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IM TIE LESISLATBRE.
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HOU? PARKE? SIX PER CENT. IN
BILL TO THIRD
ReUot System tor Prima r
by Mr. Cothran?
to Be Appointed by
mm Heretofore? Many I n
Local Bill* Passed.
Colombia. Jan. 30.?Following con?
siderable debate and parliamentary
maneuvering, the houae today passed
from saeend to third reading a bill
mas lag the legal rate of interest In
South Carolina ? per eentusa snd the
contract rate 7 per centum per an?
The bones today passed 31 local
nnoontsotod bills from second to third
Mr. Gothran, of Greenville. Tuesday
introduced a bill providing for the
Australian system of balloting in all
pstsaary election* held In South Car?
olina. It was referred to the Judiciary
Tma Is an administration bill recom?
mend id by the governor In his inaug?
Another administration bill intro?
duced Tuesday was that of N. O.
?frans, of Edgsdeld, providing for the
appointment of the chief game war
don by the governor with recommen?
dation frosa the Audubon Society as
it si at present, also the consolidation
eg the game and fleh departments of
Calomels, Jan. 19.?Practlcaly the
entire session In the senate today was
STfea over to debate on the equal
suffrage referendum. Both sides were
strongly agitated, Senator Williams of
Alas* Itfseueg the oppositon. Strong
argument? iwr submitting the ques?
tion to the people were made by R. D.
Bppa, of 8u otter, Senator Qlnn. of
Hampton and Senator Sberard, who
mtrodueed the resolution. Much
seal?$ttr* sras quoted to support of the
apnostUsn by Senator WUllama. The
only qeawtlon at issue, the proponents
argued, was whether the people were
to bo alsawed to vote on the resolu?
tion, as, axed by the State convention
Oolneynsa. Jan. Si.?Five hours
yesterday afternoon la
I jfjoaa; before the ban klag
el the two
would yet enable
ftafe %e retain a supervisory con
i or er
l|Ot orer leouronee rate making li
Sooth Carolina and simultaneously re?
move enough of the undesirable fea?
tures of the bill to encourage the re?
turn of She companies which withdrew
open the passage of the Laney-Odom
act of one year ago. Throughout the
afternoon the wires remained crossed
and adjournment was taken with little
prasgset of closing the breach. The
objotclenable feature is that which
the State, through a com
Of three, to sit in Judgment,
the charge having been made that
are "unreasonsbla" To eltml
thls word would render the State
insurance department Impotent,' as
to rate regulation.
J. H. Doyle of New York, repre?
senting me national board of under?
writers, lengthily discussed the fea?
tures so objectionable to the Insur?
ance companies, F. H. Mc Master,
Bright Williamson, L, M Pinckney.
and several members of the commit
too from the business men pledged for
adequate Insurance protection.
Columbia, Jan. 30.?"The most
striking part of the statistics, however,
le the marked reduction in the death
rate, being 111 for 1114. as compar?
ed with 18.5 In 1915 and 20.4 in
ltl*,M my* C. Fred Williams. M. D.,
superintendent of the State hospital
for the insane In his annual report to
the board of regents. The asylum re?
port bat been sent to the legislature
by the regents. The decreased death
rate is taken as an indication of Ira
proved conditions. Forty per cent, of
the deaths were caused by pellagra.
In the report It Is shown that di?
version*! occupation continues to be
an important adjunct in the treat?
ment of patients. There were 930 pa?
tients engaged In this work In 1916.
"My January 1916, the complete
elimination of mechanical restraint
had been accomplished, with no un?
toward results, every plecs of appa
ratus being removed from the warda."
says Dr. Williams.
? The regents estimate that $375,000
win be required for maintenance In
1917. The third Installment of $150.
900 for permanent improvements will
A study of ths superintendent's re
pert show* that there has been an In
ersees In the number of dischsrged
The regents commend the work of
Dr. Williams ss supsrlntendent of the
inetltetlon sod the medical starff.
Columbia, Jan. 31.?Strenuous ef?
forts will be made to list property In
Carolina that Is escaping tax
This step which will be pro
?osed by the ways and means com?
mutes of the house will be bne of the
meet important steps ever taken by
a general assembly in this State.
A bill will be introduced in the
house requiring the listing of all prop?
erty in the State by the tax commis?
sion. Another bill requires a survey
of the State.
Figures submitted to the ways and
means committee show that about
$ 20,000,oto worth of land is now es?
caping taxation in South Carolina.
ft the above plan is carried out the
State tax levy will be reduced and ev?
ery one of the State's obligations will
be met. The demands are heavy Just
now on the State government and
something of a definite nature must b.?
done at once.
The plan has been discussed at a
series of conferences held in Colum?
bia. The members of the ways and
means committee, members of the
senate finance committee, tjov. Man?
ning, members of the State tax com?
mission and others have attendel
these conferences when the plans for
increasing the Stats's income were
Now the step is about to be taken
and great results are looked for by all.
Columbia, Jan. 31.?E. W. James,
general inspector, eastern departmeir
United States office of public roads.
Is in Columbia to confer with mem?
bers of the legislature concerning
such legislation as will enable South
Carolina to share In the federal ap?
propriation foT the construction and
maintenance of public highways. Sev?
eral bills have been introduced in the
legislature and a hearing was held
yesterday before the house commit?
tee on roads and bridges when the
federal good roads act was explained
by Mr. James.
"If South Carolina is to share in
the federal appropriation it is abso?
lutely necessary that a State highway
department be established, provided
with the neessary funds," said Mr.
James. The federal good roads act
was approved July 11 of last' year and
If South Carolina hi to share In the
funds provision must be made at this
session of the general asaembly.
Under the terms of the act the fed?
eral government win furnish dollar
for dollar with the State government.
The amount available this year is
$7lk000. Each year $71,000 addi?
tional will he available, if the nec?
essary legtahYtkm ** adopted the total
gjjg?|l IS r|" Uli, ?fl
hytfars wm be- $i.077,eoa. The state
would bo required to atve a like
Plans for new highways would have
to be approved by the State highway
department and Che secretary of agri?
Columbia, Jan. 31.?The ways and
means committee of the house Wed?
nesday morning gave a favorable re?
port to the administration bill pro?
viding for % commission on efficiency
and economy. This measure is the
first step toward a budget system for
The house passed the bill making
the legal rate of interest for South
Carolina six per cent, per annum and
the contract rata 7 per cent., and sent
it to the senate. The finance com?
mittee of the senate last night report?
ed a companion bill unfavorably.
Columbia, Feb. 1.?The ways and
means committee today introduced in
the house a bill providing for a com?
plete survey of the State in an effort
to get property on the books that has
escaped paying taxes for years. This
measure Is favored by the adminis?
tration and its enactment will result
in much additional revenue to the
State and the probable future reduc
ton of the annual levy.
The bill introduced by Messrs. Ford
and Rector providing for an appro?
priation of $60,000 for the aid of
needy rural schools was sent to the
The Perry State highway bill was
made a special order for tomorrow
at 11:16 A. M.
The seven fire insurance bills re?
ported favorably by the banking and
insurance committee last night were
mado a special order for 12:15 P. M.
tomorrow and the same hour for each
successive day until disposed of.
Discusses RiChey Prohibition Bill.
Columbia, Feb. 1.?One hour an i
45 minutes of today's session of the
house of 11 presentatlves was devoted
to a discussion of the Bichey "air?
tight" prohibition bill forbidding the
Importation of any liquor into South
Carolina except on physician's pre?
scription. Other bills seeking 'o
amend the present "gallon a month"
measure are grouped with the Bichoy
bill as special orders, but were not
considered In the debate today. At
1:45 o'clock discussion was adjourn?
ed until noon tomorrow.
The discussion was rather tame to?
day and reiterated arguments gener?
ally heard In a discussion of prohlbi.
tion. It was Impossible, from the few
speeches mnde, to guge the sentiment
of the house. It is predicted, how
ever that every phase of the Mtyvidf
situation will bs threshed out before
I'm mighty glad I was born a real South?
erner. Just suppose I had been an Eskimo,
or an Indian, or something with rings in
my nose and ears!
Yes, sir?I am good and proud of my
Southern birth. My mother is from Vir?
ginia and my father is from the Carolinas.
I was born and raised down here among
I wish you could see my home?it is so
dean and bright and cheery and whole?
some?the finest,whitest, healthiest tobacco
factory in all the world.
I am called SOVEREIGN?King of Them
All! But my middle name is Smoke,
friend?and all over the South my loyal
friends are with me, because
Y?a Folks of the South KNOWgood tobacco!
I want you all for my friends?every one of you. Give me a chance?see how I make
good And don't forget?
I am guaranteed by ^^^^.52^ -Buy me.
If you don't like me return me to your dealer and get
your money back. 1 have said it A Southern gentleman is known
the work! over for keeping his word, and I have given you mine*
FOR THE GENTLEMAN OF THE SOUTH
M*vp of tm&ms ae&"
a vote is arrived at. General discus?
sion will probably extend into the next
legislative week. The house will meet
again tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock
Columbia, Feb. 1.?About all that
can be said for this morning's ses?
sion of the house of representatives
is that the house met and consumed
about three hours doing nothing. One
definite accomplishment was setting
noon today as the time for debate on
several prohibition measures, debate
to be continued each day at noon un?
til the question is Mettled.
The Moore six per cent, interest bill,
which had already consumed some of
the* legislative time, came into promi?
nence again yesterday when on third
reading Representative! Crum of Ham
berg moved recommitment, which
motion was lost 76 to 25. The motion,
however, gave the house the oppor?
tunity to hoar the best speech of the
session, which Representative Martin
of Uranehville gave opposing six per
cent. It was Mr. Martin's maiden ef?
fort in the general assembly.
The calendar was called for un- i
eonstested second reading' bills, and '
when after 30 minutes every bill bad
been objected to, the call was quit.
The Moore and Middleton bill to
establish un industrial home and
school for destitute children and pro?
vide for Its government and mnintcn
ai.ee. tbe school to be known us the
Dr. John he La Howe Industrial
school and located in Abbeville coun
ty, was debated and sent to a third
The Yoing bill to repeal the Income
tax law, reported favorably by the
ways and means committee, was on
motion of Representative Lumpkin of
Richland, a member of the commit?
SUMTECR COTTON MARK KT.
Corrected Daily by
HARDY & CO., Cotton Buyer*
Corrected Daily by
ERNEST FIELD, Cotton Buy or.
NEW YORK COTTON MARK KT.
open High Low Close Close
Mch . .If).85 1G.95 115.73 11.1)4 17. IS
May . .14.00 16.76 18.60 15.14 17.6(1
July . .14.50 16.91 13.90 15.1 1 17.6 1
Oct . .14.00 16.50 14.00 14.55 16.66
Dec . .15 65 16.05 14.41 14.65 16.76
New York Spots 14.75.
NO COMMENT FROM BRITAIN.
: Gorman Declaration Creates Profound
London, Fob, l.? Although catis
1 it.e profound sensations tho Ocrnuin
declaration brought forth no ofllcial
comment. In as much as the decluri
Jt'on was addressed to neutrals, all in?
terests center on the policy neutrals
In the Police Court.
The following cases have been dis?
posed of in the Recorder's Court:
T. P. McGrady, hoboing freight
train, $25 or 30 days.
Frank Potts, Oscar Purvis and
Walter Wyatt, car breaking, trans?
ferred to magistrate's court.
Geo. Gantt, Abe Sanders, Alice Mc- i
Coy, Tom Clarkson, Sam Gardner, \
Fred McLaln, Willie Peterson, Suc?
cess Burrows, James Patterson, gam?
bling. Fred sfeLaln, Willie Peterson,
plead guilty, $10 or 20 days; Tom
Clarkson, Sam Gardner, acquitted; 1
Geo. Gantt and Alice McCoy, forfeited j
bond of $10 each; others sent to the j
Mr. V. H. Phelps lost a tine cow a
few nights ago, efforts to save the
cow being Ineffectual. The COW had j
a young call' a few weeks old and was
giving about eighteen quarts of milk,
Which indicates just bow line the ani- J
mal was, as eighteen quart cows are
not often found.
Berlin. Jan. 31?(Via Sayville).?
More than 4,000,000 tons of shipping
have been lost by the Fntente Powers j
through the war measures of the Cen?
tral Powers it was officially announc- \
ed today. The figures Which carry J
th account up to the beginning of the
present year, gives the British looses
as more than 3.000,000 or nearly 15 j
per cent of the British tonnage when j
the war began. 1
MERCHANT SELLS OUT.
J. L. Priteliard Moves to Pinewoodl
anil Arthur Cutter Buys Store?W.
C. T. U. Offer Memorial to Legist**
tors for Prohibition.
PaxvillO, Jan. 31.?On last Friday
Mr. J. L. Pritchard sold his store and
stock of general meichandise to Mr.
Arthur Cutter, of Silver, who will con*
tinue the business. Mr. Cutter will
move his family here this week, and
will occupy the residence recently va?
cated by Mr. John Ardis. Mr. Pritch?
ard will go to Pinewood as salesman
in the store of Mrs. C. W. Bates. He
came here nine years ago, and has
made many friends, .vho regret very
much seeing him leave.
Mr. T. R. Owen has moved his saw
mill two miles west of here on the
tract belonging to Dr. C. D. Weeks,
of Newberry. He expects to cut.sev?
eral thousand feet of extra tine lum?
Mr. H. C. Curtis, of Manning spent
the past week-end at the home of his
mother, Mrs. S. E. Curtis.
Messrs. W. R. MeLeod and X. G.
Broadway are recent purchasers of
Foid touring cars.
Rov. M. J. Kyzer, of the Cordova
Baptist church was here last week on
a businss trip.
The local Woman's Christian Tem?
perance union has recently sent let?
ters to Senator Du Rant, Representa?
tives Mellette, Johnson and Lescsne,
making an appeal for absolute prohi?