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NEWS OF THE WEEK
Meeting in Interest of Wil
ON POPULAR PEOPLE
White Sale and Turkey Dinner by
Daughters of Confederacy?Child*
ren's Chapter U. D. C?Trl-Htate
Orphanage Conference?Base Hall
Season Opens?Other Items.
Clinton, March 25.?On Thursday
evening In the Utopia Hall an enthus
iastic meeting of citizens resulted in
the organization of a Woodrow Wilson
club. The chief speaker of the even
ing was President Douglass, who
as a former Princeton student, was
able to give a most interesting ac
count of Woodrow Wilson. He spoke
for more than an tiour in the very
highest terms, praising Wilson as a
man and a scholar. The Rev. J. E,
Mahaffey was also a speaker! though
he confined his speech to a few min
utes. The officers elected are: Pres
ident, Mr, W. 10. Hell; Vice Presi
dent, Mayor W. M. McMillan; Secre
tary, Mr. Wilson W. Harris.
White Sale and Turkey Dinner.
The ladies of Stephen 1). Lee chap
ter U. 1). C. held a white sale on Thurs
day and served a turkey dinner and
oyster supper in connection with it.
The receipts were about $11 f> and the
expenses less than $2i> so that the
treasury is enriched about $00 for
the day's work.
Children's Chapter U. D. C.
A children's chapter, lT. D. C. aux
iliary to the Stephen 1). Lee chapter,
was organized here on Friday after
noon at the residence of Mrs. Thomas
Lyon. The officers elected were as
follows: president, Miss .lulin Owens;
1st vice president, Miss Kate Shnnds;
2nd vice-president. Miss Sara Hunter;
recording secretary, Miss Nancy Ow
ens; corresponding secretary. Miss
Essie Copeland; treasurer, Miss Doris
Lyon; historian. Miss Helen Bailey.
The regular time for meeting will be
the hist Friday in each month begin
ning next Friday, March l'O. At this
meeting, which will be hold with Miss
Julia Owens, a name will he select
ed for the chapter. -
TrI-Stafe Orphanage Conference.
On April 2, I?, and i a conference of
orphanages in North Carolina. South
Carolina and Georgia will he held at
the Thornwell Orphanage, An inter
esting program of speeches and dis
cussions has been prepared.
Hase Hall Season.
The base ball season opens here
April first when the 1'. C. team plays
Furmnn on the first and the second.
The committees who have in charge
the arrangements for the chautauqua
to be held here the first week of
Juno, met in the Pythian hall Mon
day evening to perfect plans for the
Misses Zee Wright and Dorothy Ow
ens entertained tho Senior class of
the Presbyterian college on Thursday
evening at a very elegant affair.
On Saturday afternoon Mrs. J. W.
Copeland, Jr., gave a lovely St. Patrick
party to the members or the Act aeon
Hook club and a number of Invited
guests, every detail of which was
charmingly carried out.
The young men of the lOukosmian
Lieterary society of the Presbyterian
college entertained the 1 friends at
their annual banquet Fr. Jay evening
at the Clinton hotel. The'repast was
served In beautiful style by Mrs. King
and her assistants. Clover speeches
and toasts brought tho evening to a
The young ladles and gentlemen
who so ably presented "Her friend
the enemy" last spring will soon be
k gin rehearsals for another play to be
f given undor tho auspices of the U. D.
A mock trial will be held in Clin
ton under the auspecles of the Pub
lic Library Association In April.
Miss Ireno Little entertains tho
Embroidery Club this afternoon.
Little Janet Lenke, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. J. W. Leake, has been crit
ically 111 with dlpthoria but Is better
and will probably recover.
Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Copelnand arc
In Baltimore, Md., called there by the
critical Illness of their son, Dr. Rut
WAS FOULD IMURDEY
DUE TO CONSPIRACY?
Reports from Mountvllle Tell of Al
most Unbelievable Plans Made on
tho Lifo of (ho Late Mr. Bryson.
Mountvllle, March 23,?The people
of Mountvllle are still In a bewildered
and nervous state over the murder
of W. H. Bryson. The posse, who,
during the week, searched the coun
try from here to Columbia, have re
turned without the murderer, Wesley
Hill. Other negroes suspected of hav
ing some knowledge of the crime
have been "waited on" and, If their
I evidence Is to he r el fed upon, the In
formation given by them arouses some
suspicion that the murder may have
been the result of a conspiracy. This
discovery may lead to other arrests.
In the meantime It is anxiously hoped
that the real murderer may he appre
The awful crime of last Saturday,
preceded a few weeks ago by the hold
attempt to burn S. N. Crisp's store and
followed Wednesday morning by the
burning of W. L. Teaguo's barn, has
created a sensation in the minds of
thinking people. Whether there is
any connection between the murder
and the two burnings, or either of
them, of course. Is not known, but
the fact that the three incidents occur
red within n few miles of one anoth
er, and that they followed one anoth
er in close succession, Rives some
ground for thought.
About two o'clock Wednesday morn
ing Mr. \V. L. Tongue's barn, four
miles from Mountvllle, was complete
ly destroyed by lire. With the barn
which was a large two story build
ing, perished also six head of mules
and horses, three buggies, carriage,
wagon, harness, a quantity of corn and
fodder, all of last year's crop, and
other valuables. A quantity of cot
ton nearby was barly saved by dili
gent work. The barn and contents
was a complete loss as there was no
Insurance. The burning is thought to
have been incendiary.
Our mail carriers, Messrs. S. B.
Goodman and J. H. Motes, had some
very unpleasant experiences during
the severe storm of last week. Hut
they were faithful to their official
trusts oven to the extent of exposing
themselves to dangerous risks. Mr.
Goodman, attempting to cross the
Hooded Benverdam Creek Friday morn
ing, was carried some distance down
tho stream by a deep and swift cur
rent. The buggy having hung on a
tree, he, standing on the dash hoard
and shafts, succeeded in unhitching
the horse and, mounting tho animal
from the rear, made his escape. The
mail was held above water and came
out safe and dry. After the water
subsided the buggy was brought out
Saturday badly damaged. Mr. Motes
;*'so braved the storm, going Friday
and Saturday as far as tho Davenport
bridge on Little River, which was so
damaged that it was impossible to
cross the stream.
During this week r number of our
public spirited citizens have taken ad
vantage of the fair weather to improve
the conditions of our public roads,
dragging, scraping and hauling sand
nnd rock to repair deep holes and oth
er bad places. Among t'ioso who de
serve creditable mention for these pub
lic favors, are, Messrs Calton Chase,
S. J. Knsor, Paul and William Fellers,
J, B. Richardson and T. J. Coloman.
These have all done work which great
ly relieves difficult public travel.
Mrs. (Jennie Kramer of New York
lias been spending tho winter at
Mountvllle, making her home at the
Teague boarding house. She is a na
tive of this state, but after ma riage
lived In New York until the death of
her husband a few years ago. While
she owns a good homo and other
property in New York, she prefers to
make her home among her friends in
It Is said hero that Dr. A. S. Cook
has accepted a call T>y tho Unlversa
llst church at Camp Hill, Ala. and that
ho has given tip his work In this
state. He will movo his family to
Camp Hill this spring.
Mr. N. B, Crisp was away from home
most of last week, attending meeting
of Hunter township equalization
board at Clinton, and mnklng a busi
ness trip to Sumter, Blshnpvlllo and
Mr. John Richardson of Columbia
is visiting relatives here and nt Cross
The Cotton Market.
Cotton was bringing 10%o on tho
Laurens market yesterday. Only about
1,000 bales In the two warehouses.
ALL ABOARD FOR POLITICS, S. C.
HANDSHAKERS AND SPELLBINDERS ARE OUT
With the Coming of the First Breath of Spring the Boys
Have Gotten the Warm Blood of Good Fellowship
in Their Hearts and They Can't Reject the Im
portunities of their Friends to Make the Race
The fight is on. The first bomb in
the campaign for national, state and
county olllcers has been fired in this
county. A number of the candidates
have hearkened unto the voices of
their friends and have placed their
names before the public as "being
willing" to shoulder the responsibili
ties of office for the coining two years.
To be sure it is all unselfishness that
allows them to take up the mantle of
the people and to protect them from
the wily politicians, hut they have
put all consideration of themselves in
the background and now they are
ready to stand up for the rights of the
dear people. Some have announced
themselves as certain to be in the race.
Others have listened to the voices of
the friends and are on the way.
I*. S. Senator.
This year will see the election of a
I'nited States Senator, to fill the seat
now occupied by Senator Tillman.
Senator Tillman will be in the race
to sutceed himself, while W. Jasper
Talbert, of Kdgelield county, will op
pose him. The campaign has not liv
ened up yet, but the honored Jasper
has hinted that one of his planks will
be fewer federal pensions.
In this district, a congressman is
to be elected. Hon. Joseph T. John
son will in all probability be in the
race to succeed himself and it's going
to take a good one to beat him. No
other candidate has evinced any de
sire to try conclusions with Mr. John
son so far.
Of course Cole I>. Hlease will be in
the race to succeed himself in the
governor's chair. Judge Ira B. Jones
will oppose him and has already put
a few hot ones over. John T. Duncan,
one of the og^s out of last year's nest,
will also be there with some more hot
stuff on the "Columbia King" and the
"Asylum Deal." John T. makes things
pretty interesting, if he doesn't have
Licnt. Qov. C. A. Smith has announc
ed thai he would be in the race to
succeed himself. No other has an
nounced lor this office so far.
For the office of secretary of slate
it seems, from the present prospects,
that Mr. It. M McCown will have no
opposition, although a plenty of time
is left in which to make things hum.
A. VV. Jones is the only man in
view now to hold down the office of
comptroller general. Mr. Jones has
come to be somewhat of a "landmark''
at Columbia, so it is doubted if any
body will come out to tear him down.
Capt. It. H. Jennings has announced
that on account of physical infirmi
ties, he will not be in the race for
treasurer again. This means that a
pretty lively tilt is in view, for the
treasurer's job Is very much sought
after. Sam'l T. Carter, who has been
in the treasurer's office for some years
will offer for Capt. Jennings' place.
D. W. McLaurln, state land agent, will
also be In the race for this office.
Doubtless a few others will be at tin
song and dance when this number is
For adjutant nnd Inspector general
the present Incumbent W, W, Moore
will in all probability offer. As this
office always has quite a number of
men wanting It, several straight-backs
will probably be In for some fun. It
is said that the Charleston military
I folks aro looking around among their
own kith nnd kin trying to settle on
some good man from down that side
I to represent them. Whether Capt.
Rlchardon, who was in the race last
year, will run again Is not known.
Capt. Newnham is also keeping rpilet.
J. F. Swearlngen has had consider
able opposition to his policies while
In office, so It would not be n surprise
if he did not find himself opposed by
several dauntless educators. It has
been whispered around that Laurens
county might furnish one of these.
How about It?
Now. for Fraser f.yon's job. That
race Is going to be a honey. Mr.
Lyon has been having the boys walk
a chalk line now for several years
and it looks though as If ho will have
to keep his boots shlned if he con
tinucs on the job. There is thnt fel
low Peoples, from down about Barn
well, (not familiar with his Initials)
and then dear old "nub** Evans says
his "hat is In the ring." (Not that
beaver). And then there are number
less rising young attorneys who look
With longing eyes upon this job. Lyon
is probably in for the hardest race
that he has yet been up against.
Toot! Toot! Look out for the cars!
Whose coming for railroad commis
sioner? Col. J. H. Wharton, of this
county for one. Col. Wharton is a
smooth one and he is going, to shake
hands with more voters than all the
rest put together, there is no doubt.
Somebody has got to "git up and git"
to beat the colonel. And then there
is John Q. Richards. John (!. is some
pumpkin when it comes to talking to
the dear people. He is a formidable
antagonist. even for Cansler of
Tir/.ah. who announced several years
ago that he was going to keep running
until he caught up. Thai railroad com
mission job is greatly sought after.
Other candidates are sure to come out.
10. J. Watson will have to go before
the people this year if he wishes to
hold his Job and it is generally sup
posed that he has a hankering after
it. It has been rumored, without de
nial, that J. Rutledgo McGhee, of
Greenville, will be In the rnee to op
pose him. Mr. McGhee is red-headed
and will probably make things hum
along with some vim.
Commissioner of Insurance McMas
t,er will also have to speak to the peo
ple this year if he has any opposition.
'? but as yet nobody has come forward.
It Is a foregone conclusion that lion.
' R. A. Cooper Is going to be in the
race to succeed himself. He has al
ready said so. Will he have any op
position? it is whispered from Green
wood that Mr. T. Coke Turner 's con
sidering the race. Nobody else has
been spoken of so far.
For the senate, it is fairly certain
'that Mr. W. C. Irby. Jr., will run
and it has been rumored that Mr. It.
! D. Boyd will he in the race. For a
time, it was said that Col. John M
Cannon would offer for the senate,
but he has now decided to held off
for a few months and take a shot at
; the mayor's ofllco,
For the house it Is fairly certain that
Dr. J. II. Miller will offer again. Oth
I ers either avowedly out or prominent
ly mentioned are II. S. Blackwoll, W.
W. Campbell, and W. It. Richey. Sr.
Doubtless others are coining, for this
[is going to be some political year.
For sheriff John D. Owings Is sure
to he in the rate. Capt. T. J. Duekett
has been mentioned as a possible oon
' tender as well as J. T. Reden, of
John F. Holt will he with the boys
again for the office of clerk of court.
C. A. Rower will also bo there and
possibly others. This is going to be
J. Waddy Thompson has already de
clared that he will bo In the race to
succeed himself and Mr. Joel A. Smith
has let his friends know that he in
So far neither Treasurer Young nor
Coroner Hairston have any visible op
Tho probate judge, the supervisor
and the superintendent of education do
not have to run this year.
Water is Cure.
According to a copy of the bacterial
am lysis made by the state Chemist,
Dr. F. L. Parker, the water now being
supplied the city Is free from con
tamination and contains no bacterial
indications of contaminations. In oth
er words there are no "bugs" in our
To Make Address.
Supt. of Kducation Geo. L. Pitts will
he out of his office today and tomor
row attending a meeting of farm dem
onstration agents and educators at
Clemson College. Mr. Pitts Is on the
program for an address and will speak
on "Boys Corn Club Work and the
County Fair." He will return Friday.
AT BOYD'S MILL PLANT
Superintendent J. Helton Divvcr Elec?
trocutcd While Working with Wires.
One of the moat deplorable acci
dents that has ever occurred in this
vicinity took place at the Boyd's mill
plant of the Reedy River Power Com
pany Sunday morning about 11 o'clock
when Superintendent .1. Helton Divvcr
was electrocuted while at work on
scaffolding supporting one of the
Mr. Dlwer, according to the reports
which came from those who visited the
plant Sunday afternoon, was busy
rushing the work of drying out the
machinery which had been put out of
commission by the recent Hood. In
this work use was made of the cur
rent from the emergency plant In this
' city. Some work of a very simple
I nature remained to be done In the
large transformer In the power house
building. Mr. Divvcr told one oT his
assistants to go up and do the work.
They objected. Btating that they did
not know how to do it and were
afraid to. Mr. Divvcr. not being wil
ling to force (lie men to go where they
did not wish to. went up himself. More
he continued his work touching the
i big wires, which were harmless so
long as an electrical circuit was not
mado by touching two of the wires
or by allowing them to come in < ,.n
tact with two parts of his body at the
same time. ? Unfortunately, as he
worked his heel touched upon one of
the switches and completed the elec
trical circuit. The current, rushed
through his body, paralyzing the mus
cles so that he could not extricate
himself. One of his assitants, Mr.
Elledgc, who was nearby, ran to one
of the cut-off plugs and cut the cur
rent off, but not before it had got
ten in its deadly work. The? body of
Mr. Divvcr, relaxing arter tlie? cur
rent was cut off, fell to the floor, a
distance of about ten or twelve feet,
nnd in a few minutes he breathed his
Immediately after news of the acci
dent had reached Laurons, a num
ber of friends and business associates
of the deceased went out to the plant
In buggies and assisted the undertaker
in bringing the body to Laurens, from
where it was shipped to Anderson
Monday morning. The funeral ser
vices were held in that city yesterday.
Mr. Divvcr was a native of Ander
son, though he had lived in Laurens
for several years. Iiis lather, the
late R. R. Divvcr, of that plnco, (Hod
some years ago, but his mother still
survives him nnd lives there. Mr.
Divver was married Jus! last .Inn.
lo Miss Grace Cater, of Anderson. She
was at Boyd's mill at the time of the
nccidehl mid was prostrated with grief
One brother, Mr. T. M, Divver. lives
in this city. Other brotherr and sis
ters are Mrs. 11. I). Masters, Anderson;
Misses I.ula and Mar.-, of Anderson;
Miss Sophia, of Santa Anna. Cat.; Mr.
R. W. Divver, Santa Anna, t'al.; W. S..
Harry and Hugh DJwor, Anderson.
Mr. Dlvvor was '-',2 years of ago.
Mr. Divver was vorly highly regard
ed here, lie was a man that always
attended to his own .affairs and never
meddled in those of others. He was
a young man peculiarly pure and up
right in life and was of a consecrated
Chritian character. Until his mar
I ringe he was a member of the Bap
tist church, but he joined the Pres
byterian church soon after his mar
riage' and both he and his wife took
great Interest in its work and ser
vices; His death was a gerat shock
to his ninny friends here, the grief of
his wife and family striking a pect!?
Marly sympathetic chord in the beans
of all those who were acquainted with
A PUN. IT II CLEAN-UP BAY.
The Ladled of The CItIc League Bine
Selected That Bay For a Real Ov
Tho ladies of the Civic League have
announced that Thursday, April 4lb
will be "Clean-up" day In Laurens.
Tho premises of every business con
cern and every home In town will be
expected to have a general clean up
and overhauling. The day following
Friday ? the entire town will be care
fully Inspected by a member of the
city health department.
"Clean-up Day" Is a special day set
apart in each season for the purpose
so clearly set forth In Its name. It
has been observed In Laurens and In
all other hustling towns, for the past
few years, with a great deal of suc
cess and with great benefit to the
towns. Take part.
Keys Probably Turned Over
ONLY TO BE MADE
The l.aurens Count) Court House, Be
gun in the Full Will Probably bo
Turned Over to the Count) Com?
missloncrs (he Latter Cart of this
One of the most beautiful court
houses in tho state will be turned ov
er to tho Laurcns county commission
ers when Contractor Rounds, of tho
firm of Mll8hburn & Rounds, puts tho
last little touch on the new building
probably the latter part of this week.
Mr. Rounds, In speaking of the work
yesterday, stated that be was now go
ing over the structure, looking at tho
places that needed dressing and put
ting on the final touches. This, ho
said, would probably be finished In
a day or two and then he would ho
ready to deliver to Supervisor Hum
bert the keys to the building.
The building is thoroughly as well
as artistically constructed. It was
originally designed by Luther Hamp
ton, of the linn of Hampton & Prof
fiit, of Spartanburg while Mr. Hamp
ton was living here. After moving to
Spartanburg he was assisted by other
members of the firm and also A. Ten
F.yk Brown, of Atlanta. The build
ing was to have been finished on
January 10th but tho severe winter
hindered the work.
The building is steam heated and
olectric lighted throughout and dress
ed in hardwood. Tho safes are fire
proof, as are all tho record rooms.
The lobby on the first floor is of Tor
razo tiling, while Ihe floor of tho
court room is of stained hardwood.
All other floors aro cither hardwood
or concrete. Though it cannot he said
to be fireproof throughout, it would bo
very hard for a fire to start and get.
under any headway.
The main court room is on the sec
ond floor as in the old building. Tin
entrance for while people is on the
south side. Filtering this door one
conic- into a lobby, on each side of
'which are withe s rooms for while
. people, ill'- one to the right being for
I ladles while ihe one to the left \a
lor men. The entrance lor negroes
. on the opposite side of the building
is arranged in th" sumo way, except
, the right is for im n and the Iff for
j The court room Itself is a beauti
ful auditorium with a large Stained
I glass concave skylight and with hnnd
| some plaster work. The fixtures are
In the northwest corpi r of tho sec
ond floor is a consultation room. Next
to It is a Indies wailing room with all
sanitary conveniences. Next to this
room is the detention room for pris
oners on trial and then next to ibis
I room is th" grand Jury room, a largo
and airy chamber with lavartorlos ad
joining. Oll tie- opposite side of th"
Court room and in (ho northeast corn
er is one petit jury room and next to
it is a witness room. Another petit,
jury room is oil the southeast corn
er and between this room and the
witness room the judg's private
room witli toilet locker, etc.
On the fust floor are the different
offices. Wherever needed, the officers
have fireproof safes. In the north
west corner is the office of tho pro
bate Judge, about where it was be
fore but with added room and light.
N'cxt to this is tho office or the sup
erintendent or education with a rail
Ing to separate the white and negro
people. The treasurer's office occu
pies the center of this side of the
building and has fixtures like a hank
opening upon the corridor. This will
give the troasun r and bis help plen
ty of room and allow them to attend
to tho tax payers In the order that
they come up. The auditors office Is
In the northeast corner as before. On
the opposite side of the building and
in the southeast corner is the ofnCO
of the clerk of court as It was be ?
fore, his record rooms being further
toward the center of the building but
reached through the lobby of his of
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