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VOL XLVI NO. 59 NEWBERRY, S. 0., TUESDAY. JULY 27. 1909 TWICE A WEEK. $1.50 A YEAR
Delightful Resort Where Large
Crowds Find Pleasure and
Willowbrook park. in West End, is
now a delightful resort in the even
ings for hundreds of people in West
End and in the city generally. Re
markable progress has been made in
beautifying the park since it was op
ened. The grass is green and velvety
nd is neatly kept, and the plots are
bordered by carefully trimmed hedges.
Banks of beautifu I colias and
canna lilies and nasturtiums and
many other flowers have grown lux
uriantly. The willows which were set
out along the banks of the stream
give every evidence of making large
and graceful trees, and the other
trees which have been set out are
growing well. Of course, the roses
and all t-he flowers, and the grass and
the trees will be even prettier and
more luxuriant next summer than
they are now, but the park is now a
beautiful place, and a delightful spot
to spend a few hours in the after
noons and evenings.
A rustic bridge made of cedar has
reeeptly been built across the stream,
just' above the east end of the pa
vilion, and other improvements have
been made and are being made.
There are swings and merry-go
rounds for the amusement of the ohil
dren and the young people, and the
skating rink in the pavilion furnishes
pleasure for all those who like this
form of recreation. In the evenings
when the skating is in progress fine
music is furnished by the West End
The park is brilliantly lighted wit,h
hundreds of incandescent lights of
red, white and blue-the national
Willowbrook park is an evidence of
what can be accomplished in the mat
ter of civic improvement when those
who are in charge of it are determined
to a6complish results. In the course
of a few months the Newberry Cotton
Mills has created a park which would
be a credit to a town mueh larger
than Newberry. President Z. F.
7right. of the mill, and Superintend
ut Davis realized the importance of
uch a resort, and under their direc
tion the place was soon converted into
tG3e be.autiful park it is to-day. Super
int.endent Davis in the creation of the
park was in charge largely of t.be lay
ing off of the grounds, and in that
;work he proved himself to be an ex
cellent landscape gardener, in addi
tion to being a fine mill superintend
During the several months the park
has been open to the public there has
been not a slagle unpleasant incident
in connection with it. Poljeeman R. P.
Franklin is in charge of the grounds,
and he gives tSe:n his constant care
MULE BACKBD BUGCY
INTO SALUDA RIVER.
Mr. and Mrs. Wessinger Had Narrow'
Escape From Drowning but No
Damage Was Done.
Chapman, July 23.-On returning
from Lexington yesterday Mr. and
Mrs. Banks Wessinger had a narrow
esespe from being d.rowned. While in
th.5 fiat, crossing at Wyse's ferry, the
mule backed the buggy out of t-be flat,
Mr. and Mrs. Wessinger, together
with the mule and buggy, all going,
into the river. It was fortunate that'
tihey were near the bank of the river,
and Mr. Wessinger swam out with his
wife in one ar-m, and with the aid of
Mr. Wyse was able to get the mule
and buggy out without any damages
B. B. Leitzsey's 'Cue.
The barbecue to be given by Mr.
B. B. Leitzsey. at his residence on
Friday. July 30. promises to be one
of the best of the season. Some of
the features of the day will be the
el;'v pigeon shoot by the va-rious clubs,
and a ladies' contest in target rifle
shooting. The dinner will be cooked
v Messrs. Haynon Kibler and Edwin
Mfnero. which is a guarantee that it
will be first class.
T.hose who have enjoyed Mr. Leitz
ey 's hospitality on former occasions.
now what to expect. and the attend
a neprmises to be largte.
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* THE IDLR.*
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The editor of The Herald and News
has turned over to me the following
"Friend Idlee: I herewith claim
that enormous- reward of five cents,
which you have offered for informa
tion concerning the one-man cart. I
found it on Wednesday on the corner
of College and Friend streets, busy at
work. Please ante up at once.
The editor told me that lie had al
ready paid the reward of tive cents
which I had offered, and also advised
me to come down street oftener.&Well,
I am glad the cart has been at work,
even if it did cost me a pretty good
sum of money, and I don't regret
having had to pay the reward. And
I have been down street since, t,)
and the streets look better. There
never has been any excuse for dirty
paved streets and dirty cement walks.
The editor also told me that one of
the ladies of the civic association had
phoned him to tell me that the civic
association realized that the cemetery
was not yet all it ought to be, but
that it took time to put through
movements of this kind, and that the
association was going to continue its
work in regard to the cemetery until
it was put in that cor .ion which is
titting for the city of The dead. Well,
I am glad to hear that the ladies are
going to keep up the work until they
make it what it should be. The ladies
also, the editor said, told him to tell
me that they were going to lok after
the fence, but that the matter of en
larging the cemetery was now being
agitated, and that they thought it
would be best to wait until this mat
ter was finally decided before they
undertook the 'work of getting a new
The civic association can accom
plish a great deal for Newberry, and
Newberry needs a great deal of work
of the kind which the association has
for its object. In the matter of rele
gating the wagon yard from the heart
of the business section of the city
they met with opposition, but even
the kickers will surely be at least
passive, and not activ~ely oppose the
work of beautifying the cemetery.
And when that wagon yard is finally
removed from the public square, as
it will be some sweet day, some of
these kickers who have kicked loudest
are going to be loudest in the shouting
which will follow the accomplishment
of a great thing for Newberry.
That is a great scene around the
old court 'house on Saturday for a
city of Newery 's size and progress
iveness. The square is croiwded with
mules and wagons and negroes. The
flies swarm around and about the
mules, and t'he mules are kept busy
trying to fight off the flies with their
tails and trying to find straw in the
nearest wagon with their heads. The
negroes have deserted tibe wagons and
sought a shady spot in the protecting
shadow of the court house, and are
peacefully eating water melons, and
when they have departed and the
shades of evening are falling the wa
ter melon hulls are left as a reminder
of the beautiful scene presented to
the eye during the day.
The Idler used sometimes in his
youthful days to desire to go to Rome
and to Athens and see some of tihe
grand ruins that travelers on the
Continent delight to write about. But
what's the use, when right here at
home, in the public square, in the
heart of the business section of the
city, we shave a scene which takes us
back, back, back through the centu
ries, to time immemorial?
Walking through Main street the
other day The Idler saw a negro with
a ap set jauntily on the back of his
head, a cigarette on the back .of his
ear, and wit.h eyes that were a pretty
fra indication that he had recently
imbi-bel a little freely of corn juice.
This is not an uncommon sig'ht in
any town in the State--even in a pro
hiition town like Newberrv. That's
where the vagraney law ought to come
most of the crime in Sou-. Carolina
to-day can be traced to that class of
negroes -Who are loafing around the
country making a living the Lord
knows how. They tell me we have a
mighty good vagrancy law on the
books. and I believe it was the last
circuit judge who presided in New
berry who said in his charge to the
grand jury, as reported in the papers,
that it would be a hard matter for
any of us, under that law, to prove
that we are not vagrants. Well, there
are some negroes loafing around our
towns who are vagrants under any
vagrancy law which is nut a mis
And habitual loating is not only bad
for negroes, but it is bad for any
body. I have sometimes seen young
white men of bright minds, whom I
never saw doing anything in my life
but loating. I have often wondered
what pleasure a mati could get out of
life if he never did any kind of work
at all. And, by the way, in tihis day
aid time. how does a man who never
does anything, and who didn't have
anything to start on, make a living?
It strikes The Idler that it would
be a great thing for this country if
we didn't have any habitual loafers
at all--white or black.
The Idler noticed in going to
church yesterday morning that John
Mayes has his grass on the Central
Methodist *ohureh square nicely cut,
and that he has finally secured a very
pretty la.wn on these grounds. John
worked hard on these grounds, and
The Idler hopes that he will receive
the thanks which are his due.
The Idler noticed also that the peas
behind the First Baptist chureih are
going to make a very good crop of
peas. It would be a pity if those geese
and Angora goats, which doubtless
Mayor Langford will order, should
spy these peas.
The Idler always told you that Al
derman Green, when he went to work
at anything in his ward, finally got
it. And The Idler was right. That
wagon bridge over Scott's creek in
College street is a reality. That bridge
has been needed a long time. This
crossing was used a great deal more
frequently than the two crossings
lower down, and yet the lowver cross
ings have thad wagon. bridges for
many years. Here's congratulating
you, Alderman Green.
Talking about grass and peas and
civic improvement, leads me to ask if
the city of Newberry doesn 't t.hink it
is about time to follow the lead of
West End and to build a park. Why,
the people of the city on the east side
of the railroad are as much in evi
dence at the West End p)ark as are the
people of West End. The Idler is glad
of it, and the people of West End are
very cordial in their welcome of the
people from t.he other side of the rail
road. But it simply shows the need
of another park in the eastern section
of the city somewhere.
Talking about the West End park,
it is a thing of beauty-a credit to the
mill autihorities who built it, and a
delight to the people of West End,
and to the people of the whol-e town
generally. You oug6ht to see the young
people enjoy themselves skating, and
listening to t4he fine music of the New
berry Concert band. And you ought to
see the old people sit around watching
the young ones, and talking, and en
joying themselves, too. And, best of
all. you ought to see the little cil
dren swinging and riding on the
merry-go-rounds, and romping around,
nd dancing from she?er joy in the
flowers and the bright lighits, and tihe
music. and each other's~ company. An'd
you ought to see the f.owers-I don 't
know their names-c.ad the grass, and
the rustic bridge. And it is all the
result of a. few short mnonths.
When The Idler says yojA ought to
see them, it means yot all-every
body who can-hut especially thecse
in who'se power it is to bring about
the creation of yet r.other park ini
Newberry-city couneii. and the
chamber of commeree. a~d the civic
:isociation. and others. The Idler hais
something he wants to sa and he is
him a little more room this time, Mr.
Walking up Johnstone street the
other day. T'he Idler was thinking
along these lines when lie came to
Joiistone's woods. and the thought
was suggested to his mind that no
prettier place could be chosen for a
park for Newberry than these woods.
The trees are there--o thick that
lots of t1hem would have to be felled.
But it would be so much easier to
make a park where you have trees
already than where you would have
to grow the trees. A little work, and
you would have your park, and a park
which would do credit to any city any
And then The Idler could not resist
the thought of what a ,handsome
thing it would be if the Jolinstone
family should give these woods to
the city of Newberry for the pur
poses of a park. And we could name
the park the Job Johnstone park, in
honor of Chancellor Job Johnstone,
the distinguished father of Col. Geo.
Johnstone, and of Senator and Chair
man of the Board of Trustees of
Clemson College Alan Johnstone. To
name the park for Chancellor John
stone would be a fitting tribute to the
memory of one of the State's most
Now, wouldn't that be a handsome
.thing Chancellor Job Jo'hnstone was
honored by his State, and he adorned
the State. Col. George Johnstone, his
son, has served Newberry .county in
the State legislattire, and in the
national congress from this district.
Senator Alan Johnstone has served
Newberry county in the State legis
lature, and is a:t present State Sena
tor from this county. In addition to
this, !be is now chairman of the board
of trustees of Clemson college, which
is the farmers' college-and the build
ing of a park is only giving the city
a touch of rural life, for the health
and the enjoyment of the city. In ad
dition to this, at the time of his elec
tion as State senator, he was cotton
statistician for Newberry county. The
late lamented Mr. Malcolm Johnstone,
another son of Chancellor Job John
stone, served Newberry county in the
State legislature, and was later con
sul from this country to one of the
South American countries. And the
late lamented Silas Johnstone, an
other son, also served this county in
the State legislature and later as
They have all been honored, and
signally honored by the-ir people. And
wouldn't it be, as The Idler just re
marked, a very handsom'e thing, for
them to give these woods to New
berry for tihe purposes of a park, to
be perpetuated as the Job Johnstone
park, in memory of one of South- Car
olina 's most brill1iant and just chan
Possibly The Idler has written
enough for one time. This thing of a
park, though, is something that ought
to appeal to hiewberry.
HON. COLE L. BLEASE.
Talks About Indebtednuess of this
County.-Still Against Bonds.
July 26th, 1909.
Mr. Editor :-The Herald and News
of the 23rd inst. says under the head
"The Roads Commission"
"The men were selected on account
of their business capacity and finan
cial standing and their character and
without any reference to politics or
Bank conn.eetions. These questions of
banks and politics and locality should
have nothing -to do with the merits of
Exactly, then why should one town
ship have a majority of the board ?
Ae the other townships and banks
without men of "Business capacity
and financial standing?-"
Again under the same article it says:
'"The bank must pay five per cent.
and any first class bank ean borrow
:nner for less t.han that rate, besides
the Act prohibits one bank having all
The Act itself reads as follows,
Section 4. paze 411. line 9:
"Said f:unds are to be deposited in
one or more of the banks of the coun
ty of Newberry at interest not less
than four per cent. per annum.'"
-Thus it is seen that "The bank
must not pay five per cent." as stated
and the rate is fixed at four per cent.
and it is further seen that "the act
does not prohbibit one bank having all
the money" because the words are
very plain One or More. Hence, under
'the act the money can go at four per
cent. and every cent can be placed in
one bank as I have before shown.
And in connection with this ques
tion I desire tp call the taxpayers at
tention to the present financial condi
tion of our county and let them re
flect on the situation before th'ey vote
any more taxes or bonds for any pur
State levy 5 1-4 mills.
Ordinary County 3 1-2 mills.
Special 1-2 mills.
Roads 1 mill
School 3 mills
No. 1 Township R. R. bonds 2 mills
No. 8 Township R. R. bonds 3 mills
No. 9 Township R. R. bonds * 2 mills
and the city of Newberry in addition
to the above has her opera house,
graded school and electric l-ight and
water works bonds.
Indebtedness for ordinary
county purposes $ 20000 00
Indebtedness for roads and
bridges 5000 00
Cash on hand for Ordinary purposes
between three and four hundred dol
Cash on hand for roads and bridges
There was no money on -hand July
1st, 1909, to pay salaries of county
officers or any other indebtedness, not
even to pay the old soldiers or others
the small amount of four dollars per
month that is allowed as a pension to
keep them out of the county home.
The county is badly in debt and is
now doing business on credit and al
ready twenty five thousand has been
borowed this year whieh is to be paid
out ef the taxes to be collected this
fall and it has been spent, therefore,
we are not only in debt but have used
this amount of what we are to get to
pay running expenses, in other words
the county is now in the lien business
up to its neck.
These matters are bad and we dis
like to mention them in the public
prints but it seems to me that some
one sho,uld l-et the voters know the
condition of affairs and a.s no one else
has done so I take t-he. responsibility
upon myself and if it hurts me, as
have been advised that it would do, I
can only say that the honors that the
people of my county have .conferred
upon me in my .opinion make it ob
ligatory upon me 'to give them any
information that I may possess that
will be beneficial to th:em and this I
s hall continue to do so long as I am a
citizen of thbe county which will be un
til death us do part.
Cole 'L. Blease.
tP. S.: Please publish th:e enclosed
letters as they give some light as to
the different prices that bonds sell
for in South Carolina.
July 16th, 1909.
Hon. Foster Newton Martin,
Chairman Board of Tr,ustees,.
Graded Schools, Newberry, S. C.
Honored Sir :-Will you please in
form me if your board has sold the
bonds recently voted by tihe people for
school purposies? To whom were t,hey
sold and at what price? I desire to
publish your answer and will thank
you for a prompt reply.
Cole L. Blease.
Ne wberry. S. C., July 17th, 1909.
Hon. Cole L. Blease,
Newberry, S. C.
Dear Sir :-Yours of the 16th has
been received. In reply, would say,
that the Boa?rd of 'Trustees accepted
the bid of the S'ecurity Trust Co., of
Spartanburg, S. C., for the i.ssue of
bonds at par less $800, at 4 1-2 per
Mv ab)sence from town this morning
p)rev'entedl an earlier reply.
Trust-ing that the above covers the
information you desire, I am
' Yours truly.
F. N. Martin, Chairman,
Board of Trustees, N. S. D.
July 16th, 1909.
Hon. Marcus Lafayette Spearman.
Ohirman board of commissioners
electric lights and water works,
Newberry, S. C.
Honored Sir:-Will you please in
form me if your board has sold the
bonds recently voted by the people for
sewerage purposes? To whom they
were sold and at what price? I de
sire to publish your answer and will
thank you for a prompt reply.
Cole L. Blease.
Newberry, S. C., July 17th, 1909.
Hon. Cole L. Blease,
Newberry, S. C.
Dear Sir:-Replying to yours of the
16th inst.. addressed to me as Chair
man of the Com. of Public Works, you
ask if the board had sold the recently
voted $40,000.00 bonds? To whom
sold? and what price?
To all of the above questions, we
herewith hand you a copy of the bid
and our acceptance.
Glad to give you this, and any- other
information we have regarding our
,duties as your Com. of Public Works.
M. L. Spearman, Chairman.
Newiberry, S. C., June 29th, 1909.
When legally issued we offer to
take $40,000.00 Newberry, S. C. Water
and Sewer bonds 4 1-2 per cent. bonds,
date4 July 1, 1909, due July 1, 1949,
denominations $1,000.00 principal
and semi-annual interest payable at
some bank in New York city, and pay
you par and acerued interest, provid
'ed we are allowed $800.00 to pay at
torney's fees, bond blanks and our
You to furnish us in certified form
all necessary papers to establish le
Cheek for $1,000.00 herewith de
(Signed) Security Trust Co.,
Spartanburg, S. C.
By W. S. Glean, President.
M. L. Spearman,
C. E. Summer,
W. F. Ewart,
Com. Pub. Works, Newberry, S. C.
July 16th, 1909.
Hon. Arthur L. Gaston,
Chester, S. C.
Dear Gaston:-Please answer the
following questions for me: Has Ches
ter recently voted bonds and for what
purpose? Have the bonds been sold;
to whom and at what price? I desire
.o publish your gnswer and will thank
~ou_very much for this information.
Cole L. Blease.
My dear Sir :-Chester City issued
and sold $2600 4 1-2 per cent. bonds
~for street improvement and extension
lof water works at 101 1-4 to W. S.
Lewis, as Cashier National Exchange
Bank, Chester, S. C., making a total
bonded debt today, on the city, of
IYours very truly,
A. L Gaston.
July 19th, 1909.
Hon. T. B. Butler,
Gaffney, S. C.
*Dear Both:-Please answer the fol
lowing questions for me: Has Gaff
ney recently voted bonds and for what
purpose? Have the bonds been sold,
to whom, and atw hat prie? I de
sire to publish your answer and will
thank you very much for thisinfor
I Very respeethilly,
Cole L. Blease.
Yes, we voted $125,000.00 for ex
tension of water works and thse es
tablishment of a sewerage system with
only six votes against in the enti-re
.town. The bonds were sold to Rob
inson-Humphrey Co., of Atlanta, Ga.,
for $102.50 with accru'ed interest. Of
course these were the Constitutional
20-40 year bonds.
I Yours truly,
1 Thos. B. Butler.
COL. BACON AS "A SWEBXT GIEL
Col. Bacon's "Pinkie Rosebud"
letter in the last Charleston Sunday
News is a gem, a master piece. Its
wit is very brilliant, while its satire
is very amiable. Everybydy who loves
a good hearty, innocent iaagh, should
read Col. Bacon's "Pinkie Rosebud"