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THE MARCH TERM
Convenes In Court Room
of New Building.
TO BE CLEARED
Judge Scuse Makes a Forceful Charge
to Grand Jury I'rglng Increased Ed*
ueational Facilities, Better Bonds
and Justice to all (Masses Coming
Before the Court.
Though the entire building is not
completed, the March term of the
Court of General Sessions convened
in the new court room Monday morn
ing. The contractors made a rush
during the latter part of last week and,
by great effort, were able to turn the
beautiful new court room over to
the officials in an almost completed
state. Only a few finishing touches re
main to be made in that part of the
The court organized promptly with
Judge T. S. Sease, of Spartanbu: g, on
the bench, Solicitor Cooper and the
county officers at their accustomed
places and Stenographer .lohn K. Aull
of Newborry, at his desk. Several ad
ditional petit jurors were drawn to
fill out the places made vacant by
those of the regular venire? who were
unable to attend.
Judge Sease, in his charge* to the
grand jury for the Incoming year,
took occasion to make some very point
ed and forceful remarks. He stated
to them that, outside of their duties
of acting upon the bills placed be
fore them by the solicitor, they had
other duties to perform. He stated
that the court was organized to ad
minister justice by punishing those
that are guilty and clearing those that
arc innocent. He said that the court
was ns much a refuge for the weak
and Innocent as It should be a terror
to the criminals. He said that the
grand jury was not only to act upon
ea?es brought to their attention,
through the indictments handed them
by the solicitor, but that where they
were cognizant of law breaking, and
no individuals had special cause to
*fe take out warrants in order to put a
W ?top to the evil, then It was the duty
of the grand jury to take action it
self and have the proper warrants
taken out and the guilty persons pros
In connection with that part of his
charge which dealt with the duties of
the grand jury with reference to the
county officers and the county money.
Judge Sease laid special stress upon
the needs of education in this state.
Ho said that the grand jury should
make a thorough investigation into the
hooks of the superintendent of edu
cation to see that the money ullovyed
him was being properly applied, that
they should Investigate the work of
the county school trustees to see if
they were doing right by the schools
and that they were employing teach
ers with more regard for worth than
for relationship to Influential mem
bers-of the community and that they
should do all in their power to en
courage the education of the youth
of the county in every way. He said
that the superintendent of education
should be a man selected for his fit
ness for the place, although, he Bald,
that to get a competent man to take
such a position it would be necessary
for some one to take it at a sacrifice
to himself, for the "pitiful" salary paid
was not large enough to command a
man of the right calibre. Judge Sease
stated that ho was in favor of a com
pulsory education law, that if the
whole people are educated that the
law will bo enforced and If they are
not educated that It will be trampled
upon. If the people were throughly
educated, be said, the criminals would
have been long suppressed.
Continuing upon tho work of the
?fcrand Jury as it applied to other coun
ty officers, be stated that their books
and works should bo given as close
attention as those of the superintend
ent of education. The supervisor,
through whose hands the largest sums
of money pass, should have his books
thoroughly examined. In connection
with the discussion of the examina
tion of tho supervisor, Judge Sease
urged that tho county take steps to
get bettor roads. Though, he said, the
supervisor was In all probability do
ing all that^he could with the money
allowed him, he did not have enough
at Iiis command to make any perma
nent Improvements. The work, being
as it is only temporary, was almost a
total loss. He urged that the county
bond Itself for three or four hundred
thousand dollars, pay a part of it
during the present generation and let
tho future generations pay the re
mainder. This would entail an out
lay of about $10,000 a year and he was
sure that If once the work was done
that the voters would never regret it.
Turning to the docket for this term,
Judge Sease stated that the unusual
ly large number of cases was not a
sign of increasing crime In the coun
ty. Knowing Laurens county, as be
did, he was sure that the larger num
ber of them were committed^ by ne
groes. The poor criminal record of
this state was due, he said, to the
crimes committed by the negroes. Hut
lie said very forcefully, the negroes
should be given a fair trial In every
case brought before the bar of judg
ment. He said he was glad to state
that in some counties the white peo
ple are giving the negroes just and
fair trials In the courts. The negroes
are not allowed to sit on the grand
juries or the petit juries and are, in a
way. the wards of the white popula
tion and it would be a badge of in
feriority rather , than superiority if
they were denied justice.
Referring to the new court house.
Judge Sease complemented the coun
ty very highly. 11c said he hoped that
proper care would be taken of it. He
Qtnted very explicitly that spitting
upon the floors should not be '.allowed,
for the lloor of the court house should
be kept as clean as the lloor oj the
most beautiful parlor.
Judge Sease instructed the jury up
on the special cases before them and
dismissed them to their room.
Tho following cases have been be
fore the court:
John Hoyd and Sam Pinson: As
salt, and Hat. with Int. to kill and
carrying concealed weapons; guilty
of Assalt. and Hat. of high and ag
gravated nature. John Hoyd guilty
of carrying concealed weapons.
.Marshall Vaughn: Asslt. and Hat.
with Int. to kill; guilty of Asslt. and
Hat. of high and aggravated nature.
T. Otts Garrett: forgery; jury in
Haskell McHanlell and Charlie Ful
ler: violation of dispensary law; not
guilty as to llaskeit Mc Dan lei and
guilty as to Charlie Fuller.
James K.igene Davenport: murder,
trial set for Friday.
Sam Wise: Asslt. and Hat. Int. to
kill; verdict of guilty ordered by the
G. S. Robinson: murder; trial set
for Friday morning.
(!. S. Wham: Asslt. and Hat. with
Int. to kill; jury still in room.
Geo. Wilson: carrying burglar's
tools; plead guilty.
Amos Arnold: house breaking and
larceny; plead guilty.
Wright Fuller and Jim Hill: high
way robbery; case now on trial.
The regular venire and the extra
venire of eight men having been ex
hausted. Judge Sease ordered the
sheriff to secure 21 more for today's
The court will last only during this
PHIZES KOK LITTLK HI HI S.
S. SI. & K. II. Wllkes & Company Are
Offering Three Prizes for the Little
Folks of Laurens.
As will be seen elsewhere in The
Advertiser, the firm of S. M. & K. II.
Wilkes have offered three very attrac
tive prizes to the little girls of Lau
rens and vicinity under 1-1 years of
age. The prizes will bo given to the
three girls who color a picture most
artistically and most neatly. The pic
ture will be furnished by them. The
first prize is a Hucks Junior Hange,
second prize a mahogany desk, and
third prize a Rattan Hocker.
To Inspect Premises.
Chief Crews has received a letter
from Insurance Commissioner McMas
ter stating that he has at his disposal
a small fund to employ an Inspector
In each of the Important towns of the
state for the purpose of making In
spection of premises so as to decrease
the fire waste if possible.
Services at Bethany.
There will be services at the Beth*
any Presbyterian church next Sunday
at 11 o'clock. The services will be
held In behalf of the Endowment Fund
now being raised for the Presbyterian
Colleges of South Carolin:-. Rev. .7.
F. Jacobs of Clinton will preach the
U. S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Secretary
Washington, D. C,
March 2, 1912.
Tho Southern Pine Beetle killed an enormous amount of pine
throughout the South last summer and measures for its control
are being carried on by a large number of' timber owners, in the
It will, in all probability, kill much more pine this summer in
localities where measures are not beiiiK taken for its control.
There are no beetles in the dead trees from which the needles
The beetles are now spending the winter in the bark of the
dying trees from which the needles have not yet fallen.
This bark must be destroyed by:
Burning as cord wood, or
Sawing up the trees as lumber and burning the slabs with
the bark on, or
Stripping the bark from the main trunks of the trees and
Tops and laywood may be disregarded.
The work should be completed before May 1st, unless other
DO IT NOW
AND SAVE TBK PINE.
MR. T. F. SIMPSON
PASSES TO BEYOND
Longtime Resident of This City and
a Faithful Employee of the C. &?
Alter a lingering illness of several
month:, following several years' de
cline In health, Mr. T. Foster Simp
son, one of the city's best known citi
zens died at his home here Thursday
night at nine o'clock. His death had
been expected for some time, so al
though it was a source of great be
reavement to his family and friends,
they were all prepared for the end.
Since early in life, with the excep
tion of a very short period. Mr. Simp
son had been in the employ of the
railroads entering the city, having
acted as agent at the foright depot
for about twenty years. A few months
before Iiis death, when it was seen
that his health was falling him, the
railroad retired him at full salary in
recognition of his faithful services.
The funeral services were held Sat
urday morning at the Laurens ceme
tery% Rev. ('. F. Rankin conducting
?hem. The honorary pallbearers
were: II. Y. Simpson, .1. W. Todd. J.
W. Ferguson, W. L. Hoyd. Jno. N.
Wright. The active ball bearers were: |
P. A. Simpson, li. K. Alken, E. H.
Wilkes. R. Fleming Jones, B. P. Win
ter. I, ' Blackwell and \V. C. Irby,
Mr. Simpson is survived by his wife,
who Is a sister of Gen. Mgr. Anderson
of the C. &? W. ('. Ry.. and the follow
ing Children: Messrs. William Wells,
Charles and Richard and Misses
Elizabeth and Virginia. Hesides these
he has a large circle of More distant
MEETING OF FA It ME Its.
Hon. E. W. Dnbbs, President of the
State Farmers Union, will Address
Mass Meeting Thursday.
Mr. 0. P. Goodwin has announced
that a public mass .meeting of farmers
and others interested will be held at
the court house Thursday in the Inter
est of the movement for cotton reduc
tion. Hon. E. W. Dabbs, of Sumter,
will be present and will make an ad
The public generally is Invited and
requested to be present.
Mr. Caldwell Ue-Elected.
Mr. J. T. Crews spent Monday In Co
lumbia where he went to attend a
meeting of the board of directors of
the Old Soldiers Home. It will lie
pleasing news to the friends of Mr.
J. P. Caldwell to know that he was
re-elected commandant of tho home.
Dr. Frank Butler wan elected physi
cian and also to take a place on On
For State Trcusurer.
D, W. Mcl.aurln, for many years
state land agent, has announced that
he would be In the race for the office
of state treasurer, to succeed ('apt. R.
H. Jennings, who has stated that lie
would not run. Mr. McHaurin is an
uncle of Mr. I). ('. Mcl.aurln, of this
city, and is a Confederate veteran.
For six years ho. was a member of
the general assembly, representing
NEt.HO HOY KILLED.
<'<111LT11f in Shafting n( Hu Lnurcus
il Mill ami Receives Wounds from
+ hiHi He Later Died.
John Watson, a negro boy employed
at the I.aureus Oil Mill, met dentil yes
terday by getting entangled in some
Of the shafting. His le^s were cut
off and ills body was otherwise man
gled. He only lived a short time af
ter the accident.
An inquiry was made at the office
of the company yesterday, but they
were unable to give ffhy circumstances
Surrounding the accident. It is gen
erally supposed that in the general
rounds of his work, he became en
tailed in some of the belting and was
unable to extricate himself.
<;cttinir Along Fine.
Hate yesterday afternoon young
Frank Armstrong, an account of
whose accident is found in the school
column of this paper, was getting
along fine according to reports from
the bedside. Although at first it was
thought that the wounds would prove
serious, the doctors succeeded in sav
ing the wounded arm and in extlad
ing the shots from the body, placing
the young fellow in a fair way to re
Estimable Woman Dead.
Mrs. l.ou Fowler, step-mother of the
late M. I!. Fowler, died at the home
Of Mrs. M. II. Fowler Monday after
noon. Mrs. Fowler was 71 years of
ago, having made her homo here for
many years. She wns a devout Chris
tian woman and greatly liked by all
who knew her. The funeral servic
es were held yesterday morning, Rev.
W. B. Thayer, her pastor, conducting
the services. The following gentlemen
acted as pall bearers: Messrs. .1. ('.
Owings, .1. A. ('lardy, N'ye Owens. P.
A. Simpson, IV H. founts and ('. B.
Moved into New Quarters.
Messrs. OwlngB OWlngS and Hun
ter & Hunter have moved their stocks
of goods back into the building they
occupied before the big fire. The
building has been rebuilt, cleaned and
painted up and now makes a much bet
1 ter appearance than before the fire.
! These two firms have been very much
cramped in small stores since the fire
and it lias been a very hard matter to
take care of their large trade, but
they are now prepared to take care of
all their customers.
J| LAUKENS RESPONDS TO CALL J|
.? Yesterday afternoon, after <?
') two days of canvassing In the ',',
; ; Interest of the $200,000 endow- J J
? > ment fund for the Presbyterian ?>
) \ Institutions in South Carolina, ')
] ? Hie members of that denomina- J J
< > tlon In this city had subscribed ? ?
',', $.V>L">. Their apportionment is ',',
j1 $-V>00 so it is confidently ex- J J
? * pected that the total amount will ? ?
!be secured. ..
]J The first day's canvas in the [|
entire Presbytery brought pro- ??
IS mines of $IM,BU of a total up- !S
\portion ment of $55.000? !',
ON "LOW POLITICS"
From Reports Received at the Meet*
in- of Equalization Hoard, Rep.
Willis *?Put One Over" the Other
A meeting of the newly appointed
county board of equalization was hold
in the office of the county nuditor last
week for the purpose of reorganiza
tion. Mr. lt. 1?. Adah; was re-elected
chairman of the board. Mr. J. Waddy
Thompson Is ex-offlclo chairman. An
other meeting will be hold tho fourth
Tuesday in March, at which time re
ports will be made on the township
It deveolped at the meeting or some
time before the meeting, that one of
last year's members of the hoard and
one of the most highly respected cit
izens of the county had been appar
ently spitefully left off the member
ship through activities of some mem
ber of the county legislative delega
tion, it appears from resolutions
passed at the mooting, and which are
published below, that Col. .1. II. Whar
ton has stated that he recommended
tho appointment of some other mem
ber from Mr. Curry's township at the
instance of Representative Archie Wil
lis, Col. Wharton stating that Mr. Wil
lis having deceived him by saying thai
Mr. Curry no longer desired to he a
member of the board. It will be seen
by the resolution that Col. Wharton
is requested to use bis good otllccs
with tho governor in the effort to
have Mr. Curry reinstated.
The resolutions are as follows:
Whereas, information has reach
ed this Hoard that one of our mem
bers, Mr. W. Collier Curry, was dis
placed from tho Hoard of Equalization
for Dial Township through misrepre
sentation and malice on the part of
one .1. Archie Willis, member of the
House of Representatives from I.au
rens county, formerly of Spartanburg
county, Greenville county, Anderson
county, and now of the state of Florida
Whereas, Senator .1. II. Wharton was
deceived by these misrepresentations
of said Willis into recommending to
the State Senate another person in
the place of Mr. Curry. Therefore
Resolved ist: That we repudiate
and resent such unfair and low poli
tics against one of our most competent
members, and we respectfully ask our
worthy Senator to explain the situa
tion to the governor and lo further
ask that Mr. Curry he re-commission -
etl by Gov. Hlonse.
Resolved 2nd: Thai our County
Hoard respectfully ask the Govcnor
to Ignore the rocommendiif'on of the
j Semite, under such circumstances as
we have mentioned, and that he re
commlssiou Mr. Curry as a member
of the Hoard of Equalization lor said
township, who by virtue of Iiis posi
tion on that Hoard is also a monibc
of the County Hoard,
it is requested that these rosolu
lions he published in the county pa
R. IV Adnir, Chairman,
.1. D. W. Watts. Laurcns.
w. II. Drummond, Votings,
Virgil A. White. Dial.
Jas. T. Machen, Sullivan,
c. Marlon Moore, Waterloo.
Geo. M. Ilannn, Cross Hill.
K. H. Copcland, .lacks.
A. V. Thompson. Scullletown.
The big Piercing Arrow Sale now
on at .1. E. Minter K- Hro.. is consid
ered by Mr. Minter as, so far. tIn
most successful sale that tiny have
ever held. The store has been crowd
ed every day of the. stile and they ex
pect :i continuation of the line trade.
An Easier Cantata.
The Eaurens Choral Society has do
Clded to give another cantata. "King
of Israel" haft been selected to be
given this time and several practiced
have already been held. The princi
pal parts will be taken by several of
I those who took prominent parts In
"Saul" a few weeks ago. The cantata
will be sung some time just before
or after Easter.
Lnnrens Boys Trimmed.
The first "slaughter" of the season,
baseballlcally speaking, took place on
the Trlnlty-Rldge premises Saturday
afternoon, when the horsehldo pro
ducers from the Laurcns city school
went out nnd down to the tune of 2.".
to 3. The town boys played pretty
fail ball, it Is said, but some how or
other they couldn't make any runs or
keep the other side from making them
Another game will be played ns soon
as the weather permits.
EROM THE COUNTY
News Letters From Many
GIVE LOCAL NEWS
Happen in:", of Interest to Many Poo
ple all over the County ami to Those
Who Have Left the Family Hearth
stone and gone to Other States.
Cross Hill. March IL- A notice in
an Atlanta paper says that "The
twentieth annlvorsnry of the Psl
Omega Dental fraternity was celebrat
ed by the Tan and Gamma iota chap
ter with a banquet at the Georgian
Terrace last Friday night. Dr. \V. L.
Nance of Cross Hill was one of the
speakers. Ills subject was Fraternal
ism? its Meaning ami Influence. Dr.
Nance is a son of Mr. It. I). Nance of
Cross Hill. He will graduate at the
Southern Dental College in May.
Karl .lausen-llumnrlst ami Knlor
tniner will i>" the noxi lyceuin attrac
tion here on March 28th.
Patrons of the school here gave an
oyster supper last Wednesday evening
at the home of Mr. II. It. Austin. Pro
ceeds to help put in a system of mod
ern lIghts sei,.. -I building.
Mrs. Dr. K. \V. Plnsoii came over
from Chester Saturday. She says the
doctor is getting ahum fairly well, ban
had a cold this week.
Mr. W ill Collins of Coronaca was a
Cross Hill visitor Saturday.
Mrs. Dock Hill of Clinton, visited
relatives here last Friday and Satur
Mr. W. M. Miller went to the hospital
in Cluster last Monday and a sus
picious tumor on his neck removed. He
Came home Wednesday and Is getting
Rev. Mr. Ilanoy of llnrtsvillo, s.
C. conducted service at the Presby
terian church Sunday afternoon and
evening. Mr. Ilanoy presented the
cause of education at the afternoon
service and preac hed a line sermon at.
the evening service.
Rev. Ml'. LnilgSton i' expected t(i
carry on a meeting here at the Hap
list ChUI'Cll this wee);.
Mr. John Plnson, who live: a few
mile- from town has been qluto -ich
for several days. Mr. Plnson is 87
years old and has been quite strong
and enjoyed good health until re
Mrs. Alma Penney is visiting her
mother Mrs. W, It. Fuller.
Mrs. N. K. Iloyeo went to Clinton
Saturday to visit lor daughter Mrs.
Sam Tpdd w ho is quite ill.
Miss Kate Austin spent Saturday
and Sunday with her parent Mr. ami
Mrs. R. A. Austin.
Miss Mary Martin, teacher at Mount
ville. spent Sunday with her sister,
Mrs. I.. F. McSwain.
Miss Helen VnUghn m visiting her
aunt Mis. S. W. Lowe,
Mr. G, W. Taylor of Greenville wa'si
I the guest Saturday and Sunday (if
Mr. and Mis. It A. Austin
Princeton, S ('.. March II. Mr. and
' Mrs. Allen Sullivan are visiting Mrs.
[Sullivan's parents, ('apt. and Mrs. J.
Prof. G. Ki WelbOrn mad'' a pb
am visit to friends near Green villa
Mr. Jas. T. Machen spciii la i week
very pleasantly in Lauren; with
friends and relative:
Mr. Sloan Bagwell wont to Greon
ville Sunday to attend the oratorical
contest Monday night.
Miss Lucy Payden has. returned t<>
her home at Gray Court, after a sue
cessful term taught at Ferndalo,
Mr. Jas. T. Mnhon and son. Chnrl
ton, spent several days last week with
relatives In Grecnvlilo,
The first ball game of the season
was played Friday afternoon between
the Mgh school boys and the regular
Princeton team. The score stood 16
to 10 in favor of the town boys.
Rabun, March II. -It has cleared
off, now If It will stay awhile and I'm
sure the people arc- glad especially the
farmers as they are anxious to begin
work on their farms.
Miss Kdna Owens spent several
days last week with her sister, Mrs.
Claude Wasson of Friendship com-.
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