While Aurora was yet young in his appearance above the eastern horizon on the morning of the 28th ult., ye scribe, in company with Miss Bessie Butler, one of our county’s most attractive young ladies, began the journey to the distant, yet well known, village of Hebron.
About then o’clock, we arrived on the picnic grounds and found an immense host already gathered. Still the crowd continued to come till about noon. Promptly at 11 o’clock the master of ceremonies called the assemblage to order in the large church house. Exercises opened with music, Miss Ada Williams, East Lawrence’s most charming young lady, acting in the capacity of organist. Prayer followed music after which the large audience was treated to able addresses from Mess John Williamson of Westville and John Culpepper of Hooker. The program for the morning exercises was completed by the sale of two quilted, by Hon. C. R. Dale, made by the Ladies Aid Society of Hebron church the proceeds to go for the advancement of the cause of education among the heathen.
Dinner was announced promptly at twelve. Hebron will always cap the climax in those things that go to please the palate of the most sensitive epicurean. A table three feet wide and seventy five feet square was entirely hid by layer after layer of the choicest edibles. All ladies occupied the hollow square formed by the four sides of the table and gentlemen partook from the outside. There was perfect order, and the editor ate as much as he could get out with safely. In fact, about all that we left in our vicinity was a greasy newspaper containing an advertisement of the W. L. Douglass Shoe. After hunger had fled from every individual, the table had not been delivered of its burden, and there was more than enough for all.
The more we learn of Hebron the more we love her. This little village is certainly a progressive center of our county and other places would do well to take lessons from it. Here we find the genuine and unadulterated article of progress. The people are justly proud of their school, a school that would be an honor to any city. Already educational enlightenment, the effect of the school, is read on every countenance. Morality and Christian living is also a striking feature of the community, We find here the largest Baptist church in our county.
Our trip is one long to be remembered, and we trust we shall heve the opportunity of visiting Hebron again in the near future.