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I SOON UNDER WAY
Plans to be Advertised Dur
COMES AT LAST
Senator E. T>. Smith Sends Letter to
Postumster Hicks giving the En
couraging Information that the
Ruildihg will now Soon he in the
Humis of Contractors.
Its coming at last. What? The
new post olllco building. When? Soon! :
It. looks like a true bill thi3 time,
for the Assistant Secretary of the
Treasury (couldn't read his signature)
has mailed a letter to Senator B.
DURant Smith to the effec t that bids
would soon be called for. The
joyful tidings were conveyed to Post
master Hicks several days ago. the
letter of the assistant secretary being
sent along also. Here is the corn s
Senator Smith's Letter.
Washington, ?. ( .. Feb. ?>. 1912.
Mr. ('has. H. Hicks, Postmaster,
Laurens, s. C.
Dear Sir: Your communication of
some days ago, requesting ma to look
int? the status of tho Laurens poRtof
llce, to band. Please notr the attach
ed letter from the assistant secretary,
which Is self-explanatory.
Please return this letter for my file.
Yours very truly,
F. I). Smith.
Ass. tnilt Secretary's Letter.
Washington, i>. C, Feb. :;, 1912:
Honorable 10. I). Smith,
^.United States Senate,
Washington, D. C.
Sir: 1 have the honor to acknowl
edge tho receipt of your letter of tho
1st instant, making inquiry regarding
the status of the proposed new Post
Office building at Laurens, South Caro
lina, and enclosing a communicn ion
from the postmaster in regard thereto.
I take pleasure in stating that tho
plans have been completed, the spe
cifications are now being written, and,
should no unforeseen delay oCdf, it
i tbe expectation of the Department
to have tho plans and specifications
jbmpleted and placed on the market
"Tor bids about March 1st.
The postmaster's letter Is returned
?. ?. Dai ley.
It will thus be gathered that the
new post office building will be begun
just about tho time that the new
court house Is finished, giving a steady
lino of employment to a large num
ber of workmen.
GREAT CAUSE PRESENTED.
The Cause of the Rescue Home at
Gicenvillc Presented by Salvation
Army Workers at Raptist Church
In spite of tho inclement weather,
a rather large congregation attended
the services at the Daptlst church Sun
day evening to hear tho address of
Rrigadier Margaret Rovill, of the Sal
vation Armv. The meeting was held
primarily in behalf of the Rescue
Home, supported largely by that or
ganization In Greenville.
T! ?? other clmrdlhes or the city clos
ed r doors Sunday night, so as to
give their congregations the oppor
tunity to bo present at this service.
In addition to the party from Green
ville, Rev. Mr McG?e. Rev. Mr. Itnn
kin, and Rev. Mr. Thaycr occupied
chairs on the pulpit. Mr. Geo. R.
Koestor, one of the Greenville direc
tors of the Rescuo Homo, presentod
Mrs. Movill. stating In a fow well chos
en words, the object of their coming
to l.aureus. He stated, among other
filings, that the Home was not solely
Bp Green villi Institution, that inmates
"^Ore cared for from nil the counties
in tho Piedmont. Mr. Koester intro
^ 'duccd MrB. IJovlll, who spoke nt length
of the work of the Salvation Army, es
pecially as it relates to work among
the Poor and forgotten of the shines,
making a special plea for cooperation
* at Greenville, where the Army has a
rescue home for unfortunate womon.
Mrs. Rovill was given the closest
I attention and the congregation was
strongly impressed with the great
work that tho Salvation Army Is doing.
A generous collection was taken up at
tho close of tho meeting.
NOT TO BE DIVIDED
Senate Kills Hill by Senator from
Greenville to put Half of Dispensary
Profits Into State Treasury.
Columbia, S. C, February 13.?
The senate this morning indefinitely
postponed Senator W. L. Mnuldin's
bill to provde that half of the neb
profits from dispensaries be put into
the State treasury. Tho bill was de
bated for nearly an hour, many sena
tors from dry counties speaking in its
favor and several from dispensary
counties opposing it. The bill was laid
to rest by a vote of 21 to 10. ?
Senator Mauldin spoke on his bill,
stressing the fact that the State's ex
penses aro heavy at present and at
the same time the dlspensarcs are re
ceiving immense revenues annually
and that the Stnto must get money
from some source. So why pot, he
urged, put part of the dispensary fund
into the treasury and thereby relieve
the people of either heavier taxation
or an issue of bonds?
Senator Weston opposed the bill on
tho ground that he did not believe It
just to take money, that Is made by
Rkhlnnrt find ether "wet" counties'
dispensaries and spend it so as to
benefit counties that had no dispen
saries. Senator W. L. Mauldin inter
rupted the speaker and asked If Rich
land and other county dispensaries did
not selj quantities oi whiskey to peo
ple from dry ccuntes and thereby gain
income from dry eounti.es. Senator
Mauldin said that the immense in
crease in liquor subs in Richlnnd
county since many of the counties
went "dry" was due to the fact that
people came from "dry" counties into
"w< t" counties and carried whiskey
back with them.
Walker With Weston.
Senator Walker of Georgetown also
opposed the bill. He was surprised at
'the view taken by Senator Mauldin.
He said for senators from prohibition
counties to vote for this bill would be
to stultify their counties' principles.
He said thot though the advocates of
tho hill say that the division is for the
benefit of the State they know that it
will benefit the individual counties
Senator Mauldin said that unless this
hill is passed the "dry" counties will
in time, Influenced by greed for the
revenue that they see dispensary
counties receiving, h/> Ind.'.ced to vote
hack the dispensaries.
Senator ('Urlstensen spoke in oppo
sition to the bill and Senator Waller
Senator Christensen moved to indefi
nitely postpone the hill, and this was
done, by a vote of 21 to 10.? Dally
Governor has Appointed Mr. Kent on
Fuller at Cross Hill.
Mr. ltenton Fuller has been appoint
ed by the governor to till the place of
Magistrate at Cross Hill, so long and
so well filled by tho late Mr. J. A.
Culhertson. Mr. Fuller has appoint
ed as his constable, Mr. R. P. Cole,
who had been for a long tlmo tho effi
cient constable of Mr. Culhertson.
Hoth Messrs Fuller and Cole are well
known and popular citizens of Cross
Hill and that they will fill their po
sitions wth unerring good judgment
goes almost without saying. They
have hundreds of well-wishers in and
around Cross Hill. Hoth were at the
county sent last Saturday arranging
tho necessary papers preparatory to
entering upon their duties.
Judge of Probate Thompson has
made a record of the number of mar
riage licenses Issued by him slnco the
1st of July, 1911, when the license law
went Into effect, i ic reoord shows
that thero were white couples to
apply for licences and 13fl negro cou
pleR. During tho first three months
ho Issued 39 licenses, but during the
next quarter of the year, business
picked up considerably, a total of 139
loving ones taking out tho necessary
credentials. Slnco January 1st. 64
have taken out licenses, which is not
so bad for this tlmo of year.
Missionary to Preach.
Rev. H. K. Moseley. a returned mis
sionary from Cuba, will preach at the
Rapt 1st church Sunday evening. At
the morning service Rev. Mr. Thayer
will conduct tho usual Sunday ser
vices. Strangers and the public gen
erally are Invited to both services. The
evening service begins at 7:30 o'clock.
DOCTORS TO MEET.
Annual Session Will be Held In Co
lumbia Next Week.
The annual meeting of the Trl
State Medical Association will be held
in Columbia next Wednesday and
Thursday. Tho association is com
posed of Virginia and the two Caro
linas. Its session this year promises
to be one of the most Interesting and
instructive that has been l eid in many
years. Dr. R. E. Hughes of Laurens
is the present secretary and for the
past few weeks has been ? kept busy
making preparations for this meeting.
The programs have already been sent
out and the number and quality of the
subjects have brought Dr. Hughes
many complements from some of the
I leading medical men of the country.
MR, ARTHUR RODGERS DEAD.
Well Known Young Man Dies After
Attack of Appoplexy.
Mr. Aruthur Rodgers, who was re
ported as seriously ill in the list is
sue of The Advertiser, died Wednesday
morning. All that loving hands and
skilled physicians could do was done
for him. bul It was all to no avail.
Ho never regained consciousness af
ter being suddenly stricken Monday
The funeral services were held
Thursday afternoon at Chestnut
Rldgo church, Rev. W. E. Thnycr con
ducting them. Tho following young
men acted as pall bearers: ('. I). Wil
son. J. It. AborcrcmbiO, 1). II. Wilson.
W. 10. Bramlett, M. A. Wilson and L.
Mr Rodgers, was 2S years of age and
single He was a son of Mr. and Mrs.
J. A. Rodgers, of this city, and was
very popular wherever he was known,
lie was an upright citizen and a young
man of high ideals and manly spirit.
His death is greatly deplored by a
large circle of friends.
ROUNDS SPECIALTY COMPANY.
Next Attraction of the City Lyceum
Course at tho Opera House, Monday
Evening, February I'.Mb.
The next attraction of the City I-y
ceutN course promises to be one of the
best yet. .ludging from the advance
press notices, this attraction has met
With magnificent success wherever it
has played. The attraction is "Rounds
and His Ladic Orchestra." Resides Mr.
Rounds himself, who is the leader of
the orchestra and his wife tnere are
nine other young ladies who take part
The following are some of the press
"The Rounds Orchestra Company
which 'were the opening number on
the F. of P. lecture course last Mon
day evening were greeted by a very
large and appreciative audience. Ev
ery member of tho company proved to
bo a star performer and every number
on the program made a hit. It Is per
fectly safe to say that in all of the
fifteen years that the K. of P. lodgo
have conducted the lecture course here
they have never had a concert com
pany which gave as general satisfac
tion as did this one and they will no
doubt be returned for another concert
on the next year's course.?Drocton.
N. Y., Enterprise.
One of the greatest treats of the
season was the unanimous verdict of
the audience who heard H. O. Rounds
and his orchestra of talented young
ladles at tho Y. M. C. A. Auditorium
It was truly an ail-star company.
Mr. Rounds, besides being a masterful
leader of his orchestra, won the audi
ence with his genial manner and and
line humor, which did not permit a
dull moment In the program from tho
opening to tho conclusion.
The entire program was one of the
finest and most enjoyablo in every re
spect that has ever been rendered at
tho Y. M. C. A.
The curtain will go up promptly at
8:30 o'clock. Tickets are now on sale
at The Palmetto Drug Company.
Most Thrilling Drama.
One of the most thrilling plnys and
at the same time the most Interesting
and amusing Is Dr. .Tekyll and Mr.
Hyde which will Introduce the eminent
English actor, Eduard Waldmann and
his company In the above play at the
opera house Friday, Feb. 16th where
Mr. Waldmann has been selected as
the special attraction. Although he
has appeared In all the great Shakes
pearean plays, Mr. Waldmann's great
est success, especially in the large cit
ies, has been attained in the interpre
tation of tho dual role of the sensa
?<SAULM TO BE RKPEATED.
Beautiful Cantata uill be Sung nt ibo
Opera Hounc Thursday Evening- for
Benefit of Civic League und the Li
Actl'ig upon the request of numer
ous people who did not hear It sung
before and also upon the request of
the'officers of the Civic Lo&gu? and
Library Association, the Laurens Cho
ral Society has consented to repent the
cantata "Saul" Thursday evening. The
entertainment will be given this time
in the opera house, when a flat rate of
35 cents for all chairs in tho auditori
um will be charged. a rate of 2.j cents
will be made for Die gallery, which
will be reserved entirely for colored
The cantata proved such n success
when it was presented several weeks
ago that any advaaco notices nre not
necessary. It Is only necessai'} to
state that the same |jrin< ii ah; and
chorus, with possibly savorol addi
tions, will take part in it this time.
The cantata will l?o made even more
attractive the compang having the
benefit of the curtains and scenery.
There will be no reserved seats.
CAMPAIGN GOES ON.
Laurens County Furniers Seem Deter
mined to Curtail Cotton Crop by
Additional pledges have been re
ceived by the Committee'on cotton re
duction. The following names have
Laurens District No. 3.?A. L. Nash,
13. (1. Drnmlett, Z. R. Trnynham, R. B.
Qnmbroll, .1. H. Pranks, .1. M. Simpson,
.1. .1. Dondy, C. V. Craddock, R. H.
Hudgcns, Austin Bramlett, W. L. Deid,
W. R. Knight, Alford Young, Lass YVU
Scufilotown District No. l.?C. A.
and .1. L. Todd, (i. \V. Cunningham. .1.
C. Todd. E. L. Menuett, L. D. Hitch,
.1. H. Todd. C. (}. Holland, .1. \V. Blake
ly, Willie Chaney, R. L. Cole, S. J.
Hunter District Xo. 8.?D. R, Craw
ford, I). M. Williams, ,1. L. Crawford,
.1. (J. Young, X. L. Dickert and .1. .1.
Young. Colored farmers- Abe Wolff,
(b-orge WollT. Mat Dial. Henry Wat
son, R. W. Young; .lohn II. Young.
John Vance, Hobt. New and J. For
Jacks District No. 2.?J. T. Kay. L.
E. Hatton, I). \V. Mason, T. L. John
son, J. 1'. Horton, J. H. Hoyd. E. W.
Honds, Hush Nabers, F. S. Johnson,
.1. P Johnson, Sam Hunter. T. S.
Simpson, E. SI. Franklin, J. Y. Gary,
J. 11. Pitts. Fait Metts. Hilly Blakely.
Mr. W. T. Austin made a canvas of
Cross Hill which showed that where
1,1(18 acres wore planted last year
1,056 would be planted this year. It
also showed that- tho fertilizer hill
would be reduced about one third.
PEOPLE TO ELECT*.
Commissioner of Agriculture to he
Elected by Ballot of People.
Columbia. S. C, February 13
If the senate agrees to the action
of the house of representatives this
morning, Col. 10. J. Watson, commis
sioner of agriculture, commerce and
industries, If be desires to remain In
that office for another term, will have
to enter the race, as other candidates
do, to be elected by the voters of the
St'i'.e. , This term Is to be only two
years, In place of four, as at present.
Under the terms of the amended house
hill, however, tho present commis
sioner is to retain bis office until his
successor la elected and qualified
which provision will retain Col. Wat
son in olRee until after the first of
the next year, la any event.
This In effect Is the compromise
.effected In the house of representa
tives today, between supporters and
opponents of the measure Introduced
by Mr. Lnwndes J. Drowning of Un
ion, to make the office of commis
sioner of agriculture, commerce and
industries elective by the general as
sembly, instead of appointive by the
governor. This result was obtained
after a thin-ranked, but determined
opposition had made plain their in
tention to defeat the measure by a
filibuster. An average of lfi to 18
members of the house appeared de
termined to proven' by dilatory tac
tics the passage of the measure, but
finally tnc amendment offered by Mr.
Wells and another offered by Mr. K. P.
Smith effected tho compromise be
tween the parties, and the hill then
passed to third reading with little or
i no opposition.?Dally Record.
MR. L. G. BALLE, SR.,
LAID TO REST
Rody of Loyal Citizen Rests in the
Laurent* Cemetery, Where it was
Placed Thursday Morning, Follow
ing Simple Ceremony.
Tho funeral services over the body
of Mr. Lipman George Halle, Sr., a
brief notice of whose death appeared
in the last Issue of The Advertiser,
were held at the Laurens cemetery
Thursday morning, where a large
number of sorrowing friends and rel
atives gathered to pay a last tribute.
The services were conducted by Rev.
L. P. McGee, after which the body
was interred with Masonic honors.
The grave was covered with beautiful
?flowers, sent by the lamented gentle
man's hosts of friends and admirers
and placed by those near and dear to
The honorary pall bearers were Col.
J. \V. Ferguson, Moj. W. A. Watts. Dr.
A. .1. Christopher, Mr. W. R. Rlcbey,
Mr. C. R. Hobo. Mr. c. 1). Uarksdalc,
Mr. O. R. Simmons, Mr. W. I.. Gray.
Mr. .1. .1. l'luss, Mr. W. G. Wilson.
lion F. I*. McGownn, Mr. .1. W. Todd,
Mr. 1*. A. Simpson, and Mr. A. Muff.
The active pall bearers were Col.
II. Y. Simpson. Dr. II. K. Alken, Dr.
i W. I). Ferguson, Messrs. .1. C, Owlngs,
C. H. Roper. J. B. Brooks, C. W. Tune.
II. 11. Humbert. It. 15. lhtbh.
Mr. hallo bad been in ill health fo
several years, though only lor the
j past few week8 had his condition been
such as to warrant any uneasiness as
I to his life. A woek before his death
he began to show signs of weakening
and until the time of ills death gradu
ally lost Btrcngth, his family almost
giving up hope several days before
Mr. Halle was a native of Germany,
having been horn therein 1839. Com
ing to this country at Cue nge of eight
een lie worked in New York for a few
years and then came south and locat
ed in Laurens, where he conducted a
tailoring business until the war broke
out in 1861. Ho at once enlisted In
the southern army, joining .lames
Battalion, and fought through the war
as valiontly as any of the native sons
of the south. After the war he return
ed to this county and Cllgngod 8UCC0SH
; fully in farming and biter In business
at the county seat and in 1890 he was
elected city clerk and remained in this
position until 1906.
Mr. Halle is survived by his wife,
who was a Miss Mary Ann Hcllnms,
and the following sons and daughters;
Messrs. R. li. Ralle of Philadelphia,
.loh. II. Halle now at AsllCVillo, L, G.
Halle. Jr., of Laurens, Mrs. s. .1. Ev
ens of Roanoke, Va., Mrs. A. P. Har
ris of Albormarle, N. C, and Miss
Beulah Halle of this city.
Mr. Balle was a in a held in the
highest esteem by all with whom he
came In contact. All of the duties
of life he performed to the best of
his ability, being always true and
faithful to every task. He was firm
In his convictions and true to his
friends, alwayn upright and honorable
in all of his dealings. Though quiet
and unassuming, he occupied a con
spicuous place In the affairs of the
city and his death Is a source of re
gret to hosts of his former friends
TRACK TEAM ORGANIZED.
High Scbool Roys to Run, Throw.
Jump and Bo Other Fnncj Stunts
Well Worth Their Time and Talents.
An athletic association has been
formed it the graded school with the
object h View of putt in? out a track
team to compete at Columbia in the
spring, when other high schools will
send teams. The following officers
have been elected:
President, Richard Dunlap.
Vice President, Laurens Kennedy.
Secretary. Roy Owings.
Treasurer, Julius Sltgreaves.
The young fellows will Ret to work
right away and doubtless when they
go to Columbia they will carry off
their share of the honors. Some good
athletic material is among tho boys
and they nre bound to do well.
The girls, not to he outdone, have
also formed an association, but offi
cers have not been elected.
On Friday, February 23rd, at 8:00
p. m., Roy /.. Thomas. Ph. I)., of New
berry College, will lecture in Water
loo In the school auditorium. Tills
Is the third number of this Lyceum
Course, and Doctor Thomas has a lec
ture that will please all. The public
Is cordially Invited to attend.
Protracted Services In the
ON POPULAR PEOPLE
Hoy Frank Dudley Jones, Pastor of
B Charlotte Church, has Accepted a
Call to tho First Presbyterian
Church of Clinton Interesting Mar.
Clinton, Fob. 13.?For the past two
weeks meetings have been going on
in the Baptist church and are contin
uing this week. The Hew Mr. V.'ako
lield of Union is the visiting preach
er and is going much good. Tho llrst
week of the meeting was a Bible Study
conference In which ministers of va
rious denominations took part, tho
community generally attending the ex
Dev. V. I). Jones New Pastor.
The Presbyterians .aro delighted at
having secured a minister in the Rev.
Frank Dudley Jones of Charlotte.
From all accounts of Mr. Jones, ho is
a minister of great talent and the
I Presbyterians are foriunto to have se
cured him. Mrs. Jones was Miss Wy
miiii of Alken, Mr, and Mrs. Jones
have six children. They will arrive
I in Clinton the firs! of March und will
live in the Horton houst on South
Marriages of Interest.
Miss Jnnio Little, daughter of Mr.
Thos. M. Little, and Mr. L. I >. McCl'll
ry. were married in Abbeville Oil
Thursday, Jan. 2."i, at the home of the
bride's sister, Mrs. Mack Hipp. The
ceremony was performed in the pres
ence of a small gathering of intimate
friends. Immediately after it Mr. and
Mrs. McCrary r came, to Clinton and
went to the homo of Mrs. A. M. Copo
land for 0 few weeks. They ore now
at home in the Kennedy house on Cen
tennial street. They will probably
build on Centennial street within the
Miss Frances Copeland, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. J. Rhett Copeland, was
married on January 'J I to Mr. Jus. B.
Fra/ier of Blairs, The marriage took
place in Columbia, the Rov. J, O.
Ilenvis performing the ceremony, and
was a great surprise to the friends
and acquaintances oi thd couple, al
though th.-ir engagement was a gen
eral known fact.
The First National Rank has moved
Into the Phillip's building on the corn
er of Hroad and Maiti streets and with
its tiled door, mahogany woodwork,
and marble fixtures is a pride to the
J. I. Copeland and Brother have
oi /ed into their commodious now
store on North Broad street.
Work Is going forward rapidly on
There Is much talk of new streets
being opened, property put into shapo
for selling as building lots .and the
The hotel will be added to (during
NO LONKh'R A MONARCHY.
Chinese Knipcror AbldJcatOH Throne
and a Republic will he Set up.
Pekio, Feb. 12.? After occupying
j the throne for nearly three centuries,
; tho Manchu dynasty, represented by
the child emperor, Pu VI, abdicated
today. Three edicts were issued, the
first proclaiming abdication; the sec
ond dealing with the establishment
of the republic,' and the third urging
tho maintenance of peace and approv
ing the conditions agreed upon by the
Imperial premier, Yuan Shi Kali aud
l the republ leans.
Famous King Cotton.
Mr. Kling, the originator nf tho
famous King cotton has startling re
ports from several hundred farmers
who used his latest strain the past
year. Many farmers declare that the
seed produced from one to three extra
bales from five acres, thereby afford
nig an extra amount of cotton equal
to ft cents extra, which means Ifj cents
instead of 6 cents, and these report.-,
also shOW that the King produced full
crops of cotton in spite of the weovll
making In some cases a bale to the
aero where other kinds scarcely gavo
back the seed.