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pkfkiof.nt yftofs m t: \si iu: AIM Kl? \t rill ff of st \ff. Maintain* Thai Nu such Adlon Should im Taken Until Flau of llc organUallon U Perfected. Washington June 17.?The presi? dent today vetoed the iriny appro? priation hill He return.-.I the bill to congress with a message indicating his disapproval of th" legislative pro? vision, which would oust MaJ. Qen. Leonard Wood from the office of chief of staff on March 4 next. In his mes? sage the president said: "Th? army of the United States Is far too vital an Institution to the peo? ple of the country to make it the vic? tim of hasty or Imperfect theories of legislation. As was pointed out by the chairman of the senate military committee, it is well krown that the war college and the general staff have been for many months engaged upon s comprehensive plsn of reorganisa? tion. At the preeent time, therefore. It la especially Inappropriate. In my opinion, to force upon the statute books legislation enacted without the usual deliberation and care." MAYOR OK AUK WILLTESTIFY. Mayor tirnr to Appear Tueaday an *? tinea* Bet?re tie Legislative OoaassiUre From the Legislature. Charleston. June If.?Mayor Orace who was served last night with sub subpoena to appear Tuesday before the committee of the legislature and tell whs he knowe about the alleged gra/t. sffecting the enforcement of th# dispensary law in Charleston, said today that he will go to Columbia Tuesday and give his testimony. Mayor Grace was asked whether I he would take any witnesses with him end be replied that he would not. He will tell the committee what he knows about conditions In Chariest >n and as he has stated before, he says he wll! present evidence of the existing graft h) the State jonstables and "practically trace it to the governor's office." as charged recently In his official organ, a weekly paper publish? ed here As to presenting evidence of the actual delivery of the money col? lected from hllad tigers to the gov? ernor. Mayor Orace explained that he had no witness to this transac? tion but that he would have no trou? ble in proving that a system of graft existed here and he felt sure that the committee would reach th*? conclu? sions that he holdf. Mayor Grace will leave *lt to the committee to summons such other parties as the committee may deem proper after he has submitted his testimony. "Swat the Fly." For several months an expert ac? countant searched the hooks of a certain grain company in St. Paul Minn., for an error >f an even hun? dred dollat*. They spent much more than 1100 In trying to trace the mon? ey. And then, after having gone as/gf the books time end sgaln. the ac? countant ?? pencil .ran ed to stop it an lt'?m of $14U. The pencil point rested on the figure 1 when the figure suddenly broke In two and slid down the page' Cpon examination It prov? ed that the ?uppo?ed figure 1 was a fly's leg. The rty had undoubtedly been crushed In the book when it was cloeed. and one of its legs had chanced to adhere to the page in such s way as to make the entry of fte appear to be exactly $100 greater. ?The Hay. Flour and Feed Journal. Swst Uio Fly. Be up to date. Swat the My; ( lean up. boost; brighten up. ??n with the battle.'' swat the My. I.et nj truthfuly say there are no fllex on us. atop! Look! Usten! swat the fly. Kternai vigilance should he your w.il' h w<?rd ?w it the My. The fly 1? g home wrecker ? Miff hin M.t(k*ard < d? hackw.ird ? >h time In your Might, give me i its *w ittef Just for tonight. When the Mv ? omea In Ifcg door, good health goe.*i nut the window. TH not work that kills men?tls worry?Swat the fly. i.ptie drops of Mannt an, Mtthi drops of rain, swat the fly right gg the eye again, again, again. I Though greati.- autaumberedt Issel sg g| public health ire waging a great battle, and victory Is assured, If we keep on swatting the Mv. thir impulse?Swat the fly. Ill AEROPLANES JBOLLIIE. hf.adon collision in fha\< i: today. _ Two Army OlbYcrs Killed In Accident at Douul, Fnrncv?First Disaster of the Kind in History of Axial ion. Special to The 1 >aily Item. Doiiai, Franc*', Juno Ii'.?t'apt. Du Boll and Lieut Meymore, Iwo army aviators were instantly killed this morning when their ueroplams crashed together in a h?-ad-??n collis? ion whll? tiyinK over the military Held in I dense fog. This is the first disaster of the kind in the history of aviation whleh has been ho fruitful of death end disaster. KASTFRN STA Ii AT FLOH FA IF - .Some 100 Delegates and Hruml Om cers Attend Fifth Annual Meeting of the Order. Florence. June 1$,?The MM a annual grand lodge of the Order of the pastern Star is in session here, with the grand worthy patron, D. A. O. Ousts, the worthy matron, Mrs. Tallulah Cudd, and the grand secre? tary. Mis* France? Bennett, all in attendance with about 100 delegates beside. They are being entertained by the local chapter. Last night was a public reception and lunch of salad and sweet courses and welcoming addresses and re? sponses by membera of the grand lodge. Today has been a buainess session. The reports of the grand officers were received and show progress in the past year, seven new chapters having been "ranted dispensations. The order is now represented in South Carolina by 54 chapters, In almost every county in the State. The Kastern Star Is assisting the Masons materially In the fund for the Masonic home and has besides a charity fund for It own disposition. The programme tomorrow includes a visit and picnic at Muldrow's mill, whi h will be a public funotion. Toiight the local chapter exem? plifies the work of the order. BANK t<> OCCUPY SIDEWALK. City Council <? runts Hunk Permission to F.xtentl Hullding Over Side? walk. At a speciul meeting of council held Monday afternoon for the pur? pose of hearing a request of the oltt cials of the Hank of Sumter for the use of space on the sidewalk for their Ml building. it was decided to grant the request made by the offi? cials of the bank and the new build? ing or parts of it, will extend as much as six or seven Inches over what was formerly the sidewalk. As the matter stands so far as the reporter of the Item could learn this morning. tho request of the bank for space to extend the bast; of pilas? ters over the sidewalk for about three Inches was first made at council meeting a week ago. At the time the petition waa deferred until Wed? nesday when the members of coun? cil after investigation, decided to grant the request. Alderman Wright voting against granting it. Later it was found by the contrac? tor that oven more space was neces? sary and a second special meeting of council was called to hear the request. As the matter Ig understood tho i ?? quest was made for permission to have the building extended praeti ? ?illy ilnt'c inches o\.-r the sidewalk and Ilten the base of the pilasters WOVld extend about three further than the base of the building, thus in aii encroaching on |he sidewalk abotll Ml or Seven hohes. This vii granted for Main street and it is un? derstood that the building will ox lend Ihe same amount over the side n aik on Liberty street. Aldermen Wright and Glenn voted a? ilnai granting " ? petition. News Note*. IVoin Hcmhcrt. Rem bort, June 17. Farmers are laying by com ami so peg plantlni la the order of the day. Crops art- pret* ty oloaf "f gram ;md are looking well. Mtasee Kate liotnansteln or Colum? tnd Kntlly Crelghton wore in sum ter lasl Friday and Saturday, We neat thn( one of our tin.- looking yoUllg rio-n wall be married Thursday, Jon.- Itth, Msears. Bunk Jackeon, UcnJ, San? ders. Virgil Corhott and Ham Lenolr of Clemson, and Iktvld Lencrir of por? tcr'n Charleston* are at home again Prof. Jeene H, Jackson, principal of Fort Qntnee High school of Qeor? gia Is with us ag tin. Mrs. Wallace Handera and nor daughter, Mies Theresa, dined with .\h . I: m. James Sunday. Mlaa Courtcnoj Atkinson spenl the Habbath of the Itth with lo r brother, .1. it. Atkinson of Hagood. ? I lagood." If n i;. i?. Lee has gone to Qreene boro, Si <\. to \isit her daughter al Hint pln< a IN HE LIMELIGHT. KYKH OF <.<>v?l> t.ovu.KN MKNT K\Pi:ins ox SUMTER. Adoption of City Manager iMau of Municipal (Jovornioeni Attracts Nu tionai Attention to Runter and Tlie PiacUcnl Workings of System Will bo Watched With Utmost Intercut b> students of Business Methods Applied to City. Following UP the telegram <?f Sec? retary Richard s. Childs, congratu? lating Suinter on the adoption of the city manager plan of commission gov? ernment, the National Short Ballot Organization wrote to the Chamber of Commerce for a synopsis of the Act tunider which Sumter adopted the new form of government, stating that it was their intention to propo.-e and distribute throughout the United States a pamphlet describing the Sum? ter plan and its advantages. "You can rest assured that every step you take will be watched by us with the utmost nterest." In addition to the pamphlet, which will be issued in time for distribution at the Convention of the National Municipal League In Los Angeles, next month, the short Ballot Organization has issued the subjoined circular for Immediate distribution to 1,200 news? papers and commercial organizations in various parts of the United States. If the oily manager government does nothing else for Sumter it will give the Gttme Cock City the greatest amount of valuable advertising that a town of the size ever obtained by any means. The Short Ballot Organization "Sumter Plan" circular is as follows: Why Not Run a dig dust Like a Pri? vate Business Cor|M>rutlon'.' This was the question put to the people of Sumter. on June 11th. By an act of the last legislature they had an option between the stereotyped commission plan with three separate heads and the City Manager plan, which had been discussed and approv? ed over the length and breadth of the land but never adopted by any city. Sumter took the hit in her teeth and by a three to one vote adopted the one which applies the tried-out prin? ciple of organization which no private corporation would think of abandoing. There had been no question about the success of the Galveston plan. It had done away with bosses, and put the people In power. It had succeed? ed In cutting out graft by tlxing re? sponsibility for everyything which was done or left undone. It had sav? ed the people's money. At the same time there was no rea? son to suppose that the exact Gal? veston or Oes Molnes types were the last word on simplified government. They had unquestionably succeeded because of certain sound principles Which lay beneath the form. The new Sumter law preserves these principles. Responsibility is settled upon three men. who can do anything that the city can do. They are not to be hampered by having to work through elective Olerks. There is a short ballot. In other words. There are to be no ward lines and petty local jealousies. So far as the well-known Commis? sion type was followed. But when it came to the matter of organization it was found to be ill-adapted to the local needs. The regular commission plan would necessitate three paid managers, as heads of departments. Pew men, who were really competent, could be found who would undertake public service under the Inadequate salaries which the city could offer. 11*000 and $1000 per annum, and de* vote the necessary amount of time to the details of city business. Further toft it was regarded as folly to try to secure good administrative super? visors by popular election. With the same amount of money It is thought poslble to secure one good man who win take over the management of the city's affairs, He need not be a local resident. The winde country may be taken as a Held for selection. He will have ;?n opportunity to introduce mod? ern accounting and efficiency meth? ods ami generally to impress his per? sonality on the city, and will lie In in line for promotion later on to .-mi? liar work In larger cities. Under the Sumter plan, however, the elective commissioners will be responsible for all the acts of the city manager, for he will hold office ;'t their pleasure. There \g therefore no da nger thai he will build up o ^patronage through the appointing power, because every Incentive will be to appoint efficient subordinates who will uphold his band-, and not polit? ical hacks who win "queer" his rec old by loafing on their Jobs and In fl.-.ting i\is budget, lly relieving the commissioners of administrative detail it will be pos? sible to gel the ttbleSf citizens to de? vote the small portion ol time which Will he requited to dlTCCl the rity's business. The salaries of ihese men will i)o nominal ($300 for the mayor Ia mi $200 for the nthers,) Thus far the hrst time is Introduced into American city government the principle! of concentrated responsi? bility, a -?hurt ballot ;;?.ti expert ad? ministration, CHARGES MADE AND DENIED. Bleaae Crowd Objects to Jones link? ing Reply?Lyon Shows Evans' Record. Special to Tin- Daily Item. Blahopvllle, June 19.?Two fea? tures marked the campaign meeting here today and added zest to the campaign. Bleats in his speech at? tacked Judge Jones" record and when Judge Jone? attempted to reply, in accordance with an agreement made hy the candidates at Sumter Tuesday, Bleate and a crowd of his supporters at tirst objected to his making any reply. The matter was settled after a short while by the crowd allowing Judge Jones to proceed. The other feature of the meeting was the exhibiting of court records by J. Fr?ser Lyon showing the rec? ord of Barnard B. Evans. At the close of Lyon's spech Evans made a denial of the charges and stated that the records were false. The other speeches came off as scheduled and the meeting was an orderly one. There was a good crowd out to hear the candidates. NEW CITY DIRECTORY. Walsh's Directory of Sumter Distrib? uted. From the Daily Item, June 19. Walsh's Directory of Sumter, Vol? ume IV, 1912, was distributed to subscribers yesterday. As were the directories for previous years this volume is neatl> printed in large type on good paper and is substantially bound. The compilation of the di? rectory was can-fully done by ex? perienced directory men and is as complete and accurate as a book of the kind can be made. It will be found useful by business men and others who may want to find out who lives in Sumter and where they live. In addition to the list of names, whites and negroes being listed separately, considerable other information of value is incorporated in another chapter. The list of names contains approximately 2,735 whites and 2.107 negroes. As only heads of famalies and unmarried adults are listed, it is not possible to make an accurate estimate of the total popu? lation of the city from the directory. If it is figured that each head of a family stands for three person?1 ? himself, his wife and one child?the I white population of Sumter is 7, 205 and the negro population 6.321? a total of 13,626. Hut this method of tiguring population is -'in uncer? tain thing, ami the writer is not committing himself to any figures. The only thing he is willing to assert as a fact is that the census takers two years ago said they found only 8,109 people in Sumter. They were supposed to be stating a bed rock fact, but many of us never believed it, for ail Sumter people believe that there are more of us than 8,109. We know Sumter is the biggest 8.000 town in the country. Sweet tiirl (Graduate. Chicago Post. Observe the noble girl who has com? pleted her college education. See her, with her dimpled chin rest? ing in tin- hollow of her white palm, gazing out into the future with thoughtful eyes. What problem! may she now he solving What mJghtly movements for the uplifting of the race may she be plan r ft Jack of her are the yeans of Study and application. The great minds of the centuries have given her Of their b.-st. All that science and philosophy ean cull from the universe or ndnd and matters is hers. And now she is ready for the future, There is a hopeful gleam, a confident light in her eyes. She speaks: 'Some of those hack numbers at home will sit up and take notice when i ?et off the train in this new pannier skirt Bull of mine!" The story of how a Georgia farmer is running u political race In an auto? mobile with his wife and daughters as eampaign managers and his headquar? ters at home on the furm, I? going around the world, it was tirst made ? feature of in the New York news? papers, und from America's metro? polis it ei. pt to London and Paris, with the consequence that Plain -Iii" Price of Oconee has all unconsciously furnished an example to the farmer! ,,! the w hi.- world, for nearly each o HlC stories stresses the ]?1 OgreSSlVe nesa of a farmer who owned an auto, und the Intelligence of a farmer'! wlf< nnd daughter who are able to be hi helpmeets In a big political flghl well as in weeding the garden,?Co lumhla Record, CAME HERE To INSPECT C ITY AND To TELL PEOPLE OP Mi: \si RKs to PREVENT PIRE8. Sumter the Fifth Place to iu> Inspect ed?iuh'U iiiii. Spartanburg, Flor? ence uiul Oraiigchurg Having Al? ready iievn Inspected?Thirty in spectDTS in Party?Public Meeting in Chamber of Commerce Hall In Afternoon at ti o'clock. From the Daily Item, June 19. The South Carolina Fire Prevention Association is in this city today en? gaged in inspecting the premises and buildings all over the city and, at a meeting tonight, when the inspection is completed, to be held at 6 o'clock in the Chamber of Commerce hall with the city council which the public is cordially Invited to attend, steps will be discussed and preventative meas? ures advised by which Sumter will in future, if they are followed, be en? abled to prevent many of the fires which have in the past visited this city. There are in attendance thirty special representatives of the largest and oldest fire insurance companies in this country, they will meet witn the city council in the rooms of the Chamber of Commerce at 6 o'clock this afternoon. Every one is invited to attend this meeting, especially the property owners and business men who have the interest of Sumter at heart. This association is composed of those who are interested in the reduc? tion of the terrible fire waste in this State, being members of the National Association that is conducting a "Clean Up" campaign throughout the Union. The movement was started by the State and special agents of the differ? ent fire insurance companies, but every one interested is eligible to membership and urged to join and help toward putting a stop to the use ess fire waste. The annual ash heap in America is too great to be fully realized when ex? pressed in figures?a little over $600.00 per minute?for North America?the loss in human life is no less stagger ng, a disgraceful monument to Ameri? can carelessness. The aim of the as? sociation is to help reduce this loss and for this purpose, meet in some town in this State each month for the purpose of making a detailed inspec? tion of the congested or mercantile district, asking that owners and occu? pants follow their suggestions as to the best way of avoiding fires in their individual buildings. Usually the suggested changes are so simple as to be overlooked, but experience has taught the fire underwriter that fires can only be avoided by close at? tention to the simplest of precautions, stich as ";ishes in wo< den boxe.-. ' "stoves without metal protectors." "wooden spittoons." "spittoons tilled with saw dust." "accumulation of trash in closets or basements." (Th'^e have been the defects most frequently noted during previous inspections.) I This Inspection has nothing to do with the advancing or lowering of insurance rates?its aim is fire pre? vention, and when the fire loss ratio is lowered the rates will be less as they are increased with the increase of losses. South Carolina has led the United States in a number of things?led the Confederate States out in 1X61?She was "hot" then and in a different sense is still hot?having one of the greatest fire loss ratios in the United States! A large percent of this loss is due to carelessness in neglecting the simplest precautions, it is thii element of the fire hazard that the association is trying to bring before the public and tor this reason asks the hearty co- operation <?f the proper? ty owners, reali ing thai without their support very little will be accomplish? ed and with their aid a great deal will he possible. SELLS BIG COTTON CROP. o. H. Wleiige* Di??|H?4>. of ?Ku Bales of Last Year's Growth. si. Matthews, June is.?o. H. Wienges of Singleton is busily engag? ed today in loading for shipment bis last year's cotton crop which he has just sold. The number of bales is 580 ami the *um total realised is ap? proximately $30,000. Mr. Wiengos has about 50 iiiics more of unglnned hid taib d cotton which bo win put on the market at his leisure, An av? erage price Of 10 1-2 colds was paid. Marriage at lti-lt<illt*. Blshopville, June 11, Mr. Geo, M Skinner, of stokes Bridge, ami Miss Alma Andrews, of Blshopvllle, were quietly married at the residence of the bride's mother here Sunday. Mr. Skinmr Is a prosperous young farm? er, while his bride is one of Bishop Vllle'i most popular young ladies. For several months past she has held the position of bookkeeper for Heath I Massey-Morrow t 'ompany. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE KOTES. Advisor) Board of Itrirtlm Meet? Decide lo Hold Bargain \\??-u in Full. The Advisory Board of the Retail Merchatna' Association held ? meet? ing on Friday and decided to na vi a big bargain week in OctObar. Presi? dent Ltvy was authorized to appoint the committees to arrange for this special week. It is planned to have ?peclal features each day. street races, etc., and to add a number of new at? tractions that are certain to draw large crowds to the city. The Sum? ter Band will be engaged for the week. Last year the merchants of the city held a very successful bar? gain lay. It has now been determin? ed to make this the biggest thing of its kind in the State. The merchants have started this far in advance so as to secure the best possible results. An extensive advertising campaign will be carried on and will cover the entire Pee Dee section of the State. The Advisory Board further determ? ined to protest against the order of the State Railroad Commission rela? tive to the Northwestern Railroad schedule. Ninety per cent of the peo? ple along this line have requested the re-instatement of the schedule in force prior to February 11, 1912 which gave all those living along the line, an opportunity to trade In Sum? ter and return to their homes the same day or to make connections with their trains at all points on the line. On May 14th the Commission made an order re-instating this schedule which was satisfactory to Camden, Sumter and the Board of Trade of Summerton and generally to the small? er towns but later because of a peti? tion signed by a few individuals liv.ng near Summerton. a hearing was held in Sumter. The testimony at this hearing was overwhelming in favor of the old schedule. The Commission has, nevertheless, given out another order which leaves the present sched? ule as it is and adds practically noth? ing to the service now rendered, ess Sumter folders may be secured at the Chamber of Commerce and will be gladly given to anyone who may desire to mail them to friends out? side the city. see All aboard for Columbia on Tues? day. July 9th. This will be a great meeting of the business men of the State. When your child has whooping cough be careful to keep the cough I loose and expectoration easy by giv? ing Chamberlain s Cough Remedy as may be required. This remedy will also liquify the tough mucus and make it easier to expectorate. It has been used successfully in many epi? demics and is safe and sure. For sale by all dealers. Hon. Walter Hazard of Georgetown has decided not to enter the race for congress in the Sixth District. A sprained ankle may as a rule be cured in from three to four days by applying Chamberlain's Liniment and observing the directions with each bottle. For sale by all dealers. Fifteen Candida tee are out for the House of Representatives in Charles? ton county. They are: N. B. Barn well, j. M. Connstley. n. L. Erck mann. Hugh Ferguson. C. Norwood Hastie. L. F. Melti. II. fj. Sensensy. Arnoldus Vander Horst. Ii. S. Whaley, H. (J. Leland. Moultrie Clement. Pat? rick Qalvtn, James B. Morrison. s. Rittenberg and A. W. Todd. There is no real need of anyone be? ing troubled with constipation. Chamberlain's Tablet- will cause an agreeable movement Of the bowels without any unpleasant effect. Give them a trial. For sale by all dealers. LaVallteroe, the jewelry fad of Use season these dainty ornaments have strenghtened their hold OH the popu? lar fancy, and deservedly so. The slender golden ? Ins and sparkling pendants make a < harm finish to cos tuma of the prevlllng style. We have a nice fresh stock of these in all the different stones, gold bead, necks. lockets, belt pins and mesh bags, and many other pieces ?f few airy, that will make an ideal gift for graduate Our optical parlor is fitted up eom plete; we do all our oven lenee grind ing. Graduate optician in charge. Let us fit and adjust your glasses. W. A. Thompson, .iKWK.r.e.K ami ontouur.