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EDGEFIELDjiS. C., WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14,1910
? TRUE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT.
Very Valuable Paper Written
By Mrs. Marj' Nance Dan
iel Published in The Pro
. : gr ess i ve Farmer.
This morning: as I sit by a warm
oak fire, almost on the eve of Christ
mas, the question comes to mind:
* What will Christmas 1910, mean
^ to our rural homes? Will it be a
season afsmajd^eveiry, or will it be
a s^?n??^^B^pghtfulness, of sane
obs?r^^^p?; the anniversary of the
one greara??o.nt in the world's his
tory for ?the ' past;* two thousand
years? Will it mean joy and glad
ness, a smile for the unfortunate, a
T; helping hand for the needy, a be
nevolent spirit among all mankind
in short, a season o? inspiration to
^ wards better living and serving; or
will the spirit of the Christ Child
be excluded by a spirit of aimless
I \^^fll parents who road these
words to call around them the little
lives that brighten their homes and
explain^to-'.them the real meaning of
>' Christmas. Tell the children why
the civilized world celebrates the
season with glad hearts, and breathes
sympathetic kindness towards all
mankind on the day that brought to
earth the little boy Jesus. Tell them
what progress the world has made
.. /in noble thought and action since
the hearts of Joseph and Mary
leaped for joy at the birth of their
child in the manger of Bethlehem.
It does not require a great amount
of wealth for Christmas to mean
what it should to the rural home.
Ofttimes money defeats the real spir
it of Christmas. Happily, the coun
try home is spared many vices that
infest* and menace life in the large
cities. I am glad to believe that but
few country parents would suffer
Christmas desecrated by their loved
ones as is true among many of the
wealthy of our large cities.
With the delightful pure air and
bright sunshine of our country
home, with an unprecedented re
turn from the South's staple crop
with peace, and plenty on pyfitp
. ? .hand-the country fireside, should
be a very happy place at the close
of this good year. Think again and
again of the enormous yield the
year has witnessed, of the satisfac
tory returns for all farm produce,
of the snug bank account to begin
the new year with, and remember
the Author of these blessings. ^
But do not leave the impression
with any that these blessings are
complete within themselves; They
entail additional responsibilities.The
man with te?r talents has more to
use and more to gather in o rder to
measure up to his Lord's require
ments than has the man with but
one talent^ And so, this present
prosperity of our rural Southland
calls aloud for a new girding, to
the end that it may occupy the im
portant niche in the nation's life
which circumstances decree it
should. We need tne best energies
of the ten-talent man, and we need
the best energies of the one-talent
man; we need the best effort of
everybody willing to do a man's
part, towards banishing ignorance
and promoting intelligence. The
rude, uncomfortable school-houses,
with rude furniture and ruder teach
ers, must give place to comfortable
buildings with modern furniture and
competent instructors. Competence*
not kinship to trustees or patrons,
must determine what teacher is to
be employed. The $50 competent
teacher must be recognized as cheap
er in fact than the incompetent
one at $15. The school grounds
must be looked after and beautified,
the school houses must be planted,
the school made fit to live in and
calculated to inspire worthy ambi
tions in the impressionable minds of
tho children, if indeed such is to be
It is all right to utter a prayer of
thanks for the rich blessings of the
past, and this should be done in all
sincerity; but the force of^ that
prayer should be felt in renewed^
tivity towards better things, nobler
striving for the beckoning/future.
We must be up and doing if we are
to fill our proper place in the life of
the nation. The time has struck
high twelve for the noblest possible
action against the malefactors of
ignorance to the end that they may
be relegated to the rear and intelli
gence enthroned in every avocation
in the great new south we-love so
I have no patience with leaders of
private or public life who would do
less than their level best to inspire
and lead every . man, woman, boy
and girl to the expending of his or
her best effort in, the proper sphere
towards the fullest development of
our -nation's life. We call it a Chris
tion nation. If it is to remain this
in fact, as in name, we should at
this particular season fan into flame
the patriotic spark and pass its
Many Lots Sold. Baraca and
Philathea Entertain. Car
nival Holding Forth This
The auction sale of lots owned by
the Columbia Realty Co., Greens
boro, N. C., and located in the east
ern part of towD, drew a large
crowd, on last Tuesday, and all of
the lots were disposed of, bringing
from $45 to $225 per lot. A brass
band was a general signal, and this,
with the managers, moved from
lot to lot and the sales were rapid.
A free lot and $5.00 in gold was an
inducement to Idraw for, and Mr.
Dantzler Toney drew the lucky
number for the lot, and Mr. James
Watson, the $5.00.
A social affair was held at the
home of Mr. J. A. Lott, given by
the Philathea and Baraca classes,
on Wednesday evening, and a very
interesting program was enjoyed-:"
Each member had the privilege of
bringing a friend and the gather
ing was a large and congenial one.
Miss Louelle Norris entertained
the Pi Tau club on Wednesday af
ternoon, in a very happy manner.
The carnival, Smith's greater
shows, arrived on Monday, Decem
ber 12th, with ail its noise, souve
nirs, and ceaseless merry-go-round
Mrs. J. A. "?obey went to New
berry last week to attend the mar
riage of her friend, Miss Ellen
Mi. and Mrs. C. D. Brown, of
Abbeville, were guests ' at the home
of Dr. J. M. Rushton, recently.
Mrs. Ida SLevens and Miss Lena
Stevens, now of Meeting Str^t,
have been visiting relatives here. Jr
is a source of great pleasure to
their hosts of iriends to know that
they nave returned to their former
home to reside.
Mrs. Henry Grant left on Satur
day for Dillon, to spend a month
with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mc
Mr. and Mrs. Boss' Timmerman,
of Meeting Sj^f^i?er?'here Friday,
en route to their home. Mrs. Tim
merman was returning from the Au
gusta hospital, where she had un
dergone a successful operation.
9 Mr. J. L. Oxner and family left
on Monday for Hephzibah, Ga., to
make their home. During last fall
while there on a visit, Mr. Oxner
purchased a splendid farm and will
engage in this business.
Mrs. Missouri Lott has been the
guest of her son, Mr. A. P. Lott.
Mr. J. M. Turner spent the pa9t
week in Barnwell on business.
Mrs. Dorset, of Virginia, is the
guest at the home of her son, Dr.
W. S. Dorset.
Mrs. Fletcher Boyd and children
left this week for Chester, to visit
until after the holidays, and while
there, will be the guest of the for
mer's mother, Mrs. Stewart.
Mesdames James Price and
Nancy Lott are at home from
Blackville, S. C., where they visit
ed their niece, Mrs. Karainer. -
Miss Georgia Sawyer, who is
taking a course in millinery in At
lanta, is expected home this week.
Very Successful Sale.
Messrs. Quarles & Mellichamp
of Red Hill are enterprising, pro
gressive ^bung merchants. They re
cently held a special salo for five
days and their cash receipts for two
days amounted to $1,050. Besides
having circulars printed, they ad
vertised the sale in The Advertiser.
You will reap satisfactory returns
by exploiting the value af your
merchandise in our columns.
light on down through the years to
our children as a great legacy.
Count your blessings over and
over again; forget the little things
that went wrong during the past
twelve months. Think of the good
health you have had, of how the
broad acres have fielded up their
bountiful itore, of how storm and
pestilence have passed you by, of
the little one you have been en
trusted to train for a worthy part in
the nation's life, ot th? parents still
left to counsel and protect you from
the rough world outside; and when
you have done all these things, get
down upon your knees in a truly
thankful spirit and utter the fervent
prayer of your hear t, and resolve to
make 1911 a ? better year than'1910.
If my readers will but entfr into
the real spirit of Christmas, the
heart will be glad, the life ennobled
and instead of "unholy revelry and
dissipation, we will have a Christ
mas reflecting the superb virtues of
.the Christ Child and be inspired for
the beckoning tasks of a glad new
year; and the country homes will
have a delightful, taste of real
Heavenly joy. I wonder how many
will have this joy. Let's all try for
The Advertisers 75t?i Christmas
Though advanced in years, The Advertiser is yet youth
ful in spirit, greeting its readers on this, its 75th Christmas,
in holiday dress. For three quarters- of a century this news
paper has been making its weekly [visits to the homes of the
county, rejoicing with those who rejoice and weeping with
those who weep
ii V f
By ARTHUR J. BURDICK.
Copyright, 1910, by American Press Association.
'HPWAS the day before Christmas, ami.^p in the north
* With his presents old Santa"* preparer? -to-'-set forth
On a visit to children to scatter his toys
And to fill with delight hearts of girls and of boys.
ALL his presents were sorted and labeled with care
^ And were piled in great heaps, filling all the space there.
So he called to his son, ruddy, jolly young Nick,
"Come, bring round my reindeer; make haste and be quick."
- "YY/HY, my father," the rollicksome youth then replied,
? ? "Your good reindeer of age hav? every one died;
Al?o that mode of travel is quite out of date.
Keep abreast of the times; you must strike a new gait"
POOR old Santa looked stumped, and he paused, hung his
Then he heaved a deep sigh and sorrowfully said,.
"I suppose I must yield, with the times keep apace',
So bring round an auto, if there's one 'bout thc place.
V/OUTHFUL Nick winked an eye, and he dropped a sly
* smile. _ . t
"My good father," said he, "you're off many a mile.
You'd be thought a back number to auto the trip.
To be quite up with style you must use an airship."
I70R a moment the old man did not speak a word.
* With violent emotions his bosom was stirred.
But at length he looked up, gave a toss'" of his head.
"Bring hither an up to date airship," he said.
WHEN the airship appeared Santa said, with a grin:
"Now, my son, she is ready; make haste and jump in.
In this newfangled sleigh o'er the world you may may roam
And distribute the presents, and I'LL STAY AT HOME."
Hotel Agitation Continues. Sun
day School f Re-organized.
W. O. W. Camp Elects
Officers For Year.
What about a new up-to-date,
modern if you please, hotel for
Paraville? In repeating the hotel
proposition for the third time, I ara
reminded of the new preacher, who
preached his first sermon on repent
ance, and it was thoroughly enjoy
ed. Next Sabbath, he repeated his
sermon on repentance but the old
deacon endured it in silence, hoping
for something new the third sermon,
but the third preaching day came,
and the sensible and sedate parson
gave them again his repentaace ser
mon. This was more than .he old
deacon, who is always full of ad
vice to the preacher, could stand,
and he took the preacher aside and
said "Bro. Parson, that sermon on
repentance is good, but can't you
preach som?thing else? The i^ople
will tire on so little variety. Has
anybody repented said the parson?"
Not that I know of said the deacon
Well said the preacher, "I am go.
ing to preach that sermon until
somebody, repents." In like man
ner, I expect to talk hotel until the
money barons repent and put their
money in a "spit fire, spic and
.span," new hotel, that would do
credit to a larger town. Parksville
can have a fair, but no where for
visitors to stay, except at some pri
vate home, and traveling men have
to ?0 to Plum Branch or McCor
mick to spend the night. Isn't seme
one beginning to repent about this
serious drawback to an otherwise
progressive community? *
Our Sunday school at the Bap
tist church yesterday harmoniously
re-organized with the following offi
cers for another year: J. M. Bussey,
superintendent; J. Eddie Bell, sec
retary and treasurer; Misses Martha
Dorn and Annie McDonald, organ
ists, an^ D. A. J. Bell, choirister.
Misses May Bell Rich and Mary
Middleton Bell, spent Saturday and
Sunday with their cousin in this
town. They go to school to Mrs.
Pat Bradley at Clark's Hill, and to
their credit, as well as Mrs. Brad
ley's, she is one of the best teach
ers in the state.
Our representative from Parks
ville lodge, A. F. M., will leave to
day to attend the Grand Lodge, A.
F. M., which convenes in Charles
ton tomorrow, Thursday 15th,
which is always a pleasant trip. '
Mr. Jesse Prince, (Dock) and your
versatile Modoc correspondent ".Toe
Smith" spent a pleasant day while
in Parksville yesterday. On account
of sundry visible improvements in
our town, Mr. Prince has dubbed
us "New London." Of course, we
are away behind old London, but
when our new hotel shall have been
completed, we will have made one
more step in the right direction.
A gentleman in this town a few
days ago, received a letter from a
learned and popular Baptist preach
er of Greenville, Ga., extracts from
which would be pleasant reading to
the Baptists of his native country.
Suffice it to "say, after reading the
minutes of the Edgefield association,
he is well pleased with, if not sur
prised at, the good reports from
the various departments of church
work in the old Edgefield associa
At a regular meeting of the W.
O. W. Oak camp, No. 81, the fol
lowing officers were elected for the
ensuing year: R. N. Edmunds,
Counsul commander; T. H. Garrett,
advisory lieutenant; W. M. Robert
son, clerk; D. N?Dorn, banker; J.
H. Elkins, escort; Eugene McDon
ald, watchman; W. II. Minor, sen
try; D. A. J. Bell, past counsul
commander and physician. ?
Messrs. McDaniel, Seigler, Cro
mer and Bussey from Modoc spent
part of yesterday with friends in
Mr. J. P. Nixon and wife of
Clark's Hill spent Sunday with Mrs.
S. N. Dorn, Mr. Nixon's sister.
The B. Y. P. U. last night was
well attended, the divinity of
Christ being the subject. Misues
Janie B^ell Jaro and Annie McDon
ald with Mr. Marshall Garrett were
the principal readers. The follow
ing committee was appointed to
nominate officers for the ensuing
year and report at the next meet
ing: Rev. T. H. Garrett, J. W.
Christian, W. W. Fowler and J.
"Do you believe, doctor, that
man is made of dust?" asked the
"I don't know about man," re
turned the professor, "but I am
sure girls are-they make such a
dickens of a lot of trouble when they
get in a fellow's eyes."-Harper's
Seven Hundred Individual Ex
hibits of Finest Corn Grown
in Three States. Inter
We laid aside the strenuous rou
tina of newspaper work and attend
ed the South Atlantic Corn Expo
sition in Columbia last Thursday.
Craven hall, possibly the largest in
the state, was transformed into a
decorated corn crib. To stand upon
the rostrum at one end and take a
bird's eye view of the booths and
long tables, all filled with corn, was
indeed an inspiring sight to every
one who is at all interested in the
king of cereals.
As the exposition lasted four
days, the attendance was not large
at any time However,hundreds-yea,
thousands-of representative corn
growers viewed this splendid col
lection of all varieties of corn "dur
ing the week Mciver Williamson
was there-Hannah Plowden was
there-Jerry Moore was there-Bob
Smith was there, and scores of
other celebrities were elbowing
each other for hours at a time.
So much fine corn was displayed
that the untrained eye could-scarce
ly decide which should wear the
blue ribbon. To Edgefield's quar
tette, Messrs. B. R. Smith, T. G.
Smith, Nqgjt.. Broadwater and the
writer, the prize winning ear-the
finest single ear of the many thou
sands-did not appear to be the
equal of scores of others. It was
only about eight inches in length
and less than the average in circum
ference, being grown by a farmer at
Apex, N. C. Possibly it had pecu
liar qualities or merits that our oin-,
skilled eyes could not detect. The
Edgelield contingency voted the
first prize to Bob Smith, believing
his to be the equal, if not superior,
of the prize winning ear.
The exhibits were arranged by
Congressional districts, each dis
trict winning a number of prizes.
The second district fell a-little short
of some of the other districts. So
far as we could learn, Jtfr: Bob
Smith was the only ?fcxmtoio? from
this county. There should have been
a score or more. We were very
proud of Mr. Smith'a,exhibit.
The exposition was a signal suc
cess, and we confidently believe
that it will mark the beginning of a
new era in corn growing in South
Carolina. No farmer could witness
such a sight as Craven hall present
ed without being inspired to grow
finer corn himself.
We want to see Edgefield county
allotted a very prominent section in
Craven hall next year.
Winthrop Corn Dinner.
The following menu that wa?
served at the South Atlantic Corn
Exposition shows how an elaborate
feast can be arranged exclusively of
Cream of Corn Soup
Hoe Cakes Winthrop Corn Rolls
Corn-fed Pork Corn-fed Beef
Corn Bread, Dressing,
Scalloped Corn and Tomatoes
Succotash Corn Pudding
Practice Home Muffin
Spoon Bread Hominy Gems
Golden Corn Cake
Corn Salad CreSm Corn Balls
Corn Meal Wafers
N Indian Pudding with Cream
Corn Starch Cake
Corn Starch Pudding
Salted Popcoin Popcorn Balls
Preached on Streets.
A street meeting of the George
Whitfield type, the kind that char
acterized the early days of the
Methodist church, but from which
the church has drifted in after
years, ^vas held yesterday afternoon
at the corner of King and Calhoun
streets. The meeting was under the
auspices of the Star Gospel Mission
and the Rev. Tom Leitch was the
principal speaker. In a few minutes
a crowd of several hundred gather
ed on the scene. Among the audience
were numbers of visiting Methodist
preachers in attendance upon the
Conference. When the Rev. Leitch
finished talking, some of these vis
iting Methodist preachers stepped
on Jhe box and talked earnestly to
the crowd. It was an enjoyable
meeting. In the audience were quite
a number of ladies. The ministers
who took part seemed glad of the
opportunity.-News & Courier.
Oat meal, cream of wheat, postum