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RENOVATE YOUR OLD FLOORS
lEy?in the Most Hopeless-Lo&kiiig Ones
j ' May Be Restored by the
i If your floors were only good, yon
(would never have a carpet in the
jhouse. Is that the problem? Well, it
!ls not such a difficult one. While car
jpets are always good for certain for
iraal treatments of decorating, more
land more housewives with small homes
lor flats realize the labor saving of
jwood floors and rugs and the general
icool effect and spaciousness. Don't
?despair if your floors are as old as
?Methuselah, they are not beyond hope,
|the Springfield Republican says.
First of all, if they have been paint
ed, use a paint remover-a prepara
tion to be bought In small cans-and
-npply it. afterward scraping off the
?soft paint with a scraper or a piece
?of glass. If the boards are uneven,
?have them planed by the carpenter or
your own jack-of-all trades. Fill all
the cracks with putty as neatly as
possible. Some people use a filler
made from old newspapers soaked to
a pulp. The floor is then ready for a
?stain to ?>e determined by the color
hvhieb you want to gain in the furnish
ings of your room.. In bedrooms an
(old floor may even be painted a light
Itlnt, such as cream or buff, especially
tin a room where brightening up is de
; If a stain is used, such as mahogany
X)T dark oak, two finishes are possible.
IYOU can have the floor waxed to a
/dull finish or apply a heavy varnish
?which will give a glossy appearance.
?Either will make your floor an attrac
tive foundation upon which to lay
LITERATURE IS NOT TAUGHT
Diversity of Human Nature Makes the
Subject Beyond the Ability of
"Why cannot literature be taught?"
?asks a professor of English in The
?New Republic. "Why cannot you
?teach a person how to fall in love,
lor have the measles? Expose him,
and if he be susceptible, the trick
ils done, and you may wisely call in
I the parson or the doctor, as the case
may be. But no amount of lecturing
will improve or hasten the matter.
I have analyzed with loving care the
dark beauty of Shelley's maiden
?spirit, and found no man among forty
willing even to acknowledge the in
troduction later; I have paiaded the
sturdy English virtues of Tom Jones
?before damsels whose economic de
pendence, and need to be supported
in literature, was all too evident, and
ithey have turned up their noses at
'him as 'not in our set.' And then sud
denly I have discovered the oddest
.matings-the two-mile runner eloping
with Jane Austen, to whom he had
never been formally presented, and a
former preceptress of mathematics,
with hock-bottle shoulders, dizzily de
lighted by the rough wooing of George
'Borrow, whom she had met by chance
lin the stacks."
The day of good fairies is not over!
'Several months ago, Miss Minerva
iMenke was a passenger on a Madison
javenue street car in New York city.
(As she stepped from the car one of
.her pumps became wedged in a cor
ner of the step, and her foot slipped
out cf lt. She did her best to make
?her plight known, but at that moment
(the fairy must have shut the conduc
tor's eyes and covered his ears, for
!he gave two vigorous tugs on the bell
.rope, and the car carried Miss Menke's
;pump away, leaving her pumpless in
.tlie street. She hobbled to a drug
store at the corner and telephoned for
ja taxicab to take her home.
A few blocks farther on. Jack Wilf
'.son noticed the pump as he was leav
ing the car. He slipped it into his
pocket-lt is a No. 2-and when he
(reached home telephoned an advertise
ment to the New York Herald, which
[tells the story with pardonable com
placency, requesting the young wom
.??"?? who lost the pump to write to
ihim." "~ . ~./" v:.v;?- "
4 Miss Minerva wrote, and Jack called
to return the pump. He kept on call
ing more and more frequently, and
now they are married and will doubt
less "live happily ever after."-Youth's
Keeping the Body Healthy.
Obesity comes from overloading the
'stomach and underworking the body.
! Nature said, "You must earn your
?living by the sweat of your brow," and
lif you earn that living in some other
;wny you must get the sweat or she
Will make you pay.
If you take more food than the di
gestion can handle you not only tire
hthe stomach but the whole system,
i Nine-tenths of "the blues" come from
ja bad liver and lack of outdoor ex
Full, deep breathing, drinking plenty
?of water and keeping the skin active
rwill keep most people out of the doc
J Its Opposite Qualities.
"A candle combines direct* contra
?dictions in itself.'' ~
"How so?" }? . 4~T7V"
.j "It is both a light and a cereous
I -? Good Thing.
"It's a good thing everybody doesn't
fthlr.k that war is wrong."
; "Germany would be running the
(world by now."
MACAW PRIZED FAMILY PET
Crippled Bird Highly Esteemed by Its
Owners Despite Unconquerable
Propensity for Mischief.
An old reader sends the following to
the editor of London Tit-Bits :
"We possess n macaw which came
to us eight years ago. About four
years ago something came along aad
Injured one leg, which since then
has been wholly paralyzed and is
rucked up under his wing, no use at
all to him. About three years ago
our pet came in one night with his
eye protrading from its socket. After
a little careful attention the place
healed, but he only possesses one eye
and one leg, and is still going strong.
"By the way, I have termed the
macaw as he, on account of having
christened him Robert; but, to our
surprise, about six months ago 'he'
laid four eggs, but has not laid any
since. We do not keep Robert In a
cage, as he is thirty-eight Inches
long from his beak to his tail-tip.
Robert is the only pet we possess,
and is mauled and played with like a
kitten. In the daytime Robert flies
away and comes home to roost in the
evening. He lias most lovely plum
age of azure blue and golden yellow.
"Robert is a great pet of every
one's, except when he goes out on
washing days and starts to take out
the clothes pegs at one end of the
line and finishes at the other. Then
he gets some blessings, but takes it all
as a joke, and perches in the nearest
and safest place and laughs and talks
while the angry women peg on the
WRONG IDEA ABOUT ECLIPSE
Many Had Peculiar Delusion That lt
Would Be Visible From Only
One Certain Spot.
The Manchester Guardian, In Eng
land, makes itself responsible for the
following story: Not long ago, when,
In the usual order of events, there was
an eclipse of the moon-visible at
Greenwich-a man whose work
brought him dally into Manchester
was seen going home about two hours
earlier than usual. Upon being asked
by one of his train companions to ac
count for the sudden break in his rou
tine, he replied that he had to be hack
In the city before nine o'clock, because
he had read in his morning paper that
the eclipse of the moon would be vis
ible from Albert Square from about
that time onward, and he was not go
ing to miss the opportunity, as it was
a fine night Ile lived in the country !
Tlie story recalls the famous incident
connected with Dean Swift, when his
word was law in Dublin, some two
hundred years ago. The dean had an
nounced that there would be an eclipse
of the sun on a certain day, at a cer
tain time, visihle from his house.
Some time before the appointed hour,
large crowds of people flocked from
nil parts of the city and congregated
around the dean's house, much to his
annoyance. So much, indeed, did it
trouble him, that he finally sent out
word to the waiting multitude that thc i
eclipse had been postponed, and would '
not take place for some time. The
people at once returned to their homes,
disappointed, but unquestioning.
Christian Science Monitor.
British King's Armory.
King George has many almost price
less treasures in his Buckingham pal
ace, but none of them all can compare
in romantic interest with the small
armory of swords and daggers present
ed to his father by a hundred of the I
princes and nobles of India, as tokens !
of their devotion to his throne, says I
"I send my most precious blade,'
wrote the maharajah of Mysore, "us a
tribute to the great lesson we have
learned from English civilization
namely, that the pen is mightier than
the sword;" and similar messages ac
companied each gift, as evidence of
the loyalty which the native princes
of India have so magnificently demon
fit:rnted in the great war!
Of all these Xv??po?s'-swords and
scimitars, tulwars and daggers, their
hilts and scabbards ablaze with en
crusted jewels-there is not one that
has not a iong and romantic history.
Many of them have done deadly wo.k
In a hundred battles through many cen
turies; not a few were wielded by our
own knights in the crusades; all, had
they tongues, could tell stories more
strange and thrilling thun almost any
Such ls Fame.
I was talking of famous men's
doubles one day to a girl I had met at
the seaside, and I asked her to gaze in
my face and to say whom she thought
I resembled the most. Now, I fancy
myself that I look more or less like a
second Lord Kitchener; so I informed
her that she'd probably guess if I made
an attempt at assisting her.
"First, his fame is in everyone's
mouth," I began ; "there's a handle at
tached to his name. Ile is rarely up
set, an all-round sort of man-now,
perhaps, you know who I mean."
"Wait a bit," she replied; "there's
a handle, you say," and she gave her
plump shoulders a shrug. "He's in
everyone's mouth. Tve got it, hooray!
Yes, of course, why, you do look like a
. Feminin? Firt?hce. . r
" He-What! Another new dress?
She-You needn't be cross. I bought
it with my own money.
He-Where did you get it?
She-I sold your fur overcoat-Bos
lt Takes the War to Clear Our
Vision and Make Us Live
, In times of peace and prosperity we
are prodigal ; when war comes we con
serve and consider. We have been
wasteful of food, of clothes, of natural
resources, of human life. We have
been indifferent to the greater values
while engrossed with the smaller. We
have permitted the conscienceless mid
dleman to levy tribute from both pro
ducer and consumer, and to fatten on
Now we begin to "see men as trees
walking." We shall discover our point
of departure presently. We shall re
cover, and, hereafter, let us hope, re
tain standards that have been well
It took war to open our eyes. Wrar
In Europe would not have done it. The
shock had to be brought home to us.
We could dissipate, we could waste,
we could prey upon ench other till a
time of sore distress ls imminent. And
then do we find that, while we were
clinking glasses and frittering our
lives away in worse than useless
dawdling, the brave sons of our neigh
bors across the sea were being shot
and torn and strangled and burned in
a death struggle with forces that may
yet venture to touch our traditional
treasures also. And when our own
young men are summoned forth, they
come, willingly enough, but thousands
of them unfit because of vicious liv
ing we have tolerated and habits that
waste and weaken. When food grows
scarce the speculator hovers, vulture
like, over the scene ready to fill him
self nt public cost and fatten, though
patriot in factory and field be starved
by the process.
In the midst of this there are cer
tain cheering tokens. Early in July
a public function was arranged at St.
Louis-by the Rotary dub at Sapping
ton Inn, to be definite-at which a
venerable English army officer and a
one-time university professor was to
speak on "England's Side of the War."
With a disregard for morals too fre
quent in these days, the committee in
charge provided "usual" entertainment
features. In the midst of the banquet
the venerable guest of honor arose ab
ruptly and withdrew. His explanation
was as follows:
"I was asked to speak on the war.
Naturally I felt that the question was
a serious one, and demanded a seri
"The first part of the program was
a military tableau of the spirit of
1017, and was very interesting. Then
cume a group of young women in dis
gracefully scant attire, who danced
and sang and sat on the laps of the
men, hugging them and acting in a
most disgusting manner.
"I turned to the chairman and said:
'This hurts me mentally and physical
ly, and I feel that I cannot stay any,
longer.' I went out of the room."
Bravo! grand old man. Give him
the Chautauqua salute, all ye readers,
says the Christian Standard. It takes
more courage, and better, to do a
thing like that than to face the can
non's mouth, but the number of pub
lic men who cnn deliver a solar
plexus blow on moral issues Is increas
ing daily, that k God!
I take this^means of letting the
people know that I have re-opened
my pressing club, and will appre
ciate their patronage. I am better
( prepared than ever to clean and
press all kinds of garments, both
for ladies and gentlemen. All work
guaranteed. Let me know when
you have work and I will send for
it and make prompt delivery.
Sheppard Building Down Stairs
Light Saw, Lathe and Shin
gle Mills, Engines. Boilerjs,
Supplies and Repairs, Porta
ble, Steam and Gasoline En
gines, Saw Teeth, Files, l?elts
ind Pipes, WOOD SAWS
GINS and PRESS REPAIRS
To Prevei.t Blood Poisoning
ipply at once the wonderful old reliaHe DI
'OUTER'S ANTISEPTIC HEALING OIL. a sui
rical dressing that relieves pain and heals at
he sim*: time. Not a liniment. 25c. 50c. $1.00.
The County Treasurer's office will be
open for the purpose of receiving taxes
from the 15th day of October, 1917, to
the 15th day of March, 1918.
All taxes shall be due and payable
between the 15th day of October, 1917,
and December 31st, 1917.
That when taxes charged shall not be
paid by December 31st, 1917, the County
Auditor shall proceed to add a penalty
of one per cent, for January, and if
taxes are not paid on or before February
1st, 1918, the County Auditor will pro
ceed to add two per cent, and five per
cent, from thc 1st of March to the 15th
of .March, after which time all unpaid
taxes will be collected by the Sheriff.
The tax levies for the year 1917 are
For State purposes 8*
" ordinary County 7
" Constitutional School Tax 3
" Antioch 4
" Bacon School District lh
" Blocker 2
" Blocker-Limestone 4
" Collier's . 4
" Flat Rock 4
" Oak Grove 3
" Red Hill 4
" Edgefield 8
" Elmwood No. 8 2
" Elmwood No. 9 2
" Elmwood No. 30 2
" Elmwood L. C. 3
" Hibler 3
" Johnston ll
" Meriwether (Gregg) 2
" Moss 3
" Shaw 4
" Talbert 2
M Trenton 8
" Wards 2
" Blocker R. R. (portion) 15
" Elmwood R. R. (portion) 15
" Johnston R. R. 3
" Pickens R. R. 3
" Wise R. R. li
" Corporation. 10
" Sinking Fund. 3-4
All the male citizens between the ages
of 12 years and GO years, except those
exempt by law, are liable to a poll tax
of One Dollar each. A capitation tax
of 50 cents each is to be paid on all dogs.
The law prescribes that all male citi
zens between the ages of 18 and 55
years must pay $2.00 commutation tax.
No commutation tax is included ir the
property tax. So ask for road tax re
ceipt when you desire to pay road tax.
JAMES T. MI MS,
Co. Treas. E. C.
"BEST BY TEST"
Let us quote you.
DAVID SLUSKY & SON
THE COST OF MOST MATE
RIALS AND SKILLED
LABOR IS RATHER
NEPONSET WALL BOARD
takes the place of wooden trim
ming, paneling, wainscoting, or
plaster. May be painted any
color, so is eminently adapted for
use on upper walls and ceilings.
Anyone can put it on.
NePonset Wall Board
Combines economy and attractive
ness. Its durability is longer
than plaster. It cannot crack or
We have the width or finish for
your need. _
Roofing and Mantel Co.
007 Broad St. AUGUSTA, GA.
Famous "NEPONSET" Products
sick headache and bil
iousness. Purely veg
etable. Contains co al
cohol. Causes no grip
results. Large box; 25c.
A dose or ?wo wil? do.
GRANGER MEDICINE CO.
Notice is hereby given that hunt
ing, fishing and trespassing in every
form on my lands is hereby forbid
den. All persons failing to heed
this notice will be prosecuted under
MKS. M. J. NORRIS. -
F. E. GIBSON, President]
LANSING B. LEE, Sec. and Treas.
The Best Time to
Build is Now
Free booklets on Silos, Barns,
Implement Houses, Residences,
etc., with suggestions of great
Also "Ye Planary" service
through the Lumber Exchange
Ask for further information if
interested. The service is with
Woodard Lumber Co,
'Phone - - 158
AUGUSTA - - - - GEORGIA
A Cordial Invitation
We invite our Edgefield friends, la
dies and gentlemen to make our store
their headquarters, their stopping place,
when in Augusta.
We are showing the largest stock of
men's wear that we have ever pur
chased. It will be a pleasure to show
Our ladies' ready-to-wear department
is on our second floor.
The J. Willie Levy Co., AUGUSTA, GA.
We desire to notify the people that
we are agents for the celebrated Chev
mlets Automobiles. If you want a car
let us show you.
We are also selling second-hand
E. P. WINN & BROTHERS
PLUM BRANCH, S. C.
MCCORMICK AND EDGEFIELD COUNTIES.
Large Stock of
Jewelry to Select From
We invite our Edgefield friends to visit our store
when in Augusta. We have the largest stock of
CUT CLASS *
of all kinds that wc have ever shown. It will he a pleasure to
show you through our stock. Every department is constantly re
plenished with the newest designs.
We call especial attention to our repairing department, which
has every improvement. Your watch or clock made as good as
new. Work ready for delivery in a^ short time.
A. J. Renkl
980 Broad St. * . Augusta, Ga.
B. B. RUSSELL, JR. R. E. ALLEN
RUSSELL & ALLEN
857, 859 and 861 Reynolds Street
Correspondence invited and consignments solicited.