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VOL. XXXVII MANNING, S. C., WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 1917 0
YISITS THE SCHOOLS
OVER THE COUNTY
Finds Schools in Fair Shape-Makes
Several Recommendations for
Columbia, S. C., March 7, 1917.
For the second time since he has
been in his present position the State
Supervisor of Rural Schools the past
week had opportunity to visit some of
the schools of Clarendon County in
company with the.county superintend
ent of education. Only a few of the
schools visited on the former occa
sion were visited the past week, but
it was a distinct pleasure to note
some improvements that were made
in these schools.
Every county in South Carolina
has one or more points of special in
terest that distinguish it from the
other counties. Two points that char
acterize the schools of Clarendon
county especially are the excellent
distribution of the schools over the
county and the willingness of the
people of the county to transport
their children to school at their own
expense. - In most instances each
school in Clarendon county embraces
as large territory in its patronage as
is practicable. In order to do this
many children must be carried to
school. When so large a territory
is embraced in one school community
and when the people are willing to
send the children to school the long
distances the school itself is larger
in numbers and, therefore, greater
in efficiency than it would be other
wise, and the transportation at pri
vate expense economizes the school
funds' for the lengthening of the
The day of our first visit we reach
ed Trinity, Harvin and Alcolu schools.
Trinity was visited by the State Su
pervisor two years ago. This school
is so close to Manning and Alcolu
that its growth is about stationary.
It is continuing, therefore, to do an
pxcellent type of work for a two
teacher school under the Rural Grad
ed School Law of the State.
Harvin is a one-teacher school in
the same district with Alcolu. The
equipment at Harvin is altogether
inadequate and not that which the
interested teacher and pupils should
have. It was the pleasure of the
county superintendent and the State
Supervisor of Rural Schools to at.
tend a meeting of the patrons at
liarvin Thursday afternoon to con
sider the needs of this school. Judg
ing from the attitude of the patrons,
Harvin will likely have it. equipment
improved or will decide to transport
the children to Alcolu.
Alcolu is an excellent three-teacher
school with an excellent equipment.
While the teachers were working un
der adver'se conditions the day of our
visit ,owing to the absence on account
of sickness of one of the teachers,
the State Supervisor was pleased with
the character of the wvork observed.
Alcolu ought to be a rural graded
school receiving each year $300 from
u' the State as a three-teacher school.
The advantages however, that would
come from this participation in the
State funds would more than out
weigh the increase in taxes.
Wednesday Wilson's Mill, Forei r.,
Love Oak and Harmony were vi- Nd.
Wilson's Mill is a two-teacher - hool
in a building that has recently been
enlarged to accommodate two teach
ers. The house is a very satisfactory
two- teacher house. The school is well
organized, is well located and is ap
parently meeting the needs of the
people of the Wilson's Mill commu
Foreston and Live Oak arc each
one-teaicher schools in the same dis
trlct. From his observation the State
Supervisor long ago reached the con
clusion that where possible it is bet
ter to have one school in a district.
This uhifies the Interest and the ac
tivity of the people of the district
in building up their own school. This
a a general principle, however, that
sometimes does not so well apply in
Live Oak Is a small school but Is
kentirely too far from Foreston to be
consolidated, except at the cost of
transportation. The distance is such
that it might easily be cheaper and
more satisfactory to maintain a sop
arate school. The school itself how
Sever, Is in need of a better hoi1se and
equipme9t.. These, ought soon to be
supp~idedMi the school is to be main
tain~0d at its present location.
Foreston is being taught in a build
ing that belongs to the Masons. A
comfortable schoolroom is provided,
however, and the school might con
tinue for some time with this arrange
ment. The term of Forreston and.
Live Oak schools is inadequate and
special tax sufficient to provide an
adequate term ought to be levied.
Harmony is a well taught one
teacher school in a community that
has recently been putting forth decid
ed effort in school improvement.
School is being taught in an uncom
pleted building. With the State aid
that will likely come to this building
enterprise later in the year the house
will be completed and the people of
this community will then have a mod
ern school building.
Thursday we visited Sardinia, Zion
and Turbeville. Sardinia was visited
two years ago when it was a two
teacher school. This year the Sup
ervisor found it a three-teacher school
with the work well organized and
each departmen conducted in a highly
satisfactory manner. The addition of
one teacher to the teaching corps
means much in thoroughness of in
struction and general school efficiency.
The splendid building and thorough
organization at Zion are the result of
consolidation. Two years ago the
State Supervisor visited two one
teacher schools in this community.
These two schools with a third have
been consolidated, a new excellent,
modern building erected, and now a
well organized, well taught country
school is in operation. The people
of the Zion community can not be
commended too highly for this pro
pressive step in an effort to provide
the best of country school accommo
dations for their children at their
The State Supervisor had the pleas
ure of visiting the Turbeville school
for his first time. He was surprised,
but greatly pleased, at the. progress
iveness of the community in provid
ing so excellent and modern a school
building and in providing a teaching
corps sufficient to give thorough in
struction to all the children. He was
greatly pleased with the organiza
tion of the work at Turbeville and at
the progress that was in evidence.
The State Supervisor would have
been glad to have more time for fur
ther visiting in the schools of the
county. The trips of the three days
certainly showed the schools of Clar
endon county to be making progress
along with the schools of other coun
ties in the State. It will be a pleas
ure to the State Supervisor to return
to Clarendo' county whenever oppor
tunity afforus and make further ob
servations of the sane and practical
development that is now going on in
the country schools.
State Supervisor of Rural Schools.
Services at the Methodist Church.
Manning Methodist Church, Dr.
Watson B. Duncan, Pastor.
Sunday School at 10:30 A. M., Mr.
Joseph Sprott, Superintendent.
Men's Bible Class at same hour,
Hon. Charlton DuRant, Teacher.
Preaching at 11:30 A. M. and 8
P. M., by the Pastor.
Morning Subject: *'The Church
That Was Killed by Formality."
Evening Subject: "What' a Young
Man Did With Sin."
Epworth League at 4 P. M., Mr.
J. B. Cantey, President.
Preaching at Trinity at 4 P. M.
Sunday School at 3 P. M.
Prayer Service on Thursday at 4
P. M., followed by the Teacher-Train
Public cordially invitedl to all ser
Program of Woman's Missionary
Society of M. E. C., March 12.
Subject: "The Kingdom of God in
Bible Lesson: "Our Lord and Dis
ease." (Matt. IV 23, 24, IX 35;
Luke IX 1, 2.
Reports of officers.
Reports of committees.
Debate: Rsolved, That effort to
secure and enforce health legislation
is a needed form of Christian ser
vice, by M,rs. D. R. Riser negative
and Mrs. S. L~. Davis affirmative.
Round table conducted by Supt of
Social Service, Mrs. G. Sistrunk.
Collection of Dues.
CLARENDON POULTRY CLUB
WANTS. MORE MEMBERS;
AN INTERESTING LETTER
In behalf of the C:ra'.lo "o -nty
Poultry Associatic:i k:n ly :.,ow us
space in your paper to :iot:fv those
interested in the : .alt: in ;tr. in
)ur county that we are hoping to have
Prof. Hare of Clemson College with 1
as at an early date, to give us an- 1
other instructive talk on the care, 1
management and marketing of poul
try and eggs. Prof. Hare is a very
busy teacher and it is certainly a
great privilege to have him come
among us and tell us how to over
come our poultry troubles, and we
hope every one who is interested in
making poultry raising profitable will
come out to hear him and get the
benefit of his experience by following
these oral instructions and studying
his bulletin. The writer has had the
following experience with twenty-five
hens: The home table has been sup
plied with chickens and eggs and One
Hundred and Fifty-nine Dollars and
Sixty cents taken in from the surplus
since last April. Rememler that it
is not necessary to raise show birds
to be successful-what is really want
ed is good, healthy and thrifty stock.
The poultry industry is one requiring
but little capital to engage in and
almost every woman and child on the
farm can have a small piece of land
cut off for the purpose and with care
as to details given in these talks by
Prof. Hare be made exceedingly pro
fitable. Climatic conditions with us
being so favorable that but little ex
pense is necessary for housing and
other expenses-things required in
other lsc favored localities with us.
Green foods can be kept growing
through'ut ti year and young
chicks can be hatched at all times.
These can be sold as broilers in eight
weeks for twenty-five to 'hirty cents
per pound, while older rind heavier
chickens bring now frorn' twenty-one
to twenty-four cenLs per pound. The
poultry industry will never be what
it should without organized co-ope
ration of the producers, for in order
to be successful it is necessary to fill
orders on demand when high prices
are offered and the object of the Asso
ciation is through its secretary to
keep its members informed when and
how to ship their poultry and eggs
to get the best price for them.
The Association needs as members
all who are interested in getting the
very highest prices'for their surplus
stock of chickens and eggs and are
desirous of building up a pleasant
and profitable industry among us, and
a membership fee of Fifty cents is
all that is required. This fee is used
for the sole purpose of meeting the
actual expense of the Association in
purchasing stationery carrying on the
Mrs. John W. Heriot has kindly
consented to act as secretary for the
Thursday Night, April 12th,
Thursday night at Eight o'clock, ID
15 years of age. Each school allowe
Friday morning at Ten o'clock to
contests for pupils between the ages
one boy and one girl.
All contestants in the Field Day
school, which he, or she, represents,
No prize winner in Declamation
allowed to compete. .
Names of all contestants, accompa
sent to Supt, E. J. Browne, Manning,
Also state whether said contestant is
the following (lay.
Medals will be awarded the' winner
To begin at 11:30.
The Athletic contests will be dlivide
Section I consisting of boys and gir
consisting of boys and girls between
contestants andl events to be enteredl
Each school allowed one boy and or
Running High Jump for Boys.
Throwing Basket Ball in baskets.(
Running Broad Jump, for boys.
50 yard relay race for girls. (Tean
100 yardls race for boys.
75 yards race for boys.
440 yardls race for boys.
220 yardls race for boys.
Throwing Regulation Baseball.
Individual prize winners will be awi
The school making the highest mi
Baseball, Basket Ball and other as
Field Day Committee, consisting of
T. E. Lide, E. J. Browne.
IEALTH COMMITTEE OF
CIVIC LEAGUE HOLDS
THEIR FIRST MEETING a
The committee on Health and n
Tharities, under the auspices of the ti
Jivic League, held their first meet- r<
ng February 29, 1917. a
The following ladies compose this v
ommittee: Mrs. A. I. Barron, Mrs. 3
rank Ervin, Mrs. John Herriot, Mrs. F
have Levi, Mrs. Frank Burgess and P
Kiss Jessie McLean. s
The idea of this committee is to 0
systematize the charities of this town.
Vow,. we have on the streets every
lay chronic beggars that are really 1
)bjects of charity and the good peo
le help them. Then, on the other 3
land there are the beggars that are
ot objects of charity and the good, A
people help them. Then, there are
i vast number that need help, who
would almost rather die than ask for
We wish to help these people in a t
systematic manner and we want to f
be notified so we can Investigate. t
We have put boxes at each church e
loor, at the Jewish Synagogue and
the barber shop for voluntary offer
We want, also, donations of sheets,
pillow cases, soap, lye (we have an
urgent need right now for these
articles), clothes, provisions, mosquito
netting and in fact almost every
We have been in homes where lit
tle children were found burning with
fever, lying on filthy beds, and if they
were so fortunate as to have a small
piece of mosquito netting, it would be
right down in their frees with the
flies swarming -ver them biting i
through the net. 'fhu i-" pitiful is
it not? And think, these same flies
may go to your home and carry that
dreaded disease to your child.
Donations can be sent to the Bank
of Manning, or to any member of the
We hope that every one will be in
terdsted in this much needed work
and the committee will greatly appre
ciate your co-operation.
Last Friday night the smoke house
of Mr. Henry Ferrel at Greeleyville
was broken into and robbed. On Sat
urday morning Ed. Gamble took his
blood hounds there, and they trailed
up Bennie Williams, colored, who was
arrested and placed in jail.
year .1917 and, though a very busy
woman, is willing to make the sacri
fice for the benefit of the Association.
All those desirous of aiding in
building up this organization will
send their names for enrollment, and
dues to Mrs. Heriot, who is Secretary
and Treasurer, and will acknowledge
the receipt of the same.
Mrs. F. P. Ervin,
President County Poultry Association.
md Friday, Apill 13th, 1917
eclamation contests for pupils above
:1 one boy andl one girl.
Eleven Thirty o'clock, Declama'ion
of 10 and 15. Each school allowed
Exercises must have attended the
at least 40 school (lays during the
contests of previous years will be
nied by name of Selectios, must be
S. C., on or before A pril 5th, 1917.
for the Thursday night Section, or
to one boy and one girl from each
d into twvo sections.
Is above 15 years of age. Section II
the ages. of 10 and 15. Names of
must be sent in advance.
ie girl under each section.
15 feet dlistance, five trials) for girls.
of four allowedl each school).
irdled ribbons, or other prizes.
imber of points will be awarded a
ausements to conmplete the day. By
Mrs. S. 0. Plowden, H. G. Glbson,
APT. G. W. GRUBER DIES
AFTER EXTENDED ILLNESS
Capt. George W. Gruber died yes
-rday morning shortly before noon
t his residence, No.'39 Spring street,
harleston, after an illness of four
onths. He formerly was a conduc
>r on the Atlantic Coast Line rail
)ad and was well known in this city
nd community. The funeral ser
ices will be held this afternoon at
o'clock at Spring Street Methodist
piscopal church. Rev. J. P. Inabinet,
astor of Spring Street church, as
isted by Rev. G. P. Watson, of Bish
pville, and Rev. B. J. Guess, of
reeleyville, conducted the services.
Capt. Gruber was 67 years old and
?aves a widow, formerly Miss Carrie
ohnson; two daughters, Mrs. S. L.
Iontgomery, of Columbia, and Mrs.
. A. Cloe, of Richmond; one brother,
ir. Norman P. Gruber, of this city,
nd four sisters.
He was a life-long member of
pring Street Methodist Episcopal
hurch, having served as chairman of
he board of trustees of the church
or a score of years, lay-preacher of
he missionary committee, was sev
ral times a delegate to the district
onference, which is held annually by
he Methodist Episcopal churches,
vhich is one of the highest offices in
he Methodist church. As an active
nd prominent member of the church,
ever ,ailing to do his part for the
etterment of his congregation, Capt.
..ruber will long be remembered by
host of friends who deeply mourn
Capt. Gruber began his railroad
areer in his youth on the South Car
lina railroad, serving as train hand
or about six months. He later ac
epted a position as conducter with
he old N ortheastern railroad, remain
ng in this position for a number of
rears. He then secured employment
with the Atlantic Coast Line railroad,
serving actively as conducter for
forty-five years until December, 1916,
when he retired. He was one of the
:ldest conductors in the Coast Line's
service and well known in railroad
circles generally and was held in high
esteem by all who knew him. Capt.
Gruber was a prominent and active
member of the Order of Railway Con
ductors, Lodge No. 208, and a past
chief of the order, and it is said of
him that he was always ready and
willing to' assist his brothers who
needed help and was ever willing to
render his faithful efforts for the bet
terment of the order. He also was a
member of the Fellowship society. As
a man of a genial disposition and
with a kind and loving heart, Capt.
Gruber will long be remembered by
a host of friends, not only in railroad
circles, but also in social circles.
The following gentlemen served as
pallbearers: Honorary: Prof. F. P.
Veldez, Dr. Edward S. Brennan,
Robert Muckenfuss, Rev. V. C. Dibble,
J. A. Webber, J. M. Sires, E. O. Rog
ers, A. C. Kaufman and Capt. Stew
art Heinsberger; Active: Henry P.
Williams, A. J. Burns, N. P. Gruber,
J. R. D. Kennedy, J. P. Oglesby, W.
J. Cormier, Leland Moore, and Dr.
J. C. Mitchell-Charleston American.
Sunday School Convention.
Spartanburg, S. C., March 2.-The
best railroad rates ever securedl for
the State Sunday School ConventLion
iave just been grantedl for the con
vrention in Spartanburg, May 1, 2, 3,
according to an announcement madle
to-day by R. D. Webb, General Sec
retary, South Carolina Sunday School
Association. All the railroadls ope
rating in South Carolina have given
a rate of three cents a mile plus
thirty-five cents for the roundl trip
from all points in South Carolina.
Trhis rate is grantedl because of the
large attendance at Charleston last
May at which there wvere 1,120 reg
isteredl delegates, representing every
County in the State. The county
having the largest delegation last
year was Orangeburg with 83; Becr
keley and Spartanburg coming next
wvith 74 each. Owing to the better
railroad rate this year it is expected
that the aim for 1,500 (delegates will
be reached. Many counties will
bring large delegations. A banner
will be awarded to the county having
the largest delegation, and it is ex
pected that the contest will be close
with several of the counties, particu
larly with York andl Oconee.
An attractive program for the con
vention is now being completed. Sev
eral of the leading Sunday School
specialists in the country have al
ready been ,secured for the conven
Lion and more than fifty of the lead
ing Sunday School workers of all
lonominations in South Carolina will
be on the progrna
CIVE GERMANS CAIN
IN VERDUN SECTION
Zounter-Thrusts Launched at Night
Repulsed Teutons Claim-Many
Guns and Prisoners Taken.
Abelated German war office state
ment received from Berlin last night
tells of a success at Verdun won by
the crown prince's troops Monday and
partly admitted by Paris that night.
"On the east bank of the Meuse,"
says the Germ nareport, "our troops
took by storm French positions in
the Caurieres wood about 1,500 me'
ters in breadth. Counter-thrusts
launched at night were repulsed.
"South of the edge of Fosses wood
an important point also was captured
from the French.
"In addition to sanguinary losses
which were reported by our recon
noitering troops, who advanced be
yond the lines gained, the enemy lost
six officers and 572 men as prisoners,
16 machine guns and 25 rapid firing
The report further declares the loss
to the allies of 18 aeroplanes in aerial
combats and of another machine shot
down by anti-aircraft guns. It admits
the loss of four German machines.
Yesterday's fighting in the west was
confined to minor operations. Berlin
claims the repulse of new British as
saults on the Ancre.
The French official communique as
serts that the Germans tried vainly to
eject General Nivelle's men from
trench elements north of Caurieres
wood, previously reported to have been,
recaptured. The night report from
Paris tells of violent artillery duela
on toe Verdun front.
In the eastern theater of war, both
skies c:laii success in reconnoitering
action and the repulse of hostile at
tacks. On the Austro-Italian front,
there were spirited atacks and coun
ter-attacks of a local character, each
side claiming small gains.
Five-year-old Leila was given a4
teddy bear with eyes sewed on so:
crookedly that the bear looked cross
eyed. The next Sunday, on coming,
home from Sunday school, she was
heard to call the bear "Gladly."
"Why, what a queer name!" said
her mother. "Where (lid you-get it?"
"This morning in Sunday school,"
Leila replied. "We sang 'Gladly a
Cross I'd Bear."-Delineator.
Summerton Home Demonstration
The Summerton Home Demonstra
tion Club held its first meeting in
the new year on the 28th of Febru
ary. More than twenty members were
present with some new members,
whom we always welcome.
After the regular program, Miss
Katherine Richardson, our indefatig
able leader, gave us some of her plans
for Club Work for the year and
stressedl that wve keel) recordis of
everything made, consumed and sold,
so that we could make correct reports
in the fall.
She also demonstrated the making
of Cream of Tomato Soup, which
when thoroughly testedl by all the
ladies, was pronouncedl excellent.
The next meeting is to be held on
the 28th of March, at which time
new officers wvill 1be electedl andl some
other business of interest to all
members wvill come up.
Is This Tiee Jones?
T. F. Jones, a white man, original
ly of Manning, but lately of Gree
leyville, was charged with assault
and battery with intent to kill and
carrying concealed weapons. He had
no lawyer andl condlucted his own de
fense. He plead guilty to the charge
of carrying concealedl woeapons, and
the jury found him not guilty on the
assault and~ battery charge, andl the
sentence of the court wvas that he pay
a fine of $100 or serve 30 days on
the chain gang. Trhis is one of those
spite cases where both sides get
"licked." Jones lived on Sports
place. H e farmed on shares with
Sports last year; they fell out; they
began to law and from July to Jan
1st continued. Jones recently testi
fled in Federal court against one of
the Sports for operating a still, and
he was found guilty and given one
year In the Federal prison; the bat
tle has raged. Perhaps the lawyers
have gained, both contestants in the
ihrht have lat.-.Williamabum. Heald