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FIRK JIF, V8 PENSION ACT.
Laorcns lire Department Interested
Insurance Commissioner McMaster
hai addressed a letter to all Insurance
companies, notifying them of the cities
and towns In Sou fa Carolina tlutt
have inn (he requirements of the
firemen's i> nslon act. By the act
every lire Insuranco company Hocused
to do business in this State is required
to make a true account of all pro.
mlums received from lire insurance
business done during the year ending
December :;i in any incorporated city
or town in the State, complying with
the terms of the act and having a reg
ularly organized Are department, with
fire apparatus to the value of $1,000.
There is a tax, of ! per cent, ror th?
pension fund. Such returns are to be
mad1 within day* after Doceiubor
ill of each year.
The following towns are given us
having complied with the law:
Alken, Anderson, Helton. Hamberg,
Beaufort, BIshopville, Camden, Char
leston, Chester. Clinton. Columbia,
Darlington, Florence, Oaffney, George
town, Greenville, Greenwood. Ilarts
viiie. Klngstree, Laurens, Manning.
Newberry, Orangeburg, Rock f fill.
Spartanburg, Sumter, t'nlon, Walter
Jl'DGE GRIFFIN I) KAI?.
Probate Judge of Greenwood Count)
and Prominent (ill/on.
Greenwood, Dec. ".. Vincent Grll
lit . Judge of probate oi Greenwoot
county, died at ids home hero yester
day afternoon at :'. o'clock, His death
' . been ex pooled for some time. He
bad a Blight stroke or paralysis two
yci rs ago and about three weeks ago
he bad another, and since that time
his condition has been critical.
Judge Griffin was the second judge
of probate Greenwood county has had.
II. was olected to succeed the late
Capt. \V. K. Cothran. Judge Griffin
was reolected this summer for an
other four-year term but this term
did not begin until January 1.
The burial was held today at Mt
Moriah church, conducted by Green
wood lodge, No. 91, A. F, M. His
pastor, Rev. Geo. N. Cowan, con
ducted the funeral.
Judge Griffin is survived by his
wife and three children of his first
marriage: George W. Grltlln ot Green
ville, James N. Griffin and miss
Mabel Griffin, of Greenwood, and a
brother. Thos. .1 Griffin, of Green
wood. He was In his 71th year.
ONE SIXTEENTH NEGRO.
Tlutt Much Brings (Uder Clussltlcu
of Colored In ? ?ashlngton.
Washington, Dec. 5.?The- posses
Kion of oiio-slxteenth of negro blood
brings ? person under tbe classlflca
tlon of "colored," according to the
decision of the district court of ap
peals today. In the case of Isabel I.
Wall. S years obi. against the board
The evidence showed that the Wall
girl had one-sixteenth of negro blood
In her veins, and Justice Wright in
the district supreme court upheld the
action of the board of education In
barring the child from the while
school. Chief Justice Sbepard of the
appellate court today affirmed that
Pood For Thought, Also.
Governor Vessey of South Dakota
is reported to have s,.:d: "The cosl of
living is not an issue in Dakota, We
are always glad to see the prices of
foods go up. We raise 'em you know."
What, for Instance' does a man care
about the price of oysters in the open
market if he has a bed for his own
use in his own creek in front of his
Neither Dakota can raise tbe variety
of foods that South Carolina can raise.
Iloth Dakotas endure bard and long
winters. The problem of keeping the
house warm Is a grave one. Coal
commands high price. Wood also is at
?i premium. Yet the people of the Da
kotas get along very well, and chlef
y because they have enough sense to
supply themselves with food before
raising products for the market. A
farmer in the Dakotas does not go
lo town to buy bacon when he can
produce it at home for almost noth
ing. He can live and live well while
spending but a very small sum of
money. Hard times and money panics
do not bother him because he eats no
matter what Wall strooi is doing."
What of this State? It is possible to
raise bogs here? it is. and at a cost
of production abnormally low. Can we
raise beef? Why. in the early days of
the colony the greatest industry was
the salting and sale of beef, and all
historians record how rapidly cattle
multiplied although uutended and un
fed by their owners. Is our soil ill
adapted to corn? On the contrary In
this State have been produced tbe
largest crops to the acre recorded any
where in the country. Can we pro
duce other cereals? Yea, every cereal
that is worth while. Here hay. alfalfa,
wheat, oats, barley, cassava and rice
reach their highest perfection. Were
not a pound of cotton produced In
the State, every twenty-acre farm
could support a family well. We send
our truck Into the early markets. On
the lower coast sweet potatoes grow
as readily as weeds, and they are the
finest, sweetest sweet potatoes known
anywhere. All fruits flourish, even the
semi-tropical ones. Our nut trees do
well. Within the borders of South
Carolina can be produced every food
necessary to the human being, and
produced Just as cheaply as anywhere
else in tbe world.
Tbe prosperity of this State will
never he at the flood-tide until ever}
farm in it Is itself complete as a food
producer. Our making money on om
crop to buy the products of othei !
farmers in other States is not wise.
Such money as the farmer obtains
should be almost entirely clear profit,
lb- should not be forced to buy staple
foods at any time. His success is in
evitably dependent on his ability to
feed himself from his own farm. This
Is not a new thought. It has been
talked of before, and followed. Our
planters are now more nearly self-fed
than at any time <n recent years. The
movement to produce a food crop as
well as a. money crop is well under
way. In another decade food Im
portations into South Carolina should
be decreased per capita by half.?
News and Courier.
NeW series of Standard I'.llldlUg and
Loan association starts December IT?,
Moles Friends of the Farmer.
A distinguished naturalist carefully
examined tbe stomachs of lifteeU moles
caught in different localities, but failed
to discover therein the slightest ves
tige of plants or roots; on the contrary,
they wire tilled with the remain* of
earthworms. Not satislied by this
fact, he shut up several moles in a
box containing sods of earth, on which
fresh jxrass was growing, anil a smaller
cage of grubs and earthworms. In
nine days two moles devoured 349
white worms. 103 earthworms. 'J5 cat
erplllai'S and a mouse (skin and hones),
which had been alive in tbe box. He
next gave them nothing but vegetables
in twenty-four hours two moles died
of starvation. Another naturalist cal
culated that two moles destroyed 20.
000 white worms or grubs In n single
year. If this is correct It Is a stroug
Argument In favor of multiplying
rather than destroying the moles.
Let you boy or girl take a few shares
in the Standard Building and Loan
association and save their pennies.
Cutting Prices Does Not Express
it, We Are Slashing Them
Right and Left_
The crowds increase daily
Hurry and get on the ground floor
Just a few bargains to show how things are going
Sheeting worth 8'(c yard, sale price 5c
One lot Ladies' $1.50 .Shoes to go at 85c
One lot Men's $2.00 Shoes to go at $1.19
Amoskeag Teazle Down worth 12 y*c
Men's Water Proof Work Shoes cheap
at $3.50, sale price #2.48
The best values in Ladies* Cloaks you
Ladies' Heavy Shoes, the $t.J$ kind
at the pair #1.19
W. L Phillips
At Simmons Old Stand :-: Laurens, S. C.
We have just received at Mountville
One Car Load of Mules
3, 4 and 5 years old
Every single animal is in tip top shape and ready for the farm.
We expect to seil them aii at lYiountvIHe within the
next few days, so the earlier you come the better stock you
will find. It will pay you to see me before buying or trading
Jno. N. Simmons
Mountville, S. C.