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VOLUME XLI-NO. 32.
The ??m^ers^dwatlopl and
Co-Opwativs Uniqa of ^mexico.
CONDUCTED BY tl. O. 8TRIBLINQ.
?ST- Commuloations Intended for this
department should bo addressed io
J. C. Stribllng, Pendleton. R. O.
Th? Mule and tne Bag of Guano.
Tho tug .of war is now oh in earnest
'between tho substantial cotton farmer
.o?! the South and the cotton bears.
The campaign for the next few months
promises some very interesting events.
Spinners claim that they have cotton
to run them 00 days, while the cotton
bulls say that the spinners will bo com
3> ol le ii to go on the market for
moro cotton in less than 60 days.
Cotton holders claim to be in position
to carry, their, holdings over to next
.crop. We aro.confident that most far
mers now in ! possession of cotton can
and will hold for much better prices
than are now ruling the markets. /
The rawhide colton speculators being
whipped out on government and other
news reports, have now broke out in. a
sew place. These wily fellows have
now called into action the mule and
tho guano bag; The crack bf the whip
over tho hard tail mule in the arena of
the cotton market is ringing, while the
guano is being stored until it emelia
like monay into tho hands bf the cotton
1 have before me a report from nil
the important mule pena and guano
depots in the South; If these reports
ava proximately true-which our ob*,
serration bears out-rthere is ho year
on record that shows sucha trade in
anules and guano.
New; aa the mule and- the bag of
guono are among the prominent fac
tors that: are behind the. cotton bale,
these mule and guano figures are sig
nificant and should, be Y taken into
serions consideration by tho cotton
Cotton bears argue that, ' aa these
mules and guano bags are noleen tout
to either feed or clothe the Southern
-cotton grower, they indicate an unpre
cedented preparation for;a record
breaking cotton crop for 1008. And
the cotton bearsare using these figures
as their last resort to frighten cotton
holders into turning loose their cotton.
But the up-to-date cotton farmer, can
tell these cotton speculators'(if they do
not already know} that the trend ol
tho times at tho South are leading the
.once cottontots away from thia* system
of aeckless, all-cotton plan and en to
increasing the numberbf acres in food
ail these =ss:e-s and bags ot guano
are not going into tbs production of
.cotton; we can ar, sure them, thattbero
is near double the amount of acres
goingtuio smaii grain to be .followed
by bay crepe. It takes mules to grow
bay, corn and oats, and there is a largo
amount bf commercial fertilisers going
on the land to make theBo feed 1er ops.
The Southern cotton, farmer is learn -
ing to save labor and food bills as welt
as how to get the value of his cotton
af ter be baa produced it.
The bright farmer of today, does not
longer cheat himself with tho delusive
idea that, as his neighbor ls- going td
reduce hu> acres in cotton, it will be a
good tl me: for the smart chap to doubl?
bis, but these bright farmers of today
have learned something along this
line. Some of them have been badly
burned at that business and they now
watch the feilows increasing their
acreage m cotton, when these bright
farmers by their Bide are preparing to
plant moro small grain and pea viues
for hay to sell to his eottontot neigh
Some of these growers of hay are
I today- reaping & good trade in bay ut
$18.00 per ton, and they grow from one
to several tona per acre; while their
lands are growing rich where tho cot
ton farmers' lands are growing the
Harmony, Farmers, Harmony!
You will never whip your enemies
out by lighting e&oh other!
If you aro among a number of Union
men who have put up some important
measure before your members and,
have been outnumbered in votes, do
not skulk away and join the rule or
min crowd. It tikes an asa to do such
things, and a trite Farmers1 Union
man with iota of manhood in bim to
take defeat gracefully in some of his
pet ideas and then lay bold of -tho
wheel again like a trae mon and push
the farinera' side along the road to
success as though we bad never got
into a mire or struck a rough place iu
If you think that some of your mem
bers are leaning too much toward the
Cotton Association or other things,
that some one in doubt as.to some fea
tures of their objects, do not hollow
"traitor,"--for you cannot doubt that
these farmers are at heart with ns.
But some of ns like to lead, and are
not stuck on the plan of following the
crowd. lu other words, if como of us
cannot have everything our own way
we think that things are going to the
devil. We won't dance unless the fid
dler plays our tunes ali the while.
Above all things cotton growers roust
be loyal, to tho cause they have in
band, for it mattera not aa to the name
of their organizations when it comes
to controlling the prion of cotton* oar
great ataple orou.
But when it comes to the Farmers'
Union jye must be as loyal to oar
Union as farmers, as the merchant,
ban koro or other oe cu pat ion a are loyal
to their organizations.
/ / When it comes to nrofltable prices
io tho producers of cotton, the whole
South in as one aggregation of people,
all of whom must DOST to king* cotton
for the revenue to unbuild the whole
of our industries. The prosperity of
bur whole South is indisnolable with
i profitable prices : to the' producers of
cotton, and all have now about learned
i thia lesson, to the point where we can
appreciate tho troth of the statement
that if our copartterahip of tradesmen
in this thiog ;?a ont asunder frees auy
cansethat we have stumbled abd fallen
over the precipice of eeliishnc-s and
cast down to rain right in Bight of a
grosperouB, ' lovely abd beautiful
Farmers, be loyal and stand firm be
eide of each other.
The Rlojj of troc Mete!,
<!oncord Farmers' Union-Foster
Brown, President-has on the 17th
iunt., consolidated tbeSv orders with
~ - mm W??mm
one fertilizer company for one hundred
When it ie known that oeveral raeni
bere of this Union own ?tock in another
fertilizer company that did not get
thie Ceder, it proves that Concord
Union has among ita members men of
pluck and grit sufficient to bring suc
cee8 to any right causo that they may
undertake to work for.
This Concord Union ask other
Unions to join with them and concen
trate their ordere with them for the
simple reason that there ia strength in
Union and that wo must meet combi
nation with combfr.ation.
This voice from Concord has the
ring of tho .trno Farmers! Union apir.it
about it. This ia not only Concord
Union in name, but it ia also Concord
in action and work, that will BUiely
bring in dollars along with this har
All hail to this plucky spirit that
prevails at Concord, and we trust that
this movement may extend to more of
- A dispatch from Paris, Ky. ? says
sight was restored to Leslie Combs,
colored, of that place, in a peouliar
way. Several days ago while riding
on a Paris-Lexington interurban car/a
difficulty arose, between Combs and
a white man. Combs, who waa "to
tally blind in one eye, was out across
the faoe several times, his nose being
severed and a deep out from the fore
head down to ike chis, laid bail his
eyelid and pierced the eyeball slight
ly. When the swelling eubsided
Combs was delighted tc find that
sight bad been restored to his blind
- It is not difficult to understand
why reports from the South indioate
that the people of that section of the
United States are prosperous and con
tented. Daring the last six years the
value of tho cotton crop, including
seed, bas been $3,600,000,000, agaiu6t
$2,100,000,000 for the six years pre
ceding. An enormous increase like
this indicates, the source of Southern
prosperity, and substantially braces
up the olaim that in that seotion of
the Union cotton is still king.-San
.--The South is celebrating the
birthday of Gen. Robert E. Lee", who
was boro 98 years ago. As the great
est and. best man oi the Confederacy
his memory deserves the honor.-Bos
- In St. Louis the other day a man
Was sent to jail for 20 days for steal
ing a tfibie. That is nothing. At
Broxton Bridge,'Si..Cy some years ago
a man and a .winari were lynched for
that orime.-ii dei^'.h Times.
- Before going to war say a
prayer; before going to sea say two
j. prayers, before marrying say three.
f- It doesn't take any grit to grum
4 Gals. L.A M. Paint and 8 gals. oil ces
about .$8.50 and will paint moderate
Bleed house. Sold by F. B. Cravton, An
dereon, 8. C ; E. R. Horton, lawndss
vllle, 8 C.; T. O, Jackson, Iv*. 8. C.; W.
W. on oin. Feleer, 8. C.\ F. m Hopper,
- Three oases of smallpox Lavo
doveloped et Florence
- Spartanburg is assured of ber
road to western coal ii ol du.
- A wireloss telegraph olauon is
to bo put up near Columbia.
- Tho Cbioora oottou mill at Rook
J Hill will in tho near future' begin op
- The capital stock of tho Seneca
Cotton mills has boon increased to
- A shoo company is considering
tho question of moving its plant from
tho North to Sumter.
- John S. Gordon, who passed bo
gus drafts in Spartanburg twelve years
ago, has boon arrested in Texas re
- Edgefield is legally a dry town
for the first time in oho hundred and
fifty years with one ozoeption, tho
year 1884. '
- More than one hundred and fifty
thousand dollars wore expended last
year in operating the government of
- State Constables Hays, Mulligan
and Miller wore fired on from ambush
while returning from a raid on illicit
stills in Spartanburg County.
- W. J. Dow, a white man, aged
60 years, has been missing from his
homo at Philadelphia,. Darlington
County, since December 26th.
- Tb? annual State good roads con
vention met Wednesday in Columbia.
The audicucc was laree and overy seo
tion of tho State well represented.
' -Chao. Kitchen, uight watchman
at the Bioad Uiver bridge on tho
Southern near Blaoksburg, was knook
ed from the trestle and severely in
- The leading colleges of the Stato
j have turned over the good new year
? leaf of quitting foot ball playing. The
boys will have hereafter more time
for their text books.
- The Laurons dispensary election
is hoing contested cs the ground that
at Laurene and Clinton registration
oerttusa??B were not required and at
Princeton. preoinot no registration
books were provided.
-. The Reedy River Power Co., of
Laurens, has been organized, for the
purpose of developing the power at
Boyd's mill. The capital is $50,000
all subscribed. The plant is. lo ca? ed
ten miles west of Laurens and five
miles east of Ware's Shoals.
; -C N. Harper, a young white
mau who elatina vi o ff ney ss his home,
stole a sow from; s negro in Union
County on Friday, 12th inst. Ho
t7S3 tried, convicted and oeutenoe? on
the following Monday. He got two
years in the ohain gang after pleading
. .- Before the railroad commission s
strong and vigorous kick waa made
against the praotioo of tbs railroads
io appropriating coal intended for tho
mills. There ?vasa largo number of
cotton mill officials present and a full
statement of the condition was made.
It is said that 05 cars have boen re
- It is reported that tho attorneys
for tho defense in tho case of th*
Stato vs. Georgo Hasty, who shot aod
and killed Milan Benuett aud Abbott
Davison at Gaffney, will move for a
ohange of vonuo on tho ground that
tho public sentiment in Gaffney is so
strong against the defendant, that it
will bo impossible for him to securo
a fair and impartial trial.
- Miss Sallie Ham, a young girl,
18 years of agc, and a student at a,
local school in Darlington, committed I
suicido last Thursday by firing a pis
tol ball through her heart. She died al
most instantly. Miss Ham's home is
et Timmonsvillo. Tho cause of the
act is believed to have been disap
pointment in a love affair and dis
satisfaotion at being kept io Bohool
against h ev wish.
- On tho lands of Mr. Jamos L.
Atohiac'?, of this county, a grapevine
grew in an old mill pond to au un
UBual size, the trunk measuring four
teen inohes in diameter, says tho
Laurensvillo Herald. This remark
able vino, or grape tree, recently rot
ted at the root and fell, splitting into
eight rails, whioh are lying there now,
io a green state. This story, our in
formant assures ne, oan bo authen
ticated by reliable witnesses.
- A shocking tragedy ooourred at
Union last Saturday afternoon, when
A. S. Whitener, aged 18 years, aod
son of A. S. Whitener, of tho machin
ist force at tho Utuoo Cotton Mills,
was instantly killed. He, with threo
companions, Matthew Mabry, John
Stets and Will Perry had been hunt
ing and were in Duncan's pasture
looking at some buzzsrls flying over
them, when in some woy tho shotgun
one of them carried was accidentally
discharged and the load entered Whit
- Seoretary and Treasurer R. B.
Hughes, of Laurens, is sending ou:
announcements for the eighth annual
session of the Tri-State Medical As
sedation, to be bold at White Stone
Lithia Springs., February 27r,h and
28th. The sooiety is steadily growing
in numbers and' usefulness, its mom
bera flaming from North Carolina,
South Carolina and Virginia. It
works in perfect harmony with the
State societies and any physician ic
good standing, who belongs to th<
sooiety of his State, is eligible tc
- Ollie Smith, twelve years of age
fell into a steaming vat of mash at i
government distillery ' seven milei
from Greenville last Saturday after
noon and was literally oooked. Th<
boy was feeding eows from a cool vat
and as he watobed them eat the boil
ed oom meal he leaned against ? pos
sopposed to protect the steaming vat
the post gave way and he fell in, Qnl;
his head and ono shoulder boing hold
above tho boiling mass of meal four
feet deop. When pull out ho dashed
himself iuto a cool mountain stream
in tho hopes of casing the pain. When
his clothing was removed most of the
skin came oi? with it.
- A canary bird waa levied on by
an Atlanta bailiff to .satisfy a millinery
- A shortage of $00,000 in tho
Kansas State treasury is reported by
- M. Fallieres, grandson of a black
smith, was elected president of Franco
- Presidont Roosovolt i? being
mentioned as tho successor of the lato
W. R. Harper as president of tho
- A Chicago jury awarded dam
ages to tho children of a drunkard
against tho saloon-keepers who aro
alleged to havo made him ono.
- G. R. Brisby, a Baptist preacher
in Atlanta, has instituted divoroo
proceedings-, against his wife who is
an inmate of the asylum at Milledgo
- Postmaster General Cortoiyou
threatens to discontinuo tho froo de
livery routes that do not pay and
whioh aro not appreciated by thoir
- The West hotel of Minneapolis,
Minn., said to bo fireproof, took firo
on Wednesday and was damaged $25,
000 worth, and eight guests were
burned to death.
- It is said that the United States
usos more sugar than any other coun
try. Sovonty-five pounds are ooo
sumed by the individual every year
in this oountry.
- Judge Paynter, tho now Ken
tucky Senator, was too young to servo
in ?ho Civil war. and he is the first
Senator of that kind to represent tbe
Blue Grass State since Appomattox.
- J. E. Edmondson, a white man,
was arrcQtrd on tho streets of Atlanta
for being drunk and when examined it
waa found that his arm was shot near
1 ly off. Edmonson has no recollection
nf who shot him.
- Georgia has five candidates for
Governor. Three are editors, Hoke
Smith and Clark Howell, of Atlanta,
? and J. H. Eatill. of Savannah. The
j other two are u?ug? B. o* Bussell and
Farmer J. W. Smith.
- B. L. Humphrey, cashier of the
bank of Wad loy, Ga., oommitted sui
cide Jan. 15th, by shooting himself
in the mouth with a 38 oaiibro
pistol. His aooounts were in good
shape. He carried $40,000 insur
ance. . .
'- Letchworth,, Cos, who was a
stoker on the first locomotive thst
ever got up . steam in America, has
juBt celebrated hit ninety-first birth
lay in Jamesburg, N. J. Ho waa
?om in Chester County, PonnByl
- Henry Lea, former president of
ho Doylestown Pennsylvania National
?ank, which failed several yearB ago,
jas sentenced to fivo years imprison
jent in thc Eastern Penitentiary for
mbezzlcment of the bank funds. An
ppoal was taken.
- James 0. Davidson, who euc
cods llobort M. LaFollotto as Gov
rnor of Wisoonsin, walked tho streete
f Madison thirty years ago penniless
nd a stranger. Ho was born in Gogu?
?orway, February 10, 1854, and came
o America when fourteen. ..?.,
- There is on exhibition at tho
Poultry Show in Cincinnati a hen for
shich her owner, W. R. Fishel, of
flopo, Ind., haB refused $1,000. She
s a white Plymouth Rook. Her eggs
joramand the price of $60 per dozen
)r $5 a pieoo for breeding.
- Tho United States Court of Ap- ... J
peals has deniod the appeal of Mrs.
Jaaeie Chadwick, of Cleveland, Ohio,
vho was oonvioted somo time ago on
?"ho charge of being in a conspiracy td.
,vrcok the national bank. She will
iiavo to servo her sentence of ten
fears in the penitentiary.
- Witli?in .uuiig in ucuu, E rou aiar
i>in serionsly injured and Guy Hines
is in a critical oondition as the result
sf an accident while riding on a
freight oar on the Alabama Great
Southern Railroad at Bridgoport, Ala.
AU wore in a box oar whoo nuddenly
a jolt threw a load- of ties against
them. Long was killed instantly.
- A telegram from Washington,
under dato of the 18th inst., says;
"Tho house committee on military
affairs directed a favorable report ou
tho bill which appropriated $2,000,
000 for uso in marking craves of the/
Confederate soldiers who died in
Northern prisons and hospitals luring
the Civil war. There aro 24,000. of
these graves in the Northern States."
-- President- Roosevelt is closing
the door of hope and opportunity to
thf colored necker in tue South for
high Federal offices in Washington
and abroad. Hereafter the Northern
brother in black is to get all tho big
plums. Tho reason is that up North
the negro vote counts big is Presiden
tial and Congressional eleetions and
its the Republican polioy to keep them
in solid line and satisfied.
- At last thc loot; locked-for and
difficult Northwest Passage has been
found. Since 1497, when John Cabot
is said to have tried to pass through,
the Arotio ooean from the Atiaatis to
the Pac;6o, there have been many un
availing efforts to discover the North'
west Passage, and hundreds of men
have perished in the attempt. But at
last this passage has been BUOCOBS
fully navigated, the honor of doing
it having lately been won by Captain
Boald Amundsen, of Chris si onia, Nor
. Wo ara glad to cay that 1006 was tho largest burin?es yearia ont history. We wish to thank ?ta* many friends and customera for their patronage during the past year, and we hope to merit a continence
?feame?t?^ Siv 1
50 ladies' Jackets, formerly sold far $3.50 and I4.?G, now going at Si.OSi
56 Children's Iioag Cloak?, formerly sold for 16,00 and ?6.00, now going at $2.48.
A. few Wool Blankets lett, wbioh will be cloned ont at a great reduotlon.
A big line of Bed Cor&torto to be oloeed ont AT COST.
All Our Wool Goods to Go at Cut