News from The Cartersville Express

The Cartersville Express
Cartersville, Georgia
September 30, 1869, page 3
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The Graveyard Question.

Mr. Editor--- I see in your issue, of last week, an able communication in reference to the graveyard, on the hill, in the rear of the Baptist church.—You will pardon your correspondent, as he is one who never writes for the public eye, and would not now, if he did not feel so deeply interested.—“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”  Every one who has a calculating mind can readily see, by figuring a little, that half an ace of ground is insufficient for burial purposes, in a town with such a population, present and prospective, as Cartersville.  It is absurd to insist upon the enlargement of the ground at its present location.  The absolute immediate necessity for the city authorities to go forward and secure grounds suitable—affording ample room for white and black—laid off with system and order, may be conceived by all, if they will examine the case.

1st.  Small limits of the present grounds.
2nd.  That they are burying outside of their limits largely, trespassing upon the lands of others.
3rd.  The fact that they are burying them at the rate of three or four a week.
4th. The population and growth of the place—its actual demands.
5th The promiscuous and confusing manner of the present burying ground—white and black, all mixed together.
6th. Locality of the present grounds.  In the finest location in town, with families settling all around.  Now your correspondent is no complainer; he simply asks for justice and protection at the hands of the city authorities.  To them he owes allegiance, pays his tax, and with a clear conscience he demands it at their hands.  Will they longer allow a nuisance to be perpetuated at his door?  He asks that it be stopped.



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