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2 Cars of Horses and Mules Arrived To-Day,
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2 Cars of Wagons in Transit, 1 Car of
Buggies and Surnes 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 5* Sumter. S. C.
CEW8Y LETTERS FROM OUR SPE?
m* of Interest From all Parts of
Somter and Adjoining Conn ties.
VOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS.
Mall your letters so that they will
?ach this office not later than Mon
tay when intended for Wednesday's
??aper and not later than Thursday
'or Saturday's issue. This, of course,
applies only to regular correspond?
ence. In case of Items of unusual
sews value, send In Immediately by
?tall, telephone or telegraph. Such
aews stories are acceptable up to the
tear of going to press. Wednesday's
paper la printed Tuesday afternoon
and Saturday's paper Friday after
Max. Dec. l??Mrs B. B. Thom?
son and family left Wednesday for
their new home near Workman.
Mr. H. R. Tomllnson has returned
from Atlanta. Ga., where he had
been on business.
Mr. J. C. Truluck went to Lake
Mr. A. J. Goodman went to Sum
Mr. W. G. Moore has gone to a
hosp.ial in Atlanta, Oa., for treat?
Mrs. R. P. Thomson spent several
days with her alster, Mrs. Baas, of
Mr. John Lemmon and family
went to Tlmnionsvllle Tuesday. When
In a few mile* of his home, his horse
hecame frightened und broke the bug?
gy, throwing his wife and children out
and got away. Fortunately his wife
and children were not seriously hurt.
Mr. Sauls, the miller, has moved
to parts unknown, (to this writer.)
M r t h;id peculiarities. The
men and hoys whom he kissed and
bit to enjoy their surprise will be
klsaed no more. The foot paths to
his fish traps and the walks about
the mill that knew him so well will
know him no more. Peace to his
ashes when he dies.
Ex-Treasurer Detyens, of George?
town, Is to be prosecuted because of
an alleged shortage of $9,647.23.
The chelf engineer of the War De?
partment Is opposed to the expendi?
ture of aS)y more money on the im?
provement of Black River between
Georgetown and Klngstree.
ASK NEWSPAPERS TO HAVE A
Former President of Women's Clubs
Would Confine Crime to One De
Melville Stone, President of the
Associated Press, writes Sarah S.
Platt Docker, former president of
the General Federation of Women's
Clubs, in The Delineator for Janu?
ary, at the Press Session of the
Biennial Convention of Women's
Clubs in St. Louis, in 1904, made the
"Do you know that not one line
of scandal would appear in an Amer?
ican newspaper if not read and de?
manded by women? Let mo tell you
that the scandal papers of the coun?
try are supported by women."
We, honestly, thoughtful, serious
minded mothers, wives and sisters,
come to make this plea to Melville
Stone and the newspapers of the
country. We fear that they will not.
because of commercial reasons, re?
frain from publishing scandal, hor?
rors and indecent happenings, but
we make this heartfelt entreaty. If
these things must be published, will
they not seggregate them?can they
not be quarantined, so to say, to the
end that the germs may not lodge In
the minds and souls of our sons and
Every Important dally has now a
separate page for its business read?
ers. Stocks, bonds, business quota?
tions, etc. are never found among lo?
cal happenings, educational news or
foreign dispatches. These divisions
of the dally paper are familiar and I
satisfactory. Is it too much to ask
that the great Journals help us, who
are otherwise helpless, by also estab?
lishing, v/hat may bo called the
"Crime Department" or "Criminal
We Implore that all unpleasant re?
cords be gathered upon a detached
sheet, so that every mother may be
able to see to it that the latest murder
trlul reports and like tilth shall be
merrily burning In the grate before
the children come to break! ?st. We
can not do this unaided.
Former President Roosevelt could
not suppress the publication of the
demoralizing and perverting matter.
Wo pray you to help us persuade
them to grant us protection for our
own. and wo openly confess that our
ultlmute confidence Is that after
demonstration of the value of this
plan, the compelling force of the law
may be Invoked for Us universal en?
GOLD MEDAL GTVEX PEARY.
National Geographic Society Ac?
claims Him Pole Discoverer.
Washington, Dec. 15.?The Na?
tional Geographic Society tonight
publicly acclamed Commander Robt.
E. Peary, the dscoverer of the North
Pole, and in recognition thereof pre?
sented to him a gold medal. In pre?
senting the trophy to Commander
Peary, Prof. Willis O. Moore, presi?
dent of the Society, who acted as
toast master, phrased his sentences
to refer to Commander Peary as
"the man who had won the prize."
Prof. Moore in pesenting the medal
said the public never for a minute
had questioned the veracity of Com?
mander Peary's statement and also)
that the data of Peary's expedition
had required no editing before it was
presented to the National Geographi?
cal Society. This was the only ref?
erence to the polar controversy.
Capt. Robert A. Bartlett, the mas?
ter of the Roosevelt, who took the
stout ship into the ice farther than
any other craft ever went, also re?
ceived a medal. This was presented
by Ambassador James I ~vce, of
Andrew ?Carnegie, Ambassador Jus
serand, of France; Baron Des Plan?
ches, the Italian ambassador; Gen.
Thomas Hubbard, president of the
Peary Arctic Club, and Speaker Can?
non sat at the speaker's table.
Telegrams of congratulation from
Col. Roosevelt, the Royal Geographi?
cal Society of England and the Berlin
Geographical Society were read. The
Duke of Abruzzl, also sent a cable
congratulating Commander Peary.
Large Brains And Great Minds.
(From the oLndon EvenlngStundard)
How far are the physical charac?
ters of the brain Indicative of men?
tal power? The question is st'U un?
solved. Two investigators, Prof. W.
von Bechterew and Prof. it. Wein?
berg, have examined minutely the
brain of the late Prof. d. j. Men
delejeff, one of the greatest chemists
of the last contury. They report that
tho size was above the average, but
not remarkably so, the weight being
1,57 1 grams (55 ounces). Several
eminent men have had heavy brains.
Cuvler's weighed 64 1-2 ounces, Dr.
Abercromble's 63, Prof? Goodslr's
57 1-2, Sir J. T. Simpson's, 54, and
Dr. Chalmor'l 57; but no one now
thinks that a large, brain means a
Another large cotton mill is to be
erected in Giffney.
CharlesKmian Elected Grand Master
Of South Carolina.
Charleston, Dec. 16.?With yester
day's session, the one hundred and
thllty-third annual Communication
of the Grand Lodge of South Caro?
lina came to a close, after a very
harmouious meeting, many matters of
importance being discussed, but no1
radical changes being made in the
rules of the Order. The election of
officers resulted in the elevation of
Mr. James R. Johnson to the Grand
Mastership. The other officers were
either advanced or re-elected and
the vacancy in the office of Junior
Grand Warden was filled by the elec?
tion of Mr. R. A. Cooper, of Laurens.
Mr. Cooper was District Deputy
Grand Master for the 6th district.
The question of physical qualifica?
tion was left undisturbed, the com?
mittee havng reported that It had no
recommendation to make. However
it will be brought up again at the
next Communication, Past Master W.
M. Whitehead, having given notice
of an amendment to the rules In this
particular, which will bo considered
The trustees of the Masonic Or?
phanage fund reported that $10,000
had been added to the fund since the
last Communication and the fun
now amounts to $33,000.
Gin Ah Currency.
Gin is apparently an Importen
factor in the economic life of South
evn Nigeria, for. According to the re
port of the committee of Inquiry In
to the liquor trade of the district, 1
is even used as currency. "In
more backward parts of the coun
try," says the report, "Liritish coin 1
regarded with suspicion. The peopl
are still In the barter stage, and fo
various reasons gin furnishes
most convenient standard of valu
In live native courts in the brass dis
trlct, where pecuniary fines had bee
imposed, payment was made in gi
contrary to the instructions of th
government. A church missionar
witness named Onyoabo Informed u
that fines were taken In gin at Onlt
I iha by the government and that
native crier summoned the watersid
people In the name of the dlstrii
government to elect a chief, pr<
claiming at the same time that ever
person who did not attend would
lined 12 bottles of gin. In one scho<
Bishop Johnion found that 60 of
5 children between the ages of 8 an
16 years were regular gin drinkers.
FUTURES NOT CONDEMNED.
Explanation of Portion of Report of
Commissioner of Corporations
Washington, D. C., Dec. 14.?In
view of many criticisms and misun?
derstandings of the published sum?
maries of the report upon the oper?
ation of cotton exchanges, issued by
Herbert Knox Smith, commissioner
of coporations in the department of
commerce and labor, the Associated
Press to-day requested a clarifying
Commissioner Smith is absent in
the West, but the following was ob?
tained from the officials in charge of
"The report of the commissioner
of corporations on cotton exchanges
does not, as incorrectly stated in
some press reviews of the report,
condemn the future system as such,
instead, it recognizes the great value
of the future system to the cotton
trade, provided that system is con?
ducted on equitable and commercial
"Instead of branding future
trading as 'pure gambling,' the re?
port sharply discriminates between
legitimate speculation and gambling.
"The report does condemn cer?
tain abuses of the future system,
adopted by the New York cotton ex?
change of arbitrarily fixing the price
'differences' between middling cotton
and the various other grades, de?
liverable on future contracts on that
"The report shows that this 'fixed
d iff ere nee system' results In an ab?
normal depression of the future price
as compared with spot price of mid?
dling cotton, and that them abnor?
mal depressions of the future price
disorganize the future market and
seriously impair its value for bid?
ding purposes, one Of the principal
functioni of a Cotton Bsc hange.
The report also shows that this un?
natural depression Of the future
price of cotton paid by merchants to
farmers are largely established by
applying 'buying limits' to the
future prices quoted on cotton ex?
As the result of the efforts of Rev.
Crawford Jackson, general secretar\
of the Juvenile Protective Associa?
tion, Mayor J. B. Lee, of Spartan
burg, has established a juvenile
court in connection with the police
court of the city.
Smallpox has become epidemic at
Fort Lawn, Chester County.
NEW TRIAL REFUSED.
Granby Mill Company Dissatisfied
With Recent Verdict Against It.
Columbia, Dec. 15.?Argument for
a new trial in the case of O. M.
Rhodes against the Granby Cotton
Mills, and a motion that the verdict
be set aside on the ground that it is
excessive, was made before Judge
Memminger yesterday morning. The
case when tried Friday, Dec. 3, re?
sulted in a verdict for the plaintiff
in the sum of $10,000.
Judge Memminger very positively
refused the motion for a new trial,
for the exercised great care in the
other trial, and the questioi of
whether or not the vrdlct was ex?
cessive was brought up. After argu?
ment on this point the Judge re?
duced the amount of punitive dam?
ages from $8,000 to $5,000.
The sum of actual damages re?
turned by the jury was fixed at $2,
000, the verdict now standing at $7,
000 instead of $10,000.
Judge Memminger in ruling said
that the jury could possibly have act?
ed in two ways, either giving a large
verdict with a view of stamping out
further cause for action, or giving a
smaller verdict on the ground that
this case was in the nature of a first
The case when tried created much
interest on account of some of the
urusual features presented in it. It
was the first case of its kind to be
tried in a Richland court. The plain?
tiff alleged that he had been prevent?
ed from scouring employment on ac?
count of having been "blacklisted"
by the defendant company. The
amount asked was $15,000, and the
jury after deliberating abou* two
hours returned a verdict for $10,000.
Disorder in Managua.
OorintO, Nicaragua. Dec. 15.?
There were scenes of wild disorder
in Managua, the capital, again last
During a moeiing of the aldermen
one of them made a speech denounc?
ing Madriz and favoring the revolu?
tion. The speech was greeted with
cheers and hooting and a free fight
among the government and anti-gov
ernmtn elements followed. Two pis?
tol shots were fired. The row ex?
tended to the streets. Twenty arrests
It. Li. Salomaski, a liquor drummer
was arrested at Greenwood on the
charge of violating the Carey-Coth