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LAURENS, S. C. DETMBER 23, 1908.
"EON CHRIST'S SWEET SAKE."
Our readers will pardon us for a I ii
of sermonizing on tins occasion, So
tremendous is the significance of Christ
mas and 80 easily is the spirit of tin
day misinterpreted, especially with ref
erence to Christmas giving, that a little
serious thought on the subject is whole
some. Could we but grasp the full
meaning of the day ar.d live up to our
conception, Christmas would indeed b<
the greatest of festal occasions and the
source of more boneticer.ee than man
On Friday of this week, December
the twenty-fifth, is celebrated the an
niversary of Christ's birth the Christ
mass, it Is called. Nineteen hundred
and eight years ago Christ, the S.n
God, came into tho world and i ecahv
Jesus, the Redeemer of mankind. By
man, Adam, sin entered the world and
dethroned mankind from his high estate
?a little lower than the angels: by
man also. Jesus, mankind was rest red
and made joint-inheritors w ith Jesu in
the Kingdom of God. By the life, suf
fering and death of Jesus Christ, salva
tion was wrought for mankind; the
blood of Jesus was giver, as an offering
in atonement of man's sin. Mark y
the coming of Chri.-t was from God as
a gift of love. "God gave His Son. ''
The first Christmas giving was dont by
God, the Father of mankind: the fin I
Christmas gift was Christ, God's Son?
a part of God.
In our Christmas giving do wo no:
sometimes lose sight of that principle?
Does love prompt all our offerings';
And are all our gifts a part our
selves? In commemorating the birth of
Christ we should strive earnestly to
preserve the spirit of the day, and ob
serve it in the light of its true and full
Let US notice one point in tins matter
of giving a point .-o beautifully illus
trated in Lowell's "Vision of Sir Laun
fal." The noble knight sets ou
search of tho Holy Grail, tho cup wilh
w''i?h Jesus celebrated The Last Sup
per. On the lirst day of his search he
met a leprous beggar, to whom he
proudly tossed a gold coin and proceed
ed on his journey. What think you was
his reward for the gift to this beggar?
In loathsome disgust he view.;,! the
leper; in scornful arrogance he philan
thropically, but of his abundance gave
gold -nothing more. "He give? roth
ing but worthless gold who giv. a from
a sense of duty." After years of
search, all worn out, a::<l foot-sore,
hungry and cold. Sir Launfal triei to
make hi* way homeward, having failed
in his endeavor, disappointed* shelter
less and ready to die. Again ho m< eti
tho leper who "For Christ's Sweet
Sake" begged an alms. The once rich,
proud knight has none but a spare
crust of hard bread. " 'Twaa a mouldy
crust, of coarse brown bread, "fwafl
water out of a wooden how 1 yet be
divided his crust and gave the lopi r to
drink, and as Sir Launfal mused 'a
light shone round the plae-,-,' and the
Christ stood by hL side, and softly on
the ears of the penitent mari fell the
"Lo. it is I; be not afraid I"
"In many climes, without avail.
Thou hast spent thy life for the Holy
Behold, it i.s here this cup which thOU
Didst fill at the streamlet for Me but
This crust is My body broken for thee.
This water His blood that died on the
The Holy Supper is kept, indeed,
fn whatso we share with another's
Not what we give, but what wo sharo;
For the gift, without the giver is bare;
Who giws himself with his aims feed
Himself, his hungering neighbor and
And Sir Launfai found hnppim as ii
the sacrifice he made to help the hun
gry leper He gave a part of himsell
-his love; and it was a gift, making
sacrifice to give.
God sacrificed His Son; from a heart
of love for mankind He gave a part of
Himself- one of the Trinity. Are w?
striving to emulate this kind of giving?
Do we give until it hurts? And do we
give to our friends only? The I'hai in
m ids gifta to encli other. To be truly
I ;;t Christmas time and to keep
the spirit of the day indeed, we must
give "For Christ's Sweet Sake," and
in Hi name. OUt of our need to them
that have n>?t wherewith t? give in re
turn. What reward do we pet when
WO give to a friend who makes US an
equal gift in value if .jot in kind? And
further, wo must make these gifts to
the poor, not in a spirit of arrogance or
pride, as did Sir Launfal, but for the
love of mankind; ourselves must ac
company the gift, and then we feed
three: ourselves, our hungry neighbor
and Christ. The hand of man cannot
hold a true gift; it holds but the tangi
ble manifestation of the spirit of love
-the heart receives the gift of love,and
Cod is glorified. "Inasmuch as ye did
it unto the least of these, ye did it
unto .Me." Sir I.aunfal recognized in
the beggar "an image of Him who died
on the tree," and through Him gave.
< >ur giving must be "ForChrist's Sweet
Another thought: the gift of God,
? brist, covered man's guilt. When we
give out of H heart of love, we emulate
Cod's giving in that we are further
covering our sin, not only in the sight
of God, but in the eyes of mankind.
P.'ii remember, we cannot buy freedom
from guilt: it i< only a gift of love.
"For Christ's Swe?l Sake," that makes
God and man lose sight of our imper
fections, it is pleasant to reflect that
a gift. !." matter how small, can blot
?mt th<* remembrance of wrong. Our
friends forget our follies and little
.vrongs; our neighbors do not remem
ber their grievances. The fragrance of
.'. true gift reaches to heaven.
Will wo remedy the perversions of
'hristmas giving? Let us celebrate the
day in a manner befitting its true
neaning, and may it be the happiest
Christmas in all our lives. The Adver
r extends a greeting to every man.
woman and child in Laurens county.
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I I] IMS I 'I vs rM KM K ^ K \ Its A?0.
below is reproduced a "Christmas
Ireeting" from the Advertiser of Dec
ember 22nd, 1896, written by the late
?1. B. W. Ball, for years the honored
editor of this paper:
"There is a scent of it in the air,a rnur
lAir of it in the crowds on the streets
and evidences that it is abroad in the
ippearance of every shop window. It
isla :?- !n ;?. week of peace, gladness
'ringing with it a writ of banishment
for frowning countenances, for all the
(inship of "Old Oooge." In the South
especially, custom has made it not one
lay's holiday but a festival ending only
.. itii the second day of January. May
h - sC.l?on then receive the welcome and
jervan e which time, usage and above
iili, its religious associations make it
incumbent upon us to give. May the
little folks,each and every one, be among
. .. friends of Santa Clause: may the
grown children turn from cares and
perplexities to find youth again. All
;?.i cheer and hope for the future. And
is the holiday week has already dawned
ME ADVERTISER wishes to take this
?pportunity of sending a Christmas
greeting to every household where it
has a friend,
Christmas giving. The theme of the
above paragraph from the pen of one
now gone to- his reward is that "the
religious associations" of the day make
it incumbent upon us to give in the spirit
that befits the occasion. Christmas is
indeed the festival of giving, bringing
gladness and joy to both giver and re
:eiver Great i.> the perversion of this
spirit by some but it still lives to keep
blessed its observance of the gift of God.
The reign of Emperor .Julius Caesar
.evelt will soon bo ended. Speed
"Prosperity smiles on the Palmetto
State." Yes she really does, only some
people can't see the smile; to them v e
say: get around on the front side and
take th? pro).or view.
"What shall we do with live million
women'.'" asks the New York World.
Uunno; one constitutes a problem.
# ? *
The Pythions of Laufens would do
well to get Mr. Frank I'. C;?op<-r of
Charleston to address one of their
Here in the South we celebrate
Christmas by making as much noise as
pO ible, which we believe, is quite
contrary to the meaning of tlie occasion.
It is the anniversary of the coming of
the Prince of Peace, and v.c commem
orate it witii thunderous explosions of
fireworks thai rend the air producing a
Warlike commotion in sound, if nothing
l.-e. VVe still have hopes that some
day I hri8tmas will bo observed in a
manner befitting the occasion.
* * ?
'l'hc Fourth of July is the proper time
Hut this custom of ours by no means
completely destroys the spirit of the
? * ?
The Union Times asks: "Where is
f.aureus, anyhow?" That's easy.
Laurens is the center of the Piedmont,
with Spartanburg thirty-eight miles to
tin Nforth; Greenville, thlrty-eoven to
the Northwest: Greenwood, twenty
eight to tho Southwest; Columbia, ?
SCVenty-five lo ihe Southeast; and v
Union now where? The geographies j
and maps, though not quite positive .
and by ru> means all agreed on tho (
subject, tell us that Union is a point, i
located on a branch road of the South- \
ern railway, midway between the cities j
of Carlisle and Jonesvilie; four miles I
South of the flourishing town of Bon- I
ham. and nine miles North of Santuc; '
on the East it is bounded by roll ing in j
particular, and on the West by sweet
However, this town of Union enter- 1
tained the great Baptist State Conven
tion in the most hospitable manner it
has yet been received.
The Clinton Gazette suggests that the
Presbyterian College of South Carolina
should be made exclusively a nude col
lege and that I.aurers should take over
the department for young ladies. Ed
itor Dendy calls upon us fo> an opinion.
We are perfectly agreed with him that
Laurens needs a college. Whether or
not the time has come for the Presby
terian College to be divided, we cannot
say. being as yet not sufficiently ac
quainted with ail the conditions. But.
we will state as a general proposition
that there are already too many col
leges and near-colleges in the South.
So to found another female school for
the Presbyterians, with one in Colum
bia, (while not nominally a Presbyte
rian school, it is so considered), another
in Greenville, and yet another lif not
in name, still in character) at Spar
tanburg, would be a tremendous under
taking. However, contemporary, your
suggestion is not Without import and
Upon investigation will doubtless prove
eminently worthy of consideration by
N.diee. Lu,urcus ( omit) Pensioners.
Kditor The Advertiser:
I nder tie- requirements of the law
the Pension Commissioner. Capt. John
M. Hudgeus, will he found in the
County Auditor's office each Saturday
in the month of January next ensuing
for the purpose of tilling the necessary
blanks for applicants for pensions
and certifying to transfers to other
counties. Tie' commissioner is pro
vided with the required blank appli
cations and will till them in proper
condition to go before the County Pen
sion hoard. All applicants are re
quested to have the commissioner fill
these blanks and thus prevent delay
and confusion. Plank applications
must be properly filled before the
County board < an pass favorably on
The County board meets first Mon
day in February. 1009, at Laurens
Court house. Township represent
tatives. Pensioners and Applicants
for pensions will please report the
names of those who have died, es
pecially widows, since the last meet
ing of tie loud. Also, phase :???
port the ivhmc? "! those who have
moved out of ihe county and State,
and the name of any one who Is draw
it pension and me entitled to receive
same under the law.
Tin- applicants for pensions must
appear befor ? (tie commissioner, in
person, unlet a shown by certificate
of a practicing physician to he unable.
w. p. Coker,
Kennern? In IIMIS,
pur.- Linseed on costs much less
sold from the barrel than it does nut
up in tin cans as Mixed Paint?In the
ilrst Instnuce you pay 60 cents per
gallon?in the second $1.60. Now
mix gallons of pur - linseed oil with
I gallons I- .v .M. Paint and yon have,
ready for use. 7 gallons of the best
paint made costing only $1.20 per gal
lon- Done in 2 minutes.
.1. ii & m. I.. Nash, Latin ns.
Clinton Pharmacy, Clinton.
I.. & M. Paint Agents.
Notice of lpplicallon for Charter.
Take notice that after the expira
tion of three days from publication
of this notice, the undersigned will
apply to the Secretary of State for a
charter for the Burial Aid Society of
the Colored I'i?<>sl\Vi.-. i.>n Church til
Piedmont. Latin m County, s. C,
n i on pi
if the country wants lo do any i> ?
Islnting for itself in congress it will
have to show I'nole .100 Cannon how
he can be induced to let it.- New Vol k
\ Beautiful Woman.
Her surrounding^ should hi- in har
mony, am' can best bo made so by a
well kept home. The I.. & M. PllrO
Paint makes tin- home beautiful. it
preserves it an I prevents <b-eay. Tin
cost p?rgalion ready for it so is only
$1.20. It we.iis for ten years and
longer, 'thirty.three years of contin
uous Use is ? vldenco.
.1. II. & m. L. Nash. I.aun n ;,
Clinton IMi.ii macy, ( Unto
I.. .V M. Paint Ace,,- .
\ &J.10.00 Starr Piano.
in a few days, I am oxpeetin i.hi
arrival of a beautiful Mahogany t'p
right Grand Starr Piano. This h
one of tic nost artistic and elegant
styles made by the Starr Company.
A liberal discount will ho made t<
a reliable purchaser and terms to suit.
L. A. McCord.
Davenport House Burned.
Waterloo, Dec. L'l. The DaVcnporl
house hear mi. Pleasant owned l?j Mr.
J. M. Pen reo, was destroyed by lire
late Snturdn> afternoon, This hott
is one (.f the oldest in the county as
weii as ihe largei t. containing foui teen
rooms. The home v, as vacated about
a month ftgO by Mr. Joe Nelson and
family and was partially Insured,
The origin of the lire Is not ktlOWU.
/^r-r K there b ii class of men who need lite 111
-41 suraucc more than Vs a rule, they are far
/??y from being a weallln class; yet they urea class of men
who have a steady income. Statistics sl>o\y . that n
very large portioii of men who are engaged in trade fail some
time during their liVcs, U is even stated that the number
who tail form Over niiicts out <?' :i hundred,
* P*ew mrnicr.s ever become rich, and most of them get
ahead very slowly, if at all, froin year t<? year. The money
that they would pay oitt lor life insurance is just so much
.saved. It amounts t?? a creation t\ sum that comes in one
lump, and that when m< si needed. THIS IS 01* l/TM< >ST
IMPORTANCUi A young farmer almost always starts out
in debt, and it forms the business of nearly his life to work off
the debt. IK DKATN COM KS IN TH K MKANTIMK, his
family or cslate mtist l?se. Ivvety man should stop ami think
of this mallei and picture his t s- i,>l eircinUslanet. - in v is< "the
unexpected ? lit>u)d happ "
I bet; to eall your Hit
necessary t-< carry a | olh \
< )ld Line Compahy At .
Payment l,ife Policy is .
small amount, being only
The above policy ha.*
insurance values aftei lid
?'? ?nth Carolina's lust aii<
; >. the premium <>n a $2,
, j per annum. This is :
I i to saw a month.
>d paid-up, l.oah turd Kxleuded
; fltiiy paid tip'at end <>|' j, ? years.
In closing I wish to isk you this question : Would you
promise your Ueighb to pay his falilily $2,000 in case of his
death, in consideration <>. Iiis payment y<< yo? annually of
$53.32? (if course not. Vet> by neglecting t<> insure your life
with its you do worse than this, l*\?r the 1^53^32; which you
pay yourself, von risk against your own dear family the s>2;ooo
which would be theirs 1 > .< eertaintv i! the inoncv had been
\ . J
applied for an insurance
Collie in to set: me
you can?t do this write
in tins coin pa n\.
?-tomorrow may 1?
rd and 1 will era
BRO 'i^DL/S ESTES
TRI Ot AGENT
-l?o lour Chnsteas Showing at~s=^
AND OUESS AT Till; SOAP!
Somebody is going- to win $50.00 worth of prize
and it might as weil be you.
SHvery time you buv
You get 5 Guesses.
A great many people ai e overestimating?guessing
out of all reason. Contest closes
So do your shopping hero from now until the close
of the contest and get more guesses.
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