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DEWBERRY TO EDGEFIELD.
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load with the exception of a few holes,
as some one told us at Saluda about
?the road from that town to Wards.
I agree to that, if you change the
descriptive adjective from "few" to
""many." But really there are some
?pretty good stretches on this road
.where the going is good. Just after
-we passed the elegant country home
of Mr. M. A. Coleman we found one
?sf the "few exceptions;" the car slid
into it and there we were. Had to
fte lifted out. Mr. C. H. Sheppard,
who lives just beyond this "excep
tion," kindly took two of his mules
from the plow and. hooked up his
.wagon and came down, but he had no
Tope, neither trace ' chain, strong
.enough to move the car. Finally a
road working force with pick and
shovel came along and the negroes
just by main force of muscle lifted
the rear of that Studebaker right out
* of that hole, and then we were ail
Tight. I hope that road force, which
said they came over to fix a hole a
little further on fixed the one we
?were in before they left. As a matter
of fact it would not take a very
.great deal * of work to make this a
pretty good road all the way to Sa
luda. And there should be a good road
'fcetween the two, that is to say be
tween Newberry and Saluda. Wonder
"whicl?one is to be part of the state
system of roads. That state system
idea of roads is a good one, if we just
could get them built and then main
tained. We have a state tax of two
mills for the maintenance, but to get
the roads in condition to be accepted
"by the state highway commission is
the difficult task. It has seemed to
me that there is too much overhead
charging in all the government under
takings, and too much supervision
?with no good results.
But we got out of this hole and had
rio more trouble and rolled into
Edgefield about ll o'clock or a little
after. There was some consolation
about getting stuck in that hole, Mr.
Sheppard said he had not so long be
fore pulled another car out. The road
' around by Wards from Newberry
to Edgefield makes the distance just
I had a brief conference with the
.gentleman I went to see and then we
knocked ai*ound town for a couple
of hours, taking in the sights and
meeting old friends. I called on my
friend, A. S. Tompkins, who has been
quite sick for some time, but who is
now much better and on the road to
health. He is a very interesting and
entertaining talker and I was sorry
that I could not remain longer with
lim. He said he had just mailed me a
copy of the book containing a life of
his brother, the late D. A. Tompkins.
I am very glad to get this book. I
knew Mr. Tompkins quite well and
will read the sketch with interest.
Mr. Tompkins says that Newberry is
very dear to him, as his paternal and
maternal folk were from this coun
ty. On the one side the Coates and
the other, Caldwell. I recall very
well the time when my father would
send me from the home in Edgefield
near Dyson lo the court house, our
home then being in Edgefield county,
and then mary times I would spend
the night with Dr. Clint Tompkins
at Meeting Street. Dr. Tompkins al
ways kept an open house and the
stranger was always welcome. That
railroad that we were going to build
was graded right along by Meeting
. Street, as I recall.
I was sorry that I missed Editor
Mints of the Advertiser, but he had
;gone to dinner and we had to get
away to reach home by night. Mr.
Ed. Crews, a son of my old friend,
the late Col. T. B. Crews of Laurens,
.is working for Mr. Mims in the Ad
vertiser office. I took time also to
run around to the Chronicle office
and speak to Wigfall Cheatham. He
says that the times are a little squally
ibut he seems to be doing very well,
.and J hope he is. Just across the
street from his office is the law office
of Mr. T. B. Greneker, and he hap
pened to be in, and I had a few words
with him. He is a nephew of Mr. R:
H. Greneker of The Herald and News
-and every one over there says he is
:a mighty fine boy, and he has the ap
pearance of getting along well as a
lawyer. Somehow I had never met
lim. Of course I had to drop in to
?peak to McGowan Somkins and had
a very pleasant few moments with
him. I don't see why Edgefield did
not send him to the legislature, but
ithen you know politics is a queer
.thing and you never can tell what the
popular vote will do. There are many
more people in Edgefield I should
.lave been pleased to see bus our
time was limited. I always enjoy go
ing to Edgefield. It is a quaint old
town and las produced many men of
?HstinctSon wlo have served their day
and generation well. Not a great
many changes have been made in th?
appearance of the town in all th<
years that I have known the place
though there are many changes ii
the men and women during thesi
years. And by the way, it has a fini
new hotel since I was there, and w<
enjoyed the good dinner that wa
served to us. They call it the Dixie
a very appropriate name f or a hote
in Edgefield. And there is buildingV
already built a highway from Augus
ta to Greenwood by Edgefield to bi
known as the Dixie Highway. A goos
hotel is a great thing for any town
The streets are somewhat torn u]
now as the city is putting in wate:
works, and that always tears up thi
streets at any time of the year.
Speaking about the men of Edge
field in the days when I went then
as a boy, I recall among the younj
lawyers at that time was John R
Abney, now practicing law in Nev
York who was at the time I speak o:
solicitor of the circuit, and a might]
good one he was. He was a candidat!
for attorney general and was defeat
ed and soon after he moved to Nev
York. Then there was Ben W. Bettis
a good lawyer and a hard worke:
who died young. And Ernest Gary
afterwards a circuit judge and now
dead. Sheppard Bros., who are stil
practicing at Edgefield, Arthur S
Tompkins who has now retired fron:
the practice. And this was at a time
when Gen. Mart Gary and Gen. M
C. Butler were active. I can recall
my father talking about Gary and
Butler and he said when lawyers gol
to quarrelling that Butler and Gray
were always a little careful about
what they would say to each other,
because they knew that each other
would fight and neither cared espe
cially to do the job, so therefore they
would leave off fight provoking re
marks, though sometimes get very
near the point. Well, time makes
many changes in the personnel1 of
any community as well as in other
things. And then Edgefield never
seems the same without the genial
and versatile Col. James T. Bacon
who was for many years one of the
editors of the town. Edgefield is a
nice old town in which to live. Mr. J.
H. Summer, who was with us, said
it seemed to him that Johnston would
be a better place for the court house,
but I think Edgefield an ideal place
for a county seat and for a lawyer.
While in Edgefield it was very
pleasant to me to hear the many good
things the people had to say about
Miss Hortense Woodson who has but
recently come from this good old
town to Newberry to operate the
linotype machine in The Herald and
News office. And while she has been
with us only a week I am pleased to
endorse what these people over in
Edgefield had to say about her. So
far I have found her intelligent and
willing and competent and able to do
all she claimed that she could and
above all pleasant and agreeable.
And that is a great asset. I Lave
reached that stage in life where I do
not care to be around or about dis
agreeable persons, and especially do
I dislike to work with them or for
them or to have them work for me.
The older I grow the more I wonder
why so many people are so disagree
able when it pays, to put it on higher
ground, to be agreeable and pleas
1 did not get to see my friend,
Captain N Geo. Evans, and then I
missed Hon. Brooks Mason who is
also living in Edgefield. They tell me
that Geo. Evans is making the money
practicing law in Edgefield and that
Brooks has plenty and does not have
to work any way. I used to know
Brooks when he was just an ordinary
country boy like myself when he
lived at the old home down near Good
Hope Baptist church, but when he
got to be a lawyer he soon became a
capitalist and now is taking life easy,
I have no doubt. In a brief stay of
only a few hours it was impossible to
get to see all the friends you would
like even in a city the size of Edge
field. I am going back some of these
day before so fearfully long, and
when Mr. Summer has business that
side, so that we may have a good
driver and a good car in which to
make the trip.
In passing through Saluda we made
a brief stop and I dropped in to the
Standard office just long enough to
say good morning co Mr. Armfield,
the young man who is now editing
and publishing the paper.
We left for home at 2 o'clock and
made a stop of forty minutes at
Johnston. I did not feel like passing
through Johnston without at least
going around and speaking to my
good friends, Mr. and Mrs. Sim
Wertz. They moved many years ago
from this city to Johnston. For sev
eral years they lived at the Aull
hills near Jolly Street, and in fact
down that side. He is ? brother of
the late Dr. D. H. Wertz and also of
Mr. Paul Wertz who now lives near
the old home. They were of course
glad to see me, but, just to think, I
had to tell them who I was. Mr.
Wertz says that he is 87 years old
though his good wife says he is only
86. Mr. Wertz is looking remarkably
well and so is Mrs. Wertz, though
she is not as stout as I knew her, but
she says she has not been well, but. is
now improving. She is still bright and
cheerful. It has been many years
since I have seen them. The large
family of children have all grown up
and gone, and now it is just the two
the same as when they first began to
journey together. I was glad of the
opportunity to have seen them, and
was sorry I could not regain longer
to tell them about the people over
here, and to talk of the days that are
gone. They begged me to remain, and
but for the fact that I had to be
home to keep up the daily grind I
would have been tempted to stay. I
hope I may see them again before so
E. H. AULL.
Rides His Favorite Horse at
Greenville, Jan. 29.-A ride of
150 miles on his favorite saddle horse
through sleet and snow is enjoyable
exercise to Col. R. B. Watson, 85
years old, veteran of the Confederate
war and twice wounded in the battle
Colonel Watson, a planter of Ridge
Spring, Edgefield county, arrived at
the home of his son, Maj. Richard F.
Watson, of Greenville today. The
veteran makes the trip twice a year
on horseback in all sorts of weather
to visit his son.
Colonel Watson, sitting erect on
his horse, said that he had never felt
better in his life, and that he had not
minded the cold at all and only broke
his journey with a stopover at Green
wood for the sake of his old horse.
He arrived there in a snowstorm.
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