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[For the Messenger. c
Eduiication of The Rising Generation.
MR. EDITOR: Please' allow me,
tirough your invaluable paper, to give b
to the people of Pickens County some
expression to my feelings in regard to e
t he all-important question, 'The cdlu- v
cation of the young al rising genera
t ion.,,' t
A little more than a century ago the e
land we now Inhabit was a desolate i
region, with tribes of Indians scattered v
here and there who were but very lit
tie more refined and intelligent than e
the wild beasts which they humted. But. t
niow where such thincgs once reigned I
wve see fruitfiul fields of maLgiificent
grain, comfortable dwellings, )lendid
LWMus an d cities, railroads w ith t heir
trains runnIiing from city to city, over'1
plains and throtigh nouit a ins, carry
ing( Com)ierce of the colnitry, and tle
i elegraph wires that enable us to talk e
as if face to face with those who are
Iind Ieds of iiles away. All suih
1lessin'fs are the fruits of educated
mindls. All of which to imninnerate
w1ould be tihe samue as to couit t he st ar's
in the heavenls, Almd the graiins of sand
upoll the sea-shore.
In this progr'essivye age Can be seenl
i all sides signs of improvIement. On
tle farm, in the work-shop and inl 01ur
housem may be found laboring imple
Iments aInd machinery. All of which
adds greatly to our (onIviience and
ha ppiness, :in( are eit her direct ly or in
directly t he results of educatiol). Then
let 118 as a county, yea, as a peoleloo k
forward to the all important, (uestion'"
Which is before uS. 'I helCre is nothing"
1 hat ihould claim more of our atten- I
tion than the eduemtion of the young
111(d isiggeneration. The destiny (f
(lil country depends upon it either for
weal 03r wVoe
Now, Mr. Edito, I hope as I am a
(1andI(fidate for .chool C is n VoI
will allov ine to give my views iIn re-!
0"ard to the dulties Of said oile,101 and)(
wh'-at I wil endeavol to carry ont, if
4eleted to said office. I think the sal-I
ary of said ofli(er1 sutficient, to aImply I
pa? him for all his time, therefor-e I
hink lie shoilhl devote his whole time
of nIecssary) to tihe (u1ties of sail oflice
(aid more e-speciallwhile h1m publice
-c'-hols., &e. 1 iliunk Ithat good Often
""-omes from a commionisoli('i' i 6ting -
i h schools iunder his clarge. When
t by know he is coming it imakes I hem
mor03e act ive andh enierget ic so they', may
actquit thiemselves well whien he ome)s).
O)t herwise (in some schools) they often
become car'eless ando negligent, and11
ihe goodl is not accomiplished that
wonhll lbe from his visits.
We oifteni hear persons11 iniquiringL af
Ierm school teachlers, those whom they
can get to teach by the year. I believe!
t hat a coinunissionei shoul al wayvs
keep himself p)osted( on this tnatter,
ando be ready~ (if possible) at all times to
cite aniy communility to good andi etl-i
t'it t~lecers, I think it wonh1l be
well for hIim to hokld towin-hip me'et-1
pe.(ople, awil try to devise sonme plan
w here by t hie .(eluentiotnal inlteres't s of
I he county may be best pr'oumoted. 11 is
board meetings and t he awairding of
certificates shouhml be managedi in such
a w ay t hat. will give e'quial justice to ill
parties, t h'ere niot beinig a shadlow of
discrimirnat ion (if possible) connmecte d
wit'h themn. A School C'ommiissloner
shouhl. have the co-opieration of t lie
i(eoplle i a much as p)ossible' in this mat
er ofenntn h chjhdreii; with mit
it e annt o te ood lie otherwis*e
wouild do, .it is a mnatter' we all shoulid
icl g're*t interest in, in vie w of t he
fact that te hyb reae o
great'tt responsibility t hat ill foru rest
utpon hemr, bot hm in Chw~ch and~ State.
We mn-1't edu~cpte thbem; It is a duty w y
*)we them, and1 It is soinethlig they
have a.ight toexpect of us,. boti in a
morawzl am!c a legal point of vlk,~ Now
it ne fail to don this we will be held( n l
ountable before God and man, and
Ir names vill go dow. to future ages
s those w ho failed to do their duty to
rards their children.
Pickens county is looked upon as
ing behind some ot her sections of the
itate in the way of education, which
hould not be the case: we should go
n in this great and noble work until
re are not only in the front rank, but
util we as a county becomes a leader
o other sectiotis.
One other mattei as It presents it
elf to my mind, and I have done. I
ras born and raised ir Pickens coity,
vas raised on the farm, but I trust none
he worse for that and that I will make
ou none the worse Commissioner, if
lected. It is true that my opportuni
y for an edtcat ion has beeti somewhat
iuited. But I t hink I have suffleiet.
o till the office as the law requires. I
fave education enough to see' the need
f atn educationi, and to do all in my
lower that your chilireni may climb
o the very tolpnost rouid of that lad-.
er that leauds to a Complete alnd finish
iikens Sentinel please copy.
. A. COOK,j
E75 1T ,!21 J NE4
FU JIN I S IIIN G
100DS, &C., &C.,
G(RIEEN'VILLE, S. C.
tll on me and e Xine the1
'Excelsior Cook Stove "
wfore you buy elsewher'e.
7uinr'ar'e (anid /? ous e Fary
vh/in Goods at short-crop
rT' I~IST W .-A.R E3o17
t Wlh lesale, Chieaper than the
4 1 EA PECN.S
r8 offeed for Saile b y
W. M. Hagood & Co.
At $35.00 per Ton;
G TREENVILLE, S. C
Dc 21-Ily E
8_ H 0 E S
All persons are warned agains. I
IF NOT, DO
Y~oi u iZ be
A Farmer who puts in his
SA L LEYNTINE'' (
will save money, V
These Afacht'ites are
sille Coach Factoryj.
G0. W. SIRRXINE, Superintende
l0continue to represent the following
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Easley, Feb. 8, 1884--tf
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