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LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 1912.
NOTABLE ADDRESS BY
HILARY A. HERBERT
Large Audience Heard Him
TO BOYHOOD FRIENDS
With a Touch of Sentiment and Pathos
Mill Mien of Humor, the Gallant Vet-;
?-ran Paid Beautiful Tributes to His
Friends and then Drew Lessens
from their Achievements.
The annual oration before the grnd- 1
uating class of the Laurens high school
was delivered Monday evening before
a large and cultured andiencc by Hon.
Hilary Abner Herbert, who is a native
of Laurens of whom all its citizens
are proud, a veteran of the Civil War,
congressman for eight terms from (In
state of Alabama, secretary of the
navy under President Cleveland, and
who is at present an honored citizen
of Washington, D. C, with a long, j
splendid und spotless career behind
him Col. Herbert, by which title ho
is generally known, having been col
onel of the Eighth Alabama volun
teers during the great war, was en
thusiastically received by the des
cendants of the friends and relatives
of his boyhood days and the cloest at
tention was given to him throughout
hit address. Though Col. Herbert was
born in 1834, consequently being sev
enty eight years of age. his voice was
clear and, though hardly resonant,
wns distinct. His every word was un
derstood and listened to raptly, for
Iiis speech dwelt principally around
reminiscencles of his boyhood days,
his early friendships with the fathers
and grandfathers of those present and
the friends of many of the elders. Of
those boyhood acquatntences, only one
was in the house, Cresswell Gurllng
ton, Esq., Mr. Garllngton occupying
the seat of honor near CoL Herbert.
Col. Herbert was introduced by Mr.
W. W. Hall, a son of his boyhood
friend, the lamented Col. B, W. Ball.
Mr. Ball introduced the speaker as
first a soldier, one who had fought
valiantly in the great battles of the
OO's and then later during the recon
?fe truction period; second, as a teach
|P i , who! e lei eh< ars wi re earlj t< ach
crs in this country; as a statesman,
who as secretary of the navy under
President Cleveland by efficiency and
ability help lay the foundations of
the great navy which swept the Span
ish fleets of the sea, and fourth, as a
native of Laurens. whom all of its
citizens are proud to claim.
In the beginning of his address Col.
Herbert recited his early experiences
in I^nurens, which he left at the age
Of twelve. Though, he said, "I emild
not say that I love the home of my
childhood better than, or ever as well
as I do my adopted land," he would
say that since leaving, these verses
have been clinging around his heart
"Sweet Clime of my kindred,
blest land of my birth,
Tho Fairest, the dearest.
the brightest on earth,
Whore e'er 1 may roam,
*' howo'er blest T may be,
My heart as instinctively
! turns unto thee."
Col? "Herbert dwelt at length upon
tlio experiences of his boybood "ays.
giving many pathetic and then humor
ous In&thnces of those days and of
his early youth. Then Laurens was
but a mere village, whore the court
house was somewhat of a social cen
ter and the old Laurensvlllo Female
Academy, where his father and moth
er taught, was the educational cen
ter. At school, taught during the
first years by old* Davy J. Williams
and In 1846 by Bob Garllngton, he
?nulled and playod with the Todds.
the Garllngtons, the Farleys. the Flem
?fak". the Willlamses, the Irbys, the
^R-irksdales, Hud Ball, Chris Sober and
Turning from the reminiscencles of
r his boyhood days, Col. Herbert re
minded tho class that the school chil
dren of tho present have far greater
advantages than those of his day,
though it was n question in his mind
whether some of the modern ways
of teaching was right. Where tho boys
and girls of bis day bad before them
what their ancestors had left them,
the boys and girls of todny have be
fore them tho achievements In every
department of learning of two of the
busiest generations the world lias ev- I
er known. "You nro the heirs of all i
the ages that have nreceded you and
if you wish to he foremost in the tiles'
of time you must be up and doing."
Passing from his boyhood days, Col.
Herbert dwelt upon the associations
of Ills early youth, the friendships with
the boys of those old and honored
families of Laurens. Declaring that
If he could name each of the boys and
girls which he knew in his youth and
then trace accuratoly his or her ca
reer in alter life, such a plain unvar
nished story would be one of the most
pathetic, and at the same time, one of
the brightest chapters in history, Col.
Herbert singled out but one of bis
boyhood friends. Will Parley, and
traced the long friendship from the
time when Farley and his brother de
claimed in the old school house on
rough t ie years at the University of
Virginia, ?null they came together for
the last time during the Gettysburg
campaign, in the spring of 18G3. lb re
they were together for awhile Of
this meeting Col. Herbert spoke at
length and took the opportunity to
lay such a beautiful tribute at the
feet of his friend as has seldom been
heard coming from the lips of any
man. Major Farley was killed at
Brandy Station a few (lays after see
ing Col. Herbert,
"My young friends, with memories
of my childhood crowding upon me I
have dwelt a long time upon the past,
but 1 cannot lind if in my heart to
apologize, it is because of that past,
which I have been calling to mind,
that you are today what you are. and
that to you hav< come down not only
peaceful and happy days under self
government, but also the priceless
memory of the heroism and patience
and endurance of the generation that
secured for you these blessings. Cher
ish forever In your hearts the images
of Hampton and Butler, and R. H.
Anderson and Gary and Kershaw and
Evans, and Todd and Ball and Conway
Garllngton, and Farley, and the thous
ands of brave soldiers who stood by
their sides in battle; and do not
forget those survivors of the war who
piloted South Carolina successfully
through the horrors of reconstruction.
Cherish in your hearts too, the mem
ory of those blessed women from
whom you are descended, women who
gave up all that was dearest to them
?father and brother and lover and
husband and son. Ann then why and
wherefore of all this the causes of that
bloody war, the Justifications of your
forefather?all these you should know.
It should be taught you In your schools
and by your parents at the fireside.
"I exhort this generation to study
the principles that were at stake in
that great war between the states.
Study carefully the story of our Fed
eral Constitution and the manner In
which it was upheld by the statesmen
of your section in the crusade that war,
being waged against the South, from
18?.l to 1861. Mr. Ball in introducing
mo to you spoke in complimentary
tones of a hook I have recently writ
ten. My purpose in that book was to
write an accurate history of the CttUB
01 <if our great war. If 1 have suc
ceeded in this, then I have shown
clearly to Northerners, who shall read
It that the Southern States had good
reasons for believing that they had
the right to secede, and that It was
their duty to light for the Independ
ence of the Confederacy, and I have
also shown to the Southerners, who
shall read It. that tbo North bad good
reasons for believing it was right In
fighting for tho preservation of
the Union. That great, war was not,
as has been sedulously taught In bo
many school books, a "slave-holders'
rebellion." While on tho one side it
was a war for tho preservation of the
Union, on tho other It was a war by
slave-holder and non-slave-holder,
standing togethor for tho right of self
government banded down to them from
the fathers, and during the war oa
well as afterwards In reconstruction
dnya, for tho supremacy of the white
race that had boon ordained by Al
mighty God. Slavory was an incident
of the war, and It went down forever.
We all thank God that It did. Seces
sion was a disputed right. It Is set
tled forever; so mote It be. The un
ion vvas triumphant; let It be perpet
ual. In spite of reconstruction white
civilization eventually triumphed in
the Southern States; so may that ev
er be. But Just here, my friends, young
and old, let me remind yon that when
ever we aro considering this race
question, which unfortunately will al
ways be with us. let us never forget.
(Continued on Local Page.)
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When you take space in your local newspaper, you should
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of the most successful stores in your lines in the larger cities.
Note how they present their goods in the most highly interest
No class of publication is more closely read than the local
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rectly to nil the people. With a little practice yon can soon
find the most effective way, to tell in type, your message to
them so thai they will listen and accept your propositions.
GLEE ( L?H PLEASES.
Chloom Girls Attracted a Large Au
dience und Pleased Ever) One Pros
The ontertainment given by tiu> Chl
cora Glee Club, in tho auditorium of
the graded school Friday evening, was
a success in every way. The program
was tastefully selected to please an
audience of lovers of classical music
as well as those who preferred the
lighter pieces. Not only in the selec
tion of the program was the enter
tainment noteworthy, for the success
of the evening lay in the artistic and
delightful manner in which the pieces
were rendered. The young ladies
acquitted themselves admirably and
the audience left the auditorium high
The collection at the door was gen
erous, a handsome balance of about
$.r>0 being realized for the school li
During their stay in Laurcns the
young ladies were the guests of
Presbyterian families, where they
were cordially and hospitably re
ceived. The people of the city en
Joyed having them, the hope being ex
pressed on many sides that it may be
possible to have them here again next
WATTS WALLOPS 'EM.
I,aureus Team Puts It Over the Clin
ton Collegians in Baseball Conlliet
In a very seoroful but rather snappy
game of ball last Saturday the Watts
Mill team defeated the Presbyterian
college team by the score of S to 5.
There was plenty of good solid slug
ging but the excellent fielding of both
teams kept things pretty exciting
The Watts Mill team at present is a
strong aggregation and from all re
ports the management intends making
it stronger. They are going to play a
big bunch of games In T.nurens during
the season and if last Saturday's game
was a fair sample, the games will be
well worth attending. In all prob
1 ability*they will play a game this Sat
urday but nothing definite is yet
SAI L TO FOUNTAIN INN?
Tlcantifnl Cantata to bo Sung In the
"Border CM)* Noil Tncsday Even
The lAurOTiB choral society has re
ceived ah invitation from Fountain
Inn to present the Cantata Saul there.
Tho invitation has been accepted and
the cantata will he given next Tues
This is the first of a number of trips
which the society hopes to make this
spring. However, last year the so
ciety presented one of the several
cantatas, which It sings, at Fountain
Inn and were so charmed with the
hospitality of the Fountain inn people
that they have been looking forward
for the second visit for some time. The
entire society of about thirty five
members Will be with the party. They
will probably go up in automobiles.
"SLICK" IH N L.Y P III KT.
Ilrokc Ills Log Sliding Into Third Uns??
in Game of Hull Pridn) Afternoon.
A very unfortunnto accident occur
red in the hall game between Wood
ruft and the Lnurens high school Frl
ddy evening, when Hicliard Dlllllnp, j
the crack pitcher and heavy hitter of
the Lnurens team, broke both hones in
his left leg sliding Into third base.
Exactly how the accident happened is
not known, but It is thought to have
resulted from the resistance of the
grassy turf to the leather shoes, caus
ing the foot to double tip beneath his
body. Both bones of tho leg were
broken just above the ankle. Doctors
were immediately called and he was
soon carried home.
In reply to a telephone message to
his home yesterday afternoon, Mrs.
Dunlap stated that Richard was get
tin.'- along as well as could bo expect
ed, only being a little restless as a
result of the Confinement. His great
est sorrow, she Bald, was because of
tho fact that he had to miss the com
mencement exercises at th> graded
school where he graduates this year.
TO itLPLAT SAI L.
Iteautlfiil Cantata to be Sung Th?rs* j
day Evening, .Nuj 2!Inl, by the Lnu
rens Choral Soicety.
Announcement has noon made that
the Lnurens Choral Society will re
peat the cantata 'Saul of Israel"
Wednesdav evening. May 23?'d. Where
it will be given has not yet been de
cided. The proceeds will be devot -d
to some charitable purpose.
This cantata was presented in the
early part of the year and attracted
the most favorable comment that any
musical (>vent ever given in Lnurens.
It was a pronounced success in every
particular and with the assurance
that all of those who took part in it
the first time will he present at this
presentation, a musical treat Is ex
OFFK KHS THAI NINO SCHOOL.
Commissioned OflicerH of the Trnjn?
hum Guards Gone to Atlanta to Take
a' Week's Course.
("apt. W. It. Itlchoy, Lieut. T. it.
Simpson and Lieut. 0. P. Irby left Sat
urday fur Atlanta, where they will
spi nd about a week attending the of
ficer's training school. About fifty
ofllcers from the national guard of the
state are In attendance, besides a
number of ofllcers from (JeorKla. The
Laurens otllcers are expected back
Returning home Sunday, Capt.
Rlchey will leave the same day with
his rifle team for Charleston, where
they will take part in the rifle match
to decide upon the team which is to
represent the state at Camp Perry, O.
With Capt. RlChoy will no Sergeants
Smith and Roper. Corporals Eichel
borgor and Surnorol and privates Russ
Solid Car Load.
A solid carload of tin is what DiV
ver Bros have just gotten In. They
are big buyers of this class of ma
terinl and always keep large quantl
ties in stock.
F.xcrclsos Presided over b) Col. II. V.
Simpson old Veterans Presented
witli Crosses of Honor.
'1.10 annual custom ol decorating the
graves of the departed soldiers of the
Confederacy was observed Friday,!
when the children Of tho graded school,
the Daughters of the Confederacy, the
Sons of Veterans, Veterans, the Trayn
ham Guards and the citizenship gen
erally gathered at the cemetery, where
a few simple exercises were gone
through and tho graves of the dead
decorated by the children. The peo
ple gathered at the graded school
building and marched from there to
tho Cemetery, lead by the school chil
dren, each little girl having a wreath
with which to decorate the graves,
[leaching the cemetery, Itov. L, P.
McGee opened the exercises with
prayer, alter which some of the "chil
dren sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee,"
while the others decorated the graves.
Col. II. Y. Simpson then spoke a few
words eulogizing the soldiers of the
Confederacy, declaring that it was not
only to pay a deserved tribute to the
departed soldiers that they had gath
ered, but it was equally to perform (he
duty of keeping alive in the minds of
the growing generation and perpetu
ating in history tin- fact that the South
fought for principles which she eon
Sidei'Cd light and which she held most
dear. It is the duty of the elders, he
said, to teach the growing gcncrnllm
that their fathers fought for what they
considered their rights and further
he said it was the duty of the elders to
see that the histories taught in south
ern schools should bear testimony of
this fact. Col. Simpson then read that
touching poem, so well loved by vet
erans and their descendants, portray
ing the heroic death of Sam Davis, the
intrepid scout who gave up his life
rather than disclose a secret of his
After Col. Simpson had paid bis
tribute to the soldiers of the war. an
other patriotic song was sung and then
the following veterans or their repre
sentatives were presented with cross
J. S. nozdell, S. Coker, A. .1. Smith,
I*. Cannon, .1. Y. Culbcrtson, W. It
Fowler, .1. B. Jones. \V. It. Parsons,
G. M. Langston, J. VY. Moore, .1. B.
Peden, It. Y. J. 131 logo, 0. A. Miller,
A. Y. Motes. Joseph W. Moore. 15,
Pinckney Jones, William N. Wharton.
After these were presented tho
Honor Poll was called, this being n
regular feature of all memorial days;
in Laurens. Following this the Trayn
ham Guards fired a salute, after which
the exercises were dosed.
CONTRACT HAS BEEN I.KT.
Sow Poslofrtcc Building Is t<? be Fin
ished by August 1st. 1918.
Postmaster C. H, Hicks has received
word from the Treasury Department
that the contract for the [.aurens post
olllce building has been let to James
De Vault, of Canton, Onio. the con
tract price being $41?,.164. This com
pany was the lowest bidder when the
bids were opened recently. The ( on
tract calls for tho completion of the
building by August I, 1913, a few
months more than a year from now,
Although the contract does not
state when the work is to commence.
It Is understood from "circumstantial
evidence" or via the Grape Vine line,
that operations will be started at an
ESCAPE FROM C1IAINGANG.
Two Negroes with onl) Short Time to
Serve Kscnpc from the Count) Chitin
Buster Miller and Frank Williams,
two trusties on the county chain gang
took French leave Sunday night and
have not been caught. They escaped
from the camp nenr Davis spring early
in the night und although it was soon
after discovered that they were gone,
they made good their escape.
Both negroes were trusties. Buster
Miller only had about twenty eight
days of a two year sentence left while
Frank Williams only had a few months
Ofti to District Conference.
The district conference of the Meth
odist Church is being held this week in
Greenville. The sessions begin to
day and will probably last throughout
the week. Besides the pastor, Rev. L.
p. McGee, the other delegates from
the I.aurens church are Messrs. J. F.
Bolt. W. L. Gray. R. B. Babb, J. F.
Tolbcrt and Dr. W. H. Dial.
Bleasc and Jones Issue to
Tbc Jones Majority Ik Almost Large
Enough to Guarantee tlmt there ?III
be no Fight mi the Floor Hot neon
the Two Factions. Blouse Candidate
tor Seat in Baltimore Convention.
Columbia, s. C? May i t. Pinna Cor
the state convention of Hie Democratic
party of South Carolina, to br held
hen- tomorrow, will be arranged at
meeting of the state executive com
mittee, Which has been called by Cen.
\Villc Jones, state chairman, lo bo
held in the ofllCG Of the secretary of
State at the State house tonight. Tho
State convention will be held tomorrow
at noon in the hall of the house of rep
resentatives. There will be :<"ai dole
gales present In the convention from
the various counties of the Slate.
Interest in the meeting of the exec
utive committee tonight centres in
the election of a Stati- chairman. Gen.
Wille .lonos, who has been the chair
man for i t years, announced several
weeks ago. that he would not ask re
election. He ha;; been othcially con -
liectcd with the party for 30 yea:.,
having served as secretary for It]
years before election to the chairman
ship. It is expected that the friends
of Gen. Jones on the committee will
tonight put up his name for reelec
tion. It is said that the name of W.
F. Stevenson of Cheraw will also ho
put up for election. Mr. Stevenson is
a member of the general assembly
from Chesterfield county. Thos. G. Mc
Lcod, former lieutenant governor, will
he put up for president of the conven
tion by the supporters of Judge
Jones. No opposition has developed '
to Mr. McLood.
To Fleet Delegates,
Eighteen delegates to the national
convention, to be hold in linlllmoro
on June L'.r>. will he elected by tho
State convention. There is much In
terest in the election of the four fel
cgntes at large and several candidates
tor the places have already beeil an
nounced. The Joins forces in ihn
convention win support Senator B. it.
Tlllmnn .mo Senator 15, I?. Smith for
delegates at large. Among the candi
dates for the other places as delegates
at large an-: Lowudcs i Browning
of I'nlon, chairman of the ways and
means committee of the house; IV II
Woslebn, member of th< s< nate from
Itichlnnd county John Gary. Evans,
former governor; it. I Manning of
Stimtcr and A F. Lover, member of
congress from the Seventh district, in
addition to the four delegate., at
large the convention will elect (wo
delegates f 1*011) each COIlgrOs'! ional dis
! trict. ?
Charleston and Georgetown (nun
tie* will send contesting delegations to
the State convention, Tin < !.:
win be submitted by the convention to
the committee on credentials. There .,
a difference of opinion Iis to whethci
the executive commit teemen from
Charleston and Georgetown win be
seated by the State convention or the
executive committee. Gen lone., ha I
given the opinion that the con'' I ft
to the Oommlttcemc-U will lie decided
by the convention. This question Will
very probably be brought up at the
meeting of the committee tonight. ?
Meeting of Missionar) Institute.
The Lnurens County Missionary In
stitute will meet in the First Presby
terian church Thursday morning and
will last throughout the day. Tho la
dies of the church will serve a lunch
at the church to the visiting delegates,
who are to he here from different
parts of the county. Mir . J, O Beavis,
of Columbia, is expected to he present
10 deliver an address. A successful
meeting is anticipated.
Some Spring Specials,
As noted in their ad elsewhere in
this issue of Tile Advertiser, Davis
Boper Co. are putting on sale BOtnO
excellent bargains in the way oC
spring goods. This company, other
wise known as ?'Outfitters for all Man
kind." are always after the business
and their "special bargains" usually
attract many buyers.