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Lynche arg. Aug. 10.?The Im?
provement of cotton In part of the
county within the past ten days la
almost wonderful. The prospect now
far a full crop Is most encouraging
The corn crop will be a record break?
er. Judging from the present outlook.
The farmers attribute this big Im?
provement In the cotton crop to
heavy fertilising and the timely ap?
plication of soda. Those long sad
fa one are fast becoming normal.
The "box" party given at Dr. Yel
lett'a last evening was a success, and
g?~toh enjoyed by all who participat?
ed. Nearly every family In the
peace was represented. Ice cream
area served about 10 o'clock.
Messrs. M. L. and W. Ernest re
tamed from Glenn Springs last even
hag after an sbsence of 8 or 10 days.
Mr. end Mr c John A. DuRant, af?
ter a visit of two weeks to Olenn
Spring*. Ashevllle and Hendersonvllle
returned this evening, much pleased
with their visit.
This little tiwn can now boast of
three physicians. Dr. Simmons, of
Ttaamonsvllle, being third end last.
There Is much complaint of sick
sjean In and around this place.
Mr. J. M. Wilson is sgaln very ill
and recovery doubtful.
Mr. R. M. Bradford, a wheel?
wright, who moved to this place from
the Dtshopvllle section several
aaonths ago. Is critically 111, with
afcanc 5? decidedly against him.
Mr. J. H. Crlbbs, now at the Mood
Infirmary Humter, Is reported ? not
P. 8.?Since writing the above Mr.
Bradford breathed his last. The de
id was well thought of here, and
regret Is expressed. He
a wife and several step-chll
Lynchburg. Aug. 12.?The remains
?f Mr. R. M. Bradford were laid to
Test yesterday evening at S o'clock,
with Knights of Pythias honors, at
Lynchburg Presbyterian church,
ceremony was sad and impress
The deceased had been a mem
her of Blshopvllle K. of P. Lodge,
east was recently transferred to this
ledge, and was to have been elected
te membership here last night, at
voted upon, which meant elec
as he was a good man and with
One of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Me?
l's children was taken suddenly
desperately 111 yesterday, and ap
mtly la afflicted much like Mr. R.
SJL Bradford. They have wired to
Saunter Florence and Charleston for
physicians, as the malady may be
lous, and the real object Is to
the nature and cause of the
t. besides using every effort to
Mr. Bradford soon lost consclou?
Sss after being taken sick, and died
i two days. He had something that
Lted congestion of the brain.
Smlthvllle. Aug. 9.?Fodder pull
ig Is now in progress. Cotton has
in to open In place?, more espe
lly on light sandy land*. One of
bent farmers says that where he
le a bale to the acre lent year It
take three acres this year to
le a bale. That Is ftPt much of a
ic out after being totally ruined
iral times. H it? Mr. W. H. Shl
har the b?"t cotton crop In thin
tlon. Mr. S. E. Robertson has the
corn orop. The cotton crop will
anusually short In this section and
what 1 can learn the same con
>ns exist in nearly all the cotton
dng State?. A writer from North
says thai crops as a whole In
is sre almost complete failures.
Als burr..i Is almost as bad. with few
?ptlons. I muHt say the most se?
ts and prov >king part of It all is
the fact that s*> many of our farmers
have engaged their cotton for fall de?
livery at 10 1-2 to 11 1-2?some per?
haps at 12 1-2. They don't seem to
realise that they are fixing the price
far the entire fall by thl* unhuslncss
like method The speculator* have
sent out these men for th<- express
purpose of hammering down the
price of cotton and of course the
P M>r old ignorant farmer has fallet?
Into the trap.
Taken as a whole, the farmers are
the mottt unbuslness like clans of
people on earth. I don't much' blame
Judge Anderson of the oil railroad
rebate case not to allow farmers to
act as Jurors. He said he wanted
busines8s men?men that understood
what they were doing. They are the
only class that won t organize for
self protection as a whole. They ac?
tually compete with each other. As
long as this condition exists there will
be a cry of hard times throughout th^
land. Very little is being made. No
prospect of getting half the value of
what Is made. That is enough to add
two or three degrees of gloom to the
faces of our farmers, more especially
when you realize the cost of living.
But then I can't say they deserve
much sympathy. Their own fool?
hardy, unbusiness like methods have
brought about this condition of af?
Messrs. W. H. and J. L. Shiver
spent Saturday in Camden.
Mr. Henry Dunlap, of Columbia, Is
at home for a few days.
Mr. and Mrs. W. N. Dunlap visit?
ed friends at Mannvllle last Wednes?
Mr. and Mrs. Joel E. Davis and
little sons, of Brogdon. are visiting
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James
Miss Hannah Plowden is the guest
of Miss Colsey Robertson.
Mr. W. ?. Smith spent Frldsy in
Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Robertson spent
Thursday night and Friday with Mr.
and Mrs. Henry Weldon.
Mrs. J. E. Strickland and children
have gone to the up-country to visit
Dark Corner, Aug. 11.?Mr. George
P. Ardis died at his home here on
last Sunday morning, the 8th, aged
about 50 years. He was a man of in?
dustry, though of feeble health, and
had been a widower for 10 or 15
years. And nearly all of that time he
had lived alone. The interment was
at the family graveyard near his
home, which was attended by a large
crowd of relatives and friends. W.
J. Anils, his cousin, conducted the
burial services, as no preacher could
be obtained. He leaves four brothers
?John W., of Pinewood, Abraham,
of Cane Savannah, Wm. S., of Deer
Ing, Ga., and Joe M., of this corner,
with two sisters, Mrs. Sallie A. Win?
kles, of Rocky Bluff, and Mrs. Bettle
A. J. Burkett, of Pinewood.
Messrs. Avln and Christmas were
better at last accounts. No other
sick to report.
Fodder gathering arid protracted
meetings is the order. There is one
meeting each this week at Bethel
and Pinewood, of which I will men?
tion in my next.
Well, Mr. Editor, It is only six days
until the election, to see if the gin
mills shall open again. I whh and
hope every voter in the State could
read or hear read Mr. D. James
Winn's letter In last Monday's Item.
I am 65 years old and I know what
he says is true, ah, too true. And
shall we, or will we, vote for some?
thing to continue that has caused so
many deaths, so many tears and so
many lost souls for whom Jesus
died? And what for? Just a few
dollars. They say to keep up our
schools and roads, or the fear or
hiKh licenses. It seems If
When we talk of the dispensary,
We must not whine about sorrow*
It's a matter of dollars and cents and
No tale of romance Interferes,
And to the profits we won't meet you
on the level,
For Just so we get the money,
Tou all can go to the devil.
For the king can do no wrong.
And money Is our king; but re?
member, brother voter, that bye and
bye that book on high will unfold
and show how you got and used your
gold. So, I say, think, think!
Tlndal. Aug. 11.?The farmers are
now very busy gathering fodder, and
at thle time it looks as If they will
have better weather than they have
had for some time pass.
Cotton is commencing to open in
some places, and looks like time for
pu king is near at hand.
Mr. H. W. Cuttino and family are
spending some time at Beaufort, S. C
Mr. W. A. Hafvin, of Chattanooga.
Tenn., visited relatives In the neigh
borhood last week.
Messrs. E. E. and E. B. Hodge
have moved their mill In this neigh?
borhood and are now ready to sav
Mr. Kichard H. Broadway,.of Sum?
ter, is spending some time at his
old home here.
The health of the community is
good, very little sickness if any OOUld
Mr. Mood Hodge has accepted a
position with Messrs. Tlndal & Cut?
Mr. Walter Carr, of Stunt pr. Is
?ponlng some time with relatives in
Miss May Boyd, of Paxvllle, is vis?
iting Miss Louisa Broadway.
Mr. Wlnburn Wells, of Privateer
section, spent Sunday with friends
Stateburg. Aug. 12.?Mrs. W. B.
Nelson, of Montgomery, Ala., Is on
a visit to her parents, Dr. and Mrs.
W. W. Anderson.
Mr. Robert Love, of Birmingham.
Ala., is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. A.
F. Neyle. for a few days.
Miss Julia Mikell, of Edisto, is
spending some time with Miss Lottie
Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Frierson are
visiting Mrs. E. N. Frierson, at
Mr. Charles Cabaniss was the guest
of Mr. John L. Frierson during the
Mrs. W. R. Flud and the Misses
Flud have Krone to Asheville. N. C,
where they expect to spend several
The Misses Mlchaux and Mis.
Johnson, of Sumter, were the guests
of Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Neyle on
Mrs. H. S. Galllard is spending
some with Mrs. James S. Pinckney,
at "The Ruins."
Dr. Matt S. Moore, of Philadelphia,
Pa., is at home for the summer vaca?
Mrs. H. DeC. Mazyck is on a visit
to friends in our midst.
After the rainy days of the past
week, the farmers are rejoicing in
the good weather we are now hav?
ing, and are busy stripping and haul?
ing in their fodder.
The last few days have been ex?
tremely warm, but the nights as a
rule are cool and pleasant.
Dalzell, Aug. 12.?Fodder pulling
is going on at a rapid rate with a
good many of the farmers. Some
have about finished while other un?
fortunates, like your humble cor?
respondent, have not commenced yet.
Cotton is opening right rapidly now
and soon will come cuffle's happv
time?the cotton picking season?but I
alas, for some of us, it will be of
Mr. E. W. Dabbs was with us t.?
day and made a good talk in be?
half of the Farmers' Union, which
was appreciated. If the farmers
would do as they a^re instructed to do,
pull together, work more, loaf less,
feed the pigs and cows more regular?
ly, and more of them, quit cursing
the merchants and corporations and
attend to their business, improve the
talents God has given them, wc
would all have more corn in the barn,
milk and butter in the dairy, meat in
the smoke house and money in the
P >cket. and with plenty of each of
thete we are not dei endent on any
one, but we have entirely too many
people, who, %4 cuffie says, are afraid
of tdd Sdl; they don't want their
???mplexions tanned; but, my friends.
??bd cays we must live by the sweat
of the brow. So if you all want the
Farmers' Union to be a success, don't
forget that. Work, think and study.
The new church at Dalzell is about
ready for the meeting, which we are
expecting to commence on Sunday
next at 11 o'clock. While the church
is not near completed it is so the ser?
vice can be held in it, and we trust
the meeting may be a grand success
in every particular. The good people
of the surrounding country are in?
vited to attend the meeting, and we
hope all the bad ones will come and
become good people. So If you are
rood, come and get better; if you are
bad. by all means come that you may
uOt remain so.
Rembert, Aug. 12.?There was a
treat deal of excitement in this and
other sections last Saturday night
and Sunday when it was rumored
that at or near Borden a right had
occurred in which one was cut and
one was killed. We were glad to
learn that there was nothing of it,
still we think that the founder or cir?
culator of such rumors which causes
excitement and trouble should be
severely punished by law.
Fodder pulling has commenced,
and we trust that the farmers may
have good weather for a few days
and be able to save their fodder.
Rough feed in this section for the
past few years has been extremely
high, and we have evcr>\ reason to
believe that it will be high again next
Plowing of cotton is still in prog?
ress around here, although it is near
the middle of August. This seems a
little strange, but the old adage Is a
true one. we never get too old to
A meeting of days is now in prog?
ress at Old Swift Creek church, con?
ducted by its pastor. Uev. T. L. Cole.
We trust that much may be accom?
plished for the Master's cause.
Notices have been sent out to the
little folks that Mary and Henry
Harllee will be at home <>n next Fri?
day afternoon from 6 to 8 o'clock.
May tl\e gathering be a large one,
and everybody enjoy themselves are
the wishes of a friend.
The health of our community In
Max. Aug. 12. ? Some have gather?
ed fodder of early planted corn.
Cotton is beginning to open.
The frequent rains have improved
Most of the tobacco growers have
finished curing. We haven't heard
of any displeasure or elation as to
prices?only one instance. An owner
of a small farm, after selling tobacco,
is was said, appeared indifferent to
old friends, except to remark to
them that he had $4 50 in his pocket.
Dr. Bullock took Mrs. Evander
Kirby to Sumter to an infirmary for
Mr. J. L. Kirby visited his sister
and other relatives in Atlanta, Ga..
Miss Violet Young, of Columbia,
came down Tuesday and will be the
guest of Mr. A. J. Goodman and oth?
er relatives for several weeks.
Mr. Bart. Smith and family, of
Hebron, are visiting at Mr. J. L.
A party was given by Dr. and Mrs.
T. R. Kelly in honor of their guests,
Miss Jones, of Georgetown, and Miss
Hinds, of Florence.
A singing convention will be held
the 26th instant at Nazareth church,
Some falks have old sweet potatoes
and some are using new ones.
Antloch, Aug. 11.?The weather is
now very favorable and the farmers
are making good use of it by rapidly
pulling fodder. The crops have come
out a great deal, but it will be im?
possible to get over one-half to one
third of a crop.
Mr. J. W. Davis lost his dwelling
house and contents by fire Monday
night. It is not known how the fire
originated. We have not heard
whether there was any insurance or
Mr. Jones Smith and Miss Fae
Reins, of Langston, S. C, are visiting
at this place.
?. Judplng from the amount of chick?
ens missing in this section, some of
the colored people must be "faring
sumptuously" every day. There were
eleven missing at Mr. J. C. McLeod's
place this morning.
Grapes and watermelons are very
plentiful; other fruits are scarce.
Protracted metings are stiil in
progress in this section.
Mr. J. K. Richbourg spent Satur?
day in Camden.
Miss Mae White, of Smithville.
spent several days of last week with
Miss Minnie Grier at this place.
The health is very good.
DIXIE DAY AT SEATTLE.
Celebration Will Be Held August 24
?Dato Moved Up on Account of
Inability of Page and Watterson to
Be Present?Regular Old Southern
Concert and Dance to Be Given,
Seattle, Aug. 11.?Owing to the
fact that Thomas Nelson Page, the
1 well known Southern short story
writer, and Henry Watterson, editor
of the Louisville Courier-Journa'
\\\re unable to come on August 10.
the committee in charge of the Dixie
Day celebration at the Alaska-Yukon
Paciflc Exposition has changed the
date to August 24.
The Southern Dixie societies also
preferred the later date, as at that
time they will be able to have a
larger representation at the Exposi?
The programme of the day has
been arranged with many brilliant
features. At 2 o'clock in the natural
amphitheatre, addresses will be
made by prominent Southerners, in?
cluding Mr. Watterson and Mr. Page.
A musical programme is also plan?
ned for the afternoon under the di?
rection of Mrs. G. A. C. Rochester,
who will arrange a regular old South?
From 4 to 6 o'clock in the after?
noon, the Daughters of the Confed?
eracy will hold a reception anl serve
tea in the, Washington State build?
ing, at 8.30 in the evening a reception
and dance will be given in the Wash?
ington State building.
Prominent Southerners in Seattle
who have large mint beds offer to as?
sist in serving mint-juleps to all com?
ers if the committee desires.
Claude C. Ramsey, of the Virginia
Society, has been put in charge of an
office to be opened in the New York
building and to him are to be ad?
dressed all communications regard?
ing the plans. William Hickman.
ex-mayor of Seattle, is one of the
prominent members of the commit?
A colored woman <>f Alexandria
Va., was on trial before a magistrate
of that town charged with inhuman
treatment of her offspring.
Evidence was clear that the woman
had severely beaten the youngster,
aged some 9 years, who was in court
to exhibit his battered condition.
Before imposing sentence, his hon?
or asked the woman whether she had
anything to say.
"Kin 1 ask yo' honah a question?"
Inquired the piisoner.
Til.- judge nodded affirmatively.
"Well, then, yo' honah, I'd like to
ask you whether you was ever the
parent of a puftectly wuthless cullud
LAYMEN'S MOVEMENT MEETING.
Great Interest Taken?Many Denom?
inations Represented?idresses by
Prominent Educators ami Divines.
Manning, Aug. 10.?An extremely
otable event of great significance to
religious circles was the Sumter Dis
rict Harmony Presbytery and Rap?
ist Association Conference Laymen'?
Missionary Movement, the exercises
f which commenced this evening ai
.30 in the beadtiiul auditorium of
the Manning graded school building
nd which is to continue until Wed?
nesday afternoon. A large and cul
ured audience of ladies and gentle?
men assembled, embracing the coun?
ties of Clarendon and Sumter. The
following Manning churches were
represented: The. Manning Presby?
terian, Rev. A. R. Woodson; the
Manning Methodist, Rev. F. H. Shu
ler; the First Baptist, Rev. C. H.
Waters: the Clarendon Baptist, Dr.
C. W. Blanchard, and to show further
the liberality of sentiment and
thought a lone representative of
Judea was accorded a courteous re?
ception as the resident correspond?
ent of various journab in South Car?
olina and Georgia.
The following banners with the
noteworthy inscriptions attracted the
gaze of the audience, being hung on
each side of the stage:
"All churches in all the world ex?
pended for foreign missions for 50
years, 1810-1860, $17,343,973; for 10
years, 1870-1880, $22,601,346; for 1
year, 1907, $22,460,000."
"Receipts in the United States for
foreign missions for 30 years, 1859
1889, $9,500,000; for 1 year, 1907,
$9.459,000. We spend $300,000,000
annually for religious purposes in the
These figures are eloquent testi?
mony of what has been done for the
advancement and glory of God.
The conference committees are as
R. M. Cooper, Wisacky, chairman,
W. C. Davis, Manning, secretary; lay?
men leaders. Charlton DuRant. Man?
ning, Sumter District; C. L. Cuttino,
Sumter, Baptist Association; R. M.
Cooper, Wisacky, Harmony Presby?
tery; local committee of arrange?
ments, crecutre, Charlton DuRaiu
chairman; W. C. Davis, secretary: F.
C. Thomas. C. R. Sprott, R. J. Al?
derman, Alcolu, chairmen of sub?
committees; F. L. Wolfe, entertain?
ment: D. M. Bradham, reception, F.
O. Richardson, music; C. A. McFad
The evening's programme was car?
ried out for the opening session as
Word of Welcome, Dr. A. S. Todd.
? man of letters and the accomplish
edresident correspondent of that
exeat journal, the News and Courier.
His remarks were timely?impress?
ive and eloquent.
Response, R. M. Cooper, Wisacky,
whose remarks were replete with
originality, erudition, and who im?
pressed those present what has been
and will be accosplished in God's
vineyard for the redemption of
countless millions of benighted heath?
ens, who do not realize the glory of
At the church today Prof. J. B.
Carlyte, Wake Forest, N. C. dwelt'
with great strength and power on
what the churches of the land had
done, are doing and were doing for
the uplifting of mankind.
Generally statistics are dry and
uninteresting to the average mind,
but the splendid presentation of the
Laymen's Place In the Missionary
Campaign, Prof. William J. Martin,
Davidson, N. C, was interesting, log?
ical, instructive and eloquent. This
distinguished scholar surely "lisped
in numbers," for the numbers came.
All the speakers spoke in the most
flattering terms of the splendid edi?
fice of^ learning, the Manning graded
school reflecting the mind of the peo?
ple of the power and Influence for
good of knowledge.
Prayers were offered fervently by
Revs. J. O. Wilson and C. W. Blanch?
The musical programme was car?
ried out excellently and effectively,
the vocalism having feeling, strength
and sympathy. Miss Augusta Ap
pelt accompanied the singers in a
highly accomplished and masterly
Sopranos, Misses Pauline and
Beulah Wilson. Mrs. D. M. Bradham,
Miss Lizzie Wells; altos, Mesdames
W. C. Davis. R. E. Harllee; tenors, J.
L. Wells and B. T. Legg; bass. Messrs.
F. C). Richardson, C. W. Wells, Fred
Morris, A. P. Burgess and W. M.
Opening anthem, by all the choir;
mal?' chorus, by all the men in the
GREECE AND TURKEY AGREE.
Hie Porte Decides to Accept Greek
Note if Assured of Quiet in Crete.
Constantinople, Aug. 11.?The
Greco-Turkish disagreement is about
to be settled. The porte has decided
t<> accept the Crock note on the as?
surance of tin-protecting powers that
in the event of Cretan persist*, nee in
present tactics, they will re-occupy
the island witli troops.
COTTON MARKET STEADY.
LAST PRICES THREE POINTS
LOWER TO ONE HIGHER.
Roar Leaden Seemed Not I)i?|X>sotl
to Fight Advance?(?ain Lost in
tlie iMie Trading.
New York. Aug. 11.?The steadier
tone shown in the cotton market yes?
terday was in evidence again today
during the middle session, but lato i
fluctuations were irregular with the
close steady net 3 points lower to 1
The market opened steady at a de?
cline of 1 to 5 points and sold 6 to 7
points net lower during the first few
minutes under liquidation by some of
yesterday's buyers who were disap-,
pointed by the showing of the Liver?
pool market and by early advices in
dealing with the gulf storm. There
seemed to be no aggressive bear pres?
sure and the market soon steadied on
later reports suggesting that the gulf
storm was passing over without caus?
ing any further rains of consequence \
in the Southwest, reports of a good
demand for remaining old crop sup?
plies and talk of a rather better in?
quiry from manufacturers for new
crop shipment. Certain Southern
sections. Chicago wires, local people
and foreign houses seemed to be buy?
ing here and there were rumors that
a new bull pool had been formed. The
bear leaders did not seem disposed to
fight the advance, but after the mar?
ket had sold 4 to 9 points net higher,
October and January touching 12.3 5,
or 36 to 41 points above the low lev?
el of Monday, there was a renewal of
selling by local professionals and the
advance was lost in the late trading.
Private reports from Texas ciaim that
the recent rains have done little per?
manent good, while there are rumors |
of iurther sales from the local stock I
and some of the Liverpool advices
claim/ better trade conditions abroad,
in spite of which the bulls point to
the bullish showing of the British
board of trade statement for July.
Southern spot markets, officially re?
ported early, were unchanged to 1-Sc.
Receipts at the ports today 1,900
bales against 522 last week and 3,953
last year. For the week 12.000 bales
against 9,058 last week and 24,038
last year. Today's receipts at New
Orleans 1,058 bales against 3G5J
last year. ^
Spot cotton closed quiet; middling
uplands 12.60; middling gulf 12.85;
sales 2.500 bales.
Futures opened and closed steady.
A Valuable Silver Dollar.
Custom decrees that a gold coin,
or at least, silver, shall be put under
the mainmast of each new ship
laucned. The coin bears the date of_
the year when the vessel is complet- ^
ed, a fact well known to collectors
who keep an eye on ships that are
likely to be the depository of numis?
matic prizes, says the Lewiston, (Mo.)
Journal. Thus at Liverpool, some
years back, a derelict Yankee schoon?
er was bought for a song, yielding an
1804 dollar, the rarest and most
eagerly sought after of all American
coins. It sold readily for 1,500
pounds ($6,000) and would be worth
today at least double that sum for it
was in perfect preservation, having
rested in its cotton-wool wad beneath
the holllow "steeping" of the mast"^
since the day it was first placed In
position. Its recovery was the result
of foresight and business enterprise
combined, of course, with special
knowledge. A man passing the
worthless hulk on the day of the sale
noticed the date, 1804, on her uterrr^j
and rightly guessed that she might
likely be the bearer of a dollar of
For South Carolina: '
Partly cloudy with lo 'ai showers
tonight or Saturday.
THE MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE
COMPANY OF NEW YORK. |
P. H. Hyatt. Manager for S. C.
Figures Never Lie ami Here are the
Figures of the Mutual Life Insur?
ant Co.. of New York.
For the month of May, 1909, the
s.oith Carolina Agency received ap- I
plications amounting to ?$194.037.00.
Cash Dividends declared to South
Carolina policyholders for July settle?
Since April 20. 1909. the following
death* claims have been paid to South
Carolina policyholders $33.760.00.
Proofs of death are being prepared
by claimants for $53.300.00.
These figures are so plain and con?
vincing that "He who 1 uns may
ISAAC M. LORY E A,
Special Agent Clarendon and Suinter.
Offices at Manning and Sumter.
Jas. 1>. firahaii Agent, Sumter.
J, E. McFaddin, Agent, Sardinia.
M. B. lA^setsne, Agent, Pine-wood.