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VOL XLIIT. NO. 01- NEWBERRY. S. 0. *FRIDAY. JULY 27. 190'. TWICE A WEEK. $1 50 A YEAR
DISPENSARY IS SOLVENT.
Statement From Commissioner W. 0. t
Tatum Showing Financial Condi- f
tion of the Dispensary. t
Commissioner W. 0. Tatum, of the t
State dispensary, has prepared for i
the public prints a statement of the
financial condition of the State dis
pensary. The following is the state
ment as prepared by Mr. Tatum:
"Recently a number of papers, and t
Mr. J. Fraser Lyon, candidate for At- 0
torney General, asserted that the dis
pensary was insolvent; that if it were t
put in liquidation it could not pay its ]
debts. At the time this statement
was made, I came out in a card ask
ing a suspenion of judgment and ad-;
serting that the dispensary was per
fectly solvent. I said I could pro
duce the figures to prove that the
dispensary was amply able to pay ev
ery dollar it owed. I have the fig
ures to more than sustain my conten
tion and will-submit them in this state
ment. It took much time and lots
of Work to go through the gre.t mass
of accounts at the State dispensary
and pre pare a condensed statement
showing exactly the condition of the
institution. I could not expect the
newspapers to publish all the'figures
in their columns, but I invite any cit
izen, particularly Mr. Lyon and the
editors of the papers which questioned
the solvency of the dispensary, to
call at tihe State dispensary and ex
amine for themselves the books and
accounts, and so vertify the statement
I have prepared. Now here are the fig
ures, condensed to the point where
any mind can grasp them and any
memory retain them:
.''On June 1, 1906, the State dispen
sary owed for whiskey, beer, etc, a
total of $735,886.94. Since June 1.
and up to and including'July 21, 1906,
there has been paid on the above ae
counts a total of $451,005.61, leaving
a balance of $284,881.33. But of this
balance, $197,388 67 is not yet due,
which leaves tle amount due on old
aceolills $87,492 71. and the State
dispensary had on hand at the close
of business -Jily 21. a eash balance
of $96,518.76, or $9.026.05 more than
enough to pay 111 aCCoun1ts t1hen dIe.
''However, when tle new board of
directors were restrained' by order of
the dispensary investigating commit
tee from payinv old accounts of the
dispensary, instead of letting the dis- 0
pensary funds lie idle, they discount- r
ed a numrber of new ceonllts, by this 11
cour1se ma11kimr an eXtra profit for the o
State of $3,908 32. Of the accounts
so dliomnted, an aggregate of $79,
119 76 would not have been due on or
before July 21, so had not those ae
counts been. so discounted the cash
bialance on that (ay would have been
$175.638 52, or $88,145 81 more t han
enou'h to have paid all aceounts due
at th.at time.
''On July 12 the State dispensary
owed for1 whiiskey, beer, supJplies, ete,
$443.225 34, t hiough only $87,492 .71
ofP t his amount, as stated ab)ove, was
due en that date. Any assertioni that
the dispensary is n ot solv~en t and
could no i~ t pay' out e'very dollar it owes
if it wvent into liquidation seems ridi~
culous when the assets of the inistitu-K
tion arie c'ompalred with the total of
''On July 21 the total of its dlebt
was $443,225 34, to meet avhich it' had
easily assets of $900,000 in round fig
ur'es, made up of $96,518 76 cash on
hand, about $665,000 of stock in the
State and county dispensaries, real
estate, which cost $56,360 56, supplies ~
of bottles, seals, corks, ete, machinery
and office supplies. If all of its as
sets were so1(d at flfty cents on the
dollar they would be more than suffi
cient to pay its indebtedness. In the
above I have given Ithe value of real
estate at its cost price, but it must
he remembered that it was bought be..
fore the tremendous boom of recent
years iln the price of Columbia realt
estate. The opinion of real estate
men, architects and the county auditor
of Richiland County is that a very
conservative estimate of the presenflt
valuie of the dispensary real estate j
would be $150,000. Accepting that
figure wvould make the dispensary's
assets a million dohlars with which to
meet debts of less than $450,000. Far
from being insolvent, if the dispen- in
ary were closed out it could pay ev
ry cent it owes and hundreds of
housands of dollars into the school
und, to which it has contributed in
lie last ten years $1,351.697 60, be
ides paying $3,991,325.49 to the
owns and counties in that same per
ad, a total of $3,343,023 12.
''That is the condition of the dis
ensary to-day. The facts given above
ustain my contenton that the dis
ensary is in better conditon to-day
han ever before. When I took charge
f the dspensary n March, 1904, the
Ispensary"s condition was shown by
he following statement compiled oi
"ebruary 29, 1904:
Quarterly statement of state dispen
sary Feb. 29, 1904) . -490,036 69
,ash in State treasury,
ruary 29, 1904 .. .. $ 17,680 25
reams and wogbns 64 00
)upplies inventory Feb
ruary 29, 1904 . . . . . . 34,828 08
I1achinery and office fix
tures .......... 6,310 06
Feburary 29, 1904).. 1,472 47
teal estate ........ 52,860 56
lerchandise in hands of
dispensary, Feb. 29,
1904 ............ 400,558 85
of stock at Statedispen
sary Feb. 29, 1904) 490.036 69
uspended accounts. .. 2,896 24
Oer'sonal accounts due
State for empty barrels
alcohol, etc. ........5,830 78
Total ......$1,012,537 98
chool fund .. .. .. ...$ 519.664 12
Oersonal accounts due by
State for supplies whis
keys, wines, beer, alco
hol, etc .......... 492,873 86
Total. .....$1.0121,537 98
.''It will be notficed how little cash11
'as on hand at that time. The amount
ti stock was $890,000 in round figures
1' $225.000 more than on July 21,
906. Of that stock aibout. $350.000
'as Ipresente(d Iy anl acculliliation
f hard stock Wilichi had not been
'orlked off. since tile institution le
all business. This has been worked
ff diring my administration, and
lie present stock contains hardly $20,
00 worth of any thing <xcept new,
resh and salable goods. This alone,
epresents a trelenilidols ilprovemellpt
f condition in the last two years.
'Besides, in the liabilities as repre
Plnted inl thle Statement Februlary
9th, 1904, there was over $300,000 of
ecounts past due. some of theni as
mliehl as six montlis overdu'e. This
i!n1ditioll eonpared to tie statement
o, the present day ought to he eon
-ineing to any reasonable mind of
he improvement of the financial con
ition of tihe dispensary.
'The schlool fund is not a debt of
lie dispenisar'y, but its priofit and( loss
('(ounlt . It is less uniderstood than any
t her feat ure of thle dipensaryv. Tis
r icle is too long to permit mnc to
B ret "h it furltheri by ain(lg an axplao
at ion if' thle school fund. .T will give
Iie'h an1 explanation loteri in another
Endorsed by Gen. Jones.
Gen. Willie Jonies also gave out the
ohllowing statement to-day:
''After reading Commissioner Ta
umn's statement, and after havinig
xamined the balanice sheet of the
o(1ks of the institution, I say without
esitationi that I regard the p)resenlt
ondIit ion of the finances of the in
tit utioni as in better shape than at
ny time dur'ing the last tell yearsn. I
'as chirm'ian of the board from April
st, 1896, to Apri-l 1st, 1897, and( also
member' of the board b)y app)oinl
icnt of Governor H-eyward about six
months in 1903, and I feel that I am
hlorouIghly familiar' withl the affairs
f the dispensar'y.'
(Signed) Willie Jones.
''How did you feel when you found,
''As if I w'ere all in,'' gasped the
esnscitnted -inkn'_ gn,gling mc...'.'1ly1
Fine Showing Made by the Bank o
Pilosperity, July 2.--The sad new
vas received here .on Monday tha
Ur. Oscar Bobb, who has been elerk
ig in Spartanburg, was found deai
in bed at his boarding house on Sui
lay iighit. His remains were brougli
:o Prosperity on the afternoon traii
Wonday and taken to his father'
11me and buried Tuesday inorninp
e was about twenty-two years ol
indl haId a promising future befor
Mrs. W. P. Counts is certainly ell
Aitled to the premiuin as champid
:onato raiser. There was exhibite
lore at cluster of Burpee's earlies
pink variety that couxtained eleve:
'ull growin and ripe tomatoes ani
weighed five pounds. Mrs. Count
id photographi mia(e of then itir
xvill send it to the originator of th
mnriety. Your Awrespondent fell hei
:o them and they were fine.
Mrs. John A. Amick, of ticar Mi
J. If. Wheeler's, wais buried at Si
Peters church oi last Sunday 1?
R?ev. AL. 0. J. Kreps. Mrs. Ani.
ost i daughter just one month ag
,vith typhoid fever. Mrs. Amiek con
racted the disease by waiting -on lie
laughter. She leaves a hiusband an,
;everal children and iany friends t
nlorunl lier departure.
The annual meeting of the stoch
iolders of the Bank (if Prosperity wa
ield in the bank building July 20t1
rie report of the president showe,
hat. this was the tost prosperou
ear the bank lias had. There ar
idivided profits and surplus of ove
R12,000.00, making 50 per cent. o
.lie capital stock. This bank has pai,
leven semi-annual dividends amount
nig to $5250.00, or more than 20 pe
!et. of the capital stock. The fol
owing- board (it directors was electod
X. (1i. WVise, G. Y. Hunter, S. S. Birgx
X. H1. Hawkins, Dr. J. S. Wheeler, 1
4. Warner. N. L. Black, C. P. 1ooze
ind J. F. Browne. The board electeo
%. G. Wvise president ; Dr. G. Y'. linn1
er. vice president ;J. F. Brow%.s
ashier; .J. A. Counts, assistant (.,Ish]
er and book-keeper.
Y,our. corlespoident is under mnan;'
Ibligationls for' tie kini(dIness show1
luing his absence f.'rom the state am
ast week while sick and we wish t<
!xpress thanks for tie same.
Mrs. F. E. Sebumn1pert has retillurIel
[1rom1 a visit to relatives in Colimbin
Mi-s Erin Kohin has returned fron
I visit to Mrs. Samu1111el M(r0-ckei
11id Mrs. Emma MahoiN .
Mr.s. .1. M. Coaths, of Florence. i
'isiting. her mothtier, Mrs. D. H. With
Miss M11do Livilgstonl is visitiln;
wer sister. Mrs. F. E. Schuimperl.
Mr. 0. B. Simpsonl is at hioie to
be reunion. Oscar Ihs been si--,nei
>y the Or'angLeburg'~ tetam andi( wil
>iiehI for t his team in thie futuRe.
Much in.terest is bieiui n manifestec
ni tie reunioii at Lit tie Mounitaini os
le 3rd( of Auagust.
Th'Ie exhibit of mapsil), ('hiarts,5 eniio.(
-Ic., oft .Jalpan, Chua, India, aiiil I har
nah11 were shiownt and( explained b:
\fr'. A. IH. Kohin, who tins the exhiibi
n (ebarlge. Much interest was takei
n it. This is a great sour'ceo
upireadinig mission iniformat ion ait
rives a reality to mIISissi woirk not ti
>e hiad outtside of the mission field it
self. The exhibit will be shiowii fo
he last time before its reCtiun ti
VIssionairy Brown at Salem, Vai., a
11. Tabor eur'chi, near' Little Moun
ain, ntext Suiiday afternoon. Th'i
'xplaniat.ion of the chiairts aind enrio
s (juite inter'esting.
Mirs. Jennie Holenman, of Camecroin
4. C. hats r'eturnied to heir home afte
very pleasant visit to Mr's. A. 11
'Tie excursion to Atlanta was rairn:
vell patroiiized form this ptoinit
\mRon~g some of the goer's we're Unicl
Anidrew K(inard, Mir. N. B. Wheeleei
~IraS A H Kohnu, Miss Gert 'rudeQ Hobb
rhishiiell Bowers, Mr'. and( Mrs. *J. 1F
3r'owne and1( H. F. Whteeer
Miss Mar'ie Bobb) is at home for th
Mesdames J1. L. WVise, P. C. Singley
1ev. M. 0. *J r. and A. II Khi
have gone to the Sunday School Con
veition at Bethlehein.
r We had a hearty hankshake fron
4'ditor Cargile, of Saluda, on Sat
urday. Come over, Mr. Editor, an
give us a paper. Prosperity needs one
s Miss higenia Harmon, after a loni
t sickness, we are pleased to say, i
I Mr. B3. B. Leitzsey, of Newberry
- was in town on Tuesday as jolly a
I Well, it does seem as though we ar<
s going to have a shower and a good bij
one of- candidates for the legislature
I With seven candidates in the field
p we heard one man say that he couh
not get a ticket yet.
Crops are coming out to some exten
i inl the gray lands, but they need t
I come out a great deal yet. On ou
t trip across th'e state and up int
i North Carolina, we saw some ver
I poor crops, and in some sections ther,
s was a good lot qf the crop abandoned
1 Some claim that the crop will not b
D 65 per cent. Time alone will tell
r Corn is fair to good. Out people for i
good crop with a fair price of a
least ten cents per pound.
There has been considerable cot toi
selling for the past week and it i
chelping out the July pull over th
[ July grade.
Tried to Poison Hotel Guests.
Meridan, Miss July 24.-Anna No
ilan, negress, employed at the Laud
erdale Springs hotel, about 40 mile
above this city, was arrested thi
morning charged with an attempt a
wholesale poisoning of the proprietoT
attaches and guests (if the hotel. It i
claimed that the woman lplaced r
quantity of roug11 on rats in the cof
fee served to the guests for suppe
last nihlit in retaliation for a ren
or fancied grievance she possesei
a.-ainst. the proprietor. Two of th
guests are reported as very ill froi
the effects of the poisonl.
Fast Mail Plunged in Lake.
r At least ninie lives were lost, sevei
I peimis seiiously iijured and a seor
- of thems sistaiied eits anid bruise
, i a wreck of the fast mail trainl o
. hlie (reIal Nortlern, a miile and .
quart1or east of Camludeni. Wash, 3
miles east of Spokane, late Tuesday
when tie locoImotive, .1mail, ha.gga
1141 smiokiin (alrs le* the rails an
plunin over' the seveitY feel Ilm
bankmetii were sithimegt'ed in tlle wa
10ers of Diamlond Lake.
HORSESHOES AND LUCK.
Right Way and Wrong Way to Invok
Goddess of rortune.
There is a right way ald a wron;
way in fth pickil"' g up o a horseshor
I was walkin- with a couIlr Iybred ho;
r long a Somiiset lane aid saw on,
I lying in the ernmbliig snmmer Ilt
I " 'There is a horseshoe,"' sai aL Th 'l
lad sprantg fo.rwa rd, hut stocpped sudl
I denly before his fingers toiucheI(d tI
ironi. "'ult T wo n 't pick it up.'' sai<
lhe, '"or I shall spoil your luck. It mia;
perhaps have been oly a point 4'
et iquet te, but lie aissuredl me I hat
Shtorseshmoe of' myi f inmditng could brin;
luck niei ther toi Ii m inor t4o me if hi
t oneheld it be fore mue.
T 1hie origin (f thIiis superst it ion, say:
the London Evening Standarid, nov
lingeiring chiefly as a sayiing and 1
jest, is perhiapJs earlier than thle horse
shioer, and 11ias nothing whatever ti
(1o with ii . t. was from thle inf'luenee
of the new moon that goodl was to b
exp)ected, anmd still there are som'
who turn .thie miontey in their pocket.
when theuy firmst see her in the sky
SThe early horseshoe was a simph)
erescent, anid thle sumperst ition ha
lingered ar'ouind aii ob)ject t hat at firs
was only a convenienit symbol.
-It was to the protectioni of somi
moon goddess, there fore', thiat thI,
p householder frist t rusted when i
.kept the witcli out, of his dwelling b;
hani ng a horseshoe on thle door. Nei
,tIher spell nor ma ligant. wish, nor thi
power of t he evil eye could cros:
the thrmes'hold int thei presence of lie
symbol. Ev'en thle pi xies, who broughi
a certain wvhiimsical nmerriment. in<
thir i pa retical jok ing, were no gomc
in the face. of that. (heated out a
their nocturnal rides t hey might a:
- horseshoe barred their entry to the
1 For these troublesome olvxes, in
- days gone by, had a way of working
I the cattle by night for their own
amusement, and when the good mai
came in the morning he found the
3 poor- beast "aill terrified like, an' cut
in a lather o' sweat.'' And they had
even a worse trick than this. They
3 would get at the good wifes' vat and
wantonly spoil the brew. To pre.
vent this she drew with her finger
two hearts and a criss-cross upon tle
mash, and tus the beer was sav
ed. Whether crescent or cross, no
matter. The pixies would slink away
abashted by the sign of it.
t To this day there are horseshoes oi
y the doors of many cottages in quiet
r villages. Doubtless the cottagers dc
y but put them up for a whim, or in the
same half jocular half serious spirit,
a yet with a secret satisfaction, too, in
which so many of us perform obsolete
a practices "just. for luck.'' And why
not, I who find a secret delight il
its forgotten significance?
t It, was rusty, with a croked horse
nail still hanging in one of the holes
I There are some ohio think there is
vir-ture inl lie rust. But that is non
sense. . I polished mine until it was
bri--ht- as the silver moon, and indeed
might. almost have mistaken for the
metal sacerd to Diana. There is
a right way aid at wronig. in pul.tinl".
u) tle hlosvshoe oil your door. On<
4 thing is thorughly established; if you
turn it upslide dowin it cannot hold
And where ought it to be placedi
The old world folk often nailed it
on the threshold. The growing moon
has her horns always toward the left
andl(] otily on the wane does 4he point
them to the right. I would have this
true crescent, waxing.". every (ly.
FIRST ASCENT OF MATTERHORN
Season's Earliest Climb is Made by
a Plucky Young Girl.
1 'all Mall (azelte.
Il The heroinle (11 fi s Iii*s( asent Itli;
SPaiseasn It the alterbu i. or M ii
C eervin, as ifs famililiar inl the Valais
vanton still love h, eall if. is it v-11tiun
girl of sevelleenl, Mile. (imdraix, thI
41-d lhie of1 a zerma111t statillner, wN174
ilore than once il local moilnainleer.
inl cireles. Twice duilg the pas1
- 1inihdi Mile. 0indrauix, who leter.
- milted to at tem1pt the asecit tinavco.i
plieitd excel)( by her t wo gilideA
I'eirin and 1inuner, wIas previIend by
''dangvrolls'' weather, as she deserih
ed it, bitt on Momlay last Ile cndi
timis were I'la vlaible and a star wm:
''he party left Zerttit 3 t 1
in. halilin. ai the Late Noir hotel, ill
hour below ilie Aliine eliu hut. ic
etna1ble tle ventiurtesomle youn elimibei
to chiatnge inito veryi mai:seuine elimbth
il estumell(.. Afiter it brief rest anll
somtei supperCI at the eahin, tile asi5C'
-i )owil ill ?Zeinlait all I Ihe teles(opes ii
lihe viilflge weret levelled at I lhe shioul.
er.o thegret pea'k whiete thle elim
att S ii'clIck( ill thle ttorniin taz greal
citeeri froi theI (irowvhs dII vislitrs ituI
Svillaiters aitnoaune-d t hat the MitteI(r
hornl Iit hadeeni wont f'or thle first time(
this se-asot-and lby a girl ofseen
t eeni ! Th'le descent was eammelned(
ani houtr liater, awl11 ati ( p. mn. the lit tie
partIy wits sa feiy back in Zermaitt, and
-thle puleky little elimbiter was recei v
in. t he congr~tatulaion 's of lier friends.
Mile. (hinuziu'.'s wvas a genineti
elimnbingu. feat, sihe scortned thle aissist -
anee~ of lier gutides, andl elimbl)ed ' ' ai
wvell a anty mian,'' as Ilinner e'xpressed
it. A skedl if thle raretied a ir did not
ItroutbleC I her ont the sum it, MIle. (Gind
at au x5 da she fel t niIt illnenee my
only regret was , '' she aidded, ''thai
mlanl getileimani, whoi hiad set htis
hlenart on baeinag ''first up'' this sea
sonu, CItivalIrously gitve way whent h<
heard oft MIle. Gitndaux 's inltettion
an id statted ani hourt' behind1( the pion.
('(er11 party. Two~'~ yea.rs ago Mile
G idaulx 's brothler mad1111e the first as
een'i of I he seasomi; lie was acc(om.
I an iied by thle guide Zutmhafngwld.
1' Never do any wvorryitg tod(ay tat
I youIi (cani just as well postpIoneC unti
THE CAMPAIGN ITINERARY.
Where and When the Oandidates Will
Meet the People Face to Face
and Praise Themselves and
Caunden, Friday, July 27.
Lancaster, Saturday, July 28.
Chester, Monday, Aug 6.
Winnsboro, Tuesday, Aug 7.
Yorkville, Wednesday, August 8.
Gaffney, Tuesday August 9.
Spartanburg, Friday, August 10.
Union, Saturday, August 11.
Newberry, Tuesday .mst 14.
Greenwood, Wednesday, August 15.
Abbeville, Thursday, August 16.
A nderson, Friday, August 17.
Walhalla, Saturday, August 18.
Piekens, Monday, August 19.
Greenville, Tuesday, August 20.
Laurens, Wednesday, August 21.
Five years ago i man seen reading
a newspaper, of which very few were
t h IubIlishied in the whole empire,
was ridiculed as a follower of the
foreign (evils. Almost the only pa
per published inl tile capital was the
Pekiii Oaxette, containiig the de
crev.s 1111( doiigs ofi the Court.
Now there are tenl daily papers pub
lished inl Pekin, among them one of
the tew woien's dailies inl the world.
This paper is interesting as being lar
gely e(ited by women, and dealing
just now with such topies as popular
ast rolnomy, geography, physical geo
graphy, the care of infants, and the
training of chil(Iren. The general
liewspapers are read by all classes,
anId are constantly increasing their cir,
(liation. Thiey cont,a Reuter's tele
gram, Iews of' the cou41n1try and city,
awil articles oif conisidierabhle length
and acm-11 nvi (n liNve t4tpies. Somli aire
pledged to the cmrrection of (bl-estalh
lished (1slois. anld ti( (Ontents are
extr-eielv interestiinu, wothl of a
Bvy waY of1 itINverlisemenit, oir m1ore
Iikiy bevause '1f he zea I of r1e'fl1rmers
wh4p are( resimonsible for11 the. newspa
1Pers, copits -e 1isted nl blank walls
d11141 i11 bi'-46 set up Il' 11. the pilrpluse,
so that their c Ittnts nay be pe'rused
by *hose whu wiouhlw i notai buy. Ii ad
ditimn, at rn.-kable p)lanI to se-cure
the atteition of the masses ihas been
t'(lloiwed. Ini different11 plaves inl city
and14 suibulrbs have beenl 1itted 11y readl
inl halls, with onbehlr-es id 111 tables,
where le'l is served fl'ee, aid ill tile
(VV ill 'ii capaible inllI anit' e a i'ra (l t-o
rem111(1 exphiini the papers. These
4, r4 said to be vol u1nteers, and
tlhe haills, tiverl.wnt inl numb1er, arte
litled up) 1ii'l Silip)(Irted b) .iv volintary
11nt 1l' u 51It tu l'ltls.I 'L'li
Teveils too be ent1ire f'reedom
(If thi' press. 14n) cellsrship beili ex
I 'iis ('I y t p ly'ii,Ih( pr i fori( f the t
part w('Iitht mole lead typehs, whCiehCC
rlail y deteriorate,I(' making liading
liaw ofie'very diffling weven,o
Lwhose seewichigt a funblished in
inrrent tliehu, hem languagic te ofth
Teise nwspapirs tkee boefre ou)rig
ait nion one of theu m stl rekdleo
movementI'3s theui world has l(evofer sen.
Ilachnday ias pub) lihed ai onist ofn
nsti' tflersons IIinlig wnen,d
bingout he m indei whc he emiti-'
All i~(i lae ari iving1)4 tl ierli pro
re wil ti enTs. Avekid of
soit is, CShr iitst i ohurcthe cod eve
pimary schoo'vls,' flve been1( feing i
the~ con Truis 14oti t embes.
Recently wasi(C p)uSblishCd ia tist oflind
story ell iers, whose41 iin ist k ned
iby goin fromLhouste 'otom hous wth
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