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EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 1914
Death of Mrs, Strother. Automo
bile Struck by Train. Royal
On last Thursday evening as the
south bound train was rounding the
curve, approaching the depot, Mr.
A. C. Kemsey attempted to cross
the track, and was caught by the
engine, his car turning over and
was completely wrecked. On the j
rear seat of the car \?ere his three j
email children, who were painfully
burt, the condition of the eldest
being a grave one at first, but all
are now improving. Mr. Kemsey
suffered many bruises also.
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Mims spent
Sunday in the home of Mr. and
Mrs. P. C. Stevens, and attended
services at the Baptist church.
Miss Minnie Blunt of Abbeville
ie the guest of Miss Emerald Gen- !
Mrs. James White and Miss Hal
lie White are spending this week at
Saluda with relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Bon knight
of Jennings, La., 3re guests in tue
home of Mr. J. VV. Marsh.
Mrs. Frances Hoyt of Ogle
thorpe, Ga., is spending awhile
here with relatives.
Mrs. W. P. Davis of Camden is
the guest of her sister, Mrs. Al. VV.
Mrs. Pope Perry has gone to the
Augusta hospital for medical treat
ment. She has been sick for the
past several months, and her friends
trust that she will be restored to
Air's- Eula Cri.n and children are
visiting Mrs. Lizzie Crim. !
Mrs. II. W.\Crouch and Misses
Elise and Annie Crouch are spend
ing this month at Montreal, N. C.
Rev. W. P. B. Kmard and Cal
vin Kinard of Greenwood visited
relatives here last week.
Mrs. Charlotte Spearman has re
turned to Newberry after a visit to
her brother, Mr. J. W. Payne who
has been quite sick.
The Royal Ambassadors enjoyed
an encampment at "Lover'r Leap'*
last week and a general good time
was bad. Mesdames P. C. Stevens
and S. J. Watson who are leaders
of the organization, chaperoned the
Miss Marion Mobley is spending
two weeks in Newberry.
Mr. Will Scott of Augusta is
visiting relatives near town.
Mrs. Robert Price and Miss Vir
ginia Price are at jjhome from a vis
it to Augusta.
Mr. Hugh Lott spent the past
week in Gaffney.
Messrs. W. W. Satcher and W.
T. Walton have gone to Hot
Mrs. Ann Mobley and Miss Jose
phine Mobley went to Middlebrook,
Va., last Thursday to spend a month
with Mrs. Henry Hamilton.
Miss Bertha Woodward accompa
nied her guest, Miss Mary Marsden
of Augusta, upon her return home,
and will spend awhile with her.
Miss Jessie Rushton is the guest
of Mrs. Oscar Clegg, of Columbia.
In the death of Mrs. Anna
Strother, the widow of the late Mr.
David Strother, which occurred
Wednesday evening at 7 o'clock,
our town has been saddened. This
had been her home for many years,
and she was held in love and esteem
by all. Her sweet gentleness and un
assuming manner, drew all to her,
and before her health failed it was
her pleasure to mingle with her
friends. This pure spirited woman
was a mother of the Bible type, and
eh? set her children a godly exam
ple that led them in the paths of
peace. These children during all her
years of suffering showed such beau
tiful and tender affection, and were
untiring in their efforts tu alleviate
her suffering. These were Mesdames
J. W. S ti mens, D. B. Hollingsworth,
Clifford Mitchell, David Howard
and James aud David Strother. One
sister Mrs. J. F. Browne, of Spar
tan burg, and a brother John Scurry,
of Newberry arc also left. The
burial services were conducted on
Thursday afternoon at ? o'clock,
by Kev. G. T. Hutcbenson, in ab
sence of ber pastor Dr. A. T. King.
There was a number of sorrowing
friends present to pay a last tribute.
I Is Life Worth While?
j The answer to this all impc
question is determined by
things; namely, how)you live ii
world aud, secondly, where y<
after this life is ended. If w
?roing to the devil when life
it is better not to be born. If w
iroing *'to tbe Father" life is *
while. Where I came from, w
ara here for, where I ara coil
nally, are questions which i
wear out, but challenge a refle<
mind. Some one has said ther
three views of life; namely,
view of the poet who looks i
life as a dream or shadow; the
of the atheist who hopes that w
no where, but sometime stylet
hereafter as the "great perha
We hope no religious person
ever be guilty of using such ii
rogatory language respecting
future. Now please contrast
with the Christians' view. He t
"I go to my Father." Now li
once more: *I go to dreams;! g
the "great perhaps;" I go to
Father." Which of the three app
to us most? It makes no diffen
where the Chistian is iravelinj
is going to his father. It makei
difference where the atheist is t
eling, he is going to meet the <
of retributive justice, whom he c
not wish to meet. It makes
difference where the poet is tra
ing, he also is going to wake
from his dreams to reality. So t
are all going in the same direct
but going for different purpo
The atheist does not know why
does not know ; the poet does
know what he knows: the Christ
''knows why he does not know wh
He sees a reason in not havin
reason; for he takes the Savioui
his word, 'Thou shalt know ht
after." To doubt, this world ia
world; to faith, the other worlc
the world. True enough we all h;
things to stagger our faith. Ctod
tended it to be thus. It is the st:
gering storm that strikes the o
which if it does not entirely d
troy it, only makes it take deej
root aud then prepares it for
storms. In this world is darkm
and light, doubt and faith, ign
ance-and knowledge, mystery a
revelation, truth and faUehot
I things to make us doubt, things
dispel doubt. It is a remarkal
thin?; that even satan has questic
ed God less than many of us w
believe. That God was a reali
satan does not seem to deny. I
great word was "If." Satan kn?
Him, but only as God. He did n
know Him as "Father." Did yi
ever think of it, that if the Savioi
had told us more of the eternal ^
would have been ruined for tim
because we would have become rei
less to go to the father. Then su
enough life would not be "wor
while," not even for us. Weit
aerine that He has done all possib
to disclose Himself to us. 1 doul
it. He has taken as much care
conceal as to reveal Himself to ev<
His children. The Saviour did n<
try to reveal himself to the worl<
Even when He appeared after tl
resurrection it was always in seer
to His disciples. When he announ
ed the Beatitudes it was only to tl
disciples. We have seen the wisdoi
of it all: If there be much to raab
one doubt, there is more t^ inspii
belief. We cannot doubt aitogetb*
until we have disposed of the fad
of Christi He told us of our origil
He told us our design-bearing muc
fruit.; He told us of our destiny
the Father. If we believed just thi
much, it would be enough. Wed
not need more reveiatiou, nor mor
faith, but a better quality of fait!
He gave us a sure recipe for knowl
edge, lt was this, "If any mau wil
do His will, he shall know." If w
follow the suggestions of Christ; i
we sincerely c.iploy our talents, w
shall grow into the coveted state o
certainty. We shall hud this lif
worth while. Paul found it so, and hi
said,"I know whom I h?ve believed.'
How? By a personal experience
Jesus said, "If it were not so, .
would nave told you." Certainly ll?
had no justifiable reason for deceiv
ing us. Ile tbereby conditioned Hit
revelation with the stupendous lac
that it was so. "ls life woith whiii
going to the father?" If we gc no
to tlie father, life is not only "ai
enigma, it is an inquisition." If ii
is not so it is an imposition! Tin
life we live is disciplinary. Witl
this as a view of life, we can appro
ciate why it is that the good art
sometimes tak?-u and thc ?seles."
being taken? What is use of tht
useful being left? Jesus told us:
"Ye are the salt of the earth." Jnst
enough left to keep the whole world
from absolute. corruption; enough
taken to gratify the Father! Our
mistake lies here. We have gotten
in tho habit of looking upon this
life aa^tbe real life. We cannot, re
alize that it is the introductory chap
ter ofjlife; the vestibule of eternity; ]
the early morning cf a sun that
shall never set. For this misconcep
tion we are to be more pitied than
censured. Yet it does seem that the |
Father is weaning us away ffom
this idea.?We dream that all talents]
are to be exercised ton earth or not
at ali; that Heaven has no right to
anything except what may be left j
after we have spent all, like prodi
gals, in time and on self. What a
pity! We blindly regard all prepara
tion as wasted because the ripe ?
fruits do not gravitate to earth.
We lose sight of the consumption j
of even this world. We seem, in our !
selfish ambitions, to disregard the |
many mansions in the sky. .We Lose
sight of the trouble that Christ has j
taken to prepare a place for us. Tb
us it matters not if no inhabitant !
occnpies that mansion. We reason
that any time will do to go to tb'?ti,
mansion. Self firsts the Father .af
terward; time first, eternity after
ward; we forget to let the dead
bury their dead, and that the Fa
ther is God of the living. We lose
sight of the fact that the departure
of Father's "is not a funeral, but a
triumphant march" to the city of
glory. When I pray for the restora
tion of others I do so with great
fervor and persistency, because J
cannot love them as I do ray own.
Hut when I pray for the restoratipp:
of ray own, I do so ''moderately. '*
I know the danger of living! I have
never unconditionally prayed fpi?
my own recovery. I never willi lm
my arms they may feel safe, bunj/J
know they are nev?r .safe until &
the Father's arms. And I know how ;
"Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on his gentle breast."
Yes, everything that God sends to
his children is worth while-prosperi
ty or adversity: sickness or health;
time or eternity; life or death. And
when the curtain begins to fall 1
hope '-o be able to say, good-bye-]
go to the Father. "Farewell, but
not forever." and to say, "good
night" earthly parents, good morn
ing my Father!
E. C. Bailey.
A marriage around which the
deepest interest centers occurred at
the home of Mr. T. P. Salter on
Wednesday morning the 22nd of
July when their lovely daughter
became the wife of Mr. E. L. Ry
an. Owing to the illness of the
groom's mother, the wedding was
very quiet only the immediate fami
lies and a few very intimate friends
being present. Miss Fannie Miller
and Miss Mattie Harrison rendered
some splendid musical ? selections
.just in advance of the ceremony and
at the appointed hour Miss Emma
Bouknight sounded the wedding
march and the bride leaning upon
the arm of the groom entered the
parlor, unattended and took their
places before a beautiful mound of
fiowers, where they were made man
and wife, the Rev. Graves Knight
performing the ceremony. The
bride who is one of Trenton's most
popular, most useful and most ac
complished young ladies was ex
tremely stylish in a coat suit ot
blue moire with hat and . gloves in
harmonizing colors. The groom
is a handsome, substantial young
business man, who has the entire
confidence and esteem of all ?. ho
know him and he is being showered
with congratulations upon his new
found happiness. The whole of
Trenton rejoices that this young
couple, so popular and so well be
loved will make their home here.
A very elegant wedding breakfast
was served at ten o'clock, aftep
which tbey left amidst showers of
rice and good wishes by auto, for
Augusta, thence to Wrightsville
Beach fur a two weeks visit.
Mrs. J. H. Courtney and little
Margaret are visiting Mrs. Court
ney's parents in Darlington.
Mrs. W. M. Leppard iroru Co
lumbia is here for a two weeks
stay with friends and at hei com
ing all hearts and bornes have been
th rowu open to her.
Mis? Sallie Mae Tillman and Mrs.
Mary lilli left on Monday for a
visit to Washington and Atlantic
VVe consider om selves fortunate
to have as. closer neighbor that
splendid yoting gentleman Mr.
Bettis Bouknight. He har rented
Pine Home where he will carry on
scientific farming for the next
Opening of 1865, Came Gloomy
The opening of the year 1865
looked gloomy for the Confederacy.
The hopes of foreign intervention
had long since been looked upon as
a-delusion, while our maritime pow
er bad been swept from the high
seas. All ports, with the inception
of Charleston, S. C., and Wilming
ton, N, C., were now in the hands
of the Federals. Fort Fisher the
Gibraltar of the South, that guard
ed ?he inlet of Cape Fear River,
was taken by land and naval io rees.
The year before the ''Alabama,"
an jfon'-clad of the Cnn federates,
was sunk off tlie coast of France.
Theil followed the "Albemarle"
and the "Florida." The raw
^Tennessee" had to strike our col
ors on the 5th of August, in Mo
bile Bay. But Lee's grim veterans
lay in their trenches still, only about
28,000 had been holdinc in check
sn array of 125,000 well fed and
well ecpiipped, for months. It is
Qdeless for me to undertake to tell
.vhat Lee's army endured in the
trenches at Petersburg from July
1864- until April 1865. Tongue
cannot tell it, pen cannot write it,
the mind of man cannot grasp it,
unless he had been there as a wit
ness, and there is no painter's brush
?that could paint it. Avmy of
Northern Virginia, old Soldiers of
Lee, who fought beside your cap
tain until your frames were wasted
and you were truly his ''Wretched
vOnes," ?you are grreater to me in
vour wretchedness, more splendid
in your rags, . than the Old Guard
of Napoleon or the three hundred
j of Thermopylae. Neither famine
nor nakedness, nor suffering could
break your spirit. You werj batter
ed and half starved, your forms
vere war-worn, but you still had
faith in Lee, and the great cause
vhich you bore aloft on the points
.if your bayonets. Yo., did not
shrink in the "last hour-the hour of
-uprerae trial. You went to follow
jQQ to the last, and die with youri
var-harness on. If you had ever !
doubted the result you had resolved!
..t least on one thing- to clutch the'
nusket to the end and die in bar
.ess. Is that extravagance, and is
.his picture of the great Army of
Northern Virginia over drawn?
i)id they or did they not tight to
".he end, and to the last ditch? An
swer again, Cold Harbor, Spottsyl
vaaia, CharlJS City, every spot
tronad Petersburg, when they
closed in death-grapple with the
swarming enemy. Answer; winter
of 1864 bleak spring of 1865, terri
ble days ot the great retreat, when,
hunted down and driven to bay like
vild animals, they fought from
Five Forks to Appomattox Court
House-fought, staggering, starv
ing and falling, but defiant to the
last. Bearded men were seen to
v^eep on the ninth day of April
1866; but it was when they heard
that their mighty chief had sur
rendered which wrung their hear',s,
and brought tears to grim faces.
The crater, with its 80,000
pounds of powder, did not scare
them; as soon as the men and guns
that were blown into the air fell
back, these same gray veterans
swarmed like bees to the mouth of
,t!ie. crater and filled it with yankees
and negroes. You may speak of
the dreadful horrors of war. Sher
man was right when he said 'War
is hell." "The Crater." Grant
thought he would up our lines,
cross over through the crater, but
not so. It turned to be a death
trap for the Federals; there loss ac
cording to thefr own report was
between five and six thousand.
The Confederate loss was about
twelve hundred all told. The Con
federates captured nineteen bau le
tiags in and about the crater.
Blowing up our lines at Petersburg,
has been given up as the most cow
ardly act of thc war. An anny of
155,000 men well equipped and fed,
confronting a little hungry, halt
clad army of 28,001) men; and the
only way was to blow them up willi
powder, they bio wed them up bul
they fell back fighting. From Mas
. the 5th, 1865 General Lee's arra\
killed and disabled 05,000 Federal?
15,000 more than Lee had in his
army all told. The morning of the
9th of April dawned with a gloomy
outlook. It was then that bayonet*
were affixed to muskets, arms stack
ed, and cartridge-boxes unslung,
and hung upon the stacks, then
slowly and with reluctance that wa*
appealingly, pathetic, the torn and
tattered battle-flags were leaned
against the stack. The emotion of
the conquered soldiery was really
sad to witness Some who had car
ried and followed those ragged
standards through the four years of
strife, rushed from the ranks, bent
about their old flags and pressed
them to their lips. When the Sons
of "Dixie," learned that the Con
federacy was overthrown aud their
leader bad been compelled to sur
render his once invincible army,
they ?>ukl no longer control their
emotions, and tears ran like water
down their shrunken faces. Th?
flags which they still carried were
objects of undisguised affection.
These banners bad gone down be
fore "Overwhelming numbers; and
torn by shells, riddled with bullets
ind laden with powder an i smoke
of battle. These high-mettled men
began to tear the flags from the
staffs and hide them in their bos
soms, as they met them with their
burning lips. They wanted to
keep them, as they wanted to keep
the old canteen with a bullet! hole
through it, or the rusty gray jacket
that had been torn by Canister:
they loved those flags, as a mother
loves her first born, and will love
them forever, as mementoes of the
unparalleled struggle; and because
they symbolized the bloodshed and
glory of nearly a thousand battles
A color bearer of the 25 Alabama.
Regiment, was in the act of cutting
his flag from the staff, and. a yankee
saw what he ?vas doing, and walk-)
ing up said, "hold on there, give.1
me that fbigr"- The six foot -Ala
bamian with teeth clinched, and
every nerve contracted, and with a
defiant look, said to him, "D- you,
yon have run from this flag many a
time, and I had rather die than to
give to you, but Gen. Lee says do it
and I will." Thus tXye Southern
army melted away, the flag went
down, and the brave fellows laid
down the musket for the hoe, the
.;aber for the plow, and the sword
j for the pen and ri v i val.
Mr. W. T. Walton at
Mr. W. T. Waitou tn company
with Mr. W. W. Satcher of
Johnston* left for Hot Springs, Ark.
on Monday July 20. when he writes
that he is enjoying the baths and
his second vist to this health resort
more even than he did his first.
Mr. Walton was fortunate enough
to secure board with the same family
and be attended by the same persons
it the baths with whom he was asso
! ciated last year, this making him
j feel more at home aud contented.
He writes that none of the crops be
tween the Ridge and . Hot Springs
look as well as those he left at home
and in the Ridge Section. He at
tributes th i poor crops somewhat
to the dry weather, but thinks that
the Ridge has produced better far
mers than their more westerly
neighbors. Mr Walton will have
spent nearly a month at Hot Springs
belore his return home.
Miss Lydia Brunsora Entertains.
On last Friday. afternoon the
girls of the younger set were de
lightfully entertained by Mis
Lydia Brimson at a rook party. Tne
guests assembled at 5 o'clock com
ing out from town. As they reached
the ball they found lemonade and
fruit awaiting them. This afternoon
proved to be the birthday of the
hostess, so that she received gifts
both useful and ornamental. Rook,
which was the main feature of the
afternoon's entertainment was quite
interesting. Three.tables were filled.
After completing the games delight
ful refreshments were served con
sisting of ice cream and cake. The
awarding of the prizes then follow
ed, Misses Willie Peak and Eliza
beth Smith being the lucky ones.
The guests left reluctantly wishing
that rook parties and birthdays
came more often than once every
COUNT if CAMPAIGN.
Meeting Devoid of Special Inter
est. Attendance Small. Ab
solutely No Enthusiasm
on Part of Voters.
The county .campaign of 1014
will go down in history as being
one in which the rank ana file of
voters are manifesting practically
no interest. TJp to this time three
meetings have been held and thc at
tendance has been far below that of
former years, and the voters-appear
to be absolutely indifferent, doubt
less having already made up their
minds foi whom they will vote.
Since the last issue of .the Adver
tiser two meetings have -been held*
One at-Republican church Friday
and another at Trenton Saturday.
At Republican the candidates for
the house and for master .spoke, and
Congressman James F. Byrnes also
gave an interesting account of what
he has accomplished daring the past
two years. With all due respect to
the speakers, the feature of the day
which seemed to interest the people
most was the royal feast which was
spread under the large oaks. The
ladies served a delightful dinner for
the benefit of the church, realizing
.ibout ?70. They also served refresh
ing iced tea and lemonade.
Everybody enjoyed the day at
Republican. The candidates are a
jovial, good-natured set who elimi
nate personalities alcogetber in '
their speeches. AU of them are run
ning on Drastically the same plat
form. The issues discussed have
!>een formulated by the candidates
themselves. The kindly hospitality
j >f the good people of Republican
I .iud the good fellowship that per
I meated the atmosphere at Republi
can was commented upon generally,
.ind everybod3r went away feeling
ihat it was a day well spent, social
ly at well as politically.
Th-? meeting at Republican was
presided over by Mr. Walter Cheat
ham who made an admirable chair
The meeting at Trenton, which
wa< the third yet held, was attend
ed by a very small norn her of vot
ers. It was called to order hy Prof.
G. F. Long in ?Vise hali about li'
?.?'clock. The candidates made prac
tically their usual speeches. As
lhere are really no public questions
in which the people are deeply in
lerested at this time, it is extremely
.'.fficult for aspirants to office to
present something new at each
meeting. Such matters as education,
;axation. good roads, etc., are dis
cussed from different viewpoints.
At the close of the meeting a
bountiful dinner was served by the
the Trenton ladies under the trees
near the depot.
Mt. Zion News.
The protracted meeting began at .
Mt. Zion with a very large atten
dance. It taxed the churh to its
utmost seating capacity. Beside*
other vinitors were Mr. and Mrs
J. M. Mays from Horns Creek. Mr
Sam Marsh with his two attractive
daughters from " Harmony, and
xMisses Rut and Grace Whitlock,
with their brother WV A. Whitlock
from Kitchiues Mill. These are
children of Dr. W. A. Whitlock
and came over in their Automobile
to see their Grandfather Mr. J. C.
Ame >.g the visitors were several
of the' ever present ever smiling
The new organ is in place and is
place and is succeeding better than
its predecessor in raising its voice
above that of the babies ?nd the dogs.
Brother Lanham gave us two ex
cellent sermons yesterday, but he
hopes to be aided soon by Rev. b.
D. Thames of Virginia.
Mrs. J. J. Conch with her little
son. recently spent a week at the
home of her sister Mrs. W. A. Par
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Smith recently
paid a visit to the kiter's brother,
Mr. George Bryant, who lives above
We had the pleasure last week
of seeing in our community Prof.
Long from Harmony and Mr. Wal
lace Wisc from Trenton
Our good neighbors Mr. and Mrs.
Eldred Barton are rejoicing over
the birth of a little son who has
come to brighten their home.