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IN FORWARD MARCH
LAURENS 18 IN LINE
Ali Business Enterprises
Had Good Year.
BANK DEPOSITS GROW
/? An Increase of $!7>V>00 Over .Irevlous
Venr Evidences the General
Tread o< Prosperity.
In financial and Industrial advance
ment, Laurens hist year took rank with
the most progressive towns and coun
ties in the commonwealth. This is
liest indicated, pi rhops, by the rapid
growth of the banking Institutions
within her horders as compared with
the success of these corporations in
other counties. As an index of the
prosperity enjoyed by the hanks of
'his city, a comparative statement
< ." deposits jit the close of business.
December 29, shows the gains made
during the past year:
29. 1908 29, 1909
Palmetto hank 92,000 131,000
Enterprise hank $105,000 $17."?.mat
Hank of Laurena 132,166 158,580
Peoples Loan <fc Ex. 271,700 303,435
Lucas Savings hank . 8,000
The above hanks have a combined
capitalization of $305,000, and an in
crease of $17"..000 in deposits is a very
significant showing. The Lucas Sav
ings bank was chartered only a few
months ago, and already it is making
a fine showing. Other banks in the
County, four in number, according to
their recent official statements, had a
good year's business and the farmers,
a largely increased number of them,
have bank accounts and nearly every
official hoard of the various banking
concerns Include one or more farmers
as directors. The Enterprise bank
and the Hank of l>aurens have savings
accounts and these departmens in each
institution gained a large per centage
On January the first semi-annual
dividends were paid by the different
local corporations as follows:
Peoples Loan and Exchange hank
s per cent, on $ 100.000?$S.000: Enter
prise hank. :i 1-2 per cent, on $100,000
?$3,500; Bank of Laurens, l per cent,
on $.".".(1(111 $2,000; Palmetto hank, 3 1
2 per cent, on $50,000 $1,750; Laurens
Trust company, -1 per cent, on $2.".000
- $1.000; Laurens cotton mills, ?! 1-2
per cent, on $350,000 -$!5.750;Tho Ad
vertiser Printing company, .s per cent,
annual on $."..tKi0?$100.
Up to January 1, the two bonded
warehouse managers here had hand
led ]0,t!00 hales of this season's crop
of cotton. About 12 per cent of this
amount, is stored. And a very small
amount is held outside the warehouses
taking the county as a whole, for the
high price prevailing most all the fall
season 'moved" practically every a
vallahle hale. The crop was short
something like .'',5 per cent. In Laurens
county, hut the returns, it is estimated,
approximated the total amount receiv
ed for the \%\K crop, including the in
creased difference realized on the pres
ent season's yield of cotton seed mar
ketted. The merchants had a fair vol
ume of business all fall, and it is un
derstood that collections were as good
as, if not better than previous years.
?As has been stated in these columns
alrondy, the acreage sown to small
grain this winter is probably ncreas
ed ino per cent. Altogether the out
look for the new year is encouraging,
and doubtless greater strides along all
'lines will characterize ladO.
The formntion of several new enter
prises marked the year just phased.
.some of them taking definite shape
just at tho close of the olo year. A
niong these may be Included the Stan
dard Dudding and Loan association
with Initial and ultimate capital stock
of $1.000.000 to $5.000,000. running
serially; and the Planters' Grocery
company, capitalized at $10,000. With
in the present month It is expected thai
two new firms will open up dry goods
stores In the Dial-Gray block. These
are Messrs J. W. Sparks who comes
from Thomson (ia. and Lesser ?- |<0th
of Anderson. Thus practically every
storeroom in the city has a.tenant,
And the same can he said of the resi
The building ern roes on. Losi year
thousands of dollars were used here
Jn the erection of dwellings, store
One of the County's Uncommonly Eine
(IUI Citizens Culled Hence.
Another gallant survivor of com
pany P. Fourteenth South Carolina
regiment, one of the celebrated Con
federate commands that went out from
Laureus, has answered the final sum
mons. This refers to Mr. .1. O. Tem
pleton who died Friday. I>ec< mber
at the home of his daughter .Mrs. M.
S. Dlllard, at Wrens. Ga? 30 miles'be
low Augusta, whither he had gone
just a month before, accompanied by
Mrs. Templeton, to spend tho winter.
The bod> was brought borne Sunday,
and on Monday the funeral to- k place
Mr. Templeton was 7?', years old
For more than 40 years he was an
and practically all of his life was
spent in the vicinity of Parks station.
' For more than 40 years lie was tum
officer in Rocky springs Presbyterian
church, and he was accounted one of
the leading laymen of the county.
As soldier and as citizen, Oliver Tem
pleton never shirked Iiis duty as he
saw it. and in his death the county
, and state lose a true son and a man
esteemed by all his fellows.
After the death. 24 years ago. of his
first wife, who was a Miss Domini),
Mr. Templeton, a few years later,
married a Miss Rowland who survives.
Among the surviving children are
Messrs. E, R.. Calvin and Lee Temple
ton. Mrs. Dillard and Mrs. .1. A. Ar
j nold of Anderson. Miss Nicle Tem
pleton of the county and Mrs. Wm.
j Taylor of Spartanburg are ?isters of
' the deceased.
There's No Lieu Law Now.
The repeal of the Hen law went into
effect last Saturday, January 1st., the
i act having passed by the legislature
i last January. However, the doing
j away with liens does not effect the
' mortgage which may be given on a
! crop after it is up and growing. And
I some who are in a position to know
, say that a person can give a lien now
I as formerly and yet remain within
the law; in other words, the law can
be "got around."
MIN I ST KItS' CONFERENCE MET.
City Preachers Ite-Organlzcd For An
other Year's YVork.
According to the call, the ministers
' of Laurens met In regular monthly
; conference in the chamber of com
merce rooms on Monday morning at
11 o'clock. There was a good attend
ance and several made helpful talks.
Rev. E. C. Watson, the present in
cumbent, resigned as president of the
; conference and in his stead Rev. ('has.
F. Rankin of the First Presbyterian
church was elected. Rev. J. 1). Crout
having moved away from the city
i caused the place of secretary to be
vacant; Rev. \. T. Stoudenmlre was
elected. The two new Methodist min
isters. Rev. L. P. McGee and Rev. 1).
R. Roof, and Key. C. 1*. Parker of the
Episcopal church were elected mem
Rev. C. F. Rankin'stated to the con
ference that there had been 37 acces
sions to his church as a result of the
recent revival there. Rev. W. E.
Thayer, in a short talk told of his
plan of having the communion ser
vice in the evening, and that it was
effective and pleasing.
rooms and so on. From modest cot
tages, at a cost oT a few hundred dol
lars, to palatial residences represent
ing an outlay of $10,000 and above,
the "building boom" if such it may be
termed, went forward with great ener
gy for the greater part of the past
year, and the indications arc that there
will be little or no abatement along
tir.s iine during Ho- present year. The
remodelled First Baptist church will
be ready for use again withlng four or
five weeks. The federal postoffice
building? The site has been decided
upon ten thousand dollars is the con
sideration, lenving forty of tho lifty
thousand appropriated by Congress to
be used in the v'-eetion of the hniVng. j
it Is possible that work will statt on
this Improvement sometime in the
summer; however no edvloos to this
effect have been received In Laurens
it Is merely speculation. Rut if Lau
rens is to rely on the promises of the
railway officials, there will be erected
at the Laurens depot between now
and tho summer of 1011 a passenger
station that will reflect credit on Cnpt.
Childs and Col, Anderson and comport
with the "new era" progress that Is
destimd to gain in strength and vol
ume as the months, only IS of them,
you understand,' come and go.
second \\ us r send ?. v school.
Election ct Ofliccrs und Anpolntntoiti
oi Xov Teachers.
On lasi Sunday the officers of the
Second Baptist Sunday-school were
I elected as follows: It. 13. Thompson,
Buperintendent; i>. A. Morgan, ussi.
superintendent; C, C, Johnson, Beere*
tary; Eddie Wade, nss't. secretary;
Mvs. Anna Johnson, organist: 1). A.
Morgan, leader of the choir. The sup
erintendent appointed the following
leeches to serve for the year: G. 13.
Moore, S. \V. Rutledge C. s. Thomp
son, Mrs. Jnnle Hawkins, Mrs. Anna
Johnson, Mrs. Annie Jones, Mrs. \,
It. Oossett. and D. A. Morgan. The
school lots adopted the "Crusade
Shield-' system in its work.
The Christmas entertainment on the
evening of December - ltd. was tjulte
a success. The proceeds were sent
to the Connie Maxwell orphanage, On
this occasion the pastor. Rev. A. T
Stoudenmire, gave to each of the Sun
day-school teachers a pretty present;
the school in tarn nave Mr. StOUden
miro a gold watch and chain, as a
lokt n of high esteem in which lie is
Returns t<? Xewberry.
Mr. Richard H. Greneker who lias
been engaged in newspaper work in
Laurens for several years, left Thurs
day for Newbery where he will take
a position with the Herald and News.
Before coming to Laurens Mr. Grene
ker had been connected with tlie New
berry papers in different capacities for
a series of years. He did excellent
work here and made many lasting
friends who will wish for him con
an important notice.
The Advertiser's Cash In Advance
System Goes Into Effect.
Owing to the stress of business in
The Advertiser ofllce for the past two
weeks, closing up the books for the
! year, taking stock, and preparing an
nual statement, etc., It has been im
possible to send out notices relative
! to subscription arrearages.
As announced some weeks ago. The
? Advertiser is to be put on a strictly
cash in advance basis; all papers must
be paid for before mailed out from
I the office. Because of lack of time,
and failure to notify all those who
arc at present in arrears with their
subscriptions, no names will he strick
en from tlie list until JANCARL IJiTH.
This time extension is made in order
; that notification may he sent each sub
scriber, and that settlement may be
made before tlie names are dropped.
However, it will he wcdl for all sub
scribers to look at the label on the pa
pers, see if they are in arrears and
pay up before January 15th. If all
! will do this there wil be a gre^t sav
ing of time and trouble with the lists.
Notices will be sent out at once: see
to it that your subscription is paid up
in advance. The Advertiser does not
want to lose a single subscriber; it
will continue to serve its friend:: the
best possible. Help it to carry out
the cash in advance plan, the only
method that is strictly business.
Miss Mary Coiupton Dead.
Miss Mary Compton, a sir.tcr of the
late Mr. William ComptoY) of tlie coun
ty, died Saturday night, December
25th. at the home of her nephew. Mr.
.1. 'I'. Pntton, near Orn, in the 79th.
year of her age. The burial se rvice
took place Sunday afternoon at Old
Country Home Burned.
Mr 1.. S. Madden, an industrious
farmer of near Holly drove church,
suffered a serious loss Monday after
noon, December 27, when Iiis dwell
ing, together with almost all his
household effects, w.-re destroyed by
fire, the origin of which is unknown,
The loss was complete as Mr. Mad
den hail not a dollar of Insurance on
ONE HOLIDAY HE MI (IDE.
Tom Dean Killed By George Martin in
Sc u file t o W n To ? n s hi p.
It appears that Laurens county pass
ed through the holiday season with
only one homicide to record. This
OCCtired Wednesday night last when
George Martin shot and instantly
killed another negro by the name of
Tom Dean. The murder was commit
ted at the cabin home of Martin who
lives on the Tongue place, in the vi
cinity of M. B. Poolo's in Scuffletown
Coroner (Inlrston held the in juest
Thursday fuid during the clay Martin
cam.' in and gave himself up to tho
? iilerlff who committed him to jail.
(Ol.. J. w. s : km sovs BOOK.
"Tito Wnj To Win" Issued From Xenle
Press >>>' New Vork,
Some of Iiis Intimute Friends in the
city hov ? been apprised of tho fact
that. Col. John \V. Ferguson has for
several mouths past been engaged in
writing a book. These and bis num
erous acquaintances in tho city and
county win be pleased to learn that
the book has been issued from the
Neale Press of New York and copies
will be received in l.aureus by Satur
day of this week. They will he on
sab- ;n (be Palmetto Drug store at
$1.50 a copy.
The prospectus of the hook, the title
of which is "The Way to Win", n i
tains the follo\Hng:
Jack Hamilton, New Yorker, bach
elor and man of pleasure, sits alone In
his luxurious!) furnished apartments
in New York City, lie Is staring
straight ahead, his lips drawn in a thin
bitter line, his eyes narrowed keen,
unseeing. He is judging his own life,
coldly holding it up for inspection as I
if it \v< re some new and impersonal
thing. For once, and at last. Jack
Hamilton?handsome, courted, bril
liant Jack Hamilton?is face to face
with his Past.
'Slowly he turns it around, that he
may see it on all sides, this Past that
is so curiously a part of himself, yet
so removed from bis present. And
looking steadily, lie sees himself for
w hat he is?a spendthrift of life's most
precious gifts ami opportunities, lie
sees a young man starling in life with
superb health, the best general and
' technical education two continents af- j
ford, with an assured social position
and a patrimony of several thousand
dollars. Between this young man and j
. himself stretch twelve years of idle
ness, dissipation and careless pleas
! ure, years of sheer waste. The young '
' man called the years "Sport" and "So
I ciety"; the man of thirty-three calls
j them "Failure."
j "To begin the new life, you must out
loose from the old. root and branch."
j It is Jack Hamilton's decision. With
SUCh a man. to decide is to act. He
proceeds to cut loose from his former
life, root and branch. With his pro
fessional library and equipment, and
the ten thousand dollars left of his
fortune, he goes to the middle West.
He is determined and fearless, and
the .Midwest is a free and beautiful
Ib id for a man who would sow new
seed, but ? what man can escape the
harvest of his former sowing? In the
moral world the new sowing and the
harvest lie fie! i by Held. The reaping
and the sowing are commingled, and
only the will of a strong man can
make a sad harvest a thing potent for
"The way Dr. Jack Hamilton reaped
what lie had sowed, yet redeemed the
waste years and evolved his manhood
?the way he ?won out" in a splendid
Western city makes a story worth j
while in itself, and Mr. Ferguson has
told it witli zest and charm. It Is at
once a character study, a love story,
and a sort of "exporlenco meeting," 1
and. all in all. is a delightful combina
CHORAL SOCIETY ORGANIZED.
Prof. V?. 0. iinvnmdi Will Direct Or
chestra and (horns Here.
' In addition to giving regular In
struction to his private class, Prof.
Willam (). Barn well, who has recently
located here, will direct an orchestra
and a choral society, practices to be
gin at an early dale.
For several days Prof, Ha in well
has had the orchestra in hand and
already it shows the results of his
able work. The orchestra is compos
ed of ten y nng nien of the city with
Miss Jessie Holt, pianist. Prof. Barn
well desires that the orchestra meet
at Mrs. Qtio S, McCravy's on Thurs
day evening of this week, S o'clock.
Hesldes the orchestra. Prof. Barn
Well has been putting forth some effort
toward tin- organization of a Choral
and dramatic club, to give public pnr
j formanoes at various times. Already
I he has secured thirty-one of the best
singers of the city and a mooting of
this society will be called at an early
date; announcement will be made next
week. He hopes to get at least IIfty
voices in the ein?, till, and will do
rvoto much Htno to training them. Any
Who wish f't sing in this chorus may
communicate with Prof. Barnwell at
i Ith Or Mrs. McCt vy's or at the rOSb
donee of Dr. 11. K. Alk'i n.
Send in Petitions.
Dr. W. T. Jones of Ware Shoals re
quests all who have petitions relative
to the Rasor bridge matter to send
thorn In by January lath, at the latest
IM LAURENS TONIGHT
"Parsifal*, \ Beautiful Slorj of Me
dieval Times ! old I :i Surpa - -
iutr .>ii!>>i( Drama.
The story of "Parsifal" is one of in
tens!? Interest. In the Castle of the
Grail, secluded from the haunts of
men. two holy relics, tlie spear and
the cup. are guarded by a band of
Heaven appointed Knights. Anfortns,
their King, trusted rather to physi
cal than spiritual strength, goes forth
against Kllngsor. a magician of evil
repute, whose ohh f desire Is to en
compass (ho down!';.11 of the Knights
und the destruction of all holy things,
The fall of Anfortns comes through
Kundry, a half won an half witch, who
under the spell of Klingsor is trans
formed in to a being of trauseendnnt
beauty. Kllngsor secures Mm sue red
spear carried by Anfortns and Inllh ;s
therewith an incurable wound in the
knight's side, which bleeds afresh
with every celebration of the holy
Torn by physical weakness and the
pangs of remorse, Anfortns' condition
becomes desperate, win n, at length,
in answer to his supplications, a ce
lestial voice js hcarad promising hint
Parsifal appears upon the scene, a
mere youth, Ignorant of the ways of
the world, yet noble horn. Klingsor
fears that he may prove to he the Re
deemer to heal Anfortns' wound and
prepares for him snares of a must
seductive kind; beautiful gardens,
maidens of wondrous charm, and Kun
dry herself transformed by magical
means into an enchanting nymph, who
tempts Parsifal, not by sensual means
alone, but by Influences which trav
erse tlie whole scale of human emo
Against all these allurements, how
ever, Parsifal is proof and his purity
triumphs. Mad with dissapointment
and rage, Klingsor hurls the sacred
spear at Parsifal, but instead of pierc
ing, it miraculously hangs suspended
above the head of the youth, who,
grasping it, makes the sign of the
cross, whereupon the magicians' spell
is broken. The garden with its won
derful beauty falls to ruin, and Parsi
fal is seen, high up on the broken
wall, in triumphant possession of the
holy spear thus recovered from the
powers of evil.
Again the scene changes to the
great hall of the castle, and once more
Anfortns is borne in upon his weary
litter. The Knights demand that lie
uncover Hie Crail. hut as with each
UllCOVt ring Iiis agony iu< leases, lie
refuses and in a paroxysm of despair,
calls upon the Knights to slay him
and end his misery, Unobserved,
Parsifal now approaches, bearing the
snored spear, lie todies the wound
and Immediately it is healed. Then
he proclaims himself King of the Grail
and orders it uncovered Ascending
the altar, he raises the sacred vessel
in all its crimson beauty. The
Knights knoi I to do him homage;
Kundry dies at Iiis feet in the joy of
repentance, and a white dove defend
ing from the dome of the hall, hovers
over his l ead, while Knights and sin
gers sound a hymn of praise.
The story is a grand exposition of
the sorrow and suffering of humani
ty and redemption of Purity, Faith
Parsifal is announced for one per
formance at the City Opera House to
night. The special attention of Parsi
fal patrons is called to the unusual
hour of commencement, T.ir. p. m.
Auditors should he in their seats at
thai lime as no one will he sealed
during tlie action of the play.
Marriage at (Jraj Court.
At ."? o'clock last Thursday after
noon at the home of the bride's par
ents, Miss Rosa V. Hogers was united
in marriage to Mr. ICugcno Vcnrgln
both of Gray ('o ut. Rev. B. C Wat
son of Laurens performed the cere
mony. Miss Hogers is the daughter
of Dr, ('. R. Rogers and is a most ex
cellent young woman; Mr. Voargln is
a young fanner of the Gray Court sec
tion. Aft ir spending a few days with
some of Mr. Voargln'8 relatives, the
young COUple are at home. Hoth young
people are qtlltO popular at Gray Court
and have (he best Wlslll B of their many
Surprise .Marrlatre a! Clinton,
Clinton. DdO, 28, A surprise mar
line-' took phiCO at Hie 1 om- of ti
Rev. Mr. Fowler hi t i'undav after
noon whir: Mi-.; Mary, daughter of Mr
Phyette Chandler, became tec bride
of Mr. Clan nee Copoland. Roth are
Very Few Public Sales and
Raihcr Low Prices.
MERCHANTS WERL BUSY
Sil'.es (Inj Uro light Mini) People lo
CM) Wtltnmrli There >\ Ms l.itlle
Pollll! iti Public .Sales.
Monday was snlesday in I.aureus,
the Iiis' of the new year, bringing lo
the city one of 'I"' I arges) crowds
seen here in recent times. In spin*
di' the fact that there were only u
few public sales there was a good deal
of private trading in all lines. The
stoics were busy and the liorso-ihon
say t! ;.i a pretty fair business was
done, in their lino; people are buying
some good stock for the coining year.
The sheriff had 'advertised son.o
properties of the Eureka Foundry nnd
Supply Co. for sale, in Kctttcnienl ol
(Maims. The sale, however, WHS UOl
made, the sheriff being notified that.
th<' company would go into bank"
a lot of land, containing 2% ncres
, in East [.aureus was sohl by Clerk <d
Court Holt for $:i:c> to W. I.. Cray;
this was in the case of M I. Copoluud
and \V. W. Hall vs. .lohn C.arlington,
II. H. Cray bid in a lot of Iacres
in Jersey for $1,000, sold by the clerk
in the case of the Southern Flour and
Grain company \s. Mary C. Sullivan.
.1. M. Phil pot vs. Sarah Miller and
others; one lot containing acre,
sold to H. E. Uabb, $500 being the con
The only sale made by Probate
Judge Thompson was the tract of 75
acres of land known as tho old Shell
place, :i miles west of the city, sold
as the estate of the late Robert C.
Drown; this was bid In by Dr. B, F.
Posey for $1,825.
The now cottage on Irby avenuo,
erected by Contractor Cooper some
slme last year, was put up by Charlie
Duckett, tin* present owner, hut was
bid in by his agent. Mr. Marvin Wolff,
real estate agent.
The Jerry faarm lands, consisting
of a Hue trad soul , of I.aureus, were
put up by Auctioneer Leak, aa l bid
in by Mr. Jerry.
' The Cross I IUI Oil mill propel II !
woro sold at auction according to n
decree frolll tllO tailed Stale: Co ,
i of Bankruptcy, 1.? Ing bought bj Mi.
I A. 0. Todd and II. 10. llahh, of II
Laurons bar. The price paid Wi ^
$-l,(i75, It is mit yet known Adult dis
position will be made of the mill.
Neu It. \ I., tssoclatiou,
Tho Stnndaard Building and i.o. .
I association 1ms he. a o'ganl.i ' hh-1
the books are now open for subscrip
tions al the offices of the assoc .-,' i >.
i in the People Loan and Exchange ban!.
Mr. It. A. Cooper has been elected
president of the Standard, Mr. \v.
K McCuch, secretary and treasurer,
and the board of directors is ab
follows; K. A. Cooper, YV. It. McCueil,
s. i'. Babb, J. W. Todd, W, P, Hut
gen.;, E. O. Anderson, and C, V, Tun
PIHNt ETON !.((< VI III >!**.
ChristlllltH Visitors anil llollilnj I I -
(crlaiiiiuenls in Comity.
Princeton, Jan 1st. Christina . i
od off very (pi let I y her,- with n ! ?
dlnlngs and an entertainment by tho
Miss Maude Machen entertain I her
Sunday school class with t> d?digh*fiti
luncheon Monday afternoon,
Miss Bessie Onlnes entertained ;?
few of her friends Thursday. Among
those present were MlssCf! Bessie An
nie and Pearl McCtien, and Mary Lag
well and .Messrs. Henry Fie niai
Clary MoCuen, ami Sloan Bagwell,
Miss Nina Jester of Green Wood is
spending this week with Miss Machen.
Lev. Foster Speer and family ar<
visiting relatives in LowndcsvHIe.
Messrs B. F. and Martin Arnold
are visiting at the home of Col. R, I;
W. M. Woods has gone to Groonvlllo
Messrs. George and ,T, l. McCu?n Of
Yv'are Shoals, Tom McCu?n of Helton,
tt ' <? MeCoeii of iionea Path and John
McCtien of Abbeville woro al homo
(hiring tl h hoi idsv
i I will