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MR. GIBBONS GIVES HIS VIEWS
OF TOBACCO ASSOCIATION
Turbevilel, S. C., May 24, 1922.
My Dear Mr. Editor, please allow me
space in the dear old Manning Times
for a few words in reference to the
Tobacco Growers Association. I find
there is two sides to that question.
Eome say one side is right and others
say this way is right. Then how may
I know which of the two is right, one
thing I do know one of the two is
wrong. Look our boys there is some
thing dead up the branch and we far
mers are below on the stream, sub
.iect to come in contact with all the
atinck and filth of the (lead thing as it
,omes down the stream, this has been
.>ur lot all down the time of times,
'or we have a lot of soft handed dead
)eats who are always looking for an
easy job at a high salary, at the ex
sense of the poor farmers, when they
want to make a deal, oh how they
-ove the farmers, they come to us
with tears in their eyes, boys the
wolf can put on the sheep skin but he
.mn't the hoof, so look out for the
.aws on his feet, behold the alliance
ie grange the farmers union the cot
'n growers association and last but
:t least here comes the Tobacco
rowers Association, now tell me
lease how much we farmers have
- !en benetitted by any order or asso
ation that has been presented to us
e came out minous our dues and ad
ittance, fees, whil. a few got the
e. We came out at the little end
the horne, while the pie men got
v, head, hide and all, the rest so
my opinion there is a plenty of
nbers in the Tobacco Association
carry it on to success. So talk
and do something. Let's have
talk and more sider. By the
I want to thank Mr. R. D. Coth
for his grit in coming out like
an in the open and defending his
of the case. Hold the fort Coth
for we are coming. There is a
e crow hung up like this can't
your Tobacco out side the asso
on. You know boys many a fine
silk winds up with a nubbing
.ie fall and that scare crow is fill
vith husk or sorry straw for there
very little rain in a wind cloud.
let's do all we can to raise good
acco, the very best we can, this
r, and we will have no trouble in
ling that kind of weed and again
ten will the Tory faction or there
'spring stop tryin gto steal our
*tedom from us. We have financial
I political enemies who are always
ing to take advantage of us as
ners, but so far as the association
oncerned the first January 1923
tell the tail. So take (ue notice
*of andl govern yourselves accord..
W. E. Gibbons
IIENTS ON MR. STONE'S
ANSWERS TO GREENVILLE
notice in the News & Observer,
of May 15, 1922, Mr. James C.
.President and General Manag
the Burley Tobacco Growers'
ation has purported to answver
are's Something About S. S.S.
'hat You'll Be Glad to H-ear.
Smight just as well know it right
-the causo of sin eruptions,
is, blackheads, boils and so on,
at in the blood. There is no get
.way fr'om It. Science has proved
o prove It. You cani provd it.
mn thq causo of skin troules and
ons Is In llhe blood, it Isn't com
5. 8, Glvo You An Angeilo Skin?
qense to almply treat the skin.
tie of' S. 5. 8. will rove~ to youk
Is happening In your' blood. ...
loentiflc blood cleans'er.- it div es
o Impurities which cause eezema,
ra, pimples, bulls, blackheads,
es and other skin eruptions.
th ese imapurities are drivena out.
n't stop several very nico thinga
happening. Your lips turn niat
* rosy. Your eyes aparkle, youjr
iion cears. It becomecs bonu
Your face looks like0 that of a
rous, ruddy, well-fed, refined
man, or if you are a woman,
- oe the real kind
* d so admires. S.S.S.
body-l1 ullder, bo
* and mtore blood
n- it fills out sunken
4 '; thin limbs, helps
It costs i tle to
e a - oyou. S. S. S. is
~rs n to e eos.
the questionnaire presented by the
Greenville Tobacco Board of Tradd.
In MVr. Stone's answer he advises
that 50. per cent of the burley crop
pool has been, sold. He also says
that the farmers Were -advanced about
85 per cent of what the tobacco will
sell for at the time they finish-selling.
They claim to advance the farmer
between 7 1-2 to 8c at the time the
tobacco was delivered, and according
to his statement the farmer will get
about 22 to 23c for his crop.
We are reliably informed the out
side tobacco sold at auction brought
$22.66 for 74,162,931 pounds. We
have understood that the various
speakers from Kentucky claim the
pool will pay the farmers from 6 to
6c a pound more for their tobacco
than the tobaccos sold for on the loose
leaf floors. Mr. Stone also makes a
statement that he is handling tobacco
for the pool for a total cost of forty
and one mill per 100 pounds actual
operating expenses. This operating
expenses, includes all receiving plants
managements, including common lab
or, salaries of graders, and. general
office expense, including salaries, but
does not include the cost to the farm
er in payment for the real properties
which are being used for receiving
pinnts, which will be about lc per
pound per year.
Judging from Mr. Stone's own
statement figuring the 120,000,000
pounds at 40c per 100 will give him an
income of $480,000.00. Does Mr.
Stone mean to tell the business men
and warehousemen in the state of
North Carolina that he has operated
these warehouses at this cost when
they claim they have bougt $7,000,
000.00 worth of warehouses in the
state of Kentucky, which interest at
6 per cent would be $420,000.00, and
additional taxes and insurance which
would certainly amount to as much
as $2.00 per 100 or $140,000.00. The
actual cost for handling tobacco as
per his statement at 40c per' 100, or
$480,000.00 plus 1-4 the value of the
$7,000,000.00 worth of warehouses
would be $1,750,000.00 making atotal
expense to the farmer of $2,810,000.00
which is to be paid out of the proceeds
of the sale of the 120 000,000 pounds
of burley tobacco pooled by the To
bacco Growers Association, or 10 to
11 per cent of the sale of the tobacco
at 22 to 23c per pound, the figures
that lie expects to receive.
Granting they have pooled 120,
000,000 pounds of tobacco and they
sel Ithis tobacco at a 23c average you
will see it takes about 10 per cent of
the cost of the tobacco to pay for the
use of the warehouses, salaries and
Following the present auction sys
tem the farmers pay 2 1-2 per cent
commission, 10c per 100 for weighing,
and a auctioneer's fee of not over 25c
per pile. At this rate for tobacco
averaging 25c on the warehouse floor
the farmer would pay from 3 1-2' to
3 3-4 per cent for selling his tobacco,
thus saving from 6 to 6 1-2 per cent
and the interest on the money by sell
ing his tobacco at auction than by the
system used by the Burley association
of the tobacco growers. Do the farm
ers of Eastern North Carolina want
to change the present system to the
system now used by the Burley To
bacco Growers Association, which ac
cording to their own statement will
cost them from 2 1-2 to 3 times as
much to sell their crop and wait for
an unlimited time before receiving
Mr. Stone also tells us he only has
about 20 per cetn of the common to
bacco outside of the greens. We think
rM. Stone should be absolutely fair
with you and tell you exactly the
amount of green tobacco he has and
what he paid the Directors of the as
sociation to aircure this tobacco.
Mr. Stone advises the farmers that
after they once place their tobacco in
the pool the tobacco entirely loses its
idlentity and they are to accept the
grade these graders put on this to
bnaco'and the price these salesmen
accep~t for this tobacco regardless of
whether or not they want to sell. The
proceeds of the sale after the entire
pool has been disposed of will be paid
to the farmers, less the current expen
ses, which according to his statement
will amount to more than 10 per cent
of the actual price of the tobacco.
Wilson Tobacco Board of Trade.
T'HE BUSINESS OF TOBACCO
WAREHOUSESES HAS BEEN
THE RESULT OF SERVICE
The marketing of tobacc'o for the
past half a century has been one of
tradiual growth. Constant efhrmges,
he addition of newer and nmore i
,iroved methodIs and more progresive
We have the solution.
Ask us about our free
Godiwin and Woodruff
Summerton, S. C.
G. C. COOPER,
Glasses Fitted, .Broken
SUMTER. S. C.
ideas, have nade the warel'ouse busi
ness an efficient selling system of der
vice to the entire communiy.
The marketing of tobacco has never
been a business of ease and comfort
as some would have Os believe. Each
decade has had 'its quota-of failures
as in other lines of business. Ware
houses and markets with obsolete
methods that failed co keep abreast
of the community, have had to give
ova yto others that were, better pre
pared to render a public service.
The growth of the warehouse busi
ness in Danville has been gradual but
slow, assets have increased in order
to take care of the demands of the
market, but the percentage of in
crease of assets and incomes for
years past has been only a fraction
of the unprecedented increase in
values -of farms and farm crops of
The Auction Sale Warehouses have
never been. without opposition. Vis
ionary reformers have always played
upon the credulity of tobacco formers
and one campaign of opposition and
misrepresentation has only given way
to make room for a succeeding one.
In all sections of the tobacco belt
for months past the supposed defects
and evils of the present, system have
been manufactured and magnified,
while the tobacco farmers have been
told that by growing a large' crop of
tobacco and refusing to sell it at auc
tion, they may become rich, live in
ease and luxury, and have a golden
stream continually pouring into their
The Warehouses Have No Fight With
The Co-operative Movement
The Warehousemen are making no
fight against the co-operative move
ment-This is a matter for the indivi
dual farmer. Each and every farmer
has the right to join any movement
he desires or market his tobace: in
any way he chooses.
It is also the privilege of tl.e indi
vidual warehouses, jobbers and buyers
of tobacco to join in this movement,
as they have done in some sections
of the tobacco belt.
We do not deny that there are
many adverse circumstances confront
ing the marketing of tobacco, yet
with those who have made a study
of the business for years past we
believe that the best way out o1 the
present difficulty is through an
agency that already exists-The pre
sent Warehouse System-one that
has served successfully for half a
century. The present system requires
no favored legislation no political or
social revolution. It builds up instead
of tearing down.
For these reasons the Danville
Warehouses prefer to stay out of the
co-operative movement, believeing
that we can render a greater service
and be of greater benefit to the entire
tobacco section, by handling tobacco
as we have in the past-Selling at
auction on the warehouse floor,
where the big tobacco buyers of the
world will bid competitively for your
tobacco-you receiving cash for -your
crop the day it is sold. Season for
1922-23 opens October 2nd.
Danville Warehouse Co.
(Signed): Acree's, Union, Plant
ers, Banner, Hollands, Central.
-Danville Register of May 14.
IMPERIAL TOBACCO COMPANY
THREATENS TO WITHDRAW
Danville, Va., May 19.-Declaring
for the "open shop" principle, a
group of citizens of South Boston
have purchased Independent Ware
house, which' was recently sold at
auction, and have announced that
auction sales will be conducted in it
during the coming season.
This will destroy the "100 per
cent. pool" arrangement which was
seen when the Tobacco Growers' As
sociation leased all warehouses except
the Independent, which was closed,
it is said.
The building brought $35,.000.
It is reliably understood that the
Imperial Tobacco Com pa ny, which
has a plant at South Boston, became
greatly concerned over the prospect
of no auction sales, and threatened
to withdraw from the local field. The
action taken by the citizens in buy
ing in the warehouse is said to have
had conciliatory eff'ect. The motive
in obtaining the warehouse is said to1
have been for the purpose of giving
growers who have not signed the
pooling- agreement an opportunity to
ielI at auction there, instead of corn
ng to Danville. -From Baltimore
Sun and Wilson, N. C. Times of 19th.
FARtMER JONES WRITES
I will thank you to publish this
etter for me:
I am astonished at the Cooperative
Xssociation securing the services of
ill the pin-hookers as graders for
wr tobacco. Oar chief reasont for
'aining was to get rid of hrim.
Wonder what will happen next ? Y
rm in it now amf still have my pin
rookers but, believe me, If r can get I
rut of this mess when I sign my
mmne to another pool contract, roos
era will lay eggs and hens will have
eeth. No more California lawyers'
ne wagon for mec with promise of
uxury and a continuous stream of
rver-flowing gold as has been pie
uredi to us by some of our asso
riations organizers andl solicitors.
Brother pooler, look out for over
iend expense and keep your eyes op
n, for there is a big pin hoo'ker (day
'oming in our association and our
~uction sale boys will' be rid of hi
nd wve will wish we could seli our
obacco at auction, get all our money
he day wve sell, and go home free
~rom bondage.-Danville Register.
Hale Ford, Va.
ASKS FOR INFORMATrION
Editor Danville Register,
Please publish this letter for me:
As a farmer of many that has not
signed the pool contract, I want to
ask, for in formation through your
paper, where is there a farmer that
has got a job with the pool? It looks
to me like the thing has gotten out
of the hands of the farmer before it
starts, and into the hands of the
banker and the highups and the ware
houseman. Now I hear that they
hapo employed every pin-hooker on
the Danville, Virginia market to
granc and price all the toaccon. T
etnou gt they wantea to get ride
e r. oif this id the. ean
you we aidpfe'non-signoes and
all our fi nds' had better stay out
dnd sell ' our tobacco at- auction this
time and not be bothered with him
as. the pool has gotten them all.
Boxboro, N. C., Rt. 8.
MORE MONEY FOR THE
POOLED TOBACCO CROP
The following special dispatch from
Frankfort, Ky,, appeared in the Louis
ville Courier-Journpl of Wedlelday:
frankfort, Ky., May 16.--A report
made here today by W. C. Hanna,
Comissioner of Agriculture, shows
that the Burley Co-operative Tobacco
Marketing Association received a ma
terially higher average price for its
tobacco than did the owners of the
burley tobacco that was sold independ
The report is for 1921 tobacco sold
up to March 1, about the time that
the independent loose leaf houses were
closed. The figures on the pooled to
bacco were 20,675,455 pounds for $5,
995,951.54, or an average price of
$29 per hundred pounds. A contrast
is shown by comparing the independ
ent figures, which were 49,837,048
pounds for $10,588,579.16, or an aver
age of $21.24.
Approximately 40,600 000 pounds of
the association tobacco has been mar
keted since March 1, according to Mr.
Hanna, at prices "well above" those
obtained for tobacco independently
Future reports made by the Com
missioner of Agriculture will not in
clude the tobacco sold by the co-opera
tive- association, it was said, because
it is not sold at auction.
This would seem to be a pretty
conclusive answer to the people who
have been claiming that co-operative
selling had proved a failure in Ken
In the same issue of the Courier
Journal a special.. dispatch from Lex
ington, Ky., reported that the mem
bers of the Burley Tobacco Growers'
Co-operative Association wil all re
ceive their money today, Saturday,
this being the second distribution of
checks for the pooled sales of the last
A dispatch from Hopkinsville, Ky.,
in the same issue of the Courier
Journal told of the progress being
made in the effort to form a Dark
Tobacco Growers' Co-operative Asso
ciation. In fourteen school districts
on last Tuesday ' pledges were receiv
ed for 4,690 acres, leaving but 2,985
acres in these districts unsigned.
LOOKOUT ASKED FOR NEW
WEEVIL IN MISSISSIPPI
A weevil has been found in Stone
County, Mississippi, in considerable
numbers, which is injurious to potato,
tomato, and turnips. Southern ento
mologists are especially requested by.
the United States Department of Ag
riculture to keep a sharp lookout for
this species. It seems to be identical
with Desiantha nociva Lea, known in
Australia as the tomato weevil. It
is about onethird of an inch long, dull
gray in color, and bears on the wing
covers a pale V-shaped mark. It has
been known in Australia since 1908,
and does much damage. The larvae
feed upon the plants at night, hiding
underground during the day.
The State entomologist for Missis
sippi is trying to find out how far
this weevil has spread, and the-Bu
reau of Entomology is actively co
Cures Malaria Chills and
IFever, Dengue or Bilious
Pever. It kills the germs.
I wvill apply to the Judge of Pro
yate for Clarendon County o'n the
l9th day June, 1022 at 11 o'cfoek A.
W'. for Letters of Discharge as guar
!ianl for Beulah IHicks, nowv Beulah
Tardy, formerly a minror.
Manning, May 16, 1922'. pdf.
NOTICE OF DISCITARGE
I will apply to the Judge of Probate
or Clarendonu County, on the 2ifth day
f May, 1922, at 11 o'clock~ a. m. for
~etters of.Dfischarge as Guar-dian for
'aucifle Johnsour~ formerly a minor.
New Zion, S. C., April 265 1922.
T'he State of South Carolina,.
County of Clarendon.
3y J. M. Windhamn, Probate Judge:
Whereas Home Bank & Trust Comn
any made suit to me to grant them
~etters of Administration of the
Estate and effects of Theodora Sheriff.
Th'ese are, therefore, to cite and
dmonish all and singular the Kindred
md Creditors of the said Theodore
sheriff deceased, that they be and ap
near before me, in the Court of Pro
nte, to he held at Manning .on the
32nd day of May next, after publica
;ion hereof, at 11 o'clock in the fore
ioon, to show cause, If any they have,
vhy the said Administration should
iot be granted.
Given under my hand this 9th day
>f May, Anne Domini, 1922.
J. M. Windbuam,
Judge of Probate.
CHICH S 83ANJ
We are now ready to announce the
OPENING date of our
which will take place at our old
stand, 33 South Main Street Sumter,
S. C., Thursday June 8th.
We have no doubt that the many friends who
have been doing business at THE BATTERY for
the last seven years, will now take advantage of
the opportunity in obtaining their requirements- in
dependable merchandise at BANKRUPT Prices.
We have a very large stock, over $40,000 worth
of staple merchandise overcrowding our floor
space to the utmost capacity, and we must of
necessity reduce the stock in order to be able to
do business, hence, we have employed the very
sharpest instruments in slashing the prices so
that it will move.
Everything in the store, thousands upon thou
sands of items have been placed on the slaughter
counters and racks, at the mercy of the almighty
dollars. There will be no backsliding or retreat
ing from the onslought of the grim, relentless
and overpowering advance of necessity. Every
thing must go. Every article must move, the
the prices of every item has been cleanly shaved to
We are mailing to every household within a
radious of 50 miles, a descriptive circular. If you
did not get it, please write us, phone us or call for
it at the store and you will get one. It will be
worth your effort.
The offer we are making to accept in settlement
for all accounts owing us at the same rate we have
settled with our creditors, will stand 0: .a till the
first of August next.
Remnember the Opening date,.
Thursday June 8th. -Every
thing will be ready on that
33 S. Main St.,
SUMTER, S. C.
Look for the YELLOW Front.