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nUDfCH JUN? FROM PANAMA.
That Coat Miluor* In the
New York Sun
The Isthmian canal commission hat
begun the Job af transporting sbout
100,000 tons of old French Junk from
the Isthmus to this city. The Junk
Includes old locomotives, dump carts,
tanks. barges. boilers* girders,
dredge*, sheet Iron, part* of old ma?
chinery and other things for which
the French Canal Company paid mil?
lions of dollars and whlqh Is left to
go to ruin on tre isthmus.
Th* commla* >n Is Solling on com?
petitive blddffig all the old Iron and
steel alosg the canal route except
such parts aa may be reserved for
About 70t tons will be moved to
the State* every two weeks by the
steamships Anoon and Cristobal. It
I*HI take three years to transport all
of the Junk. Most of It will be scrap?
ped where It lies on the Isthmus. The
commission will ship no pieces of
more than SO tones In weight This
will permit the shipping of locomo?
tive boilers with Are boxes and flues.
Moot of this old material la of for?
eign manufacture, and aa It is landed
in New York Uncle 8am Is confronted
with the proposition of being obliged
to pay himself $1 a short ton on the
entry. Under a provision In the sundry
olvil act of Msy. ltOS, this duty will
be returned by Uncle Sam to the ca?
nal fund, but to accomplish this with?
out a special appropriation each year
It will be neoeeasry to have the sale
consummated only after the Junk
ha* passed through the New York
custom house. Each contractor will
ho under a bond of 575.000, and pay?
ments are to be made to the canal
commission after ?ach delivery.
The sale Is being made at this time
chiefly for the purpose of getting out
the old material that lies In the great
In of Oatun lake before the basin
to filled with water. There are large
quantities of the Junk In the lake
Each of the locomotives left by the
Wench yield* between $400 and $900
worth of cupper alone. The commis?
sion, will save the old steel rails on
the Isthmus to be used as re-enforce?
ment In the concrete work end as
telephone and telegraph poles.
Some of this old French Junk has
been found in extraordinary places.
Dredges have been discovered almost
completely burled in sand, hundreds
of foot awsy from any body of wa?
ter, and overgrown with iense tropi?
cal vegetation Apparent!* they have
jJSMWrted away *?m ^ rj?orbed [
Ifntrfh watoi _uf ine river Itself has
ohlfted Its oo*iroe. Several of these
burled dred ea were in a fairly good
state df preservation and are now do
Inf work on the istbmus.
Some of the Junk has been lifted
from the bottom of the Chagres river
and fiom the bottom of the old
French canal prism, where hundreds
of thousands of dollars' worth of
equipment sank 'a'ter the French
abandoned the work. Some of the
relies In the canal prism near the
crossing of the Rio Orande river were
dislodged only after heavy charges of
dyramlte had been exploded undrr
them. Others have been raised fr m
watery graves and are now helping
t link the Atlantic with the Pacific.
The profit from tne sale of the
French Junk will be small compared
with the value of the service that the
commission already has derived from
the cast-off equipment For the fc>st
two years of their work the comm's*
slon relied absolutely upon the old
locomotives used by the French. In
190? (here were 106 of these weath
erbeaten locomotives In service, com?
pared with only 15 American-made
engine*. Since that time the per?
centage of the French locomotives
ha* steadily decreased.
French dump carts also were used
almost exclusively by the commission
In the first two years. At one time
*mrre Jhan 2,000 of them were haul
lag] thw iUrt from Uncle Sam's shov?
el** The French relics furnished also
^many shop tools, stationary engines
and much repair materials In the
early days of the construction work.
In fact Americans may thank the
old French equipment for the fact
that the canal Is today Just half com
plated, without the aid of this rusty
storm-battered assortment of French
machinery there would have been
long delays In providing an adequate
equipment from the State*. It Is es?
timated that the French supplies and
equipment thus far utilised amount
to fully $1.000.000.
A few days ago Mall Carrier John
William? witnessed an unusual sight,
says an Exchantce. The men at
work cutting hay on James I. Mills'
farm had gone to the house for some
purpose, leaving the mules In the
field attached to the mower. Tho
mules got tired of loafing and de?
cided to go on to work. When Mr.
Williams passed they were going
around the field, holding the ma?
chine In and cutting hay Just as If *
driver was behind them. He watch?
ed the mules for some time and says
they made perfect turns at the corn?
ers and seemed to know Just how
deep to hold the machine.
How It Is Done.
Here is a story that was sent to the j
Philadelphia Inquirer the other day i
by its Washington correspondent:
There was a little gathering of
statesmen In a five-room apartment
on the around floor of the Champ
lain apartments. The apartment is
rented by the year, and la uaed as a
little private clubhouae.
"Uncle Joe" Cannon Uvea just
about half a block away, but he was
tha last to arrive.
"Hello, 'Uncle Joe,' what's been
keeping you?" shouted the group
that had already gathered. ,
"Oh, late session, late session," said
"Uncle Joe," taking off his coat and
Bitting down at the table. And the
speaker of the house, the vice presi?
dent of the United States, secretary
of State Knox and a few of the lead?
ers of the senate and house began to
play a little game of cards.
And, adds the correspondent, if the
average citizen had heard their pleas?
ant little conversation about the Nlc
araguan war, about railroad laws,
about conservation and waterways,
he would have been puzzled no more
about the way the boards are greased
behind the scenes.
"Do You Drink?" the Km ploy er Now
It Has been growing harder and
harder for men who drink to get or
keep Jobs says The Delineator for
January. One after another of the
great railroads have posted notices
warning employees of Instant dis?
missal if they are known to drink.
Such a rule has more practical ef?
fect than a thousand temperaane lee
tures. Frick's great iron^?fod ?teel
works at Homestead are'<^tar?t an
absolutely total-abstinence regime
Marshall Field Co., enunciated a rule
which has been followed to a less or
greater extent by other mercantile
establishments. "We will not, to our
knowledge, place a young man who
drinks in our business."
Many a bank clerk has passed a
very humiliating quarter of an hour
in the office of some surety company,
while learning that because he was
known to drink the company whuld
refuse to sign his bond unless he
could furnish it acceptable security.
The United States Labor Department,
using percentages based on several
thousand reports, found that ninety
per cent, of the railroads, seventy
nine per cent, of the manufacturers,
eighty-eight per cent of the trades
and seventy-two per cent, of the agri?
culturists discriminate against drink?
ing men as employees.
To live In hearts we leave behind
Is not to die.?Campbell.
I FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS GIVEN AWAY!
Great Voting Contest for
THE WATCMAN AND SOUTHRON AND THE DAILY ITEM
A $400 Piano and Two Gold Watches Costing $50
Each are the Prizes.
\ \ Contest Opens Monday, Nov. 29th and Closes February 28th.
Do lYou Want the Piano ? It is yours if you comply with the Easy
Conditions and Make the proper Effort.
Conditions and Prizes,
The $400 Piano, the grand prize of
this contest, will be given to the sub?
scriber or a nominee of a subscriber of
the Watchman and Southron or Sum
ter Daily Item receiving the greatest
number of votes in this contest. No
matter where you live you are eligible
to enter this contest.
One $50 Gold Watch, cither Gentle?
man's or Lady's size, as the winner
may select, will be awarded to the per?
son, not a resident of the City of Sum
ter, receiving the next largest number
One ?50 Gold Watch, either Gentle
man's 01 Lady's size, will be awarded
to the person resident of the City of
Sumter, receiving the next largest
number of votes.
The contest for the Grand Prize, the
$400 Piano, is open to all readers of
The Watchman and Southron or The
Sumter Daily Item. It can be won by
a resident of Sumter, Lee or Clarendon
County, or some other County. One
Gold Watch as a special second prize
to be contested for by non-residents
of the City of Sumter, while the other
is a special second prize to be contest?
ed for by residents of this city.
This Magnificent Cote Piano, wbich we will give away, is 4 ft. 9 in. high
0 ft. long and weighs, boxed, ready for shipment, over 800 lbs. The finest
materials and mest experienced workman have produce din the Cote an in?
strument excellent in tone, power, durability and ippearance. This piano
is Installed in the best homes, conservatories and musio halls in the land ;
isWoll known and widely recommended hy the leading musicians and
It is positively guaranteed for ten years by the Manufacturers.
Each and every person entering the
contest must be nominated on one of
the Nomination Blanks published in
both the Watchman and Southron and
the?> Daily Item. The nomination
counts as 1000 votes, but only one
nomination will be credited to a per?
In each issue of the Watchman and
Southron and the Daily Item will be
published a ballot which is good for
the number of votes specified on the
How to Obtain Votes.
Every new subscriber paying in ad?
vance, will be credited for each dollar
paid, 200 votes. Every old subscriber
paying up back dues will be credited
for each dollar paid ico votes, and on
each dollar paid in advance 2C0 votes.
No votes will be given on payments of
less than $1 .CO. Every person or firm
that brings or sends an order for ad?
vertising or printing and pays for same
in advance will be entitled to 100 votes
for each dollar paid. For money paid
on accounts 50 votes will be allowed
for each dollar paid, if money is
brought or sent to this office. No
votes will be/given for money paid
Nominations will not be received later than December 24, therefore, it is important that the blanks be mailed
to this office at once. Remember every nomination blank counts lor 1000 votes, but will not be
counted twice for the same person. We have a supply of voting ballots at our office which must be filed
_ _ there, properly signed, as the cash is paid for subscription, advertising or printing. Those at a distance
wishing to vote must send the money, for which a voting ticket together with a receipt, will be mailed to the person making the remittance. The tickets must be
made out, signed and returned promptly to this office.
THE WAY TO WIN
Ask your friends and neighbors to subscribe for the Watchman and Southron or the Sumter Daily Item, and get them to vote for you as their
candidate. Ask your friends and neighbors or the merchants with whom you deal to patronize the Osteen Publishing Company by advertising in
Watchman and Southron and the Daily Item, and by giving us their printing, and get them to vote for you or your candidate.
If you do not want the Piano or one of the Gold Watches yourself or have no friend you wish to win one of the elegant prizes, perhaps your
Sunday School, or public school, or lodge needs a fine piano, and this will be the golden opportunity. It costs nothing to enter the race or to vote.
If you are now a subscriber to either of our newspapers the votes are given for payments you will make anyway. IfJ you are not a subscriber you
ought to be, for you need your home paper. If you or your friends give us your printing, you get the best . work at the lowestjprices consistent
with good work and good material. We challenge and meet any and all competition on price and quality.
Osteen Publishing Co.
No IS West Liberty St.
Phone No. 30 9 S
Sumter, So. Car
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