Meaning of word "Jimplecute," given to Public Name of Paper Printed for Years in Jefferson

Jefferson, March 17.
The word "Jimplecute" is a name to juggle with, for it was made by the juggling of words and its history is that of a time when fate juggled with the life and death of a city. All kinds of memories have been stirred up in Jefferson by the transfer of the Jefferson Jimplecute to its new owners from the family which owned it for 61 years.
The Jefferson Jimplecute, third oldest paper in Texas, is to become modern, just as Jefferson, the former gem of the lake, is becoming modern. But the strange name has a way of pullig the residents back into the past, to the day when commerce rode on Caddo Lake and Jefferson thought it was big enough to snub a railroad.
Manufactured out of a collection of ideas, the word has caused much guessing as to its linguistic ancestry, and when Miss M.I. Taylor, who has been the deitor of the Jimplecute since her father gave it to her in 1894, turned the paper over to the Marshall News-Messenger Publishing company, the guessing and the question about the name were renewed.
Origin of Word
As far back as 1875, Ward Taylor, who founded the paper, felt compelled to publishe a pamphlet explaining the origin of the word. In this he said: "Since the compilation of the word "Jimplecute," the curious, the thoughtless, the thoughtful, the learned, and the unlearned, have been curious to kow the significance of the word. The linguist of renown has failed to find any trace of the word in any language, live or dead.
"We have at last decided to place before our readers an origin of the owrd and let those who have characterized the word as meaningless see how far wrong they were. We doubt if there is a name carreid by the entire newspaper fraternity that has more significance than the Jimplecute. It is the friend of all the elements that build up the country. It is absolutely free from politics. It is a friend of labor, likewise capital. It advocates industry and greatest of all advocates friendship and unity between every interest.
"When written out the Jimplecute reads as follows: "Join, Industry, Manufacturing, Planting, Labor, Energy, Capital (in), Unity, Together, Everlastingly."
Refused Rail Line
"We leave with pride and satisfaction the explanation of the word that has so long been slandered as being meaningless and unprounounceable. To all such, the Jimplecute sends its greetings and in the kindest spirit says 'he who laughs last, laughs best' ."
But Jefferson apparently did not build its future on the sentiment fo the word, because when the Texas and Pacific railroad came along residents of the city refused to permit the tracks to enter the town. The railroad passed up Jefferson and made other cities prosperous. In those days Jefferson had a population of 30,000 and enjoyed a lively water traffic with New Orleans. The latest census gives it 2,800.
The town is undergoing a regeneration, however, and appears to be returning to its former prosperity. On March 1 a "progress banquet" was held to mark its recent growth. And the Jimplecute soon will occupy new quarters and will become a semi-weekly.

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