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EDGEFIELD, S. C., WE$SlSDAY, DECEMBER l?st, ?909.
Plum Branch Steadily Grows.
Merchants DJ Splendid
Today would have given you
some idea of the balines of our
little town to have been here and
seen the streets' crowded with wag
ons and then go inside of the busi
ness houses and see the rush of pur
chases, and how anxious the people
seem to be about spending their
money. Our town appears to be
taking on new lifesinci the price of
cotton has reached the 15 cent
mark. The farmer is happy and
the merchant has a smile of satis
faction which signifies that all bills
are paid in full. .
The Baptist parsonage is nearing
completion. Mr- John Blackwell's
hou8ewill be completed svjn.
Mr. C. L. Harper on; druggist
is having the lumber placad on his
lot and will .commence work soon
on a nice cottage just across the
street from the Methodist church.
M r. Poland who has a large farm
just across the river in Georgia bas
fought ten acres of land, about
Ralf of which is inside the-incorpo
' rate limits of our town and bas
commenced work on bis dwelling.
Iii-- object is to get where he can
educate his children. The pros
pects are good for us to have a good
school building ready for our next
session and have a high school
equipped with three good teachers.
We are, making the right move
now to -'Staoli-di a bank, which is
very much needed We have as
good a market as there is on the C.
& W. C. railroad between Green
wood and Augnsta.
After the bank, and the Twin
City has built the dam and put in
the power, we want a cotton mill to
spin the cotton. Then the oil mill
to crush the seed. And what.next?
The trolley line to Edgefield. We
will run a few miles further on to
Johnston and connect with the
steam line and on to Columbia, and
if a fellow wishes, he can go on to
Charleston. Theu if one should
feel disposed he can take a dive in
the briney deep. More by and by.
A $10,000.00 st<
prices, to be sol
M Full Cream
H Riverside <
30 days al
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The Increased Cost of Western
Meat Will Force Southern
Farmers to Raise Their
Supplies at Ho me.
The time has come for our farm
ers who have lands adapted for the
business to seriously consider the
advisability of going more extensive
ly into stock raising. There is a
great shortage this year of both hogs
and beef cattle, and the prices for
t>oth are pretty high. Here in the
South vr 3 can no longer depend on
the West for our meat. We shall
be compelled by force of circumstan
ces to raise our owu hogs and beef
cattle, not only for home consump
tion but for the markets of our
towns and cities.
There is not a farm in South Car
olina where hogs cannot be raised,
but not every farm in the State by a
good deal is adapted to the raising
bf cattle. Wc think ii may safely
be sahl however, that the Piedmont
section of South Carolina is an ideal
grazing country and splendidly suit
able for cattle as well as for hogs. \
For une to turn his cotton Carin
into a stock farm and venture upon
? business ol'which he knows hut lit
tle, probably, may seem a precarious
undertaking, but we arc satislied
that it will in the long run pay hand
somely. Of course it will not be
wiso to jump into such a business
all at once. It ought to be gone
into gradually and continuously, un
til sufficient experien.ee has been ac
quired to make one confident and
sure of his ground, when he may
venture to engage in the business on ,
a scale commensurate with his means
and the capacity of bis farm.
Many of our farmers, we suspect,
have been deterred from going into
the cattle raising on account of the
bad luck their neighbors and others
have had, but difficulties attending
the business can be largely over
come by proper precautions and in
telligent care. The business of cat
tle raising, like any other, must be
learned '. No farmer should enter
upon.it expecting to meet with sue
Dck of general mer
d at first cost. Con
?ral merchandise st<
. Daisy Cheese
Cheeks, per ys
of all kindi
.1 kind dress g
sale but we h
sell them at w
; the store of
Cotton Versus Corn.
A correspondent who declares
that he 4 always seeks The News
and Courier as "be would a letter
I from home,"ob?c?'^ very strenuously
j to our statement a short time ago
that cotton is king. He insists that
I cotton is a tyrant and that his rule
should cease, that is, he asserts that
i the salvation of the farmer lies in a
I small, not a large, cotton crop.
We do not know that we have
i ever thought otherwise. We have
even intimated that the boll weevil |
j might be a good thing in that it had
j curtailed production despite the
efforts of the farmer. However, j
there is no gainsaying the fact that
cotton is king, and as the soil of the
South is peculiarly fi tted for cotton j
production, there is every reason |
why the South should wish his reign
to continue. In the article to which
our correspondent objects we spoke
of corn as the prince imperial, ex
pressing our delight that South
< aro!ina farmers bad produced a
larger crop this year than ever be
fore, and intimated that* till great
er production of it was to be desired
We intended to point oui that corn
should be one of our bannt';- crops,
and that in curtailing the cotton
production, lands which had former
ly been used for this crop should bc
used for corn.
We have never wished for a twen'-j
ty-tnillion bale crop, nor have wc
ever been able to see thc wisdom of j
producing eighteen million biles
when ten million bales would sell
/or more. It is said that the Prc*
vision Tri-.st is taking car loads of j
Irish potatoes out of Chicago and
destroying them in order tb prevent!
cess at thc offset. It is much easier
for an ignorant man or ono who is
unwilling to take thc pains to grow
cotton and corn than cows and bogs
and sheep But tho returns. of the
latter in dollars are so much greater
than the former that one ought to
be willing to assume every trouble
and risk in the business. Our peo- j j
pie have got to go into the business, \
aud the sooner they commence the
chandise bought be
tsisting of everythin
>re. No old stock, b
>, per pound
s of sheetin
roods at first
Lave the good
L. F. DORN,
crowding of the market The trust
in its effort ;to keep up prices is do
ing just whpt the Sonthern farmer
has been advised to do for some
years. The/jbqll weevil came in and
did it for hm. <. Cotton should be
the banner /phoney producer in the
Southe aid^iit always will be, but
other crogsl&p?ld be planted, corn
and provisions. Diversified farm
ing has bee^Our plea for years, and
is our plea/now. Every farm in
So-ith Carolina, should be self-sup
porting and many of them are. Cot
ton is by no j-means a tyrant unless
the farmer makes him a tyrant. In
stead, it is t^'most valuable slave
which the So'ntnhas ever owned a nd
king only, mg^o far as he is the
servant of tD^^eople. That he has
served his..inasters.well this year
cannot be denied, and we' take it
that he will hover again fail so to
serve them. t^The day of low priced
cotton has passed forever. Th J
staple will not,' we believe, ever
again sell ?^?fesa than 10 cents a
pound.-2Tcws and Courier.
"Ah, .sir, We.do enjoy your
mons," rcMuarired an. old lady ;
new curate. "They are so instr
ive. "We never knew what sin -
until you e.t-tfe to the parish."
Not an ?dgefield Grocer.
''So you'.doiit want no era:.' r
ries?" asked'ihe grocer.
"No; I've changed my niin?i. I
?ce your cat asleep in those cr a?, i ? r
"That's all light mum. I ?]..:?.*?
ni nd waking it up."
Teacher: What is your nairn
First Fupjl:v Tom.
Teacher: You should sar Th-ni
Teacher (to second pupil): WI a'
s your na :
Sacond Pupil: Bilious.
"What do yon think of a man with
i rip in his coat and- only three but-j
tons on his vest.'?
He should cither get married or
divorced. u Transcript.
if ore the rise in
ig carried in a
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The Advertiser's Enterprise
Commended. Par ksville W.
O. W. Elected Officers.
Our people aro loud in their
praises of your Christmas edition of
the Edgefield Advertiser. It took en
terprise, ' get-up and get" to get up
such an edition; and it will hear
Our local camp, W. O., W. No.
81, elected officers last Tuesday
night as follows for the ensuing:
year: D. A. J". .Bell, consul com
mander; R. N. Edmunds, past com
mander; C. Rob.rtson, advisory
lieutenant; J. P. Brunsort, banker;
Dan A. Bell, escort; J. I. Beasly,
-watchman; H. J. Reece, sentry,
managers, R. N. Edmunds, W. ?.
Elkins, S. P. H. D. Adams.
The next regular communication
of our lodge, A. F. M., will con
vene on Christmas clay, at which
time two new members will take
the Fellow Craft degree. There will
?Iso be an election of officers with
the usual refreshments.
Our Sunday school reorganized
vesterflay with thc following officers,
except chorister, re-elected John
M. Buss?y, superintendent; J. C.
Morgan, assistant superintendent;
J. Eddie Rel I, secretary and treas
urer; Miss Martha Dorn, organist,
and I). A. J. Bell, chorister.
The school has a well organized
Baraca and Philathea classes, and
looks hopefully to the future. .
The committee from the Baptist
church have let the building of the
parsonage to a Mr. Jaraerson, of
Augusta, who will complete our
building and have it ready for our
new preacher, Rev. T. If. Garrett,
carly in January 1?10.
Rev. lu B. White, John M. Bus
scy and J). A. J. Bell our delegates
to the Baptist state convention
which convened in the beautiful
city of Anderson last week returned
Friday. They report a great conven
tion great in things done-great in
plans for the future-great in men
to carry forward the Lord's work.
We want every Baptist who can
do so to. attend next year at Lau
W.P. Parks and Mr. Jack Gil
mer have lumber on the grounds for
new residences to be completed soon.
afterHChristmas. . .c.;
Mr. Clifford Robertson: has pnr-f
chased a lot and will put up a
handsome new residence soon
Messrs. Till Seigler and Dan A.
Bell worshipped yesterday at goo 1
Orange blossoms soon to be re
ported. Watch the columns of The
Advertiser for important develop
The young man from Parksville,
who visits Rehoboth occasionally,
sjiys the Rehoboth teacher is a
teacher in the social world as W2ll
as in the school room. Her versa
tility is admitted, and admired by
all, and I think the aforesaid young
man is a pupil. "Nuff ?aid."
Mrs. Margaret Wales, from .Geor
gia, has purchased the "Miller resi
dence recently occupied by Mr. J.
A. Miller, and is now snugly domi
ciled in her new home on Church
street right near the Baptist church.
Mrs. Wales is a widow lady with
two interesting little boys, to whom
we all give the 'right hand of wel
Mr. D. N. Dorn i? having the
lumber cut fora bran new store to
take thc place of thc old Campbell
building now obsolete.
Our .sister town. Mocloc, has call
ed Kev. . r. Garrett for half his
time. The preacher . will live at
Parksville and divide his time with
Modoc. Thc new Hold is a hopeful
Little Julian McKie, son of Mr.
J. G. McKie of Meriwether, whom
wc reported as having broken his
thigh six weeks ago, is. we are glad
LO say is convalescing and will have
as good a leg as ever.
Mr. Milledge Starkey and Lawyer
l'crriman of McCormick are visitors
to our town to-day.
Mr. Milton Busse.y, of Modoc,
gave us a flying visit to-day.
It is raining steadily and has been
si i ie midnight last (Sunday) night.
The s nail grain waF beginning to
need moisture, and the rain has
come in good time.
Only Two to Blew Up.
Pat got a job moving kegs of
powder, and, to the alarm of the
foreman, was discovered smoking at
"Gracious!" exclaimed the fore
man. Do you know what happen
ed when a man smoked at .this job
some years ago? There was* an ex
plosion, which blew up"a dozen
"That couldn't happen herc," re
turned Pat, calmly.
"Cos there's only me and- you,"
was the reply.
Letter From Mr. P. H. Bussey,
The following letter from Mr. P.
H. Bussey, Jr., who is teaching in
the High School at Crowley, La.,
will he interesting to many of the
Dear Mr. Mims: Your paper is
indeed a rich source of pleasure to
me. It-takes second place as a week
ly messenger from South Carolina,
mothers letter being first always.
It is often said that one never
knows how to fully appreciate home
till he has crone out into the world
and experienced the homes of oth
ers. Many have realized this fact
perhaps to the fullest extent; but I
never knew that one's county paper
could he enjoyed and appreciated as
I have enjoyed and appreciated The
Advertiser since I left old Edge
field and came into this part of the
country. The letters from the differ
ent localities are of special interest
and I wish you could get more of
them each week. One is helped and
encouraged iii a way to get srood
reports from those whom he knows.
Not only, Mr. Mims, does The
Advertiser interest me in this part
of the country, but there are others
who are just as anxious to get an
opportunity to glance over the fa
miliar padres and road of old friends
When I came to Crowley I
thought I was totally among stran
gers, but it wasn't long before I
met people who 1 old me they were
from South Carolina and, more than
that, they were from old Edgefield.
Of course you can realize what a
change this brought over me. To
meeta South Carolinian when you
are this far from home makes you
feel like you have found a close
friend, thousrh you never knew or
heard of him before; to meet an
Edgefieldian under the same cir
cumstances, it is like meeting a
Very likely you remember, or if
not, you will meet with those who
do remember the Lewis brothers,
who came to Louisiana several
years ago and too Mr. Moss. The
Lewis brothers have met with great
success. Mr. John H. Lewis is a
successful rice farmer and too is
one of the best parish superintend
ents of education in the state of
Louisiana. He has been at the head
of the educational affairs of this
c?nnty or rather-'pwish for several
Mr. P. B. Lewis is a successful
rice farmer and too is a leading
merchant in one of the adjoining
towns. He has two sons in the
Louisiana State University and his
only daughter in the high school
of this place. Ralph, the youngest
boy in L. S. W. graduated from the
Crowley High School last year with
high honors and is doing fine work
this year as a college student.
Mr. Moss is one of those good
hearted men that loves everybody
from old Edgefield and never tires
talking about the grand old county.
Mr. Moss's home was near Cleora
before he moved to this state and
the letters from that section are of
untold interest to him. I like to
think of the time I met Mr. Moss.
I had gone out to the Baptist
church and after preaching as I
was leaving, a gentlemen approach
ed me with a broad smile on his
face, I thought to myself, what does
this mean from this stranger, and
said: "Some one has told me that
you are from South Carolina and I
just want to know if you are one of
our Edgefield Busseys and related
to the Rev. Bussey." When I told
him that I was a nephew, the smile
broadened, and then grasping my
hand tightly he told me he was
from Edgefield and knew my uncle
well. Many familiar Edgefield names
were mentioned by him, among the
names were, Laniers, Brunsons,
Glanton, Shaw, etc. Nearly every
time I meet with Mr. Moss he has
something to ask mc about some one
he once knew. Mr. Moss has been
one of my warmest friends ever
since we met.
We have in our graduating class
a young lady, Miss Emmie Sue Bry
ant, who is from Edgefield. She is
a bright and hard working student
and is apt to graduate with high
honors next spring.
All these I have mentioned deem
it a pleasure to have an opportunity
to look over your valuable pages,
and once more get a glimpse at the
affairs of that grand old county,
once loved, never forgotten.
P. H. Bussey.
Anxious to Meet Him.
Young Wife-Don't you admire
a man who always says the right
thing at the right time?
Spinster-I'm sure I could if I
ever have the pleasure of meeting
such a man.-Jewish Ledger.
Five-pound bucket very fine
oasted coffee and china cup foi
Advertiser's Christmas Edition
Admired, Beautiful Silver
Wedding, Mary Ann
. Buie Chapter
Wc were made to realize that.
Christmas was truly at hand when
the la9t issue of The Advertiser was
unrolled. The frontispiece, with
I "Old Santa" and all his accom
paniments was beautifully and ap
propriately gotten np, as well as th?
entire edition, and it has been
heartily enjoyed by both old and
young. The Advertiser is one of
the finest county papers issued and
its arrival is always welcome.
On last Friday Mr. and Mrs. A.
M. Nickerson celebrated their silver
wedding in a very, happy manner.
In response to beautiful invitations
done in silver and white, about 75
friends gathered to celebrate thc
The guests were received by Mr.
and Mrs. .Claud Lott, and ushered
into the parlor to greet the happy
bride and groom of 25 years, who
stood in an alcove decorated with
ferns, and circling across the top
the dates, 1884-1909, in large silver ?
letters. Miss Maud Nickerson and
Mr. Charlie Nickerson stood on
either side of their parenrs.
After the assembling of all, Rev.
M. L. Lawson, pastor; invoked the
continued blessings of the Heavenly
Father upon this home and prayed
that no misfortune might befall tho
Some beautiful vocal and instru
mental music was listened to, and
the selection, "Silver Threads
Among the Gold," sung by Mrs. L.
C. Latimcr and Miss Dosia Wertz,
was especially enjoyed. During
the evening a sumptuous! wedding
feast was served, and upon leaving
the dining hall, master Watton
Nickerson ind little Miss Frat . 59
Lott presented each oue with a
small silver bell, with 1884-1909 on
it as a souvenir. The gifts sent in
by loving friends were many and
made a beautiful display.
At the close of the evening the
guests departed with good wishes
for Mr. and Mrs. Nickerson that as
they went hand in hand through
life their pathway might always be
strewn with roses and sunshine.
Mr. Clarence Mobley has return
ed from Seatthv.. Washington terri
.tbry, whero_he has been located fo^
Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Myers, of
New Brookland ?came ove:r from Co
Iambia in their automobile last
week. From here Mr. Myers went
to Abbeville to attend the annual
convention, Mrs. Myers remaining
with her mother, Mrs. Ada La
Grone, for a few days visit.
Miss lone Carwile, of Newberry,
is the guest of Miss Sara Waters.
Mr. Pick Kinard of Epworth, S.
C., was in town last week.
Miss Pearl Holland, of Tampa,
Fla., visited Miss Alma Woodard
Miss Mabel Eidson, daughter of
the late Judge J. A. Eidson, of
Hamilton, Texas, arrived last week
for a visit to her uncle, Capt. J. D.
Mr. Luther B. Lott and family
left hst week for Americus, Ga.,
where they will make their future
home. All of Johnston regrets to
have these good people take up
their abode elsewhere.
Rev. L. A. Cooper, former pastor
of the Baptist church, made a few
days visit here last week and
preached in the Baptist church on
Wednesday evening at the time for
the regular prayer meeting service.
Rev. Cooper is at present pastor at
Mr. Clark Couch has returned to
his home in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Miss Sue Sloan entertained the
members of the Mary Ann Buie
Chapter on last Thursday afternoon
at their regular monthly meeting.
At this time most interesting re
ports of the recent State convention
at Newberry were given by the
delegates. Other business pertain
ing to the chapter was discussed. It
was decided to go out to the county
home on December 30th and carry
a box of good things for the inmates
At the close of the meeting a half
hour was spent socially, during
which time all were invited to the
dining hall where delicious refresh
ments were served. The table and
its appointments were beautiful,
the china used being some of the
artistic work of the young hostess.
The afternoon was a most pleasant
Miss Ida Epting, of Newberry,
has been the guc-t of Miss Louise
Mr. Luke Rushton, of Batesbnrg,
spent Sunday here with friends.
Mr. John Bryant spsni; last week
Miss Addie Horton who taught
here in the graded school last term,
was a visitor during last week at thc
1 home of Dr. J. M. Rushton.
Mr. Hugh Mitchell, of Charleston
j cane up Weduesday for a two
weekV visit to his home here.