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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, ?904.
The Sumter Watchman was founded in
1S50 and the True Southron in 1866. The
Watchman und Southron now ba? the com?
bined circulation and influence of both of
-the old pap?is, and is manifestly the best
advertising medium in Sumter.
THE fliff HIM OPENED.
TIE CANDIDATES PRESENT IN FORGE
-ONLY TIREE ABSENT.
All of the Speakers Stuck to Their
Subjects, There Were no Per?
sonalities and no Sensa?
A Quiet, Orderly and Pleasant Political
The State campaign opened here yes?
terday with the meeting in the Court
House which was attended by between
three and four hundred people who
. fairly represented not only this city
but nearly all sections of Sumter coun
.. iy, with a number of representative
citizens of Lee county scattered
throughout the crowd, it was an in
teiligent, thoughtful and critical
I audience and one that was not to be
...impressed by buncombe and mere vol
; ame. of sound. The speeches of the
. candidates were heard with attention
and.what they had to say will be
weighed and considered for exactly
. what it is worth and no more. There
was-no enthusiasm to warp the judg
ent and but little applause, Con?
gressman Lever, Gov. Hey ward and
Maj. John H. Earle, being the recipi
ts of the most cordial welcomes
The meeting was called to order
roxnptly ai ll o'clock by County
hairman E. W. Dabbs, who invited
r. N. W. Edmunds to open the
meeting with prayer.
Chairman Dabbs made a brief
speech before proceeding to introdluce
the candidates in which he laid stress
upon the necessity of making the cam?
paign one of sane discussion of real
issues and not one of personalities.
Jle also urged upon the Democrats of
the County and State that they not
only vote ia the party primary but
that they qualify themselves as electors
and turn out at the general election
and Vote for the nominees cf the
Hon. A. F. Lever, who is a candi?
date for reelection to Congress as the
representative of the Seventh District
was the first speaker. He expressed
his sincere appreciation of the support
he had received in Sumter in former j
'campaigns and said that he was ( glad
to^have the opportunity of thanking
\iris friends under such favorable, and
to him ~?ost gratifying, conditions,
fer he felt that the owe fact that he ?
had no opposition was the best evi-1
.dence that his efforts to serve the ?
' people of the district "and of the State !
. had met with the practically nnani- j
mons approval of the voters cf that j
? y He promised for the future that he j
-?'.would put forth the same efforts in j
the iwterests of the State that he had
in the pssr, and that he felt sure that
. added experience would serve to make
his efforts more successful. Of espe?
cial interests to Sumter was his assur
V ance that at the next session of Con- !
. gres the appropriation for a Federal j
.building would he made and that the j
' building would be a r - ;ty within a ;
short space of time. ?? reference to j
? national affairs he snl?' lhat the,Dem?
ocratic party had not 1 ad in years so
I great an opportunity of winning the
presidency and the control cf the
H< use as it has now and thar it is
shameful that a certain leader who!
jiad been so Sien*?Hy honored by t-ie
party for e:?:ht }<-ars should now be
guiity of a-i ai tempt to ki;ife the .
leaders who ar*> werkin?? for harmony
within ^he party and the overthre w cf
the Repu blicks. The only hop** rf
ihe Democracy, ne said, was to :>\\]\
behind the able conservative leaders
who ar^ doing ail within their power^
to unite the party and carry it to vic
tory despite the disloyal course of eer- .
tain leaders who >eem animated by a
apirit cf vindicte verei-s because they
have been deposed from leadership..
Gov. D. C. Heyward, the next
speaker, said that he felt it needless
to say to a Sumter audience that he .
was glad to be here today ; that I e ,
had felt and would always feel that *
the cordial welcome extended to his
first appearance as a candidate in ;
Sumter two years ago and the hearty j
and loyal support given him in the j
election had very much to do with his
success. Ke appreciated the loyal
friendship of Sumter and would over
prize it as a cherished possessio a.
After brieiiv reviewing in general \
terms his administration be said that !
at the present time there are no issues j
before the voters cf the State, that i
he in common with all true Democravs
gladly welcomed the day when the
factional issues, differences and bitter?
ness that had so long divided our peo?
ple were not only dead but buried out
of sight and we are once again united
and harmonious party.
There were, however, two points be j
! desired to particularly emphasize.
First, the need of education in
State. In-so-far as the institut
for higher education LTB concer
the State is now well equipped
most excellent work is being d
But the common schools are not
equipped and are not meeting the n
of the masses, who ii educated at
must be educated in our com
schools. The common schools r<
the masses and it is admitted 1
they are not so well equipped and
gani zed as they should be. The *
of improvement cannot be all dont
the State Superintendent of Edi
tion, nor by the County Superint?
ents unassisted. The people th
selves most be interested and aron.?
the schools need to be improved
the people should then see to it t
the children attend these schools.
Second, the crying evil cf homici
Scarcely a day passes but that
newspapers record that some So
Carolina man has taken the life of
fellowman. It is a shame to the St
and an evil that has grown so gi
that it calls for an immediate rexm
if one ca*n be found. The remedy '.
with the people themselves, not w
the laws. The remedy is a heah
public sentiment that will ster
frown down this shedding of hun
blood. When the people themsel
say that homicide must cease
South Carolina, then will the St
be freed from this reproach which 1
given us an ill name not only in tl
country, but among the nations
Europe as well.
He said that the dispensary law
the only one which the Governor
specifically required to enforce a
the only one that he has t
power to enforce. He cannot ordei
sheriff to arrest any law breaker, b
he could and was required to order
dispensary constable to raid a
premises upon which the dispensa
law is violated. He had endeavor
to enforce the law as his duty requir
ard the people should decide how J
had measured np to his responsibii
ties. The financial condition of tl
State is not satisfactory ; it is nece
sary to borrow money to meet cu
rent expenses. It will be necessa:
to borrow 8145,000 more this ye:
than last. He is in favor of placii
the State on a cash basis and this cz
be done only by an equitable asses
ment of property which he favore?
The good roads question which W2
talked of in the last campaign as a
issue, is just as much an issue now ?
then and would so continue. 13
stood now where he stood then as a
ardent advocate of good roads. H
favored, as he had always done, th
pension of Confederate veterans wh
stand in need of aid.
Lieutenant Governor John T. Sloa
made a stirring speech on gener2
terms. One remark, ''That he favcre
eveiything very much," brought dow
the house and the laughter was lon;
and loud, for this seemingly inadver
tent confession described the attitud
of all cf the candidates to a nicety.
State Treasurer R. II. Jenning
who is candidate for reelection for ;
third term after thanking the peop'i
for their support ic former years an<
expressing his gratification that he i
without opposition although he come:
before the people with the unusual ie
quest for a third term, briefly ex?
plained the financial condition cf th?
State government and gave de tai li
concerning the money borrowed ex?
plaining why he had deemed it neces?
sary to borrow so much so early ir
the yaar and showing that by doing sc
he bad really saved money by obtain?
ing a lower rate of interest than
would have been possible later ia the
Secretary o? State, Jesse T. Gmtt,
the only State House officer who has
opposition, said that he asked for a
second term not as a right, but be?
cause it was in accord with precedent
and b( cause if a second term was re?
fused him it would be the sn me as a
public condemnation of Hs adminis?
tration of the office:. If reelected he
would pledge himself to give faithful
and efficient service, as Le had en?
deavored to give in tho past. lu re f?
erence to thc investigation cf his office
by the regular legislative committee
he SKI j thai a thorough examination
had been completed of Li- ellice and
everything: Lau b-^t .1 found correct In
the seventeen months he had been in
office be had re. eived about 825,000 in
small ft es, every dollar of which Was
accounted ior. lie did no* keep a
double entry s. r of books a.? Lis office
was net furni.-hrd a book kei per, but
he did kef p a careful daily record of
all transactions and records and
vouchers in Lis office show for them?
Coi. M. P. Tribble, of Ardersen,
who is the opposing candi Jato for Sec?
retary of'State was not present.
Superintendent of Education, O. B.
Martin, made a speech that pleased
the crowd, ile told several jokes that
served to illustrate the points cf his
argument, and gave a lot of interest?
ing statistics relative to the schools
of the State, the most striking of
which were that 120 school houses,
ranging in cost from 8100 to 842,000
had been built during his term and
that within the past seven months
3,000 rural school libraries have been
established as the result of the Aull
school library law, all except four
counties having taken advantage cf
the law. He hoped to see the law
continued next year and the appropri?
ation increased. He favors a larger
salary for County Superintendents of
Educati on, longer school terms, bet?
ter teachers and larger special school
taxes ir. special disticts as the means
of improving the public school sys?
Adjutant General John F. Frost
made a short speech, but pledged him?
self to continue his earnest efforts tn
improve the militia of South Caroli?
na. ?s a matter of local interest he
stated that he had arranged to have
the Second Eegiment Band of this
city mustered into the service as the
regular regimental band and that it
vgpuld be as fully and handsomely
equippei as any band in the service.
The equipment will be provided for a
band of 28 pieces and will cost more
Comptroller General A, W. Jones
was glad to be present and promised
to give his best efforts to discharge
the duties of office as they should be.
Attorney General ?. X. Gunter, did
not speak long but he made a good
impression. His statement of the work
required of the Attorney General and
the work that had been accomplished
during the past year impressed the
crowd with the fact that he has given
his time and attention to the duties of
Solicitor John S. Wilson was called
for, bu; was unavoidably absent, be?
ing in attendance on court in George
Nc came the hinder race, with
six . iitries for the office of Railroad
Jamen Cansler, of Tirzah, was first
called, Dut he was not there to ans?
wer. C. W. Garrie, the incumbent,
who seeks reelection, after serving
one tenn of six years made a strong
speech .'showing a thorough familiarity
with the duties of the office and with
its difficulties and the limitations that
hedge the commissioners about in
their efforts to do what is expected of
them by the public. He showed by
comparison that South Carolina now
enjoys, as a whole, lower freight rates
than either Virginia. North Carolina
or Georgia. He asked for reelection
not as s. right, but on his merits and
his ability to serve the people of the
State. Mr. Garris was followed by
W. Boyd Evans, of Columbpia, John
H. Earle, of Greenville, John J.
Mobley. of Fairfield, and J. H.
Gignill.iat, of Oconee, all of whom
spoke with force, energy and earnest?
ness. Each one promised to discharge
the duties of the office as they
should be and pledged an improve?
ment 0:1 past administrations.
Weekly Crop Bulletin.
Columbia, June 21. -The week end?
ing 8 a. m., June 20th, had a mean
temperature of 47 degrees, which is
nearly 5 below normal, due lo very
low temperatnres during thc first-four
days ai:d rising temperature to near'y
normal warmth during the la*t three.
The extremes were a minimum of 51
at Flore:;cF, Greenville and Spartan
bum cn ti e 14th and 35th, and a max?
imum ot ??."> zr Blackville on the !8ih.
The relative humidity was abnor?
mally low until the i9th, and the
winds were fresh to bri>k easterly un?
til the last two days when they shifted
to southerly. The sunshine exceeded
the normal, but with generally cloudy
weather on the 18th and 19th.
The '.veek was without rain, or with
only very light, scattered showers, un?
til the ISth, when showers set in over
the extreme west, and continued dur?
ing the 19th, but confined to the west?
ern anil southwestern counties, with
a maximum fall of 2.44 inches at Spar?
tan burg. The other western counties
had frc in one-half to one inch. In the
other parts of the State the soil has
a2ain become very dry, and in places
the drought is very severe, especially
in portions cf York county. In most
of the central counties wells are fail?
ing and ail but the largest streams are
dry, SD that water for domestic vse
and foi: cattle is ?-caree.
The absence of rain, ard the bright
scnshir.e, and drying wind.-- were fav?
orable fer lidding fields of grass and
weeds, and most fields are clean and
well cultivated. These conditions
were also favorable for finishing wheat
and ca.ts harvest, and for beginning
thrashing, but ti;e cool nights and dry
weather checked the growth of all
crops, particularly cotton, pastures
The condition of corn continues
promising, but- it needs rain in most
sections, as early corn is in the tas?
seling stage. Much of it has boen
laid by. Worms in the tops are dam?
aging the crop in ene county. Roast?
ing esr* are available in the southern?
Coo! nights materially cheeked tha
growth of cotton early in the week,
but higher temperatures at its close
were mure favorable. lace infest
fields over practically the entire State.
As a rule the plants are small but
thrifty, and fields are clean and well
cultivated. Cotton is fruiting well on
sandy lands, and occasional blooms
are reported from tho southern coun?
ties. Sea-island cotton is doing well.
Tobacco continues promising, but
needs rain. Rice planting is finished ;
early rice has received its harvest
flooding. Melon vines are vigorous,
but l ite, lt has been too dry to con?
tinue to plant sweet potato slip?, and
stands of those set out previously are
generally poor. The commercial peac
crop is good, bufe in many localitii
peaches and apples are dropping e:
cessively. Pastures and gardens ai
parched, and in need of rain. Sowiu
peas on stubble lands progressed slo?
ly as the soil has been too dry.
THE ROOSEVELT CONVENTION
The Features of the Proceeding
are Good Order and the Unin?
terrupted Carrying Out of a
Chicago, June 21.-Without a di.?
tarbing element to impede its. smoot
operation the third day's programm
for the Republican National Conver
tion was carried off like clock-wort
Not a jarring sound was heard, not
false step taken. It was an assembl
of non-combative delegates, which cai
ried into effect, without the thundei
ons demonstration usually attendan
upon political conventions, a purpos
that had bene clearly defined.
An organization was perfeci/jd pre
paratory to the adoption of a platform
and the making of nominations in th
succeeding days of the Convention
From the quiet, yet unmistakable
enthusiasm provoked by Senator Fair
banks's arrival at the Coliseum, hi
nomination for Vice President is bu
little less assured than the nominatio]
of Theodore Rooesvelt for President
The keynote to the campaign of 190'
was sounded by the Hon. Elihu Roo
in his speech as temporary chairman
His address was a review of the ac
complishraents of the present Admin
istration and a defence of Repnblicai
policies in general. When that hac
bein delivered and the varion:
working commiitees * dispatched tc
their labors, the business of the firsi
day's session was complete,
g Another picture was presented bj
the opening day, so different fron
the customary Convention scene as tc
attract marked attention. It was thc
failuie of the delegates and the spec?
tators to warm to the spirit of the oc?
casion. Mention of President Roose?
velt was responded to with hearty,
though not prolonged applause. The
lack cf contest eliminated the neces?
sity for enthusiastic display of feeling,
and the mild cheering and rather list?
less hand-clapping, which was the
greeting given impartiality to nation?
al figures of the party, was all, proba?
bly, that could be expected under the
The lack of public interest in the
Convention was evidenced by the large
number of spectators' seats vacant.
Seats at former Republican conven?
tions usually brought a premium. To?
day speculators offered them, but
there were few takers, and as the hour
approached for the Convention to as?
semble they sold for a song. A wild?
erness of vacant seats was in the gal?
lery and cn the mezzanine floor, where
not more than two-thirds of the chairs
were occupied. The ?rst floor was
well filled. Thc picture was one of
gcod order, where sergeants-at-arms
and policemen were not needed.
" In the Convention Hali today there
was one woman delegate, who had the
same right to vore that was held by
each accredited male delegate. She
was Mrs. Charles A. Eldridge, of
Colorado Springs, Colorado, an alter?
nate delegate, whose principal was
absent. Other women alternates pres?
ent were Mrs. Owen Lefevre, of Colo?
rado ; Mrs. Susan West, of Idaho, and
Mrs. Jennie E. Nelsen, of Utah,
these States having woman suffrage.
The following have been chosen on
the new Republican national commit?
tee ; Alabama, Charles II. Scott:
Florida, J. N. Coombs ; Georgia,
Jucsjn W. Lyons; Kentucky, John
W. ?erkes : Louisiana, Walter L.
Cohen; Mississippi, L. B. Mosely;
South Carolina, John G. Capers;
Texas, Cecil A. Lyons; Tennessee,
W. P. Bownlow; Virginia, George E.
Bowden; Arkansas, Powell Clayton:
West Virginia, N. 13. Scott.
The fellowing have been chosen as
members of tue committee on resolu?
tions: Alabama, Andrew N. Johnson;
Arkansas, Charles F. Duke; Florida,
W. H. Northrup; (leo:iga. W. H.
Johnson ; Kentucky, George W. Long;
Louisiana', J. Madison Vance; Mis?
sissippi, W. E. Mollison : Sjuth Car?
olina, E. J. Dicker-on : Tennessee,
Dana Harmon; Texas, A. J. Rosen?
thal: Virginia, 1). L. Groner; Wist
Virginia, George W. Atkinson.
.Gibraltar, Jure 20.-The, United
States battles!)ip squadron, consisting
of the Kearsargc, Alabama, Maine and
Iowa arrived here today and will sail
for Tangier af fer coaling.
. m. -a-?a?-war1-- - >v-**n-****v~
The announcement cards of candidates will
he published In thesecolumns until the Dem?
ocrat!''primary fei- Bvc dollars, payable in
\ ari al?! y in advance.
FOR C01TQRESS. ~~
I. hereby, announce myself a candidate f?'i
thu Democratic.nomination forthe 59th Con
press, from thc Seventh Congressional Dis
I riet <>f Sun h Carolina, and pledge myself to
abide the result of iii" primary, and lo sup?
port the nominees of the party.
?. F. LEVER.
" FOR SHERIFF.
!. hereby, announce myself ;i candidate for
lin- otfice'of Sheriff <>f Sumter ?-? m n i y. and
pledge myself to abide the result <>f tue pri?
mary an?) Mipi" ?rt the nominees of i lu* na rt v.
c. w. STA NS 111.
J hereby announce myself a candidate for
Sheriff of Sumter County, subject to the de?
cision of the Democratic primary election.
W. S. DINK INS. I
The Welsh Neck High Schcol
Has just closed a prosperous session, enroll?
ing 194 boarding students. Its catalogues
are now ready for distribution. Send us
your address and we will take pleasure in
mailing one to you You will enjoy look?
ing over it.
J. W. GAINES, Prin.,
Hartsville, S. C.
June 15-3 m
A CLEANING-OP SALE
There are some items in our stock of which we were forced
to buy very largely in order to get them at our price, and
while our sales of them have been all we could reasonably ex?
pect, we are determined to dispose of the surplus, let the loss
be what it may.
STRAW HATS AT 1=2 PRICE.
Did you ever buy a 50 cent Hat at 25 cents ? If not, we
will give you an opportunity of doing so.
We cleaned up a lot of 500, none of which were worth less
than 50 cents, some we sold for even more, you get your
choice of what is left for a
1=4 of a Dollar.
Men?s Underwear at 48 cents a suit. We have about 200
suits of these left in colors only. They were manufactured td
sell for ?1, but they did not and now you get them for less than
half of that.
2=Piece Suits at Cost.
We have a nobby assortment of patterns in these, second to
none in the city, our only trouble being we bought too many
and want to unload.
Women's Tan Shoes at 1=2 Price.
Every pair of them are worth $1.50. Pick them out while
hey last ac 75 cent.*.
Ladies' Oxfords at $1.00.
These are the Godman brand, our $1,50 leader, and too
we'l known to need further comment frGi?. us.
Shirt Waists at Cost.
This lias been an off year in shirt waists : if you are not
supplied, jon can have your choice of our stock at actual cost.
Ladies' Skirts at Cost.
We have orfy a limited number of these left, and the sizes
are consequently badly broken. The values are excellent, and
if you get fitted you are fortunate. ,
We reserve the right to withdraw these offerings at any time.
X O? Craig Furniture Co.
No. SOS North Main Street.
With a full and complete stock of supplies,
larger than ever before, we are better prepar?
ed to render prompt and satisfactory service.
Calls attended promptly
DAY OE NIGHT
Day Phone, 14 - tfight Phone, 201.
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We buy and sell Eeal Estate and collect
Kents, in city or country.
We sell all kinds of Insurance, including Fire,
Lite, Accident and Health, representing only
the strongest companies.
Well appreciate a share af your business.
WHITE & MCCALLUM,
The Real Estate and Insurance Men.
OFFICE KO. 18 S. MAIN STREET - - PHONE NO. 143.
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