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VOL. 80 EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6,1915 MO. 32
DOWN IN TEXAS.
Correspondent Gives Crop Con
dillons in Texas. Writes of
Trouble Along Mexican
Bditor The Advertiser:- I sm
still down in south Texas and dry
and hot. Water is scarce and hard
to get no rain since the 28th of May.
The crops are better than was ex
pected. It has been so dry that the
weevil left the cotton and it is fine.
The farmers say it will make about
two-thirds to a bale per acre. Up
to last Saturday there has been
12,800 bales put on this depot and
yarl for shipment. They think they
will put 8,000 more. It is selling
from 9? to I. Corn is short and
sorry but don't need it. As they
have plenty of Kaffir corn they are
selling their corn at 50 cents per
Two weeks ago I went from here
to Portland about 85 miles down
on the bay. I went through the
town of Taft then through Gry rey
and of all the sights of cotton I saw
it on the xoad. I w.is in an automo
bile and we went by a great gas
well that Wowed out aud caught fire
and is still barning, It is a sight to
see. The fire boils and spurts up and
they can't control it or put it out.
It is about 100 yards to the edge of
the bay where the gas ruus in the
bay. It has caught fire and is burn
ing around for 20 feet. Then I went
to another one that they had under
control. There was so much noise
and roaring you had to holler in
talking. At this well they had killed
a rattlesnake as large as my arm
with 12 rattles, the first I had ever
seen. Last week I went down to
Corpus Christie, about 50 miles
from here. I crossed the bay on a
bridge said to be five or six mile*
long. Corpus is a beautiful town of
about 12 or 15 thousand. They are
building a street car bridge across
-tSttsbay from Corpus to Portl?hoC
I saw one cotton field on my way
that had loo Mexicans in it picking
cotton. There were tents all over
the field. On Saturday afternoon you
can hardly walk the streets here
for Mexicans. Our soldiers and the
Texas Rangers are fighting them
1 every day or two down near Brown
ville. They come over in bands of
75 or 80 and rob, kill and tear up
railroad bridges as they go. About
two weeka ago I saw three trains
loaded with nothing but soldiers and
horses going to Brownsville. The
white people are leaving their coun
try houses and going to the towns
tor protection, being afraid to stay
in their houses at night. ,1 am look
ing for it to start here as the sheriff
arrested two of the Mexicans for
house stealing and put them in jail.
He got two letters the next day
stating that he had better tarn
them out or he would suffer for it.
No name was signed to the letters.
He expects to be killed any time. I
don't hardly think he is in any dan
ger unless he is caught out of town.
Don't know, though? there are se
?any of them here and they love
whiskey and you know that whiskey
will make a man do lots of things
li?t he would not do when sober.
I am so glad that old South Cars?
lina has gone dry. You know it
makes me feel good to meet my
friends here on the streets and they
?ll compliment me about my old
?tate going dry. They say they are
Coing to try and work for Texas to
.get dry and I tell them I hope they
will not give all of the credit of
South Carolina going dry to the
men for I believe that the most ol
lt came by the prayers and hare1
ork of the good women of Soutl
arolina and epecially the gooc
lies around Edgefield court hous<
nd there are some good men in anc
round Edgefield like R. L. Duno
ant. Thank you ever so mucb ole
riend for that nice box of cigars
did enjoy them so much. The peo
le are nice and kind to me but '.
ove old South Carolina and he
people and will forever, above al
others. I am old and have alway
lived in it. It is said that you can
teach an old dog new tricks and
believe it. You can tell Iv Morga
that he need not fear about a Msx
can widow lassoing me fot I don
like them and can't understand ain
ing they say.
Mr. Editor there ?H in sight of i
an oil weil that is being bored. The
have got it 4,000 feet deep an
struck oil aiul ihe companies a
.offering *7.5U per acre on all tl
Edgefield Teachers, Greeting.
The time for opening oar rural
schools is now at hand, and, as a
great deal depends on the way our
work is begun, I send this message,
hoping that you will lind something
suggestive. The progress being
made along educational lines should
urge every one connected with the
work to do his or her best to bring
Edgefield to the front among the
counties of the state. Our last year
was a good one, but we shoald not
be satisfied. We can do better.
On the first day of school, the
teacher should be on the ground
early, meeting th6 children ah they
come in, learning their names, and
engaging each one in a short con
versation on any subject that might
interest a child and put him at his
ease. This first morning is a strenu
ous timo with most children. It is
not necessary to hurry about calling
them to order on this the first morn
ing, but give all your time to be
presentat the opening exercisos. The
exercise may consist of a selection
from the scripture and the Lord'*
prayer in concert, or the teacher
may be judge of this exercise.
If the teacher so desires, a short
talk appropriate to the occasion may
be made, and then preceed with the
enrollment and examination of
books. This will take some time
and those not actually engaged by j
the teacher may be kept busy writ- i
ing name, postoffice, connty and
state, with perhaps a list of books
studied the previous year. The idea
is merely to keep them doing some,
thing, because on this first morning
with a stranger especially, each
child will be studying the teacher
to find any weak points that may be
and the teacher needs that opportu
nity with the pupil first.
After examining the books of
each one, it is well to assign a sim
ple lesson in reading, writing or|
spelling to keep him or her busy
after going to another. A boy or
girj_left with-nothing to -<*~7rr*H ***
more than apt to fina something. Do
not be hasty in ordering new books
for pupils, nor take their word for
what they may think they know. It
is wise to spend the first few days
with the old books, that an intelli
gent idea njay be formed as to what j
books are needed.
The control of a rural school is
generally decided within the first
few days of the session. A set of
written rules is not practical. Give
the children to understand that the
rule of right is to govern, and make
that the standard. Be positive with
out being harsh, be kind without
being partial, make yourself a friend
of your pupils without sacrificing
your dignity as a teacher. Give them
to understand that you are with
them to help them. When a child
needs correction, be careful to say
what you mean, and mean what you
Tht ?sf??i of your pupih is very
imporuat, feat mort* important is
the w?M?a? tftfait confidence. Get
both? $mi tito 4?setion is solved. I
wis* UM mnk *.# .* 7?? a pleasant
ye?r, ?ad im ?ff* r?W be % benefit
\0&i???*M<m? * fthfrcominu
oifejfe %$3<& yt* kare taken up
ymdHtfii jft&'tffe bs of service lo
jovrww time, oa?l on me.
W. W. fuller,
Co. Supt. Education.
Mrs. Rena Reardon.
Angusta, Ga., Oct. 4.-Mrs.
Rena Reardon, Jaged 40 years, died
at a hospital here yesterday and was
buried this afternoon from the
Woodlawn Baptist church, the Rev.
C. R. Hutchings officiating. She is
survived by her husband, John R.
Reardou; her mother, Mrs. Annie
Harris; two brothers, Simeon Har
ris of Johnston and Joe Harris ol
Edgefield, and one ??sister, Mrs,
J. VV. Reese of Edgefield.
land they can get as a lease to sinfc
oil wells. This is not buying tht
land but just the right to sink i
well. When they want one on ?
hundred acres of land they paj
$750 and the one can go ahead auc
farm and if they sink a well on you
farm the company pay3 you all th?
damage they do your farm. This i
helping the farmer that owns a lit
tie place out and helping some ti
pay for their land that could no
have been paid for otherwise.
Well, Mr. Editor I hope to b
with you all next August or befor
then if I can.
J. J. Garnett.
PE AK-BUSSE Y.
Very Beautiful Home Wedding
Numerous Handsome Tok
ens. Elaborate Supper
One of the prettiest home wed
dings ever witnessed in Edgefield
was solemnized at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. J. W. P*ak Thursday af
ternoon at 6 o'clock when their eld
est daughter, Miss Hortense Peak,
became the bride of the Kev. Pat
rick Henry Bussey. The ceremony
was performed by Dr. E. Pendleton
Jones, assisted by the Rev. George
W. Bussey of Greenwood, an uncle
of the groom.
As the guests armed they were
reoeived by Mr. and Mrs. Peak and
Miss Florence Peak. The spacious
hall, front parlors and dining room
were decorated with smilax and cut
flowers. Pink carnations and smilax
were used in great profusion in the
hall, dining room and; west parlor
and in the east parlor, where the
ceremony was performed, white car
nations and evergreens were used.
The prenuptial musical numbers
were a pleasing feature, filling the
interim between the arrival of the
guests and the appointed time for
the ceremony. Mr??. Mamie N. Till
man presided at the piano playing
the accompaniments. Miss Miriam
Norris sang "Because." which was
followed by a violin sole by Miss
R?sela Parker entitled "Love's
Melody." Miss May Hughes of Mo
bile, Ala., a school friend of the
bride, sang "A Perfect Day." The [
strains of the Mendelssohn wedding
march upon the piano by Mrs. Till
man announced the readiness of the 1
bridal party, the following order 1
being observed on entering the par
lor: Dr. E. Pendleton Jones and the 1
Rev. G. W.Buseey, Miss Lallie Peak '
and Miss Mamie Bussey, sisters of. jj
the bride and groom? respectively: !
Marios-j&rfCHBlcr Sl**8teBi \JjJ0k
Peak, The maid of honor; Fittiw
Effie Allen Lott and Hansford Miras, 1
bearing flowers and the ring; the
groom accompanied by his best 1
man, the Rev. L. H. Gardner of '
Hurtsville,, and last the bride, at- 1
tired in a rich gown, with the con- 1
ventional veil hanging gracefully !
about her slender form, on the arm
of her father. The bride and groom 1
took their position before the im
provised altar of flowers, whose 1
loveliness was heightened by the
soft light from numerous tapers.
The ring ceremony was used and at
the close of the brief but impressive
ceremony, the Rev. G. W. Bussey
invoked heaven's blessings upon the
newly formed union.
In reverse order the bridal party
left the parlor and entered the din
ing room, whe*e they were seated
about a long table, partaking of the
elaborate wedding supper. As the
last course was completed, Mrs. Ma
mie Tillman who served as toast
mistress, after giving utterance
to befitting words called upon Dr.
E. Pendleton Jones to respond to
the toast, "The Bride," which be
did in a most happy vein. While
the bridal party was feasting in the
dining room, the guests were served
with an elaborate wedding supper1
buffet styl?. A priwJMt* *o%4sstr of
the occasion for the brirre was the
book in which all of the guests re
corded their names, under the su
pervision of Miss Jennie Pattison as
they entered the west parlor to view!
?the numerous tokens from friends
in Edgefield and other parts of- the
state. Miss Sadie Mirna and Mrs.
W. L. Danovant, Jr., refreshed the
guests with fruit punch.
The bride quietly withdrew and
changed her gown for a handsome
traveling suit, and amid a shower of
rice they hastened through the hall
and down the walk to the gate,
where an automobile was waiting
to take them to August, whence
they departed upon their wedding
journey of two weeks. After their
return they will make their home
in Darlington county, near Harts
ville, where Mr. Bussey is pastor of
two large Baptist churches and
principal of the school.
Our popular price patterns anc
weaves in wool and wash fabrics an
the most attractive in style anr
beauty, and more tempting in theil
money-saving possibilities than yoi
could expect. We have here the. kim
you will be glad to choose from
and at prices you can easily aiTon
and would bc glad io pay.
Mr. and Mr?. Claxton Celebrated
Fiftieth Anniversary of
Their Marriage. Sumpt
Editor Advertiser:- In the eastern
section of Edgefield county, on the
crest of a sloping hill overlooking
Beech creek stands a beautiful coun
try Koine.-Around this home cluster
evidences/nof enterprise, peace, and
plenty, aifttthis home is that of our
beloved ftiefjds, Mr. and Mrs. Lew
is V. Olax&ri. In 1861 Lewis V.
Claxton entered the Confederate ar
ray as a member of Company A.
19tb S. 0. regiment, and served
throughout the war between the
6tates^and a truer, braver soldier
never shouldered a musket.
After the- smoke of battle had
passed away Lewis Claxton came to
his home and began life penniless.
He soon found a helpmate who was
willing to help him and to -share
with him in meeting the problems
of life which come to us all. On the
1st dav of Ootaber, 1865, Miss Mar
garet Aughtry*became his wife, and
for fifty years*/??hey have walked in
life together, sharing the duties and
responsibilities, the joys and sor
rows, one with the other.
To them have been born eight
children, severe of whom are now
living-two so^s and (ive daugh
ters-to eaeh of them he has given
a nioe farm. And these splendid sous
and daughters are living examples
of the home training that has beeu
I had the hoo3r of attending the
golden wedding??yof Mr. and Mrs.
flaxton on October 1 and I am sur-j
that I b??*'^,:-J,^ft*wint a day long
er to.:.. ven?em^re?T9y me. All of
hia,hilaren and their >^;Hie8 were
Ujere* QUtllDt?riu?> thirty-four gvj -
cbila1"*^ aD(i lv?? great-grand cl
li^tf't?^"'^'-"* f-hild was not ?i
friend* swal?e? the n anio6r present
Lo something- like two hundred,
twenty-four of who?- were Claxtoris
of Georgia. I' ?? <* joyous occa
sion. Everybody breathed happiness
and pleasure. The many golden
presents that this good man and
wife were the recipients of spoke in
silence of the love and esteem in
which they were held Jby friends
and loved ones.
At 1:30 dinner was announced
and the crowd gathered around the
table in the cool shade of stately
oaks. A more sumptuous dinner I
have never ?een. Barbecued meats,
and all kinds of meat that you can
find on an Edgefield farm and every
conceivable kind of cakes and pies.
The beauty of it all was that this
dinner, except tea, sugar and coffee,
was of home production.
At about 4 o'clock with many
good wishes for Mr. and Mr?. Clax
ton and their splendid daughters,
sons and sons-in-law, we left for
our home in Edgefield with thank
ful hearts because rt had been our
pleasure to mingls witk friends in
Edgefield, fr. C.
Mrs. Elizabeth, Smyly. 1
The death of Mira, Elizabeth
Tompkins Smyly at the home of
ber daughter, Mrs. Albert Dozier,
at Johnston, marks the passing of
the last of her generation. This
connecting link between the remote
past and the living present has beeu
severed. She was the eldest repre
sentative of an old and honored
Edgefield fanaiiy, a^d in the active
years of her life Mrs. Smyly was
the leading factor in the community
life. This consecrated womaa has
joined loved ones who preceded
her to the home beyond the skies.
A beautiful tribute is paid her by
ear Johnston correspondent.
Miss Lizzie Harris.
A useful life extending over ?
period of more than four scon
years was brought to a close whei
Miss Lizzie Harris died at the homi
of Mrs. F. M. Warren Saturday
To Mrs. Warreu and h?r sisters a nt
brothers, this good woman had al
ways be.en as a mother and all o
them were as devoted and as alten
live to her as if she were a membe
of the family circle. She was a no
ble Christian woman, being value?
and appreciated most by those wh>
knew her bebt.
News From Plum Branch.
On last Sunday morning at ll
o'clock was regular preaching hour
at the Methodist church. Bev. B.
H. Covington pastor, had succeeded
in getting Rev. Robert Rountree to
fill the pulpit. Brother Rountree
preached an excellent sermon which
was greatly enjoyed by the entire
audience. In the afternoon Mr.
Rountree went to White Town, fol
lowed by several friends from Plum
Branch who were anxious to hear
him preach again, which he did in
a very forcible way, urging people
to soe their error and turn from
their sins before it ..'as too late.
Ou last Sunday night at the Bap
tist chnrch, was carried' out a pro
gram on state mission work, which
was under the management of the
W. M. U. of that church. The pro
gram was as follows:
Song, "From Greenland's icy
Prayer for state mission work-by
Rev. B. fi. Covington*
Solo by little Elsie May Sanders,
whioh was sung so beautifully that
it stirred the entire audience. This
child is only about' six years- old
and is a perfect je*"eli
Sunbeam dialogue by a larg
numberof sunbeams and their faith?
ful leader, Mr*. W. C. Blackwell.
Recitation by little Mattie Lou.
Reading by Miss Lillian Sander* on
some jf the needs of state mission
work and the condition of our state.
A missionary song by the congre
Y. W, A. dialogue by six, girls,
each of them representing different
missionary causes of our ?nate. ,
Special music which was beauti*
fully rendered by Mrs. J. L. Brackr
Ladies missionary meeting by the
W. M. (J. lidies seated on the platr ?
form. The meeting was
T. Harf?r from Miss Ruth Pinson.
3f the training school. Then came
the exercise of outstretched hands. .
Those that took part wen? Mrs. R,
E. Coleman, Mrs. J? W. Brack noll,
Misses Ida Sanders and Pearl Coi
lier, Mesdames W. C. Blackwell,,.!.
L. Bracknell, Pierce White, Evan
Cochran, Johnnie Banister, Johnnie
Sanders. At the close was the state
song by the society after which tue
society was dismissed with prayer
by the president. Remarks by Mr.
McAllister were very helpful and
A collection, was taken which
amounted to $-l?"75, and will be
sent at, once to the stale board by
the W. M. U. as-a special offering.
Song, "Nobody ever told me ol
Jesus," by Mesdames Harper and
Dismission, with prayer by the
pastor, Rev*. G. M. Sexton.
Although just one week was
spent in arranging this program, it
was all that we could expect. We
feel that these ladies have helped
the church and communty to real
ize more fully the great need of
Plum Branch, S. C.
Mrs. Corrie; Ryan.
Trenton has sustained an irrepar
able loss. Such a devout Christian
woman ?as Mrs. Corrie Ryan, the
widow of the lamented E. L. Ryan,
was an asset thai can not be valued
too highly. Before succumbing to
the long illness* which she bore so
patiently and during which her
devoted children ministered to her
so lovingly, she was foremost in
every good work bearing upon the
welfare of the community life. She
has now entered upon her eternal
rest, deserving the commendation
"Well done." A beautiful tribute if
paid Mrs. Ryan by our Trenton cor
A PINE WHOOPING COUGH REMEDY
Mothers, Dr. Bell's Piue-Tar
Honey is just the remedy for y oui
children's cold ailments. The fae
is that pine is a quick enemy o
oold conditions. Its qualities loosei
the mucous in the throat, sooth
the lungs and open up the air pas
sages. The combination of honey
soothing and pleasant, with th
loosening pine quality makes this ai
ideal cough remedy for children
Etch passing year brings for il
?ew friends. A family of growin;
children cannot alford to be wilbou
j it. ?5c. a bullio.-3
Death of Mrs. Smyly. Mr. and
Mrs. Claxton Celebrated
Their Golden Wedding,
D. A. R. Meeting.
Mrs. Elizabeth Tompkins Smyly,
the widow of the late Mr. J. Smyly
died Friday October 1, at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. A ?bert Do
zier. On October ll, she wtmld have
been eighty years old, and the last
year of her life she had grown very
feeble, several we*ks previous to her
deatb, being confined to her bed.
There was done for her comfort all
that loving hands could do, but she
gradually grew weaker, "the silver
cord was loosed," and she went to
be with God. With just a sigh of
rest she fell asleep. Mrs. Smyly was
a noble woman of the old type and
of great strength of character, being*
a true eli ri s Lian. She was a member
of the Baptist church and of the
missionary society. As a mother she
knew her work. With affection and
oar? she Feared a family of ten SODS
and daughters who honored and
loved her. Of this large family only
four are left. Mesdames P.N. Lott of
this place and Mrs. Picke ns Einard
[of Greenwood, and Mr. St. Clair
Smyly of Eastman, Ga. She was
kind and neighborly and during her
young and active days there were
many deeds of kindness done. She
meant much in the home where she
passed her last years and the little
grandchildren were he*r loving care.
The funeral services were conducted
on ^Saturday morning at 10:30 "
o'clock at Mt. of Olives cemetery,
where six of her children are buried,
Dr. A. T. King her pastor, being as
sisted by Rev. J. H. Thacker. There
were uiauy floral designs sent by
sympathizing friends, among them
being ones from the adssionary so
ciety.* the. D>. of (C., ^ the Mew Cen
Meeti'ng Street at?d M?adamea ?ei- '
tie- Allen and Mary Ashly of Fruit
Hill attended the burial of Mrs.
Elizabeth Smyly-on Saturday,
Mrs. Earl Crouch was hostess for
the Friday afternoon sewing clnb
and those present thoroughly en
joyed the time spent with this cor
dial young hostess. After au hour
or so chatting, sewing and listening
to sweet music, a delightful salad
course with iced tea was served.
Hon. A. S. Tompkins, Mrs. Ella
Tompkins and Miss Ina Hill of
Edge?eld spent Saturday with Mr.
and Mrs. O. D. Black.
Misses Grace and Ruth Tompkins
of Edyelield were guests in the
home of Mr. and Mrs. M. T. Tur
Mrs. Sallie Smyly of Charlotte
spent the week-end here with rela
Mr. aud Mn. Willis Duncan and
Mrs. .1. W. DtYtrt #f Kd ge field
were here Salish*?* fc?jt among:
others to attejul ti? ftmal of Mrju
Elizabeth Ton ?Ut? fe* J?.
Mrs. W. J. m?L*lW&V> Char
leston tatt weefc ?ai ?l.s^frttnr ia tho
dedication i)* fc* <MwW?9? ***frH
whioh h* ' tmm to th?
memo** Q? Jt?s* Elizabeth Hjda.
Mrs. Hatcher's talk was a most'5a
teresting one. In the corner stone
of tbis chapel are the names of alt
the Sunbeams in the state, there be
ing twenty-six from the Johnston
Sunbeams. A young Dane was the
first one to be baptized in the chap
el. In a coming issue of th? Courier
will be found a short message to
the sunbeams he told to Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Claxton of
the Philippi section, celebrate 1 their
1 golden wedding Friday, October
1, the day also being the seven ty
i fifth birthday of the former. There
. was a general re-union of the fami
. ly. This happy oouple has been
blessed with seven children and
there are thirty-two grand children
' and two great grand obildren and
- all these were present, besides twen
? ty-four relatives from Georgia and
t nearby relatives and friends. The
f day was a joyous occasion aud every
J one present had good wishes for
B these two dear ones. There were
- also given gifts in gold among them
, being a beautiful gold broach for
e Mrs. Claxton and gold links for
? Mrs. Claxton. Mrs. M. W. Clark
i. who was a guest and knowing that
'?s the day was Mr. Claxton's birthday
g carried him a large bouquet of gol
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