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Dr. Bible Will Speak.
A union service will be held Sun
day night in the Baptist church and
Dr. Bible, ene i of the Chautauqua
speakers, will conduct the serrice
.Our people will not have to be urged
to attend this service. Dr. Bible
never faifs to attract large audiences.
The attention of Chautauqua
visitors and the public eenerally is
-directed to the new advertisements
this week, as follows: The Corner
i?tore, J. Rabenstein, Reynolds and
Padgett, Rives Bros, Greenwood
Bus Line, Arrington Bros, R. G.
Channon h "use an i the Mukashy
A Surprise Marriage. *
The greatest surprise in Edge
field social circles in many months
was the mai Hage of Miss Mary
Strother, the <>nly daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. David Strother, and Mr.
Milton Parser. Jr., the second son
.of Mr. and M rs. Milton Parker,
Monday afternoon by Rev, R. G.
Shannonhouse at the rectory. Even
their most intimate friends knew
nothing of their plans. Both of
these young people are deservedly
" very popular and their host of
friends, The Advertiser included,
are extending sincere congratula
Death of Mrs. Sarah A. Collett.
A long and useful life was brought
to a close about noon Monday when
Mrs. Sarah A. Collett passed peace
fully away at her home on Colum
bia street. She was in the 77th year
of her age. Mrs. Collett was a
worthy representative of an old,
greatly honored and very large
Kdgetield family. Her death re
movesj the last, save one, Mrs.
Margaret Stevens, of a family of
Mrs. Collett always led an active
life, and until the past few weeks
she was remarkably strong- add vig
orous in mind and body for one of
her age. Before being forced to
yield to the weight of years, Mrs.
, Collett was an active and very prom
inent factor in the religious and so
cial life of her community. Her
-very gracious manner, sympathetic
nature and get erous hospitality,
caused Mrs. Collett to be widely
beloved. She was a devout Chris
tian woman, having united with.the
Baptist church in her girlhood.
The funeral was conducted at the
residente Tuesday morning by her
pastor, Dr. E. P. Jones, who was
assisted by Rev. R. G. Shannon
house and Rev. J. R. Walker. The
interment took place in the village
Mrs. Collett is survived by two
sons of her first marriage, J. A. and
W. A. Hobbs,- and one son, W. A.
Collett, and two daughters, Mrs.
James Wright and Miss Sarah Col
lett, of her second marriage.
Just received a shipment of Men's
and boy' suits. . "Can save you money
on every suit you buy of us. We
ask you to call before you make
Mukashy Bargain House.
Beautiful line of dress goods just
received. Latest weaves, shades and
patterns. We invite the ladies to
call. Prices very reasonable.
Makai hy Bargain House.
Try one of our Palm Beach suits.
We sell them very reasonable. Just
the thing for summer weather.
Mukashy Bargain House.
Large shipment of Corbart Over
alls just received. Wear them once
and you will wear no other kind.
Mukashy Bargain House.
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freight, both human and merchant
able. Had that "spur" to Edgefield
been in operation, the whole town
lock, stock and barrel-would have
attended the rally Friday. We need
it too for our chautauqua which is
to be held next week.
Modera School Building.
Johnston has made rapid strides
along every line, but that in which
she has distinguished herself most
is the progress made in education
and in providing a modern plant for
still further growth in the future.
Thirty-odd years ago the people
of Johnston, then a small hamlet,
erected a rather small two-story
building, which, at that time, was
more than adequate for the school.
As the years passed, and the census
figures showed a steady growth in
the population, this building proved
to be inadequate and was discarded.
Another building, fourfold larger
than the old one, was erected near
by*. Within two decades this has
been outgrown, a larger one being
required if the school keeps pace
with the growth of the town along
other lines. Three or four years ago
a $25,000 bond issue was suggested
by the progressive citizens of the
community as a means of providing
funds for the erection of a?modern,
well-equipped brick structure. When
the question of issuing bonds by the
school district was first voted upon
it was defeated by a small margin.
Nothing daunted by this defeat, in
due course of time the matter was
again agitated and another election
ordered which resulted this time in
a comfortable majority for the bond
issue. A special act of the legisla
ture provided the necessary ma
chinery for getting well-thought
out plans into actual operation, and,
to make a long story short, the
magnificent brick structure stands
completed as an enduring monument
to the progressive spirit of the
The writer ventures the assertion
that there is not a city in South
Carolina that has a school building
erected at a cost of anything Iik3
$25,000 which 'excels this one in
any particular. There are probably
school properties on which money
has been lavishly spent in sundry
embellishments, but in its modern
design and appointments and in
providing for the needs and com
fort of the pupils, there is not a
school building in the state that sur
passes it. A capable architect of
large experience was engaged to
draw the plans and superintend the
construction. The best quality of
material has been used and the
workmanship bears evidence that
skilled hands fashioned the 'blue
print" into a finished product. The
building is three stories high. As
the first floor is not netded at pies
ent ii is not fully completed. The
second floor is divided into large,
well-lighted, well-ventilated class
rooms, each being equipped with
modem appliances. The third floor
is used for class rooms and assem
bly room or auditorium. As the
main en trance is upon the second
floor, the auditorium is reached by
only one flight of stairs.
Another feature of this splendid
school property which deserves sp?
cialement!.>n is the large, admirably
situated campus, with athletic
grounds adjoining.-In the years gone
by some larsons were thoughtful
and unselfish enough to plant scores
of beautiful oaks upon tue campus
and now they not only beautify the
premises but afford dense shade for
the pupils during their hours of
recreation. Taken tout ensemble,
considered from every standpoint,
to the Chi
Johnston has one of the finest school
properties in the state.
Field Day and Educational Rally
As a result of a conference held
some months ago between Mr. W.
W. Fuller, the county superintend
ent of education, and Prof. W. F.
Scott, the superintendent of the
Johnston High School, it was de
cided that the county educational
rally be held this year at Johnston
and on the same day that the High
School had planned its annual Field
Day. That this was a fortunate and (
happy conception was proven by
the pleasure and profit that were de- ,
rived from the day spent in John
ston by nearly 3,000 persons.
Mr. Watson's Welcome.
From practically every seotion of
the county, and also from adjoining
counties, the people came in large
numbers. After the spacious audito
rium was filled to overflowing, many
gathered in the class rooms of the
building and still others congregat
ed under the trees on the campus.
The welcome address was deliv
ered by Mr. S. J. Watson, cashier
of the Bank of Johnston, the man
who, if we are correctly informed,
has t had more to do with the
advancement of the educational in
terests and the erection of the new
building than any .other citizen in
Johnston. Mr. Watson gave utter
ance to more than" mere formal ex
pressions of welcome,, these how
ever being uttered in the best of
form and in the utmost sincerity.
His earnest appeals to parents, and
to boys and young men to improve
their opportunities, were exceeding
ly helpful and inspiring. Words
from a practical business man like
Mr. Watson, one who not only .Ivas
made a success of life but who holds
the confidence of the peoplo be
cause of his integrity of character
and real worth to the community,
are heeded to a far greater extent
than those of a man who merely in
dulges in pleasing platitudes.
Mr. Fuller's Response.
Mr. W. W. Fuller, the county
superintendent of education, who
bad a large part in making the edu
cational rally a success, responded
in a fitting manner to the address
of welcome. He also acCed as mas
ter of ceremonies. After congratu
lating the people of .founston upon
their erection of such a magnificent
building, Mr. Fuller'spoke in the
highest terms of the thoroughness
of the work that is being done by
the school, making the. Johnston
High School rank in the forefront'
of educational institutions of the
kind in the state. Mr. Fuller's res
ponse was graceful and in the best
of form, as well as encouraging to
the people of the Johnston school
district whose efforts have been
crowned with full fruition.
Hon. John J. McMahan,
The first address of the day was
delivered by Hon. John J. McMa
han, a member of the Columbia bar
and a member of the House of Rep
r?sent?es from Richland county,
who was introduced by Mr. Fuller.
Mr. McMahan served the state ably
and well as superintendent of edu
cation, and the impetus which his
administration gave to the caus3 of
education is yet felt "over the state.
After congratulating the people
Upon their splendid, beautiful en
vironed building, being located in
one of the most beautiful school
grounds in the stale, Mr. McMahan
discussed education in a practical
way, as it affects the every-day life
and affairs of the people. He spoke
at length of the refining and soften
ing influence of .education upon the
masses of the people. The standards
of our citizenship are fixed largely
by the measure of prosperity that
they enjov aud their prosperity is
dependent upon their cultivation
and development-their education
The American people are not
ruled by a monarch. Each individ
bal is a sovereign, and the standard
and quality of our government is
determined by the people them
selves. An educated citizenship will
demand high standards in govern
ment. Man is by nature danish, a
social being who is not satisfied to
live alone* and through educa
tion there is constant advancement
md improvement being made in
our social system.
The speaker said: We "Hear the
cry 'Back to the country,'but country
life will become more attractive as
it becomes less isolated. Country
life needs to be more attractive, es
pecially for women. The business
afiairs of men take them away from
home and cause them to mingle
with their fellows in town and
country, but the women are denied
this division. More attention given
to education will result in improv
ed conditions in the country and
will render rural life more attract
ive. Better roads are needed in or
der that children may attend
school and so church services can
be attended on Sunday.- The back
ward schools should receive more
attention. Should not be left to
Mr. McMahan advocated govern
ment aid in providing a better mar
keting system. At present the more
cotton that the southern farmers
make the less they receive for it. A
small crop sells for more than a
large one. Our financial system is
lacking. Men are not free to make
developments and permanent im
provements. A rural credit system
is needed. Mr. McMahan cited con
ditions in Switzerland as a na
tional government coming to the
aid of the individual. In Switzer
land 99 per cent, of farmers own
their land and live on it. There the
government lends money to the in
dividual for farm development.
Mr. McMahan hurriedly reviewed
the work of the past session of the
legislature, stating that much was
done to place the state upon a high
er plane. A compulsory education
law was enacted. Medical inspection
of school children was provided for.
Inoculating material for legumi
nous plants was provided for farm
ers at actual cost, and other mat
ters affecting the practical side of
life received consideration at the
hands of the law makers. He would
have convicts in the penitentiary
prepare lime for fertilizers, thereby
enabling farmers to purchase this
needed plant food at a reasonable
price. Lime is required in the soil
for the successful growth of alfalfa
and the clovers. He spoke of the
profitable returns from the use of
lime in the state of Illinois.
In closing his address Mr. McMa
han referred at some length to the
work of the county physician of
Richland county who is employed
to examine children in the public
school, to prevent an epidemic of
fevers, etc.. to look after the stamp
ing out of contagious diseases and
to treat and advise with victims of
tuberculosis so as to prevent the
spread of disease. The medical offi
cer of the county is appointed by
the'state board of health, which
takes the office altogether out of
Hon. John E. Swearingen.
The next speaker presented was
State Superintendent of Education
John E. Swearingen who, like those
who preceded him, could not refrain
from handing out a bouquet of
choicest flowers to the good people
of Johnston in recognition of their
splendid achievement in the erec
tion of the new plant for their
school. He said the new building
typified the new Johnston spirit.
o spend the
Being on his native heath, Mr.
Swearingen in an informal way re
freshed the audience with several
humorous anecdotes. Very soon,
however, he confined himself to
facts and figures that afforded food
for thought, giving his hearers .
something they could carry away
with them. He refeVred to the re
union of the old soldiers that was
being held on the sa ne day in Co.
lumbia an3 of the battles they
fought, stating that now, 50 years
after the fighting for a cause that
was not lost, there is another cam
paign being waged in South Caro- i
lina a campaign against ignorance, i
This fi?ht is being waged by God- .
fearinsr, intelligent men and women,
and the public school is the means i
which they have adopted.
Mr. Sweiringen said the people <
of South Carolina have only been
playing at education in the past.
But that this day marks a new be- ,
ginning in Edgefield county, whose ,
people have been living too long
on what their ancestors achieved in
the Revolution and in the forties, ,
fifties and sixties. .Again he referred
to new building, the best temple
in the county dedicated to educa
tion, as representing a new idea and
an awakening of the people.
He deplored the fact that so many
children drop out of school. Of
every 100 chillren who are enrolled
in the public schools of South Caro
lina, 95 per cent, never go higher
than the elementaiy grades; only 5
per cent, go to the High Schools
and only one and one-quarter per
cent of the High School pupils at
Mr. Sweariugen is proud of the
fact that only one other county in
the state had a larger per cent, of
its voters sign their own names to
the club rolls in 1914 than Edge
field. What is needed in South
Carolina is the enrollment of every
child in the public school. Some
may say we do not need so much
education, and yet no man is in fa
vor of compulsory ignorance. How
ever, if you shut a child out of
school he is condemned to that fate.
Mr. Sweringen favors the state
distribution of the constitutional 3
mill tax in order that it may be divid
ed equally between the schools in
all paris of the state. Under the
present plan of distribution some
of the wealthy counties have enor
mous sums, while the poorer coun
ties have very limited funds. Char
leston county, for example, has
about five times the taxable proper
ty that Edgefield has.
Flag Presented to School.
An interesting feature of the pro
gram was the presentation of a
large United States flag to the school
by the Emily Geiger chapter, D. A.
R. The flag was formally presented
by Mrs. James H. White, the regent
of the chapter, who read a carefully
prepared paper giving the history
of the national flag and many inter
esting facts concerning it. The flag
was accepted in well chosen words
by Dr. James A. Dobey, the secre
tary and treasurer of the board of
trustees of the school. Miss Bessie
Bean recited a poem entitled, "Loy
alty to the flag." Much favorable
comment was elicited by the very
beautiful manner in which she ren
dered the appropriate selection.
The presentation of the flag was ,
followed b^ a tableau representing (
Gen. Washington and Betsy Ross,
the maker of the first flag.
Interspersed With Music.
' The musical numbers on the pro
gram added much to the pleasure
of the exercises. The Johnston or-,
chestra which is composed of six or
eight pieces played several selec
tions in a manner that would reflect
credit upon a well trained city or
chestra of much^greater pretensions.
Several choruses by the High School
girl?, 30 or 40 in number, were also
Feast Under Tha Oaks.
At the conclusion of the exercises
in the auditorium, all present were
invited to gather about the long ta
ble.under the oaks on the campus.
Here a royal feast was provided in
practically unlimited quantity, in
cluding both barbecued meats and
picnic dinner' of endless variety.
Not only had the meats and sweet
meats been beautifully prepaied by
the housewives of Johnston and vi
cinity but they were faultlessly serv
ed by the committee, assisted by the
High School boys and girls. The
war has had no blighting effects up
on Johnston, if one is to judge by
the lavish hospitality which they
3 is pense.
Base Ball and Basket Ball.
The afternoon was given over to
the young people for athletics. First
a spirited game of base ball was
played between the Trenton and
Johnston teams, the score being 7
Lo 3 in favor of Johnston. In the
game of basket ball which followed,
the Trenton visitors redeemed them
selves by a score of 17 to 0. Those
who become enthused over these
sports were highly entertained by
the two contests.
The lengthening of the shadows
announced the arrival of the boar
for the nearly three thousand visit
ors to turn their faces homeward.
This they did reluctantly. The good
people of Johnston proved them
selves to be most charming hosts
and all who attended are profoundly
grateful for a day of unalloyed
Not three but a thousand cheers
Lady's Gold Watch.
The Queen of the Chautauqua
will be chosen by a voting contest,
the successful young lady being
awarded a solid gold' Edgin. watch.
The voting will be conducted at the
store of W. W. Adams & Co. The
last night of the Chautauqua the
watch will be presented and the
young lady crowned as queen. Ten
votes can be had for five cents.
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Next Sunday morning at Edge
field Methodist chnrch a service
never before used here will be held.
It is the new form for baptism and
reception of boys and girls into the
Methodist church. There are several
candidates for membership. Let all
our members be present to welcome
our new members.
Come to Sunday school at 10
o'clock. It is growing. Church ser
vice at 11 o'clock.
No service at night on account of
union service at Baptist church to
hear Dr. Bible.
J. R. Walker.
In the Trenton Presbyterian
church this week services are being
held. Dr. E. P, Jones will pna^h
there Thursday night. Moonlignt
nights give all a chance to come
Preaching here in the Presbyte
rian church 11:30 Sunday.
War price on coffee. We are sell
ing a fine grade of green coffee
worth 15 cents for 12 1-2 cents per
pound. This opens the way te? re
duce the hjgh cost ofjiving.
Penn & Holstein.