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k VOL XLVI NO. ;A5 NEWBERRY, S. (3., ESIDAY. APRIL 30, 1909 TWIOE A WEEK. $1.50 A YEAR
DOW, JR., WRITES
Of Tom Felder and the Winding Up
Commission and Other Mat
We notice in the Charleston and
Greenville papers that Avery Patton
was doing some talking for the press
in reference of the"Winding up Cem
mittee," attorney's fees, etc.
Now, Avery should fight shy of the
reported as they will get him sure.
Such stunts As he gave the News and
Courier won't stand sifting. That
paper calls out like Shylock of old for
"the law," "the law," only it wants
"eontract," "the contraet."
It seems as if one Tom Felder's
name is much in -evidence. Why?
That rising genius of the Atlanta
bar can down all the attorney gener
als and lawyers in this State, "con
tract" or "no .contract," and give
them cards and spades. Because be
. Avery gives out as a matter of fact
that Tom Feld-er paid out thirty
thousand dollars for d-ete,tive fees.
The great horned spoon? Is not thatI
a "gully wrencher?"
Why Tom Felder never had that
much money of his own in all his
born days. But admitting it as a fact,
why should' Tom have parted with so
much cash for something he knew al
ready. or get from the State board,
just for the asking. And Avery Pat
ton singing the old tune of Tom's.
The United States government did
not pay much more than half that
amount f&'r the employment of the
best and highest priced detectives in
America to run over the entire coun-1
try and hunt up the Brownsville
shooters. We all know that Uncle
Sam pays high for what he wants,
and generally gets the best. Why its
a tY-te-- o- its very face, and I
.can't see w7 ; Avery allowed Tom to
shove -that 3oker on him. But Tom
is a jack in the box, and no mistake.
We all know that Attorney Gener
al Lyon employed Abney in the case,
for the brains he had. But why a
second rate lawyer like Tom Felder?
Mr. Patton says because he knew a
lot about the whiskey business. No
doubt in the world of that. Only lis
ten to Avery. "It came to the atten
tion of the committee that the firm
of lawyers," old Tom, mind you,
"*had some valuable information that
the committee couldn't .get else
To be sure 'they had it, but how did
they get their information? Avery
"believes not a single firm of law
yers in this. State would have been
-willing to put out such an outlay of
money on uncertainties."
Of course not, not a single firm in
the State is such a John Dee, or a
Vanderbilt as to have so much eash
by them. Nor did Tom.Felder eith
Now Mr. Patton, in one of your
comfidential confabs .with Mr. Felder,
-of Roundtree and Felder, just ask 'him
for Dow and the rest, did 'he ever try
-to monkey with our State board~ of
control, in t'he "days of good steal
ing ?" Ask him " was it Tom or 'his
brother, or somebody else," that en
tertained so highly and at 'his expense
one of our State board a.t the gneat
Nashville reunion ? Did he take any
one from this Stategut to the "Coun
.try Club'' or some such tony gather
ing? And if he did, what- was the
motive? Then ask him if once on a
time, he didn 't make overtures to
some members .of the board of cojntrol,
to organize a whiskey house (on pa
per you know) then buy liquor when
it was c.heapest, and sell to the Stare
when it was dearest? Ask him what
he knows hbouit the "Sidney Lucas
SWhiskey Company of Liquor Deal
ers," and what was the conference at
the Hotel Jerome to do with it ?
I know Tom .will say "all a
lie.'' Well it may be, but you then
ask Whit Boykin and John Bell Tow
ill about it. Tell them if they don't
tell the whole truth, the devil will
4catch them sure. I don 't know much
Sabout Jo'hn Bell T. but Whit Boykin
eoaldn 't tell a lie if he wanted to. for
I knew his father, served with him in
the army, and if he thought he w~as
raising up a child to lie, he would have
tranaled him in the cradle. Then
when Whit quits looking blank, and
s>akingz his head. just say. ''Whit
do '.. yo thik just think that Tom
THE NEWS Or PROSPERITY.
Teachers Reelected-School Closes
Tonight-Old Folk's Day on
Prosperity, April 29.--Rev. Ira
Caldwell has returned from a visit to
Kings Mountain, N. C.
At a recent meeting of the trustees
of the graded school the present
teachers, Misses Simpson, Kohn, and
Langford were unanimously relected
for the next term.
The private school conducted by
Mrs. Caldwell closed last Friday.
Quite a number of our alumni of
Newberry and Erskine went up Wed
nesday and witnessed their alma
mater cross bats..
Miss Lillie May Russell visited in
Columbia this week.
Mr. Oscar Simpson is home from
the Charleston Medical college and
is enjoying -his vacation in our midst.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wise, of Little
ountain, visited relatives this wedk.
Mr. Geo. Harmon and little Rebec
ea went to Ninety Six Sunday and re
turned Monday accompanied by his
father, Mr. W. P. B. Harmon, who
spent several days in our city.
. Miss Annie May Bedenbaugh visit
ed friends this week.
Mrs. Kreps, of Columbia, is spend
ing a month with her son, Rev. M.. 0.
Mr. T. C. DeVore, of Ninety Six,
made a visit to friends here over Sun
Misses. Janie Russell and Mary
Wheeler made a week end visit to
Miss Hortense Long. of Columbia,
same up Wednesday to see Mrs. J.
Miss Mary Kinard returs this
week from a fortnight's stay with her
ister in Atlanta.
Consul Haynes, who resigned his
position at Singapore on account of
the unsalubrity of the climate of In
lia, has returned home and has 'join
d his family at Mr. L. S. Bowers'.
The Ladies' Aid society will serve
ce cream after the commencement ex
rcises Friday evening. Be sure to
wait and enjoy the refreshments.
The commencement exercises Fri
lay evening will formally close this
years' session of t1he Prosperity
schools. As before announced the
speaker for the occasion is Prof. Sid
aey J. Derri.ek, of Newberry college.
Ihe friends of school -are cordially in
vite.d to be rpresent. The exercises
will begin at 8:30 o 'clock.
Mr. Hunter Caldwell returned last
week from a business trip to Georgia.
Mrs. C. F. Lathan, of Little Moun
:ain, was in the etiyl this week.
Rev. Mr. Kreps and Mr. B. B.
Schumpert attended conference at
Beth Eden several days of last week.
Mr. T. D. Copeland, of Clinton,
was the guest of Mr. W. A. Moseley
Miss Julia Matthews spent Sunday
and Monday at Ninety Six.
Old Folk's Day-May sixteenth
aids fair to be a memorable occasion
-not only to those whose hair is sil
rered, but also to those whose locks
2ave yet no trace of time's fingers
pon them. For a number of years
3race Sunday school has been observ
Felder and somebody mighty elose to
:he board of control was in 'cohoot'
n a whiskey house and wasn 't it the
idney Lucas?" Whit will shake
is head and say "I don't know,"
>ut just watch him and see him
;ra.teh his ear .with his finger. No
:loubt all the boys will plead ignor
mne, for they are scared of Lyon as
he very devil, but then Lyon knows
rel' of Tom Felder by this time
han he would like people to t'hink.
The best answer an unwilling wit
ness can give, to gag a lawyer, is "I
don 't recollect.' "I''t 'has slipped my
memory."' Better not deny it too
positively, for its no knowing what
fool may have a bee in his bonnet
ad may sting somebody after awhile.
Don 't make any 'of the boys kiss the
book. but ask them if any of these
mtters ever' came to their attention?
IfThey sa. no, that ends it.
T.eeditor of this paper is in no
w:ay responsible for what I writte, and
Do ma be all wrong, if so lie will
be the first to lift 'his hat to the boys
*ind sa "yu pardon sirs." and do
ing this day in honor of the aged ones
in the surrounding cour try. Every
time they have striven to make more
enjoyable than the preceeding one.
For this occasion Mr. Kohn, the su
perintendent, has been peculiarly for
tunate in securing his Excellency
Gov. Ansel to address tihe congrega
tion. Gov. Ansel is a happy speaker
and one who is so greatly in demand
that his consent -has to be obtained
several months in advance. Besides
the main address there will be an ad
dress of welcome and ehoice old time
hymns, music by flie choir, and by sev
;eral little childreii. Invitations will
be issued to all the old people within
a radius of ten miles, though the pub
lie is cordially invited, whether by
special invitation or not. The ser
vices- will begin at 10:30 o 'elock.
THE NEWS OF ST. PAUL.
Rain Has Come-Death of Mrs. Wick
er-Schools Are Closing.
St. Paul, April 28.-Mr. Editor: It
has been some time since I have had
anything to say through. the columns
of your paper, owing to the serious
illness and deat1h which we have had
in our family but am thankful to
say that I am able to get out again.
We have been having a long period
of dry weather, but it seems now as
if we will have plenty of rain, which
will enable the farmers to finish their
planting and bring up what seed have
On the third Sunday in this month
the Rev. P. H. E. Derrick assisted
our pastor, Rev. Mr. Sligh, with his
communion services, and preached a
most forceful sermon to a large con
gregation. Five persons were con
firmed as members of St. Paul's
Rev. and Mrs. J. A. Sligh spent
Saturday night and Sunday with the
family of Mr. B. B. Richardson.
Mrs. Louise Adaline Wicker, nee
Werts, and wife of Mr. James W.
Wicker, was born Sept. 9, 1837, and
departed this life April 20, 1909, aged
71 years. Her remains were quietly
laid to rest in the St. Paul burying
ground in the presence of a large con
course of sorrowing friends and rela
tives. The funeral services were con
ducted by her pastor, Rev. J. A. Sligh.
Mrs. Wicker was married July 28,
867. Five children were born,.of this
union, four of whom are living, and
hey with a large n'umber of relatives
nd friends together with the bereav
ed husband mourn the death of this
splendid lady. She was a true Chris
tia"n and has entered into her reward.
There have been 17 cases of measles
with a 'half mile distance in this
eighborhood, but all seem to be do
Mr. Rufus Epting, who has been
spending a while with 'his father, Mr.
. J. E.pting, has returned to 'his work
Mr. Sim Werts, who -came over to
his sister's funeral, .after spending a~
while with his friends and relatives
here, ~has returned to his home at
Mrs. Fannie, who 'has been very
low 'as the result of measles is ima
proving nicely at this writing.
Mrs. H.. F. Counts, who has been
very sick for the past week is' also
Mr. W. B. Boine'st had the misfor
tune to lose a fine mileh cow quite'
The Jolly Street school, which has
been most successfulle taught this
sesion by Prof. W. A. Rikard, closed
or April 11. and Mr. Rikard return-I
edI t" hiN home in Newberry. He is
:reatly missed in t'he community.
The Forks school. whiich was taught
by Miss Nora Bickley, of Helena.
losed on April 17. Miss Bickley
made many friends 'here on account of;
er eb-'arming personality and lovely
The-~ are some peaches in this see
tion, enough perhaps for a erop, but
it seer's 'as if the apples are a failure
in tthis wetion.
The g:ain crop is looking some bet
ter non~ but it is thought that there
will not 1:e a full crop raised this year
espeily'1 on the high lan'i.
The wireless operator who started
the report that t'he battleship Mis
sissi1'pi had been blown up didn 't
eveni pt his name in the papers.
THE OLD COURT HOUSE
An Article by One of Prof. Hollo
(Supposed to be written to a friend
residing in a distant city.)
Thinking that it would interest you
to read one of my productions, I shall
now attempt to describe what is call
ed the old court house of Newberry
county, Newberry, S. C.
I ehanced to see this old struoture
while on a visit to relatives, who re
side at this place.
It appeared to me to be worthy of
investigation and consequently I have
inquired intQ its history.
The lot on which this old building
now stands was deeded to the county
of Newberry on September 8, 1789, by
hn Coats and his wife Mrs. Sus
annah Coats for the sum of ten
pounds; it was first leased to .the
county for "one pepper corn only"
The building was erected in 1852
by John Damion, a !1a1Tne o.f Cleve
lan county, Z C., and, -i: -i -ey
-nd weather beaten, it still has a most
stately appearance, and is considered
to be one of the most substantial
structures of its fime, as regards ar
chitecture, workmanship and adapta
tion to the purposes of its erection.
The citizens of the town and county
have just recently built a new one,
which is likewise a model building.
The materials used in the construc
tion of the old one were brick and
stone, excepting theeflooring and win
dow-facings which are of wood.
It is only two stories high; on the
first floor are five rooms which were
previously occupied by certain county
These officers have moved into the
new court houes, mentioned above,
and their offices are occupied by Real
Estate Agents Hunter & Sligh, Law
yer Sale and Magistrate J. H. Chap
pell, respectively. On the other floox
is the court rocm which, no doubt, has
witnessed many stormy scenes.
T'he two jury rooms and private
room for the judge are in rear of'the
main auditorium. Direetly behind
the building is the Confederate monu
ment, and this, together with the old
strueture, will naturally excite the
admiration of a stranger.
And too, the'situation of this court
house is a 'very desirable one, being
situated' in the middle of *a plot, in
the center of the business portion of
T'he side of the lot facing south is
spported by a rock wall .between
three and four feet high; it is on this
part of the lot that the Confederate
monument stands. The huge columns
that support the front veranda form
one of its most striking features,
while at the same time the long flight
f steps on the side facing north, de
These steps are made of huge
blocks of stone and are well construct
Besides this there are two other sets
of steps, on east and west sides, which
are also' made, of stone but are not
:uite so long.
The large eagle, that marks the
gable end facing north was carved by I
Mr. Os. Wells, an old soldier, some
few years after the War Between the ]
It appears to be holding a bunch of
arrows in i-ts claws and was intended
to represent South Carolina from
1856 to 1872.
This building was erected to serve
as a court of justi.e:e, in which all
riminals and law breakers are tried.
Altihugh time and use have produced
many changes it still forms a strik
ing comparison for the new one and.
for any that I 'have ever seen.
It .has served its purpose well and
seems to be well fitted for the coming
generations. In the last campaign it
was .decided to vote whether the old
buiding should be removed or not, as
was fortunate for t:be town and coun
ty it was allowed to stand in peace,
(The above was written by a young
ady pupil of Mr. J. B. 0O'N. Hollo
way 's private school and was not
written for publication but by request
f The Herald and News the young1
tdv conlsenlted to its publication.
A SHOT AT THE DECANTEE.
First Tract Published by the Na
tional Temperance Society in 1865,
by Rev. Theodore L. Cuyler, D. D.
There is a current story that a
Quaker once discovered a thief in his
house; and taking down his grand
father's old fowling-piece he quietly
said, "Friend, thee had better get
out of the way, for I intend -to fire
this gun right where thee stands.''
With the same considerate spirit we
warn certain good people that they
had better take the decanter off
their table, for we intend to aim a
Bible truth =where that decanter
stands. It is in the wrong place. It
has no more business to be there at
all than the thief had to be in the
honest Quaker's house. We are not
surprised to find a decanter of al
oholie poison on the counter of a
dram-shop whose keeper is "li
censed" to sell death by measure.
But we are surprised to find it on
the table or sideboard of one who
professes to be guided by the spirit
and the teachings of God's Word.
That bottle stands right in the range
of the following inspired- utterance
of St. Paul: "It is good neither to
eat flesh, nor to -drink wine, nor any
thing whereby the brother stum
bleth." This text must either go out
of the Christian's Biblg, or the bot
tle go off the Christian's table. The
text will not move; the bottle must.
The passage itself is so clear that
it can 'hardly admit of a cavil or a
doubt. It teaches the lofty and be
nevolent principle-that abstinence
from things that are necessarily huit
ful to others, is a Christian expedi
ency that -has the grip of a moral
This. sounds, at first, like a very
radical doctrine; but so conservative
an .expounder as Prof. Hodge, of
Princeton, has defined the text as
teaching that things which are not
always wrong per se are to, be given
ap for the saks of others. He says
that the legal liberty of a good man
is never to be exercised *here a
moral evil will inevitably flow from
it. We are never to put stumbling
blocks in the way of others. Good
men are bound to sacrifice anything
nd everything that is counter to the
glory of God, and destructive of the
best interests of humanity.
It would be easy to prove unan
swerably that alcoholic beverages are
injurious to those who use them. The
famous athlete, Tom Sayers, was once
asked by a gentleman, "Well,
Thomas, I suppose that 'when you are
taining, you use plenty of beefsteaks
andj London porter, and pale ale?''
'The boxer replied, "In my time I
bave drunk more than 'was good for
re; but when I haie businiess to do,
there 's nothing like lwater and dumb
ells.'' After retiring from "busi-'
aess,'' he took to drink and died a'
sot. Cold water made-him a Samson;
alcohol laid him in hi.s grave. As a
matter of personal health and long
life, "it is. good not to drink wine;''
as an example to others, total absti-'
mence is a .Cliriitian virtue.
The inherent wrong of using in
boiating drinks is two- fold. 1. It
exposes to danger the man who tern
pers with it; for no man was ever
positively assured by 'his Creator that
be could play with the "adder'' that
lies coiled in a wine-cup without be
'irg stung by it. 2. It puts a stum
bling block in the way of him whom
we are commanded to love as our
We lay dowyn, then, the proposition
that no man has a moral right to do
mything :re iufluene"' of which '
ertainly and mev.'.'tably hurtful t
is neighbor. I have a -.:-al right tof
io many t'ungs whiehi as a Christivr
[ean not do. I have a legal right to
:ake arsenic or swallow strychnine;
>ut I have no moral rigat to commit
;his destruction. I have 'a legal 'right
;o attend the theatre. No policeman
stands at the door to ex.elude me, or!
lares .to eject me while my conduct is
>derly and becoming. But I have no
noral right to go there; not merely
>eause I may see and h'ear much that
nay soil my memory for days and
noths, but because that whole gar
iished and glittering establishment,
vith its sensuous attractions, is to
nany a young person the yawning
naelstrom of perdition. The dollar
vhich I give at the box office is my
minrihntion towards sustaining an
establishment -whose dark founda
tions rest on the murdered souls of
thousands of my fellowmen. Their
blood stains its walls, and from that
'pit" they have gone down to .n
other pit where no sounds of mirth
ever come. Now I ask, what right
have I to enter a place where the
tragedies that are played off before
me by painted women and dissolute
men are as nothing to the tragedies
of lost souls that are enacted in some
parts of that house every night?
What right have I to give my money
and my presence to sustain that moral
slaughter-house, and by walking into
the theatre myself to aid in decoying
others to follow meI
Now, on the same principle (not of
self-preservation mere,ly, but of avoid
ing what is dangerous to others),
what right have I to sustain those
fountain-heads of death from wbieh
the drink-poison is sold? What right
have I to advocate their ieense, to
patronize the traffic, or even in any
way to abet the whole system of
drinking aLooholie stimulants at
home or abroad If a glass of wins
on my table will entrap some young
man or some one who is inclined to
stimulants into dissipation, then am
I thoughtlessly setting a trap for his
life. I am his tempter. I give the
usage of my sanction to him the
direct inducement tc partake of the
bottled demon that sparkles so se.
ductively before him.' If the contents
of that -sparkling glass make my
brother to stumble, he stumbles over
me. If he goes away from my table
and commits some. outrage under the
efects of that stimulant, I am to a
certain degree guiity of that outrage.
I have a partnership in every blow
he strikes, or in every oath he may
utter, or in every bitter wound he
niay inflict on the hearts, of those ei;
loves while under the spell of my
glass of "Cognac" or "Burgundy."
I gave him the incentive to do what 7
otherwise he might have left undone.
The man who puts the bottle to his
neighbor's lips is accountable , for.
what comes from those lips undei- the
influence .of the dram, and is aC
countable, too, for every outrage
that the maddened victim of the cap
may perpetrate during his temporary
In this view of the question, is it
too much to ask of every professed
Christian, and ivery lover of his
kind, that they will wholly abstain
from everything that can intoxicate?
For the sake of your children do it.
For the 'sake of a brother, a husband,
a fiend. .For the sake of those who
will:'plead your example; ,for the 'sake
of f rail tempted ones who cannot
say No! ' For your fellow traveler's
sake to God's bar and to the eternel r
world, touch not the bottled devil,
unddr whose shining scales damns
tion bides its adder-sting!
It is old-fashioned total abstinence
that we are 'pleading for. We ask it,
as Paul 'did, for the (sake of those
who ''stumble." Oh, those stumblers!
those stumblers! 'We dare not spepk
of them. It would touch many of us
too tenderly. It would reveal too
many wreeks-wreeks -thiat angela
have wept over. It woald ,open tombs
whose charitable green turf hides out
of sight what many a survivor would
love to have forgotten. It would re
call to me many a college friend who
went down at midday into blackness
And to-day I see this social curse
coming back into our houses, into
our streits, into our daily usages of
lifi, with redoubled power. Would
that every parent were a "prohib
tory law" to 'his 'f'amigy! Wod~ld
that every pulpit and every platform
would thunder forth the old warning
ery, "Look not on the wine when it
is red, when it giveth its color in the
up, for at last it biteth like a ser
pent and stingeth like an adder." At
the last! at the 'last! But, oh! who
cman tell when that "lest " shall ever
nd ? When will the -victim's last
roan be heard i When will the last
orror seize 'upon his wretched soul?
At any rate, the Wright brothers
ire two American boys to whom even
:he kings of the earth araecompelled
: look up.-Atlanta Georgian.
Relative to the tariff tax on stock
.ngs, the T.roy Press wants to know
"'Hose fault is it ?" We haven't
arter tell you.-Columbus Enquirer