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LAURENS, S. C, MAY 6, 1908.
With this issue The Advertiser adopts
a new mechanical form.
A French nobleman declares that the
great American fortunes are fast dis
appearing. He is in position to know.
Alabama suffered great disaster by
storm last week, but the Georgians of
Augusta got theirs this week the
North Augusta dispensary is closed.
They intend to pavo the streets of
Columbia. We know of a place that is
paved with intentions.
A jury recently decided that :i linger
was worth $500.00. There's a place
we know of where they will sell "three
fingers" for IS cents any time.
About the most inappropriate, inop
portune, ill-timed thing we have heard
of lately was the set of resolutions ex
tending sympathy to John G. Capers on
account of the death of his father, the
beloved Bishop Ellison Capers, intro
duced and passed at that negro mess in
Columbia last week, the Republican
State Convention. Surely it must have
shocked the sensibilities of Mr. Capers
himself as well as of the other decent
men who were so unfortunate as to be
If men wore such obstructions on
their heads as the women have in the
way of hats this year and wore them
to the theatre and church there would
be the merriest howl ever raised in this
country, yet we poor men must sit back
and Buffer in silence, overlooking the
caprices (we can't overlook the hats)
of the women because it's stylo.
Ladies: to make yourselves respecta
bly unpopular in this town just start
shopping at ten minutes of six.
Gentlemen: the stores of Laurens
close at six o'clock.
A girl up in Pennsylvania lived to
reach the age of twenty-seven without
seeing a man and then married the first
one she met. Is that COVerse proof
of the old adage that familiarity breeds
The News and Courier and Columbia
State ure still entertaining each other.
Congressman Joseph T. Johnson is
the man. While the other South Caro
lina representatives secured appropria
tions for only one town in their respec
tive districts he worked in both Lau
rens and Union. The sincere thanks of
the Laurens people are yours. Mr.
Secretary Taft is an expert straddler.
In a speech in New York last week
when asked what his attitude on wo
man's suffrage would be if ho were
elected President, he replied:
"When I was a school boy my first
paper was on Woman S?ffrage. " 1 was
a strong advocate of it at that time and
I have not changed my mind." This
was received with loud cheers by the
women in the audience. "But," con
tinued the Secretary, "I do not think
the time is vet ripe for giving suffrage
A contemporary complains t hat Taft's
straddling wearies it. Small wonder,
but wo know an old gray mule, neigh
bor, that could help you out by way of
illustration and example.
Anderson has an electric theatre
named "The I'eek-a-Boo." But what's
in a name?
Positively and in all seriousness
church going these days, in the morn
ing especially, is very unpleasant and
extremol" annoying to the men. When
men do attend church they generally
like to seo the speaker; to accomplish
this now he must go through a aeries of
gymnastic contortions wholly incom
patible with the religious devotion and
attentive interest that should charac
terize his worship. Will the ministers
of Laurens request ladies to remove
The Columbia State admonishes The
News and Courier to heed "the quiet
voices of the patriots on the hills and
in the Valley? of its State" for "the
people of South Carolina, particular!)
the people of rural South Carolina, are
for Bryan." Waiving the question of
Bryan or anti-Bryan sentiment in this
Stato we would inquire when The Colum
bia State undertook to voice the senti
ment of "rural South Carolina." Back in
1801 and years thereafter the farmers'
movement of this State under the lead
ership of Capt. Benjamin R. Tillman
had no bitterer enemy or persistent an
tagonist than the Columbia morning
paper. Oh well! The times change
and The State changes with them, we
THE CHURCH MEMBER'S VOTE.
Sunday morning at the First Baptist
Church of Laurens, the ftev. William
E. Thayer preached a sermon on the
subject of church discipline. Rarely
lias such a sermon been preached here,
or anywhere else for that matter; a
sermon on such a subject, treated in
such a manner is indeed a rarity. There
was no "ripping up the back" (using
the vernacular of the street) and no
wild, unbecoming, unwarrantable,
attack on any particular form of vice,
either gross or pettv; but a firm clear,
comprehensive treatment of the princi
ples that should govern the conduct of
a church as an organization and the
members as individuals.
Among the many striking features of
the discourse, Mr. Thayer's remarks
upon the responsibility to the church of
the individual member for the vote cast
by him in public elections are especially
noteworthy and deserving of considera
tion. Has the church any supervision
or control over its members in such
matters? And is it not a man's prero
gative to vote as lie pleases? According
to Mr. Thayer's view of the powers of
church government and its scope, the
church has this right to hold its mem
bers responsible for the way they vote.
The matter of personal liberty was dis
posed of in this manner: a man has the
personal right to commit any act, pro
vided that, act has no efi'ect upon the
public; otherwise it is not an exercise
of personal liberty and the doer assumes
responsibility to the public for its com
mittal. Then the church, which is an
organized body of people, lias the right
to hold any member responsible for an
act which affects the other members of
that church and the public; such an act
is voting. Mr. Thayer, applying this
principle to the specific subject of the
dispensary issue, said that the First
Baptist Church of Laurens would not
tolerate as a member a dispenser or any
man who sold intoxicating liquors; this
being true, it, as a church should none
the less forbid that any of its members
vote for the sale of whiskey in any
form, either by individuals, county or
State. Proceeding, the minister said
that the traffic was wrong, and that
whoever voted for it, thereby became
party to the business, and that the
church had the right and power to dis
cipline any member who should do this.
And it was made clear nt the services
Sunday morning that the Baptist church
of Laurens means henceforth to enforce
its rules of discipline.
While it is not incumbent upon a rep
resentative of the secular press to sanc
tion the stand taken by this church, we
do wish, of our own accord, to heartily
endorse it; and as an outsider to com
mend the course. From the standpoint
of the individual member of that church,
such discipline should be acceptable to
him in that he has voluntarily become a
party to the organization and should be
amenable to the laws of the compact.
If the majority inaugurate a form to
which he cannot consistently conform,
he has the privilege of withdrawing.
Viewing the action of the church, as
a church, we think it entirely just and
proper. A Baptist church is an inde
pendent organization, with the liberty
and privilege; of enacting and enforcing
such rules as the majority of its mem
bers may desire, regardless of the plan
or policy of the church at large. There
fore, since the majority of the members
of the Baptist church of Laurens have
expressed their will, as they did in a
set of resolutions introduced in Novem
ber of 1901 and re-affirmed Sunday, it
is only just and right that they enforce
the proposed discipline.
.lust what the all effects of this move
will be cannot be accurately determined.
In all likelihood some members of the
church will withdraw, some maybe dis
ciplined and some may be requested to
withdraw. Thl? will not destroy the
? church, nor will it ruin such members
as are dealt with. Upon proper conduct
I and compliance to church regulations
1 they may lie reinstated. But there is
one result which will surely follow: the
First Baptist church will become an ac
tive force in the public life of Laurens,
and by its high standard of morality
will materially affect the conduct, of
public alfairs, instead of being affected
by the nature of the community in
which it is located. It will pass from a
state of passivity to one of activity: it.
will be a fact and power to be reckoned
We congratulate the board of deacons
and the pastor upon their resolve, anil
and hope the stand will be maintained
throughout the struggle wnich will in
Delightful School Picnic.
Pine Grove school, Miss May Madden,
teacher, celebrated closing last Satur
day with an all-day picnic. This was
held in the grove near Mr. .!. A.
P'irst on the program was recitations
landdiabgues by the pupils, followed
with addresses by Supt. R. W. Nasb.
Hon. R. Dunk Boyd and Rev. E. C.
Dinner was then spread and the en
tire crowd present, was invite.! to pav
take of good things prepared by the la
dies. The afternoon wan spent socially.
It was a pleasant occasion for ull.
First Annual Meeting Will be Held Here |
With the First Baptist Church.
May 21st and 22nd.
The Laurens Baptist Sunday School
Institute will hold its first annual meet
ing at the First Baptist church at Lau
rens on Thursday and Friday, May 21st
and 22d, 1008. Every IJnptist Sunday
school in the territory of tin; Laurens
Association is a member of this body
and is hereby urgently requested to be
fully represented in this first meeting.
Every school is entitled to two dele
gates, and those whose enrollment ex
ceeds fifty are entitled to one additional
delegate for each additional fifty or
majority fraction thereof. All minis
ters are members ex officio.
The people of Laurens will be de
lighted to entertain the delegates in
their homes and are anxious to have
full representations from every school
in the association.
Following is the programme:
Thursday Morning, May 21st.
lO.MO? Devotional service, led by
Pastor W. E. Thayer.
Enrollment of delegates.
Report of executive committee.
11.00 Methods of increasing the at
tendance in Sunday schools. Supt. G.
II. Roper, Rev. .1. A. Martin.
12.00 Institute work. Sec. .f. D.
I. 00. -Intermission.
3.00?Teachers, their qualifications,
duties and opportunities. Rev. W. E,
Thayer, Rev. Geo. M. Sexton.
4.00?Institute work. Sec. .1. 1).
8.30 Evangelistic spirit in the Sun
day school work. Rev. E. C. Watson,
Supt. Frank L. Bramlctt.
Friday Morning, May 22nd.
10.00 -Devotional service, led by Rev.
C. W. Salter.
10.15?Verbal reports from the schools
by the delegates.
II. 00?Need and method of Bible
study in the school and home. Rev. 0.
L, Fowler. Dr. J. 0. Martin.
12.00?Institute work. Sec. .J. I).
3.00?Reciprocal relation of a church
and Sunday school. Supt. W. H. Drum
mond, Rev. W. I). Hammett.
3.30?Question box. Sec J. D.
Annual election of officers.
VV. P. CULBERTSON,
Chairman Executive Committee.
Laurens County Teachers' Association.
The next, meeting of the Laurens
County Teachers' Association will be
held at the Laurens Graded School
building May 9th, 1908, at 10 -/doc ..
The program appears below:
1. Arithmetic in primary grades.
(a) Paper by Miss Clara Welborn.
(b) Illustrated recitation bv Miss
2. Manual training in primary grades.
Paper by Miss Eva Brownlee.
Civics in the public schools. Supt.
11. B. Dominick,
4. Memory work in the class room.
Paper by Miss Helen Goggans.
5. Self improvement of the tcnchl f.
Supt. R. A. Dobson.
This will be the last meeting of the
teachers during the present session and
it is desired that the attendance be as
large as possible. The teachers of the
Laurens city schools will serve refresh
ments at the school building.
R. W. NASH,
Chairman Executive Committee.
A Peculiar Owl.
William Fuller, a well-to-do negro
farmer from the Waterloo section, ex
hibited on the streets hero Monday a
curiosity in birds. It was evident, that
the bird belonged t<> the owl family,
but exactly what species seemed Impos
sible to determine; everybody had an
opinion, but at the same time admitted
that he had never seen one like it be
fore and was in nowise certain. Col,
John II. Wharton, of Waterloo, who is
well up on stich subjects, could not say
positively what kind of owl it was, and
Col. T. B. CreWS, of this city, thought
it was the "snowy" owl but was not
certain of nis ground.
The bird was perfectly white under
the wings, had white hair-like feathers
around the beak, enclosed by a ring of
light brown; its breast was white
specked with light brown, almost golden
spots, while; the back and wings were
barred with the same light brown, the
legs and talons were unfeathered; the
face was very much like that of a mon
key. What is it?
Celebration nt New Prospect.
The tenth anniversary of children's
day will be celebrated at New Prospect
Church on Saturday, May the 24th,
with appropriate exercises and a picnic
in t he afternoon and the graves of Con
federate veterans buried in the church
vard, will bo decorated by the children
Every is invited to come and bring
well filled baskets.
Young Men's If
HE Young Man is always a severe
critic in the question of style and qual
ity of Shoes.
In the details of style, width of toe, shape
of last, height of heel, he is well posted.
Shoes with distinctive style appeal to him.
We've been shoeing these Smart Dressers
for years and we have the sort of Shoes
Smart styles in Lace, Button or Bluchers.
Patent Colt and Kid Skin. New Spring
lasts, Military heels. $3, $3.50 $4, $5 to $6.
Also low cut Shoes for Ladies' in all the mj7
wanted leathers. Ties, Pumps, Bluchers, Hja
Buttonsand the new Buckles. $1.50, $2, 5%
$2.50, $3 to $3.50.
We've all the Snappy models that go ir*
straight to the heart of the Young Man 3?
looking for swell Shoes. U
The One Price Store
Customers' Shoes Sinned Free,
AN IMPORTANT CASH SETTLED.
The Law Relating to Labeling of Fertil
izer In Effect.
A suit of State wide interest was de
cided in the Court of Common Pleas
here last Wednesday in favor of the
State. It was an action brought by the
Stale of South Carolina against the
Coe-Mortimer Company, of New York,
State headquarters in Charleston, for
violation of the statute in reference to
the sale and storage of fertilizers. The
statute, as approved on February 23d,
I 1006, provides that all fertilizers,
guanos, etc., offered for sale, exposed
for sale or delivered after sale in this
State .shall have on each sack or barrel
a printed label stating among other
tilings the chemical composition of the
contents and the minimum per cent, of
I any of the following ingredients: Avail
able phosphoric acid, nitrogen and its
equivalent, nmmonia, and potash s?iua
blo in water; and on the other side of
the lag on the barrel or sack shall be
printed the grade ? "high," "low," or
"standard." Failure to comply with
these demands subjects the dealer to a
line of $3.00 on each bag or barrel not
having the required labels. The ease
here was about lot) bags of Peruvian
guano, sold by Mr. T. D. Darlington,
representative of the Coo-Mortimer
Company, to Mr. B. A. Hamilton, of
this county, and at present stored In
j the Farmers' bonded warehouse in the
city. The fertilizer was sold by Mr.
Darlington and is stored here ready for
delivery, and the requirements of the
law were not fullilled.
.bulge QagOdirected the jury to bring
In a verdict of $300 for the State.
Two Departments Combined.
At the regular meet inj1: of the city
council last Tuesday night it was de
cided to consolidate the management of
the light and water businessof the city.
Some years ago the two departtm its
WOl'O under one head but were divided
and placed in the hands of Mr. J, II.
Boyd and Mr. D. B, Swygert. The
plan has not proven so satisfactory as
was hoped and the decision was reached
that the old method was belter. The
council will place Mr. J. II. Boyd in
charge of both the water and the light
business and hereafter it. will be known
as one department.
The State of South Carolina, County of
I,aureus. By 0. G. Thompson, F.s
quire, Probate Judge.
Whereas, W. K. Kichey, made
suit to me to grant him letters of ad
ministration, with will annexed, of the
estate and effects of K. B, Holman.
These are therefore to cite and ad
mo ash all and singular the kindred and
creditors of the said It. It. Holman,
deceased, that thoy bo and appear be
fore me in the Court of Probate, to be
held at. Laurons C. II., S. ('., on the
2l8l day of May, 1008. next, alter pub
lication hereof, at 11 o'clock in the
forenoon to show cause, if any they
have, why the said administration
should not be granted.
(liven under my band this, I?th day
of May, Anno Domini 1008.
O. (I. THOMPSON,
40-21 .1. P. I.. ('.
Grand Pianos and
Hereafter McCord, the Piano Man, will use this
space to present attractive piano propositions. I i*
you desire to be informed about pianos, or to pur
chase a Piano at the very LOWEST PRICK 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 o,ther 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.
Dr. L. S. Fuller,
Mrs. M. A. Fike,
J. Walter (iray,
C L. Fuller,
Mrs. S. L. Nelson,
Mrs. Mattie Medlock,
J. J. Dunn,
Mrs. J. W. Clark.
Miss Corrinne Martin,
Miss Nannie Bramlett,
R. M. Hill,
W. H. Drummond,
.1. W. Garrett,
T. F. Babb,
G. C. Hopkins.
T. J. Weathers,
Rev. E. C. Watson,
W. C. Hipp,
M. II. Fowler,
R. W. Nichols,
Mrs. Luther Roper.
Capt. J. M. Philpot,
B. A. Sullivan,
J. A. Austin,
J, A. Franks,
Miss Agnes Boyd,
Mrs. A. S. Easterby,
I). A. Davis,
T. D. Lake,
T. Mack Roper,
M. A. Summerei,
T. B. Brown,
Mrs. J, Warren Bolt,
J. W. A. Boyd,
B. C. Burns,
J. L. Hopkins,
Mrs. Mattie Lindsay,
S. J. It a lor,
J. L. Boyd,
Mrs. L. A. McCord,
Mrs. Albert Burns,
Mrs. Willie Walker.
W. M. Myers,
.1. Lee Langs ton,
.1. I. Coleman,
Mrs. .1. M. Hampton,
Miss Lyde Mi lam,
.1. T. Brown,
Miss Irene Kay.
Church S. S
Mayor c. M. Babb,
O. C. Cox,
J. W. Thompson,
B. C. Crisp,
W. F. Cleveland.
Mr.. Monte Dagnall.
City Graded Schools.
And others, besides many scores of organ purchasers w hic h
will be mentioned at another time.
Write to him if you Want a Piano; it is to your inlere.' t.
L. A. McCORD,
The Piano Man.
April 22, 1908.
LAURENS, S. C
Thirty-six Jurors Engaged Simultaneously
A peculiar condition arose at the
court house Thursday of last week.
There are thirty-six jurors serving at
the present term of common pleas
court, and on Thursday all the thirty
six were sitting on cases and all three
juries wero out of the room deliberating
at the same time. Clerk of Court John
P. Bolt says that he cannot recall any
such occurrence in the history of the
Ijiurcns court, while Judge Cage states
that Such has been his oxperience in all
I is rounds only once before.
and CURE the LUNGS
w,th Dr. King's
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