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A THANKSGIVING SURPRISE
By JOANNA SINGLE.
THANKSGIVING dny was al
most upon Miss Abby Cullom.
poor, but thrifty. In her cot
tage at the eud of the town,
and her only near neighbors, the
Beans. Miss Abby. being a Now Eng
lander, was always prepared. Tho
Beans, being southern "Crackers,"
were eternally unprepared in their
shiftless little hut- Miss Abby had a
good vegetable garden and a big
This is whero tho turkey conies In?
an Immense gobbler, tho monarch of
the place and the pride of Miss Abby.
who had doomed him to Thanksgiving
dinner. He grew fatter and fatter,
and tho assorted collection of Uean
"AN* TnEaK III! SAT AT.I, BUMMER ON THAT
children watched him hopelessly while
they sat astrido tho division fence.
Hunger shone from their eyes.
"They'll be stenlln' him next thing."
Miss Abby muttered as she threw out
the dishwater and wrung the dishing
"Maw," bawled one of the twins to
his gaunt, bedraggled mother In tho
door, "ain't we goln' to have no tur
key? Wo ain't never Had no turkey
like other folks."
"Yore paw's had mighty pore luck,
honey. He enin't/tunke out to buy
"Why eain't ho. maw?" wailed the
"Yoro paw's had bad luck,"' tho dull
mother voice reiterated. "He'll git 11-;
soinepin' extrny, but 1 don't reckon
it'll be turkey. Turkey meat's awful
Miss Abby slammed Into her house!
with a righteous rattle of stiff blue
calico and tin Indecorous display of
flat ankles. She snorted wrnthfully:
"Luck! if he'd bad any luck he'd
never have been born. Hut he's luck
ier than tils wife and children. He's
the Inzlest image of a man that ever
wore pants?too lazy to come when
he's called to meals. I'd see that ho
never was called If I was her."
Miss Abby went to make her bed.
nnd from the open window next tbo
8TOOD WATCHINO THK TO II K KY ANP THR
IIOUHK NEXT noon.
(Bean house sho could hardly help
hearing the rest of tho conversation.
"Maw, he's awful big! Will she eat
him all herself? Will It mako her sick,
"Why, maybe sho'll have company,
"Can't we be company, maw? Why
ain't wo never company?"
??We ain't got any relations up along
"Would Miss Abby let ns bo com
pany If sho knowed wo ain't goln' to
have no Thanksgiving?" Miss Abby
?hut the window with a bang.
M 'Taln't ns if ho couldn't work." she
muttered. "Flo won't work. Ills gar
den's all dried up for lack of a little
water, and thure ho set all summei
that bench! Nothlu' short of a tiro
WHERE THEY GET IT IN THE NECK
THE TURKEYS: "Here's where we get the ax!"
THE AXES: "No; here's where the ax gets you!"
bullt under him would start him to
golu*. I sluSnid think he'd want to see
tliem young ones with elenu races and
tuil stummicks at least once tu the
The days flew, and the turkey grew
still fatter and more complacent. flu?
Bean children looked more mihi mom
wistful. They sat often on the fence
in the chilly November air. their 11:11?*
elotbed bodies shivering, their bare
feet blue with cold, Itnt with the
eternal faith of childhood they watch
ed the turkey In the hope that soni"
thing would yet give them ? taste of
Miss Abby's old maid heart grew
soft sometimes, but burdened at
thought or ibe lazy tu Iber and sloven
Miss Abby had had bad luck about
Thanksgiving company. Kverybody
was elsewhere engaged?the minister
and bis family, the lirowns and the
Treshams. She bad no relatives near.
Have some one she must, for she had
refused Matilda Jenkins' Invitation on
the plea of having company Herself.
The day before Thanksgiving she
mid toiind no one and was worried.
In the eokl gray morning she eume out
to feed the chickens irum a yellow
crock held In the angle of tier arm.
When she bad tossed the comment to
the hungry brood she closed the chick
en yard gate, set down the crock and
stood watching the turkey-and the
houso next door. She folded her thin
arms across her blue calico ehest for
warmth and In what she saw forgot
how cold it was.
Four of the eight Beans had the j
whooping cough, and their thin, sal
low little faces, cleaner than usual,
wero flattened against the grimy
MilB WII.U'PKD DKnSEtiF UI' AND MANAGED
TO 1.1..11 1 I'll I KITOURN FI HB,
panes overlooking the chicken yard.
Sbo could bear the wall of the baby
and the coughs ot the older ones.
"1 Just can't do It." she muttered
and at last returned to the house, ill
at ease and chilled to the bone.
She piled wood into the stove till the
kitebCll was stilling, but she could not j
get warm. Her teeth chattered in a j
chill, and in spite of hot lemonade and
Jamaica ginger Miss Abby had to go j
to bed in the middle of the afternoon
with hot Hat irons at her feet and a
mustard plaster on her chest.
She fell into a doze, broken by visions
of the hungry little faces next door.
She wished she had at least taken
them over some vegetables. "1 will?
'long about night." sbo muttered atid
fell into a strange, wretched sleep. |
When she awoke It was night and ]
very cold. Pains stabbed her chest
sharply, and her bead throbbed diz
zily. Then she seemed delirious and
heard the babbling of hungry children.
Then she went completely out of her
She came at last to herself, weak and
feeble. The bedroom was very cold,
out the fever was gono and tbo stab
bing pains. She wrapped herself up
and managed to light the kitchen lire,
creeping back to bed till things warm
ed Up. The door of the Ilean house
slammed, and she heard n child cough.
When the warmth from tbo kitchen
filled her room she rose nnd went out
to get some breakfast. Shu had nev
er felt so weak In her life. She put on
Miss Abby sat eating her toast with
her feet in tho oven. Mrs. Mean knock
ed and entered.
"I>and sakes! Air you sick?"
"Slckl I ain't feelln' very spry.'*
Raid Miss Abby sharply. "I went to
bed ycstlddy afternoon, I felt so sick I"
"Wo ain't seen yon out this mornin',
an' as It's Thursday an' Thanksglvln'
we s'posed yon had bad news that
called yon nwny In tho night Tho
children's been feedln* the hens an' the
turkey?the ones that ain't whoopln*."
"What you tnlkln' abont?" snapped
Miss Abby. "This bs Thanksglvln'.
ain't it? I'm too sick to recollect it."
"I como to see if I could do somepln
fer you all. You look mighty peaked."
said Mrs. Itcan. Miss Abby shook her
head, nnd the woman was almost to
iho door when Miss Abby recalled her
"Is your man at home?" she began
abruptly, while Mrs. Bean stared, j
"Well. then, would tie as lief kill that
big turkey for meV"
"Why. sure, he would'. You nil nlr
weak, an' that turkey looks mighty
"And can you come over and help
me cook hi in 7" Miss Abby went on.
"I shall need help with the rest of tho
dinner, too, if 1 don't feel any sprier'n
I do now. You can bring the baby and
leave the others with him till dinner's
ready. Then I want you should fetch
them nil over and let them eat all the
turkey they can bold. I don't feel's if
I could get away with more than ten
pounds myself," sho concluded grimly.
The woman stood still staring, too as
tonished to express her gratitude even
had site known how.
"Well." commanded Miss Abby. "If
we don't git on the move dinner won't
be ready before midnight."
"Yes'm," agreed the woman, letting
herself out of the door. Sho sped
across the yard more <piickty than
Miss Abby had ever yet seen tier move.
"It'll take me a week to clean up
nfter them, and It's encouraging that
shiftless man." grumbled Miss Abby.
Then she heard from the Mean house
a yell of joy that utterly demolished
her New England conscience for the
time being and sent a warm glow to
the uttermost depths of her human
heart. Ami she set to work on a din
ner that was a record breaker In the
No Suffragcttos In Plymouth.
Governor Bradford of Massachu
setts specified that, "besides water
fowl, there was a great store of wild
turkeys" for their first Thanksgiving
feast. 1021, by which it is plain that
our ancestors Inaugurated tho custom
of the turkey on Thanksgiving day.
Hut chefs were not numerous In
Plymouth. The first feast, at which
there were fifty-five white men and
ninety Indians, was prepared by "four
women, one servant and a tew inaule
kins." Poor women: How they must
have sighed for their day ot emancipa
Hymn of Thanksgiving.
We thans thee, o Father, tor ail that Is
Tho gleam ot the day nnd the stars of tho
Tho llowcrs ..f our youth and the fruits of
Ami nlessluKs o'er marching the pathway
Wo thank thee. O Father, for all that is
Tho sou or tho tempest, tho How of ttio
For ri"vor In blindness and never in vnln
Thy mercy permuted n, sorrow or pain.
Wo thank theo. O Kather. for song and
Tho harvest that glowed and tho wealth
Kor never a blessing encompassed thy
Hut thou In ttiy mercy looked downward
Wo thank theo, O Father of all. for tho
O: i Idlng each other In llfe'9 darkest hour.
The generous heart and the bountiful hand
And all tho soul help that sad souls un
We thank thee. O father, for days yet to
Kor hopes that our future will call us to
That nil our eternity may form through
Ono Thanksgiving day In tho mansions
When the Hen Is Safe.
"This." remarked Mrs. lien, "as she
flew up on to Mr Turkey's back. "Is
my happy day. It's Thanksgiving, you
know. What have I In give thanks
for? Ob. several things, thank you.
On almost tiny other day In the year
I am liable to get the ax, and when I
do get it 1 won't worry whether my
head's on straight. But my worry
comes from not k. ,wlng Just when
tbo ax may fall. There are 305 days
in tho year. Thanksgiving Is the only
day when I am Immune. My largo and
; lovely rival. Mr. Turkey, who scorns
me In the barnyard, la underneath my
feet today ns you can sco with the
] naked eye?. Ta-ta. Mr. Turkey; I see
I the former coming with bis ax."
J. N. LKAK
The "Land Man"
Two and fifty ninc-ono hundreths
acres of land with a two story store
room 48 x 20, bounded by lands of
Uufus Gray and W. P. Adair. Tills
is one of the llnest locations for a
general mercantile misiness in the
upper part of the county. Price fif
teen hundred dollars.
6 lots of land ranging from 36 to
61 acres just outside of the incorporat
ed limits of the town of Gray Court.
This is known as the Hill place and
is in one half mile of the Gray Court
Owings Institute, ami will he sold at
prices ranging from thirty to sixty
dollars per acre. Here Is a chance
to get close to the best high school.
One half acre of land with 4-rooin
cottage, Watts mill. Price $1030.00.
200 acres of land, with dwelling,
three tenant houses and good out
buildings, bounded by Jei Davis, Hub
Martin and others. Prices and terms
33*1 acres of land within three miles
of Princeton with dwellings and out
buildings for the small sum of $16
100 acres of land with six-room
dwelling with good tenant houses, up
to-date out buildings. This is a very
desirable home and a beautiful farm,
situated in three miles of Ware
Shoals, on the main thoroughfare lead
ing from Laurens to Ware Shoals.
Six acres of land, r>-room cottage,
good barn and other outbuildings, 2
acres wired in, four nice building sites,
at Watts Mills village, price $2,500.
13 1-2 acres of land, half mile from
Rnoreo, with corn and wheat mills, the
latter being in running condition.
125 acres of land, with seven
room dwelling, barn and outbuildings,
bounded by lands of Rebecca Simp
son, John Childress and others. Price
130 per acre.
85 acres of land more or less, eight
room dwelling, 3 tenant houses, good
barn and outbuildings, in the town of
Lanford. Price $6,500.
1-3 ncro of land with six-room dwell
ing in town of Clinton situated on
Adair Street. Price $2,200.
?1 acres of land, more or less, and
ten-room dwelling, electric lights and
water works on West Main street.
City of l.aurens, 159 foot front. This
is the finest location in the city of
Laurens and the building is up-to
date, where you will have the ad
vantages of a country home and still
be on the main street In the city
of l.aurens. Terms and price made
I67V6 acres of land with seven-room
cottage, well supplied with tenant
bouses and out buildings. In three
miles of Gray Court, S C, conven
ient to schools and churches. This is
a nice location 1:: u thickly settled
community, surrounded by the best
white people. Prico $1175. Terms
SO acres of l ind in the town of I.an
ford, with beautiful cottage nicely lo
cated. Price $6,f?00.
2 beautiful six-room cottages In
town of Gray Court, nicely local' >
close to business part of the town.
Prices right and terms made easy. Al
so 3 lots suitable for residence lots in
town of Gray Court.
One lot of land 50 ft. fronting on
North Harper street, 210 feet deep
with store-room 20x50 near the Watts
Oik b t fronting North Ha?'por St.,
100x210 feet deep, price $800.00.
business lots near the Watts mill
fronting North Harper street. 25x150
One lot with 5-room cottage front
ing Mock street. 110x300 feet deep.
2 acres of land, more or lens and
S-room dwelling, store-house and out
building at Owlngs Station. This prop
erty is well located to establish the
trade and is worth mere than the mon
ey we ask, $2,650.00.
I acres of land with two dwellings
in town of Fountain Inn. nicely 'lo
cated. Prices and terms made right
1 acre of land fronting Oil North
Harper street with live-room dwelling,
bounded by Dr. Walker and Lee Sonn.
All under wire. This home was built
in the month of May, 1910, prices and
terms made right.
l acre of land, 7-room dwelling with
1 fire places, all under wi.e. in town
of Fountain Inn. Price $2,000.00.
If you do not find what you want let me know your wants
and I will find it for you.
J. N. LEAK
The Real F.slate Man That Divides the Earth to Suit Your Purse
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bicycle. We *.to, I I . I f.v
In advance,; . u.
?vbii'h ihau,von mity ri ?? i u< i
If you urn lh< n in>? perfci
actual factory cri>1. Y"a
liar direct of us und ha vo 1I <? i .
OO r<OT BUY (i
until you receive our Cain I / i
irjttt and r,,,a>i.,bu ttttiai ?/tn to rlt
YOU WILL BE AST?NISIO
. i mum y llmtii
dicycle rcAir.ns, >??,,
Inlom lllli.l tin-ilny r, i. I veil
wo rim umkn Ja i li.
thy no.it factory. x\
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. Wo ilo not rcynlr.l
? our (.'In
? i und ni nrovo of your
: f 11 ? '' ?-' without a ttnt At toil!
'? J.v:-}* r .Xi.E TRIALdtirllist
?? ?I put it toi iiv t< -t you wish.
i i| i r <l . not v..- '?> to keen Uio
d tu 1.1 lr-' he rut one tent,
? ?? i. t Krude bicycles It Is
nl nini smull prollt alniva
? - .. iiiidul 'iiien's proiits by buy
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V.nr I tie I i'i, -! itrailo liloyclcn for
. mi.in |iiuiuHitiouoio our pricix.
' ?- tut hurnl lilcyp'c* !>?>t umiauy h?v?
, ii v hu g.var out promptly at pricea
ii?r,ore I ro toi
?nil pod.il*. pnrtf. rciiniri ami
ranfMnje fr.S3 L. in .ir?10. Inwerlpllvo iMrcaln lllttMimi
$ i ASfi Hedgethara IWwg-Proef $
HI ^mtfmr The reinlar retail r'ieet/theie
^? ^"*^ tlO.ODfrr fait, put t? infodutt Ii/
xoilltellyouatamt-lt fair for SI KOUaih with ordrr t I.5S
HO MORE TROUBLE FROM PUNCTURES
NAILS, Tacks, or Class will not let thaalroul.
\ hundred thousand pairs sold last year,
DESCRIPTION: If/SSifS ? S
riding, very durahln and lined inside with
u Special iiiialily of rubber, which never be*
comes porous nn<l which closes up Bma..
punctures without allowing tho sir tu escapo.
Wo have hundreds of li tters from satisfied OUStOini n
stating that their tires have only been i>iuni>cd ni> OllCO
ortwlco In a wholo season. They welsh no moro than
an ordinary tiro, the puncture rvsutlnc qualities being
eiven by several layers of thin, ?pCCially prepared
fabric on tho tread. Tho regular price Of Ihoo tlrei
is 110.00 per pair, but for ad vert Khnr puriioseswe are
makliur a special factory price to the rider of oulv <4.S0per pair. All fTders shipped samo
day letterfsreceived. vVoshlpC O, i>. on approval ^<>u do not pay ?? cent umii you
havo examined and found them strictly as represented,
Wo will allow a oath discount off. p rent i u.enl.v makini tin ? pri.i- S4.SB pi r r.?lr ' If you trnr] FULL CASH
WItM OROIR anil ?nclu?? OiIh advvrtlatment. You run |,o n,l m ^-n.iuif u> an order a? tdo Orr? may I?
raturnefl ttOUR u ?? If forany i^annn tlu>y aro not *ah;.f?. :..ry on namlMllon. ?> in prrfn-tiy rrllabHi
ami monry MQt to na la a* ^afuaa In a lisnk. If yon ..? l.-r ? pair of i i ? -?- I Irr?, you will UikI tlmt tliry will rut*
eaalfrr. run faatrr. ?rar iM^tirr. last Ionr<*r anil Ionic llm-r than anr t irr. yon hare?r?r nwl or m-rn at any prlre.
Wo know that you t.!II Iki tot wrll plva^il ?1 at \vin<n ymi wan t a Uioyclu you ?ia ?ivi> uk your onlrr. We wanl
?ou to wnd mi a trial onlfr at nn<*, hon in th > remarkable tiro nlfer.
#JT YfitB ?MFFK% TiltJTQfliitit hnv any K iml n i n rn pr IiMil 11 > *n apn.l for a pal r of nedrethorn
mr ? w ncEV f IMooture I'roof tlrf>gonappm.?ian<ftr,alal Ihoapeeiai mtrmini tory
prloe iinntod atore: or write for our hlf 7ire ami Imndiy *'?taii..:uo ? iiu h Ur.criiava ami quote* all makra ami
kliiOH of tlrtsi at alKiut half tho u? ial prlcea.
DO NC1T M/AI .T1"" wnl" "">!"-? t?M..|?, OO NOT THINK OrriUVINOa l.lcyrle or a pair of
77 . " . . nr''" r?"", .? "nl11 >"" knowtb? i-? *u l ?r.n,,. rful ofTer? woaro making.
ItonlyooataapnAtaltoloarnevrrythlnf. Writ., itNOW.
J. L. MEAD CYCLE COMPANY, CHICAGO, ILL.
Notlco t he <hick ruhb?rtr??<J
"A"and punctur*atrip* B"
and "O" also rim atriut "M'?
to provent rim cutting. Thiw
tiro will outlaat any othar
m.ke-SOFT, ELASTIC an<J
- OF THE -
Tho Dooks of tho County Treasurer
will bo opened for tho collection of
Stute. County and Commutation Road
Taxes for flscnl year, 1'Jil. at the
Treasurer's Olllco from October lGth.
to December 31st. 1911. After Decem
ber 3l8t., one per cent, will bo added.
After January 31st, two per-cent, will
he added, and after February 28th.,
seven per cent, will be added till the
15th. day of March. 1912, when the
liooks will be closed.
All persons owning property In moro
than one Township are requested to
call for receipts in each of the several
Townships in which the property la
located. This is important, as addition
al cost and penalty may he attached.
All able-bodied male Citizens be
tween the ne,es of L'I and GO years of
ago are liable to pay a poll tax of $L.OO
except old soldiers, who are exempt at
f?0 years of ngo. Commutation Hoad
Tax $1.50, in lieu of road duty,
The Tax levy Is as follows:
For State purposes.5% mills
For Constitutional School Tux 2 mills
For Ordinary County purposes mills
! For Interest on Railroad Bonds 1 mill
For [loads and Uridgo Monds It mills
For Court House Uouds .. ..2 mills
Special Schools 1.aureus Township.
I .aureus No. II.7 mills
Trinity Ridge No. I.4 mil's
Maddens No. 2.'..2 mills
Narnie No. 2.2 mills
llaileys No. I.2 mills
Mills No. D.2 mills
Oak drove No. C>.2 mills
Ol'U No. 12.2 mills
Special Schools Youngs Township.
Young:: No. :'..2 mills
Youngs No. 2.2 mills
Youngs No. I.2 mills
Youngs No. 5.2 mills
Fountain Inn No. 31).f> mills
Lnnford No .10.\y, mills
Oi a No. 12
Youngs No. 1.;i
Special Schools Dials
Qrecil Fond No. 1.2
Dials No. 2.3
Shlloh No. ::.2
Gray Court-Owings No. f? .. ,.4
llarksdale No. ti.2
Dial Church NO. 7 . . . . *. . . .2
Fountain Inn No. 211.r?
Special Schools Sullivan Township.
Mt. Ilelhel No. 2.:', mills
I'rlncoton No. l.2 mills
Poplar Springs No. 2.2 mills
Rahttn No. I.i mills
llendersonville No. .'?.I mills
Friendship No. .2V6 mills
Hrowerton No. 7.2 mills
Sullivan Township R R Fonds I mill
Special Schools Waterloo Township.
Waterloo No. II.2 mills
Mt. (jallaghor No. I.2 mills
licthlchcm No. 2.2 mills
lOkom No. 2.I mills
Ccnlorpolnl No. I.2 mills
Oakvllle No. r?.2 mills
Mt. Ploasanl No. C.2 mills
Ml. Olive No. 7.2 mills
al Schools Cross Hill Township.
I Dill No. 12. mills
: Hill No. I.2 mills
; Hill No. 2.2 mills
; Hill No. I.2 mill
; Hill No. 5.2 mills
; Hill No. fi.2 mills
Special School;; Haute;' '?' iWHQlllp.
Mountville no. 10.IV6 milln
Hunter No. 2.2 mills
Hunter No. 2.2 mills
Clinton No. 5.?! mills
Hunter No. S.2 mill-.
Special Schools Jacks Township.
Hurricane No. 15.2. mills
Shady GrOVO No. 2.2 mills
Special Schools S< ullletown Township
Lnngslon Church No. 2.2 mills
Scuflletown No. I.2 mills
Lnnford No. 10.I \'< mill t
Ora No. 12.2 mills
Prompt attention will be Riven those
who wish to pay their Taxes through
Life mail by check, money order, etc,
Pi rsons sending In lists of names to
ho Uiken off ti re refine* led to solid
Iheiii early; mid give the Town hip of
euch", as the Treasurer is very bti y
darin;; (ho month of December,
ROSS D YOI NO.
Sml? r 15. Fi I I. id.
t in \ i, m: i 11 i mi vi .
Take notice dial on the 2ml day of
December, we will render a final ac
count ol our acts and doings as Fx
eetitors ol the estate of Gardner L.
Davis, deceased, in the olllco of the
Judge of Probate of Laurens eotinty,
at II o'< iock. a. in., and on tho same
dti> \v111 apply for a final discharge
from our trust ns Exei iitors'.
Any persons Indebted to said estate
are notified and required to make pay
ment on that dato; and all persons
having claims against said estate will
present them on or before said date,
W. A. Davis.
J. F. Davis,
November |, 1911 I mo.
FIN VI, SETTLEMENT.
Take notice that on the 1st day of
December, I will render a final ac
count of rny acts and doings as Fx -
OCUtor of the estate of Emma J. Mose
ley, deceased, in the office of the Judge
of Probate of Laurens county, at 11 o'
clock, a. in., and on the same day will
ai ply for a final discharge from mr
trust as Executor.
Any persons indebted to said estate
are notified and required to mako pay
ment on that date; and all persons
having claims against said estate will
present them on or before said date,
duly proven, or be forever bnrrcd.
J. R. Moseley.
Novemhed 1, 1911??1 mo.
See our line of Heating Stoves, all
sizes, all prices, for either coal, wood
S. M. & E, 11, Wilkes & Co.