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PICKENS, SOUTH CAROLINA.
The excursion girl is now looking
Let us all keep busy hoping there
ii ay be no buttermilk famine.
No flies should be permitted any
bere except at the end of a fishing
Appearances are deceiving, espe
ally when one buys a box of straw
Likewise it is a good idea to keep
.3's fingers out of the vicinity of the
A Newark man suffering from a
1thache committed suicide. He cured
All knockers are disliked except
ose who stand up to send the cork
ntered ball over the fence.
New York's 7.000 beggars collect.
lch year $15,000,000, and this sum.
1s. represents miiisplace(d sympathy.
The geological survey says that the
'rth is being worn away by erosions.
unid any inI your gardens, amateurs?
A million-dollar house with a $25.
) suite of rooms to )lay in has been
I lt for a little New York boy. Poor
Chicagoans keep their jewels in odd
ices, says the manager of a safety
posit company. Not to mention
Singing an hour a day will drive
,.vay indigestion, opines a New York
tcor. In other words, we can buy
I. alth for ia song.
A New Yorker Is suing for divorce
cause his wife is growing too fait.
vorce is getting to be more than a
i,1. It is a habit.
Rich prizes are hung tip for avia
rB and automobile racers. Yet the
d game of rocking the boat comes
for nothing but abuse.
The pitch for tuning pianos tihas
en changed from 435 to -138 vibra
mns. Listening to it in the next flat
uses one long vibration.
A moonlight. rainbow has been seen
New York, but tany of those who
oil local mnoonilights will see rain
ws before they get home.
A St. L.ouis man who was hit by a
'eet. car apologized to the motormat
" dgaviig traffle. The heat has a
r effect-ont some people.
A Chicago wonnlr'A's cluib lectur-er
*ys that laundry work is poetic. Still
saw-edlgedl collar Is not (quite as ef
ative as the average poem.
"Has a lhen a mind ?" asks a K(an
SCity paper. She lust have, oth-i
v'ise she cotuld not have originated
3 idea of crossing the road.
A savant tells us that mu~tsic~ will
hui a man's taste for liqluor, buit we
* ye heard music that was almost
c ' ourgh to dIrive a man to (liink.
An Albany man could not remer.3er
a namo~ until he had been shown a
~ otograph of himself. It must have
I ,en one of those fiendish snapshots.
Stockbridge, Mass., has a citizen
wtlio feeds tur'penitine to (logs simply
t.p hear them howl. some people will
do almost anything for the sako of
An eastern newspap~er (devotes a
~,age of type and pictures to showinrg
ow a canoe should be marnagedl. One
ay to manage a canoe Is to keep
!out of it.
So long as American girls contintie
to purchase titles arid wit h themn un=)
happiness, no eo can say that tihe
gold brick business has fallen into
A Troy man lost in a fire S-1,700
whlich he had storedi in tihe house be
cause he had no confidence in banks,
Iit then few of us have any conil
hunce in fi.es.
A Chi'cago bridL .wore lemon bios
comns instead of orange blossoms, but
it rem ins to be seen whether it was
the bride or the groom who was
handed the lemon.
One of ouir ambitious explorers
plans a trip to the south pole in an
aeroplane. The attempt may not be a
success, but, at any rate, he will not
run the risk of being overcome by the
An Elgin telegraph operator has
conrfessed that he cannot stupport his
wife and seven children on a tele
graph operator's salary. Why has he
nt thought of starting a chicken
The owners of pet dogs should see
thait they get plenty of drinking water
-durting hot weather. It is said that
in (those localities where there is a
* godd supply of drinking fonts for ani
'-r in, ats, rabies is of rare occuirrence
'Ca@,. too, though they may not de
fjvelpp rabies from want of water,
~ften suffer greatly from thirst, and
~n hot days will manifest their grati
-~'.ltOfor the attention by purring loud'
henwater is offered to them.
T is a trifle early perhaps
you are saying to begin
talking about the county
fair. Maybe so, if you are
looking forward to the
autumn event merely from
the standpoint of a cold,
caln, casually interested
spectator. But just remem
ber, please, that there nre
thousands npon thousands
of people all over the coun
try for whom the annual
neighborhood fair imeans
much more. They are the
prospective exhibitors, and
no wonder they begin to
plan and speculate and an
ticipate almost from the time the snow is off the
Indeed, if a person is ambitious for success in
the competitions at the county fair, it. is abso
lutely necessary to be forehanded in preparation.
This applies with equal force whether it Is a case
of John seeking blue ribbons for his sheep and
cattle or Mary seeking the grand prizes for her
cakes and p)es and preserves. And of course It
is true in yet greater measure of Cousin Sue
who has a plot to capture the diploma for the
handsonest silk quilt or the most beautiful pillow
top-for, be it known no prize-winning piece of
fancy work, no more than Rome, was built in
It is a matter of congratulation that the old
fashioned county fair has remained unchanged, in
its main features, since the days of our gr-and
fathers. It Is one of the most cherished meiories
of every man whose boyhood was spent within
lure of its miagic-one of the nemnories that after
residence in the city lie half fears to rekindle
by renewed association, lest the twentieth century
brand won't be the least hit like the old-time
event that was aw~alted with more anticipation
than was bestowied eveni upon the Fourth of ,July
or the annual visit of the "monster and nins
todonie united shows " Perhaps this cherished
idol of youth may not have been a really and
truly "county fair-," for not all county fair-s can
enjoy the prestige of locat ion at the county scat,
but after all, that is a minor maitter ini the eyes
of the outsider and no man can ever be0 convinced
that thle w-orldl ever held a miore important "agri
cultur-al exposition"' than the one at which as
a youngster he e'xhibilted his chickens or pieddled
peanuts or' sold scorecards.
'Tlit, as has been said, the old-fashioned county
fair hasn't been changed beyond recognition, even
to this day, is all the more a nmatter of surprise
when we take into account the revolutionary
changes that have taken place in other phases
of rur-al life. The introd(uction of rur-al free de
livery, for' instance, has (lone away with the
necessity and thle opportunity for those friendly
gather-inigs at the cross-roadsn store wheni the farm
ers who driove over for the mall stole a little
leisure in which to swap stories. Similarly a
phonograph in every farm house has somewvhat
dulled the app~etite ter those periodic conc'erts
at the little red school house, even as the presence
on the roads of those ziplping, screeching automo
biles has knocked all thle romance out of t hose
buggy rides in thme moonlight when old Dobbina
was allowed to flnd his own way and set his own
Nct only has the county faIr withstood1 lhe
ravages of time and the onslaught of modern
inivenitioni, but in somei respects it has benefited
by a lapse oft time. That is, many a fair of the
present (lay is vastly bIgger and bet ter' than was
the corresponding e'vent con the samle grounids a
sc'ore or more of years ago. It is not dlue solely
to the natur'al increase of popiulatilon, eit her, nor
yet to that ''hack-to-the~'4oil"' crusade wvhich has
'swept over the land. The latter hase helped, how
ever', biecause it has added to the population of
niany a rural dlistrict men and women who are
engaging in farming for pleasure as wecll as for
proflt and who cnter their products at the necar
by fair's as a miatter- of pride just as a breedler of
fine (dogs will travel all over the country to dIs
play his blooded canines at the big dog shows,
even though the prizes wouldl not pay the express
charges on the animals,
The autoniobile, despisedl though it be in many
quarters, has had a big influence in bringing
greater prosper-ity3 to our hattecr-dlay county fair's.
Time adlvenit of thlie hiorseless vehicles and the fad
for' touring, ta ken in conjunct ion withl that hm
provemment of coun try roads whliich has beeni go
ing on this piast decade eor so, has mamde it possible1
for farmers to travel greater dIstances to the
fair's. The tiller of the soil wvho in the old day-s
was content to take his family to one fair-theo
one nearest home, may now, if he has one of
thoseanmntnibile that a..e c-n....,.,.l es.al
theetohaf dzn fishl ihnardu
fO the otherf famed, te oorcar anbrought
th county faas a er ainhl ithnag frad ity
folky wt alot evrt atene miles Ofcurse, exhis
tsll the gold reays Some ifth also reolts are
tOse ohe hainds th oor are in heougty
with whom they hold a reunion at the fair.
Others are one-time rural residents who, having
gone to town and "madec their pile," find that
they can comie back via the automobile when
they would not take the trouble if itsmeant getting
up early in the morning to catch an excursion
train. And finally there are the city folk who
have neither kith nor' kin nor the ties of old
associationis to draw them to the fair, but who
motor to the autumn mecca as a sort of "lark"
anid who find it quite as novel an experience ini
its way as the rural resident dloes to journey to
the city to inspecct an exposition or a great amuse
cment par-k. This latter por'tion of the influx froem
the city may not add~ to the gaiety of the occa
sion, particularly, for' the country people at the
counuty fair, but their con tribumttons at the ticket
w'ondow are wvell worth having and generally aip
ireciatedl, for, be it knowni, the average county
fir is condluctedl by far'mecrs acnd oilier members
of the community who can't wholly overlook the
Yet aaother new infhuience that has helped the
county fair in our' time is the suppression of
betting and the abandonment of racing at most
of the race courses near the, lar'ge cities, Racing
of one kindl or another goes on at almost all our
country fairs and whereais it is not supposed to
be accompaniedl by betting there are opportunities
for quiet wagers, whereas lice mere racing in itself
is sufflelent to attract horse owners aind others
wuhio love the siport for itself. Jucst here, it may
be added, that most fairs throughout the United
States are no0w conducted on a clean, moral basis.
Liquor selling en the grounds or nearby has long
been prohibitedl in most localuities and out-and-out
gambling devices have been barred from many
fair groundls these nmacny years, but latterly, in
response to the moral awakecning that has swept
ever the country, fair- managers are showing a
disposition to keep outi most of these raffles and
games of chance which, perhaps innocent
in themselves, might have a bad influence on the
This banishment of some of the old-time catch
penny schecmes has not, however, so alteredl
things that the man who has been ouit in the
world cannot, recognize the county fair of his
youth whien lie conies banck to it, lie will see at
the old stand all the weight-testing and lung
testing machines, the old-fasionedi merry-go-round
acid the stands sellinig peanuts and sandwiches
and redl lemonade, lie can test his skill, as of
yore in tossing ricign ovor canes or trying to hit
the venturesome ('olored boy who pokes his hen
through a hole in a sheet. The time-honoredl "sid~
show" or carnival is there with its snake charti
erIs and1( giants andl~ dwarfs and the fortune tellei
and popcorn veniders have the old elusive way <
inducing you to part with your coin. Even tl:
fans and badges and tiny flags and "gold" mneda
of yesteryoar look and cost the same as they di
as far back as memory can carry you. Aboi
the only new things at the county fair, in f'act, al
the moving picture shows in their somber' biac
tents and the ice ('ream ('Ones that have su
pilantedl the one-timo "live-cent dish with tn~
The men who have been conducting county faht
long enough to make comparisons wili tell ye
that, all in all, it costs juist about as much
hold a fair nowadays as it did( a decade or tw
ago, presumntlg, t hat is, that y'ou 'hang tup" abot
as much in prizes for'ethe show anal speed classe;
Some items have been cut ov'er the expenses
the old1 days, whereas othler' outlays have il
creased, owing to the increased cost of living c
some other new influnence. For one thing, th
fair managers sav'e some money in heralding th
fair. For the sentiment of the thing, they sti
have to make use of some of those gaudy poster
in bltue and redl and yellow that fromn time out
mindl have I'lled childish dIreams every atutumi
but they don't spend money to plaster thet
posters on every barn anti fence and covere
bridge in the cotunty, ats they were wvont to (10 1
the old (lays, As the number' of country new
papers has increased they have providled a bettt
and cheaper way of telling the pecople ot the d
lights of the coming fair. On the other hani
the "star attraction," it the fair managemer
wants to be right up to date and have an airshl
flight each day, will cost more than in the o1
days. A parachute jumper or an acrobat wt
(did the thrilling "slide0 for life" (lid not demnan
half as much money, usually, as the~ expert acer
planist wh'o wants a fee of $500 and upward,
A feature of the couinty' fair that hasn't change
with the lapse of time is the season for holdin
the event. The conclusion of the harvest, whic
leav'es the farmer comparatively care-free ani
let us hope, with money in his pocket, (dictates tt
date of this annual festival, In some parts
the country September is the favorite month ft
fairs, but elsewhere October has the cail an
quite a few of these agricultural shows and trn
ting meets are held in early November, Actis
prteparations at the fair' grounds begin a mont
or six weeks earlier for the up-tcbdate fair ass
elation repaints its buildings each stummer and ha
everything spiok and span for the three or tot
The Old Order Changeti
A critic declared that twentieth century peopi
tell their private affairs much more readiily tha
utsedl to be the custom, If marriages turn out ut
fortunately the world learns it from tho partie
chiefly concerned, and what the old-fashione
woman would have ealledl the secrets of her it
ncr life, not to be confessed even to her'self, th
new woman tells boldly in order to sturroundl he
persontality with a halo of interest, for it seem
certain, if yotu do not say you have troubles, nc
body wviil notice them, 'rhe instinct of famil
loyalty is diminishing, that clannish sentimen
which catused relatives to hide their internal dii
aensions from others as careftully as they wouli
bodily infirmities; children criticise their parent;
and vice vecrsa; brothers and sisters qtuar'rel 11
the street; the black sheep is Openly discusaet
by his relatiorns, No toleration is grantedl on th
score of blood(, and as all of us require' as miuel
toleration as we (!an get, it seemus a Pity so fruit
ful a means of supply is cut off, Yet, if at mat
has a brother a blackguard, why should ho nol
Pay3 so, Just as much as if lhe were a at ranger
there seesmes no real reason, except that i
ioes not sound nice, audan public opinion long i
lecided that a family disgracemust be sare y
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