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F. H. AULL, EDITOR.
.7 tered at the Postoffice at New
'--rv. S. C.. as 2nd class matter.
Friday, August 13, 1909.
TiLe oflicer in Columbia have got
ten very avtive in their efforts at the
enforcemeiit of the prohibition law
since the State has gone temporarily
prohibition. Surely some of these so
cial clubs were in Columbia before
this and were doing business at the
same places. Why this sudden spasm
,at enforcing law?
Talking about good roads the city
of Newberry has no cause to talk
about the country roads until some
thing is done to give us better streets.
And we just as well make up our
minds t1hat we will never have much
better streets until we quit this patch
work business that has been going on
for years. With the present force we
can not do better than get around
and fill holes after each rain and the
weeds can not be kept down,as fast
as they grow. The continued rainy
season has not given us an opportu-n
ity to keep the ditches filled and the
needs down. We need to do some
Pi:rmanent work and we need more
Uands and then we can have some
We hear of several roads being
worked and put in good condition
that have had very little attention for
several years. If the agitation for
roads has done nothing else it has
been worth all it cost. A good dirt
road is better in many respects than
a macadam. Let all the overseers call
out the hands and give each road six
days intelligent work and we will
have some pretty good 'roads.
ALL RIGHT, WE'LL COME.
Speaking of the suggestion of The
Herald and News that a meeting of
representatives from the organized
bodies of the various-towns along the
line of the Atlantic Coast Line from
Greenville to Columbia hold a meet
ing in Greenville the Greenville News
"tCome along to Greenville and let 's
hold a hearing.
" The proposal meets with our hearty
approval. The Greenville News in
behalf of the people of this communi
ty is pleased to issue a call to the va
rious commercial bodies interested to
send representatives to Greenville to
attend a meeting at some date to be
decided later for the purpose of con
sidering and threshing out the ques-'
tion and importance of improved pas
senger facilities between Charleston
and this city. We will at once take
the matter up with our Board of
Trade and ask their co-mperation in
the matter of arranging a suitable
* date for holding the meeting and for
issuing invitations to it."
* Combined with this meeting we
should also have representatves along
the line of the Southern from Colum
bia to Greenville to take up at the
same time the matter of a through
train on t.hat line from Columbia to
FOR BETTER EAILWAY SERVICE
Following up the -remarks of the
Index last week on the good sugges
tion of tie Anderson Daily Mail that
that extra train be put back on the
Columbia and Greenville division, it
seems that the suggestion has struck
a number of papers as being the right
thing at the right time.
Not only has this particular sug
gestion been tak:en up, but others. For
instance, the matter, of a chair car on
the Atlantic Coast Line between
Greenville and Charleston and other
The Newberrv Herald and News
asks the Greenville News to call a
meeting to consider all of these pro
jects and others too at an early date
in Greenville, and t.he News is per
fectly willing; it is enthusiastic on the
Looking back a few weeks, The In
dex is reminded of a facetious sug
gestion of its own that the old South
Carolina Traffic asseeiation hold a re
union. At the time, the suggestion was
made simply because t!here were so
many other ''reunions'' of "'surviv
or-'' being held or being advertised to
te held over the State. If, however,
t.2ere is work for the association to
do. why let President Parker g'et busy
and let the Secretary dig up some of
th ol stationery and go to work.
of the kind s,ig--este(1 by The fIerald
al!d New, will (l41 the work. let that be
valled. Aivthing, anyway. ju t we
-et what is wanted, to wit: a third
train oi the C. & G.-Greenwood In
W\e sayv anylinl_. an1V\ay. aN jii--t
s-o we _-et what We? ae afte..a tird
tra in ()I th .w & G. di1*i-*i-1(0.
We suiggest that President Mayer
of t.he ef cImilerct et its
proper 0mit1111tees bu-y ,r have a
special meeting of the chamber of
commerce and let Newberry cooperate
with these other'towns in this move
ment for better railroad service. The
more trains we get running into and
through Newberry the more people
there will be to come here, and every
one who comes spends something with
our people w;ho have things to sell.
* THE IDLER.
Mr. Idler:-You speak of a certain
family of this city donating a piece
of land for t-he purpose of a park.
The days of such donation, by South
ern people, are in most cases past,
for they do not feel themselves able
Ito make such gifts for the public
weal, however patriotie they may be.
We must look elsewhere. Just east
of the old Jones house is a pretty
plot of ground, eleven lots, I think,
that would make an ideal little park.
On it is a beautiful oak grove, in
front, with enough open land in rear
to plant roses and ornamental shrubs,
just rolling enough to add beauty to
the scene. This plot of land, I be
lieve, belungs to a wealthy Northern
man, and a great many of these
Northern men, with money,. like to
leave undying testimonials to their
generosity. 1 believe if the ladies of
the Civic League would make the
same proposition. that was suggested
in the other case, that is, naming Vhe
park after t'he donor, this Northern
man might give, it outright, or else
sell at so low a price that the money
could be raised easily by popular sub
scription. Or how would it do, for the
city, to make the same proposition
that the State did, in the matter of
tihe Woman's Monument? Lands all
around the city are rapidly being ta
ken up for dwelling purposes, and
there will soon be none available ex
eept at a great cost. The lowlands
will not do for a park, the ov'erflow
of the stream, the boggy, mire~y na
ture of the soil during the rainy sea
sons, will render it unavailable for
pleasure grounds. The plot I speak of
is on our main thoroughfare and will
~be right o.n our front street-car line.
Make a try for it, ladies of the Civic
League, and we all will help.
-More 's the pity that Sout;hern peo
ple do not feel themselves able to be
patriotic as in days of yore. I am
fraid it is too true, that our South
rn people, even when able, are not
s patriotic as tihey once were, and
have gotten the commercial mania
just like the rest of the ordinary
eople, and thereby we have lost our.
:istinctive characteristie. This is
eally a very materialistic age in
hich we live. I believe if I were rich
I would do a great many things which
ould be for the general welfare, and
npe to' get my reward in the good
[ might do. But I reckon if I were
rich-which I am not-I guess I
ould (do just like the rest of the rich
folk. You know what tlhat is.
That park, though, must come. I
wih our rich folk would some even
ing just walk down to the power
ouse -and see how the young folks, and*
the old folk. too, flock down there,
and it would take no further argu
ment to convince of the demand for a
park. Along the branch is the place.
Look at Willowbrook. It is not boggy.I
No objection to tihe Northern rich
man giving the place mentioned by
Dad, but with the park along the
creek we can have the rustic bridges
and the babbling brook-I believe
that 's good-and many other things
that would be impossible out on the
dusty street-but let that Northern'
rich man give the ladies that place
and I am almost willing to say tJhat I
guarantee they will help to beautify
it and call it-what?
The editor has handed me a copy of
the Laurens Advertiser in which I
find the following long paragraph on
Down in Newberry there's a writer
in The Herald and News, who calls
himself "'T<he Idler.'' In every issue
of this interesting newspaper, appears
a column or Si) of veryv iteresting
comments on current events, such as
an idler would be expected to make.
Last Friday's paper contained the
allte Ia \-. in Lau1relin
''Over iII la aI III tI er ha V C ZI I u -
day, law that wilI not permit a rei
dent to buy a Ci_*ar on Sunday but a
stranger or visitor can purchase such
iecessarv supplies. A visitor w\a; at
the hotel the other Sunday and a citi
zen valked up and said t, hiin, 'Buy
IIc a (luarter * WOrth of eigars. The
visitor at li'st d11(1d not 1ll(dlrst a ld
w-.I( his .friend meant. but ie bouht
the eigars and te resident gave hhn
the quarter with wh b to pax f4o
tie m. Well, now, I have Ho Patiec(
with any such sham and hypocrisv
and such pretense at goodness 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."
The Idler should have stated that
the incident above referred to occur
red at the hotel, for that is the only
place where eigars can be purchased
at all, by even visitors in the city.
That exception is made doubtless be
eause guests at the hotel are strangers
in the city and are not supposed to
know about the regulation and will
no doubt fail to provide themselves
with these necessities. Besides many
of them arrive in the city after night
But the point The Idler makes is
that our own citizens evade the law
in the manner described and it is this
6sham and hypocrisy'' that !he has
no patience with. He doesn't be
lieve in trying to make people good
by statute. That is the same old ar
gument that is used in behalf of the
sale of ,whiskey; it is old and thread
bare; every politician and would-be
writer takes it up and imagines' he
has struck a snag that the "prohibi
tionists" cannot get over. The fact
that one man in Laurens has evaded
the Sunday closing ordinance con
vinces The Idler and his ilk that the
law is no good. Since our "blue
laws'' have gone into effect there are
hundreds of our citizens who have
learned to provide themselves with ci
gars and such things on Saturday. It
is now a 1iabit. whereas before, thay
waited until Sunday morning to make
these purchavses. The drug clerks
are now given a little rest on Sunday;
there is not that continual serving of
cold drinks, and there is no one in
Laurens who can conscientiously say
that the old way was better.
The Idler tught to get out of New
berry once in a while, see a little of
the world and then make his com
ments on such subjects as t his. New
berry's way is not the only true and
correct manner of doing things. Lau-.
rens' Sunday laws are all right, even
if one or two fellows do get around
them sometimes. And again we ask,
what law is there that is not some
times violated ?
Well, well, now isn 't this funny,
that a paper away over there in Lau
rens should even read what The Idler
should say. They tell me that Lau
reuis is a pretty good little town and
though I a.m informed it is only
about thirty miles from Newberry I
have only been in the town about
once or twice in my long life. But
then you know it is like this paper
ays I don 't get away from home very
much and I reckon it would be better
for me if I could get away more. But
hen you know we can 't all travel
for we are not able-that is I mean
well I don 't believe I will tell the ex
act reason. But Laurens must be a
retty good town to be that close to
Now, as I said in my former ob
servations, I am not going to get into
a controversy with any one, and es
eially with a newspaper editor. Thbe
weather is too hot-but I promised
also not to discuss the \veather-and
i am now too old for any such fool
shness-if I was young I believe I
would like it-but then you know I
id not start out on a literary careers
until I was very far advanced in
ears. But then this has nothing to do
with what I want to say.
This editor 'has something to say
about "The Idler and his ilk.'' When
I first read that I got very angry
that is as angry as I can get-because
I thought "ilk'' was a word which
meant to carry some sort of op
probriuim-I believe that is the wvord
I want to use-you know I mean some
kind of offensiveness-that is some
kind of mild cuss word which called
for a response-but I borrowed a
Webster's big dictiona.ry and it says
that ilk means "same, each, every."'
"Of that ilk, denoting that a per
son 's surname and the title of his
estate are the same.'' So you see I
am obliged to believe that in this con
netion "ilk'' is used as a compli
mentary expression, and so I take it.
Of course my surname and the title
of my est-ate are the same.
Certainly. I said that the ei~arVs
were bou2'ht at the hotel. and I do
not see hoI w even the editor of the
Advertise:r cani fail to uinderstanid
hat. And I think it is right that even
: I -iu -e I ) w h r h IV e W !e.i
blue laws, they should sell suel nee
ssarvies as cignars. and even "other
things," to the guests, and I was
making no complaint. You know
"liese 1Ier i ings'" are sometinles
more in the shape of "neessaries'
even than eigars. I was n t tiin
any fault v.it L1auren. Wh., le1.
Your hear-t,. we hiave Ilhe ;ime ti;
r rt ere in Newherry. You (allt
buy1\ 4i0,r (.(r cohl *11- dr ink ereC onl the
Sabbath. an1d even a traveller passing
lun,h to appease his uIner. We will
permit him to have a cold drink of
t:he best water on earth, but that's
I understand that the young man
I believe he is a young man-w;ho
edits this paper is an ardent prohi
bitionist by profession and practice,
and, of course, that explains his
bringing in the liquor question, but
let me tell you. I am not going to dis
cuss that article with you. I will say,
however, that a drink of good pure
cold beer these summer evenings is
very refreshing-when you can get it.
"The Idler ough.t to get out of
Newberry once in a while, see a little
of the world,'' and that's what I say.
But how is The Idler to get out of
Newberry except he walk? I think it
a good plan for every one who can to
travel at least as many as two hun
dred miles every year. Travel is an
educator, I have always been told.
It helps to broaden the horizon and to
give one a more enla:rged view of life
and men and affairs. Yes, sir, I be
lieve every one should get out occas
ionally from the narrow limits of his
MwnI hom0111. I wish I could send some of
our young men away occasionally and
let them see what the great big world
outside is doing and let them feel the
public pulse, as it were, and I am sure
it would give them broader views and
would be worth much to Newbery.
One can stay in a groove so long that
the soul becomes contracted. And
narrow, I am afraid. Now, as for me,
I am getting too old for it to be of
much benefit for me to travel be
yond the confines of Newberry, but I
am really going to make a desperate
effort to go over to Laurens some of
these days before long.
By the way, speaking of Sabbat1
observanee, some one has sent me a
post card and sent it in an envelope,
which reads as follows: "Thou shalt
not rest from all labor six days in
the week, and work on the seventh,
for the exertion might prove fatal.''
Now that does not apply to me and I
don't know why any one would want
to send it to me. I believe ti will com
mend it to the young editor of the
Laurens Advertiser and let him pass
I tell you some of these stree-ts and
especially some of tihe sidewalks in
Newberry are in fearful need of at
tention. The small gravel have been
washed to the surface and walking
is almost out of the question with
any sort of comfort and then the wear
on the shoes is something else. And
the grass and weeds searcely leave a
t:rail wide enough for an Indian.
The Idler has received a series of
questions from an esteemed corres
pondent who signs "Wire Grass"
which I will have to hold over for the
next issue of The Herald and News.
The editor say.s I can 't, have any
more space this issue. Well, I reckon
when you come to think of it, I have
taken up a sufficient amount of space.
Speaking about that park suggested
by Dad I want him to understand that
I am in favor of that park, too.
There is nothing that so helps a city
as a number of even small parks.
STATE OF SOUTH CAltOLINA,
Cou.nty of Newberry.
Court of Common Pleas.
Lula Thompson and Nannie C. White,
Emma Tlhompson, alias Emma Fras
er, et al.. Defendants.
By virtue of a deecretal order in
the 'above entitled case, I will sell
before the r-ourt house at Newberry,
S. C., on Saleday in September next,
within the legal hours of sale, all
that lot or parcel of land and the
buildings thereon, consisting of a two
story dwelling-house and a two-room
cottage to the south of said dwelling
house and about ten feet therefrom,
lying and being in t'he town of New
berry, county and state aforesaid,
containing about one-half an acre,
more or less. fronting on South Cald
well street and otherwise bounded by
the Hoge Schoolhouse lot and by the
31etodist parsonage for colored peo
Terms of' sale: Cash. Purchasers to
p~ f M. 3M. Buford.
Sheriff Newberry County.
Nwerry, S. C., Aug. 12, 1909.
There is a.Difference
-- Between Wagons
A cheap wagon looks about as good as a Studebaker when it
is new,-but it won't compare with a Studebaker after several
And what is more,
The chances are that what you have paid on it for repairs, added
to the original cost, would be more than we would ask for a new
The cheap wagon is "played out" in a few years,
The Studebaker will be practically as good as new.
The prudent farmer buys the wagon that will do his work well
and wear well.
He buys x Studebaker.
We Sell and Guarantee the
THE PRO3PERITY STOCK CO.,
Live Stock, Wagons, Buggies, Herness, Farm implements, Prosperity, S. C.
MOUNTAIN AND SEASHORE
Washington, D. C., Norfolk, Va,
and Wilm1iton, N. C.,
Wednesday Aug. 18, 1909.
Good Returning Until September, 2, 19099.
15 Days Limit.
Washington, D. C... $10.00
Columbia, S. C...........Norfok, Va. .................. 8.09
Wilmington, N. C. .......:.. 6.00
Lv. Columbia Ar. Washington Ar. Portsmouth Ar. Wilmington
5.2oa m 8-35 pm 5-45 pm I.15 pm
5.55 p. m 8So a m 9-5o am ....
These trains consist of high class Pullman Equiyment, Dining Cars
and High Back Day Coaches.
Ten days stop over allowed at Richmond, Va. on all tickets.
For detailed information and Pullman reservations call Qfn or write
Trav. Pass. Agent,
Columbia, S. C.
HAVE STOOD THE TEST.
WE KNOW THEY ARE THE BEST.
Then why can we not interest you in the best
Mower and Rake on the market? We have
been using the entire Osborne line on our
ownl farm and know they will suit you. It is
the lightest running machine on the mArket,
yet one of the strcongest.
You need not take arunning tarttocutyour
heavy grass or peavine.
Let us know if you are thinking of buying a
Mower and Rake and we will be pleased to ex-.I.
rain the merits of the OSBORNE line to yet.
PROSPERITY. S. C.