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Many readers of The Times have very little idea of
the importance and magnitude of the latest edition to
C larendon's manufacturing enterprises. We allude to
the big new milling plant which was begun to be built
near Sardinia about a year ago. Within the past fifteen
months what was corn and cotton fields and strips of
woods on the eastern bank of the eastern prong of Black
River, near the long causeway, many houses, a railroad
dlepot, a government p)ostoffice, railroad tracks acres of
large stocks of cypress lumber, an artificial lake, several
stores, a large and up-to-date saw mill and planing mills,
and the improvement still going on. The name of this
new place is Gable, and the town lies between the town
of Sardinia and the large Black River Swamp. The towvn
inamed in honor of Mr. C. P. Gable, the presidlent and
manager' of the Black River Cypress Company.
F'or hlundrleds of ycars nature has kept in store thou
sands of acres of land in the Black River swamps, heavi
ly timb~er:'d with eypress and other dlesirable woods, com
prising wheni manufaictured, millions and millions of feet
of valuable lumber. Twenty to thirty years ago this tim
hrwas regarded as being of little value. But some fif
ten to twenty yea rs a go these valuable bodies of timber
began to attract the attention of speculating men, andl
p ractically all of them were bought up. But it remained
in this particular' section not for the parties who first
ownved the timber, nor for the parties who first bought
it, but for entirely new arnd strange p~eolple to Clarendon
C'ounty, to set ini motion the means for developing these
sK1urces of wealth.
A\ little over a year ago the Black River Cypress Coin
p'any was organized with Mr. C. P. Gable of Louisiana as
p residenit andl general manager. The company bought a
hlarge body of timber ini Black River andl also in Dial's
Bay, farther over near the line of Florence and Claren
don Counties. Tfhe company set to work for the erection
of a large new plant, tup-to-date in every particular, for
cutting 1he timber. The town of Gable is the result. It
is worth the trip of anyone to go to Gable and go over
the plant. Mr. Gable, the president and manager, and
also Mr'. Josep)h Rittina, the secretary of the company,
are both southern men, with entiriely southern sentiments
and southern manners, and have come into the commu
nity to make their homes there for many years at least.
and are altogether in sympathy with all matters for local
uiprovement. Indleed all of the officials connected with
the plant are southerners, and1 we feel at home among
them, Mr. Gable, Mr. Rittiner Mr. Fields and also Mr.
Cristal who runs the merchandise adjunct of the big
It is not practicable in a short article to go into great
dletail concerning the mill. Sufficient to say that it is
all modern and up)-to-dlate, with new machinery, and the
plant also has its electric lig-hts For the Present the com
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figures. Reg11iars, Stubs,
Stout, Long Stout and Slim.
Pockets==$12.50 to $4
vs' Suits are especially ati
Let us show you.
F HART, SCHAFFNER & MAR)
pany is cutting the timber from its Dial's Bay holdings,
some' ten or twelve miles distant, and has not yet begun
to cut from the Black River timber. The logs of course
are brought in on trains on the Alcolu Railroad, and a
novel feature of the process is that they are first dumped
off into an artificial lake of perhaps one and a half acres,
the water being four or five feet deep, and being sup
plied by several large flowing wells. In this the logs are
kept in store, and floated up to the edge upon which the
saw mill is built. From the water they are pulled up to
the second story of the building, and all by machinery
the log goes rapidly on its way, the time from the lake
to the stage that the log is converted into all manner of
merchantable lumber being only a few minutes. For
the present the company is cutting cypress, and also
black and swveet gum, andi other hard woods, and manu
facturing flooring, ceiling, weatherboarding, and finish,
laths, shingles crate stuff, etc.
But the practical benefit of an enterprise like this in
a community comes from the fact that this company has
already built some 45 to 50 comfortable houses, and are
still building. The'y employ aboue 250 men in all the va
rious dlepartments, andl have a monthly pay roll of some
thing like $11,000. The company has just begun selling
its outp~ut, and this is sold principally in the North and
the East, and the product comes back and is spent again
in this section. Another point of interest in connection
with a plant of this nature is that it affords a local mar
ket for chickens, eggs, p~ork, beef, vegetables and all man
ner of country produce which may he raised in that
section of the county. Tlhe town of Gable is only a frac
tion over one year old, and is still building. When the
plant and its various departments are built up to the
proportions now in contemplation it will consist of about
one hundred houses actually under the management of
the company for its employes, and there will probably
be 500 people to comprise strictly the population of the
town in connection with the business, besides the other
p~eole and business concerns who will come as a result
of the building. It is worth a trip to Gable to see what
has taken place over there in the past twelve months,
and the county is fortunate in being able to w icome
among the citizens such persons as Mr. Gable and Mr.
Rittiner with their excellent families, and also their other
welcome assistants connected with the big new enterprise.
. WILL WE PAY A RAISE.
In this issue we have a communication from Dr. J. F.
Geiger relating to the telephone squabble and also the
meeting which takes place next Ttnesday. We fully agree
with Dri. .Geiger, when he takes the position that the
company is now paying from twenty-five to thirty per
cent, and should be satisfied. Of course, this' matter is
under' advisement of the railroad commission, and will
be disposed of at the meeting- next.Tuesday, but at the
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same time should the commission grant the request of
the telephone company will the people submit to the
raise? The company first asked for a raise of fifty cents
per phone, then when the subscribers refused to pay
it, their representative, who is a shrewd lawyer tried to
pull the wool over the eyes of the subscribers by claim
ing to have so much of their interest at heart that he
would compromise on any little advance that might be'
suggested. We, as a stockholder, do not wish our divi
dend check boosted a little at the expense of our lpeople,
and will fight as long as we can to hold the rates down.
With the money invested and the service render'ed, we
feel t'hat it would be an imposition to charge more. So
let's have a full meeting next Tuesday, and try and have
the trouble peacefully settled for time~ to come.
Probably the most annoying, exasperating and alto
gether despicable characters with wvhich we mortals have
to contend is the shirk-the man who shunts his re
sponsibilities onto another's shoulders.
The shirk is the origimtl "get something for nothing"
artist. He is an adept at "using"~ his friends. He is an
expert at the "con" game.
The shirk is frequently found associated with import
ant undertakings. How he ever got there is a mystery.
How he manages to retain his place is still a greater
mystery. He never voluntarily does a stroke or work
whic hecan by any hook or crook p~ersuade some credu
lous associate to perform. He is forever devising schemes
by wvhich to roll his own responsibilities onto other
shoulders. He is utterly devoid of a sense of shame at
his own deficiency and always has a ready excuse for
However, in most cases he has one redeeming quality
-he is possessed of unlimited good humor. He has the
faculty of imposing on you till you rise up in revolt, when
he at once Ipoceeds to "jolly" you into a good humor and
into submitting to more of his tyranny. He always prd
fesses to believe in "hearing one another's burdens," but
is generally, preoccupied with his own affairs when your
burden begins to -chafe.
He is, in short a cumberer of the earth and occupies
the room that a good man should fill.
Every time we are thrown into close touch with one
of this gentry we are disp)osed to doubt if the problem
of human slavery was rightly decided. My! how we
should like to have the directing of his activities for just
a short while.
But as that is out of the question, we just go ox1 quiet
ly submitting to his im~ositions. *. -
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