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TWO MURDERS IN
A SINGLE NIGHT
Too Much Thanksgiving at
ALL THE PARTIES
Gene Davenport Killed Lewis Allison
in Trlnity-Kldgc Section and Itculy
Owhms Killed Jasper Stoddnrd near
OwlngsStntlonn Her a* General Row.
Thanksgiving was marred in this
county by two homicides, both of
which occurred among the negro pop
ulation. Both of the men charged
with murder are now behind the
prison bars and will be tried at the
March term of the Court of General
Jasper Stoddnrd Killed.
At Owings station, on the DuPree
place, one of the killings occurred.
Bealy Owings, coming home from his
work, found Jasper Stoddnrd in his
home and ordered him out. When
Stoddnrd ,r; n cut of the door record
ing to Owings he turned to shoot hut
OwlngB got in the fatal shot. Owings
says that Stoddnrd shot first hut miss
ed. Owings claims that he had order
ed Stoddnrd to remain away from his
home before, hut thai Stoddnrd per-'
sisted in coming around and paying
attentions to his wife. The trouble
came to a head Thanksgiving night
when the killing occurred.
Lewis Allison Killed.
The other murder occurred on the
Dial place, in tho Trinity Ridge sec
tion, and resulted in the death of Lew
is Allison. The killing was the re
sult of a general row at the home
of James Davenport, who did the
shooting. Two other negroes got in
to a row and others Joined in. Daven
port brandished his pistol and told
the whole crowd to get out. As they
ran out Davenport fired his pistol hit
ting Lewis Allison. Davenport claims
that ho really did not intend to hit
anyone and that the killing was an
DEATH OK Dil WILBUR.
''r?iniucn1 Citizen of Cross Hill and
? Well Known all out the Count).
Cross Hill, Dec. 4.?Dr. J. Q. Wilbur
died last night after several day's ill
nofis. lie was about SO years old and
a man of prominence in Cross Hill.
He was twice married and his Becond
wife who was a Miss Qriflln died this
yonr. His (list wife was a Miss Wal
drop and three daughters ami several
grand children survive. Dr. Wilbur
was a man of strong conviction and
was a brave soldier. He is one of the
last who went from Lauren 8 county to
Kansas in IX.">X. He served through
the war between (he states, in a cav
alry company. His body will bo laid
to rest in (lie Presbytorinn cometory
tomorrow. His postor, Rev. (!. M.
Hollings worth will conduct tho ser
vice. The passing of such a man de
serves a more lengthy account of his
lifo and it is hoped that some of ins
follow Boldh i'fl wirr ftrlto it up.
APPOINTED C0MM.1 N'DANT.
Mr. J. R. Cnldwell of this Count, p
pointed Comnmndnnl of (ho Jld
Soldiers Home til folltmhhi.
' Mr. .). B. Caldwoll, a citizen of this
coutny, has been appointed command
ant of t!"> Old Soldiers Home, located
at Columbia. Mr. .1. T, Crews, a di
rector of the Home, went down last
week to attend one of the meetiiiKs
and placed Mr. Caldwell's name in
nomination. Mr. Cnldwell fought
throughout the war and brought back
a record of bravery and gallantry
which he could well be proud of.
Mr. Caldwoll will go down at onco
to take charge of the work. MaJ. H.
_ w. Richardson has been managing the
ome since tho death of Col. Mixson.
Entertainment by Woodmen.
, "Friendship Lodge. Woodmen of the
World, entertained a large number
ot friends Thanksgiving evening with
n bountiful sftpper. About three hun
dred guests were present and the ov
o/Wng was greatly enjoyed by all who
were present. The table was loaded
with good things to Oftt, including
jro'possums, ronst beef, .oilier sub
utantials and delicious deserts. Dur
ing the eventing short address s were
made by Mcc?f? P W. Nash and C. A.
I NEGRO NARROWLY
Foresight Used by Sheriff mid Assist
ants Saved Negro's . I><*ntIi . Last
I.aureus county barely escaped a
lynching last Tuesday night when
Sheriff*Owlngs and his deputies per
suaded a mob of infuriated men to
give up Walter Moody, a negro hoy,
whom they held on a charge of at
tempted ; ssr.uk with criminal Intent.
! The ncgl'O hoy, who is about 10 years
of age, was finally turned over to the
Rh or Iff und now rests bohlnd tho bars.
I t orlff Owlngs was warned that a mob
l.fbuld storm the jail Wednesday night
-ml take I'm; negro out, but nothing!
onma of the threat after the sheriff
I had g,v; n out that tho negro would
bo protected a! all hazards.
it is stated flint n young girl nnd
her younger sister were returning
home last Tuesday evening from town
when the negro jumped out of tho
road and demanded that the older one
get out of the buggy. When the ne
grn made a move to pull her out the
girl screamed and the negro ran. The
girls drove rapidly home and told
what had happened .".ml soon a mob
had gathered. Circumstances sur
rounding (bo ease pointed to Walter
Moo'y as the guilty party and he was
.soon caught and Identified. About
this time word was received at the
sheriff's office of the state of affairs.
The sheriff accompanied by Deputy
Roid and Rural Policeman Sullivan,
hurried to the sein.- They found a
largo crowd around the negro house
and in the vicinity, but nothing could
be gathered as to the negro. It was
stoutly denied on all sides that any
negro had been taken in charge by the
mob. but the sheriff thought differ
ently and awaited the turn of affairs.
Finally by talking and reasoning with
t,he men, the officers persuaded the
mob to tell where the negro was be
ing held and to give him up. The
sheriff was carried down the road a
short distance and there he found a
large crowd of men with the negro
in the midst of them. Tho negro had
his coat and shoes ofi' as if the mob
were ready to put an end to him, but
after some protestations he was turn
ed over to the sheriff and the sheriff
brought him to the jail.
Conclusive evidence has been found
which shows that Walter Moody Is
tho negro wanted. He will moot trial
at the March term of the Court of
Sheriff Owlngs nnd his assistants
have been highly commended for sav
ing the negro's life. Unless they had
acted as they did, it is doubtful wheth
er the negro would be alive today.
I As it is tho county is saved the dls
I grace of a lynching.
A THANKSGIVING DINNER?
A Most Delightful Time Spent at (he
Home of Mr. G. P. Moore.
One of the most delightful dinners
imaginable was that given at the
home of Mr. (5. K. Moore last Thanks
giving Day. Among tho first events
of tho day, and a most beautiful ono,
was when all too children and grand;
chlidven and others present gathered
before dinner for a thanks giving
prayer. Mr. A. o. Allison led tiie pray
er nnd was assisted by Mrs. W. A.
Moore, Mr. .1. M. Mooro and Mr. (1. B.
Following (he prayer all gathered
around the bountiful dlnnor, Which
was servod by Misses Lucllo and
Claudio Moore. Seventeen children
and grandchildren were present,
(hough there were twenty three in all.
Those besides (lie family wore Mr::.
M. C. Compton and Rev. and Mrs. A.
', (). Allison.
Protracted Sen ices.
Rev. .1. Andrew Smith, the evange
list of Fnoreo Presbytery, began a so
ries of meetings at the Presbytery
church Sunday morning and will con
tinue them throughout this week. The
services nry drawing large congrega
tion;, and Mr. Smith will doubtless
Ii'IVO a deep impression. The sub
ject of the sermon tontfflU will ho
"Tho Ideal Mother."
Divvcr Pros., tho hustling tinner?
made a record last wjook In (ho art of
replacing roofs. When tho fire de
stroyed tho roof on tho homo of Mr.
Philpot last Wednesday about. 11
o'clock (he owner was air.lous (o get
It bnek before night nnd (hat Was the
very thing the' DIvvor outfit did. It
was certainly a i? dy tlnsli to <? ?vor.
Magistrate of Mountville
GENERAL IM ESS
OVER THE AFLAIR
Itcsult (?i* Two Trinis of Kurnl l'olicc
man Madden for Solling n Pistol He
longhfg (o The County In One of
Which lip wild Convicted ami in tin*
otlu-r vas Acquitted*
In the News ami Courier of Sunday,
under a Columbia date line appeared
Governor Bleaso has suspended J,
M. Goodman, magistrate at .Mountville.
in Laurens County, on the strength
of affidavits from \V. C. Hipp, Doc
Brown and Hoss i). Young, county
treasurer of Laurens, that Magistrate
Goodman failed to remit all of the mon
ey from two lines to the county treas
urer, as required by low. On the Ill
ing of tho affidavits Whloh contain
the above allegations, Mnglstrat<
Goodman was suspended from ofllce
and forbidden to perform any of the
duties of such officer. Copies of a lot
\ tor addressed to Goodmun were Clod
today in the o?leo of the Secretary
of State, reading as follows:
"it having been shown to me by af
fidavits of W, C. Hipp, Due Hrown and
Doss D. Young, county treasurer of
tho county of Laurens, (copies of said
affidavits having heretofore been serv
ed upon you,) th.it you have been guil
ty of misconduct and neglect of duty
as magistrate, in that you did on or
about April 4, 1911, collect a line of
$20 from one Johnnie Jones, ai d that
on or about .Inly, 1011, did collect a
tine of $20 from one Doc Brown, and
that you have only made return to the
said treasurer of $10 of tho money col
lected from Johnnie Jones and $lf> of
the money collected from Doc Brown,
in violation of the statutes and in
open violation of tho law, which re
quires that you shall turn over all
amounts collected by you to the county
treasurer of your county;
Now, in view of your violation of
your oath of ollice and of misconduct
and neglect of duty, as above set forth
you arc hereby suspended from the
Office of magistrate, and are forbidden
to perform any of tho duties as such
officer. This action is taken in ac
cordance with Section 982, Volume 1.
Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1002.
Copy of this order has been tiled
with the Secretary of State and clerk
of Court of tin- county of Laurens.
Cole L. isioase, Governor.
W. P. C.
This action of tho governor is tho
outcome of a state of affairs that has
existed for do past foW weeks around
Mountville and which grew out of the
trial of Rural Policeman Madden for
disposing of a pistol hohad taken from
a prisoner. Mr. Madden was first
tried before Magistrate Goodman, the
I deposed officer, and found guilty. In
this trial Mr. Karle Bryson went on
I tho stand and swore that he had
bought the pistol from ti e rural po
liceman. Mr. Madden States that be
cause he did not think that ho could
get a fair trial at this time, he refus
ed to put up any evidence to Ci Ihr him
self. Instead ho later asked for a new
trial and a cht llgo of Vonuo. This
was granted ami Mr. Madden went bo
for Magistrate Campbell last .Mon
day. At this trial Mr. Madden put his
son (Ml tllC stand and he testified thftt
ho it was who had sold the pistol. Mr.
Madden was thereupon acquitted. Mr.
Bryson still contends that the pistol
was sold to him by the rural police
To all outside appearances the trial
last Monday ended the case, but
wheels had begun to turn elsewhere.
Mr. Madden had laid his ease before
Gov. Bleaso, submitting at the same
time affidavits mentioned in the above
dispatch to the effect that Magistrate
Goodman had received certain fines
?and had failed to turn them over to
the proper authorities. On recoiving
these affidavits, according to Mr.
Goodman,.Gov. Bleaso wrote him nnd"
called on him to send in his re-.igna
j tion. Instead of doing this, Mr. Good
1 man prepared affidavits to snow that
the Charges made Orfamsl him weye
: not true. He curried these to Colum
bia himself last Tuesday an I ; ppoarod
before Gov. Please with them. Ac
(Contlnued on Page Twelve.)
Rev. L. P. McGee Returns
to Present Charge.
REVEREND P. F KILGO
A List of the Other Preachers who are j
to PHI I lie Charges of This Circuit
in which Few Changes were Made, I
Delegates from this City Itettii'ii
The delegates from the different
churches in the city and county of
I.aureus have returned to their lionies
after Cue annual Conference of the
Methodist church, which was held in
Benncttsvillo this year. The appoint
ments for the coming year were read
out Monday night and the following
appoitinents were made for this dis
Greenville District?P. F. Kilgo,
presiding elder; Clinton, .1. s. Ma
haffey; Easloy, l'. B. Ingraham;
Fountain Inn, S. T. Blr.c!<inr.nj Gray 1
Court, J. P. Attawoy; Greenville.
Buncombe street, M. L. Carlisle;
Greenville, St. Paul's, E. S. Jones;
Greenville, Hampton avenue, J. M.
Rogers; Greenville, West Greenville.
I.. L. Inabinet; Greenville, South
Greenville, J. T. McFarlane; Green
ville, Bethel and Poe, D. W. Keller;
Greenville circuit, J. G. Hugglns;
Greel's, P. T. Hodges; Lnurens, First
church L. P. MeGee; Laurens cir
jcuit, J. c. Davis; Liberty, D. it. Ruff;
North Pickens, B. L. Thomason;
j Dickens, G. F. Kirhy; Piedmont, W
j L. Wait; South Greors, W. M. Owings;
Travelers' Rest, Joe D. Hell; West
Basley, a. a. Merritt.
Rev. W. M. Duncan, who has fleen
presiding elder for this district for
the past four years, goes to the Co
lumbia district and will make his
home in Columbia. Rev. R. M. Du
Hoso will return to his charge at
Princeton, which is in the Cokesbury
circuit. Rev. J. T. Miller will have
the charge at Waterloo, also in the
NEW RURAL POLICEMEN I
Two Young White .Men Arrested for
Impersonating Ofilccr and llighwnj
Wright Fuller and Jim Hill, two
young white men of the I.aureus mill
Village, were arrested the early part
of this week by Rural Policeman Sul
livan on tlireo different charges of
impersonating an officer, false arrest
and highway robbery. The charge was
that they baited a negro in the road j
near the homo of tho late Cnpt. John j
Moore and pretending to bp rural po
licemen took a bond of $5.00 nwny
from the neuro. John G. Pitts. They
trumped up a charge of selling wills- !
key against him and frightened him
so that ho handed tho money over. The
negro later reported the two men and
. they were arrested.
Wright Fuller lias been released up- '
011 $1,000 bond. Jim Hill has not as
yet been able to raise Hie amount of
? he bond and Is still in jail.
Rev. w. H. Thnyer has announced
that the subject of ids sermon for
next Sunday Will bo "Moms." Tai.
Is another of a series of sermons
which Mr. Thftyor has been preach
ing for several weeks. Mr. Thnyer
nlso Wishes it stated that no services
will he held in his church Sund :y ev- j
Oiling on account of the protracted
sorvlcos being carried on in the Pres
byterian church. Mr. Thnyer left yes
terday for Greenwood, where he will
attend the annual Baptist Convention.
He is on the program for the annual
, Convention Sermon which was preaoh
j ed last night.
To Muh School Conference.
Supt.. B. L. Jones, Principal H. F.
Kxell and Misses I.ucia Harksdale and
Fannie Crelgbton will attend the high
school conference which will begin
n< \t Monday at Greenwood. The high
i school teachers from all over this seo
? tion of the slate will be there at the
Messrs Motes and Hrownlee, who
for a long time have run a successful
!\ ncy grocery store at Watts Mills,
lave decided to dissolve partnership
and to go into business separately.
GOV. BLEASE REFUSES
TO INTERFERE NOW
Garllugton and Young Must Servo
Their Sentence in tho Penitentiary.
According to reports in yesterday
afternoon's papers, Gov. I Mease has
refused to take any action at the pres
ent time on the petitions for the par
don of .lohn Y. Garlington and Slobo
J. Young, of this city, who we re sen
tenced to confinement in the state
penitentiary for three years and one
year respectively for their operations
in connection with the ?emlnole Se
curities case. This means that the
two voting men will have to serve the
sentences imposed upon them.
Messrs Garlington and Young have
been in the city for the past week and
most probably they will go down to
Columbia today to begin serving their
WILLIS II. DULL A MS. .
Death of an Old I,aureus Count) (On
federate Veteran in Spnrtuilhtirg.
Another one of the old Confederate
veterans went to his reward Saturday,
December 2nd. when Mr. Willis n. Mel
lams died at the home of his son-in
law in Spartanburg county. Mr. Hel
lams was horn and raised in this
county and when the war broke out he
enlisted. He foiighJ bravely during
the your years ana came hack home
to take up the work of restoring Iiis
Up until a few months ago he had
lived in this county, near Barksdale
station, but when his health began to
fail him ho went to the home of his
son-in-law, Mr. Marcus1 Patterson and
it was there that the end came. He
was brought to the cemetery at I-.au
ford Station Sunday and that after
noon he was laid to rest, the services
being conducted by the Rev. .1. K. Mc
Mr. Ilellams is survived by his wife,
his brother, Mr. Y. C. Ilellams of Lau
rens, ihreo sisters, Miss Mattio ilel
lams, Mrs. s. l). Terry of Greenville
county, and Mrs. Nannie Truman of
Texas; and one daughter, Mrs. Pat
terson of Spart an burg.
PIRK DESTROYS CLINTON IIOMK.
Other Items of Interest from the Town
of Clinton New Pastor Called.
Clinton, Dec. 4.?A lire broke out
here about '?'< o'clock Saturday morn
ing that alarmed the community, be
cause it threatened to spread to the
business section. Had it done so the
destruction would have been fearful,
as a high wind was blowing and there
was a low water pressure.
The house burned belonged to Mr.
M. S. Bailey and was occupied by
Mrs. Pollard. When the Inmates
awakened t!ie kitchen wsih falling in
They escaped from the house without
w aiting for clothes (hough some things
were saved later. Tho pitiful fea
ture of the ease was that two members
of the family were convalescing from
typhoid fever and were In no condi
tion to stand so dreadful a shock and
the necossary exposure They were
red Ivcd by sympathizing neighbors.
The house and furniture worn |n
Ritred. The house Was that, once oc
cupied by Mr. M. s. Bailey's family
and Inter by Mrs. Moris. '?? '<< ? lire \yafj
e.i : nd out. The wind \\ it
blowing awaj from 1 Is house, a strong
wind, that hove sparks jnh<? oven bunt
ing shingles across to the roofs of
stores a block or more away, An out
house was not on Uro in tho Adnlr
yard and the Volunteer fir compnnle
were kept busy lighting the brands
that fell on tho'roofs of the near-by
The First Presbyterian congrega
tion held a meeting Sunday morning
for the election of a pastor and voted
unanimously to "invite the Rev. Mr.
Hoggin of Greensboro, N. C, to accopl
the charge of this church. He is very
highly spoken of and it Is hoped ho
will sec his way to come to Clinton.
Thanksgiving week W08 greatly en
joyed and was the occasion of a num
ber of merry-rnaklngs On Tuesday
afternoon Mrs. W I. Loako entertain
e.d the Halcyon Book club. Wednes
day evening, Mr. Hall SI.amis enter
tained nt a stag dinner. Friday even
ing Mr. and Mrs. J, A. Copeland gave
ft turkey supper to a number of fri-nd
Thursday evening Miss Gssio Young
entertained a number of couples In
honor of her visitor, Miss Kclloy of
? that the pan
. Vance's ho I
Charged With Misappro
DEDMOND REMEDY CO.
BONE OF CONTENTION
Slock Holders of the Company Ask
Tim! Receiver be Appointed und
tlutt ,f. Archie Willis mid Others
he Unjoined from Further Interfer
ring with the Hooks.
The following dispatch upponrcd in
tho Greenville Piedmont ycstorday af
ternoon. .1. Archlo Will'.-, tie party
most concerned in the case, is ;: native
of tliis county and is at present a rop
resentntlve of this county in the Leg
Sensational charges against .1. A.
Willis, .-is stockholder and officer in
tin- Dodmond Remedy company, a
firm recently commissioned by tlu
state to manufacture und sell n euro
for pellagra and which rece ntly open
ed ?fllces in this city, have been
brought by .lohn W. Bridges and K.
yv. Dodmond stockholders in the
company, in which tho deft ndant, J.
A. Willis, is charged with broaching
his trust, with not giving account of
monies received as secretary and
treasurer of the company, that ln?
lias denied receiving certain monies
( which (he plillltifiS Claim they be
lieve he has received and with not
administering the business of the
; firm in ways agreed upon by the
stockholders when the company was
formed, and a receiver is asked for
the company and the rennest made
that the court dissolve the linn.
This complaint has boon served
upon the defendant ami has been re
corded in the sheriff's oillcc as has
an order which was issued by Judge
Shrumnn at this term of court or
dering the defendant to appear in
court on Saturday, December '.i at in
o'clock and show cause why the
injunction asked in the complaint
should not he granted. The defend
ants in the ease are J. A. Willis, (!.
K. Willis, W. K. Stringer. Leon L.
Rice and I). A. Grcor, while the
charges of mismanagement and the
like in handling the affairs of tho
Dodmond company are made against
the defendant, J. A. Willis.
The order issued and signed at the
term of court of common pleas now
in session in this city by the pre
siding judge, Mr. R. M. Shuman, or
ders first that the defendant, J. A.
Willis, show cause Saturday, Decem
ber !? at 10 o'clock in tlie court liOUSO
in this city before Judge Shuman
why an Injunction asked for in tho
accompanying complaint, should not
be grained; second thai J. A. Willis
show cause why a receiver to the
Dodmond R< medy company should
I not be appointed; third (bat J- A.
Willis and all ethers on whom tlie
order may be served he "restrained
and enjoltied, until ?he hearing above
required, from entering Into the of
Tee of tho business Uno" u II? the
Dedmod Remedy Compnnj and from
handling, removing or interferrlrig'
with any oi th< I.>??*?. records <>:? oth
or property or assets Of !"??' said
firm." Fourth, iin t :? <bpy of the
complaint bo served upon the de
fendant. J. A. Willis, with all con
Accompanying the order Issued by
Judge Shun.an i- the complaint filed
with the county author!ics by tho at
torney for the plaintiff?. Mr. J. J
McSwnln, In which the honsotlorial
Charges are made againsf Mr. WJllis
as hct.lv ? In tlio managt rn ml of I;"
Dednioiul Ri inody company.
There are four different charges hi
the complaint, The II Ird Chart;: i*
sldei'nbre.fUfin. (if tlie, ebnipaa:'* it i
and that Ic ha i falb d \>, :.? m ? ? In
;! o plaintiffs ? their l>
profits of i he ( it inoss, I jiougli i' was
understood thai division hould lie
made once .-? ipfuifh; tlpif the '?p'ahi'
tiffs pre informed and believed ilia I the
d 'fondant, J. A, Willis, Is not i nan
clally l'i upon ilblfl and dial ii" is iiu
der no bond to the said business and
that the ofllco of Hi'- said Iiu si m ;
at Greonvllle, s. ()., in which county
and city, the defendant C K. Willis,
resides, lias been closed and the
Btonograpbcr of said business ids
charged; and thai Hie plaintiffs an
informed and hellt vo Hint tho do
fondant, J. A. Willis, expects t<? re
move the said Offlcd, with the books
and other assets now at Greenville.
S ('.. which has ?? 'reed to be the
principal place of business, to Owing
s. ('., in the county of Lnurens,
where tho defendant, J A. Willis, re
Hides;" that the defendant. J. A. Wil
lis, received tlie sunt of $I.ftC0 to $2.000
from the business for which he has
not accounted to t; <? plaintiffs; that
If tl-.e buflncsi is i loved from Ort on
VlilO it will b0 wrecked. Its standing
destroyed and great Injury done f?
JIVork Pul Ort.
Tl c holoa that were dug on<th? m\w
post office ibl some lime last week
? . .,. i. nu< ' ?< i They wllPnf op
ined up r. ? ;!i due next s'-!ng.
If the we t' or |< ops Rood.