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McMttlh Slam St Co, RochaMf. N Y.
EVERY year we try and think of
suitable presents for the Men
and Boys, The first thing to
consider will be something serviceable.
If you can stand something nice, we suggest a Suit
or Overcoat. We have these for men from
$10 to $30?For Boys From $2,50 to $10.
If you desire to spend less money, let us do your
thinking for you.
Pay us a visit. We are better prepared than ever
to supply your wants.
WE HAVE SERVICE?
ABLE PRESENTS FROM
25 to $1 00
FaNCV SUSTRNDKRS .50 to $1 50
.f 0 to $3 00
BOCKA 4 TO BOX $1.0 per box
.50 to $ .00
$1 51 to $8.00
:*UIT CASES ?
$5 00 to 12.50
$5 00 to $7 50
rVA LK-0 /ER SHOES $3 50 & $4 00
THE SUMTER CLOTHING COMPANY, *
No. 5 South Main Street.
Sumter, South Carolina.
VMWSY LETTERS FROM OUR SPE?
mm of Interest From ?II Parts of
iamtflr and Adjoining Counties.
MOT ICE TO CORRESPONDENTS.
Mall your Isttsrs so that they will
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Bmj whsn Intsndsd for Wednesdays
psjnsr and not later than Thursday
far Saturday's Issue. This, of course,
applies only to regular correspond
sjaee. In cass of Items of unusual
mm mm valu<. send In immediately by
?sail, telephone or telegraph. Suoh
?SWs storle? are acceptable up to the
tsaor of going to press. Wednesday's
paper Is printed Tuesday afternoon
shed Saturday's papsr Friday after
Dalssll. Dec. 17.?We are having
delightful weather now for those who
are so fortunate as to have hogs to
kill, but unfortunately for us the sup
Fly seems to be short and the prices
very high. It seems that we will Just
have to raise more or do without.
The rain this week was very much
appreciated and travel Is done with
much mors comfort. Well . the
Christmas spirit seems to be in the
air and from the quantity of whiskey
I saw put off st Dalsell this morning,
some of the people must aim to cele
fcrets it In high spirit If such can be
the c^ss from drinking. There Is lots
of It being shipped hers now.
The Dalsell school closed this af?
ternoon for the holidays. The teach
era. Miss Sturkey snd Miss Alford
mot up quits a nice entertainment and
Christmas tree altho' the timo they
have been practising for it was short.
First. A song by the 8th, 9th and
ltth grades?While Sheperds Watch
Their Flocks by Night"
Oreetlng" ,'anie Moore.
Third. Come Little Lambs?by
Fourth. Recitation?Addle Rein?
Fifth. Bong?.' 'Little Pansles?
Simth Recitation?Lee Brown.
Seventh. Recitation?Fannie Rein?
Kighth mm "Santa Claus".
Ninth. Distribution of Presents
try Santa Claus?Allien Crelghton.
The occasion was honored by the
presence of all the trustees and most
ef the patrons and was thoroughly
enjoyed by sd.
Ws think the teachers deserve con?
siderable credit for the entertain?
The girls from here who are away
at college will soon be home for the
Miss Edith Moore Is expected home
tomorrow and Miss Clara Martin next
There will not be any preaching at
Tlrzah on the fourth Sunday land as
the preacher has been changed on
the Providence charge there will be
no preaching at the Methodist church
here on next Sunday.
There will be a music recital at the
home of Mr. S. F. Moore on Monday
night next. Given by Miss Estelle
Alford and her music pupils.
Ptsgah, Dec. 18.?The evening ser?
ies has been resumed by the mall
carrier from Rembert, owing to not
making railway connections prop?
erly, so the dally paper could be de?
livered on day of publication. The
morning service gave quick transit of j
letters, but not of papers, while the :
evening service brings the dally pa?
pers, but takes letters two days to
get off. The difference could not be |
The hot supper at Mr. J. L. Gillis'
last night was a very pleasant and
enjoyable one. The menu was good
and In abundance, and was heartily
enjoyed. Mr. and Mrs. G?lls did all
they could for the comfort and pleas?
ure of their friends and they admir?
ably succeeded. The net proceeds of
the evening were $64.40, which goes
to the repair of Swift Creek church.
Miss Alma Bradley won the cake as
the most popular young lady present.
It was a fine one and was presented
to her In a pretty, short speech by
Hon. John G. Mobley, who in closing
paid a high compliment to her ac?
tivity In church work. An honor that
any young lady should be proud off.
Mrs. J. L. Gillis, Mrs. W. R. Gard?
ner and Mrs. George Ammons beg
to extend their heartiest thanks to
all their friends for their generous
support In helping them repair their
Hon. John G. Mobley, president of
the State Fair and penitentiary direc?
tor attended the supper, seeing his old
friends and making new ones. He is
a very pleasant man. Said the Fair
had a fine success this year. Among
others present I noticed Dr. and Mrs.
Foxworth, of Smithvllle, Mr. and Mrs.
J. M. Reams, of Rembert, Mr. and
Mrs. T. M Bradley and family, Mr.
W. B. Gardner, superintendent of
the DeSaussure State farm and
daughters, Mr and Mrs. J. \V. Wet
don, of Mizpah, Mrs. George Am?
mons, of Kershaw county. Mr. T. J.
Brown and Miss Jessie Brown, of
The last week has been fine for hog
killing. Several have killed fine
hogs and I will tell you later the
weights of some.
Mrs. W. R. Gardner, of the DeSaus
sure State farm is visiting here and
seems to have fully recovered from
Mr. T. W. Hawkins, Sr., Is improv?
ing from his sickness.
Dark Corner, Dec. 20.?It is rain?
ing this morning and as I cannot get
out to work, I will wrHte a line for
the Watchman and Southron. There
is nothing of an exciting nature in
this Corner at this time. We heard
with sorrow last Monday of the
death of Dr. P. M. Salley, of Pine
wood, for we know that we had lost
a good doctor and an exemplary citi?
zen. Then again on Tuesday we
were saddened to hear of the death
of my old friend, Mr. Richard S.
Eartlotte, who died in Southwestern
Manchester, near Eloomhlll, on Mon?
day night, aged about 75 years. He
left four sons to mourn his death; i
Robert B. and Charlie, of Blooom- j
hill, and Henry and Edward S. of i
Plnewood. He was funeralized by
Rev. Wm. Hoynsworth. The inter?
ment was at Bethel church on Wed?
nesday, the 15th. Mr. Bartlette was
a Confederate soldier who did good
service in Virginia. First as a mem?
ber of Captain John S. Richardson's
(the first company that went out
f: ^m Sumter), and later as a mem?
ber of Spann's company. It is said
that Old Crick, as he was generally
known, was always ready for any
duty he was called on to perform
while in the army; and was one at
home who attended strictly to his
own business. One by one we old
Rehs answers to the last roll call.
Soon, ah soon, we will all be gone.
I was shown the other day by a
friend an engraving of a cotton sam?
pler which I think Is a grand thing.
It It would save (as is stated) the
farmers five dollars on every bale of
cotton. For I am sure that we don't
get too much for what little cotton
Mr. J. B. Richardson of your clt/
made a pleasant call on me last Mon?
day, the 13th. Come again Jlmmle,
Old Hard Times is always glad to
see you. <
Corbett Weeks Is still at his bis?
ter's, Mrs. Wash Scott, at Cane's Sa?
vannah. His brother Charlie went
up yesterday to come back with him.
but as it rained they have not got
Dud Weeks visited at Joe M. Ar
Mr. Jim Alvin has been quite sick
for the last ten or fifteen days, bu
seemed to be better on last Saturday.
The Bhoo-fly train killed a mule
lam Friday night near Reid's on the
M. & A. R. R. At first we could not
learn whose mule it was, but since
I have learned that it belonged to
Mr. Griffin, son-in-law of Judge Jno.
F. Ingram, of Privateer.
Well, Mr. Editor, it only lack* four
more days to Christmas. How many
of us intend to spend it as we should?
Not with whiskey, frolicing, carous?
ing, etc., as is generally the case. I .
hope that we will try and spend it i
as we should, trying to make some
one happy, and that we have peace
and good will with and toward ev?
erybody. I dont' suppose that old
Santa will venture down in this Dark
Corner, as he has forgotten all about
Old Hard Times. The prospects are
for a dull Christmas, but I hope to
get something to eat as I have al?
Since writing the above Mrs. Scott
and her two brothers have arrived.
Mrs. Scott expects to stay with rela
j tlves here until after Christmas.
' Well, Mr. Editor, I wish you and
every reader a merry Christmas and
a happy new year and many returns
of the same. HARD TIMES.
DR. COOK AT CHRISTIANSAND ? fl
Explorer's Friends Think He is With?
in Easy Call of Copenhagen.
New York, Dec. 19.?Intimate
friends ot Dr. Frederick A. Cook, who
art on pins and needles, as it were,
pending the decision of his data at
Copenhagen, said tonight that in
their belief Dr. Cook Is at the home
of a friend in Christiansand, Norway,
within easy call of Copenhagen. It Is
thought that Dr. Cook left this coun?
try on the steamship United States,
which sailed on Thanksgiving Day.
Walter Lonsdale, the explorer's sec?
retary, is known to have sailed on
CUTS MAN'S THROAT.
Lawrence Brown, White, Killed In
Fight With Another White Man
Greenville, Dec. 16.?Lawrence
Brown and Clarence Ritchey, two
white men living on the Easley road,
seven miles from Greenville, in Pick
ens county, engaged in a fight Wed?
nesday morning, and Ritchey cut
Brown* throat with a pocketknlfe,
killing him almost Instantly, the jug?
ular vein being severed. Ritchey Is
now In the Plckens county Jail.
Jim Payne, colored, while blowing
up stumps with dynamite near Mc
Coll was frightfully injured by an ex?
PARR WILL CJET A MILLION.
Loeb Approves Ills Claim?Finds
Deputy Collector Due Credit for
I'nearthing Sugar Trust Swindling
New York, Dec. 19.?Wm. Loeb,
Jr., collector of the port of New York
has apprpoved the claim to money
by Richard Parr, the deputy collector
and original informer in the sucr-jr
frauds, on the $2,215,486 paid into
the United States treasury by the
American Sugar Refining Company
as restitution for duties evaded by
underweighing. This announcement
will be made by The Tribune In the
According to the statutes regulat?
ing such awards, Parr will receive
"not exceeding in amount one-half of
the net proceeds," which will mean
In this case, if the claim is approved
by the treasury department, approxi?
Mr. Loeb approved the clvm only
after a thorough investigation by
Harrison Osborne, solicitor of th^
custom. He held that the cla?m was
valid in that Parr, on Novemi-er 20.
1907, discovered a steel spring which
was used by the company's c necken?
to influence the weight of BUga* ad
versly. This laid bare the scheme to
defraud, and it was due td the evi?
dence obtained as the consequence of
the events of Novmber 20 that a jury
in the civil suit against the compunv
last spring gave a verdict of guilty,
which was followed by the payng of
the penalty, $135,486,32, and the res
ttutlon of $2,000,000 following.
Mr. Loeb could not be seen today.
It was said at his house that he re?
tired early and would not be disturb?
Parr is not the only claimant for
the award. He has had a serious ri?
val in Edwin [, Anderson, another
customs employe, but the inference is
that Parr will win out, for the treas?
ury department has ratified practical?
ly every move of Mr. Loeb In the vast
There is some conflict of statutes
concerning payments of this charac?
ter, but it Is said that in any event
Parr will receive 30 per cent, of the
amount named, or approximately
Parr was seen at his home tonight
and confirmed the report that Mr.
Osborne had acted favorably on his
claim and that Mr. I^oeb had ratified
"I do not know exactly how much
I will receive," said Parr. "In excep?
tional cases the government aware s
50 per cent, but more usually 30 er
35. All the other claims were before
the solicitor, but the fact that mine
was upheld speaks for Itself.'*
"Moiety," as used in connection
with the claim, denotes a part or por?
tion of, as the definition of the word
indicates. The statutes prescribe
"That whenever any officer of the
customs or other person shall detect
and seize goods, wares or merchan?
dise, in the act of being smuggled, or
which have been smuggled, he shall
be entitled to such compensation
therefor as the secretary of the treas?
ury shall award."
It wag largely upon Parr's evidence
as the discoverer of the steel spring
that five former employes of the
American Sugar Refining Company
were convicted here last week. At
j present he has charge of the weigh
j ing department of the custom ser?
PUZZLING LAW POINT RAISED.
Concerns Credibility of Testimony of
Columbia. Dec. 18.?Attorney Gen?
eral Lyon, In arguing a minor case
before the Supreme Court asked that
tribunal to make a ruling as t?*
what Circuit Judges should charge
as to the law concerning testimony
of accomplices. Mr. Lyon's position
is that the Judges should not charge
that: "It Is not safe to convict upon
the uncorroborated testimony of an
Should the Supreme Court rule up?
on this point there would be quite a
change in the trial of criminal causes
of this kind when a man turns State's
evidence. In the dispensary cases, It
will be recalled the principal wit?
nesses were those who turned State's
evidence and the question was raised
at the time as to how much weight
their evidence should have. A pro?
position has ben laid down that the
charging of the above phrase is dis?
cretionary with the Judge and this
is Just what Mr. Lyon v-.shes the
Court to construe. He holds that at
best the charging in this manner is
discretionary, bat does not think that
the Judgfe is called upon to make
this charge which leans toward the
defendant. The State has no appeal
if a defendant is acquitted upon such
In a few days Mr. Lyon will file
with the Court written arguments up?
on the point.
Governor Ansel will order an elec?
tion to be held on February 3 to de?
cide as to the annexation of a part of
Berkeley county to Oraugeburg. The
voting precincts In Oie territory are
Holly Hill and St.tawvllle. A pe?
tition was recently filed with Gover?
nor Ansel by the voters of the sec?
tion desiring annexation.