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Knights of Pythias Banquet.
Lee's Birthday to be Suita -
bly Observed. Mr. Lott's
Class of Young Men.
The banquet of the Knights of
Pythias held on the last Thursday
evening at Turner hall was quite
the pleasantest affair held here in
some time, the only regret of it
being the inability of the speak
er. Hon. Mendel L. Smith, of Cam
Cdii, to be present, but arrangement
was made for speeches by local tal
ent. The hall presented a pretty ap
pearance, having been given over to
14 young ladies,and the banquet table
was in the shape of a Greek cross,
in the center there being a large
pryamid of ferns and flowers, and
at the four points, were arrange
ments of flowers, with troipcal
fruits arranged temptingly on the
festive board. Two hundred covers
were laid, and the feast was creatly
enjoyed. Concluding:this, Mr. .1. A.
Lott acted as toast master, and the
first to be heara from was Prof.
Williair Fletcher Scott, on * why I
am not a Pythian." He was greeted
with a round of applause and his
reason? afforded much laughter, and
in his closing remarks ho spoke of
his high regard of the principles
sustained by the K. of P.
The second speaker was Rev. E.
H. Beckham, his subject being
*\Not decided." In his own charac
teristic way he handled his subject,
and caused great laughter as he
made a play upon the undecided
younp couples nearby, and told
them that as soon as they did decide,
they knew whereto fiud him.
The third called upon was Mr.
S. J. Watson, and his subject was
4'Hair/' and the very subject
brought forth merriment, aud dur-.
icg his speech, ?he kept ali laugh
ing.- Ht-closed by saying that ?t^
though he bad now lost all bis hair,
he had managed to keep all secrets
of the Knights of Pythias.
The fourth speaker was Rer. P.
E. Monroe on ''Damon and Pythi
as." The keynote of his remarks
was friendship and he spoke feel
ingly of this characteristic of the
order. Several other extemporaneous
speeches were called for from some
Mr. Dunbar, of Augusta, has
leased the hotel of Mr. O. S.
Werta, and moved his family here
this week. The town at present has
only one hotel and the need of an
other one has been felt.
Mrs. Harry Hamilton and Mas
ter Harry spent last week in Edge
field with Mesdames W. E. Lott
and J H.Allen.
Mrs. Chas. Early has returned to
Florence after a months stay at the
home of her father, Mr. W. W.
Gen. Robt. E. Lee's birthday
will be celebrated on Sunday Jan
uary 20th, instead of the 19th. The
occasion will be held at the school
The Christmas offering from the
Womans' Missionary Society, of
the Baptist church was $110. The
Y. W. A. had a good gift, but as
yet all the envelopes haw not been
gathered in. The Sunbeams gave
Little Agnes Brown, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. John Brown, happen
ed to a very painful accident latt
week. She had an open knife in her
hand and running across the room
fell, the knife in some way, pierc
ing the lower jaw, a part of the
blade extending through.
The class of yuung gentlemen,
taught by Mrs. J. A. Lott, at the
Baptist Sunday school, is one of the
most interesting and promising. At
the end of each quarter she has a
written examination and the papers
are splendid. In the last examina
tion each ene did remarkably well,
but especial mention is made of
Mr. Wallace Turner who made 100,
perfect; Mr. Jefferson, 2nd, 99;
Mr. Irwin Reames, 3rd, 98. It wae
not known that at the end of the
year a prize would be given, and
Wallace was surprised with a hand
some volume o? Ben nur.
Mr. James Turner baa been suffer
ing greatly for the past month with
his eye and for two weeks has been
ia a darkened room with the afflict
ed member bandaged, and it was
feared at first that it would have to
be removed. About 0 or 8 months
ago, his left eye was removed,
thinking this might strengthen tb
A. junior Y. W. A. was organ i z
ed last Sunday afternoon, the ofti
eers being, president, Miss Paulin
Lewis; vice-president, Miss Bessie
Ford Turner; treasurer. Miss Lois
Hoyt; secretary, Miss Prances Tin
ner; organist, Misa Bettie Waters.
The first quarterly conference o'
the year will convene Saturday anrl
Sunday at the Methodist church,
and the presiding elder, Bisho.
Duncan will preach at the Sunday
morning service.
Mrs. John W. Marah entertained
with a delightful dining on Satur
day, for their <ruest, and aunt of tin
latter, Mrs. W. B. Bouknight, o
Jacksonville, Florida.
Miss Annie Loise Asbill, ol
Winston-Salem, N. C., is spen I inp
awhile with her young friends.
Mr. James Kenny, of Mississippi,
visited relatives here recently, it
having been 3D years since he was
iu South Carolina.
Miss Cora Mobley is the guest ol
Miss Mary Matheny in Augusta.
Newsy Letter From Plum
Dear Editor:- We are rejoicing
over the fact that the weather man
made a mistake when he predicted
i cold wave for us. We had a wave
but not a cold one, only a little
damp and disagreeable. Instead of
the cold v/ave we have had good
weather on our oat crop, for the
outlook is good and the best of it is
we have a larger crop. Yes there
has been more oats sown this last
year than for years past, and if the
spring is favorable there will be
considerably more sown.
Our merchants are busy closing
up last year's accounts and making
preparations for a good business for
this year and with a will to make
a success, regardless of the money
v???r^.ncy^.. Th? farmers ; generally
are hopeful anti apparently happy
over the prospects of a good crop
year. According to some of the old
people's saying and prognostica
tions of the old twelve days we will
have a seasonable year. Well let us
hope. Were it not for hope we would
be the mont miserable creatures on
The high school with all the
teachers in their places have return
ed after the holidays and resumed
their work, and the children are
glad and happy and seem to enjoy
their part ol' the program, i. e. the
recess part of it from the noise they
make at noon and evening.
Some sickness in and around
town. None serious however.
Mr. B. D. Kitchings has been
quite sick but is up and around the
Mrs. E. Colman has been sick
with grippe and cold but she is up
and able to walk about the house.
Brother Freeman the Baptist
minister left us last Saturday for
his new home and work al Black
stock in Chester county where he
has two churches and a good and
pleasant field to work in. We were
sorry to see him leave us but we
are glad that he has a good place
aud we hope for him and his fami
ly a prosperous and a happy year.
Brother Freeman and his family
have endeared themselves to the
large majority of our people here,
not only among his own flock but
the Methodist, and the young peo
ple are a unit in his praise.
Well, Bro. Mim*, look up our
new supervisor, Mr. Edmunds, and
tell him our roads are more "holy
than righteous," and we will take
pleasure in showing bim around. I
guess our law makers will get down
to work now soon. There is one
thing they might do that will save
the state a lot of money by doing
away with the criminal part of our
jury. Let us have a jury to try all
civil cases but I don't see the need
of a criminal jury when one man
can undo all that 12 men and judge
do, and sometimes it takes several
days for the 12 meu the judge and
lawyers to convict, and one man can
undo in a moment what they hare
done. Something is out of joint if
this state of things can't be reme
died. We have some good lawyors
in our legislative halls and if there
is any way to take the pardoning
power out of the governor's hands
it should be done at least for the
next two years. Brother Minis, we
or our grand old stat* are in bad
shape when our executive will con
done crime. We have laws,
let us abide by them and every ufn
.er from a magistrate to a consta
ble is supposed to see that the law
is kept to the h-tter.
If matters continue to go on as
?.hey now are our grand old state
and her people will be looked upon
as a set of anarchists by our sister
state. Don Carlos.
Rev. John Lake Preached in
A. writer in the Baptist Courier
last week had the following to say
Mtncernine a sermon preached??at
ihe First Baptist church in Green-:
k ille by Rev. John Lake:
The text was "The sower sow
i'th the word." Mark 4:14. Th?Kd
is something quite charming about
VI,-. Lake. His face wins you, and
lhere is an honest ring in his voie*.
Me is simplicity itself; and has the
happy faculty of being abi^ to se
lect, a few things out of many, a
few that illustrate his point. There
appears to be nothing especial ly
gifted in his method of telling his
story, but it has been a loner time
since I saw an audience aw deeply
interested in missionary narratives.
There were all classes of people out
on Sunday morning but if there
was a listless auditor in the house
he was not in my range of vision.
The sermon gave illustration?
from the missionary's own experi
ence of the various classes of hear
ers spoken of in the parable. But
before he began with these illustra
tions he dropped a word that might
well sink into the heart of those
wh;) were opposed to missions. He
said, "You have all seen men sow
ing, who could ill spare the seed
they were scattering over thc
ground; and yet they dared not stop
sowing. Their very bread depend
ed on it."
"We have discouragements in
our work." There are "by-path"
hearers. Many a , time the mission
ary batfi sat in a boat aud pi^t?bV
ed to teeming hundreds upon the
shore; and in the very midst of his
most earnest appeals, wo'uld be
stopped by some listener with a
question about the price of his
clothes! Aud this not from mere
curiosity. It is just now becom
ing fashionable in China to wear
thc Western garb and the price is a
matter of useful information.
"A? an illustration of the "stony
ground hearer" the preacher told of
a young princess, who while in
school in England had joined a
Christian church and after return
ing to China became an attendant
rupon the Queen Dowager, that won
derful but monstrous old woman
who hated fiercely all things Chris
tian and foreign. The young prin
cess won the old woman. Une
evening when the two were walk
ing together the queen said, "I love
you. But, while in your Western
school, did they induce you to be
come a Christian ?" The young
princess said "Ko," and the two
continued friends.
"There was also a fine story to
illustrale the "thorny ground hear
er; and, best of all, two others to
illustrate those who received the
Word into good and honest hearts.
But these last can't be reduced in
compass without killing them. One
was of a poor, and, remarkable to
relate, an honest, servant, who was
as ignorant as he was ugly but who
slowly and surely came to oonver
siou and afterwards to a devoted
and useful life. The other was of
a great scholar who became a
Christiau after he became a profes
sor in a Christian college; and who
later, reading the Bible translated
by Baptists and printed in our Chi
nese publishing house, noticed that
baptizo was translated by the Chi
nese word for immersion. Mrs.
Lake had but little trouble in lead
ing him to the light; and to hear
was to obey. Tnat man was bap
tized in a pond before a jeeriug
crowd and is today a deacon-preach
er and one of great power.
"The missionary explained that
the version of the Bible which con
verted that man is now out of print
and that he wants to raise 110,000
to enable our publishing huuse tu
issue another edition."
He-If I wa?< rich, darling, would
you love me more than you do?
She-Well, 1 might not love you
any more, but I would look forward
to our wedding day with a great
deal more impatience titan I do at
''The Defenders of Charleston."
Th? history of any nation is
laigely the history of its great men,
pleaders in thought and action.
Especially is this true of Edgefield,
for her histoiy has been made en
tirely by her own brave men. Edge
tield county may jus-tly claim a con
spicuous place in all c f the great
struggles that have involved the
country since it has been eetablish
ed.'.asa county, by the number and
bravery of the soldiers she has sent
io the front, and for the heroism of
our women that sustained them at
home; lu that -sad struggle between
thu States from the borders of
Ed guli old county, a large number
of companies went to thc front in
defile pf the principles they be
13yjS?fe^be TH?ht. "}
ine su bj eux-'-? of this sketch is
''The defenders of Charleston," and
it is with a feeling of pi ide that I
write, that the defenders of Char
let-tou in the sixties were lo a large
extent Edgefield county men. It is
not my purpose in this article to
give au account of the battles out
side of this state, even of these in
which our troops participated, for
time and Bpace will not permit. I
will only state here, that the volun
teers.from Edgetield were mostly
embodied in the nineteenth and
seventh regiments. Those in the
nineteenth went kwi\st, and were in
all the campaigns and battles in
Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and
Mississippi, and ihu>e who endured
were with Johnston at thc final sur
render. The seventh was sent early
in the war to Virginia, and shared
with thc dauntless Lee, the glories
and disasters that befell him from
Bull Run to the falling of the cur
tain at Appomattox.
Charles on, being then the lar
uest sea-port town in South Caroli
na, with a full bay open to the lar
??esi steamers, and in close touch in
a commercial way with the largest
countries of the world, was neces^a
rily a much desired port to be tak
en. Th? uuion troops realized this
and from the beginning it was evi
dent that they would bend every
effort to capture tho city. On the
19th of April President Lincoln
issued a proclamation blockading
the whole southern coast from
South Carolina to Texas and they
felt assured that with Charleston
well m hand, they could land troops
and supplies as needed, it only re
mained to be sh:>wn that the city by
thc sea was not to be as easily cap
tured a? was supposed, fur history
will agree wit1' rue that the tights
about Charleston harbor are among
the mo&t remarkable of all time. All
eyes were now turned on Slimier,
and from the booming ol" the first
nun, th?*re was a tremendous out
burst of patriotic feeling over thc
entire south. The defense of Fort
S mn ter rtiand* in the first rank
among the great hieges of history,
and must have a place along with
the devine H?' (-rihraltar and Sevasto
pal. Alfred Rhett, was the immortal
coal mander of this port and the
credit is due to his courage, and the
value of the men who manned his
The Confederate government sent
Gen. Beauregard to assume charge
of the defense in Charleston haibor,
and he aiso had in his command
troops from Georgia and Florida.
T'iese were under Gen. .Johnson
llagood, and it MUS at Honey lill
legation to Ger
Representative T. P. DeLaughter.
that the Georgians showed sud
ile ill and ardor, the enemies loss be
ing very heavy.
Next in i m [?ort ance to Sumter,
ind only a few hundred'yards away
s Moultrie. This port was held by
Uol. William R Butler of Edgetield,
me of thc bravest of the brave,
ur/ith live companies of the first Caro
lina infantry. I must mention with
?special emphasis the battle of Bat
tery Wagner on Morris Island.
Beauregard was gifted with won
derful engineering ability, and the
shell shown in the construction of
this f->rt was of the highest order.
One of the fons now used at West
Point is an exact imitation of thjs
one. The ground on which these
fortifications stood has lung since
disappeared beneath the 'waves, but
tht' memory of tl.? *h?rOish| ?:4fc*y-!
ed there will live forever.
Studeuts of the Confederate war
should also remember the tight at
Sercssionvill >, on James island, in
which the union forces under Gen.
Huuter were defeated by the Con
federates under Gen. Johnson Ha
guud. They were repelled twice in
au effort to destroy the railroad be
tween Charleston and Savannah,
and two weeks after this defeat the
union forces abandoned James Is
land. Major Joseph Abney another
one of ridgefield's brave men, with
dis intrepid body of sharpshooters
held a position on the other side,
and the most poorly defended coast
i)f .lames leland, but this however
was not engaged in the battle of Se
[session vii le.
We ii ml another Edgefield conn
Ly niau at the front as commander
jf Battery Bee. on Sullivan's Is
land. This was Lieut. Gul. John G
Sim ki tis. As soon as South Carolina
receded and it was known that war
was inevitable, he was among the
li rsi to offer his services to Gov.
Picken*. Ile did splendid service in
the repulse of the Iron Clads in the
naval Attack on Charleston. On th-*
night of the 16th of duly, he with
Lbr HS companies of the regiment,
iud Capt. Adams, Haikell and Ta
tum, was ordered to Battery Wag
ner on Morris Island. Here he act
id as ?thief of artillery, au?l he and
Ilia devoted little band without rent
or sleep stood under a terri Kc bom
bardment, until the night of the
18th, when while reoulsing the
iiitimy he fell, pierced through the
right lung by a minnie ball.
I must not neglect to mention
-Jen. R. G. M. Dunovant, who was
n charge of fores in Charleston,
.mt I have been unable to lind hts
ixact location. In the commissary
lepartment we find Mr. John K
Sac?n, and our beloved Col. Jamen
These were all brave and gallant
nen and their lives have not 'von
i ved iii vain. Had they all li veil
hey would have held positions of
,ru<*tand honor, and donn good al
o in their nation's service, and his
ory will certainly accord mein their
iroper place.
Helen Sheppard Nicholson.
(The foregoing paper was read
,t a meeting of the E Igefield diap
er, U. D. C., by Mrs. Nicholson.
lupply Humus, and all Things
Else Will be Added.
How does the so-called "resting"
)f laud improve il? By the fact
hat weeds and other vegetation
;ro,w on it and take up the available
lera! Assembly
Representative Jerome H. Courtney.
plant foods and this vegetation dy
ing and decaying furnishes this
plant food hack to the soil for other
crops and in its de jay also sets free
still other plant foods for the use
of succeeding plants.
How is hud under cultivation
made richer? By the application of
?stable manure, the plowing under
of crops and the supplying of min
eral plant foods in larger quantities
than the crops remove.
How are rich lands which pro
duce crops maintained fertile? By
the growing of legumes, which add
nitrogen; thc application of more
mineral plant foods, phosphorus and
potassinni, than the crops remove;
and the plowing under of stable ma
lt'ire and vegetable mxtt?r to re
plenish the supply of decaying or
? gallic. .maltexpr huoiilif.
These seem simple facts, which
every farmer knows are true. Then
why not follow nature's methods
and man's common sense practice
in dealing with tho soul?
A correspondent recently intimat
ed that wc seemed to have lost
siirht of everything else in soil man
agement in our desire to get more
humus. This is not quite true, but
if we could get our sonthtrn far
mers to supply the needed humus
to their soils, we would be quite
..viiling to.ignore all other matters
fur several years, feeling secure
that the addition ot' the needed hu
mus would do more to increase the
productiveness of Southern soils
han ?nything else th u can be done
md confident lh.it all other things
will come in good season when our
?oils have been made as productive
is a ful! supply of decaying vegeti
'?le matter will surely make them..
Statement From Mr. Black
I notice an item in your paper of
.lanuaiy 8, from the Plum Branch
correspondent where he has used
my name very freely in connection
with a supper tri ven in honor of the
Plum Branch Ktiiirhtn of Pythias
hy Dr. and Mrs. .). B. Adams.
While 1 have no objections to his
ts'ing my name in connection with
such a grand affair as this no doubt
was, and it. was my most sincere re
gret that I could not bc present,.
[ wish that the Plum Branch cor
res (muden t would refrain from
using my natue in connection with
a \ouny lady in another section of
the state, and in case he should re
fer to me or this lady in particular,
I would be jr I ad if he would first as
certain the facts of thc case, for I
don't know as there is anything tc*
the report ?hat this girl has pneu
monia. P don't think it was any
thing more than a cold and what
? said in regard to this was only a
supposition of mine that it might
be something of the kind and was
not. said for publication.
I do sincerely hope that the lady
referred to will never see tn? piece
that was written by the Plum
Branch correspondent and in case
she should see it I am writing this
that she might fully understand
that this information was not given
out by mc.
Yours very truly,
J. B. Blackwell.
This piece of lace on my dress
is over Sfty years old.1'
"It's beautiful. Did yon make it
yourself/ '

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