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EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, JAOTARY 4,1911
The Plum Branch. High School,
Pride ?f -the ' Town
Closed With Appro
bligh writen for last week,
when the regular'issue of the paper
was omitted, we feel that the- f?K
?lowing account of the work of the
Plum Branch High" schopL is tbo;
interesting to be left un published, so
it jappeara this week:] v
The Plum Branch -High School
(closed its doors today for Christ
mas. Work will be resumed on
Monday Jan, 2, l?i.l.'V
This afternoon.'' at three o'clock
the teachers of the school,, assisted
by the loyal students, gaye a brief
entertainment which was followed
-0?y a luxuriant celebration of the
Chrisimais season had a loyal-Christ
mas tree full of presents, - The
room had been darkened and with
all the candles lighted the tree was j
yery pretty indeed.
The' program of the afternoon
opened with a prayer led by Kev. L.
B. White, then, followed choruses
and recitations ." and piano solos,
Miss Mae'Roper's work in couch
ing the recitations was very evident.
She deserves credit for so. creditable^
an exhibition. -
'Tho renditions by the music pu-|
pils were excellent They haye been
taking music only a few*months.
The way '.hey deported themselves
today reflects credit on .their teach
er Miss Weitiona Strom. The very"
large, crowd who attended the ex
ercises showed that? the people of
Plum Branch mean to tike an in
terest 'in,, their school* and stand
by it. - \. :
The Plum Branch High School
open?d on the:20xh' of last October,,
enrolling on. that day 51 pupils,
"?from-that time the enrolImentJias
continued, ?t present the enrollment
: is a few more than a hundred.
In the High School department I
there are 25 - students. Puring the
..iirsttwo months of the schoolthej
average attendance \ in this depart-j
partment hq& 22.
.very proud bf their school because
[f th% are realizing the great ->alue
of a'good school to a community.
The school will run until the 7 th
of June. At that time a session of
thirty two weeks will be complete.
Plum Branch, Dec. 24th, 1910.
Expense of Forming the New
The following dispatch concern
ing the cost of the survey of the
new county was sent out from Aik
&mseveral days ago:
"The survey of the proposed
;V county of Hey ward cost Aiken
llcbunty exactly $1,718.75. ? bill
?ajeas filed for this amount with the
' county commissioners by the new
commission. It cost the county of
- Edgefield the sum of $787.25, mak
ing a total of $2,500 allowed by
j law for the suvyeys for new coun
] ties. A great deal of dissatisfac
tion has been expressed here be
; cause of the fact that the old coun
: ties have to pay for the survey of a
: new.county. A measure has been
?}attempted in the legislature to re
nnin? new counties to pay these
Chills for surveying themselves, but
I iso farjhas met with defeat.
?j^^His believed here that if an
election is held the new county prop
osition will be carried. At this
3; time there is a hold up in matters
because of alleged irregularities at
Ellenton, 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 are now in the
hands of the governor."
Death of Mrs. Mays.
On Tuesday afternoon,. Decem
ber 28th, Mrs. Mary Ann Mays en
K tered upon her eternal rest. The
vreal cause of her death may be said
: to he 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
was Miss Alien, a member of a
family of 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 66 years. She was
very devout and loyal to her Master
throughout her long life.
3irs.s Mays is survived by two
Bieters, Mrs. Sallie Collett and Mrs.
Margaret Stevens, one daughter,
Mrs. Lemie Talbert, with whom
she resided, and three sons,
Col. S. B7 J. A., and J. M. Mays.
?fteF Serving as Organist of
Baptist Church Forty-Seven'
Years Mrs. R. H. Mims
." ' . Retir?s.
, At the conclusion-of the regular
service at the Baptist church :Sun
.dayv taorning, December 25th, Dr.
C. E. Burts announced that Mrs.
;Eobt. ,H. Mims had decided to re
sign as organist on account of fail
ing strength, dtie 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.pubV
'?icly their appreciation of'her faith
f ul. eervipes, lasting' through a
period of 47 ? y tsars." Dr. Burts re
quested Mrs. Miras to,, come to the
front, and Ex.rGov. John C. Shep
pard, as. spokesman for the congre
gation, in his easy and graceful
manner, irave utterance to words of
sincere appreciation, presenting Mrs.,
2|l?ms with a purse from the church
at the ,-' conclusion of his remarks.
At the request of Mrs. Mims and in
her behalf, Drv Burts made grate
ful acknowledgment of their tangi
ble-manifestation pf appreciation on.
the part of ?he church.
As .Gov;. Sheppard said, no one
for church-attendance as Mito. Mims.
Indeed, we doubt if her record for
faithful service has a parallel among
che Baptists of South Carolina,
Notwithstanding the fact that she
resides three fourths of a mile from
the church and does not possess a
conveyance of anv kind, she has
not, unless providentially kept away,
missed a service in the 47 years,
supplying music for the mid-week
prayer service as well as for^he reg
ular Sunday morning and evening
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
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 iu
humble submission to the will of
an allwise and loving father who
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
oldest and most valued members.
The County and State a true pa
triotic citizen. His Children a lov
ing and considerate father and all
Western Edgefield a great benefac
3rd. That a page in our minute
book be inscribed to his memory
and the lodge be draped in mourn
ing for a period of 30 days.
4th. That a copy" of these reso
lutions be furnished his children
and the same be published in The
K. 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 thu candy counter.
Are you sure they are sweet and
Have you any as sweet as your
"Yes, but none as fresh as you.''
SHOWER OF LETTERS.
Relatives of Mr. Robert H.
Mims Increased His Joy
by Showering Him With
.Christmas is the glad season
when relatives and friends devise
ways of augmenting the joy and
happiness of eaoh other. As Mr?,
Robert H. Mims is the only surviv
ing member of the older generation,
his niece, Miss Eliza R. Mims, of
Johnston, conceived the idea of
having him "showered" with letters
?and postals bearing tidings of good
.wishes and affectionate greetings.
As a result of her suggestion, Mr.
Mims received nearly forty letters
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 anch
poet?is, 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 as follows:
Dear Uncle Robert :
At this time,
g^gno^|than at Tha:iU?^iving 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 like
you, and the very rarity of two
such lovely lives makes us appre
ciate them more and more as the
years pass on, and we count the 1
kinship of such one of life's rich
est blessings. That every word of
this comes from my heart you must
believe, for tbe same reverence that
comes at the memory f 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. , Affectionately,
Johnston, S. C. -
My dear Uncle
I want this to be
one of the first of j our "shower of
I 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 we can't be
with you in reality, our loving
thoughts may 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 miltons. 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
mother was 60 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.]
TAG TAX INCREASES;
Farmers of South Carolina Used
Nearly a Million Tons of
Commercial Fertilizer -^Jj
The tag tax paid on fertilizerS;Hj
the year 1910 , will exceed--t??
amount received in 1909 by nearie
$35,000. The first year of the .taj*
?ax the total income was not $35,-i
OOO., This year it will probably!
The total for last year was $20,7||
741,31, and the total for 1909 up$flS
December 27 was$199,500.31 shjj
ing that $8,000 came in during^
last four days. The receipts fbj
1910, up to December 27, ha
been $336,412.15. On the 1st of D<
cember the receipts had been $23Q
684.55. The receipts for 27 dayS^
the curr?nt month have been
than $6,000. Judge J. Fuller Ly
the clerk in charge of this dep?
ment at the state treasurer's ofte
stated yesterday th qt he belie;
that the falling off during the preti
ent month has been due -to the
cent talk about German Jcamifrgj
ply running short. He looks f?t
heavy reaction, in the month
The Tag Tax.
The tas: tax or privilege tax is a
assessment of 25 cents on every t$?
of commercial fertilizer used in thu
state. This is, nominally, to pay for;
the expenses of the inspection of
fertilizers under the direction of
the chemistry department at Clem-!
son college. The great increase;^
the use of commercial fertilizers^?
due t?o the more intelligent method
of farming now being used all ovej/J
the state. Farmers are beginning
nourish their crops in the languit
ing seasons just as the human bo
is stimulated by wholesome food.; j
The increase in the use pf sue
fertilizers may be seen from t
following receipts from-the tag tax:
1909 , 207,741.;vi
Jp.ld (partial 230,4]?> ;?K
sents four tons'of fertilizer it will
be seen that ?lready 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 into 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 manufacturing,
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 11
keeps it up.-Tne State. 11
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 2l8t, 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 many 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
be a wonder.-Philadelphia Record.
iarling-Williams Wedding. Oth
er Very Interesting Holiday
News. Beautiful Family
An event of much social interest
ras tlje marriage of Miss Pearl
Tarling and Mr. J. L. Williams,
rtiich, occurred at the home of the
>ride'?i father, Mr. Whit Harling on
)eeeniber 21st at 2:30 o'clock.
Thc; house had been beautifully
decorated in holly and evergreens
for this happy occasion. . To the
strain? of Mendelssohn's wedding
march, skillfully played on the
piano by Mrs. W\ M. Harling of
Atlanta, the following couples en
tered the parlor: Miss Claire Wingo
and Mr. James Stalworth, Miss Sue
Ouzts and Mr. Goode Williams,
then came the bride and groom. In
tne presence of many friends, Rev.
J. E. Johnston, spoke the simple
yet beautiful words which made the
The bride was never more beauti
ful than in her wedding costume of
handsome grey tailor cloth, with
gloves and shoes to match. Imme
diately after the ceremony refresh
menls were served, then the bridal
party left for the groom's home,
where a reception was held that
oight. Thc presents were numerous
and beautiful, which attested they
popularity of the couple. |
The bride by ?a sweet and lovable
disposition has won many friends
who wish her much happiness in
ber new home.
The family of Mr. W. E. Tur
ner had a Christmas tree on Christ
mas day which was loaded with
beautiful presents for every one.
The children especially enjoyed it
Miss Narcio Turner of Atlanta is
spending the Christmas holidays at
i Miss Annie Kelly of Lynchburg,
S. C., is visiting her friend and
former schoolmate, Miss Narcie
' .Mrs.. Frank Turner has returned
f^?m a visit * J 1 - at Rock
il??,r%:,C7'. . ,. . .
Miss Estelle i?ouknight and Mr.
Austin Shaffer of Columbia are
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
Supervisor Moultrie closed his
idministration with the regular |
meeting Tuesday. He has done his
itmost, handicapped as he was at
times, to give the people satisfac
tory service. By his careful and
Monomie management of the coun
ty's finances, Mr. Moultrie has been
able to greatly 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
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 another Ethiopian who was
handy with a gun. The two started
to run about thc time tho bad man
began to shoot. The fleeing ones
had proceeded about a hundred
yards when the following dialogue
"Sam, you hear dat bullet?"
"Yes, I h carn 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 me. and den anndder time
I passed it,"jcrked out Sam 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
bond between teacher and pupil.
The time passed swiftly in social
intercourse and bright music, and
during the latter part of thc 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 th a
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 Quattlebaurn of North
Carolina is spending two weeks here
, Dr. Frank Landrurn, of Mississ
ippi, is here for a short stay. He
will be a graduate in ostheopathy
^ Miss Nina Ouzts, Mrs. Frank
Williams and Messrs. David and
Willie Ouzts, are spendmg'thc 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 tho holidays lhere at thc 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
t?aipedwith them for several days.
Dr. Coleman gf;,Laurens has been
the gh?st'o?'l?is da?ghterTTi?rs. Ben
Lee Allen. A few weeks ago he
suffered a severe loss by fire, his
home being burned. There was
nothing paved and he' 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
thc 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. 0.
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 Latiiner 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
deep 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 thc 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 thc home of the 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 the 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 them 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,1
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 bigness 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 writh the family of
Mr. E. L. Ryan.
Mr. Hamlin Etheredge, one of our
noys, 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. aid Mrs. ?J. 'G. Swa-mngen
of Thomsonville, Ga., spent several j
clays with the family of Mr. .J-M.
Swearingen. Mr. Swearingeu 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.'
Floyd. Johnson of Valdosta, Ga.,
were, also visitors at Mr. J. M.
tiwearmgen's. ? j- - -
' Mr. 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 .oknowledge receipt
of the follow; ig invitation, which
announces the . approaching mar
riages of 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 y. m. Edgefield, 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 burns 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 pileg. Only 25c at
Penn & Holstein, W E Lynch &
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. Grarland 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 the main
auditorium. The church is very
fortunate in having half of the ex
pense of the organ defrayed by the