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J. L. arrjTS,.Editor
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fcARGESTi CIRCULATION IN
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 1912
Clocks will go as they are set; but
man, irregular man, is'never constant,
Interest Has Waned.
Two weeks ago it was general'v be
lieved that a sufficient number of
names could be obtained to have the
dispensary election " ordered but now
there is considerable doubt as to
whether the required number of voters
can be found who are willing to sign a
petition. Some who received petitions
have declined to circulate them, others
destroyed them, and still others who
made a beginning became discouraged
and gave it up.
The unsatisfactory way in which the
trains are being run on the Southern
railroad between Columbia and Au
gusta has been called to the attention
of the railroad commission, the chai
man of which has stated that he will
give the people along the line a hear
ing early in June concerning the mat
ter if the regular .schedule is not made
in the meantime. When a train that is
due in Augusta at 11:35 does not pass
Trenton until 12:30 or 1 o'clock, the
Southern should revise its schedule or
put on an additional train.
Facts Concerning Aiken County.
While the editor of The Advertiser |
was discussing the dispensary situa
tion with a gentleman a few days ago,
the latter pointed with evident satis
faction to the low tax rate in Aiken
county, which, according to his state
ment, was made possible through dis
pensary profits. Knowing that a dis
pensary increases the cost of county
government, we were unwilling to accept
the low-tax Aiken argument without
first investigating the matter.
The following facts and figures are I
taken from the report of the Comp- |
troller General for 1911, which must be f
accepted as the highest authority on I
the subject. The tax levy for county t
purposes in Edgefield last year was five
mills, while that of Aiken was two and
a half mills. Let us see, however,
whether the difference be due altogeth
er to dispensary profits or to the dif
ference in the amount of taxable prop
erty of the two counties. Edgefield is dis
tinctly an agricultural county, and
ranks among the poorest of the state,
while Aiken is both an agricultural and
industrial county, and ranks among
Edgefield has one small cotton mill,
while rn the Horse Creek Valley.Aiken
has six of the largest mills in this sec
tion of the country.
Edgefield has not a foot of electric
railroad while Aiken has the total mil
eage of the Augusta-Aiken trolley line.
Edgefield has only fifty miles of rail
road for taxation, while Aiken county
has a railway mileage of 150 miles, in
cluding the trolley line.
Edgefield has no tourist hotels, while
Aiken county has two that rank among
the finest in the South, representing
an investment of a million or more dol
lars, not to mention several well ap
pointed hotels in the town of Aiken for
Edgefield has no vast estates for tax
ation, while Aiken has doubtless
Score of highly improved estates owned
by northern capitalists.
Edgefield has no large towns within
her borders which afford a large
amount of valuable property for taxa
tion, while Aiken county has the town
of Aiken, North Augusta, and nearly a
score of smaller towns.
Edgefield's total taxable property is
valjpot only $4,308,447, while the
topf' taxable property of Aiken is
$?^298,670, or nearly three times as
great These figures which are abso
lutely correct show that the low tax
levy in Aiken county is due more to
the large amount of taxable property
than to dispensary profits. Everyone
knows that aa the total amount of tax
able property increases, the ?evy de
If Edgefield had the same amount of j
taxable property that Aiken has, 'in
stead Ot being five mills, the levy
would be less than that of Aiken county.
Not all of the amount paid into
Aiken's treasury should be regarded
as net profits for the tax payers, for
the dispensary proportionately in
creases the expenses of the courts and
county governments. The report of
the Comptroller General shows that
Aiken's rural police alone cost the
county about $4,000 last year.
The dispensary has never contributed
one dollar to the actual wealth of
Aiken county, such as building rail
roads, trolley line;-, tourist hotels or
Mr. C. W. Watson Gives Sensi
ble Views on the Situation.
Will there be another dispensary
in Edgefield county? I say "No,"
with emphasis on the "No." En
force the law as it is, and you will
have the best solution of the whis
key question. Yes, a blind tiger is
a pretty tough proposition, but not
half so bad as an open eyed mon
ster who is sanctioned and protected
by the state, county and church
member voters who b%ve said by
their words and actions when join
ing the church that they would live
for God and renounce ill evil for
the rest of their lives. '
I will say with Uncle Jv that yon
can count on my vote as one against
the dispensary, for I have a hatred
for whiskey and its attendant evils
which will make me fight it to
the last ditch whether sold by coun
ty, state or individual, legally or
illegally, as conditions and environ
ments have caused me to see almost
all kinds of evils arising from that
source. Ignorance can be excused,
but when I see men of education
and intelligence advocating the dis
pensary by circulating petitions, or
by putting up some flimsy argument
that wont really stand the test, it
fills my heart with grief. And to
think what these same men could
do, what an influence they could
wield for good if they would get on
the right side, and work for sobrie
ty and law enforcement.
Voters let. us keep the temptation
removed as far as possible from
the young, the weak, and the old
habitual drinker, then if they do
?ret it some time, some way, our
way will be clear. We can say? with
a clear conscience we have no lot
nor part in it.
"Wine is a mocker, strong drink
is raging, and whosever is deceived
thereby is not wise," and just so
lone as the temptation is in ready
reach of all, there will be people
who wu be deceived thereby. 4Woe
unto him that giveth his neighbor
Irink and maketh him drunken al
Remember dear voter, when you
irote to re-establish the dispensary,
rou are trying to place the bottle to
>rour neighbor's lips. Remember,
rou may make a drunkard of him,
ie may fill a drunkard's grave, he
nay leave behind him such an influ
mce for evil that would last until ?
jxabriel shall sound his trumpet.
Header, think twice before you sign ;
>r vote once. Remember if you sow
o the wind you will reap a whirl- ;
I want to say that I feel like tak
ng off my hat. to every man and \
vornan that have raised their voice j
igainst this vile traffic. I wish j
?very voter and reader of The Ad
vertiser would read Mrs. J. L. j
il i ms' paper on the "Organized j
bother Love" of Edgefield count}',
n last weeks Advertiser and Chron- j
cle, also Brother Minis' 20 reasons ,
vhy we should not want the dispen
ary, and other splendid pieces, from j
vriters, and the business men of .
I see no reason for Dr. Jeffries
>eing censured for what he has said ]
n his good and timely piece. It is a ,
act that whiskey breeds and nour
shes and walks hand in hand with
in, vice and crime of almost all de
lominations. Why then will some
>eople uphold one, when they would
nake you think some of the others
ire so unmentionable? Again you
viii hear some silly men say, I
hink the preacher is getting out of
lis place when he says something a
ittle out of the usual way. 1 say it
s right for pastor and. church mern
>ers to cry aloud against surround
ng or approaching sin and evils;
rom pulpit, press or hill top, if J
lecessary, to impxess the truth,
vhether it be privat?, ??public or po- '
itical. If they don't do it, who will? I
In conclusion, I will say, I love 1
ill. men and hope 1 have said noth- '
ng in these few scattering thoughts 1
mrriedly written to offend, but I 1
late the whiskey business in any
vay,shape or form, therefore I can
?ot refrain from expressing my
?ews on the enemy which would
nvade our dear old county again,
f not side tracked by those who
ove peace and good order.
Yours for no dispensary, but for
aw enforcement of the prohibitory
itatutes as tbey now stand.
C. W. Watson.
Joy riding is no longer risky; Ifs
& dead certainty.-Baltimore Evening
Laymen's Meeting at Berea a
The first number of a contem
plated beries of meetings in the in
terest of the Layman's movement
was held Sunday last at Berea
church in this county. An unusu
ally large crowd was in attendance,
and the meeting in every respect
was a most pronounced success.
The meeting was opened with de
votional exercises conducted by
president F. N. K. Bailey of the S.
C. C. L, who is chairman of the
movement in the Edgefield associa
tion. These exercises were followed
by an address on "The consecrated
layman" by Capt. Ravenelle B. Cur
ry, professor of English at the S. C.
The audience was then favored
with a vocal selection and a recital
of the 23rd Psalm rendered in the
Chinese language by Harold, Ro
land and Faith Snuggs, children of
Dr. and Mrs. Snuggs who are mis
sionaries in China. Master Roland
Snuggs then gave an interesting
reading entitled, "Is it Nothing to
You, O, Ye Christians?"
The second speaker of the morn
ing was Mr. 0. Sheppard, a promi
nent member of the local bar. Mr.
Sheppard spoke most ably on the
subject of foreign missions. .
The audience was then given an
hour for dinner. A most delight
ful dinner was served in abundance
on the church grounds.
The address of the afternoon ses
sion was delivered by Col. Bailey,
who spoke on the duty of the lay
man in supporting home missions.
Another interesting feature of the
afternoon session was the showing
of the heathen idols, and photo
graphs of temples and various
places of worship in the foreign
The church was crowded with an
attentive and appreciative audience
and this, the first meeting of a se
ries to be held throughout the
association, is believed to have ac
complished much good in arousing
the laymen to a full realization of
their duty in the various spheres of
Trenton News Items
Farm work has been going on
nicely for the past two weeks. Corn
is coming up and will soon be ready
for the first working. The small
grain crop is looking somewhat
promising at present. Mr. J. M.
Swearingen has a very beautiful
patch of wheat the finest we have
seen this season.
Asparagus is being shipped now.
As many as 190 crates were shipped
from here one day. Owing to the ex
tremely late season the prices are
not so good as they were last year.
Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Posey are re
ceiving congratulation? upon the ar
rival of a fine girl at their home on
All the teachers of the school will
attend the state educational associa
tion in Charleston the latter part of
Mr. F. P. Bryan is erecting a
handsome residence on church ave
It is rumored very generally that
two of our young men are to bring
in their "better halves'' in the near
We note with regret the continued
indisposition of our genial and
popular townsman, Maj. J. M.
VVue. Mrs. Wise who has been sick
for some time is very much im
proved we are glad to say.
The fortieth anniversary of the
Founding of the Ebenezer church
md Sunday school will be celebrat
ed the 2nd Sunday in June.
Little Margaret Courtney came
lome last week after spending six
?veeks in Darlington county.
"Do you know anything about Eu
ripides r asked the erudite relativa
"A little," replied the young man with
narva "And what are your impres
sions?" "Well, what I have seen ot
his stuff convinces me that he wrote a
mighty poor bond.'*
. I have been reading such nice let
ters from the schools, so I thought
[ would. try.
We are going to school every
lay and learning fast, and have a
Ejood teacher. We all love her very
much and enjoy going to school and
keeping our school house neat. Some
of the children are out of the school
on account of measles.
Mr. Jim Talbert made a visit to
our school a few days ago, and we
were all glad to have him and will
welcome him back again.
We had an Easter hunt at our
Behool house last Friday, and a lot
of the prettiest eggs I ever saw
were there. A great many were there,
and a prize was given to Mack
Wood for finding the most eggs.
Mr. Leslie Talbert has been sick
with measles, but is better now.
Miss Lydia Holmes from Red
Hill is visiting friends, and her
brother Mr. Walter Holmes.
FRUIT ALWAYS FRESH
If you want the choicest fresh fruit always come to us.
Shipments received almost daily. We buy in large quantities
and sell as cheap ?s the city stores. Choice candies of all
kinds. Full assortment of cigars and tobaccos.
Drop in and refresh yourself with our cold drinks. You are
Edgefield Fruit Store,
Next Door to
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
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