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WEDNESDAY, SEPT 28, t904.
The Sumter Watchman was founded in
1850 and the True Southron in 1866. The
Watchman and Sputkron not? has the com -
. bined circulation and influence G? both of
the old pap?is, and is manifestly the best
advertising medium in Sumter.
TO THE PUBLIC.
As will be seen by referring to the no?
tice published in this paper today the
books o? subscription to the capital
stock of the Osteen Publishing Com?
pany will be opened at the office of
Bee & Moise on Monday, October 3d.
While our plaits for the organization
of the company have been practically
completed and it was not necessary to
postpone the opening of the books of
subscription to the date named, we
thought it. advisable to do so in or?
der -that those who have heretofore
expressed a desire to take stock un
the proposed company, and the busi?
ness men generally, might have an op?
portunity to do so. We have set aside
a certain portion ol the stock, which
is offered to the people of Sumter,
and we shall "be glad to have all of
this amount taken by them, it is oar
intention to call on as many of the
business men as possible for the pur?
pose of securing their subscriptions,
but our time is limited and we realize
that it will be impossible to see all of
those we have in mind, therefore a
general invitation is extended to the
friends and patrons of the Daily Item
and the Watchman and Southron to
take stock in the Osteen Publishing
Gb. They can do so by notifying
either of the corporators br by attend?
ing the meeting on Monday next. The
books of subscription will remain
} open for a few days following the for?
mal opening on October 3d tojgive the
public opportunity to subscribe,. and
the stock unsubscribed, if any re?
mains of\the block offered the public,
will be taken by those now interested
is this paper.
The subjoined news item from the
Florence Times indicates that the
people of the city of Florence have at
last succeeded in securing a morning
schedule to Columbia t?hat?willlenabie
them to go to Columbia in the morn?
ing and return the same day. The ?
schedule is undoubtedly a good thing
for Florence people? but it does not
snake any improvement in the passen- :4
?ger facilities now enjoyed by the people
between Florence and this city.
What is needed is a morning train
between Florence and Sumter.
"Bj a recent change in the sche?
dule the local freight running be- j i
tween here and Wadesboro will make
connection in Darlington with local
passenger train for Sumter. By the
change there will bea morning pas?
senger service for Columbia which
will be welcomed by the traveling
public. The freight from here to
Wadesboro has Ibeeu leaving just
ahead cf the passenger train, but
now leaves shortly after 7 o'clock. '1
The New York Democrats are said
to have nominated a strong ticket and
that the men selected come as near
being acceptable to all factions in the
party as an y th at could have been norn
inted. It is predicted that all faction?
al differences wi? b* buried and that
?j tlie party in New York will work as
one man to elect both the State and
National tickets. The outlook for a
Democratic victory in November grows
brighter each day.
The Charleston city authorities are
having as much trouble orer the water
supply qnestioa as the dispensary offi?
cials have had with the Charleston
blind tigers. Perhaps there is some
connection between two questions
and if Cbarlseton could secure an
abundant supply of pur? water-not
the Goose Creek kind-the blind
tigers would be driven out of business.
The anti-Trust people are after
r President Roosevelt with a sharp
stick, and if the charges so positively
made against bim are accepted as true,
lt is undeniable that the President is
placed in a unfavorable lizbt before
the public. Bow can bis supporters
and admires reconcile the President's
oft repeated claim to being the great
and only' trust-buster with the facts as
presented by the An ti-Trust people?
Cotton may go higher later in the
season, some cotton experts claim to
think so at any rate, but tez* to ten
and a half cents for cotton just out of
the fields is a good price and should
satisfy the majority of the farmers.
We know that tbe current price will
be of more benefit to the average far?
mer and the South as a whole than
twice that price after January 1st. A
large percentage of the cotton pro?
ducers mast sell their crop as rapidly
as it is ginned to meet obligations
maturing in September and October,
and if they realize ten cents for the
bulk of the crop they will be in a pos?
ition to hold a few bales . for higher
prices, if they care to speculate.
If it has come to pass that the Uni?
ted States army can hold au escaped
convict in defiance of the State au?
thorities, this country is getting to be
Just a little bit too military to suit
the average citizen. If the position
the recruiting officer in Savannah has
taken in reference to J. Ben Bennett,
is maintained, every escaped murderer
or other criminal in the country will
make a bee line for the nearest re?
The Fall Festival is moving forward
and everybody is pushing.
The general committee for the Fall
Festival is a working committee and
every man on it is enthusiastic, and
each one will spare no effort to make
the feature ?or which he has individ?
ual responsibility a success.
Judge Parker's lefter of acceptance
is praised without stint by enthusias?
tic Democrats, is highly commended
by the lukewarm, and even the Repub?
lican leaders admit that it is a strong
paper, democratic chances are look?
The belief is gaining .ground that
the present cotton crop will prove to be
the most valuable ever grown, al?
though not the largest. The world is
using more cotton than ever before
and the crops of the j past few years
have not been equal to the needs of
the world. The South has practically
a monopoly of cotton production and
is at last in a position to have a voice
in fixing the price. The south should
prosper as never qefore and will-pro?
vided our people do not go cotton
crazy and neglect the food ?rops and
other products that are the backbone
of the South.
Gov. Heyward occupies a position
that is above criticism in declining
to assume the responsibility in advis?
ing a sheriff not to carry a prisoner to
the Penitentiary to avoid the possi?
bility of a lynching. The responsibil?
ity is the Sheriff's and he must use his
own discretion. He alone is responsi?
ble for the safety of his prisoners
and he cannot and should cot attempt
to shift his responsibility. If a
Sheriff is afraid of a mob and does not
dare face it and defend his prisoner
with force and arms to the last ex?
tremity, if necessary, then he is at
liberty to seek safety for himself and
his charge in Sight. But that is his
bur'ness, not the Governor's.
"The county commissioners are puz?
zling over the advertising proposition
and the appropriation made for that
purpose. They are compelled to pub?
lish quarterly a statement of the
claims paid, but the money given
them is a small amonnt. They are
now trying to arrange for a larger
price to be paid the newspapers for
The above paragraph appears in the
Columbia correspondence of the News
and Courier. Richland county must
possess a remarkable and ' unusual
board of county commissioners. Onr
observation and experience have been
that county commissioners never wor?
ry about paying a larger price for ad?
vertising than the Jaw provides, but
lend their energies toward getting the
work done for less.
. Judg3 Parker has issued his formal
letter of acceptance of the Democratic
Domination for president. It is quite
lengthy, as of necessity it must be
to discuss the issues of the cam pad ern
of which he is the leader. It is,
however, less than half as long as the
acceptance of president Roosevelt. It
discusses the important questions that
this campaign brings before the peo?
ple for settlement in a clear cut de?
cided and concise manner. He states
bis personal opinion and his reasons
therefor, on the money question, im?
perialism., tariff, reciprocity trusts,
trust remedies the Philippines, Amer?
ican citizenship, civil service, national
irrigation, the Panama Canal,' Ameri?
can shipping interests, corruption in
Government departments, the army
and navy, pension, foreign relations
and reform in government expendi?
tures, and bis position on each and
every question ia Democratic and in
full accord with the principles as laid
down by tho greatest American states?
men who were democratic in faith and
practice. In conclusion he says :
I have put aside a congenial work,
to which I had expected to devote my
life, in order to assume,' as best I
can, the responsibilities your conven?
tion put upon me. I solicit the cor?
dial co-operation and generous assis?
tance of every man who believes that
a change of measures and of men at
this time would be wise, and urge
harmony of endeavor as well as vigor?
ous action on the part of all so mind?
The issues are joined and the peo?
ple must render the verdict.
Shall economy of administration be
demanded or shall extravagance be en?
Shall the wrongdoer be brought to
bay by the people, or must justice
wait upon political oligarchy?"
Shall our Government stand for
equal opportunity or for special priv?
Shall it remain a Government of
law or become one of individual cap?
Shall wc cling to the rule of the
people, or shall wc embrace beneficent
With calmness and confidence, we
await the people's verdict.
If called to . the office of President
I shall consider myself the chief magis
trate of all the people and not of any
faction, and shall ever be mindful of
the fact that on many questions of na?
tional policy there are honest differ?
ences of opinion. I believe in the
patriotism, good sense and absolute
sincerity of all the people. I shall
strive to remember that he may serve
his party best who serves his country
If it be the wish of the people that
I undertake the duties of the Pre?
sidency, I pledge myself, with God's
help, to devote all my power and
energy to the duties of this exalted
It is reported from Columbia that
an electric railroad is projected from
that city to a point on the Wateree
River opposite the State Farm in this
county. The object of the proposed
road is said to be to develop the ex?
tensive kaolin deposits of Richland
county lying on the western bank of
the Wateree river. If the plan mate?
rializes and the road is buit to the
State Farm, or "even further," as
the report referred to has it, it should
be extended to this city. Sumter
needs, and we want, everything good
that is going, and an electric road to
Columbia would be a valuable acquis
ittion to this city and would make
our already strong position as a trade
center even stronger. It would put us
in touch with the boat line on the
Congaree and place us in a position to
obtain even better rates by establish?
ing a boat line on the Wateree.
THE SUMTER SPIRIT.
The Game Cock Fall Festival is
the livest and most enthusiastic
proposition that ever happened. There
is no longer any excuse for anyone
thinking or suggesting that it can't
be held or that it can fail to be the
biggest success imaginable.
The mass meeting Friday night was a
Fall Festival gathering from top to
bottom, inside and out, and the wet
blanket treatment was barely suggest?
ed and met with no approval whatever.
Everybody in the meeting seemed to
be in favor of a lot of ginger and hus?
tle and hard work, and when the ques?
tion was put, "Festival or no Festi?
val," a rising vote was called for and
not a man voted against the Festival.
The meeting Friday night was pervaded
and animated by the real, true old-time
Sumter spirit, the enthusiasm spread
throughout the town over night and
today Sumter is for the Festival heart
Those who actively opposed the Fes?
tival and those who were only doubt?
ful or lukewarm have thrown aside
their personal feelings and have join?
ed in with the majority and will work
and spend their money for Sumter's
good with as much cheerfulness and
pnblic spirit as displayed by Emmett
Reardon, to whose never-say-die
spirit the successful launching of the
Festival, after a period of doubt and
discouragement, is wholly due.
This is the right spirit, it is the spiri t
that, if it can be kept uppermost all
the time, will make Sumter a big
city, a rich city and a city of live,
progressive, successful people. Like
attracts like, and if we demonstrate
to the world that we are a public spirit?
ed, energetic and progressive people
others of that character will come to
live amongst us, to share in our
growth and prosperity and to help us
build a city whose names will be ynon
ymous with progress. The germ of
that spirit is here and if we are careful
to develop it, rather than to destroy
it, the future of the city is assured.
The Fall Festival is assured and we
know that it will be a success, for the
people of Sumter have put their
shoulders to the wheel and they will
never give up an undertaking which
they have pledged themselves to carry
to a successful conclusion. But there
is work to be done, a vast deal cf
work, and each citizen has his part to
perform. Those who hav? no money
to contribute can talk it up, help to
keep it going. But every man who
has the interests of Sumter at heart,
every man, or business enterprise, or
corporation that exists in Sumter,
should join in and help the good work
along. The business enterprises and
corporations have no personality and
cannot get out on the streets to work
for the Festival, nor can they serve on
committees, bnt they have pocket?
books or bank accounts, and should
do their share in furnishing the
sinews of war. Anything that adver?
tises the town or beuefits Sumter,
advertises and benefits business enter?
prises and the corporations-manufac?
turing and financial-as much or more
than it benefits the individuals,
therefore we hope to see the name of
every business man, every professional
man, every property owner, every
manufactory and every corporation
of every kind and description re?
presented on the list of those who are
glad to spend money to advertise the
town that they call borne.
A CALL TO DEMOCRATS.
Every Democrat in Sumter county !
should read and take to heart the let?
ter of County Chairman E. W. Dabbs
which we publish today. He states
the case clearly and concisely and
there is little to be added except by
way of comment. The Democratic
voters of Sumter county must dis?
abuse their minds once and for all of
the idea that the party primary settles I
the election in Sonth Carolina.
While the primary has, for the past
few years, settled the electi on in tb i
State conditions are changing rapidly
and unless the Democrats are vigilant
they will awake some line day to find
that the Republican voters, althcugh
in a minority, have carried the gen?
eral election. We do not apprehend
such a result this year, hut the condi?
tions are such that unless the Demo?
crats of the Seventh District poll a full
vote for Congressman Lever he will
be unseated by the Republicans in Con?
gress. This is their hope and expecta?
tion, and counting on the apathy of
the Democrats they will prepare a
great list of negroes who would have
voted for the Republican nominee save
for the South Carolina election law.
They do not expect to poll a suffi?
cient vote to elect their candidate,
and the campaign they will make will
be solely for the purose of providing a
basis for a contest. If the Democrats
turn out to a man and vote for Mr.
Lever, the Republicans will have no
grounds for a contest and the showing
that they will make will give the
Republicans in Congress no excuse for
unseating our representative. D2mo
crats who voted in the primary but are
still unregistered should register on
Monday next. We want and need a
full vote and every Democrat should
do his duty on election day.
A Call to Democrats.
Mr. Editor: Sixteen hundred and
sixty two persons voted for the candi?
dates of their choice in the recent pri?
mary. Is it asking too much of the
voters that they cast 1,662 votes for
the entire Democratic ticket on Nov.
8th? To be able to do so, some of
them will need to qualify. The regis?
tration books will be open next Mon?
day, 3d of October for enrolling all
qualified electors. Fellow democrats
look up your certificates, and tax re?
ceipts, procure new registration cer?
tificates, and renewals; and on No
vemb3r 8th show, to the world that the
blood of '76 still' courses through yuor
veins. Give to Mr. Lever such a ma?
jority that the worst South hater of
them all can find no excuse to ques?
tion his election to the 59th Congress
from the 7th district of South Caro?
E. W. Dabbs,
Weekly Crop Bulletin.
Columbia, Sept. 27.-The week end?
ing 8 a. m., September 26, had a mean
temperature of 71 degrees, which is
two degrees below the normal. The
deficiency was greatest in the interior
and was nearly normal along the coast.
The first two days were warm, but
the 22d, 23rd and 25th were consider?
ably below normal. The extremes
were a minimum ' of 44 degrees on
the 24th at Greenville, and a maxi?
mum of 95 at Kingstree on the 21st
The precipitation occurred generally
on the 2ist and 23rd, and was light,
except on the coast irom Charleston
southward, where it was moderately
heavy. Thc week bas been favorable
for farm work, and all kinds were
pushed as fast as possible.
Cotton is opening fast throughout
the state and picking is general, but
in many parts of the state pickers
are scarce. The crop will not be as
3ood as was expected earlier in the
season. Rust is still doing some dam?
age on light soils. Not much of the
top crop of cotton will mature on ac?
count of the cool, dry weather. Sea
Island cotton is in good condition and
Corn is reported to be in good con?
dition generally. Fodder is about all
pulled, and the harvesting of the crop
has begun in Darlington county with
good yield. Harvesting of corn will
bc begun in other sections next week.
Late corn was slightly damaged by the
cool, dry weather.
Rice is being harvested and thresh?
ed, but the yield is not as good as ex?
The weather has been favorable for
haying, and large amounts of hay and
pea vines have been housed in good
condition. Potatoes are generally
good. Gardens and fall crors are do?
ing well, but are badly in need of rain
in some sections. No small grain has
been sown yet.
Government Crop Report.
Washington, Sept. 27.-Cotton in?
creased rapidly in sections premature?
ly in Georgia and Mississippi and
picking being poshed, but was delay?
ed somewhat by rains in Florida, Mis?
sissippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. Scar?
city of pickers reported from localities
in central and eastern districts, re?
ports indicate that a very light top
crop may be expected. The salient
points of statements from principal
cotton producing states are summar?
ized as follows: Georgia principai
part of crop, Alabama continues tc
rust and shed but those adverse condi?
tions are not so general as previously
reported. Mississippi-open cotton ir.
jured in east by heavy rains an j boll
worms are causing damage in the
southwest. Louisiana-worms, cater?
pillars damaging, bolls weevils local?
ly numerous. In one parish and
spreading in another, crop detonated.
Arkansas-very little shedding but
crop made only slight improvement.
Texas-little injury to the staple by
showers and crop too far advanced for
further damage by boll weevils.
W. B. Boyle respectfully I invites you
to see him before buying any kid of
Farm Implement. He bas a fine stock
of Wagons, Buggies, Harness, Plows,
Harrows, Osborne Mowers, Rakes, &c,
&c. Sepjfc. 28-3t.
There's Dysentery-Co!i?, too,
And Cramps; hut this remember do
Though enemies all babes must
"TEETH IN A" will them all de?
"TEETHIINA" Overcomes and
Counteracts the Effects of the Summer
Heat, Aids Digestion, Regulates the
Bowels and makes tear hing easy.
Costs only 25 cents. [Sept. 21-2t
At this season of the year every hausekeeper is interested in
beautifying her home and making it comfortable for the ap?
proaching Fall and Winter. In this connection there is noth?
ing more necessary than
Good Floor Coverings
And our carpet department offers unusual- attractions in this
line. If it's matting you are looking for we have an excellent
line to select from.
Japanese at 15, 18 and 20 Cents.
Chinas at 15,18, 20, 25 and 35 Cents
We picked up several rolls of China Mattings in single
Very Fluch Under Price
And we are prepared to givexunusual bargains in them.
Grass wire matting in a large assortment of patterns
At 35 Cents.
In carpets, we have a large and complete assortment from
25 Cents to $1.25 a Yard.
Floor oil cloths from
25 Cents to $1 Per Yard.
Art squares from
$3 to $10.
Rugs in endless variety and the prettiest assortment of pat?
terns we ever handled from
$1 to $6.
Window shades in all colors and at prices to suit
If interested in anything in the carpet line it will pay you
to look through pur stock before buying.
O'DONNELL & COMPANY.
BOOTH LIVE STOCK CO,
Our buyer has just returned from the Western markets.
This means a choice car of horses and mules to arrive about
Thursday, September 22nd. High class harness and saddle
horses and good ail round farm horses and mules.
We have recently received a car of
White Hickory Wagons,
Warranted to us-we guarantee them to our friends and cus?
tomers. One car
This justly popular buggy is even better, if possible, than ever.
Every buggy warranted.
The next time you are in town see our buggy and harness,
the twa for $35.00.
A few one and two horse wagons at less than manufacturers'
prices, fully warranted.
* Lime, cement, hair, terra cotta pipe, stove flues and building
One thousand bushels home raised South Carolina Rust Proof
The First of the Season.
A choice car load of horses and
mules just received and need sell?
ing. Amor? them are some extra
nice drivers, some good smoothe,
full made work horses and a few
nice mules. All young and
sound. I will appreciate a look
from you whether you are ready
to buy or not.
A. D. HARBY.
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