The Mexia Weekly Herald (Mexia, Tex.), Vol. 13, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 25, 1912 Page: 1 of 8
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The Mexia Weekly Herald.
MEXIA. TEXAS, THUlfcSDAY, JAN. 25, 11)12.
9LM Ftr Y«
AND ITS VALUE TO TEXAS
AND HER PEOPLE.
Wo have' just received from
th© publishers, the Galveston-
Da I las News, a copv of the Tiwriu*
Almanac and State Industrial
Guide for 1912, aowl al'ter looking
it ov.er must admit that it is real-
ly an industrial guide and one
of the moat complete books of
"the kind we liave seen.
It contains a vast amount of
information about Texas and the
opportunity to be found here by
the home seeker, and will do
much to advertise Texas abroad
as well inform our own people of
what is being done in this splen-
The book contains a complete
calendar for the year with the
moon's phases, dates of the eclip-
ses for the year and everything
of that sort usually found in an
There is a directory of the
United States government, in-
cluding the names of Texas can-
irres.sm.en. Also a brief history
of the admission of Texas as a
Mate, a full list of state, district
and county officers, the rate of
taxation, property valuations by
counties, the appropriations for
the support of the government,
the vote for governor from 1845
to the present, and the leading
national platforms for 1908, and
such other interesting political
data. The vote for governor
shows that the total vote in
1845 was 9,578, while the largest
vote polled for governor was in
1S96, when the total reached;
5119,778. But that was before it!
required a poll tax receipt in or-1
der to vote.
Next there is an altitude direc-
t-icy, which shown) the altitude of
the different towns in the state,
fori O'Connor in Calhoun coun-
ty, being the lowest, only 3 feet
above the sea level, while Mount;
Emory, Brewster county, appears (
to be the highest, reaching up in-
to the clouds 7,835 feet.
There is another useful fea-
ture, a complete postoffice direc-
tory of the state with the rates
' f postage in the different
"Texas State Associations" in
lie heading over another depart-
ment, in which is listed every
kind of organization, such as Ag-
ricultural, Commercial and In-
dustrial, Fraternal, Medical,
Patriotic, Religious, etc., and
the names of the officers. And
besides there is a list of fair as-
sociations of the state, from the
smallest county fair to the great
state fair held annually in Dal-
las, that lias done so much to ad-
vertise Texas to the outside
Some census figures are given,
showing the population of the
larger cities of the world and the>
complete count for Texas by
Counties, with the percentage of
Valuable information about ed-
ucational matters is also here in
a;bundance, including out- public
school system, the scholastic pop-
ulation and much information
about the state institutions for
Religious statistics, transporta-
tion figures, including the rail-
road mileage of the state, Texas
waterways, and a lot about the
good roads agitation now going
on all over the state, the topo«
graphic and geological featurs of
the state, our mineral resources,
climatic conditions, rainfall,
drainage and irrigation; farm
'statistics, the live stock industry,
and a vast amount of informa-
tion concerning our public do-
main, are all well handled sub-
jects, while the fans can also
find here just what they want to
know about all sorts of sports,
including the batting averages
of their favorites, etc.
And last, but by no means
leaist, there is a complete and' au-
thentic description of all of the
Texas counties, showing the lo-
cation, population, resources and
kind of soil in each, this depart-
ment occupying 121 pages of the
Prom it we learn that we J rave
a magnificent state, 825 Oniles
long, 740 miles wide, and nearly
two miles high, containing 265,-
000 square miles and divided in-
to 249 counties, capable of fur-
nishing homes for 40,000,000
souls, inhabited by 3,896,542 hap-
py and prosperous people, with
assessed values amounting to
$2,515,594,636, and $206,664,471
in cash deposited in 1372 strong
banking institutions, while there
are 991,409 children within the
Truly it is a useful book, fill-
ed from cover to cover with in-
formaition concerning Texas re-
sources and Texas progress—a
book for the schools, the business
man, the producer, the consumer,
and a valuable book for home-
seekers and investors, and we
might write columns about it, but
30 cents sent to the publishers, A.
H. Belo & Co., Galveston or Dal-
las, will get you a copy by re-
turn mail, and you could not
make a better investment, even
though the price were tern times
The Texas Industrial Congress
announces to the farmers of Tex-
as its offer of $10,000 in gold for
the largest yields of certain crops
raised in the State during 1912,
dling c.otton grown on one acre,'March t<* October, inclusive, and
cost of production considered. I failure to make reports for two
First prize, $250; second prize, months in succession will be con-
$125 ; third prize, $75; fourth j sidcrad as notice that the con-
prize, $50; for the forty next besl te>stant has withdrawn. A care-
residt$j $25 each; forty-four ful record must be kept of how
prizes in all, amounting to $1,500. the crop is cultivated, the cost of
This contest is open only to boys
and girls under 20 years of age
The Opportunity Is Here, Backed
By Mexia Testimony.
Don't take our word for it.
Don't depend on a stranger's
Read Mexia endorsement.
Read the statements of Mexia
And decide for yourself.
Here is one case of it:
Mrs. M. J. Lolfand, Mexia,
Texas, says: "I had trouble for
some time by rheumatic pains in
the small of my back. These hin-
dered m« from doing my work
and if I was obliged to do any
stooping or lifting, I was in mis-
ery. I did not know how to get
relief until Doan's Kidney Pills
were brought to my attention. I
procured a box at the Mexia
Drug Co., and began using them.
I was so gratified with the re-
sults that I gave a public testi-
monial in praise of this remedy.
I am now quite willing to coo-
firm that statement."
For Model Farms Demonstrating
Conservation, Rotation and
The Congress hopes to induce
the intelligent operation of a
demonstration farm in every
neighborhood in the state, which
will by practical results prove to
the people the necessity for and
the value of conservation, rota-
tion and diversification by grow-
ing and actually plowing under
a leguminous crop, say cowpeas,
on one-fourth (and a different
fourth,) of the land in culitvation
each year. In this way, once in
four years, at. least, all of the
will have a splendid application
of green fertilizer that, will sup-
ply the necessary humus and
draw vast stor«f of nitrogen from
the inexhaustible supply of the
atmosphere. If this purpose can
ba accomplished1 a wonderful
stride will have been made in
practical agricultural education
and conservation. It therefore
For the largest combined yields
of merchantable crops, cost of
production considered, raised on
ten acres, divided into four two
and one-half acre pilots; on the
first plot (Cowpeas to be grown,
and to be plowed under when
miiUu'csd; the rental of the.
ground, the cost of the seed and
of cultivation to l>e refunded to
the prize-winning contestants; on
the second plot kaffir corn or
milo maize; on the third plot cot-
ton ; on the fourth plot Indian
corn; First prize, $1,000; second
prize, $750; third prize, $500;
fourth prize, $250; for the twen-
ty-five next best results, $100
each; twenty-nine prizes in all,
amounting to $5,000.
The crops mentioned must be
grown in the order named on the
respective plots, anil these must
together constitute one solid trad
or body of land containing ten
When the pea crop is at its
best, and on the day it is to be
plowed under, each contestant,
with the. assistance of two neigh-
bors, shall cut a plot ten feet
square, that is a, fair average of
the two and one-half acres. He
shall weigh the product of this
plot and make a report of it, as
the number of pounds of peas
and vine actually plowed under
will be considered in the produc-
tion of the ten acres. This con-
test is open to everybody.
For sale by all dealers. Price
50 cents. Foster-Milburn Co., For Boys And Girls Com Clubs.
Buffalo, New York, Sole Agents Kor the largest yields of mer-
for the United States. chantablc Indian corn grown on
Remember the name—Doan's— one acre, cost of production con-
and tako no other. j side red; First prize, $250; sec-
'ond prize, $125; third prize, $75;
fourth prize, $50; for the forty
Young men who were not as- betrt rosllltSi- *25 tW"
sessed for poll tax last year and | t.V-iour prizes in all, amounting
also those who will eome of age 0 $1-500.
This contest is open only to
this year can vote but in order
to do so they must appear in
person before the tax collector on January 1, 1912.
before February 1st and get! CLASS^J
their exemption certificates. J
Don't neglect this if you want F- r Boys And Girls Cotton Clubs
to be a real live citizen. ' For the largest yiefld of mid-
boys and girls under 20 years of
on January 1, 1912.
If any contestant shall
in Both Class B. and CJIassi C and
shall win the first prize in each
class, a special prize of $100 will
seed, rental, labor, fertilizers (if
any,) and every other item of
expense incurred in making it.
The contestant's personal labor
must he calculated at the rate of
For the largest yield of mer-
chantable grain, to be weighed in
the head and cost of production
considered, from two acres of
kaffir corn or milo maize First
prize, $300; second prize, $200;
for the ten next best results, $50
each; twelve prizes in all, amount
iwg to $1,000. This contest is
open to everybody.
The crops in all of the above
classes must be grown without ir-
Forage, Crops, Irrigated.
For the largest yields of mer-
chantable grain, to be weighed in
the head and cost of production
considered, from two acres of
kaffir corn or milo maize grown
First prize, $300; second prize,
$200; for the next ten best result
$50 each; twelve prizes1 in all
amounting to $1,000. This con-
test is open to everybody..
Cultivation of Milo Maize and
Kaffir Corn Recommended.
Every former in the State of
Texas, it matters not in what sec-
tion he lives, is advised to raise
each year a moderate amount of
milo maize and kaffir corn. Thes'
are of the sorghum family, and
are droith resistant. They will
wait for the rain, and grow anil
mature when it comes, while In-
dian corn, under like circumstan-
ces, will <lie; in point of value as
food for all kinds of stock, in
both grain and roughness, they
will average to be fully as valua-
ble per acre as Indian corn. If
you had intended to plant twenty
acres in Indian corn, put five
acres of the ground in kaffir
corn, or milo maize, and the oth-
er fifteen acres in Indian corn,
and note resulst.
The crops in each of the above
classes must be grown on one
plot or tract of land of the. re-
quired acreage, on the same farm
under one management, and with-
out irrigation except in Class E.
Competition in each class is
open to men, women, boys and
girls, except in Classes B and C,
which are , limited to boys and
girLs under 20 years of age
Jan. I, 1912.
A contestant is not required to
do all the work himself neces-
sary to produce his crop, but he
must have control and exercise J
urn ecijiiM per hour, qjie labor of
aach horse used at five cents per
hour, and each two-horse lioad of
stable manure, at two dollars.
The land upon which the crop
is grown must be measured in
such a way as to be approximate-
The measurement of the land
and the crop yield in each class
must be proven by the affidavits
of the contest ants and two disin-
terested witnesses, upon blanks
to he furnished for that, purpose.
No application to enter any of
the contests will be received after
April 1. 1912.
Every contestant must agree
not to appeal from the decision
of the Committee on Awards, but
to accept its judgments in every
case as final.
The Texas Industrial Congress
makes this prize offer because it
believes that the necessity for
the conservation of the soil and
the adoption of better cultural
-qi.eth.ods is so vital to the agri-
cultural, commercial, and indus-
trial interests of the State that
every possible effort should be
made to teach scientific cultiva-
tion, rotation and diversification
of crops, and the maintenance of
the soil's fertility.
The fw.izes offered are free, amc
there, are no fees or charges of
any kind to be paid by contest-
ants, the sole object being to
help the farmers to help them-
selves, realizing that as they pros
per the whole state necessarily
prospers as well.
The Congress most) earnestly re
que-ts the assistance and co-op-
eration of the newspapers, state
and county officials, county eoni-
sioners' courts, business men's
associations, commercial1 club, anc
agricultural demonstration agent*
and suggests that additional
prises, in such amounts as may
be deemed proper, for identical
crops, under axactly the same
conditions, as offered by the
Congress, should be offered in
each county and locality, to the
end that contestants may have an
opportunity to win both a state
and a county or local prize, or
failing to secure a state prize-
may win a local prize. The Con-
gress requests tliat it be advi^d
promptly of all prizes sp offered.
Every landlord is requested to
co-operate with his tenants who
enter this contest in Class A. by
remitting the rent and the eost
of production on the two and
on I one-half acres planted in cowpeas
as the land receives all of the
benefit m this instance, and1 the
SOME ITEMS OF INTEREST
FROM THE HALLS OF
J. R. Thompson to Lizzie Cox.
Robert Moss to Mabell Brown.
W. E. Phipps to Minona Ran-
J. W. Hudson to Lois Gatlin.
L. O. Carter to Eva B. Person.
Henry Robinson to Lsolla
Walter Libhart to Nut Burdell.
Clen Walker to Etta Homes.
Tobe Bryant to Ida Horton.
To N. E. Yarbro and wife,
Thornton, Jan. 11, a girl.
To A. Norton and wife, Groes-
beck, Jan. 16, a girl.
To J. G. Dyest and wife, Cool-
idge, Jan. 4, a boy.
Mrs. Addie Springfield of Odds
died Dec. 26.
Mrs. Elizabeth Speer of Groes-
beck, died Dec. 31.
Jane Jackson of Groesbock,
died Dec. 31.
Abraham Lincoln ould split
rails all day in the forest and
then after his day's work wi
finished would walk five mliles to
borrow a book to study and im-
prove himself. It is said of
George Washington that in an-
swer to a question of his mother
as to why he studied so late at
night, replied that he was work-
ing out the destiny of his coun-
There are hundreds of young
people today who are desirous of
gaining a practical education,
but for one reason or another
they cannot leave home to secure
it, so they drag along from one
year to the next in the same old
rut. There are hundreds of oth-
ers that are availing themselves
of the opportunity offered by
the correspondence department
of our college, saving their leis-
ure moments and investing them
in an education' that will mean
thousands of dollars to them in
the coming years.
You may say that you are not
able to take a course, but t
person who can least afford it if
the one who needs it moat and
should have it by all means at
any sacrifice; it don't cost much.
Young friend, why not take
advantage of this opportunity
and gain a business education by
using your moments that wouM
otherwise be wasted? Why not
spend an hour of the long winter
evenings after nightfall qualify-
ing yourself with a knowledge
of the famous Byrne Simplified
Shorthand, Practical Bookkeep;
i ing, Typewriting, Arithmetic,
soil's fertility is conserved and Grammar, Writing, nnd Telegra-
iincreased. pliy, for which the business worl<
All patriotic ami unselfish cit-: will pay you cash?
izans of the State are respectfully ^ill out the following blanl
r and mad to the Corresponden"
personal supervision over it.
Contestants qualified to do s0| urged to co-operate in inducing i^t."Tyler Coltege
may enter in any one or all of ^ farmers, •everywhere to enter Tvlcr, Texas.
the above classes, and they may these contests and to keep i"' x«mo
make as many entries in each close touch with contestants in ' '
clasis as they choose. Each con- their several Localities. Address
testant must so describe the Jo-] Full information and entry'Course Interested! In,
cation of his land that an inspec- blanks for the contest will be
tor may easily find it. |*ant to anyone upon application The Pittman building formerly
Fu" and regular crop reports. 'to the Texas Industrial Congress occupied by S. Katten and J. W.
ion blanks to bn furnished for at Dallas. '*•«
that purpose, must be made to; Texas Industrial Congress,
the Congress by each contestant by Henry Exall, President,
on the first of each month, from January 15, 1912.
1 Clark is being cleaned up and
[put in shape and will be occupied
soon by Dick and Ed Stei n with
' a stock of groceries.
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Houx, N. P. The Mexia Weekly Herald (Mexia, Tex.), Vol. 13, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 25, 1912, newspaper, January 25, 1912; Mexia, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth302368/m1/1/: accessed August 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Gibbs Memorial Library.