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T. N1. SEAWELL & P. 1. DEES
TERMS IN ADVANCE
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THE BRAND OF SHAME.
On the outskirts of the crowd that attended
the Red Cross rally in Winnsboro Wednesday, a
man was heard to remark that he could not give
to the Red Cross because he had his children
to educate. This man is in moderate circum
stances and better able to give. than some of
those who subscribed from twenty five to fifty
dollars. His children are above the age where
they are actual dependents, one of them being
actually older than many young men now wear
ing the uniform of the nation and in active ser
vice. If there ever was a case of selfishness
personified this is it. The English language
contains no expressions capable of describing the
contempt in which such a man ought to be held
by his neighbors and fellow citizens.
To educate his children! Children who are
of such an age that if they are determined to
have an education can easily get it themselves!
And educate them with money that is actually
needed .> save the lives of soldiers lying torn;
and wounded fighting that his home and his
children may be saved from that which is worse
than death. Today in the trenches of Europe
there are soldiers slowly dying because they
have offered their lives for the safety of those
here are home. Giving freely all that they have
to save the wives and daughters of such men
as these from the fate of those women who in
Belgium and France are spoken of in solenm
voice as being "missing." Thousands of these
soldiers already lie in unmarked graves in the
tields of Flanders for this very cause. Of these
thousands there are many who today might still
be alive and happy if our people had given more
than they did. Today others are suffering and
dying because some people are educating their
children rather than save these lives. In France
and Belgum. in Roumania and Poland, in the va-;
rious lands overrun by the Germans.old men,
wom en and children are starving to death-the
babies have already been destroyed by hunger
and no help can come save from the Red Cross.
And yet there are men in our midst,be it to the
everlasting shame of the community, who will
not give. God pity the men who can pass a starv
ing baby without offering aid! God pity the
man who will not help save the lives of wounded
soldiers who are fighting to save America from
a barbarian race that has ravished the fair wom
hood of an entire nation! God pity the man
-- who can educate his children with money easily
made because of the war, while his own protec
tors and those of his home and the bodies of chil
dren of whole nations are rotting in unmarked
graves. The children of such a man should re
fuse an education at such a price.
The war-will be over one of these days, thank:
God, and probably the world will some day fo'
get all about it, but the time will never come
when the people of this town will ever forget an
action of this kind. Such men as these will in
all the years wear a brand of shame and disgrace:
that time will not efface, and their children'
will enherit unconscionsly an enheritance that
will bring only pain and anguish. Some how we
can't believe there is a place in Heaven for such
as these, for in the last day the Master shall!
say, "Depart from me,ye cursed, into everlasting
fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For
I was a hungered, and ye gave me no meat; It
was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a
stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye
clothed me not: sick and in prison, and ye visit
ed me not." Then shall they also answer him.
saying, "Lord, when saw we Thee a hungered, or
athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in,
prison, and did not minister unto Thee ?" Then'
shall he answer them, saying, "Verily I say unto
you, inasmuch as ye did it not to one of'the least
of these, ye did it not unto me."
And these shall go away into everlasting pun
A SPLENDID ACT.
Every now and then one is struck with the acts
of men and corporations that is worthy of notice.
One of these came to light Wednesday at the Red
Cross meeting, when the Winnsboro Bank gave
its Red Cross donation in the name and for two
of its former faithful employees. These two men,:
H. L. Elliott Jr., andi W. H. Flenniken Jr., were.
worthy of the honor confered on them by the
bank, and on the other hand the bank added to'
its assets of liberality and thoughfulness by the~
act. Mr. H. L. Elliott, Jr., is now in the service.'
being one of the first to go from Winnsboro.
Mr. Flenniken anso tried on numerous occasions~
to enter the army and was turned down on ac
count of his,.physical condition. Finally when he
was drafted he was refused entrance into :he!
army on the same ground. The editor Iby~ ens
to know that he is now making another effort
to get in+n the service. T wa an act worth yof
the bank and extended toward young men w1o
in our humble opinion merited the courtesy.
NO VISION- NO HEART.
It was fully demonstrated at the Red Cros;
reeting Wednesday that there are men in Winns
boro without vision. At that meeting a great
amount of money was subscribed, an amount
more than twice the apportionment asked. The
town as a whole did do well and has added to
what was done since the day of the meeting.
more than th'at a great many of those giving
gave liberally, however there were a few at that
meeting and still others since whose gifts and
offers left a blot on what had already been
done. There were subscriptions givep and offer
ed at that meeting and since ranging in amount
from twenty dollars to one hundred dollars by
men who could have given more than ten times
the amount and felt it less than the men and
women who gave small amounts. There were
several five hundred dollar subscriptions and yet
there are others in the community who can give
even more and not feel it as much. Teachers
who are working for the pitiful salary of forty
five dollars per month gave from ten to twenty
five dollars while men worth from twenty-five
to two hundrd thousand gave and offered from
twenty to one hundred dollars. One man was
heard to remark that he would not give because
it was so soon after the third Liberty Loan.
Poor deluded fool! He did not GIVE to the Liber
ty Loan. He simply at the expense of his gov
ernment made one of the best business deals
of his life.
Why will men of wealth, men who have noth
ing but money to give the government, why will
such men sell their very souls for their dollars at
a time like this! Winnsboro and other sections
of the county have men who can easily give five
times what they are offering and still give less
than the small contributor. We are inclined to
believe that it is lack of vision. It has been well
said that a people who have no vision perish. We
believe this that the people of this land who fail
to give as they should at a time like this.
hoarding their dollars when to give would mean
the purchase of life for men, women and children.
we truly believe that lack of vision in such a
time will cause their wealth to die from their
hands. The children and grandchildren of such
men suffer for. the parents selfishness and in
many instances they have been known to beg
bread when ill held fortune had vanished away.
We realize that such editorials will cause a
cry from those hit. and that as a result we will
probably lose supporters. Towever this may be
we prefer to lose the kindly feelings of the men
who fail in their duty than to lose our own self
respect through silence. What a future of re
gret for the man who fails at such a time!
We, all of us, admit the power of co-operation.
"Two heads are better than one," and granted
this we must concede that three heads are better
than v:o and four are better than three. Each
man separately stands for his own individual
force; but if a number of men join togother for
some object, their power in the community in
creases as each man joins, much more rapidly
than his personal force would warrant.
Notwithstanding our knowledge of this fact,
it is often hard to secure co-operation in local
affairs. True, co-operation means giving up one's
own preferences, subordinating one's personal
ity, considering the public good as better thar
one's own. The man who forgets himself is the
most successful in working with other people.
Every man naturally wants the best for his
town or village, but the community that achieves
the best is the one where the citizens work un
selfishly together. In other words, when we re
fer to the public spirit of a community, we sim
ply mean its capacity for organized and smooth
THE WAR AS A MELTING POT.
We hear much these days of the melting pot
as applied to the Americanization of our foreigr
immigrants. While the need has been great thai
this foreign element be fused with the national
life as quickly as possible, there is yet another
phase of American life wherein the melting pot
can render great service, and that melting pot
will be developed in the war upon 'which we have
Until recent years 'America has been distres
siz gly provincial. Not provincial as a whole, bui
prom'cial by sections. The down-easter looked
with suspicion upon anything having its origir
outside old New England. The southerner view
ed all parts of the country save the West as alier
territory, and only had a tolerance for that sec
tion because it was made up largely of his kins
men. The citizen of the Middle West has always
been convinced that creation ceased with the
completion of his territory. And so it ran. The
thoughts and customs of the various sections
were antagonistic, and it was only grudgingly
that either could be brought to admit that there
might be anything of merit come out of the
All this the war will change. We will no longer
bea -nto of man e.lements all antagonistic
and out of sympathy. We will no longer waste
our r.rgies in berating and belittling our neigh
bors. because. forsooth, they may not view all of
;e with our ey2s.
In France there are today young men from
xvery part of this country fighting side by side,
sharing the same dangers an the same death. I
As the war progrcsses their numbers are in
ceasilng. Each is learning from others. and each 1
is unconsciously learning to see life from the
uther's viewDoint. As the association progres
ses. many commont views will be developed, and
where antagonism exists, close and and intimate
contact will gradually but surely bring each into
harmony with the o-.er.
When this war is ended and our boys come
home, it will not be a crowd of provincials we
shall welcome, but an army of cosmopolitans
world citizens, we may say. These men will have
probed to the bottom the character of their fel
i(.ws and learned all there was to know of them.
And in that knowledge they will each have found
much of value when fully understood, and will
have learned to appreciate to the full the good
points of all.
The war will complete what our great indus
trial development had begun-it will make of us
at least one compact nation, all Americans to
gether, all with a common interest, a common
love and a common destiny.
CAN WE ESCHEW POLITICS?
When President Wilson asked the Congress to
.exception of a very few exceptions the response
declare a state of war with Germany, with the
was immediate and emphatic. Party lines dis
first, last and all the time. And since that date
appeared as if by magic and all were Americans
the same state of cohesion has continued, Dem
ocratq, Republicans, Prohibitionists and Progres
sives vieing in their loyalty to the administra
tion, until from the proceedings in the two houses
of Congress one would be at a loss to tell who
were Democrats and who were not.
This unanimity of action evidenced a fine spirit
of loyalty and augurs well for the administra
tion's backing for the time ahead of us. But:
next fall the general elections are coming on, and
many members will be conmelled to contest be
fore the people for their seats in that body.
There is now coming to be a large sentiment
throughout the country that in the coming elec
ions we as a people consent -to drop for a time
cur propensity for politics and return these same
TPON inward quaili
Lfrills, the man w]
always insists -and tad
Absolute simplicity of I
the quiet but unmistakal
materials smartly cut and
and through .. .. To see
suit of Kirschbaum Clot
men to the national capitol on their records. It
is pointed out that France has prorogued her
elections and continues in harness the men who
have been bearing the brunt of the war legisla
tion. This is done from various reasons. prin
cipal of which is that there may be no suspic
ion of dissatisfaction with her legislators that
might give encouragement to the enemy.
It will certainly detract from the efficiency of
the Congress if any large number of its members
are forced to make a fight-for their positions. It
would be a graceful act of the American people
if in the coming election each man who has
stood staunchly at his post and upheld the honor
of his country, were to be given his election again
as a mark of confidence tendered him by his con
stituents. Whether he be of one party or the
other, for his election to be conceded by the op
posite party would constitute one of the finest
displays of loyalty and fidelity imaginable. It
would say to our enemies that our representa
tives have faithfully voiced our sentiments in
their every act, and that we have implicit con
idence in their loyalty and integrity.
Our country is facing a stupendous task and
needs to come to this work united in sentiment
and determination. No such disturbing factors
as partisan politics should be permitted to inter
fere with our unity of action or take from our
full efficiency. During the past year we have al
most lost sight of politics, and it might be the
best thing we could do if we continue blind to its
It wouldn't be a bad idea to pift every man on
his war record and let him stand or fall by it.
Meantime, don't forget that backyard garden.
Don't imagine for a moment that the urge is
any less than last year. If anything, there is a
more vital necessity that this year every availa
ble foot of ground be made to produce food. Not
only is there a scarcity, but transportation diffi
culties render this shortage more acute in that
they make it difficult to transport from one point
to another in this country. So that in the com
ing season, the community that does not raise
its own food stuffs may face the impossibility of
obtaining them, even though they have the mon
ey to pay for them, from the simple reason that
the railroads are too over-burdened to haul them.
If you raise your living you will be sure of it. If
you do not, you at least face the possibility of a
ty, rather than outward
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