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THE NEWBERRY OF THE
DAYS THAT ARE PAST
LBTTER PROM FORMER VEWBERRIAN,
NOW LIVING,IN TEXAS.
Great and Good Men and Beautiful and
Charming Ladies Who Lived and
Moved in the Old Village.
Here's to them, to them that are gone;
Here's to thei, to them that are gone;
Here's to them that were here, the
faithful and dear,
'That will never be here agaiii-no never;
But where are they that are s,-,-w.?
Oh! where are the faithfui and ;rue?
They're gone to the light th-it fears no
And their (lay of rejoicing shall end
, no, never.
Here's to them, to them that were here;
Here's to them, to them that were here;
Here's a tear and a sigh to the blisS
that's gone by,
But 'twas never like what's coming to
Oh! bright was their morning sun;
Oh! bright was their morning sun;
Yet long ere the gloaming, in clouds it
But the storm and the cloud are now
Then speed to the wings of old Time,
That waft us where pilgrims would be;
To the regions of rest, to the shores of
Where the full tide of glory, shall flow
We closed our last with a 'possum
supper in the back room of Gracey's
store. The adjoining house west
was a two-story building, the end
fronting the public square (then
the only two-story house on the
square). 1cre Cy 1ishop had a
tailor shop; he was a joviel, quizzi
cal fellow. Another Bishop, Q.,
lived at Maybinton; lie was a good
tailor, a good fiddler and a good I
judge of whiskey. It was told on
Q. that lie presented an account
against a customer for a suit of
clothes and the customer promptly
paid it. Q. through forgetfulness
presented it the second time, and
was again paid, when a receipt was
demanded, which was given as fol
lows: "Received of -- dollars
in full settlement of all demands,
from the birth of Christ to the death
of the devil. (Signed) Q. Bishop.''
This house was afterwards occu
pied by Col. Simeon Fair, the son i
of William and Elizabeth (Young')
Fair. Col. Fair had two sisters,
Mrs. Mary Graham and Mrs. Pa
ielia Moore, intelligent, chatnning
ladies, anid six brothers noted forI
their intelligence and energy and(
height. Col. Fair's universally
kind, straightforward and upright
course dlemandled respect of all men,
while his lofty, animated spirit
mnade his p'resence a ray of sunshine
to b)righten and cheer those lie met.
Physically and intellectually be w~as
a grand man. His great excellency
lay in a sound understanding, solid
judgment, wvith great sagacity,
courage, energy and extraordinary
quickness of perception, and he had
the "restraining grace of great comn
mon sense." His success at the bar
was won by strength of purpose,
foresight, self- reliance and perse
verance. HeI was kind and afTab)le
to every one, especially to the
young membdrs of the bar; his
courtesy to them was proverbial,
and lie had the happy knack of en
couraging thiem to p)ut forthI their
b)est efforts. There was nothing of
the Puritan ab)out himI: '"Hle dhid
not (call his own opinion God, and
tile opposite oinIion , the devil.'"
The' tribute p)aidl to him by J1. F. J.
Cold well iniCarwile's Reiniiscees
is jumst and true, and I can say of it
as F'reemian saidl of Macaulay's
style, it is a ''literary luxury.''
Eve'ry ofiicial position he held lie
filled witul honor to himself and
boenefit to the people. He married
Miss Mary Butler Pierson, one of
the acknowledged belles of the
State. She was a vision of won
drous beauty; was gente lo-e..
graceful, accouip)islied and noble
hearted; was intellectually gifted
and had a sweet temperament. Lik<
Col. Fair she had great commo
sense and was a fine business wo
man. The three boys we reniem.
mer as light-hearted lads. Wif<
and I agree that we can pay tl(
daughter, Miss Sallie, no finer com.
plime?t than that she bids fair t<
rival her mother in grace, beauty
We next come to the long, lo%%
storehouse of Thomas Pratt. Every
hiouse on the Iblic square was one
story save Cy' Bishop's. Pratt wa
post-master aiAd one of the leadinq
merchants of !the village, and ac
:juired a consideral)le fortune. -1
was a man of rugged ste'adfastness
iturdy truth, and upright bearing.
[udge O'Neall well wrote of him
Ahat "lie deserved the respect which:
ionesty, virtue, piety and intelli
,ence demand.'' I-le tarriedl Miss
Dorothy, the elegant and beautiful
laughter of Major F. Nance. (Win.
[). Butler, one of the handsomnest
neii ever in the village, clerked foi
r. Pratt and married Miss Laura,
mother of the elegant and accom
)ished daughters of Major Nance.
Ars. Pratt like Mrs. Drayton Nance
,as another lovely example "of the
adiant dream that lurks in the
vord woman." They had thre<
ons: Robert, a good looking, pleas
mt man, married Miss Cornelia
'hsnes, an attractive young woman,
'imeon never married, and his non
le plume, the "Queer Recruit,'
itted him nicely. For several years
)efore his death I occasionally cor
esponded with him. He was gen
le and kind, noble-hearted, ori gina
Lnd wrote well. Priestley was my
laily chium at school and corres
)onded with ine while I was in col
ege. He had a fine head, wel! fur
iished, a pair of frank eyes, pleas
mnt smile and joyous manners; war
ull of humor and life. Carwil
fives a beautiful description of him
-lie fills a soldier's grave in Mex
'When hearts, whose truth is proven
Like thine, are laid in earth,
"hen should a wreath be woven
To tell the world your worth."
They had five daughters, a hevy
)f beauties; a very shower of beauty
vas their earthly dower; they werc
oft and genial as a breeze that had
>own over a Led of violets. Amelia
fine musician, :narried Maj. Jacka
ucMlIorries, an iuipright, good man
MIary nmarried Arthur Siumpki s,
nman of finte intelleet, plheasanIt mlan.
iers and a fine writer. Mary wa:;
mpp)ly idleal ization of female b)ear.t y.
She and Miss Ann Calmies wvh
narried J. F. H-arringtoni, were thc
>elles of the village, both radiantly
>eautiful, but of different types ol
>eauty. Carolina and Virginia wer<
:wins and like twin rosebuds. Caro.
ina nmarriedh --- K ineiaid, of whon:
knew but little. Virginia marriect
WV. WV. Calmies (known as Tohe)
ELie was a true, solid man. Ange
ina was rosy and p)retty; her brigh
syes running over with glee. Man3
dly glances were turned towardm
er, but my good friend, James Mc
Morries, captured her. Hie wa:
>neC of my attendants at my mar
I have overlooked two long, low
>nestory houses south of Ste wart o
C'oates' store. The one necxt t<
Stewvart & Coates' was first occuipie<
by John m Young anmd then by ('Conm
oor, an Ir-is'hi tailor, a jolly fellow
who loved his dram. lie fishie<
-omeititmes, butt always sami(l "hI
wanited to fish w~id a seinec, t hat h,
:idn' t care~ a d- -n, wheder dey bi
ar not.'' On the corner south a
D'Coninor's was another onme of th
"'gates of hell.'' Who the "'Cer
icrus" was I know not and anm gla4
of it. The State then licensed th.
grog sellers to sin, but now th
State does its own sinning. Con
siderably over half of the countie
in Texas have voted not the licen
shops, and prohibition in Texas is
At the times at which I write
Amasoka had not been invented,
nor had V. B. Pope niamed it.
On the hill near the Columbia
and Greenville depot, in a cluster of
s.mall timber, perched on the side
of the hill, was the little home of
!Mrs. Isther Moore, always kept
neat and clean. She was a weird
old lady, shrewd and bright, with a
keen incisive tongue that she did
not hesitate to use, and given to
superstitious beliefs and practices.
She was a finicky old lady, some
what thin and fidgety, but I never
knew her to harm any one. She
had two children: Isabella was very
pretty with a sparkling eye and
very industrious and IeI,t; she mar
ricd well but to whom I have for
gotten. John A., the son, over
came by his energy and perseve
rance the adverse circumstances of
his early life and became a good
lawyer anid useful citizen. I lIe
married Miss Sarah Arthur, an ele
gant lady of Columbia, whom I had
the pleasure of knowing sixty ., Cars
ago. Mrs. Esther 'Moore one time
at our house shortly after the death
of Mrs. Barbara Boozer, the mother
of Big Dave, spoke up suddenly to
my wife and said, "I wonder what
old Barbara is doing today.'' The
life of Juo. A. shows to young
men what energy and perseverance
For this time we will pass over
the public square. On the block
fronting on its east side we see thei
shoe store of Cuv Thompson, a
mirthful man. Ie was a jovial,
quizzical fellow with an abundant
supply of rich anecdotes and jokes,
which he dealt out to the amused
crowds, who were filled With
laughter. He afterwards went to
Columbia, where lie engaged in the
On the next corner was the fam
ous candy store and liquor shop of
Antoine Gilbal. He was a quaint,
odd, whimsical, fanciful, irascible
little old Frenchman, and was sup
posed to h!ave been with Lafayette.
I reniemb r hlow old Sol's song
"All dem ladies jis from France
Come to seo old Gilbal dance,
,enraged old Gil There was an
other soni-.g Gil. used to sing to Alf
Nance and "Silo Hello.'' but it
would not look well in print. Car
\i!e iln his Reminiscences gives a
most amusing accouit of imIl.
There are several othler am usinig ill
cidlents ill his life, of whllich I have
heretofore written, lie miade his
owni candy1, anid it was good:
"H-ow goodl all candy seemed to) me,
Back in those daiy's of memory;
Pink checkermlints and lollipops,
'Twvixt heaps of yellow lemon udrops;
I long with wistf'ul look to stopI
And eye old1 Gilbal's candy shop;
To standl with eager face again,
Pressed close against the window p)ane.
Oh, turn, kind Time! be good to me!
Bring back those d1ays of mnemlory,
For I should like to taste once moore,
That candy at 01(1 Gilbal's store.''
I always had an exalted opinioni
of the old vilage, but since I have
been writing of its great amnd good
men, nioble anid excellent woumen,
thlat opinion has been more than
I hope in the two next to close
tup onl the village and( then take an
excursion among the Renlwicks and
Tolanids, &c., &c.
J. .\l. Crossoni.
* A Pisonler ini 11er Ownm ltiouse.
M rs W.t 11. l,avha, ofi 100(1 i\"ums
- Ave , lKansas ( ty,'M]., has for' se'verl'l
- .ears~ lbeen trouledv( with severeu hoarsei-,
ness5 andi a( thnmes a har-d cough, which
she saLys, "Woul kee mo 1( ini dtors for
f (lays. I was prescrihed for by ph1ysicians
Iwith no0 noticeable r'esumlts. A friend
- gave mie par't of a bottle of Chamber'
.lain's Cough Remedly wvith instructions
to closely follow the (directions and I
I wvishi to state that after the first (lay I
could notice a (decided change for the
better, and at this time after using .it
a for two weeks, have no hesitation in
.. saying I realize that I am entirely
cure.' This remedy isi for sale by
* Smith DuC.,Newberry, Prosperity'
Drug Co.. Pm y.
A statement cannot be too strong
when founded on fact. Our adver
tising would be wasted if it were
not absolutely corect. We stake
our reputation on every representa
tion we iake, and ask our custou
ers to hold us to a strict account
therefor. We are best liked wiee
est knowni. The longer you do
business with us, the better you
will appreciate our low prices, and
the more money you will save inl
the aggregate. I lavinlg enjoyed an
unusually large patronage from our
many frieads this fall and winter,
we desire to express our apprecia
tion in a substantial wa.y, naimely:
By selling theim their Mlid-Winter
Goods at a Big Redtiction. Th.
goods inentioned in this ad. are in
cliuded in this sale.
The Best Bran<
THE. HERALD a
.... A L.
A Full Line of
TIhe Nf'wherry Steami Lamondry
t he very l ates-t ColIlar anid Cufl'
overy rOespect. Weo give t,bo Iai
If We cannot please Yo
your patronage. We dc
because we leave all th<
Newberry, but because
You Get Bei
We would be pleased t
ur machinery in opera
Phone 116 anid have wagol
Heavy Wool Dress Goo Cs
Gray Skirting worth $1 at 79c.
Gray Skirting w>rth 75c. at 59c.
Gray Skirting worth 60e. at 48e.
Gray Skirting worth 50c. at 44c.
Checked Skirting worth 6c. at 48c.
Mixed Skirting worth 60c. at 18c.
Mixed Skirting worth 50c. at 44c.
All Black- Dress Goods,
Consisting of Sergeu,
Ilenriettas, Cas imers,
Ll ai ClothI, Granites,
Zibilines, Mohairs, and
Make your wife or sister
or muother a Christimas plreselt of
one of our line Furs in black,
gray and brown. All inichided in
this cut price sale.
No inatter what prices are quoted
WV ARE CHEAPIR,
Aay be Found at
tI NEJWS OFFICE.I
Coinpny hats insRtalled one of
1roneor. Iti up to dlate iri
(OHt gloMs or doniostic liriisi.
u then we do not want
i not want your support
a money you pay us in
o have you call an d see
ri callifor Your Soiled Linen