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WHAT THE BELL
% Statement In Reply to an
They Have no Telephone
The Company is Managed by Southern
Men In Interest of Clients?
Some Figures Uiveii.
In a late issue of THE advertiser
somo sovero criticisms of the methods
and history of The Southern Hell Tele
phone and Telegraph Company wero
made. Sinco that time THE Adver
tiser has been called upon by Mr. A.
J. Miller, special ropresentativo of the
Coneral Manager of that Company who
has taken issue with some of our repre
sentations, thk Advertiser cheer
fully gives place to the statement of
mr. mim.kr's statkmknt.
Availing ourselves of the courtesy of
Tub Advkrtiskr to correct certain
statements in a rccont issue, wo would
state as a preface that we are con II
dont that no intentional injury to our
Company was intended, but believe
that many of the allegations are based
upon incorrect information. Primarily,
we are accused of being an oppressive
monopoly?exacting and ovorbearing.
Instead of being a grinding, grasp
ing monopoly, as this article would in
dicate, we have no monopoly at all,
there being hundreds of independent
and competing exchanges in our terri
tory and in many places wo have been
importuned for the past three years to
build competing oxchangos where
there was a homo tolephono company
but, with two exceptions, we have In
variably declined to enter the field
with a local exchange whoro there was
one already in existence, and theso
two exceptions wero after such press
auro had boon brought to bear upon us
by the business communities and city
officials that wo could not consistently
refuso the eamo and still claim to be
willing to cover the field. Just to tho
contrary of tho article, it Is our desire
to covor tho Hold with strictly first
class Hues, moderate rates, first-class
local exchanges, reasonable rates, good
service, and to deserve and rocoive
the commendation and patronago of
It is further stated that ten
years ago our charges for residence
telephones in Greonvillo and Columbia
?was from $48.00 to $00 00. This is
wholly incorrect. As a matter of fact,
we have not, since the beginning of our
business, charged as much as $48.00 per
annum for residences telephones in el
thor Greonvillo or Columbia. For
many years our highest rate for resi
dences telephones in either of these
places was $80 00 por annum for un
limited special line service and at pres
ent time that is our highest rate on
residence phonos in those cities. The
highest rate we charge in Columbia
for a business phono i,s $48.00 per an
num and for that WO furnish common
battery, central energy, supervisory
system sorvlco, metallic circuits aud
long distance instruments. This rate
is charged in Columbia, with vigorous
opposition, while tho same rate 13 only
charged In Columbus, Georgia, (and a
nuinberof other cities about tho same
size of Columbia,) where there Is no
opposition. Futherrnore, In Greenville
S. C, whore a $4.00 rate had existed,
with the elimination of opposition,
there are between 200 and 300 of the
old subscribers who have signed an
agreement for a rate of $3.50 and also
aerreed not to patroni/.e any other than
the Bell Co. for a poriod of 5 years. In
Spartanburg tho same thing is true.
Since opposition has boon acquired we
?will reduce the rate from $4.00 to $3.50.
Tho same applies to Union where with
opposition our rate was $4.00, but since
opposition was eliminated, tho rate is
reduced to $3.50 and the subscribers
are perfectly contented.
Further statements made In your pa.
per as to what we would do if we should
buy out the Laurens Exchange, or any
other Exchange do not credit us with
any superior business judgment. We
can't afford to charge exorbitant ratos,
even if we wero so disposed. It would
be a short-sighted policy to do so, as
that would only invito competition and
again bring about a situation of riv
alry, ?to. It is the policy of the Com
pany to inaugurate such rates as will
Finally attention invited to tho men
who control and operate the Southern
Bell Telegraph and Telephone Co.
They aro in no wise strangers, the lead
ing men of tho corporation all being
Southern men. Mr. W.t. Gentry, the
head of tho concern and its Genoral
? Manager is a native of Virginia, who
has devotod twenty years to this busi
ness. Ho stands high in business cir
cles and has the unbroken record of do
ing 'exactly what ho says he will do.
Tne same is true of tho Assistant Gen
eral Manager,, Mr. J. W. Crews, who is
?lau ? native of Virginia. Superin
tendent Chapley Is a native of Pensa
cola, Fla., Superintendent Sims of Ala
bama and Superintendent Hobson of
Savannah, aro all Southern men, and
these are tho men who stand at the
head of this Company and control all
of its policies. They are therefore In
a sense, your home, people and fill the
demand th/t Is so often made for home
Again, it will be said that a Corpora
tion has no soul. In a sonso this is
true, but those who compose it are to
ho trusted as much asmon in any other
line of buslness.QThey are a compet
ent part of our social system, and en
titled to as much, but no more confi
dence than others. ?
It th'ereforo resolves itself into a mat
ter of what tho experience of their
past record will present in the fulfill
ment and fidelity to same. In this mat
ter and upon thy sort of an investlga
tion, the Sou^ern Bell Telephone
NEWS FROM MT. BETHEL.
'Mies Alice Fergueon began the school
at this place last Monday morning
with a good number of pupils.
The Rev. Mr. Haddock preached at
Poplar Springs church Sunday 28rd
ult. and waged war oil masonry.
Thanksgiving services will be held
at Haimony Church Fifth Sabbath
morning by Rev. Mr. Lowdermllk. In
the afternoon on that day a rally will
bo Leid In tho Sabbath School at Mt.
Miss Sarah Sullivan who is in college
at Due West came home on a visit last
Friday and returned Monday morning.
The yield of sweet potatoes is greater
than it has been for years, but there is
general complaint of them rotting.
Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Simpson visitod
relatives in Pickens and Greenvillo
Most all of the farmers of this sec
tion have gathered, ginnod and sold
More small grain has boon sown than
common and is looking unusually well.
Mr. E. G. Mitchell has tho boat burr
clover patch wo have soen this fall.
Mrs. M. says there is nothing that will
excel Burr clover for milk cows.. It
increases tho How of milk and yield of
butter and gives to the buttor a very
fino color and flavor.
THE PRIDE OF HEROES.
Many soldiers in tho late war wrote
to say that for Scratches, Bruises,
Wounds, Cuts, Corns, Sore Feet and
Stiff Joints, Bucklen's Arnica Salve Is
the best In tho world, Same for Burns,
Scalds, Bolls, Ulcers, Skin Eruptions
and Piles. It cures or no pay. Only 25
cents at Laurens Drug Co. and Pal
metto Drug Co.
Ten Cents Cotton.
We aro prepared to take caro of a
quantity of cotton on storage and ad
vance money on same. Now Is tho
time to storo your cotton for a profit.
Don't sell too fast, or it will give out
J. Wade Anderson,
Om President and Manager.
KYLE hay Press
Farmers tako care of what you make.
There Is as much in saving as there is
iu making, and If you balo your bay,
fodder, oats, shucks etc., at the proper
time you not only save room and lime,
but you savo 33 per ccut of the nutrl
clous matter that evaporates whon It Is
not baled. Tho
Kyle Hay Press
fills a long felt want with farmers. It
is tho best yet made. The opinion
seems to be unanimous th at tho KYLE
HAY PRESS is unexcelled by any
press on the market. It Is going to
the front, already a great number of
thorn have been sold, you only need to
try It to be pleased. It Is easy oper
ated by 2 men and 1 horse. It Is cheap,
durable, simple In construction and
easily mounted. It is the only press
that can be made or repaired on tho
farm, it has no casting to break and
cause long delay. No other press has
this advantage. It is the only press
that the farmer can afford to buy, it
pi' j s for Itself out of the first crop.
Evury farmer can own his own press,
and bale his hay at the proper time.
A. L. HUDGENS,
Laurens, S. C.
THE County Treasurer's Books will
be open for collection of State, County
and Commutation Road Taxes for fiscal
year 1901 at tho Treasurer's Office, from
October 15th to December 31, 1902.
All persons owning property or paying
taxes fur others in more than one Town
ship arc requested to call for receipts in
each township in which they live. This
is important, as additional cost and pen
alty may not be attached. Prompt at
tention will bo given those who wish to
pay their taxes through tho mail by
cheoks, money orders, etc. Persons
.sending in lists of names to bo taken off,
are urged to send in early as tho Treas
urer is very busy during tho month of
Too Tax Lovy is as follows:
Lauroos Spcoial School. 3} mills
Fountain Inn Special Sohool.. 4 "
Qraycourt Speoial School.... 2 "
Waterloo Special Sohool. 2 "
Cross Hill Special Sohool_ 3 "
Mountville Speoial Sohool.... 2J "
Clinton Speoial Sohool1 M
Ordinary Tax.14 "
Ail able-bodied male citizens betwocn
the ages of 21 and 60 years are liable to
pay a poll tax of $1.00, except old sol
diers, who aro oxempt at 50 years of
age. Commutation Road Tax $1.00, in
lieu of working tho public roads, to be
paid at the time, as stated above!
Como early and avoid tho rush. It is
said there will bo no extension this time.
J. H. COPtOLAND,
Laurens, S. C, Oot. 3, 1902?td.
Atlantic Coast Line,
Wilmington, N. C , July 21, 1002.
Through Train from Charleston to
No. 52. No. 63..
7 00 a iu I.v Charleston Ar 0 20 p m
'8 35 a ra " Lanes " 6 20 p m
0 50 a m " Hum tor " 4 56 p m
II00 am Ar Columbia . Lv 8 40pm
12 20pm ? Prosperity '? 224 pm
I? 42 pm " Nowberry 14 210pm
125pm ?' Clinton " 125pm
147pm " Laurons " 210pm
3 05pm " Greenville ?? 1222 pm
3 30pm " Spartanbnrg ?? 1215 pm
FROM COLUMBIA, S. O.
No. 53 Daily, 4:55 p. m.
Arrive Sumter 6:15 p. m.; George
town 0:15 p m, Florence 7:50 p in, Dar
lington 8:15 p mi, Hartsvlllo 0:30 p m,
Uennottsville 0:37 p m, Gibson 10:30 p
in, Fayetteville 10:25 p m, Wilmington
11:26 p m, Rocky Mount 12:45 a m, Wol
don 1:50 a m, Petersburg 3:26 a m,
Richmond 4:12 a ra, Washington 7:54 a
m, Now York 1:53 p m.
No. 54 Dally, 6:66 p m.
Arrive Sumter 8:20 a m, Florenoe
0:35 a m, Darlington 10:30 a in, Choraw
11:45, a m, Wadesboro 2:50 p m, Harts
vlllo 11:20 a m, Marlon 10:53 a m: Wil
mington 1:40 pm, Fayetteville 12:35 p
m, Rooky Mount 3:50 p m, Weldon 4:53
p ra, Petersburg 6:44 p m, Riohmond
7:45 p m, Washington 11:40 p ra, New
York 7:18 a m.
Pullman sleeping oars New York to
Tampa. Pullman dining cars New
York to Savannah.
For rates, schedules, etc., write.
W. J. Cralg, Gen. Pan. Agt., Wil
mington, N. O,
H. M. Emerson, Asst. Traffic Mgr.,
Wtlminoinrt. N. O. .
You Didn't Know!
That our buyer has just returned from New York and Baltimore where
he "scooped" some of the
BVEFt BROUGHT "TO LAURBNS FOR
December and the Holiday Trade
You Didn't Know
4 J ir
That in these lols he picked up several large lols of
which we are offering much below their real value.
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" ff^e Princeton"
YOU DIDN'T KNOW that he scooped a big lot of
Boys' Knee Suits and
Children's Vestee Suits.
YOU DIDN'T KNOW that he found wholesalers in
need of money, and in order to get some they let ;
our buyer in on the ground floor and parted
with some of the newest and up-to-date
things in Dress Goods, Waiting, Fan
cy Table Linen, Lace, Window
.-- 0>.:V>-? C0P*?lOT
,. Hit ?Y TM
You Didnjt Know that in this lot he scooped a big lot of MilbEnds
that we will run at the following prices?
2000 yards 5-oent Outing at. 3o. vfc A big lot, of Ladles' Hats 25# less than
2000 yards 7 and 8-cent Outing at . 5c. & value ?
1000 yards 25-oent Fanoy Jacquards at 19c. A big lot of Ladies' Skirts 25% less than
A big lot of Jackets less than value. value.
A big lot of Quilts and Blankets less than $p A big lot of Ladies' Suits 25% less than
You didn't know that the term New York cost does not figure in the values we are offering because we bought them less than
cost, and therefore give you the advantage of it. Now you know. Call quick and avoid the rush, as all will be put
on sale as fast as they arrive.
We expect the largest business this month of any December of our exist
ence. We know what you want, and we have it! We know what's
a fair price, and we charge it. We know what value is, and we
Famous Underbuyers and Undersellers of Merchandise,
Our Store is
"Our Qoods are Bright
Our Prices are Right
Our Store a great sight
We turn competition to flight."
A Call at
of things for artistic homes, will
certainly be of benefit to your. A
Holiday Fairyland of beautiful
We are Selling Everything at
REDUCED PRICES! f?
We believe in"lioing ami let lire" //' we sell lots of
goods (d a small profit we will bare something to
keep us busy, and in the end make as mach as
the our who sells fewet Hoods (// a IdJ'gt
profit. Come and buy from us. II 'e will
^9 ^ profit. Come and buy from us. We will ^S.
? Save you Honey on
|| Dry Goods, Clothing and Shoes.||
Buy good Winter Shoes from us. We have
Bargains in Blankets,
See -them at, once. We have a great, bargain
in Towels. Ask to see them. You will miss
much IT you think this notice is nonesense
and neglect to come to see.
8 The McCord Mdse. Co.8
Olaurens, s. c. '4$
R. P. riilam
We offer to our Farmers the chance to buy
goods, especially Groceries, at?
.We sell all Supplies, the best kinds, at.
L/O W FIGUR OS.
and make your dollars go furthest by trading here. Try us and
sec for yourselves.
Our Undertaker's Stock is Complete. We cany u wcl
selected stock of everything from
$ ? $ $ ft the cheapest Colliti to the best Mc
-k.'i^vtk'^-'l.tJL . ~ i: - r~>. ? .1,1._ i_ _ ._
?^^/ ) i draped iu cloth. A First-class Hearse
\H\U Wj& 1/ H ??' \ .'V when wanted. We can furnish white
** "' '""'*"or black horses when desired. At
night or Sunday'Phone R. P. Milam's residence or call on [. Mills
Hunter at J. A. Copeland's residence.
It. P. MIL AM & CO.
wWi 'Ii M
A Thanksgiving Summons!
"Whon the frost- is on the pumpkin" and the season's crops are <yai hered in
it is time to givo thanks. Though Winter'sic,\ blasts maj rage without, there'll
be cheer and comfort at tho Thanksgiving f?-:c-t within.
Are you going to oat vour dinner al hoinoV Then you'll waul t ? preseni your
best appearsnec, especially if there is a house full ol compuny. Ar you nin<j
to eat your dinner with friends or relatives? Then you'll wuui lo pul your l>esi
foot forward a way from homo. In either cvont, you will want something new in
the way of wearables. We would liko to roiuind you thai we have ever^ hinjj
for your Thanksgiving Outfit. We can lit you on I from head to fool .
In wearables for man and boy is hero in wide variety and al lemplinuh liille
prices. You will enjoy the holiday all the more with fresh, stylish apparel
you will want to put your bosl foot forward before your friends.
J. E. MINTER <& BRO.,
Leaders of Low Prices.
Why we can and do sell
Best Goods for least Honey!
Because we sell for cash only and therefore l<>^' uol hing
from had accounts.
Qecause we exchange or rofund monoj on any article
Becauso where you see an article advertised i?\ us, It's
always here at the price advertised.
That's Why?We sell a Lady's Jacket worth $8.50 for $6.90.
That's Why?We sell a Lady's Jacket worth ip?.oo for $4.48.
That's Why?we sell heavy Fleeced Underwear worth 25 for 20c
That's Why?we sell heavy ?? Union Suits worth 65 for 48c
That's Why?we sell a beautiful Marseilles quilt woith $1 for 75c
In our Millinery Department you will always find the most
stylish productions, at a price lo suit you. Come and see us.
Satisfaction with every purchase, or your money back.