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LAURENS. 8. C. Dec., 0, 1908.
Less than a month hence New Year
resolutions will bo in order. Mean
while, let us look back over the past
year. Without regard to offences
against righteousness and virtue, to
what degree have wo done our full
duty? Looking over the year's bal
ance sheot, those of us who are "be
hind" in business have what excuse?
Are tho &easons wholly responsible?
Have we had "bad luck?" Has the gov
ernment robbed us? Are those of us
who are poor and In debt wholly with
out fault? Are we persecuted croatures
of misfortune and disaster and aro we
serving asentenceof poverty for which
thero is no pardon?
Wo know a man in tho cotton mill
village who has worked an averago of
ten or eleven hours every day except
Sundays and national holidays sinee
the dawn of 1003. He has managed to
get along. He has eayed some monoy
and It it is either in the bank or has
Thero Is a farmer in this county who
has worked on his farm not less than
309 dajs this year and each day the
work has been honest, hard labor . It
has been severe at times, last summer
more than once the temptation came to
him to take a mule from tho plow and
go away on a little frolic but he with
stood it. He has bad however, about
two weeks holiday in the course of the
year. The crops were short In his
neighborhood and h's was not an ex
ception. However, he worked so stead
ily, so thoroughly and so carefully tha*
he made somo cotton and the good
prico he has received has enabled him
to pay out and save money.
Wo know a man in a bank who early
and lato has worked at hisdosk, taking
not one single holiday except when
the bank was closed. Thit nun has
saved money this year.
There are numbers of bus'ness men
in th's town who have not been idle for
u week out of the fifty-two.
How many hours have we loafed? Lst
ns look tho old year squarely Pi the
face?how much of it havo wo actually
used? How many days have we al
lowed to slip by without seriously
striving to find something to do and
Tho world contains hundreds of mil
lions of people who are supporting
themselves on farms of less than ten or
fifteen acres. For the most part they
live in countries less favored than this.
For the most part their lands are less
fertile by nature and in not one of
these countries can so many kinds of
crops, so many th'ngsof value, with so
little effort, be produced. These mil
lions know full well what work means.
Tney have little dream of the pleas
ure? of idlesnes?. If they did oob work
all the time, they would starve.
Let us make a candid and humblo
confession. Is it not true that few of
us have done more than a fraction of
what we might have done?
Men are not born equal. A few men
bave brains far in excess of others.
These men cau make money with cor
respondingly less endeavor. A man
who makes a great invention in me
chanics will likely have an automobile
and a steam yacht and be able to labor
little. In the same way, some men
have a turn for farming, for controll
ing labor or raising cattle which others
have not. They prosper accordingly.
The average man in this world of ours
is born poor. He isglf'ed with onlv an
average amount of brains and niufelo.:
That man may become independent
here in Laurens, South Carolina, bar
ling peculiar afflictions, but toil and
saving make the only way.
The most successful men, as a rule,
until aftor their success Is accomplished !
and they havo letired from business,'
are the hardest workers. There Is per
haps not a successful mill president in
South Carolina who is not accustomed
every day or the year, Sundays ex
cepted, to putting iu an average of ten
Suppose we keep tab on ourselves.
How many hours havo we labored to
day? Ho v many have we been idle?
If a record, by the watch, were kept
for a year, how would it appear?
Old men cannot work. Sick man can
not work. The young, the able-bodied
man in Laurens has little excuse. We
have in mind a printing office in this
county. If every man in the county
worked as steadily as the printers in
it, (we are not talking about the edi
tor) Laurens Would havo produced a
larger cotton crop in 1003 than ever be
fore in her history, regardless of the
The Chlccos or Greenville.
We gather from the Greenville Nows
that the people of Greenville county
are in insurrection against the dispen
sary and that the time has come for
Governor Heyward and the state whis
key directors to suppress it.
Briefly it appears that Lark's distil
lery, four miles from Greenville city,
known as Tully Babb'sdlstl'lery, (these
are a different crowd from our Laurens
county Babbs), was raided by a gang
of constables and a revenue officer. One
of the Babbs was seeu with a live gal
lon copper can of whiskey running
through the woods, pouring out the
stuff as he ran?a melancholy thing to
do. The constables searched the woods
and the Bibb ciowd fired on them.
Twenty-five shots were ?red by each
gang. Nobody was hit, ? which I3
wholly discreditable to the marksman
ship of the constables. They aimed
surer than thst even at Darlington,
nine years ago, in Ben Tlllman's time
and the dispensary was a toddling baby
then. As for the Blind Tlgars,\hoy
were not trying to shoot. Four of the
latter were tiaally arrested and re
leased?note particularly?on bonds of
On the day preceding another Babb's
distillery was raided by revenue offi
cers, at the instance of dispensary con
stables and nearly 400 gal'ons of whis
key were found secreted in a base
Wo wish to ca'l all this to the atten
tion of the governor, and especially to
the attention of the Abbeville Pf*s<
and Banner. In Greenville, open war
against the dispensary system exists.
The Babb crowd when arrested had a
Winchester, a sho'.-gun, a box of am
munition and 14 shells. They fired
25 shots. They were released, though
t-hargod w!th resisting officers and
with assault with intent to murder, on
bonds of $250. each.
Abbeville Pres3 and Banner stand up.
Hold tip right your hand. It this light
had occurred in Charleston, what
would you with done with that desper
ately wickod town? Would you not
ssk that it be razed to the ground?
Had a Charleston magistrate role used
Chlcco on a charge of shooting at a
constable repeatedly in the woods on a
pitiful $260. bond, would you not have
thrown a lit? Would you not have in.
slsted that tie peoplo of Charleston
were responsible for it?
Meanwhile, this Greenville Babb
gang have figured in dispensary viola
tions for yearj. Thoy havo been more
dangoroui and more preseverlng in re
sisting the law than any blind tiger in
Charleston. Hosido?, it Is probablo
that as many men during the year sell
contraband whiskoy in Greenville
county as sell it in Charleston. Most
of them aro in the mouutaius and tho
quantities sold by thorn are small.
Nevertheless, the law-breaking ele
ment in Greenville county ?> said to bo
numerous?so far as tho w alskey busi
ness Is concerned. The great mass of
Greenville peoplo aro in no way re
sponsible for it. The Charleston peo
ple would bo responsible for similar
conditions of course. It is popular to
slander tho people of Charleston. It is
excellent politics. Tho politician who
slandered the peoplo of Greenville
would neyer hoar tho last of it.
This Is An Outrage.
Tho fctate whiskey directors havo de
cided not to withdraw the whiskey pro
fits from tho city of Charleston but
have conditioned that from thess pro
fits the expenses of tbe defence of tho
constables prosecuted by the German
citizen, Wleters, must bo paid. The
Charleston News and Courier with
praiseworthy courage denounces this
provision as an outrage without the
shadow of reason or justice and ad
vises that the city authorities, rather
than submit to such shameless oppres
sion on the part of the board of con
trol, surrender the $30,000 of annual
We had hoped that the time had
come when the city of Charleston could
look to be treated by the politicians as
a pare of the state. Tho hope may as
well be abandoned. Charleston is
regarded as a part of South Carolina
for revenue purposes only. No com
munity has snlTered more for a state
than has Charleston for South Caro
lina. In no city were sta'e pride and
state affection, more deeply rooted
ever. No people fought better In war
f iv state's rights than did Charleston.
In 1870 it was Charleston that contri
buted tho vast bulk of tho money ce
cossary to tue Democratic campaign.
Now, b:cuuse a citizen of a European
country, a subject 01 Emperor William
of Germany, chooses lo sue officers of
tho state of South Carolina in the fed
eral courts this same state of South
Carolina declares that it will extort
from tho city of Charleston $30,000.
unless Charleston provides tho state of
South Carolina with lawyers to defend
the state's agent!
A great socession movement onco
started in Charleston. Unless the
mean and small p.>r?ccution of Charles
ton in the part of politicians should
cease, it would bo hotter for Charles
ton to inaugurate secession again ?tois
tlmo from the state. Of couivo, such
a thing Is not mentioned seriously and
coulc not be but, from a purely senti
mental view point, secession wou'd bo
justifiable. Tho politicians lovo Char
ton?during election years?and they
love hor for tho money that may be
squee/.od out of her in all years. Mean
while, the metropolitan police and the
black district Infamiej (it will be re
membered that tho general assembly
once deliberately framed a negro con
gressional district to inc'udo Charles
ton) have Ip * ' latest outrage a fit
Wo do not lievo, we-cannot bo-'
llovo, that the people of South Caro
lina will approve of or consent to this
high-handed procedure, this pitifully
mean spirit of malieo towards a com
munity. They will yet rebuke it.
Had the state of South Carolina
bluntly withdrawn the whiskey pro
fits from Charleston and pocketed
them, tho state would havo put itself
in the attitude ' a brigand robbing
tho helplo's. A 'ng hold-up Is less
disgusting than systematic filching
by a Pharisee cloaked in hypocrisy.
The policy of confiscation which is be
ing pursued as to Charleston would
have more to commend It wore it open
and above -board and sweeping.
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Ashburnham, Ontario, Tostlfies to the
Good Qualities of Chamborlain's
Ashburnham, Ont., April, 18. 1903.?
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The day beforo Easter I was so dis
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did not. think to be able to take any
duties tho next day, as my voice was
almost choked by tho cough. The same
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bottle of your Cough Remedy. I at
once procured a sample bottle, and
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TWO BinANGKltS IN A COACH.
IOUHY wasted very little tiiuc. Ho
dashed into the depot and up to
a the operator's window.
"What's the nearest station
east of hero?"
"P-," leisurely answered the agent
in some- surprise.
"How far is it?"
"Telegraph ahead and hold the train
that just left l ore."
"The train doesn't stop there."
"It's got to stop there or there '11 be
more trouble than this road has had
since it began business. The conduct
or pulled out and left two ot his pas
sengers?gave out wrong inforniatloii?
end ho'll have to hold his train there
or bring her hack here. If you don't
send that order, I'll report you as well
as the conductor."
GrenfnU's manner was commanding.
The agent's impression was that lie
was important, that lie had a right to
give orders; but he hesitated.
"There's no way for you but to get
to 1'-anyway," he said while turn
ing the mutter over in his mind.
"You stop that train! I'll get there
inside of twenty minutes. Now, be
quick I Wire them to hold her, or
there 11 bo nn order from headquarters
for sonic ninety day lay offs." The
agent stared at him, then turned to his
Instrument, and the message went for
ward. Lorry rushed out. On the plat
form he nearly ran over the hurrying
llgure in the tan coat.
"Pardon me. I'll explain things in a
minute," he gasped nnd dashed away.
Her troubled eyes blinked with aston
At the end of the platform stood a
mountain coach, along the sides of
Which was printed in yellow letters,
"Happy Springs." The driver was
climbing up to bis seat, and the cum
bersome trap was empty. '
"Want to make $10?" cried Grenfull.
"What say?" demanded tTte driver,
half falling to the ground.
"Got me to P-? Inside of twenty
minutes, nnd I'll give you ?10. Hurry
"Yes; but, you see. I'm hired to"?
"Oh, that's all light! You'll never
make m?ney easier. Can you got us
thero In twenty minutes?"
"It's four mile, pardner, and not very
good road, either. Pile in, and we'll
make It er kill old Hip and Jim. .Miss
"(let yourself ready for a race with
nn express train, and don't ask ques
tions. Kill 'cm both If you have to.
I'll be back in a second!"
Hack to the station be tore. She was
standing near the door looking up the
track miserably. Already night was
falling. Men were lighting the switch
lanterns, and the mountains were turn
ing into great dark shadows.
"Come quickly, I have a wagon out
Reslstiessly^ she was hurried along ,
and fairly shoved through tue open
door of the odd looking conch. He was
beside her on tho seat in an instant,
nud her bewildered ears heard him
"Drive Uko'the very deuce!" Then
the door slammed, tho driver cluttered
up to his seat, und the horses were off
with a rush.
"Where are we going?" she demand
ed, sitting very straight und defiant. ?
"After that train. I ll tell you nil I
about It when 1 get my breath, 'I bis is
to be tho quickest escape from n dilem
ma on record, provided it Is an es
cape." By this time they wen* bump
ing along the flinty road at a lively
rate, jolting about on the scat In a
most disconcerting manner. After a
few long, deep breaths be told her bow
tho ride in the Springs buck bad been
conceived und of the arrangement be
had made with the dispatcher. He,
furthermore, acquainted her with the
cause of bis being left when be might
have caught the Iraln.
"Just us 1 reached the track, out of
breath, but rejoicing, I remembered
having seen you on that side street und
knew that you would be left. It would
have beeu heartless to leave you here
without protection, so I felt it my duty
to let the train go and help you out of
a very Ugly predicament."
"How can I ever repay you?" sho i
murmured. "It was so good and so
thoughtful of you! Ob, I should have
died bad I been left hero alone! Do
you not think my uncle will miss me
and have the train sent back?*' si
went on sagely.
"That's so!" be exclaimed, somewhat
disconcerted. "Hut 1 don't know, ei
ther. He may not miss you for a long
time, thinking you are in some other
car, you know. That could easily bap
"Cau this man get US to the next ala
tlon in time?" she questioned, looking
at tho black mountains and the dense
foliage. It was now quite dark.
"If he doesn't hump us to death be
fore we get half way there. He's driv
ing like the wind."
"Von must let me pay bull' bis bill,"
sho said decidedly from the dark coi ner
in which she was huddling.
He could llnd no response to this per
' emptory reimest.
"The rond is growing rougher. If
you will allow me to make a sugges
tion, I think you will see its wisdom.
You can escape a great deal of ugly
Jostling if you will take bold of my
arm and cling to It tightly. 1 will
brace myself with this strap. I am
sure it will save you many bard
Without n word sho moved to his
side and wound her strong little arm
about bis big one.
"I had thought of that," she said
simply. "Thank you." Then, after a
moment, while his heart thumped mad
ly, "Had it occurred to you that after
you run so bard you might have
climbed aboard the train and ordered
the conductor to stop it lor me?"
"I?I never thought of that!" ho cried
"Pleuso do not think nie ungrateful.
You have been very good to me, a
stranger. One often thinks afterward
of things one might have done, don't
you know? You did the noblest when
you Inconvenienced yourself for me.
What trouble I have made for youi"
"It has been no trouble," he floun
dored. "An adventure like this Is
worth no end of?er?inconvenience, as
you call it. I'm sure I must lmvo lost
my head completely, and I am ashamed
of myself. How much anxiety I could
have saved you had I been possessed
of an ounce of brains!"
"Hush! I will not allow you to say
that. You would have mo appear un
grateful when I certainly nm not.
Ach, how he Is driving! Do you think
It dangerous?'' she cried as the hack
gave two or three wild lurches, throw
ing him into the corner and the girl
half upon him.
"Not In the least," he gasped, the
breath knocked out of his body. Just
the same he was very much alarmed.
It was as dark as pitch outside and
In, and ho could not help wondering
how near the edge of the mountain
side they were running. A false move
of the (lying horses, and they might
go rolling to the bottom of the ravine,
hundred:; of feet below. .Still be must
not let her see Ids apprehension. "This
fellow Is considered the best driver In
the uiounlnl ' ho prevaricated.
"Oh, then we need feel no alarm,"
she said, reassured.
There was such a roaring and clat
tering that conversation became almost
impossible. When either spoke, It was
with the mouth close to the ear of the
Other. At such times (Jrenfnll could
feel her breath on his cheek. Her
sweet voice went tingling to. his toes
with every word she Uttered. He was
in a daze, out of which sung the mad
Wish that lie might clasp her in his
arms, kiss her and then go tumbling
down the mountain. She trembled in
the next fierce lurches, but gave forth
no complaint. Flo knew that she was
in terror, but too brave to murmur.
Umibl ' > resist, ho released the strap
to which 1:;' had clung so grimly nnd
pin< cd his strong, linn hand encourag
iugly over tfio little one that gripped
hlfl arm with tho clutch of death. It
was very dark and very lonely too.
"Oh!" she Cried as his hand clasped
hers. "You must hold to the strap."
"It is broken!" he lied glu\lly. "There
Is no danger. See, my hand docs not
tremble, docs It? Bo calm! It cannot
be much farther."
"Will it not be dreadful if the con
ductor refuses to stop?" she cried, her
hand resting calmly beneath its pro
tector. He detected a tone of security.
In her voice.
"But he will stop. Your uncle will
Bee to that oven if the operator fails."
"My undo vflll kill him if he does
not stop or come back for me," she said
"I was not wrong," thought Gren
fall. "He looks like a duelist. Who
the devil are they, anyhow 1" Then
aloud: "At this rate we'd be able to
heat the train to Washington in a
straightaway race. Isn't it a delight
fully wild ride?"
"I have acquired n great deal of
kuowledge in America, but this is the
llrst time I have heard your deli id t ion
of delight. I agree that it is wild."
(TO UK CONTINUED).
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News for December Buyers
J. E. MINTER Sc BRO,
THE FOUNTAIN HEAD OF BARGAINS IN EVERYTHING TO WEAR.
Christmas is just^aheadI of us and just now perhaps youVe figurino; pretty closely on your Xmas expenses. Why not save a few dollars on YOUR CLOTHING, SHOES
and FURNISHINGS for YOURSELF and family by getting them here? We have made great preparations for a big December Business, and can
show you the most complete line of Clothing, Shoes and Furnishings ever offered to the trade here.
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THAT CHRISTMAS GIFT
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here. It is not how much you pay for your Clothing?it is where you buy
them that makes for proper dress and right prices. In selecting your wear
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fect confidence. You know that
Style, Fit and Wear
are assured that you get 100 cents worth for every Dollar Spent.
In Men's Suits and Overcoats we carry the celebrated HART,
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?worth elsewhere $12.50. Just received a new lot of suits to go at $5.00
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Another lot of Youths' Suits at
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They sell on sight.
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Thanking our friends for their liberal patronage during during the past, and
soliciting a continuance of same during this year and those to follow.
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