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Dr. J. I). Tioxo, I N. IT. Pendergrass,
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SdF’Under the circumstances, we trust no
apology is required for the space taken up by
tfic account of the Martin Institute “Com
mencement.” It is a matter in which our
whole people should feel interested —and we
Scattered through our paper, this week,
are several short articles concerning what was
done and said at Boston and the great Bun
ker ILill “Centennial.” We believe these
pieces interesting, because they indicate the
direction in which the masses are “ drifting”
in a fraternal and harmonious point of view.
“ Let us have peace !”
The State Fair Next Fall.
The Macon TV. <s• Mess, of July Gth, says :
The present indications are that this annual
exposition of the State Agricultural Society,
will lie on a grander scale than ever before.
Certainly never has so much progress been
made at this stage of the year. Alrea ly
have reduced excursion rates for freights and
passage been effected from many remote
points; where, hitherto, all such attempts
have proved futile.
Thus through charges one way only will be
asked from Louisville, St. Louis, Chicago,
Cincinnati and Baltimore to Macon and re
turn, and also from Boston, Providence,
Hartford and other Eastern cities. Visitors
from the latter likewise, by an arrangement
which has been concluded with the steam
ships plying to Charleston and Savannah
from Northern ports, will have the choice of
a sea voyage, or oil rail route to and from
our city upon the same terms.
Futher extensions of the like privilege, it
is confidently believed, will be effected with
all the principal cities of the Union, and the
influx of articles and visitors from abroad at
the Fair is expected to be very large.
Among the latter. Senators Bayard, of
Delaware, Thurman, of Ohio, and Mr. Hassau
reck, editor of the Cincinnati Volts Blott,
have consented to be present, and doubtless
many other distinguished personages will be
delighted to visit the Empire State of the
South on that occasion, when she will appear
in all the glory of her magnificent resources
Mr. Malcolm Johnston, the indefatigable
and excellent Secretary of the State Society,
left this morning on an extended tour,
North, West, and East, in the interest of the
exposition. He will visit nearly every city
of note in the Union, and spare no pains to
induce machinists, stock raisers, etc., to bring
specimens of their wares, and blooded ani
mals to the Fair. It should be remembered
that the exhibition will stand upon its own
merits this year, and every Georgian should
strive to make it a grand success, and the
true exponent of the varied productions of
our favored commonwealth.
A Good Day’s Work-
Friday J une 25th, was a pretty good day
for neck stretching in these United States.
Six murderers were hung—three in New Eiv
land, Louis IU T. AYagner and Jno.F. Gor
don, at Thomaston, Maine, and Henry Cost
ly at Dedham, Massachusetts. A Vagner, a
Fmssian sailor, was convicted of the murder
of two defenseless women for the sake of
plunder, at the house a Norwegian fisherman,
on one of the Isles of Shoals ; Gordon of the
murder of his brother and his brother's wife
in order to fall heir to certain property ' and
Costly of the murder of his housekeeper for
the sake of his mistress, and later of the mur
der of his mistress to enable him to marry a
young woman who was madly in love with
him. Purifoy, a negro, was hung in Atlanta,,
for the murder of John Casey in January
last, while two other murderers of the same
color met the same fate at Charleston, South
Many stories about Messrs. Moody and
Kankcy, the professional “revivalists,*’ are
kept running through the London papers.
Here is one of them. Moody was waited
on by the agent of a life insurance office, who
desired to effect a policy on his life. Mfr.
Moody, in a very sanctimonious manner,
assured the agent that he never took thought
about such worldly affairs, but that if the
agent could insure his soul he would be very
much pleased. “ I'm afraid there would be
a little difficulty,” said the agent blandly, “as
ours is not a fire olfice.”
Chicken Cholera. —The following pre
scription we find in the Southern Cultivator,
and is said to be very efficacious in chicken
cholera: Glycerine ami water, each half
ounce; carbolic acid ten drops. AVhen the
first symptoms of the disease are apparent,
give five drops, and repeat at intervals of
twelve hours. Usually the second dose effects
a cure. A neighbor informed me that cholera
was very destructive among his poultry r and
at my suggestion he used the foregoing re
cipe. lie reports that the progress of the
disease was promptly arrested, and in almost
every case a cure was accomplished-
AATieat.:— The Knoxville Press Herald
says white wheat is a drug in that market at
at a dollar. Dispatches from the coun
ties in the Cumberland valley state that the
grain crop will be heavier than for the past
fifteen years. Not only is the quantity re
markably large, but the quality is also supe
rior to that of many years past.
The talk on the streets is that times are
tight beyond all measure, and beyond all rea
son*. That the banks have drawn in all
their strings and tied them in a hard knot,
and it is a difficult matter to collect a cent of
anybody, although his wallet may be full,
because, “you know, times are so tight.”
This kind of mental hallucination, indeed,
has been epidemic for a couple of years or
so ; but is now worse than ever. The fact is,
the trade of Macon, just now. is so light that
if people would pluck up courage and pay
out freely there would be plenty of money
for all purposes ; but there is not nerve enough
to try the experiment, A five dollar bill will
pay five hundred dollars of indetbedness a
day if you will only keep it moving fast
enough ; but to sit with it crammed into a
corner of your vest pocket, groaning over
tight times, is more common than wise. Why
the times should be tighter than they were a
month ago is a hard question to answer; but
we believe there is no better reason for it
than the general assumption that they are
tighter, and a correspondingly tighter grip on
the means in hand. Let up freely and the
trouble would vanish, or mitigate amazingly.
Tel. $ Mess.
Shooting of J. A. Findley.
From the Gainesville Southron of the Gth,
we get the following particulars of the shoot
ing of Dep. Marshal Findley, ofthatcity: On
Thursday afternoon, about sunset, while Dep.
U. S. Marshal J. A. Findley was returning
to this place, on the Coopers Gap Road,
about nine miles above Dahlonega, with
a prisoner whom he had caught in the act
of making whisky, he was fired upon by some
parties secreted in the bushes by the road
side. Several shots were fired at Findley, two
of which took effect, one ball passing through
the leg just above the knee, and the other
entering the ldg below the knee and lod^im* -
in the muscles of the leg. and still remains—
the physicians being unable to find it.
Mr. Findley was taken out of the cart
which he was driving and in which he had a
sack of meal, a barrel of whisky, and the
still which he had captured, and was put on
Joseph Prater*s horse, and the party moved
on in the direction of home. A halt was
made by the party for some purpose, when
h indley was again fired upon, and the horse
upon which lie was sitting was killed.
The prisoner’s name is Sein, and it is sup
posed that his sons did the shooting. They
arc desperate characters, and have frequently
threatened the lives of U. S. officers.
Notwithstanding the terrible fire to which
Findley and his comrades—Joe Prater and
Ike V. Clements—were subjected, they
brought out their prisoner, though they had
to abandon the cart and oxen.
Air. F. came to Ins home Friday night, and
is getting along quite comfortably.
Beecher Jury Discharged.
The Jury in the Tilton-Beecher case were
discharged on th? 2d, after a week’s delibe
rations. The Jury failed to agree, and being
hopelessly divided the Judge discharged
them. Nine were in favor of acquitting
Beecher and three of conviction ; so ends the
longest trial on record. And it is to be hop
ed, for the sake of common decency, that no
such a trial will ever again be brought before
the public in this country.
There were present at a recent meeting
of tile Columbus District Conference, Dr. L.
Pierce, Rev. Samuel Anthony and Rev. J.
M . Talley, whose aggregated years in the
ministry arc perhaps 170, or about 57 years
average. AY ill these three ever meet again
at a session of the Columbus District Confer
ence? llow beautifully has Chrisrianity been
illustrated in the lives and labors of these
aged disciples.— Sun.
k #" Georgia is very fast returning to that
prosperous condition of ante-bellum times
which gave her the enviable title of the Em
pire State of the South. Laborers, both
white and black, are working with a will, and
a very large portion of the males of the latter
race make as reliable and trusty laborers on
the farms as they did when slaves. Her crop
prospects arc magnifient. There has been
but little corn and bacon sold to her farmers
this year, and the slack demand from the
South generally is one cause of the failure of
the bulls of the west to make a successful
corner in bacon and corn.— Union and
SdPIN our notice of the approaching
election of Professors, from the Chancellor
down, of the University of Georgia, we should
have stated that the officers who are elected at
the next commencement will hold their places
for four years, instead of one year. This is
in accordance with a resolution adopted by
the board of trustees several years ago. The
tenure of office is really during good behavior,
but once in four years the board has an
opportunity to express its approval of, or to
displace, an occupant of any chair. — At.
The iee works of Macon, Ga„ are on the
banks of Ocmulgeee, the waters of which are
so muddy that the fish cannot see to bite.
The water is passed through surface con
densers, and nicely moulded in forms of clear
and very handsome ice. These machines
have a capacity of making 25,000 pounds a
day, and the}' are used in many Southern
cities, producing ice for the small sum of
SG,4O per ton. So says the New York Sun.
The Athens (Tenn.) Post carefully reviews
the wheat market, and prints private
advices from Atlanta, Baltimore and Adairs
ville. All of these authorities advise the
farmers of Eaat Tennessee to sell their wheat
early, as higher quotations- arc exceedingly!
Commencement, Examination, Exhibition,
SUNDAY, JULY 4tit.
As was announced in our last issue, the
“ Public Exercises” of Martin Institute dur
ing the present week, were prefaced by a most
earnest and impressive Commencement Ser
mon on Sunday last, by Ex-Chancellor Rev.
Dr. A. A. Lipscomb, of Athens, from the
text, “ I have glorified thee on earth : I have
finished the work thou gavest me to do.” —
St. John, 17th c., 4th v. The sermon was
listened to most attentively by a large con
course of citizens and friends of the Institute,
and was delivered in that elegant and inap
proachable style which belongs alone to this
venerable Father in Israel and most devoted
friend to the cause of Education.
The services of the hour were closed by
Rev. W. A. Farris, in a fervent and suitable
appeal to the.“ Throne of Grace” that the
blessings of the Great Teacher might rest on
all the people, and especially on the institu
tion in the interest of which the large congre
gation were assembled at that time and place.
The “ Long Metre Doxology” was sung, the
venerable “ father” pronounced the benedic
tion, and thus ended the Commencement ser
vices of Sunday, July 4th, 1875, in Jefferson.
MONDAY, JULY sth,
According to the “programme,” was devoted
to an “ Examination” of Primary Classes in
the forenoon, and of the Middle Classes in
the afternoon. These examinations were, we
learn, of quite a satisfactory character. The
students proving, by their familiarity with the
subjects under review, that the corps of In
structors in these branches had been fully
alive to the duties devolving upon them;
while, at the same time, the pupils had “ act
ed their part" in a manner alike creditable to
themselves and to the institution of which
they arc to be the representatives hereafter.
The forenoon of
TUESDAY, JULY 6tit,
Was spent in an “Examination of the High
er Classes,” and what we have already said
above, will apply with equal force in this in
stance. Nor could we say more, if we desir
ed so to do.
We should have been pleased to have ac
cepted the kind invitation of Prof. Glenn, to
lie present at these examinations, bat our
“ work” prevented.
Those who were present during the entire
“Examinations,” express themselves in terms
of the highest approbation at the advance
ment and progress made by the students—
both large and small—male and female.
Asa matter of course, we would not en
deavor to convey the idea that everything had
reached a state of “ Perfection,” but simply
that the standard attained was such as to
keep up the reputation, and reflect credit and
honor on the Institution and its well qualified
corps of Instructors and teachers.
Appended will be found the programme of
exercises for the evening, commencing at 8
o’clock, P. M., and consisting of Composi
tions by young ladies, and Concert by Music
Prayer, by Rev. (i. IT. Car fledge.
Miss Mamie Shirley, (excused.) Hart countv. (la.
Miss Sallie Cartledge, Jefferson, (la.—“ When
Shall we Cease to Learn?”
Miss Rosa f\>ole, .Jefferson, Ga.—“ After the
Storm the Sunbeams Fall.”
Miss Alice Burns, Jefferson. Ga.—“ Everything
is Happy, trills the Merry Bird ; Everything, but
Miss Lucy Bishop, (excused,) Greene county,
Miss Florence Howard, Belize, Brit. Honduras
Miss Susie Mayne. Oconee county, Georgia—
“ AVanted—A J.arrow to Catch Meddlers.”
Miss Mollie Poole, (excused,) Jefferson, Ga.
Miss Mary Carithcrs. Jefferson, Ga.—“ A Les
son from a llumming-bird.”
Miss Eula Gober, Jefferson, Georgia—“ln the
CONCERT BY MUSIC CLASS.
Sweet Katie Killaire, (Blake) —Miss Bishop.
Happy Family Polka, (Francis Brown) —Misses
Amis and Carithcrs.
AY here Birds Sing the Sweetest, ( )—Miss
A\ avelet Scot tische—Misses Long, Maync, Simp
kins and Amis.
Marian Gray, (AYill S. Hays)—Miss Bishop.
Impromptu* March, (L. B.)—Misses Long and
Chiming Bells, (C. F. Shattuck) —Aliss Mavne.
Lehigh Polka, ( ) —Misses Carithcrs, Bishop,
Simpkins and Amis.
Follow Up the Plow, ( ) —Miss Howard.
Silvery \\ aves, (A. P. Wyman)—Misses Long
Chilligowalibedory, ( ) —Aliss Carithcrs
Jolly Brother’s Gallop, (Budick) —Alisscs Long,
Mayne, Howard and Long.
Alinnie Mine, (Allen Perry)—Miss Long.
Louisville March, (Standard Authors)—rAliases
Amis and Long.
Cantilena, ( )—Aliss Howard.
Home, Sweet Home, (Slack) —Misses Carithcrs
Prize Banner Quickstep, (Haskell) —Aliases Ca
rithers and Amis.
Springtide, (R. F. Harvey)—Aliss Long.
AYe desire not to be misunderstood, when
we remark that the Compositions were all
well read. Some better, perhaps, than oth
ers ; but each and every one gave Evidence
of talent and intellect of no mean order,
while the beautiful sentences and rounded
points showed great care, diligence and at
tention on the part of the young ladies.
AYliile we would not detract ia the least,
from any of the fair “ readers,” we cannot re
frain from mentioning the hearty reception by
the audience, of Miss Mayne’s “ Larrow to
Catch Meddlers.” AYell hail she studied her
subject and its “ characters,” and well did
she deserve the applause amid which she re
tired from the stage. Again, we repeat, we
make no invidious distinctions. They all did
well, as was fully evinced by the approval
and encouragement shown them by a large
audience, composed of some of the most high
ly cultivated men and women of this and ad
The “ Concert by the Music Class” was
“tiie feature” of the evening's entertain
ment. And, as the worthy Professor, in in
troducing the class, stated that the intention
was not to delineate the state of “perfection”
to which the performers had arrived, but rath
er to show what “progress” they had made
in this particular “ branch,” we simply re
mark that this “ feature” was, indeed, a suc
cess. And as an evidence of this fact, wG
deem it only necessary to revert to the per
fect composure and satisfaction evinced by
their able Instructress, Miss Lizzie Burch,
during the whole performance of the Class,
As is always the case, some pieces were more
artistically executed than others; but, we
doubt not, every parent and patron of the In
stitute who was present on this occasion, left
with all expectations fully realized, and feel
ing that in the hands and under the guidance
of so superior a teacher as Miss 8., the musi
cal capacities of their children will be fully
WEDNESDAY, JULY 7tii, 9| A. M.,
The “ Senior Exhibition” came off, the pro
gramme of which was as follows:
Prayer, by Rev. A. J. Kelly.
Miss Lula Burns, Jefferson, Ga.—“ The Poetry
of earth is never dead.”
Miss Alice Amis, Lexington, Georgia— u Trifles
make Perfection, but Perfection is no trifle.”
Miss Lizzie Thompson, Jackson county, Ga.—
“ Good times and bad times and all times pass
over,then cheerily bend to the oar.”
Miss Leila Long, Jefferson, Ga.—“ The Fancy
that’s touched by Reality's hand, ne’er soars on
bright pinions again.”
From those wiio were present on this oc
casion, we learn the exercises were of a truly
interesting character. The essays of the
young ladies of the Senior, or “ Graduating
Class” were exceedingly well-written, and
read in a most admirable style.
At the close of the “readings,” the Di
plomas were awarded and, as stated on the
programme, the “Class Graduated.” In
awarding the Diplomas, Prof. Glenn indulged
in some very appropriate and impressive re
marks, suited to the occasion and circum
stances, and for which his long association,
(in the capacity of an Instructor of youth,)
with many institutions of learning eminently
At 3 o’clock, P. M., the bell again calls the
citizens and visitors to the Methodist church,
in which all the public exercises are Held, to
hear the Anniversary Address before the
Martin Literary Society, ln r Mr. P. W. Davis.
Being debarred the privilege of attending,
our remarks concerning Mr. Davis’ address
must, of necessity, be meagre. Of the “ ef
fort” of our esteemed young friend, we have
heard but one universal expression from all
quarters—“ that it was the most able speech
of its kind ever delivered on a kindred occa
sion.” Mr. I). is on “ the rise,” and from the
little acquaintance we have had with him, we
feel confident that his close attention to study,
his courteous and gentlemanly bearing, cou
pled with an energy and will that seems to
know no such word as “fail,” has already
stamped him as one of nature's noblemen,
and that with the continuation of health and
strength, a bright and brilliant career awaits
him in the future.
During the afternoon, quite a heavy fall of
rain occurred, and the clouds continuing to
'ook dark and portent ions, and slight showers
falling occasionally, the prospect for the ex
hibition of the “Prize Declaimers,” at eight
o’clock, was anything but flattering. But the
old maxim, “where there’s a will there’s a
way,” was fully illustrated in this instance,
and before the appointed hour, the church
was again filled with the “ intelligence and
fashion” of this county and those adjoining.
The following was the evening’s pro
Prayer, by Rev. Mr. Watkins.
Eddie Bush. Jackson county, Ga.—“ The Radi
cal Party in Congress.”—Blair.
•J. O. Shirley, (m. L. 5..) Hart county, Georgia
—“Character of Napoleon Bonaparte.”—Philips.
If.]*. Bell, Jefferson, Ga.—“ South Carolina
During the Revolution.”—llayne.
J. M. Maync, (m. L. 5.,) Oconee county, Ga.—
“South Carolina and Massachusetts.”—Webster.
W. T. Harrison, Jackson county, Ga.—“ The
British Refugees.”—Patrick Henry.
Rob’t W. Johnson, Jackson county, Ga.—“ A
ddress to his Soldiers.”—M. B. Lamar.
W. E. Nunn, (m. l. 5.,) Banks county, Georgia
W. 11. Nunnally, (m. Li. 5..) Walton county, Ga.
—“How to Restore Peace.”—B. 11. Hill.
J. C. Shirley, Hart county, Ga.—“ The Human
Rob’t Thompson, (M. L. 5..) Clarke county, Ga.
—“Altering the Virginia Constitution.”—Ran
Most handsomely did these young men ac
quit themselves. Asa committee had, in the
beginning of the evening’s entertainment,
been selected from the audience to “pass
judgment” as to who was the best declaimer
among this “ noble band,” it would not be
come the writer to remark as to the merit or
demerit of any one of the . class. But the
“ speaking” over—the committee consult—
Col. J. B. Silman is called upon the stage—
the declaimers are arranged in “ line” in front
of the stage, when Prof. Glenn introduces
Col. Silman as the awarder of the “ Prize” to
the successful contestant of this “nobly fought
battle.” The Col. discharged the duty de
volving on him in a neat and tasty little ad
dress, well suited to the time, circumstance
and surroundings, and at its close presented
the prize—a handsome volume—to Mr. J. C.
Shirley, of Hart county, Ga. This evening’s
entertainment all together was one of deep
interest; and, as Prof. Glenn remarked, the
friends of the institution, and the friends of
all interested, demonstrated their apprecia
tion of the exercises not only by the attention
paid the worthy speakers, but by the presence
of so large an audience on an evening so in
clement as was that of "Wednesday, July 7th.
We have neglected to mention, and may as
well do so now, that at proper intervals dur
ing all the exercises of the few days past,
most appropriate and excellent music was
furnished by some of the young ladies and
gentlemen of the “Institute,” assisted by
several of our young townsmen. Each and
every one of these worthy and talented young
artistes deserve, as they have received, the
thanks of all interested for their splendid per
formances on tills most pleasing and impor
And again, our duty would be only half
performed, were we to fail mentioning a most
agreeable “episode” of "Wednesday evening's
entertainment, “ not laid down in the bills.”
At a convenient and opportune momenty
during the progress of the exercises—-Prof-
Glenn introduced “ Yankee Doodle,” (Mr.
R. 11. Kinnebrew,) appropriately “rigged”
and costumed, who for some five or ten minutes
amused and “ enlightened” the audience in a
most happy and felicitious manner with a
lecture on “ noses.” Mr. K. is from Ogle
thorpe county, and there is in store for him,
no doubt, a “ niche” high up on “ the temple
of fame.” lie is one of the “ Original Speak
ers” for to-morrow, when, judging from his
illustration above cited, he will prove himself
worthy of all the warm encomiums of those
who know him best.
We come now to chronicle the last “ act in
the drama”—or, in sportsman’s phrase, to
speak of the “ last day of the races.”
THURSDAY, JULY Bth, 9$ A, M.
Prarer. by Rev. W. A. Farris,
L. 11. Cartlege, Jefferson, Ga.—“Man the Archi
tect of His Own Fortune.
R. H. Kinnebrew, (m. I.SSt). t ) Lexington,
W. J. Davenport. (M. L. 5.,) Oglethorpe county,
Ga.—“ Look Before You Leap.”
P. W. Davis, (m. L. 5..) Lexington, Ga.—“ What
is the Use of All This?”
W. Z. Faust, (m. l. 5.,) Lexington, Ga.—“ Le
ssons of History.*
J. B. Ilattaway, (m. l. 5.,) High Shoals, Ga.—
“ Knowledge is Power.”
Jno. L. Davenport, (m. l. 5.,) excused, Ogle
thorpe county, Ga.
J. J. Strickland, (M. L, 5.,) Madison county, Ga.
—“Division of Labor and Concentration of Power.”
Literary Address, by Gol. Emory Speer.
Of these exercises nothing less can be said
than that they were superior to any of the
kind that, within the knowledge of the writer,
have ever been exhibited in this county. All
the pieces were strictly original, and entirely
without the well beaten track so commonly
followed in the modern school-room. Rome
and Athens, with their long lists of illustrious
heroes, poets, orators and statesmen, were
left alone in their glory, and the young glad
iators unsheathed their youthful swords to
meet the men and measures of modern times
—to battle with the errors of the present day
—to commend the good, reject the bad, and
point out to the rising generation the glorious
rewards held in reserve for the faithful stu
dent. Apart from these commendable fea
tures, we feel fully justified in saying that,
for young men, the standard of oratoiy
was well sustained—being free, natural, easy,
and almost wholly devoid of that sickly sen
timentality so common with young America;
and showing not only well directed brain
work, but that spontaneous outburst of feel
ing which always flows from the good heart
and generous purpose.
The interludes of music, sweetly thrown in
between the pieces, were delightfully render
ed, and much of it must have come From hearts
as pure as their tenements were beautiful.
The Literary Address by Col. Emory Speer,
was full of rich imagery, mature thought, anti
good sound sense—sometimes such as is ac
tually necessary to knock a fellow'down, and
even make him grunt—but if so, right well
did the blow come—good and timely, too.
His theme was, “Universal Education,” and
though a common one, the subject was treat
ed in an original manner, being divested of
all dry detail, all common-place theories and
probable conclusions, and matter-of-fact de
monstrations substituted, to show, beyond a
doubt, that nothing short of the mi rversal dif
fusion of knowledge can ever raise this once
glorious country to the high position that the
God of nature intended it to occupy.
The audience was large, and, without a
single exception, orderly and attentive be
yond all praise.
To Prof. Glenn, liis able and efficient corps
of teachers, and the bright young minds that
have been training under them, this must
have been a proud day ; to all of whom we bid
a hearty God-speed.
Back from Boston.
Gen. Fitzhugh Lee is back from Boston.
He spoke as follows, at Norfolk, a few
nights since: I come forward in response to
your calls to thank you for this very flattering
reception. I went to Boston as a guest of
your own ‘-Artillery Blues,*’ not because I
expected to have a pleasant trip and a good
time, but I hope for a higher, holier purpose
—for the good of our State, our people, and
all sections of a common country. Oh ! how
I wish I had the time to tell you of the
reception accorded to us by those people of
Boston—of the enthusiastic crowds that
greeted us upon every occasion—how the
streets were lined with people pouring out
their welcomes to us and bidding us welcome,
thrice welcome. I wish I could stop with you
long enough to give you some of the many
interesting incidents of our trip. llow a
sightless soldier told me, “General, your boys
put my eyes out, but I am glad, to see you
here in our midsthow an aged gentleman,
grasping both my hands in his, said : “Gene
ral, I lost two sons in the war—the only two
I had—but for public considerations and the
nation’s good, I am glad to see you and your
people here at this time.” How my hand was
shaken by a people whose overflowing hearts
prevented a single word of utterance. Do
you know what all this means? It means at
that end of the line precisely what the out
pouring of your people at this end of the line
to meet us upon our return means, viz : That
the people of this country have taken this
matter of reconstruction out of the hands of
the politicians ; that the crust which separat
ed them has been broken at last, and the men
of the North and South are at last allowed to
see each other face to face.
The Scenes in Puiufoy's * Cell.—We
should probably have said nothing further
concerning the disgraceful scenes enacted in
Purifoy’s cell the day before his death, were
it not that we hear just as bad a story concern
ing the death-bed of Casey, the man whom
Purifoy murdered. From the lips of a preach
er, directly and postively, we learn that,
while Casey was dying, two men of God en
gaged in a quarrel over his prostrate body%
and that one of them raised a chair with
which to strike the other. We learn that a
similar contention—though not so prolonged
or violent— wn* begun over the case of Aring,
who w as hung some weeks ago.— At. lit r.
Thirty Thousand in Two Trains. — The
lands] of the Land of Flowers — What I
Gri ! own There , and Where They Propose to 1
Yesterday morning two long freight trains
went up the State road. That would ]*.
nothing uncommon on that busy thorough
fare, had not the two trains consisted of thif.
ty-two cars loaded with watermelons, with a
Coach containing tliirtyNtfiC fruit and vegeta
ble growers from the interior of Florida
These two trains were loaded in the towns
of Rosewood, Bronson, Archer, Arredondo
Gainesville and Live Oak. None of thes*
towns are on the St. Johns, and the fruit
growers that we talked with seem to have a
great contempt for the mania in favor of that
river. These towfls are in
of Florida, about one hundred miles south of
the Georgia line, and about equi-distant from
the St. Johns and the Gulf coast. They are
in central Florida, if that oddly-shaped
State can be said to have a center. These
highland counties lay about 240 feet above
tide, are full of lakes and cascades, and are
the native home of the
In Alachua county alone there are two
million sweet orange trees, mostly small, but
still the county will ship this season 3,000
barrels of perfect fruit. All the semi-tropi.
cal fruits do well in this section, including
ban annas and lemons. Nature permits the
people of the favored inland counties to raise
nearly all the fruit and vegetables, but na
ture does not provide transportation for the
To secure these is the object of the present
expedition, The towns named had already
sent to the cities of the northwest 200.000
melons via Atlanta, and the great trains of
yesterday contained thirty thousand more
of the largest and finest kind. Each car con
tained about 850, in two tiers,, with plenty of
long gray moss between the melons and the
sides of the car. Some of the melons weigh
and very few weighed less than twenty-five
pounds. The party also carry specimens of
their growing crop of oranges and ban annas,
together with eight bales of the wonderful
moss. In fact they go well prepared to il
lustrate their section of the.
LAND OF FLOWERS. THE PARTY
consists of thirty-one active and intelligent
fruit and vegetable growers. Their mission
is to call attention to the highlands of their
State for the purpose of inducing immigra
tion, but the chief object they have in view is
to make arrangements for a market in the
northeast, and for direct trade between the
sections. Between the trains and boats they
have been heretefore badly served, and now
they are looking to the great cities in the
Mississippi Valley. The party comfortably
fined a coach, and a jolly clever lot of men
they were. To effectively secure the ends
in view they had perfected the following or
President—Col. B. C. Dibble, of Rose
Vice Presidents—Judge King, of Gaines
ville ; Capt. Eli Ramsay, of Arredondo ; Judge
White, of Live Oak,
Secretary —Joseph Vole, of G ainesville.
, The melons will reach Chicago this week
as fresh as when they started. The freight
on each one will be about fifteen cents, hti
this will leave a handsome margin For profit,
.especially when a thousand merchantable
. melons can be raised to the acre, as is the
•ase in the highlands of the prolific land.—
Atlanta Const.,. July 2 d.
UIV The above is Inserted in the Forest
News in order that its readers- may Form an
opinion, at least to some extent, oF “how
things are done in the Land of Flowers,” and
further, if possible, to stimulate and encour
age our own people to the importance of
making known the various advantages of
their section of the “ moral vineyard.” Asa
matter oF course, our resources and the pro
ducts of our soil are different from those of
many other sections, but what is wanted is
an infusion of such energy and “vim” into
the minds and actions of the people as will
induce them to leave no stone anturned in
endeavoring to show what could be done if
they only had “ half-a-chance F T
Growing Prosperity of the Southern States
Whatever differences of opinion may pre
vail respecting the future prospeots of the
country, there is no doubt that the Southern
States are now in a more prosperous condition
than they have been at any period since the
commencement of the war. The final with
drawal of the Federal authority, or rather of
the carpet-bag governments, and the restora
tion of the old principle of State control have
been attended by the happiest results. In
Arkansas and Louisiana, which were longest
deprived of the privilege of self-government,
bankruptcy and civil war seemed to be im
minent only a few r months ago. But now,
party animosity appears to have died out
and from both States we have the most en
couraging reports. Everything is serene and
prosperous—so prosperous indeed that a cot
ton crop of five million bales is now regard
ed as probable.,— Exchange.
The manner of shooting by the Americrn
riflemen, who have just scooped their Irish
competitors, is thus described: “Colonel
Gildersleeve uses a Sharp rifle, which he
rests between his crossed legs when firing,
while his left arm is thrown round the back
of the head and grasps the rifle belt. Henry
Fulton uses a Remington rifle and shoots in
a similar position, which is called by his
name. A peculiarity in his loading is that
in place of using fixed ammunition, he treats
the piece as a muzzle-loader, using the open
breech only for clearing and inserting the
shell. General T. S. Dakin has practiced in
various positions, and with different rifles,
the effect of his versatility or fickleness some
times telling adversely on his score. In the
match it is expected he will shoot from the
back, like his captain. G. W. Yale uses
a Sharp rifle, and when firing he lies half over
on his side, with the barrel laid across his
thigh. R. Coleman fires with a Remington
gun, which he uses in the same way as
In the shooting at 800 3 r ards the Irish beat
the Americans one point. In the shooting at
900 yards the Americans beat the Irish thir
ty-five points. In the shooting at 1,000 yards
the Americans beat the Irish four points.
If a man gets into any kind of an enter
prise and is successful, he will say he was
smart, but his neighbors will say he was
lucky ; but if he does not succeed well, he
will say he was unfortunate, but his neigh
bors will say r he was a fool.