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Manning. -- South Caroilna.
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CU R[ESTON' TN ONLY SITE
FOR NAVY YARD IN SOUTH
Helm tommission So Reports to Sen.
ate After Thorough Investigation
of. Advantages Offered Varibus
Ports for First Class Yards
Washington, Feb. 8.-Charlestoi
offers the only site for a first class
navy yard between Hatteras and Key
West, in the opinion of the commis
sion on navy yards and naval bases.
The commission's sixth preliminary
report, submitted to the Senate to
day, also concludes that all sites on
the Gulf are "remote from waters
bordering on the Windward Islands
and the Caribbean sea, where it is
thought future naval hostilities are
likely to take place," but this conclu
sion is qualified.
The commission reported that it
seems quite "possible that the fleet's
communication with Northern yards
and resources might be interrupted,
and in this event a base of supply,
with ample (locking and repair facili
ties on the Gulf of Mexico might be
come of vital importance, notwith
standing such distance."
Fine Plant Here Now
The commission reported that hur
ricanes along the Atlantic and Gulf
coast would be detriments to navy
yards and believes that storms of re
cent years would have damaged even
the largest ships. But even had a suit
able location for a first class yard
been decided upon its establishment
would not be necessary now as the
commissioners believed the Charleston
plant coulk take care of all work the
navy needs in these waters.
"From a study of strategical re
quir3m-nts," the report continues.
"the commission is led to belikve that
the first line of special. defense for
the Gulf of Mexico should be in the
Florida straits and the Yucatan chan
nel. An operating base will be neces_
sary for submarines, destroyers, aux
iliary vessels and aircraft assigned to
these localities. Key West seems to
be better located strategically for this
purpose than any other site available.
It will be necessary to construct an
artificial harbor for vessels based
there :s protection against hurri
headed by Helm
The commission, headea by Rear
Admrial Helm, investigated proposed
aircraft, submarine and destroyer
bases in the past four months and re
ported on several available sites. It
is practicable to havea coastal air
station at Brunswick, Ga.; Miami of
fers a good "strategic location for a
temporary operating base for subma
rines and destroyers" for protection
of the Florida straits, and the same is
.said of Key West, except that it wouk
afford protection on the gulf.
Tampa, St. Andrews Bay, Fla., and
Mobile, were cited as being good loca
tions for aircraft stations, but not
suitable for submarine or destroyci
bases. It is reported that Sabine Pas:
is "not very good" for aviation pur
poses, but that a station might be es
tablished there if necessary.
The commission was appointed t<
study conditions on the Atlantic, GulI
and Pacific coasts, and already ha(
reported on several 'ities. It is
planed to complete the work aftei
trips to the canal zone and the Wind.
No Tidings From Ambassador Fran.
cis Causes Uneasiness in
Washington, Feb. 8.-The Unite
States government is without officia:
knowledge concerning the where
abouts of David R. F'rancis, Americar
ambassador to Russia.
Unconfirmed reports that the am
bassadlor and his staff, with diplomat.
ic representatives of the Entente Al.
lies, are en route to Sweden undler r
Bolshviki order of expulsion, wvert
forwarded to the state diepartment to
dlay from the Amer-ican legation al
No word has been received (direci
from the ambassador himself since c
message dated at Petrograd Februa ry
4. This communication, wvhich con.
sumed four clays in transit, containec
nothing to indlicate that the ambassa
dlor was prep~ared for an order of dlis
missal from the Russian for-eign of
f ice. F'or this reason the state de
partment is not inclined to accept thc
Stockholm report as arccu rate. En.
tente embassies in Washington, whicl
haev been in close touch with thc
state department on all Russian cdevel
opments, also are lacking confirma
At the same time events have beer
shifting so rapidly in the Russian cap
ital in recent weeks that it was re
gardedl in official quar-ters as by nc
means certain that Francis is not or
his way to the border. In commor
with other diplomats at Petrograd
the American ambassador has a fret
hand to leave at any time condlitiom~
appear intolerable. There have beer
several threats of late against his life
Bolsheviki extremists, their suspi
cions encouraged by Trotzky, the for
eign minister, have accused Francis o1
holding reactionary sympathies. Buch
anan, the British minister, as well as
the representative of France, were or
dleredl home some weeks ago on simi
Stockholm rep~orts rumors thai
come over the border of all forms of
demoralization rampant at Petrograd,
Looting is said to be general through
out the city and It is declared that
much blood has been spilledl in clash
es between the pillagers and the Red
Guardl. Banks have been taken over by
commissaries of the government,
Armed guards are in possession of
the counting rooms with experienced
clerks hand ling the books because the
regular clerks have gone on strike.
In Francis' latest report he tolls 01
Whenever You Need a General Tonik
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-The Old Standard Grove'. Tasteless
chill Tonic is equally valuable as a
General Tonic because it contains the
wollknown tonic properties of QUININII
and IRON. It acts on the Liver, Drivei
out Malarl , J$nriches the Blood and
2nilds up te Whole Syatem. 60 cents,
an order having been issued provid- 200 Americans in Perograd, a majori.
ing that no one shall withdraw more ty of them being American Red Cross
than $16 a week from the bank, and Y. M. C. A. workers, clerks or
Whether this aplied to the ambassa- American banking agencies and em
dor was not made clear. ployes of the Singer Sewing Machine
It is estimated at the state depart- company which maintains a large
ment taht there is something less han branch there.
THE BEST IN
Are. Always on Hand!
We keep the best Stock we can secure
on the markets. We ask you to look over
FULL LINE OF
Buggies. Wagons, Harness. Lap Robes and
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Manning. S. C.
WHY NOT HAVE A TALKING MACHINE?
GET THE FAMOUS
Any Victrola From $16.50 Up,
$10.000 WORTH OF VICTROLAS AND
RECORDS IN STOCK
WE ALSO CARRY THE
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need any repairs you can always find this place. Beware of
men that come to your home and offer to sell you a machine for
$25 to $35, when you can come to this house and buy a better
and far superior machine for $16.50.. Buy a machine with a good
motor. Day after day we have patrons coming to our place with
machines in which the motors are broken and they cannot even
get any repairs. Machines they paid $25 or $35 for have motors
not strong enough for $5 machines.
MACHINES SOLD ON EASY PAYMENTS.
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