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J. L. MIMS,_Editor.
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Wednesday, August 7.
On with the German retreat! Let
it be unconfined.
Don't you envy the man who has
a sleeping porch these nights?
State by State is ratifying the
John Barleycorn is almost as un
popular as the Kaiser.
If it takes hot weather to make
cotton, the biggest crop cm record'
should be made this year.
"Killed in action." These three
words tell a tale of vicarious sac
rifice that will not go unrewarded.
Things seem to be "going from
bad to worse" with the Germans,
and we are shedding no tears over
Here and there over the State
gold stars are appearing on service
flags. Thus far Edgefield county
has been spared.
In visiting the battlegrounds of
France this week, Mr. Hoover has
set foot upon sacred soil-soil made
red by the blood of American sol
diers fighting for the freedom of
Compliment to Columbia and State.
The decision of the War Depart
ment to double the capacity of Camp
Jackson Is a compliment to Colum
bia and to South Carolina. Before
locating a permanent camp, the gov
ernment makes a most searching in
vestigation into conditions, satisfy
ing itself that nothing harmful ex
ists in the imm?diate environment
of the proposed site. Camp Jackson
has been occupied nearly a year and
the government is so well pleased
with the results obtained from this
camp that land has been secured and
plans made for doubling its size.
This act of the War Department
speaks louder than words as a com
pliment to Columbia and South Car
olina. From the standpoint of health
social and moral conditions existing
in Columbia, it is an endorsement
that any city should covet.
Exclude Boys in Teens.
Thc next registration is a topic
of very general interest, everybody
being eager for a definite conclusion
to be reached as to the age limits
of the registration. We trust that
eighteen will not be fixed as a mini
mum, age. We believe the necessary
army can be raised without taking
young men who are yet in our
schools and colleges. We do not like
to see men volunteer for military ser
vice before they have reached full
develepment and maturity, and we
are still more opposed to forcing
them into the army at the age of
eighteen. If a young man's educa
tion or programme of equipment
for life is interfered with at eight
een he, in all probability, will never
complete his education, thus chang
ing entirely his destiny or place he
would otherwise fill in the world.
If the limits should be fixed by
congress at 18 and 40 years, we
feel confident that some light form
of training would be provided for
these boys and gradually develop
them along military lines'until they
have attained to their 21st year. Let
us trust that congress will'take a
mean course and not force boys of
tender years into military service.
We have an abiding faith that when
ever a definite conclusion is reached
it will be satisfactory. However, let
us all pledge ourselves in advance
to uphold the men in Washington in
whatever they decide upon. They are
in a position to take a deeper and
broader view of the situation than
Present Prices Not High.
When we say present prices are
not high we refer to products of the
farm. The unthinking man reaches
the hasty conclusion that all of the
difference between the present price
of agricultural products and the pre
war price is all profit, forgetting
that rents are higher, seed for plant
ing are higher, livestock is higher,
labor is higher, implements are
higher. When the cost of production
is taken into consideration the net
profit to the farmer now is but lit
tle more than it was before the war
The labor situation has been acute
in many sections this year but not
so acute anywhere as it will be in
1919. The continued drain through
operations of the draft law, togeth
er with idleness brought about
through the monthly checks that
are being received from the govern
ment, will of necessity make the la
bor situation more and more acute
until the armies shall return home
and take their accustomed place
among us.This increased cost of la
bor will make farm products more
and more expensive to the consum
er but the increase will not be prof
it to the farmer. Cotton at thirty
cents is not high priced cotton.
Cold Spring Dots.
We have had some refreshing
showers in the last two weeks,
which made the crops look better
and made everybody feel better.
Most of the crops around here are
Mr. Kesterson held a tine revival
meeting at Antioch last week. He
was assisted by Mr. Davis from
Hendersonville, N. C.
Miss Mamie Holmes attended
the meeting at Antioch, l?ein<r the
guest of her brother Mr. Walter
Miss Birdie McClendon bas re
turned to Edgefield after spending
two weeks at home. She *'ill con
tinue her work in the Corner
Dr. A. L. Holmes from Camp
Sevier spent the week-end with
home folks, coming Saturday and
returning Sunday evening.
Misses Lera ie, Betheal, J. W.
and Bernard Graves rrom Lincolton,
Ga., is visiting their uncle, Mr.
We are glad to report little War-1
ren McClendon is well again after
being quite sick.
Miss Lydia Holmes has returned
from Edgefield after spending a
week with her brother, Mr. C. V.
We were alad to have Mr. Davis
to preach for us Sunday morning,
we had a large crowd to hear him.
Mrs. Fannie Bussey has returned
home after spending two pleasant
weeks with her daughter in An
Our revivaj meeting will start
third Sunday morning. There will
be only one sermon on Sunday and
all other days there will be a ser
mon in the morning and one in the
evening. Dinner will be served on
the grounds Mr. Hogan from Mu
Cormiuk will assist Mr. Kesterson.
Mr. Clarence Mathis lost one of
his hogs eleven days ago and lound
it in an old well. It was still liv
The Unconquerable Soul.
Nero fiddled while Rome burned.
In the lurid ?ames his maddened
brain wrought pictures pleasing to
his vanity. Yet in the burning of
a city he but destroyed the handi
work of man. Another Caesar
the German kaiser-razes cities,
towns and country sides; whole na
tions even, that in their places
yawning graves may terrorize the
world and bear witness to unspeak
able German crime. Kaiser Wil
helm, out-Neroiny: the Roman
Caesar destroys the handiwork of
God. As the world's master-killer,
he crowns himself emperor of the
dead. lu all of it the Prussian soul
rejoices. "Read and tremble" is j
at once the substance and inspira
tion of lhe Prussian sonir of hate.
The loathsome refrain is but the
vapor of the putrid dead, arising
from the soil wheresoever the foot
of Prussian conquest has trod.
Civilization, halts at the edge of an
abyss-and wonders. ,
There is no need to wonder, long.
There is such a thing as an uncon
querable soul, L'pon this the Prus
sian lust of conquest had not count
ed. Yet of all the world's forces
it is the mightiest. It trembles
but not with fear. Beneath the
despot's heel rt may suffer long;
terrorism may for a time prevail.
But there comes a day-the time
is marcning swiftly onward-when
the soul of the people, aroused in
its might, will sweep like an
avalanche into a bottomless sea, all
effigies of power conceived in treach
ery and born in despotism. Where
once bore down the frowning brow
of ruthless might the soul and
sword will extend the boundaries of
And when the war is over the
world will be given to know, the
Germans with the rest, that might
makes right only when might is
rif?ht. Americans ask nothing more.
Upon this creed hang all the laws
and prophecies of liberty. Ameri
cans refuse to live as bondsmen to
a German prince. Born in glory,
the unconquerable poul of America
lives in glory. It will die only when
glory bas ceased to be.-Farm and
BYRNES SOUGHT A LETTER
FROM PRESIDENT, BUT
DIDN'T GET IT.
Sent Congressman From Virginia
to the White House, but Failed
to Get What He Went After
Produced a Letter From Vir
ginia Congressman, Which
Failed to Convince.
In a desperate effort to defend bis
position-attacked as he is by bis
opponents on the question of loyalty,
because of his vicious and venomous
attack upon the Selective Draft
as a means of raising au army to
fight German y-Congressman
Byrnes produced a letter at the
campaign meeting Thurs
day, and read it for the edification
of the crowd.
lt had been rumored about thaf
Byrnes had a letter front President
Wilson, in wi)ich the President
said that Byrnes was to be con
sidered a loyal man, and that his
services in Congress were accepta
ble to the administration.
Of course nobody believed that;
but there was atmosphere of expec
tancy when Byrnes uufolded his
letter and read it.
It was not from the President at
all. The "letter, was from Carter
Glass, a Virginia Congressman.
lt seems that Byrnes, very much
perturbed, sought a letter frotn'the
President, which, however, the
President declined to give.
After nearly eight years in Con
gress, Byrnes did not t?o in person
to the White House in search of
the letter he wanted for reasons of
his own; but he called upon a Vir
ginia Congressman, whose loyalty
to the administration was never in
doubt, and who perforce, would be
welcomed at the White House.
Congressman Glass went to the
White House and, as the story
goes, asked for a lettei endorsing
The Virginia Congressman wrote
Byrnes that he did not secure such
a letter-that the President did not
feel himself called upon to give
such a letter, or words to that
effect-but that the President said
this, that and the other thing.
The idea Byrnes sought to con
vey by the letter was that, while
the President declined to give a let
ter endorsing him, he, Byrnes was
considered a loyal man.
As Byrnes spoke last none of his
opponents had opportunity to ask
him why, if he was considered loyal
and true, if he was considered a
valuable man by the administration,
the President should decline to- give
him the letter he so eagerly sought
through a Congressman from an
When, several months ago, Con
gressman Lever had entered the
race for the L'uited States Senate,
the President wrote not one, but
two letters, endorsing him, and
urging him not to leave the House
Byrnes' record-particularly his
deflection on the Selective .Draft,
and his denunciation of the Presi
dent's plan for raising an effective
army tu light Germany-was laid
bare by Mr. Toole, who spoke
tirst, Mr. Evans of Edgefield, and
At Barnwell a day or two ago,
Byrnes charged T. G. Croft with
having endorsed C. E. Carman for.
postmaster, and because Mr.. Car
man had been a Republican, since
he came here from a Republican
Slate, and who served very accepta
bly for many years as postmaster,
with having thus gone on record as
endorsing "negro politics."
At the Aiken meeting, Mr. Croft,
in a very effective mauner, showed
how Byrnes had sought to gain an
advantage in another county by un
derhand methods. He produced
papers to show that many of the
most substantial citizens of Aiken
signed a petition, asking that Mr.
Carman be retained as postmaster
at Aiken. Some of these gentlemen
were in the audience, and Mr. Croft
asked them before the crowd if by
signing that petition they meant to
endorse "negro politics." Of course
they answered that they did not,
and the beautiful charge of Byrnes
crumbled into nothingness but a
Mr. Toole played Byrnes on his
record, and made a strong speech.
Mr. Evans delivered a stirring, pa
triotic address and urged his hear
ers not to vote for him unless they
wanted to elect a man who was 100
per cent. American and 100 per
Byrnes, who spoke last, sought
in his usual manner, to explain the
charges against him, simply by
dodiring the issue,-Aiken Staud
now To Give Quinine To Children.
PKBRILINE tsth* trade-mart name elven to nn
improved Quinine. It is a Tasteless Syrup, pleas
nnt to take and does not disturb the stomach.
Children take it and never know it is Quinine.
Also especially adapted to adults who cannot
take ordinary Quinine. Does not nauseate nor
cause nervousness nor ringing in the head. Try
.t the next time you need Quinine for any pur
pose. Ask for 2-ounce original package. The
tame F1?BRII.IKK is blown ia bottle. 25 ?eat*
Are officially recognized as denoting that a member of
a household is in the country's ( service. Those who
have been trying to secure a Service Flag we will be
glad to show them our line of One. Two and Three Star
Service Flags from 35 cents up to $1.75.
Recently received a shipment of Trench Mirrows, but
theV have all been disposed of. Another shipment is
now on the way via express, and will be here iii a few
In stock now for the soldiers Comfort Bags, Trench
Combs, Scissors, Bath Rags, Needles, Thread, Straight
Pins, Safety Pins and Cotton Tape.
A small assortment of Service Pins received.
THE CORNER STORE
The store that always says, Thank You
We bought a few mules in Edgefield on July 25,
but we want more of them. Sell us what you can't *
use this winter and save food. We will be in
Saturday, August IO
At Jones' Stables
Wanted mules from 4 to 12 . years
old, weighing 900 to 1200 pounds,
not under 60 inches high,
Come and bring your mules and get the CASH for them
The Fretwell Mule Company
WALL & WISE, Buyers