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ARMY VNFIT FOR WAR.
Inspector GeneraV's Report Criticises
Service.-Methods and Training
Washington, Sept. 12.-If fearless
criticism is calculated to benefit the
army then Uncle Sam's soldiers
should profit much from the com
ments upon their condition and abil
ities contained in the annual report
of Inspector General Garlingtorr just
made public. One inspector points
out a whole batallion of artillery
starting for the . Philippine servike
without a single field officer and one
of the batteries commanded by a sec
ond lieutenant of less than two years
service. An inspector general de
clares that this absence of captains
from their commands is "the most
fruitful source of professional disease
in the line of the army today."
In one department nearly a third
of the line officers were absent from
duty with their commands under de
tail and altogether the situation, ac
cording to the inspector general, war
rants the prediction that results of
a disastrous nature must sooner or
later be realized. The obvious rem
edy, he says, is the provision of a
sufficient number of superior officers
to replace those on detail.
The time for specialization in the
army has arrived in the opinion of
another inspector general. He says:
"We try to crowd too much upon
the officer and enlisted men of the
line. That is, we try to teach all of
them everything instezd of specializ
ing and only teaching each as much
as he can learn well with ordinary
application, which, however m-ch we
may expect, is all we can ever hope
Unfit for Srvice.
Those who stand at the top would
be too surprised to learn from In
spector Bell, that the army is wholly
unfit for field service. He says the
new regulations are almost entirely
theoretical. The transportation sys
tem is the same as the beginning of
the War of Secession, the army has
so far failed to make use of automo
biles, traction engines and other mod
ern appliances in the field.
Maj. Bell says, "while our infantry
is composed of the best men in the
world and is probably as well, if not
better trained in the use of the rifle
than that of any other army, its
marching capacity is below medioc
rity and yet it is admitted today that
the fate of the battles of the future
depends upon the marching capacity
of the infantry."
To Change Method.
To remedy these conditions, Maj.
General Wood, chief of staff, today is
sued orders which will change ma
terially the training of the army. All
*inspectors general will be required to
submit the troops to an annual in
spection in the field, in additi'on to the
present inspection which is describ
ed in some Quarters as being little
less than an inquiry into the accounts
and garrison work of the troops. The
new inspection will be designed to
show the efficiency of the troops and
the theoretic work taught army offi
cers at the various schools provided
for in the various drill regulations.
Six Reynblican Members of C.ommit
tee Condemn the Minority Report.
Alle;e Unfairness in State
Chicago, Sept. 13.--Six Republican
members of the Ballinger investigat
ing committee met today and issued a
statement condemning the action of
the four Democratic members and the
one Republican insurgent member
'who delivered a report last Wednes
day demanding the retirement from
office of Secretary Ballinger.
*Those present today were Senators
Nelson, Sutherland and Root. Con
gressman McCall, Olmsted and Denny.
) They declared the action of what they
term the "minority" attempts to have
been "according to worst methods of
The evidence in the Ballinger case
t was discussed, but, in the absence of
a quorum, they state no action was
As the "minority" declined to at
tend today's conference and took their
adjournment at Minneapolis until the
next meeting of congress, it is prob
able that Senator Nelson will not call
another meeting until the return of
Senator Flint, who is in Europe, and
as the seventh member would make a
Signers of Report.
The report is signed by Senators
Nelson, Sutherland and Root and Rep
resentatives McCall. Olmsted and
Denny and re' iews at some length the
findings of the Democratic minority of
the committee-the minority members
are sharply criticized, the report de
claring that "the spectacle was pre
sentedl of five gentlemen cut of a e
sumina to act as the tribunal itself."
Continuing in this connection, the
"These five gentlemen continued
their proceeding to the end, accord
ing to the worst methods of ward poli
tics; and, after pretending a report of
89 pages which they brought to the
meeting already prepared. and which
was never the subject of consideration
or discussion or even read in commit
te, they gave it to the newspapers, al
ho--gh the law required it to be ren
.3rFd to congress; and they complet
ed their perversion of the purpose of
the meeting by adjourning the meet
ing so as to forestall, if possible, any
action or consideration or discussion
of evidence by the committee in the
meantime; and by solemn vote they
graciously extended to the majority
the leave to file a minority report.
"It does not need to be said that
such action in both form and sub
stance is wholly lawless, and it leaves
It entirely unnecessary to ask what
sort of justice any public servant
could look for whose character was
on trial in such a proceeding in the
extreme of a political campaign. If
there is any relation between lawless
methods and the character of the re
sults which they accomplish, this so
called verdict condemns its authors.
rather than the official, under investi
The Minority Action.
"This action of the minoriLy in no
way relieves us from our responsibil
ity under the law. It is incumbent
upon us to sift the great mass of evi
dence and to attempt to reach and
render a just verdict.
"Every effort was made to induce
the minority members to agree to a
meeting on some early day as migbt
suit their convenience, but without
"The report of the committee can
not be made until December 5, when
congress meets and the meeting called
for September 5, was for the purpose
of considering and discussing what
the report to be made three months
thereafter should be.
"There was therefore no haste or
pressure for time. The action of the
Democratic minority in the taking
temporary advantage of the delay of
some members in reaching the meet
Ing was an effort to substitute a pre
arranged scheme for the orderly de
liberations and discussions which the
duty of the committee requires.
"The adoption of a report by a
political minority and its publication,
exhibited a willingness to sacrifice
the rights and injure the reputation of
the officers investigated in order to
obtain a supposed party advantage in
the pending political campaign. We
can not reconcile such a course with
our sense of justice and of our duty."
"Fighting Bob" on Maine's Prohibi
From that brand of prohibition pre
vailing in the State of Maine, "Fight
ing Bob" Evans prays that he and all
good sailors generally may be deliv
With a candor. that is eminently
characteristic, he has handed the li
quor regulations in that canny com
monwealth probably the most severe
jolt they have yet sustained.
Bearing in mind the fact that
"Fighting Bob" hhs been round the
world, and has had unrivalled oppor
tunities for observation, the following
blunt expression of his views is start
ling, to say the least:
"I do not want to talk about laws
of States other than my own without
first making a thorough investigation
and inquiry, but I will say this hon
estly and fearlessly and as one who is
sure of his grounds: I have had more
trouble in the direction of my sailors
getting drunk in the ports of Maine
than I have had with my men while at
any other ports in the world. I would
rather take my men anywhere in the
world than bring them to Maine. I
know what my men on short liberty
would easily find the most impossible
and abhorrent dives and there obtain
their conoxious concoctions, worse,
much worse, than liquor. It made
them not so much drunk as crazy."
The investigations of several maga
zine publicists of recent months have
vertified the statements of Admiral
The tenor of their findings is that
while Maine is a fanatical worshipper
of prohibition in the abstract, it is a
scoffer at p)rohibiztion in the concrete.
Candidates who are in favor of a
State-wide prohibition law are given
overwhelming indorsement. Succes
sive legislatures are required to reli
giously leave the law unamended.
But office-holders who take tho la~w
and the public mandate seriously are
reported to be so extremely unpopu
lar that the next election effects their
retirement to private life.
T is a curious cn:ition nnr, if
JOHN P. LONG
Takes great pleasure to announne to the
people of Silver Street and vicinity that
he is prepared as never before to serve
them with the most up-to-date stock of
WAGONS AND BUGGIES
BUfYS COTTON AND COTTON SEED
COFFINS AND CASKETS
A full line of Coffins and Caskets are
always kept on hand.
SILVER STREET, S. C.
A $55.00 Perfect Sewing
Machine Given Away
Also 30 Beautiful42-Piece
Dinner Sets and Other.
Saturday, Sept. 10
AT 5 O'CLOCK P-' M
And for THIRTY WEEKS we will give
away dinner sets and on the thirty-first week
we will give away a beautiful $55.00 sewing
machine to the person holding the card
showing the largest amount purchased during
the week. These dinner sets and the sewing
machine are now on exhibition at our store.
Each time you make a purchase at this store
amounting to over $1. 00, the total amount of
sale will be punched out of your contest Card
Each week on the day and hour- specified
above you will present your cards
in. person at this store
On the day and the hour specified the person present
holding the card which shows the largest amount of pur
chases punched out, will receive absolutely FREE of all
charges, a beautiful hand decorated 42-piece dinner set.
If your card does not entitle you to the set of dishes at
the first awarding, hold your cards for subsequent distribu
tion as we will continue giving away a set of dishes each
week for thirty weeks, so even if some one else does get
the set of dishes one week, your card may be highest card
some later week, so save every card.
As previously stated you are entitled to a new card every
time you make purchases at this store amounting to $1.oo
or more. For example suppose you purchase at one time
goods amounting to $2.75, we will then punch that amount
($2 75) out of your card, so that unless you purchase more
than that amount at another time, that card ($2-75) is
your high card.
When your card secures you a dinner set it will be marked
"cancelled" by us and returned to you. You must save
this card along with any others that you may have as we
have another big "prize" for you.
WVe will be pleased to have you call and examine these
handsome presents. Here is your opportunity to secure a
set of dishes or a high grade sewing machine FREE.
Shelley- 'eeler Co.
II Newberry. South Carolina.
How many people of means do you know who haven't made
money on land? Small investments wisely made lead to large
We have a few/ farms that ought to pay you a large interest
on their cost and at the same time more than double in value
in the next ten years.
No. i Is 170 acres four miles from railroad village,
homestead and tenant house, rents for 2800 pounds of lint
cotton, will cut 250,000 feet of timber, all for $2,100.
No. 2 219 acres good eight room residence and five
tenant bouses, only one mile from Silver Street for $45 per acre.
No. 3 900 acres near Whitmire for $5 an acre. This
land is well timbered, and could readily be cut into several
No. 4 200 acres in Newberry county with a two-horse farm
open, plenty of good timber, rents for 1700 pounds of lint
cotton, all for $2,200, on easy terms.
No. 5 300 acres near Reno a good farming proposition at
$16.50 per acre.
No. 6 550 acres only three miles from a prosperous village
with an oil mill and a bank and numerous stores, large
homestead and several tenant houses, 12-horse farm open and
being worked, all for $8,500. Very easy terms. This farm
is worthy your consideration if you want a nice home. Has
good neighbors, has telephone in the house, and has made its
present owner rich enough to retire.
A five room house and two acres of land right in Newberry,
worth $2,500 for only $2,000.
Four nice building lots on Reed street in Newberry at an
attractive price. Two lots at High Point for $550. Large
two story house and three acres of land for $4,750.
We have numerous other properties in Greenwood, Ander
son and Greenville..
New South Real Estate Trust
Herald and News Building, Newberry. Masonic Temple, Greenwood
THE GOOD OLDI
SUMMER TIME i
+ and we have a few of the neC
essaries required to fortify against
the hot weather, sush as
.v Lemon Squeezers./
Ice Shavers Ice Picks j 2
I Lemon Juice Extractors j
+ Water Coolers
* Ice Gream Freezers
I ewberry Hardware:'