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IA man hag generally the good or ill
qualities which he attributes to man
Wednesday, August ll.
"All is fair in love and war"-and
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Wonder if Pan-America is having as
hard time keeping out of this war as \
plain old America?
The falling of Warsaw may lead the
Germans to believe that they can shake
the foundations of Paris.
We're now well on the second half |
of the year. Wonder how many shop- j
ping days until Christmas?
The rapid gait that so many people
are going suggests the correctness of
this being called the electric age.
Do not expect too much of prohibition
after the approaching election. Auto
intoxication will continue with increas
Thatgallon-a-month law works a hard
ship on some fellows in hot weather.
Some of them can't keep cool in Au
gust on a gallon.
One of the blessings of the war to
this country is that it has reduced im
migration to a minimum-less than it j
has been in 15 years.
Why doesn't some enterprising chap
bottle watermelon juice.-The State.
Because it can't be adulterated. The
water is already there.
Cowper said: "War's a game which,
were their subjects wise, kings would
not play at," which argues that there
are lots of foolish subjects in Europe.
Why is it that the prettiest girls
always pick out the ugliest men to
marry.-The State. Rising to a per
sonal privilege, we can cite at least
The act of setting fire to two train
loads of ammunition en route to the
Austrian army and the explosion that
followed is suggestive of Sherman's
definition of war.
Some are urging President Wilson to
take an aggressive stand and others
say sit8teady in the boat. Both at once
is a physical impossibility, except to
the political acrobat.
You can't tell anything from faces.
But you never saw a red-headed man
that wouldn't fight.- The State. Maybe
so, but some of them resemble Rus
sians more than Germans.
When a girl steals a fellow's heart
wouldn't you call it a miss-demeanor?
-Anderson Daily Mail. That depends;
if it were the heart of a loafing dude,
it would be petit larceny.
That California boy who held his
breath for 10 minutes will never make
a politician.-The State. Well, he has
at least one of the qualities of a suc
cessful politician-the ability to "keep
.his mouth. "
The 24-page Home-Coming edition of
Jthe Lancaster News was a gem. Such
an achievement when normal business
conditions prevail would have reflected
lasting credit on the^capable editor and
?ather makers of The News, so when a
..great undertaking like this is made a
-signal success in a season of business
depression greater are the honors won.
The Advertiser extends congratula
Aiken Seems to be Allright
Of course, no one will know how
Aiken county, our next-door neighbor,
will go in the September election until
the votes are counted, but reports
from Aiken are encouraging, leading
us to believe that a majority of the citi
zenship will vote right. The following
comment by the Aiken Journal and
Review In announcing that 1,080
voters registered in three days, is en
"A good many of those who received
certificates expressed themselves as
favoring anything that would do away
with the liquor business, and others did
not commit themselves, but a wise
shaking of the head was an ill omen."
Consider th? Corer Crops.
Probably the greatest need of the
Southern farmer ia increased fertility
of his land. It coats no more to culti
vate an acre that produces 40 bushel 3
of corn than it does to cultivate one
that yields only 10 bushels, between
the two there being a clear margin of
profit of 30 bushels. Likewise it costa
no more to cultivate an acre that yields
one bale of cotton than one which pro
duces only half a bale.
The question to be considered is, how
can the fertility be increased economi
cally? Rotation is a sure method of in
creasing the capacity of your land but
it is slow. The quickest and most eco
nomical way yet adopted to restore soil
is by combining rotation and planting
leguminous crops, commonly known as
winter cover crops.
Nature intended that something
should be growing upon land every
month in fcthe year. In our tropical
region, where land is undisturbed by
the hand of man, as one crop of vegi
tation matures and dies another germi
nates and cover the land. In his ef
forts to improve soil man can adopt
not better or more .effective means than
that employed by nature.
The season is at hand for consider
ing what crops shall follow the crops
now growing. It has been proven
over and over again that vetch and
practically all of of the clovers can be
seccessfully and profitably grown in
this section. Our experience leads us
to believe that vetch is themoBt profita
ble of them all. In addition to afford
ing an abundant crop or furnishing a
heavy growth to be turned under for
humus, the vetch collects nitrogen
from the atmosphere and stores it away
in the soiL Notrogen is the most ex
pensive element of plant food. That
is what we buy when we purchase, cot
ton seed meal, tankage, and nitrate of
soda. We can very materially reduce
our fertilizer bill by sowing cover crops
that store nitrogen in the soil. Further
more, these winter crops prevent the
washing and leaching of the soil. This
feature or aevantage alone would make
their planting worth while.
The wide-awake, progressive farmer
will plan at once for a large acreage
in winter cover crops. It would be
well to purchase your clover and vetch
seed before the price advances. Owing
1 to the European war, the price of vetch
and some of the clovers is higher than
usual at this season. The supply is
[ also limited.
Ask for Injunction.
What is known as the National Liquor
Dealers' Association, we believe that is
the correct name of the organization,
will not stand idly hy and see a State
vote out whiskey. Notwithstanding
the claim of whiskey people that prohi
bition does not curtail the consumption
Of whiskey, they place every obstacle
possible in the way of the adoption of
a State-wide prohibition law. This has
been the case in some other States,
and there is reason to believe that some
outside influence is back of the action
taken to declare the act providing for
the September election unconstitu
Two attorneys appeared before Asso
ciate Justice Watts at Laurens Friday
asking for an injunction upon the
ground that the election will be illegal
or unconstitutional. Now everybody
knows that lawyers are not in the
habit of working for nothing. So the
question naturally arises, Who is pay
ing the expense of such legal action?
We do not believe the signer of the pe
tition from Newberry, who claims to
be a prohibitionist but whose act belies
his (Vords.'is paying the expense. The
proof is not at hand, but we are in
clined to believe that large whiskey
interests that have been selling mil
lions of dollars worth of whiskey to the
county dispensaries are endeavoring to
thwart the wishes of the people of
South Carolina. And of course if suffi
cient cash is forthcoming a goodly num
ber of men can be found who will aid
and .abet in tho undertaking. t -
The whiskey people are not consist
ent. In States where a prohibition
law has been enacted by the legisla
ture, without an expression from the
people, the whiskey interests, in their
efforts to defeat the measure, would
say that the legislature should not force
prohibition upon the people. Now they
take the opposite position and say the
people have no right under the consti
tution to vote upon the question, as
provided by this act of the legislature.
At its last session our legislature pro
ceeded in the good old Democratic way
of settling this perplexing question by
letting the people decide for them
selves, and now the liquor people come
forward and say: "For the general as
sembly to take the power and authority
vested in them and transfer it to a vote
of the people at large will be to place
the making of laws practically in the
hands of irresponsible parties." The
citizenship of South Carolina can be
trusted to vote on this or any other
question. The trouble is, it is prac
tically a foregone conclusion that the
verdict written' at the ballot box in
September will be against the whiskey
interests an i they, in their desperation,
are grabbing at straws.
This effort on the part of the whis
key interests to thwart the people of
South Carolina will prove to be a boom
erang, causing them to be more de
I What Others Say j
Football Has Right of Way.
Some of the colleges may cut out
Latin and modern languages and higher
Math. Sure. They interfere with
groper study of football.-Colum
Nothing for Others.
The man who complains that past
generations never did anything for him
usually gets even by doing nothing for
the generations to come.-Orangeburg
Times and Democrat
"Charged With Stealing. $200,000":
-headline. Wrong. When the amount j
. taken is as much as $200,000 it is prop
er to refer to it as a "misappropriation
of funds."-Spartanburg Journal."
Good Choice in 1918.
The Observer is not advising any
body about politics; but will venture to
say that R. A. Cooper of Laurens has
a fine chance to become governor in
1918 if he does not throw it away in
1916. And he is young yet. -Newberry
When a German soldier performs a
deed of valor, he gets the Iron Cross.
When a Briton pulls off a heroic stunt,
he gets the Victoria Cross. When a
man and his family go off for the sum
mer and leave poor old baby with no
milk in the house, they get the
Maltese cross. Hellup. -The State.
The prohibition election is only a lit
tle more than a month off, but there is
no excitement and comparatively little
interest manifested in Sumter county.
The general impression is that Sumter
county is practically solid for prohibi
tion, but unless the people interest
themselves in the matter and turn out
to vote as they feel, their opinion will
count for nothing.-Sumter Item.
Making a Good Governor.
It looks rather early for all this talk
about probable candidates to oppose
Governor Manning .next summer. We
believe the great majority of the vo
ters who elected Governor Manning are
satisfied with his administration, or at
least, it is so much better than we have
been used to that they do not want,a
change. The biggest howlers are
the fellows who were defeated last
August Watch the line up!-Camden
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Crawford-What do you think
would happen if we could see our
selves as others nee us? "" %
Crabshaw-As far as the womens
?are concerned they would probably
put on more clothes.
Hyker-By the way, old man,
what do you think of the European
Pyker-My dear sir, like the ina
! jority of men, I don't think about
I it; I merely talk^about it.-Indian
Silious-Sciehtists claim that a
woman's mind is more apt to suo
cumb to great mental strain than a
Cynicus-Yes; I suppose the con
stant changing of anything will
wear it out.-London Opinion.
"Mr. Jones, you will either have
to marry at once .or leave our em
"But why are you so?anxious that
"While you are in love you do
not half attend to your duties and
>ou must either be cured or fired."
"Why does the bride hate him?"
"He's one of those practical jok
ers whom everybody hates. The
bride asked him to come over and
try some of her biscuits."
'"Hidn't he go?"
"Yes, and took a hammer and a
oold chisel with him."
She entered the department store
and complained about a lamp she
had purchased, demanding that il
be taken back.
"What is the matter with it,
"It has all the faults of ray hus
band, with none of his virtues."
"Please explain yourself."
"Well it has a good deal of brass
about it, it is not remarkably bril
liant, requires a good deal of atten
tion, is unsteady on- its legs, flare
up occasionally, is al.vays out ai
bedtime and is bound to smoke."
termined than ever to suppress the
sale of whiskey in South Carolina.
Should the courts, fdr any technical
reason, prevent the holding of an elec
tion, the legislature at its next session
will enact a State-wide law.
If a majority of the people be not al
lowed to express themselves directly
by ballot in favor of prohibition, their
duly elected representatives will enact
a law in accord with the strong prohi
bition sentiment in South Carolina.
C r. Cromer's Liquor Creed as
Published in the Newberry
I have been asked to state why I
am in favor of prohibition. I can
make my position clear b^ stating:
why I am opposed to the liquor
Because it produces enormous
Because, a prodigal and a spend
thrift, it annually wastes millions of
money and saps the vitality of
millions of men.
Because it is an enemy to law and
Because it is an enemy to public
morals and public decency.
Because it has killed more men
and brought sorrow and destitution
into more homes than war and pes
Because it lures and seeks to glut
its insatiate maw by feeding upon
the boys of our country.
Because it is an open door to
.fraud and graft.
Because it debauches oar men
and debases public sentiment.
Because it is coining manhood
into money, under the specious and
misleading pretense that it aims to
support our schools and improve
Because, in the language of the
Supreme court of South Carolina,
"Liquor, in its nature, is dangerous
to the morals, good order, health
and safety of the people. "
I was formerly in favor of local
option by counties; but liquor over
flows county lines. I cannot pro
tect the health of my family by
keeping my lot clean, if filth is al
lowed to accumulate on the prem
ises of my neighbor.
The traffic in opium, the traffic in
lottery tickets, the traffic in slaves
went out before the rising tide of
Christian sentiment, and ithe le
galized traffic in liquor will soon
Loafing by Boys.
We wonder why it is so many
young men can be seen loafing
upon our streets until a late hour of
night. Many of them are from our
best families. The father of these
young' men, many of them at least,
are numbered among our best citi
zens. If their cow or their horse
or even their private dog was awaj
from home after dark they would
be out on a search, but their own
children can ? roam the town all
night with apparently no effort be
ing made to find them. The boy
seems to be turned loose at a tender
age to wander at will into the path
of sin and vice, and then we won
der where all our trampe and worth
less specimens of humanity come
from. It ip a regrettable fact that
too many of them come from seed
germinated in good homes and then
sown in a careless manner upon our
streets and back alleys. Is youi
boy wasting his life on our streets?
If so, bad you not, at least, look af
ter him as carefully at nightfall at
you would your horse and cow. Wt
do not intimate that this evil exist?
to a greater extent in this commu
nity than in our sister towns, but
the evil seems universal and in
creases in magnitude as the years
roll by.-Manning Times.
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