Friday morning, Jan. 13, 1871
The Reporter

Board of School Directors – Since our last report, the Board have been engaged in getting the Free Schools into operation.

On Thursday, Dec. 22nd, 1870, the Board met. A school for negroes was located at the negro church on Hernando Street, in Holly Springs, and $14 per month allowed for rent. Schools for negroes were established as follows: one on John Mayer's place, 4 miles southeast of Holly Springs; one on Judge Falconer's place, 4 miles east; one on J. Wall's land, 4½ miles north; one near Tyro. Schools for whites as follows: one on Dr. Reaves' place, 5 miles east of Holly Springs; one on W. B. Lumpkin's land, 6 miles south; one at or near Grub Hill; one at the Byhalia Male Academy; one at the Byhalia Female Academy.

On Friday, Dec. 23rd, the Board met to examine applicants, and for other business. The west boundary line of subdivision 2 was changed so as to include sections 13, 14, 23, 24, 25, and 26 of township 2 of range 2 in said District. Schools for whites were located: one at Kelsey School House; one near W. W. Wallace's; one near Early Grove. A school for negroes was located on W. W. Wallace's place, at Hudsonville. The school house located near Red Banks, was ordered to be moved to Red Banks, and $250 allowed W. J. Mareum for moving it. The following applicants for teachers' positions, appeared before the Board and were examined:

John Creighton, A. E. Hardin, James T. O'Neal, Edwin Davis, N. W. Williams, John H. Stephenson, John B. Oswald, Cyrus Strother, John W. T. Frost, Robt. Elliott, Mrs. M. E. Alexander, F. E. P. Daniel, R. A. Beard, J. W. Brownson, Charity E. Wells, H. H. Hardin, V. B. Mills, Narcissa Graves, A. F. Howard, I. B. Luck, R. A. Cunningham, Spencer D. Hammond, Thos. L. Douglas, Luther Abernathy, W. G. Jeffreys, Peter McKay, B. D. Brown, George Isbell, Henry Loree, Wm. D. Gillespie, Eugene Johnson, W. A. Anderson and A. S. Mayre.

At a meeting on Saturday, Dec. 24th, the schools were graded as follows:

Grade No. 2 – Whites – At Gourd Neck Church, near J. R. Mahon's near Kelsey School House, at Watsons', at Benson's Store, at Byhalia Male Academy, at Byhalia Female Academy, at W. J. Williams, at Providence Church, at Bainesville, at Mt. Pleasant, at West's Store, at Chulahoma, Oakland Academy, Redding School House, at Tyro, at Ford's School House, at Spring Hill Church, at Wm. Mothershed's, at Abner Jones', at Cornersville, Beldazzle, and A. M. Evans. Negroes, None.

Grade No. 3 – Whites – At Aiken's, at Harris Chapel, at Grub Hill, at James Coleman's, at Wm. Terrill's, at J. H. Morgan's. Negroes – near Hudsonville, near Early Grove, near Gourd Neck, at W. W. Wallace's, at Stainbach's, at Watkin's, near Byhalia, near Bayliss, at Oak Grove, near Bainesville, near Mt. Pleasant, at McKinney's, Billy Jones', Lew Strickland's, Wm. McKay's, Wm. Phillips', Tyro, near John Miller's, J. B. Harris', Joseph Deari's/Dean's, Wilkins, T. J. Malone's, Wilson Parker's, J. M. Brooks, at Mt. Vernon Church.

The following applicants were examined: W. M. Walkup, R. R. Mackey, E. Marett, Mrs. M. E. Sutton, Francis Crawford, J. C. Mulcahy, R. L. Musgrove and John Jarrett.

At a meeting Jan. 3, 1871, schools were located: for negroes at Gray's Chapel, near Jacob Albright's, near Mr. Ballard's, at Lamar; for whites, at Spring Creek Church. A school for females was located at Mt. Pleasant.

On the 4th, schools were located: for whites, one at Soule's Chapel, at James Coleman's, at Dr. R. H. Peal's; for negroes, near Wilson Parker's, near D. D. Sanderson. $200 appropriated for rent of Chalmer's Institute, 5 months.

On the 5th, schools were located: for whites, at McIntyre School House, at Dr. Gray's; on the 10th, at Black Jack Church.

The following applicants passed, and are employed as stated:

District No. 1 – Thos. M. Stone, at Union School House; Edwin Davis, at Soule's Chapel, 3rd grade; A. F. Howard, Pine Mountain, 3rd; James C. Mulcahy, at D. H. Lesure's, 2nd; W. A. Anderson, 1st, A. S. Marye, 1st, W. M. Walkup, 1st, Chalmer's Institute; Mrs. M. E. Sutton, near C. T. Cochran's, 2nd; John B. Oswald, 3rd, John C. Creighton, 2nd, Fenelon Hall; M. Maria Harrington, M. E. Church (negro), 2nd; E. Alice Gilmore, 2nd, Emma Slayton, 2nd, Langston School House; A. F. Moore, 2nd, near W. O. Cochran's; Peter McKay, 2nd Pleasant Grove.

No. 2 – R. H. Baird, Gourd Neck, 2nd grade; John H. Stephenson, Concord Church, 3rd.

No. 3 – L. D. Hammond, at West's, 2nd; B. D. Brown, Black Jack Church, 3rd.

No. 4 – J. T. O'Neal, Oakland Academy, 2nd; Martha Walker, Harris School House, 3rd; Eugene Johnson, Tyro, 1st; W. D. Gillespie, Redding School House, 2nd.

Fenelon Hall, Holly Springs, was rented as a school for whites, and $35 per month rent allowed.

Mississippi Items

The Tallahatchie News, Jan. 7th, says that Mrs. Barges was found dead, a few days ago, in an out house near Harrison Station.

The reported riot at Harrison Station turns out to be false.

They are making arrangements to have a skating rink in Meridian. Holly Springs will have a rink after awhile.

J. T. Harris, a negro, has been admitted to the bar of Washington county. He was examined by Messrs. Nugent, Perry and Leroy Valliant.

The vote in Adams county for the subscription, $600,000, to the Natchez and Jackson Railroad on Dec. 20th, was 1239 for the subscription and 6 against it.

The radicals of Lafayette county held a meeting recently and denounced Whiting, the radical representative of that county, as a swindler.

An inmate of the blind asylum in Jackson learned the alphabet in three hours.

The concerts given by the Orphans have, thus far, amounted to more than $7,000.

The Aberdeen Examiner says that a beaver weighing forty pounds was recently caught near that city. A gentleman living a few miles from Holly Springs, caught two one night, a few weeks ago, the heaviest of the two weighing sixty pounds.

The Oxford Falcon, Jan. 7th, says that Judge Hill has gone to Washington city to get an appropriation from Congress for the purpose of building the Court House.

The proprietor of the Oxford Falcon has purchased the printing press and materials for the Oxonian.

The Meridian Gazette, Jan. 5th, says that the Board of Education of Lauderdale county have adopted a uniform series of text books, embracing Goodrich's Readers, Butler's Grammars, Ray's Mathematics, Quackenboss and Bonwell's Rhetoric and Compositions. All these books are now used. Webster's Spelling Book and Dictionary are continued in use. We hope the Commissioners in Marshall, in adoption of school books, will select such as are now generally used, as we doubt very much whether they can be improved at present.

Mr. Jeff Shoop, an old citizen of Alcorn county, was found dead near Corinth a few days ago, with a pistol shot through his head. His two brother-in-laws have been arrested, as the supposed murderers.

The Memphis Appeal says that Gen. Minty, a Federal officer of some distinction, has contracted with Gen. Forrest to complete the Selma and Memphis Railroad from Greensboro, Ala., to Okolona. Assuredly Pontotoc, Union and Marshall counties, with the aid of Memphis and Shelby county, will be able to raise means sufficient to complete the road from Okolona to Memphis.

The letter of Gov. Alcorn to Flournoy, editor of the Pontotoc Equal Rights, says the Prairie News, a radical paper, breathes the true spirit of patriotism, and the sentiments therein expressed are not only endorsed by republicans, but by all good men of all parties in the State. “Whenever the editor of the Equal Rights attempts to traduce the name and fame of ROBERT E. LEE, he not only misrepresents the controlling power in this State, but he is writing himself down an incontrovertible ass – the Judas to all that is refined and ennobling in true manhood.” Hit him again, Mr. News.

To Our City Subscribers – Owing to the large increase of our city list, we are compelled to put two Carriers upon the route. Hereafter, Jimmie Dejernette will wait on our patrons in the western portion of the city, and Henry Falconer on those living in the eastern portion. The Carriers will be punctual, and will deliver the paper by early breakfast hour. The REPORTER will be delivered, for $2 per year, at any house in the city limits.

Hit Him Again

Gov. Alcorn, in his letter to Flournoy, of Pontotoc, revoking his appointment of Brigadier General, says to him: “As a public man you have taken unnecessarily oppressive grounds on two subjects cherished by the affections of large masses of our people. I feel it a duty to my State, to refuse the issue of a commission that would even be an apparent approval of your language on the death of Gen. Lee, and the policy of the Legislature and Executive in reference to the University at Oxford.” Flournoy was so sure of the appointment of Brigadier General, that he had appointed a negro a one of his staff officers. How many slips there are between the cup and the lips!

A Word with Planters: The Southern planter remains stubborn in his adherence to the single crop policy. Failure seems to teach him nothing. When cotton was king, he worshiped no other god. Now, that cotton is dethroned, he continues to bow at the old footstool, paying homage as devotedly to the shade as he once rendered it to the substance of royalty.

The single crop policy of Ireland brought on a famine that carried many a poor peasant and cottager to his grave, and wrecked the fortunes of many a bloated landlord of Erin. India was well nigh ruined by undertaking to produce nothing but rice, and had she clung as pertinaciously to her single crop policy as the South has persisted in the worship of the ex-king, cotton, her ruin would have been complete.

The Southern people are as truly staking their all upon a cotton crop as Ireland and India hazarded their all respectively upon potatoes and rice.

The result of planting operations in 1870 was a repetition of the disaster of the preceding five years. How long will this condition of things be continued? This will be answered by the planters when they come to pitch their crops in the future. The experience of those who have tried the independent system – that of making their own corn and meat – proves conclusively that such is the only key to wealth for the Southern planter. When it comes to be generally adopted, we may look for plenty, and prosperity, peace and contentment among all classes.

From our Traveling Correspondent (Iuka, Miss, Jan. 6th, 1871)

Dear Reporter: This is a bright morning up here among the Tishomingo hills. I write from a beautiful and prosperous village. Its inhabitants are cultivated, intelligent, highly moral, generous and hospitable. It is the site of a flourishing Female Institute, whose buildings are conspicuously situated, and have quite an imposing and classical appearance. The residences are on the cottage style of architecture, tastefully built. The grounds of each are generally cultivated in shrubs and flowers. This is one of the most heartsome and pleasant places I have ever visited. Its appearance is really picturesque, environed, as it is, with its pine-crowned hills.

I reached here by Rail last night at 6 o'clock, just 5 hours from the time I left your “City of Flowers”. Fast time this, allowing one change of cars, and 20 minutes for supper at Corinth. The coaches on these Roads, Miss. Central and Memphis & Charleston, are really elegant; the trains are well manned and officered, all sober and attentive employees, the conductors are polite and obliging. At Corinth, I found a well regulated eating house, good fare and attentive servants. The Scruggs House, must rate as a first class house. Corinth is improving rapidly. The crowds in the business houses and shops, and the hurry with which they move along the streets, indicate to the traveler business. Corinth is certainly a business place, a growing place. It has even now, on its principal streets, a business-like appearance.

Before leaving your place, I pocketed a REPORTER, the first number for the new year; and really I did little else but read the entire way. I found in its replete news columns the sayings and doings of almost every part of the State, and the news from all other States and countries; and in addition to the news from all the wide, wide world, I found poetry and prose reading, of the very best, original and selected, suited to all ages of life, and all ranks of society, and every variety of business. I found good reading for Sunday and Monday. I will not mention the advertisements, yet I could not refrain from reading many of them, printed in such a clear, beautiful type, and on such clean paper, as they are, I could not but read even the advertisements. The mechanical execution of the REPORTER is so perfect that on opening it, every column looks cheerful and inviting. I will say also, that I love the letter and spirit of the REPORTER, on the politics of the day. I think its editors are struggling to maintain an equal and just government; one that would, if prevalent, rid us of the corrupt men and measures with which the people of Mississippi are now so abundantly cursed. Gentlemen, I congratulate you on the excellence of the first number of the new year, and I heartily wish you an increased success during 1871. But I must close this communication, by wishing you both, personally, a new year's blessing. You shall hear from me soon again, but from what point I know not. N.

Death of an Eminent Man

Georgia papers bring to us the sad intelligence of the death of Hon. Wilson Lumpkin, who died at his residence in Athens, on the 28th Dec., 1870, in the 88th year of his age. Mr. L. was uncle of our Col. Wm. B. Lumpkin, and, for over 50 years, was one of the most distinguished citizens of Georgia. He served two terms as Governor, and was a member of the United States Senate, serving with Clay, Webster and Calhoun. But it was as a Christian that his character shone in its most attractive features. At the age of 19, he connected himself with the Baptist Church, and for 70 years he lived the life of consistent follower of the meek and lowly Redeemer. It is not strange that the end of such a man should be peace.

Notice: Mr. L. Parish has this day withdrawn from the firm of L. P. Gray & Co., and will be connected with it only as employee. L. P. Gray & Charles Jones will constitute the firm hereafter. Mr. L. P. Gray being alone authorized to settle up the old business. Those indebted to us would do well to settle soon or they will incur cost. L. P. Gray & Co., Holly Springs, Miss.

Sheriff's Sale:
G. Waite, Exr., vs. A. Balfour, et. Al.; alias vendi
Gordentia Waite, vs. vendi exponas, Silas Hollowell & W. W. Porter
By virtue of the writs of venditioni exponas issued to me in the above stated cases from the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Marshall County, State of Mississippi, I will proceed to sell at public ontery, to the highest bidder for cash, at the courthouse door of said county, on 1st Monday in February, 1871, between the hours prescribed by law, the following land, situate, lying and being in said county, and known and designated as follows, to-wit: east half of south west quarter of section 20, township 5, range 2 west, 80 acres; south part south west quarter of section 29, township 5, range 2 west, 120 acres; north half of north west quarter of section 32, township 5, range 2 west, 80 acres. As the property of said defendants, W. W. Lorter, et. Al., defendants in said vendis, said land will be sold to satisfy the above named vendis and all costs. Geo. M. Buchanan, Sheriff; Jno. McWilliams, D. S.; Featherston, Harris & Watson, Atts.

Administrator's Sale of Valuable Land

By virtue of an interlocutory decree of the Chancery Court of Marshall county, State of Mississippi, made at the October term, 1870, thereof, the undersigned, as administrator of the estate of William M. Torrence, deceased, will, on Monday, the 6th day of February, 1871, sell, for the payment of debts of said intestate, the north-east quarter of section twenty-four (24), in township 5 and range two (2) west, in said county of Marshall, at the Court House door of said county, at public auction, to the highest bidder, for one-half cash, and the balance in twelve months from day of sale. Said land will be sold in a lot or lots to suit purchasers, and the latter required to give bond with approved security for the deferred payments. The lien prescribed by statute will be retained. John C. Boatwright, Administrator &c.; Stith, Upshaw & Falconer, atts.

Administrator's Notice

Letter of administration on the estate of S. M. Saunders, late of Marshall county, Miss., deceased, were grated to the undersigned by the Chancery Court of said county, on the 7th day of Dec., 1870; Now, all persons having claims against said estate are hereby required to have the same probated and registered in the manner and within the time prescribed by law, or they will be forever barred. Geo. M. Buchanan, Adm'r as Sheriff, &c.; Jno. C. Atkinson, Att'y.

For Sale or Rent: An elegant residence, having five rooms, a front porch, hall and back gallery, one good kitchen, two servant's rooms, - splendid cistern with house over it, one poultry house, a stable, crib and wagon shed all under one roof. There are 12 acres of land attached, most of it good and fresh; 25 bearing fruit trees; 68 young trees put out this year; all the fencing is good and new, so are all the houses. The residence is about 900 yards from the public square of Holly Springs. For terms apply to Messrs. Fort & Craft, Holly Springs, Miss.

For Sale: 95 acres of Land, situated _ miles west of Boatwright's Mill, Marshall county, Miss., 50 acres cleared. Will be sold on Monday, 9th January, 1871, on the public square, Holly Springs. Terms made known on day of sale. G. H. Sullivan.

Chancery Sale: Pursuant to a decree of the Chancery Court of Marshall county, State of Mississippi, rendered at the September term, 1869, thereof, in the suit of Jones, Wright & Co. et. al., complainants, and B. W. Walthall, et. al., defendants in said Court. I will as commissioner therein appointed, an Monday, the 6th day of February, 1871, at the Court House door in the town of Holly Springs, in said county, within the hour prescribed by law, offer for sale at public auction, to the highest bidder, on a credit of six months from the day of sale, the following described lot or parcel of ground, situate in the city of Holly Springs, and known and designated on the plan of said city as follows, viz.: Lot No. one hundred and eighty, and the north part of Lot No. one hundred and seventy-nine; the same being a full lot and a port of a lot directly north of Christ Church in said city and claimed by the same as its property. Bond with good security will be required of the purchaser, and lien be retained on the property for the payment of the purchase money. A. G. Dumm, Comm'r. Featherston, Harris & Watson.

Local Matter:

Agents – The following named parties are Agents for the REPORTER: Hon. T. J. Hudson, Lamar; W. E. Futrel, Watson; H. K. W. Childress, Tyro; Dr. R. L. Knox, Early Grove; J. F. Cloud, Mt. Pleasant.

The Weather – Up to last Thursday morning, the days of the new year were bright, sunshiny and pleasant. On Wednesday, the day was pleasant, but cloudy. The streets, during almost the entire fall and winter so far, have been as dry and as dusty as in mid summer. We doubt if the “oldest inhabitant” ever experienced more delightful weather during the winter time of the year.

To Our Friends – We have been exceedingly indulgent during 1870. We have a large amount due us, and are in need of money. We request our friends to settle as early as possible. B. H. Smith & Co.

If you want good bargains in dry goods, groceries, hats, caps, Boots, shoes and clothing, go to a cash store. Try W. H Flinn, North side the square, Holly Springs, Miss.

Fresh butter at Quiggins & Buffaloe's.

Call for it – We have in our office a letter postmarked “Paris, Tenn., Oct. 18th, 1870,” directed to “Mr. J. L. Marmaduke, care of REPORTER, Holly Springs, Miss.” Will Mr. M. let us know where to send the letter! We are tired of taking care of it.

Use Dr. B. H. Smith's Pills, for sale of B. H. Smith & Co.

If you want leather of any kind go to W. H. Flinn's.

Bridles, saddles, harness, &c. cheap at Flinn's.

School Books – We trust our Board of School Directors, who seem to have been actuated so far by a desire to promote general good, will manifest the same interest for the public welfare in the choice of a System of School Books. Two points should be kept in view: 1st, to select books that are free from any political or sectarian bias; 2nd, as far as practicable, to select books that have been in use in the county. We do not want books that contain abusive articles about one section of the country, or one class of the community. We wish good books.

Use Dr. B. H. Smith's Eye Salve, a sure cure for sore eyes.

W. T. Lewis has removed his Grocery Store to the stand formerly occupied by Turner H. Lane, on the west side of the square.

For apples, oranges, coconuts, pine apples, nuts of all kinds, figs, candies, cakes, etc., go to Quiggins & Buffaloe's.

Reprieved – Edmund Tunstall, negro, who was sentenced to be hanged today, has been reprieved. Some day in April has been set for his execution. We learn that a new trial, with change of venue, will be granted.

Call on Stephen Knapp for the best sewing machine in North Mississippi.

Tom Brinkley is putting up some of the neatest fitting boots we ever saw.

There is not in Holly Springs a more fragrant cigar than is sold by Fred Marett. The favorite and pleasant Diana two for 25 cents.

Sad Accident – On the night of Sunday, Jan. 1st, as Mr. H. M. Shaw, living near Wyatt, was returning from the house of a neighbor, his mule took fright, and ran away, throwing Mr. S. against a tree. Five of Mr. S's front teeth were knocked out, and several severe bruises were inflicted. Although he is suffering greatly, hopes are entertained of his recovery.

Onion sets and buttons (red, yellow and white) just received at Athey's drug store.

Medical Well in Sardis – We understand that there is a well in Sardis on the premises of Mr. J. F. Lavender, the waters of which possess highly medical qualities. Our old friend, Mr. George C. Daniel, who has been afflicted with gravel for more than thirty years, has been drinking the water of this well for a few months, and says that they have effected almost a perfect cure. Others, we understand, similarly affected, have derived great benefits from the same; and if all we hear of the sanitive virtues of the waters of this well, are true, we may soon expect to hear of hundreds of the afflicted visiting Sardis to partake of their healing virtues. This well is about 108 feet deep, and the water rises through a deposit of gravel, very much resembling the stone and gravel deposit found in the mineral regions of California. Mr. Daniel showed us a petrifaction taken from the bottom of the well, which was one of the most singular nondescripts we ever saw. We hope Mr. Lavender will get some scientific chemist to analyze the water, and publish to the world the analysis of the same, that its virtues may become generally known.

Lamar – During the season beginning Sept. 1st, 1870, and ending Dec. 31st, 832 bales of cotton were shipped from Lamar Depot, Marshall County as follows: To Memphis, 738; to New Orleans, 94.

Optician – Prof. Walter Alden, author of the “Preservation of Sight”, and Secretary of the Western Meteorological Society, will be in Holly Springs on Friday next, Jan. 20th, and has met with remarkable success. He will insert the “Osborn Crystal Lenses” which not only assist the sight, but preserve it from deterioration. Those who by indifferences or neglect in selecting spectacles heretofore, have ruined their sight, may find relief. Call in, and examine the Professor's spectacles.

Robert Hastings, at the Depot, has made arrangements with the celebrated Rolla Mill, Missouri, to keep him regularly furnished with their brand of Flour, which is acknowledged to be the best on the market. Mr. H. will sell cheap, and delivers all articles free of charge.

You need not go to Memphis to buy your groceries, when you can get them as cheap by going to W. T. Lewis, west side of public square, Holly Springs, Miss.

Negro Equality – On last Sunday afternoon, we saw too Yankee “school marms” walking familiarly on the streets with a negro woman. They had been to the Negro Church together, and were returning to their homes. Oh, no, Radicals will tell you they do not favor social equality, but they are very particular to practice it whenever a negro will tolerate the equality.

Burdick's National Hay Cutters, Ohio Falls Wagons, and Studebacker Spring Wagons, just received at Craft & Dancy's.

Piso's remedy for Consumptives, at Athey's drug store.

Disgraceful – We think it disgraceful for our city authorities to allow the diseased and crazy negro woman to loiter about the streets. She is a public nuisance, loathsome to the sight. Every day, she is seen hanging around about the doors of our business houses, and in front of the residences. She should be sent either to the jail or poor house. Were we living under a different condition of affairs, the sight of the diseased woman seen every day upon our streets, would excite the cry of rebel cruelty and heartlessness. But it is all right, with the negro's patrons and self-appointed protectors in office.

Masonic – At a regular meeting of Marshall Chapter, No. 40, held at their Hall, North Mt. Pleasant, January 9th, 1871, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: Dr. A. Webb, H. P.; D. E. Curl, E. K.; Jacob Albright, E. Scribe; W. W. Walker, C. H.; Jackson Steel, P. S.; T. B. Gatewood, P. A. C.; Benj. Norris, M. 3d V.; G. W. Bowling, M. 2d V.; A. T. Pearson, M. 1st V.; D. Smith, T.; W. J. Coopwood, S.; P. A. Wade, T. & V.; Col. E. W. Upshaw was requested to install the officers on the first Saturday in February, prox.

Married – At the residence of the bride's father, Jessie Pipkin, Yalobusha county, January 6th, 1871, by the Rev. Joshua Fly, Mr. Wm. G. Sullender of Holly Springs, Miss., and Miss S. J. Pipkin, of Yalobusha county.

The Accident – At the request of Col. F. M. White, President of the Mississippi and Tennessee Railroad, the resident engineers, superintendents and master mechanics of Memphis made an examination into the causes of the accident on that road on the 3d of January. “From a careful examination of the wreck and attendant circumstances, and from evidence brought before them, while it was impossible to determine with positive certainty, they were clearly of opinion that the accident was caused by the breaking of an axle under the front truck of the luggage car, and that no human foresight could have prevented it, and that no blame could possibly attach to the officers of the road.” The Mississippi and Tennessee Road has for its officers some of the best railroad men in the South. The Superintendent, Mr. Livermore, during an official career of eight years on the Road, has made a reputation for careful management which is as bright as that of any man holding a similar position in the United States.

Drowned – Two daughters of our friend, G. W. J. Crawford, living near Salem, in Benton county, were drowned by the sinking recently of the steamer Nick Wall, on the Mississippi river. They were named Sarah J. Marris (wife of John H. Morris, who lived near Rossville, Tenn., who was also on the boat and was drowned), and Miss Laura C. Crawford. The family have our sympathies in their bereavement.

Mysterious – The celebrated Davenport Brothers gave two exhibitions in Holly Springs, Jan. 7th and 9th. Both evenings, the Court Room was well crowded by an intelligent and fashionable audience. The performances were wonderful and mysterious, and should be witnessed by every person. We attended two evenings, and were much interested, - but we are as confused today about their remarkable performances as we were when we read accounts in the journals of the land.

Died – At the residence of her brother-in-law, H. Holmes, living seven miles southeast of Holly Springs, on Thursday night, Jan. 5th, 1871, of dropsy, Mrs. Elizabeth Creesey; aged 23 years, 3 months and 24 days. The deceased was confined to her bed for two months, and bore her sufferings with Christian firmness and patience. She joined the Methodist Church four years ago, and lived a consistent and zealous member thereof. Her mother, two sisters, and one brother, survive her, and mourn her death. May she rest in peace.

December 10th, 1870, at his residence in Giles county, Tenn., in his seventieth year, after a short illness, the Rev. Mr. Wade Barrett. He was one of the oldest and most respectable citizens of that county. In the year 1821, he made the good confession, and together with his young wife, “put on Christ”, by immersion, and became a member of the Baptist church, and remained a worthy member of it until he embraced the reformatory principles as taught by Mr. Alexander Campbell, of Virginia, and other distinguished teachers, believing as he did, that the things they contended for were more in accordance with the teachings of Christ and his Apostles as revealed in the New Testament than those taught by an other denomination of Christians. For more than forty years, he devoted much of his time as a preacher and teacher in proclaiming the truths of the gospel without fee or reward from man. During his ministry he immersed hundreds into the death, burial, and resurrection of a living, risen and ascended savior. Brother Wade Barrett was an honest man. During his long public life his honesty and integrity were never called in question. “He was faithful in all his house”, and endeavored as far as in him lay to do all the duties of this life as a husband, parent, neighbor and Christian. He leaves a wife, five daughters, one son and many grandchildren, together with a multitude of friends to mourn his departure. He was an uncle to the late Columbus Barrett of Holly Springs, and brother of J. C. Barrett, Esq. of North Mt. Pleasant, Miss. Our good old brother is gone “he fought the good fight, he kept the faith”. He has shed the last tear of sorrow. He has felt the last pain of mortality. He has crossed the Jordan. He has passed through the dark valley of death. He sees the shining wall of Jebu Salem, the city of our God. He joins in the song of ransomed millions who have gone before. He bears the annunciation, “blessed are they that do his commandments that they may have right to the tree of life, and enter in through the gates into the city” where all is love, peace and joy. A Brother, Dec. 20th, 1870.

At the residence of his brother-in-law, James M. Wells, on Cold Water, 9 miles north of Holly Springs, on Sunday, Jan. 8th, 1871, at 1 p.m., William Sutton, son of Lemuel and E. V. Sutton, both deceased; aged ten years and five months.

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