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VOL-UME XXXVII. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1921. NUMBER 21
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(Continued from Last Week.)
As he grew older, his insatiate cu
riosity enabled him to expose unnum
bered weaknesses, indiscretions and
social misfortunes on the part of ac
quaintances and schoolmates; and to
every exposure his noise and energy
gave a hideous publicity; the more
his victim sought privacy the more
persistently he was sodight out by
Wallie, vociferous and attended by
hiliriotus spectators. But above all
other things, what most stimulated
the demoniac boy to prodigies of sat
Ire was any tender episode or symp
tom connected with the dawn of love.
Florence herself had suflered excru
clatingly at intervals throughout her
eleventh spring, because Wallie dis
!overod thqt Georgie Beck sent her a
valentine; and the humorist's many,
ninny squealings of that valentine's
affectionate quatrain finally left her
unabie to decide which she hated the
inor(, Wallie or Georgie. That was
the worst of Wallie: he never "let
up"; and in Florence's circle there
was no more sobering threat than,
"Il tell Wallie Torbih !" As for
Henry Rooter and Herbert Tiings
worth Atwater, Jr., they would as soon
have had a head-hunter on their trail
as Waille Torhin with anything in his
hands that could incriminate them
in an implication of love-or an ac.
knowledgement of their own beauty.
f c o? il -lifid life Is inters
woven with blackmail; even some of
the noblest people do favors for othea
people who are depended upon mot to
tell somebody something that the no
blest people have done. Blackmail is
born into us all, and our nurses teach
us more blackmail by threatening to
tell our parents, if we won't do this
and that-and our parents threaten
to tell t1l3 doctor-and so we learn I
Blackmail is part of the daily life of
a child; displeased, his first resort to
get his way with other children is a
threat to "tell"; but by-and-by his
experience discovers the mutual bene
fit of honor among blackmailers.
Therefore, at eight it is no longer the
ticket to threaten to tell the teacher;
and, a little later, threatening to tell
*any adstit at all is considered some
thing of a breakdown in morals. No
toriously, the code is more liable to
Infraction by people of the physically
weaker sex, for the very reason, of
course, that their inferiority of mus
'ele so frequently compels such a sin,
if they are to have their way. But
for Florence there was now no such
temptation. Looking toward the de
molition of Atwater & Rooter, an ex
posure before adults of the results
-of "Truth" would. have been an effect
of the sickliest pallor compared to
what right be .accomplished by a
-eareful use of the catastr-ophieWallie
All in nil, it was .a great Sunday
for Florence. On Sunday evening it
was her privileged custom to go to
'the house of her fat, old .great-uncle,
Joseph Atwater. and remain until nine
*o'clock, in chatty companionship with
Undle; eseph -and A unt Carrie, his
* ifA, "nid a 'ei' ther relatives who
were iu'the habit.fdropping in there
nl ~Siqad ,exeiligs. In summer,
1emonade and cake wore frequently
*pteodded ; in the autumn, one still
found cake, and perhaps a pitcher of
clea' neWv Cideir; apples were always
-This eVeniing was glorious; there
wvere aplps and cider and cake and
-wsalnuts; p -erfectly cracked, and f4
'lar'ge .open-liearted box of candy.
-Naturally, )tllese b~einig the circum
*stab ; Ilerliert was among the
gg4t~ rid, though rather at a die
av~ tge, so far as the conversation
as oncefthed. not troubled by the
* dg# The reason he was at a
bot~est(Qial disadvantage was
elosqly 'connected with the iiisual
*supply- of refreshments-; Uncle Joseph
'and' Aunt' Carrie, had foreseen the
coming of keveral more Atwaters thdna
usual, to talk over the new affairs of
their beauttut relative, Jutla.,Se-.
Woen moreo thoroughly italked ovet', tian
s ~'ee Jpllia's that evening, thoughjail
- the time by means of various symbols,
v" since It was thought wiser that fler
bett and Florenco should not yet be
-told ref 'Jutira's engagsent, and Fior
ene's parents were not present to
~onfes4 thielr lndrscreton. 3Jlia was
t-,1921- byi BStyndicateInc,
makeshifts were employed with the
most knowing caution; and all the
while Florence merely ate Inscrutably.
The more sincere Herbert was as
placid; such foods were enough for
"Well, all I say is, the traveler bet
ter enjoy herself on her travels," iaid
Aunt Fanny finally, as the subject
appeared to be wearing toward ex
hAustlon. "She certainly is in for it
when the voyaging is over and she
arrives in the port she sailed from,
and has to show her papers. I agree
with the rest of you; she'll have a
great dead to answer for, and most
of all about the shortest one. My
own opinion is that the shortest one Is
going to burst like a balloon."
"The shortest one," as the demure
FlorQco had understood .from the
Uhrst, 'was her Ideal-none other than
Noble Dill. Now she looked up from
the stool where she sat with her back
agitist a pilaster of the mantelpiece.
"ntIle Joseph," she said--"I was just
thiking. What is a person's reason?"
The fat gentleman, rosy with fire
light and cider, finished his fifth glass
before. responding. "Well, there are
persons I never could find any reason
for 'em at all. 'A person's reason I'
What do you mean, 'a person's rea
"I ipean like when somebody says,
'They'll lose their reason,'" she ex
.p1 4. , 'Has. everybody got a rea
Son,' aid if they haie, what is-1t, and
how do they lose it, and what would
they do then?"
"Ol, I seel" he said. "You needn't
worry. I suppose since you heard It,
you've been hunting all over yourself
for your reason and looking to see if
there was one hanging out of anybody
else, somewhere. No; it's something
you enn't see ordinarily, Florence.
Losing your reason Is just another
way ol saying 'going crazy!' ".
"Oh," she nuirnvired, and appeared
to be somewhat disturbed.
At this, Herbert thought proper to
offer a witticism for the pleasure of
"You know, Florence," he said, "it
only means acting like you most al
ways do." le applauded himself with
a burst of changing laughter which
ranged from a bullfrog croak to a
collapsing soprano; then he added:
"Especially when you come around
my and Henry's newspaper building I
You certainly 'lose your reason' every
time you come around that ole place I"
"Well, course I haf to act like the
people that's already there," Florence
retorted, not sharply, but in a musing
tone that should have warned him.
It was not her wont to use a quiet
voice for repartee. Thinking her hum
b~le, he laughed the more raucously.
"Oh, Florence!I" he besought her.
"Say not so! Say not sot"
"Children, children!I" Uncle Joseph
Flerbiert <banged his tone: he beo
enme seriously plaintive. "WVell, she
does act that way. Uncle Joseph :
Whe she c'omes around there you'd
btink we were runnin' a lunatic
'4yinmif the wny sho takes on.- She
'ioli-rs and bellers and squalls and
1mtiwks. Thle le'ast little teeny thing
'm uh-n't like flhoult the '-way w~e run
m,' pa per, shte comes .flappin' over
hiere' tnid goes to screechin' around,
.'u c'ouldl he~ar her out at poorhouse
"Now, no0w, 1lerbeirt," his Aunt Fan
y Ilatetrpos9ed. "P'oor little Florence
!lt sainhig aniythiug impolite to you
': right now, at airy rate, Why don't
.mi h) a little sweet to her just for
Ii~ if ounortuna~tte expression revolted
I iq'h cou sinly mi'ilncss In Herbert's
m "'lie em ilt (le sweet to lher?' "i
("ih(t'd, withI poigniant Incredulity,
fli':tkrii Jcandor mnade -iain how
arly Aunt Fanniy Inspired piim. "I
st exacitly as soon be a little sweet
ni$aiator," he asserted i such
i4 .is b~tterness on, thil 'subgct.
"Uti 'ihtsaid Aunt Carrie,
~'morquir'. I'd ,rather, :tp either of
'to, bee'nte, anyway, they don't mnalk
m;. ulb Boise, -Why, you' just ought
c heair aher," ,e went -on, growinr~
mre andi more severe. "'You ought
itjust conte aroundI our newspape
tiliding any afteranoon you please, at
'r -school, when Henry anid I are
iin' to doour work in, ai~yway, some
pe'ace. Why, she Just squawks and
squalls and squ--"
"It must be terrible," Uncle Joseph
interrupted. "What do you do all that
for, Florence, every afternoon?"
"Just for exercise," she answered
dreamily; and her placidity the more
exasperoted her Journalist cousin.
"She does it because she thinks she
ought to be runnin' our own news
paper, my and Henry's; that's wily
she does it I She thinks she knows
more about how to run newspapers
than anybody alive; but there's one
thing she's goin' to filnd out; and that
is, she don't have anything more to
do with my and Henry's newspaper.
We wouldn't have another single one
of her ole poems in it, to matter how
much she olfered to pay us! Uncle
Joseph, I think you ought to tell her
she's got no bnsiness around my and
Henry's newspaper building."
"But, Herbert," Aunt Fanny sug
gested, "you ight let Florence have
a little share in it of some sort. Then
everything would be all right."
"It would?" he demanded, his Volce
crcking naturally, at his age, but also
under strain of the protest lie wisliel
it to express. "It woo-wiud? Oh, my
goodness, Aunt Fanny, I guess you'd
like to see our newspaper Just utter
ably ruined! Why, we wouldn't let
that girl have any more to (1o with It
than we would soine horse l"
"O, oh I!" both Aunt Fanny an(
Aunt Carrie exclaimed, shocked.
"We wouldn't," Herbert insisted. "A
horse would know any amount iore
how to run a newspaper than she does;
anyway, a horse wouldn't make so
nuch nolse around there. Soon as
we got our printing press: we said
right then that we made up our ini(ds
Florence Atwater wasn't ever goin' to
have a single thing to do with our
newspaper. If you let her have any
thing to (o with anything she wants
to run the whole thing. But she might
Just as well learn to stay away from
our newspaper building, because after
we got her out yesterday we fixed a
wiay so's she'll never get in there
Florence looked at him demurely.
"Are you * sure, Herbert?" she in
"Just you try It I" he advised, with
heartiest sarcasm; and he laughed
tauntingly. "Just come around to
morrow and try it; that's all I ask I"
"I cert'nly Intend to," she responded,
with dignity. "I may have a slight
surprise for you."
"Oh, Florence, say not sol Say not
so, Florence I Say niot so I"
'To be continuea.)
CLINTON NEWS *
Clinton, Dec. N.-Miss Julia tolnOr
of POlzer, rupent the week-end with
Ms. J. I. Coleman.
Aliss Margaret Sadler, of Clemson,
spent several days last week with Dr.
and Mrs. R. E. Sadler.
Mrs. "eece Young delightfully en
tertained the Tuesday Club last Aveek.
After a pleasant hour of sewing, the
hostess served a delicious salad
Dourse and hot .tea to the following
guests: Mlesdames J. F. Jacobs, Jr.,
B3. H. Boyd, M. G. Woodsworth, W. C.
Bailey, 'W. ff. -Owens, Jr., L. 1. Dil..
lard, John T. Young and Miss Mai-y
Mrns. Clair -Hays retur-ned last Fri
lay fromi Dillon -whei-e she was the
guest of Mrs. James Spr-unt.
*Dr. and -Mrs. Jas. R. Copeland en
tertained the followving 'guests at a
linner -party last Wednesday evening:
M!r. and M1rs. J. I. Coleman, M1r. and
Wirs. J. A. 'Chandler, Mr. and Mi-s. J.
7'. Jacobs, Jr., Mr. and Mirs. W. BI.
Dwens, Ji-., and .Mr. and Mi's. Joe
Mrs. A. M. Copeland is the guest of
der sister in Clio.
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Pitts 'entertained
a. number of their friends at a dinner
[ar'ty last Friday evening.
Mrs. W. P. Jacobs and sons spent
last week in Sliartanburg with her
nether, Mrs. Shockley.
Mr. and' Mrs. II. .H. Boyd and Mir.
And Mrs. Reeeo Young spent .last
i'hursday in Green'ille.
Miss (Edna 'Clayton, of Fountain Inn,
inpent the week-end with Mrs. Hugh
'Mrs. JulIa Griffin .entertained a
iumber of her friends last Wednes
lay at a spend-the-<day party. A
povly four coures dinner was served.
Mfr. and Mrs. J. F. Jacobs. Sr., Mrs.
~. P. JacobW, 1Dr. and Mrs. S. C. IHays
it'd Miss Clara Ducketet spent sevei'al
1ays'Iast. elit in Charleston.
Mrs. Ela 'Smart, of .Atlanta, is the
fuest of 'Mrs.. Johns Spratt.
Mr. and Mrs. B. M. Gpratt, of Chtes
Or, spent several daye last week with
fr. and Mrs. John Spnntt and Mr. nd
* * e e e. ......
* INW PROSPECT SCHOOL NEWS *
November 25 saw the end of the
third month of work for Now Pros-1
pect school. The following are on the
First Grade-Manwell Ferguson,
Welyn Ferguson, 1red Fi'ley.
Second Grade-Tom Smith Finley,
Third Grade-Ira Bell Culbertson
Fourth Grade-Mary SB. Madden,. 1Il
Fifth Grade-Lynt Wofford.
Sixrth Grade-Lowrio Beacham, Fr
ry Lee Madden.
Seventh Grade-John Bolt Culbort
Advanced Seventh Grade-Frances
The school enjoyed two days holiday
for Thanksgiving. Miss Zelle Crisp
visited friends and relatives in Gaff
ney during the holidays.
Out of forty-seven children enrolled
the attendance for the month averaged
forty-five. The following have been
perfect in attendance for the three
Lowrie Beacham, Harold Brown,
Merle Brown, Edith Coggins, Eunice
Coggins, -Henry 'Lee Madden, Mary 13.
Madden, Lilliani Moore, Nell Moore,
Orrah Moore, Nell Thompson, Bruce
Wofford, Lynt Wofford.
On Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 14,
the mothers and fathers are to be In
vited to observe the twork of the
school room in the regular reading
classes. At two o'clock of the same
afternoon there is to be held a "get
together ineetinig" at which time talks
w'ill -be made by R. T. Wilson, Superin
tendent of Education, and H. W.
Gasque, Superintendent of Laurens
city schools. It Is to be hoped that
every patron will take advantage of
this dpportunity to beconit better ac
quainted -with the work of the school.
The problem of what yot
That difficult problem ca
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