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E. H. ACLL, EDITOR.
Wn,-red at the Postoffice at New
berry, S. C., as second class matter.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1905.
Gee whiz! Our mayor is mad! He
seems not to like the appellation
"distinguished." We thought he
woke up one morning titer writing
some letters and found himself fa
mous. We said in our editorial that
we were willing to admit for the -sake
of the argument that he vas a great
and good man and that our questions
were asked in the dust of humility
and we implored the right to come
unto his presence. We did this re
membering that on a former occasion
he denied us the right to be heard
in his council-[he right which we
thought belonged to every citizen.
But we beg pardon for calling- him
"distinguished." Maybe he is not.
It is very kind of him to give us a
"belated item of news." We are de
lighted that he thinks 'we were
"courteous." We intended to be.
But our "feelings".are not "hurt" nor
did we have an "injured tone" and his
haste to exonerate us by saying we
were not there is purely voluntary
and we assure him that -we did not
nor will we call on him for a clean
bill of health. We asked some plain
questions which he fails utterly to
answer and shows an ignorance -of
the law, which surprises us.
He is more innocent and pure than
we ever dreamed, He has "never
been in a bucket shop" and does "not
know the nature of the business."
And yet as the ch'ef executive of
this city he sat in council on the 4th
day of January of this year, put his
name as mayor to an ordinance which
reads in part. "exchange, bucket shop
(firm, individual or corporation) car
rying on the business of dealing in
options or futures in cotton, grain,
p;ovisions or supplies, on margins or
otherwise, $30." And he didn't know
what he was doing! And he asked
the citv attorney if it could be revok
ed! And the matter is undcr con
ideration! And the bucket shop is
doing business at 'the same stand
under a license from our good d
great mayor! And he wants s
*point o.t the law! I he will read the
civil code at page -874 'he will see that
" ~gambling contracts and contracts oif
sale for future delivery" are treated
under the same chapter. If he will take
the trouble to read some of the de
cisions of our suprem'e court he will
find that 'bucket shops" such as call
-ed for in his license, ordifiance are
dealt wi'th as "gambling." And yet
he says "dhe law makes it a crime to
play cards for money" and "treats
the 'bucket show as a legitimate busi
ness." Such innocence is refreshing.
Maybe he means his towg law.
That can't be, for he says vou must
go to the legislature for a remedy.
And vet he says it will never be li
censed again. If it is a legitimate
business how are you going to with
hold the liernse. In one breath he
holds it legitimate as an excuse tor
the license and in the next says he
will not do it again. We will leave
him to explain the consistency of
that position and to say if he does
not convict himself of permitting,
whether winking at or rot, one spec
ies of gambling, while he is trying
to break up another. The Herald
and News is against both, and we do
not claim even to approach in great
. ness and goodness our distinguished
mayor. His answer to our question
is tame and self-convicting.
As to betting on baseball he does
not know anything .about it and
wants us to furnish the evidence to his
chief of police. If he and all of his
officers will testify that they never
saw any betring on 'baseball and have
no knowledge of it, then we will be
willing to say there was none. It got
so open that one of' the preachers
made it the subject of his Sunday
morning discourse. And yet the
mayor and his policemen never heard
of it and want some one to act inform
er. See what b'ackbone he imputes
to himself. "It will make no differ
ence to me, who gets hurt." But no
one has got 'hurt" because no one
has acted informer. Surely the mayor
San oicmen muer have been deaf
stated that he had licensed it in one
place and pulled it in another. Know
ing his acute ability and acumen to
draw fine moral distinctiofns we asked
hin if one was right and the other
wrong and if he would be kind
enough to explai.n the differences.
He gei mad and tries to slur the edi
tor. That doesn't answer the que!
tion. We shall be very sorry to place
our good mayor in the attitude of a
dodger on great moral questions and
to have our faith in his purity shaken.
The papers seem greaEly concerned
ab,ut the recent election in Newberry
county on the dispensary. Some of
tie papers seem determired to make
it: a protest or contest of the elec
hcre has been no doubt at any
time since the election was ordered
as to what the result would be. The
were tired of the way the
state Institution was run and many
persons who believe :he system prop
erly managed is alright voted against
the dispensary. and many who are
opposed to prohibition also voted
against the dispensary because they
believe that is the shortest road to
a license system. The Herald and
News has been against the statedis
pensary but believes that if the mat
ter were left fo county control that,
the dispensary system is the lesser
of the evils. We would let each coun
tv sav wha: it wanted under the con
stitution-dispensary, prohibition or
But we started out to say for the
benefit of th6se so much interested
that we have heard no intimation of
a contest and we do not believe
there will be any con'test or protest
in this county and there shou?d be
The people, have spoken against
the dispensary in very decided tones
and their verdict should stand until
reversed in the same manner it was
written in the recent election by a
ballot of the people and it will
stand. All good citizens should as
sist in the enforcement of the law.
Let us have prohibition and give it a
fair trial. If it reduces the evils of
the abuse of the whiskey habit then
it is a good thing.
The result would have been the
saie if there had not been a speech
made or a line written during the
campaign. The developments before
he investigating committee probably
changed a few voters who were in
clined to stand to the dispensary.
Mr. B. G. Landrum, chairman pf
the county board of liquor control
for Spartanburg county, has been
trying to resign but insists on send
ing the resignation to the governor
because .the governor signed the comn
missi.on, and the governom~insists that
he Nas nothing to do with the ap
poitrment and therefore 'has no pow
er to accept the resignation. Mr.
Landrum says he will have nothing to
do with the county board and if the
governor does not accept the resig
nation the matter must rest there.
In his position we think the gov
ernor is right. He has an opinion
from the attorney sustaining the po
sitioin he has taken.
The only difference between the
m 'ral perspective of our distinguish
ed mayor and the editor of The Herald
and News is that he licenses gamb
lbng of cotton futures and permits
betting on intercollegiate baseball and
condemns betting on cards while 1we
hold all to be morally wrong.
, Nobody expects our mayor to
"funk." The Herald and News has
Only asked him to do his duty. We
hope he will not force us to conclude
that he has "flunked" as :to the
bucket shop and intercollegiate base
ball. We are betting on him standing
to the rack like a man, fodder or no
If the state dispensary should be
abolished, what- would be done with
all that liquor?-Pee Dee Advocate.
What will you do with it if tlie
institution is kept going?
Many a man who is unable to do
'the things he would is too lazy to
do the things he could.
Whiat a pity that the truth is the
most disagreeable thing one can say
and blind or winked at The betting
on baseball. if it did not come under
e o not want Policeman Koon
dscharged. \We have never intimated
anyti.Ingy of :he kind. lIe is our friend.
\We want 1,in to use his step ladder
on some other places around town.
That is the poin*c we iade in our edi
torial. but our good mayor makes
his reply personal.
As to wlhat cons:itutes gambling is
not a question. for we never endorsed
gambling in any shape. We just
wanted to know where the mayor
drew the distinction. it might be
said, however, that the gentlemen
who were arrested deny that there
was any money on the table and state
that they were not summoned to ap
pear before the mayor on the -day
they were tried, nor at any other
The Herald and News was not nag
ging, but simply asked some plain
questions. The mayor gets mad and
attempts to be personal. He can'E
answer our questions and square him
self with the moral questions involv
ed. So he says he is reminded of a
story an'd we suppose means to apply
it to the editor.
We are reminded of the 23rd chapter
6f St. Matthews: "Woe unto you:,
Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites;
for ye devour widows; and for a
pretense make long prayer: therefore
ye shall receive the greater damna
"Woe unto you, Scribes and Phari
sees, hypocritles,; for ye make clean
the outside of the cup and of the
p latter, but within They are full of ex
tortion and excess."
"Lend a hand" yourself an-d don't
license gambling places and.wink at
betting on inter-coll'egiate baseball.
The Rock Hill Record in a recent
issue in speaking of Mr J. 3. Hull's
successor who has just assumed edi
rorialc.barge of the Rock Hill Herald
has the following to say of the editor
in general which is so true, especially
of the coun'try editor, that we copy it
with our endorsement of its truth
He will make enemies who will
not forget him and friends who will
forger him as, soon as they have got
ten all put of him they require.
And yet-ind yet-the glamour of
the newspaper holds its victims hard
down to the unthankful and poorly
There are those who think we
:ae compensations-a 25 cent show
ticket, for instance, for $2.0o wvorth
of adver:ising: an annual pass over
:h ralways. which we never get a
chance to use, 'because we must 'hold
our noses to the grindstone if we
would make enough money (and col
iet it) to buy a meal or a load of
wood, especially the wood..
We must, for, nothing, take up and
make the fight on various things for
thosel who have not the courage to do
it for themselves.
We must "boom" the town, and get
nothing Tor it.
Like the doctor, we must wait until
the people pay all other bills before
:hey will pay the printer.
We must 't.ake the kicks of those
h do not like our printed opinions
.1l borrow the telescope irom the
"government observatory to dis
ver the 'praise of those who really
do approve of us.
Oh! yes, the lot of the editor is a
happy one-whe,re an amount of work
is done which if turned inl the chan
nels of ordinary commercial pursuits
would earn' a handsonge competence.
But we have our "free" passes.
Mr. John Wood is the successor of
.r. Hull and we welcome him to the
ranks and wish him an abundance of
t~e good things of 'this earth and his
We had not heard of Mr. Hull's
death until our return from the Paci
tic coast. He was one of the m-embers
o the press among our acquaintance
w'en wve frst attended the meeting
)f the Press"association. We knew
and admired him. He was true to
his friends and a worthy member of
the profession he adorned. We regie:
his death and exten-d our sympathies
o his family in the loss they 'have
The Herald and News never inti
mated that our distinguished mayor
was "winking" at gambling in one
We have a
smart and dainty
fords, Tans and
that we are sellin,
means a rare <
liable shoes for tI
When in iiee
c.& G.S. A
THE PLACE FOR RI
JNO. M. KINARD, 0. B. MA
Capital $50,000.00 - -
Doefs a General Banking I
Pays 4 per cent
We Solicit Yoi
On and after September 1st this Bag
While it lasts it goes for:
Best Patent, Cotton,
Best Half Patent, Cott<
Best Straight - -
We are having a big rui
to remind the public we
and summer goods, hay
nice new effects.
,200 bushels of Choit
55 cents per bushel whil
Choice fresh Grits at $
stock of Sum
g at cost. This
stylish and re
ke least money.
d of Shoes
TR, Z. F. WRIGHT,
, S. C.
-- Surplus $30,000.00
on Savings Deposits.
k will be open after 3 o'clock.
.. - - $5.15
n,- - 4.35
- - - 42.5
i on Flour. We want
are leading in spring
ing full line, knobby,
eSeed Oats, at only
e it lasts.