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The Esley MessonEor
rutI, lihe a forch, the more it's shooh, it shines.
the sasley 5essenger.
Entered at the Post ojice at Easley,
C., as Second Clas Matter.
DGENS, HAGOOD& CO., Prop'rs.
no year, strictly hi advance......$l.00
x months " " ...... 65
ne square (1 inch) 1 insertion......75c
ach subsequent insertion............40c
Liberal discount on contracts or by
e columtn, half or quarter colunin.
Marriage notlees free and solicited.
Obituaries over 12 lines charged for.
Correspondentsq, to insure attention,
ust give their full address.
We are not responsible for the opin
1us of our correspondents.
All communications. for. the paper
'Oust be addressed to the Editors;
tsiness letters to the Publisher of the
EBSENGER, Easley, S., C.
[Foi the Messenger.
Public Roads.
MESSRS. EDITORS: I am glad to
ee that you have given the County a
hance at more reading matter. I
4think there are nearly 2,500 of our tax
ayers who do not read any newspa
er. and I hope you may be 'blessed
ith that charn--the bertainty to
>ease,' whereby you may be enabled
to stir them up in this line. I well
know, too, one of the greatest troubles
nt running a paper successfully. It is
he vast amount of room demanded by
h oig-winded and prolix correspon
ence which makes a paper a great
ore. I am about to ask pernission,
Aowever, to be patiently heard for a
ong seige on a, question that-hams been
r etty generally dIscussed throughout
4h State, and very ably too, by Gen.
iutler, Senator Patterson and others ;
iut I feel sure your new paper will
ach many who have not seen a news
iper in twelve months. Bit, Messrs.
ditors, if others will discuss this sub
t (I do not think it exhausted) I will
ost cheerfully step down and listen.
will promise never to write so long
n article again on the question, but at
he same time would like to read somle
rom others a great deal longer. I am
pposed to any radical change in the
,oad law, but I try to keep myself al
vays open to conviction. I am in ac
.ord with Mr. Tally. our faithful Coin
'nissioner, in almost every point oi the
'ubject. As he says, 'what Is most
n<eeded is a more healthy public senth
Ainent in fa vor of better roads '. rThe
~aw requiring twelve days work seems
to frighten the people, but it need not,
since they know the overseer will only
equire from one-half to three d1ays.
Let the law require a less number of
~days, make fewer' exemptions, and let
~the overseer require a la rger number of
/days, say from three to four. There
no economy in having our' roadls in
the horrible condlition in which they
;re frequen~tly found. It is a tremen
lous strain on a wagon and team, and(
* nentally on the driver, if he has much
tuental gearing, to tug over our roads
in the condition In which they are some
times found. T1here should be many
changes made to get better gradles,
which would be a great saving of time
and stock. So much more could be
'carried, ankd it is much safer to travel
on more level roads in going down
these hills with a fall of one and a half
S$to t wo andl three feet in en. A -ais
life is in very great danger if any of
the harness should break in going up
or down hill with a heavily lided
I think I understand why so many
favor working by taxation. Men with
but little property think they do inre
tha.1 their share of the work ; but they
ought to remeMber that-in manay, yes,
very many instances, men of more
property are. hegvily taxed to keep up
the schools and courts, who never in
their lives made any direct use of
either. And as for the man who works
for wages. he would find himself with
out employment if we had no roads to
get the surplus off. [hold that wages
are enhanced very considerably by the
means of good roads. What would
men back i the mountains clear land,
build houses for tenants, or build saw
mills or cotton gins for, if they had no
means of getting to market? And
most assuredly if the property holders
had to build all the roa4e they would
pay themselves back li haulng for
tenants, in moving them, carrying
their little crops to market, by doeking
their wages, or in finding no use for
them at all. It seems to me, too, that
it would be cumbersome to have hun
dreds of paid contracto:s to look after.
If only a few contractors should take
charge of the roads of the County.
sonie of us would have to wait until
'85 before we. got those in our settle
ment worked. The mndith of Adgust.
when the roads are generally worked.
the farmers are atdeisure, th orops are
'laid by.' It Is the season for Camp
and protractedimeetings, political gath
erings, squirrel hunting and general
tolig. Very little work is being
done, except by some one who is build
ing a house, and it is not a tremendous
strain, as some suppose, on the people
to put in a few days work for the coin
mon weal. I know numbers of the
most thrifty people who would like to
pay all their taxes by working them
out on the public roads hn August. It
does not suit the average countryman
to pay so much cash for taxes; hence,
the great niumber who do not read the
newspapers, etc., etc., they have not
the 'cash to spare.
Now, from the bottom of my heart.
I pity the mai who is determined to
be perfectly miserable over a little
mud in the roads. and will say to him,
that, I think he was born either a cen
tury too late, or one too soon. I would
suppose there were not enough people
in this section a hundred years ago, to
stir up much mud. But now there are
cuough to have it. just as deep as they
wish, and we are too poor to pave or
macademiize. A century hence, (no
sooner) this may be done. Bunt we cani
and ougnt to make our roads far better
than they are, and it can be done with
an amount of work that will not ma
ter'ially hurt any one. T1he road over
seers ought to know t he places that are
the most bog~gy lut wet weather. Where
wet weather' sprmngs rise and run for a
month or two in the latter part of win
tand where there hsbeen amud
hole every year since the overseer or
his father was a boy, these places
should be cause-wayed. In August
these places are generally the firmest
places we find on the roads. Where
the springs cross a road let them be
bridged, or a flat ditch may be cut and
floored with timber, which will last for
years. [Concluded next week.]
-Gen. W. T.~ Sherman will be re
tired from command of the army on
thme 1st of Nov., and will be succeeded
hy Lieutenant-General Phil. Shnrlan .
[For the Messenger.
Good for Easley,
PIcKENs, October 18th, 1883.
AM Essas. EDITOns: I promised you
a note occasionally. I was at Eagley
on Wednesday, 17th; I got 9.65 for
ny cotton; meat 8 ets.; good coffee.
7 lbs. for $1.00. 'hisore as two men
above me that passed my hoiise on
Tuesday, going to Greeiville; they
passed back on Thursday morning ; I
asked the prices; the very best cotton
was 9.80 ; meat 8 ets.; good coffee, 7
lbs. I told them [ had been to Easley,
and give them prices; I asked them if
it paid them to go to Greenville ; they
said no; I thought so too. They could
have made.the trip to Easley in one
day, and it taken them three days to
Now, Messrs. Editors, Easlev must
strain, Greenville has got a large pat
ronage from Pickens ; it is now time
she should keep her patronage at home.
The town of Pickens will have to do
better, or Easley will take her custom;
people will trade where they can sell
for the most and buy for the least.
And now, here is one big wish for
Easley and her infant papor.
More atUon. PICKENS.
Religion and Rum.
Clergy in the United States. up to
September, 1882, 83.637 ; church mem
bers. 11,459,931: Sunday School schol
ars, 6,504,050. Total contributed for
the support of religion 4, $47,636,595.
Retail liquor sellers in the United
States. 166,000 ; meni, women and
children in the United States, who
drink liquor. 18,000,000 ; number per
annum killed by rum, 65.0,0 ; rum re
tailed in the Untited States in 1878,
$715,575,90u). Total contributed for
the support of religion, $47,636,495.
Itum over religioi, $ ;7,939,5 )-.
You deposit money-and lose it;
3 our timne-and lose it ; your charicter
-and lose it; your .health-anid lose
it ; your strength-and lose it ; your
home comfort-and lose it ; your wife's
happiness-and lose it ; your own soul
and lose it, etc.
The above, taken from the "Banner
Watchman,'' was handed us by a
friend, with a reqest to publish. Add
the rapid increase since the above es
timiates and (lates, and you will shud
der at the enormity.
-Four trainis a day pass over the
Augusta & Knoxville road, t wo each
way. Th'le passenger train runs all the
way from Port Royal to Greenwood.
The trail) leaves Greenwood at six
o'clock in the rmring andI arrives in
Augusta at ten o'clock and the retur
ninug trahmi dloes nuot leave Augusta un
til three o'clock hk the afternoon.
Tihis will prove a great convenience to
people along the ime of road who wish
to do their tradIng in Augusta. By this
route through tickets are also on sale
t o Charleston and Savannah by way of
Yemaissee at the following rates: To
Charleston $6.55 for first class, and
*0. '0 for secondl class ; to Savaninah,
$6.35 for first class, andl $0 to second~
cliss. A r'ate of $6 is also (offeredl from
Greenwood to Atlanta. These are fur
ther simple illustrations to show the
adlvanitages we could sec by build
ing the Savannah Vally Railroad and
making connection with the great Cen
tra1l SVtemf.- AIIneeOnn Jour~nal.
A Narrow Guage System.
An important meeting of Directors
of the Rutherford Railway Construe
tion company was held at hutherford
ton, N. C., a few days ago, to decide
upon the route of the Rutherford rail
road. Shelby, Spartanburg and Gaff
ney City have aLl been competing for
this Rutherford coemctiOn, the Shel
by route not being represented, how
ever. at said meeting. L. A. Mills,
president of the Spartanburg and Ruth
erford railroaid; E. F. Verdery, presi
dent of the Greenville, Laurens and
Spartanbur" route ; T. Stobo Farrow,
director anc' attorney of the litdon1,
Galley City and Rutherford railroad;
David Risley, mayor of Georgetown
and director of the Georgetown and
North Carolina Narrow Gainge railroad:
Senator Collison, of Edgefield, amd
B. D. Sinclair and others, of Marion.
North Carolina, represented the Gatff
ney route The advantages of the
different routes were discussed for sev
eral hours and further consideratlon
Was postponed until Friday, at which
adjoturned meeting the following reso
lution was passed.
Resolved, That the president and di
rectors of the Rutherford railway oon
struction company agree to meet with
the directous of the Georgetown and
North Carolina narrow gange railroad
company, of the Union, Gaffiaey City
and Rutherfordton railroad company,
and of the Rutherfordton, Marion ( and
Tennessee railway company on the
24th day of October,at Gaffney City, S.
C. for the purpose of considering the
question o consolidating said compa
nies, and of acce ting the proposition.
of the New Engcand syndicate, upon
their making satisfactory showing of
their ability to preform the stipulations
contained in their propusition. This
meeting at GAffney City on the 24th
instant will have an important bearing
on the railroads projected in this see
tion, and if said companies are consol
idated, will result in building about
one htndred miles of narrow gauge
railroad in North Carolina and four
htndred niltes in Soith Carolal,; es
tablising a system of narrow gauge
railroads which will be extended to the
Atlantic coast and on through Georgia.
Florida, !i the south, and also through
'ennessec and Kentucky to Cincinna
ti, Ohio, and points hi the northwest.
Over one and one-half millions of dol
lars have been assured to aid in build
ing these roads in North Carolina atnd
South Carolina, which will be turned
over to the Boston syndicate upon
their making a satisfactory showing of
thme ability to build said lines of road
accordmng to the terms of the p~ropo
sition.-Atlanta Constitution.
-Wmn. C. Derry, Book-keeper for
the Macon (Ga.) * Te'legraphl and Mes
ienger ,'2coniittedl sulicide by taking
taudanunm, ona last Friday. lie was a
dtefanlter for abouit $1,8 )O, and rathier
than face the ignominay of the crime,
committed self-destructiona. IIe was
r'egarded as an exemplary uman, was a
pr'omiinent imemaber' of the church, had
no knowna ice, and1( bore the highest
characte r.
MigrUet ourBill-heads, Lter
he(ads5, N ote-h~ead1s, EnIvelope(.s, Blusi
ness cards, Viitn Icrs, invitation
cards, blank Pos~tal cards, Circulars,
P~oste rs, I landbillis, Blanks, &c., dIonet
at THEi MICSSIONGER oflce, with neat
neCss andl despatch, and as cheap) as any
where this sie of Chmarlestoaa

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