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Wlsacky. Aug. 7.?The crops are
like they have been reported
from time to time. Sand lands, no
grope, only on the stiff and day
Ban da is there any crops, and the
outlook Is gloomy. Farmers have
garnished laying by and many will be
gda palling fodder In a few days, al?
though ths rains continue.
The health of the community is
lerately good at this time.
The festival at the Ivanhoe school
i quite a success, and every
eajcyed the evening.
Misses Maud Williams and Fannie
entertained in honor of Miss
Pitts, Tuesday evening, at the
of Mr. Melvln Williams and
one reported a happy time.
Miss Marie Williams, of Clarendon,
visiting relatives here, having Just
ed from a stay at Henderson
Marguerite Scott gave a lern
party in honor of her friend, Miss
of Oreeleyvllle, on the 27th.
evening was spent very pleasant
Ina Shlrer. of St. Stephens,
has been in our midst for sev
oral weeks under the treatment of
Hr. N. T. Afford for rheumatism.
wsH leave soon for the Hot Springs,
The relatives here of Miss Kath
reae Shlrer. of Blshopville, are glad
to know that she horn* again, look?
ing mach Improved, after a very
it visit to friends in Summer
GEN Sl'MTEK'S BIRTHDAY.
at the Gen. Sumter Mo
,0*1 to Participate.
>r Watchman and Southron:
Will you kindly allow me to give
that Sumter's birthday. August
lith, will be celebrated by Sumter
Oaanty people and their friends in
year 19Oy, as It has been In the
two years and the annual gather?
ing, on the grounds of The Uen.
Sumter Memorial Academy, will be
as interesting this year as on pre?
There will be fine speaking, fine
snunJe. fine sport of several kinds and
the organisation of a Sumter Agrl
iral Society that Is to be a per?
il source of pride and help to
County as the years go by.
people of all ages are Invited
attsnd and to bring a contribution
the food supply for the occasion,
will be a basket picnic, where one
si take his meal ahm.*, or, those
?Ufering, in groups of families and
sags, large or small; about In the
?loua groves and long lsnes sur
idlng the Academy, or In the
and wldspreadlng forest shades
it the springs and brooks of re
If the weather Is Inclement
ftts large Academy building will be
Opened and all Its roomi, from base
aaent to garret, may be used for
afjolter If those who neck to attend
to the graver matters which have
ewought them together, or for those
em fun and frolic bent and all thin
without disturbance of one by the
Let every one come resolved that
gay shall take Its place worthily
the lint of those that have puss
and those that are to come in
celebration of the birth of the
tamaaortat "Gamecock of the Revolu
JOHN J. DARGAN.
Pres. G. S. M. A.
Brief Items of Interest.
? battleship Maine was In dan
from her boilers and the fleet
d for Hampton Roads without
Rev. Alfred H. Burroughs, th
ring parson" of Bristol, Term..
In wedlock his three thou
th couple yesterday,
iboard Air Line stockholders at
>tlng In Petersburg approved
reorganisation plan and also the
ttlng of two Li* mortSSSM
Both houses of the Oeorxla leiOx
have sustained ex-( Jovernor
le Smith's sctlon In removing
office Railroad Commissioner
Mefjendon McLendon will now take
IHe matter Into the courts.
WHAT THE DRINK EVIL DID IN
A Plea for Prohibition By One Who
Knows What Sorrow and Ruin
Liquor Has Wrought in Sumter
During Hie Own Life Time.
Sumter. S. C Aug. 5. 1909.
It will soon be sixty years since I
Ars? saw the" light in the then little
village of Sumterville. I have seen it
grow step by step in the face of four
years of bloody war, which swept
many of her choicest sons Into un?
timely graves; eight years of Carpet
Bag and Scalawag Misrule, which
almost crushed the spirits of the peo?
ple, and drove thousands of the sons
of our State to other more favored
sections. I have seen ten bar rooms
on her streets, like some slimy, foul
smelling monster, destroy many of
her brightest and most generous
hearted men, young and old, and
bring sorrow, disappointment, want
snd anguish to many happy homes,
until at last endurance ceased to be
a virtue, and the State arose and took
the first step to drive this monster
from our land, and whiskey and
strong drink got their death wound,
and the bar rooms were driven out,
and now the State has closed the last
open door that has led countl***
thousands to eternal ruin.
Oh, my fellow citizens of this
grand old State, which now stands
second in this Union as to cotton
manufacture, and Is making wonder?
ful progress In all her lines of ..in?
dustry, before you vote to open these
doors again, stop and count the coat,
come, stand by my side and ,sec
through my eyes, what I have seen,
and hear through my ears, what I
have heard, and feel through my
heart, the agony and disappointment
which I have felt, while I draw aside
the curtain which hides the past
years from the younger generation,
and show the awful harvest reaped
by whiskey and strong drink, right
here In this beautiful City of Sumter,
and as in Sumter, so in every other
county of the State and Nation where
whiskey rules?I shall call the roll of
the dead?of the broken and wreck?
ed homes, of fathers and mother:
gone with gray hairs and broken
hearts to the grave mourning fallen
sons, once their bright and happy
boys?of children robbed of a tender
father's loving care,.?of widows,
with their brightest hopes blasted by
the breath of whiskey.?and all this
came by men who sold whiskey for
the money that was in it. Most of
them have gone to their reward?
"An orphan's .curse would drag to
A spirit from on high,
Eut, oh, more horrible than this
Is the curse In a dead man's eye."
Many years ago there gathered just
beyond the city limits, on the road
to Manning, a large crowd of people,
and for what? To see a white man
die on the gallows for killing bis
wife while he was drunk. 1 heard ?
minister, who is still living, say, thin
poor man said to him in the jai!
whiskey had been his ruin.
A few years after this sad scenr
on the same road, a little way on.
another auch scene was witnessed. 1
was a small boy. and saw this man
come from the jail dressed in a nice
black suit, enter a carriage with th<
sheriff, and guarded by troopers, he
went to an awful death and ended
the sad tale?killed his wife whib
drunk? and now I 'all the roll of
the dead, many of them my boyhood
companions. Just as fine, manly boys
as now walk your streets, gone to
wreck and ruin from drink.
B. had a loving wife and children,
a good home, property, and an hon?
ored name. When In drink he said
he wanted a short life and a merry
one. He got It; broke his wife's
heart, and fills a drunkard's grave.
T. served with gallantry four years
In defence of hlH country, never was
a better hearted man than he?a true
friend?died without a moment'."
warning while drunk.
M., of a fine family. Had a beau?
tiful wife and child?a fine plantation
and property; buried his wife broken
hearted and went to a drunkards
J. Ah. who did not love him? 1
first saw him a bright many little fel?
low; he was all any one could wish
?a fine boy to be. was a favorite
with all the girls who knew him?
whiskey was his ruin.
O. A friend and school mate of
my youth, grew up to be a fine bus?
iness man; went to Charleston,
where I visited him once; he was
getting 11.200 a year, and had charge
Of his employer's business; commen?
ed to drink, lost all worth living for.
died a pauper and an Imbecile.
It. drank all his life; kept his fam?
ily In poverty, and tills a drunkard's
D?, the son of a bar room keeper.
I do not remember ever seeing him
?ober?gone to a drunkard's reward.
S. Brother to D.?gone the same
H! SUMTER SAVINGS BANK,
Certificate Properly Endorsed
Interest at Per Cent. Per Annum.
Sumter, S. C,_19 $
_ m Has Deposited in This Bank
_._ _ Dollars,
Order in Current Funds on the Return of This
y ^Months After Date With
"The above is a facsimile Certificate of Deposit which we are issuing to long time depositors and are paying a
special rate of interest. Call on us and we will be glad to explain the advantages of these Certificates.
The Sumter Savings Bank.
B. died in a bar room in Sumter.
His father was one of the best men
I ever knew. God alone knew his
I. He was a true soldier, sober
through four years of war, a fine
workman, got to drinking, said be
was a curse to his fiiends and his
family, and died by his own hand.
M. I never had a betetr friend,
aan never knew a man try harder
to throw off the shackles of whiskey.
It finally got him. He left his or?
phan children and fills a drunkard's
F. Drank all his life, tried to give
up drink, time and again, said to me
one day, "Jim, I would willingly lay
my right arm on a stump and have
it chopped oft* if it would stop me
from taking another drink." He went
to a drunkard's death.
B. Poor fellow, they picked him
up In baskets on the railroad track,
with a broken bottle of whiskey.
J. One of the best hearted men
Sumter County ever had. If he had
an enemy, it was a very poor one?
whiskey was his ruin.
D. Poor boy, followed his father's
example?gone to a drunkard's?
M. A friend of all, generous and
kind, whiskey was his end.
J. A fine business man, with a
happy home, whiskey dyed h!s hand.5'
in blood?Alls a drunkard's fiavt.
B. My school-mate, a true friend,
served his country when a boy of 16
n the war. drank himself to death,
CJ. Generous hearted, and a "fine
man. Had all heart could wi3h in
this world; died from drink in his
L. was loved by all who knew him,
* fire physician, gone before hl3
W. Died in the bloom of man?
hood, sold' whiskey for a house in
Charleston, a moderate drinker, he
said. It carried him to death.
R. "v?hen I first saw him, was a
lovely, curly-headed, bright eyed
boy: his mother, a widow, and ht.r
only child. I heard a gentleman
who taught him when a young man
say, he had the brightest mind he
ever saw?commenced to drink,
broke his mother's heart, ajad fills a
T. Was a brilliant orator, fins
orospects at the bar, as an attorney,
i beautiful young wife, with every
Prospect pleasing; the bar rooms of
'umter were his ruin, and he died In
Wi A fine young physician, with
a loving wife a*nd child, a man of
.\ealth. and fills i drunkard's grave.
J. My school-mate, and friend.
Had the finest managed farm in this
.??_ctlon. went to the dogs, and died a
I could go on with this fearful roll
eall, but Is It not enough to melt
the hardest hearted shylock, who for
the love of money, is willing to de?
stroy his weak brother, and send him
to a dreadful doom? And now I ask,
can any man of reason say he be?
lieves a Just God will not require the
blood of these men at the hands of
those who sold them the whiskey, or
Induced them to drink and become
drunkards, and those who encour?
aged and upheld the whiskey traffic ?
What does our final Judge say? "Woe
to him that buildeth a town with
blood and establisheth a city by 'in?
"Woe unto him that giveth his
neighbor drink, that putteth thy boi
tle to him and maketh him drunk "
I ask in all reason. If It is no:
enough, shall this thing go on for?
ever, and we continue to pile up the
awful record, and see our best ami
brightest go down to a drunkard's
death, and not do all we can to stop
it. The State has done her part and
closed the doors, ami now, the re?
sponsibility rests on each voter to
say If they shall be opened again.
W? have come to that point wh r?
there is no escaping the responsibility
- no one can stand aside, and hands
off. "They that are not for me n?e
against me." Therefore 1 charge ??%?
? ry voter In South Carolina, who fa?
vors the sale of whiskey, that he
must be prepared to stand with those
who did so in the past, ami be re?
sponsible for the wreck and ruin'
which he knows will surely come,
and perhaps on his own dear boy. If
you Intend to vote for the sale of
I whiskey, come with me Into the
bright and happy homes in our city
and State, and with your finger dip
ped in the blood of the poor vlctimc
of this accursed traffic, set a mark on
each bright eyed boy in its mother's
arms?who you would be willing to
help destroy, both soul and body,
and all for the money that it brings.
Yes, come with me to your own home
and set the mark on your own son.
i and tell your loving wife that you
want the dispensary run, and some
one must raise the boys to run it,
and why not you? Would to God
that this were only a fancy dream!
But it is only too true, and every man
knows that if the sale of whiskey
goes on, it must claim its victims
from these bright and happy homes, j
and that the record of the past Is as
certain to be the record of the fu?
ture as that men will be born and
live and die in this country. All men
must admit that any one who know?
ingly and wilfully assist-, or in nry
manner aids another to commit p
crime, is held to be as guilty as th<
man who does the deed. Now I ha\t
never yet seen any man. even the ha*
keeper, but admits a man does wrong
to himself and family when he gets
drunk, and under the law of our lam!
it is a crime. These are hard facts
and this being true, I can see no way
for the man, who by his vote puts
whiskey in the reach of his poor
weak brother and thus helps him to
be a criminal In the sight of God
and man, can with a clear conscience
say he stands in a different place
from the man who helps another to
commit any other crime.
Wrong is wrong, and no excuse can
make it right. I warn you to be pre?
pared in a few short years at most,
to stand before the awful Judge and
hear him say, "where is thy broth?
er?" "Thy brother's blood cries to
me from the ground."
Are you willing to take this fearful
risk for the sake of the money it
brings, for there is nothing else that j
would induce any man to run a bar
room, a blind tiger, or a dispensary,
except the money that Is In it.
We are living In an age of prog?
ress, men and women are opening
their hearts to help brighten the
homes in our. land, and the dark
places of the earth. They are doing
a grand work in alleviating the pain
and suffering of humanity, and shall
we who are free from this fearful
curse stop our eara, to the cry of dis?
tress, coming from the drunkard's
homes in our city and State?from
our own loved ones and boyhood
friends, now bound hand and foot by
this destroying monster? It is worse
than mockery to turn from their I
bloated faces and palsied steps and
say, "If the poor, weak minded wom?
en can escape the grasp of the "ac?
cursed stuff ' by the exercise of self
control, why can't the men and boys
escape by the same means?" The
sad fact is, they don't. Better that
the owls and bats should roost in
yovt school buildings, and that the
ch. dren should go to a log cabin
school, than to train them with v/hi's
key money, and finally bring many to
drunkards' graves. "Be not deceived,
God is not mocked, for whatsoever a
man soweth that shall he also reap."
Hie Song Of W ine.
"I can tell of banquet and revel and
Where I was king, for I ruled in
For the proudest and grandest souls
Fall under my touch as tho* struck
Frcm the hoods of kings, I have
torn the crown.
From the heights of fame, I have
hurled men down,
1 have blasted many an honored
I have taken virtue and given shame.
I have tempted youth with a sip, a
That has made his future a barren
I have made the arm of the driver
And sent the train from the Iron rail.
have made good ships go down at
And the shrieks of the lost were
sweet to me,
And my might and power are over
T^ame, strength, wealth and genius
before me fall."
D. James Winn.
DISPENSARY ELECTION MATTER.
Commission Served With Order of
Chief Justice Jones.
The rule to show cause, issued by
Chief Justice Jones against the com?
missioners of election for Charleston
County, why they should not be en?
joined from holding an election of
August 17, together with the petition
of Thomas M. Jellico against the
commissioners, was filed in the sher?
iff's office yesterday morning, and la?
ter in the day both papers were serv?
ed on Commissioners Henry W. Con?
ner, J. H. Conlon and William D.
Clarke The substance of the peti?
tion has already been published in a
statement made by Attorneys W. A.
Holman and John P. Grace, rnd set*
forth fully the grounds for the alle?
gation that the Act under which it is 1
proposed to hold an election for dis?
pensary or prohibition, is unconstitu?
tional, null and void. Mr. Conner, the
chairman of the board of election
commissioners, was unable to sav
yesterday what action the board
would tak'e in the matter, but he
stated that he would call a meeting
of the board immediately to consider
what should be done.
The rule is as follows:
"Upon reading the verified peti?
tion of W. A. Holman. Esq., and
Messrs. Logan & Grace, attorneys for
petition, it is ordered: First. that
the respondents, Henry W. Conner.
John st, Conlon and William D.
Clarke, commissioners of election in
and for the county of Charleston,
show cause, if any they have, before
the Supreme Court at Columbia, S.
C. on Thursday, the 12th day of
August. 1909, at 11 o'clock a. m., or
as soon thereafter as counsel can be
heard, why Act No. 42 of the "act?
and joint resolutions - of the State of
South Carolina, passed at the regular
session of 1909," in so far as the
same relates to the holding of elec?
tions, should not be declared uncon?
stitutional, null and void on the
grounda set out in the petition here?
in; and why the said respondents,
their agents, servants and appointees,
shall not be enjoined from holding,
attempting to hold, or causing to be
held, an election in Charleston Coun?
ty on August 17, 1909, under and b>
virtue of said Act, or from doing or
suffering anything to be done, or In?
curring any expense in connection
"Let a copy of this rule and the
petition herein be forthwith served
upon each of the respondents here?
"Ira B. Jones,
Vugust 6, 1909.
As the decision of the Supreme
Court affects twenty-one counties in
the State, it is possible that the appli?
cation for an injunction will be oppo?
sed by Attorney General Lyon. The
board of commissioners has no reg?
ular counsel nor has it any funds with
which to employ counsel, and the
county attorney, Mr. W. Turner Logan,
Is not in the city at present, being on
a tour through Europe. In case it is
necessary for the commissioners to em?
ploy counsel, they would have to bor?
row the money, which would not be
paid back until after the Legislature
meets in case the I 'fflslature should
approve the bill. Money will have to
be borrowed in case the applicat?
ion for an injunction is dismissed l?y
the Supreme Court, as no provision
was made in the bill for the payment
of the coat of the election, and the
commissioners will have to put a note
in bank to defray the expenses of the
As it is neccessary that some action
be taken at one*-, the commissioners
may meet today. The work of the
board in preparation for the election
is well In hand, and as it certain that
the Supreme Court will make a decis
ion at once, the board will not be em?
barrassed in any way and will be
ready to go on with the election in
case the application is dismissed. The
managers and location of polling
places will all be selected in antici?
pation of the election on August 17.?
News and Courier.
Fish Pry the Order.
Manning, Aug. 7.?Tuesday even?
ing a very delightful fish fry took
place at the romantic and picturesque
Brewington Lake. While there waa
not a very big catch, there was a
splendidly served lunch, which was
heartily enjoyed by all present, and
( with games, singing and gay conver?
sation, the evening passed all too
The following participated: Misses
Valley, Minnie and Edna Blanchard,
Lucy Johnson, Isabelle and Caro
Bradham, of Manning, and Misses
Martha and Mazelle Alderman, of Al
J Messrs. Paul and David / lderman,
, Rex Rice, Erwin Shaw, of Alcolu,
and Ingram f?radham, Arthur and
Wyngate Blanchard, Edwin Johnson,
Edwin Howie, of Manning. Chap
1 erons: Rev. C. W. blanchard, Mr.
I and Mrs. D. M. Bradham, Mrs. T.
M. Howie, of Manning
SOMMER SMASHES AEROPLANE.
Roger Sommer, After Eclipsing Wil?
bur Wright's Record, Smashes
Aeroplane Attempted Flight.
Chalons, sur Marne, Aug. 8.?Rog?
er Sommer, the aviator, who yester?
day flew two hours, 20 minutes and
57 seconds in his aeroplane, breaking
the world's record, held by Wilbur
Wright, essayed another flight today.
He stopped his engine too abruptly,
however, and the machine struck the
ground with such violence that It
was smashed. Sommer was unin?
Since the dispensary closed in
Charleston the brewery at that place
is making a su?4titute for beer.
ALABAMA SALOON MEN DESPAIR.
Montgomery Ala., Aug. 7.?There
are now five prohibition aiea. ures he
fore the extra session of the Alabama
Legislature. The Carmichael or ba?
sis bill of the prohibition scheme will
be signed Monday. The constitution?
al prohibition bill passed in the
House should reach the Senate by
Tuesday. The prohibition of locker
clubs bill, and the twelve thousand
word Fuller bill, providing for raid?
ing, confiscation and destruction of
contraband liqi ors, will be taken up
in the House no later than Tuesday
or Wednesday. The fifth bill is one
to control soft drink stands which
has not yet been reported out of
Evidencing the belief that the Car?
michael bill will be effective when it
is signed next Monday by the Gov?
ernor, saloor men today kept up a
caravan of moving liquors. The of?
ficers of the law let it be known that
officers will have no leniency.
THE MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE
COMPANY OF NEW YORK.
F. EL Hyatt, Mannger f<?r S. C.
Fig area Never Lie ami Here are the
Figures of the Mutual Life Insur
awe Co.. of New York.
For the month of May, 1909. the
South Carolina Agency received ap?
plications amounting to $194.037.00.
Cash Dividends declared to South
Carolina polleyholdera for July settle?
ment, $10,100.32. ?
Since April 20. 1909. the following
death claims have been paid to South
Carolina poUcyholders $33.760.no.
Proofs of death are being prepared
by claimants for $SS,S00.OO.
These figures are so plain and con?
vincing that "He who runs may
ISAAC M. LORYKA,
Special Agent Clarendon and Sumtcr.
Ofliccs at Manning and Sumtcr.
Jas. D. Grahasn, Agent. Sumtcr.
9. F. McFaddln. Agent. Sardinia.
M. B. Lesosiie, Agent, Pincwood.