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VOLUME XXIII._ LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 1908. NUMBER 40
FOR W. J. BRYAN
County Convention Elects
Mr. (ioodwin Presided Over Convention.
Col. Crews Rcclectcd State Executive
Committecinnn. Mr. Cooper, Ch'm.
The Laurena County Democratic con
vention was held in the court house
Monday with practically complete
township delegations in attendance.
The convention was in session three
hours, the election of eight* delegates
to the State Democratic convention at
Columbia, May 20, being the concluding
business of the body. The Laurens
delegation, which goes to Columbia in
structed to "use all possible effort to
secure an instructed delegation to the
national convention to cast the vote of
South Carolina for William J. Bryan"
is composed of the following.
Col. T. B. Crews, Laurens
W. C. Irby, Jr., Laurens
G. M. Moore, Waterloo
.1. A. Austin, Laurens
O. P. Goodwin, Scuflletown
Clarence Cuningham, Cross 11 ill
E. T. Shell, Dials
S. II. Johnson, Sullivan.
The convention was called to order
promptly at 11 o'clock by County Chair
man R. A. Cooper. A temporary or
ganization was effected by the election
of (). P. Goodwin president, C. A.
Power, secretary, J. P. Bolt, assistant
secretary. The calling of the names of
the various club delegations then pro
ceeded anil required sometime to com
On motion of Col. Crews the tempo
ary presiding oflicers were made the
permanent officers of the convention,
whereupon President Goodwin declared
the body ready for business. Judge
Thompson offered a schedule or order
of business which the convention adopt
The county executive committeemen,
nominated by the different precinct
clubs on April 25, were confirmed by
the convention as follows: Laurens
No. 1, R. A. Cooper; Laurens No. 2,
W. T. Crews: Laurens Mills, K. A.
Sloan; Dials, A. C. Owings; Cross Hill,
VV. B. Fuller; Mountville, A. J. Smith;
Youngs, J. W. Lanford; Sullivan, J.
W. Kellctt; Hunter, R. P. Adair; Jacks,
J, C. McMillan; Waterloo, J. C. Mc
Daniel; Scuflletown, W. A. Pool; Hope
well, W. B. Boyd.
On motion Col. T. B. Crews was re
elected member of the State executive
committee and R. A. Cooper chairman
of the Laurens county executive com
mittee. On motion the Goldville dele
gation was enrolled and seated by the'
convention. Two additional clubs in I
Youngs and one at Watts Mill, to be
hereafter established, were granted by
t ho convention.
RESOLUTION TO INSTRUCT.
At this juncture Judge 0. G. Thomp
son took the floor, introduced and
moved the adoption of the following
resolution which was enthusiastically
seconded by C. C. Featherstone and
"Resolved. That the Laurens county
delegation to the Stite Democratic
convention are hereby instructed to use
all possible effort to secure action by
the State Convention instructing the
Delegation to the National Democratic
< onvention to cast the vote of South
Carolina for Win. J. Bryan as the
nominee of the Democratic party for
president of the United States so long
as his name shall be before the conven
Resolutions severely arraigning Wall
Street, trusts, combines and the Na
tional banking system were introduced
by W. C. Irby, Jr.. and though opposed
by many were passed in an amended
This disposed of the convention moved
to the main business of the meeting,
the election of delegates to the State
convention. On motion of John M.
Cannon nominations were made from
the floor and the election was by ballot,
the first eight receiving the highest
. vote being the choice of the convention.
Mr. Cannon then placed in nomination
nie eight members who were elected,
although six other members of the con
vention were nominated and voted for.
RESULT OK THE HAI.LOTINU.
T. B. Crews 12.r>, W. C. Irby, Jr. 91.
G. M. Moore 80, J. A. Austin 83, (). P.
Goodwin 126, C. Cuningham 91, B. T.
Shell 108, S. H. Johnson 72, R. J. Cope
land 44. R. A. Cooper 71, Dr. J. H.
Miller 05, J. M. Gray, 55, W. H. Drum
mond 54, Dr. W. C. Irby 43.
SECOND WEEK OF
THE CIVIL COURT
Case of Franks vs. Southern Cotton Oil
Company for $25,000 Damages Was
Tuesday afternoon the Court of Com
mon Pleas was engaged in the trial of
the suit for $25,000.00 damages brought
by R. J. Pranks, administrator, against
the Southern Cotton Oil Co. on account
of the death of Mr. Pranks' 7-year-old
son, Luther, alleged to have been by
drowning in the reservoir of the mill
on April 20th, 1000. At the afternoon
adjournment of court the jury were
taken to the scene of the drowning
presumably to ascertain the nature of
the pond or reservoir. This case is
doubtless the most interesting that will
come up at the present term.
The attorneys in the action are: For
plaintiff, Simpson, Cooper & Bahb; for
defendant, Grier & Parks and Dial &
The cases already disposed of are:
M. E. Long vs. J. M. Philips and J.
C. Owings for damages to crop caused
by attachment under alleged lien. Ver
dict of $37.50 for plaintiff. <
Lidia Owings vs. Laurens Cotton
Mill for $7,500.1)0 damages sustained by
Plaintiff in the mill. Verdict for
$500.00. In this case Lidia Owings was
an operative in the mill and had a linger
cut otT in the machinery while opera
Jas. Switzer, (col.) vs. C. & W. C.
R. R. Co. Injury to person, verdict
A. P. Aldrich vs. J. R. Anderson.
Suit to collect account for repairs on
engine. Verdict for $;?0.07 for Plaintiff.
J. N. Elledge VS. S. H. and M. E.
Johnson. Suit for settlement of land
boundary and recovery of damages sus
tained. Verdict for $75 for plaintiff.
J. N. Leak vs. Jno. A. Madden, suit
for collection of commission on sale of
property by plaintiff. Verdict for de
J. H. Jones vs. Laurens county, suit
for damages on lands caused by ditch
constructed by county. Verdict for
The Christian Crusaders.
The opening meeting of the Christian
Crusaders, which was conducted in their
canvas Tabernacle on Friday night, May
1st, was largely attended by an atten
tive and appreciative audience.
In the introductory address, which
was given by one of the workers, it was
stated that the Christian Crusaders had
not come to Laurens to organize a new
religious organization, but to work in
conjunction with the good people of Die
city and community in an undenomina
tional and interdenominational effort to
"rescue the perishing" and augment
the church of Christ. In doing this
they will not make it their business to
teach any of the known sciences of the
the day, but will endeavor to teach and
to preach in a plain, simple, compre
hensive manner, the unadulterated gos
pel of Jesus Christ, which is the "power
of God unto salvation to every one that
Although the meetings have been in
progress only three days, up to the
present, several unsaved persons have
manifested a desire to be remembered
in the prayers of the Christian people,
one person, who had never before sought
Christ in the pardoning of her sins, and
who had not been i regular attendant
;?t church services, has professed con
Meetings will be continued indefinitely
in the Tabernacle, on Irby Hill, every
night during the week, at 8:00 o'clock,
and on Sunday at 15:00 and 8:00 p. m.
Fell From Second Story.
Miss Marie Gray, daughter of Mr.
H. E. Gray, fell from a second story
window at her home on Sullivan street
Saturday afternoon sustaining painful
though not serious Injuries. She was
washing a window and losing her bal
ance fell to the ground, twenty-live feet
below, no bones were broken but there
must have been slight internal injury.
However, the young lady is doing well,
being now apparently recovered.
Myrtle Camp. \V. 0. W.
Myrtle Camp No. 2(M5, W. 0. W.,
held a regular meeting at the Camp hall
last Friday night, May 1st. Degrees
were conferred upon Prof. W. C. Dun
can, teacher of Friendship school. At
tendance was splendid, including a num
ber of visitors from other camps.
The largest and best line of Go-Carts
with bodies in different designs, run
ning gears, upholstery and umbrellas in
different colors, with the best quality
of rubber tires and springs. The im
proved foot brakes. Don't buy before
you see our line and get our prices.
S. M. & E. II. Wilkos & Co.
LISBON FARMERS PROGRESSING.
Good Citizen of Union County Moves Into
Lisbon, May 2.--The farmers are get
ting along very nicely, after being de
tained from plowing by so much rain in
the early spring: however, they went
to work and prepared their lands fairly
well, and those that did will always get
good results by so doing. We can't see
that there will be any more cotton
planted, on account of the farmers not
being able to sow any grain last fall,
yet more spring oats and wheat have
been sown this year than in years past.
Those who planted cotton early have
very pretty stands, and we hope that
all the farmers may get good stands of
cotton and corn.
Mr. A. R. Holmes will soon com
mence to build an eight room house,
which will add much to his already
Mr. S. S. Farrar on his way from
Laurens last Monday, stopped by to see
your correspondent. This is what he
said: "I am very much pleased with
Mountville, and may make that my
home, though land is so high. From
$25 to $50 per acre, a man can better
afford to rent than buy." Mr. Farrar
rented his lands near Lockhart^ind came
to Mountville to be near a good school
and enjov other advantages which Lock
hart did not afford. Mr. Farrar is a
gentleman of the highest type and has
a pleasing address.
Mrs. A. B. Crisp of Heardmount, Ga.
and Miss Olive Fuller visited their aunt,
Mrs. J. T. A. Ballew, this week.
Mr. Lates Holmes is at home from
the Asheville farm school.
"Singin Skule" Kummin.
Mister & Mistus Jercmiro Robkins'
"Singin Skule Beginment" is kummin
an will give theyre speekin & singin &
things at the Opera House Tuesday
nite, May 12th, an the ladies of the U.
D. C. 's air at the bottum of its kummin
an git the funds that is raized. U &
yore fokes air invited to kum an here
all the new fangled tunes & things the
skollars are going to hev. All the skol
lars air well knon rite hear cept Mistus
Robkins who is frum Cincinnatie. Say!
hich up the mules, git a gal an kum, If
you air a gal, er haint, an kant git one,
kum eny way. You wont regret it
neether will the ladies what air gettin
it up. Its goin to be the laffinest time
old Laurens has seed in meny a day, er
Memorial Day Exercises.
As announced last week, Hon. John
J. McSwain will address the Confeder
ate veterans and visitors at the Opera
house, at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Mav
9th, in the Memorial Day exercises.
All the arrangements for entertaining
the veterans and serving them dinner
have been perfected. All are cordially
Sudden Death of Jno. T. Owens.
Mr. John T. Owens, a well known
citizen of Cross Hill and a vetcmn of
the war, died suddenly at his home Sun
day morning, in the 70th, year of his
age. He was apparently in his usual
health Saturday and Sunday morning
until after breakfast. About 9 o'clock
he went out to the barn to look after
the stock. Half an hour later he was
found in an out house unconscious and
breathed his last before he could be re
moved to the house. He was buried
Dr. J. M. Owens of Greenwood, Mr,
Beatie Owens, Mrs. Bettie Grimes and
Mrs, R. P. Cole of Cross Hill, are the
The entertainment nt Copelands
School will be postponed Friday night
on account of illness of one of the pat
rons. Ella Bell Copeland.
Local and Personal Mention.
Mrs. W. A. Jamieson and Miss An
nie Jamieson have returned to Union
after a visit to friends in the city.
Mrs. Lamar Smith has returned from
a visit to Spartanburg.
Mrs. W. C. Irby is visiting her daugh
ter, Mrs. Preston Marion in Sumter.
Miss Blanche Simmons, of Graenwood,
is visiting Miss Grace Simmons.
Misses Edmonia Garrett and Anna
Prentisa spent the week-end with Mrs.
(Jage in Greenville.
Mesara Charles and Richnrd Simpson,
of South Carolina Univeraity, spent
Thuraday in the city.
Miases Eloise and Annie Anderaon, of
Augusta, are visiting Miss Elizabeth
Mrs. Stella Gray, of Landford, spent
Friday in the city.
Mr. Henry Counts, of South Carolina
University, spent Sunday in the city.
CROSS HILL NEWS BUDGET.
Sudden Death. May Frost Did Not Do
Much Damage. Personal Mention.
Cross Hill, May 4.?Mr. W. C. Rasor's
splendid automobile arrived last Friday
and he gaye some of the ladies and
young people an enjoyable ride around
Mr. B. R. Austin and family of Clin
ton are visiting relatives here.
Mesdames Bess and Gussie McDonald
of Laurens are visiting their parents,
Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Crisp.
Mr. T. G. Anderson has been quite
ill. He is somewhat better today.
Mr. John Owens died suddenly yes
terday morning, it is supposed from
heart failure. He ate his breakfast and
was feeling as well as usual. He died
about nine o'clock. He was 75 years
old and a Confederate veteran. He
leaves two sons, Mr. B. B. Owens of
Cross Hill and Dr. John Owens of
Greenwood, also two daughters, Mrs.
Lafayette Cole and Mrs. Bettie Grimes.
Mr. J. T. Simmons of Greenwood vis
ited his brother, Mr. J. W. Simmons,
The Cross Hill team played ball with
the Ninety-Six; team Saturday at Nine
Rev. Mr. Woodworth of the Presby
terian College at Clinton, preached yes
terday morning and evening at the
Presbyterian church. His sermons were
line, and were much enjoyed by a large
Miss Fellers, a charming young lady
of Mountville visited Miss Fuller here
Messrs. Hugh Leaman, Joe and Ers
kine Carter of Clinton spent Sunday
with home folks here.
There was "frost a plenty" visible
here last Friday morning, but very lit
tle damage by it, if any.
There will be an entertainment by
the school at the Auditorium next Fri
j day evening. I
Re-Union Delegates Elected.
Camp Garlington, No. 501, held a
meeting in the court house Saturday for
the purpose of electing officers for the
ensuing year and selecting delegates to
the General and State reunions.
The meeting was presideil over by
Commander T. B. Crews with Col. ().
G. Thompson acting as Adjutant in the
.absence of Mr. B. W. Lanford. By
unanimous consent the old officers were
elected to serve another year. Col. T.
B. Crews, Col. O. G. Thompson and Mr.
John R. Finley were elected delegates
to the State reunion which will be held
in Greenville, August 12th and loth.
As delegates to the General reunion to
be hyld in Birmingham June 9th, LOth
and 11th, Messrs. T. B. Crews, J. O.TC.
Fleming and T. J. Duckett were chosen.
The railroad fare to Birmingham will
be $7.30 for the round trip. Other an
nouncements will he made and further
particulars given at a later date.
Free Show For Veterans.
Mr. Moses Roman manager of the
electric theatre announces that he will
give a free moving picture show to the
Confederate Veterans during all of
Saturday afternoon, after the conclu
sion of memorial exercises. This will
be a fine attraction for the old soldiers
and all should avail themselves of the
Miss Putnam's Expression Recital.
Miss Putnam's expression pupils will
give a recital in the Graded School
chapel, Saturday afternoon, May 0th,
at 4:30 o'clock. The public is cordially
County Teachers Association Postponed.
On account of the memorial exorcises
to be held in the Opera House next
Saturday morning under the auspices
of the U. O. C. it has become neces
sary to postpone the meeting of the
County Teachers Association. It will
not be convenient to hold this meeting
later on account of the close of the ses
sion. The teachers of the city schools
regret this very much but will take
pleasure in renewing this invitation
R. A. Dobson.
Yard wide Sea Island at 4 7-S cts.
Red Iron Racket.
Good Calico 6 cents going fast.
Red Iron Racket.
Five cents Fairy Soap Red Iron Rac
ket sells it for 4 cts.
Red Iron Racket sells 12 cakes Polo
Soap for 25cts.
Ten lbs. Baby Ruth plug tobacco for
$2.05, Red Iron Rrcket.
Come to Red Iron Racket for your
Shoes, Hats. Clothing, Dress goods,
Millinery and anything you need you
will save money. J. C. Burns & Co.
WORK ON SiJUARE
NOW UNDER WAY.
Supt. McNeil With Large Force of
Workmen Engaged in Making Neces
sary Excavations, Etc.
The work of paving the public square
and sidewalks was fairly inaugurated
Thursday morning. The construction
company have about thirty workmen
now employed and the work is progress
ing. The grading, moving of telephone
and telegraph poles, the setting of
curbstones is the first part of the work
undertaken, and much of this is al
ready done. The sidewalks on the main
streets are to be widened by two feet,
necessitating the removal of most of
the poles on the square.
Superintendent P. R. McNeil is in
charge of the work and from present
indications be means to push the work
with all possible speed. A number of
machines and engines for various pur
poses have already arrived. The work
has begun in earnest.
A Strong Sermon by Mr. Thayer.
From the manner of sermon preached
by the pastor of the First Baptist
church of this city Sunday morning it
appears that members of that church
who vote for the dispensary this Fall (
i are to be held accountable to the church
for the act and dealt with as the church |
In November of 1901 Reverend .John |
D. Pitts, pastor at that time, introduced
a set of resolutions which were adopted
by vote of the church setting forth a
plan and method of church discipline.
These resolutions cover many matters
in which the church assays to control
the conduct of its members, claiming to
have the authority in marked degree
over the acts of the individual; the in
tentions of the resolutions were never
fully carried out, nor was the discipline
rigidly enforced. Upon the recom
mendation of the deacons of the church
the present pastor, Rev. W. E. Thayer,
preached upon the subject Sunday
morning and stated that the church
would now seek to enforce the rules a?
previously adopted and ratified at .this
The sermon Sunday morning was free
from all blistering, scathing remarks
that usually characterize such dis-f
courses, but was no doubt the clearest,
most comprehensive treatment of the
principles of church government ever
heard in I,aureus. Doubtless there will
be many to criticize the attitude of the
Reverend Mr. Thayer, but it remains a
fact that the majority of the church's
members signified their assent to the
stand by open vote.
The most noteworthy feature of the
discourse was the proposed attitude of
the church, as voiced by tho pastor, to
ward members who support the dispen
sary in the coming election this Fall.
Some commotion is sure to be made and
no doubt tho chusch will lose some of
its members. Among Mr. Tbayer's
statements Was this: "The First Bap
tist church of Laurens would not tol
erate as a member a dispenser or any
man who sells intoxicating liquors; this
being true, none the less should it for- j
bid that any of its members vote for
the sale of whiskeys, eithei by indi
viduals, state or county." Prom this
it appears that the church intends to
exercise its right of discipline over the
voting of its members. The cry of in
terference with "personal liberty" will
be made; this was disposed of in the
following manner by the speaker: "per
sonal liberty exists so long as the act of
the individual has no effect upon the
public, otherwise be assumes a respon
sibility to the public when he commits
any act affecting others." Such an act
is voting. Mr. Thayer contended that
a church must be one of two things:
either a reflector of the moral senti
ment of the community in which it is
located or a force in moulding the senti
ment; he plead earnestly that his
church become a force in the city of
Laurens for the moral uplift and spir
itual betterment of its people.
The course of the church and its pas
tor during the months that intervene
between now and the election this Fall
will be observed with much interest.
Mount Olive Personals.
Ml. Olive, May 1. -Messrs. J, A. C.
Martin & Sons were in this section this
week threshing peas, but there was
very little for them to do.
Mr. A. F. Redden, who has been ill
practically all the year, is still confined
to his bed and shows very little improve
Mr. J. H. Culbertson after a few
days' illness is able to be out again.
Prof. W. E. Washington is at home
again, his school in Greenville county
having closed a most successful year.
Memorial Day to B? 01)=
ANNIVERSARY MAY 10.
(iradcd School and Colleges Close Within
the Next Month-Other
Clinton, May 5. -Next Friday will be
Memorial Day in Clinton and the Indies
Of Stephon D. Lee Chapter, II. I). C.
will provide an elaborate dinner for the
veterans and theguedMflf honor. This
dinner will be served at 1*2 o'clock in
the city hall and at 2 o'clock a proces
sion will be formed of the veterans, the
students of the college, the graded
school, the Thornwell orphanage, the
private schools, the Daughters of the
Confederacy, the Sons of Veterans and
the very small population not included
in this list. The procession, forming
on the public square, will procee d down
Main street to the cemetery and there
decorate the graves of the Confederate
dead. They will then gather around an
improvised platform in the church grove
and hear an address from the Rev. Dr.
McCain, of Columbia, an old comrade
in-arms of many members of Camp R.
S. Owens. The schools will take some
part in the exercises and several of the
gentlemen of the town, ministers and
others have parts in the program. Miss
Ellene McCaslan will give a reading.
W. A. Shands will bo master of.
Preparations arc going on for the
commencements of the schools. The
graded school closes on the 2'.)th of May.
The exercises will include an elocution
ary contest, the annual address and tlu
graduation exercises. The college com
mencement will begin on the 7th of
June and continue through Tuesday
night. The orphanage commencement
will begin Sunday, June 1 Ith, and close
with the annual exhibition Wednesday
Next Sunday the regular Sunday
school anniversary of the Presbyterian
church which used to bo a great occa
sion in Laurens county will ho cele
The Rev. Dr. Mcllwaiue. a missionary
of the Southern Presbyterian church to
China, made a most interesting address
at the Carolina chapel last night.
The most delightful social affair of
the past week was a Measuring Parly
given last night by the Rapt ist Ladies'
Aid Society for the benefit of their
building fun I. The church lawn was
charming with small tables and dozens
of tiny colored electric bulbs under the
trees. A large crowd en joyed tho occa
sion and a good sum was realized.
The baseball team beat Carolina to
the tune of six to nothing last Thurs
day afternoon and have been feeling
good ever since. Thoy have been feted
and dined by several fans the past week.
Long Branch School.
Long Branch school, laughl by Miss
Pearle Rlakely, closed last Wednesday,
Exorcises by children at MissPearle's
home Wednesdayovening, 29thof April,
beginning at 7 p. m. Patrons and
friends attended and children acquitted
Thai Old Maid Aunt.
Editor Advertiser: You referred edi
torially to the card of the old maid aunt,
published in The State and signed "The
Rast of the Whole I > n Family." I
read the card in The Statt; and by the
unfeeling, Pharisaical sentiment, ex
pressed I was most forcibly reminded of
what Josh Billings had to say about
fools. He says there are four kinds of
fools* the idiot, or natural-born fool;
the fool for the want, of sense; tho ed
ucated fool; and the damn phool. 1
cannot but believe that the old maid
aunt was of the last named kind, is in
consequence an old maid and will die
one, for nobody Will have her.
ONE OF THE D N FAMILY.
Card of Thanks.
To Editor of Laurens Advertiser:
Dear Sir: Will you kindly allow us
space in your valuable paper to extend
to the many kind frivnds our very
grateful thanks for their untiring as
sistance and token."* of remembrance
during the Icng illness of our dear
mother and for the. many sweet mes
sages of sympathy since hor death.
MRS. JAMES ENTREKIN,
MRS. A. R. BURNS.