S. M. MARSHBURN,
The Largest and Only Exclusive Dry Goods
House in Barnesville.
Two stores, one hundred feet long, filled with NEW GOODS, at prices that startle competition. Long ex=
perience in buying, and an untold secret in facilities, puts this house in the lead. The steady increase of their
business, evidences the wisdom of the people, as they know where the BEST goods at the LOWEST prices are
sold. Strong faith in the future prosperity of Barnesville, is evinced by the immense purchases they have
made in Dry Goods, Dress Goods, Silks, Trimmings, Shoes, Hats, Clothing, Furnishing Goods, etc.
, Dress Goods,
Dress Goods is now a specialty at Marshburn’s, and nothing has been left out of the catalogue
of novelties in Silks, Wool Goods, Madras cloths, Ginghams, printed Lawns, Muslins, Taltum, Persian
Lawns, Linen Lawns, etc. Misses Mattie and Fatie Elliott will be found ready to serve their friends and
the public generally in this line.
You can get any pattern you wish at the low price of 10 and 15/ of McCall’s make—the best
and safestto buy, Bazar pattern sheets given free, and subscription for magazines solicited at 60/ year
No cranium too large or small to be fit out of this mammoth stock of HATS. The latest shapes
in Felts, Straws and Caps are in and any taste can be suited. See their stock before you buy.
Free to Customers.
Asa matter of appreciation, of patronage given the Marshburn store, they will have any photograph enlarged in the
best style of work, work done by artists that guarantee their work, when you have finished cash purchases to the amount of
$15.00. Get you a ticket. Another and separate present, is a beautiful and hand-painted Pannel or Tray, after you have
purchased SIO.OO. In both instances, the purchases must be cash. You are not required to buy all at once. Remember, that
your purchases for one of the present does not include the other.
We will greatly appreciate your patronage this year, either for cash or credit, and our corps of helpers, composed of
£d Middlebrooks, Charley Butler, Misses Mattie and Fatie Elliott, will be glad to serve you.
HOW MUCH ?
A good many centuries ago a
famous English nobleman, when
accused of knowing how to read
and write, instead of pleading
guilty to the “soft impeachment,”
made an indignant denial, saying
that he was a knight, not a
“clerk.” We have traveled far in
educational matters since that
day, and any English or American
gentleman of today would he
ashamed to acknowledge that his
education comprised only such el
ementary branches as reading and
writing. Yet, although men of
civilized, or even semi-civilized
nations, are agreed that education
is a necessity, they differ widely
as to how much education is bene
In educational centers and uni
versity towns, the question is—
whether special work is helpful
after a man has taken the regu
lar A. B. and A. M. and Ph. D.
courses. In college towns, it is
whether a university course in ad
dition to the regular college course
gives any practical advantage. In
towns and cities where the highest
educational institution is the high
school, it is argued that college
training is of little value, and in
some cases actually unfits a man
for the duties of practical life.
Mr. Schwab, the president of
the United Steel Trust, a man who
probably receives the highest sala
ry paid by any business corpora
tion in the world, holds the latter
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opinion, and is very outspoken in
his condemnation of college train
ing for business men. Mr.
Schwab is also the man who, on
a recent trip to Europe, set the
world to talking about bis wreck
less gambling at Monte Carlo.
Most right-thinking people will
agree that Mr. Schwab needs
something more than bis common
school education to make of him
a high type of manhood.
In communities where only the
common schools supplied by the
state are found, people are found
who actually discuss whether it is
desirable for a child to learn all
the studies comprised in “the ele
mentary-branches of an English
education,” as interpreted by the
state. The parents so frequently
decide this question in the nega
tive, and refuse to give their
children an opportunity to learn
even the “elementary branches,”
that the tax payers of the state
have the right to increase taxes in
order to furnish educational ad
vantages unless the state at the
same time undertakes to force the
parents to give the children the
benefit of those advantages.
This question is going to be
answered at the ballot box very
soon, or the school appropriation
is going to be decreased very ma
terially. Asa matter of simple
justice, the legislature ought not
to go on increasing the school
fund, unless some effective step
BARNESVILLE, GA>, THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 1902.
is taken to see to it that the chil
dren of the state, all of them,
unless providentially hindered,
get the benefit of it.
The discussion thus far is to
show that among some people
there is great apathy in regard to
education along all lines from
the elementary schools through
the university. If the sole aim
of education and of life be to turn
out machines for amassing money,
then there may be some definite
point beyond which education
should stop. But if the ultimate
and legitimate end of education
he to produce the highest possible
type of manhood and womanhood,
then every child needs every pos
sible educational advantage, and
it is the plain and solemn duty of
parents to do everything in their
power to give these advantages to
Without stopping to discuss
this proposition, which ought to
be self evident, let us notice some
conditions which exist among us.
Barnesville justly claims to be one
of the educational centers of Geor
gia. It has now, and has had for
years a secondary school second to
none in the state, and superior to
many of the so-called colleges in
the thoroughness of its instruc
tion and the breadth of its curri
culum. It has the strongest and
most experienced faculty of any
secondary school in the state. It
is well equipped in buildings and
in apparatus. It looks after the
physical culture of its students
through its physical culture course
for girls, and its thorough mili
tary training for boys. The col
leges to which Gordon Institute
students go, sky that they get no
students better prepared than ours.
Nearly every citizen of Barnes-
Shoes and Notions.
It is a conceded fact that MARSHBURN handles the largest and best line of Men’s, Women and
Children’s Shoes in Barnesville. Their STETSON SHOES in men’s, and FRIEDMAN SHOES in la
dies, are the very best, in fit ami wear that can be obtained.
Under the hfeod of Notions, the largest and most complete line of Hosiesy, Corsets, Embroidery,
Laces, Handkerchiefs, Braids, Towels, Doilers, White Spreads, Ribbons, etc., can be found. Do not
fail to try the ROYAL WORCESTER CORSET.
Giothing a SPecialty.
The Knnt-be-beat clothing is becoming the fad, and you will find in this room, which is devoted
entirely to clothing of the best make that money can buy, a perfect fit. No stock in Barnesville and
few in Ga. can equal this line. Ijyi .boys, youths and men’s department, Messrs. Ed Middlebrooks and
Charley Butler have charge,
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PROF. O. F. CLIPHANT, President Oordan Institute.
viile will not only say that all
these things are true, but will
take great pleasure in saying ho.
Barnesville people are loyal to
Now comes the point of this
whole article. The people of
Barnesville and vicinity believe
in education, but their estimate
of how muck education is neces
sary or desirable is on the de
crease. If tftis condition of affairs
had begun recently, there might
be nothing alarming in it; but it
has been going on steadily for sev
eral years. The lower grades are
liberally patronized, but in the
four upper classes, —those which
are most expensive to maintain,
i and which count most for breadth
and culture and character, —the
local representation is much
smaller than it should be. The fol
lowing figures tell the story. Out
of an enrolment 88 cadets in the
four upper classes this term, 2i are
from Pike county. No cadets in
the grades are compiled in this
estimate. By classes the relative
mini hers are as follows: In Sen
ior class 1 out of 10 are local,
which is a higher average than
The term, “local,” includes not
only students from Barnesville,
but all from Pike county. In the
Junior class, 2 out of 10 are local;
in Sophomore class, 4 out of 24
are local; in Freghtnan class, 7
out of 29 are local. Many irregu
lar students are not included in
this list by classes. This means
that a majority of the local stu
dents who enter Gordon Institute,
do not get us far as Freshman
class; and of those who do, the
majority drop out before reaching
Junior class. Why? In a few
cases, because the boys, impati
ent of restraint, are anxious to
get out and try their fortunes in
the world, and their parents weak
ly yield to their importunities.
Jn a far greater number of cases,
because the parents begrudge the
expense, and hurry their sons from
school to become wage-earners.
For what? That a few years hence,
they may leave to their children
an estate richer by a few thou
sands, in exchange for which their
sons must surrender their highest
right,—the right to manhood.
These children ask bread and
they are given a stone.
There are some cases, where ab
solute necessity drives parents to
take their children from school.
Against these no word of criti
cism should be uttered. It is
their misfortune, not their fault.
But the father, who willfully and
intentionally deprives his child of
the chance to prepare himself foa*
life’s duties, and hopes to make
amende in his will, is guilty of a
crime against his own flesh and
blood, for which he can never
atone, either in this world or in
the world to come. The curse of
humanity is “the gold that gilds
the straitened forehead of a fool.”
The condemnation of this world
is that there is light in he world,
and men love darkness rather than
light. Ignorance is God’s great
est enemy and the devil’s dearest
“We brought nothing into this
world and it is certain we can
carry nothing out,” but we may
send as much by others as we
will; and the surest method yet
discovered of transmitting money
to the bank of the New Jeanißslem
is to investeit in the life of a little