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fEWSY LETTERS FROM OUR SPE? CIAL CORRESPONDENTS. ens of Interest From all Parts of Soniter anil Adjoining Counties. NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS. Mall your letters so that they will :h this office not later than Moo when Intended for Wcflnesday's and not later than Thursday for Saturday's Issue. This, of course, applies only to regular correspond In case of Items of unusual value, send In Immediately by telephone or telegraph. Such stories are acceptable up to the of going to press. Wednesday's Is printed Tuesday afternoon Saturday's paper Friday after DARK CORNER, Dark Corner, Aug. 25.--Fodder Catherine Is about done. And cotton pecking has commenced. But the crop la going to be a short one hereabouts. The election at Bloomhlll passed off pretty quietly. Some of the wets Mewed around with their gas bags. Some spoke of having the box thrown out and such nonsense, but you know Mr. Editor, a drowning man will oatch at straws. One colored man amid he thought the dispensary ought to stand aa whiskey had fattened two of his cats. What an Idea, but the ?Id adage: "many men of many salads," is always true. Well. Mr. Edltor, I should have writ ton sooner about our protracted meet sacs, bu tl have been and am still sick. The meeting at Bethel was carried em all week before last. Fourteen lotaed the church, thirteen of whom ware Baptised last Sunday by the pas? tor. Rev. William Haynsworth. The saseting at Plnewood was carried on -sotil Friday night, the 13th. Three the church there. And last ik the pastor. Rev. J. N. Tolar carried a meeting at Calvary where six Kilned the church, all of whom wall be Baptised at Calvary the first Sounds y In September at 10 oclock a. On Thursday night the tsth. Rev. J. '. Tolar united Mr. Don Geddings fed Miss Mary Lee Ardis in the holy ?sids of matrimony at the home of , Silas B. Kolb. Mr. Geddings Is oldest son of Mr. Joe H. Geddings. Plnewood. and Miss Ardis is the d daughter of Mr. joe M. Ardis, ' this Corner. There Is some sleknees hereabout, and fevers, coldc. etc., nothing A gentlman In weetern Manchester he wants to know why Brother or Brother Pitts has never done nay thing for the Shanks Creek (Owon's mill) hill or the* Fullers Bhu-th Creek hill, both of which need looking after. He further says that Manchester has always paid her taxes, never has had a thing done by the ity on her roads. And that he wants to know why those things are on. and that he wishes Brother Peter and explain. SMITH VI LLE. Ithvllle. Aug. 2f?.?Fodder pull Is about over and cotton picking begun In earnest this morning. If hot dry weather continues very : cotton will soon all be open, we get It all we won't have much?hardly half a crop. A farmers msy get a little better where the land is not so sandy of light Late corn, peas, potatoes, sd cane are needing rain badly. The writer had the pleasure of idlng one day at Mlspah during the meeting last week. The pastor, Rer T. L Cole, did the preaching, meeting was quite a success, ire were twelve accessions to the lurch. The people of Mlzpah are kind and hospitable. They seem? ly vie with each other In welcom vlsltors. But best of all they ik well of their pa-tor. No strife or contention. Pastor and people are working In perfect harmony. Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Evans and chil? dren. Mr. and Mrs. U S. Vinson and little son have gone to Washington and other points. Mr. and Mrs. O. W. Elmore, Mr. ond Mrs. J. W. Itob* rtson. I>r. T. D. Fox worth and lt?v S. H. Hatfleld went to Mlzpah la-t Saturday. Mr. W By Smith went to Camdcu Mr. S. E. Itnbertson spirit Saturday In Camden. Mr. James Itob?rt^on is still verv 111. Miss Tessa Hatfleld of Itembert. op*nt last week with Mrs. W. II Iver. DALZELL. DalzMI. Aug. 26.---We grs bavins ie dry, dusty w. ather Just now and S good xhourr woulil t? ii,,|,r? Tinted. Cotton Is o|?-fi,ii^ laphlly now and several of the farmers have *tnit.<i picking SBd hi a t* w days ihe gins will be running on full time, but UM crop |s ggrely nor more than 60 prr cent, with some of us. compared with last year, unless I am very much de ooived. The protracted no . ting ut Dalzell conducted by Rev. Thos. H. Lelteh and Mr. Fred A. Marshall Is being well attended and the behavior is ex? cellent. It will continue until Sunday night. They took up a subscription on Sunday last towards helping com? plete the church and raised about $275 In cash and subscription. We hope to get about *300 before the meeting closes as wo feel sure there are others who will yet contribute. The church when completed would be a credit to a town much larger than Dalzell. There are several visitors in the community, attending the meeting We feel sure the church and meeting here will accomplish much good and bind our people closer together. And we trust will be the means of getting rid of some of the selfish, envious spirit that exists among our people here to such a great extent, for no people or communrty can prosper much where such a spirit exists. Mr. Lettch says some right burning things In his sermons, but its only the man that gets scorched that kicks. PRIVATEER, Privateer, Aug. 25.?We are having an abundance of sunshine in this vl T clnlty Just now. Cotton is opening very rapidly and the farmers are get? ting it ready for the market aa fast as possible. The rust Is doing great damage In some fields. I don't think we will be bothered very much this fall by having to wait around the gin. There Is some very fine hay around here and t expect the farmers will be cutting It soon. The corn crop has turned out very well. Peas planted In corn are not bearing very much yet but the vines are fine. Something brand new to this scribe Is going to happen at Bethel church, Aug. 29th, at 10 o'clock?it Is a Bap? tist Toung Peoples rally. And as ev? ery body is Invited this correspondent expects to be present Judging from the amount of Interest taken in some new songs by the young people I think they will have some good mu? sic. There will also be some geod speaking on special subjects. I notice that the graded school building at Bethel Is going up very nicely now. but I'm afraid It will not be ready In time for the opening of school, as there Is a lot of work to do yet. It promises to be a very neat building when It Is finished. A deal of fever has been prevailing around here but no one has it now that I know of. Miss Eleanor Kolb who has been visiting relatives around here has re? turned home. MAX. Max. Aug. 26.?Mrs. J. P. Truluck. whose health has been bad for a long while, left Tuesday afternoon In care of Dr. R I. Moore for the John Hop? kins' hospital for treatment. Miss Pearl Truluck has joined her sister, Annie, who is at their broth? er's, J. M. Truluck, Lake City, recu? perating from an attack of typhoid fever. Mrs. J. P. Driggers has returned from a visit to her sister in Newberry. Mrs. J. O. Strickland had a pleas? ant visit of a week In North Carolina with relatives. Mr. M. E. Truluck is at Glenn Springs. The musical convention held at Nazareth church. Olanta, yesterday, waa a grand success. A very enjoyable affair was the lit? tle picnic In the grove at Mr. J. L Moore's last Saturday. A young man below Olanta under? took to correct a younger brother whose language was offensive, is now In an Infirmary In Florence suffering from a dangerous stab, inflicted with a knife In the hanc's of the younger brother. Perhaps the rod has been too sparingly used, also moral and religious training. They are respect? able people and have the sympathy of their acquaintances. Mr. Frazier Miles and Mrs. Mollie Floyd was married by Magistrate, Brocklnton last Sunday. There will be a gathering of ladies at Rev. E. M. Hlckes today to finish a beautiful quilt, the squares of which have been made by different ladles. The quilt will be presented to Mrs. B. K. Truluck on her return from up the country. Today will be a busy one at the river near Bethel. The membership will build a dressing house and clear of a large space of ground for con* venlences of baptlslngs from Bethel church. Cotton Is opening rapidly and be? ing picked. I After a month's vacation Miss EV len Carraway has returned to the Mercantile company, Olanta. OL'It SCMMERTON LETTER. Suuun* rton. Aug. 26.?To crowd Into one letter all news items which have been accumulating during *h?? i.ist three weeks would be an Impost* tlon on the Watchman a^ well a* its read are; at the same iirm-, should there be In this letter events which envoi of old gge they must be regard' cd from the standpoint ol Interest rather than date of occurrence. The business fOFOCl which haw n?'( ? isarlly lain dormant during the summer months aro again In action proclaiming the return of the season which is in our section of the country the most important of all. The "first hale" of cotton as applied to this sea? son is already an obsolete epithet, and our local ginneries are ginning daily to their fullest capacity. So far there has been only one house represented in the local market, and Dr. Anderson is maintaining Sprunfs usual good standard by sending in his share of the cotton. Although he is the only resident agent there has been some competition from agents representing the Norfolk and Charleston houses; and It Is rumored that Mr. Henry Richardson of Sumter will locate here in the interest of Maybank & Co. The various dry goods establish? ments in town are receiving heavy shipments of fall goods, and all of them bid fair to carry a full and up to-date line. Mr. J. H. LeGrand of the Summerton Mercantile Co. now In the northern markets competing his purchases for the coming season. Mr. L . T. Covington, former dry goods manager for W. R. Coskrey, has resigned this position to travel for a nothern house. Mr. Coskrey is mak? ing an addition to his brick store, in which we hear he expects to carry a nice line of groceries. Mr. Leon Davis who for the past few months has been in attendance on the Atlanta Business College, has re? turned home having completed the regular business course. He will be employed in the Bank of Summerton, where we hope he may acquit himself a*s well as he has previously. Mr. Davis has many friends here, who are glad of his good fortune of being able to begin hia business career here. The death of Miss Scriven Col clough on Aug. 12th brought sadness to her many friends and relatives here. After being treated at the Sum? ter Hospital for a time, Miss Col cluogh had been at the home of her uncle, Dr. Boyd, in Williamsburg where she was given every attention. Although little hope was held oiit for her recovery the shock of her death was none the less. The sympathy of the whole community goes out to her family, which consists of her mother, Mrs. J. A. Colclough, two sisters a nd a brother. t Summerton was fortunate to have ' a lecture last evening by Mr. Jas. Henry Rice, Jr. Mr. Rice presented h.s subject of the enforcing of game laws and preservation of birds and fish in his usual Interesting and in? structive manner. This community takes quite a good deal of interest in hunting as a sport, and Mr. Rice's suggestions no doubt met with hearty approval. In his introductory re? marks Mr. Rice spoke with enthu? siasm about the marked growth Summerton has undergone in the last fourteen years, that time having elap? sed since his first visit here Even then, Mr. Rice declares, he knew that the town had a bright future, but that its rapid progress has far sur? passed his expectations. Three games of baseball were play? ed here this week between Elloree and Summerton, resulting In a vic? tory of two to three for the local team. The third game was the hard? est fought of the series, the score be? ing 4 to 5 in favor of Elloree. Rev. Mr. S. O. Cantey and fam'ly are on a visit to relatives here. Miss Ada Tennant has returned from a pleasant visit to friends in Marion; she was accompanied by Miss Sue Martin of that place. Mr. R. P. Anderson has returned home after a few weeks stay in Hen dersonvllle, N. C. Mrs. H. S. Galllard of Charleston is the guest of Mrs. J. M. Plowden. Miss Maria Mood has returned home after visiting Saluda, Hender sonvllle, A.hhcville and other moun? tain resorts. Messrs. Felix Dingle and Fred Lan ham are at home again, having re? signed their positions with the Spar tanburg team. Mr. Alex Fewell of Rock Hill is visiting his sister. Mrs. B. C. Rngin. Miss Sallie Anderson is at home af? ter a visit to friends and relatives In Brevard. N. C, and Stateburg, S. C. Mr. Junius Burgess of Clemson College is here visiting his sisters. , Mrs. Evans and Mrs. Huuh Hose of Charlotte, N. C, are visiting at the home of Mrs. J. A. James. The Haag Shows. Without doubt Gulfport never has seen such a crowd of people as was here to see the Mighty Haag Kail road Shows both afternoon and even ing. The tents were crowded With people and in the afternoon hundreds could not secure tickets as the ticket wagon was closed long before :' o'clock. Every train during the day brought people to see the show and Ion? before time for the parade to make its appearance upon the streets they were crowded with peo? ple anxlouely awaiting It. and not one was disappointed) as Mr, Haag has spent plenty of time and money on his street parade, making it sec ond to none. Never In the hlstor) of Ou If port have there been so manj pretty girls, funny clowns and good music m one parade, The Qulporl Times is sure it voices the sentiments of the people when it says give us more shows like Haug's.?Gulfport Times. *If your liver is sluggish and out of tone, and you feel dull, bilious, constipated, take a dose of Chamber? lain's Stomach and Liver Tablets to? night before retiring and you will feel all right In the morning. Sold by W W. Sibert. The Fairfleld County Hoard of Con? trol may not reopen the d:spensar>, but sell the stock of liquor on hand at wholesale. *Ee sure and take B bottle of Chamberlain's Colic, Cholera, and Diarrhoea Remedy with you when starting on your trip this summer. It cannot be obtained on board the trains or steamers. Changes of water and climate often cause sudden at? tacks of diarrhoea, and it is best to be prepared. Sold by W. W. Sibert. WHEN HER BACK ACHES. A Woman Finds AU Her Energy and Ambition Slipping Away. Sumter women know how the aches and pains that come when the kidneys fail make life a burden. Back? ache, hip pains, headaches, dizzy spells, distressing urinary troubles, all tell of sick kidneys and warn you of the stealthy approach of diabetes, dropsy and Bright's disease. Doan's Kidney Pills permanently cure all these disorders. Here's proof of it in a Sumter woman's words: Mrs. Louis Jeffords, 14 Owen St., Sumter, S. C, says: "I am pleased to say that Doan's Kiney Pills proved of great benefit to me. I was a victim of kidney complaint for over two years. My kidneys were very weak and I had great trouble in controling the secretions. My baak ached all the time and frequently I was so lame that 1 could scarcely dress myself. I at length read about Doan's Kidney Pills and finally procured a box at China's drug store. After using them, the backache and pains vanished, my kidneys became normal and I felt a great deal better in every way. I am oleased to give Doan's Kidney Pills the credit for this great change." For sale by all dealers. Price 50. cents. Foster-Milburn Co., Buffalo, New York, sole agents for the United States. Remember the name?Doan's ?and take no other. No. 9. ?In buying a cough medicine don't be afraid to get Chamberlain's Cough Remedy. There is no danger from it, and relief is sure to follow. Espe cially recommended for coughs, coldf and whooping cough. Sold by W, W . Sibert. "Ain't it Awful!" How some agents and dealers will?"fabricate?" Just the other day an agent told one of our customers he could sell him a piano "just as good" as the Stieff for ever so much l?ss money. It so happened our customer knew the difference, and knows the firm of Chas. M. Stieff has never attempted to mis? lead a customer. If it were possible for an agent to sell as good a piano as, the Stieff, how could he sell it for less money? Don't be fooled, buy your piano from the time honored firm of Chas. M. Stieff, the old reliable. Chas. M. Stieff Manufacturer of Artistic Stieff, Shaw and Stieff Self-Player Pianos. Southern Wareronm 5 West Trade St. CHARLOTTE. - - N. C. c. H. Wllmoth, Manager. (Mention this paper.) 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It destroys Worms and aHays Feverishness. It cures Diarrhoea and Wind Colic. It relieves Teething Troubles* cures Constipation and Flatulency. It assimilates the Food, regulates the Stomach and Bowels, givinjr healthy and natural sleep. The Children's Panacea?Ti e Mother's Friend. 1 GENUINE CASTORIA ALWAYS t !?' Bears the Signature of Bears the The Kind You Have Always Bought In Use For Over 30 Years. rmm ?umtun oommmt, tt ?umrav ?tmcct. kcwyou * cm. Birnie s Drug Store, 5 W. Liberty 8t. Sumter, S. 0. Dealer In Pure Drugs and Medicines, CHOICE PERFUMES AND FINE TOILET ARTICLES, COMBS AND BRUSHES, PATENT MEDICINES AND DRUGGISTS' SUNDRIES, A FULL LINE OF CIGARS AND TOBACCO. :: :: :: :: :: OUR MOTTO: PURE AND RELIABLE GOODS. B 11 Our stock is complete and we cheerfully solicit your patronage. :: :: :: NOTICE! If you have farm property in Sumter or Clarendon County which you wish to sell this season, you should list it now, in order that it may be Inspected and properly advertised forthe fall business. I have a number of prospective buyers for well improved property, and if your prices are right, we should be able to do some business. C TY, FARM AND TIM? BER PROPERTY HAN OLED. REAL ESTATE LOANS NEGOTIATED. 26% N Main St. R. Bo Belsen REAL ESTATE ATTORNEY. :: Sumter, S. C. MONEY INVESTED I REAL ESTATE MORT? GAGES. LET ME INVEST YOUR IDLE MONEY AT 7 AND' 8 PER CENT LAYING THE FOUNDATION for a solid and well-built house con only be done when the best bulldUuJ materials used. We have a complete stock of superior building material of all kinds. Doors. Sashs, Blinds, Mouldings, Etc., to be found any where In sumter. v The Sumter Door, Sash & Blind Factory, j. w. ICcKelver, - - Proprietor. Savings Has been advised through all the ages. The cumulative power of compound interest is one of .the greatest factors in growing fortunes. We pay compound interest on your savings. T5he Bank of Sumter. RICH. I MANNING, Pres. M. MOISE. 1st V-Pres. JR. F. HAYNSWORTH, 2d V-Pres. W. F. RHA WE. Cashier.