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Established 1835.
/. L. MIMS,.........Editor
Published every Wednesday in The
Advertiser Building at SI.50 per year
in advance.
Entered as second class matter at
the postoffiee at Edgefiekl, S. C. _
No communications will be published
unless accompanied by the writer's
Cards of Thanks, Obituaries, Resolu
tions and Political Notices published ai
advertising rates.
Politeness i3 like an air cushion;
there may be nothing in it, but it ease3
our jolts wonderfully.-JOHNSON
Long live the S. C. C. I. in Edge
' field! S
Many a crusty old bachelor must eke
out a lonely life for four more years.
Don't be mad if you write 1912 a few
more times. It serves to illustrate the
force of habit.
Don't make any more New Year
resolutions than you will honestly
strive to keep.
Santa Claus is of? duty 365 days in
the year but Cupid and the Stork never
When the suffragettes serenade the
Sew York solons will it not be an in
stance of sweet balles out of tune?
What young man in Edge?eld will
hereafter send letters to his sweet
heart by parcels post on account of
their size and weight?
Whether we are architects of our
own fortune or there is a destiny that
shape-our ends, we can make of the
good year 1913 largely what we want
it tobe.
The conviction of those 39 dynamite
conspirators will have a deterrent ef
f?ct upon the criminal class through
out the country. And you can just bet
your boots that President Wilson ...ll
not pardon a single one of them.
Instead of being unlucky, if every
individual sovereign of this great na
tion will strive for the upbuilding of
OUT common country as assiduously as
will President Woodrow Wilson, 1913
can be made the very best year of the
All previous long-distance wireless ,
records were broken Monday when the j
powerful government station at Wash
fngton caught a message that was sent
from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, a dis
tance of over 3,300 miles. There is no
telling what the good year 1913 will
bring forth. It is within the range of
possibilities to have a wireless message J
encircle the globe. ,
A Baptist Hospital. .
The Baptists of the state took a long \
.*tep forward when they established the (
Connie Maxwell Orphanage at Green- j
wood, and next in importance was the j
recent decision to found a Baptist san- j
itarium. If the members of '
this greit denomination in South Car- j
C?na support this institution as loyally <
fi3 they do the orphanage at Green- j
"w.iod it will prove to be a blessing to (
the Baptists, giving them an addition- <
-aj opportunity for development, and ,
also a great boon to the people of the ]
?tate as it will provide an additional ]
means of relieving sickness and suffer- .
ing. By reason of being the capital of j
the state and practically the geograph- i
ical centre, Columbia is the proper
place to locate the hospital. ,
Should Receive Entire Fee.
When the marriage license law was
enacted a fee of one dollar was fixed
.for granting the license. In some
ounties the entire amount of the fee
Js paid to the probate judgo while in
ether counties only a portion is paid to
that official for the work of issuing
tud recording the license. The law
provides that in Edgefield twenty-five
cents of the fee be paid to the judge
of probate and the remaining seventy
live cents be paid into the general pub
lic school fund of the county. Consid
ering the actual amount of clerical
worx involved in issuing and recording
the license and the responsibility, and
no . infrequently unpleasantness, it is
but reasonable and just that the entire
amount be paid to the judge of probate.
T.iere is a greater responsibility con
nected with granting a license than
the average person realizes. Should
an applicant for a license, who under
the law is not entitled to receive one,
secure a license by false representa
tion the judge of probate, although
having complied with the law in so far
as his duties go, would be severely cen
sured by innocent persons who would
suffer because the Ixense was granted.
Furthermore, it WHS not contempla
ted that the enactment of a marriage
license law should be a source of reve
nue for the schools, roads, or anv oth
er purpose. The entire amount or the
fee should be paid to the officer who
issues and records the license, and our
delegation should have the law changed
in so far as that feature applies to
Edgefield county.
Agricultural Labor Plentiful.
" For the past few years the farm la
bor situation has been rather acute in
this county, causing not a few land
owners to have their land lie idle for
the lack of tenants. Owing to several
causes, conditions have very materially
changed within the past few months.
Farm labor in many sections of the
county appears now to be plentiful.
Instead of land owners having to g?
out and search for help, farm hands
have gone out to look for homes.
This change of Conditions is due pri
marily to the fact that many negro
renters have been completely stripped
by their creditors. The number of
chattel mortgages foreclosed during
t'ie past fall has been much larger
than usual, indicating that a greater
number have been in financial straights.
For that reason many renters have
found themselves unable to farm on
their own account.
The large acreage in grain has had
something to do with the plethoric con
dition of labor. Instead of enlarging
and expanding by opening up additional
cotton farms, there has been, if we
are correctly informed, a disposition to
eurtail the acreage of the regular field
crops. Doubtless, too, many colored
people have acted upon the assumption,
and very wisely so, that credit will not
be as cheap this y**ar as last, which
would have made it more difficult for
(them to finance their farming opera
Disappointing prices and partial crop
failures are not without their advan
tages. ?n occasional weeding out of
an unreliable, irresponsible element
among the tillers of the soil is the best
for both white and colored.
Practice Rigid Economy.
The year 1912 was not without dis
appointments to many individuals.
Hopes were not realized-plans were
thwarted-fortune seemed to frown
upon their every effort. The New Year
which dawned with the rising of to
day's sun is uncertain. What 1913
holds for this or that individual, this
or that business, no one can tell. We
can live but one day at a time, doing
our utmost to make the efforts of each
iay a success. Because of this uncer
tainty, and the impossibility of acheiv
ing anything through our efforts alone,
it behooves us to plan carefully and
then execute to the best of our ability. I
If there is one word that The Adver- |
tiser would place more conspicuously i
oefore our people, particularly our far- 1
mer friends, for this year it is the
tvord ECONOMY. By laying the plans ;
for the new year wisely and economi- .'
:ally there is nothing to be lost and j
possibly, very probably, much to be .
gained. Unfortunately there is prac
:ally but one money crop produced
jpon the farms of this county, and
?vhile cotton is bringing a reasonably
fair price there is no telling what will 1
se realized for the crop of 1913. One i
oartial failure can not bankrupt, or
iven seriously cripple our farmers, but
jnless rigid economy is practiced a sec
ond crop failure may be disastrous to
nany farmers. This newspaper is not
i calamity crier, but it advocates be
ng on the safe side. The editor of 1
The Advertiser has an abiding interest
n the welfare of the farmers of this
:ounty. We want to see them pros
per and become independent. It is our
ieep concern for them that has prompt
ed us to urge that economy be practic
?d this year. Do not base your plans on ?
a maximum yield at a maximum price,
out rather have in mind an average ,
yield at an average price. Then if the
large yield and high price are realized
the net returns will be the greater.
Georgia Governor Talks on
Wholesale Pardoning by
Atlanta, Ga. Dec. 27-"If Souih
Carolina has persons within ber
borders whose presence is so dan
gerous she cannot tolerate them ex
cept under guard in her penitentiary,
she certainly is guilty of a grievous
wrong when she sets them free under
conditions which forbid them to
kill or otherwise damage her own
citizens, but empowers, if she does
not virtually encourage them to
lawless deeds in sister states.
"Georgia neither practices nor
endorses a policy akin to turning a
pack of wolves loose on your neigh
bor's children after locking your
own securely in the house."
The foregoing is the comment of
Governor Joseph M. Brown of
Georgia, on the pardoning and pa
roling of four score convicts, twen
ty-five of them life-termers, by Gov.
Blease of South Carolina on Tues
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I Current Comment f
.> 4*
"Uncle Sam" Objects to Booze.
Booze can't be sent by parcels post.
So those who use the stuff will have
to patronize the express company, or
better still, quit buying booze.-Or
angeburg Times and Democrat.
Better leave off the whiskey alto
An Apt Comparison.
When a governor pardons convicts
on the condition that they migrate to
another state it is like a man turning
a rabid dog loose so that he may go out
amongst the neighbors.-Spartanburg
It is a grievous wrong to turn loose
vicious criminals upon this and other
Out of Balance.
Some men are so light in the upper
story that they have to part their hair
in the middle to preserve their mental
equilibrium.-Newberry Observer.
What about those who feel compell
ed to wear their hats on one side of
their cranium. There are a few of
this unbalanced class round about
Made a Good President.
Every time President Taft says any
thing about the South he makes him
self more popular in this section of
the country. We believe there are
?orne people in Augusta who would
vote for him for President.-Green
wood Journal.
Had not the Baltimore convention
nominated a strong, safe man, a good
ly number of old-line-Democrats in
South Carolina would have cast the
ballots for Mr. Tat* in the last general
election. He has always proven him
self to be a friend to the South.
Gonzales Wanting Nothing.
Editor W. E. Gonzales announces
that he is no candidate for political fa
vors at the hands of Mr. Wilson or
anyone else.
lt's mighty fine to be perfectly in
dependent, but above all it shows that
Mr. Gonzales' zeal for Mr. Wilson was
born of patriotism and not of patron
age.-Gaffney Ledger.
Mr. Gonzales always takes high, un
selfish ground, which has caused his
paper, The State, to be looked upon
as one of South Carolina's most valua
ble assets.
Governor Should Investigate.
Of course the governor does not feel
in any way responsible for that lynch
ing at Norway last week. We have
come to an awful pass when human
life is taken under s* ch circumstances
as" these. Just keep up this sort of
thing and the lands of this country,
won't be worth ten cents an acre, for-,j
there will be no labor to farm theirnr:
We must depend on the negro as a
farr/ laborer, and they are certainly
not going to stay in a country where
they have no protection from the mob,
and who can blame them?-Bamberg
Innocent, inoffensive negroes should {
be protected from the mob. Let the ^
guilty be punished as provided by law
md let the innocent have the protec-1 ]
:ion of the law.
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I Smile Provokers |
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Knickei-"Do you understand
mort ?rages ?"
Bocker-"Yes; the first is for
Lhe car and the second is for the.
upkeep."-New York Sun.
Maud-"Miss Oldnn thinks that
hotel clerk just lovely."
Ethel-"4Why so?"
Maud-"He wrote opposite her
name on the hotel register, suite
16."-Boston Transcript.
"I feel very uneasy; it's pouring
with rain and my wife went out
without an umbrella."
"No doubt she'll take refuge in
i shop somewhere. "
"Yes; that's just what's worrying
me so. '
"Now, Johnny, said the teacher,
after she had explained the mean*
ing of the word, I wish you would
write a sentence containing defeat."
After twenty minutes' struggle
Johnny announced that he was
ready to be heard.
"Please read your composition,"
the teacher directed.
"When you git shoes dat's too
tite," Johnny read, "lt's hard on
de feat."
"You say your wife threw a plate
at you?"
"Yes, it was a fine china plate.
It broke against my head."
"Didn't she appear sorry after
she threw it?"
"Yes, she appeared very sorry."
"Ah, indeed. And what did she
"She said she was a fool not to
control her temper."
"Good. And what else did she
"She said she didn't believe she
could match that plate again if she
hunted the town through."
Beautiful Christmas Exerci
at the Baptist Church,
On Christmas night the Bap
Sunday school celebrated the oe
sion with beautiful and appropri
exercises. The church was docoi
ed with garlands of green and wi
bearing largu ?reen letters tl
formeil Christinas mottoes w
scriptural texts. liol ly and cei
were used in profusion and i
whole scene was impressive a
suggestive of the happy and joy(
season with its holy significance,
The first part of the program \s
arranged especially for the pleasi
and entertainment of the little fo
and the recitations and dialogi
were given by the smaller merabi
of the Sunday school. Jack Fel
am's recitation, "Giving and i
getting," presented the idea f
which the entertainment was pk
ned and he fully convinced his be;
ers by his earnest little speech th
it really is more "blessed to gi
than to receive." Little Hansfo
JVIims extended Christmas greetin
although he could not pronoun
the word, but the audience seerai
to understand and to appreciate h
merry "Kisraas."
''Mother Goose's Christmas pa
ty" brought back old friends
new roles. They too had caught tl
spirit of generosity and were brin;
ing gifts for others and notkeepin
all for themselves. "Little B
Peep" was lovely, being well re
resented by pretty little Corr
Cheatharn. "The Maiden all Fo
orn" aud Little Miss Muffett d?
lighted the little folks with Eliz
beth Timmerman and Elfie Alie
Lott as these characters. Eleano
Minis as Mother Goose was gracioi
and kind to her large family, e;
tending them a cordial welcome a
they arrived at the party. In the Iii
tie gathering were Jack Spratt
wife, Gertrude Thurmond;01d Wi
man in the Shoe, Lillian Pattiso r
Cur'y Locks, Emma Martin; Jil
Ruth Hart; Red Riding Hood, Mf
ry Lily Byrd; Old woman in a Bas
ket, Elise Hudgens; Miss Mar
C^uite Contrary. Elizabeth Lott, anc
last but not least, Santa Claus dress
?d in his accustomed red suit am
furs bringing, as he always does
happiness and good cheer to th
merry little band.
Instead of receiving presents eacl
child brought a gift l'or the orphan
age. Before the box was filled Eliza
beth Lott recited "Empty stock
ings" creating sympathy for th?
motherless children and J. C
Hughes spoke clearly and distinctly
his views on "Dividing his Christ
nas." Several children joined in a
iialogue explaining the purpose for
ivhich the offerings were to be giv
?n entitled the ' Christmas box."
These little tots rendered their parts
veil with the result of a generous
response in clothing, toys and mon
?y for the orphanage. Those whe
vere in the exercise were George
Tompkins, Hough Hart, Elizabeth
Lott, Gertrude Thurmond, Strom
Thurmond, Eleanor Minis, Kate
Wims, Ethel Cheatharn and Roland
The Christmas story of the birth
if Christ occupied the second part
)f the program and was divided in
,o four tableaux and pantomimes.
During the first scene of thc
shepherds on the hillside watching
he star, Miss Elizabeth Rainsford
lang beautifully a solo, "Shepherds
iritrht the star is shining."
Presenting a wonde rfully im pres
live scene was the vision of the an
rels, *a multitude of the heavenly
lost," appearing to the Shepherds
md forming the second tableau.
The rose colored lights that lit up
,heir fair young faces made an ex
remely effective picture impres
"ing in an indelible manner the
Bethlehem story upon the childish
ninds. During the scene, the choir
loftly sang the angels' song of that
blessed night, "Glory to God in the
The manger scene was next pre
jented, the dim starlight revealing
Mary sitting by the lowly bed like
:o that where once lay the won
?rous babe. The clear soprano
roice of Miss Rainsford was again
lieard in a soft sweet lullably,
'Sleep little Jesus, sleep.",
The last scene was the visit of the
Wise Men of the East bringing
their {rifts to present lo the newborn
king. During this Mr. Geo. Mims
sang ii? excellent taste and with fine
affect, the old but ever beautiful
Christmas song, ''Silent Night"
with soft choral accompaniment.
This closed a most delightful
avening for the members of the
Sunday school and their friends all
?)t which was arranged for their
pleasure by the efficient and belov
ed superintendent Mr. W. B. Cog
The committee on the entertain
nent of which Mrs. Mamie N. Till
nan was chairman made great suc
less of this occasion throughout,
md Christmas of 1912 will hold a
aTge place on that account in the
nemory of the children and older
people as well.
We wish to thank our friends
and patrons for their liberal
support for 1912 to make it the
banner year of our business,
and we promise you all in our
power to please and give you
values for 1913 to make it the
best yet.
Yours to serve,
New Year Greetings
Since coming to Edgefield our
business has steadily grown. For
this steady patronage we are
deeply grateful to the people of
Edgefield, town and county. We
expect to continue tip carry a
large stock of de^dable dry
goods, notions, shpe4 clothing,
etc., and ask for a continuance of
this patronage through 1913.
Israel Mukashy Bargain
Round Trip Excursion Fares ito Columbia,
S. C. and Return
Southern Railway
Premier Carrier of the Sc nth
National Corn Exposition
Jan. 27- Feb. 9,1913
Account of this occasion, the Southern Railway an
nounces very low round trip fares io Co
return, tickets on sale January 23. 25, 27
3> 5* 7- I9I3 with final limit returning tjo reach original
starting point not later than midnight Fe'
as follows :
umbia. S. C. and
and 31, February
)ruary 12, 1913,
Ba tes burg
Edgefield, I
Proportionately reduced fares from olher points. At
tractive side trip fares from Columbia. PJor further infor
mation call on nearest ticket agent, or9
A. H. Acker, TP A., W. E. McGhejEwAGPA
Augusta, Ga. Columbia, S. C.
H. F. Cary, GPA., S. H. Hardwick PTM
Washington, D.C. Vbjashington, D. C.

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