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WT LETTEIIS FROM OUR SPE?
mm of Interest From all Parts of
Sumter and Adjoin Ina; Counties.
NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS.
Mall your letters go that they will
:h this office not later than Mon
r.hen Intended for Wednesday's
,jr and not later than Thursday
Saturday'- lasue. This, of course.
?4?plles only to regular correspond
In case of Items of unusual
Talus, send In Immediately by
II. telephone or telegraph. Such
ra stories are acceptable up to the
%our of going to press. Wednesday's
paper la printed Tuesday afternoon
Saturday's paper Friday after
ftmlthfUle. Aug. 16.?Cotton is
-opening rapidly. Fodder pulling will
be over. Rain has begun to
ia again to the disappointment of
fodder puller and cotton picker.
A Northern writer undertook some
ago to enlighten the Southern
fanners relative to corn gathering.
Ha says the correct way to cure your
fedd'r and corn le to out the whole
?talk and shock them in the field,
r, what kind of corn would we
out of which to make bread?
?uch old soured, rotten stuff as
farmers buy from the merchants.
The merchants order It from the
Warth and West, where the wonder?
ful method of cutting and shocking
m followed by the farmers. What Is
the result? Plenty of dead stock
id from eating such rotten stuff
worst of all It causes pellagra,
moat awful disease, for which
Oser <? la no cure at present. It Is
that Southern grown corn never
M pellagra. That Is where the
fodder Is pulled and the ear allowed
to dry thoroughly before gathering,
writer goes on to eay that our
thod Is about as far behind the
lea aa a man would be to plant his
by hand, chopping holes with
?fha hoe and dropping corn by hand
covering with hoe. This Is only
more case where the Northern
thinks he knows R all. Of
course Southern folks are not expect?
ed to know anything. They are re?
tarded as fit subjects for the scorn
svnd ridicule of the North. If some
of these wonderful and seemingly
snoat eloquent Northern writers
would come down South, we might'
?ad they were as Ignorant as the
dtjrman who went into the country
ta become a farmer. He planted
Wans and of course they came up
the usual way with the boans on top.
One morning his neighbor went over
and found him pulling up his beans
and resetting them the roots on top.
The cltyman told his neighbor they
come up with the wrong end on
About that time some one step
up and told him the hired man
could not milk th* cow, she kicked
no badly. Cltyman said he could
snanage her by kindness; so after
caressing her (or a while he tied her
las; to one of his and proceeded with
the milking; In a moment the cow
went tearing across the yard drag?
ging Mr. Cltyman after her. Jn mak?
ing her escape she overturned a bee
have, the occupants of which gave
him rather a warm reception. Mr.
Cltyman pulled up his stakes and
returned to the city a sadder but
wiser man. I think the Northerner
would find he didn't know what he
was talking about. His life down here
wauld be even worse than the Clty
Max. Aug. 19.?Rev. E. A. Drlggers
tiollvered an address on prohibition
last Sunday morning at Nazareth
Ueut. Oov. McLeod made an ex?
cellent address on education after the
oaerclses of Children's Day last Sat?
urday st Shlloh.
Several from about here went to
Hhiloh last Saturday. .
The little son of Mr. Harvey Coker.
of Mottn. who has had typhoid fever
for several weeks, continues very III.
Also, Mr. Coker has typhoid fever,
and has been sent to an Infirmary for
Mrs. B. M. Truluck returned from
St. Charles last week, accompanied
hy her niece, Miss Margaret Brelly.
Miss Ilu Truluck. of Shlloh. and
Miss Brooks, of Greenwood, visited
nt Messrs. B. C. and W. D. Truluck'?
Mrs. Jennettc Humphrey is visit?
ing relatives ab ?ut here.
Miss Marlon Hicks is spending
some time with her slste.r. Mrs. Ha?
- Misses Eva Moor?. und Lois
Thompson spent a few days at (half
uncle's. Mr. E. J. Tomllnson s, of
M r. I>. J, IrfMfSjon, of | ?el.tnd. I '! ? .
Is Visiting his home und friend.- at
Mr. and Mrs. J. <\ Truluck Invited
eeveral young folks b; take supper
last night, after which games were
Interspersed with Ice cream, till a
late hour. All enjoyed the time.
JORDAN IS A HARD ROAD TO
Some Vp* and Downs of a Mall Cur?
Very few people indeed ever con
sinder for a moment even a few of
the many difficulties under whiQh i>
rural mail carrier has to labor. They j
seem to forget that his daily life Is
endangered and that troubles, (of
times uncalled for) trials, difficulties
and unpleasant happenings are his
to encounter every day. They rather
think ease, comfort, peace and plen?
ty to spare money, are his to com?
mand, and with this view in their
minds his position Is often envied,
and little deeds of kindness, or
words of consolation and encourage?
ment are forgetten.
It Is the duty of a carrier to serve
the department and the patrons of
hla route to the best of his ability.
Never wavering In the discharge of
his whole duty, both to his govern
ment and patrons, always speaking
pleasantly to everybody, obliging and
accommodating as far as practicable.
If a carrier assumes a pleasant de?
meanor toward everybody, then
lota of people will expect him to
stamp their letters on a credit, for?
getting the fact that Uncle Sam does
not do business that way. and If he
seems a little cool then he is consid
A mall route Is generally oyer the
very roughest parts of the country,
and the trains are almost Invariably
behind time, and the carrier Is lim?
ited In time granted to return and it
takes hustling around under the most
favorable opportunities to make It.
These opportunities seldom If ever
come along the carrier's way, for re?
gardless of how the land llea or what
direction the road may go, nearly
everybody has Imbeded In their
minds golden Ideas?that all rows
must lead directly Into the road, and
the Jim crow African receives orders1
not to leave grass between the Held
and the wheel rut, consequently the
carrier finds little mountains of dirt
six or eight Inches high about two
feet apart in both ruts, or else the
plowman stand's still and let's the
poor dumb brute pull him and his
plow around, cutting a ditch across
the road, This puts a quietus to the
mali carrier's progress?causing the
breaking of buggies, of harness,
pitching whips, mall pouches, Ac, out
of place, causing the mall man to
think or use some word, or words,
which he has a faint recollection of
having used In the days gone by, set?
tling down his scanty, early breakfast
only too soon, causing hunger and
thirst to set up a howl, ere he can
reach home, causing him to think of
a portion of a verse of poetry he used
"Holy Moses and the Angels,
Cast thy pitying glances down,
\nd the family doctor came
Put a soft mush poltlc3 on."
Oh! well, that's alright, he has n
Job from Uncle Sam. He gets big
money. He has nothing to do but
ride. Forgetting that they have the
pleasure of appeasing their hunger
and quenching their thirst around
the family fireside or under the cool?
ing shades, both of which the mail
carrier Is debarred from while plod?
ding through heat and dust, rain and
Mr. Editor, we have a good many
different classes of people in thiR
world and I suppose It takes all kinds
of people to make a world. We
have one class that seems to be Ig?
norant of their duty toward their fel
lowman, who seem to have lost all
sense of right or wrong, for they de?
light In running and whipping stock
by you, riding cows wrong end fore?
most with a bundle on their back, or
trotting horses or popping fire crack?
ers, and In fact all other devilment
which they think might cause you to
have trouble with your horse, forget?
ting that the mail carrier is only hu?
man, and may not always be able
to control his temper, or that there
might be some trouble about cloggim;
Uncle Ham's business if reported..
We have others who seem to think
that the proper place to erect their
mall box Is ten or more feet from the
road in a cultivated field and when
kindly notified by the carrier to plac
his box by the road side, with I
Krunt and a one-eyed side-long look
at you walks off. saying by his nc
tlons that the department is paying
big money to have his mall brought
to his box.
We have others who erect their
boxes on the top of some high em
bankment. takln? it for granted thr*t
th<- mail carrier Is or ought to be. a
Kood climber and that It will not be
much trouble for him to scratch out
hebs In the clay walls of the bank
and gscend ladder fashion to the box"
Tell him to move it why no. I want
my box where i can s. s it from any
point on my farm. Why the mail
man is paid to bring the mail, he ha
nothing to do but to ride,
We have Others Who would at an\
OOSl keep their box locked with a lock
almost is large :?s your fist, when th<
box Is actually not more than twenty
ty feet from their door steps and of
ten they will stand on the steps and
watch you pull and wring and twist
for several minutes before you suc?
ceed in unlocking it and then just as
you place their mail in the box, will
tell you just to leave it open "we will
lock it." Oh, how provoking, when
they could have saved you all of this
trouble? Xo wonder that marly all
the mail carriers are either thin
haired or bald headed.
We have another class who thinks
that a mail carrier has nothing but
patience, time and money, for they
always forget to write their letters
until the carrier reaches their box,
then they ask him to wait until they
can write an important letter. Oh,
well, that is alright, the carrier has
plenty of time and is always expect?
ed to have a buggy load of patience?
never to hunger, thirst or weary, but
simply to exist on the pure air, heat
and rain with no expense and bank?
ing privileges always at their com
mad. You say, "how is this." Why
they are working for Uncle Sam.
Again there are others who will as?
sail you, "Captain," I wrote a letter
to my grandfather's great aunt three
weeks ago in Quebeck, Florida, or
some such name and you have not
brought me an answer, forgetting
that others must first handle this
mall, but In their estimation either
the carrier or postmaster only is re?
Well Mr. Editor, the carriers and
country postmasters haw about ex?
hausted their vocabulary of excusses
and the future looks dark and dismal.
Come to our relief. X
Remberts, S. C, Aug. 18.
(iEN SUMTER'S BIRTHDAY.
Picnic Celebration at the Memorial
Academy?Organization of the
Sumter County Agricultural So?
Editor the Watchman and Southron:
Although the weather conditions
? were unfavorable (a very omnious
cloud making an appearance Just at
the hour for the meeting) yet a very
large crowd assembled on the grounds
of the Sumter Memorial Academy on
Saturday, Aug 14th, and promptly at
11 o'clock the exercises were opened
with music by the Misses Dargan. At
the conclusion of the instrumental
music, "America" was sung by the
whole body standing and joining in
the singing. Then the Principal of the
school announced the programme for
the day, closing with the statement
that County Superintendent of Edu?
cation Cain would Introduce State
Superintendent Swearingen. which
was done in a felicitious manner, and
Mr. Swearingen arose amid clapping
of hands and made a most excellent
address. During this address the
clouds grew so threatening that the
audience was asked to leave the
grove and go into the assembly room
of the Academy. As this was accom?
plished without disorder and this
most impressive, practical and in?
structive speech was concluded amid
the roaring of the rain and wind and
claps of thunder, and yet hundreds
heard it all and appreciated it too.
Mr. Swearingen paid several com?
pliments to the work of the State
School Improvement Association and
said he took peculiar satisfaction in
doing this at the home, and in the
school room, where the President.
Miss Thfodosia Dargan, lives and
works. He expressed the hope that
the legislature at its next session
would make a special appropriation
for the advancement of this work as
he knew no agency so well fitted to
accomplish the good results in work
for school Improvement as this body
of noble, patriotic and laborious
South Carolina women. Mr. Swear?
ingen made hosts of friends .by his
pleasing and insp'ring address and
by his social, unassuming and gentle
Prof. J. X. Frierson, of the Univer?
sity of South Carolina, was next in?
troduced by Col. Dargan as one who
was reflecting honor upon Stateburg,
a community that was historically
marked by many of the State's great?
est names. Mr. Frierson acquitted
himself handsomely, showing cultur?
ed oratory and thought und leaving
all who heard him glad that Sumter
county Is furnishing to the State Uni?
versity so fine a specimen Of its man?
hood. Prof. Carson of the Universi?
ty attended the meeting also, and ii
was very much desired that he should
is- oalled upon for an ex tempore
talk; but for lack of time this pleas?
ure \\;is postponed for the next 14th
when he will have notice enough ?l
our desires, to come listed as one of
the speakers of the day.
Mr. DabbS came next in older and
made an earnest and impressive plea
for the union of farmers over which
lie presides and for which he labors
zealously and ably.
Then came dinner and it goes with?
out saying thai spreads were found
In all (or almost all) of the rooms ol
the Academy, old Acton did not
groan, i>wt laughed aloud at the load
of goods she was carrying and dis?
pensing on Sumter's birthday. Aftei
dinner the central purpose <?f tht
meeting was executed in capita
form. The Sumter Agricultural So?
ciety was organized, that has come t<
stay and to do splendid work as a
matter of course.
Gen. W. E. James, President of the
old Darlington Agricultural Society,
made a speech to prepare the as?
sembled farmers for wise action in
the election of officers, making of the
constitution and future conduct of
the meeting and did his work well,
aiding in the organization very ef?
fectively. Mr. Thomas P. Sanders,
of the Hagood neighborhood, was
elected President and Mr. Edwin E.
Rembert, of the Providence section.
Secretary. The election of other of?
ficers and the making of the consti?
tution, etc., was postponed to another
meeting, to be called by the Presi?
dent-elect upon his return home.
Then followed a most charming fea?
ture in the programme, when State
Superintendent of Education Swear
ingen arose to present to the society
a beautiful gavel made by the great
grandson of Gen. Sumter (Mr. Wal?
lace Sumter) from the wood of a
cedar that grew at the grave of the
famous old hero. The very happy
speech of Mr. Swearingen, which we
quote here in full was delivered in a
most agreable style of oratory and
listened to with perfect attention:
Gentlemen: It is a privilege to
present this gavel to the President of
your society. The cedar of which it
is made symbolizes, I hope, the per?
manence of your organization. Ita
finish and workmanship should stim?
ulate you to utilize the rich possibil?
ities of agriculture in Sumter county.
The honor It confers upon your Pres?
ident indicates your appreciation of
his influence and his merits. He is
henceforth to preside over your de?
liberations and the authority vested In
him will doubtless be used to improve
and strengthen the agricultural
sinews of your county South Caro?
lina is Just entering upon an era of
unprecedented development. Her
water power is being harnessed, her
cotton spun Into yarn and woven Into
cloth, and her fields now yield more
than ever before.
The Sumter Agricultural Society
should be an agency of improvement.
It touches the life of this community
at its most vital point, but its useful?
ness will be measured by its work
alone. Carved as the gavel has been
from a tree growing near the grave
of General Thomas Sumter, it links
the present with the past. From
1776 to 1783 he fought for the politi?
cal Independence of his State. His
lineal descendant has carved this
wood and presents it to this society
as a token of interest in the agricul?
tural development of Sumter county.
In 1909, you are engaged in a fiercer
struggle for the industrial independ?
ence of the South. The issue is wor?
thy of the highest patriotism, the
most unselfish service, the profound
ost thought and the unflagging per
severence of every intelligent citizen.
May the deliberations of the Sumter
Agricultural Society prove most help?
ful in securing the best material
growth and the truest social gains
which this community and this coun?
ty can enjoy. .
This speech of Mr. Swearingen,
here published, will be entered In
full upon the record book of the so?
ciety, together with the brief but
tasty reply of the Secretary.
Then the last speaker (Dr. Orten)
of the occasion and the first to ad?
dress the Sumter Agricultural Socie?
ty, was introduced and talked most
learnedly of wilt of plants?cotton
particularly, but watermelons, cab?
bages, peas, etc. The United States
Agricultural Department sent Dr.
Orten to address this meeting and he
was Introduced by Prof Ira Williams
as one of the Department's greatest
men and no one doubted his abilitv
to sustain his reputation before an
all who heard Dr. Orten knowot
intelligent audience of farmers. We'll
all who heard Dr. Orten know here?
after, how to select b.ight resisting
plants for seed.
Thus closed the third celebration
of the 14th of August as the birthday
of Gen. Sumter?a success in all re?
spects?In numbers, in Impressive and
Informing speeches, in B delicious and
abundant dinner and In the social en?
gagement of all attendants, young
and old, and most clearly was it de?
monstrated that no one need stand
back for weather when the picnic
is on the grounds of the Sumter Me?
The Misses Hainan, who were ap?
pointed to furnish the music for the
occaalon did their part charmingly
and after the close of the exercises
numbers of pifi es were executed, by
request, by the Misses Dargan and
Nelson, and enjoyed very much by
the crowd collected out of the rain
III tiie Academy.
Dysentery Is a dangerous disease
but can be cured. Chamberlain's
Colic. Cholera and Diarrhoea Rem?
dy has been successfuli> used In nine
epidemics of dysentery, it has never
been known to fail, it is equally
valuable for children and adults, and
when reduced with water and sweet?
ened, it is pleasant to take. Sold by
W. W. Blbert
Sumter, S. C.
jMiminniii'iii hi.i Ut
I \717" [ E are cleaning up stock prior to
going to market. If you need anything
in Muslin Underwear now is your time to buy. This
is the opportunity to save money.
.50 Muslin Skirts .39
75 " M .57
1.00 44 44 .87
1.75 44 44 1.39
.25 L'd's Drawers .19
.50 44 44 .39
75 M 44 .59
1.00 44 44 .83
.20 Corset CVrs .15
.25 44 44 .19
?35 " 44 24
.50 44 44 .39
Birnie's Drug Store,
6 W. Liberty St. Sumter, S. C.
Pure Drugs and Medicines,
CHOICE PERFUMES [AND FINE
TOILET ARTICLES, COMBS AND
BRUSHES, PATENT MEDICINES
AND DRUGGISTS* SUNDRIES, A
FULL LINE OF CIGARS AND
TOBACCO. :: :: :: :: ::
OUR MOTTO: PURE AND RELIABLE GOODS.
Our stock is complete
and we cheerfully solicit
your patronage. :: :: \
If you have farm property in Sumter or Clarendon County which you
wish to sell this season, you should list it now, in order that it may be
inspected and properly advertised for the fall business. I have a number |
of prospective buyers for well Improved property, and if your prices are
right, we should be able to do some business.
city, farm and tim?
ber property han?
dled, real estate
26% N Main St.
R- B. Belsen
REAL ESTATE ATTORNEY.
money invested in
real estate mort?
gages let me invest
your idle money a^
7 and 8 per cent"
Sumter, S. C.
A STRONG ARGUMENT
In favor of our building materials
is that our house is the favorite^
purchasing place for builders whol
have the reputation of putting up
the best residences, public buildings
and stores in Sumter. Yom get
nothing but the best here, whether it
be lumber or sash and doors, and
out prices are beyond competition.
The Sumter Door, Sash & Blind Factory,
J. W. McKelver, - - Proprietor.
IN. G. OSTEEN, JR., Dentist.
18 West Liberty Street - - - - Up Stairs. 1
Hours?8.30 to 1-P. M?2 to 6.
Office Phone?No. 30 - - - House Phone 382