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December 7, 1893

A number of teachers in town Saturday.

We regret to learn of the illness of Mrs. I. A. Hickman

Profs Pevey and Robertson of Hebron spent Sunday in town.

Matters of greater importance crowd out the local news this week.

Prof. Green of Silver Creek passed through town last week to and from a visit to Brookhaven.

We regret to lose Mr. G. H. Fox and family from our midst, who moved back to their place on the river last week.

Mr. H. C. Smith and famil have married into the residence recently vacated by Mr. Fox.  Always glad to have such valuable additions to our town.

Supervisor Jones directs us to say that he will begin the inspection of the public roads in this Beat on the 15th inst., and overseers whose road are not in good by that time will positively be reported.

Senatobia, Miss., Nove. 28, 1892, Having used Dr. Tichenor's Antiseptic on a cold cut by barb wire, I can heartily recommend it as an excellent rememdy for such cases.  P. M. B. Wait, Sheriff

The editor of the Press enjoyed a delightful visit to the charming little city of Silver Creek last Thursday, and took in Prof. Green's Thanksgiving concert that evening.  We regret that our limited space will not allow such a notice of the exercises as we wold like to give, but suffice it to say, the occasion was quite an enjoyable one, considering that no time at all had been given to rehersal.  To Capt. J. J. Denson are we especially indebted for courtesies, which gentleman was so kind as to furnish us conveyance to and from Silver Creek.

Board os Supervisors, December term, 1893

At a regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors, the following members and offices were present, to wit: Z. P. Jones, S. C. Buckley, J. C. Lambert, A. W. Stringer, D. M. Lee, Sheriff, Will C. Cannon, Clerk,  Absent - T. H. Brinson.

The following claims were allowed

Marshall and Bruce

Will C. Cannon, J. D. Carlisle, F. R. Jordan, Jno. W. Boone, Alex Reeves, Geo Gowan, W. D. Larkin, B. D. Bishop, B. P. Polk was appointed overseer of Road 162 in place of James Hedgepeth.

Citation Notice: To Solomon Stringer, You are commanded to appear before the Chancery Court of the couty of Lawrence, to defend the suit in said court of Nellie Stringer, this 6th day of December 1893.

Notice to Debtors.  Those indebted to the estate of H. H. Smith, deceased, will please settle the same at once, as I desire to close up the business os said estate.  L. M. C. Smith


After many months of silence, we agin knock for admittance to your columns. "Old Winter" has appeared once again in full force, and a cosy fireside is highly appreciated by one and all.

Messrs A. J. Dale and W. W. Buckley made a flying visit to the Crescent City.  They report a royal time.  Will says that Dolph wore his girl's photograph and his railroad ticket on his hat while in the city.

Mr. A. C. Buckley of Monticello was shaking hands with a host of friends at preaching yesterday.  We are glad to have you with us, old boy, come again.

D. M. Stringer, one of the oldest citizens of our community, went hunting the other day for the first time in twenty years.  Though his locks are fleecy, he can still see to shoot his rifle.  He killed a hawk measuring four feet from tip to tip of wings.  In his entrails he fond a ground rattle snake fifteen inches in length.  Is there any man of his age who can beat this?

December 14, 1893

Wedding bells.

Miss Avarilla Buckley of near Silver Creek visited relatives here this week.

Mayor J. B. Daughtry of Brookhaven attended the interment of his father here Friday.

Hon. A. E. Weathersby is visiting Jackson and Greenwood this week on business.

Work has commenced on Mr. Cannon's school boarding hous.  Mr. Robert Berry is the contractor.

Mr. Wm. F. hardy of Brookhaven spent several days with monticello friends and relatives in the easter portion of the county.

Mr. David Cohn, of the enterprising firm of Louis Cohn & Bros., of Brookhaven, was sahking hands with old friends here Friday.

Messrs. Lampton Bros 7 Rawls co, direct us to say that their store will positively be closed on Christmas Day.  Remember this and govern yourself according.

There will be preaching at the Baptist church on the 5th Sunday and Saturday before by the pastor, Rev. Geo Butler.  This change is made in accordance with the wishes of a majority of the brethren.

Senatobia, Miss., Nove. 28, 1892.  Having used Dr. Tichenor's Antiseptic on a colt cut by barb wire, I can heartily recommend it as an excellent remedy for such cases.  P. M. B. Wait, Sheriff.

Mr. B. S. Waller of near Silver Creek, who is attending the Medical College at Louisville, Ky., accompanied the remains of young Gibson to Silver Creek, and is now visiting his parents in East Lawrence.

We had the pleasure of partaking of an elegant birthday supper at Mr. And Mrs. J. B. Rawls last evening, given in honor of their sweet little daughter Lucy.  May she live long to enjoy many another such a gladsome occasion.

Mr. Edgar C. Gwin of Grace, Washington county, was mingling with his host of Lawrence county friends this and last week.  Edgar is a son of the late and lamented Capt. S. Gwin, is one of our own boys and we are always glad to see him.

A special teachers examination was held here last Friday and Saturday, the applicants before the Board being Misses Amanda Laird, of Blountvill, and - Lane of Hebron. Both stood very creditable examinations and easily made the reise.

Mr. L. D. Posey, State canvasser and organizer of the Prohibition party, will deliver an address in the court house next Saturday afternoon at 1 o' clock.  Mr. Posey will meet with poor success in his efforts to organize a Prohibition party in this county, but we trust that our people will accord him a respectful hearing.

For a sore throat there is nothing better than a flannel bandage dampened with Chamberlain's Pain Balm.  It will nearly always effect a cure in one night's time.  This remedy is alos a fovorite for rheumatism and has cured many very severe cases.  50 cent bottles for sale by all druggist.

It is only one week from next Monday till Christmas and yet our people have made no arrangements about having the customary tree.  So far as our own pleasure in the matter is concerned, it will amount to nothing, as we will not be here, but we would like for the young people of the community to enjoy themselves as much as possible.

The remains of mr. Will Gibson, who was attending the Louisville (Ky.) Medical College, passed through town Saturday en route to Silver Creek, where they were interred Sunday morning.  Mr. Gibson was a most promising young man, and his death is a sad blow to his bereaved parents and other near relatives who have our sympathy in this the hour of their great affliction.

Amos Shows, charged with killing David Newsom, near Gwinville, last Monday night, was lodged in jail here Tuesday night by a possee of darkeys living in that neighborhood.  All the parties are colored.  It seems that Shows and Newsom were sitting up with a sick man at Tom Brown's, a negro living on Mr. J. D. Fortinberry's place, when they became engaged in a row, the result of which was that Shows stabbed newsom in the left breast, killing him almost instantly.  Shows claims that the trouble grew out of an affair in which the name of his wife and that of newsom were connected.  Shows will lay in jail to await the action of the grand jury.


Our usually quiet community was greatly shocked last Thursday morning to learn of the unexpected death in Brookhaven on the night previous of the old landmark and veteran whose name heads this obituary.  He and his aged companion were visiting their son, Mayor J. B. Daughtry, and while his son-in-law, Dr. G. A. Teunnisson, living near here, and with whom the deceased resided, had been apprised of his illness a day or two previous, he anticipated nothing serious, knowing that it was only a chronic ailment for which he had often treated him and which had always yielded so readily.  But 'ere the Doctor's family had reassured themselves that there was no cause for alarm, a messenger swiftly came bearing the sad intelligence of the passing away.  That form, once so stout and vigorous, had felt the touch of Time, and tottering and decripit, could not longer stem Life's turbelent sea. The hour of his calling home had arrived, and without a murmer he yielded himself peacefully to his Maker.  With the closing of his 87th anniversary witnessed the reception of his sould into the Heavenly Mortals and the inscription of his name upon the book of Life - a life that lives beyond the tomb.  His remains were interred in the family graveyard at this  place last Friday morning at 11 o'clock by Eastern Star Lodge No. 79, of which he was a most worthy member, Geo C. Hoskins, of the Brookhaven-Lodge, acting as Worthy Master.

Enos Daughtry was born in Anson county, N. C., Dec. 6th 1806, and came to Mississippi when a child, with his parents, Enos and Catherine (Bryant) Daughtry.  He was descendent of a Quaker family, of Irish and French ancestry, who went to Ireland as refugees from France, and thence to America at the time of the Huguenot Massacre.  His father's family landed at Natchez, and were residents near there for a time, later removing to Pike county, Miss., where Mr. Daughtry was reared.  The Irish schoolmaster, from whom he secured the greater part of his education, will doubtless be remembered by some.

His name was kennedy, a teacher of unusual ability and  thoroughness.  This early part of his life is replete with incidents of interest, as often told by him to his children and grand-children.  He was married to Mary Ann, daughter of Richard and Ann (Stovall) Ratliff, of Pike county, Feb. 5th 1835, and removed to Hinds county in 1839, where he engaged in farming, and there he held the office of justive of the Peace for three years.

In 1845 he came to Lawrence county, and lived on the Phillips place three years, and then settled on a new place, three miles from Monticello, coming to the latter in 1853, wehre he had continuous residence up to the time of his death.  In 1846 he was elected to the office of the Member of the Board of police and held that office and the office of Justice of the peace almost continously to within a few years of his death.

He was a member of the Presbyterian church, and in politics a Democrat, his first vote being cast for Andrew Jackson for President.

He was made a Mason in 1853, and filled several places and stations in Eastern Star Lodge, in which he was raised and continued in membership in good standing.

Mr. Daughtry was frugal, temperate and discreet, active, industrious and attentive to business, possessing energy and applicativeness to a great degree; not easily discouraged, not given to repining; of an even temperament, amking the most of things; courteous, affable and polite to all; inclined to be reserved until drawn out; not contentious or quarrelsome, but quick to resent an intentional offense.

He was held in high esteem by all who knew him, and has been gathered to his Father's in peace, leaving an example in many respects worthy of the highest emulation.

Many persons are broken down from overwork or household cares.  Brown's Iron Bitters Rebuilds the system, aids digestion, removes excess of bile, and cures malaria.  Get the genuine.

December 21, 1893

Christmast gift!

Hurrah for the Christmas tree!

Mr. A. C. Buckley is sick with fever this week.

Mr. J. M. Harris visited his plantation to Copiah county this week.

Mr. H. C. Smith has been making some much needed improvements about his place.

Don't forget the preaching on the 5th Sunday and Saturday before by Rev. Geo Butler.

Miss Frankie Tatom enjoyed a pleasant visit to Dr. H. Gregory's, near Silver Creek, last week.

Mrs. D. B. Carlisle has returned home after a pleasant visit of  weeks to relatives at jackson and Wesson.

The ditch in front lf Lampton Bros & Rawls Co.'s store has been thoroughly cleaned out, and bridged for a considerable distance, which is a great improvement.

Mr. A. E. Weathersby left yesterday for Columbia, and will be accompaned home tomorrow by Miss Bessie butler, who will spend the holidays with her parents.

Messrs. Lampton Bros & Rawls Co. direct us to say that their store will positively be closed on Christmas Day.  Remember this and govern yourself accordingly.

Messrs, W. C. Dale, Moses Stringer, and Jolly Robinson of Hooker; H. N. Loftin, S. J. Sills of Grange, T. D. Bethea of hebron, and H. T. Griffith of Whitesand were welcome callers last week.

Miss Susie Power, one of Brookhaven's most attractive young ladies, who is teaching school near Whitesand, this county, was a pleasant visitor to our town last Saturday, accompanied by Miss Fairly of Whitesand.

Mr. I. A. Hickman has bought the lots just south of Wilson's mill, owned by Mr. P. Z. Jones, and next summer will erect a handsome residence thereon. But who says that Monticello is not experiencing a substantial growth!

We are glad to be able to state that there will be a Christmas tree given in the court house next Monday night by the citizens of the town and community. This announcement will be hailed with delight by our young people especially.

The editor of the Press leaves tomorrow for Glen Allan.  Washing county, to spend the Christmas holidays, in response to a most generous invitation from his friend, Dr. Estus Butler, of that place.  All moneys during his absence will be paid to mr. J. B. Rawls.

We understand that Monticello was place in the providence circuit by the Mississippi Conference which recently met at Hazlehurst, which give us Rev. W. W. Hurst for the ensuing year.  Rev. L. J. Jones, our former pastor, is returned to the Pleasant Grove circuit.

We are authorized to say that eld B. N. Hatch, the celebrated Sunday School evangelist, will be in attendance on the Sunday School Convention at Ebenezer on the 5th Sunday in this month, and those who are desirous of hearing something good should not fail to attend this meeting.

Mr. L. D. Posey, the Prohibition party organizer who was advertised to address the people here last Saturday, did not speak on account of the absolute lack of interest taken in the movement.  We have the utmost respect for the gentlemen connected with this fallacy, and like them all personally, but it is the height of folly to try and buck against the Democratic party in these woods, and it does like they would find it out after while.

Wanted - Two active young men to canvass Lawrence county to sell an article needed in every family.  Apply at this office.

Complaint is constantly being made by our subscribers at Hooker and Boyd that they do not get the press until it is several days old.  The complaint at hooker is of long standing, but we must acquit the postmaster at that oint of any negligence, because he affirms positively that the Press does not reach his office on Friday, as it always should Occasionally it reaches there on Friday, but this proves the exception rather than the rule.

The postmast at Silver Creek, the onlyone through whose hands it passes after leaving Monticello, positvely claims that the Hooker bundle does not reach his office on Thursday, while the other bundles come through all right, and the poastmistress at this place as positively asserts that the Hooker package is sent along with the balance of our mail, as she could have no earthly object in holding this particlular package over.  So this is the way matters stand.  In order to furnter clear our skirts in the eyes of our subscribers at the point in question, we shll henceforth take a receipt from our postmistress for this Hooker package, and should the trouble continue, we will submit a statement of the facts as we have them to the Postoffice Department and let this branch of the government sift the matter down.

We certainly hope, however, that we will not be compelled to do anything like this, but when our subscribers are continually pouring complaints in on us, how can we help it?  Whenever we fail to mail the Press on Wednesday night for the east we will willingly take the blame on ourself and give due notice thereof through these columsn.  The troube at Boyd is still worse.  Our subscribers there do not get the Press until it is over a week old.  Where the fault lies it is difficult to say as the bundle passes several offices.

How it goes, or how it ought to go, we are unable to ascertain, as the postmast at Fair River, through whose hands it should pass, and to whom we applied for information, will not enlighten us.  But of one this there is a certainty:  The Press should reach it subscribers at Boyd on Saturday after it is published on Thursday, and should they not in the future get it at this time, we would consider it a favor if they will notify us and the matter shall have prompt attention.

January 5 1893

Chancery Court next Monday.

Miss Annie Beal spent the holidays in our town.

The Board of Supervisors are in session this week.

Mrs. Butler and daughter, Miss Bessie, were in town last week.

Mr. A. H. Dale of Hebron was in town last Monday, and paid us a pleasant call.

The young people enjoyed a sociable at Mr. G. W. Garrett's during Christmas week.

Miss Maggie Edmondson visited relatives near Bethany on Monday of last week.

Mrs. M. S. Huffman of Summit is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Will C. Cannon at this place.

Dr. Buford Larkin and Mr. Wade Polk passed through town last Monday enroute to the Crescent City.

Those who attended the social gathering at Mr. Jesse Wilson's last Wednesday evening report a pleasant time.

Dr. R. W. Thompson of Everett, Simpson County, was in town last Monday and honored us with a pleasant call.

The contract for building the bridge across the cut off below town was let to Mr. A. A. Russell at the sum of $297

The editor of the press spent the holidays with relatives and friends at Columbia, and reports quite a lively Christmas at that place.

Mr. I. A. Hickman desires us to tender his thanks to those who rendered him such valuable service during the recent congration.

Hon. D. M. Watkins of Purvis, accompanied by Dr. Walter Weathersby of Bismark, this county, visited our town yesterday on business.

Mrs. J. B. Rawls and family, accompanied by Misses Viola Ryals and Viola Simmons, spent the holidays with relatives and friends in Marion county.

We are glad to know that Rev. L . J. Jones has been returned to this circuit, and suppose that he will preach in the Presbyterian church here next Sunday evening at 7 o'clock.

Our thanks are due Mr. S. H. Dale, editor of the Columbia News, for valuable service rendered us after the fire.  He left his paper to come up and assist us in getting things put to rights.

Rev. George Butler spent the Xmas time in our county among his many relatives and friends, and preached quite an interesting sermon in the Baptist Church at this place on Christmas Day.

Prof. Thos. Brady spent the holidays in New Orleans.  While there he underwent a treatment of the eyes, which greatly improved their vision and, otherwise added strength to the delicate members.

Mr. A. H. Fant, who has for eleven years been the book-keper and officeman of the firm of Earus, Fant & Long of Wesson, Miss., will serve his firm from this time on in the capacity of a salesman.  R. J. Houghston of French Camp, a worthy man and a correct accountant, will have charge of the books and cash.


Since the fire, the Press is residing temporarilyl in the Treasurer's office in the court house, the same being unoccupied except during the holding of Circuit Court, when it is taken possession of by the grand jury.  In the course of a month, however, we hope to be in a new buiding on road street, and immediately opposite the store of Messrs Lampton Bros & Rawls Col.

Workon the building will commence week after next, and it will be ushed rapidly to completion.  It will be fully as commodious, if not more so, than the old office and will be admirable adapted to our use in every respect.

Our readers will also notice a great improvement in the general appearance of the paper.  A great deal of our body type was destroyed, and in buying new material, we selected brevier type instead of primer, which is tow or three sizes smaller than the latter and which gives a good print.  Now in order to set ourself on foot again, and to make all these improvements, it has already necessitated the expenditure of a considerable sum fo money, which amount will be threbbled within the next two months, and we hope and would especially urge, our delinquent subscribers to come forward and settle their indebtedness with this office.


On Christmas Eve, our people, both great and small, assembled in the courthouse to view the tree prepared for their enjoyment.  It was quite full of presents of every description, from a useful pair of socks to a toy pistol. Very little preparation was made beforehand, but Santa Claus soon made his entrance in a lively manner, keeping time to the sweet music furnished by one of his own musicians for the occasion.

Soon the cry was heard, "Santa, your wife is coming."  Sure enough, amid much fun and merriment, in came a person whom Santa Claus immediately seemed to recognize as his better half.  The joy at meeting was so great that for some seconds they could only hug one another and give vent to their feelings with fun and laughter.  Soon, however, they began to bestow their good gifts, declaring they had something for all.


December 27th, St. John's Day was observed by the Masonic fraternity here with appropriate exercises and the installation of officers for the ensuing year.  Dr. Tennisson, as Deputy Grand Lecturer, conducted the exercises in an impressive manner.


To J. P. Addison, commanded to appear before the Chancery Court of the county of Lawrence in said State on second Monday of January, 1893.  D. D. McRee, Solicitor.

Homestead Notice

Polly Ann Sandford, wit: S. J. Sills, J. M. Sills, W. J. Robinson, all of Grange


Next Sunday will be four weeks since fire destroyed the principal business block of Monticello.  It has been the all absorbing topic since that time, and every one's month has been so full of the subject that interest in it, to some extent is waning and it is becoming somewhat "ratty".  It therefore, looks lie the revival of an old chestnut to speak of he fire again, but this issue would be totally incomplete without some reference to the disastrous conflagration that entailed such a heavy loss upon some of our principal property-holders, and cuased the suspension of a great Southern journal for three weeks.  We promise, however to be brief.

The hand of ill-luck, if such an expression may be allowed, seems to have taken a vice-like grip upon the destiny of Monticello, and since the otubrek of the war that ended in the defeat of the Southern Confederacy, misfortune and disaster have been her legacy.  Once the capitol of the state, and for a number of years the center of fashion and wealth in all the country, it has dwindled from a prosperous city of 2500 inhatitants or more down to a village of perhaps more than 150 souls.

In 1893, the business portion of the town was almost completely wiped out by fire, and the operation was repeated in October, 1881.  In the following April, the destructive cyclone finished the work already begun, and left only tree houses as a memento of by-gone days, besides carrying on its wings the lives of many loved ones.  After this, the rebuilding of the town was begun afresh, and while laying no claims to metropolitanism, yet we had, to some extent made habitable a few of the wast places and given to the town a somewhat respectable appearance. The blackened spot on Main street shows only too plainly how soon our brightest realizations of the future are apt to be blighted, and for the fourth time are we visited with wide spread disaster.

The alarm that awoke the inhabitants of Monticello to a realization of the fact that the town was afire was sounded at 2:30 o'clock on the morning of the 12th of December.  The fire was discovered by mr. I. A. Hickman, it seems, the roaring of the flames waking himself and family, who occupied the Garrett residence immediately in the rear of the burning district.  He says that as soon as he viewed the scene he saw at once that the fire was beyond control, as the side of Cohn's store and the corner of Beal & Hickman's store were burning rapidly, and he at once gave the alarm.  It was not long before the entire town was arounsed, and for the short time that was allowed in which to operate, heroic work was done in saving endangered property and the effects in some of the burning buildings.

Nearly everything in Mr. Hickman's residence was removed to a safe distance by willing hands, and the loss of his household effects will amount to about $75 only, which is fully covered by insurance.  The presses, imposing stone with news forms, type cases, subscription and account books and chairs of the Press were saved by heroic work.  This was all that was saved from the burning buildings, everything else being a total loss.  Messrs. L. Cohn & Bors. Are the heaviest losers, losing their general store and three ware houses.  As nearly as can be estimated, their loss will reach to about $11,000 and on this there is an insurance of about $7,500, Messrs Beal & Hickman's loss is about $1,700 and their insurance is about $1300.  The residence occupied by Mr. Hickman, and the building occupied by the Press were owned by Mr. G. W. Garrett and were valued at $700 on which buildings there was no insurance.

The house occupied by Messrs. Beal & Hickman was owned by mr. Jesse Wilson and was valued at $200, no insurance.  The press suffered about a $250 loss, on which there was insurance to the amount of $75.

From every appearance, the fire seemed to have originated between the stores of Messrs. Cohn Bros. And Beal & Hickman's at the south end of the latter store.  Which building was originally afire is a question, from all the testimony we have been enabled to gather both pro and con, that we are unable to decide, and which, perhaps, will always remain in doubt.  Some people hold to one theory and some to another, but as to direct and absolute proof either way, it is lacking.  There is one opinion, however, that seems to be generally conceded, and that is that the fire was of incendiary origin.  What motive could prompt a person to set fire to property of any individual, however much may be his grievance, is an idea that we fail to grasp, and to view the matter in the generally accepted light, it is a situation that is lamentable in the extreme. There are no clues whatever as to the perpetrator, and time alone will have to be relied upon to solve this mystery.


Peter Daughtry, wit: A. Teunnison, Rouey Pendleton, Pharoah Oatis, all of Monticello.

David Hartman, wit: W. M. Waller, James Mikell, T. J. Bridges, J. R. Hickman, all of Whitesand.

James M. Hill, wit: B. M. W. Mason, of Fair River, W. M. Lambert, J. L. Lambert of Saulsbury.

Champ B. Terry, wit: Joseph Smith, E. Carlisle, all of Tryus.

January 12, 1893

Mr. Louis Cohn visited New Orleans last week on business.

Last Saturday was teacher's pay day, and quite a goodly number were in town in consequence thereof.

There is some sickness in our town at present, Mrs. D. B. Carlisle, and Mrs. Bullock both being indisposed.

Mr. George Garrett is building a neat residence for Mr. Worley near Wilson's gin  in the suburbs of our town.

Rev. L. J. Jones preached quite an interesting sermon in the Presbyteriam church last Sunday evening at 7 o'clock.

Mr. Walton, a popular drummer of the hardware establishment of A. Baldwin & Co., Limited, of New Orleans, was in town last week.

Mr. Geo Turnage and wife of Buford, Marion County, visited relatives in our town this week.  They are en route to Jefferson county to visit relatives.

The vivacious Miss Bessie Butler, of Lawrence county, brightened Brookhaven society with her prescence during the holiday festivities - Lincoln County Times.

We did not suppose that the fire which destroyed our office also consumed the Hebron and Silver Creek correspondents of the Press.  Is it possible that such was the case?

We were please to hear of the happy marriage of Mr. Dan Walker and Miss Fannie Durr last Wednesday evening at Westville, and extend our heartiest congratulations.

Mr. J. B. Rawls last Saturday bought four lots of Mr. Cannon directly east of Mrs. Fairman's of what is known as the McMillan tract.  We are glad to know that Mr. Rawls contemplates building a residence on his newly acquired purchase in the near future.

In speaking of the Christmas tree in our last issue, we failed to mention Miss Dezzie Garrett as one having receited.  Miss Dezzie had a very pretty recitation, which was well rendered, and the omission was purely an oversight on our part and altogether unintentional.

We stated in our last issue that Messrs. L. Cohn & Bros, intended building an iron store-house on the sight of their burnt property.  We have since been informed by the gentlemen in question that this project has been abandoned and that they will erect a handsome brick building instead, commencing on the same in about two or three months.

Prof. Edgar Green, principal of Lawrence County High School, will give an entertainment at Silver Creek on Friday evening the 17th of February, commencing at 7 o'clock.  It will be on the order of a musicale, although being interspersed with readings, recitations and an address or two.  He announces it as his purpose to secure the best musical talent of the county for this entertainment, and withal, promises an enjoyable evening to all who attend.  A small admission fee will be charged, which will go towards starting a library.

Capt. Beal's hotel was the scene of quite a happy event last Thursday afternoon the principal participants being Mr. John M. Morgan of Wesson, and Miss Anna J. Polk of this county.  The occasion was the celebration of the rites of matrimony between this happy couple by Supervisor Z. P. Jones.  The history of this match is brief, but is interesting and will bear repeating.

Some time ago, Mr. Morgan and Miss Polk became acquainted through the medium of a third party alike friendly to both, tho they had never seen one another.  A correspondence in this matter soon sprang up and the reader may be allowed to guess the rest.  Esteem ripened into affection, formalities were discarded; tho' strangers in name, yet they were one spirit, and each needed but the companionship of the other to make life sweeter for having been lived - to temper it's burdens and to sooth its eares.  In this fram of mind, Mr. Morgan proposed and was accepted.  He at once departed for the home of the intended, and it was then, for the first time that the met.

Taking her in the buggy with him, they came to Monticello and were soon married, proceeding on their way happy and with the benedictions of relatives and friends for a long and joyous life of wedded bliss.

Program of the Sunday School Convention of the Pearl River Association to be Held with Crooked Creek Church on Jan 28th and 29th 1893.  Saturday, 10 A.M.

I.                    One half hour spent in singing and devotional exercises

II.                 Organization

III.               Welcome address by a member of Crooked Creek Sunday School

IV.              Response by a member of Bethel Sunday School

V.                 Essay on the Aims and Objects of the Sunday School Convention by W. C. Maxwell, jr.

VI.              Recitation by a Miss from Monticello Sunday School.

VII.            Recitation by Miss Emma Mikell

VIII.         Recitation by Miss Nannie Waller.

Sunday Morning 10 o'clock

I.                    Sunday School mass meeting

II.                 Conventional serman by Eld. J. R. Carter at 11 o'clock, alternate, Eld. J. R. Boone

III.               Essay by Prof. W. W. Rivers of his own choosing

IV.              Recitation by a Miss of Magee's Creek Sunday School

The singing exercises will be conducted by Joseph Dale, assisted by the choir of Crooked Creek church and all good singers in attendance.

Mr. Been Bullock last week bought the house and lot owned by Mr. C. R. Dale in this town and took possession of same last Saturday.  Mr. Bird and wife, who occupied the residence previous to Mr. Bullock's purchase are now boarding at Capt. Beal's.

Homestead Notice:

Mary Brister, wit: O. F. Wilson, J. M. Hill, John King, John Griffith, all of Fair River.

January 26, 1893

Mr. C. O. Nelson of near Tryus visited our town this week.

Mrs. M. A. Griffith was a welcome visitor to our town last Tuesday.

Attention is called to the card of Mrs. Mary Mikell in another column.

Mr. H. A. May of Bismarck paid his Monticello friends a visit this week.

Justice L. Q. C. Lamar died at his home in Washington last Monday.

Mr. George Baylis of near Columbia visited relatives in our town this week.

Mr. Worley and family have moved into their new residence in south Monticello.

A good many of our town people are in disposed this week on account of severe colds.

Capt. Dave Womack, the irrepressible tobacco drummer, was a welcome visitor this week.

Little Hazel Cannon was quite sick this week, but we are glad to learn she is now improving.

Are you going to the Sunday School Convention at Crooked Creek next Saturday and Sunday?

Mrs. D. M. Lee accompanied by Shelby Fairman, is visiting relatives in Covington and Perry counties this week.

Rev. W. B. Broom, of the Christian church of Utica, preached an interesting sermon in the court house last Monday evening at 7 o'clock.

When you come to court week after next it would be a great accommadation of you would put in a little money for the printer.  We are building an office, and are in need of the "filthy luere."

Mr. W. L. Garrison of the Piotona passed through town last Tuesday en route to Lake Providence, La., where he goes to engage in the saw mill business. We are indebted to him for a pleasant call.

Mr. S. H. Dale of the Columbia News will be here court week with a view to organizing a branch of the Atlanta National Building and Loan Association.

This Association has a large membership at Columbia, and over $1100 has been loaned in that town alone for building purposes.  To the invester, it present advantages not possessed by any other Associations, and the borrower obtains money at an exceedingly low rate of interest.


The following is the list of the grand and petit jurors for the next term of the Circuit Court of this county, being drawn at the August term by Judge Cassedy and Circuit Clerk Cannon and kept sealed up until last Monday:  W. M. Daniel, C. B. Terry, W. J. Newton, W. T. Hutchins, Thomas J. Dale, S. S. Lambert, L. W. Carr, F. P. Bonner, G. W. Mikell, W. W. Walden, W. L. Ainsworth, Jr., O. E. Worley, W. W. Gunnesl, Benj. Alexander, J. Q. Stephens, T. A. Loftin, Pharoah Oatis, A. M. Cliburn, S. T. Price, W. L. Evans, A. G. Mahaffey, Joseph Smith, Jr., J. L. Gray, C. C. Oliver, Wesley Sibley, J. B. Douglass, A. J. Buckley, L. J. Williamson, J. E. Culpepper, S. L. Cliburn, F. A. Ainsworth, A. E. Cliburn, W. F. Swilley, P. B. Knight, W. A. Maxwell, G. C. Bass, C. B. Loftin, R. Douglass, W. C. Maxwell, Jr., J. J. Grice, W. M. Russell, C. E. Watts, William burrow, James Martin, E. L. Lee, J. N. Luper, J. L. Speights, B. B. Stringer, W. B. Stringer, J. M. Tyler.

Mr. V. A. Smith, one of our county's most promising young men, left last Monday for Washington county to assume the position of sergeant over the convicts on the Gwin plantation.  Victor is a deserving young man, and we wish him success in his every undertaking.


Our school is still increasing.  New students still entering and all making rapid progress.  Students have now taken studies of the last half session. Quite a number are taking the teacher's course.

Our town is on a boom.  Mr. L. E. Haynes has a new store house nearly completed, just opposite the residence of Mr. Gibson.

Mr. Virgin A. Griffith, of our town, departed from his home and friends on the 16th inst. To enter the University at Oxford.  Virgin will be greatly missed by all and especially by the band for he knows exactly what to do with a cornet.

Prof. E. Green is leader of the band, as he is one that gets there with both feet when it come to blowing a cornet or any other horn.  So the band is still hustling.

We are sorry to learn that Mr. W. Speights of our town is quite ill, and has been for some time.  We hope he will soon recover.

Miss Cora Speights of Westville is visiting her sick father.

The enrollment of the Lawrence County High School is now 155, and is very likely to go to 175 before the session closes.

Our little Dr. L. D. D. is very busy now on accounty of sickness in town and community.

Dr. W. L. Gibson is reading medicine under Dr. Dickerson.  Probably Dr. D. Will have help in one or two years.

The bachelor of our town is still on hand, but cannot stand for girls to throw snow balls at him.


Isaac L. Lambert, wit: P. M. Givens, J. L. Rutland, H. C. Pevey, W. C. Ballard, all of Monticello.

Sheriff's Sale: S. W. Cook and J. R. Goodwin, vs Elliott & May

Dress Making!

The undersigned, having removed to Monticello, hereby solicits the patronage of the public for all kinds of sewing and dress making, which will be donw in the latest style and at reasonable rates.  Respectfully, Mrs. Mary Mikell

February 2, 1893

Circuit court next Monday

The Board meets next Monday.

The "grip" is an epidemic in this country at present.

Mr. David Cohn paid a flying trip to Brookhaven this week.

Rev. Geo. Butlet will preach in the Baptist church next Saturday and Sunday.

Hon. A. W. Cooper of Magnolia is circulating among his Monticello friends this week.

Mrs. Dr. Bishop and daughter Maud, accompanied by Mr. Pole Dotson, visited relatives at Brookhaven this week.

Our readers will pardon a lack of editorial banter in this issue as the editor has been tusselling with the "grip".

Mr. G. W. Garrett requests us to say that he will be well prepared to feed and accommodate people in attendance on Circuit Court next week.

Those in attendance upon court next week who are owing us will confer a favor by settling up their indebtedness and renewing their subscriptions for another year.

Miss Bessie Butler, one of our county's most fascinating young ladies, has returned home, after a delightful visit of several weeks duration to friends in Brookhaven.

The Press will move into its cozy new building tomorrow.  It is the neatest, best built building in town, and we would be pleased to have our friends call and see us in our new apartments.

All persons are hereby warned not to buy or pay any jury or witness certificate unless the same be endorsed by the Tax Collector "No taxes due" Respectfully, D. M. Lee, Tax Collector.

We regreat very much to learn of the death of Mr. W. Speights, which sad and untimely event occurred at his home at Silver Creek last Monday.  Mr. Speights was truly a good man, and his loss to both family and community will be keenly felt.

Messrs. J. B. Rawls and Richard Ratliff represented Monticello at the Sunday School Convention at Crooked Creek last Sunday and report a pleasant time. On account of being laid up with la grippe, the editor was forced to forego the pleasure of attending.

Mr. C. R. Dale of Wesson, representing the firm of Earns, Loug, & Co., accompanied by his little daughter Eva, paid our town a flying visit last Monday.  While here, he gave us an advertisement for the new firm, which will be seen elsewhere in this paper.  As we said last week, this is one of the strongest firms on the I. C. R. R. , and parties wishing things in their line will find it to their interest to give them a call.

Hebron Dots

Reporter tips the hat to the Press which has risen Phoenix like, from her former self.

Notwithstanding the recent cold weather, Hebron continues to do business at the same old stand.

Mr. F. H. Thomas of Wesson entered school last Monday.

Mr. Gus Berry, who, with his family recently returned from Texas, is now building a dwelling from Texas, is now building a dwelling on School street, a short distance east of mr. J. F. Hartzog's.

Rev. R. W. Hall is now in Wesson under medical treatment.  His wife has also been quite indisposed for several days.

M. Taunehill and family of Wesson now occupy the house recently vacated by Mr. E. Thurman.

Mr. A. G. Walker and wife have moved to their former home on Rial's creek. Their sons are boarding at mr. Hall's.

Mrs. Mary Powell of Vicksburg and Miss Lovie Thomas of Wesson who were visiting the family of their brother, Mr. J. E. Thomas, left for Vicksburg a few days ago.

Prof. F. L. Riley spent last Friday and Saturday in doors.  He says the Gripp had him.

Several new weeklies have recently been added to the list of papers which come to the school reading room.

The Lyceum League of the school is progressing quietly, though substantially.  The young men of the League meet every Thursday afternoon for debate, information in current events etc., etc.

Misses Frankie Hartzog and Fulvia myers were in town Thrusday, Rumor tells us that Mr. A. Hartzog will move to Hebron shortly.  Here's our way of welcom, Major.

Last Sunday afternoon, Mrs. Fanny Riley, organized the small children of the town into a "Sunbeam Society".  They all report a good beginning in this line of mission work, and seem very much interested in it.

Mr. Wm W. Byrd has been very sick with rheumatism for several days.

Dress Making!

The undersigned, having removed to Monticello, hereby solicits the patronage of the public for all kinds of sewing and dress making, which will be done in the latest style and at reasonable rates.  Respectfully, Mrs. Mary Mikell

Homestead Notice:

Isaac L. Lambert, wit: P. M. Givens, J. L. Rutland, H. C. Pevey, W. C. Ballard, all of Monticello.

February 9, 1893

The board of Supervisors met here last Monday.

Look out for the delinquent tax sale next week.

The sudden changes in the weather are calculated to produce a good deal of sickness.

Rev. L. J. Jones will preach in the Presbyterian church next Sunday evening at 7 p.m.

A large crowd in town last Monday, and a good crowd in attendance on court every day since.

Mr. W. A. Bryne of Wesson was a visitor to our town last Monday and paid us a pleasant call.

The Press is now domiciled in its cozy new building on Broad street and invites its friends to call.

Miss Maggie Edmondson entertained a few friends very pleasantly at a birthday dinner last Sunday.

Rev. George Butler preached an able sermon in the Baptist church last Sunday to an appreciative congregation.

The next issue will be unusually interesting to our readers.  It will contain the proceedings of Circuit court.  Board of Supervisors and the delinquent tax sale.

Miss Launa Hoskins, a reigning belle of Brookhaven, is visiting Mrs. Dr. Butler near this place.  Miss Launa has a host of admirers here who are always delighted to see her.

According to a circular recently sent out by J. R. Preston, State Superintendent of Education, Lawrence county has 5311 educable children and receives $6314.11 of the January distribution.

It looks as I we ought not to have had any trouble in getting up locals this week, but it has been a greater undertaking than common, as local happenings have really been few and far between.

Hon. John Arrington, our popular and efficient Representative, who is now taking a course in the law department of the University of mississipi, was in attendance upon Circuit court here last Tuesday.

The concert to be given under the auspices of the Lawrence County High School has been postponed from the 17th of February to the 24th of March. Prof. Green informs us that he intends making the concert a success in every way.

We tender our sincere thanks to those of our delinquents who have this week settled up their indebtedness to the office, and would be pleased to have thos who are now in town call around and make some arrangements about paying.  We have been put to great expense in getting the Press in running order again, and arein need of all that's due.  This, of course, does nto apply to those who have made special arrangements with us.

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