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NUMBER 50. LEXINGTON. SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, DEK-EMBEIl 24. 1919 NUMBER 9. FORK CITIZENS W ACROSS RIVER! ^ * ^. Editor Lexington Dispatch-News: I have always refrained from having ^ anything to say in the public press pertaining to the welfare of our count*T fearing some word, might be ap- ^ as a personal criticism to some I ^ or law-maker. In the beginlc* me say, that such is not in^ * 'tended . I agree with you, Mr. HT3L1- I ^ f tor, that we need improvement in our roads, but such , can he only accom- v ^plished by an inceaae in taxation. I have always been an advocate of good roads and bridges, but so far, have c been denied that convenience and o pleasure. Speaking the sentiment of ^ a large portion of the Fork citizens, a b?\ . : an incease of taxation would hot be a r Bp. . L I favorable procedure, unless we are to c gih. receive more benefit in the future than s in the past. ^ t We are situated on the east side of P .Saluda River with poor roads and an ^ |p. bid ancient style flat as the only a fc, " means of getting across Saluda River i j?l&. to our county seat. In searching an- | jp&; cient history we? find that one of the j I %% first flats for crossing Saluda River | c Kfef .. was at Zion church in .'7 7 9. This was KjK in an age when the early settlers had 1 g- "to hav$ a ready rifle for protection ' HbF against the Indians, with poor means j mnKtiv on foot. Now well Ri.' have reached the fast age of autoino- t P* biles and advancement of every phase < B^?Jof life. The cry of better schools, churches, colleges and good roads re- 1 HI sound on.' e\ 2ry side?all of which we 1 BbL'v,,. need yet, we are still trying to get 1 Hpi';Across Saluda river in the same manner as the settlers in 1779. No one 1 % .can conceive of the inconvenience of ^ . these flats, unless forced to use them. ? Kpt' "Many times you have to exhaust your IKfe vocal cords, regardless of weatner con- 5 ditions, before tjhe "slow ferryman ar^ ^rives, and often confronted with an < ? -.answer: "The flat is sunk"?"flat is afipv ' full of water, or river too full." So you * ' are" meed'To change your route via ( |||fc Coli mbia. a distance of twenty-five j 1 ijfe^'ibiles to go five. ' Road improvement. without a 3 bridge, will not benefit the Fork very 1 |p much. The Fork citizens are true to Hp|cv"?h?ir county and are taxpayers, and so far have received iittie public ser ij: B||vvice from her county. i |&.':-V\The citizens of the Fork will cheerbear an increase of taxation if ~ S?*v they are to receive results in return. H? Some portions of the county might adW vaxice an argument that the Fork does ? not need a bridge, but consider, for aj' |P moment, the situation of your section j |^'.first. Chapin territory has her bridge i' BP/ at Wyse's, Batesburg, Leesville, Lex- j ; g&ington, Brookland and Swansea have j the Congraree, all of which the Fork J W'-lias bojme her share of taxes without -a 1 r Now, Mr. Editor, we feel that the >"Bgi^toaue is here for old Lexington to raise ^5er Yoice *n ^er ow"n behalf. You 5 BP -say; "we need roads for comfort and speed. You have no conception of ^ I -discomfort and slow speed unless you 1 come over to Jrmo the first cold, rainy ffe'B^^SSr in a ferry. Then you will-sec the H Bgriiieal wc undergo daily. I" ^ haven't any objections to a fine J *rom Batesburg to Brookland. || j&knd offer no criticism, but what will ^, Kp^feetoome of the rest of the county in K^ithe next two years??Some estimate S?:'-. . thqjjt it will take twenty-seven years at slpfc? present rate. The fork claims.' and ; Ppt^r..so, that she does 2?ot receive her j H^^^orata share of good roads' and j I PUREE MORE MONTHS j |||| OF OOIjD WEATHER j Fake Snelgrove, Lexington's Weather | ^Profit, Gives Warning to Publie. i>jSPr. Jake SnelgTove, who has creatjai considerable interest among the people of this county by his weather predictions in the past, has sent the M*patch-Xews the following for the ? -'Jianuary 1 to 3. warmer; 4 to 6, cold j jad blustry; 7 to 9, threats of rain or j ftjjnr; 10 to 12, high winds and colds; 1 l?fc?5. a blizzard; 16 to 18, rain or I now1; T9, 20, 21, blustry and cold: 1 2 to 24, some warmer, 25 to 27, very i Bid; 2$ to 29. warmer with wind and ] Hnptvre&ther the month out. j fnr February?I to 2. cold I1 windy; 3 to 4. blizzard: :. to G. * ^hbijerate; 7 to 8, ram or snov;. s |||pS.f^tocte Joe Shuil is at hori" again. i ;. * ^JjjStr iming undergone a minor opcr- | j -a4 the Leesville hospital. ri ANT BRIDGE rO COUNTY SEA! PERSON"AUS. / Mrs. R. L. Rountree has returned er home at Fhim Branch, aft pending a few days with her fatht fr. E. J. George, and other relativ iear Lexington. Mr. and Mrs. Robf. F. Bowe of Ne fork city,arrived in Lexington Sui lay to spend the Christmas seas< rith Mrs. Bowe's parents, Judge ai Irs. C. M. Efird. Dr. R. E. Miathias, popular phys ian and surgeon of Irmo, was he: n business Saturday. Mr. W. W. Fulmer and son Charl ,nd Mr. John Derrick were over Mo: lay paying taxes and attending ther business. They arc all su tantial citizens of Piney Woods se ion. We are glad to note that Mrs. T IV. Fulmer. after treatment, is bai it home front the Columbia Hospit; nuch improved. Mr. W. H. Witt, one of Swanse: prominent citizens, was in town Mo lay. Mrs. Moorman. Mrs. Sligh and t ittle folks are spending Christmas Lancaster with home folks. Mr. William Reagin and son Fra: 'rem Mineral Wells, Tex., are he :o spend the holidays-with his brotb md family "here. Mr. D. I. Epting and son Char vere here Monday. They say t Pine Ridge section is O. TC.t now h billing time. . Bsquire John K. Hayes, formerly this county and Columbia, now Macon Ga., is here visiting his peoi md friends for the oeasoc, Dr. R. B. Harmon is back in 1 ;tore much improved. Mr. Julian Miller has returned frc fflemlson, to spend Christmas. Mr. Glover and Hobson Corl from. University will spend t holidays' With' their c folks at home. The admired and cheerful you ladies, home for the holidays wi fheir parents, from Winthrop ai Misses. Annie Corley, Gladys Georj Margaret Hartley, Blossie Clarl ECathryn Berlv, Virginia Riser, Brr Caughman, Katie Belle Harman. Miss Mary Susan Roof from Cot College is spending her vacation wi the old folks. Miss Veda Bar re, music teacher Tabor, N. C.,.is at home for Christrr season. Mir. M. L. Barre. plant chief of t Southern Bell, Jacksonville division at the old home for Christmas. Miss Clara Rawl, clever and obi ing, is behind the counters at the Ta store in town.. Mrs. Humphries amid the silk and satins, while M Sallie Roberts serves her many frier of the Providence section. Miss S lie Roof is looking after the O Grove people. Miss Mary Kyzer pesiding in the office. All go aw pleased: after receiving such rourtee md kind treatment. The many friends of Mr. Paul Barre, of Gilbert will be pleased I'ind him at the.Tapp new store. Mr.- P. O. McLain an experienc ary goods man is the' genflemai manager of The Tapp Store at Lexir Urn. We are glad to know that Col. a Mrs. M. H. Harman have greatly i proved after having been very sick It .is pleasing to see friend "TSuo Redd hack at his old service w Caughman & Kaminer. We regret to learn that our < friend Henry P. Roberts is very si at his home. 'Mr. I.ucious O. Bickley is back spend the holidays with folks a friends. Mr. Joe W. Gunte.r, one of t Jivelv citizens of Swansea, was town Monday. Mrs. Karl F. Oswald and childr have returned from a delightful vi Df a fortnight to Mrs. Oswald's paren Col. and Mrs. G. T. Graham, in Fl< Ida. Miss Juanita George is at home i the holidays from Ohicora College. nf- VM ?? ^1 A ( 1 AA??rrri r*'Ki/\ Vi H.r. Oililiuvi ;i. vjuuig^r, r? uu i; taken hish rank at Wofford Oollej is spending the holidays witli ! parents. The attractions are so crront doi it Port Royal that t'nclc Jimmie Ra nould not resist so he left us with <mile on* his face from ear to ear. Mrs. Monroe Bowman of Harleyvil lee Miss Tjla Pearle Roof, is with h parents, Mr. and Mrs. 0. S Roof, f ;ho happy Christmas season. " COUNTY OWES r NO 1917 TAXES Editor Lexington-Dispatch: An article appearing in your pape t0 of December 17th. regarding th er back taxes owed the State of Sout ;r* Carolina by Lexington County, ha ^ been called to my attention. I quot herewith a section of the said article w "According to figures furnished b n- the State Treasurer's office Lexingto >n County stands well up toward the lis id in the amount of back taxes owed t the State government. There remain on the books an unsettled balance fo >! re 1917 taxes of $100.67, while for 191 the amount is only $63S.2S. whie will doubtless be further reduce ic when the settlement is made wit n" the Sheriff for executions in hi to hands." The above news item is misleadin Cand somewhat unjust to the Count officials of Lexington. A close e> V. nminatinn ri? fho rornrrk rvill u'nni ck that Lexington County owes no mone a.1, - ^ /X r z lie Wm s 8 of JL ^ *s season Chris >ie n where subscribers to The J lis H Christmas also in the m ^ friends of ours. >m M Christmas, with all tha ey Sff fellowship, bounteous uns he ? nition of the fact that to g >m ll rece^venit'v As you have put into a itii SJ get out of it. Out of the re: ftl this paper in the past we ?e' y equal personal pleasure. R the issuing of this paper j 1C? H staff. :eT ^ And likewise in that sar amastime what it is, we tak ing our thanks to the Busi las ' and of the territory withi f| circulates, for their cord he " ways which has made i S Q present our best efforts tc ig. || able manner. iss wL for you and yours through ds M ftl" K 31 R. whatsoever on 1917 taxes, and furth< to .-J shows there is no cash on hand (It , 1 the State for .1918 taxes. There i :ed i however, an item of $7SS.95 charg< ily against Lexington County but ti records show this amount to be in e , ecution and still in the hands of <1 nd Sheriff. During the past year Le: m I j ington County collected for the Sta ' $61,819.11. and the balance due Tc ... $738.95, which is in execution, is cot ith | sidereil by this office to be a ve small portion, which speaks well f the Tax Department of your Count Sheriff Miller has made an unusu effort during the past year *in cc nd Acting executions, and a settlement * J the 1918 executions will be made wit! he J,n a *ow weeks. ir. i I xx'511 (brink- von TO uublish tl above letter with the same prom en j nonce the article referred to *v; sit j given. ts. | Yours very truly. >r- | HI T. L. OSBORNK. Comptoller General, for Columbia. Dec. 19. 1919. ,ot- CI'VIUV tPRWOV AT ?e. LKXIXCTO.V BAPTISE C'HURCT lis The. Rev. P. If. Funderburk, paste vn of tho Lexington Raptist church, wi wl use as the subject of his sermon f( a Sunday morning next "Christ, th Greatest Need of Man." This top le, is especially appropriate to the pre; ier ont troublous era and tho sermo 'or should be enjoi^J by those who a tend. I i SARDIS CHURCH ? WAS ROBBED i j J j Frank Harlej", negro. was arrested r I at Swansea and lodged in the LexingI e | ton Jail, charged with breaking into hi the Sardis Baptist church, near that .3 ! town unci stealing almost everything e | therein, including the Bible. pulpit : ! furniture and other valuable articles, y i Ilarley was also charged with stealing n the library of Calvary school. The crime .had aroused great indigo nation in Swansea and a determined s effort was made to apprehend the culr prit. S Practically all of the stolen proper- i h ty has been recovered, d I Harlev, who lives on Callie Gard- j h ! ner's place in Calhoun County, denies I is | his guilt, saying that he bought the i j stuff from another negro. g y G. Melton S. Roof, of the Charles- j ton Medical college, is spending the tv holidays with his parents. Mr. and y j Mrs. C. S. Roof. ,,-ir \ ^ \. V: f| preciation | ft itmas cheer in all the homes J# Dispatch-News dwell. ? inds and hearts of you good I t term implies as to universal dfishness and renewed recog:iye is actual I v better than to ? fi nything. that much will you A interest you have taken in jv hope you have derived an |1 Your appreciation has made y j a congenial work to us of the ^ ne spirit which makes Christ- ^ I ;e this opportunity of expressness men of this community, Jr n which The Dispatch-News 4a ial co-operation in practical ffl t possible for us regularly to ^ i the community in a credit- 2? 9 this hoiidav season color life ^ iout the coming year. /J ^wblb^ers - PI????IWMUIMI II IIIIUM?WW i er | I?IU<?HT VorS*<i tilRf. > K. . . St'CCIMBS T() DYFTHTCRIA. is. ! ?<1 j Miss Blanche Victoria Dong,'ago *1 t . le t years and six months, died of dyptherx-1 ia at the home of her mother. Mrs. tejcora E. [/ong, on last Thursday, after x- a brief illness. The remains were j te j laid to rest in the cemetery at St. of j James church, Summit, the following a- i day, the last sad rites being performrv [ od by the Rev. C. A Freed. D 1>. of or J Columbia. Blanche was n bright girl and al leaves a mother, two brothers and i1- th rou ??: it c* t f\ r-ri /*? * i .*4mtr>r of sides many other relatives and friends. n-j J A Kl'SfNKSS OHANGK ?ej FOR I.KXTXRTON I is? Mr. F. K. Taylor, who several years j has operated the Taylor Furniture Fo., j i:i the Hondrix building, has disposed of the stock of goods to Steele & Forj der. who will continue to operate a I first class furniture store. Mr. Tay | lor has rented the store between the I Harmon Drug- Co. and The DispatchH i News office and will continue in the i undertaking business. Tie will also >r j carry a line of talking machines, pic111 true framing and novelty goods of >r ! varioiwr^lv inds. i ic 1 'rs. Melvin Farr and Murray s-I Schwartz, are in from The Southern n College of Pharmacy. Atlanta, hall' t- j way thru, looking as pleasing as a | "jay bird settin' on a hickory lirn.'." i I CENSUS SUPERVI, AIDES FOR LEX! / } I S f MMERLAN I) COLLFAiK NEWS, j ( Leesville, "Dec. 22.?President P. j J E. Monroe held religious service in j J U a nV>an^I loef I t LiiC vnc*pv,i iu.jv, ? . The regular monthly meeting of the Young People's Missionary Society j was held Sunday evening with Miss Annie Belle Dantzler as leader. The topic was "The Challenge of the Hour." On Monday evening: in the college I auditorium the members of the faculty of the Music and Expression departments appeared before a large adience. The following program, was rendered. Etude Melodique?Raff. Romance j ?Sibelius, Midsummer Night's Dream ?S. Smith. Miss Counts. "Who ate the cake?"?Stanley; Schell, "The Bugle Song"?Tennyson "The Coward"?Robert W. Service? Miss Efird. ! I The valley of Laughter?Sanderson, j Pierrot?J. Johnson, Remembrance?j Hamblen, Christmas Sang?Adams? Miss Benner. Scene from "The Christian"?Hall j Caine?Miss Efird. Etude?Chopim. Eros?Adolph ; Forester, "Believe Me of all those En- j dearing young Charms"?Pape, Trio- j sime Ballade?Chopin?Miss Benner. j Mrs. C. M. Efird, Miss Caro Efird. j Messrs Barr and Carroll and Miss Car- j roll of Lexington attended the faculty | recital Monday night. Friday afternoon all students left for their homes where they will spend the holiday season. The next term will begin January 7. 1920. Students will return to the college on Tuesday Jauary 5. Misses Counts and Long will spend the Christmas recess at their homes. Miss Benner will visit friends in Savannah, Ga., and Gainesville,. Fla. Miss Marriotte will spend a part of j the vacation at Pomaria. Miss Keis- j ter will visit friends in St. Matthews, j The December issue of the Bight j Angle is out and is being cordally re-( ceived by its many friends. Mr. Marion Cominander ot' Florence was a recent visitor at the college. Misses Marriotte and Keister of the faculty and Misses Lucile and Alma Golson were entertaied at the hos- ! pitable homo of Mrs. Walter Shealv last Sunday. ' Cards are out announcing; the approaehig marriage of Miss Marjorie Phaner a member of our musical faculty last year, and Mr. Alexander Denmead. The wedding will take place December 24. at the home of Miss Shaer's mother, Mays Landing, N. Y. Miss Efird. teacher of Expression, sport last Monday with Mrs. Shuler in Hates burg. * * * ^ DISPATC H-VEWS EDITOR HAN DED IjEMOX AT SWANSEA I | It is nothing new for a newspaper! man to be handed a lemon, in fact it j "is such a common matter that ordinaily it calls for no particular attention. But when one is eiven the kind I of lemon that was presented to the | : editor of this paper Saturday on a 'visit to Swansea it is worthy of note. i The lemon m Question was given the editor by Postmaster S. J. Derrick of Swansea with the comjpliments ofj ~ ^ 1 v*??n f i ri n cr r?n"P^ 1 II IS gUUli v\ nc;, ?.<? ? vu.. ? . is due tlie fact that it has been demon- j strated that Lexington county, though j not cnjoj'inpr a tropical climate, can j be made to produce tropical fruits. J The fruit. measured 14 inches in circumference, S inches in length and j weighed just 21 ounces, which as we j I regard it is some lemon, even for L-ex- J ington county. The tree on which it! grew will this year produce f>0 lem- i ons of varying sizes. It is about ten j yeas old, the seedling having b.een j bought by Airs. Derrick from a wes- i tern nursery. Through the winter j the tree has "been protected from, the j weather in a flower pit and it has continued to thrive under the care of ;, ?vfrs. Derrick. CHRISTMAS FIX FMUISHS j AT PROVIDEN'CE j There will be the annual Christmas ; I exercises at Providence Lutheran i church on next Friday night, l>ecem- ; her 26. commencing at 6 o'clock, j ' Everybody is cordially invited to at- J! tend. SOR NAMES INGTON COUNTY Mr. Julian'S. Wolfe, Supervisor of Census in the Seventh Congressional District with offices at Orangeburg, mnounces the followig appointments ts Census Enumerators for Lexing:on County:" Black Creek Township?Jesse L. You mans, Batesourg. Boiling Springs Township?B. Frank Kaiser. Gilbert. Broad River Township?Ollie T. Stoudemire, Peak. Bull Swamp Township?Swansea. Batesburg town (that part in Lexington County)?John Bell Towill. Chinquepin Township?Chas B. Kneece, Baxter. Congaree Township?W. A. Price and S. P. Hollidav, New Brookland. Fork Township?P. B. Undler, Chapin. Gilbert Hollow Township?Clyne J. Taylor, Gilbert, and Wm. A. Hare, Summitt. Hotlow Creek Township?John Tiay Wessinger. Lexington, R. F P. 2. Lexington Township?John S. Schneider and J. Frank Wingard 1 both of Loxigton. Platts Springs Township and Sandy Run Township?FT. K. Furtick, Swansea. Saluda Township?L. P., Wingard, Chapin. The men and women appointed to serve as Enumerators will go from house to house in their campaign to secure all the facts for Government. The Act of Congress providing for the Census gives each Enumerator the right to enter every dwelling in his . district for the purpose of securing the information required. All Enumerators will carry with them identification cards and also written commissions, and these will be.shown, when Enurneatos are requested to do so. People are required to give an severs asked of them and severe penalties are attached if they refuse to answer. Each Enumerator is prohibited by law from publishing or communicating any information obtained thru the Census regarding the affairs of at* individual. All persons are then urgently requested to assist by means possible the Census Enumeators that their work might be as near perf'-ct as possible. Alt co-operation v.ili greatly assist in arriving at all the facts to be gathered. BF7TCKMA N"?I.OWMAN" Special to The Dispatch-News. Chapin, Dec. 20'.?A most beautiful wedding was solemnized at th? Lutheran church on Wednesday afternoon, when Miss Lula Betchman. second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Betchman, became the wife of J. .Malcolm Lowman of Balientine. The church was decorated with palms, ferns and other potted plants, and lighted by rows of white and pink candles. The ceremony was performed by the bride's poster, the- Rev. J. Ij. Cromer. George Hiller and Willie Williams ushered the guests to their places. Promptly at 6 o'clock the organ played by Miss Stella Wessinger, pealed foth the notes of the lovely songs "Melody of Love" and "At Pawning,"which were beautifully sung by Miss Louise Eargle. As the music changed Into the wedding march from Lohengrin and bridal party entered in the following order: f. Pan Lewis with Miss Rubie Williams: Ross Shealy with Miss Eva Summer. and John Brooks Lowrr.an with Miss Rubie Betohman. Next came little Margaret Kleazer. the ring bearer, carrying the ring on a dainty little white satin * nil'ow. She was followed bv the I bride and bridegroom. The bride wore a pretty cream georgette dress with satin trimmings and her veil caught with orange :!ossoms. She never looked love!.ft. The bridesmaids also wore pretty georgette dresses. A brilliant reception was given at the home of the bride's parents immediately after the cerenvony. Those who assisted in serving were Mrs. R. W. M. Eloa^er, Mrs. IJ. K. Pulmer and Mrs. James Summer. Trie couple received a large numoer Df pretty and useful gifts, attesting1 their popularity. MINSTREL POSTPONKD. The minstrel show, which was to nave been given by the American. I^e-* ?ion, on Friday night of this week, ias been postponed to Jnnuay 22.