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Washington Continues to Dis
cuss Resignation of Lansinr.
Washington, Feb*., 15.-Secretary
Lansing's enforced resignation con- !
tinues to hold the attention of officiai
Washington and all the talk among
politicians, members of congress and
government officiais continues to cen 1
ter about it. Gossip as to the probable
successor to the former secretiry of
state is even subordinated to disc m-- ^
sion of the sensational climax to the
strained relations between President (
Wilson and the former secretary of <
state which now are known to ha/e ?
been in existence more than a year, j
Such terms as "crisis" in the cab i
inet are freely used, and in a sense. \
find color in the frank acknowledg - ?
ment of Secretary Lane that he was ?
equally responsible for the meetings 1
to which the president obpected, but ?
the best information available indi- c
cates that there is no crisis, in tl?e ;
sense that more secretaries are likely j
to resign; in fact, it has been stated t
at the White House that no more [y
resignations are expected as a result j
of the incident. (j
Opinion in congress continues di- t
vided, with opponents of the peace <
treaty supporting Mr. Lansing's po- J
sition and talking of some action to p
determine how the executive business ?
of the government is being conducted ,t
during President Wilson's illness. |^
There is even cloak room talk of ?
some s#ort of legislation to specificity 1
define what constitutes the disability i
of a president, more clearly than is t
provided in the constitution. So far f
it is all in the realm of talk; no mern- ?
ber of congress has brought forward s
any proposal for legislation. JI
The chief discussion seem* to ?I
range about whether President WU- *
son knew of the cabinet meetings js
which have been going on # for three *
months until he wrote his letter ask-'s
ing for Mr. Lansing's resignation. \ ?
Probably no one but the president M
himself and three or four persons p
most closely around him can answer p
such a question specifically. j2
Persons who are well info-med of 1
.* what has. been going on in the inside (*
of the administration hold their be
lief that the cabinet meetings were
only an incident and that President!1
Wilson himself in one of his letters !'
to Mr. Lansing referred to other and \ c
more important reasons, when he |c
wrote that the cabinet meeting incl-'
dent only strengthened a feeling he
had had for some time and that for
some months he had found the secre
tary of state yielding to his decisions
.with more and more reluctance.
The affair is expected to probably
come up in congress again tomorrow. L
Mr. Lansing meanwhile has denied?t
himself to all callers. It is understood i.
that he may spend a shoi-t vacation in L
Florida before going to his home in ;.
Watertown, N. Y. ?
Speculation as to Mr. Lansing's sue 'j
cessor continued to involve then
names of Frank L. Polk, who yes- !?
terday became secretary ad interim, L
by virtue of his office as counsellor of c
the state department; Secretary of j
War Baker, John W. Davis, ambassa-j?
dor to Great Britain and Hugh C.
Wallace, ambassador to France.
Although Mr. Polk was among L
those most often mentioned-, there L
was nothing to indicate any change >t
from his known determination to re- L
turn to private life and the practice jc
of law. The speculation brought forth
the suggestion tha~ perhaps thc pres
ident might transfer Mr. Baiter to
the state department, as he did re
cently in transferring David F. Hous
ton from the department of agricul
ture to the treasury department.
Official intimation was given to
light that Mr. Lansing's sucvessoi U
might be appointed before the end 1
of the week, even though it was said j.
there was "no hurry about it," as Mr.
Polk can serve as secretary ad i r el
im for a period of 30 days.
Seeking Changes in Ware
The bill introduced in the house
Thursday and favorably reported ?1
Friday by the committee on agricul
ture providing for changes in the
waiehouse act will be 'brought up in
the house the coming week and its i
supporters will urge its quickr pas
sage. The bill provides for the crea
tion of a cotton commission to be
composed of ten members, threo ?1
from the state at large and one from
each congressional! district. The state
-warehouse commissioner will be '
chairman of the commission, which
will have charge of the warehouse
system and which will be empowered
to make acceptances, discounts, bir-:
'row money for the purpose of effect
ing direct sales of cotton, etc. The j
members of the commission would be
appointed by the governor on recom
mendation of the South Carolina di- '
vision of the American Cotton asso
In urging the passage of legisla
tion at this session of the general as
sembly, J. Skottowe Wannamakir,
president of the American Cotton as
sociation said :
"If necessary legislation is enact
ed in South Carolina for the hand
ling of our cotton crop, it will result
in bringing enormous benefits to
every legitimate line of the cotton in
iustry. It will save millions of dollars
each year, which is the loss from
country damage? in the state, lt will
save,, in addition to this, an enor
mous tax in marine insurance applied
igainst every bale of cotton produc
id. Marine insurance carries about
?52.40 per bale, and at the end of the
season there is a refund in case coun
;ry damage has not forced payments
n excess of certain amounts. With
varehouses this would bring back to
i'outh Carolina around S? 00,000.
3ix per cent tare applies on all cot
on. On the South Carolina crop this
imounts at 40 cents per pound, after
ieducting for cost of patches, to
"The legislation we are asking at
:he hands of the general assembly
viii save us much. It will save if siri
lar legislation is enacted in every
.tate, according to the statistics of
;he United States department of agri
culture, around $200,000,000 annual
;JSS from the uneconomic .manner in
vhich our cotton is packed, baled
md sampled. It will reduce transport
ation charges, which are now 300 to
100 per cent, higher than on any
>ther known commodity. This legis
ation will result in removing an
trmy of unnecessary middlemen. Sta
istics secured through the highest ?
governmental sources show an aver- .
ige of 12 unnecessary middlemen, .
ihowing that the difference in the .
>rice paid to the producer and the .
)ice paid by the manufacturer and ?
he factories located in the same .
tate in which the cotton is grown is J
512.60 per bale. It will result in '.
preading the sale of our cotton over ]
i period of 12 months, the cotton on- j
y being sold to the manufacturer ]
vhen he will pay profitable prices ]
or the same instead of being sold as ]
it present, when 70 per cent, fails ]
nto the hands of the speculators and j
gamblers in about three shore har- ;
'cs'ing months, thus resulting in an ]
mormous penalty being added to the ;
>rice that the consumer of cotton ]
roods is forced to pay. There is SUCH ;
in enormous loss in the handling of ;
?ur cotton. Statistics produced by the ]
Jnited States departmnet of agr?- ;
:ulture show that we give away one j
:ntire cotton crop out of every ten. ]
"In addition to the economic re- ]
orms, plans have been perfected
hat will bring tremendous benefits ,
o the cotton producer in case this (
'onstnuctive 'legislation is enacted. .
^.s an outstanding example, I men
ion the recent invention which has
teen patented by interests extremely
riendly to the producer, who unhes
tatingly states that this patent will, ,
>e used for the benefit of the pro- ;
lucer only, provided we enact legis
ation that will put him in charge of
he handling directly the "business
ide of cotton production.-The
supply of Diamonds Hardly
More Than Wagon Load.
If all the diamonds mined in his
ory and existing today as cut and
jolished gems were gathered from
he ends of the earth, they wou'd
:orm a pile about as large as a wagon
>f coal dumped on the sidewalk, says
i Chicago statistician expert. The
)ile would contain 40,355,474 carats
md the gems would weigh ten and
>ne-half tons. If the pile were in the
:orm of a cone, it would have a base
Hamster of eight feet and a height
)f five feet. Reckoning the diamonds
it $300 a carat, it would have a value
)f $13,900,042.200. It would contain
(10 1-3 gallons worth $5,529,023 a
gallon; or 70 1-3 bushels valued at
551,570,729 a bushel. All the world's
(lamonds could be packed in an or
linary clothes closet cr d kitchen
This estimate is based on an ap
proximation of the total output of
rough diamonds in the world's entire
listory. India, it is estimated, has
produced, all told, 50,000,000 carats;
Brazil 15,000,000; South Africa 170
574,000; Borneo, 1,000,0000; British
Guinea '50,000; Australia 15,000:
China 2,000; Siberia 500; United
States 500. This is a total rough out
put *of 236,777,374 carats or 55 3-5
Only about 50 per cent of rough
diamonds are cut into gems and lose
about 60 per cent of their weight in
being cut and polished. Diamonds
are practically indestructible and the
first diamond ever mined may possi
bly still be in existence. But the es
timate allows for the loss of at le?st
1,000,000 carats by flood, fire, ship
wreck and other disaster. These re
ductions and losses leave a total of
cut and polished diamonds at 46,355
The estimate of $300 a carat is the
minimum price at which diam ords
can be bought today. The popular de
mand for diamonds was never so
great and they have become the gem
of working people as well a?- thc
wealthy clashes. They are worth ihrec
times as much now as before the war
and sell at from $300 to $1,000 a
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 and payable
between the 15th day of October,
1919, and December 31st, 1919.
That when 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_._i-? 'ty
For Special County_ 3
For Constitutional School Tax . 3
For Antioch _ 4
For Bacon School District_10
For Blocker_ 2
For Blocker-Limestone_ 4
For Colliers_ 4
For Flat Rock_-_ 8
For Oak Gro.ve_ 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 liabje.
;o 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
55 years must pay $2.00 commuta
;ion 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.
tual Insurance Asso
Property Insured $8,875,360
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The officers are: Gen. J. Fraser
Lyon, President, Columbia S. C..
J. R. Blake, Gen. Agent, Secty. and
Treas., Greenwood, S. C.
A. O. Grant, Mt. Carmel, S. C.
J. M. Gambrell, Abbeville, S. C.
J. R. Blake, Greenwood, S. C.
A. W. Youngblood, Hodges, S. C.
R. H. Nicholson, Edgefield, S. C.
J. Fraser Lyon, Columbia, 3. C.
W. C. Bates, Batesburg, S .C.
W. H. Wharton, Waterloo, S. C.
J. R. BLAKE,
Greenwood, S. C.
January 1, 1920.
Attorney at Law
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