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Abbeville Press and Banner
Established 1844. $2.00 the Year. Abbeville, S. C., Friday, October 17,1919. Single Copie*, Five Cento. ' 75th Year
Representative Belter Would Have
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Installments?Governor Cooper
I? Reticent?Figures To Prove
That Expenditure Would *
Save Millions for State.
Columbia, Oct. 15.?That the State
of South Carolina would save many
millions of dollars annually by the
flotation of a bond issue of $150,000,000
for the construction of a system
of permanent highways and
bridges, of which $15,000,000 would
be expended each year, is the opinion
expressed by R. B. Belser, a member
of the House of Representatives, in
a letter to Governor Cooper.
In his reply Governor Cooper does
not express an opinion as to the
feasibility of the bond issue proposed
by Mr. Belser, but discusses the proposed
highway bill drafted as the result
of conferences between him, the
members of the State highway commission
and department, and Thomas
P. Cothran, of Greenville, speaker of
the House of Representatives.
The Governor stated that a comnaninn
monsnro Kp HrnftoH for
presentation to the General Assembly
by which the various counties would
be allowed to vote on bond issues for
road improvement without the necessity
of a special enabling act being
passed. o
Would Prepare Program.
"As you know," said Mr. Belser's
letter, "I am very much interested
in securing road legislation which
-will get us somewhere on a roadbuilding
program for the State. If we
are to secure any legislation along
that line the coming session of the
Legislature, it is necessary now to
prepare a program and to get it before
the people of the State so that
the legislators may have an opportunity
to get the views of their constituents
on the plan proposed.
It will then be necessary in order
to carry through any comprehensive
plan, to conduct a systematic campaign
of education to show the people
of the State the desirability of
systematic, permanent road construction.
In other words, we will need
to create a popular demand, which I
know through ten years of legislative
experience is the only thing that will
get legislation through where a
heavy expenditure of money is involved.
Washington, Oct. 15.?The plan
%f senate leaders for a vo' i todr.y
on the Shantui.g amendment to the
peace treaty were abandoned late
this afternoon because of the num
ber of senators desiring to speak. A
vote may be taken tomorrow.
Rock Hill Fire Costly.
Rock Hill. Oct. 15.?Fire in onp
section of the big warehouse of the
John B. Roddey Cotton Company late
Sunday night partially destroyed 650
bales of cotton. The total loss is estimated
at approximately $100,000,
Several hundred bales of cotton were
stored in other sections of'the building,
but the fire was prevented from
f spreading to these.
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Washington, Oct. 15.?Warning
'that there is "real danger that the
government will fail' if it continues
'its attitude of "supine inaction" to|
ward the radical elements over the
country was given today in the senate
by Senator' Poindexter, Republican,
Referring to propaganda circulated
at Gary, Ind., urging steel workers to
revolt and establish a dictatorship,
Senator Poindexter said there was
| "ample proof of the revolutionary
! movement, not only at Gary, but
I throughout the country." Many of
i the strikes now in effect, he added,
jwere called "in pursuance of the re!
volutionists" plan to strici down ali
i government."
I The Washington senate- offeml a
j resolution asking why the department
of justice had not proceeded
against the circulators of revolutionary
propaganda. Senator Thomas,
! Democrat, Colorado, questioned the
j need for the resolution. He said the
j steel strikers in his state had no
, j grievance; that they were fighting for
nationalization of the steel industry.
' Senator Pomerene, Democrat, Ohio
remarked that. Tiis inf/vrmo+i/vn moo
' that the strike leaders were holding
out the inducement that the plants
soon would be in the employees'
, hands as a means of getting the men
to remain in the unions.
While the senate was discussing
- radicalism, the house foreign affairs
committee favorably reported a resolution
extending for one year wartime
passport restrictions so as to
exclude radicals and undesirable
aliens, thousands of whom are waiting
to Come to this country, according
to consular reports from abroad.
Before the house immigration committee,
Representative Weity. Democrat,
Ohio, urged that all aliens now
in the country be required to register
immediately and that undesirable
ones be deported without delay. He
declared that recent events at Gary
land Pittsburgh indicated that the
government should know the character
and whereabouts of all aliens in
the United States.
The house committee voted favorably
on the passport restriction legislation
after hearing testimony by
Secretary Lansing and other state departmerrt
officials who presented to
the committee reports of American
diplomatic and consular agents and
military and naval attaches in Eu:
rope all of whom joined in urging
continuance of the control.
j New York, Oct. 15.?Trading in
| the October delivery of cotton t>ctd
I oil on the New York produce exjche.ige
was ordered suspended today
|b<- i!:c Board of Managers. Inaoiii y
j?M:;e deliveries on October cj.i
, tracts due to the port strikes was
. given as the reason for the order.
The closing price of October 11 remains
in force for margin p irposes,
pending the suspension.
London, Oct. 15.?In conn?ctio:i
with the report from Germany that
England had invited Germany to co
' operate in the coercion of soviet
1 Russia, the correspondent of the Associated
Press learns that a corri1
munication of this nature was made
to Germany by the peace conferencc.
' Look-out Girls!
k Davis Kerr has been made a s-.jr
k geant at B. M. I. and is rnakinc: it'nc
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k other fellows step up lively those
k days. He has nothing on Father
- Kerr, who has for many years been
k i? Corpulent.
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Attends Supreme Court.
i Chief Justice Eugene B. Gary left
k this week to preside at the Octobei
,; term of the Supreme Court.
Washington, Oct. 15.?These are j
critical moments in American history,!1
and nervous exhaustion has now tak- (
en its second victim?Samuel Gomp- ?
ers, the foiemost spokesman of labor.
President Wilson lies ill at the White
House. Capital and labor needed his 1
inspiration to bring about agreement.!
| Now the head of the labor movement'
is suddenly subtracted from the con-(
jference, Rudderless and still without:
a strong enough feeling of compul-!
sion to take the initiative in vital:
questions, the industrial peace conference
moves on partly on hope,j
| partly on a blind confidence that j
j more discussion will bring something
j concrete, but mostly because of fear
j of what the public would say if the 1
conference died collapse. j
Every important conference has its
ups and downs. Xhe trouble with
the industrial peace conference really
is not an altogether too steadfast'
clinging to respective viewpoints, but!
a feeling of ignorance concerning the j j
extent to which concessions can or ]
will be made. The big steel strike <
was in the background of the minds ]
of the delegates when they got here. ?
Labor is disappointed that its simple
request for a committee to in- j c
vestigate the strike situation was i
refused. It seemed for a while as \ <
if labor would lose all confidence!
in the conference because ot that't
refusal. But something tangible hasj t
been offered which must keep labor |<
in attendance at the conference as1
heretofore. That something is a defi-i?
nite promise to get to work imme-j
diately upon a set of principles, in-)
eluding a court of conciliation, to;
j which the steel strike, the coal strike |
and other industrial difficulties may 1
be brought for adjudication. ' I
Washington, Oct. 15.?Secretary ji
of Labor Wilson announced tonight jj
that he had assumed jurisdiction un-|]
der the law as a mediator in the con- j ]
troversy between the coal miners and ]
operators of the central competitive ?
fields, which has resulted in a call
by the United Mine Workers of j
America for a strike on November l.ji
Secretary Wilson said that both i
John L. Lewis, acting president of i
the United Mine Workers, and Thomas
F. Brewster, president of the Coal <
Operators' association, had accepted
his invitation to confer with him and
that the conference would be .held
here Friday. i
Abbeville football team will J'
. play the Clinton High School eleven ]
j thi 5 afternoon at the Ball Ground at |4
J o'cloc1.:. The local team under the|]
, i coaching: of Neil Swetenbure has!
'I " ~ I,
!developed into an excellent f<?am an^ J
l'n; news from Clinton is that that
tca:;i is abeve the nver?.gv High 1
S hcol team. f
Greenville, S. C., Oct. 15.?In!
formation was received here at po.
lice headquarters here today of the
arrest at Salisbury, N. C., of a negro !
answering the description of and be
. lieved to be Joe Turner, the negro 1
, gambler wanted here for killing two 1
Greenville policemen October 5, following
a raid by the officers on a
' gambling game.
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Pars, Oct. 15.?The formal ratifi- s
cation of the peace treaty with Germany,
making that instrument effective,
will not take place this week,
as had been expected, it was an1
nounced tonight by the American i
; delegation to the peace conference, j(
? There has been indefinite postpone- 1
ment of this step, it was stated. *
Oct. 15.?President
SVilson had a good night's rest, and(l
:ontinues to show improvement, ae>pite
a slight headache, said a bulle- 1
;in today by his physicians. The ^ I
julletins, issued at 11:55 a. m., fol-^
ows: , '
"The president had a good night's ]
rest, enjoyed his breakfast , and, 1
iside from a slight headache, contin- <
les to make improvement. The condi-p
;ion which caused the restlessness i
)f Monday night, and about which j
Or. Fowler was consulted, gave no.'
;rouble during the night."
No serious consequences are ex-|.
jected from the gland swelling which 1
las caused President Wilson much.'
restlessness in the last thirty-six :
lours, according to officials at the
SVhite House this morning. :
The ailment, it is believed, will not <
nterfere with the general progress
>f recovery. 1
Five physicians are now in attendance
on the president. Dr. H. A. <
bowler, of Washington, was called in
:onnection with the gland swelling :
ate yesterday. The president is re- I
.ponding to Dr. Fooler's treatment. j
The cabinet will continue to meet ]
;ach Tuesday during the president's j <
llness and to plan to carry on the >perations
of the government.
At the meeting yesterday, Secreary
of Labor Wilson was assigned
;he task of averting the threatened
:oal strike.
The first regular meeting of the |
ocal Parent-Teacher association will1
>e held in the High School building,'
ruesday afternoon, October 21, at j1
i :30 o'clock.
Quite an interesting program has)
jeen prepared for the meeting and|
ncludes some special exercises by^
representatives of the three lower j
grades, a paper on "Obedience" byj(
Miss Mary Burton, one on, "Whatf
Mothers can do for Education," byj
Miss Gantt, and a vocal solo by Mrs.
F. D. Fulp. i
Those who have not yet joined the
association should do so at this meeting,
for the nature of the next program
depends upon the number of
members who join the association.
The suit of Mrs. Mary Blackstone
in the Court of Common Pleas
against the City for $2,999.99 for
personal injuries sustained when she
fell in a hole at the side of the footAn
Q Aiifli Moi'n cf p /1a_
(7<?bu va uvuui jjiaiu onctt nao uc~ ]
:ided Thursday for the defendant,
rhis is the second time this case has
lome to trial, the first trial resulting
in a hung jury.
The case of Barnes vs. Campbell
was decided for defendant. ^
The case of James Haddon, Administrator
for Maria Giles, colored,
vs. Southern Railyway Company, j
was decided for the defendant.
There will be no court here next
About 550 bales of cotton w2 :e j
;old on the Abbeville cotton market:
Wednesday, most of which brought. i
more than 35 cents per pound. The
market Thursday was also good.
Mr. Alvin Williams Very III.
The many friends of Mr. Alvin j
Williams will learn with regret that
lis condition is still very serious. Mr.
Williams has been sick for several! ]
weeks with t.vnlirviH -fovor Hia li+flo I
ion died Wednesday morning.
Painful Injury.
Mr. Harve Cochran was in town^
Wednesday wearing a black patch
)ver one eye. He is suffering an ^J
ibscess on his eye, brought on by,
i particle ot grit in his eye. j'
Paris, Oct. 15.?The Clemenceau
ministry was sustained in the chamber
of deputies this afternoon by a
yote of 324 to 132. The premier
thus victoriously emerged from the
bitterest and best organized assault '
which the ministry has ever faced.
The chamber adopted the cabinet's
policy on the chronological order of
the elections, placing the legislative
elections first, on November 16, and
the national and municipal elections
in that order.
For the first time Aristide Briand, '
the former premier, acme out openly 1
in leading the opposition forces, but 1
M. Clemenceau's majority was the 1
largest he had ever "received when 1
the question of confidence was pre- '
> Preparations had^been going on for '
months for this test of strength, the 1
opposition awaiting the ratification of
the peace treaty to make a definite 1
onslaught on the ministry. ?
Premier Clemenceau had a bitter
oratorical duel with M. Briand. The
result of the vote makes it positive '
that M. Clemenceau's platform will '
?o before the people, his opponents' 1
avowed intention of forcing a postponement
of the mandate of the ,
chamber having failed. In his speech
M. Clemenceau never was in better
form. 1
McCormick, Oct. 14.?Joe M. Tal- (1
iert, a farmer, living about six "-pules '
from McCormick, was seriously
burned here yesterday when, as man- ]
iger of the Planters' Gin Company, ]
tie undertook to tighten or adjust the
. ..1 . . i
diow pipe on tne Doner wmcn Dursc, |
throwing a large volume of steam and j
scalding water directly on him. He,"
was immediately given medical at-1
tention and the exact extent of his |'
injuries could not be ascertained, butj
he was burned or scalded all over
and his suffering was intense. .The (
Planters' Gin Company is a new concern
just organized a few months
ago and has been running aboun one
The annual meeting for the elec
uon 01 omcers 01 tne Abbeville bounty
Chapter, Red Cross, was held
Wednesday afternoon and the following
were elected: Dr. G. A. Neuffer,
/hairman; H. G. Clark, vice-chairman;
Mrs. C. C. Gambrell, secretary
and treasurer.
The officers elected will meet today
and appoint the chairmen of the
standing committees.
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At Bedside of Mother.
Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Perrin are here
from Meridian, Miss., to be at the
bedside of Mr. Perrin's mother, Mrs.
Mary Perrin, who is still seriously ill.
Mrs. Perrin's friends will regret to
learn that she shows no signs of improving.
A Captain.
Arthur Manning Klugh, who is at
Wofford Fitting School, has recently]
been promoted to Captain of hisj
Company. Abbeville friends know he j
bears his honors w>th great dignity p
and grace.
Abbeville at Brenau.
' I
Misses Ruth Howie and Edna i
Bradley have had honors conferred
on them at Brenau. Under the new
honor system now in vogue at the
college they have been made monitors
of their respective dormitories. \
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Gone North. (
Mr. L. C. ParVer loffr
? ? 4VAV TT tuncoua^
afternoon for Baltimore and New
York, where he goes to buy goods.
Being an advertiser in the Press and i
Banner he has to go after goods be-;l
tween seasons. 11
Growers Move to Estimate Middleman?Plan
Warmly Cheered By
British Spinners?Planters
Would Have Spinners Agents
Come Direct to Grower to
Buy Cotton. >
New Orleans, Oct. 15.?British
cotton spinners were urged today to
send representatives to the fields of
the South, buy cotton from the farmer
direct, bale the staple as they see
fit, eliminating all middlemen and reducing
the cost of the raw material
to the spinner, at the same time increasing
the price paid to the pro- /
This DroDOsal. alone the lines of
the systems used by the British tobacco
manufacturing interests in Kentucky,
was jnade at a meeting late . V i
today of a special committee of world
cotton conference delegates, composed
of ten foreign spinners, ten American
spinners and twenty American
cotton growers.
It was the first time in fifty years,
it was stated, that American cotton
producers and British spinners had
net in formal conference. ?
Declare Success Assured.
The meeting, which brought both
;ndi? of the cotton industry together,
assured the success of the confer*
;nce, leaders stated tonight. 1
Speakers agreed that no arbitrary
price could be fixed for any given period
for cotton, owing mainly to the
tremendous fluctuations in the anounts
of cotton picked in relation
io the amount - planted in different
Conditions of weather and of insect
a - , v
acpicLanuue uiaue is ampossiDie, it
was stated, to set an advance price
an the staple, as the growing costs
cannot be estimated until the crop
has been garnered and ginned.
It was agreed by speakers, however,
that profits were being made by
middlemen who had no direct interest
in the growing, spinning or manufacturing
branches of the industry, the
consumer having higher prices to pay
for the finished article than would be ,
necessary under strict regulation of
the industry.
Norwood Gravdon Die#. ,
A telephone message from Columbia
late Thursday afternoon to Mrs.
J. L. McMillan, brought the news of
the death o? Norwood Graydon, son
rtf W M fjravrlnn fnrmpr nrominent
citizen of Abbeville. Particulars of
his death were not available at time
of going to press. It is only known
that he has been ill and that Wednesday
an operation was contemplated.
Death of Baby. I
The two-year old son of Mr. and
Mrs. E. A. Williams died at he residence
Wednesday morning, The fan
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erai was neia weanesaay aiternoun
at the home of Mr. E. E. Williams,
the Rev. Louis J. Bristow conducting
the services, assisted by the Rev. H.
D. Corbett. Interment was made in
Melrose cemetery.
Honor Pupils.
The following names were unintentionally
omitted from the Honor
Roll of the City Schools for the oast
month and should be publisftid:
Third Grade: Mary Chalmers and
Sarah Smith; Fourth grade: Martha
Calvert and Estelle Lyon.
Id Interest of Red Croat.
C. S. Mason, campaign manager of
;he Red Cross, will be here Saturday
md will speak in the interest of the
:ampaign for funds to be held in
Allan King, Charlotte, was here
rhursday to attend the funeral of hia
lephew, the young son of Mr. and
VIrs. Alvin Williams, who died Wedlesday

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