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Dr. (truCi liartotii i tnlnonl * * 1:? -
i/o 'li. Inc. i o'.ii hi i he ! lo'in? I lor.
v ?red ut nil tin hh\\ pni \m on
ndnyit jus) before l!ic beginning of
d to"; that iliev
11 ii ;; o . ?. i *1
? ? ' ? l'or ('
: greul ? o.vhijj cit.V lind i - Im.und
? i> ? l i :tt*d rri)lii. I n tlie rOiii'se of
\." wonderful progress scihio rl?li<-11
In is tlilims lint i ? nine to light, nhiong
w .deli we class ibis new departure \<\
I > ?. I? nice I iai ? -Mi.
Wo are ruiij aware thai all of our
old-fnsliioned notions of right ami
wrong, "* expediency and prneilcii
I llily, Influenced l*y our environmenls.
.sill not properly apply lo cities the
i I/o of Chicago or New Vork. Tho
grenl iiopulallon of those* eon nested
e htcrs gives rise lo iiuiny conditions
ll.til would utterly confound tie
d^epcs.t thinkers of ibis section. Rul
tl ere are principles that should hold,
the world over. Riebt is rlgill here
in l.nurcns: it is Hi ? snine in Chicago,
'li e rpiestloii of whether or not Iii?
huso ball game should preceded by
a short sermon rests primarily upon
II c nhswer to tho Olicalioil, "Is Sun
f| y base hall right"? Settle ihn! ami
Pll the Other may be iliseUSsod as to
i; rtdvlsiiblllty or effectiveness.
In our opinion Sin e.'/ IMise ball is
altogether mid ulterly wrong. It Is
dimply ah iiniusomcnr.i and mil at all
necessary to the eontforl of the i>eo
jtle. NuhibiM's hieli rfo'.'in I li dr
rcguhir day's labor to furnish this
Amusement, thus violating a divine
command. They sin far ipore, we
think, than t>' vooU \\\\n gives its hoi
I'undny dinners, or the oiectiician
who furnishes lighi tor Sunday night ,
services. There are some labors that
must be perform.'.1 on Sunday, but
playing ball for iho amusement of
t '<? people i ; hill olio .if them.
Relieving tii'cn that Sunday base
ball is in itiudf vrotig, tho holding of
dh iti" servlco under such circuih
; ihuci s is lioi only out of place but
: noi'cilgiot.s. it < heiipens, degrades
and lowers holy things, bringing them
to the rohuiion level with the every
day and even the unholy. Illshop
I'(liter opened a stil?mi v. Ith prayer
in New York some yeni'S ngo, l>il
I ha I jii'iiyer prevent the evil.; common
to Sfiloo'.li)? Not at all. It rheap
ched the vtiliio of prayer, mid doubt
less destroyed in some degree fl ?
reverence with which many regiirded
liolv I'llniu. Such ideas as that ad
vniicud by Di', Ilartbn are cutting ai
(he very foundations of the church.
Dr. Darton complains that ihc peo
i will not nil -nd Church; The
PltKSCin i. I UK PH0PKHTV?
i bis address to the teachers, pii
an l patrons of the city schools
day morning, Mr. ('. ('. l'eatber
stone, fl.nlrnipn of the hoard of trus
tees, said: "The board hni given you
the fluent school building in South
Carolina, and the hoard has a right
to xpect that it be properly used and
There lu neve among HS wh? (Oos
not know an i recognize the disposi
tion on the prif'l of school children to
tear up, to kreak< to destroy every de
structible, thing nboul a school build
Ijpl* They lovo to cut and mark the
d?i : : .! . e window gtasssM are an
ds eiul Joy to the boy with a stOI\0
):i i ?'? iQnd. VV1 v this almost unlver
nal > Vositlop ihoul I (? ??'sf. Is b ;yoiid
:i to i II, unless b sn Inherited
trait hand' ?'<? - '>?!?? fathers
W?O did no! a: ;:<,.? Wii bore any
need of (??..? ? wh 'i ? or ? ey en*
lugs. Afl 0 in? i of I , thi
desks arid stool-; they had. looked
about as well backed up as when per
fectly new and unscariv.l. Aaybow,
school children t?re prone to destroy!
the spirit of vandalism goes ev n into
the colleges. But this docs not make
the habit a Rood one, nor remove the I
obligation on the part of the author
Ities to exert every effort to stop or |
curb It. Mr. Foatherstone is ri^ht:
the board of trustees has a right to
expect that the new and magnificent
school building be not abused. The
board should demand severe punish
ment for any offenders.
And in the s; tue connection, with
reference to the school grounds, we
earnestly urge (Wat steps be taken at
once for their beautifying. Naturally,
these grounds are magnificent; they
are capable of wonderful improvement,
and it is obligatory upon the author
ties to rnlfill the possibilities, There
is one (hing thai nt lb'1 very outset
should l?0 Slopped, and that is the
hitching of teams on the campus.
There is ni iplo room for numberless
liitcuing posts on the pavement touch
ing the school grounds, and the teams ,
should nol be alN w- l < a the grounds. \
'?"Iiis will worlt ho Inoonvbnloneo lb
anyone, and will it Id materially in
Lauren-, has i i of (h? llhei I ? i-. -
lor a school ale: one of the best plants
to be found anywhere. II is ii <? duty
is preserved; to do otherwise will be
i ??? ?
or i. ?." hope 10 hold.
think':.:;', n;.l nothing t'.:: t he over
wrote was calculated to tio harm to
the bttmb'ost or the poorest. Pos
sessed of a Hue i t?11*11 and a genttiuo
love lor buinnnlty lii> out 1 ?? !'.." was a
blessing to all who knew him. lie
has made mruy people Imppy- a eulo
gy liial all may not claim.
There are a host of mourners 1::
Soutii Carolina today: those who know
an 1 loved t'i !. .Ins. T. Bacon.
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i n:: Itlb'll \ >i T? vfiKDY.
The public :.:??? shocked 6r < ry little
while by It.o news of some nwful trag- j
edy: some fenpful noeldent, a wilful
and malicious ihunl*?r. or some ca
lamitous occurrence. ??o broadened
are die sympathies of the people that
thev feel, even afar Cff, any and all
kin Is of sorrow and woe. But milch .
greater i< :'i<- shock when I i< tragedy
Is brought close homo.
?otdohi have the j,- o|)le of (his
county beini .> ? tliteiietl : by t'.tc
new - of the tragic death oi Mrs. Rulli
('ri-;> Hip hum mar Qe?rg?tOM'n RoV
e:al (lays ago: end the sorrow is
d.. t in tlVe M??ntviUe hftd \Vator
lob sections v in re site sl?eiil her girl
boo I days und wliorb ho:- parents and
relatives now live. The bereaved
ones have ii?" sympathy of all tb.e peo
Th 1 circumstances of the killing are
not understood up here. While the
newspaper reports and tin- statements
of IM. Bigham and Mr. Avant have
beeil tosen full cbnslderittlon, the peo
ple are n<>i satisfied, and mystery en
shrouds the whole affair. But that
Is not for1 us !o argue; Mrs. Blghnm
is no more, und her story Is never lo
be to'.d oh earth; Tie people must
accept tl result of fh? law's Inquiry,
?'id this they v.:.1. do unmttrmuriugly.
I es;; g a
i !6n \ " heartily < oil mi ?H3 i a * < or
invti stnt rhtcuts, those men nre gMllty
of v'olntlng the criminal Cod>\ If'
Mrs. Bight* m hit 1 boOh the lowest,
most ?!- si ate burgln-. these, men (
wohin1 not hnVe ha l the Ic'titnl *t*lght to
shoot her down under the circum
stances lhaj marked tli'6 deplorable
killings The Idea that tiny thought
she was a ghost is ridiculous, an I not
to be considered. V. ii'. a man Who is
believer i:; ghbst? It ltd afraid of
theih, run afo-r oho and shoot "It" in
the backt But lakh * thoir state
ment, that they supposed tb.e rot mat
ing figure tt> be thai of a burglar, those
men have committed an not that the
law farblds, and should be tried for
If. as they say. the act .wss alt awful
mistake and they were ety'-e'v inno
cent of any design, they must lot a
i try dei Ida how reprehensible w?i tbo
The Blluatlon is ?Imply tl '-. a wo
iinn has met tragic death at tho hand* <
of her husband find bis friend; what
is to be done to Batlafy the luwV. do- I
? ? ?
.lusi praise rdlOUld itover be v '>h
boid hence the following In reform
ehce I Jev, w. B, "Thayt r of tl city: I
? letifi i I almost envy you the
I?, ,, i ,i i rive of. often hearing
him t reach I Co i? stielt a good man,
so genuine a Christian, and such a fine
preacher." The quotation Is from a
letter to a citizen of Laurens from a
relative, living in a distant city.
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The Advertiser has received a copy
of the Montreal (Canada)^ Gazette,
with the compliments of the "Laurens
Canadian Touring I'arty." for which
wo extend thanks.
It is up to Attorney General Lyon
to make good in the prosecution of the
? ? ?
The school days are here, the very
best of the year.
My the way, the school campus is not
a fit place for hitching horses.
? * *
The police have n fine opportunity
to (!;> some excellent work on the pub
Ik (square Sunday afternoons. Last
Sunday there was a regular carnival
of the negroes oil the north side, over
the hcKro nutbmbbllo hack, and the
laugl ::.loikd talking and even yell
ing, amounted to a public nuisance.
W ! pi e urging the proper observance
o! Sunday hi (his city: this negro liio
nop* !<??.. in iir- sqiinre Is about the
nu . . 'vious hind huci to tt quiet Sun
day It i.- ?!!> lb the polled (jo
The wo: Id r.u ves < n in t-.p!te o.' the
ftp ; thai !*. !'. (li'.rridtnh is deud.
!>.riat though t.-. ? loss inay be.
i tili Tili; N KW R.Wl.Ko VI?.
Mr. Weeds \''.iri> People 1? I'm Their
Siiiiiildcr fa I !* V? herd,
l-.'dllof The Advert|s i\:
Vi'lll yoti ; How nie space in your ,
columns for :?. word nboni the pro
prosed rill I ron I Front llr'eenvllle lo
Augusta? Tho subject vitally Inter
est? the people in this section, and I
would if possible Impress the impor
tance "i lite matter. Now is the time;
the opportunity Is at '..and. and we
cannot afford to let it pass.
Years and years :'i.?> our fathers
pliiiined this rot.d through our Coun
try mid If we would see their hopes
fulfilled, we must put oar shoulders
(o the wheel and get busy. Piincetoh
nerd: n railroad! we have talked of it
lor years: now Is the ilnic for work;
Mr. .1. P. Charles has been through
our country si uulng ;'. c rights of way
for the road, and lie reports favorable
results! our people fccpin to bp thor
i,u'...l> in synipathj ii-Stli the move
ment and desirous thai the road
should run through ihi.? PccthSh.
the glvlllg of rights of way Is all
right, and our enthusiasm Is good, bill
we nuts! do m?> The people ofthls
section are expected, and justly so, to
subscribe in cold cash for the enter
prise. Why? Recnuse ii Is the best
Investment they can make. A rail
road lb rough here will Increase every
in no's property valuations, and ndd
greatly to the comforts and conve
nient <s o." the people. Run a railro?d
through this country and you would
not r< cognize it in three ye ns. Wc
ought lo subscribe n large amount.
The notes are hoi dtio until the roll
ing stock is put oh niid the trains arc
In operation. Thai Is a fair proposl
Let me urge our people tb the
tu; ttor up find give the ohle/rpri&e the
itippbrt it deserves; we will receive
he lienellt in the end. and i- is for
liii' own interests thai I plead.
w. M. Wd0ds.
Prjne< -on. s. c. Sept. lo. '00
GREAT P?PULA8ITY CONTEST
(Only oite of ?. >se may be cast for a
Tatter, Salt fthcum and Eczema
o. ??. i . e mil r .in : r ??? i >-i ? inpll
[Press Comments on
j The Bigham Tragedyj
Demand* Rigid Investigation.
The kitting of Mrs. S. ('. Bigham, In
Georgetown county, demands rigid In
vestigation. W. B. Avant, who fired
the fatal shot, and Dr. Bigham, the
husband, should be arrested. Indicted
ami tried by a jury. They should
themselves demand, presuming that
Ih 'V are conscious of innocence, ex
oneration by a jury's verdict.
The laws of South Carolina do not
permit a man to kill another who is
retreating even though that oilier be
acting suspiciously or be a trespasser.
While there is no disposition to sug
gest that the shooting of Mrs. Bigham
was intentional the accounts of tho
deed so far gl von to lUo public con
tain neither justification nor sulilctent
excuse for It.?The Columbia State.
Was a ''Terrible Deed".
The shooting of Mrs. Bigknmj at
iiarp-rs. jp Georgetown county. w::s
a sad affair. She was shot at verj
short range by Mr. A-vaiil id lite sug
gestion of. her husband, Dr. Bighahb
Tho !??>>???!! lor :;!! is [hits: i ?>> not
bo loo tjuht;? i nil !'.<? trigger at i ? .
I.-t I ? ? .
ciipe than to shoot and kill an inno
cent person by mistake or design.
There haVa been several cases re
ported Iii this state In which it seemed
to be premeditated murder instead of
shooting i)?Vgltir8i--S'i>nt'tauh'urg .Jour
??TIipj Shotittl He l??n!slio?r*.
We have n >ver read of a more Inex
cusable tragedy than that which re
sulted in the death of that poor young
wife of Dr. Bigham, in F'lorunce coun
ty, last Saturday night?shot to death
by In ;? host, at tin' Instigation of her
Own husband, because they thought it
possible that she might lie a burglar,
though it was in the early part 61 the
nigl i and she was some distance from
tho house, and neither approaching
them or inakhi3 any hostile demon
stration. They sny they did not know
who or wht:t she was?and. therefore,
blazed away with both barrels of :.
doubl0-ba rrel shotgun.
i f they had shoi a real burglar nn
iler such elvcUtustaneos?away from
lho :-.o;:s,> :>:t< making no demonstra
tion -it would have been murder, li
the victim had beeti the meanest ne
gro In <; '?rget?wn County it would 1
hn\ v been niut'der to have taken ids'
life und such circumstances.
Il Is to bo presumed that both men
are very son;.': but that is not enough.
They have committed a very serious
?Minie, and should be held to ft Strict
account for it. Ilumrn life Is loo
snored a thing to be sacrificed to the
Whimsical suspicions of nervous and
excitable and rockiest men.?Newher
( onrl faquir) Proper.
The coroner of Georgetown county
is d'-ocecding v try properly i;. in.sti
tuNng nn inquiry Into t:\> killing of
Mrs. Bigham, whose death, according
to t,he ccoitnt given by her husband
and his friend, at whose house they
.ere stopping, was the result Of li
frightful mistake on the part of the
two ill supposing that the woman
.? is a prowler about the premises,
That may be an absolutely true ac
count of the tragedy, but the circum
stances of th6 case are Such that it
shOtll 1 be established by Judicial in
vestigation, for the satisfaction of so
cloty and for! the justification of the
ft vowed authors of the poor lady's
death. Whatever (he Standing of the
principals to s?ch a happening as this
may be, the most rigid Inquiry liito till
the occurrences should be made and
a full account of the tragedy should
ho spread upon the public records,
duly authenticated.?-t harloston Post.
Mysterious ami Sensational.
The mysterious and sensational kill
ing (|f .Mrs. C!. C Dighnm by her hus
!)and, Dr. Bigham. and Win. II. Avant.
':. Georgetown county is one the
most extraordinary eases that we have
?ver known. That tii*? shooting is
Inexcusable) there is not the shadow
Of a doubt. The explanation offered
thus far by Bigham n::d Avar' does
not ex plain it; and we are glad to
know thai the two men have been
platjed tinder arm' bn warrant
It Will take a BOOrcttlilg Court in
vestigation to cleur o*? this rnysto
??'oils case. it i- unfortunate that
Mft, Bigham did hot nvo long enough
to .Rive her vc slon of the tragic af
faire Groenvlllo x> ws,
Of (ho Condition of The Hunk of Lau>
rent), Located at Laurens, S. ('., at
tho ( lose of Business Sept. 8, 1901).
Loan;, and Discounts .. ..$205,249.05
Demand Loans. 2,029.15
Overdrafts. 1.'. 110.82
Bonds and Stocks owned
bv the bank. 7.000.00
Banking House. L'.SOO.OO
Furniture and Fixtures... 1.714.00
Other Real Estate. 500.00
Due from Ranks ami Trust..
Silver and other Coin .... 1,007.8."?
Chech.-, and Cash Items.. 738.54
Capital stork Raid in_ $50,000.00
Surplus Fund. 30,000.00
Undivided Profits, less Cur
re.'ll Expenses and Taxes
Due to Ranks ami Trust
Companies. 1,3.49 * 57
Divld< nd.? Unpaid. 56.00
Individual Deposit subject
t.. Cheek. 43.6S2.99
Savin .'s Deposits. 4ti.7S0.63
Tllnn Certificates of beposit 20,0/76.74
Certified Checks. 7.1.09
Cushier's ( la eks. 7 .1'
Bills Payable. Ineludliig
f'erl Ideates for Money
! ov . ? ? ?
|a?id CURE the
hi- COUCH I
I GUARANTEED SATISFACTORY
OR MONEY RflFUNDED.
Can Eat Now
Thos. P. Davis, Laurens, S. C:
This is to certify that for the last 18
months I was so that I could not eat
hardly anything without a great deal
of misery. I had been treated by
several doctors with little or no good
till about seven weeks ago when I
commenced to use water from your
spring, and now I can eat anything
that I want without any bad results;
I can sleep well and can do my work
all right?in fact I feel like another
Mrs. J. H. S. Hipp.
Laurens. S. C. Rf'J. 2.
I Sec us this Week, wo
I will make prices very
$ For good Coffee pee us,
*) Lor fine Tea see us,
. ? op se?a
a Lor fresci Vegetable^ ?
Easv To Break A Dollar
but how hard to get it together again. Mere i:
cue of the many advantages of having t>citiK ac
mt. If yon pay b.\ check yon are n< t templed
to spend the sniatl amounts ? the le se change,
Why not deposit your earnings each month or
with this hank? paii'y a cheek book to pay your
bills and have a complete record of your expeu
The Bank for Your Savings.
Pianos, Pianos, Pianos.
Here is a help lor ail workers in The Adverti
ser's Popularity on test. For the names of
three prospective buyers this fall for Pianos. J will
give 200, votes for every sale of a piano to any of
the persons whose names have been sent to me,
1 will give 5oo votes. Should all the pros
pective buyers, sent to me purchase a piano, I
will give 3000 votes.
This means ihUCh for every worker or their friends, M'
Pianos are equal( it* not superior) to any pianos offered to the
buyer and 1 sell for much less prices and on terms to suit
Free music lessons for 6 mouths to every purchaser of a
piano. Teacher of your 6wn selection, Music Teachers are
requested t<> give me their address, it is to their advantage,
L. A. McCord
Laurents S C.