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VOL. 83 EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 1918 NO. 14 JOHNSTON LETTER. Day of Fasting and Prayer-Ob served. Commencement Ex ercises. Civic League Met. In accordance with the proclama tion of President Wilson, the day for prayer and fasting, May 31, was ob served here and was an occasion of great solemnity and seriousness to every one. The streets had the ap pearance of Sunday as the stores and banks were closed for the day and the Post Office observed Sunday hours. There seemed not a one who did not enter into this season of pray er and there were many who fasted. A union service was held in the Meth odist church which was largely at tended, Rev. J. H. Thacker conduct ing the service, assisted Dy Rev. vV. S. Brooke. There were mary fervent prayers offered for that which deep ly concerns the people and forgive ness of sins, and humbleness for this people were besought of God. The scripture lesson read was from 4th Chronicles, chapter 7 and this verse was impressed on the hearers: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive.) their sins and heal their lands." The ! sentiment of the songs was of prayer and peace. Before the services closed there was a declaration of loyalty to Pres ident Wilson's poclamation, and to make every sacrifice to aid ir. bring ing about peace, by the congrega tion standing. The Johnston High School has i'ust completed a very successful year of work and the commencement exer cises began on Friday evening with a Recital by the members of the mu sic class, of which Miss Catherine Garlington is director. The stage was very artistically decorated in flowers and made a pretty scene for the par ticipants Each number was well rendered and great credit was reflected on the teacher and pupils as well. The solos, duets, quartettes and the sextette were enjoyed gi^atly. The choruses were delightfully given and everyone was highly en tertained and pleased with the even ing's performance. On Sunday morning everyone, it seemed, gathered in the school audi torium to hear the commencement sermon before the graduating class. To the strains of a march the eleven grades, each headed by its teacher, marched in and were seated at the front. It was a most inspiring sight to see these bright young people. The service opened with the singing of "My Country 'Tis of Thee." Invocation, Rev.J. H. Thacker. Anthem. Scripture reading, Rev. W. S. Brooke. Offertory-Vocal quartette. Sermon, Rev. J. D. Kinard, D. D. Hymn, "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name." Benediction, Dr. Kinard. Dr. Kinard was heard with keen interest and he delivered a forceful sermon, using as a text the 13th and 14th verses from the 7th chapter of , Matthew :"Enter ye in at the straight gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction and many there be which go in there- ; at; Because strait is the gate and nar row is the way which leadeth unto ' life, and few there be that find it." The subject of his discourse was j "Life Along the Lines of Greatest Resistance." On Sunday evening a union service was held in the Lutheran church and it wras a great pleasure to all to again ( hear Dr. Kinard. Dr. Kinard has recently accepted the pastorate of the Lutheran church ? here and at an early date will enter upon his ministry. It was he that ef fected the organization of this church here. Last Wednesday evening's prayer 1 service was an echo meeting of the Ridge Association, held-at Sardis the 1 week previous. There were eight del- ' egates but only Rev. W. S. Brooke, 1 S. J. Watson, Stanton N. Lott and i J. C. Lewis attended. Interesting re- I ports were heard and the Sunday School here was reported as having ; reached the highest marks of excel lence in all points. The next Sunday [School convention will be held here. Misses Jamie Bruce and Lizzie Kate Anderson have returned from Coker College and Misses Bettie Wa ters, Annie Holmes Harrison and An nie Stokes from Columbia College. Mr. and Mrs. Pickens Kinard of Greenwood spent last Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. P. N. Lott On last Thursday evening, little Mary Elizabeth, the two year old baby girl of Mr. and Mrs. Bartow Walsh, died at the home of its grand mother, Mrs. W. L. Coleman. The dear little golden-haired girl had been sick only a week. On Wednes day her condition grew alarming and every thing that loving hands could do was done to save the precious life. Little Mary was an unusually bright : nd winsome child. She was a little sunbeam in the home and her childish "talk and sweet little move ments will be sadly and keenly missed When the sere and yellow leaf falls to the ground it is but the way of the world, but when a fragrant rose bud just begins to unfold its petals one cannot but wonder why it should fade and die. But a gracious Heaven ly Father doeth all things well; He never errs, and some day the mean ing will be clear. She is "Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast." The funeral services were conducted on Friday afternoon at the home by the Rev. W. S. Brooke, and afterwards the flower laden white casket was borne to Mt. of Olives cemetery , and tenderly laid to rest. The pall bearers were Dr. L. S. Max well and Messrs. F. S. Bland, J. W. Bradfield and Earl Smith. The deep est sympathy is felt for the parents and devoted grand-parents in their sorrow. Messrs. W. M. Wright and Clark Edwards went to Columbia last week to attend the Grand Lodge meeting. Mrs. Sallie Filmore is at home from University Hospital* in Augusta,, where she was operated on. She is now rapidly improving. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Marsh are at home from Spartanburg where they visited their son, Mr. John Fleming Marsh arid other relatives. 'Mrs. Bessie P. Bean went to Harts ville last week to attend the gradu ation at Coker college of her two daughters, Misses Bessie and Isabel Bean. The W. C. T. U. here will join with the Edgefield and Trenton Unions in celebrating Jennie Cassidy's birth day on Saturday of this week, at the County Home. Each member of the Union is asked to contribute one kind of food to help fill the basket to go from this Union. The contribu tions can be sent to the homes of Mrs. Olin Eidson and Mrs. J. A. Lott by nine o'clock Saturday morning, or the evening before, if convenient, the members sending to the above named home nearest them. Mr. J. Neil Lott contemplates building a dwelling on the lot at Lott Cross Roads, in the suburbs of town. The Civic League met Wednesday afternoon with Mrs J. H. White. The committee on clean up week was still at work seeing that all trash piles were removed and unsightly places in the town were looked after. The League hoped that the Council would take some action concerning a chick en law, as those at large can, and have been doing damage to war gar dens. Improving Monument Park was discussed, and a wire fence will prob ably be placed to protect the hedge. Flowers had been sent from the League to the Base Hospital, Camp Jackson. The cemetery was reported as be- ? in g well cared for, a mari having ; been engaged by the officers of the ; Cemetery Association at $25.00 per ; month. The officers for the coming year ( were all re-elected: President, Mrs. ; S. J. Watson; vice-president, Mrs. F. ? M. Boyd; recording secretary, Mrs. I M. J. Turner; corresponding secre- ] tary, Mrs. J. A. Lott; treasurer, Mrs. ; Wilmot Ouzts. ] Mrs. Matt Barre has gone to Col- j umbia to attend the graduation of i her daughter, Miss Kathleen Barre, i at Columbia College. Miss Hallie White is at home from Coker college where she has been teaching music, and Miss Elise Mob ley is at home from Summerton, hav ing had charge of the music depart ment in that school. Rev. W. S. Brooke attended an Executive Board meeting of the Bap (Continued on page 5.) i ? SOLDIERS LETTER. AH Examined and Vaccinated. Some Edge?eld Boys Trans ferred to Other Camps. 14th Co. 156 Depot Brigade, Camp Jackson, S. C. May 30, 1918. Dear Mr. Mims: As we have holiday today ? thought I would write you something of how we boys are getting along. We arrived here safely ' and all right only a little tired before we reached our quarters. By the time we reached Columbia we had J large crowd of boys. We stopped J)ere a while and walked around and-rested up. Then we went on into c??ip on the train and we Edgefields boys marched in front of the crowd of four or five counties of boys. So you see old Edgefield is still in the front and we expect to hold it there if there is any chance. The other Edgefield boys left ?his morning for a camp in Tennessee. Two or three thousand boys passed our barracks this morning en route for some other camp. This place where we are is just for medical examination and treat ment and to equip us in clothing and army supplies and to class us up in some special line of military service. We only get a little military training here. We stood our medical examination Sunday. We went before about ten doctors each having a different part to examine. They also gave us the typhoid treatment and vaccinated us for small-pox. A f ellow is certainly all right when they turn him loose. ' There is a Red Cross and Y. M. C. A. bulidng near us where we can find comfort and pleasure at any time. The Y. M. C. A. furnishes writ ing material for the boys free, a, place to write, things to read, ice water to drink and some kind of mu- j sic. It is crowded with boys every afternoon writing letters and reading We have from five-thirty until ten o'clock every afternoon to walk around, two half holidays a week and all day Sunday to rest. Today is Memorial Day. It was set by President Wilson as a day of prayer. The Y. M. C. A. leaders had exercises in the grove near the build ing on the drill ground. Dr. Weber, head of the Y. M. C. A. work lec tured to the boys. There were about five thousand seated in the grove. He made a fine lecture, giving the boys good advice. Dr. Weber prayed for our Presi dent and asked all of the boys to kneel on their left knee and have a few moments of secret prayer in be half of our country and for guidance in the right way we should live. It was a grand meeting. We Edgefield boys are in the same building together and same company. We have plenty to eat and a good place to sleep and everything is kept as clean as can be, even to the streets ^ Good luck to you from all the boys. Sincerely, B. F. Adams. . Young Soldier Manifests Fine Spirit. Camp Jackson, S. C. 14th .Co.-156 Depot Brigade. Dear Mr. Mims: ' I have arrived here in camp in Co umbia safely and must say that I was somewhat worried over leaving my home folks and my crop also but you know when duty calls us we must obey. So I am here and am go ing to try to make the best of it. I don't want the name of trying to be a slacker and not doing my duty. I am going to try to work and do my best and look forward to coming back some sweet day as a man and [ want the prayers of all the good people. I am looking to God for my protection. I will write again some | time. Wishing you and all, good luck antil we meet again. I know not what the future hath Of marvel or surprise, Assured alone that life and death This mercy underlies. Very truly, George F. DeLaughter. A full line of toilet soaps, Palm olive, Fairy, Ivory and other good soap, at L. T. May's. "UNCLE IV" WRITES. Edgefield Fiddlers Made Good Music. Urges Re-Election of Senator Tillman: Wheat Good. Monday Muming, June 3, '18 Hello, Advertiser! Yes this is "Uncle Ir." Did you ask rae if it wan hot and dry down here? Yes, both hot and dry, had no rain now for three weeks, and ground get ! ting pretty dry and the sand hot, but rather have dry weather now while crops are young than later on. What ara I doing these days: Well, but one thing then another, not much of anything just at pres ent as we finished chopping our cotton two weeks ago, and we are now going ever it again taking out the grass we failed to get in chop ping and the plow failed to cover. No there is not much of it to get out, but can get it out now while we are resting. So that later on and the weather grows hotter wont have lo dig so hard to get it out. Well what do you recken hap pened at my home Saturday night? Oh 'tis no use to put you to the trouble of guessing, so will just tell you. An Edgefield man and his two sons came and brought their fiddles and gave us some fine music. Who were they, Mr. Jim Creed and his sons John and Bud, also his and bis sons wiyes and children, quite a crowd of Edge fieldians. Where about in Edge field were they from. Well, not far from Johnston near Philippi church. I^r. Jim married Capt. John Denny's daughter, and as he and I talked I could see away back in the days gone by, and I could see old man Jake LaGrone and his sons, Dive, Jira and John, and Capt. Bill Ready and many others of that section. I was not at all well when the fiddling commenced, the old man leading on the small violin his son John with the bass viBuf? ai:d Bud at the or^an- Why. sir in a few minutes I forgot I was sick and I thought of Ben Glanton, Milt Lanham and Jim Adams on the night that Henry Bussey and Fannie Glanton were married and could just almost imagine I could hear their fiddles and could see the dancers turning corners, prominad ing and balancing partners, and for a time I almost felt young again. No there was no dancing at my house Saturday night, but I could see more than one that just couldn't keep "zackly" still, for there was quite a crowd of neighbor boys and girls present. Yes I love the young folks yet and still like to see them together and enjoy themselves. For you know I was once young, and know something about how young folks are, and don't want to, nor don't intend, if I can help it to drive the young away from me by always preaching behave yourself to them. Well, enough now of that. Wheat most of it cut and housed and it was all very good. Oats now about ready to cut and I have never seen better spring sown oats, and I have already heard several farmers say that they intend sowing more next fall, and oats too and if the oats get killed next winier they will sow over after Christmas, and a good many are now regretting not having sown more this year. So you see the two freezes of the last two winters have taught us a le& son that spring oats sometimes make good. I wonder if anybody will take exceptions at what I am now going to fay. What is it! 'Tis most time now to be swapping horses for United State Senators or congress men unless those there are kickers, if BO hitch in another man, but if those there are good work stock don't swap them off. What am I driving at, just this. Keep Ben Tillman where he is and Lever loo, for if I am not mistaken it will bc a hard job to fill their places at this time. No don't break into the team now, too much at stake. Tried men are needed right now. Men whom we know have and are making good, keep them there. They know the ropes and where and when to pull when the President gives the word? and it there ever was a time in the History of the United States when Lrue and tried men were needed 'tis now.. Just one thing more and I will ?top. I got a letter from an old friend living at Edgefield after he ? heard of my daughter's death, and such a good letter, such a consol ing one. Oh, if we could but know how just a few words or lines would help in times of trouble and sorrow i we would do more of it. 'Tis like ap ples of Gold to a burdened Soul. Good-bye for this time and how do I know but it may be a last good bye. Sooner or later we must all say a final Good-bye. Uncle Iv. A Letter From Aldrich' Cheat ham to His Mother. Camp Greenleaf, . May 31, 1918. Dear Mother: Well, we have reached our new home after a long and tedious ride, and you can bet that we are tired. We arrived here at eight o'clock this morning-did not sleep any hardly last night. I enjoyed the ride very much, especially the scenery from Atlanta to Chattanooga. Yon know we are in the mountains up here. I can not say yet, bul I think that I ara going to like this place very much. As you know, Chickamauga Park is an old settled camp. There is some beautiful scenery around here, es pecially big shade trees. We are in the Medical Corp Am bulance and Truck Company, which I think I will like better than the infantry. We are only about ten or twelve miles from Chattanooga, and the first time I get off, there I will eo. I Biw lots of good looking girls on the way over here. Wherever we stopped, there was a crowd around the train. The Red Cross ladies certainly did treat us boys nice, especially at Augusta, where they gave us as much ice cold lemonade as we could drink., and yon know it took a lot of it. We only stopped in Augusta thirty minutes. Well, as Jake Reel is in a hurry for his pen, I guess I roust close for this time. Will write a longer let ter next time. Maybe I will yjave' more news. Write soon. - As ever, Henry A. Cheathara, Motor Co. No. 12, Greenleaf An nex, Chickamauga Park, Ga. Senior Class Entertainment. Monday evening, a laige audience gathered in the high school audito rium to enjoy'the evening pro gramme arranged by the Senior class. This consisted of two plays, one act each, the class having been assisted by Miss Annie Clisby, who directed it, and produced some of this play herself, macing it delight fully pertinent to the place and times. The first play was entitled "An Alarm of Fire," the characters be ing Misses Lydia Brunson, Lucille Reel, Emmie Lou Edmunds, Annie May Culbreath, Annie Sue Broad-j water, Edwin Folk, Elwyn Moore and Eddie Talbert. In the second play called, "The Slacker," the same persons took part, with the addition of Misses Velma Cogburn, Neta Ouzts, Kate Mims, Ilene Harliner, Ella Belle Scurry, Margaret Blocker, Elizabeth Rives and Eloise Hart. This was one of the most charming plays ever given in .Edgefield, and the participants showed decided talent. Misses Miriam Norris and Lu cille Reel presided at the piano, whenever music was indicated, which was a decided addition to the programme. County Home Picnic. The W. C. T. U. will hold their annual picnic for the inmates at the County Home on Saturday of this week. Each member is invited to go and carry something suitable for a picnic dinner. The Johnston union is preparing a very interest ing exercise, and Edgefield will take over some girls or boys for a declamation contest. All the unions, including Edgefield, Philippi, Har mony, Trenton and Johnston are expected to attend and any friends from the community. Delightful apxde-butter, 20 cents per pound at L. T. May's. For Sale: 200 bushels of good sound peas at $3.75 n?r bushel. Mrs. J Juba K. Prescott, Modoc, S. C.! f RED OAK GROVE. Social Circle No. 2 Met With Parkman. Red Cross Chapter to be Formed. On Saturday at our usual confer ence nineteenth Psalm waB present ed in a broad vision, as represent ing a big funnel, the horizon at first vision being so broad, and narrowing down to the individual, was presented so as to leave a beau tiful thought, as to the earnestness with which David prayed for God's grace. The Convention at Hot Springs was given so minutely, yet much encouragement, inspiration was brought out, in the earnestness of the remarks, beginning first the success of the three Mission Boards, last but not least the work among the colored peopfe, one of the great problems of to-day. May our dear Heavenly Father direct each move ment. There comes to us much en couragement in the face the turmoil and sorrow under which the world exists, the business world coming to'realize as never before the great obligation placed upon the world to which the response is gracious. We have been endeavoring for some time to get our Sunday school better organized and now as our pastor presented the importance of it, we hope the officers and teach ers may meet with success, should they undertake it. For the work would be more interesting to the children, and in childhood the foun dation work is begun. The Social Circle No. 1, meets Friday evening in the hospitable home of Mrs. Press Parkman, Mrs. Zelphia Thurmond presiding. Cir cle No. 2. with Mrs. West Doolit tle and Mrs. Mamie Bussey con ducts services. We have a most interesting subject and we hope all will be present, that we may be come more strengthened, thus pre paring for greater work as time may?iemay demand. i. ,v 'Hiss Mamie Bussey "ftiii ii+s.$i at hospital few days longer, but is doing just splendid. We rejoice her condition is encouraging, for health is our greatest blessing. The many friends of Mrs. A. B. Young,in the Red Oak Grove section regret to learn of her health being so greatly impaired, but we trust that she may soon be able to return to her usual strength. We learned with sadness the death of our honored friend, Mr* J. B. Matthews of Sweetwater* Having known his value as a friend my heart mourns his departure; as a pillar in the church, his worth will be felt in the future most, because for many years he bore with,Chris tian fortitude, the vexations and changes, that naturally every church must meet. Through it all, he trusted God to be his helper. So quietly and unassuming would he face the situation, that one could see the humbleness in heart in sim ple child-like trust. The church bas never known his value, because of his willingness to serve. He so unhesitatingly and without fruit for labor, has been faithfully attending the digging of the graves in Sweetwater cemetery and there has been many, for the past twenty-five years to our own knowlege. His exemplary life, was unusually beautiful, walking daily close to his Savior. I know his brother deacon Mr. Evans Bal ker will miss him for many times we have beard the two consult to gether under discouragement as to what steps to take. We sorrow, not without rejoic ing, for having known his life be fore his fellowman, we can praise Him, who can use the enfluence of such a walk for His glory, and now, that the labor is ended, our friend is with his sainted wife and other loved ones, who have preceeded his to the better world. We solicit, aud will greatly ap preciate the co-operation of organ iz'ng the Red Cross work in this section at an early date, feel assur ed more good will be accomplished, and the interest of our people will become known by greater gifts. May our people everywhere turn their attention to the good that may be accomplished, and the uncon cerned brought to realize the grave necessity of living our very best, for how can we in the face of so perilous npheavel, know what to' expect.