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UfOLUME XXV. LAURENS. SOUTH CAPOI INA wpnwpcnAv ma^u* ? .^^
IVO NEGROES SLAY
: THREE NEAR PARKS
Claude Ferguson and Jim
Davis the Perpetrators.
THEY SKIP COUNTRY
Toney Anderson, Ida McCoy nnd Alex
Kay Meet Their Death in Cold
l?oodod; itrntal Manner.
A A triple killing, the commission of
which embraces some very unusual
circumstances, occurred in the neigh
borhood of Parks station, three miles
east of the city, Saturday night, when
Toney Anderson was murdered in the
cabin home of Ida McCoy Nelson, the
negress herself mortally wounded, dy
ing a few hours later, and Alex Ray,
living a mile distant, was called to his
front door and shot through the body,
falling dead in his tracks.
Claude Ferguson, as the arch exe
cutioner, and Jim Davis, both negro
farm hands living in the same com
munity, are charged with the crimes.
They fled the country Saturday night
and, although the sheriff. Iiis deputies
and special officers, with the assistance
of numerous citizens have put forth
every effort to apprehend them, up
until yesterday at noon the fugitives
were still at large. It was reported
that two negroes believed to have been
the parties wanted, were seen near
Cross Anchor, in Spartanhurg county,
Sunday afternoon. Deputy Sheriff
Culbertson and Rural Policeman Sulli
van spent Monday in that country, but
were unable to trace the negroes any
farther. Yesterday Sheriff Owings and
his deputy took another trip In search
of the murderers.
The cause for the triple tragedy Is
said to have been the existence of trou
ble too common among the colored
race. Ferguson is known to have been
insanely jealous of the McCoy woman
and her daughter. All parties were
involved in one way or another, so it
is said. Ferguson has a pretty bad
record. Only a few weeks ago he was
liberated from jail after the settle
ment, at the instance of his brother,
of a charge of highway robbery, the
brother referred to having been the
For more than a year Ferguson and
the McCoy woman had been on bad
terms. In order to gain admission to
her house, Jim Davis accompanied For.
guson Saturday night. Both were arm
ed, Ferguson with a single barrel shot
gun, his accomplice with a pistol. Ida
McCoy and two of her smaller children
had retired, Anderson, who took his
meals at her house, and Rosa, the
grown daughter, being up when Davis
rapped on the door. Rosa opened the
door and instantly Ferguson and Davis
rushed In, the former leading. With
out a word he raised his gun and shot
Anderson as he sat in a chair at a
small table over ngainst the wall. De
liberately reloading the gun he then
fired into the woman as she attempted
to raise herBelf in bed. With both
hands practically shot off and other
wise wounded, uhe managed to make
her escape from the cabin and ran
toward the house of her brother. Af
ter proceeding about fifty yards, both
men in pursuit, she was shot down in
the road and left for dead. Then the
murderers returned to the cabin and
finished Anderson, shooting him again
in the left side. The negress was tak
en to her brother's where she lingered
untlb about midnight. She was ration
al for some time and made a Statement
concerning the affair which was cor
roborated by the testimony of Rosa as
given at the Inquest, held Sunday. Roth
statements as to how it happened have
been given above, substantially. The
scone of the double murder Is a one
room cabin, located on the premises
of Messrs R. (}. and W, 1). Franks.
The Third Murder.
After dispatching Anderson, Fergu
son and Davis, it appears, proceeded
directly to the home of Alex Ray, who
lived with his family n few hundred
yards west of Parks station, on the
Columbia, Newberry & Laurens rail
road. Here the order of procedure was
Changed, Ferguson, for reason best
known to themselves, doing the rap
ping the door act nnd the subsequent
talking. Davis the shooting. Alex
was aroused and asked if he could
chenge a dollar. He replied, after
coming to his door, that he thought he
could. Finding his purse, he reap
peared in the doorway where he was
Shot to donttt.
KavV, Wife and one nr Iwn rw tUn
CLINTON BUSINESS %
The Town Sacrificing Trees for Mere
Street Traffic and Modern
Clinton, March 28.?At an enthusi
astic meeting of the Business Men's
Trotcctice association last Tuesday
night speeches were mado by Mr. P.
W. McClure of Greenwood and others,
outlining plans for conducting such
Mr. A. H. Henry who was elected
secretary declined to accept the posi
tion nn account of having so many
other demandB on his time. No sec
retary has yet heen selected.
Work continues on the streets and
although there is much dissatisfaction,
i Mayor McMillan feels that it will dis
i appear when the results are seen.
Many valuable trees have been sac
rificed and some people who have giv
en thought to matters of civic improve
ment feel that no results will repay
: such a sacrifice. Hut, of course, most
! small towns go through the spasm of
supposing bare, wide streeto orna
; mented with telephone posts, are love
A great improvement to the town is
the putting in of granite curblngs on
several of the principal streets.
.Mr. A. B. Henry ins rented a large
store room in the Cold-Buster building
and will have an up-to-date beef mar
ket and green grocery after April
Easter at Clinton.
Clinton. March 25),?Easter passed
very quietly, and with few festivities.
, Mrs. C. M. Bailey entertained the
[ Actaeon Book club in her usual charm
ing manner on Friday afternoon. Lit
tle Miss Jennie Goldsmith celebrated
her sixth birthday inviting several of
her little friends to spend the after
noon with her on Monday.
On Monday evening the college
crowd surprised Misses Elise and Mar
jorie Spencer and they spent a very
Among the Easter visitors were Miss
es Dorothy Owens. Emmie McCl'avy,
Pearl Willlngham of Clinton. Janle
: Kennedy. LannisG Morgan and lVrrin
Morgan of Spartanburg, Messrs. Will
Bean, and Bivers of North Carolina,
Fleet wood Lanneau of Charleston.
larger children saw the mon anil recog
nized both of them. Ferguson, as stat
ed, did all the talking, but it is bo
il ieved that Davis fired the shot that
caused the instant death of Alex. It
was not clear as to?the direction the
murderers went after leaving Kay's,
; but on Sunday afternoon the shot gun.
: blood stained and shell-loss, was found
j in the wood near the scone of the last
Sunday, in consequence of the whole
sale killing, was a busy day for Coron
j er Hairston. The first, inquest held
was that on Bay's body. The testi
mony of members of Alex A family,
as indicated above, was takem; Xono
could say who fired the fatal shot.
However, the jury fixed the perpetra
tion of the crime on Forguson. In
the cases of Anderson and Ida McCoy,
both verdicts returned implicated For
guson and Davis, the latter as aider
and abettor in tho one, and as acces
sory in the other.
According to information obtained
from a negro by Sheriff Owlllgs yes
terday afternoon. Jim Davis was in the
vicinity of Parks station Monday
nigiit The colored man giving this
information claims that he saw Da
vis. The officers spent, yesterday af
I ternoon and last night in that com
Due West?At a meeting of (he board
; of directors of tho woman's college
at Due West, Bev. P. B. BOVCO, I). I),
of Atoka. Tenn.. was elected president
successor to Bev. .lames Royce, D. D.,
Dr. Poyce is an alumunus of Erkskino
college and Is ono of tho strongest
men in the A. R, I*. church. Ho Is
at present pastor of one of the boat
churches of tho denomination and
who has tho confidence of tho Whole
The board aiso by formal rcsolu
, tion reCOgniZOd thO effort ; Of the
alumnae association In Interest of
education and wishes to commend
them in w'.mt they have dono toward
, the erection of a memorial hall of
nn estimated cr.::t of about ton thous
and dollars. Tl ey also agreed to do.
1 nato five thousand dollars toward this
fund, if thO nlumnne association
POLK MILLER? QUARTETTE.
"Old Times Down South" as Presented
by Trained Company.
Polk Miller and quartette of negroes
will appear at tbe city opera house
Wednesday evening, April sixth. The
entertainment they will present is
called 'Old Times Down South."
A Boston newspaper, on the oeca.
i sion recently of Miller's visit to that
city, had the following concerning
"At Chickering Hall last evening
Mr. Polk Miller and his quartette ol
negroes appeurcu for the first time lv
public In Boston, although had already
; been heard here at private residences
: und clubs. The entertainment, which
! its called "Old Times Down South,'
is not like anything in the amusement
line which has been given here before,
The negro quartette is not composed
of trained singers, but of men whom
Mr. Miller selected because they could
sing. Their singing was most enjoy
able. The youngest one had a strong
bass voice which be used to good ad
vantage nnd it was a treat to watch
' the oldest of the quartette who had
; the swing and the shout of the old
time negro. Some of the songs, es
: pecially 'Old Dan Tucker' and 'Suwa
nee River" given with the c adence and
. peculiar intonation of the plantation
blacks, were revelations to those who
had only heard such pieces rendered
in a conventional st> lo. The whole
'entertainment was simply delightful.'
Death of .Mrs. .1. E. Adalr.
Clinton. March 2S.? Mrs. Maggie
Stone Adair. wife of Mr. .1. E. Adalr,
and daughter of Mr. William Stone
died In the hospital at Columbia last
Thursday and her remains were in
terred in the Presbyterian cemetery
Friday afternoon, Dr. W. S. Bean of
The sympathies of the community
go out to the bereaved husband and
Easter in I,aureus.
Kaster was a tine day in I.aurens;
indeed it se.-ins that superb weathoi
conditions obtained throughout tlx
country. The churches hero were at
ti ndod by large congregations and tin
services were appropriate. The ser
mons dealt with the Faster season, the
resurrection of Christ, and special
music was rendered by the different
Some Local Political Dope.
It is understood that among the dif
ferent county officials and members ol
the legislature, Treasurer Mock. Audi
tor Dor rob, Supervisor Humbert, Sup
erintendent of Education Pitts and the
Hon. Jared D. Sullivan will stand foi
reelection this summer. It Is probabli
that the anouncement card of Mr
Humbert and some of the others will
appear next week in The Advertiser
j Of course it is known that Judge
: Thompson will be in the field?he baf
; said so.
Life Around Itahun.
Rabun, March 2ft.?Last Friday af
ternoon Mr. Boyce Wolff, the Rabui
teacher, gave the school children an
egg hunt. Mr. Wolff marched the
children from the school house to tin
grove nnd told them the ones to fine
eggs numbered thirteen and twenty
three would bo given a prize. Mis.
Alliene Baldwin, and Mr. Conway Boll
were the prize winners.
After receiving prizes from tholi
teacher the children all formed a circle
and wer? "treated.'' The teacher
children, and visitors had a royal ge)o<
Mr. Willis Cheek ami Mr. P. L, Cray
of Gray Court spent last Tuesday witl
Mr. (',. W. Dahb.
Mrs. Rebecca Owens ami daughter
Miss Edna visited Mr. and Mrs. Claude
Wasson In the Friendship community
Mrs. Anna West of Poplar Springt
section spent Sunday with her mother
Mrs. Lizzie Check.
Mr. Walter Baldwin T.nd fnrall)
spent Sunday at tho home of Mr. Rob
! ert Dolt.
j MrB. Williams of McDaniels mil
speoit Saturday night and Sunday will
her daughter. Mis. IlarJey AbercronV
At the home of Mr. and Mrs. .linn.
Summered near Hickory Tavern, S; ?
j urday night, a "tacky" party was giv
; on. A largo number of voting people
? were present, and a prize was offeree
', to tlie coupie? dressed most lacUlly. Mr
Walter Owens and Miss Lain Stone
- - - ?? ? i - ? < ' ? r i ? ? , m/?i\vi I ?M
FREIGUT THROUGH TRESTLE.
Aecldeut on the Spartanburg Roud
The caboose and three or 'our cars,
forming part of a south-bound "ight
on the Spartanburg division of tho
Charleston & Western Carolina road,
crashed through the trestle over Dun
can creek, near Ora, last Wednesday
Just before noon. Tho train was a
heavy one, but tho locomotive and all
but a few cars had passed ovor when
i a Clinchfleld coal car Jumped the track,
I struck the timbers of the trestle and
carried tho bridge and the rest of tho
rear-end cars to the creek below.
Conductor Attaway of Spartanburg
and a traveling man from the ss?n<?
town were the only ones Injured. The
trestle was repaired and through traf
fic resumed within 36 hours.
SPECIAL JUDGE FEATHERST?NE.
Presiding Over Common Pleas Court
Hon. C. C. Featherstone, having been
appointed by GOV. Ansel as special
judge, upon the recommendation of
Chief Justice Jones, to preside over
the spring term of common pleas court
at Abbeville, went over and opened the
session Monday morning. Mr. Feath
erstone is holding this court because
of the illness or Judge Dantzler, and
he takes it as quite a compliment from
the Abbeville bar who on a former oc
, casion united in asking that he bo
. named to preside at a special or regu
The present session will last two
weeks, if so much be necessary.
BARRETT MAKES DENIAL.
j Farmers' Union Will Not Join Wltll
Atlanta, Qa., March 28.?President
Charles S. Barrett, of tho National
Farmers' Union, made emphatic denial
tonight of the newspaper reports that
at the National Conference of Farm
ers to be held In St. Louis, May 2-8,
the Farmers' union would join with
the American Federation of Labor In
: the formation of a new national po
! litioal party.
In an article published in numerous
papers under a Washington date it
I was announced that President Snmuol
Gompers, of the Federation, would de
liver an address at the conference of
the Farmers' union in St. Louis, at
which he would outline his plan for
the alliance of tho two organizations
in forming and furthering the propos
ed new party.
' Whatever is done, in St. Louis to.
ward forming a new party,-' said Mr
Barrett, "tho Farmers' union will have
no part, parcel or direct or indirect
connection with It. The fundamental
. law of the Farmers' union explicitly
? prohibits that Order Indulging in pnr
. tisan politics.
"Men of all shades of political be
lief, some of the most distinguished
Amerh ans, will participate In and be
I the guests of the Farmers' union con
i ference. Hut I cannot reiterate too
emphatically that wo will not bo party
'? to the formation of a new party, and
that partisan politics will bo eschewed
. i scrupulously."
i President Barrett said that ot tho
II St. Louis conference tho "needs of
11 the farmers, the status of tho farmer
? and thi- wrongs of the farmer" would
I be discussed, "but we will not de
nounce or praise any political party.
i Nor will we countenance any such
procedure on the part of the invited
guests if wo can help it.
. SPECIAL MEETING Ol TRUSTEES.
I Resignation of Dr. \ dams Before
Board for Consideration!
Clinton. March 29.-?A special ses
i Blon of tho board of trustees o." the
Presbyterian college is being held here
tills afternoon. It is understood that
. the meeting was called for the purpose
of giving consideration to the resigna
tion of Dr. Robert Adams, for tho past
I several years president of the college,
/ At this hour tho board Is still In ses
sion and nothing definite can be atat
> , od at to what has transpired.
The Medical Association.
I 1 The monthly meeting of the Laur m
County Medical association was hold
Monday at noon. At this meeting re
port;; wero heard from difi'< rent com
, mlttoes named eomo Umo ago to ar
range for tho entertainment of the
mem!) :? ; of tho Pottth Carolina Medl
, cal association when it meets hor<
I April 10-21. These ronoris indicated
that nil plans were being wdr] id but
and that the nrs'nngcnionli n cesshVy
will Ur> ^.mi.l.i<-l ???
HORSE LEADS TRAIN
IN HALF MILE DASH
Animal Quits Track and ltuns Into
Wire Fence, Resulting in
Crob HUI, March 28.?Last Monday
Dr. Peak's he so got out of the stable
just as the 2 o'clock train was leaving
i for Clinton. The horse ran up the
j track in front of the train half a mile
i and left the railroad at the crossing
near Mr. H. A. Austin's. It ran into
a wire fence, turned a somersault as
it fell, and died in a few moments.
Mr. M. L. Bullock of Ncwberry was
m town insi Tuesday.
Loin, the five year old daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Doyce, was crit
ically ill the past week. Dr. .!. 1).
Austin of Clinton was called here In
consultation With all the local doctors,
She is still seriously 111.
Dr. Theodore Peake came from I.au
reus one day last week on bis motor
cycle, a distance of 1"> miles in thirty
nine minutes. That is "traveling some."
Miss Qriffln of Newherry is visiting
her sister. Miss Lizzie Griffin.
Misses llortense and Pearl Lowo arc
visiting their parents. Mr. and Mrs. S>
W. Lowe. Mr. I.owe has been very ill
There was an interesting Easier ser
vice at the Methodist church yesterday
The pastor preached a good sermon
suitable to the occasion and the mush
was exceptionally good. Miss Wllinei
Ramey sang a solo, and she ami Mis;
West a duet. Mr. Hugh Pinson as
sisted the choir with his violin.
Appreciative Sketch of the Lady of tlx
She Is more than five feet tall, sho b
OS lie:- cent, unmarried; she Is neat;
' she is never deaf and dumb; she Is In
visible when most effec tive; she is the
girl who must be consulted before you
can get the telephone you want
Though not much of a mathematician
She deals in numbers, wholesale and
Tin? govenment experts find that sin
can answer 22? calls a minute without
shedding a hairpin, but do not men
lion that she can give won the same
wrong number three times in five min
utes and cause attacks of apoplexy and
indigestion at both ends of the wire.
Sins must cither he very patient ot
very Indifferent, this operator in tin
conversation exchange, for she dealt
with many men of many tempers am
with many women with many tongues
And if sh<- can emerge! from a day ol
conflict with unrulllcd temper am
smiling face, she* must bo a wonder.
The re- she' sits, the lady of the tele
phone, calm, polite, like- Patience? on i
monument smiling at Page-. From out
\ the- wreck of matter ami the ruin ol
worlds coine> undisturbed her evei
, tone-s. "Number, please .'' Baltimore
WADE HAMPTON'S BIRTHDAY.
Statue and Grave Adorned With lletvr
Columbia, March 28.?Tho statue ol
Wado Hampton that stands on tin
? state house- grounds sv:js te,elay be
' ep e ke-el with wreaths and his grave ill
Trinity churchyard was covered will
Mowers, for this wan tin- anniversary
of tho birth of South Carolina's groal
cavalry b-ae|e>r ami statesman,
This afternoon at a meeting of the
local chapte r Of the- Daughters of the
, Confederacy, (Jen. r. P. Brooks eh-iiv
e-re-d an address on Incidents in con
neetl?n with tl.t- lite- of fjon. Hampton
Mobile Reunion in April.
The- general Confederate' reunion wll
be- held at Meddle-. Ala.. April L'O. L'
and 2S, instead e>f May as announce*
in another part of this issue-.
A Reserved Tribute.
in the story about Clinton, printei
today in The- State', we dare sugges
p..at there Is more- truth than poetry
which ti.e- write-r purposed shemM ho
, although it lo sprightly vorso. Mean
while, we- i aspect that among the? val
uahlcs ilii't rnnko a town the- heat ii
.iSouth Carolina a really cle ve r one
, I watchful coiTcspondcni ought nlwayi
te> be? enumerated along with cottot
, mills, railroads rnd orphanages. I
. any one (should fay thai Miss Frond
, Kennedy, The f ate's Clinton corrc
l eponeh tit Ie the lop of the list of first
rat - correspondents, The State? wouh
? av ? 11 m< on ? <?It o t" dispute- it. Th
ITEMS OF INTEREST
Culled and Condensed for
RESUME OF PAST WEEK
Current Events of Interest In This
Stute Selected and Briefly Noted
For Advertiser Headers.
Columbia. -According to figures pro
pared by Commissioner Watson the
corn crop for Inst year was 1S.000.000.
On March I. la pet cent of '?!:;? Olitlre
crop was still on the farms in the state)
Only 1 per cent of the crop lust year
was shipped out of the county in which
It was grown. Of tho entire crop of
corn, K'.i per cent, was merchantable.
This was a decided Improvement over
the crop in 1908. Tho average value)
of the corn grown last year on March
1 was us cents per bushel. On tho
same date of last year it was !?(? cents
Spartanburg. .1. Henry Caldell, ti
farmer living near hero, Hiis afternoon
broke tip nn acre of land with eight
hundred charges of dynninlto, the ex
plosive oeing used for breaking tho
land for cultivation instead of lllft
plow. Mr. Caldwell claims that blasting
land with dynamite is the best method
for silbsolling and that it can he doilO
more cheaply than with a plow. Many
persons from the city and the country
were present to witness the novel
i Columbia. All roads in South Car
olina will lead to Charleston on April
( 12, when the silver service will be
presented to the battleship South Car
olina. ICnsIgn (Irnhnni of the battle*
? ship Dixie, has been detailed by tho
i secretary of the navy to net as an OB
. cort to Oov. Ansel. Mr. 0 rah am la
, a native of Hamberg.
I Hales burg.- Clinton Rhoden, n mor
I chant of this place was short and ln
A Bluntly killed at i o'eiook Thuviuluy
nfternoon by W. II. (Renn, city elec
trician. The shooting occurred on tho
? principal street of Mat esbtllg, which
. j was crowded at tin lime.
I Clean surrendered and was taken
to jail at Lexington. There bad been
? : bad reeling between the Iwo inch for
? some lime. As 01 mil was going along
; the streel past Khoden's 'lore tho lat
I lor called to him (.:< nn iinswered, "If
you want tne you can i nine out hero
r j for me."
I Rhoden then lefi his store and went,
toward (ilenn. A few moments con
versation ensued, and (hen Rhoden
II was soon to strike (llenn. Several
11 blows passed, and then tllenn drew at
M pistol and Died four shots at Rhoden,
i Tho first went wild, but the next three
; tool: deadly effect.
Rhoden was about years old. Ilo
I is survived by bis wife and five chil
dren. Clenn, who Is about tho satno
age, also has a wife and live children.
?| Greenville, tlreenvlllo's newosl In
dustry Is an underwear factory, and
r plans are now being perfected by J.
1 D. Ollrontb and associates looking
to permanent organization and in
1 corporation of a llfty thousand dollar
l! Columbia. Deputy Insurance Com-*
mlssloiier Whartotj has been unable lo?
? read: Abbeville on account of the ill
> j it ess oi one oi' :,i;' children, lie wllil
- Investlgato the lire at Abbeville juaU
as. soon as ho can reach that city, fw
. the meantime testimony i.; being col
lected. Insurance Commissioner Me
Master has received this notification
I from Mr. Wharfoil ami from tho mayor
pro leili of Abbeville.
Columbia. A man from Oroeoylljf)
writes asking Commissioner '?'?'?.* ion
to examine a sample of Hour nnd soo
if it i-; blear-bed. The carload is now
' on tho tracks. Commissioner vat-en
1 replied that tho new purr- food Insp?C
? tlon law doesn'l go Into effect until
? May 1, and until that lime the dopnrt
' menl has not authority Iri the matter
\ Sparenburg, licg'nning April l
1 the postoffice (h p-i' mMil Will c
h llsh mall y rvien on th ? ('.. C, an I O
i road between Spartanburg np'1 '
f Va. At pr< ??? nl i I ?? pp* in I ? ? U
' stops at IN. ! i r, N. ('.. some ' tilj
- ngo i lid el a n her <?' comn'n reo too! u|