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COMMISSION FORM OF GOVERNMENT
In accord with the promise made by
The Advertiser to give some facts as
to the commission form of govern
ment, a letter was written to Mayor
W H. Clibbes, of Columbia, who was
the first mayor under the commission
form of government In that city. The
reply of Mayor Clibbes Is as follows:
OFFICE OF CITY COUNCIL
City of Columbia.
Columbia. S. C,
Editor The Advertiser:
So many letters are being received
at this olllce asking for Columbia's
experience with commission govern
ment that you must pardon my send
ing you a reply prepared in anticipa
tion of your Inquiry, the receipt of
which is hereby acknowledged.
We have a mayor and four council
men and elections are held alternately
each two years, at one time for two
councilmen, and the next for the may
or and the other two, the term of of
fice being four years in all cases.
We have the initiative, referendum,
and recall, all upon a twenty per cent
petition of the total vote of the last
proceding primary election.
Our voting qualifications for the pri
mary are the same as for the general
election, viz.: a state residence of two
years, county one year, and city tour
months before the next ensuing gen-!
eral election, together with the pro
duction of receipts for all taxes then
finally due and payable.
As to the justification of this gov
ernment In Columbia, it is hard to
find.a stronger one than the statement
< f members of the preceding council.
When 1 went to two of them for an
explanation of their budget before
ptiulishing the appended financial
statement I was Informed:
First: That bills payable amounting
to $53,000.00 and secured by an assign
ment of taxes were not placed In the
budget of fee year's expenses because
their appearance would destroy the
"balance" and "Injure the city's cred
It." ft .
Second: That the Income for. the
year 1940 had been "purposely under
estimated," because if there appeared
to be a surplus there would be a grab
irom all Sides for all the money In
sight by every department.
Our financial statement shows that
during the incumbency of our pre
decessors lor ionr months and eleven
days of 1010, they Rpent a total of
$206.591.0:'.. Deducting from this
amount bills payable and past due In
terest of the year before, and all
tnonoy spent for permanent improve
ments, we find that they soem to have
spent what seems to be a net amount
of $169,468.09 for running expenses, or
a rate per annum of $168,536.00.
During our administration of seven
months and twenty days In 1910, we
spent $187,107.46 gross, or $167,435.04
after deducting permanent improve
ments, which indicates an expenditure
per annum of $262,300.00.
It will be noticed that our prede
cessors started the year with a past
due interest debt of $27,94;").00 and bills
payable of $53,000.00.
Our council has started the year
with a cash balance of $19,004.35: with
a prospective excess of income over
I running txpenses of $117,805.00. or a
.total of $136,809.34 available for per
manent improvements in 1911. and
with an anticipated saving in current
expenses, increase in efficient collect
ing of city dues und ititdercsttmated in
come for safety which, together, will
amount to at least $50,000.00 more
which will go to swell our income and
reduce taxes in 1912.
Therefore we are now finally in a
financial position to state not what
we hope or expect to do. hut that we
will go ahead from this time forward
with city building and re-habilitatlon.
j These statements arc not made to
I disparage our predecessors, who were
good men under the handicap of a
defective system. ,. ,
They are made simply to show that,
in the short space of seven months
and twenty days, there have been ac
complished under a perfected form
of government, and its proper admin
istration, results that seem not to have
been possible, or which at least were
not approximated under the old polit
ical ward plan.
To the method more than to men be
long the results, which tend to estab
lish the raison d'etre of commission
Almost invariably ire are asked as
to the satisfaction of the citizens.
We can only say that the recall has
not been invoked, and that we daily
receive encomiums from those whose
"well done" is worth while; on the
other hand, we hear frequently of
it shall be the aim or this writer
to deserve in some measure these
words of cheer from his friends, and
so to work for the good of all that
unfriendly critics may arter a time be
come disarmed in the light of good
With ft sincere belief In the splendid
potentialities of commission govern
ment, and the wish that Its blessings
may continue with Columbia and ex
tend to all the civic communities of
the land, I am,
W. ?. G-ibbes,
WATTS MILL HONOR ROLL
Nearly a Third of the Total Knrbll
mcnt Win Place? on the Honor Holl
Fifty three out of about one hundred
nnd fifty scholars at the Watts mill
school won places on the honor roll
the past month. This is an unusually
large number to secure special men
tion, so the youngsters and younstcr
esses must have put In extra time.
While all of the honor roll members
are good students at other times, it
seems, however, that Manager D. R.
Lavender, of the moving picture show,
had some Htt'.S do with this ex
traordinary awakening, a..- Lavcnder
at the beginning of the sessiin, made
a special offer to school chli lren of
the county w^fntilnK places Oi" the
honor roll, promising to give each a
free ticket to the show. , Mr. Lavea
der evidently does not realize what
ho has gone up against, for the honor
rolls are beginning to be longer than
they have ever been before.1 Here Is the
Watt* Mill roll:
First tirade?Ix)uVee^Browolee, Ern
est Cress, Manry FurtTer, LucH(e/Mar
tin, French O'Shlelds, Talmagc Sorgee,
Carrie Brownlee, Mary " Davis, Maud
Mills, Grace Oxner, Ralph Putman.
IPearl Tumblln. * ' '
Second Grade?Clara Allan, Inez
Rabb. Lois Gospell, Andrella McKee,
Emmctt Tidwell; Nina Bobo. Clyde Go
llghtly, Emmett Jessee, Herman Tay
lor, Oladys Trogdon.
Third Grade?Frank Burns, LUlle
Hughes, Ruth Oxner, Pauline Tum
blln. Willie B. West, Alpha Garrett,
Wlnona Hughes, Charlie Pulley. El
bert Templeton, Janies Willard.
Forth Grade?Vera Blakely, Jessie
May Golightly, Chesttey Grtfutt, Clara
Martin, Elector Powell, NUtthle Lee
Snoddy, Nettle Tumbllh, l*Avie Cream
er. Ruth Grogory, (Mad'ys Cree, Clar
ence Martin. Edna ftiddle, Willie Tid
well, Runice CosYie'll.
Flrth Grade?John Fuller.
Sixth Grade?Lizzie Hell Crocker,
Horace Golightly, Howard Cress, Viola
Seventh Grade?Carrie Donnan. Liz
Gray Court Ituptist Church.
Gray Court, Nov. 14.?The Gray
Court baptist church Is nearing com
pletion and the first service will be
held the fourth Sunday in the month,
which is November 24th. If It is the
wlBh of the people, a protracted meet
ing of short duration will be held. The
public is cordially invited to attend
these and all other services hold In
Porto Rico's New Wonder.
From far-away (Porto Rico cdnie re
port* of a^v-fonderful now discovery
that Is believed will vastly benefit the
people. Ram'on T. Marchan, of RarCe
loneta, writes "Dr. King's New Dis
covery 1* ttottlg splendid Work here. It
cored'me about five titties of terro'blo
coughs and colds, also my brother of
a severe cold In his chest and more
than 20 others, who Used it on my ad
vice. We hope this great medicine will
yet be soid in eve'ry drug store In Por
to Rico." For throat and lung troubles
it has no equal. A trial will convince
you of its merit. *50c and $1.00. Trial
bottle free. Gu'tfra'ntecd by Lam-en..
Drug Co. and PalWetSo' Drug Co.
THANKSGIVING NO V KM B EH 28.
President Taft issues du? Usual Of
Washington, November 7.?President
Taft today issued the Thanksgiving
proclamation, setting aside November
28, for tlie observance of that day.
The proclamation follows:
"By the President of the I'uited
States of America.
"A God-fearing nation like ours owes
It to its in-born and sincere sense of
moral duty to testify its devout grati
tude to the All-giver for the countless
benefits It has enjoyed. For many years
it has been customary at the close of
the year for the national executive to
call upon his fellow countrymen to
offer praise and thanks to God for the
manifold blessing vouchsafed to them
in the past, and to unite earnest sup
pi iance for their continuance.
"The year now drawing to a close
has been notably favorable to our for
tunate land. At peace within and with
out, free from theperturbations and ca
lamities that have afflicted other peo
ples: rich in harvests so abundant
and in industries so productive that
(lie overflow of our prosperity lias ad
vantaged the whole world: strong In
the steadfast conservation of the herit
age of self-government bequeathed to
us by the wisdom of our fathers, and
firm in the resolve to transmit that
heritage unimpaired, but rather Im
proved by good use to our children and
our children's children for all time
to come, the people of this country
have abounding cause for contented
"Wherefore. 1. William Howard Taft.
President of the United States of
America, in pursuance of long estab
lished usage and in response to the
' wish of the American people, invite
my country men, wheresoever they
may sojourn, to join, on Thursday the
28th day of this month of November,
in appropriate ascriptions of praise
and thanks to God for the good gifts
that have been our portion and. in
humble prayer, that His great mer
cies toward us may endure.
"In witness whereof, I have hereun
to set my hand and caused the seal
of the United States to be affixed.
"Hone at the City of Washington,
this 7th day of November, in the year
of our Lord, one thousand nine hun
dred and twelve, and of the Independ
ence of the United States of America,
the one hundred thirty-seventh.
William H. Taft.
"By the President.
"Alvey A. Adee,
"Acting Secretary of State."
DOING GREATER WORK.
Southern Railway Adding More Offices
to its i.and and Industrial Depart*
;nent in the South.
Washington, Nov. 15.?The South
ern Railway company will on Novem
ber lf> enlarge the work of its Land
and Industrial Department in the
South by opening three new offices
to be located at Birmingham, Ala., and
Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tenn.
These new offices arc established In
harmony with the policy of the South
ern Hallway to cover ns fully as pos
sibly the development of the agricul
tural and manufacturing and other in
terests In Its territory. In connection
with the opening of these offices the
following appointments have been an
nounced by the Land and Industrial
.1. W. Paige, now agent at Bristol.
Tenn., to be agent at Chattanooga.
Tenn..; H. G. Hanson, Jr.. now travel
ing immigration agent in the north,
with headquarters Bt St. Louis, Mo.,
to be agent at Bristol, Tenn.; E. P. II.
West, agent, Knoxville, Tenn.; .1. M.
Marsh, agent, Birmingham. Ala.; and
W. E. Price, traveling Immigration
agent to succeed R. G. Hanson, Jr.
With the opening of these new of
fices the I^and and Industrial Depart
ment of the Southern Railway will
have offices and agents In the south at
Atlanta and Macon, Ga.; Mobile and
Birmingham, Ala.; Chattanooga, Knox
ville and Bristol, Tenn.; Columbus.
Miss.; Columbia, S. C.; Ashevlllc and
Brevard. N. (?.. and Danville, Va.
"There could be no better medicine
than Chamberlain's Couhg Remedy. My
children were all sick withwhooping
cough. One of them was in bed. had
a high fever and was coughing up
blood. Our doctor gave them Cham
berlain's Cough Remedy and the first
dose eased them, and three bottles
cured them." says Mrs. R. A. Donald
son, of I^ekington, Miss. For sale by
Madden. Nov. IL'. Yes sir! The re
sult of tlie election of November 5th
was decidedly to our liking and was
an almost unanimous affair. We cel
ebrated too. out Madden way. The peo
ple In Laurcns need not think they
were the only ones making a big heap
"Whoopee"! yelled I'ncle John, with
genuine democratic ardor as he open
ed his "Advertiser" and beheld the
victorious rooster perched aloft the
banner. "Hurrah" he said as he read
"The solid South still remains solid"!
(Wasn't it a vision of one T. It. to
hurst the solid souttl, with the help
of one Mr. Heard and give to us poor
benighed folks freedom?)
"Do you suppose Uncle John," ask
ed a somewhat doubting one, "that
we'll ever feel the effect of the elec
tion down here?"
"Yes, slreo", was the enthusiastic
answer as he waved his paper above
his head. "I feel good now!"
Sure we celebrated -our leading
merchant donated a roman candle and
a lire cracker, our efficient cotton buy
er ditto?the younger generation en
thusiastically looked on and Uncle
?lohn gave (almost) the rebel yell!
Honest confession is good for the
soul and here goes. This correspond
ent prea< ..od loudly and long about
this time last fall about farmers buy
ing guano and having to give half they
made to pay guano bills. Well, she
did the same thing only in her case
it was over half. She picked her lit
tle patch, had it ginned, paid the
guano note and there was precious
few shekels left?but there's one con
solation: her credit for guano is
Mr. and Mrs. Dairy Martin of Clin
ton were visitors In our midst re
Mrs. M. T. Allison and Mrs. Mollle
Teague spent part of last week very
pleasantly with their niece, Mrs. Lona
Miss Ida Turner, our well-liked
teacher, spent the week-end with her
home people in Cross Hill. She was
accompanied home by Miss Ixniise
Many friends out here were delight
ed that Mrs .1. I.. Machen, known af
fectionately to we people as I.idie
Moore, had recovered from her recent
operation sufficiently to come home.
Dldle was one of the "large girls" that
carried prestage with it in the old
days! at old Hose Dale when the writ
er was one of "the small fry". Some
of these days when the spirit moves
exactly right this correspondent In
tends to pen an eulogy on those gold
en days, \\'e voice the sentiment of
all her old friends in wishing to see
Mrs. Machen her oh", self again.
Mr. .1. A. Wofford is getting on all
right now and his friends will be glad
to hear, if he has no backset, will be
able to return to his work the lat
ter part of this week.
Miss Jessie Thompson was the
guest of her sister. Mrs. Dean, Sun
Mr. H. .1. L?ngsten spent Saturday
night with Mr. T. M. Shaw or Cold
The ladies of the Rural Improve
ment as-soclation will meet at the
school house Friday afternoon at 2
p. m. A full attendance is earnestly
urged as business of importance Is to
Flagged Tntin ?Ith Shirt.
Tearing his shirt from his back an
Ohio man flagged a train and saved it
from a wreck, but 11. T. Alston, Ral
eigh, N. C, once prevented a wreck
with Electric Bitters. "I was In a ter
rible plight when I began to use them."
he wrltos. "my stomach, head, back
and kidneys were all badly affected
and my liver was in bad condition, but
four bottles of Electric Bitters made
me feel like a new man." A trial will
convince you of their matchless merit
for any stomnch, liver, or kidney trou
ble. Price 50 cents at I>aurens Drug
Co. and Palmetto Drug Co.
The Advertiser has been requested
to announce that the following ser
vices are held at the Church of Eter
nal Hope. I'nlversalisf, at Mountvllle:
Sunday School each Sunday morn
ing, vespers each Thursday evening
at 8 p. m., preaching every third Sun
day at 11 a. m. and 8 p. m. Rev. Oeo.
Studson Delano Is ?mator of this
Mr. Poultryman: If you are not get
ting eggs, don't blame the chickens;
help them along by feeding Conkey's
Lnvlns: Tonic. Palmetto Drug Com
pany has lt. 11-?X
State of South Carolina.
County of Laurens.
Pursuant to nn order of the Probate
Court for the county and state afore
said, In the case of Annie H. Hopkins,
and ,T. W. Balontiue individually and
as administrators of the Estate of it.
Mills Balontlne, plaintiffs, against
Wellie C. Ballentine, ct.nl.. 1 will sell
to the hiebest bidder at public out
cry at Laurens, South Carolina, from
the southern portico on Salesda.^ in
Pecetnber 1912, being the 2nd day or
the month, during legal hours, all that
tract of land situate In Laurena coun
ty, in said state, near Ware Shoals,
containing 46 and 87-100 acres, more
or less, hounded north by lands of W.
G. Murff. east by lands of J. W. Heeks,
south by lands of J. Frank Heeks and
west by lands of w. s. Knight. Terms:
one-half of purchase money, cash, IkiI
ance With interest at eight per centum,
due in 12 months, secured by bond
of purchaser and mortgage of the
premises, with leave to the purchaser
I to pay all cash. Purchaser to pay
for papers. If the purchaser does not
: comply with the terms of sale the
land shall he resold on the same or
Borne subsequent snlcsday at the risk
of the defaulting purchaser.
O. G. THOMPSON.
Probate .lodge, I., c. s. C.
Nov. G, IiU2.? I I - It.
NOTICE Ol SALE.
PrUSliani to order of the Court of
Common Pleas in case of Nannie E,
Curry plaintiff, against Wille Moore
et at. I will sell at public outcry to
the highest bidder for cash on Tues
day the 3rd day of December, 1912, at
two o'clock 1'. M. of said day, near
Owings Homestead, all that tract of
laud situate in Laurens -ounty in said
state, containing forty sis: acres, more
or less, to he cut and sold in suitable
lots, said tract of land being on east
side of the C. <t W. ('. railroad, hound
ed by lands of Pearly It. Moore, and
others near Owings Station.
.lohn D. Owings,
I.aureus County, S. C.
Under and by virtue of authority
vested in me as executor of the last
will and testament 'of Margaret M.
Dial, deceased, and by and with the
consent and authority of Mrs. L, A.
H?ntel- who, under the last will and
testament of Drcwery T. Dial, deceas
ed, owns an undivided one half in
terest therein. I will sell at public
outcry, at Laurens Court House, South
Carolina, on salesday in December,
next, being the second day of the
month, during the legal hours of sale,
all that tract, piece or parcel of land,
lying, being and situate in the Coun
ty of Laurens. State of South Carolina,
containing one hundred ( 100) acres,
more or less, bounded hy lands of
Mrs. Browning, J. Y. Henderson, Win,
('lardy and lands formerly owned by
.lames P. Todd. 'This tract contains
about twenty acres of wood land, good
fanning lands, good tenant house com*
I paratlvely new. out buildings and two
wells of water; said tract being n
part of what is known as the "Quar
ter"; and situate about one and one
half miles west of Harksdale Station.
This property can be sold at private
sale before said salesday.
Terms yf sab: cash. The purchaser
to pay for papers.
Dater the 6th day of November, lfi'2.
(Signed! W. H. Knight.
Executor of the last will and testament
of Margaret M. Dial, deceased.
NOTICE OF SALE.
State of South Carolina,
Countv of Laurens.
Annie B, Hopkins and J. W. Baldwin,
individually and as administrators
of the estate of H. Mills BalOUtlno.
Willie ('. Ballentine, et al. defendants.
Pursuant to a decree ef ,ho conn
In this case I will sell at public auc
tion at Laurens C. IL, S. C, on sales
day In December 1!H2, it being the 2nd
day of the month, within the legal
hours of sale, all that piece, parcel
or tract of land lying, being and situ
ate in Laurens county, state of South
Carolina, near War?' Shoals, contain
ing forty-six and 87-100 (46 87-100)
acres, more or less, bounded on the
north by lands of W. 0. Murff. east by
lands of J. W. Heeks, South by lands
of J. Frank Heeks, and west by lands
of W. S. Knight.
Terms of sale: one-half cash and
the balance with Interest from date
of sale at eight per centum per an
num, due at twelve months and secured
by a bond of the purchaser and mort
gage of the premises, with leave, to
purchaser to pay entire bid in cash
j or any amount greater than one-half
thereof- Purchaser to pay for papers.
If the purchaser falls to comply with
his bid the prcmb"?s to be resold on
the same or some subsequent salesday
at the risk of the former purchaser.
O. O. Thompson,
November 12. 1012. 16-3t
WILLIAMS' KIDNEY PILLS
Hav<e you overworked your nervou? sys
tem and caused trouble with your kid
neys aiwd bladder? Have you pains In
iolnr,. ?Id?. back and bladder? Have you
i flabby xppearanco of Hie face, and un
der the *yea? A frequent desire to pns?
urine? If no. Wilhams' Kidney Pill? will
cure you?DrugglBt. Price 60c.
W1UIAMS MFG. CO.. Prep?.. Cleveland, OM?
LACHEMS DRUG CO.
Laarens, S. C
T?o Hooks of the County Troaauror
win bo opened for the collection of
State, County and Commutation ltoad
Taxes for fiscal yeai, 1012, at tho
rooBuror'8 Olltco from October IGth.
to December ".ist. 1012. After Decem
ber 3lot, one per COnt will be added.
After January 31st, two per cent, win
be added, and after February 28th..
seven per cent, will be added till tho
15th day of Maren, 1013, when tho
books will be closed.
All persons owning property in moro
titan one Township ate requested to>
call for receipts In each of the several
Townships in which the property 1?
located. This is important, as addition
al cost and penalty may be attached.
All able-bodied male citizens be
tween the ages of 21 and (id years or
age are liable to pay a poll tax of $1.00>
except old soldiers, who arc exempt at
5(1 years of age. Commutation Road
Tax $1.50 in lieu of rood duty.
The Tax levy is as follows:
For State purposes.tt% Hilda
For Constitutional School Tax :t mills
For Ordlunry County purposes 3 mills
For Interest on Railroad Komis I mill
For Road and Bridge Honda 3 mills
For Court Mouse Konds .. . 2 mills
Special Schools I.aureus Township.
Lau runs No. I I.7 mills
Trinity RldgO No. I.4 mills.
Maddens No. 2.2 itulb
Narnle No. 3.fi mills.
Baileys No. I.2 mills
Mills No. ?.2 mills
Oak Grove No. t>.2 mills
Ora No. 12.4 mills;
special Schools Youngs Township.
Youngs No. 3.2 mills
youngs .>o. 2.4 mills.
Youngs No. I.4 mills
Youngs No. 5.;t mills:
Fountain Inn No. :'.lt.15 mill*
Lanford No. lb.ii% mills
Ora No. 12.4 mills
Youngs No. I.3 mills,
Central No. t>.2 mlllx
Special Schools Dials Township.
Green Pond No. 1.4 mills
Dials No. 2.3 en 11
Shlloh No. 3.4 mills
Gray Court-Owings No. 5 .. ..4 mills*
Karksdule No. (i.2 mills
Dials Church No. 7.2 mills
Fountain inn No. 3B.15 mills
Merna No. 8.2 mills
Special Schools Sullivan Township.
Mt. Bothel No. 2.3 mills
Princeton No. l.3 mills
Poplar Springs No. :;.4 mills
Rabun No. 4.4 mills
Hendorsonvlllc No. 5.4 mills,
Friendship No. <*,.2V& mills
Brewerton No. 7.3 mills
Sullivan Township It. R. Bonds 4 mills
Merna No. S.2 mills
Special Schools Waterloo Township.
Waterloo No. II.4 mills.
Mt Gallagher No. I.3 mills
Bothlohem No. 2.2 mills
Kkom No. 2.4 mills
Centerpoinl No. 4.2 mills
Oakvllle No. 5.3 mills
Mt. Pleasant No. i\.2 mills
Mt. Olive No. 7.2 mills
Reedy (Dove No. 8.2 mills
Special Schools Cross Mill Township
Cross Hill No. 13.6 mills
Cross Hill No. I.2 mills
Cross Hill No. 2.2 mills
Cross Hill No 4.2 mills
Cross Hill No. 5.2 mills
Cross Hill No. C.2 mills
Special Schools Hunter Township.
Mountville No IG.4'/,. mills
Hunter No. 2.2 mills
Hunte r No. 3.2 mills
Clinton No. 5.f. mill
Hunt er No. 8.3 mills
Wads worth No. 4.2 mills
Speciai Schools -Jacks Township.
Odells No. C..3 mill-;
Hurricane No. 10.3 mills
Shady Grove No. 2.3 mills
Special Schools Scuffletown Township
LangSton Church No. 3.3 mills
I Scuffletown No. I.2 mills
Lanford No. hi.VA mills
Ora No. 12.4 mill-!
Prompt attention will be given those,
who wish to pay their Taxes through
the mail by check, money order, etc
Persons scrwling In lists of Dam OS to
be taken off are requested to semi
them early; and give the Township of
each, as the Treasurer Is very busy
during the moath of December.
ROSS D. YOUNG,
October 2, 1912 ? td.
Take notice that on the 13th day of
December, 1 will render a final ac
count of my acts and doings as Ad
ministrator of the estate of Ix'onora J.
Shaw, deceased. In the ofllco of the
Judge of Probate of Laufens county at
11 o'clock, a. m. and on the same day
will apply for a final discharge from
my trust as Administrator.
Any persons indebted to said estate
are notified and required to make pay
ment on that date; and all persons
having claims against said t state will
present them on or before said datt-i
duly proven, or be forever barred
T. M. Shaw,, j
November 13, 1912?1 mo.