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Occasion When Etiquette Ordains
And Chief Time Is When People Plan a
Visit In Force to Some Neighbor
Who Is Not Supposed to
Following upon the first frost each
winter there is a fresh breaking out in
the real old rural districts of what is
known as rlie "surprise party fever."
the disappearance of which comes only
with spring flowers, spring work,
spring weather, and spring fever.
Surprise parties have a deeper sig
nificance in the country, where they
are accompanied by sleigh rides, mo
lasses candy pulls, and other side is
sues, than they have in the city, but j
the city neighbor does not escape the I
surprise party epidemic altogether.
The most surprising feature of the
surprise party, to the uninitiated, is
usually that it is seldom a "surprise."
Some good neighbor, who fears some
other good neighbor will steal her
thunder, conveys the news of the
much-heralded event to the object of
the plan, who in turn says nothing but
prepares for the occasion-of course,
knowing nothing about it-and thus
the plot thickens.
The bed is moved from the front
roora downstairs. Tho husband may
suspect something, but he says noth
ing. Tlie broom plies its way to the
remote corners of the house, propelled
hy one-woman power, and dust, dirt,
and cobwebs disappear from the face
of the earth-or at least from that
Immediate portion of the earth.
Susie's room is fixed up ns a place
for the women to store their wraps,
and the upper spare room has the
frost, drawn out "by an oil stove, so the
jnen will have a place to put their over
coats", overshoes, and hats, and also a
place to smoke. *A&tA??w . ?. . .
Arriving on the scene, the spokes
man, and chief instigator beats a tat
too on the front door. The victim
situation, clasps her right hand over
her mouth, utters a much-rehearsed
gasp, and falls, back into the best
rocker, murmuring a semiaudible "I'm
so. surprised!" The parry is from that
"moment a good success and forty
five of the fifty present believe it is.
Tn half an hour the husband, who ls
the party of the second part in the
scheme, comes down the back stairs,
dressed in his host, having finished
putting ont the horses for the visitors.
He now falls in line with tho general
plan and admits that, although he had
a sneaking suspicion there was some
thing up, he still was In the dark as
to the time it would happen.
The evening passes and the supper
hour arrives, bringing with it the
climax of the event. Two or three men
are seen to draw toward the door, at
the same time wearing an embarrassed
grin. Tiley presently return, dragging
Ina brand-new table, a present, toward
the cost bf which those present have
contributed a dollar each. The minis
ter or the school teacher is called upon
to present the lift-not bestowed for
its intrinsic value but for tho mark
of friendship it conveys-and this is
followed by the recipient making
known that she is too affected to re
ply and the climax of the evening is
When supper is over and it is time to
go home you start on the return trip,
and on the way are told the party was
gotten up hythe one who received the
gift, and as you ponder over the work
ing out of a well-planned affair yon
are led to wonder, after all. whose
surprise party it really was.-Knickers
? Germans Salute British.
"During my first few days in Lu
cerne I had an experience that was
humorous and seemingly anomalous
until I got an explanation." said a Red
Cross worker who returned recently
to the United States. "The mountain
republic is filled with interned sol
diers from both sides, and I went
about a good deal with a British offi
cer in charge of many British prison
"'Ts he a German?' civilians whis
pered to one another as we walked to
our hotels. Tho Britisher was literally
bombarded with salutes from German
soldiers, and at the outset it became
embarrassing for him. But his em
barrassment could not continue long,
ns the salutes were too frequent. Soon
he was acknowledging them as me
chanically as if he had been walking
through the streets of London.
"The matter was made plain to me
when later I found out that it is the
rule in Switzerland that soldiers of
all armies salute officers of all ann
ies. Gorman discipline did the rest"
Profiteering an Old Crime.
Profiteering in necessities, which has
been revealed in all degrees of base
ness since the United States entered
the war, is one of the world's oldest
crimes, according to the Bible and oth
er ancient writings. Bunyan showed
that it was one of the banes of his
time, and Pepys told of the sacking of
storehouses by the hungry English pop
ulace as the speculators held back sup
plies for higher prices when the peo-1
"Be an optimist" W%P$
"Huh?" -1- -
"If they hand you a lemon, make
"What can you do with sour
open the door, takes in the
NOTICE OF LETTING CON
TRACT TO REPAIR BRIDGE.
The County Boards of Commis
sioners of Edgefield and McCormick
Counties will receive bids for the
repair of the bridge across Stevens
Creek near Clark's i J ill at the
bridge on June 1st, 10IS, at eleven
o'clock p. m. The necessary repairs
will be pointed out to bidders be
fore receiving bids; the successful
bidder will be required to furnish
bond for the faithful performance
of contract. Bids will be received
for furnishing necessary material
and for the necessary work sepa
rately, and also bids for furnishing
material and doing the work to
R. N. DEADWATER,
Supervisor Edgefield County, S. C.
J. ll. Lyon, Sup. McCormick
County, S. C.
May 7, 1?18.
Notice of Election.
State of South Carolina,
County of Edgefieid.
"Whereas a petition has been filed,
and all legal requirements having
been met, it is ordered that the reg
ularly appointed Board of Trustees
of Meriwether School District 13,
do hold an election at Gardnerville
school house Saturday, Jnne 1,
101S, for the purpose of voting
upon the question of levying and
collecting a special tax of four (4)
mills on the dollar of taxable proper
ty in said district, recently surveyed,
proceeds of such special levy to be
used for school purposes in South
Meriwether District 13.
At this election only such elec
tors as return real or personal prop
erty for taxation, and exhibit their
tax receipts and registration certifi
cates shall be allowed to vote.
These favoring such levy shall
cast a ballot with the word
"Ves" written or printed thereon,
and those opposing such a levy shall
cast a ballot with the word "No"
written or printed thereon. The
poils shall open at S o'clock A. M.,
and close at 4 P. M., and in all
respects comply with Sec. 1278,
General School Laws of South Car
W. W. FULLER,
E. H. FOLK,
G. F. LONG,
Co. Board of Education, Edge
field County, S. C.
May, 15, 1918.
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Bank of Edgefield, S. C.
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State of South Carolina,
County of Edgefield,
In the Court of Common Plea.
S. B. Nicholson-Plaintiff-against
W. H. Watkins and W. S. Rob
inson, Partners in trade doing
business under the firm name and
style of Watkins cfc Robinson
(To the Defendants Above Named.)
You are hereby summoned and
required to answer the complaint in
this action, of which a copy is here
i with served upon you, and to serve
a copy of your answer to said com
plaint on the subscriber, at his of
fice at Edgefield, Sonth Carolina,
within twenty days after the ser:
vice thereof; exclusive of this day
of such service; and if you fail to
answer the complaint within the
time aforesaid, the plaintiff tn this
action will apply to the Court for
the relief demanded in the com
B. E. NICHOLSON,
April 19th, 1U1S.
To W. H. Watkins and W. S.
Robinson, partners in trade do
ing business under [the firm name
and style of Watkins & Robinson,
Yon Will Take Notice That the
Summons and Complaint in this
action was filed in the office of
Clerk of Court of Edgefield County.
S. C., on the 19th day of April,
B. E. NICHOLSON,
April 19, 1918. :
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 von
eau get your supply. Do not wait until
there is congestion of freights, when von
cannot get goods shipped.
Armour. Swifts and Eoyster our spe
cialty. Mixed goods with potash, mixed
goods without potash. 16 per cent, acid;
20 per cent. acid, cotton seed meal.
The Edgefield Mercantile Co.
F. E: GIE SON, President!
LANSING E. 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 I Planary??||service
through the Lumber Exchange
Ask tor furt'her"information if
interested. Thejserviceiis with
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AUGUSTA - - - - GEORGIA
IN THE BA
CoaTiirht YJ09. bi C. il Zi^sxrman Co.--.No. SI
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.^Nicholson, vice-President
E. J. Mims, Cashier; J. H. Allen. Assistant Oashier.
DIRECTORS : J. C. Sheppard, Thos. H. Rainsford, John Rainsford, B..B
Nicholson, A. S. Tompkins, C. C. Fuller. E. J. Mims. J. H. Allen