Legendary writer Mark Twain to launch news magazine

Twenty-five years is a long gestation period for an idea, but that is exactly how long Samuel Langhorne Clemens (aka Mark Twain) has thought about his new idea for launching an unusual national magazine to be published monthly and due to start as soon as possible.

His new magazine would be called “The Back Number.” Twain did not explain how he came up with that name. He has sought the assistance of numerous publishers, including John Walker of Cosmopolitan magazine. Twain has not revealed exactly who would publish it, yet.

Plantation heiress kills herself on fears fiancé died in Civil War

Sara Elizabeth “Bess” Hambrick, 20, took her own life last evening, after retiring upstairs to her bedroom, following supper with her father, mother and brother in their elegant dining room at the Hambrick Plantation house 14 miles west of here.

Her father, Burrell Hambrick, had discussed many things at the meal, including deeding 3,000 acres of his 3,200-acre Hambrick Plantation to his 57 former slaves. Hambrick said it was only right that the slave families who worked with him to build the plantation should be entitled to live comfortably on the land and to farm it themselves since they are now free.

Was Como, Mississippi home a Sears & Roebuck mail-order mansion?

As rumors of a Korean conflict move quickly throughout the world, there is another type of rumor that began zipping throughout our own local world, way down here in Como this week. This local rumor darts from one citizen’s ear to another. Spoken as fact; defended as rumor. So, is this rumor heretical hearsay or historical honesty? Hard to verify. The ears in our town are evenly split over the matter.

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This controversy began way back in 1919. One of this area’s successful farmers, Mr. John E. Maddux, 42, and his wife, Willie Mae, had to make a major decision in their lives.

American Civil War veteran is the tallest man ever known

Henry Clay Thruston, 79, who was – as all of us in these parts know – the tallest man in the American Civil War and who now resides here, has just returned from a trip to Memphis for a Confederate veterans reunion.

Even at his current age and standing in his stocking feet, Thruston (pronounced Thooston), now – as then – soars to 7 feet 7 inches tall.

Many of his shorter fellow veterans who have grown old and stooped in the 44 years since the end of the War still marvel at his erect posture and his incredible height. He moved through the crowd head and shoulders above the vets he went to war with. Wearing his trademark beaver stovetop hat, he seemed even taller.

Brain illness kills wife and unborn child of Colonel Eli Lilly

Emily Lilly, the beloved wife of former Union Army Colonel Eli Lilly, 28, who has the Bowling Green Plantation 10 miles east of Port Gibson, died suddenly Monday at her home from what her doctor calls “congestion of the brain.” She was eight months pregnant, so the child was lost, too.

Her doctor said he did everything he could to save both the mother and her unborn boy but to no avail. The entire family has had bouts with malaria for the past several weeks. Colonel Lilly and his 5-year-old son, Josie (Josiah), are totally grief stricken but have recovered from the malaria.

This tragic and untimely death of Mrs. Lilly is just the latest in a series of misfortunes to befall the Lilly family over the past year since they settled in Mississippi from Indiana.