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NEWNAN, GA., WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 22. 1905.
Now for Organiza
tion of the Farmers
To the Farmers, Merchants and
Business Men ot Coweta County:
The Southern Cotton Growers’
Association was organized at New
Orleans in January; and before
this reaches the public, tbe Geor
gia Cotton Growers’ Association
will have been organized in Atlan
ta. A County Association has
already been organized in Coweta,
and we are now in condition to
organize each district in the coun
ty. The County Association ap
pointed the following committees
to perfect organization of each
1st District. M. H. Couch, Ed
Sasser, Emmett Freeman.
2nd District. A. H. Young, W.
A. Brannon, J. W. Houston.
3rd District. J. P. Bohannon,
J. L. Lane, J. T. Brooks.
4th District. Edgar Merriweth-
er, W. L. Crowder, J. B. Story.
5th District. R. P. Davis,W. A
Potts, W. A. Herring, W. B. Orr,
6th District. W. B. North, G.E.
Parks, George Wynn, J. Y. Mc
7th District. N. H. Collins-
worth, Orrin Cranford, R. N.
Cedar Creek. L. M. McGee, T.
M. Sewell, L. P. Glass.
Panther Creek. A. B. Hyde, J.
P. Jones, C. T. Sewell.
Hurricane. B. H. Dial, W J
Amis, T C Dickson.
Grantville. S E Leigh, T M
Zellars, L W Bohannon.
Turin. Fred Hunter, J B Shell,
J M Strickland
Haralson. W O Herndon, Lon
Gray, G P Hodnett.
I suggest that these committees
call meetings at once in each dis
trict, elect president,secretary and
treasurer; enlarge committee and
see every man, white, and. black,
and get them to sign the pledge td
reduce acreage 25 per cent, from
planting of 1904; also to reduce
commercial fertilizers 25 per cent,
for 1905. Get them to say how
many acres of cotton they planted
in 1904, how many acres will plant
in 1905, how many tons ot com
mercial fertilizers used in 1904 and
how many will use in 1905; how
many bales made in 1904, how
many plows run, and how many
bales of cotton on hand. If farmer
agrees to reduce 25 per cent, in
1905, have him sign the pledge and
collect 25 cents dues from him. If
he will not reduce 25 per cent., get
him to answer above questions and
mail all pledges with one half of
all the dues collected to L, M. Mc
Gee, Secretary of County Associa
tion. He will keep record by dis
tricts of all money and pledges.
We have had 1500 pledges printed
and any committeeman can get
them by giving me his address.
It is very# important that every
man in the county put his whole
soul in this work and continue to
push, this organization until every
man is enlisted in this movement.
If we will do this we need have no
fears about the results. Unani-
mpup effort in these associations
will hush the cry of low prices and
bring the satisfactory answer to
our tales of misfortunes.. He who
fails to lend a helping hand to push
this moment ih this important
hour, needs to be awakened
to asense of duty and catch in
spiration and zeal from those who
have seen the danger of going on
in the same old ruts, single hand-1
WANT RENT REDUCED WITH ACRE
In The Journal of the 14th inst.
I read with pleasure the plan sug
gested by Mr. W. A Brannon, of
Moreland, to regulate the planting
of cotton, and to secure control of
the cotton market, which I believe
to be the best plan I’ve heard of
thus far, and one that will, if all
cotton growers co-operate, place
the control of prices in the hands
x>f the producers, where it rightful
ly belongs. i
To make this successful, it is
necessary that every farmer, big
and little, rich and poor, white and
black, sign this pledge to re
duce the acreage of the next crop
at least twenty-five per cent, but I
wish to call the attention of The
Journal to this one fact: The little
farmer, say the one to five horse
farmer, will find this very hard to
do, on account of the high rent
they are forced to pay.
The farmers, I mean the poor
farmers, have to pay from one and
a halt to three and a half bales per
one horse farm, and when renters
have to pay such heavy rents they
are forced to plant all the cotton
they can to meet their many de
If I rent me a farm today and
would go to town to get a mer
chant to furnish me to make a
crop, the first question the mer
chant would ask woul d be: “How
much cotton are you going to
The next one is, “How much
rent are you giving?’’ How much
guano are you going to use? And
if I say that I am going to plant a
little cotton crop, I will have a
chance to trade but little.
Now, if the landlord will reduce
the rent 25 per cent, thereby ren
dering it possible for the poor
farmer to reduce his acreage, it
would be better for all.
Mr. A. gives five bales of cotton
for a two-horse farm. This at 7
cents per pound will bring 5175.
Suppose he could get the same
farm for four bales, thereby enabl
ing him to reduce his acreage 25
per cent, and this reduction
throughout the cotton belt would
mean at least 10 cents, which
would bring from the four bales
rent $25,00 more than the five
bales he now has to.pay.
I am in favor of Mr. Brannon’s
plan and hope it will receive the
indorsement of 'every farmer in
the country, but to receive the en
dorsement of the masses of ren
ters is to reduce the rent in pro
portion.-—.!. E. Moore, Moreland,
Ga„ in Sunday’s Journal.
GREAT MEETING OF FARMERS.
The largest and most enthusias
tic meeting of farmers seen here
recently assembled at the court
house today at 2:30, p. m., to hear
the address of Hori. Harvie Jor
dan, President of the Southern
Cotton Growers’ Association.
Mr. 'Jordan, 'made a practical,
business-like talk, which was re
ceived with-interest and applause
by his auditors. He explained
the purposes and plans of his or
ganization and urged the farmers
to hold the cotton on hauds for
10 cents and reduce acreage and
fertilizers 25 per cent.
wr. Jordan was introduced by
Hon. W. A. Brnnnan, of Moreland,
and after Mr. Jordan’s speech Cols.
H. A. Hall and vV. C. Wright and
Capt. Habersham King were call
ed for, and each responded with a
Mr. Brannun announced that
a meeting of the County Associa
tion is called for the first Tuesday
in March, to convene at 11 o’clock
in the court house, All farmers
are urged to attend this meeting.
NEW REUGI0U8 PAPER.
The first number of the Religi
ous Forum, a 16 page weekly, has
just been issued from the press.
Drs. Broughton and Bernard are
the editors; and, if this number is
an index of what future issues
will be, evidently the religious
woyld'Will have a live paper. It
is elegantly printed by C. C.
Wing, Atlanta, Ga,, and subscrip
tion price is only one dollar a
ed, wit hout organization and busi-
nesa methods, and have sounded
the alarm all over this Southland
and are making an appeal for a
just settlement of one of the most
vital questions that has- ever come
before the Southern people.
L. M. McGee.
Montezuma, Ga., Feb. 18.—The
climax of the gayest social week
Montezuma has ever known was
reached Thursday evening in the
marriage of Mrs. Janie Chastain
Marshall and Mr. Hal Fisher, of
Newnan, which occurred in the
First Baptist church.
Just before the wedding party ar
rived Mrs. Twitty, of Hawkinsville,
sang “Trusting Only You”, which
was followed by a violin obligato
by Mrs. Will McKenzie.
Promptly at 8:30 Miss Haidee
McKenzie started Mendelssohn’s
wedding march. The ribbon
bearers, Mrs. M. II.McKenzie,Mrs.
Oscar McKenzie, Mrs. Larrie
Chastain and Mrs. James Hays,
formed the two isles with white
ribbons. Following them came
the ushers, Mr. Oscar McKenzie,
Mr. Jim Arnold, ©f Gadsden, Ala.,
Dr. F. M. Mullins and Dr. Will
Turner, ot Newnan. The attend
ants, forming themselves into a
semicircle around the beautifully
decorated altar, where Miss Nita
Fender, of Valdosta, with Dr.
Robert Ridley, of Atlanta; Mr. and
Mrs. Edwin McKenzie, Miss Clif
ford Sims, of Washington, with
Mr. Eugene Haynes, of Atlanta;
Miss Elizabeth Lewis with Mr.
Alvan Freeman, of Newnan; Miss
Stella Banks, of Raleigh, N. C,,
with Mr. Clarke, of Atlanta, and
Miss Laura Dean, of Alexander
City, Ala., with Mr. Troulan Wil
liams, of Atlanta.
Then came the bride with her
maid of honor, Miss Mamie Holt,
of Macon, meeting the groom
with his best man, Mr. Tom Fish
er, of Newnan. The bride, who is
tall and of stately mein, was most
becomingly gowned in white chif
fon velvet, trimmed in lace and
The music changed to “O Prom
ise Me,” as Dr. White, of Macon’s
First Baptist church, performed
Immediately after the marriage
the guests went to the beautiful
home of the bride’s parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Morgan Chastain, where
an elegant'receptioii wah given to
two hundred guests.' Mr, and
Mrs. Chastain were assisted
in receiving by Mr. and Mrs. Har
ry Fisher* of Newnan, father and
mother of the groom, and the brid
The entire bridal party left on
The extremely inclement weath
er has interferred with the plans
of the County Sunday School As
sociation and many of the address
es promised the schools have not
been made because the people
could not assemble during the bad
weather. In view of these facts,
President Post announces that the
addresses planned for next Sun
day will be posponed indefinitely.
President Post hopes to arrange
another speaking campaign at a
later date, after the winter has
passed, when an effort will be
made to have addresses delivered
within reach of every Sunday
School in the county.
Mrs. Lilia H. Bridges, a well
known lady of Shnrpsburg, widow
of the late E. W. Bridges, was
married in this city Inst. Monday
to Mr. Benjamin H. Bridges, of
Sardis, Miss. The marriage oc
curred at the residence of Rev. V.
A. Ham, who performed the cere
Mr. Bridges was reared in Cow
eta county, being a cousin of his
wife’s first husbund, and as chil
dren they were schoolmates.
These facts give the coloring of
romance to the affair. Mr. Bridges
hns lived in Mississippi for 25
years, and with his bride will con
tinue to reside nthis home in that
BANK AT TURIN.
A meeting of the stockholders
will be hold at Turin tomorrow
for the purpose of organizing a
bank at that place. The capital
stock of $25,000 has already been
subscribed and the Success of the
bank is assured.
Mrs. John Jon'eifWho has pneu
monia, is improving.
A little young man is visiting at
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Sewell’s. He
is expected to stay twenty-one
years, if not longer.
We are sorry to say that Col
L. m. Farmer, who was to deliver
an address at Macedonia last Sun
day evening on Sunday Schools,
failed to put in his appearance.
Try again, Mr. Farmer.
The entertainment which was
given by Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Sewell
last Tuesday night, was enjoyed
very much by those present.
C. P. Sanders, of Roscoe, has a
very bad case of rheumatism. He
is in bed, unable to turn himself.
The many friends ot W. H.
Summerlin will be glad to know
that he is improving, after an ill
ness of several days with la grippe.
A little lady is boarding at Mr.
and Mrs. Walter Carmical’s.
Mr. Jacobus Petty visited his
brother, who liyes in Campbell
county, last Sunday.
a special car at 11:30 for Newnan,
where a house party is to be ten
dered them at the home of Mr.and
Mrs. Fisher. -
The bride is one of the most
popular young women in south
Georgia, and Montezuma very re
luctantly surrenders her to New
nan. Mr. Fisher is a popular and
successful young business inan of
Newnan.—Sunday's Atlanta Con
Bowman’** O&rbolated Family Salve,
for Burns, Outs and Bruises. 25c at
Reese’s Drag Store.
The Coweta County Cotton
Growers’ Association was organ
ized here last Thursday in a meet
ing of planters and business men
held in the court house. The fol
lowing report of proceedings of ’
the meeting is furnished by the
Mr. W. A. Brannon, ot More
land, was elected temporary chair
man, and Mr. B. L. Redwine tem
porary secretary. The various
district delegates were recognized
when Mr. W. A. Brannon was
elected permanent chairman, Dr.
L.M. McGee permanent secretary,
and Mr. J. T. Carpenter treasurer.
From the reports of the dele
gates it appeared that, owing to
the severity of the weather during
the past ten days, organization
had not been perfected in some
districts, but all were unanimous
in asserting that this was in no
wise due to a lack of sympathy
with the movement.
Resolutions of respect in honor
of the late Hon. R. H. Hardaway
were passed, and several of the
delegates present paid fitting trib
ute to his life and character.
Several speeches were made, and
were well received; but the one
which evoked most enthusiasm
was that of Mr. J. C. Sewell, one
of Coweta’s most prominent farm
ers. He said that all his life he
had raised “hog and hominy;” had
fodder, meat and grain to sell now,
and every year, even when cotton
was 30c. to 35c. a pound; but that
he would reduce even his relative
ly small acreage 25 per cent., as
required by the convention, be
cause unanimity of action was ab
solutely necessary to success.
Speeches were also made by Mr.
W. A, Brannon, Mr. C. T. Sewell,
Mr. Habersham King, Hon. H. A.
Hall and Dr. L. M. McGee.
Messrs. W. A. Brannon and J.
T. Carpenter were appointed dele
gate and alternate, respectively, to
the State convention.
The meeting then adjourned,
subject to the call of the chairman.
The following resolutions upon
the death of Capt. R. H. Harda
way were adopted, to-wit:
Whereas, since our last meeting,
Almighty God, in His inscrutable
wisdom, hath seen fit to call to a
higher life our beloved fellow mem
ber, Robert H. Hardaway, There
fore, be it resolved,
That in the death of Hon. R. H.
Hardaway the farmers of Coweta
county have lost an honest and
faithful friend—one who had their
interest, always at heart, and who
was ever ready to aid them with
advice, and in a more sub
stantial way with his money and
influence. A farmer himself,from
his youth up, he could sympathize
with them in all their hardships,
and he ever lent a willing ear to
their tales of misfortune. To his
bereaved family we extend our
heartfelt sympathy, finding com
fort only in the thought that God,
who doeth all things well, has
taken him to the home awaiting
those who do the Father's will here
on earth. •* >
Resolved further, That these
resolutions be spread upon the
minutes of this association, and
that copies be furnished the coun
ty papers with the request that
they publish same, and that a copy
be sent alsb to the bereaved fam
ily. W. A. Brannon, Pres’t.
L. M. McGee, Sec’y.