THOMASVTLLE, GEORGIA. I'llCJRSDAT MORNIMD. DECEMBER 5, ’889
$5.00 PER AISTSTTM
ITEMS FROM METCALFE.
A Growing Town—Christmas Jingles—
A Candidate tor Legislature—In
the Field Early.
Metcalfe, Ga., Dec. 3, ’89.
Mr. C. A. Barnes lias opened a
boot and shoe repair shop in rear of
Connel’s store. Will repair or make
boots, shoes, harness, bridles, saddles,
etc., in fact do any and all leather
work. He comes well recommenced,
and we hope will build up a good
The new Baptist church is about
completed so far as the building com
mittee have decided to, yet awhile.
It is a handsome building, and is an
ornament to the town. It will be oc
cupied some time early in January, so
we understand. •
Mrs. Saunders, our post-mistress,
has Been quite sick, but we are glad
to know is improving, and bids fair to
make a speedy recovery.
Metcalfe Academy closes its first
session to day.
There will be quite a crowd out
this afternoon at the closing exercises,
consisting of dialogues, recitations,
black board exercises, etc. Miss M.
C. English, teacher in charge, has
given entire satisfaction to both par
ents and pupils. No better teacher
anywhere than she.
The boys have a fino track, and
practice twice a week with lance and
ring. They are to have a tournament
Dec. 24th, and some of them will ride
in Thomasville next day. Tell Tom
Livingston, rt at, to lookout, Metcalfe
will be sure to take her part of the
prizes. Several prizes will be offered
at the tournament here, but the com
mittcc have not, as yet, made it known
wbnt they will bg; Comedown".
Metcalfe will have a enndidato in
the field for the next legislature,
so we learn. It’s a long time off, but
we think it will he fun for somebody.
The firm reads: Reynolds & Wi'kes,
Blacksmiths. They do good work,
ami they seem to have all they can do.
We need only a barber shop and
bank, and Metcalfe would be pretty
well able to take care of herself.
Don’t all come at ouce.
Cotton seed are as sure money ns
cotton. Metcalfe has handled more
of them thin season than any (own of
its size in the stnte, and still they
Metcalfe is preparing for the big
gest kind of Christmas. All the chil
dren will be made happy to know
that Santa Clang will make his head
Dr. Young is assistant postmaster
and he fills the place to the satisfac
tion of every one.
Lumber is now being hauled to
the grounds for the election of a
Methodist church. It will be a build
ing in keeping with the times, and
will be nicely furnished throughout,
A. R. T.
Senator Yoorhees said to a reporter
in Indianapolis a few days ago in
reference to the prospects cf the Dem
“I never felt so confident of success
for the Democratic party as I do now.
I have a reason for the faith that is
in me, and it consists in the fact that
on the mighty issue of equal rights
and equal burdens of taxation the
Democratic pariy has the eternal
right for its platform. On this issue
it will grind its opponents to dust.
It is only a question of time, and of
short time at that. The light is trav
eling fast on this subject,”
We Imng a criminal anil say "lie’s hung,’’
Although twos better “hanged.”
Then why not say a horse's tail is hung,
Instead of that “’tis banged.”
Capt. Bluff—He’s a liar, and I’m
going to telj him so. Capt. Calm—
But he is a good deal bigger man than
you are, Captain. Capt. Bluff—I’ve
thought of that, but I’m going to call
him a liar by telephone.—Life.
Thanksgiving day passed off very
quiet Thursday. Religious services
were held at tlie Methodist church by
Rev. J. W. Foy.
The school of Miss Ola Jones closed
Friday. She leaves Wednesday for
her home, Atlanta.
Miss Mattie Singletary gave her
little friends a party last week, and
the little folks had bushels of fuu.
Mr. Henry Freeman, of Carrollton,
Ga., is at the Perry House. He likes
our little village, and thinks of re
maining till spring.
Misses Dome Thompson and Bell
Bullock spent Thursday with Miss
Miss Annie Dekle left Wednesday
to visit her sister in Camilla.
When you want to buy something
nice, call on Clayton, the polite clerk
of J. E. Stephens,
B. I). Anderson went up to Camilla
J. B. Gottwails, of Thomasville,
spent Sunday in our town.
Sheriff Hurst and daughters spent
Sunday in town, visitiug his mother.
Mrs. Hurst lias been in delicate health
for some time, but we are glad to
know she is improving.
We are going to have a Christmas
tree Tuesday night, the 24th. Every
body come to town, buy a nice present,
Martin Perry has more cheek than
any man in town, he lias the mumps.
We hear “Do wedding bells a ring
ing, ’tis sweet, I do declare.” Ask
Bart Anderson about it.
Tha Flag is Still There.
The democratic congressmen met
in caucus at Washington yesterday,
and re nominated Mr. Carlisle jor
speaker, and the old offieors of the
house throughout, except the chap
lain, Mr. Milburn, who will, of course,
he voted for with the rest, though the
honor is an empty one, if any such
recognition can, properly speaking,
he regarded as meaningless.
The resolution adopted by the
caucus, however, is full of good omeu
for the future of the country Through
this resolution the democratic mem
bers of the house send greeting to the
people with assurances of continued
confidence in and devotion to the
principles of tariff rctorm ns embraced
m Mr. Cleveland’s last message, and
in the platform adopted by the last
national democratic convention. The
caucus gathers inspiration from the
results of the cdcctious in the north
western states last month, and the
democracy of the country generally
share in the enthusiasm. With Car
lisle, now become the lender of the
minority on the floor, the small ma
jority can accomplish but little for
evil if the democrats [shall remain
firm, vigilant and united.—Times-
A Strong Compliment.
From the News and Advertiser.
When the new capitol was turned
over by the Capitol Commissioners to
the public on the fourth of July last,
Governor Gordon made a most elo
quent speech, relinquishing the trust
of the commissioners.
After the session had adjourned at
which all the speeches had been made,
Governor Gordon’s friends and hear
ers flocked around him, showering
upon him their congratulations for his
noble and eloquent utterances.
Among them was Judge R. P.
Trippe, the prominent ex-Judgeof the
Supreme Court. Walking up to the
governor, he said:
“Well, General, I want to hear you
sometime when you make a failure,”
with which he walked off. Could
a compliment be put more ingenious
Governor Gordon’s great speech at
Chicago in the interest of the Confed
erate monument at that place would
have been a disappointment to Jugde
Trippe if he was anxious to hear of
the governor’s failure.
The Judge’s compliment was true
to the point. Governor Gordon
never makes a failure.
Mr. Harrison’s message was read
before the Senate and House, on Tues
day. The Savannah Daily Times, in
noticing the salient points in the doc
As his first state paper reviewing
the material condition of this country,
it was looked for with interest. Nine
months ago, when a political change
placed the administration of the gov
ernment of the United States in the
hands of his party, Mr. Ilalrisen
found the country enjoying the fullest
blessings of prosperity. No really
serious foreign complications existed.
The transfer of the control of the pub
lie affairs did not occasion the slightest
friction. The Samoan difficulty was
adjusting itself and the Haytian civil
war, of course, was not a matter of
grave concern to us.
President Harrison lias simply to
report in regard to our foreign affairs,
a friendly relation between this nation
and all others. On the financial
questien he writes at length without
saying much. But he cannot escape
noticing the vast surplus revenue
avil. His passing observation that
the accumulation of this surplus,
which for the last fiscal year was 843,-
509,522,30, “has called into use ex
pedients for putting it into circula
tion of very questionable propriety,”
is mild indeed. He knows full well
that many of tlie expedients are the
devices of conuptionists. ■ Even the
plan of one of his own elect, Corporal
Tanner, was so unquestionably im
proper, that a change was made in
the office. Totally lacking the frank
ness of his predecessor, Mr. Ham’son
proposes the same remedy for the
taxpayer. A f revision of the tariff
law is recommended, it is in a per
functory way and not with the un
mistakable tone of Mr. Cleveland’s
papers on this subject. Nor is Mr.
Harrison as forcible in his expressions
on this point as was President Arthur,
who was in advance of his party on
the tariff question.
It was to be expected that Mr. Har
rison would recommend national aid
to schools. Nor does his advocacy
of the throttling Federal election law
come with surprise. Behind his
recommendation of subsidies for
steamship liues is seen the influence
of Secretary Blaine. That has long
been a cherished project of tlie
Plumed Knight. The civil service
part of the message in so far as it
indirectly professes to make pledges,
is, judged by Mr. Harrison’s inaugur
al, hut a hollow tow.
On the subject of new legislation
for the Federal courts and judges, ho
but follows in the footsteps of bis
predecessors, irrespective of party.
On the Mormon question, which Mr.
Arthur and Mr. Cleveland struck at
with mailed hand, Mr. Harrison is
silent, though the question is not
His recommendation of an enlarged
pension roil will not bo favorably
received, save by the possible bene
ficiaries and the Republican politi
cians. There is no objection even in
tlie South to paving pensions to the
deserving, hut the elasticity of the
public bounty should have a limit.
The strongest point in the message
is Mr. Harrison’s position on appro
priations for the rivers and harbors.
He advances the view that fewer
works should be undertaken and that
they should be completed in a reason
Every American, too, irrespective
of party, will agree with the President
that while this is a free country it is
not desirable to give citizenship or a
home to those who are enemies to the
Republican from of government.
As a whole the message is but a
Patient—What have I got, doctor?
Young physician—I can’t tell exactly
whether it’s rheumatism or smallpox,
but Iv’e been called to see a man
with the small pox, and when I see
what he looks like, I’ll come back and
The Heathen Chinee.
Tlie invention of playing-cards, at
some remote epoch of the vanished
past, has been generally accredited to
the Chinese, and in like manner haa
also the practice of cheating thereat.
That the ancient Romans were con
versant with most of the popular
games of chance in vogue to-day—
besides a great many the key to
which has been lost during “Time’s
onward march”—we know; and that
they played at dice we also know.
But whether they are justly entitled
to the distinction (which is claimed
for them) of having originated the
spotted cubes, and the pleasing form
of gambling which these necessitate,
we are not prepared to state. If in
this, as in almost every other inven
tion of importance under tlie sun, the
Celestials may be ceded the honor of
conception we are equally uncertain.
But that tlie “noble” Romans stooped
to low trickery and fraud in their
games, is made evident by the recent
excavation in the ruins of ancient
Pompeii, where a room was discover
ed in which the occupants had evi
dently been surprised at a game of
“hazard,” or some other dice game.
The dice were composed of a hard,
bone-like substance, and were in as
perfect condition as when they were
last thrown, nearly two thousands
years ago. The strangest thing about
these dice, however, is that three of
them were “loaded.”
The World’s Coal Production.
The Paris Journal des Econoraistes
contains the following on tlie produc
tion of coal in the world, stating in
the first instance that the total of the
coal production in all counties during
the year 1880 amounted to 407,000,-
000 tons, having a value of 8,000,-
000,000 francs, which is nearly treble
the value of the precious metals which
were obtained from the bowels of the
earth. England, it says, produced
the largest quantity, then follow the
United States, Germany, and only in
the fourth line France. In 1851 the
English production was55,000,000 tons,
the German and that of the United
States, about 8,000,000 tons each, the
Belgian only 5,000,000, and the
French 4,500,000 tons. 1800 Eng
land produced 100,000,000 tons ; the
United States, 102,000,000; Germany,
73,500,000; Austria, 18,500,000;
Fiance, 19,910,000 tons. Russia
prcducod up to the year 1870 only
200,000 tons annually, but if she
continues to progress as she has done
since then she will soon produce as
much as Austria, which propuccd in
1880 18,500,000 tons of coal. As to
France, it is remarked that in spite
of the efforts made by the authorized
companies in order to raise the value
of their produce, and notwithstanding
the support given them by the rail
way companies by reducing tlie tariffs,
tlie wants of tlie country, which re
quire 30,000,000 tons annually, can
not he supplied from its own mines.
One-third of the coal consumed in
Franco is foreign, and is supplied by
Belgium, England and Germany.
Since 1880 the importation of coal
from Germany has again reached the
same extent as before the war of 1870;
it amounts to 1,500,000 tons annually;
that from'Belgium, which has always
been tlie largest, to 5,000,000, and
that from England to 4,000,000 tons.
Gordon Was the Lion.
Chicago, Dec. 2.—Governor Gor
don, of Georgia, was given a popular
reception to-night at the Palmer House.
Fully 2,000 citizens shook hands with
him in the course of little over an
hour. At Governor Gordon’s right
stood N. K. Fairbanks, and on the
left, General Crook. Among the
prominent men who came to meet the
governor were Judge Walter Q.
Gresham, P. E. Studebacker and ex-
Senator Lyman Trumbull.
An amateur singer is the missing
link between a nervous person and
the grave.—Atchinson Globe.
We have just re
ceived 12 pieces of
Dress Goods in all
the leading colors.
36 inches wide,and
we offer them at
the extremely low
price of 25 cts. per
yard. At this low
price we expect to
close them all out
10 new rolls of
new patterns, just
Mitchell House Block