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Important Notice to Fanners
To the Cotton Planters of the South:
Cotton today reached the lowest point
since Jan. 1, 1903, except from Novem
ber to May of the big crop year of
1904-5, when it sold two cents per pound
lower than this. What has caused this
decline of three cents per pound in spite
of the fact that the cotton crop of the
world is about 4,600,000 short of last
year's crop? The only answer that I
can find is "Lack of Confidence." The
retailer is not buying except as he needs
the goods, the jobber is doing the same,
consequently the mills have no orders
ahead, while last year, and for several
years past, they have had orders booked
from three to six months in advance.
What causes this lack of confidence?
They are afraid we will raise a bumper
crop of cotton again this year. Why
are they afraid of a large crop? They
look at the past. In 1903 we had a
short crop and good prices, which was
followed by a large acreage and good
seasons and a bumper crop. The next
year, 1906-6, we had a short crop and
good prices, which was again followed
by a large acreage and a bumper crop.
Had it not been for the September
storm in the Mississippi valley and the
exceptionally good trade the market
would probably have gone to eight cents
or under for that crop. We got a good
average price for the good grades in the
crop, and a large acreage was set aside
for cotton last season, but owing to the
weather during planting time the acre
age was cut some and crop poor in
Texas and Louisiana enabled us to get
a good price for the most of this crop.
I A month ago every indication was that
we would have a large acreage this
season and the people did not care to
place heavy orders for cotton goods,
knowing that with a large acreage and
fair season we would produce more cot
ton than the world needed and the price
of cotton goods would decline. They
arc good business men and you can't
How can we restore confidence? In
place of planting the same acreage as
last season in cotton plant 25 per cent,
less. As soon as the acreage report is
out in June or even before the trade
will know that there will be a moderate
crop raised this year and we will have
the old time activity in the cotton trade.
Jobbers will place their orders ahead to
enable them to supply their trade and
the mills will contract in advance for
supplies of cotton and the market will
advande much faster than it has de
clined. The result will be that you will
market a crop of 11,500,000 at an aver
age of at least $65 per bale, or a total
of about $750,000,000. If the weather
conditions should be unfavorable for the
growing crop and it should turn out a
million bales less it would sell for fif
teen cents and bring a total of nearly
$800,000,000, and add to this the value
of the feed crops that can be grown on
the acreage intended for cotton and it
will give us another $50,000,000. Sup
pose that you plant the same acreage
as last year and with favorable weather
we would likely make anyway 13,000,
000, possibly more. What would the
price be under the present trade condi
tions? Not over an average of eight
cents per pound and perhaps lower.
Say that it averaged $40.00 per bale the
crop would bring $520,000,000, at least
$300,000,000 loss to the South. How to
bring about this reduction?
It is not too late yet to plant corn,
alfalfa, sorghum cane, millet or cow
peas for hay. Or it will pay you to let
the land lie idle for a season rather than
plant it in cotton at a loss. Let every
planter that reads th j article at once
arrange to reduce his own acreage in
cotton and show the article to his
neighbor, or better call a meeting at
every country school house in the South
and discuss this matter intelligently,
then go home resolved that each one
will do his part. If you have any
neighbors that will not reduce send me
their names and I will take the matter
up with each one personally. This is
no small matter and I hope that mem
bers of the Southern Cotton A? ocia
tion and Farmers' Union will stand side
by side in this great fight. With a
heavy acreage Wall street will set the j
price for our cotton crop with a light
acreage we can get our own price within
reason. Don't delay, but get busy at
once. There is plenty of time yet if
you will only do your part. In 1905 by
reducing the acreage 15 per cent, the
price advanced five cents per pound and
we can do it again. I will be glad to
hear from every farmer that reads this
and endorses it.
Do you want to return to the old days
of five cent cotton? If not, join this
movement and we will make the South
more prosperous than ever.
J. A. TAYLOR,
Pres. National Ginners' Association.
Memphis, Tenn., April 18th, 1908.
Prof. R. A. Dobson Re-elected.
The Board of Trustees of the Lau
rens Graded schools met Monday after
noon and re-elected Prof. R. A. Dobson
superinteddent. Mr. Dobson has been
in Laurens for two years and is firmly
established in the confidence and re
spect of the school patrons and citizens
here. His work as a teacher is of the
best, his manner of discipline is strong
and unwavering, and his character as a
citizen is of the highest rank. The
trustees expressed their gratification at
tho success ot the schools under Mr.
Dobson's administration and compli
mented him on the work accomplished.
Mr. Dobson is a graduate of Furman
university and is ranked among the
best school superintendents in the State.
At the Board meeting Monday Mr. S.
M. Wilkes was elected a member to fill
the vacancy of Col. J. W. Ferguson,
resigned. Mr. C. C. Featherstone was
elected chairman of the Board, which
position was formerly filled by Col.
The teachers of the city schools will
be elected at a later meeting.
Easter Egg Hunt.
The children of the Episcopal congre
gation enjoyed an Easter egg hunt
Monday evening on the beautiful lawn
'of Mrs. A. C. Haskell's home. This
was an ideal place for tho hunt and the
children had a royally good time. The
ladies of tho congregation provided for
the entertainment and helped the young
folks spend a pleasant afternoon.
fetter, Salt Rlieum and Eczema
cureil by Chamlx Hions s?,vc; ?nr "I'l?1*0*..
relieves the Itching n^l ??? -?fing (.ciiftqftjpyjj
Figures Show (hat tin County Grog Shops
Are Getting oa In Spite of Panic.
Columbia, April 20.?(Special)?Dur
ing the quarter eliding March 31st, the
county dispensaries sold $970,964.01
worth of whiskey in 24 counties, of
which one has since gone dry. On this
business an average profit of 39 per
cent, was made; the total profit being
$268,941.98. This is at the rate of over
one million dollars a year profit.
According to the statement recently
prepared by Comptroller General Jones
the State dispensary during its 13 years
of business paid into the State treasury
for all purposes, the sum of $1,615,107.57
The proportion of profit paid to the
counties and towns varied at different
times, but the total profit of the State
dispensary business, even when there
were dispensaries in 41 counties, did
not reach one million dollars per year
or 13 million dollars in the 13 years that
it waa in opera! ion.
According to the report made by Dis
pensary Auditor West to Gov. Ansel
at the close of the fiscal year the total
amount of sales by the county dispen
saries during the nine and a fraction
months they were operated in 1907 was
$2,691,663.43on which the net profit de
clared was $695,956.61. The business
for a full year, or 12 months, runs eas
ily in excess of three million dollars,
which was high water mark for the
State dispensary, while the profit of
the county dispensary system for 12
months runs in excess of one million
dollars, which the State dispensary
never did attain, though its founder
predicted it would. Though there are
now dispensaries in only 24 counties,
the profit from the county dispensary
system is so much greater than from
the State dispensary, and it is all dis
tributed between the county and towns
that as a revenue producer the county
dispensary is going to prove more pop-,
ular than the old systom, and for that
reason if for no other it is more diffi
cult to vote it out than it was to close
the county dispensaries under the so
called Brice act under the State dispen
sary regime, when prejudice and antag
onism to the State dispensary had some
thing to do with the large prohibition
vote cast in several of the counties of
Easter was an ideal fine spring day.
At the different churches appropriate
services, embracing elaborate and fit
ting musical programmes, were held
Sunday morning with very large emi
grations in attendance. At both the
First Methodist and First Presbyterian
churches the services were conducted
by their respective pastors, Rev. John
D. Crout and Rev. Chas. F. Rankin.
Owing to the bereavement in the fam
ily of Rev. William E. Thayer, pastor
of the First Baptist church, his pulpit
was occupied by Rev. O. O. Fletcher of
Furman university. There was no ser
vice at the Episcopal church, the rector,
Rev. Edward Callender, being in New
An Easter Wedding.
At the Second Baptist Church of Lau
rens, Sunday April 19th, at six p. m.,
in the presence of a full house, Rev. E.
C. Watson solemnized the marriage ce r
emony of Mr. John M. Moore and Miss
Bertie Hammett, eldest daughter of
Rev. W. ?. Uammett, pastor of Sec
ond Baptist Church.
After the marriage the party return
to the home of Rev. W. D. Hammett
where elaborate refreshments were
served to a large circle of friends and
At 8:00 o'clock |p. m., Rev. E. C.
Watson preached to a large audience at
Let all those who hold petitions send
them to me at once. We must have
them here before the first day of May.
Our prospects are bright for a great
victory. Let us press the battle, con
tinue to agitate, talk prohibition, and
next November we will set fair Lau
ren 8 county, beautiful Laurens, free
from this awful curse. -
E. C. WATSON, Chairman.
Miss Clara Fowler and Mr. Robt.
Brownlee were married Sunday morn
ing at the home of the bride's parents
by the Rev. W. D. Hammett. Mr.
Brownlee is a salesman at the Caine &
Pitts Furniture Store.
At the sessions of Enoree Presby
tery, held last week at Greer, Dr. Robt.
Adams, of Clinton, Rev. A. G. Ward
law, of Union, and Rev. J. L. McLin,
of Laurens, were appointed to condui t
the exercises on the occasion of the
formal installation of the Rev. Chas.
F. Rankin as pastor of the First Pres
byterian church, which will take place
some time during the month of May.
Remember that Thursday night is
"hospital night" at the moving picture
shows, come and bring the whole d
Dr. I. Schaver, who suffered painful
injuries in the automobile accident last
Sunday is able to be out again. Although
slighly disfigured and forced to use a
walking cane, Dr. Schayer is little the
worse for his accident.
Bishop Guerry, of the Episcopal
diocese of the State, will visit the
Laurens and Clinton parishes on May
2(1. Rev. W. E. Callender is the minis
ter in charge.
An agreement was practically reached
among the merchants here to close their
stores at 6:30 p. m., beginning May
the first. It was customary up until
last year to close at this hour on June 1.
"When Smith came home" played to
a good sized audience here Saturday
night, and from the continuous applause
and laughter, seemed to greatly please.
Mr. Roman, the very enterprising
manager of the local Opera House,
engaged the company to play here all
day Saturday In vaudeville in connec
tion with the moving picture shows. ?
Laurens was represented at the State
Medical association, held in the city of
Anderson last week, by Dr. W. W.
Dodson, member of the State board of
health and pure food commissioner for
South Carolina, Dr. W. D. Ferguson,
Dr. W. H. Dial, president of the Lau
rens County Medical association, Dr. J.
R. Culbertson and Dr. T. L. W. Bailey.
Dr. Bailey rend a paper before thr
^Sfate society on thesu'doftt of "Locked
DR. SNYDER MENTIONED.
Oreat Many People Want Him to Be
come President ol Carolina.
Spartanburg. Ap/il, 20, Special, Dr.
Henry N. Snyder, president of Wofford
College, is being thought of as presi
dent of South Carolina University to
I succeed Maj. Benjamen Sloan, resigned
The trustees of the university will meet
next week, when the nomination com
mittee will make a report.
It can not be stated at this time
whether Dr. Snyder would accept the
presidency of South Carolina Universi
ty or not. He has not expressed him
self un the subject and will not do so
unless the presidency of the university
is tendered him in a formal manner.
Dr. Snyder is one of the best known
educators in the South. He has been
identified with WofTord College for|
many years both as a member of the \
faculty and as president. He is a high
toned Christian gentleman, and he
wields a powerful influence for good
among the students of Wofford College.
Street Superintendent .1. H. Hender
son with a force of hands is engaged in
making a considerable improvement on
Church and Hamilton streets along the
new graded school property.
Tag Day Fine Success.
Yesterday was "Tag Day" in Lau
rens. It was a fine day and well-nigh
every person, including visitors, en
tered ?nto the spirit of the "play,"
which was admirably conducted by va
rious committees of ladies representing
the King's Daughters. The proceeds,
amounting to $170, go to the Hospital
The Jumping Off Place.
"Consumption had me in its grasp,
and I had almost reached the jumping
off place, when I was advised to try
Dr. King's New Discovery; and I want
to say right now it saved my life. Im
provement began with the first bottle,
and after taking one dozen bottles I
was a well and happy man again," says
George Moore, of Grimesland, N. C.
As a remedy for coughs and colds and
healer of weak, sore lungs, and for
preventing pneumonia", New Discovery
is supreme. 50c and $1 at Laurens
Drug Co. andValmetto Drug Co. Trial
Attention! Camp ?2arlln?toB, V. ?. V.
A mooting of Camp Garlington, U.
C. V., is hereby called to be held in
the Office of Probate Judge Thomp
son, on Saturday, May second, at 10
A full attendance of members of
the ''amp is earnestly requested, as ,
busincMs of import nice is to be trans
The annual dues, 25 ceuts per mem
ber, are to be paid, as our assessments
to both the State aud General Reunion
arc now duo.
Delegates are to bo elcctod to rep
resent the Camp at the General Re
union to be hold at Birmingham, Ala.,
June 0th, 10th and 11th. and the
State Reunion to bo held at Green
ville, S. C., August 11th and 12th.
Officers for J.ho ensuing year are
also to be elected at the approaching
T. B. Grkws,
B. W. La n lord,
April 1G, 1908. _
Where a Multitude of -Sins Are Covered.
The L. & M. PAINT covers defects
in previous paintings and wears for 10
to 16 years, because the L. & M. is
pure linseed oil binder-pure oxide of
zinc pure white lead, and you help to
make the paint by mixing three quarts
of linseed oil with each gallon of paint.
It's done in 2 minutes. Makes cost
only $1.20 per gallon.
L. & M. Paint Agents:
J. H. & M. L. Nash, Laurens.
Clinton Pharmacy, Clinton. 37-2t
Keeping Open House.
Everybody is welcome when we feel
good, and we feel that way only when
our digestive organs are working prop
erly. Dr. King s New Life Pills regu
late the action of stomach, liver and
bowels so perfectly one can't help feel
ing good when he uses these pills. 35c
at Laurens Drug Co. and Palmetto
There are many tonics in the land,
As by the papers you can see;
But none of them can equal
Ilollistcr's Rocky Mountain Tea.
?Palmetto Drug Co.
A Healing Salve for Burns, Chapped
Hands and Sore Nipples.
As a healing salve for burns, sores,
sore nipples and chapped hands Cham
berlain s Salve is most excellent. It
allays the pain of a burn almost in
stantly, and unless the iniury is very
severe heals the parts without leaving
a scar. Price 25 cents. For sale by
Laurens Drug Co.
Grand Pianos and
Hereafter McCord, the Piano Man, will use this
space to present attractive piano propositions. If
you desire to be informed about pianos, or to pur
chase a Piano at the very LOWEST PRICE and
on the very best terms, it will pay you to see or
Notice the names of a few of
His Valued Patrons
in this immediate section;
Many other purchasers throughout South Carolina
could be mentioned, but a few home purchasers
are mentioned, and it is hoped, they will not be
offended by this presention.
Or. I.. S. Fuller,
Mrs. M. A. Fike,
.1. Walter Gray,
C. L. Fuller.,
Mrs. S. I.. Nelson,
Mrs. Mattie Medloek,
J. J. Dunn,
Mrs. .1. W. Clark.
Miss Corrinne Martin,
Mrs. Mary Ga?e
Miss Nannie Bramlett
R. M. Hill,
W. H. Drummond,
J. W. Garrett,
T. F. Babb,
G. 0. Hopkins.
T. J. Weathers,
Rev. B. C. Watson,
W. C. Happ,
M. H. Fowler,
R. W. Nichols,
Mrs. Luther Roper,
Capt. J. M. Philpot,
R. A. Sullivan,
J. A. Austin,
S. A. Franks,
Miss Agnes Boyd,
Mrs. A. S. Basterby,
D. A. Davis,
T. D. Lake,
T. Mack Roper,
M. A. Summcrcl,
T. B. Brown,
Mrs. J. Warren Bolt,
J. W. A. Boyd,
B. 0. Burns,
J. L. Hopkins,
Mrs. Mattie Lindsay,
S. J. Rasur,
J. L. Boyd,
Mrs. L. A. McCord,
Mrs. Albert Burns,
Mrs. Willie Walker,
W. M. Myers,
J. Lee Langston,
J. I. Colenian,
Mrs. J, M. Hampton,
Miss Lydc Milam,
J. T. Brown,
Miss Irene Ray,
Church S. 8.
Mayor C. M. Babb, Z
O. C. Cox,
J, W. Thompson,
B. C. Crisp,
W. F. Cleveland.
Mrs. Monte Dagnall,
And others, besides many scores of organ purchasers which
will be mentioned at another time.
Write to him if you Want a Piano; it is to your interest.
L. A. McCORD,
The Piano Man.
April 22, 1908. LAURENS, S. C.
Everybody knows what that
nu-ans?the staunchest, best
built, lightest running, best
material wagon on the market.
Not all dealers liko to handle it because it costs them a
little more, and they have to sell it for a littlo more than
We Choose To Sell
The Wagon of Quality.
Wo believe wo know what tho people of this community want.
While it costs a littlo more than others it is worth a great deal more.
Every Mllburn Is Worth More Than It Costs.
It's worth while to buy right whilo you arc at it. Get the wagon
that i; not going to bother you with tiro setting, breakdowns, etc.
Wo h?vo that wagon.
COME IN AND LET US TALK MILB URN TO YOU,
H. Douglas Qray 6c Co.
The Place Where Your Dollars WiT
Is what we are bending our greatest efforts to make our store.
Not only this, but we are doing our utmost to make ours the
most agreeable shopping place in Laurens, both by giving the
trade the best attention and showing the most attractive lines
Great Wash Goods
1,000 vds. yard-wide Percales, Dress
and Shirting Styles, 10c quality ten
yards limit, 6c.
One lot Staple Ginghams, 8 l-3c val. 5c
One lot Sheer India Linen 10c.
One lot Fine Double Fold Persian
One lot 45-inch French Lawn 20c.
One lot 45-in French Wash Chiffon 25c.
One lot full yard-wide Shirt Waist
Shirt Waist Linen and Linen Lawn 35c,
40c, 50c, and $1.00.
A great line' Soisettes Pekins Stripes,
Silk Striped Chiffons, and many other
colored and white Dress Goods at the
Great Lace and
New Val Laces 5 to 20.. New Mecklin Laces 8 to 25c
New Filet Laces; New Hound Thread Laces; New Em
!broideries in Corset Covers, widths All-Overs and
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MICH AC GTC.RN
Miatl?Ct9, CTCHN & CO.
Dress Goods and
IN ALL THAT'S NEW and STYLISH
Shirt Waist Silk 50c, 75cand $1.00.
China Suisene Silks 47 l-2c, 50c and GOc
Guaranteed Black Taffeta Silk 89c.
Yard-wide Peau DesoireSilk 1.00.
Big line Voiles, all colors, Mohair,
Batiste and Eolines 25c to $1.50.
Our line of Black Goods in wool fillings,
all wool and Silk Wove, is one of the
BEST lines ever shown in Laurens,
prices 25c to $1.50.
Long ?Silk (ilovcs
Long Lisle Gloves
Klegant Line Hosiery
New Wash Collars
New Merry Widow Bows
$1.00 to ?i.,s<>.
25c to Si.50
250 to 50c.
5c to 2,SC.
We call special attention to our
Hip; ivinc Tailor Made Voile
Skirts and Silk Petticoats. We
have done great business on these
lines this season.
Voile Skirts $5.00, $6.50,
$7.50, $8.50 and $10.00.
Guaranteed Silk Petti=
Our Shoe Depart=
If yon want Styles, if von want
Fit, if yon want Wear, come to
ns for Shoes. A great stock of
all the New Leathers on the La
test Lasts, always on hand.
Children's Oxfords 50c to #2.00
Ladies'Oxfords $1.25 to $4.00
Men's Oxfords #2.50. to $5.00,
FRIDAY s SATURDAY.
Sale this Week
One Lot Fine Batiste in beautiful colored
designs, value lOc, Special price ...
One Lot Beautiful Silk
Ribbon . .
One Lot Wide Hemmed Shoots
One Lot 20c Pillow
One.Lot Ladie. Vests, Bleached
and Taped .
One Lot Ladies' tine S2.0J Patent
One Lot Men's Pants worth up
to .$:*.<).). .
' 7 1=2C
Has gotten a great reputa-1
tion for Finely Tailored Gar
ments, and we have put
forth our best efforts to give
the best styles this season
that the finest Clothing Ar
tists can devise.
Extra Tailored Suits in all
the new Spring Patterns,
$25.00, $20.00 and $15.09.
The best to be had for the
money, $10.00 and $12.50.
A Magnificent Line Extra
Pants, $7.00, $6.00, $5.00.
New Blacks in Men's 1 lats,
$2.00 to $3.00.
New Lion Brand Shirts,
$1.00, $1.25and $1.50.
New Neckwear, 25c and 50c.
New Men's Fancy Vests in
the season's Stylish Patterns
We invite Everybody to visit our Store and feel at home with us.
No trouble to show goods.
J. E. MINTER <& BRO.
The Reliable Store.
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ADVERTISER PRINTING CO.,
LAUUENS, S. C.
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Hot Springs is a noted place foi the
cure of blood diseases. However, it
costs "money" and lots of it, to lake a
course of treatment there. It also
takes time. Very few people can get
away from their work for three to
twelve months. The point \VC waul
to make is this?it takes time to cure
an old ease of blood trouble.
If yon haven't the time and money
to o^o to Hot Springs, w< recommend
yon to toke XyaTs Hot Spriiig< Mood
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We do not claim it to be a sp :< ill
there is no one remedy that will cm
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nearest true specific, for all skin an
blood diseases, we ever sold.
PRICE, ONE 1)( >LLA R,
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Laurens, S. C.