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VOL XLIV. NO 48. NTjWlM9RY. S. 0. TUEEkqUAY JUNE 18,.1907. TIEAWE.$ 0AYA
OLD TIMES IN NEWBERRY.
Judge J. K. Orosson's Mind Rune
Back to the Days of Long Ago.
Woodville, Texas, June 17.
I've been thinking back of late
s'prisin't and I'm here to state
I'm suspicious it's a sign
Of age, may be or decline
Of my faculties-and yit
I'm not feeling old a bit
Any more than eighty-four,
Ain't no young man any more.
Thinkin' back's a thing 'at grows
On a feller I suppose.
Older 'at lie gits, I jack,
More lie keeps a-think' back!
Old as old men git to be,
Er as middle-aged as me,
Folks'll find us, eye and mind
Fixed on what we've left behind.
Thinkin' back-why goodness me!
I kin call their names and see
Every little lad I played
With, er fought, er was afraid
Of, and so made him the best
Friend I had of all the rest I
Thinkii' back, I even hear
Them a calling, high and clear
Up the crick banks, where they seen
Still hid in there like a dream
And me still a-pantin' on
*The greenpath-ways they have gone
Still they hide by bend er ford
Still they hide-But thank the Lord
Thinkin' back as I have said
I hear laughin' on ahead.
Ii the olden time, about five miles
southwest of the village lived a good
genial old man, of whom Judge
O'Neall in the Ann-als very truly
wrote, ''his wit, honesty and virtue
commend his memory to all his sur.
viving acquaintances. Few men wil
be-fotind hereafter among us wh<
will so Well fill the place of the good
eitizen and honest man."
He was indeed a fine, lively, intel
ligent old man, with a rich, generous
spirit; lie had a fund of fine humor
of an original flavor and loved a
harmless laugh; had jovial physiog
mony and his bl>gue, was pleasing
While on a tower in the highlands of
Scotland, he was impressed and put
on a. British man of war as a sailor
The ship stopping at Charleston, he
gave them leg bail and escaped and
made his way to Newberry. His name
Spence, meaning "the parlor of a
cottage or farm house," shows hil
8coteh descent, but having been rais
ed in County Antrim he was known as
a Scotch prisoner. Such was
Samuel Spence, an all around goot
main. It is.supposed he came to New
berry after the war of 1812.
There were two tribes of Spenee
in Newberry--Samuel and James
brothers, were of one tribe; my moth
er was of that tribe. The other tribi
was headed by Capt. James Spence
and to this tribe the writer's gran
mother Crosson belonged. So I am oj
Spence descent on both sides. Capt
Spence was a generous, intelligent
religions man and was an elder ii
K(inirs Creek A. R. P. church. WHgon
er Billy Spence a.nid a great number 01
other belonged to this. I ahlways sup
posed that these tribes were kin as
they each came from County Antrim
Capt. $?pence's ancestors, Andrew ani
William, came to this country beford
the Revolutionary wvar. Oapt. Janie:
S&pence was a captain in the Creel
war. Samuel came about 1815
James in 1820.
Samuel was twice married, firs
to Mrs. Mary McCalla. They had n<
ehildren. After her death, hie mar
ried Miss Mary Hunter, who was
pure, kindly, home-loving wife, witl
a warm heart and blessed with
charming sunny disposition, sand re
markable for hier piety and grea
common sense. She was of that large
intelligent and progressive family o:
Hunters, descended from that Nathat
Hunter, who came from the county o:
When a youngster my mother ani
two sisters and I, the only kin uneli
Sam had in the county, attended th<4
wedding of Nathan Hunter, a man o:
supreme good sense and sound judg
Sam and Mary Spenec h-ad threi
children, Sam, who was lost in th
war between the stater; Isabella ani
Lizzie. There were three Isabella
Spences and they were a trio of beau
ties. My mother, the oldest one, was
named for Isabella Elder, the grand
mother of the brothers, Sam And Jas.
In 1820 she started with my. grand- I
father to cross the ocean for Aipr
ica. Owing to the contrary winds,
they were delayed six weeks, during
which time she died and was buried
in the ocean. She was then over one
hundred years old. The other Isabel
las were named for my mother.
Isabella married John S. Birge, ani
active business man. She looked like
a sun rise in her young beauty. The
othe' Isabella, also a very beautiful
girl lived in Pickens county and mar-1
ried a Burroughs. Lizize was a gen
te lovable little girl when we leftl
fifty years ago for Texas. Wife andi
I often spoke pleasantly of her; wife
was fond of 'her. I have often thought
of the remark Uncle Sam made to me,
'Jimmie there's no harm in a jug
if you don't take the stopper out'too
often,'' but it is best .not to take it!
out at all.
Sam Spence was a kind master, a
good father, friend, christian, and
much respected by his neighbors,
among whom was Henry Boozer, a
jovial, pleasant man and who loved
his dram, but never got "Hoxie Lov
walh',, Indian for drunk heap. I heard
him say once that he had twenty-one
children, and all were gties but
twenty. The one girl married Willie!
McCormick, a nephew of David Reid.
Three of their sons were in my com
pany and one was killed March 28,
I met a lady in Houston from Abbe
ville, and in talking of old times she
mentioned the incident. followin,
which I had heard before. At'
Anderson C. H. a dancing master,
not then called professor, had a
school. Rev. James Donnelly, a one
legged preacher, an able but eceen
tric man, well known in Newberry,
was preaching on Sunday against
dancing. In his denunciations against
da.neing and what he regarded as sin
he was terrific. A young man, T-,
who patronized the dancing school
and dressed in the highest fashion
with gold glasses, gold-headed cain,
arose and looked around to show his
contempt. Un'cle Jimmie saw him,
stopped a moment and then in his
sharp strident voice said, "If there is
any other one present lige T-, T
want him to get up right now anw go
out. I can't bear a dude, it looks so,
much like a human being." Nevt day
was salesday and some one posted on
the court house dor this notice, ''will
be sold today during legal hours one
T-, by orders of James Donnelly.''
He went to Brother Bensons for
his horse and buggy and as they were
being brought out Bonson said, ''I
am glad you are going, H- threat
ens to whip you today.'' Instantly
the old man said. "'Boy put back my
buggy, I did promise to dine with
Sister Townes today on TugalQ, but
I want to see thec man who is 'going,
to whip old Jimmie Donnelly today."
After stamping around on his wooden
leg he failed to find H-.
Will write you on my dream of
Newberry as it wvas 60-70 years ago.
Joy and pleasure for old Newher..
ry. J. M. Crosson.
A Wisconsin school-teacher had
among her pupils a litlte boy named
Jackey, who was always late in the
morning. But one day he man'aged to
get to the schoolhouse before the bell
rang, whereupon he said to the teach
er: ''Vell, today I am pefore at last.
I always was pehind pefore.''
I~ was talking to your wife to
"Ah, indeed! How did that hap
pen f '
iHow did it happen? How did
~ That you were talking.''-Il Met
1to per Ridere.
IThe ohemist who examined the
stomach of Engineer Strange, who
was thought to have been poisoned
by Dr. D. S. Rowland of Hendersonl,
N. C., reports that no poison was
found. The state wmill try the case of
murdler against Dr. Rowland on cir
HIGH SOHOOL VOTED.
Prosperity to Have High Schooll
Only One Vote Against It--Mas
Prosperity. June 17.--The electlon
i'or liihi School held on Jtwe 14th,
resulted i,ii a full vote of 30 to 1, in
favor ' ov.tablishin4 [the I high school.
'The unanimity of opinion in favor
of the sehdol is seen in the voJ-on
ly I against it. This will be quite an
additivn to our graded scliool.
Rev. W. W. Orr, of Charlotte, N.
C., will assist Rev. 1. S. Caldwell in
a protraeted meeting beginni,ng Fri
day, June 28th. Rev. Orr held servi
ces here about 8 years ago. Eis.
friends will be glad to have him with
Miss Julia DeLoach, of Honea
Paht, is visiting Miss Marie Reagin.
Messrs. Geo. Summer and Tom
Wicker, of Newberry, visited Jno.
Pat Wise Sunday.
Miss Eflie Connelly, of Greenwood
Co., is visiting Mrs. C. M. Harmon.
Rev. J. G. -Scljaid worshiped in
Prosperity yesterday (.Sunday) and
preached for Rev. Kreps on Sunday
Miss Annie Jamieson, of Newberry,
and Mard Todd, of Latrens, are visit
ing Miss Jessie Moseley.
There will be a union picnie or
cue of the Masonic order of New
berry and Prosperity on July 25. Pro
There will be a social at the Luth
eran pr%onage Friday evening. The
congregation is cordially invited to
be preset and enjoy themselves and
have a generally good time.
Miss Marie Lathan, of Little Moun
tain, is visiting relatives in town.
Hart Kohn and A. B. Wise will
leave this week for the Jamestown
Exposition. They are the vanguard,
and on their report of conditions will
depend on others going.
Grace S. S. has changed from af
ternoon to monning, at 9.45.
Rev. T. 0. Keester who was D. D.
at the commencement last wek was
at one time pastor of Grace church.
Col. Jno. F. Hobbs is in town meet
inI his former friends and school
and colle: e classmates.
"I have been to beaches in all
parts of this country. from Maine to
'Ilexas," said a much-travelled man
the other day, "and there is noth
ing anywele in this county to com
pare with the beaches at Sullivan's
Island and the Isle of Palms."
Dr. J. D. Cannon had the misfor
t-me to have his leg broken about ten
days ago. He is now with his son
in-law, Mr. Tom Setzler at the Kil
gore place. He is doing as well as
could be expected. He is now 74
years old and a Confederdate veteran
and would appreciate any assistance
his friends may be inclined to ren
!r.tAny contributions may be hand
< Mr. Antine Buzhardt or left at
The undersigned desire to secure .a
cacher fo'r the comiing year for Gar
"an./ school salary $35 per month.
mnd application to any one of the
. l. Mlayer, Clerk.
T. B. Lecitzsey,
.J. J1. H. Brown,
M1l Criminals "Insane" These Days.
The insanity plea is becoming the
favorite one for lawyers to employ in
defense of "speckled" orr blood..
thirsty elients, but in not a single
case has there been a commitment to
a lunatic asylum of any offender un
der the plea. It is pretty near time
the courts were defending themselves
against the contempt judicial pro
ceedings are in such cases coming to
be regarded by the people. The smart
lawyer seefn of late to have increas
ed his facilities for making a traves
ty of the law. A man in Boston the
other day was acquitted of fround
on the plea that he had concealed
his assets in a bankruptcy proceed
ings because of "financial insanity."
Every kind of crime now has its
"mania" excuse and the worst of it
is the law seems to be helpless against
4RITES A LETTBR 03( THE SUB
JEOT WViE AT SEA.
GAthering Valuable Information
While Abroad With Special
,The News and Courier received a
*ery interesting letter from Senator
Latimer, in which lie tells of the
voyage of the immigration commis
sian, of which lie is a member, from
Boston to mid-ocean, where the let
ter was written, and of the plans of
the party after reaching Gibraltar,'
where the letter was mailed. The let-)
ter will be read by everybody in
South Carolina, and the subsequent
epistles promised by Senator Lati
mer will be waited with interest. It
appears that while the party is, as
was to be anticipated, enjoying the
trip, Senator Latimer has, as was al
so to have been expected, lost no time
in getting to work himself and mak
ing the other commissioners get to
Senator Latimer's Letter.
To the Editor of The News and
Courier-Perhaps a few words con
eerning tihe immigration. commission
and its trip abroad will bp of interest
to the readers of your paper. As most
of them already know, this comnmis
sion was created at the last session
of Congress, and its creation grew out
of the disenssion of tle iinigration
question, which was given a great
deal of attention during the session.
This was emphasized by the number
of amendments that were introduced,
of conflicting kinds. Some wanted
our present immigration laws made
more lax, while others wanted them
made -more stringent.. Congress was
slow in agreeing to any particular
measure, and there was much uncer
tainty as to what should be done for
the best interests of the country. Fiin
ally it was decided to appoint a com
mi:sion to investigate the whole mat
ter in all of its phases and to report
its findings to Congress. The com
mission consists of three Senktors,
three lepresentatiws and three lay
Ill'nI app(%inte(d by the President. The
Senators are Messrs. Dilinglian,
Lodge anid myself, members of the
Se-tate committee oil immigration.
The Representatives are Messrs How
ell, Bennett and Burnett. members of
the House committee on immigration.
The President's appointees are
Messrs. Charles P. Neill, J. W. Jenks
and W. H. Wheeler. Senator Lodoe
and Messrs Neill and Jenks were un
able to take the Enropean trip for
different reasons and they will he
studying immigrationj questions in
the United States this summer while
we are abroad. Each member of the
commission taking the trip has his
wife along. Among others along
with the party are Miss Wheeler, a
neice of Conmmissioner WheelIer; Mr.
Burnett, a son of Congressmnan Br
nell ; Miss Olive Lat imer .nd Mr. A.
M. Carpenter, editor of the Andler
son D)aily Mail.
Theli comlmission sai led from Ro-ftoni
< - aturday, May 18, oni the steamer
t anlopic, of the White Stair L ine, :and
yest erday we paissedl I he Azores, .eip
pin for a few hours at Ponta Del'ta
da. on the Island of St. Alichael. We
aedeMonday at Gibraltar andl lie
semrthen goes oin to Naples, where
lhe p)arty wvill 1land. The weather has
been ideal so far and the trip has
been delightful. There has been little
if tiny seasickness.
Studying the Steerage.
The commission has alreadly starf
ed ifs work. There are about 400
steerage passengers otn: hoard, which
class embraces the immigrants, who
are returning to their nuative ha4nes.
We have gone among them and made
investigations as to their reasons for
refturning. Abont 33l per cent are re
turning on account of' sickness, many
are going home to visit their relatives,
and others are going over to bring
relatives back wvith them. The general
condition of the steerage passengers
is .tod; they have fair accommoda
tionas and the legal requirements of
our Government with regard to space
on board the ship and saniit ary condli
t ions~ are compliedi withb.
A close innuiry among ile passenl
gers, reports of special agents and
our own commissioners emphasizes
the fact that in order to obtain per
manent benefit from immigrat.ion it
is necessary to treat the first. immi
grants in acommunity well and to sur
round them with proper economic con
ditions. In other words, the W0ages
paid, whether in money ori cheaper
rents or lower priced food and cloth
ing, must equal or inearly equal, what
can be obtained in any other section
of our.country. If these conditions
are met the first immigrants will be
pleased, and will write back to their
friends that conditions are satisfac
tory and their friends will follow
them. On the other hand, if these
conditions are not. met, the first im
migrain,ts will go somewhere else and
will not write their friends to come
until they have foinid a place where
conditions are satisfactory.
Conditions Here and Abroad..
Of course, it must be borne in mind
that conditions generally in our
country are much better than they
are abroad. Conditions in different
parts of our own country, however,
vary, and these variations are not al
ways understood .by our own peo
ple, and they are liable to be misuin
derstood by the immigrants. For in
stance, an immigrant arriving in one
section of the United States may hear
of some other section where, he is
told, the conditions fire mneh better.
It is (uite natural that, he should not
understand the disadva.ntages of t.he
other section, and should become dis
satisfied and want. to go elsewhere.
I learn throughi one 'fi my brother
c(omlissioners that the planters ot
Hawaii early this year sent anl agent.
to the Azores, whichli are peopled by
Portuguese, and succeded in- securing
a ship load under contract. to engage
in sugar planting in the Hawaiian
Islands. Shortly after arriving at that
destination a general exodus to 00"
fornia ensued, owing to the report of
better wages prevairfug in that
state. This instance seems closely
analogous to that which we have re
cently experienced in our own state,
and goes to prove that the Immi
grant, no matter how much he nay
be bettering his original condition by
immigration, will not hesitate to bet
ter himself after arrival at his first
destination on learning that better
wages or conditions prevail else
Interested in America.
As an evidence of the interest of
the immigrants in our country, I
quote the following from a recent of
'Distribution tirough labor agents
is the most satisfactory method for
the unskilled worker. The most ef
feetive is through the United States
domestic and international mail ser
'Thirough thi.i chaimiel reliable in,
formation as to employmnit, wages
and location is given by the relatives
or friends in the United States to thle
intending immigrant before lie leaves
his native land. The rela tive or friend
in the mine, factory' or work of con
struet ion knows if t here is a short -
age or room11 here for his relative or
friend in Eu rope. Tlhe mnagiwitutde
of the int ernaitionial mail anad money
order system ot t he United St a'tes, 1o
gethier with the fact that the great
mass of immigrants go unterringly to
'the s'tates. where wtages are highest
andl their services in gr'eatest dhe
mand, iindicat es the eff ect iveness of
the system and1( the accuracy of the
inf o rmat ion.'
This wvill give some idea as to the
con)iehttaion that I have reached as
far as our invest igat ions have gone,
and I find that this v'iew is shared
by the other members ot the commis
sion. If we lure to get the benefits
of' immiiigiraition we must make the
first ones -who come over satisfied
with the conditions they find. If we
do this they will write homie to their
friends andl relatives, who will fol
Other Letters Promised.
I will mail this letter at Gibraltar,
where our ship will call and w'ill try
to write occasionally while on the
rip. On reaching Naples we begin
our: study of the conuditions1 sutrrounid
ig thle immigrant in hiis na t.ive land,
and the ('auses that indu11ce hima to
emigrate. From Italy we will go
northward. The exact itinneary ha
'not been fully determined and iay
be changed to suit circumstances.
We are scheduled to sail from Liver
pool for home on August 29, and will
reach New York about September 6.
A. C. Latimer.
BASEBALL AT WARE SHOALS.
Simpson Struck Out 13 and Fletcher
17.-Hits Were Scarce.
Ware Shoals, June 15.-In a pitch.
ers' battle here this afternoon, the
West End team of Newberry defeat
ed the Ware Shoals team by a score
of 2to 1. It was one of the finest
gaines ever played here. Score:
R, H E
West End ...... ........2 5 1
Ware Shoals ..........1 3 3
Batteries: Simpson and Shealy;
Fletcher and Ivestor. Struck out, by
Simpson 13, by Fletcher 17. Umpire,
Lawrence. Scorer, Dennis.
Conrt of Common leaw.
By agreement of the bar of New
berry, no jury case will be tried dur
ing second week of the term, where..
fore jurors drawn for the week begin.
ning on Monday, 24th day of Juno,
need not. attend.
J. F. J. Caldwell,
Ciatirman Newberry Bar.
Miss Pet Wilsoii, of Manning, is
visiting Miss Myra Mower.
Mr. Lewie Lane is in the city.
He Knew English.
An intelligent sepoy one day came
into a telegraph office in India and
handed i,n. a message to send to a
station in central India. Having read
the message, I told him there wam
"No, sahib; me knows English,"
"Again I attempted to explain to
him that it was worded wrongly.
"Me knows English," he declared
haughtily and indignantly. "I you
no send, me report superintendent,
Thus threatened, I forwarded this
message: "Come quick. Father dan
gerously dead. W.".
It is reported that the ne7roes of
the country are very much displeas
ed with President Roosevelt for ap
pointing Pearl Wright of New Or..
leans, a lily white republican, as
commissioner of internal revenue.
They are said to take the same view
of the appointment of John G. Ca
pers to temporarily fill the same of
Kansas City Star.
If you receive an invitation to a
wedding in Little Servia on the west
side, you must not buy a present and
tbake it with you or sendl it. That
would be bad form, and the bride
would p)robably be insulted, but when
you wvent to the wedding take with
you the price of the present in mon
At the wedding you would find
several hundred men and womnt, all
Imaking strange motions and talking
I i a strange, excited manner.
After the guests had assembled
and everybody in the colony would
be wvelcomed--a young woman would
pass5 around the wedding cake. Be.
hind her would come the bride ear
rying a silver platter, and upon this
she would collect the money given as
p)resents. At the majority of wed
dings the platter is piled high with
silver dolla rs, and am ound the edges
the b)ills of various siz.e., from $5 to
$20. It is not ulncorm>n for a bride
to receive $1,000'in clash. This sum
it must be remembered, is given by
men who are mostly laborers i.n the
Sometimes the groom passes cig
ars and every gusrt will take a ci
gar and haand him a dollar. Another
custom is to~ plae a dollar in the
large gla'. oft whai.kkey and every man
tem audink, onaeh drink costing a
These wvebli, :uc a great feast
forl the guest s, amn.l tl-.e!0 is always
plenty to cat, and sometimes the
groom rents a hall, where all may