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J. L. MIMS,_.Editor.
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Wednesday, January 28.
, Our Columbia Letter.
Columbia, Jan. . 27.- Doubtless
many persons who are not familiar
with the routine or modus operandi
of legislative bodies wonder why the
legislative mill grinds so slowly. In
matters of a general character, those
affecting the people and State as a
whole, there is no short cut in legis
lation. Purely local and uncontested
measures can be "railroaded
through" ore body and then sent
over to the other for concurrence
with great rapidity. But all general
legislation mu st be referred to the
proper committee after the first read
ing and there it lodges from one to
several days before being sent back
with a favorable or unfavorable re
port, or perchance both through a
majority or minority report. Upon a
second readingj after being acted
upon by the committee, it is then
thrashed out on the floor of the
House or Senate, according to which
body has it for consideration, and
with each step there is more or less ;
delay. In committees bills are fre
questly held up in order to accord
hearings to persons who are interest
ed in their passage or failure to pass.
There being many minds in a body
of more than a hundred men, 124 in
the House, it necessarily follows that
there are many pet schemes, each
man claiming that his educational
measure, his good roads bill ,or his
something else, is the best. These dif
ferences must all' be discussed and
reconciled before any final conclusion
especially favorable conclusion, can
be reached. It is not infrequent that
an entire morning or night session
is consumed with the discussion of
some small measure that is finally
killed, or with some measure of state
wide importance and, failing to reach
a definite conclusion, debate is ad
journed to another day, at which
time the measure is made a special
order-given priority, so to speak
and then the whole matter has to be
gone over again. jj
Por this week's legislative pro
gramme there is no one item or phase .
of legislation that towers above an
other, only minor matters are being
disposed of. Probably the most im- r
portant on the calendar at this time j'
is a bill that would make some chang
es in the Tax Commission. A decided ]
effort was made last session to aboi- (
ish the commission entirely, but sen- 1
timent is not sufficiently strong for
that. Some men whose pocket nerve ^
has been pricked through the raising
of certain taxes by the commission,
notably in some of the Pee Dee coun
ties, are endeavoring to change the ?
personnel of the commission. It is *
conceded by men who are informed 1
upon such matters, especially those
who realized what a farce the old
State equalization board was, that
the act creating the tax commission
"was one of the wisest pieces of legis
lation that has been enacted in the '
past decade. The commission may 1
make mistakes, its members would
be more than mortals were they not
to make mistakes, but upon the
whole it has caused the tax burden
?f South Carolina to be more equit- ^
. ably distributed than it has ever been
The two great questions that stand
out boldly above all others for this
general assembly to consider are
Education and Highway Impiove- .
ment, and before an adjournment is
reached, some time the la+cer part
of February, something definite and
I trust practical and helpful, will
have been done. I am preparing a
good roads bill for our county, look
ing to a referendum on a bond issue
for the county, which I shall intro
duce if concurred in by the other mem
?>ers of the delegation. A State high
way system, connec'ing county-seat
with county-seat, is all right as far
gs it goes. But what we need most
in Edgefield county is an improve
ment of 'the public roads leading
from the railroad back into the rural
fastnesses over which farmers can
haul fertilizers in the spring and
their crops to market in the fall. It
is good and well to provide a system
of automobile . highway, more for
pleasure and joy riding than for real
business, but first and foremost
should be considered the masses of
the people whose teams have to draw
heavy loads to and from market. Al
most without exception, the roads
from towns to towns are already the
best roads in the State and the roads
in the rural communities the worst.
Build first the roads that are most
urgent and that will benefit the great
est number of people.
More next week.
J. L. MIMS.
No More Carnivals for Edge
Realizing that some carnivals that
have pitched their tents in Edgefield
in the years gone by were baneful
in their influence and a means of
spreading diseases, to say nothing of
the greatly demoralizing influence
upon school children and servants,
Mr. J. L. Mims early last week intro
duced a bill in the House prohibiting
guch aggregations from making ex
hibitions in Edgefield county. It is
rather a striking co-incidence that
this measure was introduced just be
fore the carnival came to Edgefield
last week. The town authorities re
fused to grant a license for the town
of Edgefield but undismayed by this
refusal, the proprietors pitched their
tents beyond the town limits, proving
to be a nuisance to this community.
When this bill above referred to be
comes a law, as it will, in a week or
ten days, Edgefield county will not
again be annoyed by carnivals. The
text of the bill introduced by Mr.
Minis is as follows:
"Sec. 1. That after the approval
of the act, no carnival or other trav
eling shows exhibiting under tent,
shall be allowed license or be allowed
to exhibit within the county'of Edge
field, except circuses, which may be
licensed for a time not exceeding
forty-eight hours, in any one year.
Provided, the provisions of this act
shall not apply to chautauquas.
Sec. 2. This act shall take effect
immediately upon its approval by the
OF LOCAL INTEREST
Some People We Know, and
We Will Profit by Hearing
This is a purely local event.
It took place in Edgefield.
Not in some faraway place.
You are asked to investigate it.
Asked to believe a citizen's word;
To confirm a citizen's statement.
Any article that is endorsed at
Is more worthy of confidence
Than one you know nothing about,
Endorsed by unknown people.
L. W. Redd, 34 Cedar St., Edge
field, says: "I used Doan's Kidney
Pills some time ago when I was troub
!ed a great deal with backache. I was
injured in an accident and from that
:ime o nmy back caused me a great
leal of pain. It was hard work to
straighten up after I bent over. A
friend advised nie to try Doan's had
ley Pills and I took his advice and
lid so. After I had taken half a box
learly all the pain left me and after
further use all the pains disappeared.
kt times since I have used Doan's
Sidney Pills and they helped me in
;he same splendid way."
Price 60c, at all dealers. Don't
?imply ask for a kidney remedy
jet Doan's Kidney Pills-the same
:hat Mr. Redd had. Foster-Mdlburn
:o., Mfgrs., Buffalo, N. Y.
'Better Sires-Better Stock."
Clemson College, January 14
What shall it profit a man to raise
ivestock if he lose his time fooling
vith scrubs. Consider the following
facts, Mr. Farmer, and remember
;hat "Poor Richard" said, "A word
:o the wise is sufficient."
1. That good sires pay hecause
;hey transmit their good qualities to
2. That the good, qualities of good
purebred sires are (a) uniformity'
af product, (b) better quality of pro
duct, (c) increased quantity of pro
duct whether meat, milk, eggs or
3. That long and careful selection
of animals (such as has been giver
in producing high class purebreds)
is the reason why they transmit
their good qualities without fail.
4. That these better products are
more profitable to the farmer be
cause they command better prices.
5. That scrub sires are unprofit
able because they cannot transmit
to their offspring the good qualities
Why is a scrub sire?
FOR SALE: Five room house with
outbuildings and lot containing about
Ihree acres adjoining High School in
the town of Trenton. Apply to
LEILA B. LEPrARD,
14A West Baker Street,
GAVE THANKS FOR ARMISTICE
Fervtnt Gratitude to God Was First
Thought of the Gallant De
fenders of Verdun.
The artillery fire died out, and there
was a pause that seemed like the sud
den end of the world. Then from the
40 bells, high in the towers of the old
cathedral at Verdun, pealed forth
those silvery tones that proclaimed
again, "Peace on earth." The armistice
Slowly the great doors of the ca
thedral opened and in rushed GOO allied
soldiers. Doctor Maurer of the Red
Triangle, says a writer in Association
Men, quietly walked to the altar rail
and knelt there. Captains, lieutenants
and soldiers reached for the bell
ropes, and he feared the opportunity
for religious service was lost. But
they saw the lonely figure and came
into the choir space. As he rose all
"Boys," he said, "I believe we all.
want to sing and that we ought to sing
At Its close Doctor Maurer raised
his hands, and Mohammedans, Catho
lics, Protestants and Jews bowed their
heads and fell on their knees. Amid
the ruins 600 soldiers knelt-Moham
medans bumping their heads on the
stones, Catholics devoutly crossing
themselves, and Jews and Protestants
with hands clasped, faces shining and
Doctor Maurer led in that everwon
derful prayer, "Our Father Which Art
in Heaven." He then suggested that
the Americans sing, "My Country, 'Tis
of Thee," while the English sang "God
Save the King." At the close of the
singing the French soldiers pushed for
ward and sang, as only Frenchmen
can sing, the "Marseillaise."
The French general caine forward
and took Doctor Maurer's hands. "I
want to thank you," he said, "for lead
ing these men on this occasion of grace
to offer praise to God for the deliver
ance of France and for the safety of
OLD TURKISH TRADE UNIONS
Guilds Formed of Members of Various
Industrial Vocations Common
Whatever may be the eventual gov
ernment of Constantinople, the count
less guilds or corporations created by
members of the various industrial vo
cations followed by the population will
probably respond slowly to the change.
In Constantinople, says a writer on
Turkish life, every trade and calling
has its own union, many of which are
of long ancestry: the esnaf. or guild,
of the shoemakers, for example, ls
said to have been granted power to
judge and punish its own members for
public offenses as long ago as the six
teenth century, In return for some
service which it then rendered Sulei
man the Magnificent. Organized for
the common benefit as traders or work
ers, the members Jf the guilds are ad
mitted irrespective of race or religion
so long as they follow that particular
occupation. The business of the or
ganization is conducted in lodges, the*
officers of which have bren held re
sponsible for the gon?f behavior of
members. Although future conditions
in Constantinople will doubtless modi
fy them, the esnafs will probably con
tinue to be a power.
Schools of Dunkerque.
One of the things that deeply Im
pressed the company of journalists
from some twenty different nations
who reeentty visited Dunkerque In a
party was the story of the public
schools. Dunkerque, althongh it es
caped occupation, was under constant
bombardment; the enemy at one time
and another bad the city under fire
by land, sea and air, but, except for
a short time in the beginning when the
buildings were used for war purposes,
the school.*- of Dunkerque, like those
of Reims, continued In session, and
new se'.->olnooses were built. When
ever the city was bombarded, the pu
pils, big and little, marched to the cel
lar in orderly procession, and some
times the entire session was held there.
If a schoolhouse was partly shattered,
it was raptured at once, and school
promptly resumed; nothing. In short,
was allowed" to interfere with the con
tinuity of the schools of Dunkerque.
Peanut Now Important Crop.
The peanut has accomplished won
ders for agricultural development, and
has Increased production by acres and
doubled the value of land in many
sections. It similarly heiped Alabama
through the crisis when the appear
ance of the weevil played havoc In
the cotton fields of that state. It has
done well throughout the South, and
Virginia,, which formejrty stood first in
Its production, has sunk to fifth place.
The peanut oil Industry has added
to the value of the crop, and this year
the total harvest and value were the
greatest ever recorded, In spite of a
reduction In acreage. The once de
spised" peanut has proved Itself a valu
able agricultural asset to the South
and the country, and the end ls not
yet.-New Orleans Tlmes-Plcayune.
Everyone There Named Levy.
There ls a peculiarity about Little
Tancock island. Lunenhurg county,
Nova Scotia, which ls not generally
known. Nearly all the residents ure
named Levy. lu fact, only a few years
ago all the residents bore that name.
In the majority of cases the given
or Christian names ls taken from the
Old Testament. The Levys claim to be
direct descendants of the men who fol
lowed the fisherman's calling on che
shores cf Galilee In the time c. Christ.
SK AS? fi
The Corner Store
ED GE FIELD
Friday, Jan. 30
At 8:15 P. M.
MORRISON AND CLIFTON
A comedy sketch that is scream from start to finish. In
connection with that famous moving picture, "Silver
Threads Among the Gold," starring the famous actor,
Richard J. Jose. SURE YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO
MISS IT. Admission: 25c. and 50c. plus war tax.