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2 Cars of Horses and Mules Arrived To-Day,
-= December 14th, 1909. =====
2 Cars of Wagons in Transit, 1 Car of
Buggies and Sumes on Hand and 2 Cars
in Transit. Also a Full Line of Harness,
Saddles, Robes, Whips and Farm Imple
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We Will be Ready for Business Thursday, December 16th. Call on Us.
SHAW & DRAKE * Sumter, S. C.
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rday's paper Friday after
Mm sburg, Dec. 10.?While trade
Ip no ?tter than usual In this town,
th*-e a bis; Improvement In the
or i this fall. We opine that
s money that Is undoubtedly
h I, especially hy the colored
111 burst forth Christmas
t make the merchant smile
e exceed In ' happy after
? ng and patio u wait, for they
y i ?k of reslgniu: >n and hope
f Prosperity s certainly
round, If n ?t In sight, for
s *ose who ha e done their
i ?'1. if not In oart.
??Idences are all tho time In
o ' erection, but the most dc
s - Mental poi lion of the
t" ts seems to e tho eastern
a north eastern ptrt. Mr.
L 'hompson and Dr. Teilott
? have their residences ready
f?- ipanry. Upon the whole,
tl l iI> better town, for It's pop
ui ', !n the State. Few people
sett here ever leave. Thereseems
to i -?ome fascination about It
wh!( h cannot be explalnod. Hut
come here and find out 'or your
aelves and be convinced. As to the
adaptiblllty and productiveness of
the soil, there is, everything consider?
ed, no finer farming lands in the
State. We have three passenger
trains a day going each way, that is,
stx passenger trains in all, but we
can't count the freight trains by
trusting to memory.
Mr. Edwin DuRant has Just re
turned from a several days' visit
to Chaster, which ha certainly must
It* have enjoyed to the fullest.
Mr Junlua T. McNeil la oft on a
long visit to his brother in Green?
Our graded or high school under
the tutorship of Prof. W. L. McGow
an, Misses Louisa Scarborough, Ruth
Ethridge, Blanche Rose and Ada
Tenant 's flourishing and conducted
in a most satisfactory manner.
Rev. J. S. Beasely is attending
conference. We trust he will be re?
turned, as few could fill his place
Messrs. Ernest McFadden and
Tommie Miller seem possessed of
matrimonial aspirations, which, to
all appearances, will materialize,
and consequently mean new resi?
dences. Too "much smoke for no
Mrs. D. O. Rhame and little son,
Delmar. returned to Summerton to?
Misses Annie Griffin and Lila Lew?
is spent today in Sumt< r.
Some miscreant, supposedly a ne?
gro, entered Mr. L V. Brown's resi?
dence the other night, shoved the
front door open, but suddenly dis?
appeared very unceremoniously. Mr.
Brown came in a few minutes, and
well the Intruder didn't tarry. How?
ever, there la very little lawlessness
In this place.
Stateburg, Dec. 13.?A very pretty
entertainment was given on Friday
night at the residence of Mr. and
Mrs. W. J. Morris, by Misses Lessie
Mcllvallle, and Virginia Saunders,
teachers of the Stateburg High
School, for tho benefit of the school
library. The rooms wore beautifully
decorated with smilax, holly, red tis?
sue paper and bells and when light?
ed up presented a charming, Christ?
mas-like appearance, the low win?
dow belntf especially lovely. The
well which was arranged in a most
urtistic manner, was one of tho fea?
tures of the evening and the buck?
ets as they were drawn up from Us
magic depths, wero constantly re?
vealing new treasures. The candy
booth was also a very attractive spot.
?m was proven by the popularity it
enjoyed during the evening. Tho
raffling of a cake, and a doll caused
a pleasant ripple of I'un and excite?
ment. Delicious oyscers, crackers,
cakes, coffee and other refreshments
were served for the delectation of
the inner man. Everybody had a
pleasant time and tha entertainment
was voted a great success.
Smlthvllle, Dec. 13.?We had rain
last night and this morning. Maybe
the oats will come up now and those
that are up begin to grow.
Mr. L. S. Vinson intends putting
up a ginnery on his farm near here.
A part of the machinery has arrived
and lumber is being hauled to put
up the gin house. He had some fin?
ishing touches added to his residence
recently, and Is now having it paint?
Mr. H. H. Evans, Sr., has begun
to make preparation for the erec?
tion of his new residence.
Mr. J. W. Robertson is hauling
lumber to erect a new dwelling.
Mrs. D. J. Robertson and children
spent last week with relatives at
Miss Daisy C. Brown is spending
some time with her sister, Mrs. W.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shiver spent
Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs.
J. W. Robertson.
A good many porkers were killed
last week Good times in the coun?
try now. Plenty of blackbone, spare
ribs, sausage and cracklin bread.
Some marriages to report ere long.
Plsgah, Dec. 13.?The rain has
come at last and will be of great
benefit to the oats. This has been
one of the finest falls to gather crops
we have ever had, and all should be
thankful for so good weather. Wells
and water courses are getting very
low from the dry weather and in
some cases water has to be hauled,
as tho wells have gone dry.
Revs. T. Lj Cole and S. B. Hat
field have returned from the conven?
tion at Anderson. They report a
splendid convention and fine time.
Swift Creek church is undergoing
A hot supper will be given at the
residence of J. L. Gillis on Friday
evening, December 17th, at Pisgah,
S. C. for tho benefit of Swift Creek
church. The menu will be up to*
date and the public is cordially Invit?
ed to attend. Good order will pre?
Also at Pisgah church Thursday
evening, December H3rd, Misses Hat
tio Hussey and Jessie Brown will
have a Christmas tree and entertain?
ments for the benefit of their schools.
The public is cordially invited to
attend and witness the enjoyment of
the children. No admission fee.
Max, Dec. 13.?Mr. Jessie Chand?
ler, a young man who was raised
near Bethel and was formerly a
member of that church, died at Bo
mar, Orangeburg County, last Friday
of typhoid fever. In accordance with
his last request his remains were
brought to Bethel and atter being
funeralized by Rev. B. K. Truluck,
was laid to rest in Bethel graveyard
Sunday afternoon. Young Mr.
Chandler was engaged in teaching
up to the time of his sickness.
On last Monday afternoon Mrs. M.
P. Truluck left her room with her
three small children by the fire for
a few minutes. Hearing her baby
scream she ran to them to find the
boby's clothes in flames. In trying
to put out the fire Mrs. Truluck's
hands were badly burned. The baby
was also badly burned, and both arc
suffering a great deal.
Mr. B. Platt Moore Is going on
crutches as a result of a fall of
twelve or more feet from where he
was doing some work.
Mrs. A. J. Goodman Is severely ill
Yes, Sunday was a busy day with
Rev. B. K. Truluck. He filled one
of his regular appointments, preach?
ed a funeral sermon, and married
two couples at his home.
A good rain is falling today after
a long dry spell.
Mr. B. C. Truluck sold a fine lot
of pork In Tlmmonsville last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Philips, of
Johnsonville, visited the latter's par?
ents, Mr. and Mrs. P. A. W. McGce
Mr. A. J. Goodman went to Sum
ter on business last week.
If It Must be So, Why Not Have un
Honest Business Government?
Government by business may in it?
self be good or bad; we have not yet
proceeded far enough with it to be
able to say. But with perfct confi?
dence two things may be asserted of
it, says Charles Edward Russell in
First, government by business that
pretends to be something else, as
ours pretends, is most certainly bad.
It is bad because hypocrisy, cant and
false pretenses are always unprofit?
able, and still more because these
false pretences are the parents of
almost Illimitable corruption, hurt?
ful to us all and often In unsuspected
ways costly to business.
Thus, because we maintain the
pretense of a form of government
that, practically speaking, no longer
exists, business Is driven to secure by
the purchase of legislators, or the
bribing of police, the ends that it
must have. In the case we have al?
ready considered of tho man whose
trade conditions compel him to vio?
late the law concerning land under
the sidewalks, a government of pre
tence maintains this law upon its stat?
ute books, and business, that it mr.y
maintain undisturbed the conditions
essential to it. pays a public officer -o
condone the law's violation. Bufi
tl( BS, finding it ne< essary to seize the
public highways and to deprive the
people of their rights therein, resons,
under the government of pretence, to
the city council, whose members it
bribes into compliance with its
wishes. Business under the govern?
ment of pretence, being threatened
with adverse legislation, proceeds to
the State capitol and there deals out
wholesale corruption upon the repre?
sentatives of the people. Business,
having a purpose to achieve at Wash?
ington, uses these influences and
methods imposed upon it by the gov?
ernment of pretence, and these in
fiuepces anc methods degrade the
dignity of the nation. Business, hav?
ing need that one presidential candi?
date shall be defeated and another
shall be elected, pours out millions of
dollars for the purchase of votes and
leaves a pregnant source of evil to
curse us for many years to come.
Business, having need of the assist?
ance of a majority of the senators,
goes Into the States and buys their
election, to the infinite scandal and
injury of our good name.
It appears, therefore, as a propo?
sition not oi en to dispute, that if we
are to have government by business
we should have it frankly, honestly,
without reservation, acknowledging
the facts, conducting ourselves ac?
cordingly, and we should do away
forever with the pretense that we
have a government of any other kind.
Then if the necessities of trade com?
pel business men to occupy land un?
der the sidewalks, Business will
abolish the law that forbids such oc
cupancy and then by abolish the cor?
ruption that the law entails. If busi?
ness finds thai the presence of any
man in the senate is necessary to its
purposes, it will announce the fact
and choose the man without resorting
to the purchase of a legislature.
Whatever business wants In a gov?
ernment conducted frankly and fair?
ly by business will be had without
deception or cant.
The Curse of Farming Tradition.
(From the Richmond (Va.) Times
Virginia's reverence for the past
has been at once her greatest bane
and greatest blessing. It has let the
State Into more sound political posi?
tions and "? more absurd anomalies
than any ott. _r single force. When
men have modeled their conduct
from the great deeds of the past Vir?
ginia has been blessed, but where
they have tried blindly to follow out?
worn traditions the State has suffer?
Most especially has this been the -y
case with our agriculture. Men who '
inherited broad acres and family sil?
ver too often regarded them in ex?
actly the same way. They were each
to be used precisely as their lathers
had used them. The crops were to
be planted in the same way, in the
same fields, and cultivated in the I
same old style. To do otherwise
would have been to violate time-hon?
ored traditions. As a result the old
State was left behind in the march of
progress, with wornout fields and an?
A few men are sacrilegious enough
to violate the old ideas of farming.
They are rich today. Their success
has precip tated the revolution now
on between the old and the new, be?
tween science and tradition. The re?
sults of this conflict are to be seen In
our own State, though not so forci?
bly, pcjhars, as in other parts of the
South. In Louisiana and Arkansas,
for example, boys and men have alike
become converts to the new system.
Twenty-four thousand of them from
the one State and 20,000 from the
other have enrolled themselves in the
farming clubs of the Department of
Agriculture and bound themselves to
farm by the new methods outlined in
the department's publications.
The work of the boys is peculiarly
interesting. They kept up their reg?
ular work and cultivated, each of
them, a little plot, usually only a
single acre, on their fathers' estates.
Often the old men have condemned
the inn-nations and predicted failure
for the ' book-farming" lads. New?
fangled idea*, they said, would not
.lo In farming. But when the end of
the season came around the boys
gathered, in some cases, 74 bushels
of corn from an acre, where their
fathers, side by side with them, av?
eraged 20. One lad made $400 for
his seed corn raised on a single acre.
These are mere items in the an?
nals of the revolution. But they in?
dicate two things, surely and un?
equivocally: The old system is doom?
ed; the new system offers a happy,
sure and profitable living for those
who will follow it.
Send us your Job work.
FOR SALE?One 35 H. P. Liddell
Boiler and one 35 H. P. Eagle En?
gine. Both in good condition. A
bargain for some one. P. M. Pitts.