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EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, MAY 28.1913
Closing Exercises o? Johnston
High School Held-Vets in
Attendance Upon Con
The commencement began on
Sunday morning with the devotion
al exercises of the High School, the
sermon being preached in the school
auditorium. The day was an ideal
one and there was such a full at
tendance, seats were not available
for all. The stace of the auditorium
was decorated in the class colors,
pink and blue, and foliage plants
made a pretty background. Seated
here were the ministers of the town,
and Rev. H. A. McCullough, pastor
of St. Paul's Lutheran church, Co
lumbia, superintendent William
Fletcher Scott,,with the other mem
bers of the faculty, the six young
lady graduates, Misses Lottie and
Isabel Bean, .Mattie Jordan, Eulis
Padgett, Mary Lucia Mobley and
Eva Crouch, and the trustees of
the school, Rev. P. E. Monroe,
Messrs. W. M. Wright, M. T. Tur
ner, C. D. Kenny, J. L. Walker
and W. C. Derrick. Just previous
to the service, the school entered in
. a body, each of the ll grades, head
ed by the teacher, and occupied
front seats. The order of service
was as foliows: Doxology, invoca
tion, hymn, "Love divine;" script
ure reading, Rev. E. H. Beckham;
quartette, '"Somewhere;" prayer,
Rev. P. E. Monroe; off era tory, mu
sic, "Dedication;" anthem, ''The
watchword," Sermon, Rev. H. A.
McCullough; hymn, "Oh worship
the king," Bcndiction. Rev. Mc
Cullough, took as his text, a verse
from the gospel of St. Luke. "Thou
shalt love the Lord thy God with
all thy heart, with all thy soul, with
; thy strength with all thy might and
thy neighbor as thyself." Thedis
V^colirs?'wayTopl?t?' with many good
thoughts, and considered by all a
very fine one. . The music was es
pecially attractive and Miss Lila
Maud Willis the accomplished in
structor in music presided at the
Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Holland, of
Trenton spent Sunday here with
Miss Effie Hart who has a posi
tion in Americus, Ga., is enjoying
a vacation at the home of her moth
er Mrs. Victoria Hart.
Miss Bertha Woodward is at
home from a visit to relatives in
Messrs. Junius Biiley and Allen
Duncan ?idson, are two of the
graduates at Newberry college, the
exercises to take place this week.
The following have gone to Chat
tanooga to attend the re-union.
Judge J. G. Mobley, Messrs. Lewis
and Tom Holmes, L. C. Claxton,
j. D. Eidson, W. T. Walton, J. R.
Wright and Mr. G. P. Cobb and
his daughter, Miss Sue Sloan.
Miss Mallie Waters is spending
this week in Augusta with her sis
ter, Miss Annie Waters.
Mr. and Mrs. Merrell^fof Augus
ta, were visitors recently at the
home of Mr. H. W. Crouch.
The members of the new centu
ry club will end their meetings for
the summer, with a moonlight pic- 1
nie, which will be held at the home
of one of the members, Mrs. J. W.
Marsh. Besides the club there will
1D? a number of others invited and
the affair is pleasantly anticipated.
Mrs. Frances Howard Williams
was hostess for the Pi Tau club on
Wednesday afternoon, and with
charming cordiality and pleasantly
arranged means of entertainment,
she made the hours happy ones for
the guests. Refreshments were eerv- :
ed during the time. 1
Mr. Claud Lott has purchased
the lot and residence owned by Mr.
Rev. P. E. Monroe, pastor of the i
Lutheran church, will deliver the ,
address before the graduating class .
of Summerland college. Although
this is the first year of the college,
there are three graduates. i
Mr. J. Wi Marsh 6pent the past
week in Charleston with his son,
John Fleming Marsh. i
Mr. Barney Jordan who was
operated on for appendicitis, last 1
week, at the. Augusta hospital, is
Mr. and Mrs-, Carr, of Augusta,
are domiciled at the home of Mr.
Charles Pech man, Mr. Carr being a
traveling salesman on the road.
Mrs. Sallie Collett, is visiting her
daughter, Mrs. James Wright, -who
lives near lown.
Messrs. Hugh C. Mitchel, Bever
ly Eppes and Bennie Parker spent
Sunday here at the home of the for
mer's sister, Mrs. W. M. Wright.
Mrs. Morgan, #of Greenville, was
herewith her daughter during the
two days of commencement
Deserved Tribute to a Faithful
and Highly Respected Col
The thin gray line of the old sol -
dierand the thin dark line of the
old ex-slave are ever pursuing par
alel courses. Forty-eight years have
reduced the ranks of both to an in
finitesraal numbers and ere long
both lines will have disappeared,
and nothing will be known of either
eave what is recordeo of them.
The subject of this sketch is only
an humble old colored man. an old
ex-slave of the Lake family, a vet
eran of the war in the capacity of a |
body servant of Mr. Felix Lake,
deceased-*'war Feel" as he was
known-and it is but just that some
recognition of his services, and
some mention of bis death be made.
Andrew McKelvin who was in his
69th year died on the old planta
tion of ibe late Col. S. W. Nichol
son on Friday night last and was
buried at Pleasant Grove church on
Saturday afternoon. He may have
bad his faults as do all mortals, but
nevertheless he fulfilled his mission
in the humble walks of life in which
he was assigned by the wise benefi
cent creator. No one can now es
timate tbp value of the services of
this old colored n an on the battle
fields, during the war assisting the
wounded and quenching the thirst
of tbe dying. During the latter
days of the war in a skirmish on i
Cheraw river he was wouuded by a j
shell from the enemy and suffered (
the effects of it to the day of his ,
death. He was always loyal to the J
white people and clung -to his o?d
master's family with that devotion
which is sacred and peculiar or ?
we may say characteristic only of
the old negro slave.
''One by oi.e they pas6 away, }
Cross the : .ver one by one: ,
And the shadows of to-day .
Darken the departing sun."
Elmwood, S. C. W. D. O. ,
Secretary Bryan and Liquor.
It will not be denyed by anyone, j
we suppose, that Secretary of State, ,
William Jennings Br3'an, is better
liked to-day than at any time in j
the history of his public life. Ev
erything that he says now, and ho .
has spoken nip.ny hundreds of times ,
toese twenty-odd years, is heralded ,
broadcatt over the land, and he
never says anything that is not
calculated to do somebody good,
whether he is speaking on ques- j
tions of State, religion or morals. ,
The other day he addressed the ?
Boy Scouts in Washington on the
subject of Temperance, and what
he said is worth repeating. Citing
his own record as an example for '
th?=i young Mr. Bryan declared:
"I ?earned when I was a boy to '
be a total abstainer. I do not re- 1
member when 1 first signed the j
pledge. It is so far back that I
cannot recall it. (
"1 know that some draw a dis- j
tinction between the use of liquor ?
by boys and the usc of liquor by ,
men. I presume there is scarcely a
person who would stand in a public ?
place and advocate the i se of li- r
quor by boys. Everybody recog- [
nizes that liquor is nota good thing
for bo vs.
I have now been of age thirty- ?.
two years and I have found that \
there is no use for alcohol after one
ceases to be a boy, and I only hope (
you will be able to maintain and to a
keep the pledge while you are grow- x
ing, and I hope will see no reason j
*&er yon are grown for changing
your habits of life on this sub- e
*'I appreciate the compliment you j
pay me. because the opinion of boys ^
ts not only a compliment, but it z
has its usefulness. \
*\l shall feel that I have not lived ^
antirely in vam if by abstaining ^
from intoxicating liquors and bev
erages, I have given my strength ^
to any one and helped him to resist ?
Coming as it does from so dis- f
tinguished andsuocessful a man these *
words should sink deep into thc |
heart cf uld and young alike.- t
PLUM BRANCH NEWS.
Brilliant Entertainment at Close
of School. Many Visitors
Come and go. Drought
Well, school has closed. Joy has
oome to the heart of many boys and
girls, for vacation is always wel
come. A three-hour program was
enjoyed by a very large crowd on
May 9th at the school house. Every
thing was arranged very daintily on
the stage, and the many-pupils made
the hearts of the people feel light
for awhile. Everything was carried
out perfectly. The credit and praise
were given to Mr. and Mrs. C. H.
Fowler for the well carried out pro
gram. A very few realized that they
were the ones who toiled very
hard in practicing and drilling the
children. Their friends were very
sorry to see them leave on Sunday
morning after the entertainment on
Friday night. They stopped over at
Clark's Hill and .Meriwether until
Tuesday morning with \,wo of his
pupils, Misses Vera Fowler and
Those who atteuded the Sunday
school convention at Clark's Hill
from our town were: Messrs. B. H.
Covington, Watkins Collier, T. D.
Miner, R. H. Banks, Miss Lula
Self and Dr. and Mrs. J. B. Adams.
They repoit a fine time.
Miss Lula Self remained over a
week visiting two of her school
mates, Misses Fowler and Adams/
She returned last Wednesday after
noon and brought Katherine back
with her. Katherine w is warmly
welcomed by Dr. audt Mrs. Adams
Wednesday night, and at Lula's*
home Thursday. They went to Mc
Cormick that evening and attended
services at the Methodist chu
She returned to her hon
morning near Mer
A serious accident occurred'
Monday morning at'Piura Branch, j
The 12-year-old BO^%f 'T?h M:^f
Wideman was running a harrow
when the horses became frightened
sind ran away cutting one of the
child's feet very badly, and bruising
the other one. We hope that time
will bring on rapid improve
Mr. T. E. Cochran has purchased
a. new automobile. Mr. Cochrr a and
Mr. J. C. Self made a quick trip to
Greenwood in his new car last
Misses Sudi? and Ida Bell Self
bave been spending a few days in
McCormick with relatives and
friends. Ida Bell returned home
Friday morning and Sudie remained
for a few days longer.
Mr. Clayton Morgan of Rehoboth,
lection who has been attending
ichool in Columbia surprised his
lome folks with a short visit last
Saturday and Sunday. He is look
ug well and seems as happy as
Miss Irene Holloway is spending
i few days at the home of Mr. and
VIrs. W. H. Parks. Mrs. Park's
.rained nurse returned to Augusta
Thursday, and we are glad to say
.hat Mrs. Parks is steadily improv
Master John Adams of Meriwetlf
;r spent this last week with Dr. and
Hrs. Adams. Uncle Jimmy" ie
ooking fine and he says he feels
nuch better than usual.
Mrs. J. R. Griifis and little son
ind daughter, Aminee and D. P.
nade a quick visit to home folks a
ew days ago.
Miss Sudie Self and her brother,
lohn, spent last Saturday night and
>unday at Cleora with their sister,
Mrs. Griifis. They report a fine time.
MisB Esther Lassiter left for An
leison Thursday morning (where
the moved from in July) to visit
.elatives. She will probably return
n a week.
A Sunday school picnic was giv
tn in the grove at the school bouse
i few days ago. A large crowd was
nesent, and au exciting baseball
rame was played on the ball grounds
tt'ter dinner by the school and city
>oys, ending 14 to 15 in favor of
chool. It seemed to be enjoyed 1
Miss Nellie Bodie went to Geor- 1
ria to the burial of a cousin last
Mr. W. S. Simpson of Laurens
ipent the day with us Friday. Mr.
siuipbon used to make this town his
leadquarters, and after leaving it,
lid not return again in some lime
Misses Eva and Effie Adams and
their brother, Frank, spent a few
days recently with Dr. and Mrs.
Every thing is needing rain very
badly up here.
Once-a-Month Preaching Out
In solving the country church
problem, vhe first thing to do is ?o
get country preachers who will give
all their time to the community
they live in; and this can never
happen so long as a church em
ploys a man only for once-a-month
pteaching. Once-a-month preach
ing is all right where the members
can't do better. But the trouble is
that many a church where the peo
ple could easily do better now is
banging on to the old once-a-month
system simply because their fathers
and grandfathers couldn't do any
better and so had to content them
selves with the system that still pre
vails, tho long a<ro outgrown.
As Victor I. Masters writes in
the Religious Herald:
"'No preacher can give adequate
eadersbip and instruction to a coun
Iry church or community to-day in
the meager ministrations of once-a
i icnth preaching, it matters not
TOW splendid hie powers or how he
roic his soul!
" "To get the churches to see the
necessity of a more adequate support
for the oastors, to get thei:_ to un
derstand the great importance of
forsaking once-a-month preaching
and having it twice a month at
least, to get them to build parson
ages and locate pastors to serve
churches in adjoining communities,
io fill them with a vision of how
much it would mean for them and
thiir children aod their communi
ties to hare a church center that
shill stand for saving lives as well
ul?-such things as
Along with the consolidation of
schools we need more -attention to
consolidation of churches, with
more attention to vital Christianity
and less attention to formal denom
inationalism. Division into dozens
and dozens and scores and scores of
jarring sects is the curse of Protes
tant Christianity. Catholicism is
one united powerful force, but Pro
testantism is divided into a score
of warring camps. Is it not true
that in many a community a dozen
weak, puny churches are existing at
some poor dying rate, whereas if
the church members were willing
to hold some nonessential denomi
nador al idea a little in abeyance,
they could unite in support of one
strong and powerful church that
would be of tenfold greater service
to God and His causes?-Progres
Mt. Zion News.
As it has been some time since
you have heard from this part of
old Edgetield county 1 thought I
would write a few dots.
Everything is on a boom, crops
looking tine but are needing rain
Sunday was preaching day at old
Mt. Zion and our beloved pastor,
Rev.'P. B. Lanham, conducted bis
regular service. Quite a large
crowd was present. ,
Mr. E. M. Padgett bas harvest
ed the finest crop of oats in this
part of the section.
Mrs. Hamp Carpenter who bas
been visiting her son, Mr. W. M.
('arpenter, has returned home.
Mrs. C. M. Horne is quite sick,
her friends hope for her speedy
Misses Fannie and Parris Munday
have been visiting friends lately.
Miss D?lier Mae Padgett bas (
been visiting in North Augusta and
returned home Friday bringing .
with her her sister Mrs. D. C.
Smith and her three bright little j
boys for a stay of two weeks.
Master Homar and Tommie (
Walker are visiting friends in y
Aiken and Moutmoren *i. ,
Miss Marrie Padgett visited her i
sister's Mr?. Walker receutly.
Mr. W. J. Gaiues has moved in
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Padgett and
their little boy Woodrow visited his (
lather Saturday. |
Mr. and Mrs. A. Dolph Walker
visited Mrs. C. M. Horne Sunday
p. ru. who has been on the sick list
for quite awhile.
REPORT OF CONVENTION.
Interesting Report of Recent
Sunday School Convention.
Next Convention to be
Held in Edgefield.
The Inier-denominational Sunday
School Convention met at Clark's
Hill Baptist church May 13-14 and
I can truthfully say it was a most
The good people of that commu
nity threw their hearts and homes
open to us and made it very pleas
ant indeed. As for the convention
itself, it was inspiring, it was inter
esting and it was instructive. And
when I teli you we had with us
Miss Van diver the efficient general
secretary, you wi!i understand why
I say all this. It was indeed a pleas
ure to hear Miss Vandiver and from
her enthusiasm I believe the Sunday
schools will put forth new enerby
in carrying forward Sunday school
work more efficiently.
After a few well chosen words of
welcome by Mr. J. G. McKie re
sponded to by Rev. P. E. Monroe,
chairman of the convention. 'The
general condition of the Sunday
schools in Edgefield county" was
reviewed by L. G. Watson, who in
closing introduced Miss Vaudiver.
In an able manner .Viss Vandiver
discussed the three points thai go
to make a standard school and
showed the advantages of the or
ganized Sunday school.
"Unifying the church and Sun
day s shool in spirit, aim and pur
pose'1 was discussed by Rev. B. H.
Covington who advocated among
other things giving the children
something difficult to do.
lt was a pleasure to have with us !
a short while Rev. W. Ii. K. Pen
dleton of Spartanburg, former state
chairman, who spoke to us ,
ganized classes and gho\
150,000 men had been added to
church by this class.
Messrs. W. S. Middleton, J. M
Bussey, W. B. Cogburn and Cal
houn Mays spoke on "who is re
sponsible for the condition of the
Sunday school and showed by con
clusive argument that we must not
depend on the superintendent alone
for the growth of the Sunday
Hon. B. E. Nicholson's talk on
'The Sunday school and civic
righteousness was forceful and im
pressive, After discussing statistics
and finding that out of 8,165 white
people in Edgefield and only 2,5UU
in Sunday school it was decided
that every school .could be reached
and benefitted more by dividing the
county into districts and holding a
convention in each district sometime
durin?~Tfie summer. 'The districts
are as follows:
No. 1. Clark's Hill, Modoc, Red
Oak Grove, Plum Branch, Parks
No. 2. Rehoboth. Red Hill,
Barr's Chapel, Antioch.
No. 3. Mountain Creek, McKen
dree, Berea, Stevens Creek.
No. 4. Honrs Creek, Mt. Zion,
Republican, Hardys, Dotban.
No. 5. Edirorield, Trenton, Har
No. G. Johnston, Philippi, Mt.
The following superintendents
were elected for the year:
Elementary, Mrs. Mamie Till
Home department, Mrs. jMcKie
Cradle roll, Mrs. J. H. White,
Organized adult class, H. G.
Teacher training, B. E. Nichol
Missions, Mrs. S. E. Long, Tren
Temperance, Mr9. J. L. Minis,
After reports of committees and
lisposing of the business the con
tention adjourned to meet next
^ear as the guest of the town ol
L. G. Watson,
"I can't understand how some
diings get their names," declare.1,
die grumpy boarder.
"Take this strawberry shortcake
If they had called it sbortbem
strawcake I could have seen the
Beaver Dam School Closes.
On Saturday afternoon at 6
o'clock, the pretty green lawn ad
joining the Beaver Dam Mill and
the school building, was filled with
happy children, ind many mothers
and fathers of the school, to wit
ness the May-pole dance which had
been arranged for and trained by
Miss Sophie Abney, who bas been
the enccessful teacher for several
Before the exercises began, every
child present was provided with a
saucer of delightful ice cream and
Immediately after the outdoor
entertainment, the people, among
whom were a number from the
town, repaired to the school build
ing:, when the temperance play,
"The Sick Baby," was given by the
s.ime little folks who had won re
nuwn for themselves at the opera
house in that role, recently. Otis
Burnett who lives in the mill vil
lage took the part of Dr. True, as
Edwin Folk was ont of iown ona
fishing trip near Batesburg.
The play was followed by several
very attractive and novel numbers
by the Beaver Dam school children,
consisting of choruses by the girls
md boys and recitations. Anoth
er feature of the programme was a
talk by Mr. B. F. Zimmerman, su
perintendent of the mill.
Mr. Jua. H. Tompkins had
charge as master of ceremonies. A
very interesting exhibition of work
Dy the students was fastened around
.he entire sides of the building.
Phis was in charge of Miss Olds
.vho was sent to the mid village by
,be Parker Co., to do wellfare
,vork, of which cooking and Bewing
ire a practical part. Miss Olds
ipent about a month in Edgefield,
ind did some good work in that di
rection while here. She left early
his week for Columbia where ehe
Says'the Newberry ,?
"Negroes have been riding in
Pullman cars on interstate tickets
or a long time. Wonder if Mr.
Richards just found it out. The
)lace to adjust the matter is by an
tct of congress. The eompany
:ould not refuse them without be
nji liable for damages. Suppose
ve get after congress."
W ben the Herald and News says
hat the Pullman Company could
lot refuse to sell interstate tickets
m Pullman cars to negroes it lays
lown a proposition which may or
nay not be sound in law. The
luestion, we think, ie still lo be de
rided. As a matter of fact, there
ire able lawyers who are of the
>pinion that the Southern States
vhich have sep?rale coach laws are
n position now to protect them
;elves amply at home without any
ict of Congress. The Supreme
I?ourt of Mississippi has so held,
in a case which was decided on the
)tb of last December it determined
,hat the so-called "Jim Crow" law
)f Mississippi applied in that State
,o through sleeping coaches ae well
is to day coaches.
The decision was rendered in the
mit of Miss Pearl Morris, who bad
)een given a verdict against the
\labaraa ana Vicksburg Railroad
or $15,000 because ir. employees re
used to eject three negroes from a
Jeeping car in which she was ri
ling. The court held that the
? 15,000 was excessive, bot s?ggest
;d a verdict of $2,000. In its de
:ision it held that if negroes are to
ide in sleeping cars in Mississippi
hey must be furnished with sepa
The Mississippi case may not be
>n all fours with that slated by
Commissioner Richards. We have
cen only a synopsis of thc decision.
Perhaps it would be of public ad
vantage if the railroad commission
vould pursue the inquiry (further.
tfews & Courier.
A Boston schoolteacher had been
xplaining to her olasn about the
hr-e kingdoms of nature-the ani
nal, the minera! and the vegetable.
rVhen she had finished she ?aid to
"Now, who can leli roe what the
lighest degree of animal lifo is?"
At this a little girl i n a rear row
>f seats raised ber band and replied:
"The highest degree of animal
ife is the giraffe."-Metropolitan