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THURSDAY, AUG. 17,1893.
LOGA II BREVITIES. There will be au Alliance rally at McCormick next Friday. Bacon has fallen about 2 cents in this market. It is now 1(H cents. Court adjourned on. Saturday last, after a session" of only one . week. The les* religion there is in a church the more oysters and ice v cream it takes to run it. Nearly everybody left town last Sunday to ,attend Mr. Watson's tent meeting on Log Creek. Mr. Asbill, who taught in our high school last session, is reading law with A. S. Tompkins, Esq. Misses Mamie and Annie Wilke and Ida Edwards, ot. Charleston, are visiting Miss Emmie Timmous. Mr. Wigfall Cheatham, of the Edgefield Chronicle staff, will leave iu a few days for the World's Fair? Misses Lou Gary and Mary . Evans left on Saturday morning for Chicago and the World's Fair. Rev. G. W. Bussey, having closed - his protracted meeting at Red Oak Grove, is now conducting one at ' Parksvilre. ~ " Misses Mamie and Annie Lou Covar are spending sov?ral days with relatives and friends in Aiken county. There was quite a severe hail storm in the Red Hill vicinity last ' weet, which did considerable dam age to the cotton. Zack Boon writes us that silver money "was good enough for Paul - and Silas, and it's good enough for him," and so say we all. Rev. Thomas H. Leitch is now preaching in Texas. The papers in that State say he is next to Sam Jones as a crowd-drawer. t\i-. The Mountain Creek Church con l tributed last week $14 to the Con gie Maxwell Orphanage. W. N. Burnett, of Edgefield, contrib uted $5. Rev. J. M. White has returned to Edgefield. Mr. White with his -good lady will teach a school in the Sweetwater section during the coming year. The Misses Teague, daughters of Dr. B. H. Teagae, of Aiken, and grand-daughters of Dr. Horace Parker,- of our town, are visiting relatives here. . The protracted meeting at Rocky Creek Church conducted by Revs. '. QLUL 'A. Wi??h1r-a?d'Biarpson, has closed with six accesBions~to the church as the result, ? .". -)?? i Messrs. C. D. Mobley and A. J. Coleman were in town last Satur _ day. These gentlemen report cot-' ton crops elegant, corn crops so so, the early corn very poor. > Miss Laura Davis, of Rixeyville, Va., desires a position to teach in a school or family. She teaches English, French, and music. Best references given and required. Those of us in Edgefield who can't get to the Midway Plaisance go to the dime readings that now Tage in this community, and we have the mostest fun, all for 10 cents. . In Virginia if you ask a native how far it i<* to a cert?in point, he may reply that it is "two looks and a hoot!" A look is as far as you can see and a hoot is the distance a human voice is supposed to carry. .Jtn the account of the falling of the bridge at Clemson, an account of which we publish in another column, two Edgefield boys were hurt, S. T. Carter and M. A. Hol stein. We hope neither is seriously injured. It is officially stated that $500 of the Peabody fund has been paid to Superintendent of Education Mayfieid for the teachers' insti tutes in the various counties, and yet Edgefield has had no institute this year. Cotton in the county has im proved so much during the last few 1 days that the prospect of a heavy yield is very encouraging. Mach still depends, however, on the sea sons during this month and the oarly part of September. Mies Eliza Minis, who will have charge of the art .department in the Edgefield Institute, has just finished a portrait ot Miss Mamie Sheppard, the deceased daughter of 0. Sheppard, Esq., that is a most touching and beautiful like ness of this lamented and gifted young maiden. * > . An unknown author gives the following crude chunk of wisdom : "Let no man be discouraged be cause he is persecuted. No one flings i3ck s at a dead cat-nobody passes resolutions against' a grave yard. It is the man who has force and power who. is envied and maligned by little souls." "A Northern exchange says they have got hold of a report-4owu South that there is a fellow up in Minnesota who whenever he goes on a spree, insists on paying a year's subscription to his town pa per. He has already paid for the pa per until Jan. 1,1937, and the Press Association of Alabama is making frantic efforts to find out what brand of liquor he drinks." The v ADVERTISER had a subscriber who did this way, but since the bar rooms were closed he has stopped it. Don't Forget. j? Don't forget the barbecue of the ?dg?fie?d Guards at Centre Spring ou Friday of this wenk. -A band from Augusta will furnish delight ful music, aud the occasion bids fair to. be a most happy and enjoy able^one. Cotton Gvvd. Everybody is bragging on the cotton crop prospects in this broad county of ours. . From' the Savan nah to the Saluda, and from Ninety Six to Trenton it is all the same way : '.'More fruit on -the cotton, than I ever saw before." skin the Field Mr/ J. W. Johnson, once coroner of ?dgefield county, announces this week for Auditor^ This makeB six aspirants from 'whom .the read ers of the ADVERTISER have the privilege ofvselecting the best man. Let it be done decently and in or der. . A Big Rattlesnake. An enormous rattlesnake was killed in our suburbs on Monday. His body was as big as a man:s thigh, and he carried fifteen rattles on the end of his tail. This is the first rattler seen iii this region in" twenty- years. His snakesbip came out of his hole probably $o see Bob Gardner's breeches. Press DeVore's Cotton. Dr. Prescott DeVore has gather ed twelve bushels of corn from the three-quarters of an acre patch of corn and cotton planted together, that we made mention of some weeks ago. Besides this corn he will get a bale of cotton from the same patch and twenty bushels of cotton seed of the Peterkin Clus ter variety. Advertised Letters. List of letters remaining in the postoffice at Edgefield C. H., July 31,1893 : Babe Brooker, S D Ed wards, William Foster, Caleb Hampton, Willie Hutchinson, J M Lovelace, Minnie S Lyon, Henry R Thomas, Billy Williams, Miss Rosy Griflln, Miss Mattie Halbond, Mrs Liner Keys, 2, Mrs Jessie Seigler, Martha Workman, Ida Toney. A Sad Death. A telegram received by Rev. A. B. Watson Tuesday morning brought the-distressing intelligence j of the death of his niece, Mrs. Chloe Watson Wannamaker, at her home in St. Matthews, Orangeburg county, on Monday night at 12 o'clock. This charming young woman was the daughter of Mr. John C. Watson, of the Ridge, and was well known and much loved in this community, where, as Miss Watson, she had made many warm friends. Our kindest sympathies are extended to the bereaved father and afflicted ones. Good Place to Go. We desire to call the attention of our readers to the advertisement of L. F. Padgett, of Augusta, Ga., that appears in our columns: to day. This house is perfectly re liable and" will do ju?t as they ad vertise, or better. Their catalogue ought to be ira the hands of every body intending to buy goods of any character to go into the house. We know the concern to be per fectly reliable, and can assure you that you will be fairly and hon estly dealt with. When writing to them or when buying goods from them, please mention this paper. Dime Beading. At the residence of Dr. J. W. Hill, on Thursday night of this week, there will be a Dime Reading given by the ladies of the Presby terian Church. The following is tho programme for the occasion : "Scharwenka'8 Polish Dance," (piano solo), Mr. Jas. T. Bacon. " "Power of Prayer," (recitation), Miss Floy Reddick. "For You," (song), Miss Marie Abney. "Berceuse by Chopin," (piano solo), Miss Florence Adams. "Rondeaux et Variations," (four hands), Misses Bracie and Angel Chea th aro. "Luna," (song), Miss Eliza Mime. Reading, J. T. Parks. Male Quartette, Messrs. Jacobs, Cobb, Minis, and Beal!. "Jamie Butler and the Owl," (reading), Mr. John Kennerly. "Ah, Non Volar" Arditi, (song), Mrs. K. W. Cheatham. . "Twittering of the Birds," (piano solo), Miss Julia Prescott. "The Cows are in the Clover," (song), Mies Belle Mims. "Famine Scene from Hiawatha," Miss Mary Butler. "Go and Tell Aunt Dinah her old Gray Goose is Dead as Thun der," (song), Thos. J. Adams. Dots from the Dark Corner. DEAR ADVERTISER : I have tried in vain to get some one more com petent than myself to give you some dots from Dark Corner, but my efforts have proved futile, therefore it has fallen to my lot to make, my maiden effort. In the meantime I fear it will go to the waste-basket. I will try, however, to give you something that may be interesting to some one. We are at this writing having some heavy rain, which will ma ture the corn crop, the best by the way that has been raised in 'this locality for years. At the same time fears are entertained that the continued wet weather will dam age the cotton crop, which is very fine, in fact the best, at present, for the past ten years. The farm ers are exultant over the prospects of being able to pay out this fall and have a few dollars left, be sides have corn enough to carry them through next year. A great many of our farmers have profited by the experience of former years, and have been planting more com and, less cotton, and it is to be hoped that in the near future the good old times of hog and hominy will be as in the days of ourl?oyhood. Then, and not until then, will the farmers be inde pendent. Last year Mr. B., as he is known taus, not only set the example, but talked it to the people to plant three acres of corn to one of cotton and sow extensively of oats and other sit?\%??n.f $l|#???&l crop is more thanthiee- oPcbfntb one of cotton. Raise your own meat, keep all the stock on the place that you can well feed, and keep your lots well rilled with litter from the woods, and all the spare tinie when you can't work in the farm, especially in wet weather, rake up your litter and leaves so that it can be rotting ready for use either in the compost heap or to put on the posr galded places and washes. Small farms well man aged will pay if you make your own manure and buy less guano. J Mr. M. B. Sturkey is building a first-class mill and gin at the old Rogue Shoals mill-site one and a half miles from Plum Branch. He says he will have his saw-mill in operation by the 10th of Septem ber, and cotton-gin and corn-mill by the 15th, if not providentially delayed. With his nerve, push, and grit he will get there. Fearing that I trespass on your space I will c?cfe. More in the near future. MA .br SAULT. Plum Branch, S. C. Out of Meat. The following, from the Augusta Evening News of Saturday, looks as if Augusta is about to get out of meat: - ? "Augusta's wholesale merchants are confined to a cash basis in do ing buBinesa which will greatly affect trade. The packing houses and other business cencerns of the West are demanding of their customers here currency by express for all goods. This means that the merchants must send the actual hard .i?sh for meat and other Western produce, otherwise no goods will be shipped. No checks, no New York Ex change, but the money itself by express. If ah Augusta merchant buys a carload of meat he must check the money out of Augusta banks, put in a package and express it off. The Boston canned goods houses are new demanding sight drafts for all-goods bought of them, when before this they "would sell'-oh'90 days' time. The sight drafts must be given on the arrival of the bill of lading. In New Orleans the banks will not discount any drafts, no matter [ if they are gilt edged. The sugar and molasses houses want cash, when hitherto they sold on 60 days' time. To sum it all up : The country is getting now on a strictly cash basis. As to what this will result in, merchants differ. Some few think it may bring about a crisis, while others look for better times when credit is in a measure done away with. The Evening News called on Mr. Paul Mustin and asked him what I would be the effect of the Western demands here. He said our merchants would stop buying meat, as the banks will refuse ta give; them the cash to ship off, for if the currency is all sent away there would be no money to handle the cotton crop with. Mr. Mustin says he has quit buying meat on this account, and says ell the others, with possibly one or two exceptions, would stop buying. The effect is that he only sells for cash and does not accept checks for his goods. Some few thousand dollars, possibly ten, were shipped by express for meats, but that's over with now. Mr. Mustin says the people would rather do without the meat for awhile and hold their cash, aDd he sums it up as a temporary sus pension of ?business. " The cotton crop ot this year, according to the Augusta Chronicle, will bring into the United States $200,000,000 in gold. There will be a plenty of money, too, to move the cotton crop. Wall street un derstands the situation. As soon as cotton begins to move actively the balance of trade, as between this country and Europe, will rapidly turn in our favor. Gold will pour in for our cotton and the financial situation will be greatly improved. . . ;. , ; , Horses, Cattle, Dogs, etc. The Humphereys' Medicine Campany of New York, will mail on application a Complimentary Copy of Dr. Humphreys' Veteri nary Manual (500 Pages) on the Treatment and Care of Horses, Cattle, Dogs, Hog, Sheep and Poultry. I THE ?EEAIC SITUATI?S s _; ' Progress of the Pestilence in New York Bay. QUARANTINE, S. I., Aug. 13.-At 9 p. m. Health Officer Jenkins is sued the following cholera bulle tin : Two suspects were isolated at Hoffman Island early this morn ing, but owing to the rough weather in the lower bay were not removed ) -to Swinburne; Island Hospital. If - -tjii?' wind ^moderates they will be transferred during the night. They are Maria Reno, aged four years, Pasquale De Padro, aged fifteen years. The bacteriological exam ination shows that Guiseppi Adamo who was removed yesterday is suf fering from cholera, and that Francisco Caiolo, Paolo Marini and Georquis have not developed the disease. The census of the hospital to night shows : Cholera patients, 14 ; patients not having cholera, 3; convalescent, 1 ; suspects on Hoff man Island, 2. Total, 20. All of the patients are improving. The disease is mild in character. Two more' nurses were sent to Swin burn Island to-day. The steamer Helena arrived to day from Genoa. All were well on board. All the steerage passengers had been detained Ike days at that port and their baggage was disin fected before embarkation. The cabin passengers were examined and provided with passports, on which was a written statement of their route of travel for ten days before arriving, so that detentions on the railroads may be avoided. The vessel was disinfected and allowed to proceed after the exam ination of the steerage passengers. THE YELLOW FEYEE. A Favorable Feature of the Sit uation at Pensacola. PENSACOLA, Aug. 13.-Avery fa vorable feature in connection with the yellow fever situation occurred at 6 p. m. this evening. The State health officers gave official assur ance to Mayor Chipley that the guard could be released which was stationed at the residence of Mr. Waite, and the family and friends confined in the house since the death of Mr. Waite, as after an investigation it was decided that he did not die of yellow fever. The guards are continued at the residence of Mr. Wood, father of little Ellen Wood, as the investi gations in this case have not been completed. It is now nineteen days since Capt. Northup died, more than ten days since Mr. Waite and Ellen Wood were taken sick, and four days since they died. Had these three persons, or any one of them, died of yellow fever, more new cases would have existed here. At 6 p. m. no new cases have r<een re ported to the board of health. Surgeon Carter, who arrived here yesterday, has been ordered to Brunswick, at that place has re ported two new cases of yellow fever there. This leaves Surgeon MacGruder as the only representa tive here of the national depart ment, but Surgeons Murray and Hatton are expected to-morrow. There is much rejoicing over the decision of the Waite case. NO NEWS FROM BRUNSWICK. WASHINGTON, Aug. 13.-Surgeon General Wyman of the Marine Hospital Service received no in formation to-day from Brunswick, Ga., regarding the yellow fever outbreak. Dr. Carter, who has been at Pensacola, Fla., will leave there to-night for Brunswick to direct the rW il campaign. He will be succw. d at Pensacola by Dr. Hutton, wno came on from Detroit yesterday. Dr. Hutton was in com mand of Camp Ferry, the yellow fever hospital of Florida, in 1888. Before leaving Pensacola Dr. Car ter telegraphed to Dr. Wyman, con firming the verdict of the local medical authorities in the Waite case, that the victim did not die of yellow fever. As to the Woods case, however, he could not express an opinion. Dr. Carter also re ported that the cordon around the naval reservation at Pensacola had been completed and was in suc cessful operation. CHARLESTON ON THE SAFE SIDE. CHARLESTON, S. C., Aug. 13.-The Charleston board of health to-day ordered quarantine against Bruns wick, Ga. Tha step is purely pre cautionary, and little uneasiness is felt either by the authorities or the people of the city. The health department announces that similar action is to be taken in regard to other cities in which yellow fever may be. Reunion Co. K, 15th S. C.V. There will be a reunion of Co. K, 15th S. C. V., at McCormick, on the 26th day of August, 1893. The members of tho old company are earnestly requested to turu out. All old "Rebe" are respectfully in vited. S. E. FREELAND. MM CPLIi?d COLLEGE, COLUMBIA, S. C. Session begins September 26th, Four Courses: Classical, Literary, Scien tific, and Law; with elective studies in higher classes. New Gymnasium. Well appointed Laboratory, Chemical,. Physical, Biological, etc. Necessary Expenses, from $145 to $210. For further information address the President, JAMES WOODROW. Erskine College, Due West, S. C. Opens first Monday in October next. OFFERS CLASSICAL AND SCIENTIFIC COURSES. Large and handsome building com pleted. Delightful climate. Now in the 54th Year of its Existence. Total Expenses for Board and Tuition, $150. ff!gjflT Write for Catalogue. W. M. GRIER, President. Mle Female Me, GREENVILLE, S. C. Session iii 1893-94 Heans Wednesday, sept, 27. Attendance, 242. Corps of Instructors, 18. Course of study, thorough and comprehensive. Department of Music-Wade E. Brown, (Artist Graduate of New Eng land Con. of Music) Director. Full Conservatory Course-In Piano, Voice, Violin, Organ, Viola-Harmony and Theory. Assistant instructors are Conservatory graduates. Department of Art thoroughly equipped. Health record, unrivalled. Terms of board, tuition, music, etc., low and reasonable. Daughters of Ministers of the Gos pel are accorded reduced rates. Two girls coming from the same family are given special rates. Correspondence requested. bend for new catalogue. Address, A. S. TOWNES, President. THE EDGEFIELD Z3STSTZTTJTE. THE Trustees announce to the pub lic that this school will open on Monday, Sept. 4,1893, and continne ten months, forty week6, with a recess of one week at Christ mas. There will be three departments, each carefully graded : The Primary, embracing 2 years. The Intermediate, embracing 4 years. The Academic, embracing 4 years. Provision is also made for Music and Art Departments, under competent teachers. Arrangements for studies higher than the Academic will be made hereafter, if it be deemed best to do so. The rates of tuition will be as follows : In the Primary Department, first % and second years, per month.. $ 1.00 In th?Tntermediate Department, 1st and 2nd years, per month.. 2.00 In the Intermediate Department 3rd and 4th years, per month.. 3.00 In the Academic Department, 1st and 2nd years, per month. 3.00 In the Academic Department, 3rd and4th years^permonth. 4.00 In the/Music Department, per month. 4.00 In the Art Department, per month. 3.00 From these charges will be deduct ed the pro rata amount allowed for each pupil from the public school fund. The trustees have committed this school to the management of Dr. L R. GWALTNEY. He will be aided in each department by competent teachers. It will be seen that the basis of financial support which has been in operation for sev eral years has been abandoned, the trustees having fully decided that it is better to have fixed rates of tuition for all pupils. If the citizens of Edge field will heartily stand by "The In stitute," they will have a good school in which they may take a commenda ble pride. The Principal is well known. He returns to Edgefield to become the pastor of the Baptist Church, and to give his matured experience to the work of educating our boys and girls. 'Good board can be had for $8 to $10 per month. W. E. PRESCOTT, Chairman. Liquor, Morphine, Tobacco, Etc. The liquor, morphine, and chloral habits absolutely cured under guaran tee. Particulars given by Jetter or in person at my office, which is open al] hours of the day. There is no use to go away from home and spend hundreds of dollars for treatment, when you can be cured at home for a much smaller amount. J. GLOVER TOMPKINS, M. D. Edgefield, C. H., S. C. Work the Roads. . * ALL road-overseers in the County are hereby instructed to call out their hands and have the roads put in thorough good condition by the first day of September next. Herein fail not. J. A. WHITE, D. W. PADGETT, J. W. BANKS, County Comm'rs. Executor's Sale. WE will sell at the town of Plum Branch on the 9th day of October next, a plantation known as the James Jennings' place, containing 1,300 acres, more or less, ?aid farm being on Byrd Creek. Will sell the whole or divide it into four different tracts to suit pur chasers. Said land is bounded as fol lows: North, by lands of Thomas Moton, White, an d Deal ; East, by lands of Hon. W. J. Talbert, and Mrs. N. P. B. Cartledge; West, by lands of Mrs. Price Morgan and A. Talbert. TERMS : One-fourth the purchase money in cash, the balance in one and two years. W. D. JENNINGS, Sr., J. H. JENNINGS, Executors. Notice of Application for Homestead. NOTICE is herewith given to all concerned, that Mrs. Sallie E. Hughes, widow of the late A. J. Hughes, deceased, has filed her petition in this court, praying that a homestead be assigned to her out of the property of theiate A. J.Hughes,as prescribed by law. I will pass on the same the 12th day of September, 1893. W. F. ROATH, Master E. C. PRIZES OR PATENTS. How to Get 2,500 Dollar for Nothing. The Winner Has a Clear Gift o: a Small Fortune, and the Loser, Have Patents that may Print Them in Still more. Would you like to make twenty-five hundred dollars? If you would, reac carefully what follows and you maj see a way to do it. "The Press Clams Company devotei much attention to patents. It hai handled thousands of applications foi inventions, but it would like to bandi? thousands more. There is plenty o inventive talent at large in this coun try, needing nothing but encourage ment to produce pratical results. Thai encourgement the Press Claimi Company proposes to give. NOT SO HARD AS IT SEEMS. A patent strikes most people as ax appallingly formidable thing. The idei is that an inventor must he a natara! genius, like Edison or Bell; that h( must devote years to delving ic complicated mechancial problems and that he must spend a fortune on delicate experiments before he can get a new device to a patentable de gree of perfection. This delusion the company desires to dispel. It desires tc get into the head, of the public a cleai comprehension of the fact that it is not the great, complex, and expensive inventions that bring: the best returnt to their authors, but the little, simple, and cheap ones-the things that seem so absurdly trivial that the average citizen would feel somewhat ashamed of bringing them to the attention ol the Patent;Office. Edison says that the profits he hat received from the patents on all hi? marvelous inventions have not been sufficient to pay the cost of his ex periments. But the man who conceive* the idea of fastening a bit of rubbei cord to a childes ball, so that it wouk come back to the hand when tbrowr made a fortune out of his scheme. Th< modern sewing machine is a mirach of ingenuity-the product of the toi of hundreds of busy brains through i hundred and fifty years, but the whole brilliant result rests upon the simple device of putting the eye of the needle at the point instead of at the other end THK LITTLE THINGS THE MOST VALU ABLE. Comparatively rew peopla. regare themselves as Inventors, bue 'almos' everybody has been struck, at one time or another, with ideas that seemec calculated to reduce some of the 1 ? ttit frictions of life. Usually such are idea; dismissed without further thought. "Why don't the railroad company make its car windows so that they cai be slid up and down without breaking the passengers' backs?" exclaims the traveler. "If I were running the road I would make them in such a way." ,'What was the man that made tiifr saucepan thinking of?" grumbles the cook. "He never had to work over t stove, or he would have known how il ought to have been fixed." "Hang such a collar button 1" growli the man who is late for breakfast "If 1 were in the business I'd make button? that wouldn't slip out, or break off, oi gouge out the back of my neck." And then the various sufferers for get about their grievancet and begin to think of something else. If the; would sit down at the next convenient opportuni.y, put their ideas about cai windows, saucepans,and collar buttons into practioal shape, and then applj for patents, they might find them sel ve as independently wealthy as the man who invented the iron umbrella ring or the one who patented'the^flfteer puzzle. A TEMPTING OFFER." To induce people to keep track ol their bright ideas and see what then is in them, the Press. Claims Compan; has resolved to offer a prize. To the person whs submits to lt th? simplest and most promising inven tion, from a commercial point of yiew the company will give twenty-five hundred dollars in. cash, addition tc refunding the fees for securing the patent. It will also [advertise the ^invention free of charge. This offer is subject to the followini conditions:' Every competitor must obtain i patent for his invention through th? company. He must first apply fori preliminary search, the cost of whicl will be five dollars. Should this searcl show his invention to be unpatentabli he can withdraw without further ex pense. Otherwise he will be expectet to complete his application and tab out a patent in the regular way. Thi total expense, including Governmen and Bureau fees,will be seventy dol?an For this, whether he secures the prizi or not, the inventor will have a paten that ought to be a valuable propert] to him. The prize will be awarded b] a jury consisting of three reputabli patent attorneys of Washington. In tending competitors should fill out th following blank, and forward it wit] their application : "-,-, 1892. "I submit the ?within described in vention in competition for tin Twenty-five hundred Dollar Prize offered by the Press Claims Company u_n NO BLANKS IN THIS COMPETITION. This is a competition of rather ai unusual nature. It is common to offei prizes for the best story, or picture, oi architectural plan, all the competitor; risking the loss of their labor and th? successful one merely (selling his for the amount of the prize. But the Prest Claims Company's offer is something entirely different. Each person it asked merely to help himself, and the one who helps himself to the best ad vantage is to be rewarded for doing it, The prize is only a stimulus to do something that would be well worth doing without it. The architect whose competitive plan fora club house on a certain corner is not accepted has spent his labor on something of very little use to him. But the person who patents a simple and useful device in the Press Claims Company's competi tion' need not worry if he fail to secure the prize. He has a substantial result bo show for his work-one that will command its value in the market at any time. The plain man who uses any artiole in his daily work ought to know bet ter how to improve it than the mecbanizal expert who studies it only from the theoretical point of view. Get rid of the idea that an improve ment can be too simple to be worth patenting. The simpler the better. The person who best succeeds in combining simplicity and popularity, will get the Press Claims Compay's twenty-five hundred dollars. The responsibility of this company may be judged from the fact that itt stock is neld by about three hundred of the leading newspapers of the United States. Address the Prrss Claims Company, John Wedderburn, managa attorney, 918 FJstreet, N. W. Washington, p. C The Union Mutual Life Insurance Co., ?3P rOH/TLiUSOJ, MAUSTE. Its Policies are tte Most Lira! Now OH' to tie Is the only existing Company whose policies are, or can be subject to, the MAINE NON-FORFEITURE LAW. WHAT IT IS: The Maine Non-Forfeiture law pro tects polices from forfeiture by reason of default of payment of premiums. lt provides that, after three years' pre miums haye been paid, failure to pay any subsequent premiums shall not forfeit a policy, but it shall continue in force for its full amount until the reserve (less a small surrender charge) upon the policy is exhausted. The reserve isa sum made up of por tions of each and every premium paid upon a policy in anticipation of its maturity. Beginning with a small portion of the first premium, it is in creased eacn year by the addition of each subsequent premium, and grows larger year by year, until, at maturity, it exactly equals the face of the policy. When a policy is discontinued there fore, there is in the hands of the Com pany a reserve greater or less, accord ing to the character and age of the policy. Instead of permitting the Com pany, upon non-payment of premium, to confiscate this reserve, the Maine Non-Forfeiture Law requires the Com pany to continue the policy in force until the policy-holder receives an equivalent for it in extended insur ance. HOW IT WORKS: If a person, aged 35, pays three years' premiums upon a twenty pay ment Life policy and then discontinues payment, the policy will be continued 4 years and 257 days longer; if he pays five premiums, and then discontinues, the insurance will continue 7 years ana 857 days longer. If the policy is a twenty year en dowment, same ag'e, three years' pay ments will give an extension of 8 years and 150days; five years1 payment 13 ?ears, 300 days. If the policy is a 15 "ear Endowment, ($1,000) same age, three years' payments will secure in surance to the end of the endowment period and $13.68 in cash if insured lives till that time, and in like manner ten years'payment secures insurance for the full 15 years and $592.17 in cash. These extensions vary with the age of the insured, the class of policy, and the number of payments made; they are statedjn each policy, in years and days, for each number of payments, so that the policy-holder knows at a glance exactly what he is entitled to if he discontinues his payments at any time. WHAT IT HAS DONE : The Company Has Paid Over Two Hundred Death Claims, in consequence of this law, aggregating in sums insured more than Four Hun dred Thousand Dollars. In every case there had been a de fault in the payment of premium, and, except for this law, the policies would have been of little or no value. Instead of this, the insurance in each case was extended to the time of death, and the Company was required to pay to the beneficiaries under the policies the sum of $418,335.77. The Taine of Haine Law Eit elisions as Coaipared with Paid-na Yalnes: It is the custom of many companies to provide in their policies that, upon discontinuance of payment of Premium, paid-up policies will be given without the option of extension. This WM the practice of the Union Mutual before the Maine Non-Forfeiture Law was enacted, but it now substitutes for paid-up values the more advantageous plan of extended insurance. The objection to the paid-up system is that the amount ol paid-up insurance which is given upon the discontinuance of payments upon a policy, unless it has been in force a great many years is insignificant, and of little or nc value as protection ; and it leaves the insured who ceases payment' without adequate insurance at the very time he needs it the most. The great advantage of the extended insur ance afforded by the Maine Law over the most liberal paid-up system is strikingly shown by the following comparison, and it will be ob served that the paid-up value is insignificant in comparison with the amount actually paid by the Union Mutual. The result of two hun dred and twelve policies was this : If the insured had received paid-up policies i nstead of extended in surance, the Company would have had to pay in settlement of the claim8only.*.. $98,197.50 Whereas, in fact, it did pay under the Maine Law. $41S,344.77 Making a difference in favor of tbe beneficiaries under Two Hundred and Twelve policies of. $320,147.28 The policies are free rom ALL restrictions, and incontestable after ONE YE A. IEL . A grace of one month is given in the payment of premiums. For further information call on, or address, B. B. EV ANS, Manager for South Carolina, Office, No. 1,Advertiser Building,