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?ITH IE STATE CAMPAIGNERS
IN THEIR COUNTY-TO COHNTY TOUR
i Florence, July 30.?It was a unique
scene from a political standpoint, that
?was enacted in the State campaign
. meeting at Florence today, Unique,
and with a peculiar Interest to those
-who keep record of the trend of politi
cal events In South Carolina. A situ
ation in which cheers for "Lyon and
Ragsdale" are commingled, and when
the Hon. Jas. B. Ellerhe rises in his
seat and with the enthusiasm of his
strenuous nature leads in a round of
applause for .1. Willard Ragsdale, is
indeed tense and of peculiar signifi
cance. Lyon, Ragsdale and Ellerbe!
The heated campaign of 190G hetween
Ragsdale and Lyon Tor the Attorney
generalship, when bitterness almost
reached the acute stage and the lines
were so clearly drawn, is fresh in the
minds of the people. The yeomanry of
the 6th district vividly recall the race
for Congress two years a??, when j
Ullerbe and Ragsdale were pitted
against each other; when every inch
of ground was contested with a reso
luteness and vigor such as only these
two eomhatants could inject into the
Campaign. Hence, when today In the
opera house at Florence this remark
able incident took place, the savants
nodded their heads (that is, after the
excitement of the moment had sub
sided.) and mentally pondered: "Verl,
ly, what hath the day brought forth."
The Lie is Passed.
It w.is somewhat in this wise: At
torney General Lyon flung Into the
teeth of his opponent. Barnard B.
Evans, an accusation or charge cal
, culated to precipitate trouble; the
epithet "liar" was passed; "infamous
liar" was applied to Barnard B. Evans
of Columbia, candidate for attorney
general. The tense and exciting sit
nation w;is not produced by an effort
on the part of the accused to resent
the charge; it was merely his effort
to have a last word with the audience,
and the audience would have none ot
him. They howled him down. For.,
nearly two minutes Barnard B. Evans
faced the audience of four hundred
souls,-endeavoring to have his say; j
each attempt *in . with rebuff on the j
? pari of County Chairman Ragsdale,
Whose hand, when raised in warning
seemed to bo the signal for the attdl
eiKv./.. break Into wildest uproar, thus
effy ively accomplishing the utter
of-.-hiij/t of all Evans's assays. Final
ly, and when he did*it. the audience
gave vent to terrific cheers. Chairman
Ragsdale shoved Barnard 15. Evans ofl
? the stage ; nil behind the scenes at the
Then broke forth the wild yells:
""Hurrah for Ragsdale," "Hurrah for
,Lyon," and then Congressman J. E.
Ellerhe rose from his seat In the au
dience, not far from the stage, and
emitted one of the heartiest, healthi
est cheers thai ever sprang from hu-j
man throat. Ragsdale, Ellerbe and
Lyon! The scene will not soon be for
What produced the scene is by n?
aneans of secondary significance. For
the fivxt time during the campaign ol
1010, the absolute and unqualified
term ' liar" has been used. Evans <>n
pre.' his occasions and again today
h?e Id: "1 will not say he is a liar,
fo: that would he unparliamentary;
T will not say he is a thief, but ?"
Salary and Fees.
Attorney General .1. Fr?ser Lyon to
day said: "When he (Evans) says that
;t received $20,000 in addition to my
fenlary, he is an infamous liar." This
tvas?hnmediately tit the conclusion of
Evans's speech, who had the reply to
day. 'Re fore another word could he
tittered Chairma Ragsdale was on his
feet, his hand uplifted for order. Ev
ans advanced to the front, endeavored
to speak, hut the audience was wild.,
and the deterring hand of the chair
man was in his face, almost. .Mean
while, alter applying the epithet. Lyon
o,rms akimbo and with that placid
look on K . face that so many South
Carolina audiences know so well, was
? describing a semi-circle aboul Evans
on ,ii" stage. He continued this until
Evans was shoved off the stage. A
few moments later Evans re-entered
ihe Stage and quietly took a seat:
Lyon sat in the right wing.
Replying to the "bOgtls" insurance
matter. .Mr. Evans said that the com
pany had been duly chartered by Mr.
Norton, then comptroller general; that
later It did develop that the Company
was a fraudulent one, hut that he bad
received none of the money. On this
point Mr. Lyon said he was very sure
the State of South Carolina would o?
willing to give Mr. Fvans a f.r T."?
Commission if he would get back some
of this money.
The meeting today was held in the
Opera house, presided over by the Hon
J. Wlllnrd Ragsdale and opened with
prayer by the Rev. Will B. Oliver, ot
the First Baptist church. When the
speaking began there were hut a hun
dred people present, hut the number
swelled to four hundred before Attor
ney General Lyon concluded. Feat
uring the occasion was the Lyon-Ev
ans episode, a chnllege to the editor
of The State by Cole L. Blease, can
didate for governor, tile ovations ac
corded Thos. 0. McLeod, Attorney Gen
eral Lyon and James E. Ellerbe, the
inthusiastic reception given Charles
A. Smith in his home county, and the
bestowal of bouquets on three candi
dates who have hitherto not been thus
favored, Blease, Mahori and Duvall.
O. C. Scarborough was loudly applaud
ed and proved the favorite among the
candidates for railroad commissioner.
Mayor Blease wants a debate be
tween himself and the editor of the
Columbia State, or at least with the
author of an editorial squib in Satur
day's issue of that paper. In reference
to that utterance Mr. Blease said:
I notice in the editorial column of
the State newspaper of this day, 'We
shall in a day or two have something
to say in regard to the candidacy of
Candidate "!e?oe that will not be re
"1 believe that the people of South
Carolina are in favor of fair play, and
I now requost and invite the man who
wrote that article to come on the
rostrum at Columbia at the State cam
paign meeting next Saturday, August
fi, and have his 'something to say in
regard to the candidacy of Candidate
Blease' to my face,- where I can and
will have the opportunity to make
reply; and if he declines this, then I
demand that he name a time and place
where lie will agree to meet me face
to lace and make his statements."
Following this Mr. Blease made a
strong pfea for economy in the State's
affairs, particularly in the higher edu
cational institutions. He says Fur
man, Wofford. Erskine and Newberry
are running on one-third the money
given the State institutions and are
sending out just as brainy men and
accomplishing just as much good.
Col. W. W. Moore seemed to be the
favorite among the candidates for ad
jutant general. ,
C. C. Fentherstono made a particu
larly strong speech today, on which
he drew forth considerable applause.
In view of criticism regarding his lo
cal option advocacy two years ago,
Mr. Feathers! me made the following
Kcntltcrsionc and Local Option?
"I want to make plain my position
on the liquor question. 1 have advo
cated prohibition all my life, and as
a means to an end, until the State got
ready for absolute prohibition. I have
advocated local option.
"In the local option interview of
1907, to which reference has been re
peatedly made of late. I distinctly
and emphatically made the statement
that what we ultimately wanted was
prohibition for the entire State, and
that I sonly advocated local option as
a means to an end. I furthermore dis
tinctly stated that when we had such
an overwhelming majority 'in the en
tire state' as to insure its enforce
ment I would favor the language 'in (
the entire Slate.' I did not and could
not have had in mind a condition of
affairs when a majority of the people '
in each county in the State would fav
or prohibition: nor do I think that the
language employed is susceptible of 1
that construction. If so. I was unfor
tunate; In the language used, for no
such idea was intended to be conveyed.
"Surely, no man could believe, for!
example, that I expected to wait for
Stnte-tirlde prohibit:;::: until a majority
of the people in Charleston would fav
or State-wide prohibition. I spoke
of the Slate as a unit, and the lan
guage] 'the entire State', must be con
sidered in that connection.
"About two years ago, in a second
interview. 1 stated that 1 believed that
the time bad come for State-wide pro
hibition; and even a casual reading
of these two interviews will make my
position so plain that no one will mis
understand it. If some of the newspa
pers which have been criticising my
position will be fair enough to print
both of these interviews in full, my po
sition on the liquor question will be
"Since the interview of 1907 the
conditions have changed. Kipihtoon
counties (sixteen last summer and
two in (he fall of 1008) have voted out
dispensaries, and now about SO of 8."?
per cent, of the white people in the
State are living in prohibition terri
tory. The time for which I waited,
and which I predicted, hUfl conic and
I am now for State-wide prohibition.
In other words I believe we now have
such a majority 'in the entire State*
as will Insure an enforcement of the
"One other thing: I have said on the
stump, and I will Bay again, that the
whiskey people are fighting for local
option. I have never said, nor do I
believe, that all of the local option
people are for whiskey. I realize that
there are a great many people In this
sta?o who are local optlonlsts from
a different motive; but the fact re
mains, and It cannot be denied, that
' the j-vhlskey interests in this State are
fighting for local option in a last, des
i perate effort for self-preservation,
i Some of the local optionists hope for
I a returii of the old State dispensary;
j some of them want to perpetuate the
county dispensary system, and some
of them want the return of the license
system, and some want It for purer
and hetter motives. The whiskey peo
ple are not for prohihition; they are
fighting for local option; and this Is
known to any man who hns heen ?vith
the campaign party or who is at all
familiar with the conditions in South
"Again, as to the enforcement of j
the prohihition law: I have said, and'
I say again, that I want a law provided
with the necessary machinery for Its
enforcement. I do not now believe
that an extra tax levy will he neces
sary; hut. If it does become necessary,
I would favor it. 1 want the substance
and not the shadow. 1 believe that the
abolition of the whiskey traffic in
South Carolina is of more importance
than the paymen*. of a small tax. I
believe that the tnforcement of law is
of more Importance than dollars and
cents. I believe that too preservation
of the morals of our people is more
important than wealth."
Struck a Itich Mine.
S. W. Bends, of Coal City, Ala., says
he struck a perfect mine of health in
Dr. King's New Life Pills for they
cured him of Liver and Kidney trouble
after 12 years of suffering. They are
the best pills on earth for Constipa
tion, Malaria. Headache. Dsypepsia, I
Debility. 26c at Palliens Drug Co. and
Palmetto Drug Co.
Annual Reunion of Company P.
The annual reunion of Company P,
1Kb regiment. S. C. V.. will he held
at L?ngsten church on Friday, August
26. Hon. R. A. Cooper and others will ,
be the speakers of the day. Public
W. F. Wright.
.lust think, a beautiful decorated.:
pure china 7 piece Berry Set for IS ?
cents. "See it." Hundreds of other
big bargains to he found during our
great cut price sale of fancy China.
Commencing Monday, August S.
S. M. & E. II. WilUes a, Co.
Tylerville, August 2.?Mr. T. p.
Poole and son. Joshua Craig spent
several days in Union last week;
Mr. Meli Blakloy of l?llenton spent
last week with Ids mother, .Mrs. War
Miss Melle Holt and brother of Lnil
rens. Miss Louise Cromol' and brother
of Clinton spent the week-end at the
home of Mr. T. P. Poole's.
Misses l.ila and Irene Dillard of
Clinton spent the week-end at Mr. .1.
Miss Mary Peterson of 1.aureus
spent Sunday at Mr. .1. W. Peterson's.
' Mrs. Lily Johnson and son of Knoroe
spent last week with Mr. C. R. Cooper.
Miss Fannie Poole spent last week
at Lanford Station,
Misses 1311a Peterson and Emma
Blakley spent the week-end at Youngs
With Miss Annie Lou Little.
Life on Panama Canal.
lias been one frightful drawback?
malaria t rouble?that has brought suf
fering and death to thousands. The ,
germs cause chills, fever and agin1,
biliousness, jaundice, lassitude, weak
ness and general debility. Put Elec
tric Bitters never fail to destroy them
and cure malaria troubles. "Three
bottles completely cured me of a very
severe attack of malaria," writes Win.
A. Fretwell. of Lucnina, N. ('.. "and
I've had good health ever since." Cure
Stomach, Diver and Kidney Troubles,
and prevent Typhoid. 50c. Guarantee!*
by I.aurens Drug Co. and Palmetto
With the OH) (''lurches.
On Sunday morning at II o'clock Dr.
(!. B. Strlckler of Richmond who Is
on a visit here to his daughter. Mrs.
c. Rnnkin, preached at the First
Presbyterian church, and at the same
hour the Rev. P.. P. Mitchell of the
city preached at the First Baptist
Shot Ills Wife.
Sunday afternoon Stunrt Cunning
ham, colored, went to the home of
his wife's parents in the suburbs of
the city, and Unding his wife there
shot her in the side, indicting a very
serious wound, hut not necessarily
fatal. Cunningham skipped out imme
diately and lias not been seen in these
parts since, so far as the officers
Mrs. Mary Bradley of Jackson, Geor
gia, and little James, are with her
mother. Mrs. N. K. Boyce for a nice
long visit. Rev. Mr. Bradley will come
on later. He is engaged just now
holding meetings and helping his
Mr. James A. Griffin of Florida is
visiting his brother Mr R, S. Griffin.
i Mr. Griffin Is a native of Cross Hill.
j this county but has been In his adopt
ed State some BO years, having gone
there in about 1856. This Is his third
visit to his native State. He was here
, In 1S71 and again in issr>. He and
Mr. R. S. Griffin are the only ones liv
ing of a large family. Their father.
1 Mr. Richard Griffin was a prominent
'and Influenclal citizen. ,
Big Fire Sale!
Will Continue All This Week!
Although we have enjoyed a liberal patronage the
past week during our Fire Sale, we have numerous
bargains still to oiler. When we say Bargains we
mean Bargains. Come and look over our stock, yon
will surely find something yon need and at a price
so lew you will buy quick.
Many Bargains All This Week!
I J. L. Hopkins, l
.aurens, S. C. S
To Clean Off Cemetery.
All interest ort persons are invited
to meet at Providence cemetery on
Friday. August 12, for the purpose
of cleaning off the graveyard.
Thai a clean, nice, fragrant com
pound like Bucklen's Arnica Salve will
instantly relieve a bad burn, cut
SCald, wound or idles, staggers skep
tics. Hut great cures prove its a
wonderful healer of tin- worst sores,
ulcers, boils, felons, eczema, skin
eruption, as also chapped hands,
I.aurens Drug Co. ami Palmetto Drug
Quarterly meeting at Sandy Springs.
Rev. \V. M. Duncan of Greenville,
presiding elder of this district, held
quarterly meeting* with the Sandy
springs church last Saturday and Snm
LIQUOR ?nd DRUG
Honuuift. Ind ivldu AI
GREENVILLE S C;
"WH 1SKEY \ ? rff
Tribble ClotHing Co.
Laurens, S. C
Take pleasure in requesting your presence at the
Opening Display of
Ilig'K Grade Custom Tailoring
for Fall and Winter
Isaac Hamberg'er C?L Sons
On ^Vug'ust 8 and 9
when their representative will be on hand to take inc isui ?>.
This line will include all the newest fabrics, and fit and
satisfaction are absolutely guaranteed by sixty years experi
ence in good clothes making