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LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1909
THE THACKER REVIVAL
WILL CLOSE TO=NlGHT
Series of Services Have
Resulted In Great
SOME COMMENTS BY
Religious Meetings at First Presby
terian Church Have ftecn l*rod?e
live of Much Good r.xpre*
sfons From Dr. Tlinokcr
and l'ref. Fisher.
Tonight, the series of revival ser
vices that have been in progress since
December 1st. a; the First I>rcsl>ytor
Ian church of this (Ity come to a lose.
The service at 7:30 will be the last
"f what has beer; one of the most re
liable meetings ever held in Lau
rens: productive of so much good, re
Bttltlng in a great awakening of the
people and turning their thoughts to
things religious, the means of convert
ing many to a profession of faith In
According to a statement of Rev.
\ F. Rankiti, pastor of the First
Presbyterian 'church, .'it the close of
the service Tuesday afternoon, there,
had been 431 who had signed the re
eonsecrntion cards, that is expressing
a desire and intention of leading more
eonsccratcd lives and being more
faithful to their professions, there had
been 83 professions of faith, and 16
who had declared their intention of
securing their church letters which are
at present elsewhere, and uniting with
some church in I,aurens.
In addtfiinn to the above, as a re
sult of the one serviee held at Clinton
yesterday morning at the Thornwell
orphanage, there were 143 who signed
the reconsecration eards and LT? pro
fessions of faith. Dr. Thaeker went
to Clinton early Tuesday morning,
preached at the orphanage and return
ed to the city for the afternoon service
Tomorrow, Dr. ThaCker goes to his
home in Norfolk to spend the Christ
mas holidays with his wife and child
rens. in January he goes with many
others evangelists into the state of
.Maine for a religious Campaign.
The services that come t<, ? close
tonight have been a blessing to this
entire community; there can he. nor
is there, any question about this. The
influence of them has been i ll. Vast
throngs of people have attended the
servicees; they have listened with un
usual attent ive.ness: and the results
can never lie computed. The singing
has been the best church music ever
heard In this city; it has been by a
chorus of something like seventy-live
voices from all the choirs of the city.
Prof. Fisher is an accomplished lead
er and diroetor, and seemed to be
able to get the people to sing as they
have never song before. Mrs. Fisher
at the piano contributed much to the
beauty of the music.
While the meetings have been under
the auspices of the Presbyterian evan
gelistic department, all denominations
have been made to feed that the work
was for them as well, and the hearty
co-operation of all in Lau rens "has been
a feature of the meetings.
A free will offering ;mounting to
something over $300 was raised and
presented to Dr. Tltacker. This Is in
addition to the expenses provided for
by the members of the Presbyterian
church; people of nil denominations
Contributed to this free will offering.
Following are some expressions re
garding the meeting by a number of
representative citizens, together with
a word from Dr. Thaeker and Prof.
Dr. II. K. Alken.
Dr. ft. K. Alken, president of the
chamber of commerce, snys. regarding
the meetings that close today:
"Dr. Thaeker has delivered remark
able able and forceful sermons. His
earnestness, his sustained eloquence,
his thorough knowledge of the Ilible
nnd the spirit of the .Master that so
clearly dominates all that he says
and odes, combine to chain the atten
tion of all his hearers. Nothing Is
said or asked for that need embarrass
any one. The love of Jesus for a lost
world Is held up as the magnet to
draw men unto Him. And there can
he no stronger plea than this. Force,
compulsion, ridicule, abuse nor legis
lation have never, nor con ever, move
men to reformation In morals like
gratitude and an awakening self Inter
est. II Christ's way is not better than
the way of the world. 'Christianity
would retrograde rather t! mi grow."
"Dr. Thacker avoid-; personalities
and sarcasm while enunciating clearly
his fixed and logical views upon the
life that now is as well as that which
is to come. Consciously perhaps, he
seems to keep ever bofor< the admoni
tion In Essentials?-unity In m n ei -
sentlals?liberty; In all things- chari
He has been heard by all classes
and creeds here and If the feelings of
anybody have been hurt by anything
he hiis said or done nothing has been
heard of it. Let it not be understood
that ho is a "trimmer" or so much a
candidate for popular favor as to offer
compromise with known sin?far from
it; but be seems to have the rare
grace of loving tin' sinner while hut
Ing the sin. lie is an Illustration of
the wisdom of evangelizing the world
through the means and under the aus
picies of one of the established denom
ination, rather than putting forth in
dependents who are answerable to no
authority, and whose heresies often
bring discredit upon established reli
"All denominations will see and feel
the beneficial effects of the revival of
true and undefiled religion in this
community long after this teacher has
gone on his way ."
Dr. .1. E. Thacker.
Dr. Thncke:- has the following to
say to the people of Laurens:
It has been one of the pleasures of
my life to have had the privilege of
P^^^^^W^^^^I have a
tian community; a sober industrious.
Qod fearing people and a prosperous
and progressive little city. May Heav
ens richest blessings rest upon Lau
rens and her people.
I wish to express my deepest ap
preciation of the support given by the
newspapers of Laurens to the evange
listic campaign. Some one has said,
'When great moral issues have been
at stake, when the pulpit has scented
to be powerless when reformer:* have
been discouraged, when the masses
out of sympathy with good govern
ment seemed to be in control, It has
always been true that the press has
been the mightiest agent for arousing
public sentiment in favor of rights liv
ing, right thinking and right acting.'
The papers have been our great help
ers, and In no place have they given
more space und assistance than here,
ami I hear that you have the 'best
weekly paper in the state'. The < x< Si
lent not ices and unstinted commend
ations of your press have promoted
j In no small way the Interest and BUC*
I cess of the meetings,
j The committees, publicity, finance,
ushers, music, and others, have been
untiring in their efforts and unusually
series of evan
es in Laurens;
to have been
with Mr. Ran
kin a personal
friend. a fel
able and effi
in the vineyard
of the Lord:
to have had
the united and
p o r t oft h e
good people of
bis church, t he
oration of the
past o r s and
ple of all
tions, and the
and p a t i e n t
hearing of the
pie of the ( om
ni unit y. a 1 I
have been gra
tifying to me
CHAPTER ELECTS OFFICERS.
Rising Sun Chapter, Number c>, ( boos
es Leaders For tho Year.
At a regular meeting or the Rising
Sun chapter, Royal Arch Masons on
last Friday night the following officers
were elected and installed for the
coining year: R. A. Cooper, high
priest; Geo. L. Pitts, kiim; Brooks
Swygert. scribe; \V. W. Dodson, treas
urer; it. Terry, secretary; it. A. Babb,
captain of the hosts; C. M. Miller,
principal sojourner; T. L. Monroe,
U. A. captain; \V. <;. Lancaster, third
veil; Thos. Downey, second veil: Y.
S. Qilkcrson, llrst veil; and YV. II.Gtlk
< rson. sent Inch
This chapter was re-orgnnlzed last
year. sine? which lime its growth and
progress has been remarkable, nud
intensely gratifying to all its members.
Delegates To (?rand Lodge,
Messrs R. A. Cooper. R a. Babb.
and T. Lane Monroe left Monday for
Charleston to attend the meeting of
the grand lodge of the Masons of this
state. Mr. Cooper is a member of the
grand lodge; Mr. Monroe is represent
ing Palmetto lodge number 1!>. and
Mr. Bnhb represents I.aureus lodge
number 200. The lodge met last night.
efficient in their work. The splendid
choir has done fine singing, and the
music has been an inspiration to the
meetings, touching the hearts aud com
forting the souls of the great congre
gation. I have been hoping and pray
ing for certain definite results from
these meetings. I hoped that Jesus
would he more real and the Bible more
precious to US, 1 longed for the bring
ing of Cod's people closer together that
in the unity of the spirit and the bonds
of peace' they might co-operate more
and more for 4he uplift of the commun
ity and the upbuilding of the church;
the moving of Christians of all denom
inations to greater personal consecra
tiou and a deeper sense of uudlvidual
responsibility; the reclaiming of the
careless, eoltJ. indifferent, worldly
minded church member and the sal
vation of the lost. These have been
tl?c purposes of this evangelistic cam
paign which Cod has richly blessed.
The success of the meetings has been
brought about not so much by the
'Thacker-Flsher combination1, but un
der the nuidance of the Holy Spirit, by
the excellent preparation anil splen
lid co-operation of the Christian people
of the entire community.
"I rejoice that Cod has blessed your
efforts. Christians have been com
forted and reconsecrated, back-sliders
have returned unto the Lord, many
have glvon their hearts to the- Jesus
Christ and new members will be re
ceived ?, nto every church.
"No Christian workers ever received
a more cordial welcome, more hearty
support and more earnest co-operation
than you people have given t<> us. I
peak. I know, both for the Fishers and
myself when I say. we cannot find
words to express our appreciation
oi' it all. God Bless you every one."
Rev. .1. L. McLln.
Of the meetings, Rev. J. L. Mel.in
"The evangelistic meetings now
drawing to a close at the First Presby
terian church has been much appre
ciated by the people of Latircns. This
is evidenced by the unusually large
Congregations that have attended the
services, both afternoon and evening
"Dr. Thacker'8 methods are some
what out of the usual order lor this
section, nevertheless his preaching is
thoroughly evangelical, it Is charact
erized by the earnestness, force and
simplicity and is calculated, under the
blessings of Cod, to quicken, comfort
and strengthen Christians, ami lead
sinners to repentance and faith In
Christ as a personal Saviour.
"The singing of Mr. and Mrs. Fisher
has been an attractive and important
feature of the meeting. The gospel,
as sung by them and the strong choir
supporting them, has doubtless made
lasting impressions for good upon
Personally I have appreciated the
services and I trust have been benefit
ed by them."
Mr. D. V. Ihn Is.
Mr. D. A. Davis, one of the leading
merchants of the city said yesterday:
"The gospel of love is what will win
men, and Dr. Thaeker preaches thai
gospel. Mrow-beatlng and Intimida
ting are of little effect.
"The meetings have been, what seem
to me. a great success. The excellent
singing was a feature; Mr. Fisher is
an exceptionally competent and effec
(Continued on Page Four.)
CHAHOFH WITH ASSAULT.
Young White Man and Negro 111 Jail
On Serious Charge?
Young John Creemer, of the Waits
mill village, is In the county jail \
charged with criminally assaulting an
Aged white woman in Votings town
ship some days ago. Before Creemer
was arrested, however. Will Johnson,
(adored, was arrested on the same
charge and Identified by the victim.
But the Officers bad reason to believe
that the woman was mistaken and
warrants were issued for two young
white men. Thus far only Creemer
has b< en capt u red
It is stated that the woman in ques
tion is over sixty years of age. some
what feeble In mind and that there
is possibility of her beinng mlstaki n.
Further, there tire rumors that, wltllo
there i.-t something In the ease, it was
not In reality an assault.
Creamer is apparently about IS
years of age; he has relatives living
In the neighborhood ol \Whero tho
crime Is alleged to have been commit
ted, and that he was visiting there at
Mr. Frank Wright Promoted.
Mr. Frank Wright, son of Mr. and
Mrs. W. F. Wright of Tylersville. who
has been express messenger on the
Southern line from Augusta to Colum
bia for some time has been transfercd
: to the line from Jacksonville to Char
lotte, one of the most Important runs
on the Southern line. Mr. Wright is
quite a young man. barely twenty
i one and the promotion is a substantial
on bond of $5,000
Young Parrott Mllam who shot Mr,
William M. Irby on Sunday afternoon,
November 7th. was released from the
county jail on Saturday afternoon on
. ball to the amount of $a.000 having
j been secured by bis attorneys, Rlchey
A Rlchey before Judge Eugene 11. Gary
in Columbia on Friday. The signers
of the bond ar<> as follows: J. M. Ilel
lams, D. B. Trlbble, Huge Anderson.
(Jus Mllam. Mrs. Rebecca Christian,
Mrs. Lydie Mllam, and J. 1?. May.
Solicitor Cooper opposed the grant
ing of bail, presenting an affidavit by
young Irby Fuller which stated that
Mllam had declared his intention of
fleeing the country If he ever got cut.
of jail. This fact, possibly, accounts
1 for the heavy bail required by Judge
Clary, Milam will have to answer to
the charge of assault and battery with
intent to kill.
Woodmen To Fleet Ofih er.?.
T.aureus camp, number ?S, will in< I
on Thursday night of this week for the
purpose of electing officers for next
year; 7:30 o'clock is the hour. It i:
desired that every member be on hand
1 for this special meeting.
TBK M A HI ON STOCK COMPANY.
I Will Be Here For Thursday, Frida j,
and Saturday nights.
The management of the city opera
bouse have secured a three nights en
gagement with the Marion Stock com
pany to play here on Thursday, Friday
and Saturday nights. This company
j lias eleven members of first class tal
ent and promises to be especially
good. One of the plays they present
is "The Waif of tin- Mines", a beauti
ful story of front lor life.
I n addition to the plays, there are
some vaudeville artists who give spe
cialties in dancing, singing and hum
orous sketches between acts.
Remember the da lea; three night:;
only; this week. Tickets arc now on
sale at the Dodson-Hdwards drug
NF.W F.IOF.R IS LACRKXS MAX.
Rev. T. C. Odell Appointed Presidinu
Flder at Recent Conference.
Rev. T. ('. Odell who was appointed
presiding elder at the session of the
Methodist conference in Abbeville this
week is a Laurens county man, having
been born and reared in the Mt. C.allc
ghar section of the county.
Mr. Odell is quite well known in
Laurens and in the county and bis
many friends are pleased at this mark
of honor conferred upon him. He
has a number of relatives here who
will be InterORtod in this lews.
Sow Men linnlie i'inn.
Mr. .1. W. Sparks of Thompson. Ca.
, will on the first of January open up
a millinery and ladies' furnishings
establishment in the new store room
in the Dial building on West Main
treet. occupying the one next the
, Trlbble Clothing Co.
BRIEF INEWS NOTES
FROM CROSS MILL
Death of Mr?. it. it. Goodman Wodnes
day night- Personal Items V
Cross Hill, Dec. 13th..Mrs. IClla
Goodman, wife of Mr. 15. H. Goodman, 1
died last Wednesday night ami was
hurled Thursday afternoon. Mrs.
Goodman was about years old ami
besides a devoted husband, leaves two
children ut mourn her loss, sin- was
before her marriage, Miss Wlln Fullor !
of this county, and many friends and
relatives will hear of her untimely
death With sorrow and regret.
She was a consistent member of the
Cross liiit llaptlat church and was
universally loved for her womanly
graces and Christian characl< r.
She is also survived by three broth
ers, Mr. Kniest Puller, of Dock Hill;
Mr. Ucttys Puller, of Abbeville. Also
by one sister, Mrs. Lewis Dailtzler. of
Rev. .1. V Martin has moved to bis
home in town.
Rev. mid Mrs. (1. \V. Ilolllngsworth
wore in 1.aureus Saturday.
Miss Summers Nabors vlsltod Mr.
and Mrs. R. A. Austin last Thursday
and Friday on bei- way to Conference
Mr. W. T. Royce has been quite ill
the past week.
Little Mis.-. Vivian Nance, the beau
tiful seven year old daughter of Mr.
\ and Mrs. C. I). Nance, entertained n
number of little folks Saturday at a
Mr. C. S. PInson has an IS inch bored
well, and ashort piece of plank fell
into it. lie paid a littledarky to ?et
it out. He tied the rope around his
waist and had to go down hands up and
get hohl of it with his feet. He got
It near the top twice and it fell back.
; The third time he got it out. This
I was a right perilous job.
This correspondent wishes to con
! gratulate the four young people who
> won out in The Advertiser Contest.
1 A CHRISTMAS ENTERTAINMENT.
Mill School Children Will (Jive Ell*
On next Tuesday evening at 7:3u
o'clock in the Lnurcns mill auditorium
the children of the mill school will
give a Christinas entcrlaimm nt r<>r
the benefit of the mill school library.
A most interesting and pleasing pro
gram has been arranged under (In
direction of the teachers of the k< hool
and tlx >se who attend will he pleased.
Tin- cause is worthy and should be aid
ed by everbody. The entertainment
will begin promptly at 7:30; the ad
mission will be in cents fur children
and llj r ent: tor adults.
Ran!, of Lltlircns Dh tdetld' .
At the annual meeting of the ato< k
holders of the Rank of Lnurcns yester
day afternoon, the regular I per cent
semi-annual dividends were declined.
The <i\i\ hoard of directors wore elected
and the same officers for the coming
V lam rens Pastor.
.1. B. Covlngton of Greenville, Is
a member of iho "old guard" among
the pastors at the convention. Mr.
I CoV'ihgton is pastor of Pleasant
Grove church in Greenville county,
and of Landford church, in Laurens
county. Anderson Mail.
Lidcrtainment a! Green Pond.
The Green Pond hieb school will
give one of its best entertainments
Thursday night, Dec. 23rd, for the
benefit of the school building. Admis
siOll 10 & cent:;.
Shower For Thursday.
TllO jelly and preserve shower that
was to have been last week will be
, held at the residence of Mr. White W.
Jones on North Harper street on
Thursday afternoon of this week at
3:30 o'clock. This shower is by the
Junior Aid society of the First Presby
terian church and for the Thornwell
orphanage. All the ladies and child
ren are expected to attend this shower
1 and to contribute some article.
Pythian* (o Licet Officers.
On next Monday night, December
20th., Laurens lodge number 13, will
meet to elect officers for tin- ensuing
year. All the mombi rs are urged to
School < loves Tliiirsdll) '-'3rd.
The Christmas holiday.-; in the grad
ed schools begin on Thursday after
noon. December 23rd and (lose on
Monday or Tuesday after Christmas.
One week will he given. Definite an
nouncement will he made next WOOk.
COMING IN RAPIDLY
Interest In The Advertiser's
$5.00 TO BE GIVEN AWAY
There Vre Mini) ln? Will Contest
l or Advertiser's Ehe Hollars
since ihe iionoueeinenl I wo weoks
ago thnt The Advertiser will glvo away
$1*1 in cash for the best Christmas stor
ies, there have been an amazingly
large number of stories sent in to the
ollice. Some of them are line, and
some are going to he hard to heal. Hut
the contest is on, and every hoy and
girl in tue county should ho on his
or le i- mottle and otromluo that one
of the pi Izoa must come his or hot*
And yet, there have not Keen as
many stories as (hero ought to bo.
Why? It should he a matter of pride
on the part of every parent, and every
sei.I teacher to have his child or
pupil enter a contest where brains
count. What have you dene, teacher
and parent, to assist this work thill
means something for the child? Cs'ot
the money, but the honor of v, inning
a prize in such a contest.
Writing compositions, essays and
! stories is a training thai every child!
I must have; It calls into play all thoit'
faculties. Got the child in the con
, test. Do it now.
Now, if there is a child just a llttlo
over fourteen years of age, he or she
can enter the contest. It Is not neces
sary to reduce the requirements to a
matter of a few days, or even a month.
Let all who are M and under write a
story. "Write on one side of the paper
don't mule it over 1000 words; mail
it to The . dvertlser by Saturday of
this week. This Is our last announce
ment. The stories will be printed
j next week and the prizes awarded.
For the best story Tie- Advertiser
will giver $2 In silver; for the three
' next best, $1 each. Win a prize.
NEW METHODIST PASTORS.
KOV. L. P. MctJee to Serve Flrsl Meth
odist Church 'it* La nrens.
At the Methodlsl conference In Ab
beville on Monday tin appointments
for ihe coming year re made by
Hlshop Wilson. It"v. .! !?. ('rout was
not returned t<? i/'iir-cii . ihe now pas
tor of the First church being He-, L.
i P. Mo.Goo who hitti served the church
la Ornngeburg for (he past four years.
For t ho Laim us circuit. It< v. I > It.
Hoof was assigned. It S. T. Mc
Carty who has served thli charge for
ihe past year goes to W< a Ke ley in
' Plckous county.
Rev. F. G. Whltlock goes to Water
loo; Rev, Foster Speer Is returned to
j Princeton; Rev. .1 Ii. Mahaffcy is re
turned to ('Union; Rev. s. T, (ilnckmnn
goes back to Fountain Inn; Rev, I! M.
Du hose is returned to Gray Court; and
Rev. W. M. Duncan Is continued as
presiding elder of the Greenville dis
opera hoi si;.
ci ' ' *?'? Hull, I'r'ilaj ami Silt Ur
du > Ree. Ill, 17, and Is.
Mr. D. F. Marion presents a com
pany of players, eleven ladies and
gentlemen. Dialogue chaste and re
bned Melodrama, "The SValf of tho
Mines." A play in four acts, pre
senting n story of frontier ||fe (ho
joys and hardships Of the pioneer day;
replete with novel situations, pCrflOUH
adventure'. InlligllC, treachery, love
and devotion to duty of a young girl
of the far west and the dastardly
scheming of a Mexican fortune hunter.
Good music. Metropolitan Vaude
ville artists; singing and dancing. Tho
cast is composed of eleven people, Re
served seats at Dodson Kdwards Drug
Co., 2?c, 35c and GOc.
Rev. i, I), ( rout Located.
Through Presiding Elder Duncan.
Rev. J. D. Croat made request to the
bishop this week at tho Methodist con
ference to bo "located." This term
among the Methodists means to bo re
tired from the ministry. [I is under
Stood that Mr. Crout will in the next
week or so move his family to And* r
son where he owns property pnd de
vote himself to farming, Mr Crom
has been pastor of the First Methodist
ChtirCh here for three years Dipl I Is
people ngret to give him Up; ll Is a
matter of regret also that ho 1" ' ?
Clded to quit tho ministry.