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I EARLY SETTLERS OE LAURENS COUNTY.
Tho following Interesting account
of tho early settlement of LaureiiB
county was prepared by Mrs. Aumorle
Schumperl and printed hi Sunday's
For a long time after the province
of South Carolina was formed the set
tlors clung to the coast, where they
could keep in touch, by ship, with the
mother country. The up-country was
filled with Indians and wild animals,
* end tracklest; forests offered no in
ducements to the timid. Ilttl event
ually hardy spirits began to explore
th< interior and to brave the terrors
nf an unknown wilderness. As they
pushed forward and others followed.
tf.< need for courts located nearer to
them was realized. As a consequence,
tl ? colony was divided into seven dis
tricts in 17<!!?. One of these was
Ninety-Six district. The northern
country continued to grow, and in
17s"? it was furthed subdivided, and
from Ninety-Six district was formed
several, Including Laurens, The pa
triot, Henry 1.aureus, for whom the
district was named, never lived In this
territory, Und (he county itself was
pot in existence during the Revolu
tionary war, but Ninety-Six district,
it out which it was formed, was the;
BCene of as much romance and brav
as ever Scott sang. In ITitti Sir
? ? Kontier dimming made a trip on
horseback from Charles Town to
Keowoo, the principle Cherokee town,
near the place where Plckeua court I
house now stands. Thirty-two Indian
' hlef8 met him. fell on their knees j
arid math a treaty of pence which was;
to last "as long as the river shall I'UU,
as long as tin mountains shall stand." J
Tl;is beautiful treaty Was Pol kept.!
and one night Cntcechco or Isaquecna,]
tie daughter of Kuruga, overheard,
h< r father and his warriors disctlSB. I
Ing the plot of a massacre of Ihn little |
. garrison at Cambridge. Her lover.1
Mien Francis was there. What must!
she do. Standing by the laughing
river she stooped low, whispered soft
a message:" "Allen Francis, heed my
warning, for Kuruga plans louighl thy
death." Then she glided lit holy Into
tic dense wood, h 'V heart achin;: sad
ly with dread lest some one clio?ld I
set her and divine her purpose. Tak
ing from her waist a girdle cut from
buffalo skin, Cateechoe improvised a
rein with Which to guide hor faithful
pony over hills and through valloyo
Tor 9G miles. She arrived at Cam
bridge in time to thwart Kuruga's plans
and to save her lover. This heroic ex
ploit survives in the name Ninety-Six.
which was given to Cambridge, and
In the names. Cateooheo and Isa
queenn, which have been bestowed
upon two cotton mills in Bickens coun
ty. The battle of Musgrovo Mill, In
Laurents County. 1ms given tlie name
to Olli' chapter in Clinton, .lohn Ken
nedy, in a novel "Horseshoe Robin
son," which should be in every patri
ot's library, has told the story of this
fight. Dr. Van Smith of Newberry has
a Masonic pin of Arthur Butler's,
which wa& pick -.1 m i i n years : f
tor th?3 1 ???tic i?. October. ITM. The
little Whig garrison at Hayes Sta.
tion. in Luurens County, after de
fending themselves against an over
whelming force of Tories, led by the
notorious "Bloody Bill Cunningham,"
until the ammunition was exhausted,
surrendered upon the solemn assur
ance of honorable treatment. Cun
ningham, without regard for his
plighted word, butchered all of them.
a monument has been erected to com
memorate this scene Of British cruelty,
but it is In bad condition and it
Would be well for the n. a. H. to re
store it. No story of I.aureus County
would bo complete without at least
some reference to Dicey Lnngston, the
story of whose life I have been so for
tunate as to obtain from her great
great-nephew, J. Lee Lnngston, of
Laurons. Dicey Lnngston, a young girl
Of 20 summers, brave, noble and pos
sessing rare personal magnetism, was
loved and admired by all who knew
her. Thus she was in it position to
learn all the news of the neighbor
hood. Her brothers, who were away
in the service of their country, had
Incurred the hatred of both British
and Tories, and Dicey became very j
much nlanued lest her younger broth
er, llemy. a boy of iL' years, should
fall a victim to their cruelty and ani
mosity. For this reason Henry was
forced to wear female attire and as-j
sumo the role of a girl. Dicey took
an active part in gathering news and \
supplying her brothers with informn
tion. So much so that a band of
Tories came to her father's house and
threatened to take the life of the de
crepit old man who was unable to de
fend himself. Just 111 time our brave
heroine appeared upon the scene, and
rushing between the vllllan and her
father gave vent to bor feelings in
these brave words: "You cowardly
dog! Kill me! I am tho traitor; and
spare my old father." She displayed
such courage that one of the party
knocked up the gun and no one was
hurt, but Dicey, seizing her brother's
gun. made the enemy retire in haste.
Juot before the battle of Musgrove
Mill three British officers came to
the Langs ton home to spend the night.
Alter partaking of a tempting supper
prepared by the hostess, the men re
tired to their bed-room. In a short
Mine their loud voices attracted the
attention and curiosity of both Dicey
and Henry, who noiselessly crept near
the room, where, to their utter horroh
and amazement, they overheard these
men planning to surprise, next day.
the little hand of Americas, and to
kill and capture them all. But with
dauntless courage this brave girl or
dered her horse saddled as quickly as
possible, and, telling Henry not to
close his eyes, but to watch and see
that no one molested her father, and
that she would return before daybreak,
she was soon speeding away to the
camp to inform her brothers of the
plot. The night was very dark, with
drizzling rain. She at last came to
Enoree river, which she found consid
erably swollen from bank to bank on
account of incessant rains. How could
sh > cross? This puzzled her. Her
Ii ist thought was to plunge Into the
rolling waters with her faithful horso,
but then it occurred to her that she
might become entangled and lose her
own !it'.>. ;is well as her hors??. Quick
to think and act. she hitched her horse
on the east side of the river and wad
ed in up to her neck. The water be
ing 80 SWlft, she lost her footing and
was washed down the stream some dis
tance. Trying to swim and struggling
bravely, she (Inanlly reached the other
bank, half drowned and frozen, but
she managed to pull herself out. Not
forgetting h >r errand, she hurried on
through the dark thick; t und wood
land until she arrived al the camp,
where she quickly Informed her broth
ers of the plans of the British officers,
also of her oxporl tnce at the river and
of how she had learned tho news. Our
men had no time to lose, but knowing
what an adept Dicey was III the Cllli
nary nrt, they begged her to remain
long enough to prepare a good meal,
for "We may live without friends, we
may live without books, but civilized
man can not live without cooks-.^When
all had eaten f id talked a while, Dicey
told them that sho must be at home
before daybreak. Thoy came with her
to the river and assisted her In cross
ing. There she found the faithful
horse Still hitched. Hurrying on, she
reached home just before daybreak,
in time to prepare breakfast for the
British officers, who wore in utter ig
norance of the thrilling experience of
this noble girl. After Dicey left camp
our little band of Americans were
busy getting ready for the attack by
the British and lay in wait. So when
the enemy came our men whipped.
I captured and t'outed the entire British
force, sind we bad an American vie
, lory. All due to the bravery of Dicey
At another time, some of her broth
is* friends came to the hoc.se dis
guised and demanded of Dicey a gun
; which belonged to one of her broth
ers, who had instructed her not to de
I liver it to any one unless they gave
her a certain password, which they
I refused to do, but ordered her to get
j the gun or they would kill her and her
1 lather. 'Tis said that she got the gun
! and the men had to run to Jteep from
i being shot by her. It is also a fact
[ that the leader of this little party
who were so desirous of possessing the
gun. finally wooed, won and wedded
I >icey Langs ton.
Mrs. Aumerl Schltmpert.
Midnight in The Ozurks.
and yet sleepless Hiram Seraton. of
. Clay i ity, 111., coughed and coughed.
; Ho was in the mountains on the ad
; vice of five doctors, who said he had
consumption, but found no help in the
climate, and started home. Hearing
of Dr. King's New Discovery, ho bogan
to use it. "i believe it .saved my life,"
he writes "for it made a new man of
me, so that 1 can now do good work
, again.*' For all lung diseases, coughs,
colds, lagrlppe, asthma, croup, whoop
ing cough, hay fever, hemorrhages,
1 hoarseness or <|uinsy, its the best
known remedy. Price 50 cents and
. $1.00. Trial bottle free. Guaranteed
; by Laurens Drug Co. sind Balmotto
WILLIAMS' KIDNEY PILLS
Have you overworked your nervous i
' torn and caused trouhlo with your kid
I neys and bladder? Have you pains in
j loins, side, back and bladder? Have you
la flabby appearance of tho fnco, and un
I dor tho eyes? A frequent (lealre to pass
I urine? If so. Williams' Kidney I'UU will
rare you?Druggist, Price 50c.
I WILLIAMS MFG. CO.. Prop,.. Cleveland. Ohiu
LAURENS DRUM it).
Laurens, S. C.
DEMAND FOR COTTON
World's Available Supply Has
Been Greatly Reduced.
Two Immense Crops Have Been Ab
sorbed Within the Season After
They Were Produced?Good
Prices Will Continue.
Within the past few years the United
States has produced two cotton crops
of 11,600,000 bales, with only a single
comparatively small crop intervening,
yet the present season Is likely to end
With the world's supply of available
cotton reduced to smaller proportions
than should be deemed safe. Both of
the big crops mentioned have been
practically all absorbed within the
season alter they were produced, thus
making It evident that to properly
meet the world's demand for cotton a
yearly crop of more than 13.000,000
bales is necessary.
With the whole Orient being rapidly
developed, and other parts of the
world making steady progress, the de
mand for cotton goods Is certain to
increase rapidly, 6o that even the
crops now deemed large will prove in
sufficient for requirements. This state
of things has long been foreseen, and
efforts have been made by Great Brit
ain and other European countries to
encourage the cultivation of cotton in
their dependencies. Such efforts have
been attended with only moderate suc
cess, and this country continues, and
Is likely to continue, the main pro
ducer o' the world's supply of cotton.
While the capacity of the United
States as a producer of cotton has not
>ot reached its limit, the fact should
not be overlooked that the steady
progress of the destructive boll weevil
has placed some restriction on our
ability to expand our cotton produc
tion. Certainly the prospects for the
near future do not favor expenslon, a!
though there is every reason to hope
that in due course some means will be
found of extirpating the weevil pest
or of neutralizing Its ravages.
With such an outlook as to supply
and demand, there is no reason why
the south should not realize good
prices for its cotton for years to come.
Our cotton le all sure- to bo wanted,
and providt d only we do not endeavor
to market a whole year's supply in a
few months and wo place no unreason
able restrictions upon speculation,
prices should never drop below a
Wo are showing a complete line of
Refrlflerntors and Ice Cream Ifreezors,
all sizes in stock and the prices are
& M. & E. H. Wllkes & Co.
ADVERTISING TALKS 1
By W. C. FREEMAN. $
?: Tho business "rule of threo" S
jg First: Ability. |
Second: Integrity. :?.'
:? Third: Advertising.
A mun to succeed In business $
must have special ability for ):?:
5: the line of business ho selects.
jiji If his ability is backed up by In- &
herent Integrity, then he has a -g
solid foundation on which to '?>;?
I build. $:
To erect a great business In- x'
?:?: itltution on that foundation the
?:?: aid of advertising Is absolutely
?:?: necescary. S-ij
?:?: Of course, every man who :?:?
:':' Is able and honest, and who ad
?|:| verti3C8 does not always sue- :?:?
*:?: ceed?that's the pity of it, but
:':' 11101*0 men who have ability
:?:? who are not as scrupulous as ?:?:
:?:? they should be, even though *:':
:?:? they advertise, fail, than do ?:?:
men who possess tha three ?:?:
characteristics that everybody |$
?:?: 's willing to concede are neces- ?':?
':': sary to tha building of any :j:"
?:?: business. :?:?
Ability has got to be backed ?':'
?:?: up by energy, Integrity has got :?:?
?j: to be backed up by common :?:?
:*:' sense, and advertising has got .'?:?
X.-'to be backed up by truth. ffl
|:'i It looks simple, does It not? ":*?
?x And It Is simple. ;?**
?:?: Any man who has something ':*:
?:?: to sell to the people In any
iji; community, If he has a good '?'.<
article?If he does not misrep- ?:?:
?':' resent in any way, can make :>\
:?:? advertising pay, providing he :':'
:?:? carries Into hl3 advertising :':'
:?:? copy tho principles that domi
i :?:? nate his business character and '?:?
:?:? his personal character. $5
:?'?? Of course, advertisting can- :??
:?:? not be gene at in a haphazard
:?:? way. There has p t to be just ':*?
vi a3 much stlck-to-.Vivcness ap- ?:?:
plied to advertising as there Is ji-i
?:': applied to the business It- ?:'?:
:?:- >? :?:?
I :':' self. ?:?:
, ':?: There must be an ' equal
?:?: amount of courage applied to
:? the advertising, alto, as well as
faith, because If a man goes :?;*
:?:? into advertising without these
:':' attributes, he is pretty sure to
:?:? The home newspaper is the
:?:? quickest way to reach the peo
|ij: pie. Every merchant in every
community should know by jiji
':': this time that to sell hla mer
chandise he n-.uot 1st the peo- ;??:
pie know through the daily \
?:?: news bearer, received in cve:y ;'?!
?:?: home, what he has to sell and :.'
?:?: what he will sell It for.
SPRING AND SUMMER GOODS
AT THE RIGHT PRICES
Now is the time when you want your dollar to do double duty. That is why you should come and trade with Switzer
Company. Wc have a big stock of New Spring Goods in everything you want and the price is right.
Why not come to the store that can supply your wants? And then when you go home you
know that you have just what you bought. And the ri^ht quality always.
i lot Gingham and Chnmbrny, worth 8c in short lengths .. ..5c
::t In Utility Gingham, all new patterns, only.10c
No. 12 Chnmbrey, 27 In wide, only.10c
27 in Dress Gingham, fast colors, only.sc
Short lengths in Apron Gingham.
Hates Gingham, nil new styles, only per yard.l2Mc
Percale and Suiting Department.
Pull :!() In Percale, fast colors.
Hest .Manchester Percales worth I6c, Switzer sells for ..
27 In Suiting, worth 20c only.
Good Dress Duck, for Skirts, only.
Value in Men's Oxfords
Patent, Viel and Dull Leathers.$4,00 to $5.00
Tans. Patent and Hun Metal.$8.00
Patent and Tans.$2.50
Gun Metal and Patent.$2.00
Hoy's Gun Metal and Patent.$1.50 to $8.00
Calico only per yard.6?
Black and White Check Calico, per yard ..... ?.6?
White Lawn, per yard.5c
Be sure and get that Easter Belt and Collar at Switzer's, now
things Just arrived.
Von can get just the kind of Hat you want.
Trimmed Hat from.
Sailors from.? 4.
Baby Caps .
We will be glad to show you through this department.
. .25c up
. .25c up
All Silk Black Underskirts.
Black Satlne Underskirt.
White Shirt Waist, only.'
Plain Tailored Waist.
Plain Tailored Linen Waist.
What about that Easter Skirt? W.> can fit you in Voile
fancy: Panama, plain and braided.
Silk Foulard Dress for.
. . . .$8.50
. .? . .$1.00
Value and Style in Ladies'Oxfords
Buttons, Velvet and Cravanette.$8.50
Patent, 2 strap.
Patent Colt Pumps.
Patent Sailor Ties.
Tan Sailor Ties.
Vlci Kid Oxfords.
Viel Kid Oxfords . . ,,s.
Children's and Misses...50c
Special values In Table Linen, Napkins, and Towels.
White Goods Department!
27 in Topi inc. 25c kind, in short lengths, white only
per yard .
40 in Lawn, short lengths, by the piece the yard ..
27 in Brown Linen.
30 in White Madras.
Klaxon, white, from.
White Waist lug from.
Linen Lawn, only.
36 In Check, all linen.
27 In La Belle Orgnndie. going ?t.
27 in Belmont Batiste, fancy stripes and bordered, per yd
27 in Superior Batiste, all new shades, per yard
27 in Bristol Foulard, only.
by tlte piece
..10c to 25c
..10c to 25c
Fast Black Seamless Gauze Hose
Fast Black Seamless Hau/.e Hose,
Fast Black Seamless Silk Hose ..
Children Socks from.
.10c to 25c
Ask to see our No. 187 Batist Corset for.;,n0
1011 La Reine Corset, long hip .. .,.$1.IM)
Bleached Gauze Vest. -p
All Linen Ladles Handkerchiefs.
Ask to see Ferguson & McKiny Shirts for Men
Polkn Dots and Black Stripes.go0
Soft Collars In Tan, Blues, Gray and Fancy Stripes.&0r
Next to Enterprise Bank
Laurens, South Carolina