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EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 18, 1920
Meeting of W. C. T. U. High
School Opens September
6. Family- Picnic at
The August meeitng of the W. C.
T. U. was held with Mrs. Olin Eid
son on Friday afternoon, Mrs. T. R.
The devotional was conducted by
Mrs. Mamie Huiet, and Mrs. Herbert
Eidson arranged an instructive pro
gram on the assigned topic.
The'chief business was in the dis
cussion and plans made for the State
convention whi?h meets here Octo
ber 2, 3, and 4.
The sessions will be held in the
Baptist church and on Sunday after
noon, the mass meeting will be held
here and a cordial invitation is to be
extended Dr. Lee ^of Edgefield to ad
dress the assembly at this time
The State president, Mrs. Sprott,
asking the hostess union to invite
the speaker for this.
The honor guest of the convention
will be Mrs. Perkins of New York,
National Superintendent of Child
Welfare. She will speak both Sunday
morning and evening.
Mrs. Mamie Tillman of Edgefield
will be invited to assist a local di
rector with the convention music.
The two business sessions will oc
cupy Monday and Tuesday and lunch
will be served these two days in the
' church. \
The medal contest) in charge of
State superintendent, Mrs. Lena
Smith of' Leesville, will take place
Several committees have been ap
pointed to make arrangements, and
these will act at an early date so that
the convention, as far as it depends
on local effort, can move along
The High School here will open on
September 6 and the new superin
ldent is -expected .at .an. early date
- -?**' .'i*ff<**f*^?i vim nsm pftumnflL
reside at the school manse on the ["]
Messrs. Ed Walton, and Tom
Youngblood went over to Columbia
on Thursday evening to stand an ex
amination for service in "the U. S.
Navy. Mr. Lod Milford, who joined
the navy last week is stationed at
Newport News, Va.
Mrs. J. L. Walker entertained the
members of the "We-Are-Twelve
club on Wednesday afternoon, and
besides the members there were sev
eral other guests.
Chatting and sewing occupied an
hour or more and the guests were
then invited to the dining room
where they were seated at a beauti
fully appointed table and a delicious
repast was served in courses.
Baskets of shasta daisies made a
pretty decoration about the rooms.
The annual picnic of all the Smith
relations of Edgefield and Saluda
counties was held Friday at Ward,
in the large grove there, and from
Johnston there were quite a number
A very happy day was had and a
very large picnic crowd was present
which proved that the Smiths were
numerically strong, as well in these
two counties- ^
Mr. Willis Holmes has purchased
from Mrs. Alice Cox the lot and
residence now occupied by Mr. Hen
ry .Dobey and he will take possession
Misses Maude Nickerson and Hor
tense Padgett have gone to Waynes
ville to spend two weeks.
Misses Rachael and Marguerite
Simmons are at home from a visit
to their aunt in Asheville.
Mrs. T. R. Hoyt, Misses Laurie,
Johnnie and Marion Hoyt have
been for a visit to Sullivan's Island.
News comes that Mrs. Ida Stevens
who has been at the Greenwood Hos
pital for treatment is much improv
Mesdames H. W. Crouch, L. S.'
Maxwell and Grace Crouch have re
turned from a few weeks' stay in
Hendersonville, N. C.
A very pleasant afternoon party
was had on last Tuesday, Mesdames
H. W. Crouch and C. P. Corn being
joint hostesses, the occasion being
in the home of the former. Rook was
the chief diversion, eleven tables be
ing arranged. Mrs. John Wright and
Mrs. Herbert Eidson making the
highest score, cut for the prize a bot
tle of toilet watej:, the former re
ceiving this. Mrs. Price Timmerman,
an honor guest was presented with
a bottle of Hudnut's toilet water, al
A dainty salad course was served.
Mesdames P. N. Keesee and E. R.
Mobley entertained on Friday after
noon in honor of Mrs. Price Timmer
man, a recent bride, the reception
being in the home of the former.
Mesdames^ M. R. Wright received
the arrivals and Mrs. J. A. Dobey
carried them to the receiving line,
which was composed of the two hos
tesses and Mrs. Timmerman and her
sister, Mrs. J. Howard Payne.
There were many cordial good
wishes for the pretty young bride.
Later several games of rook were
played which was enjoyed.
The honoree was presented with
a beautiful cut glass compote.
Pink and white block cream'and
bride's cake were served, those serv
ing being Miss Elise Mobley, Mes
dames J. L. ?Walker and Walker Mob
Messrs. M. R. Wright, Wiley Der
rick and J. N. Lott and J. N. Lott,
Jr., leave this week for Baltimore
fcp purchase fall merchandise.
Mrs. P. N. Lott and Mr. Staunton
Lott have been for aj visit to Charles
Miss Browne is visiting Miss Janie
Bruce, these two being class mates
at Coker College. ^
Mrs. St. Julian Harris, of Albany
Ga., spent last week here with her
mother, Mrs. P. N. Lott.
Misses Ellen, Ruth and Edith
Prescott of Greenwood have been for
a visit to their sister, Mrs. F. L. Par
Miss Sue Timmerman had as her
guests last week, Misses Bedsie
Wardlaw of McCormick and JDessie
Dean of Saluda. She arranged sever
al pleasant affairs for her guests.
Guests last week of Mrs. Joe Cox
?vere. Misses Blanche and Lily. Preach
?r and Hazel Ypumans ?f Fairfax,
ind Margaret Ashaw.
orte, r?TC, faking a Dusiness course.
B. L. Reames is at home from a
;rip to relatives in Arkansas and.
Miss Annie Holmes Harrison has
jone to Asheville to visit her sister,
Mrs. James Culham.
Miss Antoinette Denny is at home
from a visit to Mrs George Galphin
it Ninety Sty.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kenney and
Miss Nelle Beckham were visitors
Mrs. Herbert Eidson and children
are at home from Wrightsville Beach
Mrs. Bessie Bean has returned
from a visit to Mrs. Carl Lowry in
Miss Louelle Norris now ~bf Co
lumbia is spending a while in the
home of her sister, Mrs. M. R.
Death of Mrs. M. T. Cloer.
Another sad death occurred in the
Meeting Street community Thurs
day, August ?3, when Mrs.' M. G.
Cloer passed away.
She had been sick for several
weeks with rheumatism and other
complications. Each day she grew
weaker untilvat last she was no long
er able to resist the disease that was
sapping her life away.
She was a consecrated Christian,
a devoted wife and loving mother.
She had only been in our community
a few years, having moved here from
Lenoir, North Carolina, but she had
made a host of friends and loved
ones who will mourn her death.
Her family and loved ones did
everything that human hands could
do but nothing could restore her to
health. God wanted her to dwell with
Him, therefore, He took her.
Alhtough her home is darkened
here, her Heavenly home is brighter
and happier because she is there.
Her tired body was laid to rest in
Stevens Creek cemetery Friday after
noon, August 13, Rev. W^ J.' Brooke
officiating. She leaves besides her
husband, six children and a host of
friends to mourn her death.
Bury the Boll Weevil with a Ford
SPECIAL for Saturday only, One
Lot of Florsheim Oxfords at $5.95
*' REYNOLDS & PADGETT.
Meeting of Farmers in Court
Pursuant to the announcement
l??t week a large number of farmers,
and other business men assembled
in the,.Court House Tuesday to hear
the specialists from Clemson College
speak. The meeting was held under
the auspices of the Edgefield County
Cotton Growers Association and was
presided over by Mr. J. Wm. Thur
mond, the president of the associa
tion, who requested Dr. R. G. Lee to
open the meeting with prayer.
After giving utterance to appro
priate remarks Mr. Thurmond intro
duced Mr. D. W. Watkins, the as
sistant director of the Clemson Col
lege extension work, who spoke at
length of the advantages derived
from the proper grading of cotton'
before it leaves the hands of the pro
ducer. He stated that there are 20
official grades of cotton and that the
farmers lose by selling without^
grading, as spinners always buy by
grades. He stated that there is a loss
every y . of $25,000,000 in getting
cotton from the producer to spinners
and that farmers have to bear this.
Mr. Watkins urged farmers to have
their cotton graded and then sell by
Mr. L. T. Fryhurn, deputy ware
house commissioner, spoke of the
loss to farmers through country dam
age nor the leaving of cotton unpro
Ntect?d in the weather. The loss last,
year was estimated to be from $6.50
to $16 per bale. He urged the build
ing of more warehouses in order to::
protect cotton from the weather and;;
too, to enable farmers to hold for a'
higher price, as banks will always^
accept warehouse receipts as collat^;
. Mr. T. M. Anderson of? Clemson^
College made, a practical and helpful ;
talk on the boll weevil. He stated,
that in addition to the weevil '.two!
other enemies of farmers have ^p^ j
pear?d, these being the pink boll '.
vtyrm in Texas and . the European
of the weevil is between August 15
and September 1. During this time
they fly from one portion of a field
to another or from one field to an
other. A weevil lays about 150 eggs
and then dies. It requires about 30
days to produce an adult Weevil
from the time the egg is deposited in
the square. Mr. Anderson does not ad
vise the picking up of squares after
the 15th of August. He urges the
plowing under of cotton stalks,/ as
early in the fall as possible and the
destroying of every other hibernat
ing place possible. Of the millions of
weevils that go into winter quarters
only about 7 per cent live, to operate
the following spring, this number de
pending upon the severity of the
The next and last speaker was
Mr. B. Harris, commissioner of agri
culture. His address was practical
and helpful from start to finish, hold
ing the attention of the audience,
notwithstanding,, the lateness of the
hour.. Mr. "Harris has not grown any
cotton on his farm in Anderson
county for 40 years: He only grew
two crops of cotton after he began
farming, then abandoning it for
stock and grain raising. He said he
was unwilling to produce a crop for
which he could not fix the price. Un
der the present system of selling
farmers have absolutely no voice in
fixing the price of cotton. In nrder
to change this condition Mr. Harris
urged organization and an increase
in warehouse facilities so as to hold
cotton off the market until a profit
able price could be obtained. He
cited the action of the frain growers
of the west in building grain eleva
tors to prove the wisdom of such a
course. He urged farmers to join the
cotton association, which has added
$50 per bale to the price of cotton.
Mr. Harris made an earnest appeal
for diversified agriculture as the on
ly salvation for southern farmers.
His address was well received.
The meeting was regarded as very
successful. Great is the pity that
every farmer in the county could
not hear what specialists and experts
had to say. It matter not how much
a farmer may know, like merchants,
lawyers and doctors, there is always
something else to learn.
Your farm "is not complete unless
you have a Fordson.
Australian Ballot Must Be
The Australian ballot law enacted
?by the general assembly has been
embodied in the rules of the Demo
cratic party of South Carolina and
must be complied with by the
;managers in conducting the election.
The text of the law is as follows:
1 Section 1. In every primary elect
?tiph in this state there shall be pro
vided at each polling precinct one
.booth for every 100 enrolled voters,
br majority fraction thereof. The
nopths shall be made of wood, cheap
.metal or any other suitable sub
?st?nce, shall not be less than 32 :
Roches wide and 32 inches deep, and :
6 feet 6 inches high, and shall be
provided with a curtain hanging
from the top in front to within 3
fe^t of the floor, and shall have a
suitable shelf on which the voter can
prepare his ticket. Provided, The
provisions of this Act shall not apply
to any precinct where there are less
than fifty (50) voters enrolled on '
the club roll at such precinct.
' Section 2. The polling places shall ?
be provided with a table for the man- .
agers. The polls shall be provided
With a guard rail, so that no one ex- ,
'cept as hereinafter provided shall
approach nearer than 5 feet to the
hooths in Wjhich the voters are pre- .
paring their ballots. ,
" Section 3. The tickets shall be ;
printed on clear white paper in the i
usual manner, but shall have a cou- 1
pon at the top perforated so as to be i
easily detached. On the coupon shall
be printed "Official Ballot." "Club
-^_ Ward _ No.
-.-/' The numbers shall
run seriatim for each club. There
sHall be 50 per cent more ballots .
titian there, are voters enrolled at .
each voting place.
- Section 4. The managers s" al1 be 1
responsible for all ballots fun., aad. 1
?When, a voter, presents himself he .
?hall be given a ballo?. The managers ;
W^^U^^M5 jenter: ;
the humber of the ballot next the :
name of the voter. The voter shall :
forthwith retire alone to one of the ?
booths, and without undue delay ;
prepare his ballot by scratching out ;
the name of the candidate for whom i
he does not care to vote. No voter i
shall remain in the booth longer ?
than 5 minutes. After preparing his ]
ballot, the voter shall present him- 1
self to the manager. His ballot must l
be folded in such a way that the num
ber can be seen and the coupon can ,
be readily detached by the manager ;
without in any way revealing the ]
printed portion of the ballot. If the ,
voter is not challenged, and takes the (
prescribed oath, the manager shall ,
tear off the coupon, put it on file, ,
stamp the ballot, and the voter shall \
deposit his ticket in the box, and ,
shall immediately leave the polling ,
place. If a voter shall mar or deface ?
his ballot he may obtain one i addi- ?
tional ballot upon returning to the
manager in charg? of the ballots the ,
ballot so marred or defaced, with ?
the coupon attached. The manager in ,
charge of the poll list shall change ,
the number of the ballot on his poll
list, and place the defaced ballot in
file. No voter shall be given a sec
ond ballot until he has returned the
first one with coupon attached.
Section 5. No person shall be al
lowed within the guard rail except
as hereinafter provided. If a voter
cannot read or write, or is physical
ly disabled, and by reason thereof
did not sign the enrollment book, he
may appeal to the managers for as
sistance, and the chairman of the
managers shall, appoint one of the
managers, and a bystander to be
designated by the voter, to assist
him in preparing his ballot: Provided
After the voter's ballot has been pre
pared, the bystander so appointed
shall immediately go behind the
guard rail. Provided further, That
in cities containing 55,000 inhabi
tants or more, the chairman of the
managers shall appoint two of the
watchers representing different fac
tions to assist him in preparing the
ballot; after the voter's ballot has
prepared, the watchers so appointed
shall immediately go behind the
guard rail; Provided further, That if ,
there be no such watchers available,
the chairman may appoint two by
standers who are qualified to vote in
such primary to assist the voter in
th? prepartion of his ballot. .
i Section 6. From the time of |he
opening of the polls until the an
nouncement of the the result and the
signing of the official returns, no per
son shall be admitted to the polling
place except the'managers, duly au
thorized watchers and challengers,
the chairman of the executive com
mittee or members of the executive
committee appointed in his stead to
supervise the polling place, persons
duly admitted for the purpose of
voting, police officers admitted hy
the managers to preserve order or|
enforce the law. Provided, however,
That candidates for public office va
ted for at such polling place may be
present at the canvass of the votes.
Provided, Canvass of the votes shall
be open to the public.
Section 7. If the watchers or offi
cers of the law who are admitted to
the polling place by the managers
shall interfere with the managers or
obstruct the voting, it shall be the
duty of the managers to suspend the
election until order is restored, or
as may be provided by the rules of
the party.' No person shall be allowed
ko approach polling places within 25
feet while polls are open, other than
the persons herein provided for.
Section 8. Upon the close of the
election, managers shall account to
the executive committee for all bal
lots delivefed to them, and make the
following return: (a) The number
of official ballot's furnished to each
polling precinct, (b) The number of
official ballots spoiled and returned
by voters, (c) The number of official
^allots actually voted.
J. Ii. M IMS,
A Beech Island.
Edgefield has proved herself very
patriotically prolific in being the
mother of four other counties. She
bas been cut on the North, the South,
the East and the West. Aiken was
the first county, then Saluda, Green
wood and McCormick-all of them
prosperous and thriving offspring.
When we think -of the long muddy
miles our forebears had to ride to
reach the Court House in the past,
tve surely think it best that these
new counties have been created
and Edgefield, the dear, noble moth
er that she is, can point like Cornelia
of old, with pride to them all and
say "these are my jewels"-they still
bold our own precious relatives,
bone of our bone and flesh of our
The most of Beech Island was tak
en from Edgefield District and the
Lord never made a more fertile and
lovely land than Bppch Island. As
ive pass through rich bottoms and
over productive hills with large fields
of hay, long rows of tall corn, cotton,
planted five feet apart and locked in
?he ro'js, the broad Savannah River
on one side and large trees all drap
ed in long festoons of moss on the
left of us, we are reminded of the
23rd Psalm and we are led to ex
claim "He maketh me to lie down in
?reen pastures, He leadeth me be
side the still waters"-or in the lan
guage of Childe Harold
"Oh, Christ! it is a goodly sight to
What Heaven hath done for this
What fruits of fragrance blush on
every tree, .
What goodly prospects o'er the
In company with Miss Kellah Fair,
May and Willis Duncan and young
Albert Dozier we had' the pleasure
of visiting Beech Island last Satur
Our thanks to the courtesy of that
princely Southern gentleman, Mr.
Warren Fair. We were shown many
of the beautiful farms and stately
mansions of that country. Mr. Fair
himself, lives in a large house of
some eighteen rooms and his charm
ing wife is still youthful looking.
She is a daughter of Dr. W. B. Eve,
who formerly lived there.
The farm has 700 acres of as fine
land as God ever made. The one
great figure that stands out like a
Colossus in the galaxy of great
names that adorn the history of
Beech Island is the name of Gov.
J. H. Hammond Edgefield District
produced many great men, but Gov.
Hammond stood in the lead amid
the greatest and in some respects,
perhaps the greatest of them all. In
the versatality of his gigantic intel
lect, because he was not merely a
statesman,' but learned in the deep
est regions of science, history and
especially that most important sub
His picture is that of a well form
ed, large man of handsome face and
high brow and at a glance one can
see that God had set the marks of
genius upon his intellectual and gen
tle face. This remarkable man has
left the fcrot prints of his greatness
upon the sands of time,
v Upon an eminence stands "?J?S
home-a stately mansion three
stories high, with about 18 rooms,
each room being over 20 feet square
and a hall in the centre 22 feet wide
and. over 50 feet long. mhe inside
finish is elegant. He has two separate
libraries, one on the second floor, as
large as a public library, containing
many thousand volumes, even now;
and up above the alcoves are busts of
many of the great men of the past.
On one side the busts of Caesar,
Alexander and Napoleon. On an
another, Demosthenes, Cicero, Hen
ry Clay, John C. Calhoun and
Shakespeare, also a host of others.
His library down on the basement
floor was mostly scientific works and
laboratory and here he spent his
time in his latter days.
In the parlor you can see copies
of the finest paintings by the old
masters of Rome. Solid mahogany
furniture and silver plates in the din
ing room. And the whole house re
minds you of a palace of some noble
man. Out in the front abound air
sorts of trees, hedges, vines and
flowers, and an avenue of gigantic
magnolias leading off for over a
quarter of a mile. .
This great building though nearly
a century old stands out in perfect
preservatism as it was built of tim
ber now unobtainable. Mrs Julia
Richland who lives in this large
home showed us some china cups of
the most beautiful, design which she
took from a solid mahogany side
board and said that no servant ever
was allowed io .handle this chinante
Mrs.' 'Hanimorid w?ttra^av? ii Suv*
piggen of warm water brought to
the table after a meal and would
wash it herself.
Governor Hammond was a suc
cessful business man and amassed a
fortune by farming. We have never'
been able to understand how a man
who had made a failure in the man
agement of his private business
could be expected to attend success
fully to public affairs. The greatest
achievement of Gov. Hammond was
the organization of the "Beech Is
land Farmers" Club." He believed
that a man who made two ears of
corn grow where only one had grown
before was a great benefactor. Gov.
James M. Cox, our next president,
said in his late speech "Agriculture
is the basis of industry because upon
it depend the good supply." This
Beech Island club was formed in
1853 with the following as leading
J. H. Hammond, H. R. Cook, S. J.
M. Clark, A. W. Atkinson, J. J. Da
vies, P. W. Whatley, G. B. Mills,
Johnathan Miller, (who lived to be
102 years of age) E. S. Hammond,
R. Bradford, W. H. Atkinson ( who
was Gen. R. E. Lee's private? secre
tary during the war) G. W. S.
Twiggs, Goode Bryan, Lamars, Dunr
bars, Fairs and many others. And-'
later William Gregg, J. F. Fair, W.
R. Eve, M. D., Dunbar Lamar, D. J.
Walker and W. L. Mayson. This:
club meets on the first Saturday in
each month and has never missed:
but one meeting during all these
years. They meet in the same club
House, a good substantial building
nestling amid the shady trees in a
lovely dale. The club has no officers,
only a secretary and treasurer ap
pointed once a year. At each meeting
some one is chosen to preside and he
selects some subject connected with
agriculture for discussion at the
meeting next ensuing, and appoints
some member to open the debate.
The chairman shall call on every one
present for his opinion on the sub
ject under discussion but no one
shall speak over 15 minutes. Every
member shall be expected to take at
least one agricultural paper and also
try at least one agricultural experi
ment each year and report the same
in due time in writing.
No potitical topic can be discussed.
(Continued on Eighth Page.)