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i .>lR; v? < ? . - ; . V-jvH: W- ' * ' ' ' ' * The Fort Mill Trites. '. mammmsasz ?. i =?= v BtUblialfd 1891. FOET MILL, S. C., THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1921. .? ?? ? -J H MUST PAY TAXES. Otherwise Fort Mill Citizens Cannot Vote in Town Election. Citizens of Fort Mill wlnfwish to participate in the town election to be held here early in January. 1922. fnr m m?vnr iinH ?iv aldermen, to hold office during i&e years 1922-1923, will not be able to do so unless they have paid all State and county taxes due and collectible between October 15 and December 31, under a decision of the supreme court ol' South Carolina handed down last Wednesday declaring null and void the election held *>ome time ago in which it was proposed to annex a portion of Chester county to York county. The vote in me annexation election was 147 for and G6 against annexTition, but on the showing of the opponents of annexation before the Chester county board of canvassers of citizens having voted illegally in the election, in that they had not paid their taxes in the time prescribed by law to enable them to vote, the board declared the election without effect.1' An appeal was taken to the State board of canvassers and thence to Judge Ernest Moore, both of whom sustained the ruling of the county board. Now the supreme court says the decree of Judge Moore was correct. While the opinion of the supreme court will perhaps have the effect of causing some citizens to waive their right to take part in the municipal election in Fort Mill in January, as it is not anticipated that every citizen who is otherwise eligible to vote in the election will have paid his taxes by January 1, it is not expected that ft ho vote will he materially decreased. Usually there is more interest in town elections in Fort Mill than in any other election held here and if early talk is an index to the amount ot interest to be displayed in the forthcoming election it will not be an exception in this particular to most of it predecessors of recent years. In addition to the payment of * all State und county taxes due and collectible before January 1 it also will be necessary for Fort Mill citizens who wish to vote in the town election in January to present to the election managers both county ami town registration certificates. The State lawprovides that county registration certificates to be honored must have been issued at least one month prior to the election at which the holder undertakes to vote and the law governing tinissuance of town registration certificates specifies that the registration books be open for a period of 20 duys. closing ten days before the election for which the : r: i \'.. )..*.? ut.riitlimit*!* are i??ucu. *>u has yet been fixed, so far as The Times is informed, for the town election, but if precedent, if not the law, is followed, it will be held during the early part of Jan. uary, necessitating the opening of the town registration hooks not lateiMhan December 10. Mrs. Jennie Brittain Lewis Dead. Fort. Mill friends of Mrs. Jennie Britain Lewis, who lived here .a few years ago with her son, Frank Lewis, and her daughter. Miss Mary Lewis, were pained Monday to hear ol her death last Friday in Fort Worth. Texas, where she was visiting relatives, j At the time Mrs. Lewis lived in Fort Mill her son was secretary j and treasurer of tin- Fort Mill Manufacturing company. The j family moved here from Tazewell. , Va.. and had many friends in the 7 community. Recently the home of the family has been in (Ireenville. The remains of Mrs. Lewis were taken to her old home in Virginia for interment. Buried in Fort Mill. The hotly of George \V. Plyler, a former citizen of Fort Mill, who died in Rock Hill laisi Wednes-. day, waa brought to Fort Mill and interred in the city cemetery Thursday afternoon. Mr. l'lvlm had been ilf for some time, lie was the father of Mrs. Klmore Gordon of Fort Mill and had other relatives living in this com unity. i A * 1M A K, NEARING COMPLETION. New St. John's Church Soon to Be in Use. After mouths of more or less vexatious deft v. there is now the prospect that the congregation of St. .John's Methodist church will l?e able to worship for the first time in their'new anil eommodious ehnreli edifice on Sunday. November 27. For some time the building lias been practically eonipleted except for the installation of tIk* hcatiup plant and the window lights. Work on the beating plant lias been rushed for lie last ten days, however, and there now remains to finish this part of the contract only the installation of the boiler, which is expected to arrive and be placed in position within the not three ii tour days. The window lights have been shipped from Atlanta, according; to a letter received the early part of the week by an oflii i r of the church, aipl the work of'puttin?r them in will consume only a day or two. Apparently .1 iI will he in readiness for the inorninjr service at the church on the last Sunday in the mouth. With the completion of the ne\y church building for St. John s conprcpation. the Methodists of Fort Mill will have what is considered by many one of the most modern and complete places of worship in the upper section of the State. Kspeeial care was taken by the architect in desipninp the building; to provide for the yrowinp Sunday school needs of the church. There are rooms for she various advanced, intermediate and primary classes and the nrraiipcuicut is such that the departmental idea in Sunday school work will be carried out as is found in few churches outside the larpe cities. No special program has been arranged to mark the use of the church for the first time on November 27. but later on with the laying of th?? cornerstone of the building special services in celebration of the event will be carried out. The pastor of St. John's is the Rev. YV. R. Bouknight and to his untiring work and* energy much of llie credit for the erection of the new church building is given. GRADED SCHOOL NOTES. % Last Friday, Armistice day. wus observed by the school. Aooui ;UH) of the pupils and the teachers attended the county fair in nock IIill in a body ami most of them marched in the parade. .diss ha ill teen Armstrong has charge of the second section of the tirst grade in the absence of t I . 1**1. . I*. * I I M l.s.N r.UM'i liOIUS, WHO is Spclltling several days at lier home in ?liven ville. The members of the football .earn have received invitations to a banquet to he given in the sehool auditorium by tjie girls composing the basketball team. Among other things in store for the hoys is the presentation of. the high sehool letter to all who piaveil in tis many as four games this seaotl. There will be no sehool on the I'ridav following Thanksgiving, as the sehool will be closed for four days, from November 24 to November 27, inclusive. The lost day will be made up during the spring term. 1'atrous and other friends of the school are invited to visit the class rooms and observe the work being done. Ity dropping in at odd times one may set* what is being done by any class. Such visits would not only help the school hut would give a better idea of the work the children art; doing ami are expected to do. Mrs. T. (Jrier Moffatt of Chester was a guest of her mother, Mrs. Augusta Culp. for two or three days the early part of the \\ t ek. The llev. K. 11. Yiser of Laurel Hill. N. C.. to whom a call was nccntly extended by the Fort j Mill Presbyterian church, has in-1 funnel Col. T. U. Spratt, clerk of the church's session, that he accepts the call and will be ready to take charge of the pastoral work about December 1. PUPILS ON HONOR ROLL. List of Fort Mill Boys and Oirls ' Who Win Distinction. More pupils than is ordinarily the case got on the honor roll of ilie h'ort Mill graded school for the first quarter of the present session. In furnishing The Times with a copy of the houot* roll, the superintendent, f'apt. K. M. Mack, explained thai urst honor, or highly distinguished, is given to those pupils who make a percentage of from 95 to 100 and have perfect attendance marks?that is no tardies or absences; second honor is given to those who make a percentage above 90 and diave no more than two tardies ami two absences during the time covered by the report. The honor roll for the first quarter follows: Primary First tirade ? First honor, Jennie Louise Bradford, Euiilie Louise Meacham, Sarah Lee, Frances Mae Mills, Helen Phillips, Wiliua lli-eves. Lest ina Potis. Inez Long, Boyd Griffin, Fred Harris. David Kodgers, A. Y Williamson. Jr.. Andy Morrison. intermediate First Grade ? First honor, Margaret Baker, Randolph Robert son. Advanced hirst Grade?First honor. Kutli Miller. Harry Doster, Fiirman Merritt, Erwin Hunter, Ona 1 >ti 1 ia. Lunc Smith, Odell Walker. Lillie May Archie, Edna May Erw in ; second honor, Frank Hancock. Inez McCaiueron, Lois Staines, Anna Sainlcrs, Knox DuI in. Second (Iradc ? First honor, Inez Armstrong. Fditli Oatcs. Troy Cant lien, Fentou Rogers, lamia Taylor, Marion Wilson, Gilniore Pitman; second honor, Frank Carothcrs. Sadie Stamper, Flizubeth Bradford. Marion liarkey. Murray Culp, .Johnson Wilkerson. Keheeea Wright, Beady Wilson, Andrew Kite, Jasper Kimhrell. Johnnie Spinks. Anne Nims. Third (irade ?First honor. Delhi Mae Woods, Gilbert Gross. Harriett Carol hers. Maria Culp. Jennie Lon Garrison, Margaret Wilson. James Allen Ferguson; second honor, Fvelyu Robinson, Korhclle Patterson, Ftllel Miller, i leveland Lytic. Nora Lee Raily, Carl Lamherth. Kugene Patterson. Fourth Grade?First honor. Mildred Medlin, lona Montgomery; second honor, Charlie Carlei. licni rice Ferguson. Sarah Barber. Floyd Pitman, Mary Startles. John McGuirt, Pearl lloneycutt, Louise Wilson. Kthel Wright. Howard Patterson. Fifth Grade -hirst honor. Helen Ferguson, Annie MeGinnis; second honor. Fmiua liailes, Eliuer Low cry. Alyra Kimhrell. Julia MeCorkle. Keiivon Young. Allje I bad lord. Lula Parks, Willie llomycutt. Melvin Carter. Sixth Grade?Second honor, Mary Garrison. Seventh Grade First honor Owen Patterson. Faulkner Parks. Ray Hunter; second honor. Myrtle Reeves. Fight h Grade?Second honor. Ilattie Parks. Cora Massev, Willie Bradford. Ninth Grade?Nannie Lee Phillips. Fllen Crane. Dudley Crook Toiitli ItiMiJo Sit ?'i?ti.-ii l'nrks Klmore Alt xander. Urges Corn as Fuel. Secretjiry Wallace of the department of agriculture urges farmers in the corn belt of the Central West to burn corn instead of coal, lb' says it will pay both farmers and other people living in country towns to make the substitution. Corn at 10 cents a bushel will equal in heating value coal at $ "> a ton. The better grade of coal, however, is selling for $10 a ton. A Thanksgiving service will be hehl at Pleasant Valley Baptist church Thudsday evening, November 2-1, at 7 o'clock. A sermon will he preached by the pastor, the Rev. J. W. 11. Dychcsand a box will be there for the reception of gifts of clothing, fruit vegetables, money, etc., for the Connie Maxwell orphanage at Greenwood. There also will be special music for the services which the public is cordially invited to attend. GASOLINE IN WELL. Wator at Palmetto Hotel Rendered Unfit for Use. A mystery that remains unexplained after three days was discovered in Fort Mill Monday morning when W. F. Harris, proprietor of the Palmetto hotel, went to the well on the hotel premises to draw a bucket of water and found that in some way gasoline had entered the well in targe quantities, making the water unfit for use. Mr. Harris drew from the well several buckets of the gasoline and water which he poured into a large pan and then applied a match to the admixture. It burned freely for several minutes. Whence came the gasoline was a questioned asked by many, but the question remains unanswered. There is a small gasoline tank buried in the ground in the rear of the office of the Fort Mill Telephone exchange, about ">0 feet from the well, but the owner of the tank. S. L. Meacbam. says he does not think that, even should his tank have sprung a leak, enough gasoline is escaping to 1 seep through the ground to the hotel well. The next nearest buried gasoline tank to the well is that at the grocery of H. ('. Ferguson, 011 Main street, 200 feet away. Mr. Ferguson is said to have stated that he is confident his tank does not leak, and there is the question whether, if it does, the gasoline trickles through the earth in as large quantities as was discov- * ored in the well. 1 Gasoline in the well at the Pal- ( met to hotel was not discovered for the first dime Monday morn- 1 ing. however. Two years ago the fluid got into the well is some < mysterious way. Then there was J a buried gasoline tank at a garage about r>l) feet away. The ? owner said the tank leaked and i it has since been taken up. The 1 water at that time remained impregnated with gasoline but a < few days and the incident was forgotten. Now it is recalled by tl.P riMimutumiiwiik of * ? 1 % ?/ i > ui iiuvv vita ^unuiiun in ' the well. ( WILL DO OWN PAVING. The concrete paving which the 1 town council of Fort Mill author. 1 ized on the grounds of St. John's i Methodist church, to be paid for ( from the town treasury, will not ' he done with the assent of A. O. Jones, M. J. Adcoek and T. F. : Lytic, members of council, who . also are members of St. John's ] church. Monday Mr. Jones stat- i ed that while both the congrega- i ion of St. John's and the three ; members of council were grateful I to the town for authorizing the paving, that personally he and the two other members of'council thought it unwise that the 1 cost of the work be met by the ' town and that he was certain, as 1 chairman of the street committee 1 of council, that when the paving was put down it would be paid ! for by the church itself. I "1 thought at the time the res i elation authorizing the paving t came before council it would be f best not to adopt it, but for res- i sons that are harbly worth men- 1 tioning 1 did not oppose it." said i Mr. Jones. "But now that I have limed the matter over in my mind a number of times, 1 have reached the conclusion that th? best thing for both town council and the church is to decline to llMVe flip wnplr ilnnu iiiwtpr flip 1 resolution. The paving from the ( street to St. John's church and t around the building to the Sun- t day school rooms will he done in tine time, but it will he paid for 1 from church funds." I Registration Board Coming. < Arrangements have about been t completed with the county board t of registration to spend Friday, f November 25, in Fort Mill for the i issuance of certificates to citizens i of the town who may wish to c vote in the municipal election to t he held in January and in other r elections. c mm m t F. C. Rodger a, Jr., has accepted i a position with the Hutchinson e pharmacy. ___ ? l # WOULD AMEND LAW. Citizen Holds Magistrates Should Issue Marriage Licenses. "The marriage license law passed by the Legislature about ten years ago has done a great deal of good in South Carolina, but there is one defect in the law which should be cured, in my opinion." yesterday said a York county citizen to The Times. "As the law is written," he continued, "it is necesary for couples'who wish to be married to go either before the judge of probate in person or appear before a magistrate to secure an affidavit setting forth the fact, as he sees it, that they are competent to enter the marriage relation, ami then forward t It is aflidavit to the judge of probate before the license is issued and returned either to tile magistrate or the man applying for the license. The latter method frequently results in delay, but after all it is tantamount to the magistrate issuing the license, which if that official is able to issue indirectly by affidavit. he ought to he able to issue directly in the first instance. "Take Fort Mill township as an illustration of what I have in mind. If an application is made to the magistrate here for a marriage license, of course he cannot issue it, but he can affix bis official signature to an affidavit ail dr?ss i to tin* judge of probate statin? that the license should be granted, and that ends the inatter, for the judge of probate seldom refuses to honor such an affiilavit; but it is a roundabout way of transacting public business which could be transacted more expeditiously if the magistrate were authorized to grant the license without referring the toutte: to the judge of probate, bcrt Mill is uo more remote from the court house of York county than are hundreds of other cominttni lies in .South Carolina from their respective court houses and the fhung I suggest would expedite the publie business and at the some lime remove a hardship many worthy couples are subjected to in securing their marriage licenses by having to go long distances to appear in person at the offiee of the judge of probate or wait until their application, after being approved by the local magistrate. is sent to the county official and he approves it and forwards the marriage license. "Furthermore, the average magistrate is a man of as good judgment as the uverage judge of probate in deciding who should and who should not be married anu there is no reason why bis judgment should not be final in law as it already is in fact." Saw Brown Mountain Light. The story in The Times of last week telling of the mysterious1 light frequently seen in recent \ rears ou Brown mountain, N. C., I was of peculiar interest to Miss ' Julia Boyd of Fort Mill, who saw 1 the 'light some time ago from the na/./.a of a hotel at Blowing Hock, j few miles from Brown iiiount a in. Miss Boyd was spending a >ummer vacation at mowing ivock nit] having heard much of the ight and the mystery surround- I tig it, was watching for it one jvening about 9 o'clock when it uiddcly came into view and after ipparcntly hanging suspended ibove the mountain top for a few iccou is disappeared. The theory that the light was hat of a locomotive on the 'linchficld road winding its wuy Itrough the mountains toward lie Tennessee line was exploded >y the fact that the light was to >e seen only at intervals, Miss tloyd said, adding that if it had >ccr a locomotive headlight it oull have been seen nightly as he train passed through that seeio!.. Nor was the light a trick 1 >f mountaineers bent upon furnshing the hotel guests and connry side with a fake mystery, for lamping parties on Brown mounain made sure that no deceptive , net hods were being used to pro- j luce it. In Miss Boyd's opinion, he best explanation of the light s that it is an electrical phenom- < mon, as was stated in The Times' I article. fi.w rer xear. CHEERS FOE WILSON. Rock Hill Man Writes of Ovation for Former President. Writing from Washington Satincidents of the . .Rhaoihrdl din urday to the Rock Hill Record of incidents of the parade held in Washington last Friday in honor of the unknown American soldier who was that day buried in Arlington cemetery, Eugene A. Hutchison of Rock Hill, secretsp \r 1A i ?? * uuKresHinail Stevenson, makes the following interesting observations: 44Yesterday was a big tiny for Washington and it must have been a big day for Woodrow Wilson for the ovution he alone received was wonderful. 1 atu inclosing some clippings which speak for themselves. Ami they are from The Times. Hearst's paper. "In the afternoon thousands went to Wilson's resilience and again he was given a demonstra tion. The Washington Post, tincourt crier for Harding and the administration,' said this morning that only 2.0(H) people went around to see Wilson. They missed it by 10.000 at least. The world says there "were 20.000 persons standing bareheaded before Wilson's residence to pay tribute to the greatest soldier in the world," and that "he burst into tears" at the sight. 1 don't think there were 20.(KM), but certainly 10.0(H) more than 2,000. "The Post will not tell things as they are and none of the Washington papers, so far as I have been able to see, have said a worn about Marion, Ohio, the president's own town, going Democratic by a thousand majority last Tuesday. Did you know it Y "I wish you could have seen the ovation given Wilson. The sentiment is turning again to him uud in my opinion, if lie had his health, he would be the next president. \ "The armuinent conference, which opens today, is just an omer name lor the League of Nations. Old Man Woody has hung something around their necks that they can't shake off. They might call the 'collar' hv a different name, but it chokes just the same." Car of Other Days. An interesting relic of the days when the automobile industry was in its infancy may been seen in the rear of Starnes' garage on Confederate street in the shape of a Brush runabout. The cur was built about 17 years ago and was the second automobile to he brought to Fort Mill for use locally. Fifteen years ago it was a familiar sight in Fort Mill chugging along over the streets of the town and nearby country roads as best it could with its single cylinder and other mechanism now considered antiquated. The car was owned by W. F. Harris, who operated it in connection with a livery stable lie was then running here. Mr. Harris got the car trom a Lancaster man, to whom lie traded six horses for it. A peculiarity of the car was that sometimes it refused to climb u hill in the ordinary way, but having greater motive power going backward tllllll fdCU'IlI-il /will. I ..I......... I.-. -I' . w? ?? uiti * um\i iinv a vn ur ur? pcmied upon to buck up the steepest hill in this section. Football Season Ends. The hurt Mill high school footlot 11 team played its last game of the season last Thursday with the high school team of Lancaster. to which it lost, Id ?o 2. Hie gam* was played on the local gridiron. Fort" Mill should ha\e scored 21 points, said the report of the game written for The Times. Several times the team was within a few yards of Lancaster's goal, hut the punch to put across a touchdown was lacking. The local team flashed a clever piece of football when three of the pla>ers. on a kickoff, downed an op|H>neiit behind Ins goal and got the two points credited to Fort Mill. William S. Belk left Monday pvening on a business trip to Atlanta. He was expected to return yesterday. ?