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VOL. 83
EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 19?9
NO. 45
JOHNSTON LETTER.
Splendid Gift of W. M. U. Sad
Death cf Marvin Matheny.
Reunion for Willie Lee
Wright.
The condition of the epidemic herc
now is considered about as serious
as during the first month of it, and a
quarantine has again been placed by
the Board of Health.
The school was closed the middle
of last week, and no services were
held on Sunday.
Every one is urged to follow every
precaution and as far as possible,
prevent the further spread. In some
of the families there are several of
the members sick at one time.
The Week of Prayer was observ
ed here during the past week by the
Missionary Society of the Baptist
Church and each meeting was con
ducted by a different member and
splendid, helpful, uplifting programs
were carried out and inspiring songs
were sung. On Friday afternoon, the
Lottie Moon Christmas offering for
China was taken, and after the Lead
ers of the seven circles had reported,
it was found that the offering had
exceeded the amount hoped for
$200, the total amount being $350.
It was Miss Lottie Moon who form
ed the plan of the women at home
making offerings, that the foreign
work might be aided and what a
mighty work this is now.
r\t this meeting, Mrs Louella S.
Stirnen did a very beautiful deed,
she stated that she wanted to memo
rialize her mother, Mrs D. R. Stroth
er in the society, and gave ?100 over
to the treasurer, to be used in what
ever way the society should see fit.
The organizations of the church
have all given generously, the Sun
beams giving over $G0. The Y. W. A.
$25 and the G. A. $25, this being the
,amount of the apportionment for:
Foreign Missions.
Mr. Fletcher Horne has gone to ;
Pittsburg. Pa., where he holds a posi
tion. Previous to his entering the
*rmy, he had a position here in the
electrical line.
Messrs. Cecil Kenney and Hans
Franklin have gone to Lee and Da
vidson College.
Mrs. C. P. Corn is at home from a
two week's visit in Walhalla.
The friends of Mr. Getzen Wertz
were pained this week to learn of his
critical state. For some time his
health has not been good, and a can- [
cer on the tongue has developed.
Owing to the nature of the dis
ease, he is speechless, and during the
week, his two sisters, Mrs. H. W. i
Crouch and Mrs. Taylor Goodwyn
went over to Columbia to be with
him.
Mr. Marvin Matheny died at his
home near here on last Wednesday
evening, the immediate cause being
influenza, pneumonia developing.
Mr. Matheny was one of the most
esteemed young men of the Bethle- j
hem community, and was always
found engaged in whatever was up
lifting and was one of the chief work
ers of the Bethlehem Sunday School.
About three years ago he married
Miss Lois Crouch of Saluda, who sur- j
vives him, also several sisters and
brothers, Mrs. Ervin Smith who rc
sides near here being one of the sis
ters. The funeral services were con- ?
ducted on Thursday afternoon at
Bethlehem church, after which thc
body was laid to rest under the oaks
that shelter the last resting place of
many other loved ones.
Mrs. David Moorer is the guest of
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. D Ken
ney.
Mr. McCreight of Winnsboro is the
guest of his son, Mr. Joe McCreight.
The four rooms over the Farmers'
?nd Merchants' Bank which have
been used the past year as Red Cross
rooms for all work under this head,
have been rented out, and Red Cross
Headquarters are now in the second
story of the store of Mr. H. W.
Crouch.
On Sunday there was a large fam
ily gathering in the home of Mr. and
Mrs. M. W. Wright, and they were
?ll very happy over the recent arri
val of Mr. Willie Lee Wright from
England.
A turkey dinner with every accom
paniment was sumptously served.
Mr. Crook of Batesburg has rent
ed the Wertz Hotel and will now
have this in charge.
Owing to the quarantine, the meet
ing of the W. C. T. U. will not be
held on Friday afternoon. The sub
ject for this meeting was The Door of
I Hope. The members can bear the sub
ject in mind and have ready whatever
kind of gift they wish for this insti
tution, so that when a meeting: can be
called, there will be no delay in pack
ing the box.
Mr. Olin Eidson has been quite ill
with influenza, also Mr. Avery Bland,
but we are glad to state that they
both are now up.
Dr. and Mrs. Hugh Mitchell and lit
tle Emily spent Sunday in the home
? of Mr. M. W. Wright,
j Mr. and Mrs. Lupo Gaston who
?were visiting the latter's mother, Mrs.
?Victoria Hart, during the holidays,
returned to their home in Ga., last
week, and the day after their arrival,
'developed serious cases of iniluenza
which they contracted while here.
|Mr. Gaston lived only a few days,
,but Mrs. Gaston, though in a serious
state for several days, is now better
and it is hoped that she will soon re- j
: cover. -j
Miss Fannie Crumley has return-1
ed from a visit to relatives at Good
Hope.
; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Allen of
Fruit H iii were welcome visitors here ,
:the latter part of the week.
Mr. Loami Smith has gone to At
lanta, Ga., where he will continue
the course preparing himself as al
.minister of the Gospel.
I Miss Hallie White has returned to I
her music class at Leesville.
Mrs. Mary Hamilton is quite sick j
at the home of her niece, Mrs. Alice 1
Cox. j
Mr. Mark Toney of Columbia has J
been' for a visit to relatives.
Letter From Pvt. S. B. Townes
to The Advertiser
Somewhere in France
November 20, 191S.
Editor Advertiser:
The war was over, the big guns j j
thundered no more. It was a little ..
French village badly shelled by the;;
German guns. A company of quarry j|
engineers, Mississippi negroes moved ;'
into town and found quarters in the I
old church. The church had a large!'
hole in one side and three on top but 1
j the walls stood firmly. The night was'j
cold-colder than these Mississippi;
boys had been accustomed to. Theyi,
salvaged enough burlap to cover all j.
the holes and each man found for
himself an old German cot.
; Walking along the street in front .
of the church one could hear the .
notes of the "Old Time Religion" on !
an old French orj;an. Walk in, but j
("close dat door soldier, hits cold in ?j
here") what do you sec? A Catholic .
gathering of French people? Xo, on j
either side of the ";slp, three tall col- !,
umns supported the upper structure!
of the church. Three window frames -,
on each side-the painted glass was j,
broke by the concussion of the shells, j.
I .On the left of the front wall stood i
the statue of the Virgin Mary. On the ]
right, a statue of one of the saints. J
These Vere unharmed. But where the.!,
congregation whilom sat to worship, ?
now negro soldiers played at cards, ]
albeit not with sacrcligeous inten- ?
tions. .]
Between each pair of columns sat ';
a little stove and around these stoves I.
a bunch of negro- Mississippians in jj
perfect time with the choir-at the old U
organ. Some wrote letters and read ,
an old New York Herald they had U
there while others laid on their cots .
and longed for their homes. j.
Left at will, the negro soldier will li
soon drop his military dicipline. Hard
ly a single one had on the regulation
uniform. Their dress was quiLe a mix
ture. Over sea capr, fatigue hats and
J campaign hats, O. D. trousers and
fatigue trousers, boots, shoes and
?Dutch boots, no two dressed alike.
But when it came to digging rock
-they had the goods.
Private S. B. Townes.
Notice
During the session of the Legisla
ture, my clients may see mo?at my.
office on Monday and Saturday of
each week. In the meantime they may
write me at either Edgefield or Co
lumbia and all matters will receive
prompt attention.
B. E. Nicholson.
Attention U. D. C.
On account of thc influenza,
there will be no January Meeting of
the U. D. C. Chapter.
Mrs. A. A. Woodson, Pres.
Letter to The Advertiser from
S. B. Townes.
Trier, Germany.
December 4, 191S. 1
Editor The Advertiser:
As the defeated German army re
treats beyond the river Rhine, the
victorious Allies pour across the
French frontier into Allemagne. To
the very day the American soldier en
tered German territory, the civilian
population were under a false impres
sion regarding the nature of the A
merican army.
They had been led to believe that
we were a hot-headed people and
would take offense at the slightest
provocation. Therefore when we en-?
tered Trier, one of the first towns oc
cupied by the American army, the
people distrusted us and were as in
different as possible. The 37th Engi
neers was the first outfit that arrived
in Trier. As our train pulled into the
town, an old lady slapped* her child
for waving her little hand. The peo
ple gazed at us and seemed to expect
harsh treatment.
In less than forty eight hours,
avery child in town had given us the
triad hand.Of course it was returned v|
The people quickly took us in their
confidence-found that they had
been misled as regards our nature
and our number.
To the last they believed there
ivcre merely a handful of Americans
in France. To-day, four days since
our occupation of Trier, the Ameri
can soldier walks about the streets
unarmed.
The German stores are doing a
[rood business. Jewelry stores and sa
loons are patronized to a fair extent.
Jewelry is much cheaper, that is, less
costly, than it is in America. The
beer and wine is not so bad-better
than in France.
A former Germ;
himself to-day a
the Americans eni
his country in lie
English, especiall
in all, the peoplt
show that they ai
Germany is short ui ui._, .
and fruit but other shortages are I
not noticeable. Of course the coal
supply is limited. The people are fair
ly well clothed an do not show signs
of starvation. But around the Amer
ican kitchen, in Germany as it was in
France, there is always a bunch of
children, that is if the town is occu
pied with civilians, and there are al
ways some of the boys who "split"
their meal with the child and both sit
il own together to cat.
From all that one has read and
heard of Germany, he would necessa
rily have to change his mind after be
ing on German soil a few days. It is
?i clean country (as far as the writer
has seen) and the people's spirit is
not broken. They like the Americans
and are giving us a fair welcome.
They expected trouble when' we en
tered, but so far our entrance has
been very quiet.
Trier is an old town some one hun
dred kilometres from Coblentz and
situated on the .Moselle River. It
has a population of about sixty thou
sand-the pre-war population was
much larger. Her buildings are con
structed of grey stone and red stone
-some arc made of brick.The roof
ing is of slate. A tall, abrupt bluff of
red stone a hundred feet high bor
ders the west section of the town. At
the foot of this bluff is a young vine- j
yard, each and every vine in perfect1
alignment. Moselle wine is better
than the French vin blanc-the cost
being about the same.
The streets are fairly well lighted
ind the lights are quite a relief, for
in France, even the striking of a
match might have meant grave dan
arer.
The country around Trier is roll
ing, grain is the crop of the low-lands
ind vineyards cover the hillsides. The
woods are of pine and hard wood
trees.
Am enclosing a post card showing
an old structure erected by Romans,
centuries ago.
Information is hard to obtain be
cause I cannot speak German and
what one gets must often be obtain
ed from observation.
Private S. B. Townes,
Co. E, 37th Engrs., Am. Ex. Forces.
Your bicycle can be driven by a
light two-cylinder motor that will do
away with your pedaling. Something
entirely new but altogether satisfas
tory. Come in to see it.
Stewart & Kernaghan.
I. s ?
1 Mies Florence Mirns Writes
I from Portland, Maine.
Portland, Maine.
January 1919
;P.:-ar Adveriser:
We are on our way back to Bos
for the holidays are almost over.
! Yesterday in Lancaster, N. H. I was
t\ bl that New Year's day of 1918,
l^^t?S?perature was forty two below
^?n. Ne\v Year's day 1919 in Lancas
* the temperature was thirty above
v c. That is an illustration of the
st difference between last winter
|4WNew England and this winter. In
?*nada, New Hampshire and Maine,
j) v weather was cold, but pleasant
^To^comfortable,
I k-.We have been spending all morn
- seeing the sights of Portland,
rfc-ae fashionable residence sections
b| the city are on the Eastern and
-.7 <?.-:.'.ern promenades. The Western
Overlooks the mountains and the
pastern, the sea. In winter the parks
rr.,f! walks are covered with snow, but
the view -was beautiful with the o
?qean in the foreground and the
great grey ships in the distance. The
storm signals had been given out and
iii number of vessels were in the har-:
?or waiting for a safe time to leave.
Across the water, just discernable in '
the distance, was an old fort built a
?very long time ago and named for j
Georges, one of the discoverers of
P-iaine. In the park on the edge of
the water was a gun taken from the
. IT. S. S. Maine which was sunk inj
Havana harbor.
I saw the home of Henry "Wads-j
worth Longfellow, but hi winter it is
not^&sgn to tourists. {flfs very much
disappointed in not being able to go
in. Adjoining Longfellow's home was .
the library building of the Maine
Historical Society. This proved to be i
I? vp.ritaW? museum of relics of the 1
pictures etc. The old nou?t
typically Southern that I just ?mag
ined that I was in my own home.
I
In the public square of the city was
la little log cabin, the headquarters j
;of the War Saving Stamp work. 1
'Flags were flying from the roof and
'this sign in large lettering was on the
logs: "If you can't go across, come
across."
j In Lancaster. N. H. a very good
scheme was used for the raising of
?campaign funds. Every man, the la
borer and the wealthy business men
gave a day's earnings. No speeches
were made during the campaign and
'all the people gave to the limit from
sheer interest and understanding of
, the cause. The entire War Saving
I Stamp fund was pledged in one night.
I I will tell of Boston the next time
I write.
Florence Minis.
Statement from Mr. Johnson,
Meriwether, S. C.
January ll, 1919.
Dear Mr. Minis:
Will you please say in your paper,
for the information of the public,
that the recent opinion of the Assis
tant Attorney General does not an
nul the Came Laws of this State.
Neither the opinion of the Assistant
Attorney General nor of any other
lawyer can annul a law made by the
legislature. It will take a decision of
! the Supreme Court to do that. The
Game Laws are perfectly good and
(sound as they stand and will be en-1
'forced until declared unconstitution- j
al by the Supreme Court or repealed
by the legislature.
I ask all Deputy Wardens, Magis
trates, Constables and Citizens gen
erally, to take due notice and help
enforce the law.
Yours truly,
J. W. Johnson,
Game Warden, S. C.
-^
Eddie Stevens Writes from
Camp McClellan
December 20, 1918.
My dear Aunt:
Your kind and appreciated letter
was received yesterday and I was, as
always, glad to hear from you.
This leaves me well and enjoying
the very best of health at present.
Aunt Nannie, we are having some
rain here to-day and it rained here
all day yesterday and last night. It'
very cold here and has been for i
good many days.
I thought once I would get home
?for Christmas, but will not for I wa?
?transferred from the receiving office
I to the 39th company about two week:
ago, and from the 39th companj
last Sunday, into Company D, 43*5
Labor Batallion.
I have been made sergeant there
fore I will have to stay here to sec
after my men.
j I hope dear Johnnie will get home
by Christmas to be with you all. 1
was talking to my captain the othei
day about when we would get out ot
the army and lie said it would be a
bout two more months. That is too
bad, isn't it?
I got a letter from Papa and one
from Effie Cosey yesterday, the same
time I received yours.
You spoke about my seeing the sol
dier boys leaving would make me
want to come home myself. Yes, it
does, you don't know how bad I do
want to come home. Well, I guess my
time will come some day.
' You said John had been in the hos
pital since he had been in France. I'm
sorry to hear that. You said you want
ed to see John and myself together
when wc come home in our uniforms,
so as soon as I get out I will come up
to see you all.
You spoke about Cousin Sallie and
Mr. John spending a few days with
you. I only wish I could have been
there too.
I'm sorry Eddie lost one of his
cows.
You asked me how I was getting
along with the girls here. I'm having
some big time with them. I have
three in Anniston that I go to see
and I have some good times with
them, believe me.
When you write me, just write on
to the receiving or shipping station,
"~~'0 over there and get them
t across the street from it.
ve to close for this time so
/Eddie J. Stevens.
? ._.
?^Agft?r' -Wr?-?es- Hit.
V?other from France
Somewhere in France,
December 6, 1918.
My dear Mother:
I received your letter O. K. and
was glad to hear, but sorry to hear of
Cousin Lucy Stevens' and Pressley
Doolittle's death, I have thought so
many times of how many times we
went 'possum hunting together.
I received Brother Eddie's letter.
Tell him I would write him nov.' but
will not have time-. Give them all my
love. I read a letter from Sister a few
days ago. Dear Mother, you don't
say little Henry can walk. I would
like to see him now. I will write to
P.obcrta Bailey as soon as I can
1 also had a letter from Bruce
Tin-.merman. I know you ail \vere
glad to hear the Germans had given
up*, but I can't say when I will be
home. I suppose Brother Eddie is
?bird hunting every day. Tell Grand
!papa I wish I could see him.
i I have not received that package
of apples and tobacco yet. It may
mot reach me, but it will be all right.
il appreciate you sending me a Christ
mas present if I don't get it.
Love to all.
_
December 7, 1918.
My dear Sistr:
I read your very kind letter a few
days ago, and was so glad to hear
from you. I also received letters from
Mother, Eddie and Maggie Agner.
We get all the mail you send. You
all have more time to write than I do
so write as often as ycu can. I know
!you were glad to konw the war is
\ over, and I truly hope it will not be
long before I can come home. We do
not know when it will be. Tell Broth
er John that I want to go around
with him and help him sell pianos and !
talk to Miss Ruth Fouche and Miss
Agnes Bullock.
I have been getting a lot of letters j
from Miss Cora, but haven't gotten I
one in the last few days, but am look- j
ing every day for one. Mother wrote !
me that Mrs. Dow was going to move j
where Mr. Clegg lives. Tell Uncle
Johnnie to look out, I will cut him
out.
I truly hope you and little Ruth
are getting on fine. Hope to see you
all soon. Well, I will close for this
time. Write as often as you can.
Many good wishes and much love
to you. Goodbye.
' Your loving Brother,
John E. Agner.
LIFE'S PURITY.
Paper Read at Red Oak Grove
Y. V/. A. by Mrs. A. B.
Young? Published by
Request of Society.
The doing of good in a small way
if our hearts are true and pure, at
every opportunity, will make many
rich. The odd bits of way side work
are very sweet-the chance to con
verse with the poor or sick as the
case may be.
The seed sown in one five minutes
may bring a great harvest of love, of
pleasure, of good eternally done, ac
cording to Ecclesiastes, "Sow in the
morn thy seed, at eve hold not thy
hand."
. The age in which we live is an age
of education, the development of the
intellectual powers, but -character is
power. It makes friends, draws pat
ronage and support and opens a sure
way to honor and happiness.
Then if character is power, let's
see what lines of character are ours.
Every one from birth is possessed
with a different possibility. Some are
gifted with musical talents, some in
speaking, some in prayer, Home have
five or even more talents given them
by our blessed Creator, and not one
of them should be dormant or un
used. We should '.se them every one
to the honor and glory of God.
A Friend expositor says-"We be
determined that our pureness shall
make no disturbance in the world
but'that we will meekly, humbly gen
tly, sweetly, joyously overcome all
opposition by our exhibition in every
case to every body, of love."
This is well, but whether it will
succeed in all cases maybe an open
question.
In our experience and lives, others
as holy, as humble, as gentle and as
loving as we may be have failed to
secure the admiration, the coopera
tion and sympathy of those around
them.
St. Paul giN'es his advice, "If it be
possible, as much as lieth in you, live
a* peace wit?vail ft?cr?;" Kcrattms; i2 %
18, so you see' l\vii tVe intimation is
very clear that it is not always possr
ble for those who have the very best
intention to live peaceable with every
one, although all the friendly over
tures come from their side. Even af
ter we have done'our part, there ara
those who will not allow, through ill
will and backbiting and malice, th?
keeping of peace.
There was nothing in the real na
ture of Christ to stir strife, yet, did
he not . suffer abuse in the loudest
sense? "The disciple is not above his
Master, nor the servant above his
Lord." Matthew, 10:24. But hold up
your head, despondent Christian, God
is your Father, Christofs your elder
brother, truth is your shield and
buckler, the New Jerusalem is your
home, and Eternal Life is your re
ward.
And dear young people, there is
nothing so beautiful as to see pure, .
sweet, Godly young people in their
several places of honor and dignity.
Even a rose in all its splendor is not
more lovely.
And you. dear boys, don't you
want to read a love story? All young
folks enjoy reading love stories. Then
read Genesis 24. It gives you direct
ion how to commit God's guidance in
seeking her. The 47 chapter tells
what a man gave his fair lady as an
engagement attire, and the last verse
tells what a comfort she was to him.
Read the entire chapter. It is full of
interest. And while reading this, ask
God to give you a thirst for reading
the Book of Books, the Bible. A man
who loves to read the Bible and lives
right, and is right, has more power
in his silence than another has in his
words.
Character is like bells which ring
out sweet music' and which, when
touched accidently, ever resounds
with music. The outlook for this
twentieth century is bright. A land
coming into its own again; a land
striving to better conditions in edu
cation, in rural life, in government,
wealth and in civics.
To the young people of this gener
ation, new avenues are opening up,
new propositions and work in many
fields of endeavor.
Listen girls to a short romance. A-~.
merry, pretty maiden in the sight of
men and angels, had stood up in the
brightness of her girlhood and CO?I
( Continued on page Five)

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