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Wednesday, March 13.
Men wear patched pants but we
never hear of women wearing patched
A mighty good way to practice pre
paredness is to place orders now for
your next winter's coal supply.
Hen's are now laying two eggs
where only ene was laid before, which
helps the housewife to tide over the
Some of the members of The Adver
tiser household say they are mighty
sorry that the paterfamilias is food
administrator, avering'that they do
not have enough to satisfy their
The reason so many people are look
ing better than they ever did before is
because, through a patriotic compli
ance with the food regulations, they
are eating less than they ever did be
Get your savings together and be
ready for the second Red Cross drive
and the third Liberty Loin. If these
Meeds are supplied quickly, it will have
its weight in breaking the spirit of the
"Kaiser's fifth son for the throne of
Finland,'" says a headline. It would
be interesting to know which one he is
holding in reserve for the American
throne when the Allies shall have been
conquered. It's a pity to see the
young fellow's ambition thwarted.
Speculation is already rife as to who
will succeed Woodrow Wilson as presi
dent. It may be Mr. Wilson himself.
If the war is still on at the end of the
present term, which at this time seems
probable, the people may rise en
mass and urge him to remain at the
helm of of the Ship of State.
Senator Tillman Announces Candidacy.
The people of South Carolina have
an opportunity ol' aiding the adminis
tration in Washington in conducting
the war against the greatest military
power or machine the world has ever
seen by the re-election of Senator
Tillman, who has announced his candi
dacy in an open letter to the people
which appears in tull in this issue. On
the other hand, by electing some per
son who is inexperienced in nationa'
legislation and who not only has no
influence in Washington but, perchance,
is openly antagonistic to the present
administration, this country will be
immuasurably^handicappod in conduct
Senator Tillman, besides being chair
man of the Committee on Naval Af
fairs, wields a wonderful influence in
Congres3.and is in close touch with the
President. These matters should not
be disregarded in a crisis like the pres
ent. It is useless at this time to re
count his achievements in public life.
What most concerns our people now
is the matter of winning the war and
by continuing Senator Tillman in his
present position we, the people of
South Carolina and of the nation at
large, are promoting our own interests
as well as enabling Senator Tillman to
realize a worthy ambition, that of "dy
ing in harness."
At a time of such unusual stress and
strain, taxing to the utmost our na
tional resources, individuals who aspire
to fill public office should lay aside
their selfish interests and ambition for
the public good. Let the men serve
without opposition who are potent fac
tors in winning the war. Senator Till
man, occupying the position that he
does, should be regarded tn this light.
All aspirants should stand aside.
We believe that Senator Tillman
will be re-elected by a large majority.
Putting First Things First.
While the city of Columbia has n
rapid strides along educational, in
trial and commercial lines during
past decade, be it said to the las
credit of our capital city the mi
and spiritual development of the
pie has kept pace with iheir mat
prosperity. The people of Coiui
realize that the development <
strong, high-minded citizenship
as great importance in building a
as is the construction of railro
skyscrapers, foundries and factoric
Having established the Young Ivl
Christian Association on a perma
basis, attention has now been tu
to better equipping the Young
men's Christian Association of Col
bia. These two organizations
among the city's leading charac
builders among the young people
deserve the heartiest and most 1
support of those who desire to see
city prosper in the largest and n
enduring sense. It aucurs well
any city or community when those \
direct affairs learn to put first thi
first, as Columbians are doing.
An Open Letter to the Peo
From Senator Tillman An
nouncing His Candidacy.
"I hereby announce my candid
for the United States Senate to s
"Just before thc primary in li
I announced that I would not ag
be a candidate, stating 'I shall :
try to succeed myself.' At tl
time, while there was war in Euro
the United States had not entei
the' conflict and no one-certaii
not President Wilson-expected
to enter it. Most assuredly, the i
tion did not wish to mix in t
great world conflict. For a wh
Germany pretended to respect c
neutrality. She made fair promi:
about not sinking our ships, b
all the while she was bending all
her energies to build a fleet of si
marines. When she was ready s
mapped off great areas of the se
which from the beginning of t
world had been free to all peopl
and notified the nations that s
would, without warning, sink a:
ship that dared to enter these are?
In pursuance of this threat s
proceeded to sink our ships, causii
the death of hundreds of innoce
men, women and children-citize
of the United States. In self r
spect we are forced to enter tl
war; and we are in that war to tl
finish unless we are to belie all 01
traditions, and lose all of the righi
liberties and inherited privileges b
queathed to us by our forefathei
War Changes All.
"Everything has .been changed I
our entry into the war. The life 1
the individual is no longer his ow
It belongs to the nation ; and evei
man ought to be guided by th;
consideration alone-a sense <
duty to his country. 'How can
best serve my country?' is the on!
question patriots are asking then
selves. Considering my own eas
the conclusion I have reached is th:
I can best serve my country by coi
tinuing in the senate. Having d<
termined that it is my duty, I wi
not be deterred from asking for n
election because of a statement
made in 1914 under entirely diffei
"In reaching this conclusion
'.?ave naturally been influenced i
great measure by the hundreds 0
letters from patriotic citizens in ev
ery section of the state, who hav
urged upon me the view that havinj
given to me every office for which
have aspired, it would be base in
gratitude on my part if I should re
tire in this crisis when they believi
it to be my duty to ask for re-elec
His Work in the Senate.
"I know that twenty-three year;
of service here-the best of whicl
I was capable-have given me a po
sition which no new man, howevei
brilliant he may be, could hope tc
attain. Since the Democrats took
charge of thc government, I have
been chairman of the committee on
naval affairs. My best efforts have
been given to the creation of a great
navy; and for the navy's readiness
to effectively co-operate with the
Allies and the success it has met in
curbing thc U-boat menace, I can
justly claim much credit. I know
that my intimate knowledge of naval
affairs, resulting from my long ser
vice, enables me now to be of real
service to my government. If I re
tire the chairmanship of the commit
tee on naval affairs is lost to the
"Every day scores of letters
come to me from soldiers and sailors
and from their relatives asking me
for service and advice. I know that
my intimate acquaintance with de
partmental officials makes it possi
ble for me to be of service to them,
officials have given me their respect
and friendship. My principle has
always been to ask for South Caroli
na only what'she was entitled to.
Having asked for something, I have
always fought until I got it-if it
were possible to get it at all.
Why He Is a Candidate.
"In view of my convictions, that I
r.m now better able than ever be
fore to serve the nation and my
State, if I retired because of the
statement made in 1914 it would be
an act of cowardice, and an injus
tice to our boys who have offered
their lives in defense of their coun
"I have everything- to lose and
nothing to gain by offering for re
election. I would be safely out of
the troubled waters of politics in
which I have been swimming since
1885, but I would feel somewhat
like a deserter in the face of the
"When I first came to Washing
ton, sectionalism was virulent and
I was forced to listen to false and
insulting accusations against the
South and its people. The Demo
crats had decided it was wisest to
say nothing. I thank God I never
followed this course, but from the
beginning protested vigorously with
my brother Democrats against such
cravenness. When anyone threw a
rock at the South, I was . always
ready to throw two back. Indeed, I
have been told by competent judges
-and I believe it to be true-that
my speeches in the senate and my
lectures through the North have
done more to enlighten tho Northern
people on the race question than nil
other instrumentalities combined.
Some Things He Has Done.
"I have labored consistently for
the greater development and use of
the Charleston Navy yard and am
individually responsible for its es
tablishment. The clothing factory at
that yard is a concrete example of
one of its benefits.
"It was largely due to my efforts
that Congress enacted the railroad
rates bill which gave to the country
fair railway rates and to the fnnn
ers much relief from the burdens
they were then bearing.
"The exposure of frauds and
robbery of the government perpe
trated by the armor plate manufac
turers was among my first impor
tant acts as Senator. Time after
time I offered amendments to the na
val appropriation bills authorizing
the government to build its own ar
mor plate factory. Each of thc^e
was defeated, but I have lived long
enough to see the enactment of my
original proposition authorizing the
erection of a plant by the govern
ment; and that plant is now actually
under construction at Charleston,
"I have lived to see most of the
financial legislation which I always
advocated, enacted into law. The
national reserve bank act and the
farmers loan act, enabling thc far
mers to get money at low rates of
interest, are among the things I
helped to secure. Both of these
were long cherished dreams of the
Farmers' Alliance and their germs
may be found in the 'Ocala de
"One of the things of which I am
most proud was that I compelled
recognition of South Carolina's
claim against the federal govern
ment for money loaned by the State
in the War of 1812. By this. $38G,
000 of the State's bonds, held by
thc federal government as a debt
against the State, wore canceled and
$80,137.36 was paid into the State
treasury in cash.
Doesn't Think People Want Cam
"I do not belive the people of the
State are in the humor for unneces
sary political agitation this year.
They want to win the war and they
know the only way to win it is to
hold up President Wilson's hands.
Any man sent to the senate now
from South Carolina who would not
sustain the President whole-hearted
ly would be a traitor to the best
interests of our country and utterly
useless to his South Carolina con
"Although my health is better
now than it has been for years, it
is not my purpose to make any cam
paign speeches. In my opinion, it is
more important for me to remain in
Washington attending to my duties
in the Senate and in the naval af
fairs committee than it is for me to
engage in the mere bandying of
words with any man or men upon
the stump in South Carolina.
"I have enough faith in the good
sense and patriotism of South Caro
linians to believe the uppermost
thoughts in their minds today is to
defeat Germany. They know the
only way to do that is to stand by
the President. They know I have
always stood by the President and
will continue to stand by him, and I
therefore announce my candidacy
B. R. TILLMAN."
Meeting of County Equalization
Pursuant to the call of Auditor
J. It. Timmerman, a meeting of the
county equalization board was held
Saturday to discuss the assessing of
property so as to enable the several
township boards to act with uni
formity. The board was reorgan-,
( international No. 4 )
m the greatest labor-saving implement ever offered
?1 the farmers, regardless of price.
3 At last a practical cultivator-one that will bring
results without any doubt
Car load of these cultivators now en route.
References-Quite a number of Edgefield county
M farmers. _
Write, phone or come to see
TRENTON FERTILIZER CO.
Trenton, South Carolina
ized by the re-election of J. L.
Mima as chairman for the ensuing
two years. Every township in the
county was represented, ps follows:
Blocker-M. B. Byrd.
Colliers-D. T. Mathis.
Collins-H. E. Quarles.
Edgefield-J. L. Mirna.
Elmwood-J. M. Shaffer.
Johnston (School District]-P. N.
Johnston (Town)-J. W. Mc
Meriwether-H. F. Cooper.
Moss-L. R. Brunson, Sr.
Pickens-J. B. Tompkins.
Shaw-I. A. Webb.
Talbert-T. B. Cul breath.
Ward-J. E. Collum.
Wise-G. T. Swearing-en.
By request, Senator B. E. Nichol
son appeared before the board and
went carefully over the tax situa
tion, giving the result of conferences
between the legislature and tax com
mission. He expressed the opinion
that if the assessments in this coun
ty were made on the basis announced
by the commission, which is 42 per
ceut of the market value of prop
erty, that the final result would be
satisfactory to the commission.
Edgefield county has in the pa.?t re
turned its property for taxation
some higher than the average coun
ty in the State. Certainly this
county compares favorably with a
vast majority of the counties.
Atter Mr. Nicholson retired the
board discussed fully and freely
practically every phase of the tax
question as it relates directly to our
people, and adopted a resolution,
without a dissenting vote, to the ef
fect that all real estate be returned
for taxation at 42 per cent of the
value of the property in 1915. It
was not contemplated by the tax
commission in ordering real estate
returned on this basis that the pres
ent inflated value would be adopted
as a basis for taxation. Much of
the property in the clay section of
the county, and some in other sec
tions, has been assessed as high as
42 per cent for a number of years.
It was also agreed that all per
sonal property would also be re
turned at 42 per cent of the market
The board adjourned to meet
again on the first Monday in April.
SALESMAN WANTED-To so
licil orders for lubricating: oil*,
?reales and paint?. Salary or Com
mission. Address THE HARVEY
OIL CO., Cleveland, Ouio.
Beloved Son Claimed by Death.
Among the recently bereaved
homes in the county was that of Mr.
and Mrs. J. W, Morgan, the death
angel having entered this home Fri
day afternoon, March 1, and claim
ed the idol of the home, J. T. Mor
gan, their twelve-year-old son. He
had not been strong for the past six
months and when seized with pneu
monia succumbed at once. '\T. T."
was the apple of his parents' eyes
and they entertained great hope and
ambition for his future. He was a
boy of unusual promise, having
reached the age when he would soon
have developed into strong and vig
orous manhood. The God who gave
him to his fond parents had some
plan for this young life which the
finite eye can not now discern. The
Advertiser extends sincere sympathy
to the members of the bereaved
The funeral was conducted at Gil
gal Sunday, March 3, by Rev. P.
The County Board of Commis
sioners of Edgefield County wish to
borrow twenty-five thousand dol
lars for ordinary county and special
road purposes for the year 1918,
payable as follows: Ten thousand
dollars January 1st, 1919, and fif
teen thousand March 1st, 1919.
The loan to be secured by a pledge
of the taxes levied for ordinary
county and special road purposes
for the year, as authorized by act
of the General Assembly. The
County Board of Commissioners are
to meet on Monday, March 25th,
1918, at eleven o'clock a. m. at
their office at Edgefield, S. C., for
the purpose of arranging the above
loan, and will receive open bids
from any parties wishing to make
the loan. The money loan will be
desired by the first of April, and
the loan must be completed bv that
time bv successful bidder.
Supervisor of Edgefield Co. S. C.
March 5, 1918-2t.
For work at the quarry at Parksville
at $1.50 per day. Rock breakers can
make from $2.00 to $4.00 per day.
I guarantee regular work.
John M. Schroder
Trenton, S. C.