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EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4,1911
The Pltira Branch High School,
Pride of the ' Town
Clewed Wit}* Appro
I^)iBbbgb writen for last week,
hen the regular'issue of the paper
as omitted, we feel that the-f Pk
wing account of the work of the
Branch High' sch?pf is too
resting to be left uripublished,so
it appears this week:j v
Toe Flam Branch' High School
closed its doors today for Christ
mas. Work will' be resumed on
Monday Jan, 2, li)il."
This afternoon.''at - tJiree o'clock
the teachers of the school,.,'assisted
' by the loyal students,., gave a brief
entertainment which was followed
-doy a luxuriant oeiebratidfi of the
Christnjas season had a loyal-Christ
. mas-.-, tree, full of presents..^b.4
room had been darkened and with
all the candles lighted the tree wis
yery pretty indeed.
" The- program of the afternoon
opened with a prayer led by-Kev. JJ.
JJ. White, then" followed choruses
arid. ? recitations and piano solos,
Mbs Mae'.RoperV, work in coach
ing tho recitations was very evident.
She deserves credit for so creditable}
Th8 renditions by the music pu
pils were excellent. They ' haye been
taking music only a few months..
The way they deported themselves
today reflects credit on their teach
er Miss Weinona Strom; The very'
large, crowd who .attended the ex
- ercises showed t'.iat* the people of
Plum Branch n.ean to take an in
terest . in,, their school and stand
. The Plum Branch High School
open?d 011 the 20th of last'October*
enrolling oa : that, day 51 pupils,
"from that time .the enrollment Jias
continued, at present the enrollment
is a few more than a hundred.
In the High' School -eepartment
there are . 25 - students. During the
tiirst two month's-' pf the school?a&
' average attendance in .this dysart
^?P^^pl^. c^jf?uut Bran ?Vi arc
' very proud Pf their school because
they are realizing the great ,-ialue
'of a good school to a community.
The school will run until the 7th.
of june. At that time a session of
'thirty two -weeks will be complete. <
Plum Branch, Dec. 24th, 1910.
Kfexpense of Forming the New
B^.The following dispatch concern
' .ing the cost of the survey of the
I^Tlew county was sent out from Aik
en several days ago:
"r;. "The survey of the proposed
- ;;. county of Heyward cost Aiken
R&ounty exactly $1,718.75. A bill
was filed for this amount with the
aHfeunty commissioners by the new
.'^commission. It cost the county of ?
Edgefield the sum of $787.25, mak-!
^ ihg a total of $2,500 allowed by
law for.the surveys for new conn-j
ties. A great deal of dissatisfac
??: t?on has been expressed her? be
;&?ause of the fact that the old coun
-ties' have to pay for the survey of a
new. county. A measnre has been
attempted in the legislature to re
quire new counties "to pay these I
bills for surveying themselves,, but
so far bas met with defeat.
^^^a is believed here that if an
election is held the new county prop
position will be carried. At this
time there is a hold up in matters
use of alleged irregularities at
enton, where those opposed to
the scheme claim that the new coun
ty line passes through the town
limits, which is not allowed by a
recent act as to new counties. The
petitions for election arc now in the
hands of the governor."
Death of Mrs. Mays.
On Tuesday afternoon,, Decem
ber 28th, Mrs. Mary Ann Mays en
tered upon her eternal ' rest. The
"real cause of her death may be said
to be old age, hiving* reached her
82nd year. The funeral was held at
Horn's Creek church Weduesday
afternoon, Rev. T. P. Burgess offi
Before her marriage Mrs. Mays
Miss Allen, a member of a
family pf twelve which at the prime
of life was easily .the foremost
family in the county. Early in life
Mrs. Mays became a Christian, hav
ing been a member of Horn's
Creek church for 56 years. She was
very devout and loyal to her Master
throughout her long life.
Mrs. Mays is survived by two
sisters, Mrs. Sallie Collett and Mrs.
garet Stevens, one daughter,
. Lemia Talbert, with whom
resided, and three sons,
?. S, Bv J. A., and J. M. Mays.
After*- Serving as Organist of
irs R. I
Baptist Church Forty-Seven'
Years Mrs. R; H. Mims
f - '
V At the conclusion-of the regular
service at the Baptist church ^Sun
/day morning, December 25th, Dr.
C. E. - Burts announced Jthat Mrs.
[Robt. , H? Mims had decided .tourer
sign as organist on account of fail
ing strength, due to. her advanced
age. Having-had some intimation
that Mrs.. Mims contemplated tak
ing this action, the members of the
church had arranged to express,pub
licly their appreciation pf *her faith-,
.fui services, y lasting through a,
period of Al years. Dr. Burts re
quested Mrs. Mims to, come to the
front, and -Ex.rGov. John C. Shep
pard,, as-spokesman for the congre
gation, in his. easy and graceful
[manner, gave utterance to words bf
sincere appreciation, presenting Mrs.,
Mims with a purse from the church
at the conclusion of his remarks.
At the request of Mrs. Mims and in
her behalf, Dr. ?Burts made grate
ful acknowledgment of their tan gi
ble manifestation of appreciation on
the part of )Aie churcb.
As Gov. Sheppard said, noone]
'.',,Edge5eJ4. has"suvh * yoe?.
for choran'attendance as Mrs. Muns,
indeed, we doubt if her record for
faithfuj service bas ? parallel among
the Baptists of South Carolina,
Notwithstanding the fact that she
resides three fourths of a mile from
the church and does not possess a
[conveyance o? anv kind, sha has
[ not, unless providentially kept away,
missed a service in the 47 years,
J supplying music for the mid -week |
prayer service as well as for ?he reg
ular Sunday morning and evening
I services. Through heat and cold,
mud and rain, sleet and snow, she
has been unfaltering and unswerv
ing in her devotion to duty. Surely
it can be said of her, with unusual j
emphasis, "Well done thou good |
and faithful servant."
The church appointed a commit
tee to select some one to succeed
Mrs. Mims as organist.
Resolutions on Death of Dr. T.
. Whereas it has pleased Almighty |
God the Great Architect of the Un
iverse to remove from this terres
trial lodge below to the celestial
lodge above Brother Dr. Thos.'E-.
Jennings, who for many years had
been a loyal mason and for half a
century a faithful practitioner of
medicine. Therefore be it
Resolved 1st. That we bow in I
humble submission, to ^the will of
an allwise and loving father who f
doeth all things well.
2nd. That in the death of Broth
er Jennings Parksville Lodge No.
199 A. F. M. has lost one of its I
oldest and most valued members.
The County and State a true pa-|
triotic citizen. His Children a lov
ing and considerate father and all j
Western Edgefield a great benefac
3rd. That a page in onr minute
book be inscribed to his memory
incl the lodge be draped in mourn
ing for a period of 30 days.
4th. That a copy of these reso
lutions be furnished bis children
and. the same be published in The
R. N. Edmunds,
D. A. Bell,
J. W. Christian,
The Fresh and the Sweet
'Have you some real nice choco
lates?" he asked in a familiar man
"We have," replied the sweet
faced girl behind the candy counter.
Are you sure they are sweet and
I'Sure." * -
'Have you any as sweet as your
"Yes, but none as fresh as you.''
-Brooklyn Life. .
SHOWER OF LETTERS.
[Relatives of Mr. Robert H.
Mitta Increased His ..loy
hy Showering Him Witlh
I , Christmas is the glad; season
when relatives and friends devise
ways of augmenting the joy and
happiness of each other. An Mr^
Robsrt H. Mims is the- only surviv
ing member of the older generation,,
his niece, Mis3 Eliza R. Minis, of ]
Johnston, conceived the idea of j
having him "showered" with letters
?and postals bearing tidings of good j
wishes and affectionate greelinga. j
As a result of her suggestion, Mr..
Minis received nearly forty letters I
and postals from ?relatives residing
in Johnston, , Edgefield, Augusta,
Charleston/Savannah, New Orleans
and other places.
'Having enjoyed the privilege of
reading these numerous letters and"
postais, the writer felt that many
of Mr. Mims' friends would also
like to read some of them. So with
his consent, though ..reluctantly
given, we publish, several of the
letters, which are s,s follows;
.Dear Uncle Bobert:
At this time,
?tiporethan at Thanfcsg?vbig^ I
and'count our blessings'.
In my childhood and girlhood
days one of my greatest pleasures
was a visit to you and Aunt Belle,
because I never failed to meet the
same warm hospitality, and your
kindness, patience and gentleness
won my heart and will always be
a loved memory. Like my own dear
father if you even had a fault it
"leaned to virtue's side" and was
therefore sacred to me. In all my
life I have known no others "'3
you, and the very rarit; . n
such lovely lives makes us - pa
c?ate them more and more as the
years pass on, and we count the
kinship of such one of life's rich
est blessings. That every word of
this comes from my heart you must
believe, for the same reverence that
comes at the memory of father, I
feel whenever I think of you. We
are glad to know this old world is
the richer for having^ you another
Christmas, and I pray that His
Peace, "that passes all understand
ing," may be yours at this season.
With fond love for each and all of
you. i Affectionately,
Johnston, S. C. -
My dear Uncle :
I want this to be
one of the first of j our "shower of
letters" to reach you. I think it
such a sweet thought of cousin
Mamie and Eliza to ask each * of
your relatives to write to you the
same day, 'so that, if ^e can't be
with you in reality, our loving
thoughts r'ay fly through the me
dium of the mail carrier, to you.
We have a dear old gentleman
here in Augusta, Mr. Jonathan
Miller who used to live in Beech
Island, for whom a "birthday par-!
ty" was given recently on the one [
hundredth anniversary of his birth.
2,000 people were invited and
drank his health in lemonade and
We will do likewise when you
arrive at you 100th milestoDt. I
wish every joy could come to you
and my dear Auntie. I have always
loved her as if she were my own
dear aunt and I well remember that I
mother was so devoted to her too.
You and she have certainly been
blessed in having each other!
through your already long journey!
and such dear children and grand
With love and my heart's best |
Augusta, Ga. -
Dear Uncle Robert :~
brings another anniversary, which
all Christendom celebrates as the
birthday of the ".Babe of Bethle
hem," who blessed the world by
giving Himself for its redemption.
[Continued on page 4.]
Farmers of South ?arplina Us
Nearly a Million Tons
Last Tear. ?j
. . -?
The tag tax paid on fertilizers '
the year 1910., will exceed -r.
amount received in 1909 by neari
$85,000. The .first year of tlie
tax the total income was not $"
DOO.. This, y??r it will probabl
' The. total for last year was
741,31, and the total for 19G9 up
December 27 waa;$W,5^3f sh;
ing' that $8,000 came in . during^
last four' days. The receipts jo
.1910, up.; to December 27^
been $236,412.15. Op the 1st of ^
cember the receipts had been $2"
604.55. The receipts for 27. da
the cuireht monti; ! diave been
than $6.000. Judge X -Fuller L;
the clerk in charge of this cte.
merit at the state treasurer's of
stated'yesterday that he belie
that the falling off puring the '
ent mqnth .has been due -;to\3he;
cent talk, about Germanjkainit-:^
ply running short. He looks,fd "
heavy reaction, in the month
The Tag Tax.
The tas: tax or .privilege tax is:
assessment of 25 cents on every
of commercial fertilizer used in t
state. This i s, nominally, to pay
the expenses of tho inspection
fertilizers under the direction
the chemistry department at'Gie
son college. The great increase;
the use of commercial fertilizers^^
due tb the more intelligent meth?
of farming now being used all o\
th^?.state. Farmers are beginning
nourish their crops in the langui
ing seasons just as the human bc
is stimulated by wholesome food.
The increase in the use bf
fertilizers may' be seen from
following receipts frora: the tag ta?
1908 .. *172,334.70
^.10. (partial) 2S?$}f?M
sents four tons' of fertilizer it will
be seen that- already there have
been used in South Carolina during
the current year 945,000 tons of
commercial fertilizer, and at $20
per ton this, indicates that the far
mers of South Carolina last year
put bato the soil about $18,000,000
worth of stimulating material. Not
only this, but they are studying the
needs of the soil and are becoming
more proficient in loanufacturing,
preserving and using stable manure
and vegetable matter to enrich the
soil. All of this is building up the
land, not for one crop, but for suc
ceeding crops, so long as the farmer
keeps it up.-The State.
Mr. J. M. Cobb Rewarded.
In appropriate recognition of his
faithfulness as superintendent for
twenty-one years, the members of
the Methodist Sunday school pre
sented Mr. J. M. Cobb with a very
handsome gold-head ebony cane
Sunday morning, December 25th,
the presentation being made by
Hon. B. E. Nicholson. The pre
senting of this richly deserved token
as a reward, in a measure at least,
for duty well performed was a very
thoughtful and beautiful act on the
part of the members of the Sunday
At noon on. "Wednesday, Decem
ber 21st, Miss Pearl Harling and
Mr. James L. Williams were mar
ried, at the home of the bride's fath
er Mr. Whitfield Harling, the Rev.
J. E. Johnson officiating. Miss Har
ling is a lovable young woman who
possesses m^ny beautiful traits of
character, having made many friends
in Edgefield while at student at the
S. C. C. I.
Mr. Williams is a prosperous
young farmer of the Gaines section
of Greenwood county. He is a son
of Mr. John Williams and is a|
young man of sterling qualities.
An Interesting Antique.
"Fine old inn, sir," commented
the host. "Everything in this house
has its story."
"I don't doubt it," remarked the
grouchy tourist. "And is there any
legend connected with this old piece
of cheese?"-Louisville Courier
Muggins-Women are gradually
usurping the places of men. I heard
the other day of a woman bill col
Buggins-Well, if a woman is as
successful in running down a' bill as
she is in running one up, she should
i be a wonder.-Philadelphia Record.
irlmg-W?t?ams Wedding. Oth
er Very Interesting Holiday
-News. Beautiful Family
An event of ranch social interest
as tlje marriage of Miss Pearl
arlirig and Mr. J. L. Williams^
mich, occurred at the heme of the
ijind?V father, Mr. Whit Harling on
ecember 21st at- 2:30 o'clock.
The,'house.had. been beautifully
eco rited in holly and evergreens
"or'.this' happy occasion. . To the
trains of Mendelssohn's wedding
ret?, skillfully played on the
noiby Mrs. Wv M. Harling of
t-tiaiifta, the following couples en
?rei?i'the parlor: Miss Claire Wingo
id Mr. James Stalworth, Miss Sne
jOuzta and Mr. Goode Williams,
then came the bride and groom. In
te presence of many friends, Rev.
E.| Johnston, spoke the simple
W?i beautiful words which made the
The bride was never more beauti
ul than in her wedding costume of
?ndsome grey tailor cloth, with
jgf?ov?s'and shoes to match. Irame
iately after the ceremony refresh
?nt8 were served, then the bridal
party left for the groom's home
? where a reception was held that
night. The presents were numerous
kand beautiful, which attested the^]
^popularity of the couple.
. The bride by>a sweet and lovable
disposition has won many friends
who wish her ranch happiness in
iher new home.
| The family of Mr. . W. E. Tur
mer had a Christmas tree on Christ
mas day which was loaded with
l/beautiful presents for every one,
?he children especially enjoyed it
Miss Narcie Turner of Atlanta is
[i&p?nding the Christmas holidays at
Miss Annie Kelly of Lynchburg,
I?. C., is visiting her ' friend and
pj?ormer schoolmate, Miss Narcie
! Turn er. ^
Miss Estelle-ji??u. ^ and'Mr.
Austin Shaffer of Columbia arel
visiting at the home of Mr. J. M.
Mi. and Mrs. Cliff Hall and
children of Johnston are visiting at
Mr. W. E. Turner's.
In closing the writer wishes The
Advertiser and its many readers a
happy and prosperous new'year.
T. C. E.
Closed Successful Administra-1
Supervisor Moultrie closed his
administration with the regular
meeting Tuesday. He has done his
utmost, handicapped as he was at
times, to give the people satisfac
tory service. By his careful and
economic management of the coun
ty's finances, Mr. Moultrie has been
able to grea tly reduce the indebted
ness. He has also done excellent
work on the roads and bridges. Mr.
Moultrie can lay aside his official
robes with the. assurance that he
has discharged his duty faithfully
and well._ ?
Going Some. ,
The recently appointed chief jus
tice is a pretty good story teller. He
was formerly a Louisiana sugar
planter, and this is one of the stor
ies attributed to him:
Two negroes on a Louisiana plan
tation became involved in a row
with an?ther Ethiopian who was
handy with a gun. The two started
to run about the time the bad man
began to shoot. The fleeing ones
had proceeded about a hundred
yards when the following dialogue
"Sara, you hear dat bullet?"
Yes, I hearn it two times."
"How do you mean two times?"
asked the questioner, as he quicken
ed his pace.
I hearn dat bullet once when it
passed rae. and den anudder time
I passed it,"jerked out Sara between
Mr. Coleman Entertained Sun
day School Class. Mrs.
Walker Entertains New
On Thursday evening, December
29th, Mr. Wm. Lee Coleman enter
tained his Sunday school class in a
manner greatly enjoyable to all.
This class is 30 in number, some of
them having been in his class since
childhood days. He is a faithful,
earnest teacher, and there is a strong
bo?d between teacher and pupil.
The time passed swiftly in social
intercourse and bright music, and
during the latter part of the even
ing all were invited out to the din
ing room where an elegant repast
was served. The : decorations of
theYule-tide werebeautiful and large
bowls of tropical fruits graced the
board. Just before the departure,
Dr. Dorsett in behalf of the class,
thanked Mr. Coleman for this even
ing of pleasure, to which he happi
Mr. Furman Mobley who has
been in Louisiana for the past three
years, is at home.
Miss Maud Quattlebaum of North
Carolina is spending two weeks here
" Dr. Frank Laudrjim, of Mississ
ippi, is here for a short stay. He
will be a graduate in ostheopathy
in June. . ' .
Miss Nina Ouzts, Mrs. Frank
Williams and Messrs. David and
Willie Ouzts, are spendmg'the hol
iday vacation at their home here.
Misses Lula May and Sara Oxner
of Hephzibah, Ga., are visiting
Miss Marion Mobley. . '
Miss Annie Waters of Augusta,
spent the holidays lhere at the home
of her father, Capt. P. B. Waters.
While here she entertained a few of
her friends with a charming tea.
Miss Fannie Strother of Alabama,
is here for two weeks.
Mr. Clarence Mobley of Tenn
essee, surprised thc home folks with
a visit on Christmas day. He re
gained; with them for.severaV days.
DivCole'mari o? Laurens has been
the guest of ' His' daughter," Mr's'. Ben
Lee Allen. A few weeks ago he
suffered a severe loss by fire, his
home being burned. There was
nothing saved and he v barely es
caped with his life.
Mrs. D. L. Hogan, of Congaree,
Mr. and Mrs. Taylor < Goodwyn of
Greenwood and Mr. and Mrs. Wil
bur Wertz, spent the holidays at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. O. S.
Mr. Barton Walsh of Sumter,
spent a few days of this week here
Mr. J. M. Black ' of Greensboro,
N. C., spent the Christmas holidays
at the home of his brother, Mr. O.
Mr. and Mrs. Brannon of Spar
tanburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Kneece
of Batesburg, have been guests at
the home of Mr. J. R. Hart.
Miss Maybelle Denny is at home
from Hattiesville, where she has
Miss Sara Stevens, now of St.
George, is here for two weeks.
Rev. Leon Latimer and Messrs.
Hugh and Carl Latimer have been
spending a few days with their
mother, Mrs. Susie Mobley Latimer.
On Sunday, "December 25th, Rev.
Latimer preached, before^ the Bap
tist congregation and he made a
ieep impression upon his hearers.
Sixteen years ago he left here a lad
of 8 years and this was his first
visit back. Coming back as a min
ister of the gospel added deeper in
terest in him.
. A beautiful Christmas service was
held on the evening of December
25th in the Lutheran church.
Mrs. J. L. Walker afforded the
New Century Club a pleasant after
noon on Friday, December 30th.
The program arranged was enjoy
able in each feature, and when this
was concluded an hour was spent
socially. The hostess is an adept in
entertaining and all were bright
and genial. In the dining room,
the refreshments served were de
licious and Christmas cheer abound
ed. The color scheme was green
and white, and the tables were or
namented with bowls of fragrant
blooming narcissus. Pretty souve
nir cards were given each.
Cupid was busy during the holi
idays and a number of marriages
are being reported.
Mr. Clarence Hart and Miss
Weinona Bruce of Wards, were
married at the home of thc bride on
Mr. Wiley Derrick of this place,
and Miss Patria Wright were mar
ried on the 29th at the bride's home
Mr. Alonzo Clark and Miss Del
ma Jordan were quietly married at
home of the bride on the 29th.
Mr. Julian Thomas and Miss An
nie Yonce were married on the 29th
at tho Lutheran parsonage by Rev.
HOLIDAYS AT TRENTON.
College Students Enjoy Stay At
Home. Merchants Report
Good Business. Farmers
Hopeful For New Year.,
The holidays passed off very
quietly, but pleasantly. "We have
not heard of any unpleasant news
whatever. The twenty-odd young
people of our community who are
attending college spent the holidays
at home. Most of thom leave to
day for their respective places.
The young people enjoyed parties of
various kinds while at home. We
heard of pound parties, candy pull
ings, Christmas trees, various kind
of entertainments, dances, balls,'
fashionable dinings and the old
time country turkey dinners, but
lack of space forbids us from going
. The merchants all report a good
trade and business generally has
been bright. Some farmers did not
get quite through gathering, but, we
take that to mean good crops. They
are going into the 1911 crop with
renewed energy. The large yields
on small areas have taught lessons
that have taken many a life time to
Mrs. Ola Rennie and her two
bright little girls from Aiken spent
the Yule tide with the family of
Mr. E. L. Ryan.
, Mr. Hamlin Etheredge, one of our
boys, but now a member of the
Methodist conference stationed at
Columbia, was a pleasant visitor in
Mrs. A. C. Penn is visiting her
daughters, Mrs. F. P. Bryan and
Mrs. W. M. Leppard. \.
Mr. amd Mrs. U. .'G. Swearingen
of Thomsonville, Ga., spent several^
days with the family of Mr.. J- M.
Swearingen. Mr. Swearingen is an
other one of our boys, who is doing
well in his chosen line of work.
We congratulate him upon winning
such a lovely woman for his life
,.. Mrs. L. L, Shealey and Mrs.'
FJ.oyd Johnson of Valdosta, Ga.,
were also visitors at Mr. J. M.
Mf. and Mrs. J. C. Long are vis
iting relatives in Crescent City,
Misses Helen and Kathleen
Wright who have been away teach-,
ing spent the holidays with their
sister, Mrs. W. D. Holland
Prof. Fred. Long of Beaufort
was another one. of our pleasant
? Schenk-Holmes. \
We beg to acknowledge receipt
of the following invitation, which
announces the . approaching mar
riages cf a well beloved Edgefield
young lady and an exemplary young
man of the Red Hill section:
"Mr. and Mrs. James H. Schenk
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mattie Lee to Mr. Cornelius V.
Holmes on Thursday January the
twelfth nineteen hundred and eleven
at three o'clock p. m. Edgefieldj S.
Rewarded For Faithful Ser
On Sunday, December 25th, Mr.
C. E. Quarles resigned as superin
tendent of the Red Hill "Sunday
school, having decided to make his
home in Edgefield. For twenty
years he has been superintendent of
the Sunday school and leading lay
man in Red Hill church. His place
will be indeed hard to fill. As a
tangible manifestation of their ap
preciation, the Sunday school pre
sented Mr. Quarles with a hand
some gold watch fob.
Death in Roaring Fire
may not result from the work of
firebugs, but often severe bums are,
caused that make a quick need for
Bucklen's Arnica Salve, the quick
est, surest cure for burns, wounds,
bruises, boils, sores. It subdues in
fiamation. It kill pain. It soothes
and heals. Drives off skin, erup
tions, ulcers or pilei. Only 25c at
Penn & Holstein, W E Lsmch &
Co., B Timmons.
P. E. Monroe. Their marriage was
a surprise to all, not even the im
mediate families knowing that they
had selected this day for the happy
Mr. Garland Coleman, who has
been in Fla., for the past few
months, is at home for a week. .
The Baptist Sunday school has
purchased a beautiful new piano, to
use in the Sunday school room of
the new church and a pipe organ is
to be purchased to grace tho main
auditorium. The church 13 very
fortunate in having half of the ex
pense of the organ defrayed by the
? Carnegie Fund.