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TAX COMMISSION 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< to time." "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 taxes. Reconstruction System. "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 nual Income. "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 i innumerable special judges appointed from time to time. "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 I i ] l I 'l 1 I < ( 1 1 i 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, seem best. 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 setween individuals. "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 tion. "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 cessful confercnce. 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: Foreword. 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 ibroad. 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 Christian efficiency. 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 gation. , 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. Automobile Transfer. B. M. Jones. Ford Garage. Calls answered anywhere, anytime. 'Meet all trains. # Phone ue your wants. We generally have it. Miiford's Drug Store. THE GENERAL TRADE SITUATION WILL RULE THE COTTON MARKET THIS WEEK. BREAK AWAY FROM STATISTICS. 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 week. 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 100,000 bales. 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 erablc Kaolin. 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 done. 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 / P 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 papers. STEAMER LOST WITH EORTY-EIGHT MEN 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 burg. 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 Whole Week. 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 exaggeration. 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." COLLECTERS NAMED 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, Field Deputy. 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. Broadway Jones. Beginning witli this issue of the Press and Banner an exceptionally fine contin ued story will run in each issue until com pleted. 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 ANCESTORS. Hoi:. W.yatt Aikeu Has the Re cords at Washington Thor oughly Examined. 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 about them? 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 houn, 1779. John Foster, 1779-1781. Moses Foster, Roebudk's Regt.. Robert Foster, Capt. Dawson's Co., 1779 '83. Samuel Foster, Capt. Dawson's Co., 1779, under Capt. Pickens, 1779-'?3. Samuel Foster, Jr., in Capt. Dawson's Co., 1781-'82. I% will appreciate any information you may be able to tfive me. Very truly, Fannie Morris Abercrombie. "On receipt of the above letter the matter was referred to Congressman Aiken, which elicited the following interesting official particulars. 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-' lows: ' 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 cord. 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 found. 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. 1 I . "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 stated. v 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, "Commissioner. . .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, " i Commissioner. 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 lay. 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. Jan. 10,11)14. Agent Wanted. 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., Lansing, Mich.