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THE DEAD LETTER
j! By VIRGINIA LEE.
Alan Grayle winced as he arraigi
himself In the solitude of his ro.
looked into his heart and found
happiness nor prospect of it there, s
veyed the prospect of a vast cha:
In his life about to materialize, i
decided secretly that he was sa erl
ing sincerity and honor in accept
He had been at Brocton for ove
year, first as clerk, then depnrtm
superintendent, and now he was m
ager of the prosperous Winston M
camile establishment. It had all co
through Iiis striking the liking of G
f^'i Winston, proprietor of the iii:
He made no new friends and n
generally voted an unsocial Ul:
There was a reason. When Ora;
had come from his former home
had left behind the girl he loved i
votedly, Alma Waters. It was up
his last evening at her home that
was interrupted iu disclosing to 1
his heart's secret. He had time oi
to whisper hastily in her ear that
intended to write her when he reach
his destination. Would she reply
a very important question he wished
submit? Flushing and with a sh}
averted eye that encouraged him, s
had told him- "yes."
When he reached Brocton he wrc
the letter that confessed the arde
love Alina already knew was he
Then he enclosed in a smaller envelo
a twenty-dollar bill, sealing it and as
ing Alma to hand it to her broth
Kalph. In looking over his memora
dum book Grayle came across an itt
of indebtedness to Ralph Watt
which he had tetally forgotten, and '.
took this occasion to liquidate t
same. Thea a few days of expects
waiting, a later week of doubt ai
anxiety and finally, at the lapse of
mon til with no reply to his lette
Grayle decided that all womankii
were fickle and false and entered u
ou a life of supreme disappointme
and bitterness. This, howevt
wrought a wonderful change in h
prospects. Kol only had Gideon Wi
ston placed him in the path of sui
success and riches, but had encou
aged Grayle to come frequently i
his palatial home. Thus Grayle hi
met his daughter, Helena. She wa
a pleusant companion. They were
great deal together, and by stages M
Winston brought affairs to a poii
between them where it was tactily Ul
derstood that Helena was to becon
Only this very day Winston hu
spoken to Grayle and told him tht
he had indicated the deaivst wish t
his heart to his daughter, and pres:
jug Grayle to prosecute his suit t
a definite understauding.
"I can never love her, and her ft
ther is entirely deceived in bellevln
that I do," mused Grayle.
He glanced towards the door. O
its panels had resounded a faiut, timi
knock. Grayle arose to his feet i
sheer amazement. A female flgui
stood bel ore him, lifted a wil au
revealed the white, anxious face c
"I had to come, Mr. Grayle," she ul
tered passionately. "You have bee
so kind and considerate in our brie
companionship, that I could not do yo
a wrong. Today my father told me o
his wish that we two become engag?e
lt is impossible! I am sorry if i
causes you ?tain, but I love aaothei
poor, but worthy, and before I woul
link my life lovelessly with anotla-i
I will elope with bini."
For a moment only Alan Grayle rt
fleeted. Then it seemed as if a grea
load had lifted.
"Miss Winston," he said, "I than!
you for this candor. I esteem, sha!
always esteem you, but I too hav
loved, and it would be cruel mocker;
to wed another with her picture eve
iu memory. Do not think of preclpl
tatiug trouble and Scandal by a clan
destine marriage. I shall retire iron
the field before another day has pass
ed. In time the man you love ma;
win your father's sanction. Good
Respectfully he lifted her hand am
pressed it to his lips. Until late in tin
night Grayle sat devising how ht
would announce his decision to Gid
eon Winston. He knew his arbitrary
dominating nature, and concluded thal
he would at once leave his employment
and the town.
His landlady handed him a letter ai
he started for the store to set affairs
In final order.
"A letter, sir, just came," she an
noun?ed, and Grayle, glancing at lt,
noted that lt bore the card of the dead
letter department of the postal serv
ice, and inside was the letter he bad
sent to Alma Waters. Its envelope
bore no stamp, and it had been sent tc
Washington, money found in .it and
returned to the writer, as was the usu
Strong man as he was, Alan Grayle
was shaken as he comprehended a sit
uation tiiat had come at the end of
deep sorrow aud suffering, yet pre
senting a hope that gave him wings of
energy and determination.
He went to Mr. Winston and told the
whole truthful story, and lils audi
tor seemed to comprehend that per
haps in a battle of love against bis
will he had better not risk urging an
unhappiness that might be lifelong.
Back to his old home sped Grayle,
fast as (^stearn could take him. And
all the more precious was the reunion
with Alma, because of the ordeal
through which they had mutually
Will Help Provide For a Hun
gry World During Coming
Columbia.-The sweet potato will
help in a large way to solve tao proo
lem of providing food-and, like the
Irish potato, a food that will largely
take the place of bread,
In order that the best results may
be obtained, the following informa
tion on "Growing Sweet Potatoes in
South Carolina" has been prepared by
George P. Hoffman, extension horti
culturist of Clemson College, at the
request of the Food Administration for
Growing Sweet Potatoes in South
There are few crops so well adapted
to South Carolina conditions that can
be grown with equal success and prout
as can the sweet potato. This crop
ofi'ers to the growers every advantage
that is offered by other field or truck
Soil selection, preparation, fertiliz
ing, careful fitting and planting, and
cultivating are the essentials of suc
cess in the growing of a crop of aweet
Soil:-Tho swet potato a?apts in
self to a great diversity of soil, but i}
delights in and thrives best on a well
drained sandy QT clay loam soil un
derlaid with a clay subsoil. Regard
less off the avarest ideal physical
conditio? of the soil, this crop mast be
rotated each year. Sweet potatoes
may follow corn; cotton, small grain
and tegarars^ss ceresr creps. Thia
crop may be ea??y and effectively
worked rate any weil batanced three
year rotative system.
Preparation of Soil:-The soil may
be thoroughly an4 deeply prepared by
turning twice to a depth of 6 to 8
inches followed by cress discing.
Crooked and irregular formed roots
result from preparatory shallow prep
aration of the soil. Therefore, deep
and thorough preparation is very es
sential in the growing of marketable
Fertilizers:-Both barnyard and
commercial fertilizers are recommend
ed, but the former must be judiciously
used. Under the present potash short
age conditions, that element of plant
food most needed in excess, liberal ap
plications of barnyard manure will be
found te be very effective in supple
menting this shortage, and correcting
the physical cordition of the soil. The
fertility and physical condition of the
soil should determino the exteat of
the applications, which should not be
in excess of the needs. Ordinarily,
both commercial fertilizers aa? barn
yard masures are applied in the drill,
when the soil is being fitted fer set
ting the plants, and as a side dresser.
Fitting the Soil and Setting the
Plants:-Preparatory te setting the
plants, which should be from May 1st
to July 15th, lay off rows 3% to 4 feet
apart and apply the barnyard or com
mercial fertilizers in the drill and
thoroughly mix with the soiL Plant
ing beds of medium height, dopeHding
upon drainage, should be thrown up
and dragged down, and the plants or
vine-cuttings set 14 to IS inches apart.
Correcting the packed condition of
the soil brought about through the
transplanting process, immediately
following the setting of the plants, the
water furrows should be harrowed or
otherwise shallow cultivated.
For late plantings, the o-ne leaf. 8 to
10 Inch vine cuttings are more desira
ble than are the plants, this being es
pecially true in the growing of seed
Varieties:-The Nancy Hall. Porto
Rico, ar.d Triumph are the leading
?nd most popular varieties grown in
this State. The Triumph is one of the
earliest varieties, and should be plant
ed when potatoes are grown for early
Cultivation:-Fre/iuent and shallow
cultivation should be practiced until
the vines have covered the ground,
during which period the greatest of
care must be exercised lu the turning
of the vines. At the first cultivation,
which consists of a careful hoeing and
Biding with a broad furrow, a side
dressing of cottonseed meal should be
applied,,at the rate of one-half ton per
acre, and thoroughly mixed with the
soil. The Oraageburg sweep or heel
bow and shovel will be found to be
very effective In cultivating this crop.
The following record of expenditures
and returns on an acre of s"-?et po
tatoes was furnished us by a grower
In Richland county, South Carolina,
during 1917 and 1918:
Expon di tures.
Rental Value of land.$ 8.00
Fuming and harrowing twice.. 4-00
Bedding ground . lo?
Compost-10 loads at $1.9$.... 10.00
Spreading compost . 1-50
Plants-10,900 at $2.39.....25.00
Setting plants.'* 2.25
Hoeing three times. 3.00
Plowing and turning vines.- 4.25
Cottonseed meal, % ton at $48., 24.00
Applying cottonseed meal....?? 1-50
Harvesting and storing.......... 12.00
Total expenditure. .$97.Qfl
270 bushels No 1 potatoes at
30 bushels culls at $0.50. 15.00
Total returns .$427.00
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
We respectfully announce the Hon.
N. G. Evans as a candidate for re-elec
tion to the House of Representatives
from Edgefield county and pledge him
to abide the result of the primary
FOR JUDGE OF PROBATE.
I respectfully announce that I am
a candidate for re-election to the
office of probate Judge of Edgefield
county and pledge myself to abide
the result of the primary election.
W. T. Kinnaird.
I respectfully announce that I am a
candidate for re-election to the office
of auditor of Edgefield county and
pledge myself to abide the result of
the primarv election.
' R. Ti M M ER M AX.
FOR COUNTY TREASURER.
I respectfully announce that I am a
candidate for the office of County
Treasurer of Edgefield county, and
pledge myself to abide the result of
the Democratic primary.
JOE LAKE PRINCE.
I hereby announce that I am a candi
date for re-election to the office of
treasurer of Edgefield county, pledging
myself to abide the result of the Dem
JAMES T. MIMS.
I hereby announce that I am a
candidate for re-election to the of
fice of coroner of Edgefield county
and pledge myself to abide the re
sult of the Democratic primary elec
T. E. Byrd.
Winthrop College Scholarship
and Entrance Examination.
The examination for the award
of vacant scholarships in Winthrop
College and for admission of new
students will be held at the County
Court House on Friday, July 5, at
9 A. M., and also on Saturday, July
6, at 9 A. M., for those who wish to
make up by examinations additional
units required for full admission te
the Freshman Class of this institu
tion. The examination on Saturday,
July G, will be used only for making
admission units. The scholarships
will be awarded upon the examina
tion held on Friday, July 5. Appli
cants must not be less than sixteen
years of age. When scholarships are
vacant after July 5 they will be
awarded to those making the highest
average at this examination, pro
vided they meet the conditions gov
erning the award. Applicants for
scholarships should write to Presi
dent Johnson for scholarship exam
ination blanks. These blanks, proper
ly filled out by the applicant, should
be filed with President Johnson by
Scholarships are worth $100 and
free tuition. The next session will
open Sept. 18, 1918. For further in
formation and catalogue, address
President D. B. Johnson, Rock Hill,
117 Acres of Good Farming
On Aiken road, three miles from
Trenton. One of the best com mu-J
nitiea in Edgefield county. The
soil is red-pebble sand, and is in ai
high stale of cultivation. It lies
well, and is easy to cultivate. The
dwelling has four rooms with a hall,
and is very pleasantly located in a
small oak grove, with a good well
of water, fruit trees and outbuild
ings, two tenant houses in good
shape, and about six acres of bear
ing asparagus. This place is right
ready for a man to make money on;
there could be no better investment
in the county. It will be sold
cheap, so don't let this opportunity
slip by you. Will be glad to show
you over it at any time.
DAVIS REALTY CO.
Edgefield, S. C.
GEO. F. MIMS
Eyes examined and g.asses fitted
only when necessary. Optical
work of all kinds.
EDGEFIELD, S. C.
now To Give Quinine To Children.
FEBRIUNEiBtbetrade-mark name Riven to an
I improved Quinine. It is a Tasteless Syrup, pleas
ant to take and does not disturb the stomach.
Children take it and never know it is Quinine.
Also especial'y adapted to adults who cannot
lake ordinary Quinine. Does not nauseate nor
cause nervousness nor ringing- in the head. Try
I it the next time you need Quinine for any pur?
tose. Ask for 2-ounce original package. Tha
tame FKBRILIN?i is blown in houle. 25 cent*
Whenever You Need a Genera! Tonic
The Old Standard Grove's Tasteless
chill Tonic is equally valuable as a
General Tonic because it contains the
well known tonic properties of QUININE
and IRON. It acts on the Liver, Drives
out Malaria, Enriches the Blood and
Builds up the Whole System. 50 cents.
WELL SUPPLIED WITH
We desire to inform the
farmers of Edgefield county
that we have on hand ready
for delivery all brands and
formulas made by the Vir
ginia-Carolina Chemical Co.
Also a full supply of the
"Quality Line of Fertilizers''
made by Coe-Mortimer & Co.
Before making your fertil
izer contracts for 1918 call to
We can. also supply you
with meal and 16 per cent,
acid for mixing your own
fertilizers at home.
w. w. ADAMS & co.
Notice to Stock
My Jack will make the season at
Wm. Allen Mobley's farm, west-end
of Edisto street, Johnston, S. C.
Service fee $15.00 insuring mare to
get with foal. Five dollars paya
ble when mare is bred, and the bal
ance when colt is foaled. Notes or
contracts for deferred payments
must be given. Not liable should
B. T. Boatwright
Phone No. 12-7 W
FOPw SALE.-I offer for sale the
furniture and equipment of the
Edgefield post-office, consisting of
lock boxes, desk, scales, iron safe,
etc. Mri. Eva W. Ouzt?.
FOR SALE-White table peas for
seed, also sorghum seed. Large
quantities at cheap prices. Also one
car of lumber and one car of laths.
E. S. Johnson, Edgefield, S. C.
For Sale: About 50 bushels of
King Cotton seed at $1.50 per bush
el. A. A. Cheatham, Edgefield, S. C.
5-8 2 t pd.
invigorating to the Pale ana Sickly
The Old Standard cenernl strenfrtheninif tonic.
GROVE'S TASTELESS chill TOXIC, drives out
Mnlarin. enriches the blood,and builds up the sys
tem. A true tonic. F?R ?dulls and children. 50c
% Used 40 Years g
\ The Woman's Tonic ?
?J Sold Everywhere ?
I r 8 $
Wc invite our friends to come in to see the new
spring merchandise for men und beys..
Large assortment of spring suits to select from-lat
est fabrics and newest styles.
See Our Beautiful Hats r
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in Straw, Panama and Felt.
Large stock of ECLIPSE Shirt. Just what you ./ : ,H ;
need for the warm, weather; gBjJnoiJoifj
worn ?gu?oJj :
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See our ?ross?tt Oxfords and our
Selz-Scfiwab Oxfords \
the best and most stylish footwear, on the market, for the . ' ? fflsfc ovt?
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