THE LIBERTY HERALD
Editor, Will A. Vick
June 3, 1896
W.R. Bennett is intending to commence cutting wheat tomorrow.
We are not surprised to learn that Elijah Bly and wife have got back together again. They look a great deal better since their reunion.
James Bly's girl, who is subject to fits, has been very bad off for several days. She had 107 fits from 5 o'clock Sunday morning until about the same today.
T.E. Pinegar of Smithville passed through here Saturday leasing lands for oil and gas.
Wm. Cope, the enterprising merchant at Joy, says his family has been enlarged by the addition of a little democrat.
Miss Carrie Sewell is visiting home folks at Nashville.
Mrs. Charles R. Groomes of Saint Louis will visit relatives here this week.
Miss Lena Tubb will return home Wednesday. She has been visiting her Aunt, Mrs. Petway in Nashville, for several weeks.
Miss Anna Cullom left Saturday for her home in Woodburn, Ky. She will return in July and take charge of a large music class at this place.
Misses Eula and Linnie Smith left this morning for a week's visit in Nashville.
Cards are out announcing the marriage of Miss Nora Wallace Wright of Nashville to Mr. Charles Westly Pendleton of this place, Tuesday, June 9th, at Tulip Street, M.E. Church, East Nashville.
A number of Miss Ella Givan's little friends went out Monday to attend a celebration of her seventh anniversary.
Mrs. Powell, wife of Thomas Powell at Sykes, died last night.
Mr.&Mrs. C.T. Cates have been visiting relatives in Coffee county this week.
There was singing Sunday afternoon at the Cateston music hall, conducted by Mrs. Joe Cates and Elvis Crandon.
News Taken From Our County Exchanges
R.E. Robinson was in Sparta last week on his return from a visit to DeKalb county.
Charley Coleman ate 31 bananas at Peterson's & Potter's Friday last.
Rev. Frank Young and wife of El Paso, Texas, returned last week and are stopping at O.F. Young's, father of Mr. Young.
The ball game between Bon Air and Sparta was very interesting. Some good playing was done on both sides. Lonie O'Hara and Mat Little did some fine pitching, while Alonzo Jarvis, John Brown and Willie Taylor did splendid behind the bat. Isaac Cole [said] that he would present the winning team with a box of his finest cigars. 26-20 in favor of Sparta.
A.C. Miller's case was heard by U.S.C., Dibrell, Saturday night, and the defendant bound over to Federal Court. He introduced no evidence in his defense at the committing trial, but says that he will do so at the federal Court hearing. Messrs. Warner Rutledge and F.G. Kirby were the prosecutors in behalf of the government and Jarvis & Hill for the defense.
Elder W.H. Sutton returned from Bloomington Tuesday. He informs us that he saw the petrified form of Dr. Davidson there [see previous issue]. The body had been burried 15 years. It resembles blue limestone, though soft in places. The general outlines of the deceased can be recognized by those who knew him in life. The body weighed 300 pounds.
The Diamond Oil Company met at the office of Frank Dibrell, C.& M., Thursday evening, May 21, and adopted by-laws and elected officers, as follows: J.M. Overton, president; W.B. Young, M.D., vice-president; A.H. Wood, General Manager; Frank Dibrell, treasurer; J.B. Snodgrass, secretary; Jarvis & Hill attorneys; Executive Committee, J.L. Dibrell, chairman; E. Jarvis, W.B. Young, L.D. Hill and A.H. Wood. The company is regularly charted under the laws of Tennessee and now has about 30,000 acres of choice river lands leased for oil.
Much interest attached to the case of the State vs. Rev. Oscar Jones, charged with disturbing public worship. This case was brought to the courts by members of Greenwood Baptist church. Jones is a Baptist minister. He adheres to the doctrine of "Sanctification" or sinless life. Many prominent Baptists were placed on the witness stand. The facts brought out were that on the night in question, Rev. J.B. Alexander was preaching. Rev. Robbins delivered a prayer in which he stumbled in his language, at which time Rev. Jones laughed or "sniggered" out loud, several members claiming that they were disturbed. The minister and the author of the prayer opposed sanctification. The members of the congregation held to the idea that the noise made by Jones was made in derision or a belittling manner. Jones' defense was that he did not make the noise imputed to him through any sport impulses, but that he was then subjected to the direct operation of the Holy Ghost and his physical and mental acts were involuntary and beyond his control. It was established by the able attorney for the defense that the operation of the divine spirit was made manifest in many ways. That the subject at one time might cry, at another time laugh, shout or pray. It was contended by the alert attorney general that it was peculiar that the defendant should be made happy in a sermon preached in contradiction to his views and at a point where Brother Robbins made a halt in his prayer. It was established however that Brother Jones was subject to the direct operation of the Holy Ghost and that upon this occasion he acted no more peculiar than upon former occasions. The counsel for the defense, Mr. Smith, displayed deep insight in theology and theosophy and his disclosures were ably combatted by Mr. Butler, the prosecuting attorney. Much genuine interest was displayed and some feeling, on both sides, and the court dealt delicately with the question, as is its custom in matters involving the consciences of men. The jury could not agree, after considering the matter from Saturday to Monday, and was discharged. Ten of the jury favored acquittal, while two were hanging out for conviction. The case was terminated by Rev. Jones being liberated and the case dismissed.
Willie Walker, who lives in Cairo Bend, shot himself accidently Tuesday with a gun. The load went through his wrist and into his thigh. The hand will have to be amputated.
N. Lawrence Lindsley, a rising attorney of Evansville, Ind., is visiting his mother, Mrs. J.I.D. Hinds Lawrence, has met with great success and is making a fine reputation as a lawyer in his adopted home.
Jim Hudgins, a colored youth stole five dollars from Mrs. H.P. Williamson last Tuesday morning. He was arrested, indicted, convicted and sentenced to the pen for one year before two o'clock of the same day.
As Miss Bettie Hamilton was returning to her home on horseback last Tuesday her horse ran away with her. Miss Bettie gallantly held her seat and allowed him to run, she got control and stopped him.
The case of Hawlins vs. Jenkins was decided last Thursday by giving Hawkins a judgement for $500. The defense moved for a new trial, which Judge Houston overruled and the defendant appealed to the supreme court.
The case of Williams vs. McKee, slander suite, was then taken up and occupied the attention of court for four days, there were over 100 witnesses examined in this trial.
The brick yard of Chandler & Ford is now in good working operation.
Ara Paragin, son of Lee Paragin, colored, had his arm badly mangled last Friday at the stave factory at Rector on Cumberland Mountain. It is thought that it will be necessary to amputate the limb to save his life.
J.M. Williams and John Wallis, from the great fruit-growing county of Berrin in Michigan, representing a colony of 100 families, have purchased 4,000 acres of land lying between Manchester and Woodbury, on which they propose to establish an immense fruit-growing industry.
Two men named Baskett and Dance, insurance men, hired a horse and buggy from Malone Bros. last week. They drove to Dixon Springs and on Wednesday drove from that place to Gallatin and back nearly to Hartsville, a distance of nearly 40 miles, when the horse died. M.J. Malone went to Dixon Springs to make some settlement, but a lawsuit will be the result.
Richmond, Va. Confederate Reunion
June 30, July 1 and 2
Last Saturday was "Decoration Day" all over this broad land of ours. The old soldiers of this section held their service at Dowelltown in a beautiful grove in C.W.L. Hale's lot. The crowd was the largest that has visited any decoration in this county for years and was estimated at 3,000 souls. Speeches were made by Revs. W.P. Banks, T.A. Carden, J.M. Stewart, T.J. Stricklin and Oscar Close, also by Judge W.T. Robinson, Henry Smith and others. It was a solemn and very impressive occasion, especially the laying of the flowers upon the graves of the deceased soldiers. The services next year will be held at Alexandria.
Bowie, May 30-
W.L. (Cirg) Williams says Texas is the best place to sleep he has been able to find.
Born to Fonzoe Jackson and wife, a son.
Born to Wm. Wright and wife, a son.
The great cyclone which swept over the beautiful little city of Sherman has proved to be a wonderful destruction. The number of lives lost is about 80. Besides this great loss of life, ther is about 120 wounded. Among the dead was found Mrs. L.N. Montgomery and three children, Rev. J.D. Shearer and wife, John Ames, wife and two children, infant daughter of Mr.& Mrs. Geo. Anderson, Alex Pierce, grown daughter, four children and granddaughter, Wm. Hamilton, Mrs. Bill Martin, Mrs. J.J. Johnson, wife of two children of Davis, Mrs. Dave Herring and two small children, Miss Mary Belle Jenkins, Chas. Weddle, Lige Herrin, wife and two children, two children of Mrs. Abe Shockley, Otto Ballinger and an unknown boy, said to belong to a family named Richard. These are the dead whose names are known, leaving out the colored, which is about as great as the whites. There are still more expected to die.
W.R. Bratten had a cow to get her leg broken Tuesday.
Prof. Gold and Mr. Wilkerson left for their homes in Smith county yesterday.
The little baby of Mr.& Mrs. J.W. Overall has been very sick for a few days.
Miss Sudie Carden of Coffee county is visiting her brother here at this time.
Miss Fannie Fry has gone home after a visit here to the family of W.L. Vick.
J.L. Lamberson will exchange flour and take new wheat in payment either here or at Youngblood.
Will T. Hale and family arrived here yesterday and will start for St. Louis the first of next week when he will go on the editorial staff of the Post-Dispatch.
Trial of C.D. Mullinax, charged with stealing or being accessory the goods from Jas. Pritchett, will come up at Woodbury tomorrow. Several witnesses from here have gone over.
Miss Mabel McFerrin has been visiting here for a few days.
Frank Turner of Gordonsville has been visiting relatives here since our last.
John Seals and Miss Mai Mason of Woodbury were visiting here since our last issue.
J.R. Hale and wife of Murfreesboro have been visiting here for a few days.
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