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VOLUME XXIV. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 1908. NUMBER I
YORK COUNTY MAN
SHOT AND KILLED
Deplorable Tragedy Oc
curs at Gray Court.
THE ALLEGED CAUSE
Louis Williamson of Near Rock Hill Slain
in Presence of Young Lady
by Her Father.
A most deplorable tragedy occurred ,
Friday night at Gray Court, in which
Mr. J. Louis Williamson, of Rock Hill,
was shot and killed by Mr. Henry Gar
rison, the shooting taking place in Mr. !
Garrison's home. The affair occur-'
red at about 11.15 Friday night at j
Mr. Garrison's home just a half mile i
from the station of Gray Court and Mr. I
Williamson died in three hours. He re
ceived careful attention from Dr. C. E.
Rodgers, for whom Mr. Garrison went
immediately after the shooting. The
load, from a shotgun, took effect in the
Mr. Williamson, it is understood, was
a young farmer between 25 and 80
years of age, residing somewhere in
the vicinity of Rock Hill, while Mr.
Henry Garrison, though not a native of
this county, has been living here for
years. He is a well-to-do farmer, a
peaceful, law-abiding citizen, and has j
never been in a serious difficulty. His
many friends here were pained to hear ;
of the unfortunate occurrence Friday
night. Mr. Garrison came to Laurens
early Saturday morning and gave him
self up to the officers.
(JAHU1SON OUT ON BOND.
Counsel for J. Henry Garrison ap
peared before Circuit Judge Richard C.
Watts, at chambers, here Saturday
night and obtained an order for bail in
the sum of $1,000 for bis appearance at
the next term of the Laurens criminal
court. The bond was executed and the
defendant released from custody Sun
day. Richey & Richey and Feather
stone & Ferguson are the attorneys re
tained by Mr. Garrison.
The body of young Williamson was
shipped Saturday night to the home of
bis father, who lives about eight miles
from Rock Hill, the remains being ac
companied from Clinton by a brother of
the deceased. No tragedy in recent
years has caused more general regret
in Laurens than Friday night's deplora
THE NEWS AT KOCK HILL.
Rock Hill, August 2.? News came
here today of the killing last night of
Mr. Louis Williamson at Gray Court,
Laurens county, by a Mr. Garrison, of]
that place, The matter cannot be un-1
derstood here, and it is believed that a
terrible mistake has been made by some
one. Mr. Williamson is a prominently
connected and prosperous farmer of
Bethesda, near here, a son of Mr. J. L.
Williamson, one of the county's fore
most men. Young Williamson has been
devoted in his attentions to the young
lady in whose presence he melhisdeath.
He was engaged to her and was making
preparations for their marriage early in
the fall. He had talked the matter over
with his parents and bad made arrange
ments for renting part of his father's
farm. He spent Thursday night here
with his brother and left on the early
train Friday morning to visit his fiancee
at her home in Gray Court. Tho news
reached here too late for any of the
family to make connections and get to
Gray Court, but F. Harron Grier, Esq.,
of Greenwood, a cousin of the de
ceased, attended the inquest and will
bring the body to Rock Hill tonight.
Captain 0. W. Babb Honored.
At tho recent encampment at Chick
amauga Captain O. W. Babb, of the
Traynham Guards, was signally honored
in that he was appointed Sanitary In
spector of the 1st regiment, the ap
pointment being made bv Col. W. VV.
Lewis upon the recommendation of
Major Walker of the South Carolina
hospital corps. Because of this office
it was Mr. Babb's duty to see to tho
sanitary condition of the camp and the
health of the men was largely in his
hands. Hero is an incident worthy of
mention: It was against the rules of
the camp for the negro servants to
sleep in the kitchen tents; under Mr.
Babb's keen eye this rule was strictly
enforced, only one violation being rc
porled and that in tho case a negro
asleep in the hospital tont, so it became
Mr. Babb's duty to report Maj. Walker,
tho very man who secured Mr. Babb's
HELD ON WEDNESDAY
Practical Talks Made By Experienced
Agriculturalists and Others.
The Farmers' Institute was held in
Laurens at the court house Wednesday
morning and afternoon of July 29th.
Because of inclement weather, and for
other reasons doubtless, only about one
hundred men attended the meeting and
heard the lectures. The Institute is
carried on and conducted by the Clem
son College authorities, assisted by rep
resentatives from the agricultural de
partment of the United States govern
ment, with the object and purpose to
discuss improved farming methods and
encourage scientific agriculture. The
lectures are of a high order and worthy
the attention of everybody.
Wednesday morning the meeting was
called to order by Dr. H. K. Aiken,
president of the Chamber of Commerce,
under whose auspices it had met. Af
ter a few words of welcome Dr. Aiken
turned the meeting over to Col.
R. W. Simpson, of Pendle ton. Col.
Simpson introduced the speakers
after a clear explanation of the
purpose of the meeting. Laurens
enjoyed a special feature in the form
of an educational address by Judge
Geo. E. Prince, of Anderson.
DR. C. L. GOODRICH.
The first speaker was Dr. C. L. Good
rich, of the Department of Agriculture
at Washington, who spoke on the sub
ject of "Rotation of Crops." His talk
was very instructive and showed a thor
ough and remarkable knowledge of the
proportion of land. He said that rota
tion of crops would destroy the various
diseases that wero in the soil; that i|
would make possible the raising of tbo
necessities of life, doing away with the
many purchases the farmers had to
make; would save labor, and above all
would preserve the fertility of the soil.
"Soil," said Dr. Goodrich, "is the capi
tal stock of the farmer, and he should
keep it." The way to preserve the
soil, he said, was to rotate the crops
and to use more humus, or stable fer
tilizer. He advised a division of the
farms and tho systematic rotation of
crops on those divisions.
DR. E. M. NEIQHBERT.
Dr. E. M. Ncighbert, government cat
tle inspector stationed at Clemson col
lege, next addressed the Institute on
the matter of tick eradication. He re
viewed the cattle quarantine law now
existing in the country, and said that it
was an effort on the part of tho gov
ernment to destroy the dangerous Texas
fever tick. Dr. Ncighbert said that the
only way lo get rid of the tick is to get
them out of the pastures. To do this
cut tho pasture into two divisions and
use only one a season, meanwhile treat
ing the cattle with an oil mixture. The
ticks will die out in an empty pasture;
then the next year change to the other
division. When the ticks get on the
cows apply the oil mixture.
JUDGE GEO. E. PRINCE.
By special invitation Judge Geo. E.
Prince, of Anderson, was present and
delivered a rousing educational address.
The tenor of his speech was a plea for
better teachers, better school boards
and better superintendents of educa
tion, giving as the chief cause of the
incompetents now in service, the small
ncss of the salaries paid. Judge Prince
scored very heavily the practice of em
ploying young girl graduates "just be
cause they happened to be pretty and
sweet, and who wero teaching ordy for
a makeshift preparatory to matrimony.''
Ho censured tho trustee who would em
ploy any one just because ho or she
happened to be a relative or close
friend. The speaker plead for a co
operation of teacher and parent in
the ruling of children, assigning as a
reason for so much lawlessness the lack
of strong discipline in the home and
Mil. GUY L. STEWART.
Another representative of the Agri
cultural Department was present, Mr.
G. L. Stewart, who spoke on tho sub
ject of "Fruit Culture." While Mr.
Stewart's talk was very brief it was
valuable. He gave as a cure for blight,
rust and insects that infected the apple
and poar trees a mixture of bluestono,
lime and paris green to he sprinkled on
the trees, the paris green being to poi
son tho insects. Use fi pounds of blue
stone, 4 pounds of lime and a little
paris green, mix and dilute in about 25
gallons of water and spray the trees.
COL. J. S. NEWMAN.
At the afternoon session Col. J. S.
Newman, formerly of Clemson College,
(Continued on Page Eight.)
DR. J. Q. PHILLIPS DEAD.
Popular Clinton Pharmacist Succumbs
to Typhoid Fever.
Clinton, August 2. A gloom has boon
cast over the entire town of Clinton by
the sad death of Dr. J. Q. Phillips, pro
prietor of the Clinton Pharmacy, after
an illness of four weeks of typhoid
Dr. Phillips was born at Ninety-Six,
December 10, 1876. He was the eldest
son of Col. J. Q. Phillips,of that place.
His mother was Carrie K. Adams,
who died when he was an infant. Dr.
Phillips came to Clinton in 1900 and en
gaged in the practice of pharmacy, at
which business he was very successful.
In 1901 he was married to Miss Annie
Byrd Davis, youngest daughter of Mr.
Jno. C. Davis, a prosperous farmer
Dr. Phillips was a member of the
Knights of Pythias and also of the
Masonic. Lodge of Clinton. He was one
of the most popular men of Clinton and
was loved and admired by every one
who knew him. Dr. Phillips leaves a
wife and two little girls. He is also
survived by his father and two broth
ers, W. L. Phillips and J. Peter Phil
lips, all of Nh.jty-Six.
The funeral services were held Sun
day afternoon at 6 o'clock at the First
Presbyterian church, conducted by the
Rev. Dr. W. Jacobs, assisted by the
Revs. C. L. Fowler and W. H. Hodges,
after which the body was interred in
the city cemetery.
Friday afternoon the Chamber of
Commerce held a business session, a
number of important matters being
discussod and several committees being
appointed. First, since the required
number of members have boon re-en
rolled it was decided to rent an office
for tho holding of meetings and the en
tertainment of visitors; one of the new
office rooms on the second floor of the
Enterprise bank building was 'selected
as headquarters for tho Chamber of
One of the most important discussions
was upon the subject of paying the
residence streets of the city. Some
weeks ago The Advertiser suggested
that the Chamber of Commerce organ ;
ize the property-holders on the various
streets into co-operative bodies and get. i
them to pay for the work in front of
their property. This suggestion was
carried out and a committee of two
and three was appointed for each street
to take the matter up with the owners
and residents of those streets and in
duce them to co-operate with each
otla r and the city in their effort.
These committees will begin at once
and a strong effort will be made to
have all the resident streets of the city
Another move by this now active
and progressive body was the appoint
ment of a committee to secure the co
operation of the people in a petition to
the C. & W. C. R'y Co. for a passenger
coach to be run on the early morning
train from Greenville to Laurens.
New Photographer Here.
Mr. II. Nichols, formerly of Green
wood, a photographer with an excellent
reputation, has moved to Li? irons and
will on August 15th open up his gal
lery. Mr. Nichols is building on the
vacant lot above Calno & Pitts' store
opposite the express offlco.
Taylor Family Kc-union.
Today at thoir home near Princeton
tho family of Mr. John W. Taylor
gathers in their first re-union. Mr. and
Mrs. Taylor, although they both have
lived many years past middle age, are
both in excellent health, and are still
residing nt the old homestead where
were horn all the children who gather
there today. Several friends in addi
tion to the immediate family will enjoy
the day at the Taylor home.
Messrs. A. J. Taylor, of Sedalia, and
.1. B, Taylor, of Greenville, arrived in
l-aurens yesterday and left today in
company with Messrs. W. L., C. W.
and J. Arthur Taylor for thoir father's
Statement Prom Captain Hahh.
Because of a rumor to the effect that
(luring the encampment held at Chicka
niuuga Park, Ga., some of the men of
the Traynbam Guards were guilty of
conduct unbecoming a soldier, I beg to
?ay that such rumor is false and on the
contrnry the conduct of the men was
excellent, the discipline was of the he t
:nnl there was no trouble svith the men
at all. "D" company maintained the
excellent reputation it made at James
town and there was nothing hut praise
from the regimental offlCOrS for tho
men of "D" companv.
(). VV. BABB, Captain.
M. It. WILKES, Company Clerk.
DEATH OF MR. BEN F. PARROTT.
Former Citizen of Clinton Dies After
Very Brief Illness.
Clinton, Aug. 3. ?Tho sad news of
tho death of Mr. Ben Parrott reached
here last Wednesday morning and was
such a shock to the town. Mr. Parrott
had been sick about two weeks but had
never given up and did not go to bed
until Tuesday night and died a few
hours later with acute indigestion. He
was manager of the Harris Springs
bottling works situated near Spartan
burg. He was the eldest son of Rev.
J. B. Parrott, a very prominent Bap
tist preacher of South Carolina, and
was at the time of his death the beloved
pastor of the First Baptist church of
Clinton. Mr. Parrott was born at West
Springs, South Carolina, and was about
thirty-one years of age. In the year
1901 he married Miss Robbie Guiggs, of
Columbus, Ga. He is survived by his
wife and four children, his mother, two
sisters and three brothers. His remains
were brought here, where his mother
and sisters live and was buried here in
the city cemetery at 3 o'clock. The
services were conducted by Rev. C. L.
Fowler, pastor of the First BaptiRt
church of Clinton. The bereaved fam
ily have the deepest sympathy of their
hosts of friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Rice, Mr. and Mrs.
Lawton Phillips, Mr. Pete Phillips, of
Ninety-Six, and quite a number of other
friends were in Clinton Sunday for the
funeral services of Dr. .1. Q. Phillips.
MR. THOMAS J. HATTON.
l ine Citizen Died Near Renno Last Fri
day, July 31, ARed 79.
Mr. Thos. .1. Hattoh, a veteran of the
civil war and for throe score years one
of the county's most excellent and sub
stantial citizens, died at his home near
Renno last Friday, .Inly 31st, after an
illness of about ten weeks, (hi Satur
day the burial of Mr. Hattontook place
at Shady Grove Presbyterian /?r "J^\|
Rev. II. Fowler and >v
Clinton, comlueti7i7^.rTT?*Si'1 vTOk < ?* r
Mr. Hatlon was 79 years old. Sixty
years ago he removed from Newberry
county, where he was born, and located
in Laurens, two miles from Renno,
where he spent the rest of his useful
life with theoxception of the time given
in defense of the Southland during the
civil war period.
He is survived by his widow and the
following children: Robt. II., of Clin
ton; Jas. K., of Hamlet, N. C.; Thos.
M., of Laurens; William S., Lew Ed
ward and .lohn M. Hat ton, of the coun
ty; Mrs. E. W. Copeland, of Laurens,
and Miss Frances Hampton Hatten, of
Cray Court, Aug. 3. On Thursday
evening, .Inly 30th, at 8 o'clock, Mr.
ami Mrs. B. F. Simpson gave their eld
est daughter, Fay Indie, in marriage to
Mr. Wistar Owings, Rev. .1. M. Dubose
officiating. After the ceremony a de
lightful supper was served. The mar
riage was a cpiiet one, only a few rela
tives of tiie contracting parties being
The bride, as Miss Simpson, was a
charming young lady and will be great
ly missed in the community, church and
Sunday school, but our loss is Owings'
as well as Mr. Owings' gain. Mr. Ow
ings is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac
Owings, of Owings, and is a prosperous
planter at that place.
We shower upon them heartiest con
gratulations and wish "that their joys
may be as deep as tin* ocean and their
sorrows as light as its foam."
Church Anniversary Celebration.
Tho Now Harmony Sunday school
will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary
at New Harmony church Saturday, Au
gust Nth. Addresses will be made by
Rev. T. B. Craig, of Rock Hill, S. C,
and W. B. Garrott, Jr. There will also
be exercises by the Sunday school.
At a meeting of the Chamber of Com
merce last Friday afternoon the matter
of building a city park was taken up
and discussed. Some years ago, it is
remembered, a citizen deeded the plot
of land including the sulphur spring
near the Laurens mills to the city for
the purpose of establishing there a
park. It was never done and the prop
erty passed into the hands of the mill,
which now owns it. The effort now is
to got the mill to donate this plot and
, then for the city to improvo and fit up
the place. A committee has been ap
pointed to take tin- matter up with the
1 mill authorities.
For A City Park.
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL
WORKERS MET HERE
Annual Session of the County Convention
Held With First Presbytc
The 80th annual session of the Lau
rens county Sunday school convention
was held in this city last Friday and
Saturday with the first Presbyterian |
church. The several sessions of the
convention were presided over by Rev. i
B. II. Grler, of Ora, president of the
association, with Mr. Geo. L. Pitts, of
Laurens, as secretary and treasurer.
The convention brought together a
large number of earnest Sunday school
workers throughout the county and the
programme included a varity of topics
pertaining to Sunday school work.
The convention met at 10 o'clock
Friday and was opened with devotional
exercises led by Rev. C. F. Rankin,
pastor of the Presbyterian church. In
well chosen remarks Mr. ('. W. Tune,
superintendent of the Presbyterian
Sunday school, welcomed the delegates
and visitors to the city. President
Gricr responded in a very happy man
ner in behalf of the convention. Then
followed the roll call of delegates and
the enrollment of the same. At 11:15
the Rev. J. M. Way, of Pelzer, State
Sunday school organizer, addressed the
convention on the subject of "organiza
The afternoon session was opened
with devotional exercises, conducted by
Mr. J. P. Saxon, after which reports
from this various Sunday schools were
submitted. At f> o'clock a very inter
esting service for the children was led
by Rev. C. F. Rankin in the absence of
Rev. W. IL Duncan,who was scheduled
to conduct this part of the program.
Friday night's session was opened with
a song service under the direction of
Mr. J. P. Saxon, followed by a very in
structive address delivered by the Rev.
W. E. Thaycr, of the First Church
The convention met at 9:80 Saturday
morning and c?rnplC*C(! i* : \Voi1t. Rev.
J. M. Way led in devotional exorcises
after which Rev. Mr. Grier was pre
sented for address of the final session.
The new ollicers chosen for another
year are: W. L. Gray, of Laurens,
president; F. j.. Bramlett, of Prince
ton, J. P. Saxon, of Huntington and J.
B. Benjamin, of Mountville, vice pres
idents; Mrs. J. S. Bennett, of Laurens,
secretary and treasurer. Executive
committee, composed of nine members,
one from each township; J. F. Tolbort,
J. C. Wasson, W. B. Garrett, W. P.
Harris. W. F. Wright, J. C. McMillan,
A. O'Daniols, Conway Dial, W. C.
Superintendent of elemetary work,
Miss Ella Bell; Supt. of adult depart
ment, Dr. IL K. Aiken; Supt. of Home
Dept. Mrs. J. F. Bolt; Supt. of Teach
ers' Training Department, Rev. C. F.
With the executive committee will be
left the matter of time and place of
the next annual meeting of tho conven
Sidewalk Paving Under Way.
The Construction Company having all
hut completed tho work on the streets
of the square has now fairly begun on
the sidewalks. Already the; walk in
front of Minter's, Wilkes' and the Ad
vertiser otlice has been completed and
the force .are at work in front of the
city station house and Hopkins'. Al
though Some of the people have ex
pressed a little impationce at tho Boom
Ingly slow progress of the work, it is a
fad that it has been rapidly pushed and
the time has been remarkably short.
The chief drawback has been-the inad
equacy of the rock supply.
Will Purchase Street Sweeper.
The merchants of the city, acting
upon tho request and solicitation of
Mayor C. M. Babb, have subscribed
$800 for the purchase of a line street
sweeper. As all well know, the sand
now on the square will be cleared away
add it will become necessary to keep
the streets clean and free from dust
and dirt. This is to he done with the
sweeper, an up-to-date Studebaker,
which has been ordered and is expected
to arrive at an early date.
Small Blaze Saturday.
The lire alarm was sounded at 2
o'clock Saturday because of a small
blaze in the kitchen of Mr. Ossio An
derson's home. Before the company
could respond the (ire was extinguished
having done but little damage.
First Meeting Was llehl at
NO SPECIAL FEATURE
The Liquor Qucslion Takes Prominent
Place In Discussion of the
The Laurons county campaign o|icncd
yesterday at Langs ton, Scullletown
township. The meeting was held in the
grove near the church and was presided
over by Mr. L. S. Machray, township
chairman. There were perhaps 150 peo
ple present, including a number of
ladies. All of the candidates for coun
ty offices were present, and each aspir
ant was accorded an attentive hearing,
though the crowd was wholly undem
onstrative even when a good point was
made by a speaker. Hut this is charac
teristic of the Scullletown people. A
good dinner was provided and all en
joyed the day. The candidates for the
Senate and House spoke first and, as
was pretty generally known previous
to the opening of the campaign, there
was an even division on the question of
county dispensary and prohibition. On
other issues they are practically united.
The first speaker was Col. John II.
Wharton, candidate for State Senator.
He began by expressing the hope that
this campaign would be one of informa
tion to the voters and that no issue
would overshadow the important sub
ject of upbuilding our own county and
its resources. Rural schools mus' be
given more attention as the education
of the white children is all important.
The question of taxes is a serious sub
ject and be thinks reform is needed
along this line, giving his reasons
therefor. If sent to the Senate he will
try Vo_'fig*,11a\es down._()p[>oses the
vors better roads. Thinks immigration
should be restricted. Let all who may
wish to settle among us come of their
own volition. No reason for whiskey
issue in this campaign as matter will
be voted on in November. He will
vote against the dispensary.
I Ion. John M. Cannon, also candidate
for the Senate, followed. Glad of the
opportunity to tell of his stewardship
as one of the representative's from
Laurons in last session of the legisla
ture. Had no apologies to make for his
record. Is opposed to compulsory edu
cation but favors liberal appropriations
for all educational purposes. Taxes
higher today because of the progress
of the State in all lines. Voted to de
crease appropriations of Winthrop and
Clemson. Rural schools should receive
more money, as "the children must be
educated at all cost." Opposed the im
migration bureau two years ago and
was still against it. Riff-raff of other
countries n(>t desired. Good people
welcome provided they come of their
own volition. Thinks the lien law
question should be submitted to the peo
ple as other questions are settled. Had
voted for its repeal. Prohibition is
pretty in theory but a failure in prac
tice. Citing Spartanburg as an exam
ple he declared that there was as much
whiskey Ill ing drunk in that county as
in Laurens. Can't legislate morals into
the people. His position on liquor
question is well known, "and." de
elared he. "if you vole the dispensary
out a dozen times I will go to the Sen
ate as a dispensary advocate." Had
been willing to drop the question but
for the preaching of prohibition from
every pulpit in Laurons county. Per
sonally he is temperato in all things, or
I l ies to be. Doe ; not drink. Charged
the prohibitionists with putting presonl
liquor law on statute books.
Mr. Clarence Cuningham was next
prese nted as the first speaker for the
House, ?ccausu he was born in Charles
ton and oducatcd abroad it had beer.
Charged that he was not in sympathy
with the. interests of Laurons county,
although he has resided here for many
years. Ho had also been charged with
being a Catholic, whereas as a matter
of fact, he had, during his residence in
Charleston, fought Romanism politi
cally in that city. Stood for the State
dispensary two years ago, now favors
the county system. Prohibition is
wrong in principle, although very nice
in theory. Discussed the material and
moral aspects of the subject. "Prohi
bit ion does not prohibit." If thoStatO
votes general prohibition it will mean a
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