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$3,0110. Cash on hand for ordinary
purposes between $300 and $400; for
roads and bridges, about $250. With
no money to pay salaries or claims or
even the small pittance for paupers.
He then gave the tax levy: State
lev-, 5 1-4 mills; ordinary levy, 3 1-2;
special 1 1-2; roads 1; school 3; No.
1 township R. R. bonds 2; No. 8 R. R.
bonds 3; No. 9 R. R. bonds 2. A
county that couldn't pay her small
pittance to the paupers, he said, had
no business voting $300,000 for roads.
And besides, this wouldn't start to
build the 1,200 miles ot public roads,
to say nothing of the 300 miles of
"It is a scheme," he said.
If t'e bonds should be voted, he
said, he seriously doubted if the roads
ever got any lower down than what
was wanted for moonlight picnics and
conrting parties coming out of New
ber-y in automobiles.
Prof. W. K. Sligh
was then introduced and proceeded to
take up Mr. Blease's argument and
reply to it.
Prof. Sligh said that the was deeply
interested in good roads. They were
the greatest civilizers of the age. He
had studied the question for ten years,
and had traveled all over the United
States looking at roads, studying the
conditions in other sections and inves
tigating the best methods of building
roads. He had secured a great vane
ty of fact, and facts and not opinions
except as they were based on facts,
were wanted. The experience of oth
ers -hould be taken into account, and
the matter discussed upon the facts as
Prof. Sligh said he iad not intend
ed to get into any good roads move
ment in Newberry county. He was
not physically able. But he would go
into a history of the movement, in or
der that the people might see that
there was no "scheme" or bugaboo
about it. If Mr. Blease was right
t'hen he (Mr. Sligh) was the grandest
rascal in Newberry county. What oth
ers iad done they had done as a result
of his begging them to do it.
T past summer a year ago the
rural carriers had met in Newberry
and Mr. T. E. Wicker had asked him
to make a speech on the subject of
good roads. He accepted and attend
ed the meeting and outlined his ideas.
There were a good many farmers pres
ent that day. In fact, as he recalled,
there were only two people from town
present. besides the rural carriers
himself and a newspaper reporter.
There were a good many farmers
there, and they said, Let's get togeth
er for a good roads movement for
Newber.ry county, and somebody mov
ed that a Good Roads League be cr
ganized. Mr. Siigh said he did not
make the motion. The motion was car
ried, and he was elected president. At
first he positively declined to serve,
but those present insisted, laying it up
on him as a matter of patriotic duty.
He finally consentNd. and the organi
zation was effected, the plan outlined
being to have an organization by
townships. a vice-president being ap
pointed from each township. Some
of the townships were not .represented,
but vice-presidents from those town
ships were appointed. Mr. Thos. J.
Wilson had been appointed from No.
10. Another meeting was called, and
in getting up that meeting he had sent
letters to every township, doing all
the writing 'himself, and he had issued
calls through the newspapers. The
bond question had not been broached
yet. Mr. Blease wasn't at that meet
ing. He reads the papers and he cer
tainly knew about it. Some of those
Swho had been appointed to offices in
-the league did not come. Who was
present from town? Prof. Sligh said
he was ther:, and Mr. E. H. Aull was
there. Mr. Geo. B. Cromer, he said.
came in and remained about twenty
minutes. when he had to leave to taka
a train. The matter of some method
for seenuring roads was taken ip and
discussed. That was the "scheme."
A committee was appointed to get
up a bill. and that committee appoint
ed him a sub-committee. He enlisted
the sympathies of Mr. E. H. Aull, who
had been in the legislature. and to
gether they shaped the bill. The bill
he said was drafted in The Herald
and News office by himself and Mr.
Aull, in the presence of Mr. Jno. K.
Aull, and Prof. Sligh said that he was
responsible for every line in it, Mr.
Aull having given way to him in
every suggestion, and P.rof. Sligh said
that she had named the commission.
That was the "scheme"' Mr. Blease
was talking about.
He said if the people of th.e coun
try thought the people in town want
ed the bond issue they were very much
fooled. The only argument that could
be used to town people was that they
would be indirectly. benefitted. The
people in tVhe country were the ones
who would receive the direct results.
~were rich men on the commis
sion? ""e said that he was responsi
ble for iaem being on it. He had gone
to thenm and pleaded with them to lend
thei.r encouragemnt and aid to the
movement. Mr. Geo. W. Summer was
residnt o'f a cotton mill, with a num
ber of operatives under him, and was
a big tax payer himself. and his taxes
and the taxes of his corporation
amounted to something. He convine
Ied Mr. Summer that it was for the
best interests of the county, and Mr.
Summer had consented to serve on
the commission and to assist in the
movement. He had gone to Mr. Wright
the president of the biggest corpora
tion in Newberry county-and there
was no fairer-minded man in the
county-and laid the matter before
'him as an old school-mate-asking
him if he would be willing to help.
After considering the -matter for
about two weeks Mr. Wright said
that he would.
Prof. Sligh said that Dr. Cromer
had not yet consented to serve on the
commission. having told him only the
other day that if he served -he would
probably have to almost quit the prac
tice of law, so much of his time would
be taken up wit-h the work and in lis
tening to complaints from all over the
county. What was $75 a year to Z.
F. Wright or Geo. W. Summer or any
body else on the commission. And
then talk about a ''scheme!'' Let's
not lose faith in our fellow-man, said
Prof. Sligh. "Any community-h-ear
me, young men; you old men are set
in your ways, and you need not hear
that community that loses faith in its
fellow-man and in itself and its abil
ity to do things, is doomed. And any
man who has lost faith in his fellow
men has lost a priceless heritage
which can not be restored. It is the
thing that binds man to man. Take
that away and what have we to live
for? As cats and dogs!
'-'If th-ere is any scheme I am the
schemer. I wrote the bill. Mr. Aull
helped me. He gave in to me on every
point, and I named the commission.'
The men were selected. he said. on
account of their business ability and
integ.rity-men who handled many
times $300,000 a year-men that the
people of tihe county trusted-men
whom the people of No. 10 trusted in
their every-day basiness affairs--men
against whose integrity no man dared
Prof. Sligh said the bill was a good
bill, if he did draw it. A Spartanburg
man had told him the other day that
it was a three-to-one better bill than
Spartanbu.rg's, and the \$partanburg
people were goin, to vote a $400,000
bond issue. He said Mr. Blease did
not understand the bill: tie believed
if Mr. Blease understood it he would
vote for it himself.
Mr. Blease had not told of any oth
er way to get roads. There was no
other way to get them. Prof. Sligh
said he had in his office every bond
issue in the United States for roads,
and there was not a county~ in the
United States with good roads in any
thing like adequate quantities which
had not issued bonds to get them. ex
ept those counties which included big
cities within their borders. One mill
in No. 10 would bring in only $274,
ad 2 mills only $348. .Nothing could
be done with this amount. No experts
could be employed to lay out . the
roads. and it was throwing away mon
ey to work roads unless they were
properly laid out by a competent en
oineer. The trouble was the people of
ihe county 'had been working forty
per cent. grades too long already. Of
course, the roads had to be surveye4l
and laid out, and this was work whic/h
it would take competent engineers to
do; if roads were desired that would
amount to anything.
If any man did not believe in the
integrity of the commission, he said,
ie ought to vote against the bill, be
cause no bill in the world could be
framed to keep a man from stealing,1
if he wanted to steal.
He took up M.r. Blease's argument
as to railroad bonds. explaining that
t'he railroad bonds were turned over.
not for money. but for the promise of
a railroad, and were turned over and
were to be tu.rned over before the
road was built. The bonds for good
roads would be turned over not
for roads. but for money. which would
go into the hands of the commission,
who would expend it for roads. There
was no similarity at all.
As to the clause allowing the com
mission to work roads with day labor
and convict labor, that elause was in
serted for the reason that if the con
traors should combine and try to put
up the price of building the roads. the
commission would have it in their
power to employ that class of labor if
the saw fit.
As to investing money in real estate
sureties. Mr. Blease was all mixed up.
Th.ere were two funds. The bonds
would be sold and the money would
be applied to building .roads at once.
But when the taxes were p)aid there
was no use to let them lie idle. The
countyv treasurer would collect theni,
hut what was t'he use to let them lie in
the treasury doing nothing? That
was the trouble today with the rail
road bonds. Almost enough taxes had
been paid to retire them. but the mon
ey had been used for other purposes.
The commission was empowered to in
vest in .real estate sureties in the
county. Couldn 't we trust ourselves
o lend our own money on our own
real estate? And if the money was
loaned out at seven per cent. we would
get rid of the bonds in less thni forty
Prof. Sligh said there were two
power companies in Newberry now
surveying, the companies having a
capital of $7,000,000, and if they came
to Newberry they would help pay for
the roads. And the Parr Shoals com
pany would begin work in about six
weeks. A new mill was soon to be
erected in Newberry with a capital of
$250,000. Without these, No. 1 town
ship would pay $110,000 of the bonds
As to the cost of the roads, in Rich
land county the sand and clay roads
had been built for less than $500 a
mile. In Richmond county, Ga., where
the gravel was shipped in from this
State, the macadam .roads had cost
about $1.500 a mile and the sand and
elap roads less than $500 a mile. The
government mile of road between
Newberry and Prosperity has cost
about $450 with conviet labor and
would have cost about $750 with free
labor. Fun had been made of this
road. said Prof. Sligh, but it was al
ready a good road and as soon as it
had time to pack those who had made
fun of it would regret it. It had been
built with pick and shovels, without
the use of a steam roller-in order to
show what could be done with pick
and shovel-and not having had the
use of a steam roller it would take it
between four and six months to prop
erly pack. It was a safe calculation
that the roads in Newberry could be
built for $1.000 a mile-and that was
giving a big margin.
Prof. Sligh had two maps, drawn
to scale. showing what 300 miles of
road. which could be built with the
bond issue at $1,000 a mile, would ac
complish. On o-e of these maps he
had lines drawn across the county
every three miles. putting a road with
in one and one-half miles of .every
point in the county. T.his figured 213
miles of road. On the other map he
had lines drawn from the centre, ra
/diating towards the borders of the
county. the lines at the furtherest ex
tremity being only three and one-haJf
miles apart, of course coming togeth
er at the centre. This figured up only
249 miles, with no place in the ccnty
over a mile and three-quarters from
a permanent road, and of course no
place that far anywhere except on the
very outskirts. The maps, of cou.rse,
were no indication of how the roads
would run, but simply to show what
300 miles of road in the county would
do. There was no doubt, said Prof.
Sligh, that 300 miles could be built,
and he believed 500 could be built
with tihe bond issue.
A two-mill tax, paying as we go.
simply said to each township, You
take care of yourself. If it was all
lumped together, bringing in $14,000
for the whole county, the old question
would a-rise as to where to sta.rt, and
there were more votes in Newberry
than anywhere else, and in all likeli
hood that i's where they would start,
and No. 10 wouldn't see the work.
The good roads bill was drawn in t'he.
interest of the outlying townships.
The bill said that at least 75 per cent.
of the money .raised from each town
ship should be ex-pended in that town
ship, except in No. 1. Why was No.
1 excepted ? Because $110,000 would
e raised in No. 1, and .$30,000 would
build every mile of road in No. 1, and
No. 1 would give the others $80,000.
But why was a 75 per cent. minimum
fixed in the other townships? Because
it might be found that one township,
with fewer roads than another, might
not need over 75 per cent. Some had
less roads than others. The commis
sion was given a little discretion. It
was taken for granted that its mem
bers had a little sense.
As to Mr. Blease 's argum.ent that
the roads would all start at tihe court
house and No. 10 would never see any
of them, the bill provided that the
work should start in at least three
widely separated parts of th'e county.
Prof. Sligh spoke of the advantag2s
of good roads, of the saving to the far
mers in wear and tear on vehicles and
of the increase in the value of lands
whih they would bring about, and of
the very important consideration that,
from experience, it had been found
that those counties which had good
roads increased in population, while
those which did not have good roads
actually decreased, and in many of
those whieh 'had deereased in popula
tion the population of the towns had
increased, making the decrease in the
country districts all the more marked.
Good roads meant increased popula
tion, and good churches and schools.
In answer to questions from the
audience, Prof. Sligh said that the
railroads and telegraph lines in the
county would pay one ninth of the
bond issue. The railroads and the
cotton mills in the towns of Newberry
and Whitmire would pay over half
tihis not taking into consideration the
new mill which was soon to be erect
ed in Newberry, and other enterprises
whieh were likely to comn eto Newherry.
No. 1 township, as at present assess
ed w1 oul pay 110.00D o- over one
The people who paid less were the
ones who were kicking most, he said.
News of Bachman Chapel.
Bachman Chapel, July 27, 1909.
We farmers of this section are about
through plowing and the crops on an
average look very well though the
continued rains and cool nights are
badly against cotton.
There will be several of "General
Green's" soldiers left over for frost
to conquer, but not as many as was
expected at one time.
We will have a short while now for
vacation and will spend part of it
with our friends and relatives, help
ing them if they may have an overpro
duction of watermelons, frying size
chickens, etc., to dispose of a part
Owing to so much rain this has
been a very difficult crop to work
but if we have favorable seasons from
now on there will be a very good crop
made in this section.
The barbecues are starting out pret
ty freely this summer and we suppose
a little too often, but everybody that
can, ought to attend the one to be
given at Bachman Chapel for the
benefit of the church on the 12th day
of August. A good dinner will be
prepared by experienced cooks.
Mr. D. A. Quattlebaum, of Lees
ville, who came over to spend a few
days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Jefferson Quattleba.um, last week, re
turned home last Monday.
Mrs. Edgar Fellers, of Greenville,
S. C., who has been at the home of her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Quat
tlebaum, for severa . weeks confined
with fever, is improving slowly. Mr.
Edgar Fellers spent from Friday of
last week until last Monday, at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson
Miss Sallie Cromer, of the Hart
ford section, spent last week in this
Mr. Holland Wilson spent last Sat
urday night with Mr. Jesse Frank
Hawkins, of the Hartford section.
Miss Essie Wilson is spending this
week with friends in the Hartford
Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Moore and part
of their family, of near Johnstone
Academy, spent last Sunday at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Wilson.
Mr. and Mrs. ILevi Schumpert spent
last Saturday night and Sunday at
the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
John M. Schumpert, of the Mt. Pil
Mrs. R. N. Taylor, wtho has been in
bad health for several weeks, is im
Mr. W. W. Kinard, who .has been
confined to his bed with fever, is
much better at present.
Mr. J. D. Quattlebaum has his
ginnery nearly completed and will be
prepared to do first class work as he
has 'good machinery.
Mr. Davis, of Orangeburg, is visit
ing Messrs. M. L. and E. L. Strauss.
Mr. James Kinard, of Anderson,
is visiting friends and relatives in
Mr. Eugene McCullough spent last
Saturday night with friends in L.ex
Mr. and Mrs. Euston Werts spent
last Sunday at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. T. J. Wilson.
Mrs. Dosia Baker, of Whitmire, and
sma r sister, Bonnie, and mother,
Mrs. T. L. B. Epps, of the county
home, spent last Monday night at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. J. Wil
Kind wishes and best regards to the
readers of The Herald and News.
Of Election on the Question of Issu
ing Bonds for Permanent Road
Under the provisions of an act of
the General Assembly approved Feb
ruary 23, 1909, an election will be
held in this county "on August 31,
1909, on the question of issuing bonds'
for permanent road improvement. Sec
tion one of said a ctrz4s as %faws:
"Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the gen
eral assembly of the State of South
Darolina, that the G;estion of the is
suing and sale of coupon bonds to the
amount of $300,000 by the county of
Newberry, for permanent road im
provement shall be submitted to the
qualified elect.ors of said county at an
election to be held for that purpose
on the 31st day of August, 1909, at
which election only the qualified
electors of said county shall be al
lowed to vote. Said election to be
coducted in the same manner as gen
eral elections. For t!he purpose of
this election there shall be prepared
for -the use of the voters two sets of
ballots on one of which shall be
printed or writte~n the wo'rds "For
the issuing of bonds,'' and on the
other "Against the issuing of
bonds.'' If. a majority of the elec
tors voting at said election shall vote
in favor of the issuing of coupon
bonds in the amount above specified
then said bonds shall be issued and~
uol as hereiafter provided.
Are You a Fixture il
Then you should possess a home,
until he owns a house and a few squ
Living in a rented house is living
That might be called the sentimer
cally it is an economy to be a home
figures to prove it.
The initial step for a man of limit,
ing lot. I believe I can show you si
Did you know that I had one of tl
home for sale? This is like living i
advantages of the city. If you did:
look at this place, I will be glad to
erty that I have. I also have for sa
i i. Lot near Mollohon Mfg. Compa
i 1 %. One store room and lot near I
12. 134 acres land near Mr. B. C.
16. Two lots near Mr. John W. Re.
17. Residence with nine rooms and
18. 91o acres land 16 miles from Ne
i9. Lot adjoining Mr. W. F. Ewari
the new sewerage will run in fror
24. 114 acres land a mile and a quai
28. Lot with three room house close
29. 128 acres land three miles fro
This has plenty of outbuildings.
31. Ten room house and lot on I
48. Cottage and lot on Johnstone s
50. 8o acres of land about six mile
54. Five room house on Johnstone
55. Six room house on Calhoun str
dence portion of the city.
57. 142 acres land in Maybinton.
61. Four lots on Nance street. Pai
62. Four lots near Mr. J. L. Burns.
63.- Seven room residence on Harrir
75. Four room house on Drayton st
77. 8oo acres land within 5 or 6 mil
86. Four room house and lot on Glt
89. Three room house and large lot
92. Five room house and lot in Hig
93. Four room cottage beyond Knit
94. 146 acres good farming land TjT
95. Si'x room cottage and large lot:
96. House and lot near Newberry C
97. House and lot in Helena. The
Six shares Mollohon Mfi
Five shares Savings Ban
Two shares National Ba:
Six room cottage on Harring
This very convenient for boa
Four room cottage on Nance si
* The First CouI
*venl though not fevere, has a
*tive membraaes of the' throat
Coughs then come all.I wis
dIghtest cold. Cure first
aet up anhmd==tminte del
*lags. The best remedy is
SYRUP. It at onc et righ
Smovs the cause. It free fra
U. a chd asfor am dult. 25Wce
(Every one who is qualified to vote
in a general election may vote in this.
That means you must have your regis
tration certificate and tax 'receipt.)
In accordance with the directions of
said section the managers named be
low are hereby appointed to hold and
conduct said election. The polls will
open at seven o'clock a. m. and close
at four o'cloek p. .m.
For Newberry C. H.-Ben F. Pay
singer, S. S. Cunningham, Haskell
For Newberry Cotton Mill-W. H.
Bowen. Greg Evans. G. B. Hiller.
For Mollohon Cotton Mill-M. W.
Jones, J. R. Rivers, J. W. Cannon.
For Helena--W. S. Melton, Welch
Wilbur, B. E. Julian.
For Mt. Bethel-W. H. Wend't, J.
P. Wicker, J. W. Brown.
For Garm'any-B. B. Leitzsey, J. S.
Ruff, J. P. Oxner.
For Glymphville-Mark Smith, R.
W. Glymnph, Jessie Adams.
For Maybinton-Jno. W. Hender
son, Will Whitney, J. R. Thomas.
For Whitmire-A. J. Holt, J. C.
Meggs, Frank Fant.
For Betheden-C. WV. Folk, Tom
Chalmers, Posey Glenn.
For Jalapa-Hicks Connor, John .
for no man is exactly "settled"
are feet of real estate.
artificially; in a home of your own,
tal side of the question. Practi
owner and, I can give you the
.d means is to acquire a good build
>mething that will just suit you.
ie prettiest places in the city for a
n the country and having all the
lot know this, and would like to
show you this and any other prop
le the following:
/lollohon Mfg. Co.
reception hall in Brooklyn.
wberry, 4 from Whitmire.
:. This is a very desirable lot and.
.t of it.
ter outside the incorporate limits.
to Mollohon Mfg. Co. at a reason
m Newberry on the public road.
;ance street. Part of the Hatton
treet, and two stores fronting on
s from Newberry.
St. Now occupied by Mr. R. T.
eet. This is a very desirable resi
t of the Pope property.
gton street, with electric lights.
es of Whitmire.
nn street, near Mollohon Mfg. Co.
on McKinley Heights.
miles from Newberry, with good
adjoining Mr. R. Y. Leave11's.
most desirable place in Helena.
. Company Stock.
ton St., near the new Court House.
:ret, electric lights and sewerage.
of the Se ason,
tendency to irritate the sensid
and delicate bronchial tubes.
iter, every time you lake the0
xmgh before it has acbance to *
icate capillary air tubes of theg
QUICK RELIEF COUGH
t at the seat of trouble and re
>m Morplmead is as safe for 0
For Kinards-Eugene Hitt, A. J.
Johnson; J. P. Smith.
For Longshore-Robert Hendrix, J.
W. Johnson, W. E. Longshore.
For Williams Sto're-M. 0. Boozer,
J. B. Scurry, H. T. Fellers.
For Utopia-W. P. Blair, Homer
Stehen;-W. L. Bushardt.
For 'Prosperity-N. E. Hunter,
Matthew Boozer, Birge Wise.
For Hendrix Mill-W. P. Leapbeart,
J. B. Dominick, J. R. Bedenbaugh.
For Jolly Street-G. P. Werts, J.
B. Bedenbaugh, W. H. Kibler.
For Slighs-J. B. Kempson, J. H.
Dowd, L. J. Sligh.
For Central Sehool House-A. L.
Aull, D. C. Bundrick, J. D. Koon.
For Little Mountain-J. K. Derrick,
A. C. Wheeler, B. B. Davis.
For Union Academy-M. L. Long,
Adophus Bushardt, E. S. Franklin.
For Pomaria-G. B. Aul1, Geo. J.
Wilson, G. S. Long.
For Walton-,J. D. Crooks, B. M.
Suber, 0. A. Felker. *
For St. Phillips-J. L.' Ruff, G.
Luke Sease, Glenn Metts.
F. W. Higgins,
W. J. Longshore.
Commissioners State Election.
P. S.: Boxes will be ready for de
livery on August 28th, at old Court