Jacksonville Banner. (Jacksonville, Tex.), Vol. 7, No. 14, Ed. 1 Saturday, August 11, 1894 Page: 1 of 8
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Subscription, $1.50 per Year,
JACKSONVILLE, CHEROKEE CO., TEXAS, AUGUST 1 1, 1894
W. C. BOLTON,
THE HARDWARE MAN,
-Carries an Immense Stock of-
General Hardware, Millers’, Ginners’ and
Solicits Your Patronage;............
Don’t Buy Consigned Pianos and Organs.
Bssjffisi Those instruments are liable to have been on sale already at other
IS places and may have been in the houses of several people and reject
ra|B ed. Manufacturers of flrstclass reputable instruments can sell all
the make for cash to leliable dealers. Those who malre good instru
l?ei^t®nnd consign a portion of them product will naturally^sele^
MUST IIAVK CLOCKS.
SOLI lllSltliiLLLOJ-lliO, CI^U-LCCI-iaa uvu vuv
interest and frequently these carry an
MntAa nrf> not, taken as additional set
Xblished over 28 years in Texls. We do not ask for
bank in Texas.
Thos. Groggau & Bro., Galveston.
(Successors to Bailey & Maris,)
Livery, Sale & Feed Stable
CONVEYANCES TURN E 835 ED
ALL POINTS IN THE COUNTS
Special Attention toTravrlius; Si ti».
Worses Boarded, by the Day, Week or- Month
at Reasonabe Rates.
JACKSONVILLE, - - . TEXAS
SORY, BROWN & CO.,
I *-DEALERS IN-
Ifousehold & Kitchen Furniture,
Sewing Machines, Wall Paper, &c.
AL8Q KEEP ON HAND
FI Line Jewelry, Clods, lattes, Etc.
Undertakers, & Burial Robes
& Wooden & Metallic Caskets,
JACKSONVILLE, - - TEXAS.
A. J. SHAYN.
-My stock, consisting of-
Qry Qoqds Clothing Groceries Plantation Supplies
Is complete, and I am now prepared to do a general
furnishing business. I invite my old customers,
and as many new ones, to call.
HIGHEST PRICE PAID FOR COTTON
AND COUNTRY PRODUCE.
A. J. SHAYN, Jac“"e’
Tlie Southern Negroes All Want Time-
Pieces.—Helpless Before Trav-
eling Agents. .
“Over $60,000 has passed through my
hands already this season for that man
over there,” said the cashier of one of the
banks in an interior Southern town.
“I was about to ask who he was,” re-
sponded his companion, regarding with
interested eyes the prosperous looking
person across the street. “What is his
business? I always see him strolling
about in the most leisurely fashion.”
The man referred to was well known as
“the clock man,” and his mode ot con-
ducting his profitable business is unique
and interesting, says a Philadelphia Times
writer. He employs a large number of
men, furnishes each with a horse and road
cart, and sends them out into the high-
ways and byways, through remote coun-
try lanes and pinewoods roads, where the
trace ot wheels is so dim as almost to be
undiscernible, to sell clocks to the negroes
and such ot the white backwoodsmen as
can be induced to buy them.
These clocks are estimated as being
worth only about $4, but are sold at from
$12 to $14 apiece. The agents go round
in April and May and sell them, taking a
mortgage on a cow or an ox, a wagon, a
hog, poultry of various kinds, anything
which can be sold and converted into
money—even bedsteads, bed clothes,
cups, saucers and mattresses are accepted
as security—and in the fall the collectors
follow and receive the payments. One
thing is noticeable—the man who presents
the claim for payment is never the same
who sold the clock the previous spring.
Thus any little irregularities in the papers
drawn up at the time ot the sale are un-
known to him; he only demands what
was agreed upon.
Every negro house, no matter it the
only other articles in it are a wooden
bench or two, a hide-bottom, chair, cook-
ing utensils and the water pail, with the
most meager provisions tor sleeping,
boasts one ot those showy-looking time-
pieces on the rude shelf over the clumsy
Ot commonest wood, shiny as long as
new and ornamented with a little cheap
gilt, these clocks possess one delightful
charm in the eyes, or rather ears, ot their
owners—they can strike. They afford
but little knowledge as to the flight ot
time, because their owners do not know
the meaning of the letters on the white
face of their much prized ornament or the
significance of the little slender “hands”
going ever round and round.
The possessors ot these clocks can tell
the time much more accurately by the sun
mark they have been accustomed to no-
tice on the floor of their cabin, but the tall
timepiece over the fireplace can strike
tor the family was once sacrificed in order
to possess this fashionable article of bric-
a-brac, which would, apparently, remind
its possessors how long it was since they
had had milk to drink. Meanwhile the
head of these various agents lives a life of
indolent ease, drives a fine team, wears
flashing diamonds on breast and finger,
and regards the world about him with
satisfaction and himself as a person ot
consequence and distinction.
Down on Jehosse and other islands on
the Carolina coast, densely populated
with negroes who but seldom have com-
munication with the mainland, thousands
of dollars have been made from the sale
of these cheap but “dear” clocks. The
land owners who rent their acres to the
victims of these clock men, feel a resent-
ment toward them or their employer, for
many a pound ot cotton or bushel ot corn
goes to them which should be devoted to
the payment of the landlord who has pro-
vided them all summer with provisions
and farming tools and seen to it that their
families did not want for bread.
Many a family gathered around the sup-
per-table hears the sound of wheels out-
side and the familiar*“halloa,” which ap-
prises them of an arrival, and upon in-
quiry learns the somewhat unwelcome
fact that one of these clock men must be
afforded entertainment tor himself and
horse for the night. It being too far to
any town, hospitality must be extended.
Ttiis business is somewhat new, but ap-
parently most successful.
Tombstones, too, are another necessity
rendered indispensable to the negroes by
the “march of civilization.” Formerly
their dead were buried beneath the trees
in the little country graveyard—laid to
rest in home-made coffins, made by the
friendly hands of neighbors and relatiyes,
the graye marked by head and foot
boards, simply carved from wood; but
now coffins and tombstones, cheap and
showy, must be provided out ot scant in-
comes. The stones are common little af-
fairs, lettered in striking black letters,
which seem a mockery set up beneath the
majestic pines where the dead are at rest.
The negroes are peculiar in this respect.
They will pay an exorbitant sum for the
satisfaction of erecting one of these slabs,
the thin white coating of which will peel
off before the buyer gets through paying
for it, and when, perhaps, the liviug mem-
bers of the family are sadly in need of
proper food and clothing. They do not
always procure a tombstone when a re-
cent affliction has bereaved them. If
when the agent comes around they can
think of any one, no matter how long
dead, to whom they might put up a stone,
they do so, feeling a certain sense ot im-
portance when realizing that their names
are printed there in the burying ground,
for they always want their own names
put on, no matter it the surname ot the
Y. M. C. A. CONFERENCE.
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timepiece over tne nrepmee cm, jeceage(i relatlve was a fflfferent one
every hour with a loudness and an aban- re£rardimr their custoi
AND BEST ROUTE IA&N.RRC9 To £RST,
THE DIRECTROUTE TO MEXICO VIA LAREDO
Schedule In Effect Oct. 5th, 1893:
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“... .Milano June....“
“...City of Mexico
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PULLMAN BUFFET CARS ATTACHED TO ALL NIGHT TRAINS
CALL FOR TICKETS VIA THE INTERNATIONAL ROUTE.
T T5 GALRAITH W. R. SETTLES,
6«n Fr*t *PMB. As’*.,Palestine, Tex. Ticket Aa’t.. Jacksonville
D. J« JrXvIGis
AMt.Gen.Passenger Ag’t. ‘Palestine, Tet.
don unrivaled by any clock in a more pre-
tentious case, and in doing this its mission
“I kin yere him strike een de night,”
said an old aunty in defense of her ex-
travagance, when asking her landlord’s
assistance in paying the clock man, to
whom she had given a mortgage the pre-
vious spring on the only feather bed and
all the quilts she possessed. Had not her
benefactor advanced her the money the
old woman would have seen her precious
and most necessary belongings “traded”
lor a little cotton or corn to her neigh-
bors, and would have bad nothing to
comfort her during the long cold nights
of approaching winter but the knowledge
that she possessed just as fine and tall a
clock as anybody of her acquaintance.
If the clock seller finds a rare instance
where the besieged hesitates about invest-
ing and claims that he won’t make com
enough to “do” him, or cotton enough to
get him out of debt, and doubts if he can
afford to give $14 for a useless ornament,
the shrewd persuader has but to suggest
that, were any of the family taken sick
and a doctor summoned, there would be
no timepiece in the house by which to ad-
minister the various powders and doses to
he given according to directions every
hour or two, and his task is an easy one.
The head ot a family cannot longer hold
out against such an urgent reason, and a
paper is quickly made out and signed
with his “X” mark, or perhaps with his
name, it he has learned to write it. in
which document he agrees to part with
some household article or domestic ani-
mal now much prized, should he be una-
ble when a certain day comes to pay for
the beautitul clock which now appears to
him an indispensable article.
A cow which had plowed the entire
crop of one small farmer and had at the
same time afforded milk as nourishment
By the way, regarding their customs in
the matter of mourning they are unique.
A certain “niece” of an aunt long since
dead appeared in a full suit of mourning.
In explanation she said that for four years
she had “aimed” to “mourn” for her aun-
ty, but every time she went to the store
intending to purchase a black calico the
red checks and gay-colored plaids would
seem so pretty that she would buy them
instead, and she had never managed to
get a black dress until then, though she
had “aimed to mourn” for her aunty.
They are often heard to observe that
some relative had been dead such a length
of time, and they haven’t had a chance to
mourn for them. The simplicity, good
nature and thorough enjoyment of life,
even under adverse circumstances, con-
spicuous in the best class ot plantation
negroes, is delightful to witness, hut one
has to*see them “off guard,” as it were,
to get a glimpse of their real nature.
It Should Be in Every House.
J. B. Wilson, 371 Clay St., Sharpsburg,
Fa., says he will not be without Dr.
King’s New Discoyery lor Consumption,
Coughs and Colds, that it cured his wife
who was threatened with Pneumonia
after an attack of “la grippe,” when va’
ious other remedies and several pv
cians had done her no good.
Barber, ot Cooksport, Pa.,
King’s New Discovery U
more good than anythin
for lung trouble. Nr
it. Free trial bottl
store. Large bottles
Sam Vernon, of the Cc
not afraid to use the Engh
all it implies when it com
with the Pops. He is in a ho.
ruption that hangs over Co>
seems, but if the hard-hit trut.
anything, Vernon will very nearly
a few ot the vile surroundings.—M
First Annual Meeting of the East Tex-
as District, to be Held at Jack-
sonville Aug. 10-12,1894.
Members of associations, pastors ot
churches, superintendents and members
of Sunday schools, young people’s socie-
ties and all men interested Im work for
young men are cordially invited to attend.
Tiie sessions of the conference com-
mence Friday, August 10th, at 8 p, m.,
continuing at stated periods through the
The day sessions on Saturday will open
with Bible readings.
Entertainment will be provided tor all
delegates. Those intending to be present
should send their names to Mr. W. H.
Sory, Jacksonville, Texas, chairman en-
tertainment committee, not later than
The following prominent workers will
attend and take part: E. J. Beaman, J. M.
Fullinwider, W. 13. Rogers, Rev. J. Her-
vey Dobbs, Prof. W. D. Butler, Frank W.
Pell, Rev. Frank Talmage, Palestine;
Chas. Bonner, Tyler; A. Miller Todd,
Jefferson; R. N. Dunham, Gen’l Sect’y,
Marshall; W. E. Wayte, State Secretary,
Dallas; Rev. J. J. Williams, W. H. Sory,
Jacksonville; H. G. Scudday, .Longview;
A. G. Knebel, General Secretary, Corsi-
cana; C. P. Goodson, Trinity University;
Dr. D. F. C. Timmons, Palestine.
A rate of one and one-third fare for the
round trip, on the certificate plan, has
been made over the railroads, provided as
many as fifty attend, (vve expect more.)
Bring your Bibles, note book and Gos-
pel Hymn hooks No. 5.
Friday.—Opening sessions. Devotion-
al exercises. Introduction of delegates.
8 p. m. Song service. Address of wel-
come. Response. ■
Saturday, 6 a. m.—Sunrise consecra-
9 a. m.—Song service. Bible reading.
Address: Work of the Y. M. C. A. Pa-
per: An Executive Secretary. Question
2 p. m.—Praise meeting. Bible Read-
ing. The College Work. Young Men’s
Prayer Meeting. Bible training class.
State and district work.
8 p. m.—Song service. Address: Work
for Young Men in Small Towns.
Sunday, 6 a. m.—Sunrise praise service.
9 a. m.—Fellowship meeting.
4 p. m.—Meeting for h<»\ Presbyterian
church; meeting for ladies, Methodist
church; Meeting for men, Cumberland
8 p. m.—Services at all the churches.
9:30 p. m.—Farewell service, Cumber-
land Presbyterian church.
Note.—The regular sessions will be
held at the O. S. Presbyterian church.
Colored Barber’s Views.
Hillsboro, Hill Co., Tex., July 20— Sain
Marshall, a colored barber, is posses d
ot a good amount of horse seii>*-. •
does his own reading and thint • !
is not riding on anybody’s p>>
tails. He affiliates with the i • ■1 .
He said to a News reporter, aiu 1 g
that Cuney was to address the colored
yoters of Corsicana today: “I don’t see
what the negro can hope for from political
agitation, particularly in Texas. Elder
Davis made a gi eat blow recently about
his colored Republican league. I can’t
see the wisdom of blindly following tb-
Republicans or anybody else. Whai
negro Republicans accomplish he-
best thing they can do is to *
the political sentiment of
munity they happen J
done with politic?
ginning to do ‘
a speech a*’
I take ;
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McFarland, J. E. Jacksonville Banner. (Jacksonville, Tex.), Vol. 7, No. 14, Ed. 1 Saturday, August 11, 1894, newspaper, August 11, 1894; Jacksonville, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth839497/m1/1/: accessed September 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Jacksonville Public Library.