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SNAKES' NESTS CLEANED OUT i
Pennsylvanians Probably Set Record
for "Bag" of Rattlers Constitut
ing One Day's Work.
I John L. Klingaman, who never be
fore knew any fear, so it is said, was j
'badly scared while picking huckle- j
'berries on Broad mountain, near Glen
Onoko, when he stepped on a huge rat
tlesnake which struck at his ankle,
slightly lacerating it, though not poi
soning him, a Mauch Chunk (Pa.)
?correspondent of the New York Sun
The big snake coiled to strike a sec
ond time, when Klingaman heard rat
ifies all around him. Seizing a club,
!he killed the? one on which he had
?stepped, and then went after the
fothers, which had drawn up in battle
array. After a fierce fight he killed
them all without receiving a scratch,
and on counting them he found that
he had killed nine big rattlers, the i
(smallest of them measured three feet
lin length. He took the largest, 43 j
?Inches long, with 12 rattles and a but- j
?ton, home with him. It was the big- j
gest snake of the kind seen in this lo-.
icallty in many years.
While Klingaman was busy slaugh-.
tering one nest of rattlesnakes, one of
;his companions, some distance away
?from him, had an encounter with an- j
.other nest of eight rattlers, killing
every one of them.
Rattlesnakes are more plentiful in
this section than in any previous sea
son. Members of Company F, Thir- !
teenth regiment, National Guard, en- j
gaged in this vicinity, have killed
many of them this season. In one in
stance one of the troopers was bit
ten, but recovered.
Mrs. De Style-I mustn't let my so
cial activities make me neglect my
Her Secretary-Quite right, Mrs. De
?Style; send them a marked copy of
this paper. It outlines my plaus for
?August in full. ?
Make a square cake with following
recipe: Break four eggs into a bowl,
odd six tablespoonfuls of sugar and
;beat for 15 minutes over another bowl
of boiling water. Remove from water
and beat until tho mixture is cold and
thick: remove beater, sift in three
fourths cupful of Hour, one-half tea
spoonful of baking powder; mis care
fully, add one teaspoonful of vanilla
extract, a few drops of red color, and
?ix tablespoonfuls of melted butter.
'Pour into a square, greased and pa
pered tin and bake in a moderate oven
tfor 2"> minutes. Turn out and remove
the paper. Cool, spread over with
Whipped and sweetened cream flavor
ed with one-half teaspoonful of al
mond extract, sprinkle over with pink
.coconut and put halves of stewed or
.canned pears on the top with a star
of whipped cream in the center of
Raising Prices in Japan.
A bag of rice, which only a few
years ago cost SI.25, now sells at S2.50.
an increase of 100 per cent. But this
staple is only typical of nearly all
other articles of household use. No
legitimate reason exists for this In
crease. Rice is raised in Japan. Wages
are slightly higher, no doubt, but not
sufficiently so to add 100 per cent
to the cost of an article of necessity.
J5uch a rise in price of necessities is
an avoidable hardship, observes East
and West. The government can check
lt, if wisely directed. The rice mar- :
Icet, like wheat in America, should
be the last to suffer from violent ma
nipulation. It is the food of tjio
people and government should fix a
limit for Its price. I
Had a Use for lt.
The Mother (overhauling little Tom
my's -wardrobe)-Oh, Charles, just ;
see what that dreadful child has been j
carrying about in his pocket ! A real !
cartridge with a bullet in it. He!
plight have been blown to bits.
The* Father (with a glowing con
sciousness of assisting his country nt
? critical time)-Just put it in a cool
place for tonight my dear, and I will
leave lt at the war office on my way
S LOOKING FOR JANS
SO By L. HOLLAND. fe
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There walked down the gangplank
bridging the little strip of water which
bubbled between the great ship and
pier a blue-eyed, golden-haired little
Norwegian girl. No one noticed her;
no one spoke to her. She had come
to the strange country to look for Jan.
For a long time she had h?d no word
from him. The dear father and mother
had died, so Gundrun sold the little
moss-roofed home which nestled
among the snow-capped hills of her be
loved Norway and had come across the
sea to find the dear lover. It ' all
seemed so simple and easy that she
almost felt she might see him stand
ing on the pier watching for her. Sure
ly everyone would know him, he was
so big and handsome, so good and so
kind and so wise. Oh, no one knew
so much as Jan. And from her full
heart there rose a little Norwegian
song, so wild and free, so weird and
sweet-a song of Jan's, one he had
taught her, for Jan could write songs,
and no greater joy had Gundrun than
In singing them.
Jan was not on the pier walting for
her, and when she asked for him, no
one heeded her questioning.
Oh, how strange and cold this new
country was-no one knew anyone
else, everyone was in such a hurry, all
seemed so busy-did they ever rest?
How unlike the quiet, peaceful home
across the sea I
Indignation held sway among the
nurses of the big emergency hospital,
for Miss Elton, the superintendent,
had committed a crime without prece
dent. She had received as a proba
tioner Gundrun, the little dining-room
"And If she gets through her pro
bation and ls accepted, I shall go,"
declared the head nurse.
"And I shall stay," retorted the sur
gery nurse, for between them was
fierce rivalry and they made lt a point
never to agree with one another in
"I suppose you think we couldn't
run the place without you," sneered
the first speaker.
"Not quite so bad as that, dear," re
turned the other, "but I will say, there
are nurses In this hospital whose res
ignation would be much more readily
accepted than mine." This thmst
silenced her rival, who made up her
mind, however, that whatever the out
come of Gundrun's probation, she, tha
head nurse, would remain if for no
other reason than to spite "that con
ceited thing" In the surgery.
The outcome was in Gundrun's fa'
vor. Quiet, gentle and thoughtful, she
proved herself In every way worthy of
the profession and ere long not? one
among that blue-and-white gowned
band of women who flitred about from
ward to ward and from bcd to bed car
rying relief and comfort to suffering
humanity, but were glad to have Gum
drun their friend.
Among the patients there was not
one whose eye did not brighten ns it
re.sted on the prettily rounded figure,
the crown of golden hair, the deep blue
eyes, so gentle and loving, and yet so
sad. At night, in the dimly lighted
halls in whose shadowy depths is
needed no abnormally imaginative
mind to conjure up-many a gruesome
si^lu ; in the cold, white surgery, where
in the wee. small hours of the proceed
ings of the preceding day were all too
vividly pictured on the unusually
acute sense; in the long wards with
the narrow, white beds ranged in rows
against the walls, with the dull yellow
light casting an almost death pallor
on the sleeping faces, quiet and sad
little Gundrun strangely harmonized,
as she glided silently along the dim
halls, in and out of the gloomy wards,
freshening a rumpled pillow, moisten
ing fever-parched lips, soothing to rest
with soft, caressing hand an over
wrought brain and pausing to each
bedside to assure herself of the com
fort of each sufferer in her care.
"Be watchful of the man in number
forty," warned the doctor as he said
gO'jd night. "lie's threatened with a
high fever and I want to check it if
When Gundrun finished her rounds
she stolft into the sickroom. On the
bed lay a tall, blond man, Iiis flushed,
heavily bearded face but half discern
ible in the soft light.
She straightened the disordered bed,
cooled the hot pillow, bathed the
flushed face and burning hands, and
then, seating herself In a little, low
chair at the bedside, stroked with soft
and cooling hand the throbbing brow.
But In vain. It seemed ns If sleep
would never again close those burning
eyes. Finally she bethought herself
of the little Norwegiun song-Jan's
song-she used to sing in the dear land
she feared she would never see again.
Sweetly, yet softly, her voice rose and
fell, and as she sang her thoughts were
over the sea.
Unheeded lay the sufferer nt her
side, unheeded the shadowy halls, the
dim wards, the great, strange city
Itself. She wandered again in the
green fields of her dear Norway, her
Jan at her side, gazing down at her
with eyes full of love and tenderness.
"Gundrun. Gundrun !"
She turned. Uer heart stood still.
The song froze on her lips. Leaning
toward her with outstretched arms,
his eyes filled with a strange, sweet
eagerness, was Jan.
Fainting, trembling, she fell on her
knees at the bedside.
' "Jan, my Jan," she cried, and,
clasped in his arras, his lips pressed
to hers, he melted into her dream.
(Copyright, 1517, by W. G. Chapman.)
ONE CAN BE TOO HUMBLE
Always Well to Remember the World
Is Apt to Take a Man at His
Humility is called a virtue. It Is so
unless carried too far. A man is
usually taken at his own value. If he
makes too little of himself, he is like
ly to be thought of little worth. The
unduly humble man will lack the
strength of character needed for suc
cess. He will have little inflence In so
ciety and will not be fitted to hold re
sponsible positions. While too great
opinion of one's self stands In the way
of progress, too great .humility Is
worse. Conceit receives many knocks
In life and may be taken out of a
man ; too much humility seldom re
ceives tse needed encouragement. Con
ceil: in a child is soon corrected, when
he comes to mingling with other chil
dren in schools. Too great humility
gives his schoolmates a chnnce to puf
upon him and treat him ns an Inferior
, -a chance which will seldom be neg
I lected. A child may become crippled
In spirit for life In this way. Even
teachers sometimes fail to see what ls
the trouble with the ehild and to give
him the encouragement he needs. Be
ware of breaking down a child's self
confidence. Irreparable injury may
thus be done him. Train him to feel
that he is of value and is able to do
what there ls for him to do. Think
well of yourself if you would have
others think well of you.-Milwaukee
SPORT ONLY FOR STRENUOUS
Harpooning Devilfish Differs Some?
what From Pastime So Much Be
loved by Ordinary Fishermen.
.The extraordinary shape, huge size,
and vast power of the big devilfish, or
manta, give him an evil reputation,
which is heightened by his black color
ing. A queer peculiarity of this col
oring Is that the black pigment comes
off on anything touching it. Kneeling
on one of the devilfish when it was
drawn up on, thc sand I arose with my
knee completely blackened. The skin
is not only very tough, but Is also very
rough, being covered, like that of an
old shark, with dermal denticles which
scarify the skin If a naked arm or leg
is drawn across it. The big mouth Is
practically toothless, entirely so as re
gards the upper jaw, while the lower
jaw has a small dental plate which
differs in the two sexes. In spite of
its size the manta ls in no way dan
gerous to man unless attacked ; but
when harpooned its furious energy,
tenacity of life and enormous strength
render it formidable ; for it can easily
smash or overturn a boat which is
clumsily handled, and if the ropes foul
an accident is apt to occur.-From
"Harpooning Devilfish," by Theodora
Roosevelt, In Scribner's Magazine. A
Saving Czar's Aurochs.
Kartsoff, former master of the hunt
for Emperor Nicholas, who now ad?
I ministers the formerly imperial do
i mains at Gatchina, the residence of
J the Dowager Empress Marie, has taken
measures to prevent the destruction of
seven surviving aurochs, the only Eu
ropean bison now known with certain
ty to exist in Russia. Until lately a
1 large herd was maintained in Nicholas'
; vast forest at Bieloviesh, White Rus
sia, ten from which were sent to
! Gatchina before the war. When the
: (Jennans occupied Bieloviesh they
? killed and canned hundreds of aurochs.
' it is not known if any survive at Bio
? loviesh, but before the killing two
were presented to the Stockholm Skan
j sen park. After the revolution, the
? Gatchina populace organized an au
rochs' hunt, considering the beasts
i "imperial" and therefore fair game.
; They killed three. M. Kartsoffs mens
ures aim at preserving the remainder.
Kaffirs in France.
"Somewhere in France there ls a
lar/je camp of Kaflirs," says a corre
spondent of the Spectator. 'When I
first saw them, my British ignorance
and prejudice made me jump to the
conclusion that they were the scum
from the mines of South Africa. To
my utter astonishment, however, I
have since discovered that SO per cent
of these blacks (Basutos nnd Zulus)
are the product of our mission schools.
"They are Christian men-have
their own native Padre-and thirty or
forty of them knew all about Donald
Hankey, and were quite familiar with
his book. 'A Student in Arms!' There
may be white camps where the same
may be said of them, but I haven't
come across them yet."
Slashes Russ Alphabet.
Russian Minister of Education Man
uiloff is ruthlessly cleansing the
Cyrillic alphabet of superfluities. By
decree he has abolished the specific
Russian letter "yat," confusion of
which with "e" is one of the woes of
schooling, abolished also the use in
Russian of the Greek "theta," former
ly used indiscriminately with "phi,"
and finally abolished the "hard sign"
placed after consonants.
The reforms excite mixed feelings.
Children and utilitarians rejeice, but
the novelist, Leonid Andreyeff, says
that "such changes rob our classics of
their traditional form and atmosphere.
We feel we are rending dialect."
"The war will end in two weeks,"
he said as he estimated the decrease
in the size of his apple pie, In a one
"Where do you get that dope?"
asked Hie next chair neighbor.
"Wol'j I have a brother who enlisted
today and he never held a job longer
than two weeks in his life."
In Her Mother's Home, Says Thia
Georgia Lady, Regarding Black
Draught. Relief From Head
ache, Malaria, Chills, Etc.
Ringgold, Ga.- Mrs. Chas. Gaston,
of this place, writes : "I am a user
of Thedford's Black-Draught; in fact,
it was one of our family medicines.
Also in my mother's home, when I
was a child. When any of us child
ren complained of headache, usually
caused by constipation, she gave us
a dose of Black-Draught, which would
rectify tho trouble. Often in the
Spring, we would have malaria and
chills, or troubles of this kind, we
>would take Black-Draught pretty reg
ular until the liver acted well, and
we would soon be up and around
again. "We would not be without it,
for it certainly has saved us lots of
doctor bills. Just a dose of Black
draught when not so well saveB a
lot of days in bed."
(-? Thedford's Black-Draught has been
In use for many years in the treat
i^pient of stomach, liver and bowel
' troubles, and the popularity which it
now enjoys Is proof of its merit
If your liver is not doing its duty,
you will suffer from such disagree
able symptoms as headache, bilious
ness, constipation, indigestion, etc.,
and unless something is done, serious
trouble may result.
Thedford's Black-Draught has been
found a valuable remedy for these
troubles. It is purely vegetable, and
acts in a prompt and natural way,
regulating the liver to its proper
functions and cleansing the bowels of
impurities. Try it. Insist on Thed?
ford's, the original and genuine. E 79
J. T. HARLING
Bank of Edgefield, S. C.
Light Saw, Lathe and Shin
gle Mills, Engines. Boilers.
Supplies and Repairs, Porta
ble, Steam und Gasoline Kn
gines, Saw Teeth, Files. Pelts
and Pipes. WOOD SAWS
GINS and PRESS REPAIRS
GEO. F. MIMS
Eyes examined and g.asses fitted
only when necessary. Optical
work of all kinds.
EDGEFIELD, S. C.
The State of South Carolina,
County of Edgefield.
By W. T. Kinaird, Probate Judge.
Whereas, J. E. Ouzts has made
suit to me, to grant him Letters of
Administration of the Estate and
[effects of A. Clark Ouzts, de
These Arc Therefore to cite and
admonish all and singular the kin
dred and Creditors of the said A.
Clark Oazts, deceased, that they be
and appear before me, in the Court
of Probate, to be held at Edgefield,
South Carolina in my office on the
17th day of January (luis) next,
after publication thereof, at ll
o'clock in the forenoon, to show
cause, if any they have, why thc
said Administration should not be
Given under my Hand, thia 20th
(lay Of December, A. D" 101 "T.
W. T. KINNAIRD,
Probate Judge E. C.
Jan. 1, 1918-3t.
Invigorating to the Pale and Sickly
The Old Standard general strengthening tonic.
GROVE'S TASTELESS chill TONIC, drives out j
Malaria.enriches the blood .and builds up the sys
tem. A true tonic. For adults and children. SOC j
Fertilizers for 1918
We beg to announce that we are
now ready to deliver fertilizers for
this season, having secured a liberal
supply which we have on hand in
our warehouses ready for delivery.
Haul your fertilizers now while you
can get your supply. Do not wait until
there is congestion of freights, when you
cannot get goods shipped.
Armour, Swifts and Eoyster our spe
cialty. Mixed goods with potash, mixed
goods without potash. 16 per cent, acid;
26 per cent, acid, cotton seed meal.
The Edgefield Mercantile Co.
Fifty laborers wanted at once
for chalk beds. Good wages.
B. L. HIMS,
Edgefield, S. C.
BARRETT & COMPANY
CODTricbt 1909. bv C. E. Zi?3N>crniap Oo.--.No. 51
THERE is no doubt about
money in the bank, it is
sure and positive. Maybe slow, but there
is the satisfaction that it is sure. Posi
tive in every way, both that it will grow,
and that it is safe.
BANK OF EDGEFIELD
OFFICERS : J. C. Sheppard, President; B. E. Nicholson, vice-President
E. J. Mima, Cashier; J. H. Allen. Assistant Oashier.
DIRECTORS: J. C. Sheppard, Thos. H. Rainsford, John Rainsford, B. E
Nicholson, A. S. Tompkins. C. C. Fuller. E. J. Mims. J. H. Allen