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J. A. D. McCurdy (Makes a
BY TEN MILES
After n Week of Anxiety and Waiting
the Hairing Aalrnian Make? a Bold
Attempt to Fly from Key West to
Habana and only Missed Iiis Mark
by u Few Miles.
Key West, Fla.. Jnn. 30.?Six days
of anxiety and waiting for a favor
able turn In weather conditions ended
this morning for J. A, D. McCurdy,
the aviator, when the daring young
bird man crossed the starting line at
o'eloek on his journey across the
Florida straits to Habana, the longest
over-water Might yet attempted in the
history of aviation. Ho passed from
the sight of those on this side of the
channel within ir> minutes and the
next beard of him was thnt he had
been forced to descend In the water
10 miles from Habana by a shortage,
of oil. McCurdy and his machine
were uninjured and were picked up
by the torpedo boat destroyer Pould
ing and taken to Habana.
Good Crowd on Hand.
Despite the many disappointments
to the public here McCurdy did not
lack spectators when ho started and
gave every one who witnessed his
Might the sensation they were expect
ing. When satisfactory reports on
the weather had been received the
aviator climbed Into his Curtlss bi
plane and waved the signal to re
lease him, the aeroplane glided grnce
fulHy down the field for 100 feet or
more and then rose Into the *'r.
After reaching a height about
;?00 feet McCurdy turned his machine
and circled over the city. The ocean
front was lined with cheering thous
ands as he passed, while other thous
ands filled roofs, open fields and other
places of vantage.
Given Starting Signal.
,He then made another circle of the
city while Hying 1,000 feet in the air
and on returning to a point above the
aviation Hold w;is given the signal to
start on liia flight to Habana.
Actin*-' on Instructions from the
navy department, Lieut. Commander
Sterling, in command of the torpedo
destroyer fleet hero, has rendered
every possible aid to the aviator and
aovon naval vessels wore stationed
along the course when McCurdy
started. As soon as ho was sighted
by the crew of a boat the vessel
Steamed ahead, but McCurdy, main
taining a speed of nearly 60 miles an
hour, soon outstripped them all and
it then became a race to see which
would rOftCh Habana first.
Planned Earlier start.
McCurdy had originally planned to
start on January lil on the flight to
Habana. He arrived at Key West
several days before that dato and
made careful preparation for the
(light. Tuesday morning. however,
atmospheric conditions were such that
ho decided it would he unsafe to make
the attempt. Day after day and night
after night he waitod for reports that
tho Wind was moderate and the soa
smooth. IhH like vexa.Tous imps the
elements refused, 'o be docile and poor
McCurdy waited Impatiently, ready
at any hour to risk his life In the at
lompt to fly over 90 miles of open wa
Tho navy department, took an ac
tive Interest In tho proposed flight
and every facility ;it its command was
given to help. Tvg boats and tor
pedo boat destroyers wero ordered to
act as station boats 10 miles apart to
mark the. course of the flight.
NOTING PICTURES PL BASK.
liig Crowds are (Jolng to the Meting
The crowds are getting larger and
larger at the moving plcturo shew.
TrlO pictn-'es ftro the 'est that hilVO
ev it bofiii seen in Laurns .-?nd arc glv.
Several special pictures have been
urontfod for thlt week* Toulg'.ra
pictures will consist of two films, ono
comic one and a tragedy. They should
bo very Interesting and amusing.
Fach Satttrdiv nlgbt Mr fin et will 1
put on a spc i;<i program of music
JAMES H. RICE
Former State Superintendent of Edu
cation Died at Iiis Homo in Ninety
Six, After u Week's Illness.
Ninety-Six, Jnn. 30.?James H.
Rice, formerly State superintendent
of education, died at his residence
here this morning, after a week's Ill
The funeral was held here this af
ternoon In the Presbyterian church.
The burial was In the family plat In
the church burying- grounds.
A large concourse of peonle filled
the church and grounds, some coming
from a distance to do honor to his
memory. Among the sorrowing friends
were mnr.v colored people and several
The services were impressive. The
choir sang sweetly "Lead Kindly
1 Light" after which the pastor, Rev.
W. H. Hamilton, read the 23rd
Pslam and offered prayer. He paid a
tender and beautiful tribute to Col.
Rico who was for so long an active
and useful member of the Presbyte
rian church. Other hymns sung by
the choir were: "It is Well With My
Soul" and "There's a Land That is
Fairer Than Day.*'
Many beautiful floral tributes were
sent, among them n raurcl wreath
from the Greenwood chapter of U.
D. C'b. and alao a beautiful design
from the pupils of the graded school
here, showing their love and esteem
for one who has done so much for th*1
educational welfare of this State. A
large wreath of laurel tied with the
Confederate colors was lnid upon his
grave by b'.s old comrades here.
The honorary pallbearers were
Dr. T. S. Blake, Dr. H. N. Sloan, Capt.
\V. H. Frazler, Capt. .lames Rogers,
L. M. Moore and J. C Weir Active.
R A. Watson. W. VV. Maines. D. M.
Llpscomt, J. L. A Idison, ,r. H. Home
and J. B. Sloan.?The State.
BIG LAND SALE.
The Property Known ns the Taylor
Place will be Auctioned Off.
Mr. Ellbert W. Copeiand has pur.
chased the large tract of land known
as the Taylor Place and will hold a
big auction sale of the lots Into which
he has divided it, on Monday. Febru
ary 8th. This is also snlosday and it
largo crowd will doubtless he on hand
to make bids. This is ail excellent
piece of property, being situated on
Bast Main street and in n popular sec
tion of the town. Judging from the
location and the general desirability
of these lots they will bring a good
Mr. Copeiand has placed the actual
sidling of the land in the bands of
Penny Pros., a well-known and relia
ble rcalestato firm of Raleigh. They
will have with them their own special
auctioneer and will make things gen-j
orally lively and Interesting with a
bit' brass band.
THE SCHOOL LYCEUM.
The Ncxl Number Mill be a Lecture,
b> Dr. Charles L. Sensholes on Fob*
"Dr. Sensholes is an all-star attrac
tion, a thorough-going optimist, a
man who has seen life from every
phase and view-point, n regular sun
beam with a scholarly mind and a
pleasing personality Hi ; lectures are
rich in Philosophy, bill not the kind
handed down from generation to gen
eration or borrowed from others, but
Original facts thai are thoroughly
"Sensholes" and arc as sunshiny as
the smile that beams forth ovory mo
ment that the lecturer is before his
This is What a well know Indiana
daily paper said of Dr. Seasholes, the
next attraction at the Graded School
Lyceum. Dr. Seasholes comes here
on February 10th, being a happy sub
stitute for Dr. Henry Clark, who was
to he here on that date but who lias
been forced to cancel his lecture en.
gngemcntS on account of illness.
Prof. Jones says that Dr. Seasholes
is nn even better lecturer than Mr.
Clark and he feels that the Lyooum
members should feel thomselvos for
tun a to in Inning him viero.
The lecture will statt hrothpHy til
S:30 'o'clock, everybody Is urged to'
bo on time so that the speaker mnj
hoi ho Interrupted. The mini: Blon
to tho-o WllhOUt season ticket;; v ill be
as usual, .'i0 cents. The can be <.';
lalued at tho door,
TO ROB DEPOT
Yeggman Blows Open Safe
but Get Nothing.
D. W. SEIGLER, JR.
FOILS THE ATTEMPT
Uoiug Into the Freight Office Early
Monday Morning he Was Stepped by
the Yeggmnn and Told to <?< ( Out.
He Hnrrledly Notified the Police,
but the Man Escaped*
Tho office safe of the Charleston
& Western Carolina freight depot
was dynamited Monday morning about
(j o'eloek by a supposedly lone yegg
man, hut no money was gotten out
on account of an interruption of oper
ations by 1). W. Seigler. Jr.. lulling
clerk at the depot.
Mr. Seigler went down to the office
to open up and noticed when he reach
ed the door that it was already open.
Supposing that the negro man had
com? in to make a lire, he thought
nothing of it but Wfint :n. When he
got a few feet within the door and
I was ready to turn on the light, the
! man working at the safe turned his
j flash light on Mr. Seigler and told him
to "git out." Mr. Seigler says that
he got out at once. He didn't stop
to argue but walked quietly off the
platform and went for help. How
ever, when he returned the yeggman
bad collected all of his tools and left.
Tli.? police were at once notified and
a search began but nothing has been
learned as to his whereabouts.
i A number of sates lure been
j cracked in this vicinity recently and
' it 4s thought that this man is the
samo one who has done the other
I jobs. From the appearances of the
job the man could hardly be judged a
professional. He first made an at
tempt to bore a hole in the combina
tion lock, but finding it too hard he
bored through the casing. By means
of dynamite he blew one side of the
safe open but this luckily had no mon
ey in it. The other side contained
about $10 He didn't reach this.
It is a curious coincidence thai the
second anniversary of tho fierce strug
I glo between two yrggmen and two
members < the 1.aureus police force
which took place in the freight yard
here, in which Mr. M. 11. Stone, one
of tin- officers, and one of the yeggmeii
were killed was only a few days ago,
It was only a few days over two years
ago, tin- 2Sth of January 1009, tin:,
this double I raged j occurred. This
crime brings back vivid recollections
of the great excitement at that time
and recalls the sad death of cue ol
Lauren's brave officers
V'!-p-> \\, SclglvT could not se<- the
man's face, he judged from his voice
I that he was white.
Mr. Solgler is from the western part
of this State and at one time was in
the employ of the railroad at Aueu.-ta.
DEATH OF DR. < Ol.I M \\.
Well Known Citizen of This Count)
ami Member of Large ami Influen
The many friends and relative of
Dr. II. 0. Coloninn in this city were
saddened Friday morning when they
heard of his sudden death, which oc
currod at tho home of his daughter,
Mrs. Turnlpsecd, In Rnoreo Th?r d.i..
night about 7 o'clock. It is not known
what tho immediate cause of his death
was. Although he bad been slightly
ill for the past few weeks only the daj
before ho was in Laurens attending
to business matters, among other
things the settlement of insurance
claims on bis house which was burned
down hero about a month ago.
Dr. Colcmail was a native of Cold
Point, In this county, hut moved to
Laurena about six years ago whero he
lived until the destruction of his
house by fire some weeks ago. He
then WOnt to Knoree to live with his
daughter where he remained until his
death. He wa ; about TO years of nge
ami is survived by four child., n, Ml
Turnlpseed, Mr-. Dr. Allen, Miss Fa>
and Mr. l'holi Cob-man "is wife
i as been dead for about twenty yoai
Dr. Coleman was highly est. irned by
a largo .number of friends and rein
Tho funeral services were held Fri
day afternoon at m*. Pleasant chart'
ami interment was in t!i<- cemotcry
A WEEK'S NEWS
Sad Death off Mrs. J. Downs
OF POPULAR PEOPLE
What tin* People of h Progressive
City are Doing in the Way of Bus?
iness Improvement, Educational Ad
rance and Sorial I'roprress.
Clinton Jan. 20.?-The Lifirorv As
sociation seems about the most active
organization In Clinton tltef.fi days. A
meeting was i< id at the home of .Mrs.
It. 55. Wright Friday evening and plans
were made tor a formal opening on
the 28th of February. It is practi
cally certain that by that time the
shelves will be in place, nearly two
hundred bo< ks on them, and a rood
assortment oi" neriodicals on hand.
The list of members is nearly a
A popular entertainment consist
ing of music, illustrated readings,
pantomimes, and poses, will bo sriven
Thursday evening Feb. 2nd in the
Utopia Hall. The plan of the enter
tainment is to represent titles of
books and programs will be furnished
the r.udlonco >?? tecoid their messes
K small fee of ten cents will be charg
ed. Tbe proceeds of the entertain
ment will be devoted to helping furn
ish the "library.
We Ine^dny evenlnt? February 8th.
the College boys will present a min
strel show to the public la the Utopia
Hall. There is no doubt that it will
be a clever production, for several
of the boys have decided talents for
such acting, and there are a number
of jjood Bfngei'3 and musical perform
ers among them.
Mrs. JanlQ Llndsey, who has been
critically ill for some time, was car
ried to the hospital in Spai'tailburg
last week and bad a surgical opera
tion performed. The many friends
of Mrs. Llndsey will be Kind to know
that the operation was very success
ful and that she is now on the road
Miss Dorothy Owens has riven up
her course at Winthrop college am.
; is at home to stay. Her many friends
j welcome her back.
Miss lileanor Duekctl entertained
a merry party of friends last Mon
i day evening.
Mrs W. M. McCasInn was summoned
to Greenwood uist week to attend her
sister, Mrs. Alattie Ljpscomb, who was
desperately ill. Mrs. Mpscomb Is
! now mud Setter.
Miss Irene Little and Miss Kmma
Hipp are visiting Mrs Mack ilipp in
Mr, and Mrs. Milling, who have been
with Mrs. Annie I'.yrd Phillips since
their marringo in Novetnhor, have sei
up hoitseKccping for themselves in
pan of Mrs. Kelly's hotiso on Cen
Miss Agatha Davis returned last
week from a six week's visit to Mrs.
Charles Akcrn an in Macon, Georgia.
Miss Davis was the recipient of a
number of social a Kent ions in Macon,!
several panic:; and dinners being riv
en in her honor.
Mrs. p. s. Dai icy vtsll ((I iier dmlght
er, Mrs. Ucee ? Williams, in Lam as
ter last, week and was shown many
Miss Marion McCrnry, who is vis
iting Mrs. Ward Thompson In An
derson, is expected home this w lek.
Musgrovo Mill Chapter. I). A. lt..
bold a Inooling Thursday afternoon
at the home of Mrs. .1 A. Halley. The
chapter had the plonsttro ol entcrtnin
Ing for tho first time the only "real
daughter" of the Chapter, Mis. Fan-'
nie Monroe of Goldvlllo. A very en
joyable afternoon was spent at the
Mrs. w. ll. Shands delightfully en
tertained the Friendly f)OZi a Look
Club Friday afternoon
The Action Hook Club was enter
tained Tuesday morning by Miss F.l
i< ne McCaslnn. Only tho members of!
tii" (dub were present, 11 most en
joyable time was si che by all tho
Mr. n;l Mrs. Grilj Depart.
Mr und Mrs. Clai'< lie (hay mid lii
ile son will leave lodaj for their fu
ture home in Georji town. Their
many friends here r ? i to - ? thorn
leave and hope for tl'.fitil I'Ult ??
OF CONDEMNED NEGRO
Governor Blease Saves the Neck of
.lohn Henry Andersen, Colored. Who
was Under Sentence to he Execut
ed February 10.
Governor Blease yesterday com
muted to life Imprisonment the sen
tence of .lohn Henry Anderson, col
ored, who was under sentence to be
executed Friday. February 50. Thu
action of the governor was in compli
ance with a petition, signed by a largo
number of Laurens Citizens, which
was presented by Messrs W. U. Ridl
ey, Jr., and Homer Hlaekwell, the
two .voting attorneys who have repre
sented Anderson from ttie tlrst.
Anderson was convicted of the mur
der of his <,'d fatl.er-l'i.law, losh Car
ter, whom he shot to death at a
Church near Waterloo over two years
ago. After his conviction he was
sentenced to be hanged, but the case
w::s appealed to the supreme court.
! The ludgmcnt of the lower con?'t was
affirmed and the c;\se remanded I.ast
1 fall .lodge Joiill S Wilson, pre. idim
over the regular term of the court
tot 'Mis county after refusing ; new
Irl'i' rene* tonced \ndo?,ion ILxIiir
February in. 1911 as the date of 'he
The contention of Anderson's at
torneys in asking for another hearing j
in the case was based on the alleged
, enfeebled condition of the prisoner's
mind, and it presumed that this was
j the basis of their petition to the gov
TO OPEN OFFICE IN ?KEENW00D.
.Mr. C. C. Feutherstone Soon to Give
I'p His Laurens Residence.
Mr. C. C. Featherstone has formed
a copartnership with Mr. S. 11. Me
dico of Greenwood and will at once
open an office in that city for tin; prac
tice of law. lie will not immediately
sever his connection with his lau
rens office which has been conducted
for about twenty years under the firm
name Of Ferguson K- Featherstone, the
senior member of tbfS well Known
law firm being Col. .lohn W. Ferguson,
tin- dean of the Laurens Bar and one
of the most eminent lawyers In the
State?. Meantime- Mrs. FcntherstOllO
and tin- children will re-ma.n in Lau
rens for sovornl mouths, probably
Mr. Foathcrstono has been a rosi
I deal of Laurens for moru than twen
ty years, having moved te> l!iis place
from Anderson, his native- town, lie'
at onc? entered tho office of Col. Fer
guson and tie- two have sine.- prac
ticed law together with eminent sue?
(?ess. the firm from time- io time hav
ing boon engaged in some <>\ th ? most
Important criminal as well as civil
cases before the- courts ;.. this and j
other counties. During these years,
I too, Mr. Featherstono has be n prom.
Incntly IdonUllod with every movc
nie-n! which had for its object the
1 promotion of the- city's best inter
oats, it is therefore useless to add
that he- will be greatly missed and
that tlie-re- i:: general regret over lib
decision te> cast his fortunes else
NO t OXTH V< I 11 I.
Central tors on liusor.h Bridge ( au?
siriiciloii Could no! u'o the- W'urY
IVIIIiin Vpproprlatlon Vllouetl bj
As was advertised in the count.\
papers, llio .? upcr\ Isors en Lain on
and Greenwood colintles inol at the
e?!ei Ilasors Bridge s.te fust Thurs'dnj
iei let the- contract for re-btilding tie
bridge. It will be- remembered that
the- legislature, at it:; last sei Ion,
pa nod a bill limiting the- ainoiiiil to
he expended on this proposed bridge
t<> $1,000, When tho bids we re ope n
e-d at this meeting Thursday it was
found that none of the- contractors
had made- a low enough bid on tin
work to ge-t tho work. The- b>w. si
bid made- was $ 1.900.
A Mississippi Fanner Here.
Mr, Thos. H. Peterson of Uosednlo,
Miss, is spending a row weeks In the
city with his brother and sister. Mr.
Peterson has boon living in Ml . <
pi for sovornl years, be hi 3 1 cteiislvo
ly engaged in farming in hl ade ?1 il
REVIEW OE WORK
What Has Been Accom
plished Thus Far.
FEELING OF UNREST
REGARD TO CLEMSON
Tlic lain inalici -. Hare lleen Mm he:
on at a Stead) Gate and Accom
plishing .Much Without tinvlnu: Much
llarrnh Ahout it. Inheritance Ts.v
Mill Tussed the House.
Columbia, January 29.?Tho legisla
tive machinery is moving along stead
ily and without friction. There hns
been no Jar, no breaks, no sodden or
ders to slop and no red lings. It !..i
been a quiet and steady guil one that .
accomplishes results without oxc'.to
monl or friction. If there Is ony ?>ip>
thing that has thus far distinguished
the iiresont session of the Con era I
Assembly it lias been the equanimity
and poise with which it has met con
diti ?iis and with which it has executed
its work. I
Caused no Incitement.
I When Governor Illeose sent in Ills
Compound investigating message thure
was hardly a tipple; yesterday when
he sent in another special message
relating to double office holding, thai
affected members, the message was
quietly roferred and that was about
Nothing seems to have excited tips
general assembly ami it has goltn
along, plodding with the mass of mea
Stires that it has before it.
The indications are thai there will
be but little general legislation enact -
School Law Kill Mav Pass.
The general revision of the school
laws may be accomplished. The bill
proposed by the special commission
hat a favorable report, both in tho
House and in the Senate, and thi
would indicate favorable action, bin
there have been some indications of
disapproval and it has not been devel
oped how serious these objections ma>
be. If the vote came up tO-IIIOI'l'O W
t be bill would pass
Sentiment at (o ietuson.
Ii is manifest thai tin re i a f< oiing
of unrest with regard to the Privileg?
tax ami ( It inson '' dp r< Men v i o
hnvo never I ? fore ; >,! rested thai
ClenVSon wu- retting too much front
the prlvib go i:. \ ha \ ? dared to ??? '
up and saj . i and : ; y o in .
mjttoe and in conversation The mo
lac Hii: year, so fat' a- ? 1' in on
concerned, bill the real I'rii ml of ('!<
-on ('ollege had hotter beeil ? ;ii ??
lug ami undertake Io get the Collegu
In (doser touch with the people, <"
son has to do more than ed.itcnl i
work wit Ii In its College wa|ls
Tlic Urovt tiinu Uiil.
Th ? Mitoliuin bill and others alon
thi, lii!<\ limiting ine ainounl that
("b in. on should receive did no' furn -
ish tlic real has!.-, for the light thai i
coming. The Drowning hill * I
m, ; .-me thai Gl cut soli v ill have ii
watch. This bill pro. Ide Ih it all
lnt<t IliC Stale H e;: III ? I ||(| .
prill ted from I hen , a:; other final :,: .
Inhci itamc la\ Kill.
The most important jualtcr but
by the ilouse do? i. ? 'i ... ?.
ion is the Inhei itshc? lit ?? bill, pro
posed by .Mr. Itenilx rt, 'I he bill u
with soldo strong oppo IHoit In th
j louse but membi rs r<i -?.i?^- p
proved ir and it. is now b< fore iii
Senate, and, of course LJierc i no I II
lug what w ill be itie fat ? b< fore ihn
mere critical and Kinitlb.'l' body.
.'HMlay Session SOlltllllClll Orouillff.
Tho Senate some time ago pas ed u
resolution llxlng the 10th of February
as the day for final adjournment. Thi.
would provide for a thirty das 80S
slon. Thero is a growing sentiment
on tho House side to n<:opt this reso
itltlon; do what can he done up to
i . ? loth, pass the general Klippl) and
appropriation bills, qu(i und i" honiej
with tho satisfaction that "tin lost