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Ctonnolj dated Aug. 2,1881
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8UMTEF, 8. 0., W1WESDAT, JANUARY 10, 1917.
VoLXLIII. No. 42.
TOWOHS HB COUNCIL
MBT^NTtt PC WERS TO CONFER
IN ROMS ON STATE OF WAR.
?if Cvitncil WU1 Decide Fmtc
Expedition, The AtU
Toward Oreece and Measures
Recurving tbo Roumanian
Amsterdam, Jan. f.?One of the
mementove war councils of the
oatente powers will begin at Rome
today. Ks outcome will decide the
disposition of the alles* Saloniki exped?
ition, the question of war or peace
With Greece, and the entente steps
for rectifying the Roumanian blund?
er and ameliorating the situation in
the Balkans menacingly aggravated
by Gen. von Mnokensen'e continued
snoeeee on the Sereth river. Berlin
views the meet lag so significant of
anxiety end contusion, but the French
and Britsh pro? ridicule this the?
Shronded in) Secrecy.
Rome, Jan. e.?While the meeting
here of the entente war ministers Ij
shrouded In the strictest secrecy it is
believed closer cooperation and more
vigorous campaigns will be planned.
Changes in the ministries of several
of the belligerents made the meeting
Grant Powers Represented.
Paris, Jan. ?.?Premier Briand, war
minister Lnntvey and Minister of
Manufactures Thomas, of France:
Premier Uoyd-George, and Viscount
Mllnor of the Brttlth cabinet and Gen?
eral Polltain, representing the Russian
staff are expected to arrive in Rome
today for a war council with the Ital
GjtEKNVILLE SECURES HOSPITAL
I ? i ? ?.
4 At gptrtel Moottni- ConncU
Karge Bnfldtng Soon.
OreeaylHe, Jaa 4.?The city of
wffll atachnen the hodpUal
for s^r9xtmateiy MUM,
tg to the provisions of an or
whlch .was adopted at a spe?
cial meeting of tho city council this
afternoon. The city will realise an
additional $?0,000 from a recent bond
issue which will be expended In the
erection of a new and larger build?
ing. The election ct a board of di?
rectors by the city council also brings
a close to the threatened strike among
the physician.* and the dissension
which existed between the board of
governors and the medical staff.
FROM EUROPE TO LAUREN'S
Man Arrested st Wood raff in Conncc
Wlth Robben TeUs of Travels.
Laurena Jan. 4.?The man who
was arrested at Woodruff and brought
to the Laurena county Jail as a sus?
pect In connection with the Ora rob?
bery and the Lantarel tragedy has be?
come somewhat communicative after
sleeping for a day or so. He says
his name Is James Moran and claim*
that he recent 13 came to this coun?
try from Europe. Ian ling at New Or
leans. From there he says he drifted
to Atlanta, then e in .0 South Caro?
lina. Ho refuses, however, to dis?
cuss any of the incidents with which
he is supposed to be connected in this
locality. He is evidently a foreigner
end appears to bs about 40 years of
age. The officers say he gives the
Impression of being well educated.
The gold band ring found on his per?
son after his arrest has been Identified
as the property of W. T. Blakely, the
Ora citizen whoso residence was rob?
bed Tuesday night
WITHDRAW FROM MEXICO.
Bettered That Retirement of Trooi*
Mexico W1U do Next su p.
Washington, Jan. 5.?The gradual
withdrawal of American troops from
Mexico is confidently expected to be
the next stsp by the administration.
The government is convinced that
Carransa's continued technical ob?
jectlons to the Atlantic City protocol
are insincere und the administration
does not Intend to allow the nego?
tiations to drug on further.
INsth of An Infant,
Paxvllle. Jan. 6.?Frlrndly Guy, th
Infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J. n\
Brown. Jr., died laut Saturday morn
- Ing. after a week's Illness. The in?
terment wan held Monday morning Ol
the family cemetery, and funeral ser
vk-e* were conduced by their p.iMor
, r?ev, I. D. Bewen.
COTTON BINNED IN STATE.
REPORT SHOWS THAT TO DECEM?
BER 13, CROP WAS SHORTER
THAN IN 1915.
Total Number of Bales Glimed of
It 16 Crop Placed at 804,017 Against
1,098,383 for 191ft?Sumter County
Credited with 21,883 Bales.
The report of Director Sam I*
Rogers of the Bureau of Census, De?
partment of Commerce, announcing
the preliminary report of cotton gin?
ned by counties in South Carolina for
the crops of 1916 and 1916 to Decem?
ber 13th of those years has been is?
sued and shows an interesting com?
parison between the two years. The
total number of bales ginned in the
State to December 13, 1916, is set at
894,017 against 1,098,283 for 1915.
The report of ginning by counties is:
County, 1916 1916
Abbeville . 26,244 28,965
Alken . 34,729 36,64?
Andereon . 61.836 66,433
Bamberg . 21,268 16,233
Barnwell . 41,103 84,766
Beaufort . 6.642 2,732
Berkeley . 4,923 9,230
Calhoun ,. 20,396 18,211
Charleston . 4,414 8,633
Cherokee . 8,360 13,956
Chester. 18,954 29,524
Chesterfield_ 17,664 27,016
Clarendon . 18,896 26,013
Colleton . 12.457 13,114
Darlington. 17.341 31,651
Dillon . 22,170 29,061
Dorchester _ 8,131 11,009
Bd gen eld . 28,758 27,869
Tairflsld. 14,167 22,370
Florence ... 17,(72 29,376
? Georgetown .... 1,325 3,347
Greenville . 31,668 40,692
Greenwood .... 28,018 26,674
Hampton .1 16,396 11.901
Horry . 4,608 7,647
Jasper ,. 4,946 3,103
Kershew . 10,673 28,262
Lancaster. 13.447 20,286
Laurena. 39,610 37,520
Lee . 17,403 30,288
Newberry 39,991 94,686
Oconee . 16,233 16,751
Orangeburg .... 66,124 68,729
Plckens. 14,106 16,691
Richland. 16.402 19,311
Saluda . 26,173 24,541
Spartanburg ... 49.2C2 64,988
Sumter. 24,683 29,941
Union . 12,354 17,425
Wllliamuburg .. 11,940 21,459
York . 21.G76 35,444
Total. 894,017 1,098,283
RECALLED FROM BUCHAREST.
Germany Requests tho Withdrawal
of American Minister to Ronman
Washlngton, Jan. 5.?The state de?
partment received a request today
from Germany for tho withdrawal of
American Minister Charles Volpicka,
at Bucharest. Volpicka will be
withdrawn, being the last neutral
representative to leave Bucharest.
TO CONSECRATE BISHOP.
Date Set for Ceremony for Mgr. Rus?
sell In March.
Washington, Jan. 6.?Mgr. William
T. Russell, pastor of St. Patrick's
church of this city, will be consecrat
; ed bishop of Charleston Thursday,
March 15, in the cathedral at Balti?
more by Cardinal Gibbons.
Mgr. Russell was notified this
morning by Mgr. Bobzano, apostolio
1 delegate to the United States, that a
, cablegram had been received from
^ the Vatican, announcing that the
papal bulls were in transit to Amer?
After a brief conference this noon
\ between the cardinal and Mgr. Rus?
sell March 15 was selected for the
WONT GRANT LICENSE.
Oldest Greenville Hotel to Be Closed.
Greenville, Jan. 4.?The Central
hotel, the oldest hotel in Greenville,
will be closed at once because the
mayor refused to allow license to be
granted the management, as the re?
sult of the death of the young wo?
man who was slain in the hotel on
The council met this afternoon and
sustained the mayor In his action in
view of an -function suit which is
contemplated attorneys represent?
ing the leMfioe of the hotel.
Two Towns Cnptnrcd.
Berlin, Jan. ?.?The Germans today
occupied Gurguetl and Romanul, Rou
uiauia, uftci- bloody street buttles.
BATTLE IN WE!
SHARP FIGHTING RES!
Both Germans and British on
ious Sweep Through
Russian Attacks Repulsed
Berlin. Jan. 6 (Official)
fighting on the western
been resumed. The British
trated German advance |
trenches. The Germans at
thrusting attacks captured
French prisoners. The alliee*
ships are daily shelling the
coast between the Struma
river. Gen. Mackensen'?
which captured Braila yest<
tinues its victorious sweep
Roumania. the vanguard roa/
reth river. Olaneasca, 3ul
Maxineni and other villages
three hundred prisoners wem
Strong Russian attacks on th *
front were repulsed, nine
prisoners and munitions be
A. CURTIS DENIES NCta
Only One Known In New Yc*K[Says
He Has Given Out Nothing onjSnb
Boston, Jan. 5.?Allen Curtis of the
Wall street firm of Curtis & dagger,
who was in Boston today, ?vidithat
he had written no letter to MV. ^f/ood
and had not communicated a 1th any
one else on the subject under: Intesti?
na t ion.
OiUy One Known. $
New York, Jan. 6.?-The oiilyj "A.
Curtis" known to the New York Mock
exchange is Allen Curtis, of tie firm
of Curtis & Banger of New Ttraf'and
Boston. "t ? '? *
No other broker by that nan> J i
ed to be known, although.';
thought possibly he might be* a
broker, or an tndepeneiit
the rules committee. Officials of tl
stock exchange said, however, they
saw no reason to take official cogni?
sance of the alleged Operations. At
the office of E. F. Hutton & Co., it
was stated that "nothing is known of
Baruch was said to be at his hunt?
ing lodge in South Carolina a id hid
associates at his office declined to
make a statement.
DID NOT KNOW OF PEACE NOTE.
New York, Jan. 5.-?Otto H, Kahn
of Kuhn, Loeb & Co. has telegraphed
Chairman Henry as follows:
"The statement reported to have
been made before your committee
by Representative Wood concerning
me is without the remotest basis of
fact. I had no kind of advance in*
formation, direct or indirect, in con?
nection with the president's note or
the socalled leak. I have never sold
a share of short stock in my Ufa,
nor have I advised any one to do so
either on this or any other occasion.
I request to be called before your
committee at once so that I may con?
tradict under oath the c&iumny to
which Representative Wood has not
hesitated to give currency, not only
without shadow of justification, but
without the slightest attempt to as?
certain the facts."
HAD NO ADVANCE NEWS.
Chicago, Jan. 5.?Leslie Gates of
J-unison Bros. Co., brokers, said his
firm did not send out word that the
president was about to send out a
"We had no advance information on
the peace note," said Mr. Gates. "We
were advised by a New York stock
exchange house that there might be
developments of a decidedly bearish
nature and it is probable that this
statement was sent to our agents. No
suggestion that a president message
was forthcoming was ever made b;
us or through us."
HIGHWAYMEN IN PITTSBURG.
Paymaster of Glass Company Robbed
Pittsburp, Jan. 6.?The paymaster
of the Fleecus Glass company was
held up today and robbed of $10,000
by four men, who escaped In auto?
mobile with the money.
The prosperous farmer is the one
who reads and absorbs new Ideas.
Subscribe to several of the best
farm papers and magasinea if yon
subscribe for them don't throw them
away as soon as they come, but
rend them, then file them away for
BARUM TO ISSUE STATEMENT
WILL- GIVE OUT FIRST INTER?
VIEW ON "LEAK."
Well Known Stock Operator to Go to
New York Tills Afternoon?Has
Forwarded Note to Henry.
Georgetown, Jan. 5.?Bernard Ba?
ruch, the New York stock operator
whose name has been mentioned in
connection with the allied "leak"
about President Wilson's recent note
to the belligerent powers, is expected
to make his first statement for pub?
lication tomorrow. Mr. Baruch so
far, it was said, had given out noth?
ing for publication, and would give
out nothing until tomorrow. It was
intimated that the forthcoming state
i ment would be in some way connect?
ed with articles expected to appear
in New York newspapers Saturday
morning. This information was gain?
ed from J. H. Donelson, superinten?
dent of Mr. Baruch's country estate,
Hobcaw Manor near here by tele?
phone this afternoon. Mr. Baruch,
with his family, will leave Hob?
caw for New York tomorrow after?
noon, it was said, and he was expected
to make his statement while here en
route to the North.
Mr. Baruch, who was here this
morning with representatives who
were busy* with long distance tele?
phone communications with New
York, left for Hobcaw without making
any statement. It was said that he
had sent to Chairman Henry of the
house rules committee a statement
in his own behalf, going into consid?
erable detail, but there was nothing
from him to confirm the story.
Communication with Hobcaw was
impossible tonight, and Mr. Baruch
could not be informed of the state?
ments given out by various stock firms
in connection with the matter nor of
the testimony before the house com?
mittee by Representative Wood. Hob?
caw is some ten miles up the Wae
camaw river from Georgetown, ap?
proached only by water, and the
'w?ters ii7^tnyfch :'bajr nadrSln'
possible for motorboats to navigate
the difficult Inland channel, which is
unprovided'with bearing lights.
It was thus impossible to inform
Mr. Baruch of the testimony of Rep?
resentative Wood of Indiana, who was
on the stand before the house rules
committee today, or the state?
ments of various stock brokers and
operators who denied knowledge of
OFFERS TO TREAT TREES.
H. R. Van Deventer Will Stand Cost
of Doctoring Shade Trees on
Church Street, if Council Will Per?
Mr. H. R. VanDeventer has au?
thorized the secretary of the Sumter
Chamber of Commerce to write City
Council of Sumter that Mr. Van?
Deventer will pay the entire cost of
treating the trees on Church street
for the entire street, if the city will
permit him to have the work done.
Mr. VanDeventer will have the
holes in these trees thoroughly treat?
ed and stopped up with cement or oth?
er approved fillings for trees and oth?
erwise have everything done that is
possible at this time to preserve the
tre >n and prevent further disease or
deterioration in them.
This public spirited offer on the
part of M \ VanDeventer, who is a
well known lover of trees and a great
advocate of "the city beautiful" and
everything else that tends towards
making Sumter a most desirable
place in which to live, will be trans?
mitted to the city fathers with a
great deal of pleasure by Secretary
County Raised Hogs.
Supervisor Charlie Evans turned
over to Treasurer Perrin the proceeds
from sale of shouts raised from two
sows on county farm amounting to
$200.8:1. Mr. Evans stated that these
hogs were raised at very little expenso
in the stable lot picking up what the
1 mules would waste. He hud a small
! sorghum patch and rye pasture for
J them to run on.?Bishopvillc Leader
I und Vindicator.
When setting- out a young tree be
sure to give the roots plenty of
space. <'ut off the broken roots
and also the very Ion?: roots, mak?
ing a smooth cut with n sharp
Knife. Use top soil around the
roots, parking well, and leaving a
little loose soil over the surface to
form a mulch.
Gold to the total amount of MSI,
000,000 has been imported Into th*?
l'nit od States during. 1? Hi.
BLYTHE QUITS FIRST REGIM i
COLONEL ASKS TO BE HELTE
EfTicicnt Officer Finds That He kvlu
Not Devote Time to Military Duty
From Demands of Business.
Greenville, Jan. 5.?Col. Edgeworth
Montague Blythe, commanding offi?
cer of the First regiment of the South
Carolina National Guard, will tender
his resignation at once to Gov. Man?
ning, according to authentic reports
here tonight. It is understood that
he pleads pressure of legal business
and that he would be unable to devote
the necessary time tc his regiment
which includes 13 companies located
in upper part of South Carolina, He
probably will ask that the department
accept his resignation immediately.
His election as county attorney
within the next two weeks seems al?
most assured and it is thought that
he would not be eligible to hold two
The resignation of Col. Blythe will
be the third to be tendered by officers
of the National Guard who reside in
Greenville and who attended the re?
cent tour of duty on the Mexican bor?
der. Maj. Richard F. Watson of the
First Battalion of the First regiment,
and Capt. William D. Workman of
the Butler Guards, officially known as
Company A, tendered their resigns-1
tions shortly after they returned
from their service in Texas.
Col. Blythe is regarded by the Na?
tional Guardsmen and army officers
as a very efficient commanding offi?
cer and he was highly complimented
on the showing he made in his recent
border duty. He was graduated from
the Citadel and since has been prom?
inently identified in the professional,
social and military life of the State.
He commanded the last annual en?
campment at the Isle of Palms and
was in command of the two State reg?
iments during the mobilization at
I Camp Styx. .
PAXVIXLE NEWS ITEMS.
I t >. .it ."???< '
Graded School ^ftessmws* Work
Teachers and Students Leave for
Schools and Colleges?W. C. T. U.
Paxville, . Jan. 5.?The graded
school resumed work on Wednesday,
after its pupils and teachers had en?
joyed the Xrnas holidays. All of the
college girls have returned to their
duties and the teachers, who have
been home for their vacation, have
gone to their respective schools;
Rev. J. D. Bowen, from Lynch*
burg, who recently accepted the Bap?
tist pastorate here, has moved into
the parsonage and will begin his work
next Sunday morning.
Mrs. L. Weinberg has been quite
sick for several days, but is now im?
The Woman's Christian Temper?
ance Union will meet next Tuesday af?
ternoon at 4 o'clock, at the home of
Mrs. T. W. Gunter. The subject for
the meeting will be "Equipment for
Service." The public is cordially in?
vited to attend this meeting.
Miss Elgie Ober, of the Columbia
College faculty, visited at the Lome
of Mrs. S. E. Curtis last week.
SEVEN FREIGHTERS MISSING.
Big Ships Carrying Munitions Given
Up for Lost.
New York, Jan. 5.?Seven big
trans-Atlantic freighters, munitions
, and contraband carriers, that are
long overdue, were given up for lost
by maritime men today. They may
j have been submarined or captured by
; German raiders. They are the An
dania, 13,500 tons; Ausonia. 8,500
j tons, of the Cunard line; the Georgia,
! 10.000 tons, of the White Star line;
I Voltaire, 8,000 tons; Belle Rephon,
9,000 tons; Belgravian, 2,500 tons,
and the Bayrealaux, tonnage un?
There was a marriage of great sur?
prise to their many relatives and
friends at Mrs. Stewarts hoarding
house, Tuesday the 26th when Eu
( gene Mclntosh, and Miss Viola Brad
: ham, both of New Zion. were united
In the holy bonds of wedlock by the
Rev. Dr. Lide of our town. Thero
j were only a few relatives and friends
present as the marriage was such a
surprise. The writer extends con?
gratulations to the couple, wishing
them a long prosperous life?Alcolu
Correspondence to Manning Herald.
Care should be taken to handle
alfalfa hay so as not to lose 'COVeO,
as these contain considerably move
than per cent, of the feeding
uc of the hay.
ELEVEN CHILDREN KILLED.
rORNADO HITS SCHOOL ROUSE
Sweeps Narrow Path. Tearing np Hall
Dozen Buildings and Hurts Little
Ones Down Hillside, fc
Muskogee, Okla., Jan. 4.?Eieven
school children were killed, four prob?
ably fatally hurt and eight seriously
injured when a tornado wrecked the
Vireton rural school house, known as
the Lee-Baldwin school, near Blocker,
The school building, a Baptist In?
dian mission a quarter of a mile away
and four farm houses are in ruins
and a naif dozen other farm houses
were lifted from their foundations
by the storm, which swept a narrow
path for a distance of six miles.
Vera Carter, the school teacher,
was seriously injured.
The storm struck first at Rich*
ville, seven miles southwest of Vtra
ton, wrecking a boiler room and tip*
pie at once of the mines, then lifted
and did no more damage until within
a quarter of a mile of the school
Tearing the home of E. L. Warren
fiv m its foundation and wrecking the
Choctaw Indian mission across the
road, the storm that swept up the
valley for nearly a mile then sud*
denly changed its course, ripping the
school building from its foundation
and hurling the children down the
hillside and across the ravine, some
of them being picked up as far as a
hundred yards from the site of the
building. Timbers were scattered for
a distance of 200 yards.
Only two children of the 28 in the
building escaped entirely uninjured.
Stories of many miraculous escapes
were being told in the stricken dis?
trict tonight. Will Jewel, hie wife
and five children were in their home
when the storm struck. Mrs. Jewel
threw the children upon the bed. Jus
the wind twisted the building from
its foundation one wall s/aa thrown
across the bed, pinning the fantU*
dpwn,, but sass-efttreg^ *5*?fc~- ?
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QUIET CHRISTMAS AT WISAC&X**
Farmers Getting Last of Oats Petit
Plentiful and Profitable,
Wisacky, Jan. 6.?Nineteen bun?
dred sixteen is in the past. With an
experience of nearly three-fourths of
a century, I mark Very little difference
between last year and the years that
preceded it. Many of us have real*
ized our hopes, and have had many
joys and pleasures. While others
look back on the past year with dis?
appointment, sorrow and sadness. We
begin the new year with our usual
hopes of success, remembering from
whom cometh all our help.
The holidays passed off very quiet*
ly. Nothing occurred to mar the
pleasures of the occasion. Many
usually absent friends and relativen
j came home to share the happiness of
; home and loved ones, which con
i tributed greatly to that end.
I truly sympathize with thoce
J whose homes were draped with
j mourning, and whose hearts were
saddened with grief. May the good
Lord comfort and sustain them in this
The usual changes among tenants
and laborers vre taking place, most?
ly among the white tenants.
! The weather for the past four week*
has been very unfavorable for picking
I cotton and there is still some to be
picked, though not much. Farm op
; erations have begun for another year,
j and those who failed to get in their
1 small grain before Xmas are now
? finishing up what was left. The hog
Itrop has proven very profitable to
somo of our farmers. I heard one
neighbor say he had sold four hun?
dred dollars worth already, and still
, had quite a number to sell. Not
many could indulge in egg-nojj, not
; for the want of the nog, but for the
lack of eggs. There was quantities of
liquor brought to the express offices,
but I saw very little drunkenness.
Hoping for The Item, its editor, and
all of its readers, a happy and suc?
cessful New Year, I bid you all udieU
for this time. i
KEROSENE GOES UP.
Crude Oil Reached Highest Price Id
Pittsburg, Jan. I.?Oil advanced
another ten cents per barrel today.
Today's prices are the highest paid
for crude oil since it has been com?
mercially quoted. Pennsylvania is
now selling at 9.*>.
Feed colts and Calves on equal
parts of oats and corn. :ils.? small
amount of i>eu viuc hay.