VOL 1-NO TO.
THOMAS YILLE, GEORGIA, SATURDAY MORNING, AUGUST -L '88!)
$5.00 PER ANNUM
NEW YORK LETTER.
A Northern Town—The Improvements
There—How They Look to a South-
ener — The Application Brought
Home—The Duty of Thomas-
villc-lntelligent, Publio Spirit
ed Action Urged-The Park
and Railroad Ques
New York, July 1!), 1889.
I spent part of a day last week in
the beautiful village of Englewood,
distant from New York city about
fifteen miles, aud containing about
five thousand inhabitants, most of
whom are very wealthy gentlemen
whose business is in the city, and who
reside by preference in this lovely
place on the Jersey bank of the Hud
son river. A drive, with charming
and delightful company, was taken
over tho entire place. One could,
from the banks of the river, get a
splendid view of its palisades, aud
feast the eye upon the most enchant
ing scenery. After a drive of several
hours over the splendidly gravelled
roads, winding in cveiy direction,
through the immense trees of natural
growth, and among the extensive
grassy lawns of the many costly resi
dences, we returned to the home of
our hospitable host. After dining we
strolled through the beautiful and ex
tensive grounds of his residence, its
hot-houses, its lawns and beds of
flowers. I said:
“Well, this is certainly much pret
tier and more attractive than anything
we have in our own littlo city among
the pines. You leave all these beau
tiful things, and for our climate,
live-longer in your home there- than
in the one hcreV’ •
Yes,’’ ho said, “I do not like it
here in the winter, and go to Thomas
villc for its splendid climate, but an
old gentleman who has spent ninny
winters there, snid once to me that
ninety per cent, of all we get in
Thomnsvillc is climate.”
This was a strong endorsement of
the climate of our section as a winter
resort, verbal and practical, and is hut
what many, many say and do, and it
only remains for our section, city and
its citizens, to let those who come
among us get more than the ninety
per cent, of climate.
The moral to he drawn from this
is that we can offer splendid and at
tractive climatic inducements, but
little else. How much more beauti
ful would it he to the eyes of every
one, and how much more attractive
as a home, if, in addition to our flow
ers, our sunshine, our warm and mild
atmosphere, if in each yard there
were pretty, grassy lawns, us a setting
to the pretty flowers, instend of the
bright and barn walks of sand, for it
would suggest the idea of perennial
spring to those who come in search of
health aud rejuvenation, if not per-
Thomasville is now the most popu
lnr as well as best known winter re
sort almost anywhere in the southern
states, and to preserve this supremacy,
as well as to give attractions addition
al to and apart from its climatic ones,
there should he • devised means of
amusement, aud pleasant and un
usual things for those who come from
colder regions; and there should be
easier, more comfortable and more
numerous means of railroad approach.
Several years ago, when a propo
sition to lease or purchase Paradise
Park was submitted to. our city coun
cil, at a public meeting of citizens, to
express its voice to our municipal
government in regard thereto, the
writer was most emphatic in his advo
cacy of lease and purchase, as an un
doubted means of increasing the at
tractions of our town, and indirectly
ndding much to tho general and indi
vidual wealth of each and every citi
zen of the town, as well as county.
Since that time, an extensive associ
ation with many people who come
here during the winter, and many
who have never been here, convinces
me that the position then advocated
is hut strengthened and made more
No place can grow or prosper, or
dcsei ves to grow and prosper, without
public spirit nnd united public senti
ment and action in the matter of pub
lic improvements. Public improve
ments mean private prosperity. Tax
ation for public improvements means
the creation of attractions to the resi
dent citizen nnd the outside world,
which means the permanency of
present inhabitants and the gaining
of new ones, nnd this means more
money retained, brought and created,
more property nnd increased values,
and therefore more sources of public
revenue. Every new' citizen added to
a place is but so much revenue to it,
even if it be but a passing traveller,
for he pays his hack and hotel fare.
If he be a rich mnn he wants n scr
vant, and pays good wages for one,
and those who arc scrvnnts n*c bene-
fitted. If a laboring mnn, he wants a
house and soniothing to eat. If it is
even a baby they want milk and a
nurse. The farmer sells his produce
for man and beast, his chickens, eggs,
milk, butter, beef, corn and hay; the
carpenter gets work to build more
houses; the scrvnnts more work and
better wages; the groceryman, mer
chant—all are benefitted. The large
property-holder gets large increase in
property values, and pays more taxes,
also pays more for public improve
ments by taxation. The poorer citizen,
who lives by manual labor, is more
than compensated for the small ad
ditional tax by the increased volume
of business in all branches, ns above
indicated; nnd the citizen who owns
no property is benefitted. All should
favor public improvements, n3 it
brings more work and more liberal
All of this suggested to me that
every resident was vitally interested
in the purchase of the park now while
it is within our power. Aside from
all other considerations, it is n good
financial transaction. I hope that
every citizen, white nnd black, will
realize the great general nnd private
monetary ndvautage this purchase
will bring, ns well ns its (esthetic and
hygienic advantages. Also, no one
can realize the value of railroad fa
cilities and competition so well ns one
who is away nnd sees the prosperity^
they bring to other sections, and hear
the comments of those who desire to
go to other places for health, pleasure,
investments or residence. Those sec
tions that are healthiest, offer the
greatest attractions to the visual sense
aud the sensations, arc most public-
spirited, and therefore most prosper
ous, draw and retain the various
classes of people above cited.
I think there has never been a time
in our history of more moment and
importance than the present. Inaction
means retrogression, unwise action
means ruin, proper notion means rap
id growth, increased population and
increased wealth. We can now buy
a beautiful and favorably located
park. We should do so. We can
now build a railroad that will bring
untold advantages to all nnd each.
We should build it. I have great
faith in the wisdom and public spirit
of all and each of our citizens, white
and black. T. M. Me.
The Amendments Offered to the
As showing the views held by va
rious members of the legislature, we
append below the amendments offered
to the bill in the House:
By Ms. West, of Habersham—To make
the term of lease not less than fifty years at
$45,000 per month.
By Mr. Patterson, of Bibb—To devote tie
entire rental to educational purposes, but
not more than one-sixth of.it to the univer
sity and branch colleges. t
By Mr. Iluff, of Bibb—That real estate in
Atlanta and Chattanooga and along the
line, not necessary to the operation of the
road be n«t included*
By Mr. (filbert, of Muscogee—To exclude
the West Point Terminal, and the roads con
trolled by it, from tlie bi tders.
By Mr. Rankin, of Cordon, chairman of
the Western and Atlantic committee—That
before the road is offered for lease the ques
tion of what property the state has to lease,
and the rights of the lessees, first to be sub
mitted to arbitration.
By Mr. Tignor, of Muscogee—To strike
from the first section the condition that the
personality to be leased is subject to the
right of the present lessees, nnd their option
to deliver the property therein specified, if
in as good condition as when received by
them, or upon failure to do so, then to ac
count for the same in money.
By Mr. Candler, of DcKalb—To prohibit
lesscoe from sub-letting the properly to any
persons or corporotions.
By Mr. Simmons, of Sumter—To make
the lease commission the governor, attorney
general and three upright business men, one
of whom shall be an expert railroad man.
By Mr. (Joidon, of Chatham—That the
road shall he operated by the lessees a3 the
Western and Atlantic railroad, with the
state of Grtrgia ns the sole owner and stock
holder, and that the lessees shall alone be
responsible for all the nets nnd liabilities
during the lease.
While there may he, nnrl are, dif
ferences of opinion about the terms, it
is apparent that an honest effort is be
ing made to preserve and protect this
valuable property, nnd to make it pay
into the state treasury all it is worth.
The people can confidently trust the
legislature iu this matter.
More Room For Lunatics.
The legislature does not appear to he con
sidering any proposition for enlarging tin
insane asylum. That asylum, however, i.
fur from being equal to the demands upon it.
It is full to overflowing, and yet in the
county jails of the state there are patients
who ought to he inmates of it. There
two in the jail of this county. The sheriff
says they cannot he properly cared for there.
They annoy the entire neighborhood, and
besides, little can be done for their comfort
The indications are that Liberty county
will furnish enough lunatics for a small asy
lum before the false Christ craze that pre
vails there is over. That craze has already
made lunatics of quite a number of the
The state mint do something in tin* 1
of providing more accommodations for
sane people. It is not advisable to keep the
surplus in the county jails.—News.
This is sensible talk. More accom
modations for the unfortunate class
are undoubtedly needed. The pres
ent legislature should not adjourn
without giving the subject attention.
# Liberty’s Lunatics.
Representative Mclvcr, the negro
legislator from Liberty county, visited
his home Sunday and Monday, and
returned to Atlanta this morning.
Mclver was seen by a Journal re
porter and questioned about the con
dition of affairs in Liberty county.
The colored representative was
considerably more exercised about the
state ol affairs in which he found his
household than about the religious
frenzy' which has taken possession of
his constituents. He said:
"When I got home I found that my
house had been broken into by negro
thieves and a lot of provisions and a
watch carried off. My grandson, a
youth, had been terribly beaten by
the negroes while trying to protect
my property. I guess the stealing
was done by some of King Solomon
or Queen Mary’s followers.”
“How about the religious excite
‘•Therc’sJ no religion in it. There
are about five hundred negroes gone
crazy, wh<f had better be at work.
The fellow who calls himself King
Solomon is half-witted, and the woman
who claims that she is the Virgin
Mary is old and weak-minded. The
accounts in the newspapers are true.
I talked to County Commissioner
Snclson, who is a negro, ard he said
the newspapers have not exaggerated
the condition of affairs. I think when
all the leaders have been put in jail
order will be restored.”
The most valuable book in the
world is said to be a Hebrew Bible
at the Vatican in Rome. In 1512
Pope Julius, then in great financial
straits, refused to sell it to n syndi
cate of rich Venetian Jews for ils
weight in gold. The Bible weighs
more than 325 pounds and it is
never carried by lsss than three men.
The price refused by Pope Julius was
therefore about 8125,000, and that
too, when gold was worth at least
thrice what it is now worth.
'lhe cold chilly winds of Decem
ber” may find the legislature “raslling”
with the lease question. And the
lease may possibly be found on top.
Off to Cordele.
morning at 8 o’clock a party of
Maconitca ami investors left iu a special car
on tlie Georgia Southern for Cordele.
In the party were Messrs. J. F. Hanson,
W. B. Sparks, W. \V. Collins and others.
These gentlemen have gone to Cordele
to-day to select a site on which to erect a
large cotton factory of which Major Hanson
is the president.
The Cordele factory will be one of the
largest in this section. It is hacked by
ample capital, will be supplied with the
rnostupproved machinery, and is admirably
located lor the manufacture of cotton goods.
The Macon party will be met nt Cordele
by other stockholders in the company from
Americus and Cordele.
With Major Hanson at the head, the
Cordele factory can hut prosper and suc
Other sites may also lie selected at Cor
dele to-day for other plants.—Macon News.
Cordele is setting Thomasville a
goejj example in the matter ol inaugu
rating manufacturing enterprises.
The Brunswick Times, .referring to
the rumors about yellow fever being
in that city, thinks the report is trace
able to Savannah, and intimates that
in the future no love will be lost be
tween the two cities.
WHERE JAMES (JOT CREDENTIALS.
Exactly how Janies, the second
new Messiah* claimed to have obtain
ed his credentials is explained in a
letter from Sheriff Olin 0. Smith, 6T
Liberty ‘county, to Hon. S. D. Brad-
well, member of the legislature from
As he was carrying Bell away, while
wai‘ing for the tiain, quite a crowd
gathered around them. Bell began
to speak, and told the crowd that bis
spirit would tail upon one of them.
As he said this he indicated James by
pointing his finger at him. Hence
forth, till imprisoned, James was the
The letter of the sheriff corroborates
nearly every item already published in
The Journal in regard to the condi
tion^ affairs in the county.—Atlanta
KNOCKED 101 PRICES
A Railroad Meeting.
Com:mDus, Ga., July 31.—At 11
o’clock this morning a called meeting
of the shareholders of the Columbus
Southern Rnilway Company was held
at the office of Mayor Cliff B. Grimes
for the purpose of passing upon the
form of mortgage to secure the bonds
to he issued, aud for such other busi
ness ns might be brought before it.
There was a very lull representation
of the shareholders, and all seemed
jubilant over the prospect of the early
completion of the road. A resolution
adopting a certain form of mortgage
to secure the bond was passed.
The following hoard of dircotors
was elected: T. J. Pearce, Nelson Tift,
•S. A. Carter, J. P. Kyle, James A.
Lewis, John Stephens, Cliff B. Grimes,
T. E. Blanchard.
The directors met aud elected the
following officers: T. J. Pearce, presi
dent; Nelson Tift, vice president;
Cliff B. Grimes, secretary nnd treas
urer; A. Little, attorney.
The contractors have agreed to
complete the road to Albany by
March 1. •
According to the News and Adver
tiser, Albany, two young men in that
city arc going to fight each other in a
ring. Tho lfith Inst, is the time fixed.
They arc to fight across the river.
Seats for spectators will be prepared
and a price of admission charged.
We trust that the fair name of Albany
will not be blurred and blotted by a
brutal prize fight. ■
Our Mr. Levy is now
in New York making
Fall purchases, and
lie lias sent us word
to KNOCK DOWN
PRICES on all sum
mer goods, aud make
room for ourjmmense
Fall and Winter stock
that is coming. So,
from now on, all
Spring aud Summer
goods go at old
Remnant table full
of choice bargains
Dry Ms House
Mitchell House Corner.
Augusta wants a free bridge across
the Savannah river. All right: wcv’e