OCR Interpretation

The herald and news. (Newberry S.C.) 1903-1937, March 31, 1916, Image 1

Image and text provided by University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC

Persistent link: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86063758/1916-03-31/ed-1/seq-1/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for

'> y ? ??? mm
<5> < > ^ ?> <$> <?> <$> <$> <$> <$> <?> <S>
L < ' N?
r - . . <$. v; * <$> <$> <j. <j> <$. <s> <?> <?> <?> <?> <$>
I To the Editor of The Herald and
1 wish to direct attention to the
\r>n t^rrv Piihlir TJhrarv and if in
doing so I pppear to sco'd other persons?
1 wish it known thai I take to
myself more blame than I impute to
all the rest oi the community. During
the whole of the ten years since my
return home after my sojourn in Green
wood, I have neglected, until a few
weeks ago, to subscribe to the library,
or have anything to do with it. I am
heartily sorry ifor this bad behavior,
and it is largely in consequence of
my contrition and to make some
amends, that I write as I now do.
^ The benevolence of Hon. George S.
Mower in giving a room, or. if desired,
two rooms, for the use of the library,
and the courageous and persevering
effort of some of our ladies, are about
all that has kept the enterprise alive
and going. But the number of patrons
is so small that the ladies have not
* t 4.1
had the means to purcnase many wwks
which they desire to have, or to obtain
such furnishing for the room as
they would wish, and ought to have.
Yet they have kept heart and hope,
buying such books as thev could
opening the library three times every
week, and in turn, and without pay,
" fnn/ ? {/%no lihrnv.
pen.urmiiig an mc 1UUVUUUO V/4. V V?.
^ ian?and never begging help. By this
persistent exertion they have accumulated
about fifteen hundred volumes. t
and furnished a good deal of good
reading to those who have ibeen wise
enough to avail themselves of the opportunity.
And during all their discouraging
struggle we men, with fe*
exceptions, have stood alooi. The
women seem to have about threefourths
of tre public spirit in New*
berry, and about the same proportion
#>nerev. These library ladies, the
-Bachelor maids, the Civic association,,
the United Daughters of the Confederacy,
and the various women's char-j
itable and literary societies, are doing
I suspect, ten times as much for the
welfare of tlie community as all the
men put together. I need not mention
their church work; everybody knows
L that they keep all the churches go
^ ins. {
Now the cost of subscription to the
library is only one dollar per year. A
subscriber is allowed to tafce out two
volumes at the same time, and to keep
them two weeks with the privilege o.
mnewal. Many a one of ais pays mora
than a dollar for a copy of such trash
a6 eRd Pottage or V. V.'s Eyes, while
tor a dollar we could read urom the
library, The Seige of the Seven Suit
crs, and The Stranger, ana twenty
more rational, clean books. And there
are there a good many 'books besides.
novels?encyclopedias, histories, biographies,
essays, etc. I found there,
the other day, a valuable historical
work which I hr.ve never seen elsewhere.
The population of the town of
Greenwood is very little larger than
that of Newberry, and her wealth is
oortainly no greater than ours; yet
there they have a library of about
twenty-five hundred volumes; they
pay their librarian, and they are worKing
and expect to secifre a Carnegie
* building on the lot lately donated by
the town, which will be upon their assuring
$2,000 annually for the sustenance
of the library I doubt that
* ?:ur library has received $:\000 during
the whole thirteen years of its exist!
Since the arousing o the Southern
people fnm their long lethargy ot"
illiteracy it is hardly necessary to
rorcind anyone that books are the
k store-house and treasuries of know'
rdge; the seminaries o" sound thought,
pure sentiment, and refined taste; the
best companions in our solitude; our
teachers and comforters in distress; j
and most efficient in keeping boys j
from vice and girls from frivolous
tomfoolery. Every one who has the
general welfare at heart should t>e
anxious to put good books within easy
reach of the people.
The municipal authorities should
appropriate some money for the sujj^
nnrt nf thi* enterprise, recosrnizins: it
rus beneficial to the people of the
town; and, as I urged years ago, the
county authorities should allow it
quarters in the old court house, as
ii e\ have done \vis?.ly and patrioticlly
:.or the Rest Room. But our citizens
ought not to wait for, or depend upon
V~ I
public help. They should rally to the 1
assistance of the public-spirited ladies
who have worked .so long amid dis
couragemeilis, especiauj oiucc ctci;
subscriber will derive, for himself as
for his family, or for both, a benefit i
of far greater ivalue than the little one j
dollar of vearly cost. We i^liall have I
to suffer, and to take a back seat, and j
to be prodded, and argued with and;
entreated, and made a jest of by j
neighboring towns for a good while,
before we shall acquire such an appreciation
of public benefits as Greenwood
is blessed with, but surely this
town, of nearly six thousand inhabitants.
whose four banks hold deposits
of more than a million dollars, which j
has three flourishing cotton mills, a i
fine college, and first rate schools?j
surely this town has scores of men!
and women who can give without)
missing it, the poor, little, pitiful one i
dollar a year for subscription to so |
worthy an enterprise as trie ruunc
Library. I believe that many Ol them
will subscribe when they come to
think about it. But they need to be i
reminded of the matter?just as 1
J. F. J. Caldwell.
Lexington Has a $100,000 Fire.
Lexington, <March 28.?Twenty buildings
in the heart of Lexington were
destroyed by fire early today, causing
a loss estimated at $100,000, half
w inoTiro noo
01 WI11CI1 \> US UUVCi CU uy mjuiuuvivi
Only three business buildings were
untouched and early today the fire 1
which had been fanned by a stiff
breeze, still was burning.
There was no water connection in
Lexington except a mill pond some
distance from the fire. The Columbia
company stretched its hose, but as
the fire was under control when the ,
Columbia company arrived they did
nit throw water on it.
The following buildings were de- i
stroyed: A. C. Sawyer's drug store,
two story^ brick; A. J. iMathias, general
merchandise, one etory, wooden; ,
Leevil Hall, general merchandise.
ODe story, wooden; Lexington .
Dispatch, one story, wooden; E. B. .
Roof & Son, groceries, one story,
wooden; Barre Hardware company, ,
two story, wooden; Reagin Shoe Shop, '
one story? wooden; Pickens Mitchell's
- * * ^
meat market, one story, wooaen; parley
Barber shop, one story, wooden;
.Roof building (not occupied) two
story, wooden; E. C. Dreher compaay
clothiers, one story brick; Enterprise
Hardware company, one story brick;
Surratt's bazaar, one story, wooden;
G. M. ;Harman, residence, two story,
wcoden; Scott Hendrix Furniture i
company two story, wooden; Citizen
Telephone exchange, ibrick; Mrs. E.
G. Wingard's grocery, one story, brick; ,
Meetzle hotel, two*?tory, wooden; 'S. -T. i
Long's barber shop, two story, brick: j
Bank o: Weetern Carolina, one storv
brick; unoccupied residence, owneO
by Scott Hendrix, two story wooden.
Lexington. *a town of about 1.800
population, lias no tire department but
local volunteers were aided bv a squad \
of (Columbia firemen sent here with j
fire fighting apparatus.
The origin of the fire is not known .
Dr. Harm's subject was "The Spirit |
of the Teacher.** and in his address he j
emphasized how that in order to do j
effective work for the advancement of:
e l i-Ttion, and particularly the properj
tr lining of the youth o" the land, it!
was necessary for teachers to haT-e j
strong character as well as much cui-l
ture, indeed teaching would fail in its-: i
tTuc-st mission anrl greatest success ;f
a teacher's character was not devoiop!
and in its highest and best sense, no
t matter what their intellectual ati
tninrnents might be.?Union Progress.
me n. a. uiCKen unapier.
The D. A. Dickert Chapter 'Children
o? Confederacy, will meet Saturday afternoon,
'April 1 at 4 o'clock at the
residence of Mrs. C. J. Purcell. All
who have not paid dues will please
bring them.
Aileen Dunn, Secretary, j
rfOuise Perry, President.
It was our good fortune as well as u
pleasure to visit four of the schools h
if :he county during the week in com- w
panv with Mr. J. E. Swearingen, State s<
.superintendent of education. and
County Superintendent C. P. Barre. M
We have always taken an interest. T
in the schools, but liaving served as s;
cauiiiy superiiueuuein 01 euu^uuun tu( j ^
\ brief period, and having had a little
to do with arousing the school spirit ?r
and the awakening of *ie people in ft
the cause o' better schools, we haveMs
~ 1 1 - ^ _ 1* I
uj^o iuiii an itwa??nins; on uie suujeci.
The schools at .Tolly Street and
Silver-street and Chappells especially hi
took on new life and 1)11111 new school
houses and increased their teaching 01
force under our brief administration n<
and it is espccally pleasant to visit crhen1
and to see thac the school spirit m
is still alive and the interest unabated. ci
All three of these districts had pi?c- n:
tically no buildings and in one we w
? ? i ? 4. ? ,1 ii, ^ ? j rh
ruiupii'ieu uuiiumj; auu siuueu
the work in the others.
On Monday $ight there was a meet- t
ing at Jolly Street in the Interest of In
discussing means to increase tlie Income
of tile district so that the school ^
term may be kept to at least seven
months and, the school may retain le
the $300 State >aid as a' three teacher P(
rural graded school. This is a typical Tl
country district with no corporate 11
property and with only $36,000 of
fox-oKlr* r\r?/\ncn*fonrl iirifVi* fnrrr foY- x 4
ia Aayit j^i uiiu " itu rv ict-fv v i
payers who pay on more than $1,000. in
And yet the school spirit prevails to of
a large degree ami should be encouraged
in every way possible. The district
is to vote todav on the questiou
of levying an additional four mills
making the maximum that can be '
levied under the constitution. And
we believe the tax will be voted with
practical unanimity and those who
may note against it will t'all in lin?
and give their hearty cooperation to *
the suDDort of the school. That is the ^
spirit that should be encouraged. Su- r<1
peril]tendent Swe&ringen practically rc
said that if the tax were voted tie sc
would then be in position to help the 1S
school with State aid from the fund
which is given to him to aid weak *n
and needy schools. He made a plain 0A
and practical talk and told the peopU n
just what he was doing. Mr. Barre ^
explained the financial condition and n(
status of the district at this time. The to
writer was called on and responded a*
After the meeting Mr. Swearingen ai
and iMr. Carre came on to Newberry ar
with us. We were delayed some en ^
route by having to repair a puncture
but we reached Newberry along about ^
one o'clock in the morning. We were
pica sort to have both of the officials
spend the night with us,
Tuesday morning Mr. Swearingen
and Mr. Parre visited the St. Phillips ^
school. We regret that it was impos- ri
sible for us to leave the office and jn
therefore the pleasure of a visit to
this school was not ours. They also tl]
visited the city schools during the p.
morning. th
We had arranged to make a visit d1
to the old folk at home on Tuesday and el
to stop at Chappells school on our 'u
return, so we offered to take Mr. st
Swearingen and Mr. Barre to Chap- si
pells. Wo left Xewberry something
: y or 12 c.Vock and drove oat to Sil- J<
verstreet. where they have on.e of the
best school houses in the county and la
where they al?o have a gool three V
tnacher school and a stop of about an ci
hour was made a: this school. Mr. r.i:
?!'eii is principal and Misses Senn
and summer teachers in the primary q(
department. About an hour was spent a
in this school and the greatest part of n,
J ? * * ? C* , . ,-? ? nvV r?rv 1
liie nine jii .hiss ouuiuivi o iw/uu -tli
she has about thirty little fellows just tl"
beginning. It was very interesting to S1
note how she has trained them and ai
how well they read and what excel- jc
lent discipline prevails and what fine ta
order. b]
The next stop was at Ridge Spring 9
wheh is taught by Misses Simpson and
Smith, the good peop'e of this district ji
having coted a i'our mills tax and C(
would be a rural graded school but ai
< or the fact they have not the chil- oi
?* ? ? 11% AnA V n i 4 r
riren, Dut mey are giving ujusc wai ci
are there the best of training. These tt
young ladies are doing excellent e;
work. They have only 26 children, u
Our stop here was brief. d'
We then drove on to Chappells and ir
^ft Messrs Barre and Swearingen
nd went on to the old home wnere
e found the folk well and giad to see
s. Alter'spending about two hour^
ere and getting a good square meal
e came back to Cimppelis for the
:;hcol meeting.
The Cliappells school is taught by
fiss Lizzie Xeel and Miss Boone.
Ilia is one of the handsomest country
2I100] l/ruse in the State, and " we
now they have a sood school, and
lis is one of the fi/.est communities
1 the State; HV'e <lon't know Miss
oone but we know that Miss Nee!
one of those girls who does things 1
:id slie' knows how.
The large auditorium is seated with j
andsome opera chairs and the i
ass rooms are 'furnished with mod- j
li individual desks. The district i
iedi> more wiiite people and more j
:ildren. The writer presided at ^lie j
eeting at the request of the priii j
pai and presented Mr. Barre who I
ade a short talk and Mr. Swearingen j
ho delivered a very excellent ad i
The attendance w;is good and the in- j
;rest in the school was manifest, j
i fact fhe .people are proud of thoir
'liievements in the school work and !
ev have a right to be.
President Harms of Newberry colge
will deliver an address at Chapills
in the school auditorium on
aesday evening at 8 o'clock, April
It is always a pleasure to us to;
sit the schools and to see that the !
terest in the cause of the education j
the children is kept alive.
The road from Newberry to Silverroct
has been greatly improved but
is rough, and bumpy and needs leviniz
down. Tlie surfacing lias been
ell lone but it is blown out in holes
id makes it a little rough and needs
aothing down. \
rrom Silverstreet on to Chappells!
e road is fairly good tout too nar- j
iw. Just beyond ;Mr. H. T. Fellers'
jsidence the supervisor should do j
T? ^rvrrtft nlopoo f"ho i
riuc vyujiy. iu cumv 4??u
tlie worst we have scon in the coun- ,
. ami one or two little bridges are
bad repair and dangerous to ditfve
rer. And (from Chappells on to the
vcr the road is in great need or
ork. The supervisor tells us tnat
i is going- down there pretty aooa
do some work and he should do it
once and we are sure he will ha>ve
e cooperation of the business men
id interests of Chagpells. This is
1 important trade centre and should
ive the attention of the supervisor.
There was something doing and do2:
fast in police circles Wednesday 4
orning. On that morning there ar- |
ved in Newberry on the early morng
C. N. U train at 5:19, threo
isky strangers, who afterward stated
tat they were from Columbia and
id come to Newberry to purchase
teir Easter fronts (translated into
ain English a front is a suit of
othes). "Must have come to buy
routs' for their women, too. as they j
arted their shopping Joy smauua
cirts." commented Chief Rodelsperir.
Their names were. Lee Dominick,
>hn Williams and Pink Kennedy.
At Otto Klettner's they swiped a
dy's skirt and they called on Mr.
isodsky. whose contribution to their
;p o' happiness was a pair of beau- j
i : 3 pants.
By this time Policemen Cousins and j
onnelly began to sniff the air and in J
mimitoe til*}*.- ivprft rr.nninsr a!
jt trail whicli led to the speedy capire
of Lee and Pink, bul John flew
ie coop and ran like he had been
jot out of a gun. It was a free for
U chase and everybody In sight
ined in it, Johnnie was finally overiken
in Mr. P. F. Baxter's lot and
rought to police headquarters about
* - ~ rtrtT c Af I
in order 10 sptco up iuc v.?
istice an extra session of the reader's
court was called at 1 o'clock,
nd the three thieves were indicted
ti '"our counts, vagrancy, beating
ain and two charges of stealing. As
ley had no money they took 30 days
ich on each charge or 120 days, tolling
4SG days. Mr. Tom Teague
ecoraSfd them with lovely, clinging
on shackles. j
Hess ]{ol?inson and Jam1 Raff Held As ii
Accessories-Keal Party to
Killinir Unknown. j I
The coroner's jury empaimelled to y
investigate the mysterious death of b
the negro, Jim Clark, whose body was
found near the western city limits on q
Monday morning, March 2uth, assem- Q
bled in the court house Monday night
and after the examination of a num- ^
ber of witnesses, brought in the 'ver- ^
diet "that the said Jim Clark came to ^
his death from a gunshot wound in n
the hands of a party or parties /a- j
tr> tVm inrtr with Ttessie Robiil- m
""V"'" * j jn
son and Jane Ruff as accesso-; t
The members of the jury were J. H. j.
Clary, foreman. Sam Burns, Jesse n
Hitt, M. F. Hardeman. Virgil itf. Klser, ^
Robert Hutchison. >j
Dr. J. M. Kibler who made th^ post a
mortem examination was present and't<
his certificate was placed in evidence, u
It follows: "This is to certify that I n
have this day examined the body oi n
Jim Clark and performed an autopsy s<
and find that the deceased came to ei
his death from the effects of a gun d
shot wound, the ball entering the body
through the centre of the sternum on p
a line one inch below the level of the ^
nipple and cutting the descending J
aorta." v j ^
Tlie first witness examined was
Minnie Lark She testified that on i
I dj
Monday morning, March 20tli she ^
found .1 man lying on the ground (de-1
scribed the locality) anri called to ^
Will Watkin's wife that she liad found,
a man who was either drunk or dead
but Watkin's wife replied that she was j11
sick and could not come out. -She next i
saw the street, overseer, Mr. Joe^
I S"
Werts and called him and he came and i
i |-|
folf lmnH arwl s>dri "Vfis. tllis UiU- i
^ 3.
ger is dead and lias been dead ror;
*cme time." She said that she did p
act knew the dead man unlil they i
turned the body over and then she **'
recognized it as that of Ji:a Clark. .
Mr. Joe Werts, the next witness, 11
1 it
testified that about 20 minutes t? 12.
o'clock he was called to tne spot (s<
where Jim Clark's body was found and 0
on examination found that he was.fa
dead. He was lying with his face to f
the ground and shirt collar was C
pulled up partly over his head. There 6
was no blood on top shirt but Dlood ^
was found on undershirt. (While ex-*
aiming clothes $2 in silver dropped j B
out on the ground. Witness thought11(
though the money had been placed In!
dead man's pocket after he was kill-1 n,
ed. The negro's coat and undershirt i(
were on hindpart foremost. Dr. J. j
M. Kibler testified that it was possl? J
ble '!or the deceased to have oeen s'lf>t 1
and removed to the spot where found
without leaving 'blood stains on 'bed
" -* !
clothing. ,
I ai
Jim Leak said be knew Jim Clark;
and recognized some property shown j
him by the sheriff which was found a'
n^ar the body of Jim Clark. The spot p
where Clark was found is aDOut 80 ^
>avd:; :,(m Jane Rrfi's house. j
Undertaker P. F. Baxter exhibited
Clark's clothing?coat, paints and
shirt, etc., and testified that if iClark j
had been shot with liis coat on like i t(
it was when his body was found there j ^
would ha.e been a bullet hole through j
the back of the coat. The top shirt \
was all torn up.
Jim Clark's widow, Hester Clark, i
- f
said that .Jim left home at 9 o ciock j(
Saturday night. That she began h
searching for him Sunday morning ^
about o'clock and went to Jane{_
i y
Ruff's and inquired about him and j p
was told by Jane Ruff that Jim, had t
been there a little while on Saturday i
night but that he had Ie.'t. Witness <g
went back to Jane's house Sunday j
tSnt Tnno told her T:m was not [ 4
1 I 1 11 t UUW VUA'V vs. ^
there; that she could take a lamp and ^
look for him if she wanted to. She <?
did not look but went back home. ??
Jake Golden said that he was at 01lie
Bryan's party Saturday night and 4
that Jim Clark was drunk and cursing g
and that Bess Robinson asked him <
to take theiu home in his auto trans- '
fer, that he started with theit and 3
when they got to Jane Ruff's Bess <$
got out aud called Jane to tlie door. S
They both came to the car and per-1 <s
suaded Jim to go into the house. Bess <$
went back to the party with witness 4
When he got back Joe Jackson had 4
shot Hiram Hurst. Some one asked <s
him to go for Sheriff Blease. which 4
le did. Big crowd at Ollie Bracy's,
ome were drinking. Di<l not know
vhy Bess had him stop car at Jane's
Balaam Sims said that he brought
Jess Robinson to Carter's corner Satrday
night about 12:30 ana said she
. as going to Jane Ruff's itor some ot
er clotbes.
Bess Robinson testified that Jim
llark was drunk and fighting every
ne. That some walked out into the x
oor and said that if they aid not get
im away from there tbey were going
r\ Irill Viim Q/^m a if rrm a Vi>
\j ixfiL -linn. caiu rrao ? i?
lain who made the threat. 'She did
ot want Jim to get hurt and got
ake Golden to take him to Jane
Luff's house. 'She and Jake went back
;> the party. Left the party with Ba1am
Sims and got out at Carter's cor- 4
nr K \r Tono'o hAnco n o alrorT
* , *1 VUt LJJ UU11V ij UVUtfU OUU
: Jim was still there. Jane said he
ad gone back to the party. Got home
bout 12:30 or 1 o'clock. Went back
> Jane's house Sunday morning.. Jane ?
Luff came to witness* house Sunday *
ight and said, "if Jim.Clarit was in
ly house to get him out for there was
omething dead up the creek and ask
i if I was coming to her house Sunay
Jim Andrews said that he saw Bess
obinson near G. J. Jones' store Sunay
morning about 2:30 o'clock, going
>ward Helena. Did not see a white
tan at party.
Delia Herbert said she lived a short
i?i<iiiv^c 11 uju wutig viain o uuu? c*o
>uud and heard pistol. sj/>t in direcon
of Jane Ruff's house sometime af;r
Jane Ruff was the star witness and
lade quite an impression as a burnt
3rk artist. She said that Bess Roblson
brought Jim iClark to her house,
aturday night about 11:20 o'clock,
ess. said, "Aunt Jane come out here
nd git Jim, he has been up at the
arty raisin's the devil,' "I went out
lere and said what's ter matter wid
ou boy? 1 t:.k ii'.u by the arm and
id him into the house, Bess hopped
lto the car and went back to the frol
:. I asked Jim if he wanted me to
snd for Hester, he said he was going
ack to the frolic." Bess came back
nd spent the night with witness.
Mr. Ben ook said that he saw Jim.
lart'j hnrK' Snndav afternoon about
o'clock 'but thought he was lying
icre drunk.
Mary Pressley said that she saw ,
ess Robinson going back toward
>wn early Sunday morning.
Bess Robinson and Jane Ruff ar?
ow in jail awaiting trial at the next
jrm of court.
*" /
There will foe an .ordination service
l Enoree Baptist church, Sunday,
.pril the 2nd, for the purpose of oraining
as deacons Brothers J. W.
uber, and \d. M. King. Rev. G. J.
eyton, of Crawford, Ga., will preack
le ordination sermon. There will be
\o services, with dinner served at the
The public is cordially invited to at-rtAo
on/1 oil it laiti r\ p' 41^^^
Slltl lUCJC OC1 auu <*'i -T?w?v? o jpeacons
will be requested to help from
:ie "Presbytery."
*Icc Cream Festial at Trinity*
Everybody is invited to come to the
:-e cream festialv at Urinity school
ouse on Friday evening, April 7th.
Lii orange tree will ibe on display. The
lace. Trinity school house; the date
VTnr-oh Ttli orH flip hrvnrs 5
l iua ? , jiai va ? , w.a*u ? ? y 3
I.TFJ? ?
> <+>
' Cotton 117-8c &
> *
Prosperity, *
' Cotton '... ll%c &
> ? / *.
> Pomaria. ^
* Cotton ll^c
* Little Mountain. *
> Cotton 117-8c ^
> *>
> Cotton ll^c *

xml | txt