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EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1917
Schools Opens With Large En
rollment. Dr. Cody Preach
ed. Young Ladies Re
turn to College.
The high school opened on Monday
last with the largest enrollment of
, any year. This is the seventh year
?with Professor W. F. Scott as super
intendent, and he was well pleased
?with the prospects. There was a fine
attendance of patrons and friends
and the opening exercises were en
joyable. "America" was sung, a
prayer was offered by Rev. Thacker
and scripture read by Rev. Bailey.
Rev .Brooke made an impressive
talk and Mr. Scott also made a talk,
telling something of the present con
ditions of the school. The corps of
teachers are: Prof. W. P. Scott, Miss
Antoinette Denny, Miss Gertrude
Strother, Miss Daisy Brokington,
Miss Sallie Heyward, Miss Ella Ja
cobs, Miss Eunice Abrams, Miss Hel
en Lewis, Mrs. L. C. Latimer, Miss
It was a great pleasure to all to
hear Dr. Z. T. Cody of Greenville on
Sunday morning at the Baptist
church. He preached upon Christian j
education, taking his text from the
great commission in the 28th chapter
of Matthew, using the 20th verse to
base his remarks on : "Teaching them j
to observe all things whatsoever I ?
have commanded you." He said he !
"had in mind the gneat educational
.campaign that was worked this
month. Following his seimon, Rev. j
Brooke spoke of the campaign and
stated that he wanted his church to
give $3,000 of the $12,000. that is
the mark for the Ridge association
to reach. The day was to have been
the regular business meeting but as
Dr. Cody was compelled to return
on the mid-day train, the services1
were changed in a measure. Mr. Will I
Sawyer gave summary of the year's j
work of the church, which showed
that it had made one of the'best re
ports in its history, about doubling
Misses Frances Turner, Marie Lew
is, Louise Hoyt and Zilla Smyer re
turned to Greenville Woman's col
lege on Wednesday, the first two en
tering their third year there.
' Miss Mary Waters has gone to
Converse college where she holds the I
scholarship of $100.00 which was j
given a graduate of the high school
here at this last commencement.
Mrs. W. B. Ouzts has gone to Ten
nille, Ga., to visit her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. C. S. Smith.
Miss Lillian Mobley is at home
from a visit to her sisters, Miss Ella
M?bley in Columbia, and Mrs. M. T.
Siftley in Orangeburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Kneece and
three little children have been for a
visit in the home of Mr. M. W. Clark.
Mrs. John Wright has accepted a
position with the firm of M. R.
Wright and Bros.
Mrs. G. G. Waters entertained the !
4'We Are Twelve" club Friday after
noon in a most pleasant manner, and
some plans were made for the pleas-1
ure of the club members. All enjoyed j
? variety of sandwiches and tea at j
Miss Annie Crouch has gone to
North Augusta where she is teaching
in the high school. Miss Annie finish
ed at Converse last June and spent I
two of her vacation months in study !
in New York, in preparation for her
Misses Rachel Simmons and Liz
zie Kate Anderson will go to Char
lotte, N. C., soon where they will take
a business course.
Going to Coker college this year
will be Misses Carrie Belle Stevens,
Alma Johnson, Jamie Bruce, and Miss
Bessie Bean, the latter taking a post
Miss Loise Boyd will leave on the
17th for Hollins Institute, Virginia.
Mrs. Anne Mobley has returned
from Virginia where she has been j
visiting her daughters, Mrs. Harry
Hamilton and Mrs. Oliver Hamilton.
Mrs. Frank Crouch and children of
Saluda are visiting in the home of
the former's father, Mr. S. J. Watson.
Mr. T. M .Boyd went to Charleston
on Sunday afternoon and will be in
the government service.
Cecil Sawyer of the navy in Char
leston is here for a short visit to the
Mrs. Hattie Bruce will go to
Hartsville next week, having accept
ed the position of matron in Coker
Miss Gertrude Strother is at home
from a month's visit to relatives in
Mr. and Mrs. Posey of Columbia
spent a part of last week here with
the latter's mother, Mrs. Bruce.
J. C. Dorn of Spartanburg is visit
ing his sister, Mrs. J. A. Dobey.
Mesdames H. W. Crouch, Taylor
Goodwyn, DeSaussure Hogan, L. S.
Maxwell and E. 0. Crouch made a
visit to friends in Augusta during the
Misses Clara, Maud and Gladys
Sawyer have gone to Aiken to spend
a while with their sister, Mrs. Henry
Mrs. Frank Bland has gone to Dar
lington to visit her sister, Mrs. J. T.
Mrs. J. M. Turner and B. T. Adams
are guests of relatives in Barnwell.
Mrs. Walter Derrick and little
boys are at home from the moun
Miss May Cogburn has returned
j to Kneeces after a two weeks' stay
?with her sister, Mrs. Mike Clark.
Mrs. Wingate has gone to Lexing
; ton to spend a while with her mother.
Lieut. Joe Bouknight spent a few
' days of last week at his home, Mul
berry Hill, with his sister ,Miss Em
I Mrs. Carl Richards has returned
to Ohio after a month's stay in the
home of her father, Dr. C. F. Stroth
Mrs. A. M. Nickerson has received
a communication from Columbia say
ing that her son, Mr. George Nicker
ison was ill with typhoid fever. Miss
' Maud Nickerson went to see him dur
ling the week.
The Charge Refuted.
A bit of gossip that one hears ev
ery now and then in connection with
j the war is that the men who compose
the exemption boards throughout the
State have made many enemies. The
"gossip" has it that many of the men
who have'been ordered-by the boards
to go to the front have felt very hard
towards the boards, as also have the
relatives of the men. "It wouldn't do
for these members of exemption
boards to run for offices," the gossi
pers declared last spring.
Now let's see whether or not this
gossip is well founded. Robert A.
Cooper, candidate for Governor in
the recent election, was chairman of
the exemption board in Laurens
county. He received the largest vote
ever received by a candidate for Gov
ernor with opposition in Laurens
county. Incidentally he was elected
Governor of the State on the first
Here's another instance: J. L.
Minis, editor of The Edgefield Ad
vertiser, a candidate for the House
of Representatives from Edgefield
county in the first election, is'chair
man of the exemption board in Edge
field county. Mr. Mims was elected
on the first ballot by a very, very
handsome vote, lacking only three
votes of heading the ticket from his
county. To give you some idea of
how he ran, there were a total of
1339 votes cast in Edgefield county
and Mr. Mims got 982. This doesn't
look mu'ch like ,Mr. Mims has made
enemies by doing his duty.
It is extremely interesting to note
also that Mr. Cooper got a majority
of the soldier votes in Laurens coun
ty and that out of the 23 soldier I
votes cast in Edgefield county, Mr.
Mims* got 19.
Really, it is a reflection upon loyal
young Americans and their parents
to intimate that they regard members
of the exemption boards as their en
emies. These men did not seek the
positions they hold. They accepted
them only because they felt it their
duty to serve their country in this
emergency. They have done their du
ty. We believe they have been honest
in all of their deliberations. And we |
do not believe there are any people
in South Carolina who hold anything
against them.-Columbia Record.
The Civic League has arranged
with the Piedmont Lyceum of Char
lotte, N. C., to give us four good at
tractions this winter. We will appre
ciate the hearty cooperation of all
our people and in a few days we
will be ready with a definite an
nouncement. Look out for it in next
weeks issues of our papers.
Mrs. W. L. Dun o vant.
A Group of Interesting tetters From Our
Mr. Harold Norris Writes Inr
teresting Letter to His
Mother from France.
August 7th, 1918.
Am enclosinr a French pansy, in
French, "pahsee," which means a
thought, so you see it is quite appro
priate for ma cherie. It grew in our
back yard notwithstanding the high
explosives, gas and incendiary pro
jectiles that fell in the vicinity. No
matter how much devastation, there
are always a few flowers around, and
that makes us think there is always
a little joy and brightness in even the
darkest places. The battle fields have
been bright with poppies. They are
all red and remind one of the blood
spilt so profusely and yet for so
worthy a cause. I have seen batter
ies of guns with the emplacement of
graves with wooden crosses standing
up amid myriads of daisies.
This afternoon I walked up to a
very old chateau fortified with large
and ancient walls built in the year
900 and before. The walls surround
the top of a high hill from which we
get a beautiful view of the town on
the river and the country around. On
the other hills, one would think at
first that it were winter, for the
woods are brown and leafless from
the shells and gas. In some places
they have the appearance of huge
tooth picks stuck up at random with
splintered ends and blasted roots.
There is a conception that^is de
rived from all this destruction which
makes us broader and nobler, I think,
in every way. It is hard to explain
but seeing so much death, we become
interested in only things that are
real and true. War seems to accen
tuate the love for beautiful things
not artificial, but of the beauty of
naturalness and makes one detest tba
things that are false. In all its horror
war is a good thing. It develops the
most beautiful of virtues among men
I know of a captain who goes about
his duty when the shells are falling
fast, with a calmness and courage
that are particularly admirable. He
helps the wounded men to the dress
ing stations and comes back covered
with blood, although that is not his
job. In short, the war has emphasized
his character and I recognize in him
a brave and true man. Such furnish
examples for others to emulate and
we now live among real men, and
not among fussy and crabbed indivi
duals we used to meet in business
life-men blinded by trivial things
because they never come in contact
with great things. I believe any one
who thinks at all will be broadened
a million fold by this experience.
We move again tomorrow to an
other, point. It seems that we almost
live in a Ford now. The new place
will not afford so many conveniences,
but we are learning to dispense with
or three rooms. I wish you could see
the view from my ghissless window.
There are trees standing on end and
brick walls scattered around as
though a cyclone had passed, and
there ls riot a roof in sight that has
not a hole in it.
I will not linger longer on the sub
ject, .J^ti"" the smell is nothing like
one encounters at Rigaud's or Hou
bigant's "parfume" palace in Paris.
There has been little time to bury
the feed- up until yesterday. From
now o?.^however, I think we can en
joy our myals a little more.
' The.Second battle of the Marne
has er.T?ed like the first, in victory.
For the past month everything has
been' on the move. I have been a
while it?'each of four towns and have
been closely in touch with opera
tions. We leave here tomorrow to
entrain for somewhere in Europe,
where -I don't know. Will write you
as soon as we get to the next place.
Has Wes Oliphant enlisted yet?
Gas Service, Hq. 1st Army Corps,
Army P. 0. No. 759. A. E. F.
Mrs. Fannie Peelen Receives
Letter from Her Husband
France, August 1, 1918.
My Dear Wife:
I will try to write you few lines
.this afternoon while I? am off duty.
We are in the trenches now, but for
purposes of instruction only, and
will be out in a few days, and then
go back to the rest camp.
I will write you just as soon as
I get back to camp and tell you how
I like it in the trenches.
I haven't seen Jimmie since his
retur/'A'.rcm the trenches. I saw a
boy "$rom his company the day cf
their return and he said Jimmie was
all right. I will go to see him myself
as soon as I get back to'the camp.
I am so anxious to know how you
and and the little boy are. I pray for
you every night and I feel like the
Lord will send me back home to my
precious family . 1 hope it will not
be long. I haven't received a letter
from you in two weeks. It makes
me feel so very lonely when I do
not hear every week from you and
the - little boy.
Love to all. >
Your loving husband,
August 8th, 1918.
"We are "here" having arrived last
night. Heinie proceeded to welcome
us by sending speedy greetings over
at the rate of one every three min
utes. First, we hear the report and
in about eight seconds the shell
comes with a wailing whine and
bursts amid the sounds of falling
walls and debris. It is really amusing
to hear the remarks of those near,
during such an occurrence. There is
an undercurrent of somewhat clam
my nature and yet each person, to
showed that he is not mentally dis
turbed, will make a remark. One will
say, " Well, I hope the next one will
not fall in my room, as I have spent
all the morning cleaning it up." Then
"I hope the angle of his fire will not
be changed." Etc. This usually keeps j
up until the fire gets a little monoto
nous and they decide to take the
chances and not worry, till the shel
ling stops. 1
Our house is poor in shingles and
rich in holes. The doors are punc
tured with shell fragments and the
back yard is a conglomeration of
walls shot to pieces. There are holes
in the brick walls about six feet in
diameter and after passing through
the house, the shell generally bursts
on the other side taking away two
Mr. John L. Holston Writes to
His Father From Front.
August 12, 1918.
I received your letter yesterday
and you know I was glad to hear j
from you again. Yes, I am still well
and doing fine so far Pm glad to say.
We are still on the front and are
certainly having a time up here.
I guess you had a good time on
your trip. I surely wish I could have
been with you.
No, I haven't had any pictures
made yet but am going to real soon
or as soon .as I get a chance, and I
will send you one at once.
I an}, so glad to hear that Monroe
likes the army so 'well
Speaking about my girl, I got a
long letter from her yesterday and
also her picture. Believe me, she cer
tainly looks good to me. It was such
a good picture of her and I am real
proud of it.
I got a long letter from "Hun" and
Aunt Georgia a few days ago. They
said they were all well. Yes, I got
the papers all O. K. and was so glad
to get them. I read through them last
night and old Redd is reading them
today. I told him what you said and
he said he was going to write you at
once. Redd is a fine boy and I have
several more good friends with me.
How are the kids? Tell them hello
and tell Sister I got her letter yes
terday and will answer as soon as I
Well, I have told you about all the
news. There is nothing but war news
over here and I can't tell you any
thing about the war so you see I
don't have much news.
' Speaking of Percy Ouzts- L don't
think it is true At least I haven't
heard anything about it. I have had
some mighty close calls myself but
heres' hoping I will get through all
O. K. Things are certainly hot up on
the front now but Ave Yankees don't
mind a small thing like that.
Well, I must close for this time
as? I have to do* some work on my
car. I am expecting to make a long
How is Dr. Jones? Give him my
love and all the other good people
in old Edgefield. I will write you
again in a few days.
Give, my love to all the children
and lots to you.
Your devoted son,
P. S. Don't you all worry about
me for I am all right. Although I
have had some close calls neverthe
less I am still here on the job. If I
have good enough luck to get back
home it will be some glad day for
me. But if the Lord sees fit for me
to give up my life for my country it
will be a pleasure to me to do so. So
don't worry about me . Just look on
the bright side as I am doing and
everything will come out all right
Excuse this pencil as I have no
pen at the present time. Be good.
"Somewhere in France."
July 28, 1918,
Editor The Advertiser:
Above us are the clouds and above
the clouds the airplanes. You see
them against the sky between the
broken clouds. Others fly nearer to
the ground and a flock of twelve or
fifteen is not an uncommon sight at
any time of day. Away in the dis
tance the thundering shrapnel tells
us that it is warm for someone.
Around us are the grain fields all in
the harvest stage. It is a beautiful
"By heaven it is a lovely sight to
What God hath done for this de
licious land, '
But man would mar it with an im
The towns are slouchy-the blast
ed fruit of war. Bat the spirit cf the
French people is invincible. Old men,
women and children run the farms
and the task is a large one.
Speaking of the country, I asked
a negro private from Kentucky how
he liked it over here. He said, "Fer
scenery hits fine, but fer home, ship
me back 'cross dat Lantic Ocean."
They are here from all over the
States. A tale is told of one which
runs about like this:. One Private
John Johnson, from Georgia, south
Georgia, to be more specific, was on
guard duty walking his post in ac
cordance with the second general or
der. An officer passing his way de
cided to make a test of Johnson's
As the officer approached, Johnson
came to the position of "present
arms," which is customary under car
tain conditions. The lieutenant asked
him to hand over his rifle for a mo
ment. With some reluctance Johnson
handed over his arms and the lieu
tenant at once began to upbraid him.
"Is this the way you do guard duty
give up your rifle to anyone that
asks for it? Now that I have your
gun I have a mind to take you to the
guard house." Whereupon, forthwith,
Private Johnson pulled from his hip
his Savage Seven and the officer
heard these words : "Boss, I speck you
better gimme back dat rifle. Us nig
gers had dese little guns when us
left South Georgia, and we's got 'em
vvid us yet."
Anyone passing in that direction
a few minutes later would have seen
Private Johnson walking his post in
accordance with the second general
We fellows expect to eat Christmas
dinner at home so have the old gob
bler fat and plenty of cranberries in
Private S. B. Townes,
Mr. R. M. Scurry Writes to
His Sister From Camp.
Your letter received a few days
ago and was so glad to hear from
you. This leaves me well and I hope
it will find you all the same.
I haye also had a letter from Steve
this week. He said the people in
Charleston certainly are nice. They
are surely fine to us up here. I get
lots of auto rides and they are al
ways giving us some kind of enter
The only thing I dread is the cold
weather. They say the weather gets
(Continued on page Five)
American Troops Await the
Hour to Advance and
Demolish the German
Washington,. Sept. 6.- The hour
when General Pershing's army will
be thrown into the battle is rapidly
approaching, in the opinion of many
officers and officials at the war de
Developments today indicated to
these observers that the German with
drawal was nearing the point when
Marshal Foch would make use of ev
ery available weapon to prevent the
enemy from making a stand in his
old positions along the Hindenburg
Reports from the front indicated
that the Germans were accelerating
their withdrawal along a wide front
before the French and British armies
that are pressing urgently at their
heels. Apparently, it was said, the
enemy leaders feel that the line has
been straightened out' sufficiently to
permit a quick withdrawal the rest
of the way to the old, well fortified
lines from which they launched their
great drive last March. The fact that
the British already have broken
across tho old line on the Douai
Cambrai front is regarded as the spur
that is impelling the Germans to
rush to the last stage of their with
There is no doubt among i bservers
here that Marshal Foch has mapped
out a plan by which he hopes to pre
vent the enemy from settling into
his old lines and settling again to
It is argued that if the enemy at
tempts to hold the Hindenburg line,
or such of it as he can, he will have
to mass reserves to do it. Any attack/
far to the south and east of the pres
ent battle area would compel him,
also, to. rush reserves to the front
and, it is in such an attack that many
officials "are confident that General
Pershing's army will be employed.
It is noted here that no effort has
been made by General Foch to ex
tend the action to the front east of
Rheims thus far. The sector between
that place and Verdun has been com
pletely quiet through the fierce fight
ing to the north. Many officers think
an attack may be launched there
with the object of turning the whole
German line northward, and that
probably a simultaneous attack would
be delivered beyond Verdun, where
the original American sector lies, to
complete this conception of a wide
turning movement against the ene
my positions in northern France.
The St. Mihiel salient, where the
German lines thrust forward beyond
Verdun on the west, might offer a
chance for Foch's favorite pincer
tactics, some others think. There are
indications that this front is held by
Americans, with the exception of the
defenses of Verdun itself, and the
lines southeast of that city. If Gen
eral Pershing should strike suddenly
toward Metz and meet with any suc
cess, it is thought the enemy might
be forced to evacuate the whole St.
Mihiel bend, and that the pursuit of
that offensive should be extended in
to whatever course Marshal Foch has
Mrs. E.. S. Rives to Take Class
in Stenography for Benefit
of Red Cross.
Knowing the necessity for trained
service and the fact that all young
girls are going to be expected to take
their places in the ranks of the work
ers of the world, Mrs. Ed Rives is
offering the following opportunity
to the young women of E.dgefield:
She will take a class in stenography
and typewriting, the proceeds of
which will be given to our local Red
Cross chapter. After finishing the
course with her it will only be neces
sary to have a short two-weeks' term
at a business college, to enable the
student to secure a regular diploma.
See Mrs. Rives at once as to terms
and time of opening of the class.
Mrs. Rives, before her marriage
taught stenography in the S. C. C.I.
It is the patriotic duty of every
young woman to prepare herself for
some duty which may help our coun
try in its need, and Mrs. Rives wishes
to meet this need of the community.
FOR SALE-Abruzzi Rye at $4.00
E. J. MUNDAY.