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IIMPI IPJTFI) IN
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I STEALING PLOT
|ffe had in our last issue an ac
I'rnt of the good stealing that ft as
;n going on at Dargan's for someie,
but we did not have it all.
ery day brings to view new ramiitions
of the big business Horace
Knight, wholesaler, was doingL
ice our last issue, about twenty
aer persons have been implicated
d have pleaded guilty in the Say's
court to receiving stolen propZy.
Among them were: Lawyer
i wan, J. R. Wilson, Richard Wilis
Weston Richey, Sam .Quarles,
nie Brown, Willie Brown, Sam
wards, Tommie Gray, Homer
itt, and Reter Hunter, who re
ved fines in varying amounts ac ding
to the amounts of the purises.
Several parties have volunily
returned articles bought
m Horace, and each day Horace
oka of others who should return
:er articles. Mr. Dargan has reared
about one hundred and twen.Ive
dollars worth of property and
;h day is recovering more. If
race's memory holds out he may
over considerably more. Horace
i been with Mr. Dargan for sev 1
years, but his accounts of his
dings so far oaly go back to Oct:
I IT. wnen ne opens up on nutieat
1 mediaeval history, -we shall
>bahly hear from outer tranaacns.
Mr. Dargan kept Horace all
*e years because, as lie stated, he
s "strictly honest," and not b?ise
he was a good worker.
otton Selling Balks
at Drop iji Price
Abbeville cotton buyers and
ighers have had comparatively
ie to do in the past week or .ten
78 owing to the sensational drop in
ces, due perhaps to Secretary
ising's statements on the peace
lation. Probably a half dozen
es have been sold on the local
rket yrithin the past ten days,
i no lots at all have been offered,
(n the opinion of C. E. Williamson,
.ocal buyer, whatever cotton is
t in the country will be held urithe
price again touches the 20c.
rk at least
Cotton is bringing 16 %c. in Abrille
Show Good Profits
\a usual the bai ks of Abbeville
I pay their semiannual dividends
he National Lank of Abbeville 4
s cent, on a capital stock of $75,0,
and .the Fanners' Bank of Abille
4 per cent, on same amount
Che Abbeville cotton mills have
1 a most successful year.- Besides
ing their usual sefari-annual djviod
of 3 per cent they have spent
eral thousand dollars on repairing
3 property and are now installing
ter-works and a sewerage system,
t mill put into effect on the first
r of 1917 the group insurance
n.. This protects the family of
ry employe in case of death to
amount of one year's wages a?
ned by the deceased.
iveral New Year
With the coming of the New Year
re are-several changes in the
-M xi ?j ? n
I-jmess me 01 me city, oam uar!e,
who has been with A. M. Hill
many years, goes to Mabry's for
} next year, while Andrew Hill
1 take his place with A. M. Hill,
S. Ellis will go to the J. Allen
dth Co., taking the pice of Frank
erard, who will open, a store in
lhoun Falls, J. V. Elgin will go
the road traveling and his place
McMurray's will be taken by Lun
Lomax. Ansel Putman will be
bh the Bowden-Simpson Co., for
s year. .
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Oirs. Vjeorge renney win rest
ring the months of January and
bruary, after which she will fce
fch Philson, Eenry Co., for the
THE NEW YEAR.
*he wing of the old year was
-aided last Sunday by the tolling
the church bells of the city for
e minutes before twelve o'clock,
1 the New Year was ushered in
h the bright and joyous ringing
IB $11 the bells in the city, a custom
the old country, which was startft
many years ago by Judge Benet
Id which has been kept up ever
tVIfllTORS FROM NEW YORK.
I Mr. and Mrs. Walter D. Tusten
II their bright little daughter,
B no, are in Abbeville this week vising
at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
f. W. Bradley. They have visited
i Abbeville before and have many
riends who are glad to see them.
f M? Tnafan V>oa a flnnrislii'ncf hllAi.
r38- in New York and it gives his
^me people pleasure to know that
I is succeeding in his chosen field.
IVfr. and Mrs. Tusten have been
Irmingly entertained at several
liners and teas since their arrival
I the city.
DAWN OF 191
Teutons Ready to Discuss Peace?
Allies Determined Not to End the
War Yet.?Changes in War Map
During 1916?Von Mackensen's
Army Continues Advance From
Mountains to the Danube River.
The dawn of 1917 finds the belligerent
armies temporarily, at least,
virtually deadlocked everywhere except
in Rumania. It finds also in the
air a suggestion by the Teutonic allies
that they are ready to discuss
peace but no basis for the ending of
hostilities has yet been advanced by '
them and the Entente Allies have j
signified their determination toy continue
fighting until their oft-repeat- 1
ed desires are complied with. (
The war map in the main theatres
of the war at the commencement of J
the new year shows at numerous I
points material change in the lines .
as they stood a year ago. On the
front in France the Germans in the
Somme region have been driven back j
1? ? ei??i. ?nn? #w\n+a rtf rnnflid
oy uie jcxcuv-u viu
erable size while the Germans in the
Verdun sector made notable gains <
toward the fortress but later lost <
part of the terrain through a French
counter-offensive; the Italians hrve (
advanced their line on the east closer 1
toward Triest and the Entente Allies
operating from Saloniki have placed
the Serbians on their native soil 1
again and also have pushed forward '
their lines at various points in Macedonia.
V SECOND' REGIMENT V
V SENDS GREETINGS V
V El Paso, Texas, Dec. 31.? V
V The officers and men of the V
V Second South Carolina Infan- V
V try extend to the people of V
V South Carolina our heartfelt V
V and sincere good wishes for a V ;
V happy and prosperous New :
V Year. To the lathers and V '
V mothers, brothers and sisters, V 1
V urittoo sweethearts and V
V friends who have made the V '
V sacrifices and borne the bur- V ]
V dens of our absence, we ex- V '
V- tend our love, .sympathy r .and VJ
V appreciation, /we work to A '
V honor you and, the State we V
V love. We wish for the State/ V 1
V a continuance of peace, p*os- V 1
^ perity and good government. V
V Springs, Commanding. V j
VViVVVV vv v. VV VV ]
AUDITOR'S OFFICE WAS '
BUSY PLACE SATURDAY 1
Several hundred taxpayers from ,
all parts of the county took advan- j
tage of the last opportunity to pay ,
their taxes without the penalty last ]
Saturday. Auditor Sondley's office 1
was the busiest place in town, re- ,
ceivitg something over $20,000 in
taxes' during the day. i
WITH THE METHODISTS.
Prayer service Wednesday evening j
at 7:30. Sunday school next Sunday 1
at 10 o'clock. Regular preaching <
services Sabbath morning by the j
pastor. We expect to nave Rev. j
Mr. Blackford with us Sunday night, i
The public is invited to attend all j
these services. You will find a hearty '
welcome. Come and worship with <
Jack and Hugh Bradley have big
money now. Their uncle Walter
came down from New York Thursday
and gave each of them three paper
dollars, which they are carrying
around in their new pocket books
given them by their Sabbath school
teacher. Hugh also has one dollar 1
1 W. TT.,?V, TOilcron
extra given nun uy nu. xiugu nuo?..
as he is named for Mr. Wilson. Jack
has no dollar to match this one, as
he tells us he was "named for a
dead man." Of course if Mr. Wilson i
should send a dollar to Jack, in view 1
of the misfortune he suffered in not \
being named for a live man, Jack 1
would also have four dollars. ]
for Alexander Dick
The friends in Abbeville of Alex
Dick were much pleased last week ,
to see the news in the different pa- 1
pers that he had been awarded a
Rhodes Scholarship and will be the ,
next South Carolina boy to go to j
Oxford. Alex lived in Abbeville for ,
a number of years and is a great '
favorite with our people, who are re
joiced at his good luck.
Alex is a graduate of the College :
- ? - ' J-i- - r 1
of Uharieston ana is uie iuuiw >m>- ,
dent of this institute to secure a
Rhodes scholarship. He is at pres- ,
ent a professor in the North Carolina
Mechanical and Industrial Col- ,
FRANK SHERARD LEAVES. ,
Frank Sherard and his uncle, Mr ,
S. F. Gibert, have opened up a new i
store in Calhoun Falls. Frank left ,
on Monday to take up his new work. 1
The firm is known as The S. F. j
Sherard Co., and is a general mer- (
chandise business. Friends give j
Frank up with regTet, but wish him j
every success in this new line. j
TO CLEAR W.
The proposition of paving
principal business streets of A
city council's meeting next Tu<
matter will officially come befo
Several members of the cit
vate citizens have expressed th
Tvomnn +Vi?k omiora onrl at
ICi Ui pa V111^ lilV/ UV^UUX Vy UUV4
having the way made clear for
time to time by amending the <
is among the strong advocates o
opinion the matter will be 1
delegation. Dr. F. E. Harrisc
Bank, and one of Abbeville's 1
says that while he is not fami
sondition, he regards the matte
thinks that whatever steps nece
it once should be taken.
Besolutions will be present*
3d, at council's meeting Tues
delegation to the legislature to
?ssary to begin the paving at o:
TERM OF OFFICE
Drastic legislation in reference to
sheriffs will be introduced at the
forthcoming session of the General
Assembly of South Carolina, according
to recent reports.
Representative Paul B. Ellis of
Greenwood county, is framing a bill,
which he will introduce next month;
which provides for an amendment to
the State Constitution which will
require that sheriffsbeeleefced *
term of six years and then be ineligible
to reelection. Mr. Ellis, it is
stated, believes that the bill will be
favorably received and is hopeful
af its passage. Before ther War Between
the States, the laws of this
itate limited sheriffs to a number
terms, but' the sheriffs sometimes
managed to havetheir deputies election
in their stead, were then appointed
deputies to their former
deputies, and at the .close of the
term again ran for re-election. Sheriff
Robert Macbeth of Union County,
who served in this office probably
longer than any other man, is said
to haye held on to the office in this
Governor Manning is reported to
tiave said at the recent Conference
af Governors In Washington that he
favored vesting the State chief exe:utive
with the rights to remove sheriffs
for failure to perform their duty
rhis the governor cannot now do because
of the decision of the State
Supreme Court in the case of Sheriff
Huckabee of Kershaw county,
who was removed by Governor Manning,
but reinstated by the decision,
rhe recent controversy between
Sheriff Ashley of Anderson and Governor
Manning, which brought about
the sending of the coast artillery to
Anderson in the Gluck and Equinox
mills strikes may lead to the proposal
at the next session of a cohstitational
amendment empowering the
:hief executive to remove a sheriff
for cause. The Governor under the
Constitution is charged with the execution
of the laws, but has no power
iver a sheriff should he fail to do
A NEW SCHOOL TEACHER.
Miss Rose Powell, of Pansy, Ga.,
arrived in Abbeville Monday and
aegun work as teacher of the fourth
?rade in the Graded school Tuesday,
taking the place of Miss Britt, who
resigned before the holidays. Miss
Powell comes with high recommendations
and enters with spirit upon
the discharge of her duties.
COL. R. W. SMITH HERE.
Col. R. W. Smith was in the city
Saturday. He has left the city and
mswTAsI 4-a fViQ AAimfmr anrl will n*n
IUWCU W WIV vvmiw4 j J Mtiv* ?? ...
jrate a farm near Watts during the
pear. He told us Saturday of some
Df his trials in the country already,
and he begins to long for the boys
about town, especially on Sundays.
He will have a letter in next week's
issue on some of his experiences in
the country, and he wishes all persons
in town who desire to go to the
iear old country?time to read this
letter before making the move.
MISS CELIA CHALMERS HOSTESS
Miss Celia Chalmers, in honor of
her 13th birthday crave a spend-theday
partv on last Friday to twelve
of her pari friends. A delightful
turkey dinner was enjoyed at midday
anu tt very picaaanv UOJ rr?o
The young girls were: Misses Virginia
Lesley, Mildred Cochran. Margaret
Cox. Howard Hill, Martha
Pletcher Biggs. Mary Louise Dargan,
Florence and Maria Neuffer, Helen
and Grace Milford.
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1917 WILL :
LL BE ASKEDi
AY FOR PAVING
the square and several of the
.bbeville will doubtless feature
jsday/ night at which time the
re that body.
y council and a number of priLemselves
as favoring the matfc
least four miles of street and
additional street paving from
3ity charter. Mayor Gambrell
f the paving projeckand in his
eft entirely with the county'
n, president of The Farmers
nost prominent business men,
liar with the citv's financial
r of paving as a necessity and
ssary to have the work started
id, and in all probability adoptday
night asking the county
make whatever provision necttce.
FOUND DEAD IN
NEW JERSEY HOTEL
Elizabeth, N. J., Dec. 28?John W
Davis, sheriff of Oconee County,
South Carolina, and William C. Foster,
superintendent of prisons of the
same county, were found dead today
from the effects of inhaling illumiiiaWinr
eras. .The officials had come
SbSTWalhalla, S. C., to take back
John Walker, a negro, accused of
murder in Oconee, S. C. The police
af6 conViiidett their" deaths' were accidental.
News Reaches Columbia. ,
Columbia, Dec. 28.?Sheriff John
W. Davis and W. C. Foster, of Oconee
County, South Carolina, were
found dead, asphyxiated by illuminating
gas, in their room at an Elizabet,
N. J., hotel this morning, according
to a telegram received at
the Governor's office here from the
chief of the county detectives at
The two South Carolina officers
were in New Jersey with a requisition
for the return to this State of
John Walker, a negro, wanted at
Oconee County for alleged murder.
Two Honored Officials.
Walhalla, Dec. 28.?In the deaths
of Sheriff John W. Davis and Supervisor-William
C. Foster, Oconee and
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wamaua nave iust two vmuauie ciuzens.
News of their untimely end
came here today in messages from tho
Governor's office in Columbia, casting
a gloom over the entire community.
The news began quickly to
spread to other sections of the county,
and this evening there is sincere
sorrow among the.citizens in every
section of the county.
Sheriff Davis and Supervisor Foster
left Walhalla Monday morning
for Elizabeth, N. J., where the sheriff
was to receive custody of a negro
man wanted in Oconee to answer
to the carge of murder. Supervisor
Foster had accompanied Mr. Davis
in the capacity of deputy, going for
the purpose of bringing back an
other negro, who is under arrest as
a material witness.
Oconee never had two more able
or efficient officers than Mr. Davis
and Mr. Foster, both of whom assumed
charge of their respective offices
four years ago, each having been reelected
in the priamry elections this
year to serve four years more.
Sheriff Davis leaves a wife, who
was a Miss Adams; two sons and one
daughter, the youngest about twelve
years of age, the oldest about sixteen
He was about 40 years of age and a
native of Oconee, being a son of the
late Lawrence 0. Davis. His aged
mother, with two brothers and three
sisters, also survive him. He was a
members of the Baptist Church and
was identified with the Knights of
Pythias, Odd Fellows, Heptazaphs
and Woodmen of the World. South
Carolina has never produced a better
officer and Oconee's loss is indeed
great in his untimely death.
? 7 1
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Coleman
have returned to their home in New
London, Conn., after a pleasant visit
to Abbeville. Our people found Mrs.
Coleman a charming and an at
tractive woman, wnue tne boyhood
friends rejoice in the happiness and
prosperity of an Abbeville boy, Mr.
Coleman being th'e head of the Department
of Mathematics of the
Buckley High School for boys, and
on the staff of the Keewayden Camp, 1
a summer school on Lake Timagami
in the northern part of Ontario,
Fact Negotiations to End War Still
Are in Progress Gives Hope for
Ultimate Settlement of Dispute?
National Capital Awaits Reply of
Entente to President Wilson's
Suggestion of Terms.
With the entente powers' note rejecting
Germany's peace proposals
forwarded by the United States to
the capitals of the central allies, the
dawn of the New Year 1917 found
the first move for peace in Europe a
Peace advocates in Washington
settled down to await the reply of
the entente to President Wilson's
suggestion that they make clear
their peace terms. Only the fact
that peace negotiations were still in
progress, despite the tenuous nature
of the peace correspondence, gave
hope for the ultimate settlement of
the dispute between the warring nations.
While admitting that the immediate
outlook for peace is black, diplomatic
Washington generally took
the position tonight that 1917 will
see the end of the contest in Europe.
The confidential peace negotiations
looking toward the discussion
of peace terms through the United
States are already under way.
V SEIZES COAL AND I V
V - GIVES IT TO POOR V
V Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 31. V
V ?Under cover of darkness, V
Nj John Macvicar, mayor, last V
V night seized the third car of V
V coal in his effort to check the V
V local fuel famine. The coal V
V was diftributed to the poor V
V by firemen and policemen. V
V Charges of illegal combina- V
V tion to control prices have S
V been made in a suit filed here V
V against fiftten local dealers V
V by an attorney on behalf of V
? ^ H - : V
No, that wasn't a British "tank"
you saw creeping through the square
Saturday. The only war that giant
tractor will participate in is the war
J. A. Gilliam is waging on red clay.
He seems determined to "unearthen"
things on his farm and if this tractor
shows ability reinforcements
will be forthcoming.
Mr. Gilliam, who is one of Abbeville
county's foremost farmers and
business men, has purchased & large
Case tractor for turning his land.
The tractor, which was delivered
SaturdayK is especially designed^for
deep plowing and will do the work
of six to eight mules. Mr. Gilliam
says that while he does not expect
the tractor to work successfully on
all parts of his farm he has plenty
of land on which the machine can
be used, and if found satisfactory he
will at once buy one or two additional
TO ESTABLISH BANK SOON.
Effort* of Capital City, Supported by
Sitter Cities of State, Hare Re- ,
suited in Success. ,
Washington, Jan.' 2.?The farm
loan board last week designated 12
cities where Farm Loan Banks will
be located. They are: Springfield,
Mass.; Baltimore, Columbia, S. C.;
Louisville, St. Louis, Omahp, Wichita
Houston, Berkley, Spokane, New Orleans,
Columbia district covers North
Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia
and Florida. The New Orleans district
includes Alabama and the Louisville
district includes Tennessee.
THE HOLIDAYS OVER.
The young people who came home
for/the holidays, have returned to
their respective college, the visitors
l?#.knitlr Tirnrlr an/1
Iiavc ^UIIC uav.iv uv buwu vrvr*** m?*v*
the town has settled down to its
accustomed quiet. Every one seemed
to enjoy the Christmas season
and look forward to the new year
with pleasure and confidence. There
was no untoward happening to mar
the pleasure of the season in Abbeville.
SIX KILLED IN
Jacksonville, Dec. 22.?Engineers
E. M. Lee, and C. M. Coxwell, Conductor
C. R. Payne, and three negro
trainmen, were killed when a doubleheader
freight on the Seaboard Air
Line, ran into a washout near Lake
City, Florida. The train was run_
-B m.ii.1 a . T i . MI
rung irom lananassee to jacKSonvuie
DISTINGUISHED VISITORS. ' 1
Judge Joseph T. Johnson, of the
Western District of South Carc%ia,
was in the city on yesterday, visiting i
his nephew, Mr. Herbert L. Allen.
He was accompanied by Broadus !
Knight, Clerk of the Federal Court
in this district. j
"SUGAR" WATT 1 I
VUU5 III III I I I ,
Every man wants to do a little \|Bj
bragging on himself every now and -V-A*
again, and Alderman Henry is no yjaB
exception to the role. Like every
other vain man he finds oat who is yWM
interested in him and who . believe#
what he says about himself. His vk- a
tim is his cousin, Dave Hill. He _
tells Dave all about what a good
business man he is and how much "
money ne maices?in Iact ne teli*
him a great deal that he does not'
tell the tax collector. ' -9
Friday-morning the Alderman had *oai
about finished taking stock and running
up his business statement for ,Pm
the year. The balance was on the ,%!W
right side, and he was feeling good. | .
Seeing his cousin Dave coming down.
the street he called him over to get :-|i
some of the good feeling out of
his system. After doing so, in order
to impress on Dave just how fine a. .?
business man be is, ne put, on on?
of his meanest expressions and - 1
said that he be darned, (or wonji ;r- M
of the same general effect) "if any- -$1
body can come in my store and :|8
steal a lot of stuff/ like the . boy at . -a
Damn's has done. I have good >1
clerks wht/ keep a. watch on thing* ?|
and I am a regular HawkshaW a?-r; M
tective myself." He added a few" :-M
more expressions which duly imprest- 3
ed cousin Dave that a culprit who''
tried to steal from cotutin Albert .
would be up agaihBt a real job; ' 7 H
"Sugar" Watt, the AldeTman'gS^foffijM
package boy, was standing on the \ ;;J
corner with his back to his boss, but .
he heard what he said. While the : fl
Alderman was impressing on cousin vhIHI
Dave his great business qualities, the \.^B|
butler, in order to show his disgust, ft '
went into the Btore and nickfed up a yM
new mesh bag, then ne stepped vfl
across the street and sold it. Having
gotten the price, he went through ^
the store and with half of the money ; ''rj
from the mesh bag he paid Ifr. 1 M
Philson fifty cents n* had borrowed w
from the Alderman. He then pro- ,j|
ceeded out on the sidewalk where the 'l
Alderman was still talking to_cowdn '
uave, ana toia mm tnat Mr. rmison
was.iBrett7 busy an? fta
Wanted him in the store. Aa the ^9
Alderman disappeared behind the- r / &?
closed door "Sugar"' gave one of J|
His loudest guffaws to let the other 1 ?|]
package boys about town know that
he had made another touchdown on %,?&
Merchant Henry. ,J
Mrs. A. M. Stone J
Reported Improving . (1
The many friends in Abbeville of '$!
Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Stone have been '
greatly distressed lately by the news > :>S|
of the serious illness of Mrs. Stone ' r^la
in the Baptist Hospital in Columbia. '^afl
The following from the Columbia ' \|8
Record will be reassuring to her j
many friends who hope for her a ' , Jl
speedy recovery: "Mrs.
A. M. Stone, who has been
seriously ill at the Baptist hospital
for several days, was reported as :-M
resting comfortably at midnight Sat- .'M
urday. Dr. W. E. Etter of Rogers,
Texas, Dr. H. S. Etter of Rural Be- :M
lief, Va., and Mrs. H. G. Ccpenimve-of
Crockett, Va., came to Columbia
several days ago to visit Mrs. Stone, J
their sister." / ;'-M
Rev. Mark Grier i
111 With Pneumonia ';i
Rev. Mark jB. Grier, a Presbyterian
Missionary,, sent out by the Ab- \
beville church many years ago, who
is at home for a few months in order
to regain his health, is very ill at 7
Due West with pneumonia. Mr.
liner is a orotner 01 tne late ur. w,?
M. Grier, and of Prof. Paul L. Grier, >?
of Erskine college. He has many
friends in Abbeville who regret to
learn of his extreme illness and who
hope for him an early recovery.
CALHOUN MILLS HAS
CLUB FOR ITS HELP
In order to encourage its people
to save a part of their , earnings each
week the Calhoun Mills, Calhoun
Falls, has organized a Christmas
Savings club to run for a period of
50 weeks, beginning with the first
week of January and paying off ten
days before Christmas. The weekly
payments to the club range from %
five cents a week to $6 a week, the
smallest amount any member will
draw out being $2.60 while the largest
amount will be $257.60. Six per
cent interest is paid on au money
deposited. ' v
By joining the club the operatives **
<vill have a nice little sum saved up
for their shopping next Christmas ,
and the small weekly payments will I
scarcely be missed. If for any reason
a member does not continue the
payments throughout the year,
whatever amount is paid in will be
promptly delivered at the appointed
7 ??? . ,
MISS BROWNLEE IS
APPOINTED A DEMONSTRATOR
Miss Ida Mae Brownies has been ' ^
appointed the county demonstrator
of the tomato club in Jasper county. '' V
She leaves this week for Winthrop, .-v'" ^1
where she will spend a month tak-. ' '
ing a special course in this work.
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