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"TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE, ANO IT MUST FOLLOW AS THE NIGHT THB HAY: THOU OANST NOT THEN BE FALSE TO ANY MAN."
By STECK, SHELOR & SCHRODER.
WALHALLA, SOUTH CAROLINA, .WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 1010.
The Holiday Season
prompts us to express our sincere
appreciation of the many favors of
Hie Oconce trading public in the
past. In view of our pleasant re
lations, and .in harmony with the
pervading spirit of good will, we
extend to all our friends and cus
tomers the Season's Greetings and
wish for you
A Merry Christmas!
Walhalla, S. C.
It Pays to Buy for Cash,
December 20, 1916.
126 Years Ago To-day
Washington, District of Columbia, was
Ten years later Washington was made tin*
Capital of tho United States. One of tho most
interesting buildings to visit during a trip to the.
heart, of our nation is the Mint, where one can
watch Uncle Sam turning out the coin which keeps
money in circulation. As a part of this output
passes through your hands, are you taking any of
the currency and putting il in a bank?
SAVE, that you may he able to accomplish
results, and bank with us.
When You Think of Banking Think of
TUE WESTMINSTER BANK.
FRENCH .MAKE RIG DRIVES.
?Germans Push HriR.sli and Russians
Paris, Dec. Kl.-One hundred
thousand men, under Gen. Mangln,
participated in an assault which yes
terday resulted in the French ad
vancing two miles on a six-mile front
at Verdun, lt was planned by Gen.
Nivelle, who has inst been made
Latest advices Indicated thal near
ly 9,000 prisoners were taken. Gen.
Nivelle had booti preparing for the
attack ever since the last great
stroke, which recovered much lost
territory. It is believed the (formans
didn't expect the attack because of
wo*,, misty weather.
Vorriile artillery preparation flat
tened German defenses before the
attack, then artillery threw a curtain
of steel back of the (?orinan trenches
while infantry unexpectedly dashed
forwt rd from Pepper Hill to beyond
Th4 Germans fouglit determinedly
nt places, but, as Nivello's disposi
tions wore well mndo, t hey were gen
erally powerless to stem the tide,
even momentarily. One after ano
ther, Vaehcrauvillc and Louvemont
villages, Ohambrette farm and Har
dnumont and Besonvaux works, fell
.without the defenders having time
to carry away guns or material.
After tho Erbuch took Vacherau
vlllc and Pepper ifiW, the Germans
started an orderly retreat. The
French soon appeared \M the rear on
tho Vachevauville-Dcauinont road,
however, and tho Gormans bolted,
throwing away rifles, knapsacks and
pouches. Soon afterward -troops
which took Pepi>or Hill were joined
by formations, which started from
Hnudremont wood. Louvemont was
stormed and a largo number of pris
oners taken. Tho French then push
ed on past Hnudremont works to
Roxonvaux, where the advance ended.
Germans Fought Desperately.
The Germans fought desperately.
Eighty captured canon were counted.
The French front now extends from
a point north of Vaeherau ville along
the Vacherauvllle-Chautnont road
north of Lou vernon t to Chnmbrottes
and Be/.onvaux. The positions re
captured wore lost February 23d.
Heavy Fighting in Belgium.
norlin. Dec. 16.-Violent artillery
fighting took place in Belgium yester
day, it is officially announced. South
east of Sillebeke 'Herman troops ad
vanced to the second 'British line.
The British lied, said tho statement.
On the Verdun front the French
drove the Germans from advanced
positions east ot, the Uiver .Meuse.
Continued Advnncc in Hoiimuiiin.
Teutons in Rumania continued to
advance all along the front, said the
war oiTlco to-day. Two thousand
more prisoners wore brought '.). The
'Russians have retired to Dobrudjn.
Retrograd, Dec. 10.--Russian
troops have repulsed an Austro-Gor
man force which attempted to ad
vance In Oituz Valley, on the Molda
vian front of Rumania, the war ofllee
Report ll,:$HV Prisoners.
Paris, Doc. 18.-The French have
taken 11,387 German prisoners on
tho Verdun front since December l.r>,
the war office announced.
Germans counter-attacked violent
ly on the Meuse yesterday, securing a
footing at Chambrottes farm.
clim lotte Observer Hard Hit.
Charlotte, N\ C., Dec. IC.-Fire
hero this morning destroyed the four
story building In which-was located
the mechanical department of the
Charlotte Observer and of the Ob
server Printing House, job printery
and bindery. The stock and machin
ery of the Job printery was totally
destroyed, and the equipment of the
Observer badly damaged. No esti
mate of loss lg available. The plant
is said to have been fti 11 y Insured.
The Observer will publish at the
American lumbermen aro cutting
limber three times ns fast as it grows.
M HUTS DEMANDS OK ENTENTE.
(?rocco Declared Friendly Intentions
.Toward the Allies.
Paris, Dec. 15.-An official tele
gram announcing that Greece had ac
cepted unreservedly the conditions of
the allie? was received at the foreign
pillee at in id night.
Greek Reply to Allies.
London, Dec. 16.-According to an
Athens dispatch, Greece has replied
to tho allies' ultimatum by saying
that it accepts the demands made on
it, as it ls desiiious of giving another
manifest proof of tho sincerely
friendly sentiments which have al
ways animated it toward the entente.
The reilly says that no hostile move
ments of troops have ever taken '
place or been projected and that the
transfer of material northward will
Immediately cease. Orders have al
ready been given, it Is stated, regard
ing the movements of troops and war
material and will be carried out as
rapidly as possible.
In respect to tho attack on British
and french marines in Athens on De
cember 1, the government declares
that it desires to give every legiti
mate satisfaction and refers to Its
proposals to arbitrate. It expresses
(he hopo that the allied powers will i
reconsider their decision to continue
the blockade, which lt says, Is strain
ing relations and 1 inpressing public
opinion. The reply concludes with
the expression of a desire by the gov?
eminent and people of Greece for a
resumption ol the excellent iradi- [
CALL TO FAHMICHS.
AU |M'rK01)S interested ill 1
getting six per cent loan? from *
the National Government on *
farm pro|>or<y aro requested to *
meet at the Court House in 41
Walhalla immediately after the *
sales on January 1st. *
I'ire Destroys Oolenoy School.
Oolenoy, Dickons county, Dec. 15.
-The Oolenoy Graded School build
ing was totally destroyed by fire last
night at 8.30 o'clock, lt is believed
thal the tire was of incendiary ori
gil., s'nie the building was fired on
Tuesday night. Only heroic efforts
prevented its destruction then. Tho
sheriff of Dickens county ls here in
vestigating the matter. The struc
ture cost $2,500, and was erected
otily three years ago.
The upper part of the building was
used ii s lodge rooms by the Wood men
of the World. One thousand dollars
insurance was carried. Absolutely
nothing was saved.
Twelve-Month Strike Knds.
Wilkesbnrre. Pa., Dec. 16.-The
Wllkesbarre 12-months-old street.car
strike ended to-day when the strik
ers voted in favor of a penco proposal
drawn by members of the United
Monal confidence which previously
existed between Greece and the en
ryton ot <w./usa*
Quarantined l'or Meningitis,
ICI Paso, Texas, Dec. 1?1.- Four
companies in tho Georgia Infantry
Brigade have hoon quarantined be
muse of the discovery of spinal men
ingitis among these troops, it was
tnnounced at military headquarters
Tho companies quarantined are F
ind (?, of the First Infantry; M, of
[ho Second Infantry, and D, of the
Fifth Infantry. It was announced
Lhat there were four cases among tho
nen of these companies.
Thoa. .1. Davis and Su|>er Cantrell,
>f Walhalla, are members of Com
pany Mi of the Fifth Georgia Regi
nent, stationed at Kl Paso, Davis is
i sergeant In Comapny M, and is a
mn of Mr, and Mrs, II. S. Davis, of
West Union. Cantrell, a private, is
\ son of Mr. and Mrs. Moses L. Can
roll, of near Walhalla.
Hainfall for Week.
Rainfall for week ending December
19th, at 7 p. m.i is furnished us by
H. W. Brandt, co-operative observer.
The record follows:
Date- Inches rainfall,
[>ec. 14-Clear .'.-?
Dec. 16-Ptly cldy .18
Dec. 18-(1-Inch snow) .56
Doo, 19 - Clear.-.
Total rainfall for weok. . .71
VS TO OUR MOUNTAIN LANDS.
Verdicts Continued in Nineteen Con?
denotation l*noeeedlng Unsee,
(Oreenville News, 17(li.)
A number of Interesting law suits,
In which the history of Revolutionary
war days will probably be dragged
from its ?rave, will lu all probability
rome up in tho Federal Court herons
a result of the condemnation by the
Hutted States of land in Oconeo coun
ty for the purpose of o ron tin g a na
tional forest reserve.
.Indre .los. T. Johnson yesterday
afternoon tiled orders continuing tho
condemnation verdicts in nineteen
cases. Involving a total of about $21.
000, which ls to be paid to the own
ers of these tracts of land, whenever
the ownership is definitely determin
ed by legal processes.
.Indee Johnnsn'.s orders confirming
the condemnation verdict in these
nineteen eases were Immediately
sent in to the proper olllcials at.
Washington, and the money will lie
sent here to ,1, ll. Knight, dorl? of
tho Federal Court, probably within
the next ten days. A deed to tho
properties will then ho given to tho
United States, and the government
will then miter upon tho possession
of these lands as part of tho groat
Appalachian forest reserve I hat ls to
be established lu this territory.
These nineteen tracts of land lu Oco
neo county are tho llrst lands to IH>
received in South Carolina by tho
government in the establishment of
this forest reserve, but there aro a
number of others on their way
through the courts.
Nulls for Money.
When the government will pay for
the land, and take possession, tho
question of who will get tho monoy
for tho property is an entirely dif
ferent matter, and will have to IMJ
settled by a number of law suits.
While tho persons now in posses
sion of the lands are named in tho
condemnation proceedings, they may
or may not get the money which 1?
to be held by the Clerk of the Court
here until the title to it ls decided.
The titles to these properties seem
very much undetermined, and claims
for the money for the same will bo
made by heirs of Robert MOITIB, de
ceased, of Philadelphia, hy members
of the Calhoun family, and by helm
of .lohn Nicholson, and probably oth
ers. Their claim to the property
goes back to grants of enormous
tracts ol' land in that vicinity, mnde
about 171HI. Transactions later than
this have been lu some eases hy word
or mouth, and no record seems to
Wobert Morris, as is well known, is
the man who is reputed to have li
na need (ho Revolutionary war.
(?rants of many thousand acres of
land iu Oconeo count y aro on record,
and these will probably ho brought,
in as the basis of Mic claims of Iiis
heirs to the money to be received.
Similar largo grants were mado to
.lames Fd ward Calhoun, and among
tho claimants for his alleged share
in the money will probably be the
Calhoun Kails Company.
The present holders of tho lands,
of course, will put np a stiff light for
The deeds for these various prop
erties were worked up by A A. Man
The condemnation verdicts which
were confirmed by Judge Johnson
yesterday showing the following
prices to be paid for lands in Oconeo
CiiMYt Decided by .lodge.
W. ft. Doyle, 44.14 acres, $804.84;
W. N. Moore, 78.02 acres. $2711.22;
Miss \J. (J. Kuhtman, ?M?U72 acre.?.
$6,264.18; W. T. Burton, Kin.22
acres. $660.88; T. Jeff Lee, (17.2 4
acres, $201.72; Ceo. W. Smith, 37.8 1
acres, $207.'ttl; W. J. Strlbling,
102.St? acres, $411.20; M. II. Doo,
250.82 acres, $1,379.57; J. I. Case
Threshing Machine Co., 217.17 acres,
$868.68; F. A. Hull, 891.31 acres,
$5,353.86; j. and T. Bottoms,
130.92 acres, $(500.00; Messiah
Cobb. 1.06.78 ai res, $666.31; J. D.
Veiner, 94.86 acres, $521.72; J. E.
Caines, 120.G i acres, $482.00; J, P.
McCall, 40.08 ac ros, $220.44; J. C.
Powell, 56.67 ncros, $222.28; J. H.
Dong, 108.30 acres, $487.70; .1. Ii.
Barnett, 211.23 acres, $1,0-66.15;
Mure & Mure, 31.12 acres, $202.35.
Notice, Pension Applicants.
1 will attend in the Auditor's of
fice each Saturday in January for tho
purposo of receiving and preparing
applications for penni on s to go beforo
the Pension Board, and tho board Is
hereby called to meet In tho Court
House on tho first Monday In Febru
ary, 1917, to pass upon said applica
tions, and to transact such other
business as shall bo presented.
J. W. Holloman,
Vasson Pay? ft Fine.
Atlanta. Dec. 16.-After Attorney
Thos. B Folder had pleaded with Su
perior Court Judge Ti. 13. HUI hero
to-day that ho release G. C. Vasson,
who was convlctod sevoral months
ago of slabbing Feldor, on probation,
Judge Hill reduced Vasson's sen
tence of one year and six months In
jail and a $1,000 fine, to n fine of
$7;')0. Felder said that Vision wrote
him a letter confessing the stabbing
and in tho future wanted to 1' a cor
rectly. Vasson was door-kee ter In
thc House of Representatives.