Newspaper Page Text
VOL 73. EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28tb, 1908. NO. 38.
For F:fty Consecutive Years a
Subscriber For The Adver
Tlii ; newspaper has on its sub
scripti -n list seores of persons who
have been c.notant readers for twen
ty, lliirty and forty years, but only
a limited number who have reached
the half century mark. We feel
hon. red in being able to present
to our reade s this week a cut of
.Maj. J. NV. Aiton, of Rosa, S. C.
Greenwood county, formerly Edge
lie'd. who has heirn a subscriber for
The Advertiser for ii fey consecutive
year:, lacking oujy about two
mon li >.
Ile states over his own s'gnature,
in the following personal note to the
editor, when he subscribed for the
-Mr. J. L. .Minis,
Edgetield, S. C.
T first subscribed
for the dear old paper the first of
the year 185!) through your grand
uncle, Mr. James H. Minis. I was
then attending to business for him
on his plantation. 1 have been tak
,in<i it without ceasing ever Ginee..,
I will be 74 .veal's old if I live until
the 10th day of "November next.
My general health is as good as I
could ask at this time, though am
very weak and it is with difficulty
that I can see to read or write.
Otherwise I am well, and hope this
will find you and love?' ones well.
Yours very truly,
.1. M. AITON.
Rosa, S. C., October 29th,?1908.
As above stated, we feel greatly
honored in being able to publish the
cut and personal note from Major
Aiton, a representative and very
worthy son of old Edgetield county.
The number of newspapers in South
Carolina (if there be any others at
all) is very limited that has names
upon its subscription list that have
been there for haifa century.
Maj. Aiton now receives The Ad
vertiser gratis, and will continue to
receive it with the compliments of
the editor until he shall have reach
the end of life's journey, which we
sincerely trust will be yet very
HISTORIC SAND-BAR FERRY
Owned by an Edgefield Man,
Mr. Warren Fair.
Now that a movement is on foot
to abolish Sand liar Ferry, across
the Savannah river and substitute
for it a bridge, the history of the
??ld ferry is interesting. The first
owner of the property, Col. Pepper,
who in 17:?'.i, while at Fort Moore
J il uff, the eminence overlooking the
river on tin- South Carolina Side, ob
tained a charter ami permission to
introduce a ferryboat from the Co
lonial Government. Gov. Hull later
transferred the charter and the
properly to Col. Pepper, who in
turu transmitted them to tin- Lamar
family. Tie- Lunars conducted the
ferry business for a number of years
ami sold il t?? Co!. Abney Whatley.
lt remained a Whatley property un
til the ?-lose of the civil war when
Mn Johnathan -Miller, who by th"
way, is still in the land of the living
ami with faculties unimpaired, atan
agc close to a century, purchased it
from ll. II. Hickman, administrator,
for $20,000. -Mr. .Miller held it for
about ten years and sold it to Mr.
Warren Fair, who a little over twe
years ago sohl it to-Mr. Paul Dunbar
for *7,0U0. 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 825,000. The an
nual income at present is said to be
between ?S:J,()U0 and ?4,0U?. The
ferry ownership includes parcels of
lam?, ten to fifteen acres, on each
side of the river, on which taxes are
paid to Richmond county and Aiken
county, respectively.-Aiken Re
I NEWS FROM TRENTON.
Land Changes Hands, Wed
ding Bells Soon to Ring,
Flora! 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 of1
the buyers and the other withdraw-'
inir to Edjretield. The cotton crop
has been almost gathered, and now
the farmers have begun to plan for
1!)00. We have heard a number of
leading fanners say that they in
tend to plant large crops of grain
and thereby cut the cotton crop.
Gold .nan it Co., of New York,
closed the sale of Yann <fc Leppard's
stock on Saturday. This sale has
bern going on for two weeks.
It was reported that one of the
collectors for h book company was
arrested here on Saturday. This
company seems to have sold a lot of J
books in this section. The writer!
was told by one working for thc
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 number' 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. T. A. Webb has purchased
his place and will reside there after
Mr. JA D. Swearingen is enjoy-1
ing the bliss of fatherhood. It is a I
It is reported that wedding bells
will soon be ringing from one end
of the Aiken road section to the
other. If reports are true it seems
that they will be so frequent that
some will be double. There 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. Yea, even to th?. Rocky
Mr. James Black, of Saluda coun
ty, has purchased a part of the Luke
Crouch place and is now moving to
his new home. We are glad to see
these good people from Saluda come
into our community. This reminds
us that some ot our best and most
substantial citizens were once resi
dents of that part of old Edgetield
that is now Saluda county. They
have all proved to be worthy citizens.
Mrs. J. II. Privette, of Darling
ton, who has been visiting her
daughter, Mrs. 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
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
Edgetield association will attend
the Woman's Missionary Union
convening in Charleston November
10th to ISth:
Miss Robbie Jones and Mrs. W. I
S. G. Heath, Antioch; Mrs. J. 1?.
Nixon, Clark's Hill; Mrs. J. H.
Tillman, Mrs. J. W. Peak, Mrs.
Barnwell Jones, Mrs. J. II. Allen,
Misses Eileen Ouzts and Kate Patti
son, Edgetield; Miss Mary Emma
Williams, Gilgal; Miss Madge
Mays, Hom'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. JJ. Posey, Mrs. A. I. Webb,
Trenton; Mrs. J. L. Griffis, Red
Mrs. P. B. Day and Mrs. J. I).
Mathis were in Edegtield Monday
and stated that everybody in and
around Trenton are coming to the
floral fair Friday, including nurses
The Advertiser lays claim to bi
fact that it was established ii
the same name. Other ;
age of the oldest of I
lished March 3r
Greatly Missed at Ceder Springs.
The Palmetto Leaf Published By
he faculty and student body of the
Cedar Spring Institute had the fol
lowing to say of Hon. John E.
Swearingen's absence last week:
'Hon. J. E Swearingen-i t seems
hard not to say John-is one of "our
boys." History simply told is this:
accidentally blinded by the dis
charge of a gun when about ten
years old, a pupil here, a student at
thc South Carolina University, a
teacher here nine years, State Super
intendent of Education elect for the
State of South Carolina. None wish
ed him success more than his Cedar
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. Wc feel in
his new field that he will be of gr eat
help to our school. 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 Edgetield chapter of thc
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, hoys 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
two to Mrs. Julian Holstein, secre
tary ol' the chapter, by December
14th as none coming in later can he
accepted. The papers sent, in will he
read before the members of thc j
chapter hy .Mrs. Holstein and the
best six three boys and three girls
I will he chosen hy the Daughters
and these parties will he notified at
once, that they will he 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 Daughters of the Confedera
cy will attend in a body and decide
then and there which essay as well
as delivery is the best and thc niedn.
al will be awarded on this occasio .
It is earnestly hoped that the var
ons 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 Edgetield 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.
? trjektr,' ? v. - . ?
sing the oldest newspaper in Scut
n January 1835, nearly 74 years a
papers claim to be older, but their
the papers consolidated. Kerewit
d, 1837, Vol. 2, No. 4, the imper!
ition of the old paper photogi
COLD SPR.'NG NEWS.
School Flourishing Farmers Sow
ing Grain, Christian Women
The crop for thc year li)08 is
about ail gathered. Short crops,
short prices and everything else
high makes "hard times.*'
The farmers arc very busy now
sowing grain. It seems to lie thc
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 thc attendance is good,
considering that thc farmers arc so
busy and need thc help of their
children. Miss Strom is boarding at
thc hospitable home of our pastor
and is giving music lessons to his
two bright little boys. She is also
giving music lessons t<? other young
people in thc neighborhood. Mr.
Mellichamp is boarding with Mrs.
Salive Thomas who for many years
has thrown open her doors tn thc
teachers, thereby conferring a favor
upon them and the patrons of thc
Thc ladies of the Ked Hill
church entertained themselves very j
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 al "Ros;.
Cottage''ami 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 thc hands
of the sympathising mothers of
At the last meeting ol' mir young
people's organization of this church
they made a move toward beautify
ing the inside of the church and I
thc grounds. This church is already
one of the best country churches in
this county but wc 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 thc show at Kdgcfield last
The monument erected to thc
memory of Mr. John Wash, hy the
Woodmen of the World will he un
veiled at Rehoboth thc ?nd Sunday
in November. Dr. A. J. S. Thomas
of Greenville has been invited to!
preach for our pastor at 11 a. m.
and to deliver the unveiling address
at 2 p. m. There will he dinner
served on thc grounds.
About two weeks ago Mr. Le wis i
Glanton had thc misfortune of
sticking a nail in his leg near the
knee. Blood poison set in and he
has been suffering very inneh. hut
we arc glad to say that there is1
some improvement at this writing, j
Notwithstanding the fact that j
this year has turned ont to be a
in South Carolina.
h Carolina, basing its claim to tha
Lgo, and has been published contir
age is probably gained through <
h is reproduced in part a copy of
feet impression being due to the
raphed for making the cut st
Items of Interest From the
Thc ci i;!; teen tl) session of thc
South Carolina Co-Educational In
stitute commenced on the 80th of
Upon returning the students found
the building and surroundings great
ly improved. Acetylene gas lights
had been pst in, bathing facilities
wore ameliorated and thc faro, 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 Fiddian Literary
Society, .Miss Roselle Burns: of the
Pierian Literary ?Society, Cadet
Lieut. L. I). Holmes and of the Hai
ley Literary Society, Cadet Capt.
A uni(|iic feature of the S. C. C. I.
is that it has a Stindah School of its.
own. Thc superintendent is Prof,
P. P. Hums; Secretary and treasurer
Capt. C. F. Colvin.
The military feature is very strict
this year-nu excellent thing and
we all feel sure that under thc di
rect supervision of .Maj. T. J. Lyon
nothiii?'hui good can result.
Counting day students and board
ers there are altogether about 200
?tildents, :i list of which will lie giv
Oct. 24t.ll, IDOS.
Making Bryan-Kern Speeches.
Thc following is from the Colum
bia Correspondent to the News and
'"Hon. W. L. Daniel, of Saluda,
mcmbcr-elcd of the Legislature
from that county, spent to-day in the
eit.vonjiis way home from the North.
While in Washington .Mr. Daniel
was 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
thc county in thc last few mouths,
besides additions or improvements
on others. Mr. Willie Quarhs
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 heal ty
Th.- camp of thc W. O. W. here
is in ;i flourishing condition and at
almost every meeting some poor,
blind candidate is introduced into
the mysteries of Wood cruft.
X. V. z.
.t distinction and honor upon the
?uously since that time under
consolidation, taking the
The Advertiser pub
: faded and time
DEDUCT FOR BAGGING.
Exporters and Mills Limit Quan
tity of Bagging for Baling
Notwithstanding the fact that
fanners 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 which iias
more than six yards of bagging to
the bale without making deduction
in weight for all in excess of tiiat
Thc Edgefield buyers have re
ceive?! formal notice of the n:>w
rule and are now forced to make
suitable deduction in weight on cot- ,
ton they purchase which has more
than six yards of hagging to the
bale. Not to do this, as is shown by
the subjoined letters, would in the
aggregate mean heavy loss to them.
In onl?r that the people may fully
understand the position of the local
buyers, and the "why and where
fore" ol' their action, we publish
letters from certain mills ano* ex- '
porters lo whom they ship cotton.
The first is a letter from au ex
porter to Messrs. W. W. Adams
it Co.. which shows that this
Kdgelield firm recently sustained a
loss of ? l.78 per bale on lu bales >
nf cotton on account of deduction
for excessive quantity of hagging. 1
The letter is as follows:
.Messrs. W. W. Adams it Co.,
Attached hereto is claim for
?17.83, account surplus bagging
picket1, oil' ten bales cotton in your
shipmen 1 marked LEXi"
Please send cheque to cover.
A large cotton mill has also writ
ten Mr. Adams as follows upon this
Mr. NY. \Y. Adams,
Edgetield, S. C.
There is considerable
complaint about the excessive tare
on the cotton that you ship us, and
wi' think you 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- .
tool our interests in the matter.
With kimi regards, 1 am,
Not having received a reply to i
the foregoing letter, the mill wrote <
REV. A. B. WATSON RETIRES.
Withdraws From Active Minis
is ? ry After Thirty-six Year?
After many years of ministry
spent as an active member of the
Methodist Conference Rev. A. B.
Watson lias concluded to become
one of the supernumeraries of his
church. For thirty six years he has
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 cln- -acter has endeared himself
to each of his congregations. Find
ing that his health is not equal 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
p irt 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 of
the sacrifices that the ministry def
mauds it may be mentioned that
this property represents Mr. Wat
son's savings before he went into
the ministry and that for his'many
years of labor for Iiis 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 arc so fond.-Beaufort Ga
Mr. Adams a feccond time as fol
Mr. W. W. Adams
,Edgef?eld; 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
excessivetarc. 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 to
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,
Edgefield, S. C.
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 be 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 yon
know that cotton purchased from
you in the future will be made ac
cording to Carolina Mill Rules and
for excess tare over 20 pounds, 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 rule, 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 matter as
xre the farmers themselves.
The names of the writers of the
above letters have been withheld but
they are in our possession, and any
one desiring to read the letters can
ll O SO. j'