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Paladins of South Caro
Milledge Luke Bonhai
James Henry Rice, Jr.
My first sight of Governor
?iam was early in 1878. He had
up from Edgefield to visit hi
the present Gen. Milledge Lip
Bonham, then ill with pneui
Always a striking figure,
straight, imposing, a born m:
man, he appeared to my boy's
as a paladin of Romance; nor
that childish impression ever
me; it abides to this hour for
Governor Bonham's father
told, came to South Carolina
Maryland or Virginia settling
at Jacksonboro, on the Edist
place that had attained a ce
prestige because the legislature
there during the Revolution, c
to a laudible zeal on the part <
members to avoid being hanged,
father later moved to Mount Wi
then Edgefield district, now cul
into Saluda county.
When young Bonham became
licitor he prosecuted two white <
seers for murdering negroes, al'
a popular diversion with gentr
that region, and convicted 1
both being hanged.
Governor Bonham married
daughter of Colonel Nathan Gr
of Edgefield, who was the com
and solace of his life until its c
Married when in her sixte
year, Mrs. Bonham was the mo
of a large family. Marked by sin
city and beauty, her character
adamant graced every station,
shed over her surroundings a
diance and charm. Her taste
true and exquisite. Fit mate for
distinguished husband, she furnis
an example of what may be dom
any situation by an uncomproi
ing force of character, joined to
In society which might not im
ly be compared to the most brilli
circles in Parisr she herself was
central figure. Plain in manner ?
without a shadow of pretense,
was queen of home and sovereign
the hearts around her.
General (afterwards judge) St
uel McGowan, an admirer of G
ernor Bonham almost to
fatuation, thus spoke of HA
Bonham to my father, on returni
from a visit to the Bonham ho
"She is a wonderful woman, a
the governor calls her Patie (1
name was Patience)," and as t
general spoke, his eyes lighted w:
fire and enthusiasm.
This was the impression produc
on all who knew her and came wit
in her influence. Joining in her gi
.hood the Baptist church to which h
father's people belonged, she lived
consistent Christian and died in t
faith wherein she was born.
I can now see the erect form
the governor as he sat at meat, wi
Mrs. Bonham gracing the foot of tl
table, the cheer being enlivened wi
wit and delightful converse. Never
harsh word, never a shade of diffe
ence there, but one unbroken char
that drew the guest into that mag
circle and made him one of the far
ily. There was never more perfe<
understanding between man ar
wife. Their married life was an idy'
After the battle of Bull Run ge<
eral Bonham returned from Virgin:
to become the governor of the sta!
and ruled it during the momentoi:
war years. At this time everythin
was in his hands. There was prac!
cally no check. The finest tribute <;
Governor Bonham"s character tha
could be paid is the fact that ?
came out of office without a dollai
What would not a modern, practice
politician, a man of the people, hav
done with such an opportunity? Th
thought is staggering.
In 1878 Governor Bonham wa
made one of three railroad commis
sioners, the office being createi
largely for him. Members of the gen
eral assembly, then composed o
high-minded, honorable men alive t*
obligation, voted for the measure ai
a part return for distinguished an<
unselfish service to the state in th(
time of stress. Said General McGow
"I voted for it and would have vo
ted for it if it had sunk the state oi
South Carolina to the bottom of th?
We did not always wear the liverj
of shame, the white-hot brand had
not then seared public Conscience.
Governor Bonham told me that he
did not study at college until he at
tended a commencement, which was
held before a. general assembly. The
?dat of the occasion, the way in
which youn? speakers acquitted
themselves ar..d the plaudit of the au
dience so roused him that the next
session he buckled down to work and
was graduated with second honor.
The lost time prevented his attain
ing first honor.
One memorable nightduringmy
boyhood, it so happened that the
gov-ernor and I were left alone at
his home, all the family having gone
out except Mrs. Bonham, who was
engaged with the household affairs,
With that famous twinkle in his
eyes, the governor asked me: "Son
do you read the Bible?"
I told him that I did.
"Well, then," he said, "you re
I member about Noah, do you not? He
was a human and interesting person,
for after having been out in the ele
ments 40 days and 40 nights, when
Noah struck dry land, he planted him
a vineyard, grew grapes and made
some wine in order to settle his ner
ves, which had been upset by his ex
posure. Was not this a very human
thing for Noah to do?"
So on, from man to man in the
Bible, he went, winding up with Si
mon Peter, whose human side made
irresistable appeal to the governor.
Withal I was so charmed that
sleep was forgotten and it was mid
night before the flight of time was
noticed. Looking back at it I marvel
the more. Here was a man who had
served through the Seminole war,
the Mexican War and had served in
the confederate war, then was war
governor, a man who had lived more
[romance and adventure than pres
ent day writers can invent, who yet
could give a whole evening to a boys
entertainment and do it with such
grace and ease that the boy was
swept away into dreamland and
fairyland. The versatility of his tal
ent was infinite.
There were carping , critics, of
course, who called governor Bonham
a politician. Nothing was further
from the truth. His one weakness
was a love for his kind. He loved the
common man. Were he in Washing
ton, among the great of the earth,
thj?Common estci?tizen of'SoutfiiCaro
lina would have been received on
equal footing by prince and ambas
sador or they would have had to an
swer to Governor Bonham on the
spot. He would have fought for his
fellow countryman, have lent him
his last dollar, merely because he
was a South Carolina citizen, and
therefore equal to the best people
Born a partrician, a patrician he
remained to the end of his life. It
is one of the sad aspects of the" pres
ent world upsetting, an almost hope
less aspect, that in the popular mind
no man can be acceptable unless he
wallows in filth, looks with lenient
eye on dishonesty or bows himself
before idols of popular fancy. An
inherent quality of aristocracy is its
tender regard for the weak and low
ly. The ward boss in a city, who
steals a fortune in his upward ca
reer, would drive over his former
associates were they in the road. A
gentleman never did, never could do,
such an act. He treats with courtesy
and consideration even the servants
who minister to his wants.
Governor Bonham never descend
ed; he lifted others to his level. Be
tween the two things there is an im
passable gulf. One proceeds from a
man of exalted mind, who loves his
fellow man and seeks to benefit him.
The other proceeds from a heart es
sentially vile and false, which plays
men in order to use them for self
Brilliant, courageous, true to ev
ery "trust, this great hearted gentle
child of light, strayed into the dark
by a life of devotion. He was a true
Paladin, a Knight of our Table
Charlie was cashier in a bank in a
country town. He had beon engaged
to May Brown, but, alas, a rift came
in the late! They quarre vd.
"And i-lei.se remember," said May
in tearfully haugh ?/ tones, as she
handed back the ring, "that when we
meet again we meet as perfect stran
A few days later the fair maid
entered the bank to get a check cash
ed. Of course, Charlie was on duty.
He took the slip of paper, eyed ifc
back and front, and then, instead of
counting out the money, hmded
back the check.
His time had come for revenge !
"I'm sorry, madam," he said cold
ly, "but it is against the rules of the
bank for the cashier to cash checks
for strangers. You must get someone
to identify you!"-Chicago Herald
Cheap Money For Farmers.
The Edgefield National Farm
Loan Association has $3?,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.
Our State Shot Putter
It has remained for a South Caro
lina woman to do what no South Car
olina man has done-win honors in
an international ? athletic contest
Not only did Miss Godbold, of Estill
a graduate of Winthrop college last
year, break a world's record at Paris
contest in putting shot, but she was
thc outstanding star of the Ameri
can team, winning a greater number
of points than any of her American
sisters. She flung the shot a distance
of more than 20 meters and did
with either hand, showing remark
able ambidextry. By comparison
with Ralph Rose's or Pat McDon
aid's shot putting of 55 meters Miss
Godhood's record throw does not
seem excellent, but it must be re
membered that she is a woman and
that women can not near approach
man in the field events of sport. No
other woman has done so well with
Rarely does an athlete qualify
both in field and track events, but
Miss Godbold proved to be a runner
of some ability as well as an expon
ent of muscularity. Ralph Rose or
Pat McDonald probably could not
sprint 300 or 1000 meters in a day
but Miss Godbold finished fourth
in both these contests although she
had not had special training for the
competition. Some of her cohorts
who were expected to scintillate in
the running matches fell by the way
side. Had they come up to the expec
tations the American team would
have finished first instead of second
in the meet.
So far as The News athletic know
ledge goes no South Carolina man
has represented the United States in
Olympic contests. The honor of Miss
Godbold is therefore significant be
cause it was not only an achieve
ment for her to be eligible to com
pete in Paris, but it was an accom
plishment of the first magnitude to
break a world's record and to be the
individual star of the meet upon her
first appearance. Miss Godbold has
brought fame to the state as well
as to herself and to Winthrop col
lege. If her career should ever lead
her into matrimony she will doubt
less be able to wield a rolling pin in
a convincing fashion.
The Layman's Viewpoint.
I read in many newspapers and
magazines that the church is losing
its influence, and I believe this to be
true. It is true because the man in
the pulpit has not developed as rap
idly as the man in the pew.
Years ago, when the people were
ignorant and superstitious* the
preacher and the doctor were the
great men of the community, and
their opinions were swallowed whole.
Preachers of today are doubtless
just as able as those who preached
in earlier generations, but the folks
out in front have been to school and
have learned to think. Most of them
think they know as much as the
preacher knows.. Some of them think
they know more.
This is a condition, not a theory;
and the only way to restore the wan
ing influence of the church is to fill
the pulpit with men big enough to
demand the respect of the men in the
pews. All men, everywhere, respect
brains; and while the Book speaks
of the foolishness of preaching, I
cannot believe that God desires
preachers who are foolish.
How, then, shall we obtain great
preachers? Well, how do corpora
tions obtain great executives? This
is a practical age, and a salary of
$3,000 hires a three-thousnd-dollar
man. So with one thousand dollars
and twenty thousand dollars. One
price buys a jitney and another price
buys a Packard. And congregations
that scold because their preacher is
n't much and ftnen travail to raise
six hundred dollars wherewith to pay
him give me a large three cornered
pain.-Robert Quiller in Baptist
Widow of Quarles Will Sue
McCormick, Aug. .23.-Through
her attorney, F. A. Wise of the local
bar, Janie Bell Quarles, the widow
and administrator of Herbert Quar
les, negro, has formally made de
mand upon the county of McCor
mick for the penalty of $2,000 for
the alleged lynching of Herbert
Quarles in June of last year.
Herbert Quarles was the negro,
who it was alleged, criminally as
saulted a highly respectable white
woman as she went to a mail box
near her home about one mile from
Plum Branch. The negro was hunted
for two days and one night and when
found admitted having committed
the crime and ;was put to death.
The widow now makes demand up
on the county for a penalty of $2,
000 and states that unless the mat
ter is compromised suit will be in
stituted for the full sum.
The Infatuation of ]
By MURIEL BLAIR
I?. 11)21, Western Newspaper Union.;
Wherever he looked, whether at
lovely sunset scene or some radiant
picture, he saw a sheen of gold red
hair, a cheek the hue of a rose leaf
and eyes as tender as the softest
moonlight. It affected the heart like
enchanted music. The hushed dreams
of youth were awakened and hia pulse
bounded at the alarm.
He sat now-he, Norman Dacey
young, rich in money but dissatisfied
of soul, telling the story of it 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
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,
was stunned. Then 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
"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
"And nothing of the girl since?"
"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 lt 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?" <
"You call five hundred dollars in
money a trifle!"
"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
lome 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 hoing he could not dismiss
from ??is 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
he had drawn open the window, and
she?, the lady of his dreams, tottered
bato 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 I, 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 girl
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 Iiis 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 It! How
the sympathetic tears caine to his lov
ing sister, how. the eyes of the breath
less, marveling Gloria Burley seemed
to take it 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 strikiq
Fan-I know, but all strikes end in
walkouts.-American Legion Weekly.
So to Speak.
.Th?- motor stalled and we wert
blocking tvaftii! at the foot of the hill/
"'?je^ what happened?"
"A cop hauled us up.': -Louisville
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