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BAD ROADS BURDEN
ONWARD MARCH OF PROGRE8S 18
RETARDED BY MISERABLE
BIG HANDICAP TO PEOPLE
3osts Much More to Haul Produce
Over Bad Roads Than It Does Over
Good Roads?Effect of Good Roads
on 8oclal Lifo.
BY HOWARD H. GROSS.
When one makes a study of this
treat Bubject and sees In how many
ways the march of progress la re
tarded by miserable highways the
country over, and realizes what a
burden this handicap places upon tho
people, It Is surprising that the whole
population does not rise as one man
and demand that the highway condi
tions shall be Improved to the nlv t'dord
required for tho twentieth century.
Road advocates have shown for
rears and years how much more It
casts to haul produce over bad roads
up an education under town conditions
they are getting the town microbe
along with the education. They form
friendships and become part of the so
cial life of the school; they are not
willing to go back upon the farm with
Its dreariness and Isolation. No one
ought to b'ame them tor this, in fact
they are to be commended In many
instances. The country lass and youth
must have the social lifo that natures
demand. This sociological fact must
be reckoned with.
The National Educational commis
sion, made up of eminent educators,
thoroughly familiar with our condi
tions, has been studying this subject
for a long time, and it says that the
solution is only to be found in the
consolidated township school, where
Instead of eight or ten isolated school
houses, placed at intervals at the cross
roads throughout the township?bleak,
dreary and uninviting?tbere should
be one central graded school at tho
most convenient central point, and pro
visions made to take the children to
and from the school. Good roads are
necessary If this is to be done. Tbe
school ought to have at least Hv- acres
of ground to serve as a miniature ex
periment station for the study of agri
culture, the cultivation of which will
increase interest in agriculture and
show that farming requires brains as
TT- .1 - -'
A roud that is undralned, undragged, useless and uninviting. Queri Is It i
highway or mlreway? Tho march of progress over such roads will certainly be
?low. Buch roada im-un isolation. drudK?ry. poor schools. poverty und wretched
neat. The building Of BOOd road- will practically double the vallie of BUch fai-n
lands and tho State and Federal Government ought to help build tho road- A
rood road ought to change the name of such a locality from Mud Flats to Fleas
chan It does over good ones; how with
good roads the farmer can market IiIh
produce at any time he desires to dc
so and taki advantage of market con
dltions am get the most for what he
has to sell.
Bad roads are a serious handicap
to social conditions, and sometimes for
weeks at a time dwellers in the farm
home are marooned by stretches ot
Impassably roads. They cannot get
out to see anybody and nobody can
get to see them. The town that is
five miloB away might as well be twice
that. We know that man is a sociable
thing?it Is part of his nature?he can
only grow and develop by meeting his
fellow men?touching elbowB?ond by
social and business intercourse.
We know that bad roads have been
responsible In a very large degree for
driving the young people from the
farms to the cities. The census for
the last thirty years has shown an
ever Increasing drift of the best brains
and blood of the farm to tho city. This
Is true notwithstanding that there Is
no bettor business In the world than
farming, If II is done along up-to-date, I
well as muscle. In such a school the '
boy and girl wou! 1 be able to get a
high school education and live at home
upon (he farm.
The school would be the social at
well as the educational center of the
township?the rallying point where the
citizens could go and hold meetings;
It would develop tho social life, would
be strong and helpful, and the young
people would And In the central Bchool
and the associations that go with it,
and the school spirit that would be
developed, a satisfying condition that
would make life upon the farm at
tractive Instead of otherwise.
Another handicap to progress and a
menace to our whole country, that is
very larely traceable to bad roads,
is the fact that so many thousands of
farms are passing from the hands of
owner Into tho hands of tenants. The
weaning of the children from farm
carries the patents away when ad
vancing years makes It necessary for
them to lay the burdens down. Wo
?re building up a peasantry (it sounds
hard to call It that) which promises
'.rouble In the future and raises the
- , i , i i j u m 3gHi
A roadside In Jamaica. Show* the hut of a nuttve. These banana trees grow
Wild a? well aa oranges. There are few places In the world where one can live
with less labor than In parts of Jamaica. Bven here the roads are good-far bet- 1
ter than the Central West of the l.'nited States.
progressive lines. It renders a surer
and larger return than anything else
in the world's work, yet the fact re
mains that the boy is not satisfied
with farm life. With good roads, so
he could get out whenever he desired
to with his beat buggy and girl, or
perhaps an automobile, country life
would take on an entirely different
The handicap of the bad road is cer
tainly a heavy one and is farreacbing.
education has suffered greatly by rea
son of it. The country schools are
little, if any, better than they were
forty years ago. It is an open quectlon
whether they are as good. The wage?
paid the teachera are small. The
number of pupils is very limited?
sometimes three or four?often not
over a dozen or fifteen. There is no
school spirit; there is no anything
but dreariness and drudgery with little
progress toward education. When the
boy and girl get old enough to realise
this condition and the parents see it,
there Is nothing to do but send Johuny
or Lizzie to the nearby town or city,
where the schools are better and
where there is an opportunity getting
the rudiments of an education, and
While JchnDV and Lizzie are picking
question whether we are not establish
Ing here in tho cantral west tht con
dltions that have been the curse 01
Ireland for three hundred years. Tht
result of this condition is that the sol
Is losing Its fertility; the farm is be
coming foul; noxious weeds are grow
ing; the landlord squeezes the tenant
for all the rent that is in sight and
the tenant takes it out of the farm; h<
cannot afford for tha short lease ol
one or two .years to buy fertilizers;
he must simply rob the soil for al'
he can get and turn it over to his sue
cessor in worse condition than h?
found it He cannot go into stock
farming on short land tenure*, so h?
must be what is Vnowr. mm a grain
farmer, and this takes the life out' of
the soil. The greatest economic men
ace of the world today, bar nothing
Is the depletion of soil fertility, and
this will go on as tenantry Increases
Thus we see a few of the very many
drawbacks that are directly and In
directly due to bad roads, and we may
add to the list, as stated by the de
partment of agriculture, that the cost
of moving farm products to the market
snd getting supplies back to the farm
over bad hlphwnys causes an exti'fi
expense of at lourt I i' ; < l >
per year over and above what It
VOUld cost to perform the same service
iver roads that are uniformly good.
One of tho great world questions Is
:hat of good roads, and the sooner the
people wako up to tho fact the faster
and surer will our progress bo toward
higher and better things.
There is a widespread clamor for a
parcel post and strong influences are
at work to get the fed* ral government
committed to it. The indications are
that it will be tried out on a moderate
scale. Whether the parcel post will
prove a blessing or otherwise Is an
open question, and one we will not at
this time discuss. Wo may say, how
ever, that any attempt at the parcel
post that ?ontcmplates extending the
Bervice to the rural mail routes will
prove a disappointment. The condi
tions of the public roads aro such that
for weeks at a time it would be physi
cally impossible to make delivery- The
carriers are taxed now to tho limit.
If he starts out with fifty pounds over
bad roads it is a heavier burden thau
five times the weight over a good road.
Given the parcel post in full swing
and without doubt the weight the car
rier must handle will be many tlmea
what it is now. Any one familiar with
conditions will say that without good
permanent highways the delivery ol
packages over rural routes will be a
physical Impossibility. The first thing
to strive for is good roads; let th?
parcel post come later.
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Pine Grove, July 8.?The farmers
are getting along nicely with their
crops in this neighborhood.
Misses Lila and Mae Hramlett
spent Saturday with their sister at
Dr. A. C, Fuller's.
Mr. Clarence Fowler spent the
Fourth with home folks in Clinton.
Mr. and Mrs. Stacy Medlock, Mi
ami Mrs. Oscar and Miss Nettie Med
lock all spent Sunday with Mr. and
Mrs. Austin Hramlett.
Mr. and Mrs. Willie Hums of
Barksdale spent Saturday night with
Mr. and Mrs. C. Y. Craddock.
Mr. Means Knight, Miss Blanch
Nelson and .Miss Plumer Craddock
spent the Fourth with Misses Lola
and Ida Hums.
Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Burton spent
Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Nash.
Those that attended the marriage of
Miss eHttie Knight and Mr. Benjamin
Sunday from this place were Luthei
Hramlett. Willie Knight. Horace Nel
son, Mrs. ('. Y. Craddock and Plumei
Mrs. It. W. Nichols is spending a few
days with her sister, Mrs. Mark Hel
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Tramp do lady of Ihe house--"Is
that your husband going down tho
Btreot?" Lady?"Yes." Tramp?"I
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A Further Reduction in
the Price of Peas.
A good stock of both
Bunch and Running Peas on
Come and see how cheap
we can sell Peas.
Just received 600 bushels
of good sound White Milling
Com. Do you want some?
J. H. SULLIVAN
Laurens, S. C.
Great Annual Barbecue f
Given at Waterloo, S. C.
BY Q. W. LONG
This great event will take place at Waterloo,
Friday, July 19th, 1912
All candidates are expected to be there and to speak
A Base Ball Game will be played in the afternoon.
Everybody is Invited to Come. Don't Miss It.
THIS IS THE CITY
known the country over for the peculiar
goodness of its coffee. Its French
speaking population developed the art
of perfect coffee making more than a
hundred years ago.
Is the best of all so-called New
Orleans coffees. It is a peculiarly
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COLUMBIA, NEWBERRY k LAUBENS- RAILWAY.
N. B. The following schedule figures are published, only as Information
and not guaranteed.
*64 63 Station 52.
8:20 a m 2:06 p m Lv Laurens Ar 2:52'p m
8:44 2:30 Clinton 2:30
9:32 3:20 Newberry 1:29'
9:50 .3:34 Prosperity 1:12'
11:16 4:55 Ar Columbia Lv 11:35
f,:40 Ar Sumter Lv 9; 40
10:30 p m Ar Charleston Lv 6:00 a m
??Trains 54 and 65 run solid between Greenville and Columbia dally ex
cept Sunday These trains stop at Gervais St. Station, while trains 62 and
53 fro <o Union Station.
Solid through trains between Greenville and Charleston via Laurens and
T. C, WHITE, General PaRBengcr Agent.
7:65? 0 m