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EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY ?T, 19 ^
Banquet by Knights of Pythias.
Two Sad Deaths. Mrs. Boat?
wright Entertained Pi
An occasion that had been pleas
antly anticipated, took place on th?
evening of the 6th, in the opera
house, when the Knights of P.vtbi
ss gave their annual banquet and to
this was invited many friends. Af
ter an hour socially, all were seated
at the barquet table, covers being
laid for about 200. The table wa
in the shape of a Greek cross, in j
the center of which wa? a pyramid
of ferns and blooming flowers, and
at the four points of the table, were
smaller arrangements of flowers,
and arranged artistically about were
tropical fruits. The whole table was
outlined in a tracery of green foli
age. After all had enjoyed the feast,
so bountifully served. Mayor W.
C. Derrick, toastmaster, called for
toasts, and the speakers in their re
marks, were bright and witty, deep
and thoughtful and loud applaud
was given each as they concluded.
Dr. A. T. King was called upon to
respond to the toast, "Oivio pride;"
Rev. M. L. Kester, responded to
the toast, "Humor;" Prof. W. F.
Scott had ashia subject 'Yesterday,
to-day and tomorrow;" Mr. S. J.
Watson responded to the toast,
"The fair sex;" Rey. G. C. Hut
chinson spoke upon "The fraterni
ty;" Mr. Joe W. Cox was called
?pon, who stated his subject as
Miss Maud Johnson died here
Thursday evening at the horne of
her mother, Mrs. Annie Johnson.
Her death is a most deplorable one,
for she was a young woman of
about 19 years and was bright and
of a sunny disposition. Shehadcom
---??^iJ-.--b'-r:::?tis course rw?LentoreJ.
upon her workTwhen she was strick
en with pellagra, which occasioned
her death. About a year ago, her
father, Mr. James Johnson, suc
cumbed to this malady. She was a
member of the Baptist church. The
funeral services were conducted on
Friday at 3 o'clock at Philippi b\
Dr. A. T. King, and the burial was
made in the burying ground nearby.
A death that brought siduess to
our town was that of Mrs. Annie
Clark Rhoden, the wi fa of Mr.
Hausford Rhoden, which uiicurred
hetv last Wednesday afternoon at
S o'clock, after an illness of typhoid
fever. For some time she had been
in delicate health, an operation be
ing necessary last summer, from
which she was never again strong.
Her loved ones did everything for
her restoration, but to no avail. She
was a Christian woman of many no
ble traits, being a member of the
Baptist church. She was the daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. M. \V. Clark,,
aud besides the husband are left
three brothers Messrs. James, Wil
liam and Henry Clark, of Aiken,
and a sister, A.'.rs. Eugene Kneece,
of Monetta. The two little children,
Marion and Janie, have been taken
hy their grand mother, Mrs. Claru
in whose home they will hud love J
akin tc that of the mother. At the!
time of her death, her husband's j
mother, Mrs. Arthur Rhoden, was
too critical y ill to la told of the j
sadnet-a. The funeral was conducted
ai Philippi by her pastor, Dr. A.
T. King, after which the casket
covered with many beautiful flow
ers, was laid to rest in the family
The death of Mrs. Ed Penn which
occurred in Columbia last Wed ms
day waa learned here with sorrow.
This family made their home here
for a number of years, moving to
Columbia about 4 years ago. The
?anse of her death was pneumonia.
The body passed through here on
Thursday morning id Mr. Penn
was joined by Mr. J. C. Lewis, who
went to act as one of the pall bear
ers, the interment taking place at
Mrs. B. T. Boatwright entertain
ed the members of the Pi Tau club
and several other guests on Wed
nesday at her country place, Cedar
Grove, with a spend-the-day party.
Among the invited guests were Mes
dames James Cullura and Mrs. W.
E. LaGrone, two recent brides. A
several course dinner was served
and the festive board was beautiful
to look upon. Red carnations were
a* each cover, and tiny red cupid?
and hearts about over the table hap*
pily suggested ' ^ Valentine's day.
The place cards were attached to
red T:boons, which passed to a heart
shaped basket in the center of the
table, and ea^h one drew forth a
silver thimble, with the name en
graved upon it. From this basket
stood a large vase of spicy red car
nations. Only the lengthening sbad
[ ow6 of the day caused this merry
band to bid adieus.
Miss Mallie Waters spent a few
days of last week in Augusta with
Miss Maria English of Columbia
has been the guest of Miss Sara
Mrs. J. W. Mobley spent last
week in Edgefield with her mother,
Mrs. John Hill.
Miss Bertha Stahn of Chester in
the guest of Mrs. F. M. Boyd.
Miss Lylie LaGrone has gone to
Dallington where she will visit in
ihe home of Mr. Arthur Welling.
Mr. and Mrs FearceStevenR were
guests recently of Mr. and Mrs. Ira
Carson at Baiesburg. -
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Allen viiited
st the kome of Mrs. Willie Tomp
kins during the past week.
New? From Philippi Section.
Philippi one of the oldest Baptist
churches in this part of the state
will be one hundred years old the
twenty-sixth of this month. We are
going to celebrate the centennial
some time later. Dr. J. C. Browne
of Aiken has been the pastor nearly
one-third of this time. He resigned
'last year on account of his health.
Dr. A. T. King of Johnston preach
es for us every 2nd and 4th Sunday
p. ra. at three o'clock.
Miss Lizzie Morgan of Edgefield
is visiting her sister, Mrs. L. D.
Miss Lottie Derrick spent last
! Tuesday at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. John Scott.
Miss Artelia Posey is visiting
friends in Johnston. ......
The sympathy of this co?fraunity
goes out to Mrs. J. O. Herin in tin
death of her father, Mr. J. T.
Miss Letha Jackson who is now
working in Edgefield was at home
j Misses Maggie Shailer and Marit
Scott spent Saturday night with
Miss Nellie Scott.
The death of Mrs. Annie Rhoden
which occ. ?d at her hume in
Johnston or. .Vednesday of lasi
week filled this community willi
sadness. Her body was laid to rest
in the Philippi cemetery Thursday.
Miss Maud Johnston, of John
ston, was buried at Philippi Friday.
Total Church Enrolment
Washington, Feb. 6.-Actual en
rolled membership of Christian
'churches in the United States show
ed a net increase of 618,000 or 18
per cent daring 1913, according ti ?
>tatistics published to-day by the
Washington office of the Federal
Council of Churches of Christ in
America. The Methodist churc'i
led in the increased membership
with 220,000. The other churches
in their order follow: Baptist 64,
600. Presbyterian, 55,000; Lutheran,
36,100; Disciples, 24,800, aud Epis
The actual membership of the
largest churches in the Uuited
States are given as follows: Roman
Catholic, 13,099,534, Methodist,
7,125,069; Baptist 5,924,622; Luth
eran, 2338,722; Presbyterian, 2027,
593; Disciples of Christ 1,519,369,
Protestant Episcopal, 997,407, and
Congregational, 748,340. These
eight churches contain 34,000,000
of the 37,2S0,000 of actual church
membership in the United States.
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Mr. James T
Interesting Sketch of tho I
A little after the middle of the
18th century Dieterig Uzt with his
family left the land of his nativity
on the river Rhine to seek his for
tune in America. [About 180G the
German "Uzt" was anglisized by
the prefix and the suffix "S."]
in a few.yeara>after his arrival the
war with./the? mother country wa*
O? hand.???d Pete^r, one of the son.*,
enlister! with tf)$ American forces
.and-a^i'd^???feVcn.. years a??rB&
tice8hip in practical military science
on many fields of battle and
received severil wounds as souvenirs
of his escapade. After the cessa
tion of hostilities and the colonies
became independent Peter settled
on a grant of land about 1 ? milt*
-ast of McKendre, known to this
day as the "old place." He baili
his house upon a slaty hill overlook
ing a branch and set himself abou:
to carve afield of the forest. Ib
married Miss Elizabeth Harli nt:
md raised a large family of chil
dren. Of these twelve sons and
one daughter reared large families
and with one exception lived to be-1
iso me old. Among the sons there'
was an Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
Isaac married .Miss Mary Steifer of
Abbeville district, settled on thu
Long cane road, hard-by the "old
place" and was the father of the
subject of this sketch and also two
of his. sisters, Mrs. Luvioy Dorn of
McKendre and Mrs. J. L. Mc
Dowell of Greenwood, who are still
! James Tolbert Ouzts was born
Dec. 30, 1833. Ile grow to man
hood on his father's farm doing such
work in lield and forest as his
strength permitted. He received
only a limited education, for in
I those days opportunities for educa
tion were not throwing around as
now. His only school advantages
were had at what was termed the
? "old field school." His industrial
j training and that old time home
training, which so many of tho
yoaths of this day sadly need, was
! of the best, for his life exemplified
the scripture, "train np a child in
the way he shall go and when he is
old he will not depart therefrom."
On the 13th of May 1356 he
married Miss Amina Frances Low
ery who survives him and from this
union there carno nine children in
the order following: Dr. W. D.
Ouzts, Mrs. Carrie Adams, Andrew
Davis Ouzts, Mrs. J. O. Herin, A.
G. Ouzts, Mrs. W. H. Harting,
Mrs. J. M. Shafer, Miss Flora A.
Ouzts and Mrs. G. T. Asbell. Of
the children all are living except
Andrew Davis who died in infancy
forty-two years ago.
Mr. Ouzts began lifo as a small
farmer, but as time passed success
crowned his efforts. In the early
seventies he begau a country mer
cantile business at Elmwood in con
nection with his farming interest.
He accumulated property and at one
tirata owned a considerable landed
estate, but over confidence in thc
undeserving caused him financial
losses. No reverses, however, shook
aif9 of an Honored Citizen,
his integrity. Ile paid one hun
dred cents on the dollar for every
hill of goods that came to bis store;
[he paid one hundred cents on the
dollar for every financial obligation
he ever made. A distinguished wri
i rof tlie 18th century has said:
'* \n honest man is the noblest work
In 1801 Mr. Ouzts suffered a pro
'.^^ 1 spell of typhoid fever and
nod of lour months. From this he
never regained his former spirit.
Under thu advice of his physician
and a realization of the fact that he
could no longer grapple with busi
ness difficulties ami the annoyance
i?f negro tenants ho disposed of
.Host of his lands, ran only a small
I 'tore, farmed and gardened in a
-?nail way as u pastime, and lived
? i quiet life.
After the death of Col. S. \V.
Nicholson in 1885 he was appointed
:'ost Master of Elmwood which po
rtion he held nearly 2U years and
ilien he res'gned. He was 4U years
ihead of the good roads movement.
?Ie accepted the overseership of the
action of road that passed through
l>is farm as a matter of pride in
:-ood roads and held it for many
.. ears. His section of road was fa
vorably commented upon by all
who traveled it. Aud had all oth
ers imbibed the same spirit ?t that
' imo our roads ere this would have
?>een models. He never aspired to
political office, thou&h he was pa
..ioticand public spirited to a de
cree that few excelled.
He was a martyr to neuralgia all
.?f his long live, and but few, save
;.is physicians and immediate fami
iv, ever knew the sufferings entail
ed upon him by a predisposition in
tierited from his mother. In the
.var between tho states his services
couldn't be accepted on account of
physical disability. He however,
gave an only brother, Andrew Jack
son Ouzts, whose young life was
sacrificed on the altar of the Con
federacy in the Seven Days Battle
I efore Richmond, 1S62. He fell in
a few feet of the battery his regi
ment was charging at Gait Mill
and which was immediately oapturl
ed. He was ever and always loyal
to the democratic/ party, and in 1876
contributed his share toward the
overthrow of radicalism and the
success of Gary, Butler and Hamp
In religion he was a Methodist;
we might appropriately say, born a
Methodist, as he was roared by
Methodist parents and joined the
McKeudre Methodist church very
early in life. Before the mfirmi
ties of age crept upon him he took
an active interest in church affairs,
and was for many years Sunda.v
school superintendent and stewart
in the McKendre Methodist church.
It is superfluous to say, he was an
important pillar in this branch of
the Methodist church, for with his
loyalty to its doctrines, his chris
tian life, and the generous finanoial |
support he gave it he couldn't have]
bren uUiorwise. In hid reUtioii?
with others be w as always affable,
modest and unassuming, yet im
nre^hive. He was generous and
hospitable. To the stranger he wa*
kind and his door was always open
to the wayfarer.
In bi? family relations he was
exceptional. In truth, he was an
affectionate and devoted husband;
for his children no man ever pos
sessed a greater love. And like uu
10 his saintly mother, he had an es
pecial fondness for all children; and
j many a child in years to come will
j bless his memory for the many lit
tle kindnesses and attentions he
j gave them. Illustrative of the LJi
ble truth, death came like a thief in
I the night, but he was ready-hi*
?light was buming. He retired
.Monday night Jan 26 in usual
; health; was seized with a severe at
! tauk of acute indigestion shortly
j afterward, and ere noon the follow
j ing day he had parsed quietly and
peacefully away, and thus his tran
quil death simulated his character
His sudden death was a severe
shock to the entire community and
I cast a gloom of profoind sadness
'overall. Only 28 days previous,
Dec. Suth, his children bad gather
ed at the old homestead to celebrate
his 80th birth-day and pay loviag
j tribute to their aged parente.
On Wednesday, a day which God
and nature rendered ideal, and
seemed to have made propitious
(or th is sad incision, in the after
noon, the funeral services were held
.it old McKendre where be had
worshipped all these many years.
The Kev. Earl Steadman assisted
Ny the Kev. J. R. Walker officiated.
?s the sun, which had shown
brightly all day, was declining be
hind the trees the remains were
low3red into the vault, witnessed
by, perhaps, the largest gathering
that ever attended a funeral ai
, -JVo'U an appreciated letter of
condolence " received trom' ?n'D'd
friend and whose estimate of Mr.
Ourts would be endorsed by all
who knew him, we quote the fol
lowing: "I have known Mr. Ouzis
many, many, years. Words are
too cheap and common place for
me to give expression to the high
regard in which I LJd htm. Ills
tranquil life was an inspiration to
me, and many others as well. Ile
! i ved a long and useful lite, and
kept the faith until death kisseu
dowr his eyelids; then met his pilo.
the crossing. With bini the
warfare is over, the victory won,
md he is blessed. Mr. Oims ' ed
his convictions npon the high stand
ard of truth, honesty, and virtue
Ir, can be well and truthfully saul
of him; his life is an open book ol
untarnished pages. He not only
played long at the game of life, but
he played fair."
Thc mind can scarcely grasp the
depth of meaning in the figure, he
played fair." Classic literature hat
n ?ver bequeathed the English lan
gu vje a sentence in which virtue in
human character could be more
Alas] "lites fitful fever is over;"
a good mai gone to his reward
ile has crossed 'over the river'*1
and rests "under the shade of the
trees." And, why should we mourn,
when he had walked, with much
suffering, the rugged paths and
?dippery places in a cold and un
charitable world so long? He has
left us rich in a noble heritage, and
an exemplary life. And in after
years his children's children may
turn the leaves of his book and
find encouragement and inspiration.
"Ho played fair."
W. D. O.
The Sacred Concert.
To-morrow, Thursday, evening,
commencing at 8:15, the ladies of
the Presbyterian church will give
a sacred concert in their church.
A very attractive musical pro
gramme, constating of solos, duets
ind choruses, has been arranged.
In addition to the best local talent,
Miss Battle of Augusta will sing
several solos. The people of Edge
field *>ave heard this sweet singer
before and were charmed with her
I voice. Considering the attractive
ness of the programme and the
worthiness of the cause, we do not
believe the people of Edgetield will
have to be urged to attend the con
cert Thursday evening. No eollee
tion will be taken but a voluntary
silver offering will bu made at the
Sunday School Convention at
One of the most interesting and
helpful conventions the writer has
ever attended was the one at Har
mony on Thursday of laut week,
when the district convention met
and proved the valuable assistance
and inspiration tba! these district
meetings can be to the Sunda*
school work at large.
The environment ef a family or
community has a great deal to do
with impressions, and "first impres
sions are most lasting," so that
leaving Edgefield on such a beauti
ful morning as last Thursday prov
ed '.o be, with the pleasantest of
companions, gave the first pleasant
impression to a whole day of profit
Ii was regretted that we did not
arrive in time to particip?t*- in the
devotional exercises or to hear
the welcome address by Mr. G. M.
Smith, nor the response by Dr. Jeff
ries, but we were assured that each
one was worthy of the good things
that we did hear and see. On the
pl at fot m were two of Edgefield
county's most active and efficient
Sunday school workers. Mr. L. G.
Watson is secretary of the Inter
denominational Snnday school con
vention and Mr. W. B. Cogburn
was elected president of the dis
trict convention, aod Mr. Cogburn
presided throughout the se sion.
Mr. L. G. Watson discussed me ob
jects and aims of the district con
vention, which we did not hear, but
feel sure that bis enthusiasm in the
Sunday school work made bis expo
sition of that subject very conviuc
ing to the audience.
"The main defects in our Sunday
schools and how to remedy them."
This subject had been assigned Mn
(Jojrburn and Rev. P. B. Lanham,
but the formeras president took the
liberty of substituting for his name
that of Dr. A. T. King of Johnson,"
who made a very interesting im
prviflpcu ialk.-JRiV. P. R L.?: !u-..
was absent, and Rev. Mr. Kelter ut'
the Johnston Lutheran . ebareh also
.-poke on this important topic.
One of the most delightful feat
ures of thc program w.?9 the report
of the World's Sunday school con
vention wileri Mr. Walker gave a
running account of the convention
ai Zurich, Switzerland whc. he und
Mrs. Walker were among the twelve
hundred delegates from the United
Slates. This was very inspiring.
At this time it was announced
tMat the far-famed hospitality of
Harmony would be further d"s
! ensed around the dinner table ont
?nder the trees, which the beautiful
d ly made possible. But if it had
'?een an inclement day the Iltr
.nnny church would not have benn
embarrassed, for in their beautiful
and commodious chnrch there was
room and provision for every emer
gency. Everybody expected a splen
did dinner and they were not di-ajv
pointed. The writer is a true Ameri
cin in one sense if no other, and
that is that, pie is a favorite article
of diet and these have been tested
on many occasion*, but none Lave
ever surpassed the cocoanut pies at
Immediately after the reecRs, and
the people had repaired to the beau
tiful church again, and willingly,
for they knew good things were
still in store for them, the subject,
"How may we promote the cause of
temperance in the Sunday school"
was the first topic. This was dis
cussed in a very interesting and in
telligent way by Rev. G. C. Hut
chinson the Methodist minister of
Johnston. Those of us who had n?t
met Mr. Hutchinson wers glad of
this opportunity to welcome bim to
our eouaty, and also pleased that he
is such an enthusiastic apostle of
Following this was a very well
prepared and beautifully read article
presented by Mrs. L. G. Watson on
the cradle roll department of the
Sunday school. Mrs. J. H. White
of Johnston also discussed this de
partment and gave an account of
her own cradle roll work at John
ston which is after all the best way
to present these subjects, for thev
are practically demonstrated, and
those individuals in the audience
who are interested will have some
information upon which they can
begin work in their own schools.
Mrs. Mamie N. Tillman pr - o-H
ed the subject of the primary de
partment, and also gave the mdi
ence ?be benefit of be/ own practi