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... ' ABBEVILLE, S. C.
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 1920.
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The Charlotte papers of Tuesday carried an .-lab
I ate account of a big banquet of Erskine Alumr. ;.
onday night at Ivey's Cafeteria, Charlotte, atnded
by 125 former students of the Due West
Blege and presided over by the Rev. W. W. Orr,
p., pastor of the A. R. P. Church in Charlotte.
R banqueters seemed to have had a "whoopingHtime,
but the news account carries no word of
effort to raise funds for Erskine College,
jft these loyal alumni expecting all of the funds
Ha by Erskine to be raised in Due West? Prob"
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IBhey wait for uue west io wme ??.
Saybe they are saving their money against the
; when the college is located in finer, bigger
idings in some finer, bigger town and they can
ow more closely that biblical precept,?to him
t hath shall be given. ^
H SOME CORN!
|g| Charlotte Evening News Monday carried a
of some wonderful corn-dry?the seed of
Vis supposed to have been selected by Joseph
Brior to the famine in Egypt during which famBe
young man fed Pharoah's people as well
I own 'brethren. A Charlotte man is the proud
Bsor of the few grains which he interns to
Bthis spring and the newspaper states that they
B^iven^him by an Abbeville man. We are
tlgt the Abbeville citizen was not patriotic
EEm^Bhave given a little of the valuable seed
Trar local Burbanks who may have proM^Bnacea
for the boll weevil ravages.
HH^Vof our reader's or any of you who have
I^E^hfoor read his paper to you, know who this
EB'bbeville party is, please inform us and we
^B him no end of notoriety for his lack of injWi
W LET'S QET IN LINE. n
I tjalizing tfle inevitable trend along school lines
Abbeville as well as throughout the country, ref^
has been made several times lately in these
ns to school finances. The time has now come
Rjye must either do something, and do it quick,
F.;e we had better lock up the school buildings
le close of the present session and turn the keys
' to .Sheriff Burts.
he school board at a meeting Tuesday afternoon
i*H?B^imously to ask the county delegation to
?t,,o Kill onfVinri7.inc>' an
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|B in Abbeville school district to provide for
^Ease of four mills in the special school tax.
these mills already exist but the proceeds
Buired by the present law to be appropriated
sinking fund. This fund^has accumulated
Ithan was anticipated at the time the bonds
Boated and sufficient funds are now on hand
JUem the outstanding bonds. It is the desire
e trustees that the proceeds of these two mills
^ied to building improvements and repairs.
mills, will--be used for increasing
a figure we can pay th<>m a
gEDHnd will have only capable and exB^Bchers
to run our schools. /
^wanticipate no opposition to such a nec worthy
issue yet we feel that it is only
Bie citizens know something of the school
jM/'e are at our row's end with the present
Ki if we even have any sort of school at ' 1
ar it will take more money than the prespe
fiStrict now has only ten mills special tax :
tically all of the cities the size of Abbeville
up have from twelve to fifteen. Anderson
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vveeK proposes to raise uei ^c?.ioi wa w .,
HSfflKSHA mills. The Anderson board finds itself.
^HHHHraBpn with a deficit of eighteen thousand dol-.;
three thousand more than it will cost
IrajSrorun our schools this session. Greenwood ha9 a
movement on to increase her special tax severaiimills
eE although Greenwood is now paying ^her 'teacheri
B more than we and ha&nb deitctt. She doesn't inm
-* ttind to jjpa?e^sy eitlfer/if lve^rfd'^htly. > 'j.nwn
deficit is contrary td Wliaw and if trus-. '
QwKSHB according'to th<T strict "letter of the law ?-r
I^^uld close school just as soon as tne expenses >
seded the revenue."'
ort Mill, a town half the size of Abbeville, has
>en mills special tax and Hartsville about the
e size as our city has had twelve mills for two
he estimated increase in the running expenses
he Aibbeville schools next session will be &h$ut ..
thousand dollars and it's up to you whether we
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PHP get into line wiwi vvuci .?** v^? Vww? * v ? ?
nities or shall lag. behind with our teaching ,,
|$e vymposed of thf leavings
This scarcity of good teachers is not a bugaboo,
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not propaganda set in motion by any teachers' association
but it is a dead certainty and a solemn
fact. Superintendent Fulp of our schools spent
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nearly a ween in various twwua aim nw? ujms w
find a teacher for the vacancy at the Mill school
and it was only by a streak of good fortune that he
found a teacher who, more from the goodness of
her Impart than from a desire to work, agreed to fill
the vacancy for the remainder of the session. An
indisputable example of the scarcity of teachers was
exhibited in Rock Hill a few weeks ago when one
section, whose teacher was taken sick, had to be
dismissed l'rom school as not even a substitute
could be secured. The State superirfFendent of
education is advertising an extra examination for
'teachers' certificates January 10 in order to try
I *10 provide additional teachers for the country
| schools throughout the state that have not been
able to begin work this session at all on account of
inability to secure teachers.
i Folk's we have tried to state the situation as it
is. It's up to you to make it what it should be.
WE TAKE IT BACK.
.Some time ago we had occasion to say that the
city papers never put themselves to any trouble to
say a good word for Abbeville, its people, its institutions
and progress. We, of course, had Spartanburg,
Greenville and Greenwood'chiefly in mind
when we said this.
Our statement was general however, and when
along comes a kind writer-man, John M. Banks,
of the Columbia Record, and indulges in the following
encomiums, we are constrained to 'ake it
Our hospitality, our hotel, our stores, our c ty
j schools with Major J. D. Fulp, the Proper-Gander,
our postoffice, our churches, and other things?all
are mentioned with words of praise.
One thing was mentioned which we lack, a Carj
negie Library. But the writer, no doubt, seeing
how we excelled along other lines, just took the
library for granted. And we have a splendid liI
brary, if not an advertisement of the late lamented
i canny Scot.
The article was so sincere and the words of
praise salve our pride so much and are so obviously
descx-ved that we must not only thank Mr. Banks
i 1 a or.
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i far as to extend the warmth of our genial mood to
| Spartanburg, Greenville and Greenwood, hoping
! that their leading papers (the Journal ?nd the Piedmont
and the Index-Journal) will do as "iiand|
seme" by us.
The tenor of the writer's remarks ledas us to believe
that no ulterior motive moved him to action,
but rather was the article engendered of a postprandial
enthusiasm following Mrs. Taggart's
j Christmas dinner.
The article of Mr. Banks follows:'
"It was the privilege and pleasure of the writer
to spend Christmas day with relatives in Abbeville,
one of the ojld towns of South Carolina where there
is a genuine hospitality and a friendly handshake
from everybody, Abbeville is one of the most cosmopolitan
towns of the state. It has produced
some of 'the greatest statesmen that have gone to
the halls of congress or occupied seats in the state
government. Today it is well represented in the
judicial and" executive departments of South Carolina.
It is one of the old towns of South Carolina
where there is a true spirit of friendliness, a cordiaT
greeting for all who visit within its borders.
"Abbeville, while having the qualities of the old,
is keeping: apace with tht modern city and there is
great promise for the up-state town. It is the home
of a large and growing business in various lines. It
has a large number of handsome, stores with full
stacks; it has a modern theatre;, one of the best
i courthouses in the state; an excellent hotel, which
is one of the places that the traveling man likes to
"hit" about meal time. Mrs. Taggart, an Abbeville
woman who has charge of the house is making
a splnedid success of the business and the writer
can testify from experience that one 6f the"" best
Christmas dinners in the state was enjoyed by the
hotel's guests and their guests Thursday.
"Abbeville also has an excellent system of city
/' schools today, with Major James D. Fulp, who made
a valiant record with the gallant 81st "division "over
there." The schools are live, they have an excellent
corps of teachers, a fine set of boys and girls.
The high school pupils.iss^e one of the best school
papers in'the state, called "Proper-Gander." The
j high school also has two live literary societies and
j one of the entertainments of the holiday season was
y a public debate held in the theatre when the young
men and women put up strong debates on the
query: "Resolved, That the United States should
continue to own and operate the railroads." The
high school puj on a fast, if light, football team and
made a creditable showing #against many heavier
teams. A game is planned for .Friday afternoon
with the Clemson scrubs, which, although consider.
-ftbly. putweighing the school team.is not furnishing
1 ?, ?.W "s?ar?!?;for.'the," r jv'
"Abbeville also has a'city mail delivery. A mod-.
. ero ,pos.toffice building graces the town. A Carnegie
. . . library is also one of the town's prides.
"The town is located on the main car line of the
Seaboard and on a branch of the Southern. The
Seaboard Air Line has a large shop there.
"Abbeville is one of the best cotton markets in
the state and has a wide and productive farming
center from which to draw a large trade.
"Abbeville, in short, is one of the best little cit-.
ies in the state. It has a population of about 5,000
and in every heart beat^ the same spirit to make
Abbeville a good place to live in which is contagious,
for when one goes there he feels tempted to hang
ftis hat in the old town and call it 'Home Sweet
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