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WOl'LD REPEAL. THE THREE MILL
TAX?PRESENT SYSTEM RELIC
- DUTIES OF THE BOARD
Would Take the Place of the State
and County Boards of Assessors?
Asks for Constitutional Amendment
Repealing Three Mill Tax.
Comptroller General A. W. Jones
has teen making a fight for years for
- ,,,^,,1,1 /vammIUa f V?a fov
it djdiciu tiiai wuuiu g4u.ai<ic iuv iua
returns and he makes his recommen
dations again this year. The question
is one that affects the majority of the
taxpayers. A summary of his recom
mendations as taken from The State
is given herewith:
After discussing the tax system iL
South Carolina, A. W. Jones, comp
troller general, recommends to thi
general assembly, in his annual re
port, tiat a central and permanent
tax commission be created to take
the place of the State board of equal
ization and the State board of asses
sors. The work of assessing al.
i ^ property in the State would come un.
der this commission.
The comptroller general asks thai
the general assembly provide for sub
mission to the people of an amend
ment to the constitution providing foi.
a repeal of the constitutional school
tax so as to leave the amount to bt
appropriated for school purposes ti
the discretion of the legislature, "at
the value of the taxable roperty anc
the school needs both vary from tim<
"I would again urge upon youi
consideration the necessity of the re
vision of the system for taxation anc
raising the moneys necessary for th('
support of the government.
"The increase in "the public need:
for revenue and the inequality exist
ing in the present system for meeting
them very evident.
"In I860, it appears from tht
comptroller general's report, the gen
oral taxes of the State amounted to
a little less than $600,000, which war
sufficient to meet all of tha public ex
penses. The larger amount of thi;
revenue was raised by an arbitrary
per canita tax on slaves, whicl
amounted' in 1858 to nearly four anc
a half times as much as the tax or
all the lands in the State for thai
year, so that the tax on lands was
very small and amounted to a mer
fraction of their value.
"The abolition of slavery by the wai
necessitated an entirely new syster"
of taxation for the purpose of meetinp
the public needs. The total revenue
of the State from taxation for the
fiscal year ending October 1, 1867, thr
last year before the aliens took charr
of our revenue, was $474,849, o
, which about $210,000 was raised b?
taxes on real estate and the balancp
bv income, license and capitatior
"Our present system of raising th(
amount necessary to run the govern
ment by an ad valorem tax upon thf
value of all property in the State waf
adopted by the reconstruction govern
ment established in 1868, and wehav<
been working under it ever since tha'
time. When the taxes so raised wer<
insufficient to meeet the public nec
essities, together with the rapaciouF
demands of those then in control of
the adminsitration of our government
the needs were met by repeated bontf
issues increasing the bonded indebt
edness of the State until it became
practically bankrupt prior to the po
litical revolution 01' 1876.
"After the inauguration of-Govern
or Hampton in 1877, the annual ex
penses of the State government werr
for some 20 years until 1898, k?p
within the amoun; of the Stv-J ? an
"But in 1897 the expenditures for
all purposes of the Sta*e government
were $980,602.49, which left i surplus
of revenue from taxation in e\c*iS3 of
expenditures for that year of $101,
099.84. The growth of the S mo :ibo;it
this time, its increase in popnla.
Jion, find MHW (laUbWi.
;ease in the public dem?nds for im
ivements. The extension i>f State
pities and educational institutions,
|*ell .as the increased cost of ad
3tering justice contributed to this
|t. In 1898, for instance, we had
Leight circuits judges, and three
le court judges, who then sue
easily disposing of all the
iiness with the assistance
K-ors and the correspond
fers. Since that time
sed our judicial ma
lent., so that we now
pudges and five su
zvith 12 solicitors
[ ease of other
special judges appointed from time to
"Tli3 expenses of the State Hospi
tal for the Insane have increased from
about $100,000 in 1S97 to about $300,
000 in 1013. Appropriations for edu
cational purposes have increased in
somewhat the same proportion. So
that you appropriated in 1913 $1,
557,117.01' and are asked to appro
priate at the present session of your
body, a round sum of about $2,500,
000 to cover the State expenses, while
only $600,000 was nccessary for this
purpose in 1860, and less than $1,000,
000 in 1897.
"Now these annual expenses are not
going to be reduced, and they must
continue to increase with the growth
of the State. )
Ascertain Actual Talue.
"These figures show the necessity
of your devising a practical system
by which this oecessary revenue can
be equably raised so that each tax
payer and eacch dollar of property
:hall bear its just share of the bur.
len, and no more.
"The inequalities of the present sys
tem are so well established and
known that it is unnecessary to de
rail them. No equable system can be
levised unless you ascertain the ac
tual value of all property to be taxed.
Tt is impossible to. secure an assess
ment of the exact value, but it can be
- ecured approximately.
"The people dread an assessment at
"rue value for fear that if they let
'he lawmakers know the real value
if their property, and such value
should be once placed on the tax
' ooks, your honorable body woulrl
' >e led to make appropriations that
vould tax them to the limit of their
opacity, or not reduce the present |
ate of levy.
"They ajso fear that they would
be taxed more for educational pur
poses than nccessary on account of
'he arbitrary constitutional 3 mill
school tax, which now raises $888,
30. For if property were assessed
it its actual value this constitutional
'evy would treble, or raise more than
'2,500,000, and they are unwilling to
Msk being forced to pay an unjust
i ^nd unnecessary amount of taxes.
"I therefore renew my recom
mendations heretofore made that you
>rovide for the submission to the
-cople of an amendment to the con.
titution providing for a repeal of
he constitutional school tax, so as to
eave the amount to he appropriated
or school purposes to the discrtion
jf the legislature, as the value of the
axable property and the school
leeds both vary from time to time.
"The constitutional restrictions on
he exercise of the taxing powers of
he legislature, should be removed,
.nd the legislature left free to adopt
uch laws as may from time to time,
State Tax Commission.
"I renew my recommendation made
d former general assemhlies that a
iDglc and permanent tax commis
ion, or board, be created and vested
ith the power to supervise the work
f assessment of property for pur
joses of taxation.
'Two entirely independent State
oards are now charged with the
"uty of assessing or equalizing valua
lons of property for purposes of tax
tion in this State. Each separate
oard fixes its own standard oT valua
' r\rs nw/1 HiffAro frnm tho rvf Vl OT* Vl Pfl PP
i common standard necessary for 1
quality of taxation is lacking.
"The assessment of all property in ^
he State for the purp~.se of taxation '
I hould be under the supervision of a '
ingle board and the present Statfe '
' "oard of equalization and State board
*f railroad assessors should be abol- 1
'sed, and their duties devoted upon
his single board. .* rfj
"The single board might well con
net of five members, two of whom 1
-hould give their entire time to trav.
^ling over the Stater examining into
'alues in the different counties and
lax districts, for equalization of value
between counties, which is now lack
'ng and which would necessitate much
vork and take a great deal of time,
'eaving to the local officers the
oower of. equalizing the assessments
"The present State board of equali
sation is so composed that each mem
ber is strongly tempted to secure the
'owest possible assessment of prop
erty in his own county, and this
'emptation renders it impossible to
secure anything like a fair and uni
form assessment of property through
'he present State board of equaliza
"The members of the single State
board recommended should also call
ind attend meetings of taxpayers,
and of the local township, city and
county boards of assessors and equali
zation, for the purpose of assessing
and equalizinig valuations of property
to the end that each dollar may bear
>ts just proportion of the burden of
taxation. This board should also
gather information necessary to an
intelligent understanding and revision
of the system of taxation, and report
the same from time to time to your
honorable body, with any advice they
may think proper as to proposed
changees in the tax law."
TO HOLD CONFERENCE
In Greenwood, Sunday February the
Second. The United Missionary
Campaign in the United States Are
Now Busy Arranging Programme.
Delegates Will he Present From
Greenwood, Abbeville and Laurens.
The following account of the Mis
sionary Conference to be held in
Greenwood on February the 2nd, is
taken from The Greenwood Index:
The- various local committees in
charge of the Conference to be held
here February 1st and 2nd, as part of
tne United Missionary uampaign in
the United States and Canada are
hard at work now and are getting
everything in shape for a ihost suc
This Conference was arranged by
Prof. R. E. Gaines, a member of the
faculty of Richmond College, but now
on leave of absence for one year, hav
ing been granted this leave of absence
in order to devote his time to tihe
work of this campaign. ThS details
of the campaign are in the hands of
tne Laymen s ivussiuijctijr iriuvcuicui
and Prof. Gaines has entira charge
Df this work in the South.
A number of prominent speakers
will be in Greenwood for this meet
ing, names to be announced late as
well as the detailed program.
The Conference at Greenwood will
seek to enlist ministers and laymen
not only in the town and county of
Greenwood, but also of the counties
uf Abbeville and Laurens. Special in
vitations to these will be Bent out by
the committee in charge of this part
Df the work.
Following is a full and complete ex
planation of what this United Mission
iry Campaign is:
On March 19, 1913, at a meeting o:
representatives of the Home Missions
Council of the United States and the
Conference of Foreign Missions
Boards of North Ameriica, a decision
was reached to engage in a United
Missionary Campaign for the purpose
jf introducing more adequate method
jf missionary education and finance
in the churches of North America,
:hat they may discharge their full
nissionary obligation at home and
The following features hjve been
ipproved by the Central Committee of
he United Missionary Campaign.
1. The campaign is in behalf of
nissionary work both at home and
ibroad, and aims at the enlistment of
:he entire membership of all the com.
nunions as intelligent and regular
supporters of missions. Ooe feature
)f the Campaign is to be a nation-wide
simultaneous, every-member. canvass |
'or home arid foreign missions and al1
-egular benevolences in Marek, 1914,
Dn the part of as many congregations
is can be led to undertake it at that
;ime (unless a communion decides up
)n some other period.)
2. To prepare the congregations of
he country for such a canvass as
nany missionary conferences as pos
sible between September 15, 1913, and
February 15, 1914,"will be held. The
conferences will begin with an even
ing session and continue through the
Mlnmln? dov Tnoal fATTl TT1 i Will
.U11U w Xli0 UUJ . *-vv??
have large responsibilities in prepar
ing for these conferences. The Ex
ecutive Committee of the Laymen's
Missionary Movement haa been re
quested to organize and direst these
interdenominational conferences and
has consented to do so.
3. The campaign alms not only at
securing larger missionary offerings
but at the development of the latent
spiritual resources of Christian peo
ple. Prayer, personal Bible study:
personal service and stewardship will
all be emphasized in their relation to
4. Deputation work by volunteer
speakers will be undertaken as widely
is possible to bring the inspiration
and message of this united campaign
to every community and evets? congre
5. The observance of Si#i4fty Feb
ruary 15, as Missionary Day with ex
change of nulnits wherever practica
ble, and with special missionary fea.
tures in all the services of that day,
in preparation for the simultaneous
canvass for missions and bonevolen
ces in March.
C. The widest possible use ?f care
fully selected and specially prepared
missionary literature. In res]k>nse to
the invitation of the Central Commit
tee, the Missionary Education Move
ment is giving special attention to
this feature of the campaign.
7. Still larger and more general as
sistance of the public press in secur
ing religious and missionary news,
and in interpreting the spirt of Chrs
tianity as the spirit of individaul and
universal service and helpfulness.
B. M. Jones. Ford Garage.
Calls answered anywhere,
anytime. 'Meet all trains.
Phone ue your wants. We generally
have it. Miiford's Drug Store.
WILL RULE THE COTTON MARKET
THIS WEEK. BREAK AWAY
BUREAU REPORT FRIDAY
Showing Total Number of Bales Gin
iied Up to January the 16th..?Ex.
pect About Two Hundred Thousand
Since The Last Report.
New Orleans, Jan. 18.?The cotton
market this week promises to break
away from statistics and pay more
attention to the general trade situa
tion. The census bureau Friday will
issue a report on ginning, carrying
the crop down to January 16; but the
amount of cotton to be added to the
previous total hardly can be over
200,000 bales, and it is not generally
considered of any great importance.
Those who lean to the bull side are
greatly interested in thj optimistic
feeling generally in this country and
abroad. Signs of further improve
ment will eagerly be watched for this
So far as the ginning returns arc
concerned, the trade does not look
for a report as large as that of last
year, which was 181,000 bales
for the period. Two years ago gin
ning for the period amounted to 198,
798 bales and three years ago to
168,632. Bearish opinion prboably
ranges up to 175,000 bales, while
bullish expectations go as low as
The spot situation will attract more
attention than it has been getting, as
there are signs of a revival in the de
mand and of more interest on the
part of the buyers in low grades.
Bulls hope fr a obetter demand
which will reduce stocks at ports and
in the interior ,and pave the way for
bullish operations in the summer
months. Bears do not consider thr
the demand can improve materially,
since takings by mills thus far this
season have been large and also they,
do not think that manufacturers will
risk heavy purchases of the V
grades. Bulls, on the other hano
think that manufacturers will find in
creased uses on the lower grades. De
velopments this week may throw con
siderable light on the spot situation.
TO DEVELOP KAOLIN MINE.
Land Purchased From Messrs Has
* " --a
Ken UUU UU'K lUllliiim vuiibiu
Mr. Joe F. Edmunds, through Mr.
R. 3. Link, last week sold several
acres of land belonging to Messrs L.
C. Haskell and Prof. L. W. Dick, near
the High School building, to a Mr.
Kening, of Chicago. It is stated there
in considerable Kaolin on the land,
and it is understood the purchasers
expect to develop the mine at once.
It is said to be a very fine quality of
clay. Rumors have been flying thick
and fast as to the probable value of it.
some figures going as high as ten
million. In an interview with Mr.
Haskell he states that he knows noth
ing of the value of the clay, but that
the new owners claim they would
have to spend a million dollars before
any profit would be realized. He
states that he sincerely hopes it may
prove to be worth several millions
and that the owners will get to work
to develop it at once as it would ben
efit everybody in the city if it were
Recently a company with Mr. Hen
ing was granted a charter by the Sec.
retary of State with headquarters to
be at Abbeville and this is evidently
fhe same concern. No definite infor
mation could be obtained on yester
day as to the plans of the company.
Mr. Haskell and Mr. Dick, secured
their nrice for the land and as Mr.
Haskell states it was a fair and
square deal and that he hopes some
thing will be made of it. It is un
derstood Mr. Edmunds made a very
nice deal for himself in the transac
tion and that if the mine proves val
auble he will secure a great deal
more. He is to be congratulated.
Xotice to Confederate Veterans.
Gen. Ter.guc, Commander of the
South Carolina Division of United
Confederate Veterans, sent the fol
lowing letter last week to the Com
manders of camps:
Dear Comrades: There are three
matters thrvt every veteran in the
State should urge their county mem
bers of the legislature to give favor
able attention to wh^n that body
meets this month:
1st. An appropriation to pay the
official note for $1,700.00, signed by
Gov. Blease and your Commander, to
aid the South Carolina veterans who
attended the flftith anniversary of the
battle of Gettysburg, July 1, 2, 3, 1913.
2nd. An appropriation to put a
tablet in the Branford church at
Petersburg, Va., in memory of Caror
lina soldiers who perished at the bat
tle of the cratcr. The other Southern
States are piecing tablets to the mem
ory of their dead, and ours should
not be forgotten or neglected.
3rd. An additional appropriation
to the $2,500.00 already given by the
State for the purpose of publication
of the rolls of the Carolina soldiers
who served the Confederacy. The
above appropriation was insufficient
to finish th? work.
The first volumes are now leady for
delivery and many may be had by ap
plying to Mrs. A. S. Salley, Secretary
of the Historical Commission, Colum
bia, S. C. These volumes contain the
history of the First regiment of Reg
ulars; the First (Gregg's) Regiment,
and the First (Hagood's) Regiment.
All veterans'who are able to do so,
should purchase these hooks and
thereby contribute to the amount nec
essary to complete the worR. You
ar-j earnestly requested to attond to
these matters immediately by inform
ing your representatives of our needs,
by your personal solicitation and by
publication in your county news
STEAMER LOST WITH
No Hope Leinains For tbe Ger
man Steamer Aeilia?Bodies
of Officers and Men Have
Been Washed Asbore
at Several Places.
Hamburg, Jan. 17.?No doubt remains
that the German steamer-Acilia is lost
with its forty-eight and fifty passengers.
A teleKram from Punta Arenas, Chile, to
day, says that the bodies of two of her
officers were picked up today among a
mass of wreckage in Moat Channel,, north
ofPicton Island, Tierra del Fuego, In
dians in the vicinity declare that a big
steamer sank there some time ago. The
Acilia was a vessel of 3,600 tons net, built
in 1900 and chartered by the Kosraos line.
She left Corral, Chile, on Oct. 27 for Ham
A telegram from Valpairiso on Wednes
day last reported the finding of two of
the Acllia's boards in Aguire bay, Tierra
delFuegro, contalng the bodies of her
second mate and two seamen.
"WITHIN LAW" POPULAR.
Play May Be Returned for a
The Atlanta public has paid a fine tri
** 41it7'i-k'n 4-k/\ T ow" on/1 tlifl OTPPl.
UULC bU H iUlllli L/IIO juau U11U UMW
lent cast of which Clara Joel js the head.
With Its return this week for'its full week
the play attracted a greater crowd than
upon its first visit. The gross for the
week was larger than that which "Ben
Hur" drew, while last night was the lar
gest of the entire engagement. Yester
day's matinee was sold out from top to
bottom, and more than 2,000 persons were
actually turned away?thii without any
So enormous was the popularity Of the
play and so many hundreds were disap
pointed in their efforts to see it, that Man
ager Homer George has asked the play be
? a 3 ' " *.%11 1 r?i n flm cOnCAn I
recurueu tur ti iuii i^cn. lawi iu
with the same cast. > Manager 'Dillon, of
the company, has also joined in this re
quest. When the prines are considered,'
the gross amount of business done be- j
comes phenomenal; and Atlanta has sure
ly earned its right to being put on the
weekstand basis. This week "Peg o' My
Heart" will be given a week, and it looks
as if it will equal or beat the engagement
of "Within the Law."
FOR INCOME TAX
L. M. Overtreet of Aiken, In
spector; \V. H. Ross of Wal
lialla and J. F. Mcintosh of
Lynchburg, Officer Deputies;
S. Frank Parrot of Gaflney,
Washington, Jan., 17. (Special).?The
commissioner of internal revenuo today
named collectors of the income tax for
South Carolina, as follows:
Inspector, L. M. Overstreet. Aiken; office
deputies, W. H. Ross, Waihalla, and J. F.
Mcintosh, Lynchburg; Held deputy, S.
Frank Parrot, GalTney.
The inspetor and field deputy receives
salaries of sixteen hundred dollars and
travelin ^allowance of twelve hundred
dollars. The office deputies each" receives
salary of twelve hundred dollars.
Washington, Jan., 17.?Individuals whose
net income from March 1,1913, was $2,5uo
or more must make returns of their an
nual nat income for the year, according to
a regulation issued today by the treasury
department. The tax for 1193 is'assessed
only for the ten months mentioned.
Hereafter only persons having incomes of
$3,000 or more must make returns.
Beginning witli this issue of the Press
and Banner an exceptionally fine contin
ued story will run in each issue until com
Don't miss the first issue and you will be
sure to keep up with the story to the end.
Try DeWitt's Golden Liniment. There
Is nothing better. Speed's Drug Store.
IHE FOSTER FAMILY
DAUGHTER OF THE AMER
ICAN REVOLUTION SEEKS
INFORMATION OF HER
Hoi:. W.yatt Aikeu Has the Re
cords at Washington Thor
Willington, S. C., Jan. 8, 1914.
Mr. Hufrh Wilson. Abbeville. S. C.
Dear Mr. Wilson: You probably know '
Robert Foster Morris, of Willingtoil. I am
his eldest daughter, Fannie Morris Aber
crombie. 1 am trying to trace my old Fos
ter ancestry, and have been referred to
you as possibly being able to give me
some information. A good many years
ago, between thirty-five and forty, I think,
there was a celebration of the centennial
of old Cedar Springs church, and in your
paper, "The Press and Banner," you pub
lished a long article about it, giving a list
of the Fosters of that community. A copy
of that edition was in the hands of a mem
ber Of our family for a long time, but in
some way was destroyed. I have the Fos
ter line as far back as Robert Foster who
was born in 1776, and married Elizabeth
Clark. Robert's mother was Nancy Pat- ]
ten. but I do not know what his father's
name was. Can you tell me what it was
and any Revolutionary history about him?
I have been told he was killed by the
Tories somewhere between Troy and Long
Cane, and was burled there with a lot of
others. I am giving, a list of Fosters in
the Revolution. Do you know anything
Alexander Foster, in Capt. Joseph Cal
houn's Co., 1780-'81. - ..
Andrew' Foster, Sumter's Brigade, 1780
'Q1 # *
Daniel Foster, Commissary and Capt.,
1780-'81-'82. . v
Henry Foster, 1779-'81.
Isham Foster, Roebuck's Regt.
James Foster, service jri 1779-'83. Under
Capt. McGaw, 1780, and Capt. Joseph Cal
John Foster, 1779-1781.
Moses Foster, Roebudk's Regt..
Robert Foster, Capt. Dawson's Co., 1779
Samuel Foster, Capt. Dawson's Co., 1779,
under Capt. Pickens, 1779-'?3.
Samuel Foster, Jr., in Capt. Dawson's
I% will appreciate any information you
may be able to tfive me.
Fannie Morris Abercrombie.
"On receipt of the above letter the matter
was referred to Congressman Aiken,
which elicited the following interesting
Washington, D. C.. Jan. 13, 1914.
H6n. Wyatt Aiken,
House of Representatives.
Dear Sir: I have the honor to acknow
ledge receipt of your letter of yesterday,
with which you inclose one, herewith re
turned, from Mrs. T. F. Abercronibie, of
Wellington, South Carolina, who desires to
obtain information relative to the service
in the Revolutionary War of Alexander,
Andrew, Daniel. Henry, Isham, James,
John, Moses, Robert and Samuel Foster.
all presumabljfrof South Carolina or North
Carolina, said to have served in various
organizations named by your/ correspon
dent. In response to your request for the
desired information, I have the honor to
iuform you that the Revolutionary War
records on lile in this office show as fol-'
flnp TTpnrv "Foster served in Cantain c
George Liddell's Company, 3d South Caro
lina Regiment, Continental Troops, com
manded by Colonel William Thomson.
His name appears on the pay rolls of the
company from July, 1775), to November
1779, without remark relative to his ser
vice. Neither the date of his enlistment
nor the date or the manner of the termina
tion of his service has been found of re
One John Foster served as captain in
Henry Hampton's Regiment of Light Dra
goons, South Carolina Troops, commanded
by Brigadier General Sumter. His name
appears on a pay roll dated March 6, 1782,
which shows that nis service began April
5, 1781, and that the time of his service
was five months, and bears the following
remark relative to him: ''Supernumer
ary." No later record of him has been
One Robert Foster, rank not stated,
served in Major John Baptist Ashe's Com
pany, 1st North Carolina Battalion, com
manded by Colonel Thomas Clark. His
name appears only on roll dated Septem
ber 8,1778, which shows that he enlisted
September 10,1777, to serve three years.
No record has been found in this ofliee of
the service in any organization of South
Carolina troops in the Revolutionary War
of any other persons bearing the name
Henry Foste* or John Foster. Neither the
name Alexander, Andrew, Daniel, Isham,
James, Moses, nor the name Samuel, Fos
ter has been found on the rolls, on lile in
this Department, of any organization of f(
South Carolina or North Carolina troops, s
or of any organization of Continental f(
troops from those States,t in service in the ];
War of the Revolution, nor has the name n
Kobert Foster been found on the rolls of
any organization of South Carolina troops
in service in that war.
The collection of Revolutionary War re
cords in this Department is far from com
plete, and it is suggested as a i>ossibility ?
that some information relative to the per- a
sons in question can be obtained from the ^
State Historical Commission, Columbia,
South Carolina, or from the State Auditor
of North Carolina, Raleigh, or from the
Commissioner o?Pension, Washington, D.
C., which last-named oflieinl is the custo
dian of the pension and land warrant re- s
cords of the Revolutionary War. b
- -Very respectfully, o
' Geo. Andrews,
/ The Adjutant General.
"Washington, D. C., Jan. 16,1914.
lon. Wyatt Aiken, -v
House of Representatives.
My dear Mr. Aiken: In response to
,'our communication of the fourteenth' in-,
slant, requesting information for Mrs. T.
?. Abercrombie, of Willington, South Caro
ina, I have the honor to advise you, that
;he papers in claim, Wid. File No, 7,303,
Revolutionary War, show that Barbara
?oster, widow of -Samuel Foster, applied
or a pension October 15,1857, while ninety
ive years of age, and a resident of Haber
sham County, Georgia. She stated that
ler husband served in Colonel Anderson's
-egiment of South Carolina troops, and
ler claim was, allowed for his service of
;ight months and twenty days as a pri
vate of Calvary, dates or enlistment and
lischarge, and particulars of service not
Samuel Foster married near Laurens, in
Laurens District, South Carolina, October
10, 1786, Barbara Garmon. He uiedSep
;ember 16,1829, at Clayton, Rabun County,
Georgia, and she died January 29, 1865, at
Brier Creek, White County, Georgia, where *
she had resided with her 6on, Robert Fos
;er, who was seventy years of age 1H 1867,
md the only one of their ten children
Those name is stated. V?:-. "7' >> >
' There is no further fan^ily data.
Very truly yours,
G. M. Saltzgaber,
. .r :
Washington, D. C., Jan. 16,1914. \
Hon. Wyatt Aiken,
House of Representatives.
any aear air. AiKen: in response to
pour request of the fourteenth histaift, I
aave the honor to enclose the military hls
iory of the only Samuel Foster, of North
>r Soutb Carolina, found on the Revolu
tionary, War records of this Bureau, and
to advise you that said records fail to af
ford any information in regard to Alexan
ler, Andrew, Daniel, Henry, Isham, James,
rohn, Moses and Robert Foster, described
jy Mrs. T. F. Abercrpmbie. N ?
This Bureau has no record of a soldier
)f the Revolution, unless a claim for pen
sion or bounty land has been filed on ac
:ount of his services.
Very truly yours,
? G. M. Saltzgaber, "
3ver 25 High Schools are to
Participate in the Meet. *
The second annual high school athletic
ind oratorical contest will be held at the
Jniversity of South Carolina on April 23
tnd 24. Over 25 high schools ar) to partl
iipate in the meet this year. Any infonnar
;ion in regard to the meet may be had
rom Prof. B. C. Burts, Greenville, 8. C.
Ui participants will be guests of the stu
lent body of the University.
The University of South Carolina re
lumed work Monday, January 5, after ten
lays of rest for the holidays.
The-mid-year examinations are only two
veeks ofT now, and the students are work
ng hard in order to be ready for them.
With the convening or the Legislature
n the city Tuesday the students of the
Jniversity will for the next forty days be ^
ifTorded ample opportunity to observe the
vorkings of our law makers.
The University was well represented at
;he Student Volunteer meeting .held in
iansas City during the holidays.
Preparations for the celebration of Foun
lers* Day at the University are well ad
anced. A meeting of the General Alumni
Association will be held on that date.
Two well known educators have been se
ured to speak on Founders' Day. Chas*
j. llaper, dean of the graduate school and
irofessor of economics at tne University
>f North Carolina, who is at present study
ng economic conditions in South Carolina,
vill speak in the afternoon. Dr. George
I. Denny, president,of the University of
Llabama, one of the best known educators
>f the South, will speak^ in the evoning of
he 15th. ,
Dr. Josiah Morse, professor of phlloso
)hy, was elected vice president of the '
iouthern Society of Philosophy and Psy
:h'ology, which met in Atlanta during the
lolidays. E. U.Bradley.
. C. S. Coiiipton in City.
Mr. C. S. Compton, traveling passenger
igent for the S. A. L. railway, was in the
ity for a few hours on business yester
Mr. Compton was reared in old Abbeville
Jounty, now the Greenwood section, and
le comes from good people.
The Press and Banner wishes him the
est of everything in his new position.
former Abbeville High School
Boy Wins Medal.
Mr. Eustace Bradley, who is to be grad
ated from the University of South Caro
na in February, and who is a graduate of
he Abbeville High School, lias won the $25
ledal offered the class of the University
y the Stato U. D. C.'s. The medal was of
ered for the best essay on some subject
uggested by the Daughters of the Con
jderacy. Mr. Bradley is to be congratu
itod on winning the medal, as there were
lany contestants for the prize.
Notice of City Registration.
The city books of registration are now
pon for registration of qualified electors,
nd will remain open until April 1,1914, at
lio office of the City Clerk.
T. G. Perrin, Registrar.
District Manager with ability to secure
ub-agents.for a wonderful invention em
odying six new patented points, placing
ur'Portable Gasoline Lamp on a par with
lectricity. Agents coining money.
Allen-Sparks Gas Light Co.,