martin, the well known drug drummer, was here last week taking orders for his house.
J. M. Munholland, Esq., of Monroe, was here last week attending court and visiting relatives.
Clerk of the Court Edw. Everett was on the sick list last week, but is able to be about again.
The meeting just closed at the Methodist church was well attended and much good was accomplished.
Cotton sold here last Friday as high as 10.20. This is about the top of the market in this section.
Prof. T. W. S. John, principal of the Salem school, was a pleasant caller at this office one day last week.
The trains are running on regular scheduale time now, and we all feel more like we were living in the world.
Revs. Sloan and Finley began a meeting at Marion last night, which will probably run through the week.
Attorney E. T. Lamkin was here from Monroe on day last week on legal business before the district court.
Sheriff Taylor left Sunday morning for Baton Rouge, where he went to carry 4 coons, sentenced at the present term of court for burgerly.
The steamer Mattie made a trip to Monroe last week taking advantage of the rise, but the water was too low to make the return trip.
Conductor Crockett and wife are _____ at the Hartman House, and Mr. Crockett is in charge of his bid run on the F. & S.
We are glad to notice that Mr. Clifton Mathews, who has been quite ill with slow fever for several weeks is able to be at his office again.
When it comes to buying cotton Farmerville leads this section in prices, and it will pay out farmers to bear this in mind, and bring their cotton to this place.
By the Students
Rev. Mr. Finley paid the school several visits and gave appreciated talks to us each time. He was accompanied by Brother Sloane, whom we are always glad to see, and we regret that Mr. Finley’s departure will prevent our meeting him again.
Prof. Monroe kindly consented to our attending the services during the afternoon this week, and many of us attended both the afternoon and evening meetings.
Gladys Baughman was absent all last week on account of illness.
Charlie Jameson and Jessie Stancil were absent from school part of Friday evening
Mr. Mac McVictor started to school this morning. We are always glad to have new pupils.
Herman Archie and Ollie Nolen have quit school, and we are all very sorry to see them leave.
The Erosophian Society elected the following officers Friday: Miss Evelyn Sanders, president; Miss Kathleen Turnage, vice president; Miss Jeannie Carroll, secretary; Prof. Monroe, critic; Sherwood Smith, sergeant at arms. The program committee, consisting of the president, secretary and critic, arranged an interesting program for next meeting. Everybody is cordially invited to attend these meetings on Friday afternoons at 2:30 o’clock.
A teacher in one of the public schools asked a little Irish boy why he had been absent a day, to which the youth replied:
“My mother had the mumps and I had to go and get the doctor.” “But don’t you know that the mumps is catching, Johnny?” “Yes, but this is my step-mother and she never gives me anything.”
The Salem School will open the first Monday in November. Parents will please see that their children are ready to enter at that time. T. W. St. John, Principal.
Little Miss Lucille Pleasant came over from Shiloh Monday on a to visit to friends.
Mr. J. H. Anderson was taken ill with malarial fever last Tuesday and died the next day. Mr. Anderson had lived here about ten years and leaves a wife and three children to mourn his loss. The Gazette extends sympathy to the bereaved family.
It has been some time since I started the people through the columns of your most esteemed paper.
Ever since your humble scribe “put up” six months in parish jail for retailing spirituous liquors, I have had an abhorrence for those that handle the vile stuff, and in this connection I will say that we of this neck o’ the woods are infested with the “blind tiger” in all his force. It is no trouble to see men and boys drunk, and the empty bottles scattered around tell the tale. I have no enemies to punish, for mine was a just retribution for crimes that I had done, and want to say that a jail sentence for the “blind tigers” will do more to put him in the paths of civilization that all the fines that can be imposed, for had your humble scribe got off with only a fine he would have never realized that the “way of the transgressor is hard”.
The good people owe it to themselves and to civilization to put a stop to “blind tigerism”. It can be done, and I believe it will be, but the jail sentence in my opinion will be the only selection; there be can while away the time thinking of loved ones at home, there he will think of the times his mother or wife warned him of his present position. Yes, and more than that, he will realize that those who called him a “jolly good fellow” and got his whiskey on a credit, will be the last one to call around and see about his welfare, and still more, he will realize that one good honest, sober and upright man can do him more good than all the drunkards in the state.
Now let me warn you “blind tigers” that if you don’t halt on your downward road, you will meet a just retibution.
You many have escaped with a fine and think that it was easy made and you can make it again in a short time by going back to your “old tricks,” but patience will cease to be a virtue, and you may find yourself in a prison cell where you come to your senses, if you have any.
I have seen enough of blind tigerism. Men will spend their last cent for whiskey when their family at home may be in rags and living on scant food. Yes, he will pawn his coat on a winter day for a bottle of the vile stuff and then go home and “raise cane” because some worthless article had got lost.
The blind tiger breeds liars and teaches dishonestly. He brings poverty and misery at home. He shuts the gate to fair dealing and trembles at seeing an honest man.
Now, in conclusion, I want to say, it will not be pleasing to me to see our jail filled up with blind tigers, but as it taught ye scribe the path of peace, I only advocate it as the only remedy that is guaranteed to cure, and hope that some wayward inclined will read and heed the warnings of one who has been through the fire, for we of this section are determined to put a stop to the peddling of whiskey, and ask the aid of all good citizens throughout the parish.
Respectfully, H. R. Ham.
NOTICE OF PARDON I hereby give notice that I will apply for pardon for my son, Joe Rodgers. J. D. Rodgers.