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CHARGED WITH FRAUD.
GARRISON G. DAVIS M>KMI Kl \
OF lllSHOI'V 11.1,1; AND SIM
MERTON \\ \NTFD III III:.
Sniml Mggflg IVoiii Rank t?f Sumter
by I'tU" I'd Wenses., h? .nni hy Hunk
at H* ">? Utk.. Flccc^l Mctvliaiits of
Mimmcrton, It i-* \ iul<m Htood
The following; aBtlCB, kg the morlng
papers will hi read with Brach Inter?
est ty people of Sumter. Summerton
and Hlshopivlle. where Davis former?
ly lived or carried on his operations.
Rome. Ga., Feb. 3.?Garrison O.
Davis, aged 46, wanted in connection
with land swindling- charge* Involving
several thousand dollars in Sumter. S.
C. and Orlando, Fla. was arrested
here tonight. Detectives were guided
to Rome by trailing the 19-year-old
wife of Davis from South Carolina.
When arrested Davis is said to have
collapsed and confessed to the charges
against him. He U charged with
fraudulent loan manipulations in Sum.
ter amounting; to $6,70S and in Or?
lando aggregating $7.000. The charges
wer? preferred by the Hank of Sum?
ter of the South Carolina town and
the Hank of Orlands In the Florida
At the Hank of Sumter it was stated
Tuesday morning that Mr Davis had
succeeded in swindling the bank out
of a smal'. amount of money in 1911,
which had been marked off the books
ever since that year. The bank had
slnoe that time been endeavoring to
locate Davis, but had not succeeded
in dt'ng so until recently, when his
arrest In Rome, Oa., followed Mon?
day night. It Is probable that Da . is
will be brought back to this city, to
answer for the charges which are
held against him.
It seems that Davis, who is a big,
fine looking man. with a good appear?
ance and excellent address, came or- '
iglnally from near Rlshopvllle, where,
It Is understood, he has influential and
prominent family connections. He liv?
ed for a time on Mr. O. C. Scarbor?
ough's place at Summerton In 1911.
and It wa* about the time that he was
living there that he commenced his
land swindling operations, which since
that time have been carried on
throughout Florida and parts of Geor?
gia, where he has swindled various
bank* and people out of sums amount?
ing in all. it Is understood, to more
At the time he lived In or to f
HlshopvUle It Is understood that Davis
was reliable and considered straight
fn his business transactions. About
the time he went to Summerton. how
ever, he ' went crooked" <*ud by false
representation secured from the Hank
uf Sumter a sum of $8.100 Davis
brought with him gilt edge recom
sseadatlons from bankers and ethef
prominent people of Hishopville and
Obtained the roone\ ?>v mortgaging
chattels he did not own. It is also
understood that when he left Sum
merton. he was in debt to nearly every
merchant and business man there,
from whom he could obtain money or
goods. Ills operations in Florida
proved most successful for himself,
the mystery being how he succeeded
n l vadlng the dutches of the law for
?o MMg a time. Davis, it is said, did
not enrich himself by the money he
obtained falsely, for he squandered it
?s fast iu? to su.led In getting it.
Ht'HIDF. \T MANNING.
George W. Harne?, shoot- Soir With
a Shot Gem,
Manning. Feb. 3 ?George W.
Harnes, a White man 31 years of age,
committed suicide a? the home of his
father <"apt. Samuel Hirnes, at
Foreston. about j o'clock yesterday
afternoon by shooting himself in the
left bresst with a shotgun. No one
else was at home at the time, but the
shot was *? ard ??> j C. Land and J
M |'.os\soitb. who Weal at once to
gfeeatlgattf and round the dead body
en the each ptaaaa, the f?t.?i wen ad
having saaeed Immediate death) The
deceased had be. n engaged fof BO me
time in ralhroad work in Florida, but
had b? . n on a visit to hat lather s for
About tWo Weeks. lie hid DSSg III HI
health and it is susssooed Buffered .?
temporary ?beffatloa of the mind
ah?ii the fatal deed w.^ .imltted
foron? r Thsodsf I 'in\ writ down
last night and held an lagjueat, IhS
Jury returning a trerdlel In accord*
un* ? * Ith the f Bftl as Mt.ife.i
Haal I -tan- iv lastet n
The folios |g .1.. as wet ,? left In
the ludttor ? oaVs Mondaj la be re
? or b d
.1 g M< I Mfib I to W. A M ? 1 ?aalet,
tr.o t of II i acres an Pocol ilii
gemma, assumption ol one hall
im-' I - IgX
w \. \i? 11 inlel le I H McDan ?
trJiet of If! a r. H ,n G-olgetoWll put
lie road, discharge of mortgage o
H x Ooodn n to .' M. Ot llHn, t ? n<
of i ; ., i. i on "Ran coon Public road
s. I* Williams to peter Antferso
tract of 30 acres and of II I I icre
COMMITTEE To MEET.
Agricultural Development and I dn
cation Committee of Sta'c Hani,
er?. IggOOtetlOn Holds Session in Co?
I it?< . rw air, iyu I,?The chairman
of the Agricultural Development and
Education Committee of the South
Carolina Hankers' Association, an?
nounces that this committee will hohl
an Agricultural Conference In Co?
lumhia, Thursday, February 6th.
The meeting will he convened at
9.30 o'clock and will last until 1 p. m.
During that time short addresses will
he made by several prominent men of
this and other States. Their subjects
will pertain to the betterment of ru?
ral life conditions. With one excep?
tion, the addresses will be limited to
The program of the conference, as
announced by Chairman V oodside, is
(1) Mr. E. W. Dabbs, President
State Farmers' Union: "Methods
Whereby Hankers Can Render Assist?
ance to Farmers in Marketing Crops."
(2) Hon. E. J. Watson. State Com?
missioner of Agriculture: "The Farm?
er and His Relation to the Economic
Development of the State."
(3) Prof. W. M. Riggs, President
of Clemson College: "The Lever BUI
and its Probable Effects upon the
(4) Hon. Richard I Manning, Presi?
dent of Hank of Sumter: "Relation?
ship Hetween the Hanker and the
(5) Mr. Bradford Knapp, Special
Agent Farmers' Co-operative Demon?
stration Work, U. S. Department of
Agriculture: "How May We Help in
the Solution of Our Agricultural
Farmers and business and profes?
sional men and any others interested
in the betterment of conditions of ru?
ral life are cordially invited to at?
tend the conference. The meeting will
be held in the main auditorium of the
National Corn Exposition Hall. Mu?
le will be furnished by the Exposition
The Agricultural Development and
Education Committee || a now feature
of the South Carolina Hankers Asso?
ciation, and was perfected at the an?
nual meeting of the Association held
last summer at the Isle of Palms.
FAMILY ALMOST WIPED OUT.
Series of Tragedies Take all of Wo?
Jacksonville, Fla.?A horrible trag?
edy occurred in the Rolesson family
on the banks of the Suwanee River,
in Lafayette county Wednesday af?
ternoon, when three children met
death, two from snake bite, the third
from drowning. Mrs. Rolesson sent
her little boy to deliver a message, but
before the child had gone very far his
screams attracted the mother, who.
busy with her baby, sent a younger
child to ascertain the trouble.
Presently the screams of the sec?
ond child attracted the mother, who
put her baby on the floor and ran to
their assistance. As she approached
sho saw a monster rattlesnake sink?
ing its fang into the smaller child.
After beating away the snake Mrs.
Roles -.on gathered the children in
her arms and started for home
where both died within a few min?
utes. In the meantime the baby left
at home alone fell Into ? tub of wa?
ter and was drowned
MR. RII.HA IN ORANGEBURG.
Promoter and Builder of Sumter Plant
Also Wants to In-tall Gai In F.dlsto
a letter has just been r.h ? d
from Mr. R. i. Rleha, of Baltimore,
a gal plant promoter and capitalist,
aaklng thai the Chamber of Com?
merce arrange ? suitable date on
Which the proper representative of
the elty ean meet him here and go
OVer the situation as to the location
of a gas plant in thil City. Mr. Rleha
lui-i written several letter! here dur?
Ing Ihc pael month, in which he in
t mated that he wai Inte?Cited in the
i>" it.on <>i a gai plant in Orange
? niu. and that he would come to this
ity Upon a Villi sometime during the
m ?nth while he was in this particular
territory.. Mr Rleha successfully or?
i i nixed a company In sumter for the
? i"? purpose, This company is now
The proposition for i gai plant
has rauaed no hub comment, ami
much Intereii has been ihown bj
I a number ol persons, who seem very
inxlotl t1 ? he, tin |,|. i n I lot I' ? d ill
t h i pla< e
Mr Ii lehn Is assured o( n cordial
h. l itnia n\ h< n b.>mei to I he city,
and ever) advantage of orangebum
uii: be pointed out to him, with tie
ultimate mirnose of having him lo
Tw o 1 hit. boys, aged aba M 13
years, u ? r< irrest? I In Cheraw Mon?
de) the chargi of arson, They
set Are to tie barn ot Ihe Chernn OH
CUT IN PARCELS POST.
POSTMASTER GENERAL HITCH?
COCK CONSIDERS SOME
RATES Too HIGH.
Would Increase ii-Lb. Limit. Also
Fa\ors Admission of Hooks And Pa*
peri to Privilege of Parcel Post
Washington, Feb. 8.?Postmastter
General Hltchcock'i annual report,
made public today, tentatively sug?
gests reduction of some parcel post
rates and increasing the limit of
weight beyond 11 pounds.
The report also recommends civ'l
pensions for postal employes; an in?
crease in rates on second-class mail,
which may pave the way for 1-cent
letter postage; the consolidation of
the third and fourth classes, so books
and papers may be forwarded by par?
cels post; and points out that during
his administration the expense of op?
erating the postal service has been
cut down $45,000,000.
The report contains no reference
to subjects which have developed
since December 1, and, consequently,
the Postmaster General's considera?
tion of the parcel post has to do only
with the preliminary work of estab?
lishing the new system, which went
into effect on January 1. Tentatively,
however, he recommends not only
Chat the weight of packages be in?
creased to a point above the maxi?
mum weight of 11 pounds. On this
subject the report says:
"While the postage rates for the
new parcel post system range con?
siderably lower than corresponding ex?
press charfes, it is believed that ex?
perience will show them to be higher
in some instances than is necessary
in order to maintain the service at
cost. Likewise, the restriction that
places an 11-pound limit on the
weight of parcels mailed should be
regarded as merely tentative.
"After the system is thoroughly or?
ganized on that basis the scope of the
service In its usefulness to the public
should be still further enlarged by in?
creasing the weight limit. If proper?
ly developed under efficient manage?
ment, the parcel post will prove, to be
a most important factor in reducing
the cost of living."
Perhaps the most important recom?
mendation contained in the report is
that the third and fourth classes of
mail be consolidated, so that books
and other printed matter may be for?
warded by parcel post. At present
the postage charges for these two
classes of mail bear no Axed ratio to
each other. For certain weights and
zones the parcel post rates are low?
er than the third-class rates, while in
other cases they are higher.
"This condition," it is pointed out in
the report, "is likely to result in much
confusion and should not exist. Pack?
ages containing books or catalogues
do not differ in any essential particu?
lar from other parcels, and they
should be handled by parcel post."
In course of a statement on the con?
dition of postal finances Mr. Hitchcock
says in his report:
"In 1911, for the first time since
1883, postal receipts exceeded postal
expenditures, leaving a surplus instead
of a deficit. A heavy loss of revenue
In 1912, due to the extraordinary
amounts of franked matter mailed in
the political campaign, created a tem?
porary deficit, but since the close of
the fiscal year the income of the de?
partment again has outstripped ex?
During the fiscal year i'.M2 more
than 800,000,000 pieces of mail, hav?
ing an aggregate weight of about 61,
000,000 pounds, were carried free
through the mails under the franks of
Congressmen and of various Govern?
ment establishments. Had postage at
the ordinary rates been paid on this
matter, the revenues of the depart
mei would have been increased by
more than $^0,000,000.
Postmaster General Hitchcock de?
clare! that "it is manifestly unfair to
give the postofflce department no cred?
it in the Government'i fiscal accounts
for the expense of performing this
service, The department therefore
renews its recommendation that the
practice of franking be discontinued
and that legislative authority be grant?
ed for the use of on official mail of
special stamps to be furnished by the
Postofflce Departmenl on the requisi?
tion Of those entitled to them.-'
in connection with establishment of
the parcel post Mr. Hltchocek recom?
mends that legislation he enacted
looking to the readjustmenl of the
payments to railroads for the trans?
port it loll of mail. I lo points out that
many of the roads will be entitled to
Incrensed compensation on nccounl of
the inert used volumt of mad He re
news hi recommendation thai pay-J
incuts ! ? railroads carrying the mads,
shall I" made "ii a car i p tee basit
und (be cost t tie road* of the mail
11 ate port it Ion,
The ? Htablii hing of posl al pa \ logs
banks it Presidential postnfllces was
ciunpb h d eai ly in the ii- > ? it ? nd
. d .1 une l D 1 U, the > ear ro* < n il b)
the report, sine, then the p> b m has
be? n extended to |,00 i foul th-clast
postoftlces, as well as to 645 branch
offices and station! in the larger cities.
There arc now 12,H12 postal savings
hanks at which patrons may open ac?
counts. The number of depositors
is approximately 300,000 and the de?
posits aggregate about $28,.1,000 not
including $1,314,140 withdrawn and
Invested in postal savings hanks.
On the basis of the present monthly
net Increase of deposits it Is estimat?
ed that the gross Income of the Postal
Savings System for the fiscal year
ending June 30, 1912, will amount to
$700,000 and the interest payable to
depositors to $300,000. The income
of the system for the fiscal year will
meet the interest payments and the
total expenses of the central office, but
will be approximately $2 75,000 less
than enough to cover the entire ex?
pense of the .service.
However, the Postmaster General's
report says, "it is expected that when
the deposits have increased to $50,
000,000, which at the present rate they
will do soon, the system will be self
The report directs attention to the
approval of the commission, headed
by Associate Justice Hughes, of the
United States Supreme Court, of the
Postoffice Department's recommend?
ation that the postage rate on second
cla-ss mail be increased from 1 cent
to 2 cents a pound in the opinion of
the Postmaster General, favorable ac?
tion by Congress on the report of the
commission would be a step toward
the proper adjustment of postal
"There is a widespread popular in?
terest," the report says, in the plan to
lower the postage charge on letters
from 2 cents to 1 cent an ounce. The
proposed increase in the second-class
rate would pave the way for this
change, making it possible to reduce
the first-class* rate without departing
from the present policy of a self-sup?
porting postal service.
The report recommends that "civil
pensions based on length of service
should be granted by the Govern?
ment to postal employes when they
become superannuated. It is likely
that the expense of such a system
would be more than offset by gains in
A Hirtlulay Party.
Master Willie B. Wise entertains
eighteen of his boy friends this after?
noon from 4 to 7 o'clock in honor of
his twelfth birthday. After indulging
in the usual games dear to the heart
of the youth, the crowd of happy
young fellows will go down to the Sa?
voy ice cream parloi and moving pic?
ture show where they will spend a
TAX RETURNS FOR 1913.
Notice is hereby given that I will
attend in person or by deputy at the
following places on the days indicat?
ed, respectively for the purpose of re?
ceiving returns of personal property
and poll taxes, for the fiscal year
commencing January 1st, 1913.
All males between the ages of 21
and *;o years, must make returns as
to whether or not they are liable for
road duty for the year 1913.
Tlndals, Tuesday, January 7.
Privateer, Wednesday, January 8.
Lev! Siding, Thursday, January 9.
WedgeAeld, Friday, January 10.
Clarernont, Tuesday, January 14.
Hagood, Wednesday, January 15.
Rembert's, Thursday, January 16.
Dalsell, Friday, January 17.
Hrogdon, Monday, January 20.
Mayesvllle, Tuesday, January 21.
Pleasant Grove, Wednesday, Janu?
Shlloh, Thursday, January 23.
Norwood Cross Roads. Friday, Jan?
Oswego, Monday, January 27.
All persons whose duty it is to make
returns' should be prompt to meet at
these appointments. All returns must
be made before February 20th, 1913.
R. B. WILDER,
Auditor Sumter County.
Sumter, S. c, Dec. 3. 1912.
On the word of one of the
wisest philosophers of the age.
you may set it down as a truth
?that a man can better afford
the most economical of extra?
vagances than the most extra?
vagant of economies.
It's Extravagant Economy to
wear your old Glasses if they
are not exactly suited to you.
Wc ran show you whether
lliej arc. and it won't cost you
everything lo know. Graduate*
optician in charge.
We grind our own lenses,
l ot us fill your prescription.
Ml work guaranteed.
W. A. Thompson.
Jeweler and Optician
(? S. Main Suintcr, S. C
BIG PROFIT OX CORN.
W. J. M< Kliman Makes Profit ot
$1205 OD 70 Acres.
W. J. IfcKInnon et Horrell Kill, In
lower Richland county, bee demon?
strated With practical results that
corn can be grown at ? large profit;
and he did this on the fertile land
of Richtend county without the use
of a pound of fertilizer or of com?
post. Off of 70 acres of land planted
In corn he made a net profit of $1265
In an affidavit submitted to the
South Carolina Corn Hi coders' asso?
ciation, Mr. McKinnon submits the
following figures that speak in loud
acclaim of the productabillty of Rich
band county soil:
Two hands at $14 per month
for 4 months and 6 days. . $118.00
Seed corn. 7.50
One extra hand 6 days to
plant corn. 3.5G
Palling fodder. 35.00
Five hands 6 days husking and
hauling run at 76c peg day 22.00
No commercial fertilisers com? A
post or plant foods of any
description used on this 70
acres of corn.
Yield of 7u Acsem
109,200 pounds com in shuc'?
at SO poundfl in shuck to
bushel, 1,365 bushels, at $1
p. r bushel.$1,365.00 4
S,6<?0 pounds fodder at $1 per
Commissioner Watson said today^
that the results achieved by Mr. Mc- '
Kinnon are a monument to his indus?
try and a telling point for the diver?
sification of crops.
Find Out For
tlie value of paying bills by cheek by opening an account with
this bank. When you get a returned chirk you have a receipt
that Is good as long as the paper lasts, which is a long enough
time you'll agree.
Coming??we'll welcome you.
THE PEOPLES' BANK 1
LEST YOU FORGET?4 Per Cent Interest fm Day of Deposit.
House of Never
Is the goal actually reached by many people who really intended
to open a Bank account "Someday" when conditions got better,
when they would have more money and not many places in which
to use it. They did not realize that opportunities to spend grow
with noomo. In other words Thrift and Economy work for and
with the man who sees and seizes the fact that even a small grow?
ing account NOW means a larger account and larger opportunities
for accumulation later on.
Ijet us place your name on our deposit ledger.
The Fir^l National Bank.
You may have thought of opening an account with us, hut
somehow of our depositor today. We'll try to show you that we
appreciate your patronage by giving you the helping hand *
Don't put It off any longer; start banking here today. .W
The Bank of Sumter,
We Give the Service all the While
No Business Ever Progressed Far
on its PAST REPUTATION.
It's Merit That Counts.
Come With Us.
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Prices: 1,000 to 1,000 plants at |1.25 per thousand; .*>.<. to 9.000
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We have ? heap* st ? gpress rate, ere guarantee count, safe delivery,
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