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VOLUME XXIV. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 1908. NUMBER 2
The Supremo Court Refu
sed the Mandamus.
THE POINT AT ISSUE
The Contention Arose Over the Amount
of Certain Bonds Voted for
The Lanford school case has been dis
posed of by the Supreme Court of South
Carolina, the court refusing to grant
the petition of Mr. John W. Lanford in
which he prays that the other members
of the school board be required to sign
the bonds for the $3,500. After the
election on the question of issuing the
bonds two of the trustees thought
$2,000 a sufficient amount, Mr. Lanford
holding to the original amount, $3,500.
His petition was to have the courts
compel the other two members sign the
$3,500, which the court refused to do,
holding that the amount was left to the
discretion of the board. Mr. Lanford
was represented by Cannon and Black
well and F. P. McGowan, while Simp
son, Cooper and Babb represented the
othor members of the board.
The Columbia correspondent to the
Greenville News has the following on
"The Supreme Court has dismissed
the petition in the Lanford school dis
i rict bond case, which came from Lau
rens county and refuses the mandamus
prayed for by one member of the board
of school trustees. There were two opin
ions rendered in the case, the controll
ing opinion by Chief Justice Pope and
the other by Justice Gary, but both
agree on the conclusion and only Jus
tice Jones dissents, holding that the
?'mandamus should issue, as the act
sought to be compelled is purely min
"An election was held in Lanford
school district, No. 10, on the issuing
of bonds to erect a new school house,as
provided by law. The bond issue re
ceived a majority of the votes cast and
the trustees differed as to the amount
of the issue. J. W. Lanford, one of
the trustees, held that the issue should
be $3,500, but the other trustees, W. H.
Drummond and W. G. Patterson, would
not consent to this amount and held
that $2,000 was sufficient, the amount
was not stated in the election but it is
left by law to the discretion of the
trustees, and a petition was presented
to the Supreme Court by Trustee Lan
ford and certain taxpayers of Laurens
asking for an order compelling the
other trustees to sign the $3,500 bond
issue, which they refused to do. The
court holds that it is in the discretion
of the board what amount of bonds
shall be issued and refuses the peti
Petition For Bond Issue,
Mayor Babb and a committee of citi
zons began yesterday morning getting
up a petition for an election on the bond
issue and at noon bad secured the sig
natures of about a hundred freeholders.
They propose the issue of a $24,000
bond to complete the paving work al
ready begun and the paving of about
twelve miles of sidewalks. Much in
terest is being manifested and from re
ports it seems that the people are more
than willing for the issue.
Owings, S. C., Aug. 7.?On Thursday
?.?vening at 7 o'clock at the home of Dr.
and Mrs. J. It. Culbertson, their daugh
ter, Miss Lucile Katherine White, be
came the bride of Mr. Clarence Bomar
Shell, of Gray Court, S. C.
The ceremony was witnessed by the
immediate families and a fow friends,
Rev. Ft. M. DuBose officiating.
The parlor was beautifully decorated
in potted plants and cut flowers, the
color schemo being carried out in green
The bride was beautifully gowned in
a white princess and carried a bouquet
Of La France roses and maiden hair
Immediately following the ceremony
the guests were invited into the dining
room which was beautifully decorated
in pink and white, where a sumptuous
dinner was served.
Mr. Shell, who has been a popular
conductor on the C. & W. C. R. R., is
a progressive farmer, while Miss White
graduated from Limestone college in
the class of 1906, is an accomplished
music teacher of this place.
The many friends of this popular
young couple wish them much happi
ness through life.
OAFT. ALEX A. KIXtf
?OES TO HIS REWARD
Gallant (^Confederate Soldier and an
Excellent Christian Gentleman Called
Hence at an Advanced Age.
Capt. Alexander Adams King died
last Thursday morning, August 6th, at
the home of his daughter, Mrs. P, A.
Franks, near Narnie, a few miles west
of Laurens. Captain and Mrs. King
have been residing with Mr. and Mrs.
Franks for several months, having
moved over from their old home near
Mt. Gallagher where they had lived
almost a half century. Though quite
feeble, the immediate cause of his death
was paralysis with which he was
stricken Wednesday morning oidy 24
hours before the final summons. The
burial service was held Friday morning
from King's chapel church,located near
his late home, the interment following
in the church cemetery.
He is survived by his wile who was
before marriage, Miss Mary ( lardy, an
aunt of Judge John M. Clardy and Mr.
J. A. Clardy, of this city, and three
children, Mrs. Fred A. Franks, of
Narnie, Mrs. John W. Fowler, of Cold
Point, and B. F. King, of Coronaca.
Capt. King was a native of Abbeville
county and was 86 years old last Octo
ber. He voluntetred for service in the
Confederate army from that county,
going out with Company A, 3rd South
Carolina battalion of infantry com
manded by Col. James, (who was killed
at South Mountain, Maryland, Sept. 14,
1862) Kcrshaw's Brigade, Longstrect's
corps. Upon the death of Capt. Town
send, Lieut. King succeeded to the com
mand of Company A. At the battle of
Gettysburg July 2,1863,Capt. King was
wounded in the arm which was ampu
'. tated two days later, or 45 years ago
4th af July last. As to his capture and
imprisonment, one of his comrades tells
of this experience in the annexed letter.
Captain King spent a most exemplary
Christian life, living close to nature
out on his farm, and no man in all that
region was more highly esteemed by
friends and neighbors.
A COMRADE'S TRIBUTE.
"To the Family and Immediate Friends
of Alex King:
"Allow me to mingle my tears and
sympathy with yours in the death that
sadly bereaves you all. He was my
comrade and friend, a true soldier ami
a Christian gentleman. We shared
alike the comforts and discomforts of
prison life on Johnson Island, in Lake
Erie. He quietly submitted to the pris
on restrictions which were sometimes
very close, sometimes saying: 'The
Lord tempers the wind to the shorn
lamb.' We did not have much to eat
and not much appetite for what we did
"I assisted him in writing his name
the first time after he was wounded
and I have that signature now. He was
promoted on the army roll from lieu
tenant to captain. Was wounded at
Gettysburg and his arm amputed in
field hospital. Was captured and made
prisoner by Gen. Stoneman's cavalry.
"I am proud to have the privilege of
saying a Kind word in memory of Capt.
A. A. King. J. P. SLOAN.
"Laurens, S. C, Aug. 10, 1908."
Death of a Child.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Bass,
of the Laurens cotton mills, was sad
dened Tuesday, August 4th, by the
death of their little girl, Mamie Iney,
aged one year, seven months and twen
ty-seven days. The remains of the lit
tle child were interred Wednesday in
the mill cemetery.
NEW STONE QUARRY OPENED.
Mr. W. S. Monteith Starts a Plant Near
Cold Point, August7.?Mr. WalterS.
Monteith, of Columbia, who has been
genenal manager of the Cold Point
Granite company here for some time,
has withdrawn from the company and
will open n stone quarry of his own.
This will be located on the estate of
the late Colonel J. 13. M. Shaw, near
Mr. Monteith began work this week
on his quarry and will only get out the
very best stone, for which there is
always a ready sale.
He has already sold some large con
tracts to Columbia dealers.
Bryan Campaign Fund.
' Mr. John B. Brooks is meeting with
success in his efforts to raise a fund for
the Democratic campaign this year.
Tuesday afternoon he had a total of
$34.00 including the $2.00 turned over
by The Advertiser. Mr. Brooks lias
not yet had time to see many of the
citizens, but in the course of a week
expects to call upon all the Democratic
voters for contributions and they arc
urged to contribute.
DEATH OF MRS. W. S. LEE.
Relict of Prominent Educator in Clinton
Passes Away Wednesday.
Clinton, August 6. Mrs. W. S. Lee,
widow of the late Prof. W. S. Lee, one
of the earliest educators of Clinton, and
for several years president of the Pres
byterian college located here, died at
the advanced age of eighty, at the Mc
Cormick homo at the Thornwcll Or
phanage, Wednesday morning. Mrs.
Lee was born in Somers, Conn.; was
married to Prof. Lee at Columbus, Ga.,
in 1859, and moved to Clinton in 1879,
when her husband took charge of the
High School, which developed into the
college. The first boarding house for
this institution was conducted by Mrs.
Lee. She will be kindly remembered
by many of the old students scattered
throughout South Carolina.
Mrs. Lee is survived by one son, Mr.
Ed Lee, of Charleston, and Miss Etta
Lee, of Clinton.
The funeral services were conducted
in the Orphans' chapel at (5 o'clock
Wednesday afternoon and the inter
ment was made in the cemetery of the
Presbyteriau church. The sympathy
of the relatives and friends goes out to
the bereaved son and daughter in their
NEWS OF UltAY COURT
FOlt THE PAST WEEK.
(iray Court, S. C, Aug. 10.? One of
the prettiest home weddings of the
season was celebrated Thursday morn
ing at the home of Mrs. H. L. Culbert
son, when her only daughter, Lucile,
was married to Mr. G. IL Shell, by
Rev. R. M. Dubose. Miss White is a
graduate of Limestone college and has
been teaching music at her home for
several months. Mr. Shell is the eldest
son of Mr. E. T. Shell, a wealthy far
mer of this place. He has been con
ductor on the C. & W. C R'y for some
time, but when business became dull
he came home and has been working on
the farm during the summer. Mr.
Shell is to be congratulated on having
won for his life mate such a lady as
Miss White. We wish them the best
things of this world.
Miss Glennie Rolt, of Laurens, was
the guest of Mrs. J. W. Wells on last
Miss May Willis is spending the week
with relatives in the Rabun Creek
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Jenkins, of Ten
nessee, were the guests of Rev. R. M.
Dubose last week. Mr. Jenkins ad
dressed the audience at the Methodist
church Thursday night in behalf of the
Prof. J. C. Anderson, of Pendleton.is
spending a few days with friends about
Messrs. A. C. Owings and J. W.
Wells attended the old soldiers' reun
ion at Quaker Saturday.
Mr. L. H. Willis, who has been con
fined to his bed for the past week is
able to be out again.
Miss Virginia Willis, one of Gray
Court's popular young ladies attended
the picnic at Little Mountain last
Dirt is being moved and the erection
of the new bank budding will begin in
a very short time. Mr. R. L. Gray,
having been awarded the contract, will
be in charge of the work and will push
it through as rapidly as possible, as the
safe has been purchased and the bank
will be ready for business in the early
Death of Elliott Estes, Jr.
While in Laurens last Thursday
Messrs. Julian and Rroadus Estes re
ceived the sad news of their brother's
Elliott, Jr., death, which occurred in
Philadelphia. The Spartanburg Herald
has the following:
Elliott Estes, Jr., died Wednesday in
a sanitarium in Philadelphia, where he
had been for some months, suffering
from a complete nervous breakdown.
The remains will bo brought to this city
Friday. The announcement of the fu
neral and burial will be made later.
Mr. Estes is survived by a wife and
one child. The deceased was one of the
general agents of tho Southeastern
Life Insurance Company, lie was one
of the best known young men in upper
Carolina and there will be many through
out the State who will be pained to hear
of bis death. Ho was a young man
about thirty years of age and had the
reputation of being one of (he best
posted insurnnce men in South Carolina.
Colonel Estes received a telegram not i
fying him of his son's death Wednes
day night, just a little too late for him
to tnko the north bound train that night,
so he left for Philadelphia yesterday
THE J. W. TAYLOR FAMILY RE-UNION.
Very Happy Event Celebrated Near
Princeton on August 5.
Princeton, Aug. 10.?The celebration
of their first re union by the members
of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Taylor's fam
ily at the Taylor home near here last
Wednesday, August f>, was in every re
spect a very happy occasion. All the
sons and daughters, some of the daugh
ters-in-law and grandchildren were
present and the day and the occasion
was one that will linger long in the
memories of all.
Mr. and Mrs. Taylor were married
December 5, 1869, and have resided con
tinuously at the same place since that
time. They reared a family of twelve
children, eight boys and four girls, all
of whom assembled with their parents
at the old home once again last Wednes
The children are: Messrs. W. LaFay
ette, Charles W. and John Arthur Tay
lor, of Laurens; James B. Taylor, of
Greenville; A. Jefferson Taylor, of Se
dalia, Union county; Mrs. W. E. Har
rell, of Columbia; Messrs. It. Benjamin
and T. Milton Taylor, of Greenwood;
Misses Lula, Nora and Es teile Taylor
and Mr. Goo. Evart Taylor, of Prince
THE CAMPAIGN KKS
VISIT CROSS HILL.
Cross Hill, Aug. 10. Last Saturday
was campaign day here. The crowd
was estimated at about 600. Every
thing passed off pleasantly and each
candidate had a fair showing. Messrs.
Hitt brothei*s furnished a barbecue and
the ladies of the U. D. C. furnished ice
cream and lemonade.
Mr. Charlie Davenport and family, of
Warrenton.Ga.,are visiting his brother,
who lives near here. He left South
Carolina 25 years ago when but a lad.
Ho brings with him his wife and several
Mrs. Hollingsworth, wife of Rev. G.
M. Hollingsworth, is quite ill today.
Miss Pansy Lanford, of Hobbysyille,
S. ft, is visiting Miss Ridona Owens.
A meeting is in progress at the Meth
Prof. C. W. McSwain, of Clemson,
was in town last Saturday.
Mrs. Mary Hollings worth has gone to
Atlanta on a visit.
Mr. L. F. McSwain has gone Into the
lumber business and will keep on band
an assortment of lumber, shingles, etc.
Cross Hill and Wlutmire crossed bats
on Cross Hill diamond Friday and Sat
urday and while the home team lost
both games the visitors cannot boast of
a walk-over as both teams put up a fine
article of base ball. The score was as
FIRST GAME? FRIDAY.
Wlutmire. 3 II
Cross Hill. 0 4
Umpire, Peakc; time of game 1:45.
SECOND GAME -SATURDAY.
Wlutmire. 8 II)
Cross Hill. 4 8
Umpire, Dunn; time of game 1:40.
Eliza Beverly Davis.
Little Eliza Davis, only child of Mr.
and Mrs. Robert Davis, of Fountain
Inn, was laid to rest in the Laurens
city cemetery yesterday afternoon, the
little one having died Monday night at
Traveler's Rest. Little Beverly was in
her third year, a bright and lovely
child. Some weeks ago she became
ill and after a visit to Laurens where
she was treated in the home of her
uncle, Dr. R. E. Hughes, it was de
cided to take her to Traveler's Rest,
hoping that the change; would be bene
ficial. The Rev. Kirkland Finlay of
Columbia came up and conducted the
funeral service. Mr. and Mrs. Davis
who, before their removal to Fountain
Inn resided in Laurens, are the re
Cipients of the sympathy of all their
At Opera House Next Week.
Manager Roman of the Laurens the
atre announces the coming of the Ma
son-Newcomb Company next week for
a six nights engagement. There will
be no motion picture shows at all dur
ing this engagement, the entire time
being given to the stock company. The
Mnson-Newcomb Company is playing
this week in Greenville and drawing
good houses, their attract ions being of
a first-class order and highly entertain
ing. Comedies, dramas and vaudeville
acts, including the "Toy Commedienne,
Baby Mason," will be presented to the
Laurens people. Six nights, beginning
Monday, and lasting all week, popular
pi ices obtaining.
HON. J. T. JOHNSON
THANKED HY CITY.
Chamber of Commerce Appoints Commit'
tee to Thank Hon. J. T. Johnson for
Securing Federal Building.
At a meeting of the city Chamber of
Commerce it was voted that a commit
tee be appointed to thank Congressman
Jos. T. Johnson for securing the Fed
eral appropriation of $50,000 for the
city of I .aureus, the committee being
at once appointed by President Aiken.
Copy of Resolutions.
In view of the fact that the Honora
ble Joseph T. Johnson, representative
of the Fourth district in the Congress
of the United States has ever been
watchful and mindful of the interests
of his constituents and has worked
with commendable zeal and faithful
ness in their behalf, and has secured
for the city of Laurens a Federal ap
propriation of $50,000 for the erection
of a United States postoffice building,
and that the said city being duly appre
ciative of these efforts, and wishing the
Honorable Joseph T. Johnson to be ac
quainted with this sentiment by the
Chamber of Commerce of the city of
Laurens in assembled session, there
fore, be it
Resolved, First, that a committee
consisting of S. E. Boney, W. II. Dial
and R. A.. Dobson be, and is appointed
to draft resolution of thanks to the
said Honorable Joseph T. Johnson and
convey same to him.
Second, That it is the sense and spirit
of every citizen of Laurens, represent
ed by unanimous vote of the Chamber
of Commerce, that said citizens of the
city of Laurens and deeply grateful of
the efforts of the Honorable Joseph T.
Johnson in their behalf and that their
earnest thanks be and are hereby ex
tended for same; also that they con
gratulate both themselves and the Hon
orable Joseph T. Johnson upon the suc
cess that has attended his efforts.
Third, That a copy of these resolu
tions be sent to the Honorable Joseph
T. Johnson, and that they be published
in the county papers of Laurens.
S. E. BONEY, )
W. II. DIAL, , Committee.
R. A. DOBSON, )
Following is Mr. Johnson's reply:
Spartanburg, S. C, Aug. 10, DOS.
Messrs. S. B. Boney, W. H. Dial and R.
A. Robson, Laurens, S. C.
Gentlemen: I have the pleasure to ;
acknowledge a copy of your resolutions '
relative to the appropriation for the
United States postoflico at Laurens.
Let me assure you I appreciate t hi' sen
timent therein expressed. Let me say
further that whatever I have been able
to do for Laurens or her people has
been most cheerfully done. It gives
me great pleasure to be able to render
substantial service to any of my con
stituents. I am,
Very sincerely vours,
Farmers Union Meeting.
According to announcement the Farm
ers' Union held an open meeting in the
court house here Monday morning, a
goodly number being present. The
purpose of the meeting was to engen
der interest in the movement of the
farmers and more closely consolidate
them in their support of the Union.
Mr. B. Harris, president of the South
Carolina State Union, was here and his
speech was the feature ot the meeting.
The annual reunion of the survivors
of the three gallant Confederate com
mands, held at Union church last Sat
urday attracted a large crowd, and the
day was thoroughly enjoyed. The ex
ercises of the occasion were presided
over by Mr. W. H. Pinson, chairman
of the association. Mr. R. D. Boyd,
Judge Thompson and others made brief
but appropriate remarks and an excel
lent picnic dinner was served.
Banna Mills Close Indefinitely.
A telephone message to The Adver
tiser brings the news that the Banna
mills at Goldvillo will close down indefi
nitely on Saturday next. Lack of mar
ket for goods is stated as the cause of
this decision on the part of the man
agement. The mill hands have been
notified in advance of the purposed
action of the mill and given ample time
to secure work elsewhere.
New Mercantile Firm.
On the first of September Messrs. A.
L. Mahaffcy and Erskino Babb, two
popular young business men who have
been engaged for some years in this
city as salesmen, will open a grocery
store next door to tho Enterprise Bank
Thursdays Meeting Slimly
TUE "COOTER CKOWD"
Aspirants for the Various County Offices
Present Their Claims and
Continuing upon their itinerary after
leaving Langston church, the party of
campaigners for office in Laurens coun
ty held forth at Sardis, Clinton mills,
and reached Clinton town on Thursday
morning of last week. The speaking
was in a grove about a quarter of a
mile from the station and was heard by
a crowd of voters numbering hardly
over fifty. As usual there was little
demonstration, no applause to speak of
and seemingly there were no prefer
ences shown. However the small crowd
was a very attentive one, giving each
speaker a respectful nearing. A bar
becue dinner was served at 12:30 and
the speaking resumed at 2 o'clock.
Some one has been unkind enough to
designate the seekers for the smaller
and less pretentious offices as the
"cootcr crowd." These candidates
seem not to mind the slur and rather
take it good-naturedly. It was their
lot to begin the fire-works at the Clin
ton meeting putting forward one of
their best orators as the first speaker,
Mr. R. W. Nichols, candidate for Aud
itor. Mr. Nichols is a good talker and
entertained his bearers for the allotted
time -not, however, with silly jokes
and such like, but with facts that
go to prove that he would make a good
Auditor for the county, citing his expe
rience in the clerical work.
Mr. Nichols was followed by Messrs.
William T. Dorroh, W. Lowndes Fer
guson and Charles W. McCravy, each
presenting his claims and asking the
suffrage of the people. Mr. McCravy
is a cripple but he declared that this
would in no wfee interfere with the dis
charge of his duties, the work being
altogether in an office.
For county treasurer there are but
two aspirants, the present incumbent
Mr. J. I). Mock and Mr. J. Wade An
derson. Mr. Anderson claimed a little
favor at the hands of his people. Mr.
Mock reviewed his record as Treasurer
and his record as a Confederate soldier,
asking the people to keep him in the
position as had made a good officer.
The race for sheriff is a very inter
esting one, there being much specula
tion as to the result, especially on ac
count of the large number of candi
dates, there being seven in all. Cap
tain Duckett is seeking re-election on
the ground that he has faithfully filled
the requirements of the office and wants
it another term. Some of the others
ask for the votes of the people because
they want the office and have been
waiting for it a long time. Messrs.
Peden, Watts, Owlngs, Caldwcll,
Wharton and Cunningham all spoke for
a few minutes urging their respective
claims. Some one in the crowd asked
Mr. R. A. Wharton hov he stood on
the whiskey question, to which he re
plied: "I am glad you asked that ques
tion, although it does not. bear directly
on the race for sherilf; I am and always
have been a prohibitionist, and if the
people of this county vote prohibition
and 1 am elected sherilf I will enforce
that law to the best of my ability as I
would any law on the books." Mr. 0.
C. Cunningham is a very forceful speak
er and touches upon almost every sub
ject of interest in the campaign. He is
a dispensary man, believing that to be
the best way to handle the business; be
thinks the preachers ought not to go
out of their way to meddle into this
matter. Mr. Cunningham seems to re
gard the gambling evil as greater than
the whiskey and he took occasion to de
nounce these hotel gamblers as well as
the negro crap shooters.
For the position of Superintendent of
Education there are four seekers, Mes
srs R. W. Nash, .1. C. BurdottO, Thos.
P. Byrd and Geo L. Pitts. The first
speaker was Mr. Pitts, who was at
home in Clinton and glad to meet his
own people lie spoke forcefully on
the needs of the schools in the county
and promised if elected, to give them
his best thought and care. Mr. J. C.
B?rdet te claimed that as a college man
he was fitted for the office and would
give his entire time, which Ik; charged
Mr. Nash was not doing. There was a
right lively tilt between these two on
that ground, Mr. RurdettO claiming he
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