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VOLUME XXVI. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 1910. NUMBER 3
HOLD "RALLY DAY"
Mr. Campbell of Washing
ton Makes Address.
I INTERESTING FIGURES
Wonderful Increase in Corn Produc
tion in This State?Mooting
Was Slmly Attended.
Yesterday (Tuesday) was advertised
as "Farmer's Rally" day for Laurent*
and a handful of fanners and a small
number of the members of the Boys'
Corn Club were present to listen to
Mr. J. C. Campbell of the Bureau of
Plant Industry, at Washington.
Mr. Campbell did not seem at all
discouraged by the smallness of the
audience but pleasantly referred to
the fact that he did not always have
large audiences; that experience bad
taught him that one day he might have
MOO or 400 farmers present (as at
Abbeville a few days ago) the next he
might have a very few (as at Laurens
Tuesday. Different interests in dif
ferent communities could no more he
explained than why one man should
be content to produce Hi to 10 bushels
of corn to the acre where another was
making 100 bushels on land of same
Me stated that the census bureau
showed that the average earning ca
pacity of a South Carolina farmer was
only $1 II, while the average earning
capacity of an Iowa farmer was
$1,100. That in natural advantages we
excelled the people of the North West :
our land was naturally as fertile,
climate much better and our people
more Intelligent and responsive. The
trouble was our people had Inhertted
a different system of agriculture. He
cited an instance of where he found
nearly nil the farmers of a county of
North Carolina in a bad way financial
ly, brought about by the culture of to
bacco. In a county of Virginia lie
found an entirely different condition:
everybody seemed prosperous, and
was told it was brought about by the
culture of tobacco. The difference
was that in the Virginia county the
farmers produced their home supplies,
through tho aid of live stock, while the
North Carolina farmers bought their
home supplies, together with theii
live stock and fertilizers. The one
had tobacco as a surplus; tbe other
had nothing left when these were set
That the farmers of South Carolina
had paid out an average of $!?'? per
bale for fertilizers to nrodUC3 last
year's crop of cotton, when by prop
er methods of agriculture practically
all of this money would be saved to
the farmers and at the same time the
lands made vastly more productive.
He was gratified at the increasing
Interest in agriculture. Three years
ago there was produced in 'South Car
olina only 17 million bushels of corn
while last year U7 millions of bushels
Our common schools should teach
elementary agriculture and the boys
instructed In the possibilities of suc
Mr. Campbell regretted that none
of the other speak< rs who were ex
pected were able to be present but
he made a splendid talk for more than
an hour and those who were BO ii<;
lunate as to hear him were delighted.
Your Name on Club List2
The rules of the Democratic party
governing primary elections, require
that the name of each voter entitled to
participate in the election bo enrolled
on the club rolls of tho precinct In
which said voter resides. Those who
will become twenty one years of age
before tho general election in Novem
ber are entitled to vote in the primary,
but their names must be placed on the
club list on or before Thursday, Au
gust 25, if they wish to vote in tho
forthcoming primary election.
CAMPAIGN ENDS NEXT WEEK.
The Meeting at Laurens WHI be Held
on Friday, August 2(1.
Tho State campaign is drawing to
a close. On Saturday the voters of
Oconee heard the campaigners. After
an interval of a week, the campaign
will bo resumed at Anderson next
Monday. On Friday the party will
reach Laurens for the meeting at this
place, and on Saturday the final en
gagement will be held et Newherry.
NEWS OF THE WEEK
FROM CROSS HILL
Three Deaths This Week?l'i? ?rncted
Meeting Closed?Personal Para
graphs and Other Items.
Cross Hill, August 15.?Miss Cora
Nelson of Spartanburg is the guest of
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Nelson this week.
An old negro, Messer Cannon died
near Cross Hill last Friday, said to he
10S years old. He was employed as
blacksmith for many years, by the
late Col. J. G. Williams.
Miss Annie Turner died at (he home
of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alf Turn
er Tuesday of last week and was
buried at Hathabara Wednesday. Miss
Turner has been sick for several
weeks. She was about im years old.
.Miss Sallie Halliway died last Wed
nesday and was buried at Cross Hill
Thursday. Miss Holliway was 82
years old and had made her home with
, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Campbell who died
this year, this being the third death
in the family since April.
Miss Kate Hargrove of Whit mire
is a Cross Hill visitor this week.
Miss Elise Kudd and sister, of Sa
luda were the guests of the Misses
Kudd here the past week.
Mr. Sam Todd ami family of Clin
ton were with relatives in Cross Hill
hist Thursday till Saturday.
The many friends of Miss Connie
Martin will be delighted to know that
the crisis has past and her condition
is much improved and her friends
hope for a speedy recovery, after a
serious illness of about eight weeks.
The protracted meeting at the Pres
byterian church closed last Thursday
Crops are needing rain very badly
in this immediate vicinity.
Rev. .lames Bradley of Jackson, Ga.
is visiting in Cross Hill and preached
I at the Presbyterian church bist night.
Missis Henry and Hassel I Miller of
Whitmire spent Sunday with their
parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Miller.'
LIVE AK0l .\J> OKAY COURT. ^
Kcv. David .1. Blaokwell Preaches Two
Cray Court. August 15.?Mrs. R. L.
Cray and a party of young boys and
girls are on an extended trip to the
mountains of North Carolina, via the
Miss Ethel Willis and Mr. Roy Cray
are visiting friends around Rnbun
Miss Lucy Peden is on an extended
visit to her sister. Mrs. D. A. Wamer
at St. George.
Mrs. 1). 1).-Peden is visiting friends
in New berry.
Mr. .). Nye Wilson visited friends at
Clinton Saturday and Sunday.
Rev. D. J. Blackwcll of Eulalia. Ala.,
preached two very earnest and effec
tive sermons here Sunday one at
the Presbyterian church Sunday morn
ing and at the Methodist churcli Sun
Miss Electa Rhodes and Beulah
Cunningham of Greers are visiting
relatives and friends in town.
Mr. H. D. Burdine of New York city
is in town for a few days, visiting
Miss Lizzie Owings of Columbia Is
the guest of her sister, Mrs. A. M.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Curry are expect
ed to arrive here from Asheville to
day as they will make this their fu
Miss Lillie Willis and Daisy Putnam
leave today for Atlanta, where they
will enter the millinery business.
SI KYlVOltS MKET AT OLD I MON.
Annual Reunion of Several Companies
Wus iL ol on Saturday.
The annual reunion of the sur
vivors of several Laurens county Con
federate commands was held at Union
church last Saturday with a large
: crowd in attendance, as usual.
The exercises of the day were pre
sided over by Capt. B. L. Henderson.
i Appropriate addresses and tnlks were'
made by Veteran Henry Puller, Prof.
W. P. Culbertson and Mr. Cratton
: Macfarlane, the young son of flic Rev.
, Allen MacFarlane, both of whom have
been on a visit to Laurens from Ma
Mayor Gay nor Will Recover.
Mayor (iaynor of New York who was
shot by a man named Gallagher last
I Tuesday morning, is now considered
I in a tnir way to recovery. He was
shot in tho neck, and It is said that
the bullet missed the jugular vein on
ly about one eigth of an inch. Galla
gher was arrested. He Is said to be
JOEL E.BRUNSON ATTACKS RECORD
OF CANDIDATE C. C. FEATHERSTONE
To the Editor Oi The State:
I regret to see in today's issue of
your paper that our Abbeville associa
tion lias ' rushed into print" in defense
of Mr. Peatherstone as the prohibi
tion candidate for governor. Espe
cially so as there are two other pro
hibition candidates without blemish in
i have read carefully every edito
rial of yours commenting on Mr. Fea
therstone's course, and there is not
an expression unsupported by the facts1
of this ease?not a line that can be
termed unjust. When Mr. Feather
Btone Brat became a candidate, his pro
hibition views were so closely akin to
license as to win a large part of the
liquor vote of Charleston. If the pro
hibitionists of the State had voted for!
him (as did the liquor element of
Charleston) he would have been elect.!
ed. Ever since 1 s'.iS lie has been
printing his views and Interviews so
that every intelligent man in the State
knows he did not reach a dear-out
prohibition platform until a majority
of the voters had expressed them
selves in favor of It.
Quite ii number (if prominent pro
hibitlonists met in Columbia, June 15,
1905, and adopted a resolution in fa
vor of calling a state convention and
appointed a committee to arrange for
and call the convention. When tho
committee met (Oct. ati) during fair
week, Mr. Feathorstorie was present
!i!!(! moved, That it would he unwise
to put in (lie Held a State prohibition
ticket," and it was adopted. Finding
he hud a majority of the few present
voting with him lie then moved, "That
hereafter all the work of the prohi
bitionists he done through the Law
and Order league." What looks so
had about the matter Is not the pur
pose io disband the prohibitionists,
hut the fact that Mr. Feat herstone
had, just a few weeks before, joined
in a meeting to put in the held a
state tiekei on a prohibition-license
If he participated in that mooting
in the Jerome hotel, he had no moral
right in the prohibition committee.
Joel B. Itrunsou.
Sumter, Aug. i". l:?10.
Mr. C. C, Fcatherslone
LAURENS WAN MAKES REPLY TO BRUNS?N
To the Edltor of The State:
I ask that .J^ou he kind enough to
' print tlie following In reply Id the
card of Joel 1". Brunson, which ap
pears in today's State.
I dislike exceedingly to be forced
: into the public prints, but Mr. Brun.
I sou is so absolutely mistaken In bis
facts as to make a relpy necessary.
Mr. Brunson makes the charge that
in IMiX my views were "so closely
akin to.license as to win a large part
of the liquor vote of Charleston."
Now, Mr. Brunson knows, or ought
to know, that in IN!'* 1 made the tight
for straight prohibition; that from j
every stump in South Carolina I made
prohibition speeches (Charleston in
lie further knows, or ought to
know, (hat Charleston was violent;..
Opposed to Oov. Kllerbe's reelection;
\ that in the first race I pot almost no
j votes in Charleston but (hat, in the
second race, on account of Charles
ton's dislike of Ellerbe, I got a ma
jority there. Tbl* is all a matter which
: was fully understood by the public and
may almost be said to he a matter of
I do not desire to he harsh. Mit I
do desire to make the statement that
aflhy charge or insinuation to the effect
that I was or have ever been untrue
to the prohibition cause, or that I
sought the license vote in Charleston
is absolutely untrue.
In this connection I also desire to
remind the people of the fact that
Mr. Brunson was chosen as our stand-;
aid hearer in 1898. I was not on the
ticket to start with, the late I.. I).
Childs heing Chosen as our candidate
for lieutenant governor. Mr. Childs
declined to make the race and the
executive committee substituted myi
name for bis. At first I too declined
to make the race, hut finally consented
to do so, at the urgent solicitation of
Mr. Brunson. The first meeting was
On my way to the Orangehurg meet
ing (between Columbia and Orange
burg) ! si v a card in The Stnlo from
Mr. Brunson declining to innko the
I went on to Ornngeburg, not know
ing what l was going to do. After get
ting there and consulting with friends
(A. C. Jones and others), it was de
cided that I should make the race for
governor, or rather file my pledge, in I
order to meet the crisis that was then
This I did. on condition that Mr.
Brunson should be notified that l
would withdraw and let him come fit i
and make the fight If he would do so.
Upon getting to Charleston, two
days after 1 wrote Mr. Branson, urg
ing him to come in and make '.lie fight
ami telling him that I would withdraw
and assist him in the up-country.
This be refused to do, and, later on,
w hen it looked RS though i might win.
ho came out and fought me. Such
are the facts in reference to the 1898
Now as to what occurre in HtO">.
A conference of prohibitionists was
lndd at the Jerome hotel in Columbia,
attended by Joseph A. McCulloUgh,
I,nuis J, BristOW, S. M. Crist, Dr. Ceo.
B. Croilier, myself and others, whose
names I do not now recall. The object
of the conference was to discuss the
situation in general and to consider
the advisability of putting out a ticket
Mr. Brunson was not at that confer
ence. At that conference it wns de
cided that it would not be wise to
put out a ticket. It. was also decided
that we would attend the conference
during fair week, which had been
? ?ailed, or which wo anticipated would
be called by Mr. Brunson and certain
others, and do what we could to keep
them from putting out a ticket.
i did attend the fair week confer
ence at which Mr. Brunson urged the
putting out of a ticket. I did oppose
it and it was almost unanimously de
cided (as I recollect it, Mr. Brunson
bring the only one to vote on his
(Continued on page five.)
DEATH ON SATURDAY
OF MR. B. W. LA IN FORD
Aged Citizen and Kx-Confcdorute Sold
lor Died at His Home at Lim
ford After Long Illness.
Week by week (In- thin grey line
grows thinner. Another gallant sold
ier of the Confederate army lias an
swered the final summons. On Sat
urday morning just at 8 o'clock, Mr.
r.enj. W. Latlford, a well known cit
izen Of 1.aureus county, died of
Bright s disease at his home at Ban
ford, after an illness nf several months
On Sunday afternoon at " o'clock
funeral services wen? held from the
Ban ford Baptist Church, conducted
by the Rev. II M. Pallaw of Woodruff.
Benjamin Wofford Lnnford was in
the seventy-sixth year of Iiis age. lie
was a good man. esteemed by all as
a line citizen and Christian gentleman,
When the War Between the Stales
broke out ho volunteorod as a mem
ber of Company G (1.aureus Briars)
Third South Carolina regiment. lie
went out as a sergeant., but was soon
promoted to third then Hist lieutenant
of his command. At tho battle of
Chlcknmnuga, Sept. 20, in?'>.'!. Lieuten
ant Lnnford received a serious wound
which disabled him for the remainder
of the war. During the last year ol
the war Mr. Lnnford was elected sher
iff of Laurens county and served until
186(5 when he resigned, In 1*7?! with
Dr. .lames Knight, his brother-in-law,
he Hindu an OXpldltion to Texas, re
turning (o Laurens the same year.
lb- was twice married. Iiis Hist wife
being a Miss Knight, daughter of Itev,
Silas Knight of the county, who died
in tiie early seventies. Two sons,
Messrs Ciilliam and PitX.llUgll Bee
Lnnford, of this union survive. A
few years later Mr. Lnnford was mar
ried to Miss Mattie Morgan id' Spar
tnnburg county, she survives, to
gether with two daughters. Misses
Ktolia ami Florric Lnnford, und one
son. Mr. J, Bel ton O'Nonll Lnnford,
all of Lnnford. ('apt. John \V. Lnn
ford was an only brother. Several
sisters. Including Mrs. J. i). Johnson
of Lhnford, survive.
At tho time of his death. Mr. Lan
ford was chairman of tho Lnurons
county registration board and adju
tant of (Sump (iarlington, United Con
federate Veterans, lie was aho a
member of the Lnnford llaptlsl
church, having served .-;s one of the
deacon for many years.
.MKS. MANY B. ItAItkSllALi:.
Life of a >l<sf Kstiiuuhlc Lad) Comes
to a Close.
Mrs. Mary Hums Bnrksdale, widow
of the late Mr. Nathan L. Barksdalc
who died in IS93, passed away Sunday
afternoon at o'clock at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. ('has. B. Bobo, West
Main street. At ii o'clock Monday (he
funeral and burial services were held
at Highland Home church, near Marks
dale, the Bev. 10. C. Watson and Rev.
W. K. Thayer. both of (his city, of
Mrs. IJarksdnle yas 7(1 years of are
and her life was a beautiful exempli
cation of Christian devotion and 01
deavor. The dec-eased was n daughter
of Christopher Burns of Laurens coun
ty and until a few years ngo she re
sided in the vicinity of Barksdalc.
For years she was a member of (he
Highland Home Baptist, church, and
tills church and the Baptist denomina
tion of the county have given up one
whoso saintly spirit was a benedic
tion and blessing to (he communities
in Which her life was spent.
Her surviving children are Mrs.
C. B. BobO, Mrs. Frank J. OwlngS, Of
Laurens, Messrs W. If. Bniksdalo of
Barksdalc. C. B. and W. B. Barksdalc
Cotton Poor, (ore Good.
In a card to W. L. Taylor of The
Advertiser, Mr. J. J, Bendy of tili?
city. who. with Mrs. Dcndy is oil ;;:i
extended visit lo Arkansas and Okla
homa, says in part! "Cotton is poor
in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and
Mississippi; in Arkansas it is tine.
Corn is due in Tennessee, Alabama,
Mississippi, Arkansas. I am now at
London, Ark.. bUl will leave in few
days for Oklahoma. It is raining here
now. This will be the fall to hold
Cotton, in my opinion."
For The Hoys' Corn Clnh.
Hon. w. B. Kichey announces that
he will give live dollars in gold to
the member of the County Boys' Corn
club who makes the tenlarge-t qara
of corn. This prize is offered in ad
dition to the list as printed in ",': <?
HELD AT CROSS HILL
Candidates Allowed All the
Time They Desired.
A Itnrhccucd Dinner and Refreshments
Wer? Served Outline of Hit'
Speeches I ellvered.
The last meeting of (ho county cam
paign, until next .Monday, was hold at
doss Hill last Saturday. Tho day
was ideal and the candidates all in
line form. There wan a good crowd
and all the speakers were accorded
nil attentive hearing. Cross Hill seem
cd partial only to her own candidates.
Dr. .1. II. Mill. . . and Mr W. It. Fuller.
These two gcutlcmou In turn were es
pecially gracious to the other candi
A harhcoucd dinner was served and
the ladies of the I'.. W, Hall Chapter of
the C. D. ("s. served Ice cream, lemon
ade and lunches.
At the outsei I he chairman stated
thai all the time needed would he al
lowed ea<h candidate and not hoiug
cramped for time (hoy all made much
heiler speeches than were made at.
I.aureus on Hi" opening day of Ilm
There were quite a number or Indien
present ami tho candidates threw lots
of houo.ni Is al the audience. In Cros
Hill honipiets are easy; they are do
' served. The people are ch ver and
hospitable; they are prosperous; they
have <?nc of Iho very besl towns in
lilO county and it is lo re (hill the first
monument in the county is erect od t<>
Our Confederate dead: and it is indeed
a creditable structure.
Township chairman. M. V. Simpson
being indisposed, the meeting was
called to order by Dr. J. II. Miller,
who welcomed the candidates to Cross
Hill and extended to Ihcm the hospi
tality of the city and the homes of
, her people. Mr. <;. M. Hannah pre
sided over the mooting.
Kor the Legislature,
.hired I). Sullivan was t In; (i i. I
speaker, lie favored pensions fprCou
federatc veterans; favored state guar
anteeing title to lam! (Torrens sys
tem); was opposed to any law which
would lend to oliiniliati small banks;
< wanted men to go to I H. laluro who
knew what iho farmer! needed; en
larged upon the Improved agricul
tural conditions of the county and
; defends himself against general charg
es of extravagance on the part of tho
last legislature. Ruvors improvement
in method of assessing ia\<s: ami de
fends the establishing ot the olllco ol
Mr. W. H. Itlcliey, Si Wanted Hit
people to semi men to the legislature
who understood the law above all
the best men; men n de. honest, com
potent and onergel'.c. Though! ho
could compete with the "Olnnts" who
were already there. Had started out.
to preach extravagance; charged no
individual but Charged lh<- general as
sembly; attacked the ofllcc of Insur
ance commissioner as being usoless;
also board of lognl examiners; also
ofllcc of name wanbn and under
wardens, niid cited statistic ?>?. show
general extravagance. He criticized
the passage of duplicate nets, citing
several which pi rtuiiied to the city
and county of Lames, charged that
rich people were not paying their
share of the (axes ami that (lie hnnkH
Of Charleston were Violating tho law
as to the amount of noit-taxahlo se
curities which Ihey held. Chnrg id
that taxes on lands in il Iff ereilt sec
tions of the Slate were no' equali/ed.
Was in favor of the common schools
and of good roads; was opposed to
liquor ami opposed to restricting the
Mr. w. c. irby, Jr., explained tin
passage of duplicate acts. Had done
all that he could to prevent extrava
gance; cited pills thai be vote d against.
as extravagant; had opposed the legal
commission bill. Had preferred ap
propriating money ior the mainten
ance of a ward in hospital for the caro
of Confederate veterans to the build
ing of sieme monuments. Critlcl !
railroad rate' discrimination ami
e lunged that in senne: instam cs tho
railroad commission had fought bills
IntendOtl to relieve the people, Had
offered a bill in the- house requiring
oil mills ui put in machinery which,
wenilel eliminate' so much bulb in \hJ
meal; bollevo the" mills are put tin/
(Continued on page ? Ight.)