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One of tlie Leesons AV
One of the lessons which Christians
fiud it hard to learn is that of keeping
a careful watch over their word*, so
that Uiey may say nothing harmful
to others or unbecoming thc profes
sion they have made. It does not
generally require a very great effort to
refrain from committing any of the
other sins forbidden by the deca
logue, but it >ecrns especially difficult
to observe the Ninth Commandment.
This ie chiefly because wc allow our
selves to fall iuto thc habit of mak
ing our neighbors-not especially in
thc sense of those who live near us,
but in thc sense which includes all
our friends and acquaintances-the
constant topic of our talk. It adds so
much to its interest if we know some
thing about them that our interlocu
tors have not heard. Kight-minded
men and women are careful net, to
bear false witness, or to say slander
ous things of others; but ii the story
has come to them secend or third
hand, through people '*hom they re
gard SB reliable, they i ppear to think
it is no harm to repeat it; probably
taking thc precaution to preface it
with the remark tba; they cannot
vouch for the truth of it, or by beg
ging the one to whom they tell it not
to repeat it, and on no account to give
it as coming from them. When look
ed at squarely this is a very cowardly
thing to do, not very much better than
stabbing a person in the back, since
it is very certain one would not say
Huch thiugs of ihem to their face.
But it all comes from the fact of not
keeping a watch over the tongue, and
not realizing the harm that may como
from such talk. Ordinary talk-for it
cannot bc dignified with the name of
conversation-is rather insipid, un
less seasoned with a dash o?' ?landor
and a sprig of gossip, aa a French
cook spices his dishes with a pinch of
cayenne and a bit of garlic, and
many people like to bo thought en
tertaining, no matter at what cost to
It is impossible to say how soon in
thc history of the human race the im
possibility of taming or controlling
the tongue was discovered. Job is
regarded as one of the oldest books ex
tant, and in it "the scourge of the
tongue" is spoken of as something to
be feared. Again the Psalmist, prob
ably from a smartling recollection ot
his own sufferings from this cause,
applies a good many uncomplimentary
epithets to the tongue, Buoh as "a
sharp sword," "crafty," "deceitful,"
"lying," eto. In this way there are
more than a hundred references to
"the unruly member" scattered
through the Scriptures, and the most
of them are in accord with tho9e
quoted above, showing very plainly
how clearly men of all times have dis
cerned its capability of doing barm.
One of tbe latest writers ia very dis
tinct in his assertions about the ne
cessity laid upon every professing
Christian in this respect: "If any
man among you Beem to be religious,
and bridleth not his tongue, but de
ceiveth his own heart, this man's re
ligion is vain;" and again: "If any
mao offend not in word, the sarrio is a
perfect man, and able also to bridle
the whole body." And later he adds,
as though he could not sufficiently
warn the sew converts against the
danger of (he tongue: "Every kind of
beasts, and of birds, and of serpents,
and of things in the sea, is tamed,
and hath been tamed of mankind;
bnt the tongue can no man tame."
When we are listening to an eloquent
address from some fine orator, or a
sweet, low-toned conversation from
the lips of a lovely woman, it is very
hard to believe all these harsh things
about the tongue; yet, unfortunately,
our experience is but too apt to con
vince us of tho truth that: "Out of
the same mouth proeeedeth blessing
and cursing" for "therewith bless we
God, and therewith ourse we men
who are made after the similitude of
It is ii aie wu ?UL., t?CrofcSS, ?bifit
those who aro really and earnestly try
ing to be pure in heart find such dif
ficulty in keeping a ceaseless watch
over this untamable little enemy that
is so quick to take advantage? of the
least relaxing of vigilance on our part,
to Bay something we immediately re
gret ? and wish unsaid; but unfortu
nately the ancient epithet "winged
words'' is but too true a description of
them, and the moment they escape
th" lips they fly beyond recall; the
wou-.d has been given to friend or to
foe, the injury to someone vb o per
haps never harmed us, or to some
cause which wo would gladly aid.
There are some religious orders
Upon whom vows of perpetual silence
.arc imposed, and to those of us whe
live much in the world and enjoy con?
yefsaiion owith friends the idoa ol
never speaking is a terrible one-fal
worie it seems to us than the' mi sf or
hicli Christians Kind it
? tune of being born deaf and dumb,
for then the jleaeurc of audible con
verse would never have been known,
and deaf mutes can, to a certain ex- !
tent, hold communication with others
by signs which are as well understood
by them as are words by us. In the J
case of those who take the vow of
silence the ears are still open to thc
sound of human voices, and it must
take au iron will to hear and keep
silent when the heart is longing to re
spond. In a lesser degree it needs a
strong exercise of thc will to keep,
from offending in word in one's daily
familiar talk with friends; for it is
just in such unguarded moments that
the untamable little member is most
likely to slip the lentil and "speak
1'uttiog aside the consideration of
what would merit the name of evil
speaking, in that it does injury to
others, what an amount of perfectly
inane talk passes current as conver
sation. The babel of sound which
arises wherever un cntcrtaimcnt is in
progress jg something amazing, and
the expressions that detach them
selves from the roar with some dis
tinctness arc apt to be such as to lead
the ?Btencr to believe it is an assem
bly of harmless lunatics at which he
is "assisting." At thc same time
there is an unwritten social law that
one is not expected to "talk sense"
under such conditions; and those who
ignore that law soon discover that
they are regarded as being either
pedantic or hopelessly dull, and are
shunned by all those who prefer to
talk nonsense. The happy medium
is not easily found between these two
ex tl enies; and yet it is hard to be
lieve that a number of sensible people
lose all relish for pleasant intercourse
with their acquaintances-such as
they enjoy in small gatherings-the
moment a few score of them enter a
reception or ball room.
A very common, but very reprehen
sible, fault is that of talking of one's
family affairs, or of tho business of
some association to which ono be
longs, to any and everyone hechanoes
to meet. . We have known a person,
in the course of an hour's talk, give a
chance acquaintance the main facts of
his whole life; or lay open for inspec
tion every detail of the business in
which he is engaged. So general is
this mistake that it has become almost
an axiom that if you wish to know all
about a man's private oharaoter and
affairs, or of some business enterprise,
you must go to those who have no
personal acquaintance with either,
and not to intimate fricada who are
too reticent to talk.-Charleston Sun
in nine out of every ten of tho nu
merous cases of drowning which sad
den the summer season-the fatal acci
dent may be traced back cithor to ig
norance of a few simple rules that
should be known and observed by
bathers, or else to a rash and reckless
disregard of them when known. In
the cases of the drowning of good
s trimmers, the fatal cramp is general
ly due to their having gone into thc
water too soon after eating, or when
overheated, and therefore with their
strength, unconsciously to themselves,
below its par value. Here are the
cardinal rules for swimmers: Never go
into the water when overheated or
soon after eating. The oareful phy
sician would probably insist upon an
interval of at least two hours between
j meal and bath; one hour is a fair com
promise between zeal and prudenoe,
and a half hour the absolute minimum
for safety. Finally, don't enter the
water timidly and by degrees, but
boldly with a plunge, wetting the
whole body atoace. If one is not able
to dive in, he should wade in to knee
depth, then wet the head thoroughly
and plunge in boldly. These rules
have been repeated often enough to
be familiar to everybody, but they are
continually disregarded.-New York
- Beware of an unloaded gun and a
. crippled mule.
- The troubles of her neighbors are
apt to worry a woman.
- Ocoaeionolly ? widow tries to
make a hit by posing as a miss.
' - When there's nothing else in
i a man's pocket he cn pocket his
- ? cynical woman never shows
i up to an advantage at a church so
I - Most men aro willing to admit
> that honesty is the beBt policy-for
-? After reaching tho tge of thirty
: a woman has no ?further use for birth
r days until she ge tr in the grandmother
Serious Menace to Cotton Staten.
A subject of vital importance to
many of South Carolina's farmers is
being brought to their attention in a
very startling way. Austro-Hungary
is taking the lead in high tariffs
against exports of cotton seed oil
from this country, and France, Italy
and Germany are liable to follow her
lead. The matter was first brought
up by the New York board of trade,
which submitted to the Interstate
Cotton .Seed Crushers' convention at
New Orleans last May a memorial
chowing that while the export busi
ness now alfords a profitable outlet
for moro than 10 per cent, of thc cot
ton seed production of the United
States, the four fold increase of the
duty, by Austro-Hungary, would des
troy the market for more than 75,000
barrels of cotton seel oil in that
country alone. The oil men of the
New York produce exchange request
ed the Cotton Seed Crushers' Asso
"First, to memorialize the secretly
of state at Washington ask'og '"hat
representation bc made in opposition
to the radical and prohibitive changes
proposed to be made in the Austro
Hungarian tariffs, destructive to a
business which has ^rown up to the
advantage of both the sellers and us
ers, under tariffs already calculated
to produce as much revenue to the im
porting country as the business will
"Second, and most important, to
ask all members and friends of the
cotton seed industry to impress upon
their sen&lors and congressmen that
the present condition of general an
tagonism to American products by the
European governments, threatening
the destruction of markets"for pro
ducts of southern agriculture and
manufacture amounting in the aggre
gate to tens of millions of dollars an
nually, is only to bo averted or cured
by reasonable modification of Ameri
"No attack upon the general tariff
policy under which American trade
and commerce has so mightily thriven,
is made or intended, but it is strongly
insisted that the time has come when
good business and Bound patriotism
calls for such judicious readjustment,
as shall cure antagonisms and foster
trade on the broad lines of the
greatest good to the greatest num
"It is pointed out that the establish
ment of tariffs throughout Europa de
structive to the export business in
cotton seed oil would throw upon the
markets of the United States an enor
mously larger quantity of cotton Reed
oil than ic is prepared to assimilate,
and would or?ate market oonditions
which would snell ruin to hundreds
of oil mills throughout the South."
A special committee at the conven
tion took necessary steps to give the
matter publioity through the preBB,
the senators and representatives in
congress and the members of the asso
ciation. Mr. B. F. Taylor of the Tay
lor Manufacturing company of this
oily is the secretary pf the State as
sociation and is sending out a circu
lar letter to South Carolina's repre
sentatives in congress, which reads
"As Beeretnry and treasurer of the
Carolina Independent Crushers' Asso
ciation, I have been instructed to
confer with the senators and repre
sentatives from South Carolina in
congress and impress on them the im
portance of taking steps to prevent
the proposed inorease of duty on cot
ton seed oil being put in foroe by
Austro-Hungary, Germaqy, France
and other foreign oountries. I en
close herewith resolutions adopted by
the New York board of trade and the
Interstate Cotton Seed Cruahero' As
sociation relating to this matter. It
has boon estimated that the proposed
tariffs will reduce the prioe of cotton
leed oil to about 12 ooma at the mills,
due to the feat that our ooothern
States manufacture a great deal more
cotton seed oil than can bo consumed
in the United States, and the closing
of these markets on account of the
proposed tariffs will leave in the
hands of the mills about une million
barrels of cotton seed oil, which can
only be sold at a very low prioe,
You will readily see' what effect this
will have on the prioe of cotton seed.
At present the orude oil is selling at
24 cents and it is estimated that tb?
mills in the United States parohased
from the farmers during the past
year 2,850,000 tous of heed, wu ion
yielded to the mills 40 gallons pei
"If the prioe of oil is reduced by
reason of these tariffs to 12 cents, it
will mean a reduction of $4.80 per toe
in the prioe, which the milla are able
to pay for. cotton seed. This would
figure $13,630,000 lesa money than thc
farmers received for the same quan
tity of eotton seed during the past
"Wo deem it extremely, important
that this matter be brought to thc
attention of the department oi
State and prompt measures taker
to prevent tho . establishment of thc
. proposed tariff, and we feel satisfied
that oar represent uti ves will dc
? everything in their power for thc
interest of-their constituent?.
"Thc association which I repre
sent has mills at almost every small
town in South Carolina, and by
helping them, thc farmers through
out thc State will also be benefited.
If you desire it, we can supply you
with a signed petition from all of
these mills, and it is our purpose
to obtain these signatures at the
earliest possible moment.
"We would be obliged to you, if
you would co operate with us in this
matter, and give us your valuable
assistance and advice as to the proper
method to pursue."
There is nothing of the bugaboo
in this crisis. The European de
mand for cotton seed oil alone, ex
ceeds one million barrels and the
trade in cakes and meal amounts
to 400,000 tons annually. Germany
is preparing to inoreasc its tariffs
by 25 per cent, (effective this year)
.?od Austro-IIungary to raise the
duty from 7} cent? to 30 cents per
gallon after Febi u ary, 1900.
A Whistler Story.
? friend of thc late James McNeil
Whistler saw him on the street io
London, a few years ago, says Har
per's Weekly, talking to a very rag
ged little newsboy.
As be approached to speak to the
artist, he noticed that the boy was as
dirty a sp?cimen of the London "New
sy" as he had ever encountered-he
seemed smeared all over-literally cov
ered with dirt.
Whistler had just asked him a ques
tion, and the boy answered:
"Yes, sir, I've beeu seeing papers
"How old are you?" inquired Whist
"Ob, you must be more than that."
"No, sir, I ain't."
Then turning to his friend, who bad
overheard the conversation, Whistler
said, "I don't think he could get that
dirty in seven years, do you?"
The mother was expecting guests
for the evening, and at 8 o'clock the
youngest ron was told that it was bed
time. Thc little fellow persisted in
sitting up for the occasion, pleading
fear of the darkness. His mother as
sured bim there was nothing to fear,
saying he would not be alone, as the
angels would be in the room to guard
him. Finally the youngster reluctant
ly went to bcd. An hour later a lit
tle figure appeared ia the dining room
doorway, much to the amusement of
the entire company, saying:
"Well, dear?'' his mother said.
"May I speak, mamma?"
"Certainly, dear. What do you
"Mammt, are the angels in my room
"Are they in my bed, too?"
"Oh, yes, yes, dear," answered the
"Well, then, mamma, the angels
are biting me."
A Case of Second Sight.
A Sootoh minister and his friend,
who were coming home from a wed
ding, began to consider the state into
which their potations at the wedding
feast had left them.
"Sandy," said the minister, "just
stop a minut? here till I go ahead.
Maybe I don't walk very steady, and
the good wife might remark something
not just right."
He walked ahead of the servant for
a short distance and then asked:
"How is it? Am I walking
"Oh, ay," answered Sandy, thickly,
"ye*re a' reoht-but who's that who's
with you?"-Harper's Weekly.
- A wife is the making of a hus
band-but the job is seldom satisfae
tory to all parties conoerned.
"When buying loose cottee o
to have in his bin. frew do
D?tting ? Some queer stories
could be told, if the people v?
Could any amount of snor<
housekeepers to use
the lea<2&r ot ?ll p&e?m
cl a century, if they had not ioun
P?fflfy, Strengt^ Fla
TUm pn?m1ar oueecea ?3 BJON ?
caa SM dc? only t* Inbercat merit.
IA tao strosgcr XMTOOS O4 aMrit QM
tinned Maa ti rs-Tug popularity.
Sfi ?fae verdict o9 MHJUO?
HOUSEKEEPERS sloes m?t COB
you os ?he merits ol UON CO
tl costs yatit hs? sa ?rifle ,?o 1
psckORc. lt ls ?be easiest t%
convince yourself, saud lo
yo? m R2IWSANENTP PURCBAS
XJON COFF I'S ia sold only In t lb. era! cd p
end richea you aa pmoar.d clean ta wheo lt
*IJoivh<MuJ on avery Mckaga. ? .
. eave thcac Idon-atads fir va.lr.ab!? premtami
SOL? BY GROCER
?2_WOOLSON SPICE CO., To?e?V
A Lack of Firmness.
A very matter of fact Scotchman
called to ace a neighbor, an old Irish
woman, who had been ailing for some
time, when the following conversation
took place at the door:
"And how do you find yourself to
"Sure, your honor, I'm mighty bad.
This shocking weather'll be the end of
me. I'll be a dead woman before
"Hoots, toots, woman! Ye'vebeen
saying that for thc last twenty yeara!
I'll tell ye what it ia-ye want firm
ness o' mind. Fin' a day for yer dee
iug and stick to it!"
Where The Bullet Struck.
Speaking of thc tribulations of the
crosB-examin'?r, according to the New
York Times, Henry Willimon cites
In the progress of a murder trial
near Kansas City he wished to learn
from a witness just where the bullet
struck the victim.
"Right here in this town," replied
"Yes, I know; but where did the
bullet hit him?"
"Near Sixth and Wyoming streetB."
"You don't understand me. Where
did the bullet enter?"
"It came in the window."
"But in what part of the body did
"It never hit his body."
"Well, it certainly hit him some
where-he ie dead."
"Hit him in thc head," said the wit
- Conscience ?B something that
worries you a great deal more when
something you have eaten disagrees
with you than when you can kill three
square meals a day.
- You oould never get a woman to
take any interest in a business panic
if tho baby was cutting a new tooth.
- One of the hardest blows to a
woman is that after she marries aman
she can't have him propose to her any
- The man who peers at other peo
ple through the wrong end of a spy
glass uever makes that mistake when
looking at himself.
j - A man gets off so many smart
Bayiogs when nobody is around that
he can't do any when he is with peo
ple for trying to think them up.
- There is hardly enough flattery
in the whole world to satisfy one man
who believes he has a fine figure that
must must be dressed in the perfec
tion of fashion.
- Generally a man oan grumble
about its being too hot when he isn't
grumbling about its being too eold.
- One trouble about using tact
with girls is they always think it is a
proposal of marriage.
- A woman considers she is lead
ing an ideal life when she sits down
to write Ijtters or to wash her hair.
- When a woman doesn't get a let
ter she was expecting she feelB the
way a man does who has lost his last
five-dollar bill on a horse rao e.
- A girl will never believe people
will think she understands baseball
unless when she goes to a game she
says a lot of things that prove she
- If women ooased to gosnip their
husbands would miss a lot of enter
taining information about the neigh
- A man actually believes that he
does the proposing, but, as a matter
of faot, the woman in the ease does it
by proxy. _ .
The oily hypocrite does not lubri
cate the church wheels. $
- A man has to be very fond of a
woman to want her to sit in bia lap, on
a hot Bummer day.
- There is a lot of responsibility in
making yonr family think what a lot
of it yon have in sour family.
- In saving money the real secret
is not to lose it through the hole at
the top of your pocket.
r t^ything your grocer happens
you know what you ar?
i about coffee that ia sold in bulk,
ho handle it (grocers), oared to
) talk have persuaded taillioaa of
ige cottees for over a chatter
?it otrperior to all other branda in
wop mad UEitforrsiifiy t
; left eat
THK CENTAUR COMPANY. NCW VORK OITT.
This Establishment bas I?eon Selling
IN ANDERSON for more ?han forty years. Daring all that time competitors*
have come and gone, bat we have remained right here. We have always sold
Cheaper than any others, and durit j those long years we have not had one dis
satisfied customer. Mistakes will sometimes occur, and if at any time wo
found that a customer was dissatisfied we did not rest until we had made him
satisfied. This policy, rigidly adhered to, has made us friends, true and last
ing, and we can say with pride, but without boasting, that we have the confi
dence of the people of this seotion. We have e larger Stook of Goods this*
season than wo have ever had, and we pledge you our word that we have never
sold Furniture at as close a margin of profit as we are doing now. This is*
proven by the fact thai we are selling Furniture not only all over Anderson)
County but in every Town in the Piedmont section. Come and Bee UB, Your
parents saved money by buying from us, and yon and your children osn save*
money by buying bore tao. We carry EVERYTHING in the Furniture linec.
C. F. TOLLY & SON. Depot Street
The Old Reliable Furniture Dealers)
fi LONG LOOK
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insurance suggests itself-but circumstan
ces of late have shown how life hangs by a
thread when war, flood, hurricane and fire
suddenly overtakes you, rand the only way
to be sure that your family is protected in
case of cala? tity overtaking you is to in*
Bure io a eoLd Company like
The Mutual Benefit Life Ins. Oo*
Drop .in and see UB about it.
M. Aft. MATTISON,
People*' Bank Building, ANDERSON, O 8.
ARMOUR'S GUANO AND ACID.
ALSO, COTTON SEED MEAL.
If you want'High Grade Goods we will be glad to sell you.
Splendid line o&
FLOUB, COFFEE, TOBACCO,
OATS AND CORN.
? . ' . : '. ' ; . ... ' ' " ; ?< i. ...;:-::\v;:;':. ?.
We want your trade.
Fresh Shipment just in-all the varieties that
grow well in this section. Fruit Jars, ??l
Jar Tops and Fruit Ja* Buhhers. . - ~. . - -
?&ce over Farmers and feerohants Bank^Andexeofi? S. Cc