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Arras, on the French Front, Dec. 26.
?Hundreds of big shells tore the air
over Arras all Friday afternoon. The
echoes of these were the last compliments
of the season and they had no j
sooner died away than the life ofj
Arras began to show itself through re- |
opened cellar doors and windows in
preparation for the usual Christmas
IThe people of the Artois rise above
their afflictions due to the war and
the spirit of Arras survives among the
heaps of ruins.
"It would really he a shame if we |
ihad not got used to it during all these;
months," said a woman selling postal
cards and stationery by a candle light
on the first floor of a building, three
parts open to the sky. "What we've'
got to do," the woman continued, "is
to hold out for final victory and lasting
After the usual systematic shelling;
died down rifle shots and the occasional
ractle of machine guns was all
that broke the stillness of death that I
settled over the city. The cathedral j
where midnight mass was said last;
year under the thunder of cannon,;
stood out against the twilight in rag- j
ged ruins like a spectre witt? crumb-!
ling walls of demolished buildings ail!
around and giving til? aspect of a gigantic
cemetery with decaying headctr\ri
Invisible Music Speaks.
The rattle of machine guns struck j
up against and a few rifle shots rang |
through the clear air. Toward S o'clock ;
the soft strains of an organ were heard
from an invisible source. Going
tnrough heaps of stone and glass to j
a chapel entrance one could see a |
candle light flickering through the
darkness a short distance away. Staff
officers', a.vaiting for dinner, led the
correspondent of the Associated Press :
to an adjoining room which resembled
Iia /->ro:c r nf r> 'ninifl fnrf* PXtinct 'VOl- !
"If it continues much longer you are
likely to have your fining room also '
opened' to the weather." said, the cor-1
respondent to r lie cflieers.
"That is quire possible," replied a I
captain, "but the destination of a shell |
is something over which we have no
control yet, have we, lieutenant?"
But the lieutenant was absorbed in J
an illustrated paper which had just;
arrived and made no comment.
Santa Clans and the Christmas spirit, |
notwithstanding the war, were in evi-1
cten-ce everywhere along the Artois
battle front, where the correspondent
passed Christmas eve. They were in
the trenches and shelters with the simple
soldiers; in the temporary barracks
where the traditional Christmas theater
was replaced by an improvised
concert and 'vaudeville which almost
rivaled the best Paris could do in time
of peace. In the quarters where the
officers celebrated with no less sim
piicity and dignity and in the first
little church still defying shell fire,
which one finds behind the battle front,
midnight mass was celebrated.
As Fourth of July.
From the road running almost parallel
to the trenches, rockets shoeing
oil into the air from both lines recalled
the Fourth of July fire works in America.
An officer explained that t'nis l
was partly due to habit.
"Fuses are set off every night," the
officer explained, "even when the moon
shines brightly as tonight, and besides I
Inquiry Into Fertilizer Cost.
A Washington special to t'he News t
and Courier says: !
In view of the fact that the prices of1
nitrate of soda and acid phosphate for 1
the coming year have increased nearly ;
100 yer cent over the prices for last;
year. Chairman A, F. Lever of the agri- j
cultural committee of the nouse of representatives
has asked the federal
trade com mi..-; ion to investigate for the <
purpose of d-:te: nining whether die increase
in prices is due to natural
causes or to a combination of (Coalers
in meise essential U rtiiizcr ingredients.;
The matter is eery important to Southern
The Cotton Futures Act.
Ruus and regulations of the cotton
futures act have been amended by the
secretary of agriculture so as to permit
tne filing of "rep^cement disputes"
with the seer: tarv on or before the
fifth business day succee ivsr me ider
of rejected cotton; reducing to $5
the mir":rai;m as^es-m^t in snv dispute
and making: it optional i7i?tp* - v
f mandatory for the office of markets
I to furnish a m^rncr
t One Sentence
i of Christmas as Cannons
zst, "Peace Through Vic
; Led by Warriors.
. the Germans may, as last year, have |
an idea that we are going at them be-1
! fore morning." I
! The fuses multiplied at the approaching
midnight and on the stroke J
of 12 the lines as far as the 'horizon
was illuminated as 'by a long line of
bright stars. Flashes of different colors
could be seen far away to the
north, although no reports were heard.
"T'ney are firing away up there
around Souchez," a lieutenant ex
(Several miles up the deep wide ditch
with 12 inches of chalky mud at its
bottom, just far enough from the German
line to permit tranquil sleep, soldiers
entertained each other with simple
folk, songs of their home regions
and examined parcels from home and
talked of victory. One soldier read a
little note from home which said:
"This year it is I who play father, j
This year I broke Dpen my savings j
bank and am sending presents to papn!
at the front."
(The soldier didn't explain who th;;j
writer was, but his thick, coarse beardI
failed to hide a touching smile with i
which he accepted the reversal of,
.? . !
"They're singing over mere, vsaiu a 1
soldier just back from the first line j
trench. "They've got an orchestra:
and they're shouting to beat all, but!
it doesn't scund ivery gay."
uPeace Tlirongh Victory."
Meanwhile the impromptu concert in j
the trenches went on in tones that:
were light, gay and confident. The!
same phrase was heard in all the j
toasts given here. It was "Peace I
A little farther from the trenches!
in a bombarded barn covered by an ;
improvised roof the midnight watcn!
was preceded by a concert in wnicn i
the soldiers who joked the military on;
staee in neace times reversed the;
order cf things and with the greatest;
zest caricatured the civilian behind the'
zone occupied by the armies.
All along the reads in this region I
two linos d. --seu in different directions.'
See () wU.-i pick, shovel and rifte- were;
going to take choir turn in the trenches
while o1 hers were going back to th?
eld village church to swell the congregation.
Officers, including generals,
co'oneis, captains and lieutenants,
with a sprinkling of civilians and many
women, were in attendance.
As in* the quarters of the soldiers
near the trenches everything in the (
attitude of the servic? brought cut the 1
same note: "Peace through victory." i
A chaplain with the red riooon or uie
Legion of Honor on his surplice, who \
had lost several brothers and has four:
more in the army, all of whom have,
b.-en cited in orders of the day, and;
he 'himself twice cited for heroic con- j
duct, preached of "Peace through bic-!
A stretcher bearer with a (military!
medal and a grenadier with a war i
cross on his breast sang a Christmas j
anthem to the accompaniment of the j
modest old organ piayeti -Dy a simpie
soldier with such a master hand that
the strains were quite as aspiring as!
the best cathedral music. The last
notes, "Peace on earth, good will toward
men," died away as the congregation
was filing out of the little
church, while in the distance the booming
of cannon recalled "No truce for
ELECTION HEALTH OFFICER.
At a meeting of t'ne board of health
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December 30th, 1915, at 4 o'clock in j
the afternoon, a health officer and aj
secretary will be elected to serve the j
following year, 1316.
The health officer's is fifty-five ($55) '
dollars and the secretary's salary ten ;
($10) per month.
All applications for tlnse positions,
must be in writing and in the nands of j
the secretary of this board not later j
than 12 o'clock noon on day of said j
By order of board.
S. S. Cunningham, Secy.
At Hartford School
"Ten Nights in a Barroom" will be
played at Hartford schoolhouse Frl(loy
p "'"m^er ' y the same
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|f DAYS "OF BOLD
Immense Output Follows Discovery
of Metal in California.
For Eleven Years, From 1850 to 1861,
the Yield Was Prodigious, Amounting
in 1852 to Over
Washington.?"The historically important
discovery of gold in California
was made in January, 1848, at John
Sutter's mill on South Fork of AmeriI
can river, near Coloma, a point only I
| ten or fifteen miles southwest of the
town of Auburn," says a statement by
the geological survey.
"From 1850 to 1853 the greatest
yield was derived from the gravels,
and the largest annual output for :
this period was more than $65,000,000
in 1852. There was some reaction in
1854, due to previous wild speculation,
but a production of about $50,000,000 a
year, chiefly from placer mines, was
maintained up to 1861.
"At first the gold was won chiefly
from the gravels alohg the present \
streams. Those who first got posses-!
sion of the rich bars on American,!
Yuba, Feather and Stanislaus rivers i
and some of the smaller streams in !
the heart of the gold region made at
times from $1,000 to $5,000 a day. In
1848 $300 to $700 a day was not unusual
luck; but, on the other hand,
the income of the great majority of
miners was far less than that of men 1
who seriously devoted tneraseives 10
trade or even to common labor.
"The gold pan, the 'rocker,' the
'torn,' the sluice and the hydraulic
giant, or 'monitor,' named in the order
of increasing efficiency, were the tools
successively used by the miners. Into
the 'rocker' and the 'torn' the miner
shoveled gravel or 'dirt.' rocking the
machine as he poured in water and
catching the gold, often with the aid
of quicksilver, on riffles set across the
bottom of his box. Sometimes a stream 1
was diverted into a flume to lay bare j
the gravel in its bed so that tne miner j
could get at it.
"In sluicing, the gravel was shoveled
into a similar but much longer,
box through which a stream of water
was allowed to run.
"Tho n rii criar>t u'as omnlnvpd
X AiV/ iAJUlUUiiV 5^""'' T? *-* V wv.
to wash into long riffle-set sluices immense
quantities of gravel, especially
from the higher (Tertiary) deposits,
much of which was too lean to work
out by hand. Water was brought for
many miles in ditches and flumes from
the high Sierra and conducted under
great head to a nozzle, from which it
was projected wiih tremendous force
"It was the vast quantity of refuse
washed int > the. streams by these hydraulic
operations that brought about
the conflict between mining and agricultural
interests, finally decided in
favor of the farmers.V j
BIG HAUL FOR "CRIPPLE",
This Eeggar Kept Record of Receipts
?Gives Police Hard
Allentown, Pa.?William Newbeck- <
er, a perfectly healthy man, who can;
twist his arms so that he looks crip- j
pled, did such a prosperous business
begging in Allentown that he wrent on
a spree and he was locked up, giving
the bluecoats a fight before they land- j
ed him in a cell.
At court it was found out that he
had a roll of several hundred dollars.
Newbecker, who covers the entire
East, kept a book showing his daily
receipts. His best day here brought
$14.50, and the average for some time
past wras $10 a day. He was fined $5
for drunkenness and told to leave;
NO NEW JOBS AT PANAMA
Canal Office Warns Unemployed Not
to Seek Work at
Washington.?The blockade of the
Panama canal by earth slides has not
created new work for Americans in
the Canal Zone, and the canal office
here issued a statement in an effort
to counteract published reports which |
have drawn many Americans to the
isthmus in search of employment.
"General Goethals indicates," the
statement says, "that the number of j
men continually being laid off on account
of reduction of force is in excess
of the vacancies which were temporarily
created by the work on the slides,
and the influx of men looking for employment
on the isthmus is entirely unwarranted."
They Rescued "Tige"
iiunim.ilten, j:ki.?.v uus
to William Wilcox, living %west of Andrews.
followed a coon into a ten-inch
tile ditch recently. Hunters spent
hours in trying to call the dog back,
but got no response? The owners dug
up the ditch at several places and
finally located Tige forty rods from
the opening and in an eight-inch side ?
ditch. The dog was exhausted, but
. 1 nnol All.
Apr*' r to see a
tor : V- >ov livine
' NOTICE OF A>>TAL 3IEETIXG [
Of County Board of Commissioners, j
Notice is hereby given that the an-i
j nual meeting of the county board of
commissioners for Newberry county
will be held in the office of the county
I supervisor on Thursday, January 6,
iyitj. , ,
j The law requires that all persona i
holding demands of any kind against
; the county, not previously presented to j
I the board, will file the same, properly j
! itemized and sworn to, with the clerk;
thereof on or before the first da^y of
January, 1916, so that they may be ex- j
amined and ordered to be paid at said
i Jas. C. Sample, County Supervisor. J
H. C- Holloway, Clerk, etc.
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A MERCILESS JUDGE
One Who Shows No Favor.
A merciless judge is Father 'Time.
Before him the; weak and the wanting
go to che wall. Only the truth can
stand, ror years ine lonuwius 2LO,LJC/~ I
meni from a X-ew Berry resident has j
withstood this sternest of all te^sfcs. I
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Sc. 5, -l-$ Mill House, Newberry, says: ;
"My kidc ys were cut of order and the j
kidney s cretions were unnatural and j
contained sediim-nt. My back ached!
and I had severe pains across my j
s;des. I finally began taking Doan's J
Kidney Pills and they made me feel (
much better in every way." (State- j
u-nt given March 21, 1911.)
\ Lasting Cure.
On Xc. . 20th, 1914. Mr. Rivers said: :
'T. e cure Deal's Kidney Pills brought
me has been permanent. I am now
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