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Platform of Mr. W. G Wells
To the Citizens of Edgefield County
Having formally announced my
self for Supervisor of your county
' I deem it my duty to s.-t forth m.\
platform I am running on for you!
consideration. First of all, I stand
on efficiency and character. Hon
esty is a quality that should not
have any reward, but its possession
should be its own compensation.
Effie, enc. eLoll be engrav
ed in tile man and his works do
show through the channels of con
fidential business intrusted in him
by the People, and put a disap
proval on any method that would
tend to hishouesty and disloyalty
by refusing to recognize any per
son or persons asking for work to
be done on their roads in a reason
I am in favor of dividing the
gang and keep one squad working
on each aide of the county ali the
time, and each gang provided with
a foreman that will take an interest
in the road work, and not work to
the disadvantage of the Supervisor
and the people along the road.
I am not in favor of plowing up the
. ruts and narrowing in the roads.
I am in favor of macadamizing all
chronic holes, I mean such holes
that come in the same place every
winter. I am in favor of making
new road beds, where really needed,
and can procure the route from the
landowner at a reasonable price.
I am not in favor of placing any
more tax on the people than neces
sary. I am in favor of contracting
all bridge work and keep the gang
busily at work on the roads all the
W. G. Wells.
Colliers, S. C.
Southern Farmers Grow Richer.
Washington, D. C. January 27.
-"Farmers in the Southern States
traversed by Southern Railway
Company's lines are better off by at
least $200,000,000 than they were
at this time last year," said Presi
dent Harrison of Southern Railway
Company, commenting on the
United States Agricultural Depart
ment figures of crop and live stock
**The Department figures of the
values of the crops of cotton, in
cluding seed, grains, hay, tobacco,
Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, aud
apples show a total for those States
of $1,188,630,000, ascompared with
$1,020.179,000 last year, an increase
of $168,451,000. The value of live
stock on farms in those States is re
ported by the Department as $10,
228.000 greater than last year,
bringing- ?he total up to $178,679,
000, and if we add to this the in
creased value of various vegetable
and fruit crops for which figures
are not yet available the total will
easily reach $200,000,000.
"Although, on account of the
large reduction in cotton acreage,
the yield of cotton was substantial
ly less than last year, the farm
value of the cotton was $46,872,000
greater, and of the seed $40,952,000
greater, making the total value of
the crop $87,824,000 greater than
last year. The result of the more
general diversification of crops
which is the outstanding feature of
present-day ?farming iu the South
is seen an increase of $64,082,000 in
the value of grains, an increase of
$18,846,000 in the value of hay, an
an increase of $12,512,000 in the
value of Irish potatoes and sweet
potatoes, and an increase of more
than $10,000,000 in the value ot'
live stock on farms. On account
of the generally lower prices of
farm animals throughout the United
States, the increase in the value of
live stock does not fully measure
the progress of the South in the
past year toward a realization of its
great advantages for the production
of meat and dairy products. The
Department figures show increases
of 83,000 bead of milch cows, 200,
000 head ot other cattle and 984,
000 head of swine.
"Taking into consideration the
increased extent to which Southern
farmers have produced supplie^
used on the farm as well as the largt
increase in the value of their mar
ketable products, I think it may
fairly be said that the average con
dition of the farmers of the South
was never better than it is today."
A bobo knocked on the back door
of a suburban nome, which was
opened by a large, muscular hard
faced woman, declares the Balti
"Get out of here, you miserable
tramp, exclaimed the woman in a
screechy voice, at the first sight of
thehobo.If vou don't march straight
for the back gate I will call ray hus
"I guess not, was the calm re
joinder of the tram. He ain't t>t
"Is that so, Mr. Tramp? was the
scornful reply of the large lady.
How do you know he isn't at home?'
"Because, grinned the hobo, back
ing toward the aforesaid gate, when
a man marrie^ a woman like you,
he is home only at meal time."
Byrnes Reports Favorably On
War Claim Bill.
Washington, January 30.-Rep
resentative .fames Byrnes, of South
Carolina, has reported favorably to
the House from the committee on
war claims, of which he is a mem
ber, a bill which if adopted wi 11 un
doa certain injustice perpetrated,
probably unwittingly, by the Inst
The Act of last March, according
to its interpretation by the Court of
Claims, killed all claims that had
not been approved by both the
Court itself and Congress at the
time the Act became effective. That
is to say, it arbitrarily blocked all
claims which were under considera
tion by the Court of Claims at the
time, or which were awaiting con
sideration by that Court after h iv
ing been referred to it by Con
This new bill, which has been re
ported from the war claims co?n
mittee by Mr. Byrnes, provides that
there shall be a period of two years
in which new claims and old claims
have been referred by Congress to
the Court but not adjudicated bv
the latter, may be considered and
adjudicated. There ate a number
of claims which had been sent to
the Court by Congress which were
just as meritorious as some that,
were paid by the Act of last
If the present bill passes the in
justice of blocking these old claims
while in process of adjustment may
be reotified, and new claims may
be taken up by Congress during the
next two years.
Box Party at the Flat Rock
Editor of The Adveitiser:
The box party at Flat Rock on
last Friday P M. has been pro
nounced a perfect success. Nothing
occurred to mar the pleasure of the
evening. A cosy booth was tastily
arranged, from which Misses Ruth
Timmerman and Kathleen Kenrick
sold delicious candies, made by the
school girls. The large table was
made very attractive by the pretty
boxes provided with numerous dain
ties, which can be better described
by the young men, were sold by Mr.
T. W- Lamb, making the sale a very
pleasant feature indeed. The ex
tended "cake walk" was also much
enjoyed. Names of young ladies
who desired to partake were solic
ited and placed in a box and drawn
for by the young men. As the
couples marched around the house
Mr. George' Brissey held a; piece of
wood, which each touched ou pass
ing. The bell was ruug in the
school room. The couple that
touched the wood as the bell tapped
won the cake. Mr. Lewis Ham
mond and Miss Julia Jumper won
We were pleased when it was an
nounced that the nice sum of
$25.00 had been realized, which all
appreciated very much.
We thank our teachers for their
efforts and our friends for their at
tendance and generosity.
Modoc, S. C., Jan. 31.
"Hellos; are you Bafy's, the
"Well, this is Mrs. Brown's resi
dence. Will you please s?nd me a
large, thick bv 12 o'clock?"
"Well, you just bet your sweet
life I will."
"Do you i ow, sir, to whom you
are speaking '
"Sure, 1 ?I You're Jenny, Mrs.
Brown's coo' ."
"You are mistaken, young man.
You are speaking to Mrs. Brown
"Is that so? Then in that case,
madam, we'll call the bet off."
What is the chief
ority of Royal Baking
There are several ?
is one which distingu?
This reason, whicl
know, is that Royal E
from cream of tarta
grapes. This means ?
It i ;eans natural food
mil eral substitutes t
p' r 'ders.
There is no alum n
Essay ''Contests in Schools.;
i The W. U T. U. of South (jfafo
lina is off erin,2 the usual prizers pi
five dollars each f?r triebest ?js'ay
on"alcohol and the-hura^n? body?' jin
the graded schools in the state and
on the subject of "the value of total
abstinence to a . life" in the high
schools. We"'hope the teachenl of
Edgt'field.county will, take np titi*
work as there are .no better themes;
for compositions for English' pr
Physiology classes than these,
while the study may be of inestim? ?
ble value to the boys and girls who
write essays. Teachers may get fur
ther information on the subjects,
i etc., by applying to o^r superin
tendent of Scientific Temperance
Instruction for the state, Mrs.' W.
S. Middleton of Meriwether, S.C.,
or to Mrs. T. H. Rainsford who.
has charge of this department for
the county and lives at Edgefieldj
S. C. Let us urge yon to enter your
school for these prizes, and at once.
Mrs. W. S. Middleton,
Supt. Scientific Temp. Inst.'
Mrs. Sallie G. Mealing Enters
Her Last Sleep.
The death is announced of Mrs.
Sallie Getzen .Mealing, wife of MT.
H. E. Mealing, of Curryton, Edge
field county, South Carolina.
Mrs. Mealing died at 9:40 o'clock
Monday night after a week's illness.
She bad reached the advanced age
of 81 years, a life spent in the ser
vice of her Master, and character:
izt-d by devotion of ber family?
She came of one of Edgefield's
prominent families, and numbered
her friends by th" scores. Her pass
ing will be the cause of deep regret
to her wide circle of acquaintances.
She was for 50 years a devout mem
ber of the-Baptist church, and noted
for her deeds of charity. She was
a Miss Getzen prior to her marriage
in, October, 1866, to Mr. H. E.
Mealing, and of that union two
daughters Misses Ellie and Mary
Mealing, survive ber; also one son,
Mr. D. J. Mealing. Two.brothers,
Capt. T. W. Getzen, of Port White,
Fla.; Mr. ?>. Luther Getzen, of Fort
son, Ga.; also a sister, Mrs. Ellie
Briggs, of Edgefie.ld county, mourn
her lost. Deceased was the daugh
ter of the late Rev.' S. P. Getz?n.
The funeral will be held Wed
nesday from Republican church' on
the Martintown road in Edgefield
Besides the relatives mentioned,
three grandchildren survive Mrs.
Mealing. To the surviving rela
tives friends will extent the tender
est consolation.-Augusta Herald.
Greenwood Bank Changes.
Greenwood, January 29.-At a
special meeting of the directors of
the Bank of Greenwood held this
afternoon Mr. James C. Self, who
has been cashier of the bank for
over fifteen years, was elected vice
president, and Mr. J. P. Abney,
who is now president of the Farm
ers and Merchants' .Bank, was elect
ed cashier. Mr. A^ney will at onee
assume his duties and become ac
tively interested in the management
of the bank. Mr. Self's new posi
tion will relieve him of that active
supervision which he has given the
bank heretofore and will enable bim
to give more time to the Greenwood
cotton mills of which he is presi
dent and treasurer. He has been
eminently successful in the manage
ment of both the bank and the
mills, but the two institutions have
made heavy demands on his time.
Mr. Abney, the new cashier, has
been president of the Farmers and
Merchants' Bank ??for the past two
years. He is a capable and efficient
banker and a young mau with very
largj property interests both in the
town of Greenwood and in the
county. His friends are confident
that he will continue to develop the
bank he is now going with.
reason for the superi
good reasons, but there
shes Royal from other
i every woman should
laking Powder is made
r, which comes from
i healthful fruit origin,
as distinguished from
ised in other baking
or phosphate in Royal
j POWDER CO.
K YOUR CROP
?STEAD OF OWE ?T
Food And Grain Crops Will Make
Agricultural South Independent,
Says H. G. Hastings
Atlanta, Ga.-(Special.)-The cred
it system under which the agricultu
ral south works and stays poor is an
alyzed in a striking way by H. G.
Hastings of Atlanta, chairman of the
agricultural committee of the Cham
ber of Commerce, and a member of
the executive council of the South
eastern Fair. He does not, mince
words in talking about the situation.
"Every season during the last fifty
.years," he says, "there has been trou
ble in the cotton belt whenever the
1 crop was large and the price low, or
! the ' Crop short. Each time the cry of
hard times goes up, and the reason
'. back. of it is that the farmers cannot
g?t enough money to pay their debts
out of their so-called cash crop-cot
ton. It is disheartening because it is
?so absolutely unnecessary.
"A cotton fanner's debts are large
ly for food and grain, charged up
against him on the merchants' books
at two to three times the price that
those same items could be produced
on his own acres, and usually without
serious interference with a crop of cot
toR as'large as he now makes.
"The trouble is that most cotton
farmers owe their crop instead ot
owning it when made.
"The . credit way looks the easy
way, but it strangles most farmers
before they get through life.
"I haye said repeatedly In public
addresses that no state or section ot
any country can be prosperous that
is regularly dependent on another
section for its food supplies. What
is true of a state or section is true
of the individual farmer.
"The great exhibits of grain, hay
and food products shown at the South
eastern Fair held in Atlanta in No
vember, give the lie to the statement
that these things cannot be grown
here at home successfully and prof
"A good big home garden kept
planted and rightly tended through
the season will produce half of the
living besides furnishing an abund
ance for canning or drying from the
1 . "When we make our food and grain
:we will have few or no debts at the
'Store; we will own instead of owe
our crops .when made, and farm
wealth will, accumulate in the south
idstoad Of farm and crop mortgages."
. Mending Fences.
Tibe politician in often tempted to
leave his work, that which the peo
ple have employed him to do, in or
der .that he may 'mend his fences."
This meane that self-interest is more
important than tba people's interest,
at least for the time. To explain
just what is meant, the politician is
ou j; ^tq seek re-election or to canvass
fo^?.aew office. " 1 .";
Without censuring the man that
does this, it is a safe procedure so
far as the self-seeking politician is
convc-irned. The politician wants to
be ^fenced in."
Now why not every farmer "mend
his fences" or make new fences, as
the need may be? Post holes may
be dug, wire put up; br movable
fen?e made to be put up later. This
work can be done when the weather
is *.OjO cold or disagreeable for plow
There may be a selfish motive for
farmers mending their fences to save
crops and provide for diversification,
but snob selfishness does not injure
any one else. This is the kind oi
sefishness that should be encour
aged, if indeed it could be called
In making plans for grazing crops
it will be advisable to lay out the
fields, decide upon the rotation to
supply food for stock and then be
ready to plant as soon as possible.
Fences are very important. They
are used these days to fence in stock
rather than crops, although the crops
may require fencing. Let. arrange
ments be made for fencing as soon
as possible.-Farm and Ranch.
There's Money in Waste Places.
A few weeks ago we remarked
that in traveling over the upland
south vre constantly see farmers al
most wasting their time on poor
hillsides while rich black bottom
lands on the same farm, lands ca
pable of producing three times as
much per acre, are not in cultiva
tion. It frequently happens that la
bor expended on a poor hillside is
not giving the laborer a return of
more than 50 cents a day for his
work, whereas labor expended on
the rich bottom lands would pay
for labor possibly two or three dol
lars per day in net profits.
Let's get busy now on the waste
areas apd put them to work. Patchy,
irregular fields not only mean lands
that are not working for us, but
they mean, too, that we are being
kept from nsing on our farms the
horse power and labor saving im
plements that are necessary to maxi
mum profite. Why not aim in 1916
to.have: the big, broad, open fields
that are-shem a delight to the eye
and that mean good farming.~~Pro
"F.0R. SALE-<My Horn's Creek
?j*rri^cpjBthining 200 acres. For par
ticulars and terms apply to me at
Edgefield. N. L. Brunson.
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EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY,FEBRUARY 2, 1916 NO.48