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THE MAKER OF BANDAGES
A diamond is not the hardest thing
in the world. A diamond will cut
glass and bore through case hardened
tempered chrome steel, but glass and
steel, the d1iamond itself too-are soft
compared to some things.The hardest
thing in he world is a hard woman.
Mrs. Britt was such a woman.
I have seen hard women in my time.
but rever one who was herder. She
smile : -eldom, and when she smiled it
was like the glitter of ice. She spoke
in-requently, and wher she spoke her
speech was the tinkle of hail on slate
roofing. She did not look as if she had
L-e- wept in her life.
Every morning Mrs. Britt appeared
at the Red Cross auxialiarv in upper
, t arriv
in the morning, the last to leave at
night. No one knew much about her,
though. She was not the sort that
make confidences. But th.t she was a
work-r-a hard worker-no one would
dispute. Efficiency, as you would sup
pose, was a trait of Mrs. Britt's.
Efficiency-dreadful word that!How
often hard women are efficient! How
often efficient women are hard! She
was both, Mrs. Britt. The moment she
came in at the door she had her hat
and jacket off. The next instant she
was at her place, her mouth set, grim,
austere and hard-hard at work.Prob
ably she did her work only from a
sense of duty. Hard wonten always
profess that trait. Duty, duty! But,
then, few women are as hard as Mrs.
In contrast to her was Mrs. I'arlow.
She was soft and womanly and gentle
-the exact opposite. She was not
very efficient, of course, thou1rh she
tried. - Day after day Mrs. Farlow
sat a': the work table, her mouth quiv
ering. smiling wistfully, the tears
starting in her eyes. The bandages
that came from her were often soiled
and rampled,opoorly sewn, too, by her
poor little trembling fingers. It was
a worder she could even see to sew
at all. Again and again what she
turned in had to be thrown away.
But no one reprimanded her. No
one ever let fall a hint that she was
more of a burden than a help. The
hearts of all those women. ached with
womanly pity for the poor, stricken
mother. Once in awhile, though, in:
her corner at the back of the room
Mrs. Britt would turn around and
throw a glance at her. The glance*
was as hard as rocks-harder, in fact.
Mrs. Farlow had a son in the Rain
bow division. The son was the oldest'
of her four c>iMren, and until he went
away the litle mother had been the
happiest woman ,in he world. Now any.
day he might be ordered off to France.
His picture was in the locket she;
wore. Every half hour she would stop.
her work to look at it. Sometimes, her'
face wistful, she would show it to the.
other workers, voicing the anguish.
that with every waking breath she
drew twanged hollowly in her moth
One afternoon Mrs. Farlow's oldest
daughter came hurrying in. Her face
was white. She had just learned that~
the Rainbow division ha4 been order
Mrs. Farlow rose, her face tragic.,
One glance she gave about her, then
she collapsed, sinking to the floor. In
her fall she overturned a huge pile of
antiseptic gauze just torn into squares
for Triangulars No. 13.
The room instantly was in confu-.
sion. Instantly every one sprang to
the mother's aid-that - is, every one
but Mrs. Britt. She rose and rescued
the bandages under foot. Then, her
face hard as nails, grimly Mrs. Britt
wen back to he. work. When Mrs.
Farlow, still stricken, was led away to
her car outside the drab figure in the
corner was plugging away as mechan
ically and methodically as ever. The
one glance she threw over her shoul
der at the weeping woman was almost
A htard woman, Mrs. Britt; a heart
.less ume, too, it was agreed.
For days nothing was seen at the
:auxiliary of Mrs. Farlow. It was un
-derstood that in her grief and appre
*hension she was j.U in bed. Then one
~amaraoon , pallid and quivering, she
me in at the door, She smiled wist
'fully when the others gathered about'
her. "Let me work," she appealed
plaintively. "Work may help me not
She took a bandage and tried to
sew. She made poor work of it, how
ever. Then her head sank on her
breast and the bandage slipped from
her hands. "I can't--oh, I can't!"
Once more she was lead away.
The same thing happened three or
four days later. A week later the
mother wandered in again. By now
the first of the troops were in the
trenches, and her pale, transparent,
face was like a wraith's. She took a
banda.ge; she tried to sew, and for a
third time Mrs. Farlow gave in.
"Oh, my boy, my boy!" she wailed.
- et >astant a face was thru-t
inohr.The face was Mrs. Britt's,
and the hard. bony, visage was quiv
eing with ill concealed anger and con
Britt. With one hand she thrust Mrs.
Farlow back on her chair; with the
other she thrust at her the half fin
ished bandage. Her tone as grim as
her face, she spoke, and again the
sound of it was like hail pattering on
slate. "You're not thinking of yout
son," she said. -You're just thinkin
There was a murmur of remon
strance. Mrs. Britt heard it. and shc
flashed a look about her. But wher
she spoke it was to Mrs. Farlow she
"You're not the only mother in this
war," she said. "If you thouiht a lit
tle more about them and a little les
about yourself you'd be doing some
hing. You'd be helping your son. fo:
"Why, what do you mean?" gaspef
Mrs. Britt smiled aather adamant
"Your son wouldn't die for want o'
care. Any one of those bandages I'v<
seen you ruin might save his life. Ani
one of them might save the life oJ
some other mother's son."
Mrs. Farlow shrank as if she ha.
been struck. She'd never thought of i1
that way before.
The silence, the grim reserve. whicf
had cloaked Mrs. Britt seemed for z
moment to quit her. I "have no son,
she said, her flinty voice biting out the
words. "I had one, but he died al
Guantanamo. It was in the Spanis!
war," snapped Mrs. Britt, "and ther(
were no bandages-nothing. That's
why he died. That's why I am her(
now. It's to keep otlpr women-moth
(rs-frm becomin, tle scr: of wom
an I am." A harsh. brit:] laugh es
<caped her. "Oh. I knov: w.au. iou thinv
of me. I've heard what you said.
Well," said Mrs. Britt, "my son would
n't have died like that maybe if I had
n' sat around sniffling and snuffling,
never doing a thing."
Then, her lips drawn into a bony
smile, she glanced about her once
more and stalked back to her place in
That night Mrs. Farlow rose from
her place at the bandage table and
.ot ght the table at the back. For the
first time that day Mrs. Farlow had
managed to create half a doren ban i
ages, none of which had to be thrown
away. Timidly she held out a hand to
the drab, dingy figure in the corner.
"I-I've done better. today," she
Mrs. Bri+t looked up at her. Out of
the cornE r " one glassy eve some
thing welled, then fell, running slowly
own her cheek.
"He was only twenty. He was all
had," said Mrs. Britt.
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the woman's tonic, in
the treatment of many
troubles p~eculiar to
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"Well Fitted Glasses"
T. A. W. ELMGREN
Optometrist and Optician
1207 Hampton Street
Columbia, South Carolina.
J. B. JO.NES DIES AT INFIRMARY :th
Mr. I. B. Jones, a well known busi
ness man of this city, died at the
Florence Infirmary last night follow
ing an operation for appendicitis. It E
was said that peritontes set in after
the operation, causing his death. '..
Jones became ill on Monday andi on
Thursday :s p:ysicn wh
to enter Infirmary. His rather sudden
death came as a great shock to the
family and to his numerous friends
in Florence. The remains will be
taken to his old home at Winnsboro th
tonight. and the funeral and inter-e
ment will be held here tomorrow. E
Mr. N. P. Jones, father of the de
ceased and Messrs. J. V. Horne ant,
E. R. Horne, brothers of the NIrf. C,
Jones, all of Winnsboro arri%-ed her i tz
yesterday nnd with the family wiil
accompany the body to Winnsboro.
Mr. Jones was 49 -cars old. He
was born in Kershaw County. When:
a young man he entered the service ti
of the Singer Sewing Machine Con-;
pany, and has been one of the most
faithful as well as successful employ
ees serving the company in his home
town, later at Columbia and Chester t
and finally at Florence. He moved je
here in 1907. Mr. Jones was active i
both in business and in church affairs,
and was a member of several frater- m
nal organizatior.- L. di
Mr. Jones leaves a widow and the
following children: Lieutenant Luther;
Jones of the United States Marines;d
Miss Mamie Jones and three small F
boys, Leslie J. B., and James. aged
eight, ten and twelve respectively.
CAMPAIGN TO CONSERVE CHIL
Conservation is the war measure. J
For the saving of di.ffrent kinds of,
food a whole adininistraion has been Tc
created but we have been in war a of
year and it rem..ins fer this committee e
to start a campaign for the conserva
tion of all-children. The success de
pends upon reaching the greater num
ter of children. This is what our com
mitee is paricularly able to do-. We
must see that the children of the pre
children wi llaebks aonitptorteoniaaoi te
sent are properly prepared to take the m
place of those who are bein n.owed la
down in Europe. These chilkren will
be asked to solve the many social and
economic difficulties developed by th,--;
war. If there is any greater patrio- P
tic duty for our home guard than toF
safe guard the welfare of the nation's P
children. It is estimated that '200,000 in
from preventable diseases. We hope
to save 100,000 lives this year. South
Carolin'a quoto is f,149, under the;
Tou may apply to Miss Julia 'd. Ir
by at Laurens, S. C., Chairman of
the Department of Child \w elfare, \ 0
en's Committee, or to Childrer
-au Washington, D. C.. for cards for
After the nation's soldiers are pro
vided for the second year of the' war
hould be dedied by the civilian p- p
lation to preserdine the lives of the
With the high cost of everything
hat will enter into the -production
of the present crop, you cannot
afford to be without protection
against hail, by insuring with the
Fairfield Mutual Hail Insurance
R. Y. TURNER, President.
HUGH S. WYLIE, Secretary
OR SALE-Two hundred bushels of
peas. Several pure varieties, bal
ane mixed peas. W. L. Kirkpat
FOR SALE-Two 1916 Model Ford
Touring Cars in good condition.
Aiken Motor Co., Winnsboro, S. C.
MR SLE BY
OBEAR DRUG COMPANY
The News and Herald will carry
short announcement cards in each is
sue from the date of insertion till
the irst Primary. For County offices
the charge will be S5.00; for State
and District offices the charge will be
$7.50. These charges are payable in
For County Superintendent of Edu
I hereby announce myself a candi
date for the office of County Superin
tendent of Education, subject to the
rules of the Democratic primary. I
pledge myself to abide by the result
of the primary and support the candi
dates of the party. Having had 15i
years' exprenfce as a supeintident
of~na sTh, fel qaua'tified te seus' in
Thos. M. Seawell.
I am a candidate for reelection to
e office of County Superintendent of
lucation, subject to the action of the
W. W. Turner.
> th Democratic Voters of the Fifth
I respectfully ask to be renomina
d and re-elected to Congress from
is District and agree to abide the
sult of the Democratic Primary
I will not be able to spend much
ne in the District this summer, be
use of the great amcan; of impor
nt legislation growing out of the
ar situation, but will attend meetings
the District whenever possible. it
absolutely essential for Congress
en to be at their posts at this
Me. W. F. Stevenson.
I hereby announce my candidacy for!
e office of County Supervisor, sub
et to rules governing the primaries
I pledge myself if elected to give
y entire time and energies to the
aies of the office.
J. G. Wolling.
I hereby announce myself a candi
Lte for the office of Supervisor of
airfield county, subject to the action
the Democratic primary.
M. C. Boulware.
I hereoy annouce myself a candi
te for th. office of Supervisor, :ub
ct tz the action of the Democratic
-imary. pledging myself, if .leced,
give all my time to the duties - f the
Rce (public roads, bridges, institu
nduct the affairs of our county in
e most economical manner possible.
G. G. Steele
Believing that the people should in
rest themselves in selecting the best
en to represent them in the Legis
tur, we, the many friends of Mr. J.
Hanahan, believing that he pos
sses qualifications in every way
ting him for the office respectfully
,esent his name to the voters of
airfield County for this important
sition, subject to the rules govern
g the Democratic Party.
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ular and my liver acts normally. Can
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3600 Main St., Columbia, S. C.
Your druggist probably sells it. I:
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men talk now of fine
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r five years, the Chan
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ist distinguished featu
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, pick-up, power and
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t of the Chandler.
der has been such
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re of the Chandler
five years of re
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