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LAURENS, S. C, DECEMBER 15. 1909.
Were we to devote the remainder of
our days to the discussion of ibis sub
ject, tho task could not he completed
even though we confined ii to the
Christian religion. Any one phase of
it were sulllclent to IUI volumns, and
Indeed have filled thousands of vol
umns. Ileuee. what follows can. per
force, bo only random remarks, put
together In desultory fashion. Vet.
so much of the time and thought of
this community have been consumed
during the past fifteen days, thai the
subject just now is paramount to all
oilers. Mole people have beard the
Christinn religion expounded within
this time than at any other particular
season; and tin interest manifested
has been to a marked degree. Christ
ianity and the religion of Jesus Christ
have absorbed tho attention of the peo
There are a great many people in
t\? city of Laurens who do not believe
ii; revivals. They say it is all noii
sonso! that a great hullabaloo is rais
ed; that people are worked up to a
high pitch of emotionalism: are scared
into a profession of faith by the recital
of awful deeds and pathetic scenes;
and thai wlu u the meetings are over
with, tin converts lapse Into their old
Doubtless there is ground for this
la lief; for. experience has shown this
to be the case in numbers of Instances.
After the excitement is all over, the
people no oil in their former ways.
There are some church members who
think a revival is a failure because
they "can't get up any excitement";
the shouting, crying and mourning are
mistaken for evidences of tho workings
of the Holy Spirit. Enthusiasm and
excitement are not wrong In thorn
Helves; lud ed, some natures demand
an outlet of that kind: it is really and
.genuinely soul-expression with them.
Jim this excitement should not be con
fused with religion.
Hut as to the efucaey of rovlval
meetings. We believe there CSU be
no question as to this, in reference to
the Thncker meetings at the Presby
terhtnn church. There seems to have
been a genuine revival of religion,
im n and woman professing faith in
calm and sober manner. They have
been presonted with facts, they have
reasoned it out. and ncted on reason
as well as on feeling. Religion is about
the most reasonable something in the
world when founded on nothing but
feeling or einotleil, it does not always
Mick. Neither does all that Is founded
on both reason and feeling always
stick, for that matter; but. in this case.
WC believe, the chances are better.
Salvation, that provided by the Sim :
?>f God, has been presented to the peo
ple of Laurens. clearly, simply and
plainly; it has been told them they
have a way by which they may be eter
nally saved, and only one way; they
must live everlastingly somewhere,
"why not in heaven; that they are Hod's
and they owe homage and service to
Hod; that service to Hod is the chief
end of life. These facts have been
presented, and many have accepted
a revival that saves men and woman
is a good thing.
Need we say anything about the re
spectability of religion, In this day of
advanced culture and learning. Yes,
the subject Is pertinent right here in
Laarens. Is religion popular? Oh,
yes! It Is very popular In I>aurens
Quite often have we heard this ex
pression about one and more devout
Christian men In this community: "Yes
he Is a good man, but such a crank".
Christians, sevoral centuries ago,
were called that same thing; those
who give utterance to any such opin
ions are just so many centuries behind
"It takes a crank to turn a good
many things In this world", we have
heard, and wo believe it thoroughly,
when applied in cases like the above.
Christians, genuine and devout, who
practice their Christianity on Mon
day are quite often called cranks; that
Is because religion has not become as
respectable In Laurens as It will be
some day. Men are afraid of being
called cranks. They are all right on
Sunday morning, when they get in
church and greet the pious faces that
have been made up for the day: they
are then shielded by the kindly church
walls; but when they get down town,
OUt of their element, religion takes a
How many business men in the city
an there, who are just the same on
Monday as on Sunday? And It is all
because they think Christianity hasn't
sufllclent standing in tin- business
world for them to practice it. Reli
gion, they think, is for the women and
Children, not for strong men. They
are afraid of being laughed at. or of
being called a crank.
If we mistake not the signs of the
times, religion is fast becoming a fac
tor in every-day. business life. As Dr.
Thnckor says, the corporations in the
big ( ittes are learning the lesson: pol
ties Is feeflng the Influence of the fast
growng clement that has recently been
injected. Religion in politics! That
sounds ridiculous in South Carolina,
but is it? Dul as a matter of fact,
wasn't there a little religion in Lau
rens county politics last year And.
as Dr. Thnckor said, the public are
beginning to recognize toe fact thai
individual acts that are wrong, are
equally wrong when committed by
companies, corporation-; or the qubltc
at large: this has not always been so.
In business, men are fast applying
the principles that Christ taught in
His sermon on tho mount. Business
men. lawyers and doctors are conform
ia i more to the laws of Clod. Religion
Is becoming a part of every-day life.
This Is particularly true in numbers
of cities, both large anil small: and
oven the smaller towns, that are al
ways backward in such matters are
fast taking hold. Time was when a
village lawyer would not think of get
ting up in church and delivering an
address. Now there are hundreds of
them. Laurens has a few.
How about religion tur.cng young
men? We have heard the accusation
that Laurens had the most trilling set
of young men that are to be found
in many a day s journey. Whether or
UOl tbis Is true, we t. not know; some
there are who have no employment,
nothing to do but loaf: others, that
we know are industrious ami success
ful. Hut regarding them as a whole,
we cannnot say. Nor do we know
whether or not there are many of them
who profess the religion of .lesus. We
do know that there are not a great
many who attend Sunday-school ser
vice; wo know but fow who stand up
before a class ami teach the Sabbath
school lesson. We have seen many
in other places.
The tlnest thing in all tl.e world is
a strong young man. whose life Is
given in service to God: it is a fact
whether or not we wish to admit it.
Religion is not so popular among
young men as it should be. and there
is one reason for this. that, in our
opinion, is one of the greatest trage
dies of the age. It Is the fact that
young women have made it v. ry diffi
cult for young men to If Christians.
Hard as this may sound, we believe
it a fttct, Why?
What kind of young man is popular
[tmong the young women of a commun
ity? Certainly not the devout Christ -
lail, who attends Sunday-school: the
girls call him a "sissy" They admire
the wild, recklessness of youth, mis
taking it for strength of manhood
The:.- is something romantic about
the life of the young "buck" who ac
complishes all kinds of outlandish
Teats; who emerges successfully from
all kinds of scrapes: whose life "needs
reforming." While, the quiet, modest
young man. who has no wild stories
to tell, who is not a dare-devil, holds
but little interest for the women of to
day. Young women are decidedly
strong on romance; they must have it:
and. they have a mistaken idea of what
In consequence of these require
ments on the part of young women,
many young men, fearing to be dubbed
a "sissy", lead lives that they would
not live IT the disposition of young
women were different.
The fact that something over six
hundred men, women and children
have expressed a desire to live better
and more consistent Christian lives,
to accept Jesus Christ and live his
religion, or to unite with a church in
this city thus casting their Influence
for good here Is an event In the history
of i.aureus. It must and will have
Its effect. Practical Christianity
and every-day religion will become
aore popular and more respectable.
Rusineas will feel the effects, and
young men and young women will be
found more devoted to the cause of
Jesus Christ and In the spread of his
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PRAI8K AND CRITICISM.
Every now and then, the Clinton
Gazette preaches a mighty fine sermon
In a mighty few words. Last week
It had the following gem:
"How seldom people think to bestow
a little praise upon those with whom
they are in daily contact.* Your em
ployes, your associates, your children
and your wife would And their loads
lightened by a word of commendation '
now and then."
Our contemporary Is quite correct. [
Justly bestowed praise Is about the j
best tonic known to any and all pro
fessions, it's Ingredients are chemi
cals of heaven mixed by the angels.
U is a halm for every ailment. It is
the oil of Joy thai makes the running
gear of life smooth and easy, (begging
pardon for mixing the figures).
Hut. there is such a thing as too;
much praise. We know some folks
who make it a business to say ? nice
things", when in saying them they
lie. That's hypocrisy; its (lattery; |
it is hurtful. Such people are bores. .
And then, the harm t'.iey do if Im- '
measurably greater than the good.
For instance: there is a pretty, sweet,
little girl, just In her "teens" who has
learned to play a few "snatches" on
the pie-anna; when company eomes
in the mother has little Grace to play
"something". The company applauds ,
as if they were listening to masterful
music; one of them whispers to the
mother, "why don't you send that child \
to a conservatory! she has the ele
ments of a great musician." And
then to the child, "your playing is i
simply superb." Immediately the
head of the youthful one begins to
swell, and the process keeps up. Act- '
lag upon this false praise of the neigh
bors, the life of the child is wasted in
an endeavor to become a musician.
Some times it is difficult to criticize,
and difficult to withhold praise. But
thai does not justify false praise or
commendation. .lu-t and Kindly crit
icism often puts a young man or a
young woman on the right track;
while withholding it often encourages
them in the wrong path. It takes a
little back-bone to express an honest
opinion in diese days of "policy and
The Gazette is right: there should
bo more commendation of the good
in life. Hut at the same time, there
six,aid he more honest but kindly
criticism of the wrong.
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.1 VXl'ARY FIRST.
The Advertiser doesn't want to lose
a single one of its subscriber.-. It
has an excellent list, some of whom
are paid up in advance and a great
many whose subscribers expire on
Jan. 1st. or February 1st. As announc
ed some weeks ago. a strictly cash in
advance system will be instituted on
.ne lirst day of January, and all wtiosc
subscriptions are not paid up that
time will he stricken from the list.
We don't want to lose a one of our
renders. Hut we find that the cash
in advance system has become a nece
slty. Now. don't wait until your pa
Jer is stopped, to renew. Do it now.
There remain several days yet. before
the system goes into effect. Look at
the label on the paper; it indicate,
the date to which you are paid. He
new, now. and continue to read the
news of Hamens county.
Without hesitation, we say that The
Advertiser is printing more of Haarens
county news than any other paper in
the county; more than any two. and
possibly more than all three. This
is not boasting it is simply a state-,
meat of fact that those who road the I
papers know. We are endeavoring to
make a good paper. Readers must be
had; are you one? If so. continue
with us and our whole purpose shall
he to make a paper that will grow
better and bettor every week.
Don't let the date slip up on you.
January 1st. is the time, net's keep
right U|) and have the news of Haurens
c ounty for another year.
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Today is the 15th. of December. We
believe the new depot was to be fin
ished this date. Really, it is a beau
ty. Lattrens is very proud indeed of
the new depot. It gives such a fine
Impression of the town. And it is
all the result of earnest labor on the
part of the business men, who got to
gether last summer and told Mr. |
Childs and Mr. Anderson that the
building "must" be completed etc. We
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We do not know exactly what the
report of the asylum Investigating
committee Is going to be; we fancy
it will not be complimentary to the
present management of the institu
tion. But whatever its nature, we
hope It will be given widespread pub
licity, let the results be as they may
The treatment of unfortunates who
are Inmatos of the asylum, should be
a matter of deep concern for all the
people In the state.
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Hamens will be strictly Baptist
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Too bad, isn't It? For a really nice
young woman to lose all the good ef
fects of an excellent sermon, by meet
ing, as Hhe passes out the door, an
other really nice young woman whom
she has wronged. Wronged by having
whispered a bit of false gossip, that
has hurt and stung the latter.
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Says the Newberry Herald and NewB:
"What Newberry needs Is a leader
who has breadth and Is willing to
spend some time as well as some of
his mcpns In working for the public
welfare. We believe that there are
some men In this community who
measure up to this standard, and
we hope that one or more will come
forward and take the position.
Whoever does must be willing to
withstand blows from the little ham
mers of the little knockers who are
ever ready to hit anything that is
proposed for the good of the com
Why. we thought Hon. Cole L. Blease
had been elected mayor uf Newberry.
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"There is less cultivation of the lit
erary side of man in ttiis town than in
any other spot on the face of the
earth". said some one a few days ago.
Maybe so: maybe not. Hut there's a
moral; get a better library for Lau- ,
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The editor of The Advertiser has
"been nominated for membership in j
the Roycroft fraternity". Because, as
the notice reads, "of his fitness con
sisting in that be is a King's crafts
man in spirit: when in doubt minds
his own business; does not make the
same mistake more than once; is get- '
ting used to Heaven now; fletcherl7.es;
practices deep freathing. works, laughs
and makes this world a better place
because he is here". Really, we did
not know Albert knew us so well.
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To the Spartanburg Journal: If
we are "Lieut. Boney," who is our
Captain? Wherefore and why the ti
That question "What is whiskey"
will not down. But the article itself
will down" with marked facility, es
pecially in these dry times.
"il?- looked as If he w ished he had
n't had to have Hilid it."?Tis bit of
English composition from the Spar
<< * *
Really, there are some citizens here '
who WOUld like to see the published
reports of the city's receipts and dis- '
bursements. The people pay the tax
es: the Officials, council, mayor and
( lerk. are but managers and book
keepers of the people's business, which
the people really know nothing about.
$ * *
If Dr. Bigham has skipped the conn- ?
try: if the law is cheated out of its!
satisfaction, who is to blame? Cer
tainly not the jury: certainly not the
solicitor: certainly not the sheriff: cer
tainly not the supreme court. Who
* * *
My! How damp it is. Oh! How dry
I am.?a perfectly plausible condition
* * *
All pigeon-toed girls are not birds.
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Dear Wife: As you come down
town this morning, please drop In at
the market and inspect a four-pound
pork roast that I have secured an op
tion on. If it suits, come on to the office
and we'll get our attorney to draw
up the necessary papers for the trans
The Chaplain prayed especially for
Speaker Cannon, which goes to show
that the chaplain is on the job.
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The "man of the hour" is the man
for all time.
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Down in Newberry the people rec
kon time by ".lohn Neol's farm bell and
Davis' whistle." Singular and some
iM. H. Fowler will sell you a ISc plug
of tobacco for 10c. It is called MERK\
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.
Dial- Gray Block.
What Is a man when he is "proalbl
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i)o your Christmas shopping early?
for next Christmas.
A man over In Georgia complains
that his wife lias hypnotized him.
Lord Idess us! That man is "com
plaining" at the primal cause or rea
son d'Otro Of marriage.
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in Laurens we know it's time for
a chamber of commerce meeting when
somebody gets op the court house
steps and bellows.
Church Calls Pastor.
At a congregational meeting at Hush
River Baptist church on Sunday Rev.
W. J. Langston, I). D..of Con way S. C,
was invited to become pastor of the
church. Dr. Langston served this
church as pastor tor several years, re
signing about fifteen years ago to go
to Greenville, where he made his home
tor a good many years. Dr. Langston :
is a preacher of more than usual abil
ity and a man of strong individuality.
It is thought probable that if Mt. /.ion
church will unite in the call he will
come.- -New berry Observer.
Mr. Grcnckor In Xowberry.
Mr. It. H. Groneker, of the Laurens
Ville Herald. Is spending a few days
in Newberry. his old home. Mr. Grene
ker is an all-round newspaper mi a,
being able to hold down any depart
ment In a newspaper office, having had
experience In every phase of the work.
His friends in Newberry are always
glad to welcome him back home,
Herald and News.
How about a Range or a Cookiii?
Stove for your wife, or mother, n
Christmas PreFent?Gei a Magestic
or a Duck's and they will have the
S. M. & B. H. Wilkes & Co
The best Ilk pin.; of tobacco in Lau
rens is called MERRY WIDOW. Get it
from M. H. Fowler.
? OUR SPECIAL NOTICES. ?
Copyright Flours should be in every
home for Christmas. Copyright makes
better biscuit, cakes, and pies than
other fluor. Don't take any other Hour
for Christmas. 20- H
Far Sale?Eight good medium sizes
middle aged mules. Apply to T. W.
Shaw. Cold Point, S. C. lib-it
Found?A W. O. W. pin. Apply to
Advertiser otlice. 20-41
For Sale?Dananas at Wholesale.
Lowest juices. Phone or send your
order to Cocoa-Cola Bottling Co.. Lau
rens, S. C. 20-4t
Lost Twenty dollars. Thursday.
December the 9th, between The Peo
ples Hank, via the Episcopal church
The Enterprise Dank. Anderson's res
turant, and the depot. Finder please
return to this oillee. 20-11
To Rent Several first class farms,
with neeessaray dwellings, out-build
ings & etc.. right near Mouptvllle, also
my house and lot in that town. A. P.
Fuller. Mountville, S. C. 20-2t
Far Kent Seven room house on
South Harper street. Wtaer ami light,
Apply to C. D. Moseiey. Laurens, s.
See Here The best for making
Christmas cakes ami pastries is the
Ann Arbor patent: get it at M. H.
Fowler's. Laurens. S. C. 20-11
Dressmaking, -Prices reasonable
Satisfaction guaranteed. Mrs. Harris,
College place. Laurens S. C.
For Sale -The best In plow beams,
wagon beds, bolsters, and all supplies.
Horseshoeing and wagon repair work.
.1. L. WhltlOCk, Mountvllle.
For Kent or Sale.?Seventy (70) ac
res of fine farm land, 3 miles south of
Laurens, known as the Henry Stone
place. Easy terms. Apply to Will
Whitner, Laurens, S. C. ft
For Sale?Two good mules and a
fine horse. Want to sell quick; aee
mo nt once. Conway Dial, Cross Hill,
S. C. 2t
For Sale?Some fine Brown leg
horn cockrellH, and 3 or 4 Buckeye
Red cockrells, at $1.00 each. J. Wade
Anderson, Laurens, S. C. 4t
Wanted?You to come to the new
barber shop, Enterprise Bank Build
ing. Good work guaranteed. A trial
Is solicited which will convince. Easy
shaves, first class hair cuts, massages
etc.?Hallraan's Barber Shop. Laurens,
8. C. 18-2t
For Rent? Dwelling and Farm of
40 acres, located on South Harper
street. Property formally owned by
Mrs. Tallulah Irby. Now having
house, thoroughly repaired ft painted.
Would sell the dwelling ft lot. Ap
ply by letter, T. D. Darlington, Lau.
renn, S. C.
For Sale?Controllng Interest in a
well established furniture business,
satisfactory reasons for soiling, Apply
to B. K. Humphries at the. Calne ft
Pitts Furniture Co. 17-tf
For Rent?Two up-to-date store
rooms, several offices, splendid dwell
ing newly ro-covered and freshly
painted inside and out; In two blocks
of square. W. 11. Dial. 4t
Registered Berkshire Boar?Ready
for service. Fee $2.00. D. E. Todd.
laurens, R. F. D. No. 1. 2t-pd
For Hale?128 acre farm with dwell
ing, tenant house and other Improve
ments, located 2 miles east of Reedy
River Power company and known as
the Cunningham place. Price $25 per
acre. Andrew C. Phillips, Laurens,
R. F. D. No. 6. 4t
THE THACKER REVIVAL
WILL CLOSE TO-NIGHT.
(Continued from Page One.)
live director, and Mrs. Fisher's accom
paniments were materly."
l>r. Rolphc E. Hughes.
Or. Rolphe E. Hughes, not merely
a physician of note and promineuce
in Laurons and the state at large, but
a man of intellectual attainments,
says regarding Dr. Thacker:
"The best test of the real worth of
any man is the regard and esteem
with which lie is held by others in the
same line of work, be he clergyman,
lawyer, doctor, or what not.
"Dr. S. W. Melton aneminent divine
of Norfolk Va. writes "Loose no oppor
tunity to bear Dr. Thacker when in
Laurens. 1 therefore felt somewha'
prepared. Dr. Melton being a great
puli.it orator and eminently qualified
to Judge as proven by the case in
question. Dr. Thacker's sermons
have been most instructive, entertain
ing and convincing. The large crowds
who have attended agree that his
excellence does not consist in the pre
dominance of any one of his many
powers but in the happy proportion
und combination of ail. His style is
simple, clear and Impelling; the rich
ness, variety and extent of his know
ledge is as remarkable as Iiis elo
quence am! attractive personality.'"
Mr. ami Mrs. G. A. Fisher.
Regarding their stay in Laurens,
Prof. G. A. Fisher, speaking for him
self and Mrs. Fisher, said last night
"It has been a great pleasure to us
to have been ia Laurens these fifteen
"We are indebted to the kind friends
her.' more than we can express for the
many favors shown us and the many
kind things said about our work. But
we feel a great part of the credit for
the success of the music belongs to
the splendid chorus choir. There
have been some who have not missed
a service ami others but one or two
during the whole meeting, no matte
what the weather has been. We know
what this means, what it costs, what
had to be given up in the way of other
engagements to those who have been
so faithful ami 1 am sure the Master
knows too and the reward will be ac
cording to their works.
"We have had splendid singing by
the chorus and splendid singing by the
congregation and the younger folks
on the front seats.
"We feel the chorus choir should
keep together even after the meeting
closes for it is very seldom indeed that
a chorus can sing so well together In
so short a time. The need of the
churches today all over the country
is up-to-date music, not anthems that
the people cannot understand nor the
singers either. Inn plain gospel songs
with plenty of melody and harmony in
"It is much easier to sing sheet mus
ic than gospel song's for in the sheet
music all is arranged for you and you
.ust sing, but when you get a gospel
song, plain ami simple as it seems to
be you must put your self into it.
work i' out and make It mean some
"A chores choir san do this, making
the church music a prominent part
of the service We would recommend
a chorus choir for successful church
music above anything else.
We could not leave without speaking
in highest appreciation of the kind
ness and courtesy shown us at dray's
hotel. Everything has been most
PASTOR LEAVES BABBTOWN,
Rev. T. T. Todd Preaches Farewell
Babbtown, Dec. 14th,?Itev T. T,
Todd precahed his last sermon in Bou
lah church Sunday morning; the peo
ple were all sorry to bid him good-by.
Mr. and Mrs. Vic Woods of Green
ville spent last week with relatives in
, the surrounding community.
Mr. Willis Putnam and family
| moved Into their new residence Thurs
Miss Sallle Woods spent Saturday
j night with Miss Ltllle Barton
A number of our young people had
the pleasure of enjoying the enter
tainment and box supper at the home
of Mr. M. F. Medlock of Merna.
Mr. and Mrs. Jaa. Dupree of Owlngs
spent last Weduesday at the home of
j Mr. Robert Woods.
Mr. Sidney Babb of Fountain Inn
was the guest of his father, Mr. A.
Mrs. Claud Willis had her mother.
Mrs. Hlllard Curry to spend one day
last week with her.
Miss Maude Putnam spent Satur
day night and Sunday In Friendship
community with Mr. and Mrs. Jesse
Little Duree Beulah and Annie Mae
Armstrong of Eden spent the latter
part of the week with their Aunt, Mrs.
R. O. Woods.
Mr. Talmage Kollett Is able to be
out with his friends again nfter a few
days of sickness.
Our people are all looking 'orwnrd
to an entertainment, which will be
held at Green Pond high school house
the 23rd of December. ?