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WEDNESOAr, DECEMBER 7, 1904.
Th? Sumter Watchman *?*a$ founded in
railroad systems that dominate The
railroad situation in the South. To?
day Sumter is nearing the realization
of ; hopes long deferred, and the out?
come rests with the people of Sumter,
of Bishopville and of the property
? now and at once whether we desire
the railroad sufficiently to contribute
toward it our fair and just quota.
If we really and honestly want a Sea?
board connection we have bot to prove
our sincerity b^r Joining hands with
those who have blazed the way and
are spending their money, as well as
their time, in She effort to secure for
Bishcrpviile and Sumter and the in?
tervenin}; country another artery of
commerce. That we need for the
well-being of Sumter and Lee coun?
ties the proposed railroad, no intelli?
gent and well informed citizen will
deny, and that the benefits to be de?
prived from it will far overbalance the
maximum cost no one can disprove is
admitted by all, therefore the situa?
tion is simple, there is hut one propo?
sition before us as citizens and prop?
erty owners whose interests' and pros?
perity are identical with that of the
community at large : Are we willing
I to do our share' a as community and as
individuals to promote the early con?
struction of this railroad which we '
have all so greatly favored and theo?
The matter lias now got down to the
basis of hard facts and the success
or failure of the enterprise depends,
not upon the ability or inability of
the men who have taken the initia?
tive and have shown their public spirit
and ?aith-, tty putting up the mo?
sey for the preliminary expenses to
finance the- enterprise? but upon the
attitude of. the people of Sumter and
Bishopville and of the intervening
country toward it. ~?f Sumter will
treat this, proposed railroad as other
new railroad1* have been treated in re
spect to terminal facilities, if the pro?
perty owners whose lands the road
will traverse between Sumter and Mo
Bee will show themselves liberal and
?'public spirited in respect to ?he right
of way, if Bishopville- will do as
much as Sumter b^s heretofore done
toward providing a site for terminal?,
the Seaboard connection is an assured
fact. If our people show themselves at
this critical'juncture to be grasping
and illeber*!,- the enterprise cannot
be carried through to a (successful
Issue. The issue is joined and it is
up to Sumter and Bishcpville and the
property owners, whose lands will be
quadrupled in value by the construc?
tion of a Ssa boar d connection, to Ray
what the issue shall be. Sumter and
Bishop vi ils need this proposed rail
toad as a starving man need food, as
one suffocating needs sir, and our
own people have it with i u their power
to say whether or not this city and
this section shall ha?- the^opportu
nity to grow and deve'op as they
"We notice in reading tb# welcome
address of Mayor Dick cf Sumter he
steaded a most gracious welcome to
the visitors from Florence, Darling
to?:, William-bore.Clarendon, O arles
ton, Columbi?, Oraneebnre and Che
raw, hut forgot Lee, the fond child of
the old "mother." The Sumter
Herald also hun this to say about the
visitors dor.ns festival week: "Col?
umbia and Florence- neighbors on
the one side and the other-sent ns
the flower of their citizenship this
week. It was good to have them all,
and likewise the assembled multitude
from Clarendon, and Darlington and
Williamsburg and Georgetown and
B?rry and Marion and Marlboro and
Orangeborg and Berkeley and Ker?
shaw and Lancaster and Spartanburg
and Union and Chesterfield and Char?
"It took two coaches Tuesday morn?
ing, three Wednesday morning, four
Thursday morning and two Friday
mon: ing, all crowded, not even stand?
ing room being left, to carry the crowd
from Bishopville alone. Many were
disappointed after going to the depot,
because there was not room for them.
We hardly think they intended it as to
slight, bnt still look upon Lee as a
part of old Sumter."-Bishopville Vin?
The Vindicator hit the nail on the
head the first time. No slight was in?
tended, for th? peple of Sumter still
look upon Bish'pviile and Lee county
OUR OWN PEOPLE.
people as oar own people, younger
members of the family who have set
np nc ase-keeping for themselves on a
corner of the old plantation, hnt with
fnll right to come and go at the old
homestead whenever they will. And
the welcome is always hearty and sin?
The arr i val fn this ?jty Wednesday
of seven Scotchmen, who came to
this State direct from their native
3iadj jtqjft result oT the efforts ol Im?
migration Commissioner Watson to
attracVa desirable cites of settlers "to
South Carolina, marks the beginning,
we trusty of a large" movement toward
Snrnterr V The Scotchnren are all me
crranjfcs, and five bf l?i?m were imme?
diately given employment in the Sum?
ter Telephone factory and the others
will have no difficulty in obtaining
employment if they have not already
succeeded in doing so today. There is
more work in Sumter than there are
skilled hands to do it, and there is not
only room for all industrious silled
mechanics and laborers who may
come, "hut a welcome. - This county,
was largely settl?d by Scotch and
Scotch Irish between 1748 and 1765,
and the Scotchmen who now elect to
make their home amongest ns shonld
readily adapt themselves to the man?
ners and customs of the country,
for they will find many cousins, many
times removed, it is true, here to
welcome them. The kinship is, most
distant hut blood is thicker than
water and it will be . easier for an
American of Scotch descent to affiliate
with a Scotchman than with a new
comer of an alien race and tongue.
Sumter's water supply is one of the
city's most valuable assets and to these
who have lived in places having a defi?
cient or impure supply of water it is
one of the greatest attractions that we
offer to home-seekers. A nomber of
visitors last week asked the writer
what system of filtration our water
company used. When informed that
our water is not filtered, that it comes
in an apparently inexhaustible supply
from bored wells they were surprised.
More than one remarked that we
could not realize how fortunate Sum?
ter is in possessing such a water sup?
The business men of this city who
worked together so enthusiastically
and harmoniously fer. the Festiva
should now get togeSfer in a perma?
nent organization whose object shonld
be to work all the. year through for
Sumter. There is work to be done
every day in the year and the city
needs an organization to look out for
Our newspaper friends in other
towns have said a number of compli?
mentary things about Sumter in
connection with the success of the
Fall Festival, and one of the features
that seems to have impressed them
most forcibly was the fact that we
raised and expended on the Festival
13.500. The fact is that while the
committee started ont to raise 83,500,
the amount actually raised and ex?
pended will approximate $4,500 or per?
haps a hundred dollars or so more by
the time the final settlement is made.
Larry Gantt is going back to bis
old stamping gronnd and there will
be something doing in Georgia-if
the whole thing don't break loose.
Some of our contemporaries are
still worrying over the Bi-snniel ses?
sions amenment. What's the use, its
now up to the members of the Legis
Senator Tillman is always interest?
ing, if not convincing, and his inter?
view, which we publish today, fur?
nished fobd for discussion, if not for
If Sumter county can get ont of debt'
within the next few years, and there
is no reason why it should not, with
careful management, a new Court
House that would be an ornament to
the city and a cedit to the cuunty
should be erected. The present
building has nothing but its age to
recommend it, it is neither covenient
ncr ornamental and its appearance is
not in jeeping with its surroundings.
TLe price of cotton has declined
steadily for several weeks until it is^
now hovering around eight cents with a
tendency to drop far below that mark.
Fortunately for this county the crop
was early and marketed rapidly. Not
an inconsiderable number of f armers
disposed of their entire crop at an aver- j
age above ten cents, while many others
sold the bulk of their cotton for more
than ten and a half cents. Others,
however, did not succeed in picking
out their cotton in time to market it
when prices were high, and some who
looked for higher prices did not sell
and are still holding. The country
is, safe nevertheless, for there is more
money in circulation than for years
and the cotton still in the hands of
farmers represents a surplus and is a
valuable asset upon which to begin
another year's business. Cotton men
who pose as experts are not agreed in
their estimates of the size of this year's
crop, and the speculators, as weil as
the mill men, seem to be altogether at
sea. The prices prevailing recently do
not necessarily indicate that cotton
will sell next spring for less than ten
ceuts, in fact some of the most con
-servative cotton authorities incliue to
tbe opinion that the present depres?
sion is only temporary, and that as
soon as the real size of the crop is
known there will be a reaction that
will carry price back to ten'cents or
j even higher.
President Roosevelt did a graceful
thing when he gaye Stonewall Jackson
Christian an appointment to j West
J*oint. This appointment may ?urn
out to be the most important act of
Roosevelt's administration, for young
Christian may'Inheri t the mili tary
genius of his grandfather and be fit?
ted by the tra?nfnjg he will receiva to
serve the country as ably as Stonewall
Jackson served the South.
The constitutional amendment that
is most needed in South Carolina is
one to place greater restrictions upon
the formation of new counties.. The
laws as it stands permits any town that
is ambitious to become a county seat to
"lay out a new county and if the lines
j do no - run. within eight miles of an
j established county seat, no matter
%ow unsymmetrical the shape of the
old counties may be left, the new
county may be created, provided the
necessary two thirds vote of the elec?
tors of the territory included can be
secured. The law is neither fair
nor just to oldr counties and they
should have some protection if they
are not allowed a voice in the matter.
The Columbia State and the Spar
tanbnrg Journal are engaged in wfiat
would be termed a rather acrimonious
controversy. The State appears to
be justified in the stand it has taken,
and unless the Journal can make good
the damaging charges it has made in
vague and general terms against the
Columbia newspapers, The State will
have no occasion to apologize for the
strong language used in replying to
The next question the City Council
will have to determine is, "What will
the city of Sumter do for the Sumter
& Northern Railroad in respect to ter?
minal facil?ties?,, Will as much be
done for tbis important enterprise as
has been done for other new railroads
seeking an entrance to Sumter?
The number of new enterprises that
have been announced for this city
within the past few weeks has surprised
some people, and everybody is on the
qui vive of expectancy for additional
and more important announcements.
There are several others, of which we
have advance information, but which
we are not now at liberty to make
public, that will be fully as interest?
ing as any that have heretofore been
announced. Sumter is growing and
the future is brighter than ever be?
fore. The population is increasing
rapidly and the next twelve months
will witness a more rapid and more
substantial growth- than yet recorded
in the history of the town. ^
The time for the payment of city
taxes has expired and unless City
Council extends the time the delin?
quents will have to pay the penalty.
An attempt will be made at an early
day to perfect an organization to hold
a horse show in this city next fall. It
goes without saying that the people of
Sumter will extend a helping hand to
those who desire to encourage the
raising and owning of fine stock iu
We bad the pleasure of attending
the Fall Festival at Sumter last week.
Sumter is a live town with a public
spirit found in few towns. On Thanks?
giving day there were thousands of vis?
itors in the city, but most of the prin?
cipal business houses were closed.
The people were brought there at
great expense to the business houses,
but the business men did not try to
make oack out of them. They closed
up and went ont to see to it that
every one had an enjoyable time.
The stock exhibit is said to have sur?
passed any ever bad in the State,
and the floral parade was superior to
any ever pulled off in this State. In
the trade's display there was a display
of both taste and skill. There was
considerable outlay of money in that.
Every merchant tried to outstrip his
neighbor. The Sumter spirit is bound
to bring success and prosperity to any
city. We can join the others who
were in Sumter in a hearty three
cheers for the Game Cock City.
A whole lot of fancy'pbrases can be
written about remedies, but it takes
facts to prove anything-good straight
facts. Aud the strongest fact you
ever beard is that Tannopiiine is the
beet cure for plies on the market. It
cures absolutely. Has a healing,
soothing effect from the start.
All druggists have it for $1.0?) a jar.
Ask for Tannopiline and don't dare
take a substitute.
For the first time in many months
the jail is empty and the Jailor has a
holiday. The last prisoner was dis?
charged or transferred to the chain
gang about ten days ago, and since
then, except for a one day lodger who
was dischrged yesterday afternoon, the
cages have been empty.
When you've got a bad cough just
say "MURRAY'S." If a druggist
gives you anything but Murray's
Horehound, Mullein and Tar you're
not getting the best and surest cough
remedy. Make him give you Mur?
ray's. Acts quicker and you get a
50c. size bottle for 25c.
M Every druggist has it.
THE NEWS AROUND PISGAH.
The Slump in Cotton Prices Means a Se?
rious Loss to Many Farmers.
Pisfca!', Dec. 6.-The slump in cot?
ton has. brought, financial, loss to the
farmers as the surplus iu hand repre?
sents the profits of the crop, and when
we know the cost of this year's crop
isffelly seven cents-per pound, we can
readily seV just what the parofits are.
I' -See no " way to better this state of
wii? speculation than to fight it with
its own weapons, and understand that
Rev. Mr. Sttbiett of Summerton is try?
ing to perfect a scheme falong this
Hne. Any- man bf common sense
k?ows.that-cotton is selling below its
v*lne eveu-i?ther? are 14miillions of
bales made-Vthis-year. It ?tight to
bring ten c?nts for tire shortage of pr??
viens years, and the ever increasing use
for cotton would warrant that price. |
In a speen before the Baptist State
Convention at Chester, Rev. Richard
Carroll, the noted colored Baptist
preacher, predicted great blessings to
the South if tiie negro is treated and
managed right as a laborer. Be is
against foreign immigration and says
his people are the best for the South.
Good, if we can make them see it, as
we do, but' that is the trouble. He
says there will be no interference by the
Federal government in the affairs of
the South, that the Congressional
representation will not be cut down,
says the President will try to gain the
friendship of the South, fer he is go
ing to be fair and just to it. .Hope we
will realize what he predicts. Car?
roll is against social equality, says the
two races are different, and they will
remain so. Says a negro respects a
white man as he respects himself.
Carroll is a sensible man, and is doing
much good for his race. He is taking
care of a number of little ophan'ne
groes at Columbia, and brings them
up right. For this work he is depend?
ent on the people and he gets it from
the best people of our State.
BY VIRTUE of a Decree of the
Court of Common Ploas for Sumter
County in the State of South Caro?
lina, in the case of Arabella P. Moses
against Joe McLeod, I will sell to the
highest bidder at public auction, at
the Court House in the City of Sum?
ter, in the County of Sumter, in the
State of South Carolina, on sale day
in January, 1905, being the second
day of said month, during the usual
hours of sale, the folllowing described
real estate, to wit:
All his right, title and interest in,
of and to all that piece, parcel or
tract of land in the county of Sum?
ter and State aforesaid, containing
three hundred and sixty eight acres,
more or less and bounded as follows :
On the noith by lands of R. T. Hall,
east by lands of Canty and Reynolds;
South by lands of Thomas H. Osteen
and West by lands") of J. J. Geddings
and Lackey, being the same land
conveyed by E. J. Pugh to Wade H.
McLeod and recorded in book R. at
page 254. The* interest of Joe Mc?
Leod in the above described premises
being one-eighth and containing about
forty-six and one-tenth acres, and
designated on a general plat made
by Harmon D. Moise for the purpose
of partition as lot No. 3, said plat bear?
ing date February 27th, 1903.
Terms of sale cash. Purchaser to
pay for ail necessary napers.
H. Frank Wilson,
Master for Sumter County.
BY VIRTUE of a Decree of the
Court of Common Pleas for Sumter
connty in the State of South Carolina,
in the case of Rose DeLane and Pene?
lope Pinckney, and Catharine
Brown, by Derry Brown, as their
Guardian ad Litern, against Judy
Ramsey and Warren " Ramsey, I will
sell to the highest bidder at public
auction, at the' Court-house in the
City of Sumter, in the Connty of
Sumter, in the State of South Caro?
lina, on sale day in January, 1905, be?
ing the second day of said month,
during the usual hours of sale, the
following described real estate, to-wit.
AU that tract of land lying an being
in the County and State aforesaid,
containing fourteen acres, more or
less, bounded as follows: On the
North by lands of Maggie Burgess,
on the East by lands of Essex Taylor,
on the South by lands of Clara
Reynolds and on the tfest by lands
of Judy Ramsey.
Terms of sale cash. Purchaser to
pay all necessary papers.
H. Frank Wilson,
Master for Sumer County.
I Stock ul Glasses
From which you can select any
style of glasses you could name.
We guarantee the grinding and
the purity and the accuracy of
what we furnish. All the lenses
are of the very best. If it's spec?
tacles or eye glasses, we fit them
No Danger of Bad Vis?
ion When We Fit
I wish to announce that I will
move to Asheville, N. C., in Jan?
uary, and would like to have you to
take note of my address as I will
be able to supply you with dupli?
cate glasses, and repairs just as
well as if I were in you neighbor?
hood. I have a record of all pre?
scriptions and can duplicate any
lens by seeing the broken pieces
or referring to the original pre?
scription. Mail orders solicited.
SUM TUR,.S. C.
In company with several ministers, |
I visited Benedict Colored college at
Columbia last Saturday. Dr. A. C. .
Osborn is the president, and he con- j
<iucted us through all the depart- ;
ments We found everything in nice
order. A paper is printed by colored
boys, and is creditable to them. The I
industrial departments are -^eli fcept v
up. The stock is of fine breeds and
looks well. The library building, the
gift of Mr. Carnegie, is about finish?
ed. It is quite a large one, erected j
out of brick. A large brick building i
is about -finished for recitations, lt is i
np to date, in good style hr ail'its ?
departments.- The government of* the |
school is strict. No mingling of the
sexes in anyway. Girls stay on one
side' of a path and boys on the other.
.Dr. Osborn;is a fine man, iind Stands
high wherever known aafcvineedrby
his unanimous election a^flrst"' 'vice
president of the Baptist State Conven?
tion at Chester.
Crops in up country are not as good
as they are with us, owing to the dry
weather. The Lancaster lands which
make such fine cotton are a reddish
color with small pebbles in it. Trade
is not as brisk as in Sumter. Very
few new houses going up.
NOTES FROM STATEBUR6.
Local Items of Interest and Personal
Stateburg, Dec. 6.-Mrs. James M.
Dick cf Snmter, spent several days
last week with Mrs. Screven Moore.
Mr. Manly H. Boy kin, and family
who for the past few years, have been
residing at " Farmhill, " Mr. A. M.
Lee's place, left last week for Provi?
dence, where they are to live.
Miss Annie C. Simons of Ferguson,
returned yesterday to Sumter after j
spending a few days with her friend, j
Miss Anna Burgess.
Dr. and Mrs. C. M. Rees of Char?
leston, spent Wednesday and Thursday
with Mrs. W. W. Rees.
Mr. Frank Burgess spent Sunday at
Mrs. and Mrs. H. D. G. Muldrow j
spent a few days in Bishopville last
The local branch of the Woman's
Auxiliary to the Board of Missions
will met at the residence of Mrs.
DeSaussure Bull today.
On Saturday ''The Ladies Sewing
Society" will bold a special meeting
at the residence ot Mrs. S. E. Nelson.
Facts About People You Know aad Soras
Mr. B. F. Jones, of Georgetown, a
funner citizen of this county, spent
the day in town.
Rev. V. R. Gaston, of St Charles
was in the city today.
Mrs. J. A. Willis, of Darlington is
visiting Mrs. N. G. Osteen, Jr.
Mr. E. K. ?oyner, who was kicked
by a mule about ten days ago and
painfully injured, is able to be out
Mr. H. I. DeFass, of Camden, is
in the city today.
Mr. Richard Richardson, of Pine?
wood, is spending the day in the city
Rev. W. J. McKay, of Goodwill
was in the city today.
Mr. A A. Strauss, of Mayesville
spent the day in town.
Mr. W. W. DesChamps, of Wisacy
was in town on business today.
Miss Emmie Sanders, of Hagood was
in the city today.
Mr. W. L. Douglas, of Charleston
was in the city on business today.
Notice is hereby given that the
health of the people of this county is
in imminent danger and must be taken
care of. It has been decided that
every precaution be taken to prevent,
prolonged cases of pneumonia, grippe,
etc. The best thing to do is to give
a good cough mixture as soon as the
cough starts. Get MURRAY'S
HOREHOUND, MULLEIN AND
TAR. Only 25c. a bottle. At all
mid winter huta.
We have been blessed with a very mild winter, but cold
weather is bound to come and when it does, the change will be
so great as to cause those who are unprepared to suffer. In
anticipation .of such a change, we have replenished our stock,
and for the balance of the season will endeavor to make the
prices so attractive, that the expenditure of a few will protect
you from winters biting blast.
Blankets ! Blankets ! Blankets !
We have received our fourth shipment of the famous "TAR
HEEL blankets, 62 pairs, in white and grey. This is positively
the last of these goods we will receive for the season, and those
who fail to supply themselves now, will have to be satisfied
with what they can get later. The mill erred in shipping us
the grey in 11-4 instead of 10-4 as ordered, but have discount?
ed their error which permits us to sell them at $S 25, and at
this price they are the handsomest blankets ever put on the
Cloaks ! Cloaks ! Cloaks !
We have just received another shipment of those. $5.00
cloaks which have been the wonder of ladies. They are in
black, brown, tan and castor.
Furs! Furs! Furs!
We have a complete line of these from $1.00 to $15.00.
There is nothing that adds so much to one s comfort in riding
a long distance as a good lap robe. We have them from $1.50
Men's and Boy's Overcoats.
Our stock of these is very complete. We want to calls
special attention to our Men's overcoats at $5.00. This gar?
ment we believe has no superior at the price.
We are offering special inducements on this garment.
O'DONNELL & CO.
The Dixie Stalk Cutter-Wagon Attachment.
Parties desiring A Good Stalk Cutter will find "The
DIXIE" to be made of the Best Pennsylvania Steel and
guaranteed not to clog and to give entire satisfaction.
Oar machines can be found at S. M. Pierson'* livery stable, 6 and 8 S. Harvin street.
The Dixie Stalk Cutter Co., Sumter, 8. Cr