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LARGEST CIRCULATION IN
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 1912
! A life of pleasure makes even the
strongest mind frivolous at last.
The Fight Is On.
The Advertiser has been reliably in
formed that petitions are being circu
lated for the purpose of having an
election ordered on the question of the
re-establishment Of the dispensary in
Edgefield county. Precipitating a fight
at this time, when perfect peace and
harmony prevail among our people,
ia unfortunate, but if the fight must
come, we say let it come. Just as
The Advertiser has all along opposed
the sale of whiskey and had a part in
the overthrow of the dispensary six j
years ago, we do not now hesitate to j
take a stand against its re-establish
The following are some reasons why |
we oppose the dispensary:
1. Because it will increase drunken
2. Because it will increase crime.
3. Because it will place temptation
in the way of our boys and young j
4* Because it will place whiskey
easy reach of those addicted to the
habit, and who drink to excess.
5. Because it will impoverish our peo
ple. That which decreases earning ca
6. Because it will .contribute to po
litical corruption, leading in all proba
bility to a dispensary "ring."
7. Because it is unwise to give the j
sanction of law to a business that has |
always been a curse to humanity.
8. Because the Christian women of j
the county who suffer most from the j
blight and curse of whiskey oppose it
9-. Because the best interests of so
ciety are promoted through the cur
tailment rather than the increase of |
the consumption of whiskey.
10. Because it is inconsistent for a j
county to establish schools, and em
ploy christian teachers, to develop the
hearts, minds, and bodies of our chil
dren and then deliberately place in
their reach that which destroys them.
11. Because the first duty of the
county and state is to protect those
who are weak rather than make it
easy for them to yield. "
12. Becai ae many who can't afford j
it will spend their earnings for whis- ;
key instead of for the necessities of |
13. Because an effort will be made,
here as elsewhere, to increase the sales
and consumption of whiskey in order
that the so-called profit account may
14. Because the profit feature is a de
lusion and a snare being paid into the
treas ary by our people, the consumers.
15. Because it will send thousands of |
dol?ais beyond the borders of our coun
ty for that which demoralizes and de-1
grades, instead of proving uplifting!
16. Because lt will increase disorder
and rowdyism in the town of Edgefield
and on the public roads leading from
the county seat.
17. Because it will afford a convenient
base of supplies for blind tigers who
will sell at night and on Sundays in the
rural districts, as is now being done in
18. Because it is inimical to the Chris
tian religion and that for which the !
forty odd churches in Edgefield county
19. Because it will increase the num
ber of inmates in our county home, and
the n imber of orphan children that
will be sent from this county to the
various orphanages of the state.
20. Because it will take shoes from
the feet, clothes from the back, and
food from the mouths of many poor
children, both white and colored, to
pay nothing of the comforts and luxu
ries of which they will be deprived.
Three leading arguments for a dis
pensary are: First, that it will sup
press blind tigers. Second, that the
profi t therefrom will go into th? public
treasury. Third, that the people are
given better whiskey.
Let us consider each of these briefly.
While the writer was in Charleston
Monday, he was informed by one who
was in position to know that in spite of
its twelve dispensaries, that city has
nearly 200 blind tigers. Does that
look like dispensaries suppress tigers?
Notwithstanding the fact that Aiken
county has six dispensaries and several
mounted rural policemen, it is well
known that blind tigers thrive in Aiken
county, even more than in Edgefield.
i Now as to the profits. In the first
place there will be no profits unless
the sales be increased far beyond the
amount spent at present for whiskey in
the county. Will it be wise, or will it
be good business for our people to send
$30,000 or $40.000 per annum to north
ern and western distillers in order that
a few thousand dollars may accrue to
the public treasury? Bear in mind, too,
that this few thousand dollars, so-call
ed profits, is paid from the earnings of
our own people. Not one dollar of the
large amount sent to these distillers
and liquor dealers ever returns to our
county to circulate.
Finally, as to the quality of liquor.
Was it not conceded that at the time
the dispensary was in operation that
much of the whiskey sold was of the
lowest grades, some of it being made
of ch?micals. Even the same low
grade of whiskey was marked, X, XX,
XXX, and the people charged enor
mous prices for these low grades. The
! writer was informed a few days ago by
a citizen of one of the wet counties
that dispensaries are selling as mean
liquor as the blind tigers. Blind tigers
are not alone in selling chemicals and
low grade liquors.
The Advertiser opposes the sale of
whiskey whether sold legally or illegal
ly, whether by the individual, the coun
ty or the state.
Marriage of Miss Louise Lyon
and Mr. Donald Smith.
A marriage of great interest to
Edgefield was consummated at the
home of Mr. M. D. Lyon in our
western suburbs on Sunday after
noon, when Miss Louise Lyon, so
well and affectionately known in our
town, was married to Mr. Donald
Smith of Red Hill, Rev. J. T. Lit
tlejohn officiating. The marriage
*as a quiet one, only the members
of the family being present. Im
mediately after the ceremony, Mr.
and Mrs. Smith left for Red Hill,
where they will remain until Mrs.
Smith finishes the remaining ten
weeks of her school term, where
for two years past she has been
teaching so successfully. When
the school closes, Mr. and Mr3.
Smithwill go to their home nearPres
cott's, which Mr. Smith has re
cently purchased. Their new home
known as the Munday place is one
of the most desirable in that sec
tion, and is noticeable for it's beau
tiful grove of water oak trees at the
front, which makes it more desira
ble for residence. All who know
Mi. and Mrs. Smith say that they |
are both to be congratulated, and
Edgefield and Red Hill are vyin;?
with each other as to wi.ich is most
fortunate- Mr. Smith is a young
man of sterling business qualities
and bids fair to make one of Edge
field county's best citizens, and
what most commends him is that
Miss Louise's friends were willing
for the marriage. Miss Louise has
lived in Edgefield since she was a
little girl, and has always been be
loved for her amiable, gentle dis
position and her sweet womanly
modesty. Since leaving school, sh.3
has taught ior three years, and has 1
been connected with religious work
in her church. She is a true type
of a useful, attractive and gracious
young woman, and we congratulate
not only Mr. Smith, but Prescott's
and the Grove neighborhood and
Red Hill church for having these
young people become a part of their
Mr. J. T. Reese Writes Inter
esting Proceedings of the
The Meriwether Agricultural
Club held a regular, meeting on Sat
urday 16th. The minutes of each
meeting were read, and confirmed.
They contained a report from Ex
ecutive Committeeman Bunch of a
meeting of the executive committee
of the Savannah Valley associated
Farmers Clubs as follows:
It was decided to hold the annual
meeting at Bennetts Springs, the
date to be set later by the olub.
The prize money from the corn fes
tival was divided among the clubs
and checks distributed. The judges
of the oom show gave the first
prize to Meriwether, the second
prize to Sch ulta Township and the
third prize to Bennetts Springs.
The prizes were divided as follows:
First prize $15.00, second $10.00,
third $5.00. After the division had
been made according to the awards
of the judges, there was left $120.00
of the prize money and this was di
vided equally among the six clubs
entering exhibits in the corn show.
This gave the three clubs that did
not win a prise $20.00 a piece and
added $20.00 to the three prize
By motion the discussion and
reading of essays were postponed
until next meeting and roads were
discussed, the Secretary being in
structed to write to tue County Su
pervisor begging that he work
roads in our section wider on his
next visit here and the Secretary
was further instructed to commu
nicate with the Senator and'Repre
sentatives of Edgefield requesting
them to use their influence to pass
a law making all main thorough
fares 30 feet wide. By motion the
chair was empowered to appoint 3
or 5 members as a committee to
study the road question and try to
plan a way to get better roads.
Messrs. Nolan Bowden, J. T. Reese,
L. A. Stephens, Walter Cheatham
and P. M. Markeri were appointed.
By motion the treasurer was au
thorized to have blinds, sashes and
doors of the club house repaired
and the house painted.
The business of the day was then
disposed of and roads again discuss
ed which resulted in a committee
being appointed to draw up resolu
tions for the club's approval to be
submitted to Edgefield's next dele
Mr. Garnett Asks an Important
Dear Sir:-In regard to this tick
or Texas fever, as most all call it, I
wish to ask a question, and that is
this: Why is it that in the last few
years ticks have got to giving cows
Texas fever, when 10 or 12 years
ago there were plenty of ticks on
most all the cows in the summer
time, but since there have got to be
but few cows and scarcely any ticks
you can hear tick or Texas fever on
all sides? Tenor twelve years ago
I owned cows the back part of whose
bag was nearly covered in summer
with ticks and they didn't die or
show any signs of ever being sick.
People did not feed but very little
cotton seed meal in those times and
pince we have got to feeding cotton
seed meal, we hear ? whole lot
about tick or Texas fever. I firmly
believe this disease comes from
feeding damaged cotton seed meal.
One of my neighbors lost two
milk cows, one Jersey stock cow,
last year in about three weeks. He
first thought they had Texas fever
but did not lose aay more, and by
the way, these three he had been
feeding cotton seed meal. He said
the meal did not look like he thought
it ought to look, but he fed these
three cows on it just the same, and
they all three died. ! I don't sup
pose they had a half-dozen ticks on
them, but some people call it tiok
fever. I call it cotton seed meal
fever. Some people think, and I
suppose I am an awful block head,
like they accused me of being last
fall when I advised the farmers to
hold their cotton through your pa
per for a better price. They said
there was too much being made.
They see now what it is worth.
Some of the parties tell me now
they wish they had taken my advice, '
so I believe?when we quit or feed
very little cotton seed meal and be
?ure it is sound, not made from rotr
ten cotton seed like some I loaded
for a man last fall, that had gone
through a heat before he could get
a car. Some of them did smell aw
ful bad. This is where I think our
cows ge| tick fever. 1 may be
wrong, but I say look out stock
men, how you feed cotton seed
meal. Be sure it is sound or your
cows maj' have tick fever whether
they ever had a tick on them or
not. If it will kill hogs, why not
A Clemson man told rae last year
not to feed it to hogs if I did not
want them te die. I will be glad
if you publish this, as I want some
one to tell me why sows did not
formerly have tick fever.
. J. M. Garnett.
EYE TALK NO. 4
Why does a man of forty-five or
fifty need reading glasses?
Because his eyes, which for dis
tant vision may be as good as ever,
can no longer focus objects close
How do the glasses help him?
They shorten the "focus" to a
comfortable reading distance.
Can not almost anybody flt
No person without proper equip
ment in the way of necessary in
struments, and the knowledge of
their use should be employed to fit
glasses, as the eye must first be
measured and the glasses made up
to suit each particular case.
GEO. F. M?MS,
Optician, Edgefield, S- C.
We are holding a mark down
sale, to olean up everything in the
store. Suits and Overcoats from
1-4 to 1-2 off, write F. G. MER
TINS, Augusta, Ga.
Better Equipped Than Ever
We are now ready in all departments for
Spring business and better equipped than ever .'.
before. We will not name prices but call at
tention to quality and standard manufactors
line we handle.
Ferguson-McKinney shirts for men and boys
We guarantee our 50c shirts to be cut as full
to the size as the $1 grade or can return after
. wearing. Ferguson-McKinney underwear for
men and boys. Boys knickerbocker pants
Full line Tray Collar Co.'s line for spring
just in. Men's and boys' straw hats in nice
variety. The Crawford oxfords for boys and ,
men in the new spring shapes. Oxfords, slip
pers and pumps in all the shapes and styles,
now ready for the men and ladies in size and
price to suit all. Wash silks in nice assort
ments at 25c. Wash goods in endless variety.
Laces, embroidery bandings, and flouncings.
The best variety to select from in the county.
* Our millinery department in charge of Mrs.
L. C. Bailey, of Baltimore, has all the latest
things in her line that is out this season.
Make our store your headquarters
Easter Will Soon Be Here.
ARE YOU READY FOR YT?
THE wonderful complete stock of this store is ready to supply your every need, and the special prices now hold
ing will prove of interest to those who are making preparations for their new season outfits. In every depart
ment the stock is in excellent shape and values are without a precedent for the high class materials being shown.
Below are mentioned a few of the items now on sale from now until Easter.
One case of the best bleaching
50 pieces of 10c dress ging
hams all new patterns at 8ic.
1 lot of new voils, splendid
looking goods, the kind that
catches the eye at once, real val
ue 29c, our price 20c.
We offer 25 pieces of the best
12ic percales at sic.
50 pices of new calicoes, your
choice kt 4 l-4o.
. Easter Hosiery
15 dozen of black silk hose
lisle thread, retails everywhere
at 50c only 25c.
White Goods Sale
500 yards in corded effect and
neat checks 12^o values only 7 ic
25 pieces of 32-inch silk in all
shades, real value 05c at 42ic.
5 dozen of ladies fine gowns
real value $1.25 at 79c.
10 pieces of flouncing 47 inehes
wide, the kind you are paying
$1 per yard, only 59c.
We can show yon an elegant
line of men's, ladies and child
dr.n's in high cats and oxfords
in any style yon are looking for.
We offer yon your choice of 50
suits, hand tailored, extra fine
quality, only one or two of a
size, regular price $25 our price
Dandy values and good1 goods
the kind that will cost you be
tween $1.50 or $2 more else
50 dozen men's dress and soft
collar shirts, 75c quality at
25 dozen of $1.25 shirts with
or without collars.
This is not just
Come and see
Easter Sale of Clothing.
Strike the bargains where you can get them and it
is at this store. Here you are:' 50 men's blue serge
suits at $8.50. Equal to any $15 suits elsewhere,
75 men's suits in stripes, blue browns, also in solid
blue serges, the kind you are paying elsewhere $20,
our price $12.50.
A handsome line of ladies voil skirts in black only
the kind you pay $10 for elsewhere our price $6.49.
SEULS rr FOR LESS