SW Georgia Newspaper Clippings

The Ashburn Advance
Friday, August 27, 1897

George Butler, former local editor of the High Springs Sentinel, is now using his quill as local editor of the Ashburn (Ga.) Advance, -- Micanopy (Fla.) Hustler. 

We clip the following from last weeks Tifton Gazette, and return thanks for the compliment:
We want to congratulate Editor Smith and Foreman Butler in the great improvement in the Ashburn Advance.  The last issue places it in the front rank of the Georgia Weeklies.

Rats are now hunting Ridenhour, he says.  That is generally the case with an office that neglects or refuses to pay its printers.  The Kid pretends to uphold labor, but has proved himself to be the dirtiest rat printer in Georgia.  The long-tailed rodents are fit associates for him, and if he would turn over his editorial pen to them the paper would be materially improved.

Editor Crum Got the Verdict

A Vienna special of the 22nd says,

The most sensational trial ever known in this country, and the first of the kind in its history, culminated this morning at 10 o'clock when the jury returned a verdict of not guilty in the case of D. A. R. Crum, editor of the Vienna Progress, who had been prosecuted for criminal libel by Mayor F. J. Bivens of Cordele.

Some time ago in two or three issues of the Vienna Progress, Editor Crum had pointed articles reflecting very severely on the public and private character and conduct of Mayor Bivens of Cordele, and finally challenged him to disprove the charges by a resort to the courts.  Bivens accepted the challenge and had Crum arrested for criminal libel and put under bond for trial at the session of county court beginning last Monday.  Following are the the counts on which the charge was based:

First, in asserting in his paper, the Vienna Progress, that Mayor Bivens was a "liar, scoundrel and skunk;" second, that Bivens had degraded his official station and used it for the protection of his friends and those and those who had given him money or its equivalent to secure this "official protection;" third, in accusing Bivens in said articles of being a "poltroon, liar, and scoundrel," in reference to maladministration of the office he holds; fourth, accusing the mayor, Bivens, of being a partner with another party in running a lewd house in Cordele, sharing in the profits and giving it protection; fifth, for general malfeasance in office.

The trial was on count No. 1, Judge D. L. Henderson presiding.  Over 250 witnesses were summoned from Cordele alone, and the town was nearly depopulated of its male citizens during the progress of the trial.  A great mass of testimony was given pro and con.  A prominent witness for the defense was Mrs. Edna Hunter, now of Cordele once known to the Atlanta authorities as "Mrs. Hickey,"

Crum admitted authorship of the articles in his paper and claimed justification on the ground that the charges were true.  Considerable feeling was manifested, and every inch of ground was hard fought by both sides.  During the process of the trial Judge Henderson had all minors ejected from the courtroom.  Col. Crum created a political sensation at one stage of the proceedings, by putting one of the jury on the stand, who testified that Mayor Biven. during the last legislative campaign offered for the sum of $300 throw the A. P. A. vote of Cordele to the support of the witness, J. P. Matthews, who was then running on a populist ticket.

After arguments by counsel Judge Henderson charged the jury, closing exactly two minutes after midnight, after which time the trial could not proceed legally, it being Sunday.

The jury were out all night and returned a verdict of "not guilty" this morning at 10 o'clock.

It is understood the charges on the other four counts will be withdrawn by Mayor Bivens' attorneys.


R. A. Whidby's residence is for rent.

Mrs. N. McCarthy is quite ill at her home.

Mrs. R. D. Law was reported quite ill yesterday.

J. M. Rainey was visiting Sycamore one day this week.

Dr. Thompson of Cordele is visiting Dr. Cooper here.

Col. Fulwood of Tifton was here on legal business Saturday.

Rev. Tinley of Sycamore was in town shopping this week.

Miss Pearl Gammage of Worth is guest of Mrs. Dr. Thrasher.

H. A. Jackson of Leeburg has secured a position at the mill here.

Joe Sylverman of Sycamore returned from Nashville Saturday.

Cols. White and Davis were on a business trip to Sycamore Monday.

Ab Patterson of Worth is down sick at the home of his parents here.

J. W. Chapman has our sincere thanks for favors extended us this week.

Col. T. R. Perry registered at the Clyde Sunday.  He was on route to Macon.

W. H. Beckham is building a fine residence on his farm ten miles west of here.

Benj. Cantey of Forreston, S. C., is expected here next week to visit his uncle, M. S. Cantey.

Y. C. Killibrew and A. J. Wells of Willacoochee were "singing" sewing machines here Tuesday.

D. H. Davis is besieged with home seekers for next year.  He has quite a number of places to let.

Miss Sarah Taylor, who has been visiting Mrs. Edmonston, returned to her home in Adel yesterday.

Mrs. Nettie Holmes and her daughter, Miss Hattie, of Moultrie are visiting the family of G. B. Gorday.

Jodie Sykes and Miss Autman, of the Sumner settlement, were married by Rev. Isaac Hobby last week.

Mrs. M. H. Edmondson, of Macon, is with her sister, Mrs. T. W. White, for a couple of weeks.

Little Miss Susie Davis has been quite sick for a week or more, but is now much better, we are glad to note.

Briggs Carson of Tifton was in town Monday talking insurance to our people, and favored us with a call.

We are glad to note that Johnny Rogers has covered from his recent illness, and is able to be on the streets again.

Mrs. Z. J. Cowan of Worth is having her residence re-roofed. L. K. Beal and Bro. of this place are doing the work.

E. G. Harrell, the Georgia Southern popular agent at Jennings, (possibly says Fla.) was here Sunday visiting his brother E. C. Harrell.

Mr. Jeffery is expected home from New York next Wednesday.  Some of the goods he purchased there are now arriving.

Rev. J. C. Flanders is holding a protracted meeting in Dakota this week, and is being assisted by Revs. Fain and Tinley.

J. T. Hammock, formerly a student at the school here, but now teaching in Dooly, was visiting friends several days this week.

Robert Tyson, son of Dr. Tyson, is visiting his parents here for a few days, after a trip to New York.  He is now living in Brooks county.

Mr. and Mrs. Piver returned Saturday from their visit to Americus.  They were accompanied by Miss Mattie Monk, who will visit friends here.

W. J. Garderner has the contract to erect a four-room tenant house on Tabernacle avenue.  It will be owned by J. G. McPhaul.  --- Poulan Herald.

W. M. Bunch who is clerking for Mr. Gorday, is an expert pitcher, and is location in Ashburn may result in the organization of a first-class (looks like nine or mine) here.

E. C. Creed, one of Worth's staunch farmers, living about ten miles west of here, was in town trading Tuesday.  He will soon market his cotton in Ashburn.

Col. B. B. White went to Irwinville Monday and closed a deal for five lots of land and took options on others for some of his clients in Savannah.

Walter Whidby is more useful to his community than most of the young men.  The little man is not only a paying subscriber, but sends the paper to his grandmother also.

Editor E. D. Oslin of the Melbourne (Fla.) Times is hero with his wife's people, the Jenkins.  He has been using his railroad passes up to Nashville.

On Wednesday little Nona Piver fell in a bucket of hot water that had been brought in for house-cleaning, and was badly scalded.  The doctor says she is not seriously injured.

G. S. Dixon and wife of near Gus Berry's still, were in town Tuesday, guests of  G. K. Rogers' family.  They were on their way to Columbus, where they will make their future home.

Mrs. Passmore, accompanied by the Misses Dora Leggett and Bennie Watkins, arrived on the Shoo Fly last night.  The professor got left en route, but came in on the midnight train.

Chief Justice McArthur not only married a couple Sunday, but he had two little girls born to him.  One lived only a short while.  The other is thriving.  The mother is doing well.

Mr. Chapman and Miss Willie McLendon went to Sycamore on their bicycles Wednesday following the railroad track.  They report the route much better than the wagon road.

Editor John L. Herring laid a paper weight on the unfinished stories of his section and came up from Tifton on Monday for a cool drink at Walker's.  Good example; good soda; good editor.

Efforts are being made to rebuild the old Luther oh bridge, which was washed away some time since, and it is hoped the effort will prove successful.   G. B. Gorday has the matter in charge.

Work had begun on a large livery stable at Poulan.  The building will be owned by J. G. McPhaul, and will be leased to parties whose names have not been made public, says the Herald.

E. C. Creed says crops are going to be mighty poor in the Sumner settlement next year, because the young people are marrying so early in the season.  He declared it is a never-falting sign.

When Jeffrey gets back from New York with the furniture there will doubtless be a revival in the matrimonial market.  Even Jesse Hickman and the old man Jim Raney have serious thoughts.  Frank Barbee and Miss Clara Rouge of the Hobby settlement were married on the 19th by Rev. W. J. W. Daniels.  Mr. Barbee came to Ashburn this week and purchased a housekeeping outfit.

Jim Raney undertook to make a bike trip to Sycamore along the railroad the other day, but backed out and took the wagon road, considering it safer.  If he had a pace set for him by a pretty girl he wouldn't need a wider path than the surface of a rail.

J. S. Geoghagan says W. H. Whitehead has a gopher in his yard which he keeps there to catch fleas.  Whitehead will be very apt to get red-headed over Mr. Geoghagan's slanderous report on him and "gopher" him.

Some miscreant tied a rope across Broad Street near Hogan's Alley Monday night, evidently with the intention of tripping passers-by.  Is the 'Yellow Kid of Hogan's Alley" in Ashburn?  The marshall should look out for the rascal.

Hon. W. L. Story was here Saturday telling us that Jake Young told him that Fred .Story said that he heard Wm. Touchton say the Advance was the best local paper in this part of the State.  Probably he meant the best in the north-east corner of Worth.

Prof. T.  P. Tison was at home with his father Saturday and Sunday from the lower part of Worth, where he is teaching.  He will return to the Atlanta dental college.  At present he has the Advance sent to the Warrior.  Thomas is a bright young man.

M. S. Cantey wants to warn people against loaning J. B. Bozeman a pocket knife when that gentleman is on his way to the depot to hold a confab with Agent Huckabee.  The chance of getting the knife back again will be exceedingly slim.

Mrs. Geo. W. Miller, of Fitzgerald, is here on a visit to her brother, W. K. Jenkins.  Another sister, Mrs. E. D. Oslin, the wife of the editor of The Melbourne (Florida) Times, is also here.  Their father, W. H. Jenkins, of Pateville, came down to see them Saturday, remaining over Sunday.

Agent Huckabee recently, and at different times, found two pocketbooks at his ticket office window, one containing $100 and the other $400, carelessly left there by ticket purchasers, and returned them to their rightful owners.  You never hear of those kind of pocketbooks being left in a printer's office by mistake or otherwise.

There was a pleasant social gathering at the home of Willie Hargroves Wednesday night.  Those present were Messrs. J. M. Raney, Barton Skipper, G. M. Daniels and Claud Bailey, Misses Sarah Taylor, Lida Green, Callie Killibrew and Florence Powell and Mrs. Chapman, and was superb.

J. P. Newton is experi,'monting in the value of kafir corn as a long forage.  The corn grows tall and thick, and stock eat up all the stalk, and relish it.  A small patch will feed a horse all summer.  If the farmers would plant it in abundance and crush it with a machine and cure it, they could easily store away enough to feed their stock all winter.  Farmers would do well to consider the kafir corn.

Justice McArthur held his regular term of court on Saturday, after   which 'Squire Bags presided.  But little business of importance was transacted in either court, and most of the cases were continued.  In the case of White vs. Murray judgement was given for the defendant.  The cow case which has been figuring in this court so long was tried, but the decision was reserved by Justice McArthur.  Even the cow is getting anxious to have the case settled.

Following is a list of grand and petit jurors drawn at April adjourned term, 1897, to serve at October term:
Daniel Willis R V Ayers
Geo. M Egeton C A Alford
Geo. W Guyton M C Lemons
John E Taylor Enoc Wingate
John G McPhaul N L Willis
James L Deariso J M Grubbs
W R Johnson John D Bozeman
T A Inman G J Walace
W C Wilder W A Murray
B B Jones C T Gleaton
D J Hancock Henry Brown
John E Houston James Altman
S M Cottle Sr C E Brown
J N Welch Thos. Coglin
J F Kimble  D H Powell

D A McGirt Gilbert G Young
W D Kenedy Daniel H Willis
Rob't McDowell Geo. W Demby
John McMichael J H Westbury
J N Kelley C W Hilhouse
John J  ouse John H Kemp
James Buckslew G S Spurlock
Wm A Hall Wm Gibbs
Sol H Cannon Jackson Powell
Geo. W Crumb E. S. Sizemore
J C Cannon John J Ross
W D Collier Wm J Davis
R O Becknum Lott Branch
James H Kilgore  J O Perry
C W Haiston Geo. W Ellington

There is always a happy thought in the mind of Mrs. L O Futch, and she never misses an opportunity to add to happiness of the dear people who call her "neighbor."  The party she gave her young friends Monday night was not an unusual one for her, as she has a pleasing way of entertaining her guest.  Then she has the assistance of her husband, sons and daughters, who are also excellent entertainers.  The party acted real nicely, and all enjoyed the entertainment.  The following couples were present: H D Smith and Miss Cora Woodard; Joe Shingler and Miss Mand Yancy; J H Vinson and Miss Mattie Burke;  W M Burch and Miss Nettie Horn; Ed Horne and Miss Hattie Holmes; Dr G W Cooper and Miss Maggie Hadaway; Y O Killibrew and Miss Ouida Hodge; A J Wells and Miss Mark Beecher; A J O Forrester and Miss (can't read); Johnny Evans and Misses Vie and Rena Evans;  Miss Nannie Monk was visiting Miss Mary Futch, and was also present.  The poor unfortunate boys that went without a wing are Charlie Teagle, Sam Bette, Clair McLendon, and Legrand Gardener.  We all felt like rising up and calling the Futch Family blessed for such a reception.

Fall term Ashburn high school begins September 6, 1897.  First grade, $1.25 per month; second grade $1.50; third grade $1.75.  These prices are exclusive of any public funds. (can't read) ala 5 cent per month.  Tuition payable monthly.  Music department, Miss Ella Bacon; Primary department, Mrs. L. D. Passmore; Principal, L. D. Passmore.

It has not been long since Ashburn was so full of formality, egotism and criticism that you could not smile out of one corner of the mouth, or wear a brass button, or a nosegay without running the risk of being buttonholed and being asked if you were doing that to the glory of God, and having a sermon preached you on vanity and costly apparel at a time most inopportune.  Our bible does not tell us not to smile or try to look decent; therefore we feel justifiable in advising the young folks that it is a christian privilege to enjoy life.  A party like that one given by Mrs. L O Futch Monday night is elevating to the young mind, and loads more towards heaven than the other place.  Such work takes the place of the missionary, and leads more souls to the church than some of the meetings designed to be more sacred.  Mrs. Futch will do excellent work for the Lord if she removes from the minds of some of our young the simple error that it is a sin to laugh and grow fat.  The church has its work; the social gatherings have their work, and even the printer and the blacksmith can do their work religiously and in a way that will be pleasant to the lookers on.  Those who oppose social gatherings often throw a damper unawares on the love of our Maker.  Now a word to the young: If I was a mule I would flop my ears and be stubborn.  If I was a nice young man or a pretty girl I would submit to the wishes of my entertainers and not put upon them the hardship of regretting that I had been invited.  I would not sit in a secluded corner sandwiched with others of my sex and refuse to move when moving would add to the pleasure of the occasion; neither would I plant myself against a wall like a statue and let people read.  "Sacred to the memory of what I might have been" in my countenance.  I would not go with the mistaken idea that they desired nothing but my beautiful form to fill space.  Some of the young folks of this town are so extremely modest that they will not drink water in company because the thyroid cartilage (guzzle) moves up and down when they swallow.  Some have a good deal to learn, others will never learn it.

Married in the Woods

J. Q. Ward and Miss Eula Hill were married in the woods back of the old cemetery Sunday evening about 5 o'clock.

It was a runaway match, and they intended to keep it a secret six months, but a well-known citizen of Ashburn who was out taking his evening stroll, and enjoying the scenery and cool shades of the pine forest, stood a short way off and observed the performance.

It seems that the young couple became lovers at Dakota last Spring where she was teaching.  He is a fruit tree agent from Upson county; she is a farmer's daughter living a mile from town.  When her school was out he visited her at her country home, and love found its way.  Her father objected.  Last week Mr. Ward visited the Hill home, spent Saturday night there, and took Miss Hill to the Free Will Baptist Church Sunday.  Miss Rosa Croom went home with them for dinner, and was taken into to confidence.  Sunday evening the three went riding, came to Ashburn, and the man left the two girls with the buggy and went about hunting 'Squire McArthur.  Arranging the matter with the 'Squire, Mr. Ward returned to the buggy and drove around and came in toward the old cemetery, while the 'Squire walked leisurely out that way and they met down by the branch east of the old cemetery.  The three sat in the buggy -- one girl in the others lap -- while justice McArthur stood on the ground and performed the marriage ceremony for Mr. Ward and Miss Hill.  They obligated each other to keep the marriage a profound secret for six months.  Mr. Ward and his bride took Miss Croom to her boarding place, J. P. Newton's, where she is teaching, and returned to the Hill home and spent Sunday night, giving nothing away, leaving her as nothing had happened.

The man who was looking came to town and let out the secret.  Why they wanted the marriage to remain a secret six months is not known.  A reporter for the Advance was dispatched to Miss Croom Tuesday evening, but she refused to talk, saying she had promised not to tell.  She would not answer any questions concerning the marriage whatever.  Then we sent a man to the father of the bride, and he said they married away from home because he would not let them marry at home.  The groom has gone his way.  The bride is at her father's or with some of her lady friends in the settlement.  During the six months of secrecy she was to teach a fall term of school at Dakota.

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