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E. H. AULL, EDITOR.
Entered at the Postoffice at New
f'erry, S. C.. as 2nd class matter.
Friday, July 23, 1909.
The railroald commissioners passed
an order at a meeting held at Glenn
Springs last week to require the At
lantic Coast Line to have its passen
ger coaches cleaned at Greenville and
Charleston. It is a good time to see
if we could not get this road to instal
a parlor car service between Green
ville and Charleston.
The decision of the Supreme Court
in the matter of offices in the court
house in dispute leaves it entirely
-with the board of county commis
The board will meet on the 31st
of July and unless there are further
legal proceedings will determine the
matter finally. If tiey hold to their
former decision, of course, the auditor
-will move to the little office in the
rear and the probate judge will be
moved into the office now occupied by
It is very unfortunate that this
matter could not have been finally de
cided before the metal furniture was
placed in these two offices or that it
should become necessary for the pres
fnt board of county commissioners to
reverse the decision of til court
house commission and t1he board of
county commissioners who had pre
viously assigned the offices and ar
ranged the metal furniture.
The metal furniture in the audtor's
office as now used by him will not be
suitable for the use of the probate
judge, and neither will the metal
furniture in the little office which was
arranged for the probate judge be at
all suitable for the auditor, and it will
necessitate tihe expenditure of consid
erable money in refitting these two
offices and then the next board of
conmmissioners may come along and
order another ehange whieh will ne
cessitate an a-dditionail expenditure
of money. And as we understand the
fmnancial condition of the county we
'have very little money to t)hrow at
THE FARMER AND THE 'PHONE.
The telephone is one of the most
potential agencies of modern civiliza
tion in existence. It has eliminated
the factor of distance, removed diffi
culties once deemed insoluble, and
brought our peop.le together into one
great family. It would require an ar
tiede of great length to set forth the
blessings attributable to tihe tele
phone. The News, in its second sec
tion to-day carries an elaborate story,
setting forth the plan of having farm
hous-es equipped with telephones,
thereby bringing the city and sur
rounding country into close commu
The- telephone puts the farmer in
touch with the world almost as much
as if th lived in the city, and yet at
the same time allows him to breathe
the fresh air of the woods and to en
joy that free life of the farm, where
he may be enehanted with or-chestras
in the tree tops, and enjoy sermons
in stones, books in running brooks
and -good in everything. The News is
glad to recommend the rural 'phaone,
and it hopes the proposed farmers
rally in the interest of this movement,
and which the Greater Charlotte Club
and the Merchants' Association en
dorse, will result in a large increase
of farmer-s' 'phones.
In 1900, according to the United
States census the population of Meck
lenburg county was 55.268. The in
erease for nine years which nearly
make up another decade is estimated
to be 12.5.)3. The perceeutage ot in
crease is 29.5.
The population of the cities and
towns of the county was given by the
1900 census as follows:
Charlot te. 18.091: Davidson, 904;
Matthews. 378; Miri H ill, 192; Pine
ville, 585, a tot al of 20,150.
In the county, outside the towns,
the population was put at 35,118.
Assuming that in this number of
country people there are five members
to each family. which we believe is
the accepted average, ther-e were 7,
022 happy countriy homeInS !n Old
Meeklnbare m te aanw rate o
'r.u- a year henc. Evr fame
E;ewhere in The Herald and News
to-day we present a statement of facts
showing the remarkable increase in
the number of phones in Newberrv
county during the past year. As is
t-ated in the article in ou.r local col
umns., the telephone is one of the three
t!hings which have contributed most
to the development of the South dur
ing tie past few years. Not only is
the telephone an important asset in
business. but it is a great educator,
because it keeps people in touch one
with another. And it is, as well, a
better protection for isolated coun
try homes than anything else yet de
Newberry county cannot have too
many telephones. Every station which
is installed is a step in t'he progress
The Idler should come down street
oftener. We have noticed that the
one man cart. for which The Idler
offers a reward. has been put to work,
and, therefore, the reward will be
paid to the first one making applica
tion and discovery that it was at
We are glad to see that the cart is.
out working and we are satisfied that
the appearance of the streets will be
much better during the entire day.
THE ROADS COMMISSION.
Some time ago the good roads
league stated in the column used for
exploiting the question of good roads
that Mr. W. K. Sligh and the editor
of The Herald and News had selected
the commission iamed in the act au
thorizing an election and providing
for the making of permanent roads.
That is correct, and the men were se
leeted on account of their business
capacity and financial standing and
their character and without any ref
erence to politics or bank conneetion.
These questions of banks and politics
and locality should have nothing to do
with the merits of the question. A.re
the men on the commission honest and
wort!hy of confidence and will they
administer the trust faithfully?i We
think they measure up to that stand
ard and therefore they were selected.
We do not mean to say there are not
hundreds of other men of like ability
in this county, but if others had been
chosen, somebody would shave raised
similair objections that do pot bear
on the subject. We want to say that
no't one of the men on the commission
wanted to serve, and we had to insist
on their letting us use their names.
They have plenty to do in matters per
taining to their own affairs, and are
wot seeking any of these positions.
We regret that these questions were
brought into the discussion.
Let tihe~ issue be joined, on its mer
its, and if the people do not want to
build roads let them say so.
Suppose one bank shoula hold all
the money, what difference would it
make to the people, so that it was
properly cared for and spent for
roads? That bank must pay five per
sent. and any first class bank. like all
of the banks of Newberry, can borrow
money for less than that rate.
-" Besides, the act prohibits one
bank having all the money and sev
eral banks are represented on the
We doubt if any one bank in New
berry would wvan~t the whole sum at
five per cent., when they can get
money in sums of this size for less
"RUNNING THE GAUNTLET."
W\e bjegin in The Herald and News
to-day a story by C'ol. Dickert, "Run
ning the Gauntlet."' which will go
throu2Ih several issues.
in order that vou may not miss any
issues von had better begin your sub
scription now and if you time has
expired you had better arrane it at
We have been so busy for the last
month that we have not taken off
prom ptly. all of tho( e whose time had
reciles the inieldenits of th return 01
his company from the army. The
Iar*y Was (omposed not only of the
members of his company but of ot'iers
who de-ired to join. ineluding about
(ol. Dickert, as he states. could not
-et his consent to slrrelVt'r. anld
when it was annonneed that the
Southern army would surrender he
and the men who joined him decided
to take the chances of returnin home
with their arms and without surren
derin to the enemy. It was a. perilous
undertaking and the ystarted on it
with a full apprecia:tion of what it
Col. Dickert in his usual forcible
style relates the incidents and ex
periences of his company on its re
turn trip, and we are satisfied that it
will be read with great interest, not
only by :the few who survive, but by
all of our people.
MR. JONBS' SUGGESTION.
We desire to direct especial atten
tion to the communication of Mr. A.
That Newberry should have a Y.
I.M. C. A. we do not think anyone
would question. We hope that the
pastors of the churches in the city
will take hold of the suggestion made
by Mr. Jones and push the matter
vigorously. We believe if they will
go at it wi,th earnestness there can
be no doubt of success.
Whether or not it will be wise to
use the old court house a. a. building
is a matter that should have serious
consideration. The Herald and News
advocated retaining the old couirt
house with the view of having it used
-as a rest room for the ladies of the
country. It might be well for the
Christian Association to have charge
of it and provide these rooms. In
order to carry out the idea of rest
-rooms it is necessary tha-t some or
ganization occupy the building and
take care of it so that it might be
used properly for this purpose. If the
building is to be used as at present
we are most heartily ijn favor of hay
:ing it 'torn down.
The library idea might be added to
the Y. M. C. A. organization and the
building is amply large for all of
these pu'rposes. The~ upper story could
be fitted up for an auditorium for the
public meetings. and there are plenty
.frooms down stairs for the library,
rest room for 'the~ ladies and offices
for the Y. M. C. A. All these matters
can be discurssed and acted upon if
the pastors will adopt the suggestions
of Mr. Jones and take the lead in the
matter of organizing a Young Men 's
Christian Association. The suggestion
is worthy of serious consideration.
* THE IDLER.
* * * *
I wonder sometimes if anybody
reads what The Idler has to say in
this column, and if they do read it if
t-hey ar'e in the least helped. Now this
thought does not come from any de
gree of importance whi<-h I attach to
anything I say, but you know some
times I wonder to myself if it is
worth while. I am too old now to be
worried about what anybody thinks
of me. It makes absolutely no sort of
difference to me. I am trying to say
things that are helpful and that carry
I was thinking about what that
preacher said-I mean w'hat The Idler
said he said. ~And another thought
came to me. I reckon it is a thought.
Some one was saying to me the other
day as a gentleman passed along,
"'You know he doesn 't speak to me.
Why I do not know.'' I noticed it
myself but I wasn 't going to say any-.
thing about it. Well, I have heard of
people who would not speak to other
p)eople in the same community. I sup
pose it is a way t:hey have of punish
ing people. It may give them some.
sort of satisfaction but I really be
lieve they punish themselves mores
than they do the other fellow.
I never could do that. I like to be
(on friendly terms with everybody. In
fact I would rarberz have the grood will
'f a d'ur than it .il wll I lov. al!
bm1 (ine. and~i if We wanhi-d to and
1ried ever SC hard. we could not call
baek a single step we have taken, but
there is plenty of time in the passing
moment to be gentle and kind and po
lite, and to say a word that would be
helpful. and I believe these sour peo
ple who have never a kind word and
w.ho pass their fellowman without a
word of greeting and of cheer will
some day regret it. for they sooner or
later will surely -realize that they are
the ones who will suffer. Maybe this
is none of my business and possibly I
hould not write it. but it is writ, and
it is up to the editor to blue pencil
it if he wants to.
I heard some one the other day
speaking of some afflicted persons
who had not been out of their rooms
for years, say that even though this
were true. yet they were as bright and
cheerful as if they were enjoying the
best of health. In fact it was re
marked that they were the sunshine
not only of their own homes but of
the entire community. Now I will
guarantee that they never try to pun
ish people by casting up their heads
and refusing to speak.
The editor was telling me this week
that a gentleman from way up in No.
7 came in the office of The Herald and
News and wanted to know who The
Idler is. but the editor said he could
not tell him. Well, whenever the edi
tor makes known my identity then I
will cease to grind for this column. It
maikes little difference who I am. But
I understand this gentleman wanted
to shake my .hand for something I
had said. I thank him and would ask
him to push it along if it was a good
thing and if it wasn 't why then knock
T see from the Observer that the
mile of experimental road has been
completed and that it cost about $450.
Now, I understand that there are peo
ple who.are kicking about tiis ex
penditure of t.he, labor of the convicts.
and who claim that this was a good
road already. Well. I have been on
this road once o.r twice during my
residence in Newberry, and if this
could be called a good road I would
hate to see a bad road. Of course, as
I remember it. it never was muddy,
-but I would rather have a little mud
sometimes than to have heavy sand
all the time. And the experiment was*
to be made wit:h clay and sand road.
I have not seen the road since it has
been worked by the expert but I un
derstand that it will have to have at
tention until it gets thoroughly mixed.
That is, until the sand and clay get
So far as I am concerned I believe
that a mile of good road anywhere in
the county will help me, and, as
I have before remarked, I neither own
an automobile, nor a :horse, nor a
mule, nor an ox, and it is a very rare,
thing that anybody who owns one ever
asks me to -ride in or on one, but I re
peat. that you can't build a mile of
good road in this co'unty without
helping me. And it is strange how
some people can muster up th'e cour
age to proclaim that they want good
roads and then oppose any method
that anyone suggests to get them.
Why, if there should be a little
bridge washed away in some remote
corner of the county that would take
probably a half hour to repair, in
stead of doing it, word will be sent
to the supervisor to send the chain
gang and away it goes.
Now I don't know muel about fi
nancing anything, and especially as
big a thing as Newberry county, and
the running of a chain gang, but I do
believe as at present managed, and
as for that matter as it has been
managed since it :bas existed, or has
been, that the chain gang is about the
most expensive luxury the county has
ever indulged in. It seems to me that
a year or two ago the legislature pro
vided by act that the chain gang
should be put on permanent work and
designted what roads should be
worked and the order of the working.
I would he glad to have some one tell
me whether I am correct in this or
not and if I am how the thing worked.
It seems to me with thirty able bod
ied conviets, if they were p)ut on per
manenlt work, and the road laws were
enfored, that we could get a few
miles of good road each year and that
the roads could in the meantime be
kept in fairly good condition, but so
long as the p)eople depend on the
chain gang to do the patching and t-he
piddling and the superviso-r does it we
will never have any roads.
But this is none of my business and
I reckon I should not have said any
thno. But since I am too old for road
dt it beho~oves rme to tell oth]er pen
'ho in do ihe tiling. I wouild I ke
mne doing~ '' a~. But then when I
lok around me I aim envin&ced that
the people do not want to see any
whose graduates occul
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K G. MATHE
thing do-ing. They would rather have
the patching and the piddling and the
pretense than the real thing. It is al
right with me.
I have read that decision of the
supreme court in the matter of ths al
lotment of offices in the new court
house. I reckon you call it a decision.
It is written by Associate Justice
Gary. It seems to me that he wasted
a great deal of ink and paper and
printing. I reckon it will be printed
in the reports. About all there is to it
is the title and the conclusion. It
could have been written in three or
four lines and contained all there is
in it. It simply dismisses the petition
with costs. - If any reason is assigned
or any argument engaged in I fail to
see it. But I reckon it is alright. It
is the deliverance of the supreme
court and must be right. Under this
decision the board of county commis
sioners could say to the clerk of
court you must get out of your office
and let the auditor have it and he
would have to git. It means to say
that the court house commission that
arranged the offices and fitted them
up did not know what tihey were
about. But I reckon that is the law
and if it is it must be right. It suits
me alright and the people are willing
to pay the cost.
They tell me that Mr. Childs and
Mr. Williams have not only not arrang
ed the ticket office according to some
suggestions I made some time ago,
but that they now have refused to
furnish ice for the drinking water in
the union station. People who are
aiting for the trains and want a cool
drink of water during this hot weath
er ha'd better take notice and wrap
up a piece of iOe and take it along
with them. Ice is mighty cheap and
we manafacture it right here in New
berry, too. If these big railroads are
really too poor to buy ice I will take
subs.riptions to an ice fund and ask
the editor to acknowledge .receipt of
all contributions from week to week.
I believe that is the way to put it,
but if not, I will ask the editor to fix
it right. I mean t:he acknowledging.
As nobody seems to know what has
become of that one man cart for street
cleaning which for so long a time or
namented Summer Bros. corner, I am
going to offer a reward of five cents
for any infor.mation with proof to
convict which will lead to its discov
ery. The money is up with the editor.
I am afraid it has strayed or is
stolen. I mean the cart, not the five
cents. It ought to have a man hitch
ed to it and should be doing service
on the new paved street every day.
By the way. I see that the commis
soners of public works are going to
give a day current on Sunday. I
suppos5e that is for the purpose of
running fans in the churches. Well,
I reckon it is alright. Many times
I have wi shed the current was on.
I saw the other (lay in the papers
where t:he fruit growers of Georgia
had requested (ov. Brown to suspend
the law against working on the Sab
bath so that they might gather and
market their fruit on that day and be
said he had no authority to suspend
a riminal statute. I do not believe
in too many blue laws myself. I be
lieve man is a free moral agent and
whn lhe loes not interfere with the
happi ine--:- or ruhits of other people
Over in IAuren5 they. have a Sunl-,
a. l.a- tat will not permit a resi
TUTE of the highest rapk,
y prominent and lucrative
ing and commercial life.
sive city of the South, with
s offered its graduates in
:hanical, Electrical, Tex
:ment of Shop, Mill, Labo
r and new Chemical Labo
time during the year.
ember 22, 1909.
SON, A. M., LL. D , Pres.,
dent to buy a eigar on Sunday but
stranger or visitor can purchase sue
necessary supplies. A visitor was a
the hotel the other Sunday and a cit
izen walked up and said to him,
"Buy me a quarter's worth of ci
gars." The visitor at first did not
understand what his friend meant,
but he bought the cigars and the resi
dent gave him the quarter with which
to pay for -them. Well, now, I have
no patience with any such sham and
hypocrisy and such pretense at good
ness by statute. Better not have any
such laws. That is what I mean by
saying that I am not in favor of too
many Sunday and Blue laws. ,
My observation is that the less law
you have the better you can govern.
And what laws you make see that
they are rigidly enforced. But I am
going to quit talking for this time. I
have already said more than I should,
but it is all said in the very best of
good will to all mankind.
I read somewhere not long ago tha~
it had been discovered that the An-I
gora -goat was one of the best forag
ers known, and that they were now
used in cleaning out under brush and
removing weeds and grass from fields
and -roads and that there was nothing
equal to them. I make no charge for
calling' the attention of city council
to this new discovery. It may be 'bet
ter than the geese I suggested some
time ago. I will look up the article~
and see if I can get The Herald and
News to print it.
News From St. Philips.
St. Philips, July 22.--The cropsa'
growing and looking fine in this s
Mr. D. B. Ruff, counting t'he bofll
and shapes on one stalk of cotton i
his farm, found one hundred an
seven bolls and shapes.
Last Saturday night I gave an i
cream festival at Mr. W. B. Kibler'.
The crowd was small, owing to th
bad weather. Everything went
nicely, and -the small crowd had
jolly old time. We believe thr
would have been a large crowd but
the rain prevented them. Many thanks
for the kindness Mr. and Mrs. K-ib
ler sihowed towards us.
There seems to be a tight race be
tween the marriages and the barbe
cues this year.
Mr. G. W. Sheely and family spent
last Sunday with his aunt, Mrs. W.
F. Ruff. Mr. D. B. Ruff also spent
the day with them.
Messrs. G. W. Sloan and S. B. Ber
ley. of Poma'ria, visited at the home
of Mr. W. B. Kibler last Monday.
Miss Etta Halfacre. of Mississippi,
is visiting relatives in this section.
Miss Annie Sligh, of Newberry, is
visiting her uncle. Mr. W. B. Kinard.
Miss Louise Counts spent Saturday
night withi Miss Laura Koon.
The Line He Was On.
Two telephone girls were talking
over the wice. Both were discussing
what they sihould wear. In the midst
of this important conversation a mas
euline voice interrupte$. asking hu
bly for a number. One of the gir
became indignant an!d scornfull
"What line do yon think you a1
\Wel" .'' i il te man. *I aml 1)
SureO. but1 judging from~iT whiat I :3a
sheard. I should say I was on a cloth
ine'.-San Francisco Call.