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CUR DEBT TO FRANCE.
Fifteenth flaunted profligacy before
. its crushed but murmuring people,
and Louis Sixteenth paid the penalty
of this heritage of extravagance and
oppression in an era of passion and j
violence unparalleled in the World's I
Such was the background from
which LaFayette emerged at the age I
of nineteen years to respond to the
cause of American Freedom.He con
ceived an ideal of 'noble humanity,
and at the threshold of his life con
secrated his efforts and his resources
to its realization.
It was at an officer's dinner at
Metz given by the Comte De Broghi,
commandant of the garrison, in hon
or of the visit of *the Duke of Glou
cester, in the fail of 1776 that La
Fayette formed the resolution of
volunteering in the cause of Free
dom in the New World across the At
lantic. The Duke had been banished
by his brother, King George Third,
for marrying the Countess Walde
grave, and being disposed to criticize
the British policy, he related the
news of the uprising in America, the
evacuation- of Boston, and the Dec
laration of Independence of the
American people.The officers who lis
tened were filled with the idea of
Free Government, which was at that
time the one absorbing topic in file
brilliant salons of Paris.
Freedom was to LaFayette the em
bodiment of deep feelings which had
stirred him from childhood. The
knowledge of a struggling people
gained so casually, produced in his
mind a feeling of unrest, and he went ?
to* the Duke and privately declared
his intention of going to America to
tight in the cause.
This resolution was firm and he j
immediately took steps to accomplish j
it. He imparted it gradually to mem
bers of his family, all of whom
strongly opposed what seemed a mere |
boyish adventure. Madame De La
Fayette was at first heart broken at I
the thought of his absence when their j
second child would be born, and of '
the personal danger which he must j
incur, but realizing the depth of his
purpose and being fully in sympathy
with his noble aims, she repressed !
her sorrow, and encouraged him in !
his purpose. The one member of his j
family who was implacable in his op- j
position, was the Due D'Ayen, his
fatheran-law, but this, while a mat
ter of regret to LaFayette, was not
He sought out Silas Dean, the
American. Representative at Paris,
. and Baron De Kalb who was also de- j
sirous in enlisting in the cause of
Freedom. The affair was progressing i
favorably when it was interrupted by I
an order frcm the King forbidding
LaFayette to depart.
About this time Benjamin Frank
lin arrived in Paris and entered upon
the career that was destined to ac
complish so much for his country's
cause. LaFayette appealed to him.
The forces under Washington had
been recently defeated by General
Howe at Long Island, and this dis
couraging news was given to La
Fayette, only to increase his ardor,
and the commissioners then devoted
their efforts to getting him under
On the 20th of April La Victoire
set sail from Los Passaje and with
good luck after a two months' voy
age, reached the coast of South Caro
lina at Winyaw Bay. The goal of hi;
ambition was at hand and no bette]
description of LaFayette's enthusi
asm can be given than these extract
from his letters to his wife.
"I have arrived, my dearest love
in perfect health at the house of a;
American officer; and, by the mos
fortunate chance in the world,
French vessel is on the point of sai
ing; conceive how happy I am. I ai
going this evening to Charlestoi
from whence I will write you.
I shall now speak to you, my lov
about the country and its inhabitan
who are as agreeable as my enthus
asm had led me to imagine. Simplic
ty of manner, kindness of heart, lo1
of country and of liberty, a deligfc
ful state of equality are met wi
universally. The richest and the poe
est man are completely on a lev<
and although there are some ii
mense fortunes in this country,
may challenge any one to point c
the slightest difference in their :
spective manner towards each oth
I first saw and judged of a counl
life at Major ! luger's house. I am
present in the city, where everythi
somewhat resembles the English c
toms, except that you find more s
plicity here than you would in E
land. Charleston is one of the b
built, handsomest, and most agr
able cities that I have ever seen. '.
American women are very pre
and have great simplicity of chai
ter; and the extreme neatness
their appearance is truly delight
cleanliness is everywhere even mo
studiously attended to here than
inland. What gives me most pie?
rights as the richest individual, or trie
landed proprietor in the county. The
inns are very different from those in
Europe; the host and hostess sit at
the table with you and "do the honors
of a comfortable meal ; and when you
depart you pay without being obliged
to beat them down. If you dislike go
ing to inns you . may always find
country houses in which you will be
received, as a good American, with
the same attention that you might ex
pect in a friend's house in Europe.
.From the agreeable life I lead in
this country, from the sympathy
which makes me feel as much at ease
with the inhabitants as if I had
known them for twenty years, the
similarity between their manner of
thinking and my own, my love for
glory and for liberty, you may imag
ine I am very happy: but you are not
with me, my dearest love.
Embrace most tenderly my Ilen
riette: may I add, our children? The
father of these poor children is a
wanderer, but he is, nevertheless, a
good husband also, for he loves his
wife most tenderly. Adieu, then, my
The night is far advanced, the heat
intense, and I am devoured by mos
quitoes; but the best countries, as
you perceive, have their inconve
LaFayette, after a trip of nine
hundred miles, first in carriages, then
by mishaps on horse back.and as he
wrote Madame LaFayette, he expect
ed to finally arrive on foot, he reach
ed Washington where he offered in
person to Congress. It was here he
met George Washington, and formed
the tie that united two friends whose
confidences were to be cemented by
the strongest interests. This became
an immortal friendship in the trying
years that followed, a source of sol
ace to both. j
The capture of Burgoyne's splen
did army in the North raised the
courage and the credit in the country
and the news borne across the ocean
cemented the French Alliance, with
out which, American Independence
would have been impossible. The
French people, warm hearted and
vrenerous. captivated by Franklin,
were unbounded in their sympathy,
while the large loans granted by the
French government, when they them
selves, hardly knew where to turn
for court expenses, were the very
sinews of war to our figT?tmgHial?SeT
At Valley Forge, Washington's
wretched army lay starving and
freezing, while only twenty two miles
away the British soldiers reveled in
luxury. LaFayette here shared their
privations. He bepr^ed of Washington
the privilege of returning to France
to obtain aid for it was indeed a time
to try men's souls. He urged the im
mediate sending of 12.000 troops
and the necessary fleet. In April 1780
he returned to America announcing
the success of his mission. The arri
val of the French fleet was a source
of great joy to LaFayette. It repre
sented before the world, the allianc?
of the country of his birth and tha
of his adoption.
He was a thorough and sincer
American in our struggle for liberty
and his heart warmed with a French
man's pride in the magnificence o
his country's aid when victory ho\
ered like a protecting angel over th
American Banner. Congress, alway
ready to do honor to his name, granl
ed him an indefinite furlough and e:
tended their thanks for his zeal an
services. It was ordered that the fr
gate Alliance be held to carry him 1
France. LaFayette had left Franc
less than two years before, again
.the wishes of King and country. I
[now returned an honored hero.
Do we owe France a debt? Yes,
thousand times. The debt to France
nnre than we can ever pay becau
it is the price of our nation's exi?
ence. But we can do our best to p
at least a fraction of the debt whi
made us free, and it is peculiarly i
ting that we have the God given (
portunity now to give our best, tl
France, the France of LaFayet
may be free.
Could we compute the interest i
on the money which France loai
America, it would exceed our pow
of calculation, and if we estimate
debt in men, we have the statem
that France lost, in the War of
Revolution, 35,000 men and twer
Can we not. with the whole
America, say with Pershing, as
placed a wreath on the tomb of
Fayette: "We are here at last,
WANTED:. Tenants for scv
good farms. Apply to
Mrs. M. J. Norri
RED OAK GROVE.
The beautifu. sunshine and tl
igpring-like snnrr o' a little bird at ir
nave lived in an atmosphere of
gloom, for we have looked deeper in
to things than ever before perhaps,
yet, we do lose our buoyancy, but up
on reflection, we find ourselves quick
ened by the worth while in life. Td do
wholesome things, the things that
.bring out the gold in friendship, the
?deeds of true living for our fellow
man, has accelerated the perception
I of the worth while in life during this
great epidemic. Genuine unselfish
ness has been brought to light
(through dependence, resulting in the
.awakening to the knowledge of the
mercy of our Father above us.
I He is gracious to us in many ways '
and we are prone to forget Him. !
I True living demands humbleness at
His throne each day and hour of our
lives, regardless of position, wealth, I
i fame, honor, anything, anywhere, j
for we are all as new-born babes. I
This fact has presented itself in many i
instances throughout our land during1
the last few months, bringing us to J
realize the true meaning of Christi- ;
We realize that many disadvan-1
tages will have to be met, caused by
the handicap under which our conn-1
try is now existing, though we believe j
all things happen for the best, and in |
due season, "the cloud" will have
.'passed away. J
j' There has been much -sickness in j
this neighborhood, but all are con
J Miss Margaret Komp from Kirk
sey, is with her sister, Mrs. Joe Bus
sey, who has been real sick,
j Miss Marie Hamilton, whc was ta
,ken very ill at her sister's, Mrs. Byer
Morgan, at Harlem, Ga., has return
Mr. Perry Hamilton has returned I
to B. M. I., and Mr. Frank Kenrick '
i to Georgia Military Academy. Both '
report hard work has been resumed.
The many friends of Miss Ruth
Timmerman regret to learn she was
quite sick during Christmas at Blue.
Ridge, Ga., where she is a student at j
the Mary P. Willingham School.
Mr. Oneal Timmerman of Scotland'
i Ga., spent the holidays with friend.?1
here, and on his return home was ta
ken quite sick with influenza.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Griffis o
Cleora spent the week-end with Mr j
and Mrs. Nick Griffis.
The many fronds of Mrs. Eva Bus- .
|?ey_ are glad to hear she is able tojwj
HEED THE WARNING
Many Edgefield People Hare
When the kidneys are week ?ley
give unmistakable warnings :hat
?should not be ignored. By exarihing
.the urine and treating thc Wheys !
?upon the first sign of disorder^any '
days of suffering may be saved*Veak ;
?kidneys usually expel a dark, ismell J
ling urine, full of "brickdustsedi- ji
'ment and painful in passageSlug- (i
igish kidneys often cause a di pain ?j
lin the small of the back, heaches, !<
j dizzy spells, tired, languid slings j l
and frequently rheumatic twres. !j
j Doan's Kidney Pills are : the '?'
?kidneys only. There is no ber rec
I Edgefield people endors?>oan's ,J
I S. J. Arthur, 8 Battle S Edge-!*
:field, says: "I had a tired -ing in!*
my back about twelve yeario. My JJ
kidneys bothered me a lot . I had j
to get up nights to pass secre-ji
.tions. Doan's Kidney Pills'de my r
back feel strong and well' I felt;V
better in every way. Tw?es of ?1
Doan's relieved the troubltogeth- I
Price GOc, at all deal Don't d
simply ask for a kidnrjmedy
get Doan's Kidney Pi?-he? same
that Mr. Arthur had. 'ster-Mil
burn Co., Mfgrs., BuffivV Y.
A child of strict p?> whose
greatest joy had hithepeen the
weekly prayer meeting, taken by
his nurse to the circus the first
time. When he came e he ex
claimed: "Oh, mamma/on once
went to the circus you'er> never
go to prayer meetinpn in all'n
Until the thirteenftury our
ancestors got on qui*' without
sugar, says "The Spr/London),
until the fourteenth t coal and j ti
pepper,, until the iii without |w
butter, and until ?venteenth 'R
without tea, coffee or soda! 'is
Subtract these froi' u'fe and
the poor would sti immensely
better off than our ->rs- What
are you complaining* Cheer
Mrs. Jefferson and Mrs. Tom
kins Hear from William
Co!u?r by, France,
November 30, 1918.
:at any old ??lace without ll
falling to make u?. put ir out.
If it can be called an honor tc.be
right on the front when the guns
! stopped, I had that honor, and to
?walk out on "No man's land" when
the noise ceased, .so you see if we
jdid have "corn Willie" on Thanks
I gi viii g in place of turkey, we had
something to be thankful for.
j We are all feeling good here, hik
ing now for over a week through
France, and just stopped in this little
French village for a rest, but leave
^again tomorrow for somewhere.
I There are four of us that were
blessed in getting with an old French
madame. She is cooking us a chicken
now. She thought it strange how we
killed it, wringing its neck. They cut
:OUt its tongue and let it bleed to
'death. She is now going out to get us
a quart of wine. Three of us drank
coffee, one milk and the old lady
drank the wine (vin rouge.) It seems
strange, it matters not how young or
how old one is in France, they drink
wine, beginning when they are just
: babies, and the way they live and
Iwalk look strange to an American, as
they get about much slower.
I Well, I have no news and the boy
is pushing me for the pencil. Hope I
can come to see you all soon, which
[will be just after I get home.
Wm. Stevens Brunson.
S. B. Townes Writes from
December <5. 1918.
Editor A lvertiser :
As I write this letter, my friend,
Corp. Bristow from Bennettsville is
playing an old folk song on a Ger
man piano. A detail of seven men
were sent here to this town to do a
little work before we rejoin our com- j
pany which is in Coblenz.
We are*billeted in a German home,
we furnish the rations and two young
frauleins do our cooking. For the
first time in nine months, last night
I laid my head on a feather pillow
and awoke to a breakfast this morn
ing that smacked of civilian life.
One of our men sprained his ankle
last night and for human kindness,
this German family would almost
make you wonder why we had to
"?f?re^we-are iff meir horne and
they affording every possible ""con.?
nience for our comrade's sprained
ankle. At the St. Mihiel drive we
were dodging each others shells.
My sergeant speaks German and
he found last night that our German
friend was fighting us at a point op
posite Deaulard near St. Mihiel.
Berncastel is on the Moselle River.
It is a small town of some 5,000 pop
ulation and is beautifully situated.
On the river's right bank is a chain
of steep hills. Some of the hills run
up 500 feet and sometimes at an all
ele of 45 degrees. Vineyards cover
?very square foot of space and our
Serman friend tells us that the wine
nade from the grapes is the best,
ind is shipped or was shipped to
America before the war. Am enclos
ng you a card which gives a view of
he town and vineyards round about.
The castle on the crag above the riv
ir was erected in the eleventh cen
ury. Its walls are crumbling now.
The elements have played against it
'or seven hundred years and to-day
line trees grow on the ground floor.
^. flight of shaky stairs winds up
vithin the tower. Standing on the
opmost stone that forms the flag
lole base, one looks out upon as fair
. scenery as limited travel could ever
The vineyards on all sides round,
he little city on either side the river
nd the placid Moselle winding on
ward to the Rhine. And for the first
?me in history, the little bridge
roans under the weight of United
tates trucks, like the Moselle, wind
lg to the Rhine.
Private S. B. Townes,
Co. E, 37th Engineers.
(o Great Act of Heroism Required.
If some great act of heroism was
ecessary to protect a child from
roup, no mother would hesitate to
rotect her offspring, but when it is
nly necessary to keep at hand a bot
e of Chamberlain's Cough Remedy
nd give it as soon as the first indica
on of croup appears, there are many
^ho neglect it. Chamberlain's Cough
emetly is within the reach of all and
prompt and effectual.
One good yoke of oxen. Apply to
W. P. Brunson,
-1-3t Cleora, S. C.
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