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CHARLESTON RACE MEET.
TWFNTY-TllltFF (AH LOADS OF
IIOHSI S HoFXD IX ?K CITY.
Rare M? ?ng selusliiksl to start on
January - > and Continue sixty
?iw Days ? I meriting situation
F?1>U. sltuv l4?w ProlUhlts Umv
Trark <.a01 Miiig?ii.nr Track In
trrwU will Try t<? Haw Time Lim?
it KU eel by Law F\tended, Says
News and Courier.
Details of the race meeting, whl'-h
the Charleston Fair and Facing Asso?
ciation plans to hold In Charleston at
the track at Palmetto Park, became
known yesterday. It Is the purpose of
the Association to op.? the nie? ting Of)
January 25. and to continue i o lug for
sixty-one days. The stakes, which are
virtually the same as those of last
year, hive been announced and the
?ntrles closed The tlr*t big contdgn
ment of horses leaves Noiiolk feodej
? nd I* tomorrow In a
special train of fifteen cars. Today
also eight carloads gf horses w ill leav?
Kentucky for Charte-ton. other large
strings of thoroughbreds will arrive
In the near future Irom Norfolk and
from Kentucky: and with the hun?
dred or so horses which are already
quartered at the truck. Hose additions
will swell the total number of thor?
oughbreds st Palmetto Park to sev?
eral hundred by the end of the week,
Secretary L. A. Casnldy. of the Asso?
ciation, reached th:s city yesterday,
coming from Norfolk, and the next
few days are expected to see a con- |
atderable Influx of race truck attend i
astt, who will corns to Ilia city to
look after the horses quartered at
It has been reported with consld
srable confidence for some months
past that a rice meeting would be
held In this city this winter, in spite
ef the fact tha* those who actively
opposed the races succeeded in their
efforts to have a law against race
?rack gambling passed by the Legisla?
tor?* at Its last session. The situation
as It now exists Is an Interesting one.
Race track gambling has been de?
clared illegal, but a raco meeting Is to
be held. Under the Isw as It Is gen?
erally understood It wir. be impossible
for the race meeting to be conducted
as race meetings are usually conduct?
ed, that is * > say, bookmakers operat?
ing In connection with the Association
and with bet*. ? g ?n tr e t . ? .
Important par? of the SgCeV
Officials of th* Assoc iation nan no'b
ins. Vu fi ? rd i. fe pubUeat .on
S4s# ' <" ,r.'< s etat i the I
view of the legal status of sffalrs
could be obtained for print, it Is gen?
erally understood, however, that as
soon ss the legislature convenes, on
January 10. the racing interests will
make an effort to have the time limit
ga+4 by the anti-race truck gambling
law aatended. This Mmlt was fixed
by the law prtssed at the last session
ae July 1. 1912. It Is reported that
the racing Interests will endeavor to
have the time extended until May 1,
f 9J 1 If this Is done It Is the plan of
the racing prommere. according to
common report, to make an effort to
secure the enactment of a new law,
similar to thai In effect In Kentuckv.
which will preside f..r the creation of
S racing commission. It Is stated that
the law as it now stands on the statute
books wiU hare to be changed In any
? vent, since a clerical error caused
the law to be entered on the books
Without sny of the amendments which
were Incorporated in It by the legis?
lature, so that, according to this con?
tention, the law as it now stands on
the books Is not the law Ifcafl was real?
ty passed .
Tons and Ills Plan?.
The situation today ns regards the
flans of Charleston Fair and Racing
association is very different from that
with ahtch the eft) had |0 deal a year
ago Tfiere was ample reason 'tvn
|BJ the ronmunltly to regard with
grave appi ehenshm the ? .-tuMlshme it
In th? Miburbs of Cliarleatog of such a
race tfaeh as has since been OOS?
siructed; but the law as It then StOC 1
ratfted no bin ? : i^ainst sie h a pro*
seeding and Heese who backed the
proposition were at least within their
legal right*. Pons says. In the article
from the Cincinnati Knqttlfef wh Ok
we reprint tod?y. that he does not
propone to sPdate I tie las* now. It \**
dlfTh up indeed to BfedH the geCOftfOV
In the face of the developments wnlch
sr#? In progress. These leave the pub?
lic free to draw no other conclusion
than Ihn! th? acing p? ? ? |?l?? are d"
terndned to gg ab? ad ;ind hold He 'r
P'.e? m Charleston tr-.s winter wheh
t>r the O. fo ol ,\nn? rnh|\ grmts their
petition for a further tune extension or
whether it refuses to do so. Ttt talk
ef r"h#? eondtot In such a c. ntlrig? n v
ef a m i sacol wlthoai gambling ami
t'lii-i keeping Wllhlg the statute v'll
fool noi"dv saeept the**] ?Im ward to
be leased Poas ;>rot to* crowd isaro
sothtns fee rax tug n?< a -port. They
irr In the tiuxlness for |hs noun V th-v
?an ret out of it and tto ir < OSBlSxJ here
?an "il'. be int? rgrated as ertdeaclng
their belief that Charleston and South
Carolina can be debauched to their
purposes Are they right? The ques?
tion, as others have suggested, con?
cerns the whole State, hut It affe3tS
Charleston far more Intimately than
I ny other place.
HOME FOOTBALL DOPE.
High ScIhm>1 Close* a Mo-st Sucre** ful
N*<o*on of Fl\ o (iumcs.
The svas? n of the Sumter High
S< BjOOl football team closed most
nuspii tou ly for the local boys Fri?
day, in live games played during the
season four have been won und only
one lost and It is probable that If the
two teams want up against each
OthOI again Sumtor would be the win?
ner now, so much improvement has
I the team nuole under tho Very ( th?
en fit (mat hing of Williford.
The game Friday was featured by
nbaoaOS of Injury to any of the men.
Darlington did not huVl a substitute
on the Meld, but did not need any as
none of their men were knocked out.
Sumter has not had a man injured
on the local grounds this season suftl
i wntly to keep him out of the rest of
The crowd at the football game Fri?
day afternoon was probably the larg?
est whlco has ever attended a High
School game in the city. It seems that
Sumter people are at last beginning
to support their local team in the
A CIjOSE CONTEST.
Lord's Team Wins Howling Match
from Wltite'a Team by Single Pin.
The closest match ever witnessed
on the Y. M. C. A. bowling alleys was
that of Monday night when Lord's
team, No. 4, won the match from
White'$ team. No. 2, by a single pin.
The bcwling was gocd throughout and
was witched by a small though en?
thusiastic crowd of spectators.
In the first game Lord's team won
by nine pins, the second game went
to White's warriors by a majority of
66 pins, leaving Team No. 2 56 pins
In the lead. The last game was the
deciding one and Lords men proved
equal to the occasion, winning out by
one pin over their opponents.
TH' ?M V>* B<iD\ POUND.
Corpse Discovered in Rives OH
? IllStllssl'l Mill.
Charleston, Dec. 3.?The mystery
of the disappearance of Mr. Joseph
M. Thomas was solved at mldnlgM
last night by the finding of his body
In the AHhley river, Just off the wharf
of Chlsolm'u Mill. The body was in
a serr l-decomposed condition, but w a>
Identified by a relative of Mr. Thomaj'
without any trouble.
Mr. Thomas was last seen In life
?? about 11.20 o'clock Saturday morn?
ing. His hat and overcoat were found
on the edge of the Boulevard Satur?
day afternoon, giving rise to ?he t.he
i ry of sulci3e.
Transfer? of Ministers.
The following transfers In the
Methodist Conference will be of In?
terest to Sumter people: R. W.
Humphries of th-* Hrnad Street Meth?
odist church to the Darlington Cir?
cuit; T. W. Munnerly from Oswego to
Oray Court; F. H. Shuler from Man?
ning to Latta.
(omhI Road? Wanted Here.
Dillon county Jumped on that ten
thousand dollars that was offered by
the government for good roads so
quick that we have not recovered
our breath yet. Dillon is a lusty
infant, and is going in for things,
if the older counties want anything
in the shuffle we must be up ad |
doing early in the morning.?Florence
An Agricultural State.
South Carolina Is the only state in
the Union that has two farmers in
?he United Hales ienate. That ought
to convince the world that tins Is an
agricultural Btate.?- New berry Obeerv?
a coroner's jury found that "the
deceased met his death while Jay?
walking." whereupon the sheriff dis
charged the automoblllsi who ran
over him as he was not responsible, it
should i.splalned thai "Jay walk
mg" |a cutting across corners ??r just
erossing the street anywhere escepl
I? the legal places f"r crosslni at th?
? ot her of the sti??f jay walkers tak<
chances and nre responsible for ires
passing of? iks rlghl of way oi
sehleles, Wilmington star.
w d. w.it ? oi. of Nlxonvllle, Horn
county, committed i u ? de la i h<
wood" n^ar Greenville. Friday. b>
takIng polst n, He ? I
DIRECTORS DISCUSS FAILURE OF
LEESVILLE IXSTlTl TION.
Withhold Statement, However, Until
Accountant Reports on Condition
or People's Hank ? Absent Presi?
dent Endeavoring to Raise Funds
to Cover Personal Indebtedness*
t>n<* Tohory to Explain His Disap?
pearance?Directors Hope for Re?
organisation of Hank?Depositore
Lexington, Dec, 2,?The directors of
the People's Bank, of Leeovllle, met
this morning, but no definite action
w is taken arid the officers had no
statement to give to the public, H.
a. Meetse, cashier of the National
Banki of Lefsville, one of the best ac?
countants in the State, is tonight
Checking up bo. d;s of the closed inti
tution to ascertain, if possible, the
exact condition of the bank's affairs.
Nothing further has been heard
from l>r. E. J. Etheredgo, the missing
president, and his whereabouts are
still in doubt The presumption Is,
however, th it Dr. Etheredge is mak?
ing an effort to raise the necessary
funds to cover his indebtedness to the
bank. That he will be able to make
good is the opinion of those who are
acquainted with the true situation.
His relatives are amply abie to meet
this indebtedness. It iz said that they
have signified their intention of doing
so, provided that the other bligatione
of the president may be met so that
no criminal actions will follow.
The bank's failure is entirely due,
it is claimed, to the fact that Dr.
Etheredge borrowed so great an
amount from the bank, his individ?
ual account ranging around $20,
000. The other indebtedness of the
president will reach up into the thous?
ands, far in excess, it is said, of his
obligations to his own bank.
The directors declare that should
they be abl? to realize from the pres?
ident of the institution what he is
due the bank that the probability is
that a reorganization will be effected
and the benk continued. On the
other hand, should they fall in this,
the stock will be liquidated ?.nd the
directors and stockholders will pay off
The deposits of the bank amount to
about $18,000. The bank has a capi?
tal of $30,000, of which $19.000 has
been paid in. The directors arc all
?* ? -v-'*?. ? ? ~~nA huslnesjs
standing in ths community and are
*bl< to pay the depositors Besides,
there M e fi. tiritiei am utlng 1
large sun. thai ars consldei ? gi
edge, and the directors hope that the
affairs of ihe bank may be wound up
without loss to either depositors or
State Hank Examiner B. J. Hhame
wired the cashier today that he
would be glad to come to Leesville
and assist in any way to aid the bank
officials in bringing about an amicable
adjustment of the bank's affairs, and
it is expected that Mr. Hhame will go
to Leesville In the morning.
According to the last published
statement, the bank, on September 4,
had loans and discounts to the
amount cf $6!.,430.37, the total re?
sources being placed at $71,283.66. In
the liabilities, the bills payable, in?
cluding certificates for money borrow,
ed, were placed at $3 2,000.
COL. J. K. AULL ASSUMES DUTIES,
Nowhcrry Man Become** Private Sec?
retary to Bloa.se.
Columbia. Dec. 2.?Col. Jon K.
Aull today assumed his duties as pri- |
wite secretary to Gover ior Blesse.
Re looks quite natural in the office,
for he served for awhile as secretary
to the late Governor McSweeny. He in
receiving a warm welcome to Colum?
bia and will make a most efficient
secretary for the Governor. Mr.
Blackburn, who temporarily assumed
the duties of secretary on the retire?
ment of Mr. Rowland some months
ago, retains his position of stenograph?
Col. Aull, the new secretary, is a
son of Col. E. H. Aull, of the New
berry Herald and News, and for sev?
eral years past has been cotirt sten?
ographer for the Sth circuit, giving
up Ods position tO take the private
secretaryship to Governor Blease,
a hunting party consisting of
Messrs, w Lorlng, Wesley Brad?
ford, Lea Bradford, C. B. DuRant
and others left Monday morning to
spend B week In the swamp hunting.
Messrs Orsbj Blandlng and David
Lorlng went ahead several days ago
to mak< camp and have everything in
readiness by the time the rest of the
Says the Richmond Journal: "Wd
llam Jennings Bryan bough! a winter
home In Florida "Ut nf the 17,000 he
earned reportlny two National con?
ventions for the newspapers." That
shows tvhnl prestige ran earn. Tie
ht il pa*l ?f II Is t h. i lolont I's com
vent Ion copy was worth the money tit
the Moo Wilmington star.
TO GOME BACK HOME.
PART OF LEE COUNTY TO BE RE
ANlXEXED To BUM TER
Petition oi' Messrs Rhame ami Oth?
ers Against Commisstoners to st<q>
Formation of Now County Dismiss*
ed by Supreme Court?Election will
A number of former Bumter county
iltixens will in the near future most
probaby return to tin old homo
county, for the State Supreme Court
has dismissed the petition f<>r an in?
junction, made by certain parties in
Lee County, against the commission?
ers appointed by the governor to take
preliminary su ps toward annexation.
The case is one which h.a.? been of
much interest throughout Sumter and
Lee counties, a brief statement of
the steps in it is therefore ef much
interest to those who have watched
its course through the courts.
in the early part of this year,
Messrs. Btanyarne Burrows, T. s. Du
Bose, Jr.. and others tiled a petition
with the Governor, asking that com?
missioners be appointed to re-annex
to Sumter county about nine and n
half square miles of its territory taken,
by Lee County at its formation, ex?
tending long the public road leading
from Oswego to DuBose's Cross Roads
and then West to a point on Mr. Bur?
rows' plantation several miles from
DuBose's Cross Roads.
The attorney general having given
an opinion that Lee County, upon its
formation, became an old county and
could not again be cut, the Governor
after hearing argument from Messrs.
Purdy & Bland, representing the pe?
titioners for the annexation, granted
an order appointing commissioners to
make a survey and take the prelimin?
ary steps towards annexation, with
the understanding that the question
would be settled in court.
A petition was filed by Messrs.
Rhame and others against the peti?
tioners appointed by the Governor,
and an injunction was asked for to
prohibit the commissioners from pro?
The matter was heard several
months ago in the Supreme Court,
and all the judges were called togeth?
er to consider it, on a difference ex?
isting between the Judges of the Su?
preme Court. The matter was to have
been heard on the 6th inst, but, in
tho meantime, the Supreme Court has
revoked the ord< r for ?< h hearing
and has tiled i> decision, dismissing
the pe ion sgi . -i the con missionei .
and ihi ijorfimitsloners will now be
pet niilt* u tu .
ation of the questions as to the area,
population and taxable values, so as to
detormine whether all of the requi?
sites of the act exist, in favor of ihe
annexation. If these facts are found
to exist, as alleged, then an election
will be ordered.
This means that Mr. Burrows and
his friends will be allowed to come
back into Sumter county, as there is*
no doubt that an election will be or?
FIGHT ON NEWSPAPER LAW.
Argument? on Publicity Requirements
Concluded Before Supreme Court.
Washington. Dec. 3.?Arguments as
to the validity of the newspaper pub?
licity law. a section of the pestofflce
appropriation bill, were closed in the
Supreme court today. Solicitor Gen?
eral Bullltt speaking for the Govern?
ment, and James N. Beck for the
newspapers, attacking Its constitution?
ality Mr. Bullltt declared the law
was but an extension of a former reg?
ulation, which required newspapers
to give certain information to the
Mr. Beck declared one of the great
problems of the day was whether the
courts could strike down legislation
by Congress pretending to exercise a
power given it, but in fact a forbid?
den power. He declared there was an
alarming tendency on the part ?f
Congress to do this, and that the
newspaper publicity law was but a
single instance of it.
Senator McCumber today introduc?
ed a bill which would repeal this pro?
vision of the law.
Tin* gas mains are now being lal 1
on Washington and Dugan streets and
Oakland avenue. The wank is con?
tinuing to progress rapidly and it will
not be a gn at w hile now bet?re the
network of pipes will extend over the
winde of the residential districts of
Sumter. Already the gas plumbers
have begun to make connections with
residences and premises where the
mains have been laid. This work la
The eh otion of Mr. R I. M< Leod, n
young man of this city employed as
bookkeeper b) the Bumter Dry Goods
Company, lo tin- position of ?'i<ik to
th<- County Hoard of Commissioners
speaks well for his abllltj and per?
sonallty, as there wove twelve other
applicants Tor the position, all of
whom woio oldei and mote experienc?
If you were one of the lucky onee to "go .away," <ii<ln t you en?
joy the l i 111 * - vacation. Maybe it waa made poeatblc by yon hav?
ing saved your money.
REMEMBER M. M. C. (more money capital)?-It will always be
to your interest to have money in tho bank, whether laving for a
trip or a good investment.
The Peoples' Bank.
Continuous Application Brings Results.
Make the Effort if you Would Reach the Goal.
An account with a Strong, Conservative
Bank is an anchor to windward.
The Farmers' Bank & TrusT:
Now is The Time
to teach yoar boy tbe value of small accumulations,, thrift, economy
and methodical business habits. W be 1 It cornea tisue to leave hlra
?hat yon have accumulated, he will be better prepared to cave
for and tncreaae it.
No Safer Plan for accomplishing this than, by having him start
aaal build as account at the
Fir^l National Bank.
rVh? Gets the Monev
Each deposit you make in our Bank is another
step toward Fortune and success. No man ever
reached the top without climbing. First advance
is your First Deposit, after that each step is
easier than the last.
Why not deposit with us.
The Bank of Sumter
"We are prepared to furnish this product at prices that will enable
every farmer to use it. We have a very low price this year and
nothing will do your land more good, especially run down lands,
or low and sour land. It is necessary for all leguminous crops
such as Alfalfa, clover, vetch, peas, etc. Get our prices in cur
lots or In smaller quantities. Samples on request.
BOOTH-HARBY LIVE STOCK COMPANY,
SUMTER, S. C.
WHEN IN NEED OF A GOOD WORK
EASY, HONEST AND WELL MADE,
Ask For the
Witlierspoon Bros. Shoe Mfg. Co.
SUMTER, S. C.
Sold by all RESPONSIBLE merchants.
Buy them and cut your Shoo hill 25 per cent.