HON. R. A. COOPER NOT A CANDIDATE
FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL OF 80. CAR.
A report was circulated from Co
lumbia last week to the effect that
Hon. R. A. Cooper, of this county,
would be a candidate this summer for
the office of Attorney General of South
Carolina. The report was neither af
firmed nor denied from Columbia. The
statement not coming from Mr. Cooper
himself, a representative of The Ad
vertiser approached' him Monday on
the question. Mr. Cooper, in reply i
to the question, Btated that ho was j
not a candidate for the office. So this
statement puts an end to the rumor.
Mr. Cooper was engaged a largo
part of the day Monday receiving the
encouragement and promise of sup-j
I port from his many friends in this
county and at the same time denying
to them that he was to run.
The following is the report sent
out from Columbia to The News and
Columbia, February 14.?It 1b an
nounced today by friends "f Solicitor
R. A. Cooper, of the Judicial circuit, in
cluding Laurens, his home, that he
will be a candidate for Attorney Gen
eral. Mr. Cooper has been one of the
most aggressive and successful solid-,
tors in the State, and is a man of the
highest standing. Mr. Cooper expects
to enter the primary, from the reports
that have been made regardless of
who goes into the race.
RECESS UNTIL MAY
Will Probably Remain In Session Cou
ple of Dnjs mid Then Adjourn un
til Some Time in Mny.
The house and senate adjourned
Saturday night at 11:80 o'clock to
meet today at 8 |). in. The senate
Will nlBO reconvene tonight. This is
the first time In a number of years
that the general assembly lias found
it necessary to take a recess and pro
long its annual session beyond the
The report of the committee on free
conference on the appropriation bill
was not heard. A member of the con
ference committee said that about 16
sections of the bill had been discuss
ed and agreed upon, whan a "Bnag"
was struck. The appropriation bill
consequently was not adopted.
The report of the free conference
committee will be taken up when the
general assembly reconvenes tonight.
Many changes were made in the ap
propriation bill by the senate which
debated it at length Saturday morn
At 8:35 p. m. the appropriation bill
was returned to the house by the sen
ate with amendments. On the motion
of Mr. Browning, the house refused to
concur in the senate's amendments.
At 9 p. m. the senate notified the
""'house that it insisted upon its amend
ments. Senators W. L. McLaurln. Har
din and McCown and Representatives
Drowning, Kirklaud, and Cary wert
appointed on the committee of free
The house passed to third reading
Saturday morning the senate joint
resolution to conclude the winding up
of the affairs of "the late State dis
pensary." The measure provides that
the present State dispensary coinmls
sion be abolished. This commission,
appointed by Qov. niease, cost the
State over $3,000 during 1911, but did
not collect a cent or do any "winding
up" which brought money into the
The Joint resolution further au
thorizes the attorney general to set
tle all claims uf the State which arose
out of the transactions of the former
State dispensary, thus conferring the
powers of the State dispensary com
mission npon the attorney general.
The amount agreed upon to be paid to
the State Is to be fixed by the attorney
general, and the chairmen of the
flnanco committees of the house and
The house received Friday night the
report of the special committee ap
pointed to Investigate tho Todd claim
for $13,5r)0, for preparing plans pro
posing to enlarge the State house. The
report of the committee declares that
A. W. Todd acted knowingly without
authority of law In drawing up the
plan? for which he demands pay
ment and that his claim is not based
on legal grounds.
The report was ordered printed In
the journal together with the steno
graphic copy of the voluminous tes
timony upon which It Is based.
The report Is signed by the mem
bers of- the Investigating committee:
L. M. Gasquo, chairman; It. II. Bel
8er, secretary; J. R. Connor, .1/ H,
Miller and J. W. Royd.
Both the house and senate have orf
dercd the bill creating a state system
of cotton warehouses enrolled for rat
ification. The report of the committee
on free conference on the measure was
adopted by both houses Thursday
The senate has not yet passed fin
ally the-general appropriation bill, and
this must be gotten out of the way,
it is thought, before the reces:; is tak
en. The resolution in the senate, to
return to work next Wednesday night
was adopted with little difficulty, but
In the house, an amendment of this
character was iirst rejected, and later
taken up and passed.
The governor signed the anti-racing
bill Friday, following its ratification
by the general assembly Thursday
night. The measure was passed by the
legislature after being amended so- as
to eliminate the injunction feature,
and is designed to put an end to bet
ting on horse racing in South Caro
lina. The provisions of the bill be
come ^effective on July 1.
The governor wrote the following
note under his signature, "If my sen
ate amendment as to the 'Charleston
Jockey club' has been sustained this
act would not be necessary."
The title of the bill is: "To prevent
betting, pool-selling, bookmaklng, bets
or wagers and to provide punishment
for such offenses and to declare same
or any of them a common nuisance."
The anti-racing measure was intro
duced in the house by Mr. Osborne of
Spartnnburg and Mr. Erchmann of
Delightful Entertainer Will Be In
Clinton Next Friday the 23rd.
Mrs. M, V. Moore, celebrated over
the South as "Betsy Hamilton," the
Author-Entertainer, will be in Clin
ton next Friday the 23rd. The en
tertainment will be given for the ben
efit of the Clinton Chapter, Daughters
of the American Revolution. Those
who will hear "Betsy Hamilton" are
certain of an evening without a dull
moment, full of fun as well as in
structive. As Joel Chandler Harris,
the great author has said?"Her recit
als are a revelation in art. You don't
know the best phases of some of our
Southern dialect until you hoar "Betsy
Hamilton, in her interpretation of her
Improving in Health.
Mr. I). F. Balentlne, a former resi
dent of this county who now lives at
Spartanburg, was in the city several
days ago on business. Mr. Balentlne
had just received a letter from his
son, Mr. W. M. Balentlne, who Is now
New Mexico for his health, stat
ing that he was now getting along
very well and was improving in health.
IJefore going to New Mexico, Mr. Bal
entlne worked 'for several years for
tho Baptist church in Cuba erecting
Churches, but his health failed him
and he had to come home and later
go west. Ills friends in this county
will be glad to learn that he is getting
Three Thousand Buckeln.
Many peoplo have an idea that all
the tin and metal ware, such as buck
ets, tanks, 'cisterns and such, tbat is
uaed In this section is shipped in from
the north. As a matter of fact a great
deal of this ware which is used in '.his
and adjoining counties is made right
here in Laurens. Dlvver Bros., the
tinners, are just now mnking a big
shipment of bored well buckets, made
In their own shop. One of the firm,
in speaking about this shipment sev
eral days ago, stated that over three
thousand buckets had been shipped
from their shop In the past couple of
years. The buckets are sold on their
reputation alone, as an advertising or
fiolicltlng campaign has not been fol
lowed since the first few efforts were
made to sell them.
MR. WM. J. COPELAWd
GOES TO HIS REWARD
Passed Away nt his Home near This
City Friday Night and Was Buried
Mr. William J. Copeland, a promi
nent citizen of the county and a mem
ber of the well known family of the
name who lived a few miles to the
north of Laurens, died at his home
Friday night after a short illness. He
was burled Sunday afternoon In^.the
Laurens cemetery, a large concourse
of people as a token of its esteem fol
lowing the body to Its last resting
place. The funeral services were con
ducted by Rev. J. L. McLin, assisted by
Rev. C. F. Rankln. A select choir of
male voices sang softly several selec
tions, appropriate to the occasion.
The pall hearers were Messrs. C. B.
Robo, J. H. Franks, James Craig, J.
S. Craig, Wilson Rlakeley, O. P. Good
win and W. D. Byrd. A large num
ber of the friends of the deceased as
sisted in covering the body with its
last mantle of earth.
A longtime friend of Mr. Copeland,
a beloved member of the faculty of
the Presbyterian college at Clinton,
has contributed an outline of the life
of the departed citizen: *
Died at his home near Laurens, S.
C, February 1(1, William James Cope
land. Ho was born April 1, 1S:'.4, the
fourth of a family of six brothers and
three sisters. Upon the outbreak of
the \var In ISGl, he joined the Con
federate Army In Company F, Four
teenth South Carolina regiment. He
served first under Stonewall Jackson,
then went to Lee's army and was
wounded in the second day's fight at
Gettysburg. An attack of typhoid fev
er kept him at home a short time, but
ho returned and served for a while In
the quartermaster department, until
After the war, he was made an elder
In Rocky Spring Presbyterian church
and served In that ofllce for forty-five
He was married first to Miss Mc
Carley, who died leaving one son,
Jnmes Copeland of McColl, S. C, and
two daughters, Mrs. A. D. Rarksdale
and a sister who died in girlhood. His
second wife was Miss Dora Radgett.
who died ten years ago; leaving one
son, Win. Copeland, Jr., and four
daughters, Misses Claudine, Georgia,
Ella Reil and Louise. Their home life
was harmonious and happy, and their
friends and kindred were always wel
come in its hospitable doors.
Mr. Copeland was a man of decided
character, firm convictions and a high
sense of honor. lie never sought pub
lic ofllce hut lived as a successful
farmer, a kind neighbor and exemplary
citizen. lie was sincerely interested
in the welfare of the church and while
not seeking to control, he exerted al
ways much inffuence. Ho kept well
advised as to the condition of each
family, and sent the minister in charge
to look after the sick or afflicted; or
took him there himself.
During the latter years of life, while
still active he grew more feeble and
was sick only a few days. His end
was peaceful, surrounded by most of
his family, and with his worldly af
fairs put in order. He was buried
Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18, at Laurens,
ond the large concourse present show
ed the esteem in which ho was held.
Ho will be greatly missed in the
home where he lived so long, In the
church which he served so well, and
In the community where he was so ar
tlve and sympathetic a friend. A good
soldier under the South's great gen
erals, and a faithful soldier of Christ,
he sleeps well, leaving the record o'
a long, honorable and useful life.
A Great Bisappolntment.
On account of the sickness of sev
eral members of the compony and also
because of the Inclement weather, the
production of the cantata "Saul" did
not take place Thursday evening as
advertised before hand. This was a
source of great disappointment to
many who had not heard it before and
many who wanted to hear It agnin, so
It is hoped that as soon as the weath
er becomes more moderate and the
singers can be gotten together again,
that It will bo repeated.
Rev. Mr. Clarke Bettor.
The many friends of Rev. W. A.
Clarke will be glad to know that lie
Is slowly convalescing, after hU crit
ical Illness of last week. His daught
er, Mrs. Henry G. Wright, and his
son, Mr. James D. Clarke, of Ward,
have been with him during his Illness.
MR. D. CASPER SMITH
DIED AT WATERLOO
Well Known Citizen of the County
Pusses Away After Lingering Illness
of Many Weeks? Burial Services
Waterloo, Feb. 20? Mr. D. C. Smith
died at his home here yesterday af
ternoon after a continued Illness of
many monthb. His death was due to
Bright8 disease witb heart complica
tions and was not unexpected by his
family and friends.
Mr. Smith was 60 years of age and
a member of the Waterloo Methodist
church. He was twice married, his
fist wife being Miss Janie Anderson
of this county. Two children, Mr.
J. C. Smith and Mrs. E. P. Walker,
of Waterloo, survive from this un
ion. His second wife was Miss Jen
nie Anderson of this place, who sur
vives him, together vith two broth
ers, Messrs. J. M. id J. A. Smith
George F. Anderson . Waterloo, Mrs.
and four sisters as follows. Mrs.
John Smith of Laurens, Mrs. P. B.
Richardson of Mountville and Mrs. T.
10. McCullough of Columbia.
Mr. Smith was a large land owner,
a popular citizen and will bo missed
by scores of friends. Waterloo has
suffered greatly during the past year
in the loss of some of her foremost
citizens. Col. Robert N. Cunlngham,
Dr. .1. R. Wulbur, ('apt. G. W. Teague,
Major T. li. Anderson and Mr. 11. I).
Winn, all having passed to the be
yond in a short space of time.
The funeral services of Mr. Smith
will be held this evening at :! o'clock
Notice Has Been Given of the Win
ners of Asbepoo Fertilizer Prizes
During the Past County Fair.
The committee which has been
working to decide on the winners of
the Ashepoo fertilizer prizes during
the county fair last fall, has made
the awards. They are as follows:
1st prize? J. W. Godfrey, who rais
ed 1.8GC pounds of cotton on one acre
of land. He was given one ton of
2nd prize; B. O. Martin, who raised
1,825 pounds of cotton on one acre of
land. He was also gl ecu a ton of
Mr. T. P. Poole was given honorable
mention in this contest because ho
raised 1710 pounds on eighty-seven
one hundredths of an aero.
The corn prize went to L. A. Arm
strong of Dials township.
Was Known Here.
Dispatches In the daily papers Fri
day carried the news of mo sudden
death of Mr. Robert s. Sparkman, at
Tlmmonsvllle, S. ('. It was stated that
lie was found dead in his bod, though
no cause was given. It will be rc
membered that Mr. Sparkman spent
several months In the city last stimmet
and fall. A part of the time ho spent 1
at the hotel and the remainder of the
time he stayed as the guest of Dr.
Taylor, now living in Greenville. Mr.
Sparkman at one time was a promi
nent citizen of Greenwood, but his
health failing him, he became in rath
er destitute circumstances. He had
many friends all over the state who
will regret to hear of his death.
Wilfred Bellinger Honey.
The announcement comes from
Charleston of the birth of Wilfred Bel
linger Boney. Although in cases of
this kind the father does not come in
for much consideration, it is neces
sary to mention him, so that the young
arrival can be placed. Mr. Samuel
E. Boney, the father, is pleasantly re
membered as the editor of The Adver
tiser, his marriage to his charming
wifo iuklng place during his residence
The telophono company has been
busy for several weeks taking down
the old wires along the east Bide of
the public square and placing cables
Instead. This Is a great Improve
ment over the old plan and it is hoped
that the company will soon be able
to put them on other streets in the
('ftiirt in New Building.
The contractors on the court house
have progressed far enough to be able
to say definitely that the court room
will be condition to be occupied court
week, which will begin the second
Monday in March. The building will
not be completed, but the court room
will be put In order.
HIGH SCHOOi ?OYS
Will Take Place the Latter Fart of
April Either in the Court House or
Superintendent of Education Geo.
L. Pitts has sent out circular letters
to the high school principals of the
county calling their nttentlon to the
approach of the usual time for hold
ing the oratorical contest which Is
annually participated In by the state
aided high schools of the county. Al
though no definite date has been de
cided upon, It is probable that the
contest will bo held about the last
Friday in April.
Mr. Pitts in discussing the contest,
stated that he thought It best to have
the contest on Friday so as to be most
convenient for all the schools to send
representatives. As will be remem
bered, the contests heretofore have
been held at night, in the graded
school auditorium. Mr. Pitts, howev
er. Is considering the advisability of
holding the contest this year in the
court house during the day time, about
11 o'clock in the morning, so that the
parents and friends of the contestants
may have a better opportunity Of com
ing to hear the young orators. He
hopes that the schools will consider
this change and let their wishes he
known, so that he can get the senti
! inent of the schools and llnd out how
best to make arrangements.
! The constitution of the association
provides that only state aid high
schools shall take part In the con
test. Last year this ruling included
Laurena and Clinton schools in the
association, but as these two schools
are no longer state aid schools, being
debarred by recent legislative action
from participation in the high school
appropriation, no representatives from
these two schools will take part this
time. This leaves seven school to
send representatives, as follows: Gray
Court-Owings, Waterloo, Mountville,
Cross Hill, Shiloh, Trinity-Ridge and
It la expected that the usual ath
letic contests will take place Friday
afternoon. Rase ball games have here
tofore been played in connection with
the contest, so it Is supposed that two
of the schools will send teams to lock
horns this time. In addition it is
probable that other athletic sports will
j take j)lace.
In order to defray some littlo ex
penses connected with the contest a
small admission fee will be charged.
How much this will be has not yet
been determined upon, but it will be
Other particulars in connection with
the contest will be made known by
the superintendent of education before
the time for the contest arrives.
it is expected that the contest this
year will prove the most Interesting
and closely contested yet held.
MAGISTRA TI: RHIN NT A T KD,
Legislature Returns lo Magistrate
Goodman (be Office Taken Away
From Him by Governor Itlcase.
Magistrate Goodman, who was de
prived of his ofllce by Gov. Please
some months ngo, was reinstated by
the legislature before adjourning last
week. It is hardly probable, that Gov.
Rlease will sign the measure, but
most probably It will be either passed
Without his signature to It or will be
passed over his veto.
This will mark the end of the ense
Which created so much interest in this
county, especially around Mountvllle,
It will be remembered thai Mr. Good
man was deprived Of his office at the
instance of Rural Policeman Madden,
who charged that Mr. Goodman had
misappropriated funds belonging to
the county. Mr. Goodman evidently
satisfied the legislature that he wa?
Innocent of the charge and was con
Time Almost Up.
Treasurer Young's office is about
the busiest place In the city thor,c
days. The taxpayers are bringing in
the coin faster and faster. A penalty
of seven per cent will be added to the
regular tax nfter March 1st, so the
folks aro coming In now so as to
avoid paying the extra money.
Skov!(nnrd Concert Party.
Supt. R. L. Jones is beginning to
make preparations for tho next num
ber on the graded school lyceum
course. Skovganid the great violin
ist, will be here Friday evening. March
Chatauqua Is Anticipated
With Great Pleasure.
ON POPULAR PEOPLE
Merchants and Prominent Bushiest
and Professional Men have Decided
lo Have Home Coming Week With
incident Attractions.?Other Inter
Clinton, Feb. 20.?The most excit
ing piece of news In Clinton just now
Is that there will undoubtedly be a
homo-comers' week here next sum
mer with a "chatauqua" In connection
with it. The dates selected are those
of the early part of June. A most in
teresting program has been provided
consisting of speeches, conceits, base
ball, sanies, and the like, and every
effort will be made to draw back to
Clinton for the week every former cit
izen of the town, it is expected that
family reunions and house parties
will be numerous.
Tlx; Thornwell Orphanage.
Between 80 and 100 cases of meas
les have appeared at the Thornwell
Orphanage during the past month, for
tunately none serious. At the same
time the disease has upset the order
of things considerably, thinning out.
the classes at school, even attacking
one of the teachers, and Interfering
very considerably with the Work de
partments. The had weather and
number of workers sick prevented tho
running of the laundry one week.
The severe weather and heavy rain
came in exactly the worst, posslblo
time for the work on the water main
extending through the grounds and
connecting with the town main for
Al^mt the middle of April a confer
ence of Orphanage workers will meet
here, and the delegates will be enter
tained partly at the Orphanage and
partly by friends In town.
The Rev. J. It. Branch, assistant to
the president, has recently returned
from an extended visit to Horidu
j where he canvassed the churches in
behalf of the Orphanage.
Last Wednesday was perhaps tin*
very worst day of the winter hut in
spite of that fad .Mr. and Mrs. David
son McDowell Dong'as's first recep
tion proved a brilliant success, a
largo number of guests calling and
enjoying the charm Ol tho cheerful
Interior all tho more lor the sleot and
Icicles outside. The Indies and gen
tlemen of the faculty assisted in re
On Friday evening Mr. .lodio Chand
ler entertained a largo party of friends
in honor of Misses Kdna and Louise
Brocklnpton of Manning, his mother's
Mrs. Whitman Smith entertained
a group of friends this afternoon, their
efforts being devoted to preparations
for tho C. !? C. white sale.
Miss Janle Kennedy will entertain
the embroidery club tomorrow after
Washington's birthday will bo. col
ebratod by tho college students with a
public debate between representatives
of the two literary societies. Tho re
ward will bo tho possession for tho
winning BOClotf of a silver trophy cup.
On Friday evening Betsy Hamilton,
who made a groat hit bore last winter
as an entertainer, will appear Under
the auspices of the Musgrove Mill.-,
chapter, D. A. It.
Personal Mont ion.
Mrs. B. C. Briggs has been in Spar
tanburg, critically ill, for several
weeks. Mrs. Julia Griffin is with her
Mrs. Mack Hipp and little daughter
of Abbeville, are visiting relatives in
Misses Marion and Emmie McCrary,
are at home after an extended visit to
friends and relatives in Anderson and
Misses Sal lie Wright is visiting
friends In Georgetown.
Mrs. Brockington and her daughters:
Misses Kdna and Louise Brocklngton.
of Manning, are visiting Mrs. A. B.
Mr. J. ('. Copoland of Columbia vis
ited his parents and sister here dur
ing tho past week.
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