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It. H. AULL, EDITOR.
Entered at the Postoffice at New
berry, S. C., as second class matter.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1904.
The Editors in Politics.
This was a bad year on editors in
South Carolina politics. Editor El
bert H. Aull of the Newb'erry Herald
and News was defeated for the legis
lature, as was Editor J. M. Knight
of the Sumter Herald. Ve regret to
see these brethren defeated, of course.
But they are splendid editors, and
they might make but indifferent leg-T
slators. They can do more good for
the people with their newspapers than
they could in passing laws, and we
hope they will be content to remain
in the profession to which they do so
much honor, and let politics go hang.
The comments of The Daily Mail a
few days ago upon the fact that what
few editors who ran for office in the
state in the recent primary were de
feated has attracted some attention.
The Columbia Record says: "The
Anderson Mail notes th-e fact that
what few editors ran for office in' the
recent primary met with defeat. We
0. -o not see what an editor wants to go
to the legislature for anyway. He
can accomplish a great deal more
good for the people and the state by
staying at home and attending to his
journalistic duties and improving his
paper. Most editors would doubtless
make goo,d legislators, but they have
a much wider field of influence
through their newspapers."
The Gaffney Ledger says: "We re
gret that our friends, Messrs. Aull
and Knight, were defc zted, for they
are both mighty fine fellows. We
agree, however, with the view ex
pressed by The Mail and do not think
newspaper men should become can
didates for office. Those who do con
descend to offer for office may not
agree with us, but we have an idea
that when they become candidates
for electoral positions they impair
S their usefulness and influence as
We agree with what these brethren
No man can do twco things success
~.fully at the same time. If he suc
ceeds in one he will neglect the other.
A man who is any sort of an editor
can exercise a greater influence, and
can do more good, in that capacity
than he can by holding a petty polit
We arte always sorry when we see
a good -editor go intc' politics.-? n
This was evidently not the year for
newspaper men to run for office in
~.. South Carolina, for they were defeat
ed all along the line. We must con
f' ess to some surprise at the defeat
of some friends in oth.er counties, and
especially in Newberry county, where
our friend Elbert Aull lacked a few
votes of getting into the second :pri-.
mary. He had made a valuable memi
ber of the house of representatives
for two years, and we confidently ex
pected his reelection. But it is a fact
that in the recent primary as a gen
eral thing newspaper men were de
feated, no matter what office they as
pired to. The moral then is don't
run for office. or as John Temple
K Graves put it, give up the hope and
desire of holding office. You'd bet
ter do it, especially if you have a
backbone, for you are bound to trea<d
on the toes of some people and they'll
take great delight mn getting even at
the election. Even the fellow who
loafs around th.e newspaper office is
adays. and it is a dangerous proceed
ing if he would enter politics. We
have no doubt but that it would
please some people in Bamberg for
us to offer for public position. and
thev doubtless iouid take special de
light in giving us thunder, but for
tunately there is a guardian angel
who keeps us from the devious and
dangerous path. Seriously, however.
it is our firm belief that no newspa
per man can ,ffer for or hold public
ofnice and mainta;n his independence
of thought and action very long.
Sooner or later he will inevitably be
found truckling or keeping silent
when vigorous, bold action is need
* * *
The above is all very true. The
editor who does his duty is obliged t
to offend some people and if he
should truckle or trim because he as
pires for political office he is un
worthy to be an editor or to hold
political office. Of course there are
always people who are narrow
enough to believe that by voting
ag3inst him they can punish him or
bring him around, and they some
times do it while admitting that he
is among the best fitted for the po
sition to which he aspires.
The editor of this paper has been
defeated but he has no repinings.
He made a clean and an honest cam
paign and told the people the truth
and he would rather go down in de
feat with such a record than to be
elected by trying to deceive them.
The truth is what the people do not
always want to hear. They are some
tim,es carried away by promises
which, if they would stop to think.
they would know were made but to
We have been a citizen of this
county all our life and have no im
mediate intention of leaving. We
have labored as an editor here for
twenty years and have always stood
for those things which we' believed
to be right and for the best interests
of the pecople of Newberry county.
In that time, of course, we have said
something or published something
which did not please some people
and no doubt they tdok- this oppor
tunity to punish us. We would not
change the record if we could to se
cure their votes. We expect to re
main here and to go on helping to
build up this city and county and our
The people of this county have
been kind to us in many ways and
we have no quarrel with them. We
are willing to abide our time. Any
man who is progressive is obliged U
to run against snags.
The editor has as *,ch right 'in
politics as any one else and that
right should not roh him of his in
dependence, and if it does he has
no place in either position. He may
be defeated and he should be rather
than surrender or truckle.
Judge Jno. Belton O'Neall was de
feated in this county once for re
election to the legislature and while
he was speaker of the house. The
people thought he was in favor of
some little appropriation which they
did not approve and they failed to
send him back.
IThe South Carolina democratic
primaries of Tuesday show that some
16.ooo votes were cast. The nomi
nees of the primaries will be elected
without opposition. therefore those
who participated therein control the
state. The last census gives South
Carolina total of 283.325 males of
voting age. of whom I3O,375 are
whites and entitled to vote. For a
state which has "more" politics than~
perhaps any other, it's a middling
opular government goes.-Charlotte
We can't imagine where the Ob
erver obtained its figures. There
vere more than 100.000 voteS polled
n the primary last Tr-sd&. week.
n fact the larg-st vote in the history
-i fhle pr;-imary system. )ie are very
nuch in poitcs in this state yet.
here is not lack ,f intertst.
.An examination a for ccrt-icates of
oualiication to teach in the public
ch"Ils (of this cmuntv will be held
.t the co1rt house on Friday. October
!st. 1904. on the following subjects:
Ugebra. Arithmetic. English. United
tates History, Geography. Physiolo
V. Hughes' -Mistakes in Teaching."
3eterman's Civil Government. Enoch
krden. Silas Marner. and Current
-listory. Examinations will begin at
iine a. m. Eug. S. Werts.
1-10-2T-Ow. Co. Supt. Ed'n.
I will be absent from home until
)ctober ist. 1904. My clients or any
)ther parties desiring any informa
ion from me in regard to legal mat
ers will please call on Fred H. Dom
nick Esa.. who will attend to such
natters for me during my absence.
F-1I-I. Cole. L. Blease.
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Piano and Voice.
'erm beginning Monday, Sept. 5, 1904
$3.00 Per. Eight Lessons.
Miss Bessie Carlisle,
will open her Music
school, at her resi
ience on the 1st day
>f September, 1904.
We are pre
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Wil furnish bag
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