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Mr. Simpkins gazed at t$e portrait
on the wall till his eyes filled -with
tears. It was a portrait of his father,
Colonel Simpkins, who had four times
been promoted for valor during the
Civil War and had died bravely on the
field of action. Mr. Simpkins' throat
ached now for two reasons: First, he
reverenced and adored the memory of
his father; secondly, his age and hs
eyes and his game leg wouldn't let him
go to wsr himself. And as he observed
'he martial bearing and uncompromis
ing gaze of Colonel Simpkins he saw,
in imagination, the khaki clad lads of
the new generation marching forth and
crossing three thousand miles of sea to
fight, maybe die, for liberty.
Mr. Simpkins peered around to make
sure that neither Bess nor John (who
were at the teasing ages of sixteen
and seventeen) were where they could
see im, then he straightened and
threw his right arm up for a salute.
But his gouty shoulder twinged, and he
groaned. He couldn't even salute.
"Damn 1" said Mr. Simpkins, and
with his other hand fiercely twirled his
He turned and dimped into the- li
brary and sat down ereakily before the
mahogany desk on which were lying
the lanks for his income tax state
ment, blanks which he had rather
grumpily got from the Internal Reve
nue officer only that day after lunch
een on his way home from the club.
Mr. Simpkins' income for 1917. had
amounted to just about $15,000, and he
had been rather snappy on the sub
ject of taxes ever since he had discov
ered that the more income a man has
the greater the perceatage of it he
pays in taxes. He could think of sev
eral men who, like himself, were mar
ried and had two children, and yet,
although their incomes were nearly
half of his, they would pay only a
small fraction of the amount he paid.
He gloomily drew the blank nearer
and began filling in the Information
that it asked for.
As Mr. Simpkins' income was $15,000
he had to figure out the amounts pay
able on each of the successive smaller
classes of incomes in order to arrive
at the total due from himself. He
passed over the first class who must
pay taxes, that is, single men making
over 1,000. His calculation for mar
ried men then showed up as follows:
First, they pay 2 per cent (under
the 1916 law) on all Income over
$4,000, deducting $200 for each of their
children under eighteen years. In Mr.
Simnkins' cene this wsn a212. which he
He saw next that, under the 1917
law, married men pay an additional 2
per cent. on all over $2,000-with the
same allowance for children. This
added $252 to his "payable" column.
He then observed that for every
$2,500 jump in his income over $5,000
he had to pay a Surtax, the percentage
growing larger with each jump. This
was $250 more added to his burden.
And on top of all this came an "Ex
cess Profits" tax of 8 per cent. on all
"occupation" income over $6,000, mak
ing $720 more.
The total, then, he must pay was four
teen hundred and thirty-four dollar-.
"Whew !" exclaimed Mr. Simpkins
angrily. "There's young Henry Wil
kins, who married Jake Johnson's girl,
he makes $2,000 and he doesn't pay a
cent. of taKes. I guess this Is his war
as well as mine !"
Thinking of young Henry Wilkins,
he remembered that Mrs. Wilkins went
every afternoon to make bandages for
the Red Cross and that Henry, who
was a lawyer, was aiding the Local
Draft Board with its questionnaires.
"Well," he admitted to himself,
"that makes a difference."
He thought next of Judge Willough
by, whose income was about $3,000.
"He only pays $20," commented Mr.
Simpkins, not quite so angrily this
time; and then a thought struck him
and he sat up rigidly in his chair.
Judge Willoughby's son had been
drowned on the Tuscania when it was
submarined with the loss of two hun
"Judge Willoughby gave his son to
America," muttered Mr. Simpkins.
He leaned forward suddenly and put
his face in his hands.
Foi a long time Mr Simpkins sat
very still in that position. There was
no sound in the library except the
ticking of the tall clock and an occa
sional trill of laughter from the chil
dren skylarking upstairs. The square
of light on the carpet gradually with
dre.w itself through the window, and
first twilight and then darkness settled
in about the quiet, white haired, some
times irascible old man.
Mr. Simpkins was thinking things
which he would never afterward speak
of, he was thinking things that were
too sacred ever to be put into words.
But some inkling of his thoughts may
be found in his rejoinder to Mrs.
Simpkins when that placid lady came
in and turned on the lights, and asked
Mm whether he was .Jy for dinner.
"Judge Willoughby's only son was
worth as much as fourteen hundred
and thirty-four dollars, wasn't he?"
Mr. Simpkins demanded of her.
As his wife, who was not unused to
his superficial irritations, watched him
in mild astonishment, Mr. Simpkins
limped out to the hall and took his
old felt hat i.nd si ild . e
from te tat rucL. "eAma nma_zwr bu1t
into the foggy evening, he tapped his
way down to the corner, and mailed his
income tax statement and chech with
his own hands.
"Now, God be thanked." said' Mr.
Simphi:: as the lid clanked shut over
his missive, "I can do this much for
my country, anyhow.'
What Your Quarters Will Do.
If you have an Idea that your quar
ters won't help win the war and do
lots of service when invested in War
Savings and Thrift Stamps, just look
over this table. The "little bonds" are
translated Into terms of soldiers'
equipment. Here's how they stack up:
1 Thrift Stamp-Five bullets.
1 War Savings Stamp-One pair of
1 War Savings Stamp-Two woolen
1 War Savings Stamp-Four winter
1 War Savings Stamp-One steel
helmet and $1.14 over.
1 War Savings Stamp-One shelter
tent and part payment on overcoat.
Those quarters will do the govern
ment lots of good. And remember,
you are not giving them away, but
lerding them at 4.27 per cent interest,
--- W. S. 8.
"TO CREATE AN ARMY"
P. M. Rea Explains the Purpose of the
War Savings Committee.
Charleston, S. C.-"The members of
county war savings committees are
devoting considerable time and -rou
ble to this inspiring cause," stated P
M. Rea, vice-director of war savings,
who has just returned from a trip to
several counties, "and the people of
the counties in our state should co
operate with the committees.
"The purpose of the War Savings
Committee is to create an army of
savers who will, by saving, release
labor and materials for the use of the
govePnment in the war, and who will
lend their savings to the Government
t4p prosecute the war. To no call
should the people rally with greater
W. S. S.
That pot of gold at the end of
he rainbow has never been
FARMERS CAN HELf
1They Will Take The Leaden
ship," Says Secretary
n an appeal to the farmers to pu1
their savings into Government Wai
Savings Certificates, Secretary of Ag
rl*ulture Houston stated:
"It is the patriotic duty of ever
citizen who is in a position to do s<
to- invest in War Savings and Thrif
Stamps and thereby help the Natioi
to win this war. The purchase o
even a twenty-five cent Thrift Stam
is a definite contribution to this ~end
"War Savings and Thrift Stampi
foster the habit of thrift in small ex
penditures, make it possible for near
ly ,every one to purchase what are i
reality small Government bonds, an<
ofer a unique opportunity to the pec
ple at once to help their Governmen
and to economize conveniently for thi
purchase of the best investment se
cutities in the world.
"To win this war we must hav
both men and money. I'know tha
every farmer wants to do everythinj
in ,his power for the Nation in .thi
dayi of trial. He will not only labo:
to 1produce the necessary foodstuffj
but- will also generously contribute o
his means to make it possible for thi
men at the front to achieve victory
I ain confident that the farmers of thi
lan4 will not permit any other clasi
to take the leadership in supporting
the. Government in this crisis, finan
cially or otherwise."
---W. S. S.
PEOPLE VS. GOVERNMENT
'As the people reduce their ex
pe'nditures for personal comforts
and luxuries, aid put their surplus
eargings into Government loans,
they transfer their buying power
to the Government. Two millions
a day saved and loaned to the Na
tion -means two millions to be spent
by the Government to win the war
instead of by private citizens for
---w . S. S.
found but then--it was nevej
been advertised for in Th(
News and Herald.
Miss Marie Douglas spent the week
end with Miss Margaret Sterling.
Miss Eladia Solis, of Tampico, Mex
ico, is visiting Miss Macie Stevensoi
Born to Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Wilke4
March 30, a son.
A miscelaneous shower was give
to Miss Macie Stevenson by the La
dies Society of New Hope, at the hom
of Mrs. W. B. Douglass on Frida
last. Miss Stevenson was the re
cipient of many pretty and useft
The Dew Drops society held thei
meeting last Sunday. Misses Stever
son and Solis added interesting nun
bers to their Easter program.
Miss Eva Simpson spent the weel
end at home.
r.I Charlie Stevenson and Mis
Macie Stevenson spent a day in tow
Mrs. Y. G. Lewis spent the weel
end with her mother, Mrs. Millen, a
Mrs. W. L. Reid gave a party o
Saturday afternoon in honor of he
son, LoT-ry, whose birthday was cele
brated. A large number of childre
were invited. Games were played an
refreshments were served.
Miss Mattie Thompson, of Cheste:
1as been visiting her niece, Mrs. R
Mr. Bruce Douglass has returne
home from Chester, where he has bee:
attending the high school.
Mrs. Ida Shed has returned hom
after an extended visit to friends an,
relatives at Strother and Monticello.
Mr. John Shirley spent Monday i:
The Ladies' Misisonary Society wil
hold its regular meeting on Wednes
day afternoon at the church parlor.
Mr. John Sterling. of Blackstock
has been visiting his mother, Mrs. 'T
Miss Margaret Sterling entertainec
a few friends at a Rook party given a
her home last Saturday evening.
Mrs. Lizzie Stevenson spent a da:
at her old home at Jackson Creel
Dr. John Douglass and Dr. Rober
Douglas have been visiting the for
mer's brother, Mr. T. J. Douglass.
Mr. J. D. Harden and Master Jame
Harden spent a day last week in tov
Mr. J. E. Stevenson spent a day i
K town last week.
Mrs. J. E. Stevenson paid a visi
MEETING OF FAIR
1 BAPTIST A
The Fairfield Baptist
r met with the Ridgeway Bapast
Church on Saturday and Sunday,
March 30th and 31st.
There was a good attendance of
1reachers and laymen, especially from
Winnsboro and Columbia.
S The several subjects were discussed,
n though the appointees were not pres
ent. -It was a great privilege to have
with us Dr. Quisenberry, who has
t spent about a year in China, Russia,
and places over the water. He spoke
on the "Special Claims of the Foreign
r "Mission Board in the Present Crisis."
- Then again at 8 p. m. on "The Chil-.
i dren of China," especially to the young
folks, but deeply interesting and in
structive to all.
Then Sunday at 11 a. m., Dr Light
foot, Baptist pastor of Camp Jack
son, preached a great sermon, or as
he put it, a talk about the "soldier
1 boys." The talk can't be described.
We are all glad that Dr. Lightfoot is
with the "boys." He the right man
in the right place.
Sunday afternoon at 3 p. m., Mrs.
1 0. J. Frier held the children's Sun
beam meeting. There was a good at
i tnedance of children, and young peo
Ple. All were interested, the children
were charmed. Mrs. Frier knows how
to get the hearts of the little ones. -
I would suggests that the parents all
be more interested in these Sunbeam
societies, it is their real duty to their
children. Go, throw off care' for - a
while, and be happy vith the' little
FOR SALE-A few nice milk cows
with young calves. Prices reasonable..
M. W. Doty 39
FOR SALE-Barred Plymouth Rock
and Brown Leghorn eggs, $1.00 Der
setting of 13 Mrs. F. M. Gadsden,
Rockton, S. C. 39-4ap