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VOLUM XLY. M EE . NEWBERRY, SOUTH CAROLINA, TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 1910.
FIFTY FOURTH SESSION
COMES TO A CLOSE
MOST SUCCESSFUL IN HISTORI
Eloquent and Forceful Sermon by Dr
Bauslin.-Small Attendance at
Night on Account Weather.
Notwithstanding the threateninE
weather, the city opera house wa
crowded Sunday mprning when thE
fifty-fourth annual commencement o
Newberry college began with the bac
scalaureate sermon by Prof. David H
Bauslin, D. D., of Springfield. Ohio
- The audience included alumni and
friends of the college from many ol
the Southern States and other StateE
throughout the Union. The city i4
-flled with commencement visitors
:and the enthusiasm is greater that
at any preceding commencement 0:
This enthusiasm is the result of th(
remarkable growth of the colleg4
4during the past few years, and of th4
success of the session which this in
stitution brings to a close, whic]
growth and success have been madi
possible by the earnest and devote(
work of the friends of education at
f the institution.
attractive program, includinj
resses by distinguished speakers
in oratory and declamation
umni banquet and the graduat
xercises, will be carried out dur
e graduating class this yeai
ers twenty-four, of whom fou:
young ladies. The commencemen
reims will be brought to a closi
e conferring of degrees and di
as upon these graduates on Wed
%raduating class is composei
e of A. B.-Paul Jonas Bame
ugustus Dennis, Cleburn,
pting, Eva Gary Goggane
Bates Houck, Alan Johnstone
onzo Emanuel Lown, Herber
s, Edwin Franklin Kaiser Rool
Brent Schaeffer, Charley Jack
healy, James William Shealy
Henry Sligh, Marie Muriel Sum
Arthur West, Henry B. Wessing
Mary Vanessa Williams.
*Degree of B. S.-James Albert Bur
ton, Jr., Albert Christopher Garling
ton, Ralph Reinhardt Rugheimer.
Special Courses-Beaufort M. Scur
ry, Leffie 0. Shealy, Oscar Clevelan<
Shealy, Lallah Rook Simmons.
IProf, DavPl H, Bauslin, D. D., o
Spr-ingheid, OMa,3 who preached th<
baccaulauerate sefiiiln Sunday morn
ing, is of the Hamma ifivinity schoo
of the general synod of the Evargeli
zal Lutheran church, at Springfiell
'The subject of his discourse Wa
'Some factors in manhood liable to b<
neglected," his text being taken fron
the Epistle to Titus, 3:8: "Thes<
~ things I will that thou affirm con
'stantly."' The sermon was a masterl:
presentation of a timely subject, an<
was delivered in a manner whici
held the undivided attention of th
Dr. Bauslin spoke of some of th
d?haracter'istics of the utilitarian ag
-in which we are living. It is, he said
a period of great mental activity, o
tangled conflict of opinion, of nmue
unsetftlement of men's ideas, of un
certainty and confusion in people'
thinking. Every domain is invade<
by revolutionary doctrines, belief
and unbeliefs. Man is confronted no
so much with a theory or system o
life as by a spirit of life. The domi
nant secular spirit of the age is no
~conducive to the cultivation of th<
higher utilities of life, and men ar
constantly under the necessity of be
ing called baclk to think upon some o
the factors in sound living.
An age such as ours, said th<
speaker, makes it both easy and con
venient to neglect.
In the further development of hi:
.subject Dr. Bauslin spoke of thre<
factors in our modern life which ou:
age characteristics renider us lab]
1. The first of these factors whici
man is liable to neglect, he said, ani
Tuesday morning, 10 a. m.-Ad
dress before Alumni association by
Dr. Thomas H. Dreher, of the class of
1885, of St. Matthews, S. C.
Business meeting of the associa
tion immediately after the address.
Tuesday evening, 8.15 p. m.-Ad
dress before literary societies by Hon.
Whitehead Kluttz, of Salisbury, N. C.
10 p. m.-Social session of the
Alumni association with banquet ser
ved at the Crotwell hotel, tendered
by the local alumni to the visiting
Wednesday morning, 10 a. m.
Graduating exercises. Addresses by
the following members of the grad
Mr. H. B. Schaeffer-Salutatory.
Mr. C. J. Shealy--The Student
Mr. P. J. Bame-The Mission of the
Mr. W. B. Wessinger-The Crime
Mr. H. A. Lubs-The Debt We Owe
the Modern Chemist.
Mr. Alan Johnstone-Valedictory.
Awarding of medals and diplomas.
1 is that of reality in our manhood and
1 2. The second factor in our living
I that man is liable in a time like this
to neglect is what may be called the
; meditation life. :We live in a restless.
busy and fervid epoch of haste, hur
ry and worry. The pace of the times
- is fast and not conducive to the cul
- tivation of quiet and unostentatious
meditation. Men think deeply that
'they may be more effective when they
r are active. Men .go apart that they
t may be renewed for conflict. They
a reflect that they may be more effeq
3. The thirdtfactor in life that a
period such as this renders us liable
I to neglect is the cultivation of a ro
bust attitude toward the truth. Truth
I is a comodity of such dignity and
a gravity as not to be trifled with, or
, even treated evasively. A man must
think right. He can not be wrong in
t the fundamentals of his belief and be
right in the fundamentals of his
character and conduct. Men want to
know what good and trained men
. think e n vital themes. The robust
.ness of a man's intellectual convic
tions, said the speaker, is not infre
.quently an index of the genuineness
.of his spiritual life.
The graduating class marched to
-the opera house In academic proces
sion, capped .and gowned, and were
given .reserved seats in the auditor
Fine music was furnished by the
Orpheus club, of Newberry, and a
Sbeautiful solo was rendered by Mrs.
Roy Z. Thomas.
All the pastors of the city partici
y pated in the services, the city church
i es being dilosed for the occasion.
1 The services were conducted by
SPresidentt .. Henry Harms, of the col
T The adddress before the students
ij Sunday evening Wii~ delivered by,the
' Rev. W. C. Schaeffer~ Jr., pastor of
a the Lutheran Church of the Redeem
er, of Atlanta, Ga. Mr. Schaeffer is a
graduate of the college in the class
of 1901, and while he has only been
in the ministry for a short time he is
today recognized as one of the lead
ing divnes in the Lutheran church of
. the South. His subject Sunday night
Swas "That Hiddon Secret and Inner
iWorld of Thought," based upon Phil
3 lippians 4:8: "Whatsoever things are
t true, whatsoever things are honest,
t whatsoever things are just, whatso
. ever things are pure, whatsoever
tthings are lovely, whatsoever things
Sare of good report; if there be any
Svirtue, if there be any praise, think
. on these things."
f The~ inclement weather prevented
man; from attending but in the face
of the rain a good many were our to
- hear Mr. Schaeffer's address. Music
was furnished by the Orpheus club,
and, besides the anthems a duet was
sung by Misses Caro and Ruth Efird,
Mr. Schaeffer handled his theme in
a manner which showed deep study,
tand his address was an eloquent pre
I sentation of the truths which it con
He said that thought is so subtle,
so evasive, so elusive, we can't detect
it or analyze it, for in the ver'' at
tempt it changes its character and
so escapes us. A man's mind is his
kingdom. Every man carries locked
up in his own breast a castle and a
citadel whose secret recesses are
knoWn to none save those to whom he
willingly divulges them. This invisi
ble power within is the .architect of
all our fortunes, the arbiter of our
destiny. "As a man thinketh in his
heart, so is he."
The speaker said the real quarrel
of Christianity with the spirit of our
time is the surface application it is
making to remedy the deep-seated
ills of the race. Society will never
be regenerated by working from with
out inward; life is transformed from
within outward. Neither culture nor
genius nor training nor scholarship
divorced from Christian ideals will
ever be able to accomplish the last
ing zplift achieved by the normal d-,
velopment of the primal Christian
graces and virtues.
Mr. Schaeffer impressed upon the
I young men the fact that in character
lies the power of mastery, and that in
this is the root, elemental and funda
mental, of true education, but he said
that the whole trend of our times
contrasts sharply with this. The fore
most development was along material
lines and ever in the realm of the
psychic the intellectual was seeking
to crowd the field of learning. The
world's greatest teacher, he said,
names hope, faith and charity, aud
pleads for a place for these in the
burriculum we chose.
In the pirme of its life, said Mr.
Schaeffer, Athens sent fortli more
great men in one hundred years than
all the rest of the world could boast
in five hundred. It. stands enthroned
above all.cities, not only of antiquity
but of the world,' as the illustrioui
seat of larning, of art, 9f architec
tutfe and philosophy. But these things
have not within them the breath ol
life, and after a few centuries the
eyes of the world beheld only the
glory that was Greece. Athens in hei
palmiest days could not solve the su
premest questions of human life,
could not gratify the deepest longings
of its noblest sons. It was when St
Paul came to call to a citizenshiy
that is in heaven and to preach the
resurrection of the dead, and to pro
claim one God who is the father. and
creator of us all, that the longings
of the human soul could be satisfied
and those are the principles of endur
ing greatness and the only permanent
contribution to the life of Inankind.
A city may be as fair as a dream, but
if its citizenship is base anid degfa&d=
ed, Ichabod is already written ov6t
its gates and itS glory is departled.
Institutions like our college must be
safeguarded against that wholesale
paganizing whilch is the tendency ol
ui- day. The only civilization we
need dare tO conserve is a Christian
The declanmation contest of the
sophomore class was held in Holland
hall yesterday morning. The medal
was awarded to Mr. Allen N. Keiffer,
of Georgia. The committee to pass on
the declamation was composed of
Rev. W. B. Aull, Rev. J.- E. James and
Mr. J. S. Wheeler, and the medal was
presented by Mr. Aull.
SENIOR CLASS SPEAKERS.
Members Selected to Represent Class
at Commencement and Their
At a meeting of the faculty on Sat
urday mo'rtiing those who are to rep
resent the senior class on commence
ment day were selected. Of course
the salutatorian ancf the- validictoriar
were already selected by virtue of
obtaining these two honors. The fol
lowing will represent the' class on
Mr. H. B. Schaeffer-Sauatory.
Mr. C. J. Sheal y-The Student
Mr. P. J. Bame-The Mission o1
the Denominational College.
Mr. W. B. Wessinger-The Crimes
Mr. H. A. Lubs-The Debt We Owe
the Modern Chemist.
IMr. Alan Johnstone, Jr.-Valedic
OMMENCEMENT 30 YEARS
* AGO. *
* - -*
* By A. J. Bowers. *
* * * * * * * * * * * *
It was a memorable occasion. Of
all similar seasons which I have en
joyed and survived'at Newberry it
was in some respects for me the best,
and now I must write about it, be
cause my friend wants me to write
for his commencement issue of The
Herald and News in 1910.
What a stretch of time it seems from
June days in 1880! It reminds me
of the mighty stride of Prof. Dan.
Arrington across the recitation room
when he .had finished with a flourish
some dreadful problem in geometry
or algebra and flung the chalk and
book afar and with lowering brow
and reproachful eye shamed the class
into something akin to awe. He was
a giant 'amongst us and a clean man.
We loved to teaze him now and
then, but it will take many more de
cades than three to take away from
us the dear memory of his honest
faithfulness, his mastery of mathe
matics in all its devious ways, his
hearty laugh, his soldierly stature,
and his rapid step, (with the little
lady, his wife, clinging desperately to
his arm). But he was not here in
1880; he had been gone' a year. And
now he has passed over the river and
resti Snder the shade of the trees.
No bigtory of Newberry college
will ever Be complete without the
story of his self-sacrificing service.
That was a beautiful day, my
friend, when you and I listened with
rapt wdnder and attention in old
Luther, Chapel to the baccalaureate
sermo4.t 6our class of seven by Rev.
J. R. Riemensnyder, then pastor in
What a sea of faces turned to us
on every side from thanCel to gal
leries! How large with fair promise
loomed the far horizon for us seven,
Jones, the two Ramages, ' Kreps,
Sheppard and you and me!
We did not see the clouds, we
would not see them,- though the
young preacher warned us well, the
clouds that lurked just out of sight,
.no bigger than a man's hand, per
haps, but full of chastening storms('
Monday night of that commence
ment three of us, (or seven, I forget
which it was) struggled for the ora
tor's medal. Didn't you take it? Qr
was it Burr James Ramage. As I did
1.iot take,it, I am excusable maybe for
1having lost my interest in it. Imagina
tion plays strange havoc with mem
o&y, and fancy supplies the past
sometinies at a distance of 30 years.
-But fond reddliedtida is all-gilded
with the radiant light di a disinte'rest
ed college friendship. Th@ fades of
friends and familiar forms ddrlid iMis~
tily forth out of the dim vista of f1!!
years. The voices long silent speak
again, and we seem to hear once
more the kindly tones we thought we
Who is there of us even now but
recalls the brusque wordse and ways
of the Hon. Chris. Suber? He was a
figure then in Newberry to be marked
and reckoned with, and he took part
in our commencement. When he
awarded the essay medal for the best
essay on "Jack Galstaff," he said, "T
love Jack; I always loved a Jack,"
and brought down the house on Jack's
But no man's face and form and
voice made so deep and fine a mark
upon us as those of the master of
manners and ceremonies on that
Wednesday morning. Dr. Holland
led our little company of graduates
UP that rickety platform in the old
court house and introduced us to that
crowded court of Newberry's people.
There was a young professor of
Latin, Cromer by name, in those days
who stood much beside the president
and waited for him.
There vwere few men to teach us
then, but they taught as; none have
taught us sined.
They had to miake bricks without
straw, so to speak, and sometimes
they were scourged for not co'mplet
ing the tale. That godly man, that
modest gentleman, who led th6m all,
had found the secret of' the- true life,
and, divinely clothed with it today,
looks down from on high and re
joices in the wonderful answer to is
FLAGS OF COMPANY B.
Sergeant W. G. Peterson Feels That
the Survivors Have Been Ignor
ed-Brief History of Flags.
The following letter which. Mr.
Peterson yesterday mailed to the Co
lumbia State has been handed to The
Herald and News with request for
To tWe Editor of the State: In the
report from Newberry of the proceed
ings in honor of the birthday of Jef
ferson Davis published in your issue
of June 3, the following paragraph
"After these impressive services,
Col. 0. L. Schumpert, in behalf of the
family of L. M. Speers, deceased, pre
sented the two battle flags of the
Williams Guards, through Mrs. J. A.
Burton, president, to the Drayton
Rutherford chapter, U. D. C. These
flags afterwards became the colors
of Company B, Third regiment, Ker
shaw's brigade, when the Williams
Guards were mustered into that regi
ment, and were sacredly 'preserved
by Mr. Speers till his death, and are
now transferred to the Drayton Ruth
erford chapter to be finally placed
in the relic room in the capitol in
As one of the survivors of the com
pany to which these flags were given
I feel that this statement, which is
not in accordance with the facts,
should be corrected.
The following letter, which I wrote
to Mrs. R. D. Wright, a member of
the U. D. C. camp at Newberry, and
also former president of the U. D. C.
of the State, gives the correct history
of these flags up to that time. It was
written for the purpose of securing
the flags and placing them in the
hands of their rightful owners to be
disposed of as indicated:
Newberry, S. O$ March 26, 1910.
Mrs. R. D. -Wright,
Newberry, S. C.
Dear Mrs. Wright: On the 5th day
of January, 1861, at Jalapa, S. C., the
Williams Guards ' were organized.
This company was known as Com
pany B, Third regiment, S. C. V. A
short time after organization Mrs
James McCravy. presented the com.
>any a flag. The company left New'
berry on the 13th -day of April, 1861
and was in camp at the fair grounds
in Columbia for some time.
While in Columbia another flag was
presented to the company by a lady:
whose name I have forgotten; I think~
We were moved to Lightwood
Knott Springs, about seven miles
from Columbia and,. then changed
from State to Confederate service. We
left Lightwood Knot Springs for Vir
ginia sometime In June. We soon
found that we had no use for the comn
1any flags, so Captain S. N. Davidson
sent the flags home to his sister, Mrs.
Miiry 1. RLeeder, to keep until we re
ilta? ?he si-rb'nder Mirs. Reeder
moved to fedartifidi, S. C. nui-ing
the eighties I gdt hI 5draspondsnde
with Mrs. Reeder abdui the fiats. She
finally turned them over to fif i
trust for the company and I let ddi
Thompson Conner, Sergt. A. J. Liv
ingston and M. H. Gary know I had
the flags. We decided to put the
flags in the hands of the senior rank
ing officer of* the company in trust
for the survivors until the survivors
decided what was to be done with
them. I at once turned them over to
Captain Connor in trust for the com
At Capt. Connor's death, Mrs. Con
ner asked me what she was to do with
the flags. I instructed her to turn
themi over to Sergeant L. M. Speers in
trust for the company. She turned
thema over to Mr. Speers with full
explanation about what was to be
done with them. Mr. Speers did not
know until that time what had be
come of the flags. Mr. Speers and
myself talked the matter over very
frequently. The flags are now in the
hands of Mrs. L. M. Speers, and after
a full conferende of the survivors, we
have concluded to turn the flags over
to the Drayton Rutherford chapter
of the U. D. C., to be placed in the
Confederate museum in Columbia by
our chapter of the U. D. C., or pre
sented to the State U. D. C. to be de
posited by them into the museum in
Columbia. This is to be decided by
the Drayton Rutherford chapter and
T request that Mrs. J. A. Burton see
Mrs. Speers and ge the flagts and we
will formally turn them over to the
U. D. C. Memorial day.
W. G. Peterson,
Sergt. Co. B., Third S. C. V.
It will be seen that it was the pur
pose of the few survivors to secure
these flags and to present them
through the U. D. C. chapter to the
relic room in the capitol at Colum
bia. Whether intentionally or not
(and I am trying to believe that it
was unintentional) the survivors
were entirely ignored after the fags
were secured by the memberg of the
Drayton Rutherford chapter.
As will be seen by my letter, it was
the purpose of the survivors to pre
sent these flags on Memorial day.
They were not secured in time for
that and the survivors of Company B
had no notice that they had been se
cured, and did not authorize the com
mander or the adjutant of the James
D. Nance camp to present them, as
neither one of these officers was a
member of the . company. Captain
Gary was originally a member of the
company, but very soon joined the
cavalry and does not claim to be a
survivor of our company.
It will b'e seen, therefore, that the
survivors of Company B, who are the
rightful owners of the flags, were not
only not consulted but did not even
know that the flags had been secur
ed from Mrs. -Speers or that they
were to be presented to the Daugh
ters on Davis' birthday, and there
was no survivor of the company
Personally, I feel very deeply griev
ed at such treatment and I am con
strained to write this correction, and
to give the additional facts which I
did not7 care to do.
Upon the death of my comrade, L. -
M. Speers, I. asked Mr. B. B. Davis,
who had been working for him, toAeO
Mrs. Speers and request her to tun
the flags oV4r to, Mr. E. P. Bradle,
who is the ranking officer of the com
pany. Mrs. Sper declined to i6i
saying that Mr. Speers had given the
flags to his daughter.
I then spoke to Mr. Hiram Speers
and asked him if they would not turn
the flags over to the survivors and
explained that the flags were placed
in the keeping of Mr. Speers in trust
as the ranking officer of the company.
He refused to do so' and was really
insulting to me, but on account of
the friendship between myself and
my comrade, his father, I did not re
sent the insult
I then appealed to Mrs G. B. Crom
er, who was the administrator of Mr.
Speers, and he said that we were
clearly entitled to the flags and
thought there would be no trouble in
securing them, but after consulting
with Mrs. Speers, he informed me
that the family declined to give them
I then want to Mr. O. L. Schuidia
pert, who is adjutant of the James. D.
Nance camp, and who was also repre
senting Mirs.. Speers, and explained
the situation to him. He said-that.he
thought that there would be no trou
ble, that the survivors were entitled
t8 the flags, but he failed to get them.
I then wrote the letter above refers
r'd t6, hoping that in this way we
dould secui-6 our flags.
In view of these facts, ! feel that
it is an injustice t6 the survivors of
the company and the rightful owners
of the flags to have it stated that they
were presented "in behalf of the
family .of L. M. Speers, deceased,"
and I do feel very mu~.ch aggrieved
that the Daughters, whether inten
tional or unintentional, should have
so entirely ignored the survivors of
the company after 'the flags were se
cured in the way in which they were.
W. G. Peterson,
Sergt. Co. B., Third S. C. V.
Newberry, S. 0., June 6, 1910.
The sermon to the Red Men onh
Sunday afternoon by Rev. W. C. Kel
ley was eloquent and forceful and
gave some very strong reasons -ior
closer fellowship and more exercise
of the fraternal spirit. The sermon
was in the opera house and was
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