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in its lite'zi ralImslation. that g,od
"Mr. A." and good "Mr. B." with
a "rep'table physician at his back,"
could get all the stuff he wanted and
who hasn't a "reputable physician"
pray? Remember anything about
getting liquor on Sundays on "repu
table phy.ician's" order, from drug
stores, people having pains. cramps
and aches mostly on that holy day
years ago? Forgot it, Qr just slip
ped up? Now inasmuch as The Ob
server quotes old Rural. it is presum
ed he endorses it, so we will ask him
a few questions and old Rural and
all other fighting mad prohibition
papers can sit in the class and take
notice. Do you know that of all in
sidious, treacherous, subtle and death
dealing, soul-destroying enemies of
man the drug habit is the worst?
That once its fangs pierce the flesh
it never loosens its hold till the very
heartstrings are severed. That it de
stroys health, manhood, every ennob
ling impulse, degrading a man in his
own estimation so that he becomes an
outcast from society and a pariah -to
all. That in comparison to the drink
habit it is as hell to an Eden. Know
ing all this, do you know that opium,
morphine and all kindred drugs are
old over the counter of -every drug
store in this place (with one possi
ble exception) indiscriminately to
reputable and disreputable persons,
and without prescriptions from "rep
utable physicians" by others than
"licensed pharmacists?" Did yon
know this; if not, why? Or do you
,_deny the facts? Better not, just
take Dow's word for it and let it
go at that. No doubt every dry
stown in the State is the same. If
one tow4, why not another? Police?
Perhaps. Did you know that the sale
of the drug has increased more than
au hundredfold since prohibition; that
there are more drug fiends in this
town today than confirmed drunk
ards in 10 years past; that the habit
is spreading daily even among the ne
groes, an unheard of thing before?
some towns making it misdemeanok
to even have the drug upon the per
Couldn't the guardians of the law
do a little in this direction. if they
could be prevailed on, to let up on
booze for ever so short a timeT
While the Observer and old R. F.
D. are hunting up answers for ques
tion No. 1, I will ask another: Did
you or any of the town's guardians
know that there is an ordinance in
this city (and every self-respecting
-city I expected in the State) against
spitting upon the sidewalk or in
houses of public gathering? That in
this good town I think the fine $1.
Didn't know that? Well, Dow .says
it's so.' Ever hear of the great white
plague?- Well, to the police I will
tell it's ''consumption'' so-called.
They haven't time to read, and are
not expected to know. It is one of
the most deadly of all ills to the hu
man race. No person, no place is
immune' from its ravages, that it is
spreading like' a forest fire and feeds
upon what it breeds. Do you know
what the great doctors and scientists
said in their congress? There is no
- cure for it. Any preventive? Yes.
-How? Kill the germs in their breed
ing grounds. Where are those
grounds? In the highways, in the
*streets, in public places, where peo
ple congregate and spit. Do people
*spit upon the sidewalk, in the court
*h~ouse, the opera house or postoffice,
whiere innocent childhood -trip along
e r young womanhood unguarded
tread? Do the police arrest them?
If not, why? This is where Chinky
John feels aggrieved. ''Equality to
all, special privileges to none.''
While -the police and council are
looking through their ordinances
about ''spit'' and the prohibition
press are getting sleepy in their class,
I 'will shoot question No. 3 about this
whiskey drinking and ''keeping it
aways from the boys,'' ''stopping it
at the border'' and ''reputable phy
sieian 's prescriptions'' and all ''kin
dred questions.'' ''People are begi-n
ning to realize that whiskey is a pois
on,'' R. F. D. Since when pray?
*That's news to the scientist at last.
They thought it injurious to the sys
tem when used to excess. So is green
apples, persimmon beer and pump
''We must keep it away from the
boys"'-Observer. What boys? not
yours nor mine, for neith'er drink.
Then whose? The .other fellow's?
Well, if ours don't drink, why should
his? Can't be those ruddy cheek,
round headed boys on their way to
sehool, for there is a statute on the
books against selling '- minors, and
furthermore if you stood in an alley
and tried to entice him with a bottle,
they would guy you out of town. Just
try it once. Then whose boys are
you so anxious about ? Is it the noble
anny of young men that fill our
mills, our workshops, the railroads,
our mercantile houses and banks that
toil from daylight till dark to keep
die wheels of eommerme and th.rift
Is it the horny handed sons of the
plow or the bright and ambitious t
young men that fill our colleges and
institutions of learning? Are these
the boys or any part of them that
yon insult their manhood by contin
ually spreading upon your prohibi
tion sheets, "Keep it away from the
boy." Any paper, it matters not by
whom published or where. that orig
inates or disseminates such a vile
slander upon one of the most noble,
sober and loyal manhood of any age
or country, desrves the same treat
ment by the community. as if it had
impugned the purity of our young
Do not some fall? Of a surety al
ways did and always will-it but fol
lows the law of nature and nature's
Do any of these journals deny what
science declares a fact, that the crav- e
ing of whisey is not a habit but a
disease? Do you know that teachers
are compelled by law io teach in their S
schools from text-books the injury to
the human system by alcoholic drink?
If keeping it away from the boys was
the remedy for drunkenness, why P
take up time teaching it in the d
schools? They could learn all that
is required in the prohibition press C
and Sunday schools. That would be
to hide from it.
Now, in closing this lesson. I want
the whole class, Obsever,. old R. F.
D., the clergy, temperance lawyer,I
lecturer and all the "'keeping it away a
from the boys" advocates to stop
serouging on the bench and listen to
this last question I propound (any '
time will do to answer it). The first e
20,000 troops South Carolina sent to S
the front, were nearly all compara- t
tively boys, none over 35 years old, S
the great majority under 21. They P
were officered by . boys. lieutenants 0
and captains under 20, colonels at 25
and generals at 30 or 35. A finer,
more loyal, brave or temperate body
of young men never offered their lives '
to a cause or country. They did deeds s
of prowess, executed military strate- p
gy and fought battles that in magni- t]
tude and results have astonished the f
world. In ability, devotion and cour- .h
age in battle they were the peers of "
the knights of old. But they went
down in defeat. They returned to s
their ruined homres, wrecked fortunes,
their lands a waste. The same indom- i
itable will that sustained them in de
feat did not desert them in their re- t
cuperation of the wasted country. 11
Their deeds in peaee is as much a $
wonder as in war. Now, do you ~
know, or do you not, that during h
the formative period of those boys'
lives and a century before liquor was
sold without let or hindrance in 1
every town, over the counters of ev
ery country store, at all the taverns,
rossroads, railroad, stations?~ And?
the farm house, where there was not0
a jug of rum was the exception.c
At every gathering, in the back-h
woods and under the very shadow of a
the chureh, all could buy that wish
ed, old men or boys of tender age,
no law, no restriction. Now if under~
such oondiitions, spieh soldiers and
men were raised, to what influence
do you attribute it? Were the boys
better then or are they worse now?
Either answer these questions satis- d
factorily to all fairminded men or
forever shut up this cant about thes
boys. Be at least honest with your I
readers if not with yourselves jri
and say ''I am in for my party''"
and "politics are my sentiments and
not temperance.'' I do not care tos
obtrude myself upon the public, n
neither do I hide behind a bush. 1 t]
an easily be found by inquiring of
this paper. u
I fight for truth against error, the a
weak against the strong and against p
all kinds of hypocrisy' wherever seen,
and subscribe myself
Newberry, S. C. h
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Jim Tillman Goes West. ci
The latest issue of the Edgefield d
News contains tihe following comn- "
Varied emotions poss:ess me in bid- t<
ding adieu, perhaps farewell to Southp
Carolina. and to the people who have I
known me from ehildhood. i
It is hard to say good-bye, and oni
ly those who do so can feel its sor-.
When I think of the thousand a
kindnesses friends did me, of tiha for- 12i
bearances they have shown my short
comings, 'tis then the heart throbs a
strongest with gratitude, and beats i2
the sad farewell. But destiny de- 'p
rees that I go.
In a distant section of the country, o
in far-off California. where it is said el
all is sunshine and clouds are un
known, I wander in search of health. p
There, among strangers in coming s
years. if years be left to me. T hope
to clasp the hands of many and call t
them friends-friends such as 1I h
1e.ve bhid. . n
S < t ilo , W ille 1101.",.- 0. ! II;.'
uehig lines of ill-fated Bvrun:
Here's a sigh to those who ix:e me.
And a smile to those who hate;
.1ni whatever sky's above me,
Here's . heart for every
James H. Tillm.n.
'OR SALE-One second hand engine
and boiler. For terms apply to
M. A. Ham.
tf Prosperity, S. C.
CASH IN ADVANCE.
In March, 1887, I became a part
wner of The Herald and News and
ave beeo connected with the paper.
Dntinuously since that time. I wa
ith the paper a couple of years prior
> that time when under other own
rship. I have, therefore, been the
ditor for nearly twenty-five years.
luring that time my duties have al
i been -to keep the books and sub
I have always had great faith and
)nfidence in the honesty of the peo
le and their purpose to pay their
ebts. For that reason I have never
elieved I could conduet a strictly
sh in advance subscription.
For the past few months I have
een giving a closer study to the sit
ation than ever before.
When the postoffice department is
ted its order that a subscription to:
semi-weekly more than nine months
1 arrears could not be accepted at
he second-class rate we endeavored,
) comply with the order and had to
utt off about 650 names. We first
1nt each subscriber at least two let
-rs calling attention to the rulng be
ides mention of it was made in the
aper. This fall we have sent an-,
ther letter to these perSons but we
ave received no response.
These 650 owed us over $5,000.
lany of them not only did not pay
-hat they owed but wAi directly and
abseribed f_x o-r comporary and
aid for it. We have no objection to:
iat but we mention it as a reason
>r the shaking of our faith in the
onesty of the people. It certainly
'as a striking evidence of ingratitude.
We . still have a good many sub
ribers who are in arrears. State
tents have been sent or will be sent
i a few days to all of these.
During the 25 years of our connee
on with this, newspaper we have.
st in unpaid subscriptions at least
20,000. We have no one to blame.
ut ourself and the people would
ave thought more of us if we had
ade them pay it. We are not com
Laing but we propose to stop this
ak or go out of the business.
After the first day of February The
[erald and News will be run strietly
a the cash in advance plan. A post
rd will be mailed you giving you
irty days notice so that you may
ave time to send in your renewal
rid to remind you if you should over
There are doubtless some errors in
i credits. If you will call our at
mtion to these we will gladly make
ie correction and in every case will
[ve the subscriber the benefit of the
It takes too much of our time to
md statements and to pay postage.
7'e will keep no books except our
eeipt stubs and a cash book and the
We shall hate to part with any sub-;
ribers but we cannot longer be an
yed with tryirg to collect these lit
e amounts and then not get them. a
The post offiee rule does not permitp
to carry a delinquent longer thana
ine months and we had just as well
t it on the cash bas r
We find that for a eleven months 'w
f this year only about 1000 have a'
aid anything at all. Just about one
alf of the present list. We can not E
ay ur debts and keep up this rate of i
llecion of what is due us. And we
o not want to offer compromise if
e can help it.
Remember you have two months
>put yourself financial. If you can't
ay all of your back dues give us your g
ote and pay the advane3 subscrip
The rule we adopt will be followed
;rictly. No doubt some of those who
ave been indulged will show thei
ppreciation by getting mad and tak- a
Lg the other paper as some have done.
Te will not raise any objeetion for
e will have the satisfaction of know
tg that you will no longer get a pa- t
er without paying for it. a
Those who pay no heed to what they t,
e us will have their secounts turn
over to a collection agency.
We have worked hard to serve the
ople of this community and we de
rve what we have earned.
The Herald and News will continue
be an up-to-date paper and we ir
ope all- of our subscribers will ap- F
riate the si&nation that it costs'
Gobble up !
Etc., AT A
ney to buy paper and pay printers
adit is much easier for each one to
~yus than.it is for us to be continu
yhuting up these little amounts.
E any man's subscription is in ar-'
as and he has a claim against us
ewill thank him to present his claim
adif we owe it we will try-to pay it.
Remember after February first The
erl and News is going to be cash
E. H. Aull,
Made from the long leaf pine. The
'etest remiedy to present time. For
Leat Mayes' Drug Store.
The regular annual meeting of the
,okholders of the People's Nation
Bank, of Prosperity, will be held
the banking house on Tuesday,
nuary 12th, at 2.30 p. in., for the
etion of a board of di.reetors, and
.etransation of such other business
the stockholders may see proper or
atmay be brought before them.
R. T. Pugh,
Has ured itch magically for others
Newrerry and will cure for you.
Maves' Drug Store.
)ECIDED TO CLOSE (
TICLE IN THEIR
H R OT. AI
the money and Gobble, 4
suits, Shoes, Hats, Shirts,
ery, Handkerchiefs, Suil
CTUAL COST. *:.
TINUES FOR 30
have NO OLD or SH(
>ffer. Everything New
is Sale will continue f
*The Commercial Bank of New
densed from report to State Bank
ber 27, 1908.
Loans.... ........ ........ ...
Furniture and fixtures.... .... ... .
Cash and due from banks.. .. .... .
Profits less expenses taxes paid. ....
Dividends unpaid. ... .... ....- .
Re-discounts ........... ....... .
Banks............ ..-... -
JNO. M. KINARD, 0. B. MAYEE
or 30 days.
berry, S. C., con
...... .....101,181 65
. ..... 54,677 53
...... 1,277 00
,J. Y. McFALL,