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LAURENS, s. C, april ii. 1909.
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In last Friday's Issue of The News
ami Courier appears an article un
der tho bend "The Morality of Liquor
Hi res." which to our mind is the most
remarkable in its tone of any utter
ances by that usually fair ami just
newspaper. Remarkable we say. in
that it Is apparently without funda
tlon or reason, which most certainly
does not characterize the policy of our
staid contemporary. The article i>
hero reproduced in full, that our read
ers mtiy have a Complete basis for
judgment at:! that we may not be
accused of only partially qm ting. It
is as follows:
"!f alcoholic beverie.ti s are a nui
sance, if their sab* us well as consump
tion is detrimental lb the Welfare of
the State and against public policy
tthUt is the claim sol ap by the Pro
hibitionists,) plight a liebt Contracted
in th" purchase of liquor bo colloct
Iblo by lav., whether t ie purchaser
be a State or a poi'sou? I i,tier the
Coceht decision of the Culled states
Supremo Court, lite dispensary com
mission is the agent of the State of
.South Carolina, ir is the State? and
suits on liquor contracts cannot be
maintained against it.
"From our unregouerato point of
view the contrails entered into by
South Ca roll tui for the purchase of
intoxicants, when thev bavo not been
tainted with fraud, ought to h" carri
ed out. bin we would like to hear
Ktotno of our Prohibitionists discuss
r!ie i roposilion.
"A gambling dein cannot he collect
tad by law because gambling is against
"?public policy." Presuming that the
State cannot bo compelled to pay its
liquor debts, \*i!l the Prohibitionists
allow them, or any part of them,
without protest, to be paid by the
'winding-up" ('em miss ion
"h seems thai from the Prohibi
tionist point of view the enforcement
ot liquor contracts would bo Immoral.
Mo? would our astute prohibition
leaders differentiate a liquor debt from
?i gambling debt? Would not repudi
ation of obligations Incurred by the
late Sthlo Dispensary he in their
Opinion righteous, salutary and beno
flclul to society ia general nnd would
bbt the payment o' them bo vicious
and Injurious lo tin- peace and happi
ness of mankind.'
"Tito publication of their views on
this subject .vould bo interesting and
'Im other words, The N'ows and Cou
j'ier >uy>: no.w, white Wo believe those
liquor debts should be paid. \. imag
ine you prohibitionists are erratic
imough to think they should not be;
,vv. impute such an attitude; now. we
will catch you if we can, What can
bo the motive behind such expres
The Advertiser, its a prohibition
newspaper, speaks for Itself only, in
answerim? tins question or challenge
by The New.-, and Courier .regard
lens of what attitude the other patters
if like views may assume To our
Avny of thinking, the question is not
debatable; the-.' u no ground what
ever on which may be based an ar
gument that these liquor dobta should
not be paid. The News and Courier s
'junregenornto point of view" is emi
nently COrroi t - there is no other point
? :jf \*m? . bo far as wo are concerned.
In It* attempt to bait e . the Char.
11 e?tOft pane: I |*los to draw an analogy
between tfrosa debts an) debts con
tracted ii gambling. There Is no
.analogy, and wo ai'o surprised at the
feeble attempt to mnk" one. The
state of South Carolina made it law
mi for the State to p in base ami gell
liquor; the State of South Carolina
made i: unlawful ??> gamble, Debts
contracted by legalized agency, are
legal; debts Incurred in an unlawful
engagement, Buch rta gambling, are
Illegal, and hence collection cannot
bo enforced. Whether right or
Wrong, the Stat t made it a law that
the purchase of liquor was lawful,
about which there !< no question, Wo
t.fiH t< the attention of our contem
porary an old adage which may help
a little: "Oftfl Wrong dOOH not. justify
Now, the recen4 ruling of the Cnited
rstates Supreme court, which no doubt
suggested the utternm 08 undo:' dls
cu6sloiii really has no bearing what*
over on tho question as between the
State and her creditors. Of course,
according to 111? - decision, tho State
cannot bo sued, but that is wholly
Irrelevant i<> tie- subject of '*tho mor
allty ot lb|uor dobts." .Moral obli
gations are often in such form us to
render suns for recovery Impossible,
hut tluit does hoi affect the obligation
Iron a moral standpoint. What If
those whlski y hous< a cannot recovor
1? law suit, their claims? Does
that affect the dobt? We tbbik not.
With Tho News and Courier wo do
pl?ro tho fact thai the State is thus
humiliated in ihii! she la a common
purchaser from the liquor dealers, v.
spite of tin- fa< ' that tho highes? court
of tin- laud nib s thai she cannot he
sued. Further^ wo bell >ve that the
.\cis which made liquor debts legal
wer? wrong, both morally and con
stitutionally. But i:t nowise does
that affect the "morality" of the debts
incurred under these Acts, llOWOVOr
OT course, the liquor debts are
moral (if not now legal) debts, and
they should be paid; but we are still
puzzled to know why The Xews and
Courier thus challenges' the prohibi
tionists with tho question.
IHK COURT HOUSE SQUARE.
Time and time again The Adver
tiser has called attention to the fact
that our court house Square i? a very
bond.- for " ?
bridges destrc ? - . ? ? . .. tn
deed we b- K : - . \ :
0V( ry cent i : .? - -
this needed woik a ?. ? i;
bo unwise to mak - ..
outlay on the work of . -
tying some particuiai sj * .. ..
Idea is that the Clvh leug - the
city, with a little assistance -.: :
very effectively accomplish this
task. We have suggested this on a
number ot' occasion.-, b it h.r.tailed
to hear any response, or to see any
evidence of the Civic league's exist
The city of LaureilS paid just about
$100.00 for the drawing of plans tot
that square. The frame work for
the carrying out of those plaits has
already been done; the remainder is
by no means an elephantine task, and
its accomplishment will mean so
much to the appearance of the square.
Spring is here now?the time for
planting. The improvement has been
delayed a long time! why not do
DOMESTIC I Jl PR 0*1 KM EN VS.
It i.^ iiot in fee provlnc ? ot" a news
paper to invade the private hOttlCs of
the city and Instruct ;.:?> management
thereof, nor is it becoming in one to
criticise the methods ot household
ers. But through the channel of
"ptiblic improvement.-;'" a newspaper
may safely make suggestions that will
result finally in "domestic Iruprovo
The forogolng explanation is to
pave the way for a suggestion b.V
Which tile city may be able to sell
more of its electric power. As we
understand the contract, 'he city has
bought a certain amount ot power
from the Reedy River Power Co..
which is there to dispose of. and
must be paid for. Whether used or
lot stand; further, that the city is
not now selling quite all the power
contracted for. Hence our sugges
tion. Which is that a campaign be
mode to install electric lights in
every residence in the city; and not
lights alone, but power to run sewing
machines, fans, for smoothing irons
and such like. The city has become
an agent for electric power, and like
all live, up.to-dare agents ought to
get out and hustle. It Is didlcutt to
sell a Commodity by waiting for the
customers to come in ami buy;
agents have to solicit business.
This is a day of a Ivnnc >ment in
all line.;; for civic improvement and
the adoption of modern conveniences.
Rlectrlclty is being utilized in almost
every lino of labor, and is fust sup
planting the oldor and more crude
methods. It is needless for us to
dWOll on the conveniences of Its use;
everybody knows already.
Why not Investigate the matter at
once? Let the city solicit business:
it will prove a source of revenue.
* ? ?
THE STATE ?ins
As Indicated by the news article
on the subject last week, the State of
South Carolina has uoti a great vic
tory In the legal fight for possession
of the assets realized from the old
State dispensary. The whiskey men
.?lint the grafters carried the nght to
the courl of ia.si resort, or rather,
fore od the continuance of tho light
tu that extreme, und the State Wins,
There ure ninny stgnltlcaut facts
growing out of the decision, . one- of
which prove a source of pride t<> us
ail. But. it. tin midst of our tri
umph, tae fact that a sovei tlgn State
must wage legal battle tor the poa
session o!" profits made in the whiskey
buslm is, ihust causo us no little
?..ham... And >*et, we ai'o gratified
that justice has\prevailed, that State's
rights have bee:: vindicated, that the
up-hill light o;' Attorney-gen tral Lyon
litis he< ii t rowned with success, and
that the governor and legislature
fortified themselves by wise t r i ju
dicious proceedings despite op
position of a persistent minority.
Attorney-general Lyon s hands are
now freed; the obstacles have neu (
removed. I* is up to him to make
good by putting stripes er. the graft
Concerning the L'alted State's Su
preme court's decision. The State has
the following comment:
"A great fact Is that. up to the
very door.- of the world s greatest 11't?
buna! of justice, the whiskey dealers
who were fighting, not for property
hut to smother ex;o>ure o:* their
transaction.- with member.- of the
corrupt dispensary rir.g in South
Carolina, were victorious: but no**
face final d'-i'-?:. A crest fact :>
that the interference by .Juice Prttch
! ? -
latUite. He ha- been criticised and (
bands 1 <??: his friends were S
"There i- no p?rp?? ?. we are sure,
to make hard terms tor any creditors a
who have dealt fairly with the State,
or who are not Involved In the scan- (
dal. Those that are .-o Involved
may expect exposure.
'Bullying, coercion, threat.-,, and
the machinery of law capable of man
ipulation, have failed to secure immu
nity for the grafters. Justice will
now have an Inning.*'
"THE BAHh COK-NEIL*1
Washington, D. c April 10.?-The
second edition of Zacii McGhoo's nov el
??Tue Dnt'k ( .truer." Is announced by
the publishers, the Grafton Press,
New York, the iirst edition; by tho
way. having been completely exhaus
ted, The book Is somewhat larger,
mere nearly the regular novel size,,
with a better und more substantial
binding, Tho author's name ap
pears i:i gilt on the front covor, 10
gother with an attractive design in
gilt, <>:i the wrapper the publishers
give a loscrlptlOn of tlio book, which
did not appear on the Hist edition,
"Something wholly new in Ameri
can Action a tale of present day
life In the rural South, With scenes
and characters which, while unlquee
and picturesque, are yet real?by one
who wiis horn ami reared among
them. In vivid, fascinating style
we arc shown a hitherto neglected
phase of backwoods life, being In
troduced to the pompous 'perfesser,'
the hollering preacher, the grandilo
quent county 'statesman,' and the
simple but sterling folk whom these
Impose on?all 'in the original:'
while we are told a story of loye.
romance and 'uplift' which. In the
language of one critic, will make any
reading it sit still until It is finishes." ]
I'pon the wrapper are printed also
a number of press comments. One
of these w hi' :i Is rather out of the
ordinary is that of the New York
livening Post, paper which very
rarely praises the work of any au
thor. The Post due.* not follow Its
usual plan, howovor, in itt treatment
Of Mr. McOheo's novel. It points out
several features Which it criticises,
and then proceeds in each Instance
to more than make up for its adverse
Opinions by praising the booh. It
"They (the contents) are limited
and often Oflldo, but there Is a reali
ty, a Blncerlty that imparts positive
quality. Its naivete Is overtopped
by tho actual BUbS'ance. The bur
lesque humor Is forgotten in the
real, The tasteless Is forgiven for
tho sake of the genuinely aspiring.
With many r.iwi, ssos and rough
nesses it is in seme inscrutable way
a very likable ;:;;ie story."
Copyright iv^) *5 Hart Schaffner Marx
Now is the time of
vear for you to "blossom
out"' in a new Suit. Hat
and Oxfords. Clothes
are not commonly
bought new every sea
j son, when you do buy
you ought to have the
latest and best style.
As soon as you're
ready to take up the
question of Spring Cloth
ing, you'll tiud us ready
with a great line ot new
and up-to-date goods.
REMEMBER that aJ?
we make our store the
home of Hart ScaafTner
and Marx, the clothing
that is always pleasing
to the eye.
Yes we are very
proud of these good
clothes ot ours and want
you to know us and get
our prices before buying.
The price-, that we have
put on our clothing have
made them great sellers
for us and a great saving H>
Men's Suits front
$5'0b to ?25.00
Boy's kr.ee Pants
from 5 c to $6.00
For Shoe comfort
and style we have them ^
in the Edwin C'apj
Regal and Ralston. W
Nothing better made fi :
comfort, style and wear.
We can fit you in a pair
of shoes or (Ixfords fr< >m
Si.25 to S6.5o. V
O a S We are showing some of the swellest and newest shapes, colors and styles i :?.
J. Idlo* John H. Stetson hats, for Panama, and other straw hats, we have from the
cheapest to the best.
No use telling you that everything in this department
is now and right square up to the minute in style and
quality. Always look for the new Clothing Stote tor quality, Style, and Low Prices.
g Tribble Clothing Co
The one Price Clothiers.
Spot Cash Does the Work.
The Laurens Wholesa
> Is prepared to serve the people at the Lowest Pos
^ sible Prices; all its purchases are made in car load
> lots, and that is why IT SELLS FOR LESS.
It's Up to You to Buy Now!
Flour has gone to $7.10 in car lots
We are selling; for $6.35; having
purchased a big lot before the rapid
rise in price. Buy it now, it is
still going up.
Sugar for $5.10 per 100 lbs
Peas for $1.50 per bushel
Oats for 72 cts per bushel
Corn for 03 cts per bushel
We do both wholesale and retail business, and
save money for our customers on every purchase.
LAURENS WHOLESALE GROCERY COMPANY
R. COKE GRAY, Manager
Long Distance Phone 288 Coal a Specialty.