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When your Adoney is Burned up regrets won't
bring it back to you. It is very UNSAFE and
it Worries you a whole lot to have money in
your house or in a hole in the ground, besides
"looking" time after time to see if it is safe
teaches people where it is and makes it very
Make OUR Bank YOUR Bank.
We pay liberal interest consistent with safety.
Laurens, S. C.
N. B. Dial, President C. H. Roper, Cashier
100 Million Dollars
Worth oi Shoes
These are stupendous figures, yet this is the yearly
amount that the South spends for shoes. As a curiosity
these figures may attract you for a minute, but the most
curious thing about them is that three quarters of this
money is regularly sent away from the South and the
South is that much poorer for it.
You trade at a Southern shoe store. You give the
dealer your money. You probably buy a western or
northern made shoe. When the dealer pays his bill, this
money, less a small per cent to the dealer, goes north or
west and the South is that much poorer.
Keep your money at home. Let it work for better
times, better wages, more factories, more work for
Ask your dealer for The Craddock Shoe. Made in
the South, by white labor, for Southern gentlemen. The
best shoe value offered by any maker in the land for
$3.50 and $4.00. Money spent for Craddock Shoes stays
in the South, and pays Southern labor, Southern grocers,
bakers and butchers.
It builds Southern factories, homes and schools.
We can support more and better industries. Lefs
each do his part.
Fred W. Green house and lot on West
Main Street. Formerly owned by J. H.
One House and Lot, North Harper Street
containing one-half acre, more or less,
fronting on Harper street 50 or 60 feet.
The Harriett Mills
House and Lot
N. B. DIAL,
C. H. ROPER,
Sec. & Treas.
$j Home Trust Co.
LAU RENS, SOUTH CAROLINA
TAX DODGERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA
(By J. C. Stribling.)
Tho State has received the follow
ing article, in the form of a printed
circular, from J. C. Stribbling of Pen
If a rake-off In a liquor deal Is graft
ing the State's money, what is the
man doing who ia false swearing
about the amouut of tax he is due
We often become awe-stricken over
corporation or foreign graft, but have
to be lambasted into paying any at
tention to our big army of home
made grafters?tax dodgers?at our
If it Is a flagrant violation of law
for the general whiskey drummer and
dispensary men to fall to turn In just
revenue and profits to the State. Is It
not also a crime of the . same class
for our genial friends in other occu
pations to fail to turn into the State
every dollar of taxes he is due the
State according to law?
We farmers are prone to point to
corporations and the business world
as the great harbingers of grafters,
but the plain truth is no man or class
of men can point the linger or scorn
at any other class and say thief!
The farmer has the same kind of
human nature In his make-up that
everybody else has. All the farmer
has to do to rid himself of this con
ceit, let him take a peep at a few
pages of bis county auditor's book
and blush with shame at the black
sheep there Is within his own ilock.
Why. bless you. not long since a
farmer was looking over his county
auditor s books after another matter,
and uncovered the tax returns of an
other farmer who is worth more than
$10(1,(Mjo, who returned his property
at less than $."..i)iii>.
This well-to-do farmer pays less
than $ii)o tax. while another farmer
near by, who does not own one-fourth
as much property, pays $220 tax. And
worse still, this well-to-do farmer's
son is on the county board of equal
ization, while yet another son Is the
county clerk. Now this may not be
a conspiracy to have one son holding
down the county board of equaliza
tion and another holding down the
lid of the books that contain records
of securities of his father's, but at
the same time we are forced to say
that if this ugly state of affairs is not
a conspiracy, that it Is at least an
all-fired convenient accident or coin
cident to protect tax dodgers.
An Intolerable Outrage.
Many of us know of cases where
some unfortunate who owns nothing
taxable save his head and heels (poll
and road) has been chased for miles
over the country and finally run
down and In for from $S to $12 cost
and the employer Is compelled to put
up the cash for his unfortunate la
horer or tenant or his man goes to
the chaingang, while another well
to-do tax dodger, just as lawfully
due the State anywhere from $.">0 to
$100, Is allowed to false swear and go
free. Another case Is the "home
builder" (the slogan for the safety
of the State and nation- who pays one
third on his purchase for a home nud
borrows the balance and after years
of toiling tinder the burden of high
Interest, taxes and family expenses is
closed out at last to satisfy the money
lender's claim, which is lawful but
the holder of these iron-clad securities
had not paid a dollar taxes on these
notes and mortgages during the whole
time this "home builder" was strug
gling to pay both interest and taxes
Ask this money lender why he does
not pay the taxes on his securities
and he will have the gall to say a
whole heap about double-taxing, to
compel the farmer to pay tax on bor
rowed money and the money lender
pay tax too, while the law says both
shall pay tax.
A king Tax Dodger In a High Place.
I am informed by a reliable source
that we have In our State a corpora
tion that has put more than $1.500,000
cash into its business, that is paying
tax on only $f?f>,000, for the reason
that one of the head officials of this
corporation Is on the board of asses
sors, and no doubt the whole State
has all sizes of this kind of graft in
all its counties.
Are the tax laws of the State made
for the plain, honest people to go by
and the unscrupulous cunning to
evade? Why Is It that the county
auditors do not go down into this
thing and place all the property, on
the tax books aa the law requires
them to do?
There are few nmong them that
has the "sand" to go Into the lair
of tho lions, that guard the voters,
that drive the nails down in the
shingles that, cover their heads! Do
these floundrelng officers of the law
think more about their salaries than
they do about the good of the people
or tho oath they take? Why don't the
I boards of equalization do their duty
and place all taxable property upon
the books upon an equal basis?
Is it a fact that many or them are
tarred with the same stick along with
the common tax dodgers and the rest
of them keep mum for fear of being
called a "common knocker"? So far
as placing all property on the tax
books upon equal basis at its market
value is concerned, the county au
ditor's office is a farce, and the board
of equalization is a huge joke.
Why Pays for the Rake-off Held Back
by the Tax Dodgers!
It is a stupendous fact that every
one who places his property on the
tax books at current or customary
rates helps to pay the graft, or rake
off held back by tax dodgers, which
fact should enlist the active coopera
tion of all lav-abiding citizens with
Comptroller General Jones in his com
mendable crusade for tax equalization.
Publishing all tax returns In county
papers every four years at reassess
ment of real estate is tho one fell
sweep that would attract the interest
and aid the people in each township
of the State. This publicity is the
guttling gun or bombshell that would
drive every hider-out into the open
where the populace can inspect the
returns and see to it that no one shall
pass muster without a clean record.
For the same reason that we require
establishing of expenditures of the
people's money that we may see
where it goes, we should also know
who is not turning in all the just tax
money due the county and State.
The drag-net that would catch all
'the sharks that jump over and dive
under the first of January as the dates
for property on hand instead of nain- ,
lag one day. the law should take an ;
average of several months for a basis!
of money on deposit or in any busi
A tax Inquisitor for each congress
ional district having the right to ex
amine all public and corporation rec
ords and the power to summon wit
nesses as well as the right to convene
county boards of equalization to suit
the itinerary of bis rounds would also
be the one limb of the law that might
be made to bring In a revenue of $10
or more for every $1 spent on his
work on. either of the plana of a sal
ary or percentage pay. Some think
that these tax inquisitors should be
required to change districts in their
rounds, after the plan of the circuit
Kind ot Men te> Enforce Taue Laws*
These tax Inquisitors should not be
floundering politicians or weaklings of
the .10 cent calibre, but should be a
selection from among the ablest men
we have and paid accordingly foe their
work?men of spine, discretion and
diplomacy, that know the law more
than kith or kin, or friend or foe.
Something Must be Des?.
We have been moralizing over this
tax dodging graft about long enough.
It is time our representatives go for
these "parasites upon the body politic"
with gloves off, and provide a sure
plan to tighten the screws down upon
all tax dodgers alike. We have sent |
a I.yon out after the liquor grafters
that fetched in the game, and we now
want a gang of Bengal tigers, that
can see. to go after the wiley tax
dodgers. Something must he done to
relieve the strain upon the con
science of our good people who arc in
the habt! of sitting In tho nraeu cor
ners Of churches singing psalms on
Sunday, and go before the -ounty au
ditor on Monday and swear that the
value of their cow Is $s. when they
know they could get $l!<> or $10 for
her. or their land Is worth $t> per acre
when they know that other lands by
them are selling from $40 to $100 per
acre; or they have no other property,
stock, notes, mortgages, cash or any
Other property to their credit not
; listed In their returns, and spend six
months afterward trying to relieve
the strain upon their conscience by
saying "they all do it," or trying to
make themselves believe that false
swearing is diplomacy or some other
left-handed thing with no harm in it.
A Show Down for the Demagogue.
Most any man who has the pluck
to sny that the plain people do the
double tax paying, while the cunning
rich do the stunts in tax dodging, is
sure to be doffed as a demagogue, and
now is the time for each and every
representative to he called upon to
stand up and be counted as to
whether a dollar is a dollar, whether
it Is in the hands of the lieh, or poor
man, or in iron-clad securities, or in
the active producing world. Give all
a Chance to say whether or not they
go to Columbia to get something for
the "interest they represent" that
Other people don't get. Is there an
honest man in all South Carolina who
thinks or believes that other people
should pay taxes on his dollars"?
Central Cafe J
For Ladies and Gentlemen.
Our Long Experience has taught us how to J
serve you Neatly, Quickly and Agreeably. *
Laurens, S. C. tV |i^t? mmi111J
Special Values at
W. G. Wilson & Co.
Children's Sweaters 50c, Misses'
Sweaters $1.50, Ladies' Sweaters,
strictly all wool, at $2.50 and $3.50.
All wool Mufflers, Togues and a
complete line of Cotton and Wool
Underwear, Cotton and Wool Hosiery,
Blankets and Flannels.
W. Q. Wilson & Co.
Happy New Year to All! \ \
The Year 1910 has gone breaking*ajl
records in the Coal and Wood business.
More Coal and Wood sold with none dis
satisfied or disappointed. We guarantee
Our Coal to Give Satisfaction.
For we buy only the best grade of
Coal. We handle all our Coal with
forks?impossible for you to get any dirt
or slack coal. Let us keep you warn?.
? J.W.&R.M. Eichelberger \
"The Coal Hen"
We want to do your
and all other work in the Tin
and Sheet Uron Line
We will sell you a better grade of
-VALLEV TIN =
than you have been using at the same price.
We make anything to order out of Sheet Metal
Be sure and see our M3tal hinwies before roof
ing your residence.
Yours for better work and material.
Gray Block. Sullivan St. - Laurens, S. C.