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THE MAY BASKET
By GENEVA A. ELDREDGE.
Scent of apple blossoms Ailed Cyn
thia Smith's living room, a clumsy bee
tumbled up and down the outside of
the screen door, and now and then a
swallow darted across the sunshine,
his blue wings glistening. Away down
the street sounded the rat-tat of a
drum, and Cynthia heard the patter
of children's feet running toward
the town square. Still she sat tense and
upright in the old-fashioned rocking
chair, her mouth drawn in a straight
hard line, her eyes fixed upon the
work in her hands.
Tlie screen door squeaked on its
spring and a round-faced, brown-eyed
little boy squeezed In, his eyes filled
with surprise when he saw her sit
ting there so stiff, her work in her
hands, and he stammered a little as
he said: "Wh-why, Aunt Cynth, ain't
you going to meet the train and see
Soft and quick came her answer:
"No, dear, not today."
"But Aunt Cynth, they ain't goin' to
be nc more p-parade days, an' I got on
my white suit, an' mother thought
maybe you'd like to have a little boy
what was all spic and span to go wiv
And his little face grew wistful and
troubled. He had never seen an Aunt
Cynth like this before, so straight and
He meant to know before he left
just why she was staying home the
day everyone else In town was going
down tc welcome the boys from
France. So he crept up close and
whispered : "Is it 'cause Joe ain't cora
in\ auntie?" Tears sprang to her eyes
as she gathered the little spic and
6pan bd*y close.
"Yes, Teddie boy, that's just why
auntie isn't going. She can't bear lt."
Now that Teddie was sure he felt
that he ought to say something to
help make' auntie happier, so he said
as he stroked her face with his fat
little hand : "Never mind, auntie ;
Tve got a secret and maybe tonight
'bout dark you'll know it. Maybe
right 'fore supper, maybe right after,
anyway, don't you come out doors
right that time, will you?"
And auntie promised to stay in the
house. Then hearing his mother call
ing he scampered away leaving Aunt
Cynth alone with her thoughts. Slow
ly she closed her eyes and in Imagina
tion saw the town square filled with
people, the train pulling in filled with
returning soldiers, the happy greet
ings, and far and faint she heard the
band and the cheering.
The hot tears trickled slowly down
her face as she whispered, "And mine
reported missing; my boy, who was
the pride of my heart!" And then
Teddie's happy little face seemed to
shine out, and she remembered what
a comfort he had- been all the weary
months, "and now he is coming to
hang me a May basket, bless his dear
little heart, and I must cheer up for
his sake. I think I will plan a little
So she went into her dining roora
and set the pretty table, bringing in
great bunches of apple blossoms to
decorate it with until the room looked
like fairyland i i the pink and white
dress. She frosted little round cakes
and made an iced drink for the crystal
glasses, and almost before she knew
it, twilight came drifting down. The
drums had ceased their rat-tat and
happy voices called to one another in
the street. "It's almost time for Ted
die and his secret," she thought as she
patted her hair into place. Then she
heard steps tiptoeing up the board
walk and a child's quick panting
breath, and she smiled the old
time glad smile that she used to greet
the boy with who was missing tonight
when he came to hang May baskets
at the very same door.
When two fat fists pounded hard on
the screen door she waited only long
enough for a small boy to hide before
she opened the door, to find a dainty
little basket, all fringed aud festooned
and fairly bursting with candy kisses,
setting on the step.
"Why, how surprised I am," she
said. "Who could have left this beau
tiful little basket here? Surely it's a
mistake; some little boy must have
thought Susie Grimes lived her\"
Just then a small boy In white wrig
gled out from behind the snowball
bush and called breathlessly, "No, no,
Aunt Cynth, 'taln't no 'stake, it's my
secret and some more of it ls 'hind
the catalpa tree. You come see." But
just then a khaki-clad figure sprang
out with wide-open arms, and then
Ted's secret was out.
"Oh, Joe," cried Aunt Cynth as she
wept in his arms, "how you must have
felt not to find me at the train to
"That's ali right, mother; I don't
blame you under the circumstances.
"When Ted told me his secret I
thought I'd walt and surprise you.
"Some May basket all around, hey?
Say, Ted, lt looks like frosted cakes
and lemonade in the dining room ; let's
hurry for mess."
And as mother and son wiped the
tears of gladness from their eyes, a
little voice shrilled out: "You won't
never cry no more on p-parade day,
will you, Aunt Cynth?"
(Copyright, 1??9, McClure Newspaper Syn
No Housework for Them.
"Well, the soldiers learned to sweep,
wash and cook."
"Yep, the present crop of brides ls
going to have a perpetual cinch."
WOMEN ARE TO TEST
General Study of Wise Opportlonment
of Family Income Will be Taken
Up By South Carolina Club?.
? January first, members of the feder
ated women's clubs of South Carolina
will begin a statewide test of the wis
dom with which they are spending
their money. How much of the family
Income goes for hats'and herrings, for
mo les and medicines and saucepans
and sugar, (when there is any), will
be sternly calculated by housewives in
ev?<ry city and county, and the results
pooled at the end of the month. Mrs.
J. Russell McEIwee, state chairman of
Thrift for the federation is busily en
gaged in enlisting the support of
.very club woman In South Carolina
In a campaign to reduce living ex?
pen.sps which is sponsored by. th?
United States Treasury Department,
la op-operation with the national thrift
ehiilrsien of the largest organiza
tions of women in the United Staten.
Women Are Buyers.
"We were never called upon to help
In a greater cause, a more needed
campaign, a compaign of such recon
struction," says Mrs. McEIwee. Sh?
is oonvinced that it lies within tao
[ power of wemen to regulate the use
and control the price of the common
necessities of life, as they are th?
buyers of these necessities. When
this power is applied in a concentrat
ed way by the women of South Car
olina, she believes that they will give
invaluable help in solving the present
problem of the high cost of living, aad
In establishing the permanent prac
tice of saving money and material.
Mrs. McEIwee ls being aided in the
preliminary work of gating the cam
paign in this state m?der way, by a
central committee composed of coun
ty and city chairmen of thrift.
Each Individual, according to pres
ent plans, will be asked to keep an
account of her daily expenses during
January, grouping them under such
headings as, "Rent," "Clothing,"
"Amusements," "Food," etc. She will
not be asked to report the actual
! amounts spent, ;iut the percentage
they represent ot the actual income.
These reports will probably furnish
the basis of discusi?n for a meeting
held at the end of the month.
Will Review Expenses.
In February, each individual will
analyze the January expenses and
I make an effort through information
gairred in January to save a certain
amount through conservation, with
out hardship. In March, each woman
will make a calculation of how much
she saved on living expenses in Feb
ruary over an equal number of days
! in January. In this month an effort
: will be made to encourage the mem
bers of organizations making the er
: p?riment to invest their Baviugs In
' government securities, f inal reports
! at the end of the three months will be
' sent to tho headquarters of the War
' Loan Organization of this district, in
State clubs hare been notified that
a model budget prepared for the use
i of the Woman's Division of the War
Loan Organization, which ha? taken
i over the government savings move
ment as its reconstruction work, will
be sent to those desiring it. Requests
for the budget should be made of
' Mrs. Eudora Richardson, director of
the woman's division, War I^oaa Or
ganization, Richmond, Va.
They are issued in denomina
tions of '1,000 and $100.
They are discount bonds of th?
United States Government matur
. ing January, 1924.
They cost $846 and 184.60, re
spectively, during December, 1*19.
They can be procured by pay
ment of cash, checks or the ex
change of War Savings Stamps.
They are on sale at banks and
trust companies that have been
designated as agencies of the
United States Treasury for sales
of such securities and at postoffices
of the first and second class.
No one. person can own more
than $1,000 worth of the securities.
Savings! Thrift! Economy!
I once thought you were meas,
Petty virtue at the best
Which mad? Hf? dall and baa;
Dun-colored, hard monotonous,
Selfish at the heart.
Taking all in ?4L you played
An unattractive part.
But now! The gray cocoon ls burst.
You stand forth, radiant bued.
The- steel of your sharp sword I?
And a warrior'? is your mood.
Dramatic, sacrificial, brave;
Th? virtues of a knight!
Without you, one-time grievous thine,
We couldn't start to fight!
Until tho armistice was signed th?
boys ?n the other side had to trench
constantly to secure protection. You
will have to retren h to keep the ad
vantage they won. War Savings
Stamps, Treasury baringa Certificate?
and Liberty Bonds ar? the right tool?
The County Treasurer's office will
be open for the purpose of receiving
taxes from the 15th day of October,
1919, to the 15th day of March,
All taxes shall be due arid payable
between the _5th day of October,
1919, and December 31st, 1919.
That^hen taxes charged shall not
be paid by December 31.t, 1919, the
County Auditor shall proceed to add
a penalty of one per cent, for Janu
ary, and if taxes are not paid on or
before February 1st, 1920, the Coun
ty Auditor will proceed to add two
per cent, and five per cent, addition
al, from the 1st of March to the 15th
of March, after which time all un
paid taxes will be collected by the
The tax levies for the year 1919
are as follows:
For State ? purposes_ 9
For Ordinary County_ 7
For Specialv County_ 3
For Constitutional School Tax 3
For Antioch _ 4
For Bacon School District_10
For Blocker_ 2
For Blocker-Limestone_ 4
For Colliers _1_ 4
For Flat Rock_ 8
For Oak Grove_ 3
For Red Hill_.__ 6
For Edgefield ._ 8
For Elmwood No. 8_2
For Elmwood No. 9_ 2
For Elmwood No. 30._ 2
For Elmwood L. C._ 3
For Hibler_ 3
For Meriwether (Gregg) _ 2
For Moss_ 3
For Brunson School_ 4
For Ropers_ 2
For Shaw _ 4
For Sweetwater _ 4
For Talbert_ 2
For Wards _ 2
For Wards No. 33_ 4
For Blocker R. R. (portion) 15
For Elmwood R. R. (portion) - 15
For Johnston R. R._"_ 3
For Pickens R. R._ 3
For Wise R. R._ 3
For Corporation _ ll
All the male citizens between the
ages of 21 years and 60 years, ex
cept those exempt by law, are liable
to a poll tax of One Dollar each. A
capital tax of 50 cents each is to be
paid on all dogs.
The law prescribes that all male
citizens between, the ages of 18 and j
55 years must pay $2.00 commuta
tion tax. No communtation is includ
ed in the property tax. So ask for
road tax receipt when you desire to
pay road tax.
J. L. PRINCE,
Co. Treas. E. C.
Large carload finished
ready for lettering. Workmanship
and material first-class. Prices rea
sonable. It will pay you to see us.
S. R. KELLY & SON,
9th and Fenwick Sts., Augusta, Ga.
One Block South Union Sta.
Foundry, Machine, Boiler
Works and Mill Supply
Cotton Oil, Gin, Saw, Grist, Cane,
Shingle Mill, Machinery Supplies and
Repairs, Shafting, Pulleys, Hangers,
Grate Bars, Pumps/Pipe, Valves and
Fittings, Injectors, Belting, Packing
Hose, etc. Cast every day.
GASOLINE AND KEROSENE
Pumping, Wood Sawing and Feed
Lumber for Sale
My saw mill is located on the Five
Notch road near Cedar Grove church,
and I have lumber to sell from the
the yard or can cut it any dimensions
when bill is furnished. Better buy
while you can get it.
H. H. Sanders
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to enable us to say to the trade we are prepared
to furnish all grades of mixed goods with foreign
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we are prepared to sell Genuine German Kainit and*
other grades of foreign potash Salts.
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MANURE SALTS - - - - 20.00# Potash
MURIATE OF POTASH - - 50.00$ Potash
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