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SEWS? LETTERS FROM OUR SPE?
of Interest From all Parts of
Sumter and Adjoining Counties.
3?OT?CE TO CORRESPONDENTS.
Mail your letters so that they will
xeach this office not later than Tues
. day morning. When the letters are
< received Wednesday it is almost an
impossibility to have them, appear in
paper issued that day.
Kagood, January 12.-rCards are ouc
?for. the marriage of one of our finest
and ?est young men, Julian E. San
ders,^ to Miss Elizabeth Becker,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Simon
Becker, of Spartanburg S. C., Wednes?
day, January 24. Julian is one of our
largest, as well as most successful
tanners. A man with a comfortable
home and a splendidly equipped farm
of eighteen horses with a good bank
account can well afford to take unto
??mself a wife.
Farming operations have already J
begun here. People are preparing for
a large cotton crop.
There is a great scarcity in some
places of labor, some large farms be?
ing but poorly suppli?d.
Those farmers who held their seed
ifor high prices are7 now placing them
cm the market.
Mrs. W^. -J. Spencer, who has been
quite sick, is improving slowly.
The sudden changes in the weather
occasion no little amount of cold, grip,
ctc^ otherwise the health of our com?
munity is good
By the way, a few years back, the
old line insurance companies were
moving heaven and earth to cripple
fraternal insurance, if they failed
there they moved a lot of cash. To
hear some of these insurance agents
talk you would be led to believe that
tbs only men of brain in our great
country are these insurance magnates.
Doubtless they have brain, but char
acter is needed, too, for a great States
*Ts that so?"
"iSome folks were whining a while
"back that the banks would not help
the farmer hold his cotton, and now
they are whining about the speck the
banks make out of it. Our bankers
and financiers are public spirited and
oroadmined, with little time to listen
lo tie barkings of these fice dogs; dis?
regarding their ado they go on in
their magnanimous work contributing
m no small degree to the success of
-the association, the wealth and welk
"being of our glorious sunny south?
Isn't it a fine thing to have sense ?
3at the fellow who thinks- he has, a
monopoly of that necessary commod?
ity generally runs on very small cap?
The Hon*. (?) George Washington
Murray said: "I have come to the con?
clusion that you can't help a fool,"
and then turned in and proved it. That
was real smart wasn't it?
The marriageable girls of our com?
munity are nearly out, but we have a
large crop of young ones coming on,
excellent in quality and variety.
f- Folks here are investing in blooded
horses, Dr. Alston having as nice a
pair as one could wish to see. "What
matters of pedigree if the speed be
poor?" Yes, but a man is not apt to
get speed or much else without pedi?
gree. A fellow is a fool who tries to
polish a brick, and I have seen people
as Innocent ofvit as a brick. But I
must stop or I will know not where I
Utile Danny Gates finds ready sale
.ior ali his copies of The Item. How
can it be otherwise when so newsy
and clean a sheet is in the hands of so
bright a boy."
Lynchburg, January 15.-The haul?
ing of guano and cotton seed is now
the order of the day, notwithstanding
the intolerable condition of the roads
occasioned by the unusual quantity of
rain and travel. There is for this
season of the year, the usual chang?
ing of places of residence and moving.
Mr. A. J. Price, who has moved to
Timmonsville, sold his lot and resi?
dence here to Mr. L. Lane for $1,000
who quickly sold it to Mr. Tom M
Smith for $1,200. Mr. Lane then
bought Mr. L. L. McIntosh's place in
town for $1,000. Mr. McIntosh will
build on another lot of his.
Mr. L. V. Brown has bought anoth
cr lot nearer the centre of town, and
will erect a neat residence in the near
?future, and several others contemplate
The "big company," some call ii,
opened up on the 2nd inst under the
firm name -of the Griffin & McLeod
Banking and Mercantile Co., but the
?Rg brick building is not yet completed
in consequence of so much unfavora?
ble weather. Mr. J. M. Munroe, of
3few Hanover, N. C.. is their book?
keeper. He is a bright ard intelligent.
2. oung ^man.
The Lynchburg Mercantile Com
rany is making quit3 an impression
and is getting, to say the least of it,
their full share of the trade. Johnnie
?nd.Erne&t McIntosh are five boys and
are sure to * get there" a ^ stay, if life
The Knights of Pythias had a big
barbecue in the Knights of Pythias
hall here on last Wednesday night,
which was greatly enjoyed by all who
were eligible. Old Mr. Frank McIn?
tosh, with four others, took the sec?
ond degree that night and when sup?
per was announced all he could say
was, "no appetite at all;" but he had
a "coming appetite."
Dr. Dick and Mr. Hugh Hayns?
worth, of Sumter,- were among the
guests of the occasion, and contrib?
uted much to the amusement and en?
joyment of the meeting.
Our graded school, under the tutor?
ship of Professor Bronson and Misses
Annie Keels and J. Clark is moving,
on nicely, and'no dissatisfaction fromf
any source is expressed. The school,
roll is swelled to 105 pupils.
Te automobiles are getting a need?
ed rest, welcomed by every person
who travels in this country. Dr. Tar?
rant and jolly Jim (Stokes) are look?
ing around in the absence of their
autos for a wading or swimming ma?
John A. Durant while visiting in
Summerton several days ago, lost a
Cotton seed in quantities is being
hauled to this place and the buyers,
Pat Dennis, Walker Frierson and Jim
Stokes, are distributed about in every
corner, each trying to get the first bid
as loads come in. It really is amus?
ing to watch them sitting around like
big old fish hawks, watching for their
prey-a load of cotton seed-and soon
as one comes in sight they air make for
it, neither knowing that the other is
paying special attention. But the fel?
low that gets left takes it as a joke,
and hence a big forced laugh. They
ali pay the top of the market. ?
Max, January 15.-Messrs. Keith
and Baskins, of Timmonsville, were
in Beulah last week.
Mr. J. W. Montgomery, of Laurens,
spent Saturday and Sunday here.
Miss Elsie Xeaves, of Bethel section,
spent Sunday with Miss Ellen Carra?
Mr. A. M. Hicks* health still con
rtinues poor. |
Mr. John T. Lemmon has added a
dining room .to his dwelling.
Mr. Lazareth Mims has sold his
land. He will remain on it this year.
The roads are all in a bad condition.
Rembert, January 14.-We are hav?
ing an excess of rain for this time of
year, still most of our farmers made a
commencement today, and work will
be pushed as rapidly ii om now on as
! The grain srop looks very promis?
ing and with favorable seasons from
now out, our planters in tn*is section
will'reap an abundant harvest, as we
have a large acreage planted.
Our new minister, Rev. Mr. Scog
gins, filled his first appointment here
at McLeod's church on yesterday, and
made a very favorable impression upon
his congregation. He and his family
will .mawe Wedgefield their home, as
the parsonage for this circuit is sit?
uated there, and we wish him a pros?
perous and profitable year.
Miss Ellen Harrell, principal of St.
Matthew school, arrived in the neigh?
borhood last week, and school was
opened with a fine attendance. She is
giving entire satisfaction, and is quite
an acquisition to our church, as well
as to the entire community.
Mrs. J. M. Reames and son left last
Friday to spend sometime with rela?
tives in Sumter.
Miss Annie Chandler, after spending
sometime with Mrs. J. M. Reames, re?
turned to Sumter last week. She
made many friends while up here, and
all her acquaintances seemed reluc?
tant at her departure.
Mr. Albert Young is very ill, and DY.
J. T. Hay, Jr., of Boykins depot is at?
Mr. Edward E. Rembert is on a vis?
it to Charleston and is expected home
Dark Corner, January 13.-Mrs. S.
C. Kolb is still improving. She can
walk out in yard again to the great
joy of her children. Ker son-in-law,
R. X. Owen, of Orangeburg, came ov^r
to see her last Sunday night and her
daughter, Mrs. Owen, is to come over
today on the shoo-fiy from Orange
I had the pleasure of meeting Sena?
tor and Mrs. R. I. Manning as they
>ere on their way to Fulton to the
funeral of Hon. J. M. Richardson.
There came very near being a se?
vere accident on the 30th of Decem?
ber at the house of Mrs. Tabby Lack?
ey. R. W. Barwick, Miss Lucy Ar?
dis and Mrs. Xatlie Johnston were
playing with a rifle and while Mrs.
Johnston had the rifle in her hand she
fired it off and the ball struck Barwick
in the back of the head and glanced
around between the skull and the
scalp for about two inches and came
out. which I think was a pretty close
call for Bob. He is getting along all
right, same as if he had never been
Richard Geddings, nearly a grown
young man. and the youngest son of
Robert J. Geddings, formerly of this
place, but now of Pinewood, accident?
ally shot himself in his hands last
Saturday, the 6th.
Mr McCutchen has moved his saw
mill from Pinewood near here, on one
of O. D. Harvin's places.
I hear that a Mr. Allen is goin;; tc
p.t up a saw mill some where neai
I hear that Ashby Kelley is quite
Mr. W. J. Ardis and wife have both
been on the sick list this week.
Mr. W. T. Kolb, of your city, dined
with Mr. W. J. Ardis last Wednesday.
I congratulate my friend, E. W.
Dabbs, on his easy walk over into
the general assembly at Columbia.
Hope he will so conduct himself while
there that we will all say of him as we
did of his predecessor, well done, good
and faithful servant!
Mr. L. L. Ardis has moved from
Privateer to his father's, J. W. Ardis,
near Pinewood, where he will work
Everything is calm and serene here
i abouts as far as I know.
I hear of a great many "shin
j diggs" parties around here of late.
Ionia, January 16:-The farmers
here are getting down to tlfiir work
preparing for another crop. Labor is
still very scarce.
Mr. D. X. Matthews, who spent the
holidays here with his parents, has
returned to Charleston where he is
atending the medical college.
Mrs. M. A. Galloway, who has been
visiting relatives here the past week
has returned to Bishopville.
Mrs. M. H. Chewning has gone toj
Leesville with her children, Richard
and Viola, who spent the holidays at
home. They are attending the col?
lege there. Mrs. Chewning expects to
spend several weeks there.
Pomona Xo. ll meets with Cleve-*
land Grange next Wednesday and Po?
mona Xo. 21 meets with Cedar Creek
Grange the first Wednesday in Feb?
Wedgefield, January 15.-Miss Are
tas Eradford, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. F. B. Bradford, and Mr. L. L.
Hodge, of Georgetown, were married
on yesterday afternoon. They left for
Georgetown this afternoon.
Mrs. Xed Ingram has returned
home after spending some time with
Mrs. Robbie Durant entertained last
Friday evening in honor -of her sister.
Mr. Craig Burgess paid a flying
business trip to Durant Saturday.
Mr. Bob Witherspoon and wife left
for their home in Louisville. Ky., this
afternoon much to the regret of their
Miss Maggie McFaddin spent Satur?
day night with her parents at Harvins.
Dr. McKay filled his pulpit at Con?
cord on yesterday. Services are held
at that church now in the morning
instead of the ?fternoon as has been
the custom for many years past.
Edwards, January 13.-We have
had some very cold weather at . this
Dr. C. S. Britton was in Sumter on
Mrs. J. W. Weldon has been quite
sick for the past few days, but she is
Mr. A.*B. White has completed his
new dwelling house and has just
moved into it.
Rev. T. J. White has returned to
his work at Reidsviile circuit after a
few days at his mother's.
Mr. J. W. Weldon was in Camden
last Wednesday on business.
The called meeting of Harmony
Presbytery was held in the Presbyte?
rian church at 10.30 o'clock yesterday.
Rev. R. L. Grier was elected moder?
ator and Rev. V. R. Gaston clerk.
The special object of the meeting
was to consider the call extended by
Sumter church to Rev. J. P. Marion,
Jr., of Virginia. A resolution was
adopted empowering the committee to
prosecute the call. The arrangements
for the installation of Mr. Marion as
pastor of the church were deferred to
a subsequent meeting.
A resolution was adopted to permit
Rev. James McDowell to accept a call
to the pastorate of Midway and Bethel
churches. Mr. McDowell has been
supplying these/ churches for some
time, but will now accept the call to
be their regular pastor, dividing his
time equally between. It is probable
that Mr. Dowell will remove from this
city to Midway, where the churches
will erect a parsonage for him.
THE NIMBLE PISTOL.
"Messrs. Tom L. Jones and R. C.
T.sdale had a difficulty at A. D. Har?
bs 's ?stable Saturday afternoon and
Mr. Jones drew a revolver and fired
one shot at Mr. Tisdale. The bullet
missed the mark for whom it was in?
tended but grazed the leg of Mr. H.
S. Kolb. The difficulty grew out of
differences over some carpenter work
Mr. Jones was doing on a place Mr.
Tisdale had rented. Mr. Jones gave
Mr. Tisdale the lie and was struck by
the latter. He drew his pistol imme?
diately and fired one shot. He was
arrested and after a hearing before
Recorder Hurst was bound over for
trial at the next term of court.
ELECTRIC LIGHT COMPANY TO
HAYE NEW POWER PLANT.
Twenty-five thousand Dollars Worth of
New Madiinery of Modern Design
Ordered for Immediate Delivery.
The Sumter Electric Light, Ice and
Power Company, on Friday, placed
orders for an entirely new outfit of
machinery for their power plant. The
new plant will be of the latest and
most up-to-date description and will
be adequate to supply the light and
power needs of the city for a number
o? years to come. The aggregate cost
of the new machinery will be $25,
opo. The new machinery purchased
Two Corliss engines, one of 125 h
p.. and one of 250 h. p. which will be
furnished by the Lane & Bartlett Co.,
of Cincinnati, O.
Two generators, one of 75 k. w. and
the other of 150 k. w., a full supply
of meters, transformers, inclosed arc
lights for street lighting, etc.
The generators will be furnished by
'the General Electric Company and
the metres, transformers, etc., by the
Westinghouse Electric Company.
The new arc lights are to be of
the latest model and of 7 1-2 ampere
capacity, which will give more than
2,000 candle power light. The stand?
ard arc light in genera\ u-e is only 6.3
ampers, which have a minimum rating
of 2,000 candle power, but in placing
the order it was decided to buy the
7 1-2 ampere lights to insure a light
of more than 2,000 candle power at
all times and under .all conditions.
The 150 k. w. generator will be
used to furnish power for the night
service and it will be driven by the
250 horse power engine. The 75 k.
w. generator is for the day current
end will be driven by the 125 horse
The entire service, both day and
night will be operated on the metre
system and standard rates will be
charged. The patrons of the company
will be charged no more for the light
and power they use than is charged
for similar service in other places.
For sometime the officers of thc
company have recognized that the
power plant would have to be re
equipped and in placing the order for
the new machinery they selected the
very best on the market, for it is their
purpose now to giv^ a service that will
be a^ good as any town in the country
The contract calls for the delivery
of all the machinery within sixty days,
and it is expected that it will all ber
installed and in regular service within
80 or 90 days.
For several years Sumter has justly
had the reputation of being a poorly
lighted town, but when the new ma?
chinery replac?s the old plant that has
been in operation about 20 years this
reproach will be removed and it is
hoped to make Sumter the best light?
ed town in South Carolina.
HEALTH OFFICERS' WARNING.
.It is reliably reported that there are
several cases of small pox in Florence
among white families, ^he cases are
quarantined and are being looked af?
ter closely bj' the Florenct board of
health, consequently it ih not at all
likely that small pox will become epi?
demic in Florence. Still in view of
the prevalence of small pox in several
other parts of this State^ the board of
health of Sumter urges all persons to
be vaccinated immediately. Sumter
has no small pox as yet. but it is liable
to be introduced here at any 'moment,
as it has been in Florence and other
places. It is not necessary to come
in direct contact with a small pox pa?
tient to contract the disease. Persons,
and wearing apparel and other articles
from infected places convey the*germs
of the disease, and you can catch small
pox in a hundred different ways be?
sides coming in contact with a small
pox patient. So the only safe protec?
tion is successful vaccination.
LEE COUNTY NEWS.
Dr. N. V. Alford and Mr. H. W.
Scott left last Tuesday as delegates to
the Cotton Growers' Convention,
which meets in New Orleans this
The dispensary here sold for tlie
month cf December ?.one ?10,755.45
gross sales netted to the county and
town S2.236.39, the local expenses
being 8299.19. This was the heaviest
sales of any month during the year.
MANNING NEWS ITEMS.
From the Manning Times.
The required amount of stock bas
been subscribed to the Base Ball As?
sociation, which means a professional
team tor Manning the coming season.
The management will spare no time
and trouble in securing an all star
The interior of the Presbyterian
Church is nearing completion, and
contributions are now in order for a
The A. C. L. authorities are con?
templating the erection of a new depot
in Manning They cannot begin this
work any too soon as Manning is sadly
in need of a decent passenger depot
and .a more commodious freight
Z' Messrs. E. L. Wilkins, E D.
Hodge. O. C. Scarborough and Rev.
R. A. Sublett, county delegates, with
J. D. Rutledge, delegate at large,
left last Monday night for the Cot?
ton Growers' Convention at New
Blakes Klcaeys and Bladder Right
SOUTH CAROLINA NEWS.
Items 01 Interest Condensed and Par?
agraphed for Quick Heading.
Percy Ferguson, of Laurens, who
shot and killed a negro several weeks
ago, was tried on the charge of mur?
der and acquitted.
Operators of blind tigers are said
to be running rough shod over Ben
Governor Heyward has received a
[number of letters relative to cases of
smallpox in several sections of the
An election was held in Camden and
Kirkwood to consolidate the old town
and its growing residential suburb.
The vote for consolidation was large
in both places and Kirkwood becomes
a part of Camden.
The Southern Cotton Mill Company
of Seneca has been organized with a
capital stock of $200,000.
The Richland county delegation Nwill
introduce a bill in the legislature ask?
ing that a county court be established
in that county to try all small casos
both civil and criminal.
It is officially announced that the
Spartanburg and Northern road will
be constructed from Spartanburg to
the Xorth Carolina line, where it will
connect with the South and Western,
a new road, that is now being built
from the coal fields of Kentucky, Ten?
nessee and Virginia.
Charles Griffin was shot and fatally
wounded by Jones Ligon near Belton
m Wednesday. .*
John J. Bishop, the Spartanburg
Deer dispenser, convicted of violation
cf the dispensary law, has been sen?
tenced to pay a fine of $200 or serve
30"days in jail.
Jenkins Eurrows and Arthur Wil?
liams were hanged at Kigstree Friday
for the murder of Mr. Julius Wilson
at Indiantown about two months ago.
Ed. Fowler, the colored driver fox
the Batesville Manuf' ^turing Compa?
ny, was held up by two unknown, white
men on Court street. Greenville, Fri?
day and robbed of $26.20.
A negro child was burned to dea;h
near Swansea on Thursday.
The cruiser Charleston sailed from
Charleston for Norfolk Sunday after?
noon. She went out on low tide and
without a pilot to show that there is
now sufficient water on the bar for
the largest ships to enter or leave the
The Anderson beer dispensary sold
out its entire stock on Saturday. When
the decision of the Supi-eme Court
ordering the dispensaries closed be?
came known there was a run on the
Ttt RETURNS FOR 1906.
. OFFICE OF
COUNTY AUDITOR, SUMTER CO.,
Sumter, S. C., Dec. IO, 1905.
Notice is hereby given that I will at?
tend, in person or by deputy,'at the
following places on the days indicated,
respectively, for the purpose of re?
ceiving returns of real estate, personal
property and poll taxes for the fiscal
year, commencing January 1, 1906.:
Tindal's Store, Monday, Jan. 8th.
Privateer, (Jenkins' Store), Tues?
day, Jan. 9th.
Manchester, (Levi's), Wednesday,
Wedgefield, Thursday, Jan. llth.
Stateburg, Friday, Jan. 12th.
Hagood, Monday, Jan. 15th.
Remberts, Tuesday, Jan. 16th.
Dalzell, Wednesday, Jan.. 17th.
Gordon's Mill, Thursday, Jan. 18th,
Oswego, Friday, Jan. 19th.
Mayesville, Tuesday, Jan. 23d.
Shiloh, Wednesday, Jan. 24th.
Norwood X Roads, Thursday, Jan.
The law requires that all persons
owning property or in any wise hav?
ing charge of such property, either as
agent, husband, guardian, trustee, ex?
ecutor, administrator, etc., return the .
same under oath to the auditor, who
requests all persons to be prompt in
making their returns and save the 50
per cent penalty, which will be added
to the property valuation of all persons
who fail to make returns within the
time prescribed by law.
Taxpayers return what they own
on the first day of January, 1906.
Assessors and taxpayers will enter
the first given name of trie taxpayer
in full, also make a separate return
for each township where the property
is located and also in each and every
case the Number of the school district
must be given.
Every male citizen between the age
of twenty-one and sixty years on the
first day of January, 1906, except
those incapable of earning a support
from being maimed or from other
causes, are deemed taxable polls, and
except Confederate soldiers 50 years
of age, on January 1st, 1906$
Under instructions from the Comp-,
troller General, a separate return
must be made of each tract or parcel
All returns must be made on or be?
fore the 20 th day of February, next.
I cannot take returns after that date
and all returns made after the 20th
day of February, are subject to a pen?
alty of 50 per cent
J. DIGGS WILDER,
Auditor Sumter County.
December 20, 1905.
The fertilizer season is now upon us, and ev?
ery progressive farmer is calculating his re- ^
quirements. We have always advised small *
acreage and liberal fertilization, as we believe
it the safest and most economic policy to adopt,
and particularly a season like the one upon
which we are now entering, on account of the >?
seriousness of the labor situation. Owing to '
our extensive association with farmers, we
have an excellent opportunity of judging re?
sults, and our observations have convinced us
that small acreage in cotton, with plenty of
grain, both well fertilized, yields best results. *
It is unnecessary for us to take up space in
advocacy cf the superior brands of fertilizers
we handle. They are the same as we have
been selling for ter. years, and as some of the
largest and most progressive planters in this ?
and adjoining counties are our patrons, that is
sufficient. A well pleased customer is the best
advertisement any business can have.
Already we have made some large contracts,
and we observe a growing disposition to buy 4
the higher class of goods, and we want our
friends to kn^w that the factory we represent,
and for whom we are sole agents in the county,
will make for us any grade of goods for which
we have demand. There is no material change I
in the fertilizer situation as compared with a
year ago, and considering the difference in the
price of cotton, farmers have cause to rejoice.
We have every reason to believe we will sell
all of our old customers, but in making our
contracts we provided for some new ones, and
those who have never tried our fertilizers, will
do well to inquire from Jheir neighbors, how
they were pleased with them, then see us
as to prices.
Wishing all our friends a Prosperous New