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THE CAREER AND HISTORY
Of THE LAURENS ADVERTISER
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(By W. W. Ball.)
To the Editor of The Advortlser:
Since the controlling Interest In The
Advertiser Printing company was sold
by M. L. Copelnnd and myseil tr? the
Messrs. Lee more than a month ago,
I have had It lu mind to write some
thing about the newspaper and Its
history, Inasmuch as the whole 20
years of my newspaper work has had
intimate association with it and it is
due the new controlling interests that
tlie Laurens people know that they
have the good will of the sellers. What
1 shall say will be in more of a per
sonal vein than I like to write, but
that cannot well be avoided und I must
risk the exhibition of somo vanity in
speaking of my long connection with
Tiie Advertiser was established by
t lie late .lohn Con way Garlington and
Its first Issue appeared August, f>, 188.r?
?a date almost coincident with that
of Capt. B. It. Tlllman's Bennetttsvllle
speech which began his public career.
Politics, so far as I know, had nothing
to uo with the beginning of the pa
per. A few years before Capt. J. D.
McLueas, of Marlon county, had begun
the publication of the Laurens "Mer
chant and Farmer" but its plant was
burned, I think and w?s not replaced.
The Lauretisvillu Horuid, established
In 1818 I believe, was the one other
newspaper and job office in the county,
unless "Our Monthly" at Clinton be
mentioned, ami Mr. Uurllltgton thought
the field was big enough for another.
He made the mistake of fixing the
subscription price too low?the time
was not rlpo.theu for one dollar week
ly newspapers and I doubt if it he ripe
for them now. The people of a county
ought to have a better newspaper than
one dollar a year will justify.
The Advertiser under Mr, Gnrllng
ton's management opposed the Tillmaii
doctrines from the start and it was a
bold and outspoken newspaper. At
times Mr. Garllngton's experiences
were stormy but he was never a man
to shirk or waver.
In 1800. a few days after I was ad
mitted to the practice of the law, Mr.
Garlington told me that he was going
to Spartanburg to establish a daily
newspaper ami offered to sell me The
Advertiser for (l.BOO. He promised me
the refusal. For ten day or two weeks
before that time, during a vacation of
Mr. Garlington, I had written the edi
torial articles for him?the first I
had written for any newspaper though
the first thing of mine that appeared
In print was In The Herald?about
a trip to Washington that Judge Wvatts
invited me to join In with the State
Press association In lsxo, when he was
part owner of The Herald. One of these
first editorial articles In The Adver
tiser?before 1 was the editor- coin
batted the argument of Capt. Tillman
that a boy at the proposed Clemson
college could earn his own living on
the farm of the college. I think sub
sequent events have proved that at
the age of 10 or 20 I know as much
on that point as Capt. Tillman knew.
(mediately after Mr. Garllngton's
offer to sell I went to the University
of Virginia for a summer law course
and in August received a letter from
Mr. Garlington saying he was ready
to sell. I uccopted his offer, came
home, borrowed the money on the
endorsment of my father and uncle
and took charge Lite In August. My
purpose was to practice law and run
the paper as a "side line" but in a
few weeks law was the aids' line and
I was mighty busy trying to get money
to pay the print rs at the end of the
When I began to conduct the paper,
it was under the shadow of a "Fann
ers' Alliance boycott" but that didn't
hurt it. The frh lids of the newspa
per everywhere in the county were
working for It and the boycott indi
rectly helped It. I learned then that
political opposition is not to he feared
by a newspaper if the paper have rea
sonable honesty and some intelligence
behind it. I don't think the notion
of writing for policy's sake entered
my head at all in those days. I wrote
what I ChOSS and 1 made some blun
ders which I regret, I said things that
I should not have said as 1 do now
sometimes hut, on the whole. It was,
I think, a newspnpe.' or average eon
science and respectability. I had no
trouble in earning a good living out of
it although the plant was anything hut
first class. The press though was
good?an old "railroad Hoe"--Hut no
body could run It except "Jim" (hews.
The success of The Advertiser Is
largely due to "Jim" Crews because a
good, clean typographical impression
Is an essential and Mr. Crews knows
more about a country ne wspaper press
than anybody In tho Up-country.
I edited The Advertiser until Feb
ruary, isOl, when I took up dally
newspaper work in Columbia, having
at times before that worked for The
State during the meeting of the leg
Islnture nnil Tor the Spartanburg Her
After that my father, Col. B W. Hall,
and Miss Sara Ball ( now Mra. Cope
Innd) edited and managed the paper
untll January, 1899, when for 21
mouths f again managed the business.
Col. Ball continued to do the writing
until his death in March, 1902. Re
turning to Laurens from Florida in
Match 1902 1 conducted the paper un
til March, 1904, though I was absent
from Laurens much of the time.
From March 1904 to April, 1908. to
April, 1910. Mr. 8. E. Boney. now of I
the Charleston News ami Courier, was
the editor, at a salary. Since 1 left
the paper in 1904 it ha? been greatly
enlarged and a new mechanical out
fit has been installed. It includes a
Mergenthaler linotype machine and
a new press. The Advertiser of the
last five years 1b a much bigger con. i
cern, Incomparably bigger, than It was
in the nineties or during my active
connection with it and this expansion
is due to the sagacious and attentive I
management of Mr. M. L. Copeland.
Of course be bad the valuable assist- ,
at ice of Mr. Black well and also of Mr.
W. L. Taylor and Mr. Boney but the
firm business direction and good credit ;
of Mr. Copeland have been the prin
cipal factors in the prosperity of the .
Tbc Advertiser has never had a ma- i
Jortty of the people, in a political
sense, in sympathy with it in Laurens
county. It always opposed Tlllman
and Tit I man ism. In 1892 or 1893, at
the beginning of the free silver agita
tion, it declared Itsoif in favor of the
single gold standard- and it has lived
to see the free silver agitation aband
oned by Mr. Bryan and the Democratic
party. With one exception I do not
think that it has supported a success
ful candidate for governor, who had
opposition, in Its whole history. There
never was a time probably when one
of its editors could have obtained
political preferment In Laurens coun
ty. Nevertheless, always It had the
strong backing of farmers and mer
chants, whether they ogreed with Its
utterances or not, and there has never
been a day when Its credit wasn't good ;
In the bank. In short, it has succeed-1
ed because Its views have commanded i
the respect if not the sympathy of
men whose support was most worth
having. While I gratefully remember
the support which the people of Lau
rens gave the newspaper, it is only
fnlr to say that The Advertiser as a
aewspaper has consistently given
more than a dollar's value for a dol
lar always?at least, I think so and I
I think that it will do so under its
new management, too.
The first important undertaking for1
the city of Laurens that The Adver- i
User engaged in under my mangement .
was the establishment of the graded '
school system. Frank Evans, now of
Spartanburg, was the founder of the
system in 1890 and The Advertiser
carried on the campaign for it at his i
suggestion and with his advice and ;
aid. There was considerable opposi
tlon to Its establishment.
The Advertiser was active in the
work of arousing interest In cotton
mill building in Laurens and its edi
tors and owners have been original
subscribers to the stock of both mills.
In 1891 or 1892 The Advertiser ad
vocated the "Torrens system" of land
tenures. Unless I am much mistak
en, it was 16 years or more ahead of
any other South Carolina newspaper
in favoring this reform.
Except during Mr. Honey's editor,
ship, The Advertiser has always od
VOCated local option and usually has
supported prohibition for Laurens.
From the beginning It opposed the i
State dispensary. Mr. Honey as editor
advocated state prohibition.
One political movement In which
The Advertiser agreed with Senator
TUlinan, in opposition to most of the
Antl-Tlllman newspapers, was the j
calling of the constitution convention j
I could mention other movements I
In which The Advertiser has taken
a leading part but what I would most
cmphnsl/.e is that politically it has i
usually been In the minority and has
prospered in spite of it. It could afford
to he In the minority because it bad
no favors to ask. Its editors gave
their attention to the business of pro
ducing a newspaper and selling It.
together with Its advertising space,
and sought no Offices, and Its success
is accounted for by the fact that what
it sold was worth the price asked
otherwise It would not have, continued
to receive that price ror 2!> years. '
One of the things that It gives me
?special pleasure to say is that The
Advertiser's relations with the Herald
have through all the years been cor-1
dial and that between Col. Thomas B.
Crews and the writer there exists a
warm piutual regard.
Although, my connection with The
Advertiser has been secondary to my
; professional work except for two
] years, since 1891. I putt with It with
a good deal of sorrow. The knowledge
j that 1 could never he "out of a Job"
- while I owned The Advertiser has
I brought me a great deal of satisfaction
; and there Is some jo> tn Knowing that
one has a medium through which lie
can Bay all that he wishes to say.
Finally, Mr. Copeland and I would
not have sold The Advertiser without
Inquiring the character of the buy
ers. "Business is business' but there
is a little sentiment left in the world
and we obtained the assurance of men
we knew that the new purchasers of
The Advertiser were gentlemen?hon
est, straightforward and high-minded
young men. That much we Owed to
the men who have been the staunch
friends and supporters of the news
paper through good and evil report
and that much we owed to the memory
of a very noble gentleman who was
very dear to us both and who for some
years wrote with a fine grace and
trenchanoy the editorial articles of the
paper and always with a high purpose
that his people of Laurens county
might be.the better and happier for
what he said.
Columbia, S. C.
Hoarseness in a child subject to
croup Is a sure indication of the ap
proach of the disease, if Chamber
lain's Cough Remedy is given at once
or even after the croupy cough has
appeared, it will prevent the attack.
Contains no poison. Sold by Laurens
The Hooks of the County Treasurer
will be opened for the collection of
State, County and Commutation Road
Taxes for fiscal year. 11)10, at the
Treasurer's Olllce from October 16th,
to December "list., 1910. After De
cember 'list., one per cent, will be
added. After January :?lst. two per
cent, will be added, and after Feb
ruary 28th., seven per cent, will be
added till the 16th of .March, 1911,
when the books will ne closed.
All persons owning property in
more than one Township are request
ed to call for receipts in each of the
several Townships in which the prop
erty is located. This Is important, as
additional cost and penalty may be
AH able bodied male citizens be
tween the ages of 21 and 00 years of
age are liable to pay a poll tax of
$1.00 except old soldiers, who are ex
empt at .">o years or age. Commuta
tion Itoad Tax $1.00. in lieu of road
duty. Road Tax to be paid by the 1st
day of March, 1 ft I i. Other taxes to
be paid at the time r.s stated above.
The tax levy Is as follows:
For State purposes.5% mills
For Constitutional School Tax 3 mills
For Ordinary County purposes mills
For Interest on Railroad Bonds 1 mill
For Roads and Bridge Bonds .*' mills
For Court House Bonds .. ..I mill
Special Schools?Laurens Township.
Laurens No. 11.6 mills
Trinity Bidge No. 1.1 mills
Maddens No. 2.2 mills
Narnle No. 3.2 mills
Baileys No. 4.2 mills
Mills No. ."..2 mills
Oak drove No. 6.2 mills
Special Schools -Youngs Township.
Youngs No. 2. mills
No. 4.3 mills
No. ."?.3 mills
Fountain Inn No. 3B.10 mills
Lnnford No. 10.IV-, mills
Ora No. 12.2 mills
Special Schools -Dials Township
Qreen Bond No, I.3 mills
Dials No. 2.3 mills
Shlloh No. 3.2 mills
Gray Court-Owlngs No. r? .. ,.2 mills
Barksdale No. ?.2 mills
Dials Church No. 7.2 mills
Special Schools?Sullivan Township.
Princeton No. 1.3 mills
Poplar Springs No. f> .. ..2 mills
No. 4.4 mills
No. 6.4 mills
Tumbling shoals No. o .. ..2% mills
Brewerton No. 7.3 mills
Sullivan Township R R Bonds I mills
Special Schools?Waterloo Township.
Waterloo No. Ii.I*, mills
Mt. Oallagher No. 1.3 milts
Bethlehem No. 2.2 mills
Bkom No. 3.2 mills
No. 4.2 mills
NO. >'.?"> iniiin
Mt. Pleasant No. ?.2 mills
Mt. Olive No. 7.I mills
Special Schools-Cross Hill Township
Cross Hill No. 13.6 mills
Cross Hill No. I.2 mills
Cross Hill No. 2.2 mills
Cross Hill No. 4.2 mills
Cross Hill No. ;"..2 mills
Cross IBB No. ?.2 mills
Special Schools?Hunter Township
Mountvllle No. 10.4Vj mills
Hunter No. 2.2 mills
Hunter No. 3.2 mills
Clinton No. .3 mills
Hunter No. 8.3 mills
Special Schools?Jacks Township
Jacks No. 16.3 mills
Special Schools, Seuffletown Township
Scunietown No. 1.2 mills
Lnnford No. 10.2V6 mills
Ora No. 12.2 mills
Prompt attention will be given those
who wish to pay their Taxes through
the mall by check, money order, etc.
Persons sending In lists of names to
be taken off are requested to send
them early; and give the Township of
each, as the Treasurer Is very busy
during the month of December.
J. D. MOCK,
Oct. 7th., 1910?tf.
Now is the time to Build or Repair
your houses. We have a complete
line of building material and we will
make it to your interest to call and
get our prices and see our lumber be
fore placing your bill.
Gray & Easter by
LAURENS, S. C.
BIG LAND SALE!
I Offer You the Following:
307 acres of land in Scu?letown
township near Byrds Cross Roads,
bounded by lands of M. B. Poole, Will
J. Adair, Will Myers and others, known
as the Yarborough place, 3 dwellings,
8 room dwelling, on Centennial St.,
Clinton, S. C, with 81 hundredth^ of
an acre of land, known as the Qriffln
1 HO acres land, one-half mile of Dial
church, with a handsome dwelling, 3
tenant houses and good out-hulldings.
Come quick if you want this place.
Price $50 per acre.
Six room dwelling on Fleming street
in city of Laurens bounded by lands
of .1. T. Ledford, .1. F. Walker and oth
ers. Price $1,350.00
100 acres of land one half mile from
Lanford Station; eight-room cottage,
good out buildings, in high state of
cultivation. Come quick If you want
this property, bounded by W. 11. Drum
mond, .1. M. DeShlelds and others.
Price $00.00 per acre.
219 acres of land bounded on north
by Mrs. Milton Robertson, on south by
.1. M. Phllpot, east by Mrs. Martin and
on west by B. F. Terry and others.
Price $10.00 per acre.
One nine-room new dwelling, fin
ished throughout, 4 acres of land, sit
uated in town of Criss Hill, prlco
$1,000.00 .terms made right.
25 acres land, 5-room dwelling, barn
and out.buildings. Adjoining land of
Qeorge Wilson. Price $775.00.
3 acres land, four-room cottage at
Watts mill, price $1,300.
91 acres land, ono building, bound
ed by lands of Mrs. Boyd, S. O. Leake
and others. Prices und terms made
47 acres land, bounded by lands of
Friendship church, Joe Waason. J. A.
Coats and others. Price $30 00 per
59 acres, town of Lanford, dwelling
and out-buildings, nicely located over
looking town of Knoree. Price $2,
50 acres land bounded by lnmln of
Walter Nash, and Rufus Gray, dwell
ing and out buildings. Price $20.00
70 acres of land bounded by lands
of Jim Ad Moore, Will Hudgens and
others, cottage house, 40 acres under
cultivation. Prlco $1,700.00.
65V6 acres land, bounded by lands of
Albert Burns and others; 6-room
dwelling, tenant house, barn and out
buildings. Price $40.00 per acre.
7t acres on Reedy River, bounded
by lands of James Downey, Will Cald
wcll and others. With tenant house.
Price $20 per acre. Terms made easy.
150 acres land bounded by lands of Five room cottage on Oarllngton
Ludy Mills, It, E. Burns and V. A. street, city of Laurens. Prlco only
Mills. Prlco $30 per acre. 41,500.00
J. N. LEAK
The "Land Man"
74*4 ncre? of lnn/t near Green Pond
church, 8-room cottage, with fine barn
and out-buildings, 4.room tenant
house, bounded by lands of Jno. Tay
lor, Mrs. Abercromble, and Jno. Curry.
Price $60.00 por acre.
169V6 acres of land bounded by
lands of Bryson place. Beo Hailey.
Hnmp Holland and thers; 5-room
dwelling, 2 tenant houses; good barn
and out-bulldlngs; known as tlio old
Ferguson place, owned at present by
Will B. Motte. Price $27.50 per acre,
One 8-room dwelling in city of Lau
rens. No. 330 Hampton street. Price
50 acres land near GreenPond
church, hounded by the Yeargln es
tate and others, nice G-rooui cottage
and out buildings. Price $35.00 per
52 acres near Dials church, bound
ed by lads of Ludy Abercromble, L.
I). Curry and others. Price $35.00
92% acres of land near Tumbling
Shoals; hounded by lands of W. D.
and .1. O. Sullivan; 8-room dwelling;
good out buildings. Price $22.50 per
2 lots Watts cotton mills. Camp
street fronting, 150 by "0 ft., price
01 ac.'es land bounded by lands of
Robert Nash and others. Price $20.00
121 acres land, hounded by lands of
J. N. Leak, ('apt. Martin and others;
G-room cottage, one tenant bouse.
Price $30.00 per acre.
1 twelve room dwelling with water
works fronting North Harper street,
known as Owlngs' hoarding house.
Price and terms made right.
200 acres fine farm land, 2 1-2 miles
of Laurens, on road leading to Clin
ton. ? mile of Parks station, seven
horse farm In cultivation. Good dwell
ing and tenant houses. Price und
terms made right.
50 ncres land, well located in town
of Lanford, G-room dwelling, l tenant
house, out-buildings. Price $3,500.00,
$1,000 down cash, balance on easy pay
127 ncres land, bounded by lands of
S. H. .and M. E. Johnson, one mile of
Friendship church, Sullivan township;
Two dwellings, good barn and out
nuiiuings. Price $30.00 per acre.
500 acres, 5 miles from city of Lau
rens, bounded by lands of A. Huff,
John Brown & Lalley land. 8 horse
farm in cultivation, well supplied with
tenant houses. Price right and terms
228 acres land, bounded by lands of
Daniel South, Davis land, Miss West
and others, known as the Cullen Lark
homestead, 7-room dwelling and 3 ten
ant houses. Price mado right. Terms
313 acres land, 1% miles below J.
D. M. Shaw's placo, good dwelling and
barn; 5 tenant houses, 245 acres In
cultivation, good school near by; 2%
miles to Waterloo, same distance to
Cold Point. Prlco $35.00 acre. Good
If you do not see listed above what you need, see mc and S will try and get
it for you. Let your wants be known. If you have land to sell, place it in my
hands. People come to me for land.
pray Court, S. C.