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The Sentinel-Journal Company.
TvOMPON & Rwimr. Pnol'.
J. L. 0. TroMPSoN. EDITOR.
Subscription $1.00 Per Annum.
Advertising Rates Ileasonable.
Entered at Pickenu FstofiCee 90 Second Class
mail Matter
PICKENS, S. C. I
TH1UtSDAY, APRIL 9, 1908.
"PICKENS SCHOOL TROUBLE,
Trustees make a statement in
Reply to the Criticism of the
School by the Editor of the
Pickens Sentinel - Journal.
Say School is in Good Shape.
Since the editor of the Pickens
Sentinel JoIrniel has seel fit to
criticise the entire school, tris
tees, principal, and all six teach
els, in such an unjust way, we
feel duty botind to explain the
true condition of affairs to the
puiblic, and to show the disap
proval with which the Pickens
people in general regard the ed
itors' tiradc.
We have comiposed tho board
(f trustees of Pickens Graded
School for a niuiiber of years,
and do not hesitate to say that,
in our knowledge, we have
never had a better managed
nor more thoroughly taught
school than we have under Prof.
Switteiiburg and his corps of
t(alch(rs. Any one who will
visit the school with a desire to
see how it is run will tell you
that Pickens has a good school,
secolid to n1on1e in the county.
The editor insists that the pa
tronis shall see how thier chil
dren are being taught. The
school management also invites
them to come and see. They
have even gone so far as to send
out written invitations to the
paltrols to visit the school.
They camenic and went away sat
isfied, with nothing but words
of praise. And they have not
asked for "a new deal."
Visitors are always welcome,
when they come in a spirit of
well wishing for the school.
This the editor did not do on a
few mornings previous to his
first ontburst. There appeared
in the head lines of that edition:
"Unmiercifully w~hipped. George
Edens b eatenl black. Another
child ex pelled from same grade.''
lie failed to mlenition that the
latter child was his own. He
was also misleading in say
ing that child was expelled.
Here are the facts: The parents
objected to the child's being un
der the same descipline as the
other children in school. And
on several occasions, when this
boy receis ed punishment and
received it at the hands of hie
-teacher or thei principal, ii
has brougt down the wrath of
his parents on all concerned.
For this reason, on a receni
occasion, when this boy
was disobedient to his teacher,
the matter was put into the
hands of the trustees. We mei
and sent for the boy's father,
the editor of the Sentinel Jour.
nat, and let hinm settle the mat
ter for himself. He came ani
was asked if heipreferred hav
ing the boy punished when h(
deserved it, or taking him out o~
school. Hie took him out 01
school. The school is open fo
him at any time that he wvil
allow him to be managed as th
other pupils are, I. e., gently bu
fthiny Tn thi same trst
U Yeetimv. tib(y,r'Ir af.6#I
take off his coat and work fo
the school, but if not, then h
would take off his coat and d<
everything he could to tear it up
and added: "That's the kind of i
hair pin I am." These wordi
of his accont for his last acts
He is trying to pull down th<
school and everybody connectei
with it, and the Pickens peopf
are disgusted with his exagger,
ation of another little boy's
whipping in order to vent hif
spleen over his own soreness,
and because he is unable to run
the school to suit himself.
As far as his exaggerated ac
count of the whipping of George
Edens is concerned, it does nol
tally very well with the fact tha
George was up and playing mosi
of the day after the whipping,
and after having been abseni
from school only six days, was
sent back to this "brutal teach
er,'' with not a stripe visibl(
from above his knees where hiE
trousers end to his heels, th<
space where the editpr reported
was beaten black and blue, anc
even at the date on which h<
wrote looked as if painted witl)
iodine. The remarkable free.
ness of his bare legs from stripe,
was remarked on by all wh(
saw him, and it seems that th(
editor was much sorer over hi.
own troubles than over George'.
whipping. There is an old say
ing that you can't believe every
thing that you see in a. news
paper, but that depends on the
editor. In this case it will no
do to believe the half of whal
was said. We want to say t(
the public that the school is run
ing on nicely and smoothly ir
spite cf the fearful onsaught
The boy that was whipped it
still coming, and no pupils hav<
stopped, except the editor's littlo
son whom he took away. At th<
schoolhouse you wouldn't knov
that such a tirade had ever beei
made against the school
We feel that this explanation I
due the public and we shall uo
enter into any further news
paper controversy.
J. L. Bolt,
J. T. Taylor,
R. E. Yongue,
Trustees Pickens Graded School
The above article appeared Ii
the Greenville News of the 4th
Why it was not offered to thi
paper we do not know, unles
the gentlemen thought it woul<
not be accorded a place in ou
columns; but they were in error
We accord to any person a re
ply to any of our articles.
Some pressure from outsid
sources was brought to bear oi
them, so on Monday a copy wa
sent to us with request to put>
lish. We have time and spac
to only hurriedly answer this
but will dissect it, paragraph b:
paragraph, later.
As ti' ey are so sure of patron
visiting the school, and leavini
the school satisfied, we wvouli
like for them to give day, dat
and names; also, as they hai
"nothing but words of praise,
would like for the trustees t
quote their exact "words o
praise." Facts and figure
count; we always give them an<
demand them in return-'"that'
the kind of a hairpin I am.
Now, let them be the same kini
of "hairpins," and the coni
-demnation of an outraged putl
lic willl fall less severe upo:
their heads.
Their knowledge of a schoc
never being more thoroughi:
I taught or better managed thal
3 this one "does not tally ver;
t well" with the derogatory rt
k 1iisN55i :tiE~RiiarE"iiff -or
patronst J1n (ho dj Iilt hcak from)
I onilk dvol!
r 1 Inasmuch as the trustees have
E tried to muddy the waters and
3 throw a false light on the pro
ceedings, and claim that the
editor is venting his own per
a sonal sploon, it behooves us to
defend onrself and the position
we had first taken by giving a
statement of personal matters
something that we refrained
.from at first doing, s mply be
cause the other case was a suffi
cient cause for asking for a.
"new deal.''
The facts in the case are as
follows: My boy was demerited
for some infraction of rules (?)
when the board met to investi
gate (?) and I was sent for, and
some preliminary talk and a
statement from the teacher of
the first grade as to what rules
had been broken (that of put
ting paper out of his desk into
the waste-basket and for not
knowing his lesson's and for
pinching a boy-total, 12 demer
its), and the trustees then asked
me to conduct the case, I re
fused, stating that it was their
duty to sift the matter to the
bottom. Finally, after some
talking, I demanded that the
board put up a secretary, (this
they, however, failed to do);
I also asked to see the rules un
der which the school was oper
ated. Swittenburg, who stood
by the trustees, repliQd: "We
have no written rules; we told
the children when school open
ed what our rules were; the
great and fundamental rule is
obedience." This made me
mad. I saw I stood no show;
the board was fully deter - ined
to "stand by the school and up
hold the rules," as Dr. Bolt put
it when he was appealed to. In
two days this child received 12
3 demerits "WAS A VERY, VERY
BAD BOY," as his teacher stated,
r yet his monthly report card
1 shows for the seven months he
was in school that he got from
93 to 100 on deportment. This
t child is only 8 years old, and
- how could he keep in his head
for seven months what was told
to him on the opening day of
school were "rules." I know
of partiality and favoritism in
-the school and stated part of
1 what I knew to the trustees and
.told them when all the other
s children were made to obey,
s then my child could be whipped
I too. Until they eliminated this
r partiality, and favoritism was
.eliminated, written rules adopt
- ed, and all scholars treated alike
and all made to toe the mark
e and given the same kind of pun
1 ishment, I was against the
s school; but if they would do
- this, which was a justice due
B the patrons, I would do all I
, could, etc., and added, "that is
y the kind of hairpin I am." I'
still stick to this position; I have
s proof to show for occupying this
Sposition. They said the boy
I must be whipped or they would
e expel him, or I could take him
i out, which I did-he Xs EX
'PELLED until he goes back and
a "submits to being managed as
f the other pupils are, I. e., QEN
s TLY BUT FIRMLY."
11 Thank you, gentlemen-that
s is the very thing I asked you to
'do-GOvERN ALL THlE CHILDREN
I with gentleness and firmness.
- Will you stand by this state
ment, "gently but ' firmly?"
1i When did you decide to change
front? Did you govern George
>l Edens "gently but firmly?"
yr Would hate, then, to see the
a child you would have to 'nn
down on. Gentlemen, I posi
-tively deny that I said, "if
r this mantte ega-nrdng his*
66idfivas settl'edI -ti" idW~Ktlii-.' t
In t!h (Isse :md s'pirit in pa
vhich ;.1 p i i t.. Zn(1 I ('I
Most emphatically deny that I go
want to run the school to suit foi
myself, but I do sincerely wish edi
you had accorded to me the a i
honor-if you had, poor little
George Edens' back would not foi
have borne the scars it did that th;
clay. Shame, on you, gentle- 1or
rnen, to try to quibble, equivo
Date, deny and get out of what FR
you know was your duty. f
Shame on you to have so av
ittle feeling for a mother as to Ig
riot even send her a note of sym- In
pathy, much less go and see the qu
ohild, after such a whipping as stf
was administered to flesh of her Pu
lesh-and just think for a mo
rment, you are all fathers. 18
What would you have done if
me of your children had come No
bruised and beaten with many No
P
stripes? What would you J1
lone if the trustees, who, in ti
da3
your hour of extremity, you for
bhought would prove friends, 'I
had forsaken and ignored you, Jot
as you did then, and since have, t
Ignored Mrs. Edens? She is a A
woman-a queen among wo
nmen, for she is a mother-she No
has feelings, gentlemen that
MR
you, in your uncouth, rough, Es<
hardened, masculine state will c'
never experience, though, in a m 1
measure, may know them, by ta
the heartache shown in your B I
diei
mothers' faces, as they sympa- ta
thized with you over some
wrong done you by another in
your youthful days. Gentle
men, dumb brutes, evince more at
symyathy and sorrow for the JU4
tile
hurt ones of their kind than da3
you did for Mrs. Edens. for
Trustees is it any wonder you
are censured by the many read- e
ers of this paper, for your acts,
when they have grasped the full
import of your action? Quit
your quibbling, take your medi
cine like men, acknowledge your (
error, apologize for your wrong;
call the patrons of the school to
gether and get their sentiment e(I
on this question of corporal pun- Pic
ishment and abolish it out of the 4t'
all
schools; suspend this teacher; re- )n(
sign yourselves and if you are of
in
reelected, se ve faithfully, fear- tra
lessly, and, as the petition t
recently circulated to exhonorate .ioi
you read, " to the very best of 2
your ability", and you will yet tat<
be honest, upright and honored n
men. son
Suppose, gentlemen, you read a.
this sworn affidavit: mu
"Pickens, S. C., 4th April 1908.
"We, the undersigned, hereby__
certify that we saw the stripes
and bruises on little George
Edens and also read the account
of same in THE PICKENS SENTI
NEL-JOURNAL, and that the des
cription was NOT EXAGGERATED.
(Mrs.) John D. Edens,
John D. Edens,
W. H. Wade,
(Mrs.) Mary Wade,
J. T. Wade,
Nannie Wade,
Judge M. Welborn,
(Mrs.) Judge M.Welbon
(Mrs.) S. A. Porter,orT
J. A. Cannon, M. D., i
(Rev.) B. Holder, o'
W. C. Bramlett." b
and others that we can get. JE
Does that sound like exagger- prc
ation? We cry "Wolf! Wolf!" 'tn'
when there is no wolf. J
The editor will not say that a~
he Is done; but will unfold other
things as exegencies demand.
A more detailed description of --
the case of Toomer Thompson
will be given the public later, t
and other miatters, also, that
may prove VERY INTERESTING
reading.
The trustees have our permis- a
sion to rplyI and reA hereby
r le iefenl tlemiselv:4.
o' adlvice, b-.. t up b' the
ad people of the ~ceiitWfoi
them to make an acknowl
4ment of their faults and take
iew start.
An honest confession is good
the soul and if they will do
Ls they will feel better and
Pk better.
EE Iqorrote's Puzzle FREE
ro INTRODUCE. We will give
ray five thousand of these
>rrote's Double-Cross puzzles,
tde of Philippine mahogany.
fficult and fascinating. Write
ick and inclose four cents in
nips to cover cost of mailing
zzle, that's all. Address,
DOMINOCARDS CO.,
)7 Choteau Ave., St. Louis, Mo
lice Final Settlement and Discharge
tice is hereby given that I will make
>hcation to J. H. Newbery. Esq..
Ige of Prolbate for Pickens county. In
state of South Carolina, on the 7th
of bay, 1908, at 11 o'clock in the
enoon, or as soon thereafter as said
>lieation (an be made, for leave to
Le final settlenient of the et-tate of
F. Smith deceased, and o')tain
Iharge tis admiristrator of esfi-t es
S. 0. Skelton,
Lpril 9, 1908. Administiator.
lice Final Settlement and Discharge
lotice is hereby given that I will
ke application to J. B. Newbery,
I., Judge of Probato for Pickens
mty. in the stnte of South Carolina,
the 7th day of May 1904, at 11 o'clock
Ahe forenoon, o as soon thereafter as
I application can be heard, for !ive
make finnl setlement of the Mr *
ijamin Terrell, deceased, anr'
,harge as administrator of
A. L. T
piiil 9th 1908. Admi,
lice Final Settlement and L1 e
'otice is hereby given that I will t. ike
clication to J. B. Newbery, Ei-q.,
Ige of Probate for Pickens county, in
state of Sonth Carolina, on the 7th
of May 190S, fit 11 o'clock in the
Pnoon. or as X- o i thereafter ab sail
>lication canl be heard, for leave to
ke final settlement of the estate of B.
Walters, deceased. and obtain dis
rge as executor of said estate.
T. A. Gary,
Lpril 9th 19t 8. Executor.
Sheri'ffIs Sale.
te of South Carolina,
,ounty of Pickens.
In Common Pleas Court.
ly virtue of an execution to ine direct
I will sell to the highest bidder at
lic outcry in front of the door of
kens Conrt House oi Monday, May
, 1909, "i. hin the legal hours of sale
the undivided inter., t the sale bewing
.fifth of two-thirds, or two-fifteenhts.
the defendant, W. Alec Ramsey. of,
md to all that certain piece, parcel or
t of land situate, lying and being in
county of Pickens of the State of
ith Carolina, on Keowee Ri'er, ad
sing lands of Jamca Lawrence and
era, containing five hundredl acres,
re or less, the same being the real es
a belonging to the etate of Alexan
Ramlsey, deceased; 'ilso the interest
the sa d WV. Al-c Ramsey in the per
al estate of his fathey, the aid Alex
her Ramsey, dleceased. in the hands of
II. IRatsey and P. S. Ramsey as ad
diramtors of t he pe'rsonal estate of the
1 Alexander Ra msey. de'cease'd.
J. C. JR~NNINGS.
Shueriff Pickens County, S. C.
IE FACE IN THE LOCKET
Bsurely iMorthy of a good setting.
>ose the locket, the ring or other jew
hero and you'll never have cause to
ishamied of your purchase.
WVELRY MAKES THE BEST GIF1'
viding it is the kind that wears. Let
uhow you onr collection and explamn
difference between ours and inferior
elry. You will not flid our prices
higher for the GOOD KIND than
me charge for the other.
Easley, 8. C.
JMcSWAIN.
LAWY ER,
reenville 5. Ce

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