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VOL. 80
MO. 32
Correspondent Gives Crop Con
dirions in Texas. Writes of
Trouble Along Mexican
Bditor The Advertiser:- I ?ra
still down in south Texas and dry
and hot. Water is scarce and hard
to get no rain since the 28th of May.
The crops are better than was ex
pected. It bas been so dry that the
weevil left the cotton and it is fine.
The farmers say it will make about
two-thirds to a bale per acre. Up
to last Saturday there has been
12,800 bales put on this depot and
yar J for shipment. They think they
will pat 8,000 more. It is selling
from 9i to t. Corn is short and
sorry bat don't need it. As they
have plenty of Kaffir corn they are
selling their corn at 50 cents per
Two weeks ago I went from here
to Portland about 85 miles down
on the bay. I went through the
town of Taft then through Gry rey
and of all the sights of cotton I saw
it on the ?oad. I was in an automo
bile and we went by a great gas
well that blowedoat aud caught fire
and is still barning, It is a sight to
see. The fire boils and spurts up and
they can't control it or put it out.
It is about 100 yards to the edge of
the bay where the gas raus in the
bay. It bas caaght fire and is burn
ing around for 20 feet. Then I went
to another one that they had auder
control. There was so much noise
and roaring you had to holler in
talking. At this well they had killed
a rattlesnake as large as my arra
with 12 rattles, the first I had ever
seen. Last week I went down to
Corpas Christie, about 50 miles
from here. I crossed the bay on a
bridge said to be five or six miles
long. Corpas is a beautiful town of
?boat 12 or 15 thousand. They are
building a street car bridge across,
-?fcis'bay from Corpus to PonT?ndT
I sa w one cotton field on my way
that had IOU Mexicans in it picking
'cotton. There were tents all over
the field. On Saturday afternoon you
Ican hardly walk the streets here
for Mexicans. Our soldiers and the
Texas Rangers are fighting them
every day or two down near Brown
ville. They come over in bands of
75 or 80 and rob. kill and tear ap
railroad bridges as they go. About
two week* ago I saw three trains
loaded with nothing but soldiers and
horses going to Brownsville. The
white people are leaving their coun
try houses and going to the towns
tor protection, being afraid to stay
in their houses at uight. ,1 am look
ing for it to start here as the sheriff
arrested two of the Mexicans for
house stealing and pat them in jail,
fie got two letters the next day
stating that he had better tarn
them oat or he would suffer for it.
No name was signed to the letters.
He expects to be killed any time. I
don't hardly think he is in any dan
ger unless he is caught out of town.
Don't know, though? there are se
many of them here and they love j
whiskey and yon know that whiskey
will make a man do lots of things,
tjiat he would not do when sober.
1 am so glad that old South Caro
lina has gone dry. Yon know it
ioakes me feel good to meet my
friends here on the streets and they
all compliment me about thy old
?tate going dry. They say they are
going to try and work for Texas to
get dry and I tell them I hope they
will not give all of the credit of
Sooth Carolina going dry to the
men for I believe that the most of
it came by the prayers and hard
ork of the good women of South
ar olin a and e pee i il ly the good
lies around Edgefield court house
nd there are some good men in and
round Edgefield like R. L. Dano
ant. Thank you ever so,much old
riend for that nice box of cigars,
did enjoy them so much. The peo
le are nice and kind to me bat J
ove old South Carolina and he:
people and will forever, above al
others. I am old and have alway
lived in it. It is said that you can
teach an old dog new tricks and
believe it. You can tell Iv Morgai
that he need not fear about a Mexi
can widow lassoing me foi I don'
like them and can't understand anj
lng they say.
Mr. Editor there is in sight of u
an oil Wwii that is being bored. The
have got il 4,000 feet deep an
struck oil aiul the companies 31
.offering *7.?u per acre on all tl
Edgef?eld Teachers, Greeting.
The time for opening oar rural
schools is now at hand, and, as a
great deal depends on the way our
work is begun, I send this message,
hoping that you will lind something
suggestive. The progress being
made along educational lines Rhould
urge every one connected with the
work to do his or her best to bring
Edgef?eld to the front among the
counties of the state. Our'last year
was a good one, but we shoald not
be satisfied. We can do better.
On the first day of school, the
teacher should be on the ground
early, meeting the children as they
come in, learning their names, and
engaging each one in a short con
versation on any subject that might
interest a child and put him at his
ease. This first morning is a strenu
ous timo with most children. It is
not necessary to hurry about calling
them to order on this the first morn
ing, but give all your time to be
present at the opening exercises. The
exercise may consist of a selection
from the scripture and the Lord's
prayer in concert, or the teacher
may be judge of this exercise.
If the teacher so desires, a short
talk appropriate to the occasion may
be made, and then proceed with the
enrollment and examination of
books. This will take some time
and those not actually engaged by
the teacher may be kept busy writ-1
ing name, postoffice, county and!
state, with perhaps a list of books
studied the previous year. The idea
is merely to keep them doing some,
thing, because on this first morning
with a stranger especially, each
child will be studying the teacher
to find any weak points that may be
and the teacher needs that opportu
nity with the pupil first,
j After examining the books of
each one, it is well to assign a sim
ple lesson in reading, writing or
spelling to keep him or her busy
after going to another. A boy or
girl left with nothing, to-^;""***-1*1
more than apt to find something. Do
not be hasty in ordering new books
for pupils, nor take their word for
what they may think they know. It
is wise to spend the first few days
with the old books, that an intelli
gent idea ujay be formed as to what
books are needed.
The control of a rural school is
generally decided within the first
few days of the session. A set of
written rules is not practical. Give
the children to understand that the
rule of right is to govern, and make
that the standard. Be positive with
out being harsh, be kind without
being partial? make yourself a friend
of your pupils without sacrificing
your dignity as a teacher. Give them
to understand that you are with
them to help them. When a child
needs correction, be careful tu say
what you mean, and mean what you
Tnt ?flfttft of your pupils is very
importaaV oaorv important is
the W?M?B? tltfak confidence. Get
bofcfc, t*4 tito ^tsction is solved. I
wuk tot ftStfe +m ?f /ea a pleasant
ye*? a?? tm *fcf* V?U be a benefit
IO +?6m ft* * the commu
oiffcfe Wm W k*T taken up
3Wg|&|?w! jSt?t'**- of service to
yotrffp time, oaft on me.
W. W. F?ller?
Co. Supt. Education.
Mrs. Rena Reardon.
Augusta, Ga., Oct. 4.-Mrs.
Rena Reardon, ?aged 40 years? died
at a hospital here yesterday and was
buried this afternoon from the
Woodlawn Baptist church, the Rev
C. R. Hutchings officiating. She ii
survived by her husband, John R
Reardon; her mother, Mrs. Anni?
Harris; two brothers, Simeon Har
ris of Johnston and Joe Harris o
Edgef?eld, and one ?sister, Mrs
J. W. Reese of Edgef?eld.
land they can get as a lease to sin!
oil wells. This is not buying th
land but just the right to sink ;
well. When they want one on i
hundred acres of land they pa;
$750 and the one can go ahead au<
farm and if they sink a well on you
farm the company pays you all th
damage they do your farm. This i
helpiug the farmer that owns a Iii
tie place out and helping some t
pay for their land that could nc
have been paid for otherwise.
Well, Mr. Editor I hope to 1
with you all next August or befoi
then if I can.
J. J. Garnett,
Simon, Texas.
Very Beautiful Home Wedding
Numerous Handsome Tok
ens. Elaborate Supper
Ono of the prettiest home wed
dings ever witnessed in Edgefield
was solemnized at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. J. W. Peak Thursday af
ternoon at 6 o'clock when their eld
est daughter, Miss Hortense Peak,
became the bride of the Rev. Pat
rick Henry Bussey. The ceremony
was performed by Dr. E. Pendleton
Jones, assisted by the Rev. George
W. Bussey of Greenwood, an uncle
of the groom.
As the guests arrived they were
received by Mr. and Mrs. Peak and
Miss Florence Peak. The spacious
hall, front parlors and dining room
were decorated with smilax and ont
flowers. Pink carnations and smilax
were used in great profusion in the
hall, dining room and west parlor
and in the east parlor, where the
ceremony waa performed, white car
nations and evergreens were used.
The prenuptial musical numbers
were a pleasing featu re, filling the
interim between the arrival of the
guests and the appointed time for
i the ceremony. MM. Mamie N. Till
man presided at the- piano playing
the accompaniments. Miss Miriam
Norris sang "Beoanse," which was
followed by a violin- sole by Miss
R?sela Parker entitled "Love's
I Melody." Miss May Hughes of Mo
bile, Ala., a school friend of the
bride, sang "A Perfeot Day." The
strains of the Mendelssohn wedding
march upon the piano by Mrs. Till
man announced the readiness of the
bridal party, the following order
being observed on entering the par
lor: Dr. E. Pendleton Jones and the
Rev. G. W.Bussey, Miss Lallie Peak
and Miss Mamie Bussey,. sisters ot;
the bride and groom? respectively:
MiUriiia- BJaJ?Cki? r3xtt?:ItnygMk j
Peaki "tfie~~7mua ot honor; Tittle
Effie Allen Lott and Ransford Miras,
bearing flowers and the ring; the
groom accompanied by his best
man, the Rev. L. H. Gardner of
Hartville, and last the bride, at
tired in a rich gown, with the con
ventional veil hanging gracefully
about ber slender form, on tho arm
of her father. The bride and groom
took their position before the im
provised altar of flowers, whose
loveliness was heightened by the
soft light from numerous tapers.
The ring ceremony was used and at
the close of the brief bu?; impressive
ceremony, the Rev. G. W. Bussey
invoked heaven's blessings upon the
newly formed union.
In reverse order the bridal party
left the parlor and entered the din
ing room, where they were seated
about a long table, partaking of the
elaborate wedding supper. As the
last course was completed, Mrs. Ma
mie Tillman who served as toast
mistress, after giving utterance
to befitting words called upon Dr.
E. Pendleton Jones to respond to
the toast, "The Bride," which he
did ia a most happy vein. While
the bridal party was feasting in the
dining room, the guegts were served
with an elaborate wedding supper
buffet style. A pritttlet? so igest r of j
the occasion for the bride Was the
book in which all of the guests re
corded their names, under the SQ?
per vision of Miss Jennie Pattison as
they entered the west parlor to view
the numerous tokens from friends
in Edgefield and other parts of the
state. Miss Sadie Mims and Mrs.
W. L. Dnnovant, Jr., refreshed the
guests with fruit punch.
The bride quietly withdrew and
changed her gown for a handsome
traveling suit, and amid a shower of
rice they hastened through the hall
and down the walk to the gate,
where an automobile was waiting
to take them to Augusta, whence
they departed upon their wedding
journey of two weeks. After theil
return they will make their home
in Darlington county, near Harts
ville, where Mr. Bussey is pastor oi
two large Baptist churches and
principal of the school.
Our popular price patterns anc
weaves in wool and wash fabrics an
tho most attractive in style am
beauty, and more tempting in thei
money-saving possibilities than yoi
could expect. We have here the kim
you will be glad to choose from
and at prices you can easily affon
and would bc glad to pay.
i Rubenstein.
Mr. and Mrs. Claxton Celebrated
Fiftieth Anniversary of
Their Marriage. Sumpt
uous Feast.
. I Ito
Editor Advertiser:- In the eastern
section of Edgefield county, on the
crest of a sloping hill overlooking
Beech creek stands a beautiful coun
try Home. Around this home cluster
evidences of enterprise, peace, and
plenty, an^'this home is that of our
beloved f?ds, Mr. and Mrs. Lew
is V. OlkxfijSL. In 1861 Lewis V.
Claxton entered the Confederate ar
my as a member of Company A.
19th S. 0. regiment, and served
throughout the war between the
states,.and a' truer, braver soldier
i never shouldered a musket.
After the smoke of battle had
passed away' Lewis Claxton came to
his home and) began life penniless.
He soon found a helpmate who was
willing to help him aud to 'share
with him in meeting the problems
of life which oome to us all. On the
1st dav of October, 1865, Miss Mar
garet Aughtrejbecame his wife, and
for fifty years.fthey have walked in
life together, 'snaring the duties and
responsibilities-; the joys and sor
rows, one with.} the other.
To them have been born eight
children, seven of whom are now
living-two sons s.n? five daugh
ters-to each of them he has given
a nioe farm. And these splendid sons
and daughters ??? living examples
of the home training that has been
I had the hon5r of attending the
golden wed dingi;., of Mr. and Mrs.
Claxton on Octci?ir 1 and: I am sure
that I h:3v ''-.-^'WltiijjMt ii day long
er tutfTT]**"?** tue. All of
hia .Qildren and their fafi^ were
there' QUmDerinS thirty-lour I. ? .
cbiiaren. and tw,o great-j;rand cljM.
Co^K^j?*fc.^O^->.r3? Ul ^<m?S? I
fri?nd* swelled the r staber present
to something- like two hundred,
twenty-four of wbo^ were Claxtons
of Georgia. It ?>a joyous occa
sion. Everybody breathed happiness
and pleasure. The many golden
presents that this good man and
wife were the recipients ol' spok.6 in
silence of the love and esteem in
which they were held |by friends
and loved ones.
At 1:30 dinner was announced
and the crowd gathered around the
table in the cool shade of stately
oaks. A more sumptuous dinner I
have never ?een. Barbecued moats,
and all kinds of meat that you can
find on an Edgefield farm and every
conceivable kind of cakes and pies.
The beauly of it all was that this
dinner, except tea. sugar and coffee,
was of home production.
At about 4 o'clock with many
good wishes for Mr. and Mr?. Clax
ton and their splendid daughters,
sons and sons-in-law, we left for
our home in Edgefield with thank
I ful heans because it had been our
pleasure to mingls vits- friends in'
this home.
; Edgefield, fr. C.
Mrs. Elizabeth Smyly.
The death of Mvs. Elizabeth
Tompkins Smyly at the home of
ber daughter, Mrs. Albert Dozier,
at Johnston, marks- the passing of
the last of her generation. This
connecting link between the remote
past and the living present has been
severed. She was the eldest repre
sentative of an old and honored
Edgefield family, and in the active
years of her life Mrs. Smyly was
the leading factor in the community
life. This consecrated woraaa has
joined loved ones who preceded
her to the home beyond the skies.
A beautiful tribute is paid ber by
.ur Johnston correspondent
Miss Lizzie Harris.
A useful life extending over :
period of more than four scor<
years was brought to a close whei
Miss Lizzie Harris died at the hom
of Mrs. F. M. Warren Saturday
To Mrs. Warren and her sisters a n<
brothers, this good woman had al
ways been as a mother and all o
them were as devoted and as atten
tive to ber as if she were a meinbe
of the family circle. She was a nc
ble Christian woman, being value
und appreciated most by those wh
knew her best.
News From Plum Branch.
On last Sunday morning at ll
o'clock was regular preaching hour
at the Methodist church. Bev. B.
H. Covington pastor, had succeeded
in getting Rev. Robert Rountree to
fill the pulpit. Brother Rountree
preached an excellent sermon which
was greatly enjoyed by the entire
audience. In the afternoon Mr.
Rountree went to White Town, fol
lowed by Beveral friends from Plum
Branch who were anxious to hear
him preach again, which he did in
ti very forcible way, urging people
to soe their error and turn from
their sins before it "as too late.
Ou last Sunday night at'the Bap
tist church, was carried' out' a-pro
gram on state mission work, which
was under the management of the
W. M. U. of that church. The pro
gram was as follows:
Song, "From Greenland's icy
Prayer for state mission workby
Rev. B. H. Covington.
Solo by little Elsie May Sanders,
which was sung so beautifully that
it stirred the entire audience. This
child is only about: six years- old)
and is a perfect je-'elJ
Sunbeam dialogue by a larg
number of sunbeams and their-faith'
ful leader, Mrs. W. C. Blackwell.
Recitation by little Mattie Lou.
Reading by Miss Lillian Sanders on
some jf the needs of state mission*
work and the condition of our state.
A missionary song by the congre
Y. W. A. dialogue by sixv girls,
each of them representing diff?rent
missionary causes of our state. ?
Special music which, was beauti
fully rendered by Mrs. J? L. Brack?
Ladies missionary meeting by the
W. M. U. ladies seated on the plat: '??
form. The meeting was
T\ H&T^QT ifrom ?isSt? K?uL?^ X ?n^oni
of the training school. Then came
the exercise of outstretched hands, :
Those that took part were Mrs. R.
E. Coleman, Mrs. Ji W. Bracknell,
Misses Ida Sanders and Pearl Col
lier, Mesdames W. C. Blackwell, .J.
L. Bracknell, Pierce White, Evan .
Cochran, Johnnie Banister, Johnnie
Sanders. At the close was the stale
song by the society after which tue
society was dismissed with prayer
by the president. Remarks by Mr.
McAllister were very helpful and
A collection, was taken which
amounted to $12/75. and will be
sent at. once io the stale board by
the W. M. TJ: asa special offering.
Song, "Nobody ever told me of
Jesus," by Mesdames Harper and
Dismission, with prayer by the
pastor, Rev. G. M. Sexton.
Although jjUst one week was
spent in arranging this program, it
was all that we could expeat. We
feel that these ladies have helped
the church, and community to real
ize more fully the great need of
state missions.
Plum Branch, S. C.
Mrs. Corrict Ryan.
Trenton bas sustained an irrepar
able loss. Such a devout Christian
woman ?as Mrs. Corrie Ryan, the
widow of the lamented E. L. Ryan,
was an asset that can not be valued
{too highly. Before succumbing to
j the long illness* which she bore so
patiently and during which her
devoted children ministered to her
so lovingly, she was foremost in
every good work bearing upon the
welfare of the community life. She
has now entered upon her eternal
rest, deserving the commendation
"Well done." A beautiful tribute ii
paid Mrs. Ryan by our Trenton cor
Mothers, Dr. Bell's Pine-Tar
Honey is just the remedy for youl
children's cold ailments. The fae
is that pine is a quick enemy o.
cold conditions. Its qualities loosei
the niuoous in the throat, sootlu
the luugs and open up the air pas
sages. The combination of honey
soothing and pleasant, with thi
loosening pine quality makes this ai
ideal cough remedy for children
Each passing year brings for it
?ew friends. A family of growinj
children cannot afford lo be wilhou
it. 25c. a boule.-3
Death of Mrs. Smyly. Mr. and
Mrs. Claxton Celebrated
Their Golden Wedding,
D. A. R. Meeting.
Mrs. Elizabeth Tompkins Smyly,
the widow of the late Mr. J. Smyly
died Friday October 1, at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. Albert Do
zier. On October ll, she would have
been eighty years old, and the last
year of her life she had grown very
feeble, several we^ks previous to ber
death, being confined to her bed.
There was done for her comfort all
that loving hands could do, but she
gradually grew weaker, "the silver
cord was loosed," and she went to
be with God. With just a sigh of
rest she fell asleep. Mrs. Smyly was
a noble woman of the old type and
of great strength of cbaraoter, being
a. true christian. She was a member
of the Baptist church and of the
missionary society. As a mother she
knew her work. With affection and
care she reared a family of ten sons
and daughters who honored and
'loved her. Of this large family only
four are left. Mesdames P.N. Lott of
this place and Mrs. Picketts Kinard
of Greenwood, and Mr. St. Clair
Smyly of Eastman, Ga. She was
kind and: neighborly and during her
young and active days there were
,many deeds of kindness done. She
meant much in the home where she
passed her last years and the little
grandchildren were h?r loving care.
The funeral services were conducted
on 8Saturday morning at 10:30
o'clock at Mt. of Olives cemetery,
where six of ber children are buried,
Dr. A. T. King her pastor, being as
sisted, by ROT. J. H. Thacker. There
were many ?oral designs sent by
sympathizing friends, among them
being ones from the missionary so-,
mety, the D. of ?C, the - Cen
stevens ss.? L?T. ?iayjy Sl<r -
Meeting Street and Mesdames.jf$*?--*~
tie-Allen and Mary Ashly of Fruit
Hill attended the burial of Mrs.
Elizabeth Smyly.on Saturday.
Mrs. Earl Crouch was hostess for
the Friday afternoon sewing club
and those present thoroughly en
joyed the time spent with this cor
dial yoang hostess. After an hoar
or so chatting, sewing and listening
to sweet music, a delightful salad
course with iced tea was served.
Hon. A. S. Tompkins, Mrs. Ella
Tompkins and Miss Iua Hill of
Edgefield spent Saturday with Mr.
and Mrs. O. D. Black.
Misses Grace and Ruth Tompkins
of Edgefield were guests in the
home of Mr. and Mrs. M. T. Tur
ner Saturday.
Mrs. Sallie Smyly of Charlotte
spent the week-end here with rela
Mr. aud Mrs. W?lis Duncan and
Mrs. .1. W. D*Y?r? ?* Kdgefield
were bere Samfe), im*t among
others to atteai ti* fMansl of Mr*.
Elizabeth TomjMft? frwpJr
Mrs. W. J. Char
leston last week?*! ?ft^jem? ia the
dedication qt fe* ffefctttoxgu **?ptl
which h* 'b$? ' *mW tne
mernot* of If?&l Elizabeth Hyda.
Mrs. Hatcher^ talk was a most in
teresting one. In the corner stone
of tbis ohapel are the names of all:
the Sunbeams in the state, there be
ing twenty-six from the Johnston
Sunbeams. A young Dane was the
first one to be baptized in the chap
el. In a coming issue of tba Courier
will be found a short message to
the sunbeams he told to Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Claxton of
the Philippi section, celebrate i their
golden wedding Friday, October
1, the day also being the seventy
fifth birthday of the former. There
1 was a general re-union of the fami
- ly. This happy oouple has been
blessed with seven children and
there are thirty-two grand children
' and two great grand children and
? all these were present, besides twen
' ty-four relatives from Georgia and
t nearby relatives and friends. The
E day was a joyous occasion and every
i one present had good wishes for
a these two dear ones. There were
. also given gifts ingold among them
? being a beautiful gold broach for
B Mrs. Claxton and gold links for
i Mrs. Claxton. Mrs. M. W. Clark
. who was a guest and knowing that
'"> the day was Mr. Claxton'^ birthday
? carried him a large bouquet of gol
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