Miss Florence Mims Writes
I can think of no more appropri?t
place to spend the Thanksgiving sea
son than in New England, and n
more fitting spot than si town like thi
-where the customs and influence o
the village elders have not been tot
overrun with the city's mad prog
Today is almost as mild as spring
and tomorrow is the first of Decem
"ber. I would call this Indian summer
if I was quite sure that the mellov
autumn season had not already pass
.ed. I have never been able to tell ex
actly when it comes. It must be i
.sort of American myth, of which, in
deed, we have few enough, as w<
. "have few enough traditions.
It is in the after years that a per
son has time to dream and imagint
and become retrospective, and so il
is with a country. We are young yet
over-busy with making customs, and
it will be the great-great grandchil
dren of those living in this generation
who will call present forms, tradi
And anyway, it was around the
open fire that old stories were told,
and deeds of valor recounted. In the
firelight glow one has a sixth sense,
a keener vision, and inspiration to
poetry and romance. The modern ra
diator is no more than a cold storage
plant for any such idealism.
I want progress, progress of mind,
but it is as though we were trying to
force the future to us before its time,
as though we saw life through spy
glasses, more wonders yet to come
paramount in our thoughts. At the
same time we seem to be magnifying,
as it were ,things material.
The old New Englander slept in
four poster beds, and the rooms were
large enough to hold them. Now the
great masses sleep on cots, and the
rooms are built to suit them. Apart
ment houses on apartment houes
stretch down the street, all joined to
gether, because there must be room,
not for light and air, and green grass,
but for more and yet more apart
At the city limits are great manu
facturing plants, and the quaint vil
lages and the well filled barns of mi
nute farm houses have been swallow
ed up in the whirring wheels of
progress, deserted for money. It is an
We are blind to small joys and sim
ple pleasures. Our forefathers rode in
stately coaches, and had time for
thought and meditation, perhaps
even for prayer, as they rode along
the highways, inspired by autumn
landscapes and spring's "brook glad
That is not a preposterous idea.
What time for thought does a street
car give? A crowd of people madly
rush on, grab a seat or swing upon a
strap and thus they are satisfied. If
I were discussing the subject of mod
ern progress with a stern materialist,
I might have no good reason to offer
against it, no sound arguments to
bring forth. Being a woman, I am "a
creature of impulse, instinct and in
tuition," and supposedly not a sound
exponent of logic. I have my own
private ideas of that, howeevr.
Every now and then some happy
circumstance shows me a cross sec
tion of the past. I have a little- shaine
in my heart set all apart for the wor
ship of the days when the beauty and
the chivalry danced the minuet,
when the gentlemen took time to
practice graceful bows. In that day
courtesy was the eleventh command
ment, and I wonder if the essence
of courtesy, consideration for the oth
er person isn't also a part of the
thought that prompted all command
ments? I have seen some young peo
ple (though not in the South) jerk
their caps off in speaking, as though
the caps had done them a wrong, and
the owners were taking this means of
wreaking vengeance. What is the
observance of a courteous custom
without the spirit that should prompt
.Some days ago I saw Sheridan's
old fashioned play "The Rivals." We
have seen to it by our modern fash
ions that no lady can courtesy to a
gentleman now-a-days. In tight
skirts, we are forced to stand up
right. Then, when there is no bowing
and little smiling, there is not much
incentive to a gentleman to kiss a
lady's hand, or to observe other
graces once in good taste.
What will this practical age come
to next? Will we soon be eating con
densed food, containing all the neces
sary properties of nutrition, as I
have heard of some already doing, to
save laying the cloth for tea?
In those dimly forgotten days of
long ago, our grandmothers knew
more than we of the gentle art of
home cooking. Hot cake was not an
unknown dish with which to comr
plete the meal. I know of hot cakes
by hearsay and "its reputation is
entirely agreeable to me," so are all
the other customs of the past. No,
there is one exception. The good gen
tlemen of the days of yore found an
elaborately carved snuff box quite in
dispensable. They dusted the contents
from their coats with laced sleeves. I
accept the past minus the snuff. They
had duels too, at sunrise, I believe.
That I could forgive, but not the
I must be getting old myself, for
I began to write about Thanksgiving
Day, and my thoughts played a trie*
upon me. They know my weak point.
I remember too well two years ago
today when I stayed at home from
church. There was no Thanksgiving
?service to attend in the little mining
town of Aurora, Minnesota. The in
habitants w^re .not the descendants
of the Pilgrims, or even of the same
nationality with them.
One year ago today, I attended a
Thanksgiving service in a Methodist
church in Oklahoma. The Baptist
preacher was the speaker, and chose
for his text something so remotely
far from the subject at hand, and
talked so at length on the Philistines
or the Israelites that I longed for a
simple story of the first Thanksgiving
We are far enough away already
as a nation from any right com
memoration of this day. This morn
ing, it was with a sincere spirit of
thankfulness that I entered the Con
gregational church at Northampton,
where the union service was to be
held. Several true-to-type New Eng
land ministers sat on the platform,
and. we sang appropriate songs from
"The Pilgrim Hymnal." I waited im
patiently for the lovely story of the
first Thanksgiving day as celebrated
by that brave group pf hearty pion
eers. Here, surely, I thought, they
made a point of repeating from year
to year what seems to me, the most
fascinating story in American his
tory. It never grows old. In it is the
element of hospitality, of friendship
with the Indians, of abundance of
the harvest time, of Thanksgiving
and good fellowship.
But the minister chose a different
text and though his speech was good,
I said over to myself the story of
that first gathering on the "bleak
New England shore." The west was
too far away from the scene both in
point of time and of place, and the
East too near to it, for interest.
I heard a lecturer make a rather
interesting statement the other day in
regard to the Indians in the early
days. When they were invited for a
visit to the white people, they stayed
on and on with never a thought of
leaving until the food was all con
sumed. So, he said, the settlers ar
ranged among themselve to accom
modate the Indians for only a limit
ed time, supplied food l'or a certain
season, and when the eatable disap
peared, the Indians did also.
Several of us were discussing
Thanksgiving the other day, an Eng
lish girl, a Massachusetts girl and I.
The English girl wanted to know how
Thanksgiving originated. I had nev
er given the subject of an interna
tional Thanksgiving any thought be
fore. I did not realize somehow till
then, although I might have known
it, that we are the only people who
celebrate such a season. My friend
from Massachusetts explained the
origin of the day, and I thought it
would be an excellent thing of every
country would set apart a day for
especial national returning of thanks.
The other countries have a very dif
ferent history from ours, and would
most probably set apart a day when
they were victorious over some great
enemy in battle.
It seems to me that Thanksgiving
Day is much more important than the
Fourth of July or any other patriotic
day. These patriotic occasions com
memorate a stepping stone in our na
tional life, and so does the last
Thursday in November, but this day
recalls to mind, not only the people's
victory over privation and cold and
famine, but an especial recognition
of God in their midst
I hope that as the years -go by, its
true significance will grow upon us,
for this is a tangible tie that binds
us to those gray days whose bright
ness was the rock-firm faith of such
people as John and Priscilla Alden.
Woodrow Wilson Foundation
Editor Edgefield Advertiser:
I will greatly appreciate your giv
ing publicity to the following' tele
gram I have received from Govern
or Wilson G. Harvey:
"National Committee Woodrow
Wilson Foundation desires comple
tion of work by December 20th ?or
final announcement on Wilson's
birthday December 28th. South Car
olina lagging more than any .state
Must raise quota. Proportion for
Edgefield county is only three hun
dred dollars. As a patriotic service
will you raise this amount by Decem
The Woodrow Wilson Foundation
is a million dollar fund that is being
raised for educational purposes by
citizens of our country who love and
honor Woodrow Wilson, who is now
confined to his home, his health hay
ing been broken by his great service
for peace and humanity during the
late war. .- ??.
I feel sure that some of our, citi
zens will wish to contribute soajfe
thing to this worthy cause and I. will
be glad to receive and transmif '.to
the Governor any contribution frgm
citizens of Edgefield county.
JAMES 0. SHEPPARD.
December 6, 1922.
Joe Tolbert and Harding.
President Harding has sent the
nomination of Joseph W. Tolbert to
be United States Marshal for the
Western District of South Carolina.
We are not surprised; we would hot
be surprised at anything President
Harding would do after his recess ap
point of Tolbert, whose original ap
pointment the Senate overwhelming
ly of the President's own political
party, had refused or failed to con
firm. The President knows, a swell as
he knows anything, *hat Tolbert is in
no sense fit for the office for which he
has ben named. He has been advised
of the objections to him that would
condemn him in the opinion of any
honest man charged with the appoint
ing power. He knows, or the facts
have been concealed from him, that
the appointment of Tolbert is not ac
ceptable to ninety-nine per cent of
the people of his State. He knows
that Tolbert has no respectable fol
lowing in this State. Why he persists
in disgracing his own office by naming
this man for any office of profit or
trust in South Carolina is one of the
many things about Mr. Harding's ad
ministration of his office there has
been no satisfactory explanation.-.::, -
Tolbert has not been . confirmed.
Senator Dial and Senator Smith, .of
South Carolina, may be counted up
on to fight this appointment to the
finish. They will take the case, their
case, the case of their people and
state, the case indeed, of good people
in all the States, and fight the con
firmation of Tolbert, and, defeated in
the Committee, they will take it to
be their disposition, to the floor of
the Senate in open session and expose
there for the information of the par
tisan spirit, the sectional animosity,
the determined abuse of authority by
the President of the United Sates.
Let him take the responsibility of
making this appointment, if he will!
but, taking the responsibility, he must
at the same time accept the infamy.
Summons For Relief.
(Complaint not served.)
The State of South Carolina
County of Edgefield
Court of Common Pleas.
The Bank of Johnston, Plaintiffs
Against B. W. Wright, J. F. Wright
and B. C. Wright, Defendants.
To the Defendants above named:
You are hereby summoned and
required to answer the complaint in
this action which is filed in the of
fice of the Clerk of the Court of
Common Pleas, for the said county,
and to serve a copy of your answer
to the said complaint on the sub
scribers at their office at Edgefield,
South Carolina, within twenty days
after the service hereof, exclusive of
the day of such service; and if you
fail to answer the complaint within
the time aforesaid, the plaintiff in this j
action will apply to the court for the
relief demanded in the complaint.
Dated Nov. 28, 1922.
P. L. COGBURN (Seal)
Clerk C. C. P., E. Co., S. C.
To the above named Defendants:
You will take notice that the origi
nal summons and complaint in the
above stated cause are now on file in
the office of the Clerk of the Court
of Common Pleas and General Ses
sions, in and for the county of Edge
field and State aforesaid.
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Good News ?Letter From
Since we are cut off into the "baby
county we do not get much news
from the west side, but we still love
the mother counts and our Edgefield
We have had such a delightful fall,
so full of sunshine. We love sunshine,
still we have need of the shadows, and
"into each life some rain mus'; fall."
Our roads are fairly good for the
time of year.
We are glad to report Mrs. T. B.
Culbreath improving so much and
back at her accustomed place in our
church with a smile for everyone.
Sorry to hear of Mrs. Jennie
Cheatham's illness through her broth
er who has recently visited her bed
Mrs. Mason, nee Miss Eliza What
ley is visiting her home folks. She is
soon to move to Anderson.
Miss Leonora Whatley is home
and doing fine from her painful but
not serious automobile accident near
Clemson college, where she was visit
ing hsr sister, Mrs. Mason.
Mr. Eddie Strom gave a family
dining Thanksgiving day. Mr. and
Mrs. E. S. Strom were up from Edge
field, also Mrs. Sampson Strom from
McCormick' and Mr. and Mrs. W. W.
Strom and family. Mr. J. P. Talbert
and family also dined with Mrs.
Glad to see Mrs. Kathryn Hughey
able to be out. She is looking well.
Miss Annie Mae Culbreath was
at home for Thanksgiving. She is
holding a responsible position in
Mr. D. D .Morgan and Mr. Marion
Traylor have been to an ear special
ist in Augusta and are improving.
Miss Carrie Blackwell is spending
the week-end with friends at Reho
both, making Mrs. Kate Moultrie's
headquarters, her old boarding place
when she taught here.
Miss Jessie Kelly went home for
Thanksgiving; she will be back for
school duties Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Ousley, Mr. and
Mr3. Eugene Paul and Eugene, Jr.,
are visiting relatives here.
Mrs. S. B. Strom is looking well
and able to be out again.
Our community is saddened by
the untimely death of Dr. Carl Har
We all enjoyed the letters from
Rev. J. T. Littlejohn, Jr., and Mr.
Mellichamp. Both seemed like letters
from home folks. Our prayers and
good wishes are with them and their
families, also Mr. and Mrs. Johnson,
who are in Louisville, Ky.
As the harvest season and Thanks
giving were drawing near our good
friends Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Seigler
planned for a number of our older
people and few younger ones includ
ed to help make merry. It always
shows a true Christian spirit to make
pleasure and comfort for the old peo
ple who are often neglected in
thought. Mrs. Seigler is well known
and loved in Edgefield as well as in
our community where her bright
Christian life gives light. The day
dawned fair and beautiful, cold but
As we all gathered, all along the
way buggies and automobile faUing
in line. Drawing nearer the appointed
place, the clean yards, the stately
oaks and sunshine gave a festive
The smiling faces of our kind host
and hostess and even the children
joined in the welcome. Sitting around
a cheerful oak fire chatting, everyone
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had the Thanksgiving spirit of cheer
fulness and jokes were passed.
The announcing of dinner gave a
hush for a little while, the older peo
ple being served first and the rest
enjoyed some good music. Mr. Cal
Seigler brought along his violin.
Mr. K. D. Seigler says he is going
to raise up a band of his six sons.
The house was decorated with pot
ted plants. The long table in the din
ing room fairly groaned from its load
of good eats. Mrs. Seigler is a fine
cook. At either end of the table was
a large dish of turkey and. baked
chicken, dressing, macaroni and
chicken pies, cranberry sauce and
0! Mr. Editor, I can't remember all,
only the huge stand of fruits on a
beautiful centerpiece, hand embroid
ered in daisies. Last, but by no
means least came the jelly a,nd whip
After dinner, Mrs. Seigler played
for us on the piano, and her little
3-yeard-old daughter, Dorothy sang
several songs beautifully. She has an
unusual voice for her years.
As the sun was sinking in the west j
is made easy at this store, \
several months' plannii
have brought you a splend
selection of bright, new He
day merchandise-here nc
for your choosing.
There are Gifts for everyb*
Grandma-Gifts that m
appreciation. Our Toy Sect
derful display of playthings
Courteous service and caref u
and every facility is here to i
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we turned homeward, feeling- thank
ful for the good friends and all of
God's blessings. Thus ended a per
fect day. Those present were Mr. and
Mrs. P. P. Doolittle,' Mr. and Mrs.
S. B. Strom, Mrs Mary Brooks, Mr.
and Mrs. R T. West, Mrs. Katheryn
Hughey, Miss Mary Luda and J. D.
Hughey, Jr., Mr. Abe Gilchrist, Mrs.
Kate Mason, Mrs. Tiny Jordan, Mr.
Cal Seigler, Mr.. C. I. Jay, Miss A. L.
WANTED: Several good Jersey
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. P. B. DAY, JR.,
Trenton, S. C.
FOR SALE: Thirty Duroc Jersey
pigs bred from the best Duroc strains
in America, all entitled to registra
tion, weighing from 50 to 75 pounds.
J. B. TOMPKINS,
Edgefield, S. C.
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