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THOS. J. ADAMS, PROPRIETOR.
EDGEFIELD, S. G., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1893.
VOL. LvTfl. NO. 48.
Notice to County Assessors.
AS required bylaw as prescribed
in Sec. 253, G. S., I do hereby
appoint the following named free
holders as Boards of Assessors for
the purpose of assessing the valuo
of real estate aud personal estate
in their respective Townships and
School Districts for the purpose ot
taxation. Their duties and com
pensation are prescribed in Sec
tions 253, 254, aDd 255 of G. S.
County Equalizing Toard to meet
in the Auditor's office second Tues
day of March, 1891:
Blocker T. S.-T E Bird, G M
Timmerman, Jas T Ouzts, Jr.
Butler S. D.-Zed Crouch, M E
Coleman, J W Banks.
Centennial S. D.-S T Edwards,
W O Carson, H C White.
Clevelaud S. D.-F W Trotter,
T F Etheredge, T C Moore.
Coleman T. S.-W A Mitchell, J
S Amacker, Larken Rice.
Collier T. S.-Mal. Timmerman,
D T Mathis, Thos L Miller.
Collins T. S.-W L McDaniel, J
H Bufc3ey, Amos Eubanks.
Cooper T. S.-F V Cooper, T A
Pitts, B B Kinard.
Edgefield S. D.-D R Durisoe,
W N Burnett, J E Schumpert.
Eureka S. D.-F P Johnson, R
T Strom, Henry D Ouzts.
German vii le T. S.-B L Caugh
man, J C Drafts, Jesse H Black.
Gray T. S.-R P Holloway, A J
Clegg, E J Pickle.
Gregg S. D,-S W Gardner, Geo
W Turner, C M Horn.
Hibler T. S.-W H Yeldell/j W
Callison, E H Youugblood.
Higgins S.' D.-A P Coleman.
Wellington Sheppard, F H Kemp
Holly S. D.-J N C Fulmer, W
B Hvliy, J A Bedenbaugh, Jr.
Huiet T. S.-Geo W Black, Jacob
L Werts, J W Herbert.
Johnston S. D.-Jesse M Hart,
W M Hazel, Mark Toney.
Kirkseys & D.-C A Arrington,
JE Partluu, WM Still.
Meriwether T. S.-H H Townes,
P B Lanham, J F Atkins.
Mobley ?. S.-P B Watson, J W
Edwards, Robert's Wright.'
Moss T. S.-W P Brunsou, A R
Nicholson, H L Hill.
Norris T. S.-John R Watson, W
W Holson, Thos L Cato.
Farksville S. D.-L F Afc, J C I
Morgan. Juo R IH&(^k?uH m !
^??<K^k')ij? T. C<.-r?^*5S5?uVafeTv
Frank M Warren, JHB Tompkins.
Pine Grove T. S.-P-C Stevens,
T S Lewis, J B Mitchell. '
Ridge S. D.-C B Crouch, C G
Barr, J W Seigler.
Ryan T. S.-J H Tompkins, Dr j
J H Jennings, rJ A Searles.
Shaw T. S.-J W Hardy, G M
Smith, J L Courtney.
Talbert T. S.-R A Cochrane, E
C Winn, R Y Quarles.
Trenton S. D.-C A Long, E L
Ryan, B J Day.
Union S. D.-I- B Blease, M M
Pavne, W A W.-bb.
Union Grove S. D.-J W Aiton,
J M Gaines, A C Stalworth.
Wards T. S.-M W Clark, A
Horn, L V Claxton.
Washington T. S.-W R Parks,
J A Butler, Winchester McDaniel.
Wise T. S.-3 B Mays, Thos H
Rainsford, P F Ryan.
Zoar S. D.-R P Coleman, Luke
M Crouch, J D Welis.
J. B. HALTIWANGER,
Auditor E. C.
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Send your order with a
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Feed, Sale, and
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? am now running' a general Feed,
SiaDies, just south of the Court House,
friends and the public. Special attentii
Give me a trial order for a team. Sarisf?
I also keep on hand at all times tli
Tax Assessor's Notice.
THE books for receiving tax returns
for the fiscal year commencing
I January, 1894, and ending October 31st,
IS94, will be open from Jan. 1st, 1894,
to Feb. 20th, 1894.
All persons owning property or
otherwise having control of such,
either as agent, husband, guardian,
father, trustee, executor, administra
tor, etc., should return the sane in the
county in which such property is situ
ated under oath, and within the time
prescribed by law.
Persons owning real estate, or in
any way having control of such, should
make a proper return' of the same
within the time prescribed, as this is
the year for re-assessment of all lands.
Section 177, G. S., prescribes the man
ner ?nd form for merchants returns.
Section 215, G. S, requires the audi
tor to add 00% of the property valua
tion of all who fail to make their re
turns within the time prescribed by
Section 192, prescribes that insur
ance agents shall make retnrns of the
business done by each company.
All male citizens between the ages
of 21 and 50 yearte are required to pay
a poll tax of one dollar each.
All returns sent by .mail must be
made out on the prpper blanks and
sworn to before a proper Officer quail- j
fled to administer oaths.
I will be at the following places at
the time specified below to receive tax
Red Hill. Thursday, Jan.
Meriwether Hall, Saturday, "
Clarks Hill, Monday, till ia m ** 8
Modoe, " after i " S
Parksville, .'Tuesday, till 12m " 9
Plum Branch, " after 1 " 9
W. Y. Quarles, Wednesday, " io
Longraires, Thursday, " 11
Minors, Friday, till ia m " 12
Callisons, M al'r 1 to Sat. ia 13-13
Rosa, Saturday, after i, M 13
Kirkseys, Monday, " 15
Williams Mill. Tuesday, till 13 m " 16
Stevens Bros, *. after 1 " 16
Haltiwangers, Wednesday, " 17
A S Werts, Thursday, " lS
W M Webb's, Friday, till 12 m M 19
Pitts ?Sr Wheelers, u aPr 1 " 19
Hichardsonville, Saturday, " 20
Coleman's Cross Roads, Monday, ** 23
Dennys, * Tuesday, " 23
'Peurifoy's, Wednesday, " 24
Kinard's Thursday, M 25
Caughman's, Friday, " 20
Hols?n's X Roads, Saturday, " 27
Mt. Willing, Monday, u 29
Forrest's Store, Tuesday. " 30
Watson's Store, Wednesday, " 31
RlJ<re Spring, Thursday, Feb. 1
Wards, Friday, " 3
Johnston, Saturday, 41 3
Trenton, Monday, M 5
Pleasant Lane, Tuesday. 6
Meeting Street, Wednesday, 7
Edgefield C. H. from February 8th,
1894, till February 20th, 1894. After
which time 50% will he added to the
property of all parties failing to make
J. B. HALTIWAXGER,
s Auditor E. C
SINCE the pass?e an?
bf the Dispensary la*,
many of oar "best citizen
fered ior want of good
which?they have been i
even at' enormous prie
felt want can be fully <=
heiu', Ohio, i^JtLeir
year ole ?iye Whiske .
low price of $3.00 p
press charges pre-p:
a box wired and sei
ot* brands so no one cai. ^
box contains. In no case do *je snip
less than two gallons, but you can
divide the order in two one gallon
packages if desired, which allows you
two different kind<i of goods in. a two
It is always best to buy any class of I
froods direct from the manufacturers!
and save the jobbers profit. If you
need anything in this line write LOCK
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YOU are hereby ordered to meet
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at ll A. M.
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H. A. ADAMS, O. S.
PURSUANT to the By-Laws, the
officers aud policy holders of
the Farmers' Mutual Fire Insur
ance Association of Edgefield are
hereby called to meet at Edgefield
on Tuesday, Jan. 2nd, 1894, for the
purpose of electing officers, and
the transaction of other important
W. H. TIMMERMAN, Pres.
L. J. WILLIAMS, Ag?t.
OFFICE SCHOOL COMMISSIONER, /
EDGEFIELD, S. C., Dec. IS. j
The public schools of Edgefield
county will open on the first Mon
day in Janu^y, 1894. Teachers,
patrons, and trustees, will please
govern themselves accordingly.
M. B. DAVENPORT,
S.C. E. C.
AMEETING of Freeholders of j
Union School District is called
to meet at Woodville x\cademy
Friday, Jan. 5th,'1~~' .* "
."o vote on special 1
verti8ed to sell on Monday, the
first day of January next, will be
sold on Tuesday, the second day of
W. H. 0UZTS,
Sheriff E. C.
W. F. ROATH,
Master E. C.
Notice of Application for
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA,
MASTERS OFFICE, )
EDGEFIELD C. H., S. C., >
December 6, 1893. )
NOTICE is hereby given to all con
oerned: That Hattie Bussey has
filed her petition in this court praying
that a Homestead be assigned to her
out of the proporty left by the late
Marcellus Holmes, deceased, as pre
scribed by law. I will pass on the same
on the 8tli day of January, 1S9?.
W. F. ROATH,
Master E. C.
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EDGEFIELD, S. C.
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EDGEFIELD, - - S. C,
Reform is the wagon,
Legislature is the boss,
; Tillman is the driver
I But "we-all" is the boss.
Mr. Jerry Gardner and family
have removed to Georgia.
Mr. B. L. Rambo, for a number
of years a resident of our town,
has removed with his family to
-JAiken has just completed her
artesian well, and the people are
20$ course delighted. They get an
abundant supply of cold freestone
water at a depth of 700 feet.
The News and Courier favors
tb| passage of a law prohibiting
farmers in this State from selling
th?ir wood, on tho ground that
posterity will suffer if all the for
ests are cut down. This only goes
to khow that the News and Courier
folks are still daft.
'Sheriff Ouzts left our town on
Wednesday for Macon, Ga., where
he goes to get Wm. Carpenter, who
was convicted of kiUing Yonce a
yeal or two ago, and escaped from
j?sL just after conviction. The
Shj?riff is accompanied by J. W.
Hardy and West Yonce.
|Irs. Scurry, mother of R. T.
ami J. R. Scurry, died at her home
in* our town on Tuesday of last
week, and was buried in our vil
lage cemetery on the day follow
ing. Mrs. Scurry had been a pa
tient suffer for many days, and
bf&e all with the patient resigna
tion of a Christian.
- *When it was first rumored that
ani' effort was being made to de
stroy the symmetry of Edgefield
connty.^by cutting off a large slice
for Greenwood county, J. Wm.
Thurmond, Esq., of our town, at
once left for Columbia and worked
Sg?i?ist this disruption like a
Twjan. He will not be forgotten
for it by Edgefield county, and
especially will Saluda remember
th?se things hereafter, for to his
3fforts in large measure is due the
>.:t3:- "t fv,r> iii-nnnxrnrifl rnnntv
Brakeman W. F. Kane, left leg
broken and badly bruised.
Mrs. Wm. Beattie, of Granit?
ville, who waa returning from Au
gusta, was thrown against the
stove, and besides being painfully
burned, was hurt about the mouth.
On the freight train, Ed. Smith,
a colored dead head, had his foot
broken and legs badly hurt.
It is supposed that a tramp who
was known to be riding on the
truck of one of the freight cars
was killed, but until the debris is
clearod it is impossible to state
The engine on the passenger
train was totally demolished, as
was that on the freight, but no
cars on the former were damaged.
The train was just in the act of
Blowing up, as it was pulling into
the station, and was running about
fifteen miles an hour.
A. Wonderful Phenomenon.
A wonderful, if not startling ex
hibit was made in the northwest
ern sky on Wednesday morning
last just before day. Ransom Bird,
colored, who hauls wood in the
winter, and digs wells in the sum
mer, (and who by the way would
like to swap a well for a second
hand buggy or a road cart,) got up
before day on the morning men
tioned, and happening to look to
ward the northwest, saw what
seemed to him to be a full moon.
Dnly it was round like a ball in
stead of being round like a pan
lake. This wonderful moon had a
long, vaporous, and fiery tail and
moved off towards the northeast,
ipparently about as high from
ihe earth as the tops of tall trees,
[n its twisting and turning and
involutions the tail wrote on the
sky two immense but very distinct
letters. Th* se letters were G. S.
What they meant we can of course
Dnly surmise. They may have re
ferred to Simontou's elevation to
;he circuit judgeship, and been the
nitial letters of "Go up Simon
ion." Or-it may have been intend
?d as a tribute to our friend D, B.
Peurifoy, who while a member of
;he Legislature some years ago,
made John Haskell "Go Slow,"
ilthough he couldn't exactly or
?ntirely stop him from going.
Perhaps it meant "Greenwood
Souped." But Ransom says the
letters told him to "Get Skoerod."
Best N. 0. Syrup, 50c. gallon.
3alt, 65c. sack. Loaded Shells.
iOc. box. Puwder, 20o pound. Shot,
11.60 saok. Felt Wads, 20c.
W. W. ADAMS.
I have as nice line of fancy and
heavy groceries as was eyer brought
to this market, at living prices.
W. W. ADAMS.
Black Pepper, 20c, pound. All
Spice, 10c. pound. Round wood
Matches, 10c. dozen.
W, W, ADAMS,
The Greenwood County bill
came up for consideration in the
Senator Tuesday and Mr. Hemphill
objected to its consideration, read
ing from the Code the law relating
to. the method of procedure by
which such matters must be
brought to the attention of the Leg
islature, and holding that the law
had not been complied with.
Mr. Mayfield replied to Mr
Hemphill. This was no snap judg
ment, plenty of notice had been
given and the question of legal
right raised cannot apply.
Mr. Fuller took the same posi
Mr Moore called up the Code to
show that Mr Hemphill had gotten
hold of law that affected an en
tirely different class of legislation.
The title was matters of legisla
tion of personal interest.
Mr Mayfield and Mr J. G. Evans
gradually drew the discussion into
a discussion between themselves.
Mr. Mayfield wanted to know if he
considered this a matter of per
Mr Evans thought it affected
The Chair declined to rule on
the poiut, but submitted it to
the Senate. It was sustained, and
Greenwood County killed by the .
Yeas-Beasley, Brice, Derham,
Evans. J. G., Fuller* Glenn,
Harrison, Hemphill, Jenkins,
Magill, McDaniel, Miller, Ragin,
Timmerman, Verdier, Wilson-17.
Nays-Ab'iott, Bigham, Brown. ,
Efird, Evans W. D., Finley May- :
field, Moore,Mower, O'Dell, Peake, ?
Redfearn, Stribbli::2, Williams
COUNTY GOVERNMENT BILL
The new county government bill
no pay. Provision ia made also
for a more thorough working of
the roads, (with convicts,) than
ever before, and it is thia feature
of the bill that we specially com
mend. The roads are to be worked
by regular contractors who give
bond for the making and main
taining of good roads.
We have always favored the idea
of entrusting the management of
to one person, and thus fix the re
sponsibility of the good or bad
methods without possibility of
shirking on the other fellow.
President Cleveland has offered
to Congressman Brawley, of Char
leston the position of district
judge, made vacant by the appoint
ment of Simonton to the position
of circuit judge. It is thought
that Brawley will accept. If he
Bhould do so there will be a va
cancy in the lower House of Con
gress to fill which Gov. Tillman
will order an election.
Abbeville people thank Senator
John Gary Evans and Senator
Timmerman for their splendid
fight against the new county.
And so do Edgefield people.
Judge Waxem's Proverbs.
Detroit Free Pres*.
It's a skeerce politishan that
keeps all his promises.
Ef the Amerikin eaglo wa zn'' a
mity tuff burd tho politikle partys
tvood pull him in two.
Taiu't the most morrel man ,
that gits the most votes.
Some constituants expect a con
pressman not only to furnish the ,
lioker, but to drink it.
Wummin m politicks is like .
lowers in ? pigp'n.
Politikle reform always wants
;o reform sumpthin else.
Of?is holdin' contagus.
Honesty is the best polisy ef
30U can get thar on it.
Baldwin's Guano is the best. 1
Make hay while the sun shines*' '
a,ud haul your Baldwin's Ammo
tiiated guano while the roads are ?
good. Supply on hand at t
W. W. ADAMS'S. ?
MARRIED, by Rev. J. S, Jordan, i
at the residence of Mr. Gto. Dorn, I
Sunday, Dec. 17th, Mr. T. B. BELL <
and Miss KATE DORI:-?')cth of I
GEN. WASHINGTON SANG.
He Took the Twins on Iiis Knees
and Warbled the Darby Bani.
New York Christian Advocate.
Gen. Washington and Chief Jus
tice Ellsworth, of Connecticut,
were intimate friends. On one
occasion Washington dined with
Ellsworth at his residence in
Windeor. During his visit he was
taken into the nursery, where were
two twin boys, afterward Governor
Ellsworth and Hon. Henry L. Ells
worth. He took one on each knee
and sang to them this song, the
words of which are preserved, but,
unfortunately not the music:
THE DERBY (DARBY) RAM.
As I was going to Derby
Upon a market day,
I spied the biggest ram, sir,
That ever was fed on hay.
Tow de row de row,
Tow de row de da.
He had four feet to walk, sir,
He had four feet to stand;
And ev'ry foot he had, sir,
Covered an acre of land.
The wool upon his back, sir,
lt reached unto the sky,
And eagles built their nests there,
For I heard the young ones cry.
The wool upon his tail, sir,
I heard the weaver say,
Made three thousand yards of cloth, sir,
For he wove it all in a day.
It is not often that the Father of
bis Country appeared in this role;
but this anecdote was handed
lownin the Ellsworth family, and
it is undoubtedly authentic.
The Christmas Tree at Buzzard's
I 'ain't much for spendin' my
Oh.istmueses away from home, ez,
fruin the very natur o' things, they
iir becomin' limited as it wuz, an'
'_- .._ ^v.u lu uc. OU 1
told cousin Ethan thet I'd cum
over fur Christniuss, arrivin' a few
days before to help any preppyra
tions as was goin' forrid at the
time. Ez Ethan's folks from Dear
born county wus comiu' tew the
tree there wuz plenty o' cookin'
tew do, an' I am the woman who
did it, ez Ethan's wife wuz occu
pied most of her time in goin'
over tew the church an' talkin'
about the tree. Thar wuz only one
comfort about doin' the cooking,
I'd know what I et. I waruted,
bad, tew go an' help fix, but Ethan's
wife said I'd better let it bust on
rae in full glory, so I went on
Wal, Christmuss come, an' the
most satisfaction I got outen the
whole day wuz the sight of 'em all
eatiu' the grub I'd worked over.
It done me good to see Ethan fill
up on them good things. He would
be a fatter and happier man ef he
got sich victuals every day, for the
happyness of a home do lie, ye
know, in the way a man hez his
meals. So I gave 'em a rattlin'
good breakfast, an' a starter it war
fer the dinner of which modesty
makes me not mention too particu
layly. When the whole crowd lay
back a gaspin', with three kinds o'
pie yet to fetch on, I felt like Na
poleyun crossing the Alps, or doin'
somethin' fine, and Ethan's wife
?ivin' me all the credit at that.
So we all started fur the church
whar the tree wuz set up in full
?lory. They had the curtin' down
an' it wasn't very light. Sum folks
bed cum in the afternoon so as to
jet good seats, and wuz holdin'
jnto 'em fur dear life. We stum
bled around an' finally got squoze
in some 'ers. All the babies in
Dearborn county wuz thar, cryin'
?onsiderable. The boys kep'
vhistlin' an' the gals wuz gigglin'.
?.t 8 o'clock; after an awful long
va it, the curtin' wuz took down au'
:he tree appeared to our longin'
/iew. It wuz the tallest tree the
Doys could find about, and it wuz
;rimmed up spbndiferous indeed.
While they wuz singin' a glee of
some sort, I counted up thirty-six
jtrings o' gilded walnuts, twenty
itrings of looped cranberries, like
vise popcorn and paper flowers
Dlooming, rioh and rare on th ?
irabs and- ^roppin' natural like
From the top. There wuz candies,
ind oranges, and apples, and sugar
men, ?nd wax angels until yer
3yes wuz tired. It was a fine sight
m' not often surpassed.
Th? parson prayed an' sort o'
blessed the tree an' its fruit there
of, hopin' none would be disap
pointed at the results but leavin'
everything in. the hands o' Provi
dence. Then the Sunday-school
children all got a doll or a toy,
and some candy an' oranges and
wuz happy. I seed in the signs of
the times, ez the excitement hadn't
begun. Then the young man was'
yellin' out the names, sez he :
"Will Miss Jennie Peters please
step up an' git the fine gold watch
placed on the tree by a particular
Mis? Jennie, more radianter than
the rising sun, just smirked up
the aisle an' got her watch.
"Mr. John Peters will please
walk up and git this yer encyclo
pejia in seventeen volloms, bound
in Rushy calf, from his lovin'
Mr. Peters riz up au' asked
touchin'ly if they couldn't remain
thar until meetin' was out, ez he
felt a little overcome.
"Mrs. Peters will please step up
to the platform and take poseshion
of this beautiful siJk dress, from
her devoted husband."
There wuz a holler groan from
the crowd. The Peteres wuz on
top, but jist then a man stepped
fowid and said, "Is Mr. Samuel
Johnson in the house? Here is a
receipted bill fur a fine Morgan
hoss an' Lawrenceburg buggy tor
him from his lovin' father." >
When a ganglv lookin' lad o'
seventeen ned ambled up an' got
the envelope, the big man went on,"
"Here is, likewise, a bundle with
the title deed of the old homestead
for Mis'Johnson, from her hus
band, hopin' she'll continue to 'low
him on the premises."'
Of course the crowd fairly howl
ed. I begun to feel ez ef I'd
struck the biggest Christmus I'd
ever seen. Nobody, ez yet, hed
erivon me a r.hinv d dl-babv. an' T
lets, thick and wide, which i never
expected to possess. I wuz jist
tew proud for any use in tho world.
I put them on an' spread them out
and was terrible chipper.
They give out au awful lot o'
jewelry an' watches, bank-notes,
checks, an' property. Everyone
was laughin' au' satisfied to death.
Ii jist wuz the richest place I'd
ever seen in my life. Then we et
the candy an' the popcorn an' wc
cracked the gilded walnuts, an'it
wuz gettin' awful late. Just afore
we went out Ethan's wife cum
along an' she had a grate lot o'
rings an' watches an' sich. "Fun's
over," sez she, 1 hand over yer
bracelets, auntie. We must get
'em checked off." "Hand 'em
over," sez I, "haint they to keep?"
"Oh no," sez she, "that wuz all
fur show, we jist hired 'em for thc
Well, I was mad. I jist looked
her in the face, au' sez I, 'Wal,
this here is a shamposterous busi
ness, this tree doing. Whar's the
checks an' things?"
"0 thet's all fun between our
selves," sez she. "We don't like
to let anybody git ahead o' Buz
zard's Holler, an' we took this way
'moug ourselves to make a good
"It's an awful mean way," sez
I, trompin' down the snow hard.
"I'm nearer loosin' my temper than
I been fur five years. I feel so
sort o' left an' foolish."
"Never mind," sez she, iii her
airy way. Ethan toi' me to buy
yeran album the very nox' time I
go to the city. We feel 'bliged to
So that's the way they had a big
Christmas tree up to Buzzard's
Holler. They may draw in sum
fools next Christmas, but not yer
old Aunt Elnora, of Pineville.
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