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Mr. Editor: Please allow*me space
in your pnper to prove my innocence
as, to a slanderous report which has
been circulated for some length of
time, and to my knowledge about five
years in Whitmire. I came to this
place in 1890 from Waxhaw, N. C.,
and have tried to live in love and
friendship with my neighbors, assist
ing all I could in church work and
trying to live a. Christia,n, life, but
have been forced by the unpleasant
situation to witthdraw from 'hurch
I tried to hel.p those who needed
help, and only God, who knows our
hearts, knows the meaning of this.
Possibly the originators of this
slander did not know the harm it
might do me in the eyes of persons
who knew nothing of my past life.
However, since I am forced to vindi
eato myself before tile public, I shall
do it in a way that will leave no
room for doubt in the mind of any
01ne,) and if ily accuser-s suffer I an
niot to blame. They originated the
hargle n against iie, and have repemt
ed thelml ad I have kept silent for
live vears, ing and prayin"g that
tI ey would make soi attelillt to
right the wrong, because I have -beoni
fully aware of (he fact all along that
t'hey knew Ilit Iheir charges against
'Ine were tintrue and witi'out iny
At the beginning of this troublel
these slalderers consti.tuted thiemsel
Tes my eneiies without cause, and
they have tsed every foul, unfair,
alld inlcharitable Imlea.s possible
against ile, anld since they seem so
sure of their ground in their evil
desinis against mle I ilist ulse 1 f'ew
equnally Sure, undenia-ble and unl
dauted ileans, inot. in defenise of, my
sel. but. I have a dear, innocont
daughter who is far idearer to nie
than my own life and I am sure that
all right-inided, intielligentf, honor
lovinlig peopIle will agree withi me Mha
it would be wronl" for imle to allow
her to suffer in Ihe fut.ure, perhaps
after her moter's death. for a wroig
done her mnother when it is so easy
now for ie to stolp Ihese slanderers'
moulits with the Iruthi of my in.no
eMINI. T have no desire to injure
iy ellnivs bIIut T muist insure liy
dalughter's 1re agist. any possi
bility of daniiger. in this matter.
sarah J. Morrow.
I give the following quot ations frol
the lible, and I hop)e my friends will
read every oie (if thei.
isaln 35: 11,12.
Psalm 109: 2, 3.
Psalm 120: 2, :3.
Psalm 10: :3.
1'roverbs 6: 16-20.
Proverbs 10: 18.
Proverbs .11: 9.
Proverbs 13: 5.
Proverbs 19: 5-9.
Proverbs 25: 18.
Itroverbs 26 : 28.
rsaiah 59: 1-1i.
.Jetreiah 9): 5.
Ti tsi 1:5 1:-31. 1
Jamelts 1: 26.
1st Peter 2: 1.
llomnts 12: 18.
Mat thew 7: 12.
I also g'ive the following partttial
'jptot at ions from Character Sket-ches,
a work cop(l)osed b)y Itev. Gleo. A.
Lofton. If y'ou have his 'book turn to
page 75 andI read to page 82.
"fThe serpent with his v'etnm andt
his ir'e, with his slimy slippery folds
usid his noiseless erawvl, with its
datadly coil and( fatal fatig, is the
o'ly fit -emtblem of thle man or wo
man11 who st abs to kill chinracter.
Jealousv aml1( etnvy, pr'ejudice and
maligntity are the sac of poison tinder
the sland~er'ous tkingute from wvhie'h
lie feeds his deadly fang, which try
to pierce one's good name. Love and
'honor niever' engage in this vile busi
ness, bult the slanderer is a total
trangeir to these noble itnstinets of
the human breast. The slanderer
'hates his or her superior and the
nteighborhood gtossips have nothiung
'betltr to do tIhan to talk about his
or her nieighboirs. Such people seem
to find a fhindisht delight in t heir
base v'ocai oni. A b)it of satidath is a
suigar plumn whlich they roll in their
mouthI and divide with each other.
''The hm grows as it rolls from
motuth to nmouthi like the fiye loaves
and1( the two little fishes with wvhieh
the Master fed the five thousand
hungry souls and had( twelve baskets
fu'ef fragmentts whicht remaihed. It
Is impossi'ble with the ordinary sense
*of the humane to comprehend or ap
-pieciate the' nature anel charra -ter of
the slanderer. We can see how men
A, in a heat of passion can slay their
fellows; howv hunger and penury can
stpah, but there.are' souls too lofty,
hiorts too pure, to understand how
this monster of all iniquity can try
to ruin-the reputation or destroy the
charactef of an innocent human be
~ng. These neighborhood gossips
generally have some worthless char
exeter mr front of them in order to,I
evade legal or personal accountabil- he
ilty. The treatment of slander is an I
important consideration. The sland- a
cred man or woman occupies a diffl- ro
cult position. and needs most of all
the grace of patience and forbear- cl
ance; of fortitude and bravery. It is as
best not to be in too big a hurry, dr
and to pay little attention, unless t.r
dignity and duty demailds vindica- R.
tion. Wait on God, never brush fresh N
mud from your clothes, let it dry.
Socrates said slander do ont hurt el
ine because they do not hit me, but ti
we do not all have the rugged
mountalil grandeur of Socrates. N.
Blander do hit and hurt some in
nocent people. Sometimes rend fam
ilies, cliirelies and neighborhoods, ,
leaving for a while the desolation"of
the cyclone in their tra-c and often ,
it takes manhood, womanhood aind
Ch1ristiani>ty to )eave asidethe revolv- de
er and tardy law and wait until the "f
storm passes over. After all slan- M
der like other ills is one of the Chris- M
fian crosses and well borne it inures
above all afflictions to the puriest
Ihastening and development of Ohris- a
ian life. No cross ever won a brilh- o
ter crown if borne well for Jesus
sake. It is comfort to know that birds ro,
pick at the best and highest fruit. to;
that grows upon the tree. The grea-t- te
ast an( best people in the world are te
slandered and only the good and use- t
ful can be. Purity an(d superiorty I
are the shininig mIarks against which N
jealousy (id el'Nvy have ever shot
their fiery shafts." "'c
''Among the sons of men how few
Who dare he .iit to merit not their i
SIiperior viirtile aindi superior sense 01
To knaves anl(d fools will always
give offelse.', roe
To whom it may concern: We take ro"
[leasrine in stza t ing t hat we knew hia
\liss Sara 1J. Starnes, a daug-hiter of
T,hi41m1as Startnes. prior to her iamr
riairv to Mr. R. F. Morrow, as a
YiM.g Voniin of good character;
Hia sIhe enjoyed the" Coln fidence and Io"
:steem of those livin.. in ii'er father 's
ii.IhbohIood; that Ilhere wits never
nv breaIlb (of suspicionl on ler vir-tue
Sr'ight Iivi lg tlat her fatiher is still
ivilg '1moig Its a respected Confed- N.
rate soldier, whose wife died whien
4-atrali was abont thirteen years old. a
Rhe being the oldest of eight chil
Irlen, and she did what she could to he
atssist her father in the rearing of ab
the children until she was about nine- "I
teen years old when sie went. to live tra
with Mr. J. J. Perry near Osceola, hot
R. C., where she met and married "
Mr. Morrow; tlIt we do not credit an
ni in lally manner believe any Ie
ports reflectinlg on her character as "
wre know that she lived a life without
reproachi in our neighborhood and eo,
6ve think sie is a CIuristian woman N.
trying to live riight with h1et' God and
This April 22, 1907.
W. L. l'resh ia, Mon roe, N. C.
TP. J1. W. Broomi, Monr'oe N. C., R.
F'. D). No. 41. to
S. A. Lat han, Moinroe, N. C., R. F. (
D). No. 4.
P. V. Richiardsoii, Moinroc, N. C., i
1H. F. D). No. 4. kn
(l. S. Tison, Waxhtaw, N. C., R. F.te
1). No. 2. t
N. CN., R. F. D. No 2. m1
Mi's. ~J. C. lmns, Wanxhaw, N. C.,
it. F. ID. No. 2.
Mir. and Mr~s. Hod Mont gomery,
Monrioe, N. C., R. F. D. No. 2.
J1. A. Melton, Monrioe, N. C., R. F. qu
D). No. 2.
J1. M. (Nottrtney, W'ahaw, N. C. an
R. F. D). No. 5.M
R. M. Glenn, Waxhaw, N. C."
Capt. B. F. Richardson, age 71, A
Monroe, N. C., R. F. D. No. 4. chi
Mrs. L. C. Harris, age 72, Monmroe, k
N. C., -R. F. D. No. 2. kl
W. R. McNeely, age 60, Waxhaw,
N. C., R. F. ID. No. 2.
Mr's. II. V. MoNeely, age 77, Wax-. cl
ho aw. N. CN., R. F. D. No. 2. -
W. H. Glenn, age 58, Waxhiaw,.N.
C., R. F. D. No. 2.
Mi'. and Mr's. Geo. MeWhiorter',
age' 59, Waxhiaw, N. CN., RI. F. D. No.
Mr's. WV. S. Starines, age 64, WVax
hia w, N. C., R. F. D. N. 2.
'Mliss Sarah Richiardson, sage 7Jp, 0
WVaxhaw, N. C., R. F. D. NoT. 2.
Mr. antd Mrs. Win. Baker, age 70
and 75, Waxhaw, N. C., R. F. D. No.a
Mi's. Emelino Mel ton, age 69,
Monroe, N. C., R. F. D. No. 2.
T. C. Eubanks, .age 74, Monroe, N. f
C., R. F. D. No.. 10. e
Mrs. M. E. Lowry, age 59, Wax
hiaw, N. C.
William MoWhiorter, age 03, Wax- 81
hiaw, N. C., R. F. D. No. 2.
Why Sarah wvho eduld have start
ed sutch a report on you. Mittie Star..
nos, Monroe, N. C., R. F. D. No. 4.
I k.hew Sarah from infaney and
no one can find aught against her ,in
\ I - }
r old neighborhood, if called upon
can repeat this and as inuoh more
you want in defence of her. char
ter. John E. Starnes, age 80, Mon
e, N. C., R. F. D. No. 4.
We knew Sarah Starnes from a
ild and sho was just like a mother
well as a sister to the other ehil
en, and she did what she could to
iin them right. Mr. and Mrs. J.
Lathan, Monroe, N. C., R. F. D.
We have known Mrs. Moirow from
ildhood and never did know any
ing against her character.
Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Bclk, Monroe,
C., R. F. D. No. 10.
Our home was not more than. one
mrth of a mile from the home of
omas Starnes while his daughter
rah was young and we know where
we speak, when we say that she
serves and enjoys the confidence
the entire neighborhood. Mr. and
rs. W. C. Orifin, age 56 and 60,
mroe, N. C., R. F. 1). No. 4.
. have known Mrs. Morrow all her
a and have never heard anything
ainst he,r character. ). S. Mont
aery, Monroe, N. C., R. F. D. No. 2.
WVe have been knowing Mis. Mor
v since child'hood when we played
,ether and of course we have never
ud anything against her charac
because there has not been any
ng to hear. Mr. and Mrs. J. J.
%Viley, ixhaw, N. C.. R.. F. D.
fy testimony can be had in this
iter .at. any time or place. H. J.
lion, Monroe, N. C., R. F. D., No.
Ve have known iMrs. Sarah J. Mor
ev we weCe school children and
yed togelier and have never heard
known aughtii against her-.
ir. and Mrs. P. W. Plyler, Mon- s
, N. C., R. F. D. No. 4. V
Ve have k-now- Mrs. Sarah J. Mor- t
, since she was an infant and v
'e neVer heard aught against her.
1r. and Mi's. II. J. Starnes, age e
and GS, M-lonroe, N. C., R. F. D. 4.
have known Mr's. Morrow for a
-tIly-five years and have always
ild her' to be an honorable and
Iuiois woman and all over our
try ihere are seotes of other
( people who can testify to the
w. Mrs. IT. V. Broom, Waxhaw,
Ve knew Sarah's mother who was
ood Christian woman and we knew
"ah Ifrom infancy to the time of I
mother's death and we know all I
mnt the hard and faithful struggle
had in helping to support and
in the younger children. Her child
,d and young womanhood was spent
ler )eculiarly trying circumstances
I her life was such that not one
r'd was ever spokenl against her in
s neighhorhood. Any one doubting
se facts and much more that we
ild say can write its at Monroe.
C., R. F. D. No. 4.
Mrs. Mary A. Plyler, age 76.
Mr's. Nancy C. Plyler, age 70.
inyone that does not heliev'e that -
know' Ihat Mr's. M~ioro was a
I', hionest, v'iruious giirl can wriite 4
Mirs. W. R. McNeely, Waxhaw, N.
R. F. D. No...2.
huave beeni pastor of Prospect
enuit. for two and a half year's and1
w nearly all of those who hav'e
en their' testinmonals in this mat-- 4
to lbe truth.ful and honor'able eit
us, some (,f them are my onei al ,(
mubers whom I highly este(em.
(Rev.) J. P. HIipps.
whow it may con cern:
Ft. is a pleasure to us wvho were ac
mintedI with Mrs. Sarah J1. Morrow,]
'merly Miss Satralh J. Star'nes before
d at the time of her' marriage to
'.B. F. Mor'row to state that she
s a young lady of good character.
member' of Six Mile .Pr'eHbyter'ian
nrch near Osceola, S. C., and that
a demeaned herself so as to gain and
ep the respect and esteem of all
to knew her while here. That we
ve never heard aught against her
aracter as a virtuous and innuocent
If you desire to see the ne
f post cards in Newberry,
ome to the Book Store anm
iso give you as good if il
ioney than you pay elsew]
lews is 3 for 5c. My colie
>ur views of the town an
rate Day Post Cards, car
rorn by a Mason, and ove
ibjects in comic cards. Pos
woman and we caiiot believe any re
ports which may be circulated to her
April 22, 1907.
T. W. WieKiben,' Waxhaw, N. C.
J. L. Rodman, Waxhaw, N. C.
J. J. Perry, Osceola, E'. C.
T. E: Perry, Osceola, S. C.
Mrs. N. J. Perry, Osceola, S. C.
Miss Leah P. Gordon, Osceola, S. C.
Divid Ya0brough, Vsceola, S. C. tI
John Kell, Fort Mill, S. C.. . F.
D). No. 3. C1
Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Iodgers, Os
mcola, S. C. jC
J. W. Collins, Osceota, S. C.
Mr. and Mrs. D. S. Wilson, Osceo
la, S. C.
Mr. James Wilson, Osceola, S. C.
I, J. G. Howie do hereby certify
lhat I am personly acqluainted with
,irs. S. J.' Morrow and that I have
onown her for a term of twenty-four
(24) years and that she has alway's
)orne a good reputa-tion and that her
noral charaater has always been
ibovo reproach. J. G. Howie, ex
nagistrate, Indianland township, Fort
\Iill, S. C., R. F. 1). No. 5.
VrATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA,
COUNTY OF NPOWBERRY.
Sarah J. Morromv being duly sworn,
;ays, that the reports circulated in
md around Whitmire, S. C., reflect- P
ng on her character for virtue are S
intrue and without any foundation in. S
'aet, ad exist only in the wicked F
imagination of evil minded persons H
vho have spoken the slanderous
V0irds concerning her which are cal
ulated an(] intended to injure her
md to bring her family into disre- re
mute and can be of no va.lue to those ab
dio have originated or repeated the
lander except as mental food for
icked and debased natures to whom.
ruth, modesty and clean consciences Of
'ould be a nauseating (lose.
Sworn to *ind subscribed before
le on t'he 30th dny of April, 1.907.
S. J. Morrow.
Is hereby given to aill persols.who M
:Wc heretofore ori-inated. circulated
,r repeated the slanderous reports
oneerning my wife, Mrs. Sarah J.
Jorrow, or to any others who shall
epeat them in the future, that I shall
ake such lawful means to gain re
Iress for any slauder which may be
pioken concerning 'her as my attor
eys shall advise me or she may be
ntitled to maintain. There must be
mn end to slanderous utterances con
B. F. Morrow. V
'pril 27, 1907.
Words never fail a smooth hypo
3. B. JONES'
IS THE PLACE TO GET
Sood Things to Eat
)N SHORT NOTICE AND
AT MODERATE PRICES. C
)ysters 'on Half Shell. Oysters any
3tyle.. Fish, Game, Steak, in fact
Everything that the market affords.
Patronage of Ladies Solicited.
)pposite Newberry Hotel Omee and
Next Doer to Pool. Room. m
LOOK POR THE SIGN
3. B. JONES'
west and largent collection
don't take my word for it,
I see for yourself. I will
rot a better card for less 6
iere. My price for local
ction consists of twenty.. F
di burnt district, Confed- c
dis showing the first pin
~r two hundred different S
t Card Albums 5c. to$1.OO.
j pital $50,000.
he Bak of
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ne. It will so care for your
ire, and you can have it whei
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need. It insures you the bes
Make ea deposit today. E
ink account. '
4 per cent on money in the
eo. Y. Hunter, President.
J. F. Browne
he People's I
aid Up Capital - -
urplus and IndividualI
or protection of depos
C. MOSELEY, President. IV
W. WHEELER, Cashier. C
Better a conservative interes
turn when wanted, than a high
out the principal.
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akes It so. Likewise our Boa]
prudent conservative manager
G. W. Bowers.
J. A. C. Kibler.
R. L. Luther.
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'e allow 4 per cent. per
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Savings department pays 4 pe
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E. R. H IPP, Vi:
M. L. SPEARM
GEO. B. CROM
1 have rented,I
~tables of Mr. G.
epot where I a
erVe my friends
ri the livery, feec
ty, S. C.
to assist you in building a for
money that it is absolutely se
iever you want it. And if you
prove your good friend In time
service and convenience.
very fortune has grown from a
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,y, S. C;,
- $28,000 00
rofIts $5,000 00
. . $25,900 00
I. A. CARLISLE, Vice-President
E0. JOHNSTONE, Attorney.
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annum in our Savjngs
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swberry, . C.
Surplus $8,000 00
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o if their funds in the knowi
eyond qujestion, and further
lent profit to them.
r cent, interest.
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