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MR. GANTT'S ANSWER.
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ord of the receipts and disbursements
of the office. and that the manage
ment of the office has been deficient.
The only reply which is in my power
to make to this charge is the dendi
tion at once. of a full statement o
every financial transaction of the of
fice, properly balancing the cash
found on hand, during my term of of
fice. I assert to be true that. though
prepared upon 'less than twenty-four
hours' notice, this statemen-c is sub
stantially accurate, and I will forth
with and immediately resign as secre
tary of state if I cannot prove to the
satisfaction of any competent and un
prejudiced bookkeeper that it is a sat
isfactory statement of the conditio
of the office, and that the statemenc
of the committee purporting to be
such is not a true statement of its af
fairs and contains many errors.
Replying to the sc feral remarkable
assertions of the committee, I wish tc
quote them as follows:
S'Vhen we went into the office
we were informed that we could con
clude our labors in ten minutes.' I
deny absolutely and unequivocally
that I made any statement at all in
reference to the time it would re
quire to make the investigation lo
any member of this committee.
"'On insisting that we came for a
real examination we were beged for
time to prepare books.'
"I neither begged nor cared for any
time whatever; I suggested that I
would like to check over the entries
that had not been checked, for pos
sible erors; I suggested that the ex
amination would be facilitated if the
committee would permit me to make
a complete statement of its affairs,
showing proper balances. Both of
fers were declined and evidently mis
construed. As a result of the refusal
of the committee to accept any help
or suggestion in their work, nothing
whatever was accomplished during
two entire weeks, and when Hollis,
the expert, came, everything that
had been gone over was rechecked.
" 'Many erasures and corrections
were made on the books.'
"Mr. McCowan says that he made
one or two corrections, with -the
knowledge and. he thought. permis
sion of the committee.
'A charter had been granted in
the sum of $i5,ooo: same was record
ed as having been issued in the sum
"This has never been called to my
attention and I have no idea as -to
what is referred. I would suggest
that a record must have been accessi
ble to them, which showed the prop
er capital stock.
"1'n many cases w~e found where
over collections had been made ag
"I beg to say that, owing to the.
change in the law Nor recording cer
tain papers, reducing the iee fifty
cents, the reduction has been fre
quently overlooked by applicants for
charters, in spite of the adoption of
every means by the offce to appraise
the public of it. As every declaration
on which it is paid is followed gener
ally in two or three days witha re
turn upon which a further fee is pay
able, it has been -the practice of the
offce to deposit the additional fifty
cents to the credit of the offcial ac
count of the offce, to be applied to
*he return fee. In some cases the re
turn has been dlelayed, and in others
it is never madIe. There is nowv un
refunded of these matters the sum
of $41.25, which is in the bank to the
credit of the state.
" 'Improper amount credited to the
state: Puckhaber Brothers. Charles
ton, S. C., charter fee $50: amount
State credited with $r15
"It was discovered by the comrmit
tee that the offce had failed to detect
an error in computing the proper fee
for the charter of this concern, made
by John C. Mehrtens, Esq., their at
torney. Only $i5 had been paid the
offce, as it was so entred. When the
cmmit'tee called attention to the er
ror the attorneys were wired and im
mediately remitted the balance of $35
which was entered on the books as
soon as received and the matter ex
plained to the committee.
" All nmnevs have not been turn
ed over quarterly to the state treas
r " 'It i-, true that I have dec:-e:i
that funds be not checked out of the
bank until ample time has been al
]mved for the codlcction of all checks,
ctc.. deposited. S-,metimes a check
which is received hv the office. .s not
paid when presented. and , -nfusion in
our accounts arise therefrom. For
instance, on March 3, 1903, a check
given by Thos B. Butler upon the
Carolina National bank for $3 was re
fused payment when presented, and
the amount was not finally collected
for about three month. It would have
been inconvenient to have turned
that over to the state treasurer, even
though the office books showed it
was chargeable to us.
" 'We found by mere chance that
one item of $102.50 for charter of the
Union Ware House Company, of Co
lambia. chartered on the i5th day of
January, 1902, was presented for pay
ment in Jane 1904, and has not been
vet turned over to the state treasur
"It is true that I discovered that
through some neglect there had been
a failure to collect the fee for this
charter. I demanded its payment,
and a check was given therefor,
which was held for final determina
ion as to its proper disposition. This
c_heck is properly accounted for.
'There were certain books we had
in our possession last year concern
ing the period of Alr. Gantt's predeces
,.or, which we were informed were
hept by the present secretary of
"The present secretary of state
.:ishes to say that he has never, ex
cept for a short period at the begin
ning of his term, kept any of the cash
accounts of the office. During Mr.
Cooper's term these accounts were
l-ept by Mr. D. H. Means, and the
re.cord books during this period have
rever been in the personal custody of
the present secretary of state.
"When fees were paid in the office
him they were turned over to Mr.
: leans. whose personal receipt was
taken therefor. Prior to this time no
Y2ceipts were taken, the same prac
tce being in vogue. He regarded
'.r. Means's letter as official notice
to him of the loss of the books from
a subordinate to his superior officer.
"The statement is made, however,
that the report of the secretary of
F:ate and the original papers and rec
ords which were used by the commit
Te to verify the liabilities during the
I-resent term can be made to serve
Cie same purpose even in the absence
of this book, while deposits at the
1 anks and payments to the state
tceasurer will show all disbursements.
"Again reverting to the general
iatures of this report, I wish to say
tiat I requested an opportunity to
i si the accuracy of tihe figures madeC
r) >1b the committee and to exp)lain
a,v cause for criticism that appeared
tthem. but was refused. WVithout
lv'ying seen tihe totals arrived at I
challenge the accuracy even oi the
alIdition in the purported statement
v hich was made up. It does seem
that men who proclaim so loudly
their jealousy of the people's money
should at least put enough value up
0:1 the character and reputation of a
nan that they would at least refrain
from imputing to him that which is
discreditable until -they had observed
the caution of ascertaining facts to
r'st their asertionl on, and when criti
cising the efhiciency of another to be
certain of their own.
"J. T. Gantt.
"Secretary of State."
Attached to the letter' is a complete
The Rented Babies of Paris.
I arp:.r's lagazine.
The written law providles fir every
child in France that the government
spplement the home education and
whien necessary replace ir entirely.
b':t as a matter of fact there are
scores of children, in Paris especial
ly, who hav'e shaken free of their
prents or been cast off by them and
who1 live a v'agabond existence, play
ir' hide and seek with the officers of
te law. Among this band the com
n-'nest offense is begging, thlough
gnerally there is sorne older per
s a back of tihe whining specimens
omre meets with on the streets. The
ritful inco:mes in this professicn
aiobtained only through children.
D iring tihe nights between New
Y' ar's and Christmas a baby in long
maig rents for as high as $5 or
$6. is brothers and sisters from
nC to five years old brig $2. while
hiose still older are worth a (lflar
-n the c(-ldest (lays.
NOTICE TO JURORS.
It hat been decided that no court
-xill be held during the week begin
-ing February 13th, 1905.
Notice is therefore given by order
of Judge Watts that the Jurors that
have been drawn for the week be
ginning February 13th need not at
Jno. C. Goggans,
Clerk of Court.
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA,
COUNTY OF NEWBERRY,
By Jno. C. Wilson, Esquire, Probate
WHEREAS Jno. M. Suber hath
m1ade suit to me, to grant him Let
irs of Administration of the Estate
of and effects of John J. Mayer.
THESE ARE THEREFORE to
cite and admonish all and singular
ihe kindred and Creditors of the said
John J. Mayer deceased, that they be
and appear before me, in the Court
>f Probate, to be held at Newberry
In Tuesday, January 31 next after
publication thereof, at ii o'clock in
ihe forenoon, to show cause, if any
they have, why the said Administra
kion should not be granted.
GIVEN under my Hand, this 17th
day of January Anno Domini, 1905.
Jno. C. Wilson,
J. P. N. C.
EXCHANGE YOUR COTTON
SEED FOR MEAL.
We give 1200 pounds of 8 per cen-t.
meal for a ton of cotton seed, or
1300 pounds of 7 1-2 per cent. meal
for a ton of seed. One ton of seed
contains about 6o pounds of amonia,
v:hile 1200 pounds of 8 per cent.
rieal contains 96 pounds of amonia.
Amonia is the valuable thing in cot
,on seed for t<he fertilizer. By ex
changing ~you make 36 pounds of
a monia per ton at 16 cents per
pound. This makes $5.76. Besides
you get more than one dollars worth
of additional potash and Phos. Acid.
By exchanging you get from us at
east $6.76 worth of fertilizer more
than your seed contains.
Can you afford to put them in the
Bring us your seed and get meal
the same day.
Farmers' Oil Mill.
Eusiness, Home, Lands or
Farm, Stocks, Bonds,
Mortgages or Notes,
Bought and Sold.
Business, home, land, stock, bonds,
f::rm, or mortgage, no matter where
1< cated, we will buy or sell. If we did
not4 have the facilities and ability to
buy, sell or rent your property, we
Ct rtainly could not afford to be in busi
ne ss. .Our methods of intelligently ad
vertising cost us a neat little sum.
We must sell, or rent,- or go out of
business, but to be real frank about it,
we are in the business to stay a while
whether we sell or not; we have money
to loani and we are making more every
d-ty. 'ur commissions amount to a
much neater sum.
Dealing through other agents or
branch houses throughout the coun'ry,
w-i place your property or wants in the
hands of .3,000 energet.c men who are
constantly looking out for you We
een find a purchaser for every oue
lot, stock, bond, or mortgage'thtuyou
mn.y have for sale, it makes no matter
where locat d, or what it is worth.
We give a partial list of property in
Newberry. S. C. for sale:~
~6.000 Store en Main street.'
.300 Brick making machine.
9.000 Handsome home with six acres
650 Cute home for young couple.
3.500 Elegant house and lot, four blocks
2.000 Entire block, two houses, right
1,200 Cash. Five ioom house, an ideal
800 Four room cottage, half mile.
6.000 New house and ten acres land,
one mile from town.
1,100 Will buy a nice home for newly~
1,400 House and lot, only two blocks
We have five good families who want
We hava Bank stock that pays Si
semi-annually for 120.
We have stocks at and below par.
If there is anything under the sun
you want you better consult us, we are
the only people who keep in close touch
Lon:: distance telephone No. 200.
Call or write today.
ROWLAND G. SPEARMAN & CO.
Office Lane Bldg. ewbrrym, S. C.
Spirits of Camphor is one of
the most useful household rem
U edies made, and is more or less
useful in proportion to its purity
I and strength. The official di
rections for making Spirits of
Gum Camphor ozs. I 1-2
* Alcohol - - "l 15
11 This is exactly how ours is made
and the absence of water can
be proven by burning it. Noth
I ing remains. If you buy half
pint whiskey for I 5c. and put
I 5c. Gum Camphor in it you have
N 8 ounces of half strength goods.
I We sell you 6 ounces full
strength Alcohol and Camphor
for 25 cents. The best is actu
ally the cheapest. .
The Right Drug Store, I
NEWBERRY, S. C,
* i..*mimmminmmnm mmn
The Smith Co.,
Ieadquarlors for General MIorchandisoe
Ask any one where you can buy anything in
General Merchandise, and buy it cheaper than
anywhers else, quality considered, and they
vwill tell you to go to The Smith Co.
We never advertise anything that we do not have, and always sell as
we advertise it.
For the next thirty days, at cheap prices, we will sell the following
goods: Shoes, Dry G3oods, Notions, Crockery Ware and Tobacco.
We also have the finest assortment of Molasses in town, prices rang
ing from 2oc. to 6oc. per gallon. We have just' received our stock of
Seed Potatoes, Red Bliss. first and second crop, and Garden Seed of
When you have a list of goods to buy come to our store and save
time, for we can come nearer filling every item, and fill it cheaper, than
any other store in Newberry.
THE SOUTH'S GREA TEST SYSTEM.
UNEXCELLED DINING CAR SERVICE.
THROUGHIPULLMAN SLEEPING CARS ON ALL THROUGH
CONVENIENT SCHEDULES ON ALL LOCAL TRAINS.
WINTER TOURISTS' RATES are now in effect to all Florlds
For full information as to rates, routes, etc.; consult nearest Southern
Railway Ticket Agent, or
R. W. HUNT, Division Passenger Agent,
Charleston, S. C.