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' VoL- L11- SPARTANBMR6. S. G? WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 1S96. No. 51.
J . Iayonrbeat. If wee
\ you?olothiDffly upei
c > ?n can, theu our e
JK * fruitless. For that
V have *oagbt to obt
A eoDoeit on oar part, I
JT beMeve that our Rea
- | Suits
are the be?t productions In the art of
von can find In this or any other city.
O ft T Because we hare aimed to mak<
personally devoted onr time, mone]
JT make them all we claim them to be.
O helps to confirm onr argument.
A ? ?
Will bay an extra heavy, w
nel Drawers. We bought t
at 4^e. and Oe. lb. The clo
For an ALL WOOL (not p
anything so good for leas
either Shirts or Drawers, at
Bring this Advertisement
fulfill every promise made to yoi
% .1
By D. Ralharrle Simpson.
Who. la this land of oars, has not 1
^ read "Jud Brownfn'n ucconnt of Ru- I
be&stein'a Playing ?" Bat, how few, of '
the mahy who have read it, kqow who <
wrote ftll The name of the anthor has
? traveled neither so fast nor so far as ;
t / the fame of ?ha piece. Xt literally ]
teems with sparkling wit and exquisite i
humor. It is as fine a piece of dercriptive <
humorous writing as Is to be found in <
the literature of any country. 1
It is unique in its conception and re- ?
insurable for power and beanty. It <
has never been imitated either in spirit '
i or in form. Its author never produced 1
its equal in the same line. It stands 1
alone. But who wrote it? Not one 1
twentieth of those who have read it 1
can answer the question. Possibly one <
in a hundred will answer, "M. Adams," 1
mwA (Wk will ranlv fhnr. fha 1
author Is unknown. Both are wrong. ]
M. Adams was not the author, and yet 1
ha is known. The production was I
originally contributed to the New York 1
Music Trade Review under the nom de
plume of Mozls Addums. Thus it got ]
. -'-' V -the ' tart, and traveling fast to begin ;
" >* : *itb, it haa kept up the pace even until <
% ' oqw, and is, today, familiar in all lands <
where the name of its author, Dr. Geo.
W. Bagby, has never been heard. Dr. \
Bagby was born at Lynchburg, Vs. ;
Be studied medicine for a time and af- t
j. . terwkrds took to journalism, which he \
prosecuted with great energy and tuc- \
an't do better by * JE bi
iking?that) otb- W he
fforta have been /V
l? the point we JL
aln. Maybe it's 1 f th
hat we honestly < ? d?
dy Tailored < I tr,
& Overcoats! I E
elothes-makiog tbat ( ?
Why do we believe L
a them so; we have 4 r
r and experience to ' O
Read the prices. It X
95?? I
Will buy an all-wool Bait, Y _
nicely made and trimmed, O ?
two oolois, grey and brown, A
either ronnd or square eat Y
sack. Ask to see them. O
Nothing in the city to com- A
pare with them at the same jf
price. O
Will buy an all-wool Suit, jr
Black, Blue or Brown, out in O
every sllape, extra long, stout Jl
and short and regular cute, V
all sixes from 28 to 44. Ours A
are perfect fitting, fast oolor Ja
linings and sewed with silk; jf
others are selling these same A
goods, sewed witn cotton,and X
cheap, shoddy linings, at V
$8 60 suit and braggingabout O
them being $10.00 snits. We JL
don't claim ours to be $10 00 V
suite, but we do claim them A
to be the best suits we hare JL j
ever sold for $7.60 and ssjjjrl.
ibl^d^eijKsoa'^^^b^nflr like them JC
ell made, reinforced, Canton Flan- fa
hese goods when ootton was Belling jF
th that's In them cost that mneh O
art wool) Under vest. Never sold A
than tl.OO. Have there goods tn X
id all sizes. V
with you, and see if we don't A
.. LILES |;
?______________ e
oas8 He wrote '*Jud" when in the height ^
of his career some fifteen years ago. ^
- Even in his own Soath Land he is y
not well known, and it is the object of j
this article to bring to the notioe of y
80 nth era readers one whose name and c
Fame should not be allowed to sink into j
At Lyachburg, Va., as we said, in
1818, Geo. W. Bagby first saw the light. 0
In youth he was sickly, but his bodily ^
weakness seemed to increase the power B
of his intellect, for even as a boy, he n
was "quck to foarn and wise to know.'!
He was educated at Newark, Delaware, t
ind Princeton, New Jersey, and in his j,
eighteenth year, began the study of t
medicine at the University of Pcnnsyl- <
rania, Philadelphia, from whiohjlns'i- g
tuto he graduated M. D. On gradua &
ling he returned to Lynohburg, when n
tils father was a merchant, and hung a
out hls^shingle informing the citizens a
that George W. Bagby was a doctor or t
medicine and ready for their patronage. c
His practice was not. bv anr
. J ?K
large, and very noon he left the medical, y
tor the journalistic profession. In this j,
he made a success. b
In the early fifties he became part v
proprietor and editor of the Lynchburg b
Express. The paper did not thrive and s<
rery soon collapsed. He then became e
the Washington correspondent of the E
New Orleans Orescent. In 1800 he took s<
the editoral chair of the Honthern n
Literary Messenger. In it he def?nded e
the rights of the Sonth nntil the sharp d
thunder from Fort Huinter proclaimed si
the war begun. He linked his for. h
nes whh the Coifed-r*.cy, enli*te 1 a71
private, aod wan among the earliest
oops that * saemM??d ar Manassas.
?lng nofl?, physoillv, for tha hart',
ngh life of a soldUr, he w is detailed
r clerical w-trk at )> ? ulq>iarfc*H.
iren this was tao ranch f.)r hitu and
s hraltli give way, ou which a-count
> was give i a flual di*< luo g?>.
Hr at once retimed to journalism and
e advocacy <f Bnntheru Indepenince.
In the uext few > e its lu -ny pa- ?
ioilc songs and pocui* llowtd frotn his I _
m to cheer the besrtH of hie country- "
en who wore b?im< the brnut of the
ittleat the eannooV month. One of t]
lese became esp-oially popular and la d
orth quoting here. It Ik called
Tom, old fellow, I grieve to see B(
The sleeve banging loot-.- at your side; j
r e arm yon lost was worth to me
Every Yankee that ever died. e
But you don't mind It at all, d
You swear you've a beautiful stump, ],
And laugh at that detestable ball; .
Tom, 1 knew you were always a trump.
A good right arm, a nervy baud,
A wrist aa strong as a sapling oak,
Burled deep In the Malvern sand?
To laugh at that la a sorry Joke, d
Never again your Iron grip g
Shall I feel In my shrinking palmTom,
Tom, I see your trembling Up,
How on earth oan I he calm. '
Well, tbe arm Is gone. It Is true; '
But tbe one that Is nearest the heart 1
Is left?and that's as good as two; ?
Tom, old*fsllow, what makes you start ? i
Why man, she thinks that empty sleeve ^
A badge of honor ;so do I,
And all of ?s?I do believe *" 1
TIM follow la going to cry. I
"8h? deserves a perfect man" yon aay; *
" You're not worth her In yonr prime 7" 1
Tom I the arm that has turned to clay.
Tour whole hodylhaa made sublime.
Tor yeu hare plaood It In the Malvern earth
The proof and pledge of a noble life?
And the root, hthoeferward of higher worth.
Will be dearer than all to your wife.
I eee the people In the street
LoqK at yooT eteere with kindling eyes;
/-qdypu know, Tom, there's naught so sweet
efffinimee* ^neii inlmute surmise,
jBrjry.ely your arm In uLttle strove,
Bg^fatjpgBLat*.you g^ve It;
Tour left Is of -M7 Ad embrace.
Tour right will > ([j/Klt felt.
In lie grave, tl^1Pa jy.r'e place.
As I look the oonfyjjfare,
I eee a one-st mMTUarrlea man ;
A little woman wfltypnllee and tears
la helping as barges she oan
To put on his coat," jO up bis sleeve.
Tie bla cravat and cut his food ;
And I say, as these fancies I weave,
"That Is Tom and the woman he wooed,"
Ttie years roll on, and then I see
A wedding picture bright and fair;
I look closer and It's plain to me
That is Tom with the silver hair,
He gives away the lovely bride,
And the guests linger, loth to leave.
The house of him In whom they prideBrave
old Tom with the empty sleeve.
Is addition to bis work on the Mes
enger Dr. Bagby war, daring the war,
he Richmond correspondent of every
lontbern paper that coald secure his
ervices. He inu.de friends wherever he
vent. To know nim was to love and
eteem him. In 1660 he was appointed
ksalstant Secretary of State and
lastodlan of the State Library.?
L public lecturer he was well and
-ery favorably known. He died in
883. Bis wife edited and oollected his
rritinge, the freshness, variety, and
lovelty of which make them interest
UK and instructive reading.
"The Old Virgin'a Gentlemen" and
Bacon and Greens" were prepared
riginally for the lectnre platform. All
lis work Is truly American?American
objects, American wit, American huaor,
by a thoroughly American author.
Wff vgould like to give several exractB
from Dr. Uagby's writings, but
&ck Of space forbids and we will close
his article by quoting Mozis's E?ay on
FUze" which is not uuworthy the
rest and good "Josh Billings?" Says
fczls: "I hate a fli. A fli has got no
aanners. He aint no gentleman. He's
n introoder, don't send in no card, nor
x a introduction, nor /don't nock at
ho frunt door, and nuvQjr?"nuver thinks
f takin' off his hat. Fust thing you
no ce'8 la bed with yon and np
our nose?fho what he wants np thar
i a roistry?and he invit?s himself to
reakfast, and sits down in the batter
rlthont brushing his pants. He belpe
iiuself to sag&r, and meat, and molasMi,
and bread, and preserves, and evryttaiDg?don't
wait for no invitation,
[e's got a good appetite and just as
oon oat one thing as another. 'Taint
o use to challenge him for taking 11brtles,
he keeps up a nostile corresponenoe
with yon, whether or not and
boots hisself at yon like a ballet, and
e naver misses?nuver. He'll kiss your
Highest of all in Leavening Power.?
m. assess I
Ife twenty tlnrni a day, and zlzz and | y.i
>o, and ridikale you if you Bay & we
ord. He'd rather you'd slap at him Th
lan oot, cause he's a dodger of the lot
ogonest kiDd. Every time you slap tw
ou don't eiap him, but slap yourself, rot
nd he z'zzes and pints the hind leg of an
jom at you till he aggravates you to Dl
istr&ctlon. He glories in lighting ev- of
ry pop on the exact spot where you ati
rnv him from, which proves the ha
ntention to tease you. Don't tell me At
io haint got no mind. He knows what a
le's after. He's got sense and too ha
anoh of it, tho he naver went to school lie
> day in his life except in the sngar
lish. He's a mean, malignant, owda- m
has, premeditated ones. His mother .
lever paddled him with a ?llmwr in v
ler life. Hie morale wae neglected, and
le lacks a good deal of humility might- '
ly. He aint beautiful a bit, and I ^
lonbt if he blnehee oftin. In fact he
*raa nuver fetched np at all. He wae ^
>orn fall grown. He don't get old ^
lather. Thinge gits old, but he nuver ^
(Its old?and he's impident and mie- ^
shlevous to the day of his death. I ,
tiate a Hi. Durn a ili."
ReidTille, 8. C. Bt
' x
Hie Dickson Family. Terrapins and ^
Their Great Age. ij
- ti
By Major WUllam Hoy. fl
Mr. Editor.?The last addition the b
ing donej^^ 'would quickly owfcfve
Although intimately acquainted with i
Mr. Dickson for nearly forty years, I t
never nearu mm Bay wnetner ne came g
from Antrim, or one of the adjoining t
oonntles. If he came from Antrim he l
fnllfllled his part of what was written 1
in Robert Lattimer's obituary. The j
obituary stated that Robert came <
from that Northern hive that sent ont 1
a leaven, the efforts of which had been
felt in every conntry on this globe.
Dickson was an extremely poor man
when he arrived in this country, but
by industry and integrity he acquired
a geod competence and gave all his
children a fair education. All made
first-olass citizens. One of his descendants,
Rev. Robert Smith, is a Presbyterian
preacher. At least two of his
ohildren were born in Ireland. James,
his oldest son was long a school master
and surveyor. Porty^flve years ago
he was appointed in connection with
Josiah Kilgore to survey the streets of
Greenville. Kilgore, after that time,
quit the business and recommended
Mr. Dickson as a safe business man.
William, his second son is still alive, ffn
octogenarian, in the Greer section.
He is a good citizen end successful
farmer. Robert, his third son settled
as merchant at Alexandria, Alabama.
and was a successful business man before
the Confederate war. Mlebte', his
bachelor son, lives at the same place a
successful merchant. He heard the
first and last gnn of the war. I saw
him on his way home. He said the
war had made him penniless, bat he
was proud of ^having done his doty. |
His son John died young. Robert
learned the carriage business with Cox
& Gower and made quite a success
of it at Pontotoc, Miss., before the war.
His extensive establishment was turned
into the support of the war. He lost
evervthincr but I am told that he has 3
recuperated. He raised one daughter,
the mother of Rev. Robert Smith. She
has been dead several years.
All your readers, Mr. Editor, have
heard what was called a joke about
the Irishman finding the terrapin iu
his corn held and was fouud with a gap
down trying to drivo it out saying in
histraelriih brogue that the beast
was tearing down his corn. Mr. Dickson
was the man on whom that joke
was fastened. The first year Mr. Dick- e
son farmed in this county, just eighty *
L.fcest U. S. Gov't Report
irs ago, Jack Patton and Jim Millar
re hunting squirrels round his field,
ey came across a terrapin, threw it
o Dickson's orofield, poshed down
o or three stalks of corn, tore np a
isting ear, pulled down the fence
d went off and told they had fonnd
ckson trying to drive a terrapin oat
his field. Diokson laughed at the
tempted joke and sail they would
ve showed more wit if they had got
a Mitchell to have told It. Asa was
half witted fellow and would
. e been more likely to have been beived.
I will mention one ease of wonderful
smory in connection with the terran
matter. Uncle Tommy Ghristoler
came to this country the same
me the Dioksons did, jnst eighty
tars ago. He was in his eleventh year,
e came from North Carolina. It was
.id of him for more than three quarts
of a century, that if he died sudsnly
he would die telling or trying to
ill a joke. It came near being reeled.
Unole Tom in v was
wrt trouble. He never lay down for
iven weeks before his death. When
tme of hie friends were around him
ad he reoovered from one of his faintig
spells, he amosed them by telling
lem of the terrapia incident, just
ighty years ago. The only mistake
hat-he made In relating it was that
'yger Jim Anderson was the man that
ried to drive the animal from the
leld. Unele Tommy was astrletmem
>er of the Methodist chareb. If Tyger >
his f
hat ,the terrapin has been introduced
n the Spartan. Some writer tried
,o get information from the late Sirnpion
Bobo, with regard to the great ago
;he animal is said to reach. Some one
'ound one in Fair Forest, with figures
to show that they had been inado just
llfty years, and the letters S. B. marksd
below the figures. The writer said
that Mr. Bobo had married just flft v
- ml
years before the date on the terrapin.
Ajs far as I know they got no answer.
I think Mr. Editor, that scientists
should give us some information on
what the terrapin subsists, and what
causes its dreadful dread of fire. I have
read of poets speaking of the terrapin
trotting,but I have seen them gallop.
I have heard people that never had
the character of Munchausen assert
that by certain marks and dates found
on them, that they lived to be several
hundred years old. I once saw in an
almanac a debate with regard to the
age of a tarrapin that some Junior
Munchausen got into. One said that
his father had found out the date on
it made it 200 years old. One's grandfather
found one whoso date made it
600 years. The third one capped the
climax by aseerting that his greatgrandfather
had found one dated the
year of the world 1. I once knew a
man, Mr. Editor, who had by the
most felicitous observation when he was
approaching fifty got liis christian
name changed to Terrapin, and he forever
afterward went by that just the
*ame as it" he had been baptised iu Jordan.
Let your readers look for how he
jot the naind in the next Spartan.
Try Electric Hitter* as a remedy for
poar troubles? If not, get a bottle now
ind gat relief. This medicine has been
'ound to be peculiarly Adapted to the
elief and cure of all Female Complain
ixerting a wonderful direct Influence
n giving strength and tone to the or
{?un. ii yon nave lose of appetite,
constipation, headache, fain Mag spells,
>r are nervons, sleepless excitable, melmcholy
or troubled with dizzy spells.
Electric Bitters is the medicine yon
leed. Health and strength are gnarinteed
by its nso. Large bottles only
lfty cents at H. A. Llgon's Drag store,

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