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EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, JANA?RY 6, 1915
Concert a Success. W. C. T. U.
Observed Day of Prayer.
U. D. C. Held Monthly
_ , Meeting.
Tbe concert that Swan given in
ile school auditorium on Friday
?vening, which was participated in
by local talent waa one of the most
^ .pleasing affairs ever held here. Cer
tainly nothing has ever before been
given here with such beautiful sur
roundings. One was impressed with
the handsome appearance of the
brilliantly lighted building, and ?the
.beauty of the auditorium was pleas
ant to behold. The selection of the
orchestra, the male quartette and
the high school choral class, called
forth great applause and were re
peatedly encored, as also were the
piano and vocal solo, and piano and
vo?'al duets. There was a splendid
audience and a good sum was real
ised toward paying for theauiiti
rium piano, which debt the school
body has assumed. Before leaving
the building a visit was made to
the library, which within the past
few days has been handsomely fur
nished with mahogany reading ta
bles ?hairs and another book case.
Several inspiring pictures adorn
the wall There is still a need though
of more books. The matter of
supplying the auditorium with the
new style opera seat was presented
dorins: the evening: and a project
was put forward of each individual
buying a chair, and six good can
vassers were appoiuted to push the
An honor has come to one of
Johnston's young men, Prof. Eric
Ha*dy, now one of the faculty of
Lexington college for women, in
isBouri. He has been named dean
of the faculty of Bessie Ti ft col
Miss Bej^^yr?- : *
of reLai- J
1 a. ??aujuer II a* rt: LU ru eu
froL* tue Baptist hospital, Colum
bia, and we are glad to state that
she is improving.
Mr. John P. Bland of Vidalia,
Ga., is spending* this week here
The W. C. T. LT. observed Jan
uary 14, as a day of prayer for na
tional constitutional prohibition
this special day being appointed by
the national W. C. T. U. The ser
vices were held in the Baptist
church, the Kev. Thacker making
an inspiring address. 1 he other
minsters of the town participated
in the exercises and the music was
furnished by the choirs of the
On Friday afternoon the month
ly meeting of the \V. C. T.'TJ. was
held with Mrs. O. D. Black. This
meeting was the mother's meeting,
and also in commemoration of
Madam Willard's birthday. Mrs.
P. B. Waters, Jr., led the meeting
"and had a very interesting program
arranged. A beautiful tribute was
paid to he memory of Madam
Willard end several members spoke
feelingly of the influence of their
mothers upoii their lives. Selections
on the subject for the afternoon
were read, by Mesdames W. J.
Huiet, T. R. Denny, J. W. Marsh
and Miss Zena Payne, each other
member present reading a short
paragraph containing a good point.
"Mrs. James While gave current
events, and also sang an appropri
ate song. Mrs. Black pinned tho
emblem of the organization, the
white bow upoueach one, upon ar
Johnston was well represented in
Columbia on Tuesday.
An invitation to the home of
Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Crouch is al
ways a guarantee of pleasant hours,
and the afternoon party of last
Thursday was no exception to this
rule. Those present were the mem
bers of the Kill Kare Klub and
abont 15'guests and the time was
delightfully spent in progressive
games, and M?BS Maud Nickerson
won the gift, a hand embroidered
powderpuff. .While sweet music
was being enjoyed a delightful re
past was served. The honor guests
were Mrs. Horace Wright of
Georgetown-and Miss Ruth Smith
of Tenille, Ga. Mrs. Crouch was
assisted by Mrs. Earl Crouch in
(Continued on Fifth Page.)
Edgefield Visitors Honored.
The society columns of Sunday's
State contained the following no
tices of delightful social functions
given .in honor of Mrs. J. D. Hol
stein and Mrs. R. A. Marsh:
"Mrs. Fred G .. Swaffield compli
mented her two house guests, Mrs.
J. D. Holstein and Mrs. Robert
Marsh of Edgefield, with a bridge
party of four tables, Thursday af
ternoon at her home on Barnwell
street. Those playing were Mrs.
John J. Cain, Mrs.. John Pripleau,
Mrs. Moultrie Hutchinson, Mrs.
Lewis Poa Jones, Mrs. Ralph De
Lancey Izard, Mrs. Frank Potts.,
Mrs. William Watts Ball; Mrs. Da
vid G. Ellison, Mrs. Frank G.
Tompkins, Mrs. A. D. Barnes, Mrs.
8en Haile, dire. Albert R. Hey ward,
Mrs. Robert Shand and Miss Helen
Rion. Mrs. Barnes seoriog highest,
>von a pretty picture and Mrs Hut
chison, cutting the lucky card re
ceived a lovely flowering plant.
When cards were over a salad course
"Miss Alice Earle, division presi
dent, U. D. C., honored Mrs. Hol
stein, who is the second vice presi
dent, with an enjoyable little bridge
party of two tables Friday after
noon at her home on Laurel street.
To meet Mrs. Holstein were: Mrs.
James G. Gibbes, Miss Mary Lyles,
Mrs. Elizabeth Manson Wright,
Mrs. Eugene C. McGregor, Mrs.
FitzHugh Mcmaster, Mrs. S. T.
Carter, Mrs. J. Hagood Sams and
Miss Belle Williams. Mrs. McMas
ter won the prize, a deck of cards,
and Mrs. Holstein was preee?ted
withia lovely bunch of pink carna
tions*. Delicious refreshments were
served in two courses after the I
where he and Mrs. Morgan both
have a large circle of friends who
wish them every happiness.
Mr. and Mrs. Morgan had been
engaged for some time and it was
very generally understood among
the families and friends that the
marriage was to occur in the neat
future, although none were apprised
of their intention when on the
evening of December 30, they
quietly walked out to the parsonage
and were married.
The young couple are making
their home with the groom's pa
rents, Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Mor
gan,. Sr., in Swainsboro, but will
probably soon go to their own plan
tation home.-Augusta Herald.
1 he union meeting of the 2nd di
vision of the Edgefield Baptist As
sociation will meet with Mt. Zion
church on 30-31st Jan. 1915 at ll
a. m., devotional exercises by tbe
pastor. After call of delegates re
SUBJECTS. ' I
lit. The reflex influence of giv
ing to missions? Walter Carpenter 1
and J. D. Hughey.
2nd. ls not the church in danger
of becoming commercialized to the
extent of relying more on the power
of money or human methods, and ;
plans, than upon God for the evan
gelization of the world? G. W.
Medlock and Rev. J. T. Littlejohn. 1
3rd. To what extent and who are ;
responsible for the prosperity of a
church in a community? George
Wrifibt and H. L. Bunch. '
4th. What are 6ome of the most
potent means of christian develop
ment? Martin Medlock, J. O. At
kinson and W. J. Gaines.
Sunday a. m., missionary sermon
by Rev. ,J. T. Littlejohn. Alter
noon services to be provided for.
P. B*. Lanham.
An Election Ordered.
Hon. James A. Hoyt, the speaker
of the House of Repr?sentatives, as
provided by law; has ordered an
election for Thursday January 28,
to fill the vacancy caused in the
House by the death of Hon. James
P. DeLaughter. It was probably
ordered at this time so as to enable
the newly elected member to partici
pate in tte deliberations of the
present session of the legislature.
Tribute to Mi
Hon. JameB A. Hoyt, Speakei
paya the lamented-JameB P., DeLai
annal letter to the editor of The A(
Mr. J. Jx Miras,
Edgefield, S. C.
Dear Mr. Mime:-Yonr telegi
DeLaughter was received to-day,
after announced the news .ia the
vided for to attend the funeral.
I regret exceedingly to learn
feel that the House of Repr?sentai
lina will miss his services very seri
Will you kindly convey to his fa
the fullest assurance of my respect
Thanking you for telegra
gards, I am,
Columbia, January 15, 1915.
"Hatji The Rain a Father?"
lt must have been a rainy iseason
when God found Job complaining
of climatic conditions. In order to
give him a gentle rebuke the Lord
looked Job straight in the face and
asked, "Hath the rain a father?" as
though he were saying, "Can any
thing come to pass without mv per
mission?" Thia silenced Job for a
little while at least. This pass?ge
from Scripture is only a rain drop;
but a cultured mind can easily de
duce from it a great big and inter
esting discourse on the eternal de
crees ol God. But unless a man is
such as many of us are, are grumb
ling and pining away for ounny
diys to throw away! The rain is no
orphan! It bath a father! If it has
none, then we are living in an or
phaned world. Fate have mercy on
us! for if the rain hath no father,
there is no God.
Weall have a genealogy; and if i
we have not, we ought to have;one.
Every person ought to know him
self for five generations before he
was born; and if he is afraid to go
back that far, he ought to stop put- i
ting on airs and fooling the people. I
So the rain hath a genealogy. Its
father is God; its gentle mother the |
clouds of the heavens; its little sis-!
ters and brothers are dew drops of !
the morning; it nurses at the bosom j
of the skies; it is "sung to sleep by j
the rolling storm," and it isl
cradled*' in the winds: and like an
angel, lights upon the earth to play j
with rivulet and stream. Yes, the |
rain hath a father! And if we were
as obedient children as | is the rain
child, we would not be grumbling
and asking a whole lot of foolish
questions. If God* were to answer
some of them, we would almost die
with fright. Suppose you a?k, why
does it rain so much? Well let me
suggest two answers which doubt
less are faets. First, this earth
PROPORTIONATELY has a crust
on it not thicker than the skin of an
apple; all beneath it is fire, trying!
to escape, like a lion to devour its j
prey. When it breaks loose it thun
ders in an earthquake and burns in
an a volcano. Now suppose the fa
ther of the rain ?-ere to tell us that
in order to keep this thin crust
cool; in order to keep down earth
quake; in order to prevent our
mountains from taking fire; in or
der to preserve our lives; in order
to do all these thing", "I am send
ing ray rain-child for your/ com
fort and safety." Do you think we
would grumble and murmer? Well,
it is a scientific fact. The'rain hath
a Father! But suppose that God
whispers in your ears language like
this: Hil have sent many rainy Sab
baths to lock you up in your home
by yourself, >n order that you might
tibnk of your lost & condition." I
have caused it to rain on the Sab
bath to keep you from damning
your soul on that day, as you have
been doing lo these many years. It
has rained to shut you up in .Your
self and cause you to reflect. Should
such be the case (we believe it is)
would you doubt that the rain hath
p.of th? House of Representatives,
tighter fclbeaotifol tribnte in a per
.am an?S5unc"mg the death of Mr.
and l^gr. Williams shortly there
Hoaae, and a committee was pro
As a further.mark of respect the
of Mr.;jb?Laughter's death, and I
:ives anWthe State of South Caro
I the work now before us.
?. sincerest sympathy with
and afl^etion for him.
ph i nu Salle, and with best re
JAS? A. HOYT.
a father* But s appose that all this
weather^ ?B a solemn prophecy of
things terrible that are coming to
Here t sit in my study pleasantly
engaged in literary work; living in
a community where, during these
rainy days, there ard many sad and
depressed soule: and not a man calls
to ask, l^hat shall4I do to find
peace Wjth.God?" N?w?is this not
a sad co*nnl*entary on the 'preachers
of this age, or is it not a sad com
mentary)oh the people, as a whole?
God speaking lo us, : locking us up
within ?H?^.walls of OUX-A^1*"
sufficient for themselves and safely
housed, if death should come to
them? The rain has not only a fa
ther, but it has a divine mission. It
is sometimes the ohild of destruc
tion; but it is more, often the child
of blessing. Mindly the farmer com
plains of the weather; the impatient
merchant tires of the presence of
the idle clerk; the laborer despairs
of returning to his daily task; the
housekeeper dreams of muddy feet.
But all forget that the rain hath a
father. And in9lead of using these
golden moments for the improve
ment of the mind and of the pre
cious soul, singing, reading, pray
ing, talking about things worth re'
membering, they are wasted hours. |
Fortunately for the world does not j
consult us about rain and sunshine. ?
Impossible to have, weathe. to suit i
bald beads and bushy heads, farmer
and merchant, lawyer and doctor,
sick and wellp'old and young, bird
and tish, singers and stumblers, ail
at the same time. Only a fool tries
to please everybody. If some of us
could take a trip across the Atlan
tic, or stand on Mont Blanc, or
climb the Alps, or delve- m the
depths of theology, it would not
only enable us to realize that the
rain hath a father, but that we our
selves are comparatively nothing.
This statement that the rain hath a
father is intended to teach us that
there is a special providence over
ruling all the things that come to
The good is set aside and made
to sing a sweet psalm of praise to
God's infinite mercy; the wicked
ness in the world is set. aside and
made to praise the awful, justice of
God. No waste in nature; no waste
in providence; no waste in r?demp
tion; no waste in heaven or hell.
The rain hath a father! God is
either in the affairs of men or we
live in a world of chance. If we are
in a world of chance, we are all
fatalists. If the ram hath a father,
we are all subjects of a superintend
ing Providence, who makes one
rain drop to roll into the Atlantic
and another to run into the Gulf of
Mexico. The rain hath a father!
Rain! Rain! To us it'may seem a
rayatrery. But behind each drop is
a God so great that the prophet
says, "The clouds are the dust of
his feet." When I was a boy, ob
seivingit rain in the great ocean
for days, I used to ignorantly ask,
"Why does it rain on water?" Since
then I have learned\ that if it does
Dining; Room Shower.
N* '- ... .-.V.,' ' '? . ?' ? ' ...
..An. original reception will be
held at the ^Baptist church on Frir
day evening beginning at 8 o'clock,
when the yonngmen of the Baraca
class will arrange for a shower for
the dimng-r?om and kitchen of the
new church. To this reception ?very
ra?mbero? the church is invited,
arid the contributions have buen
designated on each invitation, that
the shower may fall intelligently
npon these two important depart
ments of the chnrch. When the
shower is over the dining room and
kitchen will have been well fur
bished with all that is necessary in
case of a union meeting, onassoria
tion, or other meeting of that kind.
In addition to these substantial
and greatly needed gifts, a delight
ful program of music and pleasant
talks will make' the evening's enter
tainment the more attractive. Re?
freshments will b? served. The fol
lowing is the program in detail and
Dr. J. S. Byrd, presiding.
Invocation, Rev. J. R. Walker.
Welcome^ address, Prof. C. C.'
Organ selection, "Festal day,"
Mrs. J. R. Tompkins,
r Vocal soloj, "The song the an
gels sing," Miss Miriam Norris.
Reading "New year thoughts,""
Miss Florence Miras.
Male quartette, Messrs. H. M.
Reynold, W. M. Earling, E. .E.
Padgettt J. G. Holland:.
Talk,'"Showers," A. 8. Tomp
Song, "A perfect day" Mrs. R.
- Tfiolin aoJo^^sa^ose^P?rker.
.-- .. ?--i. limn-, ??m:.. SMKB^PSBP I
Mrs. Mamie N. Tillman.
Programme: Mrs. Mamie N.
Tillman, Chairman, Mrs. J. L.
Mims, Mrs. W. S. Oogburn.
Refreshments: Mrs. C. E. May,
Chairman, Mrs. N. M. Jones, Mrs.
J. E. Hart, Mrs. J. W. Peak, Mrs.
W. E. Lott.
Serving: Miss Hortense Padgett,
chairman, Miss Sophie Dobson, Miss
Ruth Tompkins,Miss Pearl Padgett,
Miss Virginia Addison, Miss Gladys
Reception: Mrs. E. J. Norris,
Chairman, Airs. J. G. Holland, Mrs.
J. B. Kennerly.
Souvenirs: Miss Eliza Mims,
Chairman, Miss Mirian Norris, Miss
Natalie Padgett, Miss Justine H.
Cantelou, Miss Anna Hollingsworth.
Decorations: Airs. B. B. Jones,
Chairman, Mrs. W. A. Byrd, Miss
Marie Key, Miss Mae Tooipkius,
Miss Annie Cantelou.
Ushers: , W. D. Allen, A. S.
Tompkins, Jr., W. S. Cogburn, L.
T. May, R. H. Norris, W. C. Tomp
not rain enough, eyery fish in the
sea would perish for the want of
fresh irater to drink; and the wa
ters of the ocean would be as the
Dead sea in which is no living
thing. Ah, I see it now! The rain
hath a father! Some day when we
get on the other side and have
ceased to be little children on ?he
shore of time, we will understand
why the rain hath a father; why
God sent so many clouds in our
lives to wring from our eyes briny
rain drops of deepest sorrow. God
says to Job, I am interested in
your life of trouble, though these
troublas be the size of a rain drop.
That is a happy man who ctn see
God's hand in all things; that is a
a miserable man who sees God in
nothing. Whatever may be the
wild notions of men respecting the
Deity, thank God, ne abides the
same yesterday and forever. That
there is one supreme and absolute
ly independent person in all this
universe is a thing for which every
thankful heart should sing praise.
Let us take refuge in the thought
that since even the rain hath a fa
ther, God is all and in all things
both great and small; take refuge
in Him who said, 'Let not your
heart be troubled, ye believe in God,
believe also in me."
E. C. B.
H?tt. J. P. DeLAUGHTER.
Ed gefiel d Loses a Sterling Citi
zen. His Value Felt in Both
\ Private and Public
Col. James \Piehens DeLaughtef
died'at his home in the Meriwether
section Thursday night at 8 o'clock,
the i announcement having caused
orofound sorrow among bis friends
here. His illnesses extended over
a period of six months. Early last
summer he began to ^sniffer from
some form of stomachjpouble aod
as he steadily grew ;4|[rse he was
taken to the hospital in Augusta in
December. An incision revealed
that he had become the victim of
cancer of the stomach. Since tha t
time his life has gradually ebbed
away. Throughout his illness .Col.
DeLaughter was buoyant and hope
ful, believing up to a short time ago
that he would be .able to resume his
seat in the house of representatives
upon the convening of the general
At the time of his death Col. De
Laughter was in his 49tb year. He
married Miss Lillie Hightower and
their home has been blessed with
four children. The eldest daughter
is attending Winthop college.. In
the death of Col. D?Laughter,
stricken while in the zenith of a ase;
ful, honorable caieer, Edgefreld
county has sustained a distinct loss.
His mugged honesty, generous na
ture, uncompromising devotion.to.
duty, whether as a private citizen or
a public servant, cawed Col. De
Laughter, to be. greatly esteemed
He has been a factor of inestima
ble value in the* life of his commu
nity, being one of the- most active
members of ?he - Meriwether 'Agri
^?lk? ^LJ???^^S?L_ wa*? for a long
solicitations of friends in all parts
of the county in 1912, he announc
ed his candidacy fer the house
of representatives. The
high place upon which he pitched
his campaign, together xwith the
outspoken and fearless manner in
which he discussed the issues then
before the public, caused the people
to rally about himj the result being
that notwithstanding fact that
he resided in a remote corner of the
county, he led the ticket, being
elected on the first ballot over all
In 1914 he was a candidate for
re-election to the house and again
headed the ticket, despite the fact
that the illness which finally result
ed in his death kept him from at
tending several of the campaigns.
Col. DeLaughter made a useful
member of the genet al assembly
and reflected honor upon Edgefield
county. He never sought promi
nence, a? many lawmakers are wont
to do, yet his splendid poise and
excellent judgment led many to
seek his counsel, which was al ways
given in a most gracious manner.
The burial took place Saturday
at noon at Sweetwater church.*
A delegation from the House,
consisting of Mr. Toole of Aiken,.
Mr. Bowles of Greenwood, Mr. San
ders of Sumter and Mr.'S. T. Wil
liams of Edgefield, attended the
funeral. Senator Nicholson also
In behalf of myself and members
I invite you to the following ser
1.. Service of prayer for convic
tion of sin and conversion, Thurs
day night at 7:!"0.
2. Sermon on six words, Mill
Chapel Saturday night at 7:30.
3. Sunday School, Sunday at
4. Sermon at 11:30.
5. Picture sermon at 7:30.
J. R. Walker.
Writing in the Saturday Evening
Post, Corra Harris says that one re
sult of the European war will be
that the women of Germany will
come into their own. Our women
are already dictators. When they
say call at our store for anything
in the line of high grade Fancy
Groceries you better come.
follett & Mitchell.
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