Local Matter, Nov. 25, 1870
The Reporter

For Rent – The plantation of the late H. H. Means, containing two hundred acres of good valley land, with usual improvements, is offered for rent for 1871. For terms, &c., apply to W. A. Roberts, or Jas. M. Anderson, Administrator, Holly Springs, Miss.

Married – In Marshall county, Miss., on the 15th Nov. 1870, at the residence of G. W. Gill, Esq., by Rev. James Naylor, G. R. Davidson of Vicksburg, Miss., to Miss Samantha A. Howell of Marshall. In Memphis, Tenn., on Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 1870, at the residence of the bride's father, by the Rev. Dr. Wheat, Henry H. Booth, Esq., and Miss Julia K. Townsend; both of Memphis. Oct. 26th, 1870, at the residence of the bride's father, in Byhalia, Miss., by the Rev. R. A. Neblett, Mr. John R. Kemp, formerly of Kentucky, now of Shreveport, La., and Miss Julia C. Raiford of Marshall.

New School – From advertisement, it will be seen that Mr. A. S. Mayre will open a school on the 1st of Dec. in Holly Springs, in the building on Church Street, recently occupied by Mr. Oswald. Mr. Marye is an educated, accomplished scholar, an excellent gentleman, and good teacher. We trust to see his School well patronized.

Well Done – We learn that on Monday last, an accident on the Central Road was prevented by a negro. As the south bound mail train was approaching Thomas' Cut, 12 miles north of Holly Springs, it was signaled by a negro man. On stopping, the conductor was informed that a rail was misplaced just below the Cut. His report was found to be true. Had it not been for his warning, the train would, without doubt, have been thrown from the track, and considerable damage done. Although the deed was seemingly trifling, yet we believe in rewarding all who do their duty well. Let the negro be discovered, and his name published, and his act rewarded.

Sudden Death – On last Saturday, Nov. 19th, a negro man, named Green Milam, working on Capt. Geo. M. Buchanan's place, seven miles south of Holly Springs, died very suddenly. He had gone to the woods to cut a load of wood, and while in the set of loading the wagon, fell dead. He had had several spasmodic spells within a few weeks before his death, and his sudden death is thus accounted for.

Circuit Court – This Court will adjourn by legal limitation on tomorrow. The present week has been occupied in the trial of criminal cases. Business has been dispatched with great rapidity. On Wednesday last, his Honor, Judge Davis, sentenced the negro, Edmund Tunstall, to be hanged on Friday, January 13th. On the same day, he sentenced six persons, three whites and three negroes, to the penitentiary. Elsewhere, we publish the disposition of the criminal cases up to the hour of going to press. In our next, we hope to present a statement of the expenses incurred by the State at the present term in the trial of prisoners. This statement will sustain us in our position of advocating the formation of a Criminal Court for each District.

Died – In Holly Springs, Miss., on Thursday evening, Nov. 17th, 1870 at 7 o'clock; Mattie Octavia, only child of Frank S. and Rosa Whitaker, aged 10 months and 7 days. Christ has taken your little darling to His own bosom, for He said: “Suffer the little children to come to me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven. Wherefore, then, should you grieve! Can you bring her back again! Let the sweet thought of the inspired Psalmist comfort you; you, shall go to her, but she shall not return to you.”

At his residence in Marshall county, on Tuesday, 22nd, November, Mr. J. M. Sutton, aged 37 years.

The Orphans – The Court House was crowded on last Saturday night, the occasion of the Concert by thirty Orphans from the Home at Lauderdale Springs. We do not remember ever to have seen in our city a more intelligent and respectable gathering. The performance gave entire satisfaction, and the liberal contributions manifested how deep is our interest in that noble institution which is supporting and educating, and raising up to be good men and women, the children of our dead Confederate heroes. The song of the “Jockey Hat and Feather”, by little Miss Clara Simpson, a sweet girl, only 8 or 9 years old, was remarkably well rendered, and was applauded and encored. The orphans were the guests of our people. Their modest behavior and gentle dispositions won all hearts. God bless them, and always give them good friends. God bless the noble institution, which is an honor to Mississippi. We publish the names of the children, and assure them that the people of Marshall County love them, and the other little orphans at the Home, and every orphan of the brave men who died for the South: Girls – Leona Gothard, Lizzie Hudson, Annie Sherman, Clara Simpson, Melissa Jones, Ella Hoy, Paralee Benson, Nannie Hasting, Sallie Purvis, Minnie Dawson, Sackie Pearson, Maggie Howell, Mollie Hogan, Debie Gosier, Lizzie Wooten, Ella Harris, Jennie Reynolds, Mary Hudson, Amanda McDonald, Lizzie Knight. Boys – Henry Mixon, William Wooten, Wm. Hogan, Yates Anderson, Marshall Howell, Abraham White, Edward Joyner, Henry Knight, Johnnie Downer. One little girl, Armanda McDonald, the guest of our friends, Dr. Dougherty and his estimable wife, was left in our city, being too unwell to travel. She is in good hands, and will receive every attention. More information on this orphanage.

R. R. Accident – On last Sunday morning, Nov. 20th, the southbound express train on the Central road, due at Abbeville at 6:20, ran off the track three miles this side of that place. We are informed that the train was running at schedule speed, and that the accident was caused by a rotten cross tie. The engine and tender passed over the dangerous place, when the rails spread, throwing every car off the track. The cars were dragged some three or four hundred yards, before the resistance overcame the momentum. Twenty persons and upwards were more or less injured, and the cars were broken to pieces. Mr. Wm. Howd, the conductor, on the most courteous and efficient gentleman on the road, was so badly injured that he died shortly after being carried to Water Valley. We are glad to learn that the other wounded are doing well, and are kindly cared for at Oxford and Water Valley. The Central Road is generally in good condition, having recently been repaired over its entire length. The fate accident is to be greatly regretted, not only on account of injury to the passengers, but also because it may create an impression that the road is in bad condition. Such is not the fact, for, taken all in all, it is one of the safest roads in the country.

Criminal Docket – During the present term of the Circuit Court, the criminal docket has been cleared of many cases. We publish below the disposition of all the cases of importance that have been tried: Edmund Tunstall, negro, murder, guilty, to be hanged Friday, Jan. 13, 1871; Augustus Kesler, grand larceny, guilty, 4 years in penitentiary; Silas Kesler, grand larceny, guilty, 4 years; Fanny Still, negro, accessory to murder, pleaded guilty, 5 years; Rachel Martin, negro, manslaughter, pleaded guilty, 5 years; Phillip Heck or Meek, larceny, guilty, 2 years; Henry Hawkins, alias Henry Cooper, false pretense, guilty, 3 years; Ellen? Featherston, negro, _______, guilty, sentence not pronounced. The case of the State vs. F. Feldman, forgery, is in progress as we go to press, and is exciting considerable interest. Judge P. T. Scruggs and Col. Gantt, of Memphis, are assisting in the defense.

Bishop Green's Appointments:

Nov. 26 and 27, Sunday, Water Valley
Nov 29 and 30, Oxford
Dec 2, 3, and 4, Sunday, Holly Springs
Dec 6 and 7, Lamar
Dec 10 and 11, Sunday, Yazoo City
Dec 12, Satartia
Dec 15 and 16, Grand Gulf
Dec 17 and 18, Sunday, Port Gibson; Ordination
Dec 22, Bovina; Consecration of Church and Ordination
Dec 23 to 26, Sunday, Vicksburg
Dec 27, Bolton
Dec 29, Clinton
Jan 1, Jackson

Other appointments will be made before the end of the year. At each of the above mentioned places, a contribution will be expected in aid of Diocesan Missions. W. M. Green

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