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VOLUME XXVII. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1911. NUMBER O
Band Together to Hold
TO COLUMBIA MEETING
Resolutions Adopted Condemning Gov
ernment Renorts on Cotton Outlook.
Favor a Determined Effort to Hold
Hnck a Large Per Contagc of Pres
An enthusiastic meeting of farmers,
merchants, bankers and others was
held in the Armory Monday morning
for the purpose of discussing the cot
ton situation and of sending a delega
tion to the big farmer's meeting in
Columbia Thursday. Following sev
eral addresses by farmers, business
men and bankers, Col. J. II. Wharton
introduced a resolution that a delega
tion of ten men he sent to the Colum
bia meeting. The resolution was
passed and the following men were
nominated: Col. J. II. Wharton. Col. N.
B. Dial. Mr. O. P. C.oodwyn, Mr. W. L.
Gray, Mr. Alex. Smith, Mr. O. II. Sim
mons. Mr. J. F. Holt, Dr. H. K. Alken,
Mr. J. A. P. Moore. Mr. J. S. Machen.
It will be noted that the delegation
Is composed in large part of business
men and bankers as well as farmers.
After the meeting was called to or
der Mr. O. P. Goodwyn was nominated
and elected chairman of the meeting
and Mr. D. Y. Culbertson, secretary.
Mr. Goodwyn then state the cause of
meeting, saying that it was held at
the call of Commissioner of Agricul
ture K. J. Watson and that its pur
pose was to discuss some methods of
marketing the present crop more ad
vantageously and also for the purpose
r, of electing delegates to tho cotton
meeting in Columbia on the 28th. Fol
lowing Mr. Goodwyn's introductory re
marks, Col. O. G. Thompson intro
duced resolutions calling on the fann
ers to hold their cotton off the mar
ket and condemning the United States
Agricultural department, for issuing
the falso report of some weeks ago.
The resolutions after some discussion
^ere passed unanimously. They are
Recognizing the fact that tho abnor
mal rush of cotton and cotton seed
upon tho market is aiding those to
whose interests It has always been to
depress the market, and who are us
ing every scheme or deception that
ingenuity can devise to mislead the
. world as lo the probable yield of this
f year's crop, and that the glutting of the
market never falls to depress it.
We appeal to every farmer in our
County to market only so much of the
totton crop, both cotton and seed, dur
the next 00 days as may be nbso
I lutely necessary In meeting those de
mands which will admit of no delay.
We appeal to all banking and mer
cantile concerns to aid our people in
every possibly way by extensions for
:!0, no or no days, on warehouse re
ceipts or other collaterals.
Those of us who have a controlling
interest, in tho crops of tenants, la
borers or others, pledge ourselves lo
use all fair or legitimate means to
aid and encourage these people to cur
tall the amount of cotton put upon
the market during the ensuing period
named, to the lowest possible limit.
Consistent With pressing obligat Ions,
and wo invoke the eo-oporntion of all
those who may be in position to aid
us in this way.
That a delegation be elected and
sent to attend the Farmers Convention
In the city of Columbia on the 28th
We denounce and condemn the meth
ods of the Agricultural Department of
the United States which has sent out
or allowed to be sent broad cast false
& \<\ misleading crop estimates, which
^l^vo resulted In great depression and
wmo the people of the cotton growing
"^region an irreparable injury.
Among others who spoke at the
j meeting were Mr. J. F. P?olt, Col. J.
If. Wharton. Mr. W. L. Gray. Mr. X
P. Dial, Mr. J. P. Finley and Mr. L. S.
j Noarly all of these gentlemen urged
strongly that the farmers hold their
eotton for higher prices, eHli?r by
hooping it on the farm or by placing
^ in tho warehouses. Placing Iho
Witton in tho warehouses wna ndvo
eatod ns tho best plan as tho ware
house receipts could he mod then for
Auspicious Opening of the
ON POPULAR PEOPLE
Tin* Presbyterian College of South
Carolina Opened wilh the Largest
Attendance since the Preparatory
Department uns Eliminated?Al
most a Hundred Students.
(Minion. Sept. 2t*>.?The opening of
college last Thursday morning was
a very Interesting occasion. Prac
tically every merchant of influence in
the community showed his public spir
it by closing his store and attending
the public exercises.
On the platform were the members
of the faculty und the local minis
ters. Dr. W. P. Jacobs, the Rev. J. E.
Mahaffey and the Rev. L. A. Cooper.
Mr. Douglas presided over the devo
tional exercises and then in a very
happy speech addressed tho student
body and the visitors from town He
expressed himself as extremely pleas
ed with the student body and greatly
encouraged at the prospects for the
future growth of the college.
Dr. Jacobs gave the students some
excellent counsel and extended a wel
come to them on behalf of himself
and the community. Mr. Cooper ex
pressed his pleasure at being present
and warmly invited the students to
call on him for advice or aid when
ever they desired. He also gavo them
a welcome. So did Mr. Mahaffey.
whose interest in the college has been
marked in the past, and who has the
friendship of faculty and former stu
The students number a hundred,
perhaps a few over, this year, the
largest attendance since the prepara
tory school was done away with. Of
these twelve are young women.
The friends of the college are look
ing forward to the meeting of synod,
when one day will bo given to the
consideration of this institution.
The Woman's Missionary Union of
Bnoree Presbytery will meel in Clin
ton next Thursday and Friday, Octo
ber 5th and 6th. The Baptist ladies
of Clinton entertained their county
union this month. The First Presby
terian church win entertain synod
the week beginning October 17th. The
Thornwel] Orphanage will be the
meeting place of the conference of
Orphanage Workers next spring Clin
ton In a smaller sphere parallels Co
lumbia as a city of conventions.
The Public Library.
A large number of new books have
been received the past week at the
public library, the most attractive be
ing a handsome memorial edition of
Mark Twain's works and a selection
of popular recent fiction. Although less
i Continued on Page Eight.)
i securing advances from the hanks. Mr.
X. P. Dial, while not advising to hold
or to sell as ho felt that he was not
in a position to advise, stressed the
need of larger and stronger banking
Institutions so that when the farmers
of this county felt It wise to hold cot
ton they could do so. Ho suggested
that a trust company or bank of :it
least $250,000 capital bo formed, one
1 that would command tho respect of
northern capitalists and then, he said,
it would be easier for tho Laurens
county farmers to borrow money with
which to hold cotton. This, he said,
was What should bo dono for protec
tion in tho futuro when a situation
like tho one now confronted arises.
Judge O. Q, Thompson agreed with
what Mr. Dial had to say for the fu
ture and at tho same tlmo urged that
farmers take tho proper Interest In the
present movement. He said that while
tho South lacked tho finances that
were needed that she could, by co-op
jeratioit ami by sticking together, so
! Influenco the market at this time that
tho price of cotton would he forced
higher. Just the knowledge that the
farmers were holding these meetings
all over the South would tend to give
a bullish trend to tho market.
The meeting was a very enthusiastic
one. An air of determination was ev
ident ami doubtless many of the farm
ers returned home with tho r?
hold for better prices.
ARE IN ORDER
The Laurens Stores lire Making- (-rent
Preparations for Their Fall Opcii?
inur Displays- The Big Doj is To
Tomorrow will ho ladies day in
Laurens for it is a day especially set
apart for the grand fall openings and
display of millinery. The three firms
who are making a specialty of milli
nery- -Swltzer Company, Davis Roper
Company and J. E. Minier and Pro.
have been working night and day for
the past week making great prepara
tions for the crowds that are sure to
As in years past the Laurens mer
chants have bought the seasons very
best and visitors from many of the
towns around are expected to be on
hand to peep through the wonderful
display of hats, headgear, laces, trim
mings etc Anyone so desiring can
probably obtain a more technically
correct idea of what they are really
going to display by reading their ads
in this issue. The above opinion of
The Advertisers special war corres
pondent is only an echo of the past
MEETING OF PRESBYTERY.
Very Profitable Gathering <?f Delegates
to Enorec Presbyter)' Lusl Week.
Enoree Presbytery met in the First
Presbyterian church of this city Tues
day. Wednesday and Thursday of last
week. Rev. A. G. Wardlaw. who was
at one time pastor of the church here,
was unanimously elected to preside
over the mei ting and Rev. E, P. Davis
was elected clerk. Rev. Mr. Wardlaw
was also invited to preach before the
Presbytery Wednesday evnlng and a
large congregation of delegates and
townspeople gathered and heard an
unusually fine sermon.
During the meetings and at different
times Rev. D. M. Douglas, the new
president of the College at Clinton,
and Pres. S. C. Byrd, of Chlcora Col
lege, spoke in behalf of their respec
tive stations. This was the vrst ap
pearance of Mr. Douglas before the
representatives of this Presbytery and
he made a distinctly line impression
Oil all who heard him. Mr. Douglas
outlined his hopes and aims for the
college and asked that the church give
him all the support that it consistent
ly could. Pros. Byrd addressed the
delegates and a large congregation
Wednesday night. Mr. Byrd said that
ho wished to leave two thoughts with
the Presbytery and these were that the
church owned a college at Greenville
and that this College was worthy of
their patronage, By comparing tin1
standard with other colleges of the
state Mr. Byrd showed that Chicora
was second to none of the girl's insti
tutions ami was the logical place for
all South Carolina Presbyterians to
send their children.
Thursday morning and afternoon of j
tho Presbytery was taken up with a
Conference on the benevolences of the
Church, The feature of the conference
was tho address or Dr. W. .1. Martin,
of Davidson College, who tend the dis
cussion Thursday morning. At the
conclusion of the conference Thursday
evening the Presbytery adjourned to
meet next year at Greenville,
Though nothing of unusual import
ance came up for discussion or settle
ment at. tin: meeting, it was produc
tive of much good and doubtless tho
delegates returned to their homes with
a renewed determination to assist
more In the work of the church.
DEATH OF ST0H0 J. HOLT.
Highly Esteemed I,aureus Man Pass.
Od Away Monday Night.
Mr. Ste'.o J. Bolt, a Confederate
veteran highly honored and a citizen
greatly esteemed by all who knew him,
died last Monday night in his eightieth
year. Mr. Bolt, on account of his many
years had been In declining health for
somo time, though he has been able
to walk around up until about two
weeks ago, when he was confined to
his bed where he remained till his
death last Monday.
Mr. Polt was well known over Lau
rens county, having made his home
near Hickory Tavern for many years,
Besides many friends and relative-; lie
leaves to n ourn his death the follow
ing Children: Mrs. Alice Mahaffoy, of
Helton. Mr; Kmma Cheek of Del ton
and Messrs Marion Polt, P?ol? Boll,
and William Bolt. Ho Woa bUrlod
?VI Rabun at ;i o'clock, tho
ip vices being condtici ri by
IV1AJ. T. B. ANDERSON
GOES TO HIS REWARD
Prominent ClUscn of Waterloo und
One ot* the Host Known Men of the
MaJ. T. B. Anderson, a prominent
citizen of. Waterloo and one ot* Ho
liest known men in the county, died at
Iiis home Monday morning at 7:30
i o'clock, after a very trying lllnesn,
Only recently ho had boon carried to
Spartanburg for an operation, but his
case appearing hopeless he was re
turned to iiis home last Thursday.
Yesterday morning at 10 o'clock the
funeral services were hold and the in
terment was in the cemetery at Mt.
Pleasant. A large concourse of sor
rowing friends and relatives followed
the body to its last resting place. The
funeral services were conducted by
Reverends WhitlocK and Ezell.
Maj. Anderson was a man muchly
beloved by all who knew him. lie
was a gallant soldier in the Confed
erate army ami took part in many
trying engagements. All of his life
he has been a member of the Metho
dist church and for thirty years he
was superintendent of the Sunday
School at Waterloo.
.Maj. Audi r80ll Is survived by Ills
wile aud five children. His children
are Messrs ('. W. and Lionel of Spar
tanburg, Mrs. 1). C. Smith. Mrs. W.
B. Boyd and Mrs. Roheit Wallace, all
DAUGHTERS OK CONFEDERACY.
Meeting of Importance Moudaj After
noon to Which n Full Attendance is
The Advertiser is in receipt of n
note from the secretary of .1. B. Ker
shaw Chapter, Daughters of the con
federacy, asking that notice be made
of a meeting of the chapter Monday
afternoon at 1 o'clock in tho rooms of
the Chamber of Commerce. The sec
retary urgently requests that every
member of the chapter be present as
business of the greatest importance
is to be attended to.
This will be the first meeting of the
chapter since June and for this rea
son the members are specially urged
to be present. The nature of the bus
iness will be disclosed at the meeting.
Rev. W. E. Thayer Preached Eloriuenf
Sermon at the i.aureus .Mill School
The religious and educational rally i
at the Laurens Mill School Sunday
, night was a success in every way. An- 1
ticipating an interesting song service
and a lino sermon, a large number ot
the patrons of the school and others'
were present to take part in the meet- j
Kev. w. E. Thayer preached nn olo- i
ipicnt and forceful sermon and one
that is sure to hove :i lasting Im pros-I
I sldn. The First Methodist church j
quartette rendered two splendid selec
tions and withal the evening was well
spent by all who were present.
The rally was tho second one thai
has been held in tho clly schools this
y,ar. The first one was held at the
1 l.aurens Graded School, when Dr.
Harms made an address. Mr. Jones ,
was highly pleased with both meetings
. and in speaking of the last one said
that he was sure, that it will bo pro
ductive of much good. Many of the
( hildren of (he mill village are no! at
tending school and the purpose of
the meeting was to try to impress the
I peoplo with the need of giving their
children an education.
Dentil of .Mrs. Madden.
Mrs. Tom Madden died at her homo
: t Cold Point Friday morning alter
a prolonged illness. She had been in
falling health for a number of years
and her death was not unexpected. She
was CO years of ago, The funeral cor- ,
i monies took place at Mt. Pleasant
Church Saturday morning and the In- 1
torment was in the cemetery nearby.
Moved lll(0 N'oU Home.
Dr. II. K. Alken Monday began mov
lllg his hO?SOllOld effects into the
bouse which he recently purchased
from Mr. C. C. FoathorstOno, Yester
day Mr. Btirk Clfirdy began moving
into (he home vacated by Or, Alken,
Slimier Man Buys Enrm Here.
Mr. F.. I?. Minier has sold through the
Oakland Heights Really Co., a farm
containing 27.", acres to Mr. S. K.
Htl 111 SO}' of Suilllor county for $X,in)n.
cash. The farm is located near the
homo of Mr. J. I). W. Walts.
FOR COURT HOUSE
Joseph T. Johnson Made
MARKED THE LAYING
A Large Number of People from all
Over (lie Count) was Presen! und
(ho School Children Swelled Hie At
tendance to N'enrl) a Tousniid Poo.
Tho cornerstone of the remodeled
com* (house was relald Thursday morn
ing, a large crowd of interested spec
tators being present to witness the
Impressive ceremonies of (he Mason
ic order and to bear the address of
Congressman Joseph T. Johnson. The
Cornerstone was laid under a dispen
sation granted to Palmetto Lodge No.
Ii?, Hon. It. A. Cooper acting as mas
ter of ceremonies.
A very large and representative
crowd of people was present. Several
other Masonic lodges were represent
ed, among them being those of Clin
ton, Waterloo, Gray Court, Prince
ton, Greenville, Pomnrla and Donalds.
Among the masons was Mr. Joe Smith,
who enjoyed the double distinction of
being present at the laying of the
cornerstone ol tho remodeled building
in is.'iT and of (ho cornerstone Thurs
day. Mr. Smith assisted in laying the
cornerstone Thursday and was Inter
introduced to the audience by Mr.
Cooper. A stand had been prepared
beforehand and on this and around It
the body of Masons gathered and car
ried out the rites of the order. On (In
stand also was a choir which render
ed several apporprlatO selections.
Following ." song by the choir Mr.
Cooper called on Rev. W. E. Thayer.
chaplain of the lodge, (to tend In
prayer. Following the prayer of Mr.
Thayer another selection was sung af
ter which the articles selected to he
placed In the stone were deposited by
Mr. R, A. Habb. treasurer of the lodge.
The stone was then lowered to its
?dace and the usual ceremonies gone
through with. Mr. Geo. L. I'itts pre
sented to the master of ceremonies (he
horn of corn, Mr. Ossie Anderson the
urn of wino and Mi-. Clyde Franks the
urn of oil and Mr. Cooper poured lh< m
over the corner: tone. The stone was
then fried for levelness, symmetry and
soundness and found true in all l"
sports. The building was (hen turned
over to the contractors to whose care
the const ru< t ion was 'entrusted.
Mr. Cooper then introduced lion.
.los. T. Johnson Who delivered tie ad
dress of the day. Mr. Johnson Stated
in (he beginning that be did not come
prepared to make a set speech as he
had not hail time to prepare one. III.!
address was in the nature of an his
torical Sketch Of the ?fllCerfl Of lie
county, beginning at those officers who
lived in the early eighties. |fc began
by stating that the county was form
ed in 17s.", and ihat at first it wa.
named Craven county. Later it was
changed to Laurens county through
the Influence of Jonathan Downs, a
prominent man of hi i ml a friend
of the Laurens family in Charleston
The people <>f the county had sug
gested ihat the county be named after
Jonathan Downs hlmst |f, bit I hi' per
suaded them to an mo it after his
friend insteod. Wie r the county
was named for I four: or John Lau
rens cannot be said with certainty.
Mr Johnson ah o eulogized the old
Officers of th" county. fttUOlig whom
Were .lohn Gnrllngion, R. E, Richard
son and Martin F. Habb. clerks of
court in olden days ar.il Capt. 0, W.
Shell and Col. .1. If Whartori of re
cent, days. Judge Watts enjoyed the
reputation of being an offlCO holder
of over forty years and W. If. L?ng
sten, who followed him also held of
fice for n lone term, Judge Lang
B(on le-id the office until Reconstruc
tion times and in 1S7C, Col. A. W.
Bttrnsldo took that office and hold it
until 1890 when John M. Clardy went
into office and In- Wftfl followed in
ls:ti by the present incumbent. Mr.
Johnson MsO took occasion to speak
in very cofhplenthry lorpia of (he bar
of Laurens county, aaylhg that, it had
always been composed of men of the
very highest character and loriy :?! rIr.
Of those who had practiced with him
when he was a resident hero only
throo now survive, Col. John W. Per
(Continued on Pago Fight.;
ON FRENCH CRUISER
Nearly Four Hundred Go to
ENTERED BY FIRE
(hie of tho Finest Ships of 1 h?> French
"\;t\ % with a Large Crow of Oiiucrs
and Men V hoard Destroyed l>) 1'er
rllle explosion Over One Half of
Toulon. Franco, Sept. 25. More than
half ho crow of 7!?.". olllccrs and men
met (loath early today when lire broke
out in tb<> auiniunitlon hold of tho
battleship Llbei'tO, one of the finest
vessels in tlie French navy. Explo
sions which followed wrecked tho
The 111" was discovered at 5 o'clock.
At first i' was not thought to be seri
ous hut gained great hondwa> over tho
sailors as they fought it.
Suddenly it reached the magazine,
which tin* men had failed to Hood be
cause they though) the lire was only
a sli--,ht blaze.
Explosion alter explosion followed
in rapid succession shaking tin* vessel
lore and alt. Each explosion was
stronger and more to IT lilt! than Iho
preceding one and they opened up tho
great (issues in the armor and fraiuo
work of the vessel, which immediately
became a mass of lire and smoke ami
SOOIl sank to the bottom of Toulon
At an early hour, linollicial estimates,
placed the number of dead at 500, Es
timates by naval men vary widely.
There is no doubt, that loss ot lifo
was as high as 300.
Scores of seamen died in their
berths. A few dozen saved themselves
by jumping overboard. .Many of thoso
injured leaped into the water and
wore drowned before other boats in
the roadstead Could reach them.
Two hundred of tho crew escaped
d< (ilh becauHo they wore on shoro
leave. Commander .lames was not,
The explosion was without warning.
Scores were hurled high into tho air,
accompanied by gnat fragments of
the frame work, armor, bursting shells
and blinding powder smoke.
Tho men below were killed in tholr
sleep. Other-, Wife ilWakOIICd by 1*1 ? ?
explosion and started lo jump over
board and were ('itlight by a second
Many vessel were in Hie harbor at.
(he time. Including several warships,
?'here wcr.Q throe tremors of tho ex -
plosion in quick succession alter tho
lire reached teb inagnziin s.
A hundred men saved themselves by
jumping, scores of others would ifavo
? eaped but for (ho rigid discipline
whish bold them at their posts, When
awakened and about to throw (holii
iVb's ov : board an order calling them
?o lboll* stations rani, out. These men
Wore blown to piece ? few second,-.
al on! 100 i. i ruin I In
roin l|ie Li In t'
bllquo on the
( O.MINL VI I'll i< I IONS.
Millinger \\ ilsnii has Hooked some lim<
Companies for the Coming Season.
Manager Wilson of tho Opera Mouse
has announced a huinber of attrac
tion that will appear at Dtp Opern,
House during the coming season. I In
has takon pain, to select none but.
tho host possible for a town of this
size and ho h:is selected some that
promise to be (he best ever seen hoi'0.
Among thoso already booked nro tho
following: Gran tark, Th Thief, Man -
batten Opern Company, Kitty Coined}
Co.. When h Woman Wills. Coburn
Milts-;?? 11s, Tllti HI 1*1 und TllO Train!,
mid several other recent New York;
drntntitl ? and musical siict
< lui nixes tin mis*
c. I. Poo