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EDITORS ON A FROLIC.
Some Remarks About A Spot of Jo3
And Blessedness in the Foot Hills
of the Blue Ridge.
Col. James T. Bacon's Edgefiel<
Chronicle of at week contains th<
following description of the meetinj
of the editors at White Stone Lithi;
springs. its headlines also being quot
"The Pre.- Association Ami<
Greenland's Icy Mounitains-Soutl
Carolina Newspaper People ii
Green Pastures. God Gives Then
to Drink of the Living Waters o
White St,.ne-And They Live 9:
-And Gather Courage for the J. r
-? hi;estone I.ith: Springz is it
Spartanhlurg cunty :unnmg the foot
hills The te the Rbige. The beau:i
:ain. There' ::t e: i mc.untain 11
he rear f t. oe : either flank
d < i .: : ty that huma
ditr. c. nileut in .he pride of thei
(cluth. es ayeli t l e ti)m it, but. liki
LfIllw's risky boy with thi
trangc (!eve. thcv per.sihed ani
"People," Not Simply Men.
In our headlines we zav ":newspa
per people." because many of thes,
people are women-wives, daughters
sisters. cousins of the male drudges
queen bees that htld the swarm to
gether. And now and then a prett:
sweetheart who is blood kin to no
body is smuggled in. And now an<
then too a lovely boy who never saw
case of type in his life, is smuggled in
These contraband goods are generall:
the gems of the gathering. We hay<
!earned the wisdom of taking up im
mediately with the contrabands. Oi
Tuesday morning, the ith instant
dozens and dozens of these people
with their things, started from al
points in good old South Carolin;
for these Arctic mountains. Thei
things were in many huge trunks
and many asthmatic dress-suit case
-lovely white muslin frocks, shirre<
and embroidered. lovely white shir
waists, lovely pink and blue and lila,
kimonas, lovely sashes and laceworl
stockings, lovely corset covers, lovel:
miscellaneous things with pink an<
lilac baby ribbon run in them. thi:
negligee shirts, thin new drawers wvit1
yellow webbing let in down the sides
thin, short, blue sacks, thin, rakisi
socks, and elaborate evening suits fo
the banquet. For the banquet, if yol
are a queen bee, y,o.t must have
'iloatirig, evanescent evening. dres
*with a V running deep down behin<
and before, and if you are a man, oli
or young, a regulation evening sui
w-ith a white vestr opening down fa
b>elow the -belt line. The newspape
people of South Carolina are intense
ly fashionable. *'K Y
.Water, .Soap And; Sile*t? Prayer.
At three ogclock p. m. the phalan:
draws up at Whitestone, on. theilegiti
mate railroad, and is. transferred to:
two-miles trolley. Then the tower
and facades of Whitestone hotel
Then oil and wine of manner, an,
milk and honey of speech. from Mm
Sheftall, the manager. Then pleasan1
well-furnished rooms. Then sos.p ani
water and baby ribbons, and thea
long silent prayer. We have lately re
turned from a long journey .into th
great progressive fashionable work
and we have learned that the mos
available timae. for silent prayer in thi
world is at the tables of fashionabl
hotels. Do not fret et the:table ser
vants because they' k'eeb yo-u waiting
from five to' seven hours. Do nc
fret at all. They caxgnot help it-eith
er in Ameri-ca or Eui-ope.' Wisely err
'brace the opportunity for silent praye
and meditation upon your latter en<
We have~ long ago learnd to do i
Then after your silent prayer. socia
commingling and initiation of nei
members, . and hen liyely arid prc
miscuous char, and then piano play
ing, with a slight admixture of th
noisomne mandolin, then the sinuou
waltz and the strenuous two-stel
with slight premonitionis of the3
and of the dress su:t. It is delight
ful. And theni peaceful sleep fanne
by gen:ie breeze, from the peaks (
Kimonas In The Corridors.
It is morning, and y'ou hurry o
with your new negligee shirt to ru
down to the sprimg-the epng is
lovely place- to try to drink three
gallons of lithia before breakfast
r and to sustain you through your si
lent prayer. You -tip out into the cor
ridors, and von see, flitting around
corners and angles and pi.ces. white
I and pink and blue and lilac. and even
canary. kimonas. A canary kimona
is what the boys call "the limit."
i These lovely kinionas flit and flap
- quickly. and emit little shrill. nervous
shrieks. as much as to say: "you
I wicked men. why are von leaving
1 your rooms so shamefully early?" It
1 is delightful-a good mental prepara
i tion for silent prayer. And you see
f sleepy-eyed nurses with pretty little
1 two and three months babies. News
- paper men are like Methodist preach
ers in that they always have new-born
1 bahies. You run rapidly by the ki
- monas, and severely pretend not to
- he looking to the right .r i the ei:.
Sstop a moment to cares a poor
- "Tie baby. and hold it to your kind
Slut barren hosom. And then you
leap (iown the beautiful hililside. and
1 .eishly gulp down four o:- five dip
- 'orsf lithia: and if yor have no
-t-nacis to contain it. as :5 tIe case
r with man- newspaper men. runs
down into your legs. and perhaps into
v our shoes.
President Aull, Secretary Langston.
i-'.vervodv loves them. They are
priests forever aiter the order of
- \leliisedek. They have become a
dual hlierarchy. And there is the
noble Rev. Dr. Jacobs, of the Thorn
-well orphanage and our Chaplain, and
August Kohn. our treasurer. a sphinx
on an ante-Pharaoh pyramid. and Ed.
DeCa:np. our first vice president. stri
dent, strenuous. upright downright,
a outright, knock-down-and-drag-out.
They sit at a long table, and the oil
of grace runs down upon their pro
fessional philacteries. They are pa
- triarchal. and in their presence many
" of the younger brethern feel like the
prodigal son that spent his patrimony
in riotous living. They organize us
for the thirty-first time, and many of
us are still here-motley and mixed
r up-dry cattle and yearlings. It is
delightful. And we look at Elbert
S Aull and Charlie Langston. and say
I to ourselves, "could two other men be
t fobund who would have. been so wise
ly judicious, ;o bravely efficient, so
c sweetly, everlastingly generous ? And
after the organization, we are turned
i loose until the morrow-to disport
I ourselves on the hill side or mountain
1top-the dry cattle of thirty-one
, years and the little boys who wear
Slace socks and short sacks that cover
Snothing. But we must hurry on.
.1 lime and space are about to fail us.
a Sister Virginia Du Rant Young.
s Sister Virginia Dui Rant Young, of
: .the Fairfax Enterprise, reads the first
I "paper" (you must call it a "'paper")
t of the session. It is a fine article
r upon South Carolina literature, a
r monument of careful research and a
-. masterpiece of kindly wit and humor.
Sister Young is always bright and
kind, and always supremely tactful in
C hiding the fact chat she wants to get
- us poor downtrodden men under her
a heel. However sister Young is not
s only a learned woman but essentially
!a soft and gentle one; and we believe
: that when the day of her triumph
-comes, she will temper justice wvith
:, mercy. She proved conclusively that
i a!l worthy South Carolina literature
3 has come either from women them
- selves, or from sons who inherited
e their talent directly and unmistakably
[, from their mothers.
t The Lady Orchestra.
sThe orchestra at Whitestone Lithia
e this summer is composed of four
-young- Chattanooga girls--Misses
SEthel, Florence and Lois Mills and
t Miss Vallie Thompsor. They play;
Sand beautifully too, on*' first violin,
second violin, piano and violoncello.
r They are lovely young women, of ele
L -gant education ,intense refinement
i and great grace of manner. Every
.body learns to love them in twenty
Sfour hours. And apart from their
mere dance music, their drudge work,
they can do fine classic solo work.
e - Col. S. H. Hardwick.
s Col. S. H. Hardwick, of t$e great
SSouthern railway, had been invited by
the South Carolina Press association
~ to delver their "annual address."
.They always invite a man of power
tand mark. For many y-ears Col.
Hardwick i:as been one ofi the fore
P1 st, most honored, most trusted.
" most efnecient officials of the great
"rad: and President Aull ap:ly intro
a r1nced him to -r.he association as a
".high official of that great soulless
corporation that has done more for
the south than any other human
agency." Col. Hardwick is a thin.
intellectual. intensely high-bred man.
The beginning or his speech. an cx
ccedngly pertinent :ribute to Gen.
R(bert E. Lee, was a gem of clo
quent and poetic utterance, and so
also was his peuration-thoughts and
worls that brought tears to southern
hearts and eyes. But the body of
his address was solidly practical and
wisely put so solid and so wise and so
patriotic that South Carolina newspa
per men felt their way illuminated.
and learned how they might in future
m(ire jealously and more zealously
guard the honor and interests of that
S.uthland that God-as the Promised
l.and to the children of Israel--hr
r:yen them as an everlasting inheri
'mce -ti them and their children
-ever. We all :hank Col. IIardwick
address. at once so touching,
manly. so wise. We have always
t1e" a firmi believer in the high spirit,
he patriotic aims a d objects of the
S. .uthern railway'.
T')ree Men Who Have Heard The
.\nd now, at the (to us; paintul ex
pense of omitting many loving things
about many beloved brothers and sis
ters. we come to the banquet. It i
i riday night an MIr. and Mrs. Shei:
all and their co-workers have turned
the always splendid salle a manger
into one great bower of bewitching
heauty. The menu is royal; the table
groans; the punch is rosy and fra
grant and the champagne flows like a
river. And the evanescent evening
dresses are there, some with the far
reaching V, and some with the no less
far-reaching straight-across cut. And
the d -s suits are there, and the vests
that open down below the belt line.
And lovely women were in the Vs,
and brave men were in the low vests.
And it was gay and grand and spark
ling. And when the third found or1
punch and the first round of cham
pagne had been quaffed then president
Aull introduced three men. each in
his accepted time and place, to ad
dress the-shall we say the associa
tion or the banquet? They were the
Hon. M. L. Smith. of Camden,
Speaker of the house of representa
tives. Lieutenant Governor John T.
Sloan. of Columbia. and lawyer M. F.
Ansel. of Greenville. All three of
them are pretty wveil avowed candi
dates for the governorship of South
Carolina. Each one has heard the "di
vine call." They did not say so. nor
did they allude to the governorship
or the "divine call" in their addresses,
but, as the boys Would say, you may
be absolutely sure they kept up a hell
of a 'thinking. Andl they did then and.
there--at the meeting of the innocent
lambs of the So'uth Carolina Press as
sociation-inaugutrate the campaign
that may next summer deluge our
fair land in gore. At pre'sent we are
"agin" them all. We stcand off and
await their wooing, with a stern re
solve that our seduction shall be a
very difficult ihing. Come on, "Dan
aos dona ferentes!"
Dr. James Carlisle.
And then, President Aull, inspired
and seconded by the great. multitude,
and no doubt wishing to prove anew
the great truth that there are bodies
celestial as well as bodies terrestrial,
called out the Rev. James Carlisle. of
Spartanburg, president Emeritus of
Wofford college-nomen clarum et
venerabile. And Dr.-Carlisle stood up
and spoke briefly, beaucifully, loving
v. HeI too has heard"'the "divine
call," but his:call is, to his Master's
side in Heaven,' not to the guberna
torial chair of South Carolina.
."My Belove~d Lemilnie."
And now the patting hour is at
hand. It is Saturday morning, and
some fly east, an'd some fly west, and
some fly over the cuckoo's nest. The
V corsages and the baby-ribbon
things and the low cut vests have all
been packed. And we are at the
spring, drinking our last draught, and
waiting for the trolley car. And in a
little corner of the spi-ing house, hid
den by some large fat women inl indi
go-blue muslins, Lemmie. a beauti
fl boy, bares 'the white round arm of
L~oi'. a beautiful girl, and drawing out
an indelible pencil. writes upon the
white arm below the elbow, in 1bold
characters. "~Lemmiie." I-laving grand
fathered and grandmothered Lemmie,
.-e "butt in" and say'. "Take the
rund white arm again and write be
re th wori 1Lemmie the words
M1y Beloved." And Lemmie wrote i
while Lois blushed. So when Lois
boarded the trollev, she was tattooed
with ".\y k>)ved Lemmie." the un
derstanding being that whenever
I.emmie's love began to grow cold.
the lines of rhe legend on her arm
wuid begin to fade. At \Vhitesione
station. fifteen minutes later. Lois
comes to us weeping bitterly and tells
us that the legend has already faded
clean out. And then Lemmie weeps
also, and wrings his hands and says:
"Col. Bacon has practiced witchcraft
to make the words fade out. but it is
not so. for I love you better and
truer than ever." What a lovely
thing it is to be young and unsophis
At Whitestone A Year Hence.
The State Press association of I
South Carolina will meet at White
st,ne Lithia springs again next sim
tter. It is a beautiful. an ideal place.
and Messrs. Sheftall and Dougan. the
_r priet rs. are estimable gentlemen
-generous. enterprising, watchful.
always thoughtful and courteous.
And when we meet again. Elbert :ull.
of Newberrv. name and man fondly
)ieloved by every member. will. in
G1(d'; providence, again cAll us to
order. and again hold us together in
' ving i)rotherly bonds.
2 car loads of
I car load of
and a lot of up
to-date and first
All to be had at
REASONABLE PRICES at
A T. BROWN.
The Rigcht I
Judge And Jury.
In 1883 a man was charged in Vic
toria with having killed another man
with a sandhag. and in the face of the
j,lgc'= .ummning up. the jury broughl.
in a verdict of not guilty. This an
noyed the chief justice, Sir Matthew
Begbie. w"ho at once said:
"Gentlemen of the jury, mind, that
is y.:ur verdict. no,t mine. On your
conscience will rest the stigma of re
turning such a disgraceful verdict.
Many repetitions of such conduct as
yours will make trial by jury a hor
rible farce and the City of Victoria a
city of immorality and crime. Go, I
have nothing more to say to you."
And then, turning to the prisoner,
the chief justice added: "You are dis
charged. Go and sandbag some of
those jurymen. They deserve it!"
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