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We are prep;
mortgages to r
HE ST FERTILIZER
to use this year is a mixtude of equal
parts of Acid Phosphate and Cotton
This mixture will analyse NINE per
* cent. available Phosphoric Acid, and
TH REE AND ONE-H ALF per cent. Am
monia, and nearly if not quite ONE
per cent. Potash.
Weare prepared to furnish both the
above materials and also Blood and
TVankage. and we solicit inquiries.
MANNIN OIL ILL
Manning, S. C.
is as near as your pos.tombeo or y~our telephone. A
card or a long disitatee call, and our service is at youlr
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SYSTEM IS FAULTY
Need of Better Interior Lines of Com
Paris, Dec. 20.-(Correspondence of
the Associated Press.)-Nothing has
availed to check the increase of the
cost of living in France. Breand only
has escaped the tendency. Everything
else considered, it costs at least 75
per cent more to live in France to
day than it did three years ago. War,
of course, is the first explanation, but
economic experts declare that difficul
ties of transportation and high
freights form the chief factors and
that these difliculties are due largely
to the failure of the government to
have ever carried out the projects for
interior navigation wvhich were urged
by de Freycinet Baudin andl Audif
fred, years ago, in the opinion of
these same econimie authorities the
failure of France to realize these ca
nal projects has beea responsible for
her anomalous position in the world
Although some 200 to 500 miles
nearer A merica and from two hun
dIred to two thousandl miles nearer the
extreme Oriental markets than Ant
werp or Hamburg, the French port,
of Marseilles before the war wVas sur
passedl by those Belgian and German
ports in Central European trade to
the Orient, while Bordeaux,Hlavre and
other French Atlantic ports were far
behind them in trade with the two
A mericas. Trhe marvelluos internal
organization of navigation andl trans
p)ortaition in Belgium and Germany
enabled them to dIrain toward their
ports nearly all the roreign bound
traflic of Central Europe though
lengthening the route and increasing
the time of (delivery.
Geneva, for instance, is further
from Antwerp than it is from Bior
dleaux, yet in 1912 Bordeaux received
almost nothing from Switzerland
wvhile Antwerp received 31,0001 tons
to be shipped by its longer route to
European ports. In the same year
Bordeaux rece ivedl and forwarded to
Genev'a only 4,5001 tons while Ant
werj) was a way station for '14,000
Long going nito) Switzerland.
The new necessities created by the
wvar, howVever, madec Bor~ieau x the
port for 35,000) tons of cotton and
grain and other commodlities en route
for Switzerland in 1915. Economie
authorities argue that wvith proper fa
cilities four years ago Bordeaux
would have received a lion's share of
the 75,000 tons of ingoing and outgo
ing Swiss traflic in 1912.
The question is one of the Rhine
against the Rhone so far as concerns
Central European traflic for which
Switzerland acts as a sort of "turn
table"' and wvith it are connected in
timately the long discussed projects
of the Rhone canal, the canal from
Marseilles to the Rhone, and the ca
nal from the Rhone to the Gironde
with Marseilles andl Bordeaux as the
De F'reycilnet and other far-seeing
statesmen who elaborated these canal
projects tell from powver before they
wvere realized but economic authori
tiesbelieve that the era of reconstruc
t ion after the wvar will une ranneo
.e Loans secu
ars with a ve
turning first of all, in the matter of
public improvement, to the question
Two of the most important pro
jectes waterways remain to be built;
one of them lateral to the Rhone will
continue the system from Havre and
Paris to Marseilles by way of Lyons
and will enable the Rhone to compete
with the Rhine for Swiss trade to the
Mediterranean; another comlecting
the Rhone with the Dordogne-that
is to say connecting Lyons and Mar
seilles with Bordeaux-will give Swit
zerland a shorter route to American
ports than that by the Rhine.
Ill-conveived rivalry of the strong
er railroad interests is accused of re
trading these projects as well as a
shorter line, but of comparatively
greater importance,in the North and
East connecting the canals of the Es
caut. the Meuse, and the Chiers, and
serving as5 connecting link between
the iron and coal districts.
Iland the canails built and projected
b~een inl eflicient operation at the be
ginning of the war, it is probable
that they would have eased transpor
tat ion (diflicult ies so as to have kept
the cost of l iving miuen nearer nor
mal; they wvouldl at least have kept
coal from going from 410 francs to1
130 francs a ton.
C'ouyh~ Medicine for Children.
.\rs. IIlugh Cook, Scot tsville, N. Y.,
says: "About live years ago when we
were living in G;arbutt, N. Y., I dloc
tored two of my children suff'ering
from (0olds with C ha mberla in's ('ough
Remedy and found it just as repre
sented in every way. It promptly
checked the ir coughing and cured
their colds quicke*r than anything I
ever usedl."' Oblta inable everywhere.
MlEItCII A NTS. SJIOUI) GIV E
LOW~VER P'RIC'ES IN CO(L~LECT'
Merchants shouldl cooperadte wvith
the orga~nized farmers b~y securing
for them the lowvest possible pirices
wvhen they buy collectively, and thus
encourage the spirit of community or
TIhere is inow' much more prejudice
anmong merchants against organized
farmers who buy and sell coopera
tively than exists among organized
farmers against local mercantile in
terests. Since there can be nod niota
blt ru rad comimunity development
without c'omun ity organization, the
merchant ho really w'~ants to see the
wvealth-creat ing powver of farmers in-.
ereased should encourage andl a id
members of the Farmers' Union in
making the organization re*nder het -
ter servie.-J-9. Z. Green, in The Pro
C A STOCR I A
red by highly
ry low rate of
A MODERN TONIC.
It is recommended to Improve the Ap
petite. gjive tone to the stomach, build tip
that run dlownl cond(ition and( promote
strencith. Order a bottle today.
Dickson's Drug Store
ou nti yeterday."
I f fo no by- resontanintiunge-,e denBank i~e
inbuna if, ouoe ousefa inu n oe day"
li's at dlly. btciiias youi havei't l1.e power tot 10 dii. the
fil ' - )1 V ht , :: t ~iite pow r t stari at llan~ik ;ieroiit aind !uurt if for
tlb' fuit Ir'. I~ihi 'd w-' w int, i Ii b - p 'V -','i Vyo'iiie in.>n to succee'id.
l'~ieI iniday with 8.
The Bank of Manning.
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