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PROM LAURENS TO HONEA PATH
A cross-country trip from Laurens
to Konea Path via Boyd's mill and
Princeton takes oue through sections
of two mighty fine counties, Laurens
and Anderson. A representative of
The Advertiser has just mude a visit
to these poiuts ?not, however, under
the auspices of uy automobile path
finding syndicate?and there were to
be noted, first of all, excellent crop
prospects on all sides. There has J
been a remarkable improvement of
the crop situation within the past I
fortnight and the farmers as a rule j
are in good cheer. The section tra
versed is populously settled now by
prog 'esslve white farmers, most of
them smalt, yet Independent owners
of fleir little farm?. This is partic
lllai y true of the old Hickory Tavern
section of this county, which a few
years ago was regarded as one of the
poorest and least attractive rural
communities in the county.
A New Era*
A new condition now obtains; the
large estates of this section have been
sold off to local men, many of them
young citizens, and o<- every hand is
to be '?eon new and comfortable dwell
ings and other improvements, such
as give to the visitor an impression of
thrift and progresslveness. Evidences
of these are also noted in their fine
stock and cattle, their school houses
and churches, and whether corn re
mains at a dollar or cotton sells for
the present fancy price, the people of
this section Will continue to "live at
horn? and board at the same place."
At Boyd's mill Reedy river has been
"harnessed up" by the Reedy River
Power company and with a daily ca
pacity of 'J.ooo horsepower, it is light
ing the city of Laurens and driving
the V>':'tts COttOU mills located here
and several small enterprises, it i*.
in the range of reasonably sure possi
bilities that other water powers on
Reedy and Saluda, located within a
radius of a few miles from Boyd's
mill. Ware ShoalS anil Princeton, will
be de.eloped in the not distant fu
t u re.
Princeton, tins county, is somewhat
agitated over the report that a new
railroad company is forming in Green
ville for the purpose of taking up and
building the oft-proposed railway line
from the city of Greenville to Augusta,
via Princeton, Mt. Gallagher, Green
wood ; nd Edgefleld. This line has
been repeatedly surveyed; indeed it
was grided some years ago, and nu
merous efforts have been made from
A FAITHFUL NEGRO
HOLDS GREAT SECRET
Entmstcd With Seal of Confederacy,
a Negro Declares the Secret of its
Location Shall Die With Him.
During the closing days of the civil
war, when the prospective collapse of
the Confederate government became
:i certainty, Jefferson Davis, president
of the Southern States, summoned his
body-guard and personal servitor,
.lames H. Jones, a negro, at the South
ern Capitol in Richmond and said:
"James, 1 hereby hand you, solemn
ly and sacredly, the seal of the Con
fede. . <?; States of America. The
Southern government is about to fall.
This soal, which we must and do hold
sacred and undcfllable, must be He
ere 1 Where no man in future shall
profan 1 it by public gaze and exam
ination. I entrust this mission to
you. I hereby charge you with this
seal's disappearance. Hide li. and
let t. i man know where It is. Teil
not even me. And lot the secret (de
Jones, an intelligent and faithful
negro, accepted the task. And to this
day lie has fulfilled it with sacred fi
delity, The seal, an enormous sliver
affair, which had been made in Bng
|.1n 1 and imported thl'CUgh the Fe I
eral blockade of the South, he se
creted, Today, as an employe" of
Ih? stationery room of the L'nlted
States senate, an.l seventy-five years
old. lie tells the Story, with this ci ?
mil. Put to no farther point of MM"
rhilvo can he be Induced to go. The
secrel will die with him.
"I was born a free negro in Ra
leigh, North Carolina, soventy-flve
years ago", he said a few days ago.
in telling the story for The Scrap
Look "When a young man I Went
to New Orleans and got n job
Wi it r in the St. Charles hotel. It
was There that I first met Colonel
Davis and his family. They hod
come over on one of their periodical
trips from their plantation in Missis
sippi to purchase a carriage. Colonel
Davis took a liking to me, and asked
me it I cared to work for him. Of
f,Cotlrse I leaped at the chance. That |
was 'n 1855. Thereafter i never left
Colon I Davis until he died. I served
with him in prison at Fortress Mon
roe, and his trials were mine.
) ' When defeat became certain, just
hofore the close of the war. during
Which I had constantly served as Col
time, to time since then by different
companies and promoters to put the
scheme through. It is conceded that
a road in operation through that sec
tion would at once add to the develop
ment of one of the finest farming
and industrial territories in the up
country. Last winter the Bell Tele
phone company completed a line from
Honea Path to Laurens via Princeton,
Tumbling Shoals and Hickory Tavern.
Recently the company installed at
Princeton a community of rural ser
vice, with a strong list of subscribers.
The cost of maintaining the service is
small, and. while they and their neigh
bors enjoy the convenience of the lo
cal advantages afforded, they are in
touch with Columbia and New Vork
as well as the people of Greenville
Honea Path's Prosperity.
After an absence of several years
one finds upon visiting the beautiful
little city of Honea Path a vast, if
not quite a complete, transformation
of the town's ap] darance and evident
prosperity. Handsome new store
buildings and banking otlices adorn
the principal streets on all sides, new
industrial enterprises bob up in every
direction, and the town boasts of as
many modern and costly residences
as will be found in any town its size
or larger. it is with pardonable
pride that this writer takes the priv
ilege of claiming for Laurens county,
or a portion of it, and the Laurens
men acquired by the town in the last
15 or L'ii years, a large share in its
The mayor of the town is a Laurens
man, John B. Humbert; Editor (S. K.
Moore of the Honea Path Chronicle,
a very excellent weekly newspaper,
is from Waterloo township: Superin
tendent J. it. Watkins of the graded
schools got his "start" in Laurens:
Dr. I'.abb, formerly of Dials, is a lead
ing citizen and physician. Then there
are the Monroe brothers, .lohn and
Hob. bankets and merchants who wen)
over froin Princeton in the early '00s;
Heilj, P. Arnold and Martin Arnold:
Cannon Moore and J. L. Trnynham,
merchants; J. 12. Allen, commercial
traveler; Messrs. Ellison, i>. B.
Knight, John and ('has. Bolt. Allio
and J. K. Steppe, the Long brothers,
all originally from the western part
of this county and all engaged in dif
ferent pursuits, are among the Lau
rens contingent who have in many
ways contributed to the upbuilding
and prosperity now enjoyed by Honea
onel Davis's body-guard and servant,
he entrusted to me the sum of thir
teen million dollars In gold and silver
coin and English notes to convoy
from Richmond to South Carolina.
This sum was under my exclusive
charge for four weeks. No one knew
of :t excepting Colonel Davis, Cap
tain Parker, of South Carolina, who
I was a confederate officer, to whom i
I was to deliver it. and myself. 1 had
it in two trunks, and conveyed it on
; tho railroads as common baggage (nl
j though I guarded it> to its destina
tion in Nowherry. South Carolina.
i where I delivered it to Captain Par
! "After returning to Richmond from
that trip", continued Jones, "('(done!
I Davis entrusted me with the mission
of hiding tiie seal beyond possibility
of resurrection. Tho tears came to
I Colonel Davis's eyes when he handed
j inO lltO seal. It was a 1 U silver sll I),
weighing ten pounds. I accepted ihe
I responsibility not without son - donbis
ami misgivings, but. thank heaven. I
I was able to do what he chnra d
it:.- with. and Ipdny (here i*
no man exCOpt myself who knows
! where it is".
Could yon pill your hands Upon It
today, if ; on wished"? w as a*k< tl,
"Yes, yes, I probably could"', an
swered Jones, after hesitating a hto?
inent. "i think I could Hud ? Hui
von (an he assured that I shall never
look fqj' it. and that no one else Shall
over tfttfl it. it was a sacred respon
sibility which Colotiel DaVls gave m ?.
1 shall carry tho secret to the grave".
/ones is dotting old. and walk- Witli
the cid of a :\ine, which was present
ed to him about two years ngo by
Mrs, Jefferson Davis, widow of the
Confederati president. The ct?ne has
a htckhorn handln, the cutler being
froth a d.? shot by Colonel Davis
upon lila plantation over fifty year.
ago. I'pop a small silver plate on
tiie cane is this Inscription: "To
James II. Jones. Ir. Orateftll Mem
ory from Mrs. Jefferson Davis"'.?
Charles Roman in Teh Scrap Hook
for August. I??S.
Auditor Dorroh's Assistant.
Mr. VV. T. Dorrolt, who will take
charge of the auditor s office on Sep
tember 1st, announced yesterday that
ho had engaged the services of Mr C.
A. Power for two months to assist
him in the office work. After that
time Mr. Dorroh will be assisted by
his (laughters, one of WbOOl is a skill
ed book-kespor and stenographer.
I LOCAL AND PERSONAL MEINTION. |
Mr. A. F. Martin lias the contract
for building; Mr. I. T. Balentlne's new
residence on the north side of Main
street, near the depot.
Messrs. J. D. Sexton & Son, con
tractors, will complete Mr. Arch C.
Owings' new dwelling at Gray Court
within the next week.
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. W. Taylor re
turned today from a visit to Prince
Nine to nothing is. in short, the
story of Saturday's game between
Laurens and Watts mills.
Mr. c W. Qarrett of Greenwood was
in the city Sunday spending the day
with his parents.
Mr. c. A. Boney of Yorkvllle spent
part of last Thursday in Laurens
with his brother.
Mrs. E. .1. Cage of Greenville is
spending a few days in the city with
her parents. Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Gar
Miss Lila Hart spent a few days in
Greenville this week.
Mr. (i. Wash Shell is in Laurens
visiting his mother, Mrs. Kloise
Mr. Geo. Ferguson spent a few days
this week with relatives in the city.
The Rev. A. E. Cornish, an archdea
con in the Episcopal diocese of South
Carolina, was at the Church of the
Epiphany Sunday morning in the ab
sence of the lector. Rev. C. P. Pron
tiss. who was in Greenville. Mr.
Cornish celebrated the holy commun
ion after preaching a most soul stir
ring sermon. Mr. Cornish is one of
the most earnest, faithful and efficient
Clergymen in the state. lie has been
a power for good in Charleston and
Other parts of the low country, as a
result of hard work, diligence and
Mr. .1. II. Henderson has returned
from Harris Springs.
Little Warren Holt has returned
from the hospital at Chester where he
has been to have Ids throat operated
Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Kitchens are
visiting at the home of Mrs. Kitchen's
father. Mr. .1. W. Poll. While here
Mr. Kitchens had ?b?rge of the ex
press otllce; Mr. fliers being confined
to his room on account of sickness.
Mr. illei'S is again at his post.
Mr. P. Ii. Balle of Philadelphia i<
In the citv this week Visiting his par
ents. Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Balle, Sr.
Mr. .1. S. Machen has returned from
Tybee and the Isle of Palms.
Mr .Wilmot Smith went out to Ml.
Gallagher yesterday upon receipt of
information to the effect that Mrs.
Smith who is visiting at the home of
her father, Mr. P. L. Henderson, had
been accidentally scalded during the
morning. The extent of her injuries
is not known, though it is understood
that they are not regarded as serious.
Mrs. .1. w. Simpson of Spnrtanhurg
is visiting the family of Mr. ,Ino. N.
Mrs. .1. G. Sullivan and children left
yesterday for an extended visit to
llendersonville, N. c.
Can't Do Without It.
Coronaca, s. C, Aug. i t, '09.
To the Laurens Advertiser:
Dear Sirs: Enclosed you will find
check for one dollar for my subscrip
tion, which you will please send re
ceipt for same. Many thanks to you.
I know I should have paid for my pa
per long ago: can't do without my old
county paper. Yours truly.
.lohn E. Goddard.
Rev. Mr. Shell Improving.
On Monday of last week. Rev. .1.
Molvln Shell suffered another stroke
of paralysis, this time principally in
the left side. However, this week Mr.
Shell is inuch better, being able to sit
up part Of the time.
Count) Farmers' I'nion
Will meet on the first Monday in
each month for the next six months,
but v. e expect to have a grand rally
on the first Monday in September and
expect several speakers to ad-ires
the people and members of tho union.
So let every union and non-union man
in the County coihe to the court house
hl I o'cloi k ei: the first Monday in
September, By order of
I.Hillen? Local Clllotl,
The Palliens local union will hold
its regular meeting next Saturday, in
the court house at half past 2 o'clock
Several ne.v members to be Initiated
and other important business to be
W. M. Irby, Sec.
( oufederale Monument Fund.
The Columbia state acknowledges
$103.60 in Contributions from Lauren.,
county to the monument to the women
of the confederacy. in addition to
this amount. The Advertiser has rd
celved $13.00 from the following:
Brooks Swygert.$1 .00
W. T. Austin.:,0
R. A. Cooper. I .00
Ii. B, Humbert. 1.00
c. D. M?se ley. i. op
.1. N. Hudgers. 1.00
I. (}. Wilbur. 1.00
w. .i Copeland. 1.00
,f. H. Miller. 2.00
J. T. A. Rai lew. 1 .00
V. C. Heliums. 1.00
K. W. Copeland. 1.00
Total.$ I:;. 00
Lend money to a:i er.Htnv. and
thou'it gain him; to a friend, and
thou'R los ? him.
NOTICE OF SALE.
Tin- Oil Mill ut Lanford, S. V. Witt bo
Sold ut Laurem?, S. ('., August
United States of America, District of
South Carolina, Id District Court.
In the matter of
farmers Oil Mill Co.,
In obedience to an order and decree
of sale passed In the above stated case
by Iiis Honor, .Ino. .1. Karle. Heferee
in Bankruptcy, on August Oth, 1909, I
will sell to the highest bidder for cash,
at public auction, in front of the Court
House door, at Laurens Court House,
in Laurens County, state of south Car
olina, on August 23rd, 1909. at the
hour of Rleven o'clock in the forenoon,
the property belonging to the estate
of the Partners Oil Mill Co., Bankrupt,
"All that tract, piece, parcel or lot
of land, situate, lying and being in the
Town of Lanford, in the County of
Laurens and State of South Carolina.
Containing six (61 to res, more or less,
bounded on the North by lands of Will
Powers, on the Bast by lands of Mrs.
.1. w. Lanford, on the West by Right
of-way of Charleston and Western
Carolina Railway Company, and on
the South by lands of W. A. Thomas,
known as the Farmers Oil Mill Com
pany's lot: also, all buildings, ma
chinery, equipment and fixtures there
on tdtunte, (except one oil mill press,
two Continental Linters, Linter Feod
ers. Linter Condensers, and three tines
for condensers; and two double Deck
Shakers ami one Diamond Huller.
Which have heretofore been sold.)
used in the manufacturing of cotton
seed oil. meal and other products and
the ginning of cotton, there being sit
uate on said lot an oil mill plant and
a ginning system."
Bidders will bo required to deposit
with the undersigned Trustee, a cer
tified ChoCk on some reputable Hank
in this State tor the sum of Two hun
dred and fifty ($2"?0.00l Dollars, paya
ble to M. .1. Owlngs. Trustee, to insure
tie' Bidder's good faith in bidding.?
and if the purchaser of said property
does not comply with his hid within
t? -11 days after the sal", the certified
check deposited with the Trustee, will
be forfeited to the estate of said Bank
en Tin- saiil property will be sold
fr< ?? mortgage liens.
M. .1. OWINOS. Trustee,
Of the Bankrupt Bstate Farmers oil
Mill Compnnv, 2-21
Laurens, s. c Aug. 1". 1909.
The People are
To the superior quality of the
and are buying them freely, the
attractive ppices we are inakiug
with prompt delivers of our
wore is enough to make competi
tion wake up.
See our specials at 85c, 5loo,
$2.00, $3.00 and $3'5? Pcr tlozen,
they speak for themselves.
"The Photograph Man"
Wanted all the
to enter our Veteran Watch
Contest. Handsome prizes
for the oldest gentleman's
and lady's watches; in actual
No charge for entering
your watch. Call and ask
See show window for
prizes and rules of Contest.
I". ? i><>inlltii ri'i for l.ituri'iiN < <>niil> , S,< ..
tor rirM Ituarlcr, 1909.
County Auditor. * 116.30
Countv Commissioners und
Board <>f l<](|oali*t?tion. 223.20
Jury, Witness and Constables irr.uo
Clerk ol Court,. 200 .00
Magistrates und Constables,.. 5251 0.1
Poor House and Poor. 2.12 81
Itoud and Bridge Work. 8,320 Mi
Public Buildings. 05 80
Books, Stationery and Printing doo .12
Contingent. 830 Id
Indigent < 'on fedora te Veterans 475.50
Expended through Ovorsoors 301 14
March Term oi Court. .us .s:>
Interest County Notes. .107.02
Total Expenditures. $14..11.1.30
II B. HUMBERT,
County SuiMjrvisor I.. 0.
Supervisor s Report.
Kxt>en?t It urea lor Lauren* Count) ,n.<'.,
tor So ouii Quarter, nion.
County Auditor. ? 80.01
Co, Commissioners und Clerk, :t"*<? <>'.?
I Hoard of Ktpialixaliou, .. 71t 10
Jury, Witnesses and Const ul>les 527.51
' Clerk of Court. 113,47
Magistrate and Constables, .. .111,79
< 'oroner. ?u.'j?
Poor House and Poor. 157.SU
Road and Bridge Work. 8,370.02
Public Buildings. :::! 11
Hooks, Stationery and Printing '!?'> ! 83
Indigent Confederate Veterans 3S0 Oil
April Term Court. 021 .00
interest on County and School
Notes .'.. *3? 11
Paid Bridge Notes. 1.325 84
Expended i>> Itoad Overaeors, 201 1"
Total for the Quarter,.. $15,003; 11
II It lU'MHKHT.
< 'ounty Supervisor, I. C
August 12, HMO,
Men s;iy that Ottr Shoes arc
the best .Men's Shoes sold
The Men, who say it, are
ri^lit, ? yon can bank on it.
The new Spring: styles are
I ready and, in the language of
the Poet, they're "birds."
Lace, Hn ton or Hlucher.
Narrow toes for the "Char*
ley Hoys" and the broader
proposition for the Men, who
want comfort first.
Swine/ or straight lasts, as
best suited to your foot.
< >nr prices are rather mag
netic, when you take the qual
I ity of our Shoes into consid
$2.50, $3, $3 50, ?}, $5 to $6
R. E. Copeland
The one price Shoe Store
Gu *toiucrs Shoes. ' Free.
Pttlrvte* ' took Show.
Tln> annual exhibit by the Fair view
Stock Show society will take place
this year Sept. 24. Special cash pro
millUia will be offered to each county
separately in the stock department.
Those desiring information about
this feature of the show should corro
spoad with Mr. Clifford C. Stewart,
assistant secretary. Fountain Inn.
A POLICY OK INSURANCE
may be Ilm means of preventing
your profit turning into loss. It
has been so in many cases. It is
too bad to build up a profitable
business and then have it ruined
beyond hope of restoration for
the lack of insurance.
WE'RE READY To INSURE
you right now in one of the best
companies in the world. Say the
Word an.I we'll issue you a policy
Ar Law Range
Laurens. S. C.
I The McCord
% will copy any Photo, on- s
large any picture and I
make High Grade Pho- I
tographs for you at the
# very lowest prices. No
? photographer can do
I more nor offer any
I more special inducement
a than the
I flcCord Studio |
? has always done.
The McCord 1
1 Studio's 1
I motto is I
I "Best Pictures, Lowest |
I Prices" I
Come to see us. ?
V< >TIX< i < l lKTIl K ATI]
Each I h liar Counts 200 V les
Endtosed herewith is $ on subscription payment
for which I cast votes for
(With each certificate must no Kent ehi
ihser iption payment, together with the ha
luinly written <?r printed ?>11 separate slips.
OORTRIOHT METAL 8HINOLFS m,ik" fl roof thftt flUi. So snow
or rain or wind run drlvt> under thfm?n<> Hre ein roach shfAthlriK or
timber?no climatic condition* can affect Uiem--?no raw pt&ces for rust
to take hold. Lrtld In half the time?no Bolder, no seams, fowr nails.
|.>ast lUtinr. '".tli Weight. A trnt on.I prriniDril roof. If you want
the t><>*t r> mo i<-y ran t,uy let us show you thf four styles of Cort
right Metal Sh iglt-a and some houses covered with them.
FOR SALE BY
Brooke & Jones, Lauren?, S C.