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* THE EASTER EGGS.
* By Dr. 0. B. Mayer, Sr.
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Ringwood was the cause of this
disturbance. This dog, after annoy
ing the hog to which he was hanging
until he had torn off its ear, return
ed to his master, and finding him in
thie same occupation as when he had
left him, again bounded over him in
expression of contempt for him,
causing the point of his knife to slip.
In doing so this time he dropped the
swine's ear into David's lap, which
so excited his anger that he thrust
the egg with its enveloping tow into
his shot-bag. seized the bunch of
squirrels, and with his rifle on his
shoulder pursued Ringwood over the
hill, in order to inflict condign pun
ishment upon him, exlcaiming as he
trudged along: "You deternal vil
lion, ef I catch you I'll trash you
ontel you won't know smellin' from
seein'!'" But the dog fled from him
with such speed that he soon found
it impossible to over take him. He,
therefore, fell into a slow meditative
walk in which he continued until he
reached home. As he deposited his
rifle in the corner of the hall-room,
"I'll write Bekky a letter:-that's
wat I'll do.''
"And it shall be in poetry, too,"
he continued the next day. This last
was rather -a hardy resolution; for up
to the eventful Sunday, when Bekky
Bright's foot .caused such perturba
tion in his head, David Hartman's
ideas of poetry had been quite vage.
The specimens of versification which
he had studied did not extend beyond
-what was contained in the Lutheran
Hymn Book, and .those insidious lit
tle scraps of printed paper found
upon sugar kisses; but he always
used the word hymes for the former
and kiss verses fos the latter. Behind
the word poetry he -thought some
thing beautiful must be hidden, if he
only could see through it. He was,
however, at last overcoming some of
the obstacles that withheld him from
wanderings beyond the limits of mat
ter of fact life. Often did he feel in
ined to shak e off the influence of
hbis sister Christina, or T'eener, 'as he
called her,-an irretrievable old maid,
as bitter as 'her own weight in aloes.
She had forbidden 'him 'to seek the
company of 'the girls, "Who,"''said
she, "jes catches a young feller as
a boy catches a June bug, and they
ties a string to him for him to buzz
around 'em ontel he can'"t buzz enny
ilonger, and then 'they lets him go
with the string a hangin' to him for
'a everlastin' hobble through life.
Then they catches another one and
sarves him the same way, and so on.
Keep out 'n their clutches, Dave. Ef
one of 'em squizzes your hand don'"t
you squiz ba.ek, or there'll be no 'help
for you.'' He was beginning to doubt
the soundness of his father's advice,
wh.o, having been occasionally van
qushed by his mother, often whisper
ed to him: "David, my son, beware
Bekky Bright had along been "set
ting her cap,'' as the saying is, to
catch David Hartman, not as a June
bug, but as a bon'a fide husband. He
was .han.dsome and industrious; and
'Bekky, who was a worthy member of
the church, 'had no recollection of
thaving heard him use profane lan
guage. How far she had succeeded
has 'already been made known. It
only remains to be mentioned that in
spite of the bitterness with which his
sister, Teener, repreniended the con
<duct of young people, and the can'
tionary whisper of his father to "be
ware of the wimming,'' a new or'der
of ideas and sentiments were being
developed in 'his mind and heart, for
the generalization of which the name,
poetry, was growing in favor with
him every hour. What were his
etchings on the colored egg~? A poem;
-the theme, "Love in a cottage"-:
and the muse, to whom he appealed
for inspiration, Bekky Bright. He
was now an admirer of beauty; he
had his standard established, and
that standard was Bekky Bright. He
was going 'to write a letter,-it was
to be in poetry, too, and it was to be
addressed to Bekky Bright.
On Friday afternoon before Easter,
David took down the slte that hung
'along with the almanac above the
mantel-piece, and proceeded to his
father's gin-house, where he 'laid
ihim.self flat upon the ;screw-sweep
after the manner of sailors upon the
bowsprit of a ship. He placed the
slate at a convenient distance above
his face 'on the sweep, and after pon
dering some mninutes ventured to
write the following couplet:
David Hartman is my name. and sin
gle is my life,
And happy will the gal he wat gits~
to be my wife.
But a moment afterwards, he rub
bed it out-all trace of it; for his
Conscience accused him of plagiarism,
in much as he suddenly iremembCred
having seen the same lines on the fly
leaf of his friend, Martin Sawyer's
Hymn Book,-the only difference be
ing the substitution of his own name
for that of Martin's: besides, it was
too boastful for his unpresunming
nature. He accordingly replaced it
by a stanza which ran thus:
When I kin read my titles kleer
To menshins in the skies,
I'll bid farewell to every fear,
And wipe my weepin' eyes.
"Wy that's a hyme!'" he exclaim
ed, as he again rubbed out what he
hid written. After kicking his feet
alternately in the air, and scratching
his dhead violently, he prodaeed an
other couplet, which was more suc
cessful as far as it went: here it is:
My head's a akin, my heart's a
I has no wish for sleep nor eatin'.
This was original; and possessed
the additional merit of being (true;
for his restlessness and loss of appe
tite were the main facts upon Which
his sister had based her suspicions of
his metamorphosis into a June bug,
and which had occasioned his fathei
and mother so much uneasiness about
him. David, however, could not pro
eeed another dine further. He slap
ped his forehead, groaned, kicked
and tore his hair, but he could not
advance: the inspired labors of David
Hartman like the Fayrie Queen and
Don Juan was doomed to remain an
unfinished effort of genius according
to the usual methods of composition,
-though the plan he soon afterwards
adopted sacceeded admirably.
It is said that people in love are
excessively irritable. The vast num
ber of suicides and duels among
lovers is proof of this. . The most
trivial disappointment disturbs the
temper, and any display of indiffer
ence is flagrant hypocrisy. David had
no experience in disguising the state
of his feelings: poor fellow! he could
not, for he was honest-honest to ec
centricity. A moment after he had
torn his hair, he :leapt from the screw
sweep, and holding the slate before
him drove his clenched fist through
it,-thereby shattering it into a 'hun
dred pieces as easily as if it 'had been
a pane of glass.
"I know wat I kin do," he cried
aloud, and "I'll be ding'd ef I don't
do it.'' So he hastened to .the stable
saddled his horse and rode away at
About two miles from Mr. Hart
*man 's, in those days, was the store
house of a jolly old gentleman by the
name of Gelthart. -On the same Fri
day evening just alluded to, a party
of several youngsters of the neighbor
hood had gathered at Gelthart 's for
t>he purpose of engaging in the sport
of .throwing "long bullets," and dis
cussing the best 'way of enjoying
themselves during the Easter holidays
near at hand. While they were rest
ing from t'he severe exercise, the clat
tering of a horse's hoofs was heard,
and a -horseman at full speed soon
made his appearance.
"Wv dat's Dave Hartman," said
one of the young men.
"Dat's a faek,'' exclaimed an
"Some one or udder mus be a dyin'
at .his house,'' cried a third, "and he
is comin' arter the burryin' clothes."
"Wy howdy, Dave," they 'all en
quired together, as David dismounted,
"wat makes you ride so fast9"
"Can 'it a feller ride as fast as he
wants to?"' answered David some
"Oh, cirtingly," they all replied,
"but how's all at home ?"
" Tolluble well, " responded David,
"Good evenin ' to you, Mr. Gelthart."
"The same to you, Mr. Hartman.
How does your copperosity seem to
sagaciate'?" inquired that jolly gen
"Jes middlin,' Sur,"' replies our
poet. "Have you got enny sugar
Mr. Gelthart ludicrously assunred
the gestures of a man endeavoring to
answer a difficult question, 'and then
"I think. Mr. Hart man, I mout
'have on hand yet about six or eight
bushels. Kin I measure you out a
couple of pecks?'"
'"Only one duzzing, at this time.
Ef my experiment turns out well, I
perhaps may take all you have."
Here, a loud laugh arose among the
bystanders, and one of them looking
aischievously at David remarked:
"'Wy, Dave, you inns be a gwine a
courtin'. The thing is a gettin' mon
sous fashionable in these times.
There's Conrad Felsgruber a layin'
hisself liable to Suky Hosenstricker,
and they say that Martin Sawyer is
settin' up to Bekkv Bright, like a
sick kitten to a hot smoovenin 'iron.''
Had the hand of a corpse plunged
:T iiee into his heart. his soul could
not have been more frozen than it
was by this annonneeemnt. Pocketing
his ksses he remmoun his horse, and
left as precipitately as he had arriv
ed. That evening he sat silently in
the piazza of his father's house, more
miserable than if he had been con
demned to die.
"Come to supper, David,' said his
mother to him, in a kind tone.
"I don't want to eat, mammy,"
muttered the love-sick youth.
"Well, David," commenced his
sister, "you jes oughter be ashamed
of yourself to let Bekky Bright get
the upper hand of you in that sort of
a way. And look here, Dave, Bek's
got to do a day's sowin' for us for
breakin' our slate.'"
''Wy sister Teener, she didn't
break the slate. I broke it myself,"
remonstrated her brother.
"Yes,'' continued Christina, "but
sh-e was the occasionment of your
breakin' it. It oughter have bin
broke over your head, you saft-heart
ed nix roots, you!"
"Oh, 'don't be too hard on Dave,"
pleaded his mother. "Poor boy, he
is not well. Go to bed, David."
He rose from the bench on which
he was seated in the piazza, and pass
ed through the house without saying
a word; but before he entered his lit
tle room his father tapped him upon
the shoulder and whispered to him:
"David, my son, I have often said
to you, and I say it agin, beware of
When he had entered his room and
carefully shut the door he lighted
his candle, took from his trunk his
writing materials, and then placed
the sugar kisses before him on the
table. He then carefully removed the
little verselets folded, and attached to.
them. His next step was .to arrange
themin a column, and then fixing them
by placing a ten cent piece upon each
one, to prevent -the wind from dis
turbing their order, he c*pied them
off as they stood,-obtaining a sum
total as here exhibited:
Dear maid, no mortal tongue can tell
How much I love you and how well.
Oh tell me now, fair maiden, will you.
If so, just name .-the day-don't let
Cupid's sent his dart
Right through my heart.
What is the use to be so -crael?
I am sure that I will, Miss, if you
My soul is dark :-in words of meas
ured '1ength and slow
I from my 'heart do heave a heavy;
load of woe.
Charmer of my life
Will you be my wife?i
Know then this truth, enough for
man to know,
Virtue alone is happiness below.
I expect, before a week is passed,
th-at you will a. ul
Occasion, or a wedding, oradul
Some people say, "to love is weak,
But they are those who 'ye loved and
have been kiek-ed.
I wish I was a humble be,
And you a rose upon a tree.
Oh, nime the day ! or would you
I'd ask your mother or your father?~
Maid of Athens, ere we part,
Give, oh give me back my heart.
David read and reread what he had
copied; and at length sprang -to 'his
feet and wrung his hands with de
"Well, well, well,'' he exclaimed,
"this does beat the hollyhocks! Wy,
it's as easy to do as to fall asleep
when a feller's got a good eawn
shunce. Now, jes to think: here's
Mr. William Houzeal, who iarnt me
and sister Teener 'to read and write,
and me to cipher, he now and then
borrows books from his kinpeople,
the Summerses, and no:t long ago he
fotcht .bome a book wa.t is called the
'Dishearten 'd Willage,' writ bya
Mister Oliver Goldsmith. Mr. Hou
zeal says, it took this man nine years
to write it, and half the time he was
at the pint of starvation; and I don 't
wonder at it, for it to take a man
nine vears to write 'three 'hundred'
lines. Mr. Houzeal, he told me, it
was in his opinion the poortiest
po 'try he ever come across, and he
adwised me to read it. Well, sur,
aostrophising his invisible friend,
"I undertook to do so, and of all the
trashy nonsense that I ever did see
I never met up with its equality. No.,
ur'-with emphatie action that
hook the house.-"I never did. Now
here in about a quarter of a 'our I
has wrote twenty-four lines of about
as nice po'try as you kin find enny
wheres. It's burstin' full of love;
and po'try is fit for 'nothin' else but
'for love and re'lijin ',-for songs and
hmes. Ef I hadn't broke our slate
I could now make *a cackelation,
but I kin get poorty close to the truth I
f the thing~ by tetchin' ,the pints of~
my fingers. Now, twenty-four lines'
in fifteen miniits woul be about one
hunded lines in a 'our, and wat
w ould a day bring froth? The expeer
imint has~ turned out abou-t as I ex
peted, and now I shall buy 'up all
te sugar kisses wvat Gelthart has on
reses floatin' about in the neighibor
bood;-and puttin' 'em together like
is I has jes done, I think that in two
Iays at most I shall be 'able to show
a. piece of po 'try of -the length of
two thousand lines or more as will
throw midnight over the 'Disheart
Thus soliloquising David hastily
undressed and launched himself into
the-world of dreams.
(To be Continued.)
DR. MELL SHOULD RESIGN.
Trustee Mann Upholds Capt. Minus
In His Course.-Denies State
ments of the President.
To the Editor of The News and
Courier: Capt. Minus, in Monday's
issue of The News and Courier, made
charges against Dr. Mell, president
of Clemson College, for interfering
with the discipline of the institution,
which caused him to resign 'his posi
tion as commandant of Clemson Col
lege. Now, are these charges true or
false? Dr. Mell in his reply did not
deny the allegations, and why notI
He says: "I decline to enter into a
newspaper controversy with the re
tiring commandant on the administra
tion of affairs at Clemson College for
the following reasons: First, the is
sues he raises belong entirely to the
board of -trustees. The body has re
cently considered these -affairs, and
have announced their decision." I
do not think Dr. Mell can establish
this fact or prove this statement.
The board only considered Capt.
Minus' resignation and ;not the
charges, as Dr. Mell would have the
public believe. And we accepted it
with .the understanding that on ac
count of the continued interference
of Dr. Mell with the discipline of t'he
College that Capt. Minus could not
and would not submit to such treat
ment longer by Dr. Mell. This was
not the first time that Capt. Minus
had complained to the board of trus
tees. As many as three times Capt.
Minus had stated to the board that
Dr. Mell was interfering with -the dis
cipline of the College, and if he did
not stop meddling where he had no
business he would -have to resign
Dr. Mell promised twice to quit
meddling with Capt. Minus' depart
ment, and if he had kept his prom
ise we would have had none of this
trouble and unpleasantness which is
now threatening to .tear up the Col
iege. Capt. Minus has made the same
charges all the time, interference on
Dr. Mbl's part with tthe niilitary
department of .the College. As I re
member 'the interview with Dr. Mell
in regard to his meddling with the
military part of the College, he did
not deny any of Capt. Minus' eharges
but simply .tried to justify his co'urse
in meddling with Capt. Minus' de
partment on. the ground that he was
head of the institution. That is to
say, there was no appeal from his de
ision or action. In a word, 'he was
supreme, and that no man could act
contrary to his notion of things with
out his changing the orde~r, although
the commandant had made it. Dr.
Mell is very much mistaken, if he de
lines to answer Capt. Minus' charges
and tries to dodge the issue by try
ing to lay it on 'the board of trustees.
This is simply begging -the question,
Doctor; say the charges are all true
or false. If false, say so; and let the
burden of proof rest on Minus.
As Dr. Mell is tryi.ng to make it
appear to the general public, I for
one will resent it and say Dr. Mell's
explanation does not explain. I be
lieve in fairness, equal rights to all
men and special privileges to none.
Some of us wanted an investigation,
but from w'hat I could see when the
eharges were made Dr. Mell did not
want an investigation, a-nd in my
judgment he is not anxious for it to-.
day. No man who is innocent is afraid
of an investigation. Had I been in Dr.
\ell 's place all the board could not
have prevented it, on 'the conditiona
if it was not granted. they would
hare to accept my resignation, and
vot tried to dodge the issue by lay
'n the hlame on 'the board of trus
tees, by saying they 'had investigated
the administration when they had not.
And no one knew this better than
Dr. Mell. and Capt. Minus has done
th only thing .a gentleman could do
ander existing conditions.
I ask the public to 'hear what Coin
nandants Sirmeyer and Clay have
aid, or have to say, on this point. Did
:hey not have the same charges, and
nake them to Dr. Mell? and was not
his interference on Dr. Mell's part
:he cause of both of them leaving
lemson College? What furt'her evi
lene. gentlemen, will the public de
nand ? We have the combined eri-'
lence of three men from the war de
>rtment, all testifying on the same
oint. Are they not suffient to eon
:inee the most incredulous. Nowv as I
ce it. the best thing for Dr. Mell to
o is to resig'n as president of Ciemi
onf College, for the criticisms and
Uares that are against him will be
omuch for the president of any
great institution to carrv.
In my judgment, Dr. Mell is over
loaded and cannot measure up to the
responsibilities that have been laid
upon him, and I am not quite sure if
one or two of the faculty ought not
to do the same thing, for the sake of
peace and prosperity in Clemson
College. Coke D. Mann.
West Union, S. C., April 23.
SPEECH FOR THE YOUNGEST
BAND OF HOPE BOY.
"I don't drink, I don't smoke,
No sir, and I'll never:
I am temperance through and
Now, henceforth, forever.'
NOTICE OF ELECTION.
The School Board of Newberry
Graded Schools will on May 6th hold
annual election for the following po
One Superintendent of the Schools
at salary of $1,500 a year.
High School Department.
One male Principal at salary of
$90.00 per month. Two teachers at
salary of $60 per month.
Grammar School and Primary De
Nine teachers at salary of $50 per
Hoge School (Colored).
One Principal at salary of $45 per
month. Four teachers at salary of
$30 per month.
No application will be considered
unless said applicant shall hold a first
grade certificate or diploma from
some institution recognized by the
State Board of Education.
J. M. DAVIS,
INCOME TAX RETURNS.
All persons liable to an income tax
are hereby notified that the time for
making returns of such incomes has
been extended to May 1. After that
date the penalty of fifty per cent.
must attach upon all who have then
failed or refused to make such re
Under instruetions from t.he comp
troller general, who is required under
the statute laws of this State to'trans
mit instructions as to the provisions
of the tax laws, I am directed "In
case any person refuses or fails to
file or swear to said returns to pro
ceed to assess the amount of their
income upon information and belief
'and add thereto a penalty of fifty per
cent., and charge the aggregate upon
the tax duplicate.'' Blanks for mak
ing these returns may be had upon
applica.tion and those liable to this
tax will please secure blanks and
make returns before May 1.
Eug. S. Werts,
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA,
COUNTY or NEWBERRY.
IN PROBATE COURT.
E. A. Griffin, as Administrator of
the Estate of Ben Dember, deceased,
and in his own right, Plaintiff,
Mary Dember, Lawson Dember,
Henry Dember, British & American
Mortgage Company, Limited, E. A.
Griffin and B. F. Griffin, partners
doing business under the firm name
of E. A. Griffin & Company, and
Ewart-eerry Coimpany, 'Defendants.
It is ordered, That all and singular
the creditors of t'he estate of Ben
Dember, deceased, be and they are
hereby required t orender in and es.
hereby required to rnder in and es
in the above stated case, on or be
fore the 20th day of May, 1909; and
that all and singular the said credi
tors be enjoined and restrained from
enforcing their demands elsewhere
than in the above entitled action.
*F. M. Schumpert,
Judge Probate for Newberry Co.
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Notice is hereby given that I wil]
make a final settlement of the estate
of William C. Tyree, deceased, on
My1.1909, in the Probate Court
frNewberry County, S. C., and -vi
imediately thereafter apply to said
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