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VOL XLV NO 100 NEWBERRY, S. C.. TUTT6DAY, DECEMBER 15,.1" 's. TWICE A WEEK. $1.50 A YEAR
* IS THERE A SANTA CLAUS?
By Rev. W. B. Aull.
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The letter of the little 8-year-old
girl to Mr. Dana, editor of the Sun,
asking this question, "Please tell me
the truth. Is there a Santa Calus?"
has gone the round of the press sever
al years. and with it the distinguished
editor's reply, which is as follows:
"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
He exists as certainly as generosity
and love and devotion exist, and you
know that they abound and give to
your life its highest beauty and joy.
Alas,-how dreary would be the world
if there were no Santa Claus! It
would be as dreary as if there were no
Virginias. There would be no child
like faith, then, no poetry, no romance,
to make tolerable this existence."
If this were a real little girl asking
a great man a real question, it was
done in all earnestness. "Please tell
me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?',
In her ehildlike way she puts him- on
his oath, and he affirms to her earn
est, trusting heart that th-are is a
real Santa Claus. Did he deceive
that child? Does he wish to convey
to the child mind that there is a real
invisible being who is in reality the
source of all good cheer that comes at
Mristmas time? If he does who is
that being,- and by what authority
does he possess the devotio: of a
child's heart? Does he wish to take
us back to Greek and Roman mytho
logy? Does his theory teach trusting
childhood the childhood of a Christian
people, who is the author and source
of all earthly goodness? These are
not idle questions.
Deceptions are langerous things.
When truth is more wonderful and
mysterious than fiction, why use fic
tion instead of fact? "The night
shall be filled with musie,'" if we
could have ears to hear it, and the
gentlest zephyrs are laden with ange
lie voices to ears touched by the Pi
vine finger. An omnipresent God is
more wonderful than a fantastic un
real Santa Claus. Why not lead the
ehild to a profound truth, through an
entraneing mystery, built on fact,
rather than to seek to do this through
goblin stories, whieh smack of heath
en mythology?i Is there anything
more wonderful in all creation than
the story of the Christ-child whose
birth we celebrate?
Is there anything more beautiful
than the thought that this Christ
Child comes in'to the ch~Ia life at
Christmas time with materia1 joys?
Who is more worthy of the ehIld's
love and worship? To whom do you
think it is due? What answer can the
children of God give to this?
The 'stor'; is no less wonderful that
the Christ-Child comes with His good
gifts, than it is that -Santa Claus
brings them. The greatest distinction
is one is a fact and the other a false
Some children are taught to speak
first a ''gibberish jargon'' and the
task is left to the teacher to root out
a false language and instil a true one.
They educate through falsehood into
fact, supposing a chila cannot reeiee
-Virginia shall have her question an
swered. She has been on the ''anx
ions bench'' a long while. There is
no Santa Claus, Virginia. but there is
a Christ-Child to whom you can speak
in whispers up in the twinkling stars,
and He will hear all your wishes. He
it is who gives ''every good and per
fect gift" of whom the angels sang
on the first Christmas night. and who
~brings all the blessedness on Christ
mas day. He is a real, live, loving
King, who ha?s a beautiful home for
you in the skies, Virginia.
Ohina Grove, N. C., Dec., 1908.
Amity Lodge, No. 87, A. F. Md.
An extra communication of Amity
Lodge, No. 87, A. F. M., will be held
next Friday evening at 7.30 o'clo--k
in Fraternity Hall. Visiting brethrei
Installation of officers.
The F. C. degree will be conferred.
Van Smith, W. M.
H. M. Kinard, Ste retary.
will arrive just before the Cihristmas
holidays. comine from Bryn Mawl.
A letter received from Mr. Taft asks
that lie be allwx-e( to spend die first
I'Cw das n ( I CIomplete resi. as he LZ
-reatly tatigued. In derere-nee to his
wishes his hosis announce that there
will be no funetions. formal or infor
mal, until he shall have oecupied the
Territt eottage. after his sojourn with
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas.
To the Publie:
I It having come to our knowledge
that the Board of Registration for
Newberry County. S. C.. has. as a
board, been severely eritisized for is
suing fifteen registration certificates
to Variou persons on the evening be
fore the primary election for the
nomination of town omeers for the
Town of Newberry. S. C.. which pri
mary was held in the said Town on the
24th day of November, 1908, we de
sire to state that we were not parties
to the issuance of said certificates of
registration -and had nothing whatever
to do with the matter.
E. Lee Hayes,
J. W. Wertz,
Members of the Board of Registration I
for Newberry County, S. C.
Letters remaining in postoffice at
Newberry, S. C., for week ending Dee.
Mr. W. J. Baker, Mr. Manths Bau
ford, Mr. R. T. Bobb.
Miss Mamie Clark, Wash Cossing,
Mrs. Anner Cooks, Charley Cumbee.
Mrs. Joicy Graha.. Mr. Jno. C.
James Kennedy. ]
Frank Mays, C. M. Martin, Miss
Mary Martin, Mrs. Jane Mitchell.
Mrs. M. J. Perry.
Mr. P. Rodgers.
Mr. J. T. Stallings, Mrs. Amanda
Stallings, Mrs. John P. Sligh, Mr. H.
D, Smith, Miss Alice Sligh, Mr. J. P.
Mr. H. C. Williams.
All persons calling for these letters
will please say that they were adver
C. J. Purcell, P. M.
Got the First ilow.
An Irish horse owner whose horse J]
had been prescribed for by a vetert
nary surgeon ran into the latter's of
fice and, with tears in his eyes and
his face the "ipiethutr of bad luck," I
"Oh, Dr. Moriarity, I 'm poorly!1
The powdher 's kilt me entoirely!"
" The powder!'' cried Dr. Moriarty.2
"Wihy, I didn't tell you to take the
powder. I told you to place it in a
paper fube and put onie' end of iti n
the horses''3 mouth anid blow hard."
"Yes, sort," said Pat. "I put th'e I
powdher in the chuibe, and I put the
end of it in the horse's modnth, with
the other en& in my own; but, begor-'
ra, he blew first!"'
Tihe Niervy Young Man.
''Sir,'' said the nervy young man,
coming into the rich merchant's of
rice and ta.king a sea-t near the head
of the firm. "I would like to ask
you for your daughter's hand!"
'"Why, I don't even know yon,a
'"Oh. don't let that bother you at ,
all, sir. We'll soon get acquainted."''
"So you, a perfect strantger, ask
for my daughter's han', eh' " said
the rich merchant, gazing in am'aze
ment at his caller. "Which daughter
do you mean? I have thr e."'
''I mean the one with the gofden
iar,'' imparted the young man, uni- I
"'I am still in doubt, young man.
Twp of my daughters have golden'
hai'r. Do you mean Ellen or Ma
"Can''t say which, sir. I had only I
a momenf's view of your daughter,
and have never met her to know herj
name. Blut the moment 's sight of her It
was enough to tell me that I love her t
"And vou come here to zet my de
cision without consulting or even I
seekingr an acquaintance with my
"TYes. You see, sir, the time isI
shor. Yestray T came across vours.
'rRAND ENSE;ABLE ''TIH
L E A' N1~ GAHI*
laughter and a young inan in the
ark. Just as I had made up my
nin d that I loved her, I heard the
roung gentleman t-2ll her that he was
ming ?here today to ask for her
iand in ma'rriage; so I hurried righlt
long to get in my bid ahead of
'Young man gasped the fond
)arent, uit's a foregone conclusion
:iat you wil accomplish what yoa
;art out to do. And you've certain
Sgot the nerve! So go ahead and
btain an introduction to the daug
r of your choice and do the rest!
ou've got my consent!e
Hang the Cost.
"You know, George," she -said
oughtfully, as they sat together on
he rustic seat in the quiet eventide,
'it seems such a solemn thing to mar
y. Hav;a you counted the cost?'"
A manly, ringing laugh shattered
e nerves of the birds roosting in the
)ranches overhead to a complicated
iash. I - .. _, . - 1 ~
,''Cost! The cost! Bless you, Evan
,eline, don't you worry about the
>ost. I've got a cousin who's a
.lergyman, and he's promised to fix
is up absolutely gratis!"
[iEETING OF THl VARMRS UN -
The Farmers' Union of Calhoun
>unty met Saturday in the eourt
>use, a pretty full attendance of the
elegates and a number of visitors
The regular business of the Union
as transacted and the report of
essrs. Geo. W. Fairey and James
. Holman, the delegates who were
nt to New Orleans to represent this
unty, were heard. Both these gen
emen gave glowing 'accounts of their
rip and showed very plainly that the
isiness men of that city were will
g and ready to cooperate with the
lon in fina-ncing the cotton if nec
Mr. Fairey gave an account of the
ish and energy of that city which
ras shown him and others in refer
nce to the preparatsion being made
or the business which will come this
a when the Panama canal is fin
shed. They were shown more than
mile of concrete r'ud !ron wharf
ge, at whi:ch mu'4t '' business is
peted to be de Their account
ifthe trin was full of information
id interest, and the union felt repaid
sending these representatives.
. Matthews Advance.
A LOVE LETTER.
Dislaiming at the very outset any
nowledge or experience whatsoever
nerning the gentle and wining art
fwriting Love letters, we wish to
tate that the beautiful effusion re
)roduced below is from the pen (of
2t-her. But so weJl does it express
r sentiments regarding a few of
mug admirers that the use of it is
ustified. ''They say'' that love let
ers are very effective sometimes, that
hey prodluce pleasing results. So
rwte it be! Here it is:
"Dear d.irlin~g delinquent ! Our
recious subseriber in arrears! You
r so shyv! Do you think we have
1d out and gone? No, little sngar
um, we co.d not get away if WA
tante to &~ ae stil at the same
POR A DAY" AT THE OPERA H OU
old stand dishing out the news on ti
sweet promises and bright expecta- y,
tions. They make an excellent diet, t(
darling, with a little pudding flavor
ed with a word of encouragement to V
-serve as dess.ert. We are waiting and iz
watching for thee, our turtle dove. bi
We long to hear your gentle footsteps q
on the stairway below and to hear
thr ring of the happy dollars within
our office. Dear one, we feel unusu
ally sad and lonely without you, dear. p
Now, little pie-crust, will you come? si
Do we hear you answer in a voice so. e:
sweet and beguiling, 'I'm coming,' or ei
is it only the winds that around our o:
office roar? We pause! for. further ii
And in this same connection we
are constrained to say with another:
"Lives of poor men oft remind -us e
honest toil don't stand a chance; the f
more we work we leave behind us big- n
ger patches in our pants. On our c
pants once new and glossy now are f
patches of different hue; all because b
sul3eribers linger and won't pay up m
what is due. Then let us all be up n
and doing; send in your vdit be it
ever so small, or whem the blasts of
winter strike us we shall have no
pants at all.''-Dallas New Era.
THE COP"1 PRIZE CONTEST. hi
The raising of from 61 to 88 bush
els of corn on an acre may not be n<
considered an extraordinary achieve- ti
ment in 'the light o.f records from 120
bushels on up to 250- bushels and ov. tU
er: but still, as we'see !t, the~ peopleb
who have so generously backed the I
contest instituted by the Farmers' iti
Union of York county have cause for
much satisfaction over the result. 1c
It is true that this competition was
not instituted until late in the season,
Much corn had already been planted
before the contest was thought of,!
and all of the contestants were at a
disadvantage so far as the making of R
record yields was concerned, but still e
the contest has been well worth while, re
not onlh from the standnoint of the s
actual bushels p.rodticed: but from l
the standpoint of the valuable object J
lesson that has .been furnished on this
most important subject. i
in a country where the corn aver
are is less than fifteen bushels to the
acre and were six and eight bash
are common yields. from 60 to 80
bushels to the acre at an average net
cost of -only fifteen or twenty cents
a bushel is somethinie certainly worth
while. It not only shows what a tre
mendous amount of room there is foe
improvement: but it shows how easil.y
that improvement can be made. and
at what a great nrofit to every corn
grwer who is willing to put forth the N
sall. addit-ilmal necessary effort. jN
But easily the best and most en- 'y
voraging devel-o'ment of this ex- N
periment, is the fact that the Far-;
mers' Union is not willing to cease
its efforts on what has been accom
plished. Fully appreciating the prae
tical value of what has been done, it
has determined to go on with the good1
work and reap all the add'itional bene-!
fits that have been so clearly brought
While. as has been stated, the con- p~
testants in this year's contest havep
reason to he "roud of their achieve- .
ments. it is safe to rerdiet that it will
take a great many more bushels than
wre nrequre to carry off the parizes
E WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27.
is year, to carry off the prizes next
a-ar. And as the result of the in
rest this contest has awakened and
ill awaken, we believe that there
ill be a great deal more corn raised
L York cuanty next year than has
en raised this year.-Yorkville Eu
To Utilize Cotton Stalk.
Ten thousand d)l3r3 will be ap
ropriated by congrei to enable the
cretary of aoeultur-i to couduet
Kperiments to .deterinlne the piacti
bality of making pap,.r material out
F cofton stalks, if a bill introduced
i the house by Rep':c<eotative Shep
ard of Texas is pa.3ied.
It is to be hoped that practically
very farmer in the county will try
>r tlie Farmers' Union corn prizes
ext year. The competition is to be
Dnfined strictly to uplands. Every
irmer who goes into the contest will
e the gainer, and if enough of them
re into it the couty will gain tre
Probablj She Meant td
Lucile, a carefully brought up lit
e girl of five years, returned from
r first party In great glee.
'11 was a good girl, mammna," she an
unced, "and talked nice all the
"Did you remember to say some
ing pleasant to Mrs. Townsend just
~fore leaving?" her mother asked.
"Oh, yes, I did," was the enthusias
creply. "I smiled and said, 'I enjoy
Imyself, Mrs. Townsend; I had a
ts better dinner than I thought I'd
IHRISTMAS HOLIDAY RA&TES.
The Charleston & Western Carolina
ilway will sell excursion tickets ae
unt of the holidays at very low
tes for the round trip. Tickets on
le December 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31,
08, and Jan. 1, 1908. Final limit
nuary 6, 1909.
For further information apply to
~ket agents, or,
General Passenger Agent,
807 Broadway, Augusta, Ga.
NEWBERRY UNICN STATION.
rrival and Departure of Passenget
Trains-ffective 12.01 A. M.
Sunday, June 7th, 1908.
. 15 for Greenville .. . .8.57a.m.
. 18 for Coluwbia .. . .1.40 p.m.
. 11 for GreenvilJe .. . .3.20 p.m.
. 16 for Columbia .... .8.47 p.m.
C., N. & L. Ry'.
To. 22 for Columbia .. . .8.47 a.m.
2. 32 for Greenville .. 12.56 p.m.
. as~ for Columbia .. . .3.20 p.m.
70. 21 for Laurens .. . .7.25 p.m.
*Does not run on Sunday
-r- rirr ':WY <boaws the t'o:es at
ieb trai ni ay be expected to d-a
rt fr"om this station, but .their de
rture ie not guaranteed and the
ce shown is subject '> han-'e with
it not ic.
G. L. Rohinson.
HOW TO IMPROVE
I Mr. 0. B. Martin Summarizes Hi;
Views as to the Needs of the
School System in South
News and Courier.
Columbia. December 13.-Statt
Superintendent of Education Martir
has summarized under ten heading
the recommendations in his final
annual report to the general ass2m
bly as follows:
"(1) A commission should be ap
pointed to revise the school Code and
submit the same to the general as
sembly at its next session.
''(2) Our system of county super
vision should be improved by making
county boards elective by the people
and the superintendents elective by
"(3) Our system of county super
vision should be improved by making
county boards elective by the people
and the superintendents elective by
"(3) There should be a State tax
or State appropriation to raise the
per capita per child in each county to
at least $4. Weak counties should
be aided first. Such an appropriation
would tend to give us a State school
"(4) The legislature could well af
ford to make an appropriation to aid
rural schools which run for eight
monfhs, and which Irave eight grades.
There should be at least tw( teachere
and forty-five pupils in such schools.
Such action would encourage consoli
dation and local taxation. Many com
munities cannot meet the require
ments of the High School Act.
"(5) The High School Act should
be amended so that small towns can
comply with .its requirements, so that
the number of schools in large couit
ties may be increased, and so as to
give the State h-igh snoo'l board more
discretion and authority in passing
upon the merits of each individual
case. It will be -necessary also to in
crease t:he high, school appropriation
as the demand increases.
" (6) I believe that the time has
come when thte legislatu-e should es
talblish agricultutral high schools.
Ot'her trade and vocational school
will follow within a few years.
."(7) It will be necessary to make
better provision for suunner schools
for teachers if this work is to be kept
up as heretofore.
"(8) The method of conducting
teaehers' examinati.o should be
changed at once so that greater a.ni
formity and efficiency may be secur
"(9) The field agent of the cam
paign committee should be made an
assistant in this department and a
salary provided for her services. The
State board of edueation should be
allowe'd to- make a small 'appropria
tion to encoura~ge schools to get pie
tures and chest of tools.
"(10) This office should be provid
ed, at the ea-liest possible conven
ience, with sificient tamars, furniture,
files a-nd fixtures.''
TOOK PORTER AT HtS WORD.
Four Countrymen Leap from. Fast
Going Train After Hearing "'All
Off for Baton Rouge!''
Baton Rouge, La., December f.
Four men from the country who liad'
never before ridden on a train, leap
ed from a train tr-avelling thirty miles
an hour near here today. Asked why
they jumped, they said because the
porter called out "All off for Baton
Rue.'' They were not seriously in
TAFT 00MTNG SOVTH
FRIDAY OF TEIS WEEK
Announced That President-elect Will
IArrive in Augusta on the 18th
of the Month.
Augusta. Ga., Dee. 10.-It is an
nonced today that President-elect
Taft and family, with the exception
of Miss Helen. will a.crive Friday of
next week and wUfl be me~ guests of
Mr. and Mrs. i1anann Thoma~s until
the+'ollowing Monday. Miss Helen