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Interesting Letter From Plum
OD Saturday the 18th inst., a
week ago to-day, the patrons of the
Plum Branch high school met and
elected the following trustees: B.
D. Kitchings, W. R. Freeland, J.
Mrs. Ed Coleman and Miss Essie
Seigler are still on our sick list.
Mrs. Willie Holley spent the 3rd
Sunday and Monday following at
Mr. Luther Bracknell and wife,
Miss Louise Cord and Thomas Mc
Allister, spent last Sunday with
Captain Stillwell at McCormick.
Mr. and Mrs. Willie Banks went
on a business trip to McCormick
Mrs. B. D. Kitchings has had the
pleasure of having her mother, Mrs.
Cartledge, from Parksville, spend
this week with her.
Mr. R. H. Wideman made a
business trip to Augusta this week.
Miss Ruth Mosely, Miss Price
and two Misses Hogan, all of Lin
coln, County., Ga., stopped over
with Mrs. Sam Wideman on the
15th, en route home from Bessie
Mr. Hawthorne Banks came
home sick from the S. C. C. I. and
is still unwell though better. He
completed all his work, however,
though he missed some of the com
Miss Dorothy Miller is home
from the Orangeburg Collegiate In
Miss Flowers from Lake City,
Miss Lomer from Prosperity, Miss
Ashmore from Troy, Mr. Eddie
Walkerand mother from Modoc,
have been guests of Mrs. J. W.
Miller during the week. In honor of
these, sociables were given in her
home on both Tuesday and Wed
This scribe and family spent
Tuesday the 21st inst., with Mr.
and Mrs. W. H. Parks. Mrs. Rob
ert Parks and Mrs. Bob Price, of
Parksville, mother and sister
respectively ot Mr. W. H. Parks,
were also guests. A good part of
the day was spent in fishing, and
while no fish were caught, the day
was pleasantly spent.
Some time ago we sent a mes
sage to Mr. D. A.Tompkins of Char
lotte, N. C. asking him to give his
views as to a preference between a
dispensary and prohibition in Edge
Mr. Tompkins thinks we should
all strive for temperance and good
citizenship, rather than for a law
which is more or less neglected af
ter its passage, whether it be for
prohibition, high license or dispen
sary method, regulating the liquor
traffic. We give his full answer as
"Many a good citizen is an advo
cate of temperance, and is yet una
ble to find a party or cause to which
he can tie up because no.ie of these
get the desired result.
Prohibition doesn't prohibit, on
the contrary, when it is legally
most effective it promotes most
High license wont do, because
the liquor interests and the bat keep
ers take possession of politico and
The dispensary won't do, because
the dispensary agent becomes cor
rupt and steals a fortune.
Either of these three legal meth
ods may be selected as being best
for any one community. Any one
of these three methods enforced is
better than the other two not enforc
ed, and generali}- none of the three
are well enforced. Generally the
militant advocate think that the
battle has been won when the elec
tion carries infavor ofhis or her plan.
When the election is carried, the
work in the cause of temperance is
just begun. To carry a prohibi
bition election and then stop is sim
ply to promote *blind tigers galore
In the country and in the manufac
turing town prohibition is the best.
In the small commercial city the
dispensary might be best. In a com
mercial city, high liceuse might be
best. But none of the three are
very ^effective in any case unless
Temperance must be a growth
like education. The prime factors
which promote it areChristian works
and agricultural and industrial pros
perity. These have been at work
for a lon^r time and have caused no
table progress in the cause of tem
perance. Formerly Gaston Co.
N. C. did about as much illicit dis
tilling as any county, perhaps in
the United States. All the forces
of prohibition were expended to
break it up. All the forces of the
United States government, in its
revenue department, were expended
to break up illicit distilling. Neith
er of these had any appreciable ef
fect to produce better temperance.
But the establishment in Gaston
County of a Benedictine Monastery,
devoting itself to teaching better
agriculture and good, but temper
ate living, has had a very material
effect. The good works of the pro-'
testant churches have been equally
advantageous to the cause of tem
perance. These persistent Chris
tian and other educational influences
have also produced important re
sults. Next in importance to these,
and perhaps even more for practi
cal results, has been the building of
cottonmill8 ard other factories which
give profitable occupation to the
people without the necessity of re
sorting: to distilling. These two
influences together have practically
made Gaston a real temperate
By the construction of good
roads, and through these, the pro
motion of commercial and social in
tercourse, temperance has been im
mensely promoted. In many cor
porations, employment is not given
to men who drink, and this of course
promotes temperance amongst men
who don't want to be proscribed.
In Edgefield it would seem that
prohibition being in vogue, it might
as well remain in vogue. To make
a change to high licese or dispen
sary would simply be to swap one
sorry horse for another sorry
For temperance the influence
above enumerated must be brought
to bear upon the subject. The
work of the churches, of improved
farming interests, of industrial in
fluences by furnishing work and
prescribing drinking employees,
and the building of good roads, and
the development of schoois and ed
ucation, will always bring about a
more temperate life and make a
Neither of the legal methods
enumerated above are here condemn
ed, but they will become effective
only through the development of a
citizenship that is in sympathy with
temperance. In other words, the
temperance must of necessity be of
slow growth, and a part of Chris
tian civilization, and must move
about parallel with Christian civili
An important material need in
Edgefield county to foster temper
ance is good roads. The farming
interest is already doing fairly well.
The industrial interest is moving
forward at a satisfactory pace. Ed
ucation is advancing. Anjimprove
ment of means of transportation
would be a great help to these oth
er influences, in bringing about re
sults which the law does not seem
to be able to reach in a direct way.
For the restriction of intemperance,
prohibition, dispensary or high li
cense, is effective only in proportion
as the particular plan elected is ex
ecuted and each of the three is very
difficult of effective execution under
People are sometimes intemperate
because of vicious dispositions, but
iu the great majority of cases good
peoplewho are intemperate are so be
cause of underwork. Bring about
the influences to correct both of
these, and add some proper diver
sions and recreations and the tem
perance of av community would be
tremendously promoted at once.
Good Men Elected Trustees,
The citizens of Plum Branch
Township or School District turned
out in full force last Saturday to
elect school trust?es? for the
next two years and elec
ted B. D. Etchings, W. R.
Freeland and J. W. Miller, and
under the management of these
men. we expect to ha ve a school
equal to any, it not the best of its
kind in thc county. At the wind
ing up it led a little off intu politics.
We have in our county two able
men and good citizens as any in
the state, both running for the
same office and the citizens of this
community believe they have a
right to run for tho same or any
other office that ihey may choos?,
and therefore, the following reso
lution was passed by a solid vote.
We, the citizens of Plum Branch
School District No. 1 do hereby
condemn the action of the recent
Democratic County Convention at
Edgefield for endorsing one of her
candidates for a national office
when she had two of her fair sons
aspirants for the same office.
We will ask the Chronicle and
Advertiser to publish this resolu
tion as it certainly doesn't seem fair
that our neighbor friend should
have been so treated.
J. L. Brackwell,
J. W. Miller,
J. W. flacknell,
Plum Branch, S- C.
A Word to Kodakers
I am carrying a nice line
of cameras and keep films
in stock all the time. Noth
ing but right fresh stock
offered for sale.
Geo. F. Mims
I want the address of some man who
believes that he is wortnless to his fam
ily; who believes that they would get
along just as as well without as with him;
who believes that his lands or other in
vestments will produce as much income
for his widow as they do for him ; who
believes that his creditors will tell his
widow to just rock along and not wor
ry, as she can have her own time about
settling ; who believes that his neigh
bors will step in and push his affairs
along for his widow, quite as well as
they have bee
this man is pl
present of a y
of ONE Tl
tho' he really
pathize with Y
[1 the reade
case he is loo
C. M. Melliehamp, Speei
Edgefield, S. C., or
D. Sam Cox, Manager of Agents,
Columbia, S. C.,
DEAR SIR:-I was born on the-day of
be the cost of a policy best adapted to my age?
C. W. WATSON
Dealer in General Merchandise
while in town to
inspect his line
of shoes from
$1. to $5
suitable for all
ages from baby
to old age. We
can save you
Opposite Cotton MilhEd^ehM> s- c
Wood and Coal.
I have opened a wood yard and an prepared to
deliver wood any size or length anyMhere in town
at reasonable prices. Can also fil. orders for
Will move my saw cut wood wherelots of f our j
or more cords are offered at one place
I also run a public1 dray. Ring no up. My
phone is No. 32.
J. R. TOMPKINS
We handle Southern States Phosphate Fertilizer
P. & F., A. D. Bore
Augusta High Gradi,
Acid of All Grade.
These goods are now in the warehout ready for
Jones & Son
in handled heretofore. If
rysically able to pass a med
tion, I will make him a
ear's premium on a policy
isn't worth it, but I sym
;r dosen't fill the above de
f be he values his existence
and would like to leave
take his place. In that
?king for theSSTATK LIFE
?18-. What will
And this is the star
backed by the bieg
a guarantee-and a
and a car that v
thousand strong this
All Fords aro Mode
cept the bodes. 1
runabout cosjs $590
touring car $69
-the town car $90
alogue from W". J.
The lady is never afraid when she
is riding in one of our carriages.
That is she needn't be. For our
carriages, light and graceful as
they are, are as strong as carriages
can be made. Better get one to
hitch to that lively horse of yours.
He cannot break it no matter what
tricks he plays.
Light Saw, Lathe and Shin
gie Mills, Engines, Boilers,.
Supplies and repairs, Porta
qle , Steam and Gasoline En
gines, Saw Teeth, Files, Belts
and Pipes. WOOD SAWS
Gins and Press Repairs.
Money to Loan.
With real estate security, ?
for long time. Easy terms.
ARTHUR S. TOMPKINS
We have more wagons than we
care to carry into next season, both
Webber and Columbus. For the
next sixty days we will make at
Adams Warehouse Co.
np of approval of a
-proud of his good
:est reliability in all
>m< thing better than
viii go seventy-five
.I T's-all alike ex
The two passenger
ie delivery car $700
0-f. o. b. Detroit,
i. Get latest cata
Hatcher and V. E.
r to Race
unless you are as sure of the car
nage as you are of the horse. A
break down then will break you np..
But you needn't hesitate if you have
i-ne our strong yet light carriages.
If your horse is as good as our car
r.age you will be a winner. Have
a look at the kind of carnage that
helps win brushes.