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VOLUME XXVU. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1911. NUMBER 16
AN ENVIABLE RECORD
HAS BEEN BROKEN
, Craney IVIcCollough Dies of
SINCE LAST NOVEMBER
Only ExceptIon uns Whore Two New?
berry Count) Negroes Crossed l.au
reus Count)' Line and got into a Dif
ficulty, tine Killing the Other Jim
Shell the Murderer Now,
The record which this county has
made for the past fifty weeks was
broken Sunday night when Craney
McCollough died of o wound Inflicted
by Jim Shell Sunday evening, Novem
ber 5th. With the exception of the
ease a few months ago. where one
Newbeny county negro killed anoth
er after they had crossed to this side
of the county line, this is the first
homicide In Laurens county since No
vember 2Sth of last year. If the wave
of peacoableness had continued for
two weeks longer the county would
have had the enviable record of
ing a whole year without a homicide
being committed Within its horders by
any one of its own citizens.
The difficulty in winch Craney Mc
Collough was shot took place last
Sunday evening, November 5th, at the
home of Evelena Dial, his sister. Ac
cording to the testimony at the coro
ner's Inquest, held Monday morning,
the disturbance came about when
Craney McCullough objected to his
sister, Eevelena Dial, going to ride a
second time with Jim Shell. They had
already gone to ride one time and re
turned home. Jim Shell asked Evele
na to go with him up town to get a
lunch when Evelena Bald she could
not go. Jim Shell insisted end Craney
McCollough Interfered saying that
Evelena could not go. At thjs Jim
She.U evidently got mad and qucs
tiodad the cause dX the refusal. More
Wolfis ensued when Fiances McCol
lough, Crnney's mother, went in be
tween the two men saying that site
did not want any fuss around as they
were peaceable negroes and had white
neighbors who they did not want to
disturb. Jim Shell replied by say
ing "Damn the white folks." Craney
called on Jim to quit cursing before
ids mother when Jim Shell pulled his
pistol. shot around Frances McCol
I. lough striking Craney McCollough on
the left hand side of the neck, the
pistol being close enough to the neck
of the deceased to cause powder burns
on the skin and on the clothing. After
he had done the shooting, Jim Shell
.tumped Into his buggy and went away.
The next morning he surrendered to
the sheriff and was placed in jail, on
a Charge Of assault and battery with
intent to kill, to await developments,
"he Charge will now bo changed to
that of murder.
The following is the testimony of
Evelena Dial, with whom Jim Shell
took the ride and about whom the dif
Evelena Dial sworn, says that last
Sunday night, the 5th of November,
1911, Jim Shell came to my home in
the city of Laurens, came to my house
some time after throe o'clock in the
afternoon and asked if Bco Madden
had been thoro. I told, he had not and
I would not know where to find him.
Bee Madden had curried Jim Shell s
liUggy away. While talking, Madden
came up and he and Madden talked.
They came back into my room and
talked to me. lie asked me to go (o
ride and I did. lb1 treated me alright
and showed no signs of being drunk.
When we came back he asked tue to
go to town to got a lunch Told him
I couldn't go. My brother, the de
ceased, objected. Me, Shell, got mad
and said to Craney, "Haven t I always
treated you right?" My mother,
Prances McCollough, also objected and
said, "I don't want to have any fuss
here." * ? ? ^fy mother said,
"I don't want any fuss here because
we have some white neighbors liv
ing around us." Jim Shell said,
J "Damn the white folks", and then
' Craney said. Look out friend, that's
my mother you are talking to." Jim
j Shell said. "Look out Craney, I II lam
it right to you." and then shot him
with a pistol at once. Jim Shell then
got into his buggy and drove off. There
were no other men folks there. Mad
den had left.
Amelia Anderson, a Visitor :it the
TWO YOUNG MEN DEAD.
Lived Very Slose Together and were
Almost of the Same Age.
The people In the vicinity of Gray
Court were called on twice last week
to mourn the death of young men. Mr.
Cleon Woods, the 20 year old son of
Mr. J. l). Woods, of Owings, died af
ter a short illness of typhoid fever
and was buried in Green Pond Ceme
tery Sunday afternoon. He bad been
sick about three weeks. The young
man was very popular among his ac
qunintenccs and his death proved a
sore bereavement to many people.
Saturday afternoon Mr. .lames T.
Owens, son of Mr. W. P. Owens, died
at the home of bis f: ther after a
brief illness of pneumonia. He was
buried at Friendship Church Sunday
afternoon at 'A o'clock. Rov. I). H.
Owings performing the last sad rites.
He is survived by his father, two sis
ters. Mrs. Emory Gault and Mrs. Cath
carti and two brothers, Messrs Duke
Owens and Webster Owens. The
young man was very highly esteemed
by all who knew him and he will be
sorely missed by his many friends.
HANDSOME OIL PAINTING
OF COLONEL B. W. BALL
Is uu Display at the I.aureus Drug
Coilipnil) To be Presented to the
(?'rand Lodge A. I . 31. by Local .Ma
Yesterday the handsome oil paint
ing of Col. l?. w. Ball, executed by
Miss Esther Edmunds of Columbia at
the order of the Masons of I.aureus,
was received in the city and was plac
ed on display in the window of The
Laurens Drug Company, where it now
is. The portrait, according to Urn
friends of the late Col. Ball, is a dis
tinct likeness of him and is excellent
ly done. Miss Edmunds has painted
a number of portraits of distinguish
ed South Carolinians within the past
few years and this one is up to the
standard set by her In her other works
The portrait is to be presented to
the Grand Lodge of South Carolina
A. F. M., of Which Col. Ball was Grand
Master. The lodge will bo in session
in Charleston during the first week
in December, when a delegation from
Laurens will go down to be present
at the presentation.
GRAY COURT LYCEUM.
Attraction Next Wednesday Hie 2'2tu\
Will be the Carfarelli Concert Com
Gray Court, Nov. 11.?The Gray
Court-Owlngs Lyceum will open next
Wednesday the 22nd, when the Carf
arelli Concert. Company will give their
entertainment. The company consists
of one man and two ladies and has
been very popular wherever they have
given their concert. They are noted
especially as harpists but their pro
gram includes many violin and piano
numbers. On account of the reputa
tion which they hold there will prob
ably be a large crowd out to bear
The Third of the Series.
Next Sunday morning Rev, Mr.
Thnyer of the First Baptist church,
will preach the third number of sei
moils in a series under the general
caption of "The Hall of Famo." The
subject of this sermon will be "Isaac
or a Son of Promise." The series is
proving intensely Interesting to all
who go out to hear him. Itev. Mr.
Thayor extends a cordial invitation to
all who will to come and hear the re
bouse at the time said in pan :
"I could not tell whether Jim Shell
was drunk or not. Craney did not
have any arms or knife in his pock. ..
The pistol was about one foot from the
Dr. .1. II. Teague, who attended the
wounded man.said that the negro died
of hemorrhage as a result of wound
received a week previously.
Following Is the verdict of the cor
oner's jury, of which Mr. Geo. S. Me
Cravy was foreman:
The said Craney McCollOUgh came
to his death from a gun or pistol shot
wound Inflicted In the neck of the said
Craney McColloUgh by ami in the
hands of one Jim Shell.
Jini Shell is now in (lie county jail.
When asked about the crime be only
said that it would all be cleared up
when the case Is tried hi court. Oili
er than that he would not talk. He
lins not talked about the case since he
was Mrs! put in tho jail.
lie will most probably be tried at
tho March term of court. All the par
tics are necroes.
PINE BARK BEETLE
TO BE DISCUSSED
Meeting Here on Salesday
SHOULD GREET SPEAKER
A Representative of U, s. Bureau of
Entomology lias Consented to Re
More that Day and to Explain the
Cause of and Methods of. Exterm
ination of tho Hectic.
For a number of months during tho
past summer and early tall the news
papers of this section have from time
to time given more or less publicity
to the inroads of the pine bark bee
tle. The beetles have been found in
many different sections of the South
Atlantic States and their spread has
been very rapid. In fact they became
so common that the United States De
partment of Agriculture took up the
matter with certain parties in this
state with the result that a station
was placed at Spartan burg for the
study of their cause and remedy. For
some months agents have been going
out over the district from this station
advising the farmers what to do In
ease their forests were infected with
the beetle. A general campaign of
eradication has resulted and now the
agents are ready to come to Laurens
to Insti net the farmers and other land
owners of this county.
According to the letters below,
which were sent in to this office by
Dr. II. K. Aiken, it will be seen that
a mass meeting will be held here
salesday of December. That day should
see every farmer in the county pres
ent who has any infected trees. To
make the campaign a success requires
the co-operation of every land own
er, for if all the land owners in the
county but one eradicate the beetles
and that land owner allows them to
stay on his, the beetles from his trees
will be a constant menace to all tho
trees in his neighborhood and sub
sequently to an ever-spreading ter
The letter of Dr. Alken is as fol
Some time ago I had some corres
pondence with the government bureau
regarding the dying of our pine trees,
the cause, extent and remedy for the
condition. As will be seen from the
letter enclosed, a representative of
the bureau will be here on salesday
in December and will explain to all
interested, the details of recommend
ed methods of control. The work
should be done between November and
March. 1 hope a good audience will
II. K. Aiken.
The letter which is understood as
an appointment of a meeting day is
United States Department of Agricul
Forest Insect Field Station 7.
Spartnnburg, S. ('., Nov. s, 1911.
II. K. Aiken, Esq.,
Laurens, s. c.
We have your answer to our postal
card and enclose herewith circulars
III. and IV. which should be of great
Interest to you.
Wo note the request for an address
on some (irst Monday of the month,
when the fanners and landowners are
at the com ty seat and think your
suggestion in excellent oik-.
There is an increased demand on
the time of the agent, which makes it
nearly Impossible to meet all requests
We think however, that the large
amount of timber around Laurens
would make it advisable to meet this
We would suggest that the meeting
lie 'odd the first Monday in December,
Which WOUld fall on the Ith.
We will 'nvite all timber owners in
your vicinity, whose names we have
in our files, to be present, and shall
trust to your Interest in the matter,
to secure us with a good audience.
Very truly yours,
A. D. Hopkins,
in chargo Forest Insect Invcstlgn
Per D. II. Mason,
Juries Not Hasty in Award
CLINTON COTTON MILLS
WINS SELLERS CASE
Not Much Money fussing Huck and
Forth us a ltesult of the Low Price
of Cotton it is Supposed Juried not
(Juick to Oho Lnrgl Sums as Ver
The Court of Common Pleas, which
is now upon the second week of its
fall session, is steadily grinding out
the business as it conies up. The ease
of Fowler vs Powler, which was being
tried when this paper went to press
last, was finished Wednesday, the jury
bringing in a verdict which favored
the defendant, Mrs. o. F. Fowler. The
jury refused to award the claims of
$1,800, $r>L'S and $100 to .lohn W. Fow
ler, the plaintiff, but did render a
conditional verdict on some smaller
in the case of o. H. Cooloy vs J. u.
and Sallie Curry a verdict of $12f> was
rendered for the plaintiffs.
In the ease of Mary Sellers Vs The
Clinton Cotton Mills, where the plain
tiff was slicing for $10,000 damages
for the loss of a linger while in the
employ of the defendant mill com
pany, the mill was given the verdict.
In the case of W. K. Osboi'UO vs C.
P. Fuller involving usurous charge of
interest, the plaintiff was given a ver
dict of $2:11.00.
In the case of .1. W. Leake vs the
S. A. I., railroad, where the plaintiff
sued for damages resulting from a lire
alleged to have been caused by ein
ders from the defendant company's
engine, the plaintiff was awarded dam
age in the sum of $300.
The last case before the court ad
journed yesterday afternoon whs that
of the First National Bank of Chilll
cothe, O., vs 11. L. and L. F. McSwain,
of Cross Hill. This case is wound
around a car of alleged damaged corn,
which was shipped to the McSwains
and which the Commissioner of Ag
riculture confiscated, and another car
of corn which the McSwains attached
and had the sheriff to sell a few weeks
later. It was thought by the Mc
Swains that both cars belonged to the
Adams Grain and Provision Company
and the second car was sold to re
cover losses incurred in the first ship
menti the first car having been paid
for before delivery. The plaintiffs in
this suit stepped in shortly after the
sheriff's sale and claimed the second
car of corn and the suit of yesterday
resulted. Judge Cage directed a ver
dict of 17 cents per hushed for the
plaintiffs, this representing (he loss
to them through tin- sheriff's sale.
It I'M Oil IS (t).MTHMi:i).
C. \ IV. C. Pailroad to ( hange Sclicd
ulch on the ItMh of This Month.
Following the rumor that was scat
(erod abroad last week to the effect
that the c. & w. c. railroad Intended
??hanging its schedule through here,
the Groonvjlle News yesterday pub
lished the following, showing that the
plans hnvo been definitely laid and
the change will h > made:
"Of Interest to the Greenville trav
eling public will bo the annonn< i ino.nl
that the Charleston & Western Carre
Una ltnllwa> will on November I nth
inaugurate a change of schedule on
the Augustn-Spnrtanburg lino which
will provide a through train between
those points early in the morning
and another in the afternoon.
"The following dispatch from C.reen
wood relative to the changes will fur
ther explain the changes:
" 'In a recent letter to Mr. s.
Brooks Marshall, secretary of the
Merchants' Association, General Man
ager A. W. Anderson stales that Oil
November I!" thoro will he inaugur
ated a Change of schedule on that
road so as to provide for' a through
train from Augusta to Spnrtnuburg
in the morning and another late in
the afternoon, ami also a through
train from Span.mi burg lo Augtl In
early in the morning and another late
in tlie afternoon. The change is of
interest lu re, becanso it is believed
that retail trod ? w ill he heneflted, in
that per.'totlfl can come lere and
spend sonic lime shopping and return
to their homes thai same day. The
plan will work well on the northern
end of the toad, but hol so WOll on
t'.ie southern end.""
Mit. A. II. CULBEKTSON DK AD.
Well Known Citizen of Lnurens and
Widel) Connected (h?r the County.
Last Prldny ovenlng, the 3rd of tins
month, Mr. A. B. Culbertson, n well
known citizen of Lnurens, died at tho
Laurens County Hospital, following
an illness of about three weeks of ty
phoid fever. The next day he was laid
to rest in the cemetery of Union Bap
tist churoh, Lev. Mr. Brock conducting
I tho services. He was buried after
ceremonies by tho Woodmen of the
World. Mr. C. A. Cower ofllcintlng.
Mr. Culbertson was the son of tho
late Maj. G, W. Culbertson and was
widely and prominently connected ov
or the county. He is survived b> his
wife, who was a Miss Barbara Cod
frey, three sons and one daughter. He
also is survived by four brothers and
two sisters. They are Messrs \V. I*.
Culbertson. of Mountviiie; w. w. Cul
bertson of Kkoin; Rev, W. \V. Culbert
son, of Shellmnn, Gn.; Mr. B. V. Cul
bertson, of Laurens; Mrs. Samuel M.
Cooper, of Donalds, and Mrs. Calvin
I Check, of Newberry.
Mr. Culbertson was II years of age.
He enjoyed the friendship of a large
number of people and was highly re
garded by all who knew him. His fam
ily and relatives have the sympathy of
a large circle of friends in their be
A BUCKING AUTO.
Mr. Henr) Counts lias Exciting ex
perience in Front of (lie Cost (Hiiro
Suii?Li \ Morning.
What came near being a very so
I'lous accident occurred in front of
the Cost Office Sunday morning when
the Bulck roadster belonging to Mr.
Henry Counts and driven by him skid
ded and crashed into the p.ate glass
window, swerved aside, scraped a tel
ephone post and came to rest hind part
before with Henry still sticking at
the wheel a little nervous perhaps,
but there just the same. The street
was very slippery from the rain and
fog of the night before- and as the ma
chine had no chains on it. a little
"hurry call" bimiW missed causing
it to be sent to yj?- junk heap. As it
was the machine was battered some
and the wheels thrown out of plumb,
but Mr. Counts drove it off and it is
A number of people were in the
streets going to church and the usual
gathering of idle ones was around
and in a few moments a large crowd
had gathered to see how much damage
bad been done. With a few pulls and
pushes and a little straightening out
of tender parts, the machine was ready
to limp away to headquarters and it
was carried to Counts Stable under
I her own steam. Outside of the damage
i to the machine, nothing serious re
sulted except the broken plate glass
Of the Cost Oflice, It is said that Mr.
Kniest Machen, who was sitting very
close to the plate glass on He- inside
'when the crash came, knocked over
i pretty near all of the furniture in
' sight in the endeavor to escape, but
latest reports shy that none of it was
' da maged,
The acebb ni kept a number of poo
pic away from church for by the lime
the excitement had died down and all
the notes taken the service wore far
Cutting scrape Sunday.
Jealously seems !'> have tii red Sam
Wise to such a pitch Sunday highl us
to make him curve up his own bo?d
: girl. Sam and Sidle I >il! Jack on
1.is woman friend, have beep on good
terms of late, hut when Slat" 1)111
begun "obnyersntin" with another man
Sunday night, Sam let valor get flu
better part o! discretion and nttackci
Slate Dill with a bun her knit.', in
fllcllng a severe wound in he) side
Though the nogi'O woman is not so
rlously Injured, she is wounded verj
severely. Sam is a product of Green
wood and is tlx- son of Abe Wise win
enjoys a very wide and "savory" rep
illation. After (he fray Sain made >,????>?
his escape ami has not yet been heui'i
Meeting of I?. \. if.
The Daughters of tin' American ReV
olutlon will hold their regular meet
in;,' Friday afternoon at !!:30 o'clock
with Miss Minnie Hal h. !t was
thought at one time that the mcctlnj
would bo postponed lililil next v. ? ? I
but I: was finally dceid< d (o hold i
W. O. \\. Mm tin-.
There will be a in eel im- of t )><? i .nu
rons Camp No. fi$ Woodmen of lit
World next Thursday night. Tin
meeting Is an important oil! and al
members are requested to he Presold
UPHELD BY COURT
Garlington and Young Must
Affirmed tin- Verdlel Securod in tho
CIl'Cllll Court of liie hlnnd Count} )u
Which Ihcj were Convicted upo*
( omit Involving breach of Trust.
Colmnhin, Nov. IH, llcjnctlng tho
allegations of error in the trial in tho
lower court tho South Carolina su
premo court this afternoon in an opin
ion hy Chief Justice Jones, atlirms tho
judgment of the Itichlnnd county cir
cuit court in November, li)IU, when
John \V. Onrllngton and James Sioho
Voting wen? convicted on a ? haine of
breach of trust as olllcers of the Sem
Inolc Securities Company, and sen
tenced to serve three years, and ono
year, respectively, on tho public works
or in the State penitentiary.
Onrllngton was president ami
Voting sec retary and treasurer of tho
company, and were brought lo trial
in the Kichland court on an in
dictment embracing live counts, In
cluding charges id' conspiracy, broach
of trust with fraudulent intention,
and grand larceny. They were found
guilty by the jury on the fourth
count only, which charges "a breach
of trust by the said defendants by
(he conversion to their own u <e of
the snni of $5r?,fdlG in money of tho
property of the Semlliole Securities
company, intrusted to the defendants
and converted to their own use with
(Ini'llllgtOII and Voting are both
from Laurens. ami are under a $.">,
linn bond each for their appearance.
It is staled here tonight (hat tho
monVU*C now in Chicago, hut Ihoy
will he communicated with at once,
and are expected to arrive in tho
immediate future to commence serv
ing tltolr sentences. Tho exceptions,
imputing error during the trial, ein
I brace admission of testimony alleg
ed to he immaterial, rulings of tho
presiding judge mi motions for a.
directed verdict, and lor (plashing id'
Indictments, and refusal) by tho
presiding judge lo charge its request
ed hy the defense. The opinion at ev
er'.' point, finds (he trial to have boon
conducted without error prejudicial lo
the defense ami a Hums the judgment..
Associate Justices Gary, Woods,
ami llydrlek concur In the decision
of chief Justice Jones, llretnvillo
Mi l l I) VXO'I III I! M VN.
Man Held Here as lack Puller Tunis
out fo be Henri Suber, I!scaped
The Advertiser carried a storj la I
week about the arrest of Tack Kuller,
in Camdcn, on the charge ot murder
ing one Press Milam in Ibis county is
1 s'i', ,\i first tlie prool o< mod eon
vlnclng, hut during the I as l few ilaj
it became rntlu i doubtful in the mind
of the oiliccis of the law whether they
had i'i" ri .'hi n an or no*. I lepill.v
d id. in questioning the fc|Iow and
by lii'iuiriDg around discovered thai
the negro ha I a brother named Suhei
Taking out !: i - < i Imiha I i ocord boftl
in which he i,a the napu ?? of a Ini ? ?
liunihoi' ol ekcai'ietl convic t-, Mr, Itchl
Cttlne act o i lo- name of I |i m y Suboi
who had escaped from tie State fen
utoiilliiry in This Henry Subei'
answered veiv closely to the ileserip
lion of the ne. ro he-Id here mi Mr. Held
questioned Islm very closely ami faced
him with the charge. The negro then
admitted that In- was the man wanted
as an escaped convict and that lie kill
ed another man in this County in IV?:.'
lie has served three yea It Of a BCVOH
He will he- btdd hero for a few days
until the pcnetontlary authorities can
he Comn nie,ate-! with, after which
most probably he- will bo sent to Co.
\ ( orret Hon.
Ill tie- account e f the- lite e;i; i |P(| !>,
Tho A?lv rtlser last week, it was stat
ed that the insurance carried on tho
building of In. Clifton Jone- was |t,
companies ropn . nied by Mr. I |
Tolbert. We- should have- stated t! ;.
U was carried in companies represent
cd hy Mr. J. J \dams. The inlstnko
was Cftlled lo our fitteiitioti hv Dr.
Jones. We- gladly COITCCt it.