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LAUREN'S, S. C. I? EC E.MR Fit 22, 1909.
THE STAR OF BETH LI.II KM.
For centuries upon centuries, the
wise men and philosophers of the
learned east had studied tho Unna
an tut and the stars that bedecked its
'vu.-t expanse; they knew heaven's
freal dome as an open hook, ami the
itnt'S they called bj III.?? VOY era
Turics Upon centuries the hetivenl>
bodies had moved undiuturbed and
anchangetl in their orblls; deviation
Utero was none.
Hut, behold: There Is a new light;
(be ' tar of Bethlehem has arisen, and
ihe world is illumined with its bril
liancy, The order of things has been
llsturbed, anil the philosophers are
it loss to explain it. There is noth
ing in their code that tells of this new
Oght; it is new and strange, and tho
nar of llethelehem outshines tho
Horning star of old.
OVOr the lit lie town of Hethlehem
in;::, tiiis new and brilliant light de
moting the place where lay the ruler
ijf all the WOl'ltl, even Jesus the Son
o! Nie living God. The wise men saw
it, trembled and fell down in worship
All adoration. The wise men of to
day ftre seeking to "explain away" that
ti^l't. Hut in spite of the many forces
aiiu have opposed it that light, which
91XCQ shone only on Judoail hills, has
iprcad the world over and is growing
More powerful, more brilliant and
Mightier as the days come and go.
The star of Betbloln Ul upset the
lid order of astronomy; the Christ
(thai came added new light and lustre
j> tli." religions that men once loved
and practiced. In him was blended
ibe wisdom of Confucius., the gentle
foe; lines of Dudhn, the Phoenician
learning, the philosophy of the Creeks
ind the law of the Romans. All ihe
food that men had learned in all Ihe
/ears of striving in him was Incarnate
tntl all made holy by his divine per
Almost-?twu thousand years have
some and gone since the new star ap
od in the firmament; for almost
two thousand years the world iias
tnowti that Christ, who was to conn
ind of whom the prophets of old sang
fainter and fainter have grown the
?ther stats that once lighted the
iphercs and brighter and bright sr has,
ffuoutno tho star of Rothlohem, Into
ibllvlan have sunk the teachings of
ancient philosophers, while the life
jf .Touts has hoc onto more and more
the daily life of men. Into their be
fttgjhuvc the principles, enunciated in
the sermon on the mount been woven.
?mi the llgl t of bis lOVO has been the
lamp thai has guided them in life's
palhwn:. Over the lonely hills of .In
fra that light shone in feebleness,
tvlum the Christ was yet a babe; it
ins spread until the world is filled
IVftil i's beauty and brilliancy for it
Itttsbincs tho noonday sun.
Eight! Picture the dnrkness that
fold in its gloomy grasp the fields
Kid hills of old Jlldca, as the shep
irds kept their lonely vigils over the
locks they tended. Then see them as
they are startled by the undue bl'U
'ffiuicy of a new star that appears in
the great vault above. Think of the
Millions of earth, enshrouded In
tensest gloom, knowing not the light
?f a Saviour's love; and then the
?tomlng of Him, who is all love. Phil
osophers and teachers had foiniulat
id their creeds: their elaborate! teach
ings were given to men. tint there was
10 tove and no light. Jesus came and
ill these creeds were left as out
grown shells on the shores of time.
His creed was light and love; the
farlcness was dispolled and men's
ftearts were warmed Into everlasting
Joy and life by a Saviour's love.
And so it has been through all the
years; men have learned of this Jos
is whose creed was love and light,
and who lived his creed. True, lie
miked and taught, but His life was
ffls creed. With His own hands He
nade the life that men are to lead,
with His own life He has told the
#tory of light and love. Yes, "with
uiii: mi hands he wrought the creed
.if creeds In loveliness of perfect
deeds," and all may learn of Him.
The light that once shone over Beth
lehem's manger is spreading to
/arth's remotest bounds; some day
it shall drive the darkness away, and
ill shall live and love in light, ever
ostliig and eternal.
PROFANITY AND SWEARING.
Buys tho Newberry Observer of last
week: "Profanity is one of Ibe com
mottest of voices. It is a vice, or It
would not have been put among the
Ten Commandments. And It Is such
a useless vice. Some of the vices
have 801110 sort of reason no good
reason, of course behind them; but
for the profane - why. the devil catebes
them with an unbalted hook."
All of which is very true, and in
which we heartily agree. I'rofanit)
is useless and hurtful. But profanltlj
and mild swearing should not be con|
fused. Profanity Is taking the name
of Cod In vain; mild swearing is just
"blowing oil a little". The man who
let's his tne.-inne. .. out in this manner
is ordinarily not what is termed >An
undesirable citizen. The maty who
does harm is he who silently iuirses
a grievance, broods over it and liually
does something that, butts his fellows.
Hut the man who is wronged and just
swears a little bit about it. usually
cools off pretty soon and then he's at
peace with the world.
Swearing ,as has often been said, is
a safety valve, through which a good
deal of "steam", surplus energy, mean
ness, or whatever you want to tall it.
? scapes without working any material
harm to anybody.
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DON'T RE \I> THIS.
"The man who marries these days
doi sn t know just bow much rag, bone
and hank of hair he Is getting," ob
iorvos ;? grouchy old bachelor, Of
course, this old bachelor was just
quoting what Kipling said some time
ago in his now-famous definition of
woman, with another thought added.
lie says: "Woman is merely a rag,
a bone and a hank oi' hair", llow true
this is, we don't know. Nor are cer
tain that the author knew; although
we guess he was a married man. Our
bachelor draws the distinction thai
marks the difference between styles
in Kipling's time and those of today.
The effects must have been "sitin and
slender;" hence. Mr. Kipling was led
to remark that woman was "merely"
a rag, a bone and a hank of hair." Our
bachelor says a man doesn't know
exactly "bow much'' rag. bone and
hair be is marrying In these days and
times. He may be right! and again
he may be wrong. We are mit author
ity ot\ such matters.
Mut a very bright young woman
has "got it hack on" Mr. Kipling for
his meanest of mean thrusts. She
says that a man is nothing but "a Jog.
a drone and a tank of air." Good t'ot
her she wins.
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o a little
.. ..... iiiionnation Is cornet, the)
was once upon a time a legislat ir
in the general assombly of this stfite
from Anderson county, who actually
had the nerve to get through a mill
that provided for a special road j tax
for his county. Yes a lax, the biiga
boo of politicians. And if ever man
was abused and criticized thai man
was. lint sentiment changed. The
effects of that law are today visible
and the people <>f Anderson county
are today reaping the benefits of that
man's wisdom and nerve.
I.aureus county could have good
roads: l.anrens county ought to have
good roads; Laurens county hasn't the
money to build good roads: I.aureus
county has an exceptionally capable
supervisor, who. if he had the money
could do something really worth
while. Laurens county has four rep
resentatives in the general assembly
who could secure that money, or rath
er provide a means of securing it.
Have they the nerve? .Or do they
fear popular condemnation?
A business man who sees that be
can make fifty dollar.-, by spending
twenty-five*, does not hesitate very
long over the expenditure, it is a
good Investment Ijo says: and every
body agrees with him. And yet. when
it comes to an investment in good
roads, just because they can't exactly
sec the results, they hesitate and post
pone. The extra cost of hauling, oc
casioned by had roads, will pay for
good roads in l.aurens county in two
or three years.
Some day there will be somebody
who will have sufficient nerve to
this matter up; why can't sot
in these limes get busy and
something worth while;
that will he of some ??"?'tl>i??
to tee people of 'U^1'""' i;'1 '^""^
Have o,.r ?gS? ,oun,>'
looh Into ^legation the nerve to
thine it matter and do somo
te next session of the getter
mbly? It remains to be seen.
would 1,1 m:ss.
I A noticable feature of the recent
j] ? tlst ( (invention at Anderson was
dl lie stand taken by the denomination
.s a Whole in reference to card play
ng and dancing, the convention have
>. t a a resolution expressing dis
nproval of these forms of worldliness.
in the same resolution presented by
i. I). Muggins of Beaufort, "specula
tion in cotton futures and other kin
lied things" were condemned.
The resolution is as follows:
Resolved that in our earnest and
prayerful judgment theatre-going, card
piayiltg In Clubs and parties, modern
dancing, speculation in cotton futures
and oilier kindred things are inconsis
tent for Christians, harmful to their
spiritual life and destructive of their
intllli nee in the world."
This action by the convention fol
lowed a strong speech by Dr. I.. M.
toper of Spartanburg on the question,
Are the Churches Menaced by World
Regarding Dr. Roper's speech, the
linptlst Courier says:
"Dr. I.. M. Roper spoke on the ques
tion. "Are the Churches Menaced by
Wordllness?" Dr. Roper defined
Worldliness'' as signifying the pre
loiuinanco of secular aims and secular
illl'SUits; or, as denoting the domin
ance of the passion for the obtaining
and the enjoying of temporal benefits
.ii..I pleasures, He declared that the
churches are not menaced bj open
vi! ness and sin. but there is a peril
?vi rhnnglng them and that passion
for temporal possessions and pleas
ures will destroy the spiritual life.
"Dr. Roper road scriptural passages
ihowiug that Christians are to be sep
trate from the world and the things
of the world. This is necessary if the
believer Is to be loyal to Christ. Dr
Roper declared, based upon his own
experience as a pastor, that a woman
who attended card parties, a young
person who dances, a church member
who attends the thertre?and and rill
mich will turn the back upon the
prayer-meetu.g for one of these world
ly amusements. Separation from the
things of the world Is necessary in
?oder to fellowship with (iod. There
are no happy Christians who indulge
in worldly amusements. This sepa
ration Is necessnry In order to Christ
ian usefulness. A devote of the world
cannot be useful in promoting Christ's
kingdom on the earth. Dr. Ropor said
that in experience he had never known
a single case where a card-playing,
or dancing, or theatre-going church
member had brought a sinner to
Christ. The remedy for he peril is
to preach in tenderness and love for
more personal consecration; also raise
the standard of church membership
It Is a well known facl ?hat the
majority of the Baptist churches In
thin state are opposed to t'iese forms
of worldliness; some have the specific
prohibition of such, in the church
mips. There are other churches that
leave matters of this kind to the j
Individual consciences of the members.
As to which is right, we are not called
upon to say.
But, what we do wish to say regard
ing the matter is this: that those who
subscribe to the rules and regulations
of the Baptist church, which forbids
stich, should live up to their profes
sions and in conformity with the rules
which they have pledged themselves
to keep inviolate. Other churches
than the Maplist have these same
rules: their members are duty bound
to live accordingly.
It Is Infidelity for these to attend
the dances; to play whist or euchre
and then request the newspapers to
say nothing about it. for fear of being
disciplined by the chinch Thais
hypocrisy, pure and simple. They
love to dance and to play cards; they
know it is in violation of the rules they
have promised to obey. They break
the rules and then want the matter
kept quiet; they enjoy the pleasures
that their church forbids and hope to
escape criticism and censure.
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An editor friend told us ii was migh
ty line to have some good friend bring
In a fine Christmas turkey. We guess
An editorial article in The Augusta
Herald is beaded thus: -Those Hook
lip-the-back Dresses." When we think
OH that subject there's but OUO word
in the English language that tils our
thoughts and we don't print it.
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Christmas spirit Is net to be found
in jugs and bottles.
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Christmas gift: We beat you to it; I
It Is a very good idea to have just
ime Christmas a year.
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l*The Advertised ' wisuv.. icK'.U .'".VS
every one of its readers a merry ,
Christmas. .May it bring all the joy
and happiness that you can wish for
and may the new year be the best
In all your life and worse than any
i hat is yet to come:
.ion\ t ki:f.mi:i: kf.i.f.asf.d.
Serious Charge Against Young White
.John Creemer, the young white man
who was arrested some days ago on
the charge of criminally assaulting
an aged white woman In Youngs town
ship, has been released from custody
by the authorities here. The warrant '
lias been withdrawn and the case will
be dropped. However, a warrent has
been issued against a negro of that ;
community. Will Johnson, the first
negro arrested is still In jail charged 1
with the same crime.
The officers here scarcely know
What to think of this complicated
case of arnst and release, charge and
additional charge. As a matter of
fact they rather doubt the whole af
Banquet at Waterloo.
The Waterloo We 'men will have
a banquet on Wednesday night, De
cember 29th. at T:;!0 o'clock in Ander
son's ball. All members o" the camp
their families and all ? ItlzetiS of Wa
terloo have been invited. Hon Robert
A. Cooper of this city, and Hon. .1. II.
Wharton of Waterloo will make ad
dresses at this banquet.
The best 10c plug of tobacco in 1.au
reus is called MERRY WIDOW. Get it
from M. II. l aw Icr.
185 Barrels Flour
guaranteed first patent at
prices to move it, we need
See us for your Christ
inas Goods and Cake Ma
terials, full line everything
kept in a first class Grocery
Store and everything fresh.
J. W. Payne & Co.
The Cash Grocers.
Real Estate Offerings
avres land bounded by lands
of estute of W. H. Garrett,, Will Mar,
tin, John Todd, being a part of F. P.
Goodwin estate; has good dwelling
and out buildings; well timbered and
nicely located, Price $23 per acre.
2(5 ac res of land, nine room dwelling,
tine barn and out buildings, one ten
ant bouse, at Ora. S. ('. Price $4,0C0.
52 acres land, bounded by lands of
.1. It. Armstrong, s. U Owings and
Mancil Owings; 4-rooni dwelling, one
tenant house. Price $:i0 per acre.
3 acres of land in the town of Whit
mire, S. ('., nicely situated, suitable
for dwelling lots. Price, $1,000.
ICO1;, acres of land bounded by
lands of Brysotl place. Hee Bailey,
I lamps Holland and others;5 room
dwelling, 2 tenant bouses; good barn
and out-buildings; known as the old
Ferguson place.owned at present by
Will B. Motte. Has sown II bushels
of wheat, in bushels of oats. Price
$27.">0 per sicre, Terms easy.
S:i acres of land close to Beutah
Church on the dividing line of Green
ville and I,aureus with an eight room
dwelling, one tenant house, also good
out buildings and line pasture. This
place is known as the Thaddens Babb
homestead: Price $:!:; l-:; per acre;
terms made easy.
lOZ\is acres of land near Warrior
creek church with five room cottage
two tenant houses and line pasture.
This i.- a line farm Illce^ Toe^tf*.Th'd
well improved; price ?;<^ .,er acre.
Terms made easy. /
One, lot on Mainy^j,.oeti ciose to tho
?'''Julie s(*Ui?t(*^' six room, modern
dwelling; water, lights and sewerage.
A nice home. Pi ice $5,000.
24C acres of land in Dial's township,
known as the Capt. Swltzer place; six
room cottage, 2 tenant houses, line
barn and outbuildings. Price $20 acre.
929't acres land near Tumbling
Shoals; bounded by lands of W. D.
and .1. O. Sullivan; 8 room dwelling;
good outbuildings. Price $22.50 per
323 acres land, bounded by lands of
Daniel South, Davis land, Miss West
and others, known as the Cullen Dark
Ik taestead, 7 room dwelling and 15 ten
ant houses. Prices made right.
71 acres on Reedy River, bounded
by lands of James Downey, Will Cald
well and others. With tenant bouse,
Price, $20 per acre. TeriBB made
2'~j acres of laud, 6 room cottage
nicely located la the town of Gray
Court, with one of the finest wells of
water in towa. Price, $2,300.
s room dwelling, on Centennial St.,
Clinton, S. C, with SI hundredths of
an acre of land., known as the drittln
place. Price. $1.000.
325 acres land I miles of Cross Hill,
known as the old Campbell place.
Price $15 per acre. Easy terms.
.",0 acres of land in Fountain Inn,
nieely located; price, $2,000.
150 acres laud, one-half mile of Dial
church, with a handsomo dwelling, 3
tenant houses and good outbuildings.
Come quick if you want t'lls place.
Price $50 per acre.
62 acres of land just outside of the
corporate limits of tue town of Gray
Court, with one tenant bouse. Price
$:>') per acre.
167 acres of land bounded by lamia
M. II. Holder, W. ?. Aborcromble, and
others; S room dwelling, 3 tenant
houses, good barn and out-buildiugs.
Price $2."..ui) per acre. Terms: $1,00')
cash, remainder in live equal instal
17". acres known as old Goodgyn
place, has S room dwelling, 3 tenant
houses, line corn mill in good running
order with 75 horse water power.
Price $1.500. Terms made easy.
65 acres of land, with dwelling, good
bam and out-buildings, near Owings
Price $3.50o; terms made easy.
Ill acres bounded by lands of Jeff
Davis and Herbert Martin: 3 goud ten
ant houses, and good bat u. Price
100 acres of land, with five room
dwelling. 3-room tenant house, good
out buildings, near Hickory Tavern,
Sullivan township. Price $15.00 per
117 acres of land near Cray Court,
hounded by lands of E. T. Shjll, W.
H. Gray; seven room cottage, line
barn and outbuildings and tine past
ure. Price $00 per acre.
SO acres of land in one mile of the
town of Gray Court, with t\so dwell
ings. Price $-10 per acre.
CO acres in Dial township, bounded
by lands of Pink Heliums, Ludy iloit
Ud H. C. Wallace. Price $1,300.
110 acres bounded by lauds of Y.
C. Heliums and Mitchell Owens, in 3
'miles of Laurens; 2 dwellings and
out buildings. Price $35 per acre.
2 acres in town of Cray Court;
nice building site. Price $500.00.
127 acres land in Sullivan township,
0 room dwelling, good out buildings, 1
tenant house. Price $30 per acre.
200 acres of land near Durbin Creek
church, bounded by lands of W. T.
Parks and Laurens White; 3 tenant
houses, well timbered, good state of
cultivation. Price $30.00 per acre.
J. N. Leak
Real Estate, Stocks and Bonds. Gray Court, S. C.
As it lias been oar custom to entertain Santa < laus for the last
seven years, he Is now with as ngttin with the greatest selee*
Con that ho has ever brought with lilm ami Santa insists that you
all come to sec htm often anil write him mini) long letters and let
your little wants he Known.
While visiting Santa, I waut you all little, big, young and old -
to call on me in the DRY GOODS, NOTIONS, and SHOE side, for
1 HAVE MANY BARGAINS IN STORE FOR YOl .
J. L, Hopkins
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