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EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 1917
Enthusiastic Temperance Meet
ing. Dual Birthday Celebra
tion. Apollo Music Club
Hold Reciprocity Day.
One of the most enthusiastic tem
perance meeting? ever held in John
ston was that of last week in the
Baptist cturch, and all denomina
tions met in a co-operative meeting
to pray for national constitutional
Every one present, the church be
ing filled, wa? in hearty sympathy
with the occasion, and there is no
doubt this meeting will occasion
Rev. W. S. Brooke, pastor of the
Baptist church, greatly aided the
local W. C. T. U. in planning for
\ this service, and secured the speak
ers, and did much to make it the
great success it was.
He presided over the service, and
the music all bore on temperance,
lfiss Sallie Heyward effectively
sang, "Brighter Days Are Coming."
The "Young Campaigners," in
costume, under the leadership of
Mrs. J. H. White, came in and j
made a striking tableau with ban
ners of the dry states. They then
sang, "Prohibition Plenty in 1920:''
Mrs. L. C. Latimer read selec
tions from the national presidents
address* and Mrs. M. E. Norris read
the ??. M. ls\ Stevens proclamation
After fitting words upon the oc
casion by Rev. W. S. Brooke, ad
dresses were heard from Mr. H. G.
Eidson, Supt. of the M. E. Sunday
School, Rev. M. L. Rester, pastor,
St. John's Lutheran church and Mr.
S. J. Watson, Supt. of the Baptist
Sunday School. All pr?tent endors
ed "national constitutional prohi
In the afternoon a meeting of
prayer was held in the home of Mrs.
M. A. Huiet. Joining with the W.
??T. U. was the Thursday aft?r
" 1 noon grayer circle.
Mr. Albert Lott has been spend
ing awhile in Florida, and the cli
mate has already benefitted him
Mr. Oscar D. Asbell died on last
Tuesday at his home in Tompson,
Ala. He leaves a wife and three
little children and several brothers
and sisters. He was born and rear
ed here, and was a student of this
school and a member of the Baptist
church before making his home
elsewhere. He was the son of Mr.
L. G. Asbell, a brotifer ol' Rev.
Tillman Asbell and Mr. Abner As
Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Crouch vis
ited in Columbia last week and at
tended the reception given by Gov.
and Mrs. R. I. Manning on Tues
Mr. F. M. Boyd is at home from
a.week's stay in Charleston, in the
interest of his business.
Mrs. Saunders spent last week in
Aiken in the h( me of her father,
Capt. Mm ray, who has been ill.
The dual birthday celebration of
the two great chieftains, Robert E.
Lee and Stonewall Jackson was had
on Sunday afternoon, by the Mary
Buie chapter, D. of C., and an aj>
proprjate program was arranged by
the historian, Mrs. O. D. Black.
In opening, she slated that it was
fitting that this be had on Sunday,
as these two great men were such
prayerful men and their religion
was shown in the battlefield.
The meeting was opened with,
"How Firm a Fpuudation," a favor
ite hymn of each, and which was
sung at their funerals.
The Ritual prayer was read by
Mrs. P. B. Waters, Jr., all joining
in the Lord's prayer.
''The Life <>i Lee" was^given by
Mrs. F. M. Boyd.
Reading, "The Sword of Lee,"
Miss (.'lara Sawyer.
"'Lee's March," a piano Bulo,
Miss Bettie Waters.
"The Life of Stonewall Jackson,"
-Mrs. M. T. Turner.
Vocal solo, "Stonewall Jackson's
Prayer,"-Mrs. J. H. White.
Capt. Quarles, of Abbeville, made
a splendid talk pn "The Lives and
Character of Lee and Jackson.v He
is a veteran and there were many
personal touches in,his talk, he hav
ing been with these two noble he
roes at various times during the war
between the States.
* "America" was sung, and the oc
(Continued on Fifth Page.)
Trial of Mr. Spanell tor Killing
Col. Calbreath Butler.
San Angelo, Tex., Jan. 21.-The
trial of Harry J. Spanell on the
charge of having murdered Lient.
Col. C. M. Burler, of the Sixth
United Slates Cavalry and Mrs.
Harry J. Spanell, in Alpine, Tex.,
while the three were automobiling
on July 20, 1916, is attracting wide
The killing caused a sensation
among army men on the Mexican
border. Spanell was indicted by
the grand jury at Alpine on a charge
of murder but because of the local
feeling it was deemed advisable to
grant a change of venue and the
trial was set for San Angelo.
Spanell was a music teaefcer at
Baylor College at Waco, Tex., when
he married Crystal Holland, the
daughter of Colonel John Hol
land, a wealthy cattle man of wee
tern Texas. Later Spanell went to
Alpine with his wife, where he as
sumed the management of the Hol
land hotel which was owned by
Mrs. Spanell's father. Mr. and Mrs.
Spanell made their home at the ho
It was there that they met Lieu
tenant-Colonel Butler when thearmy
officer came to Alpine in command
of the oaralry troops on that part
of the border. Lieutenaut-Colonel
Butler made his headquarters at the
Holland Hotel and became the
friend of Mr. and Mrs. Spanell.
On the evening of the tragedy
Spanell drove up to the door of the
hotel in his automobile and invited
Lieutenant-Colonel Butler to accom
pany him and Mrs. Spanell for a
ride. When only a short cVislance
from the hotel and on the principal
.treet of the little town, shots were
heard from the Spanell automobile
and Mrs. Spanell was found in al
dying condition in the rear seat of'
the car with Lieutenant-Colonel
Butler's body beside#her. Her death
followed soou after.
Spanell gave himself up but re
fused to make any statement re
garding the tragedy.
Because of the prominence of the
victims, a board of inquiry was ap
pointed from the army to make an
investigation of the facts leading up
to the tragedy. This board com
pletely exonerated Lieutenant-Colo
nel Buller from any blame and the
report stated that the army oilieer's
friendship for Mr. and Mrs. Spanell
was honorable and his conduct
above reproach at all times.
Lieutenant-Colonel Butler W89 the
son of Major-General Calvert Math
ew Butler (retired) of South Caro
lina who was a United States sena
tor at one time. His wife was the
daughter of a leading family of
New Directories Issued.
The new directory of the South
ern Bell Telephone Company bas
been delivered to the subscribers in
Edgefield and Johnston by manager
J. J. Roach. The new directory is
attractive in appearance and con
tains all the changes and corrections
in listing that has been made Bince
the last directory was printei.
The number of new names ap
pearing in list would indicate that
there are constant additions to the
number of subscribers in Kdcefield
and Johnston and vicinity and the
ttlophone development is contin
The Southern Bell Company has
evolved a plan whereby it furnishes
telephone service to farmers and
other rural residents on an economi
cal basis. As a result the telephone
is now the rule rather than the ex
ception, on the farm, and farmers in
all sections of the State are install
ing telephones in their homes. The
plant of the Southern Bell Company
in Edgefield and Johnston is main
tained at a high state of efficiency
and the subscribers are well satis
fied with the service that Manager
J. J. Roach is rendering.
Mr. Knight Buys Home.
J. Broadus Knight, clerk of the
federal court for the western dis
trict of South Carolina, who is well
known here, has purchased the home
place of the late James R. Laurence
at the corner of North Main and
Eatle streets, in the city of Green
ville, for a consideration of $15,000.
Mr. Kniirht will make his home at
that place, it is announced.-Green
Birthday of Great Confederate
General Fittingly Celebrated.
Maste/Iy Address and in
At noon Friday, the 110th anni
versary of the birth of General Rob
ert Edward Lee was appropriately
celebrated in the high school audi
torium under tho auspices / of the
Edgefield chapter, U. P. C. The
attendance wa? larger than usual
and the programme was splendidly
arranged. The rostrum was fitting
ly decorated with Confederate col
ors and flags. Hanging on the wall
to the rear of the rostrum was a
portrait of Gen. Lee of life sise,
with Confederate flair? draped about
it, the"whofe furnishing an inspir
ing background for those who par
ticipated in the exercises.
Prof. T. J. Lyon acted as master
of ceremonies, calling upon Rev.
Arthur L. Gunter to open the exer
cises with prayer*. Then " Dixie"
was sung by the several "hundred
pupils of the graded and high
schools. A recitation, "Marse
Robert is , Asleep," was well ren
dered by Miss Emmie Broadwater.
Rev. E. C. Bailey introduced tho
orator of the occasion, Dr. Ashby
Jone?, pastor of the First Baptist
ohurch of Augusta and a brother of
Dr. E. Pendleton Jones. Dr. Jones'
subject was "Robert Edward Lee."
He fir*t presented the personal side
of the life of the great chieftain and
next referred to his achievements as
a military genius. Dr. Jones fol
lowed or traced Ihe military career
of General Lee from the beginning
of the war, when he resigned his
commission as an officer in the Fed
eral army to fight with his own peo
ple of the South in defense of honor
and justice, down to the surrender
at Appomattox. Campaign after
campaign, battle after battle, and
year by year of the four years of
deadly struggle, were taken-up by
the dintinguished speaker to show
the marvelous achievements of Gon
eral Lee. Dr. Jones is peculiarly
lilted fo the task assigned him, in
that his distinguished father, the
late Rev. William Jones, D. D.,
was a member of Gen. Lee's staff,
and upon the death of the g?n?ral
his family selected the late Dr.
Jones lo write his biography, turn
ing over to bim all of the official
documents and private papers of
General Lee. Dr. Ashby Jones
stated lhat it had been his privilege
to read these papers, even the let
ters ol General Lee to members of
his family and to most inundate
friends. This opportunity which
earne to but few made it possible
for him to know thc great Confed
erate general as but few were privi
leged to know him. For more than
an hour Dr. Jones held the closest
attention of the large audience,
many leaning forward in their seats
in their eagerness to catch '?very
word. It is deeply regretted that
the masterly address, so replete with
personal reminiscence and^ valuable
historical data, can not be preserv
At the close of Dr. Jones' ad
dress a vocal solo, "Carry Me Back
to Ole \-irginny," was sang by
Miss Ruth Tompkins, with piano
accompaniment by Mrs. Mamie N.
Er-Gov. J. C. Sheppard present
ed in a very fitting manner large
portraits of the three greatest Con
federate heroes, Gen. L?e, Gen.
Jackson and President Davis, to the
graded and high schools. He also,
in behalf of Mrs. Agatha Woodson,
presented to tho Edgefield chapter
for their museum the roll of the
Edgefield Rifles, the first company
to volunteer for service in the Con
federate army from Edgefield comi
ty. The portraits were accepted
for the school by Prof. James Bon
ner, his remarks being altogether
A pleasing feature of the pro
gramme announced at this time was
a piano solo, "Dixie," by Master
Benjamin Cogbnrn, which was fol
lowed by a reading, "The Conquer
ed Banner," by Master Edwin Folk.
At the beginning of tho sessioh
last fall the Edgefield chanter, U.
D. C., offered two prizes to the pu
pi 1 ? of the school writing the best
essays on 1 R. E. Lee, the Man, the
Soldier, the College President.'"
These prises were presented by Mr.
Arthur Tompkins, the first prize,
five dollars in gold, to Miss Brooke
Jones for writing the best essay,
Bad Roads Make Travel - Diffi
cult. Service at Hardy's. Mis
sion Society Meets With
We have been having such miser
able ! weatbei and roads that we
bave^pitied those who were obliged
to go^out in the weather and over
the roads. Then too, we bad some
such.cold days that the school chil
dren-would almost freeze. The
three DeLaughter children have to
leave/home by seven o'clock to get
to North Augusta in time, also the
four^McKie children leave a few
mihntes after seven. They also go
to North Augusta.
Mrs. Harry Bunch and her little
folksjleave just after eUht to go to
Centenary Hill school. The two
smallest only come a third of a
mile and are almost frozen when
t^ey get this far. The other two,
we Tiiiow, suffer before reaching
school. Those little fellows that
have I to walk over the cold wet
ground, and through wet, frosty
weeds, surely haye a rough time
School days though, are the hap
piest 6f all, if we could realize it at
the time. But as a rule, all chil
dron consider them their hardest
days, until they have grown old
and look back, think of the many
happy "times they have had at school
and wish they had taken more ad
vantage of their opportunities that
they .wasted then, thinking it so
hard to go to school such weather.
I often dream of being back at
the dear old Haughton Institute and
wake to realize, * 'tis only a dream."
The pew Haughton building does
not'resVmble the one that was de
stroyed' by fire last 22nd of March.
The now one will be grand when
Sunday being service day at Har
dy's^ we attended and the day
brig?;une^^^We '* went, until the
clouds bad vanished, leaving the
beautiful blue sky. Such a welcome
sight, by the time we came out of
church. There were no automo
biles there, as it was about all the
"mule obilcs" could do to get
through tho mud. Very few of
those even, were there.
The W. M. Society is to meet
next Thursday with Mr?. Georgia
McKie at her home. We hope that
there will be a full attendance.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Fouche attend
ed service at Hardy's with Mrs.
Frances Townes, .Mr. Martin Med
lock, and Mr. Ingram with Mr.
Mesdames Frances Townes and
Hortense Fouche visited Mrs. Har
ry Bunch Sunday afternoon.
The Meriwether Agricultural
Club met Saturday and enjoyed an
"oyster stew" instead of "barbe
cue." Mr. Milton Barker was vot
ed in as a member o'f the club.
Mr. Herbert Bunch attended thc
Richmond Co. Club "cue" on Thurs
day and heard Mr. Worsham talk
on the boll weevil question and
what the farmers should plant. If
"Mr. Weevil" does take possessio
which he says, is as as sure to come,
as the sun to rise.
There seems to be a great many
hogs dying from cholera over in the
Sweetwater section. We hope that
it will not spread over this far.
Those that die should be burned, so
as to keep dogs and buzzards from
spreading the disease.
We are very sorry to hear of Mr.
John Scott having lost his horse
while at Edgefield. Horsss cost al
most as much as an automobile now
Mr. Henry M ed lock's little baby
boy has been right sick with croup,
but is better now.
Mrs. Frances Townes had two
chills last week. They have not
stopped, even during the winter.
What can those people over in the
mosvnito zone expect for the sum
mer if chills continue now?
We had lots of rain Monday
morning, accompanied by high
winds. Another dark, bad day.
and the second prize, two dollars
and a half in gold, to Miss Willie
Peak fdr writing the second beni
The celebration, which in many
respects was the best of the kind
?vcr held in Edgefield, waiconclud
d with the h.', mn, "How Firm
roundation." by the entire audienoe,
ibis being Gen. Lee's favorite hymn.
Major Anderson is Some Senate
Washington, Jan. 2u -Maj.
"Dick," Anderson of Edgefield,
guardian of the main entrance ti
the senate chamber at the capitol,
is as full of good stones as it is pos
sible for a human to be. He not
only knows the present but the pa-?
also, and tells interestingly of the
battle of the crater and other en
gagements of the War Between the
Sections, as well as of the days
when horse racing, chicken fighting
and dueling (vere the real thing in
South Carolina and bow the famous
old Sand Bar ferry" was used in
the days now gone.
At any rate, this man who weut
through four years of strife and is
willing, at this time, to walk from
Washington to Edgeiield, if he
should have to dd" it, as he once
said he would when a railroad
strike was imminent, is doorkecp
iug and he ie on the job every min
ute of the time that the senute is in
A few days ago Maj. Anderson
was there and a tall, well built citi
zen approached and started into the
senate chamber. "Private, can't
go in there," the major said: But
this did not 6top the aforesaid citi
zen who wanted to see what Ihe
-nate was doing without the
.onblf of going upstairs to a
This inquisitive individual made
another attempt to make his way
past Maj. Anderson, when the lat
ter though not a large man at all,
rose from his chair and blocked his
way. With this the stranger put
his hand in his vest pocket, pulled
a card therefrom, and here is what
it said: "James J. Corbet."
That did not set Maj. Anderson
back a bit. Kot much. He, too,
pulled out a card which bore his
name and handing it to the former
king of the boxing ring he taid:
"My name is Anderson, you can't
go in there and that's all there ii.
That settled the matter and Edge
field won again over the man who
was the ring hero with the famous
John L. Sullivan many years ago.
Mr. Calhoun Mays Urges oreen
wood Delegation to Take
Mr. Calhoun A. Mays has sent
the following letter to each mem
ber of the Greenwood delegation.
Is it not appropriate that the del
egation fruin Greenwood County, a
county which has never li arl legal
ized sale of liquor, should take the
lead in passing a law which will
prohibit the advertising ol' liquor in
J this State through newspapers, mag
azines, bill boards, baud bills, per
sonal solicitation or otherwise. lam
not informed as to whether or not
such a bill is already before the leg
islature. If there is I am sure that
,it will have your hearty support. If
it is not, I would respectl illly sug
gest that you introduce one. The
late reports from Congress indicate
that it will pass a law prohibiting
the use of the mails for the purpose
of liquor advertising in those States
which have local laws against such
advertising. Let us t,et in shane
to receive full benefits of such a
The greatest evil of liquor adver
tising is not that it mikes liquor ac
cessible to those who cravj it and
who would otherwise not know
where to get it, but that the adver
tising, by clever suggestion, creates
an appetite which would otherwise
The advertising is, t herefore, one of
the greatest evils involvedjin the traf
fic, in that it is a constant menace
to the younger generation and to
others who have not been so unfor
tunate as to form the liquor habit.
The country is to be congratulated
that Congress is cooperating willi
the States in their tight for freedom
against]this great evil.
Calhoun A. Mays.
Mr. D. C. Smith of Salada and
Mr. Thaddeus Strom of E igefield
spent Friday and Saturday at tin
home of the former's daughter, Mrs.
E. T. Carlston. Mr. Strom is a
veteran, and although 73 years old
and wounded t wice during the war,
as hale and. heany a> a yoting
man of 50 yeans. - Newberry Herald
RED OAK GROVE.
Good Sunday School. Convention
at Clark's Hill. Sick Conva
lescing. Y. W. A. At
We regret we can't report large
representation from Red Oak Grove
Sunday School at the convention
yesterday at Clark's Hill. Frank
Kennjck.and Dewey Dorn were the
only attendants and they report
good news for the speakers present.
Their remarks were helpful and en
couraging to all interested in Sun
day School work. The work being
a most important oue, an opportu
nity for improvement should not be
carelessly overlooked or neglected,
for by so doing, we indirectly rob
the children under our care of
knowledge that we should impart
Children are largely what we
make them, and a. good Sunday
School is just what the older mem
bers make it. We should remem
ber that the children today are the
governing powers tomorrow. They
are the greatest asset of the world.
We are due them the best of our
ability in the Sunday School work.
The only religious training many
ever know and retain, is obtained
while a child in Sunday* School.
The sickness in our community
yet prevails, though some are bet
ter. We console ourselves though,
hoping it is the unseasonable wea
ther conditions and not a local
cause for the continued sickness in
our "little town."
Mrs. Mamie Doolittle and Mrs.
Mattie Lamb has been suffering
Mrs. James Hamilton has also
been confined to her room for sev
Df Whitlock is successfully
handling his duty, and we are sure
his success largely lies in his likjng
his profe-^^E. ' ."21-e-kV "?" broaden
ing out, and being such a voting
man with his present ability his fu
ture career is bright.
Life is largely what we make it, "
no matter what we be. As much
sunshine for us through life as
gloom and dispair, if we earnestly
seek for it.
Mrs. Hattie Wald rofl: left for a
few days sojourn at Batesburg and
other places before returning to her
father's, Rev. G. W. Hussey, whom
she will leave about the middle of
Feb. guing back to Chicago. She
leaves pleasant memories of her vis
it in our midst, the home of her
The automobiles after a bod spell
of weather, remind us of a brood of
little chickens. You see very little
ol' them till the sun comes out, and
then some'go one way and some
another, but bad weather makes
them come back to "mother na
Th? sickness in community caus
ed only few Y. W. A. to be pres
ent at meeting yesterday, hut as
several visitors were present, had a
Row at "Hot Supper."
Saturday night some negree? held
a "hot supper" on the farra of Mr.
J. C. Berry of the Harmony sec-lion
and as usual for such functions, es
pecially when whiskey is present, a
disagreement arose and a general
shooting up of the place resulted.
.Just how the disturbance began
The Advertiser is nut informed.
Sheriff Sweariugen was telephoned
for and went at once to the scene of
the trouble. He made six arrests,
the following persons being lodged
in jail, Charlie Mays, Dred, Willie
and Bee Gray, Wallace and Ed
Hampton and Skinner Johnsen. All
of them except Charlie Mays have
been released on bond, he being
held awaiting the result of a gnu
shot wouud alleged to have been in
dicted by him upon the thigh of
The only fatality thus far was the
shooting of a fiue mule. Owe of the
negroes who attended the supper
hitched his mule to a post of the
front piazza and during the shoot
ing, probably 20 shots being fired,
the mule received a load of. buck
shot, Lulling dead in the harness.
Sheriff Swearingen made a thorough
search of the community and arrest
ed all parties in any way connected
?vith tho shooting aud it is probable
that others will yet be drawn into