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E. H. AULL, EDITOR.
Entered at the Postoffice at New
berry, S. C., as second class matter.
TUESDAY, JANUARY io.
Hold and Plant Less.
Even the most conservative are
now beginning to admit the fact that
over 12,000,000 bales of cotton have
been raised during the last year. The
Y,,ooo,ooo bal: estimate may or may
not be a little overdrawn, but that
there are over 12,ooo,ooo bales seems
now to be an established fact.
Whether or not too much cotton has
been raised is another question.
Many believe it is the professional
bears who have made the trouble,
and that the present situation is an
abnormal. one, brought on more by
the havoc of speculators and market
squeezers than by any actual over
production of the staple. Be the
cause what it may, it has brought
obout a condition which the southern
farmers must unite against and face
and solve. Six cent cotton is disas
trous now, and 'six or seven cent cot
ton after this year's crop is made will
ruin and bankrupt the farmers of the
south. Various methods and plans
have been advised, some practicable,
some eminently iinpracticable, some
desperate; but we are of those who
believe that the situation, though
grave, can be met and overcome if
the cotton planters pull together in
the proper direction. Certain it is
that the world needs and must have
a certain amount of cotton. The
world looks to the southern states
for an exceedingly large proportion
of this cotton, and, furthermore, the
world can afford to pay 12 cents for
the cotton. We believe that but one
thing is necessary to bring the price
of cotton back again to approximate
ly the actual value of the staple
that one thing necessary, according
to our view, is a reduction of the'
acreage this year, not a spasmodic
reduction here and there while neigh
bors are surreptitiously planting two
extra acres of cotton for every acre
you plant in corn, but a widespread,
general and concerted action into
which every farmer will join with
xhead and-hand. A reduction in the
acreage will bring the price of cot
ton back to its norntl plane, and we
believe that those who have mean
while held -their 1904 crop will benefit
largely by the'increase in price.
Let the farmer, then, do two
things. Let, him reduce the cotton
acreage, and let him hold his 1904
crop for thes better prices sure to
*come. As'-t&the first of these sug
gestions, recorded facts' prove it to
Kbe true that grices advance as crops
drop. The crop of 1898, I1,274,340
Cbales, brought- $80,999,800 less than
the crop of 1899 which was 1,838,424
Then we had three successive
crops that averagd a little over 10,
597,0o0 bales and the price steadily
advanced until. 19o3 when the crop
dropped to 10,001,574 bales and sold
for $613,797,339-bringing within $7,
429,133 as rmuch . money as the two
big crops of '97 and '98-aggregating
These figures are not estimates.
They are matters of history, hard'
facts, and they. should be conclusive.
Now as to the second suggestion,
the holding of the 1904 crop. The
Rev. Sam Jones and others are loud
in their protestations not to hold. In
a strong and masterly review of the
situation Sam Jones advises a reduc
tion in the acreage, but tells the
farmers that holding the present4
'crop would be a fatal mistake. But
why? He doesn't say.
rom holdig? It is generaly con-|
:eded that the needy ones. those who i
ictually in such financial straits that
:ash is an absolute necessity, have,
,or the most part, already disposed of
their cotton. With concerted ac
tion on the part of all the farmers
the few of that class who remain
could easily be aided along with that
of the more prosperous. Those
who had or have to sell have for the
most part sold already. The cotton
this year is in exceptionally fine con
dition for .storing, and there are few
crops made in any land the storage
of which necessitates a lesser expen
diture of cash than that of cotton.
During the times of overproduction
of corn in Kansas and the other
western states the farmers have
taken this method, have even stored
for two or three years, sometimes,
and in the end have won. The corn
planters, however, run ten times the
risk in storage that the storers of
cotton would run, for the grain is
subject to damage. while cotton
stored is safe.
We believe that if the southern
farmers hold, and plant less, they
Notice is hereby given that the un
dersigned, composing the Board of
Jury Commissioners , for Newberry
County, State of South Carolina, will
on the 20th day of January inst., at
nine o'clock A. M., in the office of
the Clerk of Court for said County,
epenly and publicly draw thirty-six
jurors to serve as Petit Jurymen, at
the February term of Court of Gen
eral Sessions for Newberry, begin
ning February 6th, io95, and contin
uing for one week. And also twelve
Grand Jurors to serve for one year.
Jno. L. Epps,
- Wn. W. Cromer,
Jno. C. Goggans,
Clerk of Court.
January 9th, 1905.
Applications and bids for acting
as Physician for the County Home,
Jail and Chaingang, within five miles
of Court House, and also including
the Medicines to be furnished and re
quired, will be received by the Coun
ty Commissioners up to and includ
ing the first day of February. 1905.
Applications may be filed with
either of the undersigned.
J. Monroe Wicker,
Fred. H. Dominick,
We will receive applications for
Dispenser for Town of Newberry,
on the 12th day of January, 1905, up
to .12 o'clock, to fill thWe unexpired
term of J. J. Mayer, who has resign
ed on account of bad health. Resig
nation to take effect on February the
6th, 1905. Will elect on the 1st of
February, i9o5. Applications must
be in legal shape.
J. P. Harmon,
J. R. Scurry.
Members County Board of Control.
Of the condition of The Bank of Pros
perity, Prosperity, S. C., at the close
of business Dec. 31st, 1904, in accord
ance with Act of General Assembly.
Loans and discounts........ $85,610.74
Cash on hand and in Banks.... 22,271.44
Building and Fixtures........ 3,730.00
Capital Stock paid in........$25,000.00
Surplus and Undivided Profits 7,268.33
Due to other Banks......... 2,327 76
Bills Payable............. .. 2,000.00
Notes Rediscounted......... 14,985.64
Personally came before me J. F.
Browne, cashier of above named Bank,
mnd who being duly sworn says th.?t
the above statement is true to the best
>f his knowledge and belief.
J. F. BROWNE, Cashier.
sworn to before me this the 3d day of
January, 1905. E. W. WERTS,
N. P. for S. C.
A. H. Hawkins,
S. S. Birge,
Dr. J. S. Wheeler,,
In order to reduce stock be
fore making our annual inven
tory we have decided to inaug
urate a clearance sale, begin
Thursday, January 12th,
at 9 o'clock a. m., and contin
uing until we have disposed of
our surplus stock . at prices
that will give all the profits to
our trade while the sale lasts.
On all Shoes, Hats, Caps,
Pants, Ccthing, Win
ter Underwear and
Gloves we will allow a dis
count of twenty-five per cent.
(25 per cent.) This will en
able the retai.l buyers in these
lines to supply themselves at
less than they could buy them
from the manufacturers of
these goodsby the dozen &r
case; and farmers who have
their hands to supply during
the summer will find it a great
saving in buying their supplies
of these goods before this sale
closes. The slump in cotton
has left us with too many goods
aidd this is the chance you
have to save part of the price1
Come early and get the
choice of all o fthem.
No memorandum made during
PROPR IE TOR. '
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