The Bell County Democrat (Belton, Tex.), Vol. 12, No. 29, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 6, 1908 Page: 1 of 8
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BELTON, TEXAS, VHUR5DAY. FEBRUARY 6, 1908
BELL COUNTY NEWS NOTES.
NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS—The Democrat will re-
quest that you send in your Jtems so as to reach the Democrat of-
fice by Monday evening of each week. Also make paragraphs of
®ach" item mentioned, and be careful about spelling names of
people you mention.
Wehave another cold snap.
L Ji .Spurlin left Tuesday for
Melrose, N. M. Very sorry in-
deed were we to give him up as
he was our Sundy school super-
intendent. He will return to get
T. J. Justice has been appoint-
ed superintendent of the Sunday
school, the position recently va-
cated by Mr. Spurlin.
* Miss Dolly Garner of Sugar
Loaf spent Saturday night and
Sunday with her sister, Mrs.
Mrs. Nora Parks is teaching in
Miss Macie Carter's place as Miss
Carter is still with her brother.
Miss Amanda Willess spent
several days this week at the
home of her sister, Mrs.Bigham.
Miss Ida Porbis spent Satur-
day with Miss. Ollie Hawkins.
She came to sympathize with
OH;e. Ollie says she wishes she
had cut her wisdom teeth when
she was a baby.
Edgar Curry is home from
Hill's Business College at Waco.
Our meeting closed Sunday
Bros. Collier, Hill and Cope-
land left Monday for Milam Co.,
where they will conduct a meet-
ing. The meeting here was suc-
Will Ray and wife and another
young lady whose name we failed
to learn was up from Belton this
week to see homefolks.
Mr. Hedrick and daughter,
Miss Pearley took dinner with
Will Willess Sunday.
Elgin Ring took supper with
Nathan Willess Sunday night.
M r. Hilliard apd Sam Hall took
dinner with A. W. Jordon Sunday
The infant daughter of Mrs.
Alice Gardner died Saturday
evening at 5 o'clock and was
buried Sunday at Liberty Hill.
Rich- Yielding -and two sons
went to KiUeen Saturday.
Prank Bigham was at Belton
courting several days this week.
Mrs. Chapman's two brothers
were visiting her from Florence
Uncle Jesse Graves spent Fri
day night at the home /of Ben
Bpn Oswalt was the guest of
He^sie For bis, Sunday night.
Several people- from Cedar
Grove attended the meeting this
Fred Oswalt, Lon Elms and
Miss Pearl Heliums were the
guests of Miss Rena Willess Sun-
We are sorry to learn that Miss
Alice Bigham who has a position
in Killeen is sick.
Miss Julia Heliums wasa guest
at G. V. Forbis' Sunday sight.
Mrs. Laura Walton and daugh-
ter, Mrs. Denman from Sparta
were visited at the home of J. P.
Edgar Hall an<? Nattfan Willess
went to Killeen Saturday.
Jesse Parks /s trying to have
Miss Leoca Carter was sick
Thursday ajd Friday.
Ed Gravifc moves to A. W. Jor-
dan's fariy Monday.
Mr. yirdell went to Temple
^s Laura and Fannie Wil-
less yisited their grandmother,
Mrs ^Garner Monday morning.
(*s. A. V. Yielding has recov-
er f from a sick spell.
fell as news is scarce, I'11 ring
best wishes to the Demo-
It seems like winter has come
to see us in the good old fashion-
! Tom Lewis of Holland was the
Iiuest of R. B. Dickerson last
Tuesday. He came up on a bird
Mrs. D. B. Adams has been
ery sick with pneumonia this
W. A.-. Frazier and family of
Belton came out Monday visiting
his parents, and on account of
Mrs. Frazier taking sick, they
had to remain out, till Friday be-
fore she became able to return.
Walter Dickenson went to Bel-
ton Tuesday after aload of goods.
Two gentlemen from Temple
were the guests of J. R. Holland
one day last week. They spent
the day hunting birds and seem
to have enjoyed the day.
Ed Frazier made a flying trip
to Belton Tuesday evening. We
thought, from his rush, that he
must be going after his papers,
but we must have been mistaken
as we havn't heard of anything
being pulled off yet.
R. B. Dickenson says he had a
pleasant drive Thursday coming
through the rain from Belton.
Shelley Huey has been sick
again this week. It seems that
Shelley has quite a time recover-
ing his health as he has been sick
at intervals for about two months.
Alf Hutchins of Washington
county, Ark,, was a visitor in our
community Saturday. He re-
ports Arkansas alright with her
right side up.
J- R. Holland left Friday on an
extended prospecting tour of
west Texas. He expects to go
as far out as Midland.
We are glad to report Will
Kelley able to be about his busi-
after being sick for nearly a
R. L. Haney went to Belton
Saturday. He must have had
some vry urgent business to face
that cold wind.
Everybody that had their corn
land prepared was glad to see it
Well, I guess I had better turn
in, as my light is failing and I
will soon be left where Moses
As Teddy has been suffering
with the grippe, she failed to
"Send in the Cedar Creek items
The farmers are progressing
nicely wit)l their work.
Andy Berry and-wife were the
guests of Geo. Wilson Thursday
. Oscar Cartright has been very
sick, he is better now since he
paid his respects to Pendleton
over the phone.
Roy' and Carroll say it was
sure dark Sunday night, it was
cold for the little fellows to be
Prof. ^Outs is on the sick • list
this week we hope he he will soon
The Cedar Creek school girls
are the proud possessors of a
new basket ball.
Mrs. Brasher, who has been
quite sickior some time is able
to be up again.
We are glad to hear the Parrot
Poor Polly has had a bad time
with the grippe.
We are afraid we are going to
looss our school teacher from the
way Horace Cartright has been
driving old "Chock." Is that so
We hope Miss Ollie Hawkins
will recover from the "big head"
by next summer as We need a
singing school at Cedar Creek
As news is scarce I'll ring off.
Bro. Doak preached at Leona
Sunday, but it was ao cold that
the attendance was small.
John Lane, who has been work-
ing for Ma. Paxton, has returned
to his home in Van Zandt Co.
Leonard Wilson has boughtthe
drug store and likes the business
' Mrs. Caldwell is preparing to
visit her daughter in Miles and
expects to stay about a month.
Mrs. W. A. Grimes and Lollie
spent the afternoon with Mrs.
Ernest Grimes Saturday.
I will stop now and go to sleep.
It is real cold here and
been for three days, but we
ill hopes that it won't rain.
The la grippe still has the peo-
ple in its clutches and Dr. Watts
has more than he can do.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Berry
spent Thursday night and Friday
at G. E. Wilson's.
We had another mad dog scare
here last Sunday night. Ernest
Grimes' dog went mad but was
Miss Georgia Wilkerson's time
of teaching was out last week
but- she has found her another
school at Bee Rock, where she
will begin teaching Monday.
Prof. Grissom vi,sited the schoo
last Tuesday and we were very
much pleased to have him.
Mrs. Wolf has returned from
her visit to her mother.
Health is very bad in this com-
munity. Nearly every family is
sick. The doctors seem to be
bifsy night and day.
The death angel visited Mr.
Calvin Wilson's home last Thurs-
day night at 11 o'clock and took
away his wife, Mrs. Calvin Wil-
son. She leaves a husband, one
daughter, and one grandson, one
sister, one brother, and numbers
of other relatives and friends to
mourn her loss. She was laid
away to rest in Wilson Valley
cemetery at 5 o'clock Friday
evening. Mrs. Wilson was well
mown in Bell county and loved
by all who knew her. The Lord
giveth and the bord taketh aWay.
Blessed be the name of the Lord;
May the Lord bless the bereaved
ones.—Written by a friend, R. M.
William Baird is able to be up
Jim Maples and wife were the
guests of his mother Thursday
We had a nice shower of rain
Thursday evening and a norther
Miss Eula Carter was the guest
of Miss Lela McHood one day
Mrs. John Dice was the guest
of Mrs. Lewis Wednesday.
- Mrs. W. J. Lewis is still
the sick list.
Mrs. Mollie Maples and Mrs.
Eva Baird were the guests of
their mother one day last week.
Jim Dice and wffe are spend-7
ing a few days with his father
Alberta and Rena Maples are
on the sick list. '
Mrs: PWcer'was" the -iguesrt? of
M£s. Freeman Tuesday evening.
Rev, Cinters was the guest of
Calviif Wilson iffi 7 >r •'
School is going on nicely. They
had three pictur'es' tiaketi oUfeday
Sunday school is going on very
nicely. I don't guess there will
be any school tomorrow as one
of the teachers is sick. Mrs.
Oliver is the one who is sick, but
hope she will soon recover.
Dock Maples is visiting his
sister, Mrs. Freeman.
Calvin Wilson is still on the
sick likt. '
There is going to be a negro
funeral in this community this
evening and would like-to go were
it not so cold, merely to see how
.they put away their dead.
Well, I think everybody is too
busy with their crops to give
parties. They haven't given any
for about a week.
Edwin Dice was. the guest of
Dock Maples this morning.
Mrs. Henry Stovall was
guest of Mrs. Laura Maples
We have a new doctor in
community, Dr. Randolph,
is liked very much by our people.
Mrs. Mollie Smith of George-
town came up to the funeral of
Mrs. Calvin Wilson. She per-
haps has not returned yet, spend-
ing a few days with the Wilson
family, being a niece of Mrs.
Ellice Maples visited his moth-
I will ring off with best wishes
to the Democrat.
Blum De La.
* TBI LOCAL MARKET,
Wednesday, Feb, 5, 1908.
Cfffa, 14 to 15 ate per doc.
Hens 2.75 to 14.00 per do*.
Ftjtmi l.v5 to 1.50 per doc.
Turkeys 7 1-2 Ho 8 cU per lb.
Butter 12 to 20 eu per ib.
Butter fot 21 eta per Jb.
Country sausage 10c per lb-
Wheat 1.10 per bu."" ?
Corn 55 eta per bu. ^
Oats 58 to 88 cts per bu.
Hay 12.50 to 15.00 p^tsu.
Pecans 31-2 to 4 cts par lb.
Hogs 4 l-2c pef lb.
Cattle on foot 2 to 2 J«2c per lb.
Sweet potatoes 75 cts per bu.
Wood 3.00 par cord.,
Wood, cedar 3.50 per cord.
Green Hides 2 1-2 to 3c per lb.
Local SpotK, 11 t<4 basis.
school house last Wednesday
night, and Wo girls find a large
crowd of men and boys were
Mr. and Mrs. Elan Chaffin went
to Belton last Tiiursday,
Most all the Masons of our
community attended the funeral
services of Dr. Law.
Miss Love Russell has been
having a siege of la grippe for
the past week.
Mrs. J. T. Kiug and Mrs. C. P.
Powers had business in Belton
It's leap-year, girls, and I've
been patiently watching for some
indication of it but you all seem
to have forgotten me entirely.
Mrs. J. '>• Cawthon and Miss
Gertrude tp! Her 'i visited Mrs.
Cawthon'i oaVfoliter, J*Lrs. Frank
FqDer of Prairi p Dell Sunday.
Well, as this is my first attempt
and I see some of the girls smil-
ing at my timidity, I'll quit.
We had a good ^ain last Thurs-
day, which was appreciated by
T. W. Traylor of Belton had
bosiness in Salado last week.
All those who Were reported
sick-last week ar'v reported bet-
ter afc this writing.
Mrs. Harvie C vthon went to
Beltan shopping i ist Tuesday.
Mr. Lawrence, VfcT,/ u of Tern
pie is visiting homefolks in Sala-
Mr. and Mrsl Eugene Caskey
of Temple have been visiting in
*Avthur McLean has been sick
There was an entertainment at
the College Friday evening.
Misses Thomas and Bach
strum left Friday evening to vis
it homefolks in Temple.
- Most of the men are going to
Beftaa today as it is first Mon-
'< ~Mt, C. B. Francis, the mail
carrier from Belton to Salado,
fan resigned bis position and is
preparing to move to Belton.
Mr, Mack Thompson of Belton
had business in Salado one day
The Salado public school boys
ftnd the Thomas-Arnold boys
played ball Friday evening. The
score stood 20 to 5 in favor of the
With best wishes to the Demo-
Belle Plains News Notes.
As I haven't seen anything
from old Belle Plains in quite a
while I don't see any reason why
we can't have "our finger in the
pie" too, so here we are.
Miss Essie Forrest has been
visiting her sister near Midway
the past week.
Miss Nora Boyls was the gUest
of Miss Myrtle Griffin Sunday.
Mrs. Adams, we are sorry to
say, is reported to have pneu-
Mr. Smith of the Farmers
Union, spoke at the Mooreviflfe
was thrown from his buggy and
sprained his ankle.
Everett Carpenter and family
of near Moody were visiting John
Wiseman during the past week.
Horace White of Kentucky is
visiting relatives in Sparta.
Clay Damron happened to a
bad accident while unloading
posts at the swith. He fel\from
his wagon against the car, nurt-
ing him so badly that he is con-
fined to his bed.
John Wiseman went cat hunt-
ing and failed to catch any cats
but captirred an armadillo.
The Infant child of Mr. and
Mrs. Clece Gardner was buried
in thi liberty Hill cemetery last
Bob Love and Miss Cora Rog-
ers attended the Holiness meet-
ing at Brookhaven Sunday night.
The young people were enter-
tained at a party at Mr. Cranor's
Our Sunday school is progress-
Best wishes to the Democrat.
Everybody is busy building
fires as it is so cold they can't do
W. N. Hathcock had la grippe
Bud Holcomb had a very
sore throat last week but is
J. M. Moore was on the sick
list last week.
The little infant of of Mr. and
Mrs. Davis died Tuesday, Jan. 28.
We extend our sympathy to the
Mrs. Myrtle Jackson had la
grippe last week. ,
Mr. John Cornwell was sick
Gid Cowan and children were
sick last week,
There was a Sunday school or-
ganized at Wiltonvillt Sunday.
Joe Fullwiler was on the sick
Mrs. Martha Moore and Ophie
Mitchell were in Tennessee Vpl
ley Monday evening.
Miss Kate Alexander was on
the sick list recently.
Mrs. Mary Moore and mo^er
Mrs. Mitchell* went to Belton
Luther Mitchell, wife and baby
were at Mr. Mitchell's Sunday.
John Retigs was among the
number sick recently.
Mrs. J. M. Moore was at Mrs.
Mitchell's Saturday evening.
I will conclude and come again
when everybody gets well.
THOUGHTS ON BUSINESS
TO OPPORTUNE MOMENT
IT to atweye Mw put ef wtedem te ahaase the rl«M «me ftr
m aaMen. Many a worthy effect falte te the arwsi b
caaee N la Made at an Inopportune Dim H 1% «f eewa%
paealbte te piece tee maeh faith In the nccccclty ef walU^
Mr the meat eppertane smaest M the aaaai tendency la
anther te neglect the pelnt.
I hnew • bedneaa mm wtie peye aaraM attewttea ts
tMa ye'nt and le eerreepeMlagly aaeeeaafut. Hat eepaeUfly
keemiee ef M, perhaps* but heeauae the haMt ef tntedlyeat
preeauttea affeete la a larger degree aN that ha deeei
Thie Man will eften delay a latter twe er three daye ha>
eaaee he haewe that this man la te be Vitally engaged with
a dlreetere* meeting, a gaeat, er aeme ether epeelal matter,
and waatd prebably net be In*, a frame ef mind te give tile
letter Ma beet attentlen. If he la te mail a elreular te
baeineea men b will dip salt It In the malla at aueb a time
aa te eeaee It te reaeh the man en Tueeday morning en the
eeeend Mall. The ebjeet ef thle weuld be te avoid Men day
beesaee ef the twe days' aaeumalatlen ef buelneee, te eay
nothing ef the netial Monday elreulara, and te avoid the flrat
moN en Taeeday la erder te have the added advantage a#
• peeeible Moment ef leleura during whleh his elreular might
raooive mere sareful eenaids rati an.
Thle eentraete eharply with the man who aHMwpta te
anfald a complicated preposition while hie man etanda hat to
hand raady te leave hie office te meet an appebitmenfc
Mi Mask a. a iai
i in this community is
Several people have the
Prairie Valley Items.
Mr. Wash Colbert has pneu-
J. T. Huey's little boy has just
recovered from a case of ca-
Mr. Tom Moore shot eight
rabbits in J. T. Huey's pasture
Mr. Ed Sinclair and family
The union people ought to hear
the county president speak Tues-
day and Wednesday nights.
People are plowing right along
in this part of the country.
Mr. Billie Baker killed hogs
We had a light shower of rain
Well I will ring off for this
time and if this escapes the
waste basket I will write more
next time. Farmer's Wife
If you have not the la grippe
you are not in style.
G. P. Herbert met with a seri
ous accident the other day. He
A Ward to the Boys of Texas and
Our boys are full of life. To
them it seems theirs by right.
What it costs and from whence
it came, they never stop to con-
sider. They know life in man
must be respected. The law of
God and of man requires it
They must not kill one of their
own kind. They have been
taught thafc man is the greatest
thing, and only on earth to be
respected and feared. Man can
talk and man punishes, and will
be revenged. But when itcomes
to killing a useful, beautiful
robin, torturing a dog, or beating
a poor lame horse, that's another
thing. They are dumb brutes
and this is no one's business but
the owners. As for the birds, no
oncowns them, and for each boy
to kill a few is nothing.
The trouble with the boy is,
that he has never been taught to
think of our world life as worthy
of respect. He has always
thought that this concrete thing,
or life in man, was different from
the life in a bird.
We say that man is superior by
virtue of superior reason, but we
are not even sure of that. The
life essence in both is the same.
It comes with a spark and with a
flash like that from a broken cur-
rent, it is gone. This pulse
which thrills all nature and beats
in man as well as in animals,
emanates from the same source
All created things have a right
to live if the economy of nature
has so willed it. Boys frequent-
ly go through stages of develop-
ment alike to primaeval man
thousands of years ago. Prim-
aeval man thought no more of
killing his fellows than do the
boys of killing our useful robins,
blue jays etc. These birds left
the cold north in order to spend
the winter with us. In the north
no one thinks of killing them.
Here in Texas the law also pro-
tects them, but no one has called
the boys attention to that. We
have no game wardens in Texas,
as the office pays nothing.
The desire to kill does not be-
long to the twentieth century ad-
vanced man. Occasionally we
find astrays in the twentieth
century, atavisms like Thaw, a
primeaval beast with all the lusts
and ferocious blood laws inherit-
ed from jungle man. These
primaeval types shock us on ac-
count of their utter disregard of
life; but what about boys who
kill and torture all other forms
life except man. Did you ever
stop to think that life had a com-
moi origin,'and that man passed
through many mutations of exis
tence, an animal among animals,
until the Directing Hand said, "It
is good,'' and breathed unto him
his understanding. Do y•^ re-
member what Mogli says to thn
beasts of the jungle, in Kjpling'I
Jungle Books, "We be of onf.
blood, thou and I." This mys-
terious and indefinable spirit of
God, which we call life, has made
man and the other creations of
earth, all of one family, and .man
being of superior intelligence,
and the stronger, is bound, to
protect these other forms of jlife.
Our mother earth gave us all
being the trees, the flowers, the
sir da. the things that crawl, the
things that run and man. We
are apt to think that man is the
only creature whose life is sacred.
The pulse of each created thing,
beats with the joy of life and the
Right to Live.
The birds sing it, the flowers
and trees proclaim it, man's
friend, the dog, barks it and the
wild fowl call it irom the sky.
The joy of life is in the ocean, it
runs over the prairies and
through the forrests. Man is
but one manifestation of life.
Our boys must learn that to
strike and kill, to mutilate and
torment any one of the "Least of
little thing" is grieving the Spirit
of Life and is a blow to nfcn
What do the forrests show?
Lust and waste have character-
ized man's attitude to the forrest
the world over. Think of the
birds and animals, the fish, seals
etc, that have become extinct
through man's killing, not for
food, but through lust of blood
and savage ornamentation.
The National and State govern
ments have wisely stepped in and
have made laws for forrest, fish
and game preservation. But the
court of last resort is the people
and the boys are the futux-e law-
makers and observers, and it is
to them that this appeal is made.
Go out to the woods on some
sunny day, boys, with a gun and
with the big stop of your heart's
camera ready for snapshots. Lie
down on your back, your head
pillowed on sweet forrest leaves
and pine needles. See the squir-
rels, come out, full of the joy of
life. The wood-pecker is busy
ridding the trees of injurious in-
sects. The wren, the robin,
and hundred of other birds,
whose names you do not know,
all are busy, cleaning dusting,
mending and earessing, the threes
leaves and flowers given in their
care, and as they work they sing
and their little lives are rounded
with as great a love of life as
oulrs. And now the insects ap-
ear, each- busy and happy in bis
share of the work, in the great
economy of life. Everything
toils for the betterment of earth
and earth's happiness, the boy
now begins to understand with
great wondering eyes and open
ears. The trees exhale to him
nou rishing oxygin and he breathes
new life, new energy and a new
resolve to respect that life in all
things. He hears the ripples of
running water from the spring
near by, rioting in the joy of life.
The tree tops put their heads to-
gether and decide that all is well,
the sunshine good and that life
is worth the living and lazy tarry-
ing winds whisper this secret to
the boy below. The great mother
heart of nature throbs beneath
him and when he arizes his for-
rest eye is clearer, his scent to
earth is keener, his ear is attuned
to sounds ne never heaard" before." *
arid he is.horn into anew life the ^5-
Joy of which hd will never io£e.
. It is impossible for such a boy
to wilfully woutvd . the pretty
robins, blue"jays and other birds,
whose mutilated bodies'' we are
continually finding rfnujer our
trees. Those tbat( kill and wound
these birds do. not want food, but
it is the sam&Qld-savage instinct
for blood and the blotting out of
life. -Don't do it boys,rfemember
Thaw and the blobd-lust and
cruelty of the savage, his desire
to mutilate and kill is a dangerous
one and will grow upon a boy. It
will sho-w Itself all through his
life, not only in cruelty to birds
and animals, but his attitude to
woman and his fellowman. He
^ho loves life in all its various
and variable forms,-will be a pro-
tector of woman and dp her no
wcong, will support the weak,
lift the fallen and ever be a cham-
pion of the .right in all things.
W. Goodrich Jones
Feb.* 3, '08. Temple; Texas.
£etuns After Tea Years.
Tom Carlock is a patriotic, am-
bitious and incidentally a rather
handsome young fellow, who left
here at 'the beginning of the
Spanish-American war, to help
Uncle Sam-punish those Span-
iards who blew up the Maine.
He did service in tne Philipines,
principally during the active hos-
tilities, and when the troubles
were all settled, he was attached
to the United States secret ser-
vice for several years. Tom was
a pleasant caller at the Democrat
office Monday and gave a satis-
factory account of himself, and
assured us that he had been a
pretty good boy while away from
home, in fact he couldn't be total-
ally bad and be thp son, that he
is, of so good a man as J. J. Car-
lock, who lives three miles below-
town. Tom has practically trav-
eled the universe, and has knowl-
edge and experiences that are in
valuable to him throughout lift*.
With this asset of knowledge; and
experience coupled with his in-
domitable energy there is quite
a future for him, and the Demo-
crat joins his many friends in
wishing him well.
Tom says he has seen it 8,11, and
old Bell county looks good to him.
Preaching at Christian Charch.
Pof. W. M. Williams of Taylor,
Texap, will preach at the Chris-
tian church next Sunday at 11
a. m,.and 7:30 p. m. All are in-
vitedbeto present and hear him.
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