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TO SCHOOL PATRONS
"Much Interest has been created by
an Interview with W, K. Tute, pub
lished recently In The State and
copied by many of the weekly papers
of the Smte. Mr. T?te, as Slate su
pervisor of elementary rural schools,
has a great work ahead of him ami
the teachers of the Stale expect him
to be of great help to them by causing
an awakening among trustees and
"I have been much gratified," said
Air. T?te yesterday, "tit the prompt
response to my Invitation to the press
and the people of the State to diSCUSS
some of the problems of the rural
school In South Carolina. As I stated
Iben my own conclusions. formed
after a superllcal study of the situ
ation, are Bllbjoct to revision, and it
is my earnest desire to have the best
thought Of the State concentrated on
this BUbpject, which is now of para
mount Importance in the educational
development of South Carolina, it is
only through a free and candid ex
pression of opinion that we may agree
on a consistent programme of pro
"I discussed the necessity for a bet
ter county supervision, and suggested
some means by which this could be
secured. A number of letters have
been received, and several communi
cations have appeared in the papers
of the State suggesting other needs of
the school, such as consolidation of
schools, teaching of agricult lire, bet
ter pay for teachers, ami longer terms.
I agree that these are important ele
ments In progress, ami in the course
of time will have something more to
say on each of these topics. Hut, to
my mind, all of these Improvements
can bo made effect Ivo only with a
better system of supervision.
"Last week I stopped for two hours
in Sumter, waiting on a railroad con
nection, and took the opportunity to
yp<> the plain of the Sumter mnilll
focttiry, an institution of which the
whole State may well be proud, ru
der the guidance of Mr. Mason. I
saw the process by which the 500
parts which enter into the telephone
are made and assembled.
"1 was very much impressed with
(the machine for making screws. A
small brass roil was fed automatically
Into this machine, where It was turned
jn proper size and shape and received
the threads, and where finally the
head was grooved and a screw, ready
for use, dropped into the receptacle
below, The lso employes ol* the tele
phone factory might have worked all
day making screws by hand, and the
result would probably have been
enough imperfect specimens for on*
telephone, instead of attempting the
work by hand, the first task of the
manufacturer was to perfect his ma.
"The first educational task for
South Carolina is aptly described by
this illustration. If we attempt, as
individuals, to do the things which
We realize should be done, the work
will move slowly and the result will
be at best Imperfect. Our first duty
is to perfect our administration ma
"In South Carolina the county is
the fiscal unit in school administra
tion, and for that reason I mentioned
Jmporved county supervision as the
prime requisite to educational pro
"When the efficient county super
intendent of education has been se
lected in a manner similar to that in
dicated last week, he should be given
powers which will enable him to unify
the educational work of his county.
The Selection of Teachers.
"At present, the county superinten
dent of education has nothing to do
with the selection of the teachers of
the school districts. lie does not
know what teachers are employed in
the county until the pay warrants are
presented to him after the close of
the first month's teaching. I nder the
law, no teacher may he employed who
has not a valid certificate. Fre
quently the county superintendent
finds that the trustees have, perhaps
unwittingly, employed a teacher who
has no certificate. The teacher, per
haps, was unacquainted with the pro
visions of the law. The county super
intendent must approve the voucher
before it is presented to the county
treasurer. He is put Into a position
in which he must either violate the
law or refuse the salary for the month
already taught by the teacher. It
seems to me that the contract be
tween a local board of trustees and
a prosepctlve teacher should not be
valid until approved by the county
superintendent of education. He
would then be able to settle the ques
tion of certification before hand and
would know who Is to teach In the
schools of the districts before the
opening of the school session.
? "Then, too, it is a difficult matter
for the local trustees to select teach
ers. The county superintendent has
facilities for inquiring Into the qualf
deal ion of teachers, which Jiro not
possessed by any local board, and
SllOUld Iii all cases lie Hie RdVlSOl' of
the local trustees In this Important
matter. The efficient county superin
tendent of education who knows both
the schools and teachers In his county
will be aide to servo the Interests of
the schools and. at the same time, to
save for some of these teachers the
percentage of their salaries, which
now goes to the teachers' agencies of
For Closer Relationship,
"The present constitution 001 d
school law gives large powers to the;
State hoard of education and to the!
State superintendent, hut there is
very little machinery for executing
these powers, and the State superin
tendent of education can exert only
the slightest influence over the county
system of schools. The power even to
secure reports from the county su
perintendents is very limited, and
these reports, when obtained, often
contain glaring errors which have re
suited from a misunderstanding by
the county superintendent of the In
tent of the request for information.
The State does not even provide a
uniform set of books for the county
superintendent. The books which are
now furnished by the county are im
perfect and difficult to keep.
"When a new county superinten
dent comes into oHVo there is no of- ,
Reer of the state department of edu
cation to assist him in opening his
books, and no representative of that
department to audit the hooks at any
time during his administration, There
is. in consequence, a lack of system
and uniformity whic h makes the an
nual report of State superintendents
of education in many respects a "com-'
pllntion of statistical misinformation."
This does not arise from dishonesty
or Incompetency on the part of the 1
county superintendent, but is the nat-M
ural result whore there is no uniform |
system of nuditing records. I believe ,
that the COltnty superintendents would
one and all welcome an effort to sini- .
piity and standardize their bookkeep- ('
lug. The State spends more for edu- I
cation than for any other single pur- I
pose. Last year nearly $2.000,000 was |
spent for public schools in South Car- |
ollna. To the ordianary business man
it would appear that the State school , '
system could afford an elllclent au
ditor of some kind.
"At the hist session of the general
assembly a bill passed both houses
unanimously and became a law. au
thorizing the appointment of a com
mission for revising and simplifying
the school law. We confidently be
lieve that this coinission. which is
now at v\ork. will present to the i eo
pie Of this Statae the administrative
machine, which is the first requisite
to permanent progress."
Dysentery is a dangerous <]'. a
hut c-n be cured. Chamberlain's Colic
Cholera and Diarrhoea Remedy baa
been successfully used in nine epi
demics of dysentery It has never
been known to fail. It is equally
valuable for children and adults, and
when reduced with water and Bweet
ened, It Is pleasant to take. Sold by
Laurens Drug Co.
WOMAN'S MISSIONARY UNION.
Meets With Highland Home Church
Sept. 7 and 8.
The Woman's Missionary Union,
nuxilllary to the Laurens Baptist as
sociation, will meet with Highland
Home church on Wednesday and
Thursday. Sept. 7 and 8.
Wednesday, 11 a. m., Devotional?
Mrs. C. 11. Dobo.
Enrollment of delegates.
Report on Foreign Missions?Mrs.
Report on Homo Missions?Mrs.
.1. W. Reason.
Appointment of Committees.
2 p. m.. Conference with practical
demonstrations of methods in the ,
work of the V. W. .Vs., R. .Vs.. and
Sunbeams, conducted by Mrs. .1. S.
Dennett. Mrs. .1. 1). W. Watts and i
Miss Annie Rudd.
Prepared paper, "The Olrl ami In
fluence in the Home"?Miss Nannie
Collection for Associatlonal expens
Thursday. 10 a. in., Devotional?Mrs.
Reports from societies.
Report on Training school?Mrs.
Report on State Missions?Mrs.
Address?Mrs. C. FJ. Wnjson.
2 i>. in.. Report on Mnrgeret Home?
Miss Daisy Riddle.
Report of Cinunlttoos.
Election of Officers.
We have complete line of Fruit
.Tnrs in all siz^s. also extra rubbers.
S. M. & E. II. Wllkes & Co.
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To the Merchants of the South
KSS than ten years ago we started/
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This year we will manufacture more
shoes than any of our competitors in
such old and well-known markets as
New York, Philadelphia and Balti
more, although some of these manufac
turers have been doing a successful
business for thirty or forty years.
We have demonstrated that we can
manufacture a shoe which will wear
longer than other shoes, and will look
well as long as it lasts. We have dem
onstrated that our workmanship is
superior to the workmanship in the
factories of the West, and that it equals
the workmanship put on shoes of the
same price made anywhere on earth.
We are selling more shoes in the
South than any of our competitors.
We are the only manufacturers outside
of New England who have ever been
able to sell their product successfully
in the large Kastern cities, such as
Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and
Boston. Our values justify our selling
our product anywhere. We prefer sell
ing the output of our factories in the
South, as this is our legitimate territory.
If you arc not buying your shoes from
us, write us at once, and we will notify
pur salesman to call to see you with
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More than fifty salesmen leave
Lynchburg the first week in Septem
ber with our line of samples, includ
ing a complete line of Oxfords, Sailor
Ties, Pumps, and all of the latest nov
elties in spring footwear. These men
cover the South thoroughly and if you
wish to handle our line next season,
write us at once; otherwise they might
place the line with your competitor.
Watch the newspapers. All of the
leading daily and evening papers of
the South are carrying our advertise
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read these advertisements every day.
Thousands of people are wearing
Craddock shoes that did not wear
them yesterday. To-morrow thou
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shoes that haven't heard of them to-day.
If you want to sell the best selling line
of shoes manufactured in this country;
if you wish to buy from the largest
Southern manufacturer; if you wish
to sell shoes which actually wear
longer than other shoes at the same
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which is being talked about and being
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