Mr. W. C. Halley was in town Wednesday.
Mrs. J. S. Ross is visiting relatives at Linwood this week.
Mr. C. A. Lacy returned home Tuesday from Greenville.
Mr. Harry Baker was up from Gaines Landing Wednesday.
Mr. J. W. Tedder Jr. was down from Richland township Monday.
Mr. W. M. Prisock was in from the Crooked Bayou country yesterday.
Mr. R. Spann is over from Stuttgart looking after his interests in this county.
State Senator R. A. Buckner, of Dermott, was an Arkansas City visitor Monday.
Esquire George Washington was down from Richland township Tuesday last.
Miss Margaret Gordon Jr. has returned from a visit to Mississippi relatives.
Mr. Sam Leake, a prosperous planter of Jefferson township, was here this week.
Mr. and Mrs. F. B. McQuithey returned Tuesday from a trip through Chicot county.
Capt. E. C. Tollinger was here this week from Greenville on government business.
Mr. Henry Thane has been elected Fifth Vice-President of the Arkansas Bankers Association.
Mrs. Fred Clark, of Rosedale, was in the city Wednesday en route for Pine Bluff to visit relatives.
Mr. Luther McQuistion, of Monticello, passed through the city Tuesday en route home from Memphis.
Little Carroll Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Smith of Greenville, is in town visiting his cousin, Louise Lacy.
Messrs. Frank NeSmith, James Fitzhugh, Ed Trippe and Judge James Umphrey, prominent citizens of Bowie township, were in the city Tuesday.
Messrs. Bass and Alf Bowles killed two fine turkey gobblers last Saturday morning in the swamp near Isaac's Lake. The beard on one of them measured ten inches.
Miss Lillian Doran left yesterday on board steamer John K. Speed for her home at Centreville, Louisiana, after a pleasant visit to friends here and at Laconia.
Judge C. H. Halley took passage on board steamer Dewey yesterday for Sunny Side, Chicot county, where he expects to remain several days with his old-time friend, J. B. Amburn.
Manager Ed Doran of the Arkansas City Dramatic Company informs us that his company will present the four act drama entitled "Because I Love You," some time next month to the theater going public of this place.
We had the pleasure on Friday last of dining with Mr. and Mrs. Thos S. Shields at their hospitable home on First avenue. The table was laden with a nicely cooked wild turkey and other choice edibles, which had been prepared under the supervision of Mrs. Shields.
Capt. W. H. Isom, a prominent planter and stock raiser of Drew county, was in our city Tuesday and Wednesday. He came here to meet his niece, Miss Lillie Isom, who arrived on the Adams Tuesday afternoon from a pleasant visit of six weeks to relatives in Marshall county, Miss.
S. E. SWEET
S. E. Sweet, son of Scranton E. and Eliza A. Sweet, was born at Eudora, Chicot county, Arkansas, December 16, 1850, and died at Trippe Junction, Desha county, March 1st, 1900. On November 21st, 1878, he was married to Sallie L. Trippe, who without children survived him. During the years 1896-7 he underwent a gradual yet thorough moral and religious revolution, and on the 24th day of Dec. of the latter year he assumed vows of membership in the M. E. Church, South. On this day he expressed himself as being more clearly happy than at any time in his passed life. His remaining life was consistent with this high profession and often filled with a deep sense of peace and joy inexpressible, and during the last weeks of suffering he even expressed surprise at this subtle peace, inward joy and glorious hope, and said to the writer, "I can't explain it, I wish I could." He passed away triumphantly and exultantly. We laid his body to rest with those who sleep and his soul took its flight to God who gave it.
It is not intended in this brief but affectionate sketch to give a study of his life, yet the subject is worthy a more thorough effort of a more pretentious author, yet to fully understand and duly appreciate a life, or real character, we must know its settings. Environments are to character what the natural elements are to plant life. Occupation, profession, avocation or calling are elements without which we cannot get a true estimate of the man. He who has none of these is not much man anyway, and he who does one thing well makes a success of life.
Mr. Sweet was a genius. He bore every mark of a man different in mold and mind from the ordinary and common place. To measure him by the ordinary rules was to overlook his genius and be blinded to his real merits and noble worth. Had he, in early life, been placed in a naval school, or had he even been given the advantages of our modern industrial institutes or schools of technology, his reputation would have been wider than the national boundaries. Without any early opportunities or educational advantages he was a mechanic and builder of recognized ability. He should be viewed in the same light as he viewed the world. He saw the world through the eyes of a master builder. He saw houses in the trees of the forests, sands of the beach, or stones jutting from the mountain sides meant buildings. He saw in cities the buildings with all their degrees of perfection or imperfections. He could detect a want of harmony in imperfect circles, defective parallels and a want of true perpendiculars as he walked the streets, imperfections here pained him like the discordant note grates on the sensitive ear of the musician.
Was such a life in vain? Has it no counterpart in heaven? No indeed! Heaven must be a delightful place to the genius in mechanics. As in feebleness he laid aside tools and machinery here, he looked forward to those palatial buildings, not made with hands, eternal in the heavens; and if we change our views of heaven from traditional and false conception that it is a place where people spend an eternity just "setting round and being good" to the more rational and scriptural one, then it is the counterpart of all that is true and good on earth. That it is place of advancement and perfection of all the good, then may each noble calling find a true place of rest and joy forever. The builder will walk among the palaces with towering domes of faultless beauty, stately grandeur and unfailing structure in endless variety and interest, and so all specialties. We shall lay down nothing but sin and distrust, while we study relations of all things to God and God to all things for "He is all, and in all."
-- F. N. Evans
Copyright 2000 by Louis Reitzammer