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lachens, S. c. january 111. 1010.
tin: fire department.
just criticism often assists in lo
cating weak points ami finally results
in a betterment of conditions. Some
times jus' criticism is taken for a
personal thrust; this, however, only
by those whose view is limited by ov
er-sonsitiveness, or by the imputing
of motive, that do not exist. It is e.
Idence of strength that a man can
bear just criticism.
[.aureus has a 111-** department com
posed of fifteen men; it lias regularly
elected officers. The members respond!
at the alarm of lire; they meet the hose
wagon at the seem- of the lire. As
compensation for their work they are
exempted from street tax small pay; j
in fact, pay not at all commensurate
with the work or responsibility. The
company has not hail a meeting re- j
cently; they have no' practiced in a
long while. The city has provided
no quarters for firemen: it merely
keeps tin- horses, Lose wagon, and '
Any city the size of Laurcns should,
have a well organized departn nt.
and quarters for the firemen . Indt e-.
mcnts should he offered by the city:
the company, by constant practices,
s!:< uld he well trained. The small
tow us of Union and Greenwood have
excellent departments and even in
Xewbcrry where they are no: suppos
ed to know very m uh about modern
methods, there is a well organized,
company, if our Information is cor
net the fire insurance rates in Green
wood have been very much reduced
since the organization of their depart
The fire department of I.aureus ma:
have been all right for two years ago.
but times change and the < ity Is grow- j
ing. if we hold on to the methods of
yesterday we make no progress. But
It seems that we have rather gone
backward. Some two years ago the
company here had regular practices
and drills; they devoted some work:
to learning the art of fire lighting
This has been abandoned in spite of |
the growth of the city and the conse
quent demand for a more efllcient com
pany. Any one who knows anything
at all about the work of a fire depart
ment knows that practices and drills
are necessaary to keep the company
in good order and training.
Now the point is this: If the city has
gone to the expense of providing and
keeping an outfit, horses, wagon ami
hose, why not go a little further and
assist the department in making It
self a more effective organization?
Why not provide quarters near the
place where the hose wagon is kept,
for at least four firemen to sleep
Where they may be on band when the
alarm is given. There should be at
least four men on the wagon when it
leaves headquarters, who when the
tire is reached, can manipulate the
liose. nozzles etc. If they are not
there, excited citizens "grab" right and
loft at everything in sight and pande
monium reigns. Trained firemen, who
have practiced, are not excited, and if
let alone by the citizens, can do more
work than a thousand untrained men.
Thero is something in the art of
fighting fire. Ask the trained fireman.
It takes time and work to become a
fire fighter. Some people are altogeth
er unfit to be firemen; they are con
stitutionally unfit; a good chief soon
learns the men in his charge and
knows who are capable of the work.
A church building burned up in this
city last year. The fire occurred in
broad daylight. The company respond
ed faithfully but after reaching the
grounds was almost helpless and cer
tainly very ineffective. Rotten hose
was partly blamable for the confusion;
lack of a strong organization played
fiooner or later Laurcns will have
i n department that works under strict
orders, that practices at regular Inter
vals, that Is equipped to cope with any
situation and that is paid something
for Its work. It may be that this will
not come until thousands of dollars
worth of property has gono up in
flames, but it will como some time.
The wise course Is to provide before
hand and prevent a calamity. The
men who compose tb? enmnany need
only the authority and a??d?dance from
Iho cjtv cremen
Tho e|ty "nuncll ??? t^e guardian of
the people's Interests has it in its puw
er to grant the authority and provide
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Says the Newberry Observer of last
Friday: "With a free puss in his pock
et, is the editor on the side of the
rail loads or the people"? This ques
tion evidently means that our contem
porary disapproves tho practice of
newspaper men accepting "free" pass
es from tho railroad; also that the in
terests of the railroads and the peo
ple are not indentieal, but are rather
opposed to each other. The Observ
er is entitled to its view on the sub
ject and If it cannot conscientiously
accept passes from the railroads with
out being influenced thereby, then, by
all mean-, it should eschow the prac
Hut the question arises; "Is It a free
pass"? The Advertiser signs a writ
ten contract with the railroads for so
much advertising space, for which the
road is to pay in the form of passes
for transportation. The Advertiser
pays for its passes: they are not free.
Some newspapers advertise for a
chit hing house and accept a suit of
clothes In payment of tho bill; the suit
is Dot a gift. 0!S every band one hears
the expression: "Oh, be gets in on a
free pass". It is no such thing, t's
Only a short while ago. some one
remarked that The Advertiser reporter
should not criticize the shows that
come to the local "opry house." be
cause he Is given a "free" pass. No
such thing: Tho Advertiser pays for
his admission to these shows, in the
same manner that it pays for railroad
passes. We do m t know The Observ
er's views oil this phase of the pass
There is another point In The Ob
server's paragraph: tho interests of
the railroads ns opposed to those of
the people. We admit that there t r<
times and occasions when the two
come in conflict, but hot so often a.
the loud-mouthed demagogtn s, social
ists and rampant politicians would
make believe. In such matters it is
a pretty sorry paper that cannot sepa
rate itself from its "free" pass and de
liver an honest opinion. Will a rail
road withdraw a pass from a news;,a-:
per in which there Is just and honest
criticism? We hardly think so: such;
a course has never come under our
The Observer surely does not think j
that the majority of the press of South
Carolina are subsidized by the rail
roads and bought up with "free" pass- \
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TO OCR DELEG iTIOX.
Gentlemen of the Laurens delega
tion: you are representing in the gen
eral assembly of South Carolina the
Interests of the people of this county.
While it will be impossible for you to
represent the individual wishes of
every voter, it is not wholly impossi
ble for you to care for the interests
of the majority. The expressed wish
es of the majority are not always the
interests of the majority: sometimes
people do not know what they want,
nor what they need. Sometimes they
know but are too disinterested to ex
press their needs or wishes. A pub
lic vote or expression is never given
on all matters. Hence, the represent
ative is not always informed by pub
lic expression as to what the needs
of his people are.
In fact, sifted down, this matter of
platforms etc. does not amount to
so much in the case of the legislator.
Conditions arise that were unseen
?it the time of his election, compro
mises are offered, new matters come
up, upon which he did not express
himself in t'ie Campaign and upon
which th" people did not pass. After
all. the legislator goes to the general
assembly with bands, almost. If not
entirely free; be is loft to act upon
his own discretion. He is at the
same time the servant of the people
and their loader. That condition is
not impossible; it is. in reality the
Whether or not you have been In
structed as to any particular action,
we know not; we think not. There
fore, the people of Laurens have given
you carte blanche to do for them what
will serve them best. Do you know
what they want? Have you had your
ears to the ground? Have yon stud
led conditions about you, since your
people honored you with the oflieo you
now occupy? Did you go to Colum
bia prepared and equipped to do some
thing for your people, or merely to
occupy your seat wdien you were bo
disposed and to draw your salary?
There are some matters In this
county that need attention. Will you
give It? Thero are some things that
the people ought to have. Are you
going to provide means of getting
them? In other words, are you pro
vided with the proper Information and
possessed of sufficient power and
force to servo the people you repre
sent? The people are waiting to see.
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A POOIt SCGOF.STTOX.
One of the weakest points in Gov
ernor Ansel's message to the general
assembly was his timorously express
ed belief that another election on the
whiskey question be held In the five
counties that voted last August to
retain their dispensaries. It wau a
poor effort to preserve his local op
tion platform. The general assem
bly will scarcely any such mea
The governor himself says that the
elections in all the countless were fair
and a true expression of the people's
will. Then why. at the great cost it
will entail, hold another election so
soon? if some years had elapsed and
there was proof thai a change os sent
iment had been effected in these
count ies. such a recommendation
might have been of value and would
have carried some weight.
Governor Ansel says that the sug-1
gestio:? was in the interest of temper
ance. While we believe that the gov
ernor is perfectly sincere in his inten
tion and is. in addition, a consistent
prohibitionist, the carrying out of his
suggestion would work no good for
the cause of temperance. There seems
to be no question, at least in this part
of the stau- that the abolishing of
dispensaries promotes temperance:
therefore, to abolish the dispensaries
in the live counties now having them,
would be in the interest of temper
ance. How to do it?
Certainly not by the methol sis
gested by the governor, for it wo.lid '
be ineffectual. The end is obtainable
by two means: pass a statewide pro
hlbitlon law. or order a general dec- |
tioil oil tlie question of ?tat: vide
prohibition. To have roco'nmeu.lod
either of these two would have been
"In the interest of temperance'*.
Whether or not the legislature will
pass the statewide law or whether it
will onier an election remains to be
seen: we have no idea the suggestion
by the governor on this matter will
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FMTOliS AM) OPINION'S.
In the large cities of this country,
editorial utterances by any of the big
liewsprti ;s r.re Considered as expres
sions from that paper, not as the
vie ws o! any one man or even set of
men: they are altogether impersonal,
the views of some agency, not those
of ;?- mere man. The reasons for this
are because the intricate workings of
a big daily and the vast number of
men employed in its making obscure
the individual, and in the second place
because the editorial writers do not
comr- in ellreet contact with the peo
Very different it is in the smaller
towns, and even in cities the size of
Charleston and Columbia. In read
ing the editorial page of The State, one
so often hears the remark: "See what
Oonzales lias to say about this;" or
in The News and Courier: "See what
Hemphill says." This is true in even
greater degree i:t the little towns a
inong the County newspapers. The
people of these towns come in daily
contact with the editor, know him,
know what he is about, or what his
neighbors says be is about, are aware
of the workings of his paper, and so
on. Hence, when some item appears
in the county paper they say: "Look
what that d-f- is doing; that?
?wrote this" and such comments.
These writings are looked upon as the
personal views of the e.l'or. T' ere
are few people who believe ira; a
mere man. an editor, ca*i scparato
himself from himself, t?!:o lino Con
sideration the paper In ii editing,
with a full realization of the puipcse
lie is endeavoring to s.?rve in the
world, and write unbiased a:iti imper
.lust a few days ago some one said:
"I don't like the editorials in t-nt pa
per, but since they are the personal
views of the editor I accord him the
right to his views and read tho news
regardless of the editorial opinion}!"
That Is the wrong view. An edP p*
who writes just those things in whlf.'l
he has a personal interest, confines
himself to his own views, without re
gard for paper he is publishing, for
the public he is serving and for the
many influences that should hear upon
him, is very much limited In his
sphere. A newspaper should stand for
beliefs. This does not mean that the
editorial page of the paper should be
a reflection of public opinion; It should
be that no more than it sheiultl be the
personal opinion of the editor himself.
Some people are always ready to
impute personal bias or ?.;>!?"!! to an
editor when opinions arc rendered.
They might benefit their condition (,f
mind a little by remembering that with
a self-respecting newspaper its edi
torial utterances are the expressions
of the paper and not the personal
views of the editor.
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TIIK STATE'S FINANCES.
Governor Ansel renews his recom
mendation that means be provided by
which the state may be put on a cash
basis. This has been his desire since
he has been in office; tho legislature
has failed to act upon his suggestion.
They will scarcely do so at this term,
for tho coiling fall Is election time
and members of the general assembly
really do not like to go before their
constituents, upon whom they have
voted another tax. That's human.
And then it is pointed out ihat such
a business concern as the state should
not be on a cash basis. Sonic of the
newspapors argue that the legislature
would Ret too extravagant ft there |
was money in the treasury. Tliat is
really an insult to the august tody,
since it likens it to the small boy who
will upend his money recklessly so
long aa it lasts, and then he economi
cal and business-like when it is till
gone. Ah a matter of fact, it would
be a better working basis for die leg
islature. With tin* debts of tli*^ past
year paid, and no interest to provide
for on borrowing, and a knowledge
of what the tax returns would be.
their appropriations would perforce
be wiser. And why should tlu? state
have to pay thousands upon thous
ands of dollars every year as Interest
upon money borrowed, is it econo
A small tax. such a one recommend
ed by the governor, will put the state
on a Arm financial basis within a few
years, and it will not work a hard
ship on the taxpayers.
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So the Manning Times woul I make
the governor's office a kind ?>f reward
for service, somewhat on too \> ^ii?!o
that presidents of the l'n't? I States
were elected for their military servlo.
There's something in the ide;i of pro
motion: somo ofllcers deserve it. But.
some good coroners would make Utter
failures as clerks of court. Better
keep them in the coroner's oflNe.
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Laurens has the best military com
pany in the state: it could, if it would,
have a lire company befitting its size
and in proportion to the amount of
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South Carolina will lose a citizen of
worth and note when .Major Jas. C.
Hemphlll of Charleston moves to Rich
mond next month, and the newspaper
fratemit\ will sustain the loss of cue
of its strongest members. Major Hemp
hill has had a great part in the work
of creating and sustaining high-toned,
honorable and decent sentiment in
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Laurens should put hor best foot
forward when the South Carol Ina Med?
leal society meets lure in April: and.
she will do it. By the way. w? wonder
if the school auditorium will l>? offered
for the holding of some of the meet
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A headline In the Augusta Herald
is: "An Atlanta man Blown to Pieces".
Too much gas! Atlanta spirit: We
knew it was bound to happen some
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So the "honorables' don't like the
Columbia water; they must have
Glenn Springs water, during their
forty days stay in the capital city. Of
course they ought to have it. and the
state does right in paying the bill.
Fact Is. they ought to be supplied
with sandwiches and cigaris. and the
state should furnish the peanuts they
eat during the sittings of the august
body. What's a mere $')O0 or a $1.000.
when we think of comforts for our
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At home some of them drink spring
water out of a gourd, but that does
not matter; they're off on a vacation
now. Let em have a good time.
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Of all sad words
The saddest are
' Please remit.
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Neither in nor near Laurens is there
a Pike's Peak: but right here in the
city there are Pike, Pick and Pack. So
what's the odds.
C SOCIAL AM) PERS3NAL. \
* ?. f k? M M *? *.h *???? t-ft***
The Fortnightly soc ial club was de
lightfully entertained Thursday after
noon by Mrs. \V. II. Anderson sit her
home in South I.aureus, there being
something over thirty guests present.
The halls and parlor, in which the
guests were received and in which
were tables for "nations," were beauti
fully hung in holly and Ivy, While there
was a profusion of ferns and pot plants
about the rooms. After cards. a deli
cious salad course with coffee was
On last Friday afternoon, the Henry
Laurens chapter. Daughters of the
American Revolution mot with Mrs.
It. T. Dunlap at her elegant home on
South Harper street. A fu r the roll
call with responses in quotations from
Revolutionary writers, the loading
of the minutes, and the reports of of
llcers, eight members were received
into the chapter.
A very interesting paiicr was read
by Mrs. Brooks SwygGrt on "Paniella
Cunlngbara," the founder of the Mt.
Vernon chapter. This sketch was e |
peclally interesting to the ladies of
Laurens since Pamella Cuninghum was
a natve of Laurens county. Misses
I ?iura Barksdale read an excellent pa
per on a "Pilgrimage to Mt. Vernon,"
full of Interesting facts c onnected wii.ii
the home of Washington.
After the business session, Mrs.
Dunlap served delightful refreshments.
The new members resolved Friday
were: Mrs. Caroline Irh?y, Mrs. W. P.
Chlldress, Miss Julia Ir*>y. Miss Olyn
thia Jones, Miss Julia YTacfarlnn, Miss
WIIIOU Gray, Miss Emily Meng and
Mi s Mai y Slmpsln.
Come nnt and see wliot the North
Lauren* Realty Co. Is doing for yon.
Von can select >our lot now and fix
the price on day of sate with the
I LOCAL AND PERSONAL MENTION. | j
Mr. H. I>. Henry of (Tinton wa* In
the city yesterday.
Mr. O. B. Taylor and Miss Sudfe
Medlock of the Harmony church sec
tion spont yesterday and last night
in the city.
Uov. J. K. McCain of Gray Court
visited in the city several days during
the past week.
Rev. A. T. Jamleson, superintend
ent of Connie Maxwell orphanage, and
Dr. W. J. L?ngsten of Conwny, aere
in the city for a few hours last Friday.
Mrs. Annie L. Washington of Green
ville was a visitor in the eity on Mon
day and Tuesday of this week.
In just a few minutes Monday morn
ing Superintendent Pitts secured over
$1". to purchase the gold medal for
the declaimers' contest to b.> held In
this city on Aprll 22nd.
Messrs J. IV Watts and J. \V Fer
guson went to Columbia Saturday on
business; while there tluy took ad
vantage of the opportunity to see the
Mr. J. L. Mahaffey of Eden was in
the city yesterday.
Mr. B. C. Burns of Barksdale was
among the visitors in the city last
Rev. J. M. Shell is somewhat im
proved in condition this week.
Messrs Frank E. Donald and Frank
W. Henderson are attending the busi
ness college In Augusta.
Messrs (\ H Hicks and Warren Holt
went to Atlanta yesterday afternoon
Mrs. W. B. Lucas and Dr. B. S. Lu
cas went t<> Baltimore last Sunday.
It is an up-to-date camp those sur
veyors have out near Watts mills.
Clerk of Court .ino. F. Holt went to
Columbia Saturday afternoon on offi
cial business connected with the
bondsmen for Mr. .lohn V. Garllngton
and Mr. J. Stobo Young.
Royal Ireh Masons Banquet.
Last night at the armory, the Ris
ing Sun chapter. Royal Arch Masons
met. about one hundred and fifty
strong around the banquet board. In
company with the Masons were their
wives, sisters and friends, in all form
ing one of the jollies! most distin
guished gatherings of the kind ever
held In Laurens. Mr. Ceo. T. Bryan
of Greenville was master of core
monies ill the absence of Mr. It. A.
Cooper. The banquet was served by
the King's Daughters.
Ware Shoals Red Men.
Ettawah tribe, number IS. Improved
Order of Red Men. of Ware Shoals met
January 13th. and elected the follow
ing officers for the current term: W.
A. Hughes, prophet; Ceo. H. Wlllison,
sachem; John I. Jackson, senior sag
amore; C. 0. Clasaly, junior saga
more; H, J. Mattison, guard of forest;
B. B. Bell, chief of records; and J. L
Young, keeper of wampum.
I OUR SPECIAL NOTICES. &
For Sale?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, Lam ens,
R. P. 1). No. G. 4t
Notice -Did you know there was
an up-to-date wood yard in the city?
if not phone '-'W. Eichelberger Bros.
Notice?-We have several thousand
dollars of home money to loan on
real estate. Apply ^ Ferguson &
Featherstone, Lau reuses. C. 2;!-:;t
Notice?-We boII the best lime for
$1.00 per barrel. Eichelborger Bros.
For Sale?Shepherd pups (dogs)
months old at $5.00 each; Toulouse
Geese at $5.00 per pair. M. R. L. Po
den, Fountain Inn. Route 1.
Notice We handle all our coal with
forks, impossible for you to get any
thing but clean lump coal. Eichel
Notice Any one wanting dirt for
lining purposes apply to J. s. Machen
at J. S. Machen Ai Co., warehouse.
Laurens, 8. C. 21-21
Notice Don't go otll in the cold to
hunt a dray just phone :'.'5. Eichel
I am heady to treat your horses
and mules as well as cows. Charagcs
very resonnblo. IL B. Grltton, Horse
and mule specialist, Laurons, S. C.
For Sale. Splendid largo bay horse,
7 years old. mahogany bay. and all
O. K. Also several offices and rooms
to rent. Apply to Dr. W. II. Dial.
For Sale. Four pairs of pea fowls;
tin - birds. $3.00 a pair. Carroll Brown
Laurens, Route 5. It
Wanted.?ion salesmen in southern
?dates to sell fruit trees. Kasy terms,
'rice right. Write today to Upson
'.'urseries, Yatesville, Ca. 25-H
For Sale. Ono Cyphers model Incu
bator, 1 -tO egg capacity and good as
new. cost $22.no will sell for $l.r>.00. It
Is too large for my needs. Also one
very tine white Plymouth Rock cocker
el, $:1.00, ten hens and pullets, $1.50
eacli and fifteen white Leghorn pul
lets, $1.00 each. A few settings of
white Plymouth Rock and white Lok
born eggs from heavy laying stock,
$1.00 per 16. A. C. Haskell Jr., Lau
rens, 8. C. It
For Sale?A first class lot of fine
young mules for sale at reasonable
prices and on good terms. Apply to
w. ' Gray, Qroy Court, s. c. it
For Good Groceries
Always fresh and clean
It is our purpose to offer
nothing that is not the best
in quality, and onr prices
are always right.
See us for Flour
See us for Coffee
See us for Sugar
?See us for Canned (ioods
See us for anything^you
need in the grocery line.
J. W. Payne & Co.
The Cash Grocers.
Let us sell you a
Blounts Lister Plow.
Make Farming a Pleasure.
We have a big- stock of
Goods on hand that were j
purchased before the ad-!
vanee in prices and are
able and ready to supply !
your wants. We sell
Henry Clay Flour
the highest patent flour
made, the kind that satis
fies. Every sack guaran
teed. We have now in the
store and to be shipped la
ter several hundred bar
rels of best patent flour,
Copyright or White Satin
and best second patent
flour Nondyke or White
A large stock of choice heavy
Red Rust Proof Oats for
We are headquarters for Corn,
Hay, Feed Oats and Corn Meal.
Feed your cows and fatten
your hogs, Cotton Seed Meal,
Bran and Shorts, Mill Feed,
and Rice Flour,
J. H. SULLIVAN
Laurens, S. C.
"Running on HOWARD time"
?the highest praise the "old
man" can give. The new How
A an Special Railroad Dial has
numerals for every minute from i
to 60 around the dial. A glance
tells the number of minutes past
Lot in rIioW Tf>n tho TTovmri, W.iteh,
I'llVO/teeti l>j- priUUMl licKcl? Mo loW'30.
What about protect
your property against loss
by fire. We have as good
as the best in the way of
Laurens Fire In
C. W. McCRAVY, Mgr.