Friday morning, Feb. 3, 1871
The Reporter

F. College – Franklin Female College is now in operation under the present Free School System. It will remain under the control and supervision of Prof. Wm. Clark, who has no superior as an instructor in the South. In every respect, the school will be conducted as heretofore. As the patrons of that institution assist in paying the heavy taxes that are imposed upon the people, it is right they should reap the benefits.

Three – On last Friday morning week, a distinguished friend of ours, was seeking the congratulations of two intimate friends, on a little event (weighing eight pounds) that had come to his family on the afternoon before, at 1 o'clock. The curious fact was revealed that the family of each of the gentlemen to whom he was talking, had been blessed in the same way during the same evening, one at three o'clock, the other at four. Our first friend went home, greatly consoled, and of opinion that Thursday, Jan. 19th, was a great day for events.

Grand Chapter – At the late meeting in Vicksburg, the following officers of the Grand Chapter of the State of Mississippi, were elected to serve during the present Masonic year: Charles T. Bond, New Albany, Grand High Priest; Morris Cook, Gallatin, Deputy Grand High Priest; John Y. Murray, Ripley, King; E. Geo. DeLapp, Natchez, Grand Scribe; James B. Cherry, _____, Grand Chaplain; A. P. Berry, Grand Treasurer; J. L. Power, Grand Secretary; W. H. Carkett, Tyler. The next session of the Grand Chapter will be held at Holly Springs on the Thursday preceding the meeting of the Grand Lodge in January next.

Masonic Hall – On Last Monday evening, the large and magnificent rooms of this handsome building were lighted up. They presented a beautiful appearance. The old Masonic hall, which occupied the ground upon which the present building is located, was blown down by the explosion during Van Dorn's raid, on the 20th of December, 1862. Ever since the war, our city has suffered great inconvenience for the want of a town hall. Indeed, until the Court room was completed a few months, (and that, besides being too public, is ill suited for a public hall.) Holly Springs had no room in which concerts, exhibitions, parties, balls, etc., could be given. Now, we ask no odds of any city. We have a Hall and a building that are an ornament to the county. To Capt. Jas. T. Fant, I. C. Levy, Jas. Sims, R. E. Taylor, F. H. Ross, Robt. McGowan, Howard Falconer, and F. B. Shuford, building committee, the thanks of our people are due – for to their untiring energy are we mainly indebted for the erection of the imposing building. They received the valuable aid of the Masonic fraternity, and of the citizens generally, both of city and county, but to the gentlemen named, who took hold of the enterprise, and suffered no obstacle (and various obstacles met them, to hinder them, are our people greatly indebted, and owe especial thanks.

$25 – M. H. Canon offers $25 reward for the recovery and delivery to him near Red Banks, or to Lane & Canon, Holly Springs, of a sorrel mare and a brown horse mule, that strayed from his place on the 22d of January ult. Read his notice in another column.

Grand Commandery – At the late meeting in Vicksburg, the Grand Commandery of Sir Knights of Mississippi elected the following officers to serve during the present Masonic year: Right Eminent Sir Wm. S. Patton, Meridian, Grand Commander; E. Sir J. W. Powell, Vicksburg, Grand Generalissimo; E. Sir John Nelson, Jackson, Grand Captain General; E. Sir C. Johnston, Jackson, Grand Prelate; E. Sir J. C. Birkhead, Lexington, Grand Treasurer; E. Sir J. L. Power, Jackson, Grand Recorder; E. Sir A. P. Sanders, Grenada, Grand Senior Warden; E. Sir Gus Bahin, Natchez, Grand Standard Bearer, E. Sir P. M. Savery, Baldwyn, Grand Sword Bearer; E. Sir Amos Tappan, Vicksburg, Grand Warden; E. Sir W. H. Carkeet, Natchez, Grand Sentinel.

Stock Raisers – We are glad to learn that Messrs. Geo. J. Cleland and Jno. D. Martin are making arrangements to enter largely into the raising of stock on their plantation, 16 miles south of Holly Springs. They hope to be apply to supply this entire section of the country with horses and mules. We wish them the most abundant success.

Lost – On the 29th of Jan. 1871, between Holly Springs and Tallaloosa, a pair of gold spectacles. The finder will be liberally rewarded on leaving the same at this office.

Married – At the Methodist Episcopal Church, in Holly Springs, Miss., on Tuesday evening, January 31st, 1871, at 8 o'clock, by Rev. J. H. Brooks, Presiding Elder of Hernando District, Dr. Lea A. Stephenson and Miss Emma Boling, both of Holly Springs. Attendants: Jas. T. Fant and Miss Nannie Boling; Henry C. Myers and Miss Cornelia Crawley; Brodie S. Hull and Miss Crawford Jones; M. S. Boling and Miss Bettie McCarroll; Hope Canon and Miss Conley Fenuel; W. W. Searcy and Miss Lizzie Anderson; H. C. Smith and Miss Olivia Roberts; John Calhoon and Miss Bettie Withers. In the very bloom of youth, when prospects are bright, and hopes beat strong, glad and inviting, our young friends have started hand in hand for the great battle of life. Success attend them ever, and may all their days be fair and bright, unclouded by care, and free from gloom. That their brightest dreams may be realized and their hearts be always as happy as now, is the fond wish of many loving friends.

By the Rev. J. H. Brooks, Jan. 13th, 1871, Mr. B. S. Strickland and Miss Martha Fields, both of Marshall.

By Rev. J. H. Brooks, Jan. 18th, 1871, Mr. William Dowty and Miss Margaret R. Wallace, both of Marshall.

In Holly Springs, Jan. 1st, 1871, by H. A. Cooper, Mayor and ex-officio J. P., S. J. Smith and Miss Sallie Ramey, both of Marshall.

In Marshall county, Jan. 4th, 1871, by Jones M. Brooks, J. P., James McGuire and Miss Martha Watts, both of Marshall.

In Marshall county, Jan. 12th, 1871, by Rev. J. J. Meek, Thos. Ellis and Miss Henrietta E. Meek, both of Marshall.

In Holly Springs, Jan. 9th, 1871, by H. A. Cooper, Mayor and ex-officio J. P., W. H. H. Davenport and Miss Matilda Corlean May, both of Marshall.

In Marshall county, Jan. 15th, 1871, by Rev. J. H. Amacker, Thomas L. Durham and Miss M. E. Pyles, both of Marshall.

Marriages – During the month of January, 1871, licenses to marry were granted by the Circuit Clerk of Marshall county, to the following named parties, to wit: James McGuire and Martha Watts (2nd), J. B. Vicory and Georgia Terry (3d), J. S. Gwyn and Malinda M. Plant (6th), E. E. Ferrell and Mattie E. Price (7th), Wm. R. Pankey and Marry B. Chappel (7th), Thos. Ellis and Henrietta E. Meek (9th), M. M. Whalen and Jane Ellis (9th), B. S. Strickland and Martha Fields (9th), W. H. H. Davenport and Matilda Corlean May (9th), L. B. Suggs and Anna E. Houston (9th), Thomas L. Durham and M. E. Pyles (10th), T. F. Mullinax and Susan M. Gallaher (10th), Nazrey Byrd and Julia A. Willis (10th), Benjamin Alderson and Lucinda Catherine Aday (14th), William Douty and Margaret R. Wallace (18th), Patrick Hegarty and Mary McDermott (20th), J. H. Lanston and Mary Ann Coleman (21st), John E. Christy and Mollie E. Anderson (24th), James Valentine and Ann Hurdle (24th), Edward B. Clark and Carey Freeman (25th), George Gurley and Fannie Sills (27th), W. B. Lester and D. F. Johnson (28th), C. M. Smith and Louisiana L. Cox (28th), Thos. W. Hancock and Sallie F. Goodwin (30th), L. G. Shinault and Alice Lee Davis (30th), James Grant and Francis Warren (30th), Lea A. Stephenson and Emma Boling (30th).

Personal – Commodore M. F. Maury, better known as Lieut. Maury, has recently been on a visit to his sister, Mrs. E. M. Holland, who resides six miles north of Holly Springs. Lt. M. looks hearty and vigorous and his recent contributions to the scientific literature of the day evince that his industrious intellect has ______ of its great power since the world and its kings thanked him for his invaluable work upon the Geography of the Sea. Notwithstanding that he ranks among the first men of his day, he is quite unassuming in manner and conversation; is yet withal one of the most genially kind and interesting persons we ever had the pleasure of meeting. May a gentle Providence let the burden of time fall kindly on him for many happy and useful years.

Thespian Club – We are requested to ask such of our citizens as favor the organization of a Thespian Club, to meet at Henry Cory's rooms this [Friday], evening at 7½ o'clock. We have talent equal to any to be found in the State, and a hall, capacious and well-lighted, just suited to exhibitions of a theatrical character. A year or two ago, quite a number of our citizens organized a Club, but were forced to disband, because there was no suitable hall in our city. Now, no reason exists why our citizens should not have a home Company, to give public entertainments, and cause to pass over pleasantly and profitably the long evenings of Winter. Don't forget the meeting at Cory's rooms this evening.

Good for High – Alex. Dougherty, negro, who presented a bill for waiting on the Court-room during the late Term of the Chancery Court (which bill was not allowed by Chancelor Stearns because the negro did not wait on the Court room), was recently allowed six months pay by the Board of Supervisors, at $15 per month, for attending to the Court house. Now, we should like to know what service he performs. He gets full pay for acting as Policeman; he gets extra pay for bringing water for the Chancery Clerk's office, and extra pay for every room he waits on; he claims $1.50 per day for making a fire in the Court and bringing water (both by proxy at $5 for three weeks). Now, does he get $15 per month for sweeping out the main passage down stairs twice a week? We wish to know, for we will have to bear our share of the $15 when the tax-gatherer comes around.

Accident – Our especial correspondent at Lamar writes us the particulars of a serious accident that befell the north bound freight train at that place on the night of Jan. 24th. The south bound train reached the station on time, and having some switching to do, left a part of her box cars standing on the track. When the north train came whirling down the long grade, the engineer saw the signal light of the south train standing motionless, on the main track, and blew down brakes. Only one brakesman was aboard, and he was unable to check the train. Again and again the shrill whistle sounded to “down brakes”, but to no purpose. The faithful engineer clung to his engine, until within a few yards of the south train, when he jumped off. Then came the fearful crash, literally smashing the caboose and adjoining car to atoms, and throwing several more from the track. Damages $5,000. No person hurt. Owing to the energy and active industry of Mr. Houston, road master, the track was cleared in a few hours.

Arrested – Our readers will remember that on the 27th of October, 1870, I. C. Levy & Co., of Holly Springs, purchased two bales of cotton of Wm. Yates, alias Smith, and that it was discovered on the next day that the cotton had been stolen from Capt. Houston, near Abbeville; also that Mr. James Nuttall, (of I. C. Levy & Co.) and Marshal Duncan and Billy Jones started in pursuit of the thief and gang with him, and at Cochrum's X Roads arrested Silas and Augustus Kesler and W. J. Tuttle, whom they lodged in Holly Springs jail; Wm. Yates and Peter Kesler escaped. Tuttle turned State's evidence, and Silas and Augustus are now in the penitentiary, for 4 years each. Well, all this is introductory to the information that Capt. Buchanan, Sheriff, and Billy Jones, returned last week from St. Louis, bringing with them Yates and Peter Kesler, whom they lodged in Holly Springs jail. They will evidently join Silas and Augustus next month.

At her residence, near Holly Springs, on Sunday, Jan. 29th, 1871, Mrs. Mary Ann Green, wife of Henderson L. Green; aged 27 years, 10 months and 20 days.

At the residence of J. T. Reaves, Esq., 7 miles South east of Holly Springs, on Sunday, Jan. 29th, 1871, by Rev. W. L. Farmer, Mr. W. B. Lester to Miss Dora F. Johnson, both of Marshall.

At the residence of her mother, Mrs. E. Gaines, living 12 miles south of Holly Springs, on the 22nd of Jan. 1871, of dropsy, Miss Mary A. Gaines. The deceased had been an invalid for some months, but she bore her sufferings with patience and fortitude. She joined the Baptist church when but a girl, and remained a consistent member thereof. She left a bright evidence behind that she now possesses a home in the world of bliss beyond the skies.

Grand Council – At the late meeting in Vicksburg, the Grand Council of the Royal and Select Masons of the State of Mississippi, elected the following officers to serve during the present Masonic years: B. S. Trice, Verona, Most Puissant Grand Master; E. Geo. DeLap, Natchez, Deputy M. P. G. M.; James Watts, De Kalb, Thrice Illustrious Grand Master; John Galbreath, Union Church, Grand Principal Conductor of Work, P. M.; Savey Baldwyn, Grand Captain, of the Guard; John T. Buck, Jackson, Grand Master of Ceremonies; A. P. Barry, Martinsville, Grand Treasurer; J. L. Power, Jackson, Grand Recorder; Rev. C. Johnson, Jackson, Grand Chaplain; W. H. Carkeet, Natchez, Grand Tyler.

In Memory Of Florence Lucretia Caledonia Musgrave, daughter of Thomas and Mary Musgrave, who died at her mother's residence in Marshall county, 8 miles south of Holly Springs, on the 27th day of Dec., 1870, at 10 p.m., aged 16 years and 8 months. The glittering tide of time in its onward flow, has past, conveying with it the year 1870 and also many of its inhabitants, composed of the young and the aged. The health of the deceased had been failing over a year, and her remains now lie in the Soule Chapel Cemetery, near the old farmstead. The last five months of her life she was confined to her room. She was affectionate and sweetly disposed; her pleasures on earth for the past year were few; she died in glorious triumph; that which she sought she had obtained. How consoling to heart-stricken friends to know, that she had received the pardon of an almighty Savior. She retained her mind to the last, and her dying words were, “I would rise and embrace you all, but being helpless, I can do nothing but say farewell.” Oh, how distressing to see the young fade away just in the bloom of youth. Just two years ago she was sprightly and gay, and now she lies silent in the tomb. Her young and gay associates are left to mourn her departure; perhaps they are not aware that they, too, may soon become victims to death. Only one year ago, the father of the now sleeping child, was a helpless invalid. Death came to the household and bade him go. He was not aware when on his dying couch, that his lovely daughter would so soon follow him to the grave. Farewell loved ones; may the holy angels guard and protect that widowed mother, in all her troubles. Four brothers and one sister remain to mourn the loss of the beloved sister. Though scattered by the events of the circumstances, it is yet hoped that all will unite in that better land. Dry up your tears of sorrow, dear mother; the body of thy baby is dead, but her soul dwelleth among the angels.

From the Western Methodist: Of Mrs. Ann Henry Wilbourn, wife of Mr. Miles W. Wilbourn of Panola Co., and daughter of the late Dr. B. W. and Mrs. S. A. Ross, of Holly Springs, who died in Panola Co., Miss., Dec. 28, 1870, after an illness of two weeks, aged twenty-four years, six months, and twenty-five days. The deceased professed religion and joined the M. E. Church South in 1867, and was a devoted Christian to the day of her death, and when she was told by her physician that she was about to enter the dark valley of the shadow of death, she expressed no fear, but filled with that light which falls from the eternal throne, and strengthened by that grace which alone can sustain amid the terrors of death she replied, “that it was only a shadow to pass through, and all was so beautiful and bright on the other side.” With such bright assurance, and the effulgence of her faith shedding a halo o'er her last moments here, her happy soul quitted its tenement on earth, and winged its way to the eternal city there to join the bright throng in everlasting praise around the eternal throne. The daughter of a widow, she was the joy and pride of her mother's heart, and the idolized sister of her devoted brothers. Possessing a warm heart, and kind and gentle disposition, she leaves a large circle of friends to mourn her; and her two little children will miss her maternal care and mother's love. But of them all, none shall miss her as he who shared her joys and alleviated her sorrows, to whom God have given her in pure and holy love, and the innermost temple of whose heart is now left desolate. But amid his grief, his soul should be lifted up when he recalls her Christian life and most triumphant death, and sees the hand of his devoted Anna, that our last moments, like yours, may be calm, peaceful and beautiful. C. W. C.

Administrator's Notice – Letters of administration on the estate of T. S. Ellis, late of Marshall county, Miss., deceased, were granted to the undersigned by the Chancery Court of said county, at the January Term thereof, 1871; 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. Johnson B. Harris, Adm'r for T. S. Ellis, deceased.

Sheriff's Sale – Pursuant to and by virtue of a writ of venditioni exponas to me directed, issued by H. A. Cooper, Mayor of the city of the Holly Springs, and ex-officio Justice of the Peace of Marshall county, State of Mississippi, I will on Monday, the 6th day of March, 1871, at the door of the Court House of said county, proceed to sell, for cash at public auction, the following property to-wit: the south east quarter of section twenty-nine, township three, range two west, and the house erected thereon. Said property will be sold to satisfy a judgment on a mechanic's lien for one hundred and twelve dollars and fifty cents, with interest from the 12th of December, 1870, and cost in case of William H. Swan vs. Wm. L. Davis. G. M. Buchanan, Sh'ff. by W. H. Jones, D. S.

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