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EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 1918 NO. 21
Handsome Pipe Organ Install
ed in Methodist Church.
Red Cross Active.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Logue and Mr.
son of Atlanta are guests of Mrs.
Mr. and rMs. Will Logue and Mr.
George Logue were here on Satur
day from Meeting Street. The latter
is now at Camp Jackson and this was
his last visit home before sailing.
Miss Sara Norris is at home from
a visit to her sister Miss Luelle Nor
ris in Columbia.
A handsome new pipe organ is be
ing installed in the Methodist church,
and at the completion, the service
flag which bears the eighteen stars,
representing the young men from this
church now in the army, will be un
veiled. A beautiful serivce is being
arranged for Sunday evening the 28,
and the speaker will be Dr. Webber,
camp pastor from Camp Jackson.
Mr. John Fleming Marsh who has
been in Washington in the Govern
ment employ, is at home here for a
An order for 100 comfort kits or
housewives has been placed for Red
Cross work here during this week,
and the young people especially have
been asked to come and make these
and help to fill them. The order is
an urgent one, as these are needed
On last Wednesday evening after
prayer meeting at the Baptist church
the ordinance of baptism was, admin
istered to four of the Sunday School
pupils, boys who have been faithful
and earnest attendants: William
Wright, Oliver Turner, Nelson Kee
see and James Mobley.
Maj. and Mrs. F. M. Warren, Miss i
Kittie Warren, Messrs. Robert War
s ren and Oscar Wright made a trip
to Greenville last week and went to
Camp Sevier to see Captain John
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Harmon and
children of Abbeville were visitors
in the home of Mrs. O. D. Black the
first of the week. Mrs. Harmon is a |
niece of Mr. Black. They had made
a car trip to Camp Hancock to visit
their brother, Lieut. Victor Lomax.
Miss Hortense Padgett of Edge
field is spending the summer months
here with relatives.
Rev. Malon Padgett of Saluda is
visiting his daughter, Mrs. J. L.
Smith. Rev. Padgett is a Baptist min
ister and has done a wonderful work I
in the Master's Kingdom. He took
part in the morning service at the
Mrs. W. J. Hatcher is expecting
Mrs. J. R. Fizer of Columbia for ah
During the recent thunder storm
the lightning struck several places
about, the chief place being the ga
rage. The telephone was torn out,
and a part of the wall was knocked
One of the large oak trees in the
front yard of Miss Clara Sawyer's
home was partially torn up.
A loud clap of thunder with light
ning flash, frightened a mule which
ran away and tore up the wagon to
which it was hitched.
Mr. Gamewell Smith who was op
erated on in Columbia Hospital re
cently, is now in better condition,
and his friends trust that he will now
begin to improve.
Mrs. Fred McConnell of Gaines
ville, Fla., is the guest of friends and
relatives. She is pleasantly remem
bered as Miss Moriet Gary.
Mr. W. P. Cassells has purchased
the Sawyer dwelling and the vacant
lot adjoining. On the latter spot he
is having brick laid to erect a ware
house. This will almost join the new
garage on Main Street.
Mrs. M. R. Wright and Miss Kath
erine and Estelle Wright are in Co
lumbia as guests of relatives.
Mrs. Wilson, with her two little
children, is expected this week to
visit her sister, Mrs. J. W, Marsh.
Her mother and two sisters are al
ready here from another State, so
a happy reunion of the family will
On Sunday evening at the Union
Service held at the Presbyterian
church, the pastor, Mr. Bailey, an
nounced that he would be away for
a month's vacation, some generous
friends giving him the trip. A substi
tute will be provided for the regu
lar preaching day.
Mr. and Mrs. Sammon have re- !
turned to Macon, Ga., after a two
month's visit to their daughter,
Mrs. Joe Wright.
Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Satcher, Miss
Ida Satcher and Mr. James Satcher
visited in Columbia last week, and
went to Camp Jackson to see Mr.
Mrs. Casey and^ children have re
turned to Charleston after a visit to
the former's sister, Mrs. Huiet Wates.
Mrs. Wates and little George accom
panied them for a vis.it.
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Walker are at
home from Hot Springs, Va., and to
Middlebrooke, Va., where they spent
a short while with Mrs. Harry Ham
ilton and Mrs. Oliver Hamilton.
Mrs. Albert Lott has gone to Cross
Hill to see her brother, Mr. Ben Wat
kins and his daughter, who are ill
with typhoid fever.
Mrs. Octavia Rushton is still con
fined to her bed, and a trained nurse,
Mrs. Pearson, from Columbia, is with
Miss Gladys Padgett spent a part
of the past week here with her cou
sin, Miss Marie Lewis.:
Dr. and Mrs. C. P. Corn are at
home again after a two month's ab
sence. Dr. Corn is much improved
and will resume his practice. The
last part of their visit was with Mrs.
Corn's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. A.
Strother, of Walhalla, and they ac
companied them home for a visit and
also to visit Dr. C. F. Strother.
Messrs. Roland Ouzts and John
Olin Clark went to Washington last
week for a week's stay and from
there went to Ohio, where they will
spend a month or so.
Dr. George Schaefer, director of
music, Greenville Woman's college,
was a visitor last week in the home
of Mr. M. T. Turner.
Mrs. O. D. Black, vice president
of Edisto District, attended a meet
ing of the executive board of the
Edgefield chapter on last Tuesday.
I Mrs. Workman of Cross Hill, has
been visiting "her sister, Mrs. Albert
Miss Bettie Warren has been visit-'
ing her sister, Mrs. Cattie DeLoach
Mr. 0. D. Black.has returned from
a visit to the firm for which he trav
els, which is located at Louisville,
?Ky., an d'from Abbeville, S C., where
he visited his sister, Mrs. Frank Mc
, Cord, and to see his nephew, who is
soon to go overseas.
The Royal Ambassadors of the
Baptist church had their annual pic
nic on Wednesday at Smith Pond.
This is a fine and active organization
and it has two earnest and capable
leaders, Mrs. P. C. Stevens and Mrs.
S. J. Watson.
Each one of the members had the
privilege of inviting one, so there
was quite a large crowd that gather
ed. The day was warm so many car
ried bathing suits and enjoyed the
Water while others fished and play
ed games. The mill was of special
interest and it was a* new sight to
some to see meal made. A bountiful
picnic dinner was served to which
the young folks did ample justice.
Miss Edith White is visiting her
aunt, Mrs. G. G. Waters and other
Huns Guilty of Unspeakable
Frank L. Mulholland, of Toledo,
who recently returned from a Red
Cross inspection in France, tells in
terestingly of the splendid spirit dis
played by our boys over there. He
also tells of some German atrocities
"Mr. Mulholland told of a woman
in a devastated French village with
whom he talked, who told him how
the Germans, when they entered the
village, gathered all the men and
turned the machine guns on them. He
repeated the French woman's account
of how the Huns hung her young son
on a tree in front of her home, before
her eyes; how when they cut him
down, she worked frantically to re
vive him, and how, when signs of
life began to appear and the boy
opened his eyes, a German lieutenant
threw oil over him and burned him
alive as she pleaded for mercy.
"I was told by men who witnessed
it, of the finding of the nude body of
a Red Cross nurse, suspended by a
bayonet driven through her hands,"
he said. "These are the reasons I
say we are fighting not only for lib
erty, for . emocracy, but for human
ity, ariu /e are fighting the worst
enemy mankind ever had."
SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE.
Splendid Edgefield Boy Writes
Interesting Letter to His
Father, Mr. Walter
June 15, 1918.
I received your No. 2 letter today
and was certainly glad to hear from
you again. Yes, Otis Redd is still
with me, and about twenty more boys
I know from Camp Jackson, so you
see I.am with some one I know and
I am glad. They are all good boys
and I like every one of them.
You asked about what I was doing.
I am driving ammunition trucks car
rying ammunition to the different
parts. We were in a good camp, but
we are all out on the road about all
the time now. We haul ammunition
at night and sleep in the day. Have
to sleep in our trucks, so you see, not
much sleep but nevertheless I like it
just the same. And you say the boys
from Greenville are on their way ov
i er here. I am certainly going to look
out for them and hope I will see
them. I would like well to run up on
old Bill Byrd.
I was sorry to hear about Mrs. Tim
I cannot answer all your questions
nor even tell you where I am. Wish
I could but I can tell you this. I am
"Somewhere in France."
I am going to have my picture
made soon and will send you one and
see if you know your son. You know,
I weighed a few days ago and noiv
my weight is 150 pounds. That is go
ing some, I think. I am drinking too
much beer but I am going to stop
right away. You know the water is
no good over here unless you boil it,
so you see we have to drink some
thing, and a little wine sometimes.
Yes, I feel better now than I ever
did. Write me as often ,as you can.
I will get the letters all right, and
don't you worry about me for I am
all right and am coming back home
Write me a long letter and tell me
what's going "on in old Edgefield, and
give my love to everybody. If you see
Major Collett tell him to write to
me. I am,
Your loving son,
3rd Ammunition Train,
Co. B. A. E. F.
How States Grow Food.
Kansas is leading the nation this
year in growing wheat, and the latest
governmnt figures indicate the har
vest will reach the total of approxi
mately 125,000,000 bushels, which is
the second largest crop in the history
of the state.
Alaska furnishes more fish for food
than any other ?shery section of the
world and the production for the past
year totals in value $51,405,260, of
which 93 per cent was salmon.
The potato supply of the middle
West is much greater than usual and
the state of Wisconsin produced
about 20,000,000 bushells more than
usual. The food administration .an
nounced that on June 15th there were
17,000,000 bushels of potatoes ort
storage at that time in the state.
Mississippi, formerly the leading
cotton state of the belt, is coming to
the forefront as the greatest corn
state in the South and this year the
indications are for a crop of 175,000
Q00 bushels, or about 100,000,000
bushels over Georgia's production,
though this state has increased in
production in every line and there is
no doubt but that the country will
have more food for itself and the
allies than ever before when the har
vest of the year is completed-Aug
Why Birth Registration is Nec
The only.way of keeping an official
record of a person's birth is by birth
registration. It is probably the most
important record in a person's life,
because it is a proof of his or her
legitimacy, his or her descent, his or
her right to inherit property belong
ing to the family, and his or her age
for schooling, voting and marrying.
It will not be long before a birth cer
tificate is required for almost every
kind of service and rccupation. It is
really not safe to travel in any coun
try without the legal authority of
one's citizenship, which is supplied
by a birth certificate.
American and French Armies
? 'iv Drive Huns Back Five
Miles. Take 22
Washington, July 18.-The heart
af'the American nation was in France
tonight. It marched and fought proud
ty* with the boys who went over the
t;??j; this morning and still were gal
lantly smashing their way ahead be
side their French comrades late in the
?M,^" was a tele ?f splendid victory
ii .! daring that news reports and ev
?ij?>the terse official statements told.
H?ur by hour the extent of the vic
tory grew. What the full effect of the
?Ip\v will be cannot be estimated un
?tt, details of the action along the
??pifi?le twenty-five-mile frone from
chateau Thierry to Soissons from
jv$ich the surprise attack was launch
?di are available.
^It was clear beyond mistake, how
ever, that in the rush of the first day
>f this answer of General Foch to the
Serman attack east and west of
Rft?ims, the enemy had been placed
h'a position from which he may have
?reat difficulty in extricating himself,
tfdt only may the German effort west
)f Rheims and south of the Marne be
vho?ly nullified, but all they -have ac
:omplished since the battle of the
Aisne, begun months ago, may be
Attack Developed Swiftly.
There was little effort here today
;o measure the scope of the Franco
American stroke. Officers were too vi
rally interested in the swift develop
ment of the attack as1 it was unfold
ed, bulletin .by bulletin, to devote
nuch time to cold calculations such
is form the basis for military predic
ts. It was the instant news that
leid them, from General March to the
i'jmor staff officers, and the war de
si anent was a place of smiles and
?il?is i?? ?-??o boys-overseas wrote
lew and glorious" pages in American
Secretary Baker had difficulty in
?olding himself to cool, unhurried
?pressions, as he dictated to the
lewspaper men late in the day a
?tatement summarizing General Per
shing's brief reports .Supplemented
.vith the news dispatches, the official
lccount revealed, however, the full
drilling story of the dash against the
memy delivered with such gallantry
ind as such a complete surprise that
t swept over the first German lines
ipparently without wavering and
rushed on to objectives deep in the
:erritory the Germans have held for
Baring the day Secretary Baker,
General March and war department
sfficials generally spent much time
aver the war maps. They read every
letail of the accounts brought in ov
?r press wires and time after time
ill 'Dther business halted while the
swiftly changing hattie front was
:raced out. Until late in the night
sfficials were eagerly receiving every
report that came in.
Dash and Gallantry.
Mr. .Baker's statement paid homage
;o the dash and gallantry of the Am
erican forces and his elation as well
is that of the officers who surround
lim, was clearly written between the
The .most promising consideration
if the counter-attack, the officers be
lieve, aside from renewed proof of
;he* fighting qualities of the new Am
erican armies, is the fact that Gener
il Foch has now sufficient force to
mloose a major counter-stroke, for
;he blow today is nothing less than
;hat, howerer limited its fixed object
ves for today may have been. The
iupreme commander now has shown
dearly that a definite turning point
tas been reached, where his resourc
es in men and munitions are great
mough for him to assume at least
in aggressive defense.
Whether the present counter stroke
viii enlarge into an allied offensive
:annot Ibe known until the events of
he next few days are known., If the
)resent Franco-American thrust
hould realize all the possibilities seen
n it by observers abroad ,and force
he Germans out of the whole Aisne
darne salient, it seems highly prob
ible to officials here that General
roch might feel warranted in ex
panding that success through offen- ?
ive operations on other fronts.
A narrower construction on today's ;
events fixes the stopping of the Ger
man drive west of Rheims as the pur
pose of the allied counter attack. In
that case it is already certain that
what has been accomplished today
will go far toward ending any menace
the German assault may still have.
In some quarters here doubts were
expressed early today as to the wis
dom of diverting forces for a counter
stroke while the German advance
along the Marne toward Epernay was
still in motion. The extent of the
gains effected, however, was regarded
as fully justifying General Foch's
strategic disposition and there is no
doubt that the American military is
in full harmony with him. The risk
involved in concentrating a great
force far from the apex of the Ger
man advance, it was argued, was
more" than offset by the possibilities
a successful diversion of the Aisne
Marne line would have.
In effect, General Foch struck at
the rear of the enemy columns, ham
mering at the French lines south of
the Marne, and there is little possibil
ity of any serious effort to press for
ward there while the Franco-Ameri
can drive is unchecked.
Reserves in Action.
In any event the reserves employed
in and supporting today's drive stand
between the enemy and Paris on the
direct road. They hold the inside
lines of the Compeigne salient, which
is regarded here as the sore point of
the whole German campaign. At need
they can be shifted swiftly to the
north to support the Mont .Didier
Soissons front, or employed to har
rass the flank of any German thrust
north of Mont Didier.
Signs have not been lacking that
Gen. Foch had in mind some such en
terprise as that launched today, even
before the, German drive on Monday
beg?n. ' The front from which he
struck covers that upon which French
"nibbling" tactics have been steadily
employed for several weeks, with
good VOCPI .geins regularly reported.
Similar "nibbling" is going on
along the British front at several
places. Successful raids and improve
ment of position were reported yes
terday and today. The Germans ap
parently are becoming aroused over
the British situation, for the dis
patches tell of increased enemy ar
tillery fire in those sectors.
It was suggested tonight that a
thrust from the British front on a
far wider scale than anything attemp
ted there since the great German as
sault begun last March might devel
op as a companion piece to the Fran
co-American effort. In that case, it
was said, it would be clear that the
tide of battle had definitely turned
and the German drive of 1918, their
greatest military effort of the war
and the campaign on which they have
counted to achieve victory by arms,
had been defeated.
Death of Dear Little Girl.
The friends of Mr. and Mrs. 0. 0.
Timmerman sympathize with them
deeply in this hour of unspeakable
grief caused by the death of their lit
tle daughter, Katherine, who was just
two and one-half years of age. She
had been sick for about a month but
grew worse recently and no human
agency could stay the fatal malady.
Everything possible was done for
little Katherine's comfort and to re
lieve her but nothing availed any
thing. The idol of her fond parents,
little Katherine will be missed from
the home-circle more than words can
express but her fond parents are
Christians who have an abiding faith
in God and upon Him they will lean
in this dark hour. The funeral and
interment took place at Red Oak
Grove church Friday afternoon.
We extend sincere sympathy to
these sorrowing friends.
Henry Ford is not strong on relig
ion-maybe most of it got knocked
out of him when he was developing
that motor of his-and he has been
rather inclined to scoff at religious
activity. He gave fifty thousand dol
lars, however, to the War W. M. C. A
fund and then sent investigators to
the thirty-two camps in this country
to see how the Y. M. C. A. was spend
ing its-money. The investigators have ;
made a report so satisfactory to Mr.
Ford that he says the Y. M. C. A. is
all right, a fine instiution and he is
ready to give again when the call is
Members of Agricultural CJub
Gave Delightful Barbe
cue. Address on
Nowhere in South Carolina will
one find a higher order of citizen
ship than-is to be found in the Meri
wether section of Edgefield county.
They are intelligent, public-spirited,
hospitable, and have had a l?rge part
in making history for the old county.
As an evidence of the fact that they
are in the forefront is the existence
of an agricultural club, (organized
many years ago for mutual helpful
ness) that will compare favorably
with any other organization^ of the !
kind in the State.
The officers of the club are, Dr.
Traylor Briggs, president; Mr. Fred
B. Barker, secretary, and Mr. Alva
L. Stevens, treasurer. Its member
ship is composed of practically every
farmer in that section, together with
representative citizens in other parts
of the county. Business meetings are
held at stated intervals at which sub
jects bearing upon every phase of
agriculture are discussed and occa
sionally specialists and other promi
nent men are invited to address the
meeting. Once every three months a
social meeting is held and a barbe
cue dinner served to the members of
the club and their wives.
Before the war so vitally affected
and so completely engrossed our peo
ple the club held an annual picnic
and the young people of Georga and.'
Carolina regaled themselves with
dancing in the spacious hall while
the older ones held pleasant social,
intercourse out upon the well-shaded
grounds. The club very wisely decid
ed this year not to hold the public
picnic. However, a very pleasant day
was spent Saturday by the members
of the club and their families at the
hall, serving one of their barbecue
dinners that have made the club fa
The attendance was large and rep
resentative and about ll o'clock all
assembled in the hall for the business
session, the president, Dr. Briggs,
presiding. At the conclusion of the
business session, Mr. Anderson, who.
had been secured through the efforts
of County Demonstration Agent
Stokes, addressed the meetinng upon
the boll weevil. Mr. Anderson has
been employed by the government
for a number of years devoting his
entire time to the weevil infested
section of the cotton belt. For the
past year he has given most of his
time to Beaufort county where the.
weevil appeared in small numbers
about a year ago. There are none in.
that vicinity now, however, the near
est to South Carolina being south
of Macon. .]
Mr Anderson stated that the pres
ent crop of . cotton is safe and that
probably the crop of 1919 will not
be attacked but whether or not the
weevi] will reach this section in the
following year will depend upon what
progress is made in the meantime in
its march toward the Savannah river.
He urged the necessity of beginning
to prepare for the coming of the wee
vil, so the change from cotton to'
other crops will not demoralize our
people and cause heavy loss. He stat
ed that statistics show that many sec
tions of Louisiana and Mississippi
which 'grew cotton entirely before
being infested by the boll weevil
have profited by being forced to take
up livestock and plant other crops
besides cotton. The only way to grow
cotton successfully in weevil infested
districts is to plant an early variety
and cultivate rapidly so as to secure
for the plant as much matured fruit
as possible by the 1st of August. The
weevil seldom, practically never, at
tacks the bolls but lays its eggs (some
weevils as many as 26 a day) in the
squares. The infected squares drop
off, the weevil hatches out and enters
upon its campaign of destruction. As
practically no damage is done before
the latter part of July, it is possible
to have an early variety of cotton
mature much fruit by that time. Mr.
Anderson has made a practical study
of the weevil and its operations for
a series of years and is therefore
thoroughly conversant with every
phase of the subject, being able to
answer intelligently any questions.
After the address by Mr. Anderson ?
a barbecue dinner fit for a king was
bointifully served and everybody had
a good time socially. For whole-souled
hospitality the iMeriwether people are