The Grady County Progress
CAIRO, GRADY COUNTY, GEORGIA, FRIDAyT AUGUST 12, 1910.
NOT COMING SHORT
In Their Prorat Share of Ihe
WEATHERS MAKES REPLY
"A Citizen” Did Not Know Wl»t
He Was Writing About or Will
lully Pekverted tbe Truth to
Carry a Point—Invited to Make
a Personal Investigation.
Cairo, Ga., August 8, 1910.
Dear Sir: —
In last week’s Cairo Messenger
there was a coinmunition under the
title “Communicated” and signed
by “A Citizen,” which, but for the
fact that it contains statements that
•are untrue, would be unnoticed.
Who the Citizen is, I do not
know; and why he makes these
istatements is not for me to inquire;
and were it not for the fact that
someone would believe him, his
letter would be passed unnoticed.
What is said here applies only to
his statement in regard to the school
system, I do know something of
the schools of Grady county, and
but for the injustice done to the
school system in this articl®, I
would have nothing to say. The
writer of the article characterizes
the school system in the following
“One of the most damnable im
positions that has ever berin-impdsed
upon the white people of Georgiy
since the days when the Bilie Coats
walked the streets of Atlanta in the
days of the sixties, when our fath
er’s created the law by which reve
nues are raised for educational pur
poses . Their motives were doubt
less pure, and the appropriations
were intended to go for the special
benefit of tne children, but they
have been perverted and are being
used to pay Book Committees,
County School Commissioners, In-
stiiute Experts, Boards of Educa
tion, etc., until the report of the
State School Commissioner and
■other evidence show about one half
■of the appropriation leaks out be
fore it gets to the teacher for the
benefit of the children.”
When the author of the article
goes before the public and makes
an assertion to the effect that about
one-half of the;, appropriation for
the public school is used up before
it “goes to the teacher for the ben
efit of the children” and relies upon
the “report of the State School
Commissioner and other evidence”
to sustain him in this contention,
the public at large will be interested
in haying him point out definitely
where 1 ‘the report and other evi
dence” can be found. Unless the
writer of the article can and. does
show the grounds for this accusa
tion, I think no sensible man can
fail to see that he speaks either
without knowing the truth, when he
might have known it; or he shows
a reckless disregard of the truth.
He is amazingly ignorant of school
conditions here and elsewhere, or
he is willing to state a falsehood
with some ulterior motive in view.
First, let us look at the State Ad
ministration. The State School
Commissioner in his report to the
general assembly of Georgia for
1908 (and I would use 1909 but I
do not have it in my office now) on
page 29, says “The salary roll' of
the department of education
84,100.00 per annum, or a little
more than one tenth of one per cent
of what passes through our hands'.
The entire cost of operating the de
partment will not reach five-tenths
of ono per cent.
In other words, the State Admin
istration of the Department of Edu
cation costs not more than fifty
cents on the $100.00. So much for
the State Administration of the
Let us now see about the county
administration for Grady county,
for the year 1909. The report of
the county school commissioner to
the state school commissioner for
1909 shows that there was disbursed
in Grady county from the public
funds $17,612.90; the expense for
operating the county school were as
Salary to county school com
Salary to the members of the
Stationery, office rent, post
age, express, institute ex •
perts, and other incidentals 186.94
Making the total expenses $1,006.94
Deducting the total expense from
the total amount disbursed we find
that the teachers of Grady county
actually received “for the benefit of
the children” $16,605.96. Or in
other words, the cost of the county
administration for the school system
was $5.71 on the $100.00. Or to
be even more exact, deduct $5.71
from '$100.00 we find that out of
every $100.00 the teachers of Grady
county actually receive $9J 29 for
the benefit of the cbildrea. Put'
ting together the cost of the state
of one-half, as this irresponsibl par
ty affirms. Where did he get his
facts? The only place they are ob
tainable is from the county school
comnrissioner and the state school
commissioner. The state school
commissioner’s report for 1908, as
well as the oounty school commis
sioner’s report for last year shows
that his statements are utterly with
out foundation, and can only come
from the mind of one who does not
know the facts, or from one who is
willing to misstate the facts to meet
the exigiences of a political cam
Now this party makes this fur
ther statement that “in fact, as the
records will show, those commis
sioners and boards of education
(referring to the commissioners and
boards of education of Grady and
Decatur counties) have robbed the
rural districts for the special bene
fit of the town.” As to that state
ment I wish to submit some figures
which I take from the records of
the Grady county schools for this
year. Dividing the appropriations
to the schools by the average at
tendance for this year. I find the
average cost per pupil for the five
months term just closed to be as
Alpino school $1*.71
Court house or Ragan school. 8.12
Calvary school 9.43
Woodland school... 7.91
Hickory Head school 13.88
.'Prwnee school 8.33
Cairio school 8.07
Whigham school... 9.80
Full Board Was Present at
APPLICATION FOR AID FOR PAUPERS
Further Investigation to Be Made
OI Condition ol Applicants Be'
lore Board Will Act—Several
Accounts Ordered Paid.
Board of County Commissioners
met pursuant to adjournment.
Present: Thomas Wight, J. M.
Sasser, Henry Mitchell and Albert
On motioil the minutes of the
previous meeting road and ap
Josephine Pyles made applica
tion for aid from pauper fund of
county. Application referred to
Commissioner Mitchell for investi
gation, and report to next meeting
of the board.
Application of Spott Reed for aid
from the county pauper fund re
ferred to /Commissioner Powell to
investigate and report back to the
next meeting of this board.
On motion Richard Gore was
placed on pauper’s list of the coun
ty to be paid $2.00 per month.
Application of Mrs. Avie Finney
to be placed on pauper’s list refer
red to Commissioner Sasser to in
vestigate and report to next meet
ing of the board.
and county administration . we,^.sgp P n P 1 ®
it takes approximately one-six- counts ,■■</.: a
teenth of the entire funds, instead :
Albert Powell,nails for bridge $ 165
E. T. Dollar, jail fees, per
diem at court,, etc— $102 10
Albert Powell; 4'days look
ing after bridge
Whiaden & Lang, lumber..
W. C. Barrow, work on
J. B. Watts, 4 duys service
City Court bailiff
E. G. Harrell, 4 days service
Eugene Clower, metrical ser
vice for prisoner
S. M; McKeown, work on
P. H. Herring, Ordinary, or
dering school election
City of Caire, light, water
and lamps for court house
Wight & Browne, vaccine,
paints, etc., for small pox
J. H. Carter, lumber for
T. J. Arline, medical ser
vice in small pox cases,
T. J. Arline, attending P.
Hoskins and wife.
W. R. Hawthorne, repair
ing bridge 20 60
J. H Carter, lumber
W. T. Crawford, per diem
at court, etc...
Roy W. Ponder, registering
voters and making de
W. R. Hawthorne, lumber.
R. W. McDowell, bringing
back prisoner to county..
On motion adjourned to
again on second Tuesday in Sep
Thos. Wight, Chairman.
J. M. Sasser,
J. L. Peeples.
M. L. Ledford, Clerk.
Let the people of Grady county
see from these figures whether or
not the country schools are being
discriminated against in favor of
the town schools. I have not taken
all of the schools into question, but
have only taken the town systems
and several of the country systems.
they certainly show that the coun
try schools are not discriminated
against in favor of the town schools,
and shall not be so, so long as I am
county school commissioner and
have influence with the county
board of education and the board is
composed of such men as it now is.
In conclusion, I wish to .say that
there are no secrets connected with
the administration of the schools of
Grady county. The records of this
office are open to inspection of any
If-these figures ahow anything, citizen of the county at any time
upon request. Not only do we not
seek to hide things but I hereby in
vite the fullest, freest investigation
at any time.
If the writer of the article did not
know what he stated to be untrue,
when hs might have known the
facts, he is too irresponsible to ap
pear in public print; if he did
know that what he states is untrue,
then, he is unworthy of belief.
J. S. Weathers,
C. S. C.
LEI’S CLEAN UP.
Editor Progress; The writer,from
personal observation, is led to be
lieve that the health of the people
of our fair city is in imminent peril
on Account of the existing unsani-
tarv conditions and sounds this
note of warning in the hope that
our people may awaken from their
lethargy and co-operate with our
city officials in removing some of
these deadly menaces and cess
pools of disease that are to be found
right in the heart of our town.
Some time ago a mass meeting of
citizens was held in the dourt house
for the purpose of discussing ways
and means of cleaning up the town
which much enthusiasm was
displayed, a call was made fora
oleaning up day, committees were
appointed to accelerate this work
and perfect plans for permanent
cleanliness, a mere glance will con
vince the most careless observer that
this work has riot been kept up as it
should have been.
Casually stroll down Broad street
going south irnmediately after cross
ing thq A. G. L., railroad. There
You will See;tth.> gaping | iai(Wth:'.(g.Y
sewer filled with decayed Vegetable
matter and stagnant water arid the
vapors arising therefrom are so of
fensive to the sense of smell that
one almost has to hold their nose
in passing. On the othfer the street
just north of the railroad is another
pl^ce in like condition at the inter
section of Broad and Pearce streets
is a hole of water, the, outflow of a
sewer; sour and nauseating, in
which countless numbers of mos
quitoes are breeding. These are
not imaginative things, but are
to be seen. Other cess pools of
filth t co offensive to mention are to
be found in great numbers and
something should be done.
Our mayor and council are trying
to improve these conditions tut
they can not do so without the help
of others. A few cases have been
made and fines imposed by the
mayor for persons throwing garbage
and rotten fish out upon the back
ONLY FIVE DAYS
BEFORE GRADY DAY
Pelham & Havana Railroad
to Run Excursion.
BASKET COMMITTEE WILL BE ON HAND
Those Bringing Baskets May De
posit Them In Ihe City Hall-
Wagon WIH Be Sent to All the
Homes In Cairo for Baskets .
aa« Re.tnra Them In the Even-
Only five days until the day of
Grady Day—August 17th.
Let everyone keep this day in
mind and meet in Cairo.
It will be a day long to be remem
bered by the youngest tot that you
The Pelham & Havana Railroad
will run an excursion on that day.
The fare from Calvary and return
iB 75 cents; Reno 50 , cents; Cran
ford 30 cents; Gradyville 15 cents.
Trains will leave Calvary at 8:50 a.
m., and returning will leave Cairo
about 4,p. m.
It’s going to be a big day.
BASKET COMMITTEE’S REQUEST.
The Basket Committee will, on
the 17th, meet all morning trains,
both on the Atlantic Coast Line and
the Pelham <fc Havana railroads ard
receive all baskets from parties
bringing them. People from the
r-jqnv.'St the Gity^ Bfali 'wri v . u
they will be received, arid if desired
returned to the ‘City Hall in the af
ternoon, or they may take them to
the picnic grounds near the sohool
house, where a member dr members
of the basket committee will be on
the ground to look after same.
Wagons will be sent to all the homes
in town for baskets, beginning on
the north side’ of town at 9:30
o’clock a. m. and the baskets re
turned to the homes in the after-
All baskets should be carefully
marked or tagged, so as to insure
identification. A strict observance
of these rules will prevent any con
fusion and delay and will greatly
aid in making the occasion a suc
C. E. Mauldin,
Chairman Basket Committee.
Without imputing neglect to any
one one lets get together and clean
Mr*. Mary Webb, Dead.
At the residence of Mr. N. W.
Hinson, 12 miles south of Cairo on
last Saturday morning Mrs. Maiy
Webb died suddenly of heart fail
ure. She had been in declining
health for a few days but her death
was a shock to all. She was above
sixty-five years of age.
She leaves three daughters, Mrs,
N. W. Hinson, Mrs. D. A. Joues,
Miss Louise Webb, and one brother
Mr. L. R: Rehberg, of Ochlocknee,
and two sisters, Mrs. Amanda
Shirey and Mrs. Nancy Holton, to
mourn her loss.
Her retriains were interred at the
family graveyard Sunday at ll
o’clock,. Rev. M. M. Kinohens con
ducting the funeral,
A Sad Death.
Mrs. Mathew Howze, whose ma
lignant sickness of some weeks we
have mentioned in these columns,
from time to time, died Sunday
morning last, in spite of all that
medical skill, of the best class,
could do for her relief. Drs. Walk-
sir and Warnell, the attending phy
sicians, had Dr. A. P. Taylor, of
Thomasville, with them in consul
tation, but the disease was of too
virulent a type to be controlled.
The burial took place at 10 a. m.
Monday, at Pierce Chapel. The
Rev. Messrs. W. E. Towson, Wal
ter Jones, G. T. Hurst, J. P. Swann
and J. W. Hines were the ministers
present and, besides them, there
was a large concourse of sorrowing
and sympathizing relatives and
There are very many who grieve
with the widowed husband, in his
great bereavement’; and not a few
are praying that he may be saved a
further calamity by the recovery of
his daughter, Miss Mattie Sue, who
is. criti'cally. ill with, the same affec
tion that carried off her inother.