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SAYINGS AND DOINGS
OF PROSPERITY PEOPLE
GREAT INTEREST IN COTTON
Prosperity Merchants Preparing For
The Spring Trade-Cold Weather
Prosperity, S. C., February 23
Your correspondent did not only
freeze up. but was shut in for a week
by grip. New. items are nearly as
scarce as they were4when we wrote
our last. While th-e weather has
moderated, it is still very disagree
able. As someone remarked, "The
ground is as wet as water."
There has been an unu-sual amount
of grip in our town the past two
weeks, but I am glad to say that all
Mr. G. A. Maffett has taken a part
ner, Mr. M. B. Bedenbaugh, and it is
now G. A. Maffett & C.. The new
-company will continue the fancy
The next to the last appearance
in the Lyceum course will be given
in the city hall on Tuesday, Febru
ary 28, and the attraction will be
Ralph Bingham, who is said to be
one of the best of his kind on the
stage. He will make you laugh and
drive dull care away. If you doubt
this come out next Tuesday. There
is a treat in store for all. Tickets on
sale at the usual places.
Owing to being shut in, we did not
-get to attend any of the sittings of
the coroner's jury here the past
week. We learn that the verdict of
the jury was, "That the child came
to its death from causes unknown to
Mrs. Bullock, lecturer in behalf of
the Women's Christian Temperance
Union spent two days in town in the
interest of the temperance cause.
Owing to the inclement weather the
attendance was not what it should
have been. The way to educate is to
agitate and if we can't get the fathers
to vote out the "stuff" perhaps we
can educate their sons to do it. It
will take more than talk to do this.
There must be training at home
around the fireside. We wonder what
the training is along this line that
many of the crops are getting.
'We regret to learn that Rev. S. C.
Ballentine has decided to remove to
Virginia in the near future. Our best
wvishes go with him.
-Now that the legislature has ad
journcd we wonder what the news
papers will do for something to write
about. The Russo-Japanese war has
not ended yet, so there is something.
Will you, Mr. Editor, tell us what
the legislature really did while it was
in Columbia. The things that were
of real benefit to us people is what
we want to get a copy of each days'
proceedings, so we can see just what
was done and how our "folks" voted.
Peter Tumbledown has been on a
visit to our house this bad weather
and it seems he has left everything
out of gear-gates down, green wood
and things in bad shape generally.
We wonder if Peter visited any read
ers of the Herald and News.
Mr. Charley Smith, of Saluda, was
in town on Tuesday.
We haven't heard of the organiza
tion of that literary society or the
circulating library or the building
and loan association or the letting of
the contract for the new school build
ing. But then, you know, we've been
-sick for the last two weeks.
Our merchants are getting in their
new stocks of goods for the spring
trade. They are getting ready for
the flood when it comes.
There have been a few bales of
cotton sold here the past week. We
saw one bale and the party got 8
cents for it.
Hunter to call the attention of the
farmers of No. 9 township :o the call
of the executive committee to 6rgan
ize on March 3. Dr. Hunter has the
blanks for signatures and all chair
men of school districts of No. 9 are
asked to call at the drug store when
they come to town and get a blank.
He will send to each one if they do
not come in. This organization is
necessary if the sduth expects to
win this fight, and she must win. The
executive committee wants the name
of all who do not sign. as well as
those who do. ' Let all take the inter
est in the work that the cause de
mande and success is assurred. The
fee for joining is only 25 cents. Let
Unclue Bill (Mr. W. H.) Long,who
has been sick, is improving. Uncle
Bill is an earnest reader of The Her
ald and News. We wish him speedy
recovery. Mr. J. D. Wedaman, presi
dent, treasurer and general manager
of the Pomaria Oil mill, spent Tues
day in town.
In the death of Mr. J. A. Beden
baugh, of Saluda county, we lost one
pf our oldest citizens. He was in
his 82d year. He was laid to rest in
St. Mark's cemetery by the Masonic
fratenity, representations of Prosper
ity, S-aIa and Leesville lodges par
Miss Georgie Schumpert is visiting
friends in Newberry this week.
Dr. Little John has returned from
a visit to the paternal roof at Paco
Hon. Geo. B. Lester, a representa
tive of Saluda county, spent Saturday
night with his brother, Mr. A. N.
Lester, in town. He was accompan
ied by his daughters.
Mrs. Calmes will entertain the So
rosis Tuesday afternoon, February
The Sorosis will give their laugha
ble entertainment, "Mr. Bob," in the
city hall on Friday evening March
Rev. and Mrs. Z. W. Bedenbaugh
have gone to Columbia to visit Capt.
3. C. Seagers, who is sick.
Misses Lillian and Della- Welch
will 'visit the Mises Bowers this
Mr. W. A. Hartman and wife, of
Atlanta, are expected at the home of
his father this week.
Uncle Jay Hartman has been laid
up with grip.
Mrs. Sara Calmes, Mrs. WV. A.
Moseley and Mis Marie Bobb will
leave for the northern markets on
Mr. Enes Hartman and wvife, who
have been visiting Mr. Hartman's
parents, have returned to their home
Mrs. Jacob Singley has been quite
sick for some days.
The district conference met with
Wightman Chapel last week. Pre
siding elder Carlisle was present and
preached on Sunday. The meetings
were pleasant and profitable.
Mr. W. A. Moseley has joined the
"Shut-ins" for the past few days. He
is able to be up at this writing.
Mr. A. P. Dominick lost a fine
milch cow under peculiar conditions.
In eating hay she got a piece of wire
in her throat and, not being able to
dislodge it, she died.
Mrs. J. C. Steele is convalescing af
ter a "spell of grippe"
Don't forget the meeting of the
cotton growers in each school dis
trict on Friday March 3, and go and
Thomas F. McManus, of Green
ville was killed on Tuesday in an ac
cident in the Seaboard Air Line yards
at Cedartown, Ga. Particulars of the
accident could not be learned but
from the message it is understood
that Mr. McManus, who was a
freight conductor, had gone to the
railway yards to take his trian and
was cruhed1 to r1eath in the yard.
'OUTH CAROLINA NEWS.
Items of More or Less Interest Con
densed Throughout the State.
Both banks at Florence. the Com
mercial and Savings, and the Flor
ence bank, have doubled their capi
It is statcd definitely that there
will he no fair game of football in
Crlumbia this year between Clemson
The United States senate has pass
ed the bill providing for the ap
pointment of a district judge and the
creation of the western judicial dis
trict of South Carolina.
Thomas Franklin Riley, one of the
best known citizens of Greenwood,
died at his home there on Tuesday
morning, after a long illness. Mr.
Riley was in his 6oth year. He had
many friends throughout the state.
Gov. Heyward left Wednesday af
ternoon for New York where he will
address the members of the North
Carolina society at their annual ban
quet this evening. Gov. R. B. Glenn
of North Carolina will also be there.
This is the first meeting of the two
Col. R. Barnwell Rhett, aged sev
enty years, died in Huntsville, Ala.,
on Monday, after a long illness. He
was a Confederate Veteran and after
the close of the civil war was for sev
eral years editor of the Charleston
Mercury and afterwards of the New
Orleans Picayune, and later of the
Journal of Commerce, of Charleston.
Rev. W. W. Tate has placed on ex
hibition at Belton a curiosity. Five'
rats were discovered by him in his
barn with their tails so interwoven
with a cloth string that they could
not get apart. They were as com
pletely tied together as a whip
though all alive, each doing their
best to get released. It is a mystery
how they could have worked their
tails into such a knot. It has been
a source of considerable comment by
all who saw it.
Gus DeFord, one of the most want
ed of the postoffice robbers, escaped
from two deputy marshals on Sunday
night, between Florence and Cades,
while being taken to Charleston from
Rochester, N. Y. It appears that the
marshals permitted DeFord to enter
and remain in a toilet room of the
car, unattended, and that he smashed
the glass and esatped through the
Some time ago Governor Heyward
was asked to name five school boys
who would attend the president's in
auguration. Governor Heyward has
not yet received five suggestions, and
would like very much to have the
names of five boys who would lifie
to attend the inauguratIon as a rep
resentative school boys from this
state. He wishes it understood that
the boys will have their own expens
es to pay and will have to make their
John T. Hunt, a member of the
well known firm of Hunt Bros., who
conduct a restaurant on Gervias
in Columbia, was shot and perhaps
fatally injured by Charley Walker on
Tuesday night about dark. The af
fair occurred in front of Hunt's place
of business. Some time ago, it is
stated Walker, with Ott Collum and
Jim Collum, half brothers, entered
the restaurant and created a dis
turbance and they were put out. The
three went to the restaurant again
Tuesday afternoon in an intoxicated
condtion and they were again ejected
The three returning later, Jim Col
lum called H'unt out. While they
were holding a colloquy the other
two came up, and Walker without a
word drew a pistol and placing it on
Hunt's stomach fipd. Hunt grabbed
his assailant and .4eld him until oth
ers arrested him. Hunt then collaps
ed. The other two men were also
OF COTTON GROWERS
ACTION OF NEW ORLEANS
Every County in the State Represent
ed Except Five-Intensely
The cott,on planters of South Car
olina, in the state convention held in
Columbia on Tuesday, adopted the
plan of the New Orleans convention
for a reduction of twenty-five per
cent. both in' the cotton acreage and
in the use of fertilizers. Every
county in the state was represented
except Abbeville, Beaufort, Berke
ley, Charleston, Dorchester and Pick
ns. The following is taken from
the Columbia State of Wednesday.
The state convention of cotton
farmers yesterday endorsed the ac
tion of the big convention at New Or
leans, perfected its organization and
started the work of placing the cot
ton farmer in a position independent
of the cotton speculators. Great in
terest was-displayed and at times the
enthusiasm was so unrestrained that
it reminded one of an out door cam
paign meeting. Every county in tie
State was represented except five
and 200 of the most patriotic busi
ness men of the state gathered to
take part in the deliberations of a
convention which may go down into
history as the beginning of a new
It was stated yesterday that the
south makes 8o per cent. of the
world's cotton and yet has not a
word to say in controlling the price
of the staple: It is also a matter of
record that the south reaps greater
benefit from a io,ooo,ooo bale crop
than from a large crop, not so much
because of "over-production" as be
cause of the fact that speculators
take advantage of the argument of
increased production. It is within
the power of the people of the south
to dictate the terms, and it was de
cided yesterday that the best way to
accomplish this is by conservative ac
When the meeting assembled in
the stae house at noon yesterday the
president of the organization founded
'in this state last November, Mr. E.
D. Smith, announced that the pur
pose of the meeting wvas to ratify
the constitution and by-laws of the
Southern Cotton association. Mr.
Smith stated that by agreement the
organization 'perfected last Novem
ber would hold until today, wvhen
inere would be an ele ion of officers
to perfect thie org a4tion under the,
Dr. j. R. Hopkins, the secretary,
called the roll of the counties and the
delegates were properly enrolled
with the assistance of Col. T. C.
Hamer and Mr. J. S. Wilson.
On motion of Mr. R. M. Cleveland
of Greenville the officers of the for
mer convention were reelected unan
Mr. E. D. Smith in accepting the
presidency of the convention, made a
stirring speech congratulating the
~people of South Carolina upon the
burying of factional' feeling. Har
mony prevails throughout the coun
try regardless of political creed, pro
fession or creed of any kind.
Mr. H. B. Tindal of Greenville, the
vice president-elect, thanked the
convention for the honor of his elec
tion. We have won the fight, he
said. Wall street has been popping
the whip over us, and now we are
popping the whip over them. He
had been a member of the commit
tee on organization at New Orleans
and had stood out for a cut of 35 per
cent. in fertilizers and 25 per cent. in
acreage. He had not trusted Ti.exas
for that state had not acted in good
aith in the pat, but they agreed to
reduce 25 per cent. and he urged
South Carolina now to ratify he ac
tion of the New Orleans convention.
Nlr. Tindal made a very pleasing ad
Mr. Hyatt accepted the election of
treasurer if the convention would
stand by him. There is no use to
pass resolutions. there is no need for
a temporary organization. He wants
the convention to give the treasurer
authority to circulate literature.
Mr. H. S. Lipscomb of Spartan
burg, with enthusiasm, moved that
the treasurer be given the "sinews of
war." This was received with ap
plause and the motion was passed.
Mr. A. C. Lyles of Un;n nominat
ed Mr. E. D. Smith and Mr. W. Sam
Lipscomb of Gaffney and they were
elected members of the executive
committee of the Southern Cotton
On motion of Senator Manning it
was decided to appoint a committee
on resolutions consisting of one
member from each county. Mr. Wes
ton amended that there be two from
each delegation, in order that all in
terests might be represented. The
amendment was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Hyatt the presi
dent was authorized to appoint a
committee of five on finance.
On motion of Mr. Ellerbe the pres
ident was authorized to appoint a
committee of five on warehouses.
Mr. Smith explained that the ware
houses are not an immediate necessi
ty, but may be needed in the future.
President Smith named the follow
ing standing committees:
Finance: F. H. Hyatt, R. M.
Cleveland, R. . Manning, A. J. Math
eson, W. J. Roddey, W. A. Strom.
Warehouses: J. S. Connor, L. W.
Youmans, B. Harris, W. E. Burnett,
Leroy Springs, T. B. Stackhouse, E.
Mayor T. H. Gibbes was presented
in *very graceful speech by Presi
dent Smith who paid a tribute to.
Columbia and her interest in this'
Mr. Gibbes declared that Colum
bia is indeed interested in this work.
For whatever is of benefit to the zar
mer helps all classes. As a represen
tative of the banking institutions he
declared their willingness to cooper
ate now as they have done in the
past and are even now doing.
In accepting the welcome of the
city of Columbia, Mr. Smith said that
there had been enacted here scenes
which would never be forgotten, and
he hoped that this day would never
Governor .Heyward was too unwell
to come from his home yesterday, as
much as he would have liked to do
On motion of Dr. W. W. Roy, Mr.
John L. McLaurin of Bennetts
ville was asked to tell of his trip to
Washington in the interests of this
movement. Mr. McLaurin made a
very captivating address.
Mr. McLaurin after taking his seat
again secured the floor and declared
that in his visit to Washington he
had received a great deal of assis
tance from Mr. Ashcraft of Alaba
ma and from Col. John C. Cairy of
Lockhart in prepar~ an address to
be submitted to the resident. Mr.
Cary was called upon for a speech,
but he declined, saying that it was
more important- for the convention to
go on with its work. However, he
would state as a cotton manufacturer
that he had made less money out of
maufacturing cotton at 4 cents a
pound than out of cotton at 10 cents
a pound. He is very heartily in fa
vor of the movement and at the con
clusion of the meeting he might ad
dress them on the subject of cooper
ation of the manufacturing interests
in assisting the farmers.
The sub--committee of seven~ whlo
drew up the report on the resolutions
wa: . I. Manning, T. B. Stack