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EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20,1911
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AN ABLE CHARGE.
Judge Gage Called Attention
to Needed Legislation Gov
erning the Courts in
Mr. John K. Aull, court stenog
rapher of the 8th circuit, made the
following detailed report ?o the Co
lumbia Record of Judge Gage's
charge to the grand jury in Laurens
last week, which, owing to its time
liness and the high source from
which the charge came, should be
read throughout the state:
At the criminal court in session
here this week Judge Gage deliver
ed a charge to the grand jury in
which he discussed the administra
tion of law and presented to the
grand jury some thoughts and sug
gestions which he asked them to
consider for the better protection
of public interests, asking their
judgement upon them, not at this
court, because they were matters
not to be taken unadvisedly, but
asking them to look into these mat
ters and see if there could not be
improvements in the respects men-|
He first took up the bar, saying
that for 18 years before he went on
the bench he was a member of the
bar, and any shortcomings of the
bar were his shortcomings also, and
when he referred to the bar he re
ferred also to himself. He said he
had read in a leading newspaper
the other day this sentence, which
had struck him with a great deal of
force, becsfli^e in his judgement it
was full ?f truth: "If the laws of
the land and their administration
are not what they should be, law- j
yers are largely responsible." The j
reason, he said, was that the legis
lature was dominated by lawyers;
the laws, especially those laws with
reference to the procedure of the j
courts, were made by lawyers, and
if they were wrong the lawyers were I
responsible. In the court the laws
were administered by the lawyers; j
the lawyers advised the court, and
if the court went wrong, nine times (
out of ten it was because the law
yers misled the court As the in- ]
tegrity of the bar
b minded ne?s iVj?j
of the bar is, so is the wise ad:
ministration of public business. The
lawyer, he said, is not a private cit
izen any more than the clerk of j
court or the sheriff or the judge. He
said he had no hesitancy in saying
that the lawyer's highest ?duty was
to truth and to the State that com
missioned him, and when he bad a
cause that was wrong, either civil
or criminal-that he knew to be
wrong-it was not his duty to de
fend it, and he thought one of the
Potent wrongs of the administration
of our law was the persistent advo
cacy of causes which the man who
advocates them knows are not true.
, Judge Gage then took up the
matter of jurors, saying the law pre
scribed only one qualification be
sides being aa elector, and that was
that a.juror shall be a man of good
moral character. If you don't get I
that sort of men in th'3 jury box
you have bad verdicts, ind if you
don't get that sort of men in
jury box you know whom to blai
In the beginning of the year, bef
the court starts, the law puts it
on the clerk, treasurer and audi
to put the names in the box, J
those three men are responsible.
Judge Gage then spoke of
quashing of jury venires upon te
nicalities, necessitating the adjou
ment of coures without the trial
a single case. There ought to b
remedy for this sort of thing,
said, and if the judge presiding
the court had the right then i
there, as he ought to have the rig
to order another jury to be s
poenaed and served then and the
there would be no motions to qua
An act of the legislature in i
lines, he said, would cure the di
The matter of peremptory ch
lenges next received the attend
of Judge Gage.' Where two m
are on trial for murder they ha
the right to challenge peremptori
and without cause 20 of the 30 m
whose names are in the box. T
chances are that only of them a
strong men. Time and again it h
been seen that the member of t
bar would stand aside those 20 m
-they are stood aside and he tak
chances with the other 10.
"If only one man is on trial !
has the right to challenge 10 m
without any cause, and time ai
time again you have seen mon
character and men of respectabili
come to court and sit through tl
whole court and never sit on tl
jury." If one negro knocke
another negro in the head with
rock-or in any of the most triflir
cases tried-as many as five perem
tory challenges were allowed. Tl
man is not challenged because 1
has an interest, because he has e.>
pressed an opinion; if he has he ca
be stood aside by the court; but h
is challenged without any reasoi
"and I submit to you whether th?
matter ought not to be remedied."
Judge Gage then discussed th
time consumed in arraignments fe
the numerous crimes declared to b
felonies, expressing his belief tbs
arraignment loses much of its solea
nity by its application to all sort
of cases; "I submit to you,'1 h
said, "if that matter ought not to L
dispensed with in all ;apii'i
The last matter touched upon b;
Judge Gage along this line was th<
step, as soon as a verdict was ren
dered, of appeal to the suprem
court, aud the granting of bon<
pending the appeal. "If the grane
jury find a true bill against a man
and a fair jury find him guilty wha
is the next step?" Ile said he im
agined jurors have been horrifi?e
when they find a man guilty beyonc
a reasonable doubt, after a long anc
fair trial, when the verdict is an
nounced, to see the counsel for thc
defense rise in his seat and say "J
appeal." He serves notice on the
solicitor, asks for bond, he give*
bond, and the man whom the jurj
convicted often beats the jury whe
have convicted him out of the courl
house. Nothing is required tc
show any merit in the appeal. He
submitted to the grand jury, when a
jury finds a man guilty, when he
has been given the benefit of all the
doubts, and he is written down
guilty, if he ought not to be
TRENTON SCHOOL OPENS.
Cotton Opening Rapidly. Picks
Four Hundred Pounds a day.
Mr. and Mrs. Hughes
Hare Gone West.
The cotton fields are white and
we hear from every one that they
never saw cotton open so fast. We
venture tho assertion that 90 per
cent, of the crop will be open by
Oct. 1. Farmers lay now that the
crop is going to be short. We no
ticed that Edgefield claimed the
record for the best cotton pickers.
Mr. Willie Banks who lives on Mr.
Jerome Courtney's place, picked
400 pounds in one day. "That's
A number of our young people
are off to college. Misses Sadie
Long, Lola and Roseva Harrison
to Limestone; Helen Salter and Lola
Hunter to Winthrop, Bessie and
Mary Gaines to O. C. I., Emma
Bouknight and Fannie Miller to St.
Mary's, Raleigh, N. C., Messrs.
Frank Salter to Clemson, Marion
Wright and Tom Hunter to Univer
sity of S. C., Ben Gaines to the
Citadel, Frank Herlong to Wofford.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hughes left
Monday for Spokane, Wash., their
futnre home. Trenton regrets to
give up this popular young couple,
and wishes for them unbounded:
success in the far West. They
have made friends with all who
know them and as many bid them
Prof. Andrews and his corps of
able assistants have organized their
classes and the school is down to
real work. The school had the
largest opening in its history which
bespeaks more interest and great
Mrs. Jerome Courtney and little
Margaret will return this week after
spending a fortnight in Darlington.
The fertilizer company is getting
ready to install the machinery and
in a short time they will be doing
His New Home Devise.
"Are you married or single, sir?"!
asked Sntpqaicjjc, the-tailor, as he
! measured his customer, says the
New York Mail.
"Good gracious!" exclaimed the
new suit seeker. "Married, of course!
But what on earth do you want to
know that for?"
"Then let me recommend, this,
sir," said Snipquick, brightly. "My
own device, sir-a patient safety
deposit pocket for married men. It
contains a most ingenious little con
trivance that feels exectly like a
live mouse. Yes, I thought you'd
like it, sir!"
Try our new perfumery
.Blockis-in all of the popular odors.
presumed to be guilty until the su
preme court has declared that judg
ment wrong. Would it not give
the public more respect for the ad
ministration of law? Wouldn't it
make men less ready to break the
law if they knew they had to run
the risk even of temporary punish
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W. A. HART'S
GOOD ROADS TRAIN.
Illustrated Lectures, Working
Models of Road P iil ding Ma
chinery Exhibits, Large
Attendance Desired. '
The Southern Rajlway's "Road
Improvement Train;' now touring
the south in the interests of the
good roads movement will be in
Edgefield next Tuesday, September
26th at 2:80 p. m, to.give a demon
stration on the importance of good
roads and how to build them and
keep them in repair,
With exhibits, photographs,
working models and the aid of a
stereopticon,. two road building ex
perts of the United States Depart
ment of Agriculture, L. E. Boykin
and W. E. WorrelL assisted by W.
J. Hurlbut, of the Land and Indus
trial Department df the Southern
Railway, will cond?ct free lectures
which are sure to be of interest to
the person at a loss to know how to
improve his road.l&D. Baker of the
American Association for Highway
Improvement, isa member of the
The train oons*i3ts of two demon
stration coaches and a sleeper for
the nse of the men in charge. One
cai: is fitted np as a lecture room
and is provided 'with stereopticon
equipment. Views covering every
phase of the good" 'roads movement
are shown during.the lectures, lend
ing point and interest to the subject
discussed. The second car is filled
with enlarged photographs, exhibits
of different road material and work
ing models, which?'* are shown in
actual operation, teaching the visi
tor not only what materials are best
to use in the building or improve
ment of a road but how the road is
built and kept in repair at the
smallest necessary cost..
The Southern Railway, believing
that the construction of good roads
will result in great benefit to the
people of the south whose interests
it considers identical with its own,
is sending this train out over its
entire system in order that the peo
ple may realize he full economio
value of the ;ut >veh en' . at *ue same
t?me^?ffording va?u?bvc instruction
in the building of roads. The en
tire expense of the campaign, which
embraces the Whole South, is being
borne by the Southern Railway and
The train has received a most
cordial welcome in its touring
through Alabama, Mississippi, Ten
nesse, North Carolina and Virginia,
the people on all sides turning out
in large number and showing an ap
preciative interest in the lectures
and exhibits. The tour began May
1st and daily exhibitions will be
made until the whole territory
served by the Southern Railway
and affiliated lines is covered. The
final exhibition will be made during
the good roads convention to be
held in Richmond, Va., late in the
It is boped that the train will
stimulate interest in the good roads
movement in those sections that
have not been aroused. Those in
charge of the train extend a cordial
welcome to the citizens of this sec
tion to attend the meeting at the
Edgefield Should be Repre
Maj. R. S. Anderson has received
a letter from Mr. John G. Mobley,
commander-in-chief of the men who
wore the Red Shirts, urging the
men of this county to organize and
send a full representation to the re
union to be held in Columbia Sep
tember 27th and 28tb.
According to the letter from Mr.
Mobley, the exercises will be as
follows: On the evening of the 27
a concert will be giveu in the Co
lumbia opera house at seven o'clock
Miss Grace Lumpkin will deliver
the address of welcome for the city
of Columbia, and John Sharp Wil
liams, senator from Mississippi,will
be the orator of the occasion. Sep
tember 28tb, brass band concert at
nine a. m., and parade at 10 a. m.
Those who attend, other than or
ganized companies, will be assigned
companies. No person will be ad
mitted to the line of parade with
out a red shirt.
Maj. IA nd orson was elected one
of the vice-commanders of the or
ganization at the meeting in Green
ville last year.
"But the constitution," interrupt
ed a man in the crowd, 'says We
shan't pass any ex post facto laws."
"Constitution or no constitution!"
thundered the street corner orator,
"we'll go right ahead and expose the
factories all we durn please"-Chi
Fresh shipment of Leveringe
coffees at B. Timmons.
Very Profitable Session of the
Ridge Association. Young
Ladies Leave For Their
The association of the Ridge di
vision was held here at the Baptist
church beginning on Tuesday Sep
tember 12th at 10:30 o'clock. Mr.
Wm. Lee Coleman was elected
moderator, and Mr. Ira C. Carson
clerk. In this association there are
18 churches, the membership being
3407, and from these churches 90
delegates were sent, but the season
being a busy one, all were not pres
ent The introductory sermon was
preached by Dr. Z. T. Cody, of
Greenville, now editor of the Bap
tist Courier, and he took as his text,
Romans 1-14. "I'm debtor, both to
the Greeks and Barbarians; both to
the wise and the unwise.- xn the re
ports of the various churches, the
Johnston church leads, having con
tributed to all purposes, $9960.80.
The Batesburg church came next
with Ridge, Wards and Dry Creek
following. The amounts given by
the association were as follows:
state mission, $1204.00; home mis
sions, $1008.18; foreign missions,
$1510.00; orphanage $862 and aged
In woman's work, the report as
showed that active work had been
done. The W. M. U. of the associa
tion was apportioned $1689.00, and
of this $1580.00 has been given, and
I the other is expected in before the
closing of the books. They also gave
$364 to the orphanage. The John
ston mission society gave $386.00,
the Young Woman's Auxiliary gave
$45.50, and Mrs. W. X Hatcher's
Sunbeam band was apportioned
$109.50 and gave $122.40. There
are 17 societies, 6 auxiliaries, 7
Sunbeam Band and one R. A. Band
The presence of such men as Dr.
Cody, of the Courier, Rev. Jamison,
of the Orphanage, Dr. A. J. Hall,
of fcCoker College, Hartsville, Dr.
Poteat, ot .Fuman University,
Pi?f. Breed'in, Dean, of Anderson
College, Dr. Derieux, of the state
mission board, added much to the
association, and these gentlemen
spoke in interest of the causes they
On Monday evening Dr. Poteat
preached to a well filled house and
the subject of his discourse was
"Influence." Dr. Hall preached on
Tuesday evening, his theme being
"The will of God." On Tuesday
there was a full program, and sev
eral of the discussions consumed
time not allotted, so much so, that
the business was carried over into
the next day. It was felt that mis
sions was not given enough time, so
the body decided that the second
day of the next association be mis
sion day, the discussions of the day
bordering on just this subject. The
next association goes to Bethel
church, to meet on 2nd Wednesday
after 2nd Sunday in September,
1912. After all business of the asso
ciation was concluded, Sunday
school work was under discussion,
the third day being the day for the
Sunday school convention. Rev. J.
D. Moore, of 'Columbia, was pres
ent, and with his excellent talks and
the charts he explained, the meeting
was very profitable. The convention
decided to establish an institute for
the benefit of Sunday school work,
and have it last a week, giving two
days each to the three churches
more convenient for the others to
reach. Mr. Moore stated that he,
with others prominent in Sunday
school work, would make addresses.
Miss Vidie Hazel and Mr. Cecil
Hazel of Spartanburg, spent last
Visitors from Edgefield to the as
pociation were Mesdames W. B.
Cogburn, Missouri Lott, James
Hart, P. R. Wates, Hugh Wates,
Misses Pearl Padgett, Lizzie Hart
and Messrs. W. B. Cogburn, W. E.
Lott, J. L. Smith, J. R. Tompkins
and Paul Cogburn.
Rev. W. T. Hundley, a former
pastor of the Baptist church, was a
welcome visitor at the association
and was entertained at the home of
Mr. M. T. Turner.
Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Stevens and
Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Allen were here
during last week.
Mrs. W. S. Mobley spent a few
days of the past week in Augusta.
Miss Daisy Sawyer has gone to
Vidalia, Ga., to accept a position
as stenographer for a firm there.
Mr. and Mrs. B. R. Smith have
been visiting friends in Georgia.
Mrs. F. M. Warren spent last
week in the Plum Branch neigh
borhood, and at Parksville, with
friends and relatives. This visit was
one of great pleasure and interest
toher,as about 40 years have elapsed
since being there.
Several of the young ladies have
resumed their school work: Miss
Conya Hardy, at St. Georges; Miss
Ruby Strother, at Winthrop Col
lege; Miss Angelle Andrews, at Mc
Donald, N. C.; Miss Ruth Shaw in
the lower part of the state and Miss
Ella Smith, the Epworth Orphan
Mesdames W. E. Lott and Mary
Ashley visited Miss Zena Payne last
week and attended the association.
Misses Ejima Wilson, of Flor
ence and Eunice Cotes, of Augusta,
have been guests of Mrs. J. H.
Mrs. Marion Mims Patterson and
daughter of Barnwell, have been
visiting Misses Lillian and Ella
Mr. Satcher has moved into his
commodious residence on west
main street, and Mrs. M. E. Nor
ris will occupy the house he has va
Mr. Benjamin Lewis has gone to
Columbia to accept a position with
Call i han-Dobson shoe company.
-Dr. William Griffin, of Marion,
has been the guest of relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Lowrey have
returned from a visit to Waynes
Misses Lillian and Ella Mobley
went to Tennessee on Tuesday and
will spend two weeks there visiting
their brother Mr. Clarence Mobley,
and enjoying the exposition being
Dr. Claud Latimer, of Charles
ton, spent Saturday and Sunday
here with his mother, Mrs. Susie
Mobley Latimer. On Thursday of
this week, Mrs. Latimer goes to At
lanta to spend two weeks with her
son, Mr. Hugh Latimer, and from
there to Iowa, where she will make
her home with her son, Rev. Leon
Latimer. During the year that she
has lived here, she has endeared her
self to many, and it is regretted
that her home is now to be else
Mr. Jerold LaGrone, of Darling
ton, is here for a few days.
Mrs. Swindell and Miss Anna
Swindell, of Augusta, visited the
home of Capt. T. R. Denny during
the past week.
Took a Spin in an Auto.
Who would have tho-ight lt? Mr.
R?T>e?t Mims, accompanied by Mrs..
Mims and Miss Eliza Mims, went
over to Johnston in an automobile
at twenty-miles-an-hour speed last
Thursday afternoon. Wouldn't you |
have bet your last penny that be
fore getting Mr. Mims in an auto
mobile, the chauffeur would have
had to hand-cuff and blindfold
him? Well, such wasn't the case.
He "took" to it just like a duck to
water. When next heard from Mr.
Mims will be taking a fly with the j
first aviator who comes along. Pos
sibly he would prefer it to be an
I Judge DeVore Warns Offenders |
as to Second Violations.
Orangeburg, September 12.- |
Special: Two defenders charged
with violating the liquor laws plead
guilty in the Court of General Ses
sions here yesterday and were sen- ]
tenced by Judge DeVore as follows:
Mack Stokes of this city, was j
?given a fine of $250 or six months
on the chain gang, while W. S. Lee, |
I Jr., of the county, received a sen
tence of $100.
Judge DeVore warned these men,
both white, that the next time they
plead guilty or were convicted of
selling liquor unlawfully they would
not, under the law be given the al
ternative of a fine, but would have
to serve on the chain gang. The
fines were paid.
Death of Mrs. Seigler.
Mrs. Jane Seigler departed this
life Friday morning September 15th,
being at the time in her 85th year.
The interment took place Saturday j
morning at the Seigler burial
ground. Rev. J. T. Littlejohn offia
ted at the funeral.
Mrs. Seigler made her home with
her daughter, Mrs. Caddie Hughey,
where her every want was promptly
I and affectionately ministered to. Be
fore her late ilIness,Mrs.Seigler was
in an enfeebled condition because of
her advanced age but she received
the most kindly attention from every
member of this Christian home. For
j a number of years Mrs. Seigler bas
not been actively identified with the
social and religious life of her
church and community, but before
the infirmities of age began to weigh
upon her she was one of
the leading forces in all that con
tributed in any way to the welfare \
of the community.
If we mistake not, ahe was a life
long member of Gilgal church. She
leaves two daughters, Mrs. John
Williamson and Mrs. Caddie Hugh
I ey, and two'sons, Messrs. D. J., and
J. O. Seigler.
Full line of tooth brushes, tooth
powder, pastes, etc. B, Timmon.s
Col. Talbert Announces Candi
dacy For Senate. Parksville
High School Opened.
Fair Prospects Good.
Parksville has the distinction of
having a candidate for tile United
States Senate in the person of Col.
W. J. Talbert. He told the writer
he expect to make the race ir
respective of whoever may enter the
field. There are now two avowed
candidates, both from Edgefield,
who are well known, not only to
Edgefield, bat throughout the state,
having been in public life nigh on
to 30 years. In the matter of candi
dates Edgefield might be pat down
as highly distinguished, having al
ways done her part in furnishing
candidates for the public to choose
from. If no other candidates enter*
the race, Edgefield will be honored,
inasmuch as the senator most come
from Edgefield bat I look for oth
ers, in fact, expect to see "the
woods fall of them,'' and the more
Eleven years ago, if I mistake not,
I wrote a series of articles for the
Edgefield Chronicle, while my
friend H. C. Middleton did ti?
same for The Advertiser,on the sub
ject of good roads. While the pa
pers were in sympathy with ns, we
found ourselves oat of harmony
with the people, and especially the
politicians; in fact, I won the so
briquet of "good roads crank," a
distinction I was proud of then,
and do not regret now. The politi
cian said, why Anon, we must crawl
before we can walk, and we have
been crawling ever since. I found
that I was s "leetle too previous"
and abandoned the field, not de
feated, but somewhat discouraged,
that our people could not see the
economy in good roads, grading
around hills, etc., and as I quit the
field, I did so in utter disgust and
contempt for our so-called states
men, who sneered at the matter as
"ideal and impractical." But now
lo and behold, has come the horse
less carriage, and every little fellow
who wears high collars and elbow
gloves, whom Dr. Oaxts of Elm
wood in a recent publication gives
h-1, begins to cry, good roads.
Well we say we are with you, let
them come. Widen our roads so
that the poor and rieh will have
room to pass without infringing on
the rights of the other.
Yes, let's go around the hills,
widen and have good roads, and
the "good roads crank" of other
days is with you to the end of the
chapter. But remember it is going
to take the "spondulix,' ' which in
plain English, ' I am told, means
money, and we have got to go down
in our pockets. This money, how
ever, the veriest simpleton of a poli
tician must concede will be a wise
investment, because it will save our
stock, our autos, our carriages, yea
our bones. Verbum Sap.
Yesterday was a good day for
Parksville. Rev. Mr. Garrett preach
ed a forceful sermon in the morn
ing on the good fight of faith from
the words of the great apostle to
the Gentiles: "I have fought a good
fight, I have kept the faith."
Rev. O. N. Rountree also gave
a most practical sermon at the
Methodist church, in the afternoon.
The high school will open here
to-day, Prof. A. G. West the prin
cipal having been on the grounds
several days sizing up the situation,
and making plans for an earnest
year's work. We almost envy the
common and high school teacher
their opportunity to mould and
guide, and draw out the good and
the noble qualities, that often lie
dormant in oar growing youth.
Prof. West is from Prosperity, and
is a young m.n of good education,
and fine personal appearance. His
assistants have not yet arrived.
Bored wells are becoming quite
fashionable. Mr. R. N. Edmonds
has one jost completed by Bussey
and Ivy of Modoc. Mr. J. C. Mor
gan is having one bored on lots in
town, and a subscription is being
pushed to have one for the church,
parsonage and school.
Mrs. Wesley McQuade, who was
before marriage, Miss Ruby Bus
sey, of Florida, is up on a visit to
her aunt of our town, Mrs. W. P.
Mr. Walter McDonald left last
week for the beginning of his sec
(Continued on page 4.)
"Get my supper," he said gruffly.
"Get it yourself," she answered.
"You didn't marry a cc ok."
Late that night she heard a noise.
"John," she said, "there's a rob
ber in the house. Get up.
"Get up yourself," he answered,
sleepily, 'You didn't^ marry a po