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TO URGENT REQUEST OF PRESI.
DENT WILSON MR. LEVER
'DIPATCHES FROM COLUMBIA
(Doings and Happenings That Mark
the Progress of South Carolina Peo
pie, Gathered Around the State
A. F. Lever has withdrawn from
the senatorial race and has again an
nounced for the house. When asked
if he had any statement to make, Mr.
"The correspondence between the
president and me speaks very plainly
and points very clearly to my duty,
which I fulfill in seeking a renomina
tion to the house.
"I express to those who have so loy
ally supported my candidacy for the
senate my everlasting appreciation.
"I regret the embarrassment which
this action causes to those who have
-announced themselves for congress
from the district, and to me."
The letter from the President to Mr.
Lever, in part, follows:
The White House.
"Dear Mr. Lever:
"I know that some time ago you
submitted your name for nomination
in the Democratic primary election in
South Carolina as senator from that
state and that the last day for the
filing of papers is the 17th of this
month. There now seems to be a very
reasonable assurance that no one will
succeed in securing the nomination in
South Carolina whose entire record
does not make it plain that he will
- support the nation and the govern.
ment with unqualified loyalty iu the
vigorous prosecution of this war to a
successful conclusion. I am writing
to ask if this is not also your own
view, and if it is, whether yru would
not be willing to reconsider your de
cislon and to remain in the house
where you would continue to serve as
chairman of the very important ('om
nittee on agriculture. It is clear to
me that unless there are very compell
ing reasons to the contrary you should
Mr. Lever's Reply:
"My Dear Mr. President:
"I am in receipt of your communi
cation of June 10, in which you have
in unmistakable terms expressed the
desire that I should re.main in the
house of representatives.
"As a loyal American, trying to
serve my country as best I may, I am
today acceding to your request by an
nouncing my candidacy for re-election
to the house of representatives.
"I am taking the liberty of making
public our corresopndence in order
that the people of the (district may
know the reasons which have moved
me to this action.
"A. F. Lever."
-New Enterprises Authorized.
The International Truck Company
-of Charleston was commissioned by
WV. Banks D~ove. secretary of state,
with a pr'oposed capit al stock of $5,
000. The company proposes to deal
in trucks, tra'.tors, automobiles, wag
ons', cotton gins, gasoline engines,
farm Implements and kind red articles.
Petitioners are W. A. O'l lagan. John
C. Slattery, 11. Lee Harvey and D). A.
Brockington. all of Charleston. The
* Johnston Motor Sales Company, or
Johnston. was chartered with a cap
Ital stock of $2.500. S. J. Watson is
president a nd treasurer; 10. H-. Smith.
vice president. and Aveiy Blond, se(e
retary. The National Livery Company
of Charleston wais commissioned withi
a proposed capital stock of $1,000. Pe
titioners are: John C. Slattery, HI.
Lee H-arvey and D). A. TBrockingion,
all of Charleston. Applicntion was
made by Lecklie & Cox of Chester for
.an amendment to its char-ter changing
the name to Lecklie & Company.
DuPont Agents Called Down.
In view of the dissatisfaction
throughout the State over the action
of alleged representatives of the Dui
Pont powder manufacturers in taking
Ilbor out of the State to work in the
DuPont factories A. B. Jordan has
taken the matter up with Congress
man Ragsdale and Is in receipt of a
copy of a letter from the war depart
ment in which the department quotes
the employment manager of the Du
Ponts as saying that such agents were
acting without authority and would
be recalled at once.
State War Savings Campaign Started.
The war savings stamps campaign
has opened. All the counties have
their committees wvell organized with
effic'ient chairmen. The keynote of
Sthe organization is "Patriotic Serv
* ice." The interest mn this novement
U" is as high all over' the State as it is
in Columbia. among the women. In
Lexington county the woman's com
Fmittee has arranged to have a mass
meeting at Irmo, Ilaymond Harris,
petty officer inthe siaval recru1ing
State Aide Many Schools.
The State supecintendent of edu.
cation has just completed the work of
sending out for the scholastic year
1917-18, the State aid to the public
schools authorized by an act of 1917.
I providing a fund to guarantee ade
quate facilities and teaching corps in
needy school districts.
Any school district in the State
levying a special tax of eight mills
for current expenses, employing one
certificated teacher to instruct not
more than 50 nor fewer than 25 pupils
for a term of not less than seven
months is entitled to receive a suffi
cient amount of State aid from this
appropriation to guarantee a term for
An encoura ging number of districts
have increased their taxes during the
last session in order to meet the re
quirements of this act, and the indica
tion is, that in a number of counties
a much larger number of districts
are planning to qualify for State aid
under this act during the next school
session. It is hoped that this form
of State aid may be so provided by the
legislature that the inadequate school
funds for teachers' salaries and rea
sonable term may be in a measure
The list of counties, with the num
ber of schools and the amount of State
aid apportioned to the several coun
County. Districts. Amount.
Anderson . . . . . . 14 $ 5,302
Berkeley . . . . . . 1 302
Chesterfield . . . . . 7 2,375
Colleton . . . . . . 8 1.863
Darlington . . . . . 3 1,271
Dillon . . . . . . 4 818
Florence . . . . . . 18 5,853
Greenville. . . . . . 1 100
Hampton . . . . . . 1 240
Horry . . . . . . . 32 8,631
Kershaw . . . . . . 4 1,409
Lancaster. . . . . . 12 2,611
Lee . . . . . . . 4 855.
Lexington . . . . . . 1 383
Marion . . . . . . 3 906
Newberry . . , . . 3 1,190
Oconee . . . . . . 7 1,760
Orangeburg. . . . . 2 570
Pickens . . . . . . 8 1.473
Saluda . . . . . . 6 2. 220
Spartanburg . . 6 1.908
Union . . . . . . 2 635
Williamsburg . . . . 10 3,667
Total . . . . . . 157 $46,240
To Fix Price of Cotton.
W. G. Smith, president of the Sixth
Carolina Marketing Organization, has
issued the following notice:
"To the Farmers of South Carolina:
"Complying with request from many
counties in the State, I hereby call a
meeting of the South Carolina Cotton
Marketing Organization, to be held in
the hall of the house of representa
tives in the city of Columbia on Mon
day, June 24, instant, at 2 o'clock p.
m. The purpose of the meeting is to
discuss the fixing of the price of cot
ton by the government and the elec
tion of representatives to attend any
meeting where such price fixing shall
be under discussion. This is a mat
ter which vitally concerns every cot
ton producer in the State. I would
urge that the farmers in each county
call a meeting at county courthouses
not later than Saturday, June 22, and
sendl large dlelegations to this State
meeting. There will he no restrict ions
as to the number of dlelegates from
any county. As several counties have
already organizedl county marketing
associations, just as many members of
these county associations as can pos
sibly do so should attend this St ate
meeting. The farmers must have a
voice in fixing the 1)-ice of their great
money cr'op. There s'.:ould be I ldis
cussion of every element entermng into
the cost of production before any pr1ice
is fixed for this year's (otton crIop."
Red Cross Wants "Y" Workers.
The Rled Tr'iangle is making a
drive to r-ecruit 100 men in the States
of Alabama, Georgia, Mlississippi, Ten
nessee, Florida, Nor'th Carolina and1
South Carolina. by September 1 for
The transp~ort pr'oblem has been the
one niming link in the one great
chain thai the Y. AM. C. A. has woven
about th-.e boys in khaki or in the
navy. And it has been the source of
considerable worry to the war- work
council of the "Y' They have met
with great success in the test cases
that have been made recently and the
value of their work has been so ap
parent that the war dlepartment has
asked that this wvor-k be continued.
Strenuous Month for Candidates.
Candidates for the United States
senate andl State offices have begun
their tours of the State. The sena
torial campaign opened at Winnsboro
andl that for State offices at Barnwvell.
All pledges for the senate and State
offices and also for congress were
filed. The State Demiocratic executive
committee met at noon in the library
of the State capitol, when all formal
matters pertaining to the opening of
the campaign were considered. Both
campaigns will end Friday, August 23.
Bar Soldiers From Two Towns.
Orders have been issued at ('amp
Wadsworth forbidding the soldiers at
the local camp to visit the towns of
Union and Pacolet. It is said that
this ordler had been issuedl because of
conditions in the two towns. The
civil authorities of Union and Pacolet
have been lenient on evil doers and
have done little to suppress conditions
in those communities, accordling to
the military authorities. For some
time soldiers have been going into
~aant, towns and. buying strong|
ITIUTY MEN BAGK WIC SON
strong Resolutions Passed by Tri.
State Water and Light Associ
ation in Annual Convention.
:ho annual convention of the Tri-State
water and Light Association have re
urned home and they report a sue
iessful war session.
The war has create- many difficult
)roblems for water and light plants
and the discussions showed the ac
:ivities in progress to help win the
var. Superintendents of the Atlanta,
:olumbia, Charlotte and Macon plants
.vhere large numbers of soldiers are
ii camp, explained the enormous de
nands upon the several systems and
sow promptly the conditions were
The convention went on record as
:ndorsing every action of the govern
ment and a motion was passed which
will make of every business office of
:he companies holding membership in
the association thrift stamp offices,
whiere stamps can be had, the cashier
acting as salesman. Better than this
the association would urge other pub
tic utilities to enter this plan with
them and help to sell war savings
stamps. Members nqt in attendance
on the convention will be advised of
this action and will be urged to fol
low this. Letters signed by President
Wilson and the chairman of the war
savings committee in which conserva
tion of fuel and woods was urged, the
buying of non-essentials deplored and
the directing of labor along necessary
lines, ending with a plea to buy Lib
erty bonds and war savings stamps.
Every line in the two letters read was
Following is the resolution prepared
and offered by A. J. Sproles of Green
wood, which was adopted
"Whereas, we are at war in defense
of humanity. Christianity, liberty and
justice against a wily, unscrupulous
and unrelenting foe, the bitterest,
most desperate and brutal that civil
ization ever faced, and
"Whereas, we recognize President
Woodrow\ Wilson as the greatest liv
ing American, and peerless among na
tional world leaders and rulers, a
Christian statesman, and patriot, -in
whose ability to cope with the situa
tion we have implicit confidence;
therefore, be it resolved,
"That the Tri-State Water and
Light Association, in convention as
sembled, indorse his war measures un
qualifiedly and pledge to his alninis
tration our loyal support to the exteni
of our all, in brain, brawn, blood and
J. Crim Mixson Now in Jail.
Columbia.-Chief of Police Richard
son arrived in the city from Jackson.
ville with J. Crim Mixson, former as
sistant city treasurer. Mixson was ap
prehended in Jacksonville where he
had enlisted as a private at Camp
Mayor Blalock and Councilman W.
A. Coleman called at the jail and in
terviewed Mixson. He told the city
officials that lhe would be glad to
make a statement for publication.
"I am glad to get back, mighty
gladI," the dlefajult ing official stated ot
the newvspaper- men after- a vigor-ous
handshake, No applar-ent effort wvas
miadle to conceal any of the details ol
the affair. Sinc-e returning to the city,
Mlxson said he had learned that an
other (-ity official had beeni accused
of having a previous knowledge ol
the illegal removal of funds from the
city tr-easury. This lhe dlenied with
emphasis, and saidl that lhe wvas the
only3 offIcial Involved in any way what
ever, le said that he accepted thc
blame for the seiis of misdleeds.
Asked why he had taken the money
and what disposition lie had made of
It, Mlxson replied t hat he didn't know.
Hie addedl that all the money had been
sp~ent aind that lie borr1owed mioney3 tc
pay his r-ailroad far-e when lhe left thle
city after the discovery of the shor
ago on Api-il 27. None of thee mioney'
wvas spent in gambling, lie said, as lie
(11( not gamble, Hie said he might
have been "liquor delltrious" when hr
began ab~out four year-s ago the prtac
tice which has cost the city an aggr-e
gate of $19,129.51.
Chief Richardson's arr-ival to arrzest
him, Mixson said, was a relief to the
burdening suspense lie had suffered.
New Construction at Camp Sevier.
Camp Sevier, Gr-eenville.--More now
construction has recently been au
thorized at Camp Sevier. Authoriza
tion has just been received for the
construction of three bar-racks, mess
building and wash room for the bak
ery company. An additional ordnanice
warehouse has been autthorized and
construction will begin as soons as the
site is decided upon. Grading has
juist been commenced for two addi
tional railway sidings to serve the
hay sheds and the wood storage
Jury Gives Damages.
Spartanburg.- The case of T. P
Pearson versus the Piedmont &
Northern Railr-oad was concluded ir
the court of general sessions for Spar
tanbur-g county. The jur-y in the cast
r-endleredi a ver-diet for $1 2,000. The
action was for $50,000. .
This case grew out of the death o
Samuel F. Pearson, a young civil en'
gineer, whlo was killed in an acciden
:;on thle Piedmont and Northern on thi
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