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2. R. AULL. ]En-OR.
Entered at the Postoffice at New
befty, S. C., as second class matter.
- TUESDAY, JUNE x4, 1904.
The Labor Question Again.
Agriculture is the big wheel that
modes *all the rest of the business ma
chinery, and yet it seems less atten
tion is paid to that branch of busi
ness than to any other. With the far
mers. patience will cease to be a v,:ture.
after awhile, and the demand will be
made that our law making power
must be put into the hands of the far
mer. They are tired of half-handed
laws enacted as a sort of sop to the
farmer to keep him quiet-they want
.hws that will accomplish the desired
results. Meddlesome people at home.
as well as emigrant agents. ought tc
be made - to feel the strong arm of the
law, and when this is done, much of
the annoyance caused by unreliable
labor will be done away with. If the
last legislature, instead of making the
penalty'kfor breaking contract thirty
days on the chain gang, had made it
ninety days, such a penalty would go
a long way toward remedying the dif
ficulty-now experienced by farmers.
.'It seems that in dealing with this ques
tion, our law makers have had more
regard for the law-breakers than for
the 'employer. What the farmers
ought to demand of their representa
tives is the enactment of laws that
will protect them from the annoyance
. and inconveniences under which they
'io suffer, and the candidate that
will not promise to work for this end
has no business asking for the suf
frage of the farmers. Some aspirants
ior legislative honors are mighty
zealous about protecting other inter
iests, but they don't like to be dictated
to in reference to the farming inter
This labor question is a serious one
with the farmers, and they have a
right to dictate to their representa
- tive as to what ought to be done; nor
will the gnew emigration law remed%
the evil. With the proper safeguards
thrown around the labor. the negro
is the best laborer on the farm the
south can have. Let the laws compel
the' employer -to treat him right, with
severe penalties for those who meddle
with him while under contract, and
farming ~operations would then run
smooth, and everybody be in good
humor, and better returns from the
farm would be the result.-Laurens
The above is true and yet unjust ir
some respects to the members of the
legislature. It is unjust in that it
~. charges members of the legislature
wvith a lack of interest in enacting
laws for the benefit of our farmers or
such as they may desire on the ques
tion of labor contracts. Some amend
ments were made by the last legisla
ture to the labor contract laws already
on the statute books and all the menm
bers of the legislature. so far as we
could ascertain, were anxious to do
something to relieve the situation and
at the sa4me time do justice and right
The only suggestion our friend
makes is that the penalty be made
ninety days for violation of contract.
The trouble about that is that unless
you amend the constitution so as to
extend the jurisdiction of magistrates
you would have to take all these cases
to the general sessions court and nec
essiate attendance on these courts
and cause delays.
The law was amended in several
particulars and we think decided im
provemnent was made. A conviction
and sentence of thirty days does not
release the laborer from his contract
and if after service of the thirty days
sentence he refuses to go back and
work c-:: ce.:ur:et he can he
broug:: -:: .d sen:t for another
thirty days and so on until the con
tract is completed. That is better, it
seems to us. than to send him up for
ninety days all at one time.
If there are any suggestions that
can help to improve the law let us
ha'e them and we feel sure all the
mmers of the legislature will be
glad to make the improvements in the
law. but do not charge them with be
ing indfferent to the interests of the
Col. T. B. Crews. the veteran edi
tor of the Laurens Herald celebrated
his 72d birthday on June 7. by a fami
ly reunion at the home of his son-in
law. Mr. John F. Bolt. His childrer
and grandchildren were present. \W
wish him many more returns of birth
days and happy reunions and abun
dant success. He has been in the
newspaper business for more than a
The Greenwood Journal, a prohibi
tion newspaper. insists that the voter!
of that county require candidates foy
legislative positions to declare them
selves on the dispensary question. I1
"We trust that the subject will b<
taken up by every county in Souti
Carolina. and that the good people
of the state will see to it that we have
a se of law-makers in Columbia whc
will not connive at nor make any com
promise with this iniquitous business
The time has come when the Palmettj
state should no longer bear the dis
grace that has been placed upon hei
by forcing her into the, liquor busi
There can be no objection to a dis
cussion of this question or any othei
question for that matter. It has beer
fought out in every campaign for gov
ernor since the law was enacted unti
two years ago. when all the candidate!
were on the dispensary side. It ha!
won every time. The place to test it
however. is in the legislative branch
As between prohibition and the dis
pensary, the dispensary is preferable
unless you had reached that point ir
human progress where men wouU
not care for whiskey. Prohibition i
a theoretical dream of the idealist. Sc
far as we have been able to gathei
information, prohibition does not pro
hibit and though Greenwood is a pro
hibition county about as much liquoi
is sold and drunk there as in New,
berry and the prohibitory law is sim
ply encouraging and inviting a viola
tion of law.
There are some things about the dis
pensary laws which we do not and
never have endorsed. but looking al
practical results we must conclude sc
far as this community is concerned
it is much better than the old barroonT
system and we believe better thar
prohibition by statute would be.
In this matter we believe the besi
plan is to take the lesser of the twc
The Statements of Messrs. Evans and
in connection with the diffculty
between Messrs. WN. Boyd Evans and
John G. Mobley this statemer,t ha!
been prepared for publication:
As to the diffculty I had yesterday
with John G. Mobley I wish to giv<
a simple statement of the affair.
I left my home on the morning oi
June 9 (Thursday) and wvalked leis
tirely alonig down towards my ofiee
and turning the corner on Sumter
and Washington streets I looked up
and saw, about ten steps from me. Mr.
John G. Mobley walking towards me
accompanied by one of the guards at
the penitentiary. whom he introduced
as his cousin. Mr. Mobley.
Mr. John G. Mobley addressed me
with these words: "Good morning.
this is my cousin. Mr. Mobley."
I told him that I knew Mr. Mob
He then said: "Where are those
I asked him what papers he referred
His reply was: "What have you
said about me?"
My answer was: "Nothing except
as to the requisition papers in the
goernors offce for forgery."
He then repeated: "Where are
I aid Poably if you will look
,at the proper place yoU will find
With that he raised something that
he had concealed behind him wrapped
in paper and struck at me across the
I warded off the blow with my left
hand. catching it on my shoulder and
ioose part of my coat. striking him
in the face with my right hand with
all the force I had.
We immediately clinched. I caught
the whip he had and threw it on the
ground. all the while he attempting
to gouge me in the eyes.
Immediately we were separated by
bystanders, who were attracted by
Mr. Mobley's loud expressions.
Some one in the crowd said: "Turn
them loose." which they did. and as
we went together again I struck him
a full blow in the face.
At that time the sheriff arrived. and
caught me by the arm and said:
"Come on to your office."
Someone caught Mr. Mobley and
took him to the sheriff's office.
Shortly afterwards I was placed
under a peace bond. At the recorder's
court the next morning I was dis
charged and Mr. Mobley. was fined.
These are the facts, to be weighed
by the public.
W. Boyd Evans.
Mr. Mobley in Reply.
To the Editor of the Sunday News:
I have read the statement made by
W. Boyd Evans, as to the difficulty
between him and myself and pro
nounce it to be absolutely false, as
will be shown by statements of well
known and reputable gentlemen
statements to the difficulty itself and
to the records of the false charges
made against -ne. which records have
in some way been improper!y obtain
ed by Mr. Evans.
A number of years ago, for the pur
poses of revenge, a requisition for me
was issued from Georgia. This mat
ter was thoroughly investigated by
the courts of this state and I have
been completely vindicated by the
The requi:. ion referred to was re
cently seen by gentlemen of the high
est standing in the hands of W. Boyd
Evans, who was showing it secretly,
attempting to create a false impres
;-ion and concealing the truth.
When I became aware of his das
tardly.conduct I determined to pun
ish him severely and purchased a
cowhide for the purpose. I went to
him unarmed and demanded the
papers. which he at first denied any
knowledge of. and then became eva
sive in his answers. I then applied
the cowhide to his person a number
of times and continued to use it on
him uutil it became twisted and unfit
for use. and I threw it on the ground.
He did not strike me a blow, but
commenceed backing off from me as I
struck him with the cowhide and con
tinued to do so after I threw down
the cowhide and was striking with
To every purchaser of
If you don't want it all your
Iget the 25 lbs. free for youl
i. See what a cattle rais<
His manner was as cowardly as hi
course had been in the whole matter.
I endeavored in this way to inflict
upon him the severest punishment for
the unjustifiable assault he has made
u no my character.
John G. 'Mobley.
Sir Hcnry Irving announces that
he will retire fr6m the stage. but adds
prudently that he will make a fare
well American tour.
The Order Of 1
We have our stor,
+ merchandise prici
+ priced trash that i.
* but good desirabl
+ goods priced low.
* BLACK DR]
One of our specia
you pretty Voile,
+ Batiste and many c
Our line of Colc
* worthy of your att(
+ Colored Silk, all kir
i WHITE GOODS
$ in fine shape, every
white can be foun
I your advantage.
attention to our spI
* goods departmenl
I goods this season
than ever before, rr
sheer and attracti)
and so cheap too,
partment is up to
$ New Oxfords, P
+ Men's Shoes, New
+ Girls' Shoes. We
* polite attention, goc
* money's worth at
100 lbs. International Stock FC
3elf make up an order among yt
trouble. 1 1-2 lb. Package, 2
r says about it below':
ATIT EARs c.? Act THu5
I nt oa Stoc o
nearly to years. a e
thing tat gave mec gr
and would not be ith
our fifty head of Angus
.q..insi Seml eek Ieed
Fa WEEKS & Hi
What do you think of this wor'd..
"Bless God. I ain't got time to
think! Six chillun, house rent, en de
grocery bill, takes up. all my spare
If the world owes every man a i
ing some men might have a hard time
proving it to a jury.
'he Day With Us
m filled with splendid +
d low. Not low +
high at any price,
e new and stylish +
Jties. We can show
Etamine, Crepe de.
ther Stylish Fabrics. +
red Dress Goods is
1ntion. Black Silks, *
ds priced low.
thing you need in $
cl here at prices to +
Ve want to call your +
andid Colored Cotton +
. The cotton dress *
are more beautiful +
iany of them are as
e as the finest silk +
Our Millinery de- $
its usual high stan
lew Sandals, New
Boys' Shoes, New +
keep good shoes at
d merchandise, your +
)od we will give 25 lbs free. *
ur friends for 100 lbs, and .
5 cents; 25 lb. Pail, $3.50.*
COW IN THE WORLD
CATtE BREEDER REPORTS.
d Co.. Minneapls Mimi.
nsayat aefundit to avauableFo
er returs for the aount invested thnts
trecomend it to highly toayfamro
au it t thwe presentime rw~ are feeding it to
dero t a ne aftng rs a e.o
'is ppard from Herb., Seeds. Boots and Barks.