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^ INCRASE IX TAG TAX.
Farmers Spent Much on Fertilizers the Past Year. S>; ? - The tag tax paid on fertilizers in the year 1910 will exceed the amount received in 1909 by nearly $35,000. The first year of the tag tax the total income was not $35,000. This year it will probably reach $240,000. The total for last year was $207,741.31, and the total for 1909 up to ^ 1 O 1 n n o 1 chmr Lfecemuer ^ i \v?i& ^ i ci*,-.* w.c?^nv. ing that $8,000 came in during the last four days. The receipts for 1910, up to December 27, have been $236,412.15. On the 1st of December the receipts had been $230,684.55. The receipts for 27 days of the current month have been less than $6,000. Judge J. Fuller Lyon, the clerk in fiV' charge of this department at the State treasurer's office, stated yesterday that he believes that the falling Off during the present month has been due* to the recent talk about ftorrnan kainit suddIv running short. He looks for a heavy reaction in the month of January. Hie Tag Tax. The tag tax or privilege tax is an assessment of 25 cents on every ton of commercial fertilizers used in this State. This is, nominally, to pay for the expenses of the inspection of fertilizers under the direction of the chemistry department at Clemson college. The great increase in the use of commercial fertilizers is due to the k r - more intelligent method of farming now being used all over tne state. Farmers are beginning to nourish I their crops in the languishing seasons just as the human body is stimulated by wholesome food. Increase Shown. The increase in the use of such fertilizers may be seen from the following receipts from the tag tax: 1908 X $172,234.76 1909 207,741.31 1910 (partial) 236,412.15 As each dollar of the tax represents four tons of fertilizer it will be seen that already *there have been used in South Carolina during the current year 945,000 tons of commercial fertilizer, and at $20 per ton this indicates that the farmers of South v I Carolina last year put into the soil about $18,000,000 worth of stimulatriy-' ing material. Not only this, but they are studying the needs of the soil and are becoming more proficient in manufacturing, preserving and using stable manure and vegetable matter to enrich the soil. All of this is building up the land, not for one crop, but for succeeding crops, so long as the farmer keeps it up. Tn/<*oacA in r?nital TnvpstwL I Columbia, Dec. 29.?The total capital invested in all industries in Soutli Carolina this year was $155,889,153 as compared with $95,203,199 in 1909 according to reports received by Commissioner Watson from over 2,000 conoerns in the State. There were only 662 concerns to report last year and this is the cause . of the great difference in the amount i invested. Approximately $30,000,000 represents the amount of new capital put into industries in South Carolina during the year. The following totals, are given for all industries for the year: Capital invested, $155,889,153. Value of annual product, $114,306,076. Number salaried males (reported) 1,906. Number salaried females (reported) 146. Trk+al number nersons emnloved. |r>v 67,467. BjT- Number males over 16 years of r ^ age 45,397. Number females over 16 years of age 12,790. Number of males under 16 years of age 5,185. Number of females under 16 years of age 3,772. Total wages not including salaries of managers $18,796,102. Wages paid to males over 16 years of age $14,260,129. Wages paid to females over 16 years of age $2,952,725. Wages paid to males under 16 years of age $.917,062. Wages to females under 16 years of age $692,170. SHOOTS HIMSELF ACCIDENTALLY Charles Lake, Newberry Lad, Seriously Wounded while Hunting. Newberry, Dec. 28.?While out hunting this afternoon, Charles Lake, the 15-year-old son of Dr. W. E. Lake, of this city, accidentally shot himself with a parlor rifle, and the most serious fears are entertained as to the result of the wound. TVio 9 9_/">olihra hnllot rho j-L 11^ ^ VttH Wi uuiiw VI UVU vuv lower portion of the breast bone on the left side and penetrated a portion of the lung. Young Lake Aas hunting with two companions, Ralph War and Harold Boozer, and they had stopped for dinner in the old burying ground behind the cemetery. After their lunch young Lake picked , up his rifle and his companions heard a shot. They carried him to the road, where he was placed in a buggy and brought to town. He is attended by Drs. Pelham, Mower and Kibler. ROBIN INDICTED. Grand Jury Makes Short Work of Banker's Case. New York, Dec. 29.?It took the juy just an hour to-day to indict Joseph G. Robin on a charge of the larceny of $50,000 from the Washington Savings bank, of which he was president. The bank passed into the hands of the State banking department to-day, there to keep company with the Northern Bank of New York, of whose executive committee he was chairman and with which his name v.00 Viithcirtn hppn mnrp nrominentlv 11 CIO aituvi vv vvvju w r - connected. The district attorney explained that out of a mass of evidence drawn from the records of both institutions he had chosen fehe charge that he thought could he presented most simply to a jury. Robin was immediately placed under arrest at the home of his sister, Dr. Louise Robinovitch, but his arraignment was postponed until tomorrow when he must give bail in the sum of $25,000 or go to jail, pending either a trial or determination of his sanity. Technically Robin is insane now. The order of committment signed by Justice Amend, at the request of Dr. Robinovitch, and on the certification of three other physicians, still stands, although the private sanitarium to which Robin was taken refused to receive him. Austin Flint, one of the physicians who signed the certificate for his com? -'iJ 1 "-J TA m William AT orhpfl Ili 11 till eil LI (1UU L/l . *Y imam superintendent of the Manhattan State asylum for the insane, to-day began an examination into Robin's condition. It was not expected that their findings would be made known I until they were presented to the court j to-morrow. College Declines Money, i A dispatch from Washington, Pa., | on Friday says that Washington and j Jefferson college has relinquished | claim upon a $40,000 endowment, ; because it was feared the widow and six children of the donor needed the j money more. Before his death, a j year ago, the donor, who is a graduj ate, made a codicil to his will be! queathing the $40,000, which was in addition to $10,000 he had al | ready set apart for the college, j President J. D. Moffat anonunced j the rejection at a meeting of the board of trustees on Friday, saying that to accept it would diminish the estate so as to leave an insufficient amount for the support of the widow and her children. It is believed the donor overestimated the value of his estate. Missing Editor Found in Woods. Charlotte, N. C., Dec. 30.?Editor James A. Cromartie, of Sparta, Ga., who disappeared mysteriously from a hotel in Hamlet, N. C., November 9, was found to-day wandering In the woods near Ellenboro, Rutherford county, more than a hundred miles from the scene of the disappearance, by a farmer, who is detaining him until relatives can be communi' cated with. Cromartie, who is over j sixty years old, is said to be derang! ed and does not know his own name, j but identification was established by ! pictures and stories printed in State i newspapers. He arrived at Hamlet the night of November 9, at which place it was necessary for him to | change cars for Clarkton, N. C., j where he purposed visiting relatives. During the night he disappeared, j leaving his baggage at the hotel. Two 1 I sons of the aged man took up the! J search for him promptly, expending *- <?4?rn?f,'c??Tier ond r? O j mucn IllOXItiv lui auvci uomi, uuu uv j j tectives, and only relinquished the! I quest two weeks ago, when all clues proved futile. RICHARDS WOULDN'T SIGN. I Question Involving Railroad Pass Before Attorney General. Xolumbia, Dec. 28.?Attorney Genj eral Lyon has been asked to pass on a very interesting question and one which has never been brought up before in the State. Several nights ago John G. Richards, Jr., of Kershaw, who was recently appointed a member of the railroad commission, presented his pass to a conductor on one of the trains of the Seaboard Air Line Railway. The conductor asked Major Richards to sign a provision which would exempt the road from damages should an accident occur. Major Richards refused to sign the ticket. He paid his fare to Columbia. The law requires that the railways of the State shall haul the members of the railroad commission. Major Richards sent the question to Attorney General Lyon. ? rni ivili Aiore JLiiitu tinu uc<oi9. The number of people killed yearly by wild beasts don't approach the vast number killed by disease germs. No life is safe from their attacks. They're in air, water, dust, even food. But grand protection is afforded by Electric Bitters, which destroy and expel these deadly disease germs from the system. That's why chills, fever and ague, all malarial and many blood diseases yield promptly to this wonderful blood purifier. Try them and enjoy the glorious health and new strength they'll give you. -Money back, if not satisfied. Only 50c. at Peoples Drug Co., Bamberg, S. C. LEAVES ASYLUM TO WED. Stunt Pulled Off by a Lunatic in VirI ginia Hospital for the Insane. Sta- .ton, Va., Dec. 28.?Staunton is us< to lunatics and their ways, there being more than 1,200 of them in the Western State Hospital here, those who are harmless and able to take care of themselves being allowed to come into the town and go about at certain hours of the day, so that strangers have to ask who is crazy and who is not, the crazy ones at large being apparently as sane as any one. But Staunton has had a new experience with a lunatic, the facts concerning which have just come to light. The lunatic fell in love with a handsome female attendant, and she reciprocated. As a result when J he was permitted to come up to town a few days ago, she came over and met him and the two hied themselves to the city clerk's office, and as the clerk does not know a lunatic from anybody else, and as the answers to his inquiries were all made in due and ancient form, he issued the license. They hunted up Dr. O. F. Gregory, the obliging pastor of theSl Baptist church, who is just as innocent when he sees a lunatic, and the knot was tied and the pair went away rejoicing^ but as the squel shows, to short-lived happiness. The man in the case was A. H. McGhee, committed from Shenandoah county, who gave his age as thirtyfour and his occupation as a plumber. The 'young woman was Miss Alice Lillie, of Winchester, aged 35. A pretty close watch is kept on the wards of the hospital, and the nuptial knot had not been tied very long before McGhee was taken in charge and hurried to the hospital, and the attendant was discharged, ending the romance, but what the I status of the parties now is is puzzling the public, if not the authorities. God BlesT"Dad." We happened into a home the other day, and over the parlor door saw the legend worked in letters of red. "What is Home Without a Mother?" Across the room was another brief: "God Bless Our Home." | Now what's the matter with, "God Bless Our Dad?" He gets up early, lights the fire, boils an egg, and wipes the dew off the lawn with his boots while many a mother is sleeping. He makes the weekly hand-out to the butcher, the milkman and groceryman, and his little pile is badly demolished before he has been home an hour. If there is a noise in the night, Dad is kicked in the back and made to go down stairs and find the burglar and kill him. Mother darns the socks, but dad bought the socks in the first place and the needles are darn afterwards. Mother does up the fruit. Dad bought it all, and jars and sugar cost like the mischief. Dad buys the chicken for Sunday dinner, serves them himself and, draws the neck from the ruins after mrprvhndv pIsp is served. "What is Home Without a Mother?" Yes, that's all right, but "What 4s Home Without Father?" Ten chances to one it's a boarding house; father is under a slab and the landlady is the widow. Dad, here's to you! You've got your faults; you may have lots of 'em, but you're all right, and we'll miss you when you're gone.?Conyers Times. COMMISSION STANDS FIRM. Orders Cheraw Crossing Laid According to First Instructions. Cheraw, Dec. 28.?The South Carolina railroad commission met here to-day in response to a request from General Manager Hix, of the Seaboard, who complained that the Coast Line had not obeyed the instructions of the commission in putting in the crossing. The commission viewed the crossing on Front street and second street, heard arguments for the Seaboard by General Counsel L. R. Watts, of Portsmouth; W. H. Lyles, of Columbia; W. F. Stevenson; and for the Coast Line, P. A. Wilcox, State counsel, and W. P. Pollock, of Cheraw. The Seaboard wished to give the right of way on Second street, but would contest the crossing at Front street to- the last court. The Coast Line wanted action deferred until Judge Watts hears the case Friday. The commission confirmed the Front street crossing and directed the Coast Line to assemble all materials before starting work, put in an interlocking switch and run no trains until the commission accepts -* *- 1 - PonirVimon IHC WUI'iV. imosiwuci vauguuiuu i dissented, preferring that the roads make amicable selection elsewhere. Ends Winter's Troubles. To many, winter is a season of trouble. The frost bitten toes and fingers, chapped hands and lips, chilblains, cold-sores, red and rough skins, prove this. 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