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VOLUME XXVII. . LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 1912. NUMBER 32
HIGH SCHOOL NEWS
FOR LAURENS COUNTY
Oratorical Contest to be
Held April 19th.
LAURENS AND CLINTON
Meeting of High School Keys Held in
the <>ni< r of tlie Superintendent of
Education, when Constitution was
Kcvlsed - Other Sehool News over
Tho schools of the county are all
open and despite the extremely had
weather (rood daily averages are re
The Library Fund was ngain appro
priated by the General Assembly, and
tho rules governing tho same stand
unchanged. Teachers and patrons
who desire to enlarge their school
library can get the usual donation
from tlie appropriation.
Tho ?oys Corn Club is now being
organized. Those who wish to join
should secure a pledge blank either
from their teacher or tlie County Sup;f
of Education and sign same and file it
with the County Supt. of Education.
Quite a number of hoys have; already
sent in tho pledges. Laurens county
has had the honor of having the larg
est club in the Stale for the past two
years and it is hoped that she will
again have a large club.
The play, "All a Mistake," rendered
by the Trinity-Ridge high BOhooi last
Friday evening was a great success.
The actors played their parts well, the
house was full to overllowing, all en
joyed the play, and a nice little purse
was recolved for admission which
will go for general school improve
The County text book depository has
been moved to the office of County
Supt. of Education, whero a full liuu
of state adopted books are kept for
sale and exchange as the law provides.
$20,000.00 was again appropriated by
the General Assembly for a Stato
building fund. Several districts of
the county are contemplating build
ing new school houses during the
coming summer. They should confer
at once with the County Superlntend
aud make application for help from
An Act was also passed by the re
cent General Assembly which pro
vides for $ir>,000.<)0 for consolidated
graded schools in country districts.
A copy of this Act Will bo printed In
the county papers next week. Sever
al schools of the county should take
advantage of this Act and receive help
A law was also enacted by the Gen
oral Assembly for the distribution of
tho unappropriated balance of the
state- Disponsary Fund. The amount
to be distributed is approximately
$75,000.00. The law does not permit
this money to be distributed among
the schools according to enrollment,
but Is to bo bold a a county board
fund. This Act will he published In
the county papers next week In order
that the people may fully understand
The annual meeting of the Laurens
County Oratorical and Athletic Asso
ciation was held Saturday In the of
fice of the County Supt. of Education.
A large number of boys and . jperin
tendents from the county high schools
were present. Richard Dunlap of the
Laurens school was elected President.
10. Clayton Young of the Clinton
school vice President, W. J. Hill of
Cray Court-Owlngs, Secretary and M.
S. Boyd of Trinity-Ridge, Treasurer.
Section 3 of the by-laws was changed
so as to allow all high schools of the.
county having as many as 15 regular
high school pupils to tako part In the
oratorical and athletic meet. The
time of the Oratorical contest was set
for Friday evening, April 10th at 8:30
o'clock In the Laurens school audl
^ torlum. Tho athletic meet will be
Rhield in Laurens at 10:30 a. m. of the
^ samo day. Tho base ball game will
be arranged for later. An admission
fee of 15 and 25 cents will be charg
ed to defray the expenses of the as
sociation. Two mortals will bo given
again this year, a gold and silver
medal. Committees were appointed
to secure the judRes, arrange for
music, programs, ushers etc. This
was a very busy and Interesting meet
ing. The boy a showed a great deal of
interest In the association. They de
servo a great don! of credit for the
good work they arc doing.
IN BOOK OFFER
A Number of Laurens County School
Teachers Took Advantage of Tho
The Advertiser's book offer expired
Saturday night. A number of the
county's most enthusiastic teachers
took Interest in tho offer and were en
abled to securo books for their schools
As the offer was an entirely original
ono and had never been tried out by
any other paper, The Advertiser was
very well pleased with the results.
Being in the nature of an experiment,
the results gained repaid us many
times over for the expense and trou
ble gone to. In addition to many re
newals, a large number of new sub
scribers were sent In, a much larger
majority Of the whole being new ones
than Is usual in contests.
T'.ie Laurens City school won Ihd
only prize offered. This is n limp
leather book of poems, that will be
an ornament to the school's collection.
Supt. Jones turned in 72 new a ml ?re
newed subscriptions. A great doal
of rivalry sprung up among tho dif
ferent, grades of the school tp so
which could get the largest number
When the slips were all count ?d, it
I was found that the grade which Mis
Dorcas Calmes taught had stpured
the most subscriptions. Belli
COUraged by their teacher, the
folks fairly made an pnslnug
the helpless and undefended nie
women of the city. Those that
ed The Advertiser succumbed ;
taken it before and were unawfrc of
its line qualities were made \n take
it so that they would learn It like
It and to continue taking il net year
As Monday and Tuesday ae busy
days in the olbce, it will be Vednes
day or Thursday before the tochers
will hear from us with furthtr par
ticulars as. to bow to select thcbooks.
However, by the end of this veek or
by the beginning or next weer, just
as soon as all the teachers ir< heard
from, we hope to place our or'er for
We would like to urge the tccre
taries of societies and others t< send
in their notices already writte; out.
While we are very glad to prii no
tices of meetings of charitable JCio
ties, still a telephone message i not
the safest wny to give us the dai, so
we would rather have a writtet no
tice. It ensures correctness. W are
always glad, however, to recolveiver
the telephone local items of newshat
our readers might be Interests in.
Especially are we desirous of lwing
the visitors to and away from thedty
made mention of.
LAU KENS GLASS WOKKS.
Receives Kino Complements froi ..
Several days ago tho Lau rone Css
Works sont a largo shipment of >t
tles to tho Sumter Bottling Wo.a.
Tho following very complimentary It
ter was received from tho Sumlor <ti
corn n,few days after the shlpnvt
Tho letter came entirely unsollcid,
which makes it all the more Vah
"Please allow us to eongratulo
you on the quality of your botts
and especially on tho condition 1
which you packed them. This va
tho most nicely packed car that I
has ever been our pleasure to rccel.
We have handled several gross nl
not a single bottle has broken und
a pressuro of ninety pounds.
"Sumter Bottling Works."
Tho Laurens class Worltd is i
COlvlng many such letters and big o
dors are coming in every day. A co
pie of orders for carloads have bei
received already this week.
Hell Cew Eel. In Behind.
A herd of cloven big Tennossr
steers was tho center cf attraction o
the public square Monday aftcrnoo:
They wcro a part of a large numbc
brought to Laurens by Mr. J. J. Dent]
to be sold from his now market. Tl
streers were raised In Tennessee,
peculiar feature of tho "parade" wi
tho fact that tho bell cow followt
tho herd instead of leading It.
In the Clerk's Office.
Mr. Ambrose H. Hudgons has a
cepted a position In the office of t'loi
of Court Bolt and has tnkqn up h
now duties. Mr. Hudgens is well fl
ted for tho work in the clerk's oft!
nnd doubtless will be a valuable a
di^ton In tho olllce.
Buy In Your Own Home Town
What would your home town be without a
single retail store?
Wouldn't it be as dead as a door nail?
What are you doing to encourage your home
town retailers? Are you giving him your fullest
What are you doing to discourage your home
town merchants? Are you going to the largest
nearby city and spending all your money there?
Are you doing worse by sending money away
from your community forever by buying from
Northern and Eastern mail order houses?
When you support your home town merchants
you are helping to build up your community.
When you fail to patronize your local dealers,
you are surely tearing down your community.
When any locality is prosperous every citizen
has a chance to share in its prosperity.
When a community is dull in a business way,
everybody in that community suffers accordingly.
Stop, think, hesitate, and DON'T send or take
money away from your home town, the place
where you live and make your living.
THE GREAT SK0VGA4RD
HERE FRIDAY NIGHT
Immense Audience Expected to Hear
the (?reut Violinist at the Graded
School at his Second Appearance*
The coming of Skovgaard, the great
violinist, Friday night has been look
ed forward to with great eagerness
by a large number of the music lov
ing people of this city. Skovgaard
and his company appeared here last
year under the direction of the School
Lyceum and made an immense hit. He
was received so well here and at New
borry that other places in this state
secured him for dates this year, so
the grout violinist and his company
have been in great demand in South
Carolina for the past few weeks.
Axel Skovgaard will have as his
accompanist Miss Alice McClung. the
same young woman who pleased the
large audience last year. He also has
with him a soprano singer with a
beautiful voice and wide range.
The violin that the great, artist will
have with him will be the same mag
Inflcent Instrument that he used last
year, which is said to have cost $13,
000 and of course he will have that
same hand which is insured for $">(?,
The concert will begin promptly at
8:.'50 o'clock. The purchasers of
tickets are recpiested to be In the hall
at least five or ten minutes before that
time, so that there will be no inter
ruption. Tho doors will not be op
ened while any selection is in pro?
, Those not having season tickets can
I procure them at the door or from Supt.
.Jones at 75 cents each. The reduced
price of 50 cents, offered until March
jlst, is no longer given.
Dr. A. P, Doty, who has been in
thargo of Dodson-F.dwards Drug Co.
c'or several months has turned over
rkho management to Dr. w. H. irby and
Isvlll return to his old profession of
It-raveling. Dr. Irby has been with
celay's Pharmacy for some time and
d-t already well and favorably known
i the city.
OPENING GUN FIRED
IN BIG CAMPAIGN
Presbyterians of Laurens und Yincin
it) Gathered Around Festal Hoard
last Might to Discuss liaising of
The opening gun of the campaign
to raise Enoreo's Presbytery's share
of the $200,000 endowment fund for
tho Presbyterian College of South
Carolina. Chicora College and Co
lumbia Theological Seminary, was
bred last night in the (parlors of the
First Presbyterian church, when a
banquet was spread before a largo
number of representatives of the
churches In this vicinity.
As is already known, this campaign
is being waged to raise $200,000 as ail
endowment fund for tlie Presbyterian
College of South Carolina, located at
Clinton. Chicora College located at
Qrcenwillo and the Columbia Theolog
ical Seminary, The money is to be
pledged now and to he payed in tht'CO
installments, one this year and one in
each succeeding year. Although that
was the opening gun -last night, no
collection of any kind was taken up.
the whole time being taken with dis
cussing the future plans and in per
fecting an organization. Enthusiastic
ten minute addresses wero made by
Rev. Thorton Whaling, I). I).. Rov. S.
C. Dyrd, l>. D., ROV. D. M. Douglas
and Rev. E. F. (lillespie. Resides those
talks a number of impromptu ad
dresses were made by other guests at
A large number of guests wore pres
ent from nearby towns, a special del
egation from Clinton coming up.
The banquet was a very enthusias
tic one and judging by the Interest
taken at the outset the campaign will
he successfully carried out.
Three Negroes Added to Lisi of Sus
pects of Murder of Paul Moore.
Vestorday morning Sheriff Owings
and Deputy Held returned from Clin
ton with three negroes charged with
implication in the murder of Paul
Moore several weeks ago. The ne
groes are Doc Foster, James Cist and
Willie Adalr, alias Willie Simpson.
With these added to the bunch, the
sheriff now has five suspects in the
county jnll, all of thorn being pres
ent at the Ill-ending supper In Moore's
restaurant the night of the murder.
The sheriff and his deputy have been
hot on the trail of the guilty party
since the murder and It is now be
lieved that, they now have the right
party or parties.
Special Sermon Sunday.
Rev. R, P. Glllesplo, of Florence,
will preach nt the Presbvterian church
Sunday momm,: in the Interest of
the endowment fund to be raised for
the Presbyterian colleges in this
state. Rev. Mr. Raiikin reouests that
the entire congregation make a point
of being present.
NEGROES SUFFER LOSS
IN SERIOUS FIRE
Negro Graded School, Superintendent's
Homo and Baptist Church Go I'p In
Fire originating In the negro grad
ed school building Wednesday night
spread to the St. Paul's Baptist church
for colored people and then to the
home of Superintendent Thomas San
ders, totally destroying the tlrst two
buildings with all their contents and
i burning beyond repair the home of
Thomas Sanders. The lire was dis
covered about 2:30 o'clock and inside
of an hour It had done its worst.
The fire department responded
promptly to the first tap of the boll)
but after reaching the scene the lire
men were not able to make much
he;.dway on account of the lack of
water pressure. The (lames wer?' fili
ally extinguished in the home of San
dors, the pressure being sufficient to
throw a stream to all parts of this
house, it being smaller than the oth
Tile origin of the lire is unknown,
neither is there nny definite clue as to
the cause. Receul disturbances with
in the church and a series of liros of
questionable origin over the city BUg
gosts the conclusion that dls
Houstons within the congregation of
the church had something to do with
it. During the past few months a
great deal of strife and partizan fool
ing has been stirring the congregn
I tlon and s< vcral members have suf
fered as the church and BChool did
Wednesday night. The officers of the
law are keeping their eyes open and
are following up any clues that might
turn any light on the matter.
Various estimates have been placed
01) the value of the structures burned.
Possibly the total was around $7,(100.
The church had $1,600 insurance, the
school building had $l,a00 and San
ders had around $1,(Vj0.
The members of St. Paul's church
will becln collecting subscriptions at
onco to rebuild and doubtless they will
be given considerable help by the
white citizens of the city. They pro
pose to build a much better church
than they lad before. As the school
building was owned by the city, noth
ing yet has been determined upon, but
it Is taken as a matter of course that
steps will he taken to provide other
; quarters, Thomas Sanders will re
Young Ladies and Gentlemen Please
Largo Vudlencc at Trlnlly-Itidgc
The entertainment which was riven
at the school building on Friday night,
i was a grand success. Rveryono was
delighted with the play. The hoys and
I girls had worked hard, and they gavo
an entortnlnmeni well worth attend
ing. The proceeds were $38.00,
The school children secured a rlghl
good number of subsc riptions to The
Advertiser, We hope the books will
soon be in the library. Mr. Coats
wishes to thank heartily each per
son that gave his subscription to tie'
The High School Oratorical Asso
ciation was represented by Hobt. Bar
nett, Walter ''lardy. Marcus and Ry
land Boyd from Trinity-Ridge school
I Messrs. Clavid Boyd and .). w. Watts,
Furmnn students, spent the week-end
with home folks.
Mis;; Maude LaiigSton spent from
Friday till Monday with her mother.
Misses Payne mid Putnam made
(lying trips home Saturday.
Lavender on (he War path.
Mr. Ii. It. Lavender has been out
on the road during the past week
or ten days looking up spec ial fen
ture pictures for bis house hero. He
has put it up to the picture company
to come across with the best In the
I line, so he expects to show the best
films going to bis patrons here The
feature films will be sent In this di
rection from New York an:! v.!" make
Laurens about the fourth stop l.om
jthe factory. Big successes are to be
put on as fast ns they come on'. Mr.
Lavender Is on the job and getting
the crowds. He Is making a success
out of the thing and people crowd the
house now very often.
Meeting of I). \. I.'.
The regular meeting of Henry T.au
rens Chapter, Daughters of the Ameri
can Revolution, will he held Friday af
ternoon at 3:30 o'clock with M!ss
Lallah May Dial. All members who
cannot attend are requested to notify
TKRTAIXMKXT \ SUCCESS.
FROM THE COUNTY
News Letters From Many
GIVE LOCAL NEWS
Happenings of Interest to Many Coo
pic all over the County Mid to Those
Who Have Left the Family Hearth
stone IIUd gone to Other States.
Cross Hill, March t. Messrs. .lohn
Wobb ami W. R. Keith of Chappolls
were hero last Thursday until Satur
day With a drove of horses and mules.
Mr. Clarence Cuniughum of "Cralg
ends" and Mr. Charles II. Hanks own
er of "Rosoinotlt" were in town on
business last Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Huston Coddard of
Coronnca visited Mr. ami Mrs. 10. It,
PIllKon last Tuesday till Saturday.
M.ssis. .1. I. lustl and \V. W. Owens,
went OVor to Atlanta ami bought mules
lor their farm work, recently.
itov, Mr. Uridguinn of Columbia,
preached at the Presbyterian church
Mr. A. I;. Adams dragged the road
from his home t<> town last Thursday
about milts and said lie was going
to drag from his home to Mountville
the same day, about 3 miles. He had
a good drag diawi by a team of four
mules well harnessed. Mr. Adams is.
a successful planter and a good busi
ness man. Put his name on the roll
Mrs. II. A. Austin. Mis. I)e|uy and
Miss Rebecca Addison went? Duo
West last Friday to attend the mis
sionary meeting at that place.
Mr. and Mrs. .1. I). Witherspoon had
a very sick child last week. Dr. Bp
ting was called hero in consultation
with Drs. Peak and Klllgh,
Mr Q. II Manila's name must bo
put on tho honor role. He worked a
whole day with his and bis neighbor's
hands on the public road mar bis
The many friends of Dr. 12. W. Pin
son will he glad to know that his con
! dition is somewhat improved and he
has decided to remain at the hospital
I in Chester for a few weeks longer.
Eden, Marth. I Itov. II. 1.. Mag
I pott filled his regular appointment at
Rllbuii Saturday ami Sunday, The
.weather! being unfnvbrblo there weh
not many pre: int.
Mr W. ('. P.ahh and wife woro the
guests of Mr .1 I, Mtibilffcy Thurs
day night and Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. XI. W. Cray spent Fl'l
day with Dr. Dbasoti and Wife.
Miss Sii" Gray was tho guest of Mr.
W. H. Owens and family Wednesday.
Mr. William Brooks was in Colum
? bin Monday on business,
Mr. C V. Hipp returned home Tues
day from Clinton whore ho has been
to see hi- brother, Mr. Gu> Hipp.
Mr. Ij. A. Armstrong and wife were
in Fountain Inn Friday on business.
Vance Gray was the guest of Hor
ace Cray Saturday night.
' Mr. P.ismark Running ami wife vis
itetl h?r mother mar I.ickvillc lasl
The Dials team played base ball
against tlie Eden team Friday evening
the scores were 10 to 18 in favor of
Dr. Reason traded for a fine saddle
horse last week.
The health of the- community Is
very good at this writing,
Madden. March 5. It is good ?0WH
we toll this week! In a few inoro
days, to bo exact the 13th, the "hodoo"
of the ground hog will he lifted and
spring will bo bore! Already the har
bingers of spring are here. The lit
tle boy has gleefully announced that
the robins are with us again
Everybody and his neighbor was
going to Sunday school or visiting
Sunday and then for a good day's
work Monday but they did neither, It
The school at this place was out
Friday owing to tho fact that the
regular teacher. Mrs. McFadilen hasn't
sufficiently rocovorcd from an attack
of measles and the substitute, Mlsst
Mahaffey, was to begin other work
March 1st. A letter from Mrs. Mc
Fndden to one of the trustees bad
these compimontnry words. In regard
to our school "I regret not being ahlo
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