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NEWS OF INTEllKST THAT OO
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NOT PHI NT.
A Documnil Tliat Confused the Hoard
Of QMMNh>>A Novelty In Hcau
fort?<?ov. AiiMel Gives the War De?
partment a Conundrum.
Columbia, Aug. 31.?It has just
been discovered why the State Board
of Canvassers In session here last
week wan In some confusion about the
Beaufort dispensary election. The
members of the board were unable to
figure out whether they had a pro
teat or not What was before them
was an affidavit of involved language.
Finally this was set aside and the
election declared as In favor of re?
taining the Beaufort dispensaries.
This affidavit came f?*om a school,
teacher, Mr. Clarence S. Johnson, whc
has a refreshing sense of humor If
he has an Involved style of expressing
himself. After giving over two type?
written pages to sarcastic references
to Mr, r. C. Colcock of the dispen?
sary. Mr. Johnson, who says he ha?
had 34 years expetUnce ss an e*mo?
tion commissioner, thus philosophises
on the political situation In general
and the prohibition wave In particu?
"A. mordlcum of common sense
should have taught him (Mr. Col?
cock) that a commissioner has no
pover to compel managers to serve.
T'ue the law requires them to serve,
but makes no provision to that ef?
fect, so thst they sre as helpless as
the clergy trying to coax the weary
?Inner Into the pearly gatea without
the active co-operation of his Sa?
tanic majesty at the rear on the fir?
"Thsrs seems to have been a deter?
mination not to serve In this town,
grievance on sccount of want of
spirituous comfort, etc.
"Also the contemptible tip allowed
commissioners and managers of $1 a
day and limited to three daya by those
la authority voting themselves $5 II
day for alleged aervlces. The afore?
said tip would be spurned by the av?
erage hotel waiter for services of the
asms length. Managers are aafe
enough, but In case of a contest I
have served ten days and then con?
tributed II to a fund for the benefit
of owe of sjsaf commissioners who aas
not a capitalist snd whose mesns did
not warrant his paying a floe for his
CTStaltous aervlces to his country, snd
this Is respectfully referred to the
lensral assembly as a bone for It to
"Also the abuse of the primary sys?
tem, which becoming manifest some
years ago led to an act to protect
the said primary In the same manner
ss the general elections, and which
has been done by lowering the stand?
ard of one to the level of the other,
reducing both to ss roaring a farce as
trials by Jury. Another bone for the
general ass< mbly to pick.
"And finally for myself I have been
atrlctly neutral. I feel that we have
been getting good too fsst. The Sa?
viour drank wine. So did Lot, the
only righteous man to be found in
the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah,
and many others of that day, while"
Psul prescribe* It. But It seems we
sre snttrsry too good to associate with
that crawd, but Just go on killing
each other and committing any crime
that comes handy and forget that
poor little South Carolina has more
murders to her credit per act <? than
sny state In the Union. I am get?
ting good myself, so much so that
sometimes when I am called upon to
administer sn oath I feel that the
usual form la sscrlllglous and con?
clude With, so help you General Grant
or old Ben Tlllman or any old fizzle
I happen to think of, whose memory
I would keep green.
"Veriry the days are evil.
"Since Ben Tlllman was discovered
the tendency ofv all legislation has
been to atrr up strife. The next great
cslsmlty that befell the State was the
death of the Republican party. The
dispensary, which was to reduce our
taxes one-half, haa developed the
hlfhest type of rascality and the
highest tax levy since the 'days of
good stealing, exceeds sny Republi?
can levy, to say nothing of the low
type of morals crested thereby. With?
in a short tirrm after the establish?
ment of this great moral institution
It could point with pride to ninet.- I
newly made graves In two counties
alone in the upper part of the State
as the early crop all credited to It?
self. When we reflect that human
nature revolves upon the same axis
as It did thousands of years ago. at
which time 'It repented the I^ord that
be had made man on the earth and
It grieved Him at His heart.' that the
only man he ever created was | mis?
erable poltroon, destitute alike of
courage, truth or the first principles
of chivalry, that the first man born
upon the earth was a murderer?Is It
not the reducio ad absurdum of all
human Intelligence to expect great re?
sults of a 'one-gallus, wooLhat dam
nasty Insisting upon holding down the
poor little Stste ss a political experi?
ment station fcr revenue?
?'.Ms* my country' the Impending
crlbia is approaching. We arc getting
too religious, and religion (so-called)
lias caused more bloodshed than all
rther causes. Robbed of our right!
M part of a so-called Democratic gov?
ernment, but btlng offen d a choice
between two evils and realising tbat
man is incapable of sell '-government
because created below the nec< ssar>
standard, and feeling that I would
help to perpetuate a great wrong, 1
did not vote. But 1 help.d to umpire
the game at my i eril, as Mr. F. C.
Colcock of the dispensary may testi?
fy. I feel like the boy with the cat in
the well that climbed up two fe-t and
fell back three, it is only a question
of time when the combined efforts of
the rival factions will land us all safe?
ly In -.'?
Beaufort has a white chief of police
for the first time since the war be?
tween the sections, and the negroes
in this heart of the black belt, which
up to a few years r.go when the dis?
tricts were rearranged was accustom?
ed to sending p negro congressman to
Washington, are puzzled and put out
to understand the strange change. It
seems that the change in the situa?
tion has been brought about grad
* illy by a class of working whites
moving into Beaufort and becoming
voters, while formerly the old aris?
tocratic class was almost the only
white element In the city proper. For
some years the city has been going
forward under a white mayor, but a
white chief of police is as strange and
revolutionary a fact as a negro chief
cr mayor would be in a thriving city
.'n the Piedmont section.
Military men and others here and
elsewhere over the State are discuss
ing In quiet but Interested sort of
way Governor Ansel's act of a few
weeks ago in ordering eight govern
ment tents used by the militia, but
which the federal government says is
always to be regarded as government
property, to be sent to Greenwood to
Mr. J. M. Gaines to be used in con
Section with the Red Shirt celebra
tion at Anderson.
Now It is a violation of both the
State and federal statutes for any
national guard officer, and the gover?
nor is a national guard officer to the
extent of being commander-in-chief
and principal reviewing officer of the
State, to loan any government prop
erty except In cases of extreme emer
Section 64 of th> South Carolina
military code, which has been given
the force and effect of stutute law,
"Each regularly organized com?
pany of the militia shall be furnished
by the State with such arms, uni?
forms and equipments as are required,
upon the written requisition of th*
commanding officers of such com
panles respectively, approved by the
regimental commander. The arms
and equipments so furnished to any
organization of militia shall continue
to be the property of the State, or of
the United States, to be used for mlll
ary purposes only, and shall be re?
turned whenever called for by the
proper authority. '
"It shall be unlawful, and it Is
hereby forbidden, for any officer of
the national guard, or other person
responsible for arms, equipments ot
other military property, to loan the
same under any circumstances what?
soever. Provided, That upon the
written order of the governor such
property may be, in cases of extreme
emergency, temporarily loaned or Is?
Whether Jhe war department would \
regard a Red Shirt convention a case;
of "extreme emergency" is debatable, j
At any rate the tents were shipped
out in the absence of Adjutant Gen-'
eral Boyd and his assistant, Col.<
Brock on the direction of the gover?
nor, who hesitated some time before1
directing them to be sent. He would
hot give his written consent. The
only record of the transaction is a
letter on file In the adjutant general's
office to Mr. Gaines saying the tents
had been shipped by direction of the
I?Chamberlain's Colic, Cholera and
Diarrhoea Remedy Is today the best
known medicine In use for the relief;
and cure of bowel complaints. It
Cares griping, diarrhoea, dysentery,:
anil should be taken at the first un
natu al looseness of the bowels. It Is
equally valuable for children and
adults. It always cures. Sold by W.
Tanaoy M. May. who shot and kill?
ed C. B. Tidwell at Bdgtfield has been
released on bond In the sum of $1,
?Don't waste your money buying
plasters when you can get a bottle of
Chamberlain's Liniment for twenty
live cents. A piece of flannel damp?
ened with this liniment is superior to
any plaster for lame back, pains in
the side and chest, and much cheaper.
Sohl by W. W. Sll>ert.
One hundred and eighten gallons of
whiskey were captured by State con?
stables at Ten Mill Hill, near Charles?
e- 1 ?
?Not a minute should be lost when
a child shows symptoms of croup.
Chamberlain's Cough Remedy given
as soun as the child becomes hoarse,
or even after the croupy cough ap?
pears, will prevent the attack. Sold
by W. W. Sibert.
PANAMA CANAL GRAFT.
Congressman Rennett Writes Beere?
t?ry of War Alleging That Govern*
nieni is Being Robbed.
New York. Aug. 2S.?Representa?
tive William F. Bennett, in a letter
to the secretary of war, made public
here, charges the purchasing depart?
ment of the Isthmian Canal Commis?
sion with gross extravagance and fav- |
01 itism in connection with the pur?
chase of paint used for the barges,
dredges and other vessels engaged in
canal work. His letter, he says, is
only the opening gun in a campaign
which he hopes may result in the
establishment of a central purchasing
bureau for the government.
"It Is reasonable to assume." the
letter concludes, "that a purchasing
department which has bought nearly
fourteen times as much of an article
as was necessary nd under conditions
apparently where it could not be
used, Is engaged in other similar and
possibly larger transactions.
In a supplementary statement Mr.
"The contract system in all govern?
mental departments is subject to crit?
icism. There should be a central pur?
chasing bureau for the United States
government and then the possibilities
of graft would be reduced to a mini?
mum. I have information of peculiar?
ities not alone about paint in connec
tlo with the ourchasing department of
the canal commission, but about ce?
ment and other materials. There is
one instance I know of where a con*
tract for cement was closed with a
concern whose price was between
$600,000 and $800,000 above that of
the lowest bidder.
A Wild Rives Harnessed.
"The old attitude of reverence for
nature as the reflection In itself of
whatever was best for man, whether
it be flies or mosquitoes or the ver?
miform appendix, receives a severe
shock In the pamphlet just issued de?
scribing the completion of the Gun
nlson Tunnel ' says the Boston Trans?
cript. "On September 23 President
Taft will personally be present to
open its gates. Through them will
flow a part of the waters of the Gun
nison, going into- a channel where, for
all time to come, they will spread fer?
tility and prosperity. Ever since the
locomotive opened Colorado's scenic
wonders to the tourist world, the
'black canon of the Gunnison,* has
been* one of the impressive sights. Be?
tween masses of rock flowed this riv?
er, fed by the melting snows of the
Rocky Mountains.' But it went on to
the sea performing no service, either
for navigation, or for power, or for
irrigation. An opulent government
coming along, discovered a valley on
the other side of the mountains con
siderably below the level of the
stream. Accordingly a tunnel, much
longer than the Hoosac. and about
j the size of a freight oar, has been
I pierced through the rrparian eleva?
tion. On its other side, where the
water posjrs out, a miniature Panama
Canal has been constructed for the
retail distribution -of the stream. A
man-made river like this main ditch,
seem* immeasurably superior to those
which nature constructs. Its grade is
only Jost enough to keep the water
moving. This laves the wreckage of
floods. Wheresver the stream must
fall faster thasi that, an artificial cat?
aract has been constructed in cement.
At each of these a plant for the de?
velopment of electric power will even*
tttally be operated. Land which has
yielded no crops from the foundation
of the earth usually possesses extra?
ordinary fertility, so that once its re?
sources are quickened by water its
yield is phenomenal. The fruits of
the irrigated land of Colorado have
long attracted the admiration of all
l>eholders. Irrigation has the advan?
tage of bringing water at the time
and place that it is wanted, In mark?
ed contrast with the rainfall as man's
dependence. For the month preced?
ing our rennest downpour, New Eng?
land was about as dry as the irrigat?
ed country, and yet without the re?
sources controlling the situation with
certainty that these Coloradans pos?
Robert Brown shot and killed Er?
nest Heyward in Charleston. Roth
parties are colored.
Bernt Rilse. a Norwegian, serving
on the United States revenue cutur
Yamacraw, was drowned in Charles?
ton harbor by falling overboard.
?Your complexion as well as your
temper is rendered miserable by a
disordered liver. By taking Chamber?
lain's stomach and Liver Tablets you
can Improve both. Sold by W. W.
A $20.000 school building will be
erected at Union. Bids have been
?"Can be depended upon" is an ex?
pression we all like to hear, and when
it is used in connection with Cham?
berlain's Colic, Cholera and Diarrhoea
Remedy it means that it never fails
to cure diarrhoea, dysentery or bow?
el complaints. It is pleasant to take
and equally valur'de for children and
adults. Sold by W. W. Sibert.
COTTON CONDITION VERY LOW. I
Ginners* Report Estimates Yield at
Memphis, Tenn., Aug. 30.?The re?
ports of the National Ginners' asso?
ciation, made public this afternoon,
give the condition of cotton up to and
including August 24 as 64.1 per cent.
"This is the lowest condition in a
number of years," the report says,
"and indicates a crop of about 10,
500,000 bales. An early frost would
reduce these figures somewhat and a
late frost would probably increase the
total yield to 11,000,000 bales."
The report of averages by States
Alabama 64; Arkansas 59; Florida
76; Georgia 74; Louisiana 54; Missis?
sippi 62; Missouri 80; North Carolina
75; Oklahoma 58; South Carolina 76;
Tennessee 75; Texas 57. General av?
This indicates a crop of about 2.
000,000 bales for Texas. Ginners re?
port that they ginned 1,565,186 bales
last year in Texas and they estimate
they will gin 1,776,119 bales this year
with average weather.
PELLAGRA THEORY DENIED.
Atlanta Woman Has the Disease Who
Never Ate Any Corn Products.
Atlanta, Ga., August 30.?A case of
pellagra, the victim of which claims
never to have eaten ^am bread or any
corn products, has been uncovered in
Atlanta. Mrs. Kate Barto is the pa?
tient, and she is in the last stages
of the disease.
Dr. Frank Eskridge, who claims to
have treated many cases of the dis?
ease, says he doubted his own diagno?
sis and thought she might be a vic?
tim of "sprue," a disease known to
the tropics, with symptoms resemb?
ling those of pellagra. He called in
a physician who has had years of ex?
perience in the tropics and found that
his original diagnosis was correct.
"I am convinced now," he said,
"that the disease does not come from
musty corn products."
S. A. L. TO BRANCH OCT.
.May Build a Short Line Into Charles?
According to an interview given out
by an official of the Seaboard Air Line
at Hamlet, N. C, there is a great
probability that the Carolina, Clinch
field and Ohio railroad will go on fur?
ther in South Carolina than Spartan?
burg, and that the Seaboard Air Line
will construct a line from Shelby, N.
C, to Charleston over which the coal
carrying trains of the Clinchfield sys?
tem and the trains of the Seaboard
foad will be handled. From Bostic to
Shelby the distance is but 21 miles,
and since the Clinch leid road going
to Spartanburg crosses the Seaboard
at Bostic it will be necessary for the
Clinchfield trains to be detoured only
21 miles to Shelby there to take the
line now proposed by the Seaboard.
The proposed line of the Seaboard
will run from Shelby to Catawba,
where it will cross the Monroe to At?
lanta line of the Seaboard. From Ca?
tawba it will go to Fort Lawn, theie
touching several large power plants of
the Southern Power Company on the
Wateree ricer. It will cross the main
line of the Seaboarc\ New York to
Tampa, at Lugoff, a station across the
river from Camden. It will cross the
Florence to Columbia line of the At?
lantic Coast Line at Eastover. The
distance from Eastover to Charleston
is 110 miles. The Seaboard and
Clinchfield systems have each secur?
ed terminal sites in Charleston, and
these will be combined and will be
used by both roads. Spartanburg will
be used as a distributing point for the
Piedmont country and for points on
the main line of the Southern railway
between Charlotte and Atlanta. It has
become known that the Seaboard and
Clinchfield systems are practically one
and the same. The officers of the
Clinchfield are Seaboard men, and
these roads have been working hand
in hand to get to the port of Charles?
ton. The Seaboard official stated em?
phatically that Charleston and not Sa?
vannah will be the port used by these
mads, and that the arrangements now
being made to detour the Clinchfield
trains to Charleston are only tem?
porary. The Clinchfield road will con?
tinue to use the line of the Seaboard
between Hostie and Wilmington in or?
der to furnish the 110 manufacturing
plants which have contracted for
Hariiman vs. Oil Trust.
New York. Sept. 1.?By the letting
of a contract for crude oil, effective
today, to the Associated Oil Company,
it is asserted by financial prophets
that the Harriman railways have
broken with the Standard Oil Com
pany. The contract is worth a half
million a year. The ?dl will be used
by the Harriman lines of the North?
Dr. J. W. Crawford of Donalds. S.
C.i has been arrested on the charge
of practicing medicine without a li?
What Bouttiarn Soils Need Most.
If any one need of Southern soils
could he singled out as the greatest,
then unquestionably that greatest need
would be organic nitrogen?nitrogen
supplied through the agency of decay?
ing vegetation. That nitrogen is need?
ed on almost all our soils, thousands
of experiments and almost universal
observation prove beyond doubt. That
farmers recognize this fact, is also
proved by the millions of dollars an?
nually spent in the purchase of com?
When the nitrogen needed by our
soils is obtained through decomposing
legumes there is supplied something
more than nitrogen?humus. This hu?
mus is no less necessary and will as
surely increase the production of our
soils by improving their physical con?
ditions. The growing of nitrogen, or
rather the growing of nitrogen-gath?
ering crops, therefore, supplies the
two needs of our soils, which, taken
together, unquestionably stand first in
importance in any scheme of substan?
tial or permanent soil improvemt.?
Marriage at Salvation Army Hall.
There was a marriage at the Salva?
tion Army hall yesterday afternoon at
4 o'clock. The bride was Miss Clr.udie
Breckinri dge of Madison, Ga., and the
groom Mr. Frank H. China of Sum
ter, S. C. The marriage was perform?
ed in the presence of a company of
Salvation Army members and friends.
Mr. China is an operator for the
Western Union Telegraph Company
and is stationed in this city. Both he
and his bride are members of the
Salvation Army.?Charlotte Obser?
J. W. Aycoth, a large, fine looking
white man, wanted in Union County,
X. C.i on the charge of criminal as?
sault, alleged to have been commit?
ted last Sunday, and who made his
escape from that county after being
shot at by officers of the law, was
captured in the eastern portion of
Lancaster County Wednesday by
Sheriff Hunter and Constable Carnes,
the arrest being made at the instance
of Sheriff Griffin of Monroe. Constable
Carnes caught the man Tuesday but
he got away from the constable. The
sheriff and constable were out all that
night looking for Aycoth. They lo?
cated him Wednesday morning in a
body of woods from which he fled into
an open field where he was captured.
He is now In jail at Lancaster and is
willing to return to North Carolina
without requisition papers. Aycoth,
who is a man of family, one of his
sons being in the United States army,
emphatically denies the charge against
him. His wife and children are at
presem. living about 14 miles east of
Lancaster and he has recently been
working at the carpenter's trade here
They are originally from North Car?
olina. Before being brought to jail
Aycoth asked the sheriff to take him
by his home and allow him to bid his
family good-bye, which request was
granted. As the officer and his pris?
oner were about to leave the house
Aycoth picked a little lad up in his
arms and after affectionately kissing
him good-bye and counseling him to
be a good boy, turned to the sheriff
and remarked that the child was his.
the mother being the woman he is
charged with having assaulted last
Sunday, which statement was corro?
borated by Mrs. Aycoth.
It is reported that the Seaboard.Air
Line road will build to Charleston if
the C. C. & O., does not.
The Southern Power Company has
surveyed its route from Great Falls
to Newberry, and the work of erect?
ing the towers for the transmission
wires will begin at an early date.
Dr. W. H. Brown, treasurer of the
Edisto Club at Orangeburg, has been
arrested on the charge of storing
The Praise That Come* From Thank?
ful Sumte'. People.
One kidney remedy never fails.
Sumter people rely upon it.
That remedy is Do%n*9 Kidney
Samter testimony proves it alW4>*
P. R. May, 115 E. Liberty* St., Suin?
ter, S. C.i says: "Doan's Kidney Pills
proved more beneficial to me than
anything I had previously used. Two
years ago I was injured and as the
result my kidneys bothered mo a
great deal. My back ached severely
and I had such pains through my
loins that I could hardly move. I
tried prescriptions and liniment and
took several other remedies but did
not receive relief. My kidneys were
very weak and the secretions contain?
ed a dark sediment and were irregu?
lar in passage. I cou' not rest well
and if I attempted to ut. sharp pains
caught me through my loins. Since
using Doan's Kidney Pills, procured
at China's drug store, the backaches
and lameness have all disappeared
any my kidneys are more normal. I
feel fifty per cent better and it there?
fore g?ves me pleasure to recommend
Doan's Kidney Pills."
For sale by all dea ers. Price 50
cents. Foster-Milburn Co., Buffalo,
New York, sole agents for the United
Remember the rame?Doan's?and
take no other. No. 10.
PRESERVING OUR HISTORY.
Mnj. Coke*? Employes Mir. VV.
Woods to Collect History.
President J. L. Coker, of the Pee
Dee Historical Society nan employed
Walter D. Woods, the well known, vet?
eran editor ij collect the historical
matter of this section. To esrrf oa
this work some money is absolutely
necessary. The members of the Pee
Dee Historical Association have
shown themselves very indifferent in
the matter, but they must come to the
rescue now and help out the cause.
The Times will do as we did before,
publish all the matter that we can get
hold of which Mr. Woods collects.
We will send out the bulletins to the
members of the association and all
that we ask is money enough to cov?
er the postage account. This matter
must be attended to before it is too
lote. Major Coker, one of the most
public spirited men in the State is
willing to advance or pay, if neces?
sary, the expense of Mr. Woods for
the first month, but that is neither
fair nor right. We must have %109
and have it now. Who will contri?
bute to this cause? Send much or
little, we will return value received
in the publications of the society, andl
that will be our contribution to the
cause. Will you do your share?
Newberry Is Against Bonds.
Xewberry, Aug. 31.?Little interest
was shown in the election In this
county today on the question of issu?
ing $300,000 worth of bonds for roadl
improvement. With all but two smalt
boxes heard from the county gives for
j bonds, 110; against bonds, 1,239.
About half of the vote of the countyr
Mrs. Anna T. Swearingen, mother of
State superintendent of ? ed\icationv
died at her home at Trenton, S-C
For Infants and Children,
The Kind You Have Always foogtt
Is not a matter of guess work, nor is
it a matter of trying pairs of ready
made glasses. It is a science govern?
ed by principles which none but a
person who has studied the anatomy
of the Eye can understand?no guevs
work in our methods of testing the
OUR WORK IS GUARANTEED
W. A. Thompson,
6 S. Main Street
Sumter, S. C
How some agents and dealers
will?"fabricate?" Just the
other day an agent told one
of our customers he could
sell him a piano "just as
good" as the Stieff for ever
so much less money. It so
happened our customer knew
the difference, and knows
the firm of Chas. M. Stieff
has never attempted to mis?
lead a customer. If it were
possible for an agent to sell
as good a piano as the Stieff,
bow could he sell it for less
Don't be fooled, buy your
piano from the time honored
firm of Chas. M. Stieff, the
Chas. M. Stieff
Artistic Stieff, Shaw and
stieff Self-Player Pianos.
3 West Trade Si.
CHARIiOPTE, - - N. C.
C. If. Wllmoth,
(Mention this paper.)