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THE HOSIERY MILL
WILL PE RETAINED
House Indefinitely Postpones Action
en Hill to Annul Contract with J.
The house refused Friday morn
ing to pass Mr. Rembert's joint resold
tlon which provided thut tho State
repudiate its contract to furnish 'J.
M. Graham convicts for working in
the hosiery mill at the State peniten
. The joint resolution, offered by Mr.
.^.Rembert, which the house indefinitely
|?post poned, follows;
"Do it enacted by the general as
sembly of the State of South Caro
"Section 1. That the contract en
tered Into between the board o di
rectors of tho State penitentiary and
J. M. Graham, on he 10th day of
August, 1010, to let to said J. M.
Graham the labor and services of
from 200 to 360 convicts be, and tho
same is hereby annulled.
"Sec.2. That the Institution known
as the hosiery mill at the State peni
tentiary be, and the same Is hereby,
"Sec. 3. That this Joint resolution
shall take ecect 60 days after its ap
proval by the governor."
Mr. Stevenson declared that the
resolution expressly provided for the
State to repudiate its contract and,
if possible, would mean that the State
of South Carolina would be drawn
into lengthy litigation, foredoomed to
lose when the matter was finally
threshed out in the courts.
Convicts .Making Them Rich.
Mr Rembert said he thought the
State had a right to annul the con
tract as contrary to public health
and safety. He referred to the rec
ommendation of the Stat board of
health that the hosiery mill be abol
ished. He also spoke of the favorable
opinion rendered last fall by tho Rich
land grand jury in regard to the mill,
and said that several Richlnnd citi
zens were getting rich by means of the
hosiery mill, and he could understand
why the Riehland grand jury did not
want to stop these citizens from mak
ing money. Mr. Rembert made a
vigorous plea for his resolution.
Mr. Stevenson said that the face of
the resolution showed that the con
tract between the State and ,T. M.
Graham had been fairly entered into.
And the resolution provided no reason
lor abrogating the contract.
The constitutions of both the State
and the United States provided hat
no law should be passed repudiat
ing a contract, declared Mr. Stevenson.
As to conditions in the hosiery mill
at tho penitentiary, opinion differed
but Mr. Rembert wanted to abolish
it to carry ills opinion through.
Mr. Dixon moved to Indetlnltely
postpone the resolution. By a vote
of Gl to 10, the house agreed to Mr.
Dlxon's motion.?The State.
MIL LAVENDER RETURNS.
Geulal Moving Picture Man Rack on
the Job, Receiving the Felicitations
of his Numerous Friends.
It was all wrong. The report pub
lished in The Advertiser last woek that
Mr. Lavender had sold out his mov
ing picture business here, seems to
have been "greatly exaggerated." In
fact It wasn't so. Although Mr. Lav
ender thought that ho had sold out and
so informed The Advertiser, It seems
that by one of those little things that
often turn up in a trade of this kind,
the deal really did not materialize and,
much to the satisfaction of many peo
ple In Laurens, Mr. Lavender Is hold
ing down his job still.
Tho latter part of last week, be pull
ed off a hit with the "talking pic
tures," this week he has had and is
going to have a couple of transient
shows, besides his regular pictures on
other nights, Thursday night he has
graciously rented the opera house at
a reduced rate to the ladies for tso
presentation of "Saul" and next week
ami hereafter he intends delivering the
goods with the regular line of first
class pictures and othe rattractions.
Monday evening of next week, there
will he no pictures, but the "Rounds ',
a lyceum course attraction, will he
Arrangements have been completed
whereby Edward Waldman: . the emi
nent English tragedian will appear at
the opera house on next Friday, Feb.
10, in Stevenson's drama "Dr. Jekyll
and Mr. Hyde." Mr. Waldmann is a
Shakespearean actor of note, having
played all the large cities of Germany
and England as well as the leading
American cities east and west. In
New York, Philadelphia and Boston
where he appeared his Dr. Jekyll and
Mr. Hyde has been considered one of
the strongest impersonations of that
complex role ever seen in this coun
try. Mr. Weidmann will bo support
ed by his own English company.
MADOBN NBWS I
Madden, Feb. 12.?The third snow of
the winter Is now with us. All three
of the snows fell on Saturhay nights,
consequently the Sunday schools in
the country have suffered. The Sun
day school at New Prospect has always
enjoyed the distinction of being an
"Evergreen Sunday school" In tho
country. That is, it does not, like
BOine, go Into winter quarters, but on
account of the snow there wus no
As I have assayed the role of pro
phet lately I'll venture one more pro
presy. According to t ehold sign of
the fogs in August we are yet to have
two more snows. There were five
big fogs in August, so keep on hauling
The young peopel of the community
were complimented with a supper and
social at the hospitable home of Mr.
J. D. Culbertson Thursday night. Those
who enjoyed the hospitality of Mr. and
Mrs. Culbertson were Misses Tennio
Madden, Jessie Mae Mahaffey, Juanita
Martin, Hettio Cunningham, Bennle
and Lillian Profltt. Susie Lnngston,
Jessie Thompson, Laura Brown and
Jennie Hamilton and Messrs Roper and
Moore of Laurons and Messrs Profltt,
Finley, Langston, Brown and Martin
"Young America" had his day when
on Friday night the hoys of tho neigh
borhood gathered at t ehohmo of Mr.
J, A. Wofford to go ' bird thrashing".
The Unlit wood torches were procured
and the la Is headed by Mr. Wofford
si t out for the "new ground" to slaght
er birds (I am glad however to state
hero that on g;uno f?) fell before the
vigorous onslaught). The boys were
left by themselves awhile, with a fire
built up to have the pleasure of feelinp;
the real camp feel, to have the thrills
of adventure creep up the back, and
to cheer each other up with tales of
boasted bravery. Mr. Wofford had left
the party, with the avowed intention
of going home, but really to come back
and see "the hoys run." To that end
hi; perched a little fellow on his
shoulders, wrapped up In a sheet, crept
up to tho camp tiro just in time to heat
one boy boast "that nothing on earth
could scare him!" and?that I should
have to tell it! In making his calcula
tions, he quite forgot that the boys
had with them their faithful compan
ions?tho hound dogs, and tho laugh
was turned. The little boy on his
Shoulders was hastily put on the
ground, the sheet was snatched from
the spotted dog's mouth and the gene
al ha! ha's! of the youthful campers.
I Those who enjoyed the occasion were
Masters Erastus, Mabra and A. B. Mad
den, Ryan Martin, James eDan, Jr.,
Paul and Jack Flnley, John and Gus
Wofford and Masters Edmin Mosely.
and (luv Rice, two quite manly young
students of the graded school, who
were out for the night with their
school mates, Erastus Madden and
News has been received from far off
Brazil that to Dr. and Mrs. A. B. Lung
ston has been born a son, Hiram
Thomas. The young missionaries have
the slncerest congratulations of a host
of friends and relatives here. May the
son be as consecrated a man as Is the
Mrs. Estelle Davenport whose seri
ous UlnesB was noted last week was
operated on for appendicitis last Mon
day and at last report was getting on
Mrs. Jane Culbertson and daughter,
Mrs. Jennie Hamilton were recent vis
itors to the family of Mr. J. D. Cul
Miss Edna Profltt, who is a student
In Cross Hill graded school, was up
with the homo folks for the week-end.
Mr. Pitts Henry and family, also
Mr. John W. Henry of Greenwood,
were visitors to Mr. J. M. Dean and
family last Thursday.
The sick of the community are bet
ter. Mrs. Langston has about recov
ered her usual health, Mrs. Flnley Is
also better and the little folks at Mr.
Wofford's are all up again.
* A REGULAR "BANANZA". *
Editor The Advertiser:
1 read and read that piece in your
good paper about that big money mak
ing business of raising cats and rats.
I have often heard that fortune waits
at every man's door one time in life
and 1 feel like it is knocking at my
door now. 1 always believed that It
would come some time and the way it
Is set before me In your good paper, It
seems like an easy way to make
money by that cat and rat ranch. 1
surely want to be able to get. on to
that company. Please let me heir,
from you again. 1 suppose you will
open books of subscription soon. I
'don't know your plan, but 1 would
suggest that you put Hie par value of
leach share at 100 cats and 100 rats.
to be collected on the Installment
plan. By doing this way I think that
I can subscribe for ten shares. You
see, after you got organized and get
that hundred men vo attend to the
business, they could come up and
catch the rates.
You will find me not to be any ways
selfish. I have some mighty quiet
neighbors that will be glad to take
good stock In this money making bus
iness. Yes, thero Is Cousin Mike and
I'ncle Bill who have all the rats you
want, and my good neighbor, John
Smith, I know has plenty of cats, be
cause tho night that Sal and I staid
there, we could not sleep for cats a
Bkampering along the sills.
So let us know. 1 think that we can
furnish the rats and cats on the in
stallment plan. It' my neighbors want
to go Into thi.s business, I can recom
mend every one of them, because they
are all a.; honest as the hot summer
days are long. If they promise you
rats, they will surely deliver them
if tho men will come after them.
Wishing you much success in your
undertaking, wo remain,
Sal and Me for Business.
PC TEN CENTRAL FACHS /M
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That We Have Ever
Will Be Reduced
No Goods Charged
Cash and Low Prices
The success of the first few days of our sale is a safe guarantee that we are offering bargains in
every line. Dry Goods, Notions, Shoes, Underwear, Hosiery and Gents Furnishings are reduced to
astonishing low prices. And along with satisfactory prices we are giving satisfactory quality in every
line that we sell.
NEW SPRING GOODS INCLUDED
Along with our other goods we are offering the latest arrivals in rew spring go( ds at greatly re
I>adief?' Silk Hose
We are making special redaetioas
on an excellent line of Ladies* Silk
Hose. For a few days the price per
pair will be .28e
"THE BUSY CORNER"
LAURENS, S. C.
I Gentes Silk Hosiery
I We hare a beautiful line of Men's
I NTfk Hosiery which we ere going to
; offer act at the low prke of per