The Upson Pilot
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The Upson Pilot-July 23, 1859:
MOUNT VERNON ACADEMY
Examination and Exhibition at Mount Vernon Academy
Friday 1st, was the day of examination of the above named
Academy. The students honorably acquitted themselves and
reflected credit on their teacher, Mr. James K. Perdue;
he has had several years experience in teaching and those
who have heard his students examined can testify to his
capacity as a teacher. I do not recollect ever hearing
anything more interesting and pleasing from the little
folk than a dialogue performed by a large class of them;
and his advanced classes evinced satisfactory evidence of
a thorough knowledge of various branches pursued by them.
A barbecue was given by the patrons, with a great many
other nice things for the large audience assembled on the
occasion. The well loaded table stood beneath the far
spreading branches of the mast oak.....
The Misses Lyon and Hightower were the performers during
the day at night they were joined by the string band from
Barnesville, and also Misses Tyler and Pringle of the
same place, who added greatly to the amusement and
entertainment of all present...
An address was delivered by John White on the subject of
"Human Progress" which did honor to the youthful orator.
The closing scene was the awarding of prizes to the best
speakers and the best writer in composition; the latter
was decided by the teacher in favor of M.C.I. Crawford,
and the former by a committee. In the first class of
speakers, Charlie White took the prize and in the second
Joel T. Willis.
This Academy is now in a very flourishing condition, and
the zealous patrons will no doubt make great exertions to
increase its facilities for learning and usefulness. If
we would have our children grow up intelligent and well
informed, we must support schools and newspapers.
On Monday last, at the Flint River Factory in this
county, a difficulty occurred between a man named John
Campbell and one John Jones. Jones seized a cotton roller
and struck Campbell over the head and fractured his skull
so badly that we learn the latter died on Thursday
evening. Jones has escaped, but the officers are close on
We received a watermelon this week weighing 23 pounds,
accompanied with the following note.
We can tell the kind giver that for fear of serious
consequences in relation to such tempting fruit, we
handed over the gift to a party of ladies to be disposed
of "according to law".
Col Miller: By the politeness of Mr. Collier I send you a
watermelon. Be particular, Col -- you don't often get
such watermelons as this in the town of Thomaston!
Commence by taking small mouthfuls and as your appetite
increases take larger ones. This one is only a small
sample of my watermelons. So much Col, for having river
land. D. Womble
On Tuesday last we accompanied Edward Trayler, Esq to his
residence a few miles from town, to inspect perhaps the
larges and most prolific grape vine in the State. This
vine is the produce of a single cutting of the common
wild, Summer Grape, planted nine years ago and now yields
a sufficiency of grapes and wine to supply the wants of
Mr. Trayler's family and the guests that may visit his
The wine resembles in flavor the best Madeira. Mr.
Traylor attributes the exceeding fertility and luxuriance
of this vine to the continued proximity of an "ash
hopper" to the spot where the original cutting was
planted. We noticed it was remarkably free from the
ravages of worms and insects.
Last Tuesday Mrs. Tyus, wife of Mr. A. J. Tyus, who lives 3 miles from
Thomaston, sent a negro girl about nine years old (the nurse of Mrs. Tyus'
infant) to a well nearby on business. The girl, it is supposed, placed the
infant carelessly on the top of the well near the aperture for the descent
and ascent of the bucket. A moment after, the child tumbled over and fell
through the hole to the bottom of the well---a distance fo thirty
feet. The girl immediately gave the alarm when a negro man at once
descended and brought up the infant and restored it once more to the arms
of its mother. Strange to tell, the child escaped unhurt with the exception
of a slight cut on its face.
To the Honorable Inferior Court of Upson:
We the proprietors of the Flint River Factory, beg to offer to your
honorable body our following petition:
That the factory is a great public convenience, furnishing employment to a
number of families who would otherwise be out of employment, or out of the
County; that it is no inconsiderable market for the neighborhood in cotton,
grain, pork, beef, poultry, wood etc and hence has enhanced the price of
Lands, etc. to its most distant neighborhood are facts most cheerfully
admitted by all.
The whole public then has been benefitted by an increased amount of taxes,
the taxes of the Factory, help, increased value of lands, etc.
But we have a Public Bridge to keep up at our own private expense. This
bridge is a great convenience to the neighborhood and to the County -- is
used more probably than any bridge in the neighborhood; yet we have to keep
Now, then, your Honors, we wish you to right us in this matter,a nd put
this Bridge upon the county or exempt us from taxation. The Bridge needs
immediate attention, and we therefore suggest to your Honors, the propriety
of letting out the contract for a new one immediately.
John R. Respass, Geo P. Swift, Jas c. Respass, Wm T. Respass