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"Uncle Iv" Gird? on HU Ar
mor. Appeals to Chris
tian Voters. Remin
iscent of '76.
Mr. Editor: It seems from what
I glean from The Advertiser that
'tis a fact that some of the voters of
our county are disposed to want the
dispensary established agnin.
I had heard while on my way to
Mrs. Mary Prince's burial tb?t pe
titions were going around for those
who favored the Dispensary, but
tried to hope that it was not true.
But Alas! when your paper came, I
found that the declaration of a
fight was on hand. Well, I am
really too weak physically to say 1
what I want to say, but
something aoout or in me seems to
say; "Old man gird on the sword
again; there is the sound of anoth
er struggle for you.
We?I, God being my helper, I am !
ready for another fight against that
which I confider one of the worst 1
evils that ca:a be legalized. I read
your twenty reasons, and also your
argument against the reasons given
by those who favor the reestab
lishing of the dispensary; and say 1
Amen to every one and your rebut- 1
tal against thc reasons of those fa
voring the dispensary.
There comes to me while I write
a scene at Ed gefiel d C. H. in 1876.
Old Mr. Geo. Penn (father I be
lieve of W. B.) had gone up in the
Court House to cast his vote against
Radical rule. He was old and
feeble, and after casting his vote
walked to the steps to go to his
home or place of business.. The
writer, then a young man, took the
old man's arm and helped him down
the steps. It was the last time
that I remember ever seeing him,
and it impressed me deeply, and as
I see him now in my imagination it '
gives me courage, for the fight in
which he and I were engaged was 1
won, and Radical ; nd Carpet bag 1
rule was at an end. (
Sometimes we old peo,de are mis- 1
judged, because of the stand we
take against evil, but those who
misjudge ns now if they should
live to see and pass through the
ordeal of the old men, will wonder
why they did it. I have too many
sens and grandsons of my own, to
say nothing of others sons and
grandsons, to be a party to placing 1
a temptation before them that I
know from my own expe
rience to be one of the hardest to
resist. Count my vote one, against
selling whiskey as a beverage in '
any form. Allew me before I close,
to take off my hat to G. D. M. for
the btand he takes in the matter, '
and let me say, if that stand de
feats him or any o'her candidate let
them glory in that defeat. There
is a hymn that is often sung that
has a line like this,
"Sometime we'll stand before the
Ah! how true, and now Chris
tian voter, what about it? If we
who claim to be Christians give our
sanction or votes to saddle a known
curse on our fellowman, what ought
we expeet when wre appear before
that bar? Will it be "Enter into
the joys of thy Lord," or will it
be * "depart from me fori never
knew you." Christian voter think.
Don't help on an evil.
E. G. Morgan.
The Dispensary and Business
If no more whiskey were sold
under dispensary than under prohi
bition the majority of our business
men might be for dispensary for
these two reasons: first, it in some
measure lowers taxes, second, it
might attract a few people to Edge
field to trade.
Are a majority of our business
men for it?
I have talked with thirty-one
business men-most of them heads
of enterprises, men who pay busi
ness license and tax. Lack of time
prevented my talking with several
others and with clerks. One clerk
said to me in substance, "Give us
olerks a chance to express ourselves,
for we have to wait on the trade."
As much as to say, "under the dis
pensary we are troubled with more
drunk men." It has been remarked
that under the dispensary regime
here, ladiel could hardly go on the
istreeti os Saturday afternoons.
Oat of .the thirty "one men talked
with, twenty-five expressed ther
?elves as opposed to the re-establisl
ment of the dispensary in Edg
field. Six did not say positively,
believe that several-if not all-i
these six will vote against the di
pensary. It seems to me that tl
stand of a large majority of ot
Edgefield business men ought 1
have some weight with the rest (
us, especially when practically a
of this decided majority belie?
that it is morally wrong to vol
back the dispensary. Unless I ha
a real conviction that legalized 1
quor selling with its probable al
tendant illegal selling were morall
better than prohibition, I shoal
hesitate to put myself against th
moral sense of our Christian wc
men, our preachers, and a majori
by of our business and professions
men, and a majority of every occu
Nearly all of these twenty-fiv
business men believe that the dh
pensary will hurt their businesf
Now if this money were turned inti
3orae better channel we might say
"Well, Mr. Business Man, we ar
sorry for you, but it is for the bes
for others."But will it be turned int
better channels if more money goe
for liquor? And that is what ou
business men expect if the dispen
sary isjre-established. Is it better fo
a man to buy liquor or a good sui
of clothes? liquor or a dress for hi:
wife? liquor or shoes for his ch il
dren? liquor or bread and meat fo
his family? liquor to weaken hi
body, mind, and soul, or fertilize!
to strengthen his land, and book
and papers to enrich the minds ii
his home and help to save the souls?
When a dollar goes for liquo
two dollars are wasted, for a mai
unfits himself to make the othe
I give a few samples of what th<
business men say:
Mr. B. Timmons: "I am oppos?e
to a dispensary because it put!
temptation in reach of the boys."
Mr. J. D. Holstein: "I woulc
rather pay more tax than have dis
pensary. There was greater disordei
an the public days during time of
dispensary than since."
Mr. W. L. Dunovant: "I am op
posed to whiskey all the way
through. I do not want to put the
temptation in the way of my boys.
I think a man owes it to his chil
dren to vote against it."
Mr. W. H. Hading: "I am op
posed to the dispensary. There is
not so much drunkenness as under
Mr. W. H. Turner: "l believe
it is better from a moral and busi
ness standpoint to have no dispen
sary. The order is better. There is
at least twice as much drinking and
there are at least twice as many ar
rests with dispensary as compared
Mr. E. S. Rives: "There are peo
ple wh? would drink if there were
a dispensary who do not as it is."
Mr. W. C. Lynch: "Conditions
are better now thau under dispen
sary, better even from a business
Mr. W. H. Dorn, representing
Dorn & Mi ms: "It is a bad move
morally, and not good from a busi
ness standpoint. Even if it meant
better business, I would oppose it
from a moral standpoint."
Mr. H. H. Sanders: "I am not in
favor of dispensary as it demoraliz
es business in general."
Stewart & Kernaghan: We be
lieve it would be worse from a mor
al standpoint to have a dispensary."
Dunovant <fc Co.: We are op
posed to dispensary because the
harder you make it for people to
get whiskey the better for the com
munity. Our business has increased
25 per cent or more under prohibi
Ramsey & Jones: "Our business
has gained considerably under pro
hibition. Besides it is very much
more satisfactory. We do not be
lieve a dispensary wiil add anything
to our business but viii contribute
much unnecessary annoyance."
Mr. W. W. Adams says: "I un
derstand a petition is being circu
lated to re-establish a dispensary in
Edgefield county, and heine asked
to write a few wuids, I hurriedly
express my views as follows: I un
hesitating'y say, that I am not in
favor of dispensaries. I believe they
would be a curse to our county, or
any other county, in that they en
courage the youth of our land to
touch, taste, and handle the unclean
stuff, which they should be taught
to shun as an adder. Whiskey de
grades, impoverishes, and finally
EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDIN
Sad Death of Miss Aline Crouch.
Preparations for Flower
Show. Dining For Rev.
and Mrs. Bailey.
Mis* Mary Jumper, of Spring
field, has been the guest of Mrs. F.
Miss Mary Riley is visiting at the
home of Mr. W. R. Eidson.
Miss Rhett Warren has closed
her school near Fruit Hill and is at
home for a vacation.
Mr. Alvin McLenna, of Waldo,
Fla., spent last week here with his
mother, Mrs. Lucy McLenna.
Visitors to Augusta during the
past week were Mesdames M. E.
Norris, H. W. Crouch, S. J. Wat
son and Miss Elise Crouch.
Mrs. James Strother will go to
Allendale next week to visit her
daughter, Miss Gertrude Strother,
who is teaching school there.
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Marsh enter
tained with an elegant dining on
last Thursday in honor of Rev. and
Mrs. E. C. Bailey who were spend
ing a few days at their home.
Miss Edith Coleman went to
Greenville last Tuesday to attend
the marriage of her friend and
classmate, Miss Mary Cox, which
occurred during the week, and she
formed one of the bridal party.
On Tuesday afternoon, at the
hospitable suburban home of the
president, Mrs. J. W. Marsh, the
new century club held the regular
meeting, and the balmy spring
weather tempted a full attendance
out. Delegates from this club to the
state federation, to be held in Ab
beville, May 7th-9th, were elected
at this time and were Mrs. J. W.
Marsh and Miss Mattie Waters; al
ternates Mesdames F. M. Boyd and
J. A. Dozier. Following this the
lesson study, "A trip down the
Jiile valley" and "The Khedival.
family," was taught by Miss Zena
Payn?, and Mrs. .T. A. Dosier waa
appointed to teach the next lesson,
"Life among the Bedouins." After
the books were laid aside, Miss
Mary Gwynn delighted all with
musical selections and the hostess
served a sweet course folio ^ed by
French coffee with cheese dates
and lastly mints. The club colors
ruins the boy or man who becomes
addicted to its use. Few indeed
there are, who ever shake them
selves loose from the bonds of this
monster, once they become enchain
ed by it.
In my judgment there is entirely
too much whiskey sold in our coun
ty and towns, through mail order
houses and blind tigers. With ten
years or more experience as Mayor
of our town, I conscientiously say
and believe, that the consumption
of whiskey with dispensary, was
fully ten fold what it is without a
dispensary. I fear that a great many
good people without a dispensary,
lose their self respect and respect,
for their friends and neighbors
when they have a dispensary, for
the fact; that with dispensary they
buy a pintor quart bottle of whip
key (which they are not allowed to
drink upon the premises) and open
it upon the side walks, streets, or
highways and drink from the bottle
in sight of every person who wi 1
take the trouble to look, and be it
said to their shame, dispensary cus
tomers are not always select as to
their drinking companions, but
s )me of them are great promoters
of social equality when imbibing
I believe without a dispensary,
the average man who formerly
patronized the same will reduc2 the
consumption of whiskey fully nine
tenths, thereby saving ninety cents
out of every dollar formerly spent,
to invest in ?necessary supplies and
luxuries for his family. Some men
claim that a dispensary will reduce
taxation, but the same men who
make these claims, if they did but
stop and think, would be compelled
to admit that they themselves paid
the money to the dispensary, that
was turned over to the treasurer to
reduce their taxes. I accord every
man his opinion, out if you believe
him on the wrong side help him
with argument, and your vote, to
defeat what I believe to be his worst
Morally a dispensary ?is worse
for every man, woman and child
CONTINUED ON PAGE 5.
?ESDAY, APRIL 3,1912
Dr. Jeffries Commended. Stone
Sanford Marriage. Fine Un
ion Meeting Held at
In bis most excellent article last
week, Dr. M. D. Jeffries well and
.truly Baid: "Every true, patriotic
citizen, who has at heart the wel
fare of home, wife and children, the
community, and the lower element
of society for which the higher must
always stand responsible, will not
vote the dispensary back, nor even
sign a petition. " True every word
of it. t do not believe that our God
fearing, home loving citizens would
think of either voting the dispensa
ry back, or signing a petition for it.
In ?ly last I predicted orange
blossoms in Parksville last Thurs
day, which came to pass exactly as
scheduled and on time. Mrs. Vir
ginia ?tone, the widow of Mr. J. L.
Stone'was married to the Rev.
James H. Sanford of Orangeburg,
the R<iv. T. II. Garrett officiating.
Mr. Sanford is a popular and learn
ed Baptist preacher of the Orar.ge
burg association, residing at Spring
field, and he carried away with him
one of: our most popular church
workers, in the person of Mrs.
Stone, who was a Miss Stone before
marriage, being the daughter of
Mr. Jesse Stone, deceased.
The marriage took place at the
pretty residence of the bride, but
was a, very quiet affair, only the
relative* and a few friends witness
ing the ceremony. The bride was
gowned in a lovely gray silk, trim
med with cream lace, which was
very becoming upon a figure that
always looks neat, and the groom
was dressed in a handsome dress
suit. The ceremony took place at
9:30, ata at 11:45, they boarded
the train for Orangeburg amid many
God bless you?, and showers of
rice w'Ah.old ?hoes thrown ,in for
Hearts were saddened at Miss
Jennie's departure (for that is what
we called her), but we hope for her
return often. .She reminded the
writer, that she could not do with
out The Advertiser, and asked me
to request that it be sent to her at
Springfield, route one.
The union meeting of the 3rd di
vision of the Edgefield association
convened with ?the Mo loc Baptist
church yesterday and day before,
thc SOth and 31st. After organiza
tion all the churches being represent
ed, the union went into an election
of officers for the ensuing year,
which resulted in re-electing the old
officers viz: D A J Bell, moderator,
and J. G. McKie, clerk and treas
urer. The four queries were well
and ably discussed by brethren J C
Harvtly, J M Bussey, H E Bunch,
Rev. Earl Freeman, Rev. G. W.
Bnssey,|E G and J C Morgan, Mr.
Leggat, Col. V.T J Talbert and oth
ers. The verbal reports from the
churches were encouraging, and by
motion the collection following the
were prettily carried out in the re
Mr. C. F. Pech man, who was
operated on in Columbia last Mon
day, is resting as well as could be
expected, considering the painful
operation. Mrs. Pechraan is at his
bedside and will remain with him
until he should be sufficiently able
to come home.
Mr. C. D. Kenny has returned
from Lynchburg, wh?re she visited
her father, Mr. McLeod.
Mrs. Lucius Bennett, of Allen
dale, is a visitor at the home of
her father, Mr. Bufort Scott, near
Hon. Thomas McLeod has ac
cepted the invitation extended him
by the D. of C., to deliver the ad
dress at the unveiling of the Con
federate monument on April 19th.
Miss Aline Crouch, the eldest
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie
Crouch, who reside near Harmony,
died suddenly on Saturday. She was
a bright and lovable young girl of
18 years and her death is a very
sad one. The burial took place Sun
day afternoon at Ebenezer cemetery
On Sunday morning Dr. W. S.
Dorset will preach a special sermon
on the greatness of the Sunday school
enterprise, and following this, the
diplomas will be presented to thos?
who completed the course in the
training clans taught here recently
by Rer. J.D.Moore, state secretary.
sermon was given to home mis
sions. Sunday morning the exercis
es were conducted by J C Harvely
the superintendent of the Modoc
Sunday school who introduced Col.
W J Talbert, and the Col. as usual
made a good address on the good
and far-reaching importance of the
great work of modern Sunday
schools. The Col. was at his best,
and his address made a fine im
pression. At 11:30 the missionary
sermon was preached by the Rev.
Earl Freeman from the words of
the apostle Paul, Romans 1st chap
ter and 15th verse: I am debtor,
both to the Greeks, and the Barba
rians; both to the wise and the un
wise. The" sermon wr.s a complete
gospel presentation of the cause of
missions, tongued and groved and
dovetailed, and wholly unanswera
ble from the gospel point of view.
Bro. Freeman is one of our very
best gospel preachers. The collec
tion following the sermon amount
ed to $11 and was given to home
A recess of one hour was taken to
replenish the inner man,and too much
praise cannot be given the good
women of Modoc, who are experts
in the culinary art. The dinner was
was not only plentiful but simply
superb. The dinner being over
"How should . we respect another's
rights," was ably discussed by T G
Talbert and J C Morgan. These
brethren excelled themselves, in
fact everything was good; and this
indeed was one of the best, the
most profitable^sessions ever held by
this union since its organization,
two years ago. The next meeting
goes to Plum Branch in June.
A Solomon has said recently,
' that the whole Initiative, Referen
dum and Recall nonsense is bad and
rotten. The rottenest one of the
three is the misleading and danger
ous recall." Now you have got it;
that settles it. But really, Col. W.
J. Talbert has good company in his
advooacy of these reforms, includ
ing the erratic Col. Theodore Roos
evelt, and he if not ashamed of it.
I was about to forget to state,
that our union adopted strong reso
lutions petition our representa
tives from this state in congress for
a speedy f.^ssage of the Kenyon
Sheppard interstate liquor bill,
which if passed, will withdraw
from interstate commerce protec
tion of liquors imported into
"dry" territory for illegal use.
The Rev. G. W. Bussey who
was pastor of Parksville Baptist
church for 30 years preaohed for us
last night to the delight of many
old friend 5. Its always a joy to
hear him because he preaches a joy
ous religion. His text was "rejoice
in the Lord" and he made it clear,
that if any people in the world
ought to be happy its the Lord's
Mr. W. M. Robertson, one of
our merchant princes is rejoicing
over the advent of a fine daughter.
No man, wc venture, was ever bet
ter pleased with the Stork than Mr.
Itobertson. We offer our congratu
lations. More Anon.
Death of Mr. E. H. Anderson.
The pad news freached th?' rela
tives of Mr. E. II. Anderson in
Edgefield Sunday ni >rning Lhat af
ter a third stroke of paralysis, he
had passed away at his homo in
Schenectady, N. Y., on Saturday
morning. Mr. Anderson was one of
the foremost practical electricians
of the age, and has attained great
distinction in his profession. Mr.
Anderson leaves a wife and a son
and daughter, their home being in
Schenectady. Mrs. Emma Anderson
and Mrs. W. L. Dunovant, the
mother and sister went to Spartan
burg to attend the funeral which
took place at old Nazareth Presby
terian church and the body was
laid to rest in the family cemetery
there. Mrs. M. P. Wells and Mrs.
Geo. F. Mims are also sisters of
Mi. Anderson. Mr. Buist Anderson
of Spartanburg went immediately
to Schenectady on hearing of the
serious condition of his brother
and reached him before he died.
Mr. Anderson had visited his rela
tives in Edgefield on several occa
sions, and was greatly beloved by
his relatives and esteemed by many
Outils and Their U?M.
Quins ar? things that are sometlmM
taken from the pinions of one gooat
to spread th? opinion? af ABOUM*
CLARK'S HILL NEWS.
Spring Days Welcomed. Wil
liam Sharptons Birthday Cel
ebrated. Mr. Geo. Whatley
Moves Into New Home.
[Written for Last Week.]
We have been water bound, wa
ter logged, mud soaked, and are
now in the throes of a blizzard.
We think we have been having
very hard luck.
The flood of ten days ago in the
Savannah river swept away the
greater part of the trestle across th?
Island which separates the two riv
ers, telegraph poles were washed
up, thus leaving us entirely without
direct communication with Augus
ta, mail and express from that point
being brought via Columbia. As
soon though as the waters subsided,
a force was put to work repairing
the damage, and the first traiu pass
ed over last Saturday afternoon,
since which time to our delight
they have been running fairly well
on schedu'e, a thing we had be
gun to believe well nigh impossi
Things are, moving along very
quietly with us. On acoount of the
continuous rains very little or
almost no farm work has been
done. The delicious balmy days of
last week would have been delight
ful for driving, but the thought of
the mud holes appalled us, so we de
cided we would enjoy the breeze
from the piazza r it her than risk a
smash-up on the road.
In spite though of all of those
"might be calamities, when we
were invited to the hospitable home
of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Sharpton to
celebrate the birthday of their Hon
William, we donned our most be
coming attire, refused to think of
the mud axle-deep, and went, de
termined to have a good time which
every ont always does with those
charming people. Mrs. Leggett
received U? at-the door ia her most
gracious 'msriuVr.-THF" were ~
ushered into the parlor where we
were welcomed by the host of the
occasion. Ue was in his happiest
humor that evening, and entertain
ed us with some original negro
dialect pieces, which he did most
excellently well. The mudie wa?
furnished by Mrs. Bradley and
Miss Katherine Adams on the
piano, and Mr. Henry Adams on
the violin, and was very much en
joyed. Mrs. Leggett had arranged
an interesting contest, which tested
our knowledge of our native trees,
as well as foreign. When the eve
ning came to an end as even de
lightful things must, we bade our
entertainers good bye, wishing that
Mr. Wm. Sbarpton might have
more than one birthday a year.
Mr. George Whatley has moved
into his new home, and has also
opened a store. Success should at
tend him in his mercantile business
as he bas had so much success in
that line. His opening day was a
good one. Already his place be
gins to assume a home like appear
ance, with barns and other build
ings. He will install a telephone
in a few days which puts him in
communication with all of his
Miss Caddie Meriwether is at last
convalescent from her long tedious
Messrs. Middleton and Adams
have fiuished their work on the tele
phone line which gives us the best
system we have ever had.
Continued Activity for the Boy
The Scout Master and assistant,
with the Council of Honor and
boys making application for mem
bership, met on Friday afternoon,
and furth ?r plans were made
for thorough organization. Books
have been ordered, and examina
tions will be made of all boys ap
plying to know if they are eligible
to membership. As soon as the
members are received uniforms will
be ordered, and the work will begin.
The bright sunshine and moder
ate weather brought out many peo
ple on Saturday who had been kept
in on account of the roads. A
larger number of people were on
our streets Saturday than at any
time before this year, and the streets
were crowded with wagons and