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PROPER WIDTH OF HIGHWAYS
Writer Advocates Narrower Roads and
Restoring Acres of Valuable
Land to Farming.
Just at this time many are Inter
ested in the question, how wide should
our public roads be? A number of
things should be considered in an
swering this question, says a writer
in Utah Farmer. The kind of mate
rial to be used In making the road.
The topographical conditions through
?which the road will pass, the proper
drainage of the road. The special use
to which the road may be put, if any.
For years very little attention has
been given to the waste of land in our
road building. Land has been cheap
and plentiful and years ago we did not
Good Road in West
give the attention to proper road
building as we do now.
Public roads have been of a uniform
width of 66 feet and the by-roads abont
?40 feet. They have been too wide If
we were to judge by the condition in
which we find many of them. Wasted
?and on either side ls used only to
Why not make them the width that
!ls used and plant trees on either side
?is we have advocated in these col
umns before? Then the thousands of
?aereB of land that are now practically
wasted could be pat to some good
Some of. the Eastern railroads are
-teaching ns a lesson in this regard
.for they are farming their rlght-of
fway. On a recent trip East I saw
?great long stretcher of land on either
:side of the railroad track planted to
alfalta. Acres were planted to truck
gardening. I understand similar con
ditions are to be found in some parts
For the sake of economy in building
kind upkeep let's build our roads more
marrow. Restore the acres of valuable
?land to farming. Build scientifically
iconstructed roads the proper width
?PJU pi.rtt trees on both sides.
KEEPING UP COUNTRY ROADS
'Whether or Not Farmer Lives on Pub
? lie Highway He Should Take In
terest in Nearest One.
? Every farmer should feel his de
jpendence upon good roads. Whether
lor not one lives on a public highway
(he should take an Interest In the near
lest one to his farm or the road he
must use to market his farm, orchard
and garden products.
I There are many times when a day's
(work can be spared for the road. Art
ier heavy rains the road may need cer
?tain repairs or Improvements when the
I overseer Is not ready to call out the
[hands. Why not individual farmers
?donate a day's work on the road at
By keeping a road drag and drag
iglng the road along one's land after
heavy rains the road may be greatly
'Improved. It ls an easy matter to have
?an agreement so each farmer will drag
?the road in front of his farm. This
; would maintain tbe road till the regu
lar hands could be called out at stated
'intervals or till the commissioner could
make the repairs.
The time has come when we must
consider the roads an asset, Indis
pensable to the well-being of the farm
er and his family. This being true, is
lit not every man's duty to do all he
?can to keep the roads in good condi
GOOD ROADS IN CONNECTICUT
Concrete Highways Being Built in
Twenty-Two Cities and Towns
Cost $15,000 a Mile.
The construction of concrete hlgh
.wnys is going on in 22 cities and towns
!?a Connecticut, and when these con
tracts have been completed there will
!be about 70 miles of concrete-surfaced
?pavement in that state. The highways
are 18 feet wide and cost $15.000 a
mile. The longest single street of con
crete road In Connecticut is two miles
in Cheshire, on the main highway
from Plolnville to New Haven.
Any neighborhood that does not
have enough enterprise to keep two
or three log road drags going for a
couple of weeks during the late fall, la
sadly behind the times. Farmers who
are tno lazy to do this ought to be
compelled to drag their weary legs
through the mud to town next spring
-as they surely will.
Best Results for Dragging.
The test results from dragging are
obtained only by repeated applica
Buds and Flowers In Cooking.
The French Canadians are said to
use the acid flowers of the redbud, or
Judas tree, in salads, while the buds
and tender pods are packed in vine
gar. Honey locust pods, often locally
called "honey-shucks," contain a sweet- j
ish, thick, cheeselike pulp, which is
often eaten. Those of the mesquite
furnish the MeyJcans and Indians
with a nutritious food. The Creoles
of Louisiana, famous for their cook
ery, are reported to use the young
buds of the sassafras as a substituas
for okra In thickening soups. I
Nova Scotia's Fish Army.
Nova Scotia is literally "the land of
fish"-cod, herring, mackerel and the
giant albacore or tuna. Nova Scotia
is so much a land of fish, says a writer,
that it produces over one-fourth the
value of the entire Canadian catch, or
$9,166,851 worth. Every tiny haven
around the extensive Bluenose Land
coast harbors fishing smaclfe galore,
while Lunenbnrg, Canso, Liverpool
and Chester are home ports for hun
dreds of fleet-winged deep-sea banking
Reason and Emotion.
' What a mysterious conflict that rs
between the reasoning power, which
.keeps pointing out the right road, and
an Ill-regulated emotional faculty,
which seeks to draw one along the
wrong road. Indulging the wrong hab
its always makes the upward path so
much steeper and the downward path
so much easier. How fortunate that
man fs whose false steps are arrested
by a friendly touch of common sense
disguised in a flash of satire!-Slr
Nature Is Outwitted.
The man who Invented the sewing
machine achieved what he was after
when lie stopped trying to Imitate the
human hand. If you go Into a factory
you will see machines doing things
which only human skill could do but a
short time ago, but the processes are
quite different from the manual meth
od. The Inventors have risen superior
to the formulae that nature would
seem to have laid down for them.
Natural gas Is probably formed In
the earth by a process of natural dis
tillation from the animal and vegetable
remains of past geological epochs, and
ls nearly the same product as Is dis
tilled from coal in the retorts of gae
factories, only Instead of the heat of
fires the Internal heat of the earth,
aided perhaps by chemical decomposi
tion, has caused its formation on a
Sufferer writes us that If nature hod
known what she was about when she
made man, she would have given him
two noses-one to have a cold in and
one for general utility. Then you could
get the first one amputated (as in the
case of tonsils or an appendix) and live
comparatively happily ever after. We
will call nature's attention to lt-Ex
Spartan Feminine Poise.
Our idea of poise "crystallized Into
definite form when a perfect 36, al
most a stranger to us, with whom we
happened to be lunching, inadvertently
dropped a grape skin down her decolle
tage and, except for one slight and al
most Imperceptible wriggle, gave no
sign of nervous disturbance as long as
we were around.-Ohio State Journal.
Rabbit Hair Supplants Wool.
Rabbit hair is supplanting wool In
the felt hat making industry of Aus
tralia, where there are thirty factories
in operation at present, making use
of rabbit fur for this purpose. It Is
said to be superior to the finest
merino, and millions of rabbit skins
are made use of annually.
Time for Strategy.
There is no such thing as returning
to the days of one's youth. If there
were and we were asked if the teacher
licked us, our reply would be "Not ex
actly; we made a strategic retirement
after almost losing the seat of our
An optimist holds this pleasant pros
pect out to engaged couples: "Unmar
ried couples kiss and forgive. Mar
ried couples kiss and declare a truce
while the heavy artillery Is being mov
ed up."-Kansas City Star.
Word From Br'er Williams.
"Pay as you go" is a mighty good
principle, but de price has got you
goln* so fast you des throw *em de
money an' holler: "Keep de change I"
Aspen Wood for Matches.
Aspen wood is used almost exclu
sively in making matches in Sweden
as it Is easily cut and porous enough
to be readily impregnated with sul
phur or paraffin.
Beet and Wheat Food Value.
That there is more food value In
one acre of beets than In four of
wheat is the contention of German ag?
Why don't we get dimples Instead of
HUSBANDS NOT SUCH BAD LOT
Stormy Days Cause Hubbies to Be
j I Thoughtful of Wives Who Contem
pla^ Shopping Expeditions.
i Cold days stir np ?wann reactions
in the heart.
Remember that cold Saturday
morning when rain and snow swept
the streets ?
A young married man plowed
through the gale to his office, anc,
once there, bethought himself that
his wife had declared her intention
of going down to Center Market to
purchase a rabbit for dinner that
Looking down upon storm-swept
Pennsylvania avenue, relates the
Washington Star, the loving hus
band immediately decided that his
wife would be foolish to go out on
such a bad morning, and that he
wouldn't let her go.
1*111 just call her up and tell her
it is too bad a morning for her to
go out, when 6he doesn't have to, and
that I'll bring the things home my
self this evening," he thought.
Cynical reader, this story doesn't
turn out the way you think. Truth
must often disappoint the cynic.
Fair wife did not insist on going
to market through the snow to bring
nome the nice rabbit for husband to
devour. She was pleased that hus
band was so thoughtful.
And what is more:
When the husband went to
phone to call up his wife io tell her
to stay at home, he found the phone
j already in lise.
I 'Hello, Mary," said the maa on
the phone. 'It's a mighty bad day,
and I think you had better not go
down town this morning-"
The young husband went to use
the phone in another room. Aa he
walked in, he saw a comrade at the
phone already. *
"Helen," the man on the phono
was saying, "I think you had better
j stay at .home this morning. Ifs a
? mighty bad day-"
Husbands are a pretty decent lot
IT WON HIM
Frances-I am afraid you don't
like my game of bridge.
Francis-I am bound to like any
thing that costs me as much money
"Have you any war yarns?" asked
the lady entering the department
"Surely, madam," replied the
"In which direction will I find the
"Do you want them for reading
or knitting, madam ?"
THE BIG TOUCH.
"John let me take a dollar will
"I've got to buy & lot of'stuff I
don't need so that the grocer will
sell me a pound of sugar."
A GOOD REASON.
Teacher-Why has the giraffe
such a long neck ?
Charlie-Because its head is so
far away from its body.
CONSTITUENTS GOT BUSY.
"They went over that candidate's
career with a rake."
"I heard he was- an unusually
Howell-What is the millennium
from your viewpoint ?
Powell-It is the period when
there is no time between drinks.
Edith (with magazine)-What is
meant by the dark ages ?
Marie-The ages that we keep
dark, I suppose, my dear. _
Red Devi! Lye
Cleans everything instantly. Soft
water ma'-.cs wes hing easy, and j^ist
a little Red Devil Lye in a tub of
hard water softens it like rain-water.
With P.ed Devil wash water you
use lcr3 than half the soap and the
daintiest fabrics will be whiter than
usual-with little orno rubbing
it's the rub that ruins.
throughout the home. It will keep
bath-tubs, wash bowls, toilets and
kitchen sinks white, clean and sani
tary. It whitens and removes grease
spots from floors, windows, tile or
marble, and does the household
dirty work in a hurry - without
trouble and with little expense.
Red Devil Lye also makes won
derful soap, peels peaches in a jiffy.
It is the real housekeeper's friend.
Ask Your Grocer. Save the Labels.
WM. SCHIELD MFG. CO., St Loni?, Mo.
To the Farmers
We are Jobson System dealers
for this county, and as such are ac
tively engaged in bringing the com
mon sense methods of easier and
more profitable farming to every
nook and corner of our section.
These methods and the remarka
ble Jobson plow have received the
endorsement of great Agricultur
ists, State officials and practical
farmers all over the country, and
these benefits are being extended to
all parts of the country at a rate
that certainly proves its merit and
genuine, practical advantage. No
farmer can afford to overlook the
opportunity of a thorough investi
gation of this system before going
further with his spring work.
The Jobson plow bas no equal in
preparing the land (late or early,
wet or dry) before planting, and it
is also of extraordinary value in
working crops and in getting ready
for second crops. In fact, it is
something the farmer needs every
month in the year. A little investi
gation demonstrates this beyond
Call on us for literature and full
particulars. We're here to serve
you. Jobson plows now in stock.
W. L. Dunovant, Edgefield; V. E.
Edwards & Bro., Johnston; Tren
ton Fertilizer Co., Trenton.
Do not allow the
poisons of undigested
food to accumulate in
your bowels, where they
are absorbed into your
system. Indigestion, con
stipation, headache, bad
blood, and numerous
other troubles are bound
to follow. Keep your
system clean, as thous
ands of others do, by
taking an occasional dose
of the old, reliable, veg
etable, family liver medi
Mrs. W. F. Pickle, of
Rising Fawn, Ga., writes:
"We have used Thed
ford's Black-Draught as
a family medicine. My
mother-in-law could not
take calomel as it seemed
too strong for her, so she
used Black-Draught as a
mild laxative and liver
regulator... We use it
in the family and believe
it is the best medicine for
the liver made." Try it.
Insist on the genuine
Thedford's. 25c a pack
Light Saw, Lathe and Shin
gle Mills, Engines. Boilers,
Supplies and Repairs, Porta
ble, Steam and Gasoline En
gines, Saw Teeth, Files. Belts
and Pipes, WOOD SAWS
GINS and PRESS REPAIRS
Fertilizers for 1918
We beg to announce that we are
now ready to deliver fertilizers for
this season, having secured a liberal
supply which we have on hand in
our warehouses ready for delivery.
Haul your fertilizers now while you
can get your supply. Do not wait until
there is congestion of freights, when you
cannot get goods shipped.
Armour, Swifts and Eoyster our spe
cialty. Mixed goods with potash, mixed
goods without potash. 16 per cent, acid;
26 per cent, acid, cotton seed meal.
The Edgefield Mercantile Co.
F. E. GIBSON, President! LANSING B. LEE, Sec. and Treas.
I The Best Time to
I Build is Now
Free booklets on Silos, Barns,
Implement Houses, Residences,
etc., with suggestions of great
Also "Ye Planary" service
through the Lumber Exchange
. of Augusta.
Ask for further information if
interested. ' The service is with
Woodard Lumber Co.
Thone - - 158
AUGUSTA - - - - GEORGIA
SOME STRIKE IT RIC
BUT A SURE WAY IS
TO PUTA UT
IN THE BAN
CoBirUht 1909. b? C. E. ZisroermiD Co.-No. 51
THERE is no doubt about
money in the bank, it is
sure and positive. Maybe slow, but there
is the satisfaction that it is sure. Posi
tive in every way, both that it will grow,
and that it is safe.
BANK OF EDGEFIELD
OFFICERS : J. C. Sheppard, President; B. E.lNicholson, vice-President
E. J. Mims, Cashier; J. H. Allen. Assistant Oashier.
DIRECTORS : J. C. Sheppard, Thos. H. Rain3ford, John Rainsford, B. E
Nicholson, A. S. Tompkins. C. C. Fuller. E. J. Mims. J. H. Allen