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OFFICERS OF REVOLUTION.
Very Few Emerged From the Obliv
ion of Routine Naval Druggery
New York Evening Pos .
John Paul Jones unquestionably
stood 'head and shoulders over his
brother officers in the service of the
Revolution, yet there were some who
pressed him rather closely in the
award of honors concerning whose
deeds comparatively little is known.
This is regrettable for more reasons
than one, chief among which is that,
while Jones will be found to have suf
fered .iothing by comparison, these
humbler heroes of his day have not
received the recognition so justly due
them. Of the 29 officers who held
the rank of naval captain in our ser
vice during the Revolution, only a
few emerged from obscurity. They,
like the great majority in all ser
vices, were destined to perform that
hardest of all professional work, the
morrotorous routine duty incident to
the carrying on of naval war.
There were few, however, who had
the good fortune to emerge from the
oblivion and naval druggery and per
haps the greatest -of these is Nicho
las Biddle, of good Pennsylvania
stock. He commanded the Andrea
Doraa in the first naval expedition
of the war, Captain Jones (then a
lieutenant) -serving in the same squad
ron aboard the flagship Alfred.
Jones shortly afterward won the im
mortal distinction of taking the Sera
pis -ihile his own ship went down.
A year before the Bonhomme Rich
ard-Serapis fight, Biddle had the
unique distinction of both "going up'
and "going down" in his ship, the 32
gun frigate Randolph, in her engage
ment with the ship-of-the-line Yar
mouth. Jones' bravery off Flambor
ough head was superb, but it does not
equal the patriotism and noble sacri
fice of Biddle, who, in order to save
his convoy of seven rich merchant
men, laden with goods indispensable
to the American cause, unhesita:ingly
ran alongside the monster ship-of
the-line and was blown up, 311 of
the Randolph's complement of 31i
perishing, including Riddle-but the
convoy was saved. This was the
noblest act of self-sacrifice on a large
scale in the annals of the Americarn
navy. Earlier in the war, Biddle,
wthile in command of tche Andrea
Doria, in a cruise of four monthe
captured 1o English vessel-s, which
with the exception of two, reachec
port in safety-t\vo of the prizes con
taining 400 soldiers of a Highland
While the immortal distinction oj
being the first man to (hoist our na
tional colors aboard an American wa:
ship belongs to Captain Jonies, the by
no means small honor of showing
the American flag for the ifirst t,ime
on a regularly commissioned Ameri
cm war ship in Eu,ropean waters
belongs to Captain Lambert Wickes
who crossed the Atlantic in the 16
gun war .brig Repr-isal. Lamberl
made a cruise in the Bay of Biscar
and in two circuits of Ireland tool<
some 20 przes.
Nor huld the daring cruises o0
Captain Gustavus Conny-ngham ir
the Surprise he overlooked. One yea:
before Captain Jone.s appeared or
the other side of the Atlantic as com
mander of an American warship
Connyngham scoured the coast oj
England and picked up prizes in the
very chops of the English channel
Our commiss,ioner in Europe, Silas
Deane, wrote: "Connyngham, by his
first and second bold expeditions, is
become the terror of all the easter!
coast of England and Scotland, an.d
is more dreaded than Thurot was in
the .late war."
Then there were Capta,ins Thomas
Thompson and Elisha Hinman, who
one year before Captain Jones's ap
pearance in English waters, executed
a dash against a British fleet which
is second in audacity only to Jones
attack on the British fleet off Sprun
Head. On dh.e night of September 2.
1777, the 32-gun frigate Raleigh and
the 24-gun ship Alfred, commanded
by captains Thompson and Hinman,
while on their way across the ocena
discovered a fleet of merchantmen
escorted by four British warships,
among Them the Druid. Availing
himself of the cover of night, Thomp
son worked his way into the fleet un
detected, and getting alongside the
Druid, opened a terrific fire on her,
so that in a short time she was re
duced to a sinking condition. Realiz
ing the folly of fighting the con
bned escort. Thompson then made
good his escape. and arrived safely
in France with the Raleigh and
Nor should the daring of an Ameri
can privateer be overloked, which,
very much after dh.e manner of Jones
at Whitehhaven, sent a force of men
ashore on English soil and made
pris-on-ers of a lieutenant and an
adjutant of a British regiment.
A Bold Bad Book Agent.
One day a enterprising agent who
had informed himself approached a
Mr. Smith with the interested sug
"Now, Mr. Smith, I know that to
day is your wedding anniversary.
Don't you want to give Mrs. Smith
a handsome Bible as an anniversary
present? I can let you have today a
beautiful fifteen dollar Bible for five
After some discussion Mr. Smith
took the Bible. Just here the plot
thickens. The book-agent pocketed
the proceeds, then promptly ran up
to Mr. Smith's house, called for Mrs.
Smith, and asked if she wou'dn't like
io make her husband a present of a
fine Bible on this anniversary. He
said that as he was anxious to dis
pose of all his books before going
to Cleveland at six o'clock, he would
sacrifice a beautiful fifteen dollar
Bible for five dollars. After some
hesitation Mrs. Smith bought the
Wizen Mr. Smith reached home
that evening and presented his wife
with a large package containing ar
anniversary gift she went into the
next room and oroduced its mate.
Tableau! Smith vowed vengeance
with. all the heat of a warm disposi
tion. However there was a fine fes
tal supper waiting, so he contentec
himself for the present with a tele
phonic appeal to one Lewis Johnson
a nearby friend.
. "Lewis," he urged, "I want you tc
hurry down to the station and stof
a book-agent who is going -to Cleve
Tand at six o'clock. I must see hirr
hold him till I can finish supper and
get there." Then he gave a brie:
description of the man and rushec
back to his supper.
The good Lewis hop-ped on a pass
ing car and swept down upon th
book-agent just as the train pulled in
"See here," he explained, "Smiti
says that he must see you and tha
you are to wait over a train for him.
"Sorry; I'd like to oblige him, bu
it's impossible. I'm due in Clevelant
at eight-thirty and have got to ge
there. But I know what Mr. Smiti
wants. He was thinking of buying
a Bible of mine for his wife's anni
versary present. It's really a hand
some book, which I usually sell fo
fifteen dollars, 'but as it is the las
one I -have, I offered it to him fo
five dollars" (producing the Bible.)
"He was to let me know if he wantec
-it. Couldn't you take it to him, a
-I can't possibly wait? He'd be dis
-appointed not to have it, I know."
The obliging Lewis thereupon has
tily produced the five dollars for th
agent, acquired the Bible, and witl
-the best intentionis in the world trot
ted back to the Smiths with the book
-Second tableau! Fortunately thei
sense of humno: saved the situation
and with chastened spirits they dis
play all three books of Holy Writ t
How Ryan Began.
IThomas F. Ryan, who paid $2,500,
Iooo for the privilege of trying to re
establish the Equitable Assurance so
ciety, was a lad of fourteen living
wit'h his grandmother in Virginih
when the Civl war ended. The estate
had been devastated and there was
not enough hoecake to go around
Consequently the boy had to gc
forth after dhe American fashion tc
seek his fortune. The great city ir
his imagination was Baltimore, and
there he journeyed as cheaply as pos
sble. Having no friends or letters
to friends in the city there was noth
ing to do but find a job for ih.imself.
Day by day followed with no effect
other than tired legs and feet ach
ing from contact with unaccustomed
pavements. Finally, with his last
quarter in his pocket, he found a "o
wanted" sign in the window of a
dry goods store and went in. Fortu
nately 4e plaen ws e nn andl the
manager promised to give him a trial
for one week at three dollars per
week. "Report at 7 o'clock tomor
row morning." was the cheering
dictum, but hardly uttered before the
youngster had hung his cap upon a
convenient hook. "If you are will
ing," the said, respectfully enough, "I
would rather begin now. I won't
charge anything for today, but I
don't want to take any dhances"
Those who have been familiar with
his subsequent career think tihe trait
thus indicated has been distinguish
able to the present day. If Oliver l
Optic had based one of his helpful
boys' tales upon the incident the i
would have had the youngster grow
up and become a partner and marry
the daughter of the proprietor, and
we wiseacres would have smiled
from superior wisdom at the en'chus
iasm of tihe youthful readers. But
that is what he did.
People will discover a good man
without the aid of a press agent.
A little degree of divinity is bet
ter than the biggest degree in divin
The best way to clear your title
to an estate in the skies is to pay
your taxes on it now.
When a girl turns a young man's
proposal down he is apt to take it
to heart because he feels sorry for
The end of clhlurdh work is not to
raise a dust, but to raise men from the
Week End Rates via Southern Ry.
Effective Saturday June 3rd and
continuing to and including Septem
ber 3rd 1905 we will sell round trip
tickets continous passage in each di
rection for all Saturday trains and
Sunday morning train, good returning
leaving destination not later than
Tuesday following date of the sale at
rates as follows:
Anderson, S. C., $2.40.
Walhalla, S. C., $3.40.
Chick Springs, S. C., $2.75.
Tyron, N. C., $3.85.
Saluda, N. C., $3.85.
Hendersonville, N. C., $3.85.
Asheville, N. C., $3.85.
Spartanburg, S. C., $2.10.
Greenville, S. C., $2.10.
White Stone, S. C., $2.10.
Union, S. C., $1.85.
Charleston, S. C., $5.I5.
Isle of Palms, S. C. $515
Tybee, Ga., $5.15'
For further information phone or
3. P. Sheely,
We will insure your Frame
D wrelling for only sixty cents on
the hundred dollars, (not ex
posed), or better still, one dol
lar and eighty cents for five
years. Good business people
insure their property, why
don't you? Insurance on stock
and store buildings also,
HOLMES & McFALL,
Fire Insurance Agents.
Oh8ilrIsOn aill W'eSIBil Garollh8 Ry.
(Schedule in Eff'ect April z6, 2905.)
.b0- 52. Daily.
Lv. Newberry..........2.36 p. mn.
Ar. Laurens ...... ......... 2.50 p. m
No. 2. Daily.
Lv. Laurens....... .......... -2.50 p. mn.
-Ar. Greenwood ............ 2.46 p. mn.
Ar. Augusta............ ...5.20 P. m.
Ar. Anderson............ 7.20 p. m.
- No. 42. Daily.
Lv. Augusta........... ........ .. .... 2.35 p. m.
Ar. Fairfax... ... . . ...-........... 441 p- mn.
Ar. Charlestonl.........................-...7.40 p. Zn.
r. Pcrt I cy al....... ..... ... ...... 6.40 p. m
Ar. Savannah... ...... ........-....6.45 P. Zn.
Ar. Waycross. . ..... ......... -----...10.00 P. m.
No. z. Daily.
Lv. Lau2ens.......... .....-.----. 2.07 p. m
Ar. Spartanburg .......................3.20 P. m.
No. 52. No. 87.
Daily. Eix. Sun.
Lv. Laurens................ 2 09 p. mn. 8.oo a. m.
A~r. Greenville .... .....--. - - 3.25 p. mn. 10 2oa. Zn.
Through Pullman Car Service between Au
gusta and Jacksonville, Fla.
H. G.5Q-JE. Agt., L'aurens. S. C.
Eio. T. BRYAN, Gmr'i A.rt., Greeaville, S. st
RNEST wiL[IA.M'Gea'iPass. Agt A ugu
CMi E MEFR S( N. TsfiC 2D82ner.
We wish to call your att
3pring and Summer Gooi
A dollar expended with us will do do
We offer the trade our best efforts in
est. The prices the lowest for the bes
We offer some dainty Mercerized Wa
n price from zoc. to 5oc. yd.
We have nice line Knickerbock Suiti
)imities, Ducks, DeLaines and other di
re dreams for waists or dresses. Sprit
.iverside Plaids, Southern Silks, Chevi
Our Shoes are built to wear. Our m<
ell Groceries. Get prices and see style
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Whenever you start out on a shop
This plan will save you many ui
? time. If we haven't just what yo
We shall not urge you to buy, but
goods as soon as you can. It will
every way to make selections befc
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ention to our line of
uble duty. Try it.
selections. The styles are the
istings, Skirtings, &c., ranging
ugs, Brousse Stripes, Callalettes;,
ress goods. Our Tussoh Silks
ig and Summer Prints 5c. yd..
ots, Cottonades, &c.
en's Shirts are beauties. We
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inecessary steps and much *
u want then look elsewhere. "
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ashington, or via
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