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tATVMDAY, DECEMBER 29, IMS.
festered at the Posto?oe at Seusxfier, &
C aa Second Claae Matter.
J. L Friereon?Loet.
Show m McCollum Mer. Co.?Cost
Booth.Hart? Uve Stock Co,?
Mr. D. T. Mead has cons to In?
diana to visit his parents.
Mr. Julian Schwartz Is at home
from Washington and Lee University
t? spend the holidays.
Dr. R. M. Muldrow. of Mayesville.
erne In the olty Tuesday en business.
Col. Thomas Wilson, Dr. J. A.
Mood and Messrs. C. O Rowland and
J. L lrby have returned from Klssi
mee, Fla., where they spent ten
Mr. D. W. Alderman, of Alcolu,
was In town Tuesday on business.
Mr. D. L. Shaw, of St Charles,
spent the day In town.
Mr. Tommy Blgham Is at home to
spend the holidays.
Mr. Fred Nash la at home from
Davidson College for the holidays.
Mr. J. B. Crouch, of Wedgefleld,
of our oldeet subscribers, was In
city Wednesday and paid us a
Mr. B. K. De Lonne, who Is a tten ti?
the Furman fitting School Is at
?me for the holidays.
Misses Sadie Muldrow and Virginia
Cooper spent Wednesday In the city.
Mr. Warren .Burgess, of the Medl
oal- College, of Charleston, Is at
home for the holidays.
Mrs, P. O. Leak has gone to Win?
ston-Sal era to spend Xmas.
Mr. C. Elvln Stobbe. of Greenville
to In th. Olt,.
Miss Octavla Schwerin, of Winth?
rop College. Is a': home for the holl
Dr. W. L McCntchen, of Fowler,
a C. la la the city.
Miss Camilla Kllgo. of Winthrop
College. Is st home to spend the hoi
Mr. Alex Haynsworth, student of
Enrman Tilting School, ts at lone
with Bis parent*. Mr. anl Mrs. E. C.
Dr. J. J Watson and family, of
Columbia, spent Wednesday night
the city with Dr. A. J. China.
Mr. Alfred DoLorme, who la at
ig Georgia T?c, Is spending the
holiday with his mother. Mrs. B. K.
Mrs. E. Mood Smith and children
ase spending the holiday at Holly
Master Felder Smith Is visiting
relatives at Holly Hill.
Mr. J. D. Bailey, of the Item force,
left Wednesday afternoon for Jack
rrille, Fla., where he will spend
Miss Nellie Cooper, of the College
for Women, accompanied by her
friend. Miss Marion McCrary. of Co?
lumbia, honored Sumtsr with a short
visit Wednesday en route to Wl
saeky to spend Xmas with the Misses
COI. J. A. Rhame of Lynchburg,
In the city Thursday.
Mrs. J. E. Whtlden Is spending a
while with friends In Charleston.
Miss Annie MeColough of Win?
throp College is the guest of Dr. and
Mrs C. P. Osteen. on E. liberty St.
Mr. Samuel PcFaddln, of Claren?
don county. in town on business
Card of Thanks.
1 take this method of thanking
my friends for their many acts of
kindness to my family and myself,
during my recent Illness.
W. H. Ramsey.
Wedgefleld. S. C. Dec. 11.
HTRAYKD?Small dark red pony
horse, foretop shaved, part of mane
trimmed on left side, neat, snug
build, about S00 pounds. 7 or 8
yearB old. Also bluelsh, mouse
colored, horse mule, no white at
all except Ughtor color around
mouth, hind hoofs slightly split,
weight $00 or 1,000 pounds, about
four years old; has been lately
reached with heavy bush. Any
" one taking up above stock, please
notify by Phone or otherwise, the
Booth Live 8tock Co., Sumtcr, J.
F. Bland, Mayesville. Walter Mc?
Coy at Oswego, or W. L. B. Watts,
Oswsgo. with h'.ll of charges.
12-21-ltem 2t. W. at S. It.
LOOT?Ono white pointer dog a bout
one year old. Dark spot over one
eye. Answers to name "Marco."
Reward If finder will notify the
Item office j. xVFriersi-**, it. F.
D. No. 3. >m.ter, ft C 13 lt-tt-W.
Mr. Robert Tal mage Cecil, of
High Point. N. C, and Miss Augusta
Edna DuBoee. were married at Dar
I lington Wednesday afternoon at 5:30
o'clock. Mr. Cecil was located In
this city last year and has many
Mrs. A. W. Suder died Wednesday
night at her home on Main St. aged
66 years, of heart disease. Her death
was wholly unexpected and a great
shock to her family. The funeral
services were held from the resi?
dence at 11 o'clock Friday morn?
ing. Mrs. Suder is survived by her
husband and one daughter. Mrs. L.
LeGrand. Mrs. Suder was born in
this county and had spent practi?
cally her entire life in this city.
K. of P. Election.
At the regular meeting of Oame
Cock Lodge, K. of P.. held Monday
night the following officers were
elected for the ensuing year:
C. W. Towles?C. C.
R. D. Epps?V. C
C C Smith?Prelate.
Qeo. E. Beaumont?K of R. & S.
J. O. R. WMder-f-M. F.
W. S. Jones?M. E.
Jas. C. Bryan?M . W.
D. T. Mead?M A.
W. M. Wolf?I. O.
L. B. H. Darr?O. O. 1
O. A. Lemmon?Trustee.
Among the many beautifully de?
signed and decorated windows In the
city, the windows of O'Donnell & Co.
deserve special mention. Mr. Eu?
gene McCollum, the designer and
dscorator of the window, exercised
no little taste in arranging the snow
scene, which Is an exceptionally
good conception, and a most befitting
arrangement, which has received
many words of comemndatlon.
The hose wagons were called out
Tuesday by an alarm from Council
street A defective flue started a
small blase In a negro house near the
A. M. E. church, but the fire was ex?
tinguished before the hose wagon
reached the scene.
The steam lire engine, ordered by
City Council about two months ago,
has arrived and is now at the depot
awaiting delivery. The city has no
fire engine house and what disposi?
tion will be made of the engine until
the new nre department headquar?
ters Is bulit Is pusxling the flr? ?:.
Before the. engine can be p'.i regu?
larly into service another team of
fire horses will probably haw to be
The officers elect of the Clare
mont Lodge. No. 64, A. F. M., were
Installed at a special communication
of the lodge Wednesday night. Fob
lowing the meeting the members pre?
sent enjoyed an oyster supper given
by the newly Installed officers.
As has bsen the custom for a
number of years a Christmas tree
was glvsn at the Washington Street
school Thursday for the children of
first and second grades. The tree Is
the annual contribution of Oame
Cook Lodge, K. of P., and Is always
a source of pleasure Ii the little
children. The tree was prettily dec?
orated and* there was a gift of fruit
fur each child.
The City Schools closed Thursday
for the Christmas holiday.
It Is currsntly reported that Col.
Thomas Wilson has purchased the
property on the corner of Main street
and Hampton avenue extending north
to Lee A Moise's office, from the col?
ored Investment Association. He la
said to havs paid the Association a
haadsoms profit on the price they
paid for the property a few years
ago. A block of substantial stores
on this property would be a great
and long-needed Improvement to
that part of Main street.
Something must be done to im?
prove the condition of Main and Lib?
erty streets In the business section
even If It requires a bond Issue.
This section will never be inde?
pendent, rich and prosperous until It
Is a manufacturing, stock-raising,
truck growing and grain-producing
as well as a cotton-growing county.
The fact that land is now selling for
$50 an acre where it sold for $10 a
few years ago Is not proof that the
county is five times as rich and pros?
perous as it was. The higher valu?
ation of land and the re-Investment
of money In land does not make the
county richer, for the land is the
same land and If there shall be a
re-occurrence of the agricultural de?
pression of the 40's and 90's many
who now count themselves rich
would be land poor.
The Hoard of County Commission?
ers will hold their annual moetlng on
Thursday, Jan. 6th. 1910. All parties
having claims against the County not
previously presented will file same
with Clerk of County Commissioners
prior to that date.
J. i rjMTER,
ciork of Co. lid. Com
JONES URGES IB REFORM.
COMPTROLLER GENERAL WANT
Apparent Inequalities in Assessments
Brought Out in Mr. Jones' Annual
Report to the legislature?(.over
nor Ansel's Attitude Given.
Columbia, Dec. 21.?"Well, what's
doing on the assessment proposl
tion?" Comptroller General Jones
was asked today.
"The law of this State requires
that all property be assessed at its
true value in money," he replied. "It
looks as if the 'malefactors of great
wealth' have set aside the laws and
adopted a low assessment and a high
rate. It catches the wage-earner and
man of moderate means 'acoming
and agwing.' "
And the Comptroller reached
among the mass of papers on his desk
and handed out the following state?
ment to be included In his annual re?
port of the assessment of street rail?
ways for Charleston and Columbia to
illustrate his point:
Columbia Electric Street Railway,
Light and Power Company, Colum?
bia Water Power Company, (Colum?
bia Canal) and the City Railway and
Electric Light Company. Estimated
value $3,600,000: gross receipts.
$376,186; assessment for taxation,
$419,680; per cent of value assessed
for taxation, 12 per cent.
Charleston Consolidated Railway
and Electric Company, City Railway,
Seashore Railway, Edison Light and
Power Company, and Gas Light Com?
pany, of Charleston, estimated values,
$5,00f/,000; gross receipts $727,812;
assessment for taxation $549,195;
per cent of value assessed for taxa?
tion, 11 per cent.
"And it's not only the street rail?
ways," concluded Mr. Jones, "what I
I said just now refers also to the
banks' assessments and other prop?
erty the inequality in the taxation of
which I have been pointing out."
That there is inequality in the as?
sessment of street railways, power
companies and such enterprises will
be pointed out In the annual report
of Comptroller General Jones. Espe?
cially does Mr. Jones direct attention
to the assessment of the Charleston i
Light and Power Company, which la
assessed at 9.8 per cent of its capital
stock. The capital paid in of this
company la $1.000,000. while the as?
sessment for taxation i? $98.020.
Comptroller General Jonej la trying
to get' more Information as to th ?
lighting iTid power plants <>f the
state, in many cases the value of
the property was not given so that
It cannot be seen exactly upon what
basis tr/e taxes are placed. A strik?
ing example is the case of the Green?
ville Gas and Electric Company, the
capital stock of whloh Is *>53,500,
while the assessment for taxation is
$143,286 or 268 per cent of the cap?
ital paid In. Evidently the property
must be worth this much or it would
not have been assessed at this rate,
while In the case of other companies
the per cent, of capital assessed for
taxation appears to Comptroller Gen?
eral Jones to be much lower than
It should be.
The Columbia Gas Light Company
has a paid in capital of $100,000;
gross receipts, $53,743; assessed for
taxation $50,800; per cent of capital
asessed for taxation, 50.8.
Charleston Light and Power Com?
pany, capital paid in, $1,000,000;
gross receipts, $118,976; assessed for
taxation, $98,030; per cent of capital
assessed for taxation, 9.8.
Greenville Gas and Light Com?
pany, capital paid in, $53,500, gross
receipts, $58.047; assessed for tax?
ation, $143,285; per cent, of capital
assessed for taxation, 268.
Paris Mountain Water Company?
Capital paid in, $200,000; gross re?
ceipts, $45,069; assessed for taxation,
$84,610; per cent of capital assessed
for taxation, 43.
Union Power Company?Capital
paid in, $800,000; gross receipts,
$80,213; assessed for taxation $400,
000; per cent, of capital assessed for
Tho Greenville Company.
Greenville-Carolina Power Com?
pany?Capital paid in, $450,000;
gross receipts, $51,225, assessed for
taxation, $71,205; per cent, of capital
assessed for taxation, 15.8.
Beaufort Water-works ? Capital
paid in, $10,000; gross receipts, $2.
923; assessed for taxation, $5,000;
per cent. 60.
Rock Hill Light and Power Com?
pany?Capital paid In, $150,000;
gross receipts, $12,406; assessed for
taxation, $36.125; per cent, 24.
Camden Water Light, and Power
Company--Capital paid in, $100,000;
gross receipts. $24,511; assessed for
taxation, $23,700; per cent, 23.7.
Georgetown Electric Light Com?
pany?Capital paid In, $25,000; gross
receipts, $18,8X7, assessed, $11,000;
per cent, 44.
Anderson Water, Light and Power
Company?Capital paid In, $800,000;
gross receipts, $111,060; assessed,
$118,665; per cent, 42.8.
Harts' !h\ I' Tit . : .1 Power Cora
pan) ',; pltal paid la, $2,000; grogs
receipts, $4,33.1; assessed for tax
ation, $1,000; per cent. 60.
Florence Light and Power Com?
pany?Capital paid In, $50,000; gros?
receipts, $14,197; assessed, $11,500;
per cent, 23.
Columbia Electric Street Railway,
Light and Power Company?Capital
paid in, $800,000; gross receipts,
$108,139; assessed, $150,000; per
These assessments are taken from
the annual report of Comptroller
General Jones. The compilation,
however, is not yet complete and It
will be noted that some, companies
are omitted in the above list. Infor?
mation as to the Southern Power
Company has not yet been received
and the same is true of some other
companies. The information was not
complete as to some of the com?
panies given above.
Governor and Comptroller General
j in Harmony.
Asked this evening about a report
that Governor Ansel, at a conference
between the two, had refused to back
him up In the matter of tax reform,
Comptroller General Jones stated
I that while an announcement of the
conference was a bit premature and
he had not spoken of it previously
for publication, he and the Governor
did have a talk upon the tax pro
I position. At this conference the en
I tire tax situation was discussed, but.
naturally, Governor Ansel would not
outline a policy In advance of the Is?
sue to be met, should it arise. The
Comptroller stated that next year,
1910, being the year of reassessment
of all property, he must now, as he
I has done four years ago, send out a
circular of Instructions to the coun
I ty auditors and boards of assessors,
instructing them as to the law which
requires property to be assessed at
its value and that he could not find
any law authorizing an assessment
on a different basis. He told the
j Governor that he was receiving let?
ters from county auditors Inquiring
how the assessments should be
made, one stating that he proposed
assessing real estate at 20 per cent.
J of Its value. The Comptroller Gen?
eral Inquired whether, in case a
county auditor should advise a tax
I payer to return property at such
I small fractional proportion of its
value, a clear violation of law, the
Governor replied that that question
could, be best determined when the
case should arise. The Comptroller
then asked, that in case the county
auditors and boards of assessors
should carry oat the It ft, and asassa
property nt it true ?.;?.?? and1 ths
Legislature should make tue usual
lew nt the same rate as heretofore,
would the Governor call an extra
session of the Legislature to reduce
the levy, for otherwise it would raise
two or three times the amount neces?
sary to run the Government, and
this was used as the chief argument
against carrying out the law. The
Governor replied that he could not
anticipate the action of the Legis?
lature in this matter, but that the
Comptroller should go ahead and
carry out the law. He would then
have the satisfaction of knowing he
had done his duty, and he was not
responsible for the acts or failures of
others. The Comptroller General
has the entire co-operation and ap?
proval of *he ?vernor In his efforts
to enforc *?? x laws of the State.
It is reported that there is some
prospect of the morning train that Is
now made up here and runs between
this city and Augusta may be chang?
ed in the near future to run between
Florence and Augusta. This Is In
line with the suggestion made in this
paper several weeks ago and subse?
quently endorsed by the Chamber of
TAX RETURNS FOR 1910.
COUNTY AUDITOR SUMTER CO.,
SUMTER, S. C, Dec. 3, 1909.
Notice Is hereby given that I will
attend, in person or by deputy, at
the following places on the days in?
dicated, respectively, for the purpose
of receiving returns of real estate,
personal property, and poll taxes for
the fiscal year commencing January
Tindalls, Tuesday, Jan. 4th.
Privateer, (Jenkins' store,) Wed?
nesday, Jan. 5th.
Manchester, Levl's, Thursday, Jan.
Wedgefleld, Friday, Jan. 7th.
Claremont Depot, Monday, /an.
Hagood, Tuesday, Jan. 11th.
Remberts, Wednesday, Jan. 12th.
Dalzell, Thursday, Jan 13th.
W. T. Brogdon's Store, Friday,
Mayesville. Tuesday, Jan. 18th.
Shlloh, Wednesday, Jan. 19th.
Norwood's X Roads, Thursday,
Oswego, Friday, Jan. 21st.
All persons whose duty It Is to
make returns should be prompt to
meet me at these appointments. All
returns must be made before Feb.
? t>t,-.r?ci wit t-?tt;w
\m f-?.ir f.-i Bumter cj.
APPEAL IN LAN AMAN CASE.
liill of Exceptions Filed With Attor.
ney General Lyon.
Columbia, Dec. 21.?The excep?
tions In the appeal of the Lanahan
claim for approximately $23,000 were
filed today with Attorney General
Lyon by W. H. Clark, attorney for
the company. The notice of appeal
was filed recently. The exceptions
are mostly of a technical ntture. One
of the exceptions is that the chair?
man of the commission stated posi?
tively that he knew of the showing
of Farnum's account book after a
member of the Lanahan firm had de?
nied the existence of such, it being
claimed that this statement on the
part of the chalrmai tended to pre?
judice the minds of the other com
Smallpox has broken out among
the prisoners in the Spartanburg jail
?A sprained ankle will usuallj
able the injured p eon for ihn
four weeka. Thi3 *a due to lac.
proper treatment. When Char,
ain's Liniment is applied a
may be effected in three or four
This liniment is one of the best
most remarkable preparation*
use. Sold by W. W. Sibert.
John P. Hardy, of New York
lected Messrs. Pujo Broussard
Estoplnal of the Louisiana de
tion, and Mr. Frank Clarke, ol
Florida delegation to give the I
dent, in his name, an Alexa
Hamilton pen, because those
Congressmen voted for the prob
duty on rice.
*If you are suffering from bil
ness, constipation, indigestion, ch
headache, invest one cent in a p
card, send to Chamberlain Med
Co., Des Moinea, Iowa, with
name and address plainly on
back, and they will forward y?
free sample of Chamberlain's S
ach and Liver Tablets. Sold by W
This Means What the
Goods Actually Cost Us
?s?2? Monday, Dec. 27.
Everything in our Store at Cost. Be on time and get
your supply of Dress Goods, Bleachings, Percales, Ging?
hams, Sheetings, Homespun, Table Damask, Doilies, Tow?
els, Linen, Ladies' Coat Suits, Cloaks, Skirts, Underwear,
Comforts, Blankets, Mattings, Art Squares, Rugs and
ALL AT COST!
Our entire line of Shoes for Men, Ladies and Child?
ren?no trouble to get your size, as we have just received a
shipment of new shoes.
This Sale Will List for 5 Days, Beginning Dec. 27, Including Dec. 31.
Nothing Charged or Sent Out on Approval.
Shaw & MCcollum Mer. Co.
Phone No. 68. No. 13 S. Main St. Sumter, S, C.
M ? a\ ? nn ^ t FOR THE FUNDS Or ~
OUR DEPOSITORS : : :
Promptness in ali transactions, md unexcelled
facilities for huidiinc> your business in every
department of banking is tne basis upon which
this bank, the Oldest and Largest in the city of
Sumter, invites your account.
First National Bank, Santer, S. (. Z
The most phenomenal values
Linens and Linen Pieces,
Children's Hand Bags,
?and everything to make a sen
sible and useful Xmas Gift at
Sumter s Big Store.
O'Donnell 6 Co
THE HOME OF THE TAR HEEL BLANKET.