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OFFENDING FAT AND LEAN
Taft Denies Report He Lost Ninety
i Instead of Eighty Pounds While
He Was President.
The man who claims credit for re
ducing William Howard Taft's
weight, during the four years of his
incumbency of the White House, is
out with a statement which may call
for an emphatic contradiction from
the former president, asserts the
Christian Science Monitor. Says
the trainer referred to: "Mr. Taft
lost ninety pounds in the four years
he was president and during which
he placed himself under my con
trol/' Many people will remember
how Mr. Taft disposed of a similar
assertion soon after he left office.
iSaid he, in effect: "Among the mis
representations to which I have been
subjected is that I. lost ninety pounds
during the last four years. This is
[untrue. I lost only eighty pounds."
This brings back a story of Alex
lander H. Stephens, who had been
Tice president of the Southern Con
federacy, and who, after the Civil
.war, was repeatedly elected to con
gress from Georgia. He was an ex
ceedingly thin man, und, one day,
there fell under his observation a
newspaper item saying that he
neighed ninety pounds. In reply to
finis he wrote a letter to the editor
of the offending journal demanding
an immediate retraction. "I will
not be slandered in this manner," he
Protested. "My weight is 94 pounds."
fThe former vice president was him
self an editor, with a habit of 'writ
ing very long articles for his paper
in Georgia, and the contemporary
[which had made the unwelcome
statement regarding his weight re
Ifused to retract it for the reason, it
said, that "Mr. Shephens must have
had one of his editorials in his
?pocket when he last tried the scales.
This would account for th? differ
ence of four pounds between the two
"Will you tell your sister the
young millionaire she met at the
beach is here.
"She knows it. She sa}*s a pa
rent waiter is no loser, and she saw
you waiting on a table today." .
L THE RESEMBLANCE.
"That prima donna is like our
j "In what way?"
"She is always falling down in the
I'7 HIS SURMISE.
i "What do you read, my lord ?"
! "Words, words, words," replied
"Ah, you are perusing the Con
j _ NOT EXACTLY.
! "You treat these boys as if they
. "Xo, I don't, for then they would
?get a licking every day."
I THE REASON.
: "That fellow will never look in a
mirror when he is drunk."
"I suppose he thinks it is no thn6
fr .ober reflection."
P ONE CONTINGENCY.
! "American as you are, don't yon
think you would be awed by the
presence of a king?"
j "Not if I held an ace."
j "I understand Germania still
jelaims to have a place in the sun."
"Sure thing. She's now one of
1 "Where did you get those smart
I "Oh, I had them laid by for R
pliny dayl" . _ . %t
BUILDING OF GOOD HIGHWAYS
Federal Aid Road Act Exerts Impor
tant Influence on Legislation
in Many States.
(Prepared by the United States Depart
ment of Agriculture.)
Federal-aid road projects, unques
tionably, are ready for construction in
every state this year. Under the fed
eral-aid road act of 101G every state
in the Union is now in a position to
co-operate with the federal govern
ment in the building of highways.
Results ot far-reaching importance
and of even greater potential value
than the appropriation of federal
funds have already been accomplished
by the federal act. Among the impres
sive results is the establishment out
right of state highway departments In
Delaware, South Carolina, Texas, In
diana and Nevada and the strength
ening of other state highway depart
ments so as to remove all question as
to the 1G states which were not quali
fied to obtain federal co-operation at
the time of the passage of the federal
In the past winter more construc
tive state highway legislation has been
placed upon statute books than has
ever been enacted in any similar
period since the American republic
was founded. The conditions laid
down by the federal act as necessary
to participate in its benefits operated
powerfully to bring about the estab
lishment and strengthening of state
highway departments, the placing of
a vast amount of road construction
under skilled supervision, the sys
tematizing and correlation of road
Getting Road Level? Preparatory to
work so as to provide the improve
ments most needed to meet traffic re
quirements, the creation of large funds
for construction and maintenance and
the establishment in many states of
definite provisions insuring mainte
nance of highways from the dute of
The working season of 1917 marked
the opening of actual construction
work under the terms of the post-road
provision of the federal act, as neces
sary legislative and administrative
work made it impracticable to get
construction projects under way ear
lier. On January 31, 191S, the secre
tary of agriculture had approved 253
individual projects, aggregating 2.S49
.4*8 miles and caLJing for an expendi
ture from federal funds of $7,324,
721.72. and from state and local funds
of $9,917,143.70, making a total of $17,
241,S0n.42. These projects represent
ed applications from 44 states.
CULVERT OF BEST MATERIAL
Worse Than Folly to Use Boards to
Take Care of Roads That Have
Cost Much Money.
If the culvert*; are not built of good
material they will hnve to be rebuilt
in a few years, whatever the quality
of the roads they are made to serve.
Defective culverts vitiate one of the
elementary principles of highway eco
nomics, and the interests of the tax
payers require that the annual cost
of every part of the roads built for
their use be reduced to the lowest pos
sible figure consistent with efficiency.
Manifestly, it would be worse than
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take care of roads that have cost hun
dreds or thousands of dollars the mile,
and it would be none the less foolish,
or worse, to waste money in work of
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Speed Up Good Roads.
"Speeding up construction of good
roads is an integral part of govern
ment war work. Efficient transporta
tion is necessary to reduce the mar
gin between producer and consumer."
-United States Food Administration.
Federal Aid for Roads.
The theory that federal-aid road
construction will not be sanctioned
durini; the war has been exploded by
the fart that the government has
fixed the price of cement for this
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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA,
COUNTY OF EDGETIELD.
By YV. T. Kinnaird Esq., Probate
Whereas, Walter B. Green, of
said County and State, made suit,
to rae, to grant bira Letters of Ad-|
ministration of the Estate and ef
fects of Eldred A. Green.
These Are Therefore to cite and
admonish all and singular the kin
dred and Creditors of the said
Eldred A. Green deceased, that they
be and appear before ma, in the
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Given under my Hand, this 12th
[day of July A. D., 1918.
W. T. KINNAIRD,
Probate Judge, E. C.
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