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title: 'The Laurens advertiser. (Laurens, S.C.) 1885-1973, December 18, 1912, PART 1, PAGES 1 TO 8, Page PAGE THREE, Image 3',
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V? iv IDE PLAIN is in Safi
? l/i katchewan. it was s<
_ IB yH| / named because it i:
^KaW^I bo. It is wido. Tho
ca^i^j? I town docs UOt covei
^fiVmawil ent,ro Phiin. Fai
-^^SaW/W be it from mu to coiv
T^^fym^\r~, vey such an lmprcB
slon, inasmuch as the
plain extends east,
j^r >v^j7~- we8'? north and south
V ^v^sA^ ostensibly as fur as
\^v<\> ly^^T there is anything.
/^s^C^J^Z^- doubt somewhere
>^*lK*VjpfS> in the distance there
VP^T ? ttro lrc('s. and hills, or
P/Br\z^BP^f something to stop tho
X?$Cr>*Q*%if pluin from spreading
AnjRf^^p^ any further. And some
ljuL$PjffflJnfc day it is the intention
^trw^i, of tjie Qreater wide
Plain association to have real trees
growing in their thriving little city.
Hut just at present they are so busy
getting the town established that the
trees must wait.
Qoorge Freeman was one of the
most energetic young men in Wide
Plain. He was one of tho pioneers,
lie was almost the Oldest Inhabitant,
although ho was but twenty-live years
of age. You see, George loeated in
Wido Plain when it was practically
nothing but width and pluin. He fore
saw a future for the town, and bo- j
came its leading dealer in agricultural
implements and groceries and hard
ware and so on. He became the lead
ing dealer, because he was the only
In a few months Wide Plain had a
population of 2,500. And so social lifo
became a feature of existence there,
Social life requires two factors. Ono
of them is women. Tho other is men.
You may have thought that one fea
ture would be sociability and the other
would be life, but that would be draw
ing it a bit fine.
Lucy Cleveland was the belle of
Wide Plain. She was not the belle be
cause she was the only young woman
there, for thero were others. Others
?young and beautiful, but while some
of the others were as young none of
them were as beautiful as Lucy.
Consequently Lucy had suitors a
plenty. In fact, she had eight suitors,
that being tho available unmarried
portion of the population that she
would consider. And she managed to
give the eight the impression that she
was not considering them very much.
George Freeman endeavored to in
duce her to consider him. George's
policy in life was to get what he
wanted by ono of two methods. Ono
was to go where it was and take pos
session, the other was to ask for it.
Inasmuch as Lucy was not a building
site nor a quarter section, he could not
claim her by right of discovery. So
he had asked her. And Bhe had as
sured him that while she esteemed
him highly sho did not see her way to
bo his. George had not asked hor If
thoro was some one else to whom sho
had pledged her affection or plighted
her troth. Ho did not care. Ho went
on selling agricultural Implements
and striped overalls and brooms and
nails and putty and canned goods and
other groceries, whistling little melo
dies to himself and wondering how
Lucy would want their house painted
when they got married.
' Every now and then ho would pro
pose again to Lucy. By every now
find then I mean that ho would pro
pose, say, onco a week. Somo weeks
he proposed twice. Ho saw that It
'pleased Lucy to be proposed to and
George was a gentleman who believed
in making himself agreeablo to a
young lady when he was fond of her.
So It came along toward Christmas.
"Wo must have a Christmas treo for
the children," Lucy said.
Lucy wnB teacher In the Wido
Plain Sunday School. Her pupils
Idolized heft ?e?rge and the other
Soven miHors had tried to join her
clns*v but sho had Insisted that they
'must attend tho Bible class for older
Btudcnts, which was presided over by
Mrs. Henry Gillup, n most capable
married lady, who had brought ono
husband and bIx children to help up
build Wide Plain.
Tho fact that Lucy had demanded a
Christmas treo occasioned many
Bmiles, especially from George's rivals.
"A Christmas treo!" laughed Will?
lam Skldmore. "There isn't a tree for
a hundred miles in any direction."
"Let's get ono shipped in by irelght,
then," suggested Luko Morton.
"No time now," Wesley Perkins
pointed out. "It's only two days to
Tho seven rivals were not so par
ticular about tho tree. Each of them
know that Lucy would bo disappointed
a bit, but each of them felt that tho
gift ho had selec ted for her would help
to overcome her disappointment. For,
In any event, thero was to bo a Christ
mas Eve party at the church.
On tho evening of December 23
George called on Ducy. She was still
unhappy because the dear children!
could not have a tree.
"Now, Lucy," he said, "I'vo arranged
It all for you. There'll bo a Christinas
"Oh, have you got it? Where is It?
I didn't know you could get one."
"It Isn't hero yet, but there'll be ono
Christmas e\ o. Now, don't ask ques
tions. Mrs. Uillup and I will fix it up
"Hut I must trim it up."
"No. Mrs. Gillup and I have ar
ranged for it all. You are not to worry
yourself about anything. Just you
gather your class together and be at
the church at 8 o'clock that evening,
and the tree will be there."
So Lucy, scenting mystery, and too
diplomatic to ask anything more, was
compelled to content herself with that
Towards dusk of the day before
Christmas George was seen carrying
several bulky bundles Into the church.
Mrs. Gillup had spent some time in
conference with him that day. Tho
seven rivals had attempted to quiz
her, but she would not gratify their
curiosity further than to say that
there would be a tree. They had asked
her?separately?If sho would hang
their presents for Lucy on tho treo,
and she had agreed to do so.
She and George, behind the drawn
curtains of the church, labored long
with curtain poles and string and a
profusion of green paper, to Bay noth
ing of several bundles of artificial
palms and the like, which George had
unearthed among his stock.
When the audience was assembled
for the Christmas eve exercises Mrs.
Gillup slowly drew back a curtain
which concealed one corner of tho
room, and there, with candles glowing
and green paper and green palm
branches rustling, stood a Christmas
tree. It was not an evergreen tree.
"We Must Have a Christinas Tree."
It was not a genuine fir or cedar, but
It looked like a tree. And the candies
and the strings of popcorn and glitter
ing ornaments hid many of its faults.
To the surprise of Lucy, George was
not in sight. She looked all about for
him, in her delight, wishing to thank
him for his Ingenious way of provid
ing this make-believe tree for the lit
Mrs. Gillup went blithely on, taking
presents from the tree and distribute
ing them. After passing out tho gifts
for tbo children she picked off pack
ages and bundles for the older folk.
It was noted that tho tree sort of
shook every tlmo she took off ono of
tho gifts which had been provided by
tho seven rivals for Lucy. But at last
tho final package had been disposed
of. Mrs. Gillup drew tho curtain In
front of the tree again and tho audi
ence filed out, laughing and chatting
over tho success of tho entertainment
Lucy did not hurry away with the
rest. Sho stepped back of tho curtnlr>
with Mrs. Jillup.
"It was Just lovely, Mrs. Gillup!"
she exclaimed. 'But why wasn't Mr.
Freeman here? After his hard work
and cleverness in helping you, I should
have thought ho would have wanted
to seo how tho treo looked." j
"I expect ho was pretty busy."
"And?of course, I haven't any right
to expect such a thing?but he was'
Ruch a good friend of mine, Mrs. Gil*
hip-I really thought it a little odd
that he didn't make me some kind of
a present?just a remombrance, or?"
"I didn't forget you, Lucy," Bald the
tree. "You can havo mo."
And Mrs. Gillup says that Lucy
knew nil about it all the time, because
she had sharp eye?;, and no treo that
wore shoes could fool her.
A Costly Gift.
"Those Billyunnalres havo been aw
fill proud since Christmas," said the
"What makes them so?" inquired
tho CuriOUS Friend.
"Oh, their parents filled their stock
ings with eggs."
A Hanging Matter.
Polk?Hang up your stocking this
Dolk?Nope?hung up overcoat.
LEVERETT FURNITURE COMPANY
LAURENS, S. C.
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You spend One-third oir your time in bed. So
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of one don't fail to $
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We have added to our line a complete supply of Undertakers Goods. We are pre
pared to take care of your business on short notice. You will find anything left to us to
be handled by men of experience.
LEVERETT FURNITURE COMPANY
Night Service Phone No. 108 Undertakers and Embalmers
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|| Old Santa Claus Has Come Again.
^jy Every year, as regular as Christmas comes, old
Santa Claus mxk3> his headquarter s at this store?
house filled with toys, and with the good things to
eat, that are important parts of the great holiday
We have hundreds and hundreds
of toys that we can't mention here
"-nIV^ dolls, trains, wagons, doll furniture,
drums, horns, soldiers, and many,
SiVjf many others,
For the Xmas Feasts.
Make the hollidays still more en
joyable by selecting the best to be
bought in groceries, fine fruit cakes,
nuts and fruits, delicious pickles, cran
berries, sweet cakes, candies.
We Handle "IMPERIAL," the Best Flour Made.
MAHAFFEY & BABB.
Look lTp Insurance Policies,
For public information and f?m- the
benefit of those who may be unin
formed on the subject, the Insurance
Commissioner warns all persons who
yell fire works that they sh tu 1(1 sec
to it that they have a special permit
attached to their Insurance policies,
covering the sale of Are works. It"
this be not done, the policy is voided
and. in case of Jos?, there will 1)0 a
possibility of the assured being ?in*
able to recover on his Insurance.
If you are troubled with chronic
constipation, the mild and gentle ef
fect of Chamberlain's Tablets makes
them especially suited to your case.
For sale by all dealers.
For Indigestion, Sour Stomach,
Distress After Eating- Digest
You certainly would not suffer th<
I tortures of Indigestion if yon knew ol
a remedy thai would positively re
llOVe and ruri' yon. "Uigeatlt" Is a
certain quick roller, h will mop in
digestion, Sour Stomach, Dlstreaa aftei
*atInn and other atoniaeh upsets at
most Instantly. Wo absolutely guar
antee it to give vom entire nntlsfactlon
If no* w <? givo you hack v?>nr monev
Thousands of people ail ovof the
country have gotten relief by the in
of this harmless remedy. Try :t i
day. flel a package ami t ike <>?
dose?if it docs not give von Im im I
ate relief it won't coal you a pi ?
I Brown's Digest It should be in < ?
homo it is a certain quick rellol '<>
Indigestion -?prevents distress aftei
eating a hearty meal -and make. \ m
til ed, worn out Btotm.ch good as in-a
? Laurens Drug Co.. Laurens, k. C.
UMI S VI I..
Stute of South Carolina,
foillltj of 1.11111(11?.
IN I'KOI I ATI*] CO! JUT.
D. <!. Rhodes in his own right, Mini (iM
? Ai'ciuor oi |jie laut will and I onla
ment of \V. M. LIioiIok, deceased,
?I l'"3 Khodi k, < t nl, ilnfi in!; nis.
1 'aI'i Haul i<i it ili-riii oi iim ( mict
in till: action, I will hi II at public
auction nt Naurods C II, S. (!. on
Snlosday in January, l!iI:t, being tho
(".111 day of tho month, within tho legal
hours of stylo all that piece or parcel
of laud, lying, lining and situate in
the county of Laurens. s c., contain-*
inj; olghl fsl aero;;, innre or less,
hounded on the n.irili and ensl hv
lands oi Arthur ICiodes, np the south
hy lands of Sain I.all, anil on the wont
by lands of A. V. Rhodes
'renn: of S'.le: CIlKll, Purchaser lO
pay for papers. II the purchaser FullM
to comply with his hid, tin laud to ho
resold on the aiiinc or some suhsc
? liient salesda.v. on the same terms, at
? Ii?' risk of the former purchaser.
0. '!. Thompson.
.1 I*. Ii. e.
Dee |0, 11112. 20-3t
st \tk ok sorimi Carolin \.
L \ enil i \ c Mi part incut,
slate m' South Carolina,
Application having been made to
mo by Solicitor K. A. Cooper of tho
lOighth Judicial Circuit for n Bpcclal
term of Court of (Icnoral Sessions
for Lauren? County.
now, tiilkli'oii: In acoordaneo
With the provision:- of Section 27 I I O?
? he Code of Laws of 1(102, Vol. I, I,
Cole, l IJloa e, Governor of tho Staio
of South Carolina, do hereby ?KDI0K
that a i pedal term of the Court of
(}( in rn i ion * ho hcid in and for
I he County ol Lauren t, in this State,
boglnnin on tho nrt>t Monday |n
? January. IUI!'?, and to continue for ono
(1 I weel<.
I i do hereby notify the Clerk ol ( ourt
of Lau,in?, County of the calling ot
said special term of court of Gpnoi l
Given under my Hand and
the Seal of tin lixo'eiitiva
Department, In tho city of
Columbin, this ninth day of
December, A, D. N'inotceu
(Seal) hundred and twdVO, and ill
the One hundred and thir
ty-seventh year of tho In
depondenco of tho United]
States of America.
( OLK. L. KLTOASE,
Hy the Governor:
Jno. K. Aull, s