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y0L ?5 EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23rd, 1910_ '_N0-7'
Corn Acreage to be Increased.
Water Power at Seigler's
Mill Planning to be
After a wet February the farmers
. are enjoying some fine weather,.
They are about ready to plant corn,
and we understand that ther?_will
bea considerable acreage planted
this week. The oat crop has ira
- proved since warm weather set in.
..... We have seen some nice wheat but
we do not see enough planted yet.
:* Mr. Editor, it is to be hoped that
' your prizes, w-jll stimulate wheat
growing as it has corn growing. If
the farrar can take a few acres and
make his own flour, why not? That
is the question.
Mr.-iand Mrs. Floyd Johnstone of
Troutman, N". C.,. have been visit
ing the latter's parents Mr. and
Mrs. J. M. SwearingeD.
Mrs. Ida Rennie from Alabama
is visiting the family of Mr. E. L.
Mrs. J. H. Privette of Darling
ton's spending a fortnight with
her daughter, Mrs. Jerome Court
Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Day of Foun
tain Inn, have been spending a few
days with relatives.
An enterprise of no small diruin
sion and, one that will mean much
for this community is being plann
ed. We have learned ihrough good
* authority that the great water
power at Seigler's mill, some six or
seven miles south-east of town, will
be developed in the next year or
' two. JFrom this plant wires will be
run up the Aiken road to Trenton
and possibly to Edgefield and John
ston. This" will give power to eve
jy one who wants it. The steam
and gasoline engine will be elimi
nated and the electric motor will
take its place. Every home can
- have electric lights. There is onlj''
one thing necessary to make this
great enterprise a success and that
is patronage. We have as fine far ni
bing lands as can be found anywhere
"In the state and with the proper de
velopment of such opportunities we
will have a community excelled by/.
The True Home.
There is a vast difference be
tween a house and a home. The
house is but the building and fur
niture, the outward shelter and,
gathering place of the household.
The home includes the kindly fami
ly^ . affection, , the thoughtful care
ready sympathy and mutual confi
dence and trust of the members. A
true home breathes the atmosph ere
of love. A child should bd mule
to feel that his home is indeed a
home, the happiest place in the
world to him, not merely au out
ward shelter and resting place, but
a center of enjoyment and love, the
thought and remembrance of which
shall bc tlie safagnard of his lifo as
he goes forth to the wo.'ld, givl.ig
strength and portion to his charac
ter, and turning his thought to ail ?
that may prepare for the heavenly I
home when the scenes of earth shall
have passed away.-Ex.
Col. Brooks to Address Veter
ans Memorial Day. Chry
santhem Growers Active.
Death of Mr. Strother.
Mi-s. Lucy McLenna is at home
from a two.months' visit to lier son.
Mr. Alvin McLenna, at Waldo. Fla.
Mr. Robt. Hite and Miss Alice
May Berry were married on last
Sunday afternoon? at the Lutheran
parsonage by Rev. P. E. Monroe.
Mrs. P. E. Monroe and children
have returned from a visit to tho
former's parents at Pomaria.
Mrs. Mary Meyers is the guest of
her daughter, Mrs. M. E. Norris.
Mrs. W. M. .Meyers, of Aiken was
also a? visitor at Mrs. Norris' last
: Gen. U. R. Brooks, of Columbia,
has accepted the invitation to ad
dress the D. af C., and veterans
here on Memorial Day, May 10th.
Mr. A. S. Perry, manager of tho
Southern Bell Telephone Company,
Aiken, Edgefield and Johnston,
states that Edgefield community has
more farmers telephone lines than
any county in his district.
Mr. Irving McGee, who resides
near here, was run over and killed
hy an Augusta-Aiken trollejr car
near Aiken last week. It is stated
that he left Aiken, for his home in
an intoxicated state, and it is sup
posed tha^ he lay down on the car
track and went to sleep.
The Woman's Missionary Union
of the Ridge .association convened
at Philippi church Saturday, March
19th, at 10 o'clock and the follow
ing program was carried out.
10:30- Devotional exercises, Mrs.
P.. C. Stevens.
Systematic and proportionate
giving, Mrs. C. D. Watson and
Mesdames S. J. Watson and E. E.
Our apportionment and our ob
ligation to meet it. Mrs. Henry For
rest and Misses'Sallie Maj' Burton
and Cleo Attaway.
Discussion of business methods of
(handling funds. Mesdames T. R.
Denny and Sallie P. Carson, and
..Sunb'.-am work, talk,- Mrs; W. J.
Devotional exercises, Y. W. A.
work, conducted by Miss Weinona
' Diuner was served on the church
grounds, at intermission, and" there
was a very good attendance.
The chrysanthemum show will
again be held this year under the
auspices ol" the I), of 0., and the
following committee, will during
the next month, make the classifica
tion and arrangements: Mrs. B. F.
Boatwright, chairman, Mesdames
M. T. Turner, H. W. Crouch, and
Misses. Lillie LaGrone and Clara
Sawyer. The classification list of
premiums., will be published in
pamphlet form and mailed to any
interested. Ail desiring a pamphlet
should send their hamos to Mrs.
Mrs. M. P. Carroll, of Augusta,
gave her famous readings "Echoes
of Dixie," at the school auditorium
on bust Friday evening, her appear
lis demonstrated that ol two
aves of bread, one raised
iib Royal Baking Powder,
id Inc other with alum bak
5 powder, the Royal raised
af. is 32 pcp cent* more
tjestibie than ike other m
ance here being at the invitation o
the Mary Ann Buie chapter, D. of
C. Mrs. Carroll is a most talented
woman, and delighted her audience,
and she impersonated the Southern
negro in the most amusing style.
Several musical selections were
furnished by local talent.
Miss Rhett Warren is at home
again, her school having closed at
The Calhoun Literary Society of
the High School, held a very inter
esting meeting on Friday afternoon.
The debate was, resolved: That
electricity is of more value than
steam. The arguments of both sides
were good. Following this were
some good recitations by the mem
The question of lighting up the
town with electricity is being agi
tated, and it is hoped that at an ear
ly date the lights will be installed.
Last week occurred the marriage
of M iss Pauline Hart, and Mr. Chas.
P. Kneece, which took place at the
home of the bride's sister, Mrs.
Rambo, in North Augusta. After
the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Kneece
left on a bridal tour, and upon their
return, will make their home at
Batesburg, S. C., the home of the
On Sunday morning at the Bap
tist church, Rev. Smith preached in
interest of the Seminary at Louis
ville, Ky., and was listened to by a
large congregation. On Sunday
evening, Rev. E. A. McDowell, who
works in the interest of the Baptist
Courier, preached in the evening.
Mr. .John W. Payne, of Laurens,
S. C., visited relatives here Last
Mr. and Mrs. Will Webb came
over from Chappells, S. C., in their
automobile on Friday for a visit to
Mr. Hansford Rhod.-n has recent
ly purchiLttd ?i splendid automobile.
Mr. Sam ne) J. Watson has been
critically ill for the past week, a
trained h;trse libing telegraphed for
Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Allen, with
their handsome little son John, and
Miss Mary Bean Lewis, of Meeting]
Street, were guests at the home of
Mr. M;T. Turner last week.
After a- two weeks* iJlness,.Mr.;
| David R. Strother died.'.at lu's home
here, on Sunday 'morning, "about 4
o'clock, and his death has casta
gloom over the town, for he was
liked by all. About 40 years ago he
was married to Miss Anna Scurry
and she with ? children survive him.
Mrs. Stimons, Mrs. D. B. Hollings
worth, of Edgefield, Mrs. Clifton
Mitchell, of Batesburg, Mrs. David
Howard, of Ridge, and Messrs.
James and David Strother. Mr.
Strother was a loving husband and
a kind and indulgent father and a
good citizen. The interm ent took
place on Monday morning at Mt. of
The Woman-"The tax office is
one which I simply love to go to."
The Man-' Very few people. Why
do you.like it?" The Woman-"'Be
cause it is absolutely the only place
where no discrimination is made
against me because I am a woman.
They let me there pay just as much
as if I were a man."-Baltimore
CORN CLUB ORGANIZED.
Boys Corn Club Formally Or
ganized With Twenty-three
Members. Special Exer
cises at College. ;
Edgefield is keeping abreast of
the times-leading many?, of the
counties-in the agitation and or
ganization for increased production.
A Boys Corn Club was organized
Saturday with twenty-three mem
bers, the officers being -' Eustace.
Prescott, president; N.L. Broad
water, Jr., vice-presideu^ind Har
ry Strom, secretary and. treasurer.
Special exercises were held in the
S. C. C. I. auditorium, jQo-?. F. N.
K. Bailey presiding over- the meet
ing at the request of ' ?-?unty Su
perintendent of Education A. R.
Nicholson. After a prayer-offered
by Rev. T. P. Burgess^'ifetate Su
perintendent of Education John E.
Swearingen was introduced. He
said Edgefleld has freq^'mtly had
large social, political ar.d^ucation
al meetings or rallies l?nt nothing
like this meeting had ever>?een held
in the county before. Mr??Sweariri
gen stated that Edgefi?j?d' has al
ways been proud of tHijqc. things:
Her history, her people ajM the soil
which we cultivate.
t In a recent conversation, the
editor of the Southern^ ?Cultivator
told Mr. Swearingen that^o deeply
was he impressed with vdifji he saw
and heard on his last visit'to Edge
field that were it possible-for him
to retire to farm life he t^ould pur
chase a farra near Edgefield and
pass the remainder of his days here.
No other spot on earth ha|?impress
ed him so favorably.
In speaking of a trip&he made
through the middle west several
months ago, Mr. Swearingen said
the average production of/-an Iowa
farmer is $1,086 while the average
of a South Carolina farmer is $144,
which shows the need of hew meth
ods, the application of more thought
and intelligence to farming in this
state. Iowa produces seY'eujttmes as
much corn as South Carolina, yet_|
our state holds the ; world's record
for the largest yield per :_?cre>: ,The
largest yield injtowa is . >\bushels
per acre, whiledt?e^mfoxifottm iii
this state is 255? bushels. -
After speaking of the significance
of this great movement to organize
the boys and its effect upon the
moral life of the country, Mr.
Swearingen next referred to the
farm demonstration work and its
i elation to the cause of education.
Mr. Swearingen's address was prac
tical, timely and well received by
his audience, which was composed
largely of the student body of the
S. C. C. I., many of whom will
doubtless make farmers and far
The second speaker was Mr. L.
L. Baker, a prosperous farmer of
Sumter county who is serving as
district agent-in the farm demon
stration work. Mr. Baker spoke al
together along practical lines, giv
ing the boys the benefit of his ex
perience in growing corn. He em
phasized the importance of exercis
ing great care in the selection of
seed corn. Mr. Baker said, in enter
ing a contest, a farmer should first
decide what type of corn he will
grow, corn being as different in va
riety as chickens or hogs. If large
vicki is desired prolific corn should
be planted. Mr. Baker said he had
never known a state prize to be won
with a single-ear variety of corn.
The speaker said white corn
should have a white cob and yellow
corn a red cob and that the diame
ter of the cob at the largest end
should bo equal to twice the length
of a grain of corn. The ideal or per
fect ear of corn is about seven in
ches in circumference "and ten in
ches in length.
In speaking of thc fertilizers to
be used under corn, Mr. Baker urged
a liberal use of potash, which makes
heavy ears. He said there is a dispo
sition among farmers to use too
nimm nitrate of soda and not a suffi
cient quantity of potash. Corn that
has had liberal application of potash
will frequently weigh 60 pounds to
the bushel, while that produced by
nitrate of soda will only weigh 55
pounds to the bushel. This differ
ence alone may win or lose the
prize in a close contest.
The young men who compose the
dub are already enthusiastic, and
the announcement in a few days of
prizes aggregating more than ?50
will give added stimulus to the or
ganization. The club is composed of
good material, and in addition to
the encouragement that having an
acre of corn all their own will give
the boys, many hundreds of bush
els of corn will be produced in the
( therwise would not that county
have been grown.
The following boys from all parts
of the county have enrolled as mem
bers of the Hoys Corn Club:
Harry Strom,Eustice Prescott, L.
Mike Herl?ng, J. T. McManus, Jr.,
William Ouzts, EmeiSon Bussey,
Frank Wates, Clyde White, A.
George Day, Jamie Miller, D. T.
Mathis, Jr., A. B. Lott, E. M.
Bunch, Bennie Haston, Charlie E.
Griffis, Roy Smith, Nick L. Broad
water, Jr., Claude Turner, Levi
Holmes, R. H. Gable, Hammond
Carmichael, J. R. Strother, Jr., S.
B. Mays, Jr., and Tillman White
The following counties have or
ganized Boys Corn Clubs:
Abbeville, Aiken, Anderson, Barn
well, Calhoun, Cherkoee, Chester,
Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Dor
chester, Edgefield, Florence,G?orge
town, GreenviIle,Greenwood, Hamp
ton, Horry, Kershaw. Lancaster,
Laurens, Lee, Lexington, Marion,
Marlboro, Newberry, Oconee, Or
angeburg, Pickens, Richland, Salu
da, Spartanburg, Sumter,* Union.
Williamsburg and York.
Great Western Agency Change.
The general agencies of the Great
Western' Life of Kansas City and
Georgia and South Carolina with
headquarters at Atlanta and Edge
field, respectively, have been con
solidated into one general agency
which will be known as the South
eastern Department. W. S. Cog
burn, heretofore general agent for
South Carolina, has been made Gen
eral Manager of the new depart
ment and will have his headquarter
at Augusta, Georgia.
Mr. Cogburn has been identified
with the Great Western Life for the
past year as Manager for South Car
olina and has made a splendid re
cord as an organizer and personal
producer. The officers of the com
pany have recognized his merit in
this promotion and have added the
territory formerly controlled by
Fort & Son. The Company has al
ready a splendid volume of good
business in force in the two States
with quite a number of active
agents already under contract and
Manager Cogburn tlfpects to push
vigorously for new acquisition to
his agency force.-The Eastern
Frui t N ot S eriously-1 nj ure d.
"'Mr. P J. Berckmans, of Augusta,
who is one of the most successful
fruit growers in the south, was
quoted a few days ago as having
said that fruit in the vicinity of Au
gusta has leen but little injured by
The following is a dispatch that
was sent from Meriwether, this
county, to the Augusta Chronicle
"The cold snap of the 16th did
not seriously injure the peach crop
in the Meri wether-Clark's Hill sec
tion. Some blooms, of course,
were killed, perhaps reducing the
crop where orchards were unfavora
bly located, but where trees are on
elevations and vigorous, the peaches
will have to be thinned so as to pro
duce large fruit.
"This fruit belt is noted for its
never-failing peach crop as well as
its superior quality, a car shipment
of peaches from M!eriwether last
year bringing the highest price of
any of the 2,100 cars sent from the
South, according to information fur
nished by the Georgia Fruit Ex
A witness in a railroad case at
Fort Worth, asked to tell in his
own way just how the accident
'Well, Ole and I was walking
down the track, and I heard a whis
tle, and I got off the track, and the
train went by, and I got back on
the track, and I didn't se? Ole; but
I walked along, and pretty soon I
seen Ole's hat, and I walked on and
seen one of Ole's legs, and then I
seen one of Ole's arms, and then
another leg, and then over on one
side Ole's head, and I says, "My
God! Something muster happened
to Ole!"-Everybody's Magazine.
"My wife is getting awfully stren
uous," remarked Whiffles. 1 Yester
day she broke a plate over my
head. What would vou advise me
"Well," replied Sniffles, "you
might buy cast-iron plates.''-Judy.
"They say there is a fool in eve
ry family. Do you think so?"
"Well, I hardly like to say. You
see, I'm thc only .member of the
"Won't.vou take this seat?" said
the gentleman in the car,, rising
and lifting his hat.
"No, thank you," said the girl
with skates over her arm; "i've
been roller skating, and I'm tired of
Teachers are Invited and Urged
to Attend the Summer
School at Wofford Col
The authorities of Wofford Col
lege will continue this summer the
regular summer session for teachers.
For the present summer the school
will last only four weeks, beginning
Tuesday, June 21, and ending Tues
day, July 19th.
Twenty-five courses will be offer
ed in the following branches: Draw
ing, English, French, German, Geo
graphy, and Physiography, History
and Civics, Latin, Geometry, Alge
bra, Arithmetic, Music, Physics,
Pedagogy, Physiology and Primary
Additional advanced courses will
be giveifrwheu five or more request
The school has received the en
dorsement of the State Superintend
ent, the County . Superintendents
and the State Board of Education
Teachers who attended last ses
sion were granted renewal of their
The enrollment of last summer
The faculty will be made up from
Wofford College, Converse College,
the Spartanburg city schools, arid
other institutions in the State.
A circular will .bc issued before
April, giving an outline of the
courses, thc names of the faculty,
and other necessary information.
From the following outline of
policy and purpos? may be gained
some idea of the school and thelin?s
along which it will be developed: ;
1. To offer in the state an oppor
tunity to teachers to prepare them
selves for increasingly efficient
work in common schools.
2. To aid in equipping teachers
for high school work..
3. To enable the experienced
graduates of colleges, who intend to
teach, to profit by tae instruction
Lgijd experience of practical teachers
IrrtrreUujjh school branches.
4. To ^e?^>p--i^??O^kal ready
so well begsm by. the. forni^rrsT&t?.
summer schools of bringing the
teachers of the state together for ex
ch ange of opinion and experience
for the stimulus and enlargement of
personal and intellectual association,
and for the development of a pro
fessional spirit and unity.
5. To develop courses looking to
the'degree of L. I., and to offer
courses toward the degree o f A. B.
This will be done by lengthening
the term, by gradually adding other
branches and advanced courses in
the fundamental culture and pro
fessional studies, by outlining work
to be done in the interval between
6. To enable our teachers to
unite with the foregoing opportuni
ties and advantages, the benefits of
rest, recreation, and social inter
course in the fine summer climate of
the near mountain country.
A fee of $10.00 will be charged
for all school privileges. Board may
be had for S 16.00. The railroads
will be asked to make reduced rates.
For information, address,
A. G. Rembert,
Spartanburg, S. C.
Prohibition Improved Conditions
The disastrous (?) effects of pro
hibition on a town are strikingly
illustrated by the workings of the
prohibition law in Wilmington, the
leading North Carolina seaport, last I
year. The law went into effect
there January 1, 1909, and perhaps
in no other seaport city has it been
so well enforced. The results are
that the number of arrests in 1909
was only 1,218 as compared with
1,968 with saloons the year before;
in spite of increased population,
there was a decrease in the number
of deaths and cases of insanity; bank
deposits showed the remarkable in
crease from ?7,200,000 to $9,960,
000 for the single twelve months,
the increase in bank clearings being
greater than for any other leading
Southern city except Atlanta (which
is also prohibition); the number of
building permits and their value
more than doubled; and in spite of
losing a ?600 license tax on sixty
three saloons each (and voting an
extra tax for schools) the total tax
rate was reduced 8 cents on the
$100. Getting rid of the whiskey
handicap as much as possible, while
the North still suffers from it in
undiminished measure, is giving the
South a tremendous advantage in
the struggle for industrial leader
ship. We'll beat them yet.-Pro-,
"Dutch" Gives The Advertiser *
Readers Many Newsy Items.
Much Activity in and
Around Mc doc.
Pear trees are in full bloom, birds
are singing their sweet songs, the
farmers are plowing from early
dawn till late in the eyening, sun
shine is warm, oatsjare-growing and
and naturally we are proud that God
has spared us to see another spring
Slodoc is moving steadily, guano
hauling has been an item of un
finished business for the past few
days, but it has somewhat gone un
Mr. "William Bussey, one of
Modoc's good merchants, has been
on the sick list, but we are glad to
note that he is able to be up and at
Mr. H. K. Holmes has purchased
a saw and shingle mill and he will
soon be ready for business.
Mr. J. 0. Marshall, our retired
merchant, looks as happy as you
please, enjoying good old rest.
Mr. R. C. B. Key, better known
as Cab, has two half dimes, one
coined 1800 the other 1841. What
is this value Mr. Editor? We did
not understand Mr. Key to say he
had possessed them from date or
not, but if so he might tell us some
thing interesting of the past.
Mr. B. R. Quarks has found his
moustache and- he is happy once
Yes, we met Dr. Bell not long
ago. His horse was a little lame, and
upon inquiring the trouble Dr. Bell
stated that his horse had eeen.too
many summers to be active now-a
lesson for the young.
Two new buggies bought by two
of our near neighbors. What next?
Mr. Tom Stone, now a resident of
Augusta, made a flying trip home
last week. Tom looks well and hear
ty. Come again, old boy.
Mumps though near by has not
put in among us yet .
Some of the farmers have a cot
ton planter, ..guano distributor and
corn dropper, ^combined, now for a
self chopper and cultivator. Then
we will be O. K..
"^Mi. Miliuu.'. DuBucy;-^ har?LgJma^;
a new dwelling erected', iihen a'store.
Mr. Waver Quarles says he is
very lonesome, so of course he will
take his troublesjto his own sweet
Mr. Gordon Boswell has gone to
see the home folks, and so has she.
Gordon knew before leaving. We
What Fertilizer Ignorance Cost?
Us in a Single Year.
According to the latest obtaina
ble statistics, the farmers of six con
tiguous Southern States-Mississippi,
Alabama, Georgia, tho Carolinas,
and Virginia--spend over $50,000,
000 a year for commercial fertilizers.
The total public school fund of these
States amounts to $11,000,000..
And of the $50,000,000 paid for
fertilizers, it is not too much to say
that over $11,000,000 is wasted,
through ignorance of crop and soil
In other words, our ignorance
Tax on the one single, solitary item
of commercial fertilizers alone is
more than thc total amount we are
spending on public schools foi in
creasing the intelligence of our chil-?
If the $50,000,000 spent by these
States is profitable now, reasonable
knowledge of fertilizer facts would
make it twice as profitable. Or to .
put it differently; reasonably care
ful study of soil needs, crop needs,
the f unotions of different fertilizing ;
clements, etc., etc., would add $50,
000,000 a year to the profits of our .'
And $50,000,000 a year properly
expended in bond issues, as interest
and sinking fund, would put an
eight months] centralized graded
school within reach of every farm
boy and girl in these States would
put a macadam road in these States,
and would carry on a campaign
against tuberculosis, typhoid fever,
malaria and hookworm diseases
that would probably increase by .
one-fifth the average length of hu
How fearful the waste of igno
rance on the despised commodity!- r
''Look here,'' said the reforming
husband, "we must have thing.? ar
ranged in this house so that we
shall know where everything is
''With all my heart,'' sweetly an
swered his wife, "and let us begin
with your late hours, my love. I
should dearly love to know where
they are kept.''
He lets things run on as usual.
New York, Journal.