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tiURENS, S. C. DECEMBER I. 1909,
??let mi: iiam:. ,u hoe."
Down In Col I e ton county lasl week
?as hold a trial thai lias Interested
he peoplo throughout the entire state,
phn W. Messervoy, who bad shot and
[lied two state COItStablCS, was called
tjion to explain to ('.!?? state why the
tilling had ocenrri d. .\i ?. rs. ET h
mm" ami Alitnan, rogular olllecrs of
.he law, had sol'/ed a harrt I of alcohol
hat Messervey was attempting to lake
(rom the express olllce, it being con
signed to liim and he having arranged
with tiie express agent to get it at
this particular time while Constable
Alt man Was at supper. However, his
reckoning was wrong for Constable
PlshbUI'lie had been apprised of the
matter and was on hand to assist Alt
When the two olllcors attempted ;;.
seize the alcohol. .Messervey shot ami
hilled them hoth; houce, his presence
in the courts of justice to explain the
killing, 'l ie- del. use was that the de
fendnnl shot to protect his own life;
that the oUlcers were just about to
?..hoot him lor resisting arrest. Kvi
dently the jury did nil believe the
tale, for the verdict was guilty ol man
slaughter. The sentence of the court
AVUS that lie be confined to the state
penitentiary at such l tbor as he was
able to perform, sine* he was crippled,
.tor a period of twenty years.
It was when sentence was passed
that an unusual scene was enacted
in the court room. According to the
correspondent of The News and Couri
er the defendant broke down and cried
and called upon Hie judge to let him
hang, "'Change it to hanging, judge;
let me hang, judge; there is no use
for mo to waste my life up there for
I'm rot guilty; I'd rather be dead.'*
.And the newspaper man went on to
describe the scene, saying that it was
pitiful indeed to see this man. a crip
ple and with just one eye. crying ami
.sobbing and begging to be hanged.
Yes. we agree heartily with our
brother in the profession: It must
have been a pitiful scene, and one ral
< lltatcd to move the hearts of many.
Messervey i.-. we understand, about
thirty, and when his sentence is com
pleted, if il ever shall be. there will
be l?de left in years and usefulness
for the condemned man. It is pitiful
yes, to to hear a man begging to lie
Mcssorvey sit., in judgment in his
own case; ho declares himself Inno
cent even though n jury of his peers
have declared hint guilty. He ad
mits lite killing of two human beings,
and his explanation failed to satisfy
those who sat iii judgment ngainsl
hi':'. Hut of course lie has poor opinion
of the law ; he was once convicted of
polling liquor against the statutes of
the state, lie served a term on the
Chain gang: ho said that was unjust,
und even wi at so far as to say that
no justice could be got out of the
courts. Hi this statement we toe per
suaded to agree, particularly in Mes
servey's own case. Prom the testi
mony we are almost constrained to re
lieve that if justice, full and complete,
had been done in the case, this same
?lohn YV. Messervey would In the
c ourse of thirty days hang by the neck
Hut about the patnctlc scene that
the correspondent has so beautifully
and well pictured. Of course, it was
pitiful; and wo guess our heart would
have been somewhat touched, had wo
beheld it. Hut, tmiBt the law take In
to account the pathos of a sceno in the
<'onrt room? Many sentences are doubt
less much lighter Just becauso the
conditions arc such that a pathetic
scene is enacted. Judges are human
and their hearts must often be stirred
by the events that transpire before
them. Hut must the law reckon with
Why not recall the pathos of those
scenes in the homes of the two murd
ered men? Picture the events of that
.Inly evening around the hearth stone
in those two homes, when the kindly
neighbors brought the sad news that
the husband and father of each had
been slain by the hand of a violator
of the laws. Think of the reason be
hind this scene in the court room;
why was It necessary; who caused it?
In whose power was It to prevent such
s\ scene? We are too much Inclined
to forget the wrong that has beea
' done nnd sympathize with the living
who are Buffering or are about to suf
? for the consequences of their own
deeds. Mercy? Yes. we should judge
mercifully; but mercy ami luxness
have fostered crime in this old state
"Lei me bane. Judge". No. Mossor
vey will not hung, but the law says
that he must KOI'VO a term of twenty
years in the p fllltOUl iary.
"'rilOI'C is no use for me [o waste
my life up there." No. Mr. Messorvey,
your life Is not to be wustn I. Vou
have commllted an offense against
the laws of South Carolina, and those
twenty years "up there" will be spent
in satisfying the law's demand. You
are indebted to the slate for this: be
sides, you are adjudged unlit to have
that Uod.given liberty Hint was once
yours ami that you have abused.
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"PROHIBITION'S KKAL I.V. VI)Kit."
Following the am ual state fair,
there is always a meat deal of politi
cal talk, some of Immediate moment
ami some pertniiiing to campaigns
yet a year off. As usual this year,
the political pot began to boil when
"the leaders got together in Columbia."
Messrs Manning, Fontherstone, Ly
on and Please are (he " probables" for
governor. It is by no means certain,
though, that either Mr. Manning or
Mr. I..von will offer for this olllce.
And now. Hint Mr. HI ease has been
elected mayor of New berr>. he may
be satisfied for a time at least with
his political honors. Maybe?
The Advertiser will support Mr.
FoathcrStOllC for governor: first, be
cause WO believe he is the 11 blest man
so far mentioned; and second, because
he is a I,aureus man. We have al
Ways believed in his ability as a law
yer, and hi ; equipment to handle bus
imss affairs of large proportions. A
great deal is being said ubotlt "a bus
iness governor ": the Columbia Stale,
some days ago had an editorial arti
cle on the BUbJect. As a business
man and one altogether lltted for the
duties of the odlco we believe Mr.
Fcathcrstone to be superior to any of
those thus far announced.
I nder the heading of this article,
are the views of this papi r expressed
in the issue of February I2lh. 1908:
Rapid Changes have taken place in
the South Carolina political situation
during the past ten (lays. The senate
has passed the resolution calling on
the Democratic party to hold a prim
ary on the whiskey tratlic question,
and before this article is printed the j
house will probably pass a similar
resolution. Humors are afloat that
Governor Ansel will he opposed by a
straight prohibition candidate, and
there seems to be some doubt as to
what Governor Ansel's platform will
be. though justice to him requires the.
assumption that he will stand for lo
cal option. Wo do not advise a pro
hibitionist to enter. Our platform is
local option. Including the option of
licensed saloons, ami we believe (hat
the vexed whiskey (raliic question will
never be settled until the people coll
sent thai each separate county ami
city determine for itself how the traf
lie shall be regulated. Many believe
that a period of state prohibition will
be quickest way of reaching that de
sirable conclusion. Gov. Ansel has
made an excellent chief executive and
it was fortunate for the State that his
candidacy was available for the reg
istering of popular condemnation of
(he infamous stale dispensary in 15100.
If the prohibitionists must have a
candidate their candidate ought to be
Mr. c. c. Fcntherstone, for two rea
sons, either of which alone should be
sulUcicul to Influence thorn to concen
trate upon him. In the first place Mr.
Feathers! ono completely outclasses
any prohibit ionist in South Carolina
in all-around ability and equipment.
They have no man who is his equal
its a ready, vigorous, aggressive and
resourceful stump speaker. On the
stump he can hold his own with any
man in South Carolina, and few men
can hold their own with him. He is
a successful and practical business
man; he Is one of the strongest law- I
wen; in the state; he has had experi
ence In the direction of large affairs;
his reputation is unspotted; he has
common sense. Ho is no half-way
aian In anything and. rcgardlea* of
his views In the liquor traffic, he would
administer the affairs of the common
wealth In a wise and successful man
. nor. Wo know of no niau who has
loss of the fanatic In his tempornmont,
and as governor his course would bo
directed by the same broad-gauged
Judgement that would make him tho
successful head of a plantation, a bank
or a railroad.
In the second place. Mr. Feather
stone has done twice as much for the
cause of prohibition as has any other
living man in South Carolina. When
the prohibition campaign of 1808 was
; HbOUl to collapse Mr Keatherstono
seized its fallen banner and the race
he made lor governor was one of the
most remarkable In Hie recent history
of the state. The people discovered
then that he was a man of power, and
in spite of the domination of the state
dispensary lie lacked only about three
thousand votes of defeating the lato
! Gov. Kllcrhc, who had also the seeond
I term sentiment in his fiver. In 1900
Mr. Featherstooe exerted himself to
th<> utmost to bring about the election
of the late. Col. James A. Hoyt, and
?iul ing his whole career lie bat been
not only a consistent but a working
prohibitionist. Fiaukly. we have HOt
the greatest faith in tin* political mi.
gaclty of a prohibition party The
prohibitionists often take the wrong
step when the right step |y plainest
ami easiest, and if they cllOOSC
any other leader than Mr. Feathot'
stone, In' consenting to be their candi
date, they will richly deserve defeat
lor their want of ordinary discern
The Advertiser bus nol a word to
say about GoV. Ansel, except that he
has made a good record, but The Ad
vertiser would support Mr. Feather
Ktouo should he he induced to enter
the contest, regardless of the opposi
tion to him. We would support him.
although he does not represent our
views on the w hiskey tratllc question. I
W hile this proposition is shaped large
ly by personal considerations wo
could not lake it were Mr. Foather
stono not exceptionally lilted Tor the
leadership in the affairs of the slate
ami worthy of the clntidcncc of all
intelligent voters ami taxpayers.
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\\ HO IS THE BOSS !
Our esteemed contemporary, the
Manning Times, rather surprise.-; us
With tin1 bold declaration that there
Is a mau in Spart an burg who controls
the political situation in South Caro
lina, and nay aspirant for the gover
nor's otllce must secure his endorse
ment, if he hopes lo win.
There might have been a day in this
slate when OltC could dictate as to the
disposition of public favors, but if we
gm ss aright that day has passed.
Who is the political boss, that our
friend refers to?
Well, well: It has just dawned upon
us. Possibly it means thai the Rev.
.1 I.. Hurley, of the Anti-saloon league
controls the situation, Why were wo
so slow to guess? Great is the power
of he league in this state; ami its
mandates must be obeyed. Col. Feoth
erstoue, get down on your knees be
fore the lord ami master of South
Carolina politics, or forever "hang up
your hopes" for the governorship.
No. dear friend. Tin? prohibitionists
in this state are not bound to the Anti
saloon league; while the league may
have given valuable assistance to the
cause, it is by no means master of
the situation. The league may have
accomplished some good, and doubt
less has: and as we have often said,
in spite of the lack of wisdom on the
part of Rev. .1. I.. Harley; but the lea
gue does not control the politics of
The prohibitionists of the slate have
been lighting a long and hard struggle
and their efforts will be rewarded.
There is glory enough for the old
time prohibitionists, for the new con
verts, ami for the members of the
league. Col. Fentherstone devoted his
efforts lo t'ne cause long before the
league was ever heard of in these
pans, and the people of the state
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Fl'Otn Hie Associated Press cone.
spoudence at Union, s. c we have the
very latest in good Knglish: "The
negroes had Mown.".
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Oh. you Cl'OSS Hill chicken lighters.
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Cook won glory for discovering the
pole; now the man who will discover
Cook will thereby write his name on
the list of Immortals,
Arther. Miss Morlo; Andrews, T. w..
Cunningham, Miss Daisy; Fuller, Mat
tie H.; Cilctioso, Ceo , llillyrtm Henry j
?loly. Kiiiina; Heir Sam Q.S Martin,
Kllntl, (2); Mills JltO. B.; Patterson,
W. M.; Patterson Moggie; Randall L. I
w.; Suceninn, J, N.; Stocey, llttrso;
Thompson. C. H.; Wallace. O. N.: Wil
son. T. O.; Young. Sobun; Young,
.lillie; Yarhrough, Klla.
The above letters have remained
unclaimed in the post office at Laurens
S. C., for the term of two weeks ending
Nov.27th, 1900. Persons who desire
any of them can get theirs by calling
at the (Jenl. delivery window; state
that said letter or letters have been
advertised and pay one cent.
Oeo. S. McOravy, P. M.
Nov. 28th, 1909.
Note of Thanks.
Mr. and Mrs. O. L, Hunter through
the columns of The Advertiser, wish
to thank each of their friends for the
kindness shown their daughter. T.
Cralg Hunter In the "Great Popularity
Contest", and we Invite you all to call
round and share the results of the
contest with us, though we may be
rocking in the comfortable "Rocking
Chair". Long live The Advertiser !
Roller Family Reunion.
The members of Mr. L. H. Roper's
family enjoyed a happy reunion in this
city Thursday, at. the homo of Mr. C.
11. Roper, the eldest son. Those pres
ent, including the twenty-three grand
Children, were Mr. L. II. Roper. Mr.
ami Mrs. ('. If, Roper of Laurens. Rev.
and Mrs. L. M. Roper of Spartanburg.
Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Roper of Laurens.
Mr. and Mrs. P. .1. Roper (And Mrs. D.
B. Roper of Fountain Inn. \Mrs. B. F.
Roper of Laurens.
OUR SPECIAL NOTICES,
For Sale One house and lot in frown
I of Mountville. will soil for rash or
i exchange for farm property. Also
! Beveral houses and lots In city of
Laurens, and quite a number of farm
lauds very cheap. Call Oil Anderson
& Blakely If you need any property
or have any to sell.
Copyright Dour, Is a '"our of Qual
ity, when you buy Copyright you
should fool satlsllold. Von have
bought the BKST value money can
For Kent Dwelling an t Farm of
10 acres, located on South Harper
street. Property formally owned by
Mrs. Tallulah Irby. Now having
uousi thoroughly repaired & painted.
Woul I sell the dwelling & lot. Ap
ply by letier. t. i) Darlington, Lau
rens, S. C.
For sale or Kent storehouse in
Mountvilo, s. c. VV. \V. Werts.
Salesman Wanted To look after
our Interest in Laurens and adjacent
counties. Salary or Commission. Ad
dress The Harvey Oil Co.. Cleveland O.
Wanted \ live hustling man to
represent us in this section in hand
ling monuments and cemetery work.
We have a good proposition for the
right man. References required. Ad
dress Owen Dros. Marble Co., Green
wood, s. e. lt;-;:t
For Sale Controlitlg interest in a
well established furniture business,
satisfactory reasons for selling, Apply
to it. k. Humphries at the Cntne &
i'it;s Furniture Co. 17-tf
For lfe.it Two up-to-date store
rooms, several olllces, splendid dwell
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painted inside and out: in two LdoCkS
of square, W. II. Dial. 4t
Professional llorse-Slioer For
blaeksmlthing and horseshoeing come
to my shop. I have a professional
horse-shoer employed; he heats the
world. C tieral btacksmithillg ami re
pair work done.
ROBFJRT I.. WIIITLOCK,
it Mount* llle, s. C.
Registered Berkshire Hoar Ready
for service. Fee $2.00. D. K. Todd.
Laurens. R. F, D. No. 1. 2t-pd
Notice Don't fail to read the special
Offer of _?"> per cent reduction at pres
ent on Far rand Pianos.
Notice Don*t fail to read the special
j offer of l'."> per cent reduction at pres
I out on Fnrraud Pianos.
For Sale Us acre farm with dwell
ing, tenant, house and other Improve
ments, located miles east of Reedy
River Power company and known as
the Cunningham place. Price $-?"> pet
acre. Andrew C. Phillips. Laurens.
It. F. I). No. ?;. It
COLLEGE STUDENTS ENTERTAIN,
Hoys Give Their Friends A Joll) Good
Time Proceeds $35.00.
Clinton. Nov.2!? The college stu
dents gave one of the joiiiest enter
tainments ever seen here last night
at the college. The affair was modell
ed on the carnival. A short play, it
fortune teller, barkers, fortune wheels
on which people won roses, a burles
que shooting gallery, and a burlesque
art nailery, an ice cream and cake
parlor, were the features.
Mrs. Ma/.yck. Miss Fronde Kennedy
and Miss Tallulah Neville helped.
The proceeds amounting to about
$sr>,C0 go to the v. M. C. A. and will
be used to help semi a delegate to
the national conference at Horhester,
Bottling Works Sold.
Mr. w. II. Gilkerson, Jr. of this city
has sold his interest in the coca cola
bottling works to Mr. C. W. Bills of
Greenville, who will in Hie futuro con
duct the business in connection with
I the plant in Greenville. Iloweve
there will be no apparent change in
the business Here, for Mr. C.uy L.
Watson, who has I.n the elllcieilt
manager for some time, will continue
in that capacity.
185 Barrels Flour
guaranteed first patent at
prices to move it, we need
See us for your Christ
mas Goods and Cake Ma
terials, full line everything
kept in a first class Grocery
Store and everything fresh.
J. W. Payne & Co.
The Cash Grocers.
Vetch and Alfalfa
Get fresh seed from me.
A fiUl line of Fountain Syringes
Dr. Posey's Drug Store
Laurens. S. C.
I The Best Gift You Can Give. |
^% You Cannot Make a Present to Those ^
?C N'ear and Dear to Von on ^
^ Christmas Day ||
? that will be more appreciated by them than a good 'portrait ^
? of yourself. Why worry? One dozen pictures will take
^ care of one dozen friends or relatives. That much ofi
]^ \ (>ur mind.
The Nichols PKoto is tHe best
We deliver when promised regardless of weather.
I Nichols Studio
* LAURENS, S. C.
J.W.& R.M. Eichelberger
We desire to call your attention to the fact that we
have on hand a full 3tock of the best grade of Lime, Brick,
Cement, Plaster, Crushed Stone for all Concrete and Pav
ing purposes. Also, the best grade Blue Gem and Jellico
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The best Dry Pine and < )ak Wood, cut for stove or
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you will become one of our regular customers.
We appreciate and z'wx- all orders large or small our
pe rsoual attention.
We make Drayage a Specialty.
Old Santa Claus
Has arrived and will make his
headquarters at my store.
He w\ill be opened up and on
J., L. Hopkins