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EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16th, 1909.
. NOT A SINECURE.
Recounts Trials of Editor of
Weekly Newspaper, Must
Be Man of AH Work. ,
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In the -foliowirig^ well written ar
ticle which was pablishsd in Sun
day's issue of tha Augusta Chroni
cle, Mr. W. P. Calhoun sets forth
some, of the ups and down of a
I have a varied experience as a
newspaper correspondent, and apee1
Jal reporter for daily papers,. and
/:? some experience as an editor on ?
daily paper.. Besides, I have been
an editor of a weekly paper long
enough to ham.the trials and tribu
lations of the man who undertakes
to properly conduct ?hat kind of a
"Most people think that the edi
tor of a weekly has nothing to^do,
that his life is an easy one. They
never stop tojinvestigate the inat
ter and leam the real facti. His
trials and tribulations are many, ?nd
hisVork heavy and grinding. He
must ?be editor, local reporter, busi
ness manage:-, business agent, solici
ting all the time advertisements and
subscriptions, and must loolc after
every detail of the type -setting ?and
the making up of his papers He
must act editor .and play the devil.
He must be careful, to write ed
itorials that will not offend any fac
tion in his town or county* or any
man or men of influence. At least,
that is expected of him. If his pa
per, contains an offending editorial,
or local article, the party offended
will have his paper stopped. ' If he
says a tittle more about one local
advertiser than another, though
what i> said is jnslT\aud right, of
fense is given and there is a loss of
advertising patronage. He has to
sit, think and ponder ovor all such
matters. He cannot With a free mind
sit down to his editorial table and
dash off editorial or Jo.cal matter as
he would like to. He is bound hand
and foot and so cramped .that he can
not.do himself justice. Itis all right
to write free-laudatory articles by
the -column on church fairs, public
entertainments and th? like. - His
pay is a free ticket handed aut^as if
it was just so much money thrown
"He is beat ont pf all kinds of. ad
vertising matter m which her has
no interest but which he dare not
refuse. Notices of this and notices
of Qiat are sent to him to publish
free in a manner indicating that an
honoris being conferred.'
"Candidates/who have been elect
ed to office and some who have been
defeated,, send long cards for' publi
cation, '?hanking the people for elec
tion or the' vote received, and then
claim that they owe nothing because
their cards of. announcement, worth
ten dollars and costing five, have
been published in his paper.
'^en who desire to carry on ?
personal controversy, . think that
What they say ought to go in free
and get mad because pay is demand
"'Why' they say'we subscribe for
your paper.' The subscription at^
best is $1.50 and the matter to be
printed ranges anywhere from ten
to fifty dollars, yet for $1.50 he is
expected to print ali that matter.
"The type settee and devil are
not angels and may be classed as
very uncertain quantities, except
that those quantities give the editor
very certain trouble from week to
week. If a local event is overlook
ed, those interestedr?re sure to claim
that the oversight was intentional.
"Town factions are very hard to
deal with. ???h keeps its eyes open
and its ear to the ground to try to
figure out to wi?ch side the paper
is leaning. Let jfche country editor
use all possible diligence to steer be-,
tween the twio anil his efforts will
fail. The best plan in a matter of
this kind is to hew to the line and
then the editor will be respected.
Otherwise, he will find fhimself be
tween the .devil and the deep sea.
"In the local social field no one
must be overlooked and each must
be put on a par with the Other.
' The position of a country editor
is a hard one and a thankless one,
and one that this writer does not
care to assinne again? His experience
bas been sufficient to . show him j
"I havex three husbands to sup
port," .pleaded the-ragged beggar
'.'What-you are a bigamist?"
"No, sir. One husband's mine, and
the others belong to my two daugh
Dapper Agent: Can't I take your
order for one' of our^encyclopedias?"
Basyman: "No, my son will be
home from college next month." "
Prescott .School Closes V\
Successful Year, Delightfu
There were probably half ?a d
en or more -.schools iii the >eou\
whose patrons and trustees w<
wide-awake ?md progressive enou
to secure stiVfe .aid, enablingvtfi
to prolong their school term I
youd the usual length. Thes-Pr<
cott school was among those tb
received money from the state a
pro pria tiou. The session which la
eel more than six months clos
Sith appropriate exercises Frid
stand a'picnic was held on t
school grounds Saturday.
The Prescott school-has be
taught by Miss Lila Lanham,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs.- D.
Lanham, of Ropers. Miss Lanha
isa full graduate of Due We
Female college and is well'fitted f
teaching. She has been parler
painstaking,- thorough, and her se
vices throughout, .the session hai
given entire satisfaction to the p
frons. There is very general regr
on the part of the pupils and p
irons that she can hot be engage
for another year.
There is now hore in the count
or state a more ideally located <
more attractively environed scho<
building than that in which^tl
Prescott, school ?s taught. Seven
hundred yards in the .rear of D
W. E. Prescott's residence' there
? very beautiful, densely shade
grove of stately oaks, with sufi
cient intermingling of. pines an
hickory to give variety; ?and it is i
the heart of this grove th?t the con
fortable school building is locate?
Some, distance in the rear of tl
building, - but near enough how?n
to be used as a playground, lu see
a lovely meadow of many acre
With a dense canopy over headx)
the one hand, and a soft, gree
carpet under foot on the lother, til
pupils sof the Prescott school ha?
an ideal place for disporting then
selves during the recess .period)
And being away' from ?the p?bli
thoroughfare, "far from the maw
ding' crowd," there is ?nothing to d
vert the children or interfere wit
$heir "book learning"
^SEhis l?poi is to? ri??l.v4*avorerMb?
nature to be given ov^r" entirely't
Children, whose immature mind
are incapable of drinking in and ar.
predating to the fullest the beat
ties of nature-that would be lik
permitting the flower to "waste it
sweetness, on; the 'desert air." Cor
sequen tly, tire young, middle-aged
and old, were all invited to assen
ble in the Prescott school grove 01
Saturday last to enjoy a neighbor
While there are other patrons o
the school who also contributed t<
the success of the picnic, yet) if w<
had to single ojat one individual a
the host on this delightful occasior
we woujd^name the genial, large
hearted, whole-souled Dr. W. E
Prescott whcTcan come nearer forge
ting and ignoring self in serving
?n4 entertaining others, especially
his guests, than anyone we have eve;
seen before, and Mrs. Prescott, wh<
also contributed so much to tin
pleasure of Saturday's picnickers, ri
never happier than when she is add
ing to the comfort, joy and happi
ness of some one else.
Joggling boards, nee-saws anc
swings were provided for the chi!
dren who could enjoy themselves or
this picnic day without having theil
ears involuntarily listening for the
school bell, calling them from theil
games and sports back to "books."
Seats were arranged under the
spreading white oaks.for the older
persons, while the sixteeners and
those of the "spooning" age (what
ever that means) w^re paired off in
buggies or engaged io,' low-toned
tete-a-tetes somewhat apart from
the crowdi What was more popular
on thisi hot;. sweltering <lay than a
pnnch bowl at a stag dinner, was
the lemonade stand. For fear, of
widely missing the mark w? will
not attempt to say how many hun
dreds of gallons of ice-cold lemo
nade 'HJncle Billy" Cartledge made.
Naturally, one's thirst - for cor1
drinks on a hot June day is abc
mally i great, especially at a picnic,
6ut when the beverage is handed out
without money and without price
ab. free and limitless as the air-one
seems to undergo an anatomical
transformation, being as hollow as
a reed from head to foot. In truth,
some of the boys were either as hol
low as reeds or as porous as a sponge.
When it cornes to speaking of the
dinner, our voice is hushed and our
pen is stilled, being unequal to tin.
task. The choicest of. everything it
seemed had been held in reserve.for
that day. Not only the fatted calf,
hut the fattest calf, along with the
choicest lambs had been Eilain and
Then in addition to the barbecue
I ? ..V,
Two Brainy You
Mr. John C. Shep
Mr. Tohu C. Sheppan
versity, n?ving m ride a sp]
understand that it is his pi
Mr. Thos. H. Rainsfori
has also made an excellen
cad^t office in the corps,
been engaged to teach mn
Va., next session.
dinner, the picnic baskets were sup
plied with chicken, ham, salad,
pickles, and sweet things without
number. Everything was "not only
delightfully prepared and served,
but the absence off the, crowding
and confusion incident to serving
dinner at large picnics ?t&bled one
to enjoy it more fnlly$\Mrs. Pres
cott prepared two large waiters,
helped in pyramid styl?^ for the.
triter and Mr. W. B. ?ogburn, who
withdrew to the roots of a near by
oak and there they-sat vis-a-vis for
half an hour. During this time only
a few words weiro uttered but, as
the youngsters of tooday would say,
thore was something doing. Wc
thought at one time that-a blpclc
?nd-tackle would ..be necessary to
raise the aforesaid, gentlemen from
"~ The two ; lea?ing speakers of the
occasion "came up missing," so Mr.
Co;? burn, whose fame as a platform
speaker has now gone abroad, and
;Th e Advertiser man were asked to
fill up the gap in the afternoon.
Th'?iie' gentlemen were sorely dis
appointed when soon after dinner
the elements drove the crowd from
the grove into Dr. Prescott's resi
dence and store, for they had im
provised great speeches that would
have held the audience spellbound
for three! or four hours. However, it
all ended well.- Mr. Cogburn's De
m os th en i an eloquence would have
shattered the leaves und acorns
from the oaks as it reverberated
through that primeval grove, and,
,as for The Advertiser man, not a
vestige of bark would have been
left upon the trees. %
After being driven indoors by the
rain, the ladies /enjoyed vocal and
instrumental music ' in the ' big
house," while the masculine portion
of the crowd indulged-in conversa
tion dut at the store. There was
very general regret when good-byes
had to be said. To all who were
present, the Prescott- school picnic
will always be a pleasant memory.
Although all reptiles and most an
imals and insects are able to swim
in varying degrees, few possess the
swimming power of human beirgs.
A man has been known to swim thir
ty miles without a pause, and the
only land animal who approaches
this "performance is the American
black bear. ' .,.
The American deer, however, will
occasionally swim twelve or four
teen miles at a stretch. It is note
worthy that, whereas the hare is a
proficient swimmer, the rabbit can
not swim at all. The common
mouse and the field mouse can swim
ily a few yards, and often drowns
~ che act, yet rats can swim splen
didly. Lions and tigers swim well,
although only from necessity, to
cross a river, for example. The
horse can .swim for miles without
becoming exhausted, and shows a
wonderful instinct in choosing the
best available landing place. Bears
and moles can swim well, but bats
and monkeys are helpless in the wa
In Sunday School
The other day a New York Sun"
day school teacher asked a bi' ht
pupil: "Tommy, why do we *\y
Give us this day our daily bre ad?"
The youngster answered readily:
suppose it's because we want it
always fresh!" /
pard. Jr. 1 Mr. Thomai
i, Jr., graduated last week froyn
endid record throughout his enti
irpose to te'acl one- year and th?
-1, jr., will graduate frorrrthe C
t record, b ?tag rt o vv captain of .
Although bufcfei'ghteen years c
thematics in the Staunton Milit?
College Students Return. Mr.
and Mr?. ? &urtney Enter
tain in Honor of Their
Miss Ida Ryan has gone to Ala
bama to visit hefi^l?iier, Mrs.' Kyle.
We are glad to see with us again
our young frieipds Preston Wright
from the University and .Julius
Yann from Horner Military Acade
my, Oxford, N. 0.
Cadets R. E. Lee and W. H.
Privette came by from Clemson and
spent a few days|ivith Mr. and Mrs.
J. H. Courtney Von. their way home
to Darlington." These young men ,
were former pupils of Mr. Courtney.
On Thursday evening,Mrs. Court
ney \ entertained m "honor of her
guests, Messrs.; Lee and Privette.
?.B&r^o^^o^kWSa^iy He lu.-1.
ter, Lola Hunter, Emma Bouknight, ;
Fannie Harrison, Margie Byan,
George Hatcher; Mary Herlohg,
Ellie Swearingen, Messrs. Frank
Herlong,Preston Wright, Tom Hun
ter, Frank Salter, Julius Yann, P.
B. Day, Jr., Wm. Ryan; C. R.
Swe?ringen, R. E. Lee, Jr., W.H.
Privette. /The feature of the even
ing was a guessing contest in which ,
Mr. Frank .Herlong and Miss George
Hatcher won the prize, a box of
There ia no Success for the Man,
Who is faint-hearted.
Who shirks responsibility. '
Who never dares to take risks.
Who thinks fate, -is against him. :
Who is '^discouraged by reverses.
. Who does not believe in himself.
'Who expects nothing but failure.
Who is always belittling himself. ,
Who is always anticipating troub- .
Who waits for something to turn .
Who complains that he never had ?
Who is constantly grumbling
about his work.
Who never puts his heart into (
anything he does.
Who blames circumstances or ?
other people foi his failures. J
Who can do a poor day's work
without a protest- from his con-, ^
. Who assumes the attitude of a ,
victim whom everybody is bent on <
Who expects to eliminate from
his - work everything that is dis
agreeable or distasteful.
Who is forever wishing 1 -+, he
were doing something else jcead
of the thing he is doing.
Who clings tenaciously to old
ideas and old ways of doing things, 1
and is a slave of precedent.
Who shuts himself within his i
own little life so completely that he j
cannot take interest in anything i
outside of it. ,
Who thinks the times are always ;
out of joint, and that he was not i
born at the right moment, or in the
right place.-Suocess Magazine.
A travelling salesman stopping '.
at a hotel in a country town on cir- <
cus day refused to use the wet and
soiled crash towel in the lobby.
' In response to the drummer's pro
test the colored porter said depreca
4 Boss, seventy-five men hes wip
ed dere jans on dat tow'l dis m or n
in', an' you de fust to complain!
; H. Rainsford, Jr.
the South CarolinaUni
re college course We
in take a coarse in law.
?tadel next, week, lie
company A, the highest
if age,/Mr. Rainsford has f .
ir)' institute, Staunton,
* REHOBOTH NEWS.
Grave of the Late Mr. Wash
Dedicated by Woodmen,
Bride Welcomed, Many
Beautiful showers of rain fell
throughout our community last
Saturday and Sunday afternoon,
which was very' beneficial to the
growing crops. After ten days of
hot sunshine, General Green who
has had full sway for sometime is
about under our control.
Quito a large crowd attended
preaching service last Sunday morn
1%-, After enjoying an excellent
sermon by our pastor, Rev. .T. T.
Littlejohn. ..ironi ...
third chapter, and tiri rd:. verse',
(theme, 'Christ our keeper"), a
goodly number of sovereigns from
the Cold Spring Woodman camp,
joined by Woodmen from the
Parksville and Liberty Hill camps,
formed in line just outside of the
church,. and followed by the con
gregation, marched to the ceme
tery and decorated the grave of
deceased Sov. J. D. Wash, with
beautiful flowers. Rev. J. T. Little
john acted as master of ceremonies.
We are very glad to welcome in
to our community the pretty bride
of Mr. T. B. Gilchrist, formerly
Miss Lena Miller.
We also extend a most cordial
welcome to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph
Winn, who with his brother, Mr.
E. P. Winn, are living at the old:
home of Mr. E. C. Winn, engaged
in farming and merchandising.
Miss Carrie Talbert, who has
been successfully teaching in the
graded school at McCormick has
Miss Mamie Seigler who has been
visiting her sister, Mrs. J. W.
Cheatham, of your town since her
return from McRae, Ga., came home
Miss Louise Williamson, of
Temassee, S. C., is visiting her
sousin, Miss Kitty Lou Hughey.
Miss Wilmoth Jackson, of New
Port, S. C. who has been spending
several weeks with Miss Mary
Winn, is visiting friends in the
White Town community this week.
Misses Jiilia and Weinona Strom
are visiting their aunts, Mesdames
Sallie Gilham and Fannie Branson,
Humor of the Suffering
"We get some funny ones at
times," the druggist remarked.
"Here are notes sent me by anx
ious sufferers and others. Only yes
terday a little girl brought me this
" "My pore baby has dranked a lot
a poisin. Please cur send me some
thing by enclosed little girl. She
is my dautter.'
"Here is another:
"Ach bimmil, vat a bain I got
in my innersides. Send me sumedings
ciuicv by the kid I send mit dis.
Here is ten cents for das bain extin
"Love makes the world go round,"
quoted the Wise Cup.
"I suppose that accounts for the
fact lhat so many girls are giddy,"
added the Simple Mug.-Philadel
UNIQUE U. D. C. MEETON
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Mrs Angeline Bacon Enter tail
. ed. the Daughters of The
Confederacy in Old ?nte
On last Thursday afternoon tl
Mary Ann-Buje chapter h?ld
most interesting meeting at . tl
home of Mrs. Angeline Bacon, i
which time the old ladies of th
chapter had charge of the meetin
and furnished the program. Tl
occasion was to have been on Jun
3rd, Jefferson Davis' birthday, bt
inclement weather prevented.
Mrs. Bacon's home is)situate
about two miles from town, and ii
an ideal place of ante-bellum dayl
The scream of the peacock, as<h
strutted in tbe*grove,heralded the aj
proach of the party, -and Mrs. Bi
con gave all a hearty hand sh ak
and a royal welcome;
Including the younger member*
there were about 50 ladies presenl
and in the rendition oftheprogran
the old ladies are certainly to b
'complimented, especially in th<
vocal and instrumental selections
The execution of the pieces wa
wonderful, and were played wit]
the' same delicacy of touch anc
sweetness as in former days. Th<
following is the program of the al
Instrumental duet-"Downfall o
Paris." Mrs. Emma Mobley ?n<
Miss Ella Mobley.
Chorus-"Old Kentucky Home.'
Vocal solo, "The rose of Allen
dale-Mrs. Angeline Bacon.
Reading, "'Jefferson Davis"-Mrs
C. D. Kenny.
Reminiscences of Jefferson Davii
Mrs. Tr. P. Cobb;
Chorus, "Tenting on\ the ole
Reading, "The cabin philosophy,'
Mrs. Eleanor Ivy.
'Schottische of the olden times
danced > by Mesdames Cobb anc
Songj "Sweet spirit hear my
At the close of the program, Mrs.
Bacon presented the chapter with ?
life, size picture of . her husband, Mr
Thos, Bacon, to be placed in theil
Jw)]. Tlie ^\??^'a?jh\^j^^r^af
ted, and the chapter gave her a ris
ing y o te'of thanks. The'. Tenoning
hcur was spent in social intercourse,
during which time a delicious re
past was served.
The municipal election for mayor
and alderman / toole place on last
Tuesday and resulted as follows:
J. D. Bartley, mayor; Aldermen,
Messrs. H. W. Crouch, Thos. Stan
sell, Mike Clark, E. M. Walker, W.
B. Ouzts and Dr. P. N. Keesee.
Mr. Bartly received the entire vote
cast, there being no o ther candidate
Mrs. Sease, of Winnsboro, is the
guest of her sister, Mrs. W. L. Qaut
tlebaum. v . ?
Miss Sue Bradford is spending
awhile with her aun t, Mrs. G. P.
Misses Edith Coleman and Em
ma Stansell returned on Friday
evening from Greenville Female
College. Both are full graduates of
Miss Fannie Strother has return
ed from Alabama where she has
been visiting relatives.
Miss Alma Woodward1 has gone
to Statesboro, Ga., for a visit to
Mr. Longshore, of Newberry, is
the guest of his cousin, Mrs. J. L.
Mrs. T. A. Owdom, of Meeting
Street, has been visiting relatives
Mrs. Harriet Kenny is in Aiken
Miss Nina Ouzts has returned
from Rock (Hill, Jwhere she taught
music in the high school during the
past session. .
Mrs. Robert Marsh, of Edgefield,
has been the guest of her aunt,
Mrs. W. S. Mobley.
All of the young men and maid-,
ens from the various colleges
throughout the state are at home,
ird the town has taken on new life.
The old game of croquet is the
latest pastime for them in the af
An interesting ball game will be
had here on Friday afternoon at
Coleman Park, between Ridge and
Johnston. A fine game was played
by these two teams last week re
sulting in a victory for Johnston,
score being 2 to 3. The feature of
the game was Eidson's pitching,
having fanned out 18 men.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Dozier and
Mr. and Mrs. Manning Simmons
and children are at home after a
pleasant stay in Virginia and
Mrs. M. C. David and children
are expected this week to visit the
family of Mrs. Martha Kenny.
THAT FAMOUS HORSE.
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.' The Affairs of the State Dispen
sary Still Being Investigated.
. < Officials Uncomfortable.
Attorney General Lyon and those
associated with him in gi aft hunt
! ing were not idle while the United,.
! States court had the dispensary
? commission tied up. : The following
' copied from the Columbia State is a
sample of what is beings bronght to
light by the commission^a'nd the
' state's attorneys:
; In the days of the late departed
State dispensary, Senator B.R. Till
man alleged in a public meeting at
Batesburg that John Bell Towill,
resident of that town and a member
of the State board of directors, had
received a beautiful Kentuoky horse
from a liquor house.. This,would
have been very, very haughty, it was
declared, for Mr. Towill was a mem
ber, of the board to make purchases
of about $2,500,000 worth of liquor
But Mr. Towill denied, the allega
tion in toto and later presented an
affidavit, incorporating therein a re
ceipt* for $275 from M. E. Rutland
of Batesburg, showing that Towill
had bought the horse.
Now it appears that in garnering *
in confessions, corroborative evi
dence, etc., etc, Messrs. Lyon and
Felder recently learned the true his-,
tory of that horse. They were in
Lexington, Ky., last week arid con
firmed what they had heard.
Yesterday this matter was ventil
ated as an opener, it is said, for
much other matter of the same
Mr. M. E. Rutland, ?he man from
whom Towill got the horse, was
piit on the witness stand yesterday.
He declared that the first he ever
heard of the horse was one day when
Towill told him that a horse was ex
. pected the next day and to keep a
lookout for it. Witness did not re
member in whose name horse was
shipped, but he got it and kept it at
his Stable. .
It was a very fine horse, too fine;
for him. 'A high step; per.
"A kind of gubernation?l horse,"
asked Col. Felder facetiously.
* Witness denied that he heajd Sen
ator . Tillman , make the charge
against Towill, but one day Towill
came to Rutland and gave him $275,
and "a&ked for a receipt, as if for
j Witness* book was put in evidence
It showed that from that time on
Towfll bought buggies, harness, etc.,
to the amount of $29,6, and that the
$275 was credited thereon. Towill .'
had not bought the horse from him.
Rutland swore that Towill brought
the receipt already1 filled out for him
to'sign, and he did sign ii The
horse was described, in the face of
There was no entry of the $275 )
on the book until Towill settled his %
account for $296. fitness explain
ed that his brother was the book
keeper and he neglected to tell his
brother to enter the transaction.
Towill was present with Ids law
yer, E. L. Asbill, but' declined to
make any oross examination of Rut
land. . .
. Col. Felder stated to the commis
sion that the horse had been bought
at Kerr's stables in Louisville, Ky.,
and had been presented to Towill by
Morton A. Goodman^" representing
Ullman and Co. Rutland testified
that the reason he signed the receipt
was because he thought he would
help Towill to sell the horse which
was easily worth $250 to $300.
'Times is Changed."
"Yes, siree, Bill; times i? changed
since you an' me was dom' x>ur
courtin'," said Adoniram Clover,
with a note of sadness in his voice,
to old ?ndy Clover, who had come
over to "set a spell."
''When we was doin' our courtin'
Andy, a gal thought she was bein'
treated right harnsom if a feller
bought her 10 cents' wuth o' pep'
mints once in awhile, an' if he tuk
her to any doin's in town she didn't
expect him to go down into his
.^eans to the tune of a dollar or two
for an ice cream an' soda water an'
candy at 40 cents a pound. My son
Si tuk his ducksy-daddle -to the
band concert in town yistiday, an'
there wa'n't a quarter left of a dol
lar bill he struck .me fer time he got
home. Beats all the way young folks
throw the money away nowadays.
I tell ye times is changed mightily
since we was boys/ an' the Lawd
only knows what the end will be
with a feller layin' out 75 cents on
ar A in one day!"-St. Louis Re
"In memory of our Father: Gone
to join his appendix, his tonsils, his
olfactory nerve, his kidney, his ear
drum and a leg, prematurely remov
ed by a hospital surgeon who craved
The above from an exchange is