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Takes Up the Questions Propounded Last
Week in Reference to the City
Editor Advertiser?Very glad to see
the criticism and suggest ion of "Cen
sor" in last weeks issue. Such sensi
ble comments can but be helpful and
shows an interest that every citizen
should 'exhibit in the welfare of his
home town. Your correspondent asks
certain questions that it will be my
pleasure to answer as far as I am able.
Question No. 1: What are your in
ducements for investors?
Answer?We have a growing young
city, already of sufficient size to af
ford the most needful public utilities.
Some of these such as light, water and
electric day power are owned by the
tax-payers and cost the user less than
where private monopoly dictates the
rates. The average household pays
$1.00 per month for electric lights and
fifty cents per month for its water.
Metre system for both. We offer an
all-the-year-round climate that cannot
be excelled in America. A healthy lo
cation among the well watered foot
hills of the Blue Ridge mountains with
its varied scenery and strong, produc
tive soil means satisfaction and con
tentment. There is no money-measure
for these things. We have a homogen
ous population who are moderately well
off. No millionaires and no local pau
pers, just a good high average. Class
^distinctions count for little. The worth
? and capacity to do of the individual
fixes his station. We offer a distinctly
religious community as shown by its
seven white and four colored churches
whoso houses of worship are eloquent
of the value placed upon such things.
Our people believe in education and are
willing to pay for it. We have an
honest welcome for every honest man
who wants an opportunity to make an
Question 2. ?"Do you offer for sale
desirable lots or factory sites. State
the price? ?Yes, the city is a circle
two and a half miles in diameter,
traversed at right angles by four rail
road lines. Space forbids quotation of
prices but these are fair and reasonable
still. Unless some widespread and
unforseen disaster befall our section of
the union, values of real estate will
continue to climb. For the past few
years the course has been steadily up
Question 3. "What is the bonded in
debtnesa of your town??Seventy-six
thousand dollars. Well inside of the
eight per cent constitutional limit. The
repayment of this debt is provided for
-by a sinking fund now amounting to
ten thousand dollars and will liquidate
the indebtness at the end of term for
which the bonds run. This debt has
been incurred for City Hall, Water,
Light, Sewerage, School Buildings and
Question 4.- "Specify the taxes on
improved and unimproved property?"?
Taxes are levied on the value of all
property as sworn to by the owner of
same when making his return subject
to increase or decrease (equalization)
by a board appointed for this purpose
by City Council. Custom has sanctioned
the returning of property at fifty to
sixty per cent of ita market value. The
owner of, say one thousand dollars
worth of real or personal property re
turns same aa being worth five or six
hundred dollars and pays on this amount
at. the rate of eleven mills or one dol
lar and ten cents per hundred, so that
the average tax on one thousand dollars
worth of property is five dollars and
fifty cents, not more and in sohie cases
less. The total assessed valuation of
city property is at present $1,313,567.
65. The actual values, in my judg
ment, are three times the amount or
in round figures four million dollars.
For state and county purposes the
present levy is fourteen and a half
mills and we support our graded schools
by a special levy of three and three
quarter mills, all collected on the same
t, I or 60 per cent returns referred to
Question 6. ?"What enterprises not
yet established, in your judgment
would yield fair results for the^nt^ney
invested?"?Question is too large to dis
cuss hero, but all available assistance
and information will be furnished upon
application to any officer or member of
I the Chamber of Commerce. There is
j work here for any man who wants it
| from rolling a wheel barrow to financ
ing a cotton mill. We are enlarging
along all lines and workers are in de
Question 6.?"Are your municipal af
fairs in the hands of ultra-conservatives
or is there a public spirit manifest in
management willing, if need be, to
sacrifice personal interest for the up
buildingof Laurens?"?Municipal affairs
are not in the hands ultra-conservatives I
but are managed by a mayor and six
aldermen (one from each ward) who
are live, progressive, up-to-date. Their
record speaks for itself. Manufactur
ing enterprises are now legally exemp
ted from municipal taxes for first five
years, and our city council will offer
every inducement to encourage the
investment of capital here that lies in
their power. The city is well policicd
and has the lowest insurance rates of
any place of its class in tho State. A
gravity system of hydrant supply ob
viates reliance upon fire-pumps and
fire-engines but these are here as ad
ditional aids, when needed. A chemi
cal engine and hose wagon does the
HUGH K. AIKEN.
Pres. Chamber of Commerce.
Laurens, S. C, Sept. 11th, 1007.
My House and Lot
on Main St.
Six large rooms in house, 12 foot hall,
bath room, large closets, complete
system of water works and electric
Lot contains 3 1-2 acres. Fine Ber
muda pasture orchard and vineyard.
Large garden and one acre patch,
both in a high state of cultivation.
Two tenant houses on place that
rent for $7.50 per month. Good barn,
stables and carriage house.
Will sell for 1-3 cash and balance in
C. C. Featherstone.
That Skinner Smith "Note."
rklitor Lumens Advertiser:
In your issue of 28th inst, I read a
reminisence of John Smith (Skinner) and
myself concerning a note I held on
Smith for $300.00 by Capt. W. D. S.,
and as the Captain did not bring up the
entire transaction I thought I would
givo the whole thing.
It was in 1850 I waa going to school
to Hamp Manly when Skinner called at
dinner time to electioneer, he being a
candidate for the legislature. He was
in a jovial mood and on examining our
copy books wrote a line in them. I had
him to write his name on a leaf of
paper which I had folded on purpose,
he always writes it Jno. I took it home
and showed it to Dr. John G. Traynbam
who was practising medicine with my
father. Traynham drew up a $300.00
note so it would word out right and I
filled it in, as one day after date. We
had a day set to call on Skinner for the
money and when I arrived at his store
Dr. Traynham and General Crane Jones
were present to partake in the fun. As
I walked in Skinner was paying Gen.
Jones $800.00 for a young negro. Skin
ner wanted to know what I wanted. I
told him I wanted the money on that
$300.00 note. "What note?" The note
you gave me. "The h-you say I I
never give you my note." Gen. Jones
wanted to see the note and after scan
ning it a while (he had seen it before)
says, "Dock, I will give you $285.00 for
it, look here Smith this is your signa
ture, you can't deny it." "Yes its my
name and no mistake but I will never
pay it injoyning this life" (he never
used the word enduring) Gen. Jones
told him that Col. Irby and Henry
Young could collect it, and if I would
trade him the note he would certainly
collect it according to law. We teased
him for 4 or 5 hours. When I finally
gave him the paper and told him it was
all a joke, that he had cut the big "J"
for me. He gave me a hat and said
never would he be caught in such ano
ther scrape and said he was going home
with mo and have the Dr. to give me
d-good whipping. About that time
father rode up to the store and enjoyed
the fun with those present. I slipped
out the back way with a new hat and
that was the last of the promisory
That has been a long t;mc ago, they
have all crossed over tb res but me
and the time is drawing h when I
will be among their nun >. .
Greenwood, Sept. 6, 1907.
Modern Progress in New York.
OOice buildings 20 stories high, con
taining a thousand offices; hotels cov
ering a city block, containing 1,400
rooms; many, very many, painted with
the L. & M.
Machinery produces L. & M. Paint
at 50 times less cost for labor than if
made by hand.
4 gallons L. & M. mixed with 3 gal
lons Linseed Oil, bought fresh from the
barrel at about 00 cents per gallon,
mokes 7 gallons of paint at cost of less
than $1.20 per gallon.
If any defect exists in L. & M. Paint,
will repaint house for nothing.
Donations of L. & M. made to
Sold by J. H. & M. L. Nash, Laur
rens, and Clinton Pharmacy, Clinton.
TYLERSVILLh IS QUIET.
The Movement of Persons During the
Past Wc.k Recorded. ^
Tylersville, Sept. 16.? The farmers
arc very busy gathering their crops
Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Blakely spent
Sunday with Mr. J. W. Blakely's fam
Mr. J. S. Craig of Clinton spent
Saturday and Sunday at Tylersville.
Messrs. .John Powers and Martin
Pooie were at Enoroe Saturday.
Miss Emma Blakely was in Laurens
Messrs. George Little ar"' Bluford
Blakely were in Laurens Saturday.
Miss Ella Peterson spent Sunday
with Miss Emma Blakely.
Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Cleveland spent
Sunday with Mr. A. E. Cleveland's
Master William Byrd is attending
the Graded School at Laurens.
Work Day For The Orphanages.
Saturday, September the 28th., has
been appointed Work Day for the
Thornwell, Connio Maxwell and Ep
These institutions have six hundred
orphan children in them, and they are
provided for by voluntary contributions.
They have just passed through the
summer months, with their financial
stringency, and should now have an in
crease in the amount of contributions
for their support.
The Work Day plan furnishes a spe
cial opportunity, for grown people and
children, to give the income of one day,
or the proceeds of one day's labor to
The crop prospects aro promising,
the prices are good, and the outlook in
the business world is encouraging. The
Lord has opened hi3 hand, and poured
out his blessings upon us. As an ex
pression of our gratitude for his good
ness, we should make some return to
him. "Inasmuch as ye have done it
unto one of the least of these my
bretheren, ye have done it unto me."
Cash, groceries and dry goods will be
acceptable. W. B. Wharton,
Supt. Eoworth Orghanage.
The State of South Carolina, County
of Laurens, in Court of Common Picas.
Henry E. Todd, Plaintiff.
Maggie Taylor et al Defendant.
Pursuant to a Decree of Court in the
above stated case, I will sell at public
outcry to the highest bidder, at Laur
ens, C. H., S. C. on Salcsday in Octo
ber next, being Monday the 7 day of
the month, during the legal hours for
S ch sales, the following described
property to wit: all that tract of land
In Laurens County in said State contain
ing sixty acres more or less bounded on
the North by lands of Mrs. Sarah E.
Todd, on the South by lands of S. J.
Todd and on the West by lands of John
Terms or Sale: 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
John F. Bolt,
C. C. C. P. & G. S., Laurens, S. C.
Dated, this Sept., 14, 1907.
The Fall season is upon us. Cotton is coming1
in and is bringing good prices. Trade is begin
ning to open up in all lines. Mr. Merchant: now
is the time to look over your stock of office supplies
and replenish where you are short. Now is the
time to use Hand Bills, Circular Letters and Ad
vertising Cards. All of these help to get business
and hold it. Do not neglect your opportunity.
We are better prepared than ever to fill your
needs for these items and other printed matter,
such as Letter Heads, Bill Heads, Envelopes,
Blank or Stock Office Forms. We solicit your
business and offer our ideas, and carry out your
ideas. Samples on request. Phone or write. We
will do the work promptly.
Advertiser Printing Company
Advertiser Building. Phone 55. l^aurens, S. C
RED IRON RACKET
Annex just opened
More Goods for Same Money
Same Goods for Less Money."
Our motto for ten years has, is and always will be, to sell
same goods for iO to 35 per cent less than other first class houses
ask for the same goods. These are the kind of values that lift the
name and fame of the Red Iron Racket far beyond the reach of
combined competition. Our mastery in Bargain giving is the
source of our leadership. This business has grown and expanded
2 Stores in Laurens
1 Store in Greenwood
1 Store in Spartanburg
There is no pause here. We can't afford to stand still. The business must keep moving, that's our
idea of modern merchandising- how to maintain the standard of merchandise and keep prices at a match
lessly low point--that's our aim all the time, and we are succeeding, succeeding as never before. A great
er volume of sales than ever is the practical response to our energetic effort. We want your business.
Our bid for your business is backed by our ability to sell the same goods at lower prices. We rest our
cause squarely on that claim, "we will." We are fighting the battle for lower prices and we want your
help in winning the battle. The bigger the volume of business we do, the lower the prices will go. Fall
in line to-day, join the big army and you will win from 10 to 35 per cent of the hard earned money you
We have just returned from the Northern Harkets where we
secured lots of Bargains. They are now arriving daily.
Look out for Red Hot Bargains this fall. Don't buy until you look through our
four big Department Stores.
ED IRON RACKET
J. C. Burns & Co. Laurens, S. C.
The New Fall Goods are
Ready for Your Inspection
This is a Good
J. E. MINTER & BRO.
Never before have we shown such a complete line of Reliable Merchandise as we have this
season. You will find here not only goods of quality, but also the most stylish fabrics. We call
your particular attention to our Ladies Department, which we have greatly enlarged this sea
son. It is our aim to keep this department up-to-date.
All the leading fabrics in the popular col
ors for this season, and all at the Right Price.
You can get your whole bill of Dress Goods
filled here--without having to leave the store.
BROADCLOTHS?The very best number*, in Mack,
navy, green, brown, grey, tan, castor and garnet, and also
fancy stripes and plaids at $r.oo yd.
BLACK GOODS?At $1.00 yd., Panamas, Voiles,
vSilk finish Mobair, Batiste, Serges, Poplin, and Plaid and
Striped Black Dress Goods.
50, 75, $1.00 and
SILKS?III Stripes and Plaids,
We are showing the strongest line of Dress Goods at
50c yd. in all the popular fabrics and colors.
LADIES READY MADE SKIRTS?In Panamas
and Voiles, in Black Navy and Brown at $5.00, $6.50,
#7.50 and $10.00.
LADIES SILK UNDERSKIRTS?We are sole
agents in Laurens for the famous guaranteed silk Petti
coats at #6.(X) and #7.50 and Up, Also the very best silk
petticoats at $5.00. Ileatheiblock Skirts at #2.00 and
#2.50. Mercerized Underskirts at 75c, $ 1.00 and $1.50.
LADIES JACKETS?We arc showing a magnificent
line of Ladies, Missesand Cbildrens Jackets at. $5.00, $7.50,
$10.00, $12.50, $15.00 and $20.00.
If you are ready to sec
the Correct Fashions for
Fall in Men's Wear,
With the largest and finest
collection of Fall Suits, Over
coats, Furnishings and Hats
that has ever been our lot to
offer for your inspection.
If you want a Fall Suit that
is somewhat "different" in style
and character from any other
you may sec and that is at the
topmost notch of excellence iu
tailoring, finish and fit, then
you should sec our new Mich
aels-Stern Fall Suits at $15.00
Men's Good Suits $10, $12.50
Young Men's Suits $7.50, $10,
Boys Suits #2.50, $3.50 and
Come sec the new Fall Der
by and Soft Hats, Fashionable
Cravats, Negligee Shirts and
Fancy Half Hose.
MICMAtLA. STCRN * CO.
MflCHl.rin, N. V
l| J. E. Hinter & Bro.
k The Reliable Store
French, Shriner and Ur
ner Shoes for men are best
at $5.00 pair.