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VOL. XLII. NO. 80 NEWBERRY. S. C.. FRIDAY JANUARY 20. 1905. TWICE A WEEK, $1.50 A YEAR
nNy NEW MEASURES
HIYE BEEN PROPOSE]
LBOUT THREE HUNDRE]
The Bills Introduced by the New
ry Graded School Bill.
Columbia, Jan. ig.-Today is th
birthday of Gen. Robert E. Lee an
is a legal holiday. In consequenc
both branches of the general assen
bly have adjourned until 12 o'cloc
tomorrow. Several organizations i:
the city will observe the day witd
suitable and appropriate services.
The session so far has about got
ten started. A flood of new measure
have been proposed but nothing a
special interest has been done a
there has not been time. The engros
sing department has 'ground ou
about three hundred new measure
which propose some, amendment t(
existing laws oi some entirely nev
The present house is composed o
about 85 new members and. of course
all of them have to try to do some
thng, if for no other purpose, t(
use as thunder before the dear peoph
in a future campaign.
As stated in my former letter thi
dispensary, compulsory educatiorn
some change in the jury law, a mar
riage license bill of some kind
amendments to the constitution ar<
among the main question which seen
to be in the minds of the members
iudging from the number of bill!
proposed on these subjects.
The first fight of the session wa.
last night before the committee or
commerce and agriculture of th(
house when the cotton mill represen
tatives of the state appared befor(
the committee to protest against th<
ten hour labor law of Mr. Toole, o
Aiken, as to employeels in cottor
mills and the bill of Mr. Taylor o
Newberry to make the fellow servan
law apply-to cotton mill operatives
Argument in favor of the bills wa
made by Mr. Toole and Mr.-Clay of Aik
en. Mr. Irby of Laurens and Mr. Tay
lor of Newberry. Those opposed t<
the bill were represented by Col. Or
of Greenville, and Mr. L. W. Parke
of Greenville. Representative J. W
Ashley, of Anderson, also made;
speech against the bills. The com
mnittee decided to report the ten heou
law of Mr. Toole favorably but gay
the fellow servant law of Mr. Taylo
* an unfavorable report.
Mr. Earhardt's bill to provide fo
the indexing of farm labor contract
also received an unfavorable repor
from the committee on agricultur
but he managed to have it placed o:
the calendar without immediate con
sideration and the adoption of the tun
favorable i-eport. It will come up fo
debate in its regular order but th
probability is it wIl be killed.
Mr. Higgins' resolution providin:
for a commissoin at four dollars an
day mileage to sit during the reces
to revise and simplify and unify th
school law of the state, also receive
an unfavorable report from the corr
mittee on common schools. A dupl
cate resolution has been introduce
in the senate by Ser.ator R;aysor c
Orangeburg and it is probable it wi
pass the senat.e. but v.ill lik-ly me
the fate of the Higgins re-sob' ni
the house when it reaches that bod:
though it frequently happens th3t th
house passes a measure over the ur
favorable report of a conmmnice.
Mr. Higgins~ has a bill i.' the hous
-.':-' of cour- -m rm. . t. i're Vi
for an issue of $.,ooc in bondst
build a school hones in the towa
Whitmire for school purposes. Th
.londs are to run for twenty year
*t which time they are to bt paii
including the interest.
Mr. Higgins also has a bill ti
aineid the school law in -eferenc.
to the +ransfer of pupils from on,
school district to another. As th
law now stand it provides that th,
trustees may transfer pupils o anothe
district and the school to which the:
e are transferred shall accept them. I
I is proposed to change the "shall" v
e "may" so that the school to whicl
- they are transferred may or may no
C accept them. In case the bill passe:
, f trustees of one school district usi
their discretion and transfer pupil:
and the trustees of the school t<
which they are transferred use theii
- discretion and refuse to accept then
s I presume such pupils would be wth
f out a school home.
- Mr. Higgins says he will also in
t troduce a bill to exempt confederat<
s soldiers who are doing business it
) partnership from their part of the li
7 cense tax.
I'n the senate Mr. Blease's dispen
sary investigating resolution ha.
passed the senate unanimously witt
a few amendments. It is now in th<
house and is in the hands of the dis
pensafy committee of that body.
presume, of course, it will pass, as n(
one who holds a public office of trus1
or profit could object to the fulles1
investigation of his acts and doing
And as there are constant rumors- o:
things not what they should be it i.
well to hav.e a good and busines,
committee to make a thorough inves
tigation of these rumors. It is stated
by some that this investigation wouli
be a reflection on the legislative com
mittee appointed every year to chec<
up the books of the institution. Thi!
committee is only charged with check
ing up the books while ther esolutior
of Mr. Blease covers other motter.
in connection with th.e managemen1
of the institution. Senator Efird foi
Mr. Towell, a member of the boarc
from Lexington, stated that Towil
wanted the fullest and most search
ing investigation, whereupon Mr
Biease stated that Mr. H. H. Evans
a member of the board from New
berry, courted the fullest investiga
tion into his officiol and private act!
as a member of the board. So ther<
can be no objection to a full and com
Splete investigation. It seems to nm
-that such a course is th'e best to pur
sue. If there is anything wrong ir
crooked in the management of this
institution the people have a right te
know it and if there is not it is du<
Sthose conneced with the institutioi
that the people should know it also.
r MIr. Blease's bill to reduce the pas
senger fare on railroads in this stat<
tfroa three to two and a half cents
mile wvii! be considered by the judi
-ciary committee next Wednesday
when the representatives of the rail
roads will be heard in opposition t<
r the bill.
Mr. Bleas.e hias also introduce<
a bill to prohibit the repetition in th<
printing of certain resolutions an<
public matter by the public printer.
eAlso a bill to extend the powers o
th~e Parr Shoals Power company
This is a Newberry enterprise in tha
the stockholders live here and if thi
power is developed it will mean;
.great deal to Newberry if our peopi
tgive it proper support and encoui
agement. If the power is develope
we should be able to have the tows
'lighted much cheaper than at presen
e and also have power which woul
make th,e establish'mnent of small in
Idustries that need a small amount c
power a very feasible. undertaking
So fras I haebeen able to ascertai
thiis bill will pass without any oppc
Mr. Blease also has a bill to change
s the time for th'e examination of appli
d cants to practice medicine from May
to June. This is to permit graduate,
of medicine to be able to stand their
a examination without waiting a year
e after graduation.
e He also has a bill to amend the dis
e pensary law so as to be able to fill a
r vacancy by death or resignation with
r out wasting thirty days as iow re
t quired by the law and this in many
) cases causing the dispensary to be
1 closed during the time.
s He has a bill to establish voting
a precincts at Mollohon and Garmany,
s academy for the general election.
r Mr. Blease also has a bill to amend
I the magistrate law by which the con
- stables will be required to do a por
tion of the work now devolved upon
the sheriff and to create a new magis
- terial office the office to be located
at or near Caldwell's in No. 2 town
ship. In order to carry out these
- provisions and changes without ad
ditional cost to the county he pro
poses to take two hundred dollars off
- the salary now provided for the sher
I Mr. Blease also has a bill to abol
ish that provision of the law which
r.equres a member of the commission
ers of election to carry the returns
to Columbia and have these sent by
express and thus save thle expense
t of five dollars for each messenger in
addition to the mileage which he re
The bill providing an amendment
to the act establishing the Newberry
graded schools has already passed
the house, having been introduced as
a Newberry delegation measure, and
is now a second reading bill on the
senate calendar. The bill provides
for the abolition of the board of trus
tees of the graded school of New
berry as now constituted and for the
election every two years of one mem
ber from each' ward of the city, mak
ing the board constituted of five in
stead of eleven as at present, the
present board to hold until the next
general election for mayor and alder
men. As at.present constituted seven
of the members hold for life and their
successors are chosen by the board in
case of a vacancy, the other four be
ing elected by the people. The bill
also provides that no teacher shall
be elected to teach in the school who
is related within the third degree to
any member of the board. It also
1makes tne tax perpetual, providing,
of course, the manner of voting it off
by petition and special election.
1The following appointments for
county officers have been recommend
ed by the delegation:
-Master-H. H. Rikard.
Auditor-W. W.T Cromer.
STreasurer-Jno. L. Epps.
Magistrates--No. 1, 2 and 8 J. H.
-No 3-J. C. Dehines, vice T. P.
No 4-A. J. Holt, vice F. W. Fant.
SNo 5-W. C. Sligh.
SNo 6--J. B. Smith.
SNo 7-Jno. W. Ropp.
No 9--B. B. Hair.
No 1o-P. B. Ellisor.
f Little Mountain--W. A. Counts.
-No 11-WV. F. Suber.
t The members of the county board
of control and supervisors of registra
a tion are not appointed until next Jan
d I have taken up most of this let
ter with the doings of the Newberry
'delegation and matters pertaining to
d Newberry county because I felt out
-readers would be most interested in
f these matters.
n1 Next Thursday is fixed as the time
- for holding the elections to be made
by. the legisature. There is to be
elected a judge of the fifth circuit to
succeed judge Ernest Gary. It now
seems conceded hat Judge Gark will
be elected without opposition, though
one or two names of lawyers were
mentioned as probable opponents.
In the eighth circuit a successor is
to be elected to succeed Judge Town
s-nd. Senators D. E. Hydrick, of
Spartanburg. and F. P. McGowan, of
Laurens and Representative C. P.
Sanders of Spartanburg will oppose
Judge Townsend. The impression
seems to prevail that the race will be
between Judge Townsend and Sena
tor Hydrick with the chances prob
ably in favor of Judge Townsend.
Superintendent D. J. Griffith of the
penitentiary will succeed himse.lf. He
has made an efficient officer and the
affairs of the penitentiary are in good
shape under his management.
Three members of the board of di
rectors of the penitentiary are to be
chosen to succeed M. 0. Rowland of
Spartanburg, Jno. G. Mobley, of
Fairfield, and A. K. Sanders of Sum
ter. They will be candidates to suc
ceed themselves. They will be op
posed I understand by Representa
tive Kirby of Cherokee and Jno. T.
Gaston of Columbia.
A trustee of the colored college
at Orangeburg is to be chosen to suc
ceed Senator Cole. L. Blease who re
signed when he was elected senator.
So far as I have beard of no candidate
for this place.
It looks somewhat like some sort
of compulsory education law will be
passed. Mr. Raysor put a bill through
the senate two years ago but it fail
ed in the house.
Mr. Ashley has not yet brought up
his bill to abolish the immigration
department of the state and even if
he does it will most probably be kill
ed. The sentiment seems to be in
favor of letting (he department alone.
Two or three bills have been in
troduced to a division of the privilege
tax between Clemson and Winthrop.
One proposition is to establish an in
spection office at Winthrop and
give to that institution the surplus
from the tax colleced at that point.
Another is to divide the surplus from
this tax, if there should be 'any after
paying the cost of inspection, be
tween the two institutions. The dan
gir in tampering with this tax is that
we will lose it altogether if we do not
* * *
It wvas only yesterday that a bill
was introduced to ratify the constitu
tional amendment as to biennial ses
sions. There seems to be some doubt
as to the legality of the amendment
and it is expected that a stubborn
night will be made against the meas
ure. Others think there wvill be no
difficulty in getting the measure prop
erly ratified. One of the objections
raised is that the constitutional pro
vision as to amendments was not
complied with in having the proposed
amendment spread upon the journal.
In case the amendment is ratified it
will be necessary to change sev
eral other laws to conform to this
I understand that another ten cir
cuit bill will be introduced at this
sesson but as yet no such measure
has been proposed.
The bill to turn the South Carolina
college into the South Carolina uni
versity has bee introduced in both
houses and will probably pass. It
takes about $ro,ooo more money.
E. H. A.
Mr. John Lee Davis has accepted
a position under Superintendent F.
M. Boyd, of the water and lighting
The Coming and Going of the Peo
ple of a Live and Progres
Prosperity, Jan. ig.-Mr. J. Burr
Connelly requests me to extend
through The Herald and News, his
grateful thanks to his friends and
neighbors for th-eir very kind minis
trations to him and his family during
the recent illness and death of his
claughter. Inez, and Isks the blessings
of a kind providence upon one and
Ve are glad to note that Mrs. Ellen
Wait is improving and that she ex
pects to be out in the near future.
Mr. P. R. McCain, of Columbia,
:ame up on a visit to his parents Sat
The first quarterly conference of
the Prosperity circuit will be held at
Wightman Chapel on the 18th, and
19th- of February by Presiding Elder
Rev. J. E. Carlisle.
Mr. D. M. Bedenbaugh will build
i saw mill on the Brown and Mose
ley tract near Col. Young's. It will
be just behind the usr. * meeting
place in Young's Grove. L'e will
saw oak and pine lumber.
Mrs. Katie Bedenbaugh, wife of
Simeon Bedenbaugh, was buried at
St. Lukes last Saturday, aged 89
years. Aunt Katie was one of the
ldest citizens of St. Lukes section.
She sleeps in St. Lukes cemetery.
Mrs. F. E. Schumpert and W. A.
Mvoseley are spending a few days
with friends in Columbia.
Miss Flora Simipson, of Laurens,
is visiting the families of Dr. J. B.
Simpson and Mr. S. D. Duncan.
Dr. Frank R. Hunter of Newberry,
was in town for a while Tuesday.
Miss Eunice Halficre has been on
a visit to Mrs. P. C. Singley.
Mr. J. Q. Black is visiting in our
town this week. He is stopping with
iis sister, Mrs. H. P. Wicker.
Mrs. Corrie McWaters, of Atlanta,
is visiting her father Mr. Andrew
Rev. J. D. Sheeley and son, of Del
mar. were in town on Wednesday.
Miss Annie May Bedenbaugh- has
been visiting friends in town this
Miss Eva Lester -w entertain the
Sorosis on Friday evening, Jan 20.
Mr. J. P. Bowers has gone to
Greenwood to attend the meeting of
the stewards of the Cokesbury dis
Judge B. B. Hair conducted the
auction of the J. Y. Culbreath sale on
Thursday. The judge is quite an auc
tioneer, and spoke a piece into
Messrs. S. and C. Graphophone.
Ought to hear it.
Mesrs. Birge Wise and Herman
Werts attended a social near Pomaria
The Prt.sperity hotel is being im
proved by t.he addition of a porch on
8.11 sides of the house. You can al
ways find a shady side at the Pros
Mrs. Caroline Cook, has been con
fined to her room for some days, at
her daughter's, Mrs. Pierce Wick
The. annual meeting of the stock
holders of the People's National bank
was held Wednesday, Messrs. M. A.
Carlisle, H. C. Moseley, W. A. Mose
ley, Jno. B. Fellers, Jacob B. Fellers,
R. L. Luther, Geo. W. Bowers, W. P.
Pugh, Geo. Johnstone, J. P. Bowers.,
and J. H. Hiinter, were elected di
The board elected Messrs. M. A.
Carlisle. president; H. C. Moseley,
vice president; W. W. Wheeler, cash
ier; Geo. Johnstone, attorney. Those
are the same officers that served th,e
Mrs. D. S. Cook is rapidly conval
escing and wvill soon regain her usual
Mr. Phil. Livingston is visiting his