INTERVIEW WITH A PROMINENT
YestenUy «u exceedingly dull.
Spring is about to put in an appear-
mhlMtlonHow Working Its OwnWay-
Wsadtrfnl Decrease lath* sale of Whls-
kor An Over the Itato--The People Rap
idly Sobering Up-Effect on the Bulneea
«g Atlanta-Oeoegla Part Verging
bn a "Dry” Itate-The liquor Tax la
Yesterday we met a drummer for
one of the targeat liquor houses in the
South, who had just returned from a bus
iness trip oVer Georgia and through
Florida, and we asked him wlisl effect
had the prohibition movement on the li
“I'll tell you,” he replied, “that so far
as Georgia is concerned the whisky busi
ness iq dead past resurrection, and other
states are fast falling into line. I hare
been selling UquOr sli my life, and it is
the only way I lure of making a living,
but it is needless to deny the fact that
the prohibition movement lias wrought
a wonderful change in the people, so far
as whisky-drinking is concerned. I have
lately iwen to Atlanta, Columbus, Ma
con, Augusta and Savannah, and of course
my business required that I visit all the
saloon men. With a single excep
tion, Snyder, o’ Augusta, who still re
tains his trade, I found the liquor dealers
bins and disheartened, and they report a
decrease in ules of from 25 to 50 per
cent I do, not believe therein much
more than one-half the liquor sold in
Atlanta now as this time last year. Now
it seems reasonable to suppose that when
the counties around you go ‘dry,’ that
you will get tbair trade, and your sales
will be proportionately increased,. But
such is not the ease. Every county that
adopts prohibition indicia a new slab on
the liquor business all over Georgia. You
.ask me why is this? Why, simply be
cause the moral sentiment of the people
U opposed to liquor drinking, snd it is
•causing thousands to stop. Even in li
quor counties, men who have been drink
ing all their lives liaye quit abort off, It
is getting to be a discredit to be seen to
enter a bar-room," and gradually the
praotice is abandoned. I tell you, as a
liquor man, that prohibition has done
great things fur Georgia, and if there was
not another election held, that tho grow
ing sentiment of the people will gradual
ly drive liquor out of the state. The
whisky dealers all over Georgia are dis
heartened and demoralised, and are pre
pared for the worst. They know and
feel that their occupation is gone. How
about the jug trade? It is greatly over
estimated.' A drummer couldn't make
expenses going to tbe dry counties and
taking orders for liquor. I tell you the
peoplo are not drinking, and there is
demand for it. It used to be the cus
tom that the Brat thing a visitor did
when be reached Atlanta and registered,
was to hunt-the bar-room. Not one in
den now thinks of drinking, and often
you can enter a crowd at the Kimball
Houao and ask a dosen men before you
ean find one to drink with.”
“What effect will prohibition have on
“It will kill the place, and has already
ven it a fatal stab. There are hun
dreds of vacant houses alt over the city*
l and rente have declined fearfully. Bus
iness is worse than I ever knew it. The
people are divided and embittered, aqd
that unity of action which built up At
lanta is forever destroyed. Don't you
•ait the city Can't raise 1100,000 to build
the Georgia Midland? The reason of
this is the liquor men are holding off.
know of one ' firm that sub
scribed 16,000 to that road, but when
Atlanta voted dry . they* reduced the
, .amount to *500. The Gate .City to in
bad-flx, and when the trouble once be-
gins, you will hear the houses pop like a
canebrake on ire. Am'I certain that
rents are declining? - Let me give you
. one illustration: Ex-Marshal Fitxsim-
mons base besqtlful pjhce on Peachtree
atreeVln oqo of the most fashionable
- portions of the city, that in 1884 rented
for |100 per month, last year at $75, and
this year was rented at public outcry for
$37.50. I tell yon, prohibition has saved
tho .drunkard, but it has killed Atlanta.”
“Has Florida prohibition?” we asked.
“Partially so, through high taxation.
The state and county tax there for sell-
,7 ing liquor to-|500 a year, and then before
you can open a bar-room you must Brat
■V get a petition signed by two-thirds of the
• .- voters within three miles of where you
expect to locate. In Jacksonville and
other cities where the Yankee tourists
most do congregate, 'liquor aaloons are
as thick aa leaver; fe Valambrosa. But
!»vi4«Uin^5«sj»e way as Gcor-
'jt there to "no tolling where this
tamnaranee wave Will stop. What am I
temperance WaVs will stop,
going to do? I don’t know as yet—turn
telportour, I suppose.”
The Athens ice works are valued at
Cranford A Davis received several new
The sale of an Athons drug store to
still being negotiated.
The business of our street railroad im
Everybody to now hard at work in
The hunters report snipe plentiful in
The butchers are now selling splendid
Two beautiful new summer cars will
be put on our street railroad.
The infant son of Judge W. B. Thom
as was buried yesterday evening.
One peck of Eastern Irish potatoes to
plant, is worth a bushel of Western.
There are about seven thousand bales
of cotton in the Athens warehouses.
A new furniture store is about to open
in the city.
A colored woman, the mother of four
children, cut her wisdom tooth yosterday.
The farmers along the line of the N,
E. are making preparations for another
Mr. Uinsterhas the largest collection
of ancient Coins and stomps of any one in
The ministers will hold a meeting at
the Y. M. C. A. rooms Thursday morn
As soon as HcGinty’s shops are built,
the part of the city near them will grow
It is said that the present dry spell
fortells that we will be blessed with
showers the coming summer.
A walking match would be a good
thing at the fair grounds in the spring.
Tout Hampton should do something to
wards getting it up.
The street commissioner will not cut
down the Urge sycamore tree at the Na
tional Bank corner, aa it would interfere
with the bailiffs in posting up their levies.
The participants in the private theatri-
ricats at the Athenieum on next Friday
night are in active rehearsal. It promises
to be a brilltont affair.
The superintendent of the waterworks
has received a great many flower cut
tings. The yard around the engine house
will be a great resort this summer.
It has become fashionable far young
ladies to sit up with the dead at night.
Two Miliedge avenbe belles have lately
been indulging in this work of chsrity.
Eugene Brydie is the corresponding
secretary of the two colored fire compa
nies in Athens, and is doing a great deal
of work in getting up the state tourna
TBE KATOB-a KEETBfO.
Mayor Heaves and Mayor pro tern.
Smith both being absent yesterday, Prof.
White occupied the seat and dealt out
justico to the law-breakers. The com
plexion of the audience was not the
usual color. Tbe boys over in East
Athens had a little trouble at a valentine
drawing, and the acting Mayor drew
three dollars and costs out of them. The
next cases called wete those who had
the flghtat the opera housoafew nights
ago. They were dealt with very lenient-
ly, and a light floe imposed upon them.
Prof. White presides with a great deal of
Yesterday morning a crowd of little
negroes gathered at a house occupied by
a colored family to play, and concluded
that they would go under the house and
build a fire, which they proceeded to
'do. They kept piling on fagots, and the
flame increased in volume, until it came
very near reaching the dry pine floor
only afewfeetabovetbut, luckily, some
parties in passing, detected the danger,
and prevented the imminent conflagra
tion. Fire and powder an two thiuga
that should be kept out of reach of chil
save OP A PATEET.
We learn that Dr. Hunnicutt paid Mr.
Lawson $4,000 for the right of bla cotton
basket, and will press its sale by next
in. This to a splendid invention,
and if properly worked, a fortune can be
made out of it Dr. H. baa also the right
to ten counties for the Georgia fence,
and will soon put a man on the road to
dispose of the territory for him. There
to generally not much money in patent
righto, but Dr. Hunnicutt has twe dings
that the people will have.
Mr. Wm. Fleming has gone to Chatta
Moore ft Elder are doing a splendid
We regret to tearnJthatMr. “Zip” Wil
cox to vety sick.
Mrs. R. Toombs DnBqse is with her
mother.on Miliedge avenue.
Chief Oliver and the police ale having
new uniforms made.
Hr. C. E. Smith, of Newnan, partner
of Dr. Charlie Iqsjg, lain the city.
Col. Fetor A. Martin, the affable and
seductive life insurance agent, still lin
gers with ua.
Mr. A. Pope has been appointed Gen
eral Freight Agent of the Norfolk ft
Western-railroad. - J * •
Misa Florrie Carr, who has been the
guest of Miss Ella Johnson, of Atlanta,
has returned to Athens.
Mr. N. N. Pendergrass, one of Jeffer.
son’s moat prominent merchants, waa in
the city yesterday.
Unde Steve 8tokeley made Athena a
flying visit on Monday. He to always
Mrs. Oliver Clark, of Gainesville, to
expected in Athens on a visit to her sis
ter, Mrs. Dr. Lowrance.
Maj. Ed Honklakly, of the U. S. ma
rines, is expected to visit our city at an
Capt and Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Hoke
Smith, of Atlanta, are not in the city, aa
has been reported.
There are a doxen applicants already
for the place of money clerk in the post-
Hon. Seaborn Reese left the city Sun
day, to visit Sparta before his return
Senator Colquitt is in Brooklyn, and
last night spoke on prohibition in Tal-
Lieut. Oscar J. Brown, instructor
cavalry tactics at West Point, to expect
ed in the city seon to visit his sister, fln.
Oliver Doud Byron, the man who has
paralysed Athens once or twice, will visit
us again ere long. He will rake in the
aheckles when he does come.
Mr. Gantt yesterday succeeded.y> walk-
ing nearly two squares, without assis
tance, but waa completely exhausted.
Hostill has a vary severe cough.
Junius Lynch Clemons, clerk of the
river and harbor committee of the house
of representatives, claims that he to tbe
original inventor of the electric telegraph,
The Chatagus circle to in a most flour
ishing condition. This is a moat instruc
tive and interesting society and should
comprise all of our ladies oT literary
Eugene Speer, of Georgia, has been
appointed chief of the loan division in
tbe office of the first comptroller of the
treasury at a salary of twenty-one hun
When the Santa Fe road was first sug
gested, it was thought to be altogether
impractical, but since its completion it
has become oneof the most beneficial and
necessary roads in the county. Too much
praise and too many thanks cannot be
given to the advocsti-r.
Last Sunday proved to bo a day of
hibition for brides at tbe Baptist church,
there being seven present They pre
sented a lovely and angelic sight
Tho marriage contract between Mr.
George McLeroy and Miss Anna Osborn,
was consummated last Sunday morning
by Rev. W. A. Overton. There were
quite a number of friends of both the
bride and groom present to congratulate
the happy couple in their divine union,
The Misses Kinnebrew, of-Rome, who
visited the Lester family, were as accom
plished and polished ladies as over made
their appearance in society. Tboyare
perfect models of culture and beauty.
Mr. S. T. Benton has purchased the va
cant lot west of the academy lot, and will
.at an early dy erect a convenient and
beautiful cottage thereon. It waa at first
thought that ho wpuidbmtd on bla river
plantation, but it being too much of a
private place for him he decided on a
more public bom*. 0. B. D.
DEATH FROM RATUXAL CAUSES.
Lkxixotox, Ga, Feb. 22,—Coroner J,
R. Baggs was called to hold an inquest
over the dead body of Willis Hutchison,
colored, yesterday. Willis waa found
by Mr. Howard Hays, a few miles from
hia home in the big road. The old :
was vsry aged, and after, summoning a
jury of inquest and bearing the evidence,
came to the decision that hia death was
from natural causes.
Mr. Arthur Long has purchased the
drug store of Long ft Co. M^ Arthur
Long has been in the drug business in
our city for a number of years, and ws
welcome him back to bis old stand. Dr.
Charlie Long, we learn, will move back
to Newnan. He has made many friends
in Athens, who wish him all the success
noon BEX ABB. .
There to a negro girl in Athens who 1
claims that she has a frog in her arm that
travels up and down hsrarofromber
wrist to her shoulder. She saya that
another woman conjured her when she
waa^young, and the frog has been in her
arm ever since.
The old office at Osceola between’ Mc
Nutt and Jug Tavern, has been opened
a|pin,ahda'hew office called Elder be
tween Waikinsville and High Shoals has
been established. This will be a grant
help to the people of Ooooee.
Nearly all the Swede and English
emigrants that were brought ont here
several years ago have gone to other
parts. All of them became dissatisfied
soon after they landed, and did not pay
back the money advanced to bring them
Both Hr. Toomerjs parrot and cocka
trice arc dead. He had only had the
birds a short time, and paid $16 for the
parrot. His monkey is still alive and
TAxr. M, C. A.
The Young Men's Cbrisiian Association
tain’ good working order now. Their
devotional meetings are very well attend-
ed and a growing interest manifested, all
,f which to very good.
ter* -V ; ‘fiwgfimTW-" ’ Ik
The state tournament of the colored
fireieompanies will take place in Athens
on the 21st of Jnly, the weak after com
mencement. There will be two comps-
Ifrom Macon, one from Americas,
two from Griffin, one from Augusta and
one from Millegeville, besides the two
companies from Athens that will compete
for the prises. There will be several
valuable prises offered. Special arrange
ments have been made with all the rail
roads to bring the visiting companies at
reduced rotes. The officers and mem
bers of Belief and Champion companies
are doing their best to make the tourna
ment a success, and will no doubt give
their visitors a royal welcomo. The col
ored fire companies of Athens have done
a great deal in saving property in the
city. They takes pride in theirorgani-
rations, and tho white people of Athens
should do everything in their power to
assist them in getting up the tournament,
We have labored hard, earnestly and
honestly to get the Midland from Colum
bus via Griffin and Madison to Athena,
but our labor has been in vain. We were
deceived at the very start, and now re
alize it and feel it, too, and what is more,
Griffin and Athena feel it and were de
ceived more than we. Madison new
strikes henceforth for herself, and natu
rally looks to ths Macon and Covington
road, and will go to work and build at
leasts turnpike to Honticello, to be con
verted into a railroad very soon. Look
ont for the engine when the whistle
Mr. Julius Gardner yesterday laid an
egg on our table that to quite a curiosity.
Ths yolk to perfect, but instead of being
surrounded by the white it to stretched
for several inches, like a string, attached
to the yolk, with a thin coating of shell
BOUND TO BATE IT.
The police are moving around lively
collecting tax executions. The only
thing one of them could find to levy on
waa a calf, and after chasing tbs calf for.
an hour he gave it up and receipted the
There to an interesting prayer meeting;
by the todies, every Monday afternoon,
at the Methodist parsonage, that to a
fruitful source Of good and pleasure to
the participants. .It to largely attended.
Mr. Snwell will at once build two neat
cottages on the Turner lot, fronting Col-,
lege avenue. It will be a splendid loca
tion, and the houses can be readily rent
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North British and Mercantile. 3,313,714
New York Underwriter* 3,505,877
Germania of New York 2,533,788
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One of the Iron clad notea taken by the
Athena merchants was presented t
farmer to sign, and after reading it over
carefully, he said that the only way to
get outof paying the note waa to die.
STILL WIAXINO THE OKAY.
Yesterday along, lank-looking coun
tryman came to the city wearing an offi
cer’s anlt of Confederate gray. It brought
back the days of old to the soldiers who
followed Lee and Jackson.
HOTSIXa IN A KAMI.
The Salmagundi club met Monday
night, and one of the carriage drivers said
he waa getting very "tired waiting for the
Sallie Montgomery elnb to adjourn.
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Why don’t oar street commissioner
remove the stones and old bridges from
the sidewalks on Lumpkin street?
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