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BIQ CORN CROP FOR
THE SOUTH PROMISED
Atlanta, Gn., July .'10.?With 20,277.000 acres planted In corn this year,
IioIiik an Increase of 1,536,000 over 1909 and 2,776,000 acres over 11)08, the
farmers of Virginia, North Carolina. South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Ten
nessee, Alabama and Mississippi are furnishing very BUbbtuntlal proof of tho
fact that the South is constantly devoting more attention to raising its own
food supplies. These figures are from the last report of the Bureau of
Statistics of the C. S. Department of Agriculture. The acreage in corn for
the three years in these States is shown in the following table:
States. 1908 1909 1910
Virginia.1,1)25,000 2,010.000 2,142,000
North Carolina.2,7X7.000 2,898,000 3,072.000
South Carolina.2.07:1,000 2.218.000 2,418,000
Georgia.4.300.000 4.100.000 4.532,000
Kentucky.8,366,000 3,568,000 3,639,000
Tennessee.3.350,000 3,575,000 3,718,000
Alabama.3,050,000 3,233,000 3,524,000
Mississippi.2,650,000 2,810,000 3.232,000
Total.23,501,000 24,742,000 26.277,000
The table indicates that each State showed an increase over 1908 in 1909
and an increase over 1909 in 1910. The condition of this year's crop as re
ported by the department shows the States of the South leading the country,
Mississippi being first, Alabama second and Georgia third.
This great increase In tho acreage devoted to corn is considered one of
the most hopeful signs in the South today. In a letter to the directors of
the Southern Hallway company President FInloy called particular attention 1
*o these figures nml Bald:
"The increase in the acreage of corn, accompanied, as It is by a quite
general adoption ;>f Improved cultural methods, is one of the most encouraging
features of Southern agricultural progress. It Is one of the results of a
general movement throughout the South pi the direction of diversified agri
culture, a movement which we are endeavoring to encourage and assist
as far as wo can properly do so."
As the farmers of the South increase their yield of corn they will save
enormous sums which they have been spending in the west for food products
and will consequently themselves realize more from cotton and other market
crops. Economic authorities agree in declaring the American corn crop the
basis of the country's prosperity since in such a large measure the production
of other crobd as well as tho pork supply depends upon it and a greater
yield of corn in the South consequently means a greater share of prosperity
for tiiis sect ion.
Jilt. 31*31 A STEH TO MK. R1C11KY.
State Insurance Commissioner De
fends Establishment of (lie Ofllcc.
Mr. W. IX. Rlchey, Sr..
I.aureus. S. C.
Your arraignmeiil of (he legislature
for establishing the Insurance depart
ment, as reported In The Advertiser,
has been brought to my notice.
My apology for taking the liberty
Of addressing you on the subject is
that my acquaintance with you as
sures me that you will welcome Infor
mation on a subject in which you are
interested. Therefore I beg your con
sideration of the following:
A study of insurance for twenty
years persuaded me that State super
vision of this gigantic economic prob
lem should not be based upon a reve
nue producing principle. I did not
seek the office, nor have 1 adminis
tered with that idea. 1 conceive the
higher and more valuable service to
be that of protecting the people
against frauds and of suppressing cor
ruptions; of establishing the business
on stich a basis as will permit tho
growth, at home as well as abroad,
of properly conducted companies,
which cannot, be done amidst fraud
1 When the insurance department was
established additional license fees for
the maintenance of the department
were levied on the Insurance compan
ies. These fees go Into the State
treasury and the legislature decides
the amount the department shall
spend. These fees have been more
than enough to support the depart
ment and for years 1908 and 1909 there
was a clear profit to the State from
this source alone of about $5,000.
This year, of these special department
fees, $12,828 have been collected nl
ready, and as only $8.400 is appro
priated for use of the department,
there will be more than $4.100 profit
from the fees collected speelllcnlly for
the use of tlie department.
While I do not conceive the purpose
of the department to be that of reve
nue, yet it will bear inspection and
justify its establishment on that
Before the establishment of the
department, the comptroller general's
report for three years shows reve
nue from insurance companies as fol.
1900 . 33.548.3S
The Insurance department was es
tablished in l!ios. Since then the re
ports show the following collections:
Aug. 10, 1910 .135,388.51
Previous to the establishment of the
department, certain taxes were col
lected by the county treasurers. These
taxes amounted to about $30,000 to
$40,000 a year. In 1909 the supreme
court decided that law unconstitu
tional. But the insurance department
is collecting and turning into the
county treasuries semi annually more
than enough to make up this.
The pollcyholdors, of course, in last
analysis pay into tho companies the
funds which tho companies pay hack
to the State for the maintenance of
the insurance department. Therefore,
the pollcyholders In South Carolina
contribute to the support of the Insur
ance departments of North Carolina.
Virginia, New York, Massachusetts
and all Other states in the Union.
Those departments primarily protect
the people of those states against
fraud In insurance and cause Condi- ,
lions which permit the growth of
great insurance companies which con
centrate great funds of money at theii
Is it unfair to ask the pol.'cyholders
In the other States to contribute to
the support of a department in this
State for the like protection of the
people, and which result in condi
tions permitting the building up of
good Insurance companies in South
' a rolinn.
I might tell you of the several hun
dreds of thousands of dollars which
have been invested in South Carolina
by insurance companies since the es
tablishment of the insurance depart
ment. There is now loaned out In real
estate mortgages, at 0 per cent, 1 be
lieve, about $768,000, and for municipal
ami county bonds about $690,000,
whereas, a few years ago, there was
little or none of this money in South
So far as the difference in salary
paid the attorney general and the in- .
Bit ranee commissioner Is concerned I
have only to say that I believe South
Carolina very much underpays the at
torney general. Some men may be'
able to take under pay in considera
tion of the honor conferred. Person
ally, 1 cannot afford to do so. I re- ''
joice in being in a position of honor1
and of service to South Carolina, but
I could not have afforded to have re
signed the position I held with Tho
State and the Spartanburg Herald, 1
which paid me $2,U?0 at the time of1
my election to the office of insurnnce '
commissioner to have accepted an
office al $1,000.
My apologies for so long a letter,
but my heart is very much in the work
of my office. I believe It to be a great
work and to be potent for great good
for the State. 1 am anxious that my
employers, the people of the State,
one of which you are, should under
stand what the department is doing.
In closing allow me to say that a;
hurried examination of my records
shows that since the establishment of
the insurance department $64,000 has
been loaned in Laurens county on
real estate mortgages by Insurance
companies, and that $72,000 has been
invested in I.aureus county bridges.
Sullivan township and City of Laurens
It fakes time in induce investments.
So 1 feel that only a beginning has
been made in that line.
P. H. Me Master,
Columbia, August 13, 1910.
When the digestion Is all right,
the action of the bowels regular, there
la a natural craving and relish for
food. When this is lacking you may
know that you need a doso of Cham
berlain's Stomach and Liver Tablets.
They strengthen the digestive organs,
Improve the appetite and regulate the
bowels. Sold by Laurent Drug Co.
A meeting of tho stockholders of
tho Peoples Loan f> PxohangC Bank Of
I.aureus, S. C. will ho held in tho
office of the bank on August 23, 1910,
at 10 o'clock A. M.
C. W. Tune,
July 19, 1910. Cashier.
To be assured full one hundred cents' worth of true value for your every Furniture and
House Furnishing Dollar, invest them at
You Spend, You Spend
S i .no
an ' i mighty good bed?a good, ser
viceable, heavy bed, one of the best
values ever offered in Laurens.
A most excellent comfort Rocker?
in style like cut?solid oak, early
English finish, upholstered with best
Chase Leather, indestructible springs
an exceedingly interesting value at
the low price named.
S. M. & E. H. Wilkes & Co
HEUE IS THE TRUTH.
How Your Local Paper Helps You and
How You Can Help It.
Progressive Farmer: We believe
every farmer should take at least one
of his lpcal or county papers. If be
does not, be can scarcely expect to
keep up with the happenings of his
own neighborhood and the doings of
his own acquaintances, and while we
would not have any reader of ours
limit his interest to the things that
are going on immediately around him,
he is certainly not a well informed
man if he is ignorant of these things.
Tliis, then, is one reason why you
should subscribe for, and pay for, and
possibly write for and advertise in
your local paper. Another reason is
that a good paper in any town or
county Is a positive force in the up
building of that town or county. A
good paper is one of the surest indi
cations of, and the best advertise
ments for. a progressive community;
and It is impossible for any editor to
make a good paper if he does not have
the support of the people for whom
the paper is made.
The local paper may also be a source
of direct financial benefit to you. To
st y nothing of what its advertising
columns may be worth to you, either
as buyer or seller, cases aro always
arising, when It Is a positive saving of
time or money to know just what is be
ing done by one's neighbors, or one's
county officials, or the business men
with whom one has to deal. Next to
a telephone, a really live local news
paper will do more than anything
else in keeping you In touch witli your
For these reasons and many others
thai might be given, the local editor
has a right to expect your patronage
and your co-operation. in return
there are some thii u;s you have a
right to expect of him.
In the tlrst place, you have a right
to demand that he keep his paper
clean?rbat he make it fit reading mat
ter for your family. If more space is
devoted to scandals and murders and
sensational fake stories than to the
really important happenings of the
day, you not only have a right, but it
Is your duty to protest. These things
are not news, though many editors
seem to think they are, and others
publish them because they think thnt
people want to rend about them.
Re sure and take a bottle of Cham
berlain's Colic, Cholera and Diarrhoea
Remedy with you when starting on
your trip this summer. It cannot be
obtained on board/the trains or steam
ers. Changes t\t water and climate
often cause sujsden attacks of diar
rhoea, and It Is best to bo prepared.
Sold by Laurens Drug Co.
Hoard of Registration.
The. board of registration meets on
the first Monday in each month. All
who desiro registration certificates
must come beforo! tho hoard on that
COME THIS WEEK!
YOUR LAST CHANCE!
Our Cut Price Sale will continue
all this week, but will positively
Close Saturday Night!
Come This Week Your Last Chance
RED IRON RACKET
Laurens Greenwood Anderson Spartanburg Greenville
HOW TO CUKE RHEUMATISM*
It Is mi Infernal Disease and Requires
nn Internal Remedy*
The cause of Rheumatism and kin
dred diseases is an excess of uric
acid in the blood. To cure this terrible
diseaso this acid must bo expelled and
the system so regulated that no more
acid will be formed in excessive
quantities. Rheumatism is an internal
disease and requires an internal'reme
dy. Rubbing with Oils and Liniments
will not cure, affords only temporary
relief at best, causes you to delay this
proper treatment, allows the malady
to get a firmer hold on you. Liniments
may ease tho pain, but they will no
more cure Rheumatism than paint
will chango the fibre of rotten wood
Science has at last discovered a per.
feet and complete cure, which Is call
ed "Rheumacide," Tested in hundreds
of cases, it has effected the most mar
velous cures;'we believe it will cure
you. Rheumacide "gets at tho Joints
from tho Inside," sweeps the poisons
out of the system, tones up the stom
nch, regulates tho liver and kidneys
and makes you well all over. Rheu
macide "strikes the root of tho dis
ease and removes Its cause." This
splendid remedy Is sold by druggists
and dealeis generally at 50c. and $1
a bottle. In tablet form at 25 and 50c
a package. Oct. a bottle today. Rook
let freo If you wrlto to Robbitt Chem
ical Co., Baltimore. Md. Trial bottlo
tablets 25c. by mall. For salo by LAU
RKNS DRUQ CO.
Our line of Summer floods is com
ilete and prices are reasonable.
S. M. & E. H. Wllkes & Co.
The success of a man in business
depends on Ins attention to little
A thousand get rich by saving,
where one gets rich by speculating.
That person is wise who in youth
makes provision for old age.
A dollar saved today may be the
foundation of your fortune.
V Begin saving to-day, tomorrow
you may forget it.
Saving like spending is a habit.
1 he Place to Put Your Savings is
Laurens, S. C.
N. B. Dial, President C. H. Roper, Cashier