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VOLUME XXV1H._LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 1912. NUMBER
YET, AT SPARENBURG
J. Frazer Lyon Will Indict
EMPLOYED BY STATE
Largest Andienet? Yet whs very Order
ly. Majority of those Present were
for Blease, Although they Intel come
from Several Counties to Set' their
A representative of The Advertiser
attended the campaign meeting in
Spartanburg Friday. The best way
to size up the character of the audi
ence would be by saying that k was
composed of just such people as
would be expected at a meeting in
Laurens. it was composed largely of
fanners and not a few mill workers,
although it could not be said that such
a large number of mill men were
there. A meeting for them was held
Friday evening. As would bo expect
ed from most any state campaign
meeting at this time, the majority of
the audience was for Blease as the
governor's "friends" will go miles to
hear him, Jones had a strong follow
ing in the crowd and doubtless, taking
the view that his follower:- are not as
prone to attend the meetings and not
as demonstrative? after (bey get there
ns are the Blease men, he fell very
well satisfied with the day. Gov. Blease
hud the usual hand primary. A well
known Blease follower of this city
who was in the audience and about
thirty feet from the stand claimed that
at least eighty-five per cent of the
hands went up for Blease. The Adver
tiser's representative, who was next
to him, estimated that about sixty per
cent of the hands went up for Blease.
A former supporter of Blease and now
a Jones man. from Ninety Six. who
only happened to be In Spartanburg on
Iiis way elsewhere and who stood on
the outskirts of the audience and had
ii view of the entire crowd from a
wagon, estimated that about one half
of the hands went up. On the proposi
tion from Qov. Blease thai the Jones
men hold up their hands, v< ry few
could be seen near the stand. Only a
few of the Jones men who were pres
ent responded to the bidding of the
governor. After the meeting was ov
er, this correspondent asked three and
only three Jones men if they held up
^keir bands and each of them declared
that he did not. This correspondent
did not, making four out of four, so it
can be safely said that but a bare
sprinkling of Jones men cared to
take up the governor on his unsolicit
The speech of Judge Jones was well
received by the audience. He was
roundly applauded at many points and
at the close. The applause for him
was characterized largely by band
clapping instead of cheering.
Gov. Blease made it remarkable
speech, principally noteworthy be
cause of the ease With which he evad
ed issues or charges, it was an ap
peal to the prejudices of poorer peo
ple and bad the desired effect on many.
The Spartanburg Herald gives a full
account of the day. as follows:
Thirty-live hundred voters endured
with perfect docorum the harangues
of twelve candidates for state offices
yesterday in a pine grove on Kennedy
street. Partisanship ran high over the
Jone8-Blease race for governor, but
one one enthusiast was arrested and
the crowd ns a whole behaved ad
mirably. There was a reason. One
hundred and fifty policemen, accord
ing to a statement from the chairman,
E. L. Archer, were on duty on the
grounds, and the sternest of admoni
tions were given potential disturbers
of the peace regarding that which
would happen to any one who violated
the proprieties of the occasion. In
dustrial workers, mostly cotton mill
operatives, far outnumbered any other
element in the crowd, and there were
some hundreds of persons present
from other counties. Not many rep
resentatives of mercantile or profes
sional pursuits were in evidence and
the agricultural contingent also was
relatively .small. Judge Jones and
Governor Blease both professed satis
faction with the meeting. Flowers
were poured upon the platform for
both candidates and Governor Blease
was presented with a silver loving
cup by Iris Landnim, the 8-year-old
daughter of B. G. Landrum. a livery
man of Spartanburg, who Is a mem
ber of the governor's stag.
Outstanding features of the meet
ing, from the news standpoint, besides
the absence of half-expected disorder,
TO BE AGAIIN CALLED
l>r. H K. Alken has Received Letter
from the Secretary of the Hoard of
Dr. H. K. Aiken has received the
letter below from Rev. E. E. GUlespte
secretary of the board of trustees of
Chlcora college. It will be seen by a
reading of it. that another meeting of
the board will be called at some future
date at which the answer of the L?n
tens committee will be discussed.
What action will be taken is of course
doubtful, but it seems that Laurens
will have another opportunity to show
that it has a moral and legal right to
hold the board to its original propo
sition. The letter of Rev. (iiilcspie is
Yorkville. S. C,
July 81, 1912.
Dr. 11. K. Aiken, Chairman,
Laurens, s. C.
My Dear Dr. Aiken:
I beg leave to acknowledge the re
ceipt of your reply to the action of
the Board of Trustees or Chieora Col
lege in session In Greenville, s. C?
July 1!?, 20, and assure you that prop
er steps will he taken at an early date
for a meeting of the Hoard to receive
and consider the answer from the peo
ple of Laurens declining to release
the Hoard of Trustees of Ohlcora Col
lege from the proposition made to
them relative to removal of the col
lege to their city. Due notice will be
given yon of the proposed meeting.
IS. ID. Glllcspio.
Buys a Home.
Mr. w. B. Sloan has purchased
through Bishop & Wolff the house
and lot on .Martin street formerly
owned by Mr. W. G. Lancaster and
now occupied by Mr. Lockwood. Mr.
Sloan buys this as an Investment.
and the small turnout of voters in
view of tlie poll of 8,594 in this county
two years ago, were as follows:
Lyon Will Indict Kvnns.
An announcement by .1. Fr?ser
Lyon, attorney general, following rep
etition by his opponent. Barnard B,
Evans, or scandalous charges hitherto
made on the stump against various
persons, that lie purposed to su e ar
out a warrant against Evans shortly
to test the application to campaign
meetings of the slander and libel
statute enacted at the recent session
of the general assembly. Mr. Lyon
said he had requested friends on the
platform to take down Evans' utter
ances for the purposes of this prose
Vigorous criticism by Judge Jones
of Governor Hlease's record, particu
larly of his action in allowing 172 of
the 200 general acts enacted by the
legislature at its recent session to be
come laws without either approving
or disapproving them, though it is
plainly contemplated by the constitu
tion that lie shall express himself on
Reading by Judge Jones of a tele
gram from Columbia, signed "Daugh
ters of the Confederacy." saying. "We
are working and praying for your suc
W. P. Beard's Status.
The development of the status of
W. F. Heard, of Abbeville, described
by Jr.dgc Jones as the governor's
bodyguard. Mr. Heard, who has at
tended most of the meetings during
this campaign, always occupying a
seat on the platform, said after the
meeting that he was armed, as Judge
Jones charged, but held a commission
from the governor, dated July 15, as
"deputy chief constable." He said
his special detail was to preserve or
der on the stand.
Blease Denounces Rumor.
Denunciation by Governor Blease of
persons responsible for a rumor which
he said was In circulation here to the
effect that he had been paid $f>,000
to allow Judge Sease to handle with
out Interference the ease of W. J.
Massee, the capitalist of Macon, who
was recently arrested here on a Ten
Sarcastic reference by the gover
nor to the notorious dictagraph epi
sode in Spartanburg and the bowling
down of John P. Grace, mayor of
Charleston, who is supporting Judge
Governor Blease came to the plat
form accompanied by W. P. Beard,
Sam J. NIcholls, Harry Stokes, of
Nashville, who came here to ask the
extradition of Massee; P. H. Corlcy.
of I^exington. a special agent of the
Southern railway, who has boon with
the campaign party all the week, and
j. G. Ix>ng, of Union, a deputy sheriff,
who is a member of the governor's
staff. Today, however, he said noth
ing concerning fear of assassination.
Governor Blease last night address
ed at the court house a large number
of sympathizers mostly cotton mill
operatives who were at work during
J. G. Long, of Union, brought here
today a loving cup which a commit
tee of admirers expect to pre
sent to Governor | BJcaoe at th<*
(Continued on Page Two.)
HOW THE CANDIDATES WILL VOTE.
R. D. Hovel
E. R. Aycock
E. \v. Co pel and
J H. Miller
John 1). Owings
C. P. Brooks
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
O. P. Goodwyn
CLERK OF ( OI RT
H. S. Blackwell
Geo. A. Browning, Jr.
W. W. Campbell
W. C Irby. Jr.
W. R. Richey, Sr.
Jos. Q. Sullivan
W. K. Bagwell
J. T. Peden
John F. Bolt
c. A. Power
Joel A. Smith
J. Waddy Thompson
L. Dunk Curry Austin Abercrombie
J, it. Ilitt
T. Mac Roper
Mr. W. F. Bailey, candidate for county commissioner, lias not yet ex
S. DAVE CHILDRESS
PASSED AWAY MONDAY
After an Illness of Several Months.
During which Time his Life wiis
More Hum (Dice Despaired of, He
Passed Away Earl) Mondaj .Morn
Mr. Samuel David Childrcss, one of
the most prominent business men of
tile city and an extensive farmer, died
at Iiis home here Monday morning at
ii o'clock after an illness of several
months. He had been gradually sink
ing for some weeks, so his death was
not unexpected. When he died all of
his immediate family and near rela
tives were nearby.
The funeral services were held at
the Laurens cemetery yesterday after
noon, the services being conducted by
Rev. L. 1'. McGee, in the absence of
his pastor. Rev. (\ P. Rankin. A large
number of sorrowing friends and rel
atives followed the body to its last
resting place, attesting the high esteem
in which he was held by all. The
grave was beautifully covered with
many handsome floral designs.
The active pall bearers were Messrs.
.lames Cralg, c. P. Brooks, R. G.
Pranks, W. C. P. Robertson. d. A. Sul
livan. .1. Wnrran Doit. Jim Barksdale,
.1. d. 0wlng8, J. J. Dendy, Walter
The honorary pall bearers were
Messrs. Col. J. W. Ferguson, Maj. W.
A. Watts, C. W. Tune, Dr. Gritton, Dr.
W. C. Irby, Dr. R, E. Hughes, J. 11.
Kennedy. .1. D. Watts. Mans. 1 Owings.
W. L. Cray. R. A. Cooper, G. C. Al
bright, A. Huff, Capt. .1. M. Philpot, J.
Mr. Childless was fifty years of age.
He was born in Dial township, the
son of the late J. It. Childless. In
early life he moved to this Vicinity
and for the past twenty years has been
living in this city. He married Miss
Ursula Darks, daughter of the late
Ursula Park, daughter of the late
dien survive him. They are Messrs.
Fowler, Dick and David Childless anil
Misses Annie, Lucy and .sell Childl ess,
lie was a brother of Messrs. W. F., T.
B. , J. D. and It. O. Childrcss. all of
this county, and Mrs. R. A. Jones and
John Edwards, of Fountain Inn.
Mr. Childrcss was a man of large
business interests and came in con
tact with many people, who admired
and honored him. II? was always
known for honesty of purpose and up
rightness of character, being upon the
right side upon all public questions of
material and moral benefit to the town.
He had numerous close personal
friends, who always reposed the great
est confidence in him. Shortly before
his death, he made bis peace with this
world and prepared for the next. His
death is greatly deplored by his many
friends and many expressions of sym
pathy have been extended to the be
RED SPIDER APPEARS.
Several Farmers State that the Dan
gerous Insect has Made Its Appear
Several farmers were in the city yes
terday who declared that the red spid
er had made Its appearance in this
county and that much cotton was be
ing destroyed. This little Insect Is
causing great damage elsewhere and
doubtless Immediate steps will be tak
en to stamp it out. Methods of treat
ment will be found in another column
of this paper. Prompt action is nec
essary for results.
COVERS THE COUNTY
Few Variations In Meeting, hut Nut Ii?;
in:' of Great Sign Men tie. c Brought
The party of county candidates lin
ed nut six days of hard work last
week. Ijiuircns, I.aurens Mill, l.ang
BtOIl, Snrdls, Clinton Mills, Clinton,
Lydln Mills, Hopowcll, Goldvlllo and
Cross Hill woro visited in the order
named. At the 1 .aureus mill and at
the Clinton mill the meetings were
characterized by considornble disor
der, Messrs. Copclnnd and Aycock,
candidates for the legislature and sup
porters of Judge Jones, being howled
down by Blease supporters. Although
no reports have come from the Clinton
mill since the occurrence, it is un
derstood that a great many of the
Laurens mill citizens resent the row
dyism shown by some of the nudiencc
there and regret that the candidates
wen' not given a fair showing. It is
pr .mined that a number of the Clin
t , mill people feel the same way.
At the Clinton mill meeting, Messrs.
Aycock and Browning, candidates for
the legislature upon opposite tickets,
passed sharp words, but after the
meeting, their friends brought them
together and now the best of feeling
prevails. Mr. Browning accused Mr.
Aycock of publicly declaring thai all
people Who supported Oov. Blease
WOre anarchists. Mr. Aycock denied
the charge and Mr. Browning produc
ed an affidavit from Mr. P. S. Jeans, of
Clinton, in which it was sworn that'
Mr. Aycock bad used the language at
tributed to him, Mr. Aycock admit
ted that he had said something about
Hlease and anarchism but that he had
not used the exact words attributed
to bini. An argument arose result
ing in Mr. Aycock branding a state
ment of Mr. Browning as a lie. Friends
intervened, the two candidates were
"cooled down" and as stated above
they met and made proper amends for
Mr. W. P. Bailey made his first ap
pearance at the Clinton meeting and
thanked the voters foi their past sup
port and asked that if he were con
sidered a capable officer that be be
again elected. The speeches of the
other "court house" officers varied
very little from those made hitherto.
Mr. John F. Holt claimed that be had
put in a telophone so that the people
could reach him easier and declared
that the reason be was not in his of
fice a great part of the time was be
cause he was out on the street at
tending to business which some of
the voters had telephoned to him and
naked him to attend to. Mr. Bolt said
that if he did not nttend to It It would
go unattended to. Mr. J. Waddy
Thompson took sick after reaching
Clinton and did not appear to speak.
Mr. Halrston was also absent because
of pressing business.
The race for the house of represen
tatives took on no new feature, ex
cept that Mr. Rlchey took up a
big part of his time extolling the vir
tues of Cole L. Blease, the present
aspiriant for re-election to the gov
ernor's chair. Mr. Richey reviewed
the career of the governor during the
past two years, declaring that no proof
had been shown that Blease was a
grafter and that none of the charges
of Felder, Burns and Grace had been
The senatorial candidates said over
' (Continued on Page Four.)
MESSER BABB DIED
After being In ill Health for Several
Years anil Confined to Iiis Bod for
Many Mouths, this well Known
and Highly Respected Citizen Died
After a prolonged Illness stretching
over a period of several years, Mr.
Messer Dahh, olle of the city's best
known citizens and a member of the
well known family of that name In
this county, died at his home here
early Monday morning, about :!
o'clock. Mr. Dabb had been in ill
health for four or live years and on
different occasions before, his life had
been despaired or. Vor the past few1
weeks his death had been momentarily
oxpectcd. Coming as it did. after a
long vigil, bis death was easier to
bear by his devoted family.
Mr. Babb was Oil years of age. lie
was born in the BnhbtOWli section of
this county, being the youngest of
three sons of Sampson Dabb. ,Ir, Ills
Cider brothers were the late Marlin I-',.
Dabb, who was clerk of court of the
county at one time and who died in
1883, and the late Thadeus Dabb. who
died about eight years ago. Tin- three
of them went to Ih- war and fought
throughout the conflict. Mr. Messer
Dabb was a member of Co. A. Ctll H.
c. Cavalry, known as Sullivan's com
pany. He fought with courage and fi
delity, having been wounded on one
occaslo. He returned after the war
and followed the pursuit of farming
aril merchandising, lie remained on
the farm until elected to the olllce of
county treasurer in 1800. lie hold this i
olllce for I wo terms and since thill
time has occupied several clerical po
sitions in the court house. At tin- tine'
of his death, hi" was rlork in the coun
ty commlsisoners olllce.
Karly in life Mr. Dabb married Miss
Huna Heliums, daughter of Squire
?lohn Hellams, who lived near him in
Dials township. The devoted wile ami
six children survive him: Messrs. It
K. Dabb. R, A Dabb ami T. K. Dabb
and Misses Nannie, Mary Delle and
Sarrah Dabb. His two sisters are
Mrs. .1. II. Dabb and Mrs. John Woods.
[ of this county.
Mr. Dabb was an untight, honest cit
izen and a man of many sterling, qual
ities, He was always cordial and
friendly to those with whom he came
in contact and numbered Iiis friends by
hundreds, lie was a patriotic, public
spirited Citi7.cn who had always the
best interests of the county at heart.
His death is greatly deplored by many
people all over the county.
The funeral services were held yes
terday morning in the Laurens ceme
tery. Rev. I.. D. McOeo, his pastor, eon
ducting the services. A large eon
course of people followed the body to
the grave and many beautiful flowers
were placed on the grave out of tri
bute to him.
The active pall bearers were M -ssrs.
C. M. Babb, V. M. Dabb. Marcus Nash.
Charles P. Drooks, I.. Q, Dalle. ArthUl
Harris. Claude H. Dabb. S. I'. Dabb.
ClIC L. Dabb. Col. O. W. Dabb. Samp
son Dabb. Kniest Harris, K. A. Brooks,
William Brooks, Tully Woods.
The honorary pall bearers were:
Messrs. H. D. Humbert, T. MaeRopor,
D. A. Sullivan, D. A. Cooper, II. V
Simpson. 0. 0. Thompson, .1. .1. [Muss,
Dr. J. II. TcagUC, K. P. Minier, M. L
Roper, Dr. W. H. Dial, Dr. W. C. Irby,
L. D. Dolt. Y. C. Hellams, W. L. Cray.
J. P. Tolbcrl, and .land D Sullivan.
Lydia Mill Managers.
Mr. W. T. Crews, chairman of the
county executive committee, lias sent
in the following names as managers Of
the election at Lydia mill: T. C.
Doyce, John C. Wilson and N. W.
Campbell. It will be remembered that
in the first list of managers, the Lydia
mill box was omitted because no one
was present at the committee meeting
to suggest names.
Ranked with the liest.
There are many readers of this
nowspaper, we are sure, who will re
gret to learn that because of illness
Mr. S. K. Doney, who has reported the
State campaign meetings since the
first of them, will not be able to finish
out the campaign, as he was anxious to
do and as it was intended that he
should. It is not our opinion alone,
but that of some of the most compe
tent Judges in the state, that Mr.
Boney's reports will rank with the best
that have ever been done in South
Carolina.?News and Courier.
TO BE HERE TODAY
Speaking to Commence at
AT HOLMES PARK
INE4R THE DEPOT
Special Otlicers have been Sworn in by
the Mayor und Perfect Order ?III be
Observed* Candidates for Uovcrnor
to Speak Last. (.'<?>. Hlcasc to Close
The stat*> campaign party will I?'.
here today. Some of the candidates ar
rived last night and the rest will not
in on the early train this morning. The
Kpcuking will be held as usual tit
Holmes Park, on the other siij.e of the
C, N. & L. railroad from the passengor
station. A platform and Mats have
been provided and everything will be
made as comfortable as possible. Only
tho candidates, police olllcors and
newspaper men will lie allowed on the
in v iew of tin- t;e t that some dis
til i'hn neos Iiiivo liiken place at provl
uns cumpitlgn meetings this your, tho
city council has thought it wise to
, prepare lor any emergency, so a sulll
clout force of extra policemen has
been sworn in to preserve perfect or
der. The county executive committee
has also drawn up resolutions urging
that order be maintained, 't he follow
ing has been I'occIvhI from thai 'out
"At n recent inoetinu of the County
democratic executive committee, tho
following resolutions wer, unanimous
ly passed; with Ihn request that the
I county chairman, as the presiding of
llcor nl the meeting, read them to tho
audience from the stand at the open
: lug of the meeting:"
"Resolved, that. Inasmuch as the Im
pression lias gone abroad thai there i?
likely to be hoisteiousness and rowly
I Ism at the meeting in Liiurens, we,
the members of the county democratic
executh committee repudiate such
suggestion or anticipation ol any other
than a quiet orderly gathering of the
good citizens of I.aurens conn's and
call upon all good citizens to 'nip in
the bud' the llrsl signs of turbulence
or misbehavior on the part of an; per
son present, and to lend every effort
? possible in the prompt suppression and
removal of any person who shall per
sist in raising a disturbance by In
dulging in any Invectives or itnpiil'll
ametary language towards any of the
speakers, nor will anv candidate on
the Stnild he tolerated who Jcopo lizeS
the peace and security of those in the
I audience by singling out individuals
at whom to direct his remarks."
"Resolved 2nd, That Laurcus coun
ty is as jealous of the good name and
as anxious to preserve peace; and quiet
at any and all political gatherings held
within her borders as is any county
in the state and we believe that all
good citizens, of whatever political
fat lions, are determined that the meet -
Ing hero today shall not be marked by
disorder or rowdyism in the least.
The people are at full liberty to cheer
their candidates, bill let all such en
thusiasm be kept within proper bounds
of reason and decorum and Lauretta
county preserve her good name for
, la w and order."
j The secretary of the campaign par?
ty had not arrived when this paper
went to press last night. Since he ar
ranges the program. It could not bo
secured in lime for this paper. How
ever, it is known that the candidates
for governor will come last and that
John T. Duncan will speak first, Ira.
It. Jones second and Cole- I,. Blease
third. Mr. Duncan will begin his
speech about one o'clock. It is hardly
probable that any intermission will bo
taken for dinner.
From Laurens, the party goes to
Katzenjammer Kids YVednesdaj. i
The Katzenjammer Kids and Pathe'*
weekly will hold the boards at the
moving picture show tonight and to
morrow night. The Katzenjammer*
and Der Captain will be shown to
night and the Pathe weekly tomorrow
night. Among the scenes on tho Pathe
weekly this time, will be a reproduc
tion of the unveiling of the Woman's
monument In Columbia. This doubt -
less will attract a large crowd. Mr.
lavender announce;- that thrso two
feature reels will be here on Wodnos
day and Thursday of each week.