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Victors in Oratorical Con
test and Track Meet.
LAURENS HIGH SCHOOL
WINS SECOND PLACE
Charles Harrison Won Gold Medal in
the Oratorical Contest and Hlehard
Dnnlnp Came Second?^Speeches
were AH on a High Plane, the
Young Orutors Doing Splendidly.
The annual county oratorical eon
tost, hold in the graded school audi
torium Friday evening, was won by
Charles Garrison, of tho Cray Court
Owlngs high school, his subject be
ing "The New South and the Race
Problem." Richard Dunlap, of the
Laurens city schools, won second
place, his subject being "The Mack
Horse and Ills Rider." Charles jGar
rison was presented with a gr'd medal
by the association and Richard Dun
lap was presented with a silver one.
The presentation speech was made
by Dr. R. Z. Thomas, of Newlierry Col
lege, who acted as one of the judges.
Tho other judges were Supt. B. L.
Hughes, of the Greenville city schools,
and Dr. Pugh, or Wofford College.
Following is the program of the
Prayer by Rev. C. F. Rankin.
Introductory by Clayton Young, Vice
President of tho Association.
Melvin Abercrombie, Shlloh High
School?"The Death of James A. Oa?
Charles Aycock, Clinton High School
?"The Negro and the South".
Richard Dunlap, Laurens City High
School?"Tho Black Horse and His
Thomas Freeman, Princeton High
School?"The Path of History".
Charles Onlllson, Cray Court-Owings
High School?"Tho New South and
the Race Problem".
Hfe Coy!.. Moore. Waterloo High School
^-^"The Equality of Man".
Dewey Nelson, Cross Hill High
, School?"Sparticus to the Gladiators
at Captin". '
Mike Parks, Trinity-Ridge High
School?"A Plea for Cuba".
Awarding of medals.
Not to have been one of the prize
winners in the contest could not pos
sible be considered the least reflection
upon any of the speakers, for without
exception the speeches were all of
a high order. The young folks ac
quitted themselves well and each
school represented should feel proud
of the effort made by its representa
tive. Doubt and speculation as to the
winners was expressed on every side
until the judges made known their de
cision. The medals were closely con
tested for and the judges doubtless
had a difficult time coining to a de
cision. To all it was apparent, how
ever, that the two young men who
wore finally awarded the medals would
be among those at the top. Consid
erable difference of opinion was ex
pressed by all after the last speaker
had finished, but the decision of tho
judges was received by all In good
grace for It was realized that the
judges would have considerable difll
s oulty In coming to an understanding.
Everybody went away well pleased
with tho decision.
An immense crowd, filling the audi
;orium to overflowing, was present and
much enthusiasm was shown by the
paftizans of the speakers. Good nn
#red rivalry existed and fine order
A featuro of the evening was the ex
cellent music furnished by the Pres
^ byterlan College orchstra.
The officers of tho association are:
R'^hard' Dunlnp, President; Clnyton
Young, Vice President; W. .T. Hill,
Secretary; M. S. Uoyd, Treasurer.
Tho executive committee Is com
posed of: Richard Dunlap. Clnyton
Young, W. ,T. HSU, M. S. Royd, Prof.
, B. L. Jones, Prof. E. H. Hall, Prof. J.
The ushers Friday evening were:
Clarence Nelson, Hayne Taylor, Julius
FIRST TRACK MEET
A GREAT SUCCESS
Gray Court-Owlngs High School Took
oft' First Honors, Followed by Lau?
rens and then by Clinton.
With a fine crowd of school girls,
hoys and others present, the first In
ter-high school athletic contest was
pulled off last Friday In Owlngs pas
ture. Notwithstanding tho unlUness
of the field the meet was successful in
the highest degree. As the scores easi
ly shows, the Gray Court-Owlngs ath
letes had the blue ribbon folded away
from the beginning and when the final
count was made public the aforesaid
team had -18 1-3 points to their credit
against 2:< !-!! for Laurens and It". 1-I5
However tho score doesn't tell the
whole story. In nearly every event
the winners were forced to exert them
selves to the utmost for close behind
them the near-winners kept them from
taking things easy. The Cray Court
boys showed superiority in form and
training in most of the events, espec
ially so in the suv^ put and the pole
vaulting, The Clinton team made
many close seconds and the locals
hauled off a few first honors here and
there. The work of Conner Owens of
the winning team deserves special
mention, ho having won first In four
events?high jump, broad jump, pole
vaulting and 110-yard hurdle.
The following are the events and
Julius Sitgreaves, Laurens, first;
Edwin Moseley, Laurens, second; Dug
las Copeland, Clinton, third.
Eugene Cox. Gray Court; first;
George Little, Clinton, second; Claude
Garrett, Laurens, third.
Conner Owens, Gray Court, first,
11111, Gray Court, second; Sullivan,
Laurens and Galloway, Clinton, tied
Julius Sitgreaves, Laurens, first;
Karl Brooks, Gray Court, second; Ed
win Moseley. Laurens, third.
Owens and Armstrong, Gray Court,
tied for first; Chessly Duval. Clinton,
Karl Brooks, Gray Court, first; Ed
win Moseley, Laureus, second; Herbert
Sullivan, Laurens, third.
Conner Owens, Gray Court, first;
Julius Sitgreaves, Laurens, second;
Chessley Duval!, Clinton, third.
Conner Owens. Gray Court, first;
Sam Prather, Clinton second; Earl
Brooks, Gray Court, third.
Karl Brooks, Gray Court, first; D.
Copeland, Clinton, second; Julius Sit
greaves, Laurens, third.
Waddie Hill, Cray Court, fitst;
Chessley Duvall. Clinton, second;
James Holmes, Laurens, third.
The Hall Game.
Under very unfavorable conditions
in the way of grass, ditches and cows
the Greenville High School ball team
outplayed the local school team last
Friday by the lop-sided score of 14,
to 3. Although It won't go down In
history as a perfect speroid combat,
still the onlookers were treated to
something startling In nearly every
inning. In many Instances these
points of interest were in the way of
Notwithstanding the poor field the
Greenville team showed up well, pull
ing off several spasms of good hitting
good fielding and excellent team work.
Both batteries were except lot,ally good
for "high-schoolers". Considering the
support given them tho Laurens Blab
ster and backstop deserve most of> the
credit for keeping the score down.
Sitgreaves, Otis Huff, Wales Watson.
Roy Owlngs, Edwin Moseley, John
The Oratorical association was in
augurated several years ago, Supt. of
Education Goo. L. Pitts being the mov
ing spirit. As each year goes by the
interest In this particular line of
school work Increases and steady im
provement continues. Laurers county
Is one of the very few counties that
has such an association and probably
was the first in the state to Inaugurate
one The association in a permanent
one and another contest will be held
AN UNKNOWN SHIP
Signals Flashed to Her for
NO ANSWER WAS
RECEIVED BY TITANIC
Statement of One of the Officers of
Ihe Titanic before Investigating
Committee Lays Grave Charge of
Cowardly Act at Feet of Unknown
Washington, April 22.? With succor
only five miles away, the Titanic sliil
into its watery grave, carrying with
it more than 1,600 of its passengers
and crew, while an unidentified steam
er that might have saved all failed
or refused to see the frantic signals
Hashed to it U ? aid.
This phase of the tragic disaster
was brought out today before the sen
ate investigating committee when J,
B. Boxhall, fourth officer of the Ti
tanic, told of his unsuccessful at
tempts to attract the stranger's at
This ship, according to Boxhall,
could not have been more than live
miles away and was steaming toward
tho Titanic. So close was it that from
the bridge Boxhall plainly saw Its
masthead lights and then its red side
Both with rockets and with the
Morse electric signal did the young of
ficer hail the stranger. Capt. Smith
and several others In the vicinity of
the bridge declared at the time their
belief that the vessel had seen them
and was signalling in reply. Boxhall
failed to see tho replies, however, and
in any case the steamer kept on its
course obliquely past the Titanic with
out extending aid.
This, and the declaration by P, A.
S. Franklin, vice president of the
White Star line, thai there were not
sufficient lifeboats aboard thf Ti
tanic to care for the ship's company
at one time were easily the features
of the hearing.
The olllcir.l was quizzed throughout
the morning session on the messages
exchanged between the Car path la and
himself, after the ship had started for
New York with the Titanlo's survivors
aboard. Among the survivors was .1.
Bruco Ismay, managing director of
Among the wireless telegrams read
into the record was one from Mr. Is
may urging that the steamship Ccdrlc
bo held until the Carpatbla arrived
with its sorry burden.
lie declared he believed it "most
deslrablo" that tho survivors of the
Titanlo's crew be rushed out of the
I country as quickly as possible. He
also, tho message said, would sail on
the Cedrlc and asked that, clothing be
ready at the pier for him when the
Carpatbla docked. The senate's sub
poenas blocked the plan.
ltesiime Hearing Today?
The committee will resume Its hear
ing at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning
Fourth Ofllcer Boxhall Is expected to
continue on the stand to tell more
fully of the events immediately pro
ceeding the collision. J. B. Boxhall.
fourth ofllcer of the Titanic, said that
his duties always consisted of assist
ing the senior officer in charge. He
described the journey of the Titanic
from Belfast to Southampton.
"Were there any drills or any in
spection before the Titanic sailed?"
asked Senator Smith, tho chairman.
"Both," said the witness. "Tho men
were mustered and the lifeboats low
ered In the presence of the Inspectors
from the board of trade."
"Ho you know whther the officers
were at their customary, posts at the
forward end during that watch?"
"Yes. IJghtollor was on the bridge
when I camo on at 8 o'clock. He
was relieved at ten o'clock by Mr.
Murdock, who remained until the ac
"Who else was on deck?"
"Moody, the sixth officer."
"Who occupied the crow's nest dur
ing your watch?"
"Fleet and lA?lgh."
"Who elso was on the lookout?"
"Tho brldfie ofilcer, Mr. Murdock."
"Was the ordinary complement of
officers at their posts?"
(Conunucd on Fuge Twelve.)
Annual Meeting Held at
SPENT BY VETERANS
Gray Courtluns Gave the Ohl Sohllers
a Royal Welcome In Spite of the
Very Inclement Weather -Col. Jos.
N. Hrown, of Anderson, Present and
The reunion of the Laurens Briars
of tho 3rd, Company "10" of the 14th,
and Company "10" of the 3rd Battalion,
at Gray Court on Saturday tho 20th
was a splendid day for the survivors
and their friends.
A cold rain set in about 10 o'clock
but as usual we had a goodly number.
riot'. .1. ('. Martin, principal of the
Qray Court-Owlngs inst'tute, and Mr.
John Wells of the C. & W. C. ft. It.
company, had arranged a most enter
taining program. Mr. Wells presided.
The meetong opened with prayer led
by venerable Itev. .1. K. McCain, who
is a loyal veteran, followed by music,
"Tenting on the old Camp Ground".
Then an address of welcome by Prof.
Martin, responded to by O. (1. Thomp
son. The rendering of "Dixie" was
fine and brought forth the rebel yell.
This was followed by the address
of Col. Jos. N. Hrown. The visits and
speeches of Col. Hrown are full of in
terest and instruction. He went over
a good deal of his experience on more
than one of the great ilelds of battle.
He has lost none of his vigor. Although
a man of Hllluence and extensive bus
iness responsibilities he is never so
busy but that he will lay down his
work and Join his old "boys" In their
reunions. He was a law partner of R.
P. Todd at the commencement of hos
tilities and each led a company from
the upper battalion of 41st regiment of
S. C. militia In 18C1. Capt. Hrown rose
to the command of the 14th regiment.
Capt. Todd was Lieut Colonel In com
mand of the 3rd at the surrender. Both
were on the firing line at close of the
Much regret was expressed sit the
absence of Capt. 11. P. Griffith who
commanded Company "E" upon the
promotion of Capt. Hrown. Capt. Grlf- i
lith is now a professor In Limestone j
College. No truer soldier or patriot
has served his country In war and
peace. The same may bo said of
another surviving officer of the com
pany, Lieut. A. C. Owings, who was in
attendance. 1 have no Idea re is
amongst the organizations th enter
ed the service in 1801, another com
pany in the state that has three sur
viving commissioned officers living.
There were ten of Co. "10", 14tb,
I present; four of the "Briars" and two
of Co. "10" 3rd battalion.
A bounteous dinner was served by
the good women and everybody was
In the afternoon we had an eloquent
address from Hon. .1. II. Miller, a son
of a veteran who had been invited for
the occasion. \
For want of time the calling of
company rolls bad to be dispensed with
Resolutions were adopted in mem
ory of Comrades Willis II. Heliums
of the "Briars", William Riddle, Co.
"10" 3rd Bat. and Aimer Owens and
William Douglas of Co. "B" 14th. These
had died since April, 1911.
It may not be generalv known, but
it Ik truo that our organization ante
dates that of the general organization
of the United Confederate veterans by
two yenrs. The latter which meets on
the 7th, 8th and 0th of May at Macon
for Its 24th annual meeting, was or
ganized at New Orleans in 18S9 while
our company organization dates from
1x87, this being our 20th annual meet
ing, and we have not missed a meet
These three companies were each
mustered in this same territory and
with two other companies of the 11th,
"F" and "C"; three others of the 3rd
"A", "F" and "I" and four others of
tho 3rd Battalion, "A", "B', "C" and
"D", and Co. "A" of the 13th regiment
made up the 13 Laurens Infantry com
panies that served in the brigades of
McGowan and Kershaw (four with Mc?
Gowan and nine with Kershaw.)
The next meeting will bo held at
Marksdale on Saturday. April 12. 1913.
f>l years ago the Briars drilled on
the lawn in front of James H. Shell
THE SPRUNG TERM
OF COURT CONVENES
Damages Against tbo S. A. L. Railroad
Awarded Men from Lower Part of
Connty. Enticed Labor.
The spring term of the court of
common picas convened Monday morn
ing with Judgo Sease on the bench,
Stenograuher Aull n.i IiIk post. Clerk
of Court Holt, Sheriff Owings a id the
other officers ot the court at their
accustomed places. The court Is to
last two weeks or until the calendar
The entire- first day was taken up
with the cases, all tried at one time,
of W. D. Boyd, C. R. Workman and T.
P. Davis vs the S. A. L. Railroad. Tills
case is one involving the immigration
laws of the state, it being charged
that the railroad violated the lav b.V
coming Into this state from Alabama
and enticing labor out of tho Btata.
The suit was for actual and punitive
damages. The BpCCific charge iri that
the railroad pent an agent to the farms
Of tho three plaintiffs and offered in
ducements to their laborers to break
contracts and go to Alabama. The
Jury retired to the room late yester
day afternoon and returned a sealed
verdict against the railroad. W 1).
Boyd was awarded $.".ti(), C. R. Woik
man $100 and T. P. Davis $."?0.
The court was occupied nearly all
yesterday with the trial of two easts
Of J. M. Copolaild vs the S. A. L. Hail
road. One case was for actual damag
es for the loss of a mule by being run
over by tin- railroad's train running
through the pasture of the plaintiff.
The other case was for punitive dam
ages, the plaintiff charging negligence
of the railroad in not providing prop
er cattle guards where the railroad
ran through his pasture. In the first
ense the plaintiff was awarded the fu'l
amount asked for $210 and Interest.
In the latter case the Jury awarded
the plaintiff damages to the amount of
Court \ djourned for the day after
hearing Micse cases.
THAYNMAM (.( ARBS INSPECTION
(?'en. W. >V. .Moore nill Make Annual
Inspection Krida) \fternoon. ( apt.
.Mc.Maslor will Represent the Army.
The Trnynhnm Guards will undergo
the annual inspection at the hands of
Adj. Cen. W. W. Moore Friday after
noon. Cnpt. Qeo, 11. McMastor, U. s.
A? will also he prcsord to Inspect for
Inspection of arms ami equipment
will take plaec in the armory some
time shortly after noon, but the in
spection of the "finery" will take place
on the square about 3:30 o'clock in
the afternoon. This is a very pretty
spectacle and doubtless a large crowd
Will be out to witness it.
DEATH OF .1. It. HI.V.I V.MIX.
Well Known Confederate Soldier of
the Vicinity of Moiintvlllc.
Mr. .1. R. Benjamin, a well known
citizen of tin- Mountvllle sect Jon, died
at his home Monday morning at 7
o'clock. Mr. Benjamin had been sick
for some time but was taken serious
ly ill only recently. The burial ser
vices wore held yesterday afternoon
at Heaver Dam church, of which he
was a consistent member. Rev. .1. <>
Martin, of Cross Hill, conducted the
Mr. Benjamin was 72 years. in
months and 22 days of Itge. He sen
ed gallantly in the Confederate army
and since then has be n working faith
fully on his farm In this county. II ?
was highly esteemed and generally
liked by ail who knew him.
Mrs. Benjamin preceded him to the
grave some years ago. He leaves sev
en children to mourn his loss
Dale for Picnic Changed.
The Pine Bluff school will have their
picnic at Watts' bridge on Saturday,
April the 27th. The public Is cordial
Picnic at Rabnn.
On May 3rd, 1912 ihere will be a pic
nic given at Rabun Creek Baptist
church by the Kden and Rabun schools
Prof. Breeden, of Anderson and Rev.
David Ramsey, of Greenville, anil sev
eral other prominent speakers have
been Invited to come. The public is
cordially invited to come and bring
well filled baskets.
house, from then till now these people
have bid us welcome and fed us with
lavish hands. It Is. no wonder that It
1? called a favored region.
NEWS OF THE WEEK
IN TOWN Of CLINTON
Streets in Worse Condition
Than in Years.
ON POPULAR PEOPLE
Cleverly Presented Piny, Directed by
Miss Laura Aull, Scares Success at
the Utopia Hull A Drench of Prom
ise Case in the Near Future Per
Clinton, April 211.- -The most talked
of Bubjecl hi Clinton these days is
mud. Owing to the continued bad
weather of the winter which prevent
ed much work being done on tho
streets and the upturned soil surface
left by the laying of sewerage tho
streets are in the worst condition they
have perhaps ever been. Intimate
friends living across the street from
eaeii other and accustomed to running
in and out of each other's house many
times a day have to go tu the nearest
corner to cross, in many parts of tho
Last Thursday evening at the Uto
pia a number of young people undor
tlie direction of Miss Laurie Aull pre
sented very cleverly, a play called
Valley Parin. The cast conslstod of
the following players: Misses Clayto
Hailcy, Arno Copeland, Annie Alcock,
ISmmn Chandler, llattio Flnnoy, Laura
Aull, and Messrs. Kenneth Murdotte,
Joe liickson Little, Ferdinand Jacobs,
Fred Wham, Sum Kern, and Clay a
All did so well that it seems unfair
to single out those whose parts afford
ed them better opportunity to distin
guish themselves for special praise,
j The proceeds after paying expense;;
I were very good. They will he divided
between the public library and the
tenth grade's commencement fund.
A It reach of Promise Case.
On the evening of May 2nd the pub
lie library association will organize
a mock court for the trial of a sen
sntional breach of promise case, The
plaintiff's part will he taken by Mrs.
10, II. Hall and the defendant's part
will he played by Mr. T. I'. I?. Carson.
Mi-. Ii. L. Scnlfe will ad as judge.
\blo counsel, an Intelllgcrf J'try, and
numerous mirth-provoking wltnosse
will render this case of such interest
that it is expected the court room
will he crowded.
Pasc Hall New*.,
i'. c. played F.rskinc on Friday und
Saturday afternoon1-, losing the first
game by a scon- of C to 7 and winning
the second G to The team had a
pleasant trip to Due Wesl.
This afternoon they played Nowbcr
ry at N'owborry. A crowd of enthusi
astic rooters went down from Clinton.
Visitors ai Or pint nage.
| A party of twelve holies- from Ath
' ens. C<a. are paying a visit of Inspcc
tlon to the Thornwell Orphanage.
Mis. W. .1. Hailcy, Miss Clara Du' l<
olt, Mrs. lt. II. Hoyd, Miss Mollfe Man
'son and Mrs. 1-1. II. Mall and children
are among those expecting to attend
the Spnrtnnburu festival.
A big crowd from hero will probably
; go to Hock Hill for the Inter-collegiato
oratorical eiltest next Friday evening.
WILL CLOSK AT Cl80,
(JrOCOrj Stores To Close Little Later
We the undersigned agree to close
I our stores at ('.::!<> (?'cloc k during the
months of May, June, July, and August.
John A. Franks, Hunter Co., Ow
ings & OwlngS, Dixie Flour and Grain
Co., J. IL Sullivan. J. M I'hllpOt, Ken
nedy Bros.. Mahaffey K liabh, Todd,
Simpson & Co.. Dial Co., J. C. Shell
&C0? J. S. Bennett, R. C Cray ft Co.
Tlie Advertiser has just received a
! neat little descriptive booklet of one
of this county's valuable assets Har
j rls Springs. The booklet Is gotten out.
! by tho company for advertising pur
poses, the enterprising manager, Mr.
C. II. PettUS having great faith in tho
' excellence of the mineral water. This
faith is hacked by hundreds Of strong
I testimonials, many of which are given
; in tho little booklet. The company Is
doing a big wafer and ginger-ale bus