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Ie on the logs and knotted pine,
Lat's hav? a roaring fire today;
Jits cheerful, light shall put to flight
The worries which beset our way.
ile on the logs and see them gleam,
\' And gather 'round the Christmas
flahd drown in songs old feuds and
Shake hands again around its rays.
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Noel Clayton was tall and gaunt,
nth clear, candid, blue eyes, and his
[white hands, small and'oervous look
.lag. were as well kept as those of a
He was thirty, and a splash of gray
S? on either temple, a strand or two of
white in his moustache, made him
; Jook older.
He was broad-chested and muscu
lar-ty all rules-he should have been
a soldier-he looked an "open air"
. man, but for five' years he had. been
-writing short ?tories, novelettes and
t serials for the weekly press.
It was good, nervous work. His name
twas becoming known, for he had the
tppy knack of blending pathos
rith humor. He had traveled widely,
and an Australian bush idyl at the be
ginning of the week would be follow
ed by a London society story, to be fol
lowed again by a story of rustic life
.the dear West Country that he lov
ed so well, v .
He lived quite' alone, worked-and
smoked-from morning to night, lov
ed his profession, and had practically
? dropped all his friends-male and fe
I male-and when a fit of the not infre
quent blues got him by the throat,
irew his pen into the grate and or
dered up his landlady's children, and
(pandemonium reigned for an hour.
Sometimes he gave > them pennies,
jut not always-small coln of the
realm l3 not always available to au
lors-but the romps were huge, and
ie enjoyed them.
Of course there was a woman at the
Lbottom of the tangle of the man's life,
/hud women complicate things some
'times-he would have said "always."
On-one particular evening he was
jalone and writing, when Jim Courte
sy 'w?s~sHbwn in-and Jipi was an
)Id anti tried friend-about the only
[friend the lonely, self-absorbed man
rjiad, and so the incomer sat down and
jhted his pipe, and did not bother
the-author for quite a quarter of an
I hour, and then Noei rose and stretch
??What ls it this time, Noel?"
"Oh, the usual thing-love; and
[candidly, I am getting so sick of writ
lg love stories."
"Ah. you feel like that?"
"Man alive, this is Christmas
p-Eve, and somehow-somehow-my
ibughts weat back with a jump, and?
remembered one Christmas Eve,
"Your pipe's out, Noel!"
"Aye, so it is. Well' there was one
irlstmas Eve whenJ-"
'My dear boy, are you worrying
fbout her still?"
"Yes," and then a long pause
^ It is the privilege of chums to sit
fnt for a spell.
A.nd all this happened four or five
ts ago. I never heard the rights
wrongs of the story."
iNoel crossed the room, and digging
Uh hands into his pockets, looked
j "There is nothing to. know. After
m fonr happy years of married life,
puble came between us, lies came
[tween us; and-and-here I am and
W'a Christmas Eve. Of course, our
?by wasi only a mite-a wee, blue
red, golden-haired mite; couldn't
Walk, crawled, you know; but we were
.s'irf?l chums, and when she went and
>k our miter-welL", and the man's
.ugh hort: his own ears. "Well, then
took to writing love stories-love,
old chap, with a happy ending-bish
, bridesmaids, bouquets and bless
and"-"Ma temporary excitement
By Charles S. Hurt I
Pile on. the logs and crackling chips
. The bells ring out wi th festal chime ;
Let lad. and lass the glad hours pass
la mirth and music to their rhyme.
t had left him-he added drily:
"And it pays! Now go, old chap.
I must get my stuff .one forthe ?early
post," and Chum went out while Noel j
turned again to his Interrupted work. |
Between each line on every page
quaint turn ot expression, quaint
thoughts haunted him, a dead past
spoke to him.
The girl-wife had been very sweet,
vary lovable, very beautiful-and had
marred two lives.
There should be a special place of
torment for the person who deliber
ately comes between two people who
love each other and <mlllngly warps
Pearl Clayton was as easily led as a
child. a soft, emotional weak little
wcman, and when Noel returned from
a few days' holiday he found the
house closed and Pearl and Baby had
Noel .drifted a little blt, the shock
unmanned him terribly, but his pen
was hl3 sole source of income, and it
had to be piled if body and soul were
to be kept together, and in a very
few weeks he had, to some extent,
regained his mental balance, and his
The ev' cf Christmas and the day
itself steals to most hearts, and on
this particular eve Noel kept thinking
bac* and thinking back while he
How well he remembered the extra
to knit, and how bulky it looked and
felt on Christmas morning. And then
came school, college, and then mar
When the scribbling flt was on him
Pearl used to draw her low wicker
chair close to his writing table, knit
ting, or daintily fingering white ma
terial, soft and downy and fluffy, for
the prospective wearer, and the few
remarks she made seemed to chime in
and identify themselves with what
he was writing; but, of course, all this
happened five years ago.
One odd little trick Pearl had, and
Noel remembered it this evening-ana
When hl3 pen was working extra
busily she used to lay the tips of her
fingers upon his right hand-just
where hand meets wrist. She did not
incommode him in the least. He de
clared her touch inspired him; they
were such pinked-tipped fingers, and
so small, and he had often written
wfth the tiny touch on his wrist al
most unconsciously-only peeping up
j from time to time at a sweet oval face,
! into deep violet eyes love lit.
But, of course, this was flye years
So he wrote on, feeling a Httle blt
sorry that Chum- had not stayed, for
.after all, he only had another half
hour's work before bbs, ~nd then ?hey
&t:;A ?'. ?cS^&kW^^^SB^?^?M,
Pile on the logs till red flames rise
And leap high up che chimney flue;
Above the snow the north winds blow
And fan the ruddy blaze anew.
Pile on the logs. Pile on the logs;
We'll have a roaring fire today.
No gloom should bide on Christmas
But every heart be glad and gay.
could sit and chat, and perhaps drown
the sound of the bells that he knew
would ring out in a few hours.
He was just in the frame ot mind
to summon his landlady's children, but
except for himself, the house was
empty. There was a Christmas Eve
party going on, and Mrs. Marsh and
her progeny were attending iL
He had been writing for half an
hour since Chum had left him, and
felt the old familiar touch on his wrist.'
It was imagination, of course, he did
not even turn his head, and then he
was looking into blue eyes, in the
round golden-curled framed face of a
boy of four, who laughed up at him
and presented a rosebud to be kissed.
"Goodness, child-where on earth
do you come from? and who-who
brought you? What is your name?"
"Eric," and the child began tc make
preparations for climbing a lofty knee.
"Who brought you here. Baby Eric?
How did you come?"
Noel felt like an Irish member of
Parliament, for "no answer was giv
en," but a wee form, full of hugs and
kisses, got fast hold upon him, and
said gravely, and yet with a sweet air
"Just come'd-and now If you're not
too busy, mister Father-"
"Yes. my son."
"P'raps-I'd better go to bed."
"But my child-my little son-who
brought you here? Where Is your
mother?" and the tall man paced up
and down. Of course, Chum had told
the child to walk straight in-and the
child had-straight in.
Tho author-his tiny son was on the
floor now. saying things to the cat,
and lt deserved every word, being a
cat that licks stamps off letters, and
loves bacon and boiled eggs-thrust
his hands deep into his pockets and
of ?treat $0?
S 72" PEOCICHOSST, 1825
looked down, sad eyed, at little Sunny
"Yes, perhaps you had better come
* . . . t
If Chum would only come, if some
thing would only happen to break
the silence, a silence only cleft by the
sigh of a child.
The church was only at the end of
.Ho could hear the bpllrlngers shuf
fling along the frosty pavement, in a
few minutes-and he bent to hi? work.
Half asleep, half awake, he was
conscious of the old, almost forgotten
touch upon his wrist-a dream doubt
less-but he could not shake it oft,
and then he looked down.
Kneeling as of yore beside him, blue
eyed, tear-dlmmed, was Pearl.
"I have returned, Noel." It was a
quavering little" voice, but It thrilled
How like she was to their child.
And then the bells clashed forth
their message, "Peace on Earth, Good
will Towards Men," and to two hearts
they carried a sweeter, deeper mes
No word was spoken. A small fig
ure, in a smoking jacket that reached
to his heels, stood at the dividing door,
an eager face turned ?to either.
And husband and wife kissed silent*
ly.-New York News.
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METHODIST" INFERENCE END!
Appointments Bead Ont Af ater Res
lutions of Thanks to' Citizens F<
Entertainment and Syinpathet
Eulogies to Bishop Wilson.
Abbeville, Special.-The final se
sion of the South Carolina conf
ence which met here in the Episcop,
church, South, convened in the opel
house Mdnday morning at 9 o'cloe
Rev. Virgin C. Dibble conducted tl
devotional exercises. Dr. Jno. (
Wilson occupied the chair, and state
that the bishop had requested him 1
preside as he was very Inwell.
The following committee vand bo a J
reports were presented abd adoptet
Sundy school board, by Rev. D. 1
McLeod, Sabbath observance, by Re
A. M. Abney j books and periodical
by Rev. J. R. T. Major, who also o:
fered a resolution of thanks to D
Snyder for his able address of lai
evening and requested him to publis
in The Southern Christian Advocatf
American Bible Society, by Rev. Vi
gil C. Dibble; minutes, by Rev. Jn
W. Elkins; misions, by Rev. R. ]
Rev. Watson B. Duncan offered
resolution of thanks to the citizens c
Abbeville for their royal, hospitality
to the civic authorities, to the posl
master, to the newspapers, especiall
to Tho State, to the railroads and a
others who had shown courtesies t
the conference, were adopted by
unanimous rising vote.
Resolutions were adopted exprest
ing sympathy for Bishop, Wilson, i
his sufferings during the confeirenc
and commending his able presidin
Following are the appointments fo
Anderson District-A. J. CaUther
presiding elder; Abbeville circuit
George Lee; Anderson, St, John's, I
B. Wells; Orrville and Tbxaway, A
V. Harbin; West End, W. J. Snyder
Centreville, F. H. Flood ; Clemson, li
B. Kelley; Donalds, S. W. Henry
Lowndesville, R. W. Humphreys; Mc
Connie!:, N. C. Ballenger; Pelzer, G
C. Hutchinson; Pendleton; J. F. An
derson ; Starr, J. T. Miller; Townvill
J. E. Carter; Walhalla and Seneci
A. E. Driggers; C. D. Mann, super
numerary; Walhalla mission, R. F
Doyle ; Westminister, J. L. Singleton
Willianiston and Belton, C. C. Der
rick, G. T. Harmon, supernumerary.
Charleston District-W. I. Herbert
presiding elder; Allendale, J. W
W?lling; Appleton, T. T. Peeler
Beaufort and Port Royal, J. M. Rog
ers, Bethel circuit, C. L.' DuRant
Black Swamp, W. W. Williams
Charleston, Bethel. W. B. Duncan
Trinity, Peter Stokes, E. A. Weber
supernumerary; Spring Street, J. H
Graves; Cumberland, D. W- Keller
Mount Pleasant, Hamlin Etheridges
Cottageville, J. P. Inabinet; Cvpress
S. D. Vaugh;* Ehrhardt, A. B* Wat
son; Estill, J. R. Copeland; Hamp
ton, J. W. Elkins; Hendersonvilte, .7
H. Montgomery; Ridgeville, W. S
Goodwin ; South Hampton. W. D
Putride, supply; Summerville, J. 0
Chandler; Walterboro, H. J. Cauthen
Young's Island, A. Sassard.
Cokesbury District-J. C. Roper
presiding elder; Abbeville. Henrj
Stokes; Butler, W. PJ^ ay -Cokes
bury, F. E. Dibble; Greenwood
Main Streety J. W. Kilgo; Green
wood, and Abbeville mills, E. C
Wells; Kinards, D. P. Boyd; New
berry, Central, M. L. Banks; O'Neallc
street and Mollohon, W. C. Kelley;
Newberry circuit, J. N.. Friday;
Ninety-Six, J. A. Cook; Parksville,
J. M. Lawson, Phoenix, L. L. Inab
inet; Prosperity, A- C. Morris;
Princeton, Foster' Speer; Saluda, E.
P. Taylor; Verdery, W. E. Wigsins;
Waterloo, Felix G. Whitlock; Whit
mire, C. A. Jeffcoat;: Lander college,
John 0. Willson, president; South
ern Industrial institute, D. E. Camak.
Columbia District-J. W. Daniel,
presiding elder; Aiken. J. B. Tray
wick; Batesburg, S. 0. Cantey; Bates
burg mission, W. D. Quirk: Bath, E.
P. Green: Columbia, Washington
street, E. 0. Watson, J. A. Campbell,
supernumerary; Main street, A. 1 N.
Brimson; Green street, A. S. Holler:
Granby, L. L. Bedenbaugh; Brook
land, J. W. Necley; Edgewood, B. F.
McLendon; Shandon and Waverley,
J. W. Lewis, W. S. Stokes, supernum
erary; Edgefield, L. D. Gillespie;
Fairfield circuit, J. I. Spinks; Gilbert
C. S. Felder; Graniteville, C. A. Nor
ton; Johnston, E. R. Beckham; Lang
ley, E. A. Wayne; Leesville, S. H.
Booth: Lexington, J. C. Counts; Lex
ington Fork, C. W. Bureress; North
Augusta, J. L. Stokes.; Ridgewa3', J.
K. Inabinet; Springfield, C. N. Ab
ney; Swansea, J. C. Davis; Wagener,
J. F. Taylor; Columbia college, W.
W. Daniel, president; Epworth orph
anage, W. B. Wharton, superinten
dent; Payne college, George W.
Florence District-P. F. Kilgo, pre
siding elder; Bennettsville, R. E. Tur
nipseed: Bennettsville circuit, B. G.
Murphy; Brightsville,. M. F. Dukes;
Bethlehem, T. W. Godbohl; Cheraw,
M. Auld; Chesterfield, J. T. Fowler;
Darlington, Trinity, B. R. Turnip
seed; Epworth, F. S. Hook; Darling
ton circuit, J. R. T. Major; East
Chesterfield. J. E. Cook; Florence, R.
IL Jones; Hurtsville, A. T. Dunlap;
Jefferson, J. A. Graham; Lamar. B.
V. Robertson; Li1?1?ty. J. H. Moore;
Marlboro, J. B. Weldon; McBee, J.
L. Tyler; McColl. G. C. Leonard;
Pageland, E. R. Mason; Timmbnsville
'and Pisgah, E. W. Mason; Timmons
ville circuit, A. M. Gardner; assistant
Sunday school editor, L. E. Beaty.
Greenville District-W. M. Duncan,
presiding elder; Clinton, J. E. Mahof
fey; Easley, A. II. Best; Fountain
Inn, S. T. Blackman; Gray Court, R.
M. Duhose; Greenville, Buncombe
street, W. A. Masscbeau; St. Paul's,
R. L. Holroyd: Hampton avenue, J.
R. Walker; West Greenville, St.
Crech, MonagLan and Woodside, A.
A. Merrit, supply; Sampson and Poe,
J. N. Isom; Greenville circuit, J. P.
Atway; Greers, E. T. "Hodges; Lau
rens, First church, L. P. McGee; Lau
rens, D. R. Rof; Liherty, C. L. Mc
Cain; North Piekens, E. Li Thomas
on; Piekens. J. C. Young; Pidmont,
W. B. Justue ; South Greer, R. A.
Yongue; Traveler's Rest, W-. S. Hen
ry; West Easley, S. P. Martin; con
ference secretary of missions, R. L.
Kinstree District-W. P. Meadors,
presiding elder; Andrew W. T. Quat
tlebaugh; Cades, J. R. Sojourner;
Cordesville, W. G.-Bowden; George
town and Duncan, W. H. Hodge3;
West End, W. H. Murray; Greeley
ville, L. E. Peeler; Honey Hill, to be
supplied; Johnsonville and Prospect,
J. L. Mullinia:; Jordan, D. H. Ever
ett: Kingstree, W. A. Fairey; Lake
City, W. L. Wait; McClellansville,
G. P. Penney; New Zion, E. P. Hut
b'^j Pee Dee, J. 0. Carraway; Pino
polis, W: G. Gieaton; Rome, T. J.
Clyde; Salters, W. li Perry; Sam
I.it, R. F. Bryant; Scranton, W. T.
Batrick; South Florence, J. M. Gas
que; Summerton and St. Paul's, E.
S. Jones. 1
Marion District-R. E. Stackhouse,
presiding elder; Blenheim, S. J. Bo
thea; Brittni's Neck, W. P. Meadors,
Jr.; Brownsville, C. M; Peeler;
Bucksville, 0. N. Roundtree; Canten
ary, W. S. Meyers; Conway, G. E.
.Edwards; Conway, E. F. ' Scoggins;
Clio,. C. C. Herbert; Dillon, W. C.
Kirkland; Gallivants, J. W. Bailey;
Latta, J. E. Carlisle; Latta, B. J.
Guess; Little River, W. R. Barnes;
Little Rock, W. C. Owen ; Loris, H. L.
Singleton; Marion, S. B. Harper;
Marion, J. A. McGraw; Mullins, J.
L. Daniel: Mullins circuit, W. A.
Beckham; North Mullins, W. B. Bak
er; Waccamaw, S. M. Jones;.confer
ence secretary of education, W. C.
Orangeburg District-C. B. Smith,
presiding elder; Bamberg, T. G. Her
bert; Bamberg mills, to be supplied;
Barnwell, E. A. Wilkes; Branchville,
Allen McCarlan; Cameron, C. E.
.Poole; Denmark, T. E. Morris; Edis
to,~G."T. Harmon, Jr.: Eutawville, J..
P. Simpson; Grover, W. L. Gault;
Harleyville, H. C. Mouzon ; Norway,
T. F. Gibson; Orangeburg, St. Paul's,
H. W. Bays; Orangeburg circuit, G.
W. Davis; Orange, T. L. Belvin;
Providence, J. J. Stevenson, J. F.
Way, supernumerary; Rowesville, A.
B. Phillips; Smoaks, J. E. Rushton ;
St. George, J. W. Ariail; student
Vanderbilt university, L. E. Wiggins.
Rock Hill District-T. C. Orell,
presiding elder; Blackstock, H. B.
Hardy; Chester, D. M. WcLeod;
Chester circuit, Dove Tiller; East
Chester, F. E. Hodges; East Lancas
ter, J. A. White; Fort Mill, T. G.
White; Hickory Grove, H. W. Whit
taker; Lancaster, M. M. Brabham;
Lancaster circuit, J. T. Mcfarlane;
North Rock Hill, W. M. Owings;
Richburg, W. S. Martin; Rock Hill,
St. Johns, H. R. Mills; city mission,
C. P. Carter; Rock Hill circuit, S. D.
Bailey; Van Wyck, W. A. Young
blood; Winnsboro, D. Arthur Philips;
Yorkville, J. H. Thacker; York cir
cuit, Elizie Myers.
Spartanburg District-M. L. Car
lisle, presiding elder; Belmont. T. P.
Owens; Blacksburg, C. F. Kirby;
Campobello, E. Z. James, J. A. Bled
soe; Cherokee, W. H. Thrower: Clif
ton and Cowpens, J. G. Huggins:
Enoree, D. D. Jones; Gaffney, Buford
street, G. P. Watson, Limestone
street, W. A. Ferall; Gaffney circuit,
G. T. Rhoad; Jonesville, W. H.
Ariail; Kelton, J. H. Manly; Paco
let circuit, R. A. Brock; Pacolet
mills, C. B. Dawsy; Reid ville, J. H.
Dunner; Santuc, to be supplied;
Spartanburg, Bethel, J. W. Speake;
Central, R. S. Truesdale; Marion
Dargan, supernumerar}'; city mission,
J. W. Shell; Duncan and Saxon, P.
B. Ingram; Glendale and Drayton,
W. H. Polk; Union-Buffalo and
Green street, J. G. Farr; Grace. S. A.
Donahoe; South Union, A. D. Betts;
Woodruff, J. N. Brown; Wo ff ord col- j
lege, R; A. Child, financial agent; E.
K. Hardin, assitant professor; South
ern Christian Advocate, S. A. Nettles,
editor; J. L. Ray, assistant to pub
lisher; Anti-Saloon league, J. L. Har
Sumter District-W. T. Duncan,
presiding elder; Bethany, 0. D.
Spres; Bishopville, P. A. Murray;
Camden, H. B. Browne; Elloree, J. E.
Strickland; Fort Motte, J. P. Winnig
ham; Heath Springs, A. S. Lesley;
Kershaw, J. H. Noland,; Lynchb?rg,
J. S. Beasley: Manning, F. H. Shu
ler; Oswego, D. Hucks; Pinewood, T.
W. Munnerlvn ; Providence. J. N. !
Wright; Richland, L. T. Phillips; St.
Johns and Remberts, R. E. Sharp;
St. Matthews, J. M. Steadman; Sum
ter, First church, M. W. Hook; Broad
street, J. B. Wilson; Wateree, J. V.
Davis; assistant to conference secre
tary of missions,; H. B. Browne
transfered, C. "R. Whitaker, '.North
Superannuated-R. W. Barber, W.
E. Barre, C. M. Bovd, D. A. Calhoun,
W. A. Clarke, 0. B. Clarkson, R. R.
Dagnall, D. D. Dantzler, R. L. Duffie,
G. W. Dukes, M. M. Ferguson, G. W.
Catlin, A. W. Jackson, John Man
4ning, R. IC Melton. E. M. Merritt, J.
K. McCain, I. J. Newberry, C. H.
Poser, W. C. Power, R. W. Spigner,
A. J. Stafford, C. H. Waddel, T. E.
Wannamker, A. C. Walker, W. C.
Winn, J. A. Wood.
GRAZING FOR GEESE.
. The goose is not commonly regard
ed as a cousin to the cow, yet one Is
about as persistent a grazer as the
other. There are farmers who won't
turn geese into a meadow 'because
they think the geese make so clean
a sweep of the pasture that lt is
spoiled for cattle.
An English authority says that
geese do not eat an excessive quan
tity of herbage, if' the goslings are
killed off the grass at the green stage
or are kept till after harvest and
finished on the stubble. As for the
common belief that geese damage the
pasturage, the same writer says that
they destroy mainly the tuberous
rcots of the ranunculus, a weed
which could well be spared.
Nowadays in England the green
goose, or more correctly the gosling,
is more generally esteemed than thu
fat goose of Christmas, and the ling
ering regard for the Michaelmas bird
is perhaps more sentimental than ac
tual. The poulterers tell us that gos
lings are in season from April to Oc
tober; but from the point of view of
the English producer it must be ad
mitted that a hcme-rearod gosling of
satisfying proportions is a compara- !
tive rara avis in foe earlier months I
and that from July to October would |
more accurately describe the English ?
The bottle that keeps tts contents
hot or cold fer hours was no catch
penny invention. The glass vacuum
jacket, was first devbed by Lord De
war in 1895 for his experiments in
liquefying air and cai.
SOUTH CAROLINA NEWS
FIG3T OVER TOMBSTONE.
One Injured and Another is in Jail
-Location the Cause.
The State of Saturday says as the
result of a disagreement over the lo
j cation of a gravestone which they
were placing over the last resting
place of James Powers, Wade Augb
try is in jail and James Powers is
suffering from a mysterious wound in
the head. Powers had purchased a
tombstone and Thursday he engaged
Aughtry to go with him to place the
stone at his father's grave in the
Jackson Creek churchyard on the Two
Notch road, 10 miles from Columbia.
While preparing for the installation
a disagreement arose between the
two and the subsequent events ac
count for the injury to Powers..
Aughtry said that Powers carried
a pint of whiskey with him and be
came under the influence of ;the
liquor before they had succeeded in
gettiug the stone erected. Aughtry
claims that Powers insisted on put
ting the monument in the centre of
the grave instead of at the head and
that when Aughtry demurred became
vexed and advanced wtih an open
The accused says that he pushed
Powers away from him, the man fall
ing and striking his head upon a
nearby headstone to a grave. When
he arose he was bleeding and Augh
try brought him back to the city in
the wagon that had carried the
gravestone out. Aughtry is charged
with assault and battery with intent
to kill and was placed in jail on a
warrant issued by Magistrate Easter
ling. The wound is not a serious one,
but Aughtry will be held to await de
Rates Given For Teachers.
Columbia, Special.-All railroads
in South Carolina have granted holi-.
day rates on account of the annual
convention of the State Teachers' as
sociation of South Carolina, which
meets in Columbia December 30, 31,
and January 1, and tickets will be
on sale December 30 at all stations.
Indications point to a record-break
ing attendance. Although there were
more than 600 educators here last
year, if the weather remains fair
this large number will be exceeded.
A. R. Punks of thc arrangement com
mittee is busy engaging lodging for
those who have written to him.
Ample provision has been made for
all who attend, many homes having I
expressed their willingness to take
care of from two to 12 boarders for
the occasion. In addition to private
houses there will be ample acommo
dations at the hotels and boarding
Will Build New Dormitory.
Columbia, Special.-In order to
provide for its increase in attendance
and give room for future growth, the
College of Women will add a hand
some new uormitory to its already
beautiful plant, which covers four
acr?Si Arrangements to this end will
be completed at a meeting of the
stockholders of thc College, to be
held January 18 at once. The meet
ing is (jailed by the directors to au
thorize "the corporators to fund its
present indebtedness by issuing $75,
000 in 20-year bonds secured by a
mortgage against thc premises. The
institution owes about $60,000. The
difference will be devoted to have
the new dormitory read" for occu
pancy by the beginning of another
Ansel to Order Elcctior..
Columbia, Special.-Governor An
sel will order an election to be held
on Februaiy 3 to decide as to the
annexation of a part of Berkley
County to Orangeburg. The voting
precincts in the territory are Holly
Hill and Eutawville. A petition was
recently filed with Governor Ansel
by the voters of ?he section desiring
Few Passed Census Tests.
Washington, D. C., Special.-Direc
tor Durand of the census bureau has
informed Representative Patterson
that only 54 of the applicants in
South Carolina who recently stood
examination for clerkship in the cen
sus bureau here had been successful.
This covers thc entire State. It is
not yet shown whether another op
portunity will be given South Caro
linians to try for these places.
State Laboratory Succassful.
Columbia, Special.-In the five and
u half months during which the State
laboratory has bden open, the people
pf this State li-ve been saved $7,
293, which is more than half the
entire appropriation for the health
department. This is a wonderful
chowing and the work done at the
laboratory should be appreciated by
those who have taken thc treatment
in the Pasteur department, especial
ly. Thirty-three patients have been
given immunizing treatment for rab
ies, and all save two cases have turn
ed out successfully.
Aileen Federal Building.
Washington, D. C., Special.-Work
m the new Federal building at Aiken
:for which Representative Patterson
secured an appropriation of $50,000 a
}-?ar or two ago, is to begin in April
or May. J. Knox Taylor, supervis
ing architect of the treasury, has
informed Mr. Patterson that because
of the crowded condition of work in
his office it had been impossible to
get to Aiken np to this time.
Course in Cotton Grading.
Clemson College, Special.-Begin
ning January 4, Clemson College will
offer to the farmers of South Caro
lina a course in cotton gradine, which
will continue six weeks. The work
will be- given in thc carding and
spinning division of the textile de
partment by Prof. D. E. Earle, who
has had considerable experience as a
classifier and also as collaborator
willi the United States department
of agriculture in preparing the stan
dard government cotton tvpes that
are to be sent out to thc markets in
the near future.
Kerrs Notes of General Interest
From All Farts of the State.
Corn Prizes Won.
Columbia, Special.-The first prize
on yield in the State corn contest
has been awarded to John R. Dingle,
of Summerton in Clarendon county,
as also the first prize on points. His
yield was 168.7 bushels on one acre.
This is the second State contest that
has been won by a Clarendon county
farmer. The total points'made were
99. The first prize on yield is $175.
The award was made Monday at a
meeting of the State corn contest
commission which is composed of
Commissioner Watson, President P.
H. Mell of Clemson college and D.
N. Barrow. The second prize for
yield and points went to A. Bascomb
Usher, the young Marlboro county
boy who produced 1521-2 bushels bn
the acre. He will receive $75. The
five-acre contest was won by J. M.
Moss, of St. Matthews. The number
of bushels produced was 500.5._ This
prize is worth $200. The second
prize in the five-acre contest was
awarded to Thos. Taylor of Richland
county, who produced 251 bushels.
This prize is $50. There were 156
entries in this year's contest, rep
resenting 36 counties of the State.
Many of the contestants were boys.
Of the total entries only 14 complied
with all of the requirements. Many
of the contestants failed to send in
samples of their com.
The best ear of corn sent in the
opinion of the commission was that
of R. K. Hayes, of Marion county,
who won second prize in last year's
contest. A close second to Mr. Hayes
in the quality of corn was sent by
7sher, of Marlboro county. ;
ihot and Unintentionally Hit a Man.
Charlotte, Special.-Tuesday mora
ng while waiting for Southern rail
way train No. 29 from the North I
to Columbia, W. L. Felder, a busi
ness man whose home is in St. Mat
thews, S. Ci, was seriously wounded
from a pistol in the hands of Ex
press Messenger Harry Jones, on
train No. 29.
Mr. Felder, after receiving the
shot, which struck him in the arm
and entered his side, walked over
to the express office nearby and in
formed the officers that he had been
It was stated at the hospital that
Mr. Felder was not dangerously
Jones, who is charged with the
shooting, was arrested. The shooting
bears somewhat of an air of mystery.
Mr. Felder says that as he walked
along and approached opposite the
car dcor some one shouted "Look
out, there!" and then the pistol was
fired, at almost the same moment at
which tlie coice was heard from in
side the car.
Jones, it seems took Felder for a
trespasser of evil intent ..red
to scare him away ' ... not. to -hit
him. He thinks f'\?j bullet glanced
when it struck a -ar.
Tragedy in Kershaw.
Lancaster, Special.-A difficulty
occurred Tuesday night at Westville,
Kershav county, between two white
men, D. W. Belk and John Peach, in
which both parties were shpt. Belk
walked about one hundred and twen
ty-five yards and fell near his house.
His wife heard him and went out
and found him dead.
Both men it is said fired several
times. Peach is dangerously wound
ed. Doctors Gregory and Twitty per
formed a surgical operation on him
Wednesday but they do not think
there is much hope fer his recovery.
Belk. who was engaged in the saw
mill business, was about 35 years old
and is survided by a widow and six
children. Peach is about 23 years
pld and unmarried. The cause of the
shooting is not known here.
Fined $15 For Hitting Woman.
Columbia, Special.-W. M. West
berry, the furniture collector who
"chucked" a woman under the chin
on Main street Friday, was fined $15
by the recorder Tuesday. The iden
tity of the woman was not disclosed
Westberry admitted the act, but said
he was too drunk to know what he
Four Bitten by a Mad Dog.
Columbia, Special.-Four promi
nent persons began treatment Tues
day at the Pasteur institute, as a
result of being bitten by an Irish
setter belonging to Mr. Alfred Wal
lace, the superintendent of the street
railway system. The four victims are
Mr. Wallace* his son, Alfred Wallace,
Jr., Mrs. Wallace's mother, Mrs.
Mayrant, and Mr. A. Hamilton Seats
of the reportorial staff of The State
newspaper. An examination of the
brain was made at once by Dr.
Coward, the State bacteriologist, and
ihe investigation disclosed rabies.
Chester Man, Shot While Hunting,
Succomba to Wounds.
Chester, Special.-Holmes Robin
son, who was shot by Bob Burns,
colored, while out hunting on Thanks
giving Day, died at 10 o'clock Wed
nesday night from the effects of his
wound. The young man was in his
22d year, and was regarded as a
young fellow of much promise. His
parents are almost heartbroken over
Iiis sad death, and so is Burns, the
voung negro, who did the shooting.
The affair was an accident.
White Man Accused of Rape.
Laurens, Special.-John Creemcr,
a young white man of the Watts
Mill village, is lodged in jail on .um
charge of criminal assault . on ?ho
person of an aa;cd white woman in
Young's Township some ,days\ago.
it is recalled that Will Johnson, ? a
liecrro. was arostcri hist week,' clmTnfed
with the offense but even at the time
the officers believed others ito be
ruilty. A warrant hns.be<*i ioued
Ct:r another young white man, w(bo, it
id said, was with Cr?eme.'.,