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Arrangement x for Annual Meeting
And Tournament to Be Made.
From The Dally Item. Feb. 10.
The meeting of the State Firemen's
Association and the big firemen's
tournament to be held In Sumter
during the month of May next, will
occupy the Intereet and attention of
the local firemen and ths Sumter
Chamber of Commerce from now on.
A oonference was held last night be?
tween 8ecretariee R. S. Hood, of the
SUte Firemen's Association and E.
I. Reardon of the Chamber of Com?
merce regarding the coming meet?
ing and the tournament. Secretary
Hood, who as is well known. Is chief
of the Sumter Fire Department, also,
said that the question of the date of
the annual meeting having been left
with 'dm after a conference with the
other officers of the association he
decided that the month of May
the best time for a firemen's
tournament. He desires that the
Chamber of Commerce take charge
of the arrangements fur the tourna?
ment, appoint committees, etc., with
the Sumter Fire Department having
suitable representation on the differ?
It la proposed to make a three-day
affair of the annual meeting. The
first day 'will be devoted to the busi?
ness seedon of Che association and
the two other days to pulling off the
tournament. The State Firemen's
Association at Its last meeting did
Sumter the honor of unanimously se?
lecting this city as the place for the
It It meeting and tournament over
several other places which made a
warm fight for the meeting. While
Sumter made no special effort to
land the association meeting, will
nevertheless warmly welcome the
Bremen and give them a big time
Chief Hood Is anxious that the new
fire department quarters be com?
pleted before the May tournament
Contractor D. P. Kelly has prom
to rush the work to completion
within ninety days. If the weather be
good. It is estimated that there will
be ten thousand visitors in Sumter
during the two days of the tourna?
ment for each day thereof. Fire
companlee and delegates of different
fire departmnts from all parts of
South Carolina will be here for th*e
association meeting and the tourna
ment. Sumter enjoys the pleasure
SLd advantage of being on very
friendly terms with the llremen of
all the cities In the association. They
want to come to Sumter as was fully
demonstrated by their attitude to?
wards this city at the last annual
meeting. Of course every visiting
team will have scores of admirers
and rooters to accompany ihe teams
and the rivalry though friendly will
Eastern Carolina cities and coun?
ties will turn out and send large
crowds to Sumter to see the fun. The
city council will have to get busy,
very busy putting Main street Into
smooth and good running shape for
the firemen's races. But the city
council can get there when It is nec?
There is nothing which stirs up the
sporting blood of the average Game- ^
cock City cltisen as a firemen's tour?
nament. The ladles are as enthusi?
astic as the men folk. It has been
quite a while since Sumter has had a
general old time blow out in which
everybody, could have an Interest and
the opportunity to enjoy anything
like a tournament or a fall festival.
A little fun will do no harm but on
the contrary will do much towards
bringing the people of Sumter county
and city and the people of the great
Pee Dee section together.
Secretary Hood will get up his re?
port of what will be necessary and
turn It over to the Chamber of Com?
merce when Mayor Boyle, Chairman
Finn of the Fire oepartmct Com?
mittee, the firemen, aldermen, and
the Chamber of Commerce will meet
aad get busy with arrangements! for
financing and otherwise pulling off
the tournament In characteristic
Oamecock City style.
During the last firemen's tourna?
ment held In this city, Sumter offered
the largest prises ever offered in the
South. She will do so aguln. The
fire teams of every city In the asso?
ciation are coming to a man. unless
sickness prevent* The Sumter fire?
men are enthusiastic and the local
boys wlir be soon limbering up by
practice to keep the laurels at home.
Many ladles usually accompany the
visiting teams to cheer up the fire?
men of their home teams. The cm
tests this year will be lively and ex?
When Senator Elkin* denounces
Senator Aldrtch, and declarer* him?
self to be a near Insurgent, the gal?
lery wakes up and realises that
something Is doing.?Philadelphia
?More people are taking Foley't
I Kidney Remedy every year. It Is con
' sldered the most effective remedy for
all kidney and bladder troubles that
medical science can devise. Foley's
Kidney Remedy corrects irregulari?
ties, builds up the system, and re?
stores lost vitality. Slbert's Drug
DOCTOR POISONED PATIENT.
Kann an CUf Physician Arrested For
Kansas City, Feb. 10.?As a climax
to the lengthy investigation of the
mysterious death of Col. Thomas H.
Swops, on October 3. 1909, Dr. B. C.
Hyde, husband of the late million?
aire's niece, was arrested here today,
charged with the murder of the ag?d
The warrant upon which the amst
was made was Issued at the request
of Attorney John G. Paxton, executor
of the Swope estate.
First degree murder Is charged.
The warrant says that Dr. Hyde, with
felonious Intent administered strych- j
nine to Col. Swop on the day of his
Across the back of the complaint
filed by Mr. Paxton, asking for a
warrant, Prosecutor Virgil Conklln
wrote above his signature:
"I he* jby endorse this complaint."
Dr. Hyde surrendered quietly. He
learned that a warrant was being 1
sought, and with his attorneys went
to the prosecutor's office to await the
return of Mr. Conkllng. He submit?
ted to arrest without demanding to
hear the warrant read. From here
the party went to Independent Mis?
souri, where Dr. Hyde was arraigned
before Justice W. F. I.oar. The phy?
sician pleaded not guilty. He was re?
leased on a bond of $[.0,000. His pre?
liminary hearing was set for Feb?
NO RAISE IN RATES.
second Class Mail Matter to R????.;?
An honest man does not make him?
self a dog for the sake of a bone.?
V? ashington, Feb. 10.?It was sal 1
today that ihere would be no provi?
sion In the postofflce appropriation
bill providing for an Increase in the
rate on second class mail matter.
The bill Is now practically comp'ete
and will be reported i he house the
first part of next week, it will carry
$245,000,000, an Increase above $?.
000.000 over last year.
The great French Astronomer and
star gazer, Flammarim has made a
statement to the effect that by his
calculations the tall of Halley's
comet will envelop the earth on
The wonder is that some Congress?
men do not frank themselves through
by mall. Some of them are small
enough.? Charleston News and Cour.
FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS CIVEN SWAY'!
Great Voting Contest for
Readers of : : : : :
THE WATCMAN AND SOUTHRON AND THE DAILY ITEM i
A $400 Piano and Two Gold Watches Costing $50
Each are the Prizes.
Contest Opens Monday, Nov. 29th and Closes February 28th.
Do You Want the Piano h4 It is yours if you comply with the Easy
Conditions and Make the proper Effort.
Conditions and Prizes.
The S400 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 550 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 S50 Gold Watch, either Gentle?
man's or 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.J
This Magnificent Cote Piano, wbich we will give away, is 4 ft. 9 in. high
5 ft. long and weighs, boxed, ready for shipment, over 800 lbs. The finest
materials and most experienced workman have produced in the Cote an in?
strument excellent in tone, power, durability and appearance. Tbis piano
Is installed In the best homes, conservatories and music halls in the land ;
IsWoll known and widely recommended hy the leading music ans and
It is positively guaranteed for ten years by ti c 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 lOO votes, and on
each dollar paid in advance 200 votes.
No votes will be given on payments of
less than $i.oo. 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 ioo 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 Dcctn Lei 24, Ihercfcre, it is important that the blanks be mailed
to this office at once. Remen ber every nomination blank counts tor 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
,, w. ... mm w ?? -w- - ? - 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 ?tir.ter| Daily Iti m. ?rd get then to vcte fcr yen ;.s their
candidate. Ask your friends and neighbors or the merchants with whom > ou deal to patronize the Ostcen Publishing Company by BQiertising 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 pa> ments you will make anyway. If you are not a subscriber you
ought to be, for you neetl your home paper. If you or your friends give us your printing, you get the best k\\oik at| the lowest prices consistent
with good work and good material. We challenge and meet any and all competition on price and quality.
Osteen Publishing Co.
No. 18 West Liberty St.
Phone No. 30, ~?
J ?S=? SEE.-* PIANO ON DISPLAY AT THE SAVOY ICE CREAM PARLOR.
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