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LAURENS, S. C, SEPTEMBER .10. 1908.
IN NATIONAL POLITICS.
Up until last week the presidential
campaign was an altogether munterest
ingand tame affair, without special foal
ure and without sensation. But it seems
that our dear friend, William Randolph
Hearst, has thrown a bond) into the
democratic camps, the explosion of
which has caused sensation after sensa
tion, producing consternation among
democrats and republicans alike.
Hearst, while not himself a candidate
for president, is the real power of tho
Independence party, and is managing
the campaign of his man Higsen. The
energetic Hearst got busy and looked
up some records regarding the career
of Governor C. n. Haskell, treasurer
of the democratic campaign committee.
Finding at least a semblance of culpa
ble conduct in the governor's dealings
with the Standard Oil Co.. Hearst pro
ceeded to charge Governor IIa lull
with having shown favors to Standard
Oil Co., a corporation, a representative
of "predatory wealth" the very thing
the Democratic party BO opposed. In
other words Hearst charged that Gov
ernor Haskell had allowed tin'Standard
Oil Co. to construct pipe line through
the State of Oklahoma, thereby giving
it the monopoly sought for.
Just about this time President Roose
velt "butted in" and said Hearst was
right, endorsing the accusations and
accusing Governor Haskell. Then Can
didate Bryan tells President Roosevelt
he must prove the charges, whereupon
the man in the white house issues a very
lame, evasive statement, completely
dodging the issue, thereby condemning
But that is not all; Governor Has-'
kell's "dander" is up and In; proves by
the records of Secretary Hitchcock that
the "strenuous one" is guilty of the
very thing Hearst accused Haskell of
and which Roosevelt endorsed. It seems
that the Standard Oil Co. applied for
the franchise in question before Okla
homa had been made a State; hence the
application was made to Secretary
Hitchcock, who refused it. Thcmatti r
was then carried to President Roosevelt
and he granted the franchise, thus fa
voring the Standard Oil Co. Governor
Haskell had nothing to do with it.
Since the recent stir Governor Haskell
has resigned as treasurer, and lOditor
Hermann Ridder of the New York
Staats Zeitung has been appointed to
succeed him. This action was taken
doubtless for the good of the parts at
large, namely: that no officer in the
campaign, about whom there existed
the least suspicion, should be retained.
Unless there are other charges against
Haskell which have not been disproved
it looks hard that he should be a martyr
in this manner.
That is the situation. In some re
spects it is a unique case; the president
of the United States has entered a con
troversy on the political record of a man
who holds an office in the democratic
party and in this controversy he has been
proved guilty of acts which he has so
often condemned. The groat issues of
the presidential campaign have for tho
time been submerged in the flood of
personal attacks; the issues are merely
secondary. But this, it seems, is the
way of politics, state and national.
On Tuesday, September fifteenth, nn
article signed "Old Line Democrat"
was brought into The Advertiser office
with the request that it be published.
According to newspaper rules, namely,
that all communications must be signed
by the author, or at least that the nil
thor's name be given the editor, the
above mentioned card was refused pub
lication. A great many people are un
acquainted with this law among new.-.
papers and this mention is to call at ten
tion to the fact. The Advertiser will
not publish any article, no matter of
what nature, unless the editor is in pos
session of the author's name; the name
need not appear in print, a nonvdc
plume being permissahle, hut upon tho
publication of any card tho editor must
be in position to reveal the author or
else take responsibility for the author
ship upon himself.
The article signed by "Old Line Dem
ocrat" was submitted to us and was re
fused because we did not know the au
thor's name; we are not yet in posses
?Ion of it and are, of course, not now
Says the Rock Hill Herald:
Not long ago wu noticed in The Lau
rena Advertiser the following question:
"What is tho host thing in the world?"
We answer thus: "Living in Kock Hill."
V?ni are almost correct, Brother Hull,
hul not quite. We have had the pleas
ure of "living in Kock Hill" and it is
great; we are living in Laurens, and
that is bettor; but there is one some
thing yet, and that is best.
A copy of the Handbook of South
Carolina, compiled and edited by Col.
K. J. Watson, of the Immigration de
partment, has been received at this
office, for which we extend thanks.
The book is brim full of valuable in
formation concerning the industrial and
commercial interests of our State and
its future possibilities.
Do our people realize the actual value
of paint? It is not simply a luxury and
an aid toward domestic beauty and com
fort ; it is none the less a money saver
in the preservation of the lumber of
which houses and fences are constructed;
but from a standpoint of civic pride
every citizen should keep his property
well painted. A walk through some of
our prettiest residence streets reveals a
sad lark of that pride. Let's paint all
the fences in town or tear them down.
Willie Hearst has called little Johnnie
McLaurin from his political grave and
charged him with being in the employ
of the corporations while senator from
this State. That fact, and because the
people of South Carolina knew it, put
smart little Johnnie in his grave.
The Greenville News issued an excel
lent commercial and industrial edition
on Sunday of this week, and a credita
ble edition it was too; an honor to The
News and an honor to Greenville.
When poople go to the opera house to
see and enjoy a play they do not care
to have their ear drums split by the
shrill, unearthly whist ling that is com
monly indulged in here, neither do they
particularly desire to be disturbed by
the loud, boisterous talking and laugh
ing by the patrons of the gallery, or
"roost," as it has been designated.
Laurens has grown to be a city of suffi
cient size to warrant some pretty rigid
requirement regarding the patrons of
the theatre and their conduct after go
ing there. It is to tho interest of the
opera house authorities to do away with
these nuisances; and certainly the pat
rons of the shows will find it more com
fortable and pleasurable.
?'The Merry Widow," one of the
most attractive stories of modern fic
tion, is begun in this issue.
Supervisor Humbert has called the
election on dispensary or no dispensary.
The matter is before: the people, and
"the people rule."
Will it be Willie T. or Willie B.?
Wail and see? No, siree. Five to
three, it will be Willie B.
Mr. Mark I.. Davis Dead.
Mr. Mark I,. Davis, a veteran of the
Confederate army anil for nearly a half
century a citizen of the Princeton sec
tion of this and Greenville county, died
at his home just across the line in
Greenville county. near Columbia
church, last Wednesday morning in the
75th year of his age. The burial, con
ducted by the Masonic fraternity, took
place on Thursday at Fork Shoals.
Mr. Davis was a hard-working, up
right citizen. He reared a very large
family, most all of whom survive, to
gether with nearly 100 grand and great
It Can't Be Beat.
The best of all teachers is experience.
CM. Harden, of Silver City, North
Carolina, says: "I find Electric Bitters
docs all that's claimed for it. Fin*
Stomach, Liver and Kidney troubles it
can't be beat. I have tried it and find
it a most excellent medicine." Mr.
Harden is right ; it's tin best of all
medicines also for weakness, lame back
' and all run down conditions. Best too
for chills and malaria. Sold under guar
antee al Laurens Drug Co.'s and Pal
metto Drug Co.'s drug stores. fjOc.
Lasl I i i lay was the Jewish new year,
ushering in the 5,669 year in the Jew
The Remedy that Docs.
"Dr. Kin.;'; Now Discovery is the
remedy that does the healing others
promise but fail to perform," says Mrs.
K. It. Pierson, of Auburn Centre, Pa.
"It is curing mo of throat and lung
trouble of long standing that other
treatments relieved only temporarily.
New Discovery is doing me so much
good thai 1 feel confident its continued
uso lor a renso'ia'do length of time
will restore me to perfect health."
This renowned cough and cold remedy
and throat and lung healer is sold at
I,aureus Drug C?.'s and Palmetto Drug
Co. 's drug stores. 6?C, and $1.(10.
Trial bottle free.
Seven of the negroes arrested in
Greenwood on conspiracy charges have
been released. It seems that one negro
is t he guilty party.
Just Exactly Right.
"I havo used Dr. King's New Life
Pills for several years anil find them
just exactly right," says Mr. A. A.
Felton, of I larrisville, N. Y. New
Life Pills relieve without the least dis
comfort. Best remedy for constipa
tion, biliousness and malaria. 2?C. at
Laurens Drug Co.'s and Palmetto Drug
' Co. 's drug stores.
Governor Haskell has resigned as
treasurer of tho national democratic
Against loss by fire in reliable
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Our companies have the
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This is to remind the grocery trade
that we are carrying heavy stocks of
flour, grain, feed, meat, lard, sugar and
all other staple groceries in our ware
house on South Harper street.
DIX IE FLOUR AND GRAIN CO.
Art Squares ?
A beautiful line in different designs, colors and sizes.
On account of buying them in large quantities direct
from the manufacturers we have them at prices that
you cannot duplicate at any other place. Be sure to see
our line before you buy as it will be easy to find what
you want here and at prices that will be money saved
Thursday, Friday and Saturday j
October 1, 2,3
Fall Opening j
Fine Imported and Domestic Millinery
Special Reductions to Persons
Buying on that Day.
Mrs. S. L Nelson.