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PRESIDENT TAFT IH FLORENCE.
ATTENDED UNIQUE FISH STEW
GIVEN IN IIIS UONOK.
JPee Dee Trml?x Convention end a
Visit by the Chief Magistrate of
The Nation Made Ye?terday an
Epoch-Marking Day for the Metro?
polis of the Pe? Dee Enthusiastic J
R?vrptlon Accorded Mr. Taft.
Florence, Nov. S.?Today was a
great and glorious day for Florence.
A visit by the president of the United
States and a convention of represen?
tative clttsens of the Dee Pee. with
plans deeply rooted for a greater
commercial development, made the
occasion on* to be long remembered.
The significance of the convention is
the enthusiasm over the construction
of the link of railway that connects
the coal fields of the mountains with
the port of Charleston and through It
with foreign lands. But In the ferver
of the moment It is not forgot that
there is work ahead, and what the
men of the Pee Dee are laboring to?
gether to do Is to make all the ad?
vantages of the section of more bene?
fit to the mate.
A genuine Southern welcome was
giv??n President Taft at Florence. Al?
though he arrived In the city after
nightfall, thousanda were at the sta?
tion to meet him. and as the party
moved up the principal streets of the
city the ohlef executive was roundly
In hie speech delivered from a spe?
cially constructed stand on the sec?
ond floor of the school building, the
president pictured the union of the
section* and construed the cordial
welcome he reclved here and at other
points In the South as an indication
of forgetfulness of the bitter days of
the War Between the States.
President Taft waa In especially
good humor, and he made a stirring
tittle speech tonight.
Re said: "Ladles and Gentlemen:
I am delighted to be here tonlgh..
and I am overcome by the cordiality
of your welcome. It Is, as Senator
Smith said, that In no place In South
Carolina or elsewhere have I had
more reason to congratulate myself
on the cordial reception than the one
I have received here tonight In Flor?
ence. Just exactly why it Is I am
not going to analyze, but Senator
Smith whispered to me that there is
something In connection with the
price of cotton that makes your
voices a bit louder, your smiles wider
gad your contentment a little greater.
I understand that you are not entire?
ly dependent upon cotton, and I am
rlad that It la so, because sometimes,
even within the recollection of some
it your youngest population, there
i\ y. been cotton slumps, and if you
tve other products upon which you
in depend, you are not subject to
that up and down movement that so
Often comes In a cyclone so entirely
dependent upon one product.
"Now. my friends, I am nearlng the
end of a long Joqrney. It Is u Jour
ney that I understood Was only to visit
Seattle, which represents the growth
of our Alaska deepndency and our
trade upon the Pacific coast, but
when It was announced that I was
to take that trip I found my friends
so hospitable that It enlarged, en?
larged, until I have criss-crossed the
country and travelled 13.000 miles,
knew something about the people of
the United States before I started,
but I know a g^reat deal more about
them now than I did then. They
have not been dependent altogether
upon IS cents cotton. Up In the
northwestern country they thlrk they
have something In the way of apples,
in the way of peaches, and In the way
of fruit, than which they say there Is
none better In the world. And so It
Is. as you go Into each State and en?
ter each territory, the people of each
particular place think they have, if I
may say so and use a colloquial ex?
pression which all of you understand
Is "a cinch" on their future prosperity.
All they ask Is that they shall have
an equal opportunity with the rest of
the country, and then they are sure
they will be In the lead.
"Now. my friends, we are apt to get
enthusiastic over 15 cent cotton, and
the growth of cities and States, and
all other Industrial progress, but I
hope that In doing so you will not
forget the responsibilities of our na?
tional growth. We have been prosper
oua before, we were exceedingly pros?
perous In 1907. we were very pros
pen ?uh f'?r six or clrht years before
that, but there came a time when
Theodore Roosevelt and men like him
who saw the tendency which came
from that prosperity t<? an accumula
tlon of wealth In Individual hands by
means tin' not legal and could
not be morally supp-of-d, that called
for a halt and < alb d for an Investiga?
tion Into our prosperity and called for
the enactment of legislation that
should restrict our growth In order It
might be along the lines of legality
and along the lines of hustften Integ?
rity and morality.
"Now, what I wish to call your gl*
Igggjgg t ? Is that we are beginning
again another great era of prosperity.
No man can measure the growth that
111 tow follow for the next eight
>?urs, bat In that growth we ought to
be care'ul not to be camel off our
feet and made Indifferent to our re?
sponsibilities as citizens, and it ought
to be determined that we shall main?
tain a ilgh standard as citizens und
shall frown down and stamp upon by
legal methods, the corrupt methods
introduced for the purpose of perpet?
uating a monopoly. We ought to
make up our minds that it is a busi?
ness which we must attend to always.
The price of liberty is eternal vigil
ance. So I say to you the price of
exalted moral standards is eternal
' It 1? easy for the peopi* to forge:
everything but material progress. I
hope we have had a lesson In the last
six or eight years that will prevent
our forgetting it."
' Now, my friends, there is nothing
in.-onsiatent with proper mac-rial
gi* wth, and thj *levation of our mor?
al standard of living. I am no pessi?
mist. [ believe we have gone on
steadily getting better and better, and
I think we showed by responding to
the call when Theodore Roosevelt ut?
tered it that we were not to be bribed
into quietness and sleepiness by the
comfort and conscience and wealth of
"One other thought comes to me,
(hat I have repeated from time to
time, bit it forces itself on me every
time I look into the faces of an Intel?
ligent i.udlence like this, and that is
that it would be Impossible for me to
tell if 1 were transported from some
where else blindfolded, and I looked
at it whether I were in New England,
in Ohio in the Middle West, or on the
Pacific coast, or In the South, if 11
were tc hear their voices I might be
able to tell by the emphasis on the I
"r" on the end of words that I was
somewhere South of the Mason and I
Dlxon line. With that exception a
slight accent In the East in the West
and in the South we are all alike.
"It gives me pride that I cannot ex- I
press lo travel from the Atlantic!
shore lo the Pacific shore and back,
on the Northern border and the I
Southern border and find a homogen- I
Ity of ninety millions of people that
means an American type, not English
or German, or French, no matter I
what c ur descent, but that we have I
taken in millions of foreigners who
have ome to build up this country I
and been received into our society
and th.it we have amalgamated them I
and th >y have all become Americans,
showing the traits of character thit
sharpens and accentuates that high
moral standard that we like to think
and believe Is characteristic of Amer?
"Now my friends, I have one other
thought, and that is, this Journey has
satisfied me that there are no section?
al lints between the North and the
South any more. You have your tra?
ditions, and great and noble oncs\J
they a.'e, we have ours in the North.
We have now reached a time when
we are proud of our traditions, and
I know you are proud of yours, and
while our memories lead uh back t"
a tremendous bloodly fratricidal strug- I
gle our present condition makes us
thank God that It is over without any
llngerl tg memories of bitterness, each I
for tho other, but all proud that we I
Wave t. past which shows us capabh
of sel:'-sacriflc and suffering for the I
right e.s we understand it, and such a
swelling of hearts and such a loyalty I
to the entire country today that,
while we remember those things, we I
only lDve each other better on ac- I
count of them. That thought has
been borne In upon me ever since I
toucned the Southland, and received
such a cordial reception and welocme
from the western border of Texas I
down to Charleston on the Atlantic. I
"I profess to know something about I
human nature and to understand
what people mean when they say,
when they look and when they act,
and I verily believe in my heart, that I
the reason I have bad throughout the I
South this reception has been a sin- I
cere desire on the part of the people
in all that district to testify to their
loyaltj by expressions of respect and I
welcome to the head of the nation." I
At the conclusion of the supper In I
honor of the president the Taft spe?
cial pulled out from the Florence de- I
pot, and before another day has
<1 iwned the borders of South aCro
llna will have been left behind. The 1
president is on the closing lap of the I
long ride now, the Journey which h?' j
described tonight as being one that 1
"enlarged and enlarged and enlarg?
The president's train pulled Into
the station at * O'elOOk, Thirty-seven
automobiles carried the presidential
party and thoso Who were in the pa?
rade through the streets. Every ar?
rangement work< d out admirably and
all plans were carried out In accord
ine,. with the programme, Florence
was gaily attired to receive President
Taft and especially pretty were the
At the banquet there was ? beauti?
ful seene. The school building was
tastily decorated with bunting. At
one end of the ball was a largo por?
trait of Taft. The tables were artis?
tically arranged, the centre demon?
stration being suggestive of 'possum,
Including the pumpkin and tho per?
simmon. Young ladles waited upon
the guests, suggesting the compliment
from the president that "I am proud
to see that Florence has those from
whom such fair handmaids may be
The waitresses wore sashes of the
Stars and Stripes, and In their pure
white dresses made a beautiful ap?
pearance. It was, indeed, "The Flow?
ers of the Pee Dee" who served to?
night. Altogether President Taft's
reception in this little city of 10,000
perosns was as demonstrative as any
he has received, and the president
hlmelf said so.
FARMER SHOT NEAR LAURENS.
Little Girl Sees Her Father Serious?
ly Wounded by Parrot Milam.
Laurens, November 8.?At 6 o'clock
yesterday ai.ernoon, on the public
road east of Laurens, Mr. William M.
Irby was seriously, though not nec
essarly fatally, shot by Mr Parrot
Milam, a young white man, the son of
Mr. James Milam of the caunty. The
entire load of shot from a double-bar?
relled breach-loader took effect in the
face and head of Mr. Irby, fearfully
tearing the scalp and fracturing the
skull slightly. It is not thought that
any of the shot entered the head, and
the chances of recovery are good, al?
though at this time it is lmposible to
state the outcome.
Young Milam was arested by Sher?
iff Owlngs a short while after the
shooting. He was met in the road near
home. Milam is in jail, awaiting the
results of the wounds. It is possible
that bail will be applied for before
Judge Shipp, who will arrive in the
It is alleged that there has been bad
blood between Mr. Irby and the Mil
am family for some time. Yesterday
afternoon Mr. Irby was returning
from Sunday-school, his little girl
being in the buggy with him. As they
were passing the Milam home young
Parrott Milam came walking out of
the house with his shotgun in his
hand, it is said.
"Don't shoot my child," said Mr.
Irby, bending slightly sideways to
shhdd the child from the levelled gun.
Milam fired and the load was received
in the face and head. Mr. Irby is re?
ceiving careful medical attention and
there may be a chance for recovery.
Mr. Irby is familiarly known among
his friends as "Big Bill," being a pow?
erful man and of unusually large
size. He is the son of the late James
Irby and a nephew of the late Senator
John L. M. Irby; he is a substantial
farmer. Mr. Milam is a young man.
possibly 20 years of age.
WANT TO JOIN ANDERSON.
Movement on Foot to Take Clemson
From Oconee County.
Columbia. Nov. 9.?The community
of Clemson College wishes to be an?
nexed to Anderson county. Governor
Ansel today received a petition from
a majority of the freeholders In that
territory asking for an election to be
ordered. The matter has been refer
red to the office of the attoney gen
ral. It Is not stated in the petition
why this change is desirable. The
northern boundary line of Anderson
county is now straight, and this would
cause a triangular bump, containing
about eight square miles, to appear
on the map and a corresponding in?
dentation in Oconee county. There
would be very little taxable property
added to the books, for Clemson Col?
lege, while not a State school, is yet
an eleemosynary institution.
The petition does set forth that the
area affected in the proposed change
Is on the eastern, or remote, side of
the Seneca River, and fifteen miles
from Walhalla, the present county
site. Clemson College is about an
equal distance from Anderson and
from Walhalla, and also about an
equal distance from the Blue Ridge
Road and the main line of the South?
ern. It is located in the southeast
corner of Oconee county, within a
mile of the Pickens line on the one
side and the Anderson line on the
Mr. Crompton prepared to have one
of his serious talks with his small,
vavaeious wife?one of the talks which
always ended in his being completely
routed, says the Youth's Companion.
"I want to speak b> you about the
househould money, my dear," he be?
gan in his most calm and judicial tone,
although the fact that Mrs. Compton
stood behind him trying to brush his
hair the way It did not go, interfered
With the effect of the words he knew.
I don't understand how it is that
when 1 give you an unusual amount
you spend it all, and yet when I don't
give you so much you seem to get
along all ri^ht.*' Mrs. Compton left
her Unsatisfactory task and stood be?
fore him, Wide eyed, Why. I should
think anybody could understand that,
she said. "When you can't give mo
so much i Jn^t save out the items thai
come over the amount and pay them
lip tin llrst week you give me a lot,
and put them down then. It's just th<
simplest kind of thing. But, then
I've always thought men didn't un
deistand simple things as well as com
MILLION BALES LESS,
CENSUS BUREAU PLACES
AMOUNT GINNED AT 7,012,317
Number So Fur Packed From Pro?
duct of 1909 Indicates That the
Crop Will Be Short.
Washington, Nov. 8.?The census
bureau today issued a report show?
ing that 6,012,317 bales, counting
round bales as half bales, had been
ginned from the growth of 1909 to
November 1, as compared with 8,
191,557 bales for 1908.
Round bales included this year are
109,665, compared with 148,866 for
1908; sea island 54,352, compared
with 45,479 for 1908.
The report shows the following
comparison of cotton in the several
States up to November 1, compared
with the same time in 1908:
States. 1909 1908
Alabama. 676,098 891,667
Arkansas .... 470,189 536,785
Florida. 45,260 43.234
Georgia. 1,385,524 1,387,641
Louisiana .... 189,762 287,885
Mississippi . . . 572,542 893,148
N. Carolina. . . 370,826 373/13
Oklahoma .... 412,218 Si j9
S. Carolina . . . 789,960 821,608
Tennessee . . . 148,968 198,783
Texas. 1,918,47 7 2,502,862
All other States . 34,492 36,602
The distribution of the sea island
cotton for 1909 by States Is:
Florida, 19,891; Georgia, 31,186;
South Carolina, 3275.
The statistics in this report for 1909
are subject to slight corrections when
checked against the individual re?
turns of the ginners being transmit?
ted by mail. The corrected statistics
of the quantity ginned this season to
October 18 are 5,530,967 bales.
SERIOUS SITUATION IN FRANCE.
Episcopate's War Against Public
Schools Causes Apprehension.
Paris, Nov. 8.?The situation re?
sulting from the French Episcopate's
declaration of war against the public
schools and the effort to mobilize the
Catholic voters for the coming gen?
eral election, is rapidly entering an
Mgr. Gely and other bishops have
publicly forbidden Catholic parents to
send their children to public schools
if Catholic schools are available, and
parents everywhere are urged to re?
fuse to allow their children to use the
interdicted text books.
Considerable demoralization of tht
schools has been caused already. M.
Deumergue, minister of public in?
struction, has ordered an investiga?
tion Of the situat on, which probably
will determined the governments ul?
The decision of the Teachers' Asso?
ciation, comprising 100,000 members,
to test in the Courts the Church's
right tc interfere with the public
schools will be fallowed by damage
suits instituted by the authors of the
interdicted text books.
M. Dabourg, Archbishop of Rennes,
in a statement just Issued, declares
that Catholic voters must rally to the
protection of the Church.
The catechism is being revised for
the purpose of teaching that it is a
religious duty to vote for the candi?
date who is pledged to defend Church
STOLE A MILLION.
Big Four Will Lose $1,000,000 as Re?
sult of Treasurer's Defalcation.
Cincinnati, Nov. 9.?Apparently
well founded reports tonight suggest
that the shortage of Charles L. War
riner, formerly local treasurer of the
Big Four Raiload Company, who is
now accused of embezzling $643,000,
may exceed $1,000,000, and may pos?
sibly reach $2,000,000. These reports
are supported by the fact that the
railroad officers caused Warriner's
arrest on a charge of embezzling
$54,500 and later admitted that the
amount would be at least $100,000.
When that sum was raised to more
than half a million dollars, rumors
began to circulate that the total em?
bezzlement might reach a figure
which would set a new record in such
The Deal Lambs Get.
The late Francis H. Leggett, New
York's largest wholesale grocer, had a
contempt for the morals of the aver?
age Wall street man.
Mr. Leggett often used to say:
"I once hired an errand boy who,
after I discharged him. no doubt went
on the street. There he should be do?
"The boy was from the country. He
worked for me only about two days.
The last day be was with me, I sent
him out for $4 worth of stamps, giv?
ing him a $5 bill.
"When he came back with the
stamps, be didn't offer me any change.
?"Well,1 I said impatiently, 'Where's
the change, Alfred?'
M 'There ain't any, sir,' said he,
'Stamps has riz.' "
TIIK MURRAY CASE.
Citizens of Sumtcr L'rge Gov. Angel
Not to Force the Negro to Return
After He Has Forfeited Bond.
Columbia, Nov. 8.?Gov. Ansel yes?
terday received another appeal for
leniency upon the negro G. W. Mur?
ray, who has been convicted of forg?
ery and is a fugitive from justice.
There is also against him a charge of
In 1904 Murray, an ex-congressman
and a negro of means, was convicted
of forgery. When the Supreme Court
decided asalnst him, Murray fled the
State and forfeited to the county his
bond for $2.500.
Some time ago his whereabouts
were learned and Gov. Ansel wras ask?
ed for requisition papers to bring
Murray back here from Chicago. Th??
governor of Illinois has not declined
to honor the requisition, but he has
held the matter In abeyance tempor?
arily. In the meantime petitions have
been sent to Gov. Ansel asking him
to recall'the requisition papers. Extra
papers have also been filed.
The Sumter county men who sign?
ed the petition received yesterday
are: E. E. Rembert, W. H. Seale, H.
J. Harby, W. A. Bowman and H. J.
McLaurin, M. D. The petition says In
"W. A. Bowman, one of the under?
signed, was foreman of the Jury
which convicted Geo. W. Murray; W.
H. Seale was supervisor of Sumter
county at the time of the trial and
conviction of Murray, and the other
undersigned are large property own?
ers in Sumter county.
"Murray's whereabouts were
known, but he was allowed to forfeit
his bond, pay the same and stay away
with the tacit understanding that he
was not wanted in Sumter county.
"We now represent to your excel?
lency that the best citizens of Sum?
ter county do not want Murray
brought back here. Without comment
upon the question as to his convic?
tion, the fairnss of the charges or
anything of that sort, it appears to us
that it would be for the great dis?
advantage of the white people of
Sumter county to bring Murray back
and have him undergo his term of
imprisonment. If this is done, Mur?
ray will be looked upon In the light
of a martyr by the negro population
and will tend to keep race feelings
Mouths Full of Money.
Wilbur Wright, on the broad green
plain of his school of aviation at Pau,
talked about his early struggles.
'We had, in those Dayton days,"
said he, "wonderful offers, magnificent
promises, but when it came to the ac?
tual laying down of money, then
gloom descended on the scene.
"Our friends, with their mouths full
of millions and their quite empty
hands, reminded me of a Dayton bar?
"This barber said one day, as he
" 'That's a fine pup of Simmor s.
I'd give anything for it.'
"'Well, it's for sale, isn't it?' said
"The barber burst into sneering
" 'Oh, yes, it's for sale,' said he, 'but
do you know what Simmons wants for
it? Why, two dollars!' "
Asa Paine, vice president of the
American Automobile Association,
said in St. Augustine of the automo?
"Cars are now made to last. The
rich man no longer finds his 1907 car
unfashionable, like his 1907 coat, in
1909. At the beginning of the indus?
try, a car was antiquated in no time
?so antiquated that people laughed
"They tell a story in Detroit about
a dealer who had, in 1900, an anti?
quated 1895 car. He tried vainly to
sell this car. He put lower and low?
er price-tags on it?$100, $50, $10?
and finally he put on a tag to the
effect that the car was t bt given
Even then there were no takers.
"So one evening, desperate, the
dealer left the 1895 car in a vacant lot
beside his shop, hoping that some one
would steal It in the night. But when
he came down to work the next morn?
ing, not only was the old car still
there, but another one of similar pat?
tern had been placed beside it."
I am pleased to announce to my
customers and the public generally
that I am again installed in my Den?
tal office, which has been closed for
several weeks on account of remodel?
ling the Osteen Building.
My office has been entirely refitted
and I am prepared to serve my cus?
tomers with more comfort and satis?
faction, both to them and myself.
N. G. OSTEEN, JR., D. D. S
The State constables in Charleston
seized 807 gallons of whiskey near
Charleston Sunday morning.
POURED WHISKEY INTO GUTTER
Mayor of Spantanburg Empties Liq?
uor Into Sewer as He Gong Out of
Spartanburg. Nov. 8.?One of the
last official acts of Mayor J. F. Floyd,
ho today turned over the affairs of
e city to J. B. Lee, after a four
ears' term, was the pouring out of
0 gallons of whiskey and smashing
veral barrels of t'er seized by the
police during the past year. The cere?
monies took place on Morgan square,
and hundreds of people were ikttract
d by the odor. As the liquor was
pouring through the guttc into the
sewer one man rushed forward with
derby hat and scooped in a hat full.
Mayor Floyd saved five or six Jugs
f the best grades of the goods and
ent them to the hospitals for medical
LION CLAWED LITTLE GIRL.
Exciting Incldnt on Carnival Grounds
Florence, Nov. 9.?An incident that
created more excitement than dam?
age occurred on the carnival grounds
last night about 10 o'clock.
While the animal trainer was
bringing one of their baby lions to
the front for the purpose of exhibit
ng it free, the beast attacked a little
girl and fastened its claws Into the
chHd's clothing. Fortunately the
trainer managed to break the lion's
hold before it had time to hurt the
child. The chdd's dress was torn a
little by the animal's claws, but there
was no flesh wound.
The incident gave the large crowd
of onlookers a. terrible fright, espe?
cially the mothers, but the manage?
ment apologized very promptly and
they will be more careful with the
baby lion hereafter.
"Hay all in?" asked Amzi Clover
bud of Israel Pepperpod, as they drew
rein in the road leading to the village,
relates Puck. "All in," said Israel.
41 reckon I'll finish up mine by
Sat'day. What are you doing now?"
"Not much o' nothin'. Havin' a kind
of soft snap of it. Ain't milkin' but
nine cows now, an' I take it easy In
bed until 'most 5 o'clock mornin's.
Fact is, I ain't got much to do this fall
but dig ten or twelve bushels o' per-et
taters and grub out six or eight acres
o* my timber land an' git ready to
seen down in the spring an* git out
seventy-five cord o' wood I agreed to
deliver in town by Christmas. Got to
put up 'bout half a mile o' wire fence
r.n' shingle my barn an* putter round
et work o' that sort, but I got so much
less than usual to do that I feel as If
I was havin' a kind of a soft snap of
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