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town .levy S&me one answered
Why is that not adequate to our
ordinary government, economically
administered? What expe:nses have
we as a town that should require
the expenditure of more than SS,
The license was "not to diminish
taxation, but to raise an amount in
addition to the amount raised by
When he suggested that the town
council be present, it was to elicit
How much more in addition to
the $i8,ooo will be raised by the
license and what it is for? Until
this was known intelligent action
could not be taken and not one
present knew. Should the license
amount to $5,ooo, it would make
$23,000 for expenditures each year
by the town. He was not opposed
to the appropriations that had been
made-he thought many of them
wise-but an expenditure of $23,
ooo each year for running this
little government did seem to him
exorbitant. He thought it was time
to know exactly what debts the
town had. He had been informed
there was a debt of some $ro,
ooo or ;$12,000 or in addition
to the bonded debt. How did it
get there and to whom was it due?
He was not in the habit of disclaim
ing ill-will, and he accused nobody.
If it was carried by a bank it was
probably costing some 8 per cent.
interest. If there was this debt it
should be funded and taken care :f.
He had meant no disrespect when
he had suggested that council be
requested to be present at this
meeting. Would it be disrespect
ful for him to ask his overseer
what he had done with his funds
during his absence? He wanted
to know the necessity for this
Dr. W. E. Pelham stated that
the majority of the committee were
of the opinion that the meeting ceuld
prepare a schedule which would
"be agaeeable to councii and which
would not be burdensome. If money
must be raised in some way and
certain businesses were not reached
under the present mode of taxation
it occurred to him that a license
ordinance was necessary. He re
ferred to the express company, the
telephone system, and enterprises
of that kind.
TXHE POSITION OF~ THE MINORITY.
Mr. Alan Johnstone stated the
minority position. The minority
were opposed to reporting in favor
of the system, because, however
low the tax might be made at
present, a precedent would be es
tablished and it was not known
how high the tax might be raised.
And it seemed to the minority of
the committee a systemof double
taxation. The town must take
care of its debts. But he with the
other minority members of the com
mittee thought that the solution
was to issue bonds to take up the
loating inde'otedness, Then au
thorize a special levy for a special
pupose,-to pay those bonds,-not
to go into the treasury to be expend
ed wisely by this council and unwise
ly by the next until we have another
loating indebtednes. He wanted
to get down to business and stop
going in debt.
Mr. F~. H. Dominick was heartily
in favor of the report, but asked
the chairman of the committee if he
could give any facts in support of
his report as to the necessity for the
Mr. R. H. Welch said, as he un
derstood, there were two reasons
actuating the majority. :First and
foremost, the ordinary revenues
failed t., meet the current expenses
of the last year, the deficit being
about $5,0o0, mainly due to the ex
penditure for sidewalk paving.
hi sament was for last year
only. It was stated that deficits
hanging over frc-m yea- to year had
,,ladc the floating indebtednes . Th.
debt was here and it mu- .e paid.
The 1evy was -s high as it could be
placed, and uiless the (Iebt was
taken up it would go on increasing
from year to year. Another rea
son was to devise a mode of taxing
a certain class whom the ordinarv
mode of taxation failed to reach. A
third reason actuating the -vajority
was that certain convenierts are
enjoyed by the dowz.-town business
men which suburban property did
I not receive-police protection,
-although those on the outside
limits paid the same tax as the
business men down town.
As against these reasons, the mi
nority answered the argument that
the business part of the town re
ceived additional conveniences, by
urging that three-fourths of the
taxes paid came from within call
ing distance of the public square.
As to the trades not reached by th.
present mode of taxation, it .was
urged that the merchants had not
asked for protection. As to tLte main
point, the minority urgel that the
floating debt be paid in the regular
way. that the legislature be peti
tioned to raise the limit one mill,
and that that mill be applied to a
sinking fund and the debt funded.
Dr. James McIntosh said a meet
ing of this kind had been needed
for a long time. The town had
very often gone into debt when the
people did not know what was be
ing done. It was well for the peo
ple to learn occasionally the amount
of their debts. The opera housef
water works, sewerage, graded
school and other bonds had been
put on the town by previous admin
istrations. As each administration
went into office it was faced by a
big interest-bearing debt. He be
lieved but for this the revenue of
the town would be sufficient to meet
current expenses. Council had paid
this year $2, 1oo into the- sinking
fund held by the commissioners,
$r,oSo due in Jan, 1903, and 1,o5o
due this year. He mentioned this
merely to sbow what was becoming
of some of the town's revenue.
The credit of the town was good
aiL :.c ';-:ds solA well. He hoped
that nothing would be done here to
injure the credit of the town. If
council was in trouble the citizens
ought to see to it that by a license
system or other taxation the credit
of the town should be sustained.
He hoped the town would never go
into debt again without a fund .in
sight to wipe it out. He called to
mind by act aal count some $1oo,ooo
bonded indebtedness of the town at
Mr. Alan Johnstone said that all
were in favor of sustaining the cred
it ot the town. He knew none
present who was not. If a license
was bound to come, have it distinct
ly stated that it was for the purpose
of liquidating the floating debt and
that when the debt was paid the
license would be taken off. He
was willing to help council out of
trouble and make it happy but he
didn't want it done by a license that
would continue to torment the peo
Mr. George I. C. McWhirter
favored the position of the minority
An issue of bonds was the best way
to lift the town's debt. He referred
to the debt of the township incurred
by voting bonds which had never
been paid, in aid of railroads
Col. George Johnstonle said that
according to the statement of Dr.
McIntosh there was about S1oo,ooo
bonded indebtedness on the town.
According to the figures suggested
by Mr. McWhirter there was an
uncalculated debt on the township
of which the town bore 90 per cent.
The ditch dug through factory town
and the railroad through Prosperity
which never had done anything,
tother cost about $30,000. Add
to:s to Dr. Mclmtois estiate anu
hvabut .$130 000 lOded
Co Jontn adia nSeek
inxg light he was ging to probe to
the bottoim: if it was possible aind
propounded a number of questious
to the meeting, some of which were
answered satisfactorily and some of
which no one present was able to
There was considerable discus
sion as to why the opera house bonds
had not been taken up under the
Act creating a sinking fund to be
applied ,to the" liquidation of the
debt. Dr. 0. B. Mayer stated that
no proviso was made for paying the
opera house bonds. There was a
sinking fund, however, for the water!
Mr. F. H. Dominick stated that
the Act did not create a sinking
fund to retire the opera house bonds.
but had provided fur 240 $1oo bonds,
bearing 5 percent, to D H Wheeler.
and had leavied i mill to pay the
interest, and if there should be sur
plus, to rttire the bonds
Dr. Cromer stated that while lie
was m-avor the taxable property
amounted to about one million and
a quarter: and the i mill levy bare
ly paid the interest.
Dr. McIntosh gave some valua
ble information as to the water
works bonds, showing that this debt
was being liquidated. The com
missioners had investments amount
ing to about$8,ooo,whichpractically
amounted to having retired $8,ooo
of the bonds. The commissioners
had preferred to buy bonds in which
the town was interested when they
were obtainable, but they were very
high, selling at abott 1.09
Col. Johnstone then wanted to
know what the floating debt was,
and was informed by Mr. W. H.
Wallace that it was somewhere be
tween $9,ooo and $io,oo. He
wanted to know what this was for
and where it was placed and called
upon the three bank presidents
present to state if their banks were
carrying any part of it.
President Kinard, of the Com
mercial bank, stated that His bank
was carrying about $6,ooo at 8 -per
President Carlisle, of the Nation
al bank, stated that his bank was
carrying about $3,ooo at 8 per cent
President McIntosh, of the Say
ings Bank stated that his bank was:
carrying about 2,500 at S per cent.
'Do we owe any thing else?"
continued Col.. Johnstone. WVe
have each year about $i8,ooo in!
taxes. How much have we left for:
current expenses? Council were
gentlemen of character and. intel
ligence and they could tell what
they wanted with this license. At*
the last meeting he wanted to ask
council to be present, butt he was
told that if the citizens asked the
'council elected by the citizens to be
present that council would be in
sulted. This was something new
in free America!
Mr. Cabaniss stated that he had
secured a statement from council
showing that the income last year
from taxes, fines, etc., was $18,30o,
sd that more than $23,ooo was
paid out for running expenses and
for interest on bonded indebted
"23,000," exclaimed Col. John
stone. He meant no reflection on
on any one, but any business man
in Newberry would be glad to take a
contract at $23,0co for keeping up
the streets as they are now kept up.
Mr. Cabaniss explained that the
$23,000 was not for streets alone,
but included all expenditures.
$6,oo of this amount simply passed
through their hands on to the bond
holders. He understood that the,
expenditure for paving the side
walks was not included in this
The chairman suggested that a
ommitte be appointed to go to
As ttute for the Iotion to
de a co-:itte reet.Col.
Joh: r -: -: t a co:ittee f
.eCe Lij pp .i to secure ad
eqgae i:r:--tkr flnd to report to
The motion was adopted and the
meeting adjourned, subject to the
call of the chairman.
A Wonderful Saving.
The largest Methodist Church in
Georgia, calculated to use over one
hundred gallons of the usual kind of
mixed paint in painting their church.
They used only 32 gallons of the
Longman & Martinez Paint mixed with
24 gallons of linseed oil. Actual cost
of paint made was less than $1.20 per
Saved over eighty 0.00) dollars in
paint, and got a big donation besides.
EVERY CTTTJRCH will be given a
liberal quan r whenever they paint.
Many houses ire well painted with
four gallons of L. & M.., and three gal
lons of linseed oil mixed therewith.
Wears and covers like gold.
These Celebrated Paints are sold by
the Newberrv Hardware Co., F. A.
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Iti Newo.rrs: pr..u f:r Nc'wberry
It's oca' enri or local read
It will stand the mos: rigid investi
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FOUR LOTS CONTAINING 28
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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA,
COUNTY OF NEWBERRY-IN
By Joo. C Wilson, Esq., Probate Judge..
WHYEREAS, Toney Boyee bath
Vmade suit to me to.grant him
Letters of Adminis.tration of the
estate and effects of Augustus Boyce,
These are therefore to cite and ad
monsh all anid singular the kindred
ad crezditors of the said Augustus
Boyce, deceased, that they; be and
apear before me, in the Court of Pro
bae. to be held at.Newberry Court
House, S. C., on the 19th January
next after pub)lication thereof, at 11
o'clock in the forenoon, to show cause,
if ayx they have, why the said Admin
istration should not be granted.
Given under.my hand. th is the 4th day
[L.s.] of January. Anno Domini, 1904.
JNO. C. WILSON, J. P. N. C.
Notice To Creditors.
A LL PERSONS HOLDING CLAIMS
..against the estate of James H.
Hendrix, deceased, will present same
duly attested to the tundersigned, or my
Attorneys Messrs Hunt, Hunt & Hunt
er, on or before February 18th 1904.
JOHN W. HENDRIX.
Adnir. of estate of James H. Hen
Janary 4th 1904.