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Lindley Abercrombie, who lived on
South Raburn creek, was a quiet, in
oftensive, hard-working man, who at
tended strictly to his own business and
lot other people's alone. He raised a
large family, and his sons still live in
the old settlement. If Laurens county
was full of such men you would have
to lock up the jail, close the doors of
the court house and the lawyers would
have to hunt new avocations for a liv
1 never heard of an Abercrombie
bragging about how much cotton he
made. Somehow it ran in the family
to talk about corn, wheat, grain or
stock. If you went to Lindley in the
summer to buy corn he would tell you:
"Yes, I have cribs of it on hand; but
yon know my rule, not to sell any corn
until the new crop is housed off the
bottom land. Kabun creek is mighty
uncertain, and there might come a
freshet and destroy all my corn. I am
always on the safe side." He made
his own Hour barrels. He seasoned the
staves well and charred them Over a fire
of shavings before carrying them to
mill to have his Hour packed in them.
He told me that he never sold his flour
under six dollars a barrel. If flour was
five dollars he carried it home and
stored the barrels in an open log house,
often keeping it two and three years.
"Mr. 'Crombie, won't the worms get
in it, and it get musty?" "No; it will
improve by age?gets a rich yellow
color. Sometimes a few worms will
get around the head of the barrel. If
you have well seasoned and Are-dried
barrels your flour will keep for years."
The old man would have made a fine
citizen for Joseph, down in Egypt?to
gather In the corn.
A Utile Quarrel Willi the Pnrmcr.
Farmers in this Piedmont region
take special delight in doing the wrong
thing. They sin against light and
knowledge. They go cheerfully the
wrong way. For several years they
have been instructed in the right way
and knowing the right, the wrong
they continue to walk in. They know
well enough that the only way to im
prove their land is by a judicious rota
tion of crops. This cannot be brought
about except by the liberal sowing of
small grain and pears. We believe that
to-day the middle of December, there
is a smaller acreage, sown in small
grain than any year for the last five.
The careless farmers offer many ex
cuses satisfactory to themsolvc;., but
4\w real reason is that cotton has boon
selling from in to 11 1-2 cents and they
believe (hat they can get that price
next f;dl. So they will not bother with
small grain and cowpean, but will fall
back on Cotton and live on Western
flour and bacon. Cotton alone is the
beut lazy man's crop in the world. He
cause he get* a few dollars in the fall
al>ove all expenses, he acts an though
hir. farm wan covered with money, and
then before March he Im not coin
enough of his own make to feed a half
dozen chickens. Some of the farmers
say that they will sow oats in the
Spring. That is better than not sowing
anything for it will give them land to
sow or plant peas. Again, for the
nineteenth time, we warn them that the
only road open to a manly, independent
life on the farm is by a rotation of
crops by which much corn, small grain
and peas shall be raised and the cotton
yield per acre doubled. Will you join
the progressive crowd, or continue iu
the old lazy, thriftless ways?- Ex.
Collections on subscriptions for THE
ADVERTISER for the past week have
been disappointing. We had hoped that
we would be able to make sufficient
collections to make Christmas cheerful
and happy in THE ADVERTISER busi
ness office, but wo "fell down." We
suppose everybody was so busy provid
I ing Santa Claus at home that THE
ADVERTISER dependents were forgot
ten. While you are looking over this
paper, please look on the front page at
the label, and if it does not mark '"08"
kindly bring or send your subscription
dues before New Year's Day.
Personally, we do not know nearly
all the subscribers to this newspaper,
but we know nearly all by reputation,
and we are confident they are all good
for the price of their subscriptions. We
keep in touch with them through their
neighbors, and when we find that a
man won't pay we drop his name from
the subscription list. If your name is
on the list, we believe that you are all
right. Don't abuse our confidence, but
sustain the reputation that your neigh
bors give you.
A woman, famous as one of the most
kindly and loving among society leaders
of Ihe best American society, once said:
,"If I have been"able to accomplish
anything in life it is due to a word spo
ken to mi in the right season, when I
was a child, by my old teacher. I was
the one homely, awkward girl in a class
of exceptionally pretty ones, and being
also dull at my books became the butt
of the school. I fell into a morose, de
spairing state, gave up study, with
drew unto myself and grew daily more
"One day the French teacher, a gray
haired old woman with keen eyes and a
kind smile, found me crying.
'* 'What is the trouble, my child?'
" '0, madame, I am so Ugly!" I
sobbed out. Sh" soothed me, but did
not contradict mc.
"Presently sho took me to her room
and, after amusing me for some time,
said: 'I have a present for you,' hand
ing me a scaly, coarse lump covered
with earth. 'It is round and brown as
yoiii "Ugly" did you say? Very well,
we wdl call it by your name, then. It
is you. Now you shall plant it, and
water it, and give it sun for a week or
"I planted it and watched it care
i fully. The green leav*a came first, and
at last the golden Japanese hly, th
first I had ever seen. Madame came in
to H tare my delight.
'Ah,' she said significantly, 'who
would believe so much beauty and fra
grance were shut up in that little,
rough, ugly tiling?'
"It was the first time that it ever oc
curred to me that, In spite of my ugly
face, I, too, might be able to win
friends and to make myself beloved in
I the world. " ? Young People's Weekly.
As will be seen by reference to tho
list published in this issue of THE A?
VBRTISER, Gl in number, Special Agent
J. M. Jenkins has secured as demon
strators some of the very best farmers
in Laurens county to test for themselves
the experiments already proved by the
government to be practical. It is
among such men as are found in this
list that one would expect to find men
who are willing to learn. Men who
have already learned something are al
ways ready to learn more. It is the
person who has not learned anything
who does not feel the need of informa
Local and Personal
Miss Annie Sitgreaves, who is teach
ing at Woodruff's, came home Thurs
day to spend a few days with her
parent;:, Mr. and Mrs. .1.10. Sitgreaves,
but is this week the guest of friends at
The children of the First Methodist
church Sunday school will have a splen
did Christmas tree tonight.
Misses Donie Counts, Nan and Claire
Rarnett, Sara Rabb, Charlotte Mc
(Jowan, Mamie Tolbert, Ruth Payne,
Lillie Miller, Eleanor Duckett, Kate
Wright and Cora Armstrong, the bright
and charming Winthrop girls, arrived
Miss Whitam, a member of the
faculty of Winthrop, whose home is in
far-away Wisconsin, will arrive Thurs
day, to spend the remainder of the
holidays with Miss Donie Counts.
Dr. and Mrs. 0. R. Mayer and chil
dren, of Newberry, and Dr. and Mrs.
O. W. Leonard, of Spartanburg, are
guests of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Jones.
Mrs. P. D. Huff and daughter, Miss
Carrie HufF, of St. Albans, S. C., arc
visiting Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Ilulf.
Mr. E. A. Huff, of Greenville, is
visiting in the city.
Mr. Thomas Ray, who has been buy
ing cotton at Abbeville this season, is
visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.
Prof, and Mrs. T. V. Jones, of Wood
ruff, are in the city.
Rev. and Mrs. W. B. Harre are now
occupying the E. W. Martin residence.
Mr H. A. Anderson, of Waterloo,
was in the city Monday.
The Columbia "State" recently of
fered an interesting contest to its read
ers with a $2r>.()(? prize to the winner.
The contestants were supposed to <ie
cide upon what they considered the host
advertisement in tho "State" of De
cember 15th and then to write an arti
cle giving briefly (heir reasons for BO
deciding. The winner of the prize was
Chas. U. Singleton, of Manning, but of
the 2LM> papers submitted to the judge.1;
in the contest several of the best were
printed in the "State" of Sunday,
among them u very clever argument in
the favor of the advertisement of her
choice by Mrs. H. K. Aiken, of Laurena.
MEASUREMENTS OF A MI/LIE.
Those Bought for British Army Must
Meet a Certain Standard.
"Three hundred mules with empire
waists and chest measurements of 61
inches are preparing for a tour of In
dia," said Robert L. McDonald, of
Kansas City, last [night.
"A British oflicer has been in Kansas
picking them up. The party will sail
this month, and this will be a chance
for those rovers who turn up when the
British want muleteers to get a ride in
a transport to Calcutta. This is as far
as the mules will be taken by the mu
leteers, but they themselves are to go
up the Himalaya mountains. India,
being a fearfully hot place, is shunned
by the aristocratic officers of the con
tingent of the army there. The poor
subaltern spends his leave of absence
on the coast, where it is cheap. The
real swell goes to the Himalayas.
"There is where the Missouri mules
are going. Their baggage will consist
of machine guns and ammunition. They
will travel in parties, one carrying a
small cannon, another a pair of wheels
for it, another the carriage, and the
balance will carry ammunition. It is
not for the looks of things that the
British now demand a mule with a 61
inch chest measurement, but because
I the Britisher never overlooks a bet.
He set out to carry his mountain guns
on Missouri nudes and he found, after
his experience with tens of thousands
of them during the Boer war, that the
best mule born for Tommy Atkins' job
is a short-coupled nude from fifteen to
fifteen and a half hands high and 61
inches around the girth.
"Harness was made by the train load
for this sized animal, and that explains
why the officer now in Kansas is so
particular as to the girth measurement.
The harness for slinging the parts of a
machine gun consists of leather and
steel or brass parts. Our mule packers,
who get $75 a month in our own army,
know the advantage of having a mule
fit the pack or the pack fit the mule,
When lie gets both he is a happy trans
portation boss. The British make them
an actual state of affairs by making
their trappings all one size, and then
finding mules to fit. The advantage is
realized when a mule falls in action
and an understudy has to shoulder his
load; or, during the march, when it is
necessary to relieve the gun train by
"The 'Empire waist' means a short
coupled mule. Tim British army buy
ers' rule is for 'a head like a picture,
legs like bars of iron and feet like ma
sons' melts, short in his couplings and
intelligent.' To this is added in the
mule department a chest measurement
of <>1 inches. Muleteers are paid for
tin? outward hound trip of the British
transports, and are returned to Kansas
City. If they elect to remain st the
foreign station, they sacrifice their
right to claim passage Jiome later on.
They ordinarily go direct from the
United States, but are brought back
via England. "?Washington Post.
9,281,077 BALES GINNED.
The Census Bureau Issues Bulletin mi
Washington, Dee. 20.-The census
bureau today issued a bulletin showing
that the total amount of cotton of this
year's growth in the United States
ginned up to December 13 last was 9,
281,077 bales, as compared with 11,112,
789 for the same period last year, and
9,297,810 for the same period in 1905.
The number of round bales included is
137,485 for 1907, and 243,090 for 190(5
and 252,137 for 1905.
Sea Island included 05,145 bags for
1907, and 49, 301 for 190G and 90,836 for
1905. The total crop of 1906 was 12,
983,201, and for 1905 was 10,
495,145. The per cent, of crop ginned
to December 13 was 85.6 for 1906, and
88.6 for 1905. For 1907 there were
ginned to December 1st 8,343,390 bales.
In the total for this year's growth
there were ginned to December 13 the
running bales, counting round bales as
half bales, and excluding Hilters, are
distributed by States as follows: Ala
bama, 902,022 bales, 3,421 active gin
neries; Arkansas, 572,105 bales, 2,086
ginneries; Florida, 45,747 bales, 242 gin
neries; Georgia, 1,032,405 bales, 4,512
ginneries; Kentucky, 1,103 bales, 2 gin
neries; Louisiana, 502,091 bales, 1,821
ginneries; Mississippi, 1,119,244 bales,
3,487 ginneries; Missouri, 23,674 bales,
73 ginneries; New Mexico, 55 bales, 2
ginneries; North Carolina, 525,917 bales,
2,090ginneries:, Oklahoma, 686,078 bales,
955 ginneries; South Carolina, 1,014,711
bales, 3,150 ginneries; Tennessee, 204,
467 bales, 651 ginneries; Texas, 1,987,
781 bales'; 3,957 ginneries; Virginia, (>,
787 bales, 97 ginneries.
The distribution of the Sea Island
cotton for 1907 by States is: Florida,
22,490 bags; Georgia, 32,99Gbags; South
Carlina, 9.GG1 bags.
The Maj?ic No. 3.
Number throe is a wonderful mascot
for Geo. II. Parais, of Cedar Grove,
Me., according to a letter which reads:
"After suffering much with liver and
kidney trouble, and becoming greatly
discouraged by the failure to find relief,
I tried Electric Hitters, and as a result
I am a well man to-day. The first bot
bottle relieved and threo bottles com
pleted the cure." Guaranteed boston
earth for stomach, liver and kidney
troubles by Laurens Drug Co. and Pal
metto Drug Co., druggists. 50c.
THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA,
County of Laukkns.
By o. G. Thompson, Probate Judge:
Whereas, Frank Hammond has made
suit to me to grant him Letters of Ad
ministration of the estate and effects of
William P. Caine.
These are, therefore, to cite and ad
monish all and singular the kindred and
creditors of the said William P. Caine,
deceased, that they be and appear be
fore me, in the Court of Probate, to l'<"
held at Laurens C. IL, S. C, on the
10th day of January, 1008, next, after
publication hereof, at 11 o'clock in the
forenoon, to show cause, if any they
have, why the said Administration
should not be granted.
Given under my hand this, 23d day of
December, Anno Domini 1907.
0. G. THOMPSON,
J. P. I,. G.
The Marabou and the Hyena of
BOTH VULTURES IN NATURE.
Each Gorges Itself on Carrion, am! tho
Bir?l and Beast OKen BotLlc For
Their Food?Fairylike Plumes That
Are a6 Light as Air.
The ugliest storks in the world ni'O
found ill southern Asia nud central
Africa. Their flesh colored heads are
only partially covered with si Iff, wiry
feathers, an<l hanging on tho br<
they bear a disgusting pouch, which
answers the purpose of n crop. One of
the largest of these storks Is the mara
bou. It .stalks about the great sandy
plains of central Africa with com
posure and ft lordly grandeur, as If It
welt; the most beautiful bird ill the
world. Its hotly feathers are of n dull
metallic green color, and its wings and
tnil are dingy black. Looking ;ii the
awkward creature, no one would sus
pect that under Its ungainly uinur-< it
carried the most exquisite and fairy
like little i>lunies, so airy that it hikes
baskotfuls of them to weigh an ounce.
They are pure while and so much de
sired for trimming thai tho bird is vig
orously hunted by the natives, who
sell those dainty feathers to traders
for a very largo price.
The marabou feeds on carrion, like
the vulture. Its lhio.it Is very large,
and it will greedily oal everything that
comes In Its way. In the BWatlips ami
plains around Khartum, on the Nile,
are Immense flocks of marabous, and
they are so daring as to conic to the
slaughter houses on the outskirts of
the city in search of food, mid whole
ox ears and shin bones with hoof at
tached have been found I the crops;
of Specimens which have been killed, i
These birds are skillful Ushers. They
liatint the low marshy islands in the
rivers and lakes of central Africa, with
elephants, monkeys, flamingoes and
ninny varieties of birds for coinpnu
ions, and gain their principal food from ;
tho water. They of ton go hi COinp.l
nles of ten or twelve to fish, Wading
hi the water, the birds form a circle,
which they gradually draw together,
gathering the frightened flsll In the
center of the net, when with their long
bills ami quick movements c oy speed
ily provide themselves with a hearty
Although marabou mammas have
been seen proudly parading around
With a brood of diminutive downy
young ones, so shy and retiring Is this
bird III Its domestic habits that nat
uralists have been unable to determine!
when and how It builds Its host. The
natives assert that It nosts In high
trees, but their statement is not con
In captivity the marabou Is lord of
the Inclosufe, and in zoological gardens,
where specimens have been COIlfiucd,
no other birds of 0V0H small ben its
dare approach the feeding trough un
til the hunger Of this impudent bird Is I
satisfied and It has retired to the warm
est corner for a nap. The lunnenso
strength of Itsjdll makes ft a formhbi-l
Wo enemy, uud when fighting for food
it will often overcome the largest vul
tures and wngo successful battles with
beasts of proy.
viio hyona Inhabits tho same por
tiouVof Asia and Africa as tbe mara
bou, runt travelers give accounts of
toixlHTo contests between these two
sltt'uiar members of the animal king
dom. Tho hyena Is called tho vulture
among beasts, as it prefers carrion for
Iis food, and as long as It can find
dead animals to devour It leaves the
Hoiks and herds in peace. Cowardly
by nature, it rarely attacks man or
boast unless driven to desperation by
The striped hyena inhabits tbe north
ern latitudes of Africa, Persia and
Syria, while the spotted species, which
is easily tamed and is sometimes call
ed hyona dog, is found in large num
bers in the vast plains of South Africa.
The hyena is a strange looking beast.
It has a big head and a heavy, shaggy
mane. The hind part of its body Is
much lower than Its shoulders, and Its
hind legs are short. This odd forma
tion gives it an awkward, shambling
manner of walking, which Is both lu
dicrous and hideous.
This creature rarely shows itself by
day, but when tin; shadows of bight
fall on the plains and forests It comes
out from its home among the rocks
and caverns in search of food. Afri
can travelers are much annoyed by It.
When tho camp is silent and all are
Bleeping the hyena comes prowling
round, uttering hoarse human cries,
and should it fail to find sufficient
camp refuse to satisfy Its hunger some
pom- donkey is sure to bo torn In
ploci 3 by its terribly strong jaws.
IVw animals have boen tho subject
of so much superstition. In ancient
times it was believed that a dog went
innd if a hyena turned its evil eyo up
on it. anil the beast was believed by
many to be a wicked sorcerer, who
went about in human form by day
and at night assumed tho shape of a
hyena. The poor and Ignorant peas
antry of Arabia oven at the prosent
day believe in tho ovll eyo of this
beast and are afraid to shoot It lout
they should incur the wrath of the
wicked spirit which they Imagine
walks the earth In this ugly form.
The poor hyena, howevor, far from
being an evil spirit, Is a real blessing
lo the regions it Inhabits, as it is a
natural scavenger, provided by tho
kind wisdom of naturo to clear tho
ground of much loathsome and decay
ing matter, thereby rendering the air
SWOOter and. purer and move healthful.
Tho Namo Bismarck.
I . w people know how Bismarck and
his ancestors got their name. Bls
marck is Hie namo of ono of those
(indent castles a short dlstai.ee from
Stendal, on the road from Cologne to
Berlin, in the center of tho old inar
qulsato of Hrandenburg. Tho castlo
had this name because It defended tho
"marca." or the lino whero tho river
Bieso formed a boundary In former
times or mark of defense against In
truders; hence tho name of Bismarck.
When Greek Meets Qreek.
"Groeious, my dear," said the first
society belle. "I do hope you're not 111;
you look so much older tonight."
"I'm quite well, thank you, doar," re
plied tho other. "And you?how won
derfully improved you are! You look
positively young."?I'hlladelphln Press.
FARMERS' UNION MRBTS.
Columbia Convention Said to Have Been
Columbia, December 18. ?The much
heralded mooting of the farmers' Un
ion, about which there has been so
much discussion the last week or two,
was called to order in the city council
chamber this morning by Pocaidonl C.
S. Barrett of Georgia, the head of the
national organization. 'the presence
and participation of President Barrett
in the meeting seems to have set at rest
any doubts about the legality or regu
larity of the meeting.
There wore present about 40 or 50
delegates, representing about twelve
counties. The meeting was seen ;. and
no one was admitted whocould i
the password, but it was stated
open meeting would be held durinj the
The morning session lasted until
about 1 o'clock and adjournment was
taken until 3 o'clock for the purpot u i f
getting dinner. During the afternoon
other delegates cames in on the train .
After passing resolutions unanimously
urging the South Carolina Legislature
to repeal the lien law and endorsing the
scheme for parcels post system, the
Convention adjourned at 12 o'clock to
night, to meet in Columbia on January
22, in the City Hail.
President Goodwin was on hand, but
did not preside over any of the sc.
of the union. National President Bar
rett filling the chair.
The Convention is declared to havo
been most harmonious, all differences
being settled. "The recent differences,
which have been so thoroughly aired in
the public prints were more of a mare' i
nest than anything else," declared a
member of the Convention to-night.
Take notice that on the 21 st day of
January, 1908, I will render a final uc
count of my acts and doings as admin
istrator of the estate; of B. Adkins, de
ceased, in the office of the Judge of
Probate of Laurons county at 11 o'clock
a. m. and on the same day will apply
for a final discharge from my trust as
All persons indebted to said estate
are notified and required to make pay
ment on that date, and all persons hav
ing claims against said estate will pre
sent them on or before said date, duly
proven, or be forever barred.
J. W. Carden,
Dec. 18, 10OY.
AND ALL THROAT AND tUNG TROUBLES
GUARANTEED SATIS FACT Oiil
OB MONEY REFUNDEj?.