- THE GLORIOUS FOURTH ~
T„ a great many people there is no
kienifieance in celebrating the Fourth
‘ f July. These have simply learned
't|rit it is a custom to spend the day
jn' jolification, but they can give no
intelligent reasdn for its observance.
T)u,v need to read the history of the
f.,umling of this government.
THe day was pretty generally ob
M.| throughout the nation until
the'War between the States—Til-65.
1,„ a number of years after that un
pleasantness the people of the South
did not observe the day. But througb
(,ut \feW England it was religiously
observed'. Generally the program of
t)n. day consisted of a variety of
entertainment, one of the special fea
ture, being the shooting of fire crack
The question no longer is, “How
many fire crackers does it take to
make a Fourth of July?” Rather is
j. -What’ll we do on the Fourth?”
Gone are those reckless, glorious
Fourth of July! The places that per
mit the old-time bang of the cannon
cracker arc growing less and less and
the day has lost all its glamour for
But when they grow up, with all
their hands and arms and eyes and
f, ot and legs intact, they will prob
ably be thankful that some one was
... thoughtful as to think enough o.“
their welfare to save them from them
The youngsters do not exactly com
prehend what it’s all about, but they
can be taught, and when they reach
the age of discretion, they will come
to understand the day’s significance.
As decades upon decades go by,
they will have a keener sense of ap
preciation for the foresight of those
men who laid a foundation deep and
broad enough to sustain a nation for
137 year’s—a nation that has come to
be the. most powerful and at the same
time the marvel of the earth.
With such abasic law' as a protec
tion o fthe people even against them,
i,elves, which can not be changed by
popular vote or a majority of a state
legislature or congress, but only by a
vote of at least three-fourths of the
states, and with the wonderful prog
ress our country has made under the
constitution, it behooves us to sup
port it loyally and to defend it against
all enemies in whatever form the at
tack may come.
The constitution guarantees to ev
ery citizen, high or low, absolute free
dom in thought and conduct, so long
as he docs nothin)? which interferes
with the rights and liberties of a fel
Equality of opportunity and equality ;
before the law—what r.i.-.re can any
The day is sanctioned! by. statute in
every slate in the I'ni n r.s the birth
day of the nation. This is ample ex
pression cf th i- 11 if lit-y and unity that
our common country ha achieved.
!t i a day f..r rejoicing; 1'kewise a •
day of sober thought,' that the battles'
so nobly fought and tin victories so
valiantly maintained shall m t have
been in vain.
It i- especially fitting that Gaffney;
and Cherokee county should celebrate'
the Fourth < f July .1! ;wa- at Cow
pens Baffle ground,'in this county, >
where the tide turned against the'
British, and at Kings Mountain, un
der the shadow of which we. linger,
where our brave ancestor.- [Hit the1
Tories to r<. it.
The sou! that refuses to be enthus
ed and i inclined to treat the occa
sion lightly certainly . lacks the due
sense of appreciation et' the heroic pci
formanee - of .the American forces.
Bus Line Taxes
Not Panning Out j
The tax upon 1, - lira levied by the j
If25 genera! assembly and. which at J
that time was estimated to yield .all
the way from $200i0!K) to 8500,000 is
now expected to yield !e. than SI50.,
000 or half of the sum of SHOO,0001
which was finally agreed upon and j
used in estimates of the total yield;
from the new revenue law.
The law regulating buses and plac-:
ing them, under the control of the-;
Corporation commission, which carries ’
with it a tax of six per cent on gross!
receipts, went into' effect on March!
22 and payments for the first quarter
are not due before June 22.
However, reports have been con
stantly received by the- department of
revenue, which collects the tax, ant*
it is estimated that the receipts fori
the fir:-' quarter will fall below* $30,-'j
000 although it is believed the aver- f
age for the. four quarters will be some
what above that Genre.;
The falling off in expected returns
from the bus. lines are attributable
to several causes. In the first place,
a. number of earners that it had been
thought would be classified as buses
have been put down bv the corpora
tion commission as “jitneys" and pay
only $10 a year on each car instead of
0 per cent «>n their gross rarningsJ
Then, the bus lines proper are not
making the money that was expect
ed of them. But, at that the business
they are doing is by no means a thing
to be sneezed at, the minimum tax ire
turns of $120,000 representing an an
nual business of $2,000,000.
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r.very once in a while we read
where some person has been buried
alive. Unfortunately but few of these
victims become active in -time to l;>o
let out of their graves; the buriJil
party almost always get- in its work
and the mourners leave before evil.
der.ee turns, up showing that tic bu
rial was somewhat prematuVe.
Hecently a man in Ohio wa pro.
pounced dead and the undertaker was
allowed to have his way. The day for
the burial arrived and the man in the
coffin was still apparently dead.
There seemed to be ho reason why ho
should not be buried, so be was taken
to the cemetery and lowered into the
freshly dug hole amidst outpourings
•A - is customary on • urh i ecash.n-.
the minister officiating said many
Wonderful things about the deceased's
character. Such things had never be
fore been spoken of him; even his own
relatives heard them for the first time.
And When the minister was all
through, apparently the man had nev
er done an ill deed in hi.; life, for
nothing derogatory to his character
had ever been inferred. Then the first
shovel of dirt was raised in midair
and everything about was as quiet as
“Rap, rap, rap; tap, tap rap.” A
methodical and determined knocking
was heard—the grave was no longer
quiet; neither were the spectators.
“Tap, tap, rap.” Chills ran up and
down all .-.pines, concerned, and faces
grew clammy. There was no doubt
where the noise came from. Some
strong soul volunteered to descend
into the grave and open the lid of the
coffin. Then, Great Balls of Living
Flame, out stepped the “corpse”—all
smiles. After the first great shock
wore off everyone crowded about the
once “dead” man and congratulated
him on his narrow escape.
The “corpse” explained that he was
sorry to disappoint everybody but that
when his senses returned to him down
there in that strange and unpromis
ing pit he didn’ tlike the idea of being
buried while his wife was still so
> "ung an 1 would likely marry again
soon after the flower son his grave
The man’s wife fainted on the sp it.
A soft drink turneth away head
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NIX and LATTIMORE
CLOTHIERS, HATTERS AND FURNISHERES
Yes, Katrinka, Florida must be all j
I the real estate “ads" say it is. Back |
j from a tour of the land of flowers, j
; sunshine arid racetrack traders, JesseI
I Washburn says it's the. only place on 1
earth he’ found that be would like I
j to live ay well a : in Shelby. Which i‘
the In t boost Shelby has heard for it
i vet, though all the citizenship will not
: agree with the opinion.
Max Gardner illustrated to member!'
of his Bible -ela. s Sunday just how
S much Shelby is crowing. A killing on
the1 streets last Saturdity night caus
ed only momentary excitement, while,
I hack in the days when Max was a boy
V— bo didn’t say how- long ago—threc
fou.rth of the citizen..hip turned out
.oho dsiy to see ;i new plate glass win
dow in, tailed in T. W. Hamrick's jew
v\ fi w wc eks back a young lady, was
■hopping at the book torej, and for
come unknown reason, asked Mr. Ebel
;■ toft\ his ago. “Oh! I’m between JiO’’j
was tiie reply of the bookman that I
I Shelby has, known for two score years :
However, sf motinie about the middle j
i of this month, as near as. we can learn |
the vela ruble sage will bow his gr.eet
j ings to the 77tlt milestone in his cs- |
f reer, “yhe doctors told me* years ago I
that I had only about another year, to
th.at I hue
go," he said as ho dropped back to his j
curt business brogue, ‘but you know'
'•tone days Jo-Jo says rain and the sun
>■ hincs on.’
! A .Spartanburg -attorney defending
| a client 'rom his native city in re
1 e .rder’s court here last week remark,
i ed during his talk for mercy : “You
know, v.c South Carolinians have to
look to North: Carolina not only for
our Inspiration, hut also for our re
; Ire hments.” And the statement sound
ed “funny” to some, for much of our
bootleg, it is‘ said comes front the
dales round about the foot of historic
King-- Mountain in .South Carolina,
and. v here on earth, if it was not from
our South Carolina friends, did we
karn'that “jake” was a beverage?
At lea-t the stuff they make in the
South Mountains must sntack of the
i “Carolina cawn” of years gone by or
they wouldn’t flivver all the way front
South Carolina-to get it.
(No, sl..»-iff, this was- not intended
as art “ad” for a fluid factory in up
per Cleveland,' but to keep outsiders
| from thinking our hard surfaced roads
! were built for rum-runners).
Eugene Ashcraft caught a new song
for an old tune in his “Catch-all” col
umn this week. The credit goes to the
Pathfinder and the title is “Yankee
Doodle l)uded Up:”
Yankee Doodle went fo town
In his three-door flivver; _
He wished she had another door
The builder never give her,
. His wif owns fat and he was lean
And lie-couldn’t get out by her;
i So he jaeked-knife uji like a folding
And vaulted his spare tire.
One day he drove Iter into town
And spent a silver quarter
And put another door in front ,
And now she’s like she orter.
Yankee Doodle keep it up,
Yankee Doodle dandy;
(let another door in front
And now she’s nice and handy.
And spoakir.fr of harmony some day
we're expecting to hear Frank Sanders
and Frankie Hamrick trill the follow
ing duet on the court square:
We never blame the tailor when our
pants we have to pin,
We never blame the shoe man when
our soles grow old and thin,
We never blame the hatter when our
lids we have to flout,
Hut we always blame the laundry
when our shirts wear out.
The “dog days” set in today, Fri
day, and the almanac legend has it
that on the first dog day the sun
reaches the most distant point from
earth— Let's give 15 ‘rahs” for the
If William Jennings Bryan loses his
case in Dayton, Tennessee, then “Jake’
Rudasill will style himself a school
teacher, for Jake is an excellent train
er of monkeys.
Charlie Abram, the negro deliv
ery boy, who shot and killed Will Car
penter, colored chauffeur on the
streets Saturday night, deserves con- j
side ration for one thing when he gets
in court—he didn't say it was acci
A clerk at ope of the down town
stores told us a joke last week, per
haps he read it, and maybe he parti
cipated in it. It was about a lady
shopper who had ordered hauled down
about everything from the shelves.
“I don't see just the right thing,”
she decided at last. “I want to sur
prise my husband on his birthday.”
“Well,” suggested the exhausted
and almost exasperated clerk, “why
don't you hide behind a chair and yell
‘Boo!’ at him?”
A fellow newspaperman mat is, as
• I g -i . era o. oo;e ■ _,r.
cuss says the following arc sonic nl
the things he has seen on the hacks of
“If our top's down, go on over’'.
“My crossword puzzle.”
“I can’t afford to can ray Ford."
“Why go to Reno to shake her?"
Oh, for a Ford! Owe and owe and
‘Thicken, here’s your coupe".
“Danger! 20,000 jolts,”
“The Uncovered Wagon.”
“Honest Weight no spring .”
“Why girls walk home.”
“There is beauty in every jar”.
“The tin you love to touch.”
“One more payment and the'old
“Let the rest of the world go by".
“Four wheels and no brakes.”
"It's Ben Hur’s Now it's Mine.”
“Follow the Lizzies hack home.”
"F. O. B. Ford on Board.”
The Cussing Mac.
The pugilist hangs a hiijr of sand on
a rope a till swat: it. It doesn’t hurt
the hatband it toughens hi wrists ami
gives him excellent exercise.
Kiwanian Jim is a “cussin' cuss’ to
use his own expression. He‘gels peev.
ed easily and when he is peeved he
“bawls out" the handiest person, hie
ing an intelligent man he knows that
just "jumping on” the telephone op.
ertors for a wrong number is the
poorest way in the world to get the
right one, and that any waiter will
do more for a smile of protest than a
frown of displeasure. So he lias what
he calls his “cussin* bag.” It happens
to be a dressmaker’s dummy which
his wife once used and has now rele
gated to the attic. Every morning he
goes up in the attic and “bawls out"
that dressmaker’s dummy. He calls it
all the hard names he can think of.
lie calls down upon it the lightning
and the thunders of Jove. Really the
way he talks to that dressmaker’s
dummy i- something shameful!
Then he goes down to his office and
is as meek and mild and sweet tern*
I pered all day as a man could be. “You
I see” he say.-, “I am a temperate man,
! and I don’t believe in excess. And so,
; when I want to cu.--, I recall that I
! have expended all the cussin’ out I
i have right to use for one day. And
| my conscience never hurts me, and
more than my cu.-sin’ hurts the dum
The man who kick- about the food
at home usually is afraid of the wait
ers in restaurants.
York, S. Where it originated
and Ity whom, nobody seems to know,
hut much talk has been heard of : late
in York and contiguous counties anent
the advantages that would accrue to
the territory from the formation of
a new ■ tale out of northern South
Carolina and southern North Caro
lina, composed of two counties deep
on either side 'of the state line, front
the Atlantic ocean to The western
hotairT: Central Carolina, two words
hoth alliterative .arid euhonious, is the
t ame . tm-gc-ted for the proposed
new member of the - ist( rhood of
fates, and Charlotte, “Queen < ity of
the i'e dmetrt ", a. ouhl li ;: t e ; tl al.
Such a State', say proponents of the
idea. Would embrace the richest and
most populous part; of North and
South Carolina, and would :,t once
te.ke a commanding place among the
states of the Seat . 1 wealth- and
the kindred intere st of it:. Inhabitants
they argue would permit, i f the tak
ing of nunv forward steps that (to
not meetwith far or in the parent
states, ami i hi i e •ul.i put Central
Cnndina in the \t , y fiwfi -■ por
Kress.' Ar.othei advantage, thee assert'
would In an cp ailizatii.n ai d lighten
ing of the tax burden, and undue pro
portion of which they in i t is now
borne by the territory that would
comprise the new commonwealth.
South Carolina e- untie honlering
the state line, all of which are slated
for ine'lu-ion in Central Carolina, nc,
cording to the plan, are Oconee, Pit li
en, Greenville, Sp- rfacieii('hero*
dkee, York, Laura- ter. Cuesti . field,
Marlboro, Marion and Horry. The er,
end tier, with some omissions for the
sake of a symmetrical outline for the
new state, are Anderson, Laurens,
Union, Chester, Darlington and Flor
The chief mnnufatiut iiur interests
of South Carolina are in these coun
ties, as is the hydro-elect t ie devel
opment. Agriculturally, too, they are
in the front rank. The a me can be
said fur the two tiers of counties on
the North Carolina : hie.
The obstacles in the way of a real
ization of the new state plan do not
daunt its advocates. They declare the
difficulties arc not insurmountable.
The whole thing like a pipe dream,
hut the scheme is being decanted on
Pullman trains in hotels, on the
streets inf the fields and along the
thoroughfares of many of the Pied
mont counties of the two states. It
meets with favor too from many,
while others disapprove. Anyway, it
furnishes an interesting topic for dis,
rte sion during the hot weathOr.
The fact should not be lost sight of
either, that many movements that
have been successfully consummated
have not been taken very seriously at
first. It may he this way with the
new state plan. And the indications
are that if its success depended on
the votes of York county—well, peo,
pie here are attached to Palmetto
state all right, but “Central C’aro^
linn’’ would soon he on the map.
Lockhart Power Co.
Enters Gaffney, S. C.
Surveyors running the route for a
power line to be erected by the Lock
hart Power company from Pacolet
mill to Gaffney have reached the vi
cinity of Limestone college, and the
preliminary work incident to the act
ual building operations is expected to
be completed in the early future.
All of (he power handled by the
South Carolina Gas and Electric com
pany, of Spartanburg, which supplies
Gaffaev. i-- taken up, according to in
formation available here. The full
supply of the Southern Power com
pany is reported contracted also, and
vrrjhic the circumstances the addi
tion of the Lockhart Power company
will lie welcome invasion of the local
CAUGHT BV EARTHQUAKE
THAT HE FORECASTED
Palo Alto, Calif.. June 29.—Dr. Bail
< y Willis, noted seismologist of Stan
ford University, who predicted an
earthquake in the general region of
Santa Barbara, is in that city. Dr.
Willis, the president of the Seismolo
gical society of America, caused to he
published recently that earthquakes
north of San Juan Beautista, San Ben
ito county, have relieved the earth
pressures in northern California,
which eventually would result in a big
tremor. By a strange chance he left
for .Santa Barbara Saturday anu was
believed to be in the heart of the dis
We know a man so stingy he eats
,bananas to keep from wearing out
the gold in his teeth.
It’s a hapy father who has one
daughter married to an ice man and
one to a coal man,
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