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EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 1917
Mothers' Day Observed. Anni
versary Service Held at
Baptist Church. Interest
ing W.C.T.U. Meeting.
Sunday was a full and interesting
day at the Baptist church. The
greater part of the Sunday School
hour was devoted to exercises of
Mother's Day which was beautiful
and affecting. Cradle Roll exercis
es were held, and this was most
This department was organized
in 1908, and little Ben Lee Allen
was the first name on the roll, over
two hundred since having been on
Mrs. J. H. White is superintend
ent, with Mrs. O. D. Black assist
ant. It was a beautiful sight to see
the little tots as they carried out
their part, in song and recitation,
and those promoted to first grade
were presented with Bibles.
At present there are 57 name? on
the roll, and these names were called
and a white carnation was pinned
on by Mrs. Fannie Jefferson. Each
was given a tiny flag also.
One of the mothers, Mrs. Alfred
Holstein, had recently died and a
memorial song was sung. This con
cluded the exercises.
Following the exercises in the
Sunday School, an Anniversary
service was held in the auditorium,
the following being the order of
service: Doxology; Invocation;
Song, by congregation; Scripture
Prayer, by Rev. W. S. Brooke; An
them, "Crown Him Lord of All;"
Offertory-"Ave Maria;" Addresses
by three Laymen: "The Value of
the Church," Hon. J. L. Walker;
"Our Duty to the Church," Mr. W.
M. Sawyer; "Two Views," Mr. S.
J. Watson; Song, by Congregation;
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mon bj- th
"The Sec v
anniversaij ui me -ar s pastorate
of Rev. Brooke.
A largely attended meeting of
the W. C. T. U., was held on Fri
day afternoon with Mrs. Annie P.
Lewis, and during business presided
over by Mi6s Zena Payne, many
matters were discussed.
Prohibition as a war measure,
which is now occupying the minds
of the half million white ribboners,
and thousands of leading Americans
whose opinion mean much, was
one topic of discussion.
The Union had sent a telegram to
President Wilson urging this, and
at the meeting a petition was drawn
up which was signed by all and
this will be sent also.
The work of the department of
"Soldiers and Sailors" was presented
and many of the ladies have their
comfort bags ready. These were
passed around and viewed, and the
Itith was set as the day to pack
the box and have ready to send on.
The Union made a contribution
for the electric fans to be used in
Baby Day will be observed here
soon and the Union will co-operate
by exhibiting posters and distribut
ing literature, and all of the mem
bers were invited to come and bring
a picnic lunch.
It was decided to visit the County
Home on June 9, Jennie Cassidy'?
birthday, and unite with the Unions
of the county in making a happy
day for the inmates. A committee
was appointed to arrange for a
basket of good things that each
union is expected to carry.
Membership Day was observed by
the model member contest report,
five new members being gained.
The side of Mrs. A. P. Lewis made
1221 points and that of Mrs. J. H.
White 826. It was found that Miss
Zena Payne made the most points.
Miss Eunice Cates of Augusta is
visiting Mrs. James White.
Mrs. Workman of Cross Hill is
visiting her sister, Mrs. A. P. Lott.
Memorial Day was beautifully
and fittingly observed here on Thurs
day by the Mary Ann Buie Chapter,
U. D. C-, the occasion beiug held
in the auditorium of the High
School. The decorations here were
very pretty and patriotic, and with
the many flags of the Confederacy
was Old Glory draped.
A line of march composed of the
various grades of the High School,
(Continued on fifth page.)
House and Senate Agrte on
Washington, May 10.-The lonjr
deadlock of senate and house con
ferees on the selective draft military
bill was broken today with agree
ment on a compromise measure
under which a great war army
would be raised by selective con
scription of men between the s^ges
of 21 and 30, inclusive.
Authorization for recruiting Col.
Roosevelt's proposed volunteer di
vision for service in France, written
into the bill by the senate and de
fended stubbornly by the senate
conferees, finally was thrown out on
the insistence of committeemen
representing the house. In return
the house yielded to the senate's
proposal for prohibition at military
The conference report is expected
to be given approval by both senate
and house within a few days and
within two weeks after the presi
dent has affixed his signature regist
ration of those elegible for con
scription will be under way through
out the country. Some States have
already selected their registration
boards and the war department has
erected a vast and intricate war
machine for assiguing and organiz
ing the conscripts. They will be
assembled in September.
The compromise bill is under
stood to be generalis satisfactory to
tho administration and to the army
general staff, on whose advice the
original measure was framed,
The most important change made
in congress was in the age limit,
fixed by the staff at 19 to 25, in
clusive. The senate made them 21
and 27 and the house 21 and 40.
The ages named in the conference
agreement at 21 and 30, inclusive,
making the draft applicable to all
men under 31.
Although there has been no
direct authoritative expression from
.v.i*iJtcei? was contained in
the bill as sent to congress from the
With the Roosevelt proposal the
conferees also threw out a senate
amendment under which three
regiments of volunteers could have
been enlisted for service on the
The section dealing with exempt
ions from draft was rewritten in
part by the conference committee
and provision was made for hearings
in exemption applications before
local civil tribunals with the right
of appeal to a second tribunal and
finally to the president.
Two of the house conferees re
fused to sign the conference teport.
Representative Anthony of Kansas
would not accept it because the
Roosevelt amendment was striken
out. Representative Kahn of
California would not agree to the
prohibition amendment, contending
that it reflected on the moral stand
ards of the nation and that regulat
ory provisions should be left to the
Republicans in the senate who
have favored giving Col. Roosevelt
authority to raise and take American
troops*to France declared tonight
that an effort would be made on the
floor to have the senate insist on the
retention of this feature. The
general expectation, however, is
that the conference decision will
The prohibition proposition as
agreed to excludes liquor, beer and
wines from any military post but
does not forbid selling or givintr
these beverages to soldiers except
wh6n in uniform.
The conferees put into the bill an
amendment gibing the president
power to organize and equip for
each infantry and calvary brigade
three machine gun companies in
addition to those comprised in each
organization of these units. He
also was given authority to organ
ize one armore d motor car
machine company for each division.
Exemptions from the selective
draft were left virtually as origin
ally suggested by the general staff.
Those absolutely exempt include
officers of the United StateB and
any State or territory; ministers,
students of recognized divinity or
theological schools and members of
any "well recognized religious sect
or organization at present organ
ized" whose "existing creed" for
bids participation in war. The last
class are not exempt from non-com
LONE STAR STATE.
Cold in Texas. Corn Doing
Well. Cotton Backward.
Too Dry in Early Spring
As it has been some time since I
wrote ycu last I will write you a
few lines this morning, as it is too
muddy to stir around mach. We
have had two good rains this week,
more than we have had since last
fall, and it don't look like it is done
with yet. The land is in fine fix
and if we can get a good under
ground season and a few showers
along through the summer I think
we will make a good crop this year.
? It has been cold here for the last
ten days. Thermometer down in
the forties nearly every morning,
and a strong north wind blowing
all the time. I don't think I have
ever seen so much high winds in the
spring as we have this year. The
corn out here is about knee high,
but some of it looks like it has been
scorched. What cotton that is up
?B not doing very good, it has no
stalk, and the grass is coming up
tbick and it will be a hard matter
to get the dirt up to the cotton to
cover up the grass. I don't think
there is more than half of the cot
ton planted yet, and if it turns
warm the cotton to be planted will
get ahead of them. They will kill
the crop that is up when they plant
It has been too dry this spring
for the email grain, butthe rains will
make the grain fill out. There is
very little wheat planted in this ter
ritory th i s year.
There has been considerable war
excitement out here, a good many
of the boys are volunteering to keep
from being conscripted. There
would have been a good deal more
auu mere win ue a ^uuu ?^??..
maize and kaf?er corn planted after
harvest if wo have any season in
the ground to bring it np.
. Nearly every one has had a few
hogs to sell. There has been three
or four car loads shipped from
Brandon, and expect there will be
two or three more laier on. Will
close for the present.
W, J. Rochelle.
Braudon, Texas, May ll.
Entertainment at Antioch.
An entertainment will be given
at the Antioch school Friday eve
ning of this week at 8:30 o'clock.
The programme will consist of a
Tom Thumb wedding, a drsmatiza
zation of Miss Minerva and William
(.-ireen Hill and several musical
numbers. An admission fee of 25
cents will be charged. It is hoped
that a large number will patronize
the entertainment as the proceeds
will be used for the school.
In addition the president is
authorized to exclude or discharge
from draft the following:
County and municipal officers,
custom house clerks, postal em
ployes, workmen in navy yards or
arsenals or armories; others in the
federal government's employ whom
the president may designate; pilots
and mariners actually employed in
sea service; "persons engaged in in
dustries, including agriculture, found
to be necessary to the maintenance
of the military establishment of the
effective operation of the militsry
forces, or the maintenance of
national interest during the emerg
ency;" those having persons depend
ent upon them for support and those
found to be physically or morally
The section relating to tribunals
to hear pleas for ex?mption pro
vides that there be civil and not
military hearings. Tribunals are
to be established in each county of
each State or in cities, one for each
30,000 inhabitants. There are to
be three persons in each board ap
pointed by the president. There
will be an appeal tribunal in each
federal judicial district. The presi
dent would be the final court of ap
Mrs. ?. T. Mathis and Miss Ellie
Mathis were among the visitors in
Edgefield Tuesday, having come
from Colliers in their car.
RED OAK GROVE.
School Picnic a Very Pleasant
Occasion. Mother's Day Ap
Much Cotton Dying.
(Written for last week.)
A large congregation greeted our
pastor last Sunday at Red Oak
6roye. Representatives from sev
eral- different churches were present.
Amone those from Clark's Hill
were, Mr. and Mrs. Marshal, ac
companied by Mrs. Dave Sharpton
and her guest from Augusta, Mrs.
Addie Sharpton Timmerman. Mrs.
Ti?nraerman spent her girlhood days
iu ibis community, and there always
mingles both pleasant and sad
memories with one to visit their
old.home. Weare sorry to learn
MTS. Tiramerraan's health has failed.
We feel eure that the splendid hospi
tality of Clark's Hill people, with
tho spring breezes blowing over her
lovely landscapes, has much to
buaett one who is not fesling well.
. As odr last Sunday School lesson
tnaght ue, so acted our congregation
toward their pastor;-"actions speak
loader than words," when they gave
him a splendid little sum to defray
?xp?nses to Washington, that he
might attend the great reunion there
iii June. The lesson his life has
been to this church, has been a
consecrated, humble life of service.
True humility, is forgetting self.
The beautiful example of ourSaviour
to us in our last lesson, should be
.Stamped upon our minds that we
might live more for each other.
Our Sunday School will observe
,the annual custom of Mother's Day.
A short program will follow the
regular Sunday School service,
which will be held next Sunday
afternoon at 2 o'clock. The follow
ing program has been arranged:
- . a. .. ?* i T . o JJ;".
Prayer- Superintendent Sunday
School, Mr. W. M. Agncr.
Address- "Mothers Day," Mr.
Song- "My Sweetheart," little
Recitation-"My Mother," Mrs.
"Mother's Heroism-Mrs. A. P.
Lecture-Rev. .7. A. Gaines.
Flat Rock School picnic was a
very pleasant occasion, only a few
iavited friends being present. Most
every patrons attended and all seem
ed to enjoy themselves. Had plenty
of ice cream nfier a real gr jd dinner
had about been forgotten. The
good people of Flat Rock raimt co
operate with our trustees in the
building of our new school house.
We appreciate the good spirit, and
feel sure feat it will prevail 'til! the
task is accomplished. "Nothing
succeeds like success." 4 The reas
on most men do not achieve more
is because they do not attempt
We have grown to be a rich
nation. We have more wealth than
the whole of Europe. War that
has taken its toll of blood and
treasure from Europe, have made
us rich in luxuries. Our comforts
and cov-eniences have multiplied.
Alas! and a blessing to mankind,
the hand of Providence has gently
called to America alone, nay to the
world, aad the cry is "Bread!"
How pitiful! Can we longer live
conseientously in extravagance and
hear the cry for bread?
Owing to the indisposition of
your .-egular scribe, we will ask
that you bear wit? a substitute this
Sunday school and Mother's Day
exercises were well attended Sunday
afternoon at Red Oak Grove. A
special programme had been pre
pared by Mrs. Mattie Lamb, and
much credit is due her in her untir
ing efforts to make the occasion a
success. Appropriate songs were
sung by Messrs. O. O. Timmerman,
J. T. Grifris, Mrs. Eva Bussey and
Miss Kathlene Kenrick.
Recitations by Mr. Perry Hamil
ton and Miss Bertha Parkman were
A paper, "Heroism of Mother
hood," by Mrs. A- B. Young show
ed much thought and careful study.
Little Martha Timmerman sweet- .
Miss Minerva and William Green
Edenfield has been making an
effort for some time to be the host
ess . for "Miss Minerva and William
Green Hill." All the boys and
girls especially were eaerer to see
the demonstration of the wonder
fully funny book they had read.
Various members of the W. C.
T. U. or friends had asked for the
characters represented in the play.
George Tompkins h?d the honor
of entertaining the distinguished
William Green Hill and his bosom
friend, Jimmie Garner, alias Edwin
Merrill and Graham Carr.
Mrs. Beauregard Timmons and
Mrs. J. L. Hart were hostesses for
Rev. Hamlin Etheredge, "without
whom the play would never have
Mrs. Tillman had the honor of
having as her guest, "Miss Minerva,"
Miss Wannita Woodward, who was
not .at all adapted to the play until
she came on the stage. She was
too young and pretty.
Anton Markert, who took the
part of "the baddest robber ever
was," Ronald Morgan, another
Edgefield boy, the son of Mr. Ern
est Morgan, so well known in Edge
field county, and Emery Ruland,
who took the part of Fred Smith,
were guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. L.
Ronald Morgan took two parts,
that of The Major or "Miss Mi
nerva's bean," arid the funny char
acter of Sam Lamb, the negro.
Rev. Hamlin Etheredge before
the play began, gave some idea of
the great movement of the Boy
Scouts, which he has been serving
as Scout Master for seven years.
A large crowd attended the per
formanca and 850.20 was taken in
to be divided after expenses are de
ducted between the W. C. T. U.
and the North Augusta Boy Scouts,
mg to wnetner or not tuo i?uu.t.
interested or works under compul
sion. If the task urges one on, one
will hardly enjoy it; but if the in
terest is so great that one feels that
he is doing something really worth
while he will hardly realize that the
task is a difficult one.
To make difficult work light we
should understand the task fully
and realize the value of the results.
We should have good reasons for
everything we do and a strong desire
for doing it well. When we have
such incentives the work is likely to
be easy and we generally sret plea
sure from having accomplished the
Brct it is verv difficult to find
pleasure in a task where we must
contend with the forces of resist
ance without the aid of implements,
machines and other conveniences
needed. If the hands must compete
with machines and implements then
vhe worker does uot find pleasure in
the work. Such work is irksome
and causes fatigue.
We owe it to ourselves, to the
business of farming, to save our
physical strength and general
efficiency by making use of labor
saving aids in farm work.
Improved machinery, farming im
plements and household conven
iences give pleasure and comfort.
They are required to rest the body
and exercise the mind. They in
terest young people and thus help
them train the mind.-Farm and
Iv sang, "This is Happy Mother's
A feature of the afternoon much
enjoyed by all was a solo, "My
Mother's Song," and a sermon by
Rev. J. A. Gaines of Trenton.
We greatly appreciate the kind
ness of Mrs. Julia Prescott, who
acted as organist throughout the
Baskets of roees \*ere passed
through the audience by Misses Ma
rie Hamilton, Ruth Timmerman,
Gladys Dow, Maggie Agner and
Sunie Sharpton. Those whose moth
ers were living were presented a red
rose, and those whose mothers were
dead a white one. We coula not
help observing the greater number
of white roses worn.
The continued cool spell is caus
ing the farmers to feel anxious about
their cotton, as it is dying in places.
We have heard of some who will
have to plant over.
MT. ZION NEWS.
Community Doing its Part in
Food Preparedness. Prev
alence of Measles cans*
es School to Close.
The subject of this terrible war
in which our country is preparing
to engage in is uppermost in the
minds of our people, as of those in
every other part of the United
The young and inexperienced are
willing, even anxious, to go into it,
but fathers and mothers who can
remember something of our own
Civil War, are hoping and praying
that the war clouds may roll away,
and peace be declared before our
country really gets into the struggle.
As for preparedness, so far as
foodstuffs are concerned, I suppose
our neighborhood will be in the
foremost rank of those who are
serving the nation in that way. It's
general character is self-sustaining.
As some newspaper editor said,
"The price now prevailing would
bring that condition outside of any
ic ea of patriotism." If the present
prices of meat and flour do not make
us raise plenty of hogs and wheat,
no sentiment can make us do so.
So we are all bending our energies
to make all possible out of the fields,
gardens, poultry and dairy.
We hear that Mr. E. Pendleton
Gaines came home with his trunk
from the U. S. C. in Columbia, to
bid his folks goodby before leaving
for the officers' training camp at
Fort Oglethorpe. He left for that
point on Saturday night.
We hear that Mr. William Bouk
night, of Trenton, leaves for that
place today. We feel a great solici
tude for these young men, and hope
that fortune may be kind to them
Miss Marie Padgett came home
recently from the Edisto A narien* v.
mr. Jtt.. at: raageuuwu^
is suffering from a siege ot measles.
Our school had to close without
public exercises on account of this
epidemic in the neighborhood.
Capt. B. F. Gaines, of Darling
ton, is spending awhile with his
home people, pending orders to his
The home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W.
Pritchara has been brightened by
the advent of a fine little son.
Interesting Letter From Furmaii'
Editor Edgefield Advertiser:
It bas been some time since I
have written, but I have not forgot*
We are getting on fine and long
ing for school to close, in order that
we may get home.
Although this is not a military
school, three milita^' companies
have been organized and the drill
made compulsory. We drill three
hours each week and go through
close order drill, which consists of
squad movements. It is surprising
how readily the men are catching
on to the idea of drill. On Thurs
day we had a holiday and went on
a hike. After climbing several hun
dred feet, we finally reached the
top of the mountain and could see
the surrounding country for miles
around. We were not very tired
but at 12 o'clock we had lunch,
which every one was glad to make
way with. At 12:30 we formed
again and marched down the other
side of the mountain, coming within
two miles of Travelers Rest; here
we were instructed in (skirmish drill.
If was very interesting to watch the
boys lying behind a bank waiting
for the other companies, which had
been sent into the woods, to attack.
One man while waiting was heard to
sav "I'm getting scared already."
After the attack we fell into line
and came back to Greenville, ar
riving about half past four. The trip
was enjoyed, although our feet
were a little sore.
Examinations start on the 25th
and we are expecting a lively cime
The Chautauqua is here and giv
ing information and amusement to
hundreds of people.
But Wore this letter gets too
long 1 * .il close. With best wishes
to you, I am sincerely,
J. T. L. Jr.
Greenville, S. C.