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The Ninth of April Fifty-si
Today, fifty-six years past on t
.9th of April, 1865, General R. E. L
surrendered his army at Appomatt
.. Court House, Virginia. This day w
will be remembered by me as long
On the fifth of April, our commai
left Richmond with the Yankees f(
lowing close behind us with a ski
mish ever constant. We did not g
any rations issued to us after we le
Richmond on the 8th of April.
When we rode up to Appomatc
C. H., we were expecting to draw r
tions, but as we halted, an ordi
came that our company was to go 1
a certain road and picket it thi
night, April 8.
We went to our post of dut
promptly without drawing ration
All night we lay by our horses wit
bridle in our hands, expecting ever
minute to be attacked by the Yar
kees, but fortunately no one cam
to molest us.
In the morning of the 9th day ?
April, our captain sent out two scout
to see if any Yankees were in ou
front. They were gone for a whil
and reported that no Yankees wer
to be seen.
Our captain asked if anyone woul<
volunteer to go out scouting in fron
again, and I told my captain if hi
would send a man with me, I wouh
gd. Private Milton Watson offered t<
.go with me, and we. went out fo:
some distance, I do not know hov
many miles. Seeing no Yankees, an(
ihe cannonading sounding furthe:
around over at Appomattox, I toh
Watson we :had better go back to om
icommand on the picket post. I hac
a faster horse than Watson and gain
?ed some distance on him. Coming tc
a large old field, I halted for Watsor
to come up, I told him to look towards
the other side of this old field aboul
a half a mile. The Yankees were
swarming like black birds,
Our company on picket was to the
aright of this old field in the woods. 1
set out to get to them before the
Yankees drove them off, but as the
Toad was crooked, I could not see far
5n front. As I had gone some distance,
'from Watson, he called me and said
something. I answered him back and
told him to come on. Before I got to
"where I left my company, I heard a
few shots, and I thought it was our
company shooting at the Yankees.
As I could not see far in front of
me, I charged in between two lines
.of the Yankees, one line across the
road, and the other line on the other
side of the road. A Yankee wheeled
his horse around facing me, seeming
"to be badly excited. He, having a 7
stooter rifle fired at not over fifteen
steps from me. I saw no way to get
but, so I told the man I would sur
render, when he shot at me the sec
ond time: I thought "Old Fool, why
don't you stdp snooting?"
- It was done so quickly, I didn't
have time to get scared. I then dash
ed my gun out in the road, thinking
*he fool would know what that
meant, and he rode up to me and ask
ed for my side arms. I told him he
.could soon have that gun in the road
and he then ordered me back to the
Watson being on a slow horse was
left back behind. He seeing my posi
tion, dashed out in the woods where
he could not be seen. A guard carried
me to a hollow. The colonel sent a
.courier to this man to bring me up
before him. As we reached the Yan
kee command, they halloed out to me,
. "Here comes the little Johnnie."
(That was our nickname they gave
us.) The colonel wanted me to tell
him what command I belonged to. I
told him "Gary's Brigade, Hampton's
Legion." He then asked me where
Hampton was. As it was not my busi
ness to tell him, I told him Hampton
was over there somewhere. I then
knew that Hampton was over about
Columbia, S. C.
This colonel then told me that Lee
had surrendered his whole army. I
smiled and thought "you will see."
About this time Gary broke
through the Yankees' line and more
shooting was started. Over at Appo
mattox the Yankees cursed Lee and
. said it was a trap Lee had set.
About this time they brought up
Sergeant Frank Warren on foot and
bareheaded. He was on reserve picket
post and asleep when they charged.
When this shooting started, a Yankee
officer took out his sword and threat
ened to split his head open. My guard
; took me back to the hollow. They
sent a courier after me and brought
Warren's horse up to him. Not keep
ing guard over us, we were at liberty
to walk around. We thought they
would give us our horses next morn
ing and send us back to our com
mand, but not so.
We were ordered to leave oui
horses and fall in, and were carried
back some distance and put und?
guard with 700 other prisoners on a
spot of land about one acre, and this
mud and slush. They had no rations
- to give us. They gave Warren and rn?
one pound of poor beef with ribs in
it, and no salt. This we broiled in
some, coals and ate it. It was not fit
to eat, but a starving man can relish
On the morning of the ll, we were
put on a freight car and sent back
to Farmville about thirty miles.
In going over there, I saw a sol
die eating dry piece of corn bread
and it looked so good to me that when
I reached Farmville I went to a Yan
kee sergeant and asked him to give
me something to eat, that I was about
to perish. He asked me to go to his
quarters with him and he would give
me something to eat. He had his hav
ersack full of soda crackers, one
peck. He told me to take them all. I
said "If you will only give me one I
will be thankful." He said, "Take
them all, I will get more." I said if
I had anything he wanted, he could
have it, and he replied that he wanted
nothing. I took out a ten dollar Con
federate bill, all I had, and asked if
he would have it. He thanked me,
and took the ten dollar bill.
Then I went to Warren and told
him I had something to eat. We stew
ed all the crackers, and ate them,
having plenty of room for them, as
we had been going nine days.without
any rations, only a bite now and
That evening, April 12, we were
paroled and drew some rations and
started for home on foot.
The army had been paroled and
gone on ahead, of us, begging their
food, and the country was eaten out.
As we travelled we would beg for
something to eat at all good looking
farm houses. Some places the people
would divide with us, and we were
twenty-three days footing it home.
As my brother, Marion had been
at home several days before I got
there, not being captured with Lee's
army, although he belonged to the
same company, the report had reach
ed home that I was killed when I was
captured. The home folks did not
know any better until I was seen at
the yard gate. You can imagine how
we all rejoiced to meet again with
the home folks, Father, Mother,
brothers and sisters. >J
There were four of us boys in the
service, Marion, four years, Frank
three years, Caleb, two years and I
was there two years. One brother,
Henry, was too young to gb to war.
We four brothers were with the
command in all of its conflicts of bat
tle and hardships, and neither one of
the four brothers was hurt or wound
ed in-battle. Frank was a prisoner a
while and I was a prisoner.
My older brother, Caleb asked me
some years after the war of I ever
thought how lucky we were not to
get killed or hurt. I told him while
we were exposed to all the dangers of
war, we had a praying mother at
home pleading to our good Lord to
spare us all to come home to her
again. Her prayers were answered, so
Praise the Lord!
Forty-five years after the Yanks
took Warren's horse and mine at Ap
pomattox, the United States govern
ment paid us $135 apiece for our
I am near 76 years old, the only
one of my brothers and sisters left.
The day is near at hand when I should
be called to cross over the river to
meet Father, Mother, brothers and
sisters. When that call is made, may
I leave all mankind in peace, trusting.
to meet them and my God and Sa
viour on the other shore.
W. T. WALTON.
Johnston, S. C.
Dwarf Trees for Small Areas
The practice of using dwarf in-'
stead of the ordinary standard trees
is more or less prevalent among pros
pective planters of small areas.
Dwarf trees are produced, say fruit
growing specialist of the U. S. Dept.
of Agriculture, by propagating them
on certain stocks or roots which, be
cause of th?ir inherently restricted
habit of growth, restricts also
the size of the tops that have been
grafted or budded on them.
While earliness of bearing and ex
ceptionally high quality of the pro
duct are often claimed for dwarf
trees, some of the best experience in
this country has failed to substanti
ate the later claim. Dwarf apple and
pear trees have their place, however
in the garden or yard, especially un
der intensive methods of culture,
where the space is too small to admit
readily of the development of stan
dard trees. .
We have two Ford cars for sale
One stripped runabout and one 192C
touring car with starter. Price vers
A large shipment of Ladies waisi
Georgette and Crepe de Chine ar
Extracts From Dr. Lee's C
dar in Chester Last Sun
Your pastor desires your pr
at every preaching service. "N<
saking the assemblnig of ourseh
gether." Heb. 10:25.
Your pastor desires your pn
and faithfulness in every churc
vice. "They that wait upon the
shall renew their strength." Ia
Your pastor desires your enco
ment in, every good word and
"Be thou faithful unto death
I will give thee a crown of life."
Your pastor desires that all
live in love, having charity on
another. "By this shall all men
that ye are my disciples, if ye
love one to another." John 13 :i
Your pastor desires that all
cherish the spirit of forgivenes?
toward another. "If we forgive
men their trespasses, neither
your Father forgive your trespas
Your pastor desires that all,
have a heart and hand to help
fellowmen. "If a man be overtaki
a fault, ye which are spiritual rei
such an one in a spirit of meeton
l' Your pastor desires to be ren
bered in your prayers, and shall
teem it a duty and a privilege t
remember you. "Pray for one1
other." James 5:16.
Your pastor desires that all maj
member and heed the following Sc
ture texts; and that our bodies,
souls, and time, and talents,
means be ever consecrated to
"Ye know the grace of our I
Jesus Christ, that though H? was r
yet for our sakes He became p<
that ye through His poverty mi
be rich." 2 Cor. 8:9.
"Honor the Lord with thy s
stance, and with the first fruits
all thine increase." Prov. 3:9.. -
"Bring ye all the tithes into
storehouse, and prove me now he
with, said the Lord of Hosts." M
"Upon the first day of the week
every one of you lay aside by him
store, as God hath prospered hin
I Cor. 16:2.
Prayer Meeting: The pastor's he?
rejoiced last Wednesday night 1
cause of the 132 present at praj
meeting, because of the spirited.sir
ing, and because of the spirit of.pre
er that prevailed. "Christ's soldi*
fight best on their knees." W? c
never have a powerful church witho
ptayer. We need to be "a pr?yn
church. And when we are a prayii
church we will not have a slothf
timidity in daring, a passive acquit
cence in small attainments.
Next Monday Night: Next week tl
pastor has to make addresses at a I
ble conference in Wagener. Leavii
Tuesday, he will be out of the ci
until Friday. On that account we w
have prayer meeting Monday nig
instead of Wednesday night. Ai
don't forget that we want 175 as
minimum present that night. I
one-Bring one. Let us go beyor
the 175. Monday night!
The Sunday Sschool: There wei
392 present last Sunday. And no
that is a good starter, but that is n<
good as a goal. We ought to ha^
many more than that. We must hav
And we will grow amazingly if ever;
one will do his part in attending an
in getting others to attend. More la
er. But for the present, you BE or
and BRING one.
Our Welcome To Chester: Ox
hearts rejoice at the welcome give
us. The throng that met us at tl
train cheered the hearts that were sa
at leaving the dear friends in Edg<
field, the assurance that our furnitui
was unpacked and ready for the pla<
ing, the lovely-way in which the pai
torium was renovated and made read
for us, the unusual hospitality pf Mi
and Mrs. F. L. Whitlock at whos
home we were entertained for a fei
days, the exquisitely beautiful coi
sage sent Mrs. Lee by the Carrie Bos
tick Lake circle, the enthusiastic an
entertaining reception given at Mri
Vance Huggins' home by the Kat
McLure circle-these and many ott
er Christian courtesies make us t
know that we have come unto a plea?
ant place where no hostility is. W
thank each and all for all that ha
Laymen's Meeting: This afternoo:
, in this building there will be a meet
; ing of the laymen of the Chester As
. sociation. Promptly at four o'cloc
will the meeting begin. We hope tha
all the men of the church will be pres
The Surprise Party: The delightfu
I surprise party to the pastor and hi
r family at the pastorium last Monda;
night was a blessing to participant
and recipients. We forgot our weari
ness in the refreshing presence of thi
. many who came bringing their pack
ages with them. The wheels of th<
" truck bringing the load of good thing
and the sound of the w?lking of man]
feet coming with greetings and goo<
d'. - i
cheer set us rejoicing again. Some
did call it a "pounding," but after we
saw the pantry filled we believed it
nearer a "tonning" than a pounding
-for which we are truly grateful,
for which we are bold to say that we
have come unto a goodly heritage
and the lines have fallen toius in
Our Stationery : The pastor thanks
Bro. J. T. Perkins and Bro. W. J. Ir
win, our brethren of the Chester Re
porter, for the fine box of paper and
envelopes generously donated and
adorned with the necessary words.
And Now: For a strong pull, a long
pull, a pull in which we shall be 'Iknit
together as one man" for the glory
of our Lord-a united effort to give
God 'our best, our utmost, placing
ourselves squarely between the altar
and the ploughshare, ready for sac
rifice and ready for service.
World War Veterans.
If you have not yet received your
Victory Medal, make application for
same at once to the Victory Medal
Officer, Camp Jackson, S. C. This
medal is a symbol for service m the
greatest war the world has ever
known, and in the case of every A
merican, for the most 'honorable
cause. If you are entitled to one, you
should have it Jo wear at all gather
ings of the veterans. Dont delay,
write to-day, to the above mentioned
address and steps will immediately
be taken to issue one. also the par
ents or nearest of kin to deceased
veterans may make application for
JAMES E. COLE, JR.,
Captain, 61st. Infantry,
Victory Medal Officer.
Reasons for Growing Fruit in
Home-grown fruit is desirable, say
specialists of United States Depart
ment of Agriculture
Because it reaches the family
fresh and in the best possible condi
Because the family has fruit of
which it would often he deprived if
.it had to be purchased.
-Because, if the proper varieties
be selected, a continuous supply of
fruit of superior quality may be se
cured, regardless of market prices.
Because any surplus may bei sold
without difficulty, or may be can
ned, evaporated, or otherwise con
served for use when fresh fruit is
; Because the care of the home fruit
garden provides for congenial and
profitable spare-time occupation
which is, in realty, recreation for
those who enjoy seeing things grow.
Lemons Conduce to Health
As Well as Please Palate.
In the olden times sailors who
took long trips and ate no fresh veg
etables and fruits for months were
likely to fall victim to scurvy. Final
ly a cure or a partial cure for it was
found in lemon juice.
Of late years, scientists have been
making a study of scurvy, its cause
and its cure and of the conditions
that make the body proof against this
disease. They have discovered a sub
stance called vitamine C, which
seems to prevent and even to cure
this disease. It is found in many
foods, among them tomatoes and
such citrus fruits as oranges, Grape
fruit and lemons.
Lemons therefore have a new im
portance in diet, according to food
specialist in the U. S. Dept. of Ag
riculture, Office of Home Econom
ics. They are no longer to be valued
simply for their flavor, but also as a
source of one of these necessary sub
Lemons can be used in all sorts of
ways in the preparation of meals.
There is a long list of beverages and
deserts in which lemon juice is used,
as well as a number of delicious sau
ces that expert cooks have invented
to serve on fish and meat. Many of
these sauces the busy housekeeper
has no time to make, but she can cut
a lemon in two and put it on the ta
ble to serve with fish oysters or meat.
Some people think that a little lem
on juice is also good on spinach and
other green vegetables, on many
kinds of salads, and as a flavoring
for pudding sauces and cakes.
Notice to Stockholders.
There will be a meeting of the
stockholders of the Johnston Devel
opment Co., at the Bank of Western
Carolina, Johnston, S. C., at Five
o'clock p. m., April 21, 1921. The
object of this meeting will be to pe
tition the Secretary of State for a
Dissolution of charter of the said
H. G. EIDSON,
G. G. WATERS,
March 28, 1921.
Long Branch News.
Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Scott spent
j one day last week with Mr. and Mrs.
L. J. Claxton in Wimberly Branch
Mrs. Olin Clark has returned home
after spending a couple of weeks with
her mother in Tennessee.
Misses Ruth Lybrand and Beatrice
Rutland of near Ridge Spring spent
last Friday night with Miss Vera
Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Scott and fam
ily, Misses Lizzie Harvey, Ola Scott
and L. A. Claxton took an all day |
fishing trip last Saturday on Edisto
Raymond Derrick was quite sick
several days last week. '
Willie and Edwin Duffie and Ev
erett' Williams of this section were
among the number who accompanied
Rev. G. M. Sexton on a fishing trip
I last week. Rev. Sexton took has Sun
day school class, "The Hustlers," on
Misses Sara and Ruby Lott and Lo-1
rene Scott spent the week-end' with
Misses Ruby Lybrand and Beatrice
Rutland near Ridge Spring.
Misses Harvey and Attaway dined!)
with Mrs. Jessie Derrick in the Pine
Grove section last Sunday, went to
Mt. Pleasant in the afternoon, and"
spent Sunday night with Mrs. G. M.
Sexton near Ridge Spring/
Misses Ethel Clarke arid Azilee
Salter and Avery Salter spent last
S?turday with relatives and friends
Mrs. Tom Ripley has been very ill
Misses Cleo Rhoden of Eureka
is spending a few days with Miss
Daisy Belle Clarke. '
Kenclar and Vernon Cromer of
Saluda spent several days recently,
with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
G. L. Salter.
Misses Harvey and Attaway were
guests of Mrs. Lewis Clarke last Fri
Commencement at the Bettis
.Two days, Thursday ?nd Friday,
during the past week were given by
the school at Bettis Academy to the
annual commencement exercises.
This school is situated in Aiken
county and has been a source of up
lift to the colored race for many
years. Prof. Alfred Nicholson, an
Edgefield man, who has charge cf this
school, is developing it along very
practical lines and the evidences of
its prosperity and growth under his
wise leadership was everywhere ap
It was regretted that the writer
was detained and did not hear the
graduating exercises, but after arriv- j
ing, we heard many expressions of |
commendation on the excellent pro
gram and the character of the stu
dents who received diplomas, five in
number, three from Aiken and two
from Saluda counties. One of these
will be come a minister of the Gospel
and the others will become teachers
of their race.
The singing was very inspiring,
one of the leaders standing.in front
and directing the music which was
the spiritual songs peculiar to the
race and which can not be reproduc
ed, and for this reason ought to be
perpetuated in the music of the race
and never abandoned by them for
anything more modern.
On the platform besides a number
of visitors of the colored race, were
a number of white friends who had
come on invitation.
Mr. James L. Quinby, who has been
a friend of the Academy and aided
the school by his sympathy and finan
cial contributions, presided over a
part of the program, and called on
the speakers of the day. Among those
who spoke were Dr. J. P. McLean, of
Aiken, Dr. S. A. Morrall of Trenton,
Mr. Chapman, Superintendent of
Education of Aiken county, Mr. Kerr
of Aiken, who read an original and
beautiful poem, Mr. J. L. Miros of
Edgefield, who had been invited to
address the graduating class, and
others, whose name we did not get.
Dr. Morrall spoke on the question
of health-and as their physician, man
ifested laudable interest in this im
portant phase of life at the Academy
and also recommended the placing of
a phone at the school. Prof. Nichol
son spoke highly of Dr. Morrall's
magnanimity in coming at any hour
of the hight or day to the students
I when he was called for.
At the close of the program, the
white friends who were guests of the
day ,were invited to an upper room,
and there a very bountiful and ad
mirably served dinner was placed be
After dinner a visit was made to
some of the industrial rooms. There
is a shop for the boys where they
learn carpentering and blacksmith
work, and other practical means of
a livelihood, which is very gratifying
For the girls, a most creditable dis
1 play of sewing was exhibited, fancy
articles made by hand, crochet and
drawn work, and dresses of different
material, very neatly and weil made/
There are five hundred students in
this institution, two hundred and fif
ty of them hoarders and the others
day students. They own three hun
dred and, twenty acr/s of land, and
the next move is the building of 'a
hospital which is already taking
The Academy is now the nucleus
of what will doubtless some day be
a great and far reaching institution
for the betterment of the colored,
Relieves Rheumatic . Pains.
"I am subject to rheumatism and
when I have a spell of it one or twp
applications of Chemberlain's Lini
ment relieves the pain and makes
rest and sleep possible. I would not
think of doing 'without it," writes
Mrs. C. Owsley, Moberly, Mo.
We are receiving ? new shapes al
most daily. You can always find a
complete stock to select from. "We
have the very hat you are looking
WANTED: Men or women to
take orders among friends and neigh
bors for the genuine guaranteed ho
siery, foll line for men, women and
children. Eliminates darning. We
pay 75 cents an hour spare time or
$36.00 a week for full time. Expe
rience unnecessary. Write
Intermttmnt Stocking Mills,
tual Insurance Asso
Property Insured $8,875.360
WRITE OR CALL on the under
signed f?r any information you may
desire about our plan of insurance.
We insure your property against
FIRE, WINDSTORM, or LIGHT
and do so cheaper than any Com
pany in existence.
Remember, we are prepared to
prove to you that ours is the safest
and cheapest ' plan of insurance
Our Association is now licenced
to write Insurance ia the counties of
Abbeville, Greenwood, McCormick,
Ed ge fi eld,. Laurens, Saluda, Rich
land, Lexington,. Calhoun and Spar-.
The officers are: Gen. J. Fraser
Lyon, President, Columbia, S. C.*
J. R. Blake, Gen. Agent, Secretary
and Treasurer,. Greenwood, S.-C.
A. 0. Grant, Mt. Carmel, S. C.
J. M..GamhrelL Abbeville, S. C.
J. R. Blake, Greenwood, S. C.
A. W.. Youngblood, Dodges, S. C.
R. Hi Nicholson, Edgefield, S. C.
J Fraser Lyon, Columbia, S. C.
W. C. Bates, Batesburg, S. C.
W. EL Wharton, Waterloo, S. C.
J. R. BLAKE,
Greenwood, S. C.
January 1, 1921.
On the night of October 19-20th,
1920>the vault of The Bank of Tren
tpn, S. CM was burglarized'and the
following Certificates of stock cov
ering stock owned in the Trenton
Fertilizer Company, was stolen and
the puhlic is, hereby warned, not to
accept any of these Certificates as
application has been made for du
Number 16 dated October 1, 1919,
issued to Mrs. Emma Hord for 8
Number 15 dated September 29,
1919, issued to Walter W. Wise for
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