The Bell County Democrat (Belton, Tex.), Vol. 12, No. 30, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 13, 1908 Page: 1 of 8
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THE BELL COUNTY DEMOCRAT.
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BELTON, TEXAS, THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 13, 1908
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BELL COUNTY NEWS NOTES.
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NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS—The Democrat wiU re-
quest that you send in your items so as to reach the Democrat of-
fice by Monday evening of each week. Also make paragraphs of
each item mentioned, and be careful about spelling names of
people you mention.
This week opened up with dull
disagreeable weather but behind
the darkest cloud is always a ray
of sunlight that has at last driven
the clouds away.
Monroe Curry of Killeen is paint-
ing and ceiling Joe Curry's house
Quite a joke was played on some
one last Friday night. Ask Roy
what it was.
Glad to report Russell Carter able
to answer the phone Monday.
Mrs. I. J. Spurlin spent Tuesday
evening with Mrs- Green.
Rev. J. Yielding has been sick
Mrs. M. J. Spurlin went for sever
al days visit with her daughter,
Mrs. Alexander at Sugarloaf.
Arthur Sellers was on the streets
of Brookhaven Monday.
Miss Ollie Hawkins was able to
be with her music class Monday.
Listen, girls, we are told two of
our boys taken to the mountains
Sunday. Poor boys, we know
leap year is here.
Mrs. J. P. Bigham is able to be
up after she has had so riuch troub-
ble with her tooth. It seems that
toothache is contagious in this lit-
We are glad to see Miss Myrtle
Yielding back in school again.
Mr. Will Willess and wife were
at Sparta Monday where Mr. Wil-
less went to have his left tonsel
Lou Elms is on the sick list this
Moten Carpenter went to Belton
Monday on business.
Misses Nellie and Alpha Forbes
spent Wednesday night with the
Elms girls. \
Misses Essie and Naomi Spurlin
spent Tuesday night at thfeir Un-
cle's, H. Parks.
Miss Susie Bigham went to Spar-
Miss Dora Salter was the guest
of Miss Hattie Oldham Tuesday
Smith Oswalt happened to a bad
accident of nearly cutting his fin-
ger off last week.
Mrs. J. P. Bigham spent Tuesday
evening with Mrs. A. V. Yielding.
Mrs. Nettie Carpenter and little
son, Mervle, visited the school
Glad to report Mr. Chapman ab-
le to be up after being confined to
his room several days with la-
Lester Currey and Edgar Hall
were at Mr. Hawkins a few mo-
Glad indeed are we to say we
have at last a Wednesday night
prayer meeting with good atten-
Russell Carter was able to come
home the last of the week.
Miss Allie says she is able to
s*iile once more and glad to know
Teddy of Cedar Creek remembers
Miss Macie Carter taken charge
of her school again Friday.
Mss Florence Bigham was the
guest of Eva Curry Thursday night.
Uncle Jack Blodget went to Kil-
leen with a load of corn Friday.
Mrs. Sallie Spurlin and little
daughters Pauline and Christine,
spent Thursday with her father and
mother, Mr. and Mrs. Parks.
From some unknown cause Miss
Ida Forbis is all smiles, somebody
had better look out as this is leap
Some says its a strange idea to
them that Ollie lost her hat the last
time she went to Killeen. Ollie
says what's strange to her, she has
never heard of that hat yet.
Prof. T. J, Justice was seen driv-
ing all alone Friday afternoon.
Poor old boy.
Miss Belle Bigham spent Friday
afternoon with Aunt Tempy Haw-
Mrs. Patterson spent Sunday
with Mrs- A. W. Jordan.
The young people enjoyed a
pleasant evening by singing at the
church house Sunday.
A fine rain fell here Saturday
causing a small attendance at Sun-
iUy school on account of mud.
Misses Effie Patterson and Essie
Spurlin were guests of Miss Eva
Well if you Democrat readers
want to kow the rest th&t.Jiappened
this week just come to Brookhaven
aqd find out yourself.
Johnny and Sonny.
We are sorry we did not get our
news to The Democrat last week
but we were out of the community
so here we come to make up for
lost time- Sickness is still the rage.
School was stopped a few days
last week on account of illness of
the teacher, Miss Warren. Nearly
every child in the community is
sick and the attendance at school
has been small.
Mack Sherrod is on the puny list.
Grandama Harville is reported ill
Jim Harmon come home from
Copperas Cove Tuesday.
Frances Prater and Sanford June
of Mt. Vernon visited in the com-
munity Saturday and Sunday.
Marvin Sherrod and Allis Pra-
ter made a flying trip to Center
Lake Sunday eve. Must have been
some great attractions to face the
F. M. Owens went to Belton Sat-
urday evening and said it looked
as if it might come a thunder
shower before night.
- Hugh Hanon and Miss Martha
Owens visited the Misses Owens at
Center Lake last Suuday week.
J. C. Lisenbe of Temple is visit-
ing his son B. F. Lisenbe this week.
On account of the bad weather
we have had no Sunday school,
prayer meeting, or literary society
this week. Each will meet at their
appointed hours next wee.
News is scarce this week. Will
close- TWO OLD MAIDS.
Well, how is everything and ev-
erybody this week? We sure have
been having some gloomy weather.
Miss Bessie Curry of Salado
spent Saturday and Sunday with
Miss Rebecca King.
There was a party at Mr. George
Gibson's last Friday night.
Miss Dena Belk has been very
sick for the past Jwo weeks.
Mr. Smith of the Farmers' Un-
ion lectured at the Belle Plains
school house Thursday night, and a
large crowd was present.
Wonder if the "Old Maids" of
Elm Grove had the la grippe last
week. We missed their news; and
what has become of Moffat and
Miss Leola Forrest spent Friday
night with Miss Martha Anderson.
Little J. B. Rector has been very
sick with pneumonia, but is better
There was quite a little crowd
at prayer meeting Sanday night,
despite the cold.
Miss Sanders, our school teacher,
paid her homefolks in Belton a visit
Saturady and Sunday.
Mr. F. E. Fuller has had a new
addition to his home. It was a tele-
I hear that Mitt Walden is going
to get a new rubber tire. Better
wait till next year, Mitt, or are you
going to let the girls use it for you ?
Well, I must be going now. Suc-
cess to everybody.
We are having some very rainy
weather today, but hope it wont
continue so long.
I think the people are getting bet-
ter in this community as Dr. Watts
has not been quite so busy.
Mrs. Joe Grimes has been real
sick for the past two weeks, but
she is a great deal better at the
time of this writing.
Miss Georgia Willerson says she
is delighted with her school at Bee
Rock, and we are very glad to hear
School is getting along nicely
here as Mr. Paxton is improving.
We had quite a pleasant time at
school Friday afternoon. There
were two debates and about twenty
five recitations by the smaller ones.
The subjects for the debates were
(1)—Resolved, The school teacher
is of more benefit-to a community
than a preacher. The negative side
won. (2)—The horse is more use-
ful than the cow, and the negative
won. We had several visitors-
Miss Lucy Nichols closed by sing-
ing "Annie Laurie."
Several people went to the liter-
ary at Cedar Creek Friday night.
Mr. Caskey went to Belton Sat-
Mr. John Rivers and family of
Coryell county have been visiting
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Garrett.
J. D. Legg and daughter from
Bay City were the guests of Mr.
A WINTER OF DISCONTENT.
Father Brannan in Dallas News.
Sometimes 'tis hard for us to bear the troubles which afflict tho soul.
The mental sky appears all fair, and yet there turbulently roll
Torrents of most perplexing fears, doubtful of what is yet to be.
Solace, sometimes, will come with tears as water to the famished tree.
Tears so bitter yet so sweet, the sign of sorrow and test of love;
which lifts us from this world's deceit to think of,him who reigns above.
But let us always not repine, nor give ourselves to grieve and sigh;
For all there is some hopeful sign, some star in Melancholy's sky.
Where is the little violet now'i Oppressed beneath the ice and snow;
But when 'tis time to plow and winter's winds have ceased to blow,
Its purpled glory will appear, its fragrance will perfume the air;
The season of its sigh and tear is changed to all that's bright anil fair.
The trees are dark and cold and bare; no bud, no leaf, no snowy bloom.
But blushinu fruit will yet be there when they have passed through winter's
The birds are songless, mute and still; no notes of joy their hearts now swell.
But soon again the woods will thrill with melodies we love so well.
Thus is the life of man on earth, of troubles all must have their share;
A heritage tluit comes at birth to everyone and everywhere.
You can't escape, be brave, don't cry, the clouds will pass, then skies of blue;
There's coming in the bye and bye a fairer, sweeter day for you.
Henry Legg and family last week.
Mr. Rome Safley's little child
was real sick last night but is still
some better now, I think.
Teddy, you think I don't know
you, but I am very sure I do.
People around here are beginning
to plant their gardens.
Success to The Democrat-
Again we find ourselves ready to
contribute our little mite of news to
the dear old "Democrat" paper we
all love to read so well.
Mrs. John Campbell returned
home Monday after spending sev-
eral days with relatives on Dog
Ridge and in Belton.
Quite a number of us from this
place attended first Monday and
several of the boys have been ex-
hibiting their new steeds that they
Claud Frazier was visiting his
brother in Belton Sunday.
J. R. Holland has returned from
prospecting the west. He says the
country about Midland is beautiful
to behold, and that the west has
a bright future.
Mrs. Wright was the guest of Mrs
Frazier one evening this week.
Wonder what was the matter
with the "Two Old Mands" from
Elm Grove last week, that they re-
mained so silent. I guess they have
found a couple of old "bachelors"
and are contemplating launching
out on the matrimonial sea.
Mrs. Frazier spent the evening
Sunday with Mrs. Smith.
After suffering all Saturdj^
night with the toothache, .-Mr-
Phillips hit the mud to Beltor Sun-
day morning to have som<; dentist
take revenge on the t-oublesome
We sure had a fine rain Saturday
which will certainly put the land
in good condition for planting corn.
There was several spectators vi-
sited our school Friday, whose pre-
sence was greatly appreciated. We
cordi?.ily invite them back again.
My mother always taught me,
when I had told all I knew, that I
had better quit for fear I might tell
a little story. So I guess it will be
best for me to ring off, as I have
exhausted my knowledge.
The weather is very unpleasant
It seems as if winter has come to
see us in old fashiop.
Health is very bad in this com-
munity. Nearly every family is
sick; seems as if Dr. Watts is kept
busy both day and night.
W. A. Grimes is on the sick list
this week but we hope he will soon
Well, the health of our communi-
ty is better this week.
We are glad to report Mr. Wash
Mr. Tom Aliens horse ran in the
wire fence with him Thursday and
tore his clothes pretty sharply and
cut him on the leg and shoulder
right badly which made him pretty
Mr. Guess Moore was on the sick
list last week.
Ask Mr. Bob Jackson, Mr. Ed
Sinclair and Mr. Tom Moore who
it was came in the rain Saturday
with a load of wood.
Mr- Dave Harris happened to a
serious accident Tuesday morning
while putting up stove pipes. In
getting down off the house he dis-
located an ankle and Tuesday
night the pain was so intense he
called in the doctor and had the
Mr. Bob Jackson has had his
phone put back in his house.
Mr. J. M. and Master Mitchell
Huey visited his son, J. T. Huey,
one day last week.
In reading the correspondents let
ters I failed to 3ee anything from
the two old maids. This being
leap year they must have been out
looking for a man.
Our school is getting along nicely
under the management of Miss
We had a good rain Saturday and
the ground is mighty muddy out
here in the black land.
Well, I will ring off and give
room for a more gifted writer than
I am. Best wishes to The Demo-
crat and its many readers.
If Tom Grimes makes another
such Johnson grass crop this year
as he did last he will soon become
rich with such like.
Dr. Watts says it will crowd lit-
tle Gurtie Mayes to escape a ser-
ious case of pneumonia- But we
all hope she will soon recover and
be in school again.
Little Mary Trimmer is able to
to be in school again after an ab-
sence of quite a number of days.
The farmers are progressing nice
ly with their work and would en-
joy a heavy shower.
W. W. Mays has almost got his
new shop finished and it makes
the city show up very much.
The school is moving along nice-
ly under Lucy Patton. Thirty five
or forty have been enrolled so far.
The young people were enter-
tained with a party at Moody Tay-
lar's last Wednesday night, every
;one present enjoyed their selves.
I They -aid they had 'barrels" o*i
j fun up there.
Willie Stephens of Buckhorn was
I the guest of Louis Short last week.
| The boys spent most of their time
j hunting. They seemed to enjoy
1 themselves as little boys will.
!-'' Mrs. Howard is selling off her
property with the intention of
reaching Oklahoma, but we hope
she will stay with us as we will
miss her very much and we think
that "Old Texas" is good enough
for her if it is for us. Her home
place will be left in care of Ira
Ludwick and Joe Collins this year.
Some of the young folks of this
community went to the "literary"
last Friday night on Cedar Creek
and report "literary" fine.
We are sorry to say that an oc-
count of rain, Bro. Johnson of
Coryell county could not fill his
appointment at Mts. Springs on
Miss Bertha Saunders and her
brother, Zachie, will leave this
place real soon for McGregor where
their brother, Tump, will join them
who is now at McGregor and the
three intend to enter school at Wa-
co. Very sorry indeed are we to
give them up but under circum-
stances they will go.
Miss Maud Short was the guest
of Miss Lillie Brasel last Satur-
day night and Sunday.
Tom Saunders and wife, his bro-
ther and two sisters taken dinner
with Mrs. Campbell and Harvey
George Patton and Joe Collins
went to Temple Saturday.
Yes, I'm glad to hear that Par-
rot talking again, but I'm afraid
that the mad dogs will get hold of
Polly if she doesn't keep her eyes
open as they are real bad over there
Come again, Teddy, we enjoy
reading your items very much.
Sam Ludwick and wife of Pendle
tonville was the guest of home
folks Iqst week.
We are all in hopes that you
(Olive Hawkins) will soon be over
cutting your wisdom teeth. I can't
sympathize with you but will get
you to sympathize with me.
Well, as news is scarce I'll ring
off and go to sleep. Best wishes
to the Democrat and its many
readers. The little fellow,
Health is very good in this
community at present.
Mr. Calvin Wilson is improv-
ing very fast.
Mrs. Willie Pricer was the
guest of her mother-in-law Wed
Good many of out neighbors
went to Belton first Monday.
We had a small shower of rain
last Tuesday, which kept the far-
mers from work a short while.
Mrs. Oliver, the lady who was
burned so badly last week, is re-
ported to be some better, and the
doctor said she had a chance to
Mrs. Pricer was the guest of
Mrs. Freeman Tuesday evening.
Miss Eftie Buttler spent a few
hours with Mrs. Laura Maples
East Sunday night.
The Farmers Union was well
attended at the last meeting.
Mrs. L. L. Freeman is the
guest of her mother.
Another day is gone, and after
it's labors I will proceed.
Today has been another beau-
The farmers gave a public
speaking at the school house last
Mrs. John Dice was the guest
of Mrs. Oliver Friday evening.
I see some new ones have
begun to write to the Democrat.
Come on girls, lets till up the
Arnold Morgan is hauling W.
G. E. Wilson's rent-corn to town.
J. B. Johnson came around
peddling one day this week. It
has been quite while since he!
has been in this neighborhood. j
Finles Freeman was the guest |
of his brother a few hours Tues-
We are certainly sorry to hear
of Mrs. D. B. Adams being sick
and we hope she may soon re-
Mrs. E. S. Maples made a fly-
ing trip to Belton Thursday.
Miss Louise Oliver is away
from her school this week on ac-
count of her mother's accident.
Annie Freeman has "been on
the sick list this week.
We are relieved to boar that
Mr. Baird is rapidly imroving
from his recent sickness.
Miss Lela Pricer was the guest
ot her eiktc.r, Mrs. Jo1 disco, one
day last week.
S. T. Maples is working for
Ben Oliver this week.
People in this vicinity are get-
ting along line with their plowing
and nearly all the farmers have
their corn land broke.
A nice rain is falling today
which makes it very disagreeable
under foot but will be good for
Leola Maples is the guest of
her grandmother, Mrs. R. A.
Mrs. Kate Ferguson was the
guest of Mrs. Oliver one day this
Dock Maples was the guest of
his brother one day last week.
Mr. E. S. Maples and two
children were the guests of his
mother, while his wife was away
with the sick.
I will bring my budget to a
close, wishing the Democrat suc-
Blcm De La.
Saying of a Historic Tree.
La Grange, Texas, Feb. 7.—
For many years the old historic
tree in front of the John Schuh-
maker bank in this city has been
used in displaying advertise-
ments of all sorts. Theatrical
notices, patent medicine notices,
breakfast foods, etc., literally
covered every part of it and no
one ever thought anything of it.
Many of these placards werefast-
ened with large spikes.
Recently it began to be realized
by the citizens that the historic
oak is about to die and now seri-
ous efforts are being made to keep
it alive. It was trimmed today
and disinfectants liberally applied
to keep the insects from further
marauding it; at the same time
it is looked to that no more ad-
vertising matter is placed on it
under any circumstances.
It was under this tree that
Captain Dawson organized his
company and started for Salado,
where all but seven of his men
were slain. These bones were
later gathered in the early '50s
and placed on Monument' Hill,
where, they now lie in a mauso-
Some years before the death
of the late John Schuhmaker the
latter had offered to secure a
brass plate to be fastened to the
tree, providing suitable reading
matter for the inscription be fur-
nished him. The inscription was
never furnished. Recently the
young men started to raise a fund
with which to inclose the tree
with an iron fence.
Albert Ruddy of Fort Worth is
here for a few days visit to rela-
tives in the city.
THOUGHTS ON BUSINESS
WALDO PONDRAY WAJUtEN
HAVE YOU A PURPOSE?
HAVK you a purpose of your own? Are you trying to In*
prove something? Is It your desire to make yoursslf
proficient In any line of workT Have you an Idea that
you are trying to expreeef Have you eet up before you a mark
that la higher than you oan conveniently reachf Are you
giving any thought to what you may be doing five yeere from
nowT Are you looking steadfastly In any direction with the
determination of traveling In It? Have you a purpose of your
The status of a man's life depends largely on how he
answers these questions. Many persons can answer them
all In the affirmative. But many more—a great many more
•—could not answer even one of them without stopping to
taks stook of their thoughte and to see If they really have ■
purpose. Most psople are oontent to epend their lives carry-
ing out the purposee of othsrs. They work only for the pay.
Thsy eare more for the pay than for the purpose. Give them
the pay and yea oan have the purpose, for all they eare. And
In this manner millions of unsatisfactory, unhappy, unsuccess-
ful llvee are spent.
If you, In any degree, belong to the latter class, why nttt
look ths matter equarely In the facer Why not have a
purpose of your own7 You oan •till serve another's purpose
—ean serve K even better; you oan eMIl have the pay, and
yet be woHiIng out your own purpoee. The ealeeman merely
feeeomee a better salssmsn. AH good purposee tend In the
seme dtreoMon and ean go hand in hin&
(Ooprrlcht, MM, kj Jmpt B. BowtaM
THE LOCAL MARKET.
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1908.
Eggs, 14 to 15 cts per dor..
Hens 3.00 to $3.50 per do/..
Fryers 2.00 to 2.75 per doz.
Turkeys 7 1-2 to 8 cts per lb.
Butter 12 1-2 cts per lb.
Butter fat 27 cts per lb.
Country sausage 10c per lb.
Wheat 1.10 per bu.
Corn 55 cts per bu.
Oats 58 to (58 cts per bu.
Hay 12.50 to 15.00 per ton.
Pecans 3 1-4 to 4 cts per lb.
Hog's 4 l-2c per lb.
Cattle on foot 2 to 2 l-2c per lb.
Sweet potatoes 75 cts per bu.
Wood 3.00 per cord.
Wood, cedar 3.50 per cord.
Green Hides 2 1-2 to 3c per lb.
Local Spots, 11 1-4 basis.
Students Refuse to Attend Classes.
College Station, Tex., Feb. 10.—
The board of directors of the Ag-
ricultural and Mechanical college
arrived today and will hold a ses-
sion tomorrow- President Leggett
authorized the statement that some
friction existed between the col-
lege authorities and the students,
and that since Saturday morning
all the students had refused to at-
tend classes. The board will in-
vestigate. No officer or instructor
of the college has been dismissed.
Houston, Tex., Feb. 10.—The
above brief dispatch is all that
could be obtained from College
Station tonight concerning the
strike of students which pjrevails
at the Agricultural and Mechanical
college. Statements from authen-
tic sources are that the upper class
men have refused to attend their
classes since Friday noon; that
they are most punctilious in at-
tending drill and in obeying with-
out question every order of the com
mandant, but that they refuse to
attend the recitations or to in any
manner recognize the authority of
the president to compel such at-
tendance. When the students fail-
ed to make their appearance in
the class rooms Saturday morning,
a number of the instructors went to
Bryan for the afternoon, and it is
also stated that no attempt was
made to have recitations Monday
morning or afternoon.
The cause of the friction is now
being investigated by the board,
which has been in session for sev-
eral days. Letters reaching Hous-
ton Sunday and Monday state that
the members of the graduating
class had practically taken a stand
in the matter which will mean res-
ignations or dismissals for some,
and that they are determined to
stand together if the resignation or
removal should fall upon them. The
lower classmen are said to be sup-
porting their brethren, but are not
in open revolt.
While statemements are to the ef
feet that the students are on strike,
the same authority^ states that the
discipline of the school is being
maintained and# that no overt acts
of any description have been com-
mitted and that the boys are be-
The Christian Endeavor So-
ciety of the Presbyterian Church
will give a C. E. Social in the base-
ment of the church on Friday
night. The arrangements are^ in
the hands of a committee of five,
who expect to have something sur-
HON. W. W. HAIR
According to previous an-
nouncement, Hon W. W. Hair,
candidate for congress against
R. L. Henry, addressed the citi-
zens of Belton, last Saturday and,
considering the very unfavorable
day, had a splendid audience
which gave a very interested
hearing. In opening his re-
marks, Mr. Hair said that at any
time the people of Belton wanted
& good solid day of rain they
would certainly secure it if they
would circulate the report that
he would speak here at a given
time, as his appointment here
had been interferred with each
time by a continuous rain during
His speech was a most splen-
did effort, showing throughout
that he was fully conversant with
his subject, and his friends were
not dissappointed in him in the
least. Mr. Hair is a man of con-
siderable ability, and shows that
he has kept abreast of political
affairs. He assured the people
that he would maintain a legiti-
mate attitude throughout his
campaign unless forced to do
otherwise by his opponent, which
is not at all probable. After
thrashing over the tariff, pen-
sions, the army, the garden seed
system, and others of like import,
he paid his respects to Mr. Hen-
ry. In this connection Mr.
Hair Said that Henry had made a
good average congressman, whose
hardest work was signing the
warrant for his salary and send-
ing out garden seed, and he was
sure he could do that well in the
event he was elected, and further
said that he would try awfully
hard to do something better. If
he could not accomplish any
more than Henry had after he
had been a congressman eight
years he would quit his job and
let some other man draw the sal-
ary awhile He appealed to the
home pride of his audience, stat-
ing that he had a big task hefore
him in canvassing the district,
and hoped that his friends here
at home would look after his in-
terests during his absence.
All in all, Mr. Hair did himself
credit in this speech, and is to be
complimented on the high order
he has commenced his campaign.
L. A. Ratcliff, constable of Kil-
leen,was in the city Tuesday. He
had in custody Ab Barington, on a
charge of horse theft. Barington
was placed in the county jail to
await further action.
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