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LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2. 1908.
WROUGHT BY FLOOD
Laurons County Suffered
More Than Thirty Important Bridges and
Several Buildings Swept Away
by Raging Waters.
Since the election enthusiasm has
(lied away the people have begun to re
alize in some measure the extent and
scope of the damages done by the re
cent Hoods, the rains beginning Sunday
night the twentieth, continuing Monday
at intervals and reaching the greatest
fall at about midday Tuesday; in the
Upper section of the county the heaviest
rain fell Tuesday morning, while in the
city it was heaviest at noon, continuing
until nightfall. There is nofle in the
county who remembers such a down
pour or such damage wrought by a Hood.
On Mr. W. 1). Sullivan's store at Tumb
ling Shoals, Reedy River, there was a
water mark of the 1862 Hood and this
<>f 1908 is higher by 10 feet.
The damage to property, roads,
bridges, railroad trestles, houses, stores,
gins, saw mills, and crops is far be
yond what was first thought, reaching
stupendous proportions, Laurens county
has suffered the worst disaster in her
It is impossible to enumerate the
losses but a few may bo named to give
a conception of the fearful havoc
wrought by the raging waters. In the
cily of I.aureus the Columbia, New
herry and Laurens trestle at the Union
Station was undermined, though not
washed away, the waters ?f Little
River reaching a height heretofore un
known. The city bridge over the same
stream a few yards above the railroad
trestle was wrecked, and the repairs
will cost at least $300.00. Another
bridge over Little River at the tcrmi
n is of North Harper street badly dam
aged and cut off travel from that side.
\mong the county bridges reported
lost or wrecked are: On Enoreo river,
the Van Pntton, Allen, Kilgo, Yarbor
ollgh, and Musgrove. There are two
others that county Supervisor Hum
bert is satisfied W< re unable to with
stand the Hoods. On Warrior Creek,
the three county bridges, including a
large covered bridge, are all gone. Lit
tle River, whose waters were of such
volume and force, washed away the
Day, Milton and Dunlap bridges; Dav
enport and Holmes bridges are in all
likelihood gone. Over the Saluda river,
the Ware Shoals, Rasor's, Watts, and
Lloyd's bridges are damaged or washed
away; till of these bridges are very ex
pensive structures, one costing at least
$8,500; the Smith, Maddox, and Erwin
bridges were not heard from but they
were less likely to withstand the tloods
than those reported lost. On Reedy
river the 'fumbling Shoals, Iturton,
llcavcrdam and Ivy Bluff bridges are
lost; the Monroe and Culbertson are
reported gone. The bridges on Rabun
creek reported lost are: Goodgions,
tiarlington, McDnniel, McPhorsort, and
Anderson. The bridges mimed above
l.ro not including the many smaller, or
any of the low flat structures through
out the county.
Supervisor Humbert estimates that
it will rake at least $100,000 to repair
the damages and rebuild lost bridges in
TIlO crops have been severely hurl,
though the cotton is less asull'erer than
coin, the extent of which cannot be es
Along the railroad routes in the coun
ty there were a number of washouts
and several trestles that went under,
the Seaboard being probably the great
esl loser and the ('.. N. & L. the light
eat, Toward Spartanburg there wen
I.WO washouts between Switzer and
;in,| W.hull', so that no trains cotdd
pass until Friday. The Charleston &
WCslern Carolina's trestle over the Sa
Inda in th<" lower section of the county
was wrecked, and both the Seaboard's
bridges over the Saluda and Knoroe
Buffered tin- same fate. Traffic is tied
upon that lino, although a transfer of
mads is made.
A! Boyd'S mill the river has cut out
a new bed and left the old, necessitat
ing a lag till to throw the water back
into the dam built for Reedy River
power Co. No damage to the compa
ny's machinery is reported. Strange
lo relate but the Hood washed away a
well near the bridge at Moyd's; the well
was 28 feet deop and there is nothing
left but the granite basin. W. I). Sul
livan's store at Tumbling Shoals was
carried completely away, a loss to him
,,f $0.000; tin" gin was also washed away.
Mr. Elihu Elmoro's housoat McDanief's
mill on the Reedy was carried of. Num
bers of small houses and mills situated
neuf the raging streams have been lost.
The county has never suffered such a
A NEWSY LETTER
FROM CROSS HILL.
Marriage of Mr. Lcaman and Miss Ha*
good?Damages by Flood"
Opening of School.
Cross Hill, Aug. 31. Mr M. A. Lea
man, of Cross Hill, was married to Miss
Nannie C. Ilngood, of Greenwood, last
Wednesday. The circumstances make
it rather romantic. Wednesday morn
ing Mr. Leanian found thai no trains
could run and all bridges'were down and
the destroying waters of the Saludn
rolling between Cross Hill and Green
wood. Nothing daunted, however, ho
with his best man, Mr. Hugh Kaller,
went on a hand ear to the river and
with a railroad man to assist each of
them they managed to .valk the ties
and some plaees only the iroi rail . In
several places the benches under the
irons were gone. An engi <> on the
farther side carried them t< ' r. ? iwood
and the marriage was solenn ized ;.t the
appointed hour. Mr. Fail i* has re
turned and reports the m: 'riago to
have; been a brilliant ami happy occa
sion. The reception to have been last
Thursday has been indefinitely post
Tho readers of The Advertiser appre
ciate the efforts of that paper to tx'wc
all the election news. The heavy rains,
the destruction of property and anxiety
to get news of the election has absorbed
the attention of our people the past
A mooting was in progress during the
past week at the Baptist church. The
pastor. Rev. Mr. Martin, was assisted
by Rev. Mr. Bass, of Columbia.
A large force of hands are at work
on the trestle at the river and I rathe
will he resumed in eight or ten days.
Trains will pass every day to the river
and trans ft r the mail. We hope to get
our daily papers today.
The school here will begin the 14th of
September. A largo enrollment is ex
pected. There will be one additional
teacher this term, making live in all.
??Till: VILLAU!: 00SSII>."
A Story With Heart Interest at lue
Moving Picture Theatre Wednesday,
"The Villngo Gossip" is a picture ,
that has a peculiar fascination for every '
walk and strata of society. No one can '
help being touched by the simplicity of
the big-honrtcd blacksmith and the
pathetic tragedy of tho wife's repent
ance. This picture appeals to every
one because of the fact that its every
character and happening are lo bo seen
in almost any community.
It will make you better by seeing this
picture. Don't fot'gol the date Wed
nesday. S?-pt. J.
Entertainment at Rabtin Church
The Sunbeam Society of Rnbun
Creek Church will give an entertain
men! next Friday nfternoon, Sept. 4th,
beginning prompt ly at 2o'clock. Owing
to the recent heavy rains those exer
cises were postponed from last Thurs
day. Rev. S. C. Todd, of China and
Dr. Dor leu x are expected to address
the society. Kvorybody is cordially
New Cotton on Market.
Mr. D. II. Counts Bold the first bale
of the new crop in 1.aureus August
24th. The bale Weighed f>65 pounds
and brought 1(U cents. The second
bale was placed on the market Satur
day, August 20th, by Mr. I). F. Todd.
The price was '.) cents.
REV. S. CHARITON TODD.
Distiiignisited Preacher nml Missionary
to China is al Home.
RoV. S. C. Todd who has been in
China for the past four years engaged
in missionary wot!;, assisted by Mrs.
Todd, arrived in I.aureus one dttj last
week from tho Pacific Const where he
landed about the first of duly direct
from Macao, China. In his journey
across the Continent Mr. Todd Bponl
considerable time in several States lec
turing and preaching.
bast Sunday morning and again in
the afternoon Mr. Todd delivered very
excellent and highly instructive sermon
at the First Rapllst Church, large au
dicneea greeting him on I tot It occasions.
In both sermon Mr. Todd told i?nmo
thlng of conditions as he bad found
them in China and his discourses were
greatly enjoyod and appreciated.
lie is the son of Mrs. danie Todd
Clarke with whom he spent the past
week, leaving yesterday for a tour of
Nort h < !arollna.
HOTEL MANAGER REES BANKRUPT.
Harris Springs Management Forced Into
Bankruptcy by Lack of Patronage.
News was received here Monday that
Mr. Henry Z. Roes, manager of the
Harris Lithia Springs hotel, had gone
Into bankruptcy. The Harris Springs
Co. leased the hotel this season to Mr.
Reese, an experienced hotel man from
Augusta, and because of poor patron
age the management was forced to
close down. Mr. John M. Cannon, rep
resenting Mr. Roes, and Mr. A. C.
Todd, representing the creditors, went
down to Harris' Spring Monday after
noon to look into the condition of affairs
and affect a settlement if possible,
.lust the amount of liabilities cannot be
learned at present.
Mother and Infant Killed.
During the severe storm on Monday
afternoon of last week, Mrs. David
Sims and infant daughter were killed
by lightning at their home three miles
from Fountain Inn. Mrs. Sims was
sitting in her room near a window,
holding her little daughter, not more
than two weeks old, in her arms. Mr.
Sims also was sitting in the room, but
was unhurt, the lightning running up
ward along the wall, missing him en
tirely. This peculiarly sad accident
has cast a gloom over the entire com
STATE TICKET VOTE
IN LAUKENS COUNTY.
Following is the official count of the
vote in Laurens county for Slate offi
FOR ?. s. SENATOR.
John Gary Evans. 956 votes.
lohn P. Grace. 5
George Johnstonc. ;>29 "
W. w. Lumpkin. 230 ?'
o. B. Martin. 363 "
It. G. Rhelt. 384 "
E. 1). Smith. 544 "
M. F. Ansel.1,243 "
Cole L. Blease.1,622 "
FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR.
Thos. G. McLeod.2,769 "
FOR SECRETARY OF STATE.
It. M. McCown.2,774 "
FOR COMPTROLLER GENERAL.
N. w. Brooker. 462 "
A. W. Jones.2,310 "
FOR STATE TREASURER.
R. II. Jennings.2,784 "
FOR ADJUTANT AND INSPECTOR GENERAL
.1. C. Boyd.1,971 votes.
II. T. Thompson. 789 "
FOR STATE SUPT. OF EDUCATION.
F.. C. Elmore. 999 votes.
Stiles R. Mellichamp. 282 "
.1. F. Swcaringen.1,451 "
FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL.
.1 Fr?ser Lyon.2,658 "
FOR RAILROAD COMMISSIONER.
Jas. I'ansler. 1,477 '*
Hanks L. Caughman. 335 "
Frank ('. Fishburne. 50 "
11. W. Richardson. 130 "
J. A. Summersett. 744
CONGRESS?FOURTH CON. DIST.
Joseph T. Johnson.2,776 "
SOLICITOR EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
It. A. Cooper.2,762 vote:
Official Vote for State Offices.
Following is the official vote of the
fu st primary declared by the State ex
ecutive committee in session Saturday,
Martin F. Ansel. 62,867
C. L. Rlease. 42,100
FOR UNITED ST AT KS SKNATK.
Johnstonc . 13,6501
l lUmpkin. 4,361
Thompson. 43,648 j
SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION.
Swcaringen . 40,082
Canslor of Tirznh. 26,606
; J. T, Johnson, Fourth District.. 15,87".
R. A. Cooper, Eighth Circuit . . 0,868
THE FRESHET AROl'M) RAhTN.
Great Devastation Wrought?No .Mails in
Rabun, Aug. 31. Last Tuesday Hiis
community was visited by the heaviest
rains that tins generation has ever seen.
The creeks ami rivers rose sonic 1" feet
above tho water mark of the August
freshet of 1852. All the bridges lathis
vicinity are gone. The corn and cotton
crops that were on the streams are to
tally destroyed. From all over the
country comes the news of ruin and de
vastation of bridges, mill houses and
The entertainment that was lo have
been given by the Sunbe ams at linbun
the 27th of Ins month has been po I
poned on account of the heavy rains
and impassable streams until Friday,
Sept. 4th, when the same program as
before announced will !?? carried out.
Mrs. T. F. Babb, who has been quite
ill, is some better at this writing.
Not many of the voters wonl lo the
election last Tuesday on iiccounl of the |
For several days the mail carriers
have been cut oil", bul Mr. Owinj . id'
Gray Court No. I, and Mr. \bercrom
hie, of No. 4, have arranged so as lo
get the mail across Iho er? i . by meet
ing at the old burnt factory brid e and
bringing it across on a hm I 1>> ?.
OF THE CANDIDATES.
Following is tho statement of ex- I
peases by the various candidates for
office in I,aureus county during tho re- ;
cent campaign as filed in the olliec of
the clor! of court:
John II. Wharlon, $10.20; John M.
iiousk of UKI'UKSIJNTATIVP.K.
Jar od 1). Sullivan, $20.82; W. C. Irby,
Jr., $13.07: W. It. Kichoy, Sr., $IX.0li;
C. Cuningnam, $18.50; I >. Boyd,
$15.95; S. K. Todd, $21.55.
CLKItK <M- couit r.
C. A. Tower. $18.82; I. F. Bolt,
R, \V. Nichols, $20.80; I W. VleCra
w, $27.30; W. I.. Fer ? I ?n, *J ?; \V. j
T. Dorroh, $14.50.
J. Wade Anderson. $2:1. 10; J. I>.
O. C. Cunningham, $0.50; .1. I). W.
Watts, $12.50; J. D. < u. injj $21. J.
T. Boden, $22.05; B. A. Whmton,
$2S.?.)i); T. J. Duckett, !2.10; I. I'.
SUl'T. ok ia?i < aI I?>\.
R. W. Nash, $24.00; G. I.. Pitl .
$24.35; T. P. Byrd, $15.
It. (). Mairslon, $15.25; W. I?. Wall .
11. B, Humbert, $12.35.
COUNTY CUM MISSION I 1(1 .
Homer Culbertson, SIO.uu; M W,
Gray, $9.50; W. Fi Bank .. *l I i0; I.
Mac Roper, $10.15.
Death of Little Edward Conai
Kdward, the 10-nionths-old inl'aiil on
of Mr. and Mrs. I). II. Count . of thi
city, died Thursday, An n ? 27th, at
llehdorsonvllle, N. whore Mr.
Counts'family was spending the
mor. Little Kdward wa or
four weeks, pneumonia i '.???..dop
ing which caused his death. The re
mains were brought t" Lnur< ? Frfdnj
afternoon and on Saturday morning
were laid to rest in the city cemetery,
a large assemblage of friend tin I
pathi/.ers attending the end o.
Judge Walts' Loss,
Ali Item from Monday's Slate i 1 f
interest in Laurens:
Judge R. C. Watts lost a l"t of cut
tie and practically his entire crop of
j corn on Ins large plantation Im low < Iv
raw. lie went fo Ch?rau lo \<.1?? ami
was bottled up there for the re 1 of the
Death of Mr. Pierce Hiirdclle.
Mr. Pierce B?rdet to, am 'Lau
rens county and for more ihnn :'.'< years
a citizen of the city, died 1 I paral,\ ;
in a (tharlcston hospital An
and was buried in thai idly oil lb ? lob
lowing day. Mr. B?rdette had been ill
failing health for some lime h d'oro go
ing to his sister's in ( liarlosloll several
months ago. For man; , y r he \
connected with Iho l .aur? 11 postoi
and he was alu a\ rt ubligi illid < Hick nl
In this capacity, lie hail many friend;
here who regret his delni e.
Finley and Butler run it over in lh<
fifth distriel for (Congress, Tin thin
candidate in this raei \\.t ,W.I\ Bollock
CONTINUES TO GROW
l aurens Has Contributed Nearly $70.
Amount Received at Opera House
Sixty-nine dollars and twenty-live
rents have so far been contributed by
the Democrats of Laurens to the Demo
cratic National campaign fund, most of
which lias been voluntary contribution
as the committee have as yet made no
active canvass. Mr. John H. Brooks is
in charge of the fund anil with other
assistance will begin at once a close and
thorough campaign for increasing this
aim.mil. Mr. Brooks has already for
warded $j;>.(in of this amount to Mr.
Norman Mack, of Buffalo, and the
remainder will soon be sent to the
following is the honor roll of Laurens
Democracy: John B. Brooks, $1.00; W.
W. Jones, $1.00; It. (i. Franks, 50C.J S.
11. Todd, $1.00; C. E. Gray, $1.00; E.
Sitgroaves, 50c.; F. W. Little, 50c; W.
I!. Washington, 50c; W. W. Dodson,
50e ; W. II. Dial, 50c; A. C. Fuller,
r>0c; J. W. Ferguson, $1.00; It. F.
Jones. 60c. J S. I*. Bald), 50c; A.
Schnyer, 50c; It. K. Bnbb, 50c; J. II.
Tongue, 50c; B. B. Blakcly, 60c; M.
<;. Owings, 50c; 'I'. I). Lake, $1.00; L.
<;. Halle, 50c; C. M. Miller, 50c; W.
II. tiilkerson,50c; It. A. Cooper,$1.00;
II. S. Black well, 50c; It. IL Hudgens,
50c; C. C. Feathcratone, $1.00; John
F. Holt, $1.00; T. J. Duckett, $L<in: ().
(!. Thompson, $1.00; Cash, $1.00; A. D.
Cray, $1.00; J. T. Crews, 50c; It. II.
tirencker, 50c; It. L. Walker Printing
Co.. $l.ou; c. M. Babb, 50c; Moses
Hornau, 50c; F. W. Greene, .:><>c; II.
Douglas Gray, 50c; W. B. Sloan, $1.00;
F. M. Smith, 60c.J C. M. Clarke, 50c;
F. K. Spratt,50c; W. M. Switzor, 25c!
W. <!. Lancaster, 50c; W. II. Ander
son. 5()c; It. E. Hughes, 50c; C. W.
Taylor, 50c.J It. V. McNeil, $50c; Lau
rens Advertiser, $1.00; R. C. Davis,
$1.00; It. Coke Gray, 50c; A. C, Todd,
?i.oo; s. I). Childrcss, 50c; J. K. Cal
legly, 50c; J. II. Wharton, $1.00; W.
It. Richoy, $1,00; Henry Garrison, 25c;
l>. L. Brooks, 25c, L. Meng, 50c; B.
A. Sullivan, 50c) J. II. Traynham,
$1.00; E. 0. Anderson, 60c.; II. B.
Humbert, 50c; It. V. Irby, 50c; W.
D. Franks, 25c; Cash, 50c; J. J. I'luss,
$1.00; W. Li Cray, *1.<?<); opera house
receipts, $21.50, from which a small ex
poh: e i.; yet to he deducted.
WOMANS MISSIONARY UNION.
VniUial Meeting Will he Held at Chest
nnt Ridge Church.
I lie Woman's Missionary Union of
the Laurens Association will hold its
in i lid meeting with the Chestnut
l! Ige HapliSt church Tuesday and
v ? dnesday, September 8th and Oth.
I lie program is as follows:
Tuesday at II o'clock missionary ser
mon by Rev. W. E. Thayer.
I ::t(l Devotional. Rev. E. C. Watson.
Missionary address Rev. I'ianin.
Fxercises by Chestnut Ridge Sun
u i;i)Ni;si>AV, si:i'T. OTII, 0:30.
Devotional Miss May Putnam.
Enrollment of Delegates.
Reports from Societies and Bands.
Address Mrs. L W. Wingo.
I '.o Reports from commit tees.
K ay Mrs. J. A. Bnrksdalc, Jr.
The Imporlahceof Band Work Mrs.
a. S. Bennett.
I 'led ion of ( Mlieers.
The following homos have been as
ignod to the various churches:
Beaverdam Mrs. A. F. Colemnn.
Beulah Mrs. James Wham.
Relhabara Mrs. Bess Tcaguc,
Holly drove Mrs. Homer Moore.
Clinton 1st Mrs. L. S. Bolt.
Cross Hill Mrs. S. It. Cain.
Durbin Mrs. J, t. Gnrrelt,
Friendship Mrs. F. J, Owens.
Harmony Mrs. James Power.
Highland Home Mrs. J. T. Carrett
Langs'.on Mrs. ( barley Wolff.
Lanford Mrs. G. A. Fuller.
Hellview Mrs. A. F. Coleman.
Laurens 1st Mrs. J. D. W. Walts.
Laurens 2nd Mrs. R. I>. Boyd.
Watts Mills Mrs. A. B. Barksdale
Mt. Gallagher Mrs. II. J. Martin.
Ml. Olive Mrs. T. J. lrvin.
Mt. Pleasant Mrs. Jim lrvin.
Mount villi- Mrs. Albert Garlington
Poplar Springs Mrs. J, S. Medlock
Princeton Mrs. A. B. Barksdale.
Itabun Creek Mrs. Lou Dial.
Union Mrs. R. D. Boyd.
Election Presents Inter
THE LEADlNti ISSUE.
Col. .lohn II. Wharton, Veteran Cam
paigner, Elected by Narrow Margin.
Accurately Forecasted Majority.
Now that tiic results of the lirst pri
mary are known, the county election
presents some interesting phases.
With the county dispensary question as
the leading issue a whirlwind campaign
was made for the State senate and
house of representatives, the candidates
for these positions being evenly divided
on the subject. The lines wen1 clearly
and sharply drawn and the forces on
hoth sides exerted every elfort in behalf
of their respective candidates. For the
State senat.- Col. .lohn II. Wharton
was anti-dispensary, while his opponent,
the Hon. .lohn M. Cannon, attorney for
the county dispensary, represented the
other sido and lost. For the house tho
alinemcnt was: Clarence Cuningluiui,
W. C. Irby, dr., and S. It. Todd for the
present system; K. Dunk Itoyd, Jared
I). Sullivan, W. It. Itichoy, Sr., against
its continuance in l.aurens county, each
declaring on the stump that he intended
to cast his vote against tin- dispensary
in the November election. Hoyd and
Irby have been elected, Cuningham and
Itichoy defeated, with Sullivan and
Todd in the second race for tin third
place on the ticket. If Mr. Sullivan
jjfets the nomination thenoxtdelegation
to the general assembly from 1.aureus
will be composed of a majority opposed
to the county dispensary system; in any
event it will be ovonly divided with a
representative in the senate opposed to
The closeness of the contest for State;
senator excited unusual interest. Col.
Wharton, the veteran campaigner, from
tin- lirst conceded that the result would
be very close. On the eve of the elec
tion he carefully compiled an estimate
of the vole and publicly Hinted that he
would win by the narrow margin of
from H to 12 votes. After LI?> boxes had
been reported, with Heven still missing
which gave his opponent tin- lead of a
few vote;-, Col. Wharton held linn that,
lie would gel the nomination by a ma
jority of a round dozen and his estimate
proved absolutely correct.
orIIKit SUCCBSSI-'Uli CANDIDATES.
The successful candidates in Tues
day's election (besides those noted
above) areas follows: Clerk of court,
John I-'. Holl; treasurer, J. !>. Mock;
supervisor, II. I'.. Humbert; county
commissioners, W. I'. I>ail<> and T.
T) Icrsville Notes.
Tylersville, Aug. ::\. Mrs. W. II.
I'oole and children, of Union, are visil
il)g Mr. Tom I'oole's family.
Mrs. J. 15. Alexander and children, of
Newberry, spent Sunday and Monday
with Mr. 'lorn I'oole's family.
Mr. Hugh Unman is ill at. his fathers
Mrs. Sam I'.ass and son have returned
to their home in New I'.rookland after
a visit to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.
Mr. Kelly Howcll's Statement.
In last week's Advertiser appeared
"In tho course of his speech last Fri
day Mr. W. C. Irby, Jr., gnyo expres
sion to a rather serious charge. He
said it had been told him that the leader
of tiii' Prohibitionists in Union was run*
ning three blind ligors; whorcupon Mr.
Itichcy asked him to name the man.
Mr. Irby replied that Mr. Howcll, at
I'hilpot's store, would tell him. This
matter is respectfully referred to the.
police authorities in Union. It seems
that the violation of the law must be
very open and llngranl for it to be so
will known lu re. We have no idea
who the "leader of the prohibitionists
in Union," is, neither do we care we
merely wish to call attention to the in
Mr. Howcll called at The Advertiser's
office Thursday and requested that WO
publish a most emphatic denial of the
alleged utterances. He made verbal
statement to the effect that he had not
told Mr. Irbj that "the leader of the
prohibitionists m Union was running
three blind tigers" and denounced the
Charge as "maliciously false." lb
stated 'hat Mr. Irby had misquoted him;
but that he did make to Mr. Irby such
a statement as this: From appearances
in Union there was a man engaged in
Helling whiskey who had taken an ac
tive part in the prohibition movement.