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LAURENS, S. C, Oct. 18, 1905.
THE MILLS AND LEGISLATION.
Other evidences of unrest in re
gard to the cotton mill situation in
South Carolina continue to come to
the surface. The following is taken
from a Charleston dispatch to the
"It is understood that at the coming
session of the legislature, for the pro
tection of banks and investors a bill
will be introduced to require the offices
of president and treasurer of mills to
be held by ditferent parties;the paper of
the concerns to be signed by other mill
officers than the president. Probably a
bill for the creation of a new state of
ficer whose business shall be solely to
examine and report upon the condition
of the mills and generally to protect
public interests from rascality and
loose management by head officials of
the industrial concerns."
We think that the legislature should
be slow and careful in considering leg
islation relating to the cotton mill
companies or other property rights.
Cotton mills are not common carriers
or life insurance companies; the people
have not the intimate connection with
them that they have with the former.
Over one hundred thousand South
Carolinians derive a living or an in
come from the mills. Every cotton
planter and thousands of growers of
country produce arc deeply interested
in their success.
Year by year the mills should pros
per and become greater helps to the
people of the Stale.
If an officer or commission be needed
to protect the interests of the mills and
the people, let the legislature appoint
him or provide it. We doubt if ei
ther be needed. We are not prepared
If the mill companies cannot be re
lied upon to place proper checks upon
the conduct of their financial officers,
let the legislature act.
When anything is asked by the mill
operatives the legislature should give it
liberal and serious consideration. It
must never be forgotten that the hum
blest person in the weave room is en
titled to the same regard from the law
makers as is the president or mill
owner. The best policy is for the leg
islature to severely let the mills alone,
owners, operatives and officers, unless
the demand for legislation is sharp;
unless the facts show an urgent and
positive need for it.
If the mill owners wish the legisla
ture to keep hands off they must act
fairly and not abuse their powers.
Of course the majority must rule.
But the majority must not grind and
crush. In a stock-holders' meeting, if
one man own more than half the stock
that means that he owns just that much
more than half the brick, timber, land
and other property. It is not like a pri
mary election in which Smith's vote is
as good as Brown's. Now the man that
owns more than one-half the pounds of
property, that has more than one-half
the physical power, in a cotton mill has
no right to crush the man who owns
less than half. It is his duty to use it
so that the energy of both shall com
bine and produce all that is possible for
both. When the bigger man shows a
disposition to hurt or destroy the small
er, then the public, the State, the peo
ple must come in and stop the destruc
tion. Otherwise the State would lose
all that was destroyed.
The legislature might find it worth
while to consider the relation of the
mills' selling agents and the mills. The
mill agent naturally wants to get all
the money they can out of the mill. It
is bis interest to charge as high com
missions as he can get. The interest of
the stock-holder is that the smallest
possible commissions be paid. If a mill
agent be also a stock-holder, it is his
interest still to make all he can as
agent, to charge high commissions.
For instance Mr. Milliken's firm owns
nearly a third of Laurens Mills. At 4
per cent his commissions are about
$30,000. At two per cent about $15,000.
If the annual dividend were reduced
from 12 to 8 per cent he would draw on
his B' .( $9,333.33 instead of $14,000.
But he loses $15,000 by the cutting
down of the commissions, only one
third of which would go to him as a
Thus the interest of the stock-holder
and mill agent arc at enmity. They
The directors of a mill are the repre
sentatives of the stock-holders. They
are entrusted with the duty of running
the mill solely in the interest of the
stock-holders, with due regard to the
hired help from the president down.
Now can a mill agent be true to his
interest as a mill agent and true to his
interest as a stock-holder? We shall
not express a positive opinion now.
There may be two sides to the ques
tion. But it Is worth the consideration
of legislators. An Act might be ad
visable making selling agents ineligible
to membership in the board of direc
Again. South Carolina mills ought to
be governed at home if they are owned
at home. A director who lives here in
Laurens will be disposed to be fair to
everybody more than will the man in
Boston. The home man knows and
hears both sides. The legislature
might consider what proportion of the
directors' places outsiders should have.
Thousands of us have for years been
sending our money to New York life in
surance concerns. Now some of us
feel foolish. We are stock-holders, lit
tle fellows may be, but stock-holders
just the same and now we are informed
that the New York bosses have been
paying out our money to Republican
campaign funds and for free lunches for
clerks. Seventy-two thousand dollars
for free lunches. We have all been
made fools of; because we have let this
business be managed entirely in New
York. We should have in?ioteu on
managing our share of it; all of
us who have bought iusurance policies.
Shall we let the South Carolina mills
be managed and bossed in New York?
We think we hear some of our cotton
mill friends howl in horror that talk
like this will ' 'drive away Northern
capital." We answer that rather than
that Northern capital own and boss our
State and our people, we say, drive it
a way I
We are for fair treatment to North
ern capital and all other capital. We
do not want a dollar of outside money
invested here to pay more than its
share of taxes. We want the North
ern interests to have full protection un
der the law.
But we take our stand here and now
that South Carolina cotton mills in
whom hundreds of thousands of South
Carolinians arc interested shall be man
aged and bossed by South Carolinians in
One word. There are those who say
that The Advertiser's motives are
biased and personal. True The Ad
vertiser is Mr. Lucas' friend but. we
don't think Mr. Lucas will agree fully
with what we have said. We can't
help that. The questions involved in
this Laurens Mill fight are bigger than
Lucas. The fight won't end in Lau
^hall our mills be independent or
mere feeders to New York?
In forcing the issue in Laurens the
Millikcns are dragging the mills into
politics. They are putting a club into
the hands of every demagogue in South
Carolina. The Advertiser has always
defended the mill interests from dem
agogues and extremists. We are ready
to do so again.
Here is the Milliken program:
Four per cent at all hazards.
That program is immoral. It is in
iquitous. It is destructive. It is reck
less. It is inflammatory. It is incen
diary. It is calculated to create a party
in South Carolina antagonistic to cotton
mills and to make their management
and control an issue in the campaign
for governor next year. This we de
plore. This we would avert.
The responsibility is on the Millikcns.
They commenced the fight, determined
because they arc greatly wealthy and
have the power, to crush those who do
not bow to them.
Their campaign is founded on selfish
ness. It is rooted in hate. Therefore
they do not come into Court with clean
hands. They cannot complain if the |
weaker, driven to the wall, defend
themselves with the weapon in easiest
reach,?even if it be one that they are
not familiar with in cotton mill contests.
Conditions in South Carolina are ripe
for radical legislation. Everything con
tributes to it. Indeed, the cotton mills
are always in peril from ignorance and
prejudice in the legislature. Some of
us, the editor of this newspaper for one,
have helped for years to steer the mills
clear of the rocks.
Compared to our people, Mr. Seth M.
Milliken in financial strength is a Samp
son. In hot thirst for vengeance he
would pull down the pillars of the tem
Was ever a Sampson blinder?
This one, we are informed, is deaf
also to the warnings of his own friends.
"It was almost a miracle. Burdock
Blood Bitters cured me of a terrible
breaking out all over my body. I am
very grateful." Miss Julia Filbridge,
West Comwell, Conn.
Statu of South Carolina,
COUNTY OF LAURENS.
In the Court of Cdtaimon Pleas.
The J, W. Cupeiand Company, Plain
tiffs, vs. Lucinda Bourn, Anderson
Hitch, Rosa Bourn, Mary Powers,
Frank Beason and G. C. Young, D -
Pursuant to a Decree of the Court of
Common Pleas in the above stated case,
I will sell at public outcry to the high
est bidder, at Laurens, C. H. S. C, on
Salesday in November next, being
Monday, the 6th day of the month, dur
ing the legal hours for such sales, the
following described property, to wit:
All that tract, piece or parcel of land
lying, being ana situate in the County
and State aforesaid, containing Fifty
(50) acres, more or less, bounded by
Mrs. Frances Henry, Miss Louda Cope
land and others, known as the Betsy
Mulligan Home Place.
The Decree of the Court hvrein finds
that there are three separi tc and dis
tinct parcels of land embraced in the
tract described above and provides as
follows: "The Davis land 01 some Five
(5) acres, more or less, bounded by the
Stewart land and Sloan land ana oth
ers, shall be sold first; and if that
tract should bring a sufficient amount
to pay the Plaintiff's mortgage and the
costs of the action, then the Stewart
land of Forty (40) acres shall not be
sold, but it the Davis land does
bring not bring a sufficient amount for
the puriioses aforesaid then the Stew
art land shall be sold, that is such in
terest as was owned therein by the
said Elizabeth Mulligan at the time of
the execution of the Plaintiffs mort
gage, or at any time since, and if the
said tracts do not bring a sufficient
amount pay the Plaintiff's mortgage
and the c^sts of the action, the Sloan
tract of Five and three-quarter (5 3-4)
acres shall be sold, even if the Davis
tract and the Bill Stewart tract should
bring enough to pay Plaintiff's mort
gage the Sloan tract of Five and three
quarter (5 3-4) acres must be sold to
satisfy the mortgage of G. C. Young,
under all the directions as to such sales
Terms of Sale: One-half cash, bal
ance with interest from day of sale on
credit of twelve (12) months, secured
by bond of purchaser and mortgage of
the premises, with leave to the pur
chaser to pay his entire bid in cash.
Purchaser to pay for the papers. If
the purchaser does not comply with the
terms of the sale, the land snail be re
sold in the order stated, on the same or
some subsequent Salesday, and on the
same terms, at the risk of defaulting
JOHN F. BOLT,
C. C. C. P. & G. S.
Oct. 6th '05-td.
State of South Carolina,
COUNTY OF LAURENS.
In Court of Common Pleas.
Elizabeth C. Madden, ct al., Plaintiff,
vs. Ernest Turner and Lidic Florence
Pursuant to a Decree of sale in the
above stated case, I will sell at public
outcry to the highest bidder, at Laurens,
S. C.| C. H., on Salesday in November
next, being Monday, the 6th day of the
month, during the legal hours for such
sales, the following described property
Two tracts of land situate in County and
State aforesaid. Tract No. 1, known as
Home Place, containing one hundred
and twenty-seven and one-half acres,
more or less, and bounded on the North
by lands of C. C. Pitts, Daniel Franks
and L. L. Compton, on the East by
James A. Madden and tract No. 2 and
on the South and West by lands of Jno.
D. M. Shaw.
Tract No. 2, containing one hundred
and thirty-two acres, more or less, and
bounded by lands of John R. Finley and
Allen Motes on the North and East,
Jeff D. Pitts on the South and J. D. M.
Shaw and tract No. 1 on the West.
Terms of Sale: One-half cash, bal
ance to be paid twelve months from
date of sale, the credit portion to be se
cured by bond and mortgage of the
purchaser over the said premises, bear
ing legal interest from date with leave
to purchaser to pay his entire bid in
cash. Purchaser to pay for papers. If
the terms of sale are not complied with,
the land to be resold on same or some
subsequent Salesday on same terms, at
risk of former purchaser.
JOHN F. BOLT,
C. C. C. P. & G. S.
Sept. 29th, '05.-td.
HOLD YOUR COTTON FOR
Minimum Price fixed by Farmers
Store your Cotton in the Merchants and Farmers
Warehouse, and the BANK OF LA?RENS will make
liberal advances on Warehouse Receipts.
The Bank of Laurens
O. B. SIMMONS, President.
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The County Treasurer's Books will
be open for collection of State, County
and Commutation Road Taxes for fiscal
year 1904 at the Treasurer's Office, from
October 15th to December 31st 1905.
Those who prefer to do so can pay in
January, 1906, with one per cent, addi
tional; those who prefer paying in Feb
ruary, 1906, can do so with 2 per cent,
additional; those who prefer to pay in
March, 1906 to the 15th of said month
can do so by paying an additional 7 per
cent. After said date the books will
All persons owning property or pay
ing taxes for others in more than one
Township are requested to call for re
ceipts in each township in which they
live. This is important, as additional
cost and penalty may not be attached.
Prompt attention will be given those
who wish to pay their taxes through
the mail by checks, money orders, etc.
Persons sending in lists of names to be
taken off, are urged to send them e.irly
as the Treasurer is very busy during
the month of December.
The Tax Levy is as follows:
State Tax, 5H mills
County Ordinary, 3 mills
Special County, 2 mills
Public Road, 2 mills
School, 3 mills
Total, 15?... mills
Laurens Special School 3} mills
Gray Court-Owings, 2 mills
Fountain Inn, 4 mills
Ekom, 2 mills
Waterloo, 2 mills
Cross Hill, 3 mills
Mountville, 21 mills
Clinton, 3 mills
All able-bodied male citizens between
the ages of 21 and 60 years are liable
to pay a poll tax of $1.00, except old
soldiers, who are exempt at 50 years.
Commutation Road Tax $1.00, in lieu of
working the public, roads, to be paid at
the time as stated above.
J. H. COPELAND,
Laurens, S. C, Sept. 26. 1905-td.
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W. C 1RBY, Jr.,
Attorney at Law,
LAURENS, S. C.
State of South Carolina,
COUNTY OF LAURENS.
By O. G. Thompson, Esquire, Probate
f\ Whereas, A. M. Hill made suit to
me, to Kraut him betters of Adminis
tration of the Estate of and effects of
V. B. Robertson.
THESE ARE THEREFORE to cite
and admonish all and singular the kin
kred and Creditors of the said V.B.Rob
orison, deceased, that they !><? and ap
pear before nie, in the 'Court of Pro
bate, to be held at Laurens, C. II. S,
C, on the 19th day of October 1905.
after publication thereof, at 11 o'clock
in the forenoon, to show cause, if any
they have, why the said Administration
should not be granted.
Given under my Hand, this 8rd day
of October, Anno Domini, 1905.
O. G. Thompson,
- . J. v. L, C.
Oct. 4th -td.
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