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VOLUME XXVI. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 1911. NUMBER 34
CORN CLUB BOYS
ARE FILING PLEDGES
Laurens County Will Have
BOOKS WILL CLOSE
ON APRIL FIRST
After that Date No More Boys will
be Allowed to Enter the (Nmtest
SupL Pitts unnts 1.aureus County
to Lend the State This Time in
Quality us Well as tjunntity.
From the present indications Lau
rons County bids fair to duplicate her
record of last, year by having tho
largest hoys corn club in tho State.
Already Supt. of Education Pitts, who
has taken tin- work in charge for tin;
past two years, has received 107
names to place on the roll and it looks
as if this number will bo still greatly
augm< nted. Superintendent Pitts set
March 15th as the date on which all
applications must have been in, hut
on account of proper notice not hav
ing been given some sections, he has
changed the closing date for applica
tions to join the club to Saturday
night, March 1st. This will give am
ple time for all the boys to get their
blanks filled and sent in.
While the Laurens County boys did
not carry off any of the prizes for
large yields in the State coutcsts last
year, it was freely admitted that the
quality of their corn was above the
average and that the good results of
the contest were even more notice
able than in other parts of the State.
Mr. Pitts is especially gratified to
know that a large number of the boys
who were members of the club last
year, are In the contest again this
year. He feels that this is a demon
stration of the fact that the boys are
really interested in the work and that
they have not looked upon the move
ment as a pnsslng fad or source of
Supt. Pitts wishes to urge all the
boys who have not yet sent in their
names to send them in before the
Second of March.
AKT EXHIBIT NEXT WEEK.
An Opportunity for the People of Lau
rens to See the Masterpieces of the
Supt. B, L, Jones has arranged fot
one of the most beneficial as well us
attractive methods of entertainment
that has ever been the privilege of
the grown people and children of this
city to witness. Next week, beginning
Wednesday afternoon and lasting the
remained of tho weok, a collection
of beautiful pictures, taken from the
masterpieces of tho world's moat re
nowned artists, will he on exhibition.
These pictures only go to tho larger
cities and Laurens Is very fortunate
in securing them.
The following Is a criticism of tho
exhibition, by the art editor of The
Newark Sunday Call:
"The pictures of this collection now
on exhibition are all taken from tho
originals, and are carbon photographs
or prints, with some gravurcs and
platinum prints, The work is execut
ed in tho very best style, while the
selection of subjects is well adapt d
for its purpose.
The portraits with Washington and
Lincoln well in tho foreground, are
Well Chosen to Inspire artistic ami pa
triotic enthusiasm, it la certainly a
"deomo thought that, glvon five years
of close association with such art. sub
jects, tho public would soon acquire a
high art standard. The gaudy chromo
tins become a thing of the past."
Fach evening of the exhibition, spe
cial entertainments will be arranged,
by local people. On Wednesday even
ing tho last of the school Lyceum
Course will he given
A small admission foo will bo charg
ed at eacb exhibition, the proceeds of
which will go towards the picture fund
of the school.
First Bnptisl Church Revival.
D . William k. Thayer, pastor of
tho Firs! Bnpllal church, announced
Ids! Sunday morning thai Dr. .1. (\
Miissoy. pastor Of tho First Baptist
church of Chattanooga, had been se
cured to conduct n series of revival
services at the First church, the
meeting ?? 0,?.n about the middle of
REV. MELVIN SHELL
PASSES TO REWARD
For Koro Thun Quarter of a Cen
tury Had Keen .Minister ?I* the Oos
pel--Was Afflicted for Several years
Htirhil Services Friday.
Rev. J. Melvin Shell, a well known
Baptist minister and a greatly be
loved man and citizen, died at his
home here early last Thursday morn
ing, after an illness of two or three
years, having been a victim of para
The burial took place Friday after
noon at the city cemetery, the servic
es being conducted by Rev. YV. 10.
Thayer, Rev. E. C. WutSOU and Rov.
L. P. McGce.
Mr. Shell was a native of Laurens
County, being a son of Henry Shell
Wiio lived in the vicinity of Chestnut
Ridge, and a half brother of the late
(!. Wash Shell, congressman from this j
district several terms n the '!>0's. He I
moved to the city of Laurens about
twenty years ago. Before engaging
actively in the ministry, Mr. Shell de
voted many years to religious work
throughout this and other counties in
the State, having at different times
represented the American Bible so
ciety. Within the past t?>n or twelve
years he had served a number of
churches in the county, including
Princeton, Langston. Second Clinton
He was ?S ye.us of age last October.
In 1S71 he was married to Miss Emma
Switzer of the county who, together
with eight children survives, as fol
lows: J. C. Shell of Laurens. Mrs.
Maud Dula of Atlanta, Misses Blanche,
Meta and Emma, Henry, (Maude and
Ernest Shell of Laurens. He is also
survived by three sisters, Mrs. W. J.
Cathcart of Columiha. Mrs. Gertrude
Drummond of Woodruff. Miss Mary
Shell of Los Angeles. Cal., and one
brother, Adolph Shell of San Antonio,
NEW CITY FATHERS
TAKE OATH OF OFFICE
New Councllmen Sworn in and New
The City Council held a special ses
sion Monday night, when the old of
ficers gnvo up their chairs and the
new ones were sworn in. Tho now
council is composed of the following:
C. M. Babb. mayor: .lohn B Brooks.
N. B. Dial. J. E. Phil pot, F. P. McGow
an. T. C Switzer, and .1 Lee Langston.
The following policeman were elect
ed: \V. S. Bagwell, chief; W. T. .lerni
gen, w. F. Walker, W. C. Eichelberger
and W. H. Dodson. .1 T. LnngSton
was elected health offlcer, J. II. Hen
derson, superintendent of streets and
W. II. Crows, superintendent of wa
ter and light plant. The fire depart
ment remains as before.
Although it has been customary
heretofore for the council to meet bo
hind closed doors, it is understood
that in the future tho meetings will
be open'. Although no action has been
taken along that line as yet, several
members of the council have Signified
their willingness to allow lite repre
sentatives of the Press to bo present.
No personal attempt to enter the coun
cil chamber was made by outsiders
As this wns not a regular meeting,
it Is UUdorstOOd that no other mat
ters of importance were attended to.
a regular meeting of the council is
DISTRICT CONFERENCE MEETING.
Methodist Preachers anil Belegnles
Will he Here Latter Pari of April.
The Annual Methodist Conference
for this district, will bo held here dur
ing tho latter part of April, While
it. is not known exactly how many
delegates will come, a rather large
crowd is expected.
Hither Pi:.hop KU go or Bishop
Chandler will preside over the Con
ference. The bishop will also preach
at the Methodist church the following
a delegation of Charleston mer
chants is going to make a "cruise"
around through the different sections
of this Slate and North Carolina in
(ho near future. Tim objcol of the
ti'li> Is to gel in closer business rela
tions with this territory. Those men
are OX pec tod to Include Laurens in
their Itinerary, spending several hours
here. It. Is not known exactly on
what date they will arrive. Special
preparations will be made for their
(nl (? lament.
NEWS OF THE WEEK
IN TOWN OF CLINTON
Big Land Sale Shows Fancy
ON POPULAR PEOPLE
A Number of Items Along Personal
iiiul Social Lines, which Trove of
Interest to Jinny i\ ?ple.
Clinton. S. C. .March 2L (Special) ?
Clinton real (state is on the jump.
Wednesday a large land sale was held
here by the Anderson Real Estate and
Investment Company, when eighty
beautiful lots were sold in the north
ern section of *! e town. The land had
been divided lip into beautiful lots
and streets and nu.ny people, both
men and women, were on hand to wit
ness the "fun." All of the lots brought
good prices, ranging all the way from
tfiO to $000. On<- man bought three
lots and cleared $100 on the deal be
t?r nightfall. It is understood that
the land Company made a good thing
out of the sale, making a net profit
of around one hundred per cent on
Thursday evening 'he Epworth Lea
gue was entertained at the home of
Mr YV. E. Nash. A very delightful
time was spent by all who were for
tunate enough to attend. After en
joying a number of different amuse
ments, dellghful refreshments were
Last Wednesday was taken as a
holiday by the inmates or the Orphan
age, out of memory to Dr. Jacobs,
whose birthday felt on that date. This
Is a custom that has been followed for
some years at this nstitution as a
mask of respect and love to the hon
Rev. C. Lewis Fowler, who resigned
the pastorate of the Baptist church
here, will have on the first of July
for Lexington, Mo., where he has ac
cepted the presidency of a large fe
.Mrs. ,M. .1. McFadden delightfully
entertained the young people of her
Sunday school class last Wednesday
evening. The young people enjoyed
several hours together socially, after
Which delightful refreshments were
served. Among those present were:
Misses Fill ma Hip|>. Virginia Owens.
Dot Owens. Elise Spencer. K.li/.a No-1
Vllle, Donas .Mason. .Mary Dean.
Frances Garvln, Evlo Shnnds, Mar
gorie Spencer, a.id Mr. and Mrs. liar
vey. Messrs. Nichols. Ferdinand .la
cobs, Darby Fulton. Daniel Rrimm,
Kllis Fuller, Huey Anderson. Ilersoy,
Kenneth Burdetto, and T. C. Brown.
An evangelistic meeting began In
the First Baptist church Wednesday
evening and will continue for a week
Ol' ton days, there being two services
each day. The evangelist for the
meeting is Rev. L, M. Ropor, pastor of
the First Baptist churcil, Spartan-I
burg. Mr. Roper comes highly rec
ommended as an evangelist of ro
markablo ability, and as one of ;!?'?
foremost divines in the Baptist churcli
in our state. There Is a treat In store
for all Who hear him, The pastor of
the church. K -\. C. Lewis Fov.h r. will
assist Mr. Ropor In the meeting.
Miss Etta Lee, who has bei n con
nectcd with the Thornwell orphanage
for the past throe years, as the ??Hi
Clont instructor In Latin and art de
Signer for Our Monthly, has resigned
her position and loft this week for
Rnlolgh, N. c. where she has accept
ed a position as art instructor in (he
Mr. Harry Brlssonden, who has been
connected with Voting s pharmacy for
several months past, has resigned his
position, and left this week for Co
lumbus, Ca.. where he has accepted a
position with the Eagle mills as book
Marshall A. Hudson, founder of Un
well-known Barnen and I'hilathoa
movements, was in Clinton Sunda* as
tho guest of the Baracfl mid Phila
tlma classes of the Baptist Sum! >
school. He fipQkO also to (ho >
people of the TnortWoil < rphhnnj n
Misses Gertrude and Emma M
were visitors in Lnurchs during the
Quite a large number of Cllnb ill ii
attended the musical entertainment In
Laurens Friday night, and all enjoj
No Cases of General Impor
RECEIVES SOME NOTICE
in (he Presentment of tin- Grand Jurj
it is Recommended tlmt Suit be
Brought to Recover Alleged Short,
ngc in the Former Treasurers Ol
Tho Court of General Sessions ad
journed Saturday afternoon, after hav
ing cleared tho docket of all eases
thai could consistently be called to
trial at this term. No cases cd' great
interest were involved during tho
week, but a rather large attendance
on the proceedings was to be notced. I
Tho grand jury made its presentment
Thursday morning, one of the recom
mendations being thai suit be brought
against former county treasurers Habb
ami Copeland for the alleged shortage
in their respective offices. The pre
sentment of the grand jury was rather
indefinite along all lines Following
is their presontnu nl:
The Grand Jury's Presentment.
i To his honor. R. C. W atts, presiding
Judge:?Tho grand jury beg leave to
present the following presentment tor
this term of court:
We thnnnk his honor. R. C. Wait
presiding judge, and other officers ot
tin* court for kindnesses and courte
sies shown at this term of court.
We have carefully examined and
passed on all bills handed us by the
Tho grand jury also recommend the
purchase of some additional laud,
about forty feet front, from Nichols
Roper, provided the land can be pur
chased at a reasonable price.
The supervisor's retort was receiv
ed as information, and wo desire to
commend him for the efficient econo
mic way he has managed the county's
We recommend that suit be brought
against County Tronnurora Ihlbb and
Copeland for shortage in said office.
The special committees hnvo been
appointed to look after said offices,
namely County others, p, it. n.Rlley,
J. W. Holt, J. Ii. Heid: roads and
brides. W. A. Pool. .1. C Heeks, .1. P.
Cannon; public buildings, II. I>. Wlnn,
D. 10. Todd, .1. M. Cunningham; pub
lic school -. T. m. Adalr, Ii. M. Hloke
ly. I., i). Curry.
Respect fully submitted,
J, W. itoit, foreman.
March JC, 1011. \
The following is a complotq record
of the court's proceedings forltho en
Wade By I'd, disposing of property
under lion; continued,
Will Clardy, larceny from the field:
transferred to conttun d docket.
.lohn R. I lays; breach of trust with
fraudulent Inb Hi. continued,
.1 C. Da., murder: not guilty. Rep
resented bj liiehoy ,v Iticliey.
I lathy Abererombie, assaull and
battery with int tit to kill. Plead guil
ty. !m day.- or $7?,
Krank ClilhOUl), murder, nol prosECd
W. Y. Ilaldwln, assault ami battery
with intent to kill.: Iransforrod to con
Austin Pabb. bigamy: iraiiHfOrrct
to continued docket.
Claude Cppclund, burglary and lar
Tom M..< k ItUl l Willi- ins and Did
Harris, houso breaking t?nd larceny
not guilty as to fust two. guilty as l<
Dick Harris, '?'< years
.lohn llymnu, vlolatlo.i of dispen
sary law: $100 or !??? days.
Robort Hill. violation of dispen
sary law: guilty, $100 or 00 flays.
lim Poolo and Sam l.ang.ton. la."
ceny and receiving stop n Roods: con
John Ifyman, violation of dispensar;
law: transfer ? I (o continued dockoi
Walt- r Work nan. a,: null I nd bat
Cob man flu
pb ad tl Ity,
King Tucker, house breaking ami
larceny: plead guilty. 112 months.
Pearl Young violation of dispensary
law; plead guilty, $100 01' !"> days.
.lim Baldwin, assault and battery
with Intent to kill- $100 or 00 days.
Robert Brooks, murder: transferred
to continued docket.
Mamie Cl'lllg, assault and battery
With Intent to kill: plead guilty, t'>
John Moses and Fletcher Voting, lar
ceny of live stock: not guilty.
Pub Puller. John Irby, John Sine
ami Lillian Jctuns, larceny: not guilty
as to first two. guilty as to John Sims
and Lillian Jeums, C> months each.
T. S. Johnson, bigamy: not guilty.
T, s. Johnson, adultery: guilty, $100
or 12 months.
(irifllll QnstOlt, violation of dispen
sary law: guilty. $100 or i?0 days.
Sam Bryson, Incest: guilty, 121
months or $500.
John Simpson, assault and battery
with Intent to kill: not guilty.
John .McNeil, throwing missiles in
to train: guilty, ifi months.
Boy P. Power.-, breach ol trust: 1st!
count of Indictment (puislied.
SlhlS Leak and John Pall burning ;
of house: continued
Newt Hill, breach of tin < continu
Walter Bosoinon, murder transfer
red to continued docket.
Jim Byrd, violation ot dispensary
law: guilty. $100 or '.'<i days.
'I'. V. Sullivan, disposing of prop
erty under lien: not guilty.
Prince Choice, larceny: plead guilty.
I ley ward Sullivan, assault mid bat
tery dllll intent to kill: guilty. .Motion
for new trial refused. 2 years and l>
mouths of $150.
II. J. Jones, swindling: continued.
John Hovel and Sam Pinson. assault
ami battery with intent to kill: con
Jim McNeil, larceny of bicycle:
plead guilty, 12 months on expiration
of former sentence.
The following no-bills were return
cd by the grand jury: i
Will Fletcher, assault and battery !
with intent to kill.
Poland Bates, assault and battery
with intent to kill
J. c. Gillcspic, violation of dispen
Nat Mills, violation of dispensary
Sam, Todd, violation of dispensary ,
J. C, Pcnlnud, violation of dispen
DAVIS' SENTEIM \
I.aureus Negro Will Nut be Hanged
I'm- tin Murder of Ida Nelson Litsl
?larch Governor Gives Itouson.
Governor Phase yesterday com
muted to life Imprisonment James
Davis, the condemned negro murderer
who was refused a new trial by the
supreme court several days ago, Ii i
was expected that Davis would lie re
ach tenced to hang at the session of
tie- criminal court which adjourned
Saturday, but a petition asking for
a new hearing in the case had been
(iliid I y Iii; attorneys which had tin
< f.'ect of -\;.\ log the i: I, c !' : ;. ? ; e
tnittltur until .Monday when the m
prt me court denied the pri >er, Thi
meant ihm the case had beeti remand
ed to the circuit court and thai a new
day for his exception would be nniv.ec
at the next lernt of general sessions j
court for this County.
In giving hi:; "j'cusons' for saving
tin- neck of Davis, the governor Is
credited with saying thai be did so!
bee tut so ho (Irmly believed that the
supreme court would have granted I
Davis a new trial if the court had not
wished to strike at the governor in
its decision. "This rpiostlon of con
flict in authority between the court
and myself was lugged into this case,"
said Governor Phase, "at the very
height of the discussion, in order to
hit im? the court decided against Iho
poor negro, it would be inhuman for
me to let Him be hnnged becau of
. B L. Join
IS IN FULL BLAST
Contestants Rapidly Sign
TO BE GIVEN
The A u mis I ii Chronicle and The I.mi
nus Advertiser have joined Hands
in the Creates! Voting foulest ever
Put in I'his Section and (ho Votes
me Beginning to Fly.
I lava you thought about onloring
the great Augusta Chi onlcio-i.nurcns
Advortlsor Voting Con best? If you
have aiid have neglect id io do so, this
week Is the lime t-> got In mi tllO
ground lloor. There are ; ready Homo
whoro around a do/en v. ho havo slgnl
lied tlioir intention uf getting In tho
race ami linve already got! in down
to work, The votei have hegiiu lo
come in. even at this early stngo in
the g um', and before the end of this
\\<- k tho contest will bo in lull swing.
For the henellt uf those who are not.
already familiar with the plan of the
eontest. wo will give a little further
Information on it.
The Augusta Chronicle has joined
with this paper and a uumher of oth
ers in Georgia and South Carolina.
The Chronicle, on its own part. Is of
fering about $15,000 In prizes, the
chief among which is an automobile
for the contestant who get: most voles
among all the candidates. Then there
is an Augusta District, a (icorgia Dis
trict and a South Carolina District,
the first prize in each being a some
what smaller automobile but a very
valuable machine Each or these threo
districts are divided up into still smal
ler districts so that tin- candidates in
each one stand a good chance to win
very valuable prizes. The first prize
for these districts are beautiful pianos
And then each of these districts Ik
divided up into counties, I.aurem:
County being one or them .and tin
county pa I ion; themselves olfcr tho
pi Izes lor t hem
The prizes offered by Tue Adver
tiser, off? red oiil.. to conic taut- in
I.aureus County, are indeed very val
, nabl-v The Fin i P. izo it a ?10(1 mil
of beautiful furiiltiiio '.si.i<ii can bo
sei n now a* s. \i. ,v i: ? i. Will? tho
Second Prize is a lovi l> gold watch.
which is now .sliibilion at Solo ?
? lion's Jewelry Store; the Third Prize,
will be n $;*>il Sow inj Machine of a
I Uleyolo Tili y can In : ?? n by ap
plying to this olljee. The fourth
I'rizi is a Traveling Pag (?i Suil Case,
which wo have purchased from Davis
Uoper ?V Co., and w hich can be seen ai
Now all of these priz< art <d the
very best tpiallty. They are worth
having and worth working for. The
suit, of furniture is especially appro
pilato for any home, being one of tin
very preltli st thai Wilkes K Co,, had
in ihoir store. When we b.right thoni,
we boughl ihe In si. i nie (hing that
v. ill be ornamental '?' '11 as in ofuI
in every home. To en.ioj the pleasures
of i:iich beautiful ptyxoii'..- will only
and easiost kind, nolle! tig for sub
scriptloiis for two paper lhi(l aye al
Tin- cOpti si has just b< gun. I i yon
would like to enter il or enter one
of ybui friend.-, or oiie of the popular
people of yotlr neighborhood, place
his or hor name on I lie luiiuiuuting
coupon in fills paper and tho MCO
will begin. Its ploasnni aiid Invigorat
ing work. Try it.
Death of Mr. P. f. Hun k In,
Mr. P. c. Ituffkin, son-in-law of tie
late Joseph Jerry of this county, died
March 13th a( his home at Cliadhoiirn,
N. c. in 1800 lie was married (o Mis
pea I: Jo I I'.v of Madden, v. ho with