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By JACK LAWTON.
(CORj-right. 1018, by Westen Newspaper t'Dlun.)
When tho girl hnd cliinhed to the
nook in tho cliff, she drew back at
the appearance of an old man en
sconced on the rock which was her
favorite resting place.
. "I beg your pardon," she said; "I
thought no one was here."
Tho old man smilingly waved Iiis
hand. "Well, I'm just no ono at all."
he replied, "so make .yourself com
fortable, and don't mind? me."
Janey hesitated, but as he returned
to his ahsorhed contemplation of the
scenic panorama, slit sank down upon
a lower rock, and was evidently soon
' lost in troubled thought. A deep sigh
at last escaped her.
"Only the ageu should sigh." the
old man remarked pleasantly, - Janey
turned to look into his shrewd eyes
beneath their grir/led white brows,
and all at once she felt an impulsive
desire to confide' in the possessor of
these same kindly sympathetic eyes.
As though reading her scruples, the
old man bent down encouragingly;
"Well?" he asked.
The girl laughed. "It's about Billy,"
she answered, the words seeming to
"When a young woman sighs," her
odd companion responded, "it usually
is about Billy, or Jack or Tom! Has
he been called to war?"
Janey shook her head. "Not yet,"
she said. "Billy is just a little above
the age limit. That seems to be his
fault; he is always just a little out of
"And this particular thing in which
he fails?" the man persisted.
"I am strangely moved to tell you
bil about It," Janey said slowly,
"though I am sure I don't know why."
"Most people are moved to tell me
things," he assured her;, "sometimes
I am fortunate enough to help them;
sometimes not. In this Instance-"
'"Billy and I had decided to marry,"
Janey said. "Father places an obsta
The old man nodded.
"My father would like me to marry
his own business partner," she said;
**a very promising young man."
"But you wouldn't like it," her com
panion supplemented : "so what is fa
ther's obstacle in Billy's case?"
"Oh ! it's mean," the girl cried ont
Indignantly, "and lt's unfair! Years
ago father sold a cumbersome house'
?and barns on the hills to some strang
er who agreed to carry the estate
along and make payment when he
could. Father was glad, then, to have
the taxes taken off his hands. But the
?man who bought the place went away
(he was some sort of a sporting man)
and he left the house with caretak
ers, the barns filled with his horses.
Then one day the estate came back
into father's hands. The sporting
man was bankrupt, they said. He had
paid nothing on the property, and
house and barns were all out of re
pair. They really had abused things
shockingly, so father sued for dam
ages, just enough to put the place In
Sellin? order again. But his lawyer
could get nothing. The sporting man
was clever enough always to arrange '
his affairs that way, they said. And
now-" Janey threw out her hands
despairingly, "this is father's insur
mountable obstacle: Billy must make
good by collecting those damages.
Father knows this Is impossible. And
Billy-" A tender smile hovered about
the trirl's mouth. "Oh. Billy is so
confident of everything,"
"I like a man who is sure of win
nini:." the old man told her.
Janey laughed. "That is the way
Billy was sure about me," she con
fided. He rea"ljy is poor, you know,
and father is quite rich. Yet Billy
came boldly courting, and you see,"
her tone was wistful, "Billy won me."
The old man nodded. "Yes." he an
swered. "I see. And what was the
name of this unscrupulous man who
purchased your father's house to de
stroy It?" ' ,
The girl arose. "It was an Irish
name," she replied, "Jerry Sullivan.
And perhaps he did not know how
badly the place had been used; he
*was away, you know. But at any
rate," she sighed, "no one can collect
from Jerry Sullivan; that's his repu
tation." Her companion chuckled;
then with old-time gallantry he turned
to assist her down the cliff.
"Now if they'd sent you to him," he
said, "they might have had a different
"I wonder," said Janey, with a part
From below she waved up to him,
then turned to run into her lover's
arms. "Just hunted you up." said
Billy, "to tell you I'm on the way to
Sullivan's office; he's In town."
"Billy." cried the girl, "will you sue
The young man shook his head.
Any eyes but Billy's might have
been discouraged by the shabby appear
ance of Jerry Sullivan's office. Surely
bankruptcy, even poverty was evi
denced here. But when he had stat
ed his case, the old man in the >chair
before him pushed forward pen and
paper. "Write out your claim, young
man," he said, "and we will settle the
thing right here. And now." he add
ed, when that feat had been accom
plished with astounding ease, "now, I
want you to take a message for me
to that girl you are going to marry.
"Tell her that she met Jerry Sulli
?van ?>n the cliff today, and Jerry's
sporting blood wouidn't let him see
the other fellow win,"
Life In China ls just one blamed
government after another.
Don't put off all your fun until th*
future. Live a little every day.
But how is food conservation going
to effect the church supper this fall?
"Good corn weather,'-' says the farm
er. "Abominably hot." says the city
What has become of the neighbor
who used to send you a big loaf of her
Although the enemy asserts that it
has no fear nf America, it has evinced
Russians, we see hy the papers, call
pacifists "boushevikis." Which is
worse, if anything.
Reims cathedral seems to be about
the only thing those German gunners
are sure tiny can hit.
Now is the piad season when the
amateur farmer leans on the hoe and
longs for the trenches.
The man who has been brought up
on rye bread isn't worrying about how
the war bread will taste.
Orders to conserve the gasoline sup- '
ply by cutting out joy riding will bring .
the war home to some people. ?
Make n list of the people that you
have gone to some trouble to help
just to see how long it will be.
This is a wonderful century, with
the ladies getting into overalls and
the gentlemen getting into kilts.
The French line may he getting thin,
but so did Bob Fitzslmmons at the
rime he had his heaviest punch.
It is a shame he doesn't buy you a
new car. You had as well be a p?des- j
trian as to ride in that old thing.
Wonder if the old dictionary hasn't
been worn thin by those looking to
find out just what exemption means?
American soldiers in France study
singing to strengthen their lungs. This
Is not necessarily one of the horrors of
Another reason why army raen i
should not be allowed to drink in uni- j
form is because they fit so snug as
The peseta ls reported at a prem
ium, which might be due to the fact
that lt ls so hard for a Spaniard to
The woman who didn't raise her boy
to be.a soldier must have..reckoned
without those very carefully prepared
There are going to be fewer trim
mings on women's clothes. Thus we
turn back toward the ancient Greek
No man is a hero to his valet, but
fortunately very few of mir boys who
have been called to the colors will
1 Meanwhile can't conservation find
some possible use for the numerous
weeds that persist in occupying the
Maybe the reason they tried that
Chinese emperorship on a little boy
was because grown men were too
smart to touch it.
. Two German spies reported shot
for having endeavored to incite an up
rising in the Sahara apparently got
their Just deserts.
Short stockings, if tho worst hap
pens, will be added to the horrors of
war by girls who feel that they just
can't look good In them.
It would be well for Germany's
crown prince to accustom himself to
wearing a plain fedora. It may be the
best he can do later on.
The law of falling bodies-I. e.,'
Whatever goes up must come down
appears to have no application to the
retail price of poftitoos.
The paucity of results indicates that
maybe the automobile speeders go so
fast the members of those motorcycle
squads cannot catch them.
A lot of busy business men are go
ing to throw up their hats and cheer
if needless telephone calls are pro
hibited as a war measure.
There are people who say the
schools of sharks reported off Atlantic
'bathing beaches are dolphins. At any
rate, they are not U-boats.
The Chinese presidency is vacant,
and no statesmen are whirling around
the country In private cars campaign
ing for the nomination, either.
Many of the groat inventions were
the result of accidental discoveries.
Inventing to meet an emergency is an
enterprise of peculiar hardship.
. Brazil grabbed the German interned
ships In her harbors and then notified
Germany she was going to do it. This
was a quite Prussian proceeding.
Enough news is coming through to
show tnt- submarines are not having
lt al! their own way since American
gunners took a hand In the game.
CARING FOR COUNTRY ROADS
Heavily Loaded Wagons With Narrow
Tires Are Injurious-Place Har
rows on a Drag.
(By E. B. HOUSE, Colorado Agricultural
College, Fort Collins, Colo.)
Excessive loads placed on wagons
with narrow tires are exceptionally
bad for any road. Tractors using
wheels upon which^are cleats, or any
thing that will cut through or injure
the road surface should never he al
lowed on country roads. Disk har
rows anti in fact any cultivating tool
should be kept off the road. If lt
ls necessary to move them along the
'road, place them upco a drag, stone
boat, or haul them to the held on a
wagon. If dragged over the road,
they will scar the road badly, break
through* the surface and start disin
tegration. No road is in such poor
condilion as to warrant abuse of this
'ITEMS OF HIGHWAY EXPENSE
Interest on Investment and Cost of
Maintenance All Have Vital Bear
ing on Road Plans.
The following is quoted from an ar
ticle by B. H. Plepmeier, maintenance
engineer, highway department, state
"There are three principal Items of
expense connected with road Improve
ment which the engineer must impress
upon the public mind before it will be
possible for him to construct an econ
omical system of roads. These factors
are: The original cost of the improve
ment; the interest on the money in
vested in the improvement, and the to
tal upkeep cost. When all of these
factors are taken into consideration, it
is evident that mnny of the cheaper
types of roads, when properly main
tained, will give the desired service
and yet will be much more economical
on account of their low first cost.
"When a type of road is selected,
taking Into consideration the three
principles set forth above, It is very'
essential that provision be made for
proper and efficient maintenance.' If
local conditions are such that mainte
nance may be delayed or prevented,
preference should be given to a type
of pavement that requires only a small
amount of maintenance and which will
be serviceable for a period of time
even with ho maintenance whatever.
Concrete Road in Suburbs of Chicago.
Neglecting proper maintenance for but
one year on many types of road* ls
very much more serious than the
amount of money Involved represents.
The road engineer should keep this In
mind and thoroughly impress the fact
upon the individuals who have a voice
In the final determination of a type of
SOUTH IS IMPROVING ROADS
Interest Stimulated by "Drive-Aways"
of Automobiles and Trucks From
"Drive-aways" of automobiles and
trucks from the manufacturing cen
ters in the North to points south of
the Mason and Dixon line has won
derfully stimulated the good road?
movement in the South, writes an ac
cessory dealer In Atlanta.
"I have traveled over considerable
territory in the South of late and it is
noticeable the amount of interest that
has been worked up locally over road
Improvement by the Influx of cars that
from necessity had to be driven to
distributors. The high price of cot
ton ls responsible in great measure for
the prosperity this section is enjoy
WORKING FOR BETTER ROADS
Man Has Always Recognized Import,
ance of Improved Highways
Ever since civilization adopted the
wheel vehicle, civilized man has rec
ognized the importance of Improved
roads and better vehicle transporta
tion, and has constantly striven by in
dividual or co-operative effort to make
It-easi*? by aniauxl or ??thor power to
get to and from the place of produc
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See our beautiful assortment of
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Large stock of Light-Weight Un
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IN THE BA
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OFFICERS : J. C. Sheppard, President; B. E.'Nicholson, vice-President
E. J. Mirna. Cashier; J. H. Allen. Assistant Oashier.
DIRECTORS : J. C. Sheppard, Thos. H. Rainsford, John Rainsford, B. E
Nicholson, A.S. Tompkins. C. C. Fuller. E. J. Mirna. J. H. Allen
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Mulberry Hill Plantation
Johnston, S. C.
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Edgefield, S. C.
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Bank of Edgefield, S. C.