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/ A TRIPLE HANGING
; FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
The Last Legal Execution
McCRAVY WAS SHERIFF.
I'iiN ss Staying Order Secured in
v miii??<iii Case, La lire us Will
Have Hanging Frida;.
Unless an order slaying execution
is secured from one Of the' Judiciary
Of the SiatC ; ltd ail tlppeal taken to
the supreme court, .John Henry An
derson, cohvlctcd of murder, will
hang >>:i Friday of this week. How
ever* '!??' attorneys Iii the eiise have
by no means given tin hope, even af
ter the ?? 'ufial of (;,>' Ansel to inter
fere !:. tii" case and grant a commu
tation. Messrs. lllacUwell and lllclu
ey state that they will leave no device
unused In their efforts to save the
negro from the gallows.
The deep Interest attendant upon n
possible hanging lias recalled th< last
icj-.ii execution in this county, which
lias been n topic of general discussion
on the streets hero during the several
<iay< past. !t was on Friday, Sep
tember t. during tii? administra
tion of Col. 0. s. McCravy. now post
mastor Laurens, its sheriff, that
three negroes were hanged from the
sinn?' gallows a: the sitine nioment.
oiio tor the murder of his wife ami
the bther two for tin' burning <jf the
residence of Mr. ,1, l>. Halrstoh at
Ooldvillc. >.Kii.i: ?ii> tl.Id files
n!" 'I i.,. Advertiser. the Reporter finds
a column story cone* rnlng *'.:?? execu
Tim crime ??:" .lohii Ferguson, e'on*
m< :. Of kil!:r;L his wife was a lielh
bus one, i:i that he dragged her from
'he home of a friend to wood-pile
in ?!..? ba< yard and cut her throat*
''At the trial", says Tim Advertiser,
"the defense undertook to prove that
the prisoner was subject to epileptic
ills and wa^ not responsible ;it the
time of the killing, but the Jury
promptly found .*i verdict ol guilty.
The presiding Judge and the solicitor
declined to Join hi a petition for exec
utive clemency." As will be noted
this case hoars some points of resem
blance to the Anderson case, In that
the attorneys claim that their client
is subject to "spells" and not wholly
responsible for his act. On the day
of his execution this John Ferguson
wrote a letter to The Advertiser In
which he acknowledged ids wrong and
begged to Bee his wife's mother and
get her forgiveness.
The other two negroes, hanged for
the burning of a residence, protested
their innocence to the lust. Their
names were Wndc Cannon and George
! Bowers, and they were convicted upon
confessions that they claimed were
I frighten* d out of I hem,
' Mention of the hanging of Mowers
and Cannon for the burning Of Mr.
tlnirston's house, which occurred In
July Of ivi::. recalls that Mr. Mairston
himself was shot and killed while at
supper on the night of Friday, Xo\ < hi
her !For this killing it ne
gro. Wash Owen:-, was convicted and
sentenced to hang, hat the attorneys
appointed to defend him secured a
I commutation to life imprisonment.
After serving in the penitentiary, Ow
ens escaped and has never been re
captured. About tlds case Tho Ad
vertiser of November 7 says:
"It will be remembersed that
George Powers and Wade Cannon, ne
groes, were tried In July and hanged
in September for arson while, n third
negro is n?w in jail undersentence
of death for the same crime. In the
hitter's case an appeal is pending. It
was Mr. Hairston's dwelling that they
I confessed to have burned and Mr.
I llnlrstOU was the prosecutor and one
of the principal witnesses at the trial.
.It is conjectured that revenge for his
part in the trial may have inspired
j his murder."
These cases and the triple hang
ing IfiVij years ago have Peru called
to mind by the Status of the Anderson
<asc. and the probability that grim
Justice may require another legal ex
ecution in the near future.
Laymen's Meettnu at Clinton.
Clinton, April lit.-The town of
.Clinton will have two important con
ventions next month. The Mission
ary conference of Presbyterian Lay
men i:i South Carolina will meet on
the seventeenth and eighteenth. On
the second Sunday In May in con
nection with the regular Presbyterian
?Sunday school anniversary, a confer
ence pf Sunday school workers will
begbi. it will be conducted by the
Rev. Ja-me.v B. Carpenter, a former
Orphanage boy POd a graduate of the
I Prcsbyiej^afl (y>t}ejgp, and will con
i Untie t hree days
LOCAL AND PERSONAL MENTION.
Dr. and Mrs. o. c. Albright stud
children spent Sunday in Clinton with
Mr. Card S. (iarrett ar.d two chil
dren, Flnley and Grace, of Green -
wood, spent Sunday In tin city with
Mr. Garrctt's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
w. II. Oarrett.
Mrs. Thomas Shaw of Cold Point
and her guest, Mis3 Sadie Gregory,
(a l^ancaster, spent Sunday in the
city, the guest* of Mr. ar.d Mrs. Geo.
Solicitor Robert A. Cooper i.;.- pur
chased a Maxwell runabout. it s a
I inlrty-thn? automobiles.
Row Clarence i'. Parker and bis
I mot bei', Mrs. Elizabeth Unat Parker.
I arrived It. the city Saturday and are
I muking their Lome ;.t |iresent at
Dr. a. .?. Christopher returned Fri
day from N' \\ York, where he tool;
a six weeks' course in tin Improved
means and methods of treatlnj stom
I Among some of the out-of-town at
tendants Sunday upon the special ser
vices at the i-'iist Itnptist church
church were Dr. J, I.. Fennell. Mes
srs. \V, C. Wharton and ii. D. Wlnn
of Waterloo. U. i). Boyd. s. J. Oavts.
a. R. Rarkudale of the county. VY. II.
Drummond of Lanford Station, and
Victor Weathers o; Oak Gt'Ove.
i Miss Kathryn Downing of Atlanta.
assisted by Miss Mabel Wallace,
daughter of Supt. T. R. Wallace, is
] in charge of the dry goods and m(l
inery department of s. u. & .'. E.
Dendy. the new merchants a: Watts
Mr Clarehee tlammeit. deputy c lerk
I in the Auditor's olliee. has bought the
It. It. Donaldson cottage on North
Harper street which he will occupy
after May 1st.
Governor Marlin F. AnSel wns in
the city :> few minutes on Monday, on
his retitrh to Columbia from Green
ville where he attended the Laymen's
Mr, Gary Eichelberger went to Co
lumbia Monday to attend the gradu
ating recital at Columbia eolleg( on
Dr. w. C, Irby left Monday for
Greenville to serve as a petit juror in
the Federal court now in session.
George Uarton, the notorious, one
armed yeggman, who is supposed to
have been iii l.aureus is to he tried ai
this session of the court.
Mr. K. A. Cooper made a tine tri11
in his automobile last week, going to
his (dd home in the Princeton section.
Dr. FcrgUSOU says Mr. Cooper "got
ion to" Iiis automobile more readily
than any man he ever saw.
Col. T. B. Crews left Monday for j
Columbia to attend the music recital j
on Monday evening, at which Mies
Jessie Bolt, his grand-daughter grad-1
uates in music.
Mr. and Mrs. Jno. F. Holt, with
their daughter. Miss Sarah, left Mon
day morning for Columbia to lie pres
ent Monday evening at the Columbia
College Where Miss Jessie imit gives
her graduating recital in piano.
Mr. Lynn Kstes of Spartanburg
spent Sunday here with his brother,
.\lr. Broaddus Estes.
Miss Julia Gilkerson haves next
Monday for a visit to relatives in An
Mr. c. c. Featherstoue. who is pre
siding over the two weeks' session of
court at Greenwood, spent Sunday
wit.i his fatnlly here.
M< ?? c'. ?i .Roper and ft. \. Coop
er went to Princeton Baptist church
Sunday afternoon and spoke on tin
Laymen's Missionary movement.
Rev .:. T. Taylor of Woodruff was
in tin- city Sunday for two of the Mil
ler revival services.
Sept. of Street^ John H, Henderson,
, with it largo fore* of hands, began the
i work Monday morning preparatory
to r< ?macadamizing East Main street.
There were no services In any of
I the cry churches Sunday night ex
cept the First Baptist church, which
wa.- taxed to its utmost by an caus
ally large c rowd. In fact, mar.y turn
ed away, unable to get scats.
Mr. Walter S. Gray of Woodruff. v.;,^
In the city cm Monday of this week.
Mrs. Manse Greet' and children of
Charleston arrived in the city Sunday
and are the guests of Mr. and Mrs.
A. R. Sullivan.
The Advertiser i.as received a con
tribution of Si fron? Mr W. \V. Jones,
in the past we.-k. for the Monument
It is learned that the Civic league
had ;, conference with Supervisor
Humbert Monday afternoon, with the
result that the court house square
will be fixed up. a:.d planted I i grass.
Missis. H. TerrV. R. 3. Tompictoh
and Clifton .lories left Tuesday for
Abbeville to attend the meeting of
the State Council. Jr. O. I*, a M.
Among the visitors to the May fes
tival ;?? Spartanburg are the follow
ing from Laurens: L. c. Gooche, l>.
a. Davis. Miss Bessie Todu. Mrs. T.
i>. Darlington, Mrs. a. Dial Gray, Mrs.
.t. P. Watts. Miss Mayme Ferguson.
Mrs. Thos. Ray. Mies Gladys li.in, and
Mrs. 11. K. Alken.
Miss llattie Kate East er by after
spending Sunday and Monday at home,
left Tuesday to resume her studies at
the Greenville Female college.
Kreon Pond School Closes.
The Green Pond school will close
next Tuesday with a basket picnic.
Addresses will tie made hy President
Snyder of Woffoi'd and Prof. 1?. W.
Dane 1 of Clemsot).
The "Briars Hold Animal Reunion.
(Continued from page one.)
i c?i four months a> a private In the
company of Capt. William Lenoir, In
Col. Benjamin Cleveland's regiment
of North Carolina troops. That he
served nine moaths In Capt. Samuel
Johnson's company of Col. Benjamin
llerndon's regiment and was In the
battle of Camden, s. C. That ho ap
plied for a pension October 15, 1832,
from I.aureus district, s. ('.. where
he then resided. Tim pension was
granted and reads: "John Burns, .er
tiflcate 27S73, Issued -inly 24, 183-1,
I under Act of June T. at South
Carolina agency." The last payment
was $43,33 to the Ith September, 1813.
? The pensioner was living and had
lived in Anderson tor seven years and
previously in Laurens district. S. C.
I The records in the clerk of court
I at Laurens show thai John Burns
bought <>n January 10. !7s7. 200 acres
Of land oil North Creek, for $''(><K and
again on Feb. 7. 1807, he bought f?3
acres on Reedy Fork; for $100. in
March of hi moved to Anderson
county and die.', in iS i".
Following Col. Brown, Capt. H. P.
Griffith, a native ?>:' Laurens, ami an
honored vot? ran of the war. now a
! professor in Limestone < ollego at
Gnffney, spoke very feelingly of the
struggle and the results of it. Prof.
IGrtftlth recall, d many Interesting
ar.d amusing events of the war. a 11(1
' ihr;, urged tue younger people to
Pain well the lessons which the
After Capt. Griffith's address, a
sumptuous dinner was served in the
old picnic style.
In the afternoon addresses were
made by Messrs. VY. C. lrb>\ Jr., and
Ja red I>. Sullivan of Laurens. both
of which wer.- brlhl fall of common
sense and patriotic devotion to the
cause lor which the South so valiant
ly struggled. A resolution offered
by Col Thompson was adopted; this
put on record the endorsement of the
survivors, of the movement to erect
in Columbia a. monument to the worn
? a of the Confederacy, and pledged
It was decided to hold the nexi re
union at Durbill Creek church on
April 14th of next year. The follow
ing committee on arrangement was
appointed: Messrs. Win. Stewart, T.
.1. Hughes, W. It. Parson, .lohn B.
.Jones. T. Y. Henderson. W. W. Crum
bles. 7. V. Garrett. and S. T. Stewart.
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2 AMONG TttO liXCHANGES
J? ?*.???>?-???? ?- ? J- ?? ^ * Mf: V f. * I St
Co Didn't Draw It.
A teacher asked tier class to ui'iw
a picture of that which they wished
to be when they grew up. and all went
diligently to work except one little
giil. who only chewed her pencil,
"Don't yen know what you want, to
he when you grow up, Anna?'" asked
"Yes, ! know," replied tho little girl,
"hut i don't how to draw it. !.
want to bo married."?Success .Mag
The Horning Quarrel.
"Say. " tailed his wife froia the win
dow, you forgot something."
1 le came ba< k.
"What did I forget?"
"Yott forgot to slam the door.*'
He slammed it all right, all right
all right. -The Tradesman.
Clinton's (?rund (I'd Man.
.Messrs. Aiken, Cray. Featherstone
Cooper and Boney of Laurens called v}
mi Rev. Dr. W. 1'. Jacobs while in .
Clinton last week. They pronoun ???
the Doctor a "grand old man."?( Hil
(Tinten College Baseball Team.
Clinton, April 19.?Tho collego boys
are very proud <.:' their hasehall ' ??
this year. They have played three
games this season and won only one
of them, but tin y have put up a good
tight and played a close game e&< h
time, I'u:.I.an bent them by a score
of five to six. They heat Woftord.
score six to two. The Xewberry
team beat th<m by a score of six to
eight. ?bt Xe v. berry used til;-"
pitchers ant) 'he hoys los; the game
on their errors childly. There is
some doubt about the g: me with K ? -
kine which was to have been play i
here next Friday afternoon. The
K'shim boys will refuse to come un
less the Clinton Loy:-: give them !?. iv
tti'ii game and '; has not been possi
ble io arrange tue matter so far.
Winthrop College Commencement. v
The Advertiser is in receipt of an
invitation to the fourteenth annual
commencement of Winthrop college "
from May 30th to June ist. The bac
calaureate sermon is to be preach id
this year hy the Rt. Kev. Thos. F.
Gailor, Bishop of Tennessee and Chan
cellor of the University of the South.
OUR RED HOT PRICES IS MAKING IT WARM IN LAURENS
RED HOT PRICES
acts yard-wide Sea Island,
acts (.'hocked Homespun,
acts package Celluloid starch,
1 lb 10c Lump Starch Red Hot
acts package Washing Powder,
acts Cake Octagon Soap,
7 cakes OctOgan Soap,
lli cakes Polo Soap,
5cta box Search Light Matches,
.'. boxes Search Light Matches,
lOcts plug Tobacco,
15cl t plug Tobacco.
1 lb Levering 20c CofTco, Red Hot, 15c
25cls ih Coffee, Red (tot, 17c
10 lbs Granulatod Sugar, Rod Hot, $1.00
i) Ibfl good green Coffee, $1.00
I set nice Plates, Cups and Saucers
worth 76ctS per sei, cut price, 45c
Iset nice Plates,
20c la SU8penders John says sell
'em at Red Hot. 15c
RED HOT PRICES
2.">cts ColgatOS Talcum Powders, 16c
20 Talcum Powder, Red Hot. 10<
I ih can Airfloat Talcum Powder
worth 50ct8, Red Hot, 28c
Needles, Pins. Key ("bains, Collar
Buttons, Hair Pins lc
$1.00 bottle Standard Patent Medi
cine, Red Hot, 70c
BOcts bottle Standard Patent Med
icine, Red Hot. 42c
26cts bottle Standard Patent Med
icine. Red Hot. 22c
10c lb. Kpsoin Salts ;.?
II pounds for 10c
1 pound 10c Sulphur, fled Hot, 5c
Sec our big Values; .Vis, 10ctS. 15ctS
and 25ctS Tables. Tin, Class, Crockery
and all sorts of UROful articles Rig
$20.00 Drop Head Sewing Machine,
Guaranteed 12yearsror $12.01
RED HOT PRICES
25 articles at 5 cents cost $1.25. 25
articles at our Red Hot Price at 4 cents
cost $1.00. Red Iron Racket saves you
25 cents on $1.00 purchase. Suppose
you buy during this year $100.00 dollars
worth you would save $25.0?) by buying
your gO?ds of Red Iron Racket Cut
price Department Store, and we save
you more than 25 cents on many articles
at Red Hot Prices.
Men's Fine Pants
We have the finest line of Pants you
ever looked at, Red Hot Prices:
Tailored Pants, $L39j $1.68, $1.1>7,
$2.-is, $:i,rw. We sell the $5.00 kind for
$3.89; S7.."(? kind $5.8l?.
\\'c nrc always busy but we
will wait <?n you. Come mid *ee
through tins wonderful bargain
RED HOT PRICES
$1.00 Watch, Red Hot, 68c
$1.00 Alarm Clock, Red Hot, 60c
$8.50 Bight Day Clock, $1.89
$3.00 Large family Bible we wadt
VOU to read, fiSc
Clothing the $10.00 Kind $8.89
Clothing the 12.00 Kind $10.00
Clothing the 15.00 Kind 12.50
Clothing the is.no Kind 15.00
Clothing the 6.00 Kind 2,98
Clothing the 7.00 Kind 4.08
One ThOU8nnd Roys wanted a! Red
Iron Racket to wear our Clothing. Can
lit all size Boys, $1.2"?, $1,48, $1.97,
$2.45, $2.98 to $6.89. Savo money now.
One Thousand pairs of Roys' Knee
Pants. Red Hot, Urn
ing values in Men's and Roys' Dress
Negligee shirts. Red Hot, 24ots, SOcts,
48cts, 69cts and 89cts. Don't be a
Shirt less Jerry.
ltlcts pair Fancy Sox, Red Hot. Sc
SHOES AND SLIPPERS
You don't have to wear out yonr
Snoe soles looking for good Shoes.
Come to Red Iron Racket and buy em
$1.40 Men's Plow Shoes, $1.12
$1.25 pair Men's Shoos <j><c
$1.26 pair Ladies' Shoes pxc
$1.50 Shoes. Red Hot. 1.28
$1.76 Shoes, Red Hot, 1,39
$2.0?) Shoes, Red Hot. L69
$2.25 Sla.es, Red Hot. 1.98
$2.75 Shoes, Red Hot. 2.39
$3.00 Shoes, Red Hot. 2.69
$3.50 Shoes, Red Hot, 2.98
$1.00 si.o. s. Red Hot, a.48
Children's and Baby Shoes all Koing
at Red Hot Price-.
Our line of Ladies, Miss.-, and
Children Hats are just, beautiful, come
and see and our prices are so low you'll'
fool liko buying two hats.
We arc located completely out of the High-Priced District, 208 West Laurens St., 2 stores, one on each side; of the street. Don't spend a red cent
until you get to the
Red Iron Racket
and you will wear the smile that never comes oft' and when you get back home with the Goods your sweet wife and children will smile and be happy.
J. <!. Bums & Company--Five Red Iron Racket Stores--2 Laurens, I Spart anbury, I Greenwood, I Anderson, S. C,