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LARGEST CIRCULATION IN
Wednesday, July 30
The greatest pleasure I know is to
do a good act by stealth, and have it
found out by accident.-LAMB.
"0 Suffrage! Suffrage! how many
crimes are committed in thy name!"
South Carolina's militia muddle has
made the state the laughing stock of
the country. Some of the men in ranks
could have handled the whole situ ation
more satisfactorily than the ones who
?wear the epaulettes.
It is practically certain that the Hon.
John L. McLaurin will be a candidate
for governor, but The Advertiser pre
dicts that he will not be elected. The
people are not as easily deceived now
as they were in the nineties.
The trend on Wall Street is toward
.asier money and a lower rate of in
terest, according to latest reports by
Dun & Co. The scattering abroad of
luch reports will tend to create a bet
ter feeling by the time the cotton crop
m ust be moved.
The papers record the daring deeds
of Mrs. Pankhurst and Miss Pankhurst
but never say a word about old man
Pankhurst. Perhaps the Fates have
in mercy returned him
"To the vile dust from whence he sprung
Unwept, unhonour'd, and unsung."
The government report on the condi
tion of the cotton crop is eagerly
awaited. Upon it the "bulla," and
"bears" will lay their foundation for
a campaign of speculation which will
wax warmer and warmer as the heavy
marketing season approaches.
The internal situation is becoming
more and more acute in China. Dis
patches state that on account of the
revolution there is an exodus of peo
ple from Canton co Hong Kong. Be
cause of the presence of our four mis
sionaries, the people of Edgefield are
deeply interested in the conditions that
prevail in and around Canton.
The differences that have existed for
3ome time between the United States
and Japan on account of the alien land
laws of California are about to be ad
justed. It is well that this announce
ment came before the cotton market
opened. Had the matter been still
pending, speculators would endeavor
to create the impression that war with
Japs was imminent.
Meeting of School Trustees.
Early in August the school trustees
of Union county will hold a conference
to discuss matters pertaining to the
upbuilding of the rural schools. Not
?only will the trustees have their inter
est and enthusiasm in the cause of ed
ucation quickened by this conference,
but it enables the state superintendent
of education, who has been invited to
address them, to get in closer tuuch
with the public schools and rural con
ditions in Union county. The planning
of this conference of trustees, the first
one of which we have had any knowl
edge, was a very fortunate conception
-an example which could be followed
with profit by superintendents and
trustees of all of the other counties.
Conference for the Common Good.
' There will be held in Columbia next
Wednesday and Thursday one of the
most notable and most important gath
erings that has ever been held in South
Carolina. It ?3 known as the Confer
ence for the Common Good, its object
being just what the name implies.
A month or more ago some of the
leading citizens of the state, acting
upon a suggestion made by Mr. W.
K. Tate, held a preliminary meeting
in Columbia, and the conference next
week is the outgrowth of that initial
meeting. At this conference some of
the foremost specialists in the country
will make addresses, discussing sub
jects pertaining to the rural, agricul
tural, social, religious and intellectual
development of the people. The move
ment is strictly non-political in charac
The railroads will offer special rates
in order to induce the people from a'l
parts of the state to attend the con
ference in large numbers. It ?shoped
that Edgefield county will be well rep
resented at every session of the con
ference. The cost of attending in time
and mo ney will bring large returns.
Aiken Needs Another Foreman.
Matter*, seem to be drifting from
bad to worse in Aiken county. The
fore man of the grand jury wounded
two white men and an aged negro last
Thursday morning with a magazine
pistol and steel jacket bullets. It
matters not what the provocation was,
the question naturally arises as to what
a citizen of sufficient prominence and
standing to be chosen foreman of the
grand jury wants with a magazine pis
tol? Even if the further facts were not
prejudicial to his case, that alone,
having in his possession such a weapon,
is decidedly against him.
Bad blood had existed between these
i men for some time and that probably
was the real ca-ise of the trouble. It
appears, however, that the two white
men who were wounded, acting un
der instructions from the county com
missioners, were in charge of a road
working squad and that when they
reached the land of the grand jury
foreman he forbade their doing any
further work on the public road, sta
ting, it is alleged, that he would shoot
the first man who raised a shovel of
dirt. The men ignored his threats and
proceeded co work the public road as
instructed, with the result that the
magazine gun was brought into play
wounding the three men before the
smoke cleared away. A bullet passed
through the negro's leg. One of the
white men was shot th rough" the groin
the other through the chest. It should be
noted that none of the balls lodged in
the bodie3 of their victims, the guns
being of such high power.
Think of it, the owner of such a
deadly weapon serving as foreman of
the grand jury! Had he owned an ordi
nary shot gun or some other mild man
nered weapon, with which to protect
his home, it would not look sobad.
Again Reassert Our Claim to Seniority.
We regret the necessity of again re
fering to The Advertiser's claim to be
ing the "oldest newspaper in South
Carolina," this having been made nec
essary by a challenge from the George
town Times. We received a marked
copy of The Times several days ago in
which nearly a column was devoted to
a denial of The Advertiser's claim and
to an attempt to establish its own
claim to this distinction.
Briefly stated this is what The Ad
'vertiser claims and has the record to
prove: Since February9, 1835, thedate
of its founding more than 78 years ago,
The Advertiser bas been published
without interruption, not even missing
an issue during the Civil war. Through
out this long period of nearly three
score and ten years this newspaper has
always maintained its identity, never
changing its name or consolidating
with any other paper.
Now. if there is another paper in
South Carolina that has such a unique
record and can prove that it was found
ed earlier than The Advertiser, why
we will gracefully acknowledge our er
ror and withdraw our claim. But up to
this time no paper, after carefully
weighing the facts, has contended that
it has such a record. The Advertiser
does not want the distinction unless it
is honestly entitled to it.
According to The T'mes' own state
ment, it has no such record as The
Advertiser and is therefore rot enti
tled to the honor in question. In the
editorial above referred to The Times
says: ' ' While it is true the name of
the publication has changed several
times, and there have been several
hiatuses dh account of fire and war,
the line of descent is direct." Accord
ing to the volume and serial number
published in each issue of the Times,
it is less than 50 years of age. yet it
refers to the founding of the George
town Gazette in 1779 and then, through
a "line ot descent," lays claim to be
ing in its one hundred and sixteenth
year. What it should have said was
that had the old Georgetown Gazette
continued publication all down through
the years, as The Advertiser has done,
it. (The Gazette) would now be 116*
years of age.
The Advertiser claims nothing by
way or descent. It stands on its own
record. There were papers published
here before Th Advertiser existed but
it makes no attempt to take the age
of these old pioneer papers which for
reasons unknown to the present gener
ation discontinued publication, just as
the Georgetown Gazette did.
Unless The Times can make out a
stronger case, The Advertiser must
decline to withdraw its claim to being,
the "oldest newspaper in South Caro
lina." This question has come up re
peatedly before, and several papers in
commenting upon the matter have ac
corded this distinction to The Adverti
ser without question.
A Remarkable Document.
Generally reporta or presentments of
grand juries are stereotyped in form
and contain but little other than refer
ences to routine work of [sub-commit
tees. However, the presentment made
by the grand jury of Barnwell county
last week is a notable exception, and a
portion of it should be read in every
court room in South Carolina. Be
lieving that the opening paragraphs of
this presentment should be given the
widest possible publicity, The Adver
tiser reproduces them, as follows:
To the Hon. Ernest Gary, Presiding
"We, the Grand Jury of the County
of Barnwell, submit the following pre
4,In the able charge of your Honor
to our body, your Honor stressed the
fact that crime was proven by our own
docket to be rampant in the county,
there being forty-odd cases continued
from the March term of the criminal
court, to which would be added fifty or
sixty new ones, making the appalling
total close to one hundred.
"Now, we admit being ashamed of
this record and acknowledge as citizens
and jurors our share of the blame,
though we do not take all of the blame;
but we place a part and a large part on
the whole Court, from the Honorable
Judges on the bench down to the most
obscure lawyer. Time and again we
have plead and urged that cases be not
continued, save for the best of reasons,
-that punishment delayed would be
justice defeated-buc our words have
never been heard The lawyer still
gets up with his excuse, flimsy or oth
erwise, as the case may be. and so far
as laymen can see the genuineness of
the excuse is seldom looked into, and,
no matter how heinous the crime, the
case is continued from court to court
until the witnesses are scattered, some
even dying from old age, and when
at last the trial comes the criminal
gets off entirely and the people suf
"All over this land we are crying to
the courts for help, asking them to
think more of actual justice and the
good of the country and less of their
so-called forms, technicalities, etc., and,
in our humble opinion, if the Honorable
Judges continue to disregard this cry,
the radical doctrine of the recall of the
judiciary will certainly spread, it be
ing our only redress.
"We respectfully urge that your
Honor will continue this Court and, if
possible, clear the criminal docket; and
if your Honor's health will not permit,
that you communicate with the proper
authorities, explain the situation in
our county and ask that a special Judge
be appointed in your stead."
Conditions have become almost in
tolerable in Barnwell county because
of the failure of the court officials
"from the Honorable Judges down to
the most obscure lawyer" -to do their
duty. Having borne and forborne for
a long time, the citizens who composed
the grand jury made bold to speak
their minds plainly, and in our opinion
they have not gone too far in criticis
ing- the presiding judges. It rests sole
j ly with them as to whether a case shall
be forced to trial or a continuance
granted upon some flimsy excuse de
vised by some designing lawyer. It is
unfortunately true that the people have
lost tu a large degree that profound
respect for our courts which they once
had. the expression being quite com
mon now-a-days that the lawyers run
the courts and not the judges. If the
pendulum swings much further toward
looseness and laxness on the part of
the judges, the "radical doctrine of
the recall of the judiciary will certain
It need not be necessary for a pre
si ding judge to err at all, but if he
must err let it be in disregarding "le
gal forms and technicalities" rather
than err by granting continuance after
continuance until witnesses scatter and
some die of old age.
Even with Edgefield's light criminal
docket there have been cases here with
in the past year or two that have been
very unsatisfactorily managed. In
stead of being forced to trial with a
firmness and determination that would
tend to suppress crime, they have been
passed over from court to court with
an indifference that virtually en
We are offering Wilber
and Columbus Wagons for
the next sixty days at very
much reduced prices and on
Mowers and mower re
pairs. We handle the im
proved McCormick mowers
and repairs and sell on easy
terms. We also have the
Disc and peg harrows on
We buy cot'con-seed for
the Planters Cotton Oil Com
pany of Augusta and always
pay the highest market prices
and keep hulls and meal al
ways on hand and will make
Adams Warehouse Co.
July 29, 16i3.
For Weakness and Loss of Appetite
The Old Standard general strengthening tonic.
GROVE'S TASTELESS chill TONIC, drives out
Malaria and builds up the system. A true tonia
and flore Apfttizer. For adulta and children. 60c,
What Others Say
Ths New Gowns.
The trouble with some of these
"fetching gowns'" is that they are apt
to fetch the police.-News and Cou
Many Jobs Hunt Him.
Thera a're so' many "opportunities"
for the right man that the difficulty is
to select the right one -one may be
better than any of the others. The
man who has character, stability, abili
ty, and will work faithfully, has no
need to hunt a job. Many jobs hunt
him.-Farm and Ranch.
Of Benefit to Producers.
As we see it, the movement for the
standardization of cotton as to packing
and grades is entirely in the interest
of the producer rather than the cotton
merchant, and producers should not
hesitate to give that movement all the
support in their power. -Yorkville En
Make a Calculation.
If one knew what products of his
farm were most profitable he would
naturally produce most of them. For
the sake of information, why not make
some calculations along this line, and
begin with the vegetable garden, the
chickens and then the pigs. Compare
these with any field crop, and the facts
will favor the other products against
the field crops.-Farm and Ranch.
Railroads Join <n Fight.
The railroads have joined in the fight
against Postmaster General Burleson's
order reducing parcels post rates.
Their protest is based on the fact that
they receive half the amount that is
paid for express, and the result of the
proposed reduction of parcels post rates
would take $15,000,000 or 520,000,000 a
year away from the railroad receipts.
But the thing that worries us is why
should the people of the country be re
quired to pay two or three times the
cost of carrying their packages? If
the government is paying the railroads
a fair price for carrying the mails,
then why can the railroads not carry
all mails'at the same price?-Yorkville
Fair Customer-I tell you that I
wear a No. 2.
Clerk-But, madam this shoe
that you just took off is a No. 4.
Fair Customer-Yea, I know;
but it has stretched horribly.
"An abstract noun is the name of
something which you can think of,
but not touch. Now Phillip, can
you jrive me an example?"
Phillip looked thoughtful for a
moment, then his face brightened.
''Yea, ma'am, he said, "a red-hot
poker."-New York Tribune.
"Colonel Browns seems to ba
very literary," remarked a visitor
to the Brown household to the ne
gro maid, glancing at apile of mag
azines lying on the floor.
"Yas, ma'am," replied the ebo
ny-faced girl, "yas, ma'am, he sho
ley am literary. He jes' nat'elly
littahs thing all over dis yer house."
"Why don't you buy something
at my table?" demanded the girl at
the charity fair.
"Because I only buy from the
homely girls," said the man.
"They have a harder time making
The girl was not offended, and
he worked this ris:ht down the line.
Wife-Be sure and advertise for
Fido in the mornina papers.
Next day the wife read the fol
"Two Dollars Reward-Lost, a
mangy lapdog with one eye and no
tail. Too fat to walk. Responds
to the name of 'Fido.' Smell* like
a monkey house. If returned stuff
ed, $5 reward."
"My dear," said the young hus
band, "did you speak to the milk
man about there being no cream on
"Yes. I told him about it this
morning and be has explained sat
isfactorily. I think it is quite a
credit to him, too.
"What did he say?"
"He said that he always filled the
jug so full that there is no room on
the top for the cream."
A Chicago lady had a Swedish
cook, and she heard this conversa
tion between her cook and the maid
next door, also a Swede:
"How are you, Hilda?"
"I well, I like my job. We got
cremated celler, cemetery plumbing,
elastic lights and a hoosit."
"What's a 'hoosit,' Hilda?"
"Oh, a bell rings. You put a
thing to your ear, and say, 'Hello,'
and some one says 'Hello,' and yo?
Summerland College For
NEXT SESSION BEGINS SEPT 16th, 1913.
Offers a liberal education under positive Chris
tian influences. Expenses very moderate.
Roc m s furnished with everything needed: bed,
dresser, washstand, chairs, rugs, linen, electric
lights, steam heat hot and cold water.
For further intormation address
P. E. MONROE, President, Batesburg or Leesville, S. C.
Monuments and Tombstones
I represent the Spartanburg Marble and Granite
works tn this section and shall be pleased to show you
designs and quote prices on all kinds of work. Write
me a card if you are interested and I will call to see you.
John R. Tompkins, Edgefield, S. Carolina
WE CARRY A MOST
COMPLETE LINE OF
Galvanized aud black piping
Rubber sheet packing
We cut and thread pipe to
Stev art &
Gandy belting, 2-, 4-, 5-, 6-t
8-, and ic-inch, 6 ply.
Rapid Fire hay presses
Sisal and Manilla rope
sketch. Write for prices.
You cannot control the mercury but you can
suit your clothing to the weather. The "good
old summer time" is here to remain for 4 months,
so you had better provide the light weight gar
ments that will insure comfort.
We have light weight clothing in all of the
popular colors and weaves.
We have oxfords
for men and boys that
are stylish and dura
able. Try a
Crosset or a
We have light weight underwear of all kinds,
can r?t any size and satisfy any taste.
We have stylish hats in straw? panama and
felts. We have the largest assortment of hosiery
we have ever carried.
We aie sole agents for the
the best shirts on the market for the money.
Dorn & Mims