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STRONG APPEAL FOR
THE RURAL SCHOOLS
More Money and Longer
Terms the Urgent Need.
HOW CAN IT BE DONE?
Superintendent Pitt* Points the Way,
(living Some Concrete Examples
Worthy of Kin illation.
f Superintendent Geo. L. Pitts is vi
tally concerned about the condition
oi the schools in Laurens county.
Since going Into office he has care
fully studied every phase of the sub
ject and sees the weak points and
places; bis desire is to build up the
rural schools, to aid thtm in bene
f?ting themselves. Since the voting
out of the dispensary, some of the
schools have t ??r been doing what
they should to suppl< ment the loss
entailed thereby. The following
from Mr. Pitts is a very clear presen.
tation of the sitvtation and an earnest
plea for these schools;
.lust at this time there is a great
deal being said about schools and
teachers. The schools in the coun
try are closing. The work of the
present teacher is being discussed.
The emphiyinc;.: o: .: :< a (.< : for next
year is now in order. Some of our
trustees have already employed and
contracted with their teachers for
next year. All this Is well. There
is no subject more worthy of our
thoughtful consideration. The fu
ture of our boys . ;.<'. girls, as well as
that of our country, depend largely
upon the amount < : thought, energy
and means we put Into our schools.
y In most of the districts we have
good Bchool rooms, patent disks,
maps, globes, etc. In most cases
we have good teacher*. What, then
is the greatest need Of our schools?
Where ar.- we n.ost deficient? My
answer to ti.nt question it: A longer
fuchool term. One school Iii I.aureus
county was j:i session ov.ly sixty days
(Iiis year. Two Wi e Iii i'esslori Only
eighty day*. Some o .? hundred, and
The school term :? ? at is not any
than eight rncmt! Pom argile tin
we have::': got the money. That is
j nst t h n
? . .
in : llo? . ? ? ? :
Ih only pbft solution of -? ?;?ecl?l
|;tx for si
n-;y gOOd-thinh'.t'.g I tsinetJf will
t that tin is no
Im ips t? l tiild up a community More*
than ;? g"'. ?! * bool. The value of
property in a l> Itool dlst -lot depends
largely lipon (he i:i:-.i of school yon
i N'ot !..! ?i that
IN CLINTON TODAY
Stc*|?Iion I?. I.eo ('hauler, L*. 1?. ('.. Will
(Viel rate the Occasion Kov..l. E,
Mn hauet 1*0 Deliver Address?
Clinton, May 11,?Stephen l). Lee
Chapter, l*. D. <'.. have made all nec
essary preparations for Memorial
Day, which will lie celebrated to
morrow. Wednesday. A plentiful
and delicious dinner will be served
the veterans In the city hall about
noon. In former years the invita
tions to this dinner were very gen
eral and lrst year some late arrivals
were not served as bountifully as the
ladies would have wished. There
was- no way to estimate the number
to be provided for and some slight
embarrassment necessarily followed.
In consideration of this partly the
ladies decided this year to limit the
invitations to veterans and speakers
only. \ consideration much more
important than this, however, was the
belief that the veterans were entitled
to sneeial distinction and honor on
this occasion and that this was better
shown by giving them the opportuni
ty to mingle together In intimate talk
of days past than by assembling a
multitude of younger men and out
siders to share the feast with them.
Following the dinner the procession
will i>e formed to go to the cemetery.
It w;;i a.s usual Include the veterans,
sontj and daughters of veterans, stu
dents and citizens. The ladies and
school children will be expected to
carry Lowers and wreaths The
graves of all veterans will be plainly
marked with I'onfederatte Rags ami
each will he romembered. Iron
crosses to mark the graves have been
ordered but have not arrived. This
is a. disappointment.
From the cemetery the procession
will march to the Carolina Memorial
chapel, which will be appropriately
decorat< <i tor the occasion, and a pro
gram arranged for (ho pleasure of
:).< veterans will be rendered. The
chief feature 61 this program Will be
a:, address by (he Rev. -I. 1*1. Mahaffey,
who so delighted his hearers at the
celebration of bee's birthday. Other
\ (?:?! I I lit Tl'HH N KXT St"Ml \\ .
fir. l.'.fuaril Thomson In speak at
I iis! Methodist < Itiirclt.
- - ; ? el
Sunday league of America, will oc
cupy the pulpit of that church and de.
liver I i - famous lecture' on '"True
Americanism." or "The Duty of our
People to Preserve! t'e American
Tj p ? Of Sunday Observance." The
public arc cordially Invited to be
,?)?.?>":.- ;., t: is service and hear Dr.
The hWveiUont which Dr. Thomson
:? . escp.ts is, as Iii.; subject indicates.
to ? acourago among the people of the
whole coat try a closer observance of
the S. bbnth. and ids work in many
1 .;? Company.
MEMORY OF CONFEDERATE DEAD
HONORED BV LADRENS PEOPLE
Fitting Ceremonies Held Under Auspices of Daughters
of the Confederacy Last Saturday.
[NOTABLE ADDRESS BY REV. WILLIAM E. THAVER
The Main Exercises Took Place at the Opera House,
Being Concluded at the Cemetery ?-?Complete
List of the Laurens Heroic Dead.
ruder the auspices of tin- John l?.
Kershaw chapter. United Daughters
of the Confederacy, memorial exer
cises were held in Laurens on Satur
day of last week. May Sth. the feature
of which wits the address to the veter
ans by Rev. W. E. Thayei\ pastor of
the First Baptist church of this city.
As usual the first part of the day's ex
ercises was held in the city opera
house, then the march to the cemetery
where the graves of tho Confederate
dead were decorated With flowers, the
roll of honor read, after which the
Veterans were invited to the sumptu
ous dinner prepared by the ladies ami
served in the liarksdnle building.
lion. Robert A. Cooper presided over
the exercises of the day. The pro
gram was begun with a prayer by the
Rev. .1. 1?. ('rout of the First Method
ist church, following which was a
pretty song by pupils of the graded
schools. "The Connie Rlnc Flag."
Miss Carolyn Roper recited a beauti
ful poem. "Memorial Day," for which
she was accorded hearty applause.
After these preliminary numbers, Mr.
Cooper Introduced Mr. Thayer, who
spoke on "The Confederate Soldier"
or the' private in the rear ranks.
Mr, Thayer is a very forceful speak,
er. possessing an attractive manner
of delivery and always impresses his
hearers. Ills address Saturday was
somCwhnt Qij't of the ordinary for
such occasions, and was rbl(she 1 by
. ? . eil I
opt'- hoUse: i did no< deal with the
. Ii.vi ? . ;es for Ilm Ii- Id
La: Me :i id earn at; ?. The address was
? i to iin
? i city.
At ? com Itisjoh (if Mr. Thayer's ad
dress lie was pres< nted a basket of
beautiful flowers by little Miss Phoebe
FchthcrstOhc. This basket was pre
pared by Mrs. J. .1. Pluss and was par
ticularly handsome, Containing some,
of the inosl beautiful llowers to be
After a song I? the school, "Mo. for
Carolina.'' crosses Of honor were be
stowed by Ihe Dr.tight' rs of the Con
federacy upon tie following veterans;
M< ss . I. ?. Pop" r. it. i! Pnsley,
c. n. (irUivibb s. w. c. HrysoU, T, P,
Owiugs. fieb. c. Andersbit, w. i.. hoyd;
.1. A. Coaf S, T. A. I.; ncli : ml II. 0.
Gregg's Regiment; killed ;t? second
Walter Bradford, Co. A, 3rd S. C.
Regiment: died at Point Lookout.
William Cason, Co. A. 3rd s. C. lte^
iment: killed in battle.
\v. li. Epps, Co. a. 3rd s. c. Battal
ion: killed at the Wilderness.
Cnpt. W. n. Farley, Stewart's staff;
killed at 11 randy Station.
.1. w. \v. Franks. Co. A. 3rd s. C. Rut
talion: died in hospital.
Lieut. Col. It. C. Garlington, 3rd s.
'('. Regiment: killed at Savage station.
Ser-gennt Major .lohn l>. Garlington
3rd s. c. Regiment; killed at Savage
John Garlington, Co. A, 3rd s. C.
Regiment; killed nt FredortekslAirg.
Li? ut. tt. Latin us Garlington, <*<>. A.
3rd s. i'. Regiment; killed ut the
Lieut. Col. .lames w. llatiee, ".3rd
Georgia Regiment; killed at Gettys
Capt. w. w. I lance, Co. A. 3rd s C.
Regiment; killed at Fredericksburg.
Theodore s. I lance, Co, a. 3rd S, C
Regiment; killed ut Chickamnuga.
James ,\l. Harrison, Co. A, 3rd S. ('.
Regiment; killed at Fredericksburg.
Plnckney D. Harrison. Co. A. 3rd s.
C. Regiment; killed at Frederieksburg
Clarence L. l-llx. Co. A. 3rd S. C
Regiment; killed at Froderlcksburp.
I Lieut, .lames llolltngsworth. Co. A,
LORMAL CLOSING OF
CROSS MILL SCHOOL
I n M.il hi (inn Konlces al Presbyterian
Church Memorial Du) Exercises
Not Observed as I'sunl.
Cross Hill. May 10. Dr. C. H.
Young returned from a trip to w?-st
Rev. .1. O. Rcnvis, one of the s;>? silv
ers at tin- Laymen's meet Inf? n( Clin
ton next week, will stop hero and
speak at the Presbyterian church on
Wednesday evening, the 19th, The
public are invited to hear him.
Mr. R ,0. Crisp, our accommoda
ting postmaster, is out ngain after a
Mr. Ila/.el Smith was married last
week to a lady at Westminster, s. c.
only a telegraphic notice was received
here. He and his wife will I ?? in
Cross Hill today.
The school hero will close Wednes
day. There will be an entertainment
by the school that evening,
Rev. Robert \daius. Rev. W. S. Roan
and Rev, .1. K. Jacobs of Clinton com
pose a commission io conduct the In
Stallaliou ai'd ordination ser\loo ul
the Presbyterian chttrch n<'\t Sunday.
Miss Janie IMnson after having re
covered from measles has relitp* d,
and is seriously ill.
Today Is the mth und we bear of
of no announcement to observe me
morial day. This Impressive and
beautiful service in honor of our Con
federate dead has been kept up bore
for many years by the ladies ol I ho
town Last year it was turned over
to the Daughters of the Confederacy
and WO think il a pity it they allow it
to lapse. Even the graves of Con
federate dead in Northern cemeteries
are decorated and shall we neglect
our own here?
Splendid showers fell yesterday and
last night. This will insure good
stands of cotton mid help the grain
crop \ cry much,
Liitertiifum? ut at I.. ( .-ll. la- lil.it? .
The Indies of tie Monti ^>< i? ty of
Owlngs will give an entertainment at
Con i t -i ? ?
W VI is Mll.i.J
TOWNS OF PIEDMONT
For Purpose of Securing
Lyceum I ii lent.
SEVEN TOWNS COMBINE.
( ii i ciIina Lyceum Issoclntfoti Oriran
l/.ei] With I'rnf. It. I.. Jones us
As (lie result of ttbout two months
of earnest work In tills section of the
Stale, an organization ha> at last been
perfected that will he ol vast bencllt
in (ho seven towns eoucernedj this
is the Carolina Lyceum association
composed of the following towns anil
elites: Newhorry, Laurons, Clinton,
Colon, Fountain Inn. Woodruff, ami
Prosperity. The organization Is a
combination of the towns to secure
''wholesale" lyceuin talent a form oi
Some time ago, a poll the suggest lot
(if Dr. Hoy /.. Thomas of Nowberry
college, Inltintory step;- were- tnkei
to organize a number ol lown> liiti
sueli an association ami employ ly
count talenl by Ihe wee IL \ meeting,
was held lure in Laiil'eln With In
Thomas of Nowberry. Prof. Domlhieh
dt Fountain Inn. Prof, D. L .lone
and S. H, llouey present. At tbh
meet Inn a plan ol procedure kvns
mapped nut. which hat eulmiiiaied in
the organization, nl the lown Pro I
I), L, .limes was elected president anil
Prof. Thomas, secretary and treiiv
iirer; while a rejiresentnilvo from
each et the ol her (owns was elected
a vice pre: Ideal
\eting llpoll the ; llthorlt.V 01 1,1(0
comhltint Ion, Prof. Thoniiis has
through Mr, Felioii M. Loy less ol \
i se all