November 18, 1870
The Reporter

A Distressing Accident – On Thursday night of last week, an accident befell the family of our Sheriff, Capt. Geo. M. Buchanan, which has shrouded his household in mourning. While the family were at supper, their little daughter, Mary Coleman, a sweet, lovely child, about four years old, attempted to reach a vase of flowers on the mantelpiece in the sitting room. Her dress caught fire from the grate, and in an instant she was developed in flames. Before help could reach her, she was badly burned. She lingered in great suffering until Saturday morning, when her pure and gentle spirit took its flight, to dwell forever in that blessed home, where there is neither suffering nor parting from loved ones.

Concert – On tomorrow, Saturday night, at the Court Room, thirty Orphans from Lauderdale Springs, Miss., will give one of their popular Concerts of sweet, pathetic music. We trust to see the Hall crowded to its utmost capacity. The object of the Orphans is to raise funds for the Orphan's Home. There are now more than two hundred of these helpless little ones at the Home, a majority of whom are the children of deceased masons and odd fellows. No cause has ever appealed more strongly to the hearts of our people. Wherever the Orphans have exhibited, they have been received with open arms. The people of Holly Springs and Marshall county have always contributed liberally to every appeal from the Orphans. Tomorrow evening, the concert will be well worth the price of admission. Tickets, 50 cents, children, 25 cents.

Finished – Marshall county can now boast of a handsome iron fence around her Court House and grounds. On last Monday, the finishing touches were put on and now our square presents ___ a metropolitan air. Messrs. Johnson, Risk & Co. deserve the thanks of the citizens of the county for the faithful manner in which they have executed their contract. The following letter from Col. John B. Fant, who was for many years, President of the Board of Police, and under whose supervision the fence was built explains itself: “To the Board of Supervisors of Marshall county, Miss.: The firm of Johnson, Risk & Co., Memphis, Tenn., have erected a very substantial and beautiful iron fence around the Court Square in Holly Springs, bringing it up to the plan and specifications in every particular. They deserve every commendation for their excellent work and faithful performance. I doubt whether any firm can compete with this in work of this kind. John B. Fant, Agent, Board Supervisors”. Nov. 15th, 1870, We learn that the Fence cost $1,686.

Married: On Nov. 9th, 1870, by Rev. J. W. Brooks, at the residence of the bride's mother, Mrs. C. L. Baird, Mr. John A. Reid, of Cohoma county, to Miss Lon C. Baird of Benton county, Miss.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8th, 1870, at the residence of the bride's mother, Mrs. Elizabeth McFayden, twelve miles north of Holly Springs, by John M. Rook, J. P., Mr. J. A. Isom and Miss A. E. Mahon; all of Marshall.

Circuit Court – The time on the Court during the present week, has been occupied with the criminal docket. The case of the State v. R. M. Ewing, charged with murder, was continued. Monday was occupied in trying a negro, charged with stealing $2 worth of corn. The Court, Bar, District Attorney, Clerk, Sheriff, Deputies, witnesses and twelve jurors had their time taken up, business was blocked, to find out at 1 p. m. that the negro was not guilty. As we go to press, the trial of the State v. Edmund Tunstall, negro, for murder, is in progress.

At his residence in Holly Springs, Miss., on Sunday morning, Nov. 13th, Col. John McGuirk?; aged 39 years, 1 month, and 18 days. The deceased had _________________________________, breaking out of the war, raised a company of young men, comprising the flower of the youth of the place, of which he was elected Captain. The “Mississippi Rangers” gained a reputation for bravery not excelled by any body of men in the Confederate service. Shortly after reaching the seat of war in Virginia, Capt. McGuirk was elected to the Lt. Coloneley? of the famous 17th Miss. Regt. At the re-organization in 1862, Col. McG., obtained permission to raise a Cavalry Regiment. Returning to North Miss., he raised the Regiment, of which he was elected Colonel. He served with the Regiment until the close of the war. Col. McG. was an affectionate, devoted husband, and kind father. On Sunday afternoon a large ______ attended his remains to their last resting place. The afflicted wife and children have the sympathies of the community in their great bereavement.

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