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Judge Brawley's Decision Places Lam
Owners in Bad Fix-Mr. C. C.
Featherstone Thinks a Con
stitutional Statute Can
be Enacted to Meet
'The article on tihe disenszion 0
Judge Brawley b.- -Drther Bb.
publisihv in the A(i : ens .verti,]e
of June 26. and reirodued in Til
News and C,ur,ier 12,z. be lulL (1is
cussed .'v the tihinkin men over th(
state. The Hon. C. C. Featherstonw
of Laurens. ofe of the leadin law
vers of thi5 s:ate. and one of its mos
proininent ezenls. i speaim; o u
"There is no doubt bu that 'Bro
ther Bob' understands the full sii.
fie.ance of Jud.re Brawlev's decision
The facts that he presents are true
and lie presents them in such a waN
that any mind should be able to se(
the probable disasters to the land
owner. As he has so aptly said in that
article, the decision of Judge 'Brawley
holding the labor contract law of thi4
state unconstitutional, has placed thE
farmers interests in an extremely se
rious perdicanien-t-and the 'negro it
"The farmer, in order to get hand4
at the beginning of the year, is fore
ed to make large advances in the wai
of cash and supplies, -absolutely with
out security. The laborer can worl
with him for a while and then leav(
him in the lurch.
"No more serious situation eve:
confronted the farmer. 'He must hav(
labor. He may get it to start with
'but he canot hold it in the presen'
demoralized condition of affairs.
"What is the remedy?
"In the first plice, I think it ic
probable that a new statute can bE
enacted by the next General Assem
bly that will stand the test of th(
"The thinking men of that bod)
ought to put on their 'thinking eaps
and frame such a statute, and hav(
it.ready for introduction. at the meet
ing of the General Assembly - nexi
"A great deal of the time of the
General Assem.blv is spent in the con
sideration of small, frivolous affairs
that cannot benefit anybody-costing
the state annually an expenditure o:
thousands of dollars. It is high time
for such nonsense to cease.
"What we want is practical, com
mon sense legislation-legislation thai
will benefit the people along practi
"The labor situation can be reme
died if it is gone at in the proper way
Can Stop Theft of Labor.
,,Second. If a statute cannot be enact
ed that will bind the laborer and that
will stand the tests of the Courts. one
cani be enacted that will, indirectly,
bring about the same resuilt.
"I' mean a statute that will keep a
m'an''s neighbors from enticine away
or interefeminz with his laborers.
"The3 contract between: the land
lord and laborer is all right on the
eivil side of the Court. In a civil
action 'he courts will sustain it. The
trouble is that. under Judge Braw-'
1ey-'. derision, a violatien thereof will
niot sastain an indict mfnr-the viola
tor cnnnot be punlllihet eriminally.
"Of course, as between 'he farmei
and laborer thims remedy is useless t.'
the landlord-the av--rage laborer be.
inz withto'it property that can .be
reache.l hv'C~C e adonl.
"B-i: why not piuish. and punish
severely, the third parh, who either
entices awav the ia!<1er or harbors
him a':er hie lea'.es?
"'Lah<rers5 are pot going- to leave
unless they can get employment else
The Wrong Sert of 'TeigY n.
ly a man 's ni'ihoors ar jating witl:
(:p''n arms t" 1'r'e!Vr tho lahor'or whc'
are mar daV.s ous to the far'ming
inz..rr-: t h:v he neZro who:c violate:
his~ centirac: They ar jr r intelli
gent and know better. One-half tlh
tiui-: thEy are the ?ause of the negrc
violain his (ofiiar-t'.
:de "11' J1 sev'' l' \lye a b "i iv hav'(
somne law 'ii: :hi -'hjeet-mfore
Than we enforce--but, in my jude'
me':. the Law- :ught to be 'amended
an:d made broader and more stringent
* When this is done and we make ui
onr minds to enfcrce such a law I be
lieve that the labor question will b4
greatly improved, if not completely
"White men: who are anxious t<
employ laborers who have violated
their conitract have always been the
"Third. There is another mattel
of vital importancwe alone this line
7 viz: The rigid enforcement of va
"There are thousands of negroel
H an1 canon mas, who ougnt to
e made to work. Their failure to
i l to embarrass the
1r sit-ationby decreasin. the
ubr o a1:1r).1 but this class of
ers inwerfere with those who want
wt vork-suggest and put new ideas
S ir heads that cause them to
ci r4m61e dissatisfied and demoralized.
-I :(idition to this the crimes
tiai fill and congest our Criminal
Cwurts are. as a rule, committed by
his ia( of idlers: in fact. the idle
i ver the eou"try are a
ecee to the country in various
STiey are ()pj.osed to the proper
Inioree-nent of law. If they get on
juries yon will always find them op
n,zosed to conviction, and in hundreds
of wavs they contribute to the de
moralization 9f society.
"No country is safe that has a
larue idle class.
"&We aheady have vagrancy laws
that are brad enough to cover the
majority of cases. What we need is
-.strict elforceTne-!t of these laws by
mayrs. maistrates and solicitors,
all alon- the line.
"In this enforcement the farmers
are vitally interested and can be of
-reat assistanef to the officers of the
law. They should not hesitate to re
port vaarants, :-wear out warrants
and set the legal machinery in mo
ZOne reat trouble atout the en
forcement of all law in this country
is the fetr that most people have of
becoming prosecutors and witnesses.
We too fregaently fail to do our duty
ia this respect and then stand off and
criticise the verdict of juries.
"No mai is a good citizen who is
afraid to report and proseente offen
ders of the law. It is a moral crime
power to bring otaloivrtfsoehMF
for any man to fail to do all in his
power to bring violators of the law
to justiee. Let us get every man to
report another for violations of the
"9I veri!v believe that two things
will make 'ea the labor situation:
"First. Tlfhe punishment of men
who in!erefere with other people's
"Se.md. x strici rigid enforce
ment of the vagrancy laws.
"I trust that the governor and At
torney General will bring officially
this latter n'tter to the attention of
all in authority, and urge a vigorous
enforcement of the vagrancy laws.
"I am glad to know that in the city
of Laurens our mayor has the courage
t') enforee the YL.tranecy law. He has
1Len ar it for s..me tiimd and the good
result is .easily secen.
"Will not the iragistrates and oth
er maor*s take ro(tiec and proceed
stunz the s'amcle Enc'*
E20T TO DE~ATH.
Lide Kilgo Meets Untimely Death in
Darlington.-Attenldinlg Day Cele
Darlington, July 4.-The Fourth of
July celebration was marred tonight
by the .unfortunate killing of Lide
Nilgo. aged 16, of Bishopville.
The killing of young Kilgo was a
most unusual affair. It seems that
young Kilgo had gone to the fruit
store of J. Wiley Rhodes for the pur
pose of making a purchase. While in
the store it appears that a negro nam
ed Sam Teague was there also and,
it is alleged, had insulted the wife of*
the proprietor. Rhodes came out with
pistol in hand, with the intention, it
is said, of resenting the insult to his
wife. In the melee which followed
Rhodes' pistol was discharged, the
anll strikin-r the nezro in the fore
iead, tihe iullet glaneing, entered
TKilgo's 1'ead .st between the eyes.
- h neer', w-ho was only slghtly1
njr n. ade his escape, and: at 30
o'clock tonight he is being searchK!
fo and his arrest is expeeted, as a
wtness b)efore the coroner's jury.
The unf.ortunate young man, accom
panied by his father, Mr. .T. P. Kilyr.
came over today from Bishopville to
attend the Fourth of July celebration.
The elder Mr. Kilgo left in the after
noon for Bishopville, leaving his s:1n
with some friends to return later.
Mr. Rhodes. from whose pistol t:'
Ifatal bullet was discharged, is regard
ed as a g'ood citizen, and is a singlr
inthe choir of the Baptist church.
The affair is greatly deplored in
Young Kilgo had just graduated at
the Bishopville publie school and ex
peted to enter Furm'an university at
the approaching session.
ITraffic on Great Lakes.
Milwaukee Evening Wisconsin.
The record of traffic through the
"So'' eanal tends steadily upward.
'The figures have lone been a source
-of wonder to the business world, and
speculation as to the ultimate magni
tude of the commerce mnouiits to as
.mue'a.. that houl hyy een deem
ed fabulous twenty-five years ago.
The tomna(e for May was nearly 8,
floo.000 exceeding1 that of the same
month of 1906 by over 2,500,000 tons.
These figures are attained only by
the maintenance of a movement of
vessels that is as uninterrupted as the
working of a clock.
An idea of the gait at which devel
opment is proceeding on the great
lakes, especially in the iron ore trade
may be gained from the extent of the
contemplated harbor plans iii connec
tion with the founding of Gary. Ind.,
the new steel port at the head of Lake
Michigan. This scheme recalls Rus
sia 's construction of the port or
Daeny. It embraces not only the crea
tion of a barbor, but also the digging
of a series of canals 250 feet w.ide in
the trunks and 200 feet in the slips,
and having a depth of twenty-four
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