Before You Buy or Sell
any Kind of
Heal Estate, or Business,
Write us your wants.
J. Y. Gakling'son & Co.,
Laurens, S. C.
well in their^ Place.
We bKve tKetn nnd~itcep thein In
their places, in our One lino of
Hair Brushes, Tooth Brushes, Etc.
Our stock is made up of the best
American, English and French
Goods, and will bo sold at popular
HUDSON'S DRUG STORE.
laurens, q. o.. wednesday. nov. ii. 1903
THE BAZAR NOW
OPEN TO PUBLIC.
Very Handsome Display of
THE FANCY WOKK.
Many Tasteful and Attrac
Hall Over Palmetto Drag Store Scouo
or Fairy like Ilcautjr and Thronged
The Chrysanthemum and Fancy
Work Bs/.ar given by tho ladios of the
First Methodist and First Presbyterian
Churches was opened in the ro an*
over the Palmotto Dni? Store yester
day morning and was thronged with
visitors throughout tho day, many
coming from Clinton.
Tho display of chrysanthemums is
specially handsome, considering that
weather conditions this yoar have not
There are separate fancy work
booths, one with artlc'es from the
Presbyterian ladies and the other from
tho Methodist ladies.
Delightful luncheons and suppsM
were eorved yesterday and will bo
Mr. Johu Y. Garlingt? n purchased
from the ladies spaco for a booth for
his insurance business and two young
ladies aio doing a trcmenCo is business
for his companies. &
One o'.tho most : btraotivq fettur.s
is the doll bcot'i?irdo? d it is tuo pret
tiest of aU except the flower b.oth.
A p-etty booth with p'c tires re
presents the Lalies Home Journal,
which tha*. publication presented to
th; l?dier. You ig ladies have charge
of it and take subscriptions for the
The threo chrysanthemum premiums
wero a'l won by Mrs Oscar Habb,
whose display was exceptionally beau
tiful. They wore for finest single blos
som, finest single stalk of blooms and
finest collection. Tho premiums wrro a
handsome jardiniere, pitcher and vase .
Everybody yesterday prasiod tho
dinmr. Tho writer had tho best piece
of turkey evor cooked in Laurens
Everybody should get dinner and sup
per at the bazar to-day.
Death of Dr. 11. T. Templeton.
Dr. H. T. Templeton, a well known
physician, died suddenly at his homo in
the mill village last night.
Fon Salk?A piano in first class
condition. A groat bargain. Apply
to M. L. Copeland.
THE SEASON IS ON
If you want to buy or sell a house
and lot in town or a plantation in tho
county call to soe mo. I will not ask
you too much, and I ein soli your
property for its value.
I don't want to try to sell your prop
erty at a fictitious value. I only under
take to fit the property to n purchaser
whom It suits, and who is willing to
pay its value.
I am not a "smoothe article." I make
plain statements, and your own inves
tigation will prove their correctness.
If you have property to manage,
turn it over to me. I can save you
annoyanoe and money also. Your
rents will be collected and remitted
I nave for ?ale:
188 acres ono and one-fourth mile,
from "StcnnpSpring", Jacks Township.
16 acres bottom land, 4 miles North
8 room house and lot on Jones Street.
5 room house and lot on Simpson
7 room house and lot on West Main
1 lot on Ea9t Main Street.
8 store lots at Clinton, S. C.
2 ? rooms cottnges near Furniture
1 0 room hotiee with servant's house
on West Main Street.
1 6 room houeo on South Harpor
M. L. Copeland,
REAL ESTATE, STOCKS AMD BONUS,
State of So nth Carolina,
COUNTY OF LAURENS.
In Common Pleas.
Sallie L. Daniel, Mamie S. Fuller and
Alta Lee Ellis, Plaintiffs, against
Mary O. Smith, Wilmot Smith, in
dividually, and as Administrator of
the estate of Dr. John R. Smith, de
ceased, et al.
Pursuant to an order of tbo court in
?.ho sbnvn str.lcd case, dated Ootober,
80, 1008, I will tell at Lvturons, C. H.,
on Salesday in December next, being
the 7th day of tho month, during tbo
legal hours of sale, tho following de
scribed real estate, situated in the
Connty and State aforesaid.
Tract No. 1,containing in:? 7-10 acre?,
more or less, bounded by lands ot J. P.
Jones, Joseph T. Johnson. Thomas
Hood and tracts Nos. 2 and 3.
Tract No. 2, containing 102 2-10 acre?,
4 mor j or less, bounded by lands of J. P.
Jones, estate of John R. Owings, B. L.
Henderson and tracts Nos. 1 and 3.
Traoc No. 3, containing Wi acres,
mo e or less, bounded by lands of J. C.
Marlin, P. H. Baldwin and tracts Nos.
1 and 2.
Terms of Sal .--One-half of parohase
money cash; balance on a credit of
twelve months, secured by bond of tho
fmrehasor and a mortgago of tho prem
sea sold, with intorest from day of
sale, with leave to the purchaser to pay
his entire bid in cash. Purchaser to
pay for paper. If the purchaser fails
to comply with the terms of sale, land
will b*j resold on trie same or some
subsequent jaloeday oa the same terms
at the risk of the former purchaser,
JOHN F. BOLT,
O. O. C. 1?.
ZSfovember, 10, 1003?td.
AMONU OUR FRIENDS.
Miss Lyl Vance has returned from a
visit to Columbia.
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Fullor worj in
the city yesterday.
Mr. J. N. Hudgons is ablo to bo out
out after a long and tedious illnoss.
Mrs. U. \V. Davis of Fountain Inn is
visiting her brother, Dr. lt. E. Hughes.
Capt? J. B. Humbort was a promi
nent visitor to Laurons last week.
Miss Laura Vanco of Clinton visited
relatives in tho city last weok.
Miss Rosa Railoy of Clinton is in the
Mr. and Mrs. John U Copoland vis
ited Clinton last week
Rov. Mr. McLet's of Grconwood vis
ited in the city last wook.
Prof. T. F. Jones of Gray Court spent
Faturday in tho city.
Miss Einmio Lou Humbert of Prince
ton was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. A.
Huff last week.
Miss Janio Hallow has returned from
a visit of several months to friends in
Mi's. Sallio Young of Cartorsvillo and
Mrs. C. \V. Tuno visited Mr. and Mrs.
John C. Davis aenr Clinton last week.
Miss Mary Ferguson has roturned
from Columbia whoro sho attended the
Mr. Luther A. McCord has returnoil
from a builuess trip to.Darlington and
other points in the Peedoo section.
Pro'. B. Y. Culbor'son of Maddens
w-s in town Saturday for the meetiug
of tho county teachers association.
Tho County Teachers wero in sossion
Saturday and had an interesting meet
ing, well attended.
Magls'rato John M, Hudgens is ablo
to be out again after his lor.fcj illness,
much to the pleasure of his friends.
Mrs. RobertStoddardand Miss Marie
Stoddard of Rapley were in tho city
Tuesday and visited tho bazar.
M;s\es DeCamp and Wheeler of
Greenville aro visaing the .Misses
Mr. A. \V. Thompson of Ora re
turned Monday from Winnsboro whore
he attended tho synod of the Associ
ate Reformed Presbyterian Church.
Rov. Robert Adams returned Mon
day from Chester where he filled the
pulpit of the Presbyterian Church
President Poteat of Furman mado an
interesting address to the County
Teachers' Association on Saturday,
which was greatly enjoyed.
Mr. Edgar Bavkslale, who was so ill
this summer, is able to be on the
streots again and is now rapidly gain
Mrs. i'eako, Mr.*. J. W. Bailoy, Mrs.
W. A. Shaids and Mrs. Edgar Owens
of Clinton woro in tho city for the
The Rev. J. T. Taylor of Cross Hill,
will preach at Beavordam Baptist
Church, next Sunday, 16th inst., at 11
o'clock a. ni. Tho public is invited to
A STARTLING TEST.
To saye a life, Dr. T. G. Merritt, of
No, Mohoopany, Pa., made a startling
test resulting in a woudorful cure. He
wrltep, "a patient was attacked with
violent hemorrhages, ciuscd by uleora
tion of the stomach. I had ofton found
Electric Bitters excellent for stomach
and llvor troubles so I prescribed
thorn. Tho patient gained from tho
first, and has not had an attack in 11
months." Electric Blttors are posit
ively guaranteed for Dyapeps'n, Indl
goation, Constipation and Kidney trou
bles. Try them. Only 60 cents at Lau
rens Drug Co. and W. W. Dod9on.
By virtue of a Decree of the Court of
Common Pleas in the case of William
C Irby, Jr.. Executor, Plaintiff, against
Nannio M. Irby, et. al., Defendants, I
will soli at public outcry to the high
est bidder, at Laurens, C. H. S. C, on
Sa'esday in December next, being the
7th day of the month, the following lot
of land: All that lot of land in tho Ci?y
of Laurons, bounded by Harper Street
on the East, Academy Street on the
North, Chestnut Street on the Wost,
and lands of the estate of E. M. Caine
on the South, containing 23 acres, be
ing tho home place of the late J. L. M.
Irby. I will soli in lots or in entirety,
announcement to bo made on day of
Wim.tam C. Irhy, Jn..,
CUT THIS OUT.
Take this ad to WIUJAMSON
The Jeweler and get 5 per cent
discount on all Watches, Dia
monds, Jewelry, Cut Glass and
.Silverware bought of him within
next 60 days.
AGED VETERAN HAS
GONE TO REWARD.
Death or Mr. Turner lt. Jones of
Jacks Township Satur
Mr. Turner Jones, father of Mr. J.
Andy Jones, died at tho sgg of 8il, at
tho home of Iiis sen, on the 7th. and
was buried Monday at tho Jones bury
Mr. Jones and his son entered the
Confederate Army together and both
were lino soldiers. There aro only two
or threo instancos of this kind in the
county, Capt. John Mo re and Mr. ,J.
A. P. Moore being of tho Others.
Tho deceased gcntlemau had many
frionds among the older citi/.ons of the
county and his death will bring sorrow
to n largo circle. His son and other
relatives have much sympathy.
For the finest dress goods see
O. B. Simmons Co.
Ploischmann yeast. 2 cents a cake.
Sent by mail. 3 cents.
Palmetto Drug Co.
For anything in Dry Goods, Millin
linery or Shoes you can get tho Jowestr
prices at O. B. Simmons Co.
Have you soon that now stock of
plates, cups and suicers? tho kind that
don't crack and craze. We soli this
kind for less than you can buy the
cheap ones elsowhore.
S. M. & E. H. Wilkes.
Good weight in canton flannel, ?
cents per yard at
O. B. Simmons Co.
Think of a nice glass stand corn
p'ete (with ch'mney-nurner and wick;
io- only 10 cents.
S. M. & E. II Wilkes.
See our wool twilled Ihinnol at 15 c's
O. B. Simmons Co.
See those new rockers. They ore the
best values ever s-howa In ihooity,
S. M. & E. IT. Wilkc?.
See our heavy 11-4 blankets at $2.00.
O. B. Simmons
Soo thoso new rocker?. They ni n the
best values over shown in the city.
S. M. & E. EL Wilkes.
Buy your under vests from us. Ladies
15 cents to $1.00; men's 26 OentS to $1 GO
See the solid oak bed room $ult (com
plete with bc<>, bu o>ui and wesh stand)
that wo are selling for *ll 00. It's the
best value ever shown in Lturer.s.
S. M. & E. II. Wilkes.
A groat l no of Blaok Silks at
O. B. Simmons Co.
The Great Game ' Pit'* for sale at
Palmetto Drug Co.
Trimmings to match all Dress Goods.
O. B. Simmons Co.
Boari tho ?8 ^ ^ HMO AlVl
The Union meeting of the Sec
ond und Third Sections of the
Laurons Baptist Association will
moot with tho Mfc. Gallgher Bap
tist Church, November 27th-29th,
1903. Tho following in the Pro
grammo submitted by Kev. M. ?.
Friday, 10 o'clock a. m. Prayer and
praiso servico?conducted by tho Pastor
of Mt. Gallagher Church.
11 o'clock a. in. Introductory Sermon
by Rov, J. T. Renn. Alternate, Rev. M.
Enrollment of Delegates and organi
si n.iKcrs rou nisciveioN.
1. Are tho Baptists of Lumens Coun
ty taking tho intcrrst tticy should in
the education of their boys and girls?
?Profs. James A, Madden and B. Y.
2. What part, shonl.l tho Pastor take
in tho development of a stronger tom
peranoa sentiment among his people?
?T. II. Ruits and Lewis Nfartlu.
Saturday, U.8? o'clock a. m. Prayer
ami Praise service?conducted by Capt.
8. How can wo host reach our voung
11 tople for tho Lord Jesus?- T. B. Brown,
VV. 9. Knight, end C. B. Bobo
?. What Bible doctrine docs our
Churched need !o have preached??R.
Hawkins, John M. Hudgms, Rov. .1. O
0 The revivals our Churches mod and
how they mav be secured??R^ivs. J. T.
Konn, T. C. Jacks and J. D. Pitts.
Sunday,9.80 a. m. Prayer and Praise
service?conducted by Rev. T. C. J.icks.
7 Is our Sunday School work what it
Bhouhl b:)? If not, h >w can we best im
prove it??Sainnol Bolt, W. E. Wash
ington ami 0. II. Itoper.
It a. m. Missionary Sermon bv Rev.
J. 1). Pitts. Alternato, F?9V. B. J. Wood
M. C. COMl'TON,
Baptists To Moot.
The Union of tlie Fourth Section of
Laurons Associa'ion will convone with
Bothabara Chuich, Saturday, Nov.
Tho fol'owing is tho program:
10.30. Prayer, Praiso and Song ser
vioe.?M. A. Summcrel.
11. ?rganlzMtion. Appointment of
11.16. DUou?8?on. Subject: The Bi
ble in the hand, in tho lieart, in the
lifo.?Bev. J. A. Martin.
1.30, Coldnes* of the Chinches, cause
and remedy.?W. P. Brown.
2 15. Is the Sunday School accom
plishing its missions? If not, who is
responsible??Wade II. Pinson.
8.00. What Is Bible consecration??
W. P. Turner.
Sunday, 10.00. Addros?es by J. L.
Hoyd aud J. 11. Wh.irton.
1100. Missionary Sermon by J. B.
W. P. CUTJIERTSON,
Money to Loan.
Wo are prepared to loud money in
amounts from $000. up on mortgage of
real estate at eight per coat interest.
Will lend only one-half valuo of land.
If you have good security wo can ac
coinmodata you. If tho security is good
wo make tho payments suit the bor
F?ROUSON Sc Ffl ATHERSTONE.
For Thirty Days Every Piece of
Goods in this Line we offer for just
This is far below First Cost. Any
piece marked $1.00 will be sold for 50cts
and so on.
Remember the first gets choice.
J, O. G FLEMING & CO.
. Sf\/Ts /fs. /T\ /I\ /V\ /Ts /T\ /fS /Ts /Ts /T\ /T\ /T\ /Ts /ffs /Ts /Ts/Ts /Ts /Ts /T\ /is/
ONE CENT A WORD.
Foil sal--Pino and oak lumber and
pi no and oak wood. Call or writo to
J. H . Davis, Clinton, s. C.
Fou Sale? Single comb brown Leg
horns, pure stock. Cheap.
L. C. Todd,
Lanford Station, 8. C.
We have the finest assortment
of Heavy Dress Goods in the
Our Cloak and Coat Suit De
partment is unequalled in the
South. And just so about our
Millinery Department. WRITK
ITO US ABOUT THIS.
This Week In
Splendid line of Comforts from
75 cents up to $12.00.
The Silk ones of down start at
#7-50. t t ^
Blankets of every description
and at values you never heard of
before. Our #2.50 Blanket is a
wonder. We have them on up
Amoskeag Teazeldown Out
ings at. . 7c
These are in 10 to 20 yard
lengths, and at the best
10 cents quality. Spe
cial this week,. 7c
SASH RIBBONS 39 cts per
yard. These are 6j/? inches wide
and all pure ?Silk in the best col
ors. They arc worth 75 cents.
We bought them at a great re
duction. Vor this week only,
39 cents per yard.
??" Ask for Automobile tickets.
The James L. Tapp Co.,
Corner Main and Blauding streets
Columbia, S. C.
? MY W yil'W W Mr" W W v^ vl' Kl' vfl' v1 i K%T WM/ W M/ VI7 W ff" M/ ^ MW VL! J? ^ ^ v</ VJ/ v,/^ ^ vi/v/ ' \^ %
About goods you need right now. Here
are some prices LOWER than the
k?.\?-a k-i.?'?? ?? i t i-k-ii*'**-; vi, ?. *;*?*?;? 444444+4-44444
GREAT CLOAK VALUES!
One lot Ladies' Rough Kfifect Cloaks, worth up to $5.00, at . $ 1.50
One lot #5.00 to #7.50 Cloaks at . . 2.00
One lot Cloaks that sold up to #8.00 at . 3.00
. .. $3.00 to $4.00
One lot Cloaks that sold at $8.00 to $10.00 at
4 4-4-**4*#44444 4 4 4 4 4 4 44 4-44 44-4 444 * 4 'I 44 4 44 * 4 4 4 4 44 4 44 4 4 4*4 44**4*4
One lot Wool Red-Twilled 9 C)nc lot Ladies' extra long
Flannel . 1 5C. 'J fleeced winter Vests, ... 15c
? One lot ladies' extra heavy
One lot Dress Calico at ... 04c. % Vests, . 25c.
% One lot men's heavy fleeced
One lot Dress Outing . 04c. 5 Vests and Drawers . 25C
'' '' * One lot Apron and Dress * Lot men's extra heavy san
chcckcd Homespun . U4C. 4 itary Vests and Drawers 45c.
**** ?>*******?% fr*-**-** *** * * * * * * ** * **** * * * * ***** * * * *?* ****** ******** *** * **** ************ *** * *
Shoes Values for Everybody,
Lot men's shoes,
W I/Ot men's satin calf shoes 1.25
JL Dot of vici shoes, ... . 1.50
Lot extra quality vici
Lot of ladies' shoes,
Dot of Indies' shoes, ... 69
One lot of ladies' shoes, 59
Lot of children's shoes, 50
One lot'of ladies' shoes, 48
Lot of children's shoes, 25
,^s?ss^>Lot of Children Shoes at 10 cents.^m**^
LjL; ************** ***ft******t*^^
x Bargains in Gloves, Fascinators, Eiderdown Dress. Goods; in fact any
> * thing you Want in the Dry Goods, Shoe or Millinery line, and the LOWEST
** PRICES. Come to see us.
*E Laurens, S. C.
O. B. Simmons Co.
TO GRAND JURY.
His Statements of Settle
HARD TO UNRAVEL.
Deeper Puzzle Thau Age
Comptroller Thinks the Urand Jury
Labors Under a Misapprehension?
A Puzzle lu Book-Keeping.
Comptroller General A. W. Jones
gave out the following statement last
week in regard to tho Laurens County
Grand Jury presentment:
1 have f03n in ono of tho Laurens
County papers the final presentment of
the grand jury, submitted to the Court!
at the recent October term. As it eon
tains some references to me by name
which are erroneous and misleading 1
wish to make tho following statement
concerning the mattors involved, so
that the people of Laurens County and
the State generally may soe that the
grand jury labored under a misappre"
hension. I was sont by Comptroller
General Dorham, as stated by the
grand jury, to witness tho settlement
with the county treasurer at Laurens
for the taxes of 1900.
I found the books, accounts and
sheets full of errors,wbioh necessitated
my goin? back into previous years in
order to straighten out these errors.
In chocking up the 501110111.6110 for
county taxo* of 1809 I found that Mr.
Babb, ex-county treasurer, had not
been charged with $S0). borrowed from
the Loan and Exchange Bank, July 10,
1899, and $1,500. borrowed from the
same bank, October 6, 1809, for county
purposes, making in the aggregate
$2,300, which T charged to Mr. Bftbb,
less of $12 20, allowed in a oorreo'.od
settlement for that year, living a net
charge on account of county taxes of
$2 287.80 in addition to tho charges
originally against Mr. Babb,
In checking up the school tax.s of
1899 1 found tha4; Mr. Babh had not
beca charged with $800.02 special
school taxes, levied in Cross Hill Town
ship, end that Mr. Babb had failed to
account for $1)41.74, c\sh received from
the State disponsary school fund.
I found that Mr. Babb had failed to
charge himsolf with $1,180.34, ho re
ceived from the county dispensary for
school purposes, making in the aggre
I found that Mr. Babb was allowed
an over-credit on school claims paid,
$540.09, over-credit on poll taxes, non
est, $8.">.30, over-credit on nulla bona
oxecutlona, $10.82, making $042 31.
I allowo 1 Mr. Babb tho following ad
ditional credits, deductions and abate
ments by Comptroller General, $15.01
and on account of polls abated by tho
county auditor $0 90, making total ad
ditional credits allowed $21.91; which
deduct from $012.81, leaves a net ex
cess credit of $020.10 on school sheet.
To this add tho $2,425.10, which was
not charged, and it is seen that [ made
Mr. Babb account for $8,045 49, in ad
dition to the charges against him on
tho original school shoot for 1899.
Tho result of ray investigation is
that the cash balanco on the county
shoot for 1898, to b-3 accounted' for by
Mr. Babb, was changed from $880.81 to
$3,171,11, which I charged up in tho
settlement of 1900 taxes. Tho school
shoot showed an over-payment on ac
count of school taxes an indebtedness
'to Mr. Babb of $3,908.55, which 1
chingod to $803.15. This, togother
with the corrected county charges,
made Mr. Babb account for $5,332.20,
more than bo had accounted for in tho
settlement for the taxes of 18i)t).
The above amount Mr. Babb stands
charged with in tho sottlemont-for tho
taxes of 190 ). You will bear in mind
that the sottlement for tho taxos of
19.10 was made November, 27, 1901.
In making tho settlement for the
taxes of 1900 TCx-Troasnror Babb,
Treasurer Copoland, tho county audi
tor, county supervisor and tho f ireman
of tho grand jury wore present.
Ex-Treasurer Babb informod me
that Mr. Copoland took change of tho
ollleo on March 15, 1901. Tho books
corroborated this statement. I found
tho following entry, "Babb stops
hero," and it was furthor corroborated
by the fact that Mr. Cnpo'*nd. ns
county treasurer, borrowed $8,000 from
tho Kntorpriso Bank on March 19, 1901.
No bettor date could have boen se
lected than March 15 for the settle
ment. The tax books closed on that,
date and the delinquent taxes wont in
to execution and were turned over to
the sheriff and credited as in the hands
of the sboriff. Tho preliminary settle
ment was made up. I told Mr. Babb
to draw his oheok for $573.18, which ho
did, and ho turned It over to Treasu
rer Copeland, togother with all the
cash to bis credit in tho Enter
prise Bank and othor vouchors nocos
cesssry to cover tho hi lance- shown. I
re-checked tho preliminary shoot and
disoovored that I had erronoously
ohargod Mr. Babb with $1,050 interest
on borrowed money, which apparently
ho had taken credit for twioe.
Oilier corrections woro made atd
when the permanent settlement was
made up it was found that Mr. Babb
had overpaid Mr.^Copeland $712.82.
I told Mr. Copelsnd to refund tho
over payment in order to keop the ac
count straight, as Mr. Babb and his
bondsmen were rosponslblo In case oth
er ohargen were found.
16 now appears that Mr. Copeland
never collected the original check for
$573.18, given ?/> hals nee the prelimin
ary settlement, but c >lleoted in lieu
thereof two ohteks amounting to
1 furthor lind that Mr. Babb paid
Mr. Copoland, on November 30, 1901,
$1,124.40, by check on tho Loan and
Exchange Bank. It now appears that
on December 4 (soo statement of grand
jury) Mr. Copoland refunded tho $712.82
which would s'.ill loavo Mr. Babb as
having overpaid Copelaud $027.29, as
appears by tho statement brought
down to March 15, 1901, and made No
I b?g to set forth here the statement
of Mr. E, B. Wilson, who made up the
settlement with Mr. Cop.dand for tho
taxes of 1901.
Mr. Wilson was acting as special ac
countant, under my direction, as au
diting clork. Mr. Wilson's statoment:
??The settlement with County Treasu
rer Copo'and, Laurens County, for
taxes of 1901, was not approved for tho
First: The treasurer claimed a credit
for $2,033.03, for which ho coujxl pro
duce no voucher. Comptroller Coneral
Jones?, then auditing clerk of tho Comp
troller ollioe, had investigated the mat
ter and Instructed me not to allow
credit for this item until a thorough
invest'gati n had been made.
Second: The school vouchers w '6
not entered on the school record book
and 1 did not check them, as I did not
have tho tinu to enter them on the
propsr book. The foreman of the grand
jury and the county auditor bad
checked these vouchers, whore they
were entered on a small book used by
tho county treasurer, and the foremun
of the grand jury certified to tho cor
rectness of the account on tho face of
the book, ami the county auditor gave
me a separate certificate as to tho cor
rectness of tho account. 1 allowod tho
amount in the settlement, basing* its
correctness cn the certificates fur
nished me by the two officials namod
above, and gave Instructions that those
vouchers be entered on tho propor
Daring the month of September of
this year, Col. 1). H. Wise, of Aiken,
under Instructions from Comptroller
General,I n s, went with me to Lau
rens to look into these accounts. Wo
checked the school vouchers for taxes
of 1901 and found errors amounting to
We consumed one day and more than
half of the night reviewing the books
and account*, and had reached the con
clusion that It would take at least six
or eight weeks to thoroughly straight
en them out and reich a correct result,
and 5o reported to the Comptroller
General, and so stated to a committee
of tho grand jury, whose presence wo
In tho grand jury's presentment)
Paragraph 10, they refer to a memo
randum which was made by mo on
one of tho settlement sheets of 1001
taxes, "Further Investigation pend
ing." This note refers to tho dispen
sary matter, which ij in confusion, and
to Ex-Treasurer's Bibb's accounts
generally, and to the $2,033.03 matter,
as above referred to."
In p iragraoh a the grand jury said :
uW? have examined the books of tho
county ollleors * * * and find tho
books well kopt." I hardly think this
refers to the county treasurer's books,
as 1 cannot say that 1 found them in
goo 1 condition. I regret that tho ap
propriation of $300 to examine the
hooks of county auditors anl treasu
rers ot tho State is exhausted and I.
have no funds 10 make a completo in
vestigation at this time.
In paragraph Nu. 0 of tho grand
jury'.-, presentment they make It ap
pear that they found a mistake In tho
settlement between Ex-Treasurer Babb
and the present treasurer, Mr. J. H.
Copeland, of $2,033.33.
They explain that Ex-Treasurer
Babb had overdrawn his ace unit at
the Loan and Exchange Bank, $2,003.00
or about that amount, and that he and
the county supervisor drow from
Treasurer Copeland's account at tho
Enterprise Bank to pay the Loan and
Exchange Bank Mr. Babb's ovordraft.
If this is true Mr. Babb Is accountable
for the amount for lie received credit
for the vouchers he paid when he made
the overdraft at tho bank. Air. Babb
got credit for the amount he overdrew
In his settlement by the vouchers, and
tho grand jury would give Mr. Copo
land Credit for the same items, there
by losing the county of Laurens about
$2,000. There is no source from which
Treasurer Copeland can get a voucher
for this amount, unless, after a thor
ough Investigation, it is found that
Mr. Babb did not got credit for the
county commissioners check paid with
tho money furnished him by tho Loan
and Exchange Bank.
Thorc is no disputing tho fact that
Treasurer Copeland is mlmus the
$2,033.03, but boforo bo can got credit
for it Mr. Babb must bo chargod with
this overdraft of $2,003, or otherwise as
I said bofore, tho county of Laurens,
will lose that amount.
In another placo the grand jury said:
"We found that thovo had been an
overcharge on interest by the Enter
prise Bank to tho amount of $98.16.
The difference was the interest on the
interest discounted by the bank, otc."
It would have been moro correct to
have said: "Mr. A. W. Jones found
this error," for I certainly discovorod
\\ It! chocking up tho horrowod money
account and calculating tho intorost. I
l found that the Enterprise Bank bad
oharged $98.10 in excess of the legal in
terest duo. 1 immediately notified the
bank aud adjusted the matter.
I Informed Treasurer Copoland that
tho bank was ready to refund the ex
cess Interest upon application. I will
stato that the excess interest never
readied the settlement sheet.
A. W. .loiics,
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