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OL XLVI1 NO. 88 . NEWBERRY, S. Q. TUESDAY. NOVEMBER 16. 1909 TWIOE AM. S15OA YEAR
* THE IDLR.
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Somebody has mailed to me the
following. I had already seen it in
the Columbia Record. You know, I
generally have the pleasure of seeing
the 'Record, and I like it. In fact
generally read it, but with the oppor
tunity of location and schedule the
Record ought not to take so many
pages of advertisements. Take more
. space for the subscriber and less for
the advertiser and charge the ad
vertisers the same. Don't you see
how I know just how the other. fellow
ought to run his busiaess. And then
* I have looked in vain to see an edi
torial comment now and then iless
than a column in length. Now that's
none of mv-busi.esS either, except as
a readTt have *a right to speak.
y,.how I did get off the sub
t stae on. But you know how
eas'g that V.hen one starts out to
1el tlie otheifellow what. he ought to
do. The following is the quotation
. DAR.. iNJGTON.
Darlington is to have z public park.
Darlington is to be congratulated on
this evidenee of foresight.
The: eity council has purehased for
this purpovse - -traet of land iU the
city, -which is described as well suit
ed to the purpose, with good eleva
tion and natural trees, vines and flow
ers'in profusion'. Pioperly beautified
and maintained, the park will be an
ornament to the city. Darlington
may not. need a park at this Itime. so
much, but if the town expects to grow
into a eity--and what town does ndt ?
-she. will need iit. It is this sort of
foresight Which makes a city not
only beautiful bt prosperous. Dar
lington is now both, and she will evi
dently renlin so.
Of course Darlington can have a
park. Greenwoqd can have a park.
Abbeville can have a park. But New
berry. Somebody says we are not
ready. Lets wait awhile. A little
more slumber. A little more folding.
of the hands together. A little more
waiting. Now, let me tell you, we
are not going to wait on ithis thing
mueh longer and if ,these old stum
blWing bloeks don't get out of the way
we are going to throw them in-to the
fiery furnaee and make kindling wood
out of them. Do you see? Do you
.heart Newberry has the natural ad
vantages that no other town has for
a beautiful and a central park and
the park she is going to have. The
thing that worries me is I am grow-1
ing older every day and I want it to
Tome so that I may enjoy it just a
little now and then.
Have you read this:
.Here is a genuine republicean edi
torial from a genuine republican pa
per, the Fremont (Neb.) Tribune:
"Somewhere, sometime, some candi
date will get up and say he doesn't
care 'a doggone about public interests
but wants the office for what's in it,
and he'll win in a canter-voters
could not help admiring such unique
That thing will never happen in
South Carolina unless I should take
a fool notion to run for office and
when I do I want to see a good salary!
at the end of the job, I mean at the;
end of each month, and thena I am'
going to be honest with the dear;
people and tell them frankly that I
don't give a snap of my finger for
them and will look after their inter
ests only when my own can best be
subserved. That I want the job and
that I am not running because of the
overwhelming demands of my friends.
I know I can't be elected on such hou
et: statements, because the people
'like to be fooled. But I may be fool
enough to try it some of these days
and if I do I am determined to make
Did you ever see a man or a wo
man either, who was all the time
hunting for trouble. In fact I have
heard of people who had lots of trou
-ble most of which never happened.
Vnu know that 's the kind of trouble
that hurts too. I saw the following
interview in some paper recently and
it gie a good' idea of this trouble
"You look mighty sorrowful, to
be walking. around in this glorious
weather. Have you loit- your best
'Oh, no. I'm jest huntin' for 'irou
"Jest huntin' for trouble. You
see, it's this way: I kr.(,w that trou
ble is comin', sure as the sun shines,
an' I don't want it to take me by
Have you ever seen him or her?
Just stop a moment and think. We
should stop hunting for old Mr.
Trouble. He will some soon enough.
Don't you forget that. And there
fore, don't waste your energy..on him
before he. arrives and you- will be
stionger to. bear with him when he
does come. But what's the ude for
me to be writing this?
1And the carnival has silently fold
ed its tents and moved to other pas
tures green. ~I advised city -council
against the coming of the carnival
bnt they heeded me not. I suppose
city council got about. $100 license
and we have left a.case of small-pox
to care for which will cost us about
$200 and we may count ourselves for
tunate if all our citizens escape the
disease. And I can almost assert with
no fear of contradiction that there
has been no moral uplift to the com
munity from the presence of the car
nival We lose financially, we lose
morally. Where is the benefit of the
carnival? Will some one who fa
vors a carnival explain the benefit.
Now, Mr. Mayor, and Messrs. Al
dermen, you better listen to The
Idler now and then. I make no charge
for my suggestions but they -are val
uable all the same. Now, how about
that town clock. I heard somebody
say the other day that it was s;till
too fast, but not quite eight minutes.
Maybe -be sparrows have been riding
on the right side or on the minute
hand when it was climbing the hill.
At any rate it would be a small mat
ter to have the elock keep right time.
A clock that does not is not very
No Other Ciae..
Mr. Smith, who was earried to the
house of detention on account of
small-pox, is still there. Another man
who was Smith's companion and who
was with him, has been detained also,
although he has not yet developed a
case of small-pox. Smith is doing
as well as he could, and his partner
will be detained until next Sunday,
when he will be released if he does
not show any developments of the.
The 'Carnival packed up and left
Newberry on Sunday. The shows
were opened during the week and it
is understood were largely attended.
THE INQUEST HELD.
Berry's Body Carried to Greenvill..
The Testimony 4Taken at the
The Herald and News on Friday
printed the facts in connection with
the killing of Logan Berry by the C.
N. & L. passenger train last Thurs
day. The Coroner went down to the
scene of the accident and empanelled
the jury on Thursday afternoon. The
inquest, however, was adjourned to
Newbefry on account of the neces
sity of securing the testimony of the
engineer and other people connected
with the train.
The inquest was resumed at New
berry on the arrival of the passenger
train from Greenville at 3:20 on Fri-,
day afternoon, when the testimony
which is printed above. wVas taken.
The body as stated was taken in
charge at the request of Blease and
Dominick, attorneys for the road, by
Undertaker Baxter. Mr. John Henry
Baxter. of thris firm, embalmed the
body and it was kept at his under
taking parlors awaiting the investiga
tion or location of the relatives of
It was stated by Lawrence, who
claimed that he had known Berry for
only a week, that Berry 's home was
in Grenie. Efforts were made to
locate his people in Greenville, but
o Friday morning his father was
located at Gaffney. Whether he had
any other people is not knoAh. The
body was shipped on Saturday -to
The following was the testimony
before the coroner's jury:
Joe Lawrence, the man who was
walking on the track. with Berry
when the accident occurred, testified
as follows: We were walking on the
railroad track from Columbia. There
was an engine just passed over the
other track. We were watching it
and paying no attention to the train
on the track we were on. Next thing
I knew the pOrter and a young man
had hold of me. I was on the left
hand -side. -Berry was in -the- middle
or on the crossties, I don't know
which. lis. name was Logan.- Berry.
We .were walking.
Joe X Lawrence.
A. P. Rice, -trainmaster of the C.,
N. & L., who was n tihe train at the
time, testified as follows: Was on C.,
N. & L. train No. 52 coming up. Be
fore accident happened saw Southern
freight. It was stinding still. . Just
after we passed engine of freight I
felt the air brakes applied and the
train came to sudden stop Thought
air hose had burst. Got off in a few
minutes and saw others going back.
Hurried out and got there as Mr.
Lawrence was being lifted up by por
ter and others not known to me. Saw
dead man lying out on ground; went
to ihim and saw he was dead. Engine
blew below there for road crossing;
not positive about hearlg any but
A. P. Rice.
D. McCrany, -the engineer on train
No. 52, testified as follows: Was en
gineer. on train No. 52 on the C., N.
& L. road yesterday. After coming
out of palt of last .curve between 38
and 39 mile posts I saw two men
walking on the track with backs to
ward engine- at a point 150 feet in
frout of engine They were coming
toward Newberry-same direction as
the -ngine was coming. I sounded
danger signal and applied emergency
brakes, and, it looked like both of
them would get off, as one of them
looked back; they had aniple time to
do so. Train stopped 150 yards from
point of accident. Injured parties
were looked after. There was no ob
struction to obscure their view from
either road. Signal wa blown for
road crossing, which was 200 yards
T. W. Hornsby, the fireman on No.
52, testified: Was firing engine when
I heard danger signal sounded. When
I looked out saw two men on track;
saw one man look .back, but he did
not have time to get off track,before
engine struck him. I did not see but
one' man hit by engine, but when I
looked back saw two men lying in
ditch. I heard danger signaL
- -Thos. W. Hornsby.
W. G. Webb, conductor on No. 52,
testified: Was 'conductor on No. 52
train for Greenville yesterday. Nov.
11, 1908. Was sitting in rear car
talking. to deputy sheriff of Green
ville. Heard all road-crossing sig
nals blown, when my attention was
attraeteds by application of emergency
brakes. Train was stopped by Engi
neer M.eCi-any and backed up within
short distance of scene of accident.
In looking at the point of accident w e
found the body of Mr. Logan Berry in
the ditch, it 'being taken out by Mr.
Caldwell and my porter. There were
two laps of fongue and he passed
away. Everything was done that ha
man skill was known to avoi51 2v
killing and to care for the injured.
This happened at 1:08 p. m. The bell
of the engine was being rung as we
crossed over the crossing.
W. G. Webb,
A Celebrity Signature.
-Whose signature, amongst those of
celebrities of to-day, is worth most
from the point of view of the auto
graph dealer and coilector? The
question is a difficult one to answer.
for the simple reason :hiat so much
depends on the charaeter and im
portance of the letter or document to
which the signature is attached.
For instance,nacnording- to a can
alogue issued a short time ago by a
London dealer in autographs, while a
Kipling letter referring to his writ
ings is worth 2 guineas, an ordinary
epistle of the same writer would be
sold at 1-2 a guinea. The signature
of Queen Alexandra can be bought
for a guinea, but attaehed. to a let
ter writen in her girlhood days would
fetch five and propably ten times
Here . are a few of the market
prices, so to speak, of other celebri
ties: Sir L. Alma-Tadema, 10s. 6d.,
Sir Squire Bancroft, 3c. 6d.; J. M.
Barrie, 5s.; Max Beerbohm, 10s. 6d.;
Sarah Bernhardt, 1 pound 5s.; Mr.
Birrell, 2s. 6d.; Miss Bf4don, 5s.;
Hall Caine, 10s. 6d.; Mark Twain, 2
pounds 2s.;- Sir A. Conan-Doyle, 7s.
6d.; Sir W. S. Gilbert, 5s.; Rider
Haggard, 4s.; and Sir 'Chiarles Wynd
With regard.do famous ?-fen of the
past it is iiteresting,to note that,
while 63 -poo-ds.0. asked for a
tTennyson:4aetter, ;a Byron was only
priced at gpvineas, and a. Cowper
at 10 guineas. Tfie,-latter amount
would. also havie bo'ght one - of
Pope's, while the signature. of Sir
Walter Scott was ' valued at 15 guin
eas. Twenty-one pounds would have
bought the signature of -George
Washington, and 12 pounds that of
Queen Victoria. Thirteen and 14
guineas was askbd for the autographs
respectively of Dickens and Thacker
ay, while that of Edward Fitzgerald
was priced 'at 21 pounds.
Mention of the autograph of Geo'
Washington reminds one that accord
ing to a New York dealer. one of the
rarest American aufographs is that
of Thomas Lyneh, Jr., who signed'
the Declaration of Independence as
proxy for his fatler, who was ill at
the time. Soon after, young Tom
Lynch went to sea, and was nevee
heard of again. Autographs of dec
laration signers are much sought af
ter by collectors, and the dealer' re
ferred to bought one affixed to a
letter addressed by Lynch to George'
Washington for 800 pounds and sold
it to Augustin Daly for 900 painds.
Daly sold it, and ultimately repur
'chased it for just over $1,000, even
tually presenting it to the Lenox li
brary, where it now is.
Itvis curious to note how variable
are 'the prices of royal signatures.
While, as already mentioned,. 12
pounds is asked for a Queen Victoria
letter,- a twvo-page epistle by the late
Empress Frederick of Germany only
realized a guinea. -The sign-manual
of George I has been sold for 2s.,
that of George' III for 1 pound 63.,
and that of George IV for 11s.; and
it is an interesting fact that, while at
one sale a letter from Charles I to
the Earl of Kingston, dealing with
the request for a loan of $5,000, only
fetched 31 pounds 10s., Cromwell's
signature went for 80 pounds.
There are many persons who col
lect series of signatures. Some pre
fer those of artists, musical celebri
ties, politicians and so on.
A remarkable collection was that
which came into the possession of' a
London bookse-iler two years ago,con
sisting of parliamentary ''franks;''
or post-paid letters. Previous to the
introduction of the penny post niem
bers of both ;houses of parliament
had' the pi'ivilege of franking or
causing the free delivery of the let
ters of themselves and their' friends.
Thus many thousands of envelopes
passed through the post signed in the
left-hand ,bottom corner with the
name of a member of the house of
lords or columns. An enterprising
gentleman succeeded in accumulating
10,000 of these franks, probably the
greatest collection of autographs of
members of parliament ever made.
One of the most eurious collections
of autographs is that possessed by a
celebrated London firm of hatters,
who number royalty: amongst their
customers. On the back of the card
board ''shapes'' from which a hat is
modeled is written the name of the
customer, his address, the date of the
order, and other'- particulars. The
person ordering the hat in most cases
writes his own name, and in this way
the firm have secured the signiatures
of many illustrious personages.
A woman is never quite satisfied
until she is sure that at least three
ther women envy her..
A NOTABLE ADDRESS.
Grand Chancellor A. G. Rembert, of
Spartanburg, Delights Newber
Prof. A. G. Rember, of Spartan
burg, Grand Chancellor of the Grand
Lodge Knights of Pythias of South
Carolina, delivered in Central Meth
odist church on Sunday morning one
of the most notable addresses heard
in Newberry in recent years. Prof.
Rembert is of the faculty of Wofford
college, at Spartanburg. He was chos
en Grand Chancellor of the Grand
Lodge Knights of Pythias at the re
cent convention of the Grand Lodge
held in Charleston. Some time ago
he was invited by Newberry Lodge,
No. 75, Knights"of Pythias, to: ad
dress them in Newberry. He found
that it would be imposbible, to be in
Newberry except on Sunday,. and Dr.
Woll.ing, pastor of .Centra Methodist
church, and the congregation.-of 'Cen
tral church. invited Prof"Rembert to
deliver his address in the church. The
various lodges of the. county and all
visiting Pythians and the public gen
erally were ivited to .hear Prof.
Rembert, and there was --1arge atten
dance of the memb6rs of Newbrry
Lodge, No. 75, and of O'Neall Lodge,
No. 154, and of Pythians who are
members of other -lodges. In addi
tion to the Pythians present there
was an andience which completely
filled the church auitorium.
Grand Chandellof -Rembert chose
as his suUjeet the world's need of
today, and the part which the fra
ternal organization of the proper
character is doing and can be made
to do in meeting this need. His ad
dress was eloquent, strong, clear and
incisive. He spoke for neary an hour
and not once did he lose the undivid
ed attention of his large audience.
He scored the conventional barriers
of society and showed where the fra
ternal organization meets a pressing
demand by bringing meu together in
to closer relations on . the common
level of manhood and merit. The
speaker did not minee words, but
spoke the truth as he felt it, and in
a manner which convinced his hear
After a few introductory remarks,
Prof. Rembert said that he wanted to
point out some few ways by which
the fraternal organization could be
made a for.ee for good-was *a force
.or good, and could become an ally,
not a peer, of the church, but ;one of
its instrumentalities for touching hu
man hearts and uplifting hunian souls.
He would grant, .he said, that fre
quntly lodges 'did not measure up to
the* standards -of tihe order of which
they were a part, and members did
not live up to ther obligations, but
that did not detract one iota from
the utility, and possible usefulness cfi
In passing, GranLChancellor Rem
bert told; the ladies that ~there were
no secrets of any consequence con
nected with. the order.
In beginning his d,ieourse, Grand
Chancellor Rembert said that it was
a significant fact, believing in the
inspiratioi1 of the Bible; .s we .do,
that Mwien we look to the first act in
the drama of man's. life after he was
put on his own responsibility, after
being ~driven out of Eden, the first
significant fact or act was the slay
ing of Abel by his brother. Cain.
Turn, then, said the speaker, to an
other crisis in the progress of the hu
man race, when the Savior may be
said to have assumed his mission as
teacher, Savior, Messiah. He called
attention to the first act in that great
drama of the world moving on to its
redemption, as recorded in the first
chapter. of John. In the first drama
as recorded in Genesis the predomi
nant note was selfishnes. Cain was
dominated by selfishness, from which
grew envy, shading off into jealousy,
and finding its climax in hatred and
murder. Turn to the other act, and!
what was the predominant note ?
Andrew, when he found the Savior,
went to find Peter. The Savior foundi
Philip, and the first thing Philip did
was to go and look for somebody else.
And in each instance where they
sought some one else, said the speak
er, the one seeking found a larger and!
be:ter man than himself. As the
dominant note of the former period
had been selfishness, so the dominant*
note of the redemptive period was
service. To these two-service- and
selfishness-might be traced- all the
happiness and all the blessings- and
on the one hand, and all the miery
and suffering on the other, of hu
The speaker said that he desired
to touch only on one side of maodern
life today, and that was the side that
the fraternal organization comes in.
to direct contact with, or can, by ear
rying out its principles, and that was
the outward dominant spirit of man
today of abounding egotism, insidious
selfishiness and the spirit of confliet,
which is. war. The speaker said that
he was no pessimist, but was simply
stating conditions as he saw them,.
There were forces in the world today
making for peace, and among thMeu
he mentioned the Mohonk conferenee,
the International Peace association,
the Hague conference, and men and
women in the smaller activities of
life and through the magaziies and
newspapers working in the interest of
world peace. But fhose who read the
newspapers could see that the people
of the world largely had no faith: it
these - activities. The, speaker said
that he believed theseservices work
ed for good, but the point of contact,
the point of begiAning, for world
peace, niust be sought- first in the in
dividual human heart, and in smaller
sections and communities than the
Beginning with the individual first,
what was the attitude of the indivi
dual towards his fellowt John and
Bill would grow up in the same com
munity. One would play have with
-his life an'd the other woola rise to
power and command over his fellows.
When one heard of John's success the
first thought was oni of a sort of
envy-" why couldn't I do it, toot"
The speaker said that'he-was speak
ing from his own personal experience,
because he had felt this spirit, .but
he was, thankful that he had been able
to choke it. It had been there, nev
ertheless, he said. Many people had
been able- to overeome it, but it was
implanted in our hearts. and lives, and
we showed it in our attitude towards
Take the community -life, said the
speaker. He cited instances show
ing that the dominant business .of
the world today-that which occupie'd
our minds, which we carried to bed
with us, which we got up with, whieh.
we went to our meals -with-was
money making, getting on in the
world. What is the spirit that domi
nates -that dominant activity of the
world todThy? he asked, and his ans
wer was, War, srife.
'There was now talk df a jariff war.
between the- United States and Can
ada, said the .speaker, the boundaryv
line between whieb eountries was the
only boundary line .not paced hourly
by armed sentinels on -either side of
the line. There was talk of a' tariff
war between the United. States and
France and other countries. Tha
mayor of Newberry had his tinme tak
en up with thinking how .to arest cit
izens, with his police paeing t-he
streets in the uniform of citizens.
Everything was dominated by the
spirit of conflict. Call that brother
hood?i he aske'd. - -
The spirit of conflict, he -said, came
into .the very sacred domicile of the
home. One of the saddest things in.
common experience was to see how
brothers and sisters, nursed at the-1
same breast, sleeping side by side in
the 'same little trundle bed, perhaps,
and certainly sleeping in the same
radle, listening day by day to the /
same lullabies from the same mother,
would go -out into the great world and
belittle one another and speak harsh
ly of one another, and, worse, than
that, for the sake of a pitiful little
sm, brother had .been seen in court
fighting against brother. The speak
er said that it was probably true that
in fifty per cent, of our homes, if a
will dispute should come, there would
be an array of brother against br6th
er, or of brother against. sister, and
sometimes brotiher and sister against
The church itself was not exempt
from this spirit of conflict. Some men
and women had converted the very
church into an element and means o
conflit. The speaker said that he
was thankful to say that the war as
i denominational differces was
practically over, and that these dif