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(ESTABLISHED 1849.) Published Every Wednesday Morning. Subscription, ft.00 Per Annum. Advertising Hates Reasonable. -By STECK. 8HELOR & .SCHRODER. Communications or a personal character charged for as advertise ments. Obituary notices and tributes of respect, of not '"?er one hundred words, will be prinv d free of charge. All over that numher must be paid for at the rate of one cent a word. Cash to accompany manuscript. WALHALLA, S. C.: WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 9?, 1008. HOLD TO YOUR COTTON. The price of cotton dropped yester day to 8% c. a pound. The cotton In the Carmen' hands and in ware houses was just as good as lt was the day before; the cost of producing the staple was just as much; the number of bales that will be required for export and home manufacture was not reduced. Why the drop In price? Certainly not because tho staple had lost in money value. The Southern farmer is Up against the greatest gambling conspiracy that ever operated to reap where it hud not sown. It is a tight to the last ditch with the honest producer on one side, seeking to receive for his goods n fair and living price, and on the other side the cotton speculator, who seeks to perpetuate an Iniquitous system that has enriched a few at the ex|iense of the real producers of wealth. The question arises, Who will fin ally win In the fight? If the South ern farmer holds on he ls bound to win; If he weakens now he will lose out, not only for the present, but it will take years and years to regain the ground lost hy his error. The fact that the price of cotton has gone lower does not affect the WORTH of the cotton. Hold to it tor what it is worth, and for all you are worth, lt is now a matter of life or death to the cotton producing In tlust ry. No man lias a right to tell the Soul hern farmer what his product ls worth-not one whit more than the retail merchant has the right to go to the manufacturer or wholesaler and set a price on their goods and loree them to take it. Tile farmer may have to hold his cotton yet for thirty, sixty or ninety days to get a fair price for it. If you have lt to do. DO IT. Mark this: If you sell your cotton at 8 V6 or il cents a pound, so soon as it is out of the farmers' hands the l?rico is going up. It is the gambler und speculator who is forcing the price down, and it is for his own ?elfish ends that he ls doing it. Just so soon as ho gets the cotton out of the farmers' hands he will go to the other side of the market and 'orce the price up. He will reap the hand some profit of $10 or $15 per bale thPt belongs to the farmer as remu neration for his labor, and to which the speculator has not the shadow of a right. What are you going to do? Sell yourself out or force the gambler out? Hold to every pound of your cot ton if you can do so honestly. If you owe the man who helped you to make your crop, straighten out With him by borrowing on your cot ton in the warehouse, but don't give it to the Wall Street speculator, thus putting Into his hands the club with which to cudgel the very life out of you and your industry in the future. Think twice before you turn loose a pound of your cotton. If necessary, hold every pound of it till next fall, in the meantime transforming your self into a grain farmer instead of a cotton planter. It is up to the farmer to win, and we believe he has at his back every Southern banker and merchant, to the fullest extent of his ability. ORPHANS1 WORK DAY. The first Sunday in October and the Saturday previous, by a most beautiful custom, have for several years past been set apart in a num ber of the Southern States as the "Orphans' Work Day," the practice being thc setting aside of Saturday's earnings for the help of the orphans, on Sunday turning the amounts over io tho church orphanage workers. This is a strictly non-denomina tional work, there being no call from any of the denominations. The day's earnings are set aside and contribut ed to the cause of the orphanages. If the contribution? are given for the benefit of any particular orphanage und so designated, the funds will go to that particular institution, no mat. ter through what agency the dona tion is made, If given without des ignating any orphanage it will be divided among the various institu tions. This custom lias given the Orphans great assistance lu tho past, and the first Sunday In October this year should briuj in a hhndsomo free-will offering for the homeless little ones, who aro dependent upon the bounty of their more fortunato frleuds. How many in Walhalla and Oco nee will sot aside the earnings of Saturday, October ?ld, and contribute the amount on Sunday, the 4th, to the helpless ones? Let us try to raise a good fund for the little ones who aro dependent upon us for what they have, lt ls not only a duty for us, but it should be a pleasure, to tims help the weak and helpless. Orville Wright smashed two world's records with his airship; also his friend's skull and his own ribs. What next? Stripes, we are informed, are to be all the rage this fall and winter 1n clothing. For once, then, the gay convict will bo somewhat in advance of the fashion . Mr. Taft on the 15th addressed a conference of negro Methodists ?at Cincinnati on the negro question. He opened his argument with, "who stole de chickens?" Dr. Rustin, who was recently shot and killed mysteriously at Omaha, Neb., was a staunch Democrat and had registered only the day before his mysterious death. Now, the question naturally arises, can Mr. Taft prove an alibif . . . * . The Farmers' Union has Hxed Its minimum price, but so far has not given out what that price is. There fore, we can no longer say, "Hold for the minimum, 15 cents." Never theless, Mr. Farmer, hold for the minimum-which simply means, stand by your guns. * * ? . . Last Friday cotton sold in Ander son at Oe. On the same day lt sold in Walhalla at 9"%c. Farmers will bud in Walhalla hereafter a market up to the highest notch or a little over. Bear this ii? mind. You can get ? z much or more for your cotton here at home than you can by hauling it a long distance. "Major Barle pledged his word vol untarily before the primary election," says th?: Greenville News, "that should Cansler, of Tirzah, be re elected be (Earle) would resign." Greenville county gave Cansler 4,800 votes and Caughman I,SOO. Verily, Greenville county must be mighty sore on her member of the Railroad Commission. . * * . . Last week a tram)) walked Into the office of the Anderson Intelligencer and stole a pair of the.editor's pants. Everybody knows that lt is unconsti tutional and against the law of gravi tation for an editor to have two pairs of pants, yet the mayor of Anderson gave the tramp thirty days. The edi tor of the Intelligencer should have been rigidly cross-examined and the facts brought out as to where and by what means he became the possessor of two pairs of panis at one and the same time. TWO AGED WOMEN MURDERED. Grcwsoine Tragedy Enacted Near Jacksonville, Flu. Jacksonville .Fla., Sept. 20.- At Marietta, seven miles from Jackson ville, some time between 7 a. m. and "> p. m. Saturday, Mrs. Elizabeth Nor man, 89 years old, and her daughter, Emily, 68 years old, were brutally murdered hy some unknown party, who, after committing the crime, took every cent In the house, amount ing to about $8. The family was very poor, the old woman and her two daughters living alone, their only Income being a gov ernment pension of $8 a month, and what they could raise on the small farm. The second daughter, Elizabeth, was absent from home when the crime was committed. The old wo man's J dy was found In the front yard, and the daughter's body in the kitchen, both being chopped in the head with an axe. The sheriff and a posse are now scouring the woods with dogs in hope of Unding some trace of the guilty parties, who are believed to be ne groes. . i Negro Trump Admits Slaying. | Jacksonville. Fla..' Sept. 20.-Wal- : ter Ledbetter, a negro tramp, was ar- I rested early this morning by Sheriff Howden in the settlement of Mariet ta, and confessed to the killing of Mrs. Norman and her daughter there Saturday. As soon as the residents ol' the settlement learned that the negro had been captured there were threats of lynching, hut the negro was safely lodged in the Duval county jail, where he is under guard. A speedy trial is now being arranged for the negro. Brief Bits of News of To-day. John Robinson, the veteran circus man. was married to his nurse in his private car in Tennessee yesterday. W. W. Reynolds, a sign painter, committed suicide iv Poole's under taking establishment In Atlnnta yes terday. Three people committed suicide In New Orleans yesterday. One had lost his money; another quarreled with his employer, and the third was just tired of living. At the meeting of the National Col? ored Baptist. Association In Lexing ton, Ky., yesterday, a resolution was passed favoring the establishment of a factory for the manufacture of "black" or negro dolls. At the meeting of the grand lodge of 1. O. O. F., now being held In Denver, Colo., Kuykendall, of Wyom ing, was yesterday elected Deputy Grand Sire. J. L. Nolen, of Tennes see, was promoted to Grund Sire. NOTORIOUS STILL DESTROYER. Revenue Officers Make Successful Raid ia Lower lexington. Lexington, Sept. 20.-Revenue orn e?is D. H. Wallace, V. B. McGaha, J. C. McCravj and H. B. Henderson, of Greenville, with the assistance ot Dispensary Constable Samuels, of Aiken county, sue :eeded in Locating and capturing an illicit distillery in the lower section of this county Fri day night. It was located about four miles below llerse's bridge, near the Ainken county line. The still, cn old time affair, with a capacity of about fifty gallons, was still warm when the officers arrived in the little town of Wagener, some six ? > seven miles away, and had evidently been in ope ration the evening before. lt was hld from view by means of. a deep pit, which was covered with boards. On top of the boards a lot of pine straw had been placed, which made it almost impossible for the average person to detect that a "mill" was anywhere near, the only visible signs being the settling of the smoke. About seventy-live yards away a cap for the still was found underneath a lot of rubbish. An empty keg or two were found nearby, but they con tained no whiskey. Not a person could be found. The still was carried to Wagener, where it was destroyed in the presence of a crowd. The offi cers left on the first traill for Green ville, while Mr. Samuels returned to his home in Aiken. The raid of Friday night undoubt edly breaks up, for the time being at least, one of the most notorious stills that has ever been operated In this county, lt will be remembered that it was In this same neighbor hood that the desperado, Charles Jeffcoat, operated so long, and lt waa not far from the spot where he killed a deputy sheriff, who was try ing to effect his capture. lt has been known for some time that whis key was being made In this section, but on account of the character of the country officers have not been anxious to go into the territory. But these officers were determined men who have long been associated in and with this kind of work, and they were prepared for any emergency which might arise. It ls said that several other stills are being operated along the Edlsto, and the officers are determined not to give up until the last one is captured and the owners brought to account. WORK OX BROADWAY BRIDGE. The New Bridge Will liv Completed by Next Sunday. (Anderson Mall, 21st.) I A force of between 00 and 75 men ls at work on the reconstruction of | the Broadway trestle on the Blue 1 Ridge road, half way between Ander I son and Belton, and lt ls now said by ! the officials of the company that trains will be running over the new i trestle on regular schedule by Sun i day. The force is in charge of G. C. j Patterson and S. W. Dillard, con struction foremen. lt had been necessary to remove i much of the structure left standing after the freshet and re-construct the foundations so as to rebuild the trestle as lt should be, und this has been responsible for a od part of the seemingly long time taken up In the work. Work now, however, is going on well, and with the present force, lt should be completed within the time prescribed by the officials. All of the other tracking of the Blue Ridge ls In good condition and business is being handled with dis patch. Baggnge and express which should go out over the Belton line, however, ls being routed by Seneca owing to the work on the bridge. Mall is being handled direct, and tho usual service in all directions has about been restored. NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION IX PROVIDENCE SCHOOL DISTRICT. Upon a petition that represents more than one-third of the resident freeholders, and a like proportion of the qualified electors residing Inprov idence School District, No. 3, an elec tion ls hereby ordered to be held at the school house on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2Gth, 1908, to deter mine whether or not the special tax In said district shall be raised from two to four mills, for school pur poses. Those who favor the additional two mills will cast a ballot with the word "YES" printed or written thereon; those opposed to the additional two mills will cast a ballot with the word "NO" printed or written thereon. The polls will be open from the hours of 2 to 1 p. m. The Trustees will act as managers of said election, and no one will be allowed to vote who could not vote In a general State election. C. L. CRAIG, County Superintendent of Education. Done upon certificate of the County Auditor. September 10, 1908. 38-39 WOOD'S SEEDS. Beat qualities obtainable Winter or ? Hairy Vetch makes not only one of the largest yielding and best winter feed and forage crops you can grow, but is also one of the best of soil-improv ers, adding moro nitrogen to tho soil than anytothor winter crop. Wood's Descriptive Fall Cat. aloguo gives full information about this valuable crop; also ^about all other Farm 6 Carden Seeds *~\ for Fall planting. Catalogue mailed freo on request. Write for it. T. W. WOOD & SONS, Seedsmen, . Richmond, Va. Cl REAL ESTATE FOR SALE. Farm Lands, Mountain Lands, Timbered Lands, "Water Powers Call on me M. S. STRIBLLNG Seneca, S. C. Ofllco Over Seneca Hardware Co. . New Home Sewing Machines IN ALL STYLES. These Machines aro not the cheapest, but they are undoubtedly the best. Call and seo my many styles ; lot me show you tho fine mechanism of these machines, and convince you that what I say is right, D . S. ABBOTT, Walhalla, S. C. ~B. S. LOOK. Tinware, Stoves. All kinds of repairing. Rooting, Guttering. WALHALLA, ?. C. ICE! ICE! ICE! At thc coll Ration of many of our Walhalla friends we have decided to open up an Ice Business. Our wagon, equipped with scales, will make deliveries to any residence or place of business each day of the week in Walhalla or West Union. We will not sell ice on Sunday, but in case of sickness will cheerfully Kl ve any person ice free of charge upon prescription from physician. Any patronage will be appreciated. LIVINGSTON ICE CO. 31-tf "Stop R Thc MONEY PANI The WIFE has heard Put a little sunshine one of our SUPERB ST! lain Kitchen Ware. We some time ago, and the pri you. *** .** Roof your barn with Paint you home with Dress your horse with And last, let us furnii Building. We have a li Farming Tools than any We lead ; others follow. MATHES w BUGGIES ! We have a < Buggies, which and terms. *g VS want them. ] ness, Saddles and SEE 1 Metropolitan Styles .nek workmanship surpass. Small local tailors may have late style charts and fashion plates, published once every six months, but it's die big metropolitan tailors who keep abreast ol every fashion move ment, and whose designers and tailors embody that nicety of shape and dash of snappiness to clothes that produce the neatest and most satisfactory garments. If yon have eur custom tailoring depart ment take your measure for a suit of domes, it will be made up to the minute in style by those well-known Chicago Merchant Tailors, Ed. V. Price & Co., who do nothing else but produce superbly tailored garments for the person who it? to wear them. Cost to yon will be only $25 to $40 tho snit, from your own choice of 500 beauti ful fabrics, among which we cad your special attention to Nos. 4404 L, 4398 K, 4389 J, 4363 J, 43061, 4276 HH. By looking at designs Nos. 491, 493, and 486 you will secure some novel ideas of original and exclusive fashions. N , One-Button D. B. Nowlty Sick, 4631 rest oat to ?hon ?BOT? coat Upak Call and see our big line of Samples. Moss & Ansel, CEMENT FRONT, Walhalla, So. Ca. A Free Present for School CM A beautiful piece China Glass and other pretty Presents will be given to cn?h School Girl or Boy who registers their name at Norman's Store, buying all your Pencils, Tablets and School Supplies. The more you buy the better Present you get. Ever)- time you buy the amount will bo entered beside your name. Presents given on December 21st, 22d and 23d. NORMALS, WAIJUAI?IJA, StOo ?Ao ocking the Boat C is to be forgotten, this cry long enough, in your home and at the same time put in your kitchen EEL RANGES with a line of the Blue and White Porce have them marked "Way Down," We bought them ices on these famous and well-known Ranges will interest a^ a^ a^ a*^* a^ our Vulcanite Roofing, our guaranteed Water Proof Paint, i our "Washington" Harness. >h you with Doors, Windows, Nails, Locks, etc., for that irger stock of Rubber Belting, Machinery Supplies and other concern in our county. Call and see for yourself. ON HARDWARE CO, ESTMINSTEB, ?. C. ?UGGIES? 3ar load of the Celebrated Corbitt we are selling at the right prices Te also have cheaper Buggies if you Bil dsell and Thornhill Wagons, Har every thing in General Merchandise. JS AND SAVE MONEY. R & COMPANY.