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In Marlboro County Refuses Money
From The Dispensary.
Bennettsville, April 6.-One of the
school districts in this county has ab
solutely refused to receive and,
through the trustees, and by a vote of
the patrons, rejected the public funds
due them accruing from the dispen
sary .or sale of liquor. The question
has been discussed in that section for
a long time, which ultimately termi
nated as above stated. This is an ex
* ample worthy of imitation, set by
these conscientious, Christian gentle
men as they pledged to make good
with their own private funds all such
money thus tendered and rejected.
It is Willis school district which
has decided not to accept any more
of the dispensary money for the
school in that district. The trustees
took a vote on the proposition last
Friday and decided by a majority of
two not to accept any more of the dis
pensary school money. Any deficien
cy will be made up voluntarily by the
eight trustees who voted in favor of
The action of this school district is
rather unusual and especially so in
view of the fact that Marlboro is a
prohibiti.on county and has been re
ceiving several thousand dollars a
year from the dispensary in the shape
of profits. The county superintendent
of education has been notified of the
action and as it is not likely that
proceedings will ever be brought to
force a school district to take money
that is not wanted the legality of the
proceeding will probably never be
Willis school has for a long time
been one of the very best in the coun
ty. It was among the very first to
levy a special tax, and it has taken
advantage of every opportunity for
progress and improvement. The peo
ple of that district are intelligent, re
fined, educated and law-abiding. Mr.
Lane, the chairman of the board of
trustees, is known as one of the very
best farmers and citizens in the coun
ty. He is a graduate of Wake Forest
college, and took a post graduate
course at the South Carolina college,
before settling down to his life work
as a scientific farmer.
The information as to the action of
the Willis district has been officially
received by the county superintendent
of education in the following letter
from Mr. J. J. Lane:
Clio, S. C., March 30, 1906.
Mr. W. L. Stanton, County Superin
tendent of Education,
Bennettsville, S. C.
Dear Sir :-After a full discussion
this afternoon, the patrons of Willis
school district No. 18 decided not to
use the dispensary funds appropriated
to the district for this year, and also
to refrain from the use of such funds.
in the future. The vote was 8 to 6.
In order that no one should be injur
ed by our action, more than enough
money was voluntarily contributed to
reimburse the district.
/- J. J. Lanie,
Chairman Board Trustees.
WAS BLACK LIST IGNORED?.
A Rumor About The New State Board
Columbia, April 6.-A rumor has
been current throughout the city for
several days to the effect that the
state board of dispensary directors
at the recent quarterly meeting did
not faithfully -regard the black list
the investigating coniittee sent in of
whiskey concerns that ought not to
be patronized until a more thorough
investigation is made of their past
dealings with the dispensary, that the
Richland Distilling company, among
other concerns whose names did not
appear on the published list of pur
chases, was given a large order, some
President Block of the company
was given as authority for this en
tertaining story. He was quoted as
. saying to other jealous blacklisted
people that he talked to the board
"with the bark off.'' "In the pres
.ence of Messrs. Lyon and Christen
sen of the investigating committee.''
According to the story the board was
running after him to buy on account
of his charming prices and the quali
ty of his goods. When an order was
mentioned to him he bristled up with
the bitter memory of the $130,000
worth of claims the committee had
ordered held up and told the board
and the committee ihat he didn't care
.- much whether he ever got any more
orders, but that if he did sell his
goods to the state of South Carolina
the said state would have to buy at
the prices the investigating commit
tee said were too high, and more than
that the said state would have to pay
c ash with the order. The purchase
was then made, so the story continued,
everybody, looking meek and subdued
but Mr. Block, and the cash was paid.
Chaiinrman Rawlinson was seen
about the story by a Record man, and
la u ,:hed at it as foolish and absurd.
-We have not bought a drop of li
quor, a cork, a piece of tin foil nor a
bottle from a concern on the black
list, and so far as I am concerned
nothing will be bought from any of
these concerns until the whole matter
is cleared up. No purchase was made
except those published in the news
papers as having been made at the
quarterly meeting. True we did make
a small purchase from the Richland
Distilling company when we first took
charge, but this was before the com
mittee said anything about a black
list, and was merely for the purpose
of filling in for immediate needs.
"The report that we have paid the
Richland Distilling company $50,000
is silly. We have paid it nothing on
the old account. and have paid in the
usual way on a 90-day settlement ar
rangement for the goods we got in
the beginning of the year. I see.no
reason why we should be compelled
to buy from the Richland Distilling
company. Its prices are no better
than those of other concerns that I
might name. Mr. Block was before
the board in company with his rep
resentative along with Messrs. Lyon
and Christensen at our recent meet
ing, but it is all news to me about our
begging him to sell us anything. I
regarded the matter the other way.
He was there as any other, soliciting
NO INCREASE-IN THE ACREAGE.
Manufacturers Record's View of the
Baltimore, April 6.-Summarizing
fifteen pages of letters on the cotton
acreage outlook from several hundred
bankers in North Carolina, South
Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennes
see, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas,
Texas, Oklahoma and Indian Terri
tory, the states practically embracing
thee otton belt of the South, the Man
ufacturers' Record says this week:
"The replies indicate a tendency
toward a slight increase in acreage
for the cotton belt as a whole, an in
rease, however, not overcoming the
decrease in 1905 from the acreage of
1904, and a tendency to be restrained
by certain natural factors. The re
plies sho'ws steady advance in diversi
fication of crops, a firmer purpose
than ever on the part of bankers and
farmers to stand together for the
ommon good and a greater degree of
omfort among the grow,ers.
"There is a general purpose all
along the line for the bankers and the
gowers to continue, even with great
er zeal, the policy of co-operation
which worked out so successfully dur
ng the past season. This does not,
f course, imply* less acreage as a
whole in 1906 than in 1905, although
uch a reduction is promised in a
umnber of localities. Nor does it
mly that the acreage in some states
ill not be increased. New lands in
[exas, Oklahoma, Indian Territory
and Arkansas, and, indeed, in such
lder states as Georgia, South Caro
ina and Mississippi, are being open
d up and are going into cotton. In'
ections like the Delta of Mississippi,
here no fertilizers is yet used, or
here it is really cheaper to buy sup
plies than to raise them with cotton
t 10 or 12 cents, a moderate increase
n acreage may be expected and many
ndividuals will plant from 5 to 10
er cent wider than last year. But in
the main the bankers are not encour
ging any great expansion, but, on
the other hand, are standing by the
isdom of the past twelve months
ma are receiving from the farmers
earty support. Some farmers are
still holding, not because they expect
uch better prices, but because they
o not need the money, and those who
ay not be satisfied with the price
t the time they gin the coming crop
are assured that they will have no
ifficulty in obtaining accommoda
tions from the banks and merchants
ho are baeking up the growers in le
itimate plans to make their crop a
paying one. At 'the same time a
oice of caution is raised against any
ombination to get really excessive
:rices, that being held as censurable
s are efforts of Wall street bears to
Success never comes to a man who
s afraid to face failure.
You can't always tell what is in a
an by trying to pump him.
The skin deep beauty of a girl may
e good for a marriage license.
His satanic majesty will trust any
an who is good at making excuses.
Many a man would act otherwise
it for fear of legal consequences.
After a young man has made first
:inging speech he should buy the ring.
It takes an accomplished liar to
and a woman satisfactory compli
Farmers' Union Bureau of
-Conducted by the -
South Carolina Farmers' Educa
tional and Co-Operation Union.
A&-Communications intended for this
department should be addressed to J. C
Stribling, Pendleton, S. C.
Thousands of acres for cotton is
now being plowed too wet. This
means a very large reduction in the
number of bales next fall.
About all the cot' n farmers have
to do in order to control the cotton
market is to control themselves.
We don't need more money. more
men or better business men in the
cotton states in order to manage the
cotton business. About all you need
is to get together and use what yiu
already have in hand. like business
men should do, and the power you
have will astonish the cotton farmers
as well as the balance of the world.
Why is it that we find so many
Southern men engaged in the cotton
trade on Wall Street, New York? Is
it not because these Southern men
from the field know more about the
conditions of things in the south and
more about how to control the cot
ton farmers than foreigners do?
Well, then, why not come together
at hbme and use our own busines men
and talents, and our peculiar natural
advantages for our own benefit in
stead of allowing foreigners to reap
the profits from our fortunate natural
gifts'in the way of the ideal cotton
belt of the world?
Twenty nien may stand about the
bog talking about the bad plight of
the cow in the mire to no good-but
three men may unite and pull to
g(ether and out comes the cow on firm
ground. Farmers, walk right into the
Union and take hold, stop talking and
Cotton Warehouse or the Poorhouse
Which Do You Prefer?
For many years cotton producers
have been producing money making
cotton crops, but in placing the cot
ton upon the market all others in the
cotton business have become rich
while the southern cotton producers,
as a rule, have remained poor.
- There is but the one course for this,
and here it is: Most any common
lod-hopper can produce a good crop
of cotton, but it takes a different kind
of work to place this cotton on. t>he
market so as to retain the profits in
the hands of the producers, where it
Most any common cotton farmer
en, single-handed, independently and
alone produce a profitable crop of
otton, but it takes the combined ef
forts of many thousand cotton pro
ducers to keep the old crowd of cot
ton speculators from reaping all the
These speculators have applied a
ode of business rules and methods or
ystem in handling your cotton crops
that producers have failed to do for
hemselves. These men have supplied
the cotton warehouses and the busi
ness organizations for the purpose of
distributing your cotton among cot
ton manufacturer and have, as might
e expected, reaped their profits in
oney while the producers of cotton
have stood aloof from concert of ac
tion and took their profits out mn
grumbling and cursing the specula
There is but one remedy for this
evil, and that is the cotton producers
must supply the facilities for hand
ing their own crops, until the co'.ton
is placed into the hands of consumzers
at a reasonable profit to the produc
ers, or the cotton farmer will remain
in his present hazardous position.
Cotton farmers, you must organize
and put your cotton in bulk, and then
place your best men in charg~e of your
business or the speculator will con
tinue to do this thing for you! You
otton growers must build your own
warehouses to protect your business
or thie same old crowd will continue
to do this for you, and continue to
levy a tariff for this job to suit their
idea about this work and not to suit
Farmers, prepare for war in time
of .peace. Several warehouses are now
on the - way, not yet completed.
Some farmers claim that they ap
prove of the warehouse plans, but
they can't raise the money for the
stock; well, now, I deny this. In
many cases tgs is not true. We know
good and well that if some would try,
they could get up this warehouse
stock just as well as they get up other
things that are not so important.
Finally, we wish to say to all ye
calamity howlers and fault-finders
that you cannot build warehouses
with your tongues, it takes the cash !
And another thing, too, that if you
will not try to help yourselves when
the wa ison for you to do it, do
for, the saikt o4 (.1;1110n (1,01M of tlhe
dill VV. ll1-espelcCt 1*40vor.e ~e
stl)p ablisil.u" (Ither.s 11I ot hcelpiii._,
you. when vou will not try to helP
vourselves. Pit up the stuff. or hush
up and go,) way back and sit down and
behave yourselves like good modern
slaves should do.
Farmers. do not wait longer for
something to turn up in your favor.
go out and turn up something for
vourself. Do not stand about talking
and grumbling and waiting for a good
opening to come your way, but go
right into the farmers' organization,
unite your strength with that of your
fellow farmers and make your own
If otlers ca organize a ttwn
iness by piekin1V up vour owln men at
V0o1r 0wN'l (Ioor and( fl~r icine to
the advantage of the speculating
rwdthlere is no reason oi earthl
why cotton growers cannot do the
same thing for their interest and even
better if they will only continue their
power in similar business organza
tions like the gang does that takes
our profits away from the farmer.
A man's head is like his pocket
book; it's not the outside appearance,
but what it contains that counts.
A sensible girl draws the line at
the poetic youth who deals in un
It would be easy to get rich if it
I was as useful as the small pox.
I am now opening up a nice
stock ot gocds in the store
room formerly occupied by E.
M. Evans & Co.. on M,il St.,
opposite the court house. Am
asking now the pub ic general
ly come in and inspect my
stock before making their pur
My stock consists of Dry
Goods, Groceries, etc. Call
in-to see. Will be delighted to
make you close prices on every
thing-and satisfaction guaran
Yours for business,
W. R. REID.
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