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THE ONE GREAT GATHERING
OF SOUTH CAROLINIANS
The State Fair This Your?Octobci
20 to 30.
The fortieth annual Stute Pair will
be heM iit Columbia thin year Octobci
26-30. und It glveH promise to be He
greatest Stute Fulr ever held. No mat
ter bow b.td the crops or how hard the
times, o very body goes to the State Fall
at Columbia, it bus been the custom
now for nearly half a century, and it
Will ever continue so With crowds In
creasing each yeur.
The State Fair Is the one time or the
year that work can be put down und
e Very one have a good time for a tew
days. Old acquaintances and relatives
m?et ut the State Fair if they are not
fortunate enough to meet olsewhor?
'Im I in-, the year. Friends meet friends
and college men meet their college
mutes and renew friendships with good
stories of the good times of the past.
This year the fair holds even mm >
than that for South Carolinians. Jt
will bo made up of new exhibits that
will teach the farmers new methods
and Improvements that mean money to
every one of them.
The races will be tin- lust ever seen
In the South. This being the first year
that the Fulr Association has entered
the Virginia-Carolina Circuit. Tin
Mnlw raccH will brliiK many of the
country's very finest racers. The two
football games will draw thousands of
enthusiastic "rooters" from both the
Columbia is better fitted to take car<
of her gucnts than ever before, with
more hotel accommodations. The rail
roads will nil put on special rates, as
usual.^ President John G. Mol.ley. of
the Fulr Association, has worked hard
to Ket everything in ship-shape, and he
predicts the ludest crowd In the his
tory of the fair.
DEATH OF M It. A. >V. Sil A It 1?.
Prominent and Esteemed Citizen of
Princeton Passes Away Thursday,
After an Illness of two weeks Mr.
A. W. sharp, a prominent citizen and
successful farmer and business man,
died at his home near Princeton
Thursday. Sept. 24. On Friday hi
was buried at Ml. Bethel church,
tho funeral service being conducted
by the pastor. Rev. John I,. Ita.v
The pallbearers were Messrs. .lohn
B. Humbert, .lohn L. Bagwell, I. K
Davis, .lohn B, Henley. Hobt. ('
Reeves, and Dr. <\ Q. West.
Mr. Sharp was ?'>:? years old and i.
survived by his wife Who vvr.s, be
fore marriage, a Miss ICpps, dull]
ter of the late Mr. .IlllUCS I'JppS, Ion
sons and three daughters. Iii.
third son. the Rov. R. K Sharp, is a
member of (he South Carolina col
ference. located this year on li..
Heath Springs charge
Writing an account of Mr. Sharp'!
death to The stale. th<< I'rinei oi
" In the death of Mr. Sharp tin
church has lost a prominent member
the community a useful citizen, i!i>
home a devoted husband ami lovlne
A pleasing, good, high grade, truly
flavored, amber colored cup of coffee
can be had ?and without the real Coffee
danger, or damage to health -by simply
using Dr. Shoop's new substitute called
"Health Coffee." Pure, wholesome,
toasted cereals, malt, nuts, etc., make
Dr. Shoop's Health Coffee both health
ful and satisfying. No 20 to30 minutes
tedious boiling. "Made in a minute,"
says Dr. Shoop. If served as coffee
its taste will even trick an expert.
Test it and see. .1. M. Philpot.
Rev. 0. R. Shaffer Dead.
The Rev. Ceo. R. Shaffer, of the
South Carolina conference, who was
several years ago located on the Prince
ton circuit, died at his home at Swan
sea one day last week after a short ill
ness. Mr. Shaffer was a lino Christian
Sentleman, an able preacher, and his
eath is a distinct loss to tho confer
$100 Reward, $100.
The readers of this paper will he
pleased to learn that there is at lea :
one dreaded disease that science has
been able to cure in all its stages, and
that is Catarrh. Hall's Catarrh Cure
is the only positive cure now known t"
the medical fraternity. Catarrh being
a constitutional disease requires a con
stitutional treatment. Hall's Catarrh
Cure is taken internally, acting directly
upon the blood and mucous surfaces ol
the system, thereby destroying the
foundation of the disease, and giving
tho patient strength by building up the
constitution and assisting nature in do
ing its work. The proprietors have so
much faith in its curative powers that
they offer One Hundred Dollars for any
case that it fails to cure. Send for Iis'
Address F. .1. CHENEY & CO., To
Sold by all Druggists, 76c
Take Hall's Family Pills for consti
hen Hi of Mrs. w. v. Price.
Mrs. Hattle Oodfroy Price, wife of
Mr. Win. A. Price, died at her home
three miles north east ol the city,
last Sunday morning after a hrlof
illness. On Monday the remains
wore taken to New Prospect church,
near Madden, for hurial.
?Mrs. Price was a daughter Of Mi.
John Godfrey of tho county and was
about 36 years obi. Besides her
husband several children are left to
mourn her departure.
A Beautiful Woman.
Her surroundings should be in har
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cost per gallon ready for use' is only
$2.00. It wears for ten years and long
eft Thirty-three years of continuous
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Clinton Pharmacy, Clinton.
Or. King's New Live Pim
The best In the world.
5 B/>e Merry Widow
"By AL'BE'RT TAySOfi TEK.HUJNE
Coo<^<x->o- COPYRIGHT, 1908. BY HENRY W. SAVAGE o<^<o<^><^o ^
The Girl With the Millions.
,4f/-f-"s(' HO widow Just now is the
? I <111< - ii of our diplomatic chess*
I hoard," sighed the Maraovlan
i iimhnssndor'spretty wife. "She
will ln> hero tonight. My husband Is
hanging over the banisters watching
"lint wlinl reason7"
"Oh, In- lias exactly twenty million
"I don't understand," murmured M.
"No/ Then you are probably the
only bachelor in Paris who doesn't.
She was tin- daughter of a poor Mar
Kovhtn farmer no dowry but her
beauty. An enormously rich old hank
er named Sudown. wealthiest man in
Marsovia, fell in love with her, mar
ried her and did her the exquisitely
graceful favor of dying a week later,
she Inherited his whole fortune?$20,
"And now 1 suppose-she has come to
Paris to spend it V
"Oh, the money is snfo enough for
the present, 1 believe, in the Hank of
"Hush! Von mustn't Bay lt. I am a
dutiful witv. And what are you do
Ing?" she queried as he snatched up
her fun from tho table. With the
I I'M. II thai dangled froui his dancing
card De Jolldon scribbled three words
on ono of the Ivory Micks of the fun,
then huuded It to his hostess.
Natalie, with a little catch in ber
breath, slowly read the words aloud:
"I - love?you!"
"Why did you write this?" she
"Because you forbade me to tsny dt,"
"Tell bis excellency I have come
bnck," broke In a voice at the door.
As a servant hurried off with the
message the speaker waddled Into the
room. lie was a stout, ungulnly little
man, clad in the quaint natlouul cos
tume of Marsovia, P>uld of head, pop
ping of eye and with abuornially long
red mustache, his was a personality to
excite laughter in a mummy.
The newcomer was Nish, messenger
and clerk of the embassy. At bin ap
proach Natalie and l)e Jolldon slipped
away to the ballroom. A moment later
a tall, lean, fussy man with hooked
nose and mincing gait trotted down
the stairway and into the salon.
"Well, Mr. Nish," he asked peevish
ly, "did you Und Prince Danllo at
"No, your excellency," faltered the
little man. "He"?
"Did you go thence, as I told you, to
thp American bar at"?
THE MERRY WIDOW.
Marsovla. Hut my husband wants it
to K(ny thoro. So ?lin s tho Marsovian
government, Ours is not a rich uoun
Iry, M, do Jolldon. Thai's why a now
white hair nppoars in my worthy bus*
band's head ovory llmo otio of your
Parisian latly killers makes love to her.
It's all absurdly simple."
"Well," laughed Do Jolldon, "his hair
needn't turn whiter on my account.
I'll he (he one Frenchman who won't
make lose to Mine. Sadowa."
"But you must."
Von must marry her, at any rate."
"Are you mad, Natalie, or Is this"?
"It is no Joko, and I'm not mad.
I've, thought it all out."
The ambassador's wile glanced nerv
ously nhout her. She and De Jolldon
Were ensconced in an alcove of the
11 was the high! of (ho embassy
bail. From the ndjolnlng ballroom
en mo lllO stNiins of a wait/ and the
soft gliding of hundreds of dancing
feet. Cuests were passing ami re
passing along the great hallway and
broad Stairs at (ho rear of tho salon.
But for the moment the two had tho
room to (hemselves.
"Listen," Bbo said. "My husband sus
pects nothing thus far, but ho Is cer
tain to in time unless"
"UnloSS I divert his thoughts by mar
rylng some ono olso? I can't, and you
know I can't, for I"?
"Yes, sir. Hut ho was not at home
"Odd. IIo'h usually very much at
homo there, I'm told. So you failed
In your mission? You couldn't find
"Oh, yes, your excellency, I found
him?that Is to sny, I"?
"Oh, you found him at last? That's
"At Maxim's, your"?
"Maxim's, eh?" snorted Ambassador
Popoff scornfully. "Idling away hte
time, as usual, when"?
"Oh, no, your excellency, not ex
netly 'Idling,' If I mny say so. He
seemed very busy. There were n num
ber of bottles and"?
"Was he sober?"
"Not distressingly so, your excel
lency. In fact, If I may"?
"Did you give him my message? Dkl
you tell him?"
"I gave It word for word, sir. I told
him bis country was calling for him
and that your excellency desired his
Immediate presence at the embassy."
"'Well, what was bis answer?"
"Ho snld, 'dive my country my re
gnrdS and tell It. to go "?
"Whore?" snapped Popoff ns Nish
paused In embarrassment.
"I'd I'd rather not Jtny, sir; no place
I'm at all famlllur with."
"Ob, the Ingrute," walled Popoff,
"the Ingrute! Here be has been em
ployed at the embassy,all these uiontns,
and I've winked at his loafing and his
dissipation, and the very first minute
1 really need him ho refuses to
"Oh, no, your excellency, ' pleaded
N'lsh; "scarcely as bad as all that, If
I may suy so?not 'refused' exactly.
He will come. At least he promised ,
"Ah, that lifts a load from my brain
if he promised he'll come! Diplomat
Ically speaking, Prince Danllos word
is as good as his bond."
"Diplomatically speaking, your excel
lency," atllrmed Klsh, "he agrees to
be here as soon as he has finished the
magnum of champagne that was in the
Ice pull beside htm when I left."
"How much of It was gone'.'"
"The cork was not yet drawn, but" ?
"Bo ou the lookout, for him. Mr.
Nisb. When he conies put li e on his
head If necessary. Sober htm at any
"I fancy It will he cheaper than 1111
lug him up. I'll do my best, your ex
But the ambassador at a whispered
word from a servant had already pot
tered out of the room as fast as his \
somewhat shaky old legs would carry
htm, and tho voluble Nlsh ran along
in his wake.
A commotion swept through the
scattered groups In the foyer a mur
mur, a rustle, a whisper that resolved
Itself at last Into the excited phrases:
"The widow has arrived!twenty
millions and unlneumberod!" "Widow
of Sadowa, ttie animated money bag!"
"A Monte Cristo fortune for some
lucky man!" "Her name Is Sonla Sa
dowa; twenty millions?red hair, too.
but n beauty!" "Twenty millions!"
"The Merry Widow!"
Down the stairway from the dress
ing rooms and into the salon swept a
woman?young, beautiful, vivacious. A
light of mischief danced in her great
Her masses of auburn hair shone
like an aureole above her rather
pole, delicate face. About her hovered
a half score of gallants, all vying for
n word, a look, from the beauty (and
fortune) of the Paris season.
Two men the Marquis of CascadA
and tho Count de St. Brioche were
lucky enough to claim for a moment
or two her attention.
"No, no!" Sonla was saying in pro
test. "At home, in Marsovla, men don't
make such pretty speeches Courtship
there is very primitive and? marriage
Is for life. When a man makes love to
another's wife, he is promptly shot.
When a wife flirts, her husband beats
her black and blue a good plan. Why
not try It In Paris?"
"Delightful!" exclaimed Cascade, "Do
you know, madanie, we have been
counting the moments until you ap
"I can well believe It," assented So
nla. "It must have been just llko
"Oh, madame!" protested the group,
"Don't I know?" retorted Sonla, a
little bitterly. "It's always like that.
People count me like so much money.
If It Is coarse for me to say so, re
member I'm a farmer's daughter and
that In my country people call a spade
PopofT and Natalie came hurriedly In
to pay their respects to the guest upon
whom Marsovia's hopes so depended,
At a Hlgn from the ambassador the oth
ers drew back.
"So you were shocking some of our
Paris gallonts?" beamed the ambassa
dor. "What a child of nature you
"You mean," countered Sonia, "that 1
Bin a peasant dressed up. How I wish
sometimes that I were a real peasant
"Ah!" chuckled PopofT. "Child of na
ture, true child of nature, always
remembering the dear old days on tho
farm?the bleating of the pigs, the new
laid milk, the tomatoes freshly dug
up and all the simple Joys of the coun
try! But I want you to meet tonight
some of our MursoVhiu nobility for
Instance, Prince Danilo, a (?harming
young fellow. He'll be here; presently.
But the mischief had died out of
Simla's eyes. Her face was paler than
was Its wont, and there was a stern
look as of pain about the daintily
"I have already met Prince Danilo,"
she said curtly.
"Really?" cried PopofT. Then, not
ing her change of expression, he added
"I hope it was not on ono of bis wet
days a charming, lovable youngster
In spite of his"?
"I am not Interested in hearing about
him," broke In Sonla In'a curiously
level, emotionless voice, "It was long
ago that wo met. He will have forgot
ten nie even as as I have forgotten
him. I ? t us talk of something else,
Mven Popoff could see something was
Old Love and New.
Mfv7y ELL, hero I am," announced
lAl a tall, slender youth, entering
? ? the deserted salon a few min
? I utes Inter with N'lsh nt his
Bide. "I'm hero nt my country's call,
tdl right, but my confounded country
doesn't seem to be on hand to meet
Ills graceful walk was not wholly
Steady, and there wns a flush on the
handsome yotlUg face. The late ar
rival was Prince Danilo of Marsovia.
attache of the Marsovlau legatlou at
Paris, As a diplomat he had scarcely
scored n success, for he had a delight
fully normal aversion to work and n
simple, unfailing Joy In the amuse
ments Of Maxim's and Iiis clubs.
"I'll hunt up his excellency nt once,"
"No," replied the widow; "but I'll
look in this room If you haven't made
a thorough search hero already."
Natalie, thanking her, burr led buk
with her cavalier to the (stairway.
Souia idly begau her search, but Cas
cade. Interrupted her.
"That can wall," ho pleaded, "I tu I
cannot. Won't you hear mo?"
"Certainly," assented Sotih cheerful
ly. "You are going to propose, aren't
"Ah, you read my socrctl*'
"it required little cleverness. You
men are all alike."
"Hut no man ever befoi'0 lovel as [
love!" protested Cascnda, his voice un
consciously rising in Ills emotion. "You
are all the world to me. I'ntil I met
you I never thought I could"?
"Hing off!" grumbled Dnnilo in his
sleep, vaguely bothered by I ha -loud
"Some one is here!" the whispered,
pointing toward the hidden couch.
"You are mistaken," contradicted ?
Cascade, "and even If it were so 1 um
I willing for all the worl I to know how
THE LATE ARRIVAL WAS PRINCE DANILO.
? Nisli was assuring tho prince. "Are? I
' ore you quite In condition to sec him,
I If I may"?
, "Oh, I'm all right enough," yawned
Dnullo, "only I forgot to go to bed last
night. If I COUld reel off a few yards
"Perhaps I could Und you some place
"I'd prefer a desk, if you can find
one. I always sleep best nt my desk.
Hut I suppose"?
"There is a couch, Hlr, over lu the
corner behind the palms. How would
that do? You could get a nice nap
there, and in a little while I'd find bis
. excellency for you. But, sir, if l may
I sny so, why do you waste your life in
1 dissipation when you might marry and
settle down? Just think, now! Would
not a dear little wife mid a home of
your own be better worth while than
nil your clubs? I leave It to you If"?
"You leave It to me?" retorted Dn
nllo. "Then I make It clubs."
"But, If I may sny bo"?
"You may not," Interrupted Danilo,
crossing to the couch and throwing
himself nt full length among Its cush
ions. "By by! 'If you're wnkiug, cnll
me early?' "
He spread a handkerchief over his
face and In a moment wns sound
nsleop, leaving Nlsh to tiptoe out In
search of l'opoff.
For a few minutes no sound was
audible In the empty salon snvo the
distant swell and fall of dance music,
punctuated by the slumbrous prluce's
Then Natalie hurried In with De
.Tolldon. Both looked anxious.
"How careless of mot" the ambas
sador's wife was exclaiming. "Where
can i havo dropped the miserable fun?
if my husband should pick it up nnd
And on It those words you were foolish
enough to write I wonder if I loft
it In the niche on the stulrs when we
were sitting there. Let's go back and
They turned back, nlmost colliding
with Bontd, who was entering, Can
cada directly behind her.
"Oh, Mine. Sadowa," asked Natalie,
"you haven't Roen anything of a white
Ivory fan? I've looked everywhere,
A long, blissful, sonorous Bnoro from
Sonla laughed, her eyes nllght with
"Snoring and romance don't go well
together, marquis," she observed, "ami
uh tho snoring doesn't seem likoly to
stop the romance must. Von say you
are in love with mo, and 1 know you
are la love with my fortune. Good
"You misjudge me cruellyl" Cnscada
"Oh, no, I don'tl Men are all alike.
As the dlscorafltcd marquis made his
way wrathfully from tho room Sonla
i mischievously crept across to the
couch. There lay the man, sound
asleep, his face still covered by the
I handkerchief. Sonla touched his hair.
"Scat!" roared Danilo, giving his
bend a shake that lei the handkerchief
. fnll from his line.
"Danilo!" gasped the widow, starting
At sound of his name the prince sat
up, dazed and blinking. His wander
ing eyes fell on the woman, and, with
I nn exclamation of utter amazement, ho
stumbled to his feet and stood staring
j Incredulously at her.
"Sonla!" he exclaimed. "Soiiia!"
Then, recovering himself, he bowed
stlftly and said:
"I beg your pardon, madaine."
"No; I beg yours," she replied.
"Pray go on snoring."
"You don't remember nie'/" he asked,
"Not in the very least," she an
swered, moving away.
"Yet you called my name."
"You wore asleep then. That was
"And now I am awake to the Joy of
seeing you again."
"The Joy is all your own. Is It so
surprising to And nie in I'arisV 1 am
here enjoying my wealth and free
"I congratulate you on both, especial
ly the freedom."
"Yes, freedom Ifl one of your fads, I
believe," remarked Sonla, "especially
freedom from marrlngo, Do you still
make a hnhlt of avoiding marriage ?
I at tho last mouiontV"