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VOL. XLII. NO. 42 NEWBERRY. S. C.. TUESDAY FEBRUARY 28, 1905. TWICE A WEEK, 31.50 A YEAR
In order tc
i Spring Go
be had at'
Dry Goods, Ores
1 lot Black Dress Goo<
Serges and all the newt
1 lot 42 In. Mohair, Shark
1 lot 38 in. Fancy Mohai
I lot 4 yds. each, Fancy
1 lot 36 in. Poi de Soie, li:
1 lot 39 in. Balck Taffeta
1 lot 36 and 32 in. Jap ai
COL. J. L. ORR IS DEAD.
The End of a Splendid Life Full of
Usefulness ta His State
Greenville, February 26.-Col. Jas.
Lawrence Orr died at his home on
College street. this city, at 9.20
o'clock tonight. He had been des
perately ill with erysipelas since Fri
day of last wee!:. While his condi
'n was known to be critical, his
friends had hoped that his strong
coriatitu1tionl would enable him to
ni:stand the ravages of the disease.
A- sudden and fatal collapse came to
The city of Greenville is in deepest
sorrow at the news of this death. By
many Gol. Orr was looked upon as the
foremost man in this part of South
Carolina, and there are not a few
who would have placed him at the
very front of living ocn in the state
for the qualities that made for lead
ership. He was President of the
Piedmont Manufacturing Company
at Piedmont, and of the Orr Mills in
Greenville, and director in various
banks and other business institutions.
The funeral will take place Tues
day from Christ's church, Episcopal,
probably, of which he was a leading
supporter. The details of the funer
a! have not been arranged.
Col. Orr is survived by his widow,
and the following children, all of
whom live in Qreenville: Mrs. Wil
liam P. Hall, Mrs. Nell Orr Burruss,
Dr. Lawrence J. Orr, George, Mar
shall and Henry Orr. The three lat
ter are youths. Mrs. Martha Orr
Patterson, Mrs. Prevost and Mrs.
W. E. Earle are his sisters. Dr. Sam
uel Orr, of Anderson. is his surviv
Col. Orr was the son of the late
James L. Orir, of Anderson, who was
Speaker of the National House of
Representatives before the wear, Gay
> introduce to
)ds, we offer
it 9 o'clock, a
THE RIGHT f
3Goods and Silks!
is, Eliennes, Mohairs,
.st weaves, worth up to
Skin, etc,, up to 85c.
r for Shirt Waist Suits
Shirt waist Silks worth
Mited, worth $1.65 yd.
limited, worth $1.35
. . . .78c.
id Hab. Silk, all colors
io Goods Charge
ernor of South Carolina immediately
after the war and American minister
to the Russian court. His mother
was a member of the distinguished
Marshall family of Abbeville, and he
was born in Abbeville at the home of
Dr. Marshall. her father, August 29,
1852. The gallant Col. Foster Mar
shall, of the Mexican war, who was
afterwards killed while commanding
a regiment of the Confederate army.
was his uncle.
Co!. Orr's first public service was
as pr:vate secretary to his father at
the c urt 'i the Czars in 1872 and
Iu 1876 he~ was elected by the demn
ocrats a member (of the South Carcj
lina general assembly from Ander
son county. He was then a young.
lawyer. He was an active, aggres
sive and daring participant in the fight
led by Gen. Wade Hampton for the
redemption~ of the state. His sple.
did services in the long, bitter contest
after Gen. Hampton's election for the
possession of the state house will
never be forgotten. It was he who
led the advance on the republican.
"Mackey House," when the "Wal
lace House," which had been meet
ing in the old Carolina Hall, deter
mined to entter the hail of the house
of representatives, where E. W. M.
Mackey and his motley crew were in
His six feet five or six inches, tow
ering above his fellows crowding at,
his elbow at the entrance to the hall,
as big a man in body as in brain,
Lawrence Orr ihrew his great
strength against the locked door,
brushed aside the sergeant-at-arms
and the "Wallace House" following
in his wake took posession.
Col. Orr became a popular idol. In
1878 he was elected solicitor of the
8th circuit to succeed Col. W. H.
Perry. As a prosecuting officer he
was a marked success. He was not
an orator in t ' rdinary aceptance.,
Sale of Ni
the buying r
for 10 days, b
.s a part of ti
One lot 36 in. Bleach
ing, as good as the best
for 6 1-4c.
ries and Laces at 12,
10 and 4 1-2 cents the
yard, every yard guar
anteed to be worth
2,000 yards A. F. C.
Ginghams, worth 1Oc.,
for this 10 days sale at
only 8 cents the yard.
d, no samples cL
He was a man of common sense. His
mind went straight to the meat of
every subject. He could speak good
English if he chose, but frequently
he "murdered the King's English,"
and spoke regardless of grammatical
and rhetorical rules. But he never
uttered a meaningless word. He was
always clear. His homely, vigorous.
clewing phrase was understood by
the yeomanry of the Piedmont and
they "swire by Lawrence Orr." As
an effective speaker it is doubtful if
he had any equal in South Carolina
except Senator Til!mnan.
Reti ring vol tutarily f romr the soi
it''rship. Col. Orr settled down to the
rrac:ice of !aw in Greenville in the
early eighties. The firm wvas at first
\\ells & Orr, the late Capt. G. G.
Wells being the senior member. Af
terwards Mr. M. F. Ansel and Judge
J. S. Coth ran entered the firm and it
became Wells. Orr. Ansel & Coth
In 1891 Col. Henry P. Hammett,
president of the great PiedmonL Man
ufacturing Company, whose daughter
Col. Orr had married, died. The tex
tile business in this state was young
then. Col. Hammett was one of the
most successful of the pioneers. Who
shouild succeed him? It was a grave
question, but the directors chose
wisely in selecting his son-in-law,
though his experience had been limit
ed to the law and the general busi
ness life of the public spirited ma:'.
A Greater Success.
Col. Orr proved a greater success
as a mill president even than as a
lawyver. Under his administration the
Piedmont mills have been a more
pronounced success than under Col.
Hammett. The plant has been doubl
ed and today the stock commands a
higher price perhaps than that of any
other South Carolina mill. He has
been a leader of the industry in the
south, and along with his neighbor
Capt. Smythe, of Peizer, has been
chosen frequently as the spokesman
1ay, Feb. 28,al
>ublic our sto
ie many real
White and Colore[
A center table piled high with V
and colored, worth up to 4C
1 lot white and figured P. K.'
20c , yd., for
1,000 yds. Persian Lawns, i
35c. yd, for - -
1,000 yds. Persian Lawns, wol
yd., for - - -
2,500 yds. India Linen, worti
yd., for - -
2,000 yds. 40 in. India Linen,
lasts - - - -
5,000 yds. best Shirting prints
yd., for - - -
I lot 40 in. Sea-Island, worth 6
it during this 10 1
for Southern mills generally when
their interests needed to be publicly
presented. About four years ago he
built the Orr mills in the suburbs of
Anderson, a large plant, and this, too,
is successful. He was interested in
the mill at Honea Path, of which his
brother-in-law, Mr. Hammett, is
Col. Orr's last political appearance
was in 1892, when he reluctantly ac
cepted the place on the ticket with
E.x-G1tvecrno'r Sheppard for Lieuten
ant G 'vernl r;. This was at great
sacrifice'. Scores~ of the leading o~p
po nents of Governor Tii man entreat
ed him to run for Govern'. r, but the
res pon'sibili:ties of1 Piedmonflt miillIs
had just been placed in his hands and
he refused. A few ygrs before he
had been in sympathaf with some of
the views of Capt.' Tillman but not
with that gentleman as a leader. He
favored a change, a "stirring up" of
state politics on certain lines, but the
methods of Capt. Tillnman and the
charges he made against the old lead
ers aroused all the resenmment in his
great heart. He was the friend of the
'"common people." but he was true
to the traditions and ideals of the
state and believed that men like
Hampton and Bratton were equally
true and patriotic South Carolinians,
and as much their friends as he or
In the campaign of 1892 the meet
ing resolved themselves into contests
of "lung power" between the factions.
WVhen a "Conservatice" spoke the
"Reformers" howled and vice versa.
Nobody listened. But when the writ
er. heard Lawrence Orr speak it was
different. His sledge-hammer logic,
his straight-from-the-shoulder mas
culine words coerced the attention of
angry men and as he proceeded they
listened and reasoned. Lawrence
Orr was one man who made conyerts
in that campaign.
In private life Con. Or was greatly
ck of New 1
values to t
I Wash Goods!
lash Goods, white
Ic., for 23c.
worth up to
vorth up to
-th up to 25c.
t up to 15c.
as long as it
- - 8 1-3c.
,worth 6 1-2c.
- - -4 1-4c.
1--2c. yd., for 5c.
loved. He was not a "courtly" man.
For the "niceties" of life he had little
time. But he was an informed man
and progressive. He was kindly, full
of tact when tact was needed. Sham
and cant and narrowness found no
lodgment in his soul. He was liberal
in view and act. He spoke plainly,
often bluntly, but he had troops of
friends. The operatives at Piedmont
all knew him and loved him. He did
iit patronize them: they met him,
man t mlan. )Fn equtal terms, and
w !:t he was their friend and
(did na Met himself to be their mas- -
Phyvsically Col. Orr was a giant.
Tall, long-limbed and muscular, far
over six feet and weighing perhaps -
250 or 275 pounds. his figure attract
ed attention every where. His face
was strong and full of human sympa
thy. No man has lived in South Car
olina who knew his people, all kinds
and conditions of people, better.
Gifted with a penetrating and at the
same time masterful mind, inexhaus
tible energy and industry were his
characteristics in equal measure.
From the citizenship of South Car
olina, from the men who "do things,"
from the patriots who love their state
and are useful to their fellow men, a
great leader has gone.
A Progressive Colored Farmer.
R. P. Pearson, a progressive color
ed farmer of No. 6 township, killed
five hogs, which netted x,4oo opunds.
The largest ont weighed 490 pounds
gross. The two largest weighed 475
net. The two were raised on a rent
farm. Pearson runs eight plows on
Mr. J. A. Burton's place.
A number of attempted burglaries
have been reported from Florence
during the past several days. It is
stated that the town seems to be in
fes.ted with burglars.