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GOOD ROADS DEPARTMENT
TilK WAY TIIKV
Editor Tin1 Anderson intelligencer:
I .-plying to your letter to un of March
1st regarding a campaign for a bond
issue for good roads, beg to advise
that our county voted $300,009 worth
of bunds in preeincl No. I in I till,
which was- carried about 12 to I. and
about two-thirds 01 the amount, has
been expended in the good roads pro
11? IN TKXAS j the office of railroad commissioner
I and in return have had people say,
, On. the railroads pay 'heir sal
aries." Yes. and the people pa> Mi*
railroads. Ther? arc a number ? r
other useless state offices that < ?>r
porntioiis arc required m pay iur?e
monthly salaries, forced mi t?ie:.i by
our Stain legislatures. Take fm
stance the office of railroad commis
sioner, what good lias it over ac
I complishcd? The only lime we ever
go and bap into thing * Imi he has paid lib; n'iare.
and ilie country urilcrgoiug the inof.t | \?vv some may chum, as you have
trying limes it r?-nr lias would not already done that lb." farinera only
only he a mistake but perfect foolish- .iiiv thirty cents oui everj dollar
ri";.s. ,?f I he money raised t>y thia project.
.Mr. Editor, why did our delegation j'['din is doubtless correct, bill the
not wall and come back before I he farmers have their objections i<? thia
people and se,, what tlnir sentiment Idling, not because ul ib? burden on-,
was on lb" matter, just as i did about |v< iint lice-alise of an extra commis-!
We have not had any proposition hear or them is when
before our people ?.o that lime or comes around and candidates net -ip
this character. Allhat|tlnie pitie He al- ! on Hie stump and tell us th-y are
lv ei. ry interested citizen conslltuletl running U>r railroad coroniisslunei
himself a committee to talk rujiI They arc n large number oi aj
roads lo every voter thai he could point I vc offices that are filled h> our
See. They organized goo droads clubs State officers, ami eoip..r;^'
at country houses to carry on the
work, backed the propuslton and
when the vote came off It wus over
whelmingly In favor of the bond Is
Very respectfully yours,
JAMES A. SMITH,
P. S. We are m or,, than pleased j
with our venture and feel ve-y sure
that your people will never have
cause to regret carrying your issue
to a successful termination.
our county court house. You remem
ber the Anderson delegation was all
against me on that, they wauled In
vote a fifty thousand dollar bond on
the county for a c ourt bouse and by
hard scrambling I made them watt
ami consult the V.tiers of Anderson
>-I comity, and we learned that the poo
iiioti going In with i<
personally more than
thi;, commission, ami
to iiinke against tie
however, a road su"*
dis) riet coinmissioni r
peuple. These men
in road wot k, more
pie were willing to vote thirty-five ! commission. They i
cd to pay their salaries, hut I merely
mention Hie oille.e of railroad eoili
mlsMioner, which is held by three
commissioners and a few sc? retaries,
to show how muc h good the people
derive from these offices. There are
rorty-eleven rules required by Ihn
commissioners or railroads that are
daily violated, jusl I he* same an If
we bad no commissioners. The same
applies to the other corporations that
are supposed t? be "regulated" by
commissioners, agents, etc. Vet the
people pay their salaries "through"
the railroads. Every time the. United
States government places a fine; on
the Standard Oll Company it is
Without any Intention of flattery, J promptly paid and hil lakes n jump
we wan? to say that we do not belies-* ?f a cent or two. The same applies
thnt Anderson county ever had a bot- ' t? ?ther corporations lhat arc fined
tor Supervisor than the Hon. J. Mack . or BUt t? extra expense through coin
King. I misslonem. ugenta, etc., while Hie
Supervisor King is now ordering a ! corporations might be forced to pay
great.many or his supplies, such .is'Ho-enty per cent or the bonds for
shoos, clothing, flour, grain and -neat j BOO(j roads in Anderson county, the
at wholesale pric es, thus BBViug the | people will be forced lo come across
middle l?un's profit, which of ucurBC iand make up Tor this loss,
is a big saving to the county and for ; if thu corporations really paid* all
which Mr. King should be commend- j they are forced to pny and the p.oo
ed. j pie wero not made to reimburse
And ninc0 Supervisor King is able ; them, then I would say "gjvo 'em
to borrow money for the county,at j h??." But thinking people know
less than 3 1-2 per cent Intense, we i they do not pay the tux, hut the peo
constder him strictly a business Uun. | pie do.
and being a business man we wuilu As the county bond issue will be
like to have an expression from hiul ! L "cated by a landslide vote, there
nitls dollars to build a court
and then we went back and
work and carry it
temporary roadw ori
it to Ihem. Thai has been a demand larger salari
We don't know'
ivo or tin.if
have no fight
ii. We have,
i visor mid lour
. elected by Hie
o than Hie new
ii take over the
long with their
Ii they .^iiculd
es to do H?S
good while ago, und 1 suppose thn
ihe debt or this court house still
lianas over Anderson county, and if
so. wliat could we do with a million
dollars, for that is what the bond
issue amounts to with the interest,
We could not blame the city or
Anderson for wanting smooth roads
running from all parts or the county
Into its gorgeous clothing, hardware
and bargain stores, as it would tend
to draw all the trade from the small
er towns and they would gradually
perish away. Just as it in around
New York City. 1 want to ask the
voters or Hones Path. Belton, Wil
liamslon. and all of our other pros
their salaries might bo raised com
mensurate 'Willi the work done, and
If too great an Increase is demand
ed, they could resign and their places
be tilled by som,. in lhat army of un
employed in the county who are an
xious for even a living wage. The
supply or material iiuullfied is testi
fied to by the number of candidates
for the* commissioners' places last
summer. Yes, _he.se commissioners
who have been neglected by the pople
could carry un this work, giving firut
attention to p* rmanent location of
highways, then to the traveling done
over them. No one will deny that it
Is unwise to macadamise roads that
are not permanently located, else the
perous little towns if they ever no-1 work will be thrown away. Anyone
tlced the little starved out villages | also will agr?e thai traffic over the
tor rifty miles around New York, and I roads give n attcutiou .should be a
if you will auk auy of the r?sidents 1 factor.
what the matter, they will point at! A question with some is, "What is
on this bond qU?atl?n that's now agi
tating the minds of the voters of thia
Wo feel that we have the n?;.? <o
know how our public officials stand
on publie questions. While we are
against thu bonds. Supervisor King
may be for them. Still, wo would not
fall out with him, since ho 'las' a per
fect right to his opinion. We just
want to know how this good busln9S3
man looks at this bond question. We
hope Supervisor King ' wlH. let us
hear from him both through The In
telligencer and the Dally Mai) as the
readers of both papers up here are
anxious lo know how be stands.
. , . '80PTU8 VOTERS.
*se ,a my
Ur.g up further
TOR. B. CHESHIRE.
rcrcLE josh main ir*
V. B. ( IIESlllRK'B OPINION
Editor Intelligencer:. Having
been askod by a number of people,
mostly those lhling in .the rural dis
tricts, to express my Idena for or
against'tho proposed county bond Ib
glvp one or .two reasons why the Is
sue, I will, with your permission,
could give dozens., As the people
will overwhelmingly defeat iho
measure, there Is no use in my tak
ing up space, when.ono. or. two rea
sons T/iit suffice. First iho people
will not bo allowed to h?mo the
commissioners to uupcrvlsb tlm car
rying on of this great undertaking,
although it would have been Just as
easy to have voted for these com
mlaslonnrs without extra expense as
it would have been for them to cast
votes for or against the measure.
This in itself will defeat Hie county
bond Issue. This is not meant as any
reflection on ' the . honorable gentle
men appointed by the legislative del
egation to. act as commissioners.
Tbo point wo are driving at, 1b that
tho act was not a Democratic oue. I
am a groat believer in tho peoplo
and In ibe majority ruling. Few, if
any of the members of the commis
sion aro experienced road men. If
tho legislative delegation did not
want to trust the people in thia
solecfiph, tncn" tlicy should havo ap
pointed men who have had exper
ience. To start with, thero are too
many commissioners. Three, with
the supervisor, would have been suf
ficient. That being the case, then
men of the experience of Former
Supervisor W. P. Snelgrove, For
mer Supervisor Samuel Jackson and
Former Supervisor BenJ. J. Pear
man should have been named. In
order to show that I am not pre
judiced in this matter, will state
that tho three above named gentle
men are my political enemies. They
are what Is known as anti's, whilo I
bolong to the other crowd and I be
lieve that some of the gentlemen
. named by the legislative delegation
are members of my political clan.
J only mention this to'show that I
have left politics altogether out of
this matter, which is such an enor
. mous undertaking and so much mon
ey Involved, that it would bo foolish
as well as expensive to Inject poli
tics Into tbo work.
Another important thing that does
not seem to have been considered so
far. is. what kind or work is to bo
done.. If wo are to take the sample
. of 'government road work done on
the road leading Out from West Mar
ket street as a sample, which co.*t
on enormous pile of money, then to
do a. real good job all over Anderson
; county wpuld ' cost as much as the
Europenn war expenses to date. Be
fore voting, we want to know what
we are voting for. That is the most
important question of all.
Tbo editor of Tho Intelligencer
..said editorially a few mornings.ago
that the people of tho country would
jpay only about 30 per cent., the
--rporationa paying the balance.
Where doe* the corporations get
oir funds, from? The peoplo.
?ry time on extra tax Is placed on
gUtt;; corporations, they tack the
; amount on to the people. . That's
common sense and , I don't believe
any7 aonslble man will deny it. I
"fcHVfc always advocated abolishing
Honea Path, S. C.? Mar. 8, 191 Tt.
Editor Anderson Intelligencer,
Anderson, S. C.
Dear Sir:?As you have called for
opinions on tho proposed bond Issue
for better roads, and have been so
kind as to publish some, I aak for a
little space for mine, because I feel
Burc that the peoplo of thts county
know there is no man that is inter
ested in' the upbuilding and welfare
of the county and its people than I.
' When I read tho bill passed by our
delegation (or the chamber of com
merce of the city of Anderson or
whoever it might1 be) ordering an
election on voting a million dollar
bond on Anderson-county, March the
30-, 1915, it makes me feel chilly and
' It truly is bad ' enough to have to
criticise our honorable law making
body but if thoy havo gone down la
Columbia and by their own actions
Or through the megaphone of the
chamber of commerce made a mut
ton head of themselves ihe people of
the county cannot help it, and what*
over could havo induced men of good
sound minds to try to shoulder such
a burden o:f on their fcllownien, I
can't sec, but thero 1b something
wrong, for how well do I remomber
when we met In an extra session last
year for the purposo of doing some
thing o lighten tho burden of our
poor people and try to smooth their
pnths u little, that it was Just such
men as those that mounted the floor
and aqualletf their throatB raw to
keep the faithful few ther0 from It.
and. did It.
And again they cannot say that
they have been fair about this by
hldirg behind the screen of giving
tho people a vote on the question,
for they haven't done it. No free
gratis election Ib fair to t/.e country
people, for who of the country plow
man has time to take loose from the
plow and drive fifteen or twenty
miles to get election boxes and carry
one of these roads that you people
t:ay we are so greatly in need or. Nol
Mr. Editor, we certainly are not
ready yet to undertake the thlugs ad
vocated by wealthier countries. You
know that Is why we have as num.'
poc;* people now as we have too many
of us havo tried to keep pace witu
those who had money,, r,ud it all
amounts to exactly the same tiling.
Just tllinh of Anderson trying t i
keep pace with New York and you
Now Mr. Editor, you say if anyone
has a botter plan to come forward
with It. Now don't you think If we
would take all the money that we
are going to pay ail these highway
commissioners and all this interest
we are going to pay from time to
time and by a direct appropriation
give it to our supervisor that in
forty years we will havo a better
system of roads and he In a better
financial condition. '.You remember
our supervisor promised to give us
some good roads If we would only
give him twenty thousand dollars,
and we could not we our way clear
to do It JUBt now. And here you peo
plo are asking that we give nearly
a million dollars to a whole set o!
mon who have not promised us any
thing i and are under no obligation:,
to tho people except as their pure
hearts or the megaphone of your
chamber of commerce dictates.
Now, Mr. Editor. I am going to
quit. The people of Anderson coun
ty know that Josh Ashley has al- !
ways stood by them in all thitigB, es- :
pcidally the tax payers. That I have |
always advocated economy and as i
you will sec I am still doing It, and
I want to ask that we ail go to the
boxes when the time comes and Vote
against this measure.
Yours very trnly,
meant by permanent roads." they
desiring to know whether or not
macadamizing the roads is meant.
Wo see no other way of answering
this question for other so-called per
manent roads have lost their Identi
ty this wir.ter. The material for tins
work Is in the; bounds of the county.
Our opinion is, that at Willlamston,
Portman Shot Is, High Shoals. I.ee
Shoals an.1 similar places distributed
over the county, there can be a auf
j ficienl quantity of rock obtained. The
sand is here, and tar can bo gotten
elsewhere, if it is desired for til
Just suppose trolley lines running
through the county, anyway, be done.
Our people would much more readl-1
ly take to that, and unless we bad
"Cream of Wheat"
This famous High Patent flour
is unexceled by any other flour,
and we have a good price oii the
quantity we now have on hand,
so we would advise our friends to
jtake advantage'OF this opportun
ACT NOW !
1 Me McCowh
Phone 22 East-Wliitner Street.
BANKS 0> ANDERSON'S
The Record dislikes to meddle in a
local affair in another part of the
Stato, but we hSyVe observed with
some disgust and not without dismay
the attitude of some good men in An
derson county, on the .proposition of
voting bonds for the improvement of
the roads of the county.
Tbe_oppdsItion comes from tho
very , men who would be helped?the
farmer with teams to rent during tho
summer, months when his crops are
Ifiid'br; the farmer who would cam
a' bl: himself.
We fear that politics Is getting in
to the proposition in Anderson, as it
on'Vn/?l?V?o^^^ done In Rtchland. but .for'
and toso two or threo days work he- ! ???' wisdom of our delegation.?Cor
sideB right in the busv season of the
year. I say that is not at nil in keep
ing with fairness. Why didn't they
take that two thousand dollars they
paid Mr. Manning, legal adviser and
pa;* the managers of this special
election so that all the boxes could
have j.cn gotten out and .looked af
ter ip, ihe right manner, but may bo
this ? one of the many ways things
aro t one, for I feet sure that if tho
kobe ROAD TALK
A great many people ot this com
munity are opposed to the proposed
bond Issue for road improvement,
not because they do not need good
roads; but because of the method in
which it Is to be done.
Estimating that there are 16,000
. ( road taxpayers In Anderson county,
country peoplo can get together nnd j and that less than half of these own
get to vote 0n this measure It will
Burely come up ' dead, and while I
believe you to be a fair man in your
any real estate, we can readily see
who will bear the burden of this bond
issue. True, it will not b0 unbearable
opinions, I ask that you do what you ' by the man who does happen to own
can through your paper to get the ' real estate, but unfairness is the
people-to all take a band in this elnc
tion and induco the people trom the
different parts of tbe county to get
tbelr boxes and have an election thct
will be fair to the bill, for unless we
all vote why we won't know whether
or not the issue carried.
Now, Dear Editor, don't Reep on
saying we people who are opposing
tbis measure, are', against rood roads,
or that wo dont want good roads.'
you know very well that while we
point at stake. Do you. Mr. Editor,
or any other fair-minded person
think the Industrious land-owner
should build good roads for the less
industrious of both, races? Very few
negroes own any land,- yet they travel
tho roads as much.as white people.
They may not ?To so much heavy haul
ing as the larjter white farmers, but
they will ride about. The only: feasi
ble plan wo a so out of the present
situation is, vr.te down the bond, is
beve splendid roads, wo would all'sue, then have our road tax raised to
lik? better ones, but bread and meat $2.60 each. The interest t oa
is' more desirable when times are
like they are now,, and you know
very well who the burden ot this
thing will fall on. While the country
people do not pay all the taxes by any
means, but their , burdens are not
borne with dollars like yours and
many others, but by the sweat of the
brow, therefore, the country taxpay
er la effected the most and that /la
why I along -?vith many others are to
bitter ogalnst thts measure, and the
authors, of it whoever they may be.
To think correctly about this mat
ter-in my opinion it would be a
mighty bad thing to undertake when
times were especially good, and to
the 1750,000 at 6 per cent- for forty
years will be $1,500,000. This sounds
like a big pile of money, but listen!
The extra 91.50 for road tax, should
It bo $2.r?0 instead ?f $1.00. applied
only to 'permanent Improvements
and paid by every tax payer will
amount to $060,000 dollars plus inter
est. This plan will not be unfair.
Every man pays the name, regardless
of bis property owning. _a man's pro
perty should have nothing to do with
this road taxing system. Every man
pays on dollar poll tax for schools.
They might as well pay ?3.&0. for
roads. A man's property may en
hance' Id value because of good roads,
We Give Deep Study
to the eye needs of school, children.
In most eases the proper glasses pro
vided now wfl! save their eyes In
years to come.9 If your youngster
shows eye strain or aas headaches
bring him here. Our glasses will stop
both. They will do tM? same for old
er people too.
Prices $3.00 to &).00 and up. We
haro a complete grinding plantj
Lenses duplicated within an hour's]
M. R. Campbell
Office 112 W. Whitner St.
- -.;-' . . ff: ':
I am the man to fix your tooth
so ybu can eat the pie- that I put
in the Piedmont Belt '
: ' . . 1- :.. .
I make plates at $6.50
I make gold crowns at$4.00
Sihrer fillings, 50c-and up.
Gold filling* $1.00 and on
PcirJccs Extracting 40k,
I make a specialty of treating
Pyorrhea,' Alveolar!s of the gums
and ail crown and ^bridge work
and regulating mal formed teeth.
All work guaranteed first-claas. -
mur?? exp?rience in linuiiciiig I lie
building m dii". we will i?k<- for
gianled IhiU it can If iluhc for the
. unie amount of money. This would
eliminate the long nu<l heavy haul lug
proposition, ami leave the dirt roads
to lighter vehicles und the automo
it is rather strange that at 'his
v? ry time, when business conditions
are most depressed, the legislature
I ould expect the people ??f our coun
ty |<> lias? such si tax on themselves.
\\,. du not helicvo they thought it
would pass this year, hut thai it
would enliven an interest in tiie comi
ty roads to some extent. We need
not censure them for this; for they
have done what was riKlii by refer
ring it to the people. It will be an
fivideut'u of progressiv?; spirit, if our
delegation to the general assembly
will raise road tax to $2,50 next
year, mid let the question of bond
issue lie low until ihe ilOth of March.
The roads in the county are now
iu a deplorable* condition, 'tis true,
but tiiey have been used for years
and years, ami were fairly good until
the winter set In. the worst iu our
recollection. We will not need extra
rondy anyway to haul fertilizer this
spring, for a limited amount will he
used. In consequence of this we will
not need them in ilie fall, for our
crops will be correspondingly short.
Every farmer live at home and stay
away from town in bad weather, un
less he can give un account of him
self, would have been the best law
our delegation could have acted up
on during the last acsaon of the lgs
on durng the last session of the leg
EARL L. KEATOX.
Itoute Xo. l. l\n, S. C.
THE BOND ISSUE.
I wish to say a few words to show
our friend, Mr. Casey, that we are
soul and body in favor or what he has
to say about the S750.0OO bond issue,
it certainly is enough to try men's
souls to have such a big seare-crow
placed before our eyes. It would be
very unwise to think of putting such
a thing on the people at this time.
When the county is ulmost in a panic
on account or high prices foodstuff
anil low price coiAon."
Who knows but what this nation
will be plunged into war before this
year is out and if so a heavy war tax
placed on ub nnd thousands of men
called to the front. Then the women
and children will have ull they can do
to keep the ,olil wolf, from the door
instead of having to work and pay
that bond issue.
No we are not -willing to be put
under bondage -or bond issue which
ever you please to call It for It is one
and the same thing. 'For there is
plenty of men now living who will
never see it paid nnd will therefore
die under bondaBo -.til it would be
unfair to the coming generation to
pay for the foolishness that we would
allow to pass over our heads. This is
a free nation, or claims to be, and we,
therefore, expect to vote as we please.
Look at the people thai were not
able to puy all nf their last year's ac
count and noxt year will have a
double account to pay If they can
mnkc nnylhing u> ray it with and if
not will throw them another year be
hind. What then?
The first roads to bo macadamized
would be the big roads leading from
Anderson to other towns, and that
would take the $750,00'.' und.then tho
work would'stop and how much bet
ter off would we he, for It would take
ten times that amount.to macadamize
all the roads in Anderson County.
Now if Anderson and the small towns
want fine roads for. their own pleas
ure let them build i\?m, for the coun
try people don't like this fool auto
riding they have to put up with some
times any way.
We have as good roads as any coun
ty in the State, and we are told that
wo have a great deal better roads
than they have In Georgia. If they are
bad sometimes and keep people away
from town, it will be that much bet
ter for they would save a few dollars
that they would no doubt have spent.
They call the farmers-tW backbone
of the country. That is what they want
us to. be, the backbone, the arms and
legs and then the head but we wish to
show them that there areas good heads
following old Beck as ever sat in ' an
office. " ' -
- Now, Mr. Farmer, if you say you
haven't got time to go to the polls and
vote on the 30th of this month, don't
kick, grin or dp. anything else here
after when' your taxes look big an!
ugly. Just walk In with a smile, like
a nice little boy, and say you are .glad
tf the opportunity to pay such taxeu.
J. C. RHODES.
Belton, S. C.
SPEZIA. Italy. March 10.?Vice
Admiral The D?ke of tho Abruzsi,
embarked today on his. flagship the
new Italian dreadnought Conte dl
Cavour, to command a squadron of
dreadnoughts comprising the Dante
Alighieri, Calo Dulllo, Gullo Cesare
and Leonardo da Vinci.
This is the most powerful combl?a
tlon of units Italy ever has ha?J in
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The. farpiers of this community are
beginning to want some pretty
weather so they can get their coin
planted early. There-is not-going to.
be any fertilizer used to amount to
anything. We all think that is tho
best thing that the farmer can do,
Is to cut out the fertiliser bill.
Mr. W. Si Bell sold his cotton
this week, and I don't supposo ho
got 10c*for it. ; ..>&;':,:
Messrs. Garrolt nnd Roy not Fish
er, and Misses Ruby and Kathaleeu
Fisher Spent Saturday night with
Miss Irene Moore, of near.Due West.
Mrs. Laura M unlock left .Sunday
for Cbmmcrc/j, Ca., whore she wll]
spend a few. roohiha .with', her sister
of that place.
Mi?? Maggie Cdbhr&n worshipped
AU new smart Suits,, made in the very latest styles,
and in all the wanted colors?Tan, Putty, Navy
Blue, Belgian Blue, Green and Shepherd Plaids, etc..
Hats to.match every dress and suit in stock.
TUE STIXES?A decided departure in shapes lean
ing toward the hat with a brim. THE TRIM?A
gradual getting away from feathers and kindred or
namentation with a profusion of flowers and rib
Come and see the many tjeautiful things we
have prepared'for you.
;??y's Hats have been, hitting the high
spots of popularity?Why ?
There's a Reason.
T. L. Cely Co.
. Agents for
Ed. V. Price & Go, Clothes Builders.
at Varrennes 8unday.. . -
*.<r>*.r,R.. B. Brock spent a few
hoarc Monday ..with Mrs. G. ,.W.
Brock. ...... ;v.
Among those who attended' the
Masonic meeting at Antrevllle Satur
day afternoon were: .Messrs. J. B.
and Asa Hall. 8. M. and John Fish
er, gnd.W. Murdoch.
Among those who had business In
Helton Tuesday we're: Messrs. . G.
W. and.J. Aj Brock, W. 8. and J'.
C. Bell, A. C> Bryson and W?.
Mrs; J. J! Bonds and children,
visited- Mrs. J. P. Owen Sunday<&
Mr. Garnet Tench received a tele
gram Sunday that his brother was
critical 111 at Newman, Ga. . Mr.
Tench left Sunday night for that
Miss Mildred Bonds' Bpent a few
ihours Saturday with Mrs. Asa Hall.
We will not say anything on the'
bond Issue this time as there has'
been already too much said about if.
What has become of Level Land
and Mt. Bethel correspondests? Are
they all sick with side pluflsy?
any dust? .
Why not sweep without
''Guest sells the best." .
W. Earl Si