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THE HARVEST OF THE SEA.
The deep sea lies dreaming by the shore,
And up the rugged, grassy steep
The fisher folk bring home once more
Their harvest gathered from the deep.
Like ripened plains at summer tide,
Their cornfields are the waters wide.
For wife and home and nestling child.
They trauiail on the trackless sea.
The emile that is at parting smiled
Mar be a life's last memory
The accentsof a farewell word
May be the latest ever heard.
When on th* sea of life'I sail,
With weary longings and regret,
If all my countless efforts f-i=
I must not fail to cast my net,
Waiting till One perchance comes nigh
To show mo where the fishes lie.
OLD PARSON WADE.
The pompous little chairman of
the village church committee ended
his neat little speech. with a final
flourish of his fat hands, and leaning
back in his chair complaently await
ed the reply of his audience, the
Rev. James Wade. But there was
no response from the motionless fig
ure by his side. It was growing
dusk, but the flickering firelight
showed him the outlines of the od
man's gaunt frame, the droop of the
bowed head and the trembling, wrin
kled hand upon which it rested.
-There was something in Parson
Wade'q attitfde that disturbed the
chairman's self complacency, and he
shifted uneasily from one position"
to another and wished heartily that
his words had remained unsaid.
"Blest if I dreamed the old man
would feel so cut up about it," he
said to himself. "As Mis' Prentice
said, he'd orter expect it. He's hed
It had se~med a simple thing.
Old Parson Wade had become old
fashioned and rusty and outgrown,
too, by the people of the b'ustling
little factory village. -What was to
be done, then, but to throw him one
side, like any dingy old garment,
and replace him with a new minister
Qf later pattern and more popular
style? But for some reason it is ah
easier matter to discard an old coat
than an old pastor, at least so
thought Chairman Hicks as - he
glanced uneasily at his companion,
while several minutes slowly ticked
At last the stillness became unsup
portable. He started up and fell to
poking the fire with nervous, ener
getic strokes, which seemed- likely
to put out the flames. His action,
however, served to arouse Parson
Wade, who rose, mechanically,
reached for his shabby beaver hat,
and with a low "Good night, Mr.
Hicks," moved with slow, uncertain
steps toward the door.
"You won't hold no grudge, par
sct?" said Mr. Hicks, following him.
But the parson suffered his nerveless
fingers to-rest foi- an iniint in the
strong grasp of the chairman, then
silently opened the door and went
out. He tottered down the steps and
fumbled several minutes at the gate
before he could open it.
- The day was endingin adrearyrain
-a chilly November rain that made
people turn up their coat collars
with a shiver and remark that win
ter was coming. The wind whistled
about the lonely figure as it crept
slogly-up the road. Fitful gusts
-~played with the thin .locks that
stggled over his collar and.pierced
his threadbare garments, while the
rain moistened his spectacles so that
the faded old eyes could scarcely see
the path. But old Parson Wade
seemed to heed neither wind nor
rain, but with head bowed low stag
gered on in the blinding storm. If
passersby noticed the desolate fig
ure it was only to clasp their bun
dles tighter, button their coats closer
and hurry past, leaving him soon
The news of his dismissa had
come to Parson Wade with cruel sud
denres, and only by degrees did he
?ect-7e. frpmn his half dazed condi
tion. Over and over in mechanical
fashion he repeated Mr. Hicks wvords.
"There's some that's tired of old
fashioned doctrines and wish a
younger preacher. A progressive
age, parson, is that we're living in."
They were tired of him, then, that
was what it all meant, and there was
no longer any use for him in the
world. It would be so always now.
Nobody would care for him or look
to him for aid. And the girls, his
daughters, what would they say
when they heard of it, how would
they receive this news? With bitter
reproaches, with stinging words, he
knew, and the thought sent a shud
der thouh him. Yes, it would
makethings worse for him at home,
and things were sorry enough there
All throuigh the dreary years since
his wife's death the old man had
been under the rule of two unmar
ried daughters, who made no effort
to conceal the fact that their old fa
ther was an uncomfortable burden
on their hands. They allowed him
shelter and food to avoid town gos
sip and added his meager salary to
the comfortable little income that
they gained by teaching. But by
continued taunts they succeeded in
ang his whole life sad and un
comfortable. Yet Parson.Wade al
ways expected that some day he
would come home to find a kind wel
come and loving w-'ls from them.
"They're Mary's cdren," he would
say to himself. "Surely they must
care a little for their old father."
But this dreary November night the
old comforting assurance was no
longer his. In the bitterness of this
new pain he gave up all hope that
he could ever be wanted anyw'iere.
With these t~-ughts ir ~ . vid
the old man stumbled on and at- last
turned inat the gate and reached the
house that he called home. Re
stepped out of the cold and gloom of
the nighrtinto the warmth and cheer
of the cozy little hall. Re paused
for a moment and held his thin,
chilled -fingers over the register.
The grateful warmth stole in upon
his benumbed senses, and despito his
sorrow he felt a thrill of. ,pleasure.
Then as he looked up it seemed for
an instant as if he were waking
from a painful dremgLT. for there in
the doorway stogv: -.wirsomo little
maiden, who eyed . i~ with chilish
curiosity. The old u::I w~as passion
ately fond of children, and his fade 1
eyes grew wistful as hie said in quis.
ering .tones, "Come and see me, lit
There was little in the gaunt old
man, with his stooping shoulders,
thin spectacied face and shabby,
9-c+n m i wja arments, to attract
a child. But she started toward
him and was -almost in his arms
when a sharp voice cried: "Father
Wade, what right have you to touch
her? Come away, Elsie, dear, the
ugly old man will hurt you." With
these words Miss Harriet, the young
er of the daughters, led away the
child, and Parson Wade was once
more alone. The look of abhorrence
and terror that stole over the child's
face cut deep into the old -man's
heart as his daughter's cruel words
failed to do. A slight moan escaped
his lips, but dreading a fresh rebuke
he choked back a rising sob and hob
bled away into the darkness of his
Half an hour later the little house
hold gathered at the tea table. Miss
Wade, tall and stately, presided with
cold dignity, and opposite her sat
Miss Harriet, with little Elsie, the
daughter of a near neighbor, who
had left the child with the Wade
women for the afternoon. The par
son took his seat, and reverently bow
ing his head moved his lipsin a mur
mured prayer of thanks. Instantly
his daughters began a clatter of sil
ver and .jhina,.. while in needlessly
loud tones they began to talk gayly
on some amusing and trifling sub
ject. This was a disciplinary meas
ure in their eyes. "We must break
him of this absurd habit," they said
to each other in talking the matter
over. "Come, you've mumbled long
enough," cried Miss Harriet. "The
toast-is getting cool."
Little Elsie eyed the old man fur
tively during the opening of the
meal and fidgeted uneasily in her
chair. She -was a timid child, and
Miss Wade's remark lingered in her
-"Will he hurt me now?" she whis
pered to Miss Harriet after some
"Why, you poor child! Does he
frighten 'you? You'd better take
your plate and cup into the kitchen,
father. I don't wonder the child is
frightened. You really are uncanny
So Parson Wade was vanished to
the kitchen, there. to eat his bread
and drink his weak tea alone. He
longedifor a bit of meat for his sup
per and a little cream and sugar for
his tea. Once, months before, he
had made bold to reach for the milk
pitcher, but was stopped by the
words, "Do you tink we can afford
to supply you with luxuries-you
who do not earn clear tea even?"
After that he did not offend in this
way again, but tonight he watched
with almost a feeling of envy the
sleek well fed cat as she. lapped her
brimming saucer of creamy milk
Lucky cat! Therewas always enough
food for her.
On his way up stairs awhile later
Parson Wade passed the parlor door
and paused a moment to look in.
The fire was burning cheerily in the
grate, there was a cushioned chair
before it, and on the tabl4 by the big
lighted lamp was the evening paper.
The old man hiesitated. He was never
allowed in that room, he knew, but
the "girls," he remembered, had gone
to take Elsie home, several doors
away. And that paper, he was sure,
had a long report of the conference
held the day before in a neighboring
city. The temptation was irresist
ible. He sat down in the big easy
cair and begantoread. This weary
old Christian veteran, his years of
active service ended, yearned for
news of the thousands of soldiers in
the thick of the fight, and rarely did
a paper or magazine enter his hands.
hat the work he so loved was still
going on he felt sure, but in his nar
row, cramped life he longed for de
tailed tidings of the progress of the
With glistening eyes he read, for
~etting his own sorrows. Half an
our had' passed when a hand drew
the paper' from his grasp, and his
eldest daughter's cold voice said,
"You forget that this room is not in
tended for your use." Miss Wade
was never so abusivein her language.
as her hot tempered sister, but her
icy, sarcastic words were often quite
as cutting. But tonight her father
scarcely heard the words. He rose
mehanically, and with feeble step
limbed the stairs to his chamber.
There is the bare; desolate room,
with its bit of faded carpet and its
scanty furnishings, shut out from the
hery little parlor with its fire, pia
no, books and cushioned chairs, the
old man spent the long evenings in
dreary loneliness. -
There he toiled over his sli'itless
sermons, trying out of his rmeager,
barren life to find something that
might bring encouragement and com
fort to some struggling soul. When
the oil gave out in the little lamp,
and the light grew dim, he would
close his books with asigh and gath
er his papers together, and often as
the sound of music and laughter
floated upward from the parlor be
low the lonely old man on his lpnees
spent the remaindrlm.of the evening,
and indeed much of .the night, in
agonized pleading for. reledse, for
help. Tonight his" only wish, his
one plea; was fde death, and with
tears falling from his eyes he begged
piteously that his Father in heaven
would take him-to himself.
Sleep, however, brought uncon
sciousness, and with ~the morning
came a new desire to live. It came
-for so curiously does .the trivial
mingle with the tragic in this check
ered life of ours-from an invitation
out to tea! The invitation came from
Widow Bickford, one of his parish
ioners, rich and childless and as full
of whims and oddities as a woman
can possibly be. Doubtless she had
smmoned him to say that his dis
missal was richly deserved, reflected
the parson, but at all events he
should get a good supper, and the
widow's squash pies were famous.
Afternoon came, and Parson Wade
brushed his threadbare clothes, tied
and retied his rusty necktie with
stiff, eager fingers and smoothed his
thin locks with infinite pains. He
was trembling all over with delight,
this foolishold mnan,. for it was many
a weary month since any one had in
vitd 'aim out to tea, and he was as
pleased as a child at the prospect
A little :smile stole over the wrin
kled fade withi its s'Ad lines and fur
rows of care, and Parson Wade de
cided, in this new, intoxicating pleas
ure, to say nothing to his daughters
of the parish committee's decision
until after his return from Widow
Bickford's tea. So off he started,
with somehig akin to briskness in
his gait, and his head quite erect, as
became a pastor izxited out to teaby
All through the meal, at which the
parson was the only guest, the cheery
little widow watched him narrowly
with her sharp little eyes, gossiping
gayly the while about this thing and
that. And the parson forgot his sor
rows, forgot his shabbiness, yes, for
got his daughters even, and laughed
his weak, quavering laugh, which no
one had heard for years, as he told
long anecdotes of bygone days.
The widow, it seems, had observed
the old man for many months with
mingled pity and indignation and
had come to a somewhat startling de
termination in her funny, whimsical
fashion. To be sure, she had been
beset by a doubt or two, mainly in
connection with her husband, dead
some 20 years. But she was not a
woman to hesitate long when she
saw her duty plainly, and these
doubts were tferefore disposed of
"Ef the Lord wants me to marry
the parson and take care of him, why,
I guess he'll take care of Hiram Bick
ford's feelings, and I don't have no
need to trouble myself about 'em.
And Hiram was always such a sensi
So the old lady, in her crisp black
silk gown and best lace cap, smiled
on the shabby, sad old man, while
she helped him liberally to the sweets
on the table and finally said:
"James Wade, you'd orterbelooked
out fur, and the Lord sez fur me to
The amazed parson fairly gasped
forjan instant, but he had been ruled
oll his life by womankind, so he
ieekly murmured, "Yes'm."
"It's kinder lonely without a ian
'bout the place, and that Jake, Le's
wuthless 'nless there's a man to see
ter him. You and I, parson, are old
enough to do without highfalutin
talk 'bout love and sich, and so, Isay,
the sooner we're married the better."
The widow drew a sigh of relief as
she ended. to think that now the
matter was all settled. The parson
wiped his spectacles and said tear
fully, "God bless you."
A little later as they sat before the
blazing fireplace the parson faltered
out, "But what will the girls say?"
'"Say" responded the widow brisk
ly. "Why, lots o' things. Never
saw 'em when they didn't. But we
won't tell 'em till it's all over with,
and then let 'em talk I"
And so they were married. It was
wonderful to see how soon Parson
Wade got accustomed to his fine
broadcloth and his life of ease. Then,
too, he never realized that the affee
tionate, almost obsequious manner
with which his daughters now treat
ed him was due to the change in his
The simple old man really believed
that of which he had dreamed was
come, and that his daughters had re
turned to their old, childish fondness
for him. The old taunts and Ihts
were all forgotten, and if ever
Wade were tempted to remind him
she forebore, though she insisted al
ways that her mnyshould not be
spent upon the "gil."
So a wealth of cerand comfort
came into the lonely, sad old life, and
Parson Wade seemed likely to end
his days almost unconscious that he
was ever otherwise than happy, for
every day the memory of the old sor
row grows fainter, and he drinks the
sweet cup of oblivion.-Springfield
Here, for instance, are huge stacks
of timber, and our ears are greeted
with the hum and birr so certainly
associated with a sawmill. This long
range of buildings is entirely devoted
to the making of spools. The ma
chines employed are various. Here
the wood is being cut into short
lengths; there a hole is being punched
through the small round pieces, while
yonder a machine shapes thie rough
wood into a smooth spool in one
It is by means of the wood required
to make these spools that we get some
conception of the enormous output of
this factory. Each day there is as
much thread finished here as would
wind round the world several times,
and in order to produce spools for the
thread it is calculated that an extent
of forest planted with birch trees
covering 550 acres has to be cut down
every year, while on an average 12
ships of large carrying capacity are
employed each season in bringing the
wood across to this country from
America and Canada.-Good Words.
Why Does the Earth Bevolve?
That the earth "do move" is a fact
that has been demonstrated in a va
riety of ways, but exactly svhy it
does so is not so easy to explain. The
astronomers are not agreed uponthis
question, and "when doctors dis
agree" where are the common peo
ple to look for explanations, answers
and solutions to such queries? One
school of these star wise men claim
that the original initial centrifugal
force given the globe was directed in
aline slightly to one side of the cen
ter, which would of course cause the
great globe to rotate on its axis, and
by what is known as the "law of in
ertia" it would "continue to so re
volve at a uniform rate of speed ti
til arrested by some outside forces."
(thers claim that the motion of daily
rotation is a compound resultant of
the general motion of the earth in
its orbit and the attraction of the
sun.-St. Louis Republic.
One of the curious national
branches of industry -which have
grown to enormous proportions in
Bucharest, the capital of Roumania,
is the noble profession of "hired rela
tives," which undertakes to furnish
to everybody in want of parents,
brothers, sisters, aunts, etc., the
necessary persons to represent them.
Persons who desire to got married,
for instance, and have no parents to
figure at their respective weddings,
or who are in possession of such who
decline to give their consent to the
marriage of their sons and daugh
ters, need do nothing more than sta
tion themselves near the entrance to
the marriage license bureau. There
they will soon find themiselves ac
costed by some "gentleman" or
"lady," who for a moderate sum of
money is willing to take the place of
the absent parent.
For 20 lei ($4) quite a respectable
looking father can be hired. Fifteen
lei is paid for a brother, and a fash
ionably dressed mother costs the
same amount. Investigation has dis
closedI the fact that some of these
profssonal mothers have figured at~
STRAIGHT +: BUSNESS!
Come and See Us and Let Us Talk Straight Business
We have one- of the largest stock of goods ever brought to this
town, and they were bought to sell.
Give you something to eat? Then you hit us at our strongest
point. But it is impossible to try to tell you here what we have,
but You will find everything, from a soda cracker to barrel of
molasses in our grocery departmet.
Everything fresh and of the very best quality.
Smoked Bacon, -
"White Dove" Brand Hams,
" Gold Medal" Flour,
and Fine Coffees
Are our pets.
Our line of tobaccos and cigars is complete.
Ladies, Your Attention!
Dress goods in
In fact, we can furnish you any goods you need.
Dry goods have gone up since we bought, but we will give our
customers the benefit of our early purcbases.
Ribbons, laces, trimminge and buttons and gloves in large,
Our Gent's Furnishing Goods
Department is fdll. Ready-made clothinag to fit anybody's back
and pocket-book. Large line of pant goods in bolt.
How about Shoes?
Now you are talking. If we can't fit sod please you in footwear
you will have to go barefooted. We've-got 'em.
Crops are good I
All right. Then you will want bagging and ties. We have a,
warehouse full and will make prices right. They must be sold.
Want to Sell Your Cotton and Cotton Seed?
Our scales are at the back door, and we will give you the top
figure. Haven't time to write more, but want to see you. before
you sell your cotton or buy your goods.
Yours, for Business,
J. W.- McL EOD,
S UJMTER'S NEW ENTERPRISE!
The management of the above-named firm is pleased to inform the
people of Clarendon county that its large and well-assortd stock is
now in, and cordially invites you to inspect their
In the Solomon Block when yen visit Samter again.
Anything desired in
and in fact anything expected to be found in a dry-goods store can be
found at this well-appointed establishment.
THE COMING WOMAN,
if the fashion plates are to be believed, will wear black, and there
nevr was such a demand for black goods to the exclusion of a large
per centage of the colored fabrics. In :fact, nothing adde more t5
te Beauty and Dignity of a Woman's Appsaranoe
than a handsorie black gown, which is alike economical and ultra
In this department everything above twenty cents is gaaranteed to
- be all-wool, no cotton mixtures, and above all, new and fresh.
Our Dress-Makinlg Department
n the first floor is directed by Miss Mattie DuPont, whose
abilities in this line are already well known and need no further men
tion. The standard patterns will be used in this department, and se
also for sale at the counters.
All mail orders will receive the prompt attention of eapable sales
men, and samples will be cheerfully forwarded to any address upon ap
TH SUMTER DRY-GOODS ACOMPANY,
WHEN YOU COME TO
TOWN CALL AT ....
* * * AN
COTTON IS UP,
* * * and ei
* * * MostI
Latest styles in
Flannels, Outings, Wort
and many others, which must be
establishment in this section of
goods. I make it a rule to sell al
make a tremendous profit on the
In these lines I bought on]
with the fashions. When a suit c
and look at my all-wool suits for I
Heavy Cottonl PNt
The largest stock of shoes
to the selection of the goodsand
leather gents' shoe-suitable for
simply strangles high prices. Co
Household and F
I am my own cotton buyei
market price for cotton, and will a
from shipping. A cordial invitati
If so, buy the
* The best stone
M for grinding
rn ;requires less dresing; gives es
trouble; makes better meal, and cost less
money than any mill in the world.
Next is our - .
iuTMh ' e only mill in the
R1C Iwworld that will, iu
e operation, take rough rice, hull, clean
d polish it ready. for market or table.
antaion and Othor Saw Mills.
- - -ALso
ihi a4 Wei-Mgvin any
3ttom rectory Priou.
V. C. BADH AM
yOW3rn4TA, S. C.
iEANING, S. C.
Do not fail to call and look ove'r our
stock. To look is to buy.
IF YOU WISH A HAT
- 'ou wILL rnD
Bacalag Stylui ad Seusil Shpes.
You can now be in touch with New
York as our goods come to us
direct from that city.
Our endeavor is to keep an
We carry a complete line of
laces,-and - -
We also carry
en's and Boys' Underwear
Hats and Cis
GIVE .US A CALL.
MISS ANNIE DAVIDSON. -
W HE N YOU COME
TO TOWN CALL ATf
Which is fitted up with an
eye to the comfort of his
IN ALL STYLES,
Done with neatness and
dispatch. .. .. ...
A cordial invitation
A. B. GALLOWAY,
es Levi's Mammoth Store
HANSOM EDCEIs the Pr'ide of Maningo
rerybody is feeling better, and if you want to feel still better come and
i and buy your fall and winter supplies at prices that will astonish you
>f the stock was bought before goods had advanced, and for that reason
Dffer the most flattering inducements to the purchasing public.
1oods, Henriettas, Serges, Brilliantines, Silks,
iteds, Cheviots, Crepons, Girighams, Satines, Prints
seep to be appreciated. Come and examine for yourself. There is no.
the State that will undersell me in flannels, bleaches and unbleached
. of my goods straight and do -not offer them one article below coat and
ther goods the-people are compelled to buy.
ng, Pants Goods, Hats Shoes, Corsets, Hosiery.
y from reputable manufacturers, who pride themselves on keeping up
f clothes is wanted I ask that you not*make a purchase until you come
;5. The best wool-filling jeans pants on the market for one dollar.
s, with Susiidrs to Each Pair, 0 y 75 Ceits.
in town to select from and at old prices. I gin my personal attention.
see to it that I give my patrons their money's worth. I can sell a solid
dress-for $1.50. I sell a ladies' handsome dress shoe for $1 which
-sets from 25 cents up; I am headquarters for the famous R. & G.
?arming Implements of All Kinds.
7 PRICE PAID FOR CCOTTON.
and am not tied to any factor's stake. Ican and will pay the bighest
-arantee that the prices paid by me will bomore than can be obtained
Dn is extended to the public to viit my store. Yours truly,
MANNING, 8. C.
TOBA CCO GROWERS,
Look to your own interest and
sell your tobacco where you cau
Get the Highest Prices for it.
We are getting high prices at
The Planters' Warehouse!
New buyers are on the market every day, and they
all want your tobacco. They are here for that pur
pose and must have it ; consequently, they will pay
competition prices. Bring us a load and be convin'ced
that what we say is true. We have 4he
A SALE EVERY DAY.
Yours for business,
SMOOT & McGILL.
JNO. REB DRAKE, Auctioneer.
I. VI DRANT& SON
To Our Clarendon Friends :
we are now prepared to offer- lower prices than ever. Call or write for what
you want. Oar Stoek is complete. We bare added to our immense stock of
hardware a large line of
Paints, Oils, Etc., at Low Figures.
Harnees, saddles, Rubber and Belting. Teather, Ete.
Great bargains in guns, pistols, etc.
Headquarters for Powder, Shot and Shells (loaded and empty).
Engine supplies, belting. etc.
Headquarters for Cooking and Heating Stoves (Wanted).
- UIVE SHOE STQRE
IS A STORE IN
~ SUMTER, S. C..
SELLINO AND MAKINGI
It Is Next Door to the Bank of Sumter.
Immense stock made up like bread-that is,..before the rise."
You will save money on your shoe bill by making your shoe pur
chases fromi us.
-THE ]IVE SHOE STORE.
TO:CONSUMERS OF LAGER BEER:
The -Palmetto Brewirng Company of Charleston. s.~ C.. have made arrangements
with the South Carolina State authorities, by which they are enabled to fill order. from
consumeri. for snipmients of beer in any quantity at the following prices :
Pints (patent stopper)............'.................70e per dozen
Four dozen pints in crate.... .*..........-....'..2.80 pe rt
Eighth-keg.........................--- .. ---.- . -----...1.25
Half-barrel... ............. - -...-- ..-----.--............45
Exports, pints. ten dozen in barrel:..........................0
It will be necessary for consumers or parties ordering to state that the beer is for
private -consumption. We offer special rates for these shipments. This beer is guar
anteed pure, made of thec choicest hops and malt, and is recommendIed by the medical
fraternity. Send to us'for a trial order.