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VOL. 78. EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER i? JOHNSTON LETTER. Bible Study Class Organized Meeting of the Daughters of Confederacy-Recep tions Galore. The first historical meeting of the D. of C. for the fall months was held on Thursday afternoon, with Mrs. B. T. Boatwrigfht at her pret ty home, "Cedar Grove," near town. The historian, Mrs. O. D. Black arranged a very interesting pro gram, the subject being "Rear Ad miral Raphael Semmes, naval offi cer." The meeting opened with a Confederate song and several papers and sketches were given: Mrs. G. P. Cobb, "The navy and war ves sels;" Mrs. J. P. Bean, "Life of Semmes;" Mi?s Zena Payne, "The eea adventures of Semmes;" Mrs. D. W. Lott, "The Alabama, com manded by Semmes;" John How ard Black, a member of the chil dren's chapter sang "Old black Joe" with guitar accompaniment, and 'Burrell Boatwright, Jr., gave "Lit tle boy blue." Following the pro gram, the hostess invited all into the dining room where a salad course was served. A large bowl of autumn flowers occupied the center of the table and throughout the parlor and hallway their brilliant flowers added beauty to the already attractive roorm\ Miss Mallie Waters is at home from a visit to Augusta. Mr. and Mrs. P. N. Lott visited in Edgefield last week. Mrs. W. L. Coleman has return ed from the Knowlton hospital, Co lumbia, where she went for treat ment, having suffered greatly dur ing the summer with rheumatism. Mrs. H. W. Crouch and Miss Elise Crouch ?pent a_ fjewidajs-o/" ?ast week with friends at Trenton. Mr. Sam Carter, of Columbia, visited at the home of Maj. F. M. Warren recently. Rev. and Mrs. M. L. Lawson, of Laurens have been spending awhile with friends and relatives. Mr. Law son is a former pastor, having serv ed the Baptist church from 1907 1910, and he and his wife found a warm welcome. On Sunday morn-1 ing, through invitation of Dr. King, Mr. Lawson filled the pulpit. On Friday evening, Mr. and Mrs. Jack A. Lott gave a most en joyable dinner party, the guests of honor being Rev. and Mis. Lawson, and Rev. and Mrs. L. A. Cooper, who were visiting in the home aud Dr. and Mrs. A. T. King, and Mrs. Estelle Gough. There were several other friends present to enjoy the! cordial hospitality and good cheer of the host and hostess who are charming entertainers. ? On Saturday Mrs. F. M. Boyd gave a beautiful afternoon party for her guest, Mrs. Coogler, of Chester, at which about 40 friends were present to enjoy the pleasures. The rooms were decorated with blooming flowers, gorgeous red dahlias being used in the parlor and pink and white ones, with ferns, elsewhere. Upon the arrival, punch was served on the piazza by Misses Mallie Water? and Zena Payne and Miss Ly lie LaGrone escorted them into the hall, where the receiving line stood with Mrs. Boyd and Mrs. Coogler and the other hon orees, Mesdames M. L. Lawson, A. -T.King and Estelle Tough. Th? guests were introduced to these by Mesdames J. A. Lott and J. A. Dobey. After awhile of pleasant converse, intermingled with bright and inspiring music by Miss Willis, refreshments were served consist ing of frozen cream, pound and fruit cake and mints. Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Stevens gave a delightful dining on Saturday at "their home near town, and the day was happily spent. Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Walker en tertained about a dozen friends at tea Saturday evening. Mr. Elkins, of Parksville spent a a few days here at the home of Dr. J. A. Dobey the first of the week. Dr. and Mrs. J. A. Dobey enter tained with a very pleasant dining during the past week and present were several of their friends and relatives. Mesdames F. A. Tompkins and F. S. Jefferson are spending this week at Meeting Street with rda tives. Mr. and Mrs. M. T. Turner and Misses Frances and Bessie Ford Turner made a car trip to Angus Wednesday. Mr. Theodore Marsh who had tl misfortune to break his arm whi cranking his car, is now able to di card his sling and use the disabh member. Mrs. Milton Parker of Edgefie visited Mrs. William F. Seott la week. Miss Sara Norris spent Sunda at Aiken at the home of her nncl Mr. Milton Myer. Mrs. Alice Cox has been visitir. relatives at Saloda. Mrs. Bartow Walsh, of Sumte is spending awhile in the home < her father, Mr. W. L. Coleman. Capt. and Mrs. T. R. Denny gav a dining one day of the past wee for a few of their friends, the occ; sion being in honor of Rev. an Mrs. M. L. Lawson. The hours wei most pleasantly spent. Rev. E. C Bailey, pastor of th Presbyterian church, has organize a Bible study class, the meeting? t be on 2nd Sunday afternoon. Thi will be non-denominational, and al interested, are invited to join. Tb first lecture was given on the pas Sunday. On Sunday evening Rev. Bailej through invitation of Dr. King filled the pulpit of the Baptis church, and gave to his hearers i very interesting discourse. Mrs. Wates Writes of a Recen Trip. Mr. Editor: We have just return ed from a two weeks visit in th( home of Mr. P. H. Bussey, with Geo. and Eva, in the Red Oali Grove community, and knowing your interest in these good people will write yon a few dcts about them. The farmers are in a rush from jday.JjghJsrt?l- ^arjc^attierliiR^ii?BT! crop?, and their crops are turning out so much better than they ever thought, aud getting a good price too. ' The school at Flat Rock opened last Monday morning. Miss Rena Scott of Williston is their teacher. From what we saw and heard, we think ihe trustees have made a wise selection in their choice of a teach er, and Miss Scott has a school that she can hold more than one year. It was our privilege to attend services at the Grove last Sunday and hear a good sermon from Rev. G. W. Bussey. His text was, "I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith; I am now ready to be offered up. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteous ness." Saturday being orphanage work day on Sunday morning the chil dren were all asked to lay their offerings on the table. It was a .Hweet sight to fee the little ones carrying theirs that they had wo?k ed so hard for. Little Drue Bussey would pick some cotton every day, so as to have a good offering, and this week he has picked to make money to go in his envelope for state missions. 1 was impressed with the nice be haviour of the young people at the church Something that pleased me very much was the number of vomitr Tirls around the organ singing. It would be well for some of our town churches to follow their example. We visited in the homes of the Doms, Lambs, Tiramermans, Grirfis, Sheltons and enjoyed it so much.They recalled sweet memories. So much peace and neighborly kind ness seems to prevail among them all. They are always ready to help a brother in need. Mr. and 3Jrs. Bussey's quiet un assuming Christian life, will be a blessing to their children after'they have passed away. There are a lot of good things I might say about George and Eva, if they were not my own. Mrs. W. T. Prescott and her sweet little children visited me while I was-there. She is the same bright noble hearted woman that she ever was. I came home feeling better than when I left, and hope I may cuntinue to improve. M. Wates. Hand Painted China. What can bo mure dainty or ap propriate as a Christmas gift than a piece of white and gold hand painted china or a little water color picture? Don't wait for the Christ mas rush but send your orders to Miss Eliza Mims. A Theological Class to be am Charleston Presbytery in Edgefield. For the first time in about twent years the Presbytery convened her on the 7th of October and was i session from Tuesday night unti Thursday night. The churches o Edgefield, Johnston and Trento: have only recently been included i this presbytery since Rev. E. C Bailey became the pastor of tbi group. It is called "Charlestoi Presbytery" because it includes ; strip of country extending from tbi: section to said city. Owing to th? distance, the busy season and othei causes the attendance instead o: being fifty-five delegates, there wer only half this number present. Ii this strip of country known as Char leaton presbytery there are thirty seven churches, only apart of whick were represented at this meeting. When we consider the strength of Presbyterianism in this section il is difficult to realize that it is ne xi to the largest protestant denomina tion in the world; the Lutheran be ing the largest. But it is not the largest in the United States. It has been truly said that this church is like the English government, in that the sun never sets on her pos sessions. On Tuesday the Rev. Alexander Sprunt of Charleston de livered a most excellent sermon on the supreme necessity of both in dividual and church being endowed with that power which characterized the Apostolic church. Wednesday morning and afternoon was devoted to the reading of reports and ap pointing committees, etc. Wednes day afternoon we had the pleasuie of hearing Rev. J. 0. Rea vis of Co lumbia who deliveredi an address on. his African trip, about which wo have heard a great deal ,v si nee; those who were.;np?.*there missed by not heK^ng bis address and the address d?ltver??' on'Chinas Wednesday night we had tbe pleasure of hearing Rev. D. W. Richardson of China, who held his audience spell bound as they listen ed to the interesting story he had to tell. Mr. Richardson was a boy who was picked by the church aud we had an illustration o^f what a poor sickly boy can do by the help of (-rod, for he was head in school, iu college at Davidson, in Princeton. N. J., in Johns Hopkins Baltimore, aud finally in the great German university. The fruits of this find we saw and he ird in the person of Mr. Richardson. Thursday was devoted to the regular business of the Presbytery, at which time the inadvisability of changing this Presbytery was dis cussed and the conclusion "reached that we should not change the bounds. Thursday night the Rev. Geo. Blackburn of Columbia preach ed a fine sermon on the resurrection of Christ and the proof of the same. This subject was handled from a leg il point of view. The Presbj tery closed its sessions on Thursday. The pastor of the church deliver ed a lecture to a large audience on the English Bible, telling the con gregation the story of the Bible, covering four thousand years. All of these services were splendidly attended and both congregation and presbyters broke up the meet ing with a good taste left in the mouth. The pastor of the church here has instituted a Theological class for the purpose of investigating the Bi ble. This class will meet on Monday night after the third Sunday in each month. But it is probable that the interest in these Theological discus sions will grow so as to require that we meet oftener, unless we are different from most comiuiinities. We invite ai i denominate ns. and pastors, to be present and hope with their assistance, to conduct this study without friction. These Bible studies will be advertised in the pa per and in the post office, and we are sure that religion will be dis cussed on the streets enough to se cure unusual interest. The first discussion will be on "The Being of God," and it is hoped that all who are going to attend this class, will fall in line at the very first so as not to miss any of the connec ing links in the studies which atc ail naturally and logically arranged. The intent and purpose of this school is to shed light upon some dark theological problems, to enable us to appreciate the relations that the denonominations sustain to each oth er, to concentrate the attention of those who are loose in matters of religion, to broaden the minds of those who are troubled with reli 1 gions contraction, to start some of our boys and girls into active church work, to see if* we can find one more Richardson for any of the j churches here, to deepen the piety, to sweeten the spirit, to increase faith, to make this the most godly tqitn in the state, to bring the churches closer togethei ; but above ?U^to^save souls and glorify God. What, the results may be we can not prophecy, but our sole purpose is to do good. We hope to have more pupils, from all the churches, than ia commonly found in a single c?as?, but if we did not have more tharPjix earnest men and that many wonjan, it would be a triumphant success in the end. Let no one be afraid of the light. The discussions will be conducted so as to fairly present all sides of a question where th??e is difference of opinion. In this connection we might men tionna few of the topics to be dis cas^?}}: The attributes of God; the camion of scripture; the nature of inspiration; the nature of justifica tion^, the grounds of adoption; modes of sanctification; historical text Pettings; a full discussion on the jjerson of Christ; doctrines of miracles and parables; the ten stand ard,-Jrfcligions of the world in com parison with our religion; the one hundred and fifty denominations in America and how they came into existence; the doctrines of election, foreordination and predestination and the two great theological schools on either side of these questions; the second coming of Christ; the doctrines of future punishment, etc. some of the great doc iken- up and ve do , not h lique community, j in line at the first and we will not have to " turn th.3 whole class back to rehearse what we have been over. We only ask that you come regularly on time and bring a Bible with you. We will furnish the best music the town can afford. One word before we close: this is no child's play. If you are anxious to have light on these subjects and others in your mind, you will feel at home. Everybody cordially invit ed either to participate or listen to the discussions. E. C. B. Petit Jury, Third Week. J M Prescott, Collier. G H Reynolds, Blocker. Andrew Ouzts, Ward. E R Clark. Johnston. Brooks Uunovant, Pickens. L C Minis, Collier. J A Claxton, Ward. H VV Quartes, Red Hill. L R Brunson, Sr. Moss. H L Bunch, Meriwether. J T Gardner, Collier. L H Hamilton, Blocker. W P Johnson, Johnston. H H Williams, Moss. L W Reese, Meriwether. J H Crim, Johnston. L C Rich, Modoc. E B Dorn, Red Hil). J W Roper, Meriwether. P L White, Hilder. P M Markeri, Meriwether. Sara Satcher, Ward. W B Williams, Blocker. L S Kernaghan, Pickens. J A Thurmond, Meriwether. T G Murern, Moss. W S .rlarsh, Trenton. C A llrunsofi, (Jellier. A F Walton, Johnston. W E LaGrone, Johnston. B E Timmerman, Wise. I M Dorn, Elmwood. W G Wells, Collier. J P Mealing, Jr., Meriwether. W P Cul breath, Talbert. M W Herlong, Trenton. Good Shows for the Fair. The arrangements for the county fair are progressing very satisfacto rily. The grounds will be enlarged in order to make room for the ag gregation of shows that have been engaged. The midway, that por tion of the fair that is most enjoyed by the young people, will be more spacious than last year so as to pr? vent congestion when the crowd is large. Th: owner of the shows has assured the managers of the fair that Edgefield has never before seen such an aggregation of good clean shows as he will bring this time. Beautiful Pictures Which Hang on the Wall. Mr. Editor:- So long as l can write or speak, I shall hold np the Confederate soldier as being the greatest man in all the world. Hut it is not my intention to detract, or say anything that is disloyal to this great union which now protects us all. We all look to the same flag, governed by the same la .vs, read the same Bible and worship the same God, but the day has not yet come, when we can forget the brave men who died the death of martyrs in fighting for their . convictions. In all times and ages, he who has been willing to offer his life as au evi dence of the faith that was in him, has been worthy of a place among the heroes of history, and we take the position that this should be ac corded to everv man who wore the gray. The struggle was an unequal one. It was not for the promise of glory that they entered into this war; not for riches or high renown, but simply because their country was being invaded and the south called for help, and nobly did they answer the call. And they were will ing to defend their country and homes, even at the cost of the blood of her noblest sons. The result of that unequal conflict did not destrov the principles contended for by the south; and we speak of it now as a just cause. "Nations die and races expire.," bot truth is immortal, and principles based upon truth live on forever. No cause is lost which in losing forms the corner stone of liberty. To-day we can see a bright star of hope, when'we hear from the lips of father Ryan, that soldier priest, that uncrowned poet, laure ate of the south, his famous war lyric, which says to us: "Fold ih's^banner, for .' For there's not aman to wave it. And there's not one left to lave it In the blood that heroes gave it. - Touch it not, unfold it never, Let it droop there, furled forever, For its people's hopes are dead." That star o? hope was for a long time after the war obscured from view from the desolate conditions of heartbroken homes, but to-day it spreads its effulgent rays of com fort over a proud, energetic, suc cessful and happy people. Let us draw aside the curtain from KOUVJ of these beautiful pictures which hans high un memory's walls. The ?I chief picture in our group of treas ures is that spotless, that iiniuoita! Virginian, the hero of Appomattox, the ideal of every southern heart. The very sound of the name of Robert Edward Lee h ? Fills every true southern heart with a ch irrn, like the gentle mur mur of a "silver rountain stealing forth midst a bed of roses." We can see that gallant chieftain and his heroic followers on that event ful morning of the 9th of April at Appomattox. Some ol' thode soldiers had taken part in Pickett's mag nificent charge at Gettysburg. By their valor they had made the bat tlefield of Manassas immortal. Again, at Chickamauga, where those granite shafts now point tdcyward in loving memory of both the gray and the blue, these war scarred vet erans had on many a bloody Geld, felt thc flush of victory. But now the end was near, and it did not take a prophetic eye to see that Lee's illustrious anny was soon only to be a matter ot' history. Less than twenty-seven thousand all told, ragged and" hungry, having passed throuirh a winter of extreme priva tion and suffering. Still the tattered gray uniforms, upon which the sun shone that April morning, covered as noble, as brave, as unflinching soldiers as ever breathed. Lee's im mortal surrender was made, and it was left that day to disclose to view the ragged southern soldier; with head bowed in the presence of God, to whom alone he could look in that trying hour for solace and comfort,.for though he had fought a brave fight and had done his best, all was lost save honor. Another picture well defined upon the wall is the herioc Stonewall Jackson Whose gleaming sword was an inpiration to his men, the lightning bolt of the battlefield; grouped about him was Pelham, the greatest artillery man the world has ever known, Jeb Stewart, the immortal leader of the cavalry of the army of northern Virginia. But Virginia is not the only state that weeps for their ohildren that are not. Ken tucky, the fair daughter turns to Virginia her mother, and all her Bister states and points with lofty pride to those noble sons she gave to the cause, the intrepid John Mor gan, the matchless Sidney.Johnson, the panie chieftain, the wizzard of t,he saddle Nathan Belford Forest, Joseph E. Johnson th? darling of me Tennessee army. There is an other picture'on the wall that we trill not forget. It is the private ioldier behind the gun. In reading history he is seldom nentioned, but it was the private ioldier that whipped the fight With >ut him there would be no war; no >attle would ever be fought on land >r sea. Often he has pressed the ice md snow with his bare and bleed ng feet, with trousers torn, jacket ent, his blanket in shreds, his laversack empty, but he followed he battle-torn flag, and wrote in etters of blood on the brightest ?ages of history the names that rill never die. It is the private sol ierthat will make the name of jee, Longstreet, Jackson and other Teat generals ride down the ages, "he private soldier, the man behind he gun,. God bless him, dead or iving. He fought the battle, slept u a rail on the ground; ate dead ow flesh or anything he could get ut when "to boots and saddles'* ras sounded, he was readj. And, rhen the war was over, he returned 3 the land that once bloomed as the ose. The trail of the mail band of be enemy was seen on .every side, ut as he went a voice was heard, I will not leave thee, nor forsake li?e," when he reached home all ras gone except the qneen. She waa md inspire new hope, ?dgefield County Has Five Banking Facilities. Last week The State issued a spe ial edition reflecting the condition f the banks in Swuth Carolina, ""he Edgefield correspondent had he following to say concerning the iank* in this county: "Taking into consideration the .opulation, about 20,000 negroes ,nd 8,000 white people, it is proba rte that no other county in the State s better supplied with banking fa ilities than Edgefield. There are even State banks in the county (no lational banks) with a combined lapital of $234,285. This amount loes not include the capital invested n the branch of the Bank of Wes ern Carolina at Johnston, as the mme oflice is located at Aiken. ?rom the standpoint of accessibility md convenience to the people, the ?even banks are admirably located. Three, the Bank of Trenton, the Sank of Johnston and the Bank of Western Carolina, are located in he eastern part of the county. The l?ank of Parksville and the Bank of Plum Branch are in thc western section, and the Farmers' Bank and ;he Bank of Edgefield are n the central portion, being lo jated at the county seat. "While the banks of this county ire liberal in their dealings with :heir patrons, they are conservative ly managed and are on a pafe and lound basis. They have had no dif Sculty in supplying the necessary funds for moving the cotton crop. [n the main, it has been the policy yt these institutions to pay to tho itockholders in annual dividends 3nly a portion of their earnings, passing the remainder to surplus iceount. As a result of this policy, ihe banks have grown stronger each year and their stock has steadily in ireased in value. ''During the past year tho depos its of the banks of this county have increased in the aggregate about 10 per cent, and the loans about 15 per cent. As this is an agricultural 2onnty, fully 50 per cent, of the loans are on mortgages of real es tate and the other half are secured t>y mortgages of personal property ind by personal security. Notice, do not wait for tho cut price Sale on Clothing, we have S15.00 Special Suits and Overcoats, ill wool, nicely made, fit perfect, 125.00 values, write F. G. Mertins, Augusta, Ga.