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VOL.-73." ~~~ "T" ~~~~- ' ?DOEF?ELD, S. C., WEDNESSUY, OCTOBER 28tb, 1908._ ^
For Fifty Consecutive Years
Subscriber For The Adver
Thi* newspaper has on its sub,
scvipti >n list scores ,'of persons who
have been ec notant readers for twen
ty, thirty and forty years, but? only
a limited number "who have reached
the half century mark. We feel
honored in .'peing., ab]? to present
to our readers this week acut of
Maj. J. W. Aiton, of Rosa, S. C.
Greenwood county, formerly Edge
field, who haslbeen a subscriber for
The Advertiser for hf cy consecutive
.year 3, lacking .colby about two
m on', hi..
He states over diis own signature,
in the following.personal note to the
editor, when he subscribed for the
Mr. J. L. Minis;
Edgefield, S. C.
I first subscribed
for the. dear old paper the first of
the year 1859 through your grandi
nh ele, Mr. James H. Mims. I was]
then attending to business for him?
on his plantation. I have been tak
H without ceasing ever -ince. J
T will be 74 years old if I live until]
the 10th day of November next.
My general health is as good as I
could ask at this" time, though7 am
very weak and it is with difficulty |
that ! can see to read or write.
Otherwise I am well, and hope this]
will find you and loved ones w???V
" j, Yours very truly,:
j. M. AITON:
Rosa, S.. C., October 29th,tl908. |
/ As above stated, we feel greatly
honored in beirig able to publish the
cut and personal note from Major
Aiton, 'a representative and very
worthy son of old Edgefield county.
The njtimber of newspapers in Sonth
Carolina (if there be any others at
all) is very limited that has names
upon its Subscription Jist that have
been there for half a century.
Maj. Aiton no~w receives The Ad
vertiser gratis, itnd will continue to
receive it with the* compliments of
the editor until he shall have reach
the end of life's journey, which we j
sincerely trust. will be yet very j
HISTORIC SAND-BAR FERRY I
Owned by an Edgefield Man,
Mr. Warren Fair.
Now that a movement is on foot
to abolish Sand Bar Ferry, across
the Savannah river and substitute]
for it ? bridge, the history of the
old ferry is interesting. The first j
owner of the property, CoL Pepper,
who in 1739, while at Fort Moore!
Bluff, the eminence overlooking the |
riverton the South Carolina Side,; ob
tained a charter and permission to
introduce a ferryboat from the Co
lonial Government. Gov. Bull later I
transferred the /charter and the
property to Col. Pepper, who in
turn transmitted them to the Lamar
family. The Lamars conducted the
ferry business for a number of years
and sold it to Col. Abney Whatley.
It remained a Whatley property un
til the close of the civil war when
Mr.- Johnathan Miller, who by the
way, is still in the land of the living
and*with faculties unimpaired, atan
age close to a century, purchased it
from H. H. Hickman, administrator,
for $20,000. Mr. Miller-held it for
about ten years and sold it to Mr.
Warren Fair, who a little over two
years ago sold it to Mr. Paul Dunbar
for 87,000. In course af a year the
ferry again changed hands and is
now the property once more of Mr.
Warren Fair. For a number of
year before and after the war the
annual income of the ferry reached
a sum as high as ?25,000. The 'vn
nnal-income at present is said to be
between $3,000 and $4,000. The
ferry ownership includes parcels of
lane?, ten to fifteen acres, on each
side of the river, on which taxes are
paid to Richmond county and Aiken
county, respectively.-Aiken Re
NEWS FROM TRENTON.
Land Changes Hands. Wed
ding Bells Soon to King,
Floral Fair to be Held.
Everything is very quiet about
our little town at present. The sale
of cotton has been practically stop
ped, owing to the sickness of one of
the buyers and the other withdraw-'
.ing to Edgefield. The cotton crop
has been almost gathered, and now
the farmers have begun to plan for
1U0U. We have heard a number of
leading farmers say that they in
tend to plant large crops of grain
and thereby cut the cotton crop.
Goldman & Co., of New York,
closed the salo of Vann & Leppard's
stock on Saturday. This sale has
bepn going on for two weeks.
It was reported that one of the
collectors for k book company was
arrested here on Saturday. This
company seems to have sold a lot of
books in this section. The writer
was told by one working for the
company that something like 81,300
worth of books were sold here. A
great amount of these were sold to
people who cannot read at all. We
heard of .numbers who purchased
several dollars worth of these books
and now when they have not made
enough to pay their honest debts,
these collectors are foreseeing them
by threatening to take their houser
Mr. Geo. S. Courtney , will leave
Trenton in the near future for Ai
ken, where he goes to enter busi
Mr. I. A. Webb has purchased
his place and will reside there after
this year. >
Mr. L. D. Swearingen is enjoy
ing the bliss of fatherhood. It is a
It is reported that wedding bells
will soon he ringing from one end
ofthex Aiken road section to the
other. If reports are true it seems
that they will be so frequent that
some will be double. Xhere is but
one regret we have to . express and
that is all of these fair maidens
will be taken far away. Some will
stop within the bounds of our own
state, Georgia, to the blue grass
region. You, even to tfc? Rocky
p^Ir. James Black, of Saluda coun
ty, has purchased a part of the Luke
Crouch place and is now movingto
his new home. We are. glad to, see
these good people from Saluda come
into our community. This reminds
ns that some of our best and most
substantial citizens were once r?si
dents of that part of old Edgefield
that is now' Saluda . county. They
have all proved to be worthy citizens.
Mrs. J. H. Privette, of Darling
ton, who has been visiting her
daughter, Mm J. H. Courtney, will
return home on Wednesday.
Mrs. R. B. Smith will return this
week from Columbia where she
went for treatment. We are glad to
know that she has greatly improved
The annual floral exhibition will
be held on November 3rd. Dinner
will be served by the ladies who are
interested in the cemetery. The pro
ceeds of this will be expended for
a new fence.
Mrs. Burquette, a Swedish lady,
was buried at Ebenezer last Tues
j day. The funeral service was con
ducted by Rev. Mr. Gillespie. Mrs.
Burquette, with her husband and
four little children, came here from
Boston more than a year ago. They
settled ?on some land over the line
in Aiken county sold them by Mr.
J. M. Swearingen. These people
are a good class of immigrants;
They are hard working, honest,
Christian people. The. family have
the deepest sympathy of our whole
community in this hour of sadness.
Delegates to Charleston.
The following ladies from the
Edgefield association will attend
the Woman's Missionary Union
convening in Charleston November
10th to 12th:
Miss Robbie Jones and Mrs. W.
S. G.* Heath, Antioch; Mrs. J. P.
Nixon, Clark's Hill; Mrs. J. H.
Tillman, Mrs. J. W. Peak, Mrs.
Barnwell Jones, Mrs. J. H. Allen,
Misses Eileen Ouzts and Kate Patti
son, Edgefield; Miss Mary Emma
Williams, Gilgal; Miss Madge
Mays, Horn's Creek; Mrs. W. P.
Parks, Miss Lucy Jaro, Parksville;
Mrs. Hugh Wates, Mrs. W. E.
Prescott ' and Miss Alma Ham
mond, Red Hill; Misses Carrie
Burkhalter, Julia and Fannie Joe
Strom, Rehoboth; Mrs. Kate M.
Black and Mrs. J. C. Long, Mrs.
E. L. Posey, Mrs. A. I. Webb,
Trenton; Mrs. J. L. Griffis, Red
Mrs. P. B. Day and Mrs. J. D.
Mathis were in Edegfield Monday
and stated that everybody in ana
around Trenton are coming to the
floral fair Friday, including nurses
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The Advertiser lays claim to
fact that it was established
the same name. Othei
v age of the oldest of
fished March 2
Greatly Missed at Ceder Springs
The Palmetto Leaf Published 1>:
he faculty and student body of thc
Cedar Spring Institute had the fol
lowing to say of Hon. John E
Swearingen's absence last week:
"Hon. J. E Swearingen-i t seem!
hard not to say John-is one of, "oui
boys." History simply told is this
accidentally blinded by the dis
charge of a gun when about ter
years old, a pupil here, a student al
the South Carolina University, a
teacher here nine years, State Super
?intendent of Education elect for thc
State of South Carolina. None wish
j ed hird success more than his Cedai
Spring friends; none miss him more
than we do now that he is gone. He
?did a strong work here and put
! hope and ambition into every pupil
that came under him. We feel in
' his new field that he will be of gr eat
help to our achool. We would beg
him to remember that the Leaf ''de
mands" an article from him just as
in the days gone by."
Attention County Schools.
The Edgefield chapter of the
Daughters of the Confederacy is
offering a gold medal, to be awarded
as a prize for the best essay on
Gen. Robt. E. Lee. This offer is
open to all pupils of the various
schools of our county, boys and
girls from the ages of 15 through
the 18th year. Every teacher is re
quested to choose the best two
papers from each school, one a boy's
and the other a girl's and send these
twg,to Mrs. Julian Holstein, secre
tary of the chapter, by December
14th as none coming in later can be
accepted. The papers sent in will be
read before the members of the
chapter by Mrs. Holstein and the
best six three boys and three girls
will be chosen by the D?ughters
and these parties will be notified at
once, that they will be expected
to read their essays in the opera
house of our county seat on Janua
ry 19th, 1909, to an audience assem
bled in celebration of Lee's birth
. The Diughter? of the Confedera
cy will attend in a body and decide
then and there which essay as well
as delivery is the best and the medn.
al will be awarded on this occasio ._
It is earnestly hoped .that the var
ohs schools will take this matte1*
up and co-operate with the U. D. C
in trying to instill a love and inter
est in the Confederacy in the young
people of our county.
Veterans desiring Crosses of
Honor will call on Mrs. Griffin at
the Edgefield Bank for application
blanks as soon as possible and have
same filled out properly returning
them to her at once. Orders for
Crosses must go in between the 1st
and 10th of November as this is the
time appointed for the State Cus
todian to receive applications.
Mrs. N. G. Evans, Pres.
Mrs. J. D. Holstein, Sec.
Tris xfitsir. >? . ". M '? ' .?>: r. .,
?ing the oldest newspaper in Soul
i January 1835, nearly 74 years J
japers claim to be older, but theil
he papers consolidated. Kerewil
d, 1837, Vol. 2, No. 4, the imper
don of the old paper photog
COLD SPS ?NG NEWS.
School Flourishing Farmers Sow
ing Grain, Christian Women
The crop for the year 11)08 is
about all gathered. Short crops,
short prices and everything: else
high makes "hard times."
The farmers are very busy now
sowing grain. It seems to bethe
general intention among them to
plant a larger number of acres this
year than usual. That means less
cotton planted next year and more
"hog and hominy"
Our school is running full time
now and the attendance is good,
considering that the farmers are so
busy and need the help of their
children. Miss Strom is boarding at
the hospitable home of our pastor
and is giving music lessons to his
two bright little boys. She is also
giving music lessons to other young
people in the' neighborhood. Mr.
Mellichanip is boarding with Mrs.
Sallie Thomas who for many years
has thrown open her doors to the
teachers, thereby conferring a favor
upon them and the patrons of thc
The ladies of the Red Hill
church entertained themselves very
pleasantly last week and at thc
same time accomplished something
useful. They divided into two
groups one meeting at Mrs. Dr.
Prescott's home, the other at ''Rose
Cottage" and each group quilted a
quilt for the Connie Maxwell or
phanage. Some little child's dreams
will be made sweeter by nestling
under the quilts made by the hands
of the sympathising mothers of
At the last meeting of our young
people's organization of this church
they made a move toward beautify
ing the inside' of the church and
the grounds. This church is already
one of the best country churches in
this county but we believe in push
ing forward, and ?not "let well
enough alone" when it comes to
matters of this kind.
Ask Mr. John Bailey how he en
joyed the show at Edgefield last
The monument erected to the
memory of Mr. John Wash, by the
Woodmen of the World will be un
veiled at Rehoboth the 2nd Sunday
in November. ?)r. A. J. S. Thomas
of Greenville has' been invited to
preach for our pastor at ll a. m.
and to deliver the unveiling address
at 2 p. m. There will be dinner
served on the grounds.
About two weeks ago Mr. Le wis I
Glanton had the misfortune of
sticking a nail in his leg near the
knee. Blood poison set in and he
has been suffering very much, but
we are glad to say that there isl
some improvement at this writing.
Notwithstanding the fact that
this year has turned out to he a
In South Carolina.
th Carolina, basing its claim to tha
igo, and hais been published contir
r age is probably gained through <
I h is reproduced in part a copy of
feet impression being due to the
raphed for making the cut sh
Items of Interest From the
The eighteenth session of the 1
South Carolina Co-Educational In
stitute commenced on the 30th of
Upon returning the students found
the building and surroundings great
ly improved. Acetylene gas lights
had been pf t in, bathing facilities
were ameliorated arid the fare, al
though excellent heretofore, was
found to be still better this year.
The three literary societies have
started off beautifully and it is to be
hoped that they will keep on as they
have begun. The presidents are as
follows: Of the Fidelian Literary
Society, Miss Roselle Burns; of the
Pierian Literary Society, Cadet
Lieut. L. D. Holmes and of the Bai
ley Literary Society, Cadet Capt.
A unique feature of the S. C. C. I.
is that it has a Sundah School of its.
own. Thc superintendent is Prof,
P. P. Burns; Secretary and treasurer
Capt. C. F. Colvin.
Tlie military feature is very strict
this yeai'-an excellent thing-and
we all feel sure that under the di
rect supervision of Maj. T. J. Lyon
nothing but good can result.
Counting day students and board
ers there are altogether about 200
students, a list of which Avili be giv
Oct, 24th, 1908.
Making Bryan-Kern Speeches.
The following is from the Colum
bia Correspondent to the News and
f'Hori. W. L. Daniel, of Saluda,
member-elect of the Legislature
from that county, spent to-day in the
cityon'his way home from the North.
While in Washington Mr. Daniel
wa"s called op to speak at a demo
cratic rally, and the Washington
papers report his speech in compli
mentary terms, stating that he re
ceived hearty applause from the
hard one, there has been several new
dwellings built in this section of
the county in the last few months,
besides additions or improvements
on , others. Mr. Willie Quarh s
is to have a new home soon. The
lumber has been placed on the
ground. Mr. Jack McLendon who
has built a new house in our town is
to move his family herein the near
future. We extend to them a heaity
Tho camp of the W. O. W. here
is in a flourishing condition and at
almost every meeting some poor,
blind candidate- is introduced into
the mysteries of Wood craft.
X. V. z.
t distinction and honor upon the ,
luously since that time under
:onsoIidatkm, taking the
The Advertiser put
faded and time
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DEDUCT FOR "BAGGING.
Eicporters'and Mills Limit Quan
tity of Bagging tor Baaing*
Notwithstanding the fact that
farmers have in the past been urged
to cover their cotton better so as to
protect it, the exporters and mills
have recently adopted a. rule not to
accept or purchase cotton whioa has
more than six yards of bagging to
the bale without making deduction
in weight for all in excess of that
The Edgefield buyers have re
ceived formal notice of thc new
rule and are now forced to make
suitable deductio. in weight on cot
ton they purchase which has more
than six yards of bagging to the
bale. Not to do this, as is shown by
the subjoined letters, would in the
aggregate mean heavy loss to them.
In ord?r that the people may fully
understand the position of the local
buyers, and the "why and where
fore1' of their action, we publish
letters from certain mills ahd*ex
porters to whom they ship cotton.
The first is a letter from an ex
porter to Messrs. W. W. Adams
<fc Co., which shows that this
Edgefield firm recently sustained a
loss of ?1.78 per bale on 10 bales
of cotton on account of deduction
for excessive quantity of bagging.
The letter is as follows:
'Messrs. W. W. Adams & Co.,
Edgefield, S. C.
Attached hereto is claim for
?17.83, account surplus bagging
picked oh! ten bales cotton in your
shipment marked "LEX."
Please send cheque to cover.
A large cotton mill has also writ
ten Mr. Adams as follows upon this
Mr. W. WY Adams,
Edgefield, S. C.
There is considerable
complaint about the excessive tare
on the cotton that you ship us, and
we think you1 ought to require the
farmers from whom you buy cotton
not to put so much bagging on the
bales. I understand that several buy
ers have withdrawn from your ter
ritory on account of the excessive
tare and if this is the case you
should certainly protect your old
friends, the cotton mills, who have
stood by you so long and have made
little or no complaint heretofore
about this matter. It is serious, how
ever, and you should help to pro
tect our interests in the matter.
With kind regards, I am,
Not having r?ceived a reply to
the foregoing letter, the mill wrote
I REV. A.B. WATSON RETIR?S.
Withdraws From Active Misft
is>ry After Thirty-six Year$/
After many years of ministry
spent as an active member of the
Methodist Conference Rev. A. B.
Watson has concluded to become
one of the supernumeraries of his
church. For thirty six years he bias
preached, passing through all the
ranks into which the Methodists
,divide, their ministers. For nine
teen years he has been an. "active
minister." Having served in all sec
tions of the state, he is generally
known; and by reason of his lova-*
ble character has endeared himself
to each of his congregations.. Find
ing that his health" is notedjuj to
the demands of the active ministry
he has bought a farm a few miles (
out of Beaufort at Cherry Hill
where he plans to live with his wife
and younger , children. Before be
coming a preacher he was a farmer
and looks forward with pleasure to
rounding out his life in the same
occupation with which.; he began it.
Cherry Hill contains 180 acres and
its homestead overlooks the upper
pirt of, Port Royal harbor from a
high bluff which is shaded by live
oaks and palmettoes. He is enthusi
astic about Beaufort, its climate and
opportunities. As an illustration bf
the sacrifices that the ministry de|
mands it may be mentioned that
this properly represents Mr. Wat
son's savings before he went into
the ministry and that for hismany
years of labor for his people through
the church he has nothing to show
in the shape of this world's goods..
At. the army post. at Fort Fre
mont Rev. Watson, has held regu
lar services in the mess hall-the
soldiers like him, he is the kind of
man men like to tie to; at Seabrook .
he has a small congregation that is.
growing; the Port Royal church
has been in his charge beside the
one in Beaufort. As a supernumera
ry he will preach occasionally to all
of these congregations, each of
which is very glad that it will not
lose altogether a pastor of . whom
they are sp fond.-Beaufort Ga--'
Mr. Adams- a second -time~AstioJv
Mr. W. W. Adams
?Edgefield; S. C.
We have received no.
reply from you to our letter ' about
tar, so here after we shall- deduct
50c per bale on all cotton: that has
excessivetare. We give this infor
mation for your guidance 'so that
you may know what to do with your ^
Unless something is done in this
regard many of the buyers will leave
your territory, and it will work io
your disadvantage in the end.
With kind regards, I am,
Mr. A. E. Padgett, president of
the Edgefield Mercantile Company,
has also- received several letteas
bearing upon the same subject, the
following being an exact copy of
one of these letters:
Edgefield Mercantile Company,
We sent you sev
eral days ago a copy of the Caroli
na Mill Rules under which most
cotton in this section is sold, and
we wish to call your attention to
the fact that this year the mills are
allowing only 20 pounds of bagging
and ties to the bale on uncompressed
cotton. There has been great com
plaint on cotton shipped from your
section having more than the or
dinary amount of bagging that
would he used on a bale of cotton.
We trust that you will, co-operate
wit h us in getting the farmers to
reduce the amount of bagging put
on cotton within the prescribed
limits of the Carolina Mill : Rules,
and we are writing you to let you
know., that cotton purchased from
you in the future will be made ac
cording to Carolina Mill Rules .and
for excess tare over 20 potinds, de
ductions will be made; In most
towns now farmers use 6 yards of
bagging instead of from 9 to 12
pounds. We trust that your cus
tomers will do likewise, so' that all
parties can be protected.
While it is a great hardship upon
farmers to lose all bagging in ex
cess of six yards that was put on
cotton before the mills and export
ers announced the new ;*ule, yet the*
above letters show that, the buyers
at this place are in no way respon
sible for it. The fact is, they are as
powerless to remedy the matteras
are the farmers themselves. .
The names of the writers of the
above letters have been withheld but,
they are in our possession, and any
one desi/ing to read the letters can
do so. f