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From Mr. Cheatham.
Abbeville Delegation, General Assembly,
Columbia, S. C.
Mr. H. H. Harris has introduced
' a bill to compel all public schools to
use the state adopted school books
and we notice that it has been placed
as a special bill calling for action at
this session of the legislature.
If this bill becomes a law it will
cost the Abbeville district alone thirteen
hundred (1300) dollars to make
There are twenty-five districts that
are independent like Abbeville and
most of these districts are much
* larger than Abbeville. If this bill
becomes a law, it will cost not LESS
than one hundred thousand (100,000)
dollars for these districts to
make the change.
We have, after three years, just
completed a course in Reading for
our schools here. Now, at one
stroke, shall we be compelled to
throw aside these books and compel
the parents to buy new ones? Other
" ? courses have been completed, also,
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ana 11 tne cnange is maae, men tue
parent must pay the fiddler.
In History, we use Myer's General
History in the eighth and ninth
grades which costs $1.50 per copy
and is used two years. If we must
change now, then the child must buy
a book for the eighth grade at a cost
of $1.20 (Botsford's History) and
one for the ninth grade at a cost of
$1.04 (Myers Mediaeval and Modern)
making a cost of $2.24 compared
with a cost now of $1.50. Is
it worth considering?
When it is possible, I have used J
the state adopted books but some of
the books are not fit, and competent
v teachers protest against using them.
The readers for instance, The Heart
of Oak Readers, when adopted, conI
tained stuff that was unfit for 1
southern children to read and to
satisfy the cry that went up from
* many sources, the publishers called :
in the issue that contained tne stun,
cut it out, and sent the rest of the .
book back. Many competent teach-1
ers of the primary grades will tell
you that the Heart of Oak Readers
are totally unfit for primary work.
Again, should this change be made
and we be compelled to use the state
t books, we get no benefit of exchange j
prices. If we could wait until next j
year and then make the change we \
could get exchange prices which !
would cut the cost of change down j
If we must make the change now, I
we will probably have to do the thing \
atrain next vear as the State Board i
' will adopt books again next year, '
and, as usual, they make a change i
themselves which will call for another
change by us, also. This will j
mean a change of books for this dis-1
trict twice in two years. What
Now, last but very important. I
./This board is composed of nine mem-!
k 'bers. Of this nine only three are
school men. Shall this board, pre-,
sumably upon the advice of three 1
men, compel ALL the school men '
and women of the entire state to use :
books that are not approved by the j
test teachers of the state. I have
extend to 1
ry day we s
ill be a pit
been told that all men on this board
do not, or did not, use the books
adopted by the board of which they tt
are members. te
If all the schools of the state are
going to be compelled to use the .
books adopted by a board then certainly
the board should be made up ei
of the best school men and women S
that th* state produces, and not by P<
a board made by political appoint- h<
ment. And, by the way, this board tl
is agair appointed, or a new one ap- tt
pointed, this next April. jn
Practically all of the town and Uj
city schools of the state of Georgia .
are exempt from the state adoption ^
and it should be so in this state. The
state adopts books for schools which C(
only run five to seven months and ci
it can be readily seen that a course u:
of study for a short term school is dl
not adapted to a full term school of hi
nine months. IE
Now. gentlemen, we leave it with gJ
you. With the influence that you
can exert, we feel sure that you can e'
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save us mis useless anu uuvaucu mi
Thanking you on behalf of the pa- h
trons and trustees of this district, I if
remain, Very truly, ia
R. B. Cheatham. n
Since beginning this letter, the
first grade teacher has called me and
asked what to do about the reader
that the class is now ready to take
up. I have advised her to wait a a'
few days to see just what will hap- J'(
pen with this bill. I feel that if we pi
must do so, it will be best to start tc
now with what the state is offereing 0I
regardless of what the result will be
to the child. Certainly it is better j,,
for the child to wait than to have to
buy a new book again in tne next
few days. R. B. C. ai
Taking culture in the individual as
meaning a development of all the fac- '.ll
ulties it follows that the most cuU J1
tured nation is that in which there is 01
the greatest number of all round men.
And if this be true, we must at once ^
realize how hopeless is the task of 1
attempting to estimate the extent of *
culturo in ^nous nations.
Said to Be Oldest Tree.
The famous cypress near Oaxaca in
Mexico, over 5.000 years old. said to
be the oldest tree in the world was
discovered by Humboldt while on his "
famous tour of equatorial America,
100 years ago. He nailed to it a
wooden tablet, which is now half cov- ^
ered by the subsequent growth of
the tree. Upon it, however, is still
legible the autograph of the famous
German naturalist. The last meas- .
urement of the tree showed its trunk, '
four feet from the ground, to have
a girth of 126 feet. ^
Cause of Paint Dust. g
Paint dust is caused chiefly by rub- v
bing old or new paint with dry sand- i
paper. This process is universally o
recognized as the most dangerous part of
the painters' trade. It could be
completely done away with by the use
of cheap mineral oil to wet the sandpaper
and catch the dust. w
y ou a con
jasure to I
Fire Versus Life Insurance.
Of the 12,000,000 or so dwellings In
le United States 90 per cent are procted?at
least to some extent?by
:e insurance. But of our 100.000.000
habitants only 13 per cent have taki
our life insurance policies. Men
iem to be more uneasy over the mere
)ssibility of the burning of their
juses than over the stern certainty
lat death will some day overtake
lem. This is a strange contradiction
i human nature. To safeguard the
ition's material possessions is well,
at how much more valuable than the
ames are the human lives of the
>untry! In this age. when the prinpies
of life insurance are so well
nderstood, there should be no such
Iscrepaney between the number of
omes aud of lives insured. In many
istances the former could not be
ived from foreclosure were the earn:s
of Incomes to pass away leaving
fomlUny fr\r If Is as
luch the duty of every man to Insure
is life as to insure his property, and
he has no insurable property there
: all the more reason for insuring his
How to Ride.
In riding sit erect and don't slouch
long. Don't try to be a cowboy if
3U are not. We Lave the real simon
lire cowpuncliei's and broncho bus;rs;
also we have the tin horn variety
the same species. Steer clear of
le latter; also be careful not to get
ito this category yourself.
Remember that a horse is only flesh
ad blood and not a machine. lie gets
red. hungry and thirsty, and for I
x>dness' sake, treat liiru accordingly. 1
ecause he is a lively horse and you .
re paying his hire, treat him white
ist the same. Remember that some
tie else rode him yesterday, and anther
will probably do so tomorrow. ;
ive your horse the same kind of a I
pal you yourself would demand if |
on were In its place. Even a broncho !
no fonlinif., oii.l n-ill nnnroflnto rniir !
One Misery of Anglo-Indian Life.
Every jiiirlit at dinner tlie Anglo-Inian
holds a kind ?>f levee. The in- j
pets which attend dance gayly round
lit? lamp, and one has t?? watch one's |
late and glass carefully lest some of !
lie insects should dance into them, j
'here is one insect?a little, flat, brown.!
hining creature?which emits the I
rorst odor in the world. If one of :
bese touches your food the whole is ,
minted and rendered inedible. You \
are not kill these pests, for if one be
quashed the whole room becomes filld
with its disgusting smell and i? j
ninhabitable for the next half hour, j
!o these abominable insects fly about
ritli impunity, while the poor Anglendian
must perforce look helplessly
n and inwardly sigh "spero meliora."
-London Saturday Review.
ivir. u. a. vanaiver 01 Anaerson,
as in the city Tuesday on business. I
U U11U V/V/JT j
ng some 11
have you i
If a Naturalist Painted.
If I were to paint tbe short days of.
winter 1 should paint two towering
iceliergs approaching each other like
promontories, for morning and evening.
with cavernous recesses and a solitnrv
tmvplpr wrunninir his cloak about
hitn and bent forward against the
driving storm, just entering the narrow
pass. I would paint the licrht of a taper
at midday, seen through a cottage
window, half buried in snow and frost.
In the foreground should be seen the
sowers in the fields und other evidences
of spring. On the right and left of
the approaching icebergs the heavens
should be shaded off from the light of
midday to midnight with its stars, the
sun being low in the sky.?Henry Da
The Lyre Bird.
The fully developed male lyre bird
is one of the most handsome and notable
of the forms of bird life of Queensland.
The contour of the bird, with
its long neck and stout pallinaceous
feet, is by no means unlike that of a
peacock, and the wonderful tail, possessed
only by the male birds, fulfills
a corresponding role of vain display
AVA/itifau ont-ino fnr n trnfn
1UC U11U CACV. UlC^ (Uitivo *w? M V?u...
of female admirers on a raised earthen
mound. For a short period of the
year, about January, the lyre bird loses
its characteristic plumes and has to be
content with the sober plumage of its
An art patroness was gushing over a
portrait in the presence of the artist
"I do not know how it is." she said,
"but when you paint a portrait you
seem to put more into it than any one
else can see."
"Madam," he exclnimel in a rhapsody.
"it's not faces alone that I paint:
it is souls!"
"Oh." she replied cuttingly, for his
enthusiasm was tow warm, "you do in ,
teriors. do von V"?Kxchange.
One of the coldest mixtures known isj
made bv adding three pounds of mu 1
- .... , -r 1
riate or 11mo iu one iiuuun m sunn |
Three pounds of snow added to one i
pound of salt make the mixture fall
thirty-two degrees below freezing
In Argentina a postal savings ban 1.1
account can be opened by depositing
one paper dollar, but after that suiu>j
of mere fractions of a cent may be j
entered by purchase of a stamp.
A little girl, finishing her breakfast,
looked up and asked. "Mother, what is
hash when it is alive?"?Chicago Herald.
The lucky man is the one who sees
and grasps his opportunity.?Old Saying.
Send us your Job Printing.
on to com
ilb tor bp
irisit our i
UJI J. ^ J.
Beautiful Land of Alsac*.
This land of Alsace Is in many ?
spects the most beautiful that 1 bav
ever seen. Strung along the horizoi
liko sentinels wrapped in mantles o
greeu. tbe peaks of the Vosges Iool
against the sky. On the slopes of ta
ridges, massed in their black batta
ions, stand forests of spruce and pin<
Through peaceful valleys silve
streams meander leisurely, and in th
meadows which border them cattl
stand knee deep amid the lush gree
grass. The villages, their tortuoui
cobble paved streets, lined on elthe
side by dim arcades, and the old, ol
houses, with their turrets and balc<
*? J nAffArtr fnrtfi
Ilies uuu Bietrp J.JHV.UCU >uui<
give you the feeling that they are nc
real, but that they are scenery on
stage, and this Illusion Is heigbtene
by the men In their jaunty berets an
wooden sabots, and the women whos
huge black silk headdresses accentuat
the freshness of their complexions. I
is at once a region of ruggedness an
majesty and grandeur, of qualntnes
and simplicity and charm.?F. Ale:
ander Powell in Scribner's Magazine.
Japan's Dragon Lamps.
Japan abounds with sacred placesShlntoist
and Buddhist?formerly r<
puted for the appearances of the s
called "dragon's lamp." This is n my;
terious light that comes out of a pom
lake or sea and alights on a certai
tree, mostly on a certain night It wa
held that the light was dedicated b
a dragon dwelling in the water to
irod whose shrine stood near the tree
For example. the famous Ryuto of tli
temple of Avsilokitesvara on Xairns
hill. province of Kii. made its annu;
ascent from the sea to a pine tree i
the precincts ovp-v ninth niirht of tli
seventh moon. At the iitulniirht of tli
K!;h of every month a Ryuto cam
from the northeast oiling to tl:c s
called "dragons lamp nine." near tli
shrine of Mandjnsri at Kiredo. proi
imo of Tango. wliereas on the sam
tree another liirht. namo;l "Celestif
lamp." made its descent from the heat
ens every sixteenth night of the Ill's
fifth and ninth months.? Exchange.
"It is said." lie remarked reflect iv<
ly. "that women's hainis are growin
"Well?" she returned inquiringly.
"Yes." lie assorted. "And the won
of it is that there is every likeliboo
that this tendency will continue."
"Yes?" she said in the same inqui
"Yes." he repeated. "You see, drn
Iny and golf and tennis and othc
sports that women have recently take
up are responsible for it."
"In that ease." she said, with
glance at her own dainty hands, "you*
better speak quick if you want a sma
He realized that it was the opporti
nity of a lifetime, and he spok
e in I
W ?00 !
j Better Groceries ! ;i
? Better Service! j
n We propose to give our 1
' | t'USlUIIICIS UCttCl 9C 1?1VC (*IAU
better prices during the year ;
>t We have always kept the ;
a best groceries on the market.
Give us a trial on HAMS,
I BREAKFAST BACON, CEit
REALS, CANNED GOODS,
d BOTTLED GOODS, SYIS
keep the RICHELIEU
BRAND of canned goods and
- the famous WHITE HOUSE
A. M. HILL & SONS
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a ESTATE OF D. H. BALDWIN, Dec'd
>1 Notice of Settlement and Application
n for Final Discharge.
e TAKE NOTICE that on the 7th
,, day of March, 1916, I will render a
(, final account of my actings and doings
as Administrator of the Estate
of D. H. Baldwin, deceased, in the
office of Judge of Probate for Abbeville
County at 10 o'clock a. m., and
e on the same day will apply for a final
11 discharge from my trust as such ad;
t. All persons having demands against
said estate will present them for
payment on or before that day, proven
and authenticated or be forever
! W. H. BALDWIN,
'A Administrator. *
J ACTS SURELY, SAFELY.
r. Just because you are feeling the ill
effects of a torpid liver is no excuse
for buying a harmful medicine that
has brought physical decay to thous!r
ands. Calomel is dangerous and as
n everyone knows has very disagreeable
and weakening after effects,
a Medical science has found a natural,
il vegetable remedy, GRIGSBY'S LIV
1] VER-LAX that thoroughly cleans- es
the liver and bowels without caus
. ing any bad feeling. Children can <
take it with perfect safety. Every
e bottle guaranteed. 50c and $1 a
bottle. None genuine without the
likeness and signature of L. K. Grigsby.
For sale by any druggist.