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IS GIVEN A START
Commissioner Watson Is
sues Call to Farmers.
OR FALL TOGETHER
Concerted Campaign will be Carried
on all over the South to Hold on
to AH Cotton Possible Now and Re
duce the Crop of Next Year by Large
To hold all cotton possible for a
price of 13 cents per pound, and to
pledge the reduction of the acreage
for the 1012 crop to not exceeding tin
?per cent, of the arable land under cul
tivation, is the object of the move
ment begun Friday morning for a con
certed and immediate holding from the
market of all possible cotton, through
out the entire cotton belt. The action
follows the meeting of the farmers
held in Columbia Thursday night. Tel
egrams explaining I be situation in full,
and requesting the immediate coop
eration of all parties interested in all
the cotton States, went forward Fri
day from the office of Mr. B. .T. Wat
son, commissioner of agriculture, com
merce and Industries and president
ol the Southern Cotton congress.
The telegrams, each some 2r)0 words
in length, were dispatched to all th?'
? immissioners of agriculture In the
Cotton states, and to the president of
every State farmers' union.
Hooks are to be opened In every
county-seat, through the length and
breadth of the cotton belt, according
to the plan now being Inaugurated,
and^every farmer who produces cotton
will bo asked to sign his name, pledg
ing himself to hold a stated number of
bales of ccttou until September 1, 1912,
unless the price previously reaches 13
cents per pound. Another set of
pledges is to bo recorded, the farmers
agreeing not to plant more than 60
per cent of the arable lands in cot
ton in 1912, An assessment of two
cents per balo will be asked of cotton
growers to pay the expenses of the
The object of the campaign Is to
immediately retire from the market a
sufficient quantity of cotton to enable
the farmers to control to some degree,
at least, tho cotton. The pledges will
be published dally.
Text of Appeal.
Tho telegram which was forwarded
to the commissioners of agriculture
and farmers' union presidents is as
"Following action of mass meeting
South Carolina farmers would urge
upon you to take immediate steps to
push with all vigor you possess, in
every township and county, your
State, the holding movement on fol-1
lowing lines, similar request being)
made of State farmers' union presi
dents, your State: Open books each
county-seat for signatures of farmers
to pledge to hold stated number of
hales until September 1, 1 i) 12. or un
til the price has reached 13 cents;
prosecute vigorous campaign each
township for holding cotton and get
ting pledges; get also pledges to re
duce acreage for 1012 to not exceeding
60 per cent. Of arable land held; get
reports each day as to pledges hied
and publish names of signers with
number of bales pledged. Call for
not less than two cents per bale from
To People Who Want to Trade in
the best place to go is to a Real Estate office.
People go to Drug Stores for Drugs?not
Beef. They go to Clothing Stores for Clothing
--not for Flour. Therefore, if your mind is
inclined to buy Real Estate our office is the
place to go.
Pino farm land four and one half 432 acres. $22.50 per acre.
Mrs. Pi!o(se shell place containing mile west of Laurens, The
pi* acres within three miles of Laurens. In good state of cul
tivation. Price $55.00 per acre.
One lot on South Harper street lo? by 100 for $1S."iO. Very nice
building site. Belongs to K. P. Mlnter.
t"> shares of Laurens Trust Company stock for ?nie,
80 acres in 1-4 mile of the little village of Harksdale, 7 miles
north of Laurens. Improvements are very good. Price $35.00 per
acre. Known as the Simpson land.
:!:: 1 acres in Greenville county known as the John H. Latimer
place, 1 horse farm in cultivation, near Princeton. The new pro
posed Augusta H. Greenville railroad is going through this place.
Will cut in small tracts or sell as a whole $lS.0t) per acre. Most
any kind of terms.
117 .acres of farm land, 1 mile below Cold Point, bounded by lands
of Joe Pearce and others; near the C. & W. C. railroad. Price $22.50
per acre, terms one-half cash, balance In two years.
201 acres between Watts Mill and Ora, known as the Sam Neigh
bor's place. Will cut in half or sell as a whole. The place now
belongs to M. B. Pool. For a quick sale will sell for $35.00 per acre.
400 acres of good land on Knoreo river near George Byrd and
known as the Linson place, now belongs to M. B. Pool. Will sell
for $22.50 per acre, good terms with interest.
Don't forget the 140 acres in Greenville County, belonging to
P. P. and T. G. Traynham, good investment for a young man. Price
$25 per iu re, good terms.
10 acres with good .".-room new cottage in the town of Cold
Point. Price $1250.00 and on good terms.
On Hit' corner of Jail and Caroline streets we have a good 6 room
brick house, lot 70 by 75, electric lights, water works and sewer
age. An ideal place for warehouse, garage, store buildings, and
only one-half block to public square, the lot alone is worth what
we ask for it.
1 10 acres 3 miles north of Laurens. 100 aorrs in cultivation, 2
good tenant houses, well watered. Price $12.00 per acre.
172 acres between Laurens ,and Boyds Mill. 2 good pasturon. good
7-room dwelling house, the vowner says there Is practically no
washes on it. Will sell for $40.00 per acre. One hundred and twen
ty five acres in cultivation, balance in woods and pasture, 2 good
300 acres 7 miles from Laurens, known as the Eddie Hender
son place, 200 acres in cultivation; lots of line woods; for a quick
sale will let her slide for $20.00 per acre. See us quick for informa
tion. See John F. Bolt.
The same 425 acres In Newberry County Is for sale and at the
same price, $12.50 per acre. This place is well watered lots of
good timber, 2 or 3 good houses and about 150 acres in cultivation;
only 6 miles from Whltmlre, S. C.
We want every farmer and all other real
estate owners in Laurens county to list their
property with us. We can always find a pur
chaser for you. Come around and talk it over
Bishop & Wolff
'Laurens, South Carolina
OUR patrons really do not know
how many new direct importations
many new direct importations
we are receiving- in fine goods. We
are proud of the importations of fab
rics, hosiery and lady's neckwear now
to be found on our shelves, but proude\r
still of the LOW PRICES our careful buying and CLOSE MARQI
OF PROFIT enables us to make.
Copyright 1909, by C. E. Zimmerman Co.--No. 21
growers holding cotton to ho Imme
diately to secretary-treasurer State un
ion to defray expensos quick campaign
for pledges, publishing receipts daily.
This plan already under way In South
Carolina and quick and effective re
tirement of cotton seems assured. It
is absolutely necessary to bring the
individual producer into line right
now it' mill ions of dollars are to be
saved to the cotton belt. Plans for the
future can be agreed upon later, but a
feasible quick campaign of this kind
pushed simultaneously in all our
States can and will effectively stem
the present disastrous tide in this
critical moment. I most earnestly ap
peal to your patriotism in the names
of the masses of Southern people to
act upon this matter and act quickly.
Am arranging for whirlwind campaign
through belt in holding cause for
Senator Smith, President Harrow anil
other members of national committee
created at Montgomery Kindly wire
mo immediately if in behalf of every
material Interest in the South you
may be relied upon to take the speedy
"R .1. Watson,
"President Southe:n ''otto', Congress.
"E. W. Dnbbs,
"President State Formers' Union.
".I. Whitner Heid
"Farmers' Union Sun."
Form of Agreement.
The form til' agreement suggested is
"We, the undersigned, owners of
cotton of the 1910-11 crop, hereby
pledge ourselves to withhold from the!
market the number of bales entered
opposite our respective names until
September I, 1912, or until the price
of cotton lias reached 1". cents, and we
do severally solemnly declare that we
will regard this pledge as sacred.
"2. We further agree not to plant,
for the crop of 1912, more than 60 per
cent of our arable lands in cotton.
We hereby agree to forward to
.1. Whitner l: id, secretary-treasurer,
the state Farmers' union. Columbia, s.
('., by postal money order, two cents
per bale for the cotton held, to defray
expenses of the holding campaign."
holler of Instructions.
The following letter was sent out to
the presidents of the county unions
Friday by Secretary Heid:
"In accordance with action taken at
the mass meeting of the state Farm
ers' union held in Columbia Thursday
evening, 1 am directed by the presi
dent of the State union to address you
this letter, impressing upon you the
vital importance, not alone to the cot
ton producing Interests of our state,
but to the union itself, of your
prompt, vigorous and earnest action
upon the request made. We are at
this moment facing a crisis which de
mands that the individual cotton pro
ducer shall be reached and reached
effectively, and It Is the sense of all
who participated in the deliberations
held that we, as the farmers' organ
ization in South Carolina, owe it to
ourselves, to our wives and to our
Children to exert ourselves to the ut
most for the next few weeks, even to
the neglect of personal business, to
secure In writing, pledges from each
individual owner of cotton in every
township In every county in the
State. Feeling thus, the call has been
sent out In r.n ofllcial manner to every
other State In the Union that grows
cotton for Hlmilar action to be taken
"1 beg herewith to inclose a copy
of the call that has been sent to the
other States, which will explain Itself,
and give you an accurate idea of the
quick campaign that is to be made In
the effort to check the downward trend
of the price of cotton. I also In
close a number of blanks of the cot
ton pledge that we wish signed by ev
ery man that can be reached through
me'tinge or as individuals, and will
ask that you see that this pledge he
printed in your county paper, along
with a ccpy of the message to the oth
er States, and that you issue over your
signature a call for every grower of
cotton in your county to come to '.he
clerk's ofilce at the court house and
a 111 x his Bignature to one of those pa
pers. We further most earnestly ask
you in discharging the duties of your
responsible position in this crisis, to
each day furnish by mail to me at Co
lumbia a statement giving the names
of the individuals that have pledged
themselves to hold Iheir cotton and to
I'eduOe their acreage in accordance
with the peldgc, stating opposite the
name of each the number of bales that
!).' agrees or pledges himself to held,
"it is our purpose to endeavor as
far as possible to send lecturers into
your county to arouse and stimulate!
the people to a full sens:> of their re
sponsibility in this quick-holding
campaign, and I would suggest that
both you and the "ounty secretary and
these lecturers carry a supply of
blanks for pledges to each point
visited, and that all of you get as many
signatures as possible, flic the docu
ments in the clerks ofilcc nnd forth
with forward the information to me,
It is our purpose to collate this infor
mation each day and to publish the
names of the holders in the newspa
pers with the number of bales hold,
not alone so far as this Stute is con
cerned, but the same thing will bo
done in each of the other States,
"After a careful consideration of
every plan suggested, in the present
crisis, the one that we are putting in
operation seems to be not alone prac
tical, but the only one that is open
in this hour of need promising suc
cess, and we feel that it is the duty
of every man charged with the safe
guarding of the interest of the pro
ducing classes in this State to throw
aside as far as possible all personal
' work and devote themselves lor the
moment to the earnest discharge ol
Ibis patriotic duty, which means flic
conservation of a vast sum of mono)'
i that justly belongs to our people
, which can not he conserved, unless
(Continued on Page Twelve.i
Dr. T. L. Timmermalri
Laurens, S. C.
DU. CLIFTON JONES
Office in Simmons building
Phone: Office No. 8G; Residence 219.
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That's where we stand to-day when it comes to a
matter of good quality and low prices on
Dry Goods, Clothing, Shoes, Hats,
Millinery and Notions
Our store is stocked with goods that we are proud
of and that you will save money by buying. If
quality combined with low prices will attract you
this is the place to do your shopping.
Mom's -15.00 Suits .$9.98
Men's $20.00 Suits .$12.50
Men's best $4.00 Shoos .$2.98
Men's One Pants _$1.19 to $4.98
$3.00 Men's Hats .$1.24
Children's $3.00 Hear Skia Cloaks
ladles' $5.00 Shirtwaist .$2.48
Ladies' $3.00 Skirts .$.1.98
Ladies' $2.50 Shoes .$1.98
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