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think they mind the cows Sunday
and Sunday about. Beckham said
to me the other day that he believed if
been properly educated I would not
he would now be a power in the
United States Senate. All of that
may be true, but since he has not
been properly educated I woud not
be surprised to see him a nuisance
in the State prison, and to my mind
there can be no better argument in
favor of the great educational
movement that is on in the M. E.
Church South at this time, as prop
erly educated means Christian edu.
Come on, Mitford, you were doing
The entertainment given Monday
-night in the school audtorium by
the pupils of the lower grades fur
nished for 'the friends and patrons
of the school an evening of genuine
pleasure. The 'exercises were open
ed by a musical selection, beautiful
ly rendered by Mrs. John DesPortes.
Following this the pupils of Mrs.
Whitlock's room gave Hiawatha in
which Nokomis was represented by
Norwood Whitloek, Hiawatha by
Raymond Bowen, as a small boy,
and by Beverly Palmer as a larger
boy. Six little girls as Rainbow
Fairies in different colored dresses
of organdie gave a beautiful drill,
and the Indian braves, six little
boys, gay with their feathers and
war paint, closed this part of the
program with a tomahawk drill,
which pleased the audience. e
next number on the program by the
grades under Misses Best and Coop
er, pleased both old and young,
when Old Mother Goose, well im
personated by Miss Jenn'ie Lee, pre
sented her well known family in a
delightfully informal way. Several
songs were introduced in which the
children showed careful training.
In the , good-night song four little
-boys from the first grade came on
the stage dressed in pajamas, nod
ding td the music, which closed the
exercises. The teachers of tha grades
tking part, Misses Best, Caoper
s Whitlod are. to be con.
ed on thicegt trAining
which e children sh*A@ and the
success o1 the entire exercises.
Mis SarA Lowry is the guest of
Mrs. W. G. Whitlock. r
Mrs. Herbert Ruff, Jr., and son
spent a part ot iweek here as the
guests of Mrs. W. N. Ruff.
Mr. imd Mrs. Alfred Kennedy, of
Lugoff, were visitors at Mrs. A. T.
Moore's the past week.
Mr. S. P. Thomas, Misses May
and Sarah Thomas and Miss Caro
line Thomas of Columbia are in
Charlotte this week attending the
graduation of Miss Annie Thomas
at Queen's College.
Mrs. William DesPortes and her
daughter have returned from an
extended stay with relatives in Or..~
Miss Bessie Jones, of Longtown,
is spending this week with her sis
ter, Mrs. D. W. Ruff, Jr. Mr. and
Mrs. Ruff are now occupying their
new bungalow on Palmer street.
Rev. W. P. Peyton, Mr. Candee
and Mr. Burgess, of Winnsboro,
were in town on Sunday.
Mr. J. B. Frazier left on Mon
day to attend a meeting of the
*general assembly of the Presbyter
ian church in St. Louis, Mo..
Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Henderson and:
family are on a visit to relatices in
Mr. L. M. Blair was a business !
-visitor in Columbia on Monday.
Miss Valeria Blair is visiting rel
atives in Clinton.
Mrs. L. E. Wilkes was called to
ner home in Newberry county on
Saturday on account of the death
of her foster father, Mr. Will
Mrs. L. M. Bair and Mr. Frazier
Blair motored to Clinton last week
and spent several days with rela-.
Mr. David Edrington left on Mon
day for a visit in Columbia.
Mr. Frazier Blair was a visitor
in Winnsboro on Wednesday,
Mr. Ray Frazier, of Wofford Col
lege, spent the past week-end with
Miss Nelle Holcomb, who has
very successfully taught the Blair
school the past session, left on
Thursday for her home in Laurens.
Mrss. G. W. Broome and family, of
Columbia, were visitors to Mrs. C.
H. Ragsdale the past week-end.
Messrs C. S. Lykes and W. M.
Henderson left -on Weqnesday for
their homes in Syracuse, N. Y., af
ter a visit to relatives here.
rived on Monday to be a companion
to Mrs. S. N. Henderson.
'Miss Elizabeth Kerr, of Hill
crest, spent a few days with Mrs.
W. F. Mackin before returning to
her home at Blackstock.
Mrs. Earl Pleasant and children,
of Elberton, Ga. are visiting Miss
W. H. Ple -ant.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles McGrady,
f Columbia, spent the week-end
with her grand-mother, Mrs. Nich
lson, who is very ill.
Mr. Raymond, Young and sister,
Miss Annie Lee, of Hickory Ridge,
pent Sunday afternoon with Mrs.
J. 1. Young.
Mr. W. R. Whilden and several
oung boys of Columbia, spent Sun
lay with Mrs. W. F. Mackin.
Mr. Wesey Rutland, of Columbia,
;pent Sunday at home with his
Miss Ruth Mackin, of Columbia,
;pent Sunday with her mother.
Miss Mamie Bates, of Wiithr ,
ollege, is visiting Mr. andi Mrs.
r. E. Delleney.
Mr. J. W. Humphries, of Winns
:oro, is visiting his grandmother,
Messrs John anc Tom Delleney
mnd D. G. Ruff and Miss Lucy Del
leney attended the movies Satur
iay afternoon in Winnsboro.
Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Orr and Mis
es Naomi Fields, Ruby Knight and
Estelle Caraway, of Winnsboro, vis
ted the community Sunday after
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Ashford i. d
Wessrs Maxie Young and Jim
umphries and Misses Jessie Lee
Humphries, Helen Mackin, Emma
fae Young and Annie Humphries
ttended the movies Saturday eveu
g in Winnsboro.
Mrs. J. L. Shupping has ret'vned
1ome from Florida, after visiting
Mr. and Mrs. Metcalf have
noved to Winnsboro. We are sorry
o lose them as they will be greatly
Mrs J. S. Clayton, of Augusta,
a., is visiting Mrs. W. B. Wright,
Mrs. W. BtWright, Sr., spent
ast ' wek.end with her daughter,
rs. V. H. Kittles, in Campobello.
Miss Helen Bodell, of Mountville,
eturned to her home Sunday, after
pending three weeks with Miss
'lyde Coleman. I
Miss Lizzie Coleman is at home
with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.
toe Coleman, after spending the
,ast winter in Deland, Fla.
Miss Mae Allen and her friend,
riss Della Wright Palmer, of Win
hrop Coljge, were the week-end
uests of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. She!
Mrs. J. F. Edmonds, Jr., and lit
lJean Edmonds, of Abbeville, are
isiting Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Wol
Mrs. C. R. Dargeron and little
on, Roy, of Asheville, stopped over
few days with Mrs. J. F. Beam
n their way to Vidalia, Ga., to
'isit Mrs. Bargeron's parents, Mr.
.nd Mrs. A. A. Darby.
Mrs. J. A. Meetz and little Roy,
Jrs. M. D. Ogburn and little Mar..
on, Jr., spent the past week-end
vith Mrs. Meetz's parents at Peak.
Miss Julia Faucette was in Co..
umbia a few days last week.
Mr. and Mrs. W. -B. Wright, Jr.,
Lnd children, and Mr. and Mrs. J.
. Beam were in Chester Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Traylor spent
he week-end in Cross Keys with
Jr. and Mrs. Alex Hill recently.
Mr. and Mrs. D. 7. Crosby an
lounce the birth of a daughter, Lu
'ile Myers, May 5.
Mr. M. S. Lewis spent the week
nd in Chester with his family.
Messrs J. F., Philip Allen and
V. D. Cleman were visitors in Co-.
umbia last week.
Born-To Mr. and Mrs. R. M.
dann-a boy-fine, of course, none
uch before nor since. This young
ter came on May 11th and is doing
micely at the present writing. We
ire glad to welcome R. M. Jr.
Bethel school will hold its closing
xxercises on the nights of 19th and
Oth, Thursday and Friday. On
Ihursday night there will be exer
ises by the whole school, plays, etc.,
mnd on Friday night there will be
sxercises by the high school stu
lents, to all of which the public is
Prof. Parker, Mrs. L. A. Harmon,
Miss Zulee Funderburk and Miss
Sue McCain have done good work
and we expect the pupils to show off
Plutarch in his "Lives of Illustri
ous Men" quotes Diogenes as saying
that "in order to be saved a man
must have strong friends or violent
enemies, and that he is best off who
Without attempting to disparage
the philosophy of th, famous Greek.
we may observe that it would seem
to be quite plausible, at least, that
the fewer of these unpeaceful oppon
ents the better.
Probably very few people take into
account the conspicuous opportunity
which a lawyer has for making en
emies. His life may or may not !or
respond with Macbeth's frenzied def
inition of it, but it is certainly spent
in the zone of conflict; he must han
dle his client's cause fearlessly, no
matter whose feelings may be there
by wounded. He will probably have
a few good friends, however, if he
deserves them, but it is greatly to be
feared, that they will be more than
counterbalanced by the other :lass.
Disguise the fact as you may, by for
mal and polite procedure, a lawsuit,
in the final analysis, is something of
a quarrel, and therein, in a great
measure lies the necessity for "law
yers." Jack Cade said "the first
thing you do, kill all of the lawyers."
But common experience teaches that
mnm, even with full technical prepar
ation, cannot conduct their own dis .
putes with proper observance of the
amenities of debate, indeed that is
an accomplishment not always at
tained by long professional training,
and hence, it has been said that one
who undertakes to be his own law
yer has a fool for a client.
Preliminaries aside, Mr. Editor, we
respectfully ask a short space in your
columns, for brief mention of a most
remarkable man, of the lawyer class;
certainly no 'complete sketch of him;
just a few hurried reminiscences.
George Johnstone was possibly 75 at
the time of his death, and with the
exception of the last ten years of
his life, had been accustomed from
early manhood to great mental and
physical exertion. Heredity counts
f-r something; no doubt about that,
thing you do, tell all of the lawyers."
sentiment are greatly modified by en
vironment. He was occupied all of
his life in the field of "controveray."
I have at times permitted myself to
wonder how much actual change
might have been wrought in him if he
had felt it to be his duty, in early life
to enter the ministry. What would
have been gained , we need not now
enter upon largely. That he would
have been the same masterful per-.
sonality in the pulpit, as he was in
the judicial forum, will go without
saying. But would the world have
lost, for instance, those trenchant
comments on men and things for
which he is famous, and which have
been quoted, to the delight and in
struction of others, far and wide ?
Lion hearted man, his predominant
note was defiance; yet, in a small cir
cle ,and among his intimate friends,
he showed a genteness of manner:
and liindliness of disposition, which
was truly remarkable, he did not
sek friendships, and yet he was rot
ed for unwavering loyalty t o his!
friends. At times, A deed, he ac
tually seemed to enjoy alienating the
good will of others. Such are the
strange eccentricities of genius. But
withal, he was certainly an all round
man; could entertain any audience.
The writer recalls on one oc'caslnm
boarding a midnigrht train betwveen
Newberry and Columbia, meeting a
drunner coming out of the car con
vulsed with laughter; he paused lorg
enough to say, "there's a fellow in
yonder that they call Col .Johnstone
who will make you split your sides
laughing." A trait of his character
worthy of special observation was his
marked deference to women; a per
fet Chesterfield in his bearing to
Not marny people, compjaratively
speaking, can now recall the desper
ate political struggles of the white
men of the State to regain political
control, during the era of recon
struction, when all the offices of
highest honor and power were held
by aliens and strangers and ignorant
freedmen, backed as they were by
Federal bayonets. Then it was, too,
that out in the darkness could be
heard the tramp of armed men. It
was then that men like Tom Wood
ward, Feast Cameron and George
Johnstone came to the front, accept
ing hazardous leadership, appearing
unexpectedly, and without invitation,
at every radical pow-.wow, night or
day, with the cool demand for a di
vision of time. George Johnstone
was then a young man, much young
er than Major Woodward was; had
returned a mere boy, from the Con
federate Army; his education inter
rupted; the State devastated, and its
institutions of learning under radi
cal and negro control. Under these'
conditions, with a bitter feeling to
wards all things Northward, he was
sent by his father, Chancellor John
stone, across the water to the great
Scotch University, where his educa
tion was finished. Upon his return
home the campaign of 1876 was soon
on, and he was then, or soon there
after, elected to the House -if Rep
resentatives, where he certainly platy
ed a prominent part for so young a
man. Other high political honors
were bestowed upon his also.
But it is of George Johnstone, the
lawyer, that we had desired more es
pecially to say a few words. It was
at the bar that his greatest triumphs
were achieved. Here MacGregor was
on his native heath. At the zenith
of his career, his practice and his
fame were Statewide. He was en
gaged in many of the most import..
ant causes that were ever tried in
the Courts of this State. While he
was acknowledged by all to be an able
lawyer, it must be said in entire can..
dor, that his brethren of the Bar,
never regarded him as a close student
of the law. It was as an adroit man
ager of causes that he will belongest
remembered. There he towered high;
was a foeman worthy of any man's
steel; with serene confidence in his
own ability, was ready for all comers.
Young lawyers were amply rewarded
for close attention to his conduct of
an important trial. His cross exam
ination of a hostile witness was very
searching but often too severe. It
reacted on him. Hi. advocacy was
unique. In stinging sarcasm and in
imitable ridicule, he was a terror to
his opponents; with a talent for mar
shalling the facts of a case, which
compelled the admiration of all, he
could yet follow that with the most
splendid declamation. At times, in..
deed, would he remind his listeners
of George Eliot's magnificent tribute
to the genius of Savonarola. Said
she in her description of the great
preacher's oratory, that "from the
fiercest denunciation" he could "glide
insensibly into tones of the most ir
resistible entreaty." A lawyer does
not have the option to elect the
causes which he will prosecute or
defend. For the most part they come
to him ready made. A little doctor
ing must be allowed, of course. But
F. J. Cameron was doubtless joking
when he said to the foreman of the
jury, respecting a case which he had
just lost, and which the presiding
Judge had appointed him to defend,
on the spur of ,the moment; that if
he had had time "to manufacture a
little testimony" he would have
cleared him. Given the case of a
Shylock, however, seeking to rob a
hapless man "on the Rialto," and
none could excel George Johnstone in
throwing between the oppressor and
the oppressed, the shining shield of
He was indeed a restless man. To
him the rush of the torrent was far
more engaging than the flow of the
placid stream. He drew upon a
boundless ener gy with reckless prod..
igality. At last, after forty years
of tireless activity, the hammer of
Thor fell upon him; but Oh, inscruta-.
ble Providence! the fall was broken.
Napoleon said at St. Helena "a bullet
should have gotten me at Auster
litz. Death at best is tragic enough,
ample. But to halt on the very bos
om of the river, and tarry there; that
indeed is the irony of fate. For iong
his condition had been truly pathetic;
a broken and exhausted man. Final
ly, in sheer weariness of the delay,
he paid the grim boatman the hal
ance of his fare and passed over.
All in all, and with due allowance~
for inevitable human faults, which
the uncharitable may say were neith..
er few nor small, it may be truth
fuly said of him that here was as
fne a specimen of forceful American
Manhood as was ever bequeathed by
the Nineteenth to the Twentieth Cen
tury. These, Mr. Editor, are but a
few scattering thoughts, which we
have deemed it not unmeet now to ex
press, touching the career and per.
sonality of a most remarkable man.
G. W. Ragsdale.
Notice is hereby given that John
W. Cathcart, administrator of the es.
tate of Mrs. N. A. Diickey, deceased,
has this day made application unto
me for a final discharge as such ad
ministrator; and that the 12th day
of June, 1921, at 10 o'clock A. M., at
my office, has been appoisted for the
hearing of said petition.
W. L. Holley,
Judge of Probate, Fairfield Co., S. C.
May 12, 1921.
COMMUNITY HOUSE PROGRAM.
Friday night-Billy Burke in
"Away Goes Prudence." Fox News.
Saturday, 4 p. m.-Robert War..
wick in "Adventures of Hearts," also
Tuesday-Marguerite Clarke in
"Easya toGt," nas Fox News.
Everyone who has a washing machine
Washing Machine Drainers that will z
chine whenever it is conveniently ne.
circular. Also one of our Little Gian
away with the unsightly clothes line a
an ornament than an eyesore such as
out clothes is. Write for circular and
B23 West Gervais Street,
Columbia Lumber Manui
Sash, Doors and Blinds, Inte
press and Oak, Flooring Ce:
ing, Moulding, Door and Wi
We now have a trucks ervic
for your laundry and dry-cleg
return it to you on Thursday.
Sfeals the weal
the rate of a m
Only by sound insurance (
ed from losses a fire may c
premium won't break yot
We Pay Money
See Us lh
Use go od MacI
save time al
K. R. Md
DEATH OF MRS. RUBY
Th tt.MOORE OF RIDGEWAY C
Mrs. Ruby Moore, 24, wife of S. R.
M'oore, died at the Columbia hospital
at 6 o'clock last night after a brief
ilness. Mrs. Moore was a native of
Ridgeway. Besides her husband she
is survived by her parents,:' . andAn
Mrs. C. A. Reed and three sisters,
Pauline, Addie and Daisy Reed of
Mrs. Moore has been ill only a S
short time, having undergone an op-SO
*ation, and her death came asa
surprise and shock to her many I
friends and relatives.
The remains were taken to Ridge. __
way for interment.
To Charm Her Away. the
Owner of ghost-infested mansion (to ceas<
nervous guest)-Well, sleep well, old sent
mn, Lady Agnes probably will look by
in towards dawn and mo~n a bit. If said
she keeps you awake. just crow like a
rooster and you'll find she'll vanish
tns.tnny-.Enndonl Opinion. 6.
ought to have one of our
Lutomatically drain the ma
ir a faucet. Write us for
t Clothes Reels, which does
nd really is more or less of
the usual way of hanging
Columbia, S. C.
rior Finish, Pine, Cy
:e in your town. Call
ming on Monday and
Will appreciate your
Ith of the:Natton at
illion dollarsa day.
:an you be protect
ause you. A small
i, but a fire might.
ce and Realty Co.
me Down To-Day
And Order Your
dl Conntry Produce
Eggs a Speclalty
o Watkius Products
Id here. Phone 170~
~tless Meat Market.
I persona holding claims against
estate of Jane A. McConnell, de
ed, are hereby notified to pre
them within the time prescribed
aw; and all persons indebted to
estate to make payment.
A. B. Cathcart,