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Wednesday, January 2.
No, disconsolate maiden, 1918 is riot |
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How are your New Year's resolutions j
standing the strain?
The thriftless can find no better pur- j
chase thrift stamps.
Have you noticed that the days are |
Jonger, perceptibly longer?
Increasing cold and decreasing coal
creates an uncomfortable situation.
Our collards, were ki'led but our hens
?re layin', so the wolf is kept from the
door a while longer.
South Carolina should be the first to
adopt the prohibition amendment.
Eventually, why not now?
Ev-President Taft says the German
people arc "obsessed with megaloma
nia." Get out your dictionary.
Remember, as you stand upon the
threshold of a new year, that 1918 will
be largely what you make it.
Resolve that you will add to the hap
piness, rather than unhappiness, of
the world during the ensuing 365 days.
Be thoughtful, kind and considerate
of the man who seeks aid concerning
his questionnaire. His extremity is your
When disposed to be grouchy over
the weather remember that zero weath
er is the greatest enemy of the boil
A correspondent wants to know how
to tell a goose from a gander, or vice
versa. Says they are feathered alike.
Who can supply the information?
A Kansan is seeking divorce on the ?
ground that his spouse is pro-German.
Who can blame him? He's entitled to
* divorce, even in South Carolina.
Better curtail sugar consumption.
Before this war is over all of us may
be delighted to get C. 0. molasses for
our coffee. That's better than many
persons had during the Civil War.
When cotton .eached its highest
level in the holidays the unexpected
happened. There is usually a iull or
decided decline about that time. But
always expect the unpected when con
Some good results are coming from
the war already. It has caused the
government to cut out bleached flour.
Hereafter the mills can make only two
grades, too much wheat being required
to make the very white flour.
This is axiay of much licking. The
Germans are trying to "lick" the rest
of the world. -And, in addition to the
double duty of having to lick more
stamps, Mr. Hoover comes along and !
rges each one of us to "leave a clean j
We would feel better over the shift
rig; of northwestern weather to our]
unny South, if we were assured that)
ome political germs were destroyed
long with disease germs, so we will
ot have so much politics during 1918.
Considering the suffering from cold
.cities, fortunate is the man who can
ll trees in his own forest, haul wood
his own wagon, cut it with his own
nds and warm by a fire that is in
ery sense home-made. Many of us
il to be grateful for things that seem
Out of the present chaos your "Un
cle Sam" will bring forth a system of
transportation that will be the marvel
of men. Government ownership of
public utilities will probably be one of
the blessings to accrue from the war.
Everybody is praising prohibition.
Isn't it wonderful what a change can
be wrought ina decade? A little more
than 10 years ago The Advertiser was
fighting tooth and toe for prohibition
along with a minority of our citizens.
Now we scarcely ever call attention
Southern Railroad Generous.
In order to do its bit in relieving the
fuel famine, the Southam railroad has
placed all old cross ties at the disposal
of the State fuel administrator. In
the aggregate, this amounts to an
enormous quantity of wood. A large
portion of the old ties is rich pine and
would sell for a considerable sum, if
shipped to dealers in cities where kind
ling is scarce.
Corporations are frequently criticis
ed, but, with few exceptions, we have
always found them just and generous.
A corporation reflects its manage
ment. If generous, public spirited
men are at the helm, the policy of the
corporation will likewise be broad and
generous. Not many individuals would
donate the amount of fuel for the pub
lic good that the Southern railroad has
Legislature Convenes Tuesday.
In conforming to the mandates of
the constitution, the legislature will
assemble in annual session next Tues
day. While the sessions heretofore
have extended through forty days, it
has been suggested that it be cut this
year to ten days. That is rather ex
treme, but could it not be at least cut
For the last ten years the liquor ques
tion has consumed practically one-third
of the session. But that need consume
j but little this year. It is probable
' that insurance will consume considera
ble time, and as the Tax Commission
will enforce a fifty per cent, assess
I ment of all property, conditioned upon
the providing of a flexible levy by the
legislature, this question will consume
much time also.
We believe, however, that it will be
unnecessary to urge upon the members
of the generally assembly to curtail the
session, for as soon as important legis
lative matters are disposed of an ad
journment will be decided upon, whether
it be 20. 25 or 30 days.
Nitrate Victory in Congress.
Probably credit is due to Senator E.
D. Smith, more than any other member
of congress, for the nitrate victory
that has been won for farmers. He
has persistently, in season and out of
season, worked for an abundant sup
ply and cheaper nitrate of soda for
fertilizing purposes. As a result of
the action of congress upon this mat
ter, the Secretary of Agriculture has
arranged to deliver at the Atlantic
ports, including Charleston, 18,000 tons
of nitrate of soda during the month of
January, 100,000 tons having been
purchased in Chile. The nitrate of soda
can be loaded on the cars at the port
for approximately 575 per ton, which
is far less than dealers have been ask
ing. Without this aid of the govern
ment, this- very essential element of
plant food would probably sell for $125
by late spring. If plans as perfected
by the government are carried through,
farmers will be very materially bene
ficed and will in advance be assured
of a satisfactory yield will from crops
fertilized with the soda.
Assessment For Taxation.
Every year at thc time returns of
property must be to the auditor's of
fice, the question of taxation is univer
sally discussed. This year, because of
the fact that real estate is to be as
sessed, more than usual interest is at
tached to the question of taxation.
All property of every nature whatso
ever must be returned at 50 per cent
of its value for taxation for 1918, this
being the schedule recently adopted by
the tax commission. Concerning the
assessment of property this year upon
that basis, The State published the
following yesterday which will be of
interest to all tax-payers:
"Under the recommendation adopted
at the conference of the county audi
tors of the State with the tax commis
sion which was held here last week,
in which 50 per cent, of actual value
was adopted as the -basis standard
for the assessment of property in the
year 1918, each lot, farm, plantation,
or separate parcel of land is required
to be listed separately, states a circu
lar letter which the commission is
sending to the various auditors. This
standard will apply to original assess
ments made both the tax commission
and the board of assessors.
"In assessing real estate the tax pay
er is not required to state the value
of his property. The true value is to
be originally assertained by the board
of assessors, and great care should be
taken by the board not to apply the
same value per acre, regardless of fer
tility or locality, to lands lying in the
same district. Each piece of land to
be'assessed should be graded accord
ing to its various general conditions,
and then 50 per cent, of such valua
tion should be taken as the basis for
"The same standard is to be followed
in the taxing of all classes of prop
arty, such as bank stock, textile in
dustries, railroads, horses and mules
and all property liable to taxation
throughout the State, The idea is to
require each person who owns per
sonal or real property under the con
stitution to pay the same pro rata
share of his property value as another.
"New returns must be made for the
coming year, and no reference to re
turns of former years will be allowed,
and penalty of law will attach to ali
lands not listed or returned. The re
sult will be that much more land will
be returned in 1918, and if an excess
of taxation is likely action will be tak
en by the general assembly, which can
reduce or eliminate whatever levy it
"The letter also calls attention to the
fact that while the legislature has the
power to fix the levy, to the county
auditors and the various boards is en
trusted the assessing of property, and
it ?3 imperative that each man do his
duty, so that Injustice may be avoided.
Saw Fleet Changes.
Bennett for Years Had Big Partrl
in Building Battleships.
STILL IS CONSERVATIVE.
Tells of Great Good Tanlac Did
Him and Says "I Only Took
For twelve years William F;
Bennett was foreman at the Brook
lyn Navy Yard, Uncle Sam's hive
of industry for the country's de
fense, where thousands of skilled
workmen toil at the Nation's vital
It was the ways of this great yard
that some of our greatest dread
naughts were launched. Mr. Ben
nett had a part in this work, and
there he saw the evolution of the
American navy worked out. To
day Mr. Bennett, aged G8, is" retir
ed, living at 608 Gates Avenue,
Brooklyn. He is still the conserva
tive, carefully speaking man of the
navy yard days, and so the story he
recently told will have added force,
"for a long time,'' Mr. Bennent
explained, "I kept having a pain in
my chest, and a full, heavy, bloated
feeling in my stomach and abdo
men. It felt as if I had eaten some
thing that disagreed with me, but I
couldn't tell what. My food <3?<3f-3
not digest, but seemed to sour and
lie like a lump. I got so I couldn't
eat vegetables at all. I lived on
eggs and milk, and lots, of times I
didn't have an appetite even forthat
diet. Besides, I had night sweats
and I could not really rest more
than an hour or two at night, and
then only when I was all tired out.
I had to be so tired I just dropped
off to sleep. I took lots of medi
cine, and was treated many times,
but I just kept on feeling bad. But
now," Mr. Bennett continued, 'I
feel better in every way. I can
sleep all night long. I have a good
appetite and can eat anything with
pleasure becauso my stomach is
easy and does not distress me, but
digests my food. I feel so good I
make it a rule to walk twenty to
thirty blocks each day.
"What did this for me? Why,
Tanlac. c<o many people told rae
about Tanlac that, though I really
did not believe all of it, because I
didn't think any medicine could be
as good as they said it was, I de
cided to try it. And I only took
two bottles," he added.
Tanlac, the reconstructive, system
purifier and tonic, is designed to go
to the root of such troubles as Mr.
Bennett had. It is designed to cre
ate real digestion and assimilation
of food that is good and nourishing
and so build strength through blood
Edgetield, Penn &, Holstein.
Cob! Springs. H. Krnest Quarles.
Edgefield, R. F. D. No. 2, J. H.
Johnston, Johnston Drug Com
Modoc, G. C. McDaniel.
Parksville, Robertson & Com
Plum Branch, J. W. Bracknell
Plum Branch, R. F. D. No. 2,
E. P. Winn & Bro.
Trenton, G. W. Wise.
Notice to the Public.
I have installed a
for grinding meal, corn on stalk,
velvet beans in pod or on vine, oats
in sheaf, or any way you want
W. A. Pardue
Don't let the channels of your
buger wheels run without a tire.
Let us put new rubber tires on at a
very reasonable price. We make a
speciality of this class of work.
J. D. Kemp.
WANTED: A two or three
burner oil stove. Apply K. S. Y.
*t The Advertiser Oftiee,
204 acres of good farming land at
530 an acre, in one of the best white
3ommunitie8, plenty of neighbors.
The house seat is within 200 yards
?f graded school, church, store,
Woodmen hall, and Masonic lodge.
The soil is eandy with a red clay
subsoil, lies well, bas 140 acres in
high state of cultivation, 50 acres
in. pasture part of which is bog
tight, rest in woodland. The dwell
ing is six room, painted and in good
condition. Good tenant houses and
barns. Rents for 6000 lbs. of lint
cotton. It is an ideal farm home.
Davis Realty Co., Edgefield, S. C.
Just remember we can sell our
real estate for what it is worth.
Davis Realty Co.
I will buy 50 cords of pine wood
at once, and will pay the market
price. Slabs from saw mill will be
accepted. See me at once.
T. A. IIIGHTOWER,
Manager Addison Mills.
The year 10
so by the \
our friends 1
ment, buy ?
margin of pi
Come to see
to you in 19
this means of expressing
itude to our friends for the
tisfactory business they
en us during the year just
md we shall continue to
merit the confidence and
^e of our friends. We thank
ie who has contributed to
ess in 1918, and we shall
. in the future to merit a
nee of this generous pa
E. S. RIVES
Expression of Appreciation
We are grateful to our
friends for their liber
al patronage of 1917,
and wish every one a
happy and prosperous
We shall strive to
merit a continuance of
your generous patron
DORN & MIMS
17 has been a good year with us, made
rery generous patronage of our friends.
T of our customers steadily increased
the year, and we hope by honest and fair
by extending every possible courtesy to
:o make 1918 even-a better year. We
ie to carry a large stock in every depart
;oods close for cash and selling on a small
: us. We promise to be the same friend
18 that we were in 1917.
brothers Bargain Store