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E. H. AULL, EDITOR.
Entered at the Pbstoffice at New
ry, S. C.. as 2nd class matter.
Friday, December 31, 1909.
The commissioners of public
works, in replying .to the question ol
-Adty eouncil by what authority of lav
they received their water and lighti
free, say it is by resolution of coun
.eil passed Septembeer 30, 1901. Wo
would like to know by what author
ity of law -city council authorizes frei
water and ligHts to the commimon
-ers, and also if this resolution whic
is referred to by the commissioners
did not carry with it free water an(
lights to members of the city council
.ad if the commissioners have beei
furnishing free water and lights t<
the city council. Why not publisi
the resolution of council in full?
An examination of the report ol
'.he clerk and treasurer of the city, a
ontained in the report of Mr. D. H
as conained in he repor of Mr. D. H
Wise, it appears that t e city is pay
ing over $7,000 a year for water and
lights. The private consumers pay a
good deal more than that. At this
rate of income the oommissioner,
ought soon to be able off the bonded
indebtedness for the building of the
- system. We had been under the .im
pression that the water and lights
bill of the city was only about $5,00
Mr. D. H. Wise, the expert ac
lcountant, who checked up the books
of the city; pays a deserved tribute
to the retiring clerk and treasurer
Mr. 0. L. Buzhardt. He has been e
faithful and efficient offeer. H, wa!
afways at his post and kept every
thing in good shape aaud his accounti
aceurate. It is a pleasure to havt
your offiials. commnendied by. one ivh<
is in position to know snd competen
to pass an opinion.
The condition of the public roads
*in many places and the indifferene<
of the people to their imnprovemen
would be a good excuse for the cur
* tailment of the free rural 'del-ivery
of mail. One is almost constrainei
to reach the con clsion: when he tray
els over some of the pu4blie roads tha
the people, who permit such condi
tions scarcely desire to have an3
* advantages. But .ve still hope t<
*arouse the public conscience to thi
. important subtject.
- BOONOMTE. ELSBWHEB.
The postmaster general. bas an
nounced that no more free rural de
Rivery routes would be established un
til the United States treasury was ir
a more healthy condition. - The gov
ernment deficit is now about $50,000,
000, and a big one is in the postoffie
Would it 'not be- better to begir
economizing in some other direction!
Thiere is no work undertaken by- tha
government of so farv'eaching val1
to the great mass of the people, boti
town and country, as the free deliv
ery of mai'l.
The en.tire postal laws need revis
don, and there should be some ma:
in congress with brain big enough t
undertake the work. The -postoffic
department ought to be self-eustain
ing. As it is nIow the ruling of th
department is law, whether there i
any statute to sustain the ruling o
not and some of the rulings scarce]
have the suspicion of common sense.
But it would be much wiser to bi
gin economizing in some other dire
tion than in the curtaiihent of t1:
free delivery of mail. Cut off son
of the big battleships and some <
the public buildings and some of ti
standing army or something else rat]
er thani curtail the delivery of mail
thle rural dlistrict for it is tihe mfo~
potent educational influence ever i
augurated1 by the the federal gover
* THE IDLEL. *
Happy New Year to everybody.
To" all my friends-and my enemies,
too, if I have any. Santa Claus for
got my big stocking, but I'm happy
all the same andl want to send kindly
greetings to all the world. I expect
it was tliio pesky North Pole dis
coverers that kept Santa Claus from
paying me a visit. But I am going
to continue to believe in him all the
same for I bnow it was not his pur
pose to slight any of the children who
were looking for him.
I see they have decided that Dr.
Cook is a fakir-whatever that is.
I reckon it means that he did not go
to the North Pole. I don't read any
of th6 stuff they have been writing
about him but I do glanee at the head
lines when I have opportunity to
P read a daily paper. And I was-and
I am now-a believer in Dr. dbok.
He acted. so much mo?e like a real
gentleman than did Mr. Peary. Arid
why does not Mr. Peary agree to
send his docments to the same court
that passed on Cook's, as Mr. Schley
suggested. I believe Cook is gbing
to show up all right yet.
But what difference does it make
'to us whether the North Pole is dis
covered or not, and what good will
result. Of course it gives the news
papers something to fill space with
and then the people like to read about
it and that .creates a demand for the
papers. But really I don't see where
it is doing any good to suffering hu
manity. Better soend the money
that it takes to discover the Pole in
helping the poor-feeding the hungry
and clothing the naked. That is the
way it looks to sie. I don't see
where I am to be made any better.
Maybe it -will do some good to science.
I reckon it is all"right. I hope so.
I don't know much about it, anl
may 'not be competent to .judge, but
my observation leads me to the con
elusion, that retiring CRhief J. C.
Adams made a good officer and un
der his administration the peace- and
good order. of the city have been well
preserved. Two of the old men are
retained and Mr. C. -W. Bishop, the
r.e%v chief, has filled the positoai
heretofore. The people should be
satisfled if the new officers do as well
ais their predecessors. Chief Adams
was always cool, fearless, sober, and
impartial amud did his duty. It is
right somebody should say this niuch
and .1 feel like sayig it and I'am go
ing to say it. I say it believing that
the new administration will do as
well. I always try to obey the laws
under whieh I live a.d to respect the
officers 'who are chosen to 'execute
them.' We should all do this, andi
more. We should cooperate with
the officers in emfreing the law.
This I am going tc do in so far as
my feeble .power will permit.
Polities dis a curious thing. I reeiL
on it is proper to ca-ll a thing.
Sometimes' I have wished I was- a
politician-that is when I was young.
Now I[ have about concluded that it
is well that I am not. Somebody said
that the politician may today have
ringing in'his ears the plaudits of the
ppulace and be on the crest of the
popular wave and tomorrow lie' may
be rolling .the wheelbarrow. Popular
*avor is very fiekle and the success
ful politician can niever be a leader.
lHe must always keep his ear to the
ground- and hear which way the pop
ular. current is going sa then 'fol
~low along near the acest -and~inake
the people believe he is a leader when
as- a matter of fact he is. only' drift
ing. A leader should stand up bl
y and tell the peol what is right
whether for 'the mornent it is popular
or not, but under our system he cain
not often 'hope to win office. He is
obliged to ,be ahead of the procession
and then when the' procession gets
along there some other fellow gets
the office. But what am I writng like
this for! What difference does it
make to me ? I am 'no candidate for
eOnce again a Happy New Year to
you all. May you live long and pros
pe.Iam not going to write a hom
ily. But don't make too many res
oiutions. Go along and do' your duty
every day. Do not despise tlhe doing
of little deeds of -kiindness. The do
ing of them will prepa.re you for big
ger~e things. Every effort you put
forth gives you strength for aunother
if The Idler.
- FARM DBMONSTRATION WORK
The Secretary of Agriculture Honorn
the ::012. Prize Wim:ers in the
-Boys' Corn Club Contests.
in the Office of the Secretary of Ag
rieulture December 14, 1909. at 9:30
o'clock. Secretary Wilson presented
diplomas to Bascomb Usher of
South Carolina, DeWitt Lundy of
Mississippi, Elmer Halter of Arkan
sas, and Ralph Bellwood of Vir
These boys were among the 12,500
in the Boys' Demonstration Work in
the South who planted one acre of
corn apiece and, worked it under in
struetions from the United States
Department of Agriculture. Dr. S.
A. Knapp, who has charge of the
Farm Demonstration Work, offered
a trip to Washington to the boy in
Mfississippi who should get the best
results. The State Bankers' Asso
iation in Arkansas offered a similar
prize in that State. Citizens of
South Carolina and Virginia 'dupli
cated the offers there.
The above named boys, all under
eighteen years of, age, visited the
Department of Agriculture and other
interesting sights of the Capital,
and. were received'~by the President.
Thousands of dollars' worth of
prizes have been offered this year to
these Boys' Clubs in the South by
merchants, Boards of Trade and pub
lie spirited -citizens generally, under
regulations furnished ,by the United
States bepartment of Agriculture.
These regulations do not encourage
freak yields, bat are drawn to en
egurage profitable farming. The ba
sis of awards rests on showing of
profits, written records, t-rhibits of (
ears and stalks, and yield per acre.
The greatest yield does not get the
prize in every ease. Still there were
some fine yields this year. The prize Ij
winner from South Carolina made,
152 1-2 bushels per acre; a boy ir:
Mississippi made 147 bushels; a boy L
in. North Carolina made 135 bushels,
and the Virginia winner 122 busheis.
More than fifty boys made over 100
bushels per uere:In several counties
no boy.fell below 50 bushels per *%re,
and the club average was about 60.
Arrangements are bei-g made in
all of the Southern Stats 1o. send
the ptize winiiers to Washin.
In a brief address to the boys, 1
Secretary Wilson declared that they
and the boys engaged in like work
are "the only hope we have for the
continued greatness and prosperity
of the country.'' He pointed .out
that she South n&w, .in agriculture
and in manufacturing, was prosper
ing as neve~r before, because the
men and women of the South, had
put into the work their own energy
and ability and in no sense were de- 4
pendent upon the capital. or the in
dustry of people from other parts of
"These diplomas,'' he continued,
"are unique. No boys ever have re-.
eeived a similar recognition of their
merit. Nothing I have done since I
have been tSecretary of. Agridulture
has given, me .more pleasure than to
present them to you. You have
earned them... You have begun right.(
You are now in line to' achieve ,the
highest honors of your respective
Prof. W. H. Smith, County Super
intendent of Holmes county, Missis
sippi, and one of the leaders in the
Boys' Corn Club movement of the
Farmers' Cooperptive Demonstra-i
tion Work came to Washington to
witness this interesting event.
NOTIOE TO CREBDITORS.~
C. E. Powell having made a deed
of assignmnt to me, there .will be
a meeting of the creditors ini the offBee
of Blease & Dominick, at Newberry, ~
S. C., on. Monday, the third day of
January, 1910, at 11 o'clock, :a. m. C
for the appointment of an agent of
Cole. L. Blease,
Newberry, S. C., Decmeber~28, 1909.
Noti-ce is he.reby given that the (
Board of Health of the Town 9f t
Newberry will elect a health offider t
for the ensuing year on Tuesday, t
January 4th, 1910. Applications must
be in the hands of the clerk of the I
board by 12 o'cloek of that day. -t
W. H. Hardeman,
I ~Clerk of Board.
aoes Back as Far a.
)ur Principle isto Sell C
When you buy from ts you kno,
oods that will stand the test. Th
lon't cut prices, because when ot
heir part that the prices were toc
vhe' the prices are cut they are n
re right to start with;.we only wai
s for handling the goods through
and when you sell your crops or
We have some particularly attra
oliday trade to offer you. Let us
REMEMBER, when we put out
)e exactly as. represented3
EARHARDT & BAXTER,
Lessees and Managers.
THURSDAY, JAN. 6'
o ossal Production of Richard
Wagner's S'acred Festival
~A RSIF A LI
~dapted by Wmn. Lynch Rob
rts ansd Presented on a Scale -~
*of Grandeur never before
vening Performnance 7.45 prompt There is mE
~arriages at 11r o'clock.- buyer. -
pale will open Monday, Januar 3. O~i geat (
~RICS-$iSo, $1 co, 75 and5Soc. IleSSonr in Pial
S-- useful inforrr
The regular ana meeting of ** You need r
~toekholdes of The National Bank a good Piano
*fNewberry, S. C., will be held in
he banking house on Tuesday, Jan- will give you
Lary 11, 1910, at 12 o'eloek M., for
he election of a Board of Diretors of tone and C
nd the rtansaetion of sneh oth3er;al otec
business that may be brought before al otec
Re. . D. Smith, If you hay
Cashier. various style
OUR RULE ON NEW YEARS Ibury, Wellin
is to wish everyb)ody health 'ready for yoi
ard happiness.' We extend .
that greeting to you now and You w1lf
even if you have 'not bought
lumber froin us before we trust
you show keener discrimina
tion next year and fill your 4
lumber needs here. It will.be"
better for you for your build
ing and of cvurse for us. E
Happy New Year to all.
NWRHY LUMBER CO. Cab1 BuMiE
1876, and Stand
lood Goods at Fair Prices
N .absolutely that you are gettg
ey are exactly as represented
hers do it it is an admittanc T
high in the first place, and" 4i
>t as low as ours, because our Pridlir
it a legitimate profit to compe,nat
our store, the same that:y
ctive propositions left over from the'
a piece of goods we gtaranteeit I
IRY, S. C.~: .i
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ic here to .interest the prospectiv~"
ollection of instru~ments .presents an ~bje~
iovalue from which every visitor can gair~
tot purchase with lack of knowledge f ht~
is. An examination of these instrmnts
a very clear understanding of the qua
onstruction essential to make a Piano adeeptm
e it in mind to buy, take an hour to seethK
3 in Mason & Hamlin, Conover, Cable, Kin
ton and Inner-Player Pianos which wehat
nd it profitable to act on this suggestion.
verything known in Music.
. V. WALLACE. President, Chadrlii