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Many Millions in Proper
Placed on Tax Books.
Approximately $110,000,000 wo
of property that had been escap
taxation has been placed upon
tax books of the state by the So
Carolina tax. commission since
creation in 1915 and from the d
of the commission's life to Januarj
1922, it had expended for all purp
es only $121,143.24, according to- :
ures compiled by the commission i
issued in pamphlet form. .
The commission points out that
survey in Columbia, putting prope:
on the books that had never bi
there to bring in approximately $51
000 in actual taxes, would more tl
pay up to January 1 of this year, i
uring only the taxes to be recerv
by the state, about $150,000. A b
ance of over $28,000 would be left
the state treasury from this $15
In the pamphlet the commissi
gives its work for the past six yea:
showing the beginning of its equa
zation process with the banks of t
state. When the commission beg;
its work some banks were assess
as high as 70 per cent, and some
low as 42 per cent. The commissi?
equalized this in 1915 at 48 per ce
for all and an increase of $1,18'
60' resulted. In 1916, ho we ve
through an amendment to the ti
commission act the auditors and boa:
of assessors assessed the banks ai
this resulted in a reduction of <
per cent of the actual value, whit
basis is still used. This reduced tl
For Cotton Mills.
In 1914 the cotton mills of tl
state were assessed at $29,487,0C
and in 1921 the commission's woi
had resulted in raising this figure 1
$54,722,430,. of which $3,250,0C
was new property, leaving an ii
creaseof $21,985,430 placed on tl
books by the commission. In equali;
ing water, light and street railwa
companies, it was found that th
property of these companies was ai
sessed at $4,443,^34,000 and whe
the commission finished its work th
assessed value was increased to $13
441,915,000 or an increase of $8
998,481,000. Of this increase only 2
150,000 was in new property.
Cottonseed oil mills and fertilize
plants were assessed at $4,0304,27
when the commission was created an
after investigation this figure wa
raised to $6,634,000, an increase o
$2,599,723, and this in spite of th
fact that a number of plants hav
ceased to operate and no new con
struction has been noted.
Pullman, telephone and telegrap]
companies were raised from $2,307,
730 in 1914 to $3,754,145. Of this in
crease $667,090 was added to th'
telephone companies as a result o
disclosures made the railroad com
mission when the telephone compa
nies were seeking an increased rah
in South Carolina.
In 1918 the commission, after ?
close investigation, applied the 4?
per cent, basis to farm lands in th<
state and this increased assessmen
against this class of property fron
$75,318,428 to $110,924,000, or ai
increase of $35,605,573. This increas
ed assessment enabled the tax levi
to be reduced that year from nin<
and one-half to eight and one-fourti
mills. City and town property was in
creased from $68,150,364 to $78,'
576,668, or an advance of $10,426,
As regards merchants and mis
cellaneous manufacturers, the com
mission found them to be assessed ai
approximately $12,000,000 in 1918
and by 1921 this had been increased
to $41,815,851, or approximately
$30,000,000 above the 1918 figures.
In the work of equalizing the mer
chants much discriminatory assessing
was found. For instance, one mer
chant owing a stock of goods worth
$595 was assessed at $605 and anoth
er in the same county owning $20,
000 worth of goods paid taxes on
A striking example of the work
done in the past few years is the in
creased assessment to the four big
packing houses doing business in
South Carolina. These firms, in sworn
statements, the pamphlet says, placed
their property in the state at $85,
237. Upon investigation the commis
sion found in 1920 that the property
owned by these packers, Armour,
Swift, Morris and Wilson, was $449,
360, or just $414,123 more than the
firms had represented. This increase
brought in $31,870.74 in taxes in
1920, the commission says.
New Revenue Acts.
The commission taxes up to the
(new revenue acts, the income tax and
'the inheritance tax, the gasoline tax,
and the corporation license taxes and
shows that its appropriation for
bandling all these new measures was
. increased only $38,400 over last year
and the revenue to be derived from
the new acts will be at least $1,700,
?000, not including the inheritance
tax. At this rate the, cost of admniis
tering the new revenue acts is two
and one-fourth cents for every dol
lar collected. In other words, the
pamphlet says, for two and one
fourth cents the treasury gets $1.
In speaking of the result of the sur
vey of the city of Columbia the com
mission gives the following:
"Due to the varying conditions and
character of property in cities and
towns, no general or uniform plan
has been found for equalizing as
sessments of such property. Recog
nizing the great difficulty along this
line, and from the experience of oth
er states, it was found that the only
method by which all city and town
real property could be put on the tax
books at a proper valuation was to
have complete survey made of each
city and town in the state. The work
along this line has been commenced,
but this commission has not been
given sufficient appropriation for car
rying on this work as rapidly as it
might be. A survey of the city ?f Co
lumbia, however, has been completed
and the result has been to place up
on the tax books in the form of back
taxes and the past year's current tax
es for the state, county and city pur
poses, approximately the sum of
$500,000 in actual taxes, which will
be turned into the public treasuries.
Aside from this amount of money,
which will be paid into the treasuries,
there has been added to the perma
nent taxable value of Columbia city
property approximately $1,000,000,
which will hereafter bear its burden
of taxation. The taxes payable to the
state, including back taxes, is $150,
000. This does not take into consid
eration the future taxes that will be
paid on this property.
"A survey of the city of Spartan
burg is now in progress, and from
data at present available, it is esti
mated that the treasuries of the
state, county and city will receive,
in back taxes, the sum of $150,000.
It is impossible, before this survey is
completed, to state what the net in
crease in assessed values of real es
tate will be, but it is believed that
several hundred thousand dollars of
taxable property will be placed upon
the tax books in that city.
It is believed if similar surveys
were made in the other cities and
towns of the state, that a large
amount of back taxes would be col
lected and millions of dollars of prop
erty now escaping taxation would be
placed upon the tax books. Applica
tion has been made to the commission
by several cities and towns to make
similar surveys, but due to the lack
of funds, the work can not be un
Oldest Woman Voter in South
St. George, Aug. 1.-Who is the
oldest woman voter in South Caro
lina? That question seems to have
caused considerable discussion in the
press of the state since the books of
enrollment closed. Mrs. Ulian Lamb,
of Summerville, seems to bear the
distinction of being not only the old
est woman voter in South Carolina,
but the voters, either male or fe
male, in the entire country who have
reached a greater age are few and
Mrs. Lamb, who gave her age as
ninety three years, is blind and bur
dened with other affirmities of ad
vancing years. It will not be possible
for her to get to the polls alone. But
she has expressed a desire to cast her
initial ballot in the primary election
this summer, and one of the leading
citizens of the county has stated
that his automobile would be at her
disposal on election day rather than
see her denied the privilege which
Mrs. S. S. Rebecca Humbert, an
other of the voters of the same pre
cinct, is eighty nine years old.
A Birthday Blossom.
(To Joseph Brunson, C. S. A., on
his Eighty-Second Birthday.)
Eighty-two and glad to-day,
Happy with life's lot;
All its hatred cast away,
All its strife forgot.
Kind old face the children love,
Kind old heart still true
To the homeland skies above
With their Dixie blue.
Feeble steps that once kept time
With the drum and fife,
Walking now that way sublime
To Love's higher life.
On your path may roses bloom
Sweetly to the end,
Telling with their glad perfume
That we love you-Friend!
James Edwin Kerr.
For Sale: One fifty-gallon oil tank
with pump suitable for kerosene or
motor oil, cost $15.00 will sell for
$7.50, practically new. Also one well
made ice box with zinc sides and bot
tom for $5.00.
Mrs. Mallie Dorn.
(?, 1921, Western Newspaper Uaionj
Wherever he looked, whether at a
lovely sunset scene or some radiant
picture, he saw a sheen of gold red
hair, a cheek the hue of a rose leaf
I and eyes as tender as the softest
moonlight. It affected the heart like
enchanted music. The hushed dreams
of youth were awakened and his pulse
bounded at the alarm.
He sat now-he, Norman Dacey
young, rich in money but dissatisfied
of soul, telling the story of lt all to his
closest friend, Eliott Hughes. As he
spoke his subdued tones reminded of
a poet traversing some sweet and ten
der lay, for into his barren life had
come a purpose-to find one woman
he had seen and to tell her that he
"Two months," he was saying, "and, j
it seems like two years. It was "just
beyond the village that the team took
fright at a passing automobile. I was
thrown out. It was the gash from a
deep cut that was the most serious. l;\
was stunnrd. Theu between that and
the hospital there was one supreme. [
moment. It was when I saw her."
"You have told that, Dacey," broke
in Hughes In a tone of slight raillery.1
"She was lovely as an houri and all
"She was simply a girl, an Innocent, ]
beautiful girl," resented Dacey grave
ly. "A man stood at a little distance, |
probably a relative. She had torn a
scarf from her throat and was trying. |
to staunch the blood from my wound.
I recall one look Into those pitying
soul-like eyes. Then the blackness of j
"And nothing of the girl sinceT
"Nothing," replied Dacey.
"Well, I am at least glad to see your
mind roused out of the torpor of your
habitual ennui, Hughes. If you can
take any interest in pursuing this ex
travagant phantom, keep it up. Let
me see, though-I believe you told |
me that the accident was costly to you'
in more ways than one?"
"You mean the trifle I lost?" ob
"You call five hundred dollars In
money a trifle L"
"The money does not trouble me,"
replied Dacey carelessly. "I may have
lost it before the accident"
The friends separated, Hughes to go
home to his wife to smile over "the
ridiculous Infatuation of Dacey," the
latter to still more determinedly seek
some trace of the mysterious unknown
whose bonny face was with him every
After that he spent days and then
weeks In a constant effort to trace
down the being he could not dismiss
from his thoughts. And then one chill
blustering November night, as he sat
in the library of his lonely,home,..he
saw a forlorn form appear before the
casement and falter there. He saw a
wan, agitated face and dripping,
storm-beaten garments. In an Instant
be had drawn open the window, and
shf\ the lady of his dreams, tottered
into the room and fell to the nearest
chair, where she drooped like a wilted
She raised her eyes at last to mur
mur his name, to draw from her bosom
-the pocketbook he had lost.
"You are Mr. Dacey," she faltered.
"This is yours, I must go."
"No! No!" cried Dacey, blocking
the way. Then he saw her reel with
a terrified cry. The windows behind
Dacey opened and a rough-looking
man Intruded-the man he had seen
once before with the girl.
"Ah, I have found you, have L Glo
ria?" hissed the Intruder. "You had
that all of the time."
The speaker made a dive for the
pocketbook. Dacey put out his strong
"Do not harm him," pleaded the giri
piteously. "He has kept me a pris
oner, he has nearly starved me be
cause I would not give up the pocket
book which I wrenched from him. But
he is my brother-and it was all his
cruel lust for gold."
"Take it and-go," said Dacey to
With a gloating cry of Joy the man
sped from the room, holding the cov
eted money to his breast like a wild
beast clasping Its prey. Dacey re
closed the windows, pressed a button
In the wall and told the servant who
answered to summon his widowed sis
"Sit down, please," spoke Dacey, as
wondering Leah Davelin entered the
room. "I have a story to tell."
How sweetly soft he told lt! How
the sympathetic tears came to his lov
ing sister, how the eyes of the breath
less, marveling Gloria Burley seemed
to take lt all In as If lt were some
Abruptly Dacey left the room, the
woman he loved In the friendly charge
of his sister. It was a new Gloria,
revived, whom he met the next day
the happy day, the day of his life Im
memorial that he asked her to become
Flap-Why does the umpire call
strikes? The batter doesn't strlkty
Fan-I know, but all strikes end lo
walkouts.-American Legion Weekly.
So to Speak.
"Tho motor stalled and we wert
blocking traffic at the foot of the hilU"
"TLez what happened?" -
"A cop hauled os up."-Louisville
Tentative O rder of Business
Ridge Baptist Association.
To be held with Johnston Baptist
Church, August 24-25, 19.22.
F rst Dar
10:00 a. m.-Devotional.
10:45-Introductory Sermon, S.
E. Welchel. .
11:30-Religious Literature, H. L.
12:15 p. m.-Miscellaneous Busi
2:45-r-Evangelism, G. M. Sexton.
3:30--75 Million Campiagn, W. S.
'4:30-Miscellaneous Business and
9:00-Missions: State, Home and
Foreign, H. B. White.
10:00 a. m.-Devotional.
10:30-Education, W. S. Dorset.
ll :15-Benevolences : Orphanage,
Hospital, Aged Ministers, T. H. Po
? 12:00 m.-W. M. U. Work, Mrs. S.
i ;12:45 p. m.-Miscellaneous Busi
2:45-Sundav Schools, B. Y. P. U.
and Colportage, G. C. Mangum.
3:15-Temperance, Public: Morals,
and Law Enforcement, Ira C. Carson.
3:45-Digest Church Letters and
Associational Efficiency, J. L. Hiers.
4:00-Miscellaneous Business- and
Managers and Clerks for Pri
mary Election for Edge
field County, August
Bacon: J. B. Yonce, Cole Berry,
E. N. Smith, W. H. Smith, Clerk.
Polling place, Store of J. M. Yonce.
Cleveland: S. T. Pettigrew, T. L.
Talbert, D. W. Smith, Charlie Jones,
Clerk. At Pettigrew's Store.
Colliers: Joe Hammond, Crafton
Hammond, John Mathis, Murphey
Miller, Clerk. Store of Tuck Mathis.
Calhoun: J. G. Halford, J. H.
White, Joe Clark, J. L. Walker,
Clerk. Store of A. S. Rhoden.
Edgefield No. 1.: W. J. Duncan,
W. L. Dunovant, Jr., D. J. LaGrone,
J. H. Nicholson, Clerk. Evans' Of
Edgefield No. 2: J. W. Kemp, T.
A.;H:rrhtowt7, W. W. Adems, S. B.
Mays, Cic-rk. Court House.
Lee: J. W. Cox, Elsie LaGrone,
K-ike -W. Crouch, John Wright,
Clerk. Lott-Walker Store.
Long Branch: L. C. Clark, W. L.
Rutlanu, I\ G. Derrick, L. S. Yonce,
Clerk. L. C. Clark's Store.
Meeing Street: W. M. Ransom, E.
G. Lewis, J. M. Bell, J. K. Allen,
Clerk. T. A. Owdom's Store.
Meriwether: F. B. Barker, T. B.
Harley, Dr. J. T. Reese, J. H. Mathis,
.Clerk. Meriwether Hall.
Moss: T. P. Morgan, W. A. Reel,
R. C. Griffis, D. D. Erunson, Clerk.
West and Williams Store.
Pleasant Lane: N. F. Manly, E. M.
Timmerman, Whit Harling, M. B.
Byrd, Clerk. F. L. Timmerman's
Red Hill: C. F. Mathis, O. O. Tim
merman, Lewis Eubanks, R. M.
Johnson, Clerk. Red Hill Store.
Ropers: W. D. Lanham, F. F.
Rainsford, W. J. Lanham, J. D. Bos
well, Clerk. Boswell's Store.
Rock Hill: R. D. Seigler, E. C.
Winn, John Press Sullivan, J. D.
Hughey, Clerk. Residence of J. C. C.
Trenton: T. P. Salter, J. R. Smith,
Ed Harrison, James D. Mathis, Sr.,
Clerk. Store of J. D. Mathi3, Sr.
Dr. B. H. Dement, president of
the Baptist Bible Institute, New Or
leans, will supply for the First Bap
tist church of Greenwood, where for
many years he was an honored pas
tor, on the third and fourth Sun
days in August.
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
COUNTY OF EDGEFIELD
By W. T. Kinard Fsquire, Probate
WHEREAS A. J. Ouzts of above
County and state made suit to me to
grant him Letters of Administration
of the Estate of and effects of Eva
Burton of said County and State,
THESE ARE THEREFORE to
cite and. admonish all and singular
the kindred and creditor of the said
Eva Burton deceased, that they be
and appear before me, in the Court
of Probate, to be held at my office at
Edgefield, S. C. on August 12th.,
1922 after publication thereof, at
ll o'clock, in the forenoon, to show
cause, if any they have, why the said
administration should nqt be granted.
GIVEN under my Hand, this 1st.
day of AUGUST Anno Domini, 1922.
W. T. KINARD, (L. S.)
Probate Judge Edgefield County, S.
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ROUND TRIP IDENTIFICATION PLAN
One and one half fares for round trip.
ATLANTA, GA., American Bottlers of Carbonated Beverages,
AUGUSTA, .GA., Georgia State Sunday School and A. C. E.
League Convention of A. M. E. Church, (Colored) September
ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the
Mystic Shrine Crescent Temple,, September 15-16. ,
ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., American Gas Association, October
CEDAR POINT, 0., International Bible Students. Association,
CLEVELAND, 0., Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, Nation
al Biennial Movable Conference (Colored) September 11-16.
CHATTANOOGA, TENN., Southern Medical Association, No
DETRIOT, MICH., Sovereign Grand Lodge I. 0. 0. F., Sep
DETRIOT, MICH., Radiological Society of North America,
HOUSTON, TEXAS, Annual Convention Laundry Owners Na
tional Asseciation, October 2-7.
KNOXVILLE, TENN., American Poultry Association Conven
tion, August 8-14.
MOOSEHEART, ILL., Loyal Order of Moose Supreme Lodge,
NEW ORLEANS, LA., Grain Dealers National Association, Oc
tober 2-4. '
NEWARK, N. J., Elks (I. B. P. 0. E.) of the World (Colored)
PITTSBURG, PA., Annual Convention American Chemical So
ciety, September 6-9.
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One fare going one-half fare returning.
ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., National Association Cost Account
ants, September 23--2S.
ATLANTIC CITY, N. J. National Association Stationers and
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ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., Casket Manufacturers Association of
America, October 18-20.
BALTIMORE, MD., Woman's Foreign Missionary Society Mi.
E. Church, October 24-November 1st.
BOSTON, MASS.,, International Association of Printing House
Craftsmen, August 28-September 2nd.
BOSTON, MASS., American Association for the Advancement
of Science, December 26-30.
BUFFALO, N. Y., United National Association Post Office
Clerks, September 4-8.
BUFFALO, N. Y., National Rural Letter Carriers' Association,
BLUE RIDGE, N. C., (R. R. Sta. Black Mountain) Boys Scouts
of America, September 12-19.
CHICAGO, ILL., National Convention of Congressional Work
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CHICAGO, ILL., American Bakers Association and Allied
Trades of Baking Industry, September 11-16.
CHICAGO, ILL., National Spiritualist Association, U. S. A. An
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CINCINNATI, 0., National Council of Traveling Salesmen As
sociation, October 9-11.
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NEW ORLEANS, LA., Southern Association of Ice Cream
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NEW YORK, N. Y., National Association of Retail Clothiers
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For further information call on nearest Ticket Agent or com
R. S. BROWN, District Passenger Agent,
741 Broad St., Augusta Ga.
J. A/TOWNSEND, Ticket Agent, Edgefield, S. C.
And the Lake-Side
Near Graniteville, S. C., make for rus
tic beauty, and it is just about as hard
to forget as some of the things for
sale at Huggins' Store.
"For the instance:"
"Jim dandy" bulk coffee, a lb. 25c.
That good No. 8 coffee, a lb. 38c.
Fancy mackerel 15c, 2 for 25c.
Jolly Rover "prize packages," 05c.
Claussen's Feast Cakes, 10c. x
1 gallon can of Winner syrup, 50c.
Nabob Catsup, 10c.
And O my countrymen!
For your own sake be sure to get
Mrs. Duke's Mayonnaise and Relish
"it is home made"
Yours for good mayonnaise,
, AT THE DEPOT
Six Per Cent Money
All land owners desiring loans on
farm lands at 6 per cent interest for
a period of 5 to 33 years can apply
through the Peoples Bank pf Edge
field, S. C., representative for The
First Carolinas Joint Stock Land
Bank of Columbia, S. C. Straight
loans; no commissions.
THE PEOPLES BANK.
Edgefield, S. C.
July 4th, 1922.
Cheap Money For Farmers.
The Edgefield National Farm
Loan Association has $36,000 to lend
to farmers at five and one half per
cent, for The Federal Land Bank of
Applicant may file application not -
later than Sept. 1st. next, for this al
B. E. Timmerman,
Farm Loan Association,
Edgefield, S. C.
FOR SALE: Four Jersey bulls,
age 3 months to 2 years, out of Reg
ister of Merit Dams. Apply to
F. F. RAINSFORD,.
7-26-2t Trenton, S. C.
FOR SALE: Five good young
milch cows and six head, of choice
M. C. PARKER.
Eyes scientifically examined and
glasses properly fitted.
GEO. F. MIMS,
Edgefield, S. C.
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