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STATUS OF THE COTTON WEIGHERS.
Their Qualifications and Duties to the
The Bornerons complaint* made in
this" city concerning the inefficiency
of the present system of cotton weigh?
ing and its inadequacy for the purpose
of properly ? handling the cotton
brought to this market, lias called
forth the writing cf this article, in
order that the people may be properly
informedJof the true relation of the
weighers to the public.
At present, there are three (the
proper number) scales on the platform
where the cotton is placed before it is
weighed. These scales, on account of
the railroad tracks and other ob?
stacles, are accessible on one side
. only : only two of the three weighers
are actively engaged in the weighing
of cotton ; no hands are employed for
the purpose of assisting in removing i
tiie bales from the low, one-horse wag?
ons to the elevated platform and, con?
sequently, from all these disadvan?
tages and drawbacks, the farmers are
compelled to wait an unreasonable
length of time, before they can get
their cotton "weighed.
The foregoing constitute the nrinci
ple sources of complaint lodged
against the public weighers. .
By Sec 1555, Volume I of the Code
of^ivil Procedure, it is provided,
with special reference to the . city of
Sumter, as follows: "Three public?
weighers shall be elected for the city
of Sumter by the County Board of
Commissioners, one of whom shall be
recommended by the City Council,
And their term of office snail be one
for a term, of two years, one for a
term of three years. One for a term of
four years, to be determined by lot.
* * * Tlie cotton weighers shall
be required to mark and number each
> bale of cotton indicated by tags of
buyer, and keep th a cotton of each
buyer together in order to facilitate
prompt shipment. *, * * The
platform fer cotton weighers shall be
furnished by the county and shall
have a capacity pf 5,000 bales, and
tile scales on the said platform shall
be approachable from at least two
Now tins section (1555) must be
construed" in connection with section
1554, which provides as follows :
"It shall be the duty of each Weigh?
er to provide a platform and scales
with ample facilities for handling cot?
ton with speed and at a minimum
cost, at which platform or platforms
all cotton sold in said market or mar?
kets shall be weighed. It shall be the
duty of each weigher to weigh fairly
and promptly all cotton sold in said
market or markets, issuing his own
ticket, showing the weight, of each
baie or package.of cotton, weighed.
* * * Each weigher, or bis deputy,'
shall devote his exclusive attention to
the duties of the office during the cot?
ton marketing season. Each weigher
shall test his scales once a month by
the standards in the office of the Clerk
of Conrt as provided by law : Provid?
ed, that tbs county board of commis?
sioners? may, for good and sufficient
canse shown, 'remove any such public
weigher from his office" etc.
Above is a recital of the duties of the
public cotton weig he rs as prescribed "by
law, and- from an impartial perusal of
ats provisions, it is very evident that
the farmers of Sumter County are not
getting the service that the law re
qures. It is an unquestionable fact
that each weigher should be provided
with a pair of scale, and that these
scales should be accessible from at
least two sides, in order to facilitate
prompt and convenient handling of cot?
ton. In addition, besides the platform
and scales, each, weigher shall be pro?
vided "with ample facilities for hand?
ing cottoxr%ith speed. " The present ar?
rangement is not calculated to guar?
antee rapidity in the handling of the
cotton. It appears that it is plainly
within-the provision of the code, for
the weighers to employ sufficient help
to assist in the unloading of the wag?
ons, and thus prevent the long delays
that keep the farmers at the depot for
the greater portion of the day, and re?
tard the cotton merchant- in the con?
duct of their business. The people
navet he proper remedy according to
the law, so, if dissatisfaction does ex?
ist, cease grumbling and file your com?
plaint with the County Board of Com?
Annexed to the supply bill, which is
incorporated in the Acts of South Caro?
lina for the year 1903, it is provided,
among other things, "that each cotton
weigher for the city of Sumter shall
provide separate scales and employ a
clerk during the months of September,
October, November, and December of
each year, and they shall have not less
than two platforms, each of which
shall be aproachable from at least two
The reason for the foregoing provis?
ions, very wisely enacted by the Legis?
lature, are apparent. The stipula?
tions for the separate scales and a
clerk for each weigher are evidently
a part of the "ample facilities for
handling cotton with speed," and if
the provisions of this section were
carried out the total number of bales
of cotton brought to this market could
be weighed in less time than it now
requires. The object was for each
weigher to be constantly employed in
the actual work of weighing, and the
provision for the employment of a
clerk, was for the purpose of enabling
the weigher to devote his entire time
to the sole object of his public duty .
The requirement for platforms is self,
xeplanatory ; whether or not the weigh
hers are complying with the enactment
of the General Assembly ix too well
known to necessitate any discussion ci
the matter here.
These casual remarks are thrown
out only to let the public know what
they have a right to expect from the
weighers, and to throw a little light
on a much mooted question.
In Praise of Chamberlain's Col?
ic, Cholera and Diarrhoea
**A How me to give you a few words in
praise of Chamberlain's Colic, Cholera
and Diarrhoea Remedy," ?ayn Mr. John
Haslett, of Eagle Pass, Texas. "I suffered
one week with bowel trouble and took all
kind* of medicine without getting any re?
lief, ?rhee my friend. Mr. C. Johnson, a
merchant here, ad VIR* d me to take this
rem- dy. After taking oce dose I felt
greatly relieved and whee I bsd taken the
third dose was entirely cure<i. 1 think
you from the bottom of my heart for put?
ting thia great remedy in the hands oi
mankind.'* For sale by China'* drug
Letter to Thomas Anonymous.
Sumter, S. C.,
Dear Sir: Thomas, fewer verges;
wears longer than all the other poetry
I ever read and digested. Your poetry^
is bad medicine: fewer gall?os but
lasts longer tha u the Astron trest medi?
cine I ever took 'before. - Can't digest
your theories as to physical pbenom
eua; strong pin sic; homoeopathic
doses. Ether-rys too much for my j
brain. Can't pass- an electric street
light without stopping to gaze aud
gaze at rays at rays that poke out all
around the electric light in perfectly
straight lines. The rays are surely
there and you don't ask people to take
your theories about ether rays & c, on
faith. Any body eau1 see the rays who
looks at the electric lights. Now of
course if these rays are everywhere
that au electric light happens' to be
placed it is reasonable to suppose that
the rays must be everywhere in space
'for of course the earth is always mov?
ing and yetyany electric light at any
point whatever snrely reveals the
ether-rays ; hence it is safe to assume
that these rays extend in every direc?
tion in infinitely long and slender
lines from every point in space. I
have laid awake a nights trying to
figure out your theory of the universe
being one and have been seeing
ether-rays in broad daylight. I wish
I bad never seen the rays around the
electric lights because if I had not
seen them I would never have let
your ether-ray theory bother me.
You see I am worried to figure ont
how every point in the universe can
be a centre for these ether-rays and
yet how so many rays can happen to
be and yet not interfere when moving
and vibrating with other rays coming
through other ether-ray centers close
at hand or far away. There must be
so many of such ray centers. I have
tried to stop, thinking about the rays
but can't. I have begun to try to
grab ether-rays that I know are cut?
ting through me and other people and
everything every instant but i stop
as soon, as I remember that it is no
use to &rab at the rays when the
atoms composing your hand pass right
through the spaces made by the mo?
tions of the ether-rays. The atoms
that people and things are made up of
are all vibrating and are separated
from each other, so of course they can
go right around the etherrrays when
people or things move. I believe that
the motions of the sun and earth
shake these rays of ether that extend
through all space and that this motion
makes light and electricity but I
would rather not have known this for
Lam bothered to know where the ends
of the rays are fastened. You don't
say anything about this in your
"Wooden Werks" and so the brains
get addled in trying to get at the
solution. of the problem of the uni?
verse through the ether-ray theory.
I bought one of your wooden books
and read it several times and when
the theories that you spring in the
book be^an to worry me I burnt the
wooden book and said I would forget
about it I could not forget and so I
thought if I learnt the drat book by
heart I would not let ether-rays worry
me so much, so I went to Mr.
Osteen's book store and bought anoth?
er and have almost got the theories by
heart and wish there was some way of
getting them hy the throat as they
worry me and keep me awake at
nights. If I go to the asylum you
will have to pay my board there. I
am all broke up. Fewer theories;
wears longer. I will write you a let?
ter every now and then to get revenge.
Devoe and myself will fill up the" Item
newspaper and the Item people can
make their paper bigger to accommo
dateNss and we will fill up all the new
columns they can rule off for us. We
are the original letter writers and
won't leave any room for other peo?
ple's letters.. I will hit the grit for
Columbia in the morning, but I will
try to retain enough sense while at
the asylum to write to you occasional?
ly. I begin to see ether-rays again.
Plenty of ether-rays last longer than
fewer ether-rays. Good-bye,
When troubled with constipation try
Chamberlain's Stomach and Liver Tablets
They are easy to take and produce no
griping or other unpleasant effeci. For
cale by China drug store.
Oyster Bay, Sept. 22.-President
Roosevelt, Mrs. Roosevelt and their
family party left Oyster Bay for Wash?
ington at 9 o'clock this morning
aboard the Government yacht Sylph.
They will go as far as Jersey City, by
water, and at that point will board a
special Pennsylvania train which was
due to leave at 10:40 and arrive at the
National Capitol at 6:]5 his evening.
A Power for Good.
The pills that are potent in their action
and pleasant in effect are De Wit l's Little
Early Risers. W. 8. Philpot, of Albany,
Ga. says: "Daring a bilious attack I took
one. Small as it was it did me more good
than calomel, blue ma?s or any other pill
1 ever took and at the same time the effect
was pleasant. Little Sarly Risers are cer?
tainly an ideal pill." Sold by 0. B. Davis.
Train Wrecked in Illinois.
Springfield, Ills., Sept. 21.- The
Diamond Special on the Illinois Cen?
tral Railroad, due here at 4.30 this
morning was wrecked|?a Barclay, fif?
teen miles south of here. The engi?
neer and fireman are dead and it is re?
ported that several passengers were
killed and a number of others were
Springfield, Ills., Sept. 21, 11.30.
The wreck was the result ol a deliber?
ate attempt on the part of parties un?
known. The traiu was'running at a
rate of 45 miles per huor. All the
cars but the rear sleeper left the
track. Fireman George Conkannon,
I was killed and Engineer Hays fatally
injured. The passengers escaped seri?
ous injury. The switch lights were
out, the switch battered and broken
and the switch turned in su,> a way
as to be bound to cause a wreck.
- - i- -
Has Sold a Pile of Chamber?
lain's Cou?h Kemedy.
Lhave sold Chamberlain's Cough Rem
edy for more man twenty years and it ha*
given entire attraction. I nave *olu a
p le of it ?nd can recommend it bighly.
J? ?KPH MCELHSNY, Linton, low?. Von
will find this rem? j. a good f rieud vt hem
tronbJtd with a cough or e??ld. It alwn
afford* quien relief and i? pleasant to takw
For gmle bv China'? t?rug store. -
I PETER OF SERVIA GROWNED.
The Ceremony Not Marred by Any
Untoward Incident-No Royal?
Belgrade, Serria, Sept. 21.- Peter I
was crowned King of Servia today.
The ceremony passed off smothly with?
out an untoward incident. The city
is crowded but no representative of
royalty outside of Prince Danilo, of
Montenegro and his wife were present.
The city is> elaboratedly decorated.
The procession left the palace at 8
o'clock, and rode through streets lined
with soldiers. King Peter rode on a
black horse both to and from the
Cathedral. Returning to the palace
he wore the crown which weighs 30
pounds and which was made from a
cannon used by Kara Georgevitch in
snbdueing the . Turks in 1804. After
the arrival at the palace a great recep?
tion was given by the King.
. Dance at the Club.
The usual weekly dance was given
Thursday evening in the hall of The
Sumter Light Infantry. There was a
large attendance, and everyone seemed
to have an enjoyable time. The
music was furnished by Westberry's
Those present were :
Miss Isabelle Mays with Dr. Ken?
nedy, Miss Minnie Sims with Mr. S.
W. Gillespie, Miss Lucy Smith with
Mr. H. A. Mood, Miss Nellie Mona?
ghan, with Mr. Carl Mason, Miss
Rosalie Moses with Mr. Geo. D. Levy,
Miss Alberta Schwerin with Mr. R. S.
Moise, Miss Sophie Richardson with
Mr. George Dunne, Miss Sadie Levy
with Mr. James Jennings. Miss Ken?
nedy with Mr. Arthur Wilder, Miss
Adele Dunne with Mr. W. E. Har?
ris, Miss Kirkley with Mr. J. E. Gail
lard, Miss Aarrie Rose with Mr.
Robert Keels, Miss Eunice Bradham
with Mr. Hubert McKagen, Miss
Katie Moses with Mr. Alfred Bryan,
Miss Lousie Moses with Mr. Leland
Myers, Miss Julia Schwerin with Mr.
C." F. Schwerin, Miss Daisy Pollock
with Mr. J. A. Yates.
Stags: Messrs. Murr Hall, Ales
Broughton. R. L. Temple, Herman
Myers, Elwood Myers, Clarence
Myers,. R. K Gentry, Julian Levy,
Warren Moise, Hal Harby, James
Lenoira Wallace Brown, W. S. Gra?
ham, W. H. Flowers and Dick Scott.
Two Thousand Emigrants Comiug,
Liverpool, Sept. 21.- The White Star
Liner Baltic, which sailed today car?
ried the record passenger list of three
thousand. Two thousand of these are
in the steerage, the last to cross at
the $10 rate.
Fewer gallons; wears longer; Devoe.
Gov. Hey ward has pardoned H. R.
Williamson white, and Charlie Snow,
colored, who were convicted in Green?
wood county and sentenced to the pen
etentiary for five years for horsewhip?
ping, J. H. Werts, white. They
had served 18 months.
stimulate thc TORPID LIVER?
strengthen thc digestive organs,
regulate the bowels, and are un?
equaled as an
In malarial districts their virtues
ere widely recognized, as they pos?
sess peculiar properties in freeing
the system from that poison. Ele?
gantly sugar coated.
Take No Substitute.
Flit your life away, take a les?
son from the ant, not from the
butterfly, and provide for the
An Adequate Endowment Policy
In the Penn Mutual Life In?
surance Co. will insure peace
and comfort for your old age
-if you live-or will protect
and provide for your family i j
Opportunities for good men
to act as representatives.
P. MOSES, JR.,
Penn Mutual Life Insurance Compaq
Sumter, S. C.
THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK
of Sumter, S. C.
THE Comptroller of the Currency hav
ing approved the increase of the Capita
of this Bank to $100,000.00, depositors
now have as security for their deposits :
Capital, - - $100,000 OC
Stockholders* Individual Lia?
bility, - - - '00,000 OC
Surplus and Undivided Prof?
its, - 25,000 OC
Total Security for Depositors, $225,000 OC
ONLY NAT1GNLA BANK IN CITY OF SUMTER.
Largest Capital of any Bank in this
section of South Carolina.
Strongest Bank in Eastern part of this
Interest allowed on deposits to a limited
BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
A. J. CHINA, President.
NEILL O'DONNELL, Vice President.
H. D. BARNETT, R. D. LEE,
G. A. LEMMON, JoHN REID
E. P. RICKER.
R. L. EDMUNDS, Cashier.
R. D. LEE, Solicitor.
L. MoCpllum, D. J. Winn, Jr.
?Miver L. Yatee.
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9 op DROPS
?V^getable Preparationfor As?
ling the Stomachs and Bowels of
For Infants and Children.
The Kind You Have
Opium.Morphine nor Mineral.
NOT ^?A?C OTIC
?lx.Senna * J
RoclitVe Sells- J
AdseSeed *? \
Jhpermwc - ;
? perfect Remedy fe? Constipa?
tion, Sour StO?wh,Diarrhoea
Worms .Convulsions .Feverish?
ness and Loss OF SLEEP.
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1329 Lady St., (or P.O. Box 75) Columbia, S. C. Confidential correspondence solicited
Why Waste Time
Hunting a lot when you can find out everything for sale in half
an hour by calling at my office and letting me drive you over
town and show you. It costs you nothing. The owner pays
? me for finding a purchaser instead of hunting one himself.
Have more than 100 houses and lots for sale in all parts of
the city. A few samples are given below :
Lot 57-25 lots on Broad Street and in Broad Street section. See plat. Prices
$100 to $600.
Lot 51-Six-room house and lot 180x195 on Council Street, next door to Methodist
Lot 45 -Two lots corner Calhoun and Harvin Streets, 70x218. Prices : Corner lot
$600, adjoining lot $500.
Lot 36-Seven-room house and lot 66il70 on Sumter Street. $3,000.
Lot 29-Three lots 80x275 on Purdy Ave., nice shade trees. Cash $300.
Lot 22-Five lots on Calhoun Street, 80x210. $500.
Lot 14 -House and lot 82x250, corner Hampton Ave. and Sumter St. $2,250.
Lot 4-House and lot.. 75x300, on Church Street. $1650.
Have desirable farms for sale throughout Sumter and Clarendon counties.
Before buying, call and see what is on the market.
Attorney at Law.
Real Estate Broker.
Are an every day possession. They
don't seem very wonderful until you
lose them. It doesen't make thc
affliction any easier to be:ir. to know
that you are to blame for not consult
inj? a competent Optician in time.
That probably the right glasses at thc
right time would have saved them.
Don't let this be your experience.
Consult us in time.
Z. F. Highsmith,
21 S. Main Sc. - Sumter, S. C.
tan tie Coast JLine.
Effective Sept. ll, 1904.
Passenger Trains arriving and leaving Sumter.
Train 35 Florence to Augusta Arrives 5 15 am
" 54 Columbia to Wilmington " 8 10 am
* *57 Gibson to Sumter " 9 20 an?
" 52 Charleston to Columbia and Greenville Leaves 9 21 am
" 46 Orangeburg to Charleston (Tuesd'y.Thursd^Saturd'y) " 9 25 am
" 53 Greenville and Columbia to Charleston " 6 20 pm
" 32 Augusta to Florence " 6 30 pm
" *56 Sumter to Gibson " 6 50 pm
" 47 Charleston to Orangeburg (Tuesd'y,Thur8d'y,Saturd'y) " 8 15 pm
" 55 Wilmington to Columbia 41 9 25 pm
Freight Trains carrying Passengers.
Train *24 Sumter to Hartsville Leaves 6 30 am
" * 1 Biehopville to Sumter Arrives ii 00 am
4i * 2 Sumter to Bishopville Leaves 9 50 am
" *19 Sumter to Robbins Leaves 10 00 am
" ?ll Florence to Sumter Arrives 1 50 pm
M *12 Sumter to Florence Leaves 2 50 pm
" *2<> Robbins to Sumter Arrives 7 30 pm
" *25 Hartsville to Sumter Arrives 7 40 pm
Train *70 Camden to Sumter Arrives
*71 Sumter to Camden Leaves
" *68 Camden to Sumter "
?? *72 Wilson Mill to Sumter Arrive?
" *73 Sumter to WilsonMil! Leaves
*69 Sumter to Camden
Train? marked * daily except Sunday ; ali other train? daily.
For further information, apply to
J. T. CHINA, Ticket Agent
9 00 au
9 36 am
5 45 pm
12 30 pa
3 00 ptr
6 25 pn
THE OIL MILL GINNERY
is now running and will Gin all Colton for
FIFTY GENTS PER BILL
Six yerds New Baggirg and six New
Ties to our gin customeis, 60 csnts.
Capacity, 50 bale? per day. Work done
with despatch and satisfaction guaranteed.
THE SOUTHERN COTTON OIL 00.
P. MOSES, Manager.
N. G. Osteen, Jr.,
No. 18 W. Liberty St.,
(Over Osteen's Book Store.)
SUMTER, S. C.
Office hours, 9 to 1.30 ; 2.30
Original and Only Genuine,
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J>on?reron? Substitution* and Imito
t!?nv B:iy of your Draggi.t. er ."nd 4c. uk
?umps for Partlcciitm, Tcatlmoniate
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THE SUMTER SAVINGS BUL
HORACE HARBY, President.
?. C. STRAUSS. vice-President.
GEO. L. RICEER, Cashier.
Capital Stock, $25,000
Liability of Stockholders, 25,000
For the transaction of business is afford?
ed those who deposit their money with
The Sumter Savings Bank.
Important papers can be drawn up and.
signed in'a private room set aside for use
of our clients and any information de?
sired will be cheerfully furnished by the
Savings deposited here draw interest ai
the rate of 4 per cent per annum. $2J0Q
will open an account and secure a tank,
FOR GOOD POSITIONS
GUARANTEED IN WRITING.
QA.-ALA. BUS. COLLEGE, MACON, GA
I will give prompt attention to all calle
for surveying, \ iatting, terracing hill sidea?
draining bottoms, drawing "tfortgages
Titles, Probating, &c.
BANKS H. BOYKIN, D.
Oct 19-o Catchall, S. C.
THE BANK OF SUMTER,"
SUMTER, S. C.
City and County Depository.
Capital stock paid in, $75,000 00
Undivided surplus, 16,000 00
Individual liability of stockhold?
ers in excess of their stock, 75,000 00
Transacts a general banking business;
also has i Saving Bank Department. De?
posits of $1 and upward received. Inter?
est allowed at the rate of 4 per cent, per
annum, payable semi-annually.
W. F. B. HAYNSWORTH, President.
R. I. MANNING. W. F. RHA?Z,
^* v\v- promptly obtain tl. S. and foreign
'Send model, sketch or photo o? invention for
free report on patentability. For free book,
'How to SecureT? int IA A StfO write1
"Patentsand I nMUZl'lfsAniVd to
Opposite U. S. Patent Office
23 South Main St
Open from 7 a. m. to 10 jx
m. ; Sunday, 9 a. m. to 1 p. m.
Having consolidated my two
stores, I will be pleased to see
all my customers at the above
stand, where I am better pre?
pared than ever to serve them.
Your prescriptions will be
called for and delivered.
Full line of Drugs, Garden
Seed and Cigars.
Your patronage solicited
Call bell for night work.