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WROUGHT BY FLOOD
Laurens County Suffered
More Than Thirty Important Bridges and
Several Buildings Swept Away
by Raging Waters.
Since the election enthusiasm has
died away the people have begun to re
alize in some measure the extent and
scope of the damages done by the re
cent floods, 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 iL was heaviest at noon, continuing
until nightfall. There is norte in the
county who remembers .such a down
pour or such damage wrought by a flood.
On Mr. W. D. Sullivan's store at Tumb
ling Shoals, Reedy River, there was a
water mark of the 1852 flood and this
of 1908 is higher by 10 feet.
The damage1 to property, roads,
bridges, railroad trestles, houses, stores,
gins, saw mills, and crops is far be
yond what was first thought, reaching
stupendous proportions. Laurent'-county
has suffered the worst disaster in her
It is impossible to enumerate the
losses but a few may be named to give
a conception of the fearful havoc
wrought by the raging waters. In the
city of Laurens the Columbia, New
borry and Laurens trestle at the Union
Station was undermined, though not
washed away, the waters of Little
River .caching a height heretofore un
known. The city bridge over the same
stream a few yards above the railroad
trestle was wrecked, and the repairs
Wiil cost at least $300.00. Another
bridge over Little River at. the termi
nus of North Harper street badly dam
aged and cut off travel from that side.
Among the county bridges reported
lost or wrecked are: On EnoreO river,
(ho Van Patton, Allen, Kilgo, Yarbor
ough, and Musgrove. There are two
others that county Supervisor Hum-1
bel t is satisfied were unable to with
stand the floods. On Warrior Creek,
the three county bridges, including a
large covered bridge, are all gone. Lit
tle River, whoso 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
Boyd's bridges are damaged or washed
away; all 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 floods
I ban t hose reported lost. On Reedy
river the 'fumbling Shoals, Burton,
Bcaverdam and Ivy Bluff bridges are
lost; the Monroe and Culberlson are
reported gone. The bridges on Rabun
creek reported lost are: Goodgions,
Garlington, McDaniol, McPhersori, and
Anderson. The bridges named above
are not including the many smaller, or
any of the low Hat structures through
out the county.
Supervisor Humbert estimates that
it will take at least $100,000 to repair
the damages and rebuild lost, bridges in
The crops have been severely hurt,
though the cotton is less a sufferer than
corn, the extent of which cannot be 68
Along the railroad routes in the coun
ty i hero were a number of washouts
ami several trestles that wtmt under,
the Seaboard being probably the great
esl loser and the ('.. N. & L. the light
est. Toward Spartanburg there wert;
two washouts between Switzor and
and Woodruff, so that no trains could
pass until Friday. The Charleston &
Western Carolina's trestle over the Sa
luda in the lower section of the county
was wrecked, and both the Seaboard's
bridges over the Saluda and F.noroo
Hiiifcrcd the same fate. Traffic is tied
up on that line, although a transfer of
mails is made.
At Boyd's mill the river has cut out
a new bed and left the old, necessitat
ing a big fid to throw the water back
;nto the dam built for Reedy River
Rower Co. No damage to the compa
ny's machinery is reported. Strange
10 relate but the Hood washed away a
svell near the bridge at Boyd's; the well
W0H 28 feel tleop and there is not lung
left but the granite basin. W. D. Sul
livan's Store at 'fumbling Shoals was
carried completely away, a loss to him
of $0,000; I ho gin was also washed away.
Mr Elihu Blmoro's house at Mcpanlcrs
mi|| on tiie Reedy was carried of. Num
bers of small houses and mills situated
near the raging streams have been lost.
The county has never suffered such a
A NEWSY LETTER
FROM CROSS HILL.
Marriage of Mr. Leanian ami Miss Ha
good-Damages by Flood-*
Opening of School.
Cross Hill, Aug. 81. Mr M. A. Lea
man, of Cross Hill, was married to Miss
Nannie C. Hagood, of Greenwood, last
Wednesday. Tho circumstances make
it rather romantic. Wednesday morn
ing Mr. Leaman found that no trains
could run and all bridges Were down and
the destroying waters of the Saluda
rolling between Cross Hill and Green
wood. Nothing daunted, however, he'
with his best man, Mr. Hugh Fuller,
went on a hand car to the river and
with a railroad man to assist each of
them they managed to .valk tho ties
and some places oidy the iroi rails. In
several places the benches under the
irons were gone. An engl on the
farther side carried them to Greenwood
and the marriage was solemi Ized ;.t the
appointed hour. Mr. Full" r has re
turned and reports the m; rriago to
have been a brilliant and happy occa
sion. The reception to have been last
Thursday has been indefinitely post
The readers of Tho Advertiser appre
ciate the efforts of that paper to give
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 meeting 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 largo force of hands are at work
on the trestle at the river and traftlc
will be resumed in eight or ten days.
Trains will pass every day to the river \
and transfer the mail. We hope to get
our daily papers today.
The school here will begin the 14th of
September. A large enrollment is ex
pected. There will be one additional
teacher this term, making live in all.
??Till: VILLAUB GOSSIP."
A Story With Heart Interest at the
Moving Picture Theatre Wednesday.
"The Village Gossip" is a picture
that has a peculiar fascination for every '
walk and strata of society. No one can 1
help being touched by the simplicity of
the big-hearted blacksmith and the
pathetic tragedy of the wife's repent
ance. This picture appeals to every
one because of the fact that its every
character and happening are lo be seen ;
in almost any community,
It will make you bettor by seeing this
picture. Don't forget the date Wed
nesday, Sepl. 2.
Entertainment at Rahna Church
The Sunbeam Society of Rabun
Creek Church will give an entertain
ment next Friday afternoon. Sept. Ith,
beginning promptly nt 2o'clock. Owing
to the recent heavy rains thCSO exer
cises were postponed from last Thurs
day. Rev. S. C. Todd, of China and
Dr. Derlenx are expected to address
the society. Everybody is cordially
New Cotton on Market.
Mr. D. II. Counts sold the first bale
of the new -rop in I,aureus August
24th. The hale weighed 555 pounds
and brought 10J cents. The second
bale Was placed on the market Satur
day, August 20th. by Mr. I>. B. Todd.
The price was !) cents.
REV. S. CHARI.TON TODD.
Distinguished Preacher and Missionary
(o China is al Home.
Rev. S. C. Todd who has been in
China for the past four years engaged
in missionary work, assisted by Mrs.
Todd, arrived in Baurens one day last
week from the Pacific Coast where be
landed about the first of duly direct
from Macao, China. In his journey
across the Continent Mr. Todd I pent
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 Baptist Church, large au
diences greeting him on both occasions.
In both sermons Mr, Todd told some
thing of conditions as lie had found
them in China and his discourses were
greatly enjoyed and appreciated.
He is the son of Mrs. Janio Todd
Clarke with whom he spent the past
weVk, leaving yesterday for a tour of
HOTRL MANAGER REES BANKRUPT.
Harris Springs Management Eorced Into
Bankruptcy by Lack of Patronage.
News was received here Monday that
Mr. Henry Z. Rees, 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. Rees, 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.
Just the amount of liabilities cannot be
learned at present.
Alothcr 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
lias cast a gloom over the entire com
STATE TICKET VOTE
IN LAURENS COUNTY.
Following is the official count of the
vote in Laurens county for Slate offi
KOR U. s. SENATOR.
John Gary Evans. 055 votes.
John P. Grace. 5 "
George Johnstonc. 329 "
W. W. Lumpkin. 230 "
(). B. Martin. 363 "
K. G. Rhett. 384
E. D. Smith. 514 "
M. F. Ansel.1,243 "
Cole L. Blease.1,522 "
FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR.
Thos. G. McLeod.2,769 "
FOR SECRETARY OF STATE.
R. M. McCown.2,771 "
FOR COMPTROLLER GENERAL.
N. W. Brook er. 462 "
A. W. Jones.2,310 "
FOR STATE TREASURER.
K. H. Jennings.2,78-1 "
I OK ADJUTANT AND INSPECTOR GENERAL |
J. C. Boyd.1,971 votes.
H. T. Thompson. 789 "
FOR STATE SUPT. OF EDUCATION.
E. C. Elmore. 999 votes.
Stiles R. Mellichamp. 282 "
J. E. Swcaringen.1,451 "
FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL,
J Fr?ser Lyon.2,658 "
FOR RAILROAD COMMISSIONER.
.las. Cansler.1,177 '*
Banks L. Caughman. 835 "
Frank C. Fishburne. 50 "
H. VV. Richardson. 130 "
J. A. Summersett. 744
CONGRESS?FOURTH CON. DIST.
Joseph T. Johnson.2,77<i "
SOLICITOR EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT.
R. A. Cooper.2,762 votes.
Official Vote for State Olflces.
Following is the official vote of the
first primary declared by the State ex
ecutive committee in session Saturday,
Martin F. Ansel. 62,867
C. L. Blease. 42,100
FOR UNITED STATES SENATE.
Johnstonc . 18,666
Smith. 30,012 |
SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION.
It AI I .ROAD COMMISSIONER.
Cansler of Tirzah. 25,6!);")
J. T. Johnson, Fourth District.. 15,875
R. A. Cooper, Eighth Circuit . . . 9,358
THE FRESHET AROUND RA BUN.
Qrcat Devastation Wroughl?No Mails in
Rabun, Aug. 31.- Last Tuesday tins
community was visited by the heaviest
rains that this generation has over seen.
The creeks and rivers rose some in feet
above the water mark of the August
freshet of 1852. All the bridges in this
vicinity are gone. Tho corn and cotton
crops that were on the streams are to
tally destroyed. Prom all over the
country comes the news of ruin and de
vastation of bridges, mill houses and
The entertainment that was to have
been given by the Sunbeams at llnbun
the 27th of ths month has been post
poned on account of Hie heavy rains
and impassable streams until Friday,
Sept. -Ith, when the same program as
before announced will he carried out.
Mrs. T. F. Babb, who has been quite
ill, is some better at this writing.
Not many of the voters went to the
election last Tuesday on account of the
For several days the mail carriers
have been cut otT, but Mr. Owings, of
Gray Court No. I, and Mr. Abererom
hie, of No. 4, have arranged so as to
get the mail across the creek by meet
ing at the old burnt factory bridge ami
bringing it acres; tin a fool log.
OF TILE CANDIDATES.
Following is the statement of ex
penses by the various candidates for
office in 1 .aureus county timing the re
cent campaign as filed in the oflicc of
the clerk of court:
.lohn II. Wharton, $19.20; John M.
Cannon, $22. l.r>.
HOUSE OF ItKPK KSKNTATIV KS.
Jared D. Sullivan. $20.82; W. C. Irby,
Jr., $13.07: W. It. Richcy, Sr., $18.00;
C. Cuningnam, $18.55; it. I?. Boyd,
$15.95; s. R. Todd, $21.55.
CLERK OK COUKT.
C. A. Bower. $18.82; i. F. Bolt,
R. W. Nichols, $20.80; C. W. MeCra
vy, $27.30; W. L. Ferguson, ? 35.25; W.
T. Dor roh, $14.50.
J. Wade Anderson, $23.10; J. I?.
0. C. Cunningham, $0.50; .1. i?. W.
Watts, $12.50; J. 1>. Owings, .<::!..1.
T. Peden, $22.05; B. A. Wharton,
$iiS.i)0; T. J. Duckett, $22.10; J, I'.
SUPT. OF EDUCATION.
R. W. Nash, $24.05; G. I.. I'in i,
$24.35; T. P. Byrd, $15.
CO HONK a,
R. O. Hairston, $15.25; W. I). Wall .
11. B. Humbert. $12.85.
I Homer Culbcrtson, $10.00; M. W.
Gray, $0.60; W. F. Bailey, $17.50; I
Mac Roper, $10. r..
Death of Little Edward Counts.
Edward, tho 10-months-old infam son
of Mr. ami Mrs. I). II. Counts, of ti,i
city, died Thursday, August 27th, al
Hendersonville, N. C whore Mr.
Counts' family was spending the sum*
mer. Little Fdwaril wa ic!. il.no or
four weeks, pneumonia finally develop
ing which caused his death. The re
mains were brought to Lnurens Frfdaj
afternoon and on Saturday morning
were laitl to rest in the city cemetery,
a large assemblage of friends and sym
pathi/.ers attending Hi-' i rvice.
Judge Walls' t.o .
An Item from Monday's Stale is of
interest in Laurcns:
Judge R. C. Watts lost a lot of cat
tle and practically his entire crop of
corn on Ids large plantation in low Civ
raw. He went to Chci'UW I" vote and
was bottled up there for the res I of ll
Death of Mr. Fierce Burdctle.
Mr. Pierce B?rdet to, a native of Lau
rent) county and for more than 20 years
a citizen of the city, died of paraK i
in a Charleston hospital Align I 1" h,
and was buried in thai city Oil 111 ? fob ?
lowing day. Mr. B?rdet tc had been in
failing health for some time before go
ing to his sister's in Charleston ..t verid
months ago. For many, years ho was
connected with the Lauren; postolliee
ami he wrs always ohligi.nd< llieiont
Iin this capacity. He hail many friends
here who regret his demise.
Finley And Butler run it over in i ,.?
I fifth district for Congress. Tin third
I candidate in this race was W.P. Pollock,
CONTINUES TO GROW
Laurens Has Contributed Nearly $70.
Amount Received at Opera Mouse
Sixty-nine dollars and twenty-live
cents have so far been contributed by
the Democrats of Laurens to the Demo
cratic National campaign fund, most of
which has been voluntary contribution
as the committee have as yet made no
active canvass. Mr. John B. Brooks is
in charge of the fund and with other
assistance will begin at once a close and
thorough campaign for increasing this
amount. Mr. Brooks has already for
warded $25.00 of this amount to Mr.
Norman P. 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; R. G. Franks. BOc.; S.
IL Todd, $1.00; c. E. Gray, $1.00; E.
Silgreavcs, 50c.; F. W. Little, 50c.; W.
iL Washington, 50c.; W. W. Dodson,
50c; W. II. Dial. 50c; A. C. Fuller,
50c; .1. W. Ferguson, $1.00; R. F.
Jones, 50c; S. P. Babb, 50c; A.
S. haver, 50c.; R. E. Babb, 50c; J. II.
Tongue, 50c; B. R. Blakely, 50c; M.
<:. Owings, 50c; T. 1). Lake, $1.00; L.
<;. Balle, 50c; C. M. Miller, 50c; W.
II. Gilkcrson,50c; It. A. Cooper,$1.00;
II. S. Blackwell, 5()c ; lt. H. Hudgens,
50c; C. C. Featherstone, $1.00; John
I'. Bolt, $1.00; T. J. Duckett, $1.00; <).
G. Thompson, $1.00; Cash, $1.00; A. D.
Cray. $1.00; J. T. Crews, 50c; R. H.
Croneker, 50c; R. I,. Walker Printing
Co.. $1.0(1; C. M. Babb, 50c; Moses
Roman. 50c.j F. W. Greene, 50c; II.
Douglas Gray, 50c; W. B. Sloan, $1.00;
F. M. Smith, 50c; C. M. Clarke, 50c;
F. K. Spratt, 50c; W. M. Switzer, 25c;
W. G. Lancaster, 50c; W. II. Ander
son, 50c; R. E. Hughes, 50c; C. W.
Taylor, 50c; R. P. McNeil, $50c; Lau
rens Advertiser, $1.00; R. C. Davis,
$1.00; R. Coke Gray, 50c; A. C. Todd,
- l.ioi; s. I). Childress, 50c; J. K. Gal
legly, 50c; J. H. Wharton, $1.00; W.
R, Richcy, $1.00; Henry Garrison, 25c;
D. L. Brooks, 25c, L. Meng. 50c; B.
A. Sullivan, 50c.J J. II. Traynham,
$l.ou; E. O. Anderson, 50c; II. B.
Humbert, 50c; R. V. Irby, 50c; W.
I). Franks, 25c; Cash, 50c; J, J. Pluss,
$1.00; w. L.Gray, $1.00; opera house,
receipts, $24.50, from which a small ex
pense is yet to be deducted.
WOMAN'S MISSIONARY UNION.
Annual Meeting Will be Held at Chest
nut Ridge Church.
The Woman's Missionary Union of
tin- Laurens Association will hold its
annual meeting with the Chestnut
I: Raptist. church Tuesday and
Wednesday, September Nth and Olli.
'! he program is as follows:
I lesday at 11 o'clock missionary ser
mon by Rev. W. ES. Thayer.
I !?? Devotional, Rev. F. C. Watson.
Missionary address Rev. Piama.
Fxercisos by Chestnut Ridge Sun- !
WKDNK8IMY, SKI'T. ?TII, 0:30.
Devotional' Miss May Putnam,
enrollment of Delegates.
Reports from Societies and Rands.
Address Mrs. I. W. Wingo,
1 :?? Reports from committees.
I: ay Mrs. J. A. Barksdale. Jr.
fin' Iinportanccof Band Work Mrs.
a. S. Bennett.
Flection of (hTlcors.
The following homes have been as
gned to the various churches:
Boavordam Mrs. A. P, Coloman,
Beulah Mrs. James Wham.
Bethabara Mrs. Bess Teaguc.
Holly Grove Mrs. Homer Moore
Clinton 1st Mrs. L, S. Bolt.
Cross Hill Mrs. S. R. Cain.
I ?urbin Mrs. J. T. Garrett.
Friendship Mrs. I-'. .1. Owens.
Harmony Mrs. James Power.
Highland Home Mrs. J. T, Garrett.
Langs'on Mrs. (barley Woltf.
Lnnford Mrs. G. A. F?lle?
Bellview Mrs. A. F. Coloman.
Laurens 1st Mrs. J. D. W. Watts.
Laurens 2nd Mrs. R. I). Boyd.
Watts Mills Mrs. A. B. Barksdale.
Ml. Gallagher Mrs. II. J. Martin.
Ml. Olive Mrs. T. J. lrvin.
Mt. Pleasant .Mrs. Jim lrvin.
Mounlvillo Mrs. Albert Garlinglon.
Poplar Springs Mrs. J. S. Medlock.
Princeton Mrs. A. B. Barksdale.
Rabun Creek Mrs. Lou Dial.
Union Mrs. R. l>. Boyd.
Election Presents Inter
THE LEADING ISSUE.
Col. John II. Wharton, Veteran Cam
paigner, Elected by Narrow Margin.
Accurately Forecasted Majority.
Now that tho results of the first pri
mary are known, the county election
presents some interesting phases.
With tiie 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 were clearly
and sharply drawn and tho forces on
both sides exerted every effort in behalf
of their respective candidates. For the
State senate Col. John 11. Wharton
was anti-dispensary, while his opponent,
the lion. John M. Cannon, attorney for
the county dispensary, represented the
Other side and lost. For the house the
alinemcnt was: Clarence Cuningham,
W. C. Irby, Jr., and S. It. Todd for the
present system; R. Dunk Boyd, Jared
1). Sullivan, W. R. Richey. Sr., against
its continuance in I.aureus county, each
declaring on the stump that he intended
to cast Ins vote against the dispensary
in the November election. Boyd am!
Irby have been elected, Cuningham and
Richey defeated, with Sullivan and
Todd in the second race for the third
place on the ticket. If Mr. Sullivan
gets the nomination the next delegation
to the general assembly from I.aurens
will he composed of a majority opposed
to the county dispensary system; in any
event it will be evenly divided with a
representative in the senate opposed to
The closeness of the contest for Stale
senator excited unusual interest. Col.
Wharton, the veteran campaigner, from
the first conceded that the result would
he very close. On the eve of the elec
tion he carefully compiled an estimate
of the vote and publicly stated that he.
would win by the narrow margin of
from B to 12 voles. After 26 boxes had
been reported, with seven still missing
which gave hjs opponent the lead of a
few votes, Col. Wharton held firm that
he would get the nomination by a ma
jority of a round dozen and ids estimate
proved absolutely correct.
OTIIKK SUCCBSSFUI. CANDIDATES.
The successful candidates in Tues
day's election (besides those noted
above) are as follows: Clerk of court,
John F. Bolt; treasurer, J. D. Mock;
supervisor, 11. B. Humbert; county
commissioners, W. F. Bailey and T.
Tylcrsvillc, Aug. Mrs. W. II.
Boole and children, of Union, are visit
ing Mr. Tom I'oole's family.
Mrs. J. IS. Alexander and children, of
Ncwborry, spent Sunday and Monday
with Mr. Tom I'oole's family.
Mr. Hugh Doman is ill at his fathers
Mrs. Sam Bass and son have returned
to their homo m Now Brookland after
a visit to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.
Mr. Kelly Mowcll's Statement.
In last week's Advertiser appeared
"In the course of bis speech last Fri
day Mr. W. C. Irby, Jr., gave expres
sion to a rather serious (barge. Ib;
said it bad been told him that the leader
of the Prohibitionists in Union was run
ning three blind tigers; whereupon Mr.
Richey asked him to name tin; man.
Mr. Irby replied that Mr. Howcll, at
I'bilpot's store, would tell him. This
matter is respectfully referred to the.
police authorities in Union, It seems
that tho violation of the law must bo
very open and flagrant for it to be so
well known here. We have no idea
who tho "leader of the prohibitionists
in Union," is. neither do we care we
merely wish to call attention to the In
Mr. Howoll called at The Advertiser's
office Thursday and requested that we
publish a most emphatic denial of tin;
alleged utterances. He made verbal
statement t<> the oficct that he had not
told Mr. Irby that "the leader of the
prohibitionists in Union was running
three blind tigers" and denounced the
' charge as "maliciously false." in
stated that Mr. Irby bad misquoted him;
but that ho did make to Mr. Irby such
a statement as this; From appearances
in Union there was a man engaged in
selling whiskey who had taken an ac
tive part in the prohibition movement.