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VOLUME. 51-NUMBPAf 46 PICKENS, S. C. MARCH 9 192.. 1DufI~gv -
UOSS POWELL. GETrS LIFE IM1
After deliberating two hours and a
half the jury early Friday night rr
turned a verdict of guilty of murder
with recommendation to mercy in the
case' of Ross Powell, wio killed his
wife, Emily Powell, at Glenwood cot-.
ton mill in Easley on October 4 last.
A sentence of life imprisonment was
immediately imposed. The defense
announced that no appeal would be
taken. Powell's defense was insanity.
The case was started Wednesday.
Powell, it was charged, went to the
mill where his wife was at work and
slashed her throat from ear to ear
with a razor, killing her instantly.
Following Js substance of Ross
"I was 20 years' old last June and
am the son of Mr. and Mrs. F. E.
Powell. I have lived at Anderson and
Easley and have worked in Greenville
but never lived there, only boarding
during the time I stayed there.
"I. have continually had heatlache
and earache. Sometimes these spells
would last so long as to be unbear
able. The last attack was about two
weeks ago, since being in jail.
"After marriage I lived happily
with my wife for six or seven months,
until she left me without any cause.
She claimed that she wanted to go
back to her mother's home. She'would
stay away two or three weeks at a
time. While we lived at Brogon mill,
Anderson, she left again, but later
came back and lived with me two or
"I went to Easley to see her sev
cral times but they did not seem to
want me around where she. was.
Emily told me that she could have a
better time at Easley with Jess
Phillips, a boarder there, than she
culd have with me. I often saw my
wife and Jess Phillips playing the
grafonola together. One time when I
got to the house I saw my wife and
Jcss Phillips in the same room. Jess
. Phillips went out a back way. My
wife's hair was down and she was
lying across the bed, having on a
Icose dress of some kind.
"I protested to Phillips about be
ing with my wife. Mrs. Perry Emil9's
mother, told me that Emily was too
good looking for me to have. The
last .talk I had with my wife and
mcther-in-law at the same time was
last spring. I don't remember the date.
My mother-in-law 'told me that she
was not going to let Emily have any
children by me.
"I went to Greenville in August
and wrote my wife to come there.
She came to Greenville but soon left
again. She went back to Easley about
a week before I went there and be
fore the killing took place. I was so
worried that I could not eat or sleep.
The only reason she gave me for
leaving was that she could have a
better time with Jess Phillips than
she could with me.
"When I went to Easley I rode with
J. Robert Martin, and got out at the
Glenwood mill. I went up in the mill
where .my wife was working and
readed with her to return to me, but
he said she did not care a d-m for
Ime. At the last she said, 'D-m you,
get out of my Way, I don't care any
thing about you and my folks don't
want me to live with you.'
"The next thing I knew she was
standling there before me bleeding.
I wanted to cut my own throat but
the r'azor was broken. I went up
towvn and gave myself up."
On cross examination the following
information was brought out: "I re
c'overedl my mind a few minutes after
the killing. I was crazy then, but am
not now, I reckon. I realize that I
am here on trial for murdler. I (lid
not remember what hannened until 1
enw blood on my wife's clothing.
.Jess Phillips, Mrs. Perry and others
were in the house when Emily and
Jess had been seen together. I had1
not heard that Jess had later married
P sister of Emily. I did not know
that Jess had been keeping company
with Miss Eula Perry.]
- "I paid Mrs. Perry $9 a wveek board
for myself and wife. I (lid not knovi
it if my wife was or'ganist att the
Sunday school. I \vas walkine beside
imy wife in the mill. I wanted to talk
.with her one more time before endling
my own life. My wife said the dress
she wvore at that time was given her
iby Jess. My wife cursed me. at the
same time delaring that she did not
love me and would not live wvith me.
T do not rememberr what happened for
the next fewv minutes. I gave up he..
eause I 'reckonecd it was that I had
done Wrong to my wife."
A hard legal battle ensund over
the admissibility of a letter intro
dluced by the prosecution and purl
ported to have been written in the
Anderson. county jail by the- defen
dlant. Powell admitted mailing the
letter, hut said a fellow prisoner
wrcte it and that only parts of the
letter were authorized -by him. He
bittefrly denied authority for the
statement. "I reckon they will send
me to the electric ehair for what I
have done, and I don't much care if
they do." lHe also denied having told
* the priso'ner' to write. "How is my
red-headed woman? Does she know
what I have got into?".
The defense> vigorously opposed
rd(flitting this last statemient, which
had bhrn previusly. ruedou, b
Judge Gary. However, the presiding
judge ruled that inasmuch as the de
kadUnt had sought to introduce a
connecting link between the deceased
and anotner man, it would be proper
to atimit, the entire letter, even the
part ref erring to another wonian.
Judge Gary requesed that the jury
beer in mind the fact that Powell
tianied writing the letter and that
the jury should satisfy itself as to
whetloe or not he had written the
letter they were to disregard the fact
in the case, he instructed. Powell was
asked to write his name, also Ander
son county jail, October 18. Dar
friend. Will drop 'you a line." The
jury was shown the letter and also a
copy of Powell's writing. .
Powell, just before coming off the
witness stand, admitted having bought
a razor from Saw Owens, but denied
declaring that he wanted to kill his
wife. Said he bought a razor from
Owens, but sold it back to him sev
ei-al weeks later and not because Ow
ens took it back.
There .were many witnesses exam
ined, among -them being the father
and mother of Powell, and mother
and sister of the dead woman.
The court house was filled with in
terested spectators all during the
Sclicitor Smoak was assisted in the
prosecution by James H. Price of
Greenville. James P. Carey, Jr., and
G. G. Christopher of Pickens repres
ented the defendant.
Th efollowing gentleman composed
the jury: S. Wade Williams, foreman;
T. T. Finley, Leigh Hunt, Greg T.
Mauldin, Ed. L. Hamilton. B. C. At
kinson, J. M. Chastain, J. H. Massin
till, T. J. Gillespie, W. E. Stephens,
I. H. Riggins, L. W. Bolding.
POWELL RETURNED TO lilCKENS
'O SERVE HIS LIFE SENTENCE.
"I guess I'd just as soon have what
I got as thirty days," said Ross Pow
l, convicted of killing his young wife
md sentenced to serve a life sentence
is sheriff Roark snapped the hand
!uffs on his wrists in preparation for
'he trip to Pickens, where he will
serve his sentence on the Pickens
Powell arrived In Greenville Friday
light and since that time has been in
the county Jail. It was first thought
4e would serve his sentence in. the
state penitentiary, but with the decis
ion of Supervisior McKinney that
Lhere is need of men 6n the Pickens
public' works, these plans were chang
3d. The sentence of the court requir
ed life imprisonment in the state pen
itentisry or on the Pickens county
publi% works, which left the power in
'he supervisor's hands.
The prisoner seemed determined to
maintain a bold front while arrange
rnents were being made for his motor
rip to Pickens. Smilingly he bid
Failer Christopher adieu as he was
Alaced in the waiting car.
PO HIS HONOR, JUDGE FRANK B.
We, the Grand Jory, beg leave to
nake the following presentment.
We have passed on all, bills handed
is by the Solicitor. We have ap
)ointed the various committees to in
F.estigate ten different offices and in
ititutions and report at the next term
We have received the report of the
Etural Police and the same is attached
:o this presentment. We wish to comn
nend them for their faithful services.
We wish to call the attention of the
people of the county to the fact that
t is a violation of the law to allow
aw-dust from lumber mills to get
nto the running streams of the coun
It has come to our attention that
aome of the school districts do not
lave enough funds to provide for
;heir incidental expenses and we re
-.ommend that each District make pro
ision for these expenses.
We also recommend that the legis
atuire make an appropration suffici
mnt to pay a Jtanitor to care for the
hourt house and grounds.
We also wish to recommend that the
aupervisior take steps at once to im
wrove the heating system of the Court
We wish to thank the court and of
leers for their courtesies and beg to
>e excused from this Term of Court.
C. H. Carpenter, Foreman.
DEACONS TO BE ORDlIANED) AT
Three decacons will be ordained at
Smith's Grove Baptist church next
Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Itev.
F'ant Jones will preach the .ordination
sermon aind Rev. W. J. Sheriff will
(dliver the charge, and Rev. J, A.
Davis wvill offer the prayer. The dea
conas of the nearby churches are cor
dially invited to attend the services.
On Sunday morning the church roll
will be called and all members are
requested to be present.
You are cordlially invited to attend
our spring tailoring opening of dlis
tinctive fashions and exclusive wool
ens displayed by Kahn Tailoring
Company of IndianapolIs March 9th,
10th and 11th Folger, Hendricks &
Pickens County Field Day April 8th
A copy of the following letter has been mailed, to the principal of every
school in Pickens county.
March 1, 1922.
The following is a detailed account of the County Field Day to be held
at Pickens, S. C., on April 8, 1922.
9:00-9:30-Grand parade. Will organize at the Pickens High School build
ing and march thru town. Two bands secured for the occasion. Please'
h.ave a banner with the name of your school thereon. Have every child
in your schbol present if possible. See if you cannot secure several wa
gons and bring them in a body. B e sure and be on time.
9:30-10:00-Spelling contests for the following:
Class A schools-High schools-First seven grades.
Class B schools-4-5-6 teacher schools-All grades.V
Class C schools-1-2-3 teacher schools-All grades.
These contests will be held at the Pickens High school building. A di
rector will be at the school house to show each child his place. Have your
child there on time.
10:00-11:00- Grammar contest for the following:
Class A schools-High sahools-1ast four grades.
Class B schools-4-5-6 teacher schools-All grades.
Class C schools-1-2-3 teacher sch cols will hold at this same hour a
reading contest for the first four grades.
Class A schools-High schools-A ll grades.
Class B schools-4-5-6 teacher schools-A11 grades.
Class C se.hools-1-2-3 teacher schools-.All grades. t
Each school will be entitled to have two contestants in each one of
Please notify all parents thru children to bring well filled baskets. Din.
ner will be spread on the court house square. Music will be furnished by
the band during dinner.
1:00-1:30-Address by some prominent speaker.
1:30-2:00-100 yard dash and 120 low hurdle race for Class. A selfools
2:00-2:30-Sack race for Boys and sack race for girls for Class B schools
-4-6-6 teacher schools.
2:30-3:00--Potato race and wheelbarrow race for Class C schools-1-2-3
Each first place winner shall receiv e a gold medal and five points for
Each second place winner shall re ceive a red ribbon and three points
for his school.
Each third place winner shall rece ive a white .ribbon and one point for
The class A school receiving the g reatest number of points shall receive
as a grand prize an Encyclopedia.
The class B school receiving the greatest number of points shall receive
a set of Supplementary Readers.
The class C sch9ol receiving the greatest number of points -shall receive
a Set of Wall Maps and a Globe.
3:00-3:30-Awarding or prizes.
Let mginsist that you try and have every child from your school present
even though they do not enter a single contest except the grand parade.
May I count on your co-operation in this undertaking? If your school will
take part, will you let me know by return mail?
Any additional information will be gladly sent to you upon request.
Trusting your school will be represented 100 per vent strong, and again
asking for your continued co-operation with me in our school work, I am,
Yours very truly,
F. V. Clayton,
Supt. of Education.
SOUTH CAROLINA'S PALMAFESTA
QUEEN GETS $500.00 DIAMOND
Contests for County candidates starting this week in newspapers all over
PALMAFESTA AT COLUMBIA WEEK OF APRIL l'7th to 22nd.
With indominable spirit the mercan-t
tile interests of Columbia have hand- vanmogtedlaesae
edl old Doctor Gloom a knockout blow belfo h aiu onis h
by subscribing $10,000 as a guarantee ~inro hscnetwl epo
fund that will assure even a better camdQeno anaetwl e
Palmafesta week thani the one held ciete$0 lann ig n vl
so successfully in the Capital City last b r~ndi ra~saea h
Special committees of the Columbia bgadtru tteSheFi
Chamber of Commerce arc nowv busyGrnd.TeQetad cot
arranging the programme for the bigwilfauelsintebglotar
week which will include the fashionad, oclnwples ilsndt
show, automobile show, fire works, Clmi ~oorpso h inn
baby parade, beauty contest, state- Qencniaei ahCut o
wide ihdustrial exhibits, daily bandineto inabuysplmnto
concerts by some. nationally famous b icltd truhu h tt
miusical organization, and a big musi- drn h e~ fArl9ht 6h
cal day on which Jolmn Medormick of nodrtoscr h ms oua
an equally famous star wvill be featur- yugwmni ikn onya
ed. In addition there will be the usual cniaefrQeno amfsa
round of dances, dinners, meetingsthrispnedblwa ouaiy
and othehir social features. oigcuo hc st efle
By means of popular voting con- otadmie C~~igt h n
tests in local newspapers throughout srcin otie hri.Vtn
the State to be conducted during liecopnwilbprte inacisu
next five' weeks Pahniafosta Queen o i esae pt n nldn
candidates will be chosen from everythisuof prl8hatwchim
county in South Carolina. The coun-thvoewilbcundadanu
ty candidates will go to Columbia forceetofhewnrma.Th,
the big Week as guests of the Colum- ilb 'orsrctQ pntenme
bia Chamber. of Commerce whiech or..o oe ahproiaa at vr
eganizcztion will defray all expenses of cuo lpe rm ti ae
the trip. . odfroevtadyalpi.
.During Palmafesta wveek an election i-dac usrpinw) 0cut
will be hod inmColumiantotdeteminegateas500svotes
wentleman:this cots wil e ro
Thiscoupn god fr oevo b. g Yaudrly P aidinathne StaeFar
scriptiGroundT.s TewsQaeer cndnthe600ouotei
3ASKETBALL GAME AT EASLEY
The girls basketball team of the
Pickens High 'school. will -meet the
eam of the Easley school on the
;asley court next Friday afternoon,
klarch 10, at 3:30. ,..
.The Pickens girls are determined to'
vin and want a big crowd as possi
)1e to go down to Easley Friday and
ielp them by cheering and yelling.
3OX SUPPER AT PICKENS COURT
If you are interested in the welfare
if the Pickens school show it by com
ng to the Court House Friday night
darch 10. A box upper will be given
or the benefit of the Pickens track
ean.- 'Everybody is invited. Come
nd enjoy the evening and at the same
ime help the team. All the girls are
irged. to come and bring wyell filled
oxes. All the boys are urged to
owe and bring fat pocket books.
HONOR ROLL BJ'IILEHEM
First Grade.-Loree Benson, Roy
oeman, Pickens Gilstrap, Bessie
e'rde, Clay Hicks, C. P. Simmons.
Advanced First Grade.-Nettie Mor..
on gMary Porter.
eko*nd Grade.--Fcltz Aiken, Alice
ats, 'Fl oride Benson, Hurie Fortner,
rank 'Ierde, Nancy Mary Looper,
rosie' R9er, Beaufort Simmons, Has
Thlir Grade.-Ruth Bates, Gladys
olein, Nera Henry, Ora Henry, T.
d. Looper,. Loyd' Parsons.
Fotbith Giade,-Weldon Waldrop.
ifth- Grade.--Ralph Benson, Nellie
)avidson, Ernest Holden, James
.ooper, Gladys 4lo'per,. Brondus Sim
nons, Grace Wahlrop. - : .
Sixth Grade.-Thomas N. Davidson,
,illie Fortner, David Roper, Vadie
Seventh Grade.-Johnny Aihen, Lil
ian Bates, Annie Hicks.
Eighth Grade:-Annie MaQIia).
11ONOR ROLL MIDWAY SCHOOL
First Grade.-L. T. Atkins, Esther
Second Grade.-Bruce Brown, Annie
Byars, Burnice Powell.
Third Grade.-Essie Byars, Lizzie
Mae Evette, Bruce Powell.
Pourth Grade.-Claudie Evette.
Fifth Grade.-Beaulah Evette.
Sixth Grade.--Beaulah Powell.
As 1 am a subscriber to your paper
and also a tax payer of ieC.enS coun
by, would you please allow me a smail
;pace; in your paper for a brieL letter
i reply to some letters in the last
ssues about lower taxes.
It seems to me like some of them
1o not understand why taxes are
io much higher than they used to
)e. I will admit that we have too
nany officers and that most of them
rets too large a salary. But when
ye look around over our county and
ce all of the new graded schools that
ave been built in the last live or six
rears we can see where a lot of our
ax money goes. I don't suppose that
en or fifteen years ago the're was a
~radled school in Pickensi county that
country child could go to, and now,
riost every elbild in the country has
he privilege of going to a gradled
ehool and best of all we have a lawv
o make them go and if you wvill wvait
'or a few years you wvill see some of
he results, when every young man
mnd woman in our county wvill have
good education. And atiother thing
want to call your atent ion to is the
mlprovements on the r'oad(s in Pickens
ounty. A few years ago we dlid not
iave a top soil road in the county
mdl~ now we have such road~s between
And of course all of these improve
nenta cannot b~e mlade without rais
ng our taxes, and if taxes wvere to
ec lowered of course schools and road
uilding would come to a dlrag.
What I say about it is let us have
chools andl roadls and then pa~y for
hem. IHenry Pike.
Married, on Saturday, 4th inst.,
ibout 7 p. mn., at the residernee of the
ifficiating officer, Mr. Luther Hughes
o Miss .Jessie King, both of Liberty.
.Alonz~o Brown, N. P., at the throttle.
Married, on Sunday, 5th inst., about
p. mn., at the residenc~e of the offi
iating officer, Mr. Otto Morgan to
dias Ruth Chambers. J. Alonz~o
srown, N. P., at the throttle. The
>ridal couple are prominent young
>pople of Central who are receiving
he congratulatixms of their many
Do you need money? If so there
s no reason why you can't get it.
cross ties at Pickens are bringing
T0 cents. This is a good price and
within the last two weeks the wagons
ihre hauling them in.
If your subscription to The Senti
set has expired, don't forget to renewv
I~his weel% if you want the paper nett
95.~wv R A M~AM
The id,'wing farimiers meetings will
be held next week for the purpose of
disculsing the cooperative marketing
Some of the counties have already
gone ovet the top quot~a and let me
urge Pickens county do their part in
this work. We hive secured some
splendid speakers to present this pro
position and it will pay every farmer
to take the time and attend these
meetings. Most of the business men
and all the bankers Avith. one except
ion are behind the proposition.
Mr. C. i. Carpenter the county
organizer will have one speaker and
I will have one and we hope to reach
every one in a general way next week.
Please remember the dates and attend
the meeting nearest to you.
To line up Pickens county the farm
ers must lend us their suppot and
influence as this work is for their
Lt ne again urge you to come
out to these meetings.
Wc will also discuss fertilizers and
prices of sane at these meetings.
Leng Branch Monday March 13th,
10.00 a. Im.
Pleasant' Hill Monday March 13th,
2.00 p. i.
Garretts Store Tuesday March 14th,
10.00 a. m.
Gates Store Tuesday March 14th,
2.00 p. in.
Norris Wednesday March 15th, 10.00
Tabor Wednesday March 15th, 2.00
Six Mile Thursday March 16th,
10:00 a. Im.
Palestine Thursday March 16th 2:00
Flat Rock Friday March 17th, 2:QO
Norris Friday March 17th, 2:00 p.
Zion Monday March 13th, 10:00 a,
,Dayton Monday March 13th, 2:00
iester's Store Tuesday March 14th,
2:00 p. i.
Maynard Wednesday Miarch 15th,
10:00 a. Im.
Dacusville Wednesday March 15th,
2:00 p. in.
Glassy Mountain Thursday March
16th, 10:00 at. i.
J. W. Hendricks Store Thursday
March 16th 2:00 p. Im.
Cedar Rock Friday March 17th,
10:00 a. Im.
Reunion Friday March 17th, 2:00
r. A. Bowen, Co. Agt.
RAG WEEVILS-NOT BOLL WEE
Mr. T. A. Bowen, County Agent,
wishes to have the following letter
published fer general information as
'r. the weaviis found in the rag weeds.
Do not become alarmed about this
weevil but keep in mind there is yet
plenty - f l'oll weevils to be found.
Mr. T. A. Powen, County Agent,
Deor Mr. Bowen:
The, weevil occurring on rag weed
is con monly known as rag weed wee
vil. In the West where it was first
observ(:1 coinionly on account cf
weevil invasion. it is called horse weed
weevil. Its scientifi nAn.e is Lixux
sylvaeus. It is not related to the boll
wee vil and1( is not iniurious to cultive.
ted crops. A closely rolated species
is the rhuharb weevil, which is not
widle-snrendl in this territory.
So far as the holl weevil occuring
in raig wee'l. wye are absolutely safe in
saying that there is nothing to it.
A. F. Conradi.
ClI tlOSITI'ES 01" DAILY NEWS.
Oddit ies anid Novelties in Ihappenings
oif General Interest.
Washington, Mar. 9 (Capital News
Serv'ice) .--Suiing his wife for divorce,
a deafl mute of Chicago complains
that, his spouse used too much rough
language in her finger talk.
In London a suit for "jactitation
of marriage" has been filed by a man
against a woman who annoys him by
claiming to be his wife when she is
not and never has been, the first legal
action 'of this sort for more than a
From TexaIs comes the tale of a
physician who has discovered what
Is called a "truth serum," which, when
adinisteredc to a suspected criminal,
rpainlyzes his imaginative faculties so
that he can tell only facts and not
thoughts which are not true..
New York 'has an inventor who has
pt infectedi a means by which rays of
light, allowed to play upon the letters
on a printed page, arie converted into
nmusicail sounds, pleasant to hear, so
thait the blinmd enn read through their
IDeniver, Colo., Is to furnish blind
jers<.ns with police whistles, which,
when blown at street crossings, will
canise traffic cops to halt all traffic
while thie sightless cross the street in
A Maryland legislator has intro-.
duced a bill which will make it illegal
for more than two persons to ride on
the front or three on the rear seat of
automobiles, with the idea that it is
'rowding a machine which prodluces
accidents. Sonme of his confreres have
a&dul the author of the bill if he
alidn't man'ntfr tee cmar.