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WEDNESDAY", MAY 20, 1903.
The Sumter Watchman was rounder
lo 1850 and the True Southron in 1866
The Watchman and Southron now has
the combined circulation and influence
af ; b-itn of the oid papera, and is mani?
festly the best advertising medium ia
A book and ladder truck is needed
in the fire department, but a chemical
engine is not an immediate necessity.
Before this investment is made prop?
erty owners would like to know if it
will have any effect on insurance rates.
Every improvement that has j been
made in the fire department, from the
establishment of the water system
down to the organization of a regular
department has been followed by an
increase in insurance rates and we are
shy of other improvements. Let's go
slow on th? expenditure of city money,
especially as every dollar that is spent
now has to be borrowed from the
banks at 7 per cent
About three years ago the City
Council then in office neglected to
make any effort to purchase the elec?
tric light plant, although urged to do
so by the Daily Item and also by the
Watchman and Southron. The plant
could haye been bought tuen for $10,
500 on tlie city's own terms, but the
Council did not even consider the
matter formally. Yet the city has
paid -out in rent for lights since that
time considerably more than the plant
was sold for. Now it has been decided
to increase the number of street
lights by five at an annual rental of
$375, a sum alone almost sufficient to
pay the interest on the total value of
the electric plant The folly of not
buying this plant when it was on the
market grows more, apparent each
Charleston has deep water on the
bar-the deepest of any port south of
New York-and the News and Courier
is calling for big ships to use the fine
harbor. The way for Charleston to
get the big ships is to build them
. with her own money. Utilize some of
the rusty dollars lying idle in the bank
vaults. Self help is the only secret cf
industrial and commercial salvation.
If the Sumter Water Works are now
worth $110,000, the valuation fixed by
its owners, what will it be worth
ten years hence? We are informed
that the system when intsalled about
t-en years ago cost between thirty and
forty thousand dellars and subsequent
?expenditures are estimated to have
brought the total cost up to 850,000.
If Japan undertakes to whip Russia
there is more than apt to be important
changes in the map of the Orient.
The new owners of the Augusta
/Chronicle, Messrs. H. H. Cobiniss and
;Thos. W.Loy less, of Atlanta, took charge
Tuesday and there is apparent a mark?
ed improvement in the paper already.
The men -and a great opportunity in
the newspaper field have met.
j&Jay all possible success attend the
efforts of the new owners to build up a
great paper in Augusta.
Gov. Heyward and Miss Lumpkin,
niether of whom is a veteran, were
the star attractions of the Columbia Re?
union. The reception they each re?
ceived when they spoke amounted to an
ovation. The enthusiasm aroused by
Miss Lumpkin is not to be wondered
at -for the old soldiers were ever en
thusicsiic admirers of a young and
charming woman, but the reception
given Gov. Eley ward was a remarkable
tribute to his universal popularity in
Our City Council believes in spread?
ing out even though it costs money to
do so, and notwithstanding the fact
that the money so expended for frills, so
to speak, for the fire department must
The war department may eventually
be forced to make public all of Gen.
Miles' Philippine report which the
officials attempted to suppress because
it told the truth about the intolerable
conditions existing in the islands un?
der American mis-government. A
garbled version of the report has been
published, but all of it is demanded by
YEBiUBLE DEATH TRAP.
Sanitary Inspectors Surprised at
the Condition of the State House.
The secretary of state has for the
past two or three days had a number of
plumbers and sanitary experts to in?
spect the sewerage arrangements in
the State hcuse, which caused so much
alarm last week. Some of the sanitary
inspectors say that they never saw
such conditions as they found at the
State capitol and they express great
surprise that the matter had been
allowed to run along as it has been.
They call this s veritable death trap
and insist that it should be corrected
The commencement of the Columbia
Female College takes place this year,
Mav 29-June 2d,
Weekly Crop Bulletin.
Columbia, May 19.-The week end?
ing 3 a. m., Monday, May IStb, had a
mean temperature of 6S degrees, which
is about 4 degrees below normal.
Complaint is general cf cool nights be?
ing detrimental to the gftwth of
young crops, and the need of warmer
weather is indicated for the whole
State and for all crops. There was a
harmful excess of cloudiness,* with all
but the last two days cloudy. Light
to fresh to high easternly winds pre?
vailed throughout the entire week that
Kain fell over the entire State and
was generally beneficial, but the rain?
fall was excessive in lower Barnwell,
Charleston, Hampton and Beaufort
counties, doing considerable damage
by washing lands in the latter. The
rainfall was light, and generally in?
sufficient, in the central, northern, and
western counties where the. need of
rain is indicated to render hard and
crusted lands fit to plow, and to supply
moisture for the germination of re?
cently planted seeds. The absence of
heavy rains was favorable for farm
work, that made rapid progress except
in the above named counties where
rainfall was excessive and where the
ground is too wet to cultivate and fields
are becoming grassy.
Stands of cotton have improved, but
are not perfect, but recently 'planted
and repanted fields are coming up nice?
ly. Chopping is underway, but has not
become general. First cultivation is
general. The weather has been too
cool for the best development of cotton,
in consequence of which the plants are
small for the season..
The condition of upland corn, as to
stands and growth, is fairly good over
the western counties, but stands on
low lying lands in the eastern and cen?
tral counties are still being destroyd
by worms, necessitating contant re?
planting. Cultivation made good pro?
gress, but corn does not seem to
respond satisfactorily. Bottoms being
planted in palees, but most of these
lands are either too wet or too hard to
Tobacco is doing well ; plants are
scarce in Chester county. Some fields
in Florence county that were destroyed
by hail are being planted to cotton.
About half the reports indicate an
improvement in oats, generally where
rainfall was copious, and in the wes?
tern counties where the damage from
the aphis was less severe, and less ex?
tended, while the other half indicate
? very low condition and poor prospec?
tive yield. Oats are ripening and will
soon be ready to harvest. Wheat has
rusted badly, and only in a few
Localities is even a fair yield indicated.
Spring oats are more promising.
Rice is thriving in some sections,
but in the Colleton and Georgetown
iistricts continued high tides have
prevented the proper drainage of
rice fields. Pear trees- aro blighting
badly. Early peaches are dropping
freely owing to worms, but fruit
prospects are on the whole good. Gar?
dens are fine. Sweet potato slips have
been set out. Weather too cool for
melons. Wild berries becoming plenti?
ful. Pastures excellent. .
Local Weather Report.
For 24 hours ending 9 a. m., May
Temperature: Maximum, 89; Mini?
mum, 60; Mean, 74.1. Precipitation,
ICO. Character of day-Clear. Di?
rection of wind-South.
Sun rises, 4.57; sun sets, 6.55.
Forecast for 36 hours ending 8 p.
m., Thursday issued from Washing?
ton, D. C. :
For Sumter and vicinity-Fair to?
night and Thursday. Stationary tem?
The Dakota storm moved northeast?
ward to Minnesota, witli its center
north of Lake Superior this morning,
it caused light scattered showers in
the Missouri and upper Mississippi
valleys. The cold wave moderated
slightly, and is gradually extending
aastward to the Great Plains and the
central valleys, with a tenden?
cy to cause lower temperatures
aver the etxreme western por?
tions of the cotton belt. Fair
weather and normal temperatures pre
rail over the cotton belt except that
there were light showers in parts of
Texas, with cloudy weather along
the west Gulf coast. The highest
temperature was 88 at Boston, New
York and Pittsburg, the lowest 28 at
U. S. Weather Bureau.
Pinewood, May 18.-Mr. W. D. Ep?
person, one of our young, progressive
merchants, will marry Miss Nora
Lawence, the popular daughter of
Mr. J. P. Lawrence ol Fulton, on.
June 3, in the Presbyterian church.
JjPeggy James, an old negro woman
in the vicinity of Rimini, was thrown !
out of a buggy yesterday morning and
suffered injuries which caused her
death shortly afterward.
The oar. crop, or that which resisted
the ravages of the insect which was
general in our neighborhood, is head?
ing oi t well. The yield, however,
will be under 50 per cent.
Prof. Williimston, who has been
teaching the Fulton school for th'.'
Dast seven months, returned to his
home in York county yesterday.
SPAIN 0. KELLEY FLED ~
INTO NORTH CAROLINA.
How the Escaping Manslayer Lost
His Horse at Monroe-Reward
To the Editor of The State :
Spain C. Kelley, who shot W. F.
Creech to earth on May 6, 1903, rode
: straight to Monroe, N. C., arriving
there on May 8. On May 9 he offer?
ed his horse for sale, asking Mr. E.
M. Griffin $150. His talk became
snspicions and Mr. Griffin offered
him $65 as a test. This offer was ac?
cepted. Mr. Griffin had the horse pat
in the stable. Kelley was then asked
to give references, as he was a strang?
er. Kelley said: "Certainly I will,"
and went off as though he was going
to the telegraph office. He soon re- j
turned, stating that he wonld not ?.
give any reference as he was accustom- i
ed to doing business on his face. Mr. j
Griffin refused to give up the horse, \
stating to Kelley that he had bought |
the horse and as soon as he proved a |
good title to the horse he would pay I
him the money. Kelley failed t^ ap- j
pear for money or horse any more.
Kelley . went under the name of Law
while in Monroe, N. C. Kelley was
traced to Randolph county, North j
Carolina, where he is now supposed to I
be in hiding. That section is being ;
closely watched by officers of the law.
Spain C. Kelley is 5 feet S inches :
tall, weighs 150 pounds, square built,
good looking clean shaven, black
hair, brown eyes, long eyelashes,
teeth prominent, right lateral tooth !
very small and slightly curved in ; '2$ j
years old. One hundred dollars !
reward. If arrested notify
J. Manly Smith,
Sheriff Lee County, S. C.
Bishopville, May 18, 1903.
The Reunion at Columbia, as Seen and
Experienced by ' Guv.?'
2 We have reuned once more and are
now convalescing. It took us some
time to make up our prodigious mind
to renne at all and now it is taking
as long to get over it and simmer
.down to normal. Why is this thus
now. I didn't use to be so, we didn't
mind four years of it once, must be a
sort of heritage with which we are
afflicted and for which the doctors j
tell ns they can't prescribe and no i
operation will relieve. But there is :
temporary assuagement and we es- j
perienced it in Sumter on last Mon?
day. We had failed to become at all
enthused over reunion anticipations,
but went over to attend Memorial ex- !
ercises in our old Game Cock City, j
Frank Wilson is first to blame for j
causing us to feel like snorting some
again ; then the beautiful, God blessed
women at the Graded School collation
manifested such a cordial, sincere,
heartfelt and patriotic ardor in our be?
half, with such entire absence of one
single perfunctory word, look or act,
that our gills and comb began to red?
den and our wings to feel fluppy and
as though we'd love to volunteer again
and limp to the front and use our arms
in de-de- deliberately hugging the
last blessed one of 'em and two hugs
for her who pinned the pansy to our
coat. Then Mendel Smith run us up
to concert pitch and wo went to Co?
lumbia and have flapped and crowed
b,arsb, hoarse, squacky crows until
Friday morning ; then we come down
by the run and now feel like low C
flat and 30 cents. However if no one
else is complaining we are not, for we
consider our dollar and dime well in?
vested and repaid, for that's all that
was exacted us, and yet we patronized
neither free lodging, free lundi, nor
free beer resorts, yet lived at fountain
head in all those particulars with rides
and drives thrown in. Columbia did
herself proud by her grand entertain?
ment of and nobly generous hospital1'tv
to the old sons of guns and sons of
From high officials-the elite of both
sexes-down to humbler citizens, all
welcome on their faces, in their smiles
and cordial greeting, and the old boys I
seemed to feel it and appreciate it and !
enjoy it hugely. Maugre all this i
there were some disgruntled ones.
We made inquiries of three* veteran j
officers as to who made most kicks \
against commissariat and Quartermas- j
ter during the war and they unanim?
ously, replied "those who had least at :
home." Mistakes doubtless occurred :
but we'll wager they were mostly ow
CRACK GOOS THE W
IN COME TUE ORD!
SELLS THE VERY 3E5T QRA
AT THE VERY LOWEST O
It pays to fertilize your lands \
The Virginia-Carolina Chemical Co..
CHARLESTON. S. C.
ing to our own incomprehensibility
(great goodness what a word. ) We,
our own self, have not seen Columbia in
40 years. Not since leaving the
drill camp at Lightwood Knot Springs,
for the seat of war in 1862, and the
city-was a complete revelation.
We'd lived some in the beautiful ,
Forest city, Savannah, Ga., and were !
little prepared to find her match in ,
our own beautiful capital city, with
her imposing capitol edifice and hand- j
some surroundings, her splendid boule?
vards stretching out into the farms of
other days and even across the river.
The sky scraper attracted very much
attention. One confounded old corn
full "confed" steaded himself ag'in a
tree and gazed up to the topmost story
for several minutes : then walked off
with the muttered comment, "that
thing is too d-a-m-m-e-d high." A
view of Columbia from the Lexington
heights accross the river reveals a
picture worthy the brush of any land
and water scape painter 'We'll have
to acknowledge that we were first car?
ried bodily to the Penitentiary and were
not permitted to see the city until
our time was served out there. We
were assigned to the dining room de?
partment and it fitted our frame of
mind so well we wouldn't mind being
We signed a petition or two for par?
don, I hope the petitioners deserve it.
Pardons seem to be what's mostly
hankered after in this institution.
Some other of our friends were anxi?
ous to see the insane at the asylum, but
we don't know why unless they have
no mirrors at home, we have one and
can gratify our curiosity at any time.
The parade of the old d?cr?pits was
pathetic and the most pathetic feature
was their simplicity in attempting it.
The floral parade was-exquisite, but
to us, the most beautiful display and
picture was the terrace garden of
loveliness on the capitol steps and
portico just before the Governor's
speech, and the funniest, thing was
the general stampede and masterly,
retreat to shelter, made when a show?
er came and those precious, pricely (?)
hats were in grave danger of damage,
God bless the women all the same.
They are our-our-no they are none
of them ours-O doggon. sound taps.
Wee Nee, May 17,1903.
P. S.-We are a loyal Lee county
citizen, and expect to do our little best
for the promotion of her interest, but
as a Confederate veteran and member
of Camp Dick Anderson our sacred
allegiance is due and shall ever be ren?
dered to our old Game Cock county.
Gov. Heyward Cannot Come to the S.
M. A. Commencement.
Maj. H. E. Wilson, of this city
will deliver the annual address in Gov?
ernor Heyward's stead.
CLOSING EXERCISES OF THE SALEM
McDonald Furman the Orator.
Goodwill, May 16.-The closing ex?
ercises cf Salem school were held yes?
terday. The decorations of the school
room and recitations of the larger pu?
pils were in the nature of southern
memorials, South Carolina and Sum?
ter county history coming for a full
share. Mr. McDonald Furman de?
livered one of his characteristic ad?
dresses, which was both instructive
and entertainng. We hope this is but
the first of many more visits from him.
After the school room programme
the ladies served a nice dinner in
the shady grove by the school house.
It was very pleasant to see such an
happy little company and augurs bet?
ter times in the future, when the pre?
sent homes are multiplied several fold
and the school house bas to be enlarg?
ed. E. W. D.
The Sunday School Picnic at Oswego.
Mr. Editor : One of the most pleasant
picnic occasions was celebrated at Os?
wego, on last Saturday, 16th inst.
The Magnolia Street Church, Sun?
day School, having been invited by
the Oswego, Sunday School, to join
them in their annual day of festivities,
a goodly number of our school, with a
number of friends numbering nearly or
quite 100 souls, met at the A. C. Line
depot promptly at 10 o'clock. At
about 10.15 we were on board, and off
for the place of our destination, arriv?
ing at Oswego, at 10.30. There we
were met by a committee, who gave
us a most heartfelt welcome. From
the time of our arrival on the ground,
until our departure, this good people
continued to lavish upon us a con?
tinuation of their characteristic
hospitality. Such meetings as this are
calculated to do a vast amount of
good, in bring'"ng neighborhoods and
individuals in closer touch to each
?ther in this great Christian warfare.
After a day of much pleasure we all
arrived safely back to our homes
about 8 o'clock. S.
p TIE IIMIIII-ilHLIfl
- "The Largest
?J Fertilizers on EaVth"
[Px Forty odd
^ \ Manufacturing plants
This is the week we are
selling off the balance of our
nit in the House
Some in the lot worth
much as $ 16
Strictly for Cash
White Stone Lithia Springs.
The best Lithia Water in America, the largest
and most modern brick hotel in the Carolinas *
or Georgia, the coolest resort in the State.
Ail modern improvements, electric car line
from Southern Ry. to Hotel. Well shaded,
pleasant grounds, scenery equal to the moun?
tains, and all amusements found at first class'
watering places. Come to White Stone Lithia
Springs for health or pleasure.
Read what the noted Dr. L C. Stephens, who stands at the
head of the profession in South Carolina, and who was presi?
dent of the State Medica! Association, also president of the
Medical Board of Examiners of South Carolina, until he re
signed to move to Greenville, says :
Greenville, S C , October 10, 1902.
After a service of one season at White Stone Lithia Springs,
as resident physician, I do not hesitate to say that the effect of
the water upon those who drink it for any length of time, has
been perfectly marvelous Invariably an increase both in flesh
and appetite was perceptible in one week, proving it to be a
mineral water of undoubted powerful tonic property. Its pe?
culiar adaptability to diseases originating from disorders of the.
kidneys, bladder and liver, such as dropsy, Bright's' disease,
diabetes and uric acid calculi, and all forms of dyspepsia, rheu?
matism and gout, is to be expected from the splendid analysis,
lt has been noted frequently that visitors before coming here
had to follow every meal with some form of corrective, or con?
fine themselves entirely to predigested foods ; soon discarded f
these ?ntirely, being delighted to find that ihe water alone
nature's own remedy-sufficed.
Of the many who drank this water this season for ten days
consecutive!}', not one but experienced decided benefit and a
perceptible gain in weight, varying from two to five pounds.
L. C. STEPHEX*, M. D.
Columbia, S. C., October 1, 1902.
Mr. J. T. Barris, White Stone Springs, S. C.
Dear Sir ; Your favor of the 8th ult. was duly received.
In reply thereto I would say that it affords me much pleasure ?
to add our wrords of commendation to your springs and all its
surroundings. Our visit there last August was highly enjoyed
and greatly appreciated by us all. We derived much benefit
from the use of the water, and we can say without hesitation,
that we have never used any mineral water with greater bene?
fits. The actionn of this water on both kidneys and liver was
very marked and beneficial.
We are also pleased to add our commendation to your hotel,
and all of its surrroundings We found the building all that
could be expected, and fully up to your representation. The
table wras well kept and afforded us entire satisfaction. We would
without hesitation commend it most favorably to any one seek- f
ing a mineral water of this character : and we trust that you
will enjoy a future of great prosperity for this enterprise so well
started ; and which deserves the patronage of our people.
Yours very truly, W. A. CLARK,
President Carolina X. Bank. *
For rates and particulars, adddress
WHITE STONE LITHIA WATER CO.,
May 13 White Stone Springs, S. C.