TAFT SUES W8QI.
pkfkiof.nt yftofs m t: \si iu:
AIM Kl? \t rill ff of st \ff.
Maintain* Thai Nu such Adlon
Should im Taken Until Flau of llc
organUallon U Perfected.
Washington June 17.?The presi?
dent today vetoed the iriny appro?
priation hill He return.-.I the bill to
congress with a message indicating
his disapproval of th" legislative pro?
vision, which would oust MaJ. Qen.
Leonard Wood from the office of chief
of staff on March 4 next. In his mes?
sage the president said:
"Th? army of the United States Is
far too vital an Institution to the peo?
ple of the country to make it the vic?
tim of hasty or Imperfect theories of
legislation. As was pointed out by
the chairman of the senate military
committee, it is well krown that the
war college and the general staff have
been for many months engaged upon
s comprehensive plsn of reorganisa?
tion. At the preeent time, therefore.
It la especially Inappropriate. In my
opinion, to force upon the statute
books legislation enacted without the
usual deliberation and care."
MAYOR OK AUK WILLTESTIFY.
Mayor tirnr to Appear Tueaday an
*? tinea* Bet?re tie Legislative
OoaassiUre From the Legislature.
Charleston. June If.?Mayor Orace
who was served last night with sub
subpoena to appear Tuesday before
the committee of the legislature and
tell whs he knowe about the alleged
gra/t. sffecting the enforcement of
th# dispensary law in Charleston, said
today that he will go to Columbia
Tuesday and give his testimony.
Mayor Grace was asked whether
I he would take any witnesses with him
end be replied that he would not. He
will tell the committee what he knows
about conditions In Chariest >n and as
he has stated before, he says he wll!
present evidence of the existing
graft h) the State jonstables and
"practically trace it to the governor's
office." as charged recently In his
official organ, a weekly paper publish?
ed here As to presenting evidence of
the actual delivery of the money col?
lected from hllad tigers to the gov?
ernor. Mayor Orace explained that
he had no witness to this transac?
tion but that he would have no trou?
ble in proving that a system of graft
existed here and he felt sure that the
committee would reach th*? conclu?
sions that he holdf. Mayor Grace
will leave *lt to the committee to
summons such other parties as the
committee may deem proper after he
has submitted his testimony.
"Swat the Fly."
For several months an expert ac?
countant searched the hooks of a
certain grain company in St. Paul
Minn., for an error >f an even hun?
dred dollat*. They spent much more
than 1100 In trying to trace the mon?
ey. And then, after having gone as/gf
the books time end sgaln. the ac?
countant ?? pencil .ran ed to stop it
an lt'?m of $14U. The pencil point
rested on the figure 1 when the figure
suddenly broke In two and slid down
the page' Cpon examination It prov?
ed that the ?uppo?ed figure 1 was a
fly's leg. The rty had undoubtedly
been crushed In the book when it was
cloeed. and one of its legs had
chanced to adhere to the page in
such s way as to make the entry of
fte appear to be exactly $100 greater.
?The Hay. Flour and Feed Journal.
Swst Uio Fly.
Be up to date. Swat the My; ( lean
up. boost; brighten up.
??n with the battle.'' swat the My.
I.et nj truthfuly say there are no
fllex on us.
atop! Look! Usten! swat the fly.
Kternai vigilance should he your
w.il' h w<?rd ?w it the My.
The fly 1? g home wrecker ? Miff
M.t(k*ard < d? hackw.ird ? >h time
In your Might, give me i its *w ittef
Just for tonight.
When the Mv ? omea In Ifcg door,
good health goe.*i nut the window.
TH not work that kills men?tls
worry?Swat the fly.
i.ptie drops of Mannt an, Mtthi drops
of rain, swat the fly right gg the eye
again, again, again.
Though greati.- autaumberedt Issel
sg g| public health ire waging a
great battle, and victory Is assured, If
we keep on swatting the Mv.
thir impulse?Swat the fly.
Ill AEROPLANES JBOLLIIE.
hf.adon collision in fha\< i:
Two Army OlbYcrs Killed In Accident
at Douul, Fnrncv?First Disaster of
the Kind in History of Axial ion.
Special to The 1 >aily Item.
Doiiai, Franc*', Juno Ii'.?t'apt. Du
Boll and Lieut Meymore, Iwo army
aviators were instantly killed this
morning when their ueroplams
crashed together in a h?-ad-??n collis?
ion whll? tiyinK over the military
Held in I dense fog. This is the first
disaster of the kind in the history of
aviation whleh has been ho fruitful
of death end disaster.
KASTFRN STA Ii AT FLOH FA IF
.Some 100 Delegates and Hruml Om
cers Attend Fifth Annual Meeting
of the Order.
Florence. June 1$,?The MM a
annual grand lodge of the Order of
the pastern Star is in session here,
with the grand worthy patron, D. A.
O. Ousts, the worthy matron, Mrs.
Tallulah Cudd, and the grand secre?
tary. Mis* France? Bennett, all in
attendance with about 100 delegates
beside. They are being entertained
by the local chapter.
Last night was a public reception
and lunch of salad and sweet courses
and welcoming addresses and re?
sponses by membera of the grand
Today has been a buainess session.
The reports of the grand officers were
received and show progress in the
past year, seven new chapters having
been "ranted dispensations.
The order is now represented in
South Carolina by 54 chapters, In
almost every county in the State. The
Kastern Star Is assisting the Masons
materially In the fund for the Masonic
home and has besides a charity fund
for It own disposition.
The programme tomorrow includes
a visit and picnic at Muldrow's mill,
whi h will be a public funotion.
Toiight the local chapter exem?
plifies the work of the order.
BANK t<> OCCUPY SIDEWALK.
City Council <? runts Hunk Permission
to F.xtentl Hullding Over Side?
At a speciul meeting of council
held Monday afternoon for the pur?
pose of hearing a request of the oltt
cials of the Hank of Sumter for the
use of space on the sidewalk for their
Ml building. it was decided to
grant the request made by the offi?
cials of the bank and the new build?
ing or parts of it, will extend as much
as six or seven Inches over what was
formerly the sidewalk.
As the matter stands so far as
the reporter of the Item could learn
this morning. tho request of the bank
for space to extend the bast; of pilas?
ters over the sidewalk for about three
Inches was first made at council
meeting a week ago. At the time
the petition waa deferred until Wed?
nesday when the members of coun?
cil after investigation, decided to
grant the request. Alderman Wright
voting against granting it.
Later it was found by the contrac?
tor that oven more space was neces?
sary and a second special meeting of
council was called to hear the request.
As the matter Ig understood tho i ??
quest was made for permission to
have the building extended praeti
? ?illy ilnt'c inches o\.-r the sidewalk
and Ilten the base of the pilasters
WOVld extend about three further
than the base of the building, thus
in aii encroaching on |he sidewalk
abotll Ml or Seven hohes. This vii
granted for Main street and it is un?
derstood that the building will ox
lend Ihe same amount over the side
n aik on Liberty street.
Aldermen Wright and Glenn voted
a? ilnai granting " ? petition.
News Note*. IVoin Hcmhcrt.
Rem bort, June 17. Farmers are
laying by com ami so peg plantlni la
the order of the day. Crops art- pret*
ty oloaf "f gram ;md are looking well.
Mtasee Kate liotnansteln or Colum?
tnd Kntlly Crelghton wore in sum
ter lasl Friday and Saturday,
We neat thn( one of our tin.- looking
yoUllg rio-n wall be married Thursday,
Msears. Bunk Jackeon, UcnJ, San?
ders. Virgil Corhott and Ham Lenolr
of Clemson, and Iktvld Lencrir of por?
tcr'n Charleston* are at home again
Prof. Jeene H, Jackson, principal
of Fort Qntnee High school of Qeor?
gia Is with us ag tin.
Mrs. Wallace Handera and nor
daughter, Mies Theresa, dined with
.\h . I: m. James Sunday.
Mlaa Courtcnoj Atkinson spenl the
Habbath of the Itth with lo r brother,
.1. it. Atkinson of Hagood.
? I lagood."
If n i;. i?. Lee has gone to Qreene
boro, Si <\. to \isit her daughter al
Hint pln< a
IN HE LIMELIGHT.
KYKH OF <.<>v?l> t.ovu.KN MKNT
K\Pi:ins ox SUMTER.
Adoption of City Manager iMau of
Municipal (Jovornioeni Attracts Nu
tionai Attention to Runter and Tlie
PiacUcnl Workings of System Will
bo Watched With Utmost Intercut
b> students of Business Methods
Applied to City.
Following UP the telegram <?f Sec?
retary Richard s. Childs, congratu?
lating Suinter on the adoption of the
city manager plan of commission gov?
ernment, the National Short Ballot
Organization wrote to the Chamber of
Commerce for a synopsis of the Act
tunider which Sumter adopted the
new form of government, stating that
it was their intention to propo.-e and
distribute throughout the United
States a pamphlet describing the Sum?
ter plan and its advantages. "You
can rest assured that every step you
take will be watched by us with the
In addition to the pamphlet, which
will be issued in time for distribution
at the Convention of the National
Municipal League In Los Angeles, next
month, the short Ballot Organization
has issued the subjoined circular for
Immediate distribution to 1,200 news?
papers and commercial organizations
in various parts of the United States.
If the oily manager government does
nothing else for Sumter it will give
the Gttme Cock City the greatest
amount of valuable advertising that
a town of the size ever obtained by
The Short Ballot Organization
"Sumter Plan" circular is as follows:
Why Not Run a dig dust Like a Pri?
vate Business Cor|M>rutlon'.'
This was the question put to the
people of Sumter. on June 11th. By
an act of the last legislature they had
an option between the stereotyped
commission plan with three separate
heads and the City Manager plan,
which had been discussed and approv?
ed over the length and breadth of the
land but never adopted by any city.
Sumter took the hit in her teeth and
by a three to one vote adopted the
one which applies the tried-out prin?
ciple of organization which no private
corporation would think of abandoing.
There had been no question about
the success of the Galveston plan. It
had done away with bosses, and put
the people In power. It had succeed?
ed In cutting out graft by tlxing re?
sponsibility for everyything which
was done or left undone. It had sav?
ed the people's money.
At the same time there was no rea?
son to suppose that the exact Gal?
veston or Oes Molnes types were the
last word on simplified government.
They had unquestionably succeeded
because of certain sound principles
Which lay beneath the form.
The new Sumter law preserves these
principles. Responsibility is settled
upon three men. who can do anything
that the city can do. They are not
to be hampered by having to work
through elective Olerks. There is a
short ballot. In other words. There
are to be no ward lines and petty
So far as the well-known Commis?
sion type was followed. But when it
came to the matter of organization
it was found to be ill-adapted to the
local needs. The regular commission
plan would necessitate three paid
managers, as heads of departments.
Pew men, who were really competent,
could be found who would undertake
public service under the Inadequate
salaries which the city could offer.
11*000 and $1000 per annum, and de*
vote the necessary amount of time to
the details of city business. Further
toft it was regarded as folly to try
to secure good administrative super?
visors by popular election. With the
same amount of money It is thought
poslble to secure one good man who
win take over the management of the
city's affairs, He need not be a local
resident. The winde country may be
taken as a Held for selection. He will
have ;?n opportunity to introduce mod?
ern accounting and efficiency meth?
ods ami generally to impress his per?
sonality on the city, and will lie In
in line for promotion later on to .-mi?
liar work In larger cities.
Under the Sumter plan, however,
the elective commissioners will be
responsible for all the acts of the city
manager, for he will hold office ;'t
their pleasure. There \g therefore
no da nger thai he will build up o
^patronage through the appointing
power, because every Incentive will be
to appoint efficient subordinates who
will uphold his band-, and not polit?
ical hacks who win "queer" his rec
old by loafing on their Jobs and In
fl.-.ting i\is budget,
lly relieving the commissioners of
administrative detail it will be pos?
sible to gel the ttbleSf citizens to de?
vote the small portion ol time which
Will he requited to dlTCCl the rity's
business. The salaries of ihese men
will i)o nominal ($300 for the mayor
Ia mi $200 for the nthers,)
Thus far the hrst time is Introduced
into American city government the
principle! of concentrated responsi?
bility, a -?hurt ballot ;;?.ti expert ad?
CHARGES MADE AND DENIED.
Bleaae Crowd Objects to Jones link?
ing Reply?Lyon Shows Evans'
Special to Tin- Daily Item.
Blahopvllle, June 19.?Two fea?
tures marked the campaign meeting
here today and added zest to the
campaign. Bleats in his speech at?
tacked Judge Jones" record and when
Judge Jone? attempted to reply, in
accordance with an agreement made
hy the candidates at Sumter Tuesday,
Bleate and a crowd of his supporters
at tirst objected to his making any
reply. The matter was settled after
a short while by the crowd allowing
Judge Jones to proceed.
The other feature of the meeting
was the exhibiting of court records
by J. Fr?ser Lyon showing the rec?
ord of Barnard B. Evans. At the
close of Lyon's spech Evans made a
denial of the charges and stated that
the records were false.
The other speeches came off as
scheduled and the meeting was an
orderly one. There was a good
crowd out to hear the candidates.
NEW CITY DIRECTORY.
Walsh's Directory of Sumter Distrib?
From the Daily Item, June 19.
Walsh's Directory of Sumter, Vol?
ume IV, 1912, was distributed to
subscribers yesterday. As were the
directories for previous years this
volume is neatl> printed in large type
on good paper and is substantially
bound. The compilation of the di?
rectory was can-fully done by ex?
perienced directory men and is as
complete and accurate as a book
of the kind can be made. It will be
found useful by business men and
others who may want to find out
who lives in Sumter and where they
live. In addition to the list of
names, whites and negroes being
listed separately, considerable other
information of value is incorporated
in another chapter. The list of names
contains approximately 2,735 whites
and 2.107 negroes. As only heads of
famalies and unmarried adults are
listed, it is not possible to make an
accurate estimate of the total popu?
lation of the city from the directory.
If it is figured that each head of a
family stands for three person?1 ?
himself, his wife and one child?the
white population of Sumter is 7,
205 and the negro population 6.321?
a total of 13,626. Hut this method
of tiguring population is -'in uncer?
tain thing, ami the writer is not
committing himself to any figures.
The only thing he is willing to assert
as a fact is that the census takers
two years ago said they found only
8,109 people in Sumter. They were
supposed to be stating a bed rock
fact, but many of us never believed
it, for ail Sumter people believe that
there are more of us than 8,109. We
know Sumter is the biggest 8.000
town in the country.
Sweet tiirl (Graduate.
Observe the noble girl who has com?
pleted her college education.
See her, with her dimpled chin rest?
ing in tin- hollow of her white palm,
gazing out into the future with
What problem! may she now he
What mJghtly movements for the
uplifting of the race may she be plan
Jack of her are the yeans of Study
and application. The great minds of
the centuries have given her Of their
b.-st. All that science and philosophy
ean cull from the universe or ndnd
and matters is hers.
And now she is ready for the future,
There is a hopeful gleam, a confident
light in her eyes.
'Some of those hack numbers at
home will sit up and take notice when
i ?et off the train in this new pannier
skirt Bull of mine!"
The story of how a Georgia farmer
is running u political race In an auto?
mobile with his wife and daughters as
eampaign managers and his headquar?
ters at home on the furm, I? going
around the world, it was tirst made
? feature of in the New York news?
papers, und from America's metro?
polis it ei. pt to London and Paris,
with the consequence that Plain -Iii"
Price of Oconee has all unconsciously
furnished an example to the farmer!
,,! the w hi.- world, for nearly each o
HlC stories stresses the ]?1 OgreSSlVe
nesa of a farmer who owned an auto,
und the Intelligence of a farmer'! wlf<
nnd daughter who are able to be hi
helpmeets In a big political flghl
well as in weeding the garden,?Co
CAME HERE To INSPECT C ITY
AND To TELL PEOPLE OP
Mi: \si RKs to PREVENT
Sumter the Fifth Place to iu> Inspect
ed?iuh'U iiiii. Spartanburg, Flor?
ence uiul Oraiigchurg Having Al?
ready iievn Inspected?Thirty in
spectDTS in Party?Public Meeting
in Chamber of Commerce Hall In
Afternoon at ti o'clock.
From the Daily Item, June 19.
The South Carolina Fire Prevention
Association is in this city today en?
gaged in inspecting the premises and
buildings all over the city and, at a
meeting tonight, when the inspection
is completed, to be held at 6 o'clock in
the Chamber of Commerce hall with
the city council which the public is
cordially Invited to attend, steps will
be discussed and preventative meas?
ures advised by which Sumter will in
future, if they are followed, be en?
abled to prevent many of the fires
which have in the past visited this
There are in attendance thirty
special representatives of the largest
and oldest fire insurance companies
in this country, they will meet witn
the city council in the rooms of the
Chamber of Commerce at 6 o'clock
this afternoon. Every one is invited
to attend this meeting, especially the
property owners and business men
who have the interest of Sumter at
This association is composed of
those who are interested in the reduc?
tion of the terrible fire waste in this
State, being members of the National
Association that is conducting a
"Clean Up" campaign throughout the
The movement was started by the
State and special agents of the differ?
ent fire insurance companies, but
every one interested is eligible to
membership and urged to join and
help toward putting a stop to the use
ess fire waste.
The annual ash heap in America is
too great to be fully realized when ex?
pressed in figures?a little over $600.00
per minute?for North America?the
loss in human life is no less stagger
ng, a disgraceful monument to Ameri?
can carelessness. The aim of the as?
sociation is to help reduce this loss
and for this purpose, meet in some
town in this State each month for the
purpose of making a detailed inspec?
tion of the congested or mercantile
district, asking that owners and occu?
pants follow their suggestions as to
the best way of avoiding fires in
their individual buildings. Usually
the suggested changes are so simple
as to be overlooked, but experience
has taught the fire underwriter that
fires can only be avoided by close at?
tention to the simplest of precautions,
stich as ";ishes in wo< den boxe.-. '
"stoves without metal protectors."
"wooden spittoons." "spittoons tilled
with saw dust." "accumulation of
trash in closets or basements." (Th'^e
have been the defects most frequently
noted during previous inspections.)
I This Inspection has nothing to do
with the advancing or lowering of
insurance rates?its aim is fire pre?
vention, and when the fire loss ratio is
lowered the rates will be less as they
are increased with the increase of
South Carolina has led the United
States in a number of things?led the
Confederate States out in 1X61?She
was "hot" then and in a different
sense is still hot?having one of the
greatest fire loss ratios in the United
States! A large percent of this loss
is due to carelessness in neglecting
the simplest precautions, it is thii
element of the fire hazard that the
association is trying to bring before
the public and tor this reason asks
the hearty co- operation <?f the proper?
ty owners, reali ing thai without their
support very little will be accomplish?
ed and with their aid a great deal
will he possible.
SELLS BIG COTTON CROP.
o. H. Wleiige* Di??|H?4>. of ?Ku Bales
of Last Year's Growth.
si. Matthews, June is.?o. H.
Wienges of Singleton is busily engag?
ed today in loading for shipment bis
last year's cotton crop which he has
just sold. The number of bales is
580 ami the *um total realised is ap?
proximately $30,000. Mr. Wiengos
has about 50 iiiics more of unglnned
hid taib d cotton which bo win put
on the market at his leisure, An av?
erage price Of 10 1-2 colds was paid.
Marriage at lti-lt<illt*.
Blshopville, June 11, Mr. Geo, M
Skinner, of stokes Bridge, ami Miss
Alma Andrews, of Blshopvllle, were
quietly married at the residence of
the bride's mother here Sunday. Mr.
Skinmr Is a prosperous young farm?
er, while his bride is one of Bishop
Vllle'i most popular young ladies. For
several months past she has held the
position of bookkeeper for Heath
I Massey-Morrow t 'ompany.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE KOTES.
Advisor) Board of Itrirtlm Meet?
Decide lo Hold Bargain \\??-u in
The Advisory Board of the Retail
Merchatna' Association held ? meet?
ing on Friday and decided to na vi a
big bargain week in OctObar. Presi?
dent Ltvy was authorized to appoint
the committees to arrange for this
special week. It is planned to have
?peclal features each day. street races,
etc., and to add a number of new at?
tractions that are certain to draw
large crowds to the city. The Sum?
ter Band will be engaged for the
week. Last year the merchants of
the city held a very successful bar?
gain lay. It has now been determin?
ed to make this the biggest thing of
its kind in the State. The merchants
have started this far in advance so as
to secure the best possible results.
An extensive advertising campaign
will be carried on and will cover the
entire Pee Dee section of the State.
The Advisory Board further determ?
ined to protest against the order of
the State Railroad Commission rela?
tive to the Northwestern Railroad
schedule. Ninety per cent of the peo?
ple along this line have requested the
re-instatement of the schedule in
force prior to February 11, 1912
which gave all those living along the
line, an opportunity to trade In Sum?
ter and return to their homes the
same day or to make connections with
their trains at all points on the line.
On May 14th the Commission made
an order re-instating this schedule
which was satisfactory to Camden,
Sumter and the Board of Trade of
Summerton and generally to the small?
er towns but later because of a peti?
tion signed by a few individuals liv.ng
near Summerton. a hearing was held
in Sumter. The testimony at this
hearing was overwhelming in favor
of the old schedule. The Commission
has, nevertheless, given out another
order which leaves the present sched?
ule as it is and adds practically noth?
ing to the service now rendered,
Sumter folders may be secured at
the Chamber of Commerce and will
be gladly given to anyone who may
desire to mail them to friends out?
side the city.
All aboard for Columbia on Tues?
day. July 9th. This will be a great
meeting of the business men of the
When your child has whooping
cough be careful to keep the cough
I loose and expectoration easy by giv?
ing Chamberlain s Cough Remedy as
may be required. This remedy will
also liquify the tough mucus and
make it easier to expectorate. It has
been used successfully in many epi?
demics and is safe and sure. For sale
by all dealers.
Hon. Walter Hazard of Georgetown
has decided not to enter the race for
congress in the Sixth District.
A sprained ankle may as a rule be
cured in from three to four days by
applying Chamberlain's Liniment and
observing the directions with each
bottle. For sale by all dealers.
Fifteen Candida tee are out for the
House of Representatives in Charles?
ton county. They are: N. B. Barn
well, j. M. Connstley. n. L. Erck
mann. Hugh Ferguson. C. Norwood
Hastie. L. F. Melti. II. fj. Sensensy.
Arnoldus Vander Horst. Ii. S. Whaley,
H. (J. Leland. Moultrie Clement. Pat?
rick Qalvtn, James B. Morrison. s.
Rittenberg and A. W. Todd.
There is no real need of anyone be?
ing troubled with constipation.
Chamberlain's Tablet- will cause an
agreeable movement Of the bowels
without any unpleasant effect. Give
them a trial. For sale by all dealers.
LaVallteroe, the jewelry fad of Use
season these dainty ornaments have
strenghtened their hold OH the popu?
lar fancy, and deservedly so. The
slender golden ? Ins and sparkling
pendants make a < harm finish to cos
tuma of the prevlllng style. We have
a nice fresh stock of these in all the
different stones, gold bead, necks.
lockets, belt pins and mesh bags, and
many other pieces ?f few airy, that
will make an ideal gift for graduate
Our optical parlor is fitted up eom
plete; we do all our oven lenee grind
ing. Graduate optician in charge. Let
us fit and adjust your glasses.
W. A. Thompson,
.iKWK.r.e.K ami ontouur.
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