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LAURENS, S. C. JUNfi 23, 19U1).
.mil Fowi.Eir.s iti:i t.v.
On another page appears a lengthy
reply by Rev. ?'. Lewis Fowler of
t'iinion to our editorial Comments of
last week. !i Is with pleasure that
we grant this space to our friend: wo
are sorry he hat.-s a newspaper con
troversy, hut w ? commend his judg
ment in selecting The Advertiser as
the best medium to "reach those who
Since our friend declines to discuss
the matter further, our comments i
shall he very brief. indeed, we deem
further remarks almost unnecessary. ! i
siuco there are no new points ad*
vnncod, ami the argument seems to
i in a circle: our rcuders under
stand our position as state,! last Week, <
mul .Mr. Fowler's contention Is the .
same, although differently expressed.
No one question!- Mr. Fowler's love
for ihcukihd lie could scarcely d -
\' to iiis lifo to the noble work hi
? ? . Ill o
No one disparages his efforts for
. , The
vertlser merely challenged one point
ol a sornion, Whli h point we thought
should he challenged, and we confined i
nurself to thai point; To our mind.
Mr .Fowler's manner of advocating a
Christian federation was unwise and
Impracticable -yve said so. Mr. Fow
ler i l contending thai the "Baptists
1 liVo perfect New Testament form
of government . . . that Jesus
would not change this church." rules
ell the otie-r denominations out of
court, lie looks ahead Into the years
that are to come and says: "Chris
tianity will he juSI as it exists today
In tii" Bnptlsl churches", asserting
that this will he true if the federation
Is based on the New T?stainout.
This Wo Interpreted to mean that
"Mr. Fowler would make Ibis a Bap
!i.-t world" (tis liaptlsts are known
today, call thorn \\;}iai you will), and
if we ; re i.i error, then our power of
discommon! has fnlldd US, We are
not denying the truths that ti e Bap
tist cht', rch stamh< for: we are.
ihough, while "itoi employed a.- the
spokesman for the othor denoinlha
tino ." merely staling that these
other denominations, have the New
Testament as the basis of their gov
ernment; that lii^r are honest in
their Interpretation of it. and that if
Mr. Fouler would aid in the effort of
federating all Christian bodies he can
not maintain the attitude he has as
sumed toward those "other denomina
Herein Is stated Mr. Fowler's con
demnation of the other denominations:
"Prejudices put men to sleep; they are
the opiates of hell i study the word
'hell' and you will get the full mean
ing of the condemnation.I The keop
us from truth (note 'truth'.) divine
and et. rnai. i know this experimen
tally, I was horn, bred and buttere I
a MOlhodlsti Becoming dissatisfied
with some of the things that seem ?I
untenable, f was plunged into a pti*
rlotl of long research and suffering.
Like a freezing man I was not satis
lied until I got a ray ol' light. The
(lay dawned an I 1 am now spreading
abroad With all the zehl of my heart
whai I realize of Cod'.- book." Ho
Mr. Fowler awoke one day from the
lllghl of Stupor into which he had
been plunged by the "prejudices" oth
erwise known as the "opiates of hell"
that put men to sleep. His experimen
tal knowledge was gained by his being
bred a Methodist, Which "kept him
from truth, divine and eternal." If
that bo not our friend's attitud ? tO?
ward the Methodists, what is? H
was a Methodist; lie repudiated that
faith, became a Baptist and then It
was tSiat the day dawned on him. after
a night of freezing. lioooming a Bap
tist brought him a "ray of light" then
It ItatlSt have been dark beforehand,
Now then, it must have baen these
"prejudices" (otherwise known as
"the opiates of hell") contained In
Methodist polity that put Mr. Fowiet
to Sleep, and caused lihn that long
period of research and suffering.
And yet, In behalf of Mr. Fowler,
we cannot but state our belief that he
does not mean to designate these ' un
tenable things" in the Methodist
church as "the ophites of hell." al
though he leads on.' tu believe it. Hut
his repeated assertions seem to Indi
ra'.' that lie at least means to say that
there will be a federation of Christians
when "all men are free from preju
dices" su ii as the above mentioned
ii. the Methodist, which put him to
Now. the above is what we honestly
gather from Mr. Fowler's sermon and
his reply today. if we are in error,
we b.'g Iiis pardon. We assure him
.?I our sincerety and our belief in his:
at the same tlmo contending that his
attitude toward the o;h.?r denomina
tions is Hot calculated to forward the
movement to federate all Christian
As Mr. Fowler says, no one need
reply in this matter; let them read
his article in this issue, which will
1)3 a "reply to what they may say."
All has been said. However, if any
one happens to be still in the dark, as
he i nee was. Mr. Fowler "will be
pleused to talk with or correspond
with thos*e who may desire more
? ? ?
THE ( Ol Mil. HF.SPONStRI.K.
The Advertiser is by no means ad
dicted to censure, ami derives no
pleasure in (hiding fault. Indeed It
would be a line thing to record events
week by week and never have occa
sion to blame any one. particularly
mi- public oillclals. Mut this paper
is devoted to lliO public good, r.nd in
?very department of its work seeks
o build up the city and county of
Uaurens. There tire tim.s witch a
ivbrd of censure Is due, pot in our
r.li but In i
3t a nth.. I erect od.
liglii i'i the heart of its business seo
tIon i- not concerned in the matter
3f growth : :.d permanent improve
ment. Latin it is an 1 has been en
ileavorinp to L.me a real city, and
to ail this ambitlou the city council
passed the ordinance above men
IteCently, however, a special permit
was granted by the present city coun
cil to the owner or owners Of the
frame building hi which the Southern
Kxpress company's officers were, to
move it across th" street and locate
it even hearer die square than it for
merly was. On the .-die of this old
building are l> dug erected handsome
brick store rooms and OlIlcGS, for
which the public are grateful. Out
the i.' vi.i t o:' this v.o.?.h a structure
is i [titvaleiil to the erection of stud;
i building as the ordinance prohibits.
This is allowc I by a special permit
id the council In a called meeting,
lit which a majority of the aldermen
The city council IS composed of
representatives of the people of tills
City, and to the people they are re
sponsible. These people who are
laboring to build up a city cannot
?mi protest against this special ncl
which permits the continuance of
these wooden structures so near the
public square, especially since it Is
in violation of an ordinance passed
some time ago and Which by all
means should be enforced to the let
ter. Our council has done many
things for I.aureus: it has inaugu
rated liany movements and carried
o n niai.v plans that have been for
the iip-l ulldlng of the city, but this
special to t Is nothing short of cul
pable, For ourselves, and for the
public we represent, we beg to remind
the Council that it is responsible to
the people for it.^ acts, and that their
pledged duty is id do such things
and only stich things as are for the
betterment of (.nitrons, with whose
later, sis they are entrusted.
Bilms' Bill Sale.
The Bed Iron Uncial use*- the Cob
iimti3 of li e Advertiser freely and
with excellent judgment, Almost
every week the manag -mein an
nounces some fine Lnrgalns. This
week <s no exception' in !? ct. the Bl'th
cies named in the paf*e advertisement
hi ibis ISittC. are unusually attractive.
it will pay everybody to read Burns'
Sen in s n| First Baptist.
At t'.i ' First Baptist Church next
Sunday morning, .here will he held
I ay men'8 rally, led by Messrs. K. A.
Cooper of tills city and YV. P. Culbert
son of Mottntvllle, who will make ad
dresses, The congregation and
flionds are urged to be present at
!nt ? ' -h g m-e'deu. No services
will I;? held a-, the evening hour.
I LOCAL AND PERSONAL MENTION. fS
Perhaps the most enjoyable social
affair of the week was the reception
tendered Wednesday evening by Mr.
and Mrs. J. F. Tolbert to the present
Laurens students of Winthrop college,
classmates and schoolmates of their
daughter. Miss Mayme Tollten. The
reception was in honor of Miss Susie
McGill of Abbeville, who spent some
days with Miss Tolbert on h?r way
home from college. A number of
I.aureus girls are students at Win
throp this year, and the reunion, un
der changed circumstances Wednes
day evening, was of especial pleasure. :
His many friends and admirers In I
I.aureus were delighted this week by J
a visit from Col. .las. T. Bacon, the ?
veteran editor of the Edgefteld Chron
icle. Col. Bacon was in the city the
guest of Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Mc
Oowan. on bis return trip from Cross
Hill Saturday morning for Edgefteld,
('apt. A. c. Shaffer of Walterboro. [
Who is at Hanls I.ithia springs for a
two weeks' stay prior to having for
his summer home in Snlu la, spent
Saturday of this week with his foster
daughter, Mrs. s. E. Boney.
Miss Grace Wilson of Simpsonviile
was a visitor first of the week at the
homo of Mr. D. K. Harnet?.
Mrs. E. A. Phillips an 1 her sister.
Miss Mattle Cooper have gone to
Marion to accept positions.
Miss Nettie Cheek of Helton was
the guest last week of Misses Sue and
Mrs. Elizabeth Stribbling of Spar
tanb.irg Is visiting the family of her
[laughter, Mis. I., c. Goocli,
Miss Maggie Kennedy of North Au
gusta arrived in the city Tuesday af
ternoon to bo the guest of Miss Moll
Mrs. E. w. Kitchln of Spnrtnnburg
is here on a short visit to her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. .1. Marren Bolt.
Misses Darlngton and Glenn, who
v. re for s< veral weeks the charming
Quests of M rs. T. !>. Darlington, have
Jone to their homes.
The Traynhnm Guards engaged In
i sham battle in Gniiiugtbn's pasture
ast Tuesday afternoon. In spite of
?e in.id. the orders wore well cxecut
iiii.i the c'oni] any made a line show*
m ?? !. f'alvi . d wings ;.; si ill confined
.?bted a special school lew h,.-t suttir
l ( . ?
iMirtni.g'Mly cl'.ii oh Thursday morn- j
Or, J, M. Me Lees Of Shnpsohvll'.e
otent Sunday in the ( it?y.
Miss Axlle Bozenisn !;>s return. 1 to
lier home In Simpsonviile.
Mrs, J. ii. Tcague^itid children have
returned froni a visit to relatives In
Misses Mary Pose.v and Dorothy
lludgens spent las' week in Clinton.
Master David Childress Is visiting
Iiis um ie. Mr. J. B. Parks In Green
Messrs. Hugh I.eamnn and I.. B.
Dillcrd of Clinton spent Monday In the
Mrs. .i. H. Sullivan nnd Miss Jennie
Sullivan have returned from Morgan
[own, N, c.
Miss Mari? Phllpot sport last week
|n Clinton with Miss Sara Saxotl,
Mr. and Mrs. Mutthew McDaniel of
Friendship - pent Saturday nil I Sunday
the city with friends.
Miss Ollle Adams of Clinton spent
Friday in the city.
Miss Nora Taylor has returned to
|or homo in Princeton after a visit to ?
Mrs. Arthur Taylor.
Miss RehcCca Clarke is visiting Miss
\zile Bo/.emnn In Simpsonviile.
Mrs. W. II. Washington returned:
Saturday from a visit to her sister.
Mrs. o.n. Meyear, In Newberry.
Messrs. C. A .Pulley and T. Ii. Crews
eft Tuesday for Chester to attend the
TAX ASSESSMENTS OF MILLS.
I.aureus Caput) Industries ami The
Tax I'lu v |??y.
The state board of equalization com
pleted Its work of appraising and as
esslng the cotton and oil mills of
the state last Saturday. In the list
he following I.aureus industries are
mined, together with the actual value
ind the GO per cent assessments:
Ware Shoals Manufacturing Co.:
ictttnl value. $1,100,000; nssossed on
Banna Cotton mills: actual value,
(70,000; assessed on .$12.000.
Clinton Cotton mills: actual VUllLO,
$"75,000; assessed on $226,000.
I.aureus Cotton mills: actual value.
$."00,000; assessed on $3,10,000.
I .yd I II CotlOh mills: actual value.
ffifi.000; assessed on $57,000.
WattS Cotton mills: actual value.
$;'00,(.: assessed on $180,000.
Blalock Oil ft Manufacturing Co.;
actual value. $3,33 I: assessed on
Clinton Oil ft Manufacturing Co..
actual value. $22,500; assessed on
Cross Hill Manufacturing Co.: act
ual value. $20,000; assessed on $12,000.
Farmers1 on mill, I.anford: actual
value. $15,000; assessed on $0,000.
Gray Cotirl Oil A Manufacturing Co.:
actual value. $12,500; assessed on
Southern Cotton Oil Co. Lnurens:
actual value. $r.0,00e; assessed on
$ IS. 000.
Mason's Fruit Jars In Pints. Quarts,
and Half Gallon sizes with Porcelain
lined tops and the best quality of
S. M. & E II. Wilkes & Co.
$15.00 SUITS S10.00
$20.00 SUITS $15.00
Tribble Clothing Company
These are prices to close out a few Lots of Suits, the sizes a little broken,
if vour size is here, now is the time for you to buy.
1 One lot Boys' wash suits the 75cts
kind to close out at .40
One lot Men's suits to
close out at .
One lot Men's 7.50 suits
to close out at
$1.00 wash suits to close
One lot Men's $15 suit
to close out at
? Remember that these are all new Goods and means a great saving
? to you. Be sure and get our prices on Clothing and Shoes before buying
^ else v. here.
Remember that we mark our Goods in plain figures and will be
^ glad to show our Goods and quote prices.
I $1.50 wash suits to close
One lot Men's $20 suits
to close out at
Tribble Clothing Co.
The Up-to-date One-price Clothiers.
% i i S-1 jft
Get it at Simmons'
All $1.00 Messalines reduced oq^
to per yard O ^C
Yard wide Black Taffeta Silk
worth $1.00 reduced to
All 39c and 50c soft Silk for /ymZr
summer dresses reduced to
This is the greatest bargain that
has ever been offered, and you
should not miss getting your share
All last seasons Embroideries that
sold from 25c to 75c per j c
yard are being closed out at I <5 C
All light colors in Woolen Dress
Goods worth $1.00 and Ori~
$1.25 reduced to OVC
All light colors in Woolen Dress
Goods worth 50c reduced n
to per yard ? VC
Grasp the Opportunity Before it is
O. B. Simmons & Son
Laurens, S. C.
Get it at
Do it NOW