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CAUSE GREAT DAMAGE
Eastern and South-eastern
IN THIS STATE
Many Bridges arc Washed Away in
this County and Many More are Se
riously Damaged. Itonds have been
Almost Impossible and Railroads
Atlanta, March 16.?Reports of
heavy property damage throughout
the Southeast as the result of the
terrific rains of the past two days
continue to be received here and
earlier estimates that the losses will
reach into the millions are sustained.
Rivers and smaller streams are all out
of banks and railroad traffic is gen
Reports to the Southern railway
hero today tolling of tho washout of
a trestle over the Haw river, near
Reidsvllle, N. C., stopping through
traffic on the main line, while sched
ules on branch lines in the Carolinas
have been annulled because of \ ash
outs and damaged trestles. Through
trains are being detoured to the
South by way of Knoxvllle and Chat
Cotton mills ind other industries
along the sma>.3r rivers have been
compelled to shut down by high wa
ter, and In North Carolina alone the
losses nre estimated at $500,000.
The Sanvnnnah river at Augusta
came to a stand tonight at 36 feet
nine Inches, aftor spreading over a
large part of that city. The damage,
It is said, will be much less than the
memorable flood of 190,8. At Macon,
the rise of the Ocomulgee river caused
a break In the city water mains, cut
ting off the water supply of part of
the city and leaving the city without
lire protection tonight.
From southern Alabama come re
ports that nil rivers are steadily ris
ing and damage to property is enor
mous. At Montgomery the Alabama
has backed up nearly to the union sta
tion. Gov. Oneal today issued an ap
peal fo help for the storm victims
at. Ileaoiand, where .a hurricane yes
terday killed five and destroyed 40
Columbia March 16.?All South Car
olina rivers were angry streams yes
terday, but during the day falling wa
ters took the. place of the surging
freshet that threatened danger Fri
day and part of yesterday. Eate last
night the rivers were reported falling.
The announcement had come earlier in
the evening that the creeks and small
streams of the Piedmont were falling.
Tho Watereo river at Cadmen ro3e
rapidly and v"?rrled away at least one
big bridge. Roads were submerged
by tho flood, which outranks any con
dition since the freshet of August.
Tho Suluda river inoun'od rapidly
almost reaching tho flooring of the
steel bridge on Kmard road, near
Newberry. So serious was the possi
bility there that the floor was re
moved to' a position of safety. A
Southern railway train was caught by
a washout ?ar Pomnrla, and could
not make crip to Columbia.
Anderson reports the town cut off
from the outside world, on account of
crippled train service, but the waters
falling rapidly. Bo' the swollen
streams, Savannah and Senaca, reced
ed during Friday night.
The Catawba river threatened the
flood re?ord of 1908. The trestle on
the Lancaster & Chester railway was
The rivers and creeks in other pnrt?
of the State were reported falling,
and plans are being made for tho re
building of bridges washed away by
the unusual waters. In some coun
ties every bridge spanning streams of
any consequence has been carried
In this immediate section much
damage was done to bridges and high
ways. At Enoree the only life lost
during the flood was reported. At this
place Cheves C. Llgon, who owns a
dairy on Enoree River, tried to cross
the river with an assistant, William
Pulley. They were swept down stream
and Mr. Llgon was drowned. Mr. Pul
ley made a miraculous escape with his
(Continued on Page Six.)
HON. E. W. DABBS
SPOKE TO FARMERS
Following a Forceful Address on the
.Necessity for Organization Cnncasser
was Appointed to Secure Members
for the Farmers Union.
Pres. K. W. Dabbs, of the State
Farmers Union, was present at a
large gathering of farmers in the arm
ory Thursday morning and made a
foceful address on the needs of the
farmer at this time. Mr. DabbB spoke
in very plain terms to the gathering,
stating to them that if they wished to
get the full benefits of their labor they
must assert themselves and demand
for their products the prices that are
reasonable. He told them, very plain
ly, that if they did not get right prices
for their cotton and other products
; that it was their own fault and no
j body's else. If the cotton buyer on
the local markets were not offering
J the right prices for tho cotton, It was
left to the farmer to decide whether
ho should sell or not and it should not
be blamed upon the buyer if he tried
to buy at the lowest price and to sell
at the highest.
As a cure for the conditions as they
exist among the farmers, .V.r. Dabbs
urged organization, cooperation and
diversification of crops. In this con
nection he urged the formation of a
j farmer's exchange, or some organiza
tion of this kind, to take care of the
diversified products and to enable the
farmers to market them profitably.
In closing his address, Mr. Dabbs
told the farmers that In the pending
parcels post bill they would find a re
lief from oppression and a means of
buying on a cheaper basis.
At the close of the address an or
ganization meeting was held and Mr.
.Torn 1). W. Watts was appointed as
spoclal agent to secure members for
the union. Mr. Watts will most prob
ably make a canvas of the county in
the endeavor to secure members.
MUS. SARAH H. DOWNEY. .
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Estimable Lady of this City Passed
Away at the Home of her Son, Mr.
John A. Franks, Sunday Morning.
Mrs. Sarah RarksdaTe Downey, wid
ow of the late James Downey, died
Sunday morning In this city at the
home of her son, Mr. John A. Franks.
Mrs. Downey, consequent upon in
creasing age, had been in declining
health for some months but only re
cently had she shown any signs of
immediate failure. Mrs. Downey made
her home with her son, Mr. Thomas
Downey, but a few weeks ago while at
the home of Mr. Franks she became ill
and never regained her strength
enough to return. She gradually fad
ed away until death overtook her Sun
Funeral services were held at the
home of Mr. Franks Monday afternoon
and from the house the body was fol
lowed, by a long concourse of sor
rowing friends, to the cemetery where
it was interred) A largo number of
floral offerings were spread upon the
grave, showing the high esteem In
which she was held by all who knew
her. The services were conducted by
Rev. W. B. Thayer. The pall bearers
were: active, C. H. Roper, C. B. Bobo,
R. B. Terry, R. W. McCuin, H. I). Ma
haffey, Dr. Posoy; honorary, ('. D.
BarksdalO, Dr. Clifton Jones, H. B.
Kennedy, T. I). Lake, Dr. Teague. J. T.
Crews, John F. Bolt, Warren Bolt.
Mrs. Downey was twice married. In
early life she married Mr. W. If.
Franks, Mr. John A. Franks being the
only child by that union. Mr. Franks
was killed during the war, at the bat
tle of Gaines mill. A few years after
the war she married Mr. James Dow
ney, who became very prominent in
this county. From this union Mr.
Thos. Downey and Dr. C"rroll W.
Downey, of Tallapoosa, 'in , survive.
Two sisters, Mrs. J. L. Crawford and
Mrs. Emma Robertson and one broth
er, Mr. A. B. Barksdale, survive her.
Mrs. DovAiey was a consecrated
Christian woman, a member of the
First. Baptist 'church of this city, and
was greatly beloved by all who know
Meeting Knights of Pythias.
There will be a regular meeting of
Laurens Lodge No. 43. K. of P., next
Monday night, tho 25th Inst, at which
time tho first degree will bo conferred.
This lodge has bought and Just re
ceived a new paraphernnlla complete
for the officers and it will do tho
members good to see tho new outlt,
as it Is one of the most beautiful that
can be bought. There will also be a
smoker, so each member Is cordially
invited and urged to be presort!.
Dr. W. P. Jacobs Honored
by Loving Friends.
DAYS OF GLADNESS
WITH CLINTON FOLKS
Kev. W. P. Jacobs' Seventieth Birthday
Celebrated In Clinton by Services
at the Church, Birthday Binner with
Close Relatives and Congregational
Reception at Night?
Clinton. March IS.?The most note
worthy event of the past ? week was
the celebration in connection with the
70th birthday of the Rev. Drl W. P.
Jacobs. Through a driving rainstorm
the Thornwell Orphanage community
and a large number of townspeople
made their way to the 7 o'clock morn
ing chapel exercises which Dr. Jacobs
W. en Dr. Jacobs reached the chap
pel he; fnpnd it well filled and a num
ber of cii. Ingulshed gentlemen seat
ed on the platform. As he entered a
storm of applause welcomed him.
His customary seat was occupied by
the Rev. T. E. Simpson of Society HIM.
and the only vacant seat on the plat
form was so placed as to bring to his
view a handsome silver loving-cup, to
witness the presentation of which, was
the reason of the unusual gathering.
The Rev. J. B. Branch, an alumnus
of the orphanage and now Dr. Jacob's
assistant had planned this celebration
and he took charge of the exercises.
After the usual devotional service the
pupils of the orphanage united in a
song on Dr. Jaeoos' birthday. Mr.
Branch then presented Mr. Simpson
whose eloquent address was worthy of
the subject and the occasion. He
spoke of what Dr. Jacobs' work had.
done for him, what the orphanage
meant to him, and then at some length
on the traits of character which had
insured Dr. Jacobs' success. Those he
emphasized were: his faith in God,
Iiis faith in man, and his energy and
perseverance in the face of obstacles
and discouragement. He then pre
sented the cup as a token of the love
of Thornwell boys and girls past and
present. Dr. Jacobs was greatly touch
ed and it was with difficulty that he
began to speak in reply. Among other
things he said that the cup would be
to him too precious for any other use
than to be filled with the incense of his
prayers for those who gave it.
A beautiful feature of the exercises
was the act of the children who crowd
ed about. Dr. Jacobs' feet and fairly
carpeted the door with flowers, violets,
jonquils, daffodils, hyacinths and car
nations. Several gifts of carnations
were on the platform, noteworthy
among them a handsome vase of pink
carnations, seventy in number, the
tribute of Dr. and Mrs. I). M. Douglas.
T<ho orphanage schools as usual had
holiday on "Doctor's birth? and
some of the houses had parties.
Mrs. W. J. Bailey surprised Dr. Ja
cobs by an elegant birthday dinner at
which all of the resident members of
his family wore present, as follows:
the Rev. and Mrs. J. P. Jacobs, and
their sons, William P. Jr., J. Ferdi
nand, Jr., and Thomas Duckett; l>i
and Mrs. J. Dlllard Jacobs and fhoir
son. James Dllllard, Jr., Mr. and Mrs.
W. J. Bailey and Mr. Cyrus W. Bailey.
Misses Mollie Monson and Clara Duck
in the afternoon a handsome tailored
clerical suit was presented to Dr. Ja
cobs with the compliments of the Offl
cers of the First Presbyterian church.
In the evening a congregational re
ception was tendered him, the ar
rangements for which were made by
a group of ladies of the church. A
feature of this occasion was the pro?
sentatlon to Dr. Jacobs of a leather
chair from the ladles. The recently
elected pftator, Mr. Jones, made the
presentation In well chosen words.
Dr. Jacobs' response was In an affec
tionate and playful strain. He said
.be feared people expected him to go
back and sit down now that they had
succeeded In publishing to the whole
world the fact that be bad reached
the great age of seventy.
Rev. Frank Dudley Jones Welcomed.
Through a series of unforUinate ac
cidents the recent letters from Clinton
have been delayed. These letters con
tained accounts of severnl most In
teresting events In this community.
tContlnued on Page Seven.)
FROM THE COUNTY
News Letters From Many
GIVE LOCAL NEWS
Happenings of Interest to Many Fco.
pie nil over the County und to Those
Who Have Left the Family Hearth
stone and gone to Other States.
Cross Hill. March 18?We had a
very heavy rain here last Friday
morning. It rained all night Thurs
day night and nearly next morning t lie
rain fell In torrents and it looked quite
stormy for a few moments. The water
courses have been very high and the
fields are washed badly. Not a fur
row has been plowed since Christmas.
The roads are in a deplorable condi
tion. Saturday Saluda river was run-,
niiiK over the floor of Watt's bridge
and had** nearly reached high water
mark. All trains inline, south were six
or eight hours late. The trestle over
same rive wag damaged and trains
had to go around some other way.
Mrs. s. a. Lea man went to Chester
Saturday to visit her brother, Dr. B.
W. Pinsnu .:t the hospital.
Mrs. J. I). Hill came home from the
hospital at Greenwood Saturday. Her
friends hope she will soon be well
A meeting has been in progress the
past week at the Baptist church. Rev.
Mr. Langston did the preaching.
Mr. T. M. IMnson and Mr. Jack
Thompson attended court at Laurens
last week as jurors.
Mrs. Nannie Goodman Henderson of
Waterloo, was a Cross Hill visitor last
^Mrs. Alice Simpson und Mrs. Roy
Simpson of Clinton, were Croat* Hill
visitors last week.
Mr. and Mrs. .lames Leaman, of Clin
ton, are visiting Mrs. Bigie Leaman.
The friends and relatives of Mr. W.
Rhett Brys?n here were shocked to
hear of his tragic death Saturday. The
family have our sympathy.
Rev. Mr. Brtdgman preached Sun
day morning and evening at the Pres
Madden, March 18.?With a moan
that was heard throughout the land,
and a flood of tears that swept things
before it. grim old winter bade us (at
least we are in hopes that is the cast i
iin exceedingly tearful adieu.
Mrs. Mollte Langston, while at din
ner with her family, had, on Friday
last, a slight stroke of paralysis, but it
soon passed off. Her many friends
and relatives will be pleased to hear
that she Is now up and is apparently
in her usual health.
Miss Mamie Langston is also better
and will resume her school duties this
Little Vera Finlcy, the youngest
child of Mr. and Mrs. Thurmnn Finley
lias been quite sick. Dr. Fcnnell, of
vyatorloo is the attending physician.
Wo are glad to report the little one
Such a winter aB we hnvo passed
through, has been hard on the brute
creation as well as man-kind. We
tiear every once in a while of a horse
dying. Messrs. John A. Madden and
John L. Finley have horses row suf
fering with pneumonia, but there arc
hopes that both will be saved.
Mr. R. Jud Langston. accompanied
by Misses Tennie Madden and Juanita
Martin, attended services at Mt. Pleas
Mr. and Mrs. Linwood Martin spent
the day recently with their parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Thad Martin. The
fripnds of the latter will be sorry to
hear that she Is quite Blck. Her sls
I ter, Miss Martha Madden has also
gone to stay a while with her.
The friends of MrH. Bee Culbertson
will be glad to hear that she and the
little boy are getting on nicely. Her
mother, Mrs. Martin of near Kkom has
been with her.
Waterloo. March 18.?An eagerly an
ticipated event, the Skovgaard Con
cert, will be the social feature of
Tuesday evening, March 20th. The
concert, given under the au-spicon of
the lyceum course, will take place in
the school auditorium and is expect
ed to score a brilliant success. As
a violinist. Skovgaard has few <<iu.il S,
(Continued on Page Six.)
SUBSCRIBED TO DATE
Canvass of Enoroc l'resbytery Will
not lie Closed at Expiration of
Eight-Day Period'as First Stated
Thirty-two thousand, eight hun
dred and fifteen dollars and fifteen
cents ($32,816.15) Is the total amount
raised so far in the canvass of
Bnoreo l'resbytery in an effort to se
cure $55,000 for Chicora college.
Oi' this amount the First church of
Laurens. contributed $1,010. The can
vas In LaurOl s has been completed and
no further subscription will be solicit
The canvass will not close at the
end of eight days, as first announced,
but will be continued tint 11 the full
amount desired has been raised. The
canvassers are confident that the bal
ance will be secured and are going at
tho '.ask with renewed zeal.
The. Presbyterians of South Caro
lina In their Endowment Fund cam
paign are seeking to raise $200,0(10.00
for their throe educational institu
tions, Chicora College, which is to get
$50,000.00; tho Columbia Theological
Seminary, n like sum. and the Pres
byterian College of Solth Carolina, at
Clinton, which is to receive $100.000.
Bach pledge is so conditioned that
no subscription is binding until the
full amount of $200,000 is subscribed.
Therefore, it will not do to have only
$150,000 subscribed, for if only this
was done no subscription could be
collected and the effort would fail.
Inasmuch as there is always a shrink
age in large subscription lists, those
managing the campaign are working
on a basis that will produce more
tl.^n $200,000 in subscription, and
enough more. It Is believed, to produce
$200,000 In cash when collections are
completed, When the full amount of
$200,000 Is subscribed, then each sub
scriber is to pay one-fourth of his sub
scription, the balance 'icing payable in
three equal Installments, six months
apart. After the cnnvnsB In Enoree
is completed there will be four more
ProsbyteriOB to canvass and it will be
fall, no doubt, before the first payment
of a pledge is called for, and two years
before the final payment is due.
Another particular about a sub
scription is that every one can di
vide the amount between the three
institutions as Is asked, that is, one
half to the college at Clinton, one
fourth to the seminary and one
fourth to Chicora College, or the
subscriber may change this division to
stilt his own will, and can give his
subscription till to one institution.
A NAKKOW ESCAPE.
Mr. IL F. Fleming Collides with
Freight Train at the Foot of (he In
cline on South Harper Street No
What came very near being a seri
ous accident occurred at the C. Sr..
W. C. crossing on South llnrpor Btreol
.Monday night, when an nutomohllo,
driven by Mr. U. F. Fleming und con
taining several occupants, collided
with a freight train slowly passing at
this point. Mr. Fleming Is at a loss
to explain how the accident occurred,
his only explanation being 'hat he did
not see tho train. No fault could ho
attached to tho railroad as the engine
had passed tho roadway and the etitl '??
opening was occupied by tin cars. The
flagman was standing on tb? .opposite
Bide of the cars from where IhoTfW?
llslon look place. Fortunately no one
was hurt though the machine was
Those occupying the car at the time
werr; Misses Florence Brown and An
nie Davis, Messrs. Oslo Anderson and
it. F. Fleming and two small children.
Tho party was on the way to the en
tertainment at the school house.
The children of tho graded Bchool
gave a very entertaining little affair
at the school auditorium Monday ev
ening. The entire performance was
under the direction of Miss Fannie
Crelghton and it was due to her efforf?
that It was a success. A total of
$49.25 was taken In at the door, almost
all of which was profit as only a .few
small expenses were Incurred. All
the children did well anil the perform
ance was very creditable.
To liaie Stock Trial.
The ladles of the Civic League are
contemplating having a Mock Trial in
the new court house nt an early date.
Although full preparations have not
been made. It is understood that the
case will be scandnlous.
Killed by Negro on His Place
TO FURIOUS PITCH
Mr. Hryson was a Prominent Young
Farmer of the Mountville Neighbor
hood and his Death *ls Greatly De
plored by a Large Number of Peo
ple In all Sections of the County*
Mountville, March 18. All Mount
ville has been shrouded in deep sor
row and intense excitement since Sat
urday afternoon when the news reach
ed here that William Rhetl Hryson had
been killed by a nemo on his own farm
two miles from town. Immediately
people from every direction began to
rush to the scene of the crime to give
help and sympathy to the bereaved
family and to lend aid in capturing
if possible, the murderer who had al
ready fled. It was a heart-rending
scene and one that tilled the mind of
every one who looked upon it with a
deep sense of indignation.
The neuro. Wesley Hill, who lives
on Mrs. Cnlne's plantation just above
Milton, had been coming upon Mr. Hry
son's place and taking unbecoming
liberties with some of Iiis tenants and
giving trouble by his misconduct. Ho
had been warned by Mr. Dry son to
keep off the place. Saturday afternoon
while Mr. Hryson was at work with
several hand's In the Held, he saw Hill
coming again in defiance of the re
quest to keep away. Mr. Hryson left
his hands at work and went off about
80 yards Into a piece of pines over a
hill to see him. a few minutes later
the hands left at work heard tour
shots in the direction in which tho
negro ami Mr. Hryson, had gone, but
made no efforts to find out the cause oC
tho shooting. Late in the afternoon,
some negro boys fund the body lying
near the path, in which the negro was
walking, cold in death pierced with
four balls. The shooting took place,
about 2 o'clock. It was nearly night;
when the discovery of the nwful CflniO
was made known by the tenants '?> :ii<>
family. By this time Wesley Hill had
gone to his home, math- known to his
wife what lie had done, and had gain*
ed several hours start of any posstblo
' pursuit. By night n large crowd from
all directions assembled to hive aid
and sympathy and to lend help in.
capturing the murdered it possible.
Hater in the nlghi Sheriff Owings.
Policeman Howe, and others were oh
the grounds. During the 11iI?t and ::v
or since, a diligent search has been
made, but up to this time Monday
morning, it has been without success.
Hate Saturday night Trial Justice
Goodman empaneled a jury and began
the inquest, Sunday Coroner Hall iton
arrived and will bo with the court
of inquest today when it convenes to
The funeral o'f Mr. IStyson was held
Sunday afternoon at the Presbyteriah
cemetery in the presence of : largo
concourse of sorrowing relatives anil
friends, conducted by Rev. .1, H Co\
Ington and T. F. Mill. He was about
2d years of age, and leaves a wife, who
was Miss Maude Hoyd, ami two llttl?
children, besides his parents, several
brothers, one sister, and a number of
other relatives to mourn his sudden
and untimely death. He was a mem
ber of the Prosbyterlan church, a suc
cessful farmer, and a good citizen.
The entire couYmunity is in mourning
over the loss of such a man and all
hearts are thrilled with a deep sense
of indignation over such a horrlblo
crime. It is a great shock to his fath
er, mother, and wife who have tho
sympathy and are receiving the kind
attentions of then many friends.
The latest reports concerning tho
foul tragedy state that possess have
scoured the neighborhood in vain and
that a party, lead by the negro's
brother, went down to Prosperity In
the hope of Unding him In a secret
hjdlng place there. I'p until late yes
terday afternoon, nothing had !>ocii
heard from the searching parties. If
the negro falls into the hands of oth
ers than those of the oflicors of tho
law, it Is feared that it will go hard