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Mrs. Ennett Writes of # The
Wonderful Sights of Naples
. ^^ and Florence.
v .' Naples, Italy,
Feb. 8, 1921.
^Iy Dearest Mother:
I think this can go down as the
worst day so far, in the history of
our trip. Bad weather continues,
and as the prospect for any clearing
seems very remote, we decided to
brave the elements and go out in
the rain. We were scheduled for
Pompeii and Vesuvis for the day and
got them well off the program. I
don't know whether it is myself or
the weather but all these ruins are
growing very tiresome but now, that
I am here, I cannot afford to return
and say "I did not see it." After one
has seen Rome none of the other
cities seem to amount to much, for
it is all a repetition of "the Eternal
city" in a less interesting degree.
From our brief visit it is easy to
see that Pompeii, when taken un
awares by old Vesuvius had reached a
high state of civilization aad prob
ably lived as comfortably as we do
today-perhaps more so. But it is
also evident they had no morals to
speak of, or at least I should hate to
speak of them outside my family
circte. Perhaps art students or
tourists of a different outlook from
mine, might call it "High Art," but
that is not my name for it.
As for old Vesuvius, things looked
very dull around there today, and
while I cannot say it was exactly dis
appointing not to see fire, smoke and
all kinds of hellish looking signs
belching forth, it was a much tamer
picture than the one painted by my
imagination. There werfe white
clouds floating about the top, and
the natives assured us that the deep
ened shadows in these clouds was
smoke, and we'll let it go at that.
Far worse than anything old Ve
suvis might do, is what the awful
Italians do. They can beat the world
for lying, cheating and begging.
Sometimes every child on the street
would run after us, holding out
dirty little hands and whining for
money until our driver would have
to take out his whip and drive them
off. Again, if you make a bargain
as tight as you may, when you come
to settle the bill something has been
added and such rows and fusses they
raise if you should demur is positive
ly disgraceful. *
Along all the other ruins, the sad
dest I have seen yet is the ruin of
the pride and self-respect of Italy.
, We met quite a bunch of Ameri
can girls belonging to the Red Cross
department of the Army of Occupa
tion in Germany today. They have
21 days leave-of-absence, and are
taking this trip during the interval.
?One of the girls was from Wipston
'Salem and had her training at the
Charlotte Sanatorium, so. we both
?enjoyed the meeting in this distant
land. We meet many Americans
everywhere we go, and I hear there
are more Western and Southern
tourists than from any other part of
the States. The Appennines may be
-very beautiful and let him rave
about them who will, but there is
none as beautiful as our own Blue
Ridge and I have seen a good many.
As we have been in the rain and
cold all day, I'll stop now and "hit
the hay." With lots of love to all
you dear ones.
Feb. 9, 1921.
3iy Dearest Mother:
It must be acknowledged that Na
ples is far more attractive in the
sunshine than in the rain; my feet
are not cold and wet as they were
yesterday and life generally has a
more cheerful aspect. Another pleas
ant feature is, there are no cathed
rals nor art galleries of special im
portance that one must see, regard
less of any personal inclination in
the matter-so we simply spent the
.day on the streets.
> Naples is Italy's largest city with
a population of nearly a million peo
ple, and built on the bay of Naples,
?with grim Vesuvius frowning across
its gleaming waters. With its fine
barbor, its wonderful climate . and
scenery, this city should be as beau
tiful as Nice, but it is far from it.
It is so dirty and bedraggled when
.compared with the charming villas
along the coast of France. Here
there are none and everything seems
in need of a vacuum cleaner from
the people down.
We called at the American con
sul's office this morning apd found
them a pleasant set of busy gentle
men. Their headquarters is a build
ing worthy of our great country and
.beautifully located on the bay.
From their windows we could watch
the bathers splashing in the warm
sea waters, while others were racing
in small boats built for speed. There
were old castles, forts and museums
perched along on every hill hut none
looked interesting enough to pay for
the energy required for a walk up
those hills, so instead we wandered
down to the docks and took a look
at the harbor.
' There were ships from every land
in the world apparently, and much
shipping going out. Many little boats
loaded with fruit from the surround
ing farms were darting along or pull
ing out to great ocean liners. Every
where was the rush of loading and
unloading and it seemed a pity that
the laborers had to work so hard and
yet seemed so poverty-stricken.
Crowds of small boys amused them
selves playing on the cables that an
chored the ships and their rope-walk
ing feats would lay half the circus
acrobats in the shade.
It kept me gasping for breath for
one would try shaking the other off
in the water, and when this was not
going on I lived in mental terror
they would lose what few clothes
were on their poor, little dirty bodies
I am sure there was not a single but
ton on a garment of the entire lot,
and nothing but a guardian angel
held them together.
From the docks we went up to the
best part of the business center
where we found a building called
"Callene Umberte I." It is the lar
gest arcade building I ever saw and
full of fine shops selling everything
under the sun. We stopped in a tea
room there and had tea and most de
licious pastries, slightly flavored
with wine which had been poured
over them. The Italians have a repu
tation for fine pastries, but they are
not so pretty as the French.
All the way back to the hotel we
were impressed with the sight of
donkeys as a beast of burden and
how hard they are worked. Often
you would see an ox and a donkey
yoked* together, which would seem
funny if it was not sad too. Once
we stopped to pet a little mouse
colored fellow and the bray he "put
up" collected quite a crowd around
us and the donkey. It seemed to
embarrass the owner so much that
he went into a store and bought him
some food before he could stop him.
Tomorrow we hope to go to Capri,
a beautiful island trip which will
keep us out all day, provided we
have good weather.
I am sending you some post cards
of Pompeii. The eruption occurred
in the year 63 and the city was six
centuries old when it was covered.
There was a population of 25,000
and two thousand were buried under
the ruins. Today they can be seen
lying in the very posture they had
Vesuvius is standing out clear and
free from clouds today, and the
smoke can be seen pouring out from
the crater. I am rather glad that it
is only smoke, yet it is a little dis
appointing to see it quite so tame.
I like to hear the lions growl when
I go to the circus.
Be sure to keep my Pompeian
cards for me as they are copies of
fine art and I think quite pretty.
With all my love,
Hotel de Rome,
Feb. 12, 1921.
My Dearest Mother:
Writing has not been easy for the
last two days: I have been steadily
"on the go." Thursday we went on
a boat trip to the beautiful little, is
land of Capri, and that meant start
ing early and staying late to do it.
Besides, I got sea-sick as usual and
in addition to that it poured in tor
rents coming back, and with no um
brella we got well drenched coming
from the boat to the hotel. Yester
day we left Naples for Florence, an
other long, all-day trip which ended
well in the night when we got here.
We stopped in Rome for dinner,
but made no attempt to stay longer
as the place is now too crowded to
get comfortable lodgings.
AU the way from Naples to Flor
ence mountain peaks covered with
snow frowned down upon vaalleys
growing green vegetables and tropi
cal fruits. Even Vesuvius had snow
in some places and fire in others,
while down., on the Mediterranean
bare armed and bare-kneed bathers
were splashing about in the warm
waters of the bay.
Florence is a beautiful city: the
best we have* seen since we left
Paris. It is far ahead of Naples in
appearance and I see no flocks of
goats driven through the streets
a fact most assuring for now I know
I am getting cow's milk in my coffee
and not some of poor old "nanny's".
The architecture of these buildings
is considered so beautiful that the
architects of the world come here to
study, as artists go to Rome. It is
the home of Dante, Lorenze de
Medici, Galileo, Michael Angelo and
hundreds of others who left their
imprint on the city and its present
Mrs. Oliphant's "Makers of Flor
ence" is in the library in Edgefield
and' can better tell yo.u of its past
than I can, so I write more of its
present aspect. There are beauti
ful pieces of art every where you
turn and the shops, the people and
general appearance of e verything
has the other cities of Italy beat to
a finish. We find it very cold here
in comparison to Rome and Naples,
but Florence is right far inland, in
the Apennines and has^no warm sea
waters to temper its climate.
In spite of that you find flowers
everywhere. ^Some are in handsome
floral shops and others sold from
baskets by women on the streets,
but everywhere one sees the same
good taste and artistic arrangement.
Some I recognized and some were
strange to me but all were pf fine
quality and many varieties.
This morning we dropped into the
cathedral for services, but it was ab
solutely no use. It is hard enough
to follow the Catholic service at
home, but here, where every thing
is in a foreign tongue, for both eyes
and ears, I could not absorb the spirit
of the devotions. Though it was
thronged with worshippers they were
either standing or kneeling for no.
provision seems ever to be^made for
seating people in these magnificent
After that yje went to the Pitti
Gallery, across the Arne river, for
all the art galleries are open to Jthe
public on Sundays. It was once a
private home built by the Pitti fam
ily, but owes all its magnificence to
the Medici family, who enlarged* and
beautified it until now it is the hand
somest ever built in Italy, next to the
Vatican. Part of it is now a royal
palac e, and the other converted in
to one of the famous picture galler
ies of the world. It has also famous
gardens, but like the Versailles the
gardens are all hidden from the
public and planted in the back yard,
if one may call palace grounds by
so plebian a name.
Next we went through the Uffizi
Gallery on this side of the Arne .and
connected with the Pitti by a corri
dor one mile long, passing over the
river and the tops of houses and
shops. This was also once the prop
erty of the Medicis, being one of j
their many residences, but both these
galleries were presented to the city
by the last owner of the family, by
name Maria Ann, widow of the Elec
tor Palatine. These splendid galler
ies were a gift "to be used for the
benefit of the public of all nations"
sn condition that none of it was ever
moved from Florence. They were
certainly a powerful family ?nd ?ne
ivorld owes them much for preserv
ing such a heritage of art to hand
down to posterity.
We next visited the National mu
seum, filled with statuary by such
artists as Michel Angelo and Dana
tello. It was like galloping through
them to spend so short a time view
ing works of art on which men spent
a life time in creating, but that is
better than not to have seen them
From there we went to the home
of Michel Angelo but could see only
the outside. From this really hand
some edifice we went to the church
of San Creco, where he was buried,
as well as many others whose names
spell history. Galileo and Amerigo
Vespucci also lie there. The last
n?me should be familiar, for there
is where America gets her name.
Next we strolled past the place
where Savanarola was buried, a spot
kept sacred by the Florentines with
flowers, and here the passing devotee
kneels to praay. I could go on tell
ing you of people and places known
throughout the world, for her sons
were epoch-makers and every street
corner has a masterpiece, but you
would have to see it to realize the
charm of the city. Even the people
reflect the art and learning of the
past for they are far superior to the
other Italians I have seen.
I don't think any of them love us
much. . We seem a wealthy nation
with no capacity to create beauty or
refinement, but while we can learn
much from them they can take les*
sons of another kind from us. More
than ever I see we are the hope of
this old world, and may we prove
equal to the task of establishing new
ideals to lift up the races and keep
life moving upward as well as on
Good-bye till tomorrow for I can
not tell of all the sights today,
which are ever new and interesting
to American eyes.
With love to all you dear ones,
They Speak Well of lt.
"I frequently hear Chamberlain's
Cough Remedy praised by friends
and acquaintances which only tends
to strengthen my good opinion of it"
writes Mrs. Fred Arter, Zanesville,
Ohio. Try it when you have a cough
or cold and see for yourself what an
excellent medicine it is. -
Woman's Christian Temperance
Monday afternoon the W. C. T. U.
held a very profitable meeting at the
home of Mrs. W. A. Byrd.
Mrs. Byrd has ideal home for enter
taining, and the large number present
were adequately and comfortable pro
Mrs. E. J. Norris presided over the
devotions, and the programme was un
usually interesting, an aftermath of
the essay contest victories for the
Edgefield county students.
Mrs. W. C. Tompkins read an article
on "Teaching Law Enforcement," and
Mrs. M. B. Tucker sang a very effec
tive solo, which the organization appre
A free will offering was taken, and
the report of the results of the essay
contests was made by Mrs. Tillman.
The winners of the prizes were present,
and Miss Elizabeth Lott, who won the
second prize for best essay in the
county by a High School student on
"Law Enforcement," read her paper
very clearly and distinctly. This was
followed by the reading of "Why Our
States Make Laws Against the Ciga
rette," by John Feltham. John had
won first prize in the county for best
essay on this subject for the graded
school, and had been awarded a prize of
Everybody congratulated these young
people on their achievements.
At the close of the meeting Mrs.
Byrd, assisted by Misses Helen Nichol
son and Isabelle Byrd, served a dainty '
and refreshing salad course with iced
The next meeting will be held with
Mrs. Kate Kernaghan and Mrs. J. W.
Stewart in May.
Miss Florence Mims Sees Great
Snow Storm. -
The weather in Minnesota is as
treacherous as the Indians who used
to roam its hills, and like them, it
gives a gift and takes it back again.
Sunshine and warmth come for a
day, and then or as speedily changes
to ice and snow.
At two o'clock Saturday morning
I was rudely awakened by the noise
of a window being knocked back and
forth. To my surprise, on getting
up, I found the storm window, which
is the outer glass used for protec
tion in the North country, covered
with ice, and the wind was sweep
ing and the snow falling in a perfect
hurricane. The noise outside had
also awakened my friend, who sleeps
in a different part of the flat. We
suddenly cc:wc upon each other un
expectedly at 2 A. M. and together
we levied at the storm from the
different angles that each window
could afford. "
I have never seen a sand storm in
a desert, but I imaginne this snow
storm would resemble that except
for the difference in temperature.
The sand on the desert is supposed
to be hot, but this snow was very,
very cold, as I found only too well
the next morning.
I thought of the peach trees down
South, and wondered just how far
this blizzard would go before it had
An Easter storm had been pre
dicted in the papers, but one never
worries until the signs in the papers
have been transferred to the signs
in the sky.
Gentle spring had so nearly come
that the snow on the streets and
sidewalks was melting so rapidly that
little rivers were flowing down the
streets and little ponds of water
were standing everywhere, soon to
evaporate or be absorbed, so that
the last signs of winter would have
All this melted snow was the more
quickly frozen, and now the country
looks like America must have look
ed during the glacial yeriod. In
walking on ice one is apt to -slip and
fall or to step through some place
where it is not solidly frozen.
I actually measured some icicles
that were suspended from the outer
window of our warm living room
and one proved to be seventeen in
ches long, and five inches around,
and this was but the continuation of
the sheet of ice which covered the
And this was the cool reception
that Easter got in northern Minne
sota, a menace to spring hats and
One has to look long and hard at
the calendar and say to himself that
it is really March in order not to be
thinking that it is December or
. Appearances are deceitful, and
there is certainly nothing in a name,
for one can never tell whether April
will really bring warm showers or
whether May will bring flowers. But
anyway, "hope springs eternal in the
human breast" so that I am trusting
to see at least one blade cf green
grass before I leave in June.
They are saying that March did
come in like a lamb, but is going out
like a lion/
: FLORENCE MIMS.
[ Aurora, Minn., March 28, 1921.
Extracts From Dr. R. G. Lee9s Church
Calendar of Last Sunday
The time has come to go ! With courageous hearts we would go, not to an
other part of the battle line of God's Kingdom to take our stand in another
section. Words are utterly inadequate and futile to speak the sorrow of our
hearts as we prepare to go. But such is God's will. And as we go we pray
that God's wisdom may prompt each and all in every perplexity-that God's
love may supply every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus
-that God's surety may calm us.in every conflict-that God's mercy which
has a wideness as wide of the sea may blot out all our transgressions-that
God's guidance may go with us all the way, making every mountain low, ex
alting every valley, making the crooked places straight and the rough places
plain-that God's voice may speak in our solitude, His presence comfort i?
every trial-that His way may be the way we will all follow till at last we
meet in the house eternal in the heavens not made with hands.
SOME FIRSTS AND LASTS:
a. First meal eaten at home of Bro. E. J.' Norris. Last at home of Bro.
W. E. Lott.
b. First sermon preached December 1, 1918. Last sermon April 3, 1921.
c. First text Judges 20:11: "The children of Israel went up against the
city knit together as one man."
d. Last text a combination of verses: Phil. 1:3 and Exodus 14:15 and
1 Cor. 2?9.
e. First person baptized, Marj' Lyon; last person, Mrs. Harry Strom:
f. First hymn sung "Majestic Sweetness;" last hymn "I Will Guide. Thee."
THE PRAYER MEETING:
Our first prayer meeting attendance was 19. Our first year's average at
tendance at prayer meeting was 108. For the other 18 months of our pastor
ate the average attendance was 72, making an average attendance at prayer '
meeting for the whole pastorate of 89. The pastor earnestly prays and sin
cerely hope that the whole membership will be alive to the real need and
help of the prayer meeting in the church life.
THE BARACA CLASS:
The Baraca class started with an attendance of 9. We gradually went
from this to an enrollment of 215, though never did we have present that
number at any session of the class. Our largest attendance since the pres
ent pastroate began was 138. The class has bought since we began a piano,
some orchestra instruments, some new hymn books, which were paid for in
full. In addition the class supports two orphans at the Connie Maxwell Or
phanage. Always, too, the class remembers with fine gifts the pianist and the
teacher of the class every Christmas. Blessings upon this fine class. It hurts
more than words can say to leave the fellows. May the class grow and go and
gain in power and service.
OUR PREACHER BOYS:
It is a source of great joy to know that during our pastorate three of our
own boys have decided to preach the Gospel. They are Douglas Timmerman,
who is now a student at Furman ; Willie McManus, who is now a student at
Spartan Academy; William Strom, who is now attending the High School in
Edgefield. May the rich blessings of God be upon all of these. It will be a
great day for Edgefield Baptist church when one by one these young men
are ordained. May others, led of God, follow.
SOME HAPPY AND IMPORTANT DATES:
a. On October 12, 1918, we arrived in Edgefield to begin work as pastor.
Bettis Cantelou, Bro. Abner Broadwater. The parsonage was built at a cost
of $12,001.00. This was much needed; and is a great need filled.
b. . On February 23, 1919 the members of the church paid off a debt of
long standing. This was a wonderful day for the Kingdom of God.
c. On March 2, 1919, the church in conference voted to build a parson
age. A building committee consisting of? the pastor, Bro. B. B. Jones, Bro.
d. April 13, 1919, Rev. W. S. Brooke of the Johnston Baptist Church
spoke in behalf of the ones Campaign for $350,000. A canvass was made
and approximately $4,000 pledged. This was another great day.
e. July 6, 1919 was the day when the church was dedicated. There were
great throngs of people present and Dr. Jeffries preached the dedicatory ser
mon. The mortgage was burned, Bro. Orlando Sheppard striking the match,
the congregation singing "I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord" while the mortgage
f. Second Sunday in May, 1920, Sunday School attendance 417. Largest
in, history of church.
g. October 4, 1919, the church pledged approximately $57,000 for the
75-Million Campaign. This was $17,000 more .tba: th? church was asked for.
No words can say what this meant for the Kingdom of God. Wonderful day?
Glorious day! .
h. March 1,1919, the nursery was started which meant so much help to
many of the mothers. Because of this mothers were enabled to bring their
children to the preaching services who otherwise might have had to mis?
i. December 15, 1919, the calendars were used. These calendars have"
been of invaluable service to the church in the matter of singing and keep
ing the affairs of the church before the minds and on the hearts of the people
THE NEW MEMBERS : Since we came there has been an increase in the
membership of the church of 129. By letter, 79; by baptism, 59. This means
much for the Kingdom.
THE FINANCES: The treasurer's report shows that the following amounts
have been paid out since we came. A truly wonderful statement : /
a. First year_$16,952.49
b. Second year_ 26,038.97 GRAND TOTAL: $50,811.64
c. Present year_ 7,820.18 \
THE ORCHESTRA: We can't forget to remember with a word of praise
the orchestra which has added so much to the music of the church. Bless
ings on them, and may they continue to render this great service to the Lord,
THE CHILDREN'S CHOIR: Nor could we go away without speaking of
the little folks who on several Sunday nights, under the splendid leadership"
of Miss Gladys Lyon, have rendered such sweet music. Blessings on them.
THE BAPTIST COURIER: The Baptist Courier Budget system was
adopted by the church, and the Courier now goes into every home. This was
a great step forward.
THE OLD FOLKS: On December 29, 1918, we had a service for the old
folks of the church and community. Blessings on these dear old souls. Some
who were present at that service have already crossed over the river. May
all the others arrive also.
Honor Roll of Edgefield Graded
and High Schools.
First Grade-Distinguished : Lina
Jones, Margaret Mooney and Lovick
Smith. 90-95, Phil McCarty, Milton
Quarles, Mary Anderson, Sallie Ander
son, Addie Lou Covar, Mary Ouzts and
Second Grade-Charles Byrd, George
Erwin Cantelou, Hazel Cogburn, Helen
Deal, Mary Gibson, Martha Gibson,
Hettie Jones, Katherine Mims, Annie
Nicholson, Elizabeth Posey, Azilee
Quarles, Warren Tompkins and Davis
Third Grade-T. A. Broadwater, Jim
Covar, Helen Dunovant, James Deal,
Mary Holmes, Perrin Mims, Elizabeth
Nicholson, Frances Paul, Joe Reese,
Fourth Grade-95-100, Harry Paul,
Carry Louise Cheatham, Janie Ed
wards, Elizabeth Kemp and Dorothy
Marsh. 90-95, William Byrd, Walton
Mims, Arthur Timmerman, Bertha
Bussey, Mary Cantelou, Clara Morgan,
Margie Prescott, Pauline Quarles,
Martha Stewart, Constance Talbert
and Sarah McCarty.
Fifth Grade-Fitzmaurice Byrd, Ned
Nicholdson, John Nixon, George Ed
ward . Sheppard, J. R. Timmerman,
Allen Samuel, Marjorie Gray, Marga
ret Lyon and Maysie Kemp.
Sixth Grade-Effie Allen Lott, Eu
gene Sparks, Margaret Strom, Martha
Thurmond and Frances Wells.
Seventh Grade-Carolina Nickerson
and Elizabeth Timmerman. Honor Roll,
Mary Lily Byrd, Carrie Dunovant and
High School-Felicia Mims, eighth
grade; Gertrude Thurmond, tenth
Two Stills Seized
Friday Mr. T. J. M. Scott, Mr. T.
M. Butler and another federal officer
destroyed two stills on the old Simp
son place, three miles below Ropers.
As these officers approached the
place, one white man and two ne
groes were observed, making ready1
to fire up for business. The white
man and one negro escaped but the
other negro, Robert Gains, was ar
rested and placed in jail at Edge
field. The white, man was>recognized
by the officers and a warrant was is
sued for his arrest, and also that of
the other negro. It is thought that
this distillery has been in opera
tion about three years, sending out
mean liquor to Augusta, Trenton,
Edgefield and other places. One
still was of 40 gallon capacity and
the other 25 gallon capacity. It is
hoped that federal officers will break
up other distilleries in the county.
Our citizens should stand behind and
encourage the officers of the law.
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The worst cases, no matter of how lone standing,
are cared by the wonderful, old reliable Dr.
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Pain and Heals at the same time. 2i? \ 50c. juy
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