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EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, MAY 29,1912
Sunday School Convention
Held at Harmony on
For a number of years it has been
the custom of the Sunday school
.workers of the several denomina
tions in the county to hold annually
a joint conference or convention to
the end that through an exchange
of ideas and comparison of methods
more efficient service may be ren
dered. This convention was held
at Harmony last Thursday. In
many respects the occasion was ideal.
The weather was all that could have
been desired. The attendance,
though not as large as on some for
mer occasions, was composed in the
main of earnest Christian work?rs.
The addresses and papers were well
prepared and very helpful, practi
cally every topic being thoroughly
discussed. The music was inspir
ing and added greatly to the pleas
ure of the day. The spirit of the
occasion was beautiful, all secta
rian lines being for the time com
Harmony is par excellence one of
the foremost convention communi
ties of tl". county; made so by the
prosperity, progressiveness, public
spirit and generous hospitality of
its people. Probably in no other
section of the county do the fields
yield richer harvests than do
the broad and fertile acres that
have added to Harmony's fame as
an agricultural community. The
magnificent country homes around
'Harmony show that the people ex
pend the returns from their labor
wisely, installing telephones
and other modern conve
niences that are found in a well ap
pointed town residence. Would
that there were more rura! commu
nities in South Carolina like Har-,
mony. Were country life rendered |
as attractive generally as it is here,
there would be no need for the cry,
'Back to the farm," for boys
would be satisfied on the farm in
Istead of being lured away by the
I glamor of town and city life.
The delegates and visitors were
[welcomed by the pastor, Rev. E. H.
Beckham, and by Mr. Gamewell
Smith, Col. W. J. Talbert respond
ing in behalf of the convention,
^he reorganization of the conven
tion was effected by the election of
the following officers: Rev. P. E.
Monroe, pastor of the Lutheran
church at Johnston, president; Mr.
G. M. Smith vice-president, and
L. G. Watson, secretary and treas
urer. Rev. R. G. Shannoahouse
was the presiding officer for the
past three yeaiand the work of
the convention prospered under his
The first topic discussed was "a
county standard." In the absence
[of the regularly assigned speaker,
[the state president, Rev. R. G.
(?hannonhouse was called upon. He
?ailed at sntion to the very lax
tethods that usually obtain in Sun
lay school work and urged the
ime high standard that i3 set in
lusiness and other matters.
"How to organize our townships"
ras discussed in its several phases
>y B. E. Nicholson, W. B. Cog
km, Col. W. J. Talbert and G. F.
jong. While all urged the impor
mce of organization they '.noosed
In effort at township organization
Jpon the ground that the townships
if the countylack symmetry and reg
ularity. The plan of community
Organization was urged.
It was generally regretted that
liss Vandiver, the state field sec
fetary was absent.
Department work was discussed
>y Rev. J. R. Walker, P. N. Lott,
B. Marsh and others. In keep
ng with the spirit of the age which
s to specialize, Sunday schools find
he plan of dividing the school into
several departments, each under an |
?fficient leader, to be very effective.
''he school as a whole can be render
sd more attractive by mak
ing each of the departments
ittractive. As a result of the dis
cussion of this topic the conven
tion appointed the following de
partment superintendents; Cradle
roll, Mrs. J. H. White; Elementa
ry, Mrs. Mamie Tillman; Organiz
adult Bible, J. W. Marsh; Teach
er training, B. E. Nicholson; Home,
[rs. P. B. Day; Missions, Miss
[artha Dorn; Temperance, Mrs. J.
The program for ?he forenoon
being completed the contention ad
journed for one hour. Ifsuch were
possible, the good people otHar
mony made a new record for tVeni
selves iu the matter of dispensing
hospitality. The manner in which
the long table under the oaks was
heaped with everything nice to eat
indicated that the hosts and hos
tesses of the occasion expected a
greater number than were present.
After all had withdrawn from the
table a sufi ciency was left to feed
as many more. Considering the
princely manner in which they were
entertained, no wonder some of the
delegates expressed a desire to have
Harmony made the permanent meet
ing place of the convention.
Immediately after reassembling
in the church after the social hour,
Col. W. J. Talbert and Mr. W. G.
Ouzts gave a running, nevertheless
very interesting, report of the state
convention which was held at
One of the best addresses of the
day was that by Prof. G. F. Long
made upon the theme, 'The Sun
day school standard." He was fol
lowed by Rev. E. II. Beckham who
spoke interestingly of the "Sunday
school organized." Mr. Arthur S.
Tompkins and Mr. J. M. Cobb,
both of whom have had extensive
experience, as superintendents, spoke
on the Sunday school superinten
'"The child we teach" was the
subject of a paper that was writtr J
by Mrs. J. L. Mims. As Mrs. Mims
could not be present she requested
Mrs. Mamie Tillman to read the pa
per. The next topic, "Securing
men and women for the adult Bibie
class,', was discussed by Mr. A. S.
The last item on the program
was a very earnest address by Ml.
,S. McG. Sirakins, the subject be
ing "Spiritnal preparation of the
teacher." Mr. Simkins spoke with
characterise ; vigor and his address
W?i3 well receiv?3; ' hoi?teg ibu olo'e
est attention of the audience des
pite the lateness of the hour.
But few, if any churches in the
county a.e more thoroughly organ
ized or do more effective work than
Harmony. And in the matter of
singing, this church easily ranks
first amor.g the rural churches. No
feature of the convention added so
mush to the real pleasure of the oc
casion as the music under the lead
ership of the well organized choir.
Mrs. G. tcM. Smith presided at the
There is a growing sentiment in
favor of making the session of the
convention two days instead of one.
In order to complete the work of
the convention in one day there is
constant rush which not only mars
the pleasure of the meeting to some
extent but renders it less profitable.
It would be well for the executive
committee to take the matter under
consideration before the holding of
the convention of 1913.
The convention will meet next
year with the Baptist church at
Clod Hopper Comments on
Resolutions From Plum
To the Edgefield Advertiser:
I noticed in the Edgefield Chron
icle of last week a resolution that
was passed by a school meeting at
Plum Branch, condemning the ac
tion of the county convention for
endorsing Senator Tillman, for the
United States Senate. I guess the
delegates that attended the conven
tion are not at all surprised at the
westside especially the county of
Plum Branch, as they well know
how she has always stood. If it
had been at a fish fry instead of a
school meeting the resolutions would
have been passed just the same.
There are a few of us that don't
believe that such actions will cut
much ice with what has been done
by the convention. It reminds me
of the fellow that stays away from
church and then grumbles about
what was done in conference.
Ci od Hopper.
Plum Branch, S. C.
The large amount of millinery
business which we have done up to
now has forced us to re-buy a new
stock, so you can find everything
you can mention in our millinery
department. Give us a trial before
you buy your hat. Rubenstein.
Commencement Exercises on
Sunday and Monday. Mrs.
Eppes Holds'; Reception
The commencement exercises of
the Johnston high school began on
Sunday muming with the sermon
before the graduating class. The au
ditorium had been decorated with
flowers and green foliage and a
frieze in red and white, the class
colors, festooned the stage. Upon
the stage were seated the faculty,
the graduating class, the local min
is ere and the board of trustees. The
s .raon was preached by Rev. R. S.
Tiaesoale, ox the South Caro1*:*
conference, now pastor at Trinity,'
Charleston, and his text was theStist
verse of the 5th chapter of Mat
thew. Rev. Truesdale is a man of
pleasing personality, ar \ his dis
course was a very poetical one,
and his icleas were corched in such
earnest and simple words so that
the smallest school child might
gather a thought, and no doubt he
has sown seed that \. ll tell in their
future years. He held the undivided
attention of all, Trom beginning to
end. Following is program of the
exercises of the morning:
Anthem: "March on, O ye sol
diers true," C. Damion.
Invocation: Rev. P. E. Monroe.
Scripture reading: Rev. E. H.
Offertory: "On the wing of song"
Hymn 38: "They stand, those
halls of Zion."
Sermon: Rev. R. S. Truesdale.
Anthem :"The pilgrims of night,"
Hyiun 53: "Glorious things of
thee are spoken."
Benediction: Dr. W..S. Dorset.
On Sunday evening at the M. E.
church Rev. ?Truesdale^-jjg?^^Mj-.
HeaThim again. A large audience
A very pleasant social affair of
the past week, was on Thursday af
ternoon, when Mrs. J. A. Dobey
entertained with an at home, com
plimentary to her sister, Miss Mal
tha Dora, of Parksville. Two re
ceiving boure were had, the young
matrons calling from 5 to 5:40 and
the young ladies from 6 to 7 o'clock.
The guests were welcomed by Mes
dames J. A. Lott and Hattie Par
rish and fruit nectar was served by
Misses Nell Beckham and Annie
Harrison. Beautiful bowls of pink
roses added beauty and fragrance
to the rooms.
As an amusement for the young
ladies a livelj contest, "A man
hunt," occupied the time, and the
most successful in the pursuit were
Misses Louelle Norris and Eva
Rushton. They cut for the prise, a
dainty fan which was won by Miss
Norris. The consolation, a "cooky
man" fell to Miss Zena Piyne.
During the hours, refreshing bmon
ices with cake were served tc all.
The board of trustees of thi high
school for the coming tern were
elected last week and were J?essrs.
W. M. Wright, M. T. Tuner, J.
L. Walker, C. D. Kenny, W. M.
Satcher and Walter Derrick?
Miss Angelle Andrews anc Hallie
White have returned from a two
week's visit to Columbia.
Miss Lizzie Tarrant, ol Bates
burg, is the guest of MissMarion
The remains of Mr. D. E. Ful
more, who was killed in Augusta
last Friday afternoon, werebrought
here on Saturday afternoo to the
home of his father and he inter- '.
ment was made at Philipi church
on Sunday. At the time of Is death,
Mr. Fulmore was a condctor on
the electric cars, and th news of ]
his death came as a great hock to
the family. During his yang man- 1
hood, he was a student atibe high
school here, and he lea^s several f
sisters and brothers. He ras about
25 years of age. Five of ht friends ]
in the same employ cam up from
Augusta on Sunday to ttend the 1
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Epes enter
tained on Thursday evaing last t
complimentary to the stior class
of the high school, of nich their
son is a member, the graduates ]
being Misses Eula Satch^ Antoin- j
ette Denny, Helen Lewis,Sue Tim- 1
merman, Kathleen H?rtend Fran- e
ces Pratt Andrews, an Messrs. (
Beverly Eppes, StantooLott and
Robert Kenny. The front porch was
lllurmued with Japanese lanterns
and ^refreshing punch was served
out hjere by Misses Lucea Eppes,
Frances and Bessie Ford Turner,
Annis Holmes Harrison and Loise
Asbejl. Progressive travel was en
joyed and Miss Dessie Stewart made
the highest score, receiving the
prize, and Miss Annie Crouch, the
consolation. In a contest game, Miss
Helen Lewis won first prize and
Miss .Kathleen Hart the consolation.
A salad course was served in the
dining room, followed by ices and
sweets, and toasts were given to
the graduating class by Prof. W. C
Curry, and Miss Dessie Stewart,
which were responded to by Mr,
Stanton Lott in a most happy man
ner. Souvenirs of the occasion were
pennants bearing the college colors.
Misses Kate and Fannie Pruitt
,*nd Maggie Derrick are at home
rrom Coker college, Harville.
Mr. and Mrs. John Wright and
Joe Cox went over to Columbia to
be present at the graduation of
Miss Elma Pitts, of Saluda, is
the guest of Miss Sara Stevens.
Mrs-Charles Early, of Florence,
is spencling awhile at the home of
her fltfier Mr. Will Satcher.
Madames J. M. Turnerand Kate
Crouoh spent last week at Leesville
with their niece, Mrs. Walter Hen
Dr. W. S. Dorset has accepted
the call to the pastorale of the Bap
tist church at Macon, Ga. The call
was extended a few months aero,
and he has had it under considera
Trenton Correspondent Sends
Interesting Account of Com
The commencement exercises
were pleasant in every detail. The
serroontyreached by Dr. Thayer of
Ridge Spring, was indeed a practv
cal disburse and notably appro
^P^^?^rrBu?l? "ali ' C^CW??OA-- Uti
preached from the parable of th
builder and impressed the necessity
of a good foundation for service
The entertainment by the school
was good. The children acted
their pails in a creditable manner.
Prizes were presented to the follow
ing for excellence: Highest aver
age in all work for the year to Miss
Luna Mae Kirkland; ape1 Ung to
Miss Smily Shafter; best work in
/th grade, Miss Nubia Shafter; at
tendarce in primary department,
Leo Kirkland; essay in high school,
Miss Collie Wise. The following
is the program :
Welcome song, school.
Welcome address, Fred Salter
Cavilry march, Mary Helen Har
rison and Ruth Long. G. F.
Cradle song, small girls
"Uncle Peter's Visit to the
School", Henry Salter. Edith Her
long, Mary Harrison, Louise
Paradise in Peri, pariomine. .
Christmas tree r ch, Miriam
Holland, Helen -,n, Natalie
Farmers son- jail boys
Norwegian ..uter's march, Julia
Wise and Laurie Moore. W. P.
The proverb party
Le Papillon, Miss Mattie Harri
son. Calixa Larallee.
Recitation, Sabe Miller.
Ten little Indian boys.
Play in Two Parts, "Our Awful Aunt."
Mrs. Hasleton, a widow, Miss
Alice, her daughter, Miss Fannie
Carrie Benton, engaged to Frank,
Miss Estelle Harrison
Ma i!da Johnson, an awful aunt,
Miss Ruth Salter
Frank Hasleton, Alice's brother,
Arthus Wallace, a fop and vil
ian, Carlton Rogers
Pete, Mrs. Hasleton's colored
iervant, Barlow Duncan
David Mann, Wallace's accom
plice, Mike Herlong
Return of the heroes. Miss Bla
ock and Miss Ruth Long. H.
"Nearer my God to Thee," pan
Don't fail to look over our mil
inery department before you buy
four hat as we have a complete
ine of ready trimmed hats and
ihapes and flowers, and our milliner
ian trim your hat while you wait.
Sympathy Expressed For Mr.
and Mrs. A. V. Buss ey. In
terest in Masonry Re
The sympathy and earnest
prayers of our entire west-side go
out to our esteemed friends, Mr
and Mrs. Vess Bussey of Modoc, in
the loss of their second daughter,
Mrs. Ray Humphries, of Union.
Mrs. Humphries was accomplished,
a graduate of the S. C. C. L, and
taught up to the time she met and
married Mr. Ray Humphries who
was then county superintendent of
education of Union county. Miss
Carrie, the oldest daughter, who
married Mr. Gordon Bozwell, died
a few years ago in exactly the same
way. Oh, it does seem so strange to
finite mortals for two bright, edu
cated young women, right on the
threshold of ,usefulness to be called
away so young. For two daughters
of the same family, so well equip
ped to fight life's battles to die in
so short a time, is quite remarkable,
and is a blow to the fond parents,
that only the grace of God can as
suage. May God bless them, ?nd
cause this affliction to work for
them a far more exceeding weight
Col. W. J. Talbert went as a
delegate last week to the inter-de
nominational convention which met
at Harmony. He reported yesterday
in Sunday school a good meeting,
and stated that Parksville was the
only Baptist Sunday school repre
sented from the west-side.
Miss Lutie Strom of Rehoboth,
who has been attending the graded
school at Timmonsville returned
home yesterday to the delight of
her many friends. Her brothers,
Messrs. Rudolf and Boat Strom
met her, spending the night at the
home of relatives.
Mr. Press Culbreath and wife
Trom" Rehoboth "were Welcomed
visitors at Parksville last week.
Mrs. Culbreath was before mar
riage Miss Mattie Strom, the daugh
ter of our esteemed friends, Mr.
and Mrs. Butler Strom.
Messrs. Oscar Tiramerman, Cab
Key and Jim Hamilton of Red Oak
Grove and Modoc were made en
tered apprenticed Masons at a rcgu
lar communication of Parksville
lodge last Saturday night. Masonry
seems to be experiencing a great re
vival, application having been made
for a new Masonic lodge at Red
Mrs. C. Robertson and beautifu
daughter, Maggie Mae, and bright
little Ward of our town spent the
week end in Augusta visiting rela
Mrs. John Ed Morgan and. Mr.
E. H. Cartledge, who have both
been quite sick we are glad to say
Miss Carrie Cotton who is ai
tending Osborne's business' college,
ts up on a visit to home folks.
Mr. and Mrs. Harv Drennan are
[)ff on a visit to relatives of Mr.
Drennan at Verdery.
Mrs. J. C. Parks, nee Jennie
Bronson, was called on Sunday
norning to to the home of Mr. Joe
Edmunds, her brother-in-law at Ab
beville. Mr. Edmunds has recently
indergone two serious abdominal
>perations and we learn bas to be
lent to the hospital for the third
Great weeping and lamentation
s said to have taken place last week
vhen Miss Carrie Sue Tompkins
ook the train for her new home in
Columbia. Miss Carrie Sue is the
>retty daughter of Mrs. Joe Tomp
:ins, who will herself shortly move
o Columbia. When we heard of
his lamentation we immediately
?unted up "Watson" and "L. F."
md offered our condolence.
Miss Mary Blackwell left Satur
lay morning with her brother, Mr.
Toe Blackwell, for a fortnights
tay in Spartanburg. Mr. Blackwell
rho bas been sick so long has been
lown from his Spartanburg home
ecuperating among relatives.
A little rain would do the far
cers good now, as the clay lands
re getting hard. Mr. R. S. Ridle
ioover says he has some cotton that
rou can hear 150 yards grunting
rying to come up.
Mrs. Jack Reel of your town is
dsiting at the home of Mr. R. N.
edmunds. Mrs. Reel says she hasn't
>een to Parksville since the dedica
ion of the Parksville church, and
realizing that it had been a long
time she added,.that she was very
small then. We all give her a broad
Mrs. Sanford and Miss Dessie
left last week and "Sick's" eyes have
been r<jd. "Sick" has the sympathy
of many another fellow in a like
Miss Martha Dorn has returned
home after a ten days sojourn with
her sister in the goodly town of
The B. Y. P. U. was well at
tended last night and Bro. J. M.
Bussey made a very instructive talk
on South America and our missions
and needs. More Anon.
Tribute to Lillie May Humphries
By a Loving Friend.
When the news reached Edge
field, that Lillie May Bussey Hum
phries had breathed her last on
last Saturday morning at 6 o'clock,
her many friends here were shocked
Having known her from infancy,
and having had her in my home for
two year3, and loving her as I did,
I feel inclined in my humble way
to write a few lines as a loving
tribute to her memory.
WeU do I remember years ago,
when it was my privilege to help
train the children at Modoc, how
willingly she would ^.always do her
part. In my imagination, I can see
her now, a little tot of only a few
summers, as she recited for the first
time in church; with her little out
stretched hands,she repeated: "God
loves a cheerful giver. Give us
something for the little children."
That was her first attempt at elocu
tion, but by no means the last.
She possessed a bright mind, and
her doting parents spared neither
pains nor money in cultivating her
talents. She made good use of hei
importunities, and just three years
agp graduated at the S. C. C. I.
with high honors. Her parents felt
well repaid then,, for all the sacri
fices they had made for the fine
record she had made in school.
She possessed all those qualities
of mind and heart, that it takes to
make a true woman. She was mod
est and reserved, at the same time
always ready to defend the right.
Duty was her watchword, and sh?
never shirked it; was always ready
md willing to perform any duty
required of her by the church.
Nearly two years ago, she was mar
ried to Mr. Ray Humphries of Un
ion. Their married life, though
short, was a happy one.
How our heart goes out to her
leart broken parente, husband,
crothers and sisters, knowing how
hey loved her, and how I wish I
jould give some word of consola
ion, but we can only point them to
i loving Saviour who alone can
rive comfort. We cannot under
tand these things now, but, "Some
ime we'll understand."
May the sweet and gentle spirit
?f Lillie May rest on her little sis
ers, and may her life be an inspU
ation to her loved ones here.
One who loved her dearly,
fhomas Gray Held on Charge
A policeman came from Aiken
londay afternoon, placed Thomas
rray under arrest and took him to
he Aiken jail. Gray is charged
nth the murder of Mrs. Carl Sharp
en of Vaucluse. The accused
rent to Augusta Thursday and re
amed to Vaucluse, accompanied by
Ir. Carl Sharpton. While he was
t Sharpton'8 home Mrs. Sharpton
ame from the cotton mill complain
ig of being ill.
Gray is said to have given Mrs.
harpton a dose of medicine from
bottle he produced from his pock
t. This is said to have been fol
>wed by another and then a third
ose. The woman died sometime
The coroner of Aiken county held
a inquest and the jury held Gray
?sponsible for the death. The
;omach of the dead woman was
mt to Charleston for examination.
It is not believed here that Mr.
.ray intended to take the life of
[rs. Sharpton but that, if he gave
Br the medicine, an overdose was
robably unintentionally adminis
A large shipment of new shapes
ad flowers just arrived. Rubenstein