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WALHALLA, 8. C.:
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1018.
PETITIONS GOING AROUND.
Two petitions have heel', handed
around for signatures of the citizens
of Walhalla during the past few days.
The first petition seen was one call
ing upon the members of the House
and Senate from Oconee to have
passed an act (or to arrange for vot
ing upon a constitutional amend
ment) authorizing and empowering
the Mayor and Aldermen of tho town
of Walhalla to assess abutting prop
ertoy to the extent of 50 por cent of
the cost of permanent sidewalk Im
provement and 25 per cent of the
cost of permanent street work. But
few signatures were attached to the
petition, and later the part calling
for a 25 per cent assessment on street
work was stricken from the petition,
and then quito a few, wo understand,
placed their signatures ito tho paper.
This action naturally met opposi
tion, and a second petition was cir
culated, asking the members of the
General Assembly not to act favora
ble to the request contained In the
original paper. When seen, this pa
lier had a number of signatures,
mainly among the property owners
of moderate or small means.
There are arguments on both sides
of this question. In cities where the
individual holdings are small and
the cost of permanent work there
fore falls comparatively lightly upon
each ii unquestionably commends It
self, but we doubt if lt would work
other than aB a hardship In 90 per
cent of the cases in Walhalla, and In
25 per cent, in the case of small
home-owners, men working for
wages, widows with small means at
their command, and numbers of
young men not thoroughly establish
ed, the proposition, If carried Into ef
fect, would amount to but little short
of confiscation of their property. Ow
ing to the wide-spreading territory
of the town, lots as a rule are, with
the single exception of those on Main
street, and In many cases there also,
large and have large frontages, and
many of tho owners could not raise
money to pay for permanent street
and sidewalk improvements. To levy
such an assessment against the prop
erty would mean that the small
owner must sell his property to pay
the assessment, or mortgage lt to
borrow the money, the ultimate re
sult being that it would go. at a great
sacrifice to the owner, into the
hands of others who command
As a matter of fact, 'taxes are al
ready high enough-and too high
in Walhalla, though the revenue de
rived therefrom is not large. The
thing to be considered, if we need
more money to carry on the local gov
ernment, as we view the situation, is
to Equalize tho Assessments made
against the property. If all prop
erty in the town were returned and
assessed for taxation on the basis of
that which bears the highest tax val
uation now, tho tax revenues would
be doubled-and doubtless moro than
doubled. In the matter of equitable
tax returns, wo believe, lies the true
source of a solution to tho vexed
problem of revenue.
Certainly our Representatives will
do well to make haste slowly in this
matter that has boen brought before
them. Why seek to force the solution
of tho question of permanent im
provements In such manner? The
moneyed men will not be hurt by pay
ing their proportion for Improve
ments, and tliey will doubtless do so
without compulsion. Why legislate
that some poor people who cannot do
a thing must do it?
We favor public improvements and
believe in them to tho extreme limit,
and ho ls Indeed a shoddy citizen
who will not co-operate with the au
thorities to the extent of his ability.
But we, along with not a few others,
protest against any measuro that
would work a hardship upon tho
small homo owner; and that would,
as we view lt, be tho ultimate result
of an arbitrary assessment against
property for permanent work, regard
less of whether the property owner
could meet the assessment or not.
"THE NEW CORN BELT."
That ic the title of & neat folder be
ing distributed to visitors at the Na
tlonal Corn Exposition in Columbia.
"Tho New Corn Belt" includes the
nine Southern States east of the Mis
sissippi river ?nd south of the Poto
mac. This folder contains much in
formation of interest and value, a
small part of which we quote below:
"Figures in the December number
of the Crop Reporter, Issued by the
Federal Department of Agriculture,
show that the nine Southern States
east of the Mississippi and south of
tho Potomac produced in 1912 a corn
crop of 505,1:15,000 bushels, worth
$314,7 40,000 at prices paid farmers
in that territory. Compared with
the report of tho 1900 census, when
tho crop of 842,464,737 bushels in
th? same States was worth $137,079,
603, tho latest figures show an In
crease of 162,070.263 bushels, worth
practically $178,000,000 more than
the earlier production.
"Tho greater yield In the South
east has followed an Increased acre
age given to corn and a steadily In
creasing acre-yield. The general de
velopment of this agricultural region,
aided by Federal and State demon
stration work, and further helped by
tho educational efforts of the rail
roads, has had a largo share in stim
ulating attention given to corn.
Prominent among the reasons for the
Increased acre-yield has been tho or
ganization of boys' corn clubs and
annual corn shows in each of those
nine States. Comparative figures
show that tho Increase in tho aver
age yield per acre over the 1900 rec
ord, In 1912 alone amounted to
$103,981,221. Four hundred and
fifty-four members of boys' corn
clubs lu the South in 1912 made over
100 bushels to tho acre.
And this In a section of country
which, but a few years back, Im
ported probably not less than 75 per
cent of the corn consumed at home!
How Ignorant we have been of the
possibilities of our great section!
How ignorant we are still! True,
we are beginning to realize some
thing of our possibilities, but the
realization is dawning slowly.
We were struck with the sage ob
servation of Oootieo's Senator when
he viewed the Corn Exposition In Co
lumbia, speaking of the scarcity of
visitors from this section: "And the
most important and impressive lesson
they would learn is that there is no
country like the South-in two re
spects at least: Her opportunities,
and our failure to embrace them."
The South to-day promises more
to the agriculturist than any other
section. The trouble is that we are
walting for others to come to our
own doors and show us the very
things that we ought to have known
years ago from observation and ex
Items from Coneross.
Coneross, Feb. 3.-Special: J. W.
Walker visited hJs slater, Mrs. Red.
uear Calhoun Falls, who is very 111.
He ls also attend! g the corn show
at Columbia, as is o Henry Kell.
Miss Mary Cobb a. i brother Clif
ton were week-end guests of the
Misses Butler of this vicinity.
The Blue Ridge boys had (their lit
erary cotnest last Tuesday evening.
Bruce Lynch took first place and will
go to Westminster on the 28th.
A. D. Rodgers and J. D. Abbott
spent Saturday and Sunday in
Greenville with friends.
Armenius Clark and sister, of
Pleasant Hill, visited the Misses Al
Rev. A. P. Marett and daughter,
Mrs. Ada Carter, of Westminster,
spent Saturday and Sunday with the
former's sister, Mrs. W. O. Alexander.
They will leave to-day for Melvern,
Ark., where they will join J. H. Car
ter and Elcuo Marett and make
their home. They carry with them
the good wishes of many friends
here and elsewhere.
?lohn Lee, Jr., left last week for
Columbia, where he ls attending the
corn show. He won the first prize in
the Oconee boys' contest in 1912, re
ceiving a free ticket to the corn show
and entertainment while there.
Sidney Blanchett. of Rocky Knoll,
visited his sister, Mrs. J. D. Abbott,
N. W. Whitaker and wife, of West
minster, were among relatives at
Coneross Saturday and Sunday.
Several from hero are expecting to
attend the Abbott-Davis wedding on
Miss Alice Barker, of Walhalla,
spent Saturday and Sunday In our
Mrs. W. O. Alexander ls on the
sick list this week, suffering from
Do you know that moro real dan
ger lurks in a commond cold than In
any other of the minor ailments? The
safe way ls to take Chamberlain's
Cough Remedy, a thoroughly relia
ble preparation, and rid yourself of
the cold as quickly as possible. This
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To Investigate President Mitchell.
Columbia, Feb. 4.-The committee
appointed by the General ABbombly
to Investigate the charges brought
against President S. C. Mitchell, of
the University, by tho Governor in
his inaugural address, on informa
tion which he said was furnished him
by President D. B. Johnson, of Win
throp College, has organized by the
election of Senator F. H. Weston, of
Columbia, as chairman and Represen
tative W. H. Nicholson, of Green
wood, as secretary. The other mern
hers of tho committee are Senators
Macbeth Young, of Union, and O. P.
Goodwin, of P?orence; Representa
tivo R. H. Welcn, of Richland, and
J. W. Ashley, of Anderson.
The cuarges against Dr. Mitchell
are concerned with his alleged con
duct In attempting, (so the charges
say), to divert part of a fund which
the Peabody Board intended for Win
throp College to tho University, with
the additional allegation that he said
that he would be willing for the bal
ance of the fund to bo used for negro
HAS MODIFIED REGENT O KDE H.
Governor May Permit State Troops
to Attend Inaugural.
Columbia, Feb. 1.-Thu South
Carolina militia will be permitted to
attend the inaugural parade in
Washington if they are not assigned
to positions behind negro troops, ac
cording to a letter requesting assur
ance as to the place they will be as
signed, written by Governor Blease
to Uen. A. L. Mills, chief marshal,
this afternoon. If they are assigned
behind negro troops they will not be
allowed to go.
The Governor says in his letter to
"Communication from you under
date of January 28 to the Adjutant
General of South Carolina (subject
'Participation In the inaugural pa
rad ,') has this day been referred t"
me wun the following endorsement:
'Respectfully referred to,ths Com
niander-ln-Chlef of the troops of
South Carolina for information.*
"In reply to your communication I
would ask you please to give me In
detail what position tho South Caro
lina troops will bo assigned to In the
Inaugural parade, and whether or not
they will have to march behind ne
gro regulars or volunteers. If they
are to bo assigned to such positions
they will not attend; If they are not
assigned to such a position they will
attend. If you cannot give me thc
assurance that they will not be bo
placed, you need not make any prep
aration for tho South Carolina
troops to attend, as they will not at
tend unless they do so individually.
If you will give us such assurance we
will be glad to take part and do any
thing we can to nssist in making the
inaugural ceremonies a grand suc
This ls tho season of the year
when mothers feel very much con
cerned over the frequent colds con
tracted by their children, and have
abundant reason for lt, as evry cold
weakens '*he lungs, lowers the vital
ity and paves the way for the more
serious diseases that so often follow.
Chamberlain's Cough Remedy ls fam
ous for its cures, and is pleasant and
safe to take. For sale by all deal
AGED FARMER SHOT TO DEATH.
R. R. Coleman, Union County, Shot
at Home WI?lo Alone.
Union, Feb. 1.-R. R. Coleman,
an aged farmer living near Jones
ville, 'this county, died to-day from
the effects of a wound received last
night when an unknown assassion
shot him through a window of his
Coleman was alone at tho time, his
grandchildren having gone to visit
neighbors. Money in his pocket re
mained undisturbed. Bloodhounds
have been put on the trail, but no
clues have been found.
This is the third tragedy of this
kind in the past two months In this
section, all victims being aged farm
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To Cut Potash Production.
Berlin, Germany, Feb. 3.-The .
German government is preparing a
new potash bill, which is designed to |
restrict production, according to a ?
statement made by the minister of
the Interior, at a meeting of the bud
get committee of the imperial parlia
ment. The measure will probably
be brought In before the termination
of tho present session.
We beg to announce t
wc wi?l consolidate the
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FROM BOUNTY LANI? SECTION.
Becord of Local Happenings in
Bounty Land, Feb. 3.-Special:
Mrs. J. B. Pickett, who has been vis
iting her daughter, Mrs. A. M. Mllam,
at Sandy Springs, has returned home.
W. D. & J. R. Wright are In Co
lumbia taking in the corn exhibits.
They will visit relatives In Johnston
and Greenwood before returning
Miss Zola Hubbard spent a few
days recently with relatives in the
Miss Laura Smithson, of Westmin
ster, is spending a few days at the
Mr. and Mr Lowell Smith made a
recent visit to the latter's sister,
Mrs. William Moore, in the Shiloh
O. H. Doylo has purchased a half
Interest in the Seneca pressing es
tablishment. He and Thornley Cary,
with whom ho ls in copartnership,
will appreciate the patronage of their
Rob Hubbard visited his brother
Grover at Clemson a few days ago.
Miss Marie Casey, of Septus, ac
companied by her niece, Miss Clarkle
Wilson, of Pendleton, spent the
week-end with Mrs. M. A. Wilson.
Mrs. J. M. Gillison has been indis
posed for several days, but ls able to
I W. F. Miller? and daughter, Miss
1 Clara, visited his parents at Pleas
ant Ridge a few days ago.
The "shower" given by Misses
Smithson and Verner In honor of
Mrs. D. S. Abbott (to be), was a
pronounced success and was heartily
enjoyed by quite a number of ladies
from this section. Miss Davis was
tho recipient of numerous beautiful
and useful "shower" gifts, many of
which charmingly displayed the
handiwork of their donors.
The many friends of Mrs. M. F.
Alexander, of Whitewater, will re
gret to learn that she ls suffering
from a case of pneumonia. We hope
to have favorable reports of her con
Miss Lura Perritt took part in a
public debate given by the Seneca
High School Literary Society last
Friday evening, and was on the win
Quite a number of visitors are ex
pected In the community this week
who will attend the Davis-Abbott
G. W. Davis, of Atlanta, was in
the vicinity yesterday.
Burns GUHson, of Clemson, made
his usual visit to his old home here
Saturday night and Sunday.
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Man Proposes to Anna Shaw.
Danielson, Conn., Feb. 1.-Six
hundred persons, most of wi om were
suffragists, who were listening to an
address by Dr. Anna Howard Shaw,
president of the National Suffrage
Association, in the Danielson Theater
last night, wore thrown into confu
sion when John Frlsble, a wealthy
farmer of Meohanlcsville, Interrupt
ed the speaker and proposed mar
riage to her.
"Just a minute, Miss Shaw."
shouted Frlsble. "I have been a
widower for eighteen years. Will
you marry me and make me happy?
I have plenty for us both."
l<x>r several minutes Dr. Shaw
stood speechless. Thfi she cried out
"I don't want a wedding ring! All
I want ls the vote."
"I hope you never get the vote If
that's the way >ou feel about it," was
Frisble's parting shot as he left the
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Every Good Boll Counts
In many cotton fields there is too
much "weed** and the bolls fall. To
prevent this balance the plant foo?.
The old idea that cotton does not need much
Potash is hard to eradicate. But the longer
Phosphates have been used on the crop the
greater becomes the need of more
Try a cotton fertilizer with 6 to 8 per cent.
Potash and use liberal side dressings of Kainit.
It will pay because Potash Pays.
Mix your old style fertilizer with an equal
quantity of Kainit.
We now sell Kainit and all Potash Salts direct. Write
us for prices and for our free book on Cotton Culture.
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A man has no use for a woman
who attempts to convince him that
he ls wrong and succeeds In doing lt.
There are moro brands of cussed
ness than there are brands of re
Figuratively speaking, an old
bachelor nearly always hugs himself
when he sees a poor, -meek-looking
man trying to quiet a squalling in
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