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Before You Buy or Sell
any Kind of
Real Estate, or Business,
Write us your wants.
J. Y. Gaulington & Co.,
Lumens , S. C.
LAURBNS, 3 O.. WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15. 190S
NEW GARDEN SEED.
We Mean Every
Seed New. Not
one seed carried
from last year.
PALMETTO DRUG CO.
Laurens, S. C.
Booksof Important ?IHc?
OAltD OF SKC. GASTT.
Report of Investigating Committee Shows
Negligence or Incompctency in Office of
Secretary of State?No Fraud
The joint committee appointed from
the Senate and the House during the
session of 1904 for the purpose of In
vestigating the books and offices of the
various State officials has made its re
The only startling feature of the re
port is in reference to the office of J.
T. Gantt, Secretary of State.
The report of the Committee while
charging no deliberate fraud/goes to
show that the books have been kept in
a most unbusincss like imanner; that in
some instances fees were collected
which were not properly credited to the
State and in others the State was
credited with funds to which it had no
The Committee states that the inves
tigation entailed great labor and that it
was necessary to employ an exper1 ac
countant to assist in the investigation.
Mr. Gantt published a card in reply
to the report of the Committee, but the
card does not in any manner relieve him
from the charge of carelessness or in
The following is clipped from The
News and Courier of February 10th, as
pertinent to the case:
"The Secretary of State of South
Carolina receives each year some $3,000
in charter and commission fees. It is his
business to turn these over to the
That an official who receives public
funds must be able to show the exact
condition of his account with the State
at any moment is not an open question.
The fact that a controversy exists be
tween Secretary of State J. T. Gantt
and the Legislative Committee is prac
tically conclusive that the duties of his
officehave not had proper attention. An
instant's glance at a set of books re
cording merely the receipt and dis
bursement of * $30,000, provided the
books are kept with ordinary care,
would necessarily tell the whole story
of the year's transactions.
Such a set of books would have si
lenced an investigating committee even
had it been full of personal malice to
wards Mr. Gantt. Mr. Gantt's duties are
exceedingly simple and his transactions
with corjwralions and individuals
touched upon in the committee's report
are never intricate or involved. It is a
damaging confession that anything
could be said even by "insinuation and
inuendo" that he should find necessary
to explain. His books should have
spoken for themselves, directly and to
tne point, and beyond contradiction.
An official or private person who han
dles other people's money owes it to
the protection of his own good name to
stand alwavs ready to make a showing
that can be understood the moment
that it passes under an intelligent man's
eye. Tnis is a principle that is axioma
tic among correct business men.
No charges of fraud have been
brought against Mr. Gantt. We have
only kind'sentiments towards him and
we express no doubt of his integrity.
The Legislative Committee substan
tially and emphatically does charge
him with gross negligencejand we can
not read other than a virtual confes
sion in his reply.
When a railway company finds the
business of one of its agencies in a con
dition similar to that in which the Com
mittee found the business in the Secre
tary of State's office, what becomes of
Cross Hill Farmers Speak Out.
The farmers of Cross Hill Township
met at Cross Hill, February 11th to or
ganize a Cotton Growers' Association.
On motion of W. B. Fuller, M. T.
Simpson was elected Chairman and H.
L. MeSwain, Secretary and Treasurer.
W. P. Brown, W. B. Fuller and P.
S. Pinson were apjxnnted members of
the Executive Committee by the Chair
On a motion to appoint one member
from each School District as a commit
tee on acreage and membership, the
following gentlemen were appointed:
S. JI. Goggans, No. 3; R. W. Brown,
No. 2; L E. Reeder, No. 1; G. M.
Hanna, Cross Hill Special; W. B.
Fuller, Mountville Special; P. B. Rich
ardson, No: 6; H. L. Jones, No. 5; J.
A. Davenport, No. 4.
Heading of pledge by Chairman,
tfpoech by W. P. Turner: "Would
the farmers cut their own throats"? W.
B. Fuller: "Reduce your acreage to 15
acres per horse." M. L. Nelson: "How
to sell the crop on hand to best advan
tage," G. M. Hanna said let the farm
ers reduce the acreage according to the
county acreage. J. A. Davenport said
whatever the farmers do they need
not be ashamed of. P. S. Pinson said
let every township set its own average,
regardless of other townships.
W. B. Fuller made motion to plant
not over 15 acres per horse.
V/. P. Turner moved to amend mo
ion to plant not over 15 acres per
lorse, subject to county acreage.
J. L. Boyd says unless we "plant
less we will get less." Is in favor of
making the average for the township
J5 acres or less per horse.
? W. P. Turner said fix a maximum for
the reduction of acreage.
The motion to make the acreage 15
acres per horse, subject to county acre
age was carried.
W. P. Turner moved to reduce the
use of fertilizers 25 per cent and sign
the pledge together. Motion carried.
W. P. Turner moved to sell no cotton
until prices were better. Motion car
W. B. Fuller moved to agree to
abide by the action of the New Orleans
Association. Motion carried.
G. M. Hanna and W. B. Fuller were
np|K>inted delegates to the County As
sociation at Laurens.
Motion to adjourn, subject to the
call of the Chairman was carried.
Twenty-nine good, substantial farm
ers signed the following pledge: To re
duce the acreage to 15 acres to the
plow and the quantity of fertilizers 25
M. T. Simpson,
II. L. McSwain, Chairman.
Sec. and Treas.
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The i'ricnds'of Mr. W. L. Taylor are
lid r6 know that he is very much im
There will b.* a Lyceum number on
Feb. 21, at 7:3<) o'clock at GrayCourt
Owings Institute. This will be by Mr.
PEHSOXAL AND Ol HM KW ISM.
Mr. John McCrnvy, brother of the
ix>stmaster, is quite ill with pneumonia.
Mr. 11. Tierce Burdette is laid up
Mr. J. D. Watta has been ill with
Mr. and Mrs. P. B. Wilkes of Nor
folk visited relatives in the city last
Miss Emmie Webb of Greenwood
was tho guest of Mrs. J. Ed. Clary
Judge R. C. Watts is in the city. He
held Court one day at Newbcrry, ran
out of work and ndjourncd the Court.
Mr. Jno. Aug. Barksdale has been
ill with pneumonia but wo arc glad to
see him out again.
Mr. D. A. Davis has just returned
from a pleasant visit to his old home
Cadet W. R. Richey, who is a student
at the Citadel has recently been elected
Librarian of the Colliopcon Society.
Peruvian guano is scarce hut Fuller
nnd Darlington Co. Btill Jhave a little.
See their nd.
Rural agent Shnfor was in the city a
few days ago. New R. F. D. routes
will probably be recommended from
Alma and elsewhere in this county.
Maj. W. A. Watts was quite unwell
for several days last week with cold
but was out and at his post again on
The County Board of Registration
meets only one time before the city
election. If you have no county regis
tration ticket you can't register for the
Everyone should go to Kennedy Bros.'
on Thursday to sample U-ned-a crackers.
It is to their interest for you to go and
to yours likewise. See there adv.
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Johnson arrived
in the city from Washington on yester
day to see their little daughter,' Mary,
who is ill at the residence of her grand
mother, Mrs. H. W. Anderson. The
little girl has been suffering a great
deal for a week but her condition is not
regarded as serious.
Dr. J. J. Boozer of Clinton has decid
ed to break up house keeping and come
to Laurons to live with his (laughter,
Mrs. J. Ban Little. Dr. Boozer has
made everybody in Clinton his friend as
he has also everyone in Laurens who
knows him and we all rejoice in the
news that he is convalescent after a se
For SALE: 8 or 10 head of good mules
and horses for sale at reasonable prices
by A. P. Fuller, Mountville, S. C.
"The Nettleton" a gentlemen's shoe,
Served to the ladies of Laurens by
special demonstrators sent to our town
by the National Biscuit Company of
New York. They will give one and all
an opportunity to sample the most at
tractive and delicious crackers made by
this firm, which is one of the latest in
the world. If you will come and be our
guest we will endeavor to make it one
of the best demonstrations ever held in
our tcv/n. Monday and Tuesday in J.
Philpot's. Wednesday in J. S. Bonnet's.
Thursday in Kennedy Bros.
In Social Circles.
Two beautiful card parties were
given last week for Miss Harriet Stevens
of Cheraw, who is the guest of her sis
ter, Miss Lillier Stevens. On Friday
evening Misses Lillier Stevens, Helen
Goggans and Bertha Wells entertained
at four handed euchre in honor of this
charming visitor. It was a most delight
ful party, the guests greatly enjoying
the game and the dainty refreshments
which came at its close.
Those present were Misses Harriett
Stevens, Tallulah Caine, Eliza Caine,
Emily Meng, Willie Jones, Annie Gil
kerson, Willou Gray, Daisy Harris of
Graycourt. Messrs. L. G. Balle, Jr., J.
W. Dunklin, A. C. Todd, R. V. Irby,
H. G. Welborn, Earle Wilson, H. C.
Fleming, B. L. Jonos, J. B. Brook , J.
K. Vance, R. E. Copeland and Dr. C,
On Saturday afternoon the Card Club
responded to an invitation from Miss
Goggans to meet Miss Stevens. Though
snow and ice were in evidence with a
promise of more, the majority of the
members braved the weather and were
fully repaid by the pleasure of the af
ternoon. Euchre was again on the pro
gram, and a delicious salad course was
beautifully served. The guests were
Mesdames T. D. Darlington, W. 0.
Prentis, R. F. Jones, Edward Clarey,
W. H. Washington, W. I). Ferguson,
J. H, Tcaguc, W. II. Anderson, C. S.
Fuller. Misses Emily Meng, Lillier
Stevens, Bertha Wells, Willio Jones,
Mrs. W. H. Washington was hostess
at a beautiful entertainment on yester
day to the members of the Myst it
Club. St. Valentine was honored in
the lovely decorations and menu, the
entertainment being one of the prettiest
affairs of the Winter.
A Good Show at the Opera House.
A big dollar at popular prices is t > i * -
verdict of tne newspapers thron,,In"'1
the country in regard to the famous
Crescent Comedy Co., whjch opens a
week's engagement lu re next Monday
February 20thi This company carries
an abundance of special scenery, and in
troduce a number of high grade special
ties between the acts making it a eon
tinuous performance. The opening play
will be "Utah," in which each and every
member will have an opportunity of
showing his or her ability. At Popular
prices: 16C, 26c and Itoc. Seats on sale
Don't forget that Copeland is selling
pants at half price,
j Children's tan shoes at Copeland's.
Nobby Hats for well dressed men at
Ca ^"land's school shoes are "best by
A hill has hoenintiodnc?? d In Congress
in the form of an amendment to the
Postofficc Appropriation bUI, making the
dealing in "futures"or "options" amis
demeanor punishable with fine and im
A Beautiful Entertainment Given by Miss
Clinton, Feb. 13th-Mrs. William C.1
Irby visited relatives here the first of
the week, returning to Laurens on
Mr. White, Manager of the Bell
Telephone Company here, was married
to Miss Her of Greenville on last Mon
day, arriving here on Tuesday.
Mr. H. Y. Vance, who has been in
Batesvillo, Ark., for the past two years ,
has returned home.
Miss McCauthen of Nashville is vis
iting her sister, Mrs. Wnrficld.
The heavy fall of sleet and rain
caused great, damage to the telephone
wires and shade trees were badly
broken. A force of men have been
busy and things are in shape again.
Miss Katharine Copeland entertained
most charmingly at Hearts on Friday
evening. Festoons of pink and white
hearts were used in the parlor and the
heart shape score cards wore adorned
with cupids in pen and ink drawings.
On cutting for the lovely and appropri
ate prize, a gold stick pin, heart shap
ed, with arrow, Miss Ellene McCaslan
was the lucky one. After the game a
four course lunch was served. Those
present were Misses Addie Horton,
Wright, Purrott, Rosa Bailey, Laura
and Ina Vance, Ellene McCaslan and
McCauthen; Messrs. Boland, R. C.
Philson, E. C. Stone, Kennedy, Tom
Little, Lloyd McCrary, Bell, Dr. C. A.
Eilet and It. E. Copeland of Laurens.
Miss Eunice Russell has returned to
Anderson to accept a position as Steno
Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Jacobs spent sev
eral days in Atlanta the past week.
Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Kick Copeland
have the sympathy of their friends in
the death of their son, Jas. I. Cope
land. He had been ill for weeks with
typhoid fever and the end was not un
expected. The burial was at Hurricane
Church on the Gth inst.
Dr. J. J. Boozer, who has been se
riously ill for the past fortnight, is
Oa'y one remedy in the world ihiv.
will at once stop iichinesi of tho skin
in ihe body; Doan's Ointment. At any
drug store, GO cents.
The legislature has increased the State
tax levy from 5 to 5 1-2 mills. The half
mill is added with the view of putting
the State on a cash basis.
FOR SALE: Two trained Dogs. Ap
ply to Frank Martin, Laurens, S. C. It
WANTED ?A few shares of National
Hank stock at the market value. M. L.
There will be an election of the tax
payers of Waterloo special school dis
trict No 14, at Waterloo, S. C., on Sat
urday February 2~>, 191)"), between three
and live o'clock p. m., for the purpose
of voting on the question of special
W. H. Whakton, Clerk.
Feb. 6, '05. 2H-21
Cotton Growers of Sullivan are in Line.
The farmers organized a cotton grow
ing association Feb. 11, at Tumbling
Shoals, Sullivan township, Laurens
county, by electing T. M. Honor, Ch'm;
J. T. Crane, Sec; M. B. McCuen, Trea.
Delegates to countv convention: Jno.
M. Wood, S. B. Taylor; Alternate, Joe
A. Baldwin, S. II. Johnson.
Executive Committee: M. B. McCuen,
E. G. Mitchell and W. A. Baldwin.
Committee on Acreage and Member
ship: H. M. Wesson, N. B. Wood, Jno.
Sub-Committee: District No. 1: J. T.
Machen, M. L. Cheek. District No. 2:
E E. Mitchell. J. M. Wood. District
No. 3: B. E. Simpson, Jno. W. Beeks.
District No. 4: P. J. Hoper, L. C. Aber
crombie. District No. ?: Jas. M. Sum
erel, H. H. Mahon. District No. 6: Joe
Wasson, Guy Elledge.
Resolved, That it is the sense of this
meeting that there be a general cut of
twenty-five per cent, on cotton acreage
and twenty-five per cent, on ? tilizor
used last year, provided howc . ?? , farm
who already make their supplies at
home be asked to make such reduction
on cotton and fertilizer as may appear
reasonable to the common area in their
cases, and that landlords renting for
standing rent be recommended to take
at least one-fourth of their rent in other
crops than cotton.
J. T. CRANE, Secretary.
A Man Named Oreenburg Made Ad
vances to Assault Mrs. J. D. Bivens
and is Killed?Husband Was In Co
Givhan's, February 11.?A killing
took place near here this morning about
6 o'clock. A man named Greenburg,
who was a peddler, frequently visited
the home of Mr. J. D. Bivens up to
about a week ago, when he made ad
vances to assault Mrs. Bivens and was
arrested. He promised to pay a fine
and leave the neighborhood if they
would free him, which was done, but
he came back last night and entered
the Bivens house and made the same
advances towards her, when she shot
him with a shot gun, the load entering
his neck. Magistrate Cummings was
notified of tho killing, and he summoned
a jury of inqviest, and the verdict of
the jury was justifiable homicide. Mr.
Bivens was in Columbia at the time.
_"THE BEST BY TEST"
To the Farmers of Laurens County:
a FAIR TEST BY
AN HONEST MAN
At the request of Mr. A. Huff, agent for the
Virginia-Carolina Chemical Company, to make a
with his Fertilizer, he made me a present of two
sacks 8 4-4 of the Virginia-Carolina Chemical Com
pany's goods to make the test with. The test was
made on land selected by Mr. Huff himself and j
Mr. Irvine, my Superintendent. Ten rows were I
planted with equal amount of each fertilizer at the
rate of 400 pounds per acre, with the following ;
results: Peruvian Guano made 191 pounds. Mr. j
Huff's 8 4-4 made 153 pounds?a difference of 38 :
pounds on ten rows 52 yards long.
j hereby certify that tho above statement is correct.
(Signed) W. H. DIAL.
I hereby certify that the above facts anil figures are correct.
T. J. IKVINK,
Witness: W. A. Watts. Superintendent.
We have only a limited supply to offer. See
us at once.
FULLER, DARLINGTON CO.
The Czar Less Than a Clerk.
The Hon. Andrew D. White, Ex-U.
S. Ambassador to Russia, writes for
Collier's of February 11 on the Russian
situation. He describes the Czar by
saying that at the time of his accession
he was a young man, kindly, courteous,
speaking English like an Englishmen
and French like a Frenchman, but with
no other qualifications to rule his em.
pire. To begin with, he differs physi
cally from any of his predecessors since
Peter the Great, save possibly the
wretched Emperor Paul. He is slight
in build, short in statute, undignified In
manner. Probably no man ever came
to a throne will? a greater dislike for
all that reigning implies. Those who
have had the best opportunities to ob
serve him agree that he has no ambi
tion, no real knowledge of his empire,
no acquaintance with men, no ideas of
any value regarding the world at large;
that he dislikes all official business and
is indifferent to all human beings save
his family and a few friends of no
moral or intellectual force.
Being thus constituted, he at once
fell under thojsway of the reactionary
influences and especially of Pobedonost
zoff, of his mother, the Dowager Em
press, and of sundry grand dukes im
mediately about him. All the evils in
progress during the reign of his father
now came to a head. The "Bussifica
tion" of the Baltic provinces, the op
pression of the Jews, the massacres of
the Chinese upon the Amour and else
where, the trampling down of Finland,
the plunder of the Armenian Church
and the giving up of the Armenians to
murder and pillage under Turkish mis
rule all went on morogayly than ever.
As to Finland, the four emperors
who had preceded him since that grand
duchy was brought into the empire had
been restrained by the oaths taken on
their accession, but this young man,
under the influence of counselors fanati
cal and brutal, violated the imperial !
pledge and his own oath,' and thus
turned the most loyal and civilized part
of his empire into a hotbed of hatred
and treason. Very significant is it to
observe that in Finland, which up to
his reign had never shown the slightest
tendency to anni diism, nihilism, or so
cialism, the red fli.g has in these later
days been freely displayed.
The present reign lias completed the
reduction of autocracy to absurdity.
For the theory on which autocracy is
based is thai the monarch, established
by divine grace and endowed with di
vine wisdom,is to doall the thinking for
the most enormous empire in the world
? for one hundred and forty millions of
people of unmumbored races, tongues,
institutions, and customs. This is the
theory which has now collapsed in the
face of the whole world. For the last
ten years, this work, which would have
tasked the genius of Cresar or Napo
leon, has been carried on by a young
man of less ability and force than
would be required of a clerk in a hab
IT'S ON ?? THE GREAT
Every pair pants in the house goes at half price.
They are all marked in plain figures; divide it by 2
and you have the price.
No Pants Charged or Sent Out on Approbation.
"One Price Store,"
Shoes, Hats and Men's Furnishings
Customers' Shoes Shin cd Free.
STATE AND HEN ER AI NEWS
The now Federal Judicial District for
South Carolina, concerning which our
congressmen were so sanguine last week
seems to have faded into a dream. Con
gressman Johnson who was especially
active in his efforts to get the measure
t hrough congress, is very much discour
aged over the outlook.
J. Samuel McCue, who murdered his
wife in Charloltsville, Va., on Septem?
her 4th was executed on Fl 'day. Mc
Cue confessed his guilt at t'n ast mo
ment. He was twice mayor r Char
lottesville and well connected. le Vir
ginias juries are no respector of 1. 'sons.
President Roosevelt will receiv the
Committee from the Interstate Cv 'on
Growers' Association on February 2t \
The Secretary of Agriculture and
number of leading mill men are also to
be present, the object of the Confer
ence ooing to make arrangements to
enlarge American cotton trade with
The United States Senate passed the
joint Statehood Hill on last Tuesday
night, admitting to Statehood the Ter
ritories of Oklahama, Indian Territory
and New Mexico. Oklahoma and In
dian Territory come in as one however,
to be known as the State of Oklahoma.
Arizona applied for admission, but did
not get in. Two additional stars will
now decorate the American flag.
Our Public Square.
The following from the Marion Star
leads to the inquiry, what would a form
er Laurens man say could he return
and see our public square? Would lie
be as agreeably surprised as was the
Marion man? Why not? Will the next
Mayor make a change?
"Mr. Albert McKay, who spent his
early life in Marion, but who about fif
teen years ago, moved to Richmond
where he married and still resides, paid
Iiis old home a visit a few days since.
Mr. McKay ami his family had been on
a pleasure trip to Florida, and as lie re
turned to Richmond, he came by Ma
rion to speak to his friends here.
"Mr. McKay was deeply impressed
with the rapid strides which have been
made by tho town since he left here.
Then, there was only one bank, no cot
ton mill, no oil mill, only one railroad
and a few brick business blocks.
''Besides these and other industrial
improvements, the former Marionitc
was surprised to see what was only a
few years ago, bare cotton lields now
laid oil' into broad streets and trans-;
formed into beautiful residence blocks.
"One of the most noticeable changes,
ho said, was the wonderful improve
ment in the court house square. Now,
it is not the 'big horse lot with horses,
mules and oxen tie;! to hitching racks,
and the ground covered witli tin cans,
corn cobs, paper bags, but a beautiful
park with a handsome monument in the;
centre which would do credit to a much
more pretentious city.' "
A Card from Air. Pills.
I desire to let the farmers know that
there is still room in our warehouse fur
their cotton. We are also prepared to
advance money on cotton.
Merchants' & Farmers' Bonded Ware
house. Geo. L. Pitts, Manager.
Notice Road Tax.
All persons are hereby notified that a
commutation road tax of one dollar will
be received until the first day of March,
1905, after which date a penalty of fifty
cents will be attached.
Ii. B. Humbert,
28-1 f. Supervisor I.aureus County.
1 hereby announce my candidacy for
Mayor of the City of Laurens and
pledge myself, if elected, :o discharge
tho duties ol said i the * to the best of
m>" anility and the best in'er s s of the
city. Will cheerfully abide 'bo result
oS tbo City Democratic Primary.
.1. v.. Lbveuett.
1 h< r. by annou. ee myself a candidate
for tho ollloe of Mayor of the City ol
Lau11 ns at t hf> approaching Munic pal
el c ion. 1 pledge myself to aoido tho
rt suit of tt.e Muoicip.'il Democratic
Primary e'ect'on. 1 promise if ? lectcd
tod ?chargH the duties of tho oHIcc to
the I o t of my ability.
W. K. RlCHEY.
Jan. 10, \ ?
FOR" ALDERMAN WARD ONE,
I he friends of John H. Brooks re
spectfully announce him as a candidate
tor alderman from Ward 1, subject to
the result of the Democratic Primary.
II. Ter y Is respectfully announced
for Alder nan from tho Ward One sub
j et to the result of the approaching
FOR~ALDEKM AN?W A K D TWO.
Tho fr'ords and voters of J. Ij. Hop
kins announce blin for Alderman fr m
Ward Two, Mibjeo*. to the City Demo
We are authorized to announce J.
I. e L?ngsten as n candidate for Al
derman from Ward 2, subject to the
? uh s of the City Primary.
FOR ALDERMAN^ WARD THREE.
John i>. Childrcss is hereby respect
fully announced as a candidate for al
derman from Ward subject to the
Democratic Primary Election.
We respectfully announce R. L. Tcm
plcton as candidate for Alderman from
Ward Three, subject to Democratic
FOR ALDERM I N FOURTH \N ARD
We ask leave to announce the name
of W. 1'. Calno as n candidate for tho
oflice of alderman from Ward 4, sub
ject to tho rules of tho Democratic Pri
,7. s. Miuhen Is hereby nominated
for Alderman from Ward f, f>ubjeot lo
tho roiult of the ? ity Democratic l'ri
m uy election,
Tho friends of N. B. Dial nominate
him for Alderman from Ward Five
subject to the Democrat lo Prlmnry,
FOR ALDERvlAN?WARD SIX,
A. Huff is icspcctfully announced
for Alderman, fr m Ward six, subject
to the rule, governing the Oily Frl*
I am a candldsto for A'devman from
Ward siv, and Will abide tho ro-u't of
tbocit) Deui"oratic Primary election.
T. ii? nelson.
I FARMERS MEET
Iutcrcst in tlio Movement
to Reduce Acreage
Resolutions Adopted, Committees Ap
pointed and Delegates to County Con
vention Elected?Meeting Enthusiastic
In obedience to the call issued by
Dr. A. C. Fuller, President of the
County Cotton Growers Association and
published in last week's Advkktiser, a
representative body of citizens, mostly
farmers, met in the Court room, on
Saturday afternoon, at 2 o'clock.
The meeting was called to order by
Judge 0. G. Thompson, who stated the
object of the meeting. The meeting
then went into pernament organization
by the election of O. G. Hiompson,
President and B. Y. Culbertson, Secre
tary. Mr. W. L. Gray made the point
that according to the constitution of
the Interstate Cotton Growers Associa
tion, no person holding office or being a
j candidate for office, can hold office in
I the Cotton Growers' Association.
Mr. Bolt had the schedule of the plan
of organization in which no mention
was made of ollice holders being dis
qualified. Mr. Gray produced the pa
per in which the Constitution had been
Judge Thompson, who had been
elected and all the others present in
sisted that it was the success of the
movement that they were after, and if
there was any doubt of the proceedings
being regular, it would be best to re
consider their actions, and adopt a
course upon which there could he no
On motion of Dr. Irby all the pro
ceedings were re-considered and the
following officers were then elected: Dr.
W. C.Irby, President; B. Y. Culbertson,
Secretary and Treasurer.
Executive Committee -W. B. Knight,
W. L. Gray add Jno. N. Wright.
Committee on acreage and member
ship?.lohn Ii. Finley, P. B. Bailey and
W. H. Hudgens,
Delegates to County Convention?T.
P. Byrd and Dr. W. C. Irby.
On motion of Mr. .Ino. N. Wright, a
resolution was adopted, requesting land
owners to allow the tenant the option of
paying a portion of the rent in other
produce than cotton at a fair market
On motion of Judge Thompson, it
was unanimously determined that those
present should In; permitted and re
quested to sign the pledge reducing the
acreage and commercial fertilizer,
which all present did, and likewise paid
their membership fee of 25 cents.
The meeting was enthusiastic and
harmonious and every man seemed to
be in earnest about the success of the
DR. 1IUNN1CUTTS PREDICTION.
Mt. Bethel Correspondent Favors Re
duction in Cotton Acreage and Use of
Mt. Bethel, Fob. 9th.?One year
ago to-day. Dr. Hunnicutt, the Editor
of the Southern Cultivator at that time
said the recent rapid anil extraordinary
rise in the price or cotton has greatly
stirred the farmers. a large majority
are preparing to plant an increased! area
in cotton and to use an increased quan
tity of fertilizers. This is a great mis
take, t ot ton is now scarce and high,
because the seasons have been unfa
i vorable for the past three years. With
good seasons we would have a twelve
, million bale crop in 1903. In that ease
cotton would now be selling at 7 or 8
cents. With good seasons this year we
will make thirteen million bales and
that will give us six cents cotton again.
Now, Mr. Editor, you see the words
of Dr. Hunnicutt have come true and
all farmers, even the negroes, say
there is more money in a small cotton
crop than there is in a large one, and
I are preaching a reduction of acreage,
I also a reduction of fertilizer. It is now
in order for every one to prove their
1 faith by their work. When the Townships
j are organized and the Committee pass
! around the documents let all sign up,
not only the big fanner but every one
who makes a bale of cotton. If all
will be as tine in reducing acreage as
they are in holding the cotton on nand,
the light is ours.
Mrs. B. says she will patch her hus
band's pants on top of patch before she
will agree for him to sell his cotton at
The school at this place which is be
ing taught by Miss Lorlic Merrimnnhas
been in a flourishing condition up to the
present inclement weather.
Mr. J. ('. Cluck of Mountville, who
has been visiting friends and relatives
at this place has returned to his home.
State of South Carolina,
COUNTY OF 1.AUKENS.
WHEREAS, Josephine 0. Watts
made suit to me, to grant her Letters
of Administration or the Estate of and
Effects of John Gnrv Walts.
THESE VRE THEREFORE to cito
and admonish all and singular the kin
dred and Creditors of the said John
Gary Watts, deceased, that they be
and appear before mo, in the Court of
Probate, to be told at I.aureus C. H.,
S. ('., on the 2nd day of March. 1905,
after publication thereof, at 11 o'clock
in the forenoon, to show cause, if any
they have, why the said Administra
tion should not bo granted.
Given under my Hand, this Mth day
of Fobruury, Anno Domini, 1905.
0. G. THOMPSON,
J. P. 1.. (X
TAKE noii, c that <>n the 10th day of.
Man h, 1905, 1 will render a final ac
count of my nets and doing:; a.s Execu
tor of the estate or Mary A. Casey,
deceased, in the office of Judge of Pro
hate ot' i aureus County, at 11 o'clock
a. in., und on the same date will apply
for a final discharge from my trust asi
All persons having demands against
said estate, v. ill please present them on
furo that dale, proven and authen
ticated, or ho forever barred, and all
persons indebted to said estate must,
mako payment to the undersigned ibe*
fore that date.
T. Ii. DESHIKLDS?
Several thousand dollars, belonging to
home clients, to U nd on First Mortgages
of real estate. Interest at 8 per cent.
Terms to suit borrower if security is,
2?tf Ferguson & Fkathkhstone.