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LAURENS, S. C, Fob. 0, 1897.
It will be recalled tbat our law
makers resolved to tako a squint at tbe
Winthrop girls on last Saturday. As
Salesday followed and many of tho
legislators had business (llko a certain
gentleman on tho night of Tarn O'Shan
ter's ride) at homo, tho Assembly took
a recess until Tuesday at noon. And
so tho House got down to business at
noon on Tuosdny last and tho Senate
awaited thoir work. At this writing,
the Comptroller's roport being just
now on tho desks of members, tho sup
ply and appropriations bills aro not
ready. Enough howevor, is known to
justify apprehension that tho next lovy
for State purposos will bo 54 mills in
stead of 44 making a dllTorenco of $1.00
on tho thousand to tho tax payor.?
Something llko oigbt hundred thou
sand dollars is nooded to run our little
Stato machine, and in round numbors
we havo ono hundred and soventy mil
lions upon which to make tho lovy.?
So, wo aro in tho predicament, tbat wo
must got more property or increaso tbo
annual levy. A few yoars ago wo bad
a phosphate royalty of two hun
dred thousand dollars. This Is now
greatly reduced aud pleduod to pay our
bonded debt. Now counties largoly
absorbod Interost during last week.?
Groenwood, just South of ue, and
Cherokee, which is sliced from Spar?
tanburg, Union and York, aro having
smooth sailing and will bo counties by
the idos of noxt December. Sovoral
now aspirants for countybood in tho
eastern section of tho Stato aro having
a bard tug to find a local habitation
and name. (Wo are for them as long
as thoy sblnnoy on their own side and
leave our own good county with sound
Last wook was tho opportunity of
their llvos? of tho members and Sena
tors. Thore was great talk and ovory
statesman got a hearing who had groat
oxpoctations and rolled upon tho boast
of every American,?that any man may
rise to the Presidency. (It is certainly
no idle boast since Bill McKinley gets
there.) This was what th^ talk was all
about: A Bill to require public officers
to keep their ofiices open a certain
number of hours a day. It was a popu
lar measure, but twenty-seven counties
out of thirty-five asked to be exempted.
There was much debato about the
number of days county Commissioners
should bo paid?eight were finally
Josh Ashley was at homo and spoko
well and sensibly on this bill. Mr.
Winkler and Mr. Crum were heard
A Bill passed punishing laborers
who breached their contracts wilh
landlords after rocoiving advances.?
Mr. Goodwin, of Laurons participated
in tho discussion. Tho Govornor sent
in a message about Judgo Mackey's
claim and it was referred to a commis
sion to investigate it. This is right.?
There has been a good deal of talk
about fish, torrapln and oysters, but
the oystor nover swims outside of salt
water. Nono of tho big fish grow abovo
"old" Edgefield, Judgo Earle excopted.
Thore was groat debate about the
privilege tax?which goes to support
Clemson. Josh Ashley was for ex
tinguishing it?others for turning it
into tho Treasury. If it gots thore,
good byo. Goodwin, of Laurcns was for
leaving it whero it is, saying that tho
Laurens farmers make no fuss about it
or its disposition. There was much
foolish talk of other than farmers' sons
going to Clemson and about farmers
paying this tax. Tho fact is, nearly
overy man abovo Judgo Pope's battle
monta of tho Battery buys guano, and
pays a part of this tax and Clemson is
a State Collogo in which all classes aro
interested and tho Collego is easily
supported by this tax and nobody
feels it. Lot tho present arrangement
stand. In the Senate a bill to enablo
persons under 21 to apply for admis
sion to tho bar was killed as doad as a
herring. (If they get much older thoy
will not bo so anxious.) The bill to ro
qulro all ofilcors to report thoir Incomo
from foos will become a law. It is
probably woll. Let us see if the 'foes
approximate tbo valuo of tho sorvlcos.
Our Coroner will not object to a show
ing. So also of the Judgo of Probate.
Tho battlo on Josh Ashloy's Bill to
abolish tho privilogo tax. was blttorly
fought, but it finally got its finishing
stroUo. This Is a twonty-fivo cents tax
on a ton of guano sold in tho Stato,
yloldlng about $50,000 and has gono to
support Clemson Collego. Tho proposi
tion to abolish was, it la true, sup
ported by frlonds of Clemson, but thoy
woro in their own light. It was urgod
that it was a tax upon farmers alone;
this Is not the fact: curiously, but
truly, 09 per cent, of tho businoss mon
of tho Stato aro landholdors and live
by guano and land and a large por cunt
of thoso who do not plough with thoir
own hands, pay a part of this tax.?
Thoy are friondly to Clorason. Thore
are no castos or classes in this Stato.
Tho 3ons of farmorsare mot-chants and
proachers and doctors, and in turn tho
.sons of those aro farmors. It wou'd
endanger Clomson if this tax is taken
away. Wo need a technological school
for our boys. Goodwin spoko oat for
the tax in tho Houso and tho Lau ens
lads stood throo squarely for the status
Gov. Ellerbo sent in a message warn
ing tbe Assembly that thoro was dan
ger of tbe funds falling short, appre
hending a deficiency of moro than
$30,000. It was wlso to so advise, but
we can borrow from the sinking fund.
A Prohibition Bill has been intro
duced. Mr. Burns introduced his bill
duty on the Sheriff. Amendments to
the dispensary law by Garrls?"as long
as the 21st of June." Patton's bill for
re-arranging the Congressional Dis
tricts brought a splendid speoch from
Patton, of Rlchland, the ablest man
in tbo House, and the Bill apparently
has a show. The Districts are specifi
cally named and not numbered . Saluda
District under the plan is: Nowberry,
Lexington, Alken, Edgeflold, Saluda,
Laurons and Greenwood Senator Wal
lace introduced a Bill: "To provide for
the issuanco of township bonds by tho
town of Laurous for school purposes.''
By Mr. Archer: "Bill to provide for
spittoons in Court Houses and to punish
persons for spitting on floors." This
comes of having a fino Court Houso
with velvet carpets In Spartanburg.
Max O'Roll, a Frenchman, declares
that thoro is much danger In the
United Statos of stumbling on tbeso in
struments to tho hazard of your neck
bone. Winkler, a mombor of tho
House from liorshaw, declared that
his committee was pushed so tight with
work that bo hadn't time to get his
meal3." Mr. W. can't bo called mealy
mouthed. There aro somo old vets
thero who should cito him to a havor
sack. Tho State has an arrangement
that will do away with tho old fash
ioned canteon. Tho hip pocket fits to
Both houses made great progress
during tho closing days of last week.
Patton's re-distrlcting Bill was con
tinued to noxt session. In the dobato
several mombors wanted to go home
and got tho vlows of their constituency.
Thoy aro ovldontly in favor of tho
"referendum" and should submit ovory
question to tho people But no harm
is done, and as Mr. Winklcr said?"tho
pnblic pulse could bo folt." Besides
Greenwood and Cherokee, Dorchester
and Bamberg counties are making
progress. Tho first comes off Barn
woll and tho lattor from Colloton -and
round about. Rico and fish and terra
pin abound In those counties. As Lin
coln would say, "very good, if you liko
those things." Thero was a stout de
bato to mako tho pay of State's wit
nesses $1 00 instead of 50 cents. But
tho proposition went tno way of all
flesh. A Bill to reduce tho fees of
ofllcors whoro tho amounts aro small
and Involving Judges of Probate, and
Clerks and Sheriffs, is likely to become
law. Our readers will remember that
Cantinl was raided by constables in
Charleston; ho sued tho constables and
got a judgment for$3,000 before a jury.
The Stato Is asked to pay it Thero is
likely to be politics in this; but thero
should bo none. Jury vordicts should
bo respected, or the system of Jury
trial abolished. And no bettor system
than that of tho twelve men has been
Invented. A Bill is before the Senate to
raise $92,000, as a special .school tax.
Tho three mill tax is enough. Mr
Archers "spittoon bill" caught it
where ' the city belle wore her neck
laco." As wo have said, both bodies
aro at work, and thero are matters of
some consequence, but small matters
should bo ignored and the General As
sembly adjourn. Much time has been
wasted on fiddlesticks in slaughtering
foolish bills. The estimates should have
been In and the supply bill and appr i
prlatlons, laws, and the body ready to
adjourn by the 13th Instant. Tho Jour
nal (without tho monthly debates) will
look liko an olephant by tho side of a
rabbit. But we are not scolding. Pos
sibly wo could not havo done hotter,
but Governor Kllerbo has warned them
that a deficiency is to bo apprehended.
Adjournment now looks far off.
A Sensal ion To Morrow.
The vote of the States for the Presi
dency and Vice Presidency will be
canvassed by tho two houses of Con
gross In the Hall of tho Houso of Re
presentatives to-morrow. A protest
has been prepared by republicans in
this State and signed by thousands,
against counting the vote of South
Carolina when that Stato is called. It
claims that a great body of voters were
unconstitutionally oxcluded from vot
ing. 2nd: That tho Stato Constitution
was Illegally formed by reason that
bodies of electors were refused regis
tration and that thus we have not in
tho State a republican form of govern
ment as guaranteed by the constitu
tion of tho United States.
It la a republican conspiracy out and
out. A heated, violent political de
bate may bo precipitated and tho ac
tion Is no doubt intended to affect tho
sitting democratic members from this
Stato and othor democratic States.
Just Liko Cleveland.
W. J. Bryan has boon shooting ducks
Reading a book
?te> Won't tell you about your health.
,S Ask your neighbor what he and
$c his family took last Spring when
&i they felt so miserable, so tired
$| out. He will tell you
S? Dn. CLARK JOHNSON'S
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ffi 30 years for Malaria, Chills
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w> Rheumatism, and all Blood Dis
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has cured thousands, will cure
you. Nothing new about it; no
trial remedy; no temporary
stimulant, it does the work
thoroughly, honestly, and it's
"easy to buy,""erty to take."
50c. per bottle 1 all druggists.
Medicinal value in a bottle of Hood's Sarsa
imi ill i than In any other preparation.
More skill is required, more care taken, more
expense Incurred In its manufacture.
It costs tho proprietor and the dealer
More hut it costs tho consumer lest, as ho
gets moro doses for his money.
More curative power Is secured by Its peculiar
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More people are employed and more space oc
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More wonderful cures effected and moro tes
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More sales and moro increaso year by year
are reported by druggists.
More )>coplo are taking Hood's fkirsaparilla
today than any other, and more are
taking It today than ever before.
More and still, mokk reasons might bo
given why you should tako
Tho One True Blood Purifier. $1| six for $5.
, . ., cure nil Liver Ills and
flood S PlllS Sick Headache. 26cents.
Claiming Too Much.
"Tho Charleston Post claims that it
was ulono among tho nowspapers in
South Carolina In saying unequivocally
that Judgo Earlo would win tho race
In tho primary for United States Sena
tor. The Post did most oxcollent service
along this line in Charleston, and was
lurgely Influential in bringing out a
fuir voto in that town, but our friend is
a little olT in elulming that it stood alono
among tho newspapers when it camo to
an ulalterablo faith in Judge Earle's
success. Cerlainly thero was never a
timo when tho odltor of tho Mountain
eer, publicly or privatoly, failed to as
sert that Earlo would bo nominated for
the United States Sonato, and while
tho Post may bo nearly right, it should
admit that thero wore others. Tho
Pee Dec Advocate was a staunch be
liever in Earle's success, but tho Post
may not bo alluding to olhoas than the
daily newspapers witich cut a very
poor figuao in tho first pi Imary.?
There is a good deal in tho claim of
Wo beg to add that thero was an
awful silence in the Press generally
ponding the gentle breeze stirring, up
on tho said contest last summer, and
that silenco was louder than all tho
thunders and had a deal of electric
fluid behind it. It was a case of signifi
cant but eloquent silence, with squint,
frown, and grimace,and contortion, and
face making that would put old Itossius
even to tho blush.
Ahr: Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?
Sam: 1 do blto my thumb, sir.
Ahr: Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?
Sam: Is the law on our side, if T eay, ay?
Tho following "joke" from tho Lau
rens Advertiser smacks of force bills
and high tariff:?Aiken Journal and
Only forty-three more days of Cleve
land.?The Carolina News.
"E?d)or you mind, bubber, Ebber you
.mind!" The fr ing pan Is in close prox
imity to the fire.?Advkiutseu.
Precisely so. We howled to tho West
and wo pot McKinley and per conse
quence Tom Reed from way down East*
Above all wo should dread a high
tariff. Tho South is slowly but surely
advancing. Fighting for silver, a
doubtful good, wo are in danger of all
tho ills that Yankee ingenuity can sug
gest and now has power to indict. Tow
see had a good bone but crossing tho
stream saw its shadow and going for
tho shadow lost tho substance.
BIG FIRE SALE
S? IICONTINUES.il SSS?S
Soven men busy waiting on tho Customors. Tho groatost opportunity over olTorod you to buy
Goods CHEAP. Our entire Stock of
in this Sale?Got Prices at once. Soo tho lino of 75cts and $1.00 Pants; Boys' Suits all going.
Boxes brokou up but good shoos all tho samo at tho biggest Bargains ever offered. Now is your
time. Just tako timo to como and soo for yoursolf. You can afford to buy and keep thorn until
you nood them.
Whole Stock must go at once. Spot Cash.
No Goods Charged to anyone.
DAVIS & ROPER.
LAURENS, S. C., Jan. 21, 1897.
TO THE PUBLIC.
For the next ^Thirty Days
we will sell at cut prices:
Overoats, Blankets. Shawls,
JLaprobes, Wool Jeans and some
Job lots of Shoes.
J. MINTER & SON.
Of Settlement and Application
Jor Final Discharge.
Take notice that on the 23rd day
of Feb. 1897, I will render a final
account of my acts and doings as
Administrator of the estate of Mary
E. Spencer, deceased, in the
office of Judge of Probate, for
Lumens county at 11 o'clock
A. M., and on the same day will
apply for a final discharge from
my trust as such Administrator.
All persons huving demands
against said estate will please pre
sent them on or before that day
proven and authenticated, or be for
L. P. ARMSTRONG,
Jan. 15, 1897-41
I will mako Lnurens my homo
horeafter, and can bo found at Chil
d roes' Stables, where I will bo pleas
ed to serve the public in my capa
city as Veterinarian Surgeon. I
mako specialties of Castrating
Itidgling Horses and Old Stallions,
removing fungus growths, warts,
M. F. KENELEY.
Nov. 9, 1896-tf
Petition for Homestead.
Notlco is horoby given that Caroline
Meadows has appllod to mo by potc
tion for a homestead In tho porsonal
effects of Whitmorc Meadows, de
John F. Bolt,
c. c. c. p. l. c.
MONEY TO LOAN
On improved farms iu Laurons Coun
ty at sovcn (7) por cent, interest. Long
time. Reasonable terms.
S/mpson A Barksdale,
Jan . 4, 1897 ? 3n?. Attorneys.
All persons having accounts
with us will call and settle same
at our office over J. R. Minter &
L. E. BURNS & CO.,
Laurens, S. C.
bottled under the
"Red, White and Blue"
label are distilled and guaranteed by us. We have been
selling to the South for FORTY YEARS and we know
what you want. Ask your Dispensary for ?* Red, White
and Blue" label liquor and insist on getting it.
FREIBERG & WORKUM, Distillers,
Lynchburo, O. Peterseuroh, Ky. Cincinnati, O
(Old Price $21.00)
For an Oak Suit Furniture with Large German Bevel
Glass, Hand Carved (not Band sawed carving)
DELIVERED FREE AT YOUR DEPOT
9 Bays Oply
' ... /-I
SUNNY SOUTH STOVE.
S. M, & E. H. Wilkes & CO.
Laurens, S. C, Jan. 25th, 1897
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