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BROAD TIRED WAGON AN ESSENTIAL
IN MAKING AND PRESERVING ROADS
Lseless To Spend Money On Road Improvement So
Long as Narrow Tired, Heavy Laden, Vehicles Con
tinue to Cut Them to Pieces.
Fol I" will); is an IH'tlclu by Ml' W. I?.
Wooda of Siimtt r. which appeared in
Wednesday's issue of The State:
The writer deems il almost needless
to say that he considers the matter of
good highways as something of vital
Inlorcst to all classes *>t" our people.
Olid is firmly of the opinion that all
tho work done in this direction, that is.
when properly carried on. will be of
very great benefit, out is very thor
oughly convinced thai a great deal of
the work now being done, ami in con
templation, will be wasted unless there
b a radical change in the prevailing
style of wagons.
Whore is the wisdom of making a
pood road ami then having it ruined
by the narrow tired vehicles that are
\ ow in use? This, however, is just
Whnl is being done in every pot t ion of
:>.?? slate, and the cost and folly of it
ought to be apparent to any man of
ordin?r) int lllgcnec, but n seems ,o
b< ignored, even by thos ? who (Malm
10 lie experts. Meetings are being held
11 different pars- id' the state, elab
orate addresses are made ami the de
f....Is of road construction very thor
oughly discussed, yet. so far as the
v tiler lias been aide to discover, with
< ? one word as to the principle cause
< : our present, at least in a great
muuy sections, abominable roads, and
by this Important sub! < t should be
Icnored is somcthiii/-; oi a mystery.
b> wa> ??:' illustration let it he
Ipposed that a hundred wagons are
st t out from Columbia, a'l heavily
los led with fertill/.ers going in the
sal ie dlreetii a Hack one id' tin in will
How in t*i- i raed? <>f th" ol bei' and
if the ground i at all meist the road.
? on if it wa in good condition before
iini passage of these wagons, will be
v- ry badly cut up ami w ill need some
retly expensive work in the way of
I ? pairs, and ii.i, work \\ ill have, in
ctise of a good deal of tralllc, to be
'.'ipmutlv duplicated, making the cost
oi maintenance from ihree lo live
i mos what it ought to be. The cause
o. this injury is very easy to s^r be
ing due entirely lo the fad that the
WfigOUS all have narrow 11 res and this.
, ? course, places all the weight on nil
Inadequate foundation; this being
somewhat akin to building a house on
tt foundation that is no! heavy enough
lo support it.
The damage lo a road from pleasure
vehicles is comparatively small, and
. liiomobiles, If the road is properly
? instructed, are ;i real help, and Ibis
being the case, the blame must be put
OTi the wagons, ami. as already stated,
?i. SO must be changed if we want an
adequate return for the money spent
in constructing the roads and the least
cost in maintaining them.
; The change the writer has to propose
Will, he Is confident, bo Of lasting bene
fit ami an Immense saving in the way
of repairs after tlx' roads have been
properly constructed. The plan is sim
ply this, to require all one-horse wag
j mis to have rims or tires lour Inches
wide; two-horse wagons six inches
, wide, and (hose pulled by four horses
.eight Inches wide, in addition to i!?;.-.
the rear axle should be a little longer
than the one in front, just enough to
I make the Inner side of the bind wheel
to just lap over HlO outer rim of the
.front wheel. This would give a tread.
1 lor the one-horse wagon, of seven
Inches; 11 Inches for the two-horse
I wagon and I for the wagon draw n by
:our horses. Vehicles constructed on
this plan would never, even with the
heaviest loads they were capable of
! sustaining and in the wettest woath
I er, make rut ? in the road. So far
from this, the road would bo really
made better, and be almost as smooth
as If it was covered with asphalt.
Even If there was not n single dollar
spent on road Improvement this
I change in the w heels of wagons would
be a good one. hut its nature would be
almost Ihcnlcucahlc wlih properly
constructed highways, To have a law
of this nature go into immediate ef
fect would be something of a hard
'ship bul ly extending the time for
making the change this would be
avoided. .\i any rale the change should
be gradually made until every wagon
meets the requirements of the law
for it is very certain thai unless we
', have a law 10 this effect a great deal of
the money now being used for recon
structing the public ! i^hwnys w-111 he
wasted, and thlx waste will be the
legitimate resell of an Ignorance that
The writer make; no claim to being
an expert on road construction and
consequently has nothing to say on
tiii- subject his purpose In writing
this article being to suggest an ab
solutely necessary change in wagon
i construction if we are to have an ado
: quate return for the money spent in
the linprovenment of our highways.
The writer Is not seeking a contro
versy but will Confidently ?hallenge
^ any one to show that this proposed
change is in any way impracticable,
or thai it will not mean a great S0V
' lag in the way of road repairs. To
go on spending money, without this
j change, as already suggested, will be
both wasteful and unwise.
l.YKIC ULKE ( I.I II i.(Min.
I'ieasod Largo Viidlonoo ?I Graded
School Thursdaj >iuht.
Tho Lyric Glee club pleased n good
p'.yed audience at tho Graded School
; ditorium on Thursday night. It Is
well balanced t|uartc(to of entertain
i rs whose work together, or singly.'
vocal and Instrumental, was all good.
Mr, I'olk Ine. a splendid bass voice, Mr.
Doolitlle a Rood baritone and the two
tenors fit in well with those.
I'll.- character sketches by Mr. lion
d :? in costume, wort, clever, while the
concluding sketch by the quartette,
reproduction of (hp New ICnglnnd
tillage school id' lift} .-.ears ago will ,
?? ... lie remembered,
Kvory school boy and girl who was I
there will be telling for some \Veoks
to come what ".loo SlocunlV and "Per
i said when "Teacher" asked a ques-1
P, P. Densen (2), II, I.. Cooper, Mrs.:
Ci.arlio Beardon, Jonas Klnnrd, Miss
B [j. Ferguson, Mb* l'.ll'ie Pattens
Miss Fnnncy Willson, Miss N. I., llnn
i. ;. ,i. c, Rust Is, Ilutsou Butler, J, P.
Coal. S. A. ComptOIl, Mr-. Marshall
Dodge, Carrol Drown. I! L, Fleming,
Mrs. Harrctto llampleton, Mrs. Boyco
I ?011 Gary. J, J. Cooper.
The abOVO letters have remained in
this office uncalled for two weeks end
ing Feb. 12th, 1910. The owners of
any of them may obtain same by call
ing at window and Baying that letter is
advertised 01141 pay one cent on each
OEO. S. McCRAVY, l'. M..
Laurens, s. C.
Feb. 12th. 1010.
The Colonel's Caution.
A colonel In Kentucky
'"ailed on the tailor man,
Ar.d said: "Build my bottle pocket
Upon another plan;
'flic sidewalks are so Icy
I fear a falling stunt.
You'd better put my bottle
Pockets both In front."
A Lecture Ai Urn) Court.
Ii is announced thai Mr. Murntn, n
Japanese student ni Wofford college
will lecture <>n Friday evening <>i' tliis
week, at S o'clock, at the dray Court
Owlngs Institute, on the subject of
Japan, Illustrating his lecture with
stereoptlcau views, it is earnestly de
sired that a good crowd he present to
hear Mr. Murntn.
41 Running on i Ioward time "
?the highest praise the "old
man" can give. The new How
ard Special Railroad Dial ha;
numerals for every minute from i
to 60 around the dial. A ftlnncc
tells the number of minutes past
I.n 11. <tinw yt\\\ thn IToWAftn tt'ntcli.
I'rlci j' ?'. i.) j.i mua Uokvi->*0& iu ?? jJ.
ARE YOU SATISFIED
WITH YOUR STOMACH?
Do you Want a belief one?one that won't
belch gat, or turn sour, or (eel heavy or make
you (eel miserable?
It relieves stomach distress in five minutes.
It turns old, unsatisfactory, rebellious stomachs
into new ones, ever ready to digest the hearti
W? guarantee Mi-o-na tab
lets to cure stomach disease.
Money back if thejr fail.
1 SO Cents a Large Box
Laurcns Drug Co., Laurens, S. C.
0. B. Simmons & Son
Closing: Out Sale
To see us for
The best job of Electric Wiring, Hlectric
Chandeliers, Electric heating devices of all
How about a front door Bell?
Swygert & Teague
Agents "E. M. F." Automobiles
I The First Day of March
WE ARE GOING TO
we have a jag; of stuff that we do not want to |
go in the inventory and we are going* to
make some very attractive prices
THIS SALE TO COMMENCE
I Saturday, February 19,
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH.
All of our regular 50c Dress Goods, only
All of our regular 25c Heavy Goods, at
Soicsettes that every merchant sells for
Sans Souci Silks, in all colors, the very
nicest goods for Easter and evening
wear, was 25c, only
Royal Ottoman, a brand new cloth, only
25 pieces India Linen, regular 10c and
12 l-2c, only
A snap don't be too slow for this- 40-in.
White Lawn, only
A big snap in Lace, only
The swellest Corset Cover, only
10c Towels, only
Poe Mill Bleaching, no starch,
York Linens, only
A lot of 10c, 12 l-2c and 15c Dress Ging
hams, Percales, Chambrays, etc., at
Don't forget to see the .04 Table
One lot of 10c Ribbons to go at
Oil Cloth, per yard, only
Don't fail to see the bargains we have
in 50c Shirts, Work and Negligee,
Several pair of $4.00 Shoes that must
One lot of $3.00 Shoes that must get
See that table of Shoes at
5 and l()c Store
14 quart Enameled Dish Pan
G quart Boiler, only
4 quart Hominy Boiler
60c Fancy Lamps
50c Plain Glass Lamps
Fancy Plates, Cups and Saucers, special, set,
3 cakes Romangs Toilet Soap, strictly 10c a
cake, special, per box,
25 cakes nice Toilet Soap, only
7 cakes Fairy Soap
7 cakes Gold Band
7 packages Gold Dust
8 packages Soda
12 packages Starch
8 packages Search Light Matches
7 packages Toilet Paper
Many more Bargains that I could mention, but you just come and see what we have for you.
Yours as ever,
J. L. Hopkins, Uurens, s. c.