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The Fort Mill Times.
. . RiUbltohed 1891. FORT MILL, 8. C., THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1921. "" " " . p v
Democrats of Fort Mill to Hold
Meeting Friday Evening.
Bused, it is stated, upon the recent
decision of the supreme court
of South Carolina holding that to
be able to vote in any general
election held within six months
after the last day of the year the
citizen must have paid all State
and county taxes due by him be
ween October ir> and December
31, 163 Fort Mill Democrats, complying
with the rules of the party
as adopted at the State convention
held in Columbia on May 1!?
1920. have signed a petition addressed
to*F. E. Ardrev, mayor of
Fort Mill, stating their intention
to organize "The Fort Mill City
' Democratic Club." presumably to
nominate candidates to enter the
race for municipal others in the
^1 a ~ 1... i. i i i' \I;II
ncciiuu iu in- IIt itl in r on .win
on January 10. 1J>22. and to nominate
candidates for subsequent
town elections.
On the rolls of the Fort Mill
Township Democratic club for
the State ami county primaries
held in August, 1020. there appeared
the names of 222 men who
gave their residence as the town
of Fort Mill. The rules of the
party state that town Democrati
clubs may be organized upon
petition of not less than lf> per
cent of the voters residing within
the town. Taking the township
club roll as a basis for computing
the number of voters living
in Fort Mill, it will be seen
that considerably more than the
requisite number have signed the
petition for the organization of
the club they propose.
bViibiv ii i r I > t 'Ti ill
7 :H0 o'clock, has been selectetI sis
the time for the organization of
the club ami the town hall sis the
place, according to^. information
reaching The Times. It is said to
be the purpose of the sponsors of
the cttib to perfect the organization
along lines similar to those
_ employed in forming township
clubs, which conduct the Stsite
and county primaries. If these
plans are followed it means tlmt
there will be elected a president.]
orte or more vice presidents, si
secretary and treasurer and an
exeeut ive commit tee as the club's
officials, and if it is decided to
hold a primary for the nomination
of candidates for town ofli
eers in the election to be held in
lunuilI\V. it will be necesssiry to
open books of registration at an
early date and to provide that
the primary be held before the
end of the year or early in the
new year. As there will be some
expense involved in holding the
election, it is presumed tlmt the
candidates will he required to pay
a nominal fee for entering the
An interesting phase of the rule
of the party under which it is
proposed to organize the locsil
city Democratic club is the recall
provision. Dialer ilie rules which
may la* adopted at ilie meeting
Friday night it would he in keeping
with an amendment adopted
at the State eon vent ion in Columbia
last year providing that the
successful candidates filtering
the club's primaries did so with
the understanding that if their
services were not satisfactory to
a certain percentage of the citizens
participating in the election
tjiese citizens could petition for a
recall elect ion-in which it would
he necessary for the oflicials at
which the recall was aimed lo
seek vindication at the hands of
the voters. This provision of the
party rules, however, appears to
he ontional with newlv formed
clubs, which may or may not
make it a part of their rules.
Authority for the or<;ani/.ntion
of town or eitv Democratic clubs
?, is found in section 14 of the
^ amendments adopted by the 1920
State convention. The amendment
was the only one 4>f several adopted
by the convention which the
executive commiltce considered
of sufficient importance to emphasize
by having it printed in
blaok face type in the rules of the
.Mrs. Minnie Donohue and Alvin
Howell, both of Fort Mill,
were married on November 1G by
Magistrate J. H. Haile.
Fort Mill Boys Did Well Considering
The football season which came
to an end a few days ago for the
Fort Mill high school eleven,
while not a brilliant success, cannot
be said to have been a failure.
Of the seven games the team
played, two were won. one tied
and tour lost, llanl luck seemed
to follow tlu? team through the
season, for only once or twice did
the breaks come h'ort Mill's way.
while in numerous instances the
team's opponents scored on flukes
or fumbles.
The team was developed from
inexperienced players, younger
and lighter than any team in this
section of the State. Only one or
two of \the hoys had ever before
played football and several hud
never seen a real game. The average
age of the players was
lf> 1-2 years and their average
I., i-ji> 1
.? t III I I tl\# | Mill lit lri?
Reviewing tin* work of the in lividual
players it may In* said
.hat Kdward kimhrcll played well
throughout the season at center.
As guards ami tackles Jack Mills.
Allan Parks and Dixon Phillips
were aggressive. As ends. Dudley
('rook and Pat Brown did some
fast and heady work, especially
toward the end of 1 lie season.
The team's hack field was especially
good and was feared by tin
opposing teams. Douglas Nims.
captain, tit fullback, ran the team
well and probably gained more
ground than any other member
of the team. Luther Patterson, a;
quarter, was etlicient and livquently
goi away for long end
runs. .Mike Link, at left halt, wa^
noted for his line plunges and his
good defensive work. Tom Harris
it right half, developed toward
he end of the season inlo a clever
open field runner.
In the first game of the season,
with York, the score was 7-7. The
game was mediocre.
While the game against thy
'Pniversity school of Charlotte
was lost. G-l), it was virtually a
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was ex peeling to lose by a hit;
score. It was in that game the
liseover.v was made that tin* lacul
eleven eould play good football.
The third game of the season
was won lrom Koek Hill high
7-0. Tin- train rlrarly outplayed
hr "(iooil* Town" hoys and the
ptospee'.s looked 'bright for a
sueeessful season.
Overeonfidenee helped to bring
an overwhelming defeat from the
t'hester ehampions. whose team
had more experience and outweiglied
he fort Mill hoys.
Kershaw was defeated on the
home grounds. 18-0. The score
should have been larger, bill the
fort Mill boys seemed to laekthc
puneh to put tlie ball over the
last few yards of the visitors
The team had a delightful lime
in Winnshoro. hut the hoys are
still explaining why they lost. 7-0.
The fast and heavy Wiuthrnp
Training sehool team outplayed
fori Mill in 111 * l'ir<t luiH" Will
was jolted when Link scored for
ilie loeal hoys on a forward pas*
in the third quarter. The train
in?r school lads won. thanks to
Kort Mill's indifferent work during
the first half.
Lancaster was faced with a
cripple/I team. Xinis having quit
school. I hit every mouther of the
cam did lite host he could and
in.uiy thought Lancaster was 0111
played, although they\ won. LLThe
team lias gained some valuable
experience during the season
and with most of the members
expected to return to so lino!
next year, the prospect* are bright
for a winning team in ITJ'J.
A marriage of interest to manv
Kort Mill people was that of Miss
Kstelle McMaiius. daughter of Mr.
'midairs. N. M. McManus. to T.
, Andral Kerguson. in York Saturday
evening at !) :ttO o'clock. The
ceremony was performed by the
Kev. .1. K. Walker, pastor of the
Yovk Methodist church, in the
presence of the following relatives
and friends of the young
couple who accompanied them to
York from Fort Mill: Mr. and
Mrs. W. L. Ferguson. Miss t'leo
iBailes and Earle iiailes.
Current Items of Interest From ]
the Yorkville Enquirer.
W. II. Hope, well known merchant
and prominent citizen of <
Rock Hill, who has been siek for |
some time past, is able to be out j
agajji. although he has not fully
recovered. Mr. Hope has been (
suffering from the effects of influenza.
which he had last vear.
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ISight work was to begin at the i
Clover cotton mill Tuesday night ]
and it is expected that it will be i
continued indefinitely. A number
of new families have recently
moved to the mill village and as
was announced a week ago. the (
mill management is preparing to^
build new houses with a view to
providing for still further help. j
Farmers of the Clover section
are still sowing lots of wheat and 1
oats, and seed wheat is said to
still he in great demand. Some
farmers who for years have been
accustomed to sowing a little
wheat just from force of habit
more than from any other cause
are grbwing into the wheat growing
business with all seriousness
this fall and are going to pay
more attention to the growing of
gram i nan ever nelore.
Tin* total assessciI valuation of
tin* taxable property of the county
this year is $12,Siti.094 against
$18.1118.551 last year, an increase
for this year of $0:12.5411. which, of
course, does not include the polls
The aggregate assessed valuation
of the personalty this year is $7.207.587
against $U,(il)1.509 last
year, an increase of nolv $50,455,
the total valuation this year bein*:
$5,515,845 against $5,458.81)0
lasf year.
Iridian women from "the nation."
the Catawba Indian reservation
near Uoek Hill, were in
that city Saturday selling pottery.
They had quite a variety
of pots, pipes and other article*
and they were making strenuous
efforts to dispose of th^'ir wares.
It used to be that the Catawhas
traveled all over York. Chester
and Lancaster counties in the
summer and fall selling pottery
of their own .manufacture. Now
they harldy ever go anywhere except
to Rock Hill.
In his charge to the grand jury
Monday morning in opening the
November term of the court of
gt neral sessions and common
id I?i I K . I 111 I ? r t? Imv .... i,' i#; i
at length oil violations of tin* liquor
laws. "There is no question."
said In*, "that the liquor laws are
I??i ii ?r violated extensively, hut
niv judgment tells me that there
is not so inueli drunkenness
in the state and not so many violations
of the lufiior laws as there
were during the regime of our
iniquitous dispensary system."
Rock Hill's inuuieipal political
pot is beginning to hoil. Report
has it that Dr. David Lyle is go11!?r
to In- a candidate for mayor
to succeed Kiiph Armstrong, the
present nuiyor. lvoek Hill people
aire expecting Mr. Armstrong
to lie a candidate to succeed himself.
The election comes in .lainttairy
and there will he a number
of changes in the city's method
of government. The number of
eouueilmen is to he increased
from three to five and the mayor
is to he elected by direct vote.
Secretary Fewcll of the York
t'ounty Fair association was busy
Saturday cheeking up receipts
linn 11imiiir.M'iiinii s mr nit* leci-n i i
York County fair. The seerctary
s figures were not available,
but it was stated that if the ledge
r showed a ba'lanee on the right
sale it would he a small balance. .
It will he of interest to many to
learn that in all probability the
last carnival has played at a York '
county fair. The carnival which
was a feature of the recent fair
raised a storm of protest because 1
of alleged gambling games and
devices which were a feature of it. !
W. F. Harris, well known Fort
Mill citizen, was stricken with appendicitis
last Thursday and Fri- I
day afternoon was'taken to a
hospital in Hock liill. where In
was operated upon Saturday. The
operation proved successful and
Mr. Harris hopes to be able to return
to his home by the end of
the week.
? I.I ??I
B. M. Lee Making Success of In- 1
dustry Near Fort Mill.
That 110 finer pecans aire to be
obtained anywhere in the eoun- <
try than those from the grove of ^
rt. M. Lee. two miles south of Fort <
Mill, is the consensus of opinion* "j
of inanv neonle wlu? J
I he size ami tasted the quality of
the nuts Mr. Lee has offered* for
sale,in limited quantities on the
local market within the last two
or three weeks. The vield from
Mr. 1 jee's trees was larger this U
year than in any year since he
planted the first of his grove several
years ago. hut there was su"h
a demand for the nuts that he
was able to offer only a small
part of his crop for sale locally.
Except his nearest neighbors,
not very many people even in Fort
Mill township perhaps know of
the extent of Mr. Lee's pecan
grove. Several years ago he set
out 2.r>0 trees, which are now
hearing. Last year he added 107
trees to the original grove and is
just now putting in the ground
10 ipore. His oldest trees were set
out about 11 years ago ami the
average yield from a number of j
these this year sold for $2.r>. He i
found ready sale in Rock Hill
and elsewhere for the pecans at
(10 cents per pound.
Mr. Lee is an enthusiast on the
wnlii.wt nf iKWMin ifrmvini' :md to
' " i " " f- r
The Times expressed the opinion
a few days ago that 1 h?? industry I
offered tin' furmiTs of this roc- <
lion an avenue of escape from the ?
Ha mage the boll weevil is expect- 1
e<l in time to inflict upon them. <
for. suiil he. there is an ever wi- i
(leuiiig market for choice pecans
at good prices. <
"But the pecan is a nut which i
cannot he grown overnight," he '
continued. "It takes time, pa- 1
tience. good trees set in good soil
alid constant core of the trees to <
make them hear successfully. The
life of a pecan tree is unknown.
In San Antonio. Texas, there is a
mammoth pecan tree which is es- ,
tiniate to he 218 years old. Last
vear it produced M5 bushels.
"Pecan trees do not produce
their fullest and most abundant (
crop until they are about 25 years
old. They begin to bear when
they are about five years old, but
when they are young a crop can- ,
not be depended upon every year.
But at that, it is interesting to ,
calculate how profitable a pecan ,
grove may be at the age of 25 ]
years. Figuring 100 pounds per
tree, with 20 trees to the acre. (
making 2.000 pounds of nuts per ,
acre, at 50 cents per pound, it will ,
be seen that the yield from the
acre will bring in $1,000. I never i
heard of any cotton farmer being
able to do so well."
Rinninor Saiionn Naarinar P.nH
Twenty-?one hundred halt's of !
cotton have tJms far been ginned
from this year's crop at the Fori
Mill ginnery, according to a
statement yesterday made to The
Times by .1. 1\ Crowdcr, superintendt'iit.
who estimates that
not more than 1(M) bales are left
to be ginned locally. Mr. <'rowtier
also said that the ginnery was
several hundred, bales ahead of
the ginnings for the same time <
last'year, but attributed the fact
to the early opening of the crop
and the fayorable weather for
gathering it. In his opinion, the
present crop will be several htin- <
dred bales short of that of last 1
year. Ordinarily more than d.(MM)
bales of cotton are annually sold
in Fort Mill, but not all this cotton
is grown in Fort Mill town
ship. Some of it is brought to the
local market from . Lancaster
county and a considerable number
of bales ffoiu Mecklenburg
county are sold here.
Mrs. W. 11. \Vitalic has moved
to Fort Mill from h? r home in the.
upper section of the township and
is occupying the Massey cottage
on Hull street.
A letter received from the Kov.
R. II. Viser by an officer of the
Fort Mill Presbyterian church
indicates that he expects to come :
to Fort Mill next Wednesday i
from Laurel Hill, N. ('.. and will
conduct his first service as pastor
of the church on Sunday, Decern- i
ber 4. I
?ort Mill Commission Disposes of
$75,000 Issue.
Purchasers for the $75,000 issue
>f road bonds approved by the
roters of Fort Mill township at an
election last spring \ycre found
Monday in the firm of Sidney
Spitzer & Co. of Toledo, Ohio,
vhen the eonimissioii opened the
"?iil? flint ?? ?? .?
.!..? ? ?? v i v |ii v urn nr*riai?
weeks ago. Tlu> price at which
he bonds were sold will net the
ownship $74,625, including accrued
interest, this being the best
jivl received.
The commission, composed of
Jol. T. B. Spratt. chairman, W.
ti. Meachain. secretary, and I1. l\
dlunkcnship. proposes to build a
lard surface road from the river
connecting with the street paving
.vhich it is expected will be laid
n the town at an early date aiul
completing the hard surface road
ictwecn Fort Mill and Hock Hill,
iccording to an announcement of
he commission made yesterday,
federal aid in the sum of $10,000
ic.s been approved for this road,
ut the commission hopes to have
his amount largely increased,
md also to have the county assist
in the project, since, as a j
Ill-Ill lift' t 11 ? i*.ml in iuuif in iiAint. I
? I
d (?it. tlit* road will be at part of
[lit' highway tt? ho constructed
?y tlit* county under the Stewart
road law.
Sand-clay or top soil roads will
:>o constructed t?? the North Carolina
line and to the Lancaster
;ounty line atnd other roads in
various parts ?>f the township
tlso will he improved, the commission
The question of federal and
'OUnty aid remains to he determined
before anything further can
he done hv the commission, matters
which the coiumisioii hopes
will he settled within the next :10
Pleasant Valley News.
Charlie Hudson and his children
of North Wilkesboro, N. C..
lire visiting at the home id' Mrs.
Hudson's parents. Mr. and Mrs.
J. W. HI ins.
Mrs. Ij. H. Therrell and her little
daughter are visiting relatives
in Clreenville.
1). (). Potts spent the week-end
with Mr. ami Mrs. J. K. Hall in
the Harrison section.
Robert Harris came down from
i'harlottc and spent the afternoon
with relatives in this community
last Friday.
The parent-teacher club met at
I he local school house last Friday
evening and carried out an interesting
program. Refreshments
were served. "Spinner."
Ex-Service Men's Club.
Members of the Fort Mill American
Legion post have organized
a social club composed of exservice
men and have routed the
building formerly occupied by
File Times on Claiborne street
for their club rooms. The building
is to be renovated and repainted
at once and otherwise
made attractive for the use of
the former soldiers. The members
of the club are anxious to have
the public become interested in
the organization and will welcome
the contribution of pictures,
books, magazines or furniture to
assist them in making the rooms
inviting. It is requested that
persons disposed to help to this
extent communicate with lirice I).
I'ulp. adjutant of the Legion post.
Frineds of ,J. F. Harper, for
several years master mechanic at
mill No. 1 of the Fort Mill Manufacturing
company, will regret to
learn that he contemplates moving
away from Fort Mill in th?
near future. Mr. Harper gave up
his place at the mill several days
ago and is this week on a visit to
a brother lie has living in the
lower section of the Stute.
.1 ohii Reid. Fort Mill township
negro, who some months ago shot
and dangerously wounded a tie
gro woman in the Flint Hill
church neighborhood, was convicted
in the court of general ses
sions in York Monday on the
charge of assault and battery
with intent to kill and was sen
tenced by .Judge Rice to aerVc
three years on the county chain
Yukon Second Only in Length to
the Mississippi.
>4The closing of the Yukon river
to navigation because of ice, noted
in a press dispatch late in October.
serves the double purpose
oi bringing animully to the atten v
tion of st ay-at-home Americans
one of the greatest of their rivers,
which to the majority is probably
little more than a name, ami of
warning of the southward thrust
of the icy fingers of winter which
will soon grasp the shore ami
straits of the Great Lakes." says
a bulletin of the National Geographic
"The Yukon, despite the general
failure to recognize it as such.
Is one of the great rivers of the
world," continues the bulletin.
"It is over 2.300 miles in length
and is both the longest ami the
largest river flowing into the Pacific
waters in the Western Hemisphere,
surpassing by a considerable
margin its nearest competitors,
the Columbia and the Colorado.
Among at 11 the rivers of
North America the Yukon is surpassed
in length only by the Mississippi
system and the Mackenzie.
It is longer than the St. Law
rence as well as all the other rivers
except the Mississippi system
which flow into the (iulf of Mexico
or the Atlantic.
"Though the discharge of the
Yukon has not been accurately
measured it is its tremendous volume
of water rather than its
length that causes it to be ranked
as a great river. It is of course
far outdistanced by the vast Amazon.
greatest of rivers, and the
Congo, which probably ranks second.
But the Yukon has been estimated
to have three-fourths of
the volume of discharge of the
Mississippi, and if this estimate
be accurate the stream which it
pours into the sea is probably
among the half dozen greatest iu
the world.
"To Alaska, heretofore having
no highway of steel into its interior.
the Yukon has been indispensable.
Because of the shallow
bars at its mouth, ocean steamers
cannot enter the river; but at 4he
harbor of St. Michael, .just north
of the mouth, freight is transferred
to shallow draught, stern
wheel river steamers which ascend
the stream not only throughout
the breadth of Alaska, but
for several hundred miles into
"The Yukon, flowing through
Alaska roughly from east to
west, divides the territory into
northern and southern halves.
Barge areas along the banks of
the river and its tributaries as
w? 11 as ax considerable distances
from the stream cam thus he served
hv freight boats. The principal
objective of the river steamers,
however, are Dawson, on the
Yukon about 00 miles in Canada,
and more than 1.200 miles from
the mouth, and Fairbanks, the
4metropolis' of interior Alaska.
"The Yukon is an international
river, rising nearly ">00 miles
within Canadian territory, and
sweeping in a great are in the
north and east. Although the
river is over 2.000 miles long. one
of its sources, a small lake, is
within 2~> miles of tin- salt water
In which it makes such a roundabout
"The existence of such a largo
river as the Yukon in the far
north was long unsuspected. A
Russian lieutenant, Zagoskin. entered
its mouth by boat in 1N42
and traversed ft for several hundred
miles. The Hudson Hay
eOllllliill V hud 111 ?ii*i > v.-! ? I I
witters in ( <iiuiiI>i. I?111 tlx two
liits of iriforiiiiit ion were not
pieeeii together. Tile exisleiiee of
the river as a strenin of great
magnitude first became really
known through the daring and
romantie projeet of ilist <i 11 in
IiiikI telegraph wires helweeii
Anieriea ami Knrope across Alaska.
Behring strait ami the wastes
of Siberia. Robert Kcnnieott. in
connection with this enterprise,
blasted the Yukon trail U> descending
the river in 1865. The
first trading steamer ascended
the stream in 1869. The Yukon
really came into its own with the
discovery of gold in the Klondike
in 1896."

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