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?URENS CAMPAIGN PARTY STARTS
ON SPEAKING TOUR OF THE COUNT!
first Meeting Was Held at the County Seat Monday
Eight Aspirants for Legislative Honors?Some
of the Issues Discussed.
The Laurens county campaign is]
now under way, three meetings hav
ing been held Monday and Tuesday.
Yesterday the campaigners held forth
at Langston and today they appear at
Sardis church. Jacks township.
The campaign was officially opened
Monday by County Chairman Cooper j
who announced the names of those
who had filed pledges and then turned
the meeting over to the precinct chair
men, Col. T. 13. Crews and John B.
The meeting Avas held iu the court
house and the exercises were opened
without divine invocation. The meet
ing lasted three hours and the court
room was comfortably filled from
first to last, it being estimated that
f?ur or five hundred voters heard the
candidates. Each candidate received
some applause, hut do c owd was
undemonstrative and if there were
any "favorites" it was nol indicated
at this meeting.
The presiding officers announced
the order of speaking and the time al
lowed the aspirants for tho different
The first candidate presented was
W. T. Dorroh who is filling out the
unexpired term of Mr. C. YV. McCravy
and who asks to be elected to succeed
himself. He has no opposition.
County Supervisor H. 15. Humbert is
likewise unopposed for reelection. He
has beeil in the supervisor's office
several terms and he stated that he
desired to tell something of his stew
ardship during the past two years.
By reason of the floods two years
ago the county has suffered great loss
in the way of bridges and road work.
In order to replace these $50,000 worth
of bonds were issued and these were
sold advantageously for the county,
with the result that, by hard and
economical work most if not quite nil
bridges have been replaced ami much
permanent road work accomplished.
Briefly, he considers the county in the
best shape financially it has been
since he was placed in the supervisor's
office. Told of the creation of sinking
fund and the railroad bonds that come
up this year for settlement, stating
that the county had the money to meet
its obligation. He wants the commu
tation tax- law changed, for it is not
at all satisfactory, the county, he
said having each year to lose at least
$2,000 by this system, to say nothing
of the inequalllty of the law and the
difficulty in carrying it out. He had
suggested to the legislative delega
tion that the law was wrong and un
just and that some kind of change
should be made.
For the Legislature.
Clarence Cuningham was the first
legislative candidate to address Hie
voters. He is making his third race
for the legislature from Lauren8 comi
ty. He thinks the people should elect
capable men to the next legislature,
for some very important questions tu e
coming up for settlement, among them
taxation, restriction of ballot and so
on. Thinks the tax system now In
operation-is a failure, that it is wrong
In principle. Returns for taxation of
property should be made on a basis
of true value, and the burden should
rest equally on all, according to his
or her worth. Favors increasing the
number of judges. Is opposed to
State-wide prohibition; favors county
option, for that is democratic. When
a county votes liquor out, lie believes
in enforcing prohibition. Spoke brief
ly of schools and compulsory educa.
? tlon, saying lie was In favor of com
pulsory school attendance.
Dr. J. H. Miller took up the question
of taxation, considering it one of the
important subjects now before the
people. Should be equally placed on
all property. He favors liberal sup
port of penal and charitable institu
tions of tho State, as he does the com
mon and high schools. College i ?
essary but they will take care of them
selves, Thinks the State should make
liberal appropriations, but not extrav
agaut expenditures of the people's
money. Favors conservation of the
State's natural resources. As to the
whiskey question, ho is eminently sat
isfied with the situation in Laurens so'
far as the law is concerned.
J. Archie Willis is making Iiis first
political race, and therefore has no
record to point his friends to. How
ever, he is mighty willing to under
take to make one. Took up the matter
of railroad freight rates, declaring that
South Carolina was being discriminat
ed against, giving the figures in sup
port of hjs contention. Favors good
schools, and better roads. South Car
olina is not yet ready for compulsory
education law, but it will come later,
he thinks. Taxation is necessary but
burden should bo made as light as
possible*. Whiskey question is not
issue of this campaign in Laurens.
However, he is a favor of local option.
If Charleston and other counties want
to sell liquor, let them do it. Be
lieves the State will he prohibition
by and by.
\V, C. Irby. Jr. is bcfoi'0 the people
for the fourth time as candidate for
tiie legislature. Spoke of some of the
important legislations to come up and
referred to Iiis work in the house.
Thinks light to restrict the ballot will
be renewed next session, and lie la
j opposed to restriction. Told of the
immigration law. the effort made to
remedy the law relating to oil mills
and the child labor act in the Stat".
Declared that it was very hard to get
any legislation through last session,
for the reason that there appeared to
he a scheme to side track everything
that did not suit certain interests. He
felt that he had accomplished prac
tically nothing. In fact "it was a do
nothing, run-about legislature" and
nothing could be done. Stands on
I whiskey question where he did eight
I). Dunk Boyd Is for the fourth time
asking election to the house of repre
sentatives from Laurens. No new is
sues in this campaign, so far. Had
heard that. "Doyd was too narrow
minded." Thought the delegation had
done very well by Laurens in the mat
ter of securing appropriations, refer
ring to the court house bill and Other
measures. He is opposed to increas
ing the judiciary of the State now.
Courts may be congested but the law
yers are responsible for it. lias al
ways stood for Improvement and pro
gress in the Common school system of
the State. Is not oposed to colleges;
indeed, regards every dollar spent on
Winthrop as money well appropriated.
Clemson probably gets too much
money, hut that is a matter not easy
to remedy now. Would vote against
the reestablishment of the dispensary
in Laurens. Hopes to never see dis
pensary in this county again. Re
ferred to taxation and mode of as
sessments, primary election law and
.Tared D. Sullivan conies asking for
indorsement of his record as made in
the last legislature. Got the court
house appropriation and the new depot
and "permitted the town to build an
electric line." Agricultural men
should be sent to the legislature, and
he considers himself a typical farmer.
Referred to his record in the house.
Favors game law. appropriations for
old soldiers. Told of his success in
getting pensions for ex-Con federate
soldiers. Favors all Institutions of
learning. Some changes desired in
the matter of property returns for
taxation. Prohibition best thing for
Laurens. Does not favor restricted
W. R. Richoy, Sr. began by congrat
ulating the county upon its prosperity
and said that one of the good signs
of a continuation of It was the forma
tion of the Roys' Corn club in the
county, and the scientific cultivation
of corn by the older farmers of Lau-!
rens and of South Carolina had]
brought about a new era In agrleul- j
tural conditions. He then entered In
to a discussion of the manner the leg
islature voted the people's money to
this and that cause, declaring that !
unless extravagance was practiced in
more ways than one. Cited the crea
tion of the position of Insurance com
missioner as one of the unnecessary
acts of tho Inst legislature, for it
only relieved the secretary of State
and comptroller general of a little
extra work. Furthermore, the salary
tContinued on page live.)
j Mayor of New York Shot.
; The following bulletin was received yesterday at
I 12 o'clock from the News and Courier:
; Mayor Gay nor of New York was shot and prob
t ably fatally wounded on board steamer about to sail
t for Europe on month's vacation, by an unknown for
* eigner, supposed to have been a discharged dock la
NOW WITH Tili: JOURNAL.
Mr. Gordon Gnrlington, Young News
paper .Man. Returns (a Spartanburg.
The following announcement, made
in the Spartanburg .Journal Th?rs,
day afternoon, is of interest to Mr.
Garllngton's Laurens friends:
Gordon Garllng'.on formerly of this
city, but has more recently been con
nected with the Asheville Oazotto
Nows has accepted the position ot
! news editor of. the .Toumnl and as
sumed his new d uies today. He takes
the place made vacant by the resigna
tion of Archie Richardson, who has
accepted a similar place with tiie Her
Mr. Garllngton is "well known in
this city where lie lived many years,
lie is a son of the late .1. C. ('alding
ton who was for a long time owner of
the Spartanburg Herald. His many
?': i nds will be glad to welcome him
hack to his former home.
Alex Long Elected President.
Rock Hill, August 8.?At the stock
holders' meeting of the Arcade cot
' ton mill, Mr. R. T. Fewell. who lias
been president, since the organization
I of the company, tendered his resig
. nation, and Mr. Alex Long was elected
in his place.
j Mr. Fewell, who is interested in the
Rock Hill Water and Electric company
I and is also head of the R. T. Fewell
<k Co. firm, will (b vote his entire ltme
I to these interests in the future.
Mr. Long is also president of the
1 Aragon cotton mills, of this City.
i. Traynhani Guards Return.
The Trnynham . Guards returned
Monday night from the ten days' en
campment held at. Aiken. Tin? soldier
boys report a very pleasant time.
1 nothing occurring to mar the pleas
ures of the outing or to interfere with
j the daily drills and other routine.
Sunday School Convention.
The Laurens Comity Sunday Sclfbol
: association was held at Clinton last
Thursday and Friday. The program
was Carried out and helpful addresses
and talks on Sunday school work were
: made before the convention. The nt
J tendance was fair and the association
j held quite a successful convention.
I All the old officers were reelected.
In Trouble Again.
"Preacher Nig," a well known young
negro character hereabouts, was lodg
de in jail Saturday charged with
breaking into and robbing the store
of .1. C. Shell <fc Co. Friday night. A
few years ago "Nig" was convicted in
the Laurens court for the robbery of
j the local express ottioo and was sent
to the Stale reformatory for two or
three years. Having finished Iiis term
he returned to Laurens some time ago
and again gets busy at his old tricks.
ANOTHER STORK BURNED.
Mr. S. T. Taylor Lost Stock and Build'
ing Sunday Night,
The store of Mr. S. T. Taylor, lo
cated near the Watts mills village,
was destroyed by tire at three o'clock
Monday morning. In addition to the
Stock of goods, the fixtures and pos
tal supplies belonging to the Watts
mills rural station of which Mr. Tay
lor was manager, were also burned,
with tiie exception of the money order
supplies which were in the safe.
Mr. Taylor had on band a stock of
goods valued at about $1.4do and the
building was worth about $S00. On
stock and building there was $1,586
Defective wiring is assigned as the
probable cause of the fire.
Annual >V. O. W. Picnic.
The annual picnic at Friendship,
Sullivan township, by the Woodmen of
the World, will be held on Friday, Au
gust 10. Several speakers have been
invited and as usual ? ? 'eat day is
THE CONFEDERATE REUNION.
Detail? of Annual Meeting at Spar
Spartanburg, Augusl 8.?Plans for
the reunion of tho State Confederate
veil raus are fast developing. Almost
daily the different committees are
meeting and carrying out the details
of their plans. The public buildings,
BUCh as school houses ami halls, which
are to be used as sleeping quarters
for soldiers who do not care to be en
tertained in the homes are being'fitted
UP. Mattresses have been secured in
great quant flies, and those'are .being
placed. These mattresses are of a
good quality, being made of straw
and cotton. Each mattress will ac
commodate two men. These mattress
es Cost the reunion committee $1,35
each. After the reunion the committee
hopes to be able to retail them for
J. F, Floyd, chairman of Mho dinner
and commissary committee, has made
request for '$1,000 of the $1,500 fur
nished by tho State for the reunion.
This amount. .Mr. Floyd says, will be
just nh/jut half enough to buy the nec
essary/ provisions, counting what the
committee expects to have contributed
by the merchants.
The parade of the lied Shirt Men of
1876 promises to be one of the biggest
and most gorgeous features of the
reunion. There will be several thous
and men in line of parade, and every
one of them will wear a red shirt, and
many will be mounted on gray mules.
The Red Shirt men are going to bring
the original Red Shirt Hag. and this
will he carried at the head of the
line of inarch. They will also bring
the famous little brass cannon they
used in the days of '76, and which has
been hauled around to all reunions of
Red Shirt men.
Grcgorj (lets Hail.
At Abbeville last Saturday, .lustice
Gary issued an order granting bail in
the sum of $5,000 to W. T. Gregory,
who is charged with having killed Cal.
Fnrr, another mill operative, on (lie
streets of Clinton two weeks ago. The
application for bail was made by At
torney .lohn M. Cannon. The motion
was resisted by Solicitor Cooper.
A party of Dials and Sullivan town,
ship friends met at Boyd's mill Fri
day and enjoyed a big fish fry. Includ
ed in the party were the members of
Mr. \V. F. Medlock's family of Dials
and of Mr. .1. W, Taylor's of Princeton,
several of each family from other
points being present, namely Mr. and
Mrs. W. A. MedlOCk, of Meridian. Miss..
Mr. and Mrs. M. F. MedlOCk of Clinton.
Mr. and Mrs. C. YV. Taylor. Mr. and
Mrs. Arthur Taylor and Miss Nora
Taylor of Daurens. Mr. J. 10. MedlOCk
of Laurens. Mr. J. B. Taylor and fam
ily of Greenville. Resides there were
a number of young friends from the
County who were their guests.
Old Vets Reunion.
Reunion of Company C. 11th S. C.
regiment. Company C. and II. of the
third battalion and Company A. of
Sixth Calvary will be held at Union
church next Saturday. Aug 13th. All
the old boys are urged to attend also
the public generally and to bring Well
Negro Shooting Affair.
Friday night near the Greenville
county line. Will Fady and Robert
Foster, negroes, engaged in some gun
play at the home of the latter, with
the result that Fady was shoi through
the leg with a shot gun. and it Is1
stated that the member will have to
be amputated, if it has not already
been done. Sheriff Owings went up
Saturday morning and brought Foster
to )r1|, I( is saiil that Fady fired up
on Foster first. The cause of (lie
trouble is not known.
THE FARMERS Of LAURENS COUNTY
HOLD INTERESTING CONVENTION
Two Days Meeting of the County Live Stock and Dairy
Association Held Jointly at Gray Court With
Clemson College Institute.
A two <I:iys' convention of the Lau
rens County Live Stock and Dairy as
sociation was hold at Gray Court Fri
day and Saturday in connection with
the Clemson College Demonstration
Institute for farmors and the Woman's j
institute of Laurens county. The j
sessions of the convention wen? held
in the Cray Court-Owlngs Institute,
and large crowds were present both
days for the exercises.
.Mr. W. 1). I!yrd. president of the
Live Stock association, and Prof. 1?.
X. Harrow of Clemson college, were
in charge of the meetings. The con
vention was a success from every
standpoint ami those who contributed
to its success have done a good work |
for Laurens fanners. One of the feat
ures of the convention was the Wom
an's institute, quite a nuiubor of most
admirable pape rs and lectures on the
different phases of woman's work hav
ing been presented.
During the sessions n number of In
teresting and Instructive addresses
on agricultural themes were deliv
ered. One Of the notable IcCtUI'CH of
the occasion was made by Dr. Tuto
Muller of the A. and M. Collcgo of
Mississippi. Dr. Duller has had largo
experience In connection with the ex
periment station of the Mississippi
college and his lecture on raising
stock in the South was highly appre
ciated by all who heard him.
Prof. I'erkins of Clemson spoke of
the farm and its Improvements; Prof.
! Nivens of Clemson talked about the
diseases of fruit trees and how to
' prevent the ravages of insects; Prof.
1 Spencer of Clinton told Of his experi
ence in poultry raising and Prof Pur
gess of Clemson gave a demonstration
! on milk and dairy tests.
The ladies in attendance woro given
In rare treat by Miss Cnrrlobell Hyde'
of the domestic department at Win-1
I throp who gove a most Interesting
demonstration in cooking. Then en
tertaining and instructive papers wore
read by Mis. .1. .1. PIUSH and Mrs. It,
T. Dunlnp of Laurens, while little
Miss Martha Pranks, daughter of Mr.
[ and Mrs. .1. A. Pranks of this city,
who accompanied Mrs. Pluss to the
convention, gave the audience a beau
tiful recitation, Tim Misses Shell,
daughters of Mr. Kdd Shell of Cray
Court were awarded the prizes for
best cooking. A woman's institute
was organized and Mrs. It. I.. Cray
was selected as manager.
Excellent field crops exhibits woro
made by Messrs 11. It. Owens, Geo. P
Dorroh, and W. P. Harris. The stock
department was splendid, among the
exhibitors being Messrs W. I'. Harris.
W. It. Cheek. It. C. Wallace, .1. T.
, Peden, Harris & Dor rob, Many rib
i hons were given the different exhibits.
The people of Cray Court Olitertnln
j ed the visitors in great style, a picnic
1 being served on the grounds both days.
Making the Farm Home Convenient,
Iteaulifiil mid Happy*
The following pap< r was read by
Mrs. .1. .1. Pluss at the Pamu is' in
stitute held ,"t Cray Court August ">th.
When I was asked, my kind fi i. lids
and neighbors, by the president of our
line Live Stock association, to pre
pare a paper and read it oil this oc
casion. I promptly answered "No, I
haven't presumption enough for that."
I bad, fresh in memory the splendid
fairs I have attended in this section;
at Cray Court a few years; then later
on the magnificent blooms ami plants
of the Owings station Shrysanthomum
fair; also the annual stock show at
Fair View. At all of these places the
finality of the exhibits Is not sur
passed at any of our State fairs. Then
too, I bad in remembrance the deli
cious dinners that the good house
wives around here serve; everything
showing such excellent skill, that I
felt more like setting at your feet and
learning of you, than preparing a pa
per to read.
Put a woman's "Xo" is often ' yes,"
as you are well aware, before it is
done with, so. here I am, only though,
(bat we may talk over together the
many convonb ncofl that we may have
in our homes, hut as yet do not have.
"If any little word of mine
May rni-ko a life the brighter;
If any little song of mine
May make a heart the J|ght< r:
Cod help me speak the little word
And take my bit of Binging
And drop it in Borne lonely vnlo
To sot tho <,<,1m>".; ringing.
I mil a country woman us you all
know, all of my girlhood ami Bovoral
years of my married lit" were Bi>ont
on an old fashioned sioc l< farm whero
evorytbing we used was grown except
ing the groceries. I expect we would
still he on the farm, hut, during the
years of reconstruction In the South,
the politically crazy froedmcn Btolo
the hue hogs, sheep and cattle and tho
line bottom lands along tho streams
grew up in thorns and thistles so thai,
the health of our locality was ruined
and we led! the old farm thai we loved.
My father used to raise splendid
Devon and Durham (o vs. no Jerseys
of today are liner. I am suro! and I.
was trained to he a skillful milk-maid,
as well as to do all tiie kinds of work
done in a farm house ami for this I am
grateful*! It has made mc independent:
through all these years, up to tho pres
ent day. of the uncertain kind of help
we often have. Wo did not havo tho
splendid farm papeis of today to in
struct us, nor the many conveniences
in (hi' kitchen. There were not many
buggies and no automobiles either, but:
wo rode our splendid young horse;*
and had a very happy time.
Sidney Lanier, our gilt? d Southern
poet made this prediction thirty years!
ago; "A vital revolution in tho farm
ing economy of the South and an entire
agricultural Change is tie one sub
stantial fact upon which any really
new South can be predicated.'' After
years, long and dreary, of misrule, |g ?
nornncc and mismanagement this revo -
lution has come at las' ; nil the South
land, "Phoenix like'* in arising from
the ashes of the past to ; full ronliz.-u
lion of her many blessing in this sec
tion of line climate and splendid op
j port unit los.
Dr. Page, the editor 0) thai ? XOOllollf
maga/.ino "Worlds Work," ;in<! who by
the way is a North Cnroliliil ". iias this
to say, "The spirit of destruction that
SO long dominated out lai d, laying
waste tho fair Heidt : nd forests, pass
ing and tho constructive era dawning'
to conserve our re ourc ? and to build
up that which, in ignorance, we threw
down and wasted. Is |he hotter order
Of today." And We Bin Id nol fall to
accord honor where it Is due; tho
grand farm papers of today, with tin Ir
experienced staff of Ilm writers, gjj
abroad into homes as the best of homo
missionaries; who is i* thai does not
love our splendid agrlcull mil papers?
Then tho Formers' union Is a bul
wark of strength; If the farmers of
the world stood unitedly togothor,
there is no organization that could
successfully contend against thorn, for
tho farmer fcedclll all. Without broad
none can live. And the I? in Ills of tho
farmers' institutes are beyond words-;
to loll or figures to compute; it bring?
togothor trained agricultural leuilors,
face to face with tho fanners, i; has;
broken trusts, righted wrong*, in
structed in best methods until farming
has been uplifted from seemingly coni <
nion drudgery to thai of ? lino sclem ? .
I pur farmers, well Instructed, ar<i
I no longer at the inorcy of thousands
of unscrupulous agents, representing
every kind of fraud, at loi' wo aro
coining into "our own". Along with
these Institutes for men, the North
and \Vor1 for years have held insti
tales for women. OUl VOI'y pt'OglOS"
BlVO sister state, North Carolina >vas
the firs' I believe to adopt and is tho
most advanced in this work which Ik
no langer an experiment but a SUCC08S.
That splendid writer, speaker and
practical farmer. Dr. 'fait Mutier was
the organizer, lie say.;: "We regard
the institutes for women more far
reaching influence for good than tho
Institutes for men. for ll Is here that,
the things pertaining to the uplift ot
the home life and health are (HSCU880(1.
A farino. may make the finest et'0| 8
of coin, cotton and grain, but unless
there is health and good management
in tho home it cannot be the place ot
which .!(,tin Howard Pai ne wrote:
? Mid pleasures and palaces though wo
lie it over so humide. 111- ? s no
place like home."
Where woman's work is lightened
(Continued on page four.)