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?aunter and Adjoining Counties.
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fcrnchburg, S. C Dec 27.?Mr. J.
M. Miller met with a very painful. If
not serious, accident last night while
attempting to go from the bed to
a Is bis In the room which was only a
few feet away. It seems ho lost his
balance and fell to the floor, badly
lajorlng or dislocating his thigh. He
Ig suffering much psln snd may be
eon fined to his bed for quite awhile.
The accident Is particularly unfortu
aafte, as Mr. Miller Is minus on? leg
aa a result of faithful service in the
late war between the states. He
has the heartfelt sympathy of nil
this *wn and vicinity.
A sad death occurred In South
Lynch burg on Christmas evening.
Hiss gains Phillips, daughter of Mr.
J. W. Phillips, after a lingering ill
ness of several months, brsathed her
last on the above day. The deceased
waa In her teens, with a promising
future. The bereaved family have
the sympathy of many friends and
relative*. The funeral services wsre
conducted by Rev. J. H. Beasley and
Intermont took place at the old Tab
eraaclt burying ground.
Ptagah. Dee. 28.?Christmas day
paresd off quietly hsre. There was
nd noise except the howling of the
wind which rsged here all day and
? night Not even a gun was fired to
s announce the birth of the day on
which It Is said the Christ was born.
Whether the rain dampened the peo?
ple or a lack of red-eye to make one
foal that he owns Wall Street. I know
The cold for last two weeks has
enabled those who had hogs ready to
km to tap them. Several have killed
flno ones. Mr. C. T. Evans killed
two which weighed 684 and 444
pounds net each, and Mr. H. H.
?vans killed three which together
weighed net over one thousand
pounds. If any one else can beat this
tot no have It
Mr. and Mrs. McCaa of Columbia,
are spending the holidays with rela?
tives and friends here. '
All the school children who have
been attending school off are at
The writer atttnded services at
Mt Olivet Church near Camden, Sun?
day, and to be present at the ordi?
nation of two de&cons. My. It was
cold. The new preacher, Rev. Mr.
Carnes Is a good earnest man. and
no doubt will do much good. He Is
pastor of the Antloch and Mt. Oli?
I hesrd of one young lady backing
ont from getting married on the
ground that she had rather have a
gay single life than a married one.
Teddy Is more right than wrong in
what he said along that Hoe. "All
Work and no pla' makes Jaok a dull
t?y." and all .play and no study
makes Juck a poor scholar, could be
aptly applied to more than one Jack
The school entertainment and
Christ ma* tree at Plsgah church last
Thursday evening was a fine suc
aeos. The children performed sll
ths psrts assigned them with credit,
and acted their parts finely. While
all did so well I must say that "the
"Inventor's Wife,' recited by Miss
Maud Rosa was fine. The complete
mastery of the piece, the gestures and
fin*, gruceful delivery, was hlghiy
complimented, and the storm of ap?
plause when she sat down showed
how hlahly her "frort was apprecia?
Pantomime. "Nearer my <;..<1 to
Thee," by Ml?s Klma Evans. was
Splendid. She holed this beautiful
hymn throui h without any mistake
and the stillness <?r the hongs ?howed
the Interest and attention to her per?
formance Miss Klma b is line theat
riesi now era, and if she wag to take
the ?tage would make her mark.
Song. "Wave, Merrily Wave," by
several, waa VeryPtOttyand cauKht
the ear of the hopes it would tank?.
this artlele to,, I >nv; t . "peal Of the
ooveral pieces. Many favorable OOhV
ments were made to the writer about
the events i rforsnanca Rar, Mr.
Cole msde the opening religious ex?
ercises and preMded during the p< r
formance. Miss Jessie Hrown pre?
sided at the Organ and rendered
sweet and appropriate music to the
several pieces when needed. Her cf"
fort* are highly appreciated. At the
clone of the entertainment, a large
and full Christmas tree was distrib?
uted, and many got tine and valua?
ble presents. Mr. Wilson Hawkins
as Santa Claus and did finely ami
to the amusement of the crowd.
I would not close this article with?
out gUIng credit to the efficient teach*
er of the Pisgah public school, Miss
Hattlev Hussey. for this enjoyable and
ne school entertainment. She
orked'to make it a success and ad?
mirably succeeded, without en
roachlng on her school hours to do
so. The children all learned their
pieces without dropping any of their
studies, after school?a worthy exam?
ple that some schools would do well
to imitate. Miss Hattie believes that
hlldren should go to school to learn
nd not play, and In this she stands
with the noted educators of the day.
Our worthy route carrier, J. D.
McLeod, spent Christmas day on the
road In performance of his duty, and
went back home carrying many to?
kens of friendship from his many
Capt. J. J. Cooley, wife and daugh?
ter, of Darlington, spent Saturday
with his daughter, Mrs. J. I* GUlls.
Mrs. Mathews. of Florence county
Is visiting at Rev. T. L. Coles.
Miss Davis of Mtzpah, and a Mr.
Watklns, of X. C.? were married at
Mlspah church on Sunday morning
by Rev. T. L. Cole. '
Smithvllle. Dec. 28.?Christmas
was spent very quietly In this sec?
tion. But little hunting was done
because of the wind which blew like
a storm nearly all day.
The farmers have been wishing for
cold weather. They say that a cold
winter denotes a good crop year.
Their wishes are certainly being grat?
ified. The ground has been froxen
like bricks for several mornings re?
If the farmers will only diversify
their crops and not let the high price
this year turn their heads to in?
crease the cotton acreage, the chan?
ces are they will soon be on an equal
footing with the rest of the industrial
world. I'm looking for an era of
prosperity. Not only has cotton ad
vanced In price but other farm pro?
ducts have, also.. Poultry and eggs
have brought better prices than ever
before; peas are selling at our door
for $2.00 a bushel. Of course the
price of living has advanced, but peo?
ple on the farm can live much cheap?
er than those of other vocations.
They can grow nearly everything
they need at home and sell enough
to almost, If not quite, buy
the remainder. Thrift and ceono
my will do great things. There
la decidedly more in the man than in
the land* It takes anything but an
ignoramous to farm intelligently.
Three cheera for the corn growers
of South Carolina. Perhaps produc?
tion and pellegra will reduce the
price of Western corn at least. Coun?
try and town folks are beginning to
leave off grits, fearing lest they take
Miss Tessa Hatfleld spent Xmas
with Mrs. W. H. Shivor.
Mr. and Mrs. W. X. Dunlap visited
friends at Mannviile Sunday night
Mise Halite Nelson spent Xmas
with Misa Rosalie Evans.
Miss Estelle Hatfleld Is at home
for the holidays.
Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Wactor and
daughter, Miss Lyde, spent last Sat?
urday with Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Rob?
Mrs. Sarah B. Robertson Is visit?
ing her son Mr. S. L. Robertson, of
Ionia, who will leave today for his
new home in Lexington county. Mrs.
Roberts will go later.
Rev. R. E. Sharp, the pastor for
St. John's and Remberts, has moved
to the parsonage. Mrs. Sharp wlli
Rembert, Dec. 28.?Christmas has
come and gone, and the little ones
havo a long time to look forward to
another, when their stockings will be
loaded with nice things.' Many have
been made glad, still there*are some
who were sad, without parents to
provide such things as will bring Joy
and gladness to their little hearts.
They, In some instances, have stood
to one side and, with aching hearts
and tearful eyes, watched others en
Jov themselves. Oh, what a broad
Heid of missionary work there Is for
us to rover If we would follow the
in. - k and lowly Jfjrtli, God grant
that these have be? n, to some extent,
oared for; and God forbid that any
of ms should withhold from thOfG
unprovided for, out o! our bounties
which God haa bleaaed m with.
Tin- school entertainment and
Chtiatmaa trees, in our Motion were
grand soocsaosi ami enjoyed by all
* ho attended,
The Poatofllce department has la>
?nod ? request that all patrom ms far
as practicable! wtl] leave all mall de
noshed in their boxes for collection
already stamped. In addition to this
request lei the carrier! plead that it
be observed by all. Many days when
travelling our routes, shaking with
cold. tears streaming down our
cheeks from the pierching minds, our
? ?? ?
ban ll numbed almost beyond feel?
ing, we will And a pile of .coppers in
the boxes, and with stiff fingers from
sold and the . un done down, and yet
we are miles from the office, we try
and try to pick up the * coppers and
OOUnt them, only to Und on reaching
tie- otDcs that we either left some In
the box or dropped some on the
?found tor which v.e must shell out
our own hard earned ones. Xjw lot
us bag that every body buy their
stamps ahead, and by so doing oblige
the carriers and meet the request of
the postoftice department.
Once there was a patron of a I i vi -
ral route who delighted in always us?
ing coppers in his box instead of
stamps, just to worry the carrier. He
dreamed a dream that he was dead
and went to hell and was assigned the
task of forever picking up red hot
coppers one by one. After that he
always used stamps. Oh, if some
others could dream a like dream, and
to some extent realize it, what a
source of help it would be to us, when
we are trying so hard to meet all de?
mands made upon us and endure the
many hardships (unencouraged)
through which we are called to pass.
Christmas bells are ringing,
Sleigh bells Jingling,
Snow clad peaks are shining,
While carriers the whips are ply?
Justice you say!
We don't see It that way:
For on Christmas day.
At home we'd like to stay.
Sailors upon the ocean,
Soldiers on the land, I
Bating Christmas turkey,
Provided by uncle Sam.
But never a thought of the carrier,
Plodding over the land, (Christ?
Still he never murmurs,
Against uncle Sam's way.
Wedgefleld, S. C, Dec. 30?Xmas
passed off very quietly here, there
being sickness In some families, the
usual social gatherings were not
Very few of our farmers held cot?
ton for 15c, the good prices all the
fall causing them to sell as soon as
ginned. Judging by the prices re?
ceived for the staple this fall, I
would think the farmers are In bet?
ter condition financially to commence
the new year than they have beep
in some time.
Last December wss most too warm
to kill hogs, but most any day dur?
ing the present month has been
plenty cold for such.
Mr. S. R. Cain, of Laurens, spent
the holidays with his family who are
on a visit to their father, Mr. S. H.
Miss Mabel Mellett, assistant teach?
er In the graded school at Perry is
spending the holidays at home.
Mr. L. T. Blllups after spending
a few days at his home at Summer
ton has returned to his duties.
Miss Laura Whllden of Sumter, Is
visiting her sister, Mrs. J. R. Ram?
Messrs. Frank Mellett, Peter
Dwight, Burt Weinberg, Colin Mc
Laurin and Gerald Ryan, are at
home from Clemson enjoying the
Messrs. Burney and Lee Thomas
of Davidson College are spending the
holidays at home.
Mr. T. R. Troutman of Rocky
Mount, X. C, spent the past few
days with his mother, Mrs. Cleo
Mrs. Joe Goff, of Rocky Mount,
is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
R. L. Wright.
Prof. O. H. McMillan, after an en?
joyable visit to his home at Mulllns,
has returned, and is ready to begin
The moving away of four families
carried off fifteen scholars from the
school here, and there is not a sfn
gle child of school age among the
present occupants of the four houses,
a rather remarkable coincidence.
Mr. F. M. Dwight, Jr., who works
for the Erie R. R. Co., is spending
a few days at home.
Front of Hulldiiig on Blsliopvllle's
Mutu Street Falls to Ground.
Blshopviile, Dec. 28.?Saturday
about 2 o'clock In the afternoon the
front of the two stores occupied by
the MeLeod Drug company and J.
D. Hill furniture store fell to the
Sidewalk. This front wall which was
about ten feet high gave way and
fei) without any cause apparently
other than the little wind which Wdi
blowing. Fortunately no on< was on
the sidewalk near and therefore no
damage w;is don,, other than tu the
building itself. Had it fallen at any
time the day before, Christmas eve,
it probably would have killed and
injured a ^eore or more people as the
Rldewalk Was crowded all that -lay
with Christmas shoppers and visit
John Sheppard bus been arrested
at Sellers, Marion county, for the
murder of .i. Cooper.
THEY WERE not TORTURED.
antl-Zelaya Reports of Cruelty to
Condemned Declared Untrue?
Groce Showed White Feather.
Managua. Nicaragua, Dec. 29.?
Recent reports that Groce and Can- i
non, th^ American recruits in the ;
insurgent army who wore put to
death at the command of President
Zelaya, were tortured befo? being
shot are untrue. j
Groce and Cannon were notified j
of the death sentence imposed upon i
them at 10.30 o'clock ui the night <K'
Xovemher 1"?. They were executed \
at 10 o'clock the following morning. |
On the way to the scene of execu- '
tion they passed the open graves that
had been prepared for them. At
one time Groce stepped out of the
line of march and pleaded with Gen. I
Medina: "Don't shoot me; I am a
brother Mason." j
Cannon quickly seized his, com?
panion and pulling him back into
"Brace up, old man. We have no
chance under Zelaya's orders."
Standing in the centre of the
square formed by 500 soldiers, the
two men heard their sentence read
and from the four corners together
with the usual warning in such
cases: "Any one displaying evidence
of sympathy will be shot in a simi?
The hands of the condemned men
were bound and their eyes blind?
folded. Cannon shook his head at?
tempting to prevent the bandage be?
ing placed over his face, but his
protest was unavailing. They were
seated on a low bench side by side.
The firing squad was made up of 12
soldiers who advanced in three rows
within six feet of their victims.
Capt. Constantino Saenz was In com?
mand and instruced two soldiers at
the left to fire upon Cannon. All four
bullets were effective. Groce was
shot through the heart and death
was instantaneous. The bullets in?
tended for Cannon tore the breast
and abdomen. He survived his
wounds a few seconds. When the
body of Groce was burled, a blank?
et hid the features but the body of
Cannon was burled without any pro?
ANOTHER PANAMA CANAL.
Wall Street Financiers Said to Have
Launched New Project.?Rights of
Way Said to he Secured.
New Orleans, La., Dec. 28i?Pas?
sengers arriving from Colon today
declare a corporation backed by
Wall Street money and known as the
Mandlngo Darlen Company has been
organized to dig an air line sea level
canal across Panama, 50 miles south
of the big United States ditch.
The Colon representative of the
company is Captain Thornton Bon
nevllle, of Newport News, Va. H?.
asserts that his corporation Is as?
sured that a sea level canal, 29 miles
In length, can be contsructed for
This amount has been pledged.
Work on the new canal will be be?
gun early in the year.
Captain Bonnevilie Is quoted as
declaring he agrees with Admiral
Evans that the United States canal
can never be successfully operated.
The Mandlngo Darlen Company will
build Its canal with private capital.
Concessions of land for construc?
tion purposes have been secured.
BILLION FOR GOOD WORK.
New York, Dec. 26.?The total
public benefactions in the United
States during the past 12 months was
$141,250,000, an amount just $40,000,
000 greater than any previous year
in the history of the country, accord?
ing to statistics complied by a New
York newspaper. The amount this
year was over twice as large as given
away last year, following the panic of
The principal benefactors in 1909
have been the late John S. Kenedy
of New York ($26,550,000) John D.
Rockefeller ($12,852,000) and An?
drew Carnegie ($6,056,511).
Of the total amount given In 1909
over a third was given specifically for
The total benefactions in the Unit?
ed States reported in the public pros^
In the last 17 years add up to no less
than one billion, one hundred and fif?
ty thousand dollars.
Town of Red Top Destroyed by Fire.
Charleston, Dec. 28.?-Almost the
entire town of Red Top In Bt An?
drew's parish was destroyed by fire
entailing a less conservatively plac< J
at between $12,000 and $15,000.
Three or tour stores were burned and
:i number of small houses, w illing
hands assisted in removing the goods
from the stores, but when the mer?
chants examined their rescued stock,
they found that it had been prettj
I well stolen by the negroes and it
might have just as well been burnt as
far as the h?-s was concerned to the
merchants. Red Top is a negro set?
tlement about six miles beyond th<?
Ashley river bridge.
ALCOHOL 3 PER CENT.
AVegctable Prepararton for As
ting (he Siomaciis aRd?owcis of
For Infants ft~d Chi!
ness and Rest.Contains rteitfer
Opiimi.Morphuie rwr Mineral.
jl/x. Senna *?
The Kind Ymi h'd
Aperfect Remedy for Consfipi
t ion, Sour Stomach.Dtarrtua
ness and Loss of sleep.
Facsimile Signature of
Atb months old
Exact Copy of Wrapper.
tm? OMTMN ?ompant, HCW tom orrv.
sash or blind, a door or a doxen, or
a hundred of 'em? No better place
to get them for miles around than
right here. We have the goods at
saving prices and can deliver them
quickly and correctly. This Is a de?
pot tor isuch building materials. We
have a phone and we want your or?
The Suiter Door, S>sh & Blind Factory.
J. W. McKeiver. - - Proprietor
Birnie's Drug Store,
5 W. Liberty St. Sumter, S. C.
Pure Drugs and Medicines,
CHOICE PERFUMES [AND FINE
TOILET ARTICLES, COMBS AND
BRUSHES, PATENT MEDICINES
AND DRUGGISTS' SUNDRIES, A
FULL LINE OF CIGARS AND
TOBACCO. :: :: :: :: ::
OUR MOTTO: PURE AND RELIABLE GOODS.
Our stock is complete
and we cheerfully solicit
your patronage. :: :: ::
The Farmers' Bank and Trust Co.,
Wants 700 good farmers' accounts in addition to
its present patronage, during the year 1910.
The farmer who borrows money from the bank
and pays cash for his supplies, should soon
have money to lend.
Ik Lien Li \\\
But the Bank of Sumter will take care of its farmer
customers. If you have not an account with this bank al?
ready, ppen an account by making a deposit.
Your business for 1910 is solicited.
!g? Bank of Sumter,
RICH. I. MANNING, Pres. M. MOISE. Ist V-Pres R. F. HAYNSWORH. 2d V-Pres.
W. F. RHAME. Cashier.
B \KTOW W ALSH. Teller. D. M. BLAND1NC, Bookkeeper.
Wm. J. crowson Jr. C ollector.