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EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1915
Interesting Sketch of the Death
of Hero of Hamburg Riot.
Taken From Bamberg
The Columbia State, for a year
past, has been publishing; more or
less about Thos. MeKie Meriwether,
the hero of the Hamburg riot, and
of the act of the general assembly,
whereby the State of South Caro
lina appropriated a sum of money
to erect a monument to his memory.
This subject is to me of great in
terest, siuce the dead hero was a
brother to ray first, husband, and I
have thought perhaps a short ac
count of the riot, and the tragic
.death of the young man, may prove
of interest to your readers.
The town of Hamburg was just
across from Augusta on the South
Carolina side of the Savannah river.
It has been almost wiped out of ex
istence, but there are people now
living who remember when it was a
thriving town of three or four thou
sand souls and one of the most im
portant inland cotton markets in the
In 1876, the time of which I
write, there was only one bu
siness house, formerly occupied
by Sibley & Usher, and one res
idence, the Usher homestead-left
Only a few white families lived
there, and the negro population
numbered fully twelve hundred.
The place had become a
harbor for every negro cow and
?cotton thief, house burner, and
?other type of negro criminal, in the
? The municipal government was
? composed of negroes, and the mar
I shal was a negro.
I The negroes were exceedingly in
I soient and it was dangerous for
[ white men to go through the place
r unarmed. j
"""""'On July 4th, 1876, two young
white men who were returning home
from Augusta in a buggy were de
nied passage through the streets by
a negro militia company which was
parading, and had blocked the pub
The young men in question,
? Messrs. Butler and Getzen, swore
out a warrant next day against Doc
Adams, the negro captain of the
company, for obstructing the pub
The trial was set for July 8th,
but instead of Adams appearing in
court, he was found with his com- j
pany, one hundred strong, armed j
to the teeth, ensconced in the Sib
ley & Usher building in a defiant
Gen. M. C. Butler, who had come
to Hamburg to conduct the case
ior his young kinsman, realizing
that the time for action had come,
sent a demand to Adams to give up
their arms which was refused.
The news spread like wild fire,
and soon men were rushing to the
scene, among them Col. A. P.
Butler and the Sweet Water
Sabre club he commanded, and
to which McKie Meriwether be
This young man of twenty-four,
handsome and debonair and brave,
was one of five detailed to hold a
position at the abutment of the
railroad bridge, aud when firing
on the negroes in the building was
ordered to begin, in the afternoon,
fired his rifle so long and persistent
ly that it became so hot he could
not hold it.
Leaning over to place it against
pier, a bullet from the Degro fo*rt
loughed its way across the top
f his curly head, stilled his heart,
nd quenched the brave spirit for
Thus died the hero of the Hara
urg riot, one of Edgefieid's bra
est and truest sons, the idol of a
oting father, and the pride of his
But the sacrifice was not in vain,
r, as D. S. Henderson, of Aiken,
rcibly expressed it:
"His spilled blood sounded the
arm which redeemed the State
cm corruption and misrule."
"A martyr to the cause of white
premacy in South Carolina."
Nettie Ogilvie Speaks.
We carry a complete line of sta
onervy^edgers, Type-writer paper,
ype-wViier Ribbons, Fountain Pens,
Uer Fiies, etc. Everything for
W. E. Lvnch & Co.
Edge field School News. Our
Boys Win Spirited Game.
Saturday afcernoon, at the fair
grounds, the Edgefield graded school
gave Johnston a second decisive
beating, the score being 37-7. The!
game belonged to Edgefield from
the beginning and the question was
not "will we win?" but "how much
will we win?" Edgefield made six
touch-downs, but owing to the ball's
being wet, kicked goal but once.
Johnston's only touch-down was
really due more to luck than to real
foot ball. In some unaccountable
manner Lott eluded the whole Edge
field team and ran for a touch
down from kick-off. Padgett made
one touch-down for Edgefield by
skirting right end for twenty yardR.
The remaining five were made by
Oheatham either around the ends or
straight through the line.
Lott and Monroe played the best
game for the visitors, while Deal,
an Edgefield boy, substituting for
a Johnston man was easily their
next best. With the exception of
Porter and Cheatham, all the Edge
field team played a good game.
Good is not good enough for these
two; for they played brilliantly,
both offensively and defensively.
They were our most consistent
ground gainers, but Padgett also
made some good runs. Britt pulled
down a Johnston forward pass at
one time and captured the ball
again after the visitors had punted.
Neither side held the other for
downs; each was forced to punt
once. Johnston gained twenty yards
on a forward pass at one time but
could work it no more. Edgefield
depended on straight foot ball, try
ing only one short pass which was
The . attendance was good, in
spite of threatening weather. F-vnrv
one come to our next game,
humbling of a chesty rival si
be a gala occasion and every
aida in solidifying school spiri
gaining prestige for the ' si
which the teachers are this year en
I deavoring to make the best for its
size in the state. The line-up of the
teams are as follows:
Edgefield: Cheatham, F.; Padgett,
R. H.; Talbert, L. H.; Porter, Q.;
Britt, R. E.; Sharpton, L. E.; Tim
merman, R. T.; Prescott, L. T.;
Thurmond, L. G.; Holson, R.-G.;
Jones (Bill) C.
Johnston: Lott and Monroe, F.;
Clark, R H.; Smith, L. H.; Nicker
son, Q.; Doughty, R. E.; Watson,
L. E.; Hoyt, R, T.; Deal, an Edge
field boy supplying for Johnston,
L. T.; Caldwell, L.G.; Brown, R.
G., Perrin, C.
On last Tuesday morning, Rev.
E. C. Bailey made a most interest
ing talk to the graded and high
school. We are always glad to have
him come, and urge the other pa
trons to follow his example.
Mr. Pendleton Gaines spent the
week end with friends and relatives
Everybody will please remember
the entertainment on next Friday
night. The money is to be used for
the improvement of the school;
therefore we expect a large crowd.
General admission 25 cents. All
school children enter for 15 cents.
In order to put some enthusiasm
and excitement into the basket ball
game, a pennant ha? teen offered to
the team that wins the most games
of the series to be played this year.
Each team is to play every other
team three games; and the two
teams winning the mose games will
play each other for the champion
ship. The manager of our team ia
endeavoring to arrange a series ol:
such games between the "pick"
teams of the Johnston, Edgefield
aud Trenton high schools. Also we
want to arrange for field day ex
ercises, which will be held in Edge
field some time durir.g the year.
D. A R. Mee ting.
The D. A. Rs will hold their
meeting this month or e week later
than usual so that the delegates
going to the state conference will
have returned and can make their
report. The meeting will be at the
home of Mrs. James Cantelou on
Tuesday, November 23, at 3:30
o'clock and each member is request
ed to bring an offering of food to
be sent to the D. A. R. school at
For Weakness and Loss of Appetite
The OM Standard general strengthening tonic,
GROVE'S TASTELESS chill TONIC, drives out
?Malaria and builds up the system. A true tonic
and ?ire Appetizer. For adults and children. 50c*
Mi ss Mobley Entertained Rook
Club. New Century Club
Met With Mrs Grant.
Mrs. W. F. Scott and Master
William have gone to Greenwood
to visit the former's parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Halt i wander, and from
there she will go to Greenville to
attend the D. A. R. conference.
Mrs. H. W. Crouch ?9 at home
from a visit to ber sister, Mrs. Tay
lor Goodwyn at Greenwood.
Rey. M. L. Rester and Mr. W.
B. Moffett represented the Luther
an church of this place at the Synod
held, last week in Newberry, and
they carried with them a most ex
cellent report the best that has yet
been sent from this church. Rev.
Rester is a' consecrated man of God
and under bis leadership, the church
has made many upward steps.
I Mrs. J. A. Le tt spent the latter
part of last week in .Augusta with
Mifcs Marion Mobley entertained
the rook club on Wednesday after
noon and the. rooms were attract
ively decorated in gorgeous chry
santhemums. The hostess was as
sisted bv Mrs. J. L. Walker and
M?69 Orlena Ci. -tl ed ge, and Miss
Gladys Sawyer gave several piano
selections. Several tables of rook
were enjoyed and during the latter
part of the afternoon a tempting
salad course was served.
Act exciting game of basket ball
was played here on the school cam
pus between Edge field and John
ston on last Friday afternoon, Edge
field winning, the score being
There is nothing that is afford
!..-. . pleasure ana pronta
sied;? *?:'. research to th*: twenty ?
is a most fitting one. The last meet
ing of the club was held in the
home of Mrs. H. D. Grant and
eight of the writers were discussed,
Miss Clara Sawyer acting as leader:
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Feli
cia Hernani, Adelaide Proctor, Jean
Ingelow, Rose Terry Cook, Eliza
beth Stewart Phelps, Lucy Larcom
and Celia Thaxter. An hour or
more was spent in the discussion
which was followed by a half hour
of social pleasures and the hostess,
assisted by some of her friends serv
ed an elaborate repast.
Handsome Buick car3 have been
purchased by Messrs. Burrell Boat
wright and Robert Smith.
Mr. John Bland of Yidalia, Ga.,
spent last week here on business
and visiting relatives.
The friends of Capt. P. B. Wa
ters will be delighted to learn that
he is now able tc be up again after
a three weeks illness.
Mesdames M. T. Turner and J.
L. Walke?* are in Greenville this
week attending the conference of
the Daughters of the American
Mr. Haskel Clark had the mis
fortune to lose his 'barn, with con
tents, by fire ladt week. Two mules,
a buggy and wagon wore also burn
Mesdames Bettie Allen and Mary
Ashley of Fruit Hill, have been
visiting in the home of Dr. B. L.
Mrs. Lessie Moyer of Lexington
has moved here to make her home,
having rooms in the home of Mrs.
T. R. Denny.
Messrs. F. S. Bland and G. G.
Waters spent a few days of the past
week in. Yidalia, Ga., making a car
Mrs. C. P. Corn has returned
from Walhalla where she visited in
the home of her father, Mr. Wil
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Dobey visit
ed their daughter, Mrs. Brunson,
recently in Augusta.,
Miss Lois Carter of Batesburg
spent last week here the guest of
Mrs. E. O. Crouch.
Mrs. D. W. Caldwell has return
ed to Monroe, N. C., after a visit
in the home of her brother, Mr.
Mr9. Joseph Wright is at home
from Macon, Ga., where she visited
her mother, Mrs. Sammon.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wood
ward of Aiken were week-end visit
Mr. Julian Bland, now of Green-j
Our Hardy's Correspondent
Visited Fair and Makes an
Interesting Report. Edge
field Won Prizes.
Dear Advertiser: As Hardysrnews
is seasue, we will stray off a little
this time and Say a few words about
the Fair. We spent about four
hoars ontthere last Thursday and
enjoj?d it very much. While I have
seen better exhibits, they were re
markably goud. I am truly sorry
to see that the Meriwether club did
not assist in putting on their exhib
it,- as they have done formerly,
wMflP|au8eci the loss of a larger
prize. We think the committee
that " larked and put on the ex
hibit, deserves great credit for mak
ing as good a display as they did
when *? few of the club members
took interest enough in its club ex
hibit to assist in sending things to
help ?Htth the display. The spin
ning wheel in the exhibit seemed to
be of .great interest to a great many.
For tttft?"generation it was a great
ouriosifc?jas the mills ave all equip
ped wmP the latest improved nia
chbiers?|, Quite a contrast to the
slow outline spinning wheel darkey
that taiigs her time, the Sibley mills
had in: a loom run bv electricity',
showing'its speed of turning off the
work. They had some beautiful
goods displayed there also.
The woman's work department
was grand as it always is. There
were not so many paintings as for
merly T don't think. The clay work
done by ^Jiiss Dickie Puryear was
very mach admired and was fiue.
We did,a'ot get around to the poul
try department. The cattle, swine,
and horses, were fine. We saw in
?na nf the.side shows a cow said to
?nu ?uey we
also. I wotil
steak from svmc vi mose tat fel
lows. I know it would be juicy and
tender. Speaking of the woman's
department, our friend, Mrs. H. F.
Cooper and her two girls won some
prizes from that department on
needle work and fruit. Dr. McKie
won several prizes on his Poland
China hog?". Mr. McKie Scott and
Mr. Henry Cooper won on their
Dr. McKie had quite a bad acci
dent last Tuesday. His horse fell
on his left leg and broke the small
bone just above the ankle. It is
giving him a great deal of trouble.
We hope though, that he will soon
be up and about ag tin.
Mrs. Julia Townes is spending
some time in Augusta with her
daughter, McClare, and will spend
a part of thia week with her son,
Mr. George Townes, in Aiken.
Mrs. Carmicheal is visiting Mrs.
Francis Townes, Mr. Henry Med
lock and baby.
Mr. Milton Barker arrived home
last Tuesday from Chattanooga,
Tenn., where he has been since Au
gust having his crops gathered and
oats saved. He will return there
on the 20th to complete his busi
ness, then come to make Carolina his
home. We are soglad to have him
come here to make his home in
stead of robbing us of "Miss Lou *
We always welcome good neigh
bors, and are sorry to hear we are
to lose so many by their having to
move off from malaria. Hope they
may soon be able to come back
Hardy's, S. C.
ville, has been visiting the home
Miss Alma Woodward spent last
week in Augusta with her aunt,
Dr. and Mrs. F. L. Parker were
visitors in Augusta during last
Johnston will be well represented
in Aiken the latter part of
the week at the state convention,
LT. D. C. The delegates are Mrs.
James White and Mrs. O. D.
Black. Mrs. F. M. Boyd whose
poem took the state prize and Miss
Frances Turner whose essay also
took the prize are among the guests
of honor and will give these at the
historical evening. Others who will
also attend are Mesdames P. B.
Waters, B. L. Allen, J. A. Dozier,
Misses Emma Bouknight, Clara
Sawyer and Zena Payne.
Thanksgiving Day And The
President Wilson has appointed
November 25, as th? National
Thanksgiving Day. It has been our j
annual custom ou that day, or the
Sabbath following, to remember the
orphans. We hope that every reader
of these lines will gladly do no. You
have a wonderful amount to be
grateful for. Put your gratitude to
the proof. Send to the orphanage of
your church, your thank offeriug.
Presbyterian people in Florida,
Georgia and South Carolina will
remember that they are united in
supporting: the Thornwell Orphan
age, Clinton, S. C., which is the
property of those three Synods. The
children are all orphans, some three
hundred in number. There are 17
cottage homes, each occupied by
some 15 to 2d children, with a good
motherly woman in charge. The
children are regularly in school for
forty weeks each year, and are
taught some lraie or occupation, by
which they can earn an honest liv
ing. Usually they leave the home
at the age of 16 to 18, unless an
earlier discharge is found advisable.
Their support depends upon gifts
of good men and women. Especially
at Thanksgiving times, they ought
to be remembered. There are 180
children from South Carolina, 70
from Georgia and 28 from Florida.
The rest came from seven other
Contributions should be sent sim
ply to Thornwell orphanage,Clinton,
S. C. Checks and post office orders
should be sent to the same address.
Honor Roll Edgefield Graded
and High School.
First grade: L.ue Allen Lott,
Elizabeth Johnson, Margaret Lyou,
Martha Thurmond, Mary Thur
.. .J S3T3 H-:-v-, - y... ?tn?fc
\ c)vftj ..;>.' ** .. ;. \]-S;rora
Second grade: o una uv,. _
ryn Stewart, Frances Moore, Mary
Lillie Byrd, Elizabeth Bailey, Jea
nette Timmons, Annie Lawton,
Hansford Mims, Renaud Shannon
house, Carrie Duuovant, Albert
Third grade: Felicia Miras, May
Rives, Robert Tompkins, Nell
Strom, Allen Geo. Thurmond, Wil
Fourth grade: Isabelle Byrd,
Elizabeth Lott, John Wells, Allen
Fifth grade: Mitchell Wells, Lil
liau Pattison, Eleanor 'Mims, Ray
mond Folk, William Strom, Robert
Ouzts, Helen Nicholson, Mobley
Sixth grade: Lois Minis, William
Folk, William Jones, Geneva
Quaries, Elizabeth Rives, Ethel
Cheatham, Dixon Tim merman.
Seventh grade: Edith Ouzts, Fran
ces Jones, Norma Shaunonhouse.
Eighth grade: Arthur Britt, Ed
win Folk, James Porter.
Ninth grade: Margaret May,
Neta Ouztd, Willie Peak, Johnnie
Cogburn, Brook Jones, Annie Sue
Tenth grade: Ouida Pattison,
Pendleton Gaines, Janice >lorgan.
Eleventh grade: Annie Mae Tim
mons, Ida Folk, Jennie Sirakins,
Annabel Saunders, Lallie Peak.
Henry C. Tillman Against Wo
Mr. Henry C. Tillman, who will
be a candidate for Congress from
the Third District in the primaries
next summer, is opposed to woman's
suffrage. He made this positive
statement to The Journal today
wnen he was asked what stand he
would take in the campaign which
has been launched in every congres
sional district of the state by Mrs.
M. T. Coleman. The appeal to the
suffragists is given in another col
umn of the Journal today.
So far as known Mr. Tillman is
the only one of the several candi
dates for Congress from this district
who has made public his views on
the suffrage question. Statements
from the other candidates, there are
said to be some six or seven in ad
dition to Congressman Aiken will
be interesting.-Greenwood Jour
Do you need a typewriter? The
Advertiser is offering a great bar
gain in Oliver typewriters. Nothing
better on the market.
W. M. U. MEETING.
State Convention of Baptist Wo
men Held in Sparenburg
Last Week. Profitable
The meeting- of the Woman's
Missionary Union in Spartanburg
from Tuesday to Friday of last
week, was one of the most eu thusi
astic conventions in many years.
Edgefield county was well rep
resented. From Johnston, Mrs. W.
J. Hatcher superintendent of the
Sunbeam societies of the slate, and
one of the most efficient and popular
officers of the convention; Mrs. L.
C. Latimer president of the John
ston society; Miss Zena Payne and
Mrs. J. H. White.
Trenton was represented by Miss
Marian Clark, the youngest mem
ber of the party .who left ootha
Southern Tuesday morning. Plana
Branch had as their delegates Mrs.
R. E. Coleman, Miss Juanita Mil
ler and little Cornelia Cothrao.
Bethany was represented by Mrs.
B. N. Talbert and Miss Nannie
Talbert. Red Hill by Mrs. J. T"
Littlejohn and Miss Hass'e Quarleo.
Edgefield by Mrs. E. P. Jones.
Mrs. A. E. Padgett, Mrs. Abner
Broadwater, Mrs. L. T. May and
Mrs. J. L. Mims.
As vice president of the western
division, Mrs. Tillman's absence
was regretted, and many inquiries
were made in her behalf, ?be was
represented by Mrs. W. H. Hunt of
Newberry. Mrs. Tillman was re
elected to the same position. The
Edgefield delegates served on the
following committees: Mrs. Abner
Broadwater made the report as
chairman of the committee on time
and place of next meeting, Mrs. J
L. Mims was a member of the com
mittee to nominate delegates to the
--?* TTnion, aux
The Edgefield delegation were
very cordially received by Dr. and
Mrs. M. D. Jeffries and Miss Snow
was one of the ushers at the con
A very delightful occasion was
that of Thursday evening when a
number of the Edgefield visitors
were very hospitably entertained
at dinner at Converse college by
Miss Antoinette Denny,a senior and
vice-president of the student gov
ernment body. Miss Annie Crouch
of Johnston was also very atten
tive in conducting the visitors about
the institution and acquainting
them with the beautiful environ
ment and splendid equipment of the
Mrs. Broadwater remained over
to the last executive board meeting
to represent Edgefield association,
Mrs. Littlejohn and Miss Hassie
Quarles paid a visit to Mrs. Little
john's old home at Lauf o rd and
later visited J. T. Littlejohn, Jr.,
and C. B. Littlejohn at B. M. I.,
Mrs. L. T. May stopped over a few
days with her mother iu Laarens
county and Mrs. A. E. Padgett re
mained over on invitation in Spar
tanburg, afterwards visiting Miss
Gladys Padgett at Greenville Wo
On the way over to Spartanburg
the Edgefield contingency were
most cordially greeted at the sta
tion in Columbia by Mrs. Matthews
who had come down to meet her
sister, Mrs. J. W. Stewart, and
verj kindly carried the party in her
lovely car out to the city hospital
where a visit was paid to Mrs. Hol
stein and Mrs. Griffin. We also
found Miss Flora Ouzts in the hos
pital, but on the eve of returning
home to Edgefield. Later her sister
Mrs. Tillman Asbill joined the party
and added to Edgefield:s strength
The next convention will be held
in Orangeburg the third week in
Mrs. J. L. Mims.
There is no better farm wagon
made than the Mitchell. Try one
and you will be convinced that they
are unequaled. We guarantee the
skeins against breaking, it matters
not how heavy a load j ou put on
them. Come in and make a thorough
examination of the Mitchell wagon.
The more you know of it the bet
ter you will like it.
Edgefield Mercantile Co.