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JIM: Admonitions & Advices from 110 years ago, Adair Co., KY
PROLOGUE: Having taken up the mantle of poor health and discovering the fit exceeds that of the emperor's new threads, I find myself honor-bound to make the most of the wearing thereof, even at the cost of cutting short today's column. Sic semper hypochondria! - JIM
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The mid-November 1904 issue of the Adair County News brimmed over with Good Wholesome Advice.
First up came a stern admonition against talking in church. Sharply advised the paper, "It is not only bad manners, but very annoying to the minister," followed by the coup de grace, "people...will turn their heads to see who your parents are." Keeping with the religious theme, another short article noted the complaints of local ministers about light attendance at their prayer meetings. Opined the News, "The prayer meetings are a very important service" where "more Bible information can be gathered than at the appointments for preaching." The piece closed with the no-nonsense directive, "Make up your mind to attend."
The strongest Wholesome Advice, however, related to a current rage, the "bad business" of tick tacking, a practice which "often frightens those for whom it was not intended, and frequently ladies are scared almost into hysterics." Not only that, it "often leads those who practice it into trouble." Admonished the News, "The practice should be stopped." (One must wonder how many of these juvenile miscreants went on to lead productive lives and how many, much to the shame and disgrace of their families, became lawyers or politicians.)
And finally, from a column titled "A Dozen Don'ts," this thin gruel of wisdom: "Don't try to fight the devil with fire. Take a weapon with which he is not familiar." (Col. Frank Lane Wolford would have taken hot exception to this. He once told Metcalfe countian Eugene E. Newman, "It is a good plan to fight the devil with fire if you can get together fire enough.")
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