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News and Coui
Columbia, May, 14.?Thtre is a
great deal of interest in ibe forth
coming elections in some of the upper
counties to displace the dispensary.
The gentraj impression Lereabouts is
that whenever these elections are
held the dispensary will be voted out.
The first of the elections will be held
iu Pic kens! on next Saturday. Tho
situation there has not been very
closely watched, but it is thought that
it will follow the lead of Cherokee
County. The ohief interest just now
is in Spartanburg County on account
of its being such a large, prosperous
and consuming county. Many who
are familiar with the situation in that
county say that just as certain' as the
necessary petition is filed the county
will vote out the dispensaries. They
say that if the entire primary vote of
the county were cast under the terms
of tho Brice bill, the dispensaries
would be voted out of Spartanburg by
a five to one majority, but with a reg
istered vote, one that is much smaller
than the ordinary vote in the primary,
tht result will be three or two to one,
and that for every vote cast for the
retention of the dispensary there will
be two or three against its remaining
in that county.
In Union. County there has been a
delay in the ordering of the election,
as the county officials we. ? very
strict in the checking of the list with
that of the registered rote, and it was
stated that the necessary number had
not signed the petition. It is expect
ed that the petition will be amended,
and that in due time Union County
will join the ranks of the counties
that prefer prohibition to the. present
You can hear peyple on all sides
saying that "the dispensary is gone
unless the management is changed."
The management is no worse than it has
been all along. There is the eame situa
tion that there has been all along. Sub
dispensers and ethers run things just,
as they want, from the very beginning
of the purchase?the supposed signing
of the request hook, on up the line the
law it is generally utterly disregarded,
and it is on that account that the law
is being knocked in the head: Then
the State board is following what
other hoards of control have done all
along as to privileges, beer dispen
saries, etc, and it is on this account
that the plain folks have utterly given
up the hope of seeing the dispensary
law enforced as they think it ought to i
The State board follows in the rat'
of its predecessors rsnd no doubt
thinks the business is prospering, as
profits are being piled up and the bus
iness is being extended, and they are
content with the business success of
This condition of affairs, added to
the natural impetus of the prohibition
wave, is what is going to play the
mischief with the dispensary law
from all that can be understood.
It is rather a hard thing to say,
but the fact of the matter is the peo
ple are losing confidence in Che Gen
eral Assembly dDing anything. They
voted for biennial sessions and they
got biennial sessions?r?ver the left.
They wanted dispensary reform. Gov
ernor Bey ward realized fully the sen-,
timent and- urged as strongly as he
could immediate reform, bat nothing!
absolutely nothing, was Mono. The
dispensary forces were stronger in the
Legislature than. the Executive and
the people combined. The dispen
sary authorities wore opposed ta the
legislation most likely to succeed, be
cause it refleoted on the man&gemont,
and they had influence sufficient to
kill the measures. The people think
they will continue to have that in
fluence .with the General Assembly
and that is perhaps why you hear that
if there w?b a full vote in Spartanburg .
toe county would vote out the dis
pensary five to one.
For ten years reforms have been ?
promised, latitude has been expected1,
bat instead of that there has been no j
latitude allowed in tho law,?that is a j
legal .latitude, and conditions have 1
not improved. *.-...'; :j
The pocket hook argument it was i
thought would hold the dispensary' in i
many counties. It was . used lor <
?while in Spartanburg, but ,tW counter
?rgument ir used that it takes ten 1
dollars"?l.th'o people's '-money to make i
* dollar e! profit for the oity and ]
?ounty. That is, if a county spends i
?100,000 for liquor it gets $10,000 in i
Profits, and.the point is being made <
that if the counties vote for prohibi- ?
tan and have public sentiment back i
?f tho movement, the money now go
ng to buy liquor and which raake a <
no-tenth profit, would go into .other 1
hannele of business and ger orally im- <
rove the conditions of th&'countyiS
Itii on this account that it is said j
ht if the vote were taken about this i
Dugnt I to be a ?egin
rier May 14th.
timo practically every county in the
State would vote out the dispensary,
with the exception of Charleston and
Richland. Strange, is it not? The
two most ardeut opponents of the dis
pensary should now bo put down in
the columns as the strongest dispen
sary counties in the State.
The explanation is simply that un
der the Brice bill thero ii> no option
looking to a local license system. It
is simply a choice between prohibition
and the dispensary system, with its
incidental profits to the city and coun
ty. Charleston and Columbia have
not the public sentiment that would
enforce a prohibition law, they do
not want prohibition pure and simple,
and realize that without publie senti
ment to back up such a law it would
be throwing away the present profit
into illegitimate hands and that the
"tigering" business would be worse
than ever, if Charleston and Co
lumbia could get what they want?a
license system, under restrictions of
the dispensary law, prohibiting the
sale of liquor after dark, in less than
half pints and cash sales?they would
willingly let the business go into pri
vate hands under suoh restrictions,
but that could not be accomplished
under present conditions.
Where the Real Suckers Are.
It has been very truly remarked
that, whatever may have been the
case in the past, the "suckers" do
not now live in remote and sparsely
settled sections of the country. They
are found in the cities, the supposi
tion centres of intelligence and en
lightenment. The get-rioh-quiok artist,
the vender of bonanza mining stock,
the individual with an infallible sys
tem for "beating" the wheat market,
no longer make up their mailing lists
from county directories and rural vot
ing registers. They look for?and
they find?their victims within com
muting distance of the New York
Stock Exchange and the Chicago
Board of Trade.
After the ingenious persons men
tioned have oleaned up a satisfactory
volume of metropolitan money there
is plenty left for the makers of "hand
books" the writers of "policy" and
the innumerable other "sure-thing"
opoeia?^ts who nourish and wax fat
upon the self-sufficient denizen of the
city?the man who vaunts himself up
on his shrewdness and who has noth
ing eavo contemptuous pity for the
individual whom he styles the rural
"jay." It is a fact, which has re
ceived repeated demonstration through
the reoent exposure of metropolitan
swindles, that nine out of ten victims
of the gudgeon fishers are denizens of
big cities. The swindlers would
starve to death if they had to depend
upon the rural districts for dupes.
It is true that there still occasion
ally visit the cities bucolic gentlemen
who will pay liberally to see the Ma
sonic Temple turn around or who will
make a first payment of $10 or> that
altitudinous structure upon the assu
rance of a plausible, stranger that the
property may bo purchased outright
for $500 or suoh a. matter. But these
rural visitors are rare and they are
becoming rarer, and even in the very
height of their verdonoy they were
not half so green as the city-bred
"jay" who prides himself on his as
tuteness, yet who is the "producer"
for all the touts, back room gamblers
and miscellaneous swindlers ~f a big
! It should be remembered, more
over, that while the rural "jay" is
swindled only once or twice a year,
the metropolitan "easy mark" gives
up his money week in and week out?
when ho has any money to give up.
His gullibility is a continuous per
formance, while the beguilement of
the rural brother is merely an episode
In an otherwise sane and conservative
career. The truth of the matter is
that the country, as distinguished
from the oity, contains the conservante
intelligence of the nation. It is the
bulwark which will protect us agairst
tho thousand and one "isms" from
Socialism up;?or down?-whioh are
now making headway in - tho urban
Whatever tho ruralite might have
been a quarter of a century ago, ue is
aow tho equsl of his metropolitan fel
low citizen i& everything that calls for
tho exercise of intelligence and his
3uperior in the. hard, common sense
which is required "to prevent this
jcuntry from becoming a political and
social lunatic asylum.
The "hayseed" of tradition has dis
appeared, and in its place stands the
level-headed, conservative citizen,
who is as impregnable to political
bunkoI steerers as he now is t> the lag
gard vender of gold brioks aud light
niog rods.?-Chicago Chronicle.
Slaughter by the Railroads. I
When it became known last year
that tbe railways of this country had
in 1903 killed 9,840 persons and in
jured 76,553 more, there was a gen
eral feeling of horror. It was sup
posed that conditions had been un
favorable, and that improved manage
ment on the part of the railways and
the exeroise of greater care on the
part of the publie would lower the
casualty roll for 1904. But instead
the slaughter ?and maiming of people
bad greatly increased. During 11)04
at least 11,000 persons were killed by
the railways, aud moro than 90,000
others were injured.
Are the railways and the people in
different to this terrible sacrifice of
life? This oan hardly bo supposed;
and yet why was not the fearful
slaughter checked, after the shocking
losses of 1903? Our railways are
costing us as much in flesh and blood
as an average war would cost?more
than the war with Spain aud the con
quest of the Philippines cost us.
And yet no general effort was made
by the railways, by tho national or
State governments, or by tho people,
to lessen the slaughter. It is true
that the railways are always investi
gating or experimenting with devices
for protecting life and limb, and that
much talk is always heard in legisla
tive bodies about safeguarding pas
sengers and employes, but nothing is
actually accomplished. Indeed, tho
slaughter increases, and we thrust
thousands more under the wheelB of
our modem juggernaut.
Tbe latest report of tho Interstate
Commerce Commission, covering the
months of October, November and
December, 1904, and dealing only
with roads that oross State borders,
fhows an appalling slaughter. Dur
ing these three months and on these
interstate lines, 951 persons were kill
ed and 14,027 were maimed. There
were 2,950 collisions and derailments,
aggregating a financial loss of $2,406,
000, and killing 53 passengers and 189
employes; and injuring 1,430 passen
gers and 1,868 employes, making a
total of 242 persons killed and 3,298
injured iu train accidents.
The commission began keeping a
record of railway slaughter sixteen
years ago. In that time 113,000 per
sons have been killed and 700,000 in
jured?a yearly average of 7,062 kill
ed and 43,750 injured. But this aver
age is reduced by the comparatively
small slaughter of a dozen years ago.
The annual hecatomb has been great
ly increased, until, it now averages, as
we see, something like 10,000 killed
and 80,000 injured.
How does it happen that so many
persons are injured or killed by our
railways? The ? . .mission finds three
chief onuses: First, the gross care
lessness of the geuerol public; second,
the greed of tho railroad companies
and their managers; and, third, tbe
carelessness and incompetence of rail
More than half the persons killed
by tbe railways are struak by moving
trains while trying to cross the tracks,
or by falling from or being injured
while walking on moving trains. The
grade-crossing slays its thousands;
and for this the railway is chiefly
responsible. Only one or two States
have taken any preventive action?
Massachusetts alone having anything
like latisfactory legislation on the
Te commission gives the following
list of causes of the increase in rail
way slaughter: Increase of traffic be
yond *ne capacity of railroad equip
ment; the constant and almost crimi
nal effort ht railroad managers to ren
der service beyond their facilities;
compulsory overwork of employes
leading to their indifference and care1
lessoess; roadbeds of .insufioient con
struction for tho constantly increas
ing weight of rolling stook; single
As to remedies, the commission
suggests: Extension of the block sys
tem of signals; reduction of the hours
of labor of railroad, employes; elimi
nation of al! inexperienced men and
boys in the train-dispatching service;
Abolition of the train-order system
and substitution therefor of the elec
tric staff system; double tracks.
England puts us to shame in the
management of railways, with respect
to the safeguarding of human lifo. In
1903, for instance, when our railways
killed 9,810 and injured 76,553 per
sons, the railways of England and
Ireland killed 976 and injured 9,637;
or less than one-tenth as many killed
and less than one-eighth as many in
jured. Great- Britain has ? v. "lwny
mileage of about 23,000 miles, while
the grand total of the United States
is about 200,000 miles. But the track
mileage does not count in snob com
parisons; it is train mileage. Now,'
while our track mileage is about nine
times as great as Great Britain's, our
train mileage is only two and a half
times as great. While we have only
twice as many railway .employes as
Great Britain, we kill bine times as
many.' As to passengers, we carry
leas than two-thirds as many as Great
Britain, but we kill and maim tt e to
four times as many.
State and city and .nation should
take prompt and effective measures/
to protect, the peoph from this uee
?opo ?.ad urribfo slaughter.?Columbia
The Better Side of Life.
Such a deed as thai of the two peo
ple who found tho $8,850 lost by Mrs.
Mary Salvin, and returned it, refusing
any reward and even declining to give
their names, is enough to renew faith
in the inherent goodness of human
Many dishonest things are done in
this town, many brutal and scoun
drelly deeds, but all tbe time fine and
noble actions are being committed
quietly and unobtrusively. If we read
the newspapers we are prone to think
that mankind is degenerating into a
superior variety of beasts of prey,
rending aud robbing ouch other by
every cruel method and device. Tho
fact, of course, is that nows of this
character is printed not because it is !
common, but because it is exception
al. The uewspap-rs publish thofe
thing! that stand o it from the genoral
mass, not oomuioup'^oe matters if
daily occurrence. Crime and heartles.1
ne88 are emphatu Uy exceptional; in
deed, we doubt w^ r ever in the
history of mar oeo a great
er sense of respo: I his fellows
Tho modes jded the re
turn of tho 1 . iO is admirabl o
[ in the highest c ee, but, all the
same, wo wish the names of thocouplo
who did the deed were known and
blazoned forth for the plaudits of tl o
people.?New York American.
? It makes most any man feel hon
est not to be in polities.
Say Plainly to Your Grocer
That you want LION COFFEE always, and he,
being a squaro man, will not try to soil you any
thing else. You may not coro for our opinion, but
What About the United Judgment oS Millions
of housekeepers who have usod LION COFFEE
for over a quarter of a century ?
Is there any stronger proof of merit, than tho
Confidence of the People
and ever Increasing popularity?
LION COFFEE Is care S Uli y se
lected at the plantation* shipped
direct to our various factories,
where it Is skillfully roasted and
carefully packed In sealed pack*
ages?unlike loose coffee, which
Is exposed fo germs, dust, In*
sects, etc. LION COFFEE reaches
you as pure and clean as when
It left the factory. Sold only In
1 lb. packages.
Lion-head on every package.
Save these Lion-heads for valuable premiums,
SOLD BY GROCERS EVERYWHERE
"WOOLSOM SPICE CO., Toledo, Ohio.
All in and Ready for Your Inspection.
Our Mr. Lesser while in New York bought one of the
largest and prettiest Stocks that ever came to our eity. Now,
if you are looking for High Grade and Low Prices you will
visit our Store. We certainly have one of the prettiest
Stocks of Dry Goods, Shoes, Clothing and Millinery in Upper
Carolina. Just think! we have something over $35,000
worth of beautiful New Spring Goods. This is no idle talk.
We can prove eves-y word we say if you wiU give us a call.
New Spring Belts from 10c to $1.00.
New Spring Corsets from 24c to 81.00.
New Spring Shopping Bags from lOo to $1.00. x
New Spring Caps for infants from 10c to 50c.
Hew Spring Caps for Boys from lOo to 75c.
iww Spring Hosiery for Ladies and Children from 5c to 50c.
OUR DRESS GOODS
Are new and pretty, and all the ladies tell us that no one in the city can
touch us ?n quality and prices. We have new Spring Brilliantines in all the
leading colors, Voiles in all colors, and in fact anything you may wish in
Wool and Wash Goods
Now, for Cotton fabrics we do claim that we have everything beat in
this County. Wash Goods from 5c to 50c per yard.
Come in and look at our line of White Goods. It will be a pleasure to
show you this line ; we cannot praise them high enough.'
SHOES. CLOTHING, HATS.
We only ask you to take a look. To look means to buy.
We have a big line of Men's and Boyo' Suits.
MRS. MARTIN SELIG M AN, our Milliner, is now ready to have you
inspect her line of Spring Millinery. She will give you .new, up-to-date
Goods at prices lower than our competitors. She will be pleased to have you
come and look at her Pattern Hats.
We are the originators of FREE PREMIUMS.
tSF We still give you Coupons with every pu .'chase.
Leaders of Low Prices.
Studebalrer Wagons just arrived.
Car of Kentucky, Old Hickory and Tennessee Wagons-*to
Also , three cars of Buggies, Carriages, Surreys and pleas*
are Vehicles generally.
Call and see us.
FRETWELL - HANKS CO.
Ryd&le's Stomach Tablets,
Causes belching, gas, or wind in the
stomach, heartburn, sour stomach, etc*
Causes Cramps and pain in the stornach.
sick stomach, etc,
Rydale's Stomach Tablets Cliff ? Kydale's Stomach Tableg
digest ail kinds of food and prevent fer
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acid in the stomach. They never fail to
digest the food and rest the stomacal.
They stimulate, tone the digestive organ*
and cure dyspepsia in its worst forms*
Indigestion and Dyspepsia.
Mr. lt. E. Jones, buyer for Parker & Bridget, whosf? large department Mores are located at
(Hit Bt. and I'enn. Are., Washington, D. C. wi'ttfi us, under date o( April 14th, 11)04, as follows?
Last February, one year a*;o, while tu New York on business for my flriu, 1 caught a severe cold
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.lid not digest well, 1 decided to use, Hvdale'h Stomach Tablets. A friend assured me tiiey were ft
good dyspepsia ineillchie. After taking a few dost*, I began to realise that I was getting better
1 have used two boxes of these tablet** and hnvo gni'"^ W pounds and never felt better in my life
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Indigestion and a general run down condition o? tho system, ltydale's Btoinacu Tablets art
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RADICAL REMEDY COMPANY, Hickory, N.JC.
FOR SALE BY EVANS PHARMACY
Wanted to Buy
Good, Flat Laud, in good state
of cultivation and well im
Wanted to Sell.
132 acre?, Hall Township?40 acres in bottom lands that will yield 100$
bubhcls com. Fair improvement.
148 acre?, Savannah Township, known as Evergreen place. Well im
proved, good orchard.
84 acres, liopewell Township. Tenant house, barn, Sec. 45 acres \<
cultivation, balance woods ami old fields.
152 acres, Rock Mills Township. Price S1200.
963 acre?, Broadway Township. Well improved. Price S2.r)00
87 J acres, Varennes Towi"*hip?improved.
200 acres, Fork Township.
JOS. J. FRETWELL,
AND?KSON, S. C.
THE SOUTH'S GREATEST SYSTEM!
Unexcelled Dining Car Service.
Through Pullman Sleeping Cars on alllTrains. _
ConvenientlSchedules on all LocallTra ins.
WINTER TOURIST RATES are now intellect to all Florida^ Peinte
For full information as to rates, routes, etc.,?Bconsult2 jneare3t Southern
Railway Ticket Agent, or
R. W. HUNT, Division PasaeDger Agenl, Charleston, S. C.
OH Bjesl, Cheapest, Bei!
This Establishment has ;)een Soiling
IN ANDERSON for more than forty years. Daring all that time competitoro
have come and gone, but we have remained right hero. Wo have always sold
Cheaper than any others, and durfog thoso long years we havo not had une dis
satisfied customer. Mistakes will sometimes occur, and if. at an v ?im? we
found that a customer was dissatisfied we did not real t. ,m] ' ? i>u . u.**< hint,
satisfied. This policy, rigidly adhered to, has made us friends, truo and last
ing, and wo can say with pride, but without boasting, that we havo the confi
dence of the people uf this acotku. ?Vo have ;u larger Stock of Gocd? rH*
season than we have ever had, and we pledge you our word that we have uevre
sold Furniture at as close a margin of profit as we are doing now. Thit>?it
proven by the fact that we are selling Furniture not only all over Anderson
Oounty bub in every Town in the Piedmont section. Come and see us. Your
parents saved money by baying from us, and you and your ohildren can save
money by buying h3? too. We carry EVERYTHING in the Furniture line,
C, F s TOLLY <&:SON, Dppot Street.
WE have moved our Shop and office below Peoples' Bank, hi iront oi
Mr. J. J. Fretwell's Stables. We respectfully ask all our friends that need
any Roofing done, or any kind of Repair work, Engine Stacks, Evaporators,
or any kind of Tin or Gravel Roofing to call op us. as we are prepared to do
it*promptly tnd in best maoner.gf Solic?tinp'your patronage, we are,
Respectfully,! B?RRISS A DIVVER,