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FOR HEALTHY SESSION
South Carolina Legislature
ARE COMING UP
With the Old Time 'Demagogic Uob
Mos Out of the \Vi13 and Nothing for
the Politicians to Harp ob The Ses
sion Just Opening will Giro Oppor
tunity for ^luch Good Work.
With the whiskey question nppar
? t-ntly sidetracked aiifl other questions
from which material results could
never be obtained in the background,
the prospects are that the sessions of
the South Carolina "general assembly,
wi tch commenced yesterday, will be
one of the most Important held in a
number of years, end one from which
measures of a beneficial nature will
The indications are that'there will
he many measures of importance in
troduced and enacted into lavs.
Among the most important matters
that will be brought%beforo the leg
islature wil'l bo that of Improving Jho
agricultural conditions, reforms us to
taxation, several amendments to the
child labor law, an enabling act to
? carry out a general scheme for
drainage, the" election of an associate
justice, the ratifying of the consti
tutional amendments with, reference
to an increase in the membership of
the supreme court and that provid
ing for the assessment of abuttipg
property for permanent Improve
ments in sVveral towns of the State,
a general revision of the present
RChoel law, increased salaries for the
state omclabs, the Tomans system,
agricultural Sitgh schools, good roads,
the election iOf two circuit.' judges,
the election of a speakn-r, further
IJ provision for tho work of the State
Hospital for the Insane commission,
and, ns usual, many measures of lo
At no time in the" history of the
state has then- been manifested so
much interest in agriculture. It is
not thought tn.i any measure in the
interest of the agricultural situation
will meet with any great degree of
opposition in the house or Sonate.
c, \. Smith, lieutenant governor.
Is the presiding officer of tho senate
and it is practically certain that M.
\j. Smith of Camdeir, will be the speak
er of the house. He is a former speak
er of the legislature with a long ca
reer. M P. Ansel will retire as the
governor of South Carolina ;on next
Tuesday. ('. I.. Mease, the governor
elect will be inaugurated on that day
There arc a number of new members
of botli bodies.
Ansel's Message. *
Governor Ansel has completed his
message, but he has given no intima
tion as to itia contents. He has stat
ed that he will not ask that the 'exe
cutive mansion ' be improved. He
thluks that the State should devote
all surplus funds to the Improvement
of conditions .'it the State Hospital
for the Insane. He will, however? for
the fourth time, ask the legislature
j to be more liberal with the State ofli
" cials In the matter of salaries. Gov
ernor Ansel Hunks that the salaries
should be increased to what they
were a few years ago. This Increase,
if granted, of course, would not af
fect any man now holding ollloe.
While Comptroller General Jones
bus not yet completed Iiis annual re
port he lias stated that he will make
several recommendations. He will
ask the legislature to create a tax
commission, ^hose duty It will bo to
handle all tax maUcrs and tako the
place of the State board of equaliza
tion. He will also ask that the in
come tax law be abolished or that
some means be given him to enforce
the law. He lias "consistently recom
mended the creation of a tax com
mission for tho*past several yoais.
tint the matter has never been give n
attention by the general assembly',
The report,' of the commission I
mined to ro.vise the school laws of,
the State will ho ?ont to the general
fassembly, jVfembors? of the commis
sion declare that tho law is progros
Ive, > ?. i ? r on:ci vative. Just what
ohflnr.' s UlkYfl been made in tho law
Is.not known. Tho report is very like
ly to be sent to the legislature next
Wednesday. For the past several
I years the State has not maintained n
I summer school Tor teachers. The
I Peabody board of trustees recently
appropriated or rather donated the
sum of $1,500 for a State summer
school for teachers to be held at
Winthrop College. The legislature
will be asked to give the sum of $5,
j OOu addition for the suc cess of the
'? summer school for teachers. A uni
form scholarship law, npplying to *hi
state colleges will be urged. These
reports will cover the work of the
state institutions for t!ie year. Last
.summer the State Farmers' Union
passed a resolution, which asked that
the number of free scholarships to
Cleinson college be increased, ("bun
sou college is now receiving approxi
j mntely $240,000 from i\u fertilizer
! tax. The number of scholarships has
, not been increased since the amount
WR3 only $150.000. There will bo
: many measures of minor Importune
'-I tho education system of the Btate
it i roduced.
Tho South Carolina commltlce on
child labor will urge the ptissr.go ? >'
| n law to eliminate. ;.n children under
12 years (if nge from work in the
I manufacturing plants cd' the state. A
birth and registration law will he
J asked. This law is considers dessen.
' tlnl by tl.e committee to the proper
! enforcement of the child labor law.
It will also be asked that children
i! . ler Hi years of age be exempted
from night work. The present child
labor permits tin1 working of chil
dren under 12 years of age under cer
tain exemptions. The reports, from
the textile department of the State
shows that the child labor law has
been most successfully enforced dur
ing the past year. There has been
The commission charged with re
lieving the conditions al the State
hospital for the Insane was appoint
ed for only one yonr. This commis
sion has formulated its report, which
will give the work that has been done
during the year. It Is expected that
the legislature will provide for u re
appointment of all of the members
and that some sort of a measure as
to additional funds will be passed.
The resolution authorized that only
$10<>.n(:0 be spent for the work of
A question that is always import
ant to the legislature is that of
finances. Last year the general as
sembly authorized the State treasurer
to borrow $550,000 fol the running
expenses of the State government.
? Whether Ibis amount will have been
increased or decreased for l - * 11 will
' not be known until tin- estimate has
been made by the comptroller gen
eral. The levy last year was live and
three fourth mills Tho gene ral as
sembly will determine the levy for
A. Dispensary Commission.
Wlikt%lll he possibly the last re
port will bo-submitted to the legisla
ture by the dispensary commission,
wMch was created over three years
ago. The report of the commission
will show tha* approximately $500,
000 has been saved to the State by
the work of the Commission and At
torney -General Lyon. The commis
sion will very probably he disbanded
by tyie legislature as there is little
left to ho attended to.
I nder normal conditions and hai
ring a deadlock the general assembly
will be in session for forty days. The
members will very likely take a trip
to Winthrop College on January 1'.'.
It. is not lik\ly that another trip will
be made Spgrtnnburg Herald.
TlIF WARF SHOALS CASK,
The Appeal of the Local Stockholders
will be Heard in the Supreme Court
Tho case of .1. 0. C. Fleming, et al
\s. ltenj. Riegel et al, commonly
known as the Ware Shoals case, will
he heard in the Supreme Court at
Columbia next week. The 8th Circuit
docket, will be taken up on Monday
and it is supposed that this case will
be given first attention.
.Messrs. R, L. Coopt r, A. C. Todd and
r. P. McCowan will appear for tho
plaintiffs-appellants and Messrs. Crier
& Park and Cothrnn, Dean & Cothran
will appear for the defendants-re
spondents, the Riegels.
The attorneys on both sides have
presented voluminous br'ofs and the
case will bo elaborately argued.
HEWED B\ INES
Alleged Shortage to Be Re
ported to the Legislature.
REFERS TO RECENT
AUDIT OF THE BOOKS
Discrepancies Chnrgable (o Two Ad?
ministrations, Covering a I'erlod
from lsi)s I? 1900. Inclusive Comp?
(roller General ?III Make Iteeoin
The following, relating to the mud
1 died affairu of%iaurens County's fi
nances and the\ft-nttempted (?Torts
? to clear up the situation, is ropro
1 duced from the Columbia Stale:
Comptroll r General Jones will re.
port n shortage of ov< :? $8.000 in th ?
finances of Lnurens county Ip the gen
orsl assembly, In this connection
I will have several recommendations n.V
to the special cxnmlnnth us of books
of ill" counties by auditing companies,
According lo tho report of Lho com
I trollur general, which covers an Inves
tigation on the part of auditing com
] pany and his oillce, the shortages oc
curred during the administrations of
Messer Hah!), ex-county treasurer, ami
j J. II. Copeland, deceased. The short
ages ar?? alleged to have occurred dur
j lug the past several years there being
charged to Babb the sum of $0,546.93
1 and to .Mr. Copeland the sum of
Discussing special reports by audi
ting Companies on the finances oj
counties. .Mr. Jones has the following
"An examination of the reports of
these experts show thnt such exami
nation of the reports by these experts
are of little value, because such ex
perts arc, not familiar with the ordi
nary administrative law governing the
condmt of affairs to be investigated,
and on that account can not properly
check up or verify even the settlement
sheets, much less make up an accu
rate statement of the legal charges
against the county treasurer and the
I credits to be allowed.''
The alleged shortage In I.aureus
' county is reviewed as follows by the
"During the past year . h cxumlnn
! lion Of tb< books and aCColl its of tin
county treasurer of Lnurens county
I between tho years is:>s and 1906, In
clusive, at an expense of $1,200, was
made by experts appointed by the
governor, under tho provisions of a
joint resolution of your honorable
body, approved February, 1910.
"These experts commenced their
work on July 20, and llrst reported
that they had completed it on Septem
ber L'O. In their report, dated Septem,
her 24, those experts said:
" In order to make a complete and
thorough audit of the books we de
cided to check the duplicate of tin?
treasurer, together with the tax re
ceipts, thus showing the taxes col
lected for the different years.
" 'We also cheeked with tho books
the dispensary receipts, lines and II
j censes collected and money borrowed.
" 'We also checked the dlsburse
' ments. We were Impressed with the
i fact that the two treasurers. Messer
Babb and J. H. Copeland, whose ad
ministrations this audit covers, made
ever) effort to charge themselves with
every dollar that passed their hands,
and we believe that they did so charm'
" We wish lo state thnt on acounl
of the lack of system and manner of
bookkeeping, it Is almost impossible,
after a lapse of BO many years, to
gather from the scattered records
every item of both debit and credit,
and could this be done, it is our opin
j Ion that the records would then show
l every dollar properly accounted for."
"They reported thai there was
$600.86 to l>e accounted for by the,
county treasurer, of which they gave
to the State $1 IJ.10 and to the County
$200.28 nud school $2.r>7.:'.S. '
Certain lecounts not Charged.
T pon their filing the above report
With the governor. the comptroller
general called bis attention to the fact
that they had failed to charge to John
li Copeland, as county treasure, in
1906, the Hem Of $5,500, borrowed
moneys, pointed out in tho comp
trolier general'!; report for 1906." This j
(Coinin.led o'. page four.?
ON UTS BIRTHDAY'
Program Announced for
GENERAL BON HAM
TO MAKE ADDRESS
An Interesting Program Has Been
Vnnounccd for Um Cercmonh < ut
Clinton when the Monnmenl Krect.
ed by the Daughters of the Confed
eracy will be Turned over to the
Clinton, .Tan. 9.?The program lias
I boon made for the nnvcillng of the
; Confederate monument oh Thursday,
January 10. The exercises will bi gin
i at 10 o'clock ami will bo held p rtly
I In Copelend's Hall und partly on the
square around the monument. Mr.
A. 13. S|)encer will be Master of Cere
\ monies, Dr. \V. A. &bnnds. Marshall.
1 he music will bo rurnlsh* d by the
Prcahytcrian college Olco Club. The
I address will be delivered by the Hon.
M. L. llonhnm of Anderson. Follow
?ing is the complete program:
Music A Southern Medley.
I Opening Prayer -Row Harrison Fow
Song Sine Me a Sonn of the Sunny
Address by Ooji. Bouhnm.
Music Tenting on the Old Camp
March to Monument.
Unveiling by 12 hoys and girls
Presentation to the town?by the Rev.
Dr. Jacobs on behalt of Stephen I).
Acceptance?by the Dev. .1. E. Mahaf
fey on appointment of Mayor McMil
Benediction?Rev. Harrison Fowler.
Following (he exercises the ladies
1 will serve lunch to the veterans in the
! City ball.
The chief social event of the week
will ho the marriage on Wednesday
evening, in the Firs! Baptist church of
Mis* Sadie Phllson, daughter of Mr.
' and Mrs. Samuel F. Phil son, to Mr.
. Walter Anderson, of Koldvllle. The
; Rev. ('. Lewis Fowler will officiate.
' Following the ceremony n reception
I will be given by the bride's parents
(o a large number of guests,
i Owing to some delay in tbo Instal
lation <?!' the beating plant do grad
ed school building will not bo ready
I for occupancy before January Kith.
The youngsters an- onjoying their
unusual mid winter holiday to the ut
The third number of the Lyceum
course was given by Mr. am! Mrs.
Cox in the LMopla Monday evening
before a large and appreciative audi
Some of the pupils and ex-pupils of
the graded school presented "The
Merchant of Venice. Up-to-date" Fri
day night during Christmas week and
cleared $1700 which will be used to
ward the furnishing of the school
?Min used by Miss Sarah Copolnnd
. in the new wing of the graded school
building. The play was successfully
presented Insl commencement as the
tenth grade class play and its repeti
tion' during Christmas wo< k was made
pc sslhle by the fact that a number of
the performers, who are attending
college elsewhere were at home for
the holidays. Among these were Miss.
es Bmmle Robertson and Chloo John
son of Winthrop, Louis Norman of
the Spnrtauburg business college,
Karl Davidson of Wofford.
Hobt. S. Owens, for some time pas;
editor of the Chronicle, has resigned
and will go (ids week to the Universi
ty of South Carolina to take up the
study of law. Wilson W. Harris hits
accepted the position of editor of the
Chronicle and enters this Week on
the discharge of his duties.
Kin l,|llld Sale
Mr. .i. N. Leak, the land '?'>"? vv 111
conduct a sale of five line residence
'ots and six business lots in Gfcy
Court on January I-'Hi, tomorrow.
Ail of these lots arc in lino neighbor
hoods1 and most probiltiy they will
sell readily. As Mr. Leak make-;
things Interesting <>n sales days. It
i expected thai a large crowd will
1)0 on hand to sue the hIiow and buy
Mr. J. P, Phllson, of. Clinton, wart
in the city Saturday on businc .
DK VTil OF MUS. BABB.
Member of Prominent Lnurens Count)
Kn in Ii) l>!< s ni ||or IIoiik* In Mis
Columbia, Mo., Dec. 27, Tho funi mi
of Virginia Cooper Ruhb, v. pf tii?
Into Rev. It. F. Dabb, \vho died Sun
tiny iifi irnooh was h< Ul at 10 o'clock ,
' tlii.4 morning at tho residence of her
eon; i. G. Babb, 812 Virgin In avenue.
M ? >, lhi.bb hud been confined to her
bi i U r more tliun six months Und her
do; Hi was due to old age and infirmity, i
Slie was S8 years old.
She is survived by lour children: ,
VY^.t. Ilabb of Wichita, Kau II. II.
Dabb, (i Denver attorney; J. G. Rahh,
srorctury of the University of Mis
souri, and Mrs, K. B. Gentry, of ('<>
lumbln, Two nous have died: Joseph
Cooper Ruhb, a Confederate soldlor,
who died n prlsono" of war in St.
Louis, and Jnin? i Franklin Babb, who (
idled in 1^77. after graduation from
the University of Missouri.
W. J. Babb of Wichita. . und
William Gentry of si. Louis, canto to
Columbia y .? rdny to i'tteiur the fun.*
oral. The ptdbbeiivorH wer? : Ii. t),
I S(.vci'aiice. Dr. C W. Green, Dr. Walt
er Mc.Nj '? Mill ??? !???? Woods? n Mosa',
J. D. Thornton and Prof. J. S. An
kc.ney. Burial wai in the Columbia
j Mrs. Ibil.li was i??-: - i i ii; Luurcns
county, Soeth Carolina, October 8,
IS22, At llic age of 21 she married
It. F. Babb, who died In ISl'S. Tin y
j moved to Missouri Just before the
Civil War. and in I s71! moved to Co
lumbia to educate their children. Mrs.
Babb had been a member of tie- Bap
tist church for more than fifty years,
; and of the church in Columbia tor
On her lather's s-i* 1 >? she was de
scended from a long line of Quaker
ancestry, being the seventh descen
dant of William Cooper, a friend of
William Pent), and one of the founders
of the Pennslyvanla colony. Her
grandfather, Jeremiah Cooper, emi
grated from Pennsylvania to Virginia
about the time of the Revolutionary
War. where he married and reared
a family of twelve children.
Her father, Joseph Cooper, emigrat
ed to South Sarolina about 1810,
where he married Sarah Franklin, a
near relative of Renjamill Franklin.
Of their fifteen children Mrs. Babb was
the tenth child and the last survivor.
- University Mlssourlan.
Lxcciifhc Committee Bus hnited Rep
rcsi'iifutUcs of \ll Baptist Churches
of ( oiiuf) to Meet Here Purposes
There will be held at the First
I Baptist church on Friday, January
Ul, an assoclailonnl conference, called
by the executive committee of the
Lnurens Baptist association. Instead
I of being the regular annual meeting
? of the executive hoard, it was decided
to Invite one or more representatives
of the thirty Baptist churches of the
j county to meet with the hoard on this
j occasion for the purpose of mapping
out the work of the churches in this
association during the current year
Tito conference will ho presided
lover by Clias. B. Boho, chairman ot
the O.VOeullVO board, and will open
with devotional exercises, led by Rev
iL L, Baggott, pastor of Chestnut
Ridgo and Rnbuil Creek churches. \i
ll'.I'.n adjournment will be taken for
dinner which will be served by a com
mitteo of ladies in the basement ot
[the < hurch,
Tho program, as prepared by the
Commit ice, is as follows:
10,80 Devotional. Rev. II L, Rllggotl
lino ?'The Needs of Our Assochl
tion," Rev. J. A. Martin. W. C. SVhar
IL30?The Possibilities of Our As 1
SOClatlOll, Rev. C. Lewis Fouler.
12.00 -The King's lUisIness, Rev. Win
12.30 Adjournment for One Hour.
1.80- Business Session.
To Rebuild Itasors Bridge.
V Will be seen in another ColllllDI
of this paper. the supervisors of Lnu
rens and Groonwood counties are
making preparations lo rebuild the
old Rnsors Bridge, which w . - wash
0(1 away in the flood Of I SOS Aft Will
be ivmembercd the legislature at
its t"?f ? luupitt, paf'sed a hill r fplli'
hue the counties 10 rebuild 1,1 i
bridge at n cost not exceeding 8l.fio.fi
T| i< amount Will only allow tin \> ill i
in'.-, of a wooden si i ilCtiiro.
New Depo' Admiration o!
Town and Public.
IN ROUND NUMBERS
TOTAL COST $25,000
Was Constructed by. flic* Columbia,
Xewberrj ?'? Lauren- Ittiilwnj Com?
im nj , It it ( Charleston .V Western
('arulina Will I'uy. (lull' the Cosl.
The Lnurons union !(itIon is Mu
lshed. This iiniioUnc.omout, at tho
beginning of llio new year, is purtlou
larly gratifying t-> the < lly of Lau
rens, oml to the public generally It
will doubtless hi received with keen
pleasure. Thc'thiors havi been thrown
open to the Iravviiii] iiublle, and <!::r
li|g the pant few ?i v ! andreds ot!
visitors I'.ayo i I > n linn i > inake an
In: ;?? < tlon of i lie Inf< U\y v\ ?.i .is
spaciou.'i and well j'nru lied wall ng
?.coins, private resi :. m dining end
. ago rooms. kit i.i n ; id the *.iIS*?
fereiil olllces. And a!i i-roimunee ic
The new passengi'i Is l ion la locat
ed hoi ween the trucks of tin Chnrlea
lon ?'? Western Carolina railroad on
Mu> weal and the Columbia, Ncwborry
\ I.aureus road pn the south and was
construoted by those two railway com
panies, llio cost of building it being
equally divided. The total cost ap
j proximales $25,000. The building
was planned by Architect lOcipiarl o<
Columbia for the C. N R L. railroad
company, and their design ine? ting the
approval of tin* other railway people,
it was agreed that tin building be
dorn- by the Columbia people, with O.
B, Harvey as general foreman and
manager. It is a Hat.iron structure
in shape and in all its appointments
It was designed for comfort and con
venience. It is of brick with stono
trimmings, cement and marble floors,
metal ceilings and roof, and provided
! with city water arid electric lights?
' in brief, it Is a thoroughly equipped,
I modernly Oniuhcd mid furnished pas
1 seliger station which is ill once a cred -
it to the City Of I.: i.nie (111(1 tile I WO
railway Companies that united ju
LYCKI M \ I Ml!KM I (IMOIIT.
The Naliie Neu. Zen hinders Will he
tlie Attraction at t! < Opera (louse.
The New /.? ?.;.:? ?!? s : hunt whom
the advance im.: i.*< ; . very ooinple
j.meniary, \v f 11 In the*i;?t!iteiio;i at llio
Opera House tonight Tbb ii oho
uf tiie city Lyceum t Hilbert and llio
! admission will he usual to thoso
not meinhci's. This number comes
under the city Lyceum eon:.- und
Is not to I? ? confused with the Graded
I School coin so.
The New Zcaland< rs come highly
recommended and doubtless will givo
an attractive entertainment in ihn
song and story of their nativi land.
Dr. Sclmyer in ( inciuiiatl,
1 ? l>:\ Isiidorc Svhayer i- i,, Ciucin*
mil i attending n < ni . ? - i; ! lee-*
lures on the blood ? '? ?>"not:," te
! cently discovered by i mint lit Oer
I mail physician who i . ? Mil ex
periments have at':;.Hod lllilyoi al at
teiiiion Dr. Schay.et will In ah! ni;
from the city for abo .' ten da; ?
On for The Legislature.
The l .aureus deb gal Ion to the g< m ?
al assembly., compost d of State Senator
.lohn 11. Wharton. !(? pet ;<.'n(atlV<-H
.lohn II. Miller. W. C, Ir'hy, .Ir., and
.1. Archie Willis. \\ < n( to Columbia
Tuesday morning and were present',
for the convening i i.- leg! laturo
(Jrny < onrt Personals,
Oray Court. .Ian. ii After several
rainy days, we havo ?'? pretty rood
looking crop of wheat and oats.
Miss Corrlo Mahon firtt i spending
several weeks in Basley r< u ued homo
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Ihibb of !"?! i;
community Were t ie .i itors of Mi' ?
N'aiK y Owens Thursday
Mr. find Mrs. Stows-it >*ri* 0 . \ is (I
': f. Ti m Mahon. Hundn,1
it,' (mil Mrs. I. VV. Ih . tu K ? u